New York City Commuters Hurry Home to Beat the Storm

New York City Commuters Hurry Home to Beat the Storm

27/Jan/2015  //  228 Viewers

New York:  New York City came to a quiet standstill early Tuesday as heavier bands of snow blanketed the region.

With the city's ban on driving in effect at 11 p.m., few vehicles remained on the roads as most residents settled in for the night. In Brooklyn, snowplows rumbled by, and groups of cigarette smokers gathered outside the bars that dared to stay open. A few taxis and private cars were out.

Those who had not made it home yet were keeping an eye on the forecast and plotting their commute. At a Sunoco gas station near the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, the night clerk, Kamal Aujla, 35, began to wonder late Monday how he would get back to Ridgewood, Queens, when his shift ended at 6 a.m.

"I will think that through in the morning," he said, watching the storm coverage on television.

Earlier on Monday, workers had scrambled to get home before the storm. Like thousands of other commuters, Ed Russo, 48, tried to avoid the rush and catch the train home to Syosset, on Long Island. He planned ahead, he said, noting that he had been stuck in Manhattan, or otherwise delayed, during past snowstorms.

"Luckily I got out of the city quick enough to avoid most of the bad commute," said Russo, who works at A&E Networks. "I'm not expecting to get home on time, but if I can get home at some point tonight I'll be happy."

Duane Singh, 41, and Milton Castrillano, 43, two handymen in a commercial building in Harlem, also left work early. As they brushed an already thick layer of snow off Singh's red Toyota, they said they would venture over the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge to head home to Queens.

"It will be slow, but I believe we will make it home," Castrillano said.
Singh said he had an advantage over many other drivers. "I have four-wheel drive."

Even at a relatively early hour, many commuters faced an anxious ride home.

In Hamilton, New Jersey, Joseph Chioffi, 53, a securities lawyer for a bank in Manhattan, shivered outside the busy transit station and said he was glad to be close to his home in Princeton. He left work early, taking a 3:02 train to Trenton with standing room only.

His eyes bleary and a little red, a tired Chioffi said he planned to grab a ride with his brother-in-law from Hamilton to Princeton. "I'm just happy to be back," he said.

Those who dared to drive found themselves facing daunting traffic with few options for relief along the way. Amy Caraluzzi drove though New Fairfield, Connecticut, on Monday evening looking for a place to fill her gas tank, but all of the stations had been emptied, she said.

"For the first time ever, there are signs on the pumps saying 'Sorry for the inconvenience, but we're out of everything except diesel,'" she said. "Everyone's been coming in with their 5-gallon containers for their generators. So they're cleaned out."

With such grim transportation prospects, some decided to just hunker down in Manhattan.

Leo Andreacchio, 67, who sells beer at Track 24 near the trains to Connecticut at Grand Central Terminal, said he had restocked his bar three times. On a typical Monday? Not once.

"It looks like the world was coming to an end in here," said Andreacchio who has worked at the terminal for more than 39 years.

At 5 p.m., the terminal felt abandoned. Some commuters had decided to stay overnight, including John Clark, who planned to stay at a hotel in Midtown rather than trek back to Putnam County.
"This is an adventure," he said as he sipped an orange-flavored vodka at a bar. "But I will probably end up calling my wife like five times tonight because I feel guilty."


Source: http://www.ndtv.com/
Pakistani Teachers Get Gun Training After Peshawar Massacre

Pakistani Teachers Get Gun Training After Peshawar Massacre

27/Jan/2015  //  224 Viewers

Peshawar:  Teachers in northwest Pakistan are being given firearms training and will be allowed to take guns into the classroom in a bid to strengthen security following a Taliban massacre at a school last month.

Heavily armed militants killed 150 people, 132 of them children, in a bloody December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, the main town in Pakistan's northwest.

"Carrying firearms for every teacher is not obligatory, but all those who want to carry firearms to schools willingly will be provided with permits," Atif Khan, provincial education minister for the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told AFP on Tuesday.

Provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani confirmed the decision, adding that the province was unable to provide police guards for all of its government-run education institutions.

"The number of police in the province is not enough to guard 35,000 schools, colleges and universities -- that's why we have allowed teachers to carry firearms," Mr Ghani told AFP.

Authorities began training teachers in how to use guns last week and the latest batch of female trainees started learning the ropes on Tuesday.

