Former BPL player wins appeal LONDON (AP): A British court overturned the rape conviction of former Premier League player Ched Evans yesterday and ordered a new trial. Evans, a former Sheffield United and Wales striker, was in the packed London courtroom with his girlfriend when the verdict was read out by the Court of Appeal. Evans was convicted in April 2012 of raping a 19-year-old woman at a hotel in Rhyl, north Wales. He was released from prison last year after serving half of his five-year sentence. The 27-year-old Evans had always maintained his innocence and took his case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Hodgson backs Vardy LONDON (AP): England coach Roy Hodgson backed Jamie Vardy on Wednesday, saying the Leicester striker did not dive in the incident that led to him being sent off last weekend and sympathising with his angry response to the referee. Hodgson’s employer, the English Football Association, charged Vardy with improper conduct over his reaction to the red card in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham. “I don’t see that as a dive,” Hodgson said. “I think he was unbalanced. I don’t think it was a penalty either, I think he was unbalanced, running at that speed. “I think there was a very slight sort of contact with the defender, who was trying to cover.” Vardy confronted referee Jon Moss, jabbing a finger at the match official while appearing to express his anger at receiving his first red card of the season. “I sympathise with him, I think he was very, very unlucky,” Hodgson said. “But now he has had to swallow the fact that he has been made to leave the field and then, unfortunately, he has reacted like sometimes human beings react. “He hasn’t just said to the ref, ‘Thanks very much, I understand’ and shakes hands and ‘Have a good game’. He has called him a few names, but he is a human being and that can happen.” Vardy seems certain to be in Hodgson’s plans for the European Championship in June and July after leading Leicester’s stunning pursuit of a first-ever top flight title. LEICESTER, England (AP): Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has accepted an English Football Association improper conduct charge over his reaction to being sent off against West Ham. Vardy’s standard one-match ban could now be lengthened, potentially hitting Leicester’s bid for a first Premier League title. The team is five points ahead of Tottenham with four games remaining. Vardy tangled with Angelo Ogbonna before going down in the penalty area early in the second half on Sunday. Vardy angrily confronted referee Jon Moss after receiving his first red card of the season. At the time, Leicester were leading through Vardy’s 22nd goal of the season and went on to draw 2-2. Leicester also tweeted that it accepted an FA charge of failing to control its players after West Ham was awarded a late penalty.
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By Robin Landsman, Wake County Extension AgentThis is the third installment in Robin Landsman’s three-part series about homeownership. This post will cover successful strategies for purchasing a home that will meet a family’s needs.“I’m buying a home; what should I look for?” This is a question many PFMs have probably heard over the years. Determining housing needs and wants according to affordability before shopping, can help homebuyers avoid the disappointment of looking at houses they can’t afford or don’t need. The homebuyer’s lifestyle, and any special circumstances, should factor into the selection. As the homebuyer begins this process, he or she may find the assistance of a realtor to be very valuable. The help of a good agent will save time, allowing the homebuyer to take notes and ask questions while sorting through the hundreds of homes currently on the market. Here are some tips to share with potential homebuyers.First, determine what you can afford. Lenders determine mortgage qualification by assessing one’s credit report. If you know that you have had some late payments and a history of high consumer debt, it is best to postpone looking for a mortgage until you have a satisfactory credit record.A home is more than the bricks and mortar that make up the square footage and rooms. There are several concerns that must be taken into consideration before you select your future home: price, location, size, and amenities. Taking time to proactively examine whatyou want in a home will save you lots of effort when it is time to actually see potential homes. (See first post in this series here).Your price range depends on the amount of down payment you have saved and mortgage amount that the lender is willing to loan. Remember, just because the lender approves you for a loan amount, doesn’t mean you can afford the mortgage. There are lots of considerations, including other financial obligations that could impact your housing budget. (See the previous post in this series here).Location is crucial in your decision to purchase a home. Schools, shopping, services and commuting distance are all fundamental elements that will require your consideration and prioritization.The size of your family and what home features and benefits you seek are the criteria that you will need to use to determine your wish list for today as well as anticipated changes in the future. The needs of a married couple with no children will be different from a bachelor looking to enjoy the single life, or the single mom with three teenagers. A son caring for his disabled father may need to think about spacing for wheelchair access, the ability to add a ramp to the front entrance, or having a bedroom on the first level. In thinking about your needs, you will need to make allowances for any special circumstances that may exist.Many experts recommend making a list of what you and your family must have, would like to have, as well as what you don’t want and prefer not to have. It is important to find a home that fits with your particular lifestyle. The