Court to hear CBI’s plea for voice samples of policemen in Shimla schoolgirl’s rape and murder

first_imgJudicial Magistrate Ranjeet Singh on Wednesday decided to hear the plea, on November 17, of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) special investigation unit for recording voice samples of eight Himachal Pradesh Police officials. The officials were members of the special investigative team (SIT) in the Shimla schoolgirl rape and murder case. The CBI arrested these police officials, including an Inspector General of Police (IGP) Zahur H. Zaidi and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Manoj Joshi, and six others, after the custodial death of an alleged accused Suraj Kumar. The CBI is soon to place the charge sheet against these policemen before the Court.The SIT had arrested six people, most of them from Uttarakhand and Nepal, in the schoolgirl’s rape and murder case after Statewide protests over the case. The girl was kidnapped on July 4 and her body was found deep in a forest on July 6 by her relatives.Meanwhile, a CBI team has returned to Mahasu and Bankufar in Kotkhai, where the girl was murdered, to continue with the investigation.last_img read more

Rajasthan, Manipur only states to have passed bills to check lynching: Lok Sabha informed

first_img On whether a number of states have enacted laws, making lynching a non-bailable offence and recommending life imprisonment for those involved in such violence, the minister said as per information available, two bills on the subject passed by state legislatures of Manipur and Rajasthan are reserved by the governor for consideration of the President have been received.“The bills so received are examined in consultation with the concerned central ministries,” he said.Mr. Rai said the government through audio-visual media has also generated public awareness to curb the menace of lynching. The government has also sensitised service providers to take steps to check the propagation of false news and rumours having potential to incite mob violence and lynching. In its order, the Supreme Court had said the state governments shall designate a senior police officer, not below the rank of Superintendent of Police, as nodal officer in each district. The state governments have to constitute a special task force so as to procure intelligence reports about the people who are likely to commit such crimes or who are involved in spreading hate speeches, provocative statements and fake news, it said. The apex court had also said the state governments shall identify districts, sub-divisions and villages where instances of lynching and mob violence have been reported in the recent past, say, in the last five years besides others. Parliament proceedings updates: Rajya Sabha begins discussion on amendment to Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act Only Rajasthan and Manipur have passed bills on action to be taken against those involved in lynching but the legislations are yet to get the President’s consent, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union minister of state for home Nityananda Rai said the Centre, following a Supreme Court directive, has issued two advisories to state governments to check incidents of lynching. “In pursuance to the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s judgment on July 17, 2018, two advisories — on July 23, 2018, and September 25, 2018, were issued to the state governments and union territories administrations for taking measures to curb incidents of mob lynching in the country,” he said replying to a written question.Also Readlast_img read more

Shuttler Sindhu breaks into top 20 in world rankings

first_imgPV Sindhu scaled a new height when she cracked the top-20 in world rankings with top class performance in her last two tournaments.Sindhu was placed 20th in the Badminton World Federation rankings released on Thursday, climbing four spots. The 17-year-old shuttler stunned London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui in the quarter-finals of the China Masters last week.She made it to the pre-quarterfinals of Japan Open Super Series, eventually going down to fourth seed Yeon Ju Bae of South Korea on Thursday after a gallant 52-minute fight. Sindhu lost 21-10, 12-21, 18-21 at the Tokyo Yoyogi Gymnasium.In men’s singles, Ajay Jayaram lost to Malaysian Wei Feng Chong 16-21, 16-21 in 35 minutes.Among other Indians, Saina Nehwal, who skipped the two tournaments, was steady at fourth place in the rankings after three Chinese — Wang Yihan, Li Xuerui and Xin Wang.Parupalli Kashyap was the top Indian male shuttler, though he lost one spot to be placed 20th.Jayaram, too, benefitted from the semi-final appearance in China Masters and jumped six places to 23rd.National champion Sourabh Verma went up by eight places to 31st while Gurusaidatt moved nine places up to be ranked 46th.On Thursday Sindhu gave a scare to world No. 11 Bae. Sindhu began on a promising note and opened up an 8-0 lead. She did not allow Bae to come back into the game and went 1-0 up.last_img read more

Vinesh Phogat Qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Pooja Dhanda in Hunt for 2nd World Championships Medal

