Civil Aviation Ministry awaits inputs from Home Ministry to finalise ‘drone policy’

first_imgOn October 19, the Mumbai Police and CISF looked frantically for a drone after airport authorities informed that around 5.55 pm the pilot of Delhi-Mumbai IndiGo flight 6E-755 saw a UAV fly 100 feet below the aircraft during landing.Pilot Ashish Ranjan informed the CISF about the blue-pink coloured aerial vehicle that he spotted 3.5 km east towards Kurla sending the security apparatus into a tizzy.The recent sightings of drones at sensitive airport of Delhi and Mumbai have caused alarm bells ringing more than often. But what is more alarming is the confusion that persists after spotting of such a UAV. With multiple agencies working on ground, who is responsible for spotting and acting against such a drone, with multiple ground, air and even intelligence agencies looking at aspects to track such a drone, which is considered a potential terror threat.A source from the CISF said, “Our troops are trained for anti-hijacking task for being deployed at the airport. We can deal with people, How do we deal with something which is air-borne? Further, multiple agencies work in tandem, does police have wherewithal to take a call of shooting the drone in sight, only Air Force has the capacity. But further adding with close to 100 sightings a year, no drone has been ever seized or shot down.”DRONE POLICY DRAFT NEARING COMPLETION This confusion may finally be laid to rest soon. The answer may lie in the Government’s  “Drone policy” which has been a work in progress for quite some time. Top level sources indicate that the government of India is almost ready with a final draft.advertisementThere have been series of meetings in North block with active participation of the Civil Aviation Ministry, top Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) officials, CISF and even the Air Force. A final input from the Home Ministry for deciding the regulations on commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including drones is awaited. Aviation regulator DGCA banned the use of UAVs for commercial purposes in October 2014 amid concerns over security.Also read: Mumbai on alert after IndiGo pilot spots suspicious drone In April 2016, the watchdog came out with draft norms for public consultations but there is yet to be a final decision on the issue. Recently, officials from the Civil Aviation Ministry held discussions with their counterparts in the Home Ministry about the proposed regulations for UAVs, including drones and others. “We had a meeting with the Home Ministry officials. We have requested for inputs on our proposed policy on drones and expedite the matter. As soon as we get their inputs, we will be putting out the policy on drones,” another officer dealing with an issue told India Today.PERMIT TO BE MADE MANDATORY The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in its draft regulations had proposed that drone users would have to secure a permit and a unique identification number for their operations. Many such drones are used for film shooting, wedding photography, adventure sport and so on. While discussing the issue a senior officer said, “While a UAV can be sold across various sites, it is dangerous that there is no way to monitor either their use or their sale. It can be potentially dangerous.” He further added that if a pizza can be delivered by a drone, so can be a bomb.Also read: Mumbai next on terror hit list? Police suspect drones may be used for attackIn the wake of technological advancements in UAVs over the years and their increased use, it has become necessary to develop guidance material to regulate their activities, according to officials. There have been growing instances of drones and other UAVs coming into the flight paths of aircraft, especially near busy airports, leading some of these countries to formulate rules to regulate these operations.In October 2014, the government had banned the use of UAVs by any non-government agency, organisation or an individual.Also read: Mumbai: Police issue fresh circular for possibility of drone attackslast_img read more

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Chelsea beat Jose Mourinho’s 10-man Manchester United to reach FA Cup semi-finals

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte got the upper hand on Jose Mourinho for the second time this season as his double-chasing side beat 10-man Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to reach the FA Cup semi-finals on Monday.N’Golo Kante’s precise 51st minute strike was enough for Conte’s team to break United’s hold on the Cup after the visitors had Ander Herrera sent off after 35 minutes for a second yellow card — both for fouls on Eden Hazard.Premier League leaders’ Chelsea’s reward is a Wembley clash with Tottenham Hotspur next month, while the other semi-final will be between Arsenal and Manchester City.United, who face a Europa League last 16 tie on Thursday against Russian side Rostov, were missing the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and injured Wayne Rooney and offered little threat once Kante had beaten David de Gea with a precise low shot.Mourinho was spared the humiliation of the 4-0 thrashing his old club dished out in October’s league meeting — his first return to Stamford Bridge since being sacked last season — but his United side were again found wanting.Mourinho’s frustration boiled over at times and the Portuguese and Italian Conte had to be separated after an angry exchange shortly after Herrera’s sending off.”The game was completely under control (before the red card),” Mourinho, whose players targeted Hazard for especially close attention, told reporters. “They couldn’t find what is their game. I cannot be more proud of the players.”Chelsea, chasing the Premier League/FA Cup double they last achieved in 2010, dominated possession and could have scored more goals, though holders United had their moments.advertisementLIVEWIRE HAZARDMuch was made of United’s lack of striking options ahead of the game but Mourinho’s somewhat depleted side started in confident fashion and Henrikh Mkhitaryan fired just wide in the 13th minute following a strong run by Rashford.That escape sparked Chelsea into life though, particularly Hazard who was soon skipping his way past defenders to force De Gea into a great save from his deflected shot.United’s keeper then did equally well to claw out Nemanja Matic’s low shot from the resulting corner.Herrera then took matters into his own hands with two ill-judged tackles on Hazard, both punished with yellow cards by referee Michael Oliver.Mourinho reacted to the dismissal by hauling off Mkhitaryan and sending on the combative Marouane Fellaini.It was a tactic designed to frustrate Chelsea but the irrepressible Kante opened them up six minutes after the break, delivering a right-foot shot of unerring accuracy past De Gea.Diego Costa should have made it 2-0 but United should have levelled when the galloping Rashford left David Luiz and Gary Cahill trailing but shot straight at Thibaut Courtois.Chelsea were relatively untroubled, though, as they set up a juicy-looking semi-final against London rivals Spurs — the last team to beat them in any competition.”We must be pleased because to arrive in the semi-finals and play at Wembley gives us great satisfaction,” Conte said. “It’s another tough game against a strong team.”last_img read more