"It's a two-day course. We are training them on gun handling and also on (the) procedure of using it," said Mohammad Latif, a trainer at police headquarters in Peshawar.

Pakistan has already strengthened security for schools across the country, including by building elevated boundary walls with steel wire fencing and increasing the number of police. Private schools have been ordered to deploy extra security guards.

Malik Khalid Khan, the president of the Private Schools Teachers Association, opposed the move to arm teachers.

"How is it possible to teach students in a class... holding a gun in one hand and a pen in another?" Mr Khan told AFP.

"It's not our job, our job is to teach them books. A teacher holding a gun in the class will have very negative affect on his students," Mr Khan said, adding that the government should hire more police if they are short of numbers.

Source: http://www.ndtv.com/
US and India Pick These 3 Places For Smart Cities

US and India Pick These 3 Places For Smart Cities

27/Jan/2015  //  205 Viewers

New Delhi India and the US have decided to take "quick measures" to develop Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Ajmer in Rajasthan as smart cities.

The nitty gritty was discussed at a meeting in Delhi between Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who travelled as part of President Barack Obama's delegation on his three-day India visit that ended today.
Mr Naidu and Ms Pritzker decided to form a task force for each of the three cities to formulate concrete action plans in the next three months, an official statement said.

Each team will consist of three representatives each from the central and respective state governments and the US Trade and Development Agency or USTDA.

Each task force will discuss city specific features, project requirements and appropriate revenue models for flow of investments, before suggesting action plans for developing them as smart cities.

Ms Pritzker said she had earlier met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia and found them to be "go getters." She said she was "confident of making a success of the smart city cooperation between the US and India".

"This meeting was in pursuance of the directive of President Barack Obama to work on the economic dimension of strategic and commercial dialogue between Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and President Obama and the decisions taken," Ms Pritzker said.

Mr Naidu, referring to the Modi-Obama joint statement of September last year and the signing of Memoranda of Understanding on smart city cooperation, said it was now time for both the sides to "walk the talk by acting quick and concretising the agreements reached".

Source: http://www.ndtv.com/
 FORECAST Nova Scotia blizzard eases, icy conditions continue

FORECAST Nova Scotia blizzard eases, icy conditions continue

27/Jan/2015  //  244 Viewers

Here's what you can expect across Nova Scotia as the blizzard starts to ease but icy conditions continue.

Environment Canada had issued blizzard warnings for almost all of Nova Scotia, and later lifted them for southeastern Nova Scotia as the weather started to clear.

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The messy weather forced the cancellation of flights, as well as schools and businesses across the Maritimes on Tuesday. Road conditions were so poor that transportation officials in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick shut down a 170-kilometre stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton, N.B., and Truro, N.S.

Here's a timeline of what to expect tonight and tomorrow:
Tuesday

2 p.m.: Periods of snow mixed heavily with ice pellets on the Atlantic coast. Scattered white out conditions. Northeast wind gusts 60 km/h to 90 km/h.

4 p.m.: Periods of snow mixed heavily with ice pellets province wide. Scattered white out conditions. Northeast wind gusts between 60 km/h to 90 km/h.

6 p.m.: Periods of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain. Isolated white out conditions. Northeast wind gusts between 60 km/h to 80 km/h.

8 p.m.: Off and on light mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain. Isolated white out conditions. Northeast wind gusts slightly weaker, between 50 km/h to 70 km/h.

10 p.m.: Off and on light mix of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain. Some restrictions to visibility. Northeast wind gusts easing to 40 km/h to 60 km/h.
Wednesday

12 a.m.: Off and on light mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain. Some restrictions to visibility. North northeast wind gusts between 40 km/h to 60 km/h.

2 a.m.: Off and on light mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain. Some restrictions to visibility. Wind gusts going north, between 30 km/h to 50 km/h.

4 a.m.: Moderate snow for the Annapolis Valley and Tri-County area, elsewhere a light mix of snow and ice pellets. North wind gusts 30 km/h to 50 km/h.

6 a.m.: Moderate snow in the Annapolis Valley and on the South Shore, while other locations will see a light mix of snow and ice pellets. North wind gusts 30 km/h to 50 km/h. The wind direction may be varied on the Atlantic coastline.

8 a.m.: Off and on light mix of snow and ice pellets Halifax and west. Scattered wet flurries east of Halifax including Cape Breton. North wind gusts of 30 km/h to 50 km/h, although the direction may be varied on the Atlantic coastline.

