St Étienne’s unlikely band of misfits may keep them in Ligue 1

first_img3Monaco243050 Was this helpful? 15Toulouse24-1026 European club football 4Lyon242648 Giovani Lo Celso celebrates after scoring for PSG against Lille. Photograph: Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport/Getty Images Facebook features Three months have passed since Lyon visited the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and destroyed St Étienne 5-0, a mauling that will go down as one of the worst defeats in the club’s 99-year history. Ôscar Garcia, who was only appointed manager in the summer but had clashed with the board over transfer targets, resigned soon after the defeat – and the man brought in to replace him, Julien Sablé, proved to be a disastrous appointment.Sablé had been a promising youth coach but his lack of credentials cost the club money and points. They did not win any of his six games in charge and were fined €25,000 for each of his games in charge as the 37-year-old did not possess the mandatory coaching badges to lead a Ligue 1 club. Step forward the wizened Jean-Louis Gasset, who was installed firstly as an assistant to guide Sablé before he took over as head coach during the winter break. The club are now on their third manager of the season but Gasset seems to be turning their fortunes around. Share on Pinterest 19Troyes23-1024 • Giovani Lo Celso started his seventh consecutive match in the league for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday and was again superb in midfield, showing that he is more than just a temporary solution in the absence of the injured Thiago Motta. Capping off his performance with a sublime chipped finish for PSG’s third, the Argentinian was superb throughout. In past seasons, and even earlier in the current campaign, the team would have opted for more experience, playing Marco Verratti or Adrien Rabiot in front of the back four, but Lo Celso’s growing importance is further evidence of Unai Emery picking his team on merit, rather than reputation or pressure from the media. 16Angers24-725 St Etienne 8Bordeaux24-532 Topics Read more 13Dijon23-1328 7Nice24-534 Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. 1PSG245862 6Montpellier24234 2Marseille242651 Share on Twitter 9Guingamp24-732 Violence erupts as Lyon demolish St Étienne in Ligue 1’s fiercest derby 17Amiens24-725 Read more 5Nantes24-137 14Strasbourg24-1327 10Rennes24-531 Gasset’s incarnation of Les Verts has the feeling of a band of misfits, a group of nearly men who have ability but have seen their reputations diminish. The club’s iconic captain, Loïc Perrin, has a conspicuous lack of international caps; goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier is in self-imposed exile from the national team; and Rémy Cabella arrived on loan in the summer because he was out of favour at Marseille. Somehow, however, they have started to gel. Their wins over Caen and Amiens were both well deserved, with Ntep and Debuchy scoring, Subotic providing stability at the back alongside Perrin, and M’Vila bringing the necessary presence and stature in midfield.St Étienne previously relied on Christophe Galtier’s talent for squeezing the best out of an average talent pool but now their squad boasts a wealth of experience. That maturity will be important if they are to remain in Ligue 1 and survive one of their worst seasons in decades. Despite the progress the team have made during Gasset’s first month in charge, his stay at the club has always felt like a stop-gap measure. His tenure will depend on whether his “new movement” of misfits can maintain their form without succumbing to injury or personality clashes.Ligue 1 talking points 11Caen24-1030 PosTeamPGDPts Twitter 18Lille24-1625 Show • As lovely as Lo Celso’s goal was, Yeni N’Gbakoto’s winner against Rennes was even more spectacular, giving Guingamp a 1-0 win against their fellow Bretons and keeping alive their hope of cracking the top six. Antoine Kombouaré’s team failed to gain any ground in that race, however, as Montpellier rebounded from last week’s 4-0 loss to PSG in fine fashion, recording a 2-1 comeback win over Angers at home. The win moved Montpellier into sixth place, in front of Nice on goal difference. With their next three league matches against Metz, Guingamp and Strasbourg, the southern side are looking well-positioned to continue their tilt at a place in next season’s Europa League.• Lyon suffered consecutive losses in the league for the first time in a year, losing 3-2 away to Monaco and dropping to fourth place. Despite the hosts playing half the match with 10 men, Lyon and Nabil Fékir in particular lacked the focus and precision that have been at the heart of their best moments this season. Fekir has always been dogged by the criticism that he does not turn up often enough on the road and he did little to disprove that epigram at the Stade Louis II, having been well-marshalled by Fabinho throughout. Lyon have showed more than enough ability to finish in the top three this season, but Fékir, playing even more poorly than he had at Bordeaux a week ago, needs to offer more consistency if they are to achieve that goal. Reuse this content 12St Etienne24-1429 Hide 20Metz24-2218 Quick guide Ligue 1 results If Robben and Ribéry leave Bayern Munich, they will go as club legends Guardian Sport Network Metz lost 11 of their first 12 games this season – but might just stay up Relegation was a genuine concern when Ligue 1 returned at the start of 2018. At the halfway point of the season, St Étienne were 16th in the league and had gone 10 games without a victory. They were floundering, with no confidence or direction, but Gasset is showing his experience and insight are still of use at this level. With four wins in their six league matches since Christmas, they are now up to 12th. They were particularly impressive in their imposing 2-0 at Amiens, which followed up a similarly stubborn triumph over Caen the week before.Gasset has installed some organisation and purpose into the team, cajoling a sense of togetherness from his players. Reigniting their sense of belief has been no small achievement, given that the mood around the club had morphed from downcast to outright toxic. After the defeat to Lyon a leading St Étienne supporters’ group had described the players as “without desire, without pride and especially without courage.” The atmosphere the fans create at the ground is glorious but their increasing belligerence had only served to heighten the sense of chaos. Meanwhile, a lack of investment in players has been a long-running issue.Given the lack of funds available, their activity in the January transfer window is all the more impressive. The club contented themselves with being opportunistic, perhaps even risky, in the window, but their new signing are already proving their worth. The words “Nouvelle Tendance (New Movement)” have been emblazoned across the club’s Twitter profile under the faces of new arrivals Yann M’Vila, Mathieu Debuchy, Neven Subotic and Paul-Georges Ntep. These are all familiar names but St Étienne spent next to nothing on them given their difficulties in recent years. Debuchy, M’Vila and Subotic signed on free transfers, while Ntep joined on loan from Wolfsburg.Subotic was a hero for the Borussia Dortmund team that won the Bundesliga and made it to the Champions League final under Jürgen Klopp, but the centre-back’s form had disintegrated to the point where he was often not even making the bench at the Westfalenstadion. Winger Ntep had been on fringes of the France squad and close to a move to Liverpool while at Rennes, but injuries halted his development. Holding midfielder M’Vila, who has 22 caps for France, has struggled with disciplinary issues throughout his career, which resulted in an ill-fated run at Sunderland. And Debuchy, another former France regular, cost Arsenal £12m in 2014 but only made 13 league appearances for the club as he struggled with injuries and the emergence of Héctor Bellerín. Lyon Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Ligue 1 Share via Email Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 resultsMarseille 6-3 MetzLille 0-3 PSGAmiens 0-2 St ÉtienneMontpellier 2-1 AngersNice 0-1 ToulouseStrasbourg 0-2 BordeauxRennes 0-1 GuingampCaen 3-2 NantesMonaco 3-2 Lyon Ligue 1 table Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

