O.J. Simpson to be released from prison

first_img“He’s had perfect performance as a prisoner,” LaVergne said. “I anticipate he’s going to have perfect performance as a parolee.”At the hearing, Simpson said he was “at a point in my life where all I want to do is spend time, as much time as I can, with my children and my friends.”“Believe it or not I do have some real friends,” he said.From the NFL to Hollywood Simpson was convicted in October 2008 of armed robbery, assault, kidnapping and other offenses after he and five associates — two of whom were armed — ambushed the two sports memorabilia dealers in a casino hotel room.He was sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison and a maximum of 33 years.Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson shot to fame in the 1970s with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills after winning the prestigious Heisman Trophy — the award for the best player in American collegiate football — as a running back at the University of Southern California.He retired from football in 1979 after setting numerous rushing records and went on to become an advertising pitchman and actor (“The Towering Inferno,” “The Naked Gun”).In June 1994, Simpson’s 35-year-old ex-wife, Brown Simpson, and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.Simpson was arrested after a low-speed car chase through Los Angeles that was broadcast live by television stations and watched by millions. 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Since that falls on a Sunday, Simpson is expected to be freed no earlier than Monday, according to his lawyer and media reports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSimpson was found not guilty in 1995 of the grisly murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a male companion, Ron Goldman, in a case that transfixed the country and became known as the “Trial of the Century.”But the former National Football League running back and actor was sent to prison in 2008 for his role in an armed robbery the previous year of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas resort.center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Simpson claimed at his trial that he was just seeking to recover personal items from the dealers and he repeated that explanation at his parole board hearing in July, where the four-member panel voted unanimously for his release.At that hearing Simpson initially did not express any remorse for his actions but eventually offered that he was “sorry that things turned out the way they did.”“I had no intent to commit a crime,” he said. “If I would have made a better judgment back then, none of this would have never happened.”LaVergne, Simpson’s attorney, told KTNV-TV that the former NFL star planned to relocate to Florida, play golf and be around his friends and family.LaVergne said he did not anticipate that Simpson would pose any problems.ADVERTISEMENT He was acquitted in October 1995 after a nine-month trial, a verdict that was greeted with disbelief by many Americans.Public views on the African-American athlete’s guilt or innocence divided sharply along racial lines.Simpson was subsequently found liable for the deaths in a 1997 civil suit and was ordered to pay damages totaling $33.5 million to the families of the victims.Simpson has been out of the limelight while behind bars, but fascination with his story lives on.“O.J.: Made in America,” a nearly eight-hour documentary about his murder trial, won the best documentary Oscar in February.And a television mini-series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” starring Cuba Gooding Jr, won nine Emmy awards. FILE – In this July 20, 2017 file photo, former NFL football star O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev. Nevada’s parole board says it didn’t consider Simpson’s 1989 conviction for misdemeanor spousal abuse when it granted him parole in July because it wasn’t listed in the federal clearinghouse of FBI crime data. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File )Disgraced American football star O.J. Simpson, whose racially charged 1995 murder trial riveted the nation, is expected to be released from prison as early as Monday after nine years behind bars for armed robbery.Simpson, 70, plans to relocate to Florida following his release from the Lovelock Correctional Center, the medium-security prison in Nevada where he has been serving his sentence, said his lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Europa League: Arsenal Drawn with Eintracht Frankfurt, Manchester United Head to Kazakhstan

first_img arsenaleintracht frankfurtEuropa LeagueEuropa League draw First Published: August 30, 2019, 6:03 PM IST Monaco: Last season’s runners-up Arsenal were placed in the same section as Eintracht Frankfurt in the draw for the Europa League group stage in Monaco on Friday, while Manchester United face a long trip to Kazakhstan.Unai Emery’s Arsenal side lost to Chelsea in the final in Baku after Eintracht had been eliminated by the same side on penalties in the last four. Ten-time Belgian champions Standard Liege and Portugal’s Vitoria Guimaraes are also in Group F.United, Europa League winners in 2017, will face Astana of Kazakhstan as well as Partizan Belgrade and former finalists AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands in Group L.Wolverhampton Wanderers, the third English team in the draw, will take on Turkish side Besiktas in Group K.In their first European campaign since 1980, Wolves have already come through three ties just to reach the group stage, including defeating Torino 5-3 on aggregate in the play-offs.Nuno Espirito Santo’s team will also take on Braga of Portugal and Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia.While all three Premier League sides will be fancied to progress to the last 32, the draw was far less kind on the two Scottish representatives.Scottish champions Celtic meet Italian Cup holders Lazio and French Cup holders Rennes in Group E as well as CFR Cluj, the Romanian side to whom they lost in Champions League qualifying.Celtic were in the same group as Rennes in the 2011-12 Europa League and took four points against the French club.Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will take on former European Cup winners Porto and Feyenoord as well as Swiss champions Young Boys in Group G.Rangers reached the group stage for the second season running after edging out Legia Warsaw in the play-off round.The opening group games will be played on September 19. This season’s final will be held in the Polish city of Gdansk on May 27, 2020. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Bundesliga: Philippe Coutinho, Robert Lewandowski Fire Bayern Munich Top With Cologne Rout

