South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers has said that there would be a question mark on India’s number one ranking if they falter in the three-match series starting on December 16.”There’s been this feeling and stats show it, that their batters score bigger and they generally perform better at home, which is normal. This will be a big test for them. There’s always been the label that they struggle in South Africa,” de Villiers told The Independent. “If they don’t have success here, there’ll definitely be a question mark about their No. 1 ranking,” he said.De Villiers said he admires Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian team but hoped that the batsman does not strike form in the three-Test series starting in Centurion.”Sachin is a legend of the game and I will always look up to him and it’s great that he is here. It might be his last series in South Africa, so you’ve got to enjoy having the man around, but I’m hoping he doesn’t score too many hundreds.”The 26-year-old de Villiers has scored 4,540 runs in 63 Tests and has been a mainstay of South Africa’s batting line-up.De Villiers said the visitors would gain from having South African Gary Kirsten as coach but the hosts have quality bowlers to contain their much-vaunted batting line-up.”He (Kirsten) has got a lot of knowledge of conditions here. They’ll have all the necessary information. They are a class team and they gave us a run for our money the last time they were here. I back our seam bowlers. Dale (Steyn) and Morne (Morkel) will be big danger men. We are playing at home and we should know the conditions,” he said.advertisementDe Villiers, who had scored an unbeaten 278 against Pakistan in November, to become the highest scorer for South Africa in Tests, said “I would like to achieve a lot more. I have my goals now and I just want to go out there and win games for the team.”About his captain, the star batsman said, “I am the type of guy that needs a boost every now and then from the coaching staff and the captain. Graeme Smith’s always been there for me, backed me 100 per cent, even during the bad times,” he said.- With PTI inputs
Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe number of Saskatchewan children in foster care is alarming.Recent statistics show nearly 85 per cent of kids in foster care are Indigenous.Many in the province are asking why the number is so high and what can be done about it.
CALGARY – Negative market reaction to a slight rise in its 2018 spending plan by natural gas producer Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (TSX:VII) shows how little patience investors have for anything but conservative management in the oilpatch, analysts say.On Thursday, shares in the company plunged by as much as 10 per cent after it announced it would increase its budget by five per cent to about $1.75 billion next year compared with 2017. The stock closed at $16.58, down $1.37 or nine per cent from Wednesday.The reaction was in sharp contrast to the eight per cent rise in shares of Tourmaline Oil Corp. (TSX:TOU) on Nov. 9, the day after it announced it would chop its 2018 capital budget by 29 per cent to $1.08 billion from the previously planned $1.52 billion because of low gas prices.Both Calgary-based companies produce liquids-rich natural gas from wells near the sparsely populated northern Alberta-B.C. border.“I think the capital discipline within the sector seems to be getting some traction, the focus on capital allocation and returns rather than growth,” said National Bank Financial analyst Travis Wood.He said he was surprised at the Seven Generations selloff because its 2018 budget was very close to analyst forecasts and its production next year is expected to be only slightly reduced by ongoing outages at a third-party gas processing plant.Seven Generations CEO Marty Proctor said at the company’s investor day on Thursday it will “outspend” cash inflows in 2018 to increase production and complete construction of a new gas plant but will return to a balanced budget in 2019.“We are targeting cash flow self-sufficiency — that is, a balanced budget — in 2019,” he said. “We are targeting continued profitable growth … by around 100,000 boe/d to reach 300,000 boe/d by 2022.”The company plans to grow its output by around 15 per cent to roughly 205,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2018, with 55 to 60 per cent natural gas liquids.Tourmaline, meanwhile, cut its production target range for 2018 to a midpoint of 275,000 boe/d from the previous 290,000 boe/d, containing about 16 per cent liquids.“The company has elected to moderate growth in its natural gas business until the Western Canadian and North American supply/demand outlook is more transparent and balanced,” it said in a news release.Wood said investors were likely also attracted to Tourmaline’s introduction of a modest dividend of eight cents per quarter.“We have noted a strong theme of budgets funded by internally generated cash flows which is resonating with investors, and which differs from the previous mantra of ‘growth at all costs’,” wrote RBC analyst Michael Harvey in a report earlier this week.“However, we do expect upward revisions to most company budgets if commodity prices and access to capital improves in the medium term.”RBC said it believes Western Canadian producers will spend about seven per cent less in 2018 than in 2017 but production will increase by about 15 per cent as accelerated drilling in the fourth quarter comes on line early next year.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
The annual pace of inflation slowed in October as increases in the price of gasoline were smaller than in September, Statistics Canada reported Friday.Its consumer price index was up 1.4 per cent in October compared with a year ago, following a 1.6 per cent increase in September. Excluding gasoline, the index was up 1.3 per cent compared with a year ago – more than the 1.1-per-cent increase in September.Prices were up in seven of the eight major categories compared with a year ago with the transportation and shelter categories contributing the most.Transportation prices last month were up 3.0 per cent compared with a year ago following a 3.8 per cent increase in September as gasoline prices were up 6.5 per cent year over year in October compared with 14.1 per cent in September in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey. Shelter costs were up 1.2 per cent.Prices for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products were up 2.7 per cent from a year ago, while food costs were up 1.3 per cent as food bought in restaurants gained 2.9 per cent.Prices for clothing and footwear, the only category to move lower, fell 1.5 per cent compared with a year ago as the cost of women’s clothing fell 4.6 per cent compared with a year ago.The Bank of Canada, which uses a two per cent inflation target in setting monetary policy, raised its key interest rate target twice this year following strong economic growth to start 2017.However, economists expect growth for the second half of the year to come in at a slower pace and the central bank has suggested that while further rate hikes are likely, they will be cautious and pay close attention to the incoming economic data.Of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, which seek to look through the noise of more-volatile items, CPI-common increased to 1.6 per cent compared with 1.5 per cent in September, while CP-median slipped to 1.7 per cent from 1.8 per cent. CPI-trim held steady at 1.5 per cent.
