INLD supporters block highways over SYL canal

first_imgPressing for early completion of the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, supporters of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Monday staged a protest and blocked highways at a few places along the Haryana-Punjab border, disrupting the movement of vehicular traffic. INLD supporters and activists blocked traffic on Ambala-Delhi highway and near the Shambhu barrier on Amritsar highway. Roads were also blocked in Dabwali in Sirsa district as protesters tried to stop vehicles from Punjab from entering Haryana.“The SYL is a lifeline for the people of Haryana and we want our share of the water…The Supreme Court has given its decision in favour of Haryana on the SYL…the Central government should act swiftly to get the decision implemented,” INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said while addressing a gathering at Sirsa. Meanwhile, former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda alleged that the protest was a ‘fixed match’’ between the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party and the INLD. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said in Hisar on Sunday: “Since both the INLD and the Congress have no issues to rake up, these parties are just trying to salvage their eroded political existence in the name of farmers and the SYL canal.”last_img read more

Samsung Windows phone ATIV S unveiled at Berlin show

first_imgThe South Korean company Samsung has become the first handset maker to announce a smartphone using Microsoft’s latest mobile software. The company made a brief announcement at a Berlin electronics show on Wednesday.The announcement came amid expectations that smartphone maker companies may turn increasingly to Windows devices after a US jury decided many of Samsung’s Google Android-based phones infringed Apple Inc patents.According to reports, the ailing Finnish mobile firm Nokia, once the world’s leading producer of phones, is also expected to unveil its new Lumia line of smartphones using Windows Phone 8 in New York on September 5.Samsung’s new phone called ATIV S — tacked onto the end of a long news conference in Berlin that focused on other products — is likley to elevate expectations for the Lumia. Samsung’s ATIV S Windows phone sports a high-end 4.8-inch display, Corning “Gorilla” glass, and an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, Microsoft posted on its official blog on Wednesday.In a blog posting, Microsoft executive Ben Rudolph reportedly said that Samsung’s Windows-based smartphone marks the first in a “big lineup of new hardware” from the South Korean company based on Microsoft’s software.Earlier in June, Microsoft had given a preview of its Windows Phone 8 software and had promised the first phones would be on the market by the autumn.Windows Phone 8 is reportedly built on the same core code as Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8, which will run on tablets and PCs, is scheduled to launch on October 26.Samsung said the ATIV phone would hit stores in the October-November period but did not give an exact start date.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

No fans, no media and no goals as Koreas play out World Cup qualifier in empty stadium

first_imgSouth Korea North Korea Read more Long-time foes North and South Korea played a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, their first football match in the North in 30 years, but no fans were allowed in the stands and Pyongyang refused to broadcast the game live. There were also no goals.The last time the two sides met in a World Cup qualifier was in Seoul 10 years ago, when the North lost 1-0 before accusing South Korea of poisoning their players’ food ahead of the match. Share on WhatsApp Soccer Reuse this content Son leads South Korea across great divide to face ‘Ronaldo of the North’ Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reclusive North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 civil conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.National anthems of both sides were played before the match kicked off at the Kim Il Sung Stadium and the flags of the two countries were on display, the South’s Korea Football Association said.Two earlier qualifiers that had been scheduled for North Korea had to be switched to Shanghai after Pyongyang refused to raise the South’s flag or play its anthem. North Korea had promised to provide footage of the match on DVD, the South’s unification ministry said.“We would need time for technical checks but despite some delays our people will be able to watch the game,” a ministry official said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.North Korea’s official KCNA news agency issued a brief report early on Wednesday, saying the qualifier ended in a 0-0 draw after a series of “attacks and counterattacks”.Two players on each side received yellow cards, the KFA said.Fifa president Gianni Infantino was at the match and said in a statement that he was “disappointed to see there were no fans in the stands”.“We were surprised by this and by several issues related to its live broadcast and problems with visas and access for foreign journalists,” he said, adding that, for Fifa, freedom of the press and freedom of speech were paramount.Last year saw a flurry of sports diplomacy between the two Koreas, which fielded a joint ice hockey team and marched together at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.That set the stage for a series of summits between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the South’s Moon Jae-in. The two Koreas even talked about a joint bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.But relations have since cooled over stalled negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.In addition to the TV blackout and empty stands, South Korean media were also blocked, with only some 30 KFA staff with limited communications allowed to relay information about the game, Seoul officials said.South Korea’s squad, including Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min, arrived in Pyongyang on Monday via Beijing instead of a shorter route across the DMZ between the two Koreas, after months of no response from Pyongyang.“There have always been at least some South Korean fans, so it will be our first time to play without any,” defender Kim Min-jae said before leaving for Beijing on Monday. “But we can overcome and play well.”One South Korean user of the South’s Naver web portal said: “How do we co-host the Olympics when we can’t even watch one single qualifier?”Another said: “Best if we win, but it’s also fine to lose. I just hope our players return safely.” news Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest World Cup Topics World Cup 2022last_img read more