first_img bayern munichbundesligacolognefootball First Published: September 21, 2019, 11:03 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Berlin: Philippe Coutinho’s first Bayern Munich goal and a brace from Robert Lewandowski helped the German champions go top of the Bundesliga with a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Cologne on Saturday.Poland star striker Lewandowski put Bayern ahead with just 150 seconds gone at the Allianz Arena after Joshua Kimmich split the Cologne defence before then doubling the hosts’ lead with a header from a corner at the start of the season half to take his league tally to nine in five games. Coutinho, on loan from Barcelona, claimed his first Bundesliga goal on the hour by converting a penalty at the second attempt, after Lewandowski gave the Brazilian the chance despite being on a hat-trick.”It was a spontaneous decision, we didn’t talk about it before the game,” Lewandowski said of giving Coutinho the spot-kick.”It was important for him here at the Allianz Arena, for the future and his confidence. He is a great player and we must all help him.”Kingsley Ehizibue had been shown a straight red card just before the penalty for bringing down Coutinho in the area when he was one-on-one with Cologne stopper Timo Horn.Coutinho capped a superb display by setting up Ivan Perisic to compound Cologne’s misery by slotting Bayern’s fourth on 73 minutes.Bayern are top for the first time this season after the win, one point ahead of Freiburg, Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig, who can replace them with a win at Werder Bremen later.Having also netted in the 3-0 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday, Lewandowski has scored in each of Bayern’s last seven games with 11 goals in all competitions.He is the first to score in the first five Bundesliga games since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Borussia Dortmund four years ago.Bayer Leverkusen bounced back from their shock Champions League defeat by Lokomotiv Moscow in mid-week with a 2-0 win over Union Berlin.Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario scored inside the opening half-hour as Leverkusen responded after director of sport Rudi Voeller had accused them of being “scared” against Lokomotiv.Second-placed Freiburg wasted the chance to claim top spot as forward Lucas Hoeler gave them the lead only for striker Florian Niederlechner to equalise for Augsburg in a 1-1 draw.Hertha Berlin climbed off the foot of the table with a nervy 2-1 home win over Paderborn, who took their place at the bottom of the league.Ex-Manchester City winger Javairo Dilrosun weaved past a string of defenders to slot home on 10 minutes before ex-Dortmund forward Marius Wolf netted in the second half at the Olympic Stadium.Striker Ben Zolinski pulled a goal back for Paderborn, who pushed hard for a late equaliser without success. last_img read more

ECB adamant no final decision taken on Hundred format

first_img\R London, Jul 24 (AFP) The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has insisted no decisions on the exact format of its planned 100-ball competition will be taken until it has analysed the result of several trial matches in September. Tuesday saw Britain’s Daily Telegraph report the ECB were considering allowing a substitute to bat or bowl. Meanwhile, The Times claimed it could be as many as four substitutes, which would effectively turn the competition into a 15-a-side game but with only 11 players allowed to bat or field. But a spokesman for the ECB, English cricket’s national governing body, dismissed both reports as “speculation”, saying today: “No decisions have been made on the playing conditions for the new competition which will start in the summer of 2020. “To develop the competition there are a number of on-going discussions, including one with a high-performance group who are planning a series of pilot matches in September. “Conversations with players, host venues and stakeholders across the game are vital to the competition’s development and inevitably lead to speculation on a range of matters. “Ultimately, it is board of the ECB which makes the final decision on the format and rules for the new competition and that is expected later this year.” The International Cricket Council briefly trialled the concept of a ‘supersub’ in one-day internationals from 2005-06 but then abandoned the move and reverted to a standard 11-a-side format in ODIs.- Controversial -================= The ECB’s new tournament was already controversial when it was thought to be a city-based Twenty20 competition designed to rival the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash, with many of England’s 18 first-class counties worried about the impact it could have on their existing T20 Blast.advertisement But there was a largely negative reaction from existing cricket fans when the ECB unveiled its tentative plans for a new 100 balls-per-side format in April. In particular the board faced a social media backlash against he way it had presented the competition as being for “mums with kids”, as many female cricket followers with children took to Twitter to tell the ECB they had no problems grasping the concept of a standard six-ball over. But a 100 balls-a-side a game could prove popular with terrestrial broadcasters concerned about how even a Twenty20 match can over-run. There has been no live terrestrial coverage of England’s men’s internationals since the 2005 Ashes series but, in a bid to reconnect with potential fans who may not live in cricket-loving households, the ECB has split the broadcast rights for The Hundred between the BBC and satellite broadcaster Sky Sports. At this stage, the ECB have said the new tournament will feature eight city-based teams playing eight group matches, four at home and four away before the top four go forward to the play-offs. The first-placed team will play the second for a place in the final, with the loser of that match getting another chance against the winner of a third v fourth match. That will amount to 36 games over 38 days from mid-July to the end of August 2020.There will be both men’s and women’s competitions, with each side allowed to select three overseas players via a draft system. But among the many outstanding questions are what happens to the existing Blast competition and the rest of the county programme as well as the availability of centrally-contracted England players. There are also concerns in the women’s game over the ECB’s proposals to abandon their succesful Twenty20 Super League, which is seen as a pathway for what is now the main form of women’s international cricket. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Used coin to practice yorkers, says Avesh Khan

