Lalu calls the shots from hospitalNotwithstanding the fodder scam conviction, opposition politics coalesces around RJD chief Amarnath TewaryPatnaRashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad has been in prison for over a year now after being convicted in fodder scam cases, but he continues to be the biggest electoral glue for the opposition parties in the State.The government hospital in Ranchi, where he is admitted for medical attention, has lately become the epicentre of the seat-sharing confabulations among leaders of the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance).“One may take Lalu out of Bihar, but no one can take Bihar out of Lalu… for nearly three decades he has been at the centre of State politics,” said senior RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwari.After the party’s parliamentary board meeting in Patna recently, RJD leaders authorised Mr. Prasad to take a final call on party candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as also seat-sharing arrangements with the party’s alliance partners.“Lalu’s vote bank has increased since his imprisonment as was reflected in the Assembly and Lok Sabha bypoll results,” said political anayst Ajay Kumar. “It has also given him an opportunity to create a political base for his younger son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav.”“Despite all the opposition voices, there is no leader in Bihar today who has mass support like Lalu. He is the political pulse of the State,” said Mr. Kumar.State RJD leaders believe that Mr. Prasad would be able to finalise seat-sharing arrangements with the party’s alliance partners soon. “Leaders of almost all alliance partners have met Laluji at the Ranchi hospital and an announcement on seat sharing would be made soon,” said State RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve.However, BJP leaders refuse to accept the political and electoral invincibility of Mr. Prasad. “Lalu is no more a mass leader but a caste leader… what happened to his invincibility in the 2005 Assembly and the 2014 Lok Sabha polls? His vote share too is decreasing,” a senior State BJP leader said.“Lalu is now a spent force. He is in jail in corruption cases and several of his family members too are facing charges. We all know very well what the previous RJD regime was all about…everywhere there was loot and crime,” said Janata Dal (United) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.His party leaders, however, are hopeful that he would get bail and come out to campaign in the upcoming polls. In the 2015 Assembly polls, he addressed nearly 300 rallies and public meetings. “The bail petition was filed in Supreme Court in the last week of February. We hope Lalu gets bail and comes out of jail to campaign,” Mr. Tiwari said.
The police here on Tuesday lodged an FIR against former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand after a student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that he had been harassing her.Her father had filed a complaint with the police accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by his lawyer who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him.Shahjahanpur Superintendent of Police S. Chanappa said he has been booked under IPC Sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) and 506 (criminal intimidation) based on the father’s complaint.In a video clip posted by the woman online, she said she was under threat from a leader of the sant community, without naming Chinmayanand or specifying the kind of harassment she allegedly faced.But the woman’s father on Tuesday alleged that she has gone missing at the behest of the 72-year-old BJP leader, who heads Mumukshu ashram. She is a post-graduate student in one of the colleges run by the ashram.Her father alleged that Chinmayanand and “some others” sexually abused her and other girls.Chinmayanand has been a three-time Lok Sabha MP and was a Minister of State in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. In 2011, he was accused of rape by an inmate of his ashram.When contacted, his lawyer Om Singh claimed that the leader was being blackmailed and had received a WhatsApp message demanding ₹5 crore.He said an FIR was lodged over this on August 25.The SP said that the video and the message demanding money from the former Minister will be probed by senior officers, and action will be taken against those guilty.
