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Black buck poaching case: Jodhpur court to pronounce verdict today

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first_img“It was the elite that was targeted this time. Five star hotels and all. So they panicked. Then they got up and spoke about it. My question is why not before? Attacks have happened in trains and small towns too, but no one talked about it so much,” Salman said during an interview to in 2010. Salman also claimed that Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the attacks. The actor, later apologised for his comments. In 2008, the two actors allegedly got into a fistfight during a birthday party of Salman’s then girlfriend Katrina Kaif. The relationship between the two stars has never been the same since then and digs at the Khans’ relationship have filled up gossip columns. However, recently the two actors got back together on a good foot in an Iftar party and King Khan also attended Salman’s sister’s wedding to bless the couple. Shah Rukh also visited Salman hours before the verdict on the hit-and-run case. Vivek Oberoi accused Salman of “threatening to kill him, abusing and indulging in character assassination.” Rumour mill was spinning after this press conference as Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai were reportedly in a relationship. A Magistrate’s court will pronounce its judgment here on Thursday in the blackbuck poaching case against Bollywood actor Salman Khan and others, against whom the trial has been going on since 1998.  Mr. Khan, who boarded a chartered plane from Mumbai, arrived here on Wednesday. Actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam, who will appear in the court as accused along with Mr. Khan for pronouncement of the verdict, also reached here separately by the evening. After their presence in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, the couple’s relationship was in the eye of the storm. After they broke up in 2002, Aishwarya alleged that the actor harassed her. The former Miss. World said that Khan was unable to come to terms with the ending of their relationship. A case was also registered against Salman by Aishwarya’s parents. Vivek Oberoi accused Salman of “threatening to kill him, abusing and indulging in character assassination.” Rumour mill was spinning after this press conference as Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai were reportedly in a relationship. The actor was accused of poaching two Blackbucks in 1998 at a village near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain. In 2006, Khan was sentenced to one year imprisonment for hunting of the endangered species. Actor Saif Ali Khan was also accused in the case. Salman Khan is known to be a close friend of Namal Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son. The actor appears to have, perhaps unknowingly, played an indirect role in the release of the five Indian fishermen on death row in Sri Lanka, The Hindu had reported. The actor also invited some flak over his association with the then Sri Lankan President. Photo: Special Arrangement Salman Khan is known to be a close friend of Namal Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son. The actor appears to have, perhaps unknowingly, played an indirect role in the release of the five Indian fishermen on death row in Sri Lanka, The Hindu had reported. The actor also invited some flak over his association with the then Sri Lankan President. Photo: Special Arrangement “It was the elite that was targeted this time. Five star hotels and all. So they panicked. Then they got up and spoke about it. My question is why not before? Attacks have happened in trains and small towns too, but no one talked about it so much,” Salman said during an interview to in 2010. Salman also claimed that Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the attacks. The actor, later apologised for his comments. (L)Tabu, Shonali Bendre, Neelam The actor was accused of poaching two Blackbucks in 1998 at a village near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain. In 2006, Khan was sentenced to one year imprisonment for hunting of the endangered species. Actor Saif Ali Khan was also accused in the case. After their presence in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, the couple’s relationship was in the eye of the storm. After they broke up in 2002, Aishwarya alleged that the actor harassed her. The former Miss. World said that Khan was unable to come to terms with the ending of their relationship. A case was also registered against Salman by Aishwarya’s parents. In 2008, the two actors allegedly got into a fistfight during a birthday party of Salman’s then girlfriend Katrina Kaif. The relationship between the two stars has never been the same since then and digs at the Khans’ relationship have filled up gossip columns. However, recently the two actors got back together on a good foot in an Iftar party and King Khan also attended Salman’s sister’s wedding to bless the couple. Shah Rukh also visited Salman hours before the verdict on the hit-and-run case. In 2007, the actor was also issued a ‘fatwa’ by a Uttar Pradesh-based Muslim clergy for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. In 2007, the actor was also issued a ‘fatwa’ by a Uttar Pradesh-based Muslim clergy for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. In 2007, the actor was also issued a ‘fatwa’ by a Uttar Pradesh-based Muslim clergy for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. A sessions court in Mumbai sentenced Salman Khan to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide for the death of a man in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The Bollywood actor was held guilty of all counts in the 13-year-old case. Photo: Vivek Bendre A sessions court in Mumbai sentenced Salman Khan to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide for the death of a man in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The Bollywood actor was held guilty of all counts in the 13-year-old case. Photo: Vivek Bendre Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved his judgment on March 28 after completion of final arguments in the 20-year-old case.Mr. Khan has been accused of killing two blackbucks in Kankani village, near here, on the night of October 1-2, 1998, when he was shooting for Hindi film “Hum Saath Saath Hain”. The other actors were accused of travelling with him in a Gypsy car. All of them allegedly fled when they were chased by the villagers.Mr. Khan is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and the others under the same provision of law read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more