5 days agoInter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plansby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan directer Beppe Marotta says they won’t seek to buy a replacement for the injured Alexis Sanchez.The Nerazzurri have lost Sanchez for two to three months following ankle surgery, as he damaged tendons while on international duty for Chile.“We designed the squad in a specific way and we would’ve been happier without Alexis Sanchez’s injury, of course, but we are also optimistic and trust he’ll be back within two months,” Marotta told DAZN.“After that, our forward line will remain unchanged. We have a competitive side in attack with different options.“The January transfer window is open to clubs, even if the top players are rarely available to move during that period. It’s our duty to be vigilant and see what opportunities the market offers.” last_img read more

“Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh” Is Apparently A Popular Halloween Costume

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job turning around the Wolverines in his first year on campus, and as such, UM fans are looking to celebrate him for Halloween. A quick look on social media reveals that dozens of Michigan supporters are going as Jim Harbaugh – khakis and all – for the holiday. Check it out:@CoachJim4UM @umichfootball @UMichAthletics I present the greatest Halloween costume ever JIM HARBAUGH!! pic.twitter.com/WetOpqNW5J— Jacob Anderson (@Go_Blue1415) October 29, 2015What’s better than Jim Harbaugh? TWO Jim Harbaughs! #GoBlue #Halloween pic.twitter.com/yvy2RLltxx— Susie Pearson (@SusiePearson02) October 28, 2015@umichfootball Happy Halloween Coach Harbaugh! Like my costume? Go Blue! pic.twitter.com/GaCUCqr6uO— Ty Seighman (@sig_ty) October 24, 2015In reality, it’s an easy costume to pull off. Still, we’ll give anyone props who promotes college football on Halloween.last_img read more

Salem Beach in St. Ann to be upgraded

first_img “This will help to improve the town of Salem’s tourism economy, diversify its offerings and improve economic competitiveness in the area,” he said, adding that the Salem Beach will be transformed into a quality recreational area with facilities and services that will meet international standards. Story Highlights Speaking at the ceremony to break ground, at the beach in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on October 17, Mr. Bartlett said the beach upgrade is being done under the TEF’s National Beach Development Programme, in collaboration with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Salem Beach in St. Ann will be upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $26 million. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Salem Beach in St. Ann will be upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $26 million.Speaking at the ceremony to break ground, at the beach in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on October 17, Mr. Bartlett said the beach upgrade is being done under the TEF’s National Beach Development Programme, in collaboration with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).“This will help to improve the town of Salem’s tourism economy, diversify its offerings and improve economic competitiveness in the area,” he said, adding that the Salem Beach will be transformed into a quality recreational area with facilities and services that will meet international standards.Additionally, Mr. Bartlett said that fishermen who utilise Salem Beach will not be left out, as the Tourism Ministry plans to include them in the upgrade.“We are looking at how to include fisherfolk in this development. We definitely cannot leave them out, as the upgrade must be inclusive,” the Minister added.For his part, Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay and Chairman of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, Michael Belnavis, said he is pleased that the Salem Beach is getting a facelift, and expressed gratitude to the Ministry.The upgrade will include the demolition of some existing structures, the construction of restrooms, two gazebos, a wash-off stand and parking facilities. There will also be an upgrade of the sewerage treatment system.The renovation is expected to be completed in February 2019.Under the National Beach Development Programme, the TEF has, so far, spent more than $105 million to upgrade the Lyssons Beach in St. Thomas; the Boston Beach in Portland, and Burwood Beach in Trelawny.last_img read more

NEB rejects Burnabys bid to stop work at Trans Mountain pipeline terminal

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — The National Energy Board has rejected the City of Burnaby’s request that it rescind orders allowing the company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to conduct work at its terminal in the city.The Metro Vancouver city had asked that the board cancel the orders after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed government approval for the expansion project.Burnaby had argued the terminal work was primarily related to the project, but the board said in a written decision Thursday that it’s upholding the orders, allowing Trans Mountain Corp. to do infrastructure work at the Burnaby Terminal.The NEB says piping modifications are not associated with the expansion project and the relocation and decommissioning orders appropriately allow Trans Mountain to optimize the site in preparation to offer new services to shippers.The board also allowed the company to continue tree clearing as part of the approved work.Burnaby has been a long-standing opponent of the pipeline expansion, which would substantially increase tanker traffic in the city’s waters, and it was among the plaintiffs in the Federal Court of Appeal case against the project.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

