WATCH: Get to know Rey Nambatac in 7 questions

first_imgRey Nambatac said that his most memorable basketball memory Letran’s championship in 2015, but that may have changed in a course of a week after he just fulfilled his dream of making it to the pros and joined the Rain or Shine Elastopainters last Sunday.But there’s more to this former Letran star than basketball. Find out more about Rey Nambatac in this edition of INQUIRER 7.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Booker scores 32, Suns rally late to beat Nets 122-114 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

London Olympics: Hungarian Aron Szilagyi wins gold in men’s sabre fencing

first_imgAron Szilagyi of Hungary turned out unstoppable as he stormed all the way to win the men’s sabre fencing gold at the London Olympic Games on Sunday. The 22-year-old beat Diego Occhiuzzi of Italy 15-10 in the final. Russian Nikolay Kovalev, who knocked out world No.1 Nicolas Limback of Germany 15-12 in the quarterfinal, won the bronze.Szilagyi raced to a 7-0 lead in the final, and though Occhiuzzi fought back valiantly, the Hungarian managed to hold his lead.The top four seeds met their waterloo even before the semifinals. Before Linback lost to Kovlev, the second seed Alexey Yakimenko of Russia was upset by Daryl Homer of the US 15-14 in the third round.World No. 3 Gu Bon Gil of South Korea also fell in the third round where he was bundled out by German Max Hartung.Italian Aldo Montano, gold medalist at the Athens Olympics, was stopped by Occhiuzzi before the quarterfinals.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly gave aggressive dimension to India-Australia rivalry: John Hastings

first_imgAustralian pace bowler John Hastings on Saturday credited former India skipper Sourav Ganguly for giving an aggressive dimension to the India-Australia rivalry on the cricket field.Between 2000 and 2005, Ganguly was a captain who would give back to the rival team at the first instance. He moulded an outfit which would fight till the very last ball of an innings. He also used intimidating tactics like he once had made the then Australian captain Steve Waugh wait at the toss.”The Ganguly period probably would have been it (playing aggressively against Australia). He was the first one to take the game to Australia. He might have started that,” Hastings said. (Snatched the ball from MS Dhoni to bowl final over in 2007, says Joginder Sharma) Hastings said India and Australia both play their cricket with passion and confidence and therefore when the two sides lock horns sparks are bound to fly.”I think now in the Indian side there is a lot of belief and confidence. I think it just comes out with the natural flair and with our side it is the same, we have a lot of belief, a lot of confidence and so there are clashes. I don’t think it’s about getting angry, these guys are just passionate about cricket. However, they are friends in the IPL, a lot of them play together,” he said. (ICC World T20: Rahul Dravid expects all-round India to reach semis)The 30-year-old believes in order to succeed as a fast bowler in Indian conditions one needs to have a variety of deliveries up his sleeve and should know when to use them.advertisement”It is difficult to bowl in Indian conditions — the slow flat surfaces. As a bowler you need to have all varieties. Two or three varieties like the slower balls and also the yorker. Lot of factors come in to play if you are on slow tracks. No margin of error,” he said. (Stump-hoarding MS Dhoni eyes more memorabilia at World Twenty20)The burly fast bowler also said the key here in India would be to bowl full and not get predictable.”We will try and be fuller here. In South Africa, Australia you can bowl at a back of a length, but here it about bowling more at the stumps. For me it will be a little bit difficult since it’s not my natural length. Key is not getting predictable. See what the conditions are and then bowl accordingly,” he said.Hastings also praised the likes of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni who have been in great form of late.”All of them are in good form. The batsmen are oozing with confidence. Kohli and Dhoni are fantastic players, they have a lot of good skills while batting, they can hit the ball anywhere they want. As a bowler it is difficult to eliminate the shots, try and not give them ball on the leg side. For me it will be to not get predictable,” he said.Hastings added they haven’t had much success in the tournament as they did not have a settled T20 outfit.”I think we haven’t had much success in the T20 World Cup is because we haven’t had a settled team. Some players get injured (at the wrong time). But now we are coming here at the back of a few good performances in South Africa so hopefully we will do good,” he said.”Also (Steve) Smith and (David) Warner have a lot of experience in Indian conditions. We are expected to do better than what we had done in the past.”last_img read more

