Clash of titans on cards in fifth phase polling in UP

first_imgLucknow: The fifth phase of polling in 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh on Monday will see a clash of titans including Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.The BJP had bagged 12 of these seats in 2014 with the Congress winning Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli and Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi — the only two constituencies where the Congress succeeded out of the 80 in the entire state. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAround 2.47 crore people are eligible to vote in Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj (SC), Lucknow, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Bahraich (SC), Kaiserganj and Gonda constituencies where 182 candidates are in the contest. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is contesting on five seats – Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj, Fatehpur and Kaisarganj. Its ally Samajwadi Party (SP) is fighting for seven seats -Lucknow, Banda, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Bahraich and Gonda. In Amethi and Rae Bareli, the SP-BSP alliance has not put up any candidate, leaving the two constituencies for the Congress. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking re-election from Lucknow, while his colleague at the Centre Smriti Irani is again taking on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. In the Faizabad parliamentary constituency, under which the temple town of Ayodhya falls, sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh is taking on Nirmal Khatri of the Congress. Khatri is a former Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief. Former Union minister and Congress candidate Jitin Prasad is contesting from Dhaurahra against former Chambal brigand Malkhan Singh. Malkhan Singh, 76, has been fielded by Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia, floated by SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother Shivpal Yadav. On Friday, the final day of campaigning for the fifth phase, BJP chief Amit Shah along with a host of party leaders held a roadshow in Amethi, seeking support for Smriti Irani. On Friday, Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha, the daughter of SP candidate from Lucknow Poonam Sinha, took part in a roadshow in the state capital. Poonam Sinha’s husband, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who is the Congress candidate from Patna Sahib, had joined her last month when she filed her nomination papers as the Samajwadi Party candidate. Polling will be held in the state in the next two phases as well.last_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Thursday as the benchmark S&P 500 index posted its best monthly gain since 2015.A series of strong earnings helped power January’s monthlong rally, which followed a dismal December that nearly brought the benchmark index into a bear market.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index rose 23.05 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 2,704.10.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 15.19 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 24,999.67.The Nasdaq composite climbed 98.66 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,281.74.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 12.48 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,499.42.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 39.34 points, or 1.5 per cent.The Dow is up 262.47 points, or 1.1 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 116.87 points, or 1.6 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 16.56 points, or 1.1 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 197.25 points, or 7.9 per cent.The Dow is up 1,672.21 points, or 7.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 646.46 points, or 9.7 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 150.86 points, or 11.2 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Global minerals arms smuggling networks fuel DR Congo conflict – UN report

