Vardy strike offers hope to embattled Leicester despite defeat by Sevilla

Pablo Sarabia headed the hosts into a deserved lead in the 25th minute after Kasper Schmeichel had saved Joaquin Correa's penalty. Argentine forward Correa made amends by netting in the 62nd after inspired play from Stevan Jovetic. Ranieri admitted before the game that Sevilla were the superior outfit and it was difficult to argue with that statement as the hosts dictated the first half, monopolising possession and frequently piling forward with purpose. Vitolo came close to doubling Sevilla's lead when he sent the ball rolling off the inside of the post and Correa got the second goal after Jovetic had carried the ball into the box with a combination of stylish flicks and headers. Sevilla's class looked to have shone through but Vardy's first goal since December gives Leicester a fighting chance for the second leg at home on March 14.

February 23, 2017 08:08 UTC

Navarro Softball: Dawgs sply pair of run-rule games with Ranger

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February 23, 2017 07:52 UTC

Sanbornton boards to huddle over wedding-on-farm flap

By DAVID CARKHUFF/THE LACONIA DAILY SUNSANBORNTON — Tim Lang, chairman of the Sanbornton Zoning Board, also is a legislator who believes in giving new laws a chance to work. The owners of the farm, the Rathjens, asked the Sanbornton Zoning Board to overturn a Planning Board decision to deem wedding functions a commercial use that would require a variance. Rather than fight the Zoning Board, the Planning Board granted a site plan for weddings on the farm. Auger said she wanted to meet with the Zoning Board to discuss the conflicting views. "The fact that it is commercial and they have to give permission for it is what triggers the site plan."

February 23, 2017 07:50 UTC

County holds marathon budget session, cuts less than $200,000

By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUNLACONIA — Members of the Belknap County Delegation struggled to find cuts in the proposed $28 million county budget in a marathon session Tuesday night which lasted four-and-a-half hours. County Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy (R-Sanbornton), denied that commissioners are playing games with the budget numbers, saying that assertions by budget cut proponents that the budget was up by $2 million are erroneous. Silber proposed cutting the county attorney's budget from $827,269 to $758,866, maintaining that the increase was for hiring an additional attorney. Commissioner Hunter Taylor (R-Alton) said that the proposed cut was "arbitrary and capricious and being made without consideration of the impact." Rep. Tim Lang (R-Sanbornton) pointed out that Howard's proposed cuts were in already negotiated contracts with providers and couldn't be cut.

February 23, 2017 07:41 UTC

Laconia School District seeks funding for after-school programs

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUNLACONIA — The future of the after-school programs offered by the Laconia School District will hinge on the renewal of the federal grant that has funded them for the past five years. The five-year grant provided $452,000 a year to support three programs — ProjectEXTRA (Enriching eXtensions to Raise Achievement), Expanded Learning Opportunities and PIQUES (Providing Individualized Questioning & Understanding of Essential Skills Opportunities) — as well as a summer learning camp. Additional funding for ProjectEXTRA has been provided by the Curran Foundation. The three programs have become staples of the Laconia School Districts, popular among students and prized by parents. School Superintendent Brendan Minnihan indicated he was reasonable confident that the success of the programs would ensure their future funding.

February 23, 2017 07:41 UTC

Engaged, no wedding

A neighbor sued to prevent weddings at the Gilford farm, located at 263 Gunstock Hill Road, overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. The order barred weddings at Timber Hill Farm. Judge O'Neill vacated the Zoning Board's decision, finding that the board improperly interpreted "agriculture" as defined by the town's zoning ordinance. "There are no questions on the warrant this year to amend the zoning ordinance," Dunn said. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Isaac Howe, who operates Timber Hill Farm, said the family had no comment because the case is still in the appeals process.

February 23, 2017 07:41 UTC

'They don't know how I'm alive'

Advocate for ending an ambulance equipment fund, Roger Grey (left) listens as the public speaks mostly in opposition to the petitioned article at a Sanbornton public hearing Tuesday. The petitioned article would discontinue the town's Emergency Medical Services Fire and Rescue Apparatus, Equipment and Vehicles Special Revenue Fund. "All the neurology schools in this country say they don't know how I'm alive," she told a hushed audience. "They know what they're doing with their funds, they know what they're doing with their people," Riendeau said of the fire and rescue agency. Discontinuing the ambulance fund frees up $50,000 a year in annual ambulance revenue for other uses, he said.

