English Premier League Standings

first_imgEnglish Premier League StandingsSTANDINGSPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 23 13 8 2 42 26 16 472 (2) Manchester City 23 13 5 5 45 23 22 443 (3) Arsenal 23 13 5 5 37 22 15 444 (4) Tottenham Hotspur 23 11 9 3 41 19 22 425 (5) Manchester United 23 10 7 6 28 21 7 376 (6) West Ham United 23 9 9 5 36 28 8 367 (7) Liverpool 23 9 7 7 30 32 -2 348 (8) Southampton 23 9 6 8 32 24 8 339 (9) Stoke City 23 9 6 8 24 25 -1 3310 (10) Watford 23 9 5 9 27 26 1 3211 (11) Crystal Palace 23 9 4 10 24 27 -3 3112 (12) Everton 23 6 11 6 40 34 6 2913 (14) Chelsea 23 7 7 9 32 34 -2 2814 (13) West Bromwich Albion 23 7 7 9 22 30 -8 2815 (17) Swansea City 23 6 7 10 22 31 -9 2516 (15) Bournemouth 23 6 7 10 27 38 -11 2517 (16) Norwich City 23 6 5 12 28 43 -15 2318 (18) Newcastle United 23 5 6 12 25 41 -16 2119 (19) Sunderland 23 5 4 14 28 46 -18 1920 (20) Aston Villa 23 2 7 14 18 38 -20 13last_img read more

