9 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Valerie Amos of the United Kingdom as the new United Nations humanitarian chief, one of five senior appointments announced by the world body today. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Valerie Amos of the United Kingdom as the new United Nations humanitarian chief, one of five senior appointments announced by the world body today. Ms. Amos, who is currently her country’s High Commissioner to Australia, will succeed John Holmes, another UK national, who has served as Under Secretary-General for the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) since 2007. “Ms. Amos brings to this position extensive background and experience coupled with well-honed leadership skills and the ability to forge consensus, coordinate delivery of results and work with diverse stakeholders,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters.He added that the Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, “for his dedicated service to the Organization and commitment to alleviating the conditions of the many peoples affected by emergency situations.” The Secretary-General has also appointed Yuri Fedotov of Russia as the new Executive Director of the Vienna-based UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), replacing Antonio Maria Costa of Italy, who has served in that post since 2002. In his new position, Mr. Fedotov – currently Russia’s Ambassador to the UK and a former deputy foreign minister – will also serve as the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV). Also announced today were senior-level appointees at UN peacekeeping operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Timor-Leste and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ndolamb Ngokwey, a national of the DRC, will serve as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General at the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), where he will also act as UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator. Mr. Ngokwey will replace Georg Charpentier, who was appointed Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan. Shigeru Mochida of Japan will succeed countryman Takahisa Kawakami as Deputy Special Representative for Security Sector Support and Rule of Law of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). Mr. Kawakami passed away on 15 March this year. In addition, Lieutenant-General Chander Prakash of India has been appointed as the Force Commander for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym as MONUSCO, where he will succeed Lieutenant-General Babacar Gaye of Senegal.
See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetKHL is acting shady We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeAn out-of-line interview questionLSU running back Derrius Guice said that a representative of an NFL team asked him if he was gay during an interview at the NFL combine. This is not the first time that an NFL team has gotten in hot water over inappropriate and prohibited questions about potential draft stars’ sexuality, and the NFL Players Association wants the team in question prohibited from attending the combine. [The Washington Post]Neymar edges out MessiNeymar has an expected goals and assists rate of 1.18 per 90 minutes, which is the best performance in that stat in any of the top European soccer leagues right now, just beating out even Lionel Messi. Right now, comparing Neymar’s season to any other player besides Messi isn’t really possible; there are only ten player-seasons since 2010 where players had more than 0.9 expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes, and more than five progressive passes and runs per 90. Angel Di Maria’s 2015-16 is one of them, Neymar’s is another, and Messi accounts for the other eight. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Damian Lillard taking Portland to the postseasonDamien Lillard is creating 101 points for every 100 chances running the pick-and-roll. He’s hitting 103 points per 100 chances on drives. Portland certainly has a defense, but it’s also not an obvious one — they don’t force many turnovers or limit free throws or block all that many shots. Yet, they rank seventh in defensive rating this season. [FiveThirtyEight]Stallings out in PittsburghBasketball coach Kevin Stallings is out at Pittsburgh after just two seasons. His record: 24-41. The Panthers were 0-19 in ACC games, and I’m not a particularly adamant college basketball fan but even I know it’s vastly preferable not to lose every single one of those. [ESPN]POLL: Florida badAn NHL players’ association poll asked the league’s players to weigh in on coaching, the point system, their colleagues and who they’d want on their side if they needed to win a game. More importantly, the survey identified the Florida Panthers as having the worst ice in the NHL — 16.8 percent of respondents said the Panthers have the worst rink. [ESPN]Big Number659.5 milesThat’s how far away New York City, where the Big Ten Conference plays its conference tournament, is from Knox, Indiana, the town that is actually the geographic center of the conference. Realistically, Knox’s neighbor Chicago, only 65 miles from the geographic center, would be a better call than Madison Square Garden. Indeed, the ACC’s tournament in Brooklyn and the Big East’s call of New York is also a bit off too. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: neil:LSU RB: At combine I was asked ‘do I like men’I am amazed that teams haven’t been reprimanded for these kinds of garbage questionsThis has been going on for yearsand they continue to get away with itMiami GM sorry for Bryant prostitute queryFalcons asked Ohio State CB Eli Apple if he likes menidk how it works exactly in the context of a collectively bargained process like the NFL, but many combine interview questions appear to violate fair hiring laws(the combine itself is probably also sketchy, although again idk how that was bargained with the union)Predictions NBA