responsibility of yard maintenance may not work well for the businessman who spends 50 percent of his time traveling. The convenience of a townhouse or condo with a small patch of green grass at the entrance may work better. If you are environmentally conscious, finding a home with energy efficient features and appliances is a must. Or as a parent who enjoys spending time outdoors with your children, a home in a neighborhood with a playground, walking trails or a community pool would be very desirable.Your list of “wants” in your new home can be endless. It will help to do a bit of research so you can identify some of the amenities that you prefer. For example, you may prefer hardwood floors versus carpeting or vinyl siding versus brick. Note that certain features may be standard in certain price ranges of homes. Some of your desired amenities can be added, such as new appliances and cosmetic upgrades after you purchase the house; whereas location and lot size are fixed assets. Thinking about all the dimensions to a home will provide greater understanding of the purchase. Again, a realtor can be quite valuable in providing you with this information.As you create the profile of the place you will eventually call home, remember, you are about to make a big investment in your future and that of your family. Take time to think about those things that are important to you and that add to the quality of your life. To ensure your overall satisfaction of your home purchase, look for homes that address your needs, accommodate your wants and complement your life style within a comfortable price.Resources: Homebuyer ResourcesNorth Carolina housing finance agency I’m Buying a Home, What Do I Look For? by Robin Landsman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Stepping up its campaign on the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Congress on Sunday alleged that the Modi government had tried to delay the process by arguing before the Supreme Court that the NRC could lead to law-and-order issues.The Congress also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as the BJP tried to “mislead” the people of Assam.Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera told presspersons that on November 30, the Attorney-General argued before the top court that the publication of the NRC could lead to violence and create a law-and-order problem.“On November 30, 2017, the Supreme Court came down heavily on the Modi government for its excuses to delay the NRC in Assam. The Attorney-General gave the excuse of fear of violence,” Mr. Khera said and pointed out that the court reprimanded the government.“We do not see how the aforesaid situation can even remotely arise as we have already indicated in the earlier part of the present order that claims of 47 lakh persons (regarding whom the doubt pertained to parental linkage) and 29 lakh persons (married women who had submitted gram panchayat secretary certificates) are still pending and would be subject to verification and covered by publication of another draft NRC at a subsequent point of time,” Mr. Khera said quoting the SC.The Congress has stepped up its campaign after BJP president Amit Shah said in Parliament that it was the BJP government that had shown the “courage” to implement it.The Congress counter has been that the NRC update was the outcome of the 1985 Assam Accord, signed by the Rajiv Gandhi govenment, and was started by a Congress government in the State. On Monday, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will be addressing a press conference in Delhi on the NRC issue.“The Shah of lies and the Shahenshah of Jumlas tried their best to stall NRC. I will tell you how they hatched a conspiracy to stop, delay and disrupt the NRC process,” Mr. Khera said.“We demand that the Modi government apologise to the people of Assam for attempting to stall the NRC … We also demand the resignation of the so-called Jan Nayak Shri Sarbanand Sonowal who has no right to be the Chief Minister of a State that his party so shamelessly cheated in the Supreme Court on the issue of NRC,” he said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in Chandigarh on Friday that by withdrawing the special status granted to Kashmir, the BJP government did something which successive Congress governments had failed to do in 70 years.At a public meeting in Jind of Haryana, Mr. Shah said Article 370 was a hurdle in the way of Sardar Patel’s dream of Akhand Bharat [one India]. “…what the Congress governments could not do in 70 years because of vote-bank politics, Modiji did it in 75 days [of his second term as Prime Minister] … abrogation of Article 370 and 35A will prove to be a milestone for the integrity of India,” he said.Mr. Shah said that with the dilution of Articles 370 and 35A, all obstacles in the path of holistic development of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh had been removed. “Such a courageous step can be taken only by those who think in terms of national interest,” he said.He said the revoking of these sections was a true tribute to the brave soldiers of Haryana who attained “martyrdom” in Kashmir. “Kashmir will now be on the path of development as there are two Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.The new Chief of Defence Staff post would ensure greater synergy among defence forces, he added.Setting the tone for the campaign for the Assembly election in Haryana later this year, Mr. Shah appealed to the people to vote the BJP back to power as the party had provided a corruption-free and transparent government under Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.Mr. Shah said initiatives taken by the Khattar government, be it online transfer of teachers, transparency in recruitment or the successful implementation of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme, were being praised by all. The BJP governments at the Centre and in Haryana were working to ensure corruption-free governance and development.
