first_imgThe widening circle around Galleon Group hedge fund billionaire Raj Rajaratnam, who has been charged with insider trading, might have ensnared former McKinsey Managing Partner and Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta, according to the Wall Street Journal.The newspaper reported that prosecutors are examining whether Gupta gave inside information to Rajaratnam about a $5 billion investment in Goldman by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway in 2008.The Journal said Gupta has been notified by prosecutors that several of his conversations were intercepted on wiretap recordings of Rajaratnam’s phones.  Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgTOP TRIO: Paes earn well but not quite as muchIs Sachin Tendulkar worth Rs 100 crore? Never mind over five years or fifteen, but is any man worth that much? Television commentator Harsha Bhogle snorts at this very common, very middle-class question. “Tendulkar is the world’s most underpaid sportsman,” he,TOP TRIO: Paes earn well but not quite as muchIs Sachin Tendulkar worth Rs 100 crore? Never mind over five years or fifteen, but is any man worth that much? Television commentator Harsha Bhogle snorts at this very common, very middle-class question. “Tendulkar is the world’s most underpaid sportsman,” he says. “After all he is the No. 1 athlete in his sport’s biggest market.”Globally world No. 1s rake in much larger figures:TOP TRIO: Bhutiaaccording to Forbes magazine (March 2001), Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher’s earnings in 2000 was $59 million (Rs 278 crore); tennis star Andre Agassi’s take-home was $17.5 million, and golfer Tiger Woods earned a $2.2 million appearance fee just for showing up at a tournament in Europe last month.He made close to $70 million in 2000 from endorsements and prize money. Tendulkar’s new deal at Rs 20 crore a year from World Tel and approximately Rs 60 lakh as match fees every year as of 2001 stacks up to about $4.5 million a year.TOP TRIO: AnandAs far as Indian entertainers go, Tendulkar has beaten them all with this deal. According to Komal Nahata, the editor of trade magazine Film Information, “This is the first time a sportsman has given film stars a run for their money. What is unique in Tendulkar’s deal is surety and consistency.”Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan may command a price today but there is noAshwarya Raiguarantee they will cost the same in five years time. It is said that Roshan Jr. charges Rs 3 to 5 crore per ad. Interestingly S. Kumar’s, who own the Tamarind clothes line that Roshan endorses, wanted Tendulkar as their brand ambassador, but he proved too expensive.The other Bollywood marquee names cost as much as Tendulkar Shah Rukh Khan’s endorsement comes at Rs 2.5-3 crore, while Aishwarya Rai’s fee is between Rs 1.5-Rs 2.5 crore per deal but popularity or the lack of it can lead to huge swings in those figures.advertisementHritik RoshanWhen compared to other Indian sportsmen, only Grand Master Viswanathan Anand’s earnings come close to Tendulkar’s though not through endorsements but from hefty appearance fees, which range from $100,000 (Rs 47 lakh) to $250,000 per event, and chess’s generous prize money earnings. For example Anand earned $660,000 when he became world champion.Tennis No. 1 Leander Paes also earns more from prize money in his best year, 1999, he picked up close toShahrukh Khan$800,000. His three major endorsements of that year ranged between Rs 15-20 lakh each. Footballer Baichung Bhutia’s endorsements are modest in comparison. The footballer made between Rs 10 and 15 lakh in endorsements when he played in India, most of them for companies based in his home state, Sikkim.He plays for English second division club Bury FC now and earns a monthly wage of approximately 8,000 (Rs 5.2 lakh). Is Tendulkar worth it? His sponsors think so. Deepak Jolly, vice-president, corporate communications, Pepsi, who signed Tendulkar on in 1993, says, “He is cent per cent brand equity and worth every paisa.”last_img read more

first_imgShahid Afridi has apologised to his countrymen after Pakistan’s shambolic performance in the ICC World Twenty20. The team got off to a great start against Bangladesh in their opening encounter at the Eden Gardens but lost their next three matches to arch-rivals India, New Zealand and Australia. In a video posted online yesterday, Afridi said he owed an apology to the nation after the team failed to deliver “Today, I would like to apologise to the whole nation for not performing to the standards of what was expected from us,” Afridi said.”I just want to tell you all that I have represented this green colour for 20 years, and whenever I stepped into the field, I carried the emotions of the people of this country with me,” he added. (Waqar Younis offers to quit as Pakistan coach )Pakistan coach Waqar Younis had yesterday slammed the players and held them responsible for their poor show. Moreover, in his report submitted to PCB’s fact-finding committee, Waqar laid the blame for the sloppy campaign solely on the players.According to a report in Pakistan daily, The Express Tribune, Afridi declined to appear before the fact-finding team constituted by PCB to find out the reason behind Pakistan’s poor form in recent tournaments.”What will happen tomorrow or what people are saying, I swear to God, I don’t care about it because I’m answerable to you all,” Afridi was quoted as saying.Afridi had also created a stir back home when he said that his team was loved more by Indian fans than Pakistani fans. Former skipper Javed Miandad had lashed out at Afridi and said he should be ashamed of himself for making these comments. The flamboyant all-rounder also came under fire from the BCCI for mentioning Kashmir before the start of the game against New Zealand.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgManchester City will be looking to bounce back with a win against Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday following a 1-1 stalemate to newly-promoted Wolves last weekend.The Premier League champions were halted at Molineux following a 5-1 rout of Huddersfield Town, and Pep Guardiola will be eager to return his side to the top of the table.Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez’s team will be left disappointed by a late 2-1 loss to Chelsea last time out despite equalising towards the end of stoppage time, before Marcos Alonso proved to be the unlikely match-winner for the Blues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Manchester City vs Newcastle Date Saturday, September 1 Time 5:30pm BST / 12:30pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be shown on NBC Sports and streamed online via the NBC Sports Live app . US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports NBC Sports Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport and streamed on the BT Sport app . UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Manchester City players Goalkeepers Ederson, Muric Defenders Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Walker, Kompany, Mendy, Danilo Midfielders B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Delph, De Bruyne, Foden, Brahim Forwards Sane, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling, Jesus The big team news for Manchester City is that Leroy Sane has been left out of the squad by Pep Guardiola, and Goal understands it is because the manager is unhappy with the German winger’s attitude .Elsewhere, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero start in attack, with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling also starting for the Premier League champions.Man City XI : Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, D.Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero.Subs : Muric, Kompany, Gundogan, Delph, Bernardo, Otamendi, Foden. Position Newcastle players Goalkeepers Dubravka, Darlow, Elliot, Woodman Defenders Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Lascelles, Yedlin, Dummett, Lejeune, Manquillo, Sterry Midfielders  Ki, Diame, Shelvey, Ritchie, Murphy, Atsu, Aarons, Hayden, Kenedy, Longstaff Forwards Rondon, Joselu, Perez, Muto For Newcastle, Jemal Lascelles returns to the heart of the defence, while Salomon Rondon keeps his place in attack.Kenedy is back in having been ineligible to face parent club Chelsea, while Ayoze Perez also starts having been named on the bench in the defeat to Maurizio Sarri’s men.Newcastle XI : Dubravka, Yedlin, Clark, Fernandez, Lascelles, Dummett, Diame, Ki, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon.Subs : Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Murphy, Atsu, Muto, Joselu.Betting & Match Odds Manchester City are priced at odds of winning 1/10 according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 8/1. A win for the Magpies is priced at 20/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Leroy Sane Manchester City 2018-19Manchester City’s draw against Wolves mean that they have slipped to fifth place in the Premier League table, behind the likes of Watford, Tottenham, Chelsea and table-toppers Liverpool.Guardiola’s side will rue the fact that some refereeing decisions may have gone against his team in last week’s fixture, but will need to regain momentum against Newcastle if they want to continue their hopes of defending their Premier League title.City and Liverpool are being named as the frontrunners to challenge for the Premier League but the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea – who registered three wins in three – also remain dangerous.Benitez’s side have yet to register a win this season in the Premier League following a summer that was riddled with off-field troubles, losing to Tottenham on opening day and drawing with Cardiff City in their second game.Newcastle missed a penalty in the final minute in their game against Cardiff and will be eager to register their first win of the new campaign with an unlikely victory over the English champions.The Magpies will need to recover from a disappointing 3-1 midweek defeat in the Carabao Cup to Nottingham Forest, though the loss would have done little to motivate ahead of the club’s toughest challenge in the Premier League against Guardiola’s side. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgHima Das created history by winning the gold medal in the women’s 400 metre event at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Finland on Thursday.Hima’s historic gold, India’s first ever medal in track in the history of the IAAF’s Under-20 athletics event, has made the country proud.Hima clocked 51.46 seconds in the 400m race to finish ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania and Taylor Manson of the United States to win the race.Tributes poured in from all quarters with Virender Sehwag, Amitabh Bachchan, President Ram Nath Kovind among the top names in India celebrating Hima’s triumph in Finland.Wow! So proud of you Hima Das. Incredible, historic achievement on becoming the first Indian track athlete to win a medal at any global event winning Gold at women’s 400m World U-20 Championships clocking a time of 51.47 seconds. Thank you for the happiness. pic.twitter.com/Cs5wY8sDuMVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 12, 2018T 2865 – CONGRATULATIONS .. #HimaDas , the first Indian Women to win a GOLD in World Athletic track event EVER ! INDIA is proud of you .. you have given us reason to hold up our heads HIGH ! JAI HIND !! pic.twitter.com/Q0YVCx6FSfAmitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2018Congratulations to our sensational sprint star Hima Das for winning the 400m gold in the World Under-20 Championship. This is Indias first ever track gold in a World Championship. A very proud moment for Assam and India, Hima; now the Olympic podium beckons! #PresidentKovindPresident of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 12, 2018Hima Das creates history by winning Gold medal in 400m of World U20 Championships. She is 1st Indian athlete to win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. You have made proud. #NariShaktiadvertisementRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 12, 2018#HimaDas gives #India the most awaited Medal in country’s athletics history with an inspiring performance at U20 World Championships #iaaftampere2018 in #Finland #India Celebrates,Congrats Girl!