LONDON (AP):Less than 24 hours before the global football spotlight falls on Leicester in their bid to win the top tier for the first time, Newcastle came out best in the scrapping at the other end of the English Premier League yesterday.The Magpies moved out of the drop zone for the first time since February after midfielder Andros Townsend’s superb free kick gave Newcastle a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.”The victory means a lot. It gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.Sunderland again had to rely on its top scorer Jermain Defoe, with the striker grabbing a last-minute equaliser from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw against Stoke, who took the lead through striker Marko Arnautovic.”Where would we be without Jermain Defoe?” said Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce before answering his own question. “Relegated probably.”Despite drawing, Sunderland dropped into the relegation zone, one point behind 17th-place Newcastle and one point ahead of 19th-place Norwich, who lost 1-0 at Arsenal after Danny Welbeck’s goal in the 59th.”The last thing you can do down in the dogfight is feel sorry for yourselves,” said Norwich manager Alex Neil. “We didn’t get what we deserved.”Both Sunderland and Norwich have three games left while Newcastle have two.At the top, leaders Leicester can win the title by beating Manchester United today.
Criminal activities have been prevalent at marketplaces across Georgetown but most of these petty offences have now graduated to gun-related incidents.Chief Constable Andrew Foo explained at a recent press conference that security has always been a concern and during the last few years, most of the persons committing unlawful acts are armed.“Security is always a concern for the constabulary because we have a responsibility, we have a mandate in terms of providing security. Policing have to do with numbers. You have to be able to dominate the ground to deter persons from perpetrating offences…What we recognise is that over the last couple of years is that most of the incidents are committed by persons who are armed and more so gun-related in terms of robberies,” he said.Foo added that there is always a need for patrols and solid presence from ranks because if not, criminal activities will spiral out of control. He established that while robberies and other offences are due to the economic activities at Stabroek and Bourda Markets, it is due to inadequate lighting.“Outside of that, you have to have an established presence either in terms of uniformed ranks or ranks in plain clothes. Unless you have that, you will not [stop] the sort of activity that is happening. The fact is that area is a hub for economic activities and you have persons selling around the clock. If you look at that area, there is need for lighting,” the Chief Constable said.Just recently, a couple of stalls were broken into at the Bourda Market and vendors heavily complained about their losses. However, he informed that those culpable individuals were apprehended and hauled before the court.“A few weeks ago, we’ve had a few stalls that were broken. Fortunately, we were able to apprehend those persons and they are before the court. While we have a limited amount of strength, the strength that we have is in terms of presence.”Last Thursday, a man was caught in the morning hours as he attempted to scale a gate at the Bourda Market. The suspect was spotted climbing over the structure by a rank on patrol and an alarm was raised.However, as the man retreated from proceeding further, he opened fire at the City Constable, who at that time reciprocated with similar actions. This caused the suspect to flee the scene and after a high-speed chase with backup from other ranks, he was apprehended at Hadfield Street and placed in the lock-ups. A search was conducted at the said location, where a pistol and 15 live rounds were discovered.
At least five people were killed and four seriously injured after nine coaches and the engine of the New Delhi-bound New Farakka Express (train number 14003) derailed near Rae Bareli at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The express runs between Malda town in West Bengal and New Delhi. According to railway officials, all the deceased were from Bihar. They were identified as Ajay Kumar, 45, of Kishanganj; Sunita Manjhi, 52, of Munger, her son Shambhu, 25, and his one-year-old daughter Rita. The fifth casualty was seven-year-old Dinesh, also from Munger.NDRF and SDRF teams pulled out 20 passengers from the derailed coaches, the police said, after using gas cutters to reach them. Drones and long-range cameras were deployed in the rescue work, they added.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an inquiry into the accident, which took place in the Harchandpur area of Rae Bareli. The inquiry will be conducted by the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle. A special train, which was arranged for the stranded passengers, left Lucknow for New Delhi at 2.45 p.m. with 1,369 passengers.Ex gratia announcedPrime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the tragedy. “Condolences to the bereaved families and I pray that the injured recover quickly,” he tweeted.Mr. Goyal announced compensation of ₹5 lakh for the kin of the dead, ₹1 lakh for the injured and ₹50,000 for those with minor injuries. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also announced ₹2 lakh for the families of the deceased and ₹50,000 for those seriously injured.(With inputs from PTI)
The Pakistan army on Monday fired mortar shells on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts, an official spokesman said. Repeated unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops took place in the Akhnoor Sector in Jammu district from 4 am Monday, he said, adding that it intermittently continued till 10 pm. They resorted to “firing of small arms & shelling with mortars”, the spokesman said. Pakistani troops also fired and shelled forward posts and civilians areas in Qasna and Kerni sectors along the LoC in Poonch district, he said. The Indian army retaliated befittingly, the spokesman said.