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Guardiola We are better than last season

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes his side has improved since winning the Premier League title last season.Despite losing two games and trailing four points behind leaders Liverpool so far in the Premier League this season, Guardiola insists his current City has improved since their record-breaking season last season when they won the title with 100 points.“In little details, we are better than last season, which is normal because we have more time together,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.“Our process, our build-ups, our high pressing we can use different movements, we have more alternatives to defend into attack and we are more solid when we defend deeper.”Manchester United delayed City’s title celebrations last season with a shock 3-2 victory at the Etihad, but Jose Mourinho’s side lost 1-0 to West Brom a week later and handed their bitter rivals the title.“Even in games when you are winning 2-0 or 3-0 with 20 minutes left to play I am still not comfortable in saying it’s already done,” he said, recalling United’s incredible comeback from 2-0 down to 3-2 win.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But in that game, the way we reacted after a tough week with a Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool in the middle and then United, the way we played the first 10-15 minutes in that game, said to me that we are going to win the Premier League.“Because even if we lost that, the way we reacted and showed what we were, that moment I felt we were going to win the title.“It was our consistency. Of course, we dropped points, that happens, but after that, we were always there, which was the most remarkable thing and what I give the most importance.“Winning cups or the Champions League that’s six or seven games where you have to be good, but in the Premier League it can be every three days, which is why it’s the title I like the most.”last_img read more

Official PSG beat Chelsea to sign Leandro Paredes

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have pulled off a shock transfer coup by beating Chelsea to Leandro Paredes’ signature.The Blues had hoped to sign Paredes in this month’s transfer window following Cesc Fabregas’ departure for AS Monaco.But in light of Marco Verratti and Lassana Diarra’s injuries along with Adrien Rabiot’s suspension from PSG, manager Thomas Tuchel publicly urged the club to get a move on with signing new players over the weekend.And now the Ligue 1 champions have delivered by signing Zenit star Paredes on a four-and-a-half-year deal at the Parc des Princes for a reported fee of €45m.“I’m very proud to be joining Paris Saint-Germain,” Paredes told the club website.“After my previous experiences in Italy and Russia, I now have this fantastic opportunity, not only to discover a new league, but above all one to wear one the most prestigious club jerseys in the world.“I’d like to thank the chairman and the coach for the confidence they have shown in me by signing me.“We all know the extraordinary sporting dimension of Paris Saint-Germain, its players and staff.“I share the same high ambitions and I will do everything I can to give my club what it expects of me as a midfielder. I also look forward to the passionate atmosphere of the Parc des Princes, as I grew up with football fever in Argentina.”PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “Leandro brings with him the traditional strengths of Argentinian football – a fighting spirit and excellent technical skills.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He will bring a lot to our midfield and I am sure he will fit quickly into our coach’s well-organised and ambitious team.“Leandro’s arrival will keep the momentum, both on the pitch and among our supporters, ahead of the major events coming up. Exciting times lie ahead.”The Argentina international could make his PSG debut away to Lyon in Ligue 1 on Sunday.The French giants also had a bid for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye rejected earlier this week.📸👕 #BienvenidoParedesThis was the moment this morning when our new Parisian discovered his new locker room 🔝❤💙 #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/yDFk6FpmKI— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 29, 2019last_img read more

Man robs Credit Union in Rancho Bernardo

first_imgMan robs Credit Union in Rancho Bernardo SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man with a bandana tied around his head robbed a Rancho Bernardo financial-services office this afternoon, authorities reported.The thief was carrying a motorcycle helmet when he approached a teller at the San Diego County Credit Union branch in the 11900 block of Bernardo Plaza Drive and demanded money shortly before 4 p.m., according to San Diego police.The robber, who stole an undisclosed amount of money, was described as a roughly  5-foot-10-inch, 200-pound white man with a mustache. It was unclear if he fled the area on foot or, possibly, via a motorcycle or other type of vehicle.In addition to the black-and-white kerchief on his head, the bandit was wearing glasses, gray pants, a black hooded jacket and black shoes, Officer Robert Heims said. Posted: February 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, February 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Treat Mom This Mothers Day With A Trip From

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This year, why not celebrate your mom and/or grandmother with a fun day (or two) together? Consider a trip with the Wilmington Recreation Department as we will take care of all the details so you can enjoy your day!For the adventurous mom! How about spending a day in the Big Apple? We’re headed to NYC on Saturday, May 5. Plan to see a show, tour the 9/11 museum, visit the Statue of Liberty, or just take in all the sights of the city at your leisure. The time is yours to explore at your own pace. Cost is $65.For the game-loving mom! On Thursday, May 17 we’re off to Wright’s Farm Restaurant for our ‘Bingo Bonanza’ trip. This exciting day trip includes an all-you-can-eat chicken dinner and some Bingo action complete with prizes in the form of gift cards. Not only will you have a great afternoon complete with a delicious meal, you may even win something to take home with you! Cost is $62.For the musical mom! On Thursday, June 7, join us for a day trip to the acclaimed Venus de Milo Restaurant for a performance of “The King Returns”, an Elvis tribute by the popular Mark Shelton and his band. Our residents have raved about Mark’s performance on the Town Common and at the Beacon and Indian Head Resorts. A plated luncheon is included. Cost is $88.All of the above trips include roundtrip transportation, a tour escort, taxes and service charges.To register, visit https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Get Discounted Admission Tickets To 8 AttractionsIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football & Rec BasketballIn “Community”last_img read more

