first_imgTORONTO (AP) — LeBron James scored 35 points and Kyrie Irving 27 as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday to give James his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.Kyle Korver scored 18 points to help the Cavaliers become the first team to win eight straight playoff games the year following a title, and the first to win eight straight in consecutive postseasons.Channing Frye had 10 points, and Cleveland finished 16 for 41 from 3-point range.The Cavaliers will face the winner of the Boston-Washington series.James added nine rebounds and six assists. Irving had nine assists.Serge Ibaka scored 23 points, and DeMar DeRozan had 22 for Toronto.WIZARDS 121, CELTICS 102WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 29 points and the Washington Wizards used a 26-0 third-quarter run to beat the Boston Celtics to tie the series at two games apiece.Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacts during the second half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)John Wall added 27 points and 12 assists for Washington. Wall had seven points, three assists and two steals during the third-quarter spree that featured eight Celtics turnovers. Otto Porter scored four of his 18 points in the dominant six-minute span that also included five points from Markieff Morris.Trailing 53-48 before the run, Washington led 74-53 on Porter’s layup with 5 minutes left in the third. The Wizards led by as many as 26 and outscored the Celtics (237-191) in the two games in D.C.Isaiah Thomas had 19 points for Boston, but scored 17 in the first 15 minutes.Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.ROCKETS 125, SPURS 104HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 28 points and Eric Gordon 22 as Houston rebounded from consecutive losses to beat San Antonio and tie their series 2-2.Houston Rockets guard James Harden lies on the court after injuring himself during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Houston. Harden remained in the game. Houston won 125-104. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)The Rockets never trailed and used hot 3-point shooting to pull away in the third quarter.Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.Houston made 22 3-pointers in a blowout win in Game 1, but had struggled from long-range in its two losses. The Rockets’ 3-point shooting, a hallmark of their success in the regular season, got back on track Sunday when they made 19 of 43, led by six from Gordon.Jonathon Simmons had 17 points for the Spurs, and Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 apiece.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Watford swoop for Vozdovac striker Filip Stuparevicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford have signed Serbian striker Filip Stuparevic.The 18 year-old centre-forward hails from Vozdovac and has already signed for the Hornets.Vozdovac chief Goran Grkinic has confirmed the sale, though Stuparevic is unlikely to be seen at Vicarage Road until next season.The plan is for Watford to send Stuparevic on-loan to Serie A partners Udinese for the coming six months.Despite his youth, the young Serb has been a regular for Vozdovac this season. last_img read more


first_imgDavid Beckham has received clearance from the Football Association to become a shareholder in Salford City. The former Manchester United star and England captain will take up a role as a director of the National League club after passing the FA’s approval tests. Salford, who confirmed the news via Twitter, will present Beckham to fans at the Peninsula Stadium when they host Maidstone United on Saturday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Beckham joins ex-United team-mates from the ‘Class of ’92’ in investing in the club, including Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. The 43 year old is also actively involved in club ownership in the United States as an investor in the MLS expansion franchise Inter Miami, which is due to start playing in the 2020 season.Singaporean businessman Peter Lim remains the largest single shareholder at Salford, with 40 per cent. Speaking to Salford’s official website last week, Beckham said: “It’s a proud moment for me to join Peter Lim and the Class of ’92 lads as an owner of Salford City FC. “It’s a really special club and a special group of people. My early years in Manchester were all spent in Salford. I grew up there in many ways so to be able to finally join the lads and the club is a great feeling.”Gary Neville had also revealed his delight in an event organised last week to celebrate Beckham’s participation in the project.”We wanted to announce it on our terms,” Neville said, flanked by his other ex-United colleagues at a briefing Beckham was unable to attend.”We know there’s a process to go through and we can’t be presumptuous that he will be accepted.We are delighted to announce that The FA have approved David Beckham to become a director at the club! #WeAreSalford   pic.twitter.com/PLBcDGZl2g — Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) January 31, 2019 “David will attend a game at the earliest possible opportunity as the FA do their due diligence with the process.”We don’t know how long it will take. We’ve applied today. The FA are seeing the documentation for the first time today.”David has signed the forms but you have to enter the process to determine fit and proper ownership.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more


