ICC Champions Trophy: I don’t know why we call South Africans big players, questions Harbhajan Singh

first_imgSouth Africa once again suffered a shock exit in an ICC tournament when they lost to defending champions India in a must-win game at the Champions Trophy. Put into bat first, South Africa were bundled out for 191 thanks to some brilliant bowling performance by the Indian bowlers. In reply, India rode of twin fifties by Shikhar Dhawan (78) and captain Virat Kohli (76 not out) to confirm India’s place in the semi-finals.Spin ace Harbhajan Singh, who is one of the ICC brand ambassadors for the Champions Trophy added salt to their wounds questioning if some of their star players deserved to be called big players.”I don’t know how we can call them big players. You are not big players if you can’t win big tournaments. I think we should all ask ourselves if we use the big players’ tag very loosely,” Harbhajan told India Today.South Africa were off to a cautious but solid start before twin run outs of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis turned the game on its head. India bowlers then kept the run-scoring under control. Their loss to India also had all the makings of a team unable to deal with pressure.”I don’t feel like saying this being a cricketer myself. But after seeing their show I am convinced by what has been said in the media all this while that they choke in big games. India have handed over the chokers medal to South Africa which they can take back home,” he quipped.advertisementlast_img read more

Read More

Swiss Prosecutors Confirm About 25 FIFA Investigations

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — About 25 separate investigations of suspected corruption linked to FIFA and World Cup bidding are being led by federal prosecutors in Switzerland, the country’s office for the attorney general said Friday.The office of Michael Lauber confirmed the scale of “football-related cases” after securing a first conviction since its FIFA probes began in 2014.Cases were not specified, but criminal proceedings are open against former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke, and some 2006 World Cup organizers, including Franz Beckenbauer.Swiss and American prosecutors worked together on a guilty plea made in a Brooklyn federal courthouse on Thursday by Jorge Arzuaga, a former employee of Swiss private banks from Argentina.Arzuaga admitted to working with former FIFA finance chairman Julio Grondona and others in a money-laundering conspiracy linked to bribes. Grondona was senior vice president at FIFA when he died in 2014.Arzuaga forfeited $650,000 in “unlawfully obtained” bonuses to the Swiss treasury, the federal prosecution office said.The banker, who worked in Zurich for Credit Suisse and Julius Baer, is due to be sentenced on Jan. 4.Lauber was invited by FIFA in November 2014 to begin investigating suspected wrongdoing in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests which were won by Russia and Qatar, respectively.“To date, 178 reports of suspected money-laundering transactions have been received in connection with the football investigations,” Lauber’s office said.In May 2015, the scope of Swiss and American cooperation to prosecute corruption linked to FIFA was revealed when seven officials, including two FIFA vice presidents, were arrested in early morning hotel raids in Zurich. FIFA was also raided for evidence that day.A further round of arrests, indictments and guilty pleas to U.S. courts were revealed in December 2015. More than 40 soccer and marketing officials have been indicted or made guilty pleas in the American case.In Switzerland, authorities are now analyzing “seized documents containing some 19 terabytes of data,” Lauber’s office said Friday.GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Read More

US indicts seven Russian military intel agents in global hacking conspiracy

first_imgWashington, Oct 5 (AFP) The US Justice Department Thursday indicted seven agents of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency as part of a joint crackdown with Western allies on a series of major hacking plots attributed to Moscow.The indictments were announced as Dutch security services said they had thwarted a cyber attack on the global chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW — expelling four Russian agents — and after Britain and Australia blamed the GRU for plots that notably targeted the US Democratic Party and global sports bodies.John Demers, US Assistant Attorney General for National Security, confirmed the seven agents were indicted in connection to the attack on the OPCW, on football’s governing body FIFA and the US and global anti-doping agencies, and on the US nuclear energy company Westinghouse among others.The indictments also include charges of money laundering using bitcoin, wire fraud and identify theft.”Nations like Russia and others that engage in malicious and norm-shattering cyber and influence activities should understand the continuing and steadfast resolve of the United States and its allies to prevent, disrupt and deter such unaccountable conduct,” Demers told a news conference.”The defendants in this case should know that justice is very patient, its reach is long and its memory is even longer,” he said.The defendants, all Russian nationals and residents, were named as Aleksei Morenets, 41, Evgenii Serebriakov, 37, Ivan Yermakov, 32, Artem Malyshev, 30, Dmitriy Badin, 27, Oleg Sotnikov, 46, and Alexey Minin, 46.While the latest case did not arise from US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling, it overlaps with it.advertisementYermakov, Malyshev, and Badin were among the 12 GRU officers indicted in July this year by Mueller, over alleged interference in the US polls of 2016.Demers said the operations — dating back to 2014 — “involved sophisticated, persistent and unauthorized access into the victims’ computer networks for the purpose of stealing private or otherwise sensitive information.” A major part of the indictment details an alleged concerted campaign by the Russians against major international sports organizations in retaliation for the International Olympic Committee’s July 2016 decision to exclude Russian athletes from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics due to a state-backed cover-up of doping.The hackers ultimately stole and released personal files of top world athletes including tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and celebrated British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly and angrily rejected similar charges, and Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, reacting to the British and Australian claims, said that the allegations had been mixed together “indiscriminately.” NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg separately warned Russia to halt its “reckless” behavior.Canada confirmed Thursday it believes itself to have been targeted by Russian cyber attacks, citing breaches at its center for ethics in sports and at the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).”The government of Canada assesses with high confidence that the Russian military’s intelligence arm, the GRU, was responsible” for these cyber attacks, the foreign ministry said in a statement.(AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