House GOP leaders delay tax plan release amid changes

first_imgWASHINGTON – House Republicans, straining to make last-minute changes to their far-reaching tax proposal, on Tuesday delayed the rollout by a day after they failed to finalize the details.The plan pushed by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress is a top legislative priority. The details originally were to be unveiled on Wednesday, but that was delayed until Thursday, said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.The committee had worked throughout the day and evening to produce a plan for the first overhaul of the nation’s tax code in three decades.“We are making excellent progress. We are very close,” Brady told reporters late Tuesday night. “A lot of work remains with the drafters, they are continuing to work through the night. We are moving forward.”At the White House, an official said Trump looked forward to seeing legislation this week, adding the administration was confident the delay wouldn’t affect the ultimate timing of the bill. Brady said his panel plans to vote on the bill next week.Although they had settled on some key details — such as a cut in the corporate tax rate to 20 per cent and maintaining the top personal income tax rate for the wealthy of 39.6 per cent — other elements still had to be resolved, including the income levels for the tax brackets.Trump has intensified his lobbying for the nearly $6 trillion tax overhaul plan, seeking a major legislative achievement after the collapse of the health care repeal. Republicans see taxes as a political imperative that will decide whether they keep their congressional majorities in next year’s midterm elections.The president set an ambitious timetable and predicted a grand signing ceremony before Christmas at “the biggest tax event in the history of our country.”Late Tuesday, Trump renewed his cheerleading on Twitter.“The Republican House members are working hard (and late) toward the Massive Tax Cuts that they know you deserve. These will be biggest ever!”The plan originally unveiled by Trump and congressional Republicans called for shrinking the number of tax brackets from seven to three, with respective tax rates of 12 per cent, 25 per cent, 35 per cent. That plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats, who complained it was too favourable to the wealthy and undermined Trump’s rhetoric about it benefiting the middle class.The current Republican plan calls for nearly doubling the standard deduction used by most average Americans to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for families, and increasing the per-child tax credit. In addition to slashing the corporate tax rate, it also seeks to repeal inheritance taxes on multimillion-dollar estates, a big break for the wealthy.Brady did not answer directly when he was asked — while leaving House Speaker Paul Ryan’s suite Tuesday — whether the drop in the corporate tax rate would happen immediately. But, he said: “I want as much growth right from Day One as I can.”Trump intensified his lobbying for the tax overhaul plan even as its shape was still under negotiation by the Republicans on Capitol Hill.“The process is complicated but the end result will not be that complicated. It’s going to be: People are going to pay less tax by a lot, companies are going to pay less tax by a lot – that’s a big difference — and companies are going to start rebuilding and they’re going to stay here,” Trump said in the Roosevelt Room, where he was joined by the heads of more than a dozen business and trade allies.Trump said he’s directing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn and other administration officials to stay behind when he heads for Asia on Friday so they can help sell the tax proposal. The White House said Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, had cancelled plans to accompany the president to China and South Korea to help push the package.The president said he was hopeful the House will approve the tax bill by Thanksgiving. But his overly optimistic timetable didn’t address the concerns of lawmakers from states such as New York and New Jersey who have opposed a proposal to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, arguing it would hurt their constituents and subject them to being taxed twice.A battle continues over contributions to 401(k) retirements accounts. The financial industry and some Republican lawmakers insist that the GOP plan not change the tax benefits of the popular savings vehicles, as has been floated by GOP leaders.__Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor, Marcy Gordon, Erica Werner and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.last_img read more

TSX US markets up as oil hits threeyear high Loonie down

first_imgRising oil prices boosted Toronto’s main stock index Monday while rebounding tech stocks lifted markets south of the border.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 79.23 points to 15,808.63, mainly on the back of climbing oil prices, which settled above US$70 per barrel for the first time in more than three years.The June crude contract soared US$1.01 to US$70.73 per barrel. It last closed above the US$70 mark on Nov. 26, 2014.The commodity prices rose due to concerns around global supply disruptions, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.Those concerns include possible new U.S. sanctions against Iran.“I think we’re seeing those supply concerns manifest in higher oil prices,” he said.That lifted the heavily-weighted energy sector on the TSX’s main index where shares gained an average of 0.21 per cent of their worth.U.S. indices also made gains, with the Dow Jones industrial average up 94.81 points to 24,357.32, the S&P 500 index up 9.21 points to 2,672.63 and the Nasdaq composite index up 55.59 points to 7,265.21.“The bigger impact on the U.S. markets is coming from the rebound in the technology sector,” Fehr said.A correction earlier in the year beat up the tech sector pretty badly, he said, and now some optimism has returned with recent earnings coming out. Apple Inc., specifically, served as a catalyst for the sector after reporting strong results earlier this month.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.74 cents US, down 0.01 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the June natural gas contract gained three cents to US$2.74 per mmBTU. The June gold contract fell 60 cents to US$1,314.10 an ounce and the July copper contract retreated about a penny to roughly US$3.08 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Iconic Barbie fashion comes alive in vintage collaboration

