Aligarh ‘encounter’: 10 booked for abducting kin of deceased

first_imgThe controversy over the alleged fake encounter of two suspected criminals here took a new twist on Friday with the police booking 10 activists, including Aligarh Muslim University and Jawaharlal Nehru University student leaders, saying they had abducted family members of one of the deceased.The case was registered at Atrauli police station on Thursday on the basis of a complaint filed by the wife of Mustaqeem (22), one of the suspected criminals shot dead in the encounter, Hina, SHO Pervaish Rana said.The activists have been charged with abducting Mustaqeem’s mother and grandmother.The group of activists included JNU student leader Umar Khalid, but he has not been named in the complaint.Those named in the complaint include activists of “United Against Hate” forum, including former presidents of AMU Students’ Union Masqoor Usmani and Faizul Hasan, Mr. Rana said.According to Mr. Hasan, the activists visited Mustaqeem’s residence on Thursday and assured his family members of all possible legal aid in their quest for justice.The group then visited Atrauli police station and raised the issue of alleged harassment of Mustaqeem’s family members by police.Mr. Hasan claimed that while the group was talking to the SHO, some local right-wing activists came and tried to browbeat them into leaving the place. An argument ensued and the police had to intervene.Mustaqeem’s mother, Shabana, and grandmother, Rafiquan, then left with the activists, who were apparently going to Delhi. Following this, the police registered the abduction complaint.On September 20, Mustaqeem and another alleged criminal Naushad, who carried a bounty of ₹25,000 each on their heads, were killed in an encounter with police in Harduaganj here.Police had claimed that the two, who were riding a motorcycle, opened fire at policemen when they tried to stop them at a checkpost.A chase and exchange of fire ensued in which Mustaqeem and Naushad were grievously injured; they later succumbed to injuries.Before they died on the way to a hospital, they confessed to their involvement in the killing of two sadhus earlier this month, Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Sahani had said.However, Naushad’s mother had refuted the charges and claimed that the two did not have any criminal record.last_img read more

Barguil triumphs for France on Bastille Day at Tour

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ France’s Warren Barguil, wearing the best climber’s dotted jersey, celebrates a she crosses the finish line ahead of second place Colombia’s Nairo Quintana, left, and Spain’s Mikel Landa, center rear and fourth place, to win the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 101 kilometers (62.8 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Foix, France, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)FOIX, France— Warren Barguil delivered a stylish victory to France on Bastille Day, winning a fast and furious truncated Stage 13 where Fabio Aru had to work hard to retain his overall race lead.Barguil rode into the finish in Foix as part of a four-man group and took the win with a final sprint after adeptly negotiating the last U-bend on a bridge over the Ariege river on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It’s incredible,” the rider for the Sunweb team said. “I said before the start it would be good if a Frenchman won. It’s exceptional.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant At 101 kilometers (63 miles), the stage from Saint-Girons was the shortest of the race, barring the two time-trials. With three Pyrenees climbs, it delivered exactly what Tour organizers were hoping for: Full-on racing, with the French victory as the cherry on top.Part chess-match, part test of speed and climbing strength, Chris Froome and his Team Sky used an array of tactics to try to regain the initiative after he lost the yellow jersey on Thursday to Aru, cracking on a savage final climb.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSky sent Froome’s teammate, Mikel Landa, racing off ahead on the first climb in a quick succession of three tough ascents. He was joined by fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador, looking to make a splash on what has otherwise has been a lackluster Tour for the two-time champion.Together, they built a lead but were caught by Nairo Quintana, a podium finisher at three previous Tours, and by Barguil in the closing section of the last climb. From there, the foursome sped together into Foix, overlooked by its imposing 11th century castle decorated with a French tricolor of red, white and blu , where Barguil set French hearts alight with the win. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Big-hitting Cilic tops Querrey to make Wimbledon final  Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Big things ahead for NorthPort as Stanley Pringle gets solid backup

first_img“Bolick’s an intelligent player, an A1 player, and he’s really a good complement for Stanley,” said Jarencio.Bolick is a proven winner with San Beda after he helped the Red Lions to three titles during his stay with the NCAA powerhouse.Jarencio just now has to see if Bolick’s performance in the NCAA, where he averaged stellar numbers of 16.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, could translate to the professional game.“Stanley likes players who understand his style so these two really complement each other,” said Jarencio who basically has two floor generals who can play off one another.“We’re still a run-and-gun team but I told them that we should have patience,” said Jarencio whose Batang Pier led the league in fastbreak points with 18.38 a game the previous season. “We can’t just attack relentlessly, we have to execute well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Things are starting to look up for NorthPort for the upcoming 2019 PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Pringle was the highest-scoring local the past season putting up 21 points-per-game in a backcourt that was largely his responsibility, but just like his team’s previous season things are about to change for the MVP candidate.Joining Pringle in the NorthPort backcourt is third overall pick Robert Bolick whom Jarencio already gave high praises to.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Novak Djokovic: ‘I’d be lying if Roger Federer record not on my mind’ The Batang Pier already had a decent campaign in the 2017-18 season, going into the playoffs twice and only missing out in the Governors’ Cup when star guard Stanley Pringle played just eight games due to national team duties.That string of exits, though, may be a thing of the past for NorthPort once the new year starts with head coach Pido Jarencio expecting bigger things ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I have a positive outlook for this team, the players aren’t giving up easily, the winning attitude’s there,” said Jarencio in Filipino after his team’s 102-90 victory against Rain or Shine in a tune-up game Saturday at Green Meadows Clubhouse. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

