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Lakers legend Michael Cooper drops by Manny Pacquiao’s home

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ex-NBA G-League coach Jermaine Byrd joins La Salle camp READ: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from MMA star Cris Cyborg “Enjoying a great meal with a great boxer and friend! Looking forward to a great partnership and bringing basketball to the Philippine community! Go @MannyPacquiao,” he said in a tweet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCooper won five NBA championships as a vital member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 80s.Pacquiao is preparing for his welterweight title defense against American Adrien Broner on January 19 in Las Vegas, which is his first fight in the US since 2016. Manny Pacquiao with Los Angeles Lakers’ legend Michael Cooper. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAnother sporting legend paid Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao a visit in his Los Angeles home.Just days after welcoming decorated MMA star Cris Cyborg, Pacquiao rubbed elbows with basketball legend Michael Cooper.ADVERTISEMENT The 40-year-old Pacquiao is coming off a seventh-round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse to win the WBA (regular) belt last July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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Vijay Mallya’s resignation from Rajya Sabha rejected, ethics panel recommends expulsion

first_imgA day after liquor baron Vijay Mallya sent his resignation to the Rajya Sabha, chairman M Hamid Ansari rejected his resignation on procedural grounds.Mallya – who is wanted for defaulting bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore – has been informed that his resignation letter does not conform to prescribed procedures and the original does not even bear his signature.However, the ethics committee of the Rajya Sabha wants Mallya to be expelled through due procedure. The final decision rests with the Rajya Sabha chairman.Mallya sent his resignation to Ansari on Monday, a day before the ethics panel was to meet.He later tweeted: “In all humility and not in defiance as they report, I would like Indian media to check and verify facts before calling me a defaulter.”In his resignation letter sent from London, Mallya had said that he didn’t want his name and reputation to be “further dragged in the mud”. “Since recent events suggest that I will not get a fair trial or justice, I am hereby resigning as a member of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect,” the letter read.Mallya was nominated for the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka, and his term ends on June 30. This is his second term in the Upper House.According to Parliament sources, during his tenure of almost 10 years as member of the Rajya Sabha, Mallya had been declaring his assets and liabilities as “nil”.The union government had revoked Mallya’s passport after he failed to turn up for a probe into the loan default. This has set in motion the process for the billionaire’s possible deportation from Britain, where he is staying at present.advertisementHis case was referred to the ethics panel by the Rajya Sabha chairman, after he fled the country.ALSO READVerify facts before calling me a defaulter, tweets Vijay MallyaSharpest mind in India Inc, Mallya created a web of companies for money laundering: ED probelast_img read more

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Arsenal held quiet in draw with Sporting CP

first_imgArsenal booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages after a 0-0 draw with 10-man Sporting CP that was marred by an injury to Danny Welbeck.The point – combined with Vorskla losing 1-0 to Qarabag – was enough to ensure a top-two place for the Gunners in Group E, but the performance left much to be desired.A lack of fire power meant the few openings the Gunners were able to create went begging, while Sporting – who had Jeremy Mathieu sent off late on – offered even less in the final third. 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! With Arsenal progressing despite a disappointing display, Welbeck’s injury will be the main concern for Unai Emery and Gareth Southgate, who named the 27-year-old in his England squad earlier on Thursday.After a lengthy delay, it’s going to be a sad end to tonight’s game for @DannyWelbeck…Welbz is substituted to the sound of Emirates Stadium chanting his nameWe’re all hoping for the best for you, Danny0-0 (29) pic.twitter.com/F5MHw67Pzc— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 8, 2018Chances were at a premium in an opening 45 minutes dominated by Arsenal, the Gunners unable to turn their 69 per cent possession into clear-cut chances.It was a half soured by the nasty-looking injury to Welbeck, the forward having landed awkwardly on his right ankle after meeting Stephan Lichtsteiner’s right-wing cross.After receiving oxygen and medical attention on the pitch, Welbeck left the field on a stretcher, with Arsenal waiting to learn the full extent of his injury.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – the man who replaced Welbeck – went close straight after the restart, but the striker was unable to guide Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross on target.There was little to get the pulses racing after that 46th-minute effort until Mkhitaryan’s weak shot with 10 to play, Renan Ribeiro getting down easily to claim.Mathieu’s dismissal for a mistimed last-ditch tackle on Aubameyang offered Arsenal the chance to seal a dramatic late victory, but the substitute blazed over the crossbar in an effort befitting this lacklustre spectacle. What does it mean? Qualification secured thanks to QarabagWith two games to go in Group E, Arsenal are already through, which will allow Emery to rotate his squad even more as the Gunners get ready for a busy schedule of 13 games before the end of 2018.More woe for WelbeckAfter his 2017-18 campaign was hampered by injury, Welbeck was looking to force his way into Emery’s thinking this season. However, his first-half injury could mean further frustration and another spell on the sidelines.Toothless Gunners fail to fireEmery will be concerned about the lack of quality in the final third from his side as they failed to score for only the second time this season. Even the introduction of Aubameyang – who had scored four goals in three substitute appearances before Thursday’s clash – could not spark the Gunners into life.Key Opta facts- Arsenal failed to score for just the second time under manager Unai Emery, also drawing a blank against Man City in the Spaniards first game in charge (0-2).- Sporting CP failed to have a single shot on target in either of their meetings with Arsenal this season.- Excluding qualifiers, Arsenal have kept three consecutive clean sheets in European competition for the first time since the 2007-08 Champions League group stages.- Sporting kept their first away clean sheet in the Europa League since September 2011 (2-0 vs FC Zurich), ending a run of 18 games in which they’d conceded.- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had twice as many shots as any other Arsenal player (4), but not a single one of these was on target.What’s nextArsenal will look to extend their unbeaten run when they host Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday, while a Primeira Liga clash with Chaves awaits Sporting. read morelast_img read more