first_imgNEW YORK — In time for her 60th birthday, Barbie has a new collaborator bringing her wide-ranging style to life for humans.One of the largest sellers of vintage-inspired clothes, Unique Vintage, is working with Barbie parent Mattel on the first women’s line to meticulously duplicate some of the doll’s most iconic early looks. In the process, the company also has taken care of the one thing critics love to hate about Barbie, her very plastic hourglass physique, by offering the outfits in sizes XS to 4X.The collaboration, Barbie x Unique Vintage, celebrates 1950s and ’60s Babs. The company that sells online and in about 500 boutiques around the world plans to go even bigger for Barbie’s big 6-0 next year, offering key fashion moments from across the rest of her decades.Until then, for fall, we caught up with all things Barbie x Unique Vintage in the swanky Jewel Suite designed by jeweler-to-the-stars Martin Katz in the Lotte New York Palace hotel on Madison Avenue. Katz paired a few of the looks with some of his own bling, from $36,000 button earrings in a rainbow of sapphires, garnets and tourmaline to a $48,000 cocktail ring of Bombay spinel cabochons and round diamonds.All of the glam pleases Katie Echeverry. She’s the founder, CEO and creative director of Unique Vintage, an 18-year-old company with 60 employees based in Burbank, California. With her long blonde locks and Barbie-esque dimensions, Echeverry said she was a Babs fan as a girl but was also a “tomboy” who loved to play softball.During a recent round of media interviews explaining how the collab came about, Echeverry donned a Kelly-green shawl dress worn by Barbie in 1962 and done by Unique Vintage in a forgiving stretch fabric. Noteworthy was Echeverry’s most definitely un-Barbie upper-arm tattoo, on proud display in the off-shoulder outfit, as she recalled her luck.“When I emailed Mattel, I didn’t think they’d actually reply back, but they did, and I was thrilled,” Echeverry told The Associated Press. “They ran with it. I couldn’t believe they hadn’t done it before.”Echeverry worked closely with Mattel but “they didn’t dictate what I chose.” Mattel opened its archives to her as she went about duplicating outfits, with adjustments to account for the real human form. She said she chose looks that “spoke to me.”Barbie, the doll, first hit store shelves in 1959. That year, she stepped out in a swirl of gold and white brocade for evening. The dress was among those Echeverry picked and sells for $118 on uniquevintage.com. The matching collar coat with three-quarter sleeves trimmed in faux fur goes for $148.Unique Vintage has brought Barbie fashion full circle, in a sense. It was a designer for actual women, Charlotte Johnson, who was hired to be the doll’s first fashion creator. A Mattel team took over soon after Barbie’s debut.Echeverry’s first Barbie go-around dropped in the spring. Social media fans of vintage and of Barbie took notice and sales have been brisk, she said. For fall, her prices range from $88 for an A-shaped Barbie flare skirt in green with a white hem to $198 for the doll’s red matinee sleeveless sheath dress and short jacket trimmed with calico-colored faux fur.It was important to Echeverry to choose looks that have remained iconic through the years but were wearable by women in the broad range of sizes she is committed to providing.“I was like a kid in a candy store,” she said. After the first season went on sale, Echeverry watched the response online, where nostalgia kicked in among fans who recalled favourite outfits, some gushing how they’d always wondered what it would be like to wear the looks themselves.That goes a long way in explaining why Echeverry was more than a little dedicated to getting the clothes right.“I went online and ordered every single vintage outfit myself. Mattel offered to lend them to me, but I was a little nervous about having some of their archives,” she said. “In our fittings, we literally had the original Barbie dress next to the model. We moved Barbie. When I sourced fabrics overseas, I had Barbie clothes in my pocket and I was making sure we got as close as possible.”She was also dedicated to the price points she knows her buyers are after.“I know our customer and she doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, and I understand that,” Echeverry said.Unique Vintage sells shoes, hats, gloves, sunglasses and jewelry to complement the Barbie outfits. The company offers a red pillbox hat, for instance, to go with Barbie’s 1962 red flare coat done in a soft felt with the same swing and puffy three-quarter sleeves and bow the doll wore, down to the white lining done in a white poly satin.Barbie wore a cloche tweed hat with a rose with her “Career Girl” tweed pencil skirt set in 1963. Unique Vintage offers a black fascinator with a rose instead, for $22.As for her afternoon of glam in the Martin Katz suite, with its shiny black grand piano and sparkling crystal ceiling decor on the 53rd floor of the Towers at Lotte, Echeverry was impressed.“This is so glamorous. It’s so much fun. The view’s incredible,” she said.While noting Barbie’s evolution as a “strong kick-ass woman” over the years, Echeverry said she was ready for a bit of her own reality after her recent promotional go-round.“It’s unusual to find me in a dress,” she said. “As soon as this interview’s over I’ll be putting on my jeans and my T-shirt and be back to the regular Katie.”Leanne Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