Folayang preparing for Nguyen’s speed

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first_imgHe has already tweaked his training for his second bout this year, anticipating Nguyen’s quick attacks and counters.Nguyen, meanwhile, said that weight doesn’t pose any problems for him knowing he has bigger things worry about against Folayang.“Surprisingly, I’m still the weight I usually compete during fight camp. I don’t have problems when it comes to that,” said Nguyen.“I know Eduard is going to be strong. I still have my speed. But I know it’s going to be a chess game.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lyceum one win away from elims sweep, annihilates JRU Read Next The Makati skyline provides the perfect backdrop for Eduard Folayang and Martin Nguyen’s first face off. Photo by Celest Flores-ColinaFilipino ONE champion Eduard Folayang knows the caliber of opponent he’s up against.Folayang is anticipating a speedier fighter in Martin Nguyen, also the ONE featherweight champion, in his second title defense of his lightweight title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “Ev Ting is a natural lightweight. Mark is a natural featherweight. So I expect that he will be faster and quicker than Ev Ting. It will be a good match up,” said Folayang on Tuesday during their face off in Makati.The Baguio native said he was impressed with how Nguyen took down Marat Gafurov to earn his world title in Macao just last August months after he defeated Ting in a dominant performance via unanimous decision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAgainst his upcoming Vietnamese-Australian foe, who is moving up weight for their cross-divisional fight, Folayang wants to prove that the lightweight is his territory.“I want to teach him that the lightweight division,” said Folayang, who was a high school teacher in Mountain Province before joining Team Lakay. “As a champion, I want my division to be respected so I will do my best to defend the title.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Two teens charged with seconddegree murder in Montreal slaying of 17yearold

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first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — Two teenagers appeared in Quebec Youth Court Wednesday on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 17-year-old whose body was found in a wooded area in Montreal.The Crown asked that the accused — a boy and a girl, both 17 years old — be sentenced as adults in the event they are found guilty.Police initially thought the death was the result of an accident, but an autopsy showed the victim was stabbed in the lower body.Sgt. Manuel Couture said in an interview that all signs point to an armed robbery that went awry.Police arrested the two suspects Wednesday morning. It is unclear whether they knew the victim.The 17-year-old’s body was discovered Monday morning in woods bordering a residential district on Nuns’ Island in southwestern Montreal.Defence lawyer Daniele Roy told reporters outside the courtroom that the Crown’s request to have the suspects sentenced as adults if found guilty is standard in these types of cases.“All I can say is that it’s the usual step,” she said. “Meaning, when there are murder accusations, it’s almost automatic that the Crown will make this kind of request — and it’s far from certain it will be accepted.”The Al Jazira Centre, a local mosque, has launched an online funding campaign for the victim’s mother and brother and was holding a wake and vigil Wednesday night.Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, neither the accused nor the victim can be identified.The case returns to court Nov. 21.last_img read more

