first_imgA second teenager pleaded guilty to murdering an Indian man in New Zealand after meeting him with an intent to rob him last year. Rosie Page Lewis admitted to killing Sandeep Dhiman in the High Court at Napier on June 29.Lewis, who was 17 when the crime was committed, also pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to Dhiman with intent to rob him of his car and cellphone, reported. The two had first met on the dating app Tinder, and then arranged to meet in person.Lewis was remanded in custody by Justice Rebecca Ellis. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 22. The judge also lifted an earlier order that disallowed disclosure of Lewis’ name and identity, the report added.Dhiman was found stabbed to death at Matahorua Road near Tutira on Dec. 18, 2017. The 30-year-old IT professional, who hailed from Punjab, moved to New Zealand on a student visa in June 2015, and worked as a fiber technician in a leading company in the country. He was planning to visit India in January 2018 where he was supposed to get married.Two mobile phones and Dhiman’s car were found with the two accused. The other accused teenager, 17-year-old Shaun Liam Karauria, was charged with murder in December 2017. He also pleaded guilty and was sentenced last month to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole term of 12 years.Karauria had plotted with Lewis to steal Dhiman’s car, a gold-colored Toyota Passo, following which the latter arranged the meeting with the victim on the isolated country road. Karauria stabbed Dhiman nine times in the back, heart, throat and chest, and left him in a ditch beside Matahorua Rd, inland from Titira on State Highway 2. As the teenagers were driving away after the attack, Karauria saw that Dhiman was still moving, and so he returned and attacked him further, the report said.Karauria tried to sell a car online for $1,500 the next day, while Dhiman’s mobile phone was traced to Lewis’ home, the Daily Mail reported.Dhiman’s body was found 12 hours after the killing by a passing tanker driver. His parents, who were visiting his brother in Australia at the time of the incident, later took the body home to Kharar for cremation. Related ItemsNew Zealandlast_img read more

first_imgIn this Feb. 9, 2019, photo, invitees listen during an orientation for volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries, and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn’t be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers, and monarchs. That’s the case at next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics where about 80,000 will be needed. Just over 200,000 have applied with orientation and interviews for Japan residents starting this month. (Mizuki Ikari/Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans.IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn’t be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’ “It’s easy to imagine the Olympics charging for the right to help if the honor were high enough,” Schwarz said.Olympic volunteers typically pay their own lodging and transportation to the host city. They get meals on the days they work, some training and uniforms to treasure. In Tokyo, they will get up to 1,000 yen daily (about $9) to get to work on the city’s vast train system. Tokyo organizers also provide some insurance. Almost two-thirds of the applicants for the Tokyo Olympics are Japanese, and almost two-thirds are women.A study done for the IOC on volunteers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics said their value was at least $60 million for 40,000 volunteers. Now, 20 years later, Tokyo organizers will use twice that many.Separately, the Tokyo city government will field another 30,000 unpaid volunteers.Proponents argue volunteers embody the spirit of the games, harkening to a time almost 50 years ago when Olympic athletes were unpaid amateurs. The IOC champions their use despite some complaints on social media in Tokyo that volunteers are similar to “forced labor.”IOC member John Coates, who heads the inspection team for Tokyo, strongly defended the use of unpaid help.“They don’t have to apply if they don’t want to,” the Australian said. “The economics of it necessitates having to have volunteers. They get trained, they get their uniforms. They are part of something very exciting. … I don’t think there’s a case for paying volunteers.”Almost everyone else working the Olympics gets paid. Many, handsomely.Tokyo is spending at least $20 billion to organize the Olympics, and organizers have raised $3 billion in local sponsorships — twice as much as any previous Olympics. IOC members like Coates receive per diems of between $450 to $900 when they are on Olympic business, and other generous perks like flights and top hotels.IOC President Thomas Bach gets no salary but receives an allowance of about $250,000 per year as a “volunteer” president. The IOC typically operates with a $1 billion cash reserve, and had total revenue in the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle of $5.7 billion. It says it returns 90 percent of its revenue to sports federations and national Olympic committees. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The billion-dollar Olympics are awash with cash. But volunteers work for free. That’s the case next year at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, where about 80,000 volunteers will be needed. Just over 200,000 have applied with orientation and interviews for Japan residents starting this month.Most don’t seem to mind, thrilled about a once-in-a-lifetime chance and largely unaware that their unpaid labor enriches Olympic sponsors, powerful TV networks, and the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“To me, it’s very clearly economic exploitation,” Joel Maxcy, the president of the International Association of Sports Economists and a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, told The Associated Press.Maxcy described a situation in which volunteers assemble the product but “someone else is collecting nearly all of the money derived from those labor efforts.” American network NBC is paying $7.75 billion for the rights to six Olympics beginning in 2022, an extension on a $4.38 billion contract.Tracey Dickson, who studies volunteerism at Canberra University in Australia, said many factors go beyond “the pure economics.” She listed social cohesion and volunteer camaraderie, which she termed “the fellowship of the suffering.”“I can understand the economic argument,” she said. “But if they were being paid it would be real job with real expectations and there’d be a totally different vibe.”“If they are just employees well, they’re just another employee. There’s so much value in that feel-good factor,” she said.The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics had problems finding volunteers. And when the games began, organizers said about 30 percent on any given day failed to show up for work, which organizers said was anticipated. Brazil also lacked a volunteer culture, and entrenched poverty meant that mostly the white and wealthy signed up.Using volunteers also means those with free time are putting it toward the Olympics, rather than other charitable endeavors.Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland who has also served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, cautioned about using volunteers in mega-sports events if they undercut the market for people who need work.Robinson is now serving with the Switzerland-based Centre for Sports and Human Rights, which was launched last year.“Volunteers can play a role,” Robinson said. “But not if it displaces the potential for people having jobs where the entities can well afford to give people the opportunity to have gainful employment rather than work as volunteers.”David Berri, a sports economist at Southern Utah University, suggested that organizers and Olympic officials should also work for free, or for smaller salaries. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Volunteers are lured by the powerful Olympic brand, the glamor of being behind the scenes, a sense of altruism and, for younger volunteers, a hope the work might lead to connections and a full-time job.“I’m willing to work for free if I can get a chance to see and talk to Olympians from all over the world in person,” Yutaro Tokunaga, who attended a recent Tokyo orientation for volunteers, told the AP. The 26-year-old said his employer is giving him five days of paid Olympic leave.One aspiring volunteer, Masanobu Ishii, said he wanted to convey the spirit of “omotenashi,” which translates as showing Japanese hospitality.Volunteers also get involved out of civic duty or patriotism — and the chance to brag to friends. Many older volunteers often don’t need the money.California-based labor economist Andy Schwarz suggested some volunteers would even pay to play.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If the volunteers were paid, there would be less money for everyone else,” he said. “The Olympics have learned people will work for free, so they take advantage of this. If they (Olympic officials) really thought this was all OK, they should obviously volunteer to work for free.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPakistan’s banned leg spinner Danish Kaneria has slammed the Pakistan and English cricket authorities after it was announced on Thursday that fast bowler Mervyn Westfield has been allowed to play lower-level cricket with one year of his spot-fixing ban remaining.”If anything, the permission by the England and Wales Cricket Board to allow special treatment to Westfield, confirms their bias and discrimination towards me throughout this case,” Kaneria said. (Pakistan likely to change squad for ICC World Twenty20)The ECB anti-corruption tribunal had banned Kaneria for life in 2012 and Westfield was jailed the same year and banned from professional cricket for five years and club cricket for three years on spot fixing charges.Both were banned after they played together for Essex in the English county championship. (Saeed Ajmal threatens to retire if new action found ineffective)Westfield claimed in his testimony that he accepted 6,000 pounds to under-perform in a 40-over pro match between Essex and Durham in September 2009.The paceman claimed Kaneria had groomed him to indulge in spot fixing.”It just gets tougher to bear all this. On one hand the Pakistan board is not willing to even listen to me and now the ECB has allowed Westfield permission to play again,” Kaneria said.”It is strange to me that I have not even confessed to any spot fixing nor has any solid evidence been shown against me. They never even put me on trial. But a person who admitted accepting money for spot-fixing and who changes his statements on oath is being shown leniency,” Kaneria lamented.advertisement”The ECB banned me on the basis of Westfield’s statement which he changed during the hearings while they are not even willing to listen to me and talk evidence.””I remain banned based on an individual’s statement and no real proof,” he added.Kaneria who lost two appeals in the United Kingdom against his life ban is also facing a legal battle to avoid paying a compensation of around 200,000 pounds which the ECB is claiming from him to cover its costs for the spot-fixing case.The ECB has filed a petition in the Sindh High Court to recover the money from Kaneria.”I just say to these boards at least review this so called evidence and cross examine Westfield again. They banned me on basis of Westfield’s testimony which is injustice.”Pakistan’s top leg spinner Abdul Qadir said he was pained by the plight of Kaneria.”I just feel sad for him because until now neither has the ECB nor the PCB shown us any real incriminating evidence against him. To add insult to injury now this fellow Westfield is allowed to resume playing cricket,” Qadir said.”The way they proceeded in the case against Kaneria, I have always felt the life ban was an extreme measure. What is disappointing is the way the PCB has kept quiet on this issue all this time.””England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had banned Kaneria and not the ICC. Then on what grounds has the PCB barred him from playing cricket? He earns for a living from the game,” Qadir questioned.last_img read more

first_imgBrazilian investigators have expanded their probe into possible corruption around the staging of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August to include all the venues and services financed with federal funds, a lead prosecutor told Reuters.Federal investigations have previously focused on “legacy” modernization projects not directly tied to the Games but this newly disclosed probe includes Olympic Park and the Deodoro area where Olympic venues are located, federal prosecutor Leandro Mitidieri said.”It’s not just the physical works we’re looking at – it is contracts for services, security, everything that used federal funds,” he told Reuters from his Rio de Janeiro office late on Tuesday.BRAZIL IN CHAOSThe Olympics were meant to showcase Brazil’s rise as a global power. Instead, they will take place as suspended President Dilma Rousseff faces an impeachment trial, the economy suffers its worst recession since the 1930s, an outbreak of the Zika virus prompts health concerns and a massive corruption scandal infuriates Brazilians.Mitidieri said his team is also investigating what happened to federal funds earmarked for cleaning Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will take place, and lakes that surround the main Olympic venues in western Rio’s Barra neighborhood.Those bodies of water have heavy sewage contamination and remain badly polluted despite promises to drastically improve them as a legacy achievement of the Olympics.ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES? Another team of federal prosecutors, along with federal police, is investigating whether the Rio de Janeiro state water utility company Cedae committed environmental crimes by not properly treating sewage in Rio’s metropolitan area of 12 million people, Mitidieri said.advertisementRio utility Cedae said it had not been notified about the investigation and could not make a comment without understanding more about the probe.Mitidieri would not say if his team had uncovered any proof of corruption – but he added that detailed announcements about the investigation’s results would be made in coming weeks.Five construction firms are building most of the 39 billion reais ($10.8 billion) worth of venues and infrastructure needed for Rio’s Olympics. The figure includes at least 1.76 billion reais in federal funds, according to documents from Brazil’s federal accounting court.RAMPANT PRICE FIXING All five companies are caught up in an investigation into price fixing and kickbacks at state-run oil company Petrobras, a two-year probe that has seen scores of top executives and politicians jailed, charged or under investigation.The Petrobras (PETR4.SA) investigation is what led federal police and prosecutors to begin looking at possible corruption tied to the Olympics.Federal authorities have already said they are investigating the Porto Maravilha project, an 8 billion real facelift of Rio’s dilapidated port area, and also the expansion of the city’s metro line to the Olympic area in Barra.BRIBERY SUSPECTED Court files made public in March showed police uncovered documents from executives of Latin America’s largest construction firm, Odebrecht SA [ODBES.UL], that referenced 1 million reais in suspected bribes connected to those two big legacy projects.Odebrecht is at the center of the Petrobras scandal and is involved in over half of all Olympic projects by value, according to contracts reviewed by Reuters.A spokeswoman for Odebrecht said by email that the company had no comment to make.Mitidieri declined to provide details on which companies are the focus of the federal probe, though he did note that OAS SA [OAS.UL] and Queiroz Galvao had “a lot of activity” in the Deodoro region of the Olympics. OAS did not respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Queiroz Galvao wrote in an email that the company had not been notified about the investigation and had no further comment.Rio de Janeiro’s city government oversees most Olympic construction projects, though a few are financed by the federal or state government. The city government says contracts were mostly funded with private resources and that all bids were overseen by regulators.Rio 2016, the local organizing committee, handles some non-permanent structures like seating, and has a budget of 7 billion reais.The federal government, Mitidieri noted, is by law responsible for any debts the local organizing committee may incur.The Rio 2016 local organizing committee referred questions to the mayor’s office.The mayor’s office said it would not comment without knowing what exact contracts were under investigation. It added in its emailed response that all contracts were carried out in a transparent manner and that city officials were prepared to provide any clarifications necessary.(USD 1 = 3.6 reais)last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Sep 20 (PTI) Actress Sonakshi Sinha says she is keen to do a biopic on Olympic winner wrestler Sakshi Malik.”If anyone would offer me the biopic on Sakshi Malik I would love to do it. She (Sakshi) also said I am a strong girl. She has also given her nod for me to do the biopic,” Sonakshi today said.The actress was speaking at the celebration of “Like A Girl” campaign of Whisper, a feminine care brand. Also present at the event was Sakshi.”We need more attention on other sports. Earlier only cricket was given importance but today Kabaddi, Badminton, Wrestling are also getting attention.”All sports needs to be given equal platform just like cricket. We have a long way to go. Sakshis win at the Olympics is giving push to the sport (wrestling),” Sonakshi said. PTI KKP NRB PSH PSH SRElast_img read more

first_imgBatting coach Sanjay Bangar has expressed his frustration at KL Rahul’s inability to realise his potential in the longest format of the game.Bangar reacted after Rahul failed to trouble the scorers much on the second day (Thursday) of India’s only warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI in Sydney.While fellow opener Prithvi Shaw has seemingly sealed his place in the playing XI for the first Test of the upcoming four-match series, Rahul is battling with Murali Vijay for the second opener’s slot.Rahul’s knack of “finding new ways to get himself out” has certainly not gone down well with the batting coach.Rahul was the only prominent batsman to miss out on a significant score in India’s 358 all out on day two of the four-day tour game. He was out for three runs while playing a loose drive on the up and was caught at mid-off within the first hour of play.As many as five different Indian batsmen, including captain Virat Kohli and Shaw, scored half-centuries in what Bangar termed as a satisfactory outing.”He is not a young player anymore and he is on his second tour here. He has played 30 Tests and he has a responsibility. We expect him to play with that responsibility and play his role for the team,” Bangar told the media in Sydney.”He (Rahul) has been looking in good shape, including today. It is just that he is finding new ways to get out. Even today, the ball was quite afar when he played it away from his body and lost his wicket. But what we are reading he is playing the ball well and he is one hit away (from form).advertisement”We know his ability and if he converts that to performances then it is important for the team.”Bangar made it clear that the opening combination, as well as the number six slot for the first Test in Adelaide beginning December 6, are still up for grabs.He said the second innings will help decide about the composition of the batting line-up, with Rahul, Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari in focus for the opening and number six spots.”I would say there are still some spots to be taken. We will keep a close eye on how the second innings goes and it gives some other batsmen a hit especially Murali Vijay and middle order batsmen, and see how they go.”There are certain spots to be taken still. We are looking at the opening slot as well as the number six slot. Those are the positions we are still looking at, we have not decided yet,” he added.Bangar said the second day’s display was satisfying, with most of the batsmen getting good knocks, though they were facing inexperienced Australian bowlers.”It was a pretty useful time in the middle. It was important that we switch to this format of the game because some of the guys are coming from T20Is.”Some Test guys, except for Cheteshwar Pujara, had a first-class game in New Zealand as well. All of them got to spend some time in the middle and get some runs,” he said.”Some went to New Zealand (as part of India A) with intention of getting accustomed to the bounce in their first game in Australia. It is different conditions in Adelaide because this is not a fast-paced pitch as you would expect there (New Zealand) or in Perth. But we are out here to make most of whatever we get.”From that perspective, Virat switching formats from T20 to four-day game, Pujara coming straight back in the groove, Ajinkya spending a lot of time. Hanuma Vihari played with a lot of confidence and clarity. Rohit came back and got a knock, spending some time in the middle. All in all pretty satisfying effort from our side.”Asked about the quality of Cricket Australia XI’s pace attack, Bangar said that the visitors did not have any complaints.”We understand that there are Shield games going on. We are pretty happy with what they put up against us. They put in a lot of effort right throughout the day and that’s what we are looking at.”Shaw’s clarity impresses Bangar Prithvi Shaw scored a quickfire half-century against Cricket Australia XI on Thursday (AP Photo)Shaw set the tone early on and hit a carefree half-century. Bangar was all praise for the youngster who has pretty much nailed his spot in the playing eleven for the first Test.advertisement”He has made a mark straightaway in whichever format he has played limited overs or first-class cricket, Irani Trophy, Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy or India A. He has shown he can adapt to the conditions and to the stage as well.”He plays with a lot of clarity and the impressive thing about him is that he gets into good positions with a clarity of mind and fearlessness of youth that helps him quite a bit,” said Bangar.Also read | Khawaja will pip Kohli and Australia will beat India in Tests: Ricky PontingAlso read | Virat Kohli falls to Australian teenager who had also dismissed Joe RootAlso see:last_img read more

