Chelsea Ladies will clinch the Women’s Super League title if they win at Manchester City on Sunday – it would also be the first major trophy of the team’s 22-year history.Emma Hayes’ side are top of the table going into the final round of fixtures and would have been crowned champions with last weekend’s win against Everton had other results gone their way.They are two points above second-placed Birmingham City and three clear of reigning champions Liverpool.Their title rivals are both at home, with Birmingham hosting Notts County and Liverpool facing Bristol Academy.“If we win the league I’ll be in dreamland, but we’ve got a really tough game to end the season and I’m not thinking beyond those 90 minutes,” Hayes said.Even if they are pipped to the title, second place would earn them a place in the Champions League for the first time.See also:Two wins and we’re champions – it’s important for us to stay focusedChelsea youngsters score 12 against VillaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The prime ministers of Australia and Singapore in a joint press conference in Canberra, Australia, urged the United States to stay engaged in the Asia-Pacific region and called on the U.S. Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The two countries are part of the TPP, whose 12 nations have a combined 800 million consumers and represent more than 40 percent of the world’s GDP.“The ratification of the TPP by the U.S. Congress would be of enormous importance to the region and … a profoundly strategically important commitment,” said Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister.Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s prime minister, who said, “we all hope the U.S. will ratify [TPP] soon,” told reports that it’s important for the United States to stay engaged in the Asia Pacific “on a broad range of areas.”Also weighing in this week on the trade deal, was Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who said in a Washington Post op-ed that how congressional lawmakers vote on the TPP “will affect the course of the United States’ security, prosperity and global influence for the rest of the 21st century and determine whether we advance or retreat from our leadership role at a time of worldwide turmoil and uncertainty.”
Panaji, Jun 16 (PTI) A magistrates court here today remanded in Goa Cricket Association president Chetan Dessai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla in one day police custody after they were arrested for an alleged fraud.Their bail applications would be heard tomorrow. While Dessai and Phadke were admitted in Goa Medical College and Hospital after complaining of high blood pressure after their arrest last evening, Mulla spent the night in the police custody.The Economic Offences Wing of Goa police yesterday arrested them for alleged misappropriation of over Rs three crore belonging to the GCA.The EOW had filed an FIR against the trio on June 3 after GCA life member Vilas Desai filed a complaint accusing Chetan Dessai and the other two of forging signatures and opening bank accounts to siphon off the associations money. They allegedly opened accounts between October 23, 2006, and May 23, 2008, when GCA was headed by Dayanand Narvekar, Dessai was its secretary and Phadke the treasurer. They prepared forged documents as well as a resolution of GCA and submitted it to the Development Credit Bank to open an account and then encashed a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore given by BCCI to the GCA, the complaint says. The three are further alleged to have forged signatures and withdrawn Rs 26 lakh from the Federal Bank on the pretext of making payment to a sports goods company called Hako Enterprise. PTI RPS KRK ZMN
The new air traffic control tower at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James, was officially opened and commissioned into service by Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, on Thursday, May 17.The tower is one of two built at Jamaica’s two major international airports, at a cost of $2.5 billion.Speaking at the opening ceremony, Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Nari Williams-Singh, outlined some of the features of the state-of-the art facility.“The tower is fitted with an industry-leading air traffic management system. This has positioned Jamaica as a leading air traffic management environment, with the most advanced equipment available on the market to improve the safety of air operations nationally and globally,” he said.“The system includes a new Voice Communications Control System; a Time Control System, an Automatic Terminal Information System, microwave, fibre-optic and copper infrastructure; a Meteorological System; a Fire Detection and Signaling System and an Airport Lighting system, with remote control functionalities” he added.Mr. Williams-Singh pointed out that the new technology will allow the Authority to satisfy international requirements and to remain apace with improvements to technology in aviation.“As we carefully manage the risks and complexities of new systems and technologies, we continue to foster the adoption of advanced avionics and satellite-based procedures, performance-based navigation (PBN) and other fail-safe mechanisms, procedures, systems and structures, which make our industry safer, more resilient, incident-proof and efficient,” he saidThe new towers were built under the JCAA’s comprehensive modernisation programme to upgrade and replace major components of its communications, navigation and surveillance systems.