first_img Aditya K Halder New DelhiApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 09:17 IST IPL 2019: Avesh Khan has played only one match so far this season (Courtesy by BCCI)Delhi Capitals Avesh Khan became the talk of the town last season – while playing for Daredevils – when he picked the scalp of Kings XI Punjab’s Aaron Finch with a ferocious 148.7kmph delivery.The 22-year-old since then has been under the selector’s radar and was picked for the India A side after an impressive Ranji season, which was highlighted with an impressive 7-for against Hyderabad.However, T20 is a demanding game and requires a bowler to have variations in order to succeed in a format that is so brutal on the bowler.The Madhya Pradesh speedster has recognised such a daunting requirement of the game and has been working on variations including yorkers.”I have worked on two-three variations in my bowling during the season as it is an important aspect in T20 to surprise a batsman,” Avesh told Mail Today. “For example, I trained on wide yorkers and stump yorkers using a coin to land the ball at the place I want to. I also had to work on other variations too”With the inclusion of Ishant Sharma and availability of players like Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada, the natural pacer is finding it hard to break into the playing XI this season and has made a solitary appearance.But Avesh is not buoyed by the tough competitions; in fact, believes his chances will come sooner or later.”I don’t think so it’s a bad thing to have such competitions. Actually having likes of Rabada and Ishant bhai during a match will help me in getting tips and set fielders during a live situation using their experience. It is something I didn’t get last season,” Avesh explained.advertisementDelhi, who have blown hot and cold this season so far, are finding it hard to score lower down the order and made a mockery of themselves when they lost seven wickets in space of eight runs to Kings XI Punjab.Avesh revealed he and others have been batting in the nets too this season to especially prepare for situations where the need for big hitting arrives.”I have been spending time on the nets and batting coach Pravin Amre have been training the tailenders to work on batting in a situation where runs need to be scored quickly,” he revealed.However, coach Ricky Ponting has made his thoughts clear about his intentions with the bowlers: bowl as fast as possible.”Ponting has always shown faith in me and he always backed me to bowl fast deliveries. Even when I am not in the team he always asks me not to lose hope and be prepared to bowl as fast possible when my chance comes,” concluded Avesh.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Avesh KhanFollow CoinFollow practiceFollow yorkers IPL 2019: Used coin to practice yorkers, says Avesh KhanDelhi Capitals pacer Avesh Khan has been working hard to perfect his yorkers and even with strong competition for a spot in the playing XI, he believes his chance will come.advertisementlast_img read more

Management Commission Sets Accessibility Rules for MLA Offices

first_imgThe House of Assembly Management Commission today, Aug. 14, passed new rules to make MLA offices across the province more accessible. The rules require new MLAs to meet the barrier-free requirements as stated in the province’s building code within a year of being elected. Re-elected MLAs must meet the rules within 36 months. “I’m very pleased these regulations were passed today,” said Speaker Gordie Gosse. “Since I had my first meeting on this issue five months ago, it has been a priority to establish these standards. I’m happy MLA offices across the province will be more accessible so all constituents can easily visit them. “I want to thank staff at the Speaker’s Office and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for their hard work and the quick turnaround.” Barrier-free requirements include things such as a paved parking lot with at least one van accessible space, a cut curb, ramp, level entrances, wider doors and accessible washrooms among others.last_img read more

