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Non-bailable warrant against JD(U) MLA

first_imgA non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against a Bihar ruling party MLA by a local court in Purnia in connection with a 12-year-old murder case. Bima Bharti, the Janata Dal (United) MLA representing the Rupauli Assembly constituency, now faces arrest.Additional district judge (ADJ)-5 of the Purnia civil court, Vidya Sagar Pandey, issued the warrant against Ms. Bharti, on Thursday. Arrest warrant has also been issued against her two aides Mahavir Mandal and Motka Awadhesh. All are charged in the murder of Chanchal Paswan. The case was filed on May 6, 2005 at the Bhawanipur police station. Ms. Bharti’s husband, Awadhesh Mandal, is currently lodged in the district jail in connection with a number of criminal cases pending against him.Earlier, a sessions court had rejected Ms. Bharti’s anticipatory bail petition. Ms. Bharti, a former Bihar Minister, and six others were charged under sections 302 (punishment for murder), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code and section 27 of the Arms Act. Complainant Sonia Devi had charged the MLA with instigating the other accused persons to kill her husband Chanchal Paswan in May 2005.However, after investigation, the local police had absolved Ms. Bharti,last_img read more

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‘Triple talaq Act ploy to create schisms in community’

first_imgMuslim and Dalit organisations staged protests against the controversial legislation criminalising triple talaq, in Pune on Friday.Hundreds of minority community women from the Mulnivasi Muslim Manch and the Bhim Army, along with corporators from the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), burnt copies of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, alleging that the Centre’s real intent was not to ensure justice for Muslim women but to divide the minority community.“The law is a ploy on part of the Narendra Modi government to cause schisms within the Muslim community,” the NCP’s Haseena Inamdar said. She said there are enough laws under the Indian Penal Code to deal with issues faced by minority community women. Ms. Inamdar said the Act had no provisions for the economic security of the woman and her children. Neelam Gaikwad of Bhim Chhava, an Ambedkarite organisation, said, “Several groups and religious leaders had met the Prime Minister to dispel misconceptions about triple talaq. But this government was never interested in holding consultations or seeking advice from civil society members and community leaders.” Anjum Inamdar, founder of the Mulnivasi Muslim Manch, said the government was fundamentally ill-disposed towards Islam, and questioned why it had not mooted a strict law to prevent mob-lynching of men from the minority community with the same zeal.AIMIM corporator Ashwini Landge alleged that sections of the media controlled by the government were disseminating false and misleading stories about the trauma of minority community women. Rahul Dambale, State president of the Republican Yuva Morcha, a Dalit outfit, criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government’s regressive stance on the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple. “In that matter, the BJP stages vehement protests and says the Supreme Court has no right to intervene as it is hurtful to Hindu sentiments. Yet the government promptly meddles in the matter of triple talaq and attempts to defame it without understanding it properly. So, a divorce in a Hindu family is a matter for the civil court, but one in a Muslim family is a matter of the criminal court,” he said.He said this clearly showed the government was less interested in the uplift of Muslim women than the criminalisation of men of the minority community. Mr. Dambale said the Muslim and Ambedkarite groups had already begun awareness drives on this issue and are likely to stage yet another protest in the city on August 20.last_img read more

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Pumaren gets boot as coach of Warriors

first_imgUE coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren has been relieved as head coach of the University of the East.Sources familiar with the situation bared that the amiable bench tactician had been sacked from his post on Tuesday, ending his four-year tenure at the helm for the Red Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Pumaren, who is affectionately called “Manong” by his peers and players, amassed a 21-win, 35-loss record for UE since taking over from Boycie Zamar in UAAP Season 77.In his first year for the Red Warriors, he steered the Roi Sumang-led squad to a 9-5 slate although they fell to the National University Bulldogs in a playoff for fourth place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe team failed to advance to the Final Four in the following seasons, but UE did get a share of the limelight this UAAP Season 80.Despite posting a woeful 3-11 record for another seventh-place finish, the Red Warriors still made waves, largely thanks to the offensive outbursts of Alvin Pasaol, who had a breakthrough year highlighted by a 49-point explosion in UE’s loss against La Salle in the first round. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Pumaren also drew attention through the course of this year’s campaign as he seemingly discovered the fountain of youth with his trendy attires at the sideline.Pumaren had earlier hinted the possibility of leaving the Red Warriors after their last game against UST. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Who’ll replace Romeo? Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

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D-League: Batangas downs debuting Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgLATEST STORIES Earvin Mendoza also went 3-of-6 from threes to wound up with 11.“We really want to be known as a defensive team. I told them that we are not known for our offensive prowess, but hopefully, if we make it to the quarters, we would be known as a defensive team,” said Batangas coach Eric Gonzales.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Batangueños slowly asserted their dominance and erected a 15-point lead, 81-66, with a Mendoza three with 6:44 left in the fourth quarter before the Seafarers made a late run and cut the deficit to eight, 90-82, with 1:57 to play.Unfortunately, Dave Moralde committed an offensive foul which was followed by a costly turnover from Jeff Javillonar to take the fight out of Marinerong Pilipino late. Ceres-Negros faces tough odds vs JDT in AFC Cup semis Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Scientists, fishermen ask gov’t to expand protection of Verde Island Passage PLAY LIST 05:03Scientists, fishermen ask gov’t to expand protection of Verde Island Passage00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Joseph Sedurifa. PBA IMAGESBatangas held off newcomer Marinerong Pilipino late to escape with a 92-82 victory Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Joseph Sedurifa led the assault for the Batangueños with 17 points, four assists, and three rebounds, while Cedric de Joya chipped in 14 markers and four dimes.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pao Javelona paced Marinerong Pilipino with 18 points and four rebounds, while Julian Sargent chimed in 15 markers in the losing effort.The Scores:BATANGAS 92 – Sedurifa 17, De Joya 14, Mendoza 11, Ablaza 9, Anderson 8, Isit 8, Saitanan 7, Dela Pena 6, Ragasa 6, Bautista 2, Laude 2, Mangabang 2, Mag-isa 0, Napoles 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 82 – Javelona 18, Sargent 15, Javillonar 12, Inigo 10, Publico 10, Alabanza 7, Moralde 6, Isip 4, Nicholls 0, Meca 0, Marata 0, Lopez 0.Quarters: 25-24, 49-43, 72-63, 92-82.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Cignal shuts down Racal in D-League Finals rematch