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Philly Ends 26-Game Losing Streak

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers avoided setting the longest losing streak U.S. major professional sports history by routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 on March 29 to end their winless stretch at a record-equaling 26 games.Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young each scored 21 points for the 76ers, who won for the first time in exactly two months and did it with surprising ease, leading by as much as 32 points. They also ended an 18-game home losing streak, which was one shy of another NBA record.Beaten badly a number of times during their skid, the 76ers got to experience life on the other side, ringing up a season-high 70 points in the first half.Their 26 straight losses equaled the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and also the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dropped 26 straight from Sept. 12, 1976-Dec. 4, 1977.Henry Sims added 16 points for the Sixers, who hadn’t won before their home crowd since beating Charlotte on Jan. 15. Fans were into it from the start and grew louder throughout, standing and cheering for the final 45 seconds.Greg Monroe had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons.At Houston, Chris Paul had 30 points and 12 assists and Jamal Crawford added 22 points as the Los Angeles Clippers clinched a club-record third straight playoff appearance by beating the Rockets 118-107.Houston was without injured starters Dwight Howard and Pat Beverley.It wasn’t all good for Los Angeles. Blake Griffin left in the first quarter with back spasms and didn’t return, and Glen Davis missed the second half for disciplinary reasons after throwing a temper tantrum in the second quarter.James Harden led the Rockets with 32 points and Chandler Parsons had 28.San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli scored 18 points as the Spurs never trailed after its opening possession to extend its winning streak to 17 games with a 96-80 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili scored 15 points each, Patty Mills added 13 and Tim Duncan had 12 points and eight rebounds.San Antonio (57-16) extended its lead to 3½ games over Oklahoma City (53-19) for the league’s best record.Reserve guard Brian Roberts had 18 points to lead New Orleans (32-41).The Washington Wizards inched closer to its first playoff spot since 2008 after John Wall scored 25 points and Drew Gooden had 16 in a 101-97 win over Atlanta.Washington entered the game needing a win and a loss by the New York Knicks to make the playoffs.In other games, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points as the Dallas Mavericks avoided a potentially serious blow to its playoff hopes by beating the Sacramento Kings 103-100, while the Miami Heat wrapped up a three-game trip through the Midwest with an 88-67 victory over Milwaukee Bucks.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Watch: MS Dhoni picks up some cool dance moves from Ziva