Australia gamble on youth to avoid sweep vs South Africa in Day-Night Test

first_imgAfter Faf du Plessis left behind the media conference room and, hopefully, the ball-tampering case which he had been discussing on Wednesday, his place was taken by Australia captain Steve Smith to talk about his much-changed lineup and whether they can avoid an unprecedented Test series sweep at home against South Africa.The young skipper has made a habit of announcing his team at the news conference on the eve of Tests since he took charge last year, and this was no different. Only this time, he had to elaborate. (Trevor Hohns urges patience with new-look Australian team)Three uncapped batsmen have been selected in Australia’s top six, Matthew Wade was recalled as wicketkeeper at the expense of Peter Nevill and Jackson Bird was recalled to the pace attack – in all, five changes to the team that capitulated in the second Test last week and conceded a third consecutive series on home soil to South Africa.The three incoming batsmen, who earned their caps on the basis of domestic form, will have the added pressure of dealing with the day-night playing conditions at the Adelaide Oval – only the third ever in the pink-ball format. The overhaul leaves vice-captain David Warner, at 30, the oldest player in the team. (Ricky Ponting interested in Australia’s chairman of selectors role)So Smith introduced the lineup, starting at the top of the order with 20-year-old, English-born Matt Renshaw opening with Warner, followed by Usman Khawaja, the skipper himself, and newcomers Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson at Nos. 5 and 6. Bird, 29, was recalled for his first Test since February ahead of local quick Chadd Sayers, and will work with pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood and spinner Nathan Lyon.advertisementTrevor Hohns, who became the interim selection chief when Rod Marsh quit last week, produced one of the more inexperienced teams Australia has ever fielded in a Test.”I’ve almost felt a little shift over the last couple of days in attitude and energy from what the new guys have brought in,” said Smith, who had never seen Renshaw until after he earned national selection. “I’m actually really excited now about the young guys coming into the group and what they bring.”Smith was unbeaten in his first 11 Tests as captain, but has now been in charge for five consecutive losses – three in Sri Lanka followed by the lopsided losses to South Africa in Perth and Hobart – and the team has plummeted from the No.1 ranking.The new players eased into training almost unnoticed, with most of the attention this week on South Africa skipper du Plessis.He was found guilty of ball-tampering for using an artificial substance – the mint in his mouth – to change the condition of the ball as he shined it during the second Test. Du Plessis doesn’t believe he did anything wrong, saying cricketers all over the world do the same thing.Du Plessis was fined but avoided suspension after being found guilty of ball-tampering by the International Cricket Council, making him available for a shot at the sweep. (Australia include Jackson Bird, three debutants vs South Africa)South Africa came to Australia without captain AB de Villiers and lost leading paceman Dale Steyn to injury early in the first Test, but has dominated all but the opening day of the series. They’re taking all the credit for Australia’s gamble on youth.”I was very surprised to see the changes to that extent,” du Plessis said. “That brings pleasure to see what we’re doing… is creating something in the Australian team they feel they need to change.”Du Plessis said a 3-0 series sweep remained the main driver in Adelaide, where the first ever day-night match last year was over inside three days when Australia beat New Zealand.”As a leader, you want to be part of creating history – that’s something we have done,” he said, referring to South Africa becoming the first team to win three consecutive Test series in Australia since the West Indies in the 1980s and 90s.”I don’t want to miss out on that. We’ve played very good cricket, we’ve got something going and it’s important to keep that going.”Du Plessis didn’t forecast too much change for South Africa, except for a likely temporary change in how they shine the ball to keep it swinging.”Mints are just for bad breath now – not for shining the ball,” he said. “Possibly for this one game, I need to stay away from the mints.”advertisementlast_img read more

Sydney International: Agnieszka Radwanksa knocks out defending champions Johanna Konta in first round

first_imgFormer champion Agnieszka Radwanska ended Johanna Konta’s Sydney International defense with a 6-3, 7-5 win Tuesday to advance to the second round.The Pole had been overpowered in 82-minutes by the Briton in the final last year, but repaid the favour on Ken Rosewall Arena at the Olympic Tennis Centre.The fourth-seeded Konta was playing her first match since retiring from her Brisbane International quarterfinal last week with a hip injury.Neither player was able to dominate with their service games in the first set, with Konta’s second serve barely a factor as she won just two of her 11 second serve points and Radwanska converted three of her five break opportunities.Konta again had trouble holding serve in the second set but showed signs of a fightback when she broke while trailing 4-1 in the second, but then could not push on as Radwanska sealed the victory in one hour, 49 minutes.The first round loss continues some worrying early season performances for the 26-year-old world number nine Konta.She told Sydney organisers on Monday, however, that she was fit, having withdrawn from Brisbane because she could not keep playing but also had an eye on next week’s season-opening grand slam.Radwanska, who was upset by American qualifier Sachia Vickery in the Auckland quarter-finals last week, will now meet another American qualifier Catherine Bellis in the second round in Sydney.Angelique Kerber was scheduled to play second-seeded Venus Williams later Tuesday.Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur won her first-round match, beating Carina Witthoeft 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.advertisementIn men’s first-round play, Leonardo Mayer had a 7-5, 6-3 upset win over eighth-seeded Mischa Zverev.last_img read more