Sackville Community Groups and Youth Receive Innovation Grants

first_imgMillwood High School will deliver sexual violence prevention training to faculty and students with grant funding from the province’s Sexual Violence Strategy. Stephen Gough, MLA Sackville-Beaver Bank, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, today, April 25, announced the $4,000 Prevention Innovation Grant. “Preventing sexual violence begins with educating our young people,” said Mr. Gough. “I am thrilled that Millwood High School is taking the initiative to ensure that sexual violence is addressed through education and brought out into the open. It is critical that we talk about this issue openly in order to find solutions.” Grant funding will allow staff and Grade 12 students at Millwood High School to attend the Bringing in the Bystander training, a program that teaches tools on how to intervene in situations that could lead to or that directly involve sexual violence. It helps participants recognize inappropriate behavior and helps to foster a sense of responsibility for making change. “As students, we have the ability to create fundamental shifts in attitudes, beliefs and behaviour around sexual violence,” said Nik Sutherland, a Grade 11 student at Millwood High School and chair of the U-Knighted for Health committee. “Preventing sexual violence promotes the safety and well-being of all students, now and in the future.” The grants are a commitment under government’s Sexual Violence Strategy. An additional $600,000 for these one-time grants will be made available again in the fall, for a total investment of more than $1.2 million over two years. The grants support community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved populations such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations, and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, to reach out to their peers and help put creative prevention initiatives into practice. Nearly 100 applications were received from across the province. The names of other communities and organizations receiving grants will be announced soon.last_img read more

Goa Health Minister concerned over rise in dengue deaths

first_imgPanaji: Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has expressed concern over rise in dengue deaths in the state and urged people as well as civic authorities to rise to the challenge of containing the disease. “Dengue cases are less compared with last year, but deaths have been more than last year. It’s not just the duty of the Health Ministry, but people, civic corporations and panchayats too, to prevent accumulation of water, which facilitates breeding of dengue mosquito,” Rane said here on Saturday. The Minister said dengue had claimed six lives in the last one month and 30 others were undergoing treatment at various medical facilities. The Health Ministry had started fogging drive in schools and other educational institutions to ensure that children were not affected by dengue, Rane said.last_img read more

NS Liberals accused of turning their back on exstaffer after domestic assault

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is staying mum after a former staffer says the Liberals turned their back on her when she was assaulted by another party staffer — her partner.In an interview with The Coast newspaper, Michelle Coffin spoke in detail about a 2014 assault at the hands of the premier’s former communications director, Kyley Harris, her then-boyfriend.Once a Liberal insider who had herself held the top communications job, Coffin says the party turned its back on her when the domestic violence case came to light.Coffin confirmed her account in The Coast to The Canadian Press on Thursday but declined to comment further.Harris pleaded guilty to assault and was fired from his post, but the premier said at the time he lost his job because he failed to disclose the assault, not because of the criminal charges stemming from the violent act.Coffin says when Harris was quietly rehired by the party, she was at first relieved he found a job.But that relief turned to shock when she discovered he had been promoted from a behind-the-scenes Liberal caucus office researcher position to the party’s top communications job ahead of last month’s provincial election campaign.Harris eventually stepped down, citing the controversy surrounding his presence but Coffin said the situation displayed an arrogance on the part of the Liberal party.Then in the midst of the election campaign the Liberal candidate in her riding showed up at her door, but Coffin told The Coast the Liberal on her doorstep must not have recognized the name at the address.She asked about his view on domestic assault and he immediately said the “individual” was no longer with the campaign and that Harris struggled to find work after his sentencing, and the premier had wanted to help.Coffin also told The Coast that the candidate told her the premier called women’s organizations for their thoughts before rehiring Harris.She said the incident prompted her to come forward and tell her side of the story.Coffin says she was never once contacted by anyone from the party. Instead, she says she’s been ignored, with former colleagues pretending she doesn’t exist.David Jackson, a spokesman in the premier’s office, said Thursday McNeil commented on the issue during the campaign and would not speak further about it.“We’re declining comment today,” said Jackson.At a campaign stop in early May, McNeil said Harris deserved “a second chance” after he pleaded guilty to striking Coffin in the face.In The Coast, Coffin suggested Liberal officials downplayed the seriousness of the assault at the time, expressing concern for the repercussions on Harris, who was given a conditional discharge with nine months’ probation.Former federal Conservative leader Rona Ambrose took to social media last month to say Harris’s re-hiring sent a “terrible message,” and that Liberal leaders “need to walk the talk on violence against women.”The Liberal campaign platform committed to a plan aimed at “ending gender-based violence” upon re-election.“We must also work to prevent domestic violence from happening in the first place,” the platform said. “Our plan will create a continuum of programs to address domestic violence, focused on primary prevention and providing victims support to rebuild their lives.”Harris was eligible for a severance in the range of $45,000 when he was fired in 2014. He was rehired in the fall of 2015.In an emailed statement to The Coast, Harris called his actions three years ago “disgraceful.”“Throughout this process, I have grown in my understanding of the incident, myself, my mental health and the types of relationships that make up my life,” Harris said. “I’ve now lost my job twice over this. I accept those consequences and I continue to seek ways to make amends for what I have done.”The Canadian Press was unable to reach Harris for further comment Thursday.last_img read more