first_imgMS Dhoni and Ziva are winning over the internet. Making the best of his free time, Dhoni has all of his attention on Ziva and this time, Dhoni is learning how to dance from his little daughter.Dhoni is currently on a break after he was not picked in India’s Twenty20 International team in the series against the Windies and Australia. Dhoni will join Team India in Australia for the ODI series in January.Meanwhile, Dhoni has decided to let Ziva be his dancing teacher while the former India captain followed his daughter step by step.In a video shared by Dhoni, he can be seen matching steps with Ziva as the little one performs some adorable moves and asks Dhoni to follow her. Dhoni, flaunting his Manchester United jersey, cannot stop smiling as he dances alongside his daughter.Recently, Dhoni has shared two other videos of his with Ziva that sent the internet into a tizzy.For two straight days last weekend, Dhoni has shared videos of himself and Ziva and in one of them, they could be seen greeting in multiple languages.”Greetings in two language,” Mahi captioned the video on Insta.Dhoni also posted a video titled ‘Ziva’s bugs bunny’ where Ziva can be seen feeding a huge carrot to the former Indian cricket team captain.The video has no audio but Ziva’s expressions is all the cuteness one needs.advertisementRecently, Ziva had a blast at the birthday bash of her mother Sakshi, where cricketers Hardik Pandya and Robin Uthappa also made their presence felt.Ziva Dhoni won hearts on the internet with her adorable dancing at the sangeet ceremony of former Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel’s daughter Poorna Patel.Ziva, who has already proved her credentials with her singing skills, rocked the dance floor.In terms of cricket and Dhoni, there have been calls for the Indian wicketkeeper to play domestic cricket in order to prepare for the World Cup in England next year, where he is almost a certainty.Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings’s coach Stephen Fleming advised Dhoni to free his mind and play with confidence in order to emulate his exploits of IPL 2018.”I think India have enough options within their squad to include Dhoni because his strength is immeasurable. Watching him in the last IPL, his batting was as good as it has been,” Fleming told Gulf news.”He needs to have the confidence to go and play like that in the One Day Internationals and I think the big stage is something he is looking forward to,” he added.last_img read more

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2017 National Touch League Draw

first_imgPlease find attached the draw for the 2017 National Touch League, to be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium from Wednesday, 8 March and Saturday, 11 March 2017.To view the draw and the latest NTL update, please click on the attachment below or visit the NTL website.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2017 National Touch League:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus #NTL2017 #NTLXXIInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated Files170224_2017_ntl_draft_draw__external__v2-0_01-pdfRelated LinksNTl Drawlast_img

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What is tapping up in football?

first_imgFrom the outside, the journey for a player signing for a club seems pretty straightforward. However, it’s often anything but.In reality, transfers involve a lot of discussions and behind-the-scenes movement, despite official ruling stating that transfers can only dealt with once clubs have official consent for the player to speak to other clubs.Agents and players all play roles in what is termed ‘tapping up’ – the unofficial method for targeting players – and it is all a grey area in the football industry. But what exactly is tapping up, and how does it work? Goal takes a look. 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? What is tapping up?In football, ‘tapping up’ describes the event when an attempt is made to persuade a player under contract with a team to join another team, without the official consent of the current team.Typically, this kind of approach is made through a player’s agent behind the scenes, but other methods of tapping up – such as coaches or players publicly expressing their admiration for the targeted in player through the media – are more common and a brazen method.It’s hard not to think that ‘tapping up’ happens more often than we truly realise.For example, players playing for different clubs but the same national team could discuss potential transfer moves in an off-the-record capacity – with the most infamous example being Xavi’s recruit of then-Spain national team-mate Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal to Barcelona.It is forbidden to tap up players professionally, but it is not illegal.What are the rules against tapping up?The Premier League states the official definition is: “Subject to Rule T.7, a contract player, either by himself or by any person on his behalf, shall not either directly or indirectly make any such approach as is referred to in Rule T.5 without having obtained the prior written consent of his club.”In short, a player is only able to contact another club to try and agree a transfer if they have the written consent of their current club first.As long as the player has the written consent of the club, they are able to agree personal terms, even if no official fee has yet been confirmed.The rules are straightforward, but that doesn’t stop them from being broken with almost no consequences in most cases. In fact, as one former agent – who goes unnamed – told the Mirror: “No transfer happens without an element of tapping-up.Virgil van Dijk, Southampton“What usually happens is that an agent goes to the club, says his player wants to leave, asks how much it will take to get him out and then relays the information to the club that wants to buy him.“What is much more unusual is for a manager or club to become quite so directly involved without some sort of sign or indication that a player might be available.“There’s also a lot of tapping-up which goes on between players. A rumour appears in the press, the player asks if he’s up for it, they say yes and the deal is underway.”Are there punishments for tapping up in football?In 2017, Liverpool were found guilty of tapping up a young player who was registered with Stoke City, which led to a £100,000 fine and a two-year ban from signing academy players from English league clubs.The month after, Man City received the same suspension as well as a £300,000 fine for similar actions.There doesn’t seem, however, to be a monetary punishment for senior clubs, nor a desire one. Stoke City chairman Peter Coates stated that it simply would be a waste of time if there were more hunger to get Premier League member clubs to implement harsher punishments with tapping up.“I’m not sure there would be much traction because there are other things,” he told the Guardian. “It’s like me wanting to try to do a better job on regulating agents – and I don’t find that easy to get any traction. I wish we could regulate them better. And I don’t think we try hard enough.”“And I’m not against people trying to do something about it. I’m just very cynical about it changing. I just think that’s how it is. And when it happens against us at senior level, I never complain because we know ‘everyone’s at it’ type of thing. You could almost say it’s part of the fabric [of the game].”What are some of the most infamous examples of tapping up?Barcelona are a side who have been accused of tapping up a number of their targets. Prior to Fabregas joining Barcelona in 2011, Xavi stated: “I spoke to Cesc in Ibiza and he said he was suffering, because he really wants to come. It’s what he most wants, he’s done everything he can to come and wants Arsenal to let him go.”The Catalan club also appeared to have tapped up Luis Suarez in 2014 while the Uruguay international was at Liverpool, with president Josep Maria Bartomeu saying: “When we approached Suarez, it was before the World Cup. We told him that he was the right age. He had the experience.“He was playing incredibly well at Liverpool and it was the right time for him to come to our club, to Barcelona.Luis Suarez Barcelona 2018-19“And we have the advantage – his agent is Pep Guardiola’s brother. He’s from Barca in his heart, also, so everything was perfect and created the perfect atmosphere that Luis Suarez accepted.”Liverpool approached Virgil van Dijk in the summer of 2017 without the consent of Southampton, which resulted in a very public fallout. In this case, however, the move didn’t go through for another year, and Liverpool apologised and weren’t punished.Recently, one of the most high-profile cases of tapping up has involved Barcelona once again in their successful pursuit of Antoine Griezmann. Atletico Madrid hit out at Barcelona, expressing how they felt that the Spanish champions had spoken to Griezmann before they had official permission to do so.They said: “Through this statement, Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behaviour of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid at a time of the season when the club was involved in the Champions League tie against Juventus, as well as the league title race against Barcelona.”This is something that we believe violates the protected periods of negotiation with players and alters the basic rules of integrity in any sporting competition, as well as causing enormous damage to our club and its millions of fans.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Air pollution linked to risk of premature death