first_imgArsenal Usmanov denies talks with Kroenke, but won’t rule out selling Arsenal shares Goal Last updated 2 years ago 23:43 10/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alisher Usmanov Arsenal Getty Arsenal Premier League While he ruled out the possibility of handing the current majority owner near-total control, Usmanov is considering his options in north London Alisher Usmanov has admitted that he could sell his stake in Arsenal if the right offer were to appear, while denying reports he is currently in negotiations with Stan Kroenke over a sale. Arsenal 4/1 to be top London clubThe Uzbekistan-born businessman holds 30 per cent of the Gunners’ shares, while Kroenke is the majority shareholder at the club with 67%.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. According to recent reports, the entrepreneur, who also owns teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLS, is looking to buy out Usmanov and take almost total control of affairs. That rumour brought a concerned reaction from the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, who fear that concentrating stock into Kroenke’s hands would be a move towards private ownership.Gunners legend Ian Wright also revealed his fears over a possible sale to the US businessman, but Usmanov has moved to allay those concerns. Arsenal FC is an institution! It’s people’s lives!It must be protected from Kroenke. Usmanov you’re our only hope please do not sell— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) 4 de octubre de 2017“In recent days there has been speculation relating to a possible offer for my 30% stake in Arsenal. As part of that I can understand the anxiety that these rumours are causing to the fans as reflected by the Arsenal Supporters; Trust,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. “In light of this, I would like to be clear that I am not holding any talks with Mr Kroenke about a sale. My interest in Arsenal from the beginning was long term and my intention has always been to buy additional shares should they become available.”This I did with the purchase of the stake of my business partner Farhad Moshiri with which I increased my shareholding from 15% to 30%, and also with my proposed offer for the stake of the majority shareholder which valued the club at some £2bn. That offer remains valid today.”Usmanov, whose efforts to gain majority control at Arsenal have failed in recent years as Kroenke has consolidated his majority, nevertheless admitted that his shares could be put up for sale at some point in the future. “I have always been and will continue to be an ardent supporter of Arsenal and I see my 30% stake as an important aspect in protecting the best interests of the fans in the club.”It has been well documented that I have no say in the running of the club, that my views differ from those of the majority shareholder and that I would take a different approach to delivering footballing success.”I would like to assure supporters that I am open to various future scenarios: a constructive partnership with the majority shareholder, the purchase of his stake either alone or in a consortium, or if a party appears who shares my and undoubtedly the majority of fans’ vision for the club, I could consider the question of selling my stake.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG star Neymar: Without Mourinho, Man Utd will be very differentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Neymar admits Manchester United are a different proposition after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.PSG and United will meet in the Champions League round of 16.”I was happy [with the draw], they will be two great matches between two great sides,” Neymar told PSG’s official website.”We know the quality that Manchester United have and we know that their players have a winning mentality.”The coach has changed and it will be a different playing style – they’re in the process of changing things up – but we know the quality they have.”I love the big matches and it’s always a pleasure to play in them.“I’m very happy to be taking on Manchester United.” last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Missouri's football field.COLUMBIA, MO – SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Missouri Tigers on September 16, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Missouri has hit the transfer jackpot so far this offseason, landing former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant and former Arkansas wide receiver Jonathan Nance. Could another major piece be on the way?According to a new report from 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, the Tigers are a “strong option” for ex-Miami wide receiver Jeff Thomas. Thomas was dismissed by the Hurricanes last month.Per Wiltfong, Thomas looked like a “done deal” to Illinois but that looks like it is changing. The Illini might be outdone by their neighbors in Missouri.Meanwhile, a source around the Missouri program likes the way things are trending for Thomas, a former East St. Louis (Ill.) High standout who signed with the Hurricanes in the 2017 recruiting class as the nation’s No. 5 receiver and No. 40 prospect overall per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.Prior to getting kicked off the team at Miami, Thomas hauled in 35 receptions for 563 yards and three touchdowns this season. He grabbed 17 passes for 374 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2017.Thomas has two years of eligibility remaining wherever he winds up.Thomas was the No. 2 player in the state of Illinois and a four-star prospect in the class of 2017.last_img read more

