Gang of 8 ‘seasonal’ chain snatchers held

first_imgThe Mumbai Police Crime Branch has arrested a gang of eight who specifically came down to Mumbai from other cities to make a quick buck by taking advantage of the massive crowds during Ganeshotsav. The accused were intercepted in Shivaji Nagar on Friday after the Unit VI of Crime Branch received a tip off on their movements.“We laid a trap at Lotus Junction in Shivaji Nagar and saw the accused approaching in an SUV. We tried to stop the vehicle, but they tried to speed away instead. Our team gave a chase and managed to overtake their SUV after a 10-minute chase,” a Crime Branch officer said. The vehicle was surrounded and all the occupants were taken to the Unit VI office for further questioning. “We also found two broken gold chains in their SUV and the accused confessed to have snatched them from women visiting pandals in Lalbaug on Thursday. We contacted the Kalachowkie police, under whose jurisdiction the area falls, and they confirmed that they had received two complaints of chain snatching from Lalbaug area on Thursday,” the officer said. The accused, residents of Ahmednagar and Beed districts, have reportedly confessed that they came to the city with the express intent of snatching chains and picking pockets during the festival, as the dense crowds would work to their advantage. The modus operandi, according to the officer, suggests they are habitual offenders. “The fact that they chose a location well away from their residences also indicates expertise and experience. We are checking if they have a past record, either in Mumbai or in their native districts,” the officer said.last_img read more

Serie A: Alexis Sanchez Goes from Hero to Villain as Inter Milan Beat Sampdoria

first_imgMilan: Alexis Sanchez scored and was sent off in his first start for Inter Milan as the Serie A leaders maintained their perfect record with a 3-1 win at Sampdoria on Saturday.Stefano Sensi’s deflected strike put Inter in front after 20 minutes before on-loan Manchester United forward Sanchez finished from close range to double the lead two minutes later. The match turned on its head a minute into the second half when Sanchez was shown a second yellow card for simulation and Jakub Jankto pulled back a goal for Sampdoria with 35 minutes still to play.But Roberto Gagliardini pounced to seal the three points for Inter, who have won their first six league games of a season for the first time since 1966-67 and only the second time in their history.”Fortunately, the way it finished, I can look at the glass half full,” Inter coach Antonio Conte told Sky Italia.”I’d prefer a more relaxed match on an emotional level, as we absolutely dominated the first half and were in complete control.”Finding ourselves in that situation and emerging with a victory fortifies us. It helps us realise we can consolidate success and continue playing our football even when down to 10 men.”The victory restored Inter’s two-point lead over Juventus at the top of the table ahead of a meeting between the sides at San Siro next Sunday, while Sampdoria are rooted to the bottom of the table after taking three points from the opening six rounds.Inter boss Conte made several changes to his side ahead of Barcelona’s visit in the Champions League on Wednesday, resting Romelu Lukaku, Diego Godin and Nicolo Barella and giving Sanchez his full debut.In a meeting of the top and bottom sides in the league, Inter got off to a fast start as Sensi’s shot from distance took a big deflection off Sanchez on the way in and the goal was awarded to the midfielder despite the Chilean celebrating it as his own.Sanchez needed only two more minutes to open his account for the club as he latched on to a mis-hit Sensi effort to slot home from close range.However, things took an ugly turn for the 30-year-old when he was shown a second yellow card for diving inside the box a minute into the second half, meaning he will be suspended for the clash with Juventus.The incident spurred the home side into life and they were given hope when Jankto span in the box and fired a low shot into the bottom corner after 55 minutes.However, their rally was short-lived as Gagliardini pounced on an Emil Audero parry to bundle in a shot from close range and condemn Eusebio Di Francesco to his fifth defeat in six games as Sampdoria coach.Atalanta strengthened their grip on third place with a resounding 4-1 win at Sassuolo.Gian Piero Gasperini’s side put the result beyond doubt before halftime thanks to two goals from Alejandro Gomez and strikes from Robin Gosens and Duvan Zapata, while Gregoire Defrel netted a consolation for the visitors after the break.Atalanta occupy third place on 13 points but Napoli, Cagliari and Torino are behind them on nine points and can reduce the gap in Sunday’s fixtures. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexis sanchezAntonio ConteAtalantaCagliari First Published: September 29, 2019, 8:25 AM ISTlast_img read more

