Marko Arnautovic remains silent on West Ham future

first_imgWest Ham forward Marko Arnautovic refused to shed any light on his future at the club after helping Austria claim a 2-1 win over Northern Ireland on SundayThe 29-year-old came off the bench at Windsor Park to assist Valentino Lazaro’s stoppage-time winner in the UEFA Nations League.Arnautovic’s brother and agent, Daniel, suggested last week that a West Ham exit to a Champions League-type club could happen.But Arnautovic remained quiet on his future at London“I don’t want to talk about it. I am concentrated on West Ham,” Arnautovic told Sky Sports.“We have a big game against Manchester City on Saturday and I am only thinking about this game and the following games and what is being said is not my business.robert lewandowski, PolandReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“My business is to perform on the pitch, to put in performances and that is what I want to do.”Despite knee injury troubles this season, Arnautovic is confident he will feature this Saturday for West Ham.“I will be OK,” he said.“Two days in a row was a bit too much but the gaffer asked me to play the last 25 minutes if needed, and it was needed. I am glad I could help.”Arnautovic has scored five goals in his opening 10 Premier League matches this term.last_img read more

Joao Cancelo expressed gratitude to Inter after Fridays encounter

first_imgAfter Juventus defeated Inter Milan in Friday’s Serie A blockbuster classic, Joao Cancelo has expressed his gratitude to his ex-clubThe Nerazzurri have practically scouted the Portuguese wing-back for the Bianconeri, helping him to adjust to the Italian Serie A before his €40.4m transfer from Valencia to the Allianz Stadium in the summer.What’s more, the Milanese giants were determined to keep hold of Cancelo during the summer, but have failed to see the deal through due to the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.Known for his devastating pace and excellent technique, Cancelo has emerged as one of the best Europe right-backs, establishing himself as an indispensable first-team member under Max Allegri this term.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.After the derby, the skillful defender has revealed his affection for Inter.“It was an important victory against Inter, who are a great team and a direct rival for the Scudetto,” he told Sky Sport Italia, which has later been transmitted by FourFourTwo.“Inter was a very important team for me, that made me grow a lot. Now I’m wearing Juventus’ colors, and I think only of Juve, but Inter remains in my heart.”last_img read more

Queiroz says the real Asian Cup starts now

first_imgIran and Iraq tied 0-0 in Matchday 3 of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, and the Iranian team is now ready for the next stage of the competition.Iran and Iraq tied 0-0 today as the Iranian team ended up on the first place of Group D in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has said that the real competition starts now.“I have no energy now. It was so intense, but it was played in good spirits. There was a lot of excitement in both teams,” Queiroz told The Khaleej Times.“We controlled the game. In the first half, we played better. We created two chances. The second half, it was 50-50. At the end of the day, for the commitment and the effort from both teams, I think the draw was a fair result.”Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“We played a very good game against a very tough team. My players came out with great character,” Queiroz added.“When it’s necessary to play, they play. When it’s necessary to fight, they fight. Now they must be ready to play the game that is in front of them.”“We will try to be mentally fresh for the next game because now the real Asian Cup starts. From now on, only the team that wins will survive,” the Iran coach said.“For us, our goal was to qualify. After the first two games, we felt that we could be top of the group. Another goal was to give the opportunity to some players against Iraq. We made five changes. All of them showed that they are ready to compete.”last_img read more

Dyche says Burnley will battle to avoid relegation

first_imgA year after competing in European football, English Premier League club Burnley might get demoted to the Championship.Last season, Burnley was competing in the UEFA Europa League.And this season, the team is battling to avoid relegation from the English Premier League to the Championship.“We are fortunate in the sense other than the last season, which was clearly a strong season, the other seasons we have always been in and around it and searching for wins to make sure we got points on the board,” Sean Dyche told Sky Sports.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“It is not new territory. [We have] had a lot of different demands this season. I think we have come through that somewhat.”“[But] there are no guarantees. I mentioned that last week so the next one doesn’t owe you anything,” he added.“We are going down to a decent Watford side. They have had ups and downs in their season so far themselves but they are a good outfit.”“They have potential going forwards and they can open up a game. They have been pretty defensively strong other than the ups and downs that a lot of Premier League teams have so we certainly have got to be right on our performance there,” he commented.last_img read more

Carnival Cruise Line Cuts Cruises

first_img Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, Carnival Cruise Lines, vat Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 17 Nov 2014- Carnival Cruise lines is reportedly set to cut its cruises from 600 to 400 in the Bahamas due to the costly impositions of the coming VAT, set to begin in January. last_img read more