New Delhi: The most important human development indicators health and education took a back seat under the AAP government’s four-year rule in Delhi despite “boastful” claims by the ruling dispensation, senior Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta alleged on Wednesday.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose party is running a campaign for full statehood of Delhi, should tell the people why it “failed” to work in these areas despite winning the 2015 Assembly elections with a massive majority, Gupta said in a press conference. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”During more than four years of AAP rule, Delhi has suffered a lot in the most important human development sectors of education and health. The boastful claims made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers is false propaganda,” he charged. The AAP’s reaction to allegations of Gupta, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, was not immediately available. Citing reply of the government on a question asked in Delhi Assembly, he claimed it is in possession of 82 vacant plots where schools could have been constructed easily but nothing was done. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Where are the promised 500 new schools? Why not a single brick was laid on 82 vacant plots for schools? he questioned. The government claims to have built thousands of classrooms without any survey of potential students at a cost of Rs 20 lakh per classroom. It spent Rs 1,400 crore on constructing 8,000 classrooms, he said. “New classrooms are no substitute for new schools. The primary responsibility of the government under the Right to Education is to make education available in hitherto areas uncovered by the reach of education. Children in many areas are still denied education near their homes,” Gupta claimed. He claimed further that as per a recent affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court by the government, majority of students who failed in Classes IX, X, XI and XII, were denied re-admission.
Andre Gomes was struggling at Barcelona after moving there from Valencia but he has finally found his old form during the last couple of weeks – and he insisted that he doesn’t want to leave the club at all.Manchester United have been said to be interested in the midfielder but the player himself denied that he wants to leave Catalonia and he claimed that he is just happy to be finally meeting the expectations.The Portugal international spoke about his future as he said, according to Goal:“Right now I do not think about that.”“I am enjoying myself and living the dream that all children want to live.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“The first six months were pretty good but then things changed.”“Maybe it’s not the correct word but it turned into a bit of a hell because I started to feel more pressure. With pressure, I feel fine, but with pressure on myself, I don’t. The feeling that I have during games is bad.”“There is only one Busquets.”“I work as hard as I can so that the manager knows he can count on me.”
Following the announcement of Lewis Baker’s departure for Leeds United from Chelsea, which is his fifth loan deal, one might easily wonder if he is really that precious.Which he is, indeed – at least according to Mourinho. Back in 2014, he was looking to sign Baker at Stamford, while he was still a teenager, alongside the other English hopes Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke. In the process, throughout the duration of which his decisions were doubted on more than a few occasions, Mourinho has made some bold claims.“If, in a few years, Baker, Brown and Solanke are not national team players, I should blame myself,” Mourinho said, according to the official website of Leeds.“They are part of a process the club started without me, during that period before I came back.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“But now I have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure.”“I’m not saying we’re doing it just for English football, because it is also about us.”“Chelsea is seen as a ‘graveyard’ for young talent. But at the moment, officially in the first-team squad, we have Andreas Christiansen, Nathan Ake, probably Baker, because I want to have one more English player.”Four years later, even though things have not gone exactly as predicted by Mourinho, Solanke made his English debut this year and Brown and Baker are still owned by Chelsea, despite being loaned out quite a few times.