Cannabis NB changes images on its website after concerns were raised

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first_imgFREDERICTON – Cannabis NB has made some changes to its website after concerns were raised by Health Canada last week.The Crown agency came under scrutiny for its product descriptions and pictures of people smiling, posing for selfies and holding yoga poses — images that may violate federal regulations.In a statement, Health Canada spokesman Andre Gagnon said the department is trying to raise awareness about the Cannabis Act and its restrictions on promotion.“In a few cases, Health Canada has reached out to … licence holders to bring concerns to their attention, or to collect information and gain a better understanding of some of the facts pertaining to their promotional activities,” he said.Cannabis NB has removed the original pictures and replaced them with images of chairs, a book and painting supplies.Spokeswoman Marie-Andree Bolduc says the agency did not receive any specific direction from Health Canada.“But based on this conversation and discussion, we made adjustments to some images on the website,” she said. “We will be generally reviewing the website and likely be making a few adjustments in the language as well.”In Ottawa, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said her department is working with the province to make sure the website meets federal standards.“There are a number of changes that have already been made,” she said in French when asked about the snafu. “Changes have already been made, and we continue to do this work together to ensure that they understand the regulations.”The website includes categories such as “Connect,” “Refresh” and “Discover,” which the agency has described as educational tools for customers.According to figures released Wednesday, Cannabis NB recorded roughly $950,000 dollars in sales during its first 48 hours in business, and more than $71,000 of that revenue was generated by online sales.Cannabis NB President Brian Harriman says the sales figures were in line with expectations.He said the agency sold out of some products, but he said other provinces had the same problem.“Retail stores in communities bordering other provinces, such as Sackville and Campbellton, have seen higher-than-expected demand because of customers coming from other provinces,” Harriman said. “Cannabis NB will continue to closely monitor inventory throughout our stores and work with suppliers to get inventory to normal levels.”last_img read more

Say no to cheese omelettes for healthier heart

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first_imgDo you savour cheese omelettes? If so, think again as consuming more eggs and dietary cholesterol may up the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death from any cause, researchers have warned. The study suggests that egg yolks are one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed foods. One large egg has 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol in the yolk. “The take-home message is really about cholesterol, which happens to be high in eggs and specifically yolks,” said co-author Norrina Allen, Associate Professor at the Northwestern University. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”As part of a healthy diet, people need to consume lower amounts of cholesterol. People who consume less cholesterol have a lower risk of heart disease,” Allen added. For the study, which will be published in the journal JAMA, the team involved 29,615 adults from six prospective cohort studies for up to 31 years of follow up. They found eating 300 mg of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with 17 per cent higher risk of incident cardiovascular disease and 18 per cent higher risk of all-cause deaths. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe cholesterol was the driving factor independent of saturated fat consumption and other dietary fat, the team said. Eating three to four eggs per week was associated with 6 per cent higher risk of CVD and 8 per cent higher risk of any cause of death, they added. The researchers say that eating less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day was the guideline recommendation before 2015. However, the most recent dietary guidelines omitted a daily limit for dietary cholesterol. The guidelines also include weekly egg consumption as part of a healthy diet. An adult in the US gets an average of 300 milligrams per day of cholesterol and eats about three or four eggs per week. Other animal products such as red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products (butter or whipped cream) also have high cholesterol content, said lead author Wenze Zhong from the varsity.last_img read more

Reviving folk music and culture in Bengal

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first_imgRamakrishna Mission Institute of Culture is going to present a unique programme on Loksangeete Mahajani Pad at the Vivekananda Hall of the Institute on March 30. The programme will be presented by Tapan Roy, an outstanding scholar of Lok sangeet or folk sangeet besides well-known theatre personality Bibhas Chakraborty.Folk music and culture have played an important role in Bengal’s varied and diverse cultural world. In undivided India, East Bengal was very rich in folk culture and music and there were great lyricists who had composed the songs in the local language. The folk songs spoke about communal harmony. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt was Lalan Fakir who became the leader of folk music and culture owing to his great work. Along with him, there were a host of great lyricists and composers like Gagan Harkara, Fikir Chand, Radharaman, Hasan Rajashah, Panju Shah, Durbin Shah, and Bijoy Sarkar among others. Over the past three decades, Tapan Roy has been carrying out intense research on folk music and culture and has held workshops and took part in programmes to make people aware of Bengal’s rich culture and heritage. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardRoy has directed music in dramas like ‘Lala Fakir’ by Iswar Chakraborty, ‘In the land of Chinopatra’ by Saibal Mitra and some teleserials. He has also composed music for group theatres like ‘Bahoorupi’, ‘Theatre Workshop’, ‘Samakalin Sanskriti’ among others. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken an initiative to bring back folk culture and music in Bengal. Over 2 lakh folk artists are getting month stipend and are taking part in regular programmes organised by various departments of state government. Folk artists are regularly visiting foreign countries where Bengal folk music is becoming increasingly popular.last_img read more

