Liveblog: Lokomotiv-Juve, Atalanta-City

first_imgJoin us for all the build-up and action from the Champions League, as Juventus visit Lokomotiv Moscow and Atalanta host Manchester City. If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE. We begin at 17.55 GMT in Moscow, where Juventus can mathematically qualify for the Round of 16 with a victory. They had been trailing 1-0 to Lokomotiv in Turin until a late Paulo Dybala brace turned it all around, so this is not to be taken for granted. At 20.00 GMT, Atalanta seek their first ever Champions League point, but are up against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at San Siro. La Dea had been leading at the Etihad, but eventually lost 5-1. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

ISL: ‘Baahubali’ star Rana Daggubati is Hyderabad FC co-owner

first_imgHyderabad: Actor Rana Daggubati has joined ISL debutants Hyderabad FC as the franchise’s co-owner. The other co-owners are Varun Tripuraneni and Vijay Madduri. “Hyderabad has a great legacy with the sport. This team, therefore, is a chance to rekindle that legacy,” Daggubati said. He added, “I am confidently counting on Kamaljit and his team to make a mark in our very maiden season. The team proved its mettle in the preliminary camps in Chennai and Goa. HFC aced all of the seven friendly matches, remaining undefeated.” Tripuraneni, co-owner of HFC and who has worked with Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters FC in the past, is elated at Daggubati joining the team. He said, “Having Rana Daggubati associate with the HFC is a huge boost for the team and its following. What’s more exciting is to see Rana being so committed to building a strong team.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

8 days agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini confirms Rice fit for Everton

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini confirms Rice fit for Evertonby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManuel Pellegrini has confirmed Declan Rice is fit to face Everton this weekend.The Hammers midfielder suffered from illness whilst on international duty with England last week”Everyone returned [from international duty] without any problems. so we have the complete squad fit apart from the players who were injured before – Antonio, Winston Reid [and Fabianski],” he said.”Declan is okay, he has worked without any problems.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Deion Sanders’ Son, A 2021 QB Recruit, Adds Major Offer

first_imgDeion Sanders on the red carpet.SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 05: TV personality/retired NFL player Deion Sanders walks the Blue Carpet at the 2015 Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award Ceremony at Pepsi Super Friday Night at Pier 70 on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Pepsi)2021 quarterback Shedeur Sanders is a three-star recruit with a five-star pedigree given that he’s the son of Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders. The younger Sanders has picked up another huge offer as he heads into his junior season.Taking to Twitter over the weekend, Sanders announced that he had received an offer from Tennessee. The post included a video of him touring the Tennessee campus and running a few drills for the Vols’ camp while wearing a team uniform.247Sports’ Composite Rankings list Sanders as the No. 339 overall prospect in the Class of 2021. He is the No. 17 pro-style quarterback in the country, and the No. 48 prospect from the state of Texas.Last year at Trinity Christian School, Sanders threw for 2,977 yards, 42 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. The year before, he had an equally impressive 2,360 yards, 34 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Tennessee! GOD is AMAZING! Worked very hard for this, Hard work pays off. This is just the beginning! #2 @DemetricDWarren @CoachJPruitt @ChrisWeinke16 @DeionSanders @TCCHFootball @ahart49 @Striving4_ALott pic.twitter.com/SbZXPAs7cN— Shedeur Sanders (@ShedeurSanders) June 23, 2019The month of June has been a massive boon for Sanders as he has now picked up offers from Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia Tech.He also has outstanding offers from Georgia, Michigan, LSU, Florida, and his father’s alma mater, Florida State.Sanders is going his own way to college football stardom, and he has certainly been impressing plenty of coaches along the way.last_img read more