zoom As a result of the challenging tanker market, Danish shipping company TORM ended the first quarter of this year with a profit of USD 4.6 million, considerably lower from a profit of USD 30.9 million recorded in the same period a year earlier.In addition, EBITDA for the quarter dropped to USD 44 million from USD 70 million posted in 1Q 2016.“I am encouraged that TORM remained profitable in a challenging first quarter of 2017 … The results are attributable both to our strong commercial performance and an attractive cost structure. So far, TORM has remained profitable in the second quarter, where the product tanker market continues to be volatile,” Jacob Meldgaard, TORM’s Executive Director, commented.During the first quarter of 2017, product tanker freight rates started out at weak levels similar to the fourth quarter of 2016 but strengthened towards the end of the first quarter, according to the company. As disclosed, the freight rate improvement was primarily driven by increased demand for clean petroleum products in the western markets, which resulted in stronger time charter equivalent (TCE) earnings for the first quarter of 2017 compared to the preceding quarter.In 1Q 2017, TORM’s product tanker fleet realized average TCE earnings of USD/day 15,264 for 7,004 earning days compared to USD/day 19,845 for 6,973 earning days seen during the three-month period ended March 31, 2016.As informed earlier, TORM sold one vessel, TORM Anne, and completed sale and leaseback transactions for two vessels, TORM Helene and TORM Mary.Additionally, following the balance sheet date, TORM has sold two vessels, TORM Madison and TORM Trinity and completed a sale and leaseback transaction for one vessel, TORM Vita. The three transactions are treated as financial leases without purchase obligation, the company said.As of 31 March 2017, net interest-bearing debt amounted to USD 596 million. As previously announced, TORM finalized a new term facility of up to USD 130 million in January 2017 which was fully drawn on March 31.Furthermore, TORM had undrawn credit facilities and cash of around USD 405 million at the end of the first quarter of 2017.As of 31 March 2017, TORM had covered 14% of the remaining tanker earning days in 2017 at USD/day 19,873. Up until May 6, the company had covered 27% of the remaining tanker earning days in 2017 at USD/day 16,801.In its outlook for 2017, the company expects that a change in freight rates of USD/day 1,000 will impact the profit before tax by USD 13.2 million, as 13,166 earning days in 2017 are unfixed as of May 5.Currently, the company’s fleet comprises around 80 tankers on the water. In addition, TORM’s orderbook stands at four LR2 newbuildings with expected delivery in 2017 and 2018.
A total of 21 students of various departments under the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Dhaka University (DU) have been awarded ‘Dean’s Award’ for their outstanding academic results in BS (Hons) examinations of 2015, 2016 and 2017.Besides, 3 teachers of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences have received Dean’s Award for research works.DU vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman handed over the awards to the awardees as the chief guest at a function held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university on Thursday .Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences ASM Maksud Kamal presided over the function while pro-vice chancellor (Administration) Muhammad Samad and treasurer professor Kamal Uddin addressed it as special guests.The teachers who received the award are professor Kazi MatinUddin Ahmed (Geology), professor Kawser Ahmed (Oceanography) and lecturer Yousuf Gazi (Geology).The students who received the awards are- Zannatul Ferdous, Naznin Bintey Hayder, NishatTasnim Kakon and Dola Dutta (Geography and Environment), Mahmud Al Noor Tushar, AfrozaParvin, Tamanna Meheran Shemu, SumiyaSadeak, Sharaf Anika Hoque, Farjana Zareen Maria, FatematuzZohora Nishi and Md. Tariqul Islam (Geology), Nazma Ahmed, Shamima Ferdousi Sifa, Ariful Islam, Tanzim Hayat, Nawar Wadud Khan, Falguni Sarkar, Tanzeem Hossain, SumaiyaTabassum and Ayesha Islam (Disaster Science and Management).
2 min read Like fellow moguls Elon Musk and Richard Branson, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos hopes to send humans to Mars and beyond with his company Blue Origin. But first he has his eye on getting civilian passengers into Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceships in 2018 for suborbital journeys — after trained astronauts test them out.To that end, Bezos has a former NASA engineer named Nicholas Patrick overseeing development of the vessels as the company’s human integration architect.Passengers interested in one of Blue Origin’s future suborbital flights can expect to experience a brisk 11-minute journey, complete with up to three G’s of acceleration and roughly four minutes of weightlessness, GeekWire reports.Related: Blue Origin Successfully Tests Capsule Safety, Lands BoosterPatrick recently spoke at an Astronomy on Tap event at the Peddler Brewing Company in Seattle, where he discussed some of the details that he and the Blue Origin team are working to determine.“Obviously, everybody’s goal is to get this price down a long way. We’re not going to get millions of people living and working in space by charging a quarter of a million dollars or $100,000 just for a suborbital flight,” Patrick said. “We need to get that cost down to thousands or even hundreds of dollars eventually. That way we can afford to send a lot of people up there, which is when the space-based economy will really take off.”Related: Jeff Bezos’s Space Startup Blue Origin Soars Into the Reusable Rocket RacePatrick said that the company is developing a safety training program that would take place over the course of several days, rather than weeks or years, like the ones career astronauts have to complete. But unlike the professionals, New Shephard passengers will only have to wear flight suits, not heavy space suits.“It’s simpler, it’s easier and it’s more comfortable,” Patrick said. “It will make for a better experience. And we’re not going to spend a long time in orbit where we can’t come back immediately. We know where (sic) we’re coming back. It’s 11 minutes after we launch.”For a clearer sense of Blue Origin’s plans, check out some concept art in the video below. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 16, 2017