first_imgNew Delhi: All-rounder Hardik Pandya has talent unmatched by any other player in the Indian cricket team, says big-hitting former opener Virender Sehwag. According to Sehwag, Hardik is one that has become irreplaceable in recent times. Hardik has played a pivotal role in Mumbai Indians’ record fourth title triumph in the IPL recently, coming into the lucrative T20 league after enduring a tumultuous phase following his outrage-evoking remarks on women on a chat show. Having served the ensuing ban, the star all-rounder pummelled 402 runs in 15 innings in the IPL at a staggering strike rate of 191.42, and a highest score of 91. “There is no one even closer to Hardik Pandya’s talent with both bat and ball. If there was someone even closer to him, the three-dimensional players picked by BCCI, were even closer to him, Pandya would not have made it back into the team,” Sehwag told Hardik is part of the 15-man Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup and is expected to leave his mark on the showpiece with his exploits. Along with India team-mate K L Rahul, Hardik was flown back from Australia after the duo made some controversial remarks on the chat show earlier this year.last_img read more

Rabat – The story of Ayache Mahdjoubi, a young Algerian man who fell into a 30-meter well, began as a days-long attempt at rescue. Unsuccessful, Algerian civil protection members are now trying to retrieve Mahdjoubi’s body.On Tuesday, December 18, 26-year-old Mahdjoubi fell into a well in the village of Oum Cheml in M’sila province, Algeria.Algerian authorities spent nearly a week trying to save Mahdjoubi. On the sixth day, a civil protection official announced Mahdjoubi, who had stopped responding to rescuers on the fourth day, had died. Both locals and authorities tried to save Mahdjoubi by digging with heavy machinery to no Also: Algerian Minister: Algeria May Not Be Gas Exporter by 2022Reportedly, Algerian authorities are still trying to retrieve Mahdjoubi’s body.Algerian citizens have taken to social media to express anger, frustration, and sadness over the authorities’ “disregard” of the young man’s situation and failure save him.To many Algerians, Mahdjoubi’s death has uncovered “reality” in the country, especially because the governor of M’sila province did not react to the incident sooner.The people continue to criticize the governor as Mahdjoubi’s body awaits rescuers to be properly buried. read more

15 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s envoy to Zimbabwe was in the capital Harare today to attend the signing of a power-sharing agreement between the Government and the opposition to bring an end to the political crisis that has gripped the Southern African nation in recent months. Haile Menkerios, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, conveyed Mr. Ban’s congratulations to President Robert Mugabe and opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, stressing the need to cooperate to implement the deal.He also expressed the UN’s readiness to support emergency relief initiatives and longer-term recovery efforts once the new Government made clear what their needs and priorities are.The envoy, who met with the UN Country Team in the capital, served as the UN’s high-level representative to the Reference Group, set up by South African President Thabo Mbeki to support steps to end the political crisis and resulting violence, unrest and humanitarian suffering that have engulfed Zimbabwe since the first round of national elections in March.“The role of the Secretary General and his support of the mediation process through the UN’s role in the reference group was acknowledged by the parties and by President Mbeki in their statements” at today’s signing, Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for the world body, told reporters.Mr. Menkerios will depart Zimbabwe tomorrow to return to New York.Welcoming the deal when it was announced last week, the Secretary-General said he “hopes that this agreement will pave the way for a durable peace and recovery in the country and contribute to rapid improvement in the welfare and human rights of the people of Zimbabwe, who have suffered for long,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. read more

CALGARY — Apache Corp. says it has sold its assets in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan for close to $1 billion in a strategic exit from Canada.The Houston-based oil and gas company said late Thursday that leaving Canada was part of its goal of streamlining its portfolio to focus on projects in the United States, United Kingdom and Egypt.Apache said the sell-off will mean a significant reduction in asset retirement obligations and annual overhead costs, as well as improve the revenue and cash generated on the energy it produces.It said the $125 million in spending planned for 2017 and 2018 in Canada would be redirected to other areas of its portfolio.The company said its selling off its Canadian assets in a trio of deals worth about $927 million to Paramount Resources (TSX:POU), Cardinal Energy Ltd (TSX:CJ), and an undisclosed privately owned company, with the Cardinal deal already closed.Paramount said Thursday that along with buying Apache assets in Alberta and B.C. for about $460-million, it was also merging with Trilogy Energy Corp (TSX:TET) in an all-share deal.The Canadian Press read more