Hulu tops 25 million subscribers but still trails Netflix by miles

first_img Share your voice Post a comment 0 Tags TV and Movies Digital Media Hulu has been adding subscribers but remains much smaller than rival Netflix.   Sarah Tew/CNET Hulu surpassed 25 million total subscribers across all products in 2018, the company said Tuesday, an increase of 8 million from a year earlier. Like all other subscription streaming video services, Hulu is still far behind global leader Netflix, which had 137 million members worldwide at the end of September. But Hulu noted its milestone means it has more video customers than even the biggest cable and satellite TV companies in the US, which includes Comcast. The cable giant, which incidentally is one of Hulu’s parents, had 21 million residential TV customers at the end of September. (Awkward… )Although smaller than Netflix, Hulu was one of the vanguards of streaming television. As Netflix has secured its dominance, Hulu has grappled with a crowd of rivals to be one of the other services most consumers sign up for. That competition is set to only grow. Traditional Hollywood giants like Disney, Time Warner and others plan to launch their own versions of Netflix this year.In its end-of-year recap, Hulu said it’s the only service of its kind that has full seasons of 80 percent of the shows nominated for Emmys last year. And people are binge-watching there, too. For Hulu’s top 100 shows, more than half of all viewing sessions were for three or more episodes of the same series.Among other stats, Hulu said average time spent per subscriber each month increased 20 percent last year, and it said viewers who subscribe to both its on-demand service and its live-TV offering spend half of their time watching that on-demand or recorded programming. Hulu said it leaned in to that behavior by investing “significantly” in exclusive programming and improving its streaming technology. It reduced buffering by 90 percent, it said. Its advertising revenue hit a new high of $1.5 billion in 2018, up more than 45 percent. The median age of a Hulu viewer is 32, and the average annual household income was $93,000.Correction, 12:11 p.m. PT: This story initially misstated the year that Hulu’s advertising revenue hit a new high. It was in 2018. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution. Hulu Netflixlast_img read more

Netflix doesnt see any standout competitors yet

first_imgCindy Holland is Netflix’s vice president of original content.  Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Though the streaming landscape may seem crowded, Netflix says it still doesn’t see many stand-out competitors. During a session at the Code Conference on Tuesday, Netflix Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland said the company has been anticipating competition for years. Holland noted that though platforms like Disney Plus are on the way, Netflix always figured “all of these traditional players would enter into our space.” If anything, it was a motivation to invest in original content to begin with — eventually those traditional players might stop licensing to Netflix.”We believed this shift would all happen, it’s just taken many years longer than we thought,” Holland said.  Share your voice 0 Digital Mediacenter_img Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

Cordcutters delight The AirTV is just 4999 today

first_img The Cheapskate Walmart Best Buy See it $699 Mentioned Above Sonos Playbar $665 $699 Review • Sonos Playbar review: A sound bar for Sonos disciples Share your voice Media Streamers Gadgets Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers See It Bonus deal No. 2: Get an electric arc lighter for just $6.36tacklife-ely01-close-upCan your lighter do this? Tacklife Still lighting candles with matches? Go back to the 1800s, grandma! For a limited time, Red Baby AI (via Amazon) has the Tacklife ELY01 rechargeable arc lighter for just $6.36 with promo code GZ2Y24C4. That’s even less than the Father’s Day deal from last month. The lighter normally runs $13.See it at AmazonThis thing blows matches and propane lighters out of the water. For starters, it has a gooseneck, so it can light where you need it to light. It’s windproof, because there’s no actual flame to blow out. And it won’t ever run out of propane, because it relies on a rechargeable battery that’s good for up to 1,000 uses (!) between charges.The only caveat: If you use it to light candles, wax can get on the tip, which can prevent the arc from lightning. Just scrape off the wax with your thumbnail and you should be back in business.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! A sound bar for Sonos disciples Now playing: Watch this: Tags Preview • The Sonos Playbar is official: A sleek sound bar that streams all your music for $700 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sonos Playbar At just $50 refurbished, the AirTV is one of the cheapest ways to keep local TV channels. And no monthly fees! AirTV Update, July 11: The refurb AirTV is sold out at the $50 price. You can pick up a new AirTV at Amazon for $80 ($40 off), or you can check out the similar Amazon Fire TV Recast for $130 ($100 off). That latter product costs more — and only works with a Fire TV streamer — but it includes a built-in 500GB DVR. Like the AirTV, however, it requires no monthly fees.Read the Air TV review | Read the Fire TV Recast reviewFor many a cable TV cord-cutter, local channels are the final piece of the puzzle. How can you continue to watch (or record) those stations without piling on more monthly fees and defeating the whole point of cutting the cord?Here’s how: Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished AirTV dual-tuner local-channel streaming box for $49.99, with free shipping for Amazon Prime subscribers. (Others pay $5.)See it at WootEverything you need to know about this product, you can find in CNET’s AirTV review. However, allow me to sum up: Connect an antenna to the AirTV box, then link the box to your Wi-Fi network (or plug it into your router’s Ethernet port). Presto! Now you can watch live local channels via your streaming devices (Fire TV, Roku and so on) and mobile devices (even if you’re away from home).Better still, the AirTV can pull DVR duty, though it’s BYO USB hard drive. If you have an extra one lying around, great. If not, here’s a Toshiba Canvia 1TB drive for just $49. (My point: Adding your own storage is extremely affordable.)Although the box was “built for SlingTV,” you definitely don’t need a SlingTV subscription. If you have one, those channels will populate the program guide alongside your local ones, which is nice. Even nicer? There’s no monthly fee for AirTV’s program guide.So, yeah, you’re in for $50 for the box. And if you already have an antenna and hard drive, you’re done. The latter is optional, and here’s an indoor HD antenna for just $17.Cord-cutting solutions don’t get much cheaper than this. Even if Woot’s supply of refurbs runs out, the AirTV is quite reasonable at $79.99.If you’ve used one and have thoughts to share, hit the comments section!Bonus deal: The Sonos Playbar drops to $549 (save $150)Sonos Playbar Jason Jenkins/CNET Speaking of refurbished gear for your TV viewing pleasure, the Sonos Playbar sound bar normally sells for $699, but for a limited time, you can get a refurb Playbar for $549. That’s a rare deal and one of the biggest discounts I can recall seeing on this speaker.See it at SonosEverything you need to know about it, you can learn in CNET’s Sonos Playbar review. (Wow, did this thing really come out way back in 2014?)One thing worth adding: All refurbished Sonos gear is guaranteed to be good as new, right down to the full one-year warranty. Sure, at $549 the Playbar is still a pricey addition to a home theater — but at least it’s a little less outrageous. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 3:19 See It Amazon Bluetooth Roku Toshiba Comments $699 Crutchfield See It 33last_img read more

