Aussies undefeated after day one

first_imgAustralia has bounced back from their 2013 series loss with three wins on day one of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee. Aussies impress in first Mixed GameAustralia has bounced back from their 2013 series loss in game one of the 2014 Trans Taman, with a comprehensive 10-2 win over New Zealand. Winger Yasmin Meakes impressed, scoring three touchdowns on debut, with debutants scoring six of the 10 touchdowns. Australia got off to a flying start, scoring the first three touchdowns before New Zealand got on the board, with Australia taking a handy 5-1 lead into the half-time break. Australia picked up where they left off in the second half, scoring another five touchdowns to New Zealand’s one to take the first game of the series. The two teams will meet in game two of the series at 1.00pm on Saturday. You can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBbEv7F35Ug AUSTRALIA 10 (Yasmin Meakes 3, Kristy Brennan 2, Samantha Rodgers, Dean Springfield, Simon Lang, Justin Mitchell, Cameron Nicholls) defeated NEW ZEALAND 2.Australia takes out gutsy win to claim first Women’s Open gameThe Australian Women’s Open team have fought hard to take out a two touchdown win over New Zealand in the opening match of the series, 8-6. Locked up at 6-all with minutes remaining, two quick touchdowns to Australia in the dying minutes saw them take a 1-0 series lead. Birthday girl, Kimberley Sue See starred for the Australians, scoring three touchdowns in her debut, which also doubled as her 18th birthday. The Australians got out to a great start, taking an early 2-0 lead following a double to Sue See in the early exchanges. The New Zealanders hit back to trail by one at half-time, 4-3, before clawing back in the opening set of the second half to level the game at 4-all. Australia got out to a 6-4 lead, before New Zealand again levelled the game at six touchdowns-a-piece. Maddison Studdon’s second touchdown of the game gave her side a 7-6 lead and when Sarah Spacie scored just before the siren the home side had gone one up in the series. Match highlights here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC7pgqpMNMs The two sides will meet again at 2.15pm on Saturday afternoon and you can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEgSGNxhAVwAUSTRALIA 8 (Kimberley Sue See 3, Maddison Studdon 2, Danielle Davis, Catherine Sargent, Sarah Spacie) defeated NEW ZEALAND 6. Aussies make it three from three on day oneThe Australian Men’s Open team made it a perfect night for the home side, with their 10-6 win making it three wins from the games on day one. Debutant Tim Good scored three touchdowns as did the returning Sam Brisby, to help the side take the early advantage in the best of three series. New Zealand was on the scoreboard early, scoring in the first set, before Australia hit back with two touchdowns to take a 2-1 lead. New Zealand made it 2-all shortly after, before a second touchdown to both Good and Brisby gave the Aussies a two touchdown lead at the half-time break, 4-2. The sides exchanged touchdowns early in the second half, with the Kiwis trailing by one touchdown, 5-4, before touchdowns to Stuart Brierty and Drumayne Dayberg-Muir gave the Aussies a 6-4 lead. Australia then extended its lead to three touchdowns and then four, to take the game 10-6. Match highlights here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2GhaGwVcPU The two sides will meet again tomorrow at 3.30pm in game two of the series – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-QWCrAwVWs AUSTRALIA 10 (Tim Good 3, Sam Brisby 3, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir 2, Stuart Brierty, Steve Roberts) defeated NEW ZEALAND 6. Related LinksAussies Undefeatedlast_img read more

Steve Spurrier Named Ambassador, Consultant For Florida Athletics

first_imgSteve Spurrier seen on College GameDayTwitter/@PickSixPreviewsWhen Steve Spurrier resigned as South Carolina’s head coach midseason last year, there were many who believed that at some point, in some form, he’d head back to his alma mater – Florida – to finish up his career. It turns out they were right.Steve Spurrier will serve as an ambassador and consultant for Florida athletics, per UF release.— David Ubben (@davidubben) July 29, 2016Spurrier, who played quarterback for the Gators from 1963-1966, won a Heisman Trophy and later coached the program for 12 seasons, is headed back to Gainesville. Florida has announced that Spurrier will be an Ambassador and a Consultant for the Florida athletic department. Here’s more from AD Jeremy Foley, via Florida’s official website:“It’s a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome Coach Spurrier back home,” Foley said. “He has served as a tremendous ambassador to the University and the athletic department for 50-plus years and it’s only fitting that at this point in his career, he is back in Gainesville. Being a Gator has always meant so much to Coach Spurrier, but it means just as much to us have him come home.”Spurrier began his college head coaching career at Duke, posting a 20-13-1 record from 1987-1989. After coaching the Gators for 12 seasons, during which he won a national title, he tried his hand in the NFL, coaching the Washington Redskins for two seasons. He later returned to the college ranks in 2005, spending 11 years as the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Spurrier retired from coaching after six games this past season.Last month, Florida announced that it would be naming its football field in Spurrier’s honor.In 26 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Spurrier posted a 228-89-2 record with one national title – in 1996. His teams finished ranked in the top ten of the AP Poll 13 times.last_img read more