Vfb Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has denied agreeing a summer move to join Bayern Munich.The Frenchman has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions all season-long and recent reports claimed an agreement over a transfer is already in place.However, the 22-year-old insists his future remains uncertain.“I’ve not signed anything with Bayern,” Pavard said, according to FourFourTwo.“The interest of such a club makes me happy, but I’m focused on Stuttgart today. I don’t think about next summer.”Pavard also said he wanted a Frenchman to win the Ballon d’Or award, after Luka Modric pipped Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane to the award.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I’d have liked a Frenchman to win it,” he said. “Players like Raphael Varane, who’s the only one to have won the World Cup and the Champions League in the same year, or Antoine Griezmann had a great year. They would have deserved it.”Pavard says his own stock among fans in his homeland has increased significantly since his performances in Russia.“In France, and especially Paris, I can’t take the metro. I have to put my hood up. But it’s a fame I live with well,” he added.“When I was little, I wanted to become a professional player. Now I’ve done it, I want to win trophies. I have already won the most beautiful trophy. I hope there will be others. In any case, I won’t complain about being recognised.”
After reaching an impressive 150 La Liga matches for FC Barcelona, striker Luis Suarez explained the sacrifice he had to make when he arrived.As one of FC Barcelona’s greatest strikers to play in the modern era, Luis Suarez completed his 150th La Liga match against Girona last Sunday and he shared the moment in which he decided to sacrifice his game in order to fit in a squad that had Lionel Messi and Neymar.The Uruguay international was coming from a Liverpool squad in which he was the most important offensive player, he moved all around the pitch at will and didn’t have any restrictions to play in a specific position.When he first got to Barcelona however, the manager told him that he would be the player who was going to have to do the “dirty work” with all the defenders inside the box.This was something that Luis Suarez was very familiar with due to his learning experience for Uruguay under manager Oscar Washington Tabarez, when he realized that his defensive work was going to be on point, Luis didn’t care about making a sacrifice for his teammates because he was used to it already.The effort paid off in a major way, as he won the treble with his two offensive teammates on his first season with the club.Proud to have worn the FC Barcelona shirt 150 times in La Liga. Hear me discuss how I felt when I first joined, only on @OTRO. #OurOtherClub pic.twitter.com/7wbQhHDCW8— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) January 28, 2019But the Luis Suarez story didn’t stop there, as he went on to have an outstanding La Liga performance next season with the Catalan club after scoring an impressive 40 goals that gave him the chance to win the second Golden Shoe of his career.This individual award is only given to the player who scores the highest number of league goals throughout the season, but all those goals wouldn’t have been possible to score by Luis Suarez if it wasn’t for that indomitable fighting spirit that is very usual in players who were born in Uruguay.Luis Suarez shared his learning process in a new project called “OTHER”, where he also shared a hashtag by the name of #OurOtherClub.“When I first came to Barcelona I was playing with Neymar on one side and Messi on the other…” said Suarez on an interview for Otro.“I used to ask my self where was I going to play. Well, all I had to do was my job. I had to run, I had to fight the ball against defenders, I had to search for spaces so that two of the best players in the world could also play freely.”“In that sense, I knew that I needed to adapt and be smart.”Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.3 puntos y seguimos 💪💪💪VISÇA BARÇA 🔴🔵 Grande equipo 👏👏👏3 points and we keep going 💪💪💪 Great team pic.twitter.com/BUOiiEJQ2A— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) January 27, 2019Despite having all these obstacles on his career, Luis Suarez was always able to perform at the top of his game for any club he represented and FC Barcelona was no exception.Last Sunday’s match represented Suarez’s 150th La Liga match since he arrived in Barcelona, he’s become the player with the most goals after said number of matches in the club’s history even above Lionel Messi.The Argentine didn’t reach 150 league matches until that mythical 2011-2012 season when he scored the all-time record of 50 goals in a single tournament, Messi reached those 150 matches and he scored fewer goals than Suarez until that moment.The Uruguay international has a better goal-average than Barcelona’s greatest player in history and he still hasn’t reached the end of his career with the Catalan club, this relationship between both players might be the greatest duo in football history.So far this season, Luis has already scored 15 goals, and Messi has reached 19 in the current competition.Both of them seem like they will have a groundbreaking tournament, which may most likely end with both of them winning La Liga title.🎂 ¿Todavía no has felicitado a @LuisSuarez9?🎁 Envía tu mensaje de felicitación pic.twitter.com/2VxuIVH1Tl— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) January 24, 2019How many goals will Luis Suarez score this season for FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Manchester United have reportedly agreed on the sale of Marouane Fellaini to Shandong Luneng with the midfielder having been spotted at the airport.The Belgium international has been strongly linked with a transfer to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng since Tuesday.It’s understood that Fellaini has already agreed on personal terms with Shandong Luneng, despite having only signed a new two-year contract at United last summer.Now BBC reports the Red Devils have reached an agreement with Shandong Luneng for Fellaini’s move to the Far East.The report adds that Fellaini has passed his medical and that the transfer should be finalised shortly.The 31-year-old midfielder has been at Old Trafford since the summer of 2013 after his former Everton boss David Moyes signed him for £27.5m on deadline day.Fellaini has been an ever-present figure in the United squad under Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.The Belgian has managed a total of 22 goals and 12 assists in 177 appearances for United across all competitions.He’s also won the FA Cup, EFL Cup, Europa League and Community Shield in his five and a half years at the Red Devils.