Room temperature homes report

first_imgRoom temperature homes report2.7K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Room temperature homes report2.7K viewsBusinessDespite freezing temperatures and piles of snow in much of the Northeast, sales of new U.S. single family homes fell only slightly in January, and supply rose to its highest level since 2010. TheVentuno Web Player 4.50Despite freezing temperatures and piles of snow in much of the Northeast, sales of new U.S. single family homes fell only slightly in January, and supply rose to its highest level since 2010. Thelast_img read more

Pawan Hans IPO Helicopter firm plans fleet expansion ahead of public issue

first_imgPawan Hans, a state-owned helicopter service company, is accelerating plans for an initial public offering (IPO) listing by the end of 2017 or early 2018. However, before that, the company is taking measures to expand its services to pose itself as an attractive entity for investors.Keen to join the regional connectivity scheme of the central government, the Delhi-based helicopter services firm aims to increase its revenues threefold to Rs 1,600 crore over the next decade from Rs 500 crore during the last financial year (2015-16), the Business Standardreported.Pawan Hans is planning to raise about Rs 350 crore from the market listing. The company has charted out a new expansion plan wherein it would increase its fleet size, diversify business and invest in MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facility, according to BP Sharma, chairman and managing director of Pawan Hans.In an interview to the publication, Sharma further said that the IPO preparation is on in full swing. The State Bank of India (SBI) is currently carrying out a risk assessment survey for the company and the report is awaited. The concrete proposal for the market listing is likely to be out by March next year.Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju previously said the public listing will help Pawan Hans a transparent and efficient firm.Expansion plansThe company, which is known for offering helicopter services for VIP movement, now plans to make the service available for the common man. With the proceeds from the IPO and financial backing from the government, the company plans to spend about Rs 4,000 crore to increase its fleet size, which at present stands at 43.According to Sharma, Pawan Hans may acquire around 100 helicopters over the next six years and is reportedly in talks with Bell Helicopters and Airbus Helicopters for the acquisition.Additionally, the company plans to provide connectivity to the Northeast region of the country. “Northeast is a region where the company already has a strong presence through helicopter service. We plan to connect the northeast capitals as well,” Sharma said.last_img read more

PNB Housing Finance cheers investors on listing

first_imgPNB Housing Finance shares listed at Rs 860 on stock exchanges on Monday, marking a premium of 11 percent to the issue price of Rs 775 per share. At around 10.53 am., the share was trading at Rs 882.55, a gain of 13.88 percent over the issue price. Punjab National Bank (PNB), which holds a substantial stake in the company, was up 4.48 percent to Rs 137.50.The Rs 3,000-crore initial public offering (IPO) of the home loan company was oversubscribed 30 times, though the response to the retail portion was lukewarm at 1.30 times.The IPO comprised 3.9 crore (39 million) shares to prospective investors at a price band of Rs 750-775 per equity share, between October 25 and 27, 2016.Read: PNB Housing Finance IPO: Angel Broking recommends ‘subscribe’ to Rs 3,000-crore issueShares of other home loan companies were also trading with gains. LIC Housing Finance was up 2.47 percent at Rs 546.90 and Gruh Housing was up 3.59 percent at Rs 329.30, while Indiabulls Housing Finance was trading at Rs 808.70, up 2.48 percent.The BSE Sensex was up 237 points at 27,511. Top index gainers included Lupin, ITC, State Bank of India and Dr Reddy’s Labs.PNB Housing Finance raised Rs 894 crore from anchor investors by issuing shares at the upper end (Rs 775) of the price band.For the financial year ended March 31 2016, PNB Housing Finance reported net profit of Rs 326 crore, up 66 percent from Rs 196 crore in the preceding fiscal, while revenues rose 52 percent to Rs 2,697 crore. Assets under management stood at Rs 27,555 crore as of March 31 2016.Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 0.22 percent and 0.14 percent, respectively, at the end of financial year 2015-16.The global coordinators and book running managers for the public issue were Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited, DSP Merrill Lynch Limited, J.P. Morgan India Private Limited and Morgan Stanley India Company Private Limited.last_img read more