Analysis China pulling out all stops in Canada tensions

first_imgBEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government is sparing no expense to its international reputation in its determination to force Canada to back down over the case of a Chinese telecommunications executive it detained last month.While Beijing formally denies any connection, the arrest of two Canadians on vague national security charges and the re-sentencing of a convicted Canadian drug smuggler to death on Monday point to a determined campaign of intimidation and retribution.And while global perceptions of China’s adherence to free trade and rule of law may take a beating, for Xi and other highly nationalistic Communist leaders, the stakes are simply too high.“The Chinese will stop at nothing because it’s a huge loss of face, for both the Chinese government and Xi Jinping in particular,” said Willy Lam, an expert on Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. The U.S. wants Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei’s founder, extradited to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran.China responded nine days later by arresting former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. On Monday, a Chinese court sentenced Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death, overturning a 15-year prison term handed down earlier.The actions fit a pattern of retaliation against nations that offend China, which sometimes extends to their citizens inside the country. Past instances have shown China willing to endure long freezes in relations and subsequent damage to its national image.China suspended its bilateral trade deal with Norway and restricted imports of Norwegian salmon when the Nobel peace prize was awarded to political prisoner Liu Xiaobo in 2010. Britain and other countries were retaliated against over meetings with the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, considered a dangerous separatist by Beijing, and in 2014, a Canadian couple was detained in northeastern China and charged with espionage following Canada’s arrest of a man accused of stealing U.S. aviation secrets for China.Analysts say they have little doubt Kovrig and Spavor’s cases are related to Meng’s, and the handing down of tougher sentences on appeal is rare enough to arouse suspicion.“This really hurts China” and its efforts to promote its influence around the world, said David Zweig, a Canadian who directs the Center on China’s Transnational Relations at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.“Xi Jinping has been talking so much about promoting soft power … I certainly think that it hurts China’s soft power and its argument that it supports the rule of law,” Zweig said.Retaliating against Canada, widely seen as a benign influence on the global order, also offers fewer dividends for China than confronting the U.S., which is regarded by many in the international community as at least as much of a bully as China, Zweig said.“China doesn’t win any points by pushing around Canada,” he said.However, Beijing’s dismissive attitude toward Canada seems very much in line with its binary view of the world as divided into “big” or powerful nations that need to be deferred to, and “small” ones which China can afford to push around, said Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.China is picking on Canada “because they can,” said Tsang. “It will have lots of negative effects on China’s standing in the world and international perceptions of China.”He said Beijing’s handling of the case shows its refusal to recognize the concept of an independent judiciary, something unknown in China, where the ruling Communist Party controls the courts. As the daughter of the founder of Huawei — closely connected to China’s powerful military and considered something of a national treasure — Meng is afforded special status, Tsang said.While he predicts further steps by Beijing to pressure Canada, Tsang said he doubts they will have any bearing on the result.“It will have no impact in terms of how the Canadian government deals with the Meng case,” he said.International observers also point to the strikingly different ways in which the cases are being handled by the two countries. While Meng has been afforded a lawyer and released on bail to her Vancouver mansion, Kovrig and Spavor are being held in cells with only minimal consular access. Canada has also complained that as a former diplomat, Kovrig should be accorded a degree of immunity.The timing and circumstances of Schellenberg’s resentencing are also being called into question. While his case was on appeal, the speed with which the new hearing was held, with only four days’ notice, drew criticism from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — and a subsequent sharp rebuke of him by Beijing.Underlying China’s behaviour is the apparent conviction that Meng’s detention was a political act that must be responded to in kind. Given the limited information about the cases allowed by government censors, Chinese have “no sense that Ms. Meng was grabbed for anything other than political reasons,” Zweig said.“And if it’s completely political, then I guess in their viewpoint, kidnapping people is just tit-for-tat,” he said.On Beijing’s frigid streets Tuesday, public opinion seemed to be running strongly in the government’s favour.“It shows China is standing up” to Canada, said teacher Liang Reufen, adding that she hopes the matter will not be “elevated to a political level.”Finance worker Huo Yong said politics were already inextricably tied up in the case.“We should pressure them since they use politics to contain our economic growth,” said Huo. “My attitude is, ‘whoever bullies us, we should bully them back.’”___Christopher Bodeen has covered politics in China and Taiwan for The Associated Press for more than two decades.Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Presslast_img read more

