South Africa are reluctant to play a day-night Test during their tour of Australia as they have no experience with the pink ball, the Proteas’ players association chief has said.South Africa will tour Australia in a three-Test series in the home summer and Cricket Australia announced last year that they wanted one of the fixtures to be a day-night match.Australia hosted New Zealand in the first day-night Test in November and while the match drew huge crowds and big television audiences players on both sides complained that the ball was hard to see at times.The pink ball has been developed for day-night Test cricket, replacing the traditional red ball which becomes too difficult for batsmen to see after dark.”Our players are not in favour of playing the game under those conditions,” South African players’ association Chief Executive Tony Irish told The Australian newspaper.”The main reason is we feel disadvantaged. Not one of our players who will compete in that Test has played Test match cricket, or any cricket, with a pink ball.”The reluctance to play is a sign of how much importance the South African players place on the series against Australia,” Irish added.New Zealand players had similar misgivings about last year’s fixture in Adelaide but were given a A$1 million ($777,000) sweetener by Cricket Australia to commit.Organisers hailed the Test a success, despite Australia wrapping up victory in three days. Adelaide Tests are traditionally well supported by local fans and interstate visitors but the total attendance of 123,000 was a record in the city for a non-Ashes fixture.advertisementAustralia, who have also used the pink ball in domestic Sheffield Shield matches, host Pakistan in a three-test series in the coming home summer, with a match at Brisbane’s Gabba ground tipped to be played under lights.Cricket Australia will announce their summer schedule on Wednesday and declined to comment on South Africa’s reservations about the pink ball.
Video footage has emerged of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo bringing an impromptu interview to a sudden halt – by throwing the reporter’s microphone into a nearby lake on Wednesday.The incident happened several hours before Portugal’s decisive Euro 2016 Group F clash with Hungary in Lyon with a berth in the tournament’s last 16 at stake.The 21-second clip shows Ronaldo, surrounded by security guards, strolling by a lake with his team mates.When the reporter from Portugal’s CMTV approaches to ask if he was prepared for the game, Ronaldo grabs the microphone from him with one hand and pitches it into the water.The 31-year-old Real Madrid forward has been under pressure after refusing to shake hands with Iceland’s players following Portugal’s 1-1 draw in their opening game and missing a penalty in their second group match – a goalless draw with Austria.Jose Delgado, a correspondent for Portuguese daily A Bola, told Reuters Ronaldo was frustrated by his poor performances.”The hours before the game are always difficult for the players and I don’t think it’s a good idea they mix with journalists because things like this may happen,” he said.”Ronaldo has been anxious in the last few days because he didn’t play well in the opening two games. Let’s see what he can do against Hungary and if he can come to his usual level.”Reporter: “Cristiano, did you manage to see Messi’s incredible free kick yesterday?” pic.twitter.com/nJYpGtpItM Troll Football Media (@Troll__Footbal) June 22, 2016
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova defeated Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni here on Sunday to advance to the second round of the Madrid Open.Sharapova, now ranked 262 in the world, defeated World No.20 Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the opening round, reports Efe.The Madrid Open is the second tournament for Sharapova after she returned from a 15-month doping ban. The Russian took part in the Stuttgart Open in April, but was defeated in the semi-finals against France’s Kristina Mladenovic.Sharapova will play the second round against Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who eliminated France’s Alize Cornet on Saturday.