first_imgBeijing: Exposure to toxic air pollutants is associated with increased death rates due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, according to a global study. The study analysed data on air pollution and mortality in 652 cities across 24 countries and regions.They found that increases in total deaths are linked to exposure to inhalable particles (PM10) and fine particles (PM2.5) emitted from fires or formed through atmospheric chemical transformation. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAccording to Yuming Guo, an associate professor at Monash University in Australia, there is no threshold for the association between particulate matter (PM) and mortality, even low levels of air pollution can increase the risk of death. “The adverse health effects of short-term exposure to air pollution have been well documented, and known to raise public health concerns of its toxicity and widespread exposure,” Guo said. “The smaller the airborne particles, the more easily they can penetrate deep into the lungs and absorb more toxic components causing death,” Guo said. The results are comparable to previous findings in other multi-city and multi-country studies, and suggest that the levels of particulate matter below the current air quality guidelines and standards are still hazardous to public health, researchers said.last_img read more

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NDP says proposed Saskatchewan trespass law changes are divisive

first_imgREGINA — An Opposition member is accusing the Saskatchewan government of playing wedge politics and excluding Indigenous voices with its proposed changes to the province’s trespass laws.Buckley Belanger, the NDP member for the northern constituency of Athabasca, made the remarks in the legislature Wednesday during a debate about the Trespass to Property Amendment Act.Introduced last November, the legislation would require people to get permission before going on private land, reversing the onus from landowners having to indicate if they do not want visitors.Although many rural residents and community leaders support the change, Belanger said the bill is divisive and called it a politically motivated move to “simply appease a small minority.”He accused the government of not consulting or listening to Indigenous leaders and hunters.“If I continue seeing that kind of politics coming out of the Saskatchewan Party, then you begin to question your role as an Indigenous person in this assembly,” said Belanger, who is Metis.“When do we begin to count? When does our opinion matter?”He said the government should be putting forward legislation that is inclusive and addresses the root causes of crime.The proposed changes were introduced more than two years after Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Indigenous man, was killed on a farm in rural Saskatchewan.A jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally when he was trying to scare off some young people who drove onto his property.Belanger called the legislation an affront to democracy and talked about his father, a Metis man from northern Saskatchewan who served in the Second World War.“That’s not what my father envisioned when he served this country,” he said.“That’s not what I envisioned when I became part of the provincial legislative assembly.”Justice Minister Don Morgan said he does not believe the bill is divisive and expressed disappointment at Belanger’s remarks.He said the amendments bring Saskatchewan in line with Alberta and other provinces and balances the rights of property owners and the public.  “Essentially it says you don’t need to post your land anymore to maintain your property rights.”Morgan said First Nation treaty rights would be respected and he has spoken with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in the province.“The goal of this is to prevent people from walking around on other people’s land carrying firearms,” he said.While some Indigenous leaders have expressed concerns that the proposed changes could lead to confrontations with landowners, Morgan said he believes otherwise.“If someone obtains consent before they go on the land we’re far less likely to have an incident.” Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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RCMP officer in sex assault interrogation video sued for punitive damages