‘Messi & Ronaldo in a different orbit to Salah’

first_imgUEFA Champions League ‘Messi and Ronaldo in a different orbit!’ – Ramos not buying Salah comparisons Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 02:55 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo GFX Getty/Goal composite UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi African All Stars Ahead of the Champions League final, the Real Madrid captain has quashed the claims of a Liverpool forward to be counted among the world’s best Mohamed Salah is a “great player” but remains far from the rarefied air of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.Salah’s playing style has been compared to Messi and he will have the chance to measure himself against the Barcelona star’s long-time rival Ronaldo when Liverpool meet Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.The free-scoring Egypt international has been the driving force behind the Reds’ unexpected run to Kiev, netting 10 goals since the beginning of the group stage in an extension of his Premier League Golden Boot-winning form. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Madrid captain Ramos has been impressed by those returns but says it is wrong to suggest he is closing in on two players who have shared the Ballon d’Or for a decade.”To compare players with Cristiano, Messi… they’re in a different orbit, a different stratosphere,” Ramos said.”It’s obvious Salah is a great player. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, if they want to compare to Cristiano they can.”[Salah has] got another chance to show what he can do tomorrow and he has a lot of seasons ahead to show he is as good as Cristiano and Messi.”Salah is expected to again line up alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in a fleet-footed front three that has proved instrumental in firing Liverpool back to European football’s biggest stage.Ramos, however, insists Liverpool are a fine team beyond just the attacking trio, which would make a third successive Champions League triumph all the sweeter.”Playing against great teams makes victory more valuable,” he said.”We have eliminated great teams like Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich and now we need to finish the job.”It’s not just three players, [Liverpool are] an entire team who know how to suffer and survive during games, dig deep.”It doesn’t really bother us, the team that is in fashion or that is being talked about the most. Whatever praise or criticism we receive doesn’t really matter.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ellis doubts USWNT will get White House invitation

first_imgJill Ellis admitted she does not think the United States women’s national soccer team will receive an invitation to visit the White House, despite claiming their second straight World Cup crown.Goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle saw the USWNT see off the Netherlands 2-0 in the World Cup final in Lyon, allowing the U.S. to not only defend their 2015 title but also claim their record fourth World Cup.It had been customary for U.S. champions to visit the White House, and the U.S. president, but Rapinoe claimed in a video from May she would not “go to the f*cking White House” due to Donald Trump’s presidency. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Rapinoe re-iterated her stance on Saturday, and was echoed by teammate Alex Morgan who claimed a decision to go to the capital would be made after the final but that media probably already knew the answer.Snubs by champions have occurred before since Trump’s election, with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors notably refusing to attend the White House after their titles in 2017 and 2018 as athletes protest his racist, sexist and homophobic rhetoric and policy.But Ellis suspects the rather open nature of the Rapinoe and her teammates’ criticism of Trump will leave them without an invite to turn down.When asked if they would turn down an invitation after the final, Ellis suggested one wouldn’t be coming. When further pressed that it would be, Ellis replied: “I wouldn’t bet on that.”Rapinoe’s war of words with Trump only seemed to elevate her play during the tournament, as she scored five of the USWNT’s eight goals in the knockout stage to finish level with Morgan and England’s Ellen White and win the Golden Boot, as well as the Golden Ball for best player.And Ellis was full of praise for Rapinoe in the victory, hailing her honesty and her ability to handle the spotlight.Jill Ellis USWNT Netherlands WWC final“Megan was built for these moments – built to be a spokesperson for these moments,” Ellis said. “She speaks well, speaks from her heart. “We need people in the game, to be honest, to call things as they are. I think the bigger the spotlight the more she shines. I think the spotlight can burn people but for Megan they show what she is.” Ellis herself has faced much criticism despite having now taken the USWNT to a pair of World Cup crowns, with the most vocal coming after their surprise loss to Sweden in 2016 Olympics. But the coach has dismissed that talk, saying she knew what she had to do after that defeat and made the changes necessary. “I don’t care and I never really read what people thought,” Ellisa said. “I knew after 2016 we had to deconstruct this and reconstruct it. My bosses bought into that, we had to continue to evolve and do more things in terms of how we play, deepening our squad, giving more people opportunities, vetting people. “I don’t have to talk about critics I don’t care. People out here know a tenth of what we do. I’m very proud of these players.”last_img read more