Force organisations like railways DDA to use treated wastewater Panel to NGT

first_imgNEW DELHI: The NGT-appointed Yamuna Monitoring Committee has suggested that the green panel may issue directions to force farmhouses and large organisations like the DDA, railways and malls to close their borewells and switch to treated wastewater. The two-member monitoring committee, comprising retired National Green Tribunal expert member B S Sajwan and former Delhi chief secretary Shailaja Chandra, made this suggestion in a second supplementary report submitted to the green panel recently. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Of the 459 million gallons of wastewater generated per day by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), only 89 MGD is being used. The common effluent treatment plants of the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation utilize less than 10 per cent of the treated effluent,” the report said. The committee has repeatedly stated that all potential users of treated effluent are needed to be identified in a radius of 5 kilometers around each STP, adding that the DJB should enforce the use of treated water, and regulate groundwater and borewell connections in public parks and departmentally-owned green spaces. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The DJB, which is responsible for treating wastewater and ensuring that it is used effectively for non-potable purposes, has been holding meetings but most departments and agencies complain of there being no piping arrangement to transport the water. The DJB says laying so many pipelines will take a long time and cost money,” the report said. “The only way to compel large organizations such as the Delhi Development Authority, railways, malls, and farmhouses to stop using borewell water is if they are forced to close the borewells and switch over to treated wastewater available at several STPs… to be collected by tankers for non-potable purposes,” it said. The DJB is also working on a plan to reuse treated wastewater after releasing it into the Yamuna. But, according to officials, that will take time. “Treated wastewater will be released into the Yamuna near Palla, where the river enters the city. Downstream, we will draw the river water and send it to a water treatment plant for further treatment,” DJB vice-chairman Dinesh Mohaniya had said earlier.last_img read more

Tiffani Thiessen Named As Jumpstart Ambassador

first_imgJumpstart, a national early education non-­profit organization, announced this week that actress and star of USA’s White Collar, Tiffani Thiessen, is the official celebrity ambassador of the 2013 Read for the Record campaign.As ambassador, Thiessen will support the campaign by bringing awareness to the early childhood education crisis in America and Jumpstart’s solution to this critical issue by preparing children living in low-­income communities to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed.Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is the one day of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day. On October 3, adults and children across the country will read Otis, by Loren Long in support of the campaign.“We are honored to have Tiffani Thiessen as our 2013 Read for the Record celebrity ambassador,” said Naila Bolus, president and CEO of Jumpstart. “Her commitment to early education as both a public figure and a mother will be a valuable asset to the campaign this year.”“As the mother of an almost three year old, Jumpstart’s mission hits close to home. I am proud to be a part of a campaign that advocates for all children to get the ‘jump start’ they need to thrive in school and in life,” said Thiessen.In low-­income neighborhoods, children start kindergarten 60 percent behind their peers from affluent communities, leaving them unprepared when it’s time to start school. When children start school behind, they are more likely to stay behind for the rest of their lives, and this gap only widens over time. In 2012, more than 2.3 million people participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.Thiessen currently stars as Elizabeth Burke in the hit USA Network television series White Collar.For more information about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, please visit www.jstart.org/readfortherecord. To support Jumpstart and this year’s campaign, please click here.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic Asserts He is as ‘Fine as Red Wine’

Rabat – 35-year-old football star and Manchester United striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is avowing his philosophy that age is just a number and he’ll continue playing until he is 50.Ibrahimovic describes himself as red wine; he’s only getting better as he ages.“I feel happy, I feel good. Even if I’m 35, in my mind I’m 20. I think I could play also at 50, but it won’t be down to me.” Ibrahimovic said. “The older I get, the better I get, like red wine! You like red wine? I’m a perfect example of that .The older I get, the better I play.” This statement follows his two goals last Sunday against West Brom, bringing his Premier League goal scoring tally up to 16 for the 2016-2017 season

