first_imgVisakhapatnam: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings Friday entered their eighth IPL final and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the clinical effort of his bowing unit for setting up the platform for the comfortable win over Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2 in Visakhapatnam. Opting to bowl, CSK first restricted DC to 147 for nine and then chased down the target with six wickets in hand to set up a clash against Mumbai Indians in the IPL final in Hyderabad on Sunday.”The crucial part was to keep getting wickets. The credit needs to go to the bowlers. The captain only asks this is what I need. Then it’s up to them to figure out how to bowl, and they have to put in the hard yards,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”Thanks to the bowling department for where we are this season. I would have preferred it if the openers finished it off. Once they got the required rate below 6 an over, there was no reason to play big shots and get out. They did the hard yards,” he added.Dhoni also lauded the entire CSK team for producing a clinical performance when it mattered.       “It’s the usual route, last year was the exception. The kind of response from the boys today was brilliant. The way we batted to get 140-plus runs was very nice,” he said.”The spinners got some turn, and we kept getting wickets at the right time,” Mahi added.DC captain Shreyas Iyer, on the contrary, blamed his batting department for the loss.”We had a disappointing start, losing two wickets in the powerplay, and it was hard to recover from that. They have amazing spinners. But we’ve had a great season,” he said.         “None of the batsmen took the initiative to take the team through and there wasn’t a partnership buidling. Disappointing for us but a good learning,” Iyer added.He, though, was about the pitch on offer this season at their home turf at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium.”It’s something to think about (the Delhi pitch). We didn’t win too many home games, but we can’t complain about pitches. We’ve been practising a lot on slow wickets. As professionals we can’t give excuses,” the skipper said.”I think we’ve learned a lot, looking at seniors like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma leading their teams. It’s a proud moment for me, standing with them at the toss. They talk to me, share their experiences, and that’s great for me,” he added.Shedding more light on his experience of leading the team, Iyer said, “I’ve heard Rohit and many of them talk about how difficult it is to be captain, and yeah, it’s not an easy job to do, but I’m happy to be the captain.”Really proud of the boys. Loving the way we’ve gelled as a family. The coaches and support staff have been amazing. A lot more to come next season. We’ve found the base, now is the time to grow,” he said.Man-of-the-match Faf du Plessis, who hit a 39-ball 50 during the chase, said CSK’s experience of winning big games did the trick even though they didn’t have a very good outing in the last phase of the tournament this season.”We didn’t have the best run in the last five or six games, but we do have a lot of confidence as a team that’s won a lot of big games. We drew a lot of strength from that,” he said.”Our strength is to get partnerships going and extend that, even if we take our time initially. We’ve got a lot of good batsmen down the order, and we back them to catch up with the required rate,” the cricketer added. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |TINTON FALLS – Following approval by the Tinton Falls Planning Board earlier this month, Head of School Mary Sciarrillo anticipates the expansion of Trinity Hall all-girls high school will be completed in time for the 2018-19 academic year.Plans call for the construction of a two-story addition to the school at 101 Corregidor Road, with a footprint of 11,230-square-feet and total area of 22,460-square-feet, adding additional classrooms, office/administrative space, a multipurpose room, a chapel and a new entrance lobby, officials said.“We are looking forward to a winter 2018 groundbreaking once all permits are secured,” Sciarrillo said. “The new addition will double our classroom capacity and allow us to serve our growing student population.”Originally located in Middletown, the college preparatory high school purchased, renovated and moved in to the vacant child development/daycare center on the former Fort Monmouth U.S. Army base to start the 2015-16 school year. Trinity Hall spent $2 million for the 7.4-acre parcel with its 19,600-square-foot, one-story building built in 1996. The building was intended for educational re-use by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), the public-private agency overseeing the fort’s redevelopment. The school’s expansion plan received unanimous approval from FMERA members last October, the first hurdle before the project went before the Tinton Falls Planning Board.“The opening of Trinity Hall marked another milestone in the fort’s redevelopment,” said Dave Nuse, FMERA director of real estate. “Bringing an excellent school on site was essential to developing the dynamic community we’ve envisioned.” The 1,127-acre fort, which spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls, was closed by the Army in 2011. Under FMERA, parcels of land and buildings are being leased and sold for technology, educational, business, residential, retail and public uses.Last fall, Theresa Kiernan, Trinity Hall’s director of advancement and admissions, placed enrollment at 201 students in grades nine through 11.