first_imgzoom After two days of extensive pay negotiations between Scottish ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) and the unions, UK’s RMT union said that the talks have broken down due to “the failure of the company to table an acceptable offer.”The unions have now moved the matter into a formal dispute and RMT’s executive will decide on the next steps.Namely, CalMac told the union side that their bid for the GBP 1 billion (USD 1.32 billion) contract to operate the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) network, awarded in May 2016, was based on CPI and from now on pay offers will be based on this index as opposed to RPI which is the traditional benchmark used in pay negotiations.The company also informed the Trade Union side that they would no longer be paying the bonus, which has been paid at an established rate of up to 1.5% for over a decade, if the company makes a profit, according to RMT.Furthermore, the management noted that people not covered by a collective bargaining agreement, which includes all the senior managers and directors, will continue to receive a bonus.The company eventually made a final offer of 1.8% each year of a two year proposed deal, which represents the August 2016 RPI inflation figure. According to RMT, most analysts are currently forecasting inflation will rise to between 2.6% and 3.3% by the end of 2017 which means staff pay will fall behind the cost of living.“These pay and bonus proposals from management are a kick in the teeth for those loyal and dedicated RMT CalMac members and will be resisted by all means necessary,” RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash, said.“All four CalMac Trade Unions are in dispute with the company and we will now be deciding the next moves,” Cash added.last_img read more

first_img A section of roadway leading to one of the province’s mostpopular parks is receiving an upgrade. A $1 million contract has recently been awarded to repave 6.2kilometres of Route 224. “Route 224 is commonly used by people visiting one of NovaScotia’s treasures, the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park,” said RonRussell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Repavingthis route will help our families and tourists to arrive safelyat the park and other destinations.” The project begins at the intersection of Route 224 and Route 277in Halifax County and extends northerly to Elderbank Road inColchester County. Basin Contracting Ltd. has been awarded the contract and work isexpected to be complete by Oct. 31. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from district offices inBridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Repaving Contract for Route 224Awardedlast_img read more

first_img “This is the outcome people have been working towards for months,” said Premier Dexter. “Employees will be able to continue working to support their families, businesses will benefit from those families staying in the community, the province gets a better deal for taxpayers and the company is able to achieve the competitive position it needs to operate the mill profitably in the long run. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.” For more information go to . the previously repayable loan of $40 million will now be earnable by the company, subject to verification of an equivalent amount of taxes being paid by Nova Scotia Power as a result of energy purchases under the proposed new tariff. The province will forgive no more than what is paid to the province in taxes, to a cap of $40 million, over a maximum of 12 years profit-sharing increases from a cap of $9 million, to a cap of $24 million Pacific West will incorporate other mills and related assets into the mill (Port Hawkesbury Paper). This will improve its competitive position through disposition of the accumulated tax losses in recognition of the above provincial investments, the province will share in the benefits of the use of the accumulated tax losses available through Port Hawkesbury Paper in connection with the other assets. For every dollar of accumulated tax losses used by the company, the province will be paid 32 cents, and 18 cents will be directly reinvested in the mill to improve its competitive position, subject to review of the proposed investments by the province. Premier Darrell Dexter today, Sept. 22, announced that the province has negotiated a new, better agreement for Nova Scotia taxpayers to reopen the former NewPage mill and keep hundreds of people working in the Strait region. “I want to thank the people of the Strait. Their hard work, sacrifice and determination over the past year has paid off,” said Premier Dexter. “Even after it appeared there was no hope, both parties worked through the night and I’m very pleased to say we now have a new agreement that is a better deal for Nova Scotians. “The bottom line is that under this new agreement, the total amount the province will contribute to support the workers, families and businesses throughout the Strait should be repaid in as early as 12 years and the province will have earned about $150 million in tax revenue.” In August the premier announced a number of investments to support the reopening of the mill and protect the 1,400 jobs that rely on its operation. The province has also invested $36.8 million to date to keep the mill in hot idle and set up the Forestry Infrastructure Fund to keep people working in the forestry industry and produce product, a necessary part of keeping our forests healthy and sustainable. Under this new agreement, all of those investments will be recovered in full. “This government has worked for a year now to restart that mill,” said Premier Dexter. “We didn’t do this because it was popular – we did it because it was the right thing to do.” The new arrangement will significantly increase the annual share of profits paid to the province and it will ensure a significant amount of the tax savings generated by Pacific West Commercial Corporation(PWCC)in other provinces will be shared with Nova Scotia. In addition to that, as a result of the Canada Revenue Agency ruling earlier this month the province will receive millions in additional revenue. Much of the original agreement hinged on PWCC receiving a positive ruling from the Canada Revenue Agency on its taxes. When that did not happen, the province continued negotiating with the company to find a way forward within the financial framework already announced. At the same time, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board had provided until 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 21, for a revised rate application filing by PWCC. The board made clear that, provided an application was received by this deadline and that ratepayers would be no worse off under the revised filing, it would be in a position to provide a revised order on or before the court-imposed closing deadline of Sept. 28. Despite the parties’ best efforts, that deadline could not be met and both sides walked away from the table last night. “Every option identified at that point exposed Nova Scotia taxpayers to too much risk and the province was not prepared to accept that,” Premier Dexter said. “However, later in the night there were further discussions. We worked hard and were able to come up with something that further benefits taxpayers and will make the mill more competitive.” Pacific West and the province have agreed that all elements of the province’s previously announced support remain the same, with the following exceptions:last_img read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The nation’s largest bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co., will pay $614 million and improve mortgage lending practices under a deal announced Tuesday to settle claims it approved thousands of unqualified home mortgage loans for government insurance and refinancing since 2002, costing the government millions of dollars when the loans defaulted.U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan approved the deal, which calls for JPMorgan to pay the money within a month and install an improved quality control program to review loans it underwrites using a federally maintained software application that determines if a loan qualifies for government insurance.JPMorgan said in a statement that its deal with federal prosecutors, the Federal Housing Administration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs “represents another significant step in the firm’s efforts to put historical mortgage-related issues behind it.”The New York-based company said it had already reserved the money for the settlement and any financial impact from exposure to future claims wasn’t expected to be significant.In a release, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the company had for years participated in federally subsidized programs meant to make homes more affordable for millions of Americans.