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But, amid calf injury problems, Fellaini has only played for 31 minutes under interim coach Ole Gunner Solskjaer since he was appointed on December 18.And it appears United have decided to cut their losses over Fellaini and sell up while they can still get a good price.On Thursday morning, Fellaini posted an image on his Instagram story at an airport with the caption “Let’s go” to all but confirm he’s heading over to China.Reports suggest that the midfielder is set to agree on a very lucrative deal of £200,000 per week in salary.Whether a deal is announced before tonight’s transfer deadline is unknown as the Chinese Super League deadline is set until February 28, which means neither party are in a hurry to conclude the transfer.”Let’s go”Marouane Fellaini is at an airport, could he be heading for China?#MUFC pic.twitter.com/MfNPqHj83X— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) January 31, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 16, 2017 – Kingston – National Security Advisor, Major General Antony Anderson, says the protection of human rights will be guaranteed in the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO).Speaking in an ‘Issues and Answers’ interview recently, Mr. Anderson informed that human rights training for the security forces is a requirement under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.“The law requires selection of the commanders on the ground (and) there is a requirement in the law for them to receive human rights training. The joint forces have received training, and that is ongoing to prepare people to operate within the zones,” he said.Mr. Anderson assured that the philosophy undergirding the Act “is not to target communities but to target criminals holding communities to ransom”.“The idea is to go in and leave the criminals with the least opportunity to carry out what they want to do, and provide as much protection to the population there,” he said.The law gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a Zone of Special Operations in order to tackle increased crime and volatility in a community. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has assured that the special crime zones will not be used to infringe the rights of citizens. He also said that the law would not give powers equivalent to a state of emergency.Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, said custodes and justices of the peace (JPs) have a critical role to play in ensuring the protection of citizens’ rights, once an area has been designated a special crime zone.He said once a person has been detained, the police will have to convince the JPs that the person is suspected to have committed a crime. “If the JPs disagree, then the person must be released. If the JPs agree, within 24 hours that person must be taken before a parish judge,” he said.Mr. Chuck said that the JPs should also be present, especially when the security forces are conducting searches. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Republicans fail to endorse candidate for Governor at San Diego convention Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 7, 2018 Posted: May 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mail-in ballots are beginning to go out to voters today ahead of California’s June 5 primary election, but GOP voters may have a tough time choosing who to back after delegates failed to endorse a gubernatorial candidate at the California Republic Party’s state convention in San Diego over the weekend.Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox and Assemblyman Travis Allen, R- Huntington Beach, were vying for the party’s endorsement for governor, but neither earned the 60 percent of votes needed. Cox received 55.3 percent, Allen received 40.5 percent and 4.1 percent of delegates chose to endorse neither candidate.Primary voting for governor will see all candidates from all parties on the same ballot, with the top two vote-getters facing off in November, regardless of their party affiliation.California’s Democrats also failed to endorse a candidate for governor at their convention in February, but Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom holds a wide lead over all rivals in most polls. Cox and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, are polling close together in second and third, with state Treasurer John Chiang and Allen polling a little ways behind them in fourth and fifth, respectively.The danger for Republicans, according to many of the party’s delegates, is that if a Republican gubernatorial candidate is not on the November ballot, it could hinder GOP turnout for the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives and down-ballot elections at the state and local levels.“It’s absolutely necessary that we as a party are united around the top race in the state,” Los Angeles County delegate Karen Roseberry said as she unsuccessfully urged the party to reconsider the endorsement vote, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Every down-ticket race is counting on this.”A spokesman for Cox’s campaign said the wealthy businessman is now the only Republican with enough funding to challenge the Democrats, according to the Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Allen — who said he was “ecstatic” that Cox failed to claim an endorsement victory despite his wealth — said he believes he can still challenge for a top-two finish next month. He said he is sending out more than 13 million mailers this week to invigorate the state’s GOP voters.The three-day convention wrapped up Sunday at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in the Midway District, with delegates voting to endorse retired Judge Steven Bailey for attorney general, Cole Harris for lieutenant governor and Mark Meuser for secretary of state.But in another blow to the party, there were no candidates eligible for endorsement in the U.S. Senate race to challenge Dianne Feinstein. Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi who has praised Adolf Hitler and has polled second behind Feinstein in recent polls, was barred from the convention Saturday when he tried to register.State Republican leaders said there was no room for Little’s anti-Semitic views in their party. State GOP leaders have distanced themselves from Little, saying they have no records of him ever serving as a delegate and he has no relationship to the state Republican party. KUSI Newsroom,