PARIS (AP) — French police have questioned another batch of tennis players in a growing investigation into a match-fixing syndicate suspected of paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix low-level matches, judicial officials said Thursday.Seven French players were taken into custody this week and later released, taking the total number questioned in France so far to 17, the officials said. An initial batch of four players was first questioned in January . The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.The probe is being led by authorities in Belgium, where the syndicate’s suspected ringleader, an Armenian, is based. Belgian authorities say Grigor Sargsyan remains in custody in his home, monitored with an electronic bracelet.Investigators say corrupted players bought off by the fixers knew Sargsyan as “Maestro.” The massive scheme, organized via encrypted messaging and involving dozens of low-ranked players in small tournaments with little prize money, is believed to have spread tentacles to more than a half-dozen countries, including the United States. Belgian authorities say they’ve requested assistance from the FBI, as well as counterparts in Egypt, Slovakia, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Germany.This week’s additional detentions were first reported Thursday by French sports daily L’Equipe. Officials didn’t identify the players.A Belgian investigator said five of the French players questioned so far have admitted to taking money from the syndicate to fix matches, and that one player believed to have fixed about two dozen matches confessed to police that he pocketed 30,000 euros ($ 34,000).The probe has grown far bigger than Belgian authorities initially expected when they first swept up Sargsyan and others in a wave of arrests in June. He faces organized crime, match-fixing, money laundering and forgery charges.The number of players suspected of involvement continues to grow. Belgian investigators, who have been pouring through phone records and other evidence, believe they have now identified 137 players suspected of fixing or attempted fixing. The syndicate allegedly paid 500 to 3,000 euros ($570 to $3,400) for fixed matches, sets or games. Police say the syndicate employed mules, people hired for a few dollars to place bets on fixed matches that were small enough to slip under the radar of gambling watchdogs.The Belgian investigator said evidence collected so far suggests the syndicate knew other match-fixers in Spain but they weren’t working together. Another investigator said several players who took money from the syndicate told the French police during questioning that they did so because prize monies at low-level tournaments are too small to pay their expenses.Players told the police that they often saw the so-called Maestro at such tournaments, working to recruit other accomplices, and they described him as friendly and non-threatening, the investigator said.So far, France has the biggest number of players questioned in the probe. The first four were named by investigators as Jules Okala, 21; Mick Lescure, 25; Yannick Thivant, 32; and Jerome Inzerillo, 29. None operated in the highest spheres of tennis. The career-best singles ranking of any of them was 354, reached by Inzerillo in 2012.L’Equipe said it interviewed Inzerillo, accompanied by his lawyer, this week and that he told the newspaper that he had never been approached to fix a match.___By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Ishant Sharma is eager to perform for India as they prepare to take on England in the second Test beginning Thursday at Lord’s.Ishant was one of the brighter sparks for India as Virat Kohli’s men went down to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston. Ishant took six wickets in the first Test, including 5 for 51 runs in the second innings.”I have only one motive that I want to win matches for India with my performances. Which ever ground I play, my purpose is to win matches for the team with my performances. My motivation has completely shifted and now my focus on how I can help my team win with my performances.” Ishant told BCCI.tv in an interview.READ – Ishant Sharma needs to figure out his role in Team India: Glenn McGrath”It has also helped me to bowl long spells. The only thing matters to me is that, I want to help my team win with my performances,” he added.Ishant bowled with pace, fire and plenty of aggression. He squared Malan up with a great outswinger before removing the dangerous Bairstow with a nice inswinger. Two balls later, Stokes had no clue how to deal with another outswinger from around the wicket. Next up, right after lunch, Ishant got Buttler to edge one behind the wickets to Dinesh Kartik.The fifth wicket took a while coming for Ishant. He bowled another peach and Broad drove at a ball which was shaping away from him; Dhawan, who had dropped two easy chances before, took it safely at first slip.advertisementREAD – Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestWhen asked about his preparation for the Test series, Ishant said that it is important for him to take up responsibility as a senior bowler.”The process always remains the same. You have to focus on where you have to bowl and how to execute your plans. At the end of the day, when it works out, then you feel satisfied and happy. It is important to take up responsibility when you are a senior bowler,” Ishant said.READ – Ishant Sharma feels bowling for Sussex with Duke ball helped him”You have to be performance oriented. I have not done anything special. It’s just the mindset, which is totally different for me. You start believing in yourself and you hit the right lengths. If you ball at a particular length consistently and play with batsmen patience, you will eventually get success,” Ishant added.Ishant has lead from the front with the ball in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah (due to injures). Ishant said that every bowler in the team knows his role in the side and also the fact that performances is the only way to keep their place in the side.READ – India vs England: Ollie Pope to debut in Lord’s Test, says Joe Root”The current lot is a competitive fast bowling unit. We have a healthy competition amongst each other which is a good sign for the team. Everyone knows if they don’t perform they can be out of the playing XI. Because of this players are always on their toes. Things are quite simple in this team, if you perform you will be in the team and if you don’t you will sit out,” Ishant said.Ishant had single-handedly demolished a strong England batting line-up four years ago at Lord’s to set up a historic victory for India in their last tour in 2014.England were 71/2 (in their chase of 319) before before Ishant turned up the heat and picked seven of the next eight wickets as India went on to win by 95 runs.