If Parliament rejects Mays Brexit deal uncertainty reigns

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May looks to be on a collision course with Parliament over her Brexit plan.Lawmakers are beginning five days of debate Tuesday leading up to a Dec. 11 vote on the divorce deal agreed between May’s government and the European Union.May insists the deal “delivers for the British people.” But there’s a strong chance Parliament will reject it, leaving Britain staring at a Brexit precipice: exit on March 29 with no deal in place.Here’s a look at what might happen if lawmakers vote down her deal.___RENEGOTIATE AND TRY AGAINAn EU summit is scheduled for Dec. 13-14, and Britain could go back to the bloc seeking changes to the deal. EU leaders insist it is not renegotiable, but while the 585-page withdrawal agreement is locked down, the declaration on future relations is shorter and vaguer.If that were tweaked, the government could bring the amended deal back to Parliament and hope for a different result.But British lawmakers differ on what a better deal would look like. Many Brexiteers seek a cleaner break with the bloc, and want to change the Irish border “backstop” that would bind the U.K. in a customs union with the EU. It is very unlikely the bloc would re-open this.Pro-EU lawmakers want a softer divorce — the so-called “Norway option” — that keeps Britain inside the EU single market for goods and services. The EU might be open to the idea, but it would mean accepting free movement of people from the bloc to Britain, a red line for many U.K. Brexit supporters.___CHANGE THE LEADERMay insists she has no plans to resign, but she may have no choice if she loses the vote by a wide margin.Alternately, pro-Brexit Conservative rebels who have long wanted to oust her can trigger a no-confidence vote if they amass 48 letters of support. If May lost the vote, there would be a leadership contest with the winner decided by a ballot of party members — a process that would take several weeks.May would remain prime minister in the meantime, but without much in the way of authority or a mandate, as the clock ticked down to March 29, the day Britain officially leaves the EU.___HOLD AN ELECTIONThe main opposition Labour Party says it will try to trigger an election by calling a no-confidence vote in the government.Winning it would require support from some Conservatives, who may be unwilling to support an election that could well see them ousted from power.If May’s government lost a no-confidence vote, it would have two weeks to overturn the result with a new vote by lawmakers. If that failed, there would be an election, a process that takes five to six weeks.Whatever new government emerges would have little time to solve the Brexit conundrum before March 29.___NEW REFERENDUMThe campaign to revisit Brexit in a second referendum — driven largely by supporters of the losing “remain” side last time around — has been gathering steam as the pitfalls and complexity of the divorce process become clear.But the government is firmly opposed, and it’s unclear whether a majority of lawmakers would back the idea in a parliamentary vote.And what would the question be? Many pro-EU politicians want a choice between leaving on the proposed terms and staying in the EU, but others say leaving without a deal should also be an option. There’s a strong chance any new referendum would be as divisive as the first.There also is not enough time to hold a plebiscite before March 29, so Brexit would have to be paused — and that would require agreement from the EU.___NO DEAL“No deal” is the outcome almost no one wants — but it is also the default option. If the divorce deal is not approved, altered or put on hold, Britain will cease to be an EU member at 11 p.m. London time on March 29.The Bank of England has warned that a “no-deal” exit could plunge Britain into its deepest recession in nearly a century, and businesses warn the sudden end to longstanding trading agreements with the EU could see gridlock at British ports and shortages of food and medicines.___NO BREXITThe government says stopping Brexit would betray voters’ decision to leave the bloc. But some lawmakers want it to be an option, and have asked Europe’s top court to rule on whether Britain could unilaterally change its mind about Brexit. On Tuesday the European Court of Justice’s advocate general said that in his opinion, it could. The full court ruling is due within weeks.___ALL BETS IN PLAYIt’s difficult to predict which outcome is most likely. Bookmakers certainly don’t know how the Brexit process will end, though they appear to be pretty sure that May won’t get her deal through Parliament next week. Ladbrokes, for example, is offering odds of 4 to 1 against her deal getting approved.“I would not want to bet on anything,” said Rob Ford, a professor of political science at the University of Manchester.“This is a situation of what some probability scientists would call radical uncertainty. We just don’t know what the relative chances of these options are because this is an unprecedented situation in lots of ways, and these outcomes are interacting, they’re dynamic, they’re complex. It’s like a chaotic weather system.”___See the AP’s Brexit coverage at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitJill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP seeking volunteers to help prevent crime

first_imgUsing portable radar equipment and an electronic digital board, volunteers monitor speeds in school and playground zones, high crash zones, and neighbourhood streets. Volunteers record the speed of vehicles and forward these reports to police and ICBC. Areas with high incidents of speeding will be considered for future RCMP enforcement.Cpl. Francoeur said that the program is now also able to be expanded to include distracted driving campaigns.The Block Watch program is a partnership between police and citizens that draws on members of the community for help in preventing and reducing neighbourhood crime. It is a neighbour-helping-neighbour program that teaches citizens to secure their property, be aware of their surroundings, and report any suspicious activities to police.Block Watch contributes to more cohesive neighbourhoods as a result of encouraging camaraderie between neighbours and can also facilitate the resolution of minor issues locally.“Volunteering with the RCMP is an opportunity to invest in safety and security of the community,” added Cpl. Francoeur.To inquire about volunteering with the RCMP, call the Fort St. John detachment at (250) 787-8100. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is currently recruiting volunteers for several crime prevention programs in the Energetic City.Cpl. Steven Francoeur says that the RCMP has partnered with the North Peace Justice Society for the Speed Watch and Block Watch programs.Speed Watch is an educational program sponsored by ICBC that is aimed at reducing incidents of speeding. This program not only provides awareness to drivers who are speeding, but also provides valuable data to the RCMP and ICBC in areas where speeding is a significant problem.last_img read more

Sean Dyche hopes his players will overcome poor form

first_imgSean Dyche has urged his players to wake up from slumber after accusing them of being trapped in a fog following Burnley’s loss at Wolves.The Clarets are experiencing their worst start to a league campaign in 90 years.Dyche’s men have managed to secure one point from their opening five games this term, and the manager has called on his team to step up their game.“No complaints, Wolves played well,” he told Sky Sports. “They are a good side, and we knew we would have to defend resolutely, which to be fair I thought we did – our ‘keeper played well.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We were a bit more like ourselves defensively. It was a poor goal but other than that we got blocks in, were resolute and stayed in the game where we could have got something.“But attacking wise it was nowhere near enough, not enough quality, guile and energy really. That’s got to change.“We’re in a bit of fog at the moment; we collectively have to get our way out of that. We’ve been here before, we know it changes quickly, but we’ve got to work to make it change.”last_img read more

Sailor in iconic VJ Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

first_img Posted: February 18, 2019 Updated: 11:55 AM AP, AP FacebookTwitter February 18, 2019 Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95.Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon Molleur, told The Providence Journal.In this Aug. 14, 1945 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a sailor and a woman kiss in New York’s Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II. The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. George Mendonsa was 95. It was years after the photo was taken that Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, were confirmed to be the couple. (Victor Jorgensen/U.S. Navy, File)Mendonsa was shown kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, on Aug. 14, 1945. Known as V-J Day, it was the day Japan surrendered to the United States. People spilled into the New York City streets to celebrate the news.Mendonsa planted a kiss on Friedman, whom he had never met.The photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt was first published in Life magazine and is called “V-J Day in Times Square,” but is known to most as “The Kiss.” It became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century, and is a popular image used on posters.Several people later claimed to be the kissing couple. It was years before Mendonsa and Friedman were confirmed to be the couple.Mendonsa served on a destroyer during the war and was on leave when the end of the war was announced.When he was honored at the Rhode Island State House in 2015, Mendonsa spoke about the kiss. He said Friedman reminded him of nurses on a hospital ship that he saw care for wounded sailors.“I saw what those nurses did that day and now back in Times Square the war ends, a few drinks, so I grabbed the nurse,” Mendonsa said, WPRI-TV reported .Friedman said in a 2005 interview with the Veterans History Project that it wasn’t her choice to be kissed.“The guy just came over and kissed or grabbed,” she told the Library of Congress.She added, “It was just somebody really celebrating. But it wasn’t a romantic event.”Mendonsa died two days before his 96th birthday. The family has not yet made funeral arrangements.Friedman fled Austria during the war as a 15-year-old girl. She died in 2016 at the age of 92 at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, from complications of old age.last_img read more