Mens lacrosse Ohio State coach Nick Myers signs fiveyear contract extension

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After leading Ohio State’s lacrosse program to its first-ever national championship appearance, coach Nick Myers has signed a five-year contract extension, Ohio State announced Tuesday afternoon. Myers has been the coach at Ohio State for nine seasons and has led the program to the NCAA quarterfinals three times and final four and national championship games once, while posting a career 85-63 record.“We are excited to see Coach Myers’ contract here at Ohio State,” said Janine Oman, senior associate athletic director, student services and sport administration and senior women’s administrator, in a statement. “His focus on student athlete development in all facets of their life is an exemplar for others to follow. He has made a tremendous impact on the Ohio State lacrosse program, but, more importantly, the young men he mentors during their time at Ohio State.”Last season was Myers’ most successful as head coach of the Buckeyes as the team set a program record with 16 wins on his way to a semifinal victory against Towson and championship game loss to Maryland, the same team it lost to in the Big Ten tournament finals. Six All-Americans emerged from last season’s team, including then-junior defenseman Ben Randall, Ohio State’s first-ever first-team All-American.Under Myers, the program was accepted into the Big Ten in 2015 after spending its previous five seasons in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. While in the ECAC, Myers led the team to a conference tournament title in 2013 and a regular season title the following year. Ohio State reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2013 for the second time in school history before Cornell upset the Buckeyes, 16-6.Myers began his coaching career at Ohio State in 2002 as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons — including 2003 when the Buckeyes made it to their first NCAA tournament — before joining Butler’s staff in 2004. After the 2005 season, Myers returned to Columbus as the top assistant coach for the Buckeyes and helped to lead the team to its first NCAA quarterfinals appearance in 2008 when it lost to Duke. Myers was promoted to head coach in July of the same year. read more

Softball Sixrun third propels Ohio State to 62 victory against Michigan State

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Bri Betschel holds her bat out, prior to pulling back for a swing in a game against WrightState on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team failed to get a single hit in the first two innings.But that was about it for the lull in the offense for the Buckeyes, with the team scoring six runs in the bottom of the third inning. The flurry of runs would be all Ohio State needed to beat Michigan State in a 6-2 win Saturday afternoon, clinching the series win. Freshman Kallie Boren pinch hit for catcher Becca Gavin in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded and came through for her team, hitting a three-run double in the third inning to extend Ohio State’s lead to 6-0.“Sometimes it’s just about timely hitting and Kallie stepped in when it was a really big moment and she took advantage of it,” hitting coach Jenna Hall said.“I think I saw all of my teammates getting on base and I knew that I wanted to do something for the team,” Boren said. “I saw them pitching me inside, so I thought they were going to come in again and they did, and it was just there.”Ohio State senior pitcher Shelby McCombs kicked off the scoring in the third inning, knocking in freshman third baseman Niki Carver with an RBI double.White drew a bases-loaded walk that brought McCombs home. It was the second bases-loaded walk of the inning and seventh total walk issued in the game by Michigan State starting pitcher Bridgette Rainey.“As the game evolves, you pay attention to what’s going on and you try to make adjustments and I think that our girls did a really good job of being patient for what they were looking for,” Hall said.Michigan State freshman first baseman Riley Paxson responded to Ohio State’s scoring by hitting the first home run of her career in the top of the fourth inning.With the win, Ohio State has taken the first two games of the series against Michigan State. But the Buckeyes had to snap a three-game losing skid that included a two-game sweep against Northwestern and a 7-0 blowout against Ohio University Wednesday.“The season’s long and there’s adversity and there’s struggle and there’s positives and I think sometimes you just have to flow with it and learn and I think after this week and Wednesday taking a tough loss, they knew that they couldn’t sit on it,” Hall said. “They had to bounce back.”The Buckeyes have outscored the Spartans 16-4 this weekend and will face Michigan State at noon Sunday eyeing a potential sweep in their final game of the weekend.“I think we’re feeling really good. We feel on track and we’re working together,” Boren said. “Everything is clicking so I think tomorrow we’re going to come out fighting and hopefully get that win.” read more