Read More

Captain Pulisic leads by example in USMNT win

first_imgChristian Pulisic wore the captain’s armband for just the second time in his U.S. national team career, and didn’t bother with any rah-rah speeches. He chose instead to let his play do the talking, and his effort early on in Sunday’s Gold Cup quarterfinal helped set the tone for a hard-fought victory.On a day when Curacao tested the Americans like no team had in this Gold Cup, it was Pulisic who provided a consistent threat, setting the tone with a strong start, and delivering the game-winning assist on Weston McKennie’s goal in an eventual 1-0 victory.It was a performance that drew praise from Curacao manager Remko Bicentini, who called him the best player on the night, as well as raves from USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “He’s a guy that can lead through performance,” Berhalter said of Pulisic. “I talked to him about being captain in this game, and it was something that he readily accepted. You see his work. He’s a guy that — despite getting fatigued in the game — he didn’t stop working, and then he has the quality to give a great pass to Weston, an in-swinging cross. He was in on a number of other chances, shots from the top of the 18, had that other chance in the beginning of the game that was really close to going in, And his defensive work was excellent.”Really happy with his performance, and that’s why he was captain, to be able to put in performances like that.”Playing in front of his family, the Hershey, Pennsylvania native came out buzzing to start the match, taking on defenders and nearly opening the scoring in the fifth minute, only to have Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Good deny him with a highlight-reel save.Pulisic broke through in the 25th minute when he delivered an inch-perfect cross that McKennie headed home for the eventual winning goal on a night when the U.S. attack struggled to generate chances after a promising start.Pulisic McKennie Gold Cup USMNTChances were sparse for the Americans, but Pulisic remained a threat throughout the night, fighting and scrapping for loose balls and taking on defenders any chance he got.”I just really wanted to show the team that I was there, and I wanted to lead the team right from the start,” Pulisic said. “I wanted the team to kind of gain some energy off that, being a great start. I just wish we could have put away a few more of those chances in the beginning, myself as well, but in the end we got the win.”The 1-0 victory was the second straight 1-0 result after Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Panama, but Curacao gave the Americans their toughest challenge so far this Gold Cup, passing through the USMNT press with ease and dominating possession in the second half. For the most part, that control didn’t lead to truly dangerous chances, save for one threatening long-range shot that Zack Steffen parried away with a diving save.”Not every game is going to go perfectly,” Pulisic said. “Curacao did a really good job when they had the ball. They were very calm with the ball. They moved it really well and they built out of the back well. They made us defend a lot, and it was tough, but like I said, in the end we need to finish more chances towards the beginning of the game to make it easier on ourselves, but now we’re on to the next one.”The Americans move on to Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal against Jamaica, a rematch of the 2017 Gold Cup final won by the USMNT, and a rematch of a June 5 friendly won by Jamaica at Audi Field in Washington D.C.Wednesday’s rematch will look much different, not least of all because Pulisic didn’t play in the previous meeting. On Wednesday, Pulisic will be on hand to lead the attack, which will need to play much better than it did on Sunday if the USMNT is going to reach the Gold Cup final.”We know what we need to work on,” Pulisic said. “Today wasn’t exactly our day, it didn’t flow as it did in the last few games offensively, but we’re going to find that rhythm. Today, if we score a few more goals early in that game it’s a completely different game. It opens up and we’re able to be much more calm. They did a good job defending us, they were calm on the ball and they were able to keep the ball for stretches, it was not easy for us, but in the end we won the game.”last_img read more