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pamboy Raymundo nabbed a double-double with his 10 points, 10 assists and four rebounds, while Raymar Jose also tallied the same with 10 markers and 11 boards.Alfred Batino got all of his 12 points in the first half, on top of five rebounds, and Oping Sumalinog got 11 markers and five boards in the all-out assault for the Hawkeyes.Fernandez lauded his Cignal’s fortitude in competing in as killer stretch with seven games in 10 playdates, as it came out with a 5-2 slate.“Seven games in three weeks is tough, but credit to my boys for that,” he said. “We just have to be consistent and not be complacent in our coming games.”Ayonayon was the lone bright spot for the Alibaba with 26 points and eight rebounds, as Racal dropped its first game of the tourney and fell down to a 2-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Scores:CIGNAL HD 93 – Potts 15, Perkins 14, Batino 12, Sumalinog 11, Jose 10, Raymundo 10, Cahilig 7, Arboleda 6, Villarias 6, Bringas 2, Atkins 0, Bartolo 0.RACAL MOTORS 75 – Ayonayon 26, Dela Cruz 8, Salado 7, Cortez 6, Apreku 5, Cabrera 5, Faundo 5, Abrigo 4, Ortuoste 4, Tallo 3, Mangahas 2, Bulawan 0, Capacio 0, Lozada 0.Quarters: 26-11, 49-34, 66-60, 93-75.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? “I’m happy that we won this one. Still, I hate the way we played in the third quarter and it seemed like we didn’t know how to play basketball, with us giving up so many points and so many turnovers,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, whose team imposed their presence early for a 21-point advantage, 42-21, in the second period.“But as bad as we played in the third, credit to them in the fourth quarter because we looked like a different team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRian Ayonayon cut the deficit for Racal to as low as six, 72-66, with 6:16 to go, but Cignal unloaded four triples in its 16-3 killer windup to erect an 88-69 edge with 2:38 remaining in the game.Davon Potts capped off his PBA D-League stint with 15 points, three assists, and two rebounds, while Jason Perkins added 14 markers and four boards. NBA: Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, third draft picks Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCignal HD continued to own Racal Motors’ number, fending off its rival, 93-75, Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.In their meeting since the Aspirants’ Cup Finals, the Hawkeyes held off in the Alibaba’s assault in the payoff period after squandering as lead as high as 23, 59-36, in the third frame.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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SPORT-INTANON 2 LAST

first_imgAt 18, Ratchanok had become the youngest singles World At 18, Ratchanok had become the youngest singles World Champion ever after she won the title in 2013, but a series of injuries affected her performance. “I think actually the injury was not too serious but it was too much thinking and worrying about things like Im not able to reach my target that affected me. It requires a lot of strength to make a comeback,” said the Thai girl, who has reached her second final at the India Open Super Series. The 21-year-old said she is working with a fitness trainer to grow more muscles. “Over the years, the game has also changed. It has become more power oriented, so you need to build more muscles to deal with it,” she said. “When I was young, I started off with the basics. My coach taught me how to play it beautifully. Now Im putting more gym work to build more muscle. Earlier I didnt have fitness trainer. I used to do it normally but now I have a trainer so he knows how to deal with the weak areas.” Talking about a phase in 2013 when she felt burdened by the pressure of expectation after winning the World Championship, Ratchanok said: “After I won the World Champion, there were others who wanted to beat me so there was more pressure on me to perform. “Also my country has expectations from me. They want me to be a champion in every super series tournament. So sometimes, I used to think why me? “But then I thought, if I can just do my best, it will be good for me. I think I have to not take things too seriously and just learn from the matches every time I lose and win more to gain experience,” she added. PTI ATK AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Nokia’s Android smartphone could have 2K display, Zeiss optics

first_imgFresh rumours of Nokia’s Android smartphone have surfaced online ahead of its expected launch at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 event in Barcelona.Though the company confirmed that they would be making Android smartphones, nothing more was known about them. But if these rumours are anything to go by, Nokia’s Android could be a strong contender in the crowd.Also Read: Nokia is making a comeback & that’s bad news for rivalsAs per the leaked information posted on Chinese blogging website weibo, the phone would sport a quad HD display – possibly with a diagonal screen size of 5.2 inch, based on top end chipset like Snapdragon 820 or the latest Snapdragon 821.Nokia, like Huawei, would also probably keep camera a focus, with the leak claiming it would carry a lens setup from Zeiss (German lens making company as old as Leica). There is no word on the sensor or its megapixels. The company has used Zeiss lenses on its phone cameras and some of them like Lumia 920 and the Lumia 735 performed wonderfully. Though the leakster didn’t prove the findings with an image, it is believed that the phone will be branded under Nokia and is said to be manufactured by HMD. The company’s phone business was taken over by software giant Microsoft in April 2014 and since then has been producing devices with a different head.As for the design, the new Nokia phone is also rumoured to have a metal unibody design with waterproof capability thrown in. Though the claims should be taken with a pinch of salt, it seems Nokia is leaving no stone unturned to make its first flagship Android a competitive device. If successful, this launch will give Nokia the long needed momentum to spring back in to the smartphone business.advertisementAs the MWC event nears, more details are expected to be revealed and we will keep you posted.Also Read: Nokia and BlackBerry users can now use WhatsApp until June 2017last_img read more