Herrera embracing being ‘hated’ with PSG

first_imgAnder Herrera says that he is embracing the idea of being ‘hated’ as he gets set for his first season with Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielder joined PSG this summer via a free transfer, having left Manchester United after five-year stay with the Premier League club.Herrera, who made 189 appearances for the Red Devils, won the Europa League, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield during his time at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Now a member of PSG, the Spaniard has joined a club that tends to dominate in France, having already won the Trophee des Champions this season.And Herrera understands that frequent success brings criticism and animosity, and he’s fully prepared to embrace that as he begins life in Ligue 1.”[The club’s reputation is] that of a giant! A club that is respected, that is classy,” he told France Football.”A club where three or four of the best players in the world play. I know too that it is one of the most hated clubs in France, and I like that.”The move to PSG brings Herrera to the fourth club of his career, having played for Real Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao before heading to Old Trafford.He was free to join any club this summer, but Herrera says that staying in the Premier League was not an option while also stating that he still holds plenty of love for his first club, Real Zaragoza.”First of all, [I joined PSG] for the project. The club has a classy and glamorous side that I like a lot. Then, because I wanted to continue to play for a big club,” he said.”And, honestly, I could not see myself playing in another English club. When you have played for Manchester United, it is difficult to go elsewhere.”PSG, they have a project that is progressing incessantly. The way that PSG approached me was impeccable. I felt wanted. Thomas [Tuchel] called me multiple times to talk. He is someone who helps players become better. At 29, I still want to improve.”He added: “I was happy to play for Athletic Bilbao, another club that is dear to me, and for Manchester United, the biggest club in the United Kingdom, where I felt loved. Today, I am happy to be at PSG, the biggest club in France.”I have always given everything to the clubs I have represented and I represent. But I cannot lie to you: the club of my heart is still Real Zaragoza, who I have supported as a child and where I started my career.”last_img read more

Nigerian held for duping one of Rs 9 lakh

first_imgKolkata: A Nigerian national has been arrested by the Cyber Crime police station of Kolkata Police, for allegedly duping a person to the tune of Rs 9 lakh. According to police, the accused person identified as Echezona Emmanuel Onyendi alias Tony Kevin, had promised the complainant a job and demanded money for the same. After the complainant submitted Rs 9 lakh in the bank account number provided by the Nigerian, all contacts were cut off from his end. Later, the victim lodged a complaint with the Cyber Crime police station. During investigation, sleuths found the mobile number’s location in Bengaluru which was used to dupe the victim. A team then went to Bengaluru and arrested him.last_img