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New Delhi, May 28 (PTI) “Dull and dark shadow crept over India in the last two years,” Congress today said dismissing the governments claims on performance on completion of two years in office and slammed it for alleged “systematic attack on institutions, icons and inclusiveness”.”As the second year of the Modi government draws to a close, sadly there is little to celebrate,” it said.”Muscled thugs impose their ideas of morality and lynch mobs kill people on mere suspicion. BJP leaders spew venomous messages of hate and violence to question the patriotism of every Indian who disagrees with them,” the party said in a 59-page booklet, titled “Pragati Ki Tham Gayi Chaal, Do Saal, Desh Ka Bura Hal” (The pace of progress has stopped. Two years and the nations bad plight).Claiming the booklet to be “Sachchaai Ka Aaina (Mirror of Reality), AICC trained its guns on the NDA dispensation on a wide range of issues including economy, employment, price rise and foreign policy.The party went hammer and tongs at the NDA government over its role in Congress-ruled Aurnachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and accused it of “murder of democracy and subversion of federalism”.Ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2017, the party tried to paint the Modi government as “anti-Dalit” citing RSS chief Mohan Bhagwats last year remarks on caste-based reservation.The party alleged that Modi and his government are “surreptitiously following the RSS agenda” through its actions and policies including “systematic withdrawal of schemes for SCs/STs/BCs and by imposing budgetary cuts”.advertisement”The last two years have seen a dull and dark shadow creep over India. People are bewildered and confused. Instead of promised achche din, they are witnessing a systematic attack on Indias institutions, icons and inclusiveness.”As the second year of the Modi government draws to a close, sadly there is little to celebrate. Job growth, industrial output and exports are all plunging downward. Inflation, rural distress, drought and low farm incomes are making life miserable for kisan and khet mazdoor,” the booklet said. PTI AMR SPG SMN PAL SMN
All-rounder Hardik Pandya was released from the Test squad on Sunday after he suffered a shoulder injury, sustained during a training session.Lokesh Rahul and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha were also forced to miss the third Test due to injuries but the BCCI is expecting the young opener to regain fitness before the fourth Test, scheduled to begin from December 8 in Mumbai. (Also read: KL Rahul out with forearm injury, Shikhar Dhawan back in contention)”BCCI medical team confirms that India all-rounder Hardik Pandya sustained a blow on his right shoulder during a training session in Mohali. He has been released from the Indian Test team and will consult a specialist to decide the future course of action,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said.”Batsman K.L. Rahul is also released from the squad to recover from his left forearm injury. He is expected to regain his fitness for the fourth Test match of the Paytm Test series,” the release added further.Rahul had missed the two Tests and five ODIs against New Zealand after suffering a hamstring injury during the Kanpur Test match.
New Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) The Paralympic Committee of India today washed its hands off the reported incident of a blind para-swimmer being left to fend for herself in Berlin, saying the sanctioned amount could not be distributed due to the non-availability of court-appointed committee chairman. Reports said that Kanchanmala Pande, who took part in the Berlin Para Swimming Championships with five others, was forced to borrow money in Berlin from a friend and was fined for travelling without a ticket on public transport after she was not given enough money by the PCI. The incident has triggered reactions from the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Mahesh Bhupathi, while Sports Minister Vijay Goel has promised to look into the matter. The PCI vice-president Gursharan Singh said that the national Paralympics body could not be blamed for the incident. He said the fund sanctioned by the government could not be withdrawn as the PCI needed the approval of Justice (Retd) Kailash Gambhir, who was appointed by Delhi High Court as Chairman of the Committee. Under the order of the High Court, which appointed the committee, the PCI needs the approval of the committee to withdraw money till a pending case is decided. “We feel sad that this kind of incident had happened, it should not happen again. We regret that this incident had happened. We will seek a report from the team manager and find out how this had happened,” Gursharan told PTI today. “The sanctioned amount from SAI came five days before the departure of the athletes but we could not withdraw the money as it needs the approval of the Chairman of Committee appointed by the Delhi High Court. He (Justice Retd. Kailash Gambhir) was not available to clear the funds. “So, we told the athletes not to take part in Berlin or go on their own and compensate later. The team went on their own and I am hearing about this incident. We have asked for a report about what happened in Berlin from team leader Kamaljit Singh,” said Gursharan from London, where an Indian team is taking part in the World Para Athletics Championships. Gursharan said that Kamaljit, a Haryana government coach, had recently led some para athletes to a championships in Australia on their own funds which was compensated later. “Taking