(Chiefs cast ballots in Toronto for next national chief of Assembly of First Nations APTN/Photo)By Jorge Barrera and Tim FontaineAPTN National NewsTORONTO–Hundreds of First Nations chiefs began voting Wednesday morning for one of eight candidates vying to lead the country’s most influential organization for the next three years.The race for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations has featured the largest fields in its history, including four women who have ignited widespread support among the grassroots.It’s only the chiefs, however, who are allowed to cast their ballots for the candidates which include Ellen Gabriel, a Mohawk from Kanesatake, who rose to prominence during the Oka crisis, Joan Jack, an Ojibway lawyer from the Berens River First Nation and former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly, a lawyer from Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, and Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaq lawyer and professor at Ryerson University.The field also includes incumbent National Chief Shawn Atleo, George Stanley, Alberta AFN regional chief from the Cree First Nation of Frog Lake, Bill Erasmus, Dene Nation chief from the Northwest Territories and Terrance Nelson, the five-time former chief of Roseau River.According to the AFN, 515 chiefs and proxies (individuals casting votes for an absent chief) were registered to attend the Toronto gathering where the voting is being held.Voting began at about 9 a.m. and the results of the first ballot are expected after 12 p.m.Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day said he was voting according to the will of the majority of his community which he said backed Palmater. Day, whose community is in Ontario, said he polled his residents using Twitter, Facebook, email and over the telephone.“Our members have seen (Palmater) as outspoken against what isn’t right,” said Day, in a statement. “They have not seen that level of resistance and outcry (from incumbent national chief Shawn Atleo).”Scia’new First Nation Chief Henry Chipps said, while standing in line waiting to vote, that he was backing Atleo who he felt was the best candidate up to the job. Chipps’ community is based in British Columbia.Tyendinaga Mohawk Chief Donald Maracle said he would be voting for Gabriel in the first ballot and Atleo in the second ballot. Maracle, whose community is in Ontario, said he was pleased with the First Nations-Crown gathering held in Ottawa this past January that saw chiefs meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper.“I think it was a beginning. Hopefully there will be more of those,” said Maracle.Beausoleil First Nation Chief Roland Monague says he sees no consensus among Ontario leaders, but he’s decided to back Atleo.“I want someone who has already been to these communities and who knows our issues,” he said. “Better to go with someone who has already been there than to start all over again.”Other chiefs, however, were keeping their choices close to their chests.Chief Ray Sydney, from Kwanlin Dun First Nation in the Yukon, said he had two candidates in mind, but he wouldn’t reveal who they were. Sydney said he was looking for “integrity” in the candidates.Timiskaming Chief Terence McBride said he would decide who to vote for once he got into the voting booth.“They are all good candidates. They have a lot to bring to the table I suppose,” said McBride. “I guess the best one is going to win.”Atleo is expected to emerge in the lead following the first round of balloting, according to chiefs and observers surveyed by APTN National News. Opinions, however, vary wildly on the order of the rest of the field.Given that Atleo appears to have a lock on the large British Columbia voting block which could represent up to about 200 votes, some Ontario chiefs have spotted an opportunity to play kingmaker.Treaty 3 and Treaty 9 northern Ontario chiefs are considering backing Kelly as a block and holding their position on the premise that Atleo will need their support to take him over the top and strike a deal with them.Treaty 3 chiefs can bring about 28 votes to the table and Treaty 9 represents about 49 votes.Some northern Manitoba chiefs will also be voting strategically, supporting one candidate in the first round of voting and incumbent Shawn Atleo in any subsequent email@example.com@aptn.ca