first_imgWhile a lot of modern audio gear is becoming smaller and more portable, that isn’t always the case.As the resurgence in vinyl sales has shown, just because an idea is from the past, that doesn’t mean people aren’t interested. That is the idea behind Wrensilva’s Standard One, which aims to resurrect the record console of old, while throwing in a pinch of modern tech in the process.This isn’t the first time Wrensilva — formerly Wren HiFi — has created this type of product. The Standard One is described by the company as a simplified version of its M1, a similar but larger product released last year. The Standard One is built with hand-selected woods, and is available in walnut or rift white oak finishes, and as they are built in-house, each model will be slightly different, making it as unique as hand-built furniture. The console even features a built-in storage compartment for your favorite vinyl records.Looking at the actual sound components, the Standard One features a fully decoupled belt-driven turntable. This is run through a pair of 8-inch Wrensilva C80M 2-way speakers, with the company claiming up to 300 watts per channel of power. That might be impressive on its own, but the Standard One can do much more.In addition to the analog tech, the Standard One features extended-range Bluetooth connectivity with aptX. This is joined by a 3.5mm audio in jack and three additional inputs to connect your favorite audio gear, whether analog or digital. If you like the look of the console, but would rather use your own high-end stereo gear, line-out jacks set before the pre-amp in the signal chain allow you to route the audio signal from the turntable anywhere you want.This is a fairly narrow product category, but Wrensilva doesn’t have the market all to itself. Earlier this year, we reported on the Luno EGB2, which serves as a combination minibar and console stereo. That model is relatively rare, and the company won’t even talk pricing unless you ask via email.At $6,900, the Wrensilva Standard One isn’t exactly an impulse purchase. It also isn’t something you can pick up at your local electronics retailer. All Wrensilva stereo consoles are built to order, with a lead time of 8 to 10 weeks, plus freight time for shipping. For more information, see the Wrensilva website.A version of this article originally appeared at our “brother site,” Digital Trends. The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Nowlast_img read more


first_imgPoor weather and road conditions put a damper on closing dayactivities at Old Fashioned Christmas in Sherbrooke Village onSunday, Dec. 7, forcing the postponement of a concert finale bysinger John Gracie. The concert has been re-scheduled for Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:30p.m. People holding tickets for the Dec. 7 event will be givenrefunds or tickets for the Dec. 19 concert. Tickets for therescheduled concert are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Seasonal music in the courthouse continues Saturday, Dec. 13, at7:30 p.m. with a return visit by the MacLean Sisters, withspecial guest RyLee Madison. Also on the Christmas schedule is aconcert on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. by Celtic harpists Ardyth& Jennifer. Tickets for each of these events are $12. While final attendance figures are not yet available it appearsoverall numbers will be on a par with last year’s record numbers.On Saturday the craft show, Victorian tea, house tours and dinnerdance all posted record attendance numbers. Final figures will bereleased within the next week. For more information on events contact George Brothers at 1-888-743-7845 or visit the Old Fashioned Christmas website athttp://museum.gov.ns.ca/sv/christmas/.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The School Service Commission (SSC) on Monday lodged a complaint at the local police station against Arijit Das, who stepped into the SSC office with a fake verification letter on Monday morning.Das, a resident of Nandigram in East Midnapore, entered into the office and told the staff members that he was carrying a verification letter that says his interview for Group D’s post would be conducted at table number 29 on August 26. The matter was immediately brought to the attention of SSC Chairman, Soumitra Sarkar, who went through the verification letter and found it fake. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe immediately called up the local police station and lodged a complaint later on the day with the cyber crime department. Das sat for the Group D exam in 2016 but failed to clear the examination. Das claimed that he was introduced to Bikram Mondal by a person in his locality in 2018. Mondal claimed himself to be an employee of the SSC office and assured Das a job at the SSC office in the Group D post. Das had paid Rs 2.5 lakh to Mondal. Das also promised to pay another Rs 1.5 after he gets the job. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDas was held by the Bidhannagar police for further interrogation. Police have started a detailed probe. “I went through the verification letter and found that it to be fake. The website mentioned on the letter is also fake. I immediately rang up the police station and lodged an official complaint. We have no such table as it was mentioned on the fake letter. It was an attempt by some people to malign the SSC office,” SSC Chairman Sarkar said.last_img read more