Wheel of Fortune hosts in Providenciales show coming

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beaches resort and spa, key west village, pat sajak, vanna white, wheel of fortune Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2015 – In February next year a very famous game show will spend a week on air in The Turks and Caicos at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa. Turks and Caicos Media will today meet the hosts of Wheel of Fortune: Pat Sajak and Vanna White at the Key West Village to learn more about the family week Wheel of Fortune on the World’s #1 Island, Providenciales. PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspectlast_img read more

Thorne QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – Every intrusive and erratic remark and statement made by the Special Prosecutor for the Crown must be proved to be true; it was the overarching theme of the statement today from Ralph Thorne, the Queen’s Counsel representing former premier Michael Misick. Thorne was revved up in his presentation and called the opening statement by Andrew Mitchell, QC nothing more than a political vendetta aimed at ‘getting Mike’. He said, when proceedings resumed this morning at the Myrtle Rigby Health complex that, “An expedition in character assassination…” is what Mitchell led in his abnormal opening, which seemed to draw conclusions instead of the traditional method of promising, then proving allegations. Thorne promises to prove that the charges are politically motivated and he will aim to defend the character of his client. Thorne has a problem with the absence of any civilian witnesses, he has an issue with government witnesses who are coming in their official capacity and he rejects that the former Governor was bullied by Michael Misick during his tenure and Thorne takes exception to the fact that Developers in the debacle, are missing from the trial. Thorne said, the mountain of apparent evidence by the SIPT will turn into a mouse of proof, and that it will not be enough to satisfy the court. Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Related Items:andrew mitchell, michael misick, queen’s counsel, ralph thorne, sipt triallast_img read more

Matthew brutal with Nassau barrels toward Grand Bahama

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, October 6, 2016 – Harrowing reports coming out of Nassau as we are told that people in coastal areas are now crying for rescues, but that cannot happen and it means these individuals will have to figure out how to survive the onslaught of now category four hurricane Matthew with its 140 mph winds. “We have reports of many people saying, oh come, homes have been compromised, the roofs blowing off or part of the roofs blowing off, and that sort of thing, and due to the high winds, medical rescue and teams were asked not to take the risk.  The broad surge to all of the southern shores, I’m only getting reports from Yamacraw, Marshal Road, Harold Road, those roads in the south eastern end of New Providence, that’s where we getting calls coming in right now.”  Trevor Basden  There are images of vehicles submerged in the Yamacraw area; there is a nearby beach which has caused an at least 5ft tall surge to rush in.  Basden explains, that it is not rain, it is a storm surge which has drowned vehicles and homes; even toppled the wall at Fox Hill Prison.“Fox Hill Prison, the wall on Yamacraw side, the entire wall of Fox Hill Prison is down, it’s completely washed away.” Related Items:calls for rescue ring out in new providence, cars submerged in water in nassau, hurricane matthews rips through new providence, massive flooding in areas of nassau  The best news which we hope holds up as the Bahamas is bashed by Matthew; there there are no reports of loss of life. Trevor Basden is the Sr Deputy Director of the Bahamas Department of Meteorology and he said Nassau has up until 3 p.m with the hurricane force winds, and Grand Bahama will experience Hurricane conditions until 7 a.m tomorrow.   That gives killer storm Matthew lots of time to do the dastardly to the island which is still reeling from the hits of Frances and Jeanne in 2004 and Wilma in 2005.  Winds are described in Nassau as violent.  Winds are described in Grand Bahama as picking up.  The storm veering more west, on a collision course with West End by all appearances.  In the west an evacuation order was given; some but not all heeded the request. And at best, official rescue operations will not be permitted in Nassau said Mr. Basden until after 3pm and even then the first responders are going out in Tropical Storm force winds which are risky. center_img “How y’all holding up in this weather man, I’m talking about this weather so strong, it shake my bed; in my house.” – Cody (resident) Many lost power last night, some this morning and the images of disaster are many… the bridge, businesses, hotels, homes, water ways and historic buildings – all abused by the unrelenting Matthew which has killed hundreds; the death toll from Haiti today soars to 108. A knight on a huge truck trying to plow through six feet of water he says, to get a family to safey… we pray they make it okay. NEMA is also receiving reports of roofs flying off and we have gotten a report of doors of homes flying off.  There is also, likely an unauthorized expedition to save those who are stuck – remember evacuation recommendations were made for  many areas in Nassau. “I am in a dump truck right now and we are in six feet of water, South Beach when I say is under water, we are trying to locate some people who are trapped in their ceilings.” – (rescue crew member) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

