18 Nov

Vijender Singh invites Mumbai to see Chinese opponent beaten black and blue

first_imgFor all the flesh and blood we see in the ring, promoting a professional boxing bout is all show business. India’s most famous pro boxer Vijender Singh knows it very well now.72 hours before his next fight, Vijender is doing a light training session for the cameras at a gym in suburban Mumbai. He follows it up with some build up interviews where downplaying your opponent comes with the territory.”If I get a chance I will take him down. I don’t have to play the 10 rounds. I will try and knock him down by 4th or 5th round. That’s what I will try,” he told India Today.The 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist since turning pro is now the reigning WBO Asia Pacific Super middleweight champion and on a eight fight unbeaten spree. The winner takes all this time as his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali is also a WBO Oriental Super middleweight champion.”He got title, I have title. Thik hai yaar..We will take him. He has got 8 fights so have I but I have amateur career experience,” he speaks in disdain.The flavour of this fight is opponent Zulpikar’s Chinese nationality in light of India’s ongoing border tensions with China. Vijender takes the sentiment to the ring.”I love my country and have this feeling towards the nation. If I get a chance to fight, it may not be in war but in ring I will give my 100 percent and fight till the end. Can’t quit man. I will try to win the battle,” he roars.advertisementWith the fight this weekend scheduled in Bollywood town Mumbai, invites have gone to a whole host of film celebrities. So also cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and yoga guru Swami Ramdev.”They are coming to see me fight. The boxing scenario will change in a few years,” he hopes.Playing down talk of the ultimate dream of being a World Champion one day, Vijender says, “I have no such dreams. I am more mature in the sport now. I just want to make boxing more popular in India.””I urge Mumbaikars to come and see the Chinese beaten black and blue,” goes another war cry.Landed in Mumbai for #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/cBWqA77liK- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 2, 2017Mumbai me aap ka swagat hai ??? pic.twitter.com/0femAyEsRy- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 2, 2017last_img read more

18 Nov

Faultless Roger Federer Eases Into French Open Quarterfinals

first_imgPARIS — Roger Federer’s return to French Open clay is going so smoothly he still has not dropped a set in reaching the quarterfinals.The 20-time Grand Slam winner eased through with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win Sunday against unseeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer.With temperatures reaching 88 Fahrenheit (31 Celsius) on a sun-soaked center court, the third-seeded Federer did not face a break point in beating Mayer for the fourth time in four meetings.Federer won his only French Open in 2009 and remains on course for a semifinal showdown with Rafael Nadal, the defending champion at Roland Garros. Nadal was facing another unseeded Argentine, Juan Ignacio Londero, later on Sunday.After dropping his serve to lose the second set, Mayer angrily swiped the ball away and was given a code violation warning for ball abuse.Federer was looking so clinical and assured that the crowd at Philippe Chatrier groaned in disbelief when he missed an easy-looking forehand volley at the net, early in the third set.Oldest man to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam since 1991……age is but a number.@rogerfederer | #RG19 pic.twitter.com/9hYxs0qxJn— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 2, 2019It was the second time Federer has beaten Mayer at a Grand Slam — the other also coming in straight sets, in the first round of the U.S. Open in 2015. That was also the last year Federer played at Roland Garros, before skipping clay entirely until returning to the surface this year.Four years ago, Federer lost in the quarterfinals to Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.He next faces either Wawrinka or rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Federer in the fourth round at this year’s Australian Open.They were playing their fourth-round match Sunday on neighboring Court Suzanne Lenglen.Earlier Sunday, Petra Martic followed up her win over second-seeded Karolina Pliskova by rallying past Kaia Kanepi 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 on center court to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.The 31st-seeded Croat next faces Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova, who reached her first quarterfinal at a major without dropping a set. The 19-year-old Vondrousova beat 12th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-2, 6-0 in just 59 minutes.Also advancing to the last eight was 26th-seeded Briton Johanna Konta, who beat 23rd-seeded Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-4. Konta’s quarterfinal opponent will be either 2016 champion Garbiñe Muguruza or 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens. Their match was following Nadal’s on center court.By: Jerome Pugmire, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