Activist investor Ackman builds nearly 10 per cent stake in Air Products and Chemicals by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 10:49 am MDT Stock in Air Products and Chemicals hit an all-time high Wednesday after Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management revealed it had taken nearly a 10 per cent stake in the industrial gas supplier.Just last week, Air Products put into place a poison-pill plan to foil any takeover attempts after noticing unusual activity in its stock.A Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday shows that the activist investor owns about 20.5 million shares of the company, which had more than 209.6 million shares outstanding as of June 30.Air Products and Chemicals Inc., based in Allentown, Pa., supplies gas like hydrogen and helium and equipment and services to a variety of industrial customers.The anti-takeover plan it adopted gives shareholders a preferred stock-purchase right for each share they own at the close of business Aug. 5. If the rights become exercisable, shareholders can pay the strike price to get shares with a market value of twice that price.The plan would kick in if an investor or group acquires 10 per cent of the company’s stock — 20 per cent for institutional investors — before July 24, 2014.Air Products was thwarted in its own takeover bid of a smaller rival, Airgas Inc., more than two years ago. It abandoned that bid in early 2011.Pershing Square also holds a sizeable stake in beleaguered retailer J.C. Penney, where Ackman had pushed for a CEO change in the summer of 2011. That led to a risky turnaround strategy that backfired and resulted in massive losses and steep sales declines.The company’s board ousted CEO Ron Johnson earlier this year after only 17 months on the job and rehired his predecessor, Mike Ullman.Ackman also has engaged in a public feud with rival investor Carl Icahn over the business strategy of nutrition supplement company Herbalife.Shares of Air Products reached an all-time high price of $109.90 Wednesday morning before retreating to $108.65. The stock was still up nearly 3 per cent, or $3.12, to $108.73 in late-morning trading.The stock has climbed almost 30 per cent this month alone. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay made the requests during a 10 July meeting with the Egyptian Ambassador in Geneva, and also transmitted them in writing to the Government two days later.The crisis in the country escalated earlier this month, resulting in the Egyptian military deposing President Mohamed Morsy amid widespread protests in which dozens of people were killed and wounded. The Constitution was then suspended and an interim government set up. Ms. Pillay informed the Egyptian authorities that she would like to deploy a team to follow the developments on the ground. “We are waiting for the approval of the authorities, and a team is on standby, ready to be deployed immediately as soon as such approval is received,” her spokesperson, Rupert Colville, told a news conference in Geneva. Specifically, the High Commissioner has asked for a list of names of persons against whom arrest warrants have been issued in connection with the events on and after 3 July, when Mr. Morsy was ousted, indicating who among these persons is now in detention, and information about the legal basis upon which the warrants were issued.She is also seeking information regarding the total number of people who are currently detained in connection with the events on and after 3 July, whether on the basis of a specific arrest warrants or otherwise, as well as the legal basis upon which the former president and his presidential team are detained. read more

As the longest running musical in London’s West End, Les Miserables has delighted more than 70 million theatregoers.But plans to “update” the production of Victor Hugo’s classic 19th Century tale and transform it into a touring show has enraged fans and actors from the original stage show which launched in 1985.More than 2,000 people have signed a petition calling on Cameron Mackintosh, the hit theatre producer, not to change the popular production in any way. The petition was set up after it emerged that the original production will close in the West End later this year, to be replaced by a new touring version. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––It remains unclear how producers will look to change the show, other than it will go on tour.The campaign began as Frances Ruffelle, who played Eponine in the original Les Miserables production, claimed nothing could ever compare with the original show, directed by John Caird and Sir Trevor Nunn.In her tweet, the 53-year-old actress who is due to appear in a New York show, said: “Les Miserables was successful not just because of Hugo’s amazing story and gorgeous score… but mainly because of the incredible direction by John Caird and Trevor Nunn. Their staging on the revolve was staggeringly beautiful it took my breath away every time.. nothing else compares.”The petition insists that London is the “only place” for the show, as well as predicting that any “new” version could not capture the “power or magic” which attracted people from around the world for more than 30 years. The online petition, which last night had 2,100 signatures, said: “The iconic original London production of Les Miserables is to be retired this year and replaced with the ‘reimagined’ 25th anniversary version.