The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, April 28———FORCES SEEK TO OUST 77 OVER SEX CASES: Military officials say they have moved this year to force out 77 service members found guilty of sexual misconduct. Many of the cases are older and none of the members have been released yet, as their files go through what the military says is due process. But the figure is touted as a solid step toward defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance’s promise of eradicating sexual misconduct in the Forces. Officials also say military police plan to review more than 150 old cases of sexual misconduct reported between 2010 and 2016 but deemed unfounded.———FORMER SALVATION ARMY EXECUTIVE GUILTY OF FRAUD: A Toronto court has ruled a former Salvation Army executive diverted truckloads of donations made to the organization to a wholesaler as part of scheme to make money. David Rennie was found guilty this week of six charges related to the setup, including fraud, theft and trafficking in stolen goods, though he was cleared of a conspiracy charge after a judge found his co-accused not guilty. Justice Sandra Bacchus said in her decision that over two years, Rennie partnered with a wholesaler to cherry-pick the best donations and resell them for a profit, though it’s unclear exactly how much he benefited financially.———8 YEARS FOR B.C. DRUNK DRIVER WHO KILLED 3: A British Columbia man who killed three people while driving drunk along a winding mountain highway has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison. Samuel Alec pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court last month to three counts of impaired driving causing death after he mowed down two cyclists who were out for a weekend ride north of Whistler in May 2015. Alec’s friend in the passenger seat of the vehicle was also killed. The judge has ordered that Alec be banned from driving for 15 years when he is released.———N.S. LIBERALS PULL AD SUGGESTING MAY 30 VOTE: A campaign video posted to the Nova Scotia Liberal Party’s website Friday appeared to confirm a spring election is in the air. The video, which is no longer available, showed Premier Stephen McNeil posing next to a campaign slogan and the message “on May 30th vote Liberal.” It is the strongest hint yet that an election will be called in the coming days, although McNeil refused to confirm anything. “You saw an ad that was a mock-up of an ad, I wouldn’t read too much into it,” McNeil told reporters.———CLARK SAYS B.C. WOULD MOVE ON U.S. COAL SHIPMENTS: British Columbia’s Liberal leader says she would take steps to ban thermal coal shipments through the province if the federal government doesn’t act during a fight over softwood lumber tariffs imposed by the United States. On the election campaign trail, Christy Clark says Ottawa has not yet responded to a letter she sent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for a stop to American thermal coal passing through B.C. ports. Clark says she expects Ottawa will act to keep “filthy” U.S. coal from reaching China in accordance with its climate-change agenda.———HOOPP CHIEF EXECUTIVE QUITS HOME CAPITAL BOARD: The chief executive of HOOPP has resigned as a director of Home Capital Group and its subsidiaries, citing a potential conflict of interest following the pension fund’s decision to provide $2 billion of credit to the mortgage company. The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan manages more than $70 billion of retirement funds and will receive a $100 million non-refundable fee plus 10 per cent interest on money provided to Home Trust through the agreement. HOOPP chief executive Jim Keohane had been a director of Home Capital since last year.———PROGRAM TO HELP SOLDIERS BECOME CIVILIANS: A Canada-wide research study is being launched with the aim of helping members of the Canadian Armed Forces and veterans transition to civilian life. The study, based around a New Brunswick-based program called Shaping Purpose, will examine the experiences of 84 Forces members and veterans. The research study and the evaluation of the program is expected to be completed in December 2018, with the intent to present the findings to the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada in the spring of 2019.———FEDS RUN $11.5b DEFICIT FOR FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 2016-17: The federal government ran a deficit of $11.5 billion over the first 11 months of its 2016-17 fiscal year, putting it well ahead of its spring budget forecast with one month to go. The result compared with a surplus of $7.5 billion during the April-to-February period a year earlier. Not counting a $3-billion contingency cushion, Ottawa’s spring budget projected a deficit of $23 billion for 2016-17. Robert Kavcic, senior economist at the Bank of Montreal, notes that the government generally runs a large deficit in March as Canadians file their tax returns and receive their refunds.———U.S. AND CHINA DIFFER ON NORTH KOREA: The United States and China offered starkly different strategies Friday for addressing North Korea’s escalating nuclear threat as President Donald Trump’s top diplomat demanded full enforcement of economic sanctions on Pyongyang and urged new penalties. Stepping back from suggestions of U.S. military action, he even offered aid to North Korea if it ends its nuclear weapons program. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China would adhere to past UN resolutions and wants a denuclearized peninsula, but he spelled out no further steps his government might consider.———TRUMP TELLS NRA IT HAS ‘A FRIEND’ IN WHITE HOUSE: U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that “the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.” Trump, the first sitting president to address the group’s annual convention in more than 30 years, assured the audience that he would defend their right to bear arms in a campaign-like speech reminiscent of his election rallies. “You have a true friend and champion in the White House,” he said.———last_img read more

Supreme Court of Canada rejects Saskatchewan hitman murder appeal

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the appeal of a Saskatchewan man convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in a planned killing gone wrong.Joshua Dylan Petrin was a high-ranking drug trafficker when he asked two of his associates to “take care” of his right-hand man, who was planning to walk away from their criminal enterprise without his permission.The hit men went to the wrong address and killed an innocent woman.Petrin was convicted in a Saskatoon court in 2016 and filed an appeal to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal a year later, which he also lost.Part of his failed appeal included new evidence of payments made to prosecution witnesses by police.As per its custom, the Supreme Court gave no detailed reasons for why it decided not to hear the appeal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebecor Media Group cutting 220 jobs