Boxing: Jaime Munguia vs Liam Smith set for July 21 in Las Vegas

first_imgAdvertisementFormer Junior Middleweight Champion Liam Smith is all set to fight the Newly crowned Junior Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas on July 21st on HBO.Liam Smith was scheduled to fight Sadam Ali on May 12 in New York but had to pull out of that bout because of sudden Allergic reaction which resulted in then WBO champ Sadam Ali fighting Munguia, who was up on short notice which resulted in n total annihilation of Ali.“It’s a big fight for him, a tough fight, but it’s a fight that he needs,” Smith’s promoter Warren said recently.Munguia is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions, the company behind the co-promoted rematch between Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.“Obviously their minds have been on the Canelo-Golovkin fight,” he added.“That’s been the problem with getting the date and getting the fight finalized.”The fight will air on BT Sport in UK.Advertisementlast_img read more

Polished Paul Pogba leads Manchester United’s rout of Leicester

first_imgJose Mourinho’s reshaped Manchester United destroyed Premier League champions Leicester City 4-1 with a performance that thrilled Old Trafford on Saturday and justified his decision to leave out Wayne Rooney.The shake-up seemed to liberate Paul Pogba who led the way with a polished display, heading his first goal for the club on 42 minutes and starting the clever move that led to Juan Mata firing home United’s second after 37 minutes. (Record-signing Paul Pogba on target as Manchester United thrash Leicester 4-1)Mata, who replaced Rooney, also played a major part in United’s third, firing across goal for Marcus Rashford to convert from close range. Chris Smalling, who succeeded Rooney as captain, had begun the rout with a header after 22 minutes.Three of the goals came via Daley Blind corners from the left as Leicester headed for their third league defeat, as many as they suffered in the whole of last season.Claudio Ranieri responded by replacing Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez at halftime with substitute Demarai Gray looping a 20-yard shot over David de Gea for a 59th-minute consolation.Rooney, England’s record goal-scorer, came on as a late substitute.”Of course, he is as happy as I am,” Mourinho told reporters.”His team won. He is a big player for me, for United and for this country. I trust him completely.”Mourinho, who also left out Marouane Fellaini, was delighted with the showing on the back on two successive league defeats.”It was a very good performance and a good result. Obviously in the second half no one was expecting us to score four more goals. It was more about control.advertisement”We had intensity, movement, good dynamic.”Ranieri said his team paid the price for not concentrating properly.”I made the changes at halftime because the game had gone and I preferred to keep them for the next game,” he said.The win moved United into third place with 12 points from six games ahead of Saturday’s other games. Leicester drop to 12th with seven points.last_img read more

Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble matter should have been handled a lot better: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said the controversy involving ex-national team coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli could have been handled a lot better by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Talking to reporters here, Ganguly who is part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the BCCI responsible for selecting the coach, said: “The matter should have been handled a lot better, Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli. It should have been handled a lot better by whoever is in charge. It wasn’t handled properly.”WATCH VIDEOAsked about the news that Ravi Shastri has applied for the coach’s job after the BCCI extended the deadline for applications to July 9, Ganguly said: “Everybody has got the right to apply.”Ganguly was on Tuesday named in the seven-member Special Committee formed by the BCCI to identify the critical points in implementation of the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee reforms.”The committee will face the music from Committee of Administrators,” a laughing Ganguly said.”I don’t know what is the exact role. Will have to find out.”Asked about the Lodha Committee recommendations like ‘one-state, one-vote’, age cap of 70 years for office-bearers, increasing the number of members in the selection panel to five from the current three, and several others, Ganguly said: “There are lots more. There will be a meeting on the 1st (of July). There everything will be decided.”The Special Committee is expected to begin work in the next two days and is likely to submit its first report within a fortnight.advertisementMeanwhile, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will have an emergent meeting on July 1 to discuss the way forward with the Lodha Committee reforms.”We did not have SGM last year. Till the reforms are done it won’t happen. We have informed the members of the meeting to discuss what’s the way forward,” Ganguly added.last_img read more