BC Hydro says transmission clearing stoppage wont impact Site Cs schedule or

first_imgWhen asked about the potential impact on the project, Conway stated that the work stoppage would not impact the overall Site C project schedule, and that Hydro is currently assessing the potential cost implications. However, he added that any increase in costs related to the work stoppage would be covered by the project’s contingency funds.“We are proceeding with clearing and access road development along the transmission corridor outside of this area and waste wood disposal and hauling of already felled merchantable timber will continue along the entire transmission corridor,” said Conway in a statement. “We are assessing what additional work is planned for summer/fall in the other ‘critical areas’ identified in the injunction.”Conway added that this is not the first time BC Hydro has suspended work while waiting for a legal ruling. Work was suspended in the Moberly River area while awaiting a ruling after the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations launched a judicial review of construction permits in August 2015, a case that Hydro ultimately won. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A BC Hydro spokesperson says a work stoppage on clearing a path for a transmission line to connect the Site C to the rest of the provincial grid won’t impact the project’s overall schedule.BC Hydro’s Site C Community Relations Manager Dave Conway said that clearing and road access work on the dam’s transmission line corridor was stopped in at the request of the West Moberly First Nations on February 16th. The section of the corridor covers 29 of the 75-kilometre length of the future power lines, and includes Trapper Lake, Sucker Lake and Peace Moberly Tract.Conway said the area was identified by the West Moberly First Nations as a “critical area” in its late January application for an injunction to stop work on Site C pending the outcome of a Treaty infringement lawsuit, which was also filed that month. Last Friday, the B.C. Supreme Court decided an injunction hearing will take place sometime between July 24th and September 10th, and is expected to take 10 days. Conway said that BC Hydro has suspended that work until either October 1st, or a court decision on the injunction is made.last_img read more

Old Fort Residents still without power no estimate on when it will

first_imgResidents can use the water taxi to transport fuel to the Old Fort but will need to organize transportation to the boat launch.Hydro crews did start the work to restore the outage, but crews were told to evacuate due to the area they were working was now under an evacuation order.  There is no estimate on when B.C. Hydro will be allowed back into the area to try and restore power. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of the Old Fort are still without power, and there is no estimate on when power will be restored.The power went out at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday night, and B.C. Hydro crews were trying to restore power but were evacuated due to the landslide.  In a post to Facebook on Sunday, the Peace River Regional District said they would not be providing generators to residents of the Old Fort.last_img read more

Japans Impact HD Inc to buy 49 stake in Coffee Day Consultancy

first_imgNew Delhi: Coffee Day Enterprises said Monday Japan-based Impact HD Inc will acquire 49 per cent stake in Coffee Day Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd (CDCSPL) for $15 million (about Rs 104.45 crore). The company along with its material subsidiary Coffee Day Global Ltd (CDGL) and Coffee Day Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd has entered into a share subscription and shareholders agreement with Impact HD Inc for the deal, Coffee Day Enterprises said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe CDCSPL will carry out the business of providing consultancy services in the retail sector. Subsidiary of CDCSPL operates and manages Coffee Day Fresh & Ground business. “The company has approved to enter into the share subscription and shareholders agreement between Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd (CDEL) along with its material subsidiary Coffee Day Global Ltd (CDGL) and Coffee Day Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd (CDCSPL) with Impact HD Inc, (IHD) for subscription to equity shares of the CDCSPL by IHD by investing rupee equivalent to $15 million for 49 per cent stake in the CDCSPL,” the filing said. Coffee Day Enterprises said post subscription of equity shares by IHD, CDEL and CDGL will hold 51 per cent of the paid-up-equity capital of CDCSPL, the company added.last_img read more

Clean Ganga scheme fantastic community project

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a cultural faith-based perspective towards the Ganga and there will be an “Indian solution” to a clean river, says Justice Michael D Wilson of the Hawaii Supreme Court who has played a leading role in establishing a court that specialises in environmental laws in the US state.He says “Modi cares about the river” and dubbed the government’s National Mission for Clean Ganga scheme as a fantastic community project. “When somebody goes into the Ganga, they are not just getting wet. They are getting inspired. It’s a fantastic community project. Ganga has not been abandoned despite all the poisoning, people still revere it. So I think it will be cleaned up. There will be an Indian solution which will have an epic approach,” Justice Wilson told PTI in an interaction. “This is a culture which believes in longevity – a commitment that is reflected in over 2000 years of culture and faith. People of India are committed to changing the present trend of global warming and unacceptable levels of carbon emissions. Their commitment is power – it is cultural,” he says. On being asked about similarities between Donald Trump and Modi, Justice Wilson says there is a big difference between the two leaders and the Indian prime minister cares about the river. “People compare him to Trump. There can be some comparisons which can be made, but there is a big difference. I know all politicians have certain amount of hyperbole and rhetoric but I don’t doubt that the prime minister of India cares about the river Ganges. He cares about the river. This is the big difference between the Prime Minister of India and the President of the United States. Prime minister Modi’s commitment is one of faith. “I don’t know where I can find that commitment level in the executive branch of USA. The prime minister of India has a personal cultural perspective towards Ganga,” Justice Wilson says. Expressing concern over the rise in air pollution , the judge says this is not a complicated issue and just a matter of will. He says there is a need to pass a law that puts a cap on pollution and public transport system needs to be strengthened besides replacing the cars on the roads. “It’s not a matter of difficult administrative theory or science. It’s known from where the contamination is coming from. The major problems are burning of fossil fuel and agricultural residue. Most of the poisoning is of poor children. The fact that India has a high percentage of young people in population, it is a very strong indication of power in terms of civil participation,” the judge says. Justice Wilson also spoke at the ‘Green Law’ lecture on “Environmental Justice and the Rule of Law: Role of the Judiciary and Judges”, organised here by the O P Jindal Global University (JGU) and the WWF-India. The judge was here on the invitation of JGU VC C Raj Kumar. PTIlast_img read more