part in an event on their own and compensating later is not happening for the first time. Kamaljit had taken some para athletes in Australia earlier this year. They went there on their own funds and were compensated later.” Gursharan said henceforth this practice of para-athletes taking part on their own fund (to be compensated later) will not be encouraged. “We will not encourage this kind of participation in future. We work for the well being of our para-athletes. We do not wish this kind of incidents to happen in future.” Abhinav Bindra, the countrys lone individual Olympic gold medallist, took to the social media to express his anger on this incident. “This is UNACCEPTABLE. People must be held accountable,” Bindra wrote on his Twitter handle. He even tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Vijay Goel. Indian Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi and another player Somdev Devvarman also reacted to the incident. “Against all Odds has been every sportspersons story in India at some level but this is an all time low,” tweeted multiple Grand Slam winner Bhupathi. “Horrible stuff to read… Changes need to be made in the way we perceive sport and the way we run it… The current system is a shame… ,” Devvarman wrote. Sports Minister Goel, on the other hand, said he would look into the matter. “Im informed funds were released to Paralympic Committee by SAI on behalf of @YASMinistry. Trying to ascertain from PCI where problem lies,” Goel wrote on his Twitter handle. “Ive instructed my Ministry to verify the facts of this episode and then comment on the matter,” he added. PTI PDS CM PDSadvertisement
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — With his father and brother among dozens of supporters in the stands, Rick Porcello certainly didn’t want to get knocked out in the first inning.Porcello recovered neatly from a rocky start and rookie catcher Blake Swihart had two homers and five RBIs to lead the streaking Boston Red Sox past the New York Yankees 10-4 the night of Sept. 29.New York’s playoff push was delayed once again by its longtime rival. Porcello (9-14) pitched eight innings, Mookie Betts hit a solo home run and the Red Sox (77-80) won their season-best fifth straight game to pass the Orioles for third place in the AL East.“Outstanding effort,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “Rick just did a great job of settling in. Made some really good adjustments, him and Blake Swihart.”New York is running second in the division and was spared the possibility of the Blue Jays clinching the crown when they were rained out in Baltimore.Still looking to lock up at least a wild card, the Yankees need two wins in their final five games — or some help — to reach the postseason for the first time since 2012.Michael Pineda (12-9) was 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA in his previous five outings and had pitched very well against Boston since joining the Yankees.But he gave up hits to three of his first four batters as the Red Sox scored six runs in the first inning for the first time at Yankee Stadium.“That team is playing really good baseball. That’s a different team than we saw all spring and summer, so give those guys credit. They’re playing hard,” said Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who struck out twice and grounded into a double play while going 0 for 4.“This is their playoff and they want to make an impact and we would be the same way playing against them.”Brock Holt hustled for an RBI double and Swihart capped the outburst with a three-run homer to the short porch in right field.Pineda bent over at the waist and shook his head, moments before the Yankees began to get a reliever loose in the bullpen.New York responded with four runs in the bottom half off Porcello, who grew up a Mets fan in New Jersey about an hour from Yankee Stadium. Carlos Beltran hit an RBI double, and Dustin Ackley had a two-run homer. But the right-hander regrouped from there and did not allow any more damage, throwing 118 pitches in eight innings.“I think honestly that was one of my best starts all year,” Porcello said, adding he got a helpful mound visit from pitching coach Carl Willis after Ackley’s homer. “Sometimes you need a kick in the butt. … That definitely resonated with me.”Jacoby Ellsbury made a bid for a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fourth but the ball was caught at the right-field fence.Betts homered on Pineda’s first pitch in the fifth, and Swihart added a two-run drive off Bryan Mitchell in the eighth.It was the first multi-homer game for Swihart, who entered with three long balls this season. He topped his previous career best of three RBIs.“You see the ball pretty well here. I don’t know if those balls I hit are home runs anywhere else but here,” Swihart said.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)
Indus Express at Vivanta is celebrating the flavours of the much fabled Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle is an amalgamation of culinary creations from the land of Maharajas, Mughals and Nawabs from Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. The menu includes platters like Rajma ki gilawat Agra ke nukkad se, Machhli Jaisamandi Jaipur ke galiyare se and Laccha tokri chat Delhi ke katre pe and many more. When: Until July 7 Time: 7:30 pm to 11:45 pm (Dinner) Price: INR 1399 onwards (taxes applicable) Where: Indus Express, Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka
OTTAWA — Some facts and figures about the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944:TARGET: Allies land on French channel coast along five Normandy beaches stretching about 80 kilometres west from River Orne.BEACHES: From west to east, Utah (U.S.); Omaha (U.S.); Gold (Britain); Juno (Canada); Sword (Britain).FEATURES OF JUNO: Eight-kilometre strip of summer resorts and villages scattered over flat land behind low beaches and a sea wall. Many Canadians in first wave race to cover of sea wall. D Company of Queen’s Own Rifles loses half its strength in initial sprint from water to seawall about 180 metres away.ENEMY AT JUNO: About 400 soldiers of 716th Infantry Division man concrete gun positions sited to fire along beach. Zones of fire calculated to interlock on coastal obstacles intended to rip bottoms out of invading boats. Gun positions protected by mines, trenches, barbed wire.SHIPS: More than 7,000 vessels manned by 285,000 sailors. Royal Canadian Navy contributes 110 ships and 10,000 sailors.SOLDIERS: 130,000 ashore by nightfall, including about 14,000 Canadians.VEHICLES: 6,000 tracked and wheeled vehicles and 600 guns land.PLANES: More than 7,000 bombers and fighters available. Allied planes fly about 14,000 sorties June 6, against about 250 by Luftwaffe.D-DAY CASUALTIES (killed, wounded and missing): Canada: 1,074, including 359 killed; U.S. 6,000; Britain: 3,200. Germany figures unreliable because of confusion in retreat.CAMPAIGN CASUALTIES (killed, wounded and missing): In 2-plus months of Normandy campaign (June 6-Aug. 21) Germans lose 450,000 soldiers, Allies 210,000. Canadian casualties total more than 18,000, including more than 5,000 dead.ALLIED LEADERS: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (U.S.), Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force. Gen. Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (Britain), Field Commander, D-Day Forces.CANADIAN LEADERS: Gen. Harry Crerar, Commander 1st Canadian Army. Maj.-Gen. Rod Keller, Commander 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.DIVISIONS INVOLVED: Canadian 3rd Infantry Division; British 3rd and 50th Infantry Divisions; U.S. 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions. (All had armoured units attached).The Canadian Press
Ali Abdussalam Treki of Libya told a news conference at UN Headquarters that the Assembly’s “priorities are peace and security, a question that concerns the entire world, a question that will undoubtedly be considered in many different contexts and under different items.” Among them, he said, was poverty. “We have a world of rich people and poor people and the gap between them is forever widening, and that places a great responsibility on all of us, particularly if we truly want to avoid further wars,” he said. “We should allocate enough efforts and enough resources to fight poverty, disease, and to provide for good education and healthcare.”Mr. Treki said, “Freedom and human rights in social, economic and cultural terms – rights to food, to housing, to education and heath care – these are all extremely important issues that have to do with our peace and security.”Asked about the utility of what some people called “repetitive” Assembly resolutions about the occupied Palestinian territory, he said “it is not the fault of the Palestinians that they are not implemented. If they had been given their legitimate rights, we wouldn’t be in this situation.” Turning to nuclear weapons, the President-elect said he had noted that the countries most actively concerned with a potentially nuclear armed Iran “are the ones who have nuclear weapons.”He said nuclear weapons should be removed from the entire world. “Everyone knows Israel has nuclear weapons,” he said. “Who should we start with, a country that actually has nuclear weapons, or a country that is attempting to get it?”Nuclear disarmament should start “first with Israel and then with Iran, in the same context.”Mr. Treki served as Libya’s Ambassador to the UN three times and is currently the Minister of African Union Affairs. He will take up his post when the Assembly begins its 64th session on 15 September. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this week congratulated Mr. Treki on his election as President, saying his “wide-ranging diplomatic experience will be invaluable as he presides over the General Assembly.” 12 June 2009The President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly today said tackling poverty and human rights issues is essential for global peace and security and would be high on the agenda of the forthcoming session of the 192-member body.
The floods which began earlier this month have been blamed for at least five deaths and the loss of 100,000 cattle, according to Modibo Traoré, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Niger, who noted that the numbers could increase in the coming days.“We have still one month ahead for the rainy season and currently the rainfall is continuing almost throughout the country, and we may expect much more victims of the flood,” he cautioned in an interview with UN Radio. Mr. Traoré said the most immediate needs are food – about 10,000 tons – as well as shelter materials, blankets and mosquito nets. The food security situation in the West African was already dire owing to a prolonged drought that has caused crop failure and livestock deaths. An assessment carried out in April indicated that over 7 million people, or about 46 per cent of Niger’s population, are suffering from moderate or severe food insecurity. 30 August 2010The United Nations humanitarian arm is seeking urgent assistance for Niger, where recent flooding has displaced nearly 200,000 people and aggravated a food crisis in which almost half of the country’s 15 million people are experiencing hunger.