first_imgConst. Kent Hall, right, has been named in a lawsuit by a woman he interrogated after she filed a sexual assault complaint. Photo: B.C. government.Holly MooreAPTN National NewsThe woman at the centre of a disturbing video, recorded while she was reporting a sexual assault in Kelowna in 2012, is suing the RCMP officer who interrogated her.The case stems from then-Const. Kent Hall’s interrogation of the woman who was just 17 at the time. In the interview video obtained by APTN News, the officer asks the woman if she was “turned on” during the alleged assault.A statement of claim filed in Kelowna court Friday names Hall, a Kelowna RCMP officer with a previous criminal conviction, according to documents obtained exclusively by APTN.“Hall interrogates the Plaintiff in the most malicious, degrading and threatening manner,”  the claim reads in part. “Hall subjected the Plaintiff to a brutal, degrading and dehumanizing interrogation for over two hours.”Hall’s criminal conviction stems from a shooting incident in 2009. He was convicted of careless use/storage of a firearm after shooting a suspect who had pepper-sprayed him.Attempts to reach Hall at his detachment for comment on the lawsuit have not been successful.APTN previously identified the woman as “J” as she was in the care of social services.B.C. RCMP told APTN in an email they knew the lawsuit was coming but added they have not received confirmation that it was filed or been formally served.“Generally, once served the RCMP would discuss the matter with our legal counsel (the Department of Justice) and they would provide an official response through the legal process within defined timelines,” the RCMP spokesperson said in an emailed statement.The spokesperson said Commanding Officer Jennifer Strachan’s response to inquiries for previous APTN stories is still relevaheThe June 15 email from the RCMP also confirmed that Hall is the officer involved in the 2009 criminal conviction, adding “the matter was investigated and addressed through the court system.”“I note that should you wish to reference the 2009 matter that was public and covered by the media, there are also other public references about the same police officer in which he was acknowledged twice for his life-saving efforts,” the email adds.Recently, Hall was awarded the St. John Life-saving Award after applying a tourniquet to a German tourist’s leg after the tourist was hit by a motorcycle in 2017.He also received the Lieutenant Governor’s award for holding a suicidal woman as she leapt from a Kelowna bridge.Incident breached Charter rightsThe lawsuit alleges that Hall and the RCMP breached the woman’s charter rights by not telling her why she was detained and failing to advise her of the right to seek counsel..“Hall intentionally and repeatedly used questions that amount to stereotyping of a sexual assault victim, which caused the Plaintiff to doubt her complaint,” the claim says.According to RCMP general occurrence reports obtained by APTN, the woman was brought into the detachment on suspicion of public mischief for lying about the assault, though she was not advised of that.“I thought I was coming in to report the assault,” she said in a recent interview with APTN. “He didn’t tell me my rights.”She was not charged.The lawsuit alleges that Hall and the RCMP breached the woman’s charter rights by not telling her why she was detained and failing to advise her of the right to seek counsel.It is further alleged in the court filing that Hall knew or should have known his behaviour would harm, offend, belittle, demean, threaten and humiliate her.“J” now suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, reduced earning capability, suicidal thoughts and emotional anguish, according to the new statement of claim.None of the allegations have been proven in court.Read more here: B.C. social worker accused of punishing Indigenous youth for sexual assault while in foster careThe video surfaced as part of a civil action brought against the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).Dozens of Indigenous children formerly in care, including “J,” are suing the government and individual social workers for allegedly siphoning off their funds. The ministry has admitted “vicarious liability” for the scheme.“J” is also suing MCFD and two social workers in another civil suit.The woman now seeks general, aggravated and punitive damages from the attorney general of Canada, B.C.’s minister of justice and Hall personally.“The actions of Hall, the RCMP, were reckless, arrogant, high-handed and abusive and showed a callous disregard for the Plaintiff’s rights,” the claim says. “Hall and the RCMP have engaged in conduct that is reprehensible and deserves punishment. The Plaintiff therefore, seeks punitive and exemplary damages against the Defendants.”hmoore@aptn.ca@HollyMooreaptnlast_img read more