LeBron James strikes $154 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers

first_imgLeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team.The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar L.A.-Bron.The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joining one of the league’s most storied franchises and switching conferences to try and dethrone the Golden State Warriors and grow his own legacy.”LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three time NBA finals MVP, fourteen time NBA All Star, and two time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers,” James’ agency tweeted on Sunday.The 33-year-old can sign with the Lakers officially as soon as Friday.James thanked Cavaliers fans in a message on his Instagram account late Sunday. An accompanying picture showed James at the Cavaliers’ championship parade in 2016.”Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons,” the four-time NBA most valuable player, and 14-time All Star, said on his “This will always be home.” LeBron James thanked Cavaliers fans in a message on his Instagram account late on Sunday (LeBron James Instagram Story)The bombshell announcement changes the scope of both the Eastern and Western Conferences as the Lakers look to re-emerge as championship contenders — and Los Angeles didn’t stop at adding James.Shortly after James’ decision was announced, the Lakers landed free agent swingman Lance Stephenson for one year and $4.5 million, and they re-signed guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $12 million deal, according to multiple media reports. Later Sunday night, ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported that the Lakers agreed with free agent center JaVale McGee on a one-year, league-minimum contract.advertisementThe Lakers’ big offseason might not be finished. Another star forward, Kawhi Leonard, reportedly wants to go to Los Angeles via trade from the San Antonio Spurs.James, 33, is the latest — and one of the greatest — legends to play for the Lakers. He has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in 1,143 career contests.This marks the first time James will play for a team in the hotly contested Western Conference, which includes heavyweight teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. James spent his first seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his next four seasons with the Miami Heat, and his last four seasons back at home with Cleveland.The Cavaliers had hoped to re-sign James, who has appeared in eight consecutive NBA Finals. The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly also had strong interest in the 6-foot-8, 250-pound superstar who entered the league directly out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.Stephenson, who has had a testy relationship with James as an opponent, will now become his teammate. The 27-year-old averaged 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 82 games (seven starts) for the Indiana Pacers last year.A second-round draft pick by Indiana in 2010, Stephenson has played for six teams in an eight-year career, producing 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.McGee, 30, earned championship rings as a role player for the Golden State Warriors each of the past two seasons. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 9.5 minutes during 65 games (17 starts) in 2017-18. In the playoffs, including a win over James and the Cavs in the NBA Finals, he started nine of 13 games and averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds.In a career that has also taken him to Washington, Denver, Philadelphia and Dallas, McGee is averaging 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds.Caldwell-Pope, 25, averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game in his first season with Los Angeles in 2017-18 after spending his first four seasons with the Detroit Pistons.By adding James, the Lakers immediately figure to reverse course from a recent downturn. Los Angeles has missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons, which is the longest streak in franchise history. The Lakers have 16 championships, including back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 with Phil Jackson as coach.Los Angeles now is coached by Luke Walton, who led the team to a 35-47 record last season after it went 26-56 in his first season at the helm in 2016-17.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Amrapali diverted homebuyers’ money to firms linked to Dhoni, his wife Sakshi: Auditors to Supreme Court