Man City clash a chance for Chelsea to prove themselves: Antonio Conte

first_imgChelsea’s Premier League game at Manchester City is a good chance to show they have rediscovered their best form following last season’s problems, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday.Chelsea, who finished 10th in May, retained their place at the summit with a seventh successive league victory over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend ahead of the trip to third-placed City on Saturday.”I think tomorrow it’s a really tough game. It is a great test for us, for our formation, to continue this way,” Conte told reporters. (Antonio Conte’s high-flying Chelsea face tough test at Manchester City)”We know that it won’t be easy because tomorrow we face a really great team, with a great idea of football. I think tomorrow is another step to show if something has changed compared to the start of the season.”Chelsea have scored 19 goals and conceded just one during their winning run and Conte is unlikely to make changes to his starting line-up at the Etihad Stadium.”I’m pleased for all the players that are playing. Those on the bench understand. There is the right atmosphere,” the Italian added. (Five-goal Chelsea ‘fantastic’, says delighted Conte)City’s Kevin De Bruyne, who left Chelsea in 2014, has emerged as one of the world’s finest attacking midfielders since falling out of favour with then-manager Jose Mourinho.”He’s a great player. It’s a pity now he is playing for another team because he’s a fantastic player. I wish for him the best… after our game,” Conte said.British media reported that Chelsea’s Steve Holland is wanted by manager Gareth Southgate as part of England’s backroom set-up and Conte said was happy with his assistant’s commitment amid speculation. (Diego Costa sends Chelsea to top of Premier League)advertisement”The situation is very clear. Steve is one of my assistant coaches and working very well. He is working for Chelsea for many years. I’m very happy for his commitment, attitude and work rate,” Conte said.”I don’t know what happens in the future. This matter is for the FA. But now I am pleased to have him.”last_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board says it has enough evidence against Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif on spot-fixing

first_imgThe legal advisor of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Tafazzul Rizvi has said that there is enough evidence against Pakistani batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif on spot-fixing and other charges.Rizvi said in an interview that the “available evidence in the form of telephone conversations, messages etc had all undergone forensic testing and were enough to convince the tribunal, formed to hear the spot-fixing charges, to take action against the players”.He felt that the two players were trying to misguide the tribunal.”They are trying to use legal terms to save themselves and misguiding the tribunal,” said Rizvi.The lawyers of both players have said that the PCB has insufficient evidence against their clients but Rizvi insisted that the evidence was strong and enough to hand over punishments to the players.The PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit, meanwhile, has also summoned Pakistani allrounder Muhammad Nawaz for questioning on May 11.Nawaz’s call up is said to be related to an incident in Australia when Pakistan was touring there last winter.The sources within the board say that the spot-fixing case could take an interesting turn when Pakistani Test opener Nasir Jamshed will record his statement to the ACU on skype from London.Rizvi also said that Latif insisted that he had not met a bookmaker but the bookmaker had met him.”Even if the bookmaker met him why didn’t he report this immediately to the authorities and this in itself is a punishable offence under the anti-corruption code,” he added.The lawyer for Latif has raised the objection that all three members of the tribunal were former employees of the board.advertisementThe tribunal is headed by retired Justice Asghar Haider, who worked as legal advisor for the PCB, former Test captain Wasim Bari, who has worked in various capacities in the board.The third member is Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia, who was chairman of the board between 1999 and 2003.last_img read more

Hyderabad Sailing Week at Hussain Sagar lake from tomorrow

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 27 (PTI) The Hyderabad Sailing Week would be held at the Hussain Sagar lake here from tomorrow and the event will see participation from more than 200 different types of boats.The Sailing Week, to be held till July 8, is the only Olympic class event in the country which is being conducted continuously for the last 32 years, an official release said here today.”This year also we have taken the onus to give heavy weight Single Handler Olympic Class ?Finn? a participation at this mega platform,” the release quoted Lieutenant General KK Aggarwal, Commodore EME Sailing Association, as saying.”We already have an Olympian in Finn Class from the country, this is for the first time that it is being sailed in any Senior Multi Class event in the country,” he said.The Hyderabad Sailing Week-Senior Multi Class Sailing Championship-2017 is organised by Laser Class Association of India, EME Sailing Association and Secunderabad Sailing Club with the support of the Sports Authority of Telangana.It is held under the aegis of Yachting Association of India and International Laser Class Association.More than 200 different types of boats would take part in the competition. The release added that 96 Races in Senior and Olympic — Laser (Std, Rdl, 4.7), RS:X, 470, Hobie-16, Finn & Ent classes are scheduled to be held. PTI SJR RSYlast_img read more