“Yet, for more than a decade, it abused that privilege,” he said. “JPMorgan Chase put profits ahead of responsibility by recklessly churning out thousands of defective mortgage loans, failing to inform the government of known problems with those loans and leaving the government to cover the losses when the loans defaulted.”The prosecutor acknowledged, however, that the company had accepted responsibility and promised to reform the flawed practices.The government said the bank approved thousands of loans for government insurance or refinancing that didn’t meet the requirements of federal programs and failed to self-report hundreds of loans it identified as having been affected by fraud or other deficiencies. It also regularly submitted loan data that lacked integrity because it was not based on documents or other information it possessed when employees submitted the data, the government said.Associate Attorney General Tony West said the deal “recovers wrongfully claimed funds for vital government programs that give millions of Americans the opportunity to own a home and sends a clear message that we will take appropriately aggressive action against financial institutions that knowingly engage in improper mortgage lending practices.”In November, JPMorgan agreed to pay $13 billion to settle a civil inquiry into its sales of low-quality mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in value in the 2008 financial crisis. It also announced it had reached a $4.5 billion settlement with 21 major institutional investors over mortgage-backed securities issued by it and Bear Stearns between 2005 and 2008.Last month, it agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion for ignoring obvious warning signs of Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme. Madoff, who is serving a 150-year prison sentence after admitting the fraud, squandered nearly $20 billion from thousands of investors over several decades.JPMorgan set aside $23 billion last year to cover the settlements and other costs related to its legal troubles. by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2014 8:59 pm MDT JPMorgan Chase settles federal lawsuit over mortgage lending practices, agreeing to pay $614M read more

The Ohio State track and field team will not send its full roster for a second consecutive meet when it competes in the Meyo Invitational against 37 teams in South Bend, Indiana, on Friday and Saturday.Ohio State’s men’s team will be without senior Nick Demaline, senior Zack Bazile, freshman Eric Harrison Jr. and junior Nick Gray during the meet. The women’s team will not send junior Sade Olatoye, junior Mikaela Seibert or senior Karrington Winters to the invite.During last weekend’s meet at the Armory Invitational, Ohio State did not send its distance runners or pole vaulters to compete.  For the distance runners, missing last week was part of a strategy for the overall season, said distance coach Sara Vergote. Senior distance runner Christine Frederick said it was nice to have a hard workout without having to go at the same speed as she might have during a race.The Speed of MeyoThe Meyo Invitational could be the place for many Buckeyes to set personal records.“Anytime you go to a big meet like this the races are fast and they are set up to be fast,” Vergote said. Frederick and nine other Buckeyes set their season bests at last year’s Meyo Invitational. Women’s team scheduleSenior Chantel Ray is scheduled to run first for the Buckeyes in the 60-meter hurdle prelims at 4:30 p.m. Friday.The women’s distance-medley-relay, which placed third at the Kentucky Invitational, will be running at 7:05 p.m. Friday.Sophomore Taylor DeLoach, sophomore Tamani Wilson, senior Maggie Barrie and senior Beatrice Hannan are set to run in different preliminary heats in the 200-meter dash, starting at 7:35 p.m. Friday.Frederick will run in the women’s 3,000-meter run at 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Senior Madison Roberts and sophomore Megan Hoffman will pole vault at noon Saturday.Wilson will compete in the women’s 400-meter dash at 2:20 p.m. Saturday. Barrie and Hannah will also be in 400-meter dash, competing in the same heat as Margaret Bamgbose, who ran for Nigeria in the 2016 Olympics. Men’s team scheduleFreshman Tavonte Mott will run in the men’s 60-meter hurdles and the 60-meter dash Friday. Senior Duan Asemota will compete in the same preliminary heat with Mott in the men’s 60-meter dash.Junior Coty Cobb and senior Cole Gorski will pole vault at 5 p.m. Friday night.Senior Mitch Leitch, senior Jake Mandel and senior Clayton Bowie will run in the men’s 500-meter race for the first time this season at 6:25 p.m. Friday. Junior Kyle McKinney, sophomore Brent Carroll and freshman Tyrese Fajardo will compete in the men’s 40-meter dash at 12:25 p.m. Saturday.For most of the sprinters, Saturday’s schedule of events will be based on Friday’s results.The Meyo Invitational will be streamed on WatchESPN from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. read more

first_imgA 17th century mill once used to make paper for some of the first British banknotes has been destroyed by fire.Dozens of firefighters battled to save Bere Mill, in Whitchurch, Hampshire, after the blaze broke out on Wednesday night.The Saxon building, which was previously used to supply the Bank of England, was badly damaged. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said more than 50 firefighters in 12 engines had fought to save parts of the historic property.The ground floor, first floor and roof were badly damaged and crews were due to remain at the scene damping down on Thursday morning. The team are currently assisting @Hants_fire and @HantsPolice at a large fire in #Whitchurch. We are currently standing by whilst firefighting operations are ongoing #UKHART #999family #JESIP #Readytorespond— SCAS HART (@SCAS_HART) February 7, 2018 Bere Mill has opened as part of the National Garden SchemeCredit:National Garden Scheme Fire crews have the #WhitchurchFire under control. Two building are badly damaged #Whitchurch— HampshireFireService (@Hants_fire) February 8, 2018 Over the years, the gardens of Bere Mill have been opened up as part of the National Garden Scheme.The scheme’s website says: “The mill buildings were the original location of Portals who first sold bank note paper to the Bank of England from the mill.”There are interesting industrial and agricultural archaeological remains, including a reconstructed water meadow.” The alarm was raised at Bere Mill, which is now a family home that opens its gardens to the public, at shortly after 10pm.Crews from across the county were called to the scene, just north of Winchester. No one was hurt in the blaze, the cause of which is unknown. “More than 50 firefighters attended the blaze in London Road, which is now under control.”Nobody was hurt in the fire that broke out at 10.10pm. Crews used a number of jets and foam.”center_img A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “A farmhouse and a mill were badly damaged in a large fire in Whitchurch. The building was the original paper mill for Portals, the company that first supplied notes to the Bank of England in 1718.  