17 Nov

Cristiano Ronaldo receives offer to join Juventus next season: Sources

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo moving out of Real Madrid may become a reality after the Portuguese star striker received an offer to join Juventus next season, according to sources.Ronaldo has had frequent fallouts with the club bosses in the past and also expressed his desire to leave Real Madrid many times.Moments after lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy by beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final on May 26, Ronaldo appeared to suggest he had already decided to leave Real, telling a television reporter on the pitch at Kiev’s NSC Olympic Stadium: “It was beautiful to play for Real Madrid.”Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds ($105.65 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and has won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the quarter-finalsRonaldo, 33, appeared to backtrack on that statement during Real’s celebration parade through the Spanish capital the next day, when he told a mass of supporters: “See you next season.”FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES AND SCORESThe Portugal forward was reported to be on the verge of leaving last June after a news story appeared in Portuguese newspaper Record declaring he was unhappy with the club.He also caused a stir in 2012 when he declared in a post-match interview after a game with Granada: “I’m sad and the club know why.”Spanish newspaper Marca suggested on Wednesday that Ronaldo is unhappy at Real because they are searching for a successor to him and president Florentino Perez has publicly courted Paris St Germain forward Neymar, urging the Brazilian last year to come to Madrid if he wants to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.advertisementRussian couple divorce over Ronaldo-Messi debateRonaldo scored two goals against Juventus in Real’s 4-1 win in the 2017 Champions League and struck a jaw-dropping bicycle kick against the Italians in a 3-0 win in a quarter-final first leg game in Turin which prompted Juve supporters to give him a standing ovation.The Portuguese converted a stoppage-time penalty in the second leg to knock the Italians out 4-3 on aggregate.Ronaldo had an explosive start to the 2018 World Cup by scoring a hat-trick in his side’s 3-3 draw with Spain and he hit the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Morocco. He missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Iran and failed to score in his side’s 2-1 defeat by Uruguay in the last 16.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

16 Nov

Jacqueline Fernandez looks radiant as she flaunts post-workout glow in sports bra and yoga pants

first_imgJacqueline Fernandes is one of the fittest celebrities in Bollywood. The actress has been sweating it hard in the gym for the longest time and one look at her official Instagram account and we rest our case.Her workout regime not just include working out in the gym, but Jacqueline keeps her fitness routine interesting by inserting dance, yoga and other forms of workout in her life.Recently the Race 3 actress delighted her fans once again by sharing an Insta story from her workout session. The picture is captioned, “Hectic workout for the day done! Now time to rock!” Jacqueline Fernandez at the gymThe gram shows the 33-year-old in a black spaghetti top with a plunging neckline. She flaunted her toned midriff and washboard abs in the sports bra which she paired with black yoga pants.For her glam, Jacqueline looked radiating with her after workout glow and she tied her hair in a sleek ponytail.The actress was recently seen at the Eid party hosted by Salman Khan in a gorgeous blush pink lehenga.ALSO SEE | Salman Khan on intimate scenes in his films: Never say never, but so far I have not done anyALSO READ | Salman Khan: Many would leave their husband for Bharat. Priyanka Chopra left BharatALSO WATCH | Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif open up on Bharat, their journey and trollsadvertisementlast_img read more

16 Nov

Paul Pogba needs to up his game to win back trust of José Mourinho

first_img Pinterest Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more Share on Messenger Now is the time for Paul Pogba to prove how fine a footballer he is. The Frenchman’s mission for the rest of the season is to drive Manchester United to an FA Cup triumph, a second-placed Premier League finish and deep into the Champions League.The challenge starts with Chelsea’s visit on Sunday. Yet Pogba’s recent fall in form means he is certain to start only because of Ander Herrera’s hamstring injury.Pogba, bought for a then world‑record £89m in the summer of 2016, has disappointed recently with José Mourinho losing trust in the midfielder’s abilities. The 24-year-old was again dropped for the Champions League last-16 first-leg draw at Sevilla on Wednesday. Mourinho has twice hauled him off for poor displays – at Tottenham and Newcastle – and discarded him for the game between, the visit of Huddersfield. Topics José Mourinho: Talk Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United is ‘lies’ The 21-year-old Scott McTominay was Mourinho’s preference to face Sevilla. A response to a question about the trust he has in the youngster could be interpreted as a message for Pogba.“I don’t give trust for free,” he said. “It is the other way round. I don’t think it’s about the manager trusting the player, it is up to the player to make the manager trust him, as simple as that. Sometimes it looks like we have to give everything to the players and they give nothing back to us.“I don’t think that way. The confidence and trust I show towards Scott, he earned it since day one, since he came to the first-team training sessions, step by step, with a lot to learn.“Of course he will have bad matches and make mistakes and be on the bench and not be selected but I know when I want him to play, I know the kind of mentality, the player I am developing. I know the qualities that will make him a really good player.”Pogba now has to make Mourinho believe in him again and show he can be a season-moulding player. Share on Pinterest Paul Pogba Manchester United were dull but does Mourinho have a duty to entertain? José Mourinho features Manchester United Facebook Twitter This will start to fade if Pogba turns up against Antonio Conte’s champions and is the match-winner, though it may not be enough to restore his status at the club. For Pogba truly to convince he has to show his talent throughout United’s run-in, making the difference in major games.He has a track record of going missing in the kind of contests in which the true stars thrive. For Juventus he was anonymous in the 2015 Champions League final against Barcelona. For France he disappeared in the Euro 2016 final against Portugal. Mourinho recently claimed Pogba was yet to fulfil his great potential. But for manager and player the question might be: how soon will it happen?Last season’s nine-goal return for United can be viewed as disappointing, so to have three at this point of 2017-18 is a concerning drop-off – a fall from a goal every 483 minutes to one every 632. Pogba played 51 times last term and has made 24 appearances this season as a serious hamstring problem caused him to miss nearly 10 weeks. As United have a maximum 20 matches left, Pogba will have to markedly improve his ratio for his goals tally to reach double figures.He has managed that only twice in club football – getting 10 for Juventus in 2014-15 and 2015-16, with his previous returns being nine, five and zero. Although his assists are markedly higher – 10 to six – it appears unlikely last season’s 91 tackles will be equalled or beaten pro rata, as the count is currently 37. Share on WhatsApp In Spain Pogba gained a reprieve 17 minutes into the match when Herrera was forced off. Mourinho, asked onFriday to assess how Pogba did, said: “To be on the bench and come on without warming up and getting the pace of the game is not easy. He had a very positive game for us. Details [can just be] details but some players take five minutes to be ready – they don’t have shin pads, strapping, the shirt. He took 10 seconds to be ready, to show the professionalism and show he was ready to help the team.”Mourinho stated satisfaction at Pogba’s reaction to being dropped. “He responded very well, in a professional way both times. He was on the bench against Huddersfield in the Premier League and he responded in a professional way, and he was on the bench in Seville and did the same.”Pogba’s stock is at the lowest of his professional career since Sir Alex Ferguson sanctioned his sale to Juventus from United in 2012. Despite Mourinho’s public protestations, suggestions of a rift with Pogba linger. José Mourinho gives instructions to Paul Pogba before the substitute’s early entrance against Sevilla. Photograph: Soccrates Images/Getty Images Reuse this contentlast_img read more