10 a.m.: Off and on light mix of snow and ice pellets Halifax and west. Scattered wet flurries east of Halifax including Cape Breton. North northwest wind gusts between 30 km/h to 50 km/h.

12 p.m.: Off and on light mix of snow and ice pellets Halifax and west. Scattered wet flurries east of Halifax including Cape Breton. Northwest wind gusts between 40 km/h to 60 km/h, though the wind direction may vary in Cape Breton.

2 p.m.: Off and on light mix of snow and ice pellets across the Mainland. Scattered wet flurries in Cape Breton. Northwest wind gusts between 40 km/h to 60 km/h. The wind direction may vary in Cape Breton.

4 p.m.: Clearing Halifax and west. Light mix of snow and ice pellets east of Halifax. Northwest wind gusts 40 km/h to 60 km/h. The wind direction may vary in Cape Breton.

6 p.m.: Clearing mainland Nova Scotia. Scattered wet flurries in Cape Breton. Northwest wind gusts 40 km/h to 60 km/h. The wind direction may vary in Cape Breton.

8 p.m.: Clearing mainland Nova Scotia. Scattered wet flurries in Cape Breton. Wind gusts similar as before, 40 km/h to 60 km/h.

10 p.m.: Clearing across Cape Breton. West northwest wind gusts of 40 km/h to 60 km/h.

Gunmen Stage Deadly Attack on Libyan Hotel

Gunmen Stage Deadly Attack on Libyan Hotel

27/Jan/2015  //  230 Viewers

Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya’s capital Tuesday, killing nine people including an American and three other foreigners, security officials said.

A group calling itself Islamic State-Tripoli Province claimed responsibility over Twitter for the midmorning attack on the Corinthia Hotel, a seaside complex popular with foreign businessmen, diplomats and journalists, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist social networking activity.

The group designated its siege of the hotel the “Battle of Anas al-Libi, ” the monitoring group reported—an apparent reference to an accused al Qaeda operative, a Libyan, who died earlier this month in a hospital in the U.S., where he was to go on federal trial on charges of helping carry out the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.

An American security contractor employed by the Virginia-based security firm Team Crucible LLC was among those dead, an executive of the firm said. Essam al-Naas, the security spokesman for the government in Tripoli, said two of the foreigners killed were Asian women believed to work for the Tripoli-based airline Buraq Air, and that the fourth foreign victim was a Frenchman.

Mr al-Naas said two of the assailants died, at least one of them by detonating explosives in a suicide vest.

The hotel assault began shortly after 9 a.m. when a team of four to five militants detonated a car bomb on the main street in front of the Corinthia’s entrance, said Morad Ali, a fighter with Libya Dawn, an Islamist group in control of the capital Tripoli and west of the country.

The blast instantly killed three guards, Mr. Ali said, enabling the gunmen to race into the hotel lobby, where they fired at fleeing employees and guests.

Many guests were able to escape the hotel, including Omar al-Hasi, leader of the Libya Dawn militia. But the gunmen succeeded in taking several people hostage before boarding an elevator and holing up between the 20th and 24th floors, Mr. Ali said.

A post on the Twitter account claiming to speak for Islamic State-Tripoli Province—a group that has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State insurgency that occupies large parts of Iraq and Syria—said Tuesday morning that “heroes of the Caliphate” had stormed the hotel, which it said housed “crusader” security companies.

Libyan officials and a former top intelligence official said recently that Islamic State had sent experienced fighters from Syria to Tripoli.

Tuesday’s attack in the Libyan capital is just the latest violence to afflict the North African nation, which has seen almost continuous factional fighting since longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown in a popular uprising and killed in late 2011.

The main conflict pits Libya Dawn against a secular-oriented regime based in the eastern city of Tobruk. Both sides claim the right to solely govern the country and each boasts its own legislature and head of state.

Despite the claim of responsibility, it wasn’t immediately clear whether the attack stemmed from Libya’s internal divisions or from the broader regional conflict between Arab regimes and Western governments, on the one hand, and Islamic State on the other.

So far, there is no evidence that local Islamic State fighters coordinated with the group’s central franchise in the Middle East to plan Tuesday’s operation. There was no claim of responsibility or praise from social network accounts connected to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But if evidence surfaces that the self-proclaimed “caliphate” there played a role, the attack could point to an expanded footprint for a group whose rapid advance has unsettled much of the Middle East.