Thousands flee clashes in DR Congos Kivu provinces for western Uganda UN

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said about 7,000 of the 20,000 new refugees in Uganda arrived yesterday.Meanwhile, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said its efforts to remove Ugandan Lord Resistance Army (LRA) rebels from the country’s Garamba Park had been called off. Eight Guatemalan peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in a confrontation with the rebels over the weekend and the remaining troops were then withdrawn.General Patrick Cammaert, MONUC’s Eastern Division Commander, told journalists at UN Headquarters that Garamba Park is “a vast area of jungle with patches of savannah in between. Very, very difficult terrain. You can hide there for years and nobody will ever find you.”MONUC tries to find LRA members based on information from locals and from the radio. “If we find them, we disarm them and hand them over to the authorities,” the general said.In a related development, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres called attention to the 20,000 Congolese who have fled to Uganda and warned that, “Different displacement movements are still ongoing in every direction.”In North Kivu, a UN humanitarian mission said the situation in Kanyabayonga and Lubero was calm after the nearby presence of armed insurgents had caused a massive displacement. Local authorities estimated the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) being sheltered in churches and schools at 50,000.According to UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond, several thousand of the recently arrived refugees would be housed in Nakivale, an established refugee settlement in Uganda’s Isingoro district, and the agency would build more houses and expand health, sanitation and education services there.Nakivale is already home to about 16,000 refugees, 70 per cent of whom are Rwandans, according to the agency.In another development, more than 5,000 of the 8,000 Congolese now at Kisoro, 450 kilometres south-west of Uganda’s capital, Kampala, have asked to be relocated to Nakivale because they fear the lack of security in the Kivus. The refugees at Kisoro have lived for six or seven days in the open, with no shelter, no food aid and insufficient water, Mr. Redmond said.UNHCR is putting up a small clinic in Kisoro, 10 temporary shelters capable of accommodating 3,000 to 4,000 people, communal latrines and a police post, he said. The agency is also distributing blankets to those in need.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is also supplying high-protein biscuits to people in the area.In Ishasa border hamlet in Uganda’s Kanungu district, most of the 5,000 refugees there have said they wanted to stay near the border, since some were going home to work during the day but sleeping in Ishasa. Ugandan authorities would start immunizing them today amid fears of a cholera outbreak, Mr. Redmond said.Uganda is already home to some 208,000 refugees, including 168,800 Sudanese, 20,200 Congolese, and 15,600 Rwandans, UNHCR said. read more

Mens GB squad for Olympic Games is decided

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced today the 14 male handball players that will represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.Handball made its Olympic debut in 1936, but has only been a regular fixture at the Games since 1972.  Team GB has taken the opportunity to use the home nation allocation to enter their first ever handball teams and, following the announcement two weeks ago of their female counterparts, both the men and women’s squads are now selected to make their Olympic debuts in London.The 14 athletes selected to Team GB today are (age, hometown):Bob White (captain) (29, Milton Keynes, Bucks)Jesper Parker (28, Gothenburg, Sweden)John Pearce (24, Poole, Dorset)Mark Hawkins (26, Horsham, Sussex)Martin Hare (22, Tananger, Norway)Ciaran Williams (24, Edenfield, Lancashire)Chris Mohr (22, Dreieich, Germany)Steven Larsson (31, Oslo, Norway)Seb Edgar (21, Saint Peray, France)Seb Prieto (25, Crowborough, Sussex)Gawain Vincent (22, Marne, France)Robin Garnham (25, Sunne, Sweden)Dan McMillan (29, Sway, Hampshire)Chris McDermott (23, Wirral, Merseyside)In addition to the 14 athletes, the British Handball Association have also named 20-year-old Nicholas Satchwell as their reserve, as well as another four backroom staff led by head coach Dragan Djukic.“It was the hardest decision in my life, because our players have invested the last six years of their lives in the GB programme, but the situation that we have a chance up to the quarter-final to change injured players, with any player from the long list, gave us the chance to reward the 15 players who invested the most over this period.“In the end, the best 15 (14+1) are selected and now it is time for concentration and to add the final touches for the start of the Olympic Tournament and the opening game against World and Olympic Champions France.” Dragan DjukicHandball in Great BritainHandball Olympics ← Previous Story Alvaro Ferrer is the new force of BM Atletico Madrid Next Story → Men’s ECh U20 (Turkey): Russia overrun Poles – Slovenia beats France read more