Maurizio Sarri tells Chelsea defence to cut out errors after ‘stupid goal’

first_imgShare via Email Share on WhatsApp Ruben Loftus-Cheek carried the goalscoring against Bate, collecting his first hat-trick, while Ross Barkley has scored in both of his past two Chelsea games. “One month ago we were concerned about the fact the midfielders weren’t scoring,” Sarri said. “Now in the last three matches they have scored good goals. I think if we are able to continue to play this football, maybe the strikers will be able to score.” Chelsea Maurizio Sarri has warned his Chelsea side not to repeat the sloppy defending that allowed Bate Borisov to score what he termed “a very stupid goal” towards the end of an otherwise straightforward 3-1 Europa League victory at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, warning such failures could undermine them against more capable opponents.Sol Bamba’s 16th-minute effort for Cardiff more than two months ago is the only first-half goal Chelsea have conceded in their past 11 matches, in which time they have allowed five to be scored in the second period. Coasting with a 3-0 lead against unfancied opponents from Belarus, they completely failed to pick up Aleksei Rios from a free-kick and allowed the midfielder to ghost to the far post for a tap-in. Share on Messenger Burnley v Chelsea: match preview “We could have done better in the last 20 minutes,” Sarri, whose side travel to Burnley on Sunday, said. “We needed only to move the ball and take positions. But we conceded spaces to the opponents so at the end we conceded a very stupid goal. I didn’t like it – it’s very dangerous. If we make the same mistakes against very high-level opponents, we are in trouble. Like against Liverpool and Manchester United. So we need to control the matches much better, especially when we are in the advantage.”Sir Alex Ferguson once said that “attack wins you games, defence wins you titles”, and it is a mantra to which Sarri subscribes. “Usually the winner [of the title] is the team who concedes the least,” he said. “In Italy, anyway. So we have to improve defensively.” Read more In fact only four of the last 10 Premier League titles have been won by the team with the best defence, and six by the team with the best attack. But Sarri is relaxed about the continuing travails of his two leading strikers, Álvaro Morata, who has three goals in nine starts, and Olivier Giroud, who is still without a goal this season, after five starts and five substitute appearances, and whose efforts were again unrewarded against Bate.“We know the characteristics of Giroud,” Sarri said. “Usually he does not score a lot of goals in a season but he is always very useful for the team. So Giroud is not a problem for us. The most important thing is that the team will continue to play this football.” news Maurizio Sarri Read more Share on Facebook Topics Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Ruben Loftus-Cheek hits hat-trick in Chelsea’s Europa stroll against BATE The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Sharks take out Men’s 45’s final in extra time at NTL

first_imgThe SQBD Sharks have beaten the Sydney Scorpions in extra time in an exciting match in the Men’s 45’s division at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League in Port Macquarie.With the match locked at 5-5 at full time, the game got down to four players on each side in extra time before the Sharks’ Luke Shaw scored after 3 ½ minutes to give his team their first title in this division.The Scorpions’ start to the game was fast paced, scoring two tries in the first two minutes through Geoff Cheung and Rob Wethrill. Darryl Lancaster scored the Sharks first try in the 15th minute to get them onto the scoreboard, while Cheung had to be taken from the field just before half time, due to an injury. The Scorpions led 2-1 at half time.The Sharks leveled the score at 2-2 six minutes into the second half through Gary Nicholson. Scorpions captain and former League great Cliff Lyons was a forced substitute soon after, and Mark Jansson capitalised on this, scoring his first try to get the Sharks in the lead for the first time in the game.Lyons’ first touch of the footy after returning to the field set up Amir Ayoub in the corner to level the scores at 3-3 in the 12th minute of the second half. Jansson scored his second try two minutes later, while Ayoub scored his double not long after to bring the score to 4-4. Jansson then scored his third try in the next set of six to put the Scorpions into the lead, but Wethrill replied for the Scorpions to lock the game up at 5-5 at full time. Scorpions had their chances early on in extra time, but the Sharks proved too strong in their come from behind victory.last_img read more

Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with Karan

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 18:11 IST Hardk Pandya and KL Rahul have been asked to return home from Australia where India are playing a three-match ODI series (Twitter Photo)Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Babul Supriyo has slammed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) member, Diana Edulji for trying to “destroy” the careers of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who have been suspended pending an inquiry over their “inappropriate comments” on a popular television show.Supriyo, also a playback singer, expressed concerns with the way senior BCCI officials have handled the situation and added Edulji had contemplated extreme steps with regards to the punishments meted out to Hardik and Rahul.Rahul and Pandya are not part of the ongoing three-match ODI series and a BCCI source had also reportedly hinted that the duo may also miss the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand, starting January 23.”With due & utter respect to Diana Edulji & her contribution to Indian cricket, May I say that her thinking has got ‘fossil’ to contemplate such extreme stepsWhat Hardik said is deplorable but their has to be some prudence in the way such senior minds handle the young ones (sic),” Supriyo wrote on Twitter.”There is ‘Thick’ line between reprimanding someone and destroying them !! My plea to these seniors : please behave your ages gentlemen & ladies.. Rest my case (sic).” Babul Supriyo slammed BCCI CoA member Diana Edulji over punishments meted out to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul (Screengrab from Twitter) Rahul and Pandya have been facing severe criticism for their borderline racist and sexist comments. From references to getting distracted by cheerleaders to claiming they had slept with women in their teammates dressing rooms, both the cricketers were seemingly carried away by the nature of the show, which is known for getting celebrities to open up on their personal lives.advertisementPandya had also boasted about his dates and hookups with multiple women and even shed light on how his parents were “cool” with him seemingly objectifying the opposite gender.You don’t tell this kind of things on national television: HarbhajanSpeaking to India Today, World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said Pandya and Rahul made fools out of themselves after trying to be cool on the show that was aired on Sunday.”It [the suspension] was bound to happen. The BCCI has taken the right decision. That’s the way forward too. In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments. You don’t tell these kinds of things on national television. We don’t even discuss these things with our friends,” Harbhajan had said.”They have openly said.. ‘I have done this, I have done that’. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them.”He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them.”This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can’t go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You’re making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen.”Gavaskar defends BCCI’s stanceFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar, meanwhile, defended the BCCI’s decision to send Hardik and Rahul back home from the Australia tour.”If you do things that bring your team and the game into disrepute, then you can’t be part of the team. Of course, the inquiry will then establish what further action, if at all needed, has to be taken.”They have been asked to come back and I believe it’s the correct step because you can’t have suspended players travelling with the team or staying in the same room. They have got to be kept away. Otherwise, what’s the point of the suspension? If they are going to enjoy the perks of being with the team.”India captain Virat Kohli had insisted that the controversy surrounding Pandya and Rahul won’t affect Team India, with regards to the combination in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. Also Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Second time in 82 years Indian cricketers sent back from overseas tour over disciplinary reasonsAlso Read | Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar to replace Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul in Australia, New ZealandSee:AlsoFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Babul SupriyoFollow Diana EduljiFollow Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow Koffee With KaranFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India tour of New ZealandFollow Hardik Koffee With Karan Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with KaranKoffee With Karan controversy: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended and sent back home from Australia over their inappropriate comments on the television show. The duo will miss the ongoing ODI series in Australia and may not be part of the limited-overs series in New Zealand, starting January 23.advertisementlast_img read more

HapagLloyd Dismisses CMA CGM Merger Reports

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s shipping major Hapag-Lloyd has dismissed reports that its French counterpart CMA CGM proposed a merger between the parties.Reuters reported that CMA CGM, the world’s third largest shipping firm, made an exploratory approach to Hapag-Lloyd over a possible merger.However, a Hapag-Lloyd spokesperson said that “there is no substance on these market rumors.”Citing three undisclosed finance sources, Reuters explained that CMA CGM had initiated the discussions with Hapag-Lloyd in recent months in an effort to devise some form of share merger.Reuters added that the approach had been rejected by the German company’s major shareholders, including Chile’s Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV), German Kuehne family and HGV, which manages the investments for Germany’s Hamburg.Pressured by an oversupply of vessels, the container shipping sector reported some of its worst performing years on record. Such depressed conditions led to a wave of consolidation in recent years, shrinking the number of global container lines.While some container shipping companies had to pull out of the business, a number of others were forced to combine with their counterparts in order to survive market headwinds.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Rahul blames local leaders for Amethi defeat says will not abandon constituency