“London is the only place the original can be seen. In over 100 visits to Les Mis I have met many people time and time again who have flown to London from as far afield as the US, Japan, Korea etc just to see this version.”It adds that the “reimagined” version One signatory said: “The ‘new’ version does not have the power or magic that has kept audiences coming back for over 30 years … By all means keep the ‘reimagined’ one for tours but don’t replace the original.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgIn today’s budget-conscious environment fleet managers are under ever increasing pressure to maximise the life span of their costly OTR tyres and are simultaneously being tasked with minimising fleet down time. Being able to repair these tyres quickly and efficiently is a key challenge. OTR tyres are used under extreme conditions experiencing a greater load and higher flex than tyres used elsewhere meaning a robust repair process, such as a hot cure, is required. Monaflex, the global supplier of repair and vulcanisation solutions for damage in all tyres says it often asked whether there is any special process for super-sized repairs and offers some sound advice.“Always remain within repair consumable manufacturer guidelines. Determine whether the repair is possible by referring to the dimensions provided in the manufacturer’s guidelines and do not exceed their recommendation. Use accurate pressure for a perfect repair. Pressure needs to be applied accurately to ensure that the repair conforms completely to the complex profile of the tyre and produces a distortion free, feather edged repair. Dual heat sources lead to faster repairs. The use of simultaneous internal and external heat sources, allows for rapid transfer of heat through the repair and simultaneous curing of the patch and the plug – both leading to a significantly reduced cure time. Make sure your repair system can handle the size.  Many maintenance teams are forced to undertake multiple cures to repair large injuries – a time consuming approach. By using a Heat Pad of sufficient surface area, such as one of Monaflex’s – the largest in the market, you can cover and vulcanise injury sizes far greater than any other, in one cure.”The company adds: “Be meticulous when preparing your repair area. To avoid contamination, cleanliness is vital at all stages. Ensure that the repair area is thoroughly scraped clean with cleaning fluid before and after preparation for the patch and skive plug installation. Always follow the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) specifications when buffing. Equally, be thorough when you brush and vacuum the repair area. Let any cement used dry properly. Make sure cement dries completely before stitching the gum or patch down. This prevents wet cement ‘gassing off’ during the curing process, which could compromise the repair and cause failure. Finally, using the repaired tyre in the correct way is even more important for the largest injuries. Check your company guidelines and always mount repaired tires at the rear of the vehicle to minimise stress.Monaflex also recommends monitoring tyre pressure and temperatures during use with a TPMS system and make sure manufacturer guidelines are followed. Also, do not overload the vehicle past the recommended parameters as this causes undue wear to the tyres and any repairs.”last_img read more

first_imgAS HANDY AS our smartphones are, they can be very particular devices.While that isn’t a problem for most of us, those who are impaired vision, or aren’t able to precisely touch a small screen, can find such devices difficult to use.Even if you’re not having major troubles, it’s always good to know that each phone has its own features for making life easier.iPhoneTo find accessibility, simply go into settings, then general and it will be the sixth option from the top. Source: TheJournal.ieiOS has the greatest range of options available to users, almost too many to list here, but the majority of them are straightforward. Here are the main ones.Zoom: turning this on will allow you to zoom into any part of the screen by double-tapping with three fingers. Moving around is done with three fingers as well while double-tapping again will return you to normal view.Reduce Motion: For those who experience motion sickness when opening up an app, turning this on will stop the opening animation that happens when you select an app.Even if you don’t experience difficulties, it’s actually a handy way of (somewhat) improving battery life and makes opening up apps a little bit faster.AssistiveTouch: If the home button doesn’t work, AssistiveTouch will activate a home button that will allow you to access the iPhone’s most common features with large icons.Switch Control: Found directly above AssistiveTouch, custom gestures lets you create your own gestures to perform specific tasks. So you could use the camera to open up your mail anytime you tilt your head to the right (so long as you’re the exact distance away.Be warned though, once you activate this, all traditional gestures will be replaced with custom versions.Home-click Speed: Triple clicking the home button will bring up accessibility options