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 tokyo olympicstokyo olympics 2020vinesh phogatwrestling First Published: September 18, 2019, 1:09 PM IST Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics while Pooja Dhanda gave herself a chance to become the country’s only female wrestler to win two World Championships medals, here on Wednesday.Vinesh held off world number one Sarah Ann Hildebrandt with some superlative defense in her second repechage round. At least five times, Sara had got hold of Vinesh’s right leg but with her immense upper-body strength, the Indian did not let her rival take advantage and won 8-2.After being placed in an extremely tough 53kg draw, Vinesh had lost to reigning champion Mayu Mukaida in the second round.In her first repechage round, she had easily dispatched Ukraine’s Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya 5-0.Pooja Dhanda added to the elation of the Indian camp by reaching the semifinals in 59kg, which is non-Olympic category. Even as Pooja lost 10-0 to Russian Liubov Ovcharova, the 2017 European champion, in the semi-finals, Pooja will still fight for bronze.Pooja, who won a bronze at the 2018 Worlds in Budapest, turned it around remarkably against Japan’s Yuzuka Inagaki after trailing 0-5.She got back in the match but was still behind 4-7. From there, the Indian pulled off a sensational move, slipping from under the Japanese to go behind for a take-down.With just 40 seconds left, Pooja was still behind but soon pulled off a four-point move to take the lead and then held on to that to ensure her passage into semifinals.She beat Belarus’ Katsiaryna Hanchar by technical superiority in her pre-quarterfinal and now faces Russian Liubov Ovcharova, the 2017 European champion.Pooja had become only the fourth Indian to win a Worlds medal at Budapest last year and now can become the first female wrestler to win two.Only Bajrang Punia has two medals to show at Worlds.While it has been a spectacular career for Vinesh with gold medals at the CWG and the Asian Games, none of her three attempts at the World Championship resulted in a podium finish.Now competing in her fourth Worlds, she is one win away from her maiden medal and standing in her way is Greek wrestler Maria Prevolaraki.”I am happy and relieved that I am going to Tokyo but it’s not over yet. I have a medal bout and I don’t want to miss that,” Vinesh said as she walked into the training area.Navjot Kaur gave her a hug and the Indian camp, which has endured tough times in the initial days, was gleaming.There were handshakes but coach Woller Akos was still not smiling. He was still seriously discussing something with Vinesh, probably what she needs to do in her next bout.At the beginning itself, Vinesh put pressure on Sarah, taking 2-0 with a take-down on double leg attack. The American thrice attacked Vinesh’s right leg in the first period and twice in the second but the Indian kept her on the ground, using all her power.That is what clinched it for Vinesh.Whenever she got the opportunity, she converted attacks into take-down points.Countering the American was not new for Vinesh, who had beaten Sarah at the beginning of this season at Dan-Kolov tournament in Bulgaria, immediately after switching to 53kg category from 50kg.In the first repechage, the Ukrainian largely went for head-locks but Vinesh not only defended well she timed her double-leg attacks to log take-down points.Seema Bisla, however, missed Olympic qualification in 50kg after losing her second repechage round 3-11 to Russia’s Ekaterina Poleshchuk.In the 76kg, Kiran had rattled her German opponent Aline Rotter to lead 4-0 but lost five points in a row in the second period to lose the opening bout 4-5.She paid the price for being over-defensive but still has a chance to get into repechage since the German is still alive.Much was expected from Sarita Mor after her shock victory over Pooja Dhanda in the trials but she was far from her usual aggressive self on Wednesday.Up against Moldova’s Anastasia Nichita, she remained defensive, losing the 57kg Qualification bout 1-5. last_img read more

Companies making beeline to sign Sindhu for endorsements

first_imgBy Diwakar GopavajhalaHyderabad, Aug 26 (PTI) Companies are queuing up to sign Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu for endorsements, but the ace badminton players brand management firm wants to go slow as it wants her brand valuation to rise further.The silver medal at Rio Olympics has pushed Sindhus brand value many times and the badminton star is expected to announce a couple of endorsement deals soon.Ramakrishnan R, co-founder and director of Baseline Ventures managing Sindhus brand marketing, said though the endorsements were signed before Olympics, they did not want to announce them due to hectic schedule of the city-based badminton players for the preparation for the event.”They are major endorsements at the national level. There have been couple of brand signed before Olympics. We could not announce them because of the Olympics preparation. So, we did not want to promote her more before Olympics. We may be announcing them during the second week of September,” Ramakrishnan told PTI.Baseline, the sports marketing company, also manages another badminton player Srikanth.Sindhu became the first Indian woman athlete to grab an Olympic silver in the just-concluded event when she lost a close final clash against world No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain.”We are pouring with requests for endorsements by Sindhu. That is not what we think would be credible and grand association. We want to last long. Building brand takes years. So want to start slowly and add value to Sindhu which is very important. And also Sindhu is excited to work with us. Our intention is the brand valuation of Sindhu to go up,” he further said. (MORE) PTI GDK GK MKJadvertisementlast_img read more

AFA hired firm to fly Argentina team without knowing name Of airline

first_imgArgentina’s Football Association hired a company that charters flights to transport superstar Lionel Messi and the rest of the national team for a World Cup qualifying game without knowing the name of the airline or the model of the plane, an official said Friday.The plane was the same British Aerospace 146 Avro RJ85 jet operated by Bolivia-based charter company LaMia that later crashed in Colombia, killing 71 people, including most of a Brazilian soccer team. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to contest FIFA’s annual award)Argentine Football Association spokesman Miguel Hirsch said Friday the AFA was forced to look for options for a roundtrip Buenos Aires-Belo Horizonte flight after the plane they often use from the Andes airline was sent for technical revisions. The Associated Press had access to offer sheets that six companies presented. None mentioned the name of the airline. But the one that the AFA’s national team department chose for USD 99,000 was the cheapest one and the only one that did not provide the model of the plane. The second least expensive offer was about USD 3,000 less.”I suppose that since the AFA is going through financial troubles, it was a question of costs,” Hirsch said in an interview with The AP.”I suppose that these people went about it in the same way that you go about contacting a travel agency or looking in the internet and buying a ticket for Buenos Aires to New York,” he said. “You don’t check if Delta, American or Continental flight is a Boeing 777, you say – it’s a company, I know it, and it’s the best price.”advertisementBolivia’s Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday indefinitely suspended all flights operated by LaMia airlines amid reports its charter aircraft ran out of fuel moments before slamming into the Andes mountains on Monday.Many of the victims were players and coaches from Chapecoense, a small-town Brazilian soccer team that was headed to the finals of one of South America’s most prestigious tournaments after a fairy-tale season that had captivated their soccer-crazed nation.Argentina used the same aircraft before and after their 3-0 defeat to Brazil on Nov. 10 in Belo Horizonte for the qualifiers to Russia 2018.”Nothing happened, fortunately. But, obviously, within the AFA body, there has been a strong awareness of the risk that was taken,” Hirsch said. “This was a human error. It has been proven that the pilot was carrying less gas than he should. Possibly, that’s one of the reasons why the LaMia company charged less for its charters.”Led by Julio Grondona since the 1970s, the federation has been in an economic and governance crisis since the late FIFA senior vice president died in 2014.Hirsch said that in recent months and under its new leadership, the AFA has been in talks with Aerolineas Argentinas to strike a deal so that the country’s flagship carrier can fly the national team.last_img read more