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Report: Argentina 1 Venezuela 1

first_imgArgentina 1 Venezuela 1: Sampaoli’s men held to costly draw Dejan Kalinic 09:27 9/6/17 LionelMessi - Cropped Getty Images Despite a dominant performance, Argentina drew 1-1 at home to lowly Venezuela in World Cup qualifying. Argentina were held to what may prove to be a costly 1-1 draw at home to Venezuela in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.The hosts dominated in Buenos Aires, but remarkably fell behind early in the second half when Jhon Murillo struck for Venezuela.Venezuela, bottom of the CONMEBOL table, had been on the back foot throughout, and Argentina managed a quick response through a Rolf Feltscher own goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But Jorge Sampaoli’s men were unable to find a second, having frustratingly been denied throughout the first half by Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez.A hamstring injury to Angel Di Maria in the first half made it even trickier, while Lionel Messi was unable to have a major impact.The draw was enough to at least lift Argentina into fifth – the play-off spot – heading into the final two matches in October.Sampaoli made three changes to the starting side held in Uruguay, with Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega and Lautaro Acosta replacing Gabriel Mercado, Lucas Biglia and Marcos Acuna.Also coming off a 0-0 draw – theirs against Colombia – Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel brought in Arquimedes Figuera, Junior Moreno and Murillo for Tomas Rincon, Josef Martinez and Darwin Machis.Argentina made a superb start in front of a vocal home crowd, almost taking a fourth-minute lead.Mascherano played a fine pass through for Mauro Icardi, who was denied by the legs of Farinez in a one-on-one.The hosts continued to push, with Di Maria particularly lively down the left as an opener appeared certain to arrive.It almost came midway through the first half, but Farinez brilliantly denied Icardi after the Inter forward got on the end of a Di Maria cross.In a huge blow, Argentina lost Di Maria to an apparent hamstring injury in the 25th minute, before Paulo Dybala fired wide.Farinez was called into action again just before the break, the 19-year-old diving to his right to push away a 20-yard effort from Messi.Argentina had dominated, but they stunningly fell behind in the 50th minute.A blistering counter-attack led to Murillo being put through by Sergio Cordova, and the 21-year-old made no mistake with a fine finish to give his side a shock lead.Argentina needed a quick response and they got it, Acuna – Di Maria’s replacement – doing brilliantly down the left before his cross was turned into his own net by Feltscher.#VamosTodosUnidos Así fue el gol argentino para el empate parcial 1 a 1 en el Antonio V. Liberti. pic.twitter.com/RNbbPMnwKy— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) September 6, 2017Icardi then appeared to be brought down by Mikel Villanueva in the area on the hour-mark, but penalty shouts were rejected.The hosts continued to push for a winner, but their final pass continually let them down as Venezuela held on for a shock draw. read morelast_img read more

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Dabo Swinney Is In For A Massive Payday

first_imgClemson coach Dabo Swinney yelling with his mouth wide open.YouTube/Tyler WirfsDabo Swinney coached his way to a major payday.Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has his Tigers in position for another run at the College Football Playoff National Championship. His wallet will thank him.Written into Swinney’s contract is a series of bonuses he can receive should Clemson do well.According to USA Today, here is a breakdown of the bonuses Swinney already has in his back pocket:$75,000: Play in non-CFP bowl game$75,000: Play in ACC title game$150,000: 11 regular-season wins$325,000: Play in CFP semifinalFor those not in the mood to do math, that’s a grand total of $625,000 Swinney received so far, not including his salary. But, wait!There’s more…Here’s a breakdown of the bonuses Swinney could still receive this year:$400,000: Win CFP semifinal$100,000: Win CFP title gameAND one of the following based on Clemson’s final rank in the Amway Coaches Poll or the AP Poll:$50,000: No. 15-11$100,000: No. 10-6$200,000: Top 5Not a bad payday for one of the best coaches in the game.last_img read more