Minerals and arms smuggling worth millions of dollars persists in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) despite international sanctions, fuelling rebel strength despite national army operations, and army and rebel soldiers continue to kill civilians, according to a new United Nations report that calls on the Security Council to take action to plug the gaps.The independent Group of Experts monitoring UN sanctions on the DRC reports that the mainly Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) continue to exploit gold and cassiterite in North and South Kivu provinces with the help of trading networks in Uganda, Burundi and the United Arab Emirates, while irregular arms deliveries have come from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Sudan.End buyers for cassiterite include the Malaysia Smelting Corporation and the Thailand Smelting and Refining Company, which is held by United Kingdom-based Amalgamated Metals Corporation, the experts add. The rebels also get weapons leaked to them from the army itself while the rebel diaspora abroad, particularly in Europe, coordinates fundraising and operations. “The increasing rate of FDLR combatant defections and FDLR temporary removal from many of its bases are only a partial success, considering that the armed group has regrouped in a number of locations in the Kivus, and continues to recruit new fighters,” they write of the army’s offensive, noting that the rebels continue to benefit from residual but significant support from top army commanders and external support networks in Burundi and Tanzania.“FDLR has a far-reaching international diaspora network involved in the day-to-day running of the movement, the coordination of military and arms trafficking activities and the management of financial activities.”The report calls on the Security Council to ask Member States to share data on active FDLR diaspora members, prosecute sanctions violations by nationals or leaders of armed groups residing in their territories and take steps to prevent companies from supporting such groups by trade in natural resources.The Council should also call on all States in the Great Lakes region to immediately publish their full import and export statistics for gold, cassiterite, coltan and wolframite and centralize them in a body chaired by an independent auditor mandated to verify any statistical anomalies.“The focus of the report is the international, regional and local networks that are fuelling the crisis in eastern Congo,” Group Coordinator Dinesh Mahtani told a news conference.The experts call on the Council to strengthen the authority of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) in monitoring the arms embargo, and to reiterate its request to Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, the Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia to provide full data on all flights to or from the DRC. On human rights abuses, they call on the Council to mandate MONUC to set up a vetting mechanism to screen the records of national army officers and impose disciplinary and judicial sanctions on gross human rights abusers. “FARDC (the national army) and FDLR have been involved in significant killings of civilians and other abuses from March to October 2009, causing additional waves of displacement of several hundred thousand civilians,” they write. Turning to the efforts to reintegrate former rebels into the army, the experts report that the officer class of another group, the Congrès national pour la défense du peuple (CNDP), in particular General Bosco Ntaganda, has continued to retain heavy weapons from its period of rebellion and still controls revenue-generating activities and parallel local administrations. They call on the Council to urge the DRC authorities to remove General Ntaganda from the position of Deputy Commander of Kimia II operations (the offensive against FDLR) and implement an assets freeze and travel ban against him, since his name is included in the list of individuals under sanctions.“CNDP military officers deployed as part of FARDC Kimia II operations have profited from their deployment in mineral-rich areas, notably at the Bisie mine in Walikale, North Kivu, and in the territory of Kalehe, in South Kivu,” they write.“In both these areas, the FARDC commanding officers on the ground are former CNDP officers,” they add, citing evidence showing direct involvement of CNDP military officials in the supply of minerals to a number of exporting houses which supply the international companies mentioned above. 7 December 2009Minerals and arms smuggling worth millions of dollars persists in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) despite international sanctions, fuelling rebel strength despite national army operations, and army and rebel soldiers continue to kill civilians, according to a new United Nations report that calls on the Security Council to take action to plug the gaps. read more

Pizza Hut accuses Oxford council of putting gown before town

first_imgPizza Hut has accused Oxford council of putting “gown before town” after it rejected proposals for a new, neon lit frontage in order to protect its heritage.The popular food chain wanted to redevelop the signage on its outlet in the city’s High Street to make it more modern and vibrant.It said the new front would provide “colour and interest” to an otherwise rather dull area.But Oxford City Council accused Pizza Hut of trying to “push boundaries” and said it was “absolutely crucial” to protect the heritage of areas such as the busy thoroughfare. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pizza Hut in Oxford wanted to redevelop its sign, adding bright lightingCredit:WESSEX NEWS AGENCY Pizza Hut responded by arguing that the city should not be defined solely by the university.A spokesman said “The conservation area overview reminds that while Oxford  is exceptional in its colleges and general architectural quality, it is also a major regional commercial centre.”It confirms High Street belongs to town rather than gown and that it is central to a vigorous commercial shopping centre.”The company said the street and its businesses need advertising to be varied in design, colour, materials and shapes.”We wanted to update our signage in line with the rest of our estate to ensure we have a modern and vibrant brand image that continues to appeal to customers,” it added.”We’re disappointed that the application has been denied.”Pizza Hut has put forward a fresh proposal with the lighting removed.center_img Council leader Bob Price said: “Part of Pizza Hut is also part of the Covered Market, it’s a very important part of the city’s heritage, and a sign could make a huge difference.”The High Street in Oxford  in one of the jewels in the crown of Britain’s shopping offering and everybody along it knows by and large what is required.”Pizza Hut were trying to push the boundaries a bit too far.”The restaurant chain appealed the decision but a Government inspector backed the council, agreeing that the shop front “was not up to the highest standards needed for the sensitive location.” Pizza Hut wanted to redevelop its sign, adding bright lightinglast_img read more