first_imgAmethi (UP): On his first visit here after losing the Lok Sabha seat, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday attributed his defeat to local leaders staying away from the people and assured he will not abandon the constituency, party functionaries said. “I will not leave Amethi. It is my home and family,” former state Youth Congress chief Nadeem Ashraf Jayasi quoted Gandhi as saying at a meeting. “The development of Amethi will not be hampered. I am the MP from Wayanad but my ties with Amethi are three decades old. I will fight for Amethi in Delhi,” Gandhi reportedly told party workers. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day In a stunning poll result, Union minister Smriti Irani defeated Gandhi in his bastion by over 52,000 votes in the recent elections. Before the 2019 defeat, Gandhi had represented Amethi since 1999. District Congress committee member Narendra Mishra said Gandhi appreciated the hard work by party workers. According to him, Gandhi said the workers did a lot during the campaign but local leaders remained away from the people, leading to his defeat. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty Many workers said the Congress was weak in the entire district and the party campaign lacked direction, according to the participants. They alleged that some party men worked with the BJP in the constituency. They also unanimously demanded that Gandhi should withdraw his resignation from the party president’s post. The Congress leader has announced his resignation while taking responsibility for the drubbing the party received in the Lok Sabha elections. In Amethi, Gandhi’s representative Chandrakant Dubey and Congress district president Yogendra Mishra have resigned. The meeting with party workers, including booth presidents from five assembly segments — Salon, Amethi, Gauriganj, Jagdishpur and Tiloi – lasted barely 50 minutes. Gandhi then left for two villages in Chhatoh block on the way to Lucknow, from where he flew back to Delhi. On reaching Amethi, the Congress leader first visited the Gauriganj house of his party’s Tiloi assembly in-charge Mata Prasad Vaish to offer condolences over the death of a relative on June 25. Later, he attended the review meeting with party office-bearers at Nirmala Devi Educational Institute in Gauriganj. Ahead of his visit, a poster appeared outside the party office demanding justice for the death of a man who was allegedly denied treatment by a hospital run by the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Trust. In May, Irani had shared a video on Twitter that showed a man claiming that the hospital refused treatment to his uncle because the family held an Ayushman Bharat card. The hospital had rejected the charge.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement She can also be seen posing next to a smiling Atwood herself while wearing said costume.Marissa says that the author, who lives in their neighbourhood, was delighted to see young Madeleine at her door.“She was so nice, so welcoming,” said the mom in an interview. “She was excited to see the baby, and was friendly with the baby. She didn’t really comment on the costume itself.”I will now respectfully do it for her by saying “Praise be! May the Lord open! We’ve been sent good weather! That’s adorable… but also like, all kinds of messed up when you think about what a handmaid is.”Under his eye. Photo by Marissa Kassam LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Iconic Canadian author Margaret Atwood — she who wrote the book that inspired the show that sparked the global phenomenon that is The Handmaid’s Tale — has blessed a local toddler with her approval of what might be the cutest costume this year.Blessed be the fruit of 33-year-old Marissa Kassam, whose young daughter Madeleine is dressing up as a Handmaid for Halloween.Madeleine Kassam is less than two years old but already boasts more than 600 followers on Instagram. Image via @munching_maddie.Based in Toronto, just like Atwood, the 18-month-old-toddler can be seen on Instagram in her own, tiny version of the uniform worn by handmaids in the fictional Gilead: A bright-red coat topped with a white bonnet and “wings.” Facebooklast_img read more

UN human rights chief voices concern over deportation of Roma from France

“I note the new policies of France towards the Roma, including the dismantling of their settlements and collective deportations to their country of origin,” Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in remarks to the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.“This can only exacerbate the stigmatization of Roma and the extreme poverty in which they live. I urge European States, including France, to adopt policies enabling Roma people to overcome their marginalization,” Ms. Pillay said.Stressing that States were obligated to protect people from terrorism, the High Commissioner pointed out that anti-terrorism measures must never imperil human rights and due process of law.“In this context, I am troubled by reports concerning a program by the United States of targeted killings of suspected terrorists in circumstances that challenge international norms set to protect the right to life and the rule of law,” she added.“I am aware that a federal lawsuit has been filed in a US district court in Washington, DC, challenging the US Government’s authority to target and kill US citizens outside of war zones when they are suspected of involvement in terrorism.”On Mexico, Ms. Pillay said conditions of migrants from that country of those transiting through it warranted utmost vigilance. She highlighted the recent case of 72 migrants from Central and South America who were killed in Mexico, apparently by criminal gangs.“I recognize that the Government of Mexico has made strong efforts to curb the growing climate of violence and encourage it to conduct a thorough, transparent and independent investigation into these killings,” she said.She also spoke out against a trend of intimidating and threatening human rights defenders, including journalists and civil society activists, around the world.“Peaceful dissidents, human rights advocates, lawyers, and press representatives have been targeted and violently attacked in countries, including Iran, Iraq, and Somalia,” Ms. Pillay said.The High Commissioner said the curtailment of civil society’s scope of action and social activism with ad hoc laws or other restrictive measures in countries such as Bahrain, Belarus, China, Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Tunisia is disturbing.“In Israel draft laws have given civil society cause for concern. Peaceful activists have been injured and arrested for protesting the construction of the wall in occupied Palestinian territory. In the Gaza Strip, the de facto authorities shut down civil society organizations.”In Azerbaijan and Russia, little progress had been achieved to bring to justice the perpetrators of murders and attacks against defenders which have occurred during the past few years, she said, while in Guatemala, Mexico and Serbia, State institutions seemed unable to respond to attacks against defenders and activists.“I urge the Human Rights Council and the international community to support squarely and vocally human rights defenders. In this context, I would also like to bring to the attention of the Council the vital need to ensure the safety and protection of defenders and other witnesses who cooperate with UN-mandated fact-finding and investigative initiatives. Such protection must span the whole cycle of these missions’ activities and beyond.”In his remarks, the President of the Council Sihasak Phuangketkeow said the main challenge for the session would be to engage in the review of the Council without losing sight of its already heavy agenda. He urged members to forge unity of purpose and tackle all human rights issues even-handedly. 13 September 2010The United Nations human rights chief voiced concern today over France’s recent deportations of members of the Roma community and reports of a United States programme to kill people suspected of terrorism in circumstances she said were not consistent with international norms on the right to life and the rule of law. read more