My natural habitat is winning Mourinho

first_imgThe former Manchester United manager believes that people learn more by winning that by losing in the world of football.Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho has always been very charismatic and controversial.And after he was sacked by Manchester United, he started working for TV channel DAZN.“People used to say that you learn more with defeat. Maybe there is some truth in it,” he told The Telegraph.“I feel my natural habitat is winning. This is the first time when I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months. Some guys don’t win any trophies for 18 years. I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months.”“Now I have time for thinking, reflection, trying to understand everything and trying to be more ready for the next one that is coming. I know it is coming. It hasn’t come yet because what has come along, I didn’t want,” he explained.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I want to work in a club that understands there is a structure in place. I don’t want to work in a structure of no coincidence [unity] in the thinking.”“People sometimes say ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with a football director’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with chief scout’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with an owner’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with the president’,” he commented.“During my career, I have been working in every possible circumstance. The most successful situations are not because of the structure but because of the empathy in the structure.”“People who work well together. People who share the same kind of ideas. This is the fundamental thing,” he added.“You now have a generation of players who are not just players but the whole package. You have the player, the family, the agent, the entourage, the director of communication. You sometimes have the individual’s medical people and in an extreme situation you even have what they call their ‘personal fitness guys’.”“When you have a player you have all these distractions. And if there is no empathy in the structure of the club you get into so many contradictions that it is really, really difficult to work.”last_img read more

San Diego Police increasing traffic safety enforcement

first_img Updated: 6:48 PM , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Police Department is conducting an increased traffic safety enforcement operation Saturday.Officers were on the lookout for “collision causing factors” throughout the city from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.“Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots while special targeted patrols will also be deployed to crack down on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users,” SDPD Officer Mark McCullough said. “Officers will be looking for traffic offenses made by drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.”McCullough said attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.Police also are looking for pedestrians who cross illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right-of-way.Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, McCullough said. January 20, 2018 Posted: January 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego Police increasing traffic safety enforcementlast_img read more

Firefighters put out blaze at Potrero home 1 found dead on lawn

first_img POTRERO (KUSI) – A person died outside of a Potrero home that caught fire Monday morning, authorities said.Crews responded shortly before 6:45 a.m. to a report of a fire at a home in the 23000 block of Coyote Holler Road, Cal Fire spokesman Issac Sanchez said.The first crews to respond found a person down on a lawn nearby, Sanchez said. Firefighters attempted life-saving measures, but the person was declared dead at the scene, he said.No details about the victim were immediately available.The single-story house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and crews were able to knock down the flames in around an hour, Sanchez said.No other injuries were immediately reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation. March 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Firefighters put out blaze at Potrero home, 1 found dead on lawn KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 1 Wilmington Man Arrested Injured Baby Skunk Rescued Vandalism

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, August 1, 2018:Police came across a vehicle running in the parking lot at Michael’s Place on Lowell Street. Two parties stated they had too much to drink and are awaiting a ride from a friend. The vehicle will be staying at this location overnight. (1:01am)Police were out in the Woburn Street area after reports of picketers in the roadway. (7:07am)A passerby reported two turkeys were “stuck together” at West Street and Kilmarnock Street. Animal Control Officer unable to locate. (7:42am)A River Street caller reported her dog caught a baby skunk. Animal Control Officer brought skunk, which was still alive, to Best Pets and then Andover Animal Hospital. (7:46am)A 16-year-old was arrested on a warrant of apprehension (a child requiring assistance warrant) and brought to Lowell Juvenile Court. (8:27am)A Dorchester Street caller reported a squirrel inside their house. (9:04am)A walk-in party reported their debit card was stolen on or about July 30. (2:34pm)Nicholas Evan Belanger (21, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant. Belanger was arrested at Speedway on Main Street. (4:32pm)A walk-in party reported that on the 129/62 sign by Rotary Park, someone wrote a derogatory term on it. Police notified Mass Highway. (7:06pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 29: Burlington Man Arrested For OUI; Injured HummingbirdIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 1: Lowell Woman Arrested For OUI; Billerica Teen Arrested On Warrant; 2 Drivers Issued SummonsesIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Capcom Home Arcade ready to pummel you with nostalgia this October