Board Of Fish To Discuss Turbidity Issues With KenaiSoldotna Advisory Committee

first_imgRuffner will be presenting at the Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, March 1. Last week the City of Kenai submitted a letter in response to the Kenai River Special Management Advisory Committees letter to the ADEC, an ordinance will be introduced at the Soldotna City Council tomorrow night to submit their own response as well. Ruffner will conduct a presentation to discuss the Kenai River water turbidity issues. He spoke to the Kenai City Council in January and stated that the proposal to list the Kenai River  is simply asking “are we making water muddier then we should be as associated with boat traffic?” According to Ruffner turbidity happens naturally, and is not “the end of the world”: “Muddy water can be bad for fish, recreation, or if you take that water and use it for drinking. So, turbidity in the river that we have been measuring over the past decade or so is not one of those things that screams that the sky is falling.” The Kenai/Soldotna Advisory Committee meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building, located at 40610 K-Beach Road in Soldotna.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In addition to the Cities of Kenai and Soldotna, Robert Ruffner with the Board of Fisheries is speaking out regarding the turbidity report released for the Kenai River by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Report: http://dec.alaska.gov/water/wqsar/waterbody/integratedreport.htm.https://dec.alaska.gov/water/wqsar/…/2014-2016-ir-kenai-river-factsheet-final.pdf Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Ruffner-speaking-to-AC-meeting.mp3VmJennifer-on-Ruffner-speaking-to-AC-meeting.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Now not the time to ascertain if BNP goes to polls Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoOpposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in an exclusive interview with Prothom Alo has said now is not the time to say if the party will go to the general elections later this year or not.The 11th parliamentary elections shall be held by the third week of January 2019 as per the present constitution after the 15th amendment brought by ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) in 2011.AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who came to power in a military controlled election in 2008, however, said on a number of occasions that the next general elections will be held in December this year.Asked who would be BNP’s Mahathir if it wins the next polls as the party often refers to Malaysia’s recent elections, Fakhrul said, “We haven’t yet decided if we will join the polls or not. We haven’t taken a decision that we will join the polls in a situation when Khaleda Zia will remain in the jail and Tarique Rahman outside the country.”BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia has been in jail since 8 February and her son and party’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman has been in London since 2008.Asked if the party wants to shelve the question of making prime minister anybody from outside the Zia dynasty, Fakhrul said, “Yes, because the time for making such a decision is yet to come. It involves more discussion and consultation. We’re not even ruling out the possibility of joining the polls.”Asked how long BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman will be “absconding” outside the country when his mother Khaleda is languishing in jail and in poor health, he said Tarique is not scared at all.“He needs to physiotherapy twice in a week. He’s yet to recover the spinal injury he suffered during the 1-11 regime. He won’t be able to get the therapy once he is back to the country and then won’t recover. Given the present circumstances in the country, we won’t see him in good health.”Dwelling on the health of Khaleda, Fakhrul said, “She has been suffering from osteoarthritis and it has deteriorated, affecting not only her knees but also her arms. Her left arm has grown heavy. She can’t hold anything with that arm. She is also suffering from a neck ache due to spondylitis.”Asked if the party has taken the issue to the court, Fakrhul replied in the negative and said, “Our experience is that the authorities form a medical board primarily composed pro-government doctors. We can’t seek the inclusion of private doctors.”About the possibility of going to polls under AL president Sheikh Hasina, Fakhrul said the party never said specifically that it would or wouldn’t join the polls under Hasina. “We’ll continue our street campaign and then will decide after observing the government’s actions.”When his attention was drawn to a court that slapped a moratorium on publication of a speech of Tarique Rahman as long as he remains absconding, Fakhrul said the Bangladesh media hasn’t given due consideration to this matter.“Those who believe in freedom of expression, and want to hear voices of dissent, should have looked into the matter.”Asked why the party didn’t file an appeal against the court order, the BNP leader said they didn’t do so because of their experience.“Whenever we move to the court with any issue, our appeal has been rejected every time. The court’s view of us is negative. We went to the court in the case of Madam’s [Khaleda] affairs, but we know we will not get results. We will however look into the matter as it’s a serious threat to freedom of press and freedom of expression.”About the possibility of BNP forging any alliance with HM Ershad, Fakhrul said, “There is no last word in politics. It depends on the situation. There’s been no communication with him [Ershad] so far. We had got him before the 2014 controversial elections, but he was picked up at gunpoint.”Asked why BNP doesn’t speak of banning its ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami now as it sometimes did in the past, Fakhrul said, “We usually say so when they [AL] criticises us for not leaving them.”“Doesn’t it suggest that both AL and BNP need Jamaat-e-Islami?” In reply to such a question, Fakhrul said, “No, Jamaat is with us because we wanted them.”About the key election agenda in the next polls – either corruption or extra judicial killing, Fakhrul said, “Along with these two issues, restoration of democracy will be a key issue.”Asked when BNP will give the outline of an election-time government it wants, he said, “It will depend on the situation too. A country like Pakistan which is often dubbed as a failed state has formed a caretaker government with a consensus of ruling and opposition parties.”In reply to another question, he said the BNP wouldn’t join the polls simply to give any party the legitimacy.Asked when and how the negation between AL and BNP which was brokered by then United Nation’s special envoy Oscar Fernandez-Taranco had failed in the run up to the 2014 elections, the BNP secretary general said, “AL was intransigent. It insisted that holding elections is mandatory. There was no time in hand. The election schedule can’t be changed. They said they would hold the polls just because of constitutional obligation and will negotiate a consensus with us shortly after the elections. And Mr Taranco is the biggest witness to their promise.”Asked what China, India, Russia and the United States are saying about the next general elections, Fakhrul said, “China, India and the US want a participatory election here. The European Union is playing a big role their end. But Russia has said nothing about it.”                         *The article has been rewritten by Abu Taib Ahmed based on an interview which came up in Prothom Alo print edition Monday.last_img read more