first_imgIn a changing industry environment, Quebecor Media Group is announcing changes to its organizational structure designed to balance its cost structure and enhance operational efficiencies. The initiatives will enable Quebecor Media Group to maintain its lead in news and content production and keep focusing on its flagship brands.“In Québec as elsewhere in the world, our industry is facing ongoing disruption,” noted Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of Quebecor Media Group and TVA Group Inc. “We have therefore taken a number of initiatives over the past two years to adapt to the changes, including the creation of Quebecor Media Group, an integrated media company, and the acquisition and sale of various properties. Today it is clear that we must continue our transformation in order to further adjust structural costs and become more agile.”Unfortunately, this transformation will entail the reduction of 220 positions at Quebecor Media Group, or nearly 8% of its workforce, mainly managers, professionals and administrative support staff, in order to bring staffing levels in line with the organizational changes and reduce operating costs. At TVA Group, 125 positions will be abolished. The staff reductions will have no impact on the newsrooms or on news coverage across Québec. Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Quebecor Media Group also announced that local sales forces, including those for the newspapers, will now be under the responsibility of the existing Advertising Network, which was already responsible for Quebecor Media Group’s national sales, media creativity and research units, and will now operate a fully integrated sales force. The new structure will better meet advertisers’ needs and enhance responsiveness in a changing industry.As well, TVA Publications will carry out an internal restructuring and cease publication of two magazines — CHEZ SOI and Tellement bon — in order to concentrate its efforts on its flagship brands and increase their reach. The Group will maintain a strong presence in the home decorating and cooking categories with brands such as Les idées de ma maison, Style at Home, Coup de pouce, Canadian Living and Recettes du Québec.“I sincerely thank all the employees who will, unfortunately, be affected by these decisions for their contribution,” said Julie Tremblay. “While staff reductions are necessary in view of the transformation, these decisions are always very difficult to make.”About Quebecor Media GroupCanadian leader in news and entertainment media, Quebecor Media Group comprises newspapers, books, music, TVA Group Inc., out-of-home, printing and distribution, while having its own advertising sales and press agency. Throughout its brands, Quebecor Media Group is committed to providing the best possible customer experience and to contributing to the spread of culture.About TVA GroupTVA Group Inc., a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is a communications company engaged in the broadcasting, film and audiovisual production, and magazine publishing industries. TVA Group Inc. is the largest broadcaster of French-language entertainment, information and public affairs programming in North America, one of the largest private production companies, and the largest publisher of French-language magazines. TVA Group Inc. also publishes some of Canada’s most popular English-language titles. The Corporation’s Class B shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TVA.B. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie wraps up mission to Ecuador

Actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie today ended a mission to Ecuador, where she visited Colombian refugees and got a first-hand look at the Western Hemisphere’s most severe humanitarian crisis.”I’m just now starting to understand this very complex situation,” said Ms. Jolie, who spent four days in the country. “People’s lives are truly in danger – not just in the sense that you feel your town is unsafe – their lives are actually being threatened and their houses are being burnt down.”Caught in a 40-year internal conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead and displaced close to 2 million people, the violence in Colombia is raising regional concerns, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Thousands have fled to neighbouring Venezuela, Panama and Ecuador, and many thousands more have sought asylum in Costa Rica, North America and Europe. In Ecuador alone, an estimated 7,000 Colombian refugees and asylum seekers have come seeking protection, with about 300 new arrivals every month.Ms. Jolie, who as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador has already witnessed massive refugee operations in Asia and Africa, said her first experience in the Andean region opened her eyes to the prevalence of the violence and displacement. “What was really shocking was that every individual person you meet will tell you that their immediate family was [affected],” she said. “Somebody’s child was killed, somebody’s husband, someone was beaten.”Ms. Jolie said she was impressed and thankful that Ecuador was so open to the plight of its neighbours. According to the Government, there are some 225,000 Colombians living in the country.”The majority of the people of concern to UNHCR are still inside [Colombia],” she said. “There are hundreds of thousands of people in trouble, but because we can’t see them crossing [the border], maybe that’s why the world isn’t talking about it so much.”An Oscar-winning actress who has starred in such movies as Girl, Interrupted, Pushing Tin and Tomb Raider, Ms. Jolie has been active with UNHCR for close to two years and has been a Goodwill Ambassador since last August. She has met with refugees in Sierra Leone, Namibia, Tanzania, Cambodia, Thailand and Pakistan, and has personally contributed generously to UNHCR programmes. read more