first_imgA day after the Supreme Court cancelled the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Rera) registration of Amrapali group, forensic auditors told the Supreme Court that the embattled real estate group entered into “sham agreements” with firms linked to cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his wife Sakshi to “illegally divert” money of homebuyers.In the forensic audit report, which was accepted by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the auditors stated that Amrapali diverted money to Amrapali Mahi Developers Private Limited and Rhiti Sports Management Private Limited, the director of which is Sakshi.Dhoni reportedly holds a major stake in Rhiti Sports, which is also the same company which promotes the cricketer.RHITI RECEIVED RS 42.22 CROREDuring 2009-2015, Rhiti Sports received a total of Rs 42.22 crore from Amrapali group. Of this, Rs 6.52 crore was paid by Amrapali Sapphire Developers Private Limited, the audited report stated.Several agreements were entered into by Amrapali Group with RSMPL, including one of November 22, 2009, under which Dhoni would make himself available to the chairman for three days along with one representative of RSMPL, it said.”There are no documents held on record for compliance of this condition,” forensic auditors Ravi Bhatia and Pawan Kumar Aggarwal said in their report.”This clearly shows that these agreements have just been made for payment of amounts to Rhiti Sports Management Private Limited Company are sham agreements and made just for making payments to RSMPL,” the report said.”We feel that home buyers’ money has been diverted illegally and wrongly to RSMPL and should be recovered from them as the said agreement in our opinion does not stand the test of Law,” the forensic auditors have said in their finding.advertisementWHEN DHONI MOVED COURT AGAINST AMRAPALIIn April this year, MS Dhoni moved the Supreme Court seeking protection of his ownership rights on an over 5,500-square ft penthouse he booked 10 year ago in a project of Amrapali Group.The report said Amrapali Saphire paid Rs 6.52 crore on account of agreements executed by Amrapali CMD Anil Kumar Sharma with RSMPL.”There is no resolution on record authorising Anil Kumar Sharma, CMD to enter into an agreement on behalf of all Amrapali group of Companies,” the auditors said.They said Dhoni was the brand ambassador of Amrapali Group and carried out a number of transactions with respect to endorsement of its projects. He entered in agreements with other group companies as well.It said Amrapali Mahi Developers Pvt Ltd was incorporated for development of a project in Ranchi and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also entered between the parties.The auditors found that Amrapali Sapphire Developers Private Limited has booked a flat in the name of RSMPL by passing an adjustment entry.NO SUCH BOOKING, SAYS RHITIThe report has stated that Rhiti Sports have said neither the company nor any individual has any flat in Amrapali Group. “Sanjay Pandey of Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd denied booking of any such flat. He also confirmed that neither the company nor any individual has any flat in Amrapali Group. Pandey confirmed that no due diligence was carried out before accepting the brand endorsement though he informed that brand value and paying capacity was seen,” the report said.”No agreement was provided, though it was agreed that it would be provided by March 11, 2019. Expenses were reimbursed to Rhiti Entertainment Private Limited, a group company, without any agreement,” the finding of auditors said.THE IPL CONNECTIONThe report also dealt with an agreement for sponsorship dated March 20, 2015, under which Amrapali Group of Companies got the right to advertise as Logo Space at various places in the IPL 2015 for Chennai Super Kings.”It is observed that this agreement is on plain paper and executed only between Amrapali and Rhiti Sports Management Private Limited and there are no signatories on behalf of Chennai Super Kings to this agreement. No resolution in favour of Arun Pandey, signatory of Rhiti Sports Management Private Limited, is attached with the said agreement,” the auditors said.RHITI SPORTS DENIES ALLEGATIONSRhiti Group, in a statement, said, “With utmost respect to the orders of Supreme Court, we would only like to clarify that the observation mentioned in a forensic report are bereft of proper information or relevant documents. The company has been in possession of all information and relevant documents that can establish the clean image and that the observations made in the said report are incorrect.”The group said, “Rhiti has been an endorsement agency for world class talent and was retained by Amrapali Group due to its fair and transparent business dealings in 2009. The question of siphoning funds does not arise because Rhiti provided all professional services as per the agreement, and the then pre-agreed endorsement fee received from Amrapali was paid to relevant endorsing staff and celebrity.”advertisement”We have legitimate business claim of approximately Rs 40 crore against Amrapali Group and towards the recovery of the same, we are before the Supreme Court,” RSMPL said.LANDMARK JUDGMENT ON AMRAPALIOn Tuesday, cracking its whip on errant builders for breaching the trust reposed by home buyers, the top court cancelled registration of Amrapali under the real estate law RERA, and ousted it from its prime properties in NCR by nixing the land leases.The SC, which directed a probe by the ED into alleged money laundering by realtors, provided relief to over 42,000 home buyers of Amrapali Group with the verdict. It directed the state-run National Buildings Construction Corporation to complete stalled projects of the realtor, whose directors Anil Kumar Sharma, Shiv Priya and Ajay Kumar are behind the bars on top court’s order.(With PTI inputs)READ | Amrapali buyers relieved: NBCC to complete projectsWATCH | SC relief to homebuyers as it asks NBCC to take over Amarpali projectslast_img read more

Videos: Ranking The 5 Best Dunks From The Greatest NBA Dunk Contest Of All-Time

first_imgAaron Gordon throws down a ridiculous dunk during dunk contest.Aaron Gordon DunkAll together, now. THE NBA DUNK CONTEST IS BACK!!!Saturday night’s showcase on TNT was the best the league has ever seen. Better than Vince Carter in 2000. Better than Spud Webb in 1986. And, yes, even better than M.J. vs. Dominique in 1988. Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves topped Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic in a battle that needed two extra dunk-offs to be settled. Zach LaVine defended his #VerizonDunk title in style!— NBA (@NBA) February 14, 2016There were free-throw line dunks. There were behind-the-backs and between-the-legs. There was jumping over mascots. Let’s re-live it. Here are the five best dunks from the greatest NBA Dunk Contest of all-time. (SPOILER: They’re all by Gordon and LaVine; you’re probably going to wonder, how did Gordon not win? after reading, too.) Start With No. 5 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