Equinox becoming a very accepted part of the Zambian scene

first_imgEquinox Minerals has secured the long-term land title to some 35,000 ha (350 km2) of township and mine operating areas at its Large Scale Mining License located in the Northwestern province of Zambia where Equinox is currently commissioning the Lumwana copper mine and progressing its Lumwana uranium project through permitting. Land title, or ‘surface rights’, whilst not required to conduct mine development and production operations (which are covered by the Lumwana Large Scale Mining License), had been sought so as to provide the company with long-term flexibility and benefits. This grant will permit the company to manage and administer the Lumwana surface rights, in particular the planned sub-division to deliver employee home ownership and other commercial developments within the Lumwana Township.The provision of such land title is a testament to the confidence both the traditional leaders and the national government have in the company in the way it manages its investments in Zambia, as well as its relationship with all stakeholders.The company has also been pleased to announce that it’s Lusaka based Corporate Relations Manager Nathan Chishimba has been elected as the new President of the Zambian Chamber of Mines for 2008/2009. Chishimba replaces Passmore Hamukoma. The Chamber was first established in 1942 and is a well known voice of the Zambian mining industry. It functions to assist the industry and its initiatives to encourage, protect and foster mining through consultation with government. The Chamber serves to shape future policy in all relevant matters affecting investment and the continued development of a vibrant and successful mining industry.Commenting, Harry Michael, Equinox COO said: “We are extremely proud to see Nathan elected as Chamber President. This is a strategically important position and is the interface between industry and both government and non-government institutions.”last_img read more

AIMEX Productivity Day to round off show

first_imgPresentations on a range of innovative products, solutions and services which will deliver increased productivity and efficiency for the mining industry will be a highlight of the final day of AIMEX 2013, on Friday, August 23 in Sydney. One of three “theme days” during the exhibition, the AIMEX Productivity Day will focus on ways to increase mining productivity and profitability to ensure that operations are running at optimum efficiency. Topics to be covered will include case studies on successful process and asset optimisation, how to get increased production on existing sites, using automation to get more from equipment, increasing efficiency through fleet optimisation, and optimising production of hydraulic excavators and shovels. Attendance at these presentations is free of charge but will be strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.Presentations include Success stories in process and asset optimisation in the mining industry,  to be presented by Ian Larsen, Intelligent Solutions Leader – Australia, GE Intelligent Platforms at GE Mining. This will discuss how a number of mining companies have successfully been using process and asset optimisation techniques to increase throughput and reliability, while simultaneously minimising energy costs and optimising maintenance activities. Increasing brownfield production will be presented by Andrew Crose, Sales and Marketing Manager, Modular Mining. Uncertainty in commodity prices means that getting the most from existing resources is more important than ever. Crose will discuss how operational changes can ensure miners are getting the most tonnage each and every operating hour from their existing workforce and equipment. Using your existing automation system to ‘sweat your assets’ is to be presented by Geoff Irvine, Industry Manager – Mining, Rockwell Automation. Irvine will look at ways of using existing automation systems on mining plant to drive greater throughput, lower costs, and better manage the asset base.Increasing efficiency through fleet optimisation will be presented by Demetre Harris, Global Product Manager, Leica Geosystems Mining. Harris will look at how Leica Geosystems Mining’s Jigsaw fleet management system incorporates proven optimisation algorithms to optimise truck allocations for more efficient mine operation – including demonstrated increases in efficiency from the system in use at a working mine. Finally, Optimising hydraulic diggers is to be presented by Bruce Leslie, Engineering Manager, LC Engineering. Leslie will present on LC’s Titan production monitor, which uses sophisticated electronics and transducers to weigh each shovel bucket before it is dumped in the truck, and immediately forecasts how many remaining bucketloads are recommended to achieve the most efficient filling for the truck. The other theme days during the exhibition are the AIMEX Women in Mining Day on Wednesday August 21, and the AIMEX Safety Day on Thursday August 22. Full details of all events on during AIMEX can be found at read more