like zoom, inverted colours and voiceover, but you may not need them all the time. If you’re having problems opening up the menu on the home screen, you can set it to slow or slowest so you don’t need to rapidly hit the home button.Accessibility Shortcut: Allows you to select what options appear when you triple-click the home buttonIncoming Calls: automatically sets it so that you receive them either by headset or speaker.AndroidFinding accessibility is easier on Android as it’s located at the bottom of the settings menu. Source: TheJournal.ieAndroid’s offering isn’t as comprehensive as the iPhone, but there are still many features that are worth looking at. For one, speaking passwords is a useful feature while using the power button to end calls is also handy.Windows PhoneAlso found in settings, but under ‘ease of access.’ Source: TheJournal.ieProbably the least detailed of the three, due to certain features being located in other setting menus, the main features you can change here are text size, the contrast of certain features and background images, a screen magnifier and activate compatibility with TTY/TDD devices (Text-Telephone Device/Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).Windows Phone 8.1, when it is released, will add additional features such as narration and customisation of browser captions.Read: NUI Maynooth team chosen to compete in major student tech competition >Read: Your next smartphone could have security features built into the glass >last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter has a recap of the 7/7 Season 4 premiere episode of WWE Total Divas that you can view by clicking here.You can also view highlights of the show by clicking here.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itcenter_img Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Smackdown Highlights: Undertaker appears, Shane fires Owens, Kingston takes out Orton Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Google+last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he doesn’t support an effort by a small group of conservatives to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, likely dooming the endeavor and easing a months-long standoff between House Republicans and the Justice Department.Ryan said the tussle over document requests between congressional Republicans and Rosenstein, who oversees the federal Trump-Russia investigation, doesn’t rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” that could warrant impeachment under the Constitution.“I don’t think we should be cavalier with this process or with this term,” Ryan said. He also said he is encouraged by progress on the document production.Ryan made the comments a day after the group of 11 House Republicans sharply escalated the extended clash with the Justice Department by filing articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.Their move late Wednesday came after months of criticism aimed at the department — and the Russia investigation in particular — from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress. Trump has fumed about Mueller’s probe and has repeatedly called it a “witch hunt,” a refrain echoed by some of the lawmakers.last_img read more

first_img Posted: October 3, 2018 Vincent Winter, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThis weekend the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is launching Fire Prevention Week with the San Diego Fire Rescue 5K and Kids run. The run takes place Saturday, October 6th at the Spanish Landing West (4300 North Harbor Drive) with the 5K starting at 8:00 a.m. and the Kids Run starting at 9:00 a.m.The registration fees are 35 dollars for the 5K and 25 dollars for the Kids Run with 100% of the proceeds going back to the Foundation. The San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation mission is to support  the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department with providing enhanced equipment, training, technology, and community education resources.San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation board member J.C. Thomas III joined us to talk about everything they do for the men and women of the fire department. October 3, 2018 Vincent Winter Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Fire Prevention Week starts with San Diego Fire Rescue 5K and Kids Runlast_img read more

first_imgFuchs isn’t either. He said in a letter, “For many in our community, including myself, this speaker’s presence would be deeply disturbing. What we’ve watched happen in Charlottesville, VA., in the last 24 hours, is deplorable. I again denounce all statements and symbols of hate.”Gator football coach Jim McElwain agreed with Fuchs’ statement. “Any extremist group — I don’t care, nationalist, whatever they’re called — it’s unacceptable,” he said.The university allows groups like Spencer’s to rent space on campus if they cover rental expenses and security costs.Protests have already been organized for Spencer’s rally on UF’s campus. “Attacking Jewish people, Muslim people, gay people, transgender people, anyone who doesn’t fit into their ideals are under attack,” said Mitch Emerson, protest organizer. “It’s terrifying, and we need to unite against it.”McElwain said he believes the best thing the Gator community can do is stand firm in their message.