The Bank of England has been issuing banknotes since 1694. Bere Mill has opened as part of the National Garden Scheme 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. We have 12 fire engines on the scene at the large #WhitchurchFire tonight. Thankfully nobody has been injured in the blaze #Whitchurch— HampshireFireService (@Hants_fire) February 7, 2018last_img read more

Beach Handball European Championship 2015 is ended by wins of Croatia and Hungary. The Croatian NT head-coach Davor Rokavec speaks for about the fourth European gold in a row for his team, but also “promotional match” in Laussane in front of IOC representatives which has to open the door of Olympic Games for Beach Handball. Comment about the tournament, but also Beach Handball Spectacle in Laussane had Juan Vasquez Chispi, the EURO 2015 MVP and the TOP scorer of the four last Beach Handball World Championships. ← Previous Story FIRST IN EUROPE: HSV Handball present Drasko Nenadic Next Story → Over 21.000 players from 43 countries make unforgetable Partille Cup 2015

first_img THE ROAD SAFETY Authority has put the focus on garda numbers after an eighth road death in four days has seen the death toll on Irish roads spiral way beyond last year.So far this year, 157 people have died on the roads in the Republic of Ireland, that’s 31 more than at this point last year.Although 162 people died over the 12 month period in 2015, last year was “probably the safest year on record”, according to Moya Murdoch of the RSA.Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, Murdoch said that the sharp increase this year means that it’s time to “take stock” of what’s happening on the roads.“Ireland is outstanding in terms of road safety about personal responsibility and behaviour on the road, but perceptions about being stopped for speeding or being stopped for alcohol is much lower than our counterparts in Europe,” she said.Clearly, while personal responsibility is the number one priority, if there isn’t adequate enforcement out there enforcing road safety then we will have upturns.“One of the concerns the RSA has is the reduction in garda numbers. And we have to deal with that as well because if they’re not there people will take chances,” she says.Murdoch added that, while increased economic activity means busier roads, the housing crisis also plays a role.“We are also seeing people struggling to get affordable accommodation near their places of work, near colleges,” she said.So we are probably seeing a lot more young people driving than we did during the past few years with austerity, because they could live near their work. And young drivers by their nature are riskier.Murdoch’s comments come as another tragedy in north county Dublin last night left 20-year-old Jane Dardis dead after a single vehicle crash.The young woman was a front seat passenger in a car when it crashed into a wall on the Loughshinny Road near her home in Skerries.Read: Woman in her 20s dies after car hits wall in Dublin >Read: ‘Preventable’ death of young student by hit-and-run driver was ‘due to multiple garda failings’ > 20,805 Views Image: Eamonn Farrell 51 Comments Oct 25th 2016, 4:02 PM Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 4:02 PM Share22 Tweet Email1 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Garda diversion after road crash in Laois. (File photo) Eight road deaths in four days: Are garda numbers and the housing crisis making things worse? The Road Safety Authority is worried about an increasing trend. Short URL Garda diversion after road crash in Laois. (File photo) Image: Eamonn Farrelllast_img read more

first_imgSandy Huffaker/Getty Images/Via NPRMotorists drop off their ballots at the Registrar of Voters on primary election day June 5, 2018 in San Diego. Eight states, including California, hold primary elections on Tuesday and there are several highly competitive races, including those for governor and U.S. House and Senate seats.Welcome to 2018’s Super Tuesday.Voters head to the polls in eight states today to pick nominees for Senate seats, governor, and several key congressional races that could decide control of the House of Representatives this fall.Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota all vote today. But, with good reason, most of the national focus is on California.Democrats see their path to the House majority running through the two dozen districts that sent a Republican to Congress in 2016, but voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Seven of these districts are in California, with the highest concentration in the longtime Republican outpost of Orange County.Sensing a Democratic surge, Republican incumbents Ed Royce and Darrell Issa retired, raising Democratic hopes even higher in those races.“Top Two” DramaBut Democrats may have gotten too excited about these pickup opportunities for their own good.Many of these Southern California districts are crowded with Democratic candidates. In California’s unusual top-two primary system, all these Democrats and Republicans are competing on the same ballot. The top two vote-getters advance to November, regardless of party affiliation. Democratic leaders are worried the large Democratic fields will spread out their party’s votes, allowing two Republicans to advance in some of these races and taking away what should be competitive fall campaigns.The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other national groups have spent millions of dollars trying to stave off a November shutout in the 49th, 48th, and 39th Congressional Districts.While Democrats are sweating out this nightmare scenario on the local level, California Republicans have their own top-two fears in statewide races. A crowded field is running to replace term-limited Gov. Jerry Brown in the statehouse, and Sen. Diane Feinstein is running for another term. In both of these marquee races, there’s a realistic possibility that Democrats’ substantial statewide voter registration edge over the GOP will lead to Democrat-vs.