Saving lives on Lesvos

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 2015 summer season on Lesvos was one which forced holidaymakers to question their perception of reality as days spent frolicking in the beauty of the Hellenic sun and sea were paralleled with the life, and loss of life, arriving on Sappho’s shores daily. For those lucky enough to reach Lesvos, an additional 6.8km journey on foot is demanded in order to reach the island’s main city, Mytilene, for onward processing. The parallel of life is chilling and the palpable evidence of cross-sea asylum seeking lines the streets in the form of fluoro orange life vests and deflated rafts. Neos Kosmos ventured to Lesvos to discuss the reality with local islander and policeman Giorgos Zervoglou, who returned to the island from Athens in 2014 to aid the augmented influx of refugees. Giorgos Zervoglou has served the Greek public as a policeman for seven years, with majority of his career spent in Athens. However, after refugee numbers started to rise on Lesvos a year ago, Zervoglou returned to his homeland and is now an integral part of the asylum seeking process. According to Zervoglou, Lesvos has always been a destination of refugees making the sea-bound trek across the Mytilene Strait, but “the past three months have broken new statistical grounds”, with Lesvos receiving 122,400 asylum seekers in 2015 alone. Zervoglou explains the refugee receiving process of Lesvos by stating that sometimes around “2,000 refugees enter the island daily, the majority being from Syria and Afghanistan, with the rest coming from Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, other Asian countries and even as far as Latin America”. Arriving by boat, refugees then head “straight to the Port Authority, where they are given a number that pinpoints when they entered the island”. After processing at the port, around “600 people per day pass through one of the island’s refugee camps, Moria, and around 1,000 people through the second camp, Kara Tepe; a camp only for Syrians”. Asylum seekers are held at the camps for roughly a day, where those residing within the campgrounds are provided with rooms, and basic necessities like a toilet, a bed, water and food. Refugees, however, exceed the space provided by the island’s camps, with many refugees sleeping in tents outside the campgrounds, and many who have received their papers sleeping at the port, waiting in patient anticipation for the arrival of the ferry that will take them to Athens and a better life. Regulations aside, Zervoglou spends time with refugees in order to hear their stories and to engage in an important step towards humanising the struggle for survival. “Many times I strike up conversation and they tell me about the reality of war in their country. “They tell me about bombs, about losing their parents or siblings. In general, they are just looking for a safe place to live without jeopardising their lives and the lives of their families.” Amplifying the sheer reality of the refugee crisis even further, Zervoglou explains that “the saddest thing [he has] seen was in February when it was really cold and a pregnant woman and husband arrived by boat”. “The woman got hypothermia from the boat ride and lost the baby. The man collapsed at Moria upon hearing about it.” The present situation in Lesvos presents many hard-hitting statistics, facts and stories, which, with just one trip to the island, intensely humanise what it means to seek asylum. Ironically, on an island and in a nation state that has been crippled by economic defect since 2008, spirits are charitable, and many citizens are selflessly giving clothes and food to the refugee camps. According to Zervoglou, “very few people hate refugees, most citizens feel for them”.But perhaps the most ironic sentiment presented by the reality of present day Lesvos is one which arises with comparison to the Australian federal government’s most recent proclamation; that it will accept 12,000 extra refugees affected by conflict in Syria and Iraq. In a possible bid to match the humanitarian spirit showcased in countries like Greece, Italy, Germany and Austria, 12,000 displaced mothers, fathers and children will be eligible for permanent resettlement in our peaceful state.However, for a land 58.6 times the size of Greece, this number seems dismal. In fact, these statistics make Australia’s humanitarian declaration relative to only six days of life on Lesvos, almost belittling the crisis that has been labelled by Labor MP Bill Shorten as the “greatest peacetime refugee crisis since the Second World War”.last_img read more