“We obviously do not in any way believe in any of their views,” McElwain said. “To react to it or to overreact to it, no. What makes extremists nervous is when they can’t get to you. Right? Because you’re true to your beliefs, and you know what? It’s a bad deal.”According to UF officials, there is no contract for the event, and no fees have been paid. GAINESVILLE Fla. (WSVN) – Richard Spencer, a white supremacist and self-proclaimed leader in the White Nationalist movement may be speaking at the University of Florida in September.According to school officials at the University of Florida, they’ve been asked for space to let Spencer speak on campus on Sept. 12, but those opposed are already giving push back.Spencer has said his organization, the National Policy Institute, is an “independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States.”In a letter to the school community, UF President W. Kent Fuchs said no group asked for or sponsored Spencer’s speaking engagement, but the university is still obligated to let him appear since his organization reserved space at the school for the event.“This organization is unaffiliated with the university, and no student groups or other groups affiliated with the university are sponsoring this speech. This event is not finalized, and it is still under discussion,” Fuchs wrote. “While this speaker’s views do not align with our values as an institution, we must follow the law, upholding the First Amendment not to discriminate based on content and provide access to a public space.”On the same day images from the Charlottesville rally were released, Fuchs notified staff and students about the appearance of the organizer of that Virginia rally.“If they had policed the area and allowed this demonstration to occur, it would be over,” Spencer said. “We would have gone home, and we probably wouldn’t have come back. Now we’ll never back down.” The Florida university isn’t the only school that has apparently received notification of a so-called White Lives Matter rally. The student newspaper at Texas A&M University reported on Sunday that Spencer is also scheduled to speak at a rally on campus, just one day before his rally at UF.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgNavya Naveli Nanda and MeezaanInstagramAmitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda has lately been in news for rumours of her and Jaaved Jaaferi’s son Meezaan dating each other. The latter has now responded to the buzz.Meezaan, who is set to make debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s production film Malaal, denied the rumours and stated that they are just good friends.”We are from the same friends’ circle, she is my sister’s bestie and a really good friend. I’m not in a relationship with anyone,” Meezaan told Mumbai Mirror.The rumours of them dating each other started doing the rounds after Navya was spotted with a “mystery man” on a movie date in 2017. While the man had hid his face, he was believed to be Meezaan.Meanwhile, Jaaved Jaaferi’s son will soon be seen on the big screen alongwith Bhansali’s niece Sharmin Segal in Malaal. Although there is not much hype around the film, the trailer looked impressive. The movie is set to be released on July 5.last_img read more

first_img(Representative image)Johannes Simon/Getty ImagesA day after a 41-year-old businessman was found dead at his residence in Rajajinagar near Bengaluru’s Yeshwantpura, his 15-year-old daughter and her friend were arrested for plotting the murder. The minor told police that she committed the crime to get her “freedom back”.According to the police, the victim had restricted internet access and social media activity of the girl after he came to know about her relationship with Praveen, 19. The girl told the police that her father had beaten her once over the issue, reported The Times of India.The crime was committed when the girl and her father were alone at home on Sunday while her mother and brother were in Puducherry. The girl mixed sedatives in her father’s milk after which he passed out. She allegedly slapped him a number of times to make sure that he was unconscious.She then called Praveen over to help her and they stabbed him a number of times. To hide the evidence, they took the body to the bathroom and set it on fire. However, the neighbours noticed smoke emanating from the house and notified the fire brigade.The firefighters discovered the victim’s half-burnt body. A planned murderThe victim, who owned an apparel store, had taken his daughter’s phone away when he discovered she was in touch with Praveen. In the statement to the police, the accused said, “My father had recently learned that I was meeting Praveen in malls and he beat me with his belt.”In turn, Praveen had gifted a separate phone to the 15-year-old and they both spoke for hours on end. Their talks took a dark turn when they began plotting ways to get back at the victim for stopping them from the meeting.Victim’s wife in shockThe victim’s wife rushed back to Bengaluru after she heard of her husband’s death. Reports stated that she was in denial and could not fathom her daughter committing such a heinous crime. “The daughter and her friend were brought to the crime scene for a spot inquest; she looked relaxed after seeing her mother,” a relative told TOI.last_img read more