14 Nov

Sevilla vs Barcelona: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPrimera División Sevilla vs Barcelona: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly 21:11 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Suarez Barcelona Getty Primera División Barcelona Sevilla v Barcelona Sevilla The Blaugrana can move 14 points clear of their nearest rivals at the top of the Primera Division should they win Barcelona return to La Liga action following the international break as they make the trip to Andalusia to face Sevilla on Saturday.Ernesto Valverde’s men are 11 points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid after 29 games and can take a step closer to the Primera Division title with a win.The hosts have shown their quality in the Champions League by reaching the quarter-finals, but their league form has been inconsistent and they are in a fight to secure European football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Catalan side came out on top when the sides met at Camp Nou back in November and another tight affair is expected at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Game Sevilla vs Barcelona Date Saturday, March 31 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Football and it can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Sevilla players Goalkeepers Rico, Sori, Soriano Defenders Corchia, Layun, Kjaer, Lenglet, Carrico, Arana, Escudero, Pareja, Mercado, Carole Midfielders Mesa, Banega, Correa, Geis, Pizarro, N’Zonzi, Navas, Sarabia, Ganso, Vazquez Forwards Ben Yedder, Muriel, Nolito, Sandro Sevilla will be without Pablo Sarabia, who is suspended, while Sebastien Corchia is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Other than that, Montella has a fully fit panel.Potential Sevilla starting XI: Rico; Laylun, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; Banega, N’Zonzi; Sarabia, Vazquez, Nolito; Ben Yedder. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Alba, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Mina, Vidal Midfielders Rakitic, D. Suarez, Iniesta, Coutinho, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards Dembele, Messi, L. Suarez, Alcacer Barca have been boosted by the return to full fitness of Portugal international Nelson Semedo and Belgium’s Thomas Vermaelen, but Sergio Busquets is expected to miss out as he recovers from injury.Lionel Messi sat out both of Argentina’s friendly games during the international break and Valverde has indicated that the forward is not 100 per cent, so may begin the game on the bench.Potential Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Iniesta, Coutinho; Dembele, L. Suarez.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are firm favourites to win, with dabblebet offering odds of 3/4 on the Blaugrana. Sevilla are deemed to be a 7/2 bet and a draw is more likely at 3/1.dabblebet customers can watch and bet on the game if they have a funded or active account. T&Cs apply. Match Preview Lionel Messi Ousmane Dembele BarcelonaBarcelona will attempt to extend their unbeaten run in La Liga to 30 games when they take on Montella’s Rojiblancos and they can move further clear at the summit by doing so.With Atletico not in action until Sunday, the Blaugrana can potentially move 14 points clear of their nearest rivals with just 24 points to play for in the remaining eight games.Interestingly, both Barca and Sevilla are in Champions League action a few days later – against Roma and Bayern Munich respectively – so they will undoubtedly have one eye on those games.For the visitors that may mean leaving Messi out of the starting XI as a precaution, after the Argentine sat out both of his country’s friendly matches during the March international break.Nevertheless, with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele leading the attack, as well as Luis Suarez, who is back from suspension, Barca possess ample star quality to secure victory.last_img read more