Tribute to MIT Physics Prof Lewin FreeOnLine MIT Courses

first_imgThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering 1800 full courses on-line to the public at no charge. In part the work of Professor Walter H.G. Lewin of MIT is the reason for the popularization of higher learning in science. Citation: Tribute to MIT Physics Prof Lewin: Free-On-Line MIT Courses (2007, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-tribute-mit-physics-prof-lewin.html Explore further Image of dye introduced into water in motion. Credit: Prof. Marshall MIT The machine that made the Moon missions possible The International Herald Tribune reporter, Sara Rimer has written a great story on Physicist Walter H. G. Lewin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge. The gist of the story is the availability of open source on-line physics courses offered by prestigious institutions of higher learning and their effect on the general public. Dr. Lewin has become a quartz star with a following that Mic Jagger would appreciate. The effect is spectacular, and has provided a real second-life to golden years professors by introducing them to the general public. Individuals who for one reason or another were unable to attend a prestigious school, but nonetheless possess an exuberance for higher learning. This article surveys various on-line opportunities for learning more about science. MIT Open Course Ware:The MIT Open Course Ware project is funded by donations and is free to the public. In addition to Dr. Lewin´s courses, there are about 1800 on-line complete courses offered by MIT. Courses are available in the undergraduate and graduate division list of courses. Many are survey courses and introductory type classes easily accessible to any one with a quest for knowledge. Examples:Do you have an interest in wireless communications or a job in communication and would like to add depth to your knowledge base? Check out a complete introduction course on the subject. This is not a teaser version. This is the entire course that MIT allows you to take for no university credits, but at no charge. All that is necessary is to download the course on your computer and point and click your way to achieve a solid foundation in wireless communications. 6.452 Principles of Wireless Communications at ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb .Are you interested in the Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans? This course was offered to students of MIT in the Fall of 2007. It is free of charge to the public and offered by MIT´s Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences with the eminent Professor John Marshall. The course lays out the laws of classical mechanics and thermodynamics. This vehicle allows you to explore how the dynamics of fluids combined with the rotating earth effect atmospheric winds, currents and climate of the earth. See: 12.003 Physics of Atmosphers and Oceans at ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Earth .Have you ever pondered the basis of how we hear and see? If you are a programmer, game developer or amateur inventor, knowing the fundamentals of the neural system is essential. MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences offers a free course called, 9.04 Neural Basis of Vision and Audition. The course will give you the science behind the perception. The course may not have been in the average software engineers core curriculum, but it should have been. See: ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Brain .In conclusion, the old adage, Knowledge is Power, subsumes the most important aspect. A solid education prevents you from “knowing a whole lot of junk, that simply isn’t true.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Decoding media glare on Army

first_imgThe Indian Army is an excellent fighting force, and has few parallels in the world. But  of  late, the image of the soldier is diminishing which calls for immediate action. This is happening because the forces have to face divergent pulls and pressures which are different today than from yesteryears. Institutions have a long memory, take time to change. On the other hand, the Army has to operate in a dynamic environment, with an active press and a changing civil society which are able to apply pressure and push for changes. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceThus, it is the Army that is perceived at times to be unable to ‘keep up’ with the societal fluctuations, and due to its strict procedures, it is not able to present its side of the story with the dynamism expected of it. It has prolonged deployment in counter-insurgency operations leading to uncanny situations. Armies are trained, equipped, geared and made ready for the primary task which is to protect the nation from external threat. But today judgement is passed on it for how well it does its secondary task. In short, people tend to judge the doctor by how well the nurse performs. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeThe Army simply has no answer to live media carrying out television debates beaming live to soldiers’ bedrooms the twists and turns of various scams. In a democracy, this is the one thing that is acceptable, adds to transparency. But when quite often, officers are on the mat for becoming ketchup colonels, booze brigadiers, generals fighting over various issues and scams, some of which like the Sukna have been set aside by the Armed Forces Tribunal — the stage is set for a soldier to question: ‘What am I serving for, is this my officer class like?’ Does the Army need to change its value system? In fact, when threatened it must reinforce the old values, but its manner of interaction with the media, its manner of conduct when deployed in prolonged counter-insurgency operations, requires a holistic look and not a knee-jerk reaction. After the recent firing at Budgam, in which two young boys were killed, the Army admitted that it was a “mistake” and a violation of rules of engagement. The Army also said that it would complete its inquiry within ten days and take action against the guilty. The legal catch here is that once the Army Commander has agreed it is a mistake, are all procedural inquiries on the subject irrelevant? On the other hand, while the law enforcers are guilty, in the wake of protests and all good work done by the Army during the recent floods in that area and the fact that elections were around the corner, pressure was going up from civil society, reckless teenagers were moving in a vehicle to a restricted area, isn’t there also a need for civil society to look inwards as well? The ground reality is that because armed sentries are there everywhere in view of the live threat posed by terrorists, such incidents are bound to recur. If there is accidental firing, and a whole host of other scenarios, will the Army now admit to its mistake every time before an inquiry? This could well have happened in Delhi, but the issue inevitably takes a different colour in Jammu and Kashmir. Will the soldier be blamed before an inquiry? Some time ago, a paramilitary force in Delhi waited for its inquiry to take place, before having the added burden of having put the blame on any one. Loss of life is regrettable but loss of soldiers’ morale critical and difficult to restore.The greatest strength of the forces lies in its intangibles: such as, morale, training, ethos and value system, bonded by discipline. The Sukna scam and the Budgam incident touch upon all these intangibles, especially discipline and training. The Budgam affair was at best an operational cum training issue. By declaring the soldiers guilty before inquiry, a whole host of issues, which are morale-sensitive, have been opened up. Are these even debatable?  The Sukna scam AFT judgment opens up another can of worms, which the Army needs to take to its logical conclusion. If the military justice system is shown in poor light, won’t its soldiers need an answer?Television debates do need some introspection. The debates on geostrategy, arms and equipment do become interesting, but when discipline is debated or discussed yet nuts and bolts of the ground situation are generally not known, the picture becomes confusing. Of course, the media needs to report the various scams, it needs to show all the dead wood, but it should exercise its judgement, on what will be the impact on the morale of the soldier?  In the Sukna scam not an inch of Army land was involved, there was no trickery or fraud: then how come the word scam was used for a so-called issue of ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC)? Discipline is the very key to a soldier’s being and to impact on his sense of discipline, needs sense of responsibility from all, including the political class, who have left us equipment deficient. The impact of  the movie Haider which shows the soldiers in poor light  has also come at this juncture and what is the ‘langar gup’ one wonders.  How should the Army react in inadvertent cases? It should go back to the Chetwode credo, of safety, honour and welfare of nation first, soldier next and its commanders last. This implies, supreme national interest first, completion of inquiries before pronouncing soldiers guilty second, and the various twists and turns of scams and age related issues last and not on prime time television because of TRP. The Army has had a long stint in counter-insurgency operations. This tells on training there is a need to cut down exposure in counter-insurgency, but the drawdown from foreign forces in Afghanistan opens up a  different scenario and weakening of Army from the border areas improbable. The forces therefore, need to settle these issues in house. The entire issue is of faith and the generals need to have 56-inch chests while interacting with civil society and take on ‘bullets’ flying at the aam sipahi.The author is a retired brigadierlast_img read more