first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsAbout 70 people met Tuesday in Kuujjuaq to discuss the suicide crisis currently gripping Nunavik.Puvirnituq, one of Nunavik’s 14 communities, has been the hardest hit, with eleven people having taken their own lives since the beginning of 2018.Tunu Napartuk, the mayor of Kuujjuaq, opened the meeting with words that implored action.“We are talking about the same thing from ten years ago, we keep passing the buck. We need to break this wall, during today and tomorrow, how can we start breaking the wall?” said Napartuk in Inuktitut.Robert Watt, head commissioner of Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (the Nunavik school board) called this emergency meeting. Many of the Inuit who have died were high school students.“I believe we need to come out with a system, a system whereby all these organizations and all these service providers that have their own little way of trying to deal with suicide but we’re really not putting all these plans together so we have one plan, one plan that includes everybody’s input,” said Watt.The meeting took a long break at midday so participants could attend the funerals of two people who died of apparent suicide late last week.Napartuk emphasized the idea of not just preventing suicide, but promoting life by teaching the youth to be proud of being Inuit.“I am very proud to say the Inuit people were the only ones who can survive this harsh country before there was any modern electricity or vehicles, I think we have forgotten where we come from,” said Napartuk, who also lamented an excessive stoicism amongst Inuit.“We’re very good at hiding our pain. We’re very good at lying to ourselves.”If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts you can call:Canada Suicide Prevention Service | 1-833-456-4566Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line  | for Inuktitut speakers (from 7pm -midnight eastern standard time)Lucassie Iyaituq agrees. The 18 year old coordinator for the youth centre in Puvirnituq says he’s lost people close to him. He read aloud a statement he wrote for Inuit youth imploring them speak up and seek help.“You, I love you, no matter who you are, we need you, you have to help us, you have to stay with us, you are loved, please talk to anyone, social services, teachers, police officers, talk to your friends,” said Iyaituq in Inuktitut, before adding, “I’m hoping there will be action taken right away.”Wednesday the meetings will continue with a presentation by the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, who will touch on the 2016 Inuit suicide prevention strategy and what needs to be done to make it more effective.Napartuk said the importance of getting things right is nothing short of a matter of life and death.“If not, we’re going to come back here in five years and talk about the same thing again.”tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more


first_imgTaipei: Two US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, Taiwan’s defense ministry said Monday, in a move that Beijing said threatened to hinder US-China relations. The ministry said the ships made the passage on Sunday, sailing from south to north through the waterway that divides the self-governing island from mainland China. Beijing frequently objects to the movement of foreign military vessels in the strait based on its claim to Taiwan as its own territory, to be annexed by force if necessary. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportTaiwan’s defense ministry said US ships were free to sail through the Taiwan Strait as part of their “strategic Indo-Pacific tasks.” Despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties, the US is a key ally of Taiwan and provider of defensive weapons. China has been increasingly willing to protest actions by foreign militaries in areas it considers its home waters or sphere of influence. That especially applies to the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea, which China claims almost in its entirety. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday that China has expressed concern to the US about the warships. The US should handle Taiwan-related issues “prudently” in order to avoid negatively impacting its relationship with China, Geng said, adding that “the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US relations.”last_img read more


Casablanca – “Lycamobile” group, the world’s leader of low-cost international mobile calls, launched its first call center in Morocco, called “LBOS Morocco,” the group’s executives announced on Thursday in Casablanca.The Casablanca branch is part of the Group’s strategy to develop its activities in Morocco where it plans to establish a second call center.Lycatel initially endeavored since 2003 to serve expatriates, estimated at 200 million people, before starting three years later Lycamobile, which has become today a European leader of virtual operators, the group explained.It now boasts over 30 million customers in more than 17 countries where it operates a vast network of more than one million selling points, becoming the largest European pre-paid mobile virtual network operator. The Casablanca ultra-modern call center will assist Lycamobile customers worldwide and will contribute to creating and generating a considerable numbers of jobs in Morocco.Lycatel offers a wide range of products, including pre-paid telephone solutions, phone cards, mobile virtual network services and money transfer. read more