@sebcoe @iaaforg @Adille1 @Ra_THORe @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @NeelamKapur @Onkarkedia pic.twitter.com/rPBrCsGyy4Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018Champion ! Many congratulations Hima Das for creating history winning Gold medal in 400m of World U20 Championships, clocking 51.47s. 1st Indian athlete to win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. pic.twitter.com/htnmYsZBBjMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 12, 2018#HimaDas gives #India the most awaited Medal in country’s athletics history with an inspiring performance at U20 World Championships #iaaftampere2018 in #Finland #India Celebrates,Congrats Girl!@sebcoe @iaaforg @Adille1 @Ra_THORe @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @NeelamKapur @Onkarkedia pic.twitter.com/rPBrCsGyy4Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018Congratulations #HimaDas.. 400 meter winner in world Under-20 championships.. proud moment.Its amazing that it coincides with the 5 year anniversary of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag & Milkha-jis biggest dream was to witness an Indian athlete win Gold in track & field.Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 12, 2018Congratulations to Hima Das for winning Women’s 400m Gold at @iaaforg World U20 Athletics Championship in Finland. Assam’s sprint sensation has scripted history by becoming the first Indian athlete to do so in a track event.Keep on believing & keep on making the nation proud! pic.twitter.com/Ebhdc37dPBSarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 12, 2018Historic! Congratulations Hima Das for winning India’s first Gold at a global track event in Under – 20 World Athletics. Nicely doneAkshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 12, 2018BOOM!What a display from HIMA DAS!Indias own brings home the gold from Tampere after clocking a huge 51.46-400m, defeating Miklos (52.07) & Manson (52.28)!#IAAFworlds pic.twitter.com/vN4VopL5J1IAAF (@iaaforg) July 12, 2018Hima thanked her supporters in India and fans present in Finland for their constant backing.”I am very happy to win the gold in the World Junior championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those, who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support,” she said after the race.Hima Das becomes the first ever Indian athlete to win a track Gold medal! She clocked 51.46 seconds to win the 400m Gold at the U-20 @IAAForg World Championships #IAAFWorlds #HimaDas @afiindia pic.twitter.com/P2pMAy35dDSports & Youth Dept. (@sports_odisha) July 12, 2018She joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. In fact, Hima is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.#relive the historic #race of Hima Das who became first Indian athlete to win track event (400m in 51.46s) Gold medal in the IAAF World Junior Athletics Championship @afiindia pic.twitter.com/CB0TzS9y5WadvertisementRahul PAWAR (@rahuldpawar) July 12, 2018Congrats Hima, Adille and AFI. @IndianOlympians @Adille1 @afiindia pic.twitter.com/YySDjXjcELMalav Shroff OLY (@malavshroff) July 12, 2018The previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).World U20 Championships: Hima Das wins India’s first ever gold in track eventThe 18-year-old was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Her rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last year.She had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.Since then, she has gone on to improve her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati.Congratulating Das, Athletics Federation of India president Adille Sumariwalla said it was one of the proudest moments of Indian athletics.”Very proud of Hima for creating history. It is one of the proudest moments of my life and for Indian athletics. Congratulations to Hima and her coaches, the government and SAI for their support to AFI,” Sumariwalla said..@Adille1 -History Created.First ever Gold Medal at World Athletics Championships.Very proud of Hima,her Coaches Galina & Basant. Thank U Hon Minister @Ra_THORe ,SAI & Govt of India for ur support to AFI and belief. One of the proudest moments of my life. @NeelamKapur @Onkarkedia pic.twitter.com/N7shWdENUOAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

first_imgEverybody knows Emmanuel Ogbah is great at football. OK, not everybody. But everybody who needs to know Emmanuel Ogbah is great at football knows.When I stood inside Jerryworld last season asking Ogbah about how close OSU had come to knocking off Florida State, he had a hint of a smile on his robust face. Like he couldn’t believe how suddenly he’d arrived on the national scene.Those who know him best, though, say it hasn’t changed him at all.To us, he’s the same Ogbah,” Zach Crabtree told the Oklahoman. He’s the same guy that was there when I came in as a true freshman and he was a second-string defensive end. He hasn’t changed at all.”And why would he? As Chandler Vessels laid out in this terrific profile of No. 38, Ogbah had a no-frills upbringing that included a disciplined, structured home life.“When you have a child, when he begins to grow up and live outside your home and you don’t hear any negative reports about him, it’s something to thank God for,” his father Richard told the O’Colly.Ogbah had 50 tackles last season to go with 10 sacks, five deflected passes and two forced fumbles.“He’s been really good,” Gundy agreed on Thursday. “He’s the same person. Sometimes, guys that think they’re going to be a first-round pick and don’t do as good a job at getting about getting to class and doing what they’re supposed to. He looks the same. He’s not drawing attention to himself. He says very little.[1. Gundy seems big on dudes who don’t talk.] Hasn’t pulled himself out of anything.“His body looks good. He’s been a good leader for our team. His demeanor and temperament has not changed at all.”Ogbah told Vessels the leadership hasn’t come easy.