AAP slams Ramesh Bidhuri for his abusive behaviour

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP Delhi State Convenor Gopal Rai along with party’s South Delhi Lok Sabha Candidate Raghav Chadha presented Report Card of BJP’s sitting South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri where the AAP slammed him for his “abusive” behaviour. “While no one, starting from Parliamentarians, party workers, constituents of South Delhi, etc has been spared his abrasive speech, his lips are sealed when it comes to development of Delhi,” said Rai.”Many residents of South Delhi take the Delhi Metro for their daily commute. But because of the increase in the metro rates, locals have faced inconvenience and transport has become unbearably expensive. Despite that, Ramesh Bidhuri failed to represent their interest and did not raise his voice against Metro fare hike either in the parliament or on the streets of Delhi. Similarly, even on the matter of sealing, Ramesh Bidhuri held his silence while merchants continued to suffer,” he said. Leaders said that in Ramesh Bidhuri’s adopted village, apart from one Mohalla Clinic constructed by the Delhi Government, he failed to provide any health or educational infrastructure in the village.last_img read more

Microsoft 365 gets more privacy controls

first_imgSan Francisco: With the aim of helping organisations strengthen their data privacy practices, Microsoft has added new features to “Microsoft 365” that include controls to automatically expire or revoke access to encrypted emails and data investigation capabilities. “Microsoft 365” is an integrated bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS) solutions by the tech giant, sold on a subscription basis. “Now with Office 365 Advanced Message Encryption, admins have additional controls to automatically expire or revoke access to encrypted emails through a secure web portal,” Rudra Mitra, Partner Director of Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “For example, with Advanced Message Encryption, you can leverage sensitive information types – such as health Ids – and automatically encrypt and expire the message after 30 days, which may be specified by the organisation’s internal or external compliance requirement,” Mitra added. The update in Microsoft 365 also allows organisations to quickly delete sensitive information in the event of a data leak. “In the event of a data leak, you can create an investigation to search and identify impacted content or people, then delete the email messages that may contain confidential information to prevent end users from accessing the content,” Mitra said. Microsoft also added new features in Teams, including data loss prevention and information barriers, to help organisations prevent sensitive information unintentionally being shared or leaked when using Teams. Microsoft Teams is designed to improve workplace collaboration by bringing together chats, meetings, and calling in a more secure and compliant way.last_img read more