Read More

Idaho Washington farmers see aboveaverage year on wheat

first_imgLEWISTON, Idaho — Farmers in Idaho and Washington saw above-average returns on wheat crop this year, but lentil prices are plunging, officials said.“Generally speaking, we had an above-average year,” said Nez Perce County Extension agent Doug Finkelnburg. “We had above-average returns on winter wheat and really strong yields on garbanzo beans.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture Portland Daily Grain Report last week listed soft white wheat prices between $6.20 and $6.35 a bushel, the Lewiston Tribune reported Monday.But dry pea, lentil and garbanzo prices plunged 40 per cent recently because of retaliatory tariffs imposed by India, the No. 1 customer for those products.Pulse prices haven’t been this low since the early 2000s and are likely to result in a dramatic decline in acres planted to dry peas, lentils and garbanzos next spring, according to the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council in Moscow, Idaho.U.S. Wheat Associates published an update last month on world and U.S. wheat supply and demand.Highlights of the report include expectations that 2018-19 global wheat production will fall for the first time in five years, by 1 per cent. Wheat production in Australia is likely to be down 26 per cent because of severe drought in the central region of the country.U.S. wheat production, on the other hand, is estimated to be 8 per cent higher than last year.Worldwide consumption of wheat is forecast to be 4 per cent above the five-year average, and Chinese domestic consumption is expected to reach 5 per cent above the five-year average.As of Oct. 11, U.S. wheat exports were 18 per cent behind last year’s pace, due in part to the loss of the Chinese market over tariffs imposed between China and the U.S. earlier this year.Glen Squires, chief executive officer of the Washington Grain Commission, said even though wheat prices are up, “just think what they could be” if it were not for the tariffs between China and the United States.___Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Read More

France Observatory of Geopolitical Studies Denounces Wathelets Opinion on EUMorocco Fisheries

Rabat – France’s Observatory of Geopolitical Studies (OEG)  released a statement on Thursday, denouncing the legal opinion issued by the European Union Court of Justice’s Advocate General Melchior Wathelet in which he claimed that fisheries agreement concluded between EU and Morocco was “invalid.”While Wathelet said that the fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco is “invalid, ” OEG believes that the legal advisor is not aware of the historical context of the Western Sahara.  “At no time, Wathelet examines the historical context of the decolonization of the formerly non-autonomous territory and he does not attach himself to the present legal status of the territory,” said the statement issued by Charles Saint-Prot, a French geopolitician and director of the OEG. For OEG, the EU’s legal advisor used his own reading of the political context and has neglected economic development in Morocco’s Southern provinces that benefit the region’s local people, which is an essential element.Wathelet’s opinions, thus, are incompatible with the strategic stake that represents the future of relations between Morocco and the EU, according to the statement.The French body added that the court can discuss an international law only with circumspection, and  “It would be justified to refrain from any interpretation of international law.”The observatory added that the European Court of Justice ECJ)  has no universal jurisdiction. “ It is notable that Wathelet’s conclusions and the possible preliminary  ruling of the court will have no effect on [ the fisheries agreements between the EU and Morocco] in the short terms.” OEG added that Wathelet’s opinion came just a few days after the EU and Morocco’s announcement to renew the fisheries agreements. The OEG said that his legal opinion will not be considered immediately as it “ignores or avoids several objections based on international laws.”The Observatory of Geopolitical Studies said that the European Council believes that ECJ does not have the competences to rule on the validity of the fisheries agreement: negotiated, ratified, and entered into force between the parties. “The agreement in question is not purely and simply an act of the institutions of the Union.”The statement added that international law has, in theory, a limited number of causes of the nullity of a treaty and in practice the invalidity of a treaty has rarely been found.  These conclusions for the OEG came due to “international law’s system sources and the lack of a hierarchy of norms in the international order, which has been invoked with caution and never to invalidate a treaty.”OEG added that Wathelet gives priority to the EU treaties and the ensuing constitutional principles resulting therefrom the international treaty, which for Morocco has been properly ratified. read more