The Pope as a Superhero Pic of the Day

first_imgHE’S TAKEN A selfie, been named Time’s Person of the Year, appeared on the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine AND had a nun’s baby named after him.What next for Francis?A stint as a real world Superman?Graffiti depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag of ‘Values’ is seen on a wall of the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter’s Square in Rome. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)The white-caped crusader appeared Tuesday on a wall just off Borgo Pio, a tiny cobble-stoned street near St. Peter’s Square.The artist is identified only as Maupal.The Vatican obviously approves of the depiction, tweeting a picture of it Peace doves released by the Pope are immediately attacked by a seagull and crowThanks, God: Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from GodElsewhere: Nun who didn’t know she was pregnant gives birth, names baby Francislast_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added astronaut swimming pool

first_imgOne month-old endangered Bornean Orang Utan clings on to his mother named Miri in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)HERE ARE ALL the things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#SHOOTING A man was shot dead outside The Huntsman pub in Gormanston, county Meath this afternoon. It is understood the victim had links to dissident Republican activity. Gardaí are investigating.#IRISH EXAMINER The Irish Examiner and a number of regional papers have been sold as part of a complex internal restructuring after Thomas Crosbie Holdings went into receivership. The Sunday Business Post, which is also published by TCH, is to apply to the High Court to enter examinership, while Thomas Crosbie Printers Ltd is to apply to be put into liquidation.#HORSEMEAT Wiener sausages that were withdrawn from sale in IKEA while tests for horsemeat DNA were carried out are now back on sale. The company said that DNA analysis didn’t show any indications of horse meat.#ROAD DEATHS A woman (39) has died after being struck by a van in Bunnahowen, Glencastle, Co Mayo this morning. This brings to eight the number of pedestrians who sadly lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year.#RECOVERY Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore held a press conference this afternoon to mark the coalition’s second anniversary. They said the government is making “serious progress” but more work is needed in some areas. Kenny said that exiting the IMF/EU bailout programme is the “main goal” looking ahead.THINGS WE LOVEDPoor Lola, a cross-breed puppy, was thrown over the wall of a back garden last night. But luckily she was rescued by the DSPCA, and is on the road to recovery from mange and being underweight:Pic: DSPCA/FacebookHow do astronauts train for spacewalks? In this amazing pool.Heard of the Steadicam? Well, it’s a camera invented in 1976 that is responsible for some of the most incredible shots in modern movies. Here’s more on Buzzfeed. (PROVINZ2010/YouTube)A fascinating look at the lives of black servants in Kenya, through the eyes of photographer Guillaume Bonn. (Refocused Media/Vimeo)THINGS WE SHAREDWhat happens when a top food critic goes from omnivore to vegetarian? The Washington Posts’s Joe Yonan comes clean.Woah now. We really want to visit this mirrored room in Denmark.last_img read more

Several F16 jet engines stolen in Israel

first_imgThe engine of an F-16 fighter jet weighs around 3,700 pounds. Moving one is no small task, so to find out several have been stolen from an Israel Defense Force base is sure to have a few people scratching their heads, especially as no one seems to know what happened to them.Although an inside job is suspected, the Israeli government doesn’t seem too fussed about the theft. The engines are old and no longer in use, and they believe they were stolen to be sold for their value as scrap metal.That may be the case, but US defense industry research groups and think tanks have been quick to point out the theft may actually be quite serious. Designing and manufacturing a jet engine remains a very complex process, and the F-16 engines are thought to be more advanced than anything either China or Iran currently has.The worry is that even if the engines were stolen for their scrap value, the group who stole them may get a better offer from a government interested in taking the engines apart and learning how to make them. That could knock years off research and development of new fighter jets for certain countries keen to increase their military power as quickly as possible.Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this has happened. Last year eight F-15 and F-16 engines were stolen from a base in Tel Nof. It could even be the same people carrying out this new theft, meaning they are organized and capable of transporting the engines quietly to whoever chooses to buy them.For the moment, the response seems quite muted. Israel just thinks they are being broken apart for scrap. The Pentagon believes all questions regarding the theft should be referred to officials in the Israeli government.More at DefenseTechlast_img read more