Host Russia Extends World Cup Party by Eliminating Spain

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Stretching every part of his body out into a star shape and diving to his right, Igor Akinfeev flicked out his left foot and kicked the ball high away from danger.Akinfeev’s foot kept Russia’s party going Sunday night, ended the international career of one of Spain’s biggest stars and sealed the biggest upset of the tournament and one of the greatest in World Cup history.Akinfeev saved two shots during the shootout, while all of his teammates scored to give Russia a 4-3 advantage after a draw that was dominated by Spain in every way but the 1-1 score. Russia — the lowest ranked team in the World Cup at No. 70 in the world — is stunningly going to the quarterfinals to face Croatia on Saturday.Millions of Russian fans, many of whom were mocking this team just a couple of weeks ago, are jumping loudly on the bandwagon.“We’re hosting a fantastic tournament,” Akinfeev said. “I think our fans and foreign fans have recognized that we’re a country that can play football and organize big events.”Akinfeev’s winning save against forward Iago Aspas made the national stadium in Moscow shake with the roar of around 70,000 Russians celebrating their team’s best World Cup run since it was the Soviet Union in 1966.Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saves the last penalty shot by Spain’s Iago Aspas during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)It was a shocking elimination for Spain, joining former champions Germany and Argentina. Still, World Cup history was on Russia’s side after its well-organized team survived two hours of barely having the ball.Russia extended a streak of World Cup hosts winning penalty shootouts to five. France, South Korea, Germany and Brazil have also won shootouts since 1998.Akinfeev ensured that, in the 32-year-old captain’s 111th game for his country.With Spain taking first, the shootout was poised at 2-2 when Akinfeev dived to his right to push away the kick by Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion. The Atletico Madrid midfielder lifted his shirt over his eyes in dismay.Russian penalty kickers were perfect against Spain’s struggling goalkeeper David De Gea. After Akinfeev acrobatically blocked the left-footed shot of Aspas, he leapt up, punched the air with both hands and dove into a belly flop cross the rain-soaked turf as teammates raced to him from the halfway line.“I just feel emptied out,” Akinfeev said. “Over the whole second half and extra time we were defending our goal and managed it, we were hoping for penalties because Spain are hard to beat.”It gave Russia its greatest win for 10 years, since Akinfeev was in goal for an extra-time victory over the Netherlands in a European Championship quarterfinal. That run was ended days later by a Spain team beginning its era of dominance.Spain has now failed to win a knockout game at three major tournaments since it won Euro 2012, its third straight major title after Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.It was too passive a performance by the Spanish, who were ranked 10th and among the pre-tournament favorites. Turmoil erupted two days before the opening game, when the federation fired the head coach.“It’s painful, there’s nothing else we can say,” Spain captain Sergio Ramos said. “We left our soul in the pitch.”It is unclear if interim coach Fernando Hierro will continue in a job he did not seek before Julen Lopetegui was sent home. Lopetegui was fired because he didn’t tell Spain’s soccer leaders he accepted an offer to coach Real Madrid after the tournament.Sunday’s defeat ended Andres Iniesta’s Spain career. The 34-year-old Barcelona midfielder came off the bench and almost won the game with an 85th-minute shot well saved by Akinfeev. Iniesta also scored the first spot-kick of the shootout.Spain was more urgent in extra time after being too passive for 90 minutes. Though Spain completed a World Cup game record of 1,029 passes, it rarely threatened Akinfeev’s goal.Spain led in the 12th minute when Ramos helped force Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich into an own goal when his back was turned to the play. Ramos and Ignashevich got tangled up and the ball went in off of the Russian defender’s heel.Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich, front, scores an own goal during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Michel)A defensive error let Russia level in the 41st, after Gerard Pique’s raised arm blocked a header by Artyom Dzyuba. Dzyuba’s penalty kick fooled goalkeeper David De Gea to dive the wrong way.“We’re insanely happy,” Dzyuba said. “We’ve given everyone a party and we believed in ourselves to the end. We believed that order, discipline and dedication can beat class.”SPECIAL GUESTSKing Felipe VI of Spain was at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The king is a soccer fan who, as crown prince, attended the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg to see Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0.Russia was represented by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who was on his feet and leaning on a protective barrier to watch the shootout.FOURTH SUBSTITUTEWorld Cup history was made with the first use of a fourth substitute, which FIFA now allows teams in extra time. Russia’s Alexander Yerokhin went on in the 97th minute against Spain, replacing fellow midfielder Daler Kuzyaev.ONE SAVEDe Gea made one save at the entire World Cup, and none Sunday when Artyom Dzyuba’s 41st-minute penalty was Russia’s only shot on target. Russia then scored all four spot-kicks in the shootout.—By GRAHAM DUNBAR , AP Sports WriterRussia’s Artyom Dzyuba salutes when celebrating scoring his side’s opening goal during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Russia’s Artyom Dzyuba salutes when celebrating scoring his side’s opening goal during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Russia’s Artyom Dzyuba celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Spain’s Sergio Ramos blows a kiss as he celebrates after Spain score the opening goal of the game after Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich scored an own goal during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Referee Bjorn Kuipers from Netherlands indicates a handball by Spain’s Gerard Pique, front, during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Russia’s Artyom Dzyuba celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Russia’s Artyom Dzyuba, right, runs to celebrate scores his side’s first goal from a penalty kick past Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, 2nd left, during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Why Wasim Akram cursed Moin Khan after getting a dose of his own medicine