‘Pogba & De Gea should stay at Man Utd’

first_imgJuan Mata hopes David de Gea and Paul Pogba will both ignore ongoing transfer rumours to remain at Manchester United.Speculation surrounding the future of De Gea has been swirling since the turn of the year, with his current deal at Old Trafford set to expire in 2020.Talks over an extension have stalled in recent months, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful the 28-year-old will commit his future to the club before the start of the new season . Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Pogba, meanwhile, expressed a desire to take up a new challenge earlier this summer, with Real Madrid and Juventus thought to be interested in securing his services .However, the Frenchman has made a strong start to United’s pre-season campaign and Solskjaer has identified the World Cup winner as a candidate to become the team’s next captain.Mata feels that both men’s continued presence in the starting XI will be vital to United’s chances of success next term, labelling Pogba as “a good influence for everyone” and De Gea “the best goalkeeper in the world”.The Spanish midfielder began by discussing Pogba’s importance on Sky Sports: ” We all know Paul and he is a fantastic midfielder, and a very good guy, very positive, and a good influence for everyone.”I think he is happy and brings everyone together, but I cannot speak for other people – I speak for myself.”As a team-mate and a friend I would like him to stay and be happy because he is a very good player for us.”David de Gea Manchester United Home Kit 2019-20Mata then praised fellow-countryman De Gea, who has reportedly attracted attention from Paris Saint Germain during the summer transfer window.He added: “David is the best goalkeeper in the world and one of my best friends so I want him to stay.”On a professional level, it would be great if he stays because he will give us many points over the next season, so I’m very happy if he stays.”The Red Devils won their opening match of the International Champions Cup 1-0 against Inter on Saturday, thanks to a superb Mason Greenwood finish late in the game.United also triumphed against Perth Glory and Leeds during a tour of Australia earlier this month, with a showdown against Tottenham up next on Thursday.Solskjaer’s men will open their latest Premier League campaign at home to Chelsea on August 11, before taking in a trip to Wolves a week later.last_img read more

FID to Become Independent Government Department

first_img Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that the Financial Investigations Division (FID), which falls under his Ministry, is to become an independent government department.He said the decision will afford the FID greater autonomy and independence, similar to what is contemplated for the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).The Minister was speaking during Wednesday’s (January 31) opening ceremony for the FID’s two-day conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, under the theme ‘Taking the Profit out of Crime: What Does it Take?’.The FID, which was established in December 2002, is mandated to investigate and heighten public awareness about financial crimes and their impact on society.Focus is placed on deterring the use of Jamaica’s economy for money laundering and other financial crimes, thereby contributing to a stable financial sector and an investor-friendly environment.Mr. Shaw informed that a portion of the civil recovery proceeds obtained by the FID will be allocated to the agency to fund projects aimed at strengthening its capacity and aid it in fulfilling its obligations.He disclosed that the FID currently administers nearly $3.2 billion in restrained and forfeited property and assets.Mr. Shaw also announced that the Government plans to introduce a wide asset-recovery incentive scheme that will be jointly undertaken by his Ministry and the Ministries of National Security, and Justice.He explained that this system will see some of the proceeds from the sale of forfeited, ill-gotten assets being allocated to effect improvements to key aspects of the justice system, inclusive of law enforcement and the prosecutorial and judicial arms.“This is intended to encourage those involved in the investigation and prosecution of acquisitive crimes to consider the financial and confiscatory aspects of criminal activity and to take steps, with the involvement of the Financial Investigations Division, to go after the assets as well,” Mr. Shaw added.British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, who also spoke at the opening ceremony, underscored the need to stem the extent to which persons are able to acquire funds and other assets illicitly.“Therefore, we need to strengthen the relevant and then deliver what we have to deliver (in addressing the problem),” he argued.The two-day conference, hosted by the FID, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Department for International Development, was aimed at building partnerships with key stakeholders across the financial sector. Story Highlights Mr. Shaw informed that a portion of the civil recovery proceeds obtained by the FID will be allocated to the agency to fund projects aimed at strengthening its capacity and aid it in fulfilling its obligations. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that the Financial Investigations Division (FID), which falls under his Ministry, is to become an independent government department. The Minister was speaking during Wednesday’s (January 31) opening ceremony for the FID’s two-day conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, under the theme ‘Taking the Profit out of Crime: What Does it Take?’.last_img read more

NRF: Operation at US West Coast Ports Far from Normal

first_imgzoom Import cargo volume at U.S. major retail container ports is expected to rise 8 % this month over the same period last year as West Coast ports continue to recover from a cargo backlog that built up during labour contract talks, shows monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.Ports covered by the report handled 1.2 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEU) in February, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available and historically the slowest month of the year. That was down 10.3 percent from January and down 3.6 percent from February 2014.March was estimated at 1.48 million TEU, up 13.5 percent from 2014. April is forecast at 1.55 million TEU, up 8 percent from last year; May at 1.57 million TEU, up 5.6 percent; June at 1.54 million TEU, up 4.3 percent; July at 1.58 million TEU, up 5.6 percent, and August at 1.61 million TEU, up 5.7 percent.Q12015 is forecast at 8.6 million TEU, a 3% higher than in Q12014“Progress is being made but there’s still a lot of cargo waiting to be loaded onto trucks and trains and moved across the country even after it’s unloaded from the ships,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “The situation is getting better but we’re still far from normal.”The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union tentatively agreed on a five-year contract in February. While ILWU leadership has recommended that members vote for ratification, votes won’t be counted until May 22.“The disruption on the West Coast appears to be over and great measures are being taken to clear the backlog of ships sitting offshore,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “Of course, all those ships being discharged are causing landside issues as workers try to get containers out of the terminal gates and onto trucks and rail.”Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast.last_img read more