Taroudante- Moroccan dancer who goes by the name “Salah Entertainer” won the fourth season of Arabs Got Talent, an Arab reality television talent show on MBC4 on Saturday.Following an extraordinary and fierce competition during season four, the Moroccan dancer deservingly won the title of this year’s Arabs Got Talent.Salah, who is 35 years old, lives in Paris and won the France’s Got Talent reality TV competition in 2006. The Moroccan freestyle dancer stood frozen for several seconds, and then broke into uncontrollable sobs when the hosts Qusai and Raya Abirached announced he was the winner of the 2015 season.Salah was the last to perform, but his remarkable performance, which demonstrated a perfect harmony between his command over his body and funny facial expressions, made him the most deserving of the 10 finalists.Addressing Salah, the Egyptian judge Ahmed Helmy said, “You are a jewel; an artistic jewel. You do something incredibly difficult. You can easily put on a two-hour show without anyone getting bored.”“You are so adorable, so cute. You make me feel like my heart is dancing from the inside,” said Najwa Karam, the Lebanese singer.After his victory, Salah was awarded 500,000 Saudi riyals (about $133,317) and a Chrysler 300. He will also go on a trip to London to meet media executive Simon Cowell, the creator of the worldwide, multimillion-dollar Got Talent franchise.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more


Rabat- A recent report released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute lists Morocco as the second largest arms importer in Africa, with a rate of 12 percent of imports in 2013-17. Meanwhile, Algeria tops the list of arms importers in Africa with 52 percent  African arms imports.Morocco’s main arms suppliers are the US with 52 percent share of imports, followed by France with 44 percent and Italy 1.4 percent.Morocco ranks ahead of Nigeria, whose rate of imports accounted for 5.1 percent. The report notes that arms reports by African nations decreased by 22 percent between 2008-2012 and 2013-2017. States in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the report, received 32 percent of total African imports between 2013 and 2017.The top five largest sub-Saharan countries during the period were Nigeria, Sudan, Angola, Cameroon, and Ethiopia. The countries’ rate of arms imports stood at 56 percent to the subregion.The U.S., China, and Russia are the main arms suppliers to Africa. Despite the decrease of Russian arms exports to Africa between 2013 and 2017, Russia accounted for 39 percent of total imports to the region. Algeria is the biggest beneficiary of Russia’s exports to the continent with a total 78 percent of arms transfers.China’s arms exports to the continent saw an increase of 55 percent between 2008-12 and 2013-2017. Meanwhile, the U.S accounted for 11 percent of arms exports to Africa in 2013-2017.The International Peace Research Institute in Stockholm, which works on research on conflict and arms control, listed Morocco the thirtieth largest arms importer in the world. whereas it was previously ranked 24th in 2016. This represents a decline of 52 percent, according to Moroccan newspaper Al Massae.Morocco also ranked the second highest arms importer in Africa in 2016, with a rate of 15 percent. Algeria topped the list with 46 percent of imports.Since 2012, deliveries to Morocco have reached EUR 655.2 million against 212 million for Algeria. The two countries are, along with Egypt, the main purchasers of French armaments on the continent. The report also notes that Morocco was the 10th largest buyer of French armaments in the world from 2007 to 2016.The kingdom leads the list of military equipment orders. In 2016, Morocco ordered EUR 89.9 million in weaponry from France, compared to EUR 63.7 million by Algeria. Since 2012, Morocco’s orders totaled EUR 800.7 million, compared to EUR 295.5 million for its eastern neighbor and EUR 23.7 million for Tunisia. read more