17 November 2011The voluntary repatriation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in a refugee camp in western Côte d’Ivoire began this week with the support of the Government, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. Thousands of people had fled their homes due to the post-electoral crisis in the country earlier this year. As of last month, 17,000 IDPs were living in camps, and nearly 170,000 were living with host families and communities.After consulting with the humanitarian community, the Government started encouraging people in the camp in Duékoué to return to their homes.“The return of displaced persons to their habitual neighbourhoods in Duékoué confirms the gradual return of confidence among communities,” said Ndolamb Ngokwey, Humanitarian Coordinator in Côte d’Ivoire. “For this return to remain sustainable, humanitarian actors, traditional and religious authorities as well as the Government should redouble their efforts in providing assistance packages and guarantee the safety of lives and property,” Mr. Ngokwey said.The repatriation is one of the efforts by the Government to guarantee assistance and protection to IDPs. In the next few days, 1,308 people that have been living in a Catholic mission camp will go back to their villages in the western part of the country. According to a news release issued by OCHA, more repatriation operations are expected in the near future.Violence erupted in Côte d’Ivoire when former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after he lost the UN-certified election to Alassane Ouattara, who was eventually sworn in after Mr. Gbagbo surrendered in April.Cote
TORONTO — The Canadian dollar fell almost a full U.S. cent Tuesday morning to its weakest level since late April 2009 amid a weaker than expected manufacturing report and a day ahead of the Bank of Canada’s next announcement on interest rates.The loonie fell 0.91 of a cent to 82.79 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing sales fell 1.4% in November to $51.5 billion. It was the third drop in four months.The result compared with a drop of 0.7% that economists had expected.The agency says the drop was due to lower sales of motor vehicles, chemicals, primary metals and food.The central bank is widely expected to leave its key rate at one%, where it has been since September 2010 as the global economy slowly recovers from the 2008 financial crisis.But there is growing uncertainty as to the pace of rate hikes because of the collapse of oil prices and the effect this is having on the Canadian economy.Sell Canada! Investors bet against loonie, bank stocks as oil collapsesCanadian dollar strategists are already tearing up their 2015 forecasts as the loonie dives with oilHow the loonie racked up its worst performance in six years in 2014Crude prices have plunged 55% from June 2014 and are down 40% just since the end of November after OPEC ruled out production cuts to support prices.On Tuesday, the March crude contract in New York fell $1.66 to US$47.47 a barrel.Metal prices failed to find lift from data showing that Chinese economic growth for 2014 came in better than expected. Gross domestic product grew by 7.4%, better than the 7.3% read that analysts had expected but also the weakest expansion in nearly a quarter century. March copper declined three cents to US$2.58 a pound.Gold prices advanced with the February contract ahead $15.20 to US$1,292.10 an ounce.Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund lowered its forecasts for global growth over the next two years, warning that persistent weakness in most major economies will outweigh the boost from lower oil prices. It lowered the projections it issued in October by 0.3 percentage point and now forecasts global growth at 3.5% this year and 3.7% in 2016.Traders are also looking to the European Central Bank to unveil on Thursday a major program of quantitative easing, involving the massive purchase of government bonds, to increase inflation pressures. Economic growth has been tepid and there have been worries that the region could fall prey to deflationary pressures, a situation where businesses and consumers hold off on purchases in the hope that items will just get cheaper.