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Wasim Akram had the funniest of stories to narrate during Salaam Cricket 2018 and one such involved himself and former Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan.Pakistan were playing against South Africa in a one-day international during their tour in 1998/99 and were chasing a score of 281.The visitors were struggling at 75 for 7 when Wasim joined Moin at the crease.Younis Khan yet to get promised dinner treat from Mohammed YousufBeing the new batsman at the crease, Wasim asked Moin how the ball was behaving and what he could expect from the South African bowlers to which the wicket-keeper had no answer.Salaam Cricket 2018: Gavaskar, Akram, Harbhajan leave audience in splitsHere is the conversation between the two:”It was in the Durban ODI against South Africa in 1998. I think we were 80 for 6 chasing over 300 (75 for 7 chasing 281). So I walked in with Moin Khan on strike. I asked Moin what’s happening to which he said he has no clue but the Proteas will give him a welcome bouncer for sure.Salaam Cricket 2018: When Akram once cracked a deal with Muralitharan”The very first ball I got a yorker and got hit on my toe. Later after getting out I abused Moin the whole way from the pitch to the dressing room,” Akram narrated in the final session of Salaam Cricket 2018.Akram was actually cleaned up by Pat Symcox for 27 which broke his partnership with Moin, who made 45. Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 228 and they lost the match by 52 runs.advertisementSalaam Cricket 2018: India-Pakistan series can make or break players, says YounisIndia Today brought together 11 legends of cricket on one platform at the mega cricket conclave on Monday.Sunil Gavaskar, Wasim Akram, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-haq, Abdul Qadir, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Azharuddin, R Ashwin, Habibul Bashar, Muttiah Muralitharan and Madan Lal spoke about India-Pakistan cricketing ties, the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 match between the two arch-rivals and their favourites for the tournament.last_img read more

Inshallah: Salman Khan to play US-based businessman, Alia Bhatt an aspiring actress?

first_imgSalman Khan and Alia Bhatt are working together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah and fans cannot keep calm. Recently, details about Salman and Alia’s characters began to do the rounds. According to Mumbai Mirror report, a source close to the development said that Bhansali and his team are currently on a recce in the United States, after visiting locations in India.”The prime spots on the makers wish-list are the streets of Orlando and the beaches of Miami. Salman will play a 40-something businessman, who is based in Orlando (a city in central Florida). It is a character who is young at heart and Salman will sport a stylish look by wearing designer jackets and sunglasses,” the source said.The source also revealed that Alia will play the role of an aspiring actress in her mid-20s.”Alia’s character is from a place that is situated near the river Ganga, which is why Bhansali is contemplating on these locations,” the source added.According to the publication, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his team visited Varanasi, Rishikesh and Haridwar before flying to the US.advertisementLately, Inshallah has been in the limelight because of the age gap between the leading actors in the film. The casting was heavily criticised by the netizens as Salman and Alia have an age gap of 26 years in real life.On this, a source had earlier told a daily that the factors including age gap have been taken into consideration for Inshallah. The story will justify the teaming up of two actors (Salman and Alia) from different generations on a romantic journey.Alia herself had claimed that there is a reason behind the unusual casting in Inshallah.”Bhansali is a visionary. People are too quick to judge. There is a plan in place and a reason behind the [unusual] casting. I am thrilled to be working with Salman. Even I never thought this combination [working with Khan and Bhansali] is possible. It will be an intriguing journey and Salman is genuinely warm and kind. They are a magical duo together and I am blessed to be in it,” she had said.Inshallah will hit the screens on Eid 2020.This will mark the reunion of Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali after two decades. They both worked together in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, which released in 1999.ALSO READ | Salman Khan to play a 40-year-old businessman in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah?ALSO READ | Alia Bhatt on Inshallah with Salman Khan: There is a reason and plan behind this castingALSO WATCH | A look at Salman Khan’s controversial lifelast_img read more

Kompany backs Lampard for Chelsea job

first_imgFrank Lampard is “a natural match” for Chelsea in their search for a new head coach, according to former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany.Chelsea were granted permission by Championship side Derby County on Tuesday to begin talks with Lampard, who is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Juventus-bound Maurizio Sarri.Lampard spent a season playing along Kompany at Manchester City after leaving Chelsea in the summer of 2014. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Kompany insists that, despite the Englishman having just a year of managerial experience with Derby behind him, he is the only real candidate for the top job at Stamford Bridge.Speaking at his presentation as Anderlecht’s new player-manager on Tuesday, Kompany told reporters: “Sign him up. He is the man!”Not only is Frank a great guy but someone who I learned so much from at a stage in my career. He was a bit older when he joined Manchester City and Frank was an incredible professional. “What he brought at the time, he stepped the level up for everyone else so I know the impact of Frank Lampard on a team and I’m trying to have the same impact when it comes as an older player for Anderlecht. “He’s up there with the most intelligent players so it’s a natural match with Chelsea, I completely support him.”After leaving Manchester City Lampard spent two seasons with sister club New York City FC before retiring in 2016. Two years later he made the move into coaching with Championship side Derby County.He impressed during his first season in management, guiding the Rams to the play-off final. However, his Premier League hopes were dashed after 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley.Despite that disappointment, Lampard appears to have done enough to convince the Chelsea hierarchy that he is good enough for the top job at Stamford Bridge.If he does take the role then Lampard is likely to be welcomed with open arms by the Chelsea supporters who consider him one of the club’s greatest ever players.The former England midfielder spent 13 seasons as a player at Stamford Bridge, winning 13 major honours including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one Europa League and one Champions League.He is also the club’s all-time top scorer with 211 goals in 648 games in all competitions.last_img read more