24 Oct

A Brief History Of American Populism

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best History Podcasts for Learning About Everything From Pirates to Presidents Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service The term “Populism” is hard to pin down. Here’s an example of why that’s so in a nutshell: Remember the Occupy Wall Street movement, and all its many offshoots? These were the folks crowding city streets all around the nation while wearing Guy Fawkes masks, railing against the “1%” and the perceived plutocracy, and camping out for weeks on end.Those Occupiers didn’t seem to have much in common with folks from the Tea Party movement, right? The latter were more about the cowboy hats and flags and “Don’t Tread On Me” gear, and they targeted “Big Government” and taxation as the object of their ire. But guess what? Both can accurately be called Populist movements.The fact is that Populism is a term that can adopted by (or ascribed to) pretty much any group of people — regardless of their political leanings — provided that at the heart of their message is the notion that true political power comes directly from the will of the people. Add to that the notion that said “will” is being suppressed by a (perceived) group of “elites.” So, to put it simply and crassly (yet with lovely alliteration), more often than not, Populists are pissed off people. If you’re picturing something like this:Then… you’re right.But let’s start way back…One could argue that Julius Caesar was one of political history’s first populist leaders. He used popular anger at the Roman Senate (of which he was a member) to rile up the populace and alter laws through referendums that eventually led to his role of supreme power as Emperor.Related: Influential Non-Presidents of AmericaVarious Protestant groups used a populist approach to help establish themselves as viable alternatives to the Catholic church following the Reformation set off by Matin Luther in 1517. The new sects appealed to largely powerless peasants who had the most to gain from bucking a system ruled by church and landed elites.And an ostensibly populist bent informed the leaders of the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, and were behind the many revolts that rose and, for the most part, failed across much of Europe in the mid 19th Century. (1848 was a particularly bloody year in terms of populist uprisings suppressed by the ruling establishment.)When it comes to American populism, you can look to the so-called Robber Barons of the 19th Century as the original inspiration for many of the movements to come. The industrialist juggernauts who came to be known derisively as Robber Barons included names like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Carnegie; these were men who built veritable empires of wealth thanks to their unscrupulous domination of burgeoning industries including steel, oil, and rail roads. Each came to hold not only immense wealth, but also immense power, often to the extreme detriment of the lower classes of Americans, people who were often working for the very men they detested.Thus it was that in 1891, a new political party emerged: The People’s Party, often referred to as The Populist Party. This new movement was supported by farmers and laborers and was fiercely opposed to the boundless wealth and influence of the handful of powerful industrialists atop the pyramid of power in American society. The Populist Party ran candidates for the presidential election of 1892, then merged with the Democratic Party in 1896, this time fielding William Jennings Bryan, a man who both embraced and embodied the populist sentiments of the era. Bryan was a man who knew how to give a speech. In fact, during the 1896 campaign, he made 500 speeches, ushering in the era of the “Stump Speech” we still know today. Bryan hated big banks, opposed our involvement in foreign wars, and put immense faith in the “common” man and woman. His efforts to break up business monopolies, his opposition to international imperialism, and his tireless support for working people did much to elevate Bryan’s political star, but he still lost in the elections of 1896, 1900, and 1908.Fortunately for Bryan, though he was always a bridesmaid when it came to presidential politics, a man named Theodore Roosevelt rose to the highest office when President William McKinley was shot and killed in September of 1901. Roosevelt was a Progressive through and through, a term that, in politics, sees policies that tend to closely align with the desires of left-leaning populists, only with less grassroots anger and demagoguery necessarily involved. The Progressive Era lasted well into the 1920s and saw many large companies broken up and reigned in and much of the corruption endemic to government stamped out. It also ushered in Prohibition, and that was just a lot of rot, but what can you do.The rest of the 20th Century saw its share of populists on both ends of the political spectrum. On the right, men like Joseph McCarthy and George Wallace both used appeals to the fears and angers of many “everyday” Americans to push their agendas (which were essentially anti-communism and bigotry, respectively), and with Huey Long and Ralph Nader as two of that century’s better-known populist politicians, and with none other than Bernie Sanders as a more recent left-leaning populist.But if you want to understand why populism is such a powerful — and potentially dangerous — force, look no farther than the campaign of one Donald J. Trump. Despite the mountains of gut wrenching drivel the man has espoused, and despite his lack of political experience, his inability to formulate syntactically correct sentences, and his clear lack of ethics, he has touched enough nerves, nerves left raw by perceived wrongs inflicted by a government seen as misguided and a society off course, that he has energize millions of Americans who now stand behind him. May we all look back on this period and throw up just a bit into our own mouths. Anyway… that’s populism for you.Yes, it can bring about change and it can motivate people for good, bringing about the extension of suffrage and protection for the worker, but it can also lead to 2016. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

24 Oct

Engie Books 23 Million Tons of LNG from Yamal Project

first_imgzoom French energy distribution company Engie (formerly GDF Suez) and Russia’s Novatek have signed a sales and purchase agreement for one million tons of LNG from the Yamal LNG project annually, over a 23-year period starting from 2018. This represents 14 cargoes per year which will be delivered from Yamal Trade icebreaker LNG carriers at the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal (Engie), on the western coast of France, where Novatek will transfer the LNG, via a transshipment service operated by Elengy, to Engie vessels.”These volumes will complement and diversify Engie long term supply portfolio,” said Gérard Mestrallet, Chief Executive Officer of Engie.”They will allow us to address the growing LNG demand and our customers concern for a reliable, environmental-friendly energy.”The Yamal LNG project, in which Novatek holds a 60% stake, is the first LNG liquefaction project of this size above the Arctic circle to date.This will be one of the biggest liquefaction plants in the world, planned to start up in 2017 with 16.5 mtpa production capacity, 3 liquefaction trains, 4 LNG storage tanks and up to 15 icebreaker LNG vessels.last_img read more