Read More

Canadian women earn significantly less in pay bonuses and profit sharing study

TORONTO — Canadian women are paid 25 per cent less than men and the gap widens further when it comes to bonuses and profit sharing, according to a new study.The research commissioned by ADP Canada concluded that based on self-reported figures, Canadian women say they earn on average $49,721 per year compared to $66,504 for men.The online survey conducted by Leger Research also found there were more females at the lower end of the pay spectrum, as 26 per cent of women reported earning less than $30,000 compared to just 14 per cent of men.FULL REPORTWomen also earn nearly one-third less than men when it comes to additional compensation such as bonuses and profit sharing, with women reporting an average of $3,912 compared to men at $5,823.The perception of pay equity also differed between females and males, with 62 per cent of women saying that they believe compensation is equal at their workplace compared with nearly 80 per cent of men saying so.The online poll of 815 Canadians in full-time and part-time roles was conducted between Feb. 1 and 4 using Leger’s online panel.According to the polling industry’s generally accepted standards, online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.The Canadian Press read more

Read More

8 days after cyberattack Baltimores network still hobbled

BALTIMORE — More than a week after a cyberattack hobbled the Baltimore government’s computer network, city officials say they can’t predict when its overall system will be up and running.Baltimore rushed to take down most computer servers on May 7 after its network was hit by ransomware. Functions like 911 and EMS dispatch systems weren’t affected, but after eight days, online payments and email are still down. No property transactions have been conducted, exasperating home sellers and real estate professionals.Citing an ongoing criminal investigation, Baltimore’s information technology boss Frank Johnson and other city leaders continued Wednesday to give only broad outlines of the attack and the network’s ongoing issues.The FBI’s cyber squad agents have been helping city employees try to determine the source and extent of the latest attack.The Associated Press read more

Read More

Top UN official appeals for aid to enable Lesotho to respond to

11 July 2007The top United Nations humanitarian official today called for international assistance to help Lesotho which is facing its worst food crisis, with 400,000 people – or a fifth of the population of the small southern African nation – in need of emergency food aid. “The situation is critical for those already living on the edge, struggling to cope with the combined impact of successive crop failures, poverty and HIV/AIDS,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes. “The international community must respond rapidly to assist the Government in averting a crisis.”Yesterday, Lesotho appealed for international support and declared a food security emergency, based on reports by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which noted that the country’s cereal production plummeted from 126,200 tons last year to 72,000 this year.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) notes that the current crisis was triggered by the small landlocked country’s worst drought in the last three decades, which lead to the maize crop, a staple, being slashed by 40 per cent.According to authorities, there will be a 30,000 ton deficit in cereals. The harvest, commercial imports and existing food aid combined still fall short of the almost 330,000 tons needed to feed the population.Price surges have resulted from the drop in cereal production as well as reduced harvests in South Africa, Lesotho’s main regional supplier, with many households now unable to afford food. Those who will be hardest hit by price increases are people who rely on markets for food, including the landless and residents of urban areas.Those living with HIV and AIDS stand to suffer the most from food shortages, as a healthy diet is essential to benefit from life-saving antiretroviral medicines. According to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), roughly 270,000 people – or 14 per cent of Lesotho’s 1.9 million people – suffer from the pandemic.Lesotho is not the only country in the region facing food shortages in the coming months. Approximately five million people throughout southern Africa, including 400,000 people in Swaziland and as many as four million people in Zimbabwe – will be in need of the world’s help due to droughts and other factors.The UN and its partners are supporting impacted countries, and an international appeal for assistance for Swaziland will be issued shortly, according to OCHA. read more

Read More

Goodman lecturing at Brock

Ned GoodmanChancellor Ned Goodman will speak at Brock next month as part of the D. G. Willmot Distinguished Lecture Series.Goodman will speak on Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Academic South 204. Serving his second term as Brock’s chancellor, Goodman is one of leading architects of Canada’s investment management industry and an outstanding member of the country’s philanthropic community.He is known for his more than 40-year career in Canada’s investment management industry, founding Dundee Corporation and Dundee Wealth. He is current chair of Goodman and Company.The lecture is free and open to the public.