IT startup employees are entitled to labour law benefits like provident fund

first_imgIn picture: A man counts 1000 Indian rupee banknotes outside a branch of Bank of India in Mumbai, India, November 10, 2016. [Representational image]Reuters fileUnion Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya on Monday, July 24, provided a much-needed boost to employees of tech start-ups, saying they can claim benefits like provident funds that are part of the labour laws of the country. The statement came in the backdrop of information technology (IT) sector crisis in India.The minister’s announcement means start-ups cannot deny employees benefits like provident funds.What the minister saidIn a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Dattatreya said: “The workers of IT start-ups and small-scale industries may avail of benefits of provisions of the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, the Employees State Insurance Act and social security schemes under the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act depending on eligibility.” The minister’s assertion is important because the Central government has launched a number of schemes for salaried professionals, but it requires organisations to be linked to them and pay their employees dues regularly. This may not always happen, especially because studies have shown close to 90 percent start-ups fail within their first five years.And given the pains a start-up has to go through to raise funds for expansion, some might opt to spend more money on infrastructure now and employee benefits later, once they have better cash flow.  In picture: Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) Bandaru Dattatreya.Press Information BureauCurrent situationIndia’s IT sector has been hit by a number of factors in recent times. Primary among these is the US curb on H1-B visas, which Indian IT companies often use to get Indian professionals to the US to work on projects for lower remuneration. Since then, there has been news of layoffs in many IT companies in India, which have looked to the US to get more employees. The fear of being laid off has driven people to suicide. On the other hand, some are looking to get re-skilled in order to find jobs in newer, more relevant fields.last_img read more

Narayana Murthy hits back at Infosys board says extremely anguished by allegations

first_imgN. R. Narayana Murthy, founder and former chairman of Infosys.Reuters fileIT major Infosys’ co-founder and chairman emeritus Narayana Murthy has hit back at the company’s board saying that he is “extremely anguished by the allegations, tone and tenor” of statements issued after the resignation of MD and CEO Dr. Vishal Sikka.Dr. Sikka resigned from his position on Friday morning. He has accepted a new position of executive vice chairman to ensure continuity until the new management is in place.Read the FULL TEXT of Narayana Murthy’s statement:I have read the statement issued by the Board of Directors of Infosys.I am extremely anguished by the allegations, tone and tenor of the statements. I voluntarily left the Board in 2014 and am not seeking any money, position for children or power. My concern primarily was the deteriorating standard of corporate governance which I have repeatedly brought to the notice of the Infosys board.It is below my dignity to respond to such baseless insinuations. However, several shareholders who have read the whistle-blower report have told me that it is hard to believe a report produced by a set of accused, giving a clean chit to the accused, and the accused refusing to disclose why they got a clean chit! They say that this is not the way an impartial and objective investigation should be held.I will reply to these allegations in the right manner and in the right forum and at the appropriate time.last_img read more

Eight girls saved from child marriage in 24 hrs

first_imgEight schoolgirls were saved from early marriage in the past 24 hours, with timely intervention by local administration as well as the teenage brides themselves, their classmates and locals.The teenage girls were saved from underage marriage from Thursday to Friday in Natore, Kushtia, Barisal, and Dhaka’s Savar.Natore: A mobile court sentenced two persons, including a suitor, to 15 days jail for arranging a child marriage at Lalpur.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and executive magistrate Nazrul Islam nabbed the two persons at the wedding of the 13-year-old girl and jailed them. The bride was a class VI student from Bagatipara upazila.A UP chairman had informed police about the marriage.Kushtia: Five schoolgirls were saved from early marriage in the district on Friday.Of them, four weddings were foiled in Doulatpur upazila and one in Sadar upazila. Among the victims, five are students of class VIII and one girl studies in class V.Local administration officials stopped the weddings and took undertakings from the parents of the girls that they will not marry their daughters before they turn 18.Savar: A 14-year-old girl has been saved from untimely marriage at the intervention of Savar UNO.The family of the ninth-grade girl was getting ready to arrange the wedding with one of her teachers on Friday.Being informed by a local newsman, UNO Sheikh Rasel Hassan took steps to foil the marriage.Savar model police station sub-inspector Momenur Rahman said the parents of the girl have pledged not to marry the girl before she turns 18. Barisal: A 14-year old girl from Barjalia union of Hijla upazila managed to prevent her forced marriage on Thursday. Her family completed all preparations for her marriage on Friday. In the meantime, she informed her classmates and teachers about the forced marriage. They, with the help of UNO Abu Zafar Rashed, foiled the marriage of the eighth grader.Meanwhile, Gournadi UNO Masuma Akhter stopped the marriage of a 13-year-old girl in Gournadi municipality. The parents of the eighth grader gave an undertaking that they will not marry their daughter before she turns 18.Director general of Governance Innovation Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office Mohammad Abdul Halim told Prothom Alo that people are now more aware of child marriage and NGOs and media are playing due role in this regard.Ghashful, founded by NGO Worldvision, managed to stop some seventeen underage marriages since 2014 in Mymensingh’s Nandail.Rasheda K Choudhury, executive director of Campaign for Popular Education, told Prothom Alo that the way child marriages are taking place is not acceptable.Though the number of child marriages has decreased, there is no room for complacency. Child marriage should be stopped from the grassroots, she added.last_img read more