Like a threering circus Ivanka Trumps neighbours arent too happy with her

first_img Short URL Apr 1st 2017, 7:00 AM 17 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 7:00 AM 42,138 Views Share3 Tweet Email2 center_img ‘Like a three-ring circus’: Ivanka Trump’s neighbours aren’t too happy with her Fox News anchor Chris Wallace complained about parking problems near the house, at a recent community meeting. By Associated Press http://jrnl.ie/3308855 RESIDENTS OF A posh Washington neighbourhood say Ivanka Trump and her family don’t make for very good neighbours, taking up much of the parking on an already crowded street and leaving rubbish bags at the curb for days.A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans.Neighbours of Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their three children have groused that sidewalks have been closed, public parking overrun and that the family and their staff haven’t learned the rubbish pickup schedule outside their $5.5-million home.“It has been a three-ring circus from the day that they’ve moved in,” Marietta Robinson, who lives across the street, told with The Associated Press.The house in the Kalorama neighbourhood was bought in December by a company with ties to a Chilean billionaire.The company is renting it to Kushner and Trump, who moved in just after the inauguration of her father, President Donald Trump.Both work in the White House as advisers to the president. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesResidents of the enclave of four- and five-story townhomes and elegant single-family properties about two miles north of the White House are accustomed to VIP neighbours.Former President Barack Obama and his family have lived there since he left office, and the Secret Service closed off their entire block to traffic. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought a home there, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also moved in recently.Yet no one has raised the ire of the community like the Trumps. At a recent neighbourhood commission meeting, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace was among those who showed up to complain about parking problems.Some in the neighbourhood have also complained about the family’s rental arrangement. The company that owns the house didn’t obtain a rental license for two months, securing one just this month after it was warned by city regulators.“Maybe some of the upset has to do with politics a little. I couldn’t say for sure, but I know that people don’t seem to be upset about Tillerson’s situation. It’s much less intrusive,” said Ellen Goldstein, an elected neighbourhood commissioner.The Secret Service has sole responsibility under law for protecting the family, but neighbours have noticed what they describe as an unusually large and aggressive security presence. Ivanka Trump arrives and departs in a four-vehicle motorcade, Robinson said.“There are more of them than I have ever seen,” Robinson wrote in a letter to Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser and other city officials.Frequently several of them are milling outside of the house at all hours having conversations and staring meanly at anyone in view. The home of Ivanka Trump. Source: Alex BrandonThe letter — which also complained about parking, rubbish and noise — spurred the city government into action. District transportation crews were outside the house last week, removing “No Parking” signs.The department said no permits had been sought for parking exemptions or pavement closures on the street since Trump moved in. Yet vehicles associated with the Trump-Kushner house have been seen parking in the restricted areas for hours at a time, and barriers have been erected on the sidewalk in front of the house, forcing pedestrians to cross the street, next-door neighbour Rhona Wolfe Friedman said.Even without extra restrictions, street parking for non-residents is limited to two hours.“The parking patrol on Tracy Place has always been ultra-vigilant,” Robinson wrote to the mayor.Suddenly, the parking enforcement has disappeared.A Secret Service spokeswoman, Nicole Mainor, said agency officials met with neighbours and city officials and addressed their concerns about parking and other disruptions. She declined to answer specific questions about the level of protection the family receives, citing agency policy.It’s not clear whether Ivanka Trump is aware of any complaints, saying in a statement emailed by an aide:We love the neighbourhood and our family has received an incredibly gracious welcome from our neighbours.Christopher Chapin, president of the neighbourhood council — who doesn’t live as close as the neighbours who’ve complained — said all the attention is good for Kalorama.“We are delighted to have political figures like the Obamas, the Kushners and the Tillersons living in our neighbourhood,” he said.Read: Trump taps his son-in-law to run government like a business >Read: It’s now possible to test sperm quality with a smartphone >last_img read more