February 23, 2017 07:41 UTC

MP Liton killing: Police recover pistol buried in Kader's Gaibandha home

They say he masterminded the assasination of ruling MP Manjurul Islam Liton. On the evening of Dec 31, unidentified assailants shot the ruling party MP from Gaibandha-1 (Sundarganj) constituency at his home several times. Police claim Kader, the former MP from the same constituency, had masterminded Liton's killing 'to clear his path for election.' The ruling party has chosen its Sundarganj Upazila unit General Secretary Golam Mostafa Ahmed for the by-election slated for Mar 22. More on this storyKader behind MP Liton's killing: PoliceSUV of MP Liton's sister 'attacked'Witnesses describe how the killers came, shot Liton and fled

February 23, 2017 07:34 UTC

Bangladesh presides UN global counter-terrorism meeting

Bangladesh has presided a meeting on implementation of the “United Nations Counter-Terrorism Strategy” held at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Masud Bin Momen, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, presided over the meeting, BSS reported. Speaking on the occasion, Momen said the meeting was a significant step to increase the capacity of the UN to implement the strategy to counter global terrorism. “We would have to work together to strengthen the global effort to fight terrorism after detecting the elements that inspire terrorism,” he said. The meeting was arranged by President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thompson at the UN headquarters in New York.

February 23, 2017 07:34 UTC

World’s longest-jailed journalist released after 18 years

Uzbek dissident Muhammad Bekjanov, one of the world’s longest-jailed journalists, was released from prison on Wednesday after serving 18 years in prison, his relatives and a local rights group said. He had always denied the charges, which rights groups branded as politically motivated. “Muhammad Bekjanov’s term ended yesterday and today he was released from jail,” Abdurahmon Tashanov, an activist of the Ezgulik rights group told Reuters. His release followed that of another dissident, Samandar Kukanov, who was set free last November after serving 22 years in prison. His successor, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has overseen the release of some of Karimov’s jailed foes and amnestied several less prominent political prisoners.

February 23, 2017 07:20 UTC

M’borough Lions to host Candidates night March 5

MOULTONBOROUGH —All candidates for town and school district offices in Moultonborough have been invited to speak at Meet the Candidates Night 2017 to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at the Moultonborough Lions Club on Old Route 109. Harry Blood, Town and School District Moderator, will serve as moderator for Meet the Candidates Night. After all the candidates for town and school district office have presented, there will be time for questions from the audience. On the town ballot, there are three candidates (Russell C. Wakefield, Joel Mudgett and Paul Punturieri) running for two three-year seats as Selectmen. On the School District ballot, there are three candidates (Lauren LaVoie Sturgeon, Mark J. Cotrupi and Joyce Larson) running for two three-year seats as School Board members.

February 23, 2017 06:46 UTC

Landlord stabs Bangladeshi tenant in New York

A Bangladeshi real estate businessman has been stabbed to death by his landlord at his residence in New York, US. The deceased Jakir Khan, 44, son of late Azafat Khan hailed from Sylhet. US Jubo Dal vice-president Ahbab Chowdhury confirmed the death in a Facebook post on Thursday. Fenchuganj Press Club general secretary Riaz Uddin Iska said: “Jakir settled in US with his entire family in 1990.”According to NBC New York, the landlord stabbed his tenant to death in front of the victim’s 12-year-old son in the Bronx around 6:30pm Wednesday night. However, it did not give any detail regarding the identity of the deceased.

February 23, 2017 06:44 UTC

Indian rights group MASUM push for release of ten Bangladesh women

MASUM General Secretary Kirity Ray said in a media release that these ten women were detained on Dec 3 when on their way to Bangladesh border through Bithari Hakimpur under Swarupnagar police station in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas District. They were on their way back to Bangladesh when they were arrested," Ray said. But Kirity Ray said that a criminal case has been initiated against the ten women by Swarupnagar police. "Though their remand for 14 days has now expired, these women are languishing in prison," said Ray. He has sought the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission to ensure these women are released and send back to Bangladesh.

February 23, 2017 06:24 UTC

New planning director working in his third career

Trefethen was named Laconia planning director last month. “The demographics that are in the 2007 master plan are primarily from the 2000 Census,” he said. “The master plan drives economic activity because there is a workforce you need to have,” Trefethen. By the same token, if it's zoned commercial, depending on what you want to do, you can put some residential there. That works well from a community standpoint, gaining commercial but also gaining residents.”He also said the Planning Department, can, through increased flexibility, find ways to foster development by fine-tuning some regulations.

February 23, 2017 06:22 UTC

Post-SB12, Sanbornton police warn travelers to pack pistol permits

"Residents that would like to continue to have concealed carry permits can still get them from the Sanbornton Police Department," Sanbornton Police Chief Steve Hankard wrote on Facebook Wednesday. The list of applicable states can be found on the NH State Police website, under the Permits and Licensing section." In New Hampshire, it's now legal to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Sanbornton Police Chief Steve Hankard said his office issued 140 concealed carry permits last year. While he expected that number to drop based on the new law, Hankard said he still anticipates some residents will request permits.

February 23, 2017 06:22 UTC

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