Echoes of Terror

first_imgKuldeep Kumar, 46, a businessman in Batala, worries that Punjab could slip back into the dark days of terrorism and violence. He clearly remembers those days nearly two decades ago when blasts, shootouts, abductions and extortions were everyday affairs. “These were routine. Whether it killed 10 or 20, we were,Kuldeep Kumar, 46, a businessman in Batala, worries that Punjab could slip back into the dark days of terrorism and violence. He clearly remembers those days nearly two decades ago when blasts, shootouts, abductions and extortions were everyday affairs. “These were routine. Whether it killed 10 or 20, we were too scared to talk because anyone could be a sympathiser (of terrorists) or a police informer.” A hard working dyed-in-the-wood Punjabi, he shifted to Haryana in 1991 but never felt at home there and came back when peace returned in 2000, after nearly two decades of sectarian violence.Bhindranwale merchandise is selling briskly throughout the state.Anyone who has lived through those terrible times which claimed 36,000 lives will shudder at the depressing thought of their lives going topsy-turvy if terrorism were to make a comeback. But it’s disquieting when Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Mathur says that inimical agencies abroad are attempting to “reactivate Sikh terrorist elements, forge a nexus between Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and terror groups like Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), and mobilise their resources for planning terrorist violence in Punjab and elsewhere in the country”.Or when Union Minister Ajay Maken, whose uncle Lalit Maken, a budding Congress leader, fell to terrorist bullets in 1985, says that Khalistani groups are trying to regroup and revive terrorism. Recently, Punjab’s Director-General of Police P.S. Gill wrote to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), listing the increasing activities of terrorists and said that they have now set up a new base in Malaysia and are sending arms and men to carry out terror strikes. He told India Today: “Attempts are being made to revive terrorism in the state. As long as there’s unrest in neighbouring Pakistan, militants from across the border will keep coming here to spread terror.”advertisementBhindranwale merchandiseThere is not a hint of exaggeration in Gill’s statement. The last three months have seen the recovery of 30 kg of RDX and other explosives in the state. Terrorists owing allegiance to several Khalistani outfits have been arrested in the state and elsewhere, and even as far away in Frankfurt, Germany. Police investigations show more are in hiding and waiting for the right opportunity to strike. Intelligence inputs suggest that a major strike can take place any time, violent incidents can happen, and cities and towns could be a terror target.If terrorism thrived in the 80s and till the early 90s, it was largely because of the support and sympathy that the movement and its masters enjoyed in the state. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s venom-spewing speeches impacted impressionable minds. For several years, his followers refused to believe that he had died during Operation Bluestar in 1984. Now, 26 years after his death, the militant leader is staging a comeback of sorts.From Chandigarh to Amritsar, youngsters are beginning to sport T-shirts that have his pictures emblazoned across the chest; his posters and stickers are pasted on the windscreens of hundreds of humble Maruti 800s and even SUVs throughout the state. In campuses across the state, his posters adorn the walls of hostel rooms. “These T-shirts are selling like hotcakes and books and CDs are vanishing fast off the shelves,” says Dilbagh Singh, who is raking in the moolah selling Bhindranwale merchandise outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar.”Attempts are on to revive terrorism in the state. As long as there is unrest in Pakistan, militants from across the border will keep coming here to spread terror.”P.S. Gill, DGP, Punjab Is it just a style statement, as optimists would like to believe, or is it something more serious? “It’s a fashion statement rather than a political statement, and it’s a trivialisation of Bhindranwale,” avers Pramod Kumar, director of Chandigarh-based Institute of Development and Communication. “There is no ideological grooming, no political nurturing and no social acceptability of terrorism. A revival is ruled out.” A senior police official argues, “These youngsters are too young to know what the state went through during terrorism days. They are just wearing his t-shirts for style’s sake.”Talk about the revival of the violent movement and you are promptly dismissed whether you are in town or a village, whether you are chatting to an educated or a semi-literate person, a moderate or a fundamentalist. Talk of revival of violence and the radicals surely don’t stay unprovoked. Yes, they are unhappy and there is unrest even if their numbers are not much. Many in the community feel that justice has been denied to the victims of the 1984 riots. But most of them don’t seek Khalistan or violent means to any end.advertisementThe issue has sparked a tussle between the Centre and the state government with Punjab’s Akali regime pressing for deletion of names of people from the Centre’s “black list”, which includes former militants. Many of them were blacklisted and denied Indian visas for their involvement in the pro-Khalistan activities while being foreign citizens.While the Centre has named 169 people in its latest list, the Punjab Government argues that only 28 out of them had any case registered against them and others could not be classified as militants and thus deserved to be removed from the list. A senior police official says they are open to this idea as this would only allow the state to try them according to the law for being involved in unlawful activities, even though the MHA is believed to be not very keen on this proposal. The black list was prepared by the Government during the days of terrorism to identify Khalistan activists in foreign lands.”If the Government stops certain Dera chiefs from preaching against Sikhism, Punjab can be saved from another period of turmoil,” says Navkiran Singh, human rights advocate. “Punjab’s political machinery was overheated in those days. Terrorism would not find same kind of acceptance in same quarters,” says Dipankar Gupta, sociologist and member of the Punjab Governance Reforms Commission.One of Bhindranwale’s oft quoted statement was “jehra Sikh hai, oh darda nahi; jehra darda, oh Sikh nahi” (the Sikh is not scared; if he is scared, he is not a Sikh). But as more and more people are arrested from places far and wide, the people of Punjab worry on a dark chapter being reopened again in the state.Arms and the MenThree Babbar Khalsa international members who were arrested at Patiala on March 26.Recent arrests of militants and seizures of explosives and arms underline the attempt to revive terrorism in the stateAugust 29: A police party recovers 18 hand grenades near Rampura village in Fazilka, Ferozepur district. No arrests made so far in this case.August 17: Two Punjab- based terrorists of the Khalistan Zindabad Force, Gurmeet Singh alias Bagga of Jalandhar and Bhupinder Singh alias Bhinda from Hoshiarpur, are arrested in Frankfurt by German authorities for hatching a conspiracy to eliminate Baba Gurinder Singh, head of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas Dera, on July 28 in Vienna.July 28: Amritsar Police arrest five Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorists who are alleged to have links with terrorists-Narain Singh alias Chaura and Sukhdev Singh Chira. Pal Singh, Kulwant Singh, Gurmukh Singh, Jagtar Singh and Darshan Singh Dhadi are held with two AK-47 rifles, five magazines and 420 live cartridges.July 24: The Khanna Police arrest two suspected terrorists-Gurmail Singh and Kulbir Singh-and seize 250g of RDX and two detonators from their possession. The duo are believed to be aides of dreaded militant and mastermind of Ludhiana Shingar cinema bomb blast, Harminder Singh.June 10: Twenty detonators, 6 kg of RDX, 10 timer devices and 60 metres of fuse wire, besides 2 kg of heroin, smuggled in from Pakistan a few days ago, are seized on the Attari bypass in Amritsar. Sher Singh, Malkiat Singh, Paramjit Singh, Nirmal Singh and Balwinder Singh arrested.advertisementMay 30: Amritsar Police arrest hardcore terrorist Bakhshish Singh alias Baba associated with the Khalistan Liberation Force from Amritsar. Baba was carrying a reward of Rs 6 lakh on his head.May 8: The police recovered 1.8 kg of explosive material fitted with detonator from an abandoned car parked outside an eating joint at Railway Link Road, near Circuit House in Amritsar.March 26: Three members of the banned terrorist outfit BKI-Kulwant Singh, Variyan Singh and Bhupinder Singh-arrested from Patiala district. These three terrorists are found with two pistols and cartridges.last_img read more