UN expert calls for steps to reverse negative rights situation in DPR

“We have not had enough action to demilitarize locally nor have we had enough action to shift the pro-military budget to the pro-development budget which is much required,” Vitit Muntarbhorn, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, told reporters in New York.He said that he has received “very worrying information” regarding the chronic food shortage in the country, with UN agencies recording declines in food availability, accessibility and consumption.But the expert said that DPRK has cooperated “relatively well” with the UN. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has more than doubled the number of people it reaches with assistance to some 6.5 million this year.Although the nation is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), it is a “non-open, non-democratic system, extremely closed and repressive,” he noted. This has resulted in limited freedom of expression, religion, association and communications.Further, Mr. Muntarbhorn, who addressed the General Assembly today, said he has received reports of public executions, a non-independent judiciary and torture.In the short-term, he called for the country to “open the door to food aid with adequate monitoring,” halt public executions and quickly resolve the issue of abductions.The Rapporteur, who has served in the position since the mandate was established in 2004, has not been allowed into the DPRK.Looking to the future, he said that “while we recognize the need for food aid, we must talk more and advocate more the question of food security, which means more than giving but enabling sustainable agriculture to take place within the country as well as environmental management, resource allocations, as well as disaster preparedness.” 23 October 2008The United Nations expert monitoring the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today said that urgent action is essential to reverse the “very negative” human rights situation in the East Asian nation. read more

Victims of terrorism in the spotlight as UN screens awardwinning documentary

8 October 2010The survivors of heinous acts of terrorism were the focus today as the United Nations hosted the screening of an award-winning documentary on a man whose wedding in Amman, Jordan, was transformed into a bloody massacre by an Al-Qaida suicide bomber. “All too often, the voices of the terrorists have drowned out the voices of the victims,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the screening of ‘Killing in the Name.’ “Now, I am glad to say, that is changing.”Ashraf Al-Khaled was celebrating the happiest day of his life when the bomber walked into his 2005 wedding and killed his father and 26 other family members. After rising from that horrific tragedy, Mr. Al-Khaled has been active to give voice to victims of terrorism and the film, which won Best Documentary Film at the LA Shorts Fest 2010 in Los Angeles, follows his quest to speak with victims and perpetrators and expose the true cost of terrorism.From an Al-Qaida recruiter, to a militant behind one of the world’s worst terrorist attacks, to a madrassa full of boys ready to follow, Mr. Al-Khaled journeys around the world to see if one man can speak truth to terror, and begin to turn the tide.Participating in a post-screening panel discussion were two other victims of terrorist attacks, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Senior Programme Advisor Carla Khammar, who survived the attack on the UN compound in Algiers in 2007, but not without trauma and suffering, and the film’s Executive Producer Carie Lemack, who lost her mother during the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001. Ms. Lemack and Mr. Al-Khaled are co-founders of the Global Survivors Network.“The survivors who stand in front of you today are themselves an exemplary group,” Mr. Ban said, noting that they took part two years ago at the UN in the first-ever international Symposium on Supporting Victims of Terrorism.“And they are here again today to tell their stories, to bear witness to the appalling costs of terrorism, and to push us all to do more to put an end to actions that cannot be justified by any end, in any form, in any place, for any reason, ever.“As hard as it is to re-live their stories and expose their pain, they are not afraid to do so if it means helping others to avoid a similar fate. We all have a lot to learn from them,” he added, stressing how the powerful documentary shows not only what happened to Mr. Al-Khaled, but how he transformed his personal horror into a mission of change.“Even though we weep each time, we must also wipe away our tears and maintain our focus – on our efforts to put an end to this suffering and our work to rid the world of this scourge. We must each, whether government, international civil servant or individual citizen, uphold our obligations to the victims,” Mr. Ban concluded. read more