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MG Hector production to begin on April 29; to challenge Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500

first_imgMG Hector production to begin on April 29; to challenge Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500MG Motor India had earlier announced that Hector’s production would start during the second quarter of 2019 and the fact that it would actually begin from April 29 is in line with the company’s announcement. Varun Singh New DelhiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 16:07 IST MG Hector might be priced between Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). Image Courtesy: eurocarspotter.HIGHLIGHTSThe front fascia of MG Hector will have an imposing grille, which will sport MG badge in the centre.The rear will have LED taillamps, skid plate and spoiler.MG Hector will have a 10.4-inch head unit and it will house the ‘brain’ of the iSMART.There is good news for Indian customers eagerly waiting for the launch of MG Hector. While we already know that MG (Morris Garages) Motor India will introduce Hector SUV in the country in June 2019, the company will commence the vehicle’s production at its manufacturing facility in Halol in Gujarat from April 29.MG Motor India had earlier announced that Hector’s production would start during the second quarter of 2019 and the fact that it would actually begin from April 29 is in line with the company’s announcement. Also, the company is aiming at over 75 per cent localisation level.MG Hector has been in the news for quite some time now. Be it the announcement that Hollywood actor Benedict Cumberbatch will be the brand ambassador of MG Motor India or the company unveiling the connectivity features of MG Hector SUV, every aspect has garnered a lot of attention.MG Hector will have split headlamps with DRLs. The front fascia will have an imposing grille, which will sport MG badge in the centre. The rear will have LED taillamps, skid plate and spoiler. Also, it will feature multi-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels, roof rails and shark fin antenna. We are expecting MG Hector to come with a panoramic sunroof as well.Inside the cabin, we are expecting the upcoming Hector SUV to feature premium seat upholstery. Also, the SUV will get MG Motor’s iSMART next-generation connectivity technology. There will be a 10.4-inch head unit, which will house the ‘brain’ of the iSMART. There will be an embedded M2M sim to ensure that MG Hector will remain connected. The screen of the head unit has been designed with a vertical interface to enable the driver to control all the systems with a touch or voice command. The head unit will have pre-loaded entertainment content as well.advertisementSo far as engine options are concerned, we are expecting 2019 MG Hector to get a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0-litre Multijet turbo diesel engine. The diesel motor will be the one available with Jeep Compass and it makes 173 PS and 350 Nm of torque. There will be a standard 6-speed manual gearbox for both petrol and diesel mills. The petrol engine might get an option for a DCT.MG Hector might be priced between Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). It will rival the likes of Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500.ALSO READ | 2019 Triumph Speed Twin launched in India, price starts at Rs 9.46 lakhALSO READ | New 2019 Triumph Speed Twin: 10 important things you need to know about new Triumph motorcycleALSO READ | Honda Amaze VX CVT launched in India, price starts at Rs 8.57 lakhGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Hector productionFollow MG Hector launchFollow MG Hector priceFollow MG HectorFollow Hector SUV Nextlast_img read more

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ESC to Put Container Shipping Alliances Under Scrutiny

first_imgzoom The European Shippers’ Council has revealed plans to start a global review of the container liner shipping market to address growing concerns among manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers about the long term threats of a concentrated container liner shipping industry through alliances, the ESC said in a release.Representing the logistic interests of manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers, collectively referred to as shippers, the ESC increasingly worries that these companies will have less choice in shipping their products overseas.The ESC proposes to monitor the three main trading lanes that are important to manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers that ship their goods overseas, as well as the primary performance indicators that matter to these companies, such as spot rates, transit time, ports directly called and blank sailings among others.The worldwide survey will be carried out in the coming years, ideally by the newly formed Global Shippers’ Alliance, a cooperation between the Asian Shippers’ Association (ASA) and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) and the ESC.In order to prepare for a more concentrated container liner market, Denis Choumert, Chairman of the ESC, stressed the need for shippers to collaborate on a worldwide scale and to promote cooperation between the main regulatory agencies.”Although the current imbalance between capacity and demand gives the impression that alliances do not have a negative impact on the market, this might change rapidly when rates and surcharges increase as weaker players will be outcompeted in the race for ever bigger ships,” Choumert said.last_img read more

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Promises on jobs affordability continue to dominate BC election campaign

first_imgVANCOUVER – With just over a week left in British Columbia’s election campaign, the leaders spent Sunday out on the hustings trying to shore up votes.Campaigning in the Kootenays, B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark repeated her party’s promise to protect jobs in resource industries like forestry and mining.Last week, the U.S. introduced tariffs of up to 24 per cent on Canadian lumber, and Clark said her party is the only one that can stand up for B.C. workers in the face of rising protectionism.“The NDP can’t do it. The Greens won’t do it. Not when they have opposed so many of the jobs we already have in British Columbia,” she said during a campaign stop at a hardware store in Invermere, B.C.Clark’s party also reiterated a promise Sunday to bring ride-sharing to B.C. by December 2017, saying in a release that new legislation would be tabled in the first session following the election.The Liberals also announced a car-sharing tax credit at an annual cost of $1.5 million.Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader John Horgan campaigned around the Lower Mainland, repeating his party’s pledge to make life more affordable for British Columbians.The message is striking a chord with people who have consistently seen their cost of living rise under the Liberal government, he said.“The Liberals are saying ‘This is as good as it gets.’ And the public’s saying ‘We can do better than this.’ And a better B.C. is nine days away.”Horgan said his campaign is building momentum, and there’s an energy and excitement in the air that he hasn’t seen for a “long, long time.”“The Liberals want desperately to hold on to power for the wealthy and the well-connected, and the people are desperate for a government that works for them,” he said.The message has resonated with at least one young supporter.Eleven-year-old Charlie Gatley was in the crowd at a campaign stop in Burnaby, B.C., on Sunday and he told The Canadian Press how he rallied his friends to donate to the NDP campaign. He said the group came up with $70.Gatley called the donation “a worthy cause” and said he likes the party’s stance on improving public health care.“I really like that, because if I get an injury, I want to know that I can be treated well and that my injuries get cured,” said the Grade 5 student.A man at an NDP event in Vancouver on Sunday wasn’t as impressed with the party’s promises. The man heckled Horgan as he spoke to media, saying the leader’s endless promises will bankrupt the province.Horgan responded by saying the New Democrats’ platform is fully costed and that he would be happy to speak with the man about his concerns after the event.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka passport ranked 93 in the world

