PH’s Dumaan treks rough road to gold in pencak silat

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Almohaidib Abad and Cherry May Regalado were still in contention for golds in the men’s and women’s artistic divisions late Tuesday. Dumaan, 21, needed to run off his excess weight for the tanding Class A 45-50 kilogram division but still had enough strength to defeat Indonesia’s Firman, 4-1, in the Southeast Asian Games final held at Bukit Kiara here.READ: Lesser-known sport gives life to struggling PH SEA Games bidFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA newcomer in the SEA Games, the Roxas City-native was overweight by 4.4 pounds prior to the start of competition Sunday, according to pencak silat chief Princess Jacel Kiram.“He’s a very hardworking athlete with a lot of promise,” said Kiram of Dumaan, who won a bronze during the Asian Beach Games last year. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Sports science boosts pencak silat team LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Dumaan was discovered from the national games, according to Kiram.“But he worked his way up the national team after impressive sparring with national team members,” she added.Mastafa Fitri Masjuri of Malaysia and Muhammad Ridhwan Selamat of Singapore took the bronze medals in the division.It was the first pencak silat gold medal scored by the Philippines in the SEA Games since 2005.Before Dumaan hit paydirt, Princesslyn Enopia, Rickrod Ortega and Jefferson Rhey Loon copped the bronzes in the women’s tanking Class A, men’s tanding Class C and Class D, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR —Dines Dumaan went through the wringer to give the Philippines a coveted gold in pencak silat Tuesday.And while it wasn’t enough to avert yet another failed bid by the country in the biennial meet, the gold was worth a celebration.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian rolls to 4th straight win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Rivalry rekindled as Gargano falls in NXT Takeover: Philadelphia PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers San Sebastian Lady Stags. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian continued its rampage, posting its fourth straight win with a 25-23, 25-6, 25-14 victory over Lyceum in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Nikka Marielle Dalisay carried the load for the Lady Stags with 16 points, 12 coming off kills and four off service aces.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Joyce Sta. Rita and Dangie Encarnacion also poured in 10 hits apiece.The Lady Stags rose to 5-2 as the undermanned squad now sits at third place, behind unbeaten Arellano and San Beda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBien Elaine Juanillo led the fight for the Lady Pirates with eight points.In the second match, Jose Rizal University shook off a late fightback by Mapua to win in four sets, 25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Dolly Grace Verzosa unleashed 21 points, 19 coming off spikes, to go with two aces while Shola Alvarez scored 13 of her 15 points off hits.Karen Cay Montojo added 12 as JRU climbed to 4-3.The Lady Bombers were poised to win in straight sets, but the Lady Cardinals battled back to force the fourth set.Katrina Racelis paced winless Mapua (0-7) with 16 kills, while Jan Andrea Morano had 10.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