UNP supporters shot at in Kotahena one killed

The shooting incident claimed the first victim of the 2015 Parliamentary election.Meanwhile the CMEV election monitoring group said that at 11.30 am today, a shooting incident was reported at Bloemendal Road in front of the St. Benedict College grounds in Kotahena. A group of United National Party (UNP) supporters were shot at in the Kotahena area this morning killing one woman and injuring several others.The UNP supporters were engaged in campaigning activities in support of former UNP MP and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake when gunmen travelling in 2 vehicles had opened fire. He said that the shooting incident took place near the St. Benedict grounds at Bloemendhal Road in Kotahena. Rajiv Seneviratne the Campaign Manager for the United National Party speaking to CMEV from Srikotha party headquarters confirmed that the incident had taken place while Ravi Karunanayake was canvasing with his supporters. The minister was not injured in the attack.It has also been reported that 500 individuals were present when the incident took place. CMEV can also confirm that one individual has been confirmed dead, 12 supporters have been injured, 5 critically and currently in the ICU.The name of the victim has been reported as Ms. S. Maheema of Madampitiya, Colombo 15, a UNP supporter. The attack last for 10 minute, the perpetrators were reported to be clad in black and had arrived in 2 black hybrid cars without number plates. Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that one woman was killed in the shooting incident and at least 12 others were injured and rushed to hospital. Furthermore 16 bullet casings have been found at the location, according to police sources. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Drowning in Welland

The first day of summer and we already have the first drowning of the season.Members of the Niagara police dive team have been searched the Welland Canal near the “illuminaqua stage” for almost four hours.At this point, police believe they have found the man’s body beneath the water but they haven’t pulled it out yet. The man reportedly jumped into the canal off the stage and never resurfaced. Police believe they know who they’re looking for. But at this point they are not releasing his name.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Political peacekeeping action needed to seize the moment in Darfur UN official

“The situation in Darfur remains very fragile – there is an agreement and that’s a major achievement – but it’s an agreement that opens a window, and that’s a window that needs to be seized,” Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations told the press after briefing the Security Council on the results of his recent assessment mission to Sudan.For the immediate strengthening of the African Union mission, an 18 July international pledging conference will be crucial, he said, while there must be political progress at the same time through the Darfur/Darfur dialogue between the parties on the ground, which is called for in the Abuja agreement, Mr. Guéhenno said.In view of the fragility of the situation, he said that “it would be wise” to have, by January 2007, a substantial UN force on the ground, perhaps consisting of some three brigades of three to five battalions each. A solid military presence in Western Darfur could also address the situation in Chad, he added, where there are allegations by both countries of cross-border incursions along a 900 kilometre-long border in a situation that is growing increasingly worrisome.Since the 5 May Abuja agreement there has been a decline in violence in much of Darfur, except for the western region where there is factional fighting and an actual deterioration of security, he said.The big question still remains whether the Sudanese Government in Khartoum, which has so far balked at the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission, will agree to it, Mr. Guéhenno said.Addressing that issue in a separate press encounter, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he, along with African officials, would be engaging Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir on the matter at a meeting sponsored by the African Union (AU) on 1 July.He said he had also appealed to Security Council members to bring their collective and individual pressure to bear not just on the Sudanese Government to support the deployment, but also on the rebels that are outside the agreement to sign it, and on all parties to implement the pact in good faith.Asked how he could expect a turnaround from Sudan when President Al-Bashir has already pledged in front of his parliament that he would never allow a UN peacekeeping force, he replied: “In politics, words like ‘never’ and ‘forever’ do not exist. We have seen leaders say lots of things, but they also find reasons and ways to adapt, to shift, to change direction, and often forget that they have used the word ‘never.’” read more

Parts maker ZF recalls 505K transmission control sensors

DETROIT – Automotive parts supplier ZF North America is recalling 505,000 control sensors in the U.S. because they can make some nine-speed transmissions shift into neutral without warning.The company says in government documents that the transmissions were sold to several automakers that will issue recalls. But the only one identified was Fiat Chrysler, which discovered the problem and reported it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.ZF says a star-shaped connector on a wiring harness wasn’t crimped properly. That can increase electrical resistance that can shift the transmission into neutral.The problem came to light in July when Fiat Chrysler recalled more than 323,000 U.S. vehicles to fix the problem. The Fiat Chrysler recall covered certain Chrysler 200 midsize sedans, Ram ProMaster City small vans, Jeep Renegade and Cherokee SUVs from the 2015 model year. Some 2014 Cherokees are covered.ZF says a software update will fix the problem.The company is working with safety regulators and has identified models that may be affected. But those weren’t available on Friday, a ZF spokesman said. ZF is not aware of any injuries caused by the problem, the company said in a statement. Parts maker ZF recalls 505K transmission control sensors by The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2016 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2004 file photo, the illuminated IF logo is shown in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Automotive parts supplier ZF North America is recalling 505,000 control sensors in the U.S. because they can make some nine-speed transmissions shift into neutral without warning. The company says, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, in government documents that the transmissions were sold to several automakers that will issue recalls. But the only one identified was Fiat Chrysler, which discovered the problem and reported it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (AP Photo/Winfried Rothermel) read more