TSX in for further tepid performance following mildly positive first quarter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2013 11:40 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market goes into the second quarter of 2013 trading down from its best levels of the year and not a great deal of hope that global economic conditions will improve to a point where the resource-based market can gain traction.But during the coming week, traders will look to assurance that job growth remains strong while keeping a wary eye on countries most impacted by the eurozone debt crisis.The TSX ended the January-March period up a slight per cent year to date, down from highs of mid-March when the market was ahead about 3.5 per cent.In contrast, a stream of positive economic indicators, including a resurgent housing sector, and continued stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve helped power the Dow Jones industrials to a series of record-high closes, leaving the blue chip index up almost 12 per cent year to date.But looking ahead, the resource-heavy TSX will continue to be hobbled by a stubbornly slow global economic recovery.“I think it really is a function of commodity prices not really going anywhere because it’s a tepid global recovery and most of the revisions in terms of growth expectations that occurred over the quarter have been downwards,” said Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist at Mackenzie Investments.“People initially had some positive adjustments to the view on China and now those have sort of reversed and for the U.S., things have been probably OK and data particularly on the housing side has been positive. I think that’s been overwhelmed in the global context by the estimates for Europe being revised downwards pretty materially.”Miners led TSX losers by a long shot, with the Global Gold Index losing while the Metals and Mining group fell per cent.However, it wasn’t all bad news as the financial sector gained per cent while the energy component rose per cent.At the same time, Raschkowan says that it’s hard to see what can drive the U.S. market up from here.“It wouldn’t surprise me if the U.S. market pauses here,” he said.“It’s hard to see anything definitive so maybe you have a drift higher or sideways until there is another new development that is positive.”The eurozone debt crisis will likely weigh on markets in the wake of a controversial bailout secured by the tiny Mediterranean nation of Cyprus at the beginning of last week.Early relief gave way to concern that the Cyprus bailout agreement may be a model for the future since for the first time, many large depositors will lose a big chunk of their money as part of the pricetag for securing the money.“The people for whom this is really a game changer is corporate treasurers and companies that hold large amounts of cash in transit let’s say in banks, and they’re not going to be prepared to leave that money in a bank that they consider to be in a risky locale,” said Raschkowan.“And whether it’s Spain, or Greece or Portugal or Italy, I think that’s where you’re going to see a meaningful impact from its decision.”The major economic reports of the week come out Friday.In the U.S., traders hope to see another month of job gains around the 200,000 mark. Economists expect the government report will show that the economy created about 190,000 jobs during March after cranking out 236,000 during February, with the jobless rate staying unchanged at 7.7 per cent.In Canada, Statistics Canada was expected to report that about 10,000 jobs were created during March. However, CIBC said in a note that it expects only about 5,000 new positions following a blowout performance in February when 50,700 jobs were created.“While resource-sector hiring could fare better, public sector headcounts were likely trimmed with the ongoing drive to restrain public sector costs,” said CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor.“A slowing residential construction market likely also saw hiring there falter.”
Yury Fedetov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was addressing the opening of a two-day conference in Vienna on safeguarding sport from corruption.More than 250 participants from 60 countries are attending, including representatives from national law enforcement agencies, the private sector and sports organizations such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Cricket Council, the International Weightlifting Federation and the global football body, FIFA.The agenda covers topics such as overcoming corruption in public procurement, addressing match-fixing and countering crimes on an international level such as money laundering, human trafficking, migrant smuggling and cybercrime.“There is a growing understanding and appreciation that actions taken to safeguard sport from corruption in fact represent an investment, with clear economic and social benefits,” Mr. Fedetov told the gathering.“Together we can promote integrity, stop criminals from exploiting sport for illicit gain and harness the power of sport as a force for development and peace.”Mr. Fedetov recalled that the international community and sports bodies have initiated several measures to address corruption.For example, the 183 countries party to the UN Convention against Corruption last year adopted a resolution on the subject.The resolution outlines a range of issues to be addressed, including sports-related procurement, organization of events, match-fixing, illegal betting, as well as good governance.It also mandated UNODC to support governments and sports organizations to develop international standards, and to provide technical assistance to promote integrity in sports and prevent the involvement of organized crime.
