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Pragya appears in NIA court says didnt know about Malegaon blast

first_imgMumbai: BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur Friday appeared before a special court here in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast case, after failing twice this week to do so.When Special NIA Judge V S Padalkar asked the saffron-clad Thakur if she has to say anything about the blast, she said, “I don’t know.” Supported by two aides while entering the court, Thakur appeared before the special NIA Judge as per the direction of the court which is conducting trial in the 11-year-old case. Besides her, other accused in the case also attended the court. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe judge read out his order to the accused where he directed them to be present in the court at least once a week. He said the court has till now examined 116 witnesses, including doctors and ‘panchas’ (a category of witnesses). During most of the hearings in the past, the accused were represented in the court by their advocates. After reading out his order, the judge called Thakur and another accused Sudhakar Dwivedi to the witness box. Citing statements of witnesses, the judge asked them whether they were aware that a bomb blast had taken place at Malegaon in North Maharashtra in September 2008 where six people were killed. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsTo this, Thakur replied, “Mujhe jankari nahi hai (I have no information about it).” Dwivedi gave a similar answer. When asked about the proceeding in the case, the 49-year-old MP said she was not aware about the number of witnesses examined by the court. A red velvet cloth was put on the bench, where the accused sit, for Thakur to sit comfortably. When the judge called her to the witness box to stand till the order is passed she said she will stand leaning by the window instead of sitting in the chair given by the court. This was Thakur’s first appearance before the court after being elected to the Lok Sabha from Bhopal last month. The last time was during the framing of charges in the case in October last year. Judge Padalkar had last month directed all the accused, including Thakur, to appear before the court at least once a week.The judge then had said an exemption from appearance would be granted only if cogent reasons were submitted. The court is currently recording the testimony of witnesses in the case. Seven persons, including Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, are facing trial in the case.last_img read more

To fight dengue and chikungunya Delhi govt releases Rs 109 cr to

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government has released Rs 109 crore to all three municipal corporations here for dealing with vector borne diseases, such as dengue and chikungunya, in the ongoing monsoon season. According to the government, the funds have been released following the direction of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to the urban development department.Kejriwal directed the department to tell the BJP-led three municipal corporations –south, north and east –that there should be no excuse in dealing with dengue and chikungunya. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticIn a statement, the government said Kejriwal directed the department to take all necessary steps to ensure proper utilisation of funds so that preventive steps, like house-to-house visits of MCDs staff to check spread of mosquitoes, are carried out. In a statement released to media, the Chief Minister’s Office claimed the amount would be shared between the three MCDs with North MCD getting Rs 57.15 crore, East MCD Rs 28.40 crore and the South MCD Rs 23.57 crore to tackle the diseases. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn the past, the AAP government and the BJP-led municipal corporations have been at loggerheads on a range of issues, including strike of sanitation workers due to lack of funds. Apart from this, under the education head, the government has released around Rs 46.75 crore to East, North and South MCDs. North Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) have got Rs 12.5 crore and Rs 22.5 crore respectively while the SDMC has been given Rs 11.75 crore under same head. Kejriwal asked the department to tell the MCDs that “maintenance of public health is their mandatory function as defined in the Delhi Municipal Corporations (DMC) Act,” and when enough fund was being provided ahead of time there should now be no excuse in effectively dealing with the diseases. The Chief Minister said the fund shortage should not be an excuse for lack of preparation for prevention of vector-borne diseases in Delhi.last_img read more

Irani visits Amethi meets Army chief

first_imgAmethi (UP): Union minister Smriti Irani on Thursday unveiled a statue of Swami Vivekananda at the premises of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi district.The union minister of women and child development later met Army chief General Vipin Rawat and Lt Gen P Krishnana at the premises of CRPF group centre in Trishundi on Ayodhya-Allahabad highway. Sources said Irani discussed with the Army chief local and other issues, including preparations for recruitment in Army at the Trishundi centre where youths from nine districts will be taking part. Irani, who is on a tour of her constituency, also felicitated ‘Asha’ or community health workers during a programme organised at the Jawahar Navoday Vidyalaya in Gauriganj.last_img read more

Crown drops murder charge in hockey bag death man pleads guilty to

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – A Nova Scotia man convicted of murdering a 19-year-old woman solely for thrills has admitted to being an accessory to the murder of another young woman.Thomas Ted Barrett pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact in the murder of Laura Jessome, 21, in 2012. Her remains were discovered in a hockey bag floating on the Mira River.Barrett had been charged with Jessome’s second-degree murder, but the Crown dropped that charge Wednesday after his guilty plea on the lesser charge.Prosecutors say they stood no chance of getting a murder conviction, because witnesses were unco-operative.“We can’t try this in the court of public opinion, but the Crown believed that we had the evidence to proceed on a murder charge. Unfortunately, the witnesses proved to be unco-operative and we could no longer proceed,” said Chris Hansen, director of communications for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service.One of the unco-operative witnesses was a co-accused in the case, Morgan James MacNeil, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter last November and was sentenced to seven years, she said.“The Crown is disappointed that we couldn’t proceed. Justice can only be served if we have co-operative witnesses that provide honest testimony,” Hansen said Wednesday.Barrett, who is in his early 40s, was convicted in March 2016 of second-degree murder in the death of Brett McKinnon, 19. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.Both McKinnon and Jessome had been strangled, and their bodies disposed in the wild.According to an agreed statement of facts tabled in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Wednesday, Jessome contacted Barrett on May 2, 2012, and agreed to go to his Glace Bay apartment “to do drugs and party,” with him and others.“On May 3, 2012, an argument developed which became physical and Laura Jessome was killed by strangulation in or near the apartment,” according to the statement.Her body was placed in the hockey bag, and Barrett asked a friend to drive him to Marion Bridge, and he threw it into the Mira River, it said.In the McKinnon case, her remains were found in 2008 near a Glace Bay hiking trail, two years after she went missing. Barrett wasn’t charged until 2013.The judge in the McKinnon case said she accepted evidence from Crown witnesses who testified that Barrett had told them he’d killed McKinnon with his bare hands.“Mr. Barrett became upset … He grabbed her and choked her by the throat. He thought he broke her neck,” said Judge Robin Gogan. “He continued to strangle her because the act of watching her die excited him.”That case turned partly on evidence from a dead witness. The Crown relied partly on Sheryl Ann Flynn’s videotaped account of Barrett telling her in 2009 that he felt “a rush” of adrenaline as his hands tightened on McKinnon’s throat. Flynn later died of an overdose.Barrett is appealing the McKinnon conviction, Hansen said.She said the Crown attorneys met with Jessome’s family ahead of Wednesday’s developments.“They understand what our reasons are,” said Hansen.Barrett will be sentenced Oct. 31.last_img read more