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India conveys concerns to Pak over presence of Khalistani separatists on Kartarpur

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Friday summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner here and conveyed concerns over the presence of several Khalistani separatists in a committee appointed by Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor, sources said. India also asked Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah his country’s stand on on key proposals put forward by New Delhi at the last meeting held in Attari to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, they said. A Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement said it has been conveyed to the Paksitani side that the next meeting on the modalities of the corridor can be scheduled at an appropriate time after receiving Pakistan’s response. The next round of talks were scheduled to be held on April 2 at Wagah border. In order to take forward the infrastructure development for the corridor in an expeditious manner, India has proposed to hold another meeting of technical experts in mid-April to resolve outstanding issues at the zero point agreed to at the last meeting, the statement said. The Indian government remains committed to realising the long pending demand of the Indian pilgrims to visit the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor in a safe, secure, smooth and easy manner, it said. India has asked Pakistan to allow pilgrims to travel on foot, if they wish. It also urged that another 10,000 pilgrims be allowed access on festivals like Baisakhi and Gurupurab. Last November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on November 26 last year laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district. Two days later, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, 125 km from Lahore.last_img read more

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Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to obtain UNP membership

Fonseka’s Democratic Party and the UNP had then reached an agreement to work together.The former Army Commander contested the last Parliamentary election but failed to secure enough votes to enter Parliament. Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is to obtain membership in the United National Party (UNP).Fonseka will obtain the UNP membership at the party headquarters in Sirikotha on Thursday, the UNP said. In February Fonseka was given the vacant UNP National List seat in Parliament. He has been accused by human rights groups of being involved in war crimes during the final stages of the war. (Colombo Gazette) The decision was taken when the UNP Working Committee met at the time to decide on the National List seat left vacant following the demise of M.K.D.S. Gunawardena.

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Facing acute humanitarian challenges Afghanistan needs global support UN report

“Given the complex interaction among drought, food insecurity and poppy cultivation, assistance partners must act urgently to strengthen livelihood opportunities in vulnerable areas while supporting the reintegration of returning populations into host communities,” Mr. Annan writes, calling for “the ongoing provision of humanitarian assistance that addresses the immediate needs of vulnerable communities while also facilitating their recovery over the longer term.”Afghanistan’s precarious situation requires special attention as temperatures drop, the report points out. “Millions of people face considerable hardship over this winter, and urgently require assistance.”In addition, “the Government itself needs financing to meet its own core costs, and to support the needs of its own people,” the Secretary-General cautions. He notes that a projected budget deficit will lead to cuts in government services.The Afghan Government, which has “clearly signalled its intention to take the lead in the reconstruction,” cannot accomplish this task alone, Mr. Annan says, appealing to the donor community “to reaffirm its commitment to support Afghanistan through the full range of needs extending from humanitarian assistance to development aid.” read more

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Bahrain Ban welcomes initiative to convene national political dialogue

“This initiative is an important first step towards reforms that ensure justice and human rights for all Bahrainis,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement on the endeavour begun by King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa.Bahrain has experienced civil unrest, including clashes between security forces and demonstrators since early 2011, when widespread protests first emerged in the country.“The Secretary-General has consistently called for dialogue and hopes that the parties will follow through on their announcements and ensure that the dialogue is well-prepared, meaningful, fully inclusive, and addresses the legitimate aspirations of the Bahraini people,” his spokesperson said in today’s statement “He expects that all communities will be represented fairly and freely and calls on all Bahrainis to contribute to creating a conducive atmosphere for a successful dialogue,” he added. read more

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Security in Central African Republic improves but situation remains fragile – UN