Paul George Makes The Thunder Contenders Again

Doug McDermott15.0-0.6-2.7 Nick Collison4.0-3.10.7 Paul George is headed to Oklahoma City, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, and the Thunder may be back to being title contenders — or at least in the mix to be the West’s second-best team behind Golden State.Just hours before the NBA’s free agency period begins, the Indiana Pacers have traded George to the Thunder for former No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo and rising sophomore Domantas Sabonis. Oklahoma City had acquired Oladipo and the draft pick that became Sabonis from Orlando in a trade for Serge Ibaka last offseason.George is a free agent after this coming season, and it’s believed that he has not agreed to sign a contract extension. The assumption around the league has been that the Lakers are his preferred long-term destination, which is a large part of why the Pacers couldn’t even secure a draft pick for their outgoing star. So this is certainly a calculated risk for OKC, but MVP Russell Westbrook can also become a free agent after the 2017-18 season thanks to a player-option. And while he hasn’t been as forthright as George, his hometown Lakers have long been a rumored destination for him as well. So the Thunder are on the clock to sell themselves as a place where Westbrook can contend, or alternatively, to take their last, best shot at winning a title while they still have him. The George trade should accomplish both.According to FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system, adding George to the Thunder and subtracting Oladipo and Sabonis should put the team at 51 wins: Paul George35.02.40.4 Alex Abrines15.00.0-1.8 Norris Cole5.0-1.8-1.4 Russell Westbrook35.07.60.7 The Thunder are backCARMELO projections for the 2017-18 Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams30.0-0.62.0 PLAYERMIN. PER GAMEOFF. PLUS/MINUSDEF. PLUS/MINUS Kyle Singler10.0-2.5-0.3 Enes Kanter25.00.5-1.2 Semaj Christon5.0-3.0-1.5 Jerami Grant20.0-2.00.1 The top-5 of Westbrook, George, Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are worth 53 wins all on their own. But CARMELO thinks so little of the Thunder bench that the rest of the roster is worth -2 wins. That bench was bad this past season, but young players like Alex Abrines and Doug McDermott may improve with an additional season with the team, and this season’s first-round draft pick Terrance Ferguson has potential as a spot-up shooter on the wing, which the team desperately needed last season. Still, with Taj Gibson likely leaving in free agency, the Thunder will be thin. But while their projection doesn’t put the team nearly at the level of the Golden State Warriors, or even the newly minted Chris Paul Houston Rockets, acquiring George should have an outsize effect on the Thunder.It’s hard to overstate how perfect a fit this is for Oklahoma City. George isn’t Kevin Durant — he doesn’t rebound as well, and isn’t quite the playmaker that Durant can be when called upon — but he replaces a lot of what the former MVP took with him when he departed for Golden State. The most obvious way he helps is by giving Westbrook a legitimate partner in the offense. George is a very good shooter: He shot 39.3 percent from 3 last season, and has floated between 36 and 40 percent the past several years despite taking some of the most difficult shots in the league. George shouldn’t have to take on the world quite the same way in Oklahoma City.George may actually end up fitting slightly better with Westbrook than Durant did — in practice if not in terms of absolute skill. Durant dominated the ball late in games for the Thunder; Westbrook would defer, often to a fault. This left Westbrook, an average at best shooter, on the perimeter, largely wasted. With George new to OKC, where Westbrook is the reigning MVP and undisputed team leader, the Thunder should be able to default to more sensible sets in crucial moments, with the ball in Westbrook’s hands but George actively involved.That said, George’s ability to get his own shot should also be key for the Thunder. In the team’s first-round loss to the Houston Rockets, the bench units led by Oladipo were overwhelmed, often unable even to get a shot without their star. In Game 5 of that series, Westbrook played 42 minutes, scored 47 points and had a plus-minus of +12. The Thunder lost by six. George can be streaky, but his ability to carry an offense means the Thunder can survive spells without Westbrook.But it’s George’s defensive ability and versatility that may unlock the Thunder’s potential. Oklahoma City had been constructed with a lopsided allotment of talents. They had more than enough rebounders and interior defenders, but few perimeter scorers or players who could perform the basic three-and-D role so crucial to successful teams. George is one of the best three-and-D players in the league, good enough to compensate for limited defensive players around him when the Thunder need offense.Lineups featuring both George and Andre Roberson — a converted power forward who plays shooting guard for the Thunder despite being one of the worst shooters in the league — would seem to not only cover Westbrook’s defensive shortcomings, but possibly those of other players, such as Abrines or Kanter. Roberson is restricted free agent and reportedly declined a four-year, $48 million extension last fall, so he may be too expensive to re-sign, but given the Thunder’s lack of depth they may not have much choice. (And in a twist, George actually earns less than Oladipo this season, giving the Thunder a little extra breathing room under the luxury tax.) Giving Roberson’s projected minutes to Abrines results in the team’s CARMELO rating dropping from 51 wins to 47.The Thunder were a deeply but narrowly flawed team last season. That happens when a Kevin Durant-sized hole is left in the depth chart. Paul George may not fill the whole thing, and he may not do it for very long, but for as long as he and Westbrook are in town, the Thunder are back. Team total3.70.6 Replacement level player11-1.7-0.3 Thunder’s projected record50.831.2 WINSLOSSES Terrance Ferguson5.0-1.6-0.1 Andre Roberson25.0-1.21.8 read more

Gündogan denied that Germany think about the 71 win

first_imgIlkay Gündogan doesn’t think that the 7-1 win from the World Cup 2014 will affect Germany’s approach to the upcoming friendly match against Brazil and he is certain that this will be a completely different game.The Manchester City midfielder knows that the things have changed a lot since then and the most of the Brazil squad are completely different players – and it will be a tough game for Joachim Low’s side.The former BVB player spoke about the upcoming game as he said, according to Sports Keeda:Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We were all sitting in disbelief in front of the TV. Such a result is not commonplace for a World Cup semi-final.”“The current Brazilian team is not comparable to that of 2014. The 7-1 is no longer an issue for us – just having the two sides play against each other is special.”“Brazil are definitely one of the favourites for the World Cup. The Brazilians are very emotional, and they hold football in such a high regard, it gives them such a zest for life and has an almost spiritual meaning for them.”last_img read more