Report reveals shortcomings when dealing with Fort McMurray wildfire

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY – A detailed report into the effects of the Fort McMurray wildfire on Indigenous communities has found major shortcomings in how authorities worked with First Nations.The report from 11 Indigenous communities in the area was released today.The survey funded by the Red Cross found municipal, provincial and federal authorities weren’t sure who was supposed to deal with Aboriginal people, so nobody did.Report author Tim Clark says it was days before the Fort McMurray First Nation even knew there was an emergency operations centre.The survey found some evacuees were returned to communities still under threat from the fire.And Metis organizations weren’t able to get federal recovery funding at all, which almost wiped out their financial reserves.Clark says governments also didn’t consider that most Indigenous people’s homes were older and far fewer were insured.He says work must start now on building trust and relationships before there’s another natural disaster.last_img read more

Shivaji calls for process with India US EU UN mediation

Shivajilingam made the proposal in his submission made to the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms during its hearing in Jaffna yesterday. Shivajilingam said that a new constitution that offers each region the utmost autonomy which can ensure all its peoples equal-treatment, equal-opportunity, and equal-power without any preferential treatment to any specific people, should be implemented.“The Tamil people shall continue to have the right to self-determination. At the end of 5 years from the Agreement or at any time, the Tamil people shall be entitled to a UN monitored Referendum should the Govt. of Sri Lanka fail to implement the agreement, or the Tamil people consider it to be necessary to conduct the Referendum to determine their political future,” he added. Tamil National Alliance, Northern Provincial Council member M K Shivajilingam has called for a political solution for the Tamils to be created through a negotiated process between Sinhalese and Tamil leaders mediated by India, USA and the EU along with the UN.He said that the mediating parties can function as witnesses and guarantors to the implementation of the solution. “The Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka have been struggling for their political rights for about 70 years without any solution to their grievances. More than two-hundred thousand people have been killed in the struggle. In order to achieve permanent peace in the island, it is essential that the Tamils’ grievances are addressed and resolved. A strong flawless unassailable political system of equal treatment, opportunity, and power to all its peoples, will ensure a permanent, sustainable, and peaceful solution to the long conflict in the country. To achieve this, a credible, trustworthy, and honorable process is an absolute necessity; hence, a process with the involvement, assistance, and assurance from India, USA, EU, and the UN is important and required,” he said in his proposal. He says the proposed system of Government should be sharing of power between the Central and the States, and called “Union of Sri Lanka” and the power should be devolved to the greatest extent possible, and that unless and otherwise explicitly delegated, all powers should rest with the States.“The State for the Tamils shall be the contiguous North-East region consisting of traditional Tamil areas. It will ensure equality among its citizens, and treat all its peoples including the Sinhalese equal without any discrimination. It will be a secular State,” he added.He noted that in the new Constitution each State should have veto power on any issues that require voting but the veto can be challenged by the Federal Unit by conducting Referendum in that State on the issue concerned. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Indonesian President urges UN Assembly to push frontiers of nationalism into new

With strong commitment and political will, the impossible could become possible, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia, said today, telling political leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly that it is to stop playing the game of “us” against “them”, and begin the hard d work be about of creating a new, equitable world order.“Now is the time for all of us to get into the serious business of building a new world of peace, prosperity and justice. The business of making everybody a winner.” He told the Assembly’s annual general debate, adding: “By creating and nurturing the ‘New WE’…that leaves no one behind.” He said the quest for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) over last 15 years has revealed the necessity of good governance and also reinforced the need for a more robust global partnership. And while there had been plenty of actions taken in that regard, “somehow our work in the World Trade Organization, in the post-Kyoto climate talks, in reforming the global financial architecture, in reforming the United Nations, and many others have proved to be painstakingly slow.”As Member States set forth a new global agenda for development, he urged drawing on years of trial and error to become more acutely aware of the promise and pitfalls of development – “of what we want and what we do not want. We do not want development that measures progress in terms of material provisions alone, and end up dehumanizing and marginalizing our citizens. What we want is sustainable development with equity.”And yet, the President continued, the concerns of the day must stretch beyond development to include challenges such as ending the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza and the rest of the occupied territory; resolving the conflict in Ukraine “that is now shaking relations between Russia and the West”; and finding an effective and durable solution to the on-going conflicts in Syria and lraq. “To do all this, there must be mutual accommodation. There must be a forward looking attitude that embraces a win-win predisposition over zero-sum attitude. Diplomacy must take precedence. Trust deficit must be turned into strategic opportunities and confidence building,” Mr. Bambang Yudhoyono declared, urging delegations to “push the frontiers of nationalism into a new globalism where we can devise solutions to national, regional and global issues all at the same time. read more

6 Legendary Black Athletes You and Your Children Should

Jack JohnsonWhen he beat Tommy Burns for the world heavyweight championship in 1908, Johnson became the first Black man to hold the title that Mike Tyson decades later accurately called the “baddest man on the planet.” After Johnson came many other Black champs in the weight class once considered the most exciting in the sport.