YSR Reddy charged with nepotism as party members favoured

first_imgYS ReddyThree gone, two to go, and most of what Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has to show by way of performance gravitates towards damning controversies and scurrilous cover-ups. On May 14, to commemorate the completion of three years in office, the chief minister has convened a rally in Hyderabad where he,YS ReddyThree gone, two to go, and most of what Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has to show by way of performance gravitates towards damning controversies and scurrilous cover-ups. On May 14, to commemorate the completion of three years in office, the chief minister has convened a rally in Hyderabad where he and his ministers will take a fresh oath to work harder towards fulfilling the promises made during the Assembly elections. Christened Rededication Day, it comes across as yet another superfluous, signature-style posturing to set right in the next 24 months all the wrongs of the last three years.Aggressive and gritty, Reddy for now is concentrating on fending off charges of nepotism. Friends, relatives and Congress activists have been pampered with large stretches of prime land at throw away prices to later sell these and pocket rich dividends, it has been alleged. Even as these rumours gain credence, fresh allegations have surfaced implicating the Government of pressuring the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority to change the alignment and contour of the Outer Ring Road skirting the city. The motive, according to the whispers doing the rounds, is to again allow enterprising Congress supporters purchase land flanking the radial road from unlettered farmers and other gullible sellers for a pittance only to make handsome profits later. The Government, too, has acquired land from the farmers at prices far below the market rates.NO ACTION TAKENRecommendations by judicial inquiry commissions initiated by the Reddy Government have largely failed to elicit any action.A. GOPAL RAO COMMISSION September 2004advertisementInvestigated the motive behind the murders in Anantapur over a period of 15 years. Scope widened to include the murder of ex-TDP minister Paritala Ravindra. Submitted report in March 2006. Ravindra’s murder, it concluded, was a fallout of personal enmity and non-political acrimony. No action taken.VAMAN RAO COMMISSION October 2004Probed allegations pertaining to academic and administrative affairs of the Andhra University and the role of its then vice-chancellor Y.C. Simhadri. Submitted report in March 2005. Endorsed the vice-chancellor’s decision to suspend four employees but the Government chose to reinstate them. Admonished the university’s Executive Council members, but none resigned.A. VENKATARAMI REDDY COMMISSION June 2005Looked into the entire gamut of temple land allotments since 1995. Submitted report in May 2006. No action taken on the report that confirmed sale of temple plots and wilful encroachment on temple land. Three deputy commissioners, one assistant commissioner and eight executive officers were suspended. One of the deputy commissioners has retired while the other two were reinstated under the directives of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.T.H.B. CHALAPATHY COMMISSION October 2005Around 10 months after it was initiated to probe alleged irregularities in the selection of BHC Agro (India) as consultants for the Kuppam drip and sprinkler irrigation project, allegations of misappropriation in payment of consultancy charge to the company emerged. Questions were raised as to whether the company possessed the requisite technology, knowledge and capability. Also under the scanner were the pros and cons of importing heavy duty machinery from Israel at a huge cost and whether it was being put to proper use. Justice Chalapathy, on a token salary of a rupee a month, is to present his report by April 30.Still smarting from the rap from farmers that cost him his chair after nine years in power, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu has seized this opportunity to strengthen his ties with the sector. Notching up the pitch of the campaign, the TDP in September last year had forced Reddy to agree to judicial inquiries into the mounting allegations.But he is yet to act on that promise, inexplicably delaying appointment of the requisite retired high court judges. Instead, the chief minister has tactfully shifted focus to the controversial allotment of government land worth Rs 1,000 crore to the US-based sports event management group, IMG Bharata Academy, during the TDP rule. The land was allegedly sold for Rs 50,000 an acre. As intended, the move has temporarily dislodged Naidu from his high pedestal.On the sidelines, Eenadu, the largest circulated Telugu daily, is at the receiving end of Reddy’s wily countermoves delivered oh-so-subtly. Strident in its criticism of the ruling party, its rather shrill campaign was initially brushed aside by Reddy as a right enjoyed by the media in a democracy. The indulgence was short-lived. The indignation singed its owner and Chief Editor Ramoji Rao. V. Arun Kumar, a Congress MP and staunch Reddy loyalist, picked up the gauntlet and wielded the Right to Information Act to ferret out details of how Rao had accumulated huge sums in different financial entities, including a certain Margadarsi Financiers incorporated as an Hindu Undivided Family concern. Stunned, Rao tried to stall any detailed inquiry by seeking court intervention but failed to prevent investigators from collecting its books to pore over its accounts. “All this is a convoluted attempt to attack the freedom of the press and stifle democratic rights,” says Naidu. Unfazed, Reddy argues that “being a newspaper owner does not give Ramoji Rao the right to commit any irregularities”.advertisementWork in ProgressAs for the allegations against his Government and those in his coterie of acquiring land at cheap rates, Reddy has ordered three separate judicial inquiries. “The Government has nothing to hide and has, therefore, agreed to the separate judicial inquiries. Further, if anyone is found guilty they will not be spared,” he asserted. Candid but hardly convincing, considering that of the six judicial commissions announced since Reddy took over as chief minister, only two have submitted their findings and recommendations, all of which have ever since been confined to paper.Of the three proposed inquiries, the first would probe allotment of 487.20 acres of government land in Reddy’s home district, Kadapa, to RaghuramCements, a company in which the chief minister’s son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy is a director. No sooner had the state Cabinet approved of the sale at Rs 1,00,000 an acre, as recommended by the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA), that rival parties kicked up a storm alleging that the Reddys were influencing the terms. The company retaliated by offering to consider buying the land in an auction rather than through direct sale, taking into account the prevailing market price of Rs 25,000 per acre for the best portions and the Government’s decision to fix the base price at Rs 50,000. The Government has accepted the proposal. Jaganmohan was appointed a director of Raghuram Cements-promoted initially by TDP Rajya Sabha member C. Ramachandraiah-on December 1 last year, not long after the Government sanctioned the lease of several acres of land for limestone quarrying to the company earlier in March. The ruling party gave the go-ahead after cancelling the previous lease to Gujarat Ambuja Cements as it had failed to set up the proposed factory more than five years after allotment of land on July 11, 2000 by the TDP ministry.Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan CampYet another judicial probe will be conducted into the alleged embezzlement of funds to the tune of Rs 40 crore doled out by the Centre for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). Allotted for improving Government schools, the unutilised amount that had been returned to Hyderabad is believed to have been siphoned off by a former schoolteacher and advertising agency owner, Sarasa Devi, in connivance with a SSA staff member N. Subramaniam. To the Government’s chagrin, Devi tried to wriggle out on the pretext of her association with Suryapratap Reddy. Sureedu to close friends and associates, Suryapratap has been Reddy’s private gunman for more than three decades and is currently attached to the Chief Minister’s Office. This, despite the Department of Vigilance and Enforcement issuing as many as eight notices since 2001, cautioning the Government about siphoning of funds.Encroachment of 969 acres of Government land at Nadergul in the eastern suburbs of Hyderabad reportedly by Congress activists will be thefocus of the third inquiry. One of the accused is a close associate of the chief minister’s Public Affairs Adviser K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao. Reddy’s initial order for an inquiry into the ownership, possession and alienation of the land by the CCLA invited a roar from the TDP, forcing him to order a judicial probe.advertisementThe Government now has to identify and appoint the retired high court judges, frame the terms of reference and, perhaps, set a deadline for the reports. No doubt it is in the interests of the Congress and Reddy to get the inquiry reports out ahead of the polls and, if there is nothing damaging in the findings, to make them public. “The attitude of the TDP poses the main problem,” says Reddy. “It is finding it difficult to play the role of a responsible Opposition. If we do anything, they say it is corruption. If they do anything, they say it is development. Even if I cut my head and place it on the table for the sake of development, the TDP will say there is something fishy about it.” But neither Reddy’s protestations nor the findings of the inquiry commissions may bail out the ruling party already faced with the spectre of anti-incumbency in the next general elections. “If we return to power, we will probe, review and cancel all land deals entered into by the Congress Government. None of it was fair and were only intended to help Congress leaders and their relatives,” says Naidu.Undeterred, the chief minister is banking on project Jalayagnam to do the trick. “We have created an additional ayacut of 12 lakh acres for irrigation in three years compared to 10.59 acres during the nine years of TDP rule,” says Reddy. Agrees G.R.S. Rao, chairman of the Centre for Public Policy, Hyderabad: “He is trying to do in five years what normally takes 10 to 15 years. But he has not backed it with adequate political and administrative systems.” With water available for irrigation, the chief minister is optimistic of wooing a majority of the voters in the countryside. Now, if only the monsoon in this and the coming year shows munificence in keeping his hopes afloat.last_img read more

Barcelona Players Were Given 92 Million in Bonuses Last Season

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. Barcelona paid out 92 million euros (82.1 million pounds) in collective bonuses to its players for winning the Spanish league and Super Cup titles last season, the club’s annual report showed.The bonus was two million euros less than the amount that was paid out in 2018. The figure was three million euros more than what the players received when the club won the treble in 2015. The report revealed that the club spent a total of 541 million euros on staff costs across all its sports teams, with 311.9 million spent on first team coaches and players.While Barcelona won La Liga at a canter and lifted the Super Cup last season, they lost the Copa del Rey final to Valencia and were beaten by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals.Barcelona paid players 89 million euros for the 2014-15 campaign when they won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.They handed out 94 million euros for the 2017-2018 season when they won the Copa del Rey and La Liga titles. barcelonabonuscopa del reyla liga First Published: October 8, 2019, 7:20 AM ISTlast_img read more

Bowling karega ya bowler change kare? MS Dhoni tells Kuldeep Yadav

first_imgMS Dhoni’s cricket acumen is unparalleled. Despite stepping down as India captain in the shorter formats in January 2017, Dhoni has continued to play a significant leadership role in the team. His inputs to India’s young spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have helped shape them into world class bowlers.On Tuesday, Dhoni returned to captain India for the 200th time in ODIs after stand-in captain Rohit Sharma was rested (along with four others) for the final Super Four match against Afghanistan. Dhoni was leading India after 696 days and he could not have imagined Afghanistan fighting the way they did.Even as India kept picking wickets at the other end, Mohammad Shahzad held the two-time world champions at bay with his fifth ODI hundred. There were some worried faces on the field and when Kuldeep asked for some changes to be made to the field, he got a earful from Dhoni from behind the stumps.MS Dhoni takes a dig at umpiring howlers after India-Afghanistan tieHere’s what happened.Kuldeep Yadav asking Dhoni to change fielder’s locationDhoni : “Bowling karega ya bowler change kare”. #INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 #INDvAFG Ch (@cRicinfo_fun) September 25, 2018This was not the first time Kuldeep got to hear stern words from Dhoni.Also Read – We could have lost, tie not a bad result: MS DhoniIn an ODI against Australia (in Indore), Kuldeep had conceded 75 runs and picked two wickets in his 10 overs. He was getting slaughtered by the Australian batsmen and when Dhoni suggested a field change, Kuldeep seemed to disagree.advertisementAsia Cup 2018: KL Rahul regrets losing India’s review in tied match vs Afghanistan”In Indore wherever I bowled, it went for six. The ground was so small – even if the batsman did not middle it, it would still go for a six.”So then, after every 6 I would look at Mahi bhai, he would say, ‘it wasn’t that far, you should keep it further…Asia Cup 2018: India and Afghanistan play out tense tie in great spirit”And then I was bowling my fourth over; the batsman reverse swept me for four…Mahi bhai came to me and said ‘remove cover, move him deep and bring point up’…And I said, ‘No Mahi bhai, that’s okay…’ He said ‘Am I mad? I have played 300 ODIs.’ He got angry. And I did as I was told and then he said: ‘this is what I was saying…'”last_img read more