first_imgGoogle MapsA 16 yearl-old who attends Texas City High School has been arrested for writing a threatening message.A 16-year-old Texas City High School student was arrested Monday for writing a threatening message at the school, the Texas City Independent School District (TCISD) reported.“After a careful and thorough investigation we determined an arrest was warranted,” Rodney Cavness, TCISD Superintendent of Schools, said in a news release.The teen was taken into custody by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities anticipate the charge will be a state jail felony.On September 20, Cavness alerted parents about the threat found on a bathroom wall in the high school. Classes went on as planned September 21 with increased law enforcement presence.The school district said in a news release it will “continue to aggressively pursue any reported threatening activity or behavior.”“Texas City ISD will not allow the safety of our schools to be threatened,” said Mike Matranga, TCISD executive director of security and school safety. “We do not tolerate threats and we do not allow anyone to instill fear in thousands of students, teachers and their families,” he added. Sharelast_img read more

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Jimmy is definitely becoming a huge focal point in the Seattle offense this year,” Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “You can tell he was a little bit behind last year, wasn’t getting as many targets as he was when he was in New Orleans, although it is a different offense. But when you bring that caliber of athlete over there into your offense you want to find a way to get him the ball, and I think last year, I don’t know if because he was hurt or if he was behind the 8-ball, but you can tell this year they are definitely getting him the ball.“They have plays designed for him, getting him more involved early, so I guess that can give him confidence throughout the game. But he’s definitely involved in the gameplan a little bit more than last year.”Cardinals $ LB Deone Bucannon noted how Graham is a big tight end who has great hands and makes plays, but noted they have played him before so this is not exactly a new experience for them.The Cardinals faced off with Graham one time last year, and he was held to 41 yards on three catches in a 39-32 Arizona victory. In 2013, while he was still with the Saints and Bucannon was not yet in the NFL, Graham caught 10 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown in a 31-7 New Orleans victory. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Jimmy’s healthy, finally, I think,” Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher said. “That was a pretty tough injury to come back, from, and he’s a threat. We all know what he’s done when he was in New Orleans, and it’s vertical threats, it’s intermediate throws — it’s all that kind of stuff.”In five seasons with the Saints, Graham was named to the Pro Bowl three times and was a first team All-Pro once. He nabbed double-digit touchdowns three times, and had nine in another season. He was the focal point of a dynamic offense, a unique threat from the tight end position, the likes of which the Cardinals have not really faced this season.“He’s an exceptional tight end, there’s no doubt about it,” Bettcher said. “You’ve got to know where he’s at on first and second down, and on third down you’ve got to know where he’s at. Every down and distance, any field position.“When you look at field position targets, he’s a key target with (Doug) Baldwin and situational football he’s a key target, just like Baldwin is.”Of the 6-foot-7, 265-pound Graham’s 22 catches this season, 16 have gone for first downs. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It was a promising effort after a couple of sub-par games, and even though he has missed some practice time this week, there is confidence that Palmer will be ready play Sunday so long as he’s physically capable.“He’s fine,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “He’s mentally into everything; he’s in the meetings, he’s talking, he’s communicating exactly what he wants to be done on Sunday.“We’re all professionals; there’s guys who are going to be able to practice some days, sometimes they’re not going to be able to practice. But you have to be in tuned to what’s going on on mental, so he’s taking all the reps mentally and if he’s able to go on Sunday, we know he’ll be able to play at a high level.”And if Palmer cannot go, Drew Stanton will get the nod. In place of Palmer against the 49ers, he completed 11-of-28 passes for 124 yards with two touchdowns, both of which went to Fitzgerald.“Drew’s good,” Goodwin said. “Everybody trusts Drew. We’ve won games with Drew. No matter who’s playing — Drew, Carson, myself, you guys (the media) — it starts up front. As long as we do a good job and get the run going, it makes everything else easier. You can’t get get in this game and stink it up on first and second down and end up in third-and-long, it’s not a situation we want to be in. Slowing him Sunday night will be key, and in preparing for him, Bettcher is planning on throwing a variety of defenders at the tight end.“You’ll see some different guys on Jimmy, certainly,” he said. “By field position, by situation of the game, you’ll see some different matchups.  