Families remain ignorant for 4 yrs about missing persons

first_imgShahnaz Begum, wife of missing BNP leader Humayun Parvez, speaks at a seminar at DRU in Dhaka. Photo: Prothom AloShahriar Kabir broke down in tears, saying, “If anyone’s father dies, they can go the grave and pray. But I don’t even know whether my father is dead or alive.”Shahriar is the son of Laksham (Comilla) BNP leader Humayun Parvez who has been missing for four years.On 27 November 2013, Humayun Parvez with two leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Saiful Islam and Jasimuddin, had been going to Dhaka from Laksham by ambulance. A team of RAB-11 intercepted them in Comilla’s Harispur and picked them up in their vehicle. He has not been heard of since, said Humayun’s son Shahriar.He was speaking at a seminar organised by Bangladesh Nagorik Odhikar Forum to demand an end to the disappearances, killings and oppression.  Members of other families of abducted persons gathered at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) yesterday, Sunday, to attend the seminar, demanding that the missing persons be returned.The seminar was chaired by Humayun Parvez’s wife Shahnaz Begum.Shahnaz Begum said Humayun’s father had finally passed away without knowing the fate of his son. She demanded justice for all extrajudicial killings and abductions.Her son Shahriar said that a case was lodged with the Laksham police station four years ago, but no headway was made in the case.Rafsanul Islam, son of another victim Saiful Islam, claimed that he filed a case about four years ago, but there has been no progress in the case. The police were silent about it.The speakers at the programme said that nearly 400 people including BNP leader Ilias Ali and Chowdhury Alam, politicians, teachers, media persons, and publishers had disappeared.Sajedul Islam disappeared from the capital four years ago. His sister Afroza Islam said, “RAB picked Sajedul and eight others from Bashundhara residential area on 4 December, 2013. The families are still looking. The home minister has simply said that they cannot find them.Afroza thinks that the missing persons had been abducted for criticising the government.Khondokar Mosharraf Hossain, member of BNP’s permanent committee, was the chief guest at the seminar, with professor Siddiqur Rahman from Dhaka University as special guest. Lawyer Rafique Sikder read the keynote.last_img read more

Indonesia quake kills 82 on tourist island

first_imgA man looks at debris from his partially collapsed home following a strong earthquake in Lendang Bajur Hamlet, Lombok island, Indonesia 6 August, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Photo: ReutersAt least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, triggering widespread panic as thousands fled their homes for emergency shelters as buildings collapsed.The death toll is expected to rise with hundreds injured and thousands of houses damaged, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement on Monday.Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, wrote on Facebook that his room shook violently and walls cracked.”It was quite impossible to stand up. Heard screams. Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking. Power went out for a while. Lots of cracks, fallen doors,” he wrote.Most of the victims were killed by falling rubble in northern and western parts of Lombok.An initial tsunami warning of waves of up to half a metre was issued following the quake but later withdrawn.Lombok was hit by another powerful 6.4 quake a week earlier on July 29, killing 17 people and injuring hundreds of people.More than 100 aftershocks have rattled Lombok since the quake, which was so powerful it was felt on the neighbouring island of Bali.”The night condition and some disconnected communication lines pose some challenges in the field. Death count is expected to increase still,” the disaster management agency said.Tourists queue to leave Lombok Island after an earthquake hit, as seen at Lombok International airport, Indonesia, 6 August, 2018. Photo: ReutersI Nyoman Sidakarya, head of Mataram’s search and rescue agency, told TvOne, authorities will evacuate around 700 tourists and local residents from the nearby Gili Islands.”We will evacuate people off of the three Gili islands. Some of them are hurt and are in shock,” Sidakarya said in the televised interview.One person in Gili Air was killed, he said, but details about the victim is unknown yet.Saffron Amis, a British student visiting the Gili Islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, told Reuters by text message that dozens of tourists were evacuated to a hill after the quake.The quake struck Lombok in the early evening at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported.Travellers at the international airports in Lombok and Bali were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings but operations were not disrupted, officials said.The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of houses, hotels and restaurants.”All the hotel guests were running, so I did too. People filled the streets,” said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist. “A lot of officials were urging people not to panic.”Other witnesses said the initial quake grew in intensity over several seconds, rattling windows and doors, and there were many aftershocks.last_img read more