“The current improvement of the situation on the ground has allowed internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return and the economic activity to recover,” said Babacar Gaye, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSCA.Mr. Gaye noted that many parts of CAR are still targeted by armed groups. “MINUSCA often reports harassment, racketeering, arbitrary detention and serious violations of human rights such as inhuman treatments in cases of witchcraft accusations,” he stated.In the western part of the country, a recent increase of violent incidents on the main road between the capital, Bangui, and Cameroon has been of concern, said Mr. Gaye, noting that since May, three peacekeepers were injured in the area, and on 18 July, gunmen opened fire on a World Food Programme vehicle escorted by MINUSCA, killing a driver. In the centre of the country, clashes between the former Séléka and anti-Balaka groups continue to pose threats for the local populations, while in eastern CAR, the ex-Séléka continue to have a significant military presence. In addition, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to operate in the south-eastern part of the country.“MINUSCA is establishing three temporary operating bases in this area to further limit the LRA’s ability to operate,” the Special Representative said.“Security is gradually improving in Bangui, where signs of normal life lend a sense of confidence and gradual returns from the airport IDP camp to other areas of the city indicate a positive, but fragile, trend,” he went on.Despite the Mission’s efforts, the humanitarian situation remains a significant concern, he acknowledged, with more than 2.7 million people in need of assistance, some 450,000 refugees, and close to 400,000 displaced persons inside the country.“However, only 30 per cent of the humanitarian appeal has been funded. Against this background, I urge Member States to sustain the positive developments in the country by responding to the humanitarian appeal.” At the political level, the envoy continued, the main success of the recently held Bangui Forum is the “spirit of dialogue, inclusivity, and the sense that the good of the country eventually prevail.” He welcomed the UN Peacebuilding Fund’s support of $10 million that will be allocated to priorities identified by the Forum.Against this backdrop, the recent vote of the National Transition Council to deprive the refugees from their right to vote represents an alarming step back and a reminder that more effort should be focused on reconciliation, he emphasized.After the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) decided to consider positively an extension of the CAR political transition until the end of 2015, the CAR authorities announced the following electoral calendar: a constitutional referendum on 4 October, the first round of presidential and legislative elections on 18 October, and a second round on 22 November. In the meantime, 330,000 voters have registered, primarily in Bangui, and the process is getting underway in the rest of the country. Restoration of State authority and the electoral process are being supported by MINUSCA through the provision of transport, training and administrative kits.Noting a remaining $11 million funding gap to close the electoral budget, Mr. Gaye called on international donors to make additional commitments to this “critical element” of the peace process. He made a similar appeal to support the Special Criminal Court that was established by the transitional authorities to investigate serious crimes committed since 1 January 2003.Despite progress towards voluntary disarmament of the ex-Séléka in Bangui, MINUSCA has yet to disarm the combatants throughout the country. “Indeed, most of the signatories would like to respect their commitment as per the agreement, but recent political developments have raised doubts, in particular among the ex-Séléka,” he warned.In the meantime, MINUSCA is working closely with the transitional authorities to move the process forward in order to establish a situation conducive to “calm and transparent elections,” the envoy stated. read more

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Drummond Mangakahia lead No 12 Orange women by Towson

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Miranda Drummond and Tiana Mangakahia had double-doubles and No. 12 Syracuse rolled to a 98-55 win over Towson on Sunday.Digna Strautmane led the Orange (7-2) with 19 points. Drummond had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Mangakahia 13 points and 12 assists. Gabrielle Cooper and reserve Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi each added 15 points.Kionna Jeter had 19 points for the Tigers (3-4), who last played Syracuse in 1977.Syracuse held Towson to 28 per cent shooting and forced 30 turnovers that were turned into 31 points. Janeen Camp added 10.Syracuse only led 23-17 after one quarter as Jeter had 11 points. The Orange had 32 points in the second quarter to push the lead to 52-29. Syracuse went 13 of 16 from the foul line, Towson had 12 points in the quarter and 11 turnovers.The Associated Press read more

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Platts and Fenwei Partnership launches new China metallurgical coal assessments