UK automotive manufacturing has already received a boost in 2015, as Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to create 1,300 new UK jobs as part of its investment in lightweight technologies.The focus of this investment will be the continued development of the manufacturer’s expertise in aluminium vehicle construction at its Solihull plant. The announcement followed confirmation from the company that a new Jaguar model, the F-PACE performance crossover set to hit the market in 2016, will be produced at Solihull’s new facilities.The 1,300 new positions are in addition to the 1,700 jobs that were created in 2013 as part of its £1.5 billion investment for the introduction of the Jaguar XE.Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth said, “Today’s announcements once again demonstrate our commitment to the UK and the advancement of a high-tech, high skilled, manufacturing-led economy.“Jaguar Land Rover is committed to delivering more great products. It is that innovation and relentless quest for new technologies that sets our products apart. We want to offer customers greater choice, with even more exciting vehicles, crafted with that special British flair. We want to improve the quality of life for our customers and for our own employees, creating opportunities for more people to be part of the Jaguar Land Rover experience.”This announcement follows a landmark year of investment for Jaguar Land Rover in 2014, with the opening of its £500 million engine plant in Wolverhampton, £3.5 billion of contracts awarded to UK suppliers and a £200 million investment into its Halewood plant ahead of production of the new Land Rover Discovery range. The company’s workforce has almost doubled over the past few years, as Jaguar Land Rover now employs 30,500 people, 95% of its total staff, in the UK.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
OSU sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) celebrates during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes are stocked with talent. Household names such as redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott immediately come to mind whenever the Buckeyes are mentioned.Yet, there’s one player deserving of such notoriety that has flown under the radar for quite some time now.Through the first nine games of the season, sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan has quietly led the Buckeyes in total tackles with 83, good for third most in the Big Ten. McMillan has not only capably anchored the middle of OSU’s stout defense, but he’s become the heart and soul of a unit that has been the single most consistent entity on the team. His conservative temperament on the field explains the lack of buzz coming from the national media. He leaves the boisterous celebrations to the likes of other notable names on the defense, like junior defensive end Joey Bosa and his signature shrug.In spite of the shuttered spotlight, McMillan has outshined his fellow starting linebackers, senior Joshua Perry and redshirt sophomore Darron Lee. Overall, though, he’s been as good and as consistent as any linebacker in the country.Averaging roughly nine tackles per game, few teams have been able to successfully move the rock against the McMillan-led front seven of the Buckeyes. His sophomore campaign is going so well, in fact, that he’s been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, which is given annually to the best linebacker in college football.With Curtis Grant currently pursuing a career in the NFL, McMillan has stepped up big time in what is his first season as a full-time starter. He attributes much of his success to newfound confidence, saying as much on Monday. “I wouldn’t say comfortable, but I would say confident,” McMillan said. “I’m out there making calls on the field; calling things out as I see it. Last year, I was more tentative on the field. But this year, I’m more confident in what I’m saying and I’m saying it loud.”That confidence is something that has helped the Buckeyes to a top-15 ranking in total defense. Despite that high level of play, McMillan is still yearning for more.“We’re steadily getting better every week,” he said. “That was one of our things at the beginning of the season: to progress every week and to be playing your best football at the end of the season. And I think we’re working toward playing our best football at the end of the season.”With only three more games left on the Buckeyes’ regular-season schedule, McMillan will look to continue what has been nothing short of tremendous play at the middle linebacker position. Guys like Bosa, Lee and Perry may make all of the headlines, but it’s No. 5 who quietly serves as the integral leader of the defense. All things considered, McMillan may just be the best kept secret in all of college football, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Eight people were killed in the London Bridge terror attackCredit:PA The operation took place overnight and searches are ongoing at the properties, the force said.In a separate investigation, counter-terror police made a series of arrests in Ilford, east London, on Wednesday night in connection with the London Bridge atrocity.Eight people were killed and dozens injured when three men launched a van and knife rampage on Saturday night.All three attackers were shot dead by police. Three men have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences in east London following a series of raids involving armed police.Two men aged 34 at 37 were held at separate addresses in Newham, while a third man aged 33 was arrested at an address in Waltham Forest. All three were detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism offences and have been taken for questioning at a south London police station.The raids by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, supported by armed police, are not connected to the London Bridge attack, Scotland Yard said. 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.