South Florida sisters search for guardian angels who saved them at Vegas

first_imgWELLINGTON, Fla. (WSVN) — Two South Florida sisters scared to death during the Las Vegas shooting are searching for the men they’re calling lifesavers.Because of the help from these strangers, they made it out alive. Now they want to find the strangers who became their heroes.Lauren Farina pulled out her phone moments after the first shots were fired. She had no idea what was going on but knew she wanted to record it. “If something happens to me and I’m not able to tell what I saw, maybe the police could use this video,” said Lauren in a Facebook live video.Lauren and her sister Lulu took the picture below at the concert that night. They’re wedding planners from Wellington that were in Vegas for a convention and figured they’d catch a show while they were there.Lauren and Lulu Farinas“It’s OK. It’s OK. Relax, relax, relax, relax,” could be heard on the sisters Facebook video.But even as they tried to stay calm, panic set in with the sound of gunfire.“It sounded like everything was so close,” said Lulu in a phone interview with 7News, “so we thought that there was a shooter like on the ground, or multiple shooters is what it sounded like because there were so many gunshots.” The only thing linking the Farinas sisters to the men who helped save their lives is a pair of sandals.If you have any information and think you can help them reunite, please contact 7News.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Lauren had lost her shoes and one of the men gave her his. Then came guardian angel number three, driving a truck, taking the Farinas sisters in.“They just flung the door open and shoved her in there and said ‘Yes, yes’ and they threw her in there,” said Lulu. “They threw me in the bed of the truck.”That truck driver is Taylor Winston. Lauren saw him giving an interview on TV.“We went back towards the gunfire and just started looking for priority victims,” said Winston.“I just lost it,” said Lauren. “I started crying. My hands started shaking. I just couldn’t believe that one of the three guardian angels I was given that day was found.”Still, Lauren has no idea who the other two men are, or even if they survived, but she plans to find out.“I’m going to do everything I can possibly do to try to find this man,” said Lauren, “because I just need to give him a hug and say, ‘Thank you.’” center_img The Farinas wanted to run, but Lauren has a knee injury — she’s been in a wheelchair since March.“I was just dragging her out as fast as we could,” said Lulu, “just trying to get out and run away as far as we could.”But as fast as they could wasn’t fast enough. Lulu was losing strength and a woman next to them screamed as she was shot.That’s when a man Lauren calls her “guardian angel” came along.“He went underneath her arm and just picked her up and helped me drag her, continuing on passed, across the street,” said Lulu.A second man — guardian angel number two — helped carry Lauren to safety.“Honestly, without these two men, I would be laying there in plain view of this person,” said Lauren. “I honestly don’t even think I would be on the phone with you today.” last_img read more

Unnao gang rape CBI gets time till September 9 to finish probe

first_imgNew Delhi: A court here on Monday granted the CBI time till September 9 to complete its investigation and file a status report in the 2017 Unnao gangrape case, one of the four related cases transferred by the Supreme Court from Uttar Pradesh. District Judge Dharmesh Sharma approved the investigative agency’s request seeking more time to further investigate the case in which Shubham Singh, Naresh Tiwari and Brajesh Singh Yadav are the accused. All the three are out on bail. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The woman was allegedly raped by expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and the three men in two different incidents in 2017 when she was a minor. A separate rape case has been registered against Sengar in which the trial commenced on Friday. The CBI had earlier told the court that the matter was at the final stage of investigation and had sought one week’s time to complete its probe. The court had granted time till August 26 to the probe agency. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The apex court had transferred four criminal cases– the 2017 rape case; an alleged fake matter under the Arms Act against the father of the rape survivor; his death in police custody, and the gangrape of the woman. The court had earlier declined the plea of CBI seeking 30 days to complete the investigation and directed it to file a status report by August 17. Advertise With Us The woman, who was a minor then, was allegedly raped by Sengar on June 4, 2017 and the three persons on June 11, 2017. The woman is battling for life at AIIMS here after a truck rammed into the car in which she was travelling along with some family members and her lawyer on July 28. Two of her aunts died in the accident. Sengar, a four-time legislator who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, is lodged in jail since April 2018.last_img read more