United States Who joins Pulisic? Projecting the USA’s 2022 World Cup squad Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 03:06 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) USA Today Sports United States World Cup Opinion With the 2018 World Cup a shattered dream, the U.S. national team must look ahead to 2022. Here are the players who could lead the U.S. recovery … Five years. Five long years. That is how long it will be — at the very least — before the U.S. national team will take the field again in a World Cup.Plenty will change in those five years, including the talent pool that makes up the U.S. squad. A generation of players is coming to the end, including legends like Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard, but their departures will open the door for new talents to emerge.As grim as things feel, there is talent in the pipeline, and whoever is ultimately hired to coach the team heading toward 2022 will have some promising players to mold into a team capable of not only qualifying for the next World Cup but actually having success in Qatar in 2022. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Projecting a World Cup team five years away is always going to be a bit of a futile exercise, but with several talented youngsters already making their way up the American soccer ranks, the U.S. 2022 team isn’t that difficult to start outlining. One thing we can expect is the 2022 team to be a young one, what with the pool of top players who would be 29 and older being a thin one. There are plenty of players who will be in their 30s who might make surprising pushes into a World Cup role, but pulling that off will be made tougher by the stacked talent at certain positions.There are positions that remain a concern, specifically left back and left winger, though that is nothing new for the U.S. program. Viable wingers remain a concern on both flanks, though right back is shaping up to have some very good options.Central defense should be an area of considerable depth and strength heading toward the 2022 World Cup, and the defensive midfield options should give whoever is coaching the U.S. plenty of candidates for the role of Christian Pulisic’s midfield bodyguards.Of course, so much can change in five years. Consider that few outside Pennsylvania had heard of Pulisic back in 2012. There will be surprising names that emerge, and promising players who fall by the wayside. It happens every cycle, but this time around, with U.S. fans desperate to see new talents emerge, even more pressure will be on to unearth gems.What will the 2022 U.S. World Cup team look like? Here is a group we could see coming together:GOALKEEPERSMAKE THE CUT: Ethan Horvath (27), Bill Hamid (31), Jesse Gonzalez (27)OTHER POSSIBILITIES: Zack Steffen (27), Jonathan Klinsmann (25), Alex Bono (28)OUTLOOK: With Tim Howard and Brad Guzan coming to the ends of their lengthy national team careers, a major void opens up at a long-held position of strength. Horvath has settled in well since making the move to Club Brugge, and is the only American goalkeeper playing regularly in Europe.Hamid could challenge Horvath for the starting role very soon, with a move to Europe looking like a strong possibility this winter. Gonzalez has yet to make his national team debut but is a highly regarded prospect, and one of the best young goalkeepers in MLS.The Klinsmann name will raise eyebrows, and Jurgen’s son impressed as the starter for the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team earlier this year. He signed with Hertha Berlin but has yet to break into the first team, so it’s a bit early to tell how he will fare as a pro.DEFENDERSMAKE THE CUT: DeAndre Yedlin (29), John Brooks (29), Matt Miazga (27), Cameron Carter-Vickers (24), Erik Palmer-Brown (25), Danilo Acosta (25), Justen Glad (25), Matt Olosunde (24)OTHER POSSIBILITIES: Tim Parker (29), Nick Lima (28), Walker Zimmerman (29), Jaylin Lindsey (22), Marco Farfan (24), Brandon Vincent (28), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (26)OUTLOOK: Yedlin has developed into an excellent right back, and could have enjoyed a true breakout at the 2018 World Cup, but he will have to make due with being the veteran on the 2022 team. Brooks also makes our squad, but you wonder how persistent injury issues will affect him going forward.There are plenty of good central defender prospects, led by Miazga and Carter-Vickers, who starred together on the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team in 2015. The lack of quality left back prospects continues to be a problem, and could get even worse if Acosta chooses to play for Honduras.Remember the name Olosunde. The Manchester United right back boasts impressive size and athleticism, and is