first_img 28 Photos 4 Comments First published April 16 at 9:41 a.m. PT.Updated April 17 at 11:30 a.m. PT: Adds full game list. Capcom has packed an entire arcade machine into the just the controller, including on-board Wi-Fi. You connect it to a TV or monitor via HDMI. Capcom licensed the rights to the Austrian games publisher Koch Media, which manufactures the hardware.It has “a pair of competition-class Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT sticks with eight-way GT-Y directional gates and OBSF buttons,” according to the company.And before you start assuming that the games are reworks of the existing titles, they’re actually the original ROMs. Capcom will also host a global leaderboard — you can upload your single-player or co-op multiplayer scores to compete.Capcom didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the US release or pricing. Share your voicecenter_img The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Tags Capcom Revisit your arcade days with classic games like Street Fighter 2, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts and Final Fight with the Capcom Home Arcade, an arcade-style controller shaped like the developer’s famous logo.It’s slated to ship this Oct. 25 and is available for preorder now, (only in Europe for the moment), via Capcom’s online store. It’s priced at 230 euros, which converts to about $260, £200 or AU$360, and comes with these games:1944: The Loop MasterAlien vs PredatorArmored WarriorsCapcom Sports ClubCaptain CommandoCyberbotsDarkstalkersEco WarriorsFinal FightGhouls and GhostsGiga WingMega Man: The Power BattleProGearStreet Fighter 2: Hyper FightingStriderSuper Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo Consoles Video Gameslast_img read more

15 dead in Pune wall collapse Maharashtra CM Fadnavis orders probe

first_imgPune wall collapseIANSAt least 15 people, including five children and a woman, died after a portion of a residential building’s wall collapsed due to heavy rains near Talab Masjid area in Pune on Saturday morning. Among the dead, four were children and womanA section of the boundary wall collapsed on the nearby tin huts, where labourers from a nearby construction site were working, according to the police.”The wall collapse at around 1:30 am on Saturday, due to heavy rainfall in Pune,” said National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official, Sadanand Gawde. At least three sheds were bogged down under the wall as the wall plundered six feet below the surface.  NDRF rescued three injured people from the site and sent them to Sassoon Hospital. It is feared that some are still feared trapped in the rubble, news agency IANS reported.The bodies of the 15 labourers retrieved from the site were identified to be hailing from Bihar and Bengal said Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram. He also added that a relief amount would be provided by the government to the kin of the deceased, reported news agency ANI.Police Commissioner of Pune,  K Venkatesham said the authorities are investigating whether proper building permissions were taken, reported Hindustan Times.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased. An inquiry into the incident has also been ordered.last_img read more

Dear Comrade box office collection in USA premieres Vijay film beats F3

first_img2NTR Kathanayakudu$482,599 8Jersey$144,687 3Dear Comrade$273,000 1Maharshi$516,441 2Mahanati$303,456 7Oh Baby$148,589 5NOTA$128,760 1Geetha Govindam$377,930 4F2 – Fun and Frustration$259,433 RankMovieCollection RankMovieCollectioncenter_img 3Dear Comrade$273,000 4Arjun Reddy$194,051 Dear ComradeTwitterVijay Devarakonda-Rashmika Mandanna’s Dear Comrade started with a bang and made a superb collection at the USA box office in the premiere shows. It has beaten the record of F3 – Fun and Frustration and become the third biggest opener of 2019 in the country.Geetha Govindam is a blockbuster at the USA box office and the sparkling chemistry between Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna is one of the biggest factors, which contributed to its huge success. The hit couple is back together with Dear Comrade and their presence created a lot of hype. Besides the film is simultaneously released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada languages.Hence there was a huge demand for the overseas theatrical rights of Dear Comrade and several leading distribution houses were vying their hands for its rights. But Sarigama Cinemas clinched them for a whopping price of Rs 3.50 and planned to release it in over 220 screens across the USA, the UK, the UAE, Australia and other foreign markets in a bid to cash on huge hype surrounding the movie.The hype helped Dear Comrade to make a good advance booking for its opening weekend with its pre-sale business crossing 250,000 hours before its preview shows began. The distributors held a large number of premiere shows across the USA on Thursday, a day before its release in India. The movie witnessed massive response in all the cinema halls and some centres ran to packed houses.The distributors are yet to reveal their business details. If we are to go by early trends, Dear Comrade has collected $273,000 at the USA box office in the premiere shows. A film critic with Twitter handle @benny_speaks tweeted, “#DearComrade USA premiere Gross at 8 PM: $273,000 from 172 locations @TheDeverakonda @MythriOfficial @iamRashmika @bharatkamma.”When the final figures are revealed, Dear Comrade will easily cross $300,000 mark at the USA box office in the premiere shows. The movie has beaten the records of Arjun Reddy, Nota and Taxiwaala and become the third biggest opener for Vijay Devarakonda after Mahanati and Geetha Govindam.Here are Vijay Devarakonda’s top five biggest openers at the USA box office.RankRankMovieMovieCollectionCollectionRank1MovieGeetha GovindamCollection$377,930Rank2MovieMahanatiCollection$303,456Rank3MovieDear ComradeCollection$273,000Rank4MovieArjun ReddyCollection$194,051Rank5MovieNOTACollection$128,760Rank6MovieTaxiwaalaCollection$94,270 5Vinaya Vidheya Rama$181,118 6Majili$162,542 6Taxiwaala$94,270 9NTR Mahanayakudu$102,234 If we are to go by the early trends, Dear Comrade has already beaten the opening records of Varun Tej’s F2 – Fun and Frustration and Ram Charan’s Vinaya Vidheya Rama at the USA box office. It has become the third biggest opener of the year. Here is the list of top 10 biggest opener Telugu Movies in USA – 2019.RankRankMovieMovieCollectionCollectionRank1MovieMaharshiCollection$516,441Rank2MovieNTR KathanayakuduCollection$482,599Rank3MovieDear ComradeCollection$273,000Rank4MovieF2 – Fun and FrustrationCollection$259,433Rank5MovieVinaya Vidheya RamaCollection$181,118Rank6MovieMajiliCollection$162,542Rank7MovieOh BabyCollection$148,589Rank8MovieJerseyCollection$144,687Rank9MovieNTR MahanayakuduCollection$102,234Rank10MovieLakshmi’s NTRCollection$90,770 10Lakshmi’s NTR$90,770last_img read more