“I’m not real vocal, and I think coach (Mike) Gundy wants me to speak more and help the younger guys,” he said noting that he’s piped up on the field at times. “I just talked about what it takes to become a champion and be successful. I just said it takes discipline. You have to listen to the coaches. They’ve been where you’re at. They know what it takes to get there.”Ogbah will be the cornerstone upon which a potential Big 12 title-caliber defense will be built. It sounds like he’s ready for it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgnews World Cup 2018 Drugs in sport Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger World Cup Share on LinkedIn Topics Russia has been fighting its own propaganda war since a report from the Canadian law professor Richard McLaren in July 2016 found the government, security services and sporting authorities colluded to hide widespread doping across “a vast majority” of winter and summer sports.In December, Russia’s Olympic Committee was banned from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and ordered to pay $15m (£11m) in costs after making what the International Olympic Committee called an “unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport”.In another public relations disaster, there was also a directive from the Russian Football Union official and former Chelsea player Alexei Smertin that fans would be allowed to fly rainbow flags at the World Cup but supporters must not promote same-sex relationships to minors.However, despite the seemingly overwhelming evidence against the World Cup hosts, Russia has now accused the British media – on behalf of the government – of whipping up stories to “smear” the country.Russia’s foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said: “We learned that reporters from the United Kingdom – not just one media outlet, but a number of them – received, in the truest sense of the word, a state order to launch a smear campaign for holding the World Cup in Russia.”Zakharova then suggested that journalists were dissuaded from focusing on searching for different news angles because “stories, topics and approaches had been already conjured up”.“Talking points were developed and offered to the UK media to be used in their materials,” she added. “Among these subjects and stories, I can name the following: Russia’s alleged lack of the necessary infrastructure and conditions to hold the championship, the aggressive behaviour of Russian fans, a lack of professionalism among local law enforcement officials and the inability to guarantee foreign tourists’ safety. The western media will be actively pumping out this story in the runup to the World Cup in Russia.”Russia will kick off the World Cup on 14 June against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.center_img Share via Email Share on Facebook Russia doping scandal Reuse this content Share on Twitter Read more Russia in 2018: Putin’s re-election and a World Cup, but what else? Russia has accused the British media of “conjuring up” government-led propaganda in the leadup to the World Cup.The hosts have stumbled their way towards football’s summer showpiece with Vitaly Mutko, the head of the 2018 World Cup organising committee, recently stepping down after being cited in a series of reports exposing the country’s systematic doping regime.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers West Ham win race to sign Hugill Stephen Creek 08:04 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jordanhugill-cropped Getty Images Transfers West Ham United Preston North End v Hull City Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United Preston North End Championship Premier League After a frustrating 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, Hammers manager David Moyes swooped to sign Preston’s highly rated striker West Ham have bolstered their strike force with the signing of Jordan Hugill from Championship side Preston.The 25-year-old’s performances this season have reportedly caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs, with Crystal Palace said to have been hoping to lure him to Selhurst Park.However, Hugill has opted to link up with David Moyes’ men at London Stadium, with West Ham beating the deadline to snap up the striker on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’m absolutely delighted,” Hugill told West Ham’s official website. “It’s been a long day, but to get this over the line is amazing for me and it’s now a new challenge for me and hopefully I can bring what I did at Preston here and show what I can do. “It’s amazing to know I’m a Premier League footballer, to know where I’ve come from in the last five years to where I am now in the Premier League is amazing. “I’m still pinching myself to see if it’s all real, but hopefully I can bring my qualities from Preston here to West Ham. Without a doubt it’s a huge opportunity and I’m looking forward to it.”Hugill joined Preston from Port Vale in June 2014 for just £25,000 and the League Two club stand to benefit from a percentage of the fee that took him to West Ham.He spent much of his first season as a Preston player on loan, enjoying spells with Tranmere Rovers and Hartlepool United, before establishing himself in the Lilywhites’ first team following their promotion to the Championship in 2015.The Middlesbrough-born striker scored 12 goals in 44 Championship appearances in 2016-17 and has netted eight times in 27 league games this season.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United Manchester United given go-ahead for women’s team Ryan Conway 21:07 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester United fans generic Getty Manchester United Premier League Based at The Cliff training ground and playing in the FA Championship, Manchester United Women will begin competitive action in 2018-19 Manchester United have been awarded a license to establish a professional women’s team by the Football Association.A statement on the Premier League giants’ official website confirmed Manchester United Women would be placed into the FA Women’s Championship – the second tier of the game in England below the Super League.The team will be based at United’s historic Cliff training ground in Salford, where the men’s side trained until 2000. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now United’s Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, said: “The board is delighted that the FA has approved the application. The new women’s team will have the same philosophy as all Manchester United sides, creating a pathway from academy to first team.”We will be making some exciting announcements in the coming days and weeks.”Starting a professional team from scratch is challenging but rewarding and we will make every effort to provide the support and experience for the new women’s team to be successful and to uphold the fine traditions of our great club.”Former England international Casey Stoney is reportedly set to be appointed as manager of United’s new team. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