Industrea Group showing latest heavyduty mining equipment at AIMEX

first_imgIndustrea Group will feature its range of Australian designed and manufactured heavy-duty mining equipment on Stand 0305 during AIMEX in Sydney, September 6-9. The company’s exhibit will include an underground coal mine dozer specifically designed for heavy lifting tasks during longwall relocations. Available in either 50 t or 70 t variants, the dozers are said to lead the industry in ergonomic design, heavy lift capacity and drawbar pull capacity. The Mk 7.0 Minecruiser is designed for personnel transportation, and using the latest 80 kW MWM Series 10 4-litre explosion-protected, low-emission Tier 3 diesel for reduced output emissions and increased power output.The 70 t Longwall Chock Carrier is AS3584-compliant and is equipped with a 70 t drawbar pull and lifting capacity. Industrea will also use AIMEX to demonstrate its Collision Avoidance Systems, designed to protect heavy vehicles from collision through the use of radio frequency tagging, visual and audible operator warnings, and object classification upon detection.Industrea says it is committed to improving safety and productivity in the global mining community, offering a whole-of-mine solution through its five divisions: mining equipment, mining technology, gas management, mining services and Wadam.The company has offices and manufacturing facilities throughout Australia, China and South America and provides products and services throughout Australia, China, the USA, South Africa, Russia, Indonesia and PapuaNew Guinea.last_img read more

Exemption of cheese under new advertising rules welcomed

first_imgTHE DECISION BY the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to exempt cheese products from new rules aimed at the limiting the advertising of foodstuff high in fat, salt or sugar to children has been welcomed.Under the new rules, the advertising of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) will not be permitted during children’s programmes. In addition no more than 25 per cent of advertising sold by a broadcaster can be for HFSS food and drink and no more than one in four adverts included in any advertising break can be for such products.HFSS foods will be determined by the ‘nutrient profiling model’ – which, it was decided after consultation with the Department of Health, will not include cheese.The BAI has initially proposed that Ireland should introduce an advertising code based on Britain’s Nutrient Profiling Model, under which the advertising of cheese to children under the age of 18 would be banned as it it would be classified as a ‘less healthy food’. This move was met with firm opposition from the Dairy Council.The decision to exempt cheese from the new regulation has been welcomed, with Fine Gael Laois Offaly Deputy Charlie Flanaghan saying interest groups had voiced concern that a ban on cheese adverts before 9pm would have a “detrimental effect on their industry”.“I made it clear to the BAI that the model on which they were assessing cheese and branding it as a junk food was both outdated and flawed,” he said.Childhood obesity ‘major health risk’The Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) also welcomed the exemption of cheese products from the new advertising regulations, but added that the newly published code was nonetheless based on a “flawed science”.Commenting on the issue, FDII Head of Consumer Foods Shane Dempsey said “many other nutritious products that provide positive nutrients in the Irish diet will be banned from advertising to children.”Similarly, the representative body for primary school leaders – Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) – welcomed the new regulations saying they would help to curb the growing trend of childhood obesity and create a more responsible culture of children’s advertising.Seán Cottrell, IPPN Director, described childhood obesity as a “major health risk”, quoting recent studies that indicated 327,000 children in Ireland are estimated to be either obese or overweight.“The restrictions will also help to wean food and drink companies off any notion that children are a ‘soft touch’ for marketers keen to push products to a vulnerable cohort of the population. These new rules are especially timely in the context of the upcoming referendum on children’s rights,” he said.Cottrell welcomed the exemption of advertisements for cheese from the new rules, describing the move as ‘sensible on the basis that cheese is healthy and nutritious for children.’Irish Heart Foundation ‘disappointed’However, the revised regulations were not welcomed by everyone: the Irish Heart Foundation has expressed concerns that the new regulations do not go far enough – saying it was disappointed that the BAI’s proposed Children’s Commercial Communications Code does not ban the advertising of foods such as “French fries, crisps, confectionery, biscuits and sugary sweetened drinks from 6.00am to 9.00pm in order to protect children and young people”.“I am extremely concerned that a ban on adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS), excludes prime time viewing when on average the most popular time for children (4 to 17 year olds) to watch television is between the hours of 6pm and 9pm and over half of Irish children watch adult programmes without parental supervision. It is clear that the interests of industry have been put before the health of Irish children,” said Maureen Mulvihill, Head of Health Promotion at the Irish Heart Foundation.The Foundation said commercial interests had ‘taken priority over the health of children’ and that a ban on advertising such foodstuffs up to 9pm, to include primetime family viewing, was the only proportionate response to ensure adequate protection of children’s health.It said that a pre-watershed ban was also “strongly supported” by 75 per cent of Irish parents.Read: New rules on advertising of ‘unhealthy’ food and drink to children>last_img read more

Omnitouch projects touchscreens anywhere

first_imgWith so much of our computing shifting from the traditional mouse/keyboard combo to multitouch interfaces over the last four years, it’s hard to imagine another big shift coming anytime soon. Yet researchers at the Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute (along with Microsoft) are hoping they can spur on another revolution. While it’s far from being ready for mass consumer use, they have developed – and are already demonstrating – tech that will essentially turn any surface into a touchscreen interface.The tech, called OmniTouch, projects a smartphone-like UI onto common surfaces. Not limited to obvious planes like tables and walls, it can also work with a hand or an arm, adjusting the projected interface along with movement. It detects touch points, including multitouch, and is friendly with the likes of pinch-to-zoom. It also plays nicely with Kinect-like 3D gestures, allowing for examples like cupping a hand forward for “private mode,” and back for “public mode.”A word of warning about the OmniTouch concept in its current state, though. You have to wear a lugging piece of equipment on your shoulder in order to use it. We’re talking about a big, cannon-like device that would make a Decepticon blush. Okay, maybe it isn’t quite that gaudy, but it looks similar to a Kinect sensor or Wall-E, and appears to be bigger. I certainly don’t point this out to mock the brilliant innovation that’s going on here, but to highlight that this is still years away from mass adoption.If the demonstration looks familiar, it’s similar to the concept video below that we saw this summer. The creator of this imaginative clip visualized a similar tech integrated into a future iPhone, projecting a keyboard onto the surface in front of the handset:Years down the road, if innovators like the OmniTouch team can get the projector device down to the size of a tie-tack or a piece of jewelry (or simply integrate it into a standard device, like the iPhone concept), this could revolutionize the way we interact with mobile devices once again. It is, however, still a projection, and is prone to hazy images and interference from objects between the projector and surface, so it would take major progress for it to replace physical devices altogether. But it isn’t difficult to see the enormous potential in this kind of multitouch UI.More at the project page, via Techcrunchlast_img read more