Said & Done: ‘There’s zero tolerance on doping. We always expect fair play’

first_imgSaid and done Football politics Topics • Mutko’s own response: calling the IOC ruling “discriminatory”, and incriminating evidence published by the New York Times “edited, slanted in favour of some certain facts. It all looks ridiculous.”His previous best press feedback: 2010: Mocks western media for portraying Russian sport as “a hotbed of corruption. It’s simply not true”. 2012: Says coverage of racism in Russian football is “stupid and untrue … Everyone’s against us.” 2014: Calls the Fifa luxury watch scandal “absolute nonsense fanned by foreign journalists. Fifa members are very much insulted. Why did the British press start all that?” 2014: Asks in response to more racism coverage: “Why should we be singled out? A lot of dark-skinned players play in Russia. I don’t see any problems”; and 2016: Calls more state-run doping headlines “part of a deliberate information attack on Russia. We are absolutely transparent.”MeanwhileFrom week four of the New York Fifa trial: a) Claims that ex-Brazil FA head José Maria Marin lacked restraint with bribe money: records showing $50,000 spent at Bulgari and $10,070.94 at Chanel in one day; and b) Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers called as a witness to testify he attended a 2010 Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires. Defendant Juan Ángel Napout, accused of receiving tickets as a bribe, maintains the show never happened. The defendants deny all charges.Plus: best timingLaunched last week: the 2018 World Cup official Fifa champagne, featuring “cosmic” Russian branding. Champagne partner Taittinger: “We are extremely proud to continue our adventure with Fifa. We look forward to a long and passionate connection.”Other news: biggest stretchArsenal: still not an accredited living wage employer, finding £1.67m basic plus a £919,000 bonus for chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Also on the club’s emoluments list: billionaire directors Stan and Josh Kroenke, paid £25,000 each.Sharpest banterSudan: Al-Hilal’s ultras group the Blue Lions, defending their banner of Hitler’s face and the word “Holocaust” after the club was fined £4,500: “The only aim was to send a mocking message to opposing supporters.” Al‑Hilal say the banner was at odds with their ethos of “peace, love and coexistence”.Speech of the weekQatar 2022 head Hassan al-Thawadi, revealing how human rights and workers’ welfare “has been at the forefront of our plan since the beginning”, and welcoming feedback: “Nations who resist scrutiny and criticism are an impediment to progress in our region. In Qatar, we embrace scrutiny, we understand the benefit of being under the spotlight, and we are open to constructive criticism.” (2012: Qatar jails poet Rashid al-Ajami for life for a poem perceived to be critical of the emir. He was released on appeal last year.) Drugs in sport Fifa’s desperate dependence on Russia exposed in flimsy response to IOC ban Manager news: least conservativeGermany, 8 Nov: Cologne president Werner Spinner on coach Peter Stöger: “The team and the coach are a unit. People say he’s too friendly with the players, they say players should fear the coach – what a conservative view that is. My view is different. If the coach had no relationship with the team, then sack him. If the team aren’t listening to the coach, then sack him. But our coach has a relationship, and they listen to him. So why on earth sack him?” 3 Dec: Sacks him.• Also standing firm – 27 Nov: Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, telling fans to lay off coach Peter Bosz: “I feel just as shitty as you all do. But there is no magic solution.” 10 Dec: Finds one.Clarification of the weekBrazil: Grêmio’s Arthur, under contract to 2021, pictured posing in a Barcelona top after meeting Barça sporting director Robert Fernández. Barça, who served a one-year transfer ban in 2014, apologised for the misunderstanding; Arthur told fans: “Let’s take it easy. I’m a Gremista in my heart. My blood runs blue.”Reflex of the weekUruguay: Defensor Sporting assistant Alejandro Acevedo, feeling “got at” after being filmed pretending to be head-butted by a fourth official. “I don’t care for social networks, or the things they say. I collapsed because I felt my glasses falling off. These things happen in matches.” Share on Twitter David Squires on … the Jurassic world of Premier League managers • Also suffering: Standard Liège coach Ricardo Sá Pinto, banned for two weeks for last month’s “vaudeville display” after a plastic beer cup landed near his foot. “I wasn’t acting. I’m just an emotional man.”Model newsBrazil: Model Nanna Chara, revealing her “supernatural” plan to land Neymar: “I wrote his name on my left foot in red pen and covered it with tape. Now, when I meet him, I’ll stamp my foot three times, shout ‘you are mine by the power of good spirits’, and he’ll agree. It already worked once on a famous singer, but that romance is spent. Now I just love Neymar.”Plus: most let downGreece: Lamia keeper Nikos Papadopoulos, sent off, banned and fined for celebrating their 97th-minute equaliser by “hugging and holding” the referee. “I was beside myself: I felt someone was near me so I just hugged – I didn’t know it was him. I’m sad about the ban. For me, it was a human moment.” Alejandro Etcheverry (@UruAlejandro)Y el premio para la mejor obra de teatro futbolera del año es para…. Alejandro Acevedo. 7, 2017 Football Quote of the week Alexei Sorokin, Russia’s Fifa executive, on 2018 World Cup head Vitaly Mutko’s IOC life ban for “an unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport”: “It has no connection to football. We’ll just keep on doing what we’ve been doing.”• Fifa’s official line – the ban has “no impact” on Mutko’s fitness to deliver a credible World Cup: “We continue to work on delivering the best possible event.” Part of that planning last week – a 12-month ban for Peru striker Paolo Guerrero for his positive cocaine test: “Fifa has zero tolerance on doping. We always expect fair play.” Share on LinkedIncenter_img Reuse this content Fifa Read more Read more features Finances Share on Pinterest Football Grec France (@footgrec)Nikos Papadopoulos (Lamia), fou de joie sur cette égalisation à la 97e face au Panetolikos, a célébré le but en secouant l’arbitre (en haut de la vidéo). Résultat ? Il a été expulsé dans la foulée. CQFD. 4, 2017 Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more