“Our students come from over 45 different sending schools throughout Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean counties,” Kiernan said. “Our location has allowed us to reach a diverse, academically focused group of young women, providing them with a single-sex option for high school where none existed before.” The school teaches in the “Catholic tradition.”“We remain committed to our students and their families and are ready to be a resource for local businesses, nonprofits, municipal leadership, educators and the community,” Sciarrillo said. “We vow to be good neighbors and responsible citizens as we help to revitalize this beautiful town. We feel fortunate to be in Tinton Falls and feel blessed to have the support of this community. Once we moved to our permanent and forever home on historic Fort Monmouth, we realized just how much opportunity we can provide to our greater community.”A gala to raise funds for the school’s capital campaign, entitled “Celebrating the Year of Branching Out,” is planned for March 9 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park.This article was first published in the Feb. 1-8, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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first_imgSATURDAY 27 FEBRUARYLEICESTER CITY V NORWICH CITY, KING POWER STADIUMLEICESTER (4-2-3-1)SCHMEICHEL, AMARTEY, HUTH, MORGAN, FUCHS, DRINKWATER, KANTE, MAHREZ ALBRIGHTON, VARDYNORWICH (4-2-3-1)MBOKANI, JARVIS, HOWSON, NAISMITH, MULUMBU, TETTEY, OLSSON, BASSONG, KLOSE, PINTO, RUDDDespite losing 2-1 at Arsenal in their last Barclays Premier League outing a fortnight ago, Leicester City remain top of the table with a two-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur and the Gunners, with just 12 games remaining.With their two closest rivals not playing until Sunday and with fourth-placed Manchester City involved in the Capital One Cup final – against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium – the Foxes have the chance to extend their advantage to five points.Leicester have the joint most goals in the Premier League, with Manchester City (48) while visitors Norwich City have suffered nine defeats – and just two wins – out of 13 away games. Only Newcastle (10) have lost more on the road.When the teams met at Carrow Road in October, Leicester moved up to fourth in the Premier League with a narrow victory, taking the lead through Jamie Vardy’s penalty. Jeffrey Schlupp put the Foxes in control before Norwich’s Dieumerci Mbokani replied.Leicester have entertained Norwich only once before in the Premier League when, in April 1995, they won 1-0. But in three of their last four visits to Leicester the Canaries have won three. Overall, Leicester have won eight and drawn six of 21 home league clashes, with Norwich winning seven times.Vardy has 19 goals, including four in his last four games and has won six penalties for Leicester this season.REFEREE: NEIL SWARBRICK. MATCHES: 10. Y38, R2.SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARYSOUTHAMPTON V CHELSEA, ST MARY’S STADIUMSOUTHAMPTON (4-3-2-1)FORSTER, SOARES, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND, ROMEU, CLASIE, WARD-PROWSE, TADIC, LONG, PELLECHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA, PEDRO FABREGAS, WILLIAN, MATIC, MIKEL, AZPILICUETA, CAHILL, TERRY, IVANOVIC, COURTOISChelsea are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games. Their previous defeat was back in December, at Leicester City. But they meet a Southampton outfit unbeaten in their last six, winning five. And the Saints and goalkeeper Fraser Forster have gone 633 minutes without conceding a goal.That record has been bettered only 10 times previously in the Premier League and if he keeps another clean sheet extending his record to 723 minutes he will be fifth, with Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar holding the record of 1,311, completed in February 2009.Southampton’s impressive run has taken them into the top six; their best ever finish in the Premier League was seventh last season while in 1985 they finished fifth in the old First Division.Chelsea have risen to 12th place in the Premier League and will hope to improve on just three away wins and just 12 goals from 12 games on the road.The Saints won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in October, while both games last season ended in 1-1 draws.Chelsea have scored 10 goals in their last two domestic outings. Following the 5-1 win over Newcastle last time out in the Premier League, they won 5-1 against Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup.REFEREE: MARTIN ATKINSON. MATCHES: 24. Y85, R1.SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARYMANCHESTER UNITED V ARSENAL, OLD TRAFFORD.MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA, LOVESMALLING, BLINDBORTHWICK-JACKSON, CARRICK, SCHNEIDERLIN, LINGARD, MATA, MEMPHIS, MARTIALARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD, CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT, COQUELIN, RAMSEY, MONREAL, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, BELLERIN, CECHOn Tuesday night, Arsenal suffered a setback in the Champions League when they lost 