first_imgPlatts, a leading global energy and commodities information provider, and Shanxi Fenwei Energy Consulting Co, China’s largest and most respected coal market information provider, have deepened their partnership to produce a new independent, editorially-assessed metallurgical coal price series for the Chinese domestic market. The China Coal Index Metallurgical series should bring transparency to the local market.The two companies have expanded their China Coal Index (CCI) series with the introduction of five new daily metallurgical coal assessments known as China Coal Index — Metallurgical (CCI Met). The new price assessments will be accompanied by market commentaries on factors influencing daily price movements and market sentiment.“Trading in and around the Chinese market has increased in sophistication,” said Patrick Bradley, Platts Commercial Director of global coal. “As China continues to act as a major clearing market for seaborne met coal, reliable metrics for domestic and international arbitrage will become ever more critical. These new assessments will continue to leverage the unique combination of Fenwei’s unparalleled reach in the domestic market with Platts’ globally-recognized price assessment expertise in the field of metallurgical coal.”The CCI Met price assessments reflect the transactable value of metallurgical coal expressed in Chinese Yuan per tonne (Yuan/t).“Based on Platts’ robust price assessment methodologies, the new CCI Met assessment will bring greater transparency and insights into the domestic coking coal market,” said Julien Hall, Senior Managing Editor for metallurgical coal and steel raw materials in Asia. “Chinese metallurgical coal buyers and sellers who actively engage in our price discovery process can help create useful new references in a historically complex and opaque market.”The five new daily assessments are:CCI Met Shanxi Premium Low VolCCI Met Shanxi High Sulfur Premium Low VolCCI Met North China Fat CoalCCI Met Shanxi PCICCI Met Shandong Semi SoftMetallurgical coals are a fundamental feedstock in steel and metals production, and include coking and PCI coals. All five CCI Met assessments are published daily in Platts SBB Steel Markets Daily, Platts Coal Trader International, Metals Market Data, Platts Metals Alert and Global Coal Alert, as well as Fenwei’s Mandarin and English language China Coal Resource websites, Daily Market Watch and China Coal Weekly reports.Apart from the new CCI Met price assessments, Platts and Fenwei jointly publish four thermal coal indices: CCI 1, CCI 2, CCI 7 and CCI 8. Platts and Fenwei formed a commercial partnership in October 2013 to serve the Chinese market.last_img read more

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Newer buildings show minimal damage after California earthquakes

first_img AP Newer buildings show minimal damage after California earthquakes Posted: July 11, 2019 AP, LOS ANGELES (AP) — The two Southern California desert communities rocked by last week’s powerful earthquakes may have sustained as little damage as they did because they have no tall buildings and many of the homes in one are fairly new and were built to stricter earthquake standards.California’s Seismic Safety Commission Chairman Michael Gardner said during the agency’s Thursday meeting that the tallest building he knows of in the Mojave Desert towns of Ridgecrest and Trona is the three-story Ridgecrest hospital.The region was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on July 4, followed by a 7.1 temblor the next day.Ridgecrest, whose 28,000 residents include many who work at the nearby China Lake Naval Weapons Center, is about 150 miles (241.4 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.The nearby mining town of Trona, with a population of about 2,000, was harder hit. Commissioners noted many of its buildings are older.Authorities estimated the damage to both towns at about $100 million, although that could go up as buildings continue to be evaluated.Commissioner Kit Miyamoto said that as inspectors entered some buildings they discovered serious damage to ceilings and other areas that they couldn’t see from the outside.“Three buildings from the exterior appeared to be fine and probably safe for entry, but upon further investigation the roofs had actually collapsed,” he said, adding inspectors may find others in that condition.Gardner said commissioners are also waiting for more information from the Naval base, where security is tight.Miyamoto noted that many of Ridgecrest’s homes were built in the 1980s and ’90s of more earthquake-resistant materials.“As we know, newer California houses hold up really well,” he said.That was not so much the case in Trona, where many fireplace chimneys collapsed and other damage was recorded.Buildings flooded when water heaters toppled over and ruptured gas lines sparked fires, and roads, highways and sidewalks also buckled.Trona also lost all of its water for several days when a pipeline carrying it from Ridgecrest ruptured. It was restored Thursday, but San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert said a “boil order” remains in place while water lines are being flushed. Meanwhile, free water was being distributed to residents.Other utilities to both towns have been restored, and Gardner said a local assistance center opened in Ridgecrest on Thursday.The commission itself plans to meet in Ridgecrest next month.No one in the area was killed, although authorities believe the quake may have taken the life of a man in the small Nevada town of Pahrump, 180 miles (289.7 kilometers) away.Troy Ray, 55, of Pahrump was killed when his jack slipped as he was working underneath his car. The shaking from one of the quakes felt from Las Vegas to Los Angeles might have caused the jack to slip, although authorities noted they couldn’t be sure.Separately Thursday, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and California Earthquake Authority CEO Glenn Pomeroy urged residents statewide to consider buying earthquake insurance that they said could be tailored to meet homeowners’ and renters’ individual needs and pocketbooks.Contrary to some reports, they said the insurance is available everywhere in California. But new policies won’t cover damage resulting from aftershocks related to the series of quakes that began July 4 until 15 days have elapsed. July 11, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Seattle police say man 78 responsible for deaths

first_imgSEATTLE — Police say the man responsible for a shooting Monday night in Seattle was 78 years old. They say he killed his 39-year-old daughter and 11-year-old granddaughter before killing himself.Their names have not been released by the King County medical examiner’s office.A 10-year-old boy called 911 to report the shootings at the south Seattle home. He was shaken but unhurt, police said.last_img