Thank you

first_imgIt was late Wednesday afternoon when the phone rang at Neos Kosmos. The caller, Evangelos Paschalis, wanted to express his thanks.“Everyone should know that one day the blood they will donate may be the very one that saves their life, or the life of a loved one.”“If it wasn’t for that story Neos Kosmos wrote about me, and the Greek community’s overwhelming response, I wouldn’t be alive,” he said. Evangelos (37) had just become a father when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia last November.“My type of blood cancer was classified as terminal, giving me a 12 to 16 per cent chance of survival and a two-month life expectancy within which I had to find a marrow donor,” he says.As a suitable donor could not be found in the immediate family, a wider family and unrelated donor search began. Evangelos’ doctors told the family they were more likely to find a donor amongst members of the same ethnic community. That’s when his mother and sister contacted this newspaper. “My story received so many shares in Australia and Greece, motivating hundreds of people to donate blood,” he adds.“Honestly, I thought I wasn’t going to live to tell you, but finally, exactly two months after my diagnosis, we found a match from Germany with a fourth generation Greek connection.” The long wait put Evangelos’ family in a dire financial and psychological situation and nearly cost him his life. Millions of donors from dozens of countries are listed worldwide, however, those from diverse racial and ethnic background are in the minority.“Awareness is the key to make a change,” Evangelos says, stressing how many non-Caucasian people are losing the battle whilst waiting for a bone marrow match.“I promised myself to call and let people know what an important tool the media, especially community channels, can be in such cases.”During the six months he spent in hospital he saw many patients waging similar battles, some of whom didn’t make it back to their families. He’s returned home determined to motivate Greek Australians and members of other ethnic communities to register as donors in an effort to help those impacted by leukaemia.“There is still a risk my cancer might return once I’m off the medication which is suppressing it, but I feel great right now and I want to use my energy to give back,” he stresses.“The Leukaemia Foundation was always there to support me and my family when I was undergoing chemo and radiation, and I received about 20 blood transfusions from Red Cross donations.” Evangelos was perfectly healthy before his diagnosis and took his life for granted. His perspective has changed and believes that talking about what he experienced might make a difference to others. “I feel so fortunate to be able to play with my little girl and hear her say her first words,” Evangelos says with Chloe in his arms. “Nobody thinks leukaemia will knock on their door but everyone should know that one day the blood they will donate may be the very one that saves their life, or the life of a loved one.” For more information visit The Leukaemia Foundation website at www.leukaemia.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Australian Ambassador to Greece completes term with visit to Kythera

first_imgAustralian Ambassador to Greece, John Griffin visited Kythera this week to attend the first Australia Week to be held on the island at the invitation of the island’s mayor, Efstratios Charhalakis.With his partner Pakapat Thipayaprapai, the ambassador had a jam-packed programme awaiting him starting with a visit to the open market of Potamos and the City Hall of Kythera. There they met and exchanged gifts with Mayor Charhalakis in the presence of the president of the Kytheran Association of Australia, Victor Kepreotis and other officials and Australians of Kytherian descent. Mr Griffin officially opened the photo exhibition Kytherians Down Under and enjoyed the second Friendship Soccer Match between teams from Kythera and Australia at the Panagiotis Magiros soccer field. He also met the team from the Australian Archaeological Institute of Athens at the site of a project being undertaken in northern Kythera and attended the launch of a renovation project in the village of Mitata, where hundreds of Australians of Kytherian descent were born, among them the father of renowned film director George Miller. The four-day visit was a chance to celebrate Australia’s strong connection to Kythera, with tens of thousands of Australians tracing their ancestral connections to the island, and was also the ambassador’s final official commitment in Greece, his term of office drawing to an end in the coming days. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

BG free clinic opens doors

first_imgWhat: Battle Ground HealthCare ribbon-cutting ceremony.Why: The clinic provides free primary care for uninsured adults ages 18 to 65 whose income is 200 percent or less of the federal poverty level. Call the clinic to schedule an appointment. The clinic is currently open only on Tuesday nights.When: 4 to 6 p.m. May 22.Where: 11117 N.E. 189th St. Suite 216 in Battle Ground.Information: 687-8941; http://www.battlegroundhealthcare.org.When Ken Nodes was employed and insured, he was able to manage his diabetes with regular visits to a physician.But when the Battle Ground resident lost his job six months ago, he lost his employer-provided medical insurance and couldn’t keep up with payments for doctor visits.“My diabetes was completely out of control, and I knew I needed a doctor or I was going to be in really bad shape,” Nodes said.Nodes’ situation isn’t unique, especially in north Clark County, said Sue Doyle, an occupational therapist.“This north county area still has a really high patient-to-doctor ratio, even if you have insurance,” she said. “When you don’t have insurance, there are no services.”But now low-income, uninsured adults have at least one option in north county. This month, Battle Ground HealthCare opened the doors to its free clinic in Meadow Glade. The clinic will celebrate its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony later this month.last_img read more