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Virender Sehwag, Viswanathan Anand condole Jayalalithaa death

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today condoled the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa. She passed away on Monday night at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital a day after she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was 68.Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 with fever and dehydration. She suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, and her condition became critical. Thousands of supporters had gathered outside the hospital on Sunday to pray for her recovery.RIP J Jayalalithaa ji. Our deepest condolences to Ammas loved ones and supporters across India pic.twitter.com/tA0mJIKL2B BCCI (@BCCI) December 6, 2016Top politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top Bollywood celebrities paid their tributes to one of India’s most influential leaders.The sporting fraternity including the likes of Viswanathan Anand, Virender Sehwag and Saina Nehwal also took to twitter to pay their homage.#Ripamma Peace to her departed soul. Her last days were of suffering & pain . I have met her during my career. Her warmth & respect (1/3) Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) December 6, 2016#Ripamma to sportspersons was remarkable.In 2012 we were invited to meet her.We had arrived early & shown the waiting room . On (2/3) Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) December 6, 2016#Ripamma Knowing we had arrived she called us in at once.I was very touched by her gesture. She discussed a wide range of issues. (3/3) Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) December 6, 2016#Ripamma articulate & brave.She will be missed for her persona & charisma.As TN mourns its great daughter lets be together in its dark houradvertisement Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) December 6, 20162012. After winning the World Championship pic.twitter.com/Ivuw5x8cwf Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) December 6, 2016In 2013. Chennai pic.twitter.com/wSz1CbUziE Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) December 6, 2016#Ripamma Spare a thought for our Police force. Last 2 days have been stressful. Pls. Follow their advice. They are doing their job (1/2) Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) December 6, 2016#Ripamma With utmost sense of duty to maintain discipline & security . Our admiration to the TN police . They have been exemplary. Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) December 6, 2016Prayers for maintenance of peace in Tamil Nadu. Strength to near and dear ones.#RIPAmma pic.twitter.com/IWy74Ic1mK Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 5, 2016Deepest condolences to the family & well wishers. Rest in Peace Jayalalithaa ji. God bless your soul Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) December 5, 2016Very sad to hear about Tamilnadu Chief minister Madam Jayalalitha’s demise..a very popular leader for a weaker section ..#RIPAmma Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) December 5, 2016Deeply saddened with the demise of a Jayalalitha ji entire nation will miss you may rest her soul in a peace #Rip Amma Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) December 6, 2016You just had to admire her pluck and her tenacity. #Jayalalithaa was a remarkable woman. Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 5, 2016Rest in peace #Jayalalithaa #AmmaForever…?????? Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) December 5, 2016Jayalalithaa will be cremated today at Marina Beach at 4.30 PM.last_img read more

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Selig Eager to Greet Successor

first_imgBALTIMORE — Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is looking forward to writing a book, teaching history and taking it easy when he retires this winter.Before that happens, however, he hopes to introduce his successor — perhaps as soon as Aug. 14.Baseball’s 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Selig’s replacement. A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred; Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and Tim Brosnan, MLB Executive Vice President of Business.“The process has worked just the way I thought it would,” Selig said at the Orioles’ home ballpark. “I gave them a great list of names, and these names were on it.”To win the vote, a candidate must receive approval from 23 owners. “A lot of other people are making predictions,” Selig said. “I’m staying out of that business because I don’t know.”Asked what would happen if there is an impasse, Selig replied, “This seven-man committee has done really good work. We’ll see what happens.”This is what won’t happen: Selig changing his mind and sticking around.“I thought long and hard before I made my announcement in October of last year,” he said of the announcement actually made Sept. 26.“I just celebrated my 80th birthday. In life, there’s a time to come but there’s also a time to go. I’m looking forward to that. I have a lot of things planned.”Those plans include writing an autobiography, teaching at two or three universities and “maybe a little peace and quiet.”“It’s time for baseball to move on and it’s time for me to move on,” he said. “If anybody would have told me back in September of 1992 I’d be here 22 1/2, 23 years, that would have not been conceivable. So, I’m done.”Before he leaves, Selig hopes to see the feud between the Orioles and Washington Nationals’ TV rights resolved. The Orioles own MASN, which televises Nationals games as a result of an agreement when the team moved from Montreal. The Nationals want higher annual broadcast rights payments from MASN, and the network isn’t willing to fork it over.“MASN is an inner-club dispute,” Selig said. “It’s an important goal before I step down. We’ve tried very hard, and we’ll continue to try. We’re doing everything we can.”As far as the vote goes, Selig has only one priority. “The only goal I’ve really had all along is, when it’s all over that people can say, ‘Well, it was really fair,’” Selig said.He was delighted to see that, even though the sport doesn’t have a salary cap, small-market teams such as Kansas City, Oakland and Tampa Bay have flourished.“The things we set out to do in the ’90s, that was the objective,” Selig said. “I always have regarded my job to be to provide hope and faith in as many places as possible. And we’ve done that. Baseball is better off as a result of it.”(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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BMW India posts 11 pc growth in Jan-Sep sales at 7,915 units