The Sri Lanka passport has been ranked 93 in the world, behind countries like Bangladesh, Sudan, Nepal and Congo.Germany take first place with a visa-free score of 157, closely followed by Singapore and Sweden which were both ranked second with a visa-free score of 156. A total of 199 passports, consisting of the 193 United Nations member countries and six territories – Taiwan, Macau (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican – are considered for the index. Territories annexed to other countries, such as Norfolk Island, the French Polynesia and British Virgin Islands who do not issue their own passports are not considered as destinations, the index said. (Colombo Gazette) The Passport Index devised by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital looks at three factors: The country’s visa-free score – which includes visa-free and visa on arrival; the visa-free portion of their score versus visa on arrival; and the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index is used as a tie breaker. read more

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UN probe finds no widespread refugee abuse by aid workers but urges

Charges of extensive sexual exploitation of refugees in West Africa by aid workers and United Nations peacekeepers have not been confirmed by a thorough investigation by the UN watchdog office, which today issued concrete recommendations for preventing and handling even isolated cases of abuse.The UN Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) released its 37-page findings, which were produced in response to a consultants’ report, commissioned by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Save the Children (UK), which found “widespread” sexual exploitation within the refugee communities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.During a six-month investigation which began in February, OIOS could not substantiate any of the 12 cases in the consultants’ report. Aside from those allegations, however, OIOS also looked into 43 additional cases of possible sexual exploitation and was able to substantiate 10 of them, including one involving a 44-year old UN Volunteer who had sexual relations with a 15-year old refugee, but denied paternity after she became pregnant. His contract has since been terminated. In another case, a peacekeeper serving with the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) sodomized a 14-year old boy. The soldier has since been repatriated, and UNAMSIL has asked the troop-contributing country to take action against him.Despite these cases – which UN officials stressed could not be tolerated – “none of the allegations against any regular UN staff member was substantiated, so in OIOS’s view, the consultants’ allegations of widespread sexual exploitation by UN aid workers and peacekeepers cannot be substantiated,” OIOS chief Dileep Nair said at a press conference in New York. “Indeed we feel the consultants’ report unfairly tarnished the reputation and credibility of a large majority of UN aid workers and peacekeepers who are out there in the field.”The report did confirm that conditions in the camps and in refugee communities in the region make refugees, especially young women, vulnerable to sexual and other forms of exploitation. The report offers a series of proposals for action by UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies as well as the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Many of those have already been implemented.”We view the problem of sexual exploitation of refugees and displaced people with the utmost gravity,” said Kenzo Oshima, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. “While the vast majority of humanitarian workers are dedicated to helping people in need with deep commitment and with integrity, the IASC [Inter Agency Standing Committee] position has been and remains that ‘one case is too many.'” Mr. Oshima described the IASC plan of action to combat the problem and its core principles for a code of conduct. “Among other things, the code explicitly prohibits sex with children under 18, prohibits the exchange of money, employment, goods or services for sex, calls for discipline, including dismissal, against those who violate the code of conduct, and requires staff to report suspected abuses,” he explained.”While the immediate investigation may now be largely complete with the release of the OIOS report, the work of the humanitarian community to ensure the protection of the populations we work with is an ongoing effort, one to which we are deeply committed,” Mr. Oshima stressed. read more

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Relocation to begin as UN refugee agency ends registrations in Chad border

The relocation of the 4,357 refugees could start by the end of this week. A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today the agency wants to move the refugees as quickly as possible after several bombs exploded near Tine last Thursday.More than 110,000 refugees, from neighbouring Sudan’s Darfur region, have been gathering near Tine and other sites along the Chadian-Sudanese border for almost a year since fighting erupted in Darfur between the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and forces loyal to the Sudanese Government.Several thousand refugees arrived last month alone after attacks by militias on their villages in Darfur. Some 5,194 recent refugees have been registered in four sites between Tine and the village of Birak, with registration in Birak to begin today.Already UNHCR has moved more than 1,000 refugees to newly constructed camps inside Chad, where they will be safe from cross-border raids by militia groups. The agency is increasing its staff numbers in the area to deal with the refugee influx. read more

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Street parties to be overrun as organisers complain too few have been