Trinco murder suspects remanded

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe then responded by saying that the government is investigating the incident and needs time and space to do so.He said that having concluded the work on the five students from Trincomalee, the Attorney-General had directed the Police to commence Non-Summary Judicial proceedings. (Colombo Gazette) The killing of the five students was also mention by non-governmental organisations at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March this year. The Trincomalee Magistrate has remanded 12 police Special Task Force (STF) personal over their alleged involvement in the murder of 5 students in Trincomalee in 2006, the police media unit said today.The incident referred to as the Trincomalee massacre, occurred when the five Tamil high school students playing by the beach were briefly detained and then shot dead. Speaking just before the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report on Sri Lanka was adopted, the father of one of the students killed in Trincomalee, broke down in tears and demanded justice for his son’s murder.Dr Kasippillai Manoharan, the father of Ragihar, apologized to the Council as he struggled to speak while making his speech. The incident drew a huge outcry among human rights groups calling on the government to bring to justice those killed in the incident. read more

Markets close higher ahead of Fed meeting slightly weak US retail sales

Markets close higher ahead of Fed meeting, slightly weak U.S. retail sales by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2013 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – North American markets closed higher Friday amid a spate of economic news from the United States and Canada as attention now focuses on next week’s meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 22.34 points to 12,723.40. The Canadian dollar was down 0.20 of a cent to 96.65 cents US.Americans bought more cars, furniture and electronics in August, but held back on most other retail purchases. The U.S. Commerce Department says spending at retail businesses rose 0.2 per cent last month, the smallest gain in four months.Analysts had been expecting a gain of 0.4 per cent in August but revised figures issued Friday showed July spending was stronger than first estimated. The department’s revised estimate for July was a gain of 0.4 per cent, up from 0.2 per cent“It came out pretty much in the wash. A tad to the negative side but not by very much,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse. “I would say the figures were marginally softer than anticipated but only marginally.”Gorman said the figures likely aren’t strong enough to change the Fed’s mind about starting to reduce its stimulus at the end of its two-day policy meeting next Wednesday.The Fed has been buying US$85 billion in bonds each month in an attempt to keep a lid on interest rates and to boost lending. Currently, most analysts expect the central bank to begin tapering its stimulus by US$10 billion.“Generally speaking, people are not making huge bets prior to the Fed announcement,” said Gorman.Trading was light as the TSX and Wall Street headed into the weekend and the start of the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday at sundown.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 75.42 points to 15,376.06, the Nasdaq was up 6.22 points at 3,722.18 and the S&P 500 was ahead 4.57 points at 1,687.99.Meanwhile, higher energy costs pushed U.S. wholesale prices up 0.3 per cent last month. Prices were up a modest 1.4 per cent over the past year, the lowest year-over-year gain since April.The Commerce Department reported that U.S. businesses restocked their shelves and warehouses in July at the fastest pace since January as sales rose, a hopeful sign for economic growth. The department said business stockpiles increased 0.4 per cent in July from June, after ticking up just 0.1 per cent the previous month.In other economic news, Statistics Canada reported that Canadians boosted their borrowing in the second quarter. The federal agency says the ratio of household credit market debt to disposable income hit a new high of 163.4 per cent in the second quarter, compared with 162.1 per cent in the first three months of 2013. On the other hand, Statistics Canada also said rising home prices pushed up household net worth in the quarter.The metals and mining sector was the leading decliner on the TSX, down 0.9 per cent. Shares in Sherritt International (TSX:S) fell 2.82 per cent, or 11 cents, to $3.79. December copper was down a penny at US$3.20 a pound.The gold sector was the biggest advancer, up 1.82 per cent despite lower bullion prices. On Thursday, the price of gold fell to its lowest level in a month, while on Friday it declined another $22 to US$1,308.60 an ounce.The October crude contract dipped 39 cents to US$108.21 a barrel.Gorman said the price of gold will likely continue to fall if tensions surrounding Syria continue to abate. People tend to buy gold in times of crisis as a safe haven.Earlier this week, the Syrian government agreed to a Russian proposal to hand over its chemical weapons to international control to avoid a U.S. military strike. Top U.S. and Russian diplomats are holding talks in Geneva to discuss the specifics as United Nations inspectors prepare to turn in their report this weekend.In corporate news, several Canadian pipeline companies struck a deal that could resolve a dispute over how key infrastructure is shared in the Greater Toronto Area.TransCanada (TSX:TRP) said it has reached a revised agreement with Enbridge (TSX:ENB), Gaz Metro and Union Gas for a revised framework for tolls on TransCanada’s mainline and the proposed Kings North project. TransCanada shares were down 0.24 per cent to $45.37 and Enbridge shares fell 0.14 per cent to $42.28. read more