The 5 Best Countries to Live and Work Abroad

first_img How to Support the Teachers in Your Life Editors’ Recommendations The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight? What Is the Best Jean Style for You? Digital nomadism is no longer just a fad. Now, more than ever, significant numbers of people in their 20s, 30s, and even 40s are simultaneously traveling and working abroad or remotely. Every year, as part of its annual Expat Explorer initiative, HSBC bank polls more than 22,000 avid travelers to uncover their picks for the best places to do just that. Whether you need to make a radical change in your solo life or are looking to expatriate the entire family, here are the survey’s top five destinations for living and working abroad.SingaporePakin Songmor/Getty ImagesIn the latest survey, Singapore remained in the top slot. It scored high marks in three of the most important categories: third in economics, fifth for families, and sixth in subjective experience. Reported earnings increased among a plurality of those surveyed. However, as with many Asian countries, working more than five days per week is typical which often results in a worse work-life balance. Social integration can be a problem for foreign travelers. Here, Singapore also ranks high with more than two-thirds noting they felt “settled-in” in less than a year and a full 95 percent confirming that locals were an essential part of their social circle.New ZealandLake Tekapo, New Zealand ARUTTHAPHON POOLSAWASD/Getty ImagesLike Iceland and Australia, New Zealand is a popular bucket-list destination among many travelers. It’s clean, beautiful, rugged, and locals are notoriously among the friendliest in the world. For all these reasons, the country again ranks in the survey’s No. 2 spot. Many expats consider improving their overall quality of life an important part of their decision on where to move. Those who do move to New Zealand confirm a much better quality of life, and more than half claim the country’s myriad adventure opportunities encouraged them to lead more active lives.GermanyBerlin, Germany Harald Nachtmann/Getty ImagesMany of the same reasons that young travelers love New Zealand also apply to Germany. The country is clean, offers a wealth of outdoor opportunities, and it’s among the most stable economies in the world. We’re pretty sure the beer scene isn’t too bad either. With an average of just 26 hours per week, it boasts one of the lowest numbers of average work hours in the world. More than 70 percent of survey respondents confirmed a much better work-life balance after moving there.CanadaToronto, Canada Radu Negrean/EyeEm/Getty ImagesFor many Americans, Canada has long offered a magnetic charm and simplicity (poutine is no doubt a large part of that draw). It turns out expats around the world agree which is why Canada remains in the survey’s No. 4 slot. The country is actively luring travelers to expatriate to the country — a full one million of them by 2020. Locals are known for their hospitality and graciousness which is perhaps why 70 percent of survey respondents said it was easy to make friends and build their social circle. More than half spend the majority of their free time with locals. Nearly 70 percent confirm that Canada is among the most liberal and welcoming countries for people of all races, colors, and creeds.BahrainManama, Bahrain Husain Abbas/Getty ImagesBahrain is the only newcomer to the survey’s elite top five. The tiny archipelago in the Arabian Gulf might be small and impossible for most Westerners to locate on a map, but it’s actually one of the most modern and stable financial centers in the world. HSBC claims that it’s overtaken Hong Kong as a powerhouse of industry, banking, and tourism. For digital nomads, it’s worth noting the population is young, mostly English-speaking, and incredibly friendly. Nearly half its residents are immigrants so, should you decide to expatriate there, you certainly won’t be alone. 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List last_img read more

Trudeau presented with Metis Nations highest honour at meeting in Ottawa

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Metis Nation presented Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with its highest honour in Ottawa Thursday.Prior to a summit between Trudeau, selected ministers from his cabinet and leaders of the Metis Nation, Trudeau was presented with the Order of the Metis Nation.At the same news conference, both Trudeau and Metis National Council President Clement Chartier said the relationship between the Metis and government has come a long way since the Liberals took power.“Reconciliation, it’s a term that some people might say is used loosely, and just another buzzword,” said Chartier. “But we in the Metis Nation have witnesses reconciliation in action.“Your ministers have again, not only been dedicated but have been more than willing to work with us as we move forward, which is a good thing because they as well believe in your vision of reconciliation.” Chartier says that when he first met Trudeau, he tried to impress upon him it was critical to address the challenges facing Indigenous Peoples with respect for the unique needs of Metis, First Nations, and Inuit.Trudeau said the relationship the government has with the Metis Nation is a “model” of reconciliation.“Over the past years we have come a tremendous long way in working with the Metis Nation on their priorities on economic capacity building, on responding to long standing challenges, I really want to put forward this relationship as the model of what reconciliation can be, tangibly, and concretely.After the news conference both sides went behind closed door for a meeting.After a joint news release a number of issues were discussed including; child and family services, education, health, justice and policing, youth and sports, and implementation of Section 35 rights. and post secondary education.“Through the Canada-Métis Nation Accord process in the past two years, we have achieved more with this federal government than with any of its predecessors,” said Chartier after the meeting.“We truly look forward to working with Prime Minister Trudeau and his ministers to maintain this momentum going forward.” read more