22 Oct

Input Sought on Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship

first_imgWith renovations underway for the new Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), potential tenants and members are encouraged to contribute to its final design. A request for information was issued today, March 9, to learn from local, national and international businesses about their design needs for space, facilities and programming. COVE is a global centre for ocean innovation and collaboration being developed on the Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbour at the site of the former Canadian Coast Guard Base. “At COVE, we’ll commercialize technologies to grow the ocean economy in Nova Scotia, the Atlantic region and the country,” said Jim Hanlon, chief executive officer of the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprises. “By seeking input on the final design, we’re ensuring this facility meets the needs of future tenants and members, and we’re encouraging businesses to become part of COVE. ” By providing shared facilities such as access to wharfs, fabrication shops, test facilities, and common business space, COVE will reduce costs and growth barriers for new and small ocean technology businesses. It will also help businesses grow through incubation, mentorship, programming, and access to global market connections. Renovations are underway at the centre as are stakeholder and industry consultations on the design of facilities and programming. The centre is being marketed and promoted through international industry conferences and events, presentations and tours for interested parties. “The process to design COVE is collaborative, like the facility will be,” said Jennifer Angel, acting CEO of the Waterfront Development Corp. “From early input, we know this will be a functional working space that can be reconfigured and customized to tenant needs, to meet high safety, security and technology standards, and to foster community. “The information we gather through this request for information will further shape COVE.” The request closes on April 21 and will be followed by a formal request for proposals for tenants and members this spring. COVE is scheduled to open in April 2018. For the request for information form and more information, visit www.coveocean.com.last_img read more

18 Oct

CBI takes over IMA Ponzi scheme probe

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has officially taken over the I Monetary Advisory Ponzi scheme case and registered an FIR in the matter, which had surfaced earlier this year in Bengaluru, throwing tens of thousands of the company’s investors in a lurch. The central agency has registered a case against 26 people, including IMA’s Managing Director, Mansoor Khan, the company and four of its subsidiary companies, officials here said.The Karnataka Government had handed the case over to the Central Bureau of Investigation weeks after BS Yeddiyurappa’s BJP government came to power in the state at the end of July. The case had caused quite a stir when it came to light because of the sheer number of investors who could have been affected by the company going kaput. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The case had revealed political overtones as well when a video of Khan alleging that Shivajinagar’s Congress MLA, Roshan Baig, had taken Rs 400 crore from him and was not returning it. Interestingly, Baig was one of the first politicians to rebel against the Congress-JD(S) government and jump and start a political crisis in the state that dethroned HD Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister. The CBI’ FIR is based on a complaint first lodged by the Bengaluru City police, where he alleged that more than Rs 1.3 crore of his investment was stuck with IMA and that Khan’s company also owed him more than Rs 3 crore in construction payments. The central agency’s FIR also acknowledges 15 more similar cases lodged by the Bengaluru Police and will investigate all of the cases together. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Enforcement Directorate, which had commenced its investigation earlier has already summoned and questioned up to seven of the company’s directors and spoken to more than 16 victims. The financial probe agency, which is probing money-laundering allegations against IMA, has pegged the scale of the scam to be over Rs 4,000 crore. The IMA chief, Mansoor Khan had fled the country days before the scam surfaced, after causing a stir amongst investors by releasing a video where he threatened to kill himself. At the time, more than 35,000 investors had filed complaints with the Bengaluru City Police, taking cognizance of which the ED registered a money-laundering case in the matter. While he was believed to have fled to Dubai after he was seen leaving the city with large suitcases, the Karnataka SIT in the course of its investigation had gotten a Blue Corner Notice issued by the Interpol through the CBI. The SIT, however, had confirmed that Khan was in Dubai, and through its sources, convinced the IMA chief to return to India a few weeks ago. Subsequently, he was detained by immigration as soon as he arrived in Delhi and arrested by the ED. He is currently in judicial custody.last_img read more