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 5 (PTI) German luxury carmaker BMW Friday said it sold 7,915 units, including MINI brand of cars, during January-September this year in India, registering a growth of 11 per cent.”BMW Group India has successfully posted double-digit growth in the first nine months of 2018 despite adverse market conditions,” BMW Group India Chairman Vikram Pawah said in a statement.All three brands — BMW, MINI and Motorrad — have posted strong growth and are demonstrating an affirmative outlook for the coming months, he added.The company sold 7,424 cars, clocking a growth of 9 per cent as compared to 2017. Similarly, the company sold 491 MINI branded cars, clocking a growth of 58 per cent as compared to last year. Sales during the period were mainly driven by models like BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, the BMW 5 Series and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (SAVs) range.Led by the BMW X1, the BMW X3 and the BMW X5, BMW’s SAV range has contributed to nearly 50 per cent in overall BMW sales, the company said.BMW Motorrad sold 1,038 motorcycles during the first nine months of this year, it added. PTI MSS ABMABMlast_img read more

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Tevez slams ‘unskilled’ Chinese players

first_imgCSL ‘China won’t compete even in 50 years’ – Tevez slams Chinese players Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:09 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Tevez Shenhua Getty CSL Shanghai Shenhua The Argentine striker has struggled during his time in China, and has now lashed out at the quality of the country’s football. Carlos Tevez has slammed Chinese football, saying its players are “not good” and the country’s national team won’t be able to compete even in 50 years.The Shanghai Shenhua striker has endured a rough spell in China, scoring just three goals in 13 Chinese Super League matches since signing with Shenhua in December.Tevez, who is on a deal reportedly worth £615,000 a week, has struggled with fitness issues and recently had his manager Wu Jingui accuse him of being overweight.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And the 33-year-old won’t win over any new fans in China with his comments in an interview with French television station SFR Sport on Wednesday. “Chinese players are not as naturally skilled like South American or European players,” Tevez said.“Like players who learned football when they were kids. They’re not good. Even in 50 years, they still won’t be able to compete.””Techniquement, ils ne sont pas bons”  L’ITW surréaliste de Tevez sur les joueurs locaux du championnat chinois  #BreakingFoot #CSL pic.twitter.com/BV7XhwfmuX— SFR Sport (@SFR_Sport) September 19, 2017Tevez’s comments came just days after Shanghai Shenhua chairman Wu Xiaohui admitted the big-money signing hadn’t lived up to expectations. “Our intention was to bring in an influential star player with high quality, and we all think Tevez could fit the bill,” Xiaohui told Shanghai TV. “However, due to a lack of winter training and match fitness, he didn’t meet our expectations.”Tevez has been consistently linked with a return move to Boca Juniors in his native Argentina, and his latest outburst has sparked outrage from Chinese fans.Many took to social media to criticise the striker, with some stating he “does nothing but moan” and does “not give a shit about his job with a blatant show of disrespect for Chinese football”.Chinese Super League fans have become fed up, and one event went as far as to suggesting “he might as well hole up in Shanghai Disneyland with his 19 lackeys and not bother coming back”.last_img read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers beat Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 to return to NLCS

first_imgArizona Diamondbacks Houston Astros move through to ALCS with 5-4 win over Boston Red Sox Share via Email Darvish, acquired from Texas in a trade deadline deal, struck out seven over five innings to outpitch Arizona’s Zack Greinke and earn the righty his first postseason victory in three tries.“Yu’s one of the best pitchers in the world,” said Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, who also homered. “When he’s on his game, it’s tough for any lineup.”Four Los Angeles relievers combined to preserve a three-hitter. Kenley Jansen worked around a single by David Peralta for a three-out save, striking out Paul Goldschmidt to end it. Only four batters reached base all night for the Diamondbacks, including Daniel Descalso with a homer.“It was about finishing them off,” Darvish said, “because momentum can go their way.”The Dodgers, who won 104 games for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, face the winner of the Nationals-Cubs series in the NLCS. Los Angeles fell there to World Series champion Chicago last year.The Dodgers confined most of their celebration to the clubhouse, never making a move for the pool beyond the outfield wall. Los Angeles distressed the locals by taking a dip there after clinching the NL West in 2013, but for this party, police officers on horses waited at the warning track to keep the Dodgers away.That was fine by the Dodgers. This wasn’t the bash they’re after, anyway.“Being around this team for long enough, this is where we expect to be,” ace Clayton Kershaw said. “We are fortunate enough to be in a big market, have a big payroll, have a lot of good players, a lot of talent. They did a great job of putting this team together. They expect us to be here and we expect us to be here, too.”Bellinger hit his homer in the fifth, then made a daring catch to end the bottom of the inning. The rookie first baseman fell into the Dodgers dugout as he snagged Jeff Mathis’ popup, nearly dropping into the lap of manager Dave Roberts.“I should have been a little quicker to save him,” Roberts said, “but that was a heck of a play.”The 22-year-old Bellinger is the youngest Dodger ever to homer in the postseason – he’s 75 days younger than Corey Seager was when he set the mark last fall. Bellinger was just 1 for 12 with five strikeouts in his first postseason before hitting Greinke’s 3-1 pitch over the wall in left for a 2-0 lead.Bellinger, who may follow Seager as NL Rookie of the Year, also brought home Chris Taylor with a groundout in the first inning. Barnes chased Greinke with a leadoff homer in the sixth.After Ketel Marte’s first-inning bunt single, Darvish sent down 13 in a row before Descalso hit his second homer of the series. The two-out shot barely cleared the right-field fence over Yasiel Puig’s glove to cut the lead to 2-1.The Dodgers tinkered with Darvish’s mechanics after the trade, and he was masterful through most of the night, mixing a 98 mph fastball with his deep repertoire of offspeed pitches. He allowed two hits and didn’t walk any over 74 pitches.“Yu really stepped up,” Roberts said. “He was in command from the first pitch.”Darvish left after hitting pinch-hitter Christian Walker in the bill of his helmet to begin the sixth.Greinke – the ex-Dodger signed to a $206.5m, six-year contract by Arizona before the 2016 season – gave up three runs and four hits in five-plus innings. He struggled with his command, walking a season-high five and throwing 103 pitches through five innings. Greinke faced 3-2 counts against five of his first eight batters and was at 54 pitches through two innings.“They’re ready to hit, which is tough, but they’re not chasing the pitch you want them to chase,” Greinke said. “That’s kind of what they do best. They did that the whole series.”Arizona won its last six regular-season games against the Dodgers, but Los Angeles dominated its NL West rival when it mattered most, sweeping an opponent in the postseason for the first time since the 2009 NLDS against St Louis.It was a tough ending to a big turnaround season for the Diamondbacks, who went from 69-93 in 2016 to 93-69 this year.“I want to remember how I feel,” first-year manager Torey Lovullo said, “because I think it will motivate me, and the pain and frustration that we’re all experiencing right now.” Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Read more MLB Support The Guardian Los Angeles Dodgers US sports Baseball Led by a big Japanese right-hander and a rookie from just down the road, the Los Angeles Dodgers are headed back to the NL Championship Series.Cody Bellinger homered, drove in two runs and flipped over a dugout railing to steal an out for a dominant Yu Darvish, helping the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night to finish a three-game sweep in their NL Division Series.“We have a great team,” said Bellinger, a rookie from nearby Chandler, Arizona. “And to come here and sweep them, beat them on their home turf is hard to do and pretty special.” Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Digital Tax Credit Supports Animation