In remarks carried by Libyan state news agency Lana, Omar Alkhaddrawi, the head of the Tripoli-based General Administration of the Central Security, said preliminary investigations pointed to the involvement of remnants of Gadhafi’s regime. He didn’t provide evidence. The Islamist-backed cabinet frequently accuse its eastern rivals of ties to Gadhafi loyalists.

Islamic State also claims a presence in the eastern regions of Sirte and Derna, where it has carried out grisly public beheadings of the sort that have become hallmarks of its operations in Iraq and Syria, according a European diplomat and videos purportedly posted by the group on social media.

A Libyan manager working for a foreign joint venture in Tripoli said international companies were at a heightened state of alert. “We were asked to vacate our offices and told that they will be closed until Sunday,” the manager said.

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, condemned Tuesday’s attack, describing it as “another reprehensible act of terrorism which deals a blow to efforts to bring peace and stability to Libya.” She urged that such violence not be allowed to undermine talks aimed at ending Libya’s political standoff.

In a rare piece of good news, the United Nations said a second round of peace talks it sponsors between Libya’s warring factions ended in Geneva on Tuesday in a “positive atmosphere.” The Libyan participants also “strongly condemned” the terrorist attack, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said in a statement. Groups aligned with the Tripoli government are part of the dialogue, though not Libya Dawn, which nonetheless declared a cease-fire after a first round of discussions earlier this month.

The Corinthia has frequently hosted meetings of the U.N. support mission in Libya.


Source: http://www.wsj.com/

Colonel killed in J&K, a day after R-Day honour

Colonel killed in J&K, a day after R-Day honour

27/Jan/2015  //  230 Viewers

A senior Army officer, who was among the gallantry medal awardees announced on the eve of Republic Day, was killed in a fierce gun battle with militants in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.

Two local militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and a policeman were also killed.

Sources told Deccan Herald that Col M N Rai, a resident of Varanasi, was killed in a gunfight when personnel of 42 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police launched a joint operation in the Handora forest area near Tral, 38 km from here, “following specific information about the presence of militants”.

Col Rai, who was commanding officer of 42 Rashtriya Rifles, was awarded the “Yudh Seva medal” for his bravery while eliminating a group of militants in the Tral area last year.

“As the troops were cordoning the area, the hiding militants fired on the search party. The militants were asked to surrender but they fired on advancing troops in which Col Rai and three policemen were seriously injured. In the retaliatory action by the troops both militants were killed,” sources said.

Col Rai tried to enter the house during the gunfight when militants targeted him and he was critically injured.

“Col Rai went for daredevil action and ran straight into the house where militants were hiding during the gun battle to ensure that they did not escape,” sources added.

Police said the injured security personnel were admitted to 92 Base Camp hospital at the Badami Bagh cantonment in Srinagar where Col Rai and head constable of J&K police Sanjeev Singh died.

Police said the two HuM militants were Adil Khan and Shiraz Dar. Khan had been the district commander of HuM since September 2012. Dar recently joined the outfit and was involved in stealing the rifle of an SOG man from Awantipora camp last year.

Sources told Deccan Herald that Khan, son of a police constable, was the most wanted local militant in south Kashmir. “He was involved in a large number of attacks on security forces besides civilian targets in Pulwama district,” sources said.

The militants were in the village to meet Khan’s family when troops cordoned off the area.
Governor N N Vohra and former chief minister Omar Abdullah conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families.

Source: http://www.deccanherald.com/
Adeyeye threatens APC with N10bn suit, debunks FG refund of N22bn to Ekiti Govt

Adeyeye threatens APC with N10bn suit, debunks FG refund of N22bn to Ekiti Govt

27/Jan/2015  //  223 Viewers

Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye has threatened to file a 10bn libel suit against the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State and its Spokesperson, Taiwo Olatubosun over claim that the Federal Government paid N22bn to Ekiti State government as refund on construction of Federal roads in the state.

The minister said neither himself nor President Goodluck Jonathan said at the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) presidential campaign rally in Ado Ekiti that N22bn was paid to Ekiti State by the Federal government as being claimed by the APC.

He said: “The APC and Taiwo Olatubosun must retract this malicious falsehood within the next 14 days or risk N10bn libel suit.”