Ronaldo makes Ballon d’Or case with list of achievements

first_imgHe went on to enumerate the personal milestones he has surpassed thus far in the calendar year, before signing off by saying he was relying on his supporters to spur him on to continue to hit the heights.“Italian Supercup winning goal; – Serie A win, Best Player and 21 goals”Nations League win and hat-trick;”First Player to reach 100 wins and 125 goals in Champions League;”First Player to win 10 UEFA titles;”First Player to score in all National Teams final stages: FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup and UEFA Nations League;”First Player to score in 10 consecutive National Teams final stages from 2004 to 2019;“See you soon! Together we’ll keep fighting for new and amazing conquests! I’m counting on you.”Ronaldo will have a new manager in Turin next season as Massimiliano Allegri quit the team at the conclusion of last season.Maurizio Sarri is widely expected to replace Allegri, and will hope to guide Ronaldo and Juve to Champions League glory.The Bianconeri have not won that competition since 1996. Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked the fans of Juventus and Portugal as he looked back on a successful first season in Italy, while listing his memorable achievements for the year. Ronaldo saw Juventus to an eighth straight Serie A title while winning the Italian Player of the Year award, scoring 21 goals.The former Real Madrid star was fulsome in his praise of the Turin faithful, giving them credit for their support in the club’s latest triumph.  Article continues below 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? “What an unforgettable season!” Ronaldo said on his personal Instagram page.“New experiences, gigantic club, exciting city, broken records and three more titles.“I have to thank all Juventus fans for the wonderful way I was welcomed in Italy!“You’re an important part of all of our victories.”On the international stage the 34-year-old forward captained Portugal to a win in the inaugural Nations League, netting a hat-trick to see off Switzerland in the semi-finals.Portugal added the Nations League to the 2016 European Championships and Ronaldo didn’t forget to single out his country’s fans in his post.“Thanks to all my fans around the world and particularly to the Portuguese people who helped us win another historical win for Portugal,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner continued.“You’ll always have a special place in my heart! Personally I’ll never forget the great moments and new record-breaking achievements I’ve had so far in 2019.”last_img read more

Discoms should either return fixed charges collected from people or adjusted in

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Working President Haroon Yusuf said that the Delhi Congress abstained from the public hearing to discuss the power tariff hike, organised by regulator Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) on Wednesday, as the one-member DERC has become a joke as it is controlled like a puppet by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He said that the meeting was reduced to a shadow boxing between the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP to fool the people, who were represented by the Residents’ Welfare Associations. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsYusuf, a former Power Minister in Delhi, said that the DERC should comprise of three members, but for the past two years, it has been functioning with just one member, who is the chairman of the power regulatory body. He said that the Kejriwal Government has not bothered to fill the two vacant posts of members in the DERC, which shows the lack of interest of the AAP Government, in the affairs of the power regulatory body. Yusuf reiterated the Congress demand that the hiked fixed charges should be rolled back immediately and the crores collected on this head should be either returned to power consumers or adjusted in the power bills. Senior Congress leader Yusuf said that the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee has been demanding that the Rs 5040 crores collected by the power companies in fixed charges should either be returned to the consumers or no power tariff should be charged from the consumers for the next six months.last_img read more

Why Facebook is still your best friend

first_imgTransitioning from high school to college can be stressful for some students and to maintain connections with pre-college friends and form new relationships, Facebook can still be your best friend. A new research led by Indian-origin researchers reveals that Facebook can help college students maintain relationships with high-school friends and assist them in creating new friendships. The study, published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, shows that when it comes to making new friends, those with higher confidence in their social skills have less to gain from relying on Facebook, while people with lower confidence in their social skills have more to gain from the social media platform. “Transitioning from high school to college can be stressful for many students. To help them adjust to life in college, it is critical for them to maintain connections with pre-college friends and to form new relationships,” said the Associate Professor at Binghamton University in the US. For the study, the researchers focused on first semester college students by asking undergraduate college students, mostly sophomores, about their experiences with different channels used to maintain and grow relationships. Accounting for Facebook’s effect on relationships versus the impact of more traditional media face-to-face interaction, phone calls, etc., researchers also incorporated how each student’s social self-efficacy like confidence in their social skills affected the use of both Facebook and traditional media to build and maintain relationships. In terms of how “best” to use Facebook to maintain and build new relationships, some of the findings include; Facebook can compensate for the lower use of traditional media to maintain relationships with close friends from high school. According to researchers, Facebook works best when supplementing traditional media when it comes to making new college friends, students with high self-efficacy have more to gain from prioritising traditional media over Facebook when making new college friends. And students with low self-efficacy have more to gain from prioritising Facebook use over traditional media when making new college friends. “New college students often stress about trying to maintain their high school friendships while struggling to develop new ones.last_img read more

Army was ready for war with Pak after Balakot

first_imgNEW DELHI: In the run-up to Balakot strikes, Army chief General Bipin Rawat very categorically conveyed to the top brass of the government that his force was fully ready to deal with any ground offensive by Pakistan and take the battle into the enemy territory, top military sources said. The Indian Army was prepared for conventional warfare with Pakistan which would have included going inside Pakistan, the sources said. The Army chief informed the government about the preparedness of his force when it was considering various options, including carrying out an aerial raid, to punish Pakistan for the Pulwama terror attack. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsGeneral Rawat, at a closed-door interaction with a group of retiring Army officials on Monday, said the force was combat-ready for any hostilities from Pakistan Army after the Balakot strikes, the sources said. Explaining General Rawat’s comments, a military official said what the Army chief meant was that the Indian Army was ready to take the battle into Pakistan. The sources said Indian Army had finalised contracts to procure ammunition worth Rs 11,000 crore after the Uri terror attack in September 2016, and it has received 95 per cent of the total order. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Army has also finalised 33 contracts worth Rs 7,000 crore for procuring critical armaments while another set of purchases for Rs 9,000 crore is at an advanced stage. Indian Air Force bombed terror group Jaish-e-Muhammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26, in response to the Pulwama attack. Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations on Wednesday. However, the IAF thwarted their plans. The Indian strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir that killed 40 soldiers.last_img read more

Suspects in Fikri Case to Appear in Court on December 6

Rabat – Al-Hoceima’s investigative judge is set to switch into a detailed investigation on December 6 following the tragic death of Mouhcine Fikri, fishmonger who was crushed to death in a trash compactor while protesting the confiscation of his merchandise by authorities last month.The judge will determine the results of the case by embarking on a thorough investigation based on the evidence that the prosecution accumulated against the suspects involved in Fikri’s death.The investigation is set to expose the reasons behind Fikri’s death by charging anyone suspected in the fishmonger’s death. Since the death of Fikri last month, 11 suspects have been arrested to date, including officials of Al-Hoceima’s fishing delegation, such as a delegate for fishing, the head of the fishing delegation department, and the chief of staff of the veterinary department.Meanwhile, eight suspects are remanded in custody. They will appear in court in December. read more