honing his technical quality in the youth ranks of one of the world’s biggest clubs.MIDFIELDERSMAKE THE CUT: Christian Pulisic (24), Kellyn Acosta (27), Paul Arriola (27), Weston McKennie (24), Tyler Adams (23), Jonathan Gonzalez (23), Emerson Hyndman (26), Lynden Gooch (26)OTHER POSSIBILITIES: Chris Durkin (22), Cristian Roldan (27), Kenny Saief (28), Sebastian Lletget (30), Brooks Lennon (25), Russell Canouse (27), Josh Perez (24), Giovanni Reyna (20), McKinze Gaines (24), Wil Trapp (29), Nick Taitague (23), Michael Bradley (35)OUTLOOK: Pulisic will be the cornerstone of the U.S. attack if he continues to develop the way he has over the past two years. He has the characteristics to be a true international superstar, and the onus will be on the next U.S. coach to build a team capable of giving him the right support. That will start with some strong defensive midfield options, and McKennie and Adams look like excellent candidates. With Gonzalez starting for Monterrey in Liga MX, the central midfield pool is a strong one going forward.The competition for places will be fierce, and there are some youngsters who could break through, such as U.S. Under-17 standout Durkin, as well as Reyna, son of former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, who is showing incredible talent at the age of 15 and is probably the player most likely to enjoy a rapid rise like Pulisic did.Wing options are scarce, with players like Lennon and Gaines having the potential to challenge for flank roles.One name to think about is current U.S. captain Bradley. He isn’t about to retire from the national team, but he will be 35 when the next World Cup rolls around. He should continue to be a key figure for the U.S. when 2019 arrives and the next Gold Cup is played, but will he still be viable in 2022 or will he make way for the plethora of defensive midfield options coming down the pipeline?FORWARDSMAKE THE CUT: Bobby Wood (30), Jordan Morris (28), Jozy Altidore (33), Josh Sargent (22)OTHER POSSIBILITIES: Haji Wright (24), Ayo Akinola (21), Gianluca Busio (20)OUTLOOK: Altidore’s inclusion might surprise some, particularly given the fact he will be 33 when the 2022 World Cup kicks off. But he’s been in excellent form, and if he can continue to stay healthy, he could wind up still being a strong option. There are also no clear-cut replacements as target striker options. Sargent is the exciting newcomer in the bunch. Though he isn’t lighting up the Under-17 World Cup the way he did at the Under-20 World Cup, the soon-to-be Werder Bremen signing has all the qualities to be a difference-maker, and he could wind up being Pulisic’s go-to attack partner.Looking for a player to emerge as a Pulisic-like revelation? Sporting Kansas City signing Busio joins Reyna as the two most promising prospects in the U.S. Under-15 program, and both are considered elite-level prospects. If Altidore isn’t around anymore, that could free up a spot for Busio or Wright.PROJECTED STARTING XI
Chelsea boss Sarri: Morata has potential, but Hazard fulfilling my No9 needsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits Eden Hazard is fulfilling what he wants from a No9 ahead of Alvaro Morata.Sarri concedes Hazard and Morata are very different kinds of players, with the selection decision based on style of play and where the space on the pitch is likely to appear, as much as anything else.”I think Alvaro of course is better in the box, maybe he is better to attack spaces, but I have to say Eden is improving. As you saw in the last match, for the second goal, he attacked very well the spaces,” explained Sarri.”It is different because Eden of course is better when he comes to play with the midfielders, is better to open spaces for the wingers. It’s different, it’s another way of playing.”Alvaro’s potential is to be a very good player. At the moment, I think we need to be balanced on the pitch, we need to be more solid, and so in the last matches I preferred these solutions, but for the future everything is open I think.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Indiana Missed FGDuke just held off Indiana 44-41 in overtime in a wild New Era Pinstripe Bowl. It was the program’s first bowl win since 1961, and it came in dramatic fashion when Indiana’s Griffin Oakes missed a 38-yard field goal by the slimmest of margins.Take a close look at the video. Oakes’ kick actually went over the upright. It was ruled no good, but while Duke players immediately began celebrating, Oakes also threw his hands up, convinced he had made the kick.To top it off, the situation isn’t reviewable, because of the fact it went over the upright. Indiana really cornered the market on heartbreaking losses this year. Tough way to end the season for the Hoosiers.