From July 24th through July 30th, the road will be closed all day. For all other work, the road will be open during the evenings or weekends when work is not occurring.The road is expected to reopen fully to traffic on August 10th. During road closures a detour will be set up through Park Avenue. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will be closing Redoubt Avenue, between Binkley Street and Fireweed Avenue, traffic for repaving and underground utility work starting on Monday. In a message from the City, if you live within the construction area, the Contractor, Foster Construction will be contacting you about access during construction. You may also contact them at 262-1609. To contact the City call 262-9107 and ask to speak with the Public Works Department.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, September 9, 2019 at Town Hall (Room 9) at 7pm. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will consider the request of Rick Lowe, of Tremezzo Pizzeria, to obtain a Common Victualer License for 296 Shawsheen Avenue.Public Buildings Superintendent George Hooper will provide an update the recent lighting project at Palmer Park.Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello will provide an update on her department’s programs and offerings.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the high school gym floor replacement project.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share a letter from the Attorney General’s Office approving Articles 39-42 from this year’s Annual Town Meeting.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share a letter sent to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs regarding Senior Center funding.Selectmen will be invited to an upcoming Flagpole Dedication Ceremony at Silver Lake.Selectmen will consider ratifying the Town Manager’s appointments of Arianna Faro to the Commission on Disabilities and Christine Johnston to the Historical Commission.Selectmen will consider the request of the Recreation Department to conduct its 52nd Annual Horribles Parade on Sunday, October 27, 2019.Selectmen will consider the request of Wilmington Methodist Church (c/o John Arvanitis) and Boy Scouts Troop 56 (c/o John Mainini) to sell Christmas trees.Selectmen will consider the request of the Wilmington Sons of Italy and Wilmington Band Parents to reschedule their Flea Market from September 7 to October 19 in the Town Common Parking Lot.Selectmen will consider the request of Gigi Shenloogian to light the Town Common purple during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV — Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon. The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”
Zombicide: Black Plague, $89 Horrified, $45 See at Target See at Amazon Dan Ackerman/CNET • Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Dan Ackerman/CNET The Fallout 76 video game not doing it for you? Don’t feel bad, it’s not hitting the right note with a lot of people. As an alternative, may I suggest this expansive board-game version, which feels much more like a traditional Fallout game. It’s got factions, settlements, super mutants, buying and selling — and, of course, lots of deadly radiation. It’s also a bit fiddly, so set aside some serious time to learn the rules. This behemoth of a board game is expensive and occasionally hard to find (but has recently dropped from about $130 to $95 at many stores). Still, it’s worth the effort and expense to explore a rich world spiced with deep, strategic combat. Gloomhaven replaces the traditional dice-based combat with a card-based system that reduces randomness and works stunningly well. While daunting at first, the gameplay turns out to be a surprisingly simple matter of picking the right cards at the right times to beat up the big scary monsters blocking your path forward. When not fighting, you can move the surprisingly rich story forward with choose-your-own-adventure style moments that reveal the interesting depth and complexity of this well-crafted and unique fantasy world. — Andrew Gebhart Dan Ackerman/CNET We live in a golden age of video games, to be sure. New console hardware in the works, amazing advances in PC graphics hardware and esports are big business. But there’s a potentially more interesting gaming revolution going at the same time. Old-school tabletop board games have been gaining in momentum for the past couple of years, and are just this side of mainstream. They’re a natural match for PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch fans, as many take just enough of a cue from modern video games to feel familiar. Many include companion apps that run on phones, tablets or laptops, handling much of the stat-counting, card shuffling and other minutiae that can scare people off from tabletop gaming.The themes are, not surprisingly, often focused on dungeons dragons style fantasy, zombie attacks, sci-fi battles and Lovecraftian supernatural high jinks. The latest big-budget release is Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, which combines miniature figures, map tiles, and a highly polished tablet app. Here are some of my current favorites for best board games, any one of which can turn game night into an epic multi-hour adventure. Feel ambitious and want to make your own extra accessories, game pieces or card holders with a 3D printer? We’ve got that covered, too. Got your own suggestions? Let me know your picks for the best board games in the comments or on Twitter. Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 Steamforged Games See at Amazon See at Amazon reading • Put down the gamepad, these are the best tabletop board games for video gamers Dan Ackerman Dan Ackerman/CNET As a long-time Resident Evil fan, I had to snatch this up immediately. Like many big box board games, it started as a Kickstarter project, but is now available from Amazon and other retailers. Unlike arcade-y zombie games like Zombicide, the vibe here is much closer to the survival horror feel of the Resident Evil video games. If you have a 3D printer, there are a ton of accessories you can download and print, like 3D walls, doors and typewriters, to replace the cardboard tokens that come with the game. The best Star Wars game I’ve played in years isn’t a video game, it’s this challenging tabletop strategy game, where rebel heroes fight through various skirmishes with Imperial forces. There’s a fantastic companion app that not only teaches you how to play, it handles the storytelling and enemy placement, too. The miniatures are fantastic, and include a giant AT-ST, and sold-separately add-ons and expansions can add dozens of new figures. Fun fact — this is actually a remixed version of a game called Descent: Journeys in the Dark, so check that out if you want a game that plays like Imperial Assault, but with a D&D/Game of Thrones/fantasy theme. Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 See at Amazon It’s time to get the fellowship back together. This is a great game for joining up with four other players (or just as a solo player) to go tromping across Middle-earth by moving cool-looking sculpted miniatures around map tiles. There’s a free, but mandatory, app available on iOS, Android and via Steam, which tells you how to lay out the map tiles and which monsters to fight, and provides for a certain amount of randomization. Built from the ground up as an app-based board game, it really makes getting set up and learning the ropes easy. Mansions of Madness, $79 Dan Ackerman/CNET Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, $79 Dan Ackerman/CNET Fallout: The Board Game, $50 Star Wars: Imperial Assault, $79 Fantasy Flight Games See at Amazon Read: Fallout 76: The wasteland is more fun with friends Share your voice See at eBay Resident Evil 2, $75 Comments Deep Madness, $130 and up Arkham Horror: The Card Game, $31 You’ll have to hit eBay or a resale shop to find this giant game. So far it’s sold through two printings on Kickstarter, but there are no plans for a retail release. Trapped in an underwater research station, one to six players avoid flooded rooms and, you guessed it, Lovecraftian monsters. Derivative, but great atmosphere and art direction. Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets See at Amazon There are a ton of different versions of this series of popular board games. Whether set in a prison, hospital or ruined city, they all have the same basic theme — an ever-growing bunch of zombies chase your crew around a map as you race for the exit. This version is the universal favorite, taking the action back to medieval times. There’s a handy iOS/Android app that can handle all the card-shuffling and inventory, leaving you free to focus on strategic thinking and filling the game board with plastic zombies. If you want more of a Walking Dead vibe, there are also several very good Zombicide games set in modern times, such as Prison Outbreak or Rue Morgue. There’s also a brand new iOS/Android standalone Zombicide game, which is great for subway rides where setting up a giant game board would be frowned upon. Get those “gonna need a bigger boat” jokes out of your system now. This clever new two-part strategy game is asymmetrical, which means one player is the overpowered super-shark, and the other players are hapless humans, who need to combine their skills and resources with the goal to survive and win. The best feature is the game board, which flips from the the beaches of Amity Island in the first half, to Quint’s boat in the second half, which slowly gets eaten by the shark. See at Amazon I’ve been playing an early version of this Universal-Monsters-inspired game, which hits stores at the beginning of August, and it’s a fun mix of nostalgia and modern game design, pitting players against all the classic Universal movie monsters of the 1940s and ’50s, from the Wolf Man to Dracula. Just don’t accidentally call Frankenstein’s Monster “Frankenstein,” or I’ll subtweet you. Another giant-box-game. This is one of my favorites because it includes tons of floor tiles with which to create a haunted mansion, plus dozens of plastic miniatures for investigators and monsters. The vibe is definitely classic old-school Lovecraft, and this board game actually requires you to use its companion app, which creates the layout, spawns monsters and even adds sound effects. See at Amazon Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Jaws, $29 See All See at Amazon Dan Ackerman/CNET A stripped-down version of the Lovecraftian game subgenre. This is strictly a card-based game, so no map tiles or plastic game pieces. Even so, it has amazing narrative storytelling and laying out location cards on the table to give each player a clear picture of what’s going on and where. If you like this, it’s a “living card game,” which means new packs of cards are released on a regular basis. 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Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.TwitterBeating Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerges as the ‘World’s Most Powerful Person 2019’ in the reader’s poll conducted by UK-based British Herald magazine.While PM Modi won with 30.9 percent votes, he was followed by Vladimir Putin (29.9 percent), Donald Trump (21.9 percent), and Xi Jinping with 18.1 percent votes.The website described him as a key figure in the Asian region who has played an active role in implementing his “act east policies”. It also complimented the global recognition PM Modi received regarding efforts towards climate change as it affects millions of rural Indians.Apart from welfare initiatives like Ayushman Bharat (National Health Protection Scheme), Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna, Swatch Bharat (Clean India), his aggressive stances regarding national security as demonstrated during the Balakot airstrikes, were cited as elements that guaranteed him support in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, criticism such as the high unemployment rate, rising Non-Performing Assets (NPAs), high inflation rates as well as rates of fuel despite promises made in 2014 was also cited as ‘backlash’. Other major policies such as the demonetisation, revamping of goods and services tax (GST) were also stated as a major threat to the Indian economy.Despite the criticism, the website stated that it was because “the people of India have accepted his style of governance and politics” that the Modi achieved a landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. PM Narendra Modi on the British Herald magazine’s July 2019 cover.British Herald websiteNarendra Modi will be featured on the front cover page of the British Herald magazine which will be released on July 2019. The magazine had featured New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in its May-June issue and Russian President Vladimir Putin in its March-April issue.But what is the British Herald?A recent investigation by Alt News revealed that while its official wesite, www.britishherald.com mention ‘via Reuters’ under its logo banner, it is owned by an Indian, Ansif Ashraf.Although the company is registered in the UK, Alt News reported that Ashraf is an Indian businessman from Kerala who is the editor-in-chief of the Cochin Herald and owner of British Herald with 85 percent shares. Ansif Ashraf’s Wikipedia page describes him as an Indian businessman from Kerala who is the editor-in-chief of the Cochin Herald and owns British Herald.