Yogi govt to cancel arms licences of mafia criminals

first_imgThe state Home Department is drawing up the list of criminal-turned-politicians on the instructions of the Chief Minister.IANSThe Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to cancel the arms licenses of mafia and criminal-turned-politicians and is preparing a list of such names.According to highly placed sources, the state Home Department is drawing up the list of such persons on the instructions of the Chief Minister.”We are checking the track records of prominent persons with criminal antecedents and the number of arm licences issued to them. We are also making a list of the licenses issued to their family and gang members and supporters. It has been seen that though arms licenses are issued to family members, they are used in gang wars,” said a senior official.On the list are names of mafia-turned-politicians such as Mukhtar Ansari, Ateeq Ahmad, Dhananjay Singh, Abhay Singh and Raja Bhaiyya. All these leaders, sources said, have multiple licenses.The state government believes that disarming persons with criminal antecedents would go a long way in improving the law and order situation in the state. This would also curb public display of firearms, which is aimed at intimidating the public.last_img read more

Seven Palestinians killed in Gaza border clashes

first_imgPalestinian protesters are seen near burning tyres during clashes along the Israeli border fence, east of Gaza City on 28 September. Photo: AFPSeven Palestinians, including two boys aged 12 and 14, were killed in clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled strip said.It was the bloodiest day of border protests since 14 May, when more than 60 Palestinians died in violence accompanying the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem, a move that enraged Palestinians.Nasser Mosabih, 12, Mohammed al-Houm, 14, and Iyad Al-Shaar, 18, were shot dead Friday in clashes along the frontier with Israel, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.Four men in their twenties were also killed in the widespread violence along the border, the spokesman said, adding that 210 people were hospitalised, including 90 with gunshot wounds.The Israeli army said in a statement that some 20,000 “rioters” had gathered at multiple sites along the border and that people had hurled “grenades and explosive devices in several different locations”.The military said troops fired “in accordance with standard operating procedures” and that an Israeli aircraft also struck two positions belonging the Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.Palestinians have been protesting at least weekly along the Gaza border since 30 March in what they call the “Great March of Return”.Friday’s protests were bigger than those in recent weeks.At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March, the majority during border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.Free fallThe Israeli military declined to comment on Friday’s reported deaths.It said in a statement that troops spotted several Palestinians breaching the border fence and briefly entering Israeli territory before fleeing back into Gaza.Israel holds Hamas responsible for unrest originating in the territory under its control.The two sides have fought three wars since 2008, and in between there have been spikes of violence marked by Palestinian cross-border rocket and mortar fire and retaliatory Israeli air strikes.Throughout the protests since March, Israel has said its actions are necessary to defend the border and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to attempt infiltrations and attacks.Palestinians and human rights groups say protesters have been shot while posing no real threat.The protests are demanding the right of Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to homes their families fled in the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel and which are now in Israel.Israel says any such mass return would mean the end of it as a Jewish state.The march is also a protest against a more than 10-year-old Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.Repeated deadly Palestinian clashes with the army along the frontier have brought warnings of the risk of a new conflict.The World Bank on Tuesday said that the Gaza Strip’s economy is in “free fall” as cuts to aid and salaries add to the effects of the already crippling Israeli blockade.last_img read more