Gay rights activist George Takei will speak about LGBT issues at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon, October 18.In his speech entitled, “Embracing Change,” Mr. Takei will address the growing momentum for legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.S.Takei, who became famous playing Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek TV series and in the franchise’s films, has also become one of the most prominent LGBT and social justice activists in the country. He also boasts over 800,000 followers on Twitter and is the author of Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet. He’s also starring in the upcoming Broadway musical “Allegiance.”In a Washington Post editorial published on June 27, 2013, Takei wrote, “Whenever one group discriminates against another — keeping its members out of a club, a public facility or an institution — it often boils down to a visceral, negative response to something unfamiliar. I call this the ‘ick.’For more than 70 years, I’ve watched the ick infect American life in a variety of ways and concluded that it’s little more than a function of unfamiliarity. Once upon a time, you never saw two men kissing — for that, you’d have to visit an adult video store.”The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session, ending at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by going to the following link. The cost of luncheon admission is $21 for National Press Club members and $35 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.National Press Club Luncheons are webcast live on press.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook (facebook.com/PressClubDC) and Twitter (PressClubDC). Submit questions for speakers in advance and during the live event by sending them to @QNPCLunch on Twitter. Or email a question in advance, type TAKEI in the subject line and send to presidentpress.org before 10 a.m. on the day of event.Source:PR Newswire
Gary Anandasangaree, son of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Secretary General V. Anandasangaree, has won the new riding of Scarborough-Rouge Park for the Liberal party, beating the Conservatives after the party dropped candidate Jerry Bance late in the campaign.Anandasangaree surged ahead of the the other candidates with an overwhelming majority of the vote. Conservative Leslyn Lewis came in a distant second, followed by NDP candidate Rev. Kantharatnam Shanthikumar, Global News reported. The riding is brand new in this election and was created by combing pieces of three others: the eastern portion of what used to be Scarborough-Rouge River, the Scarborough portion of the former Pickering-Scarborough East and part of Scarborough-Guildwood.Scarborough-Rouge Park stretches from York region south to Lake Ontario. The departure of Bance left the party scrambling to find a new candidate late in the race, opting for Lewis as a fill-in candidate. The riding was thought to be a close three-way race, but Bance was dropped in September after he was reportedly caught on camera urinating in a coffee cup in 2012 in a highly publicized scandal. If the boundaries were the same in the 2011 federal election, voters would have voted 34.8 per cent Liberal, 31.6 per cent Conservative, and 31 per cent NDP. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 23, 2012 7:26 pm MDT DETROIT – A Tokyo-based auto supplier has agreed to pay a $20 million criminal fine and co-operate with the U.S. government’s ongoing investigation into price fixing in the industry.According to a one-count felony charge filed Monday in federal court in Detroit, Fujikura Ltd. was involved in a conspiracy to rig bids and fix prices for auto parts from January 2006 to at least February 2010.Fujikura sold automotive wire harnesses, which control the car’s electric components. The parts were sold to automakers in the U.S. and elsewhere.Fujikura is the fifth Japanese company charged as part of the Justice Department’s investigation. G.S. Electech Inc., Yazaki Corp., Furukawa Electric Co. and Denso Corp. have all pleaded guilty to similar charges and have been ordered to pay about $750 million in fines combined. Fifth Japanese auto supplier charged with price fixing, agrees to pay $20 million fine
Oregon was supposed to be doomed by Chris Boucher’s season-ending knee injury. South Carolina wasn’t supposed to go deep into the tournament, especially after the Gamecocks lost their first game in the SEC tournament, a quarterfinal matchup. So how’d these two programs end up in the Final Four? In the video above, FiveThirtyEight sports editor Chadwick Matlin walks us through their journeys and talks about just how improbable they’ve been.