Youths body recovered

first_imgPolice recovered the body of an unidentified young man from a water body in Kaliganj, Jhenaidah on Monday night, reports UNB.The age of the deceased was around 25 years.Locals spotted the body at Nolbeel of Maliat union in the upazila around 7:00pm and informed police, said sub-inspector Emdadul Haque of Totipur police camp.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Jhenidah Sadar Hospital morgue for an autopsy.last_img

Battling odds 6 tribal girls crack Madhyamik examination with flying colours

first_imgKolkata: What does Preeti and Kichku, Sefali Desra, Seema Marandi and Kakkhimoni and Purnima Tudu have in common?These tribal girls are the first generation learners and they have all successfully passed the Madhyamik examination whose result was announced on Wednesday.Madarpur village under Rajnagar block in Birbhum district is around 40 km from Suri and is a tribal-dominated village. Along with poverty, the illiteracy rate is also very high.Festivities began early in the village when news of the girls clearing the Madhyamik examination poured in on Wednesday afternoon. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe girls were given coaching by Bulaki and Sushmita Chakraborty, two members of Shreeja India.Taparada Mardy, a local youth and a WBCS aspirant gave them coaching in Mathematics. Chakraborty taught them other subjects like English, History, Geography and Physical Science too. Chanda Marandi, a local of the village, gave two rooms of her house for their coaching classes. Chakraborty stayed in the village for four days to coach the girls. Shreeja got immense cooperation from local teachers who allowed the girls to attend the coaching classes on Mondays and Tuesdays without attending school on these two days. When Tapan Roy, Shreeja coordinator, approached the school authorities with the request to send the girls to coaching on school days, the teachers accepted it as all wanted them to clear the first public examination. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedShreeja India has been set up by Shib Shankar Dasgupta, an engineer from Jadavpur University now settled in the United States. Shreeja’s purpose is to make girls self-reliant and encourage them to devote their spare time in playing games like football. In Birbhum, a football coaching centre was set up in 2017.The girls come and play football and within a few months, the game became very popular among the girls in the villages.”The game helps them to improve their physical fitness and at the same time their sense of cooperation went up fast,” Dasgupta said.It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Police in collaboration with Shreeja have introduced Damini, a project where football coaching is provided to the girls with a view to make them self-reliant.Two football coaching centres have been set up in Park Circus and the other one in North Kolkata. The girls who come to play football will be given coaching in studies later.last_img read more