An illiterate gypsy boy was wrongly jailed for the rape and murder of a schoolgirl after police made him a “scapegoat” and “coerced” him into signing confessions, a court heard. Noel Jones was 18 when he was picked up by police outside a pub and “coerced” into signing two detailed confessions after continuous questioning for two days before being allowed a solicitor, Mold Crown Court heard.He was beaten and spat at behind bars and ostracised by his family and the traveller community, while the alleged real killer, Stephen Hough, escaped justice.Mr Jones, now 59, admitted to the brutal attack on Janet Commins, 15, in Flint, North Wales in 1976 and served six years of a 12-year sentence for manslaughter. Hough, of Flint, was arrested last September.He maintained the night Janet went missing was the night he was stealing petrol and denied knowing her.The defendant made no comment when detectives put the DNA evidence to him, the jury was told.The trial was adjourned until Wednesday morning. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. But last year he was visited again by police “out of the blue” 40 years after the murder and to his “shock and relief” was told the case had been re-opened.Advances in DNA analysis of semen samples from the crime scene showed a billion-to-one match for another man, Hough, 16 at the time and living in Flint, who was questioned by police days after the girl’s body was found.Ex-soldier Hough, 58, now on trial, denies the murder. Mr Jones, 59, said when police arrested him in January 1976 he was a “happy-go-lucky young man” from the traveller community who could not read or write and made a living in the scrap metal trade. But after Janet went missing on January 7 1976, a large police investigation was launched and her body was found four days later by children playing hide and seek in a thicket near a school in Flint. Stephen Hough is now standing trial for the killingCredit:Andrew Price Mr Jones was picked up the next day and questioned by detectives.He said: “They just bombarded me. I was like in hell. I did now know what was happening to me.”I was just lost. I just could not grasp it, I could not get hold of anything in my mind. It just seemed like everything was going so fast. They were just saying to me, ‘You done it, you done it, you done it.'”I realised afterwards they were CID from Liverpool or somewhere, just bombarding me, question, question, question. I was just agreeing to whatever. They were showing me papers but I could not read them.”I just felt because I was a gypsy they were just taking advantage because I had not idea what was going on. It seemed like it just continued until they got what they wanted.”With it being such a small place they just wanted somebody and I happened to fit the bill at the time. I was like a scapegoat.”Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, read to Mr Jones the two statements he made in January 1976, confessing to the rape and murder of Janet Commins, countersigned by police officers.Mr Jones continued: “They more or less told me what to say. I didn’t know what I was signing, to be honest. I was that messed up. “What them police have done to me…I have never hurt anybody. I certainly didn’t hurt the young lady. I have had this burden on my neck for 40 years. I have had no life.”Mr Heywood asked why he had pleaded guilty to manslaughter if he was innocent.The witness replied: “I think the solicitor must have told me to plead because you get less time and get it sorted. But I had nothing whatsoever to do with this.”I did mention something to a solicitor. He said if you start putting claims, appeals in, they will give you longer time so I never bothered.”Mr Jones, who is now married with three grown-up sons, but has never appealed against his conviction, was asked about life behind bars.He replied: “I can’t begin to tell you. It was a nightmare. You were running the gauntlet every day. People spitting on you, calling me beast, animal, threatening to stab you. I got beat up a couple of times. I could not put it into words. I had to just survive the best way I could.”I’m not that animal. I wouldn’t do that. It’s absolutely destroyed my life. I have had nothing but heartache and grief.” Stephen Hough denies murderCredit:Andrew Price