She told The Telegraph: “I think the main reason there have been less applications for street parties this year is because Meghan and Harry’s engagement was such a fresh announcement – Meghan and Harry’s relationship was quite a new revelation to us all, and before we knew it they were getting married. Their courtship wasn’t a long one and the news of a wedding was somewhat sprung upon us, compared to the long-awaited arrival and preparation for the grand Royal Wedding of Will and Kate. Street parties across the country for the royal wedding are set to be overrun as so few have been planned.Some have complained that councils have made it difficult and expensive to host parties this year. There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of street parties for this royal wedding than there were for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Judging by the number of road closure applications received by the county council, Kent is holding 14, compared to 182 in 2011, which is a drop of 92 per cent, while Hertfordshire, which usually holds a record number of street parties, has faced a drop of 83 per cent. The county hosted 298 celebrations in 2011, and is now only holding 51 this weekend.There are only due to be 14 street parties in the whole of Wales, while Liverpool is due to only host two, and Hull won’t have any at all.A spokesperson for Ringwood Town Council in Hampshire said it was expecting its street party to be “very busy”, especially as the marketplace “isn’t huge”, while one knees-up in Belfast said tickets to it were like “gold dust”. Lulu Gwynne, the owner of Betty Blythe cafe in west London, which is hosting a street party, expects there to be crowds. “We’re the street party capital of London – whenever there’s a royal event like this we remove all fees and costs from road closures. Other councils charge and we don’t – that encourages people to have great neighbourhood get together and have a knees-up.” “Our street party tomorrow is going to be very busy. We have been inundated with enquiries and bookings via the website and social media! We have attracted a global audience with some guests coming from as far as Japan! It is going to be truly splendid day.”Wandsworth Council has bucked the trend, with 74 royal-themed street parties set to be held in the London borough, compared to 70 when William and Kate got married.A spokesperson for the council told The Telegraph he wouldn’t be surprised if people from neighbouring boroughs came to the wealth of parties to be hosted – and that Wandsworth is the “street party capital of the UK” because they waived all costs.He said: “We suspect the parties will be busy – the weather forecast over the weekend is set to be good. This record number of street parties we are hosting in our borough bucks the trend and will be full of fun, frolicks and food.”Some of them are likely to be near the border of Merton and Lambeth, and anyone who wants to come to ours will get a very warm welcome. Local media on the Isle of Wight blamed the difficulties in obtaining a road closure license for the lack of parties planned for the island.There are no official street parties going ahead there this year – as the cost of a temporary road closure is £657.16 and applications had to be made well in advance.Any street party pictures you would like to share with the Telegraph, please send them to mypic@telegraph.co.uk 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. read more

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Changes to police bail has led to further delays and more uncertainty

In the Cambridgeshire force region, the length of time it takes to come to a decision, went up from an average of 57 to 155 days and in Suffolk it rose from 54 days to 137.Commenting on the findings, Jenny Wiltshire, Head of General Crime at Hickman & Rose solicitors, said: “The changes to the police bail regulations were meant to end the injustice of people being kept in legal limbo for months on end as they waited for police to decide what to do. This shows the problem hasn’t gone away. In fact it’s got worse.”Whereas criminal suspects were previously kept waiting for far too long on bail; now they are kept waiting for even longer while ‘under investigation’.“In one way this new ‘under investigation’ status is even worse than bail as police are not obliged provide updates on how the case is progressing nor when it may end.“People, who may be innocent of any crime, are forced to put their whole lives on hold – and live under a cloud of suspicion – as they wait for the police to make up their minds without any idea of when this might happen.“That this problem would occur under the new bail regime was obvious when these changes were first mooted.”If the government want to achieve speedier resolution of crimes they need to do more than impose unrealistic deadlines on already pressed police forces. They need to provide funding that would enable the police to do their job properly.”The changes to the bail regime were introduced following a number of notorious high profile cases.Broadcaster, Paul Gambaccini, spent more than a year on police bail after being arrested in connection with historic sex allegations. Paul Gambaccini spent a year on bail before being completely exonerated Suspects are usually released under investigation According to the figures, the average length of time someone was held on police bail before being charged or released used to be 90 days.But that has now increased to 139 days – almost five months – for those who are released under investigation.In the worst performing areas, suspects are now spending as much as three times as long waiting for their cases to be decided.Legal experts argue that waiting for a decision carries the same level of stress whether a person is on bail or has been released under investigation.But they warn that suspects are even more in the dark under the new process because the police are not obliged to give them regular updates.In 2016 suspects in Surrey spent an average of 74 days on pre-charge bail awaiting a decision on their case.But when the new system of releasing suspects under investigation was brought in, that increased to an average of 228 days. A landmark legal move introduced to prevent suspects spending months languishing on police bail, has backfired with people now spending even longer in limbo, official data has revealed.Two years ago the Government changed the rules meaning police forces could only keep a suspect on pre-charge bail for a maximum of 28 days, unless there were exceptional circumstances.It followed controversy over a number of high profile cases in which people were forced to live under a cloud of suspicion for long periods – sometimes years – before eventually being exonerated.Instead of being bailed, suspects are now usually ‘released under investigation’, a status that is intended to carry less stigma and ought to help speed up the legal process.More than 80 per cent of criminal suspects are now released under investigation rather than on police bail.But data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, has revealed that in many police forces, suspects are spending even longer in limbo waiting for their case to be resolved. Paul Gambaccini spent a year on bail before being completely exonerated Suspects are usually released under investigation Police can only bail someone for 28 days under the new rules Unable to work throughout that period, he was never charged with any offence, and later won a payout from the Crown Prosecution Service over his treatment.A number of journalists arrested during the Met’s Operation Elveden investigation also spent lengthy periods on bail.Former Sun reporter Jamie Pyatt was on bail for three years and nine months after being arrested on suspicion of bribing a police officer.He was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing after being found not guilty of all charges at trial.Concerns about the new ‘under investigation’ status are not limited to its length.There are fears criminal suspects may also be taking advantage of the fact that, unlike bail, no conditions can be attached to being released under investigation.Recent figures suggested that one in every seven suspects released under investigation is re-arrested for allegedly committing another offence.Domestic abuse campaigners have also expressed serious concern over the fact suspects are being released under investigation without conditions preventing them from approaching their alleged victims. Police can only bail someone for 28 days under the new rulesCredit:PA 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. read more