Klopp on Dortmund defeat We didnt create chances

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first_imgJurgen Klopp was left feeling that Liverpool ultimately paid a big price for failing to convert their early dominance into goalscoring opportunities as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on SundayLast season’s Champions League runners-up got off to a promising start at the Bank of America stadium in their United States tour with defender Virgil van Dijk’s first-half header setting the side on course for their fourth win in five pre-season games.However, the players began to fatigue as the game progressed before American forward Christian Pulisic equalised for Dortmund with a penalty.The highly-rated youngster then added a second before Danish winger Jacob Bruun Larsen sealed a 3-1 win for Dortmund.“The beginning of Dortmund was good, then we controlled the game kind of but we didn’t create chances,” Klopp told the club website.“But we scored the goal after a nice set-piece. Set-pieces were probably the most positive thing today. In the second half we played much better against a completely different Dortmund side. Our pressing was much better. Dortmund tried to play football and played our cards, if you want, which helps us a little bit to do this. We won the balls but we didn’t do very good things with the balls we won.”He continued: “The surprise is that we scored the goal in the first half and not in the second half. We had two big chances after set-pieces again with Dom Solanke and Joe Gomez. We had a big, big chance with Ojo. Daniel was in a few good moments. We had these moments and I liked the football we played there.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The German coach lamented the penalty they gave away that enabled Pulisic to equalise for Dortmund.“We had two drinks breaks that were not drinks breaks deep in our own half, around our box. We lost the ball again, had it back and lost it again; Pulisic can go in the box and it’s a penalty. Dortmund scored a similar goal against City. That can happen, I don’t like it but it can happen and it’s easy to explain. On a day like this, you have to stay strong and show desire still or kind of greed that you at least want to keep the result at 1-1,” said Klopp.But overall Liverpool’s inability to create enough chances were what ultimately sealed their fate against Klopp’s former club.“At one moment we could have scored again and had this very tight offside situation. I watched it back and they were both onside but we cannot change that anymore. It felt like that in the game. It would have been two big chances, James Milner alone in front of the goal,” he said.“It doesn’t help really and I don’t want to excuse the result but we had these situations and didn’t, or couldn’t, use them. Then Dortmund scored a second and the third was really too much. The fourth would have been possible after we lost the ball again, you could see morale was really down. We have to learn from it, that’s how it is, and then we have to go again.”Liverpool will next face Manchester City on Thursday morning at 02:05 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Mendy Foxes geared up for Anfield battle

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first_imgPapy Mendy says Leicester City make the advantage of their short break count when they lock horns with Liverpool on Wednesday night.The Foxes’ bowed to the last gasp goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in their agonising 4-3 reverse at Molineux Stadium.But the French midfielder who has been consistent for the Foxes this season has called for his side to give their all at Anfield.“We have to stay concentrated,” Mendy told the club’s website prior to the trip to Merseyside. “We can work well, and we can think about Liverpool, we can prepare well to fight.“It is good to have a little break because I think we need it for our minds. The last three or four games were not easy.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool 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.“It is never easy when we lose but we are professional and that is football. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. We do the maximum to get the maximum result.”The 26-year-old believes City must put their defeat to Wolves behind them as they aim to cause an upset against the league leaders on Wednesday evening.“It was frustrating because we came back after 2-0 and we lost in the last minute,” Mendy continued. “It was not easy. We didn’t start well at the beginning and we have to correct this.“That is our problem this season. We have a desire to correct this every time in training and we must correct this problem.“We play together and we have to fight together and yes, the Premier League is very difficult because every weekend we play against a tough team. It is a good challenge to get a good result at Liverpool.”last_img read more

EEOC files sexharassment suit against Tapioca Express

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Allegations of sexual harassment on the part of the owner of Tapioca Express outlets in Chula Vista and National City has prompted the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to file suit against the Asian-themed fast-food chain, the federal agency announced Wednesday.According to the commission, the proprietor of the two San Diego-area shops repeatedly wrapped his arms around female employees, pressed up against them and made inappropriate comments about their bodies.Some of the alleged victims quit their jobs due to the “escalating sexual harassment,” according to an EEOC news release that did not identify the accused businessman.The commission filed suit in U.S. District Court in San Diego against South El Monte-based Tapioca Express Inc. and two related companies — Edeleen