CMP chief for use of arms to stop drug trading

first_imgChittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) commissioner Mahbubur Rahman addresses an anti-drug rally in the city on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloIssuing a note of warning, Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) commissioner Mahbubur Rahman on Tuesday said the involvement of policemen in drug trading will in no way be tolerated, reports UNB.“Those involved in yaba peddling are not part of police. Police can fail but can’t get involved in yaba business. If anyone wants to do yaba trading, he has to leave the job of police,” he said while addressing an anti-drug rally organised by Kotwali police station community police in the city.Mentioning that only religious sermons will not work to stop drug traders, Mahbubur said drug pushers will leave the path if they think there is a risk of losing a life. “I think there should be loss of lives for the sake of peace.”He also said there is risk of death in combating drugs as drug traders are trying to face the law enforcers after being equipped with arms. “We’ve also weapons and we’ve the right to use our arms against them. So, there’ll be loss of lives,” he said.The CMP chief alleged that an international syndicate is involved in destroying the country through yaba. “We’ve to thwart the conspiracy,” he said urging the Border Guard Bangladesh and Bangladesh Coast Guard to play a strong role in eliminating drugs.Referring to the ‘failure’ of the border guards to stop the entry of yaba into the country from Myanmar, he said, “Had we been able to protect our 120-km border, there wouldn’t have been the spread of yaba across the country.”last_img read more

Afghanistan twin blasts leaves at least 20 killed

first_imgMap locating a suicide bombing in a wrestling club in Kabul Wednesday which was followed by a second blast. Map source: AFPAt least 20 people have been killed including two Afghan journalists after twin blasts at a Kabul wrestling club on Wednesday that left another 70 wounded, officials said, in the latest assault on the capital.An hour after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the sports hall in a heavily Shiite neighbourhood, a car packed with explosives detonated as journalists and security forces gathered at the scene, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said.At least four journalists were wounded in the second explosion, media support group NAI said.Tolo News, Afghanistan’s largest private broadcaster, confirmed two of their journalists were killed.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the twin explosions, but the Islamic State group often targets Afghanistan’s minority Shiite community.”An attack on civilians and media workers of the country is an attack on freedom of speech and crime against humanity,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement condemning the latest violence.A spokesman at the interior ministry said at least 20 people were killed and another 70 wounded in the blasts. An Afghan security source confirmed the casualty toll.Civilians and members of the security forces also were among the dead and wounded.Health ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh had earlier put the death toll at 16 people and another 60 wounded.”I was outside when the first explosion happened, which has killed over 30 people, many of them wrestlers,” Pahlawan Shir, director of the Maiwand wrestling club, told AFP.”I was searching for my coach, I have finally found him in the… hospital. He is in a critical condition.”Social media users who purportedly witnessed the attack said the bomber killed the guards at the club before blowing himself up inside.He “detonated inside where a large number of athletes had gathered. There are a lot of dead and wounded”, Mohammad Hanif said on Facebook.A photo posted on Twitter purportedly showed several victims being loaded into the back of a police pick-up.- Civilians paying the price -The last major attack on Shiites in Kabul was on August 15 when a suicide bomber blew himself up in an education centre, killing dozens of students.IS said it was behind that attack, which drew international condemnation and came amid a wave of deadly violence across the country.Most of the victims were studying for college entrance exams when the blast happened.That was followed a day later by an attack on an intelligence training centre in Kabul.Civilians have long borne the brunt of the violence in Afghanistan — especially in Kabul, a target of both the Taliban and IS.Journalists also have paid a heavy price covering the conflict. On April 30, twin explosions in Kabul killed nine journalists and 16 other people.Among the dead was AFP chief photographer Shah Marai.AFP driver Mohammad Akhtar was killed less than three months later in a suicide attack in Kabul that also claimed the lives of 22 others.Wednesday’s attack comes a day after the Taliban announced the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, who founded the eponymous militant group which is widely suspected of being behind some of the attacks in Kabul claimed by IS.Afghan special forces arrested 11 Haqqani militants in Kabul and nearby districts, the country’s intelligence agency said Wednesday.The Taliban has been conducting blistering attacks on security forces across Afghanistan, including the massive, days-long onslaught on the eastern city of Ghazni last month.last_img read more