5 die in bus collision in Russia

first_imgMap of Voronezh region. Photo: CollectedRussian emergency officials say that at least five people have died in a bus collision in south-western Russia.The Emergencies Ministry said that about 20 others were injured in Tuesday’s crash in the Voronezh region near Novaya Usman, about 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Moscow.Russian news reports cited road police as saying that the collision occurred when one bus stopped because of a technical problem and another one hit it from behind.last_img read more

Qunun escape sparks rare criticism of Saudi guardianship laws

first_imgFactfile on what we know so far about the 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun who was detained at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok and is now being helped by UNHCR. Photo: AFPA Saudi teen’s live-tweeted asylum plea has cast a renewed spotlight on women’s rights just months after women won the right to drive, and sparked rare criticism of restrictive “guardianship” laws — from men.Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, arrived in Thailand at the weekend after fleeing what she called an abusive family in the deeply conservative kingdom and staved off deportation after her tweets drew global attention.Qunun’s impassioned cry for help set off a media frenzy, prompting angry denunciations and death threats from many in a kingdom where guardianship laws are still widely supported.But the incident sparked a rare online debate as several young Saudis — including men — implored authorities to dismantle the guardianship system.Seen as a form of gender apartheid, the system means Saudi women are often only as free as their male “guardians” — husband, father and other male relatives — allow them to be. The men in their lives have to give formal permission for the women to study, get married or even renew their passports.”Guardianship gives men the ultimate authority over women,” a young Saudi medical student named Bandar said in a video monologue posted on Twitter.”He can control her, slap her, beat her, do whatever he wants and no (government) agency can stop him.”This is causing women to dream about living elsewhere, away from where they were born and raised. Why? Because living here suffocates them.”As tweets by Qunun, now in the care of a UN refugee agency in Thailand, went viral, a new hashtag gained traction in Saudi Arabia: “Drop guardianship or all of us will migrate”.”Saudi society, in general, has utterly failed to come to terms with the reality that women have an equal desire for self actualisation,” tweeted another Saudi man, Ahmad Nasser al-Shathri.”The notion that a women’s innate desire is to be a homemaker is crippling our societal growth.”‘Repressive’ systemThe backlash follows a wide-ranging liberalisation drive spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that is aimed at transforming the conservative petro-state, long criticised for its treatment of women.His reforms include the much-celebrated decision overturning the world’s only ban on female motorists last June, allowing women to attend soccer games alongside men and take on jobs that once fell outside the narrow confines of traditional gender roles.Catalysed in large measure by what experts call economic pain owing to a drop in oil prices, the reforms have introduced a series of firsts in the Saudi labour market, where women have a miniscule presence.In recent months, Saudi media has championed the first woman restaurant chef, first woman news anchor and even the first woman racing driver.For the first time, women are seen alongside men in music concerts and social gatherings, amid the waning influence of the once-feared religious police, which strictly segregated the genders.But while transforming the lives of many women, this reform drive will be cosmetic for many others until the kingdom abolishes a system that gives men arbitrary authority over their female relatives, critics say.”The social reforms in Saudi Arabia are very much real and they will improve the everyday lives of women,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.”But the guardianship system remains repressive and hinders women’s rights and mobility.”Lightning rodWomen’s empowerment is a potential social lightning rod in the deeply traditional society of Saudi Arabia.Officials close to the government say they are seeking to dismantle the system piecemeal to prevent any backlash from arch-conservatives.Meanwhile, horror stories regularly surface.Women inmates are often reported to be stuck in prisons after completing their terms because they were not claimed by their guardians.One Saudi woman told AFP how she was stuck in limbo, unable to even renew her passport, when her father, her only male guardian, slipped into a coma after an accident.Many Saudis condemned Qunun for what they described as dishonouring her family.But as she galvanised international support in a Twitter-led campaign, many others voiced solidarity — especially after the Saudi charge d’affaires in Bangkok was caught on tape telling Thai authorities they should have confiscated Qunun’s cellphone.”It is challenging for the crown prince to completely dismantle guardianship laws because of religious conservatives who have a vested political interest to remain relevant in a changing Saudi Arabia,” said Momani.”That said, social pressure from young people like Rahaf, who find the reforms glacially slow … may prove more of a political challenge than the religious conservatives.”last_img read more