15 November 2011Displaced civilians in northern Central African Republic (CAR) are facing acute hardship, including a high incidence of child or teenage marriage and widespread use of children as labour, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Danish Refugee Council surveyed 300 families from a population of 17,000 people near the town of Ndélé between May and September. “One in five families reported having lost at least one family member during the first half of 2011 to insecurity, a lack of health services, or shortages of food,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. The survey also found that 32.5 per cent of children between the ages of six and 15 were being used as child labour, while 30 per cent of girls between 12 and 17 had been sold into marriage. Displaced families said they married their underage daughters to members of the host communities and sent children to farm and fish for these communities in exchange for housing, food or money, said Mr. Mahecic. UN staff also received reports of gang rape by armed groups. Displaced people in the area had almost no access to humanitarian help before June this year when a ceasefire was signed between one of the main rebel groups and the CAR Government, said UNHCR. Before the agreement, the only civilians able to benefit from humanitarian assistance were those who managed to reach Ndélé town. The agency said it hopes that the improved security will allow for a strengthened UNHCR presence in this part of the CAR to respond to the protection and assistance needs of the displaced populations. Ndélé, located around 700 kilometres from the capital, Bangui, was once considered the country’s breadbasket, noted UNHCR. However, because of the various rebel groups and armed banditry since 2005, many of its residents have been reduced to living in the bush, unable to do farming. UNHCR assists more than 176,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and some 20,000 refugees in CAR. They are mainly from Sudan’s Darfur region and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). read more

GATINEAU, Que. — The federal government is asking Canada’s broadcast regulator to review the licence renewals for several TV providers following outcry over their potential impact on Canadian content on screen.In mid-May, the CRTC renewed the licenses for multiple broadcasters and set the amount they must spend on programs of national interest to five per cent of their total revenue — a drop for some broadcasters.At the end of June, groups representing Canada’s independent producers, professional performers and other media workers submitted a petition to the Canadian Heritage minister to set aside the renewals or refer them back to the CRTC, saying the lowered investment could hurt the industry.The government said in a statement it is referring the decision back for the CRTC to reconsider following numerous appeals from the cultural sector.It said it wants the CRTC to ensure Canada achieves the right balance of investment in content and ability to compete.CRTC spokeswoman Patricia Valladao said in an email that the regulator will reconsider its decision and announce the next steps at a later date.The government move was applauded by the Canadian Media Producers Association, Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists and the Directors Guild of Canada.This action requires the CRTC to re-evaluate its decisions, which would decrease the amount that Bell Media, Rogers Media and Corus Entertainment are required to spend on Canadian Programs of National Interest, the groups said in a statement.The coalition said it was “deeply concerned with the potentially devastating impacts of the CRTC decisions.”“This is a real victory for the thousands of Canadians who stepped up and spoke out to defend Canadian storytelling,” said Stephen Waddell, national executive director of ACTRA. read more

The UK Ministry of Defence said that Typhoon jets had intercepted the aircraft, which had been en route to London´s Heathrow Airport, and escorted it to Stansted. However, the identity of the suspect has now been confirmed as Khalid Baqa, who was apprehended along with his accomplices in 2012 on charges of terrorism.In 2013, Baqa was sentenced to two years in prison in the UK. He was charged with having over 300 CDs in his possession, which had extremist material. A man arrested from PIA flight PK757 with a Sri Lankan crew, after it was diverted to Stansted Airport in London on Tuesday over security concerns, has been identified as Khalid Baqa, Geo News has learnt.A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane flying to Heathrow airport was forced to land at London’s Stansted Airport on Tuesday evening over security threats. Reports surfaced that a suspect was taken into custody by the British authorities and shifted to a police station. Stansted airport spokesman had said: “The aircraft is likely to continue its journey onwards to Heathrow today pending inquiries that the police are making into the individual on the aircraft.” The CDs seized from him had sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki and beheading scenes. Apart from that, the disks had bomb-making procedures, will of one of the convicts of London blasts and his confessional statement. The CDs also had recorded scenes of the 9/11 attacks.British police said the plane was diverted over a bomb threat. The PIA, however, said the response by British authorities was excessive. (Colombo Gazette) read more