first_imgAnimated film and television productions will get government support through an animation stream within the Digital Media Tax Credit, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Diana Whalen announced today, May 6. “We had very productive discussions with the animation industry, and they told us they fit well in the Digital Media Tax Credit,” Ms. Whalen said. “I want to thank them for their input and for better understanding the financial situation of the province.” The new stream will give animation productions an additional 25 per cent for eligible animation labour on top of the existing digital credit, which is capped at 25 per cent of Nova Scotia production costs. If the production is done by Nova Scotia firms, an additional two per cent is added. There will be a maximum for individual salary levels that are eligible for the credit. The details of the credit for the animation incentive are being developed in regulation with input from industry. The regulations will be in place by July 1. Animation is currently supported by the Film Industry Tax Credit, which will be replaced by the Film and Television Production Incentive Fund on July 1. The new fund will be transparent and competitive with the rest of Canada. Adding animation to the Digital Media Tax Credit will not affect the interactive media provisions of the credit. For more information, see the Department of Finance and Treasury Board website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .last_img read more

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NS teachers union gets strong strike mandate but says no immediate action

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s public school teachers have given their union a strong mandate to authorize an “illegal job action” over pending education reforms, the head of the province’s teachers union said Wednesday.Liette Doucet said 93 per cent of the union’s membership participated in a vote Tuesday, and 82.5 per cent voted in favour of authorizing an illegal strike or some other job action.No job action is imminent, however, she said.“The teachers of Nova Scotia sent a very powerful message and provided us with a very strong strike mandate,” Doucet told reporters gathered outside the union’s headquarters in Halifax.“They are so concerned for their students and the future of education in this province that they are willing to accept hardship in hopes that it will demonstrate to the government that the way forward is through meaningful consultation.”The union called the strike vote last week to protest the province’s decision to largely endorse a consultant’s report recommending education reforms, including the removal of 1,000 principals, vice-principals and supervisors from the union.The report by consultant Avis Glaze makes 22 recommendations, including eliminating the province’s seven English-language school boards and creating a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the profession.Doucet said the union wants Premier Stephen McNeil and Education Minister Zach Churchill to hold talks with teachers on proposed education reforms before passing any legislation.“Today, instead of announcing when job action will take place, the NSTU is inviting government to work with us,” Doucet said. “We are willing to do whatever it takes to protect the future of public education in Nova Scotia.”Churchill said both he and McNeil were interested in having further discussions and he said a letter would be sent to the union to ask for a meeting as soon as possible.But Churchill noted that in previous discussions with Doucet, the only suggestion that was brought forward was a pause to the reforms.“That’s not acceptable to me at this point because we do need to move forward with reform, our kids can’t wait,” he said. “But if there are solutions out there that we need to consider, we are very open to considering those.”Churchill was less equivocal when asked whether the government would stick to its plan of tabling legislation shortly after reconvening the legislature on Tuesday.“I don’t know at this point when we are introducing the bill and I do want to have this meeting with the union as soon as possible,” he said. “But we haven’t changed the plans in terms of legislation coming forward this spring.”The extensive reforms come a year after teachers walked off the job for a day and staged a protest outside the provincial legislature. The Liberal government eventually passed legislation ending a 16-month contract dispute with teachers, which also ended a work-to-rule job action.Doucet said if the union decides to take some kind of job action this time around, it will give parents enough notice to make alternate arrangements for their children, but she didn’t say how much time that would be.She also wouldn’t specify what kind of action the union’s executive is contemplating, although she said some options could include a strike, a rotating strike or work-to-rule.“All I am prepared to say is we are willing to talk to the government … and right now what we are asking is that they put a halt to what they are doing and that they come back and have those discussions.”Illegal strike activities could lead to specific fines of up to $300 per day for the union and up to $200 per day for a union officer or representative.However, if an illegal strike activity continues despite a labour board decision ordering employees to return to work, the penalty is up to $10,000 a day for the union and up to $1,000 a day for each teacher or individual.last_img read more

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UN urges donors to boost aid to poor countries despite economic crisis