Speaking further, Adeyeye said; “the road was initially awarded by the administration of Segun Oni for N6.3bn and was later increased to N7.5bn by the same government.

“The APC government of Kayode Fayemi increased the contract from N7.5bn to N11bn.

“The Federal Government had earlier paid N2bn reimbursement on the road during the administration of Segun Oni, but could not pay another N2bn requested for during the Fayemi administration because of improper documentation.

“No refund has been paid during this present administration of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

“The APC and its Spokesperson must therefore come out with documentary evidence of their imaginary payment of N22bn to the Ekiti State government.

“In the absence this, the falsehood must be retracted within 14 days, failure of which I will have no option than to approach the court for a N10bn damages.”


Source: http://pointblanknews.com/
PDP Confirms Use of Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for Presidential Rally

PDP Confirms Use of Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for Presidential Rally

27/Jan/2015  //  234 Viewers

The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it would not be drawn into further argument with the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Rotimi Amaechi for the use of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for its Presidential Rally.

Consequently, the PDP confirms that it would host President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 for the Presidential Campaign, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.

The party notes that the flimsy excuses emanating from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to justify its refusal to allow the PDP the use of the facility does not hold water as the stadium is the property of Rivers people and not that of Governor Rotimi Amaechi or the All Progressives Congress.

The PDP further notes that besides the fact that APC had used the stadium twice, they do not have any right far and above the PDP to deny it (PDP) the use of the facility.

The party said It was pertinent to remind Governor Amaechi and the APC that the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium was executed in 2009 when Amaechi was still a member of the PDP.

Against this background, the PDP challenges Governor Amaechi to show the Rivers people one project he had executed since his defection to the APC.

The party called on Rivers people to ignore the antics of Amaechi and the APC and turn out enmasse to give President Jonathan a befitting welcome on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Omagwa.


Source: http://pointblanknews.com/

Suspected Boko Haram Members Burnt To Ashes In A Blast During Police Raid In Yobe By Masoyi Lusa

Suspected Boko Haram Members Burnt To Ashes In A Blast During Police Raid In Yobe By Masoyi Lusa

27/Jan/2015  //  239 Viewers

 Several insurgence were said to have burnt to ashes in the late hours of Tuesday in Potiskum  LGA of Yobe state. Potiskum is among the towns in Yobe state that have witness several attacks by the Boko-Haram targeted at government establishments, Security officers and civilians in recent times.
Security source said the suspected Boko-Haram were attacked by the police at a check-point around Texaco filling station junction in Potiskum  after they refused  to  stop for search at the checkpoint, and such warranted Police officers, to fire several gunshots  at the occupants of the vehicle.
The source added that after the gunshot at the vehicle, there was a blast in which they got burnt, according to the Source the suspects must be Boko-Haram heading to attack somewhere.
According to residents the raid on the suspected Boko-Haram is a good thing on the current attacks in Potiskum because there has been curfew which does not permit movement in Potiskum and wondered their action to move in that ugly hour.
This development as gathered terrified residents living within that area, with several others scampering for safety while others were trapped in the ensuing drama.
It was also learnt that security personnel has taken  serious measures in Potiskum to nip in the bud the recurrent attacks in Potiskum of which imposing curfew is among the idea that will be use to deal with the Boko-Haram members.


Source: http://www.universalreporters247.com/
Buhari /Jonathan Visit: Adamawa State Police Command Bans The Use Of KEKE NAPEP By Tom Garba,Yola

Buhari /Jonathan Visit: Adamawa State Police Command Bans The Use Of KEKE NAPEP By Tom Garba,Yola

27/Jan/2015  //  230 Viewers

 The  Adamawa State Police Command has issued a press statement notifying the general public of the ban of tricycles popularly known as KEKE NAPEP in some designated routes.
The press release which has the signature of the police public relations officer (PPRO) DSP Othman Abubakar, warned  all the users of the tricycle not to shuttle around New stadium Numan road to police around about, Lamido's palace to police round about, Ribadu square to police roundabout and Government house to police around about.
"They are warned not to make use of these routes mentioned as the campaign train of the two ( 2) presidential candidates of both APC/PDP will visit Yola on the 28-29/01/2015 respectively which will terminate by Friday night (30th/01/2015)"

Also Trucks and wheel barrows pushers are also banned as from 27/01/2015 at about 10:00pm.


Source: http://www.universalreporters247.com/