Des inondations font 43 morts et des milliers de sans-abri au BéninBénin – Des pluies diluviennes s’abattent sur le Bénin depuis le début du mois. Engendrant le débordement des rivières Oueme et Mono, elles ont provoqué des inondations meurtrières et dévastatrices.Comme l’a précisé à l’AFP Kémoral Jadjombaye, chargé des Affaires humanitaires au Bureau de coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations unies (OCHA) au Bénin, ce sont aujourd’hui 42 des 77 communes du pays qui sont sous les eaux. Des inondations qui, depuis le début du mois, ont fait au moins 43 victimes, mortes noyées ou dans l’effondrement de leur habitation. Quelque 55.575 maisons ont ainsi été détruites, et le Bénin compte à ce jour 358.621 sinistrés dont 97.815 sans-abri.La “situation humanitaire devient de plus en plus inquiétante” alerte Kémoral Jadjombaye, alors que le pays a besoin d’abris, de nourriture et d’eau potable de toute urgence. Par ailleurs, les travailleurs humanitaires qui sont sur place craignent la propagation d’une épidémie de choléra, 800 cas dont sept mortels ayant déjà été recensés.Pays de 8,8 millions d’habitants, le Bénin et notamment sa capitale Cotonou, située à l’embouchure du fleuve Ouemé, est très souvent inondé par les crues saisonnières du fleuve. Mais alors que la saison des pluies se fait cette année très violente, la situation est aggravée par l’afflux de populations dans les zones inondables.Le 19 octobre 2010 à 15:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (AP) — Defense lawyers plans to go on the offensive Wednesday in the murder trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a wounded young Islamic State prisoner in Iraq and shooting at civilians.The prosecution rested its case Tuesday in the San Diego court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a Bronze Star recipient. The judge in the case rejected a defense request to issue a summary judgment finding Gallagher not guilty of murder and attempted murder.On Wednesday, the defense plans to show jurors videotaped testimony from an Iraqi general who handed over the fighter to Gallagher for medical treatment after the adolescent was wounded in an airstrike. The general gave videotaped testimony in June when he visited San Diego.Prosecution witnesses, including a fellow Navy SEAL, testified that Gallagher stabbed the prisoner twice in the neck in May 2017 and that the attack could have been fatal.Defense lawyers say testimony from the Iraqi general and other witnesses will show Gallagher isn’t guilty. They already have contended that the witnesses against him offered tainted or even false testimony. They have questioned the methodology of the chief investigator and noted the lack of a body or other physical evidence.Prosecutors called seven SEALs from the platoon to testify in the court-martial at Naval Base San Diego that started a week agoOne witness, Corey Scott, a medic, shocked the courtroom last week after he admitted to the killing, saying he plugged the militant’s breathing tube after Gallagher stabbed the boy as an act of mercy because he feared he would be tortured and possibly killed by Iraqi forces if he survived.On Tuesday, a computer specialist testified that Gallagher had texted a photo to a comrade in which he clutched the hair of the dead captive in one hand and a knife in the other.The specialist also linked Gallagher to a text message sent to a comrade that bragged: “Got him with my hunting knife.”Defense attorney Timothy Parlatore called the photos of Gallagher posing with the corpse in poor taste but not criminal. Several of the same SEALs who had testified against Gallagher also posed with the dead body in a platoon photo, he noted.No blood was found on the knife.Gallagher, 40, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the case of the prisoner and attempted murder for his alleged shooting of a young girl and elderly man in separate incidents outside Mosul. The defense said the shooting incidents were based on the accounts of one SEAL and one former SEAL who never saw Gallagher pull the trigger.Fellow defense lawyer Marc Mukasey suggested earlier Tuesday that the lead investigator, a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Joseph Warpinski, befriended witnesses and encouraged them to speak with each other and go after Gallagher in violation of standard investigation practices.Warpinski acknowledged making some mistakes in the hundreds of text messages he exchanged with witnesses, but denied making friends with them or encouraging them to discuss the case to get their stories straight or to target the chief. He said he had to build rapport with members of the insular special forces community to earn their trust and cooperation.Mukasey also suggested Warpinski had not asked pertinent questions of witnesses, such as the cause of death of the captive fighter and why Gallagher, an 18-year veteran and trained medic, would suddenly kill a patient he was treating for battle wounds.Scott testified that he thought the patient would have survived the stabbing, despite previously telling the prosecution his life could not have been saved. Defense to present testimony in Navy SEAL murder case June 25, 2019 AP, AP Updated: 10:49 PM Posted: June 25, 2019