Clarification – After publishing this story representative from the AFN wrote to APTN to clarify their position.They said they understand the resolution to be a step toward a public inquiry and noted the following: “AFN resolutions 02-2011, 01-2012 and 04-2013 specifically call for a national inquiry and it is a focus of the AFN’s National Action Plan to End Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls. Further, the resolution that mandated to work towards the roundtable (04-2014) specifically states it is a step towards an inquiry. These resolutions and the Action Plan are all publicly available and on the AFN website as are many public statements calling for a national inquiry. The AFN has been and will continue to be very vocal in its calls and action towards a national public commission of inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, as reiterated in the AFN’s Opening Remarks at this Special Chiefs Assembly.”APTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Rinelle Harper stood on the podium before the chiefs pleading to them to call for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women on the first day of the Assembly of First Nations special assembly earlier this week.It was one of the first public statements by the 16-year-old since she was sexually assaulted, viciously beaten and left for dead by a Winnipeg river last month.“I ask that everyone here remembers a few simple words – love, kindness, respect and forgiveness,” Rinelle told the crowd as her parents and older sister stood by her. “As a survivor, I respectfully challenge you all to call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.”Chiefs from across Canada backed a roundtable voting unanimously in favour of two resolutions aimed at including women and families in the debate.One called for the inclusion of relatives of missing and murdered Indigenouswomen while the other wants the federal government to formally announce its participation in the roundtable and provide resources for Native women’s councils to take part.Chief Cathy Merrick of Manitoba’s Cross Lake First Nation burst into tears when her resolution on families of missing and murdered Indigenous women was passed Thursday. There are no resources to support mourning families or help them participate in the roundtable expected in February, she said.“Families should be given that support. When they go out looking for their loved ones, they have no support,” she said. “It’s 2014. We should be able to support them. We have to do something.”An RCMP report released earlier this year put the total of missing and murdered women at 1,181. Indigenous women make up 4.3 per cent of the Canadian population, but they account for 16 per cent of female homicides.Although the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women has been a key focus of the three-day assembly meeting, no one moved a formal resolution demanding the federal government call a national inquiry. Instead, the focus was aimed at empowering and including those on the front lines of the issue.Ghislain Picard, the assembly’s interim leader who lost his bid to become national chief Wednesday, raised the possibility of First Nations holding their own inquiry given Ottawa’s steadfast refusal to call one.“Every other day, there is a case being reported … about a missing person in this country,” Picard told the chiefs. “We need to act on it quickly rather than having a government remaining indifferent on the issue.”Chief Fawn Wapioke, of Iskatewizaagegan First Nation in Ontario, said an inquiry isn’t the only way to explore the issue. Wapioke brought forward the resolution calling for adequate support allowing women’s councils to drive the discussion at the roundtable.Women need to lead the discussion into missing and murdered Indigenous women, she said. That conversation can happen at a gathering of neighbours or a national roundtable meeting, Wapioke said.“We can’t have that paternalistic approach where somebody else tells us what’s good to us,” Wapioke said. “It needs to be facilitated and led by the women.“We’re all impacted. We’re all affected by what has happened and what’s been happening. That’s our future.”The Conservative government has repeatedly rejected calls for an inquiry, while the NDP and Liberals have promised to call one if either forms government after the next election.Perry Bellegarde, who was elected national chief, said Tuesday he would continue to fight for a national inquiry to examine all the factors that contribute to missing and murdered Indigneous women.“It’s homelessness. It’s poverty. It’s all those things we need to address,” he told delegates. “I’m going to push hard for that.”It’s not immediately clear if he was one of the chiefs who voted for a roundtable.Grand Chief David Harper, who represents Manitoba northern First Nations and is related to Rinelle, said Tuesday the teen is coming to grips with what she now represents to so many. At first, Harper said, the teen was reluctant to speak, but “now she is starting to understand why she has to speak out.”Elders have told Rinelle that she has been given “a gift,” he said.“A gift for those who cannot speak for themselves, those who have passed on,” Harper said. “You’re the voice for them.“This is why she is doing what she has to do now. Even though she didn’t want it, it is given to her.”– with files from The Canadian Press