2-0 at home to a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona. But in the Barclays Premier League, they are just two points behind leaders Leicester City, level on points with second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.Manchester United are fifth, despite losing 2-1 at Sunderland in their last league outing. They made amends with a 3-0 win in the Emirates FA Cup, at League One Shrewsbury on Monday night.They return to Old Trafford where they have won just six of their 12 games in the league. However, United have conceded just five home goals all season, the fewest in the Premier League.Arsenal, though, have scored more league goals away than at home 23 compared to 18 and they have lost only three games on the road.When these teams met at the Emirates Stadium in October Arsenal stunned United with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. United had no answer to Arsenal’s opening burst as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored twice in 74 seconds. Sanchez added a third from 18 yards as the Gunners beat United for just the second time in 14 league meetings.Their Premier League record at Old Trafford is poor. Last season’s 1-1 draw ended a run of five straight defeats, while the Gunners have won just three of their 23 visits, most recently in September 2006. United have won 15 and drawn five.REFEREE: CRAIG PAWSON. MATCHES: 19. Y61, R2.SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARYTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V SWANSEA CITY, WHITE HART LANETOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD, WIMMER, DAVIES, DIER, DEMBELE, SON ERIKSEN, CHADLI, KANESWANSEA (4-2-3-1)AYEW, ROUTLEDGE, SIGURDSSON, KI, BRITTON, CORK, TAYLOR WILLIAMS, FERNANDEZ, NAUGHTON, FABIANSKITottenham Hotspur moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester as Christian Eriksen struck a late winner at fourth-placed Manchester City in their last game in the Barclays Premier League.Visiting striker Harry Kane scored from the spot in the second half after Raheem Sterling was penalised for handball. After Kelechi Iheanacho levelled, Christian Eriksen earned a fifth league win in a row.Tottenham have won five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since a run of six, in December 2011.If Leicester lose at home to Norwich on Saturday, Spurs can go top with a win over Swansea, who have won only two of their 12 away games this season. Their last was at Everton; since then they have taken just two points from a possible nine.When the teams met in October in Wales, Swansea came from behind twice to steal a 2-2 draw.Indeed, that extended Spurs’ unbeaten Premier League run against the Swans to nine games. Swansea last beat Spurs, at home, in October 1982 in the old First Division.Swansea have never won at Spurs in the league. They have lost on their last 14 visits and the last time they got a draw there was in the old Second Division in November 1930. Overall, in 17 visits the Welshmen have lost 15 and drawn just two. And in those 17 games, Tottenham have scored 49 goals and conceded just 14.REFEREE: MIKE JONES. MATCHES: 18. Y60, R1.last_img read more

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first_imgWhat you see at the top of the page is the solar canopy, made up of bifacial photovoltaic modules. It gathers sunlight from above and reflected light from below, and gets a boost in production compared to standard photovoltaics covering the same area. On Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead, the solar array is rated at 8.2 kilowatts of power production and can generate an average of about 37 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day in Boone, North Carolina.The really neat thing about the solar canopy was that it created a lot of usable outdoor space to hang out. In fact, Dr. Ball told me that when it was in Washington, DC for the competition, the Solar Homestead became THE place to hang out, with students playing guitar and enjoying the outdoors under the canopy. That’s probably a big reason this entry won the People’s Choice Award.There were a lot of cool features in this home. Here are a few:A system for using a phase-change material for heat storage, which Dr. Ball said they invented and are working on patenting (photo below)Minisplit heat pumps — one ductless, one ducted Passive solar features that help with heating the small houseI’m certainly no architect, but I was impressed with the design of the house, too. According to the Solar Decathlon rules, the maximum size is 1,000 square feet of conditioned floor area, and they used those square feet well. The house didn’t feel cramped at all and had some pretty neat design touches.The living room, shown below, had student-designed furniture, including the coffee table that opens up into a dining room table. The space also had, I thought, the right amount of windows for capturing heat and bringing in natural light without overdoing it. It’s definitely a space I’d hang out in. There’s a good reason they took third place for the architecture competition. Twelve years ago, I discovered the Solar Decathlon. I was a new physics professor at a small university in Georgia, and I’d received a packet from the US Department of Energy describing the competition. It was set to have its first run in 2002, so I tried to figure out how to get involved and put together an entry. We didn’t