UNCTAD said in a statement that FDI flows had risen continuously since 1991, marking the longest period of uninterrupted growth in 30 years. Among the three groups of economies (developed countries, developing countries and Central and Eastern Europe), the developed countries last year experienced the highest growth of FDI inflows (21 per cent), exceeding $1 trillion. The rise was again fuelled by cross-border mergers and acquisitions.Record levels were also set for inflows into developing countries and Central and Eastern Europe, which were up by about 8 per cent ($240 billion) and 9 per cent ($25 billion), respectively. However, each group’s share in world FDI inflows continued to slide downwards. For the developing world, the share was the lowest in a decade.Although the stagnation of FDI flows to developing countries in 1997-98 is over, last year’s growth in these flows was led by Asia only, particularly Hong Kong, China; flows to Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean actually declined. The general developing country slump was felt most sharply in the latter region, where flows were down 22 per cent, to $86 billion. The slowdown was concentrated in Argentina and Chile, where three important cross-border acquisitions in 1999 raised inflows to record levels that could not be sustained in 2000. Brazil, with inflows of $34 billion, was the largest recipient. The World Investment Report 2001, to be launched by UNCTAD on 18 September, will analyze these estimates further and provide details at the subnational, country, regional and international levels. The main theme of this year’s report is how FDI’s contribution to development can be enhanced through more and deeper linkages between foreign affiliates and local enterprises. read more


by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Nov 25, 2013 1:43 pm MDT NJ OKs statewide Internet gambling for 6 casinos; Golden Nugget still testing systems AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – New Jersey gambling regulators gave six casinos the green light to offer Internet gambling statewide on Monday.The state Division of Gaming Enforcement’s decision, which came after more than four days of testing the technology involved in online betting and making sure gamblers are within New Jersey, allows the state to join Nevada and Delaware as the only ones offering Internet gambling. It authorized six of the seven casinos that hold Internet gambling permits to immediately offer online gambling throughout New Jersey.“At this point in time, the casinos are trying to gear up for larger play in the state,” division director David Rebuck said in an afternoon conference call with reporters.He didn’t immediately have an estimate of how many people had logged on during the test period but said it had topped 10,000 fairly early during the test.“I don’t expect any widespread, significant problems,” he said.Technically, Rebuck’s order authorized the casinos to continue unrestricted play beyond the test period’s midnight Monday expiration. But because the casinos were already in around-the-clock play as part of the testing, his decision effectively gave them permission to do statewide gambling immediately, he said.The six casinos approved are the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; the Tropicana Casino and Resort; Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino; the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort; Bally’s Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City.The casinos immediately began offering promotional deposits to players. The Tropicana announced a $50 sign-up bonus and said it would make offers to attract people to its brick and mortar casino and its online version.That was good news to Peter Cerrato, of Edison.“I like to go to Atlantic City, but sometimes that two-hour round trip can be a little much,” he said. “I’ll see if this is something I like, but I definitely would still go to the casino as well.”The Golden Nugget Atlantic City was required to continue testing its systems before being cleared for unrestricted play. General manager Tom Pohlman said there were content issues that would have made logging on and playing an unsatisfactory experience for customers.“Playing slots randomly would freeze up and generate an error message,” he said. “That is not the experience I want for my customers. We’d rather get it right than be embarrassed by something that doesn’t work. This is not a sprint for us; it’s a marathon.”He said the glitches could be fixed well before a week has passed.New Jersey began a five-day trial period of online gambling last Thursday. The purpose was to test the technology involved in the games and determine whether the systems are ready for the entire state to log on and play.During the test period, many users were locked out by geolocation software that wrongly determined they weren’t within New Jersey’s borders. Rebuck said the geolocation problems are matters for the casinos and their technology partners to address and weren’t a widespread systemic problem that needs fixing by state regulators.The state will begin reporting the casinos’ Internet revenue starting with its monthly statistical report issued in January.___Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC read more