After a receiving a briefing by the Chair of the Council Sanctions Committee, Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece, the Council “expressed its desire to move forward expeditiously on targeted sanctions, which I expect we’ll do shortly,” John Bolton of the United States, the current Council President, told the press this morning.“The purpose of the targeted sanctions mechanism of resolution 1591 is to apply pressure – and I don’t think we should be ashamed to say that – to people who are violating the arms embargo, not contributing to our effort to establish an effective peace process in Darfur and restore the deteriorating security situation there,” Mr. Bolton said.Since fighting flared a week ago in North Darfur, a large number of villages have been attacked and burned, markets have been looted and people displaced, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said today, with clashes between the Sudan Armed Forces and rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) continuing.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Sudan, Jan Pronk, travelled to South Darfur over the weekend, urging the parties there to exercise restraint and protect civilians, according to a UN Spokesman.UNMIS was deployed to support the peace agreement for the long-running civil conflict in southern Sudan signed about a year ago. It also has a mandate from the UN Security Council to provide some support to the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Darfur.On 3 March, SRSG Pronk is expected to attend a ministerial meeting of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council on the shift to a proposed Darfur peacekeeping force supervised by the UN. read more

Commercial investments fall in Calgary Summary AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Realnet Canada finds there were only 82 transactions, valued at more than $1-million, in the second quarter of 2015.Value down 60 per cent from the first quarter, and 42 per cent of same period in 2014. There seems to be a big drop in commercial investment in the Calgary area this year.A new report by Realnet Canada finds there were only 82 transactions, valued at more than $1-million, in the second quarter of 2015. All told, the investments totalled $344-million.That’s down 60 per cent from the first quarter, and represents a decline of 42 per cent compared to the same period, last year.Realnet says there was a significant slump in the office, industrial, and residential land sectors.The company’s research director says the impact of external market conditions has begun to influence investment activity in the Calgary area, which has resulted in a lack of high dollar transactions and a slowing of deal velocity. by audreywhelan Posted Aug 27, 2015 7:33 am MDT read more

Through the San Jose Action Statement, the governments of Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and the United States vowed to work together to strengthen protection of refugees fleeing Central America, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“It is vital and immensely gratifying to see the countries of the Americas coming together in a regional approach to devise humane, collaborative solutions for people in desperate need of life-saving help,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in a press release.“This is the path to helping the most vulnerable among us regain lives of dignity,” he added.The undertaking comes ahead of the UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, on 19 September at UN Headquarters, in New York, as well as a summit on the global refugee crisis, hosted by US President Barack Obama during the high-level segment of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly on 20 September.According to UNHCR, the countries said that they are confronted with a growing number of asylum-seekers and refugees and that they recognize the need for asylum systems to identify and respond to those in need of international protection.Most asylum applications are from people who have fled widespread violence by heavily-armed, transnational gangs in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala that have made these countries – known collectively as the Northern Triangle of Central America – one of the most dangerous places on earth.The UN refugee agency added that the ‘San Jose Action Statement’ also “stressed the importance of ‘timely identification and documentation’ of people in need of protection, of ‘unhindered access to fair and efficient procedures for protection,’ of finding alternatives to detention for asylum seekers and of ensuring their access to legal aid.” In individual declarations accompanying the Action Statement, Costa Rica, Mexico, US and Honduras said that they would undertake efforts to address the challenges confronting refugees and to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence.The joint statement is the outcome of an unprecedented gathering of concerned governments organized by UNHCR and the Organization of American States (OAS) in Costa Rica last month. It was also attended by four countries of South America and other interested States.“[The Action Statement] is a visible and significant demonstration of the willingness of countries from the region to work together to address the plight of refugees, internally displaced persons and others in need of protection, in a spirit of solidarity and within a collaborative responsibility sharing framework,” said UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk, who co-chaired the meeting with Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS. read more

Game 7 Stats vs Ducks

In the month since I prematurely buried the Los Angeles Kings, the’ve battled back from a 3-0 deficit against the San Jose Sharks and staved off elimination Wednesday night to pull even with the Anaheim Ducks. Now we have a winner-take-all Game 7 Friday night, for the right to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals.According to the most commonly cited advanced stat, the Kings shouldn’t have had things so hard. As I’ve previously written, they finished first in the NHL during the regular season in score-close Fenwick percentage, a measurement of how much a team controls possession of the puck. The consensus of hockey analysts is that dominating possession is the most predictive single component of a team’s performance, since the rate at which the puck finds the net once a shot is taken can be subject to wild fluctuations due to random chance.In the Kings’ defense, their first-round opponents, the Sharks, ranked third in the NHL in Fenwick close during the regular season, making it more likely the two teams would have to battle deep into a series. (The Sharks also had home-ice advantage in the series) But Los Angeles’ matchup with the Ducks is another case entirely. During the regular season, Anaheim ranked just 16th out of the 30 NHL teams in Fenwick close, relying more on high shooting and save percentages — metrics that statisticians