Idomeni in tense state as NGO withdrawal continues

first_imgGreek Health Minister Andreas Xanthos called Wednesday for the gradual evacuation of the Idomeni border camp as “the only solution” to the humanitarian crisis there as aid agencies began pulling out of detention centers around Greece, angered at the recent EU-Turkey deal which they say contravenes international law.The UNHCR, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the International Rescue Committee, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children said they were pulling out because they didn’t agree with the mass expulsion of refugees as stipulated in the recent deal between the EU and Turkey. Refugees and migrants have also expressed anger at the deal and staged protests at camps around the country on Wednesday.Xanthos, who visited Idomeni yesterday, said that hygiene and living conditions were deplorable and urged aid agencies to return.“The situation here is the definition of a humanitarian crisis,” he said, adding that the camp is not sustainable and as such the only solution is its gradual evacuation. Immigration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said that under these conditions he could not guarantee that a refugee child won’t die.The suspension of work by NGOs is taking a further toll on the health of refugees.“There are people who have been here for more than a month and are now exhausted and the medical needs are huge,” said Aspasia Kakari, an MSF representative who said the agency’s decision to temporarily pull out of the camp yesterday was also dictated by “safety concerns of the staff” after scuffles broke out next to the aid agency’s tent.According to the latest estimates by the coordinating body on the refugee crisis, 12,000 refugees – roughly half of them children – are concentrated at Idomeni out of a total of 49,085 scattered throughout the country.The total figure is lower than estimates published on Tuesday that put the number at 52,206. Concern over the shortfall was expressed by centrists To Potami, drawing an angry response from the head of the coordinating committee, Giorgos Kyritsis.“These people are not rubbish to be swept under the rug. Greece is a democracy and doesn’t make people disappear,” he said, accusing the centrist party of succumbing to conspiracy theories.“If Potami had systematically watched [refugee] flow charts that are publicized every day, it would not resort to conspiracy theories that create confusion,” Kyritsis said, adding that on many occasions the numbers fluctuate from day to day and this is linked to the way the refugee registration system operates.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