UN independent expert deeply disappointed over Bahraini postponements of visit

“This is the second time that my visit has been postponed, at very short notice. It is effectively a cancellation as no alternative dates were proposed nor is there a future road map to discuss,” UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez stressed in a news release. Mr. Méndez added that he is “deeply disappointed” with the decision to cancel the 8 to 15 May trip which was organized “in the spirit of cooperation” and expressed his compassion with the people of Bahrain who had expected the visit.The Government’s decision comes after yet another week of continued clashes between demonstrators and security forces and the release of several reports criticizing what they call Bahrain’s failure to hold senior officials accountable for torture since 2011.In a letter handed to the Special Rapporteur on 22 April, during a meeting in Washington DC, the Government said that the ongoing National Dialogue has unexpectedly taken much longer than envisaged and that a visit could be immensely damaging to the chances of the Dialogue’s success.Meanwhile, in a statement issued to the media, the Government claimed that Mr. Méndez “put off” the visit.In response, Mr. Méndez said that the decision to postpone the visit was solely that of the Government, “this was a unilateral decision by the authorities. Unfortunately, it is not the first time the Government has tried to avoid responsibility for the postponement of my visit, which was originally supposed to take place over a year ago.”He added that that an independent assessment of whether torture and ill-treatment indeed continues despite reforms, and whether obligations towards the rehabilitation of victims have been met “could have contributed to the National Dialogue and strengthened a culture of human rights.”Mr. Méndez urged the authorities to honour their commitments made to the UN Universal Periodic Review process in September 2012, among which was the acceptance of a recommendation to welcome a visit by the mandated expert on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. “I will continue to engage with the Government by considering violations submitted to my mandate and by closely monitoring the situation of torture and ill-treatment, including the right of rehabilitation for victims in Bahrain,” he stressed. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Ethiopias Tiki Gelana Wins Gold Sets New Olympic Womens

LONDON (AP) — Tiki Gelana felt the marathon slipping away when she tumbled on the rain-slickened street.Around the halfway point of the race, the Ethiopian was knocked down by another runner as she reached for her water bottle, a hard fall that bloodied her right elbow. Already aching, Gelana thought about pulling out. Instead, she found new motivation, and headed on down the road.Gelana recovered from the fall to win the Olympic marathon on Sunday in a race that began in a downpour, was briefly brightened by sunshine and ended in another drenching rain.She was soaked as she crossed the finish line, but she didn’t seem to mind, raising her hands high to celebrate after navigating the rainy course in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 7 seconds to hold off Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya by five seconds. Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia won the bronze in the typical London weather.“When I fell, I said, ‘Oh, wow, I’m not going to finish,”‘ Gelana said through an interpreter. “But I just concentrated on running. All of a sudden, I made it.”Gelana said she loved running in the rain. “I have been doing that since I was a small child,” she said, a bandage on her elbow. “I enjoyed my run.”There was a small group of runners in a bunched pack over the last three miles. But with the finish around the bend, Gelana made her move, grimacing as she surged to the front. With the rain picking up – going from a light drizzle to a deluge – she kept glancing over her shoulder to see if Jeptoo was gaining ground.She wasn’t. No one could catch Gelana as she easily coasted across the line to win the biggest race of her life and Ethiopia’s second Olympic gold medal in the women’s event.Read more: Sports Illustrated read more