Five books to look forward to in February 2018

first_imgAfter an exciting start to the New Year with releases of over 30 books across genres in January, the upcoming month is once again dotted with several interesting titles that may catch the attention of bibliophiles. Narrowing down a list from dozens of books releasing in February, here are some recommendations for the month, dominated largely by fiction and accompanied by a memoir and a commentary on Pakistan, is both subtle and appealing at the same time. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHere are the five books that we cannot wait to read this February:1. A Century is Not Enough, by Sourav Ganguly A sporting classic and a manual for living Sourav Ganguly’s life has been full of highs and lows. Arguably among India’s greatest cricket captains, he gave confidence to the team, re-energised it and took India, for the first time, to spectacular overseas victories. But Ganguly’s story also came with great challenges – from his early days when he had to wait four long years before being included in the team to the ugly battle with coach Greg Chappell. He fought his way out of every corner and climbed back up from every defeat, becoming India’s ultimate comeback king. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhat does it take to perform when the pressure is sky-high? How do you fight back and win? How do you make a name for yourself when you are young and have started the journey which is closest to your heart? As Sourav takes you through his life, he looks at how to overcome challenges and come out a winner. Time and time again.2. Do We Not Bleed? Reflections of a 21st-Century Pakistani, by Mehr Tarar This is a passionate, illuminating book about contemporary Pakistan. Comprising original profiles of diverse Pakistanis – some of whom are internationally feted and many others who are relatively unknown – as well as essays that examine the major fault lines in Pakistani society, the book offers the reader an insider’s perspective on the state of affairs in the country today. The book is divided into five thematic sections, each corresponding to a subject that the author feels strongly about. ‘Religious Persecution and Other Discontents’ delves into the killings and oppression generated by religious discord that are now a routine feature of life in Pakistan. ‘The Pakistan You Do Not Know’ shows us little known aspects of everyday life in Pakistan. And the other three sections of the book too focus on similar aspects and bring many unknown facets to the fore.3. Karmachari: Short Stories About Ordinary People, by Vasant Purushottam Kale and Vikrant Pande You who stand in a queue, who try to board a running local, who tolerate your boss’s snide remarks and the trials and tribulations of marital life – you still manage to discuss politics with enthusiasm, to finish a game of cards, to laugh and to make others laugh… You are a true karmachari.A collection of unforgettable short stories about ordinary people, Karmachari is a mirror held up to society. Set in suburban Mumbai of the 1970s, yet universal, it is peopled by characters we might meet in real life. They come alive under V. P. Kale’s sharp but compassionate gaze, and prod us gently towards a world of greater kindness and understanding.4. On The Road To Tarascon, by Arnab NandyA lover’s note among a senile woman’s possessions sets off a chain of events that could lead to the discovery of a Van Gogh masterpiece – one of the most important paintings to have been lost in World War II. When travel writer Neil Bose falls for Eva Schicktanz, he does not know he is getting involved with much more than a dimpled girl in nerd glasses. Neil and Eva must stay ahead of unknown pursuers after a common goal, and follow an unusual trail charted in 1945. But after so many years, does the trail even exist? A quest spanning continents and seven decades, this edge-of-the-seat thriller keeps you hooked till the last page.5. A Murder on Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey Sujata Massey is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed mystery writer best known for her Rei Shimura series. Set in the multicultural mix of 1920s’ Bombay, ‘A Murder on Malabar Hill’ expertly combines the delights of Agatha Christie with the period charm of Downton Abbey. Intrepid and intelligent, young Perveen Mistry joins her father’s prestigious law firm to become one of India’s first female lawyers. Her tumultuous past also makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s rights.When Mistry Law is appointed to execute the will of Omar Farid, a wealthy mill owner, Perveen’s suspicions are aroused by a curious provision which could disinherit Farid’s three widows and leave them vulnerable. Are the Farid widows – who live in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to men – being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen decides to investigate, but when tensions escalate to murder, it becomes clear that her own life is in mortal peril and she will need to use everything in her power to outwit a dangerous criminal.last_img read more