Six San Diego County Parks temporarily closing due to high temps

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Six San Diego County parks will be closed this month because of high temperatures.El Capitan Preserve near Lakeside, Hellhole Canyon Preserve in Valley Center, Mount Gower Preserve near Ramona and Wilderness Gardens in Pala will be closed through Aug. 31.Agua Caliente Regional Park and Vallecito County Park are also closed and will reopen during Labor Day weekend. KUSI Newsroom Six San Diego County Parks temporarily closing due to high temps August 3, 2019 Posted: August 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

What Drove McGrawHills 611 Job Cuts

first_imgSource: PIB And that, coupled with the subprime mortgage crisis that has led to the sacking of the CEOs at Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Bear Stearns, among others, drove this week’s restructuring, and not its print products, according to observers contacted by FOLIO:.In December, BusinessWeek laid off as many as a dozen staffers, which are included in the 611 cuts. Yet, according to a source with knowledge of the company’s hiring practices, BusinessWeek continues to seek hires in key executive positions. And the source does not expect the company to scale back hiring in 2008, despite McGraw-Hill’s concession that the company is prepared to make another round of layoffs, if necessary.Still, it’s not as though BusinessWeek is infallible. The business magazine, like most of its competitors, has struggled to maintain its print advertising. BusinessWeek’s advertising revenue ($185.3 million) is down 11.3 percent through the first three quarters of 2007, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. Advertising pages are off 16.4 percent over the same period [see below chart]. Fast Company, by comparison, saw an increase of 16.7 percent in ad revenue and over 10 percent in ad page growth through September, according to PIB figures. Fast Company’s ad revenue—$21 million through September—is still dwarfed by BusinessWeek’s haul.It’s also a familiar situation for McGraw-Hill staffers. In January 2006, the company cut 500 jobs, followed by another 600 in the third quarter of the same year.McGraw-Hill has scheduled a conference call for January 24 to discuss its 2007 earnings results.BUSINESS MAGAZINE AD REVENUE FORTUNE SMALL BUSINESS33,920,38943,681,168-22.3315.81393.30-19.7 FORTUNE181,171,041205,109,801-11.71,601.491,967.51-18.6 PUBLICATIONDOLLARSDOLLARS%CHGPAGESPAGES%CHG INC.58,153,85155,571,5874.6583.52575.141.5 BUSINESS WEEK185,307,023208,800,732-11.31,540.381,842.85-16.4 FORBES240,705,939219,910,9359.52,106.282,164.10-2.7 McGraw-Hill’s major corporate restructuring—that included the slashing of three percent of its workforce or 611 jobs—announced earlier this week has more to do with a volatile subprime market hitting its financial services business and a declining stock price, and less to do with its information and media division, industry observers say.And another wave may be on the way. “Reducing staff is never an easy decision,” chairman Harold McGraw III said in a statement announcing the layoffs. “But we believe the steps we have taken will strengthen our organization, enhance our ability to serve our customers and maximize shareholder value.” The BusinessWeek and Aviation Week publisher’s stock price has tumbled roughly $30 per share from a high of $72.50 in June, resulting in a loss of over $9 billion in market capitalization. McGraw-Hill’s revenues were $6.26 billion in 2006. CONDE NAST PORTFOLIO13,091,9130N/A320.950.00N/A HARVARD BUSINESS REV.11,979,73112,773,928-6.2298.88332.93-10.2 BUSINESS 2.024,290,18835,762,285-32.1355.22556.72-36.2 ENTREPRENEUR70,277,02570,572,996-0.4857.95925.22-7.3 MONEY100,452,617111,900,366-10.2534.09671.67-20.5 January – September 200720072006 FAST COMPANY21,070,15518,055,49316.7295.21266.5710.7 20072006 SMARTMONEY39,041,30538,440,3381.6482.72503.90-4.2 KIPLINGER’S25,378,04627,591,820-8.0357.20400.76-10.9last_img read more

HighTech Workforce Represents Key Asset for Massachusetts Bases

first_imgMassachusetts officials are highlighting the state’s concentration of high-tech talent, including academic and industry resources, as the state promotes its six military installations ahead of a possible BRAC round.“As all of this stuff has gotten more and more technologically sophisticated over the course of this past decade or so, what we do here I think becomes even more important,” Gov. Charlie Baker (R) told WBUR following a trip to Washington, D.C., in July to meet with lawmakers and Pentagon officials.In an interview with WBUR last week following a visit to Hanscom Air Force Base, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James indicated her department values the state’s skilled workforce.“One of the key aspects, I think, which is unique, I’ll say, here in Massachusetts, is surrounding these four Air Force installations we just have a multitude of academic and other talent,” James said. In addition to Hanscom, the state’s other three Air Force installations are Joint Base Cape Cod (Otis Air National Guard Base), Westover Air Reserve Base and Barnes Air National Guard Base.The importance of a particular base extends to the assets of the surrounding community, she said. “It’s all about synergies; and when you can get multiple bangs for a single buck, that’s all the better for us,” James said.“I am very impressed with everything that I have seen so far in the state of Massachusetts,” James told the station.In a press release, MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones noted that Hanscom isn’t the only Massachusetts base supported by a robust workforce and industry presence.    “The innovations at Hanscom and integration with both academia and businesses exemplify the kind of leading technology and highly-skilled workforce that we see at all six of the commonwealth’s bases,” Jones said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Etihad Airways finds investments in Alitalia Air Berlin Jet Airways not paying