traditionally attribute more to luck, even over the sample of an entire season — than to constant puck-possession.So far in this clash of hockey cultures, things have largely played out according to form. During 5-on-5 situations with the score close (the same conditions measured by Fenwick close), the Kings have dominated possession. But Fenwick close by itself ignores other aspects of the game, such as special teams (where the Ducks have had a slight advantage) and, even more important, shooting percentage. In the series so far, Anaheim is converting shots into goals at a rate 1.1 percentage points higher than LA.Looking at possession metrics alone would have suggested a mismatch before the series, but the betting lines had the Kings as only a slim favorite after taking into account the Ducks’ home-ice advantage. This implies that the market was building in some expectation that the teams’ differences in shooting percentage during the regular season (Anaheim ranked first in the NHL; Los Angeles ranked 28th) could be counted upon to continue in a head-to-head matchup.There’s a good amount of evidence that, across the NHL as a whole, team shooting and save percentages have a strong tendency to regress toward the overall league average. But in the case of outliers like the Ducks and Kings, there’s probably something real going on that makes looking at Fenwick close by itself an insufficient gauge of relative team strength.Anything can happen on the ice in a Game 7, and Friday night’s outcome is hardly a referendum on either playing style, but the Kings-Ducks finale will be the culmination of an interesting contrast in hockey philosophies that proves the game is still more complicated than we’d sometimes like to believe. read more

first_imgMelvyn Akins, 30, who was brought up in the area, said there was “frustration, anger and confusion” in the meeting and people were left with “a lot more questions”.He said: “It is going to be an uphill struggle. People feel abandoned. Now you have got somebody coming in [Sir Martin] and saying ‘I am going to look into it all thoroughly’ and it is not good enough.“People firmly believe that arrests should be made as a result of the outcome of all of this. If arrests are not made, people are going to feel justice may not be being done.”On Friday night a Newsnight investigation revealed an aerial ladder did not arrive until more than half an hour after the first fire engines were dispatched at 00.55.Firefighters say they experienced low water pressure, radio problems and critical equipment was either lacking or didn’t arrive on scene before the fire got out of control.An independent fire expert said having the high ladder available earlier would have given firefighters a better chance of stopping the blaze when it jumped from a fourth floor flat and began to race up the side of the building.The London Fire Brigade said that following the Grenfell fire it had changed its procedures and an “aerial” will now automatically be sent to a fire in a tower. The mayor said: “Notting Hill Carnival is a firm London tradition and incredibly important to the local community. It should not be moved.”His spokesman added: “Any attempt to impose a move to another location on the carnival, particularly at a time when the community has little trust in those in positions of authority, would be a mistake.” The request for the Greater London Authority to take control of the carnival, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and typically attracts two million visitors, was rejected out of hand by Mr Khan. The Government has stoked further anger among Grenfell Tower residents and neighbours by calling for the world-famous Notting Hill carnival to be moved.Greg Hands, the minister in charge of London, made public a letter yesterday in which he said it would be ‘inappropriate’ for the carnival to take place in the shadow of the burnt-out tower block.Mr Hands wrote to London’s mayor Sadiq Khan suggesting the location of the event be changed and that the mayor’s office take over the running of the carnival ‘in conjunction’ with the organisers. “That’s my job, that’s my training and that’s what I intend to do. Now if I can’t satisfy you because you have some preconception about me as a person that’s up to you.” In his letter to Mr Khan, Mr Hands, who is Conservative MP for neighbouring Chelsea and Fulham, wrote: “Clearly it [the carnival] must go ahead.“However, we have to ask ourselves if it is appropriate to stage a Carnival in the near proximity of a major national disaster. I would like you to consider moving the location, and/or the Greater London Authority, with its experience of running major events, taking over the Carnival, in conjunction with the current organisers.”The anger in the community was felt at a meeting on Thursday night with local residents and the retired court of appeal judge chairing the public inquiry.Sir Martin Moore-Bick was heckled by some residents some of whom have called for him to resign as inquiry chairman. Sir Martin, who has cancelled his summer holidays to work on the inquiry, told the meeting: “I’ve been a judge for 20 years and I give you my word that I will look into this matter to the very best of my ability, and find the facts as I see them from the evidence. Notting Hill Carnival is a firm London tradition & incredibly important to the local community. It should not be moved.— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) July 7, 2017center_img 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. The suggestion infuriated residents already deeply suspicious of the Government and its handling of the crisis in the aftermath of the inferno in which at least 80 people have died.Stormzy, a London rapper who helped Jeremy Corbyn secure the youth vote, branded Mr hands “a scumbag” for making the suggestion and claimed the minister was “using the Grenfell tragedy for their ‘get rid of carnival’ agenda”. Charlene White, who presents ITV News in London, tweeted: “A community that once a year gets to celebrate their varied and wonderful cultures. And you want that MOVED? And you wonder why trust is low.” My letter to Sadiq Khan calling on him to take over charge of the Notting Hill Carnival & move it from around a major disaster site. pic.twitter.com/ii3FqXdqb9— Greg Hands (@GregHands) July 7, 2017 This week law firm Leigh Day, which was cleared of wrongdoing over lawyers’ pursuit of torture and murder claims against British troops in the Iraq War, suspended two paralegals  after a poster was put up offering legal support to those affected by the fire.The firm said it had no knowledge of the poster and has launched an internal investigation. A community that once a year gets to celebrate their varied and wonderful cultures. And you want that MOVED? And you wonder why trust is low— Charlene White (@CharleneWhite) July 7, 2017last_img read more