Metro Says Faulty Equipment Is Causing Rail Delays

first_imgGail DelaughterMetro says delays are being caused by faulty axle counters on the tracks.Metro says in the mornings, the on-time performance of its light rail trains is about 92 percent. But during the heat of the afternoon, that number has dropped as low as 39 percent.So what’s the problem? Metro CEO Tom Lambert says it’s the fault of axle counters, devices in the tracks that count the number of trains going by.The axle counters trigger the signals that allow the trains to go. But those devices haven’t been performing well in Houston’s summer weather.“When we really see the heat of the day, we’re seeing train delays added eight to ten minutes,” explains Lambert. “That’s not good for our customer. It’s not good for running an expansive system. It’s not good when you’re trying to integrate high-frequency bus routes.”To fix the issue, Lambert says they’re putting in new axle counters. That work will be done by Houston Rapid Transit, the joint venture that built the lines. It’s expected to cost about  $30 million.Lambert is expecting some inconvenience for riders while they do those repairs.“The staff is also working with HRT to look at various scenarios,” says Lambert. “If we do it, do it in a nighttime closure, how long does it take to get it done? If we do it where we do a weekend closure, how long does it take to get it done?”Along with fixing the axle counters, Lambert says they’ve also had conversations with the city about signal light timing. He says they’re trying to prevent “bunching” where trains are running too closely together. 00:00 /01:17 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listenlast_img read more

Early Voting in Harris Countys 25 Billion Flood Bond Election Ends Tomorrow

first_img 00:00 /00:48 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img “And that group identified $54 billion worth of projects that were needed for flood resiliency within the Greater Houston region,” says Taylor Landin, the partnership’s senior vice president of public policy. “Nearly $30 billion of that would be the amount needed for projects that would improve the resiliency of the watersheds within Harris County. And so when the county floated the idea of $2.5 billion in a bond package, we viewed it as a step in the right direction toward that.”If the bond passes, homeowners will see their property tax bills go up by roughly 3 cents per $100 of assessed value. Share Florian MartinTomorrow marks the last day of early voting in Harris County’s flood control bond referendum. Election Day is this Saturday. The county government is seeking to raise $2.5 billion to beef up flood infrastructure.Last fall, the Greater Houston Partnership set up a task force to determine what the region needed to do to protect itself against another Harvey.last_img read more

Full Show Enron Exec Released and Ethan Hawke Pays Tribute to Texas

first_imgListen X 00:00 /50:33center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Friday’s Houston Matters: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station repaired an air leak on the station on Thursday afternoon. The leak was discovered Wednesday night. NASA says cabin pressure is “holding steady” and that the crew is planning to return to its regular schedule of work Friday. Eric Berger with Ars Technica gives Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty details on the incident.And former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling has been released from prison. Skilling has been sent to a halfway house in Texas, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.Skilling was Enron’s CEO and was convicted of multiple counts of fraud and insider trading in connection with the collapse of the Houston-based energy giant. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison, but that sentence was later reduced to 14 years. He was also fined $45 million.From a nurse being fired for sharing health information about a measles patient to a Texas Rangers broadcaster accusing the Astros of stealing their “dugout stare,” we break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news.Also this hour: Public figures are rarely perfect, and they often have problematic aspects to their legacy. But when a politician, celebrity, or famous athlete dies, when is it OK to bring up those blemishes? We explore the old adage “don’t speak ill of the dead” and whether there’s a correct way to honor someone while still calling attention to certain issues attached to their legacy.Then, Ethan Hawke discusses Blaze, the film he’s directed about the life of unsung Texas outlaw musician Blaze Foley. WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more