First LNG Cargo Departs from Sabine Pass

first_imgzoom The first commissioning cargo with liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced from the first liquefaction train of Cheniere Partners’ Sabine Pass liquefaction project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, has departed the terminal earlier today, according to the vessel’s AIS data.As informed by Cheniere on Wednesday, the LNG was last loading on the LNG carrier Asia Vision, chartered by Cheniere Marketing, LLC and was set to depart imminently, heading to Brazil.Marine Traffic’s AIS tracking data shows the vessel departed Sabine Pass approxmately five hours ago and is underway using engine.As World Maritime News reported, the 2014-built 160,000 cum tanker arrived at the terminal on Sunday after spending almost two months anchored in the Gulf of Mexico, pending loading.“Today (February 24) we will finish loading the first commissioning cargo of LNG from our Sabine Pass LNG terminal. This historic event opens a new chapter for the country in energy trade and is a significant milestone for Cheniere as we prepare Train 1 for commercial operations,” said Neal Shear, Chairman of the Board and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Partners.The Sabine Pass LNG terminal includes existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 16.9 billion cubic feet equivalent, two docks that can accommodate vessels with nominal capacity of up to 266,000 cubic meters and vaporizers with regasification capacity of approximately 4.0 Bcf/d.Cheniere Partners, through its subsidiary, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, is developing and constructing natural gas liquefaction facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities. Cheniere Partners plans to construct over time up to six liquefaction trains, which are in various stages of construction and development. Each liquefaction train is expected to have a nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 million tonnes per annum (“mtpa”) of LNG.last_img read more

Boris Johnson faces court for Brexit lies

first_imgLondon: Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to become Britain’s next prime minister, must attend court over allegations that he knowingly lied during campaigning for the Brexit referendum, a judge announced Wednesday. Johnson, the former foreign secretary, will be summoned to appear before a London court to face allegations of misconduct in public office, judge Margot Coleman said in a written decision without specifying the date. The private prosecution is being brought over the 2016 claim that Britain sends ?350 million ( 440 million, 400 million euros) a week to the European Union. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The decision follows a hearing last week at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, during which lawyers for businessman Marcus Ball, who crowd-funded the bid, lodged an application to summon Johnson. “The allegations which have been made are unproven accusations and I do not make any findings of fact,” Coleman said. “Having considered all the relevant factors I am satisfied that this is a proper case to issue the summons as requested for the three offences as drafted. “This means the proposed defendant will be required to attend this court for a preliminary hearing, and the case will then be sent to the crown court for trial. The charges can only be dealt with in the crown court.” Johnson, a former London mayor, is running to replace Theresa May as leader of the governing Conservative Party, and therefore prime minister.last_img read more

In the news today Sept 7

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, Sept. 7———MANHUNT CONTINUES IN ST. CATHARINESPolice searched into the night for two armed men following a daytime shooting in St. Catharines, Ont., on Thursday that sent three people to hospital, two of them in life-threatening condition. Niagara regional police said late Thursday that officers were still looking for two men between the ages of 19 and 23 who were wearing hoodies and jeans. Const. Phil Gavin wrote on Twitter that detectives would be “continuing the investigation overnight,” and “The suspects remain outstanding.” Those injured in the shooting have not been publicly identified, but authorities said two were flown to trauma centres in life-threatening condition, while a third was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.———CALGARY MASS KILLER APPEARS BEFORE REVIEW BOARDA Calgary man who was found not criminally responsible after killing five people at a house party four years ago is scheduled to appear before a review board today to determine if he’s eligible for more freedom. Matthew de Grood was suffering from a mental disorder when he attacked and killed Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, Josh Hunter, 23, Kaitlin Perras, 23, and Lawrence Hong, 27, in April 2014. The judge ruled de Grood didn’t understand his actions were wrong. He is on medication for schizophrenia and his symptoms had been in “full remission” since July 2014.———NAFTA TALKS CONTINUE IN WASHINGTONCanadian and American negotiators resume their talks today on updating the North American Free Trade Agreement. The talks continue after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s late night, 20-minute meeting with her U.S. counterpart, trade czar Robert Lighthizer on Thursday. Freeland called that meeting constructive along with the earlier two-hour session with Lighthizer at his office near the White House. She offered few details, sticking to her mantra of not wanting to negotiate in public — an agreement struck with Lighthizer as an act of good faith.———B.C. MUNICIPALITIES WANT POT MONEYThe advocacy group for local governments in British Columbia wants the provincial government to fork over a 40 per cent share of its marijuana tax revenue when the drug becomes legal. The Union of B.C. Municipalities has tabled a resolution asking the provincial government to provide local governments with $50 million of the projected provincial cannabis excise tax revenue of $125 million over the first two years of legalization. Representatives from city councils across the province will vote on the special resolution next week during the union’s annual convention.———CLEVELAND REMOVES ‘WAHOO’ LOGO IN TORONTOChief Wahoo will not be back in Canada. The Cleveland Indians altered their jerseys ahead of a four-game series that began in Toronto on Thursday, removing the controversial caricature of a First Nations man. Players wore a navy blue cap with a red C on it and the red-skinned, feather-wearing cartoon was removed from its usual spot on the left sleeve of their grey away jerseys as Cleveland took the field against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The move comes nine months after Cleveland announced that it would no longer use the logo starting with the 2019 season.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada releases the labour force survey for August.— The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Transport Canada will hold a phone-in media availability about the status of North Atlantic right whales.— Trial continues for British sailors Darren Smalley and Simon Radford, accused of assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater on April 10, 2015.— Premier Rachel Notley is scheduled to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Consulate of Ukraine to Edmonton.— The University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research make an announcement for the advancement of Indigenous health in Canada.— The City of Vancouver goes to court in a bid to close dozens of marijuana retailers operating without business licenses.— B.C. Finance Minister Carole James presents the first quarterly report and a review of the province’s fiscal standing.last_img read more