Ms. Sotoudeh, who was arrested in September 2010, was banned from practising law for 10 years on charges linked to her work as a human rights defender. Last October, she began a hunger strike to protest against her prison conditions as well as a travel ban imposed on her husband and 12-year-old daughter. Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters in Geneva that Ms. Sotoudeh was granted a three-day temporary leave from Tehran’s Evin Prison and joined her family yesterday. “The travel restrictions imposed on her family – the issue that caused her to go on hunger strike in the autumn – were lifted in December, so her temporary release marks a second improvement in her case,” he stated.“We hope that the temporary leave will be extended, and that Ms. Sotoudeh will soon be indefinitely released.”Last month High Commissioner Navi Pillay urged Iran to promptly release Ms. Sotoudeh and all those activists who have been arrested and detained for peacefully promoting the observance of human rights in the country, noting that the rights to freedom of expression and opinion, and peaceful assembly are fundamental human rights which must be protected and respected. read more


first_imgDavid Evans had complained about the food Credit:Wales News Service David Evans A curry house chef has been cleared of assaulting a customer by throwing chilli powder in his face after a court heard his accusers were drunk and “unreliable witnesses”.Speaking outside court, former restaurant owner Kamrul Islam praised the British justice system after he was found not guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on David Evans at his restaurant, the Prince of Bengal in Tonypandy, South Wales, on January 21 last year.On Friday at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court after a five-day trial, a jury took three hours and 45 minutes to clear the 47-year-old father.Islam, who said he was now working as a certified air conditioning engineer having closed the restaurant down, said: “I was very confident that the British system would find the right answer.”Islam said the people of the Rhondda had given him “so much” in the 20 years he ran restaurants in the area and the result meant there was now no question about him. She added: “It is clear that the consequences of the chilli going into Mr Evans’ eyes were unpleasant but just because one person ends up with an injury does not mean they are a victim.”Mr Islam told you that through his years of experience he was alert to the sense of aggression and once the backing away and giving of space to Mr Evans had not worked, that he had continued to act aggressively he felt under threat.”Ms Smith said Islam did not pick up a knife or something similar when he went back to the kitchen because “his intention wasn’t to hurt Mr Evans but to prevent violence being used against him”.  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. The Evanses told jurors Islam asked what the problem was in an aggressive way and then started swearing at them.Mr Evans claimed Mr Islam stood at the kitchen doorway, pointing and shouting, before the hot spice was thrown at him.In her closing speech to the jury, Ruth Smith, for Islam, said the couple were were “clearly unreliable witnesses” who had “tailored their account”, which was “riddled with inconsistencies” to give a false impression of their behaviour.She said there were “vast chunks of the evening that they have no recollection of” including the number of times various staff members went to their table, which was shown on CCTV.She asked the jury to consider “whether Mr and Mrs Evans were drunk in the restaurant and as a result of drink became abusive, on occasions using swear words and in the case of Mr Evans aggressive and threatening violence to Mr Islam”.The trial heard the couple ordered two bottles of wine and two Cobra beers but Mrs Evans told the jury they had not started the second bottle of wine by the time of the incident.Ms Smith said Mrs Evans had “exaggerated” the effects of the chilli powder on her husband’s eyes, claiming his vision was still not good and he had shadows, despite Mr Evans being discharged from hospital with “good vision” recorded, within a few days. He thanked friends and family who had supported him over the last 13 months. The trial heard Mr Evans went to dine in the restaurant with his wife Michelle, arriving at around 6pm and ordering food and drinks.The couple said their starters were not right but they did not complain, however they claimed the chicken in their main meals tasted of paraffin and was shiny, rubbery and tough.last_img read more


first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS been criticised over funds being held as cash, instead of being reinvested into the domestic economy.The money is part of National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF) discretionary portfolio and, as of March, came to around €2.7 billion. This represents about 35% of the overall fund, a figure that has increased substantially in recent years.At the end of 2011, the NPRF’s cash assets came to around €950 million. The cash assets being held by the State body currently earn approximately 0.04% a year.This information arose in relation to a parliamentary question asked by Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath. Criticism from Deputy McGrath centred on the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), describing progress as “extremely slow”.The fund was set up in 2011 with the purpose of reinvesting capital in the domestic economy. On the lack of investment in jobs and growth, the Cork TD said: This indicates that the Government is more interested in extracting publicity from multiple announcements of the same initiative than it is from ensuring that the plan is actually carried out.Criticism was also leveled at the the use of NPRF in relation to SME-related funds. On this McGrath said: “In some instances these investments have involved the purchase, at a discount, of existing SME loans that are close to maturity. While this may be attractive as a pure investment there is little economic benefit involved.”The Department of Finance was unavailable at time of publication.READ: Argentina burns bondholders for the second time in 13 yearsREAD: Nama is selling its first ever retail park portfolio worth a total of €110mlast_img read more