Facing possible shortfalls in funding due to the global economic crisis, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on donors to “continue, and ideally boost, their current commitments” to help the agency pull the world’s developing countries out of poverty.“I am concerned that we may not meet our income targets for 2009 and 2010, and that we will face a continuing imbalance between contributions to regular and other resources,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said, calling on the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized countries to fulfil their oft-stated pledge to commit 0.7 per cent of their gross national income to official development assistance (ODA).She stressed that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN-endorsed targets which seek to mitigate a host of social ills ranging from poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to health and education, all by 2015, remain at the core of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. “With 2015 now barely six years away, we need an enormous focus on the MDGs,” she told a session of the Executive Board of UNDP and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “Nowhere is that more important than in Africa, especially in these challenging times when African nations and their peoples have been hit hard by the economic crisis.“As is well known, no country in sub-Saharan Africa was on track to achieve all the MDGs before the crisis. It would be a double blow if the global recession acted to reverse hard won progress towards the MDGs.”Many developing countries, facing reduced domestic revenue this year, need support to maintain budgets for basic services like health and education, vital ingredients in meeting the MDGs, Ms. Clark said. “If children are pulled out of school because of the effects of the crisis on their families and their countries’ budgets, they may never get a second chance in education. If children have poor nutrition because of the crisis, the long-term effects on their cognitive skills and productive potential are serious,” she added.“Profound economic crisis in vulnerable countries then may extend into a humanitarian crisis, and at worst precipitate instability and conflict. The consequences may take years or even decades to remedy, ultimately at a much greater cost to the international community than timely support right now.”Without secure and predictable funding, UNDP cannot plan ahead and be fully effective in helping countries reach their development goals, Ms. Clark said. “We will, however, spare no effort to meet our resource projections. We do deeply appreciate the ongoing support of our donors, and urge them to continue, and ideally boost, their current commitments. We can also consider how our donor pool could be expanded,” she added. 9 September 2009Facing possible shortfalls in funding due to the global economic crisis, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on donors to “continue, and ideally boost, their current commitments” to help the agency pull the world’s developing countries out of poverty. read more

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Talks over contested northern Iraqi boundaries make headway – UN mission

18 October 2009Talks on disputed internal Iraqi boundaries – in the oil-rich, ethnically mixed north – have made progress on measures to address concerns of local residents, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) announced today. Senior representatives of the Iraqi Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government met recently to address the needs of the people living in the areas being considered by the Task Force on Dialogue for follow-up to the UNAMI reports on the demarcations.UNAMI submitted a report to Iraqi authorities in April for each of the more than one dozen disputed districts. The mission says the reports are analytical, not prescriptive, and include a discussion paper on the future of the Kirkuk governorate, which proposes four options – all of which treat the governorate as a single entity – based on the Iraqi Constitution and requiring a political agreement among the parties, as well as some form of referendum.During recent discussions, both sides underscored the importance of maintaining the unity of the people of Iraq and the integrity of its territories, including identifying ways to resolve outstanding land and property disputes resulting from activities before and after the US-led invasion of 2003, as well as to guarantee the right of all Iraqis for the education of their children in their mother tongue.The Task Force also recognized the importance of ensuring transparent detention practices, transferring detainees to the governorates they originated from, and immediately investigating the status of missing persons. “Dialogue between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region remains critical for the stability of the country and for addressing numerous outstanding issues that are central to its functioning,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq Ad Melkert.“The United Nations is committed to supporting dialogue among Iraqis, including through development and humanitarian support in these important areas, and remains encouraged by the positive discussions taking place,” added Mr. Melkert, who also heads UNAMI. read more

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Radio documentary by Brock prof goes national

A Brock Radio program about francophone women in Niagara has been selected for national distribution, and will be heard next week on stations across Canada.CFBU 103.7 FM host Catherine Parayre — an associate professor in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as in Studies in Arts and Culture  —  produced the 28-minute segment for the national broadcast celebrating Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, an annual celebration of Canada’s membership in the Francophonie, which promotes the French language and its cultural expressions. The 2017 celebration takes place March 6-27 in communities across Canada.Parayre’s documentary has already aired on CFBU, and can be heard online at www.cfbu.ca/listen.phpThe program introduces listeners to five francophone women in Niagara whom Parayre interviewed last autumn:Lucie Huot speaks about the historic presence of francophones in Niagara.Fété Ngira-Batware Kimpiobi and Nafée Faigou, both from the Association of Francophone Immigrant Women of Niagara (SOFIFRAN) speak about their immigration to Canada, what they have left in their native countries and what they like in Niagara.Rachel Hélène Amran, an artist from Montréal, shares her efforts for a successful integration as a francophone artist.Clamenç Prades relates her experiences since she first arrived from Austria.For a list of national stations carrying the broadcast next week, go to http://www.ncra.ca/rvfLa Francophonie is an international organization representing countries and regions where French is the first or customary language and/or where a significant proportion of the population are Francophones and/or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture. Canada is one of its 57 member states.  The head of the organization is former Canadian Governor General, Michaëlle Jean.The project is funded by La Fondation canadienne pour le dialogue des cultures, and in partnership with the NCRA through Canadian Heritage. read more

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Groundbreaking new drugs give months of extra life for women suffering from

first_img Current efforts to combat the ovarian cancer mainly focus on targeted therapies which try to match interventions with certain gene types. But researchers say the new ONX-0801 drug has could be of benefit a wide cohort of women with advanced ovarian cancer who have stopped responding to other treatments…. British scientists have revealed a groundbreaking new class of drugs which gives months of extra life without side-effects for women suffering from ovarian cancer. The drug “significantly” shrunk the tumours in half of a small number of patients in a trial who were suffering from the advanced stages of the disease.center_img Researchers last night hailed the new medication as the biggest breakthrough in a decade.last_img read more