Ivan Savvidis linked to arson attacks

first_imgDays after the owner of PAOK FC, Ivan Savvidis, was charged with disciplinary violations for entering the field carrying a gun, during a football game, the Russian-Greek tycoon’s name was implicated in a long-standing case of arson.On Monday, the sports television program ‘I Diki’ (‘The Trial’), broadcast on SKAI TV, revealed that Ivan Savvidi’s DIMERA company had issued an hotel invoice paying for the stay of individuals who were involved in cases of extorsion and arsonry.The first case involved the incident that took place on 30 August 2015, in the city of Xanthi, in Northeast Macedonia, when four individuals entered the parking lot the “La Challe” Hotel, with the purpose of torching the automobile of Razvan Lucescu, a football coach currently managing PAOK FC, who at the time was the coach of Xanthi FC. The arsonists mistakenly targeted the car of the coach’s cousin, Dragos Lucescu, as it was the only one with Romanian license plates.The other case, involves three members of the same ring, who set fire to an automobile belonging to sports agent Yannis Evangelopoulos’ wife. Two of Evangelopoulos’ clients, Yannis Tzandaris and Ergys Kace, were targeted by PAOK, the former opting to accept an offer from Olympiakos FC and the latter refusing to renew his contract with PAOK.Both cases were delt with by the Extortion department of the Thessaloniki Police, and were linked with a criminal organisation led by Grant Agatzanian, who is serving time in the Trikala prison. The Thessaloniki police had declared a PAOK FC employee, Spyros Milioridis, as a person of interest in this case. The former PAOK FC Board member, in charge of the team’s fan clubs, was recorded in phone conversations with another person of interest, Edgar Eritsyan. The latter’s hotel bills, during his stay in Athens at the time of the arson attack against Evangelopoulos, were the subject of the SKAI TV program on Monday.The program revealed that the tourist agent who made the reservations made a sworn testimony, that the initial invoice was initially paid by PAOK FC, but the invoice was subsequently canceled and another one was reissued, this time by DIMERA.“On the morning of 25 September, 2015, I received a telephone call for the owner of the agency […] in order to make a reservation for a room with three beds, which would be occupied by three individuals,” reads the agent’s testimony.“Because it was difficult for me to find such a room, I made a reservation at the “Athens Habitat” hotel. The reservation was made in the name Edgar Eritsyan and involved a one-night stay, and the occupants were to depart on 26 September, 2015, as they indeed did. On the morning of 15 October, 2015, I again received a telephone call from Mr. […] , in order to again make a reservation in the same name, Eritsyan.This time, however, the reservation was for two persons, and for a two-night stay. In other words, the occupants of the room were to depart on 15 October, 2015, as they did. Once again, I made the reservation for the clients at the Athens Habitat hotel, because its location suited them. The invoices for the aforementioned stay of our clients were initially issued for PAOK FC. However, they were canceled, for reasons which I cannot recall, and new invoices were issued for the same stay, in the name of the Dimera Company, which paid the bill.”This revelation links the Russian-Greek billionaire with an extortion ring targeted by the Greek police, raising many questions about the state of Football in Greece. However, despite the fact that the prosecutors are believed to have building a strong case, with the relevant file containing crucial evidence, no charges have been filed yet.Moreover, the file has not been sent to the competent Athletics Prosecutor, as is the usual process, and the whole case had not been made public, up until this week. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mane I am a lucky boy