Chris Coleman We belong to an industry where there is corruption ban

first_imgHe said: “What we are talking about, effectively, is people stealing money. Whether you are earning 50 grand a year or 50 grand a week, you are stealing money. Anyone caught doing that, they need to be removed from the game permanently. That’s it. Goodnight.”If you are earning 50 grand a year, to the average man in the street, that’s a good salary, so you shouldn’t be taking money.”If you are earning 50 grand a week, why are you taking extra money? Greed? Dishonesty? We all belong to an industry where there is corruption – lower level, higher level. It’s unforgivable.”Koeman supported the Football Association’s decision to sack England manager Sam Allardyce after he was filmed by The Telegraph advising how to circumnavigate rules on third-party player ownership. Sir Eric, the former Tory chairman Communities and Local Government Secretary, said several figures in the football world implicated in the Telegraph’s investigation appear to have broken the law.He told The Telegraph: “The Telegraph’s investigations have exposed serious misconduct in the world of sport…. Rather than leaving this to the Football Association, the police now need to investigate such potential criminal acts. Taking cash bungs is not acceptable in any walk of life.”The Bribery Act says that it is an offence to offer, promise or give a financial or other advantage with the intention of inducing “improper performance [by the recipient] of a relevant function or activity”.Dan Tench, a partner at Olswang solictors, added: “If a manager had accepted a sum of money specifically to sign a particular player, there would appear to be good grounds to believe that a criminal offence would have been committed under section 2 of the Bribery Act 2010.“This makes it an offence (among other things) ‘to accept a financial .. advantage intending that, in consequence, a relevant function ..  should be performed improperly’.”The acting chair of the Culture, Media & Sport select committee, Damian Collins, confirmed the findings would be investigated by MPs.“We are considering getting the FA in October to discuss the revelations exposed by the Telegraph’s investigation,” Mr Collins said.Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth manager now being linked with the international job, added: “It has been a difficult week for English football.”Roy Keane, the former Manchester United midfielder, now assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland, said: “It’s not been a great few days for the game. When there is so much money involved in the game now, there will be greed.” “He had the chance to be the manager of the national team and then this happened but the FA took the right decision,” Koeman said.“Of course if you like football and you like part of football then it is a bad story. For football in general it is a black mark and that is not good. That is my opinion.”Bilic, meanwhile, said those involved with football have a responsibility to be “totally clean”.”Make no mistake football is so popular – the number-one sport – and we should be role models, the players, the managers, there are no excuses for that,” he said.”Football should be clean, totally clean…. Unfortunately it’s happened and it shouldn’t have. We should be clean. But with so much money involved for everybody, it’s obviously hard for some of the people to stay clean.” 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.center_img Football has an “unforgivable” industry of corruption, Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, said as he called for lifetime bans against scandal-hit figures in the wake of The Telegraph’s investigation.As Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright was sacked for accepting a £5,000 cash “bung”, Coleman and other top flight managers said revelations of widespread financial wrongdoing had left a “black mark on football”.Police are now facing pressure from the Government’s anti-corruption champion to launch investigations into potential criminality. City of London police said officers are reviewing material “with a view to establishing whether any criminal offences have been committed”.Sir Eric Pickles, a former Cabinet minister, said The Telegraph had uncovered “clear evidence suggesting a breach of the Bribery Act”, while Gerry Sutcliffe, the former Sports Minister, added: “If [football] can’t put its house in order, then the government should.”Meanwhile, England players woke up yesterday to a postcard from sacked manager Sam Allardyce saying “the journey has begun”.It is understood the cards were sent out second class by the Football Association on Monday, just hours before officials were contacted by the Telegraph.Coleman, along with Ronald Koeman, the Everton manager, and Slaven Bilic, of West Ham, led calls yesterday a major clampdown on greed in the game.The Wales boss, who led his nation to the Euro 2016 semi-final, said anyone caught “stealing money” from football should be “removed from the game permanently”.last_img read more

REGISTRATION CLOSED 24000 persons now of age to cast ballot

first_img Constitutional requirement on General Elections explained Nomination Day in the Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 11, 2017 – Nassau –Approximately 24,000 persons will cast their first ballot come May 10th.  This as persons coming of the voting age of 18 since the last polls held in 2012 make up for an approximate 13.76 percent of the 170,000 registered voting list. And while last minute tallies at Voter Registration Centres across the Bahamas are currently ongoing, Parliamentary Registration Department Commissioner, Sherlyn Hall says he anticipates this figure to increase in the coming days as the count ends.The registration process is said to have closed off 11pm on Monday night, despite the 5pm deadline on Monday.  However, Commissioner Hall is also refuting claims that persons were turned away while standing in line before 5pm.   Initial reports suggested that some centres closed off registration at 3pm as opposed to the advertised closing time of 5pm.   Speaking to Magnetic Media News, Mr. Hall says persons in queue by 5pm were issued tickets to ensure they were able to get processed and registered, as accommodations were made for them. He adds that the centres were supported by members of the Police Service to ensure order was maintained.   The Parliament Registration Department Commissioner underscored that only persons who arrived after the 5pm close off were turned away.According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook, Bahamas population stands at 327, 316, of which 221,187 persons are said to be of the voting age and eligible to cast ballots in the General Elections 2017. Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#letsvoteBahamas#voterregistrationclosed Related Items:#LetsvoteBahamas, #magneticmedianews, #voterregistrationclosed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Long lines for Registration, Department ready for influx Recommended for youlast_img read more