2017 WWE Hall of Fame Coverage Angle DDP Rude and more

first_img WhatsApp Well, yeah. It’s Jim Cornette. Give the man a tape recorder and an hour-long tape, and he’ll talk for two hours. People love ‘im. April 1, 2017 at 2:24 am Really beautiful message to her daughter, Lyric. For whatever reason, this feels like the classiest #WWEHOF I’ve attended. – MT— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017A video focusing on Eric LeGrand is shown, the recipient of this year’s Warrior Award.Dana Warrior is out next to present the award to Eric LeGrand.Dana Warrior is out to present the Warrior Award to Eric LeGrand. The trend of classiness continues here. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Eric LeGrand was introduced and talked about his battle with paralysis.Awesome ovation for Eric LeGrand. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017 Pinterest Twitter March 31, 2017 at 9:37 pm 2017 WWE Hall of Fame CoverageMarch 31, 2017Orlando, FloridaCoverage by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.comA video package opens focusing on the inductees this year including Kurt Angle, The Rock n Roll Express, Teddy Long, Beth Phoenix, Rick Rude, Diamond Dallas Page and Eric LeGrand.We’re inside. Place is sold out and lots of energy. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Host Jerry “The King” Lawler is out first to kick off the show in Orlando tonight.Up first, Diamond Dallas Page. A video package runs showing Paul “Triple H” Levesque making a personal phone call to DDP to make the announcement that they were inducting him into the Hall of Fame. Page got very emotional getting the news. The package focuses on DDP’s career in WCW and getting started in the industry at an older age.By the audio technicians. Hell of a set up. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Diamond Dallas PageEric Bischoff is out first to induct DDP tonight. Bischoff gets a big reaction. A loud “WELCOME BACK” chant starts up. He thanks the fans. Bischoff said he wishes he was the one sitting in the crowd watching this induction and wished it could be Dusty Rhodes doing this induction. “May he rest in peace and may you rest happy, brother.”Bischoff talked about DDP towering over everyone in WCW. He jokes about DDP being so big and working as a manager, with Bischoff making a comparison to Paul Heyman being even bigger than Brock Lesnar as a manager. Bischoff said DDP was obnoxious and talked about getting into a bar fight. He said he didn’t shed a tear when DDP left AWA and made the jump to WCW. Bischoff said when AWA closed the doors and he had a failed WWE audition, he got the call to audition for WCW and how DDP was the one he had to work with immediately.He talked about Page helping to get a job with WCW and how they later became good friends. “Yes, he was still obnoxious. But I learned to respect his passion, desire and commitment.” Bischoff talked about Page working at the WCW Power Plant and learning to improve inside the ring. “He kept working hard. He didn’t stop. He wasn’t satisfied.” Bischoff said DDP was a “gimmick machine” trying to do whatever could possibly work. He mentions Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Curt Hennig, Hulk Hogan and Goldberg as some top opponents for DDP during his career in WCW. Bischoff talks about Page’s work with DDP Yoga. He credits Page for both Scott Hall and Jake Roberts being here tonight. Bischoff asks the audience to welcome Diamond Dallas Page to the WWE Hall of Fame.DDP! Seems so humble. He deserves to be here just for what he did for Jake and Scott. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Diamond Dallas Page is lead to the stage by his by his four daughters. He refers to him as his diamond daughters. He immediately gets emotional talking about being inducted tonight. A loud “YOU DESERVE IT” chant breaks out. Page says tonight is bitter sweet because Dusty Rhodes is not here to share this moment with him. He talks about meeting Dusty for the first time and wanting to make him the Jesse Ventura of the 90s. Page talks about wrestling for the first time at 35 years old and everyone calling him crazy. He brings up Michael Hayes falling down laughing at the thought of Page starting at an older age.Page talks about training with Jody Hamilton and his 35 year old body hitting the mat with force. He would tell himself, “Man, this fake stuff hurts like hell.” Page thanks Terry Taylor for working with him in the Power Plant, on the road and in life. He thanks Dusty Rhodes’ wife Michelle. Page thanks Eric Bischoff. He wants to thank his other mentor: Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Page talks about people laughing at him for taping every match. He said Roberts would watch every match with him and referred to some as “brutal matches.” Page thanks John Laurinaitis. He thanks Laurinaitis for giving him his finisher.One thing DDP isn’t short on – passion. I love the energy to open up this #WWEHOF. Godfather opened last year and seemed lost. – MT— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Page also thanks William Regal for help with the Diamond Cutter. He credits Ron Reis for coming up with the Diamond Cutter pose as well. Page talks about having his first competitive match with Sting (aka The Stinger). He tells a story about Michael Hayes never being happier to “eat crow” on his in-ring ability after seeing a match he had with Sting. Page tells a story about Jake Roberts calling him in 1997 and congratulated him for reinventing the DDT. Page thanks Kevin Nash and Scott Hall and getting to blow the roof off the building taking out the nWo in front of a huge audience.He tells a story about Randy Savage and giving him a call over Thanksgiving thanking him for letting him beat him. Page says at TV that Monday, Savage pulled him in a room and gave him a big hug for doing something like that. He also wants to thank Hulk Hogan. Page says Hogan told him if he keeps up what he is doing that he has the ability to do big business with him. He brings up working with Karl Malone, Dennis Rodman and Hogan to create the highest grossing WCW PPV of all time. Page thanks his ex-wife Kimberly. He thanks his wife Brenda bringing up that she is a breast cancer survivor. Page calls her his own personal super hero.He runs down a huge list of names he is thanking finishing with Chris Jericho (who gave a big smile in the crowd). Page thanks all of the people that have worked with him or tried DDP Yoga worldwide. He thanks Goldberg for a “hell of a match.” Page closes thanking his mother. He has one last story about Dusty Rhodes. Page said Dusty would let him vent except for one night where he took it too far. He said Dusty raked his eyes when Page said he would never be the world champion or anyone near the level Dusty reached. Page said Dusty questioned what he was even doing in the business if he didn’t believe. He talks about writing down on a piece of paper that he would be world champion in five years. Page says if you have a passion, own it and ink it. He talks about working with Sting, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair and finally reaching the goal of becoming world champion. Page closes his speech thanking everyone for letting him live out his dream.”Just don’t think it. Ink it. Own it!” – DDP. Great quote. #WWEHOF – MT— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017We see a shot of Roman Reigns in the crowd. Loud boo’s from the Orlando crowd.Jerry Lawler is back on stage. Up next, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. A video package runs focusing on Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson.Jim Cornette is back in WWE! #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017The Rock ‘n’ Roll ExpressJim Cornette is out now to induct The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express tonight. “Well, here we go. I’m Jim Cornette, this is a live microphone and the audio guy is on Xanax.” He thanks Lawler and brings up a story trying to carry his bags breaking into the business. Cornette talks about the growth of MTV in the early 1980s and Lawler’s idea to create The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. He talks about The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express being a huge act in Mid South Wrestling and both of the guys having “the most sex on the way to the ring” of any other talents. Cornette brings up The Midnight Express being the top villains for The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.He talks about both tag teams setting attendance records at venues across the south. Cornette talks about going to Charlotte and main eventing all over again thanks to help from Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes. He brings up The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express being a huge success in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. Cornette talks about the Express making the jump to WWE as well. “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express always delivered.” He talks about the team still actively wrestling at an older age and continuing to work with young talent 34 years later. Cornette jokes they should be getting inducted into the Smithsonian instead.The Rock “N” Roll Express are here. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, are introduced. Morton talks about this “S.O.B.” being sold out tonight. Gibson talks about grandkids on the way. He brings up how they are still active on the independent wrestling scene. Morton said the rate they ask for just went “through the roof” because of tonight. He talks about the growth of the wrestling industry and how he “stood up for the boys.”Morton thanks Kevin Nash for “keeping them alive” in the business. They thank Flair for helping them and call him the greatest world heavyweight champion of all time. The Express give a shout out to Michael Hayes and talk about all the battles they had with The Freebirds. Morton gets emotional and calls Gibson the greatest person in the world he’s ever met. They hug. Gibson thanks Morton and they take one last salute for the audience.Really touching moment when Ricky told Robert how much he means to him. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Jerry Lawler introduces our next inductee, Rick Rude.A video package looking at the career or “Ravishing” Rick Rude plays.“Ravishing” Rick RudeRicky “The Dragon” Steamboat is out next to induct Rick Rude.Ricky Steamboat is inducting the late, great Rick Rude. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Steamboat talks about being inducted into the Hall of Fame eight years ago and continues to wear his Hall of Fame ring every day of his life. “They broke the mold with that guy,” said Steamboat about Rick Rude. He talks about Rude becoming an WWE Intercontinental, WCW United States and WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Steamboat talks about Rude being a very strong man and how you could even feel how strong he was when you tied up with him. He talks about Rude’s role as part of D-Generation X back in 1997. Steamboat tells a story about giving Rude a suplex, hooking his legs on top of a steel cage and Rude doing sit ups against the cage to have fun with him.The family of Richard Rood accepts his #WWEHOF plaque.— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Steamboat introduces Rick Rude’s family (wife, son and daughter) to the stage. Rude’s son cuts a promo referencing the infamous “sweat hogs” line. He pays tribute to his younger brother that passed away and thanks the fans for all the support. Rude’s son finishes his speech thanking WWE for placing his father among the greats in the Hall of Fame.OK, Rick Rood Jr. is the NEW highlight of the #WWEHOF with an AWESOME tribute to his father’s famous line. – JN— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Jerry Lawler is out to introduce our next inductee, Beth Phoenix.A video package plays focusing on Beth’s WWE career.Beth PhoenixNatalya is introduced next to induct Beth Phoenix tonight.Natalya tells a story about Mark Henry almost confusing her with Beth Phoenix. She recalls Beth reaching out to her on MySpace and wanting to become a wrestler. Beth was inspired by both Bret and Owen Hart. Natalya talks about her and Beth wanting to impress Arn Anderson and Fit Finlay so bad. She lists off facts about Beth noting how much she can bench press (over 200 pounds) and being one of the few female entrants in the Royal Rumble.Natalya gets emotional introducing Beth Phoenix.Natalya, WWE’s resident cat lady, is inducting her friend, Beth Phoenix, into the #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Beth walks out and hugs with Natalya. She talks about her first love being wrestling. Beth talks about being introduced to wrestling through her family. She thanks her trainer Ron Hutchinson. Beth talks about getting a tryout with WWE when she was only 22 years old. She talks about becoming good friends with Molly Holly. Beth reveals that Molly helped pay for her training in Ohio Valley Wrestling so she could achieve her dreams.Made it back in time to see Beth Phoenix enter the hallowed #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017She thanks more names she worked with in OVW, including Paul Heyman. Beth thanks Tommy Dreamer and refers to him as the “champion of the little guy.” She thanks Candace Michelle and also thanks Mickie James mentioning her first match was against her. Beth also thanks Eve Torres and Santino Marella. She turns her attention to “my Nattie.” Beth thinks Owen had something to do with their friendship.She thanks the current crop of female talent in WWE right now for continuing to set the bar high. Beth thanks talents like Lita and Trish Stratus and then gives credit to Chyna for “busting down the door” for people like her. She thanks the WWE Universe for “demanding opportunity for women.” Beth thanks her parents. She thanks her husband Adam (aka Edge). Beth goes to introduce him when Tony Chimel interrupts to do his Rated R SUUUUUUUUUUUPERSTAR. They hit Edge’s music and he starts crying and smiling holding his daughter in his seat.Awesome reception for Edge. Love the Tony Chimel cameo! #WWEHOF #ItsOKtohavefun— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017 Kurt Angle is NOT afraid of having a little fun at his own expense. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Angle brings up the matches he had with Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, John Cena and Shane McMahon. He is here to give advice to the talent currently in WWE: limit your mistakes, know what you are allowed and not allowed to do, follow the rules, use common sense, don’t be the guy or girl that everyone says ‘he could have been the greatest of all time if he just stayed out of trouble.’ He knows how that feels. Angle says take chances with your personality and character. “I did.”He is handed a small cowboy hat and reenacts his famous backstage promo with Steve Austin. Angle brings up wearing a wig with headgear. He brings up tapping out Hulk Hogan wearing that. He brings up driving a moped down the ramp to mock The Undertaker and battle raps with John Cena. Angle brings up his HBK impression with his “Sexy Kurt” song. He gets the crowd to chant along. A loud “ANGLE” chant starts up. Angle tells the young talent that the character moments last forever. He thanks the WWE Universe. Angle thanks his family for showing support. He thanks his wife for saving his life. Angle is handed two bottles of milk and celebrates the only way he knows how. He chugs down the milk and gives one last salute to the crowd in attendance tonight in Orlando.What a fun speech. So happy he’s healthy and back. Welcome back, Kurt Angle. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017 What? You’re in Orlando? Man, there better be a seat for me next year! Gerald Bocook I also loved most of the red carpet show. I loved how they can brake character for most the interview and when asked about there WM match most stepped right back into character. The CM Punk thing? You’re doing God’s work. haha Thank you. Is it me or is everyone wanting to hear jim cornetts intro for the rock n roll express then the rock n roll express them selves. Also did anyobe notice the kid staring at Kelly Kellys bum when she was being interviewed on the red carpet. 8/29 NXT Live Results: Orlando, Florida (Velveteen Dream takes on Roderick Strong) Facebook Gerald Bocook Kurt Angle’s wife Giovanna announces on social media they have adopted a son March 31, 2017 at 10:22 pm Gerald Bocook April 1, 2017 at 2:25 am April 1, 2017 at 2:23 am Google+ Jamie Stidiford goddessroleplay April 1, 2017 at 9:50 am 6 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR I am here live and I am sitting next to a guy that tried to do a cm punk chant. I gave him a soft kiss on the cheek amd whispered “not now”. That shut him up n.n Jamie Stidiford WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 There’s a few jerky wrestling fans trying to make this show about them. Hope somebody slaps them. #NotRealFans #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Jerry Lawler introduces our next inductee, Teddy Long.A video package plays focusing on Teddy Long’s wrestling career.Teddy LongNaturally a tag team is inducting Teddy Long. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Jerry Lawler introduces Ron Simmons and JBL to induct Teddy Long. JBL and Simmons joke about all the old wrestlers not understanding the term “go home” tonight. JBL was worried they were going to have to wait until 2018 to induct Teddy tonight. He refers to Teddy as the cheapest man alive. Simmons pulls out a sheet of paper of what Teddy owes them for all the food, hotel rooms, rental cards and tolls. They bring up Teddy being the driver for the APA and The Godfather and what a mistake that truly was for him.Teddy Long, my favorite Smackdown GM ever, is here. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Teddy Long is introduced and begins dancing. He jokes having a back issue, but tells JBL and Ron Simmons he is just playing around. Long wants a “HOLLA HOLLA HOLLA” from the crowd in Orlando and they oblige. He confirms what JBL and Simmons said and he is indeed cheap. Long says he’s aware of the time and won’t be long winded. He looks back at his career and helping out backstage to get his start.Long brings up how he was forced to referee a card one night including a Texas Death match. He talks about becoming a manager in the NWA and WCW. Long credits Jim Ross for getting him work with both WCW and WWE. He recalls starting as a referee in WWE and later getting a shot as a manager. Long remembered Vince McMahon telling him he couldn’t believe he was “under his nose” all this time and wasn’t aware how talented he was.That suit is LOUD. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017He talks about becoming the General Manager of Smackdown for a length of nearly nine years in WWE. Long thanks WWE, the WWE Universe and especially the McMahon family. “These people gave me the opportunity of a life time.” He ends his speech joking that he wants to book Ron Simmons and JBL in a tag team match. Long adds Ron will probably give the excuse he is retired, so all that is left is JBL and he will book him in a match with The Undertaker! He closes saying he is now a HOLLA-HOLLA-Famer.Haystacks Callhoun, Judy Grable, Bearcat Wright, Farmer Burns, Rikidozan, Luther Lindsay, June Byers, Toots Mondt, Dr. Jerry GrahamWithout Toots Mondt, wrestling wouldn’t be what it is today. That’s a fact. #WWEHOF #Legacy— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Jerry Lawler introduces our next inductee, Kurt Angle.A video package plays looking back at the career of Kurt Angle.Kurt AngleJerry Lawler introduces John Cena, who will induct Kurt Angle tonight.Here’s one of the greatest of all time out to induct one of the best pure athletes ever in WWE. #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Orlando starts the loud “JOHN CENA SUCKS” chant. Cena smiles and says it is nice to see everyone too. A loud “LET’S GO MIZ” chant. Miz smiles and points at himself. Cena says the moment we are all about to experience tonight is long overdue. He says we have never seen and will probably never see anyone like Kurt Angle ever again. Cena talks about how in less than two years, Angle became the “measuring stick for any and all WWE superstars.” Cena introduces the one and only Kurt Angle.Kurt Angle is BACK! That was the most respectful “You Suck” chant ever! #WWEHOF— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017Orlando greets Angle with the “YOU SUCK” chants to his theme song. Angle says it is great to be back home. He recalls the day Vince McMahon offered him a huge contract. Angle says he told McMahon that if he signed the contract he could never lose a match in the company ever. He talks about two years later watching RAW and falling in love with the show. Angle said he called WWE and talked to Jim Ross to find out if the contract still stands. He said no, but he could tryout just like everyone else.Angle talked about picking up the wrestling industry fast, but got help along the way. He thanks Jim Ross, Dory Funk Jr, Tom and Bruce Prichard, Gerald Brisco, Pat Patterson, John Laurinaitis, Terry Taylor, Steve Bradley and Sean Evans. Angle talks about wrestling in his first PPV match in just 12 months. He said Edge, Christian, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy (a loud “DELETE” chant starts up), Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker, Kane, Big Show and Rikishi all helped him out.Jimmy cracked corn, and I don’t care. #WWEHOF #IGotOlympicGold— (@wrestleview) April 1, 2017 Comments are closed.last_img read more