16 Oct

Daniel Jacobs Announces Miracle Fight Night Fan Experience

first_imgOn Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Barclays Center for the WBA Middleweight World Championship bout against Jarrod Fletcher, Golden Boy Promotions fighter Daniel “The Miracle” Jacobs and his Get In The Ring Foundation will launch the “The Miracle Fight Night Fan Experience,” to knockout cancer and make a wish come true for a patient battling pediatric cancer in New York City to have VIP access and attend the fight as Jacobs’ special guest.As a cancer survivor himself, Jacobs was paralyzed and diagnosed with osteosarcoma two years ago. His complete recovery from the rare bone cancer and return to boxing as a championship contender has branded him a miracle.“This WBA Middleweight Championship fight is bigger than boxing for me, it’s an opportunity for me to represent anyone fighting cancer at the highest level. I won my battle against cancer and now I can continue to raise awareness and fight for cancer patients and survivors everywhere,” said Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs.From birth through age 21, children staying at the Ronald McDonald House are given a home-away-from-home while undergoing cancer treatments that include chemotherapy, radiation, surgical intervention and other progressive oncology treatments. The House provides a opportunity for the entire family to stay together, increasing the patient’s odds of success.“We are grateful to all of our volunteers and thoughtful supporters who work to build awareness about our mission and the devastating effects that cancer can have on the entire family,” said. William T. Sullivan, president & CEO of Ronald McDonald House New York. “Danny Jacobs’ story of beating bone cancer to regain his strength as a boxer is an inspiring story – just the kind of miraculous recovery that makes him our hometown hero.”In collaboration with Ronald McDonald House New York, The Miracle Fight Night Fan Experience is an initiative driven by efforts to support and knockout cancer as part of Get in the Ring Foundation’s commitment to help families who are struggling financially with medical expenses for their cancer stricken children.Find out more here.last_img read more

12 Oct

Statistics Canada reports manufacturing sales down 1.3 per cent in December

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 1.3 per cent to $56.4 billion in December as sales of petroleum and coal products fell.The agency says the drop for the final month of 2018 was the third consecutive month to see a decline.Economists had expected an increase of 0.2 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Statistics Canada says sales were down in 12 of 21 industries tracked, representing 72.7 per cent of manufacturing sales.Sales in the petroleum and coal product industry fell 10.4 per cent to $5.2 billion, with a decrease in volume accounting for about half the decline.In volume terms, overall manufacturing sales were down 1.2 per cent in December. read more

12 Oct

UN war crimes tribunal upholds jail sentence for Bosnian Croat soldier

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), sitting in The Hague, dismissed all grounds of Miroslav Bralo’s appeal against the sentence, issued in December 2005.Mr. Bralo, 39, a former member of a notorious anti-terrorist platoon of the Croatian Defence Council known as the “Jokers,” pleaded guilty earlier that year to eight charges relating a broad range of war crimes carried out in the Lašva Valley region of central Bosnian and Herzegovina between April and July 1993.Those charges comprise one count of persecution on political, racial and religious grounds; four counts of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, including acts of torture or inhuman treatment and unlawful confinement; and three counts of violating the laws or customs of war, including murder, torture and rape.On 16 April 1993, Mr. Bralo participated in an attack on the village of Ahmici whose purpose was to expel all Muslim inhabitants, kill all Muslim men of weapons-bearing age and burn all Muslims’ homes. More than 100 people were killed.The ICTY also heard that Mr. Bralo – also known as Cicko – repeatedly raped a Muslim woman and kept her prisoner for about a month. Prosecutors also detailed how he made three Muslims perform Catholic rituals, tortured some and forced others to perform manual labour before killing them.In his appeal, Mr. Bralo’s lawyers argued that the ICTY trial chamber had imposed an excessive sentence because it had not taken into account significant mitigating circumstances, including that he had been released from prison in exchange for agreeing to participate in the attack against Ahmici.But the appeals chamber ruled unanimously that the trial chamber had taken those factors into account and that a reduction in sentence would not be justified.At the time of Mr. Bralo’s original sentencing, the trial chamber said it would have imposed an even lengthier sentence but for his guilty plea and remorse. 2 April 2007A former Bosnian Croat special forces soldier lost his appeal today at the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia over the 20-year jail sentence he received for his role in the multiple murder, rape and torture of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1993. read more

4 Oct

Canada Revenue Agency seeks more than 5 million from Conrad Black

Canada Revenue Agency seeks more than $5 million from Conrad Black by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 5:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A battle is shaping up between Conrad Black and the Canada Revenue Agency, as the federal agency attempts to recover more than $5 million in taxes it says are outstanding from 2002.According to documents filed in Federal Tax Court, the CRA is seeking $90,291 related to security at the former media baron’s Toronto home, and another $1.37 million tied to the use of the jet owned by his former Hollinger International Inc.Further outstanding tax claims are tied to a dispute over Black’s residency status because he owned homes in both Canada and the United Kingdom.The CRA is seeking $2.86 million for employment it said Black performed outside Canadian borders. The agency also wants $365,564 it claims Black recognized from the debts of Conrad Black Capital Corp.A statement of facts filed with the court said that Black has already paid Canadian taxes on $808,226 of domestic work when he was not a resident of the country.The CRA does not comment on tax cases due to confidentiality laws.A hearing will be held in Toronto on May 15.In a highly-publicized battle in 2001, Black renounced his Canadian citizenship so he could accept a peerage in the British House of Lords.Black served 37 months of a 42-month sentence in a Florida prison and returned to Canada last year under a special temporary permit given that he is no longer a citizen. The permit will expire in May. read more