Racist guests blacklisted by Seven Stars

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #racialrantsparksdisgust, #touristblacklistedbySevenStarsresort Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 13, 2017 – Providenciales –  Thousands of islanders have commented now on the racist rant by an American couple reported upon by Magnetic Media, including the resort at which they staying.   General Manager of the Seven Stars resort, Grant Nobel explained that the couple was never abusive to their staff and that Seven Stars would not permit them to treat their resort team in any derogatory manner.Nobel added that the resort also found the tirade disgusting and one of the worst displays of racism ever heard.  While Seven Stars was made aware that the cell phone was believed stolen at the Mango Reef restaurant, the pair did not share any information with the resort on their telephone conversation and behavior at the restaurant with the resort.Staff at Mango Reef recorded the telephone exchange, which is posted at our Magnetic Media Facebook page.  Concern is largely about the unfiltered racism of the couple, but there are others who also say the workers at Mango Reef crossed the line too.There were yet others who pointed to the fact that the tourist couple broke country laws, namely issuing of a death threat and discrimination.  Mr. Nobel confirmed that by the time anyone got wind of the racial slurs hurled at the Mango Reef workers, the guests were gone; they left Provo Tuesday morning.   Grant Nobel added, “These guests left yesterday morning and have been blacklisted from ever returning to the resort.”#MagneticMediaNews#racialrantsparksdisgust#touristblacklistedbySevenStarsresortlast_img read more

We have to concentrate on River Plate for now DOnofrio on

first_imgRiver Plate President Rodolfo D’Onofrio says the club is concentrating on the final on Sunday.Also there are no discussions on the future of midfielder Exequiel Palacios who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid recently.D’Onofrio who disclosed this in an interview with Marca said:“I wrote to Florentino Perez a few days ago to thank him for having us at the Bernabeu. We are not currently talking about Palacios but about twenty days ago Butragueno spoke to Enzo Francescoli about the player, but with a view to continuing negotiations later.”River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“The economic differences between Real Madrid and River are very large. It’s very difficult to retain a player, but history tells us that the player sees a future opportunity and we can’t cut his career. The club can’t be closed and must open themselves up to negotiation. That a player from River goes to Madrid is also prestigious for River.”On the readiness of Palacios to play at Madrid, he said:“He’s at a great level, but I think it would be good to play for one more year in Argentina. However, that is not my decision.”“We will negotiate, Madrid know that. He is very young but he is very serious, and seems older than he is. A very complete player. If they really love him, the move would be ideal for both the player and Real Madrid.”last_img read more

Man killed in Lauderhill shooting

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a shooter who left one man dead in Lauderhill.After shots were fired Thursday night near Northwest 19th Street and 42nd Terrace, police discovered the body of Bernard Jones riddled with bullets.“It was close to my window. It was pow, pow, pow, pow,” said Lorna Jones, the victim’s neighbor, “so I thought it was over on the other side, but when I realized it was close to me, it’s really sad. I’ve never seen this happen around here.”The victim’s body was found in the breezeway of the apartment complex.If you have any information on this homicide, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police investigate burned body found in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A burned body found in Southwest Miami-Dade has left police with a mystery on their hands.The burned body was found near Southwest 159th Avenue and 240th Street, Monday morning.Miami-Dade Police said it is unclear if the fire was started by the victim of if someone burned the victim to cover up a crime.Detectives could be seen in the residential neighborhood searching for clues throughout the day.If you have any information on this situation, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Kenai Peninsula Residents Come Out To Thank Swan Lake Fire Heroes

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula residents showed up in full force on Monday night at Soldotna Creek Park to say thank you to the men and women who have been tirelessly fighting the Swan Lake Fire. With the new team, residents should expect to see similar fireline operations.  Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop-up fire control lines near the west flank of the fire near Sterling, and on the east flank of the fire by Fuller Lake, Resurrection Trail, Sterling Highway and Skilak Lake. Crews will continue to cut down hazard trees, repair dozer lines, pull hose from the Skilak Road area and continue to reinforce the firelines on the east flank. Firefighters in Cooper Landing will continue to work on structure protection measures. The event was put on Senator Peter Micciche: “What I wanted to do was provide an opportunity for folks in the community to look the men and women in the yellow shirts and green pants in the eyes and say thank you for getting us through this.” The process is complete of transitioning from one Incident Management Team (IMT) to another. The Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 personnel have been working with their counterparts on Northern Rockies Team 4 over the weekend and team 4 has officially taken command of the fire as of Tuesday morning. The Fire remain at 163,686 acres, and is now at 34% containment.last_img read more