Read More

Commentary Retirement should not halt Ohio State involvement for Michael Redd

Then-Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd (22) attempts to beat a defender during a game against the Detroit Pistons Oct. 7, 2009, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAs a child, I was raised to be a Buckeye from the start. My mom instilled these beliefs in me as an infant, and my father didn’t have a say in the matter. If he had, it wouldn’t have been any different.I became an avid fan myself though, just before the age of 10. This was largely because of the OSU men’s basketball team and really just two players.Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd are two of OSU’s most memorable former athletes, and they successfully led their team to a 1999 NCAA tournament Final Four appearance. This, however, would later be vacated from the record books because of a rule violation under then-coach Jim O’Brien. I still count it.Redd was a monster player at shooting guard for all three years he attended the OSU, with scoring averages of 21.9 points, 19.5 points and 17.3 points, respectively. His freshman season has yet to be topped by any Buckeye, as he leads all freshmen with 658 points, a 21.9 scoring average and 241 field goals made. Redd has some strong company in Buckeye freshmen, outscoring former OSU stars Jared Sullinger, Greg Oden, Jim Jackson and Herb Williams.Redd ended up with 1,879 career points in 96 games, good enough for sixth in the OSU record books for career point totals. Both Redd and Penn quickly became OSU legends and Redd continued his stellar level of play in the NBA after three seasons as a Buckeye.In 2000, Redd was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and played for them for 11 years. Redd reached a career best 26.7 points per game in the 2006-07 season, including a season a franchise record 57 points against Utah. He was a member of the U.S. gold-medal winning basketball team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and set an NBA record for three-pointers in a quarter when he made eight shots from beyond the arc in the fourth period against Houston on Feb. 20, 2002.Redd, who is back with Milwaukee after a short stint in Phoenix, is set to retire from the game Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He leaves as Milwaukee’s fourth all-time leading scorer, but I doubt he leaves the game for good. The game means too much to him, and he means too much to it.He currently has a home in New Albany, a mere 20 minutes from OSU’s Columbus campus. I would like to see him get more involved in OSU athletics and I feel like he will.Granted, he needs to take some time off and enjoy the life of retirement, but eventually I hope to see him walking around campus like I do other Buckeye legends and with his $500,000 donation to the new Buckeye locker room called, “The Michael Redd Locker Room,” I feel it may be sooner rather than later. read more

Read More

Windies selectors keep faith with same 13 for India series

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKyle Hope, Ambris earn maiden ODI call-upsJune 28, 2017In “latest news”Afghanistan keen to make point against WindiesJune 1, 2017In “latest news”Windies look to quell Afghan threat in series deciderJune 14, 2017In “latest news” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Selectors have named an unchanged 13-man West Indies squad to face India in the opening doubleheader of the five-match one-day series starting here next Friday.Kesrick Williams (Photo: Randy Brooks/Sportsfile)It includes one uncapped player in seamer Kesrick Williams who was drafted into the squad for the third one-dayer against Afghanistan last week, following injury to speedster Shannon Gabriel.Williams has played eight Twenty20 Internationals and was the leading bowler in the three-match series against the Afghans.The side gathered here following the rained out third One-Day International against Afghanistan last week, to prepare for the upcoming rubber.West Indies will need to lift their game significantly if they are to challenge the Indians, who lost the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in London on Sunday.They were poor against the Afghans, suffering a stunning 63-run defeat in the opener before labouring to a four-wicket win in the second game in pursuit of 136.West Indies are expected to play a warm-up game against a Trinidad and Tobago XI on Tuesday.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams. read more

Read More

Pebble Blue Galaxy S3 delayed due to hyperglazing issue

first_imgIf you are waiting to get your hands on the “Pebble Blue” version of the new Samsung Galaxy S3 (you know, the one made for humans) that wait just got longer. A 2-3 week delay has been announced due to “quality control issues.”The issue behind this delay is the fact that a large portion of the new smartphones have irregularities in the “hyper-glazing” that is performed when adding the Pebble Blue color at the factory. Mistakes in production have resulted in a blotchy finish like the one pictured above, causing Samsung to have to dispose of around 600,000 of the plastic casings. A new production run is currently underway with the manufacturing issue resolved, but obviously Samsung is now behind on its original delivery estimate.Samsung has put out a PR statement that explains the delay is caused by the company wanting to make sure the best product gets into the hands of consumers. That’s a bit of spin on the fact someone fell asleep at the switch during the coloring process. Surely someone was supposed to be doing spot-checks during production?The good news is that if you could care less about the color of your mobile device, the 16GB white version of the S3 is hitting stores right on time. The only delays that are being associated with the white S3 is for unlocked versions, but even those should only take a few more days to arrive.Read more at Techno Buffalo, via Slashgearlast_img read more