Child deaths drop by nearly 30 per cent says UN health agency

21 May 2009Deaths of children under five years of age have plummeted by almost one third since 1990, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, while cautioning that greater action is necessary to achieve similar success in other areas, in particular maternal and newborn health. Deaths of children under five years of age have plummeted by almost one third since 1990, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, while cautioning that greater action is necessary to achieve similar success in other areas, in particular maternal and newborn health.Some 9 million children under the age of five died in 1997, marking a sharp decline from the 12.5 million estimated to have died in 1990, according to “World Health Statistics,” WHO’s first progress report on the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight globally-agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.”The decline in the death toll of children under five illustrates what can be achieved by strengthening health systems and scaling up interventions, such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets for malaria and oral rehydration therapy for diarrhoea, increased access to vaccines and improved water and sanitation in developing countries,” said Ties Boerma, Director of WHO’s Department of Health Statistics and Informatics.But the new study, which is based on over 100 health indicators collected from WHO’s 193 Member States, cautioned that in many African nations and in low-income countries, the fourth MDG – slashing child mortality by two-thirds – may not be met.Dr. Boerma said that while encouraging progress has been made at the half-way point to the 2015 deadline, “there needs to be more effort to strengthen health systems in countries affected by high levels of HIV/AIDS, economic hardship or conflict.”Additionally, he called for greater attention to be paid to the poorest groups within countries where progress is slowest and child mortality remains high.Maternal and newborn health has seen almost no improvement, Dr. Boerma said, with nearly 40 per cent of deaths among children under five occurring in the first month, even first week, of life. “While the data are patchy and incomplete, it appears that the regions with the least progress are those where levels of maternal mortality are highest.”Boosting these rates will involve addressing weak health systems, emerging health threats such as pandemics, and climate change, he added. read more

CMAG ends Lanka not on agenda

The Group reviewed developments in relation to Fiji which is currently on its formal agenda. At the meeting CMAG welcomed the recent adoption by Heads of Government, and signature by The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, of the Charter of the Commonwealth, encapsulating the core values and principles of the Commonwealth. It noted that the Charter reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s commitment inter alia to democracy, human rights, the rule of law, separation of powers, freedom of expression, good governance, tolerance, respect and understanding and the role of civil society. As the custodian of the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values, the Group pledged to continue to promote these commonly agreed goals. The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) held its thirty-ninth meeting in London today but Sri Lanka was not on the main agenda.The meeting, chaired by Dr Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, was also attended by Senator Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, John Baird, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada, AJ Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, Dr Abdul Samad Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Dr Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone, Bernard K Membe, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Tanzania, Winston Dookeran, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago and Nipake Edward Natapei, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Vanuatu. read more

UNP proposes Westminster system

The main opposition United National Party (UNP), today, made public its proposed constitution which includes a British style Westminster system for the Cabinet.The UNP constitution also proposes as a novel system the executive powers of the President to be exercised on apolitical basis and to be subject to checks and balances. Under the Westminster system the Cabinet of Ministers will be restricted to 25 including the Prime Minister. Sovereignty is in the people and is inalienable. Sovereignty is exercised directly through universal suffrage, and includes the following fundamental rights: The proposed constitution of the UNP also guarantees the freedom of expression and will be strengthened to include the right to information. It also proposes that the system of preference votes be abolished and the tenure of the Parliament and the Provincial Council fixed at five years. (Colombo Gazette) a. Universal access to education,b. the right of persons belonging to a religious or ethnic community to enjoy their culture, practices and their religions and use their language,c. Right to good administration. The proposed UNP constitution: The Sovereignty of the People requires that Parliament and the Government are accountable to the people.01. Restoration of the People’s Sovereigntyi. The Constitutional framework will enshrine the Rule of Law within a democratic framework. Not only the ruled but the rulers are also subject to the Rule of Law.ii. Buddhism will be given the foremost place while assuring the rights of all other religions in compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).iii. Fundamental human rights shall be guaranteed and secured for each and every person irrespective of any race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinions or any other differences.iv. The Directive Principles of State Policy imposes the duty and the responsibility upon the State to provide necessary facilities for good health, opportunities for employment, access to education, protection of family rights, children and women’s rights, rights of senior citizens and disabled persons.v. The Constitution will guarantee the freedom of expression and will be strengthened to include the right to information.02. Legislaturei. Parliament shall consist of 225 members elected on a mixed system where each constituency will elect its representative and the final result (seats in Parliament) will reflect the Party’s true strength (i.e. total votes polled) at elections. This system will give value for every vote cast.ii. The system of preference votes will be abolished.iii. The tenure of the Parliament and the Provincial Council is fixed at five years.iv. Elections for the Parliament and all Provincial Councils shall be conducted on one and the same day, and in the event the Head of State is also to be elected, that election will also be held on the same day.v. Any Member of Parliament or a Member of any Provincial Council or a Member of any Local Government Institution who loses the party membership from whichever Party he/she is elected/appointed to that institution shall cease to be a Member of that institution If any Member of Parliament, or a Member of any Provincial Council or a Member of any Local Government Institution fails to submit Annual Declaration of Assets and Liabilities within the stipulated time period, he/she shall cease to be a Member of that body. Ministers and Deputy Ministers shall also be required to submit their Annual Declaration of Assets and Liabilities to the Speaker instead of the Executive as it is done now.vii. If any Member of Parliament, or a Member of any Provincial Council or a Member of any Local Government Institution is convicted for a crime irrespective of whether he/she serves a jail sentence or not, he/she shall cease to be a Member of that body.03. Executivei. Presidency will be abolished.ii. Instead of the Presidency, a Head of State will be substituted. The current powers conferred on the Presidency will be divided among the Head of State, the Prime Minister, and the Speaker’s Council.Option 1 : A Prime Minister elected by the people at an election to govern with the Cabinet. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet are responsible to Parliament.Option 2 : As a novel system the executive powers will be exercised on apolitical basis and to be subject to checks and balances.2.1 : To ensure direct exercise of the People’s Sovereignty, the Head of State will be directly elected by the people.2.2 : The Head of State will be the Head of the Council of State (which will consist of the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, the Leaders of the political parties represented in the Parliament and the Chief Ministers of the Provinces), and will act on the advice of the Council of State.2.3 The Council of State shall decide on all political directions and national priorities. The Cabinet of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister and the Provincial Boards of Ministers shall be responsible for implementation of the decisions of the Council of State.2.4 The decisions of the Council of State shall be by consensus. In the event there being no consensus the majority decision will prevail. This will pave the way to practice Lord Buddha’s preachings on governance – peaceful assembly, peaceful dialogue and peaceful dispersion.Option 3 : To adopt a system similar to that of the Westminster system.iii. The Cabinet of Ministers will be restricted to 25 including the Prime Minister.iv. There shall be a Speaker’s Councils consisting of the Speaker, the Prime Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition and representatives of all political parties represented in Parliament. The Speaker shall be the Chairman.v. On recommendations of the Council of State, the Head of the State shall appoint members to Independent Commissions, Justices to the Constitutional Court and Superior Courts. Heads of State Institutions shall be appointed by the Head of State with the approval of the Speaker’s Council.04. Devolution of Powersi. While Sri Lanka remains a Unitary State, powers will be genuinely devolved to Provincial Units taking into consideration:a. The Joint Communiqué between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General of United Nations in May 2009;b. Resolutions on Sri Lanka at United Nations Human Rights Council;c. Tissa Vitharana Report and the connected documents including papers exchanged at the talks between the SLFP and the TNA;d. Recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission;e. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech in Parliament in May 2009.ii. The Office of the Governors of the Provinces will be abolished and their powers and functions shall be performed by the Head of State.iii. The Member who commands the majority of a Provincial Council shall be appointed as the Chief Minister and the Leader of the political party which has secured the next highest number of seats shall be appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister.iv. The Boards of Ministers of the Provincial Councils will be appointed proportionately to the votes polled by the respective political parties in such Council.05. Judiciaryi. There shall be an independent and separate Constitutional Court which shall be solely responsible for inter-alia the interpretation of the Constitution and the examination of the constitutionality of Bills and its decisions are final and conclusive. The Executive and the Legislature are bound to follow the decisions of the Constitutional Court.ii. The tenure, salaries, allowances and privileges of all the judicial officers shall be guaranteed. In the event of any impeachment against Justices of Superior Courts, the Constitutional Court is empowered to investigate into the charges leveled against such Justices, in compliance with the Commonwealth principles (Latimer House Declaration).iii. The Constitutional Court shall be empowered to hear and determine Parliamentary Election Petitions and there shall be a fixed time period within which the cases are to be concluded.06. Good Governancei. Independent Election Commission, Independent Police Commission, Independent Public Service Commission, Independent Judicial Service Commission and Independent Anti-Corruption Agency would be set-up as a matter of utmost priority.ii. All elections shall be conducted by the Independent Election Commission which shall have the powers to issue directions to all agencies involved in the election process including both State and Private media.iii. The State will promote and strengthen measures to prevent and combat corruption efficiently and effectively. The institutions of government will promote integrity, accountability and proper management of public affairs, public property and public resources.iv. A new anti-corruption law will be enacted to give effect to the United Nations Convention on Corruption.v. There shall be codes of ethics for Parliamentarians, Members of the Council of State, Justices of the Constitutional Courts, Superior Courts, Members of the Judiciary and all other elected Members of the Provincial Councils and Local bodies in accordance with international Anti-Corruption Agency law shall include Bribery and Corruptions in the private sector and shall apply retrospectively.vii. Parliamentary Oversight Committees such as Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) would be strengthened and Parliament shall take steps to ensure that their recommendations when approved by Parliament are implemented.viii. There shall be an independent secretariat with a data bank to facilitate investigations by COPE and PAC and they shall be empowered to examine the estimates of annual budgetary allocations before annual budgets are presented.ix. Any project or investment or contract exceeding the value of Rupees One Billion shall be examined by a specially constituted Select Committee of Parliament.07. Participatory DemocracyWomen’s Rights:i. There shall be an allocation of 25% for women’s participation in Provincial Councils and Local Government Institutions.ii. There shall be a Women’s Chamber representing all strata of women from all over the country to deal with the diverse women’s interests. The Women’s Chamber shall be an instrument of deliberative democracy to uphold and enforce women’s rights. The Chamber will also exercise other powers vested by Parliament.Community Council:iii. With a view to establishing participatory democracy and building national reconciliation, there shall be community based Councils in each Grama Sevaka Division which are obliged to perform and function on apolitical basis.Within 6 months after the formation of a government by the United National Party, the draft constitution will be submitted for the approval of the people at a referendum. This will be the first Constitution to be adopted by the people of this country. read more