A motorist has died after driving the wrong way down a motorway.The driver of a black Audi A3 was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the M4 in Wiltshire at around 10.40pm on Sunday night.Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which also left another driver being rushed to hospital with serious injuries.Officers said the Audi A3 somehow entered the eastbound carriageway of the M4 between junction 16 for Swindon West and junction 17 for Chippenham.The Audi A3 headed west towards Bristol on the eastbound section of the road, and collided with several cars before a head-on collision with an Audi A4.”The driver of the Audi A3 died at the scene,” said PC Jay Clifton, of the Tri-force roads policing unit.”The driver of the Audi A4 was conveyed to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with serious injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening,” he added.The M4 between junction 17 and 16 in north Wiltshire was closed for seven hours to carry out an investigations. “Police are keen to trace any witnesses to the incident,” added PC Clifton.”Any persons with information are asked to call 101 and ask for the Tri-Force Investigations Unit. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Foreign Service Ministers from across the Caribbean have reiterated their unequivocal support for the maintenance and safeguarding of Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge [second right] poses with his CARICOM counterparts at the COFCOR meeting in the Bahamas on Tuesday.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), at the 21st Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) convened in Nassau, Bahamas on Monday, ministers noted that the decision of the United Nation (UN) Secretary-General to refer the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), is in accordance with the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter. They also believe that it is intended to bring a peaceful and definitive settlement to a longstanding controversy.Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge attended the two-day conference between May 7th and 8th under the Chairmanship of the Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darren Allen Henfield.On March 29, Minister Greenidge, on behalf of the government, submitted its application to the ICJ, requesting the court to confirm the legal validity and binding effect of the 1899 Arbitral Award regarding the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela.Venezuela is contending that the 1899 Arbitral Award giving rights to Guyana over its territorial boundary is null and void.The longstanding controversy started during the second half of the nineteenth century, between Venezuela and Great Britain over the location of the border between its colony of British Guiana and the Spanish-speaking country. It continued until an Arbitral Tribunal was empanelled in 1897 to determine the borders and issued an Arbitral Award on October 3, 1899.However, Venezuela has criticised the decision stating only the 1966 Geneva Convention can reach a peaceful solution. The two countries, under the 1966 Geneva Agreement, turned to the UN Secretary-General to resolve what became a controversy under the Charter of the UN. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBorder Controversy: CARICOM Heads reiterate unswerving support for Guyana’s sovereignty, territorial integrityJuly 7, 2018In “Court”Guyana to advocate for border resolution – at UN General AssemblySeptember 14, 2016In “latest news”CARICOM reaffirms support for Guyana’s sovereignty, territorial integrity in face of Venezuela threatDecember 26, 2018In “Environment”
…says public officials with beneficial ownerships should be investigated Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoThe majority of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Members of Parliament (MP) have already submitted their declarations to the Integrity Commission, according to the Party’s leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo.Last month, Chairman of the Commission, Kumar Duraisami, had disclosed that only some MPs had so far submitted their declarations to the Commission, which is responsible for ensuring that public officials declare their assets annually, as required under the law.Duraisami, an attorney and former Land Court Judge, had disclosed a total of 1296 letters and declaration forms sent out to public officers – 69 to the National Assembly; 407 to the various Ministries; 242 to the 10 administrative regions and 576 to the various constitutional agencies. However, only 248 forms were returned to the Commission.However, the Integrity Commission Chairman could not say specifically at the time how many Parliamentarians had complied and sent in their declarations. Noting that MPs are not the only ones with outstanding declarations, Duraisami said an additional two-month extension has been given to allow those who are required to declare their assets to do so.But Jagdeo told reporters at his weekly press briefing on Thursday that he had urged the Party’s MPs to try to get their declarations in before the end of October. However, he noted that most of the parliamentarians have been out in the field preparing for the upcoming Local Government Elections.“[But] it’s already November 1, so I have to check now how many managed to [do so] but definitely before Local Government Elections, all our members of Parliament would have submitted their statements to the Integrity Commission. I did so about two weeks ago…,” Jagdeo stated.The Opposition Leader’s comments came as he was responding to questions about beneficial ownership. Jagdeo believes that public officials who have shares in companies should declare same to the Integrity Commission.