4 Oct

Morgan Stanley profit jumps in thirdquarter as equity sales and trading revenues

by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2013 5:47 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Investment bank Morgan Stanley says that its third-quarter earnings almost doubled as the firm’s equity sales and trading revenue rose.THE RESULTS: The bank earned $1.01 billion from July to September after stripping out an accounting charge. That compares with earnings of $560 million year earlier. That profit works out to 50 cents per share before the charge, compared with 28 cents per share in the same period a year earlier. Financial analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of 40 cents. Analysts generally strip out one-time items.Total revenue amounted to $8.1 billion, up 6.5 per cent from $7.6 billion a year earlier.HOW IT HAPPENED: Equity sales and trading was a bright spot for the bank and revenues in that part of its business increased to $1.7 billion from $1.3 billion in the period. Investment revenue also rose in the period after the bank sold an investment in an insurance broker. Profit at the bank’s wealth management unit also rose.Morgan Stanley is transforming itself to adapt to a post-financial crisis world, trimming back parts of its investment bank while increasing its focus on individual clients.“Our results point to the increased consistency, strength and balance we are deriving from our business model,” CEO James Gorman said in a prepared statement. “Overall, our stronger year-over-year revenues and net income reflect the progress we have made.”THE WEAK SPOT: In common with other banks that reported earnings this week, fixed income trading was a weak spot. Morgan Stanley said that its fixed income and commodities trading revenues fell to $835 million from $1.5 billion from a year ago. Goldman Sachs and Citigroup also saw their trading revenue in this area drop in the quarter. The slump was caused by jittery investors who were uncertain about whether and when the Federal Reserve would begin to reduce its bond purchases of $85 billion a month, said Goldman.THE MARKET REACTION: Morgan Stanley’s stock rose 69 cents, or 2.3 per cent, to $29.62 in early trading. Its shares have risen more than 47 per cent this year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Morgan Stanley profit jumps in third-quarter as equity sales and trading revenues climb read more

2 Oct

On World Statistics Day UN flags importance of reliable data to achieve

“On this World Statistics Day, I urge all partners and stakeholders to work together to ensure that the necessary investments are made, adequate technical capacity is built, new data sources are explored and innovative processes are applied to give all countries the comprehensive information systems they need to achieve sustainable development,” Mr. Ban said in a message.Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the UN Statistics Division in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, elaborated by saying that “it is clear that the significantly broader development agenda with a higher focus on disaggregation will require more resources, new methodological developments, integration of new data sources with traditional ones, the building of partnerships and increased cooperation within and across countries.”“Sustainable development will need to be supported by sustainable Statistics,” Mr. Schweinfest declared, referring to the newly-adopted UN post-2015 development framework.Mr. Ban said that as countries and organizations embark on implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reliable and timely statistics and indicators are more important than ever.“We need to ensure that everyone is counted, especially the most poor and vulnerable,” he said. “No child’s birth shall remain unregistered. No incidence of disease, no matter how remote the location, shall remain unrecorded.”The UN chief said “local statistics” are needed to ensure that every child has access to education while “global statistics” are needed to monitor the effects of climate change.Also marking the Day, the UN Statistics Division will launch in New York the new World’s Women 2015: Trends and Statistics report, which presents the latest statistics and analyses of the status of women and men in areas of concern identified by the landmark 1995 Beijing Platform for Action. It also reviews progress towards gender equality over the past 20 years.Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) will celebrate World Statistics Day with a talk on why investing in primary and secondary data collection and analysis are fundamental for the design and implementation of food assistance programmes worldwide.And the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is releasing today its new FAO Statistical Pocketbook 2015 and a special statistics publication focusing on coffee and includes country profiles with key indicators related to coffee for selected years. read more

25 Sep

Half of skin cancer patients are failing to be referred urgently Nice

first_imgHealth watchdogs are calling for improvements in diagnosis and treatment of skin cancerCredit:Alamy “We want to improve the outcome for everyone diagnosed with skin cancer.”Skin cancer can be split into two groups: malignant melanoma, which can prove fatal, and non-melanoma skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinomas which are rarely fatal.Non-melanoma skin cancers are more common, with 72,000 cases diagnosed in the UK in 2013, although experts say the true number is significantly higher.The standards also urge GPs to carry out better monitoring of cases where low-risk basal cell carcinomas have been removed.Dr Rachael Robinson, a Nice skin cancer expert, said: “There are competent GPs who are trained to perform basal cell carcinoma skin surgery and may do this in GP surgeries or part of a community clinic.“However there is currently no agreed process in place to support good practice in this area and so this quality statement seeks to address this by recommending those GPs maintain training standards, record activity and perform audits.” The remainder are diagnosed in outpatient clinics, at emergency presentation, and inpatients who are already staying in hospital, with unexplained symptoms. In a number of cases, the data does not show where they are diagnosed.Skin cancer can be split into two groups: malignant melanoma, which can prove fatal, and non-melanoma skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinomas which are rarely fatal.Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of Nice, said: “Melanoma causes more deaths than all other skin cancers combined and we don’t have reliable data for the spread of non-melanoma skin cancers.“This quality standard tackles the key areas for improvement in skin cancer care, from promotion of the warning signs, to early diagnosis, to better treatment options. Health watchdogs have called for improvements in diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer after new figures showed just half of skin cancers are being diagnosed after an urgent referral by GPs.The warning from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) comes as figures show cases of skin cancer have risen by almost 50 per cent in a decade. In England there were 12,246 new cases of malignant melanoma in 2013, with around 2,000 deaths a year. The rise of package holidays has contributed to a huge increase in skin cancer among middle-aged and older people, previous figures show.Earlier this year Cancer Research UK said the “sun, sea and sangria” generation were paying the cost of decades of cheap package holidays, and the desire for deep tans. This quality standard tackles the key areas for improvement in skin cancer care, from promotion of the warning signs, to early diagnosis, to better treatment options. We want to improve the outcome for everyone diagnosed with skin cancerDr Gillian Leng, Nicecenter_img Health watchdogs are calling for improvements in diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer Nice has published new standards, urging GPs to follow existing advice to refer patients with suspected malignant melanoma for an appointment within two weeks.The watchdog highlighted data from the National Cancer Intelligence Network, which shows that just 56 per cent of malignant melanomas were diagnosed in secondary care following a two-week referral for suspected cancer in 2013.The data shows that 29 per cent of cases are still being referred to secondary care via the standard GP referral in 2013, which in some trusts means waits of between four and six weeks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