Time is running out to achieve sustainable development UN warns

“We need to do the job faster because people’s lives and the health of the planet are at stake,” the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, told environment ministers and over 200 senior decision-makers from 60 countries brought together by his agency this week in Monterrey, Mexico. “Let us not forget the goal – the ultimate focus of these efforts is at the poor – those who do not have access to basic services, such as clean water, food, and energy, and who are exposed to health risks due to improper waste management,” he said. “For others, there is the need to consume differently – with less environmental and social impact on the world. We need to create the ‘space’ for a better quality of life for all.” Mr. Toepfer called for rich and middle-class consumers to lead their lives in a way that uses fewer resources and causes less pollution and social damage. The recommendations of the seminar, which brought together donor organizations and banks, business, government and ground level implementing groups such as Cleaner Production Centres, will shape UNEP’s work in the sustainable consumption and production area. In another initiative half way around the world in Bangkok, Thailand, UNEP today released a set of indicators for the Asia-Pacific region to help guided needed action. “We are on a unsustainable development path and time is running out for a well planned transition to policies that will ensure long-term well-being,” the agency’s Deputy Executive Director, Shafqat Kakakhel, said at the launch of the indicators, published in simple, graphical form to allow policy-makers to use benchmarks and assess trends in 30 different economic, social and environmental areas. Overall, they show progress in economic performance, poverty reduction and human health, but declines in the quality of land, air, water and biodiversity resources, with the threats to future food security and economic and social development that these pose. read more

Icahn ends fight for PC maker Dell days before shareholders vote on

Icahn ends fight for PC maker Dell days before shareholders vote on founder’s buyout offer by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2013 9:56 am MDT Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is giving up his bitter takeover fight for Dell Inc. a few days before shareholders are scheduled to consider the latest buyout offer from the struggling computer maker’s founder Michael Dell.Icahn said Monday in a letter to shareholders that he still thinks Michael Dell’s bid to take his company private undervalues the business and freezes shareholders out of any future gains. But Icahn also said it would be “almost impossible” to defeat that offer in a vote scheduled for Thursday.Icahn and another major Dell shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management, said they won’t pursue additional efforts to defeat it.“We therefore congratulate Michael Dell and I intend to call him to wish him good luck (he may need it),” Icahn wrote in the letter.Michael Dell’s $24.8 billion bid to take his company private includes an offer of $13.75 per share plus a 13-cent dividend. Dell raised that bid last month after previous offers also drew strong criticism from Icahn and other major Dell Inc. investors.Dell’s shares have plunged by more than 40 per cent since Michael Dell returned for a second stint as CEO in 2007, largely because the company has had trouble adapting to a technological shift that has caused PC sales to fall as more people use smartphones and tablets.The company said last month that its fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 72 per cent, in part because of price-cutting aimed at slowing a sales decline.Michael Dell wants to take his company private and diversify. He foresees the business going through a painful transition that will likely hurt earnings, something that will be easier to endure without Wall Street’s fixation on short-term results.But Icahn has said the buyout would keep stockholders from sharing gains the company will reap from an eventual turnaround. His announcement Monday comes more than a month after he vowed to keep fighting Michael Dell’s bid and said “the war regarding Dell is far from over.”Icahn wanted to oust Dell’s board and pursue a complex alternative to Michael Dell’s bid that Icahn has said would be worth at least $15.50 per share. He has said that if his board candidates were elected, he could guarantee that Michael Dell would no longer be CEO.Icahn told CNBC Monday afternoon that he was close to getting a “top name” he declined to identify to serve as CEO.Ultimately, though, Icahn told fellow investors that a Delaware court ruling and the higher bid from Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners — they had raised the offer from $13.65 per share and added the dividend — hurt his chances in Thursday’s vote.Icahn wanted the vote on Michael Dell’s offer and the company’s annual meeting to be scheduled the same day so he could oust the board. But he noted in his shareholder letter that a Delaware judge ruled that the gap between Thursday’s vote and the annual meeting set for next month was legal.The investor said he believed that combining those meetings would have pressured Michael Dell and Silver Lake to raise his offer even more.Icahn also had complained that Dell’s directors unfairly favoured Michael Dell by moving up the investment date that makes a shareholder eligible to vote and by counting only votes that were actually cast, excluding those controlled by Michael Dell’s group.Dell’s board moved up the cutoff date for voting eligibility to Aug. 13 from June 3. The created a new pool of voters, including many investors who bought the stock in the past few months and stand to profit from the sweetened offer.The vote on Michael Dell’s buyout offer had already been delayed a few times as Michael Dell’s group tried to rally support. That prompted Icahn to compare the company to a dictatorship.“We jokingly ask, ‘What’s the difference between Dell and a dictatorship?,” he said in his shareholder letter. “The answer: Most functioning dictatorships only need to postpone the vote once to win.”Dell spokesman David Frink declined to comment on Icahn’s letter.Icahn’s decision to end his opposition makes shareholder approval of Michael Dell’s latest offer virtually certain, according to Carr Lanphier, an analyst who follows the company for Morningstar.“(Icahn) was the real driving force behind the opposition,” Lanphier said.If shareholders accept Michael Dell’s bid, the company expects the deal to close later in its third quarter, which ends next month.Dell shares rose a penny to $13.85 in Monday afternoon trading, while the Nasdaq exchange rose more than 1 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Teenage girl accused of double murder says she felt like killing for