Read More

How much did the old Central Bank HQ sell for Its the

first_img Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 5:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3193951 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,232 Views Share Tweet Email Image: Rollingnews.ie How much did the old Central Bank HQ sell for? It’s the week in numbers Plus: What pay rise will civil servants be getting from 1 April? EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.€1.3 million: The amount of money’s worth of Irish punt exchanged by members of the public last year.1.1: The number of degrees above the pre-industrial period average temperatures were last year, making it the warmest on record.€420 million: The amount of money the Department of Social Protection overpaid welfare recipients by over six years.60%: The average loss of a group of tillage farmers’ crop last year.1: There’s only one president of the United States. And that man is Donald Trump.€150 million: The amount of money Irish hair care brand Viviscal has been sold for.51: The number of people who voted in favour of and against an anti-evictions bill in the Dáil on Thursday. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail cast the deciding vote (he voted with Government and against the bill).1,715: The number of sentences commuted by President Obama throughout his time in office, more than any other president in US history.€400: The amount of money extra thousands of public servants will be getting in their pay packets from 1 April.€67 million: The amount of money the Central Bank HQ on Dame Street has sold for.255 million: The number of Americans who will be shown this ad for Ireland.Read: Like our weekly numerical breakdown? Check out more > Image: Rollingnews.ie 3 Comments Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald Jan 21st 2017, 5:30 PM last_img read more

Read More

Brothel owner claims to have lent millions to Greek govt

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A brothel owner in England’s Birmingham has claimed to have lent all his money to the Greek government to assist with the financial crisis. The claims were made by 66-year-old pensioner Achilleos Neophytou after appearing at Birmingham Crown Court last week, where he pleaded guilty to keeping, managing or assisting in the management of a brothel for the purposes of prostitution. When asked by reporters where the profits were, believed to be as much as £7 million (AUS$11,673,322 million), Neophytou replied, “Ahh, where’s the money? That’s a good question. Poor Tsipras was running out of money, you know, Greece.“And we lend them to Tsipras!”Police raided the Libra Club in February 2015, reports RT, amid suspicions that the space was being used to run a highly profitable brothel with up to 200 customers a day.The 66-year-old, who appeared in court alongside five others including his son Stefanos, 25, insisted the term ‘brothel’ was inaccurate, instead justifying the establishment as providing a public service.“People assumed we were making millions, we was working hard, service to the community, but other people, they have got different ideas,” said Neophytou.“Solicitors were coming there, lawyers were coming there, doctor were coming there, it was a service to the community.“It was not a brothel.”Now on bail, Neophytou’s sentencing has been adjourned until 17 October.last_img read more

Read More

Avion en business ou en class éco demandez à être assis côté

first_imgAvion : “en business ou en class éco, demandez à être assis côté couloir”Gérald Kierzek est médecin hospitalier et urgentiste à l’Hôtel-Dieu de Paris. Pour Maxisciences, il réagit à l’actualité médicale et apporte ses conseils de prévention. Aujourd’hui, il met en lumière un risque un peu particulier auquel s’exposent les voyageurs lors de vol long-courrier.”Le ‘syndrome de la classe économique’ est une pathologie bien connue des médecins et des compagnies aériennes mais malheureusement un peu moins des voyageurs. Les voyages long-courrier (d’une durée supérieure à 6 heures) en avion, jambes coincées et sur des sièges de taille réduites favorisent la stagnation du sang dans les jambes et le développement d’un caillot de sang (phlébite) qui peut migrer dans la circulation sanguine et provoquer une embolie pulmonaire parfois fatale.Mais ce syndrome n’arrive pas qu’aux pauvres touristes de la classe ‘éco’ ou des charters contrairement aux croyances. Il devrait même plutôt être rebaptisé “syndrome du vol long-courrier”. Car il atteint en effet tous les passagers, comme en témoignent le dernier patient que j’ai pris en charge et surtout les nouvelles recommandations parues cette semaine dans la revue Chest (lien non disponible). Patron d’une grande entreprise, “mon” dernier patient s’était envolé pour Bali… en business class. Plutôt familier des vols long-courrier mais toujours un peu stressé, il avait l’habitude de prendre un somnifère qui le plongeait dans les bras de Morphée pendant les 9 heures de vol. Au retour, une petite douleur au mollet intermittente ne l’avait pas inquiété plus que cela mais l’apparition d’une gêne respiratoire progressive, 3 semaines après son voyage, l’avait conduit à consulter son médecin traitant. Prise de sang et scanner thoracique ont confirmé le diagnostic d’embolie pulmonaire “massive bilatérale”. Mais un appel au SAMU (pas question de marcher !), des anticoagulants pour dissoudre le caillot et quelques jours d’hospitalisation ont permis heureusement un retour à la normale. Aujourd’hui, les facteurs de risques de phlébite et d’embolie pulmonaire en avion sont bien identifiés et doivent être pris en compte pour éviter tout accident. Il peut s’agir de :- antécédents de phlébite/embolie pulmonaire – cancer- traumatisme ou intervention chirurgicale récente- immobilité- âge élevé- prise d’oestrogènes (y compris les pilules contraceptives orales)- grossesse- obésité- siège côté hublot À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne penseEh oui, le siège côté hublot est aussi un facteur de risque. Privilégiez donc de vous asseoir côté couloir pour pouvoir vous lever facilement et surtout évitez les somnifères qui vous cloueraient dans votre siège ! Mes conseils en cas de vol de plus de 6 h :- Marchez régulièrement et faites des mouvements de flexion/extension du pied- Hydratez vous en buvant de l’eau- Demandez un siège côté couloir surtout si vous avez des facteurs de risques”. Gérald Kierzek Le 15 février 2012 à 18:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Read More