have design or construction programs, however, and the physics department that I was in was one of the most dysfunctional groups of people the world has ever seen. So instead I built a house for myself and left the academic world behind in 2004.In case you haven’t heard of the Solar Decathlon before, here’s what the DOE’s project website says about its objectives. The Solar Decathlon:Educates students and the public about the money-saving opportunities and environmental benefits presented by clean-energy products and design solutionsDemonstrates to the public the comfort and affordability of homes that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems available todayProvides participating students with unique training that prepares them to enter our nation’s clean-energy workforce. Innovative design featuresIn 2007, I got to see Georgia Tech’s Solar Decathlon entry, and this year I got a tour of Appalachian State University’s entry, the “Solar Homestead.” I was speaking to Dr. Lee Ball’s sustainable design class that day, and he graciously took me to see it afterward. I was quite impressed. RELATED ARTICLES Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead2011 Solar Decathlon Resource GuideSolar Homestead Web sitecenter_img The Solar Decathlon is a winnerOne problem experienced by both of the Solar Decathlon homes I’ve visited is the difficulty of finding a home for the home after the contest. I don’t know what ever happened to Georgia Tech’s entry, but a year after the Appalachian State Solar Homestead came back from Washington, it’s sitting in Boone, used for the occasional tour and some classes.Overall, though, the Solar Decathlon is a great event. When the homes are on display, thousands of people visit them and learn about energy efficiency, cool new technologies, and solar energy. In 2011, the homes had more than 350,000 visits in the 10 days they were open to the public, according to DOE. Also, 17,000 college students have participated since the competition began a decade ago. That’s a lot of learning!If you ever find yourself in Boone, North Carolina, go check out the Solar Homestead. Also, if you’re interested in buying one, Deltec Homes now has this design for sale as a net zero energy home (without the phase-change heat storage system). Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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first_imgDiallo topped Smith 88-85 in the finale. Charlotte’s Miles Bridges and Atlanta’s John Collins went out in the first round.Smith leapfrogged Miami’s Dwyane Wade and took a lob from Stephen Curry to give himself a chance with his last dunk, getting a perfect score from the judges — and a round of boos from the crowd, many of whom weren’t that impressed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThat left Diallo as the night’s final participant.Diallo pulled off a dunk that will be talked about for years in the first round — dunking over O’Neal, hanging on the rim by his elbow, then tearing open his jersey to reveal a “Superman” shirt underneath. And then he plucked the ball from Quavo as he went airborne for the dunk that sealed the title. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera sets indoor world record in 1,500m CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 16: Hamidou Diallo #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks during the AT&T Slam Dunk as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPOklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo is the NBA’s slam dunk champion.Going over Shaquille O’Neal in the first round, then getting a boost from rapper Quavo in the finale, Diallo soared to the crown by topping New York’s Dennis Smith Jr.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The recently formed Senate Liberal caucus plans to discuss the ongoing issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women during its first open caucus meeting next month.The 32 Senators once formed part of the Liberal caucus until Liberal leader Justin Trudeau banished them from the fold.Now freed from party discipline, these Senators plan to “make Parliament work better for Canadians, to make it respond to the needs of Canadians, rather than the needs of political parties and their leaders.”The Independent Senators plan to open up some of their caucus meetings to the public, turning them into forums on public policy issues that often go overlooked, said Sen. James Cowen, the leader of the Senate Liberal caucus.Their first open caucus meeting is planned for March 26 and will focus on discussions around the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women.