TSX climbs on ECB plan hopes for more stimulus

Mining stocks led the way to a strong showing on the Toronto stock market Friday amid general relief over a plan to lower eurozone borrowing costs.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 98.93 points to 12,238.67, while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 12.42 points to 1,270.71.The plan to buy up government bonds raised hopes that greater financial stability in Europe will help the region get out of its economic slump, hopefully hike demand for oil and metals and send shares prices higher on the resource-intensive TSX.“Any indication of stability is positive, is viewed that we can get things back on track and get global economic growth back into a positive trajectory,” said Jennifer Dowty, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.It was a different showing in New York as traders considered amid vastly different employment pictures for Canada and the United States.Surging copper and a weak U.S. currency also helped push the Canadian dollar up 0.52 of a cent to 102.27 cents US as Statistics Canada said the economy created 34,300 jobs in August. That was much better than the approximately 10,000 new jobs that economists had expected. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3 per cent, however.U.S. markets were weak as a poor U.S. jobs report was expected to persuade the Federal Reserve to launch further stimulus.The U.S. Labour Department reported that only 96,000 jobs were created in August, less than the 125,000 that had been forecast. The jobless rate edged down to 8.1 per cent from 8.3 per cent but that was because of fewer people looking for work. And to top it all off, the department said 41,000 fewer jobs had been created in June and July than previously reported.The Dow Jones industrials was down 8.07 points to 13,283.93, while the Nasdaq composite index was off 0.31 of a point to 3,135.5, weighed down by a revenue warning from chip giant Intel.Previous easing measures by the Fed have supported financial markets. The Fed’s intentions could become clearer next week when the central bank holds its next interest rate meeting.“It tilts the scale for some sort of action next week by (Fed chairman Ben) Bernanke,” Dowty said. “The market is certainly betting on it, suggesting if we don’t see action next week it will certainly create some volatility.”North American markets were set to end the week higher in the wake of the ECB’s move Thursday to get a grip on the eurozone’s debt crisis.The plan amounts to a commitment to buy unlimited amounts of short-term bonds from euro countries that request help. Ostensibly, the plan is meant to ease the financial pressures on Spain and Italy by giving them time to reduce debt and reform their economies.The ECB had been under pressure to take action after Spain and Italy became the latest countries forced to pay yields in the seven per cent range on their benchmark 10-year bonds earlier this year, a level that raised worries that they could be forced to seek bailouts.The ECB plan seemed to be working as Spain has seen its cost of borrowing fall since the announcement. The yield on Spain’s 10-year bond fell another 0.21 percentage point to 5.80 per cent on Friday, the first time it’s gone below six per cent since May.Investors think Spain will make a formal request to tap the new program within weeks, which could ease the pressures in the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy.TSX gains were led by a 5.7 per cent rise in the base metals sector as September copper ran ahead 12 cents to US$3.64 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained $1.63 to C$28.66 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) jumped $1.54 to $21.51.The gold sector rose over two per cent as bullion prices turned positive on the prospect the U.S. Federal Reserve will decide on another round of quantitative easing, which would see the central bank print more money to buy bonds. December gold was up $33.10 to US$1,738.70 an ounce and Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) rose $1.04 to C$39.32 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) improved by 87 cents to $42.23.The energy sector rose just over one per cent as the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gave up early gains and slipped 23 cents to US$95.30 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) climbed 41 cents to C$32.26 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) rose 57 cents to $33.87.European bourses advanced with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 0.31 per cent while Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.76 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 climbed 0.37 per cent.In corporate news, Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) reported quarterly net earnings were $57.2 million or 39 cents per share. That compared with net earnings of $38.4 million or 26 cents per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The Vancouver-based activewear retailer also reported revenue up 33 per cent to $282.6 million. It also raised its full year revenue projection and its stock rose $5.60 or 8.3 per cent to $72.99.Intel is cutting its third-quarter revenue forecast due to softer than expected demand for its chips amid difficult economic conditions. Intel chips go into about 80 per cent of personal computers and into a vast number of servers as well, making it a bellwether for spending on computers. Its stock fell 81 cents to US$24.28.Commodities trader Glencore International PLC is raising its $34-billion bid for Anglo-Swiss miner Xstrata by some nine per cent. Xstrata announced Friday that it had received a proposal from Glencore to offer 3.05 new shares for each Xstrata share, up from the existing offer of 2.8 shares. That original offer had been resisted by Qatar Holding, a major Xstrata shareholder. read more

Couple spreads message during lake adventure

A Parkinson’s diagnosis can slow someone down, but Steve Van Vlaenderen chose to keep going after being diagnosed with the disease.Van Vlaenderen, from Winnipeg, was initially struck down by his diagnosis in 2011 and spent some time dealing with anxiety and depression. During this time he put on weight and felt like he had “hit rock bottom.”One night in 2013 he had a long talk with his partner, Darlene Hildebrand. They discussed his dreams, goals, and he decided to get back on track.Afterwards he decided he wanted to remain active, so he joined a gym to stay healthy. A trainer in the gym noticed his tremors and started up a conversation about strength training while living with Parkinson’s. The trainer helped him create a meal plan and get into body building, which created a new goal for Van Vlaenderen to work towards.Van Vlaenderen competed in an over 50 body building competition, and finished in second place. He also won another award for being the most inspiring competitor.“The main reason I competed was to put out the message that you can do whatever you put your mind to.”A year before Van Vlaenderen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he purchased a sailboat. Doctors recommended he give up sailing, but he decided to sail all of the Great Lakes instead.He and Hildebrand started on their two-year journey on June 22, 2018. They’ve titled the adventure Sail On With Parkinson’s. They are travelling on a 31-foot 1981 Niagara 31 sailboat, named Cloud.On Wednesday the couple stopped at Port Dover Harbour Marina. While in Port Dover they held a meet and greet at Riverfront Park with Paul Scibetta, a representative from Parkinson Canada.“Lake Erie is very challenging. You don’t know what you’re going to get from day to day,” said Van Vlaenderen. “I think Lake Erie has been the most challenging.”The pair have already sailed Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and are now working along Lake Erie.“Sailing through the Great Lakes is a good metaphor for Parkinson’s. I always say Parkinson’s is CCA, a complicated collection of ailments, and every day is different,” said Van Vlaenderen.The couple has faced quite a few non-health-related hiccups along their journey. The boat’s ignition switch stopped working, the pump to cool the engine burned out, which caused the engine to stop working, and their stern line has been caught in strong waters.“Our trip is to encourage people to move forward and not lose hope,” said Van Vlaenderen.To learn more about their journey, or to donate to Parkinson Canada, you can visit read more