Pete Dunne defends WWE UK Title WWE says goodbye to Detroit arena

first_img WWE Smackdown Results – 8/6/19 (SummerSlam Go Home Show, Kevin Owens, Trish Stratus) Cesaro Google+ Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Blasen Now Playing Up Next Sounds bad and it’s probably even worse near where I live. I currently live near Ft. Worth and downtown Arlington, TX is already an impassable mess during football season. Jerry Jones, the Cowboys owner, got his Jerry World aka AT&T (American Thugs & Thieves) Stadium near where the TX Rangers play and NOW they’re building a new ballpark complex for the Rangers even though the current ballpark is barely over 20 years old. So more construction for another overpriced ballpark then more gridlock in a cramped downtown area with narrow streets & miserable traffic flow that can’t even support traffic now as it is. Plus Arlington is also America’s biggest city with no public transportation which they’ll never get near the stadium/ballpark area now because there’s no space left to build anything unless you throw people out of their homes & businesses. Just like you have in Detroit now, a mess of a downtown area will become a bigger mess to the point that people won’t even find it enjoyable to go to a live game for either team. At least the Stars & Mavericks decided to stay in Dallas. July 31, 2017 at 9:13 am Pete Dunne defends WWE UK TitleWWE.com has posted an article and video clip after Pete Dunne successfully defended the WWE United Kingdom Championship at an ICW event in Glasgow, Scotland.You can check out the full interview below courtesy of WWE.WWE says goodbye to Detroit arenaWWE posted this video prior to last night’s live event in Detroit the Joe Louis Arena saying goodbye. The company held its final event at the arena on Saturday night. Tearing down an arena named after probably the best heavyweight boxer of all time for another overpriced gaudy arena named after bad discount pizza. Detroit has sunk to a new low! Kurt Angle 5 COMMENTS I’m seriously waiting for Vince to start building his own arenas across the country. At least when I look at your icon….I can remember a simpler time…with kayfabe and decent wrestling product…note the wrestling and not the sports entertaining.New Joe Louis Arena would have been suitable. What’s sad is places like The Joe (getting torn down) and The Palace of Auburn Hills (Where the Pistons were playing; now going to Cheap Pizza Plaza Arena) are all losing out in those areas. I get bringing teams back to Detroit, but you’ve crammed a new baseball stadium, new football field, and now another new arena all into the downtown area…it’s a mess there as it is…it’s almost at a point where it isn’t even enjoyable to think about going to an event in that area. Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles July 31, 2017 at 8:11 am Facebook TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Smackdown Live Preview: Kevin Owens interviews Shane McMahon, Kingston responds Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions July 31, 2017 at 8:40 am Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 SPOILERS: 4/19 NXT UK TV Tapings from Glasgow, Scotland to air on the WWE Network Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems TheCyberZon Twitter Pinterest Videos Articles July 31, 2017 at 8:34 am Seth Rollins WhatsApp Trust me…we wanted a different name. Either Gordy Howe Arena or at least after the late owner of the Red Wings Mike Illich(sp?). We are so commercialized it will only be a matter of time before we have First Financial Bank One 5/3 Fenway Captain America Park.Will miss The Joe…glad I was able to see the 2009 Rumble there. I hear you friend. It’s happening all over the country too. Iconic stadiums & arenas being torn down for the (Your Corporate Name Here) ballpark/stadium/arena. This one just stands out to me as particularly distasteful. An arena named after Joe Louis gone for an arena named after…….it’s too hideous to even say. Gordie Howe, Mike Illich, or even another Joe Louis Arena would’ve been great but too many unsavory politicians love that corporate $$$. Which is a big reason why WWE sucks right now too. Roman Reigns is in Remission TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Jason Blasen July 31, 2017 at 1:48 am Comments are closed.last_img read more