“You should state there [at the Integrity Commission declaration] whether you have holdings etc. But sometimes, you know, they do it through third parties so that’s why you have to trace it. We don’t have the capability of doing it because we, the PPP, have limited funds and staff, and so on…,” the Opposition Leader stated.According to Jagdeo, his party has received information of several public officials with beneficial ownerships.One such case, he said, is a senior official at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) being a part owner of a company that is reportedly getting contracts in another agency.“He is a key figure in GECOM and the contracts are not all above board so if you start tracing some of the contracts, you would find some of the linkages of individuals,” he stated.Another instance, the Opposition Leader highlighted is the several hundred million dollars in supplementary funds that were sought for increase in fees to security services. However, Jagdeo said he does not believe that the security guards benefit from these increases.“We want to know whether this money will get into the pockets of the security guards but we suspect not, because we have started doing some investigations as to who the principals are… and you will see a direct link between some people in Government now and beneficial ownership,” he asserted.Furthermore, Jagdeo posited that the concept of “borrowing over the budget” was clear during Wednesday’s sitting of the National Assembly when Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine was answering questions on a leaning college building and for which corrective works were way in excess of what the original contract cost.“So you can bid for $10 million now, and work for Government, and by the time you finish working, you get $90 million but you only bid on $10 million with the other competitors because they varied the contract throughout, this time they claiming that they finish the building and the building leaned so you had to get another $50 million to go back to the foundation,” he noted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition MPs will submit declarations, but Govt MPs must also comply – JagdeoOctober 12, 2018In “latest news”Integrity Commission could soon be functional following Opposition leader’s approval of nomineesFebruary 8, 2018In “latest news”‘Kaieteur News misled Guyanese for many years, we won’t allow it again’ says PPP/COctober 13, 2018In “latest news”
Mikael AppelgrenRoland Mikler Roland Mikler will change club’s colors at the end of the current contract with Telekom Veszprem in June 2019, according to several sources.The 34-years old Hungarian goalkeeper decided to come back to Szeged, in the club with whom he made a great step forward to the TOP goalkeeper’s class in period between 2010 and 2014.Mikler reinforced Veszprem in 2014, where in his first season was elected for the best EHF Champions League goalkeeper.He could play again with his former team-mate from Veszprem, Mirko Alilovic, who came to Szeged this summer with three-years contract until 2021.Another Pick Szeged goalie Marin Sego has valid contract until June 2019.There is no certain info about the replacement for Roland Mikler in Veszprem, who will join Arpad Sterbik between the posts. There are rumours that it could be Swedish Mikael Appelgren from Rhein Neckar Lowen, but also plans could change after Ljubomir Vranjes left Hungarian team. ← Previous Story Nikolay Stepanec overtakes “hot bench” in Zaporozhye Next Story → Chambery Savoie and Fahrudin Melic together until 2022
England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died, aged 81.Banks a former Leicester City and Stoke City player was part of the Alf Ramsey’s team that claimed glory on home soil for the Three Lions in 1966.Widely known as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the game, Banks produced one of the World Cup’s most iconic moments four years later by pulling off an astonishing reaction save to keep out a header from Brazil great Pele in Mexico City.One of the best saves in World Cup and football history.Rest in peace, Gordon Banks. pic.twitter.com/aA4bNAMMtV— FourFourTwo ⚽️ (@FourFourTwo) February 12, 2019Banks helped Stoke to the League Cup in 1972, the club’s only major honour and one he won with Leicester eight years earlier, before a car accident in October of that year cost him the sight in his right eye.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.A statement from Banks’ family, published on Stoke’s website, read: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.“We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.“We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.”We’re deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away.Our thoughts are with Gordon’s friends, family and supporters at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/nbzncYBCFA— England (@England) February 12, 2019