Progress in fighting corruption to top UN crimecontrol meeting agenda

In debating the question, the 40-member UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is expected to set the stage for preparations to negotiate a legally-binding international treaty on corruption. In addition to discussing corruption, the Commission will consider how best to promote the early entry into force of the recently adopted UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three protocols dealing with trafficking in human beings, smuggling of migrants and illicit manufacturing and trade in firearms. Other issues to be addressed during the session include “cyber-crime,” trafficking in explosives, follow-up to last year’s UN “Crime Congress” in Vienna and assistance to countries in upgrading their capacities to fight crime. The Commission was established in 1992 to set international policy on crime control matters. Its current 10th session will run until 17 May. read more

Annan calls on young people to remind Governments of their development goal

Mr. Annan’s message was delivered at the opening of the UN European Youth Leadership Summit in Vienna, which runs for three days and brings together young people from 27 European countries to discuss ways to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through sport, culture and peace.“Governments need to be reminded of the pledges they have made to translate the Millennium Development Goals into reality. That is where young people like you come in. Your voice can hold leaders to those pledges. I know you will not resign yourselves to a world where others die of hunger, remain illiterate and lack human dignity,” Mr. Annan said.“That is why this Leadership Summit is right to focus on sport and culture as tools to accelerate progress towards reaching the Goals. As the massive following of the FIFA World Cup currently shows us, sport has an exceptional power to mobilize, motivate and unite people from every continent, race and religion in a common cause. The same is true of culture in all its forms – from music to poetry and art.”The Summit is being organized by the UN New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace and is hosted by the Government of Austria in its capacity as the current holder of the European Union (EU) Presidency, according to the UN.The Director of the New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace, Djibril Diallo, pointed out that the young participants were the first generation of the 21st century, gathered to discuss the future of Europe and how to be leaders.At the end of the conference on 21 June, a torch – symbolising youth, cooperation and sport – will be passed on to a youth leader from the United States, and the regional summits will end in a global summit at UN Headquarters in New York on 30 October 2006. read more

Yellen signals continuity with Bernanke indicates steady pullback in Fed stimulus is

FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chair nominee Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on her nomination. Yellen will deliver the Fed’s twice-annual report to Congress, starting Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 before the House Financial Services Committee and then Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, before the Senate Banking Committee. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2014 10:45 pm MDT Yellen signals continuity with Bernanke; indicates steady pullback in Fed stimulus is likely AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will embrace the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.Yellen told Congress that if the economy keeps improving, the Fed will take “further measured steps” to reduce the support it’s providing through bond purchases.In her first public comments since taking over the top Fed job last week, Yellen said she expects a “great deal of continuity” with Bernanke. She signalled that she supports his view that the economy is strengthening enough to withstand a pullback in stimulus but that rates should stay low to further improve a still-lacklustre economy.Her message of continuity at the Fed was a reassuring one for investors, and it contributed to a major rally on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 193 points.Yellen’s remarks to a House committee suggested that the Fed will keep its key short-term rate near zero for a prolonged period.“The recovery in the labour market is far from complete,” Yellen said, an indication that the Fed is in no hurry to boost short-term rates.She said the Fed is monitoring volatility in global markets but doesn’t think it poses a serious risk to the United States at the current time.“Since the financial crisis and the depths of the recession, substantial progress has been made in restoring the economy to health and strengthening the financial system,” Yellen said in her testimony for the House Financial Services Committee. “Still, there is more to do.”Some Republicans expressed concern that the Fed’s extraordinary support could ignite high inflation or destabilize financial markets. The committee chairman, Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, a critic of the Fed, said there were “clearly limits to what monetary policy can achieve.”Hensarling questioned whether the Fed had sent confusing signals to investors by changing its possible timetable for future actions on interest rates.Yellen, the first woman to lead the Fed in its 100 years, was delivering the Fed’s twice-a-year report to Congress a week after being sworn in to succeed Bernanke. He stepped down Jan. 31 after eight years as chairman.Several committee members praised Yellen for breaking down a gender barrier at the Fed. Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., told Yellen she would serve as an inspiration for his three daughters and said: “You have done it the old-fashioned way. You have earned it.”At the start of the hearing, Hensarling mentioned that Yellen had agreed to stay all day if necessary to allow all members of one of Congress’ largest committees to question her. That was a break from recent practice, in which Bernanke and his predecessor, Alan Greenspan, tended to sit for questions for only two or three hours.Yellen ended her testimony just short of six hours after the hearing began. The panel did take a 30-minute lunch break and two shorter breaks. At the end of the marathon session, Hensarling thanked Yellen for her “stamina.”The Fed chair drew praise for her direct responses. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she’d been able to understand more of Yellen’s answers than she had the responses of Bernanke or Greenspan.At times, Yellen was blunt. Asked what impact a failure to raise the federal debt limit would have, she said, “Frankly, it would be catastrophic to not raise the debt limit.”She was pressed by some Republicans to explain why she opposed legislation that would subject the Fed to audits by the Government Accountability Office on its rate decisions. Yellen noted that the Fed is already subject to GAO audits in some areas. But she said that allowing the GAO to second-guess interest-rate actions would subject the Fed to improper political influence.Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., argued that the Fed was wrong to oppose the audit legislation. “The American people are feeling less and less empowered to hold the Fed responsible,” Bachmann told Yellen.At the other end of the political spectrum, Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., urged Yellen to be bolder in addressing long-term unemployment. He said many older workers who had been laid off and young people trying to enter the workforce were growing increasingly frustrated. He said Yellen should oppose Republican efforts to end the Fed’s dual mandate to pursue maximum employment and price stability so it could focus solely on inflation.Yellen said she felt the Fed’s dual mandate “has served this country well.”Many economists think the Fed bond buying, which totalled $85 billion a month during 2013, will be reduced in $10 billion increments this year until the purchases are eliminated in December. The purchases of Treasury and mortgage bonds are aimed at stimulating the economy by keeping long-term loan rates low.Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., asked Yellen to outline what developments might cause the Fed to slow or suspend its reductions in bond purchases. Maloney asked whether the weak job reports for December and January might prompt a pause.Yellen acknowledged she was surprised by the sluggish job gains the past two months. But she suggested that job growth might have been held down by severe weather and was not necessarily a signal of a slowdown. She noted that when the Fed next meets March 18-19, it will have another jobs report to review.Yellen said the Fed won’t likely change its pace of bond reductions unless it sees a “notable change” in the economic outlook. The Fed’s three rounds of bond purchases have driven its holdings above $4 trillion — four times its level before the financial crisis struck with force in 2008. Eventually, it will need to sell those investments without sending interest rates soaring or otherwise destabilizing markets.On bank regulation, Yellen said the Fed was committed to implementing the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which overhauls regulation to try to prevent a future financial crisis. But she agreed that oversight that’s too aggressive can keep banks from making loans that small businesses need to operate. read more