11 dead as SUV falls into gorge in JKs Ramban

first_imgBanihal/Jammu: Eleven people, including four women and five children, were killed and four others injured when an SUV skidded off a road and fell into a deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.The SUV, carrying 15 passengers from Chaderkote to Rajgarh, rolled down into the over 500-feet-deep gorge when its driver lost control at Kunda nallah near Baglihar power house at 10.30 am, an official said. He said the locals along with the police immediately launched a rescue operation and pulled out bodies and injured from the scene. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!While six persons were found dead on-the-spot, five others succumbed on way to hospital, the official said, adding that three more critically injured persons, including driver of the vehicle, are being airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment. Rajgarh is a far flung tehsil in Ramban district and is connected with the Jammu-Srinagar national highway through a link road which is reportedly damaged at various places. The allowed capacity for SUV operating in the hilly roads is only seven passengers and the driver of the vehicle has violated the directive, the official said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe identified some of the deceased as Romal Din (61), Mohammad Mubeen (23), Rubeena Begum (30), Urmilla Devi (32), Babli Devi (37), 13-year-old Imano Bano, nine-year-old Arjun, two-year-old Pari, and a three-month-old baby. Another child who was being airlifted to Government Medical College hospital Jammu succumbed at the helipad, the official said, adding the identity of the child and a woman is being ascertained. In separate cases, a cyclist was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle in Poonch district, while nine passengers were injured in a collision between two buses along the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Samba district on Saturday. The cyclist, Prakash (48), a daily wager in Municipal Committee Poonch, was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Jhalas when he was on way to work Saturday morning, resulting in his on-the-spot death, officials said.last_img read more

OPP investigate suspicious fire in Long Point

Can YOU identify this suspect that lit this home on fire while the owner was sleeping? Please pay attention to the clothing and footwear that this person was wearing. Anyone with info, call the #OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or @hncrimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) #NorfolkOPP ^es— OPP West (@OPP_WR) June 26, 2019Norfolk OPP released a photo and video of a man suspected of setting fire early Wednesday morning to a home on Hastings Drive in Long Point.Police and firefighters responded to the fire just before 1 a.m.The home’s owner was asleep at the time. He woke up, ran outside and called 911.He then used buckets of water to extinguish the flames.Damage to the home is estimated at about $35,000.Police said the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has been notified.Anyone with information about the fire or the suspect is asked to contact Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122. read more