“This is an issue that has shocked the conscience of Canadians,” said Sen. Art Eggleton, who also referred to the ongoing search for Loretta Saunders, an Inuk university student from Labrador who went missing in Halifax.Eggleton said the caucus would be inviting speakers to the caucus to discuss the issue.The Senate Liberals will also be asking Canadians to submit questions for the Senators to use during the Senate’s question period, post their expenses on a separate website, make all votes free of party discipline and start an ongoing “national conversation” around equalization, where richer provinces help poorer provinces pay their [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgKITIMAT, B.C. — The company behind a controversial natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia says construction began in a number of places before archaeological assessments were complete.Coastal GasLink says an internal audit found there were two areas along the right of way east of Kitimat where land was cleared before archaeological impact assessments occurred.It says the assessments are conditions of the permits issued by the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the B.C. government’s Environmental Assessment Certificate. “I have directed the team to complete a thorough investigation of these incidents and have halted clearing work in the area until the investigation is complete and recommendations are put into practice,” Pfeiffer said in a statement Thursday.The Canadian Press Coastal GasLink says it has suspended all clearing activity in the area until an internal review is complete and actions are taken to prevent it from happening again.It says it has also notified affected Indigenous communities and welcomes their participation in post-impact assessments.The Coastal GasLink pipeline inspired global protests when hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation said it had no authority without their consent.The company says it had signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations along the 670-kilometre route to LNG Canada’s export terminal on the coast in Kitimat, including the Wet’suwet’en council.It says the land cleared in the affected areas measure 600-by-50-metres and 240-by-10-metres respectively and assessments of neighbouring lands had identified them as having low likelihood of archaeological significance.Coastal GasLink president David Pfeiffer says he regrets the errors that led to the construction.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: An on-field injury followed by some controversial statements off the field saw all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the news for all the wrong reasons. But the Mumbai Indians player wants the focus back on his game and was instrumental in helping MI beat Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. A brilliant 8-ball 25 was followed by bowling figures of 3/20 from his four overs as the all-rounder was rightly handed the Man of the Match award. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Speaking after the game, Pandya thanked all those who have supported him through his tough time. “The injury happened and then the controversy too. These seven months weren’t easy and I wasn’t sure of what to do. This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup,” he said. Pandya said he was waiting to get some game time after spending hours at the nets. He also added that he is hitting the ball really well at the moment. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It’s been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment,” he said. While Pandya played a cameo at the end, he was well supported by West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard as he hit an unbeaten 17 off just 7 balls. The experienced campaigner said that Pandya was doing a fabulous job for the team. “Taking into context, the Pandya boys are doing really well. He has a clear mind and has been hitting the ball very well. As a team, we strive on momentum. It’s good for us, we have been batting pretty well, it’s just a matter of improvement,” he said. On his own little cameo at the end of the MI innings, Pollard said: “Whenever I get a chance, I try to make a difference and contribute to the team.”last_img read more

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first_imgPrague: Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Saturday he would not resign if indicted for his alleged role in a two-million-euro EU subsidy fraud. Police this week recommended that Babis be indicted over the case which could see him and several others, including family members, spending five to ten years in prison. “I would not resign because I have been saying from the beginning that this is a political process,” Babis told the DNES broadsheet which he owns. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe 64-year-old agro-chemicals mogul pegged by Forbes as the second-wealthiest Czech is suspected of abusing EU funds to build the luxury Stork Nest resort and farm near Prague in 2007. He allegedly took the farm out of his sprawling Agrofert food, chemicals and media holding to make it eligible for a subsidy awarded to small companies before eventually putting it back. Charged by police in 2017, Babis and several others — including his wife, brother-in-law and daughter — are suspected of subsidy fraud and harming the EU’s financial interests. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”If I weren’t in politics, nobody would have heard about the Stork Nest,” Babis told DNES. “People keep plotting affairs against me, delving into the past. This affair is 12 years old,” he said, calling charges against his family “incredible filth”. President Milos Zeman, who could remove the embattled prime minister, said Thursday he would not do so. “An indicted prime minister is not a sentenced prime minister,” said the 74-year-old pro-Russian, pro-Chinese veteran leftwinger and a staunch Babis ally. The prime minister’s populist ANO movement leads a minority coalition government with leftwing Social Democrats.last_img read more

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