22 Sep

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #COALITION: Backbenchers from Fine Gael and Labour are reported to be unhappy at plans to include farm and business assets in the means testing of third level grants. Discussions are being held at Cabinet level in response to proposals that assets worth more than €750,000 should be included in the assessment.2. #SEÁN FITZPATRICK: The former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Seán Fitzpatrick, is back in court today, as he faces 12 charges which include making misleading statements to auditors of Anglo Irish Bank during the 2000s.3. #SAVITA: The final report into the death of Savita Halappanavar is to be presented to government next Friday. The chairman of Regional Health Forum West told TheJournal.ie that around 30 people are named in the report.4. #POST-MORTEM: A post-mortem is to be carried out today on a body which was found in a burnt-out car last night. The discovery was made on Gyles Quay near Lordship in Dundalk, Co Louth.5. #MICHAELA: A number of senior detectives from the PSNI are assisting local police in Mauritius, as the investigation into the death of Michaela McAreavey continues. It is over two years since McAreavey was killed while on honeymoon.6. #AMERICA: Both democrats and republicans are blaming each other for the country’s failure to avoid $85 billion in spending cuts, which come into effect from today. Congressional leaders are set to meet in order to determine how the cuts should be made.7. #MILK PRODUCTION: CSO figures have revealed that milk production fell by 12 per cent in January. Farmers have blamed a “perfect storm” of rising production costs and falling market prices for the decline.8. #SOUTH AFRICA: There has been international outrage over footage which showed a man being dragged behind a police van in South Africa. The man in the footage was later found dead in his police cell. Police in Johannesburg are to hold a press conference related to the incident later today.9. #WIKILEAKS: Bradley Manning, the US Army private who leaked thousands of classified cables to the Wikileaks website, has pleaded guilty to misusing classified material. Manning, who faces up to 20 years in prison, has denied a charge that he aided the enemy.last_img read more

19 Sep

Weather Eye Expect heavy rain unsettled weather pattern into next week

first_img Tickets please! The somewhat annual Rose Festival low is arriving later this week for its grand performance. Rain checks guaranteed.I mentioned the other day that we may see the arrival of a cold trough of low pressure that likes to set up around this time of year and often the big parade in Portland is cool and showery. I think perhaps the showers Saturday will be after lunch, so most of the parade may be dry.We will see some varying amounts of high clouds from a dying weather front. The main event unfolds late Wednesday as rain moves inland from the coast. Expect enough rain Thursday to water the garden. That will be our first big soaker in a while. The last wetting rain was three weeks ago. We will probably get more rain than we did then.Expect another round of showery weather Friday.It was chilly early Monday morning with lows in the lower 40s for Vancouver, near 40 in the urban areas and in the 30s as expected in the outlying areas. Tyler Mode of Battle Ground reported a low of 39 degrees. Weather watcher Phil Delany above Dole Valley had 32 degrees and frost.I don’t see a return to hot weather for some time. We remain in an unsettled weather pattern Wednesday evening through Sunday and into next week. Highs will be in the 60s Thursday through Sunday.Remember the weather saying I mentioned Thursday? “If on the 8th of June it rains, it foretells a wet harvest.” Rain is in the forecast on that day. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

18 Sep

Official Southampton sack coach Mark Hughes

first_imgSouthampton have announced the dismissal of Mark Hughes as manager after just eight months in the dugoutThe Manchester United legend was recruited by Southampton on March 14 and helped them avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.Afterwards, Hughes was awarded a three-year contract to continue coaching the club he once played for himself.But the Saints’ 2-2 draw with United in the Premier League on Saturday proved to be Hughes’ final game in charge with the club only 18th in the table.“Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes,” read a statement on the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway.”Hughes’ assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, have also departed the south coast.The Welshman has now been fired twice in the space of a year following his dismissal from Stoke City in January.Southampton, who have only won once in the Premier League this term, will next face Tottenham away on Wednesday at Wembley.last_img read more