-Corruptions have been alleged in over 1,000 government projects worth Tk 263.5 million in Magura.Among the projects under Test Relief (TR), and Taka for Work (TW) for the rural infrastructure maintenance and renovation programme, over 100 projects do not even exist. Some 35 have been listed twice and hardly any work has been done on most of the others, according to a Prothom Alo investigation.The month-long investigation was conducted on some 35 development projects in the district.According to the Magura district relief and rehabilitation office, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief allocated Tk 263.5 million for 1,132 projects in the 2016-2017 fiscal. As per the rules, the projects were supposed to be completed by 30 June this year.Of the allocated funds, Tk 72 million was drawn for 969 projects under TR (special) and Tk 195 million for 163 projects under TW (special).Deputy commissioner Mohammad Atiqur Rahman told Prothom Alo they are looking into the allegations of irregularities in these projects.Visiting Project SitesSome 30 tonnes of rice were allocated for reconstructing a road in Bishnupur village. But, local union parishad (UP) member Zahidul Islam said, “As far I know, no work of road construction has been done here in past one to two years.”Tk 12,98,397 and 35 tonnes of rice were allocated for constructing a Thoipara road in Dhaneshwargati UP. District Awami League leader Sarwar Mallick and also resident of the UP said that there exists no road by this name in the area. The funds of the project might have been embezzled, he added.As many as 200 tonnes of rice were allocated for six projects of dredging canals and ponds in Sreepur upazila. But, no such work was done.Likewise, 120 tonnes of rice were allocated in three projects for dredging another canal in Shalikha’s Dhaneshwar UP. But, local Narayan Chandra Shikder said, “I cannot remember any canal dredging work here in five to seven years.”UP member Ashraful Islam and also president of the three projects said, “The canal was not dredged. Despite being the project head, I know nothing about the projects.”District relief and rehabilitation officer Mohammad Zakaria said, “The project implementation officials submit reports of completing the project by the month of June and draw money.”“The DC directed Upazila Nirbahi Officers last August to investigate irregularities on the projects and they found proof of irregularities,” he added.According to the district relief and rehabilitation office, the ministry allocated the funds following demand order (DO) of three members of parliament – Biren Sikder, ATM Abdul Wahab, and Kamrul Laila.MP ATM Abdul Wahab of Magura-1 constituency said, “I distributed the projects to local AL leaders. The UNOs and PIOs are supposed to take care of the projects whether they are done or not. If this does not happen, it’s their [UNOs and PIOs] responsibility.”MP Biren Sikder of Magura-2 constituency, also state minister for youth and sports said that he did not issue any DO under TR and TW projects.“I don’t even know there were these allocations,” he said.MP Kamrul Laila of reserved women seats in parliament said, “I had a meagre allocation. My DOs were for renovation of mosques and temples. I submitted the list of allocations to the DC.”The inquiry report submitted by the UNOs to the DC office states that most of the projects have been completed and a few are ongoing.The UNO of Mohammedpur told Prothom Alo, “My investigations reveal that there has been no work on any of the projects here and I submitted report to the deputy commissioner about this. The allocations for the projects will have to be returned. No money will be given to anyone if work isn’t done.”Sadar upazila UNO Ashafur Rahman said, “Most of the projects don’t even exist. And no work has been done on the projects that are in place. So the allocations haven’t been released.”Other UNOs came up with similar accounts of non-existent and non-implemented projects.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain
India and Myanmar army hold first ever joint drill from Monday. Photo: Defence Ministry of IndiaThe first ever joint military drill of India and Myanmar started at the Joint Training Node in Umroi of Meghalaya on Monday.Fifteen officers from the Myanmar army and 16 from the Indian army are taking part in the five-day drill.India’s defence spokesperson lieutenant colonel Suneet Newton told newsmen that the aim of this joint exercise was to exchange expertise and tactics of the armed forces as well as strengthening the friendship between the two forces.Tactics and use of superior technology to fight militancy will be emphasised in the drill, which will help army officials of both the countries, the spokesperson claimed.The joint exercise has reportedly been organised to train the Myanmar army officials for participation in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations under the UN flag.Indian army organised the joint drill with its Myanmarese counterpart at a time when the latter drew huge global flak for persecuting country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.About 700,000 Rohingyas fled the persecution in the northern Rakhine state, which the United Nations calls a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, since 25 August this year and took refuge in Bangladesh.