first_imgKatie Edwards, 13, was found dead in the bedroom of her home in Spalding Two teenagers have been accused of the murdersCredit:Chris Radburn/PA The teenager is accused of killing the pair along with a 15-year-old boy who has already admitted murder.The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denies murder. A teenage girl accused of murdering a mother and daughtertold police she and her co-accused had felt like killing them for “quite a while”, a court has heard.The girl, who was aged 14 at the time of the alleged murders, also told officers she was “relieved” once the victims were dead.Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her 13-year-old daughter Katie, were found dead at their home in Spalding in Lincolnshire in April. Liz Edwards, who worked as a popular dinner lady, died of stab wounds  Katie Edwards, 13, was found dead in the bedroom of her home in SpaldingCredit:Enterprise News and Pictures Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Two teenagers have been accused of the murders On the second day of her trial at Nottingham Crown Court, the jury was told that she told police officers that she and the boy had planned the killings having “felt like murdering for quite a while”.In police transcripts read out to the court, the girl said the plan had originally started out as a joke that had “escalated”.She said: “A gun would have been easier but we don’t really have any in this country. The knife was a better solution.” The teenager told detectives that the boy “seemed fine” after stabbing Ms Edwards and her daughter with a kitchen knife.She explained that after the pair were killed, the pair shared a bath and watched four films before they were arrested.”I was OK with it. Just the fact that it happened so quickly gave me peace of mind,” she told policeBut she also discussed planning to take her own life following the murders.The teenager left a note saying “f*** you world” and asking for her ashes to be scattered at a special place.The trial continues Liz Edwards, who worked as a popular dinner lady, died of stab wounds Credit:Enterprise News and Pictureslast_img read more

Sir George Martins daughter claims fifth Beatle hid his fortune to favour

first_imgSir George Martin, the late music producer known as the “fifth Beatle”, has been accused by his eldest daughter of hiding his “vast wealth” in offshore accounts so he could secretly pass it on to his “favoured” children from his second marriage.Alexis Stratfold said the £1 million left in Sir George’s will when he died in March was “a joke” and a fraction of his true fortune, estimated at up to £400 million.She has been involved in a bitter dispute with her half-siblings after she was left just £68,000.Mrs Stratfold has also accused her late father of having had a decades-long affair with a Hollywood screenwriter which he hid from his widow, Judy, until his death. Alexis Stratford, at her home in Azille, France Alexis is the daughter of Beatles producer George Martin from his first marriage In her first major interview about the rift with Lady Martin and her children, Giles and Lucie, Mrs Stratfold, 61, said she had decided to speak out because: “I don’t think they should be able to get away without the truth coming out, Judy and the kids. Why should the public not know my story; how I have been treated?”Mrs Stratfold insisted the row is not about money, but about the way she has been “pushed out” and made to feel like a “second-class” member of the family almost from the moment her father married his second wife, Judy Lockhart, 50 years ago.Having “suppressed my feelings” for decades, she said the final straw came when her name was left off an invitation to her father’s memorial service in May, sent to guests from “Lady Judy, Lucie, Giles and the Martin family”. Her brother Greg, an actor, who fell out with his father after calling Lady Martin an “evil b—-” decades ago, was cut out of the will altogether.Like most Beatles fans, Mrs Stratfold was puzzled to find that her father, who received royalties from more than a billion record sales, including 30 hits with the Beatles, had left so little.During his life Sir George made a habit of telling people he was not wealthy, but few believed him, including his daughter.“Dad was an incredibly wealthy man, he earned vast amounts in royalties over his lifetime,” she said.  “I believe he was hiding his wealth abroad. It’s a real conundrum. I believe my father has deliberately put the house in Judy’s name and gifted the rest of his money to Lucie and Giles. I mean, £1 million, it’s a joke.” George Martin and Alexis Beatles producer George Martin (second from right) with (from left) Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon in 1963Credit:Chris Ware/Getty Instead, she found employment as a court stenographer. When she had her daughter, Natasha, with her first husband, Jonathan Goldberg QC, Sir George set up a covenant for her private education, but his tax-deductible gift turned out to be just £100 a year for seven years.And when all four children were invited to a gala performance of Sir George’s music, Mrs Stratfold and her brother Greg were made to sit in the stalls while Sir George sat in the royal box with Lucie and Giles, who followed his father into record production.Mr Goldberg said of his ex-wife: “It was almost as though she were the product of an illicit affair with a chambermaid. He erased Greg and Alexis from his life, they were always an afterthought.” George Martin with his daughter AlexisCredit:Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph Mrs Stratfold tried to sort out the row over the will with her half-sister Lucie during a meeting in a west London coffee shop, but they failed to agree and have had no contact since.Pointing out that her father had lived as a tax exile in California and the Channel Islands during some of his most profitable years, she said she would welcome an HMRC investigation into her father’s assets.Sir George had a reputation as one of the most charming men in music, but while his daughter was “proud” of his achievements, she said he had been a “cold and distant father”. Despite growing up during the height of Beatlemania, she never met any of the Beatles, and when her father died Sir Paul McCartney’s tribute to him made no mention of his eldest two children. George Martin with his wife JudyCredit:Geoff Wilkinson/Rex Shutterstock “The memorial service felt like the final insult, like another example of the way I have been pushed out by the other side of the family my entire life,” she told The Telegraph at her home near Narbonne in southern France, where she lives with her second husband, Rod.“Lucie kept telling me it was all about dad’s public life, that it would be taken care of. I made it clear that I wanted to be involved. They left my name off, and when I rang, they just kept offering excuses.”It was after the service that she received a copy of her father’s will, in which she had been left a small portion of her father’s estate in a bequest shared with Sir George’s chauffeur, a secretary and his three grandchildren.center_img Alexis Stratford, at her home in Azille, FranceCredit:Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph Despite his remoteness, or perhaps because of it, it was to his eldest daughter that Sir George confided a long-running affair in the late Seventies.During a rare lunch with her, Sir George admitted, on condition that his wife was never told about it, that he had met a glamorous Hollywood screenwriter named Barbara at the 1973 Grammy Awards.“It wasn’t a one-night stand,” said Mrs Stratfold. “It was a long-term thing. I think he probably had multiple affairs over the years, I just don’t know. He did have a ruthless side, dad, beneath the gentlemanly exterior.”The Martin family were unavailable to comment on Friday.However, Lucie Martin, Sir George’s youngest daughter, has previously stated that Mrs Stratfold’s claims were unfounded.Alexis Stratfold received no fee for this article but has asked that a donation be made to a music charity. She suspects he may not have known they existed, such was the extent to which her father had left his first wife and children behind.Her relationship with her father had been tense from the moment he walked out on her mother Jean “Sheena” Chisholm in 1962 – the same year Martin signed the Beatles to EMI. She believes her father was already having an affair with his future second wife, Judy Lockhart-Smith, a secretary at Abbey Road studios.Despite his cut-glass accent and debonair manner, Sir George had a working-class background in Holloway, north London, and liked to remind people that he was the son of a carpenter.“He was born to a very poor family, I think really he was very insecure about that,” Mrs Stratfold said. “When he met my mother he still had his Cockney accent, but that went gradually with all the [elocution] lessons he was taking. He was clearly conscious of it. “When I look back I think my mother was just an extension of his earlier life, she was one step on the ladder if you like. Judy was much more in line with where Dad was heading, she was upper class, she fitted the bill of what he wanted to be.”When Sir George married Judy in 1966, they moved into a town house near Hyde Park, with a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud parked in the drive. He would turn up in the Rolls to see his two children at his former wife’s modest home in Hatfield, Herts.When Lucie Martin was born in 1967, followed by Giles two years later, they were raised in a manner alien to their older half-siblings.Mrs Stratfold says that while Giles and Lucie were sent to Stowe and Marlborough College, two of the country’s most expensive public schools, she was unable to take up a place to study French at Exeter University because her father refused to pay for her tuition fees (she was not eligible for a full student grant because of his wealth). George Martin with his wife Judy George Martin with his daughter Alexis Beatles producer George Martin with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon in 1963 George Martin and AlexisCredit:Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Anglo American Platinum selects Topsoes WSA tech for sulphur emissions control