Rescue loans for Spains banks buy Europe time

first_imgSpain has already agreed to government belt-tightening. More austerity likely would have pushed Spain, already suffering from near-25 percent unemployment, deeper into recession.“You don’t want an economy of that magnitude going down the tubes,” says Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Spain has the world’s 13th-biggest economy, more than four times the size of Greece’s. It is the fourth-largest economy in the Eurozone.In recent weeks, jittery investors had demanded higher interest rates on Spanish bonds. If Spain had tried to borrow money in the bond market to rescue its banks, investors would have demanded a much higher interest rate than the favorable deal the banks are getting from their euro neighbors.The rising fears come at a time when nearly half the countries that use the euro are in recession. At 11 percent, unemployment in the euro zone is at the highest level since the single currency was introduced in 1999.Europe’s weakest countries aren’t all alike.Spain and Ireland, like the United States, were crushed by a collapse in the housing market, which left their banks with huge losses on housing loans. The Irish government was forced to slash government spending to pay for a bank rescue. The austerity has pinched the economy; Irish unemployment exceeds 14 percent. AP Business WritersWASHINGTON (AP) – A $125 billion plan to rescue Spain’s banks won’t solve Europe’s debt crisis or ease the pain of double-digit unemployment across the continent.But it is likely to calm financial markets and buy time for European policymakers to work with other weak economies threatening the stability of the 17 countries that use the euro.Europe still has plenty of troubles to address in the three other countries that have already received financial help â(EURO)” Greece, Portugal and Ireland. In Greece, voters could elect a government next week that will refuse to live up to the terms of the country’s $170 billion rescue package. Portugal is combating a toxic combination of high debt and 15 percent unemployment. Ireland is cleaning up a banking mess a lot like Spain’s. Then there’s Italy, the eurozone’s third-largest economy, where government debt is piling up as the economy stagnates. Greece ran up vast budget deficits it couldn’t sustain and smothered its economy in regulations designed to protect favored industries.Italy and Portugal are desperately in need of economic growth that will provide the tax revenues they need to pay their bills. But deep spending cuts in both countries are threatening their economies.The troubles in Europe also are causing economic problems for the United States and developing countries such as China and Brazil, which rely on Europeans to buy their exports. So the plan unveiled Saturday eases pressure on the United States and the rest of the world economy as well.European economic troubles pinch U.S. businesses. U.S. companies send 22 percent of the goods they export to Europe and have more than $2 trillion invested in factories, offices and businesses there.A bigger fear is that Europe’s financial troubles could cross the Atlantic. When banks lose confidence in each other, they refuse to lend each other money. Credit dries up, depriving economies of the fuel they need to grow. A financial crunch can wreck the economies on both sides of the ocean as it did in 2008.“Anything that calms European markets is good for the United States,” says Tufts’ Drezner. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Worse, a Greek exit from the euro would raise fears that another European country such Portugal or Italy might be next.“A significant part of this (bailout for Spanish banks) has to do with ring-fencing Greece,” says Jacob Kirkegaard, a research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. “This is enough to prevent added market contagion.”But analysts said even bolder action may be needed from some key European governments and institutions that have been leery of committing too much to the effort.Germany, worried that it will get stuck with the bill for any ambitious schemes, has rejected several ideas for easing the crisis. It has been reluctant to ease the terms of previous bailouts to reduce the pain of government spending cuts on Greece, Portugal and Ireland. And it has resisted calls for the creation of joint “eurobonds” that would raise money and spread responsibility for repayment across the euro countries.Likewise, the European Central Bank has been reluctant to intervene to jolt the eurozone economy. Last week, it passed up an opportunity to reduce interest rates. And it has been reluctant to flood the economy with money to push down interest rates the way the U.S. Federal Reserve has. The Spanish deal also gives European policymakers more time to strengthen the euro. They are already planning to create a “banking union” with a centralized regulator, a bailout fund and deposit insurance that covers savers across Europe.Europe still needs to find a way to stimulate economic growth across the continent so that European countries can begin to grow their way out of their debt problems.Despite the bank deal, Spain’s grinding economic misery will get worse this year, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday. The conservative prime minister said the economy will shrink by 1.7 percent this year and more Spaniards will lose their jobs, even with the help.“This year is going to be a bad one,” Rajoy said.___________________________________________________Svensson contributed from New York and AP Business Writer Sarah DiLorenzo contributed to this report from Paris.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “We still have some pretty fundamental problems to solve,” says Nicolas Veron, senior fellow at the Bruegel think tank in Brusssels. “We need more radical solutions than this one.”Spain on Saturday asked finance ministers for the 17 countries that use the euro for money to rescue its banks, which have been crushed under the weight of bad real estate loans. The finance ministers responded by offering up to $125 billion in loans that the Spanish government could funnel to banks.The plan eases an immediate crisis in the euro’s fourth-largest economy. The deterioration of Spain’s banks and the pressing need for a rescue was threatening to bankrupt its government. That would likely cause far more pain for Europe than the financial messes in Greece, Portugal and Ireland.