About 1,800 women were secretly recorded at Sharp Grossmont Hospital Posted: April 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom LA MESA (KUSI) – Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s former chief of anesthesia said today that he can corroborate claims, alleged in a recently filed lawsuit, that around 1,800 female patients were secretly recorded during sensitive medical procedures in the hospital’s women’s center.Dr. Patrick Sullivan alleges that he was forced out of the hospital after bringing his concerns to Sharp leadership that women were being surreptitiously filmed in 2012 and 2013 while undergoing a wide range of procedures such as childbirth and hysterectomies.A lawsuit filed against the hospital last month on behalf of around 80 women alleges that around 1,800 patients were recorded, a figure Sullivan alleges is accurate.Sharp President and CEO Chris Howard, in a statement issued on April 4, said cameras were installed in the operating rooms at the women’s center inorder to combat a series of thefts of the powerful anesthetic propofol, as well as operating room equipment.Howard stated that while the cameras “were intended to record only individuals in front of the anesthesia carts, others, including patients and medical personnel in the operating rooms, were at times visible to the cameras and recorded without sound.”The hospital maintains that the recordings were only made in connection with the drug/equipment thefts investigation and have not been used again, though it acknowledged that at least some the videos still exist.The video footage is “kept in a secured safe in our security department” and copies have been provided “to third parties in response to legal processes or specific patient authorizations or requests.”While the exact number of videos the hospital made is uncertain, Sullivan alleges that a “male security guard has reviewed at least 6,966 video clips between February and June 2013” and estimated that “They reviewed another 14,000 clips between July 2012 and February 2013.”About half of the recordings were deleted when operating room computers were “refreshed” in 2013, according to the lawsuit.Howard stated that as a result of the hospital’s investigation into the propofol thefts, “the individual who we believed was improperly removing the drugs” was identified and “is no longer affiliated with Sharp HealthCare.”Sullivan alleges that after he informed hospital leadership about the cameras, it took “more than 100 days” before the hospital stopped making therecordings. In the interim, Sullivan said he and other doctors covered the camera lenses with tape.Sullivan alleges that he discovered cameras in the women’s center again in January 2016, photographed them and believes “they are still there tothis day, though Sharp claims they are not operational.”He also claims that there were no propofol thefts at the hospital, but rather anesthesiologists were using the women’s center’s inventory of propofol due to a national shortage of the drug.Sullivan filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the hospital in 2017, claiming that he was forced to resign after bringing up the recordings, which led hospital staff to “harass, intimidate, embarrass and retaliate” against him, including falsely accusing him of inappropriately touching a nurse.“In response to the national attention focused on the secret recordings of women during their most private moments at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, I want the world to know their claims are absolutely valid,” Sullivan said.A class action lawsuit regarding the recordings was filed against the hospital in 2016 on behalf of a patient who alleged she was filmed while undergoing an emergency Caesarean section in late 2012.The suit alleged that around 15,000 videos were made of women’s center patients, capturing them “while they were emotionally and physically exposed.” April 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Caution No. 1! Do not misinterpret what happened Tuesday as an election. It was a primary. Big difference.Ask Pam Brokaw. Four years ago, she was the top vote-getter in her primary race for county commissioner, with a seemingly healthy lead of 12 percentage points over Tom Mielke. Three months later, Mielke beat Brokaw by 207 votes in the general election. So much for momentum from the primary.Caution No. 2! Remember that, in county commissioner races, the finalists are just barely out of the starting blocks. Actually, they have to go back and start over. Voting in the primary is only districtwide for county commissioners, while voting for those positions in the general election is countywide.Although Mielke, a Republican, and Democrat Joe Tanner are advancing in District 1 (Battle Ground and most of north county) and Republicans David Madore and Marc Boldt appear to have advanced in District 2 (much of Vancouver east of Interstate 205, plus Orchards, Camas and Washougal), we have yet to hear from voters in District 3 (Vancouver and parts of Hazel Dell). Those voters will join the Nov. 6 polling for county commissioners. One powerful variable: District 3 is markedly more Democratic than the other two districts.(The county commissioner District 3 post, won by Democrat Steve Stuart in 2010, will be on the ballot in 2014.)Caution No. 3! If you think the local electorate spoke loudly and clearly last Tuesday, you’re sadly mistaken. Turnout in the primary was about 30 percent. In the Nov. 6 presidential election, local turnout will probably be over 80 percent. In 2008, local turnout was 37.9 percent in the primary, then it soared to 85.3 percent in the fall presidential election.Waiting for casual votersCaution No. 4! Do not discount the value of casual voters. We can assume that the relatively low turnout in the primary included hard-core, battle-worn, intensely motivated partisans in both parties. We can also assume that the new folks on the dance floor in November will be ordinary people who don’t spend every waking hour firing off incendiary online comments about politics.