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Heroic MP Tobias Ellwood fights back tears on live TV as he

first_img“And still, we were unable to save his life. And it’s a profound regret that that happened.” Mr Ellwood’ss own brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali terror atrocity.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “From 2002 to today, extremism is still there. We are still not able to better understand why people with a scant understanding of Islam are able to be recruited with a false promise of a fast-track to paradise.”Until that is grasped, until we can better ensure that the peaceful religion of Islam is better understood – probably at a very younger age – so these people aren’t recruited, this threat will continue.”The threats faced around the world meant “the relative peace that we have had for the last three or four decades is going to be challenged”, Mr Ellwood said.”We are in a difficult time at the moment, there’s no doubt about it,” he added. Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood (centre) helps emergency services attend to a police officer keith Palmer outside the Palace of Westminster, The planned memorial was agreed following meetings with bereaved families, survivors, members of the emergency services and local councils.MPs hold minute’s silence to remember victims A tear runs down Mr Ellwood’s cheekCredit:BBC Tobias Ellwood on BBC Breakfast He told BBC Breakfast: “It was an incredible and shocking event. A normal day in Parliament, very busy, very bustling. Mr Ellwood added: “I didn’t feel I did anything more than was the product of my training and background.”I am medically trained. I saw what was going on , so I stepped forward. I was one of many people that stepped forward that day to do what we could. It’s the heroes of the police force who guarded Parliament.”But very sadly, the injuries that Pc Keith Palmer had sustained were just too complicated.”We had a wave of medics come through and then a helicopter landed in Parliament Square.   “It took me 30 seconds or so, run down towards the scene once I’d picked up my radio and battery and I went down to very close to the scene… I saw roughly what had happened.”Obviously, we were unsure what was happening, whether it was going to be like a lone wolf attack or if it was a multi, marauding attack. That’s the thing that most people were unsure about. We didn’t know whether the person was acting alone or whether he was part of a bigger team.”Video: Thousands attend Pc Keith Palmer’s funeral “The divisional bell went and MPs were migrating to the chamber then we heard a sound you never expect to hear – anywhere, let alone in Parliament – that was high-velocity gunshots that caused understandable panic and chaos.”I found myself coming out to where the incident was unfolding to find police officers, including Pc Keith Palmer, who every day deal with the public and tourists and are part of our community, had then moved into operational mode.”There was a gunline of about 30 guns, all trained towards the gates themselves.”Beyond that, that’s where I saw Pc Keith Palmer was on the ground and he was bleeding and a couple of officers were trying to help. That’s when I ran forward.”  Leader of Westminster City Council Nickie Aiken said she would join the Lord Mayor to lay flowers in Parliament Square on Thursday.She said: “This week’s anniversary will inevitably lead to feelings of huge sadness and loss for so many. But we will continue to stand together, united by what we have in common and not what separates us.”That will be the true legacy of a senseless act of violence and murderous hate. It will only make the bonds that bind us all together even stronger.” ‘He wouldn’t like any of the fuss’: Pc Palmer’s friend pays tribute to ‘modest’ officerA police officer has paid tribute to his friend and fellow officer who was killed in the Westminster attack.Pc Shaun Cartwright, who had been friends with Pc Keith Palmer for more than 10 years, said: “Keith was a very modest man.”He wouldn’t like any of the fuss. He’s just see whatever he was doing as just performing his job and doing it to the best of his ability.”The pair had previously worked together on the on the Territorial Support Group and Pc Cartwright was due to be on shift after Pc Palmer at the gates on the day of the attack. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Londoners will never forget the horrific terror attacks on our city in 2017. We will never forget the bravery of our emergency services and first responders who ran towards danger while urging the rest of us to run to safety.”And we will never forget the courage of Pc Keith Palmer, who paid the ultimate sacrifice whilst protecting Parliament.”These were not only attacks on our city and our country, but on the very heart of our democracy and the values we cherish most – freedom, justice and tolerance.”We know that families, friends and communities have their own private arrangements in place to mark this tragic anniversary, and our plans here at City Hall are intended to complement, without intruding on, individual private commemorations.”I hope these arrangements will help people to come together and remember those who were killed and injured, to show solidarity and support for their families and friends and the people whose lives have been affected by these tragic attacks.”As we enter this period of remembrance and reflection, we stand together as Londoners, united against terrorism and in hope for the future.” Tobias Ellwood on BBC Breakfast UK is dealing with ‘dark chapter’ of terrorismMr Ellwood also warned that the threats faced by the UK are not going away and involve not just terrorism, but “resurgent nations challenging the world order”.Describing how the UK is going through a “dark chapter” facing the terrorist threat, he paid tribute to the police for their work in a country “that seems to be getting more dangerous and more volatile”. Asked about how he explained the attack to his family, Mr Ellwood said: “A vivid image I have is returning home after what had happened and finding my son on the top of the stairs and he was in tears and he was on his own.”Pausing for a moment to compose himself, he added with his voice breaking: “I sat next to him and he just asked ‘why?’.”He couldn’t understand why I stepped forward, why somebody had been killed, why somebody was wielding a knife in a place he had visited many times.”All I could offer was ‘there are some bad people in the world, but there are a lot more good people and it’s the good people who win’.”As he was thanked for sharing his “raw emotions” by interviewer Charlie Stayt, a tear rolled down Mr Ellwood’s cheek.  Five innocent people were killed in Masood’s rampage – 48-year-old Pc Palmer, who was on duty at the Palace of Westminster, along with US tourist Kurt Cochran, Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31, and Britons Aysha Frade, 44, and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes, who were mown down on the bridge. Pc Keith Palmer with Staci Martin, an American tourist, 45 minutes before his death Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img The five victims of the Westminster Bridge outrage: Top row: Andreea Cristea and Pc Keith Palmer. Bottom row: Aysha Frade, Leslie Rhodes and Kurt CochranCredit:Metropolitan Police #LondonUnited is projected onto the Houses of Parliament The phrase #LondonUnited will be projected on to the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Finsbury Park Mosque and Parsons Green Tube station on the anniversaries of the attacks. Tobias Ellwood is visibly emotional on BBC BreakfastCredit:BBC He told LBC that getting back to work had been “incredibly tough for an awful lot of people,” especially for those that responded first of all, and that PC Palmer’s family were “coping as best they can, like people do in terrible circumstances”. #LondonUnited is projected onto the Houses of ParliamentCredit:Mayor of London Tobias Ellwood, the MP hailed a hero after the Westminster attack, fought back tears on live television as he remembered the day terror was brought to the heart of British democracy.The Defence Minister, who tried in vain to save the life of Pc Keith Palmer after he was stabbed while on duty at the gates of the Palace of Westminster, battled to control his emotions one year on from the atrocity.Mr Ellwood became visibly upset as he recalled trying to explain to his son the terrorist outrage by Khalid Masood, who also ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.The former Army officer said the hardest part of the day was arriving home and telling the eight-year-old, who had refused to go to bed, what had happened.”All I could offer was ‘there are some bad people in the world, but there are a lot more good people and it’s the good people who win’,” Mr Ellwood told BBC Breakfast on Thursday morning .Mr Ellwood, who has medical training, had desperately tried to save Pc Palmer’s life by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and applying pressure on the wounds to stem the blood flow. He struggles to control his emotions during the interviewCredit:BBC  #LondonUnited: Memorial tribute to vicims and survivors of attacksPlans have been revealed for a memorial for victims and survivors of the four terror attacks in London last year.Well-wishers will be able to leave messages in a digital book of hope at City Hall from Thursday, a year since Khalid Masood’s attack in Westminster.Members of the public will be able to send messages to the installation – which will remain open until June – using #LondonUnited on social media, and their words will be projected on to a map of the capital.The tribute has been set up to mark the four terrorist atrocities that took place in the city last year – at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green. Tobias Ellwood (centre) helps emergency services helping Pc Keith Palmer outside the Palace of Westminster on March 22 last yearCredit:Stefan Rousseau /PA Mr Ellwood, who has lobbied within government for extra funding for the Armed Forces, said: “There are some big questions, wider questions, about what we do because this terrorist attack – non-state, caused by Daesh – they are not going away.”These attacks will continue unless we step forward and actually participate, become more pro-active in dealing with what is a very changing and dark chapter that we are enduring.” Pc Keith Palmer with Staci Martin, an American tourist, 45 minutes before his death ‘Hero’ police officers ‘defending Parliament’Mr Ellwood was walking through the Palace of Westminster when Masood ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing unarmed police officer Pc Palmer a year ago on Thursday.He praised the work of the police on duty that day: “They were the ones that were defending Parliament and us, huge tribute to them.”They get up every day, they don’t know how their day is going to unfold.”He added: “They are the heroes.” He told LBC radio: “I was getting myself changed when the alarm went off, that there’d been a terrorist attack, there’d been a large explosion in the area of Portcullis House, Westminster Bridge, so I quickly pulled on all of my kit. Today we pay tribute to PC Keith Palmer, Kurt Cochran, Andreea Cristea, Aysha Frade and Leslie Rhodes. We stand with their loved ones in remembrance and solidarity. #LondonUnited— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) March 22, 2018 Westminster Bridge Tobias Ellwood on BBC Breakfastlast_img read more