“This move brings into sharp relief the enormous amount of money that will be needed to cordon off the rest of the euro zone periphery in the event of a Greek meltdown,” says Eswar Prasad, professor of trade policy at Cornell University.Investors are worried about what will happen when Greek voters go to the polls June 17.If Greece reneges on the strict austerity measures that come with its rescue package, it could be forced to abandon the euro. 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had constituted the eight-man in-house committee following the alleged registration of underage persons in Kano and Katsina states. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday the PDP noted that the committee lacked credibility “The panel constituted by INEC lacks credibility as it comprises of members of the same indicted INEC “They have been detailed to arrive at predetermined findings and recommendations aimed at exonerating the Professor Yakubu-led commission and play down on the electoral implications of the existence of underage voters” The opposition party also took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its reaction to the allegation They also condemned the scope of the inquest particularly the alleged exclusion of Katsina State from the probe “Nigerians have been wondering why INEC is afraid of looking at its register in Katsina State Is it because Katsina is the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari and a probe is likely to expose cans of worms Is INEC afraid that a sanitised register would lead to a massive drop in the voting population in the state” PDP questioned “Nigerians are also wondering why INEC has vehemently refused to include other stakeholders including political parties credible NGOs and Civil Society Organisations in this important assignment to guarantee its credibility “We hold that by excluding other stakeholders INEC is definitely not sincere with the sanitisation of INEC voters’ register in Kano Katsina and other states where out of intimidation it is allowing the registration of minors” the party alleged It further accused the electoral body of manifesting weaknesses and bias doubting its credibility in the conduct of the 2019 general elections The PDP however noted that it would not accept any findings or recommendations from the committee claiming that such would not reflect the reality on the ground It also maintained that INEC must be bold enough to extend the inquest to Katsina State as well as other states where minors were allegedly registered The opposition noted that failure of the commission to do so would amount to caving into pressure ahead of the forthcoming general elections It further asked the INEC chairman to immediately disbanding the committee and set up a panel made up of political parties credible NGOs and CSOs as well as extend the inquest to Katsina and other states “Professor Yakubu must understand that his allegiance is to Nigeria and not the APC INEC under him must not lose its credibility or be reduced to an annex of the APC “Indeed Nigerians would not accept anything short of credible free and fair general elections in 2019” the party added A leader of the All Progressives Congress APC and a former Commissioner in Bayelsa State Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo is dead Jonathan-Omo who was the Deputy Campaign Director General of Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation during the 2016 governorship election fell from the balcony of his two-storey building in his hometown in Beleu-Pogo in Ogbolomabiri Nembe Local Government Area of the state The party chieftain was said to be relaxing on the balcony when he started feeling dizzy He was trying to get up with the aid of a pillar close to him when he fell off The politician’s close associate revealed that the fatal fall from the balcony was discovered by his wife after she heard the sound from the kitchen He was immediately rushed to a hospital in the state where doctors were said to have advised that he be taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Rivers State It was learnt that the deceased was operated upon when he was rushed to the UPTH but did not survive the operation Reacting to the development APC described the death of Jonathan-Omo as an “indescribable loss” of a wonderful ally at a time his experience and energy were most needed In a statement in Yenagoa on Thursday by the State Publicity Secretary of the APC Mr Doifie Buokoribo the party said Jonathan-Omo who died on Thursday was a forthright politician and an illustrious son of Bayelsa State and the Ijaw nation who partook in popular activities to better the lives of his people Buokoribo said “Jonathan -Omo broke his limbs in a fall and fought bravely for his life at a private hospital in Port Harcourt to recover from the injuries he sustained He never survived them “The chief died on Thursday after an unsuccessful operation All of us had hoped that Jonathan-Omo would recover from his injuries and get on with his life particularly at this time of intense political activities in our state and country when his experience and wisdom are seriously needed “Lionel Jonathan-Omo who is from Nembe trained as a lawyer and taught Law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology for several years “He was a former commissioner in Bayelsa State “He was also a delegate representing the state at the 2005 National Political Reform Conference Until his death he was a member of the APC During the 2015 – 2016 governorship elections he was the Deputy Director General of the Sylva / Igiri Campaign Organisation “He earned his 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