-Democrat ballots.While Republicans would likely have a hard time winning either the governorship or a Senate seat this fall, party leaders are worried all-Democrat ballots would depress GOP turnout, hurting more competitive down-ballot races.Governors’ Mansions Up For GrabsA crowded – very crowded – field is vying to replace Democrat Jerry Brown, who is wrapping up his second eight-year stint as California’s governor. Lieutenant Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has led post polls. Republican businessman John Cox and Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa appear to be fighting for the second spot on the fall ballot, along with many other candidates.In Iowa, several Democrats are competing to take on Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds this fall. Iowa Democrats have seen their power and relevance wane in recent years, and are hoping to claw their way back into power in 2018. The Democratic primary saw a major last-minute plot-twist, when State Sen. Nate Boulton suspended his campaign after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.Several Republicans are challenging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who succeeded Gov. Robert Bently after he resigned. The GOP primary took a nasty and personal turn when another candidate raised unfounded rumors about Ivey’s personal life, which she aggressively denied. The Democratic primary has seen more energy than usual in the solidly Republican state, coming so soon after Democrat Doug Jones’ shocking victory in last year’s special Senate election.Senate SeatsTwo Democratic Senate primaries are worth keeping an eye on today, though in both cases, the incumbents are expected to prevail.California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is one of the few moderate Democrats up for reelection this year to face a serious primary challenge from the left. Former state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon argues Feinstein isn’t doing enough to oppose the Trump administration. Feinstein has responded to the challenge by tacking to the left, and leads de Leon in most polls.New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez is facing a primary challenge, as well. Menendez is favored to win against Lisa McCormick, but this is the first time he’s facing voters after a lengthy corruption trial ended with a hung jury.In Montana, Republicans are picking their nominee to face Democrat Jon Tester in November. President Trump has made Tester a top target, after the Democrat played a key role in tanking Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson. State Auditor Matt Rosendale and former judge Russ Fagg are the top contenders for the GOP nomination.Will More GOP House Members Struggle?In Alabama, Rep. Martha Roby is trying not to become the second House incumbent to lose a primary this year. The Republican came under fire from conservatives after she said she wouldn’t vote for Trump after the release of the so-called Access Hollywood video in October 2016 in which Trump made vulgar comments about women. Now, she faces a primary challenge from Rich Hobson — who managed Roy Moore’s controversial and failed Senate campaign last fall — and her predecessor, former Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright, who’s now running as a Republican and Trump loyalist. If no candidate tops 50 percent on Tuesday, the top two candidates will face a July runoff.Meanwhile, South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem could be the latest member of Congress to struggle this cycle in a bid for statewide office. She’s seeking the GOP nomination for governor against Attorney General Marty Jackley, who’s tried to tar her as part of the D.C. establishment. Other Republican House incumbents have underperformed in their races so far this year, and Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador lost his primary bid for governor. How Noem performs could show whether or not even being part of Congress is a kiss of death with GOP primary voters.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgPorcelain paintings were very expensive and only the nobility in Europe could afford it, so much so that porcelain came to be called White Gold. Porcelain objects were first brought to Europe by Marco Polo from China. They were highly prized and were considered very precious especially since nothing like this existed in Europe. Today several old schools such as Sevres and Limoges in France, Meissen in Germany, Herond in Hungary, Royal Copenhagen in Denmarkand Vista Alegre in Portugal continue to produce hand painted pieces for their customers worldwide. The Capital’s tryst with Porcelain paintings comes through an art exhibition White Gold – The Romance of Porcelain at the India Habitat Centre from February 10 – 12. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition aims to showcase both the European and American styles of painting as well as share some modern directions this art form has taken. In Europe, USA and Latin America porcelain painting is a vibrant and alive art with many painters and followers. It is still a relatively unknown art form in Delhi. Keeping this in mind, the three porcelain painters have decided to come together to exhibit in this group show. Rita Gharekhan is an international award winning porcelain artist. She is a certified artist and teacher of the International Porcelain Artists and Teachers, Inc. based in USA. She studied the classical Nyon style of porcelain painting in Switzerland. In the US, she learnt the naturalistic style and combined these and other techniques such as the Indian miniature style to create a variety of designs and effects on porcelain. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThese include portraits, still life, landscapes apart from flowers and modernistic motifs. She has exhibited in several cities in the US as well as at the United Nations in New York. She has also had solo exhibitions in New York and in Delhi at the India International Centre as well as Lalit Kala Akademi.  Manju Sinha has held several solo exhibitions in London, New York, Mumbai and New Delhi. Her exquisite pieces of this amazing art include vases, lamps, wall murals etc. Sinha draws her inspiration from nature and her work displays wonderful flora, fauna and landscapes from around the world. She also brings a touch of her Indian heritage with depictions of Buddha, Krishna and Ganesha in her work. She has also recently started working with glass Mosaics to expand her repertoire. “My canvas is white porcelain of various sizes and shapes in form of vases, wall plates, lamps, bowls, trays and even the humblest, mug study the shape of your canvas before deciding on the composition. Form, motive, colour must be in complete harmony,” she said. Madhu Bhalla Ahluwalia started learning Porcelain painting in 1983 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  She continued her studies in the early 1990’s in Lisbon, Portugal. After a gap, wherein she was working in the corporate sector, she restarted porcelain painting in New Delhi, India in 2009. Many of her pieces have come about as a result of blending various techniques in unusual ways. She paints in both the European and American styles. Madhu has travelled extensively all over the world and lived in Europe, USA, South Asia and China. She tries to find designs and ideas from all over the world to incorporate in her porcelain painting, it also provides the inspiration for her experimentation. She had her first solo exhibition at the India International Centre in June-July 2013, sponsored by the IIC.last_img read more