After missing the first two games of the season due to a suspension, junior running back Jordan Hall has become Ohio State’s most reliable source of offense for the last two games. In Miami, Hall rushed for 87 yards, which at first glance may not seem like a lot. But in a one-dimensional offense that only accumulated 209 yards, two field goals, and 35 total yards of passing, Hall was the one good thing to come out of the disaster in South Beach. Against Colorado on Saturday Hall put up similar numbers on the ground. He rushed for 84 yards and had a touchdown. “It definitely felt good to be out there the whole game because last week felt like I let my team down because I couldn’t play in the second half,” Hall said. “So it definitely felt good.” Hall’s worth was much more than in head coach Luke Fickell’s pro-style offense. Hall was able to make a huge difference on special teams. “Coach says we want to use special teams as a weapon,” Hall said. Hall was that weapon. In the third quarter, after Colorado had narrowed the margin to 17 after a 47-yard field goal from CU kicker Will Oliver, Hall took the ensuing kick-off 90 yards down the field to give OSU a first-and-goal. Sophomore running back Carlos Hyde punched it into the end zone on the next play for a five-yard touchdown run. After the game, Hall was laughing at himself for his inability to take the kick return to the end zone himself. Hall was caught five yards short. He said he received playful ridicule from his teammates after the return. “They already said what they had to say on the sidelines,” Hall said. “So I ain’t worried about it.” Fickell said Hall gave the Buckeyes much needed lifts in the game against Colorado. “Obviously Jordan (Hall) can do a lot of different things. He can be a weapon back there. People have to be aware where he’s at, kicking the ball to him, whether it’s punts or kickoff returns,” Fickell said. In two weeks, senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron returns to the field after a five-game suspension for his involvement in the tattoo scandal. Herron along with former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, senior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and senior offensive lineman Mike Adams received a five-game suspension for their involvement that led to former head coach Jim Tressel’s forced resignation. Coach Fickell has said all along that every player has to earn their starting roles each week, and nothing is assumed. Hall said that when Herron returns, it will just add one more weapon opposing teams have to prepare for. “We’re just going to feed off each other and just make the defense have to… account for all of us,” Hall said. “I think when he gets back, it will definitely spark the offense even more.” To start the season, Hall was suspended for the games against Toledo and Akron for receiving impermissible benefits from a former booster at a Cleveland-area charitable event earlier in the year. The NCAA reinstated his eligibility before the Miami game. It was determined that Hall took $200 from the booster, and was ordered to repay it to a local charity. Hall said that while the running game looked good against Colorado, there is always room for improvement. Between Hall, Hyde, freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore running back Jaamal Berry and freshman running back Rod Smith, the OSU running attack picked up 226 yards on the ground. “I think you can always get better,” Hall said. “I think we’re just going to have to keep working and practicing and use it on the field on Saturdays.”
Exane BNP Paribas has raised its target for French cable operator Numericable and upped its recommendation on the company’s stock from neutral to outperform. In a note entitled ‘All’s well that merges well’, the bank’s analysts set a target of €50 for Numericable stock, up from €34.According to Exane BNP Paribas, the fusion of Numericable and SFR is “fundamentally attractive”. It predicts that the combined entity will deliver annual average operational free cash-flow of up to 16% between now and 2020. Synergies between Numericable and SFR, notably from high-speed fixed-line internet, are estimated at €7 billion, up from €4 billion previously.Exane BNP Paribas says that Numericable is best-placed amongst French operators to benefit from consolidation of the sector. How well it performs could depend on which of its competitors succeeds in merging with Bouygues Telecom, which failed to secure a rival deal with Vivendi for SFR.According to Exane BNP Paribas, the best case for Numericable would be if Free buys Bouygues Telecom, while the latter’s acquisition by Orange would be less favourable. If Bouygues remains independent, the resultant downward competitive pressure on fixed-line pricing could prove harmful, however.