As you start watching you’ll see how those matchups unfold.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Top Stories center_img Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Palmer was listed as a “limited” participant in Thursday’s practice, though just how much he actually did is anyone’s guess. Based on post-practice comments, it did not sound like he did a whole lot.Arians did not speak to the media Thursday, and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin is never one to divulge much in the way of injury information. Goodwin did, however, say it’s not unusual for players to miss practice but be ready for the game.“I’ve seen guys in the past not practice at all until Friday, Saturday — it really doesn’t matter,” he said. “I don’t worry about Carson. I don’t worry about anybody that’s nursing a minor boo boo here or there, but it is what it is. Carson is mentally always prepared. He was out there today, so we’ll be fine.”The Cardinals have already played one game without Palmer this season — beating the 49ers 34-22 in Santa Clara as he sat out with a concussion — but no doubt would prefer to have their starter on the field with the Seattle Seahawks coming to town Sunday night.In five games this season, the 36-year-old has completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 1,363 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Against the Jets on Monday, he completed 23-of-34 passes for 213 yards with one touchdown. “But Carson will be fine, Drew will be fine, I will be fine, we all will be fine. We’ve just got to play well as a team.”Injury updateThe biggest story in this regard was, of course, Palmer, but the entire injury report can be found here. For a second straight day, neither of receivers John Brown (hamstring) nor Jaron Brown (knee) practiced, though defensive lineman Ed Stinson (toe) returned in a limited capacity. Linebacker Gabe Martin was added to the injury report with a knee injury.Jimmy Graham is a focusWhen the Seahawks acquired tight end Jimmy Graham from the New Orleans Saints before the 2015 season, it was a move many thought would take an already excellent team to even greater heights.It did not work out that way, though, as Graham caught just 48 passes for 605 yards and two touchdowns before tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee in a Week 12 win over the Steelers.The 29-year-old has bounced back this season, with 22 receptions for 355 yards and one touchdown in five games, and over the last three weeks has been targeted nine, eight and nine times. His reemergence is a big reason for why Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher believes the Seahawks have taken to the air a bit more this season. TEMPE, Ariz. — When Carson Palmer left in the fourth quarter of Monday’s 28-3 win over the New York Jets, there was some concern.When it was announced that night that he had a hamstring strain — an injury which was later described by both he and Cardinals coach Bruce Arians as cramps due to some longer drives — people breathed easier.Palmer was held out of Wednesday’s practice, but both he and Arians downplayed it, saying it was a scheduled veteran’s day off. That’s understandable. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

first_imgSixty kilos of halloumi were seized on Tuesday at the Ayios Dometios checkpoint from a vehicle crossing over from the north.The car belonged to a Turkish Cypriot and contained three plastic containers of halloumi, each weighing 20 kilos, as well as 100 eggs.The vehicle was inspected at around midday, when the items were found.A €500 fine was paid and a further €400 for the driver to get his seized car back.According to an announcement, the confiscated items were left at the customs department. You May Likefxc news9 Reasons Why You Should Start Sleeping On Your Left Sidefxc newsUndoLawyersFavoriteTake A Look Inside The Pioneer Woman’s Gorgeous EstateLawyersFavoriteUndoinvesting.comHarold Reynolds is One of the Richest Sports Announcers on TVinvesting.comUndo State Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgThe Larnaca district court has given the interior ministry until March 22 to demolish a building near Mackenzie beach, which had been at the centre of a property dispute between the rightful owners and the user.Appearing before the court on Friday, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides, in his capacity as the guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties, explained why a 2016 court order to demolish the event venue Ktima Makenzy had not been executed.A court order was issued in January 2016, ordering the government to vacate the property and remove any buildings that have been constructed since the guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties leased the land to a private individual in 2010.Previously, the court had ruled that the land had to be handed over to its Turkish Cypriot owner, a British citizen.Petrides told the court that the property had been reclaimed on January 17 thought that did not fully comply with the order.