first_imgMINISTER JOAN BURTON remains confident about the Youth Guarantee scheme, despite concerns that it may not be able to offer employment to young adults within four months of them becoming unemployed.Speaking today with RTÉ’s News at One, she said that the level of unemployment in Ireland has already fallen from above 3o per cent to 28 per cent.When asked about the concerns that young people would not be offered jobs within four months of becoming unemployed, she said:We will have 20,000 extra places next year that will be specifically ring-fenced for young people under 26 years of age in addition to another 59,000 places which are for people of all ages which young people will be able to apply for as well.She said that due to a number of factors, she is “very confident that we will have a range of very fulfilling interesting training places, education places, work experience places and employment available to young people during 2014″.However, she added that the government needs to sign off with the EU on this first.She pointed out that the Youth Guarantee will be phased in over 2014 and that on 1 January any young person who is more than six months unemployed will be eligible to be taken on by an employer in Jobs Plus.She added that they are working at the moment with departments right across government on the issue.Burton said she has been talking with the European Investment Bank, which is targeting additional funding to Ireland to help young people starting up their own business and other initiatives in relation to education and training.Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny queried if any country is in a position to make an offer to an unemployed young person within four months.Speaking on his way into the Cabinet meeting today, he said: “I suppose the challenge really is this:  Is any country in a position to actually make an offer to a young person under 26 who becomes unemployed within four months, and if so if it is a meaningful offer of an internship, an apprenticeship or or a job.”Read: Logistics of youth guarantee scheme come before funding, says Taoiseach>last_img read more

first_imgIt’s not often a person can claim he or she has seen something no other person in the world has ever witnessed, but 50 years ago today, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin saw the Earth from a view unlike any other. On April 12, 1961, Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth, paving the way for space exploration from then on out.Famous for yelling “Poyekhali!,” or “let’s go!,” in English, at takeoff, the 27-year-old took off alone in the 98-foot-high Vostok 1 spacecraft making him the first man in space. Gagarin didn’t even have to fly the spacecraft himself. Because effects of weightlessness had only been tested on dogs in 1961, Gagarin wasn’t put in control of the ship for obvious reasons. Instead, the craft was controlled by the ground crew. All Gagarin had to do was have the guts to try something no man in the world had ever done.The trip was a success, and Gagarin returned safely. Little did Gagarin know, but the 108-minute-long flight was the only space time the cosmonaut would actually get. When Gagarin returned as a national hero, the Russian government treated him like a glass egg. They didn’t want anything to happen to such a positive symbol of nationality in the case of an accident in another space flight. So, Gagarin was only allowed to train and fly jet fighters. Ironically, he died in 1968 when his MiG-15 jet fighter crashed during a flight in bad weather. Gagarin was only 34 years old.There are many ways of honoring the pioneer’s space flight. A monument was erected in Star City, Russia where the world’s oldest space-flight training center still lives. A statue of Gagarin is also going to be placed in London across the statue of British explorer Captain Cook.In addition to statues, today also marks the 10th anniversary of Yuri’s Night, an annual celebration honoring Gagarin’s flight. More and more Yuri’s Night events have been popping up around the world over the past 10 years. There are 451 official Yuri’s Nights scheduled for tonight around the globe.Today is also the 30th anniversary of the first-ever shuttle mission. NASA is retiring the shuttle program later this year, which means some of the retired shuttles will be looking for homes. The shuttles Discovery, Endeavor, and Atlantis will end up in museums and space centers across the country. NASA has been searching for homes for the shuttles since 2008. According to Space.com, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is said to announce his choices today.There are about 21 museums in the running, however, the Discovery shuttle is said to be promised to the Smithsonian Institute. Not just any location can house a shuttle, though. There are a few strict requirements, including a climate-controlled indoor display, the ability to accommodate a shuttle delivery on the back of a Boeing 747 jet by December 2011, and the ability to afford the estimated $28.8 million needed to prepare a safe display for the orbiter.Unfortunately, there were no cameras aboard the Vostok 1 50 years ago. But, in early 2010 director Christopher Riley decided to recreate Gagarin’s orbit around the Earth with the use of digital film and the new cupola window on the International Space Station. He used a transcript of the original communications between Gagarin and mission control and built a story board around it. The tricky part was finding the original audio, which took Riley almost a year to track down. The result is a film released today called “First Orbit.” You can see the trailer below.Read more at Space.com, the Guardian.co.uk, and PCMag (Image via NASA)last_img read more