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Earls a class apart as Ireland run in 9 tries against USA

first_img By John Fallon 30,498 Views Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOIt was an uncomfortable evening for the out-half who twice had clearance kicks blocked for USA tries, in addition to missing three of his opening five conversions.Jacob Stockdale crowned his debut with a try after 15 minutes before Earls got his second and while Nic Civetti pulled one back for the Eagles, Ireland finished the half strongly.Good pressure saw Earls set Kieran Marmion for his second Irish try after hooker Niall Scannell got his first international score after a good lineout drive to leave it 29-7 at the break.Jack Conan extend the lead shortly after the restart before Carbery, whose evening was later cut short with a leg injury, again being blocked for an Eagles try, with ex-Dolphin player John Quill punishing him with their second try.Centre Ryan Matyas got a third try for the USA, cutting the gap to 36-19 heading into the final quarter.Both sides emptied their benches with Dave Heffernan, Andrew Porter, Rory Scannell and Ryan coming on to make their debuts, with Earls setting him up for a dream start to his international debutLuke McGrath got Ireland’s eighth try after being set up by Devin Toner with Rory Scannell, having missed from in front of the posts with Ryan’s try, adding the conversion to take them to the 50 points mark before Simon Zebo wrapped it up in the closing stages.Scorers for USA:Tries: N Civetta, J Quill, R MatyasConversions: AJ MacGinty [2] Scorers for Ireland:Tries: K Earls (2), J Stockdale, N Scannell, K Marmion, J Conan, James Ryan, L McGrath, S ZeboConversions: J Carbery [2 from 5], G Ringrose [1 from 1], R Scannell [2 from 3]USA: Ben Cima (Bryce Campbell ’61); Mike Te’o, Ryan Matyas, Marcel Brache (Will Magie ’28-36 HIA), Martin Iosefo (Will Magie ’51); AJ MacGinty, Nate Augspurger (Shaun Davies ’51); Ben Tarr (Joe Taufete’e h-t), Peter Malcolm (James Hilterbrand h-t), Chris Baumann (Paddy Ryan ’46); Nick Brakeley, Nic Civetta (Andrew Durutalo ’46); John Quill, Tony Lamborn (Matt Jensen h-t), David Tameilau.Ireland: Tiernan O’Halloran (Jacob Stockdale ’72); Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Luke Marshall, Jacob Stockdale (Rory Scannell h-t); Joey Carbery (Simon Zebo ’51), Kieran Marmion (Luke McGrath ’61); Cian Healy (Dave Kilcoyne ’51), Niall Scannell (Dave Heffernan ’51), John Ryan (Andrew Porter ’51); Quinn Roux (James Ryan ’61), Devin Toner; Rhys Ruddock (c), Josh van der Flier (Dan Leavy ’72), Jack Conan.Referee: Luke Pearce (England).The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Earls a class apart as Ireland run in 9 tries against USA Jacob Stockdale and James Ryan both crossed for debut tries on a difficult day for Joey Carbery. Share Tweet Email1 Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Short URL Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 8:00 AM 21 Comments Updated at 08.00US Eagles 19Ireland 55John Fallon reports from Red Bull Arena, New JerseyKEITH EARLS USED all his experience to lead the way as Ireland opened their summer tour with a nine-try demolition of the USA on a warm evening in New Jersey.But James Ryan made an instant impact, scoring a try less than 60 seconds after being introduced on an evening when he joined Brian O’Driscoll as a player who has played for Ireland before lining out for Leinster.Ireland had the game in the bag by the interval with five tries giving them a 29-7 interval lead in the warm evening sunshine in New Jersey.Earls grabbed two of those tries and came close a couple of times to completing his hat-trick as the USA struggled when Ireland broke at pace.In fairness, the Eagles enjoyed most of the early pressure after Earls got his opening effort after less than three minutes down the right. But Ireland were more than capable of defending anything their hosts could throw at them, with full-back Tiernan O’Halloran constantly leading good count-attacks on an evening when Joey Carbery came in for a lot of late hits. https://the42.ie/3437867 The big talking points as Ireland beat USA in New Jersey Jun 11th 2017, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greece back in recession