“We are prepared to deliver the property and all necessary actions have been carried out to fully comply with the court order,” the minister told the court.The court heard Larnaca municipality had issued a demolition permit on Thursday and the ministry had called for tenders in search of a contractor who will carry out the demolition. The deadline is February 20.All necessary documents were presented to the court and the state asked for one month starting February 20, to complete the demolition.The dispute emerged after Raymond Riza, the son and heir of Fikret Ali Riza who died in the UK in June 2000, filed a lawsuit against the state and the guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties.Fikret Ali Riza owned the land in the parish of Skala and was born in Larnaca on February 2, 1926. He emigrated to London in 1951 where he lived until his death.The property was registered to his son in August 2005. Raymond was born in 1955 and has lived in London since. Like Raymond, Fikret was also a British passport holder.Raymond sued the state and the guardian, demanding some €958,000 in damages for loss of use between 1975 and 2012, as well as general damages for violating his right to property.The property in question had been requisitioned, like all properties left behind by Turkish Cypriots in the aftermath of the Turkish invasion in July 1974.In 1991, it came under the control of the guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties whose task is to protect the properties until an agreement was reached by the two sides.The state argued that the property had been taken over based on the law of necessity – passed in 1964 to ensure the smooth running of the state after the Turkish Cypriots left their posts in the government and legislature – and public interest.It also argued that the owner and his heirs could not exercise their rights, without permission from the guardian, as long as the division continued.However, the court ruled that “the case in question does not concern Turkish Cypriot property”, but a “property that was registered and occupied by a British national”.The court said the case was no different and should not be treated differently from one concerning a Greek Cypriot or other national “who found out that their property in Cyprus was requisitioned for a certain period and the Republic and the guardian assumed possession and control … because it was wrongly deemed Turkish Cypriot”.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are Sure To Impress! Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgJ&P Overseas, a subsidiary of Cyprus’s construction industry flagship Joannou & Paraskevaides Group is apparently facing financial difficulties and has left its workers in Saudi Arabia unpaid for months, according to press reports.In a leaked letter addressed to the company’s director Andreas Papathomas J&P Overseas workers based in Saudi Arabia, including several dozen Cypriots, say that as a result of the company’s failure to fulfil its obligations to its staff, around 6,700 of them have to live under miserable conditions, as they lack funds to even buy food.Workers have no access to water at the construction sites in the Arab kingdom which in turn affects sanitation, they said. Trash and sewage are also not being collected. On top of that, the company has failed so far to pay for the renewal of work permits and as a result workers risk prison.The company did not respond to requests for comment.“Everyone is away today and will be back on Wednesday,” said a woman who answered the phone at the company.In their letter, the workers said they are being forced to borrow money from their families to pay for their return air tickets and added that the company’s operations are plagued with frequent strikes and resignations. Third country embassies are also recipients of repatriation requests by J&P Overseas staffers.The workers also complained that their healthcare insurance had expired and that company creditors are visiting the construction sites threatening the staff.There have been mass resignations so far and even those who have left are not being paid their end of employment dues, workers said.The parent company, established in 1941 in the form of a partnership between Stelios Joannou and George Paraskevaides, expanded its operations abroad shortly after Cyprus gained independence from the Britain. Since then, it has become involved in a wide range projects including airports, highways, bridges, railways, energy infrastructure, dams and housing.According to the press reports, the workers blame Papathomas for mismanagement, rejecting claims that the delay in getting paid resulted from the Saudi contractor’s failure to do so, and ask for action to prevent the company from becoming insolvent.“Taking into account the dire living conditions and present circumstances, we expect you to take a more responsible and proactive attitude and face up to your responsibilities as director of the company” the letter said.“You have failed to communicate to us any realistic attempts to find solutions to the financial difficulties we are experiencing.”The workers said they received a letter dated March 17, which was the only attempt that had been made to provide an explanation but was considered ‘inadequate’ under the circumstances.In January President Nicos Anastasiades visited the company during his visit to Saudi Arabia but little was known about the problems at the time.Reports suggest the problems may lie in mismanagement from those who have inherited the company and a lack of professionalism.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more