Manchester City seal £60m deal for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez

first_img Facebook Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juventus in €100m deal from Real Madrid Topics Pep Guardiola Share on LinkedIn Mahrez, who was a key player in Leicester’s 2016 title-winning side, told Manchester City’s website: “I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola. Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding. They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it.“I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”The City director of football, Txiki Begiristain, said: “Riyad is a hugely talented player. He beats defenders and creates space. Over the past few years, he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting players.”Guardiola will now hope to sign Jorginho from Napoli, though it is thought Chelsea are also interested. Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share via Email Read more Twitter Share on Twittercenter_img Manchester City’s new signing Riyad Mahrez is greeted by manager Pep Guardiola on his first day. Photograph: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images news Manchester City Leicester City • This article was amended on 13 September 2018. The fee for Riyad Mahrez was £60m and could not have risen to £75m with add-ons as an earlier version said. Share on Messenger Manchester City have signed Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, the 27-year-old winger costing a club record of £60m.Mahrez, who has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No 26 shirt, is Pep Guardiola’s first signing of the summer, with the manager having targeted a wide forward and defensive midfielder in this transfer window. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

India very confident of doing well in the World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgIndia very confident of doing well in the World Cup: Shikhar DhawanIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan said the top three, including himself, fellow opener Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli, back themselves to get the job done at the top of the order.advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiApril 30, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 17:54 IST Shikhar Dhawan said India is confident of doing well at the 2019 World Cup (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan played down India’s perceived over-reliance on the top orderWe back ourselves and are confident at the same time: Shikhar DhawanIndia begin their World Cup 2019 campaign on June 5 in SouthamptonFlamboyant opener Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday said that the top three of Indian batting line-up, including himself, do not feel the added pressure going into the World Cup despite high expectations.He said the famed top-3 know how to go about their job in the World Cup starting on May 30.”I understand that everyone’s emotions are high, but high emotions are not going to win you matches. The confidence and calmness will. It is alright even if it is the World Cup. We are not going to over think it. We back ourselves and we are confident and calm at the same time,” Dhawan said when asked if there was pressure on Kohli, Rohit and himself to do the maximum run-scoring in the World Cup.”We have been doing well for five years now, so nothing is going to change. We have scored so many centuries, broken so many records, so we know how to do it,” said Dhawan ahead of his side Delhi Capitals’ IPL match against Chennai Super Kings here on Wednesday.It’s not just about the 3 of us: DhawanHe said India also have other top-class performers down the order to step up in case the top-order fails.”It is not just the three of us, the other boys have chipped in as well. There have been times when the three of us did not do well but Kedar (Jadhav), Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) did the job. Hardik (Pandya) has been amazing and K L Rahul is there as well,” said Dhawan.advertisement”Vijay Shankar has come in, he’s a talented boy. So we have a great squad and we are very confident that we’re going to do great in the World Cup,” he said.Shreyas Iyer has been a great leader: DhawanThe left-handed batsman also said he was happy with the way he was playing in the ongoing IPL.Having qualified for the playoffs, Delhi are aiming for a top-2 spot.”We just have to play the same way because that is what has given us the success. Knockout is just a tag, obviously, if we win tomorrow’s game we directly go to the semi-finals, but nothing changes. We’re going to play the same way and back ourselves,” he said.He lauded Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy and said the Mumbai batsman was learning a lot from the high-pressure tournament.”He’s been a great leader, he’s learning a lot from this high pressure tournament. The way he has handled himself on the field is tremendous as a youngster. At the same time his strategic moves have been great as well.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow IPL 2019Follow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit Sharmalast_img read more