Law Reform Commission in its final stage of readiness – AG

In response to questions by Opposition Member, Anil Nandlall regarding the status of the Law Reform Commission, the Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams has indicated that the Commission is “in its final stage of readiness.”Opposition Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil NandlallNandlall had questioned, among other things, whether the Law Reform Commission- which is expected to undertake the reform and development of laws applicable to Guyana- is functioning, who the appointed Commissioners are, the remuneration packages for these persons –or if they had not been appointed, what the anticipated remuneration package is- whether the Commission is provided with staff, and for the Minister to identify the positions and salaries of these persons, what the address of the Law Reform Commission is and if its building is being rented. He also requested that a copy of that Rental Agreement be provided. As such, by way of written response on Monday during the National Assembly, Williams said “the Law Reform Commission is in its final stage of readiness. Persons have been interviewed for the position of Commissioners. Some staff for the Commission have been hired. The Law Reform Commission Building is ready.”Moreover, Williams noted that while no Commissioners have been hired, interviews were conducted for potential persons on the 19th  and 20th of June 2018. The Minister also asserted that “no remuneration package has been approved.”Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs Basil WilliamsIn providing a list of persons who have already been hired by the Commission, Williams disclosed that the Law Reform Commission now has one Legal Officer, who is being paid a gross salary of $700,000, two Legal Clerks, being paid $150,000 each (gross), three typists being paid $130,000 each (gross), two Office Assistants being paid $100,000 each (gross), one cleaner being paid $75,000 (gross) and one driver being paid $120,000 (gross).He also noted that the Commission is being housed at Lot 59 Robb Street, Bourda, Georgetown. According to the Rental Agreement, the building is being rented from Michael and Michelle Warton at a cost of $850,000 per month for a period of one year (since December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018).In January 2016, Government had approached the National Assembly, passed the Law Reform Commission Act no. 4 of 2016 and appropriated millions for the Commission’s establishment.However,  the Commission was not established. In March of this year, Government had begun the process of seeking candidates to serve on the Law Reform Commission (LRC).In a notice published in the local newspapers, the Legal Affairs Ministry solicited applications from eligible candidates to sit on the Commission, which will be tasked with reviewing many of Guyana’s laws inherited from colonial times.According to the Ministry, the Commission’s Terms of Reference will include “keeping under review the laws of Guyana with a view to its systematic development and reform, including in particular the modification of any branch of the law, the elimination of anomalies, the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments.”The Ministry also noted that the Commissioners, who will be employed on a full-time basis, will be focused on reducing separate enactments; simplifying and modernizing the laws of Guyana. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDespite budgetary allocations amendments to Coroners Act, LRC yet to be implemented- OppositionNovember 13, 2017In “latest news”MP calls for contract of GECOM Chair to be made publicOctober 9, 2018In “latest news”AFC, PNC officials gone ‘mum’ over appointment of ‘honorary’ advisors – more than 30 of themApril 16, 2016In “latest news” read more

Three arrested in investigation into organised prostitution in Roscommon and Longford

first_imgTHREE PEOPLE HAVE been arrested in the first phase of an investigation into prostitution across Longford and Roscommon.The arrests took place in the Tarmonbarry area of Co Roscommon yesterday evening.Two males and a female, all aged in their twenties, were held at Longford and Roscommon Garda Stations.It is understood the arrests were in connection with the organisation of prostitution.However, all three were released without charge this evening, and a file prepared for the DPP.It is understood further searchers were carried out in Longford town earlier today.Some documentation was recovered although no arrests were made.last_img read more