first_imgSosh inaugure un forfait uniquement réservé aux réseaux sociauxOrange, par l’intermédiaire de Sosh, espère contrer les offres de Free mobile en ciblant les jeunes via un forfait “réseaux sociaux” à moins de 10 euros. Pour ce prix par contre, le reste du web n’est pas inclus.Si les tarifs d’Orange ne bougent pas malgré l’arrivée tonitruante de Free mobile, ceux de Sosh, l’offre de l’opérateur uniquement disponible par Internet, eux sont révisés et complétés quasiment chaque mois. Aujourd’hui, l’entreprise lance une offre au prix imbattable de 9,90 euros par mois qui offre aux jeunes l’accès illimité à Facebook et Twitter.À lire aussiUne mouette tombe dans une cuve de tikka massala et en ressort orangePour ce prix, Sosh rajoute également deux heures de communication et les SMS et MMS illimités mais attention, pas de connexion internet autre que l’accès aux réseaux sociaux rappelle le site Business Mobile. Pour bloquer l’accès au reste du web, les utilisateurs de ce forfait devront passer par une application dédiée nommée “My Friends”. Un procédé en apparence avantageux pour des adolescents très gros consommateurs de ces sites mais qui trouve vite ses limites. En effet, les plateformes type Facebook ou Twitter contiennent principalement des liens renvoyant vers d’autres parties du web, comme des magazines en ligne ou vidéos, qui seront eux inaccessibles.Pour ceux qui se sentiront vite limités par une telle offre pourront se replier vers les autres produits de Sosh, un forfait à 14,90 euros qui comprend 1 Go de données (bridé en cas de dépassement) ou le plus cher à 24,90 euros, qui lui permet d’accéder à 2 Go de données et des communications illimités en France métropolitaine. Ces offres seront disponibles dès le 9 février prochain, uniquement sur le site de Sosh. Les abonnés existants seront eux automatiquement basculés vers ces nouveaux abonnements sans avoir à contacter leur opérateur.  Le 7 février 2012 à 20:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_img Barbados Prime Minister speaks to country ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian; said country is preparing for 6-12 feet storm surge Related Items:barbados, butch stewart, scandals resort international Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jul 2015 – Butch Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International is leading a media fam-trip and tour of his ‘luxury included’ properties in the Eastern Caribbean. With a flight from Provo to Barbados; Barbados to Grenada and then Grenada to St. Lucia local media and hotel professionals are invited on the trip which will showcase recently purchased and renovated escapes under the Sandals brand and some of the destinations within which they are nestled. Magnetic Media is among those tagging along… look for our photos, listen for our radio reports or catch our TV news stories – online, right here on News Break or One Caribbean Television. We’re also on Facebook, tweeting at Twitter, posting on Instagram, linking you to the latest news stories on LinkedIn and at our YouTube channel: Magnetic MediaTV and even on iTunes. Visit MagneticMediaTV.com and chose your favorite way to stay informed! Recommended for you Stinky sargassum blamed for marine disaster; dolphins, flying fish and turtles trapped Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man has been arrested after he allegedly claimed to have an explosive device in his possession at a Burger King restaurant.Forty-seven-year-old Luis Felipe Jaspe appeared before a judge on Wednesday morning to face the charge of a hoax bomb threat.The Burger King, located near Southwest 40th Street and 71st Avenue, was evacuated around 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the Bomb Squad Unit arrived to the scene, as well as members of the Florida Highway Patrol, Homeland Security and FBI.According to Miami-Dade Police officials, Jaspe entered the restaurant acting suspicious, claiming to have something in his possession.East and westbound traffic in the area of Bird Road was shut down while authorities investigated for several hours. The roadway reopened at around 4:30 p.m.Jaspe was ordered to house arrest and was granted a $7,500 bond. last_img read more