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The owners of more than 1,500 empty properties in the same borough as the Grenfell Tower fire, including oligarchs, multimillionaires and foreign royalty, have been revealed after a council blunder. The names of the vacant properties in Kensington and Chelsea, where hundreds of people have been left homeless following the tragedy, were accidentally released in a council email.At least 80 residents of the Grenfell tower block are known to have died in fire in June. Some of the homes are owned by offshore companies, such as Duke’s Lodge London Ltd – part of property developer Christian Candy’s business empire – which owns 26 homes in a mansion block. Another company, Smech Properties Ltd, owned by the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Among the owners of the 1,652 properties listed as unoccupied by the council are a Ukrainian billionaire fighting extradition to the US, a former mayor of New York, a luxury property developer and a senior TV executive, according to The Guardian. One of the homes is the former Brompton Road tube station building, once occupied as Winston Churchill’s secret wartime command centre. It has been lying empty since Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash bought it for £53m in 2014. Writer George Eliot’s former seven-bedroom mansion is also lying empty, despite former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg purchasing it for £16m in 2015. Protesters walk towards the Grenfell Tower, during a demonstrationCredit:Tim Ireland /AP The owners of the vacant homes were inadvertently revealed after the council sent the list to a number of addressees, along with the properties’ council tax details. More than a third of the vacant homes (603) are recorded as having been empty for more than two years. The list also revealed 1,010 properties had been declared unoccupied and substantially unfurnished and 39 other homes have been lying empty for several months while renovation work is carried out. It comes as the Grenfell Response Team said that just 12 households had been moved into new homes and out of emergency accommodation, six weeks after the disaster.The team said that 45 offers had been accepted out of 174 initial offers for temporary or permanent accommodation.From this week, residents from 33 flats in the tower and 22 flats in Grenfell Walk which were least affected by the fire will be able to ask specialist teams to recover their personal possessions safely.A spokesperson for Mr Candy’s property business told the Guardian that Duke’s Lodge was undergoing major refurbishment and was “currently unsafe and uninhabitable for use”.
DEFIANT STRONGMAN BASHAR Al-Assad promised yesterday he would surrender Syria’s chemical weapons but warned it would take at least a year to do so and cost one billion dollars.His latest appearance came as UN envoys debated a draft resolution that would enshrine a joint US-Russian plan to secure and neutralize his banned weapons in international law.In a confident interview with US network Fox News, Assad insisted that Syria was not gripped by civil war but was the victim of infiltration by foreign-backed Al-Qaeda fighters.He insisted that his forces had not been behind an 21 August gas attack on the Damascus suburbs that left hundreds of civilians dead, but vowed nevertheless to hand over his deadly arsenal.Military strikesIt was Assad’s second interview this month with US television, and one of a series of meetings with Western journalists to counter mounting political pressure from Western capitals.After last month’s barrage of sarin-loaded rockets, which Western capitals say was clearly launched by the regime, US President Barack Obama called for US-led punitive military strikes.But – with US lawmakers and the Western public not sold on the virtues of another Middle East military adventure – Assad’s ally Russia seized the opportunity to propose a diplomatic solution.Pushed by President Vladimir Putin, the White House agreed to hold fire while Russia and the international community– with Assad’s agreement – draws up a disarmament plan.Assad reiterated his pledge to cooperate, but insisted he had not been forced to do so by US threats of US action.“I think it’s a very complicated operation, technically. And it needs a lot of money, about a billion,” he told Fox.“So it depends, you have to ask the experts what they mean by quickly. It has a certain schedule. It needs a year, or maybe a little bit more.”TerrorismAsked why he had used force to repress a popular uprising and triggered a two-and-a-half year war that has claimed 110,000 lives, Assad insisted Syria was a victim of terrorism.“What we have is not civil war. What we have is war. It’s a new kind of war,” he said, alleging that Islamist guerrillas from more than 80 countries had joined the fight.“We know that we have tens of thousands of jihadists… we are on the ground, we live in this country,” he said, disputing an expert report that suggested 30,000 out of around 100,000 rebels were hardliners.“What I can tell you is that … 80 to 90 percent of the underground terrorists are Al-Qaeda and their offshoots.”Assad admitted that at the start of the uprising there were non-jihadist rebels, but alleged that since the end of 2012, Islamic extremists had become a majority.He added that “tens of thousands of Syrians” and 15,000 government troops had been killed “mainly because of the terrorist attacks, assassinations and suicide bombers.”United NationaWhile Assad pursued his media counterattack, the five UN Security Council powers held new talks on a resolution backing the Russia-US plan to destroy the chemical weapons.Western nations, who said they are not looking for an immediate threat of force against Assad, could seek a Security Council vote this weekend if Russia agrees.UN envoys from the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China held two hours of talks at the US mission.