Letter The masses have now come face to face with the

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: PPP issues scathing response to KN columnDecember 13, 2017In “Letters”EYEWITNESS: UnityFebruary 25, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Sisyphus, his rock…November 26, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” Dear Editor,When the PPP/C took office in 1992 they could have prosecuted many PNC ministers for the massive fraud, embezzlement and numerous acts of corruption they had committed on this nation. They bankrupted an entire country after robbing it dry.They then borrowed billions of dollars from various international loan agencies so that they could continue penchant stealing. However, upon assuming office, Dr Jagan took the right course of action to initiate national healing by not resorting to political witch-hunting-he forgave them their trespasses!The PPP/C immediately began to rebuild the socio-economic fabric, which the PNC destroyed, by implementing sound economic policies. They were able to transform Guyana into an upper middle class country from a poor and highly indebted one. It took 23 years of nation building.But alas! What we are now seeing is the reverse. After nearly two years in office the PNC dominated coalition government has once again succeeded in plunging the country in a regressive mode, over-taxing the people, eroding their standard of living and making crimes a daily feature.Once again they have emptied the treasury and filled their own pockets with humongous tax free salaries and massive squandermania and corruption.But what is more repulsive is the fact that immediately upon taking office the Coalition Government has launched an unrelenting and unconscionable witch hunt against the very people whose economic gains they are now enjoying.The PNC dominated coalition has now embarked on a contrived ploy not only to embarrass former President Dr Jagdeo but other PPP members as well since they have failed in their quest to uncover the massive corruption which was their campaign mantra.Instead they have now unleashed SOCU to arrest these people knowing fully well that those charges will never stand up in a court of law.This contrived diversion is also aimed at getting away from the very serious social and economic problems that they have generated and for which they have no solution. But they cannot fool the people anymore. The masses have now come face to face with the real corruptors!However, if the Coalition feels that this ploy will tarnish the image of these PPP stalwarts and derail the efforts of the PPP, they are dead wrong.The PPP is a party which is built on struggle and it thrives and grows strong under oppressive conditions, therefore this latest act of political witch hunting will only serve to ignite the revolutionary fire within the hearts of the PPP members and supporters and unite them in the fight against this growing and shameless dictatorship.Lastly, destroying the sugar industry will not destroy the PPP, it will make them stronger. This Government needs to stop and think well on this self-destructive course it has been charting. They have already grossly decimated their chances at the 2020 General Elections unless they are confident of resurrecting their infamous rigging machinery.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuf read more

2015 may see the end of the bear cycle for gold

first_imgMetals Focus has launched the inaugural publication of Gold Focus, its new flagship annual report. It features comprehensive historical supply and demand statistics and a detailed forecast for 2015. The following outlines the publication’s key findings.The Gold Focus argues that gold will continue to face challenges in the near-term, in particular the global macroeconomic backdrop remaining unfriendly towards the metal. The biggest headwind continues to be expectations of US interest rate increases later this year, as other developed economies’ ultra-loose monetary policies (notably the Eurozone’s) remain in place, this helping to drive up the dollar against other currencies. Low inflation, weak commodity prices and strong equities are other factors that should keep gold under pressure.All this points to further price weakness in the coming months and a low of below $1,100. However, there are good arguments to suggest that 2015 may well see the end of the gold bear market. While Western investor interest in gold remains low, selling pressure is likely to ease further from the already much-reduced level of liquidations seen in 2014. Meanwhile, Asian investment demand for physical gold is expected to recover from last year’s slump. Taken together, this points to stable or even improved investment demand for gold this year compared to 2014.“Other supply/demand factors should also at least mitigate the pressure on the gold price. Albeit marginal, the decline we forecast in mine production this year does suggest that the tremendous growth in output seen over the past two decades has probably come to an end. Meanwhile, producer hedging should remain slight and recycling is expected to remain flat, at levels far lower than those seen a few years ago. Moving to demand, jewellery consumption is forecast to increase, fuelled by growth in Asian markets. Official sector activity will also lend support to gold, as net purchases are expected to remain at near record levels.“Taking all this into account, we expect price downside to be limited. Metals Focus forecasts see a low for the year at $1,080 and an annual average of $1,190, marking a 6% decline compared to last year. In other currencies, by contrast, prices may well increase over the course of the year, just as they did in 2014, for example in the case of euro gold.“Finally, we believe that the actual start of US interest rate increases will, paradoxically, temper the pressure that their expectations have been placing on gold. This is premised on the assumption that increases will be slow and modest, leaving real short-term rates in negative territory for some time to come. The US economy remains highly dependent on private consumption, while household debt levels in the country are still very high, at least in absolute terms. As such, a dramatic increase in the debt-service ratio could jeopardise the country’s recovery. We therefore expect the Fed will take a measured approach in moving back towards a more normalised policy, particularly given limited inflationary pressures.“To conclude, while we remain cautious towards the prospects of the dollar gold price this year, we believe 2015 is likely to mark the end of the bear market. The last few months of the year may see a modest recovery, with more meaningful gains likely in 2016. From this point onwards, there are several factors that may provide the spark for a renewed gold bull market. These include gold-positive developments in foreign exchange, debt, inflation, commodity and equity markets.”The picture shows work in the exploration ramp at Goldcorp’s Éléonore project.last_img read more