Benitez Newcastle need a miracle for top10 finish

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez is braced for a season-long battle in the bottom half of the Premier LeagueThe Magpies settled for a disappointing 0-0 draw against bottom-placed side Fulham on Saturday at home to leave them down in 15th-place and five points above the drop zone.Following a summer of little investment in the club, Benitez has all but ruled out a repeat of last term’s 10th-place finish.“I’m not happy with a point,” said Benitez, according to Football365.“But I’m happy because we didn’t lose and we have four points from the last two games. I want to win and I want to win every game.“The problem is that you have to be realistic and if you cannot win, be sure you don’t lose these kinds of games.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It’s not easy for anyone here. I was talking last week with people at Huddersfield and we talked about the pressure, a big city, a big club, what it means for us, what it means for them and how you manage this situation.“I think our fans know. Obviously during the game, they want the best for the team and they are expecting something more, but I am sure after a couple of days, they will say, ‘Okay, we have to keep supporting the team because it’s what we have and these players are giving everything’.“Sometimes we make the wrong decisions, but it does not mean that we are not trying to do our best every single game.“I said after Huddersfield that we have to give credit to this group of players because with all the circumstances here, they are doing well.“But still, we have to realise that we will be in the bottom half of the table during the whole season because it’s like that, and if we do well and we can higher, it will be another miracle.”last_img read more

NEW RIDE FOR PREMIER WILL BE LEASED EXPLAINS LAW SHOULD CHANGE

first_img Related Items:Butterfield motors, chevy suburban, lease, premier rufus ewing Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Nov 2014 – Premier says the Office of the Premier should have a better ride or transportation; and the Chevy Suburban selected at Butterfield Motors is a quality choice.  There were corrections for media today when the country’s leader explained that his administration was not about to spend $80,000 on the Suburban; because with government concessions it would have brought the cost to half of that figure. Usually with a smile, pretty happy-go-lucky, Magnetic Media challenged the Premier on whether it was true that this stumbling block made him truly, very angry.   The Premier smiled again, but did admit the process is frustrating; still pointing no fingers but saying residents need to recognize that he is quite content to ride around in his private vehicle but that the office demands an image which should be upheld, for the office and not for him.  As to why this embarrassing situation materialized in the first place, the Premier shared that there are some changes which must happen in the ordinance through the Integrity Commission and a vote in Parliament that would make the elected government more able to make these purchase decisions unhindered.  Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing told MM that it was not anyone’s fault, but that everyone was following the letter of the law which does appear to handcuff government.  The Chevy Suburban will be leased; as for when he will get the new ride… the Premier said “I really don’t know.” Recommended for you Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

EXCELLENT EMPLOYEES REWARDED AT POINT GRACE RESORT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Dec 2014 – Point Grace recognizing and rewarding excellence of its staff just before Christmas; Margaret of the Housekeeping Department was presented the Employee of the Month prize by General Manager of Point Grace, Beverly Williams. “Obviously she has been very helpful in whatever it is that she does and she loves her work and so she is always trying to make things nice, and she likes to fix our flowers and I think that is one of the reasons why she got it.”Margaret says this recognition motivates her. “I feel so good, it make me think to work harder to try to do my best.”Renee of the Maintenance received the certificate of Excellence. “I say thank you to the staff for thinking about this, and I feel so well today. We are in the Christmastime, this makes me feel better.” Many Nominations for TCI Hotels in World Travel Awards Gala Recommended for you ‘Sex’ a main subject tonight at Point Grace sponsored event Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beverly williams, employee, excellence, point grace Provo Road Runners contest challenging residents to beat the bulgelast_img read more

This Zambian nurse swapped 5000 babies in 12 years just for fun

first_imgElizabeth Bwalya MwewatwitterA nurse’s shocking confession has revealed that she had swapped nearly 5,000 babies just for fun while working at University Teaching Hospital in Zambia.Elizabeth Bwalya Mwewa, a former nurse at the UTH, had this odious revelation that she had swapped over 5,000 babies between 1983 and 1995. She disclosed this as she is suffering from terminal cancer and doesn’t want to rot in hell in the afterlife. The news has created quite an uproar in social media after it went viral.”I have terminal cancer and I know I will be dying soon. I wish to confess my sins before God and before all the affected people especially those who were giving birth at UTH during my service. I have found God. I’m now born again. I have nothing to hide, in the 12 years I worked in the maternity ward at UTH, I swapped close to 5,000 babies,” Elizabeth said.Elizabeth added that if anyone’s born between 1983 and 1995, the chances are that their parents might not be their true biological parents as she had developed a habit of swapping babies just for fun.”So, take a good look at your siblings, if for example everyone is light and you are darkie… you are that child and I am really sorry for that”, she said.She further said that she has sinned against God and was the reason behind the divorce of many faithful couples after going for DNA tests. She said that she was being used by a demon for doing such heinous crime.”I have caused many mothers to breastfeed children who are not theirs biologically. I don’t want to go to Hell for that, I’m really sorry I have sinned a lot. Please forgive me,” she added.However, the initial investigation revealed that there is no midwife by her name under the General Nursing Council of Zambia and no nurse by that name had ever existed or worked at UTH.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi as Opposition leader That looks doubtful now