first_imgThe Greek economy has fallen into negative growth again as Greece records a new period of recession in the first quarter of 2015.Gross domestic product dropped by 0.2 per cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.At the same time, growth increased to 0.3 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2014. Annual growth increase is projected at 0.1 per cent, far from the 1 per cent that the Greek government claimed it could achieve.In reaction to the news, Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras will chair his second ministerial meeting in two days.Alexis Tsipras has said his radical left-led government has done as much as it can to strike a deal to get more bailout loans, insisting the ball is now in the court of the creditors.At stake is a 7.2 billion euro rescue loan installment, and failure to reach an agreement could lead Greece to default on its obligations within weeks — triggering a chain of events that could force the country to leave the euro.Nevertheless, Greek stocks were 1.2 percent higher in afternoon trading Wednesday, with analysts saying the economic contraction was smaller than expected.Source: Greek reporter, AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Guncontrol backers push I1491 at rally

first_imgGun-control advocates gathered on Thursday near the home of a Clark County man who allegedly fatally shot his wife earlier this summer.The backers of a ballot measure that would allow family members to petition a judge to prevent someone from possessing a firearm urged support for Initiative 1491 and implied that the shooting of Amanda Marjama in her Five Corners home could have been prevented.Family members told police officers that Todd Marjama, who is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree assault, had made previous threats to kill his wife and young children.On Wednesday, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt said Initiative 1491 would “empower families and save lives.”Several victims of gun violence spoke, including Marilyn Balcerak, who said if she had been able to file a court order to prohibit her son from buying a firearm, both her son and stepdaughter would still be alive.Balcerak’s son bought his gun legally at a Fred Meyer, she said. She knew he was suicidal and had violent tendencies and had called the police on him, but her efforts were fruitless. Her 23-year-old son killed his 21-year-old stepsister and himself.“I was afraid of my son, I was afraid for my son. … And I was powerless to stop it,” Balcerak said.Proponents of the measure believe “family members and law enforcement are often in the best position to see the warning signs of violence, by creating extreme risk protection orders,” according to a statement from the campaign.last_img read more

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American Legion post burglarized in Encinitas

first_img 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thieves broke into American legion post 416 in Encinitas last night and stole approximately $1,500 in cash, said the commander of the post.The suspects pried open the backdoor and stole money that was supposed to be spent on scholarships to send students to Boys State, a summer leadership and citizenship program for high schoolers.The post has been around since 1932 and serves over 100 World War II and Korean War veterans. June 16, 2019 Posted: June 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom, American Legion post burglarized in Encinitas Updated: 10:18 PMlast_img read more

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Mormon missions to gain local office

first_imgVancouver is one of 58 sites around the globe that’s been targeted for new missions, and an influx of young missionaries, by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Right now the home office for Mormon missionaries in Western Washington is in Kennewick, according to local spokesman Steve McAllister. Approximately 170 missionaries get their marching orders from that office, he said, and fan out across an irregular territory that extends west past Cathlamet, north past Ellensburg, south into central Oregon and east past Walla Walla.But now Vancouver will get its own missionary office, on or after July 1, McAllister said. He said he doesn’t know what this means about capital needs — whether the church will rent space, build an office or operate out of a local church. But it does mean that Vancouver probably will see an influx of young men in white shirts and black ties, and similarly tidy young women.All of which is driven by a recent church policy change, McAllister said: Prior to last October, young men had to be 19 years old and women had to be 21 to head out on mission.Now, men must be 18 and women must be 19; all must have graduated from high school.According to the official website, there are nearly 60,000 Mormon missionaries working in 347 missions in 48 countries, including the United States. Now, some of those missions will subdivide to form an additional 58 new missions, for a total of 405. Vancouver is one of those. Many are overseas — in places like Brazil and Bolivia, Ukraine and the Philippines.last_img read more

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Blake Morgan helps staff manage and spot the signs of workplace stress

first_imgLaw firms can be stressful places to work. As Liz Bryne, head of learning and development at law firm Blake Morgan, says: “I’d done quite a lot of work with graduates coming out of law school and starting their careers. I watched quite a few of them grapple with that transition, and the weight of expectation that they have for themselves and that other people have for them. I have also seen the other end of the scale, where incredibly successful people have driven themselves so hard that they have burnt out over time and the qualities that were previously drivers of good behaviour have become something that has derailed them.”When Bryne’s colleague, HR officer Kathryn Seaward, attended a networking event, she got talking to a fellow professional who had recently been through mental health first aid training.“She was telling me about an employee relations issue, which is fairly standard in HR,” says Seaward. “The member of staff had been signed off sick and just in the way the person was behaving, they recognised that they were having a mental breakdown and managed to get her the appropriate help. I realised it was a huge gap for us, and something I had never thought about. I read about it and really wanted to do it.”Blake Morgan now has a mental health first aider in every region in which it operates. They are signposted in the same way as physical first aiders. “My role is HR, so people will naturally want to speak to me about these sorts of issues,” adds Seaward. “I felt like I wanted that training to say, ‘yes I am doing this the right way’, signposting appropriately and doing the right thing to help that person.”Seaward and Bryne urge other employers to investigate what training they can access for free. “A key change for us has been access to mental health awareness certificates, which is through one of our local colleges,” says Byrne. “There are a number of certificates people can study remotely which are completely free to the business, it’s a few hours of somebody’s time a week.”Making sure staff are aware of what is already on offer is also key, for example, an employee assistance programme (EAP), which employees might not necessarily know are there, says Seaward.In addition, Blake Morgan offers access to online resources, including information on how to spot signs of stress in co-workers and stress management, and signposts mental health resources both locally and nationally. It has also held training sessions in some areas that are popular online, such as personal resilience.The law firm also offers lunchtime yoga sessions and access to mindfulness resources, such as Be Mindful online courses.“It is trying to find lots of different solutions that work for different people,” says Bryne. “Part of the success of what we’ve done is we have just started to make it seem like it’s an everyday conversation. I think sometimes the fear of having the conversation is more daunting than having the conversation itself.”Read also:How to develop a strategy to address workplace stressSue Baker: Employers have many options to create an open working environment that supports mental healthlast_img read more