Drainage Disasters Fixing Houstons Flooding Hotspots

first_imgStephen Costello, Houston’s Flood Czar, at a forum on flooding held by the Center for Houston’s FutureAfter the Tax Day floods, Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner,  appointed Stephen Costello — a former council member and an engineer — to see what the city could be doing better. One thing he’s finding is flood hotspots.“One street, four houses flood all the time,” Costello says of one neighborhood in West Houston.They are neighborhoods where Costello says drainage is so bad that a typical downpour can mean a couple inches of water inside homes.“My next goal is to meet with the (Turner) administration to identify these areas that we need to go in and fix these pockets of problem areas,” says Costello.Costello was speaking to forum on flooding held by the Center for Houston’s Future.Other problems highlighted included the thousands of small detention ponds that can be required to hold rain run-off from housing and commercial development. Mary Anne Piacentini, Executive Director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy, says there’s no oversight of the ponds that some think are critical component in reducing flooding.“Once a development is done, nobody comes back in to make sure you’re doing everything right,” says Piacentini.Says flood czar Costello: “Who’s maintaining them? I have no idea who’s maintaining them. I know the city’s not.”There was agreement at the forum that it’s not just up to the City to do something, but rather there needs to be a regional coordinator for flood projects in the surrounding counties as well. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:07 Sharelast_img read more

After Arkema Fires Investigators Call For Better Storm Protections At Chemical Plants

first_img Share At least 21 first responders suffered from exposure to toxic fumes and were taken to a nearby hospital. According to the CSB’s report, police officers were found vomiting at the scene.The company is facing multiple lawsuits from some of those first responders, nearby residents and local counties.  Harris County prosecutors are also looking into criminal charges against the company or its employees.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Thursday the county will present evidence to a grand jury in the coming weeks.CSB Safety Video about the 2017 Fire at the Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby, Texas, following Hurricane Harvey:In a statement, Arkema said it was pleased with the CSB’s report, which the company said “accurately depicts the unforeseeable nature of the situation” from the six feet of water that flooded the plant. In Harvey’s immediate aftermath, Arkema CEO Rich Rowe apologized to nearby residents, saying that despite the company’s preparations for the storm, “no one anticipated we’d be looking at a site with six feet of water on it.”The company said its employees, some of whom moved increasingly-unstable chemicals by hand during the storm in an effort to keep them cooled, went to “extraordinary lengths, under difficult conditions” to keep the facility safe.Still, the investigation report noted the company could have done more to address flooding risks before the storm.“None of Arkema’s safeguards used to address electrical power failure met company or industry standards for analyzing independent protection layers for Harvey-level flooding,” the report read.The CSB, which has no regulatory authority, said the Environmental Protection Agency should require companies to prevent hazards from self-combusting chemicals. It also called on industry to step up its own standards for emergency planning.“More robust industry guidance is needed to help hazardous chemical facilities better prepare for extreme weather events, such as flooding, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, or droughts,” the report said. 00:00 /00:42 Listencenter_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy U.S. Chemical Safety BoardBurned-out trailers sit at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, after Harvey flooded the plant and caused organic peroxides stored in the trailers to catch fire.Federal investigators say chemical plants across the country need tougher safeguards against hurricanes and flooding.The recommendation comes as part of a final report on fires that broke out at a Houston-area plant that was flooded by Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented rainfall.In the report, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said the insurer for the Arkema, Inc. plant in Crosby had warned about flood risks a year before the storm, noting the facility sits in a floodplain. But the report found employees there were never given that information.“I think the failure here was that people, not just Arkema, but industry in general, didn’t evaluate sufficiently the risk of this extreme flooding,” said CSB Investigator in Charge Mark Wingard.Organic peroxides that were stored at the Arkema plant needed to be cooled below a certain temperature to avoid catching fire. The chemicals burst into flames after the plant lost power and the refrigerators failed.last_img read more