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ProBrexit number plate among hundreds banned by DVLA

Other banned plates include those with references to racist group Ku Klux Klan – UK68 KKK and drugs DR68 GGS.Some plates do evade authorities, and last year a Ford Fiesta owner was stripped of JH11 HAD – a reference to Jihad – an Islamic term for ‘struggle or fight’.At the time, the DVLA said: “We try to identify all combinations that may cause offence, and on the rare occasion where potentially offensive numbers slip through the net, steps are taken to withdraw the number.”The DVLA’s income from selling personalised registrations reached £111 million in the past financial year.A  spokesperson for the organisation said: “Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and there are over 50 million registrations available on our website. “The vast majority of registration numbers are made available but the agency holds back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.” Afzal Kahn with F1 plate Responding to a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association, the DVLA revealed the 436 banned plates include 68 OMB, A68 USE, BA68 TAD and OR68 ASM. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Afzal Kahn spent over a quarter of a million pounds on the registration F1Credit:Ian Nicholson/PA A pro-Brexit number plate is one of hundreds that have been vetoed by the DVLA, as new ‘68’ registrations cause headaches for authorities.More than 400 letter and number combinations have fallen foul of the DVLA’s guidelines which ban registrations it feels “may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.”The number plate: ‘EU68 BAD’ will not be seen on the streets of Britain, or indeed continental Europe, after it was decided not to be made available for circulation.With more than five million personalised number plates sold by the DVLA in the last 30 years, motorists often get creative when trying to spell out words or phrases.The Shakespeare-inspired number plates ‘2 BE and ‘Not 2B’ were last seen on an Aston Martin and Range Rover parked in a driveway in Chelsea. They are believed to be owned by a property developer and his wife.Businessman Afzal Kahn bought the number plate F1 a record breaking £375,000 in 2008.The “68” registrations which became available on September 1 caused a number of issues for the DVLA, as the 6 can represent B, G, C or S, while the 8 can also represent B. read more

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