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Police search for man behind string of package thefts in Miami Shores

first_imgMIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who was caught on camera stealing packages from multiple Miami Shores homes.Surveillance cameras captured the porch pirate taking off with a package placed outside of a home, located in the area of Northeast 104th Street and Second Avenue, at approximately 12:45 p.m., Wednesday.Two days later, the man was caught again on camera, as he targeted four other homes in the area at around the same time.Officials said the packages were taken shortly after they were delivered, leading authorities to believe he was following a FedEx delivery truck.Detectives said the man was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, gray shorts with black stripes down the sides, white socks and Nike sandals.He was last seen driving a black Mazda CX-7 or CX-9.If you have any information on this string of package thefts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Sonys Crackle Plus Joint Venture Isnt Launching a Service With That Name

first_imgRouhana said in anticipation of the Crackle deal, CSS Entertainment opted to retain certain rights to two of its completed original series — “Hidden Heroes,” originally slated for CBS, and “Going From Broke,” a financial show about of millennials executive produced by Ashton Kutcher — to be able to premiere them on its own networks. It may also retain AVOD rights to Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” for which Screen Vision acquired the North American distribution rights. CSS Entertainment also acquired five-year AVOD rights to exhibit more than 500 films from the FilmRise library on its owned-and-operated networks.CSS Entertainment expects to run Crackle Plus with a much lower overhead than SPT did. “There was a lot of cost there,” Rouhana told investors on the March 29 call. “We run our businesses differently.”Rouhana in 2008 acquired Chicken Soup for the Soul LLC from Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, the creators of the best-selling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Privately held Chicken Soup for the Soul LLC is the parent company of CSS Entertainment, whose shares are Nasdaq-traded. Related Michael Bay to Direct Action Movie ‘Black 5’ Currently, the crackleplus.com domain name is registered to a guy in Pakistan, who is asking $10,000 to transfer the rights.Crackleplus.com was registered by one Muhammad Abdullah in October 2017. Reached via email, Abdullah said he bought the name “to start my own entertainment website.” The site currently consists of a landing page offering to sell the domain name for “10,000 USD” and includes the Sony Crackle logo — indicating that Abdullah is fully aware that Sony has an interest in the name. Abdullah correctly noted that Sony owns a registered trademark on “Crackle” but not “Crackle Plus.” He’s also registered Twitter and Instagram accounts with the “crackleplus” name.According to Abdullah, Sony tried to negotiate the purchase of crackleplus.com through the DomainAgents broker service. “But I don’t want to sell it at lower price,” he wrote in an email. “That’s why I ended the deal.”Abdullah said he also has “a couple” of other websites but he declined to identify them. He is listed as an “SEO expert” on the website of ikonic Solution, an Islamabad-based website design and development company.The Crackle Plus name was initially confusing: The “plus” nomenclature has implied subscription VOD, as with the recently announced Apple TV+, Disney’s current ESPN+ and the forthcoming Disney+ SVOD service. (Also recall that Hulu’s initial SVOD product was called “Hulu Plus.”) CSS Entertainment will continue to run Crackle as a free AVOD service, consolidating operations with its other ad-supported platforms including Popcornflix.It’s not clear how aggressively CSS Entertainment will invest in original content for the new Crackle Plus. CEO and chairman Bill Rouhana, on a conference call with investors last Friday, suggested most of the content will be licensed. Under the deal with SPT, TV series and movies from the Sony Pictures Entertainment library will be licensed to Crackle Plus. Rights to Crackle’s originals, which have included “The Oath” from executive producer 50 Cent and “SuperMansion,” a stop-motion animated series featuring Bryan Cranston, will be retained by SPT but will be made available for licensing to the JV. Popular on Variety center_img Inside the Spider-Man Split: Finger-Pointing and Executive Endgames UPDATED: Sony Pictures Television is spinning its free Crackle streaming network into a joint venture called “Crackle Plus” — which doesn’t own rights to the crackleplus.com domain name. But Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, which is assuming control of Crackle as majority owner, says there’s no issue because there were never plans to launch a Crackle Plus-branded service.As first reported by Variety, SPT formed the Crackle Plus JV with CSS Entertainment, a deal expected to close in April or May 2019. CSS Entertainment will be the majority owner of the new entity, and the company boasted that the addition of Crackle to its ad-supported VOD roll-up network is expected to more than double overall revenue, which hit $27.8 million in 2018.In a statement to Variety, CSS Entertainment said, “While Crackle Plus is the name of the joint venture and associated ad network, it was never intended to be a consumer-facing domain name. The ownership of crackleplus.com is a non-issue.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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