first_imgRahul Gandhi [in picture] warns of earthquake if he speaks in parliament [VIDEO]Twitter/Office of RGMore than five hours into vote counting, the Congress is looking down the barrel. Let alone crossing 100 seats, the Grand Old Party hasn’t made sure it will become the official Opposition party in the Lok Sabha.Rahul Gandhi-led Congress is leading in merely 50 seats now while the BJP is leading in 293. If Congress manages to hold on to the lead position, it will end up with 50 seats, some 5 seats short of the requirement to become the official Opposition party. It will be no consolation that the party will have managed to win some six seats more than its tally in the previous election.In the last Lok Sabha, Congress made Karnataka strongman Mallikarjun Kharge its parliamentary party leader as it was clear that Rahul Gandhi would not be able to become the Opposition leader.If the lead position doesn’t turn significantly in favour of the Congress, this time too Rahul will be deprived of the Opposition leader’s position.The Congress and its supporters would never have expected such a dismal performance from a party that aimed big and proclaimed the intent to unseat Narendra Modi at any cost.Though Congress knew that its UPA alliance wasn’t going to get enough seats to form a government it still nourished serious hopes of stitching together a coalition with the other anti-BJP regional parties like the SP, BSP, TMC or YSRCP.What next for Congress? What next for Rahul?This election result would pose serious questions to Congress and its leadership. In 2014, when Congress was reduced to an all-time low of 44 seats, the ‘one-off Modi wave’ was pointed out as the reason. This time round, Rahul pulled out all stops in confronting Modi government. Issues ranging from corruption, economy, GST, demonetisation, secularism and the increasing concerns of minorities under the BJP government were all used to the hilt to drum up support across India. Close PM Modi lists out abuses hurled at him, Inside Congress’s dictionary of love Yet the campaign has failed miserably. It will be interesting to see how Congress and Rahul would explain away the outcome and chart out a future course of action.In a shocking turn of events Rahul himself is struggling to hold on to his family bastion of Amethi where Smriti Irani is putting up a stiff fight. If you look at where Congress has won seats. it’s clear that the support remains only in Kerala, Punjab and in Tamil Nadu, to a certain extent. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/7:14Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:13?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

2 schoolboys drown in Narayanganj

first_img.Two schoolboys drowned in the Meghna river at Haria Gobindi in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased are Yeasin, 7, a class II student of Haria Government Primary School and son of Kamal Hossain and Bin Yeamin, 7, a class I student of Moonlight Kindergarten School and son of Salauddin of the village.Local people said Yeasin and Yeamin drowned in the river while taking bath in the afternoon.last_img

3 killed in road accident

first_imgRoad Accident LogoThree people were killed after a truck hit a pick-up van on Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Nayadingi of Saturia upazila in Manikganj on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased are identified as pick-up van driver Chan Mia, 28, from Rangpur, Zillur Rahmn, 30, and Hamidur Rahman, 30, of Jashore’s Keshabpur upazila.Highway police said the accident took place around 7:30am when the goods-laden truck hit the pick-up van transporting poultry, killing two on the spot and injuring the driver.Chan Mia succumbed to his injuries when he was being taken to Manikganj district hospital, said Lutfur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Golra highway police.last_img

Former Texas Police Chief Arrested On Sexual Assault Charge

first_imgRob CrowA former police chief in Central Texas has been arrested on allegations that he forced a woman to have sex with him by warning that he would have her jailed if she didn’t comply.Thirty-nine-year-old Quincy Deon Lee of Chilton was arrested Wednesday on a charge of sexual assault. He was the police chief in Rosebud, east of Temple, before resigning in August.An arrest affidavit filed by Texas Rangers says the assaults occurred in 2014 and 2015 at the police station.The affidavit alleges Lee would threaten to have the woman’s probation revoked for drinking. Authorities also contend he promised to help her regain custody of her children if she agreed to have sex. Sharelast_img