first_imgAn Etihad Airways plane is seen at Minsk international airport near the village of Slabada, Belarus, May 19, 2016Reuters fileEtihad Airways has been on an investment spree in the past five years to embark on a journey of high growth but that has apparently not paid off. Two of its investments — Alitalia and Air Berlin — are in trouble, raising questions on its $4 billion splurge.”Etihad was seeking the equivalent of five years of organic growth overnight, but shortcuts in aviation rarely work. Mostly you’re buying into bad debt, bad mistakes—and skeletons in the cupboard,” news agency Bloomberg quoted aviation analyst Mark Martin, who heads Dubai-based Martin Consultancy LLC.Read: Jet Airways-investor Etihad Airways could merge with Emirates: EconomistThe news agency said that the investments were in the form of shares, bonds and others. While the investment in Alitalia was $1billion (49 percent stake), the carrier had put in $2 billion in Air Berlin.The Italian carrier filed for bankruptcy early this month amid rising losses after its approximately 12,400-strong workforce rejected pay cuts as part of an effort to revive the ailing carrier. It operated about 120 planes and flew 22.6 million passengers last year. The 70-year-old flagship carrier had sought a bailout package in 2008 and again in 2014 when Etihad rescued the loss-making airline.Driving home the operational inefficiency of Alitalia, the New York Times reported that compared to the Italian carrier, Irish low-cost carrier RyanAir has a fleet of 300 aircraft that carry about 100 million passengers and employs 11,000 employees.  German carrier Air Berlin’s aircrafts are pictured at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, September 29, 2016.Reuters fileAir Berlin is facing a different kind of problem, facing a challenge from Germany’s low-cost rivals and full-service airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG.Etihad Airways had recently appointed Robin Kamark as chief executive officer, Airline Equity Partners to revisit the carrier’s investments in Air Berlin, Alitalia, Jet Airways , Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional and Virgin Australia, Reuters had reported on April 24.Etihad in IndiaEtihad picked up 24 percent stake in India’s Jet Airways, or 2.72 crore (27.2 million) shares at Rs 754 per share in April 2013. On Friday (May 19, 2017), the closing share price of Jet was Rs 519.20.The April 2013 deal was pegged at Rs 2,050 crore (~$379 million).Jet Airways (excluding Jet Lite) has a market share of about 15 percent in India’s domestic air traffic; low-cost carrier IndiGo is the largest, with a share of about 40 percent. There are 12 carriers in the country, including state-owned Air India. A Jet Airways passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 24, 2013.Reuters filelast_img read more

India home to 219000 millionaires says report VIDEO

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … According to the 2017 Asia-Pacific Wealth Report (APWR) released on Tuesday by Capgemini, India has 4th largest population of millionaires in the Asia Pacific region with 2,19,000 ultra-rich individuals with a combined wealth of $877 billion.Indian millionaires contribute 4 per cent of the market share of the high net worth individuals (HNWIs). At the end of 2016, there were 28,91,000 millionaires in Japan, while China ranked second with 11,29,000 HNWIs and Australia was at the third place had 2,55,000.”This was ahead of China and Japan which registered a growth of 9.1 per cent and 6.3 per cent, respectively, for the same period,” the report noted.India’s population of millionaires witnessed a double-digit growth of 10 per cent for the period 2015-2016, as compared to the annual average growth of 8.2 per cent.”After a sedate HNI wealth expansion of 1.6 per cent in 2015, India posted double digit HNI wealth growth of 10 per cent in 2016. This jump was propelled mainly by a rebound in its equity markets and real estate,” the report said.The report added that “more good news may be on the horizon with improved GDP forecasts for 2017 and 2018 expected to drive further economic growth.”The report further noted that while “in India, investor sentiment has remained cautiously confident in the wake of the election of the reformist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the unannounced demonetisation initiative challenges in dealing with significant issues such as unemployment, and the ongoing use of retrospective tax grabs on foreign multi-nationals may have caused some trepidation”.Watch the video to find out more. India home to 2,19,000 millionaires: Reportcenter_img Closelast_img read more