OCR Opens Offices in Manchester and St. Ann

first_imgThe Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) opened offices in Manchester and St. Ann this month, as the agency continues to facilitate more persons outside the Corporate Area, who need to make reports of child abuse or neglect.The offices have been set up at Child Development Agency (CDA) locations in the two parishes.The Manchester office, situated at 19 Caledonia Mall, Mandeville, commenced operations on May 6, and the St. Ann facility, located at Lee Sin Tyre Centre, Shop 15-16 Windsor Road, St. Ann’s Bay, was opened on May 13.The expansion of OCR’s services is as a result of a pilot project conducted in partnership with the CDA in 2011 and 2012, which saw OCR officers being placed at CDA offices in the parishes of St. James, St. Catherine and Manchester.Registrar of the OCR, Greig Smith, told JIS News that the pilot found that there was a high demand for the OCR’s services.As a result, he said, a decision was taken to open offices at select CDA locations across the island to receive and assess reports of child abuse from persons within those parishes.“We are pleased for this initiative as we believe that as we celebrate Child Month (in May) under the theme: ‘Children’s Care and Protection…A Fi Wi Mission,’ that the OCR must show our position in regards to the care and protection of children,” Mr. Smith said, noting that the aim is to have a facility in very parish.The Mandeville office will serve residents in Manchester, St. Elizabeth and Clarendon, while the office in St. Ann’s Bay will serve St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland.Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to4:00 p.m. on Friday. The public can also make calls to the Registry’s central location via the toll free number 1-888-PROTECT (776-8328) or 908-3132.Mr. Smith further disclosed plans to open offices in St. James and St. Thomas “hopefully, before the end of the financial year or close to next year this time.”He informed that the ORC is receiving a “high volume of reports” from St. James, and noted that while the volume of reports from St. Thomas is low, “it was important to educate residents about child abuse and how they can protect children by making reports of known or suspected child abuse to the OCR.”Mr. Smith is encouraging Jamaicans to care and protect the nation’s children.“Let’s not leave our children alone. Let us provide proper supervision for children. Let us provide medical care for them and let us send them to school everyday. Let’s not neglect them. Let’s not abuse them but care and protect our children,” he stated.Contact: E. Hartman Reckordlast_img read more

Spotted: Upgraded Explorer Ups the Ante

first_imgImage Courtesy: Excelerate EnergyThe Explorer, a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), has completed an upgrade which has boosted the vessel’s sendout performance enabling it to reach a sendout capacity of 1.0 Bcf/d, what is ‘an unprecedented milestone for an FSRU’, as its owner Excelerate Energy claims. The photo shows Explorer arriving at Jebel Ali LNG terminal in Dubai, where it is serving under a long-term charter with Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP).DUSUP entered the agreement in 2014 to meet the increasing demand for natural gas in the emirate. Under the charter agreement, USA-headquartered Excelerate Energy upgraded and customized the Explorer according to DUSUP’s supply requirements. The Explorer entered dry-dock for its efficiency upgrades in October 2015 with the modifications being completed in December 2015.Explorer has been enhanced with the features such as high-pressure vaporizers and pumps aimed to increase regasification sendout capacity from 690 MMcf/d to 1 Bcf/d,  dual-fuel diesel generator power module and an LNG bunker port which has been installed on the FSRU. The bunker port enables small-scale LNG offtakers to bunker LNG directly from the Explorer.” (…) significant is that even though the Explorer was commissioned in 2008, with upgrades, she has achieved the highest sendout rate of any FSRU in the world,” Rob Bryngelson, president and CEO of Excelerate, points out.FSRUs serve as a central hub for LNG storage, having the onboard capability to vaporize LNG and deliver natural gas through specially designed offshore and near-shore receiving facilities.To find out more about the upgrade project, check out the video below:Video Courtesy: Exceleratelast_img read more