first_imgAnglo American Platinum has signed a contract for Topsoe’s world-leading Wet gas Sulphuric Acid (WSA) sulphur emissions control technology for their platinum smelter facility in Polokwane, South Africa. The statement said: “The WSA technology ensures compliance with environmental regulations and offers a perfect match to the often challenging requirements of metallurgical smelters and roasters. WSA is a proven and very cost-efficient technology to control sulphur emissions and produces commercial-grade sulphuric acid that can be sold.”The WSA plant is designed to drastically reduce emissions of SO2 from the platinum smelter from around 90,000 mg/Nm3 to less than 1,200 mg/Nm3. It will produce up to 148 t per day of sulfuric acid. “Sulphur emissions control has become a business prerequisite in the South African smelter industry. We wanted a solution that would ensure environmental compliance now and in the foreseeable future as well as make a convincing business case. WSA ticked both fields,” says Dr Lloyd Nelson, Head of Smelting & Refining Technology, Metallurgy, Anglo American Platinum.Newly enforced regulations in South Africa limits the emission of sulphur (SO2) and requires sulphur-emitting facilities to install an abatement technology. WSA is a leading sulfur emissions control technology for wet gas applications. Its recovery of process heat makes it extremely energy-efficient and consequently it uses no or very little support fuel. WSA does not produce any waste and requires only minimal cooling water.The WSA plant ordered by AAP will be the second in Africa. As governments and investors across the continent implement stricter environmental guidelines, the technology is expected to be adopted by many more African companies. Around the world, 160 WSA plants have been commissioned. The contract covers basic engineering, license, proprietary equipment, catalyst, training, and supervision services. Hatch in South Africa have been selected by AAP for Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) and will be managing the completion of the project on behalf of AAP. Haldor Topsoe is a world leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industrieslast_img read more

Anger management classes could help stem violence among young men

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 12th 2017, 7:45 AM 5,848 Views A YOUTH MENTAL health expert has said services are needed to help young men to better articulate their frustrations to defuse their anger before it tips over into violence.Joseph Duffy CEO of Jigsaw, which provides mental health services for teenagers and young adults, said 44% of the young people who present to his colleagues are male.“One of the things we see in terms of the difference between some of the young men and women who present is that the young women are often more articulate in being able to say they feel anxious,” he explained.“The men who come in talk about physical issues and about feeling angry and that’s an easier and probably more masculine thing to talk about first.”The issue of ‘anger management’ among Ireland’s young men was raised again last month, after the violent murder of 17-year-old Reece Cullen who was stabbed to death in Jobstown in Dublin.On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland at the time, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spoke of what he described as “a changing culture of violence going on in the city”.“We have a situation which knives are becoming the preferred weapon in some conflicts and they’re so easy to obtain. You can go to any large store, you can find them in any kitchen,” he said.“In the past, if a scuffle broke out, people came away with a bleeding nose, now people get killed and maimed.”Duffy said part of Jigsaw’s work is about helping young men to be able to articulate their anger, frustration or anxiety.If they were to end up in a physical altercation, if you track that back – was that the end point or did their temper got the better of them?His organisation is already doing work with the GAA, for example, to raise awareness of mental health services, he said. The Offaly county team even has the slogan ‘Jigsaw’s got your back’ on their jerseys.“That legitimises this youth mental health service, it puts it literally on the backs of the GAA Offaly team. A lot of this is about the message they get from the people who are championing things in their communities that they value. So we talk to the young people themselves but also the coaches, trainers and managers about things to look out for,” he said.In 2012 Jigsaw did a survey of 14,000 young people in Ireland about their mental health and Duffy said they hope to do a follow-up survey this year – with part of that looking at how they can best give young men these messages.Read: The number of people self-harming in Ireland is continuing to rise>Read: Depression, stress and emigration: Why medical students need to talk about mental health> Anger management classes could help stem violence among young men Call for services to better tackle the ‘changing culture of violence’ in Irish society. Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 7:45 AM Short URL Share20 Tweet Email Young men need access to services to help them defuse anger before it reaches boiling point, warns mental health charity CEO. Young men need access to services to help them defuse anger before it reaches boiling point, warns mental health charity CEO. 23 Comments By Michelle Hennessylast_img read more