“There is no accord yet, there will be more negotiations,” said one UN diplomat.The disarmament plan will face its first big test on Saturday, the one-week deadline announced by Moscow and the United States for Assad to provide a list of his chemical facilities.Assad said in his interview that he could provide a list “tomorrow,” and Moscow said it had received assurances that he would cooperate.Britain, France and the United States have prepared a draft resolution that would invoke Chapter VII of the UN Charter but would not explicitly threaten force or sanctions.Without giving details of the draft, Britain’s UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the Western powers want to use Chapter VII to make the Russia-US plan binding under international law.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said when he struck the deal with US Secretary of State John Kerry that it would be backed with a UN resolution under Chapter VII but has since questioned its use.Al-QaedsMeanwhile, the situation on the ground became still more complex and dangerous, when – according to residents – an Al-Qaeda front group overran a Syrian border town.“The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has seized complete control of Azaz. They are in control of the town’s entrances,” said Abu Ahmad, an activist inside the town.The development in Azaz comes amid increasing reports of fighting in northern Syria between ISIS and non-jihadist rebels vying to bring down Assad’s regime.Syria’s conflict has grown highly localized, and ISIS has fought side by side with rebels against government troops in other areas of the country.The opposition is highly fragmented and Russia has supported Assad’s claim that the rebels were behind the poison gas attacks.Washington rejects that claim out of hand.State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said: “We have seen no credible reporting, no credible evidence that the opposition used chemical weapons in Syria, period.”And she warned Damascus must quickly “submit a full accounting” of its chemical stockpile.- © AFP 2013.Read: Almost 80 per cent against Irish support for war in Syria>Read: UN chief: Report confirms chemical weapons “war crime” in Syria>
A NUMBER OF flights have been diverted away from Cork Airport after heavy fog affected the south of the country.The airport was forced to cancel seven of its scheduled 22 outgoing flights today, while all flights scheduled to land between 9am and 5pm were forced to divert to either Shannon, Dublin or Kerry airports.Already, flights to and from London Heathrow for this evening have been cancelled.The airport is advising passengers to check with their airline on their flight status.However, a spokesperson for the airport told TheJournal.ie that the situation was improving.“We have had two landings in the last hour and flights to Gatwick and Stansted are due to leave later on tonight. We would suggest that passengers check in for these flights as normal.Read: Delta: Plane was diverted to Dublin “out of an abundance of caution”
How much data are we storing as a planet? According to a recent study by geek-cetera, the number was 295 exabytes–that’s roughly the equivalent of 295 “average” hard drives. To break it down further, an exabyte is one million gigabytes, or one billion terrabytes.Need it broken down further? How about this quote from University of Southern California professor, Dr. Marting Hilbert, “If we were to take all that information and store it in books, we could cover the entire area of the US or China in 3 layers of books.” A stack of CDs with all of that info would reach the moon.The data was culled together by estimating the number of PCs and DVDs and more analog technologies, like books. Twenty-five technologies were factored into the list. In 2007, however, 94 percent of the information stored, at present, is in a digital format. In 2000, 75 percent was stored on analog formats like video.And, of course, it’s important to point out that the estimation is three years old. It’s likely increased a good deal, with the rapidly dropping price of digital storage.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 600 babies have a chance at life thanks to Greek Australian doctor Kostas Pantos. The Australian children were conceived at Dr Pantos’ Clinic of the Human Reproduction “Genesis” in Athens through a method of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) used at the clinic. Dr Pantos’ dedication to the field of IVF treatment has granted up to 500 babies from Sydney and 100 from Melbourne a chance at life and love. “Australian couples who have fertility problems prefer coming to Greece,” said the scientist, “because in Australia the child, by law, can find out who his biological mother or father is after he/she turns 18. “Additionally, the donor has the right to have access to the child. In many cases, neither the couples nor the donors feel uncomfortable with this arrangement. These regulations, though, do not apply in Greece. The donors are anonymous. As a result of this, Greece became a popular country for Australian couples to become parents through the IVF method.” Dr Pantos told Neos Kosmos that many couples from Australia go to Greece with their own gene to take a foreign ovum, because in many cases they haven’t found an appropriate one in Australia. Born in Melbourne, Dr Pantos went back to Greece when he was just six years old. During the years of the Greek dictatorship, his family returned to Australia. After finalising his studies and initially working in Melbourne, he returned to Greece, where he now lives and works. Dr Pantos often works alongside Australian institutes and scientists due to his studies in the southern hemisphere and connections in Melbourne. The doctor stills works very closely with the Monash Medical Centre and fellow Greek Australian doctor Nick Lolagis.