Solskjaer says United needs to adapt to their rivals

first_imgThe Manchester United manager is happy his team has won six matches in a row, but his club will play against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.After six consecutive wins, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing very well with Manchester United in the English Premier League.But this weekend, his team will play against Tottenham Hotspur.“You always adapt to any opposition we play,” he told the club’s official website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“You all know the best teams in the league and of course we have to be aware of their strengths.”“But I’ve been brought up in a way that we need to attack teams. I think that’s our strength as well, going forward and attacking, as a team when you look at us now the way we’ve played,” he added.“We’re not going to get as many chances to attack against these [Spurs] as we’ve had before, so we’ve got to be ready for when we get hold of the ball and play well with it to make sure we use the whole pitch because Wembley is a decent-sized pitch as well.”“Newcastle away is also a test. The first game and how everyone reacted away to Cardiff is also a test. The first home game – how would the crowd affect it? That’s also a test.”last_img read more

Hyderabad Tv actor Madhu Prakash arrested in wifes suicide

first_imgTV actor Madhu Prakash has been arrested by the police on suspicion of his involvement in the death of his wife, Bharati. Bharati’s family members alleged that Prakash developed an affair with another woman, and that it did not go well with his wife. The couple used to quarrel over the same issue, they said. They also suspected Prakash’s involvement in Bharati’s death. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Bharati was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her residence in Panchavati Colony on Tuesday. Hyderabad: Tv actor Madhu Prakash arrested in wife’s suicide case00:12/03:54 LIVE00:00AdvertisementNext Video×Hyderabad: Tv actor Madhu Prakash arrested in wife’s suicide case00:00/03:59 LIVE00:00Loading Ad Next Video×last_img read more

Immigrant Mother Separated From Boy I Dream Of My Son

first_img Share AP Photo/David J. PhillipImmigrant families line up to enter the central bus station after they were processed and released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Sunday, June 24, 2018, in McAllen, Texas.They came from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, with children in tow. Some were fleeing violence. Others were looking for a better life.They didn’t know they would be separated from their children after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border due to a zero-tolerance policy that called for prosecuting every adult who entered the country illegally.Five parents out of a group of more than 30 who were recently released from federal custody pending the outcome of their immigration and asylum cases shared their stories Monday during a news conference in El Paso. They have found temporary shelter with a Texas charity organization, with their locations tracked by ankle monitors.Some have no idea where their children are. Others do but can’t say with any certainty when they might see them again. Their children range in age from 4 to 17.One father said he felt broken without his teenage son, while another cried over his daughter. A mother wiped away tears, fearing that her 4-year-old son believes she abandoned him.They are just a few of the many families who have been thrust into the center of a long simmering debate over how to handle the flood of migrants on the southern border. The five immigrants spoke on the condition that their last names not be used for fear of deportation by U.S. authorities.___IRISDetained on June 15, she and her 6-year-old son clung to each other after learning they would be separated and that she was being sent to jail.The 40-year-old single mother from Honduras asked that they be deported together immediately. She was told it was too late. She let go and persuaded her son to do the same after officials said they would be separated — one way or another.Iris learned her son is somewhere in Arizona after a social worker contacted a relative. Most of the 32 recently released parents are likely to leave El Paso as they obtain more information and seek out their children.“I go to sleep at night, and the first thing I do is dream of my son,” she said.___MIRIAMHer 4-year-old son was asleep as immigration agents insisted on separating the two of them in the early morning before dawn.“If I had known, I never would have come” to the United States, she said.The Guatemalan mother said she was led to believe when arrested that her son would be returned to her, wherever she was held. She described the boy as tiny and shy.She located him at a holding facility in New York. When she asked a social worker to speak with him, she was told the boy was angry and would not talk.“He thinks you abandoned him,” she was told.It’s unclear when they might be reunited as she pursues asylum in the U.S.___CHRISTIANAfter traveling 17 days from Honduras to reach the U.S. border, he was arrested for crossing illegally.“They said I had violated the laws of the United States,” said the 23-year-old farmhand. “I said, yes, I accept that, but could they take me away with my daughter.”He broke down while recounting that his 5-year-old daughter was more afraid for him, knowing that he was going to jail.Christian spoke to his daughter a week ago, when an official with the local sheriff’s office intervened to find her at a holding facility in Chicago.___MELVINThe Honduran immigrant and his 17-year-old son were turned away from a port of entry at El Paso while seeking asylum.The two opted out of desperation to cross illegally, wandering through a drying concrete culvert along the border as night approached. They feared rumors of migrants being taken and held for ransom by gangs in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.They were arrested by U.S. authorities and separated soon after, exchanging a simple goodbye. Melvin said he doesn’t know where his son is being held.___MARIOThe 32-year-old Honduran father spoke of the pain of being separated from his 10-year-old daughter and only child as her birthday came and went Monday, without knowing where she was being held.He was detained May 25 at a fence that marks the U.S.-Mexico border.He said authorities provided a phone number to seek information about the whereabouts of his daughter but there has been no answer.“Since they took my daughter, I haven’t heard anything,” he said, noting that an attorney was assisting him.last_img read more