Read More

Chelsea rejects Barca bid for Willian

first_imgChelsea have rejected a bid offer in excess of £50m from Barcelona for Brazilian international star Willian, according to Sky Sports.It appears that negotiation is still ongoing between the two clubs and the representatives of Willian Borges, who is on international duty with Brazil at the world cup in Russia.The former Shakhtar winger who is in Russia for the World Cup tournament has been linked with a move to either Manchester United or Barcelona, with the winger keen on leaving Stamford Bridge as long as Antonio Conte remains in charge of the club.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Brazilian has made 236 appearances for the London based club while also scoring 44 goals since he joined from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.Although Willian was snubbed for the starting line-up of the 1-0 FA Cup final win over United at Wembley but only coming on as an injury time substitute, he has scored 44 goals in 236 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.last_img read more

Read More

ABC Raises Fees Defers Reporting Actions

first_imgAs previously reported by Folio: sister pub Audience Development, the new Publisher’s Statement requires publishers to report the number of unique browsers or devices accessing their digital magazines, as well as total visits and average visit duration. The reports will also call for greater detail on print and digital magazine subscriptions and single-copy sales.“This looks at the Web, apps and things like that as well as more frequent reporting of online metrics,” he says. “As the board discussed it more, they recognized how complex some of the issues are and opted to essentially defer implementing some of these things for at least a few more months until there’s a chance for some of the groups to look at things more closely and gain a little more consensus within the industry.”Determining how best to track and measure digital publications, not just on the subscription sales side but on the engagement side as well when it comes to how individuals are reading digital editions sits at the core of the deferment.“The publishing part of our industry feels that information is not fully and widely available and that it’s probably a little too soon to have ABC audit and report that,” says Lulofs. “Publishers shared that point of view with our board, and on the other side of the table you’ve got advertisers and ad agencies that are stepping up demands for more of that information. There’s room for debate and discussion, and I think the board felt it might be premature to codify those requirements in ABC rules. There will be a broader meeting early this fall and the board and ABC will reach out to the MPA, the 4As and the ANA and get all of those groups together to talk out the issues.”ABC’s board approved a brand refresh that will fall in line with the evolving media landscape. While Lulofs couldn’t provide many specifics, he did say that the fall membership vote on the issue would help determine “if it’s still the right brand for the next phase of the organization.”The ABC board will increase audit rates and other fees by 3 percent before 2013. When asked why the group is increasing these rates, Lulofs simply pointed to timing.“It applies to all of our media divisions and it’s the first rate increase in 5 years,” he says. “We’ve been able to hold fees and costs in control for a long time during a difficult economic period.” The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) is making strategic changes to its reporting requirements and will be raising fees by 3 percent before the end of the year.ABC’s board voted to defer implementation of a new publisher’s statement that would have expanded how consumer magazines report metrics for digital publications, and those that require larger magazines to report issue-by-issue data through ABC’s Rapid Report tool until new digital reporting requirements have been vetted further.“There were a number of announcements that came out of our March board meeting that spoke to what we call our vision task force that has been working in the magazine side of our business,” says Neal Lulofs, EVP of communications & strategic planning, GM ABC Interactive. “It has been publishers, advertisers and ad agencies and they outlined a broad vision for where we would be moving with regard to auditing and reporting, especially in the digital realm. It encompassed reporting broader digital metrics within ABC audit reports.”last_img read more

Read More

Y Srinivas Rao appointed GM Engineering AIESL at Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad: Senior official Y Srinivas Rao has taken over as Station Head/General Manager Engineering, Air India Engineering Services (AIESL), at Hyderabad. Before he was promoted, Rao was associated with AIESL in the capacity of Chief Line Maintenance Manager / General Manager (Engg) in New Delhi. Rao joined Indian Airlines in the year 1986 as a Graduate Engineer Trainee (GET) at New Delhi, Northern Region and held several managerial positions at Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi. As Station Head in Hyderabad, the official will be responsible for line land major maintenance operations of AIESL in Southern Region.last_img

Read More