Avengers dominate MTV Movie TV Awards 2019

first_imgLos Angeles: ‘Avengers’ ruled the MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019 as Marvel’s latest offering “Endgame” was named the Best Movie with Robert Downey Jr winning the title of Best Hero as IronMan at the ceremony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Brolin’s reprisal as supervillain Thanos won him the Best Villain award. In a video message, Downey Jr said winning the award was “kinda unexpected”. “That said it’s been an absolute joy, honour and privilege, etc to play Tony Stark all these years. So I want to say thank you Marvel, Disney, MTV and mostly thank y’all. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Maybe it’s true that you love me 3,000 but I just checked. What are the new numbers? And oh, I love you 3,427,” he said. Brie Larson took home the golden popcorn for the Best Fight sequence between her “Captain Marvel” and Minn-Erva (played by Gemma Chan) in MCU’s first female stand-alone. She walked on stage arm-in-arm with her stunt doubles for the film, Jonna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker. “They’re the living embodiment of Captain Marvel,” Larson told the audience. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Despite receiving mixed reviews from both fans and critics for its season finale, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was adjudged the Best Show. Dwayne Johnson was honoured with the Generation Award, while Jada Pinkett Smith accepted the Trailblazer Award. Johnson entered the stage dancing to Queen anthem “We Will Rock You” to receive the award. He said throughout his career he was asked to conform to norms but he decided to maintain his identity. The half-black and half-Samoan actor told the audience he is a “walking example” of staying true to oneself and acting as a bridge between cultures. “I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood. Hollywood was going to conform to me,” Johnson said in his speech. It was Pinkett Smith’s “Girls Trip” co-star Tiffany Haddish who presented the actor, philanthropist and “Red Table Talk” host with the Trailblazer Award. Accompanied by her son actor-singer Jaden Smith, she said she was unsure if she deserved the trailblazing award “quite yet”. “Often we applaud the trails people blaze in the external world that we can see, but very rarely do we applaud the trails that are blazed in the hidden rooms of the mind that are full of uncertainty, false beliefs and pain. “It’s these internal obstacles that must be challenged in order to muster the courage to forge new paths that we can see in the world,” she said. Lady Gaga, who made her feature film debut with “A Star is Born”, won Best Performance in a Movie award. The film’s song “Shallow”, which Gaga sang with director-co-star Bradley Cooper for the movie, won the Best Musical Moment. For her role in the critically-acclaimed dystopian drama “The Handsmaid’s Tale”, Elisabeth Moss won Best Performance in a Show. Moss gave a shout-out to fellow nominees — Emilia Clarke, Gina Rodriguez and Kiernan Shipka — the “bada** women” ruling the small screen today. “To all my ladies out there, keep up the fight. I stand right alongside you,” she added. Sandra Bullock accepted the Most Frightened Performance award for her performance in Netflix’s acclaimed thriller “Bird Box” in a heartfelt and humorous message to her children. “Even though you can’t see it until you’re 21 because apparently a movie about being a mommy is a horror film, you will know when you see it that there isn’t anything I would do for you,” Bullock said. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo shared the Best Kiss award on behalf of their on-screen characters – Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean. Centineo took home award for Breakthrough Performance in the Netflix teenage rom-com. Daniel Levy from “Schitt’s Creek” won the Best Comedic Performance. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was named Best Real-Life Hero for “RBG’, a documentary on her life. “Surviving R Kelly”, a six-part Lifetime documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against American singer Robert “R” Kelly, was named Best Documentary. Several of the survivors interviewed in the docuseries came onto the stage as Brie Miranda Bryant, senior vp unscripted development and programming for Lifetime, accepted the award. “This team believes in the power of numbers. Fifty-four individuals sat to tell this story. Survivors walked through the fire and stood again to tell the story,” Bryant said. At the show, Melissa McCarthy, Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Bautista, David Spade and Kumail Nanjiani served as presenters. The stage was set on fire with performances by rapper Lizzo, DJ-producer Martin Garrix, Macklemore, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy Singer, songwriter and producer Bazzi performed his hit song “Paradise.” “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi hosted the ceremony.last_img read more

NR announces triweekly special train from Jaipur to Delhi Cantt

first_imgNew Delhi: Northern Railways has announced a tri-weekly special train from Jaipur to Delhi Cantonment. Railways will run 09731/09732 Jaipur-Delhi Cantt.-Jaipur three days a week special train to clear the rush of extra passengers and convenient transit. The train will depart Jaipur on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from July 18 to August 30 at 7:45 am to reach Delhi Cantonment at 01:20 pm on the same day. In the return direction, the train will leave Delhi Cantonment on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 3:20 pm to reach Jaipur at 9:20 pm on the same day. The special train will stop at Gandhinagar Jaipur, Gator Jagatpura, Dausa, Bandikui, Alwar, Rewari & Gurgaon stations en route in both the directions.last_img read more

Angry mob ransacks tantriks house sets vehicle on fire

first_imgKolkata: Local residents of Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas on Thursday set a woman’s house on fire suspecting her to be a tantrik. They were infuriated over her alleged occult practices.The accused woman, Alpana Ghosh, and her husband Nityananda are at present absconding. A large contingent of police went to the spot and pacified the angry mob. Local residents alleged that Alpana and her family has been staying in Kabilpur village for the past three years. People from distant areas had been visiting Alpana for treatment of their chronic diseases and to fulfill their dreams. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA local resident alleged that Alpana had fanned the desire of woman, who wanted to fulfill her sadhana through human sacrifice. A 65-year-old woman allegedly had a dream where she was instructed that to fulfill her sadhana she had to sacrifice the lives of seven people. Local residents said about two months ago, Alpana had prescribed some roots and a chemical to a three-year-old girl to cure some ailment. The girl, Rani Ghosh, had to be taken to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital after she consumed the root and chemical and the doctors had declared her dead on arrival. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAnother girl, Rinki Ghosh, a Higher Secondary student, was also administered the chemicals and roots. At present, she is battling for her life at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. Once the news reached the village, local residents attacked the house of the tantric and ransacked it. They set her car and house on fire. Initially, Alpana tried to pacify the mob but when she failed to do it she left the spot with her husband. A massive hunt is on to nab both of them.last_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