UK retailer GAME charges customers 7x for Super Mario Maker preorders

first_imgSuper Mario Maker launches for the Wii U across Europe and North America this Friday, September 11. It’s one of the hottest games to hit the Wii U this year, and a limited edition of the title including an art book and 30th anniversary Mario Amiibo has encouraged a lot of pre-orders. However, pre-ordering the game through UK retailer GAME has ended in disaster.With the game being shipped out to reach our doormats on Friday, GAME started collecting the money for pre-orders yesterday. The problem is, a glitch in GAME’s system has seen individuals charged up to seven times even though they only pre-ordered one copy of the game. In a lot of cases this has seen bank accounts go overdrawn and bank fines triggered, costing customers even more money through no fault of their own.GAME is charging £33.99 ($52) for the Standard Edition or £46.99 ($72) for the Limited Edition. That means people are waking up to their bank accounts having had up to £328.93 ($500) taken. Ouch!GAME acknowledged there was a problem last night and apologized, but the multiple charges continued this morning. The only way to stop them is to cancel your pre-order, but by doing so you lose your copy of the game. If it’s the Limited Edition, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get it again. Presented with a choice of ongoing bank fines or ensuring a game arrives on Friday, many people will be forced to cancel their pre-order.For GAME, it’s generating a lot of negative PR, but they are also going to be facing claims for bank charges incurred because of this. They’ll have no choice but to pay all charges for their customers, and they need to do that quickly as well as issuing refunds ASAP.last_img read more

Economic sentiment indicator rises in May

first_imgThe economic sentiment indicator rose by 2.3 units in May to 118.4, the highest since June 2001, on improved confidence in services and to a lesser extent in retail trade and consumer confidence, the University of Cyprus said.The improved business confidence in services in May resulted from more positive evaluation of the financial situation and company demand over the previous three months, as well as more favourable assessment of demand over the three months to come, the Economic Research Centre of the University of Cyprus said in an emailed statement on Thursday. The improvement in confidence in retail trade was marginal as worsening expectations about future sales almost offset an improvement in the evaluation of the current situation of the interviewed companies.This month, business confidence in construction and industry worsened, the ERC said. Construction companies revised their employment plans downwards, while industrial units said they expected to produce less over the next three months.As households are more optimistic in their expectation of their financial situation and the course of unemployment over the next 12 months, this resulted in an increase in consumer confidence in May, the ERC said. It added that consumer tendency towards saving was less negative.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Akinci welcomes guarantors meeting updated

first_imgExpectations for a new dynamic on the Cyprus problem seemed low on Tuesday after a series of meetings on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly.According to CyBC, the parties involved in talks on the Cyprus problem are not expecting anything new in Cyprus talks over the coming months, and are awaiting the UN Secretary General to decide whether he will make recommendations or assign his envoy Jane Holl Lute to meet with all the parties involved.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Cyprus problem during their meeting on Tuesday in New York.During the meeting, which lasted approximately an hour, Tsipras reiterated that talks need to restart from where they left off in Crans Montana and based on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ recommendations.He also told Erdogan that the talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides need to start again.A Greek government official said the Turkish President reaffirmed his support for the Guterres framework, and reiterated Turkey’s position on the Cyprus issue.Also on Tuesday, the foreign ministers of the three guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and the UK, met to discuss the Cyprus problem and the way forward.Before he left for New York, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci welcomed the informal meeting of the three foreign ministers but stressed that ultimately it must be the Cypriot people themselves who will implement and live with a solution.He said his contacts in the Big Apple would commence on Wednesday, culminating over the weekend when he is due to meet Guterres.The Turkish Cypriot leader spoke of a “different climate” being shaped this time, noting that in light of UN envoy Jane Holl Lute’s recent report, the UN chief will want to hear ideas from all interested parties on how the process can now be moved forward.“The cycle of the old negotiations on Cyprus is now closed. Processes without a timetable, which are not results-oriented, can only get stuck in time,” he told reporters.Akinci said the latest talks under UN auspices, taking place in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana, failed because of the Greek Cypriots’ unwillingness “to accept the true meaning of power-sharing and shared prosperity with Turkish Cypriots within a federal partnership.”But it was important to look ahead, since a mutually acceptable settlement on Cyprus would benefit not only the Cypriots but also Greece and Turkey.“It has to be understood that progress in relation to the Cyprus problem on the one hand, and on the other hand cooperation on natural gas resources, where we too have rights, together with steps supporting the Turkey-EU customs union, will be to the benefit of all interested parties.“In short, this should be the common vision,” he added.Commenting on the guarantors’ meeting, Akinci said it was “perfectly natural” for officials of the three guarantor powers to discuss the Cyprus issue.“However, there is something that one should not forget. Any solution in Cyprus will need to be implemented and experienced by the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots. Let no one lose sight of this. Because, at the end of the day, it is the will of the two communities that will keep a solution alive.”British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attended a working lunch at the British Permanent Representation at the UN.Although describing the trilateral meeting as a positive development, Akinci stressed that “the work does not begin and end with it, and this needs to be well understood.”On the planned opening of crossing points at Dherynia and Apliki, the Turkish Cypriot leader said that on his side all the logistics were in place.The delay on the Apliki crossing was due to ongoing works along a 3km stretch of road on the Greek Cypriot side and due to land appropriations in the area.“On our side, we are ready. It has been some time that we have finished with the roads in Dherynia and in Apliki. What remains to be done there is to install cubicles and to arrange for electrical, telephone and internet connections.”He forecast that the crossings would be opening “very soon.”But Akinci bemoaned the fact that the opening of the two crossings was not coupled with other confidence-building measures, such as the proposed link between the mobile phone networks and electrical grids of the two communities.Another proposal that had been floated, he said, was a programme where teachers would visit schools on either side.“They [Greek Cypriots] insist on not visiting our schools. Their pretext is that this would be tantamount to ‘recognising’ us.”You May LikeKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Reform Commissioner tipped for top bank job

first_imgTHE civil service reform commissioner has been tipped to take charge of the board of directors of Hellenic Bank.Irena Georgiades was appointed reform commissioner in April but reports said yesterday she would be taking over from Andreas Panayiotou as chairperson of Hellenic Bank.The lender successfully completed its recapitalisation through private funds in November 2013 after three major investors poured in €100 million, taking 75 per cent of the share capital.Cyprus-based online game developer and publisher Wargaming Net and American hedge fund Third Point got a 30 per cent stake each by putting in €40 million apiece. Cypriot investment company Demetra received 15 per cent with €20 million.The lender said yesterday it was close to selling its Russian subsidiary.Hellenic said the transaction, which is subject to the approval of the Central Bank, was in line with the group’s strategy for more efficient management of available resources, planning, and active management of risks.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more