President Trump Pardons Scooter Libby Former Cheney Chief Of Staff

first_img Share Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesLewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, shares a laugh with former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during a discussion at the conservative Hudson Institute.Updated at 2:07 p.m. ETPresident Trump took the extraordinary step Friday of overruling the judgment of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and granting a pardon to I. Lewis Libby Jr., who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.Libby, known as “Scooter,” was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007 in connection with the leak of a CIA officer’s identity. Bush had commuted Libby’s sentence but did not issue a full pardon.“I don’t know Mr. Libby, but for years, I have heard that he has been treated unfairly,” Trump said in a statement from the White House. (Full statement below.) “Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.’”The Libby pardon is only the latest twist in a story of spies, leaks, accusations of hidden motives and abuse of power. In pardoning Libby, Trump, who complains almost daily about leaks, put himself in the peculiar position of pardoning a man convicted of involvement in a national-security leak.There has been no indication that Trump had a particular interest in Libby’s case until recently, when John Bolton, an ally of Cheney’s, took over as national security adviser at the White House.Democrats reacted sharply at Trump’s pardoning. California Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House intelligence committee, linked the pardoning to the Russia investigation, charging the president is sending the message, “You have my back, and I’ll have yours.”On the day the President wrongly attacks Comey for being a “leaker and liar” he considers pardoning a convicted leaker and liar, Scooter Libby. This is the President’s way of sending a message to those implicated in the Russia investigation: You have my back and I‘ll have yours.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 13, 2018Conservatives have long championed Libby’s cause, but Bush, while commuting Libby’s 2 1/2-year sentence, thus saving him from prison, refused to pardon him.Pressed repeatedly by Cheney at the time of Libby’s conviction, Bush asked a team of White House lawyers to examine the case. But when they concluded that the jury had substantial reason to convict, Bush told his vice president that he would not pardon Libby, prompting an angry Cheney to reply, “You are leaving a good man wounded upon the field of battle.”In his book, Bush said he was taken aback by the harshness of the remark. “In eight years, I had never seen Dick like this, or even close to it. I worried that the friendship we had built was about to be severely tested.”Indeed, according to friends of both men, the relationship never was the same between the two men.In pardoning Libby, Trump has not done much concrete for Cheney’s former chief of staff. Libby was disbarred after his conviction but reinstated in 2016. In some jurisdictions, a convicted felon also loses the right to vote, but in the District of Columbia and Maryland, felons can vote once they have served their time in prison.A pardon grants forgiveness for a crime, not exoneration, but many see it as removing the stigma of a conviction.Trump’s pardon may send another message — that he is willing to use his pardon power to reward loyalists and to punish prosecutors he sees as running amok.Spies, spooks and a Comey connectionLibby was prosecuted by Patrick Fitzgerald, a longtime career prosecutor, appointed to investigate the leak of the CIA officer’s identity by then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey.Comey went on to become FBI director and was fired by Trump, a move that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller, another former FBI director whom Trump almost daily accuses of conducting a “witch hunt.”The saga that led up to Libby’s conviction began in 2003 when Joseph Wilson, a former diplomat, wrote a New York Times op-ed column, contending that Cheney had deliberately ignored evidence showing that Iraq was not seeking to acquire material needed to build nuclear weapons.Wilson’s claim, undercutting the justification for waging war against Iraq, was based on material he gathered in Niger for the CIA.To undercut Wilson’s claim, administration officials told reporters that he had been sent on the fact-finding mission at the behest of his wife, Valerie Plame, who worked at the CIA.Publication of that leak blew her cover, a potential federal crime. Libby was not charged with disclosing a CIA officer’s identity, however. Nor was the man who actually did blow Plame’s cover, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. But Armitage readily admitted his involvement to prosecutors and a grand jury.Libby, however, was convicted on four counts of obstruction of justice, lying to the FBI and lying to the grand jury. He maintained that the differences between his testimony and others was just a matter of a different recollection of events.In all, eight witnesses, many of them high-ranking members of the Bush administration, contradicted Libby’s testimony. And the judge in sentencing him called the evidence “overwhelming.”Bush, in examining the case afterward, was willing to save Libby from going to prison by commuting his sentence, but he was not willing to pardon him.Trump’s decision to pardon Libby is one of three pardons he has issued in his nearly 15 months in office. Most notably, he pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose crackdown on immigrants in the U.S. illegally, resulted in a conviction for criminal contempt.That was a charge supported by the Trump Justice Department — until the president pardoned him.Here’s the full statement from the White House:“Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) to I. ‘Scooter’ Lewis Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Richard Cheney, for convictions stemming from a 2007 trial. President George W. Bush commuted Mr. Libby’s sentence shortly after his conviction. Mr. Libby, nevertheless, paid a $250,000 fine, performed 400 hours of community service, and served two years of probation.“In 2015, one of the key witnesses against Mr. Libby recanted her testimony, stating publicly that she believes the prosecutor withheld relevant information from her during interviews that would have altered significantly what she said. The next year, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated Mr. Libby to the bar, reauthorizing him to practice law. The Court agreed with the District of Columbia Disciplinary Counsel, who stated that Mr. Libby had presented ‘credible evidence’ in support of his innocence, including evidence that a key prosecution witness had ‘changed her recollection of the events in question.’“Before his conviction, Mr. Libby had rendered more than a decade of honorable service to the Nation as a public servant at the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the White House. His record since his conviction is similarly unblemished, and he continues to be held in high regard by his colleagues and peers.“In light of these facts, the President believes Mr. Libby is fully worthy of this pardon. ‘I don’t know Mr. Libby,’ said President Trump, ‘but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.’ “Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more