Nayan Bonds patronised by police politicians

first_imgSabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond. File PhotoSabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond, main accused of Rifat Sharif murder and killed in an alleged gunfight with police, created a criminal gang ‘Group 007’ under the patronisation of police and politicians. Nayan’s relatives and local politicians have said this. Nayan’s mother Shahida Akhter said Nayan did not become ‘Nayan Bond’ in a day. An influential quarter created Nayan Bond to use him, she said.Shahida, however, did not talk about the influential quarter.Nayan Bond and his criminal gang ‘Group 007’ came up in the discussions after Rifat was hacked to death in broad daylight in Barguna town on 26 June and the video footage of the murder went viral.Prime accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Barguna’s Burirchar on 2 July.But questions haunt Barguna people as to who are behind the rise of Nayan Bond.According to an investigation of Prothom Alo, Sunam Debnath, Barguna district Awami League unit science and technology affairs secretary, patronised Nayan Bond. Sunam is also the son of Dhirendra Debnath Shombhu, a member of parliament (MP) from Barguna-1 constituency. Shawon Talukdar and Abhijit Talukdar, two brothers-in-law of Sunam Debnath, were directly involved in different criminal activities committed by Nayan.Nayan built good relations with local police. He maintained regular contacts with at least six officers of Barguna Sadar police station and Detective Branch (DB) of police. Before becoming a small criminal, Nayan had a relation with police. He was also a so-called informant of police. In different criminal activities in the town, he got support from police. Alongside a number of police officers, politicians patronised him. Through this, he and his gang established supremacy in the entire town. None talked against them out of fear.“A group of youth does not become desperate naturally. It requires backing. There is no scope to spare those who gave them shelter,” Barguna district AL joint general secretary Motaleb Mridha said to Prothom Alo.Nayan’s mother Shahida Begum said Nayan was a good student at his boyhood. He got scholarships in class V and VIII. After the death of his father, a bank official in 2007, Nayan lost his interest in studies.Noor Hossain, a close friend of Nayan, said his love affair severed after the death of his father and he started taking cannabis. Before passing SSC, he was addicted to yaba and heroine in 2011. Then, he got involved in petty crimes including snatching cell phones and ornaments, he added. On 7 July 2011, a case was filed against Nayan on charges of snatching ornaments from a female student who was going to school.In 2017, he formed a criminal gang and controlled drug trade in the town. He opened a Facebook ID Nayan Bond. Members of his gang added Bond in their names too. On condition of anonymity, a councillor of Barguna municipality told Prothom Alo that he handed over Nayan to police when he (Nayan) went to a saw mill for extortion. As Nayan made a phone call, Sunam Debnath appeared on the spot. By the time, police took away Nayan in a pickup van. The councillor came to know later that Sunam helped Nayan get released from police van before it reached police station.Sunam Debnath was not available over phone for comments.A number of youths, who are involved in drug trade and criminal activities in Barguna town said Nayan was the informant of three DB officials including assistant sub inspector Khairul Hasan. Verifying the call list of Nayan, his contact with Khairul Hasan has been confirmed. When asked, Khairul said, “I had no contact with Nayan.” About Nayan Bond’s role as police informant, Barguna superintendent of police Maruf Hossain said, “The informant of police is a secret matter. The police officials are not compelled to disclose who their informant is.” Nayan’s mother Shahida Akhter said her son had a contact with police.This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Life stories — not sermons — guide Gilead Church in Chicago