first_imgSadio Mane is loving life alongside his fellow strike partners, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and he has warned Real Madrid that there is more to come from themThe three forwards made history in the semi-finals of the competition by becoming the highest scoring-trio in the Champions League after Mane had scored in the return leg against AS Roma in the ninth minute of the match.The Liverpool striker has scored 19 goals this season and has warned Real that more are on their way.“I think more goals are coming! Of course, I am happy, but as a striker, you’d love to score every single game to help your team,” said Mane, according to Irish Independent.“Now we have one more important game, so why not try to do our best, score for the team and win the trophy?”While the 26-year-old’s goalscoring tally pales in comparison to Firmino’s 27 and Salah’s 44, he is loving the experience of playing alongside the duo.“Like I have always said, I have always been enjoying playing alongside these great players,” said Mane.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“They make everything easier for me. I am a lucky boy.“But we always talk about the front three. Don’t forget it starts with the guys behind. They make it easier.“The power of Liverpool Football Club is the collective. We always do everything together, this is our power.”Saturday’s final at Olympic Stadium in Kiev will be Liverpool’s first final in the Champions League in 11 years with the club aiming to lift the famous trophy for the sixth time in their history.last_img read more

FHP struggling with low pay hiring new troopers

first_imgWatson told Fox 13 that the sheer amount of vacancies is making it tougher for troopers to respond to calls in a timely manner, forcing them to, at times, rely on other agencies to help.“DUIs, traffic homicide investigations, making sure the roadways here in Florida are the safest in the nation,” he said. “This is our target. This is our bread and butter.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – They are tasked with keeping our roadways safe. But amid a shortage of troopers on the road, the Florida Highway Patrol claims their low pay has kept them from hiring hundreds of new recruits.According to FOX 13, FHP said there are fewer state troopers than ever before.“Being a law enforcement officer is a very challenging career,” FHP trooper Ken Watson said. “You have to get into it for the right reasons.”FHP troopers reportedly make $34,000 a year as a starting salary, which is $10,000 less than other agencies. Since 2010, FHP says it’s lost almost 1,000 troopers to retirement or higher-paying agencies.“It’s very frustrating because you lose these good people and you want to keep them here and you want to see them promoted within our agency,” said Watson. “It’s very difficult to watch another candidate leave us to go somewhere else simply because of salary. We are going to do everything we can to compete with these agencies.”Troopers in the Sunshine State are the lowest-paid in the country, despite the Florida Legislature approving a 5-percent pay increase. That makes it harder to fill hundreds of open positions.There are 44 job openings for state troopers in Southwest Florida alone. Across the state, there are over 200 positions waiting to be filled. last_img read more

Bones of a baby T rex now for sale on eBay

first_img— KU Natural History (@kunhm) April 9, 2019 Share your voice $2.95 million could get you a baby T. rex. Dave and Les Jacobs/Blend Images/Getty Images If you’ve got an extra $2.95 million lying around (and who doesn’t?), the remains of a baby Tyrannosaurus rex could be yours. An eBay listing for a young T. rex’s 15-foot body and 21-inch skull is drawing attention because, well, when was the last time you saw a dinosaur for sale online?According to the Lawrence Journal-World, the T. rex belongs to Alan Detrich and had been on exhibit at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. The university pulled the bones from display after the listing went up.Detrich didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but in a tweet from April 10 said, “Today I will remove my 68 million year old 4 year old T-Rex Fossil that has been on display at the Museum for the past two years. …….Your Welcome.”Detrich reached out to J.R. Bissell, who runs Pirate Gold Coins, to actually list the bones on eBay. Bissell describes Pirate Gold Coins as a marketplace and “quasi-online museum” for artifacts. In a statement, Bissell said:”Whether or not you agree with the private sale of artifacts such as the baby T-Rex, the simple fact is this — many archaeological explorations require private funding. The individuals or groups that have the capital necessary to provide funding for archaeological exploration cannot sustain their efforts if they do not receive a return on their capital.  As such, a private market that allows investors to recoup costs and derive profit in exchange for the high degree of risk that is required to fund archaeological exploration is absolutely necessary.”On Twitter, the museum sought to clarify that it was not involved in the sale, saying “the specimen on exhibit-loan to us has been removed from exhibit and is being returned to the owner. We have asked that the owner remove any association with us from his sale.” Culture Tagscenter_img So far, no one has made an offer on the bones, although about 774 folks are watching the auction as of this writing. eBay didn’t respond to a request for comment. Detrich told the newspaper he and his brother discovered the bones in Montana in 2013. According to his Twitter account, this isn’t his first T. rex sale. Detrich tweeted that he sold another one he dubbed Samson for “millions of dollars.” In a letter dated April 12, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology expressed ethical concerns about the sale. “Because vertebrate fossils are rare, most of them contribute uniquely to our knowledge of the history of life. Each one that is lost from the public trust, is part of that already fragmentary history that we will never collectively recover,” the letter said. Originally published April 17, 8:14 a.m. PT.Update, May 2: Adds comment from Pirate Gold Coins. 0 Post a commentlast_img read more