When it comes to making Spider-Man content, Sony still has control. They only partnered with Marvel/Disney because they thought that would be best for everyone. And Spider-Man: Far From Home’s billion-dollar box office haul proved they were right. But the studio is still free to do what it wants with Spidey and his world separate from whatever is happening with the Avengers. Andy Serkis just signed on to direct Venom 2. We’re just months away from a Jared Leto Morbius movie.Fortunately, Sony is also responsible for one of the greatest works of recent Spider-Man art: last year’s amazing, award-winning, diverse, dimension-hopping animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. So it’s great to hear that the folks behind that film are now getting to work on future Sony Marvel projects.Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, famous for bringing similar excellence to The Lego Movie before being unceremoniously fired from that dumb Han Solo prequel. Also shout out to Clone High. In April the pair signed a five-year development deal to work on new Marvel TV shows for Sony Pictures. And a report on Deadline sheds more light on what those projects may be.“We are developing a handful of live-action shows using Sony’s Marvel characters, of which there are like 900 characters,” said Miller. “We’re figuring out a way to develop the shows so that each are their own unique experience, but are also related.”The fact that these shows are live-action is what intrigues us most of all. Given the success of Spider-Verse, you’d figure more animated movies would be in the works. But perhaps Sony sees live-action, cinematic TV shows as the best way to compete with Marvel’s own live-action shows coming to Disney+. Just dress up John Mulaney in a pig outfit and we’ll be all good.For more on Spider-Man look forward (I guess) to the new comic book written by J.J. Abrams and his son, and check out these Spider-Man basketball sneakers from Adidas. Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split Stay on target
Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Juventus fans by challenging them to match his treble feat at Inter Milan following their loss at Old Trafford.Mourinho’s men were undone by a solitary strike from Paulo Dybala which was truly deserved considering their dominance in the game.However, the Portuguese manager believes the outcome of the tie would have been different if they had more options off the bench.“I think with the way we ended the game for the last 20 minutes, it would’ve been very different if we had Marouane Fellaini or Alexis Sanchez to take off the bench,” Mourinho told Football Italia.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We had a super-difficult game just two days ago. In any case, Juve have a great deal of quality. We did what we possibly could with heart and in my opinion a positive approach.“We knew when the draw was made that we’d be fighting Valencia for second place in the group.”Tensions flared up in the final minutes, as some of the travelling Juve fans insulted Mourinho, and he responded by holding up three fingers to represent Inter’s 2010 Treble – something Juventus have never achieved.“It’s an obvious response. Obviously, they don’t love me. Obviously, the toughest moment for them was our Treble. That’s fine. With players, Coaches, club and everything, we have total respect, everything is very cordial.”
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 30, 2018 50 orphaned puppies arrive at Helen Woodward Animal Center KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 30, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings50 orphan puppies that were rescued as a part of the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts need homes!Today, they arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center from Houston, Texas. The center has a partnership with the Rancho Santa Fe shelter and Operation Pets Alive. Due to spay and neuter laws in Texas, puppies are being born, but the shelters are still being rebuilt.More adoption information can be found here. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:04 PM
ADC AUTHOR The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2020 budget request may be delayed “a few days,” a DOD spokesman told CQ.Its delivery to Congress is scheduled for Feb. 4.President Trump hinted in a recent Pentagon speech that he will be calling for another increase in defense spending.