Lenovos Le PadUI Tablet is a Little Slate a Little Laptop

first_imgWhat was that number? 80 tablets being introduced at this year’s ces? Odds are that most of them will be long forgotten by this time next year. One that will likely make a bit of a splash amongst enthusiasts, if only because of sheer aesthetic awesomeness, is Lenovo’s entry.This time last year, we caught a glimpse of the U1 hybrid. Now the thing is official–officially awesome, from the looks of it. The device shifts between laptop and slate tablet (the Le Pad). The whole will run a lofty $1,300–or just $520 for the Le Pad tablet portion.There’s one other major caveat, aside from price, unfortunate–for the time being, the thing (like the LePhone that we saw at last year’s show) is only available in China.If you’re still reading this because you A. Live in China, B. Know an Importer, or C. like to drool over things you can’t have (we fall into the latter category, by the way), here are some more specs:The UI Hybrid has a 10 inch 1,280 by 800 pixel display, an ARM SnapDragon 1.3GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM (as a laptop and 1GB as a tablet),and runs Windows 7 in its laptop form.Both configurations will be available in March.last_img read more

Le réchauffement de lArctique expliquerait le froid européen

first_imgLe réchauffement de l’Arctique expliquerait le froid européenUne étude américaine publiée hier indique que la réduction des glaces dans l’océan arctique pourrait expliquer les hivers particulièrement rudes de ces dernières années dans l’hémisphère nord.Depuis que la superficie de la banquise est tombée à un niveau record en 2007, à cause du réchauffement climatique, des chutes de neiges nettement plus abondantes que la normale ont été observées dans l’hémisphère nord. En effet, durant les hivers 2009-2010 et 2010-2011, l’hémisphère nord a enregistré ses deuxième et troisième plus fortes accumulations de neige jamais observées.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?L’importante diminution des glaces (un million de kilomètres carrés depuis les années 70) a correspondu à une couverture neigeuse hivernale nettement plus élevée que la normale dans le nord-est des Etats-Unis, le nord-ouest et le centre de l’Europe, ainsi que le nord de la Chine, ajoutent les auteurs de l’étude parue hier dans la version en ligne des Annales de l’Académie nationale américaine des sciences (PNAS). “Notre étude démontre que la diminution des glaces de l’océan arctique est liée à des changements dans le circulation atmosphérique de l’hémisphère nord en hiver”, souligne Judith Curry, principale auteur de cette communication. “Les modifications dans la circulation de l’air forment plus fréquemment des zones stagnantes de haute pression atmosphérique centrées sur l’Atlantique qui bloquent le flux d’air chaud venant d’ouest et provoquent un flux d’air polaire et de forte chutes de neige sur l’Europe” et le nord-est de l’Amérique du Nord, conclut la chercheuse cité par l’AFP. Confortant les conclusions d’autres recherches, ces résultats pourraient être utilisées pour améliorer les prévisions météorologiques saisonnières, selon les auteurs.Le 28 février 2012 à 11:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dr John Bradley on the E Coli infections linked to the San

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – Just days after announcing the death of a toddler who contracted E. Coli at the San Diego County Fair, health officials confirmed another case linked to the same place.Doctor John Bradley from Rady Children’s Hospital joined us in studio to discuss the E. Coli infection, and how you can protect yourself, and your family. Posted: July 2, 2019 Dr. John Bradley on the E. Coli infections linked to the San Diego County Fair July 2, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more