Sorin AlexandrescuTwo of the most powerful figures in Romanian media have been sentenced after guilty verdicts were delivered in a blackmail case involving the pair and a local cable operator.Intact Media Group founder Dan Voiculescu and Antena TV Group CEO Sorin Alexandrescu were sentenced to two years and three years and six months respectively yesterday.Voiculescu’s daughter, and Intact Media president, Camelia Voiculescu, received a two-year suspended sentence.The charges included extortion and and conspiracy to blackmail. A RON350,000 (€78,000) fine was levied on the Antena Group. The former tax authority (ANAF) boss, Serban Pop, was sentenced to two years, on associated charges.Dan Matiescu, the former director of Intact Publishing, was acquitted. Charges relating to the Antena 3 news channel also resulted in an acquittal.Voiculescu is businessman, politician and founder of Intact. He will serve his time concurrently with a 10-year sentence handed down in 2014 in a case related to the privatisation of Romania’s Food Research Institute.Antena TV is Intact’s broadcast operation and with Alexandrescu at the helm, operates a raft of channels including the Antena services as well as the Euforia, Zu TV and recently launched Happy TV channels. Antena 1 is its flagship channel, claiming a year-on-year increase of 18% in primetime viewing share through April.Antena told TBI it planned to appeal the verdicts in ten days, the soonest local law allows, and while the legal situation plays out it will continue operating as usual.“Intact Media Group will appeal against the Court’s decision of today, May 12 2016, with regards to the case involving the group’s representatives and the main local cable company,” said Intact.“With a history of 25 years on the Romanian media market, Intact Media Group is fully capable to manage all its ongoing projects as well as to develop new undertakings,” it added. “The group thanks its public and its partners for their support and loyalty.”The court case dates back several years, and centres on dealing between Antena and Intact and cable company RCS&RDS.Alexandrescu was arrested in 2013, accused of blackmailing an RCS&RDS executive amid a politically-charged dispute concerning carriage of Antena channels in 2012, an election year in Romania.The charges were brought following an investigation by Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate.As the case was unfolding Alexandrescu, speaking to DTVE sister title TBI, was critical of local regulators and competition authorities.“I would say, quite strongly, that the difficulties we see in this market are due to the weakness of the authorities,” he said. “We have a Competition Council Authority which is, I would say, quite favourable [in its decisions] when it comes to all the problems that are created by one big Romanian operator – the biggest one.”
The BBC reported record-breaking online stats on Saturday thanks to high audience figures for the royal wedding and FA Cup final.The BBC said that Saturday was “the biggest ever day for BBC Online” with audiences consuming 11.9 petabytes (11.9 million gigabytes) of data, peaking at 2.8 terabits per second when people got their first glimpse of Meghan Markle’s dress.Prior to that, the largest peak of BBC Online traffic was on Jan 2, 2018 with audiences consuming 10.2 petabytes and with peak traffic reaching 2.6 terabits per-second.A BBC spokeseperson told DTVE that this wasn’t driven by a major sporting or national live event like the wedding, but by strong performances that day for BBC series EastEnders and McMafia.The royal wedding was also the second most-popular live event ever on the BBC iPlayer with 1.9 million live requests, according to BBC data.The largest ever live event on the iPlayer was the England vs. Wales Euro 2016 football match, which attracted 2.05 million requests.On TV, the BBC logged an average audience size of 8.7 million people for the royal wedding and a peak audience rating of 13.1 million.Separately, content delivery network (CDN) Limelight Networks monitored the online traffic spikes experienced during the royal wedding by its customers, which include the BBC, Sky and Channel 4.Limelight recorded an average increase of 225% in viewership during the wedding, with the UK seeing a 119% increase in viewers and the US a 343% increase.The three biggest peaks in traffic included, in order of total viewership: the first appearance of the bride; the bride and groom’s first kiss; and the beginning of the formal procession.“The royal wedding demonstrates the growing pressures high-profile events can put on a broadcaster’s network,” said Jon Smith, managing director of EMEA at Limelight Networks.“Without the right CDN in place these additional requests from viewers just cannot be met, resulting in the loss of customers and the loss of revenue.”Nielsen reported that an estimated 29.2 million US TV viewers tuned into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, which was carried live by 15 networks – including ABC, BBC America, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, Telemundo and Univision.