first_img Share This! By: Katelyn Ferral Katelyn Ferral,Load Comments,New Pakistani leader’s education aims may include reining in religious schools Katelyn Ferral TagsGilead Church homepage featured mainline Christianity millennials Slow Church storytelling,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — In the purple upstairs lounge of a Chicago gay bar, JB Lee takes the stage in front of his fellow congregants to tell a life story: the time he, a self-described “Asian bro,” got high in Europe.Ignoring the advice of a wise Dutch coffee shop purveyor, Lee explains, he and a friend ate a marijuana brownie in one sitting — a choice that fueled a crazed bicycle ride, grocery store orange juice binge and much vomiting.He eventually ended up alone on a street curb, confused and shivering.“At that moment, a stranger saw what was going on, took off her coat and covered me with it,” Lee said. “She called the ambulance, and the rest was history.”As the bar church crowd cheered, the Rev. Vince Amlin proclaimed: “the word of God for the people of God.”“The word of God for the people of God,” the congregants repeated.JB Lee tells a story about a trip to Europe to the Gilead Church congregation during a service on Feb. 17, 2019, in Chicago. RNS photo by Katelyn FerralDecidedly irreverent and unconventional, Lee’s story is the centerpiece of what Gilead Church is about: connecting people’s everyday, true-life stories to the God they believe continues to work through them.Here, life stories are treated with the same reverence other Christian traditions show Scripture. They are inherently spiritual, regardless of what they are about, said Amlin, who co-founded and co-pastors Gilead with Rev. Rebecca Anderson.“Every story is a God story — not just the ones that seem like ‘oh I would tell this story at church,’ the shitty stories, the sexy stories, the failure stories, whatever they are,” Amlin said. “(That) life is sacred. That God chose to take on human life. That said something about human life.”The practice of storytelling is the core of Gilead’s progressive theology, presented each week by different members of the congregation.The stories, told in first person in front of a microphone, are layered between traditional church rituals — Communion, benediction — and less traditional ones, such as poetry readings, alcoholic drinks, and pop-song sing-alongs.During the service last month where Lee told his story, the congregation sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway,” Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” and Cher’s “Believe,” among others.The church has sermon themes that rotate and often involve input from the congregation: “Choose Your Own Adventure” was a recent theme in which a discussion of faith was laid out for the congregation like steps in the “Oregon Trail” computer game.Gilead, which launched in May 2017, said its intent is to translate the teachings of Jesus in a new way for those who have eschewed church, especially young adults — many of whom continue to exit mainline Protestant congregations.Gilead Church congregants meet outdoors near their garden. Photo by Jason Colston, courtesy of Gilead ChurchThe church’s Sunday night services, along with a slew of parties they are hosting this year, all aim to create community where people can share their unvarnished lives, ask hard questions and develop their faith.“We are open and affirming, anti-racist, local, organic, slow-church, just peace, free range, real butter Christians,” according to the Gilead site. It has also printed the phrase on church T-shirts.“It’s loud. It’s profane. It’s somewhat brash. It’s also really emotional… we hope we are hitting on something that is real for people,” said Amlin in an interview. “We are sharing true stories from our lives and that stuff hits hard.”Gilead, which has about 50 attendees each week, is growing at what is a “Pentecost moment” for the mainline Christian church at large, Amlin said. It is a blend of denominations: Amlin is ordained in the United Church of Christ, while Anderson is ordained in the Disciples of Christ.The concept for Gilead grew out of an annual dinner group Amlin and Anderson formed after meeting in divinity school at the University of Chicago. Both preachers come from creative backgrounds — Amlin with a degree in dramatic writing and Anderson with one in playwriting. They also teach storytelling workshops together on the side.“We specifically saw ourselves as part of something that was already happening in our denominations but also more widely,” Amlin said. “It wasn’t like, ‘oh, we’re going to start something that is better or different from everything that is happening,’ but more like ‘there is this energy to do something new.’”The name “Gilead” comes from the Bible and is a place in the Old Testament where a special healing balm is made and where a man named Jacob wrestles with God. The church similarly hopes to be a place of healing, where the wounded can be made whole.The Rev. Rebecca Anderson addresses the Gilead Church congregation during service on Feb. 17, 2019, in Chicago. RNS photo by Katelyn FerralThrowing parties is one way Gilead hopes to become that place — attracting people who don’t go to church to connect them with people who do.“Practically speaking, it’s a low-bar entry point to Gilead,” Anderson said.But to be clear, the main point is fun. Because fun is Christ-like, too, she said.“Jesus was kind of a party guy. He got invited to a lot of shit and said yes,” she said. “It’s just another expression of how we do church. In the Christian life, one of the fruits of the spirit is joy.”A key perk to starting a new church from an old faith tradition is finding new paths to that joy, Amlin said.“We don’t have to do things that we’ve always done,” Amlin said. “If we don’t have to do anything, what should we do? What’s fun? What’s exciting?”Last month, the church rented a Chicago Transit Authority elevated train car, brought in a DJ, a caterer and threw a party as the train looped throughout the city.Last summer the congregation brewed beer and had a release party for it: a Sex-Positive Summer Wheat Ale and Balm of Gilead Indian Pale Ale, a reference to the medicinal balm created in the Bible.It is planning a dance party for Easter.To kick off Lent? A fort-building party, naturally.“We’re going to build forts, right after you give up forts for Lent,” Anderson tells laughing congregants. “It’s sort of a Mardi Gras fort building situation.”Gilead Church members ride a CTA train around Chicago. Photo courtesy of Gilead ChurchThe church’s party initiative is funded, in part, through a grant from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary near Evanston. Garrett, which received $1.5 million from the Lilly Endowment, is funding 13 churches across the city with grants of up to $30,000 who are trying to attract young people and address issues of loneliness.The five-year initiative is being rolled out in three phases and will be completed in 2021. The first phase centered on listening sessions with millennial churchgoers, which revealed some common concerns among them, said Jennifer Moe, the assistant director for the program.“Young people have all of these skills and abilities, and they’re out there doing all these things with their work life, whether it’s artistic pursuits or activism or being entrepreneurs… (but) they feel like when they go to church, there’s no place for them,” Moe said. “The church sees them as valuable for just doing helpful work but not the main work of the church.”Anderson said Gilead engages young people but emphasizes being a place for everyone, regardless of age, background, sexual orientation or doctrinal beliefs.“Gilead is a ‘more is more’ community, so that actually, as a staff, we like to say, ‘if you’ve been told that you’re too much, Gilead is perfect for you!’” said Anderson.The congregation is unapologetically Christian but, unlike more conservative evangelical denominations, does not require members to align on a set list of doctrines. The impetus, rather, is on being a space to ask questions, to wrestle.“I am less about converting people than I am about saying if this stuff is beautiful or meaningful or lifesaving to you, it is yours for the having,” Anderson said. “We want to be a church by and for people who have been made to feel that the church is not for them.”That environment is what drew Lee, this week’s storyteller, to Gilead. The 33-year-old dentist grew up in a conservative Korean-American Christian church. He became disenchanted with the tradition after seeing hypocrisy and abuse of power within the church. Gilead has helped grow his faith and find community, he said.“It’s a place where even if you have a lot of questions, it’s OK,” Lee said. “It’s a place where questions are welcome and you don’t necessarily have to have some kind of conclusion. Doubts are encouraged.”Anderson agrees. Gilead helps people develop muscles for seeing God, whether it’s in Scripture or in the world, she said.It is working out its faith, one story at a time.“It’s one translation,” she said. “It’s not for everyone, but the folks who it is for, this is the language of how they hear the Gospel.” News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Katelyn Ferral As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Muslim inmates sue over combined faith services in Arkansas prisons By: Katelyn Ferrallast_img read more