first_imgIt was another miserable day on Wall Street as a series of big December plunges continued, putting stocks on track for their worst month in a decade.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index slumped 39.54 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 2,467.42.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 464.06 points, or 2 per cent, to 22,859.60.The Nasdaq composite declined 108.42 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 6,528.41.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies sagged 23.23 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 1,326.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 132.53 points, or 5.1 per cent.The Dow is down 1,240.91 points, or 5.1 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 382.26 points, or 5.5 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 84.81 points, or 6 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 206.19 points, or 7.7 per cent.The Dow is down 1,859.62 points, or 7.5 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 374.98 points, or 5.4 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 209.51 points, or 13.6 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Moroccos Army Raise State Alert to Maximum as Tension Mounts in

Rabat – The Moroccan army has sent army helicopters and troops to Guerguerat in response to the Polisario’s repeated illegal armed maneuvers in the restricted buffer strip.The separatist movement has been setting up illegal checkpoints in the border area between Morocco and Mauritania in recent weeks. According to Moroccan daily Al Massae, the Polisario has also deployed militia and tried to hinder traffic in the buffer zone, defying the UN Security Council and violating the UN military agreements and the 1991 ceasefire agreement.To respond to Polisario’s maneuvers in the region, the Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces and Captain of the Southern Military zone issued the order to raise the state alert to the maximum level. Al Massae’ source added that the Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces mobilized hundreds of soldiers and military vehicles a few meters away from the Mauritanian border.Morocco’s move seeks to deter, and if needed, repel any military actions the Polisario may undertake in the region.Al Massae reported that members of the Moroccan army have moved to the region of Assa Zag, a province in the Moroccan economic region of Guelmim-Oued Noun.The region was marked on Sunday by the confiscation of Polisario military trucks involved in “drug trafficking.” The front’s vehicles were heading to Guelmim Oued Noun, a region that became a haven for drug lords, active in the region.According to the same source, Moroccan officials have given instructions to deploy heavy artillery in the border area of Guerguerat in order to respond to Polisario’s provocative actions. read more

Global response needed to tackle daunting development challenges Migiro says

“The immediate future is uncertain,” Ms. Migiro told the General Assembly’s fifth committee, which deals with budgetary matters.She noted that progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, will be thwarted.“Globally concerted efforts are needed to redress this and to avoid more problems down the road. The interests of all countries can be articulated by the United Nations.”Strong leadership, backed by strong partnerships and political will, are also essential ingredients in meeting “daunting” development obstacles, the Deputy Secretary-General said.“Dedicated attention will have to be given to climate change, innovative financing, international migration and development, violence against women and indigenous issues,” she added.With there being a “serious mismatch” between the UN’s development responsibilities and available resources, Ms. Migiro underscored that the world body’s Secretariat needs “adequate capacity” to carry out its new functions in the face of ever greater challenges. 14 October 2008Concerted international action is crucial in addressing development challenges, whose scope has intensified in recent months due to climate change, soaring food and energy prices and the global financial turmoil, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today. read more

Psychology student wins Library research award

Rae Gibson is the winner of this year’s Undergraduate Library Research Award, which celebrates success in conducting undergraduate research.Gibson’s winning essay describes her approach to research and library tools such as PsycINFO and the Psychology Research Guide to prepare her paper “Errorless learning efficacy among older adults with memory impairment.”The Library Research Award is a $500 prize. Karen Bordonaro, teaching and learning librarian and chair of the award committee, noted the strength of Gibson’s entry.“Rae did an excellent job of describing how her use of library resources and services helped her develop her scientific research and writing skills,” she said. “In giving this award, the Library is proud to support student learning beyond the classroom by recognizing information seeking as an intellectual process worthy of being celebrated.” read more