“For key markets like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, India has freight advantage over Thailand. This will help even in 2018,” the Mumbai-based dealer said. riceIndia’s rice exports likely jumped 22 percent in 2017 to a record 12.3 million tonnes as neighbouring Bangladesh ramped up purchases after flooding hit its crops, industry officials told Reuters.The boost in shipments from the world’s top exporter of the grain is set to extend into 2018 as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka continue to buy aggressively amid depleting inventories in No.2 exporter Thailand, the officials said.“Bangladesh was actively buying throughout 2017. It offset the impact of slightly weaker demand from African countries,” said M. Adishankar, executive director at Sri Lalitha, a leading rice exporter located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Bangladesh’s purchases likely lifted India’s non-basmati rice exports by 38 percent in 2017 to 8.4 million tonnes and total exports to 12.3 million tonnes, the officials and exporters said. That would surpass 2014’s record of 11.5 million tonnes.They based the 2017 export figures on their estimates for December shipments plus previously issued government data for January to November. Government numbers for December are expected to be released around the start of next month.India exports non-basmati rice mainly to African and Asian countries and premium basmati rice to the Middle East, the United States and Britain.Traditionally the world’s fourth-biggest rice producer, Bangladesh emerged as a major importer of the grain in 2017 after floods damaged crops and pushed domestic prices to record highs.Bangladesh sourced more than 80 percent of its 2017 imports of 2.4 million tonnes from India, said Badrul Hasan, head of Bangladesh’s state grains buyer.The South Asian nation’s overseas rice purchases are likely to remain robust until supply rises after its summer crop, also known as Boro, in May, Hasan said.Boro contributes more than half Bangladesh’s typical annual rice output of around 35 million tonnes.Last year Bangladesh reduced import taxes on rice to boost private buying. It also bought rice from India in state-to-state deals to quickly raise supplies and try to rein in prices.But rice prices stayed high in Bangladesh despite the largest imports in nearly two decades, which will encourage farmers to expand the amount of land used to cultivate the staple crop, Hasan said.NON-BASMATIIndia’s rice exports in 2018 depend largely on non-basmati shipments as basmati exports are likely to remain more-or-less steady at around 4 million tonnes, said Vijay Setia, president of the All India Rice Exporters’ Association.“Non-basmati exports depend on stock positions in importing countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka,” Setia said.African nations stepped up buying from Thailand last year, but that could ease in 2018 as state stockpiles are depleted in the Southeast Asian country, potentially boosting appetite for Indian supply, said a Mumbai-based dealer with a global trading firm.
BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday demanded the government withdraw over 50,000 cases filed against its leaders and activists across the country to create a level-playing field before the 11th parliamentary elections.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the demand at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan headquarters.He said around 50,074 cases have been filed against 1,191,449 BNP activists since 22 January from 2007.He claimed some 3,947 BNP activists are currently behind bars.Besides, the BNP leader said, their 733 leaders and activists were killed across the country during the period.Fakhrul alleged that the government has intensified its efforts to arrest BNP men, implicate them in ‘false’ cases and kill them in crossfire in the New Year ahead of the next general election.He said at least 528 cases were filed against 24,707 BNP leaders and activists while 1519 were arrested alone in the last one month.Under the circumstances, the BNP leader said, it won’t be possible to create a level-playing field for the election.”Equal opportunity must be created for all to hold the polls. All the false cases filed against us must be withdrawn and the continued repressive acts like crossfire, killing, enforced disappearances and wholesale arrest will have to be stopped.”Fakhrul alleged that the government is trying to eliminate its opponents using the state machinery in a planned way to hang onto power.He called upon all to wake up for the ‘restoration’ of democracy and force the government to hold the next polls in a free, fair and credible manner under a neutral administration.The BNP leader alleged that the law enforcers are indulging in ‘arrest business’ by filing cases against unidentified people.