DeAndre Jordan Made The Right Call

In an NBA offseason devoid of the usual LeBron James-related drama,1Even though, technically speaking, James remains unsigned! the role of free agent heel has been occupied by once and future Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. First, ESPN reported that Jordan was going to sign with the Dallas Mavericks for more than $80 million over four years. But by Wednesday, rumors had surfaced that Jordan was having second thoughts — perhaps he wanted to return to L.A. after all, especially after Clippers officials proved their devotion by showing up at Jordan’s house and refusing to leave until he reversed his decision. Then early today, Mark Cuban’s worst fears were realized: Jordan spurned the Mavs, instead inking a four-year, $88 million max deal to stay in L.A.If Jordan wants to win a championship, he made the right choice. By far.On Wednesday, we tried to make sense of the San Antonio Spurs’ free-agency haul by running their projected Real Plus-Minus (RPM) numbers and comparing them to the rest of the league. (RPM is an advanced metric that attempts to isolate a player’s on-court contribution to his team’s success.) Now that Jordan is back in L.A., we’ve updated those numbers for his Clippers — and for the spurned Mavs. Here’s how each team’s power rating changed with Jordan’s flip-flop.Without Jordan, the Clippers were projected to be much weaker than were in the 2014-15 season.2Albeit still above-average. But by convincing him to return to Southern California, they’ll have bolstered their projection from a +2.7 team rating (the equivalent of about 47 wins) to +6.0 (or 54 wins). In other words, even though he can’t shoot free throws, Jordan is still worth quite a bit relative to his replacement. And his homecoming tosses L.A. right back into the scramble for third place in the Western Conference behind Golden State and San Antonio (along with, most likely, Oklahoma City and Houston).Oddly, for a player with such a great defensive reputation, Jordan’s return helps the Clippers’ offense most. According to offensive RPM, Jordan ranked first among all NBA centers during the 2014-15 season. He doesn’t often get as much credit as he deserves for his offensive game because his scoring numbers don’t fit the typical mold of a dominant low-post presence. But Jordan is a unique player whose offensive value isn’t easy to pin down.Jordan’s closest historical comparables are all over the place. FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver and I have been tinkering with a PECOTA-style similarity system for basketball players (tentatively codenamed “CARMELO”), and it suggests that Jordan is most like Dale Davis, Joakim Noah, Samuel Dalembert, Tree Rollins, Horace Grant and James Donaldson. Legends, all. Still, none of those comps quite capture Jordan’s combination of off-the-charts shooting efficiency, a knack for drawing fouls, a great rebounding percentage, a low usage rate and a miniscule assist percentage in the same package.Jordan is a great defender, too. But the player who would have replaced him on the Clippers would probably have been passable defensively, assuming he played like a, well, replacement-level player. The bigger difference is that replacement-level NBA players tend to be horrible offensively, so Jordan’s ability to play strong defense while simultaneously not killing the offense could be the single greatest benefit that L.A. receives from his return.As for the Mavericks, they might be screwed. Even with Jordan in the mix, Dallas’s RPM projection was nowhere near those of the West’s top-tier teams — the Clippers without Jordan were projected to be about 3.5 wins better than the Mavericks with him — and now Dallas figures to be a distinctly below-average team. In contrast to the offensive utility Jordan brings L.A., his biggest advantage in Dallas would have been at the other end of the court, where he’d have shored up its shaky defense. (The Mavs are pretty good offensively with or without Jordan.)One last-ditch effort for Dallas, however, might be to return to the negotiating table with Indiana and attempt to trade for — and absorb the salary of — center Roy Hibbert. In a hypothetical world in which Dallas takes Hibbert’s contract off the Pacers’ hands for a draft pick (and free agent Amar’e Stoudemire departs), the Mavericks would essentially be a .500 team with an even better defense than they were projected to have with Jordan.Unfortunately, though, the Lakers and Pacers have already agreed on a trade that would send a second-round draft pick and cash to Indiana for Hibbert and his expiring contract. Ironically, it would take the Pacers “pulling a DeAndre Jordan” and reneging on the agreement to free up Hibbert for a potential trade to Dallas. read more

Prosthetic leg probably not the weirdest thing Ive had to sign Rafael

first_imgAmid the usual fans clamouring for him to autograph balls, programmes and tickets was a man who handed Nadal a prosthetic leg, complete with a blue trainer on the end.When he was later asked if the leg was removed specially for the star to sign, Nadal said: “[It] was already off. I don’t know if he took it off at that moment or not.”Asked if it was the “weirdest” thing he had ever been asked to sign by a fan he gave a smile and replied: “Probably not.” Not your everyday request…#Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2017 Rafael Nadal takes a break during a practice session at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon “When you’re on court, you know that every opponent is dangerous. Then don’t relax yourself when you are winning. Keep having the motivation to improve, you know. Don’t consider yourself too good. And I think this kind of stuff help me to have a longer career.” Rafael Nadal on day one Rafael Nadal on day oneCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Judy Murray said the man should be “ashamed” of himself and fans joined her in criticising his behaviour.center_img The young fan, a teenager who had travelled from Ireland to watch the match, was later found by Sock’s team and the US player has invited him to watch him play later in the championships.Nadal has long been a firm favourite with Wimbledon fans, in part for his grace and humility off and on court as well as his amazing play.He gave another example of those qualities on Wednesday night, both during his match against Young and afterwards, when he was asked about his recent admission to having doubts about his ability to regain the form of his earlier years.The 31-year-old said: “It’s normal to have doubts in life. In sport it’s exactly the same, no? When you are not playing well, when I had more injuries than I would like, it’s normal to have doubts. And I did. And I tell you one thing, if I had doubts when I was winning almost every match, how can I not have doubts when I am in a bad situations, no?”Nadal, who suffered a second-round defeat to Dustin Brown in 2015 and missed last year’s tournament through injury, added: “But the doubts give you a couple of things that for me are important. Respect for every opponent, that’s important. Rafael Nadal takes a break during a practice session at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in WimbledonCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP Wimbledon tweeted a clip of the incident, with the caption: “Not your everyday request…”Nadal signed the prosthetic leg the day after a man snatched a towel from a boy’s hands when American player Jack Sock threw it to him in the crowd. In his many years as one of the world’s greatest tennis players Rafael Nadal has grown used to bizarre requests from fans.But on Wednesday the Spanish player was asked to autograph a fan’s prosthetic leg – and even then admitted it was not the strangest thing he had ever been asked to sign.The 10-time French Open champion and two times Wimbledon winner had won his second-round match against American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 when he was presented with the request. 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