Will Kolkata Kinght Riders arrest the slide? Will they able to ward off the threat of Mumbai Indians? Will they keep their campaign alive? These will be the pertinent questions when Rohit Sharma’s side take on KKR at the Eden Gardens. Nothing seems to be working for Dinesh Karthik, he has found some form personally, but his bowlers and fielders are letting him down and now, Andre Russell has absolutely lashed out at his side for making too many poor decisions.So, will they come out punching above their weight, or will they be shunted out of the tournament by the Mumbai Indians?Predicted XI of both sides: Rohit SharmaMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty ImagesKolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh KrishnaMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit BumrahFantasy tips and suggestions: File image of Andre RussellIANSWicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock has been a massive boost for the Mumbai Indians this season and his form at the top of the order continues to give the side a rapid start. He should get the nod ahead of Dinesh Karthik, primarily because of his batting position.Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, who has a fabulous record at the Eden Gardens, found form in the last match against Chennai Super Kings and should be one of the key members of this batting order. Also, Nitish Rana and Chris Lynn should make it to the side, primarily because they would enjoy the surface and will have pace to work with.Also, Suryakumar Yadav, who has played a lot on this strip, should get a go at the top order and in the fantasy playing XI.All-rounders: Andre Russell, who has carried KKR all season, and who has made it absolutely clear that he is not very happy with the proceedings should be in the side. Also, Hardik Pandya, the man who has been the X-factor for Mumbai Indians this season, should be the other all-rounder in the fantasy playing XI.Spinners: The strip at Eden Gardens is not too conducive to spinners, but both sides have highly-skilled wrist spinners. Rahul Chahar has been impressive this season while Piyush Chawla has had success against Rohit Sharma in the past. Hence, both these spinners should make it to the playng XI.Seamers: KKR have struggled all season with their pace department and hence, have no options to choose from. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga at their disposal and both these aces should be in the fantasy side.
U.S. dollar notes are seen in front of a stock graph in this November 7, 2016 picture illustration.Reuters fileAsian shares edged lower on Thursday while dollar nursed losses against a basket of currencies after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled fewer rate hikes than anticipated.The U.S. central bank officials, meeting for the first time under Chairman Jerome Powell, raised the benchmark lending rate a quarter-point to a range of 1.50 percent to 1.75 percent and forecast at least two more hikes for 2018.The dollar recorded its steepest one-day loss in nearly two months as the Fed did not suggest that it was leaning toward four rate hikes this year, as some had expected.Stocks have come under pressure recently on worries over a global trade war, with U.S. President Donald Trump set to announce about $50 billion of tariffs against China over intellectual-property violations on Thursday, reported Bloomberg.Investors are worried Trump’s decision to impose tariffs could escalate into a full-blown trade war if China and other countries retaliate with similar or harsher measures.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent, with Japan’s Nikkei gaining 0.2 percent in early trade.The Wall Street stock index ended the day lower, with the S&P 500 losing 0.18 percent and the Nasdaq Composite 0.26 percent.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex rose 139 points or 0.42 percent to close at 33,136 on Wednesday.The partially convertible rupee ended at 65.21 on Wednesday, down 0.02 percent from its previous close of 65.20.So far this year, the rupee weakened 2 percent, while foreign investors have bought $1.6 billion in equity and sold $311 million in debt market.Policy meetings: The Bank of England will meet on Thursday, where it’s expected to keep interest rates and its asset-purchase program unchanged. New Zealand also has a monetary policy decision on the same day.Crude check: Brent crude, the benchmark for more than half the world’s oil, rose 0.14 percent at $69.57 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.20 percent at $65.30 a barrel, on Thursday morning.
Prothom Alo IllustrationPolice recovered the body of a suspected drug trader from Satkopat area in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga district on Saturday morning.The deceased is Oltu Mandal, 27, son of a certain Mohasin Ali, a resident of Gobindapur village of the upazila.Locals spotted the bullet-riddled body of Oltu around 10:00am and informed police, said Alamdanga police station officer-in-charge Abu Zihad Fakhrul Alam Khan.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital for an autopsy, he added.Oltu was an accused in 12 drug cases, the OC said.Police said Oltu might have been killed following an enmity over sharing of money earned from drug business.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTraffic had to be held on the M6 northbound after a four-vehicle collision saw a car hit the central reservation. Emergency services were called to reports of a multi-vehicle accident between junctions 13 and 14 , for Stafford , shortly before 6.30am this morning. One lane was currently blocked while the incident was being dealt with. A spokesman for traffic monitoring system Inrix said: “There is queueing traffic due to accident involving four cars on the M6 Northbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North). “All traffic is being temporarily held, but drivers should approach with care. Lane three (of three) is blocked. Read MoreArmed police called to country park “Police and emergency services are on the scene, and there are reports of damage to the central reservation barrier.” Traffic was released at around 7.20am, but residual congestion is heavy.
The M6 motorway remains closed in North Staffordshire due to a fire and three vehicle accident this morning (Monday June 10) The northbound carriageway closed around 1am between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent – with a car reported to be on fire. Two lane have now reopened but the contraflow through the roadworks is expected to be shut for most of the day. A diversion is currently in place. Traffic data company Inrix reports: “M6 Northbound closed due to vehicle fire and earlier accident from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). “Lanes one and two were already closed for overnight works, a three car accident and fire at around 22:30 last night have resulted in a full closure. The posted diversion route is 13.5 miles long and may result in longer journey times. Diversion – Hollow Black Triangle: via A34 NB and A500 going through Hanford.” The closure was first reported shortly before 11pm on Sunday (June 9) and emergency services attended the scene. Read MoreVan driver spotted veering on M6 – while picking song on phone A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 remains closed northbound from J14 to J15 due to an earlier vehicle fire and Highways England has resources deployed working hard to restore normal conditions as soon as possible. “Work to free trapped traffic held behind the earlier fire has been continuing over the course of the early hours of this morning. For traffic approaching the closure locally, you are advised to expect some disruption with extra journey due to a diversion from J14. Diversion route details and guidance is as follows;Follow the hollow black triangle leaving at J14 and following the A34 northbound to its junction with the A500 at Hanford. Proceeding onto the A500 to travel west to re-join the M6 at J15. The route is 13.5 miles.” Updates as we get them on the feed below. 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Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .10:33Staffordshire Police updateWe were called at 10.25pm last night (9 June) to a report of a three vehicle road traffic collision and vehicle fire on the M6 NB J14 – J15.Officers attended alongside colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and the Ambulance Service.No serious injuries were reported.Incident number 696 of 09 June.10:18INRIX updateOne lane closed due to emergency repairs on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Lane three (of three) is expected to remain closed for repairs across the day following an accident and subsequent vehicle fire. This lane is the contraflow lane through the roadworks. 08:44Ambulance service release statementA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:We were called at 10.30pm to junction 14 to 15 to reports of a three vehicle road traffic collision where one of the cars had been on fire. Four ambulances and a paramedic officer attended.One patient was assessed but none of the occupants required hospital treatment. 06:58Two miles of congestion06:57INRIX updateOne lane closed due to emergency repairs on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Congestion to J13 (Stafford South). In the roadworks area.Following an accident and vehicle fire first reported around midnight, lanes one and two (of three) re-opened around 06:45. Lane three remains closed for repairs – this is the contraflow lane through the roadworks. 06:38Two lanes now reopen06:26INRIX update Following an earlier accident and fire at around 22:30 on Sunday night, the road remains closed through the roadworks stretch. All trapped traffic was released by 05:40 05:46Lanes also closed further up the M6Two lanes closed due to accident on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Lanes one and two (of four) are closed.05:25Highways England updateThe M6 remains closed northbound from J14 to J15 due to an earlier vehicle fire and Highways England has resources deployed working hard to restore normal conditions as soon as possible.Work to free trapped traffic held behind the earlier fire has been continuing over the course of the early hours of this morning and we are providing assistance to a number of broken down vehicles.The closure from J14 is expected to be removed by 6am. 04:40Highways England hope to reopen carriageway by 6amA Highways England spokesman said:We’re working to have the carriageway re-opened at J14 by 6am.” 04:37DIVERSIONFor traffic approaching the closure locally, you are advised to expect some disruption with extra journey due to a diversion from J14.Diversion route details and guidance is as follows;Follow the hollow black triangle leaving at J14 and following the A34 northbound to its junction with the A500 at Hanford. Proceeding onto the A500 to travel west to re-join the M6 at J15. The route is 13.5 miles. 04:34Trapped traffic being releasedA Highways Eng;and spokesman said: “Trapped traffic is still being released from the incident, we are working hard to get this cleared, please be in your vehicle ready to go & thank you for your patience.”04:33Road remains closed M6 Northbound closed due to vehicle fire and earlier accident from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lanes one and two were already closed for overnight works, a three car accident and fire at around 22:30 last night have resulted in a full closure. The posted diversion route is 13.5 miles long and may result in longer journey times. Diversion – Hollow Black Triangle: via A34 NB and A500 going through Hanford. 01:15The affected stretch of carriageway]The affected stretch of the M6 northbound (Image: Inrix)01:12What we knowThe fire was first reported shortly before 11pm on Suunday (June 9)The northbound carriageway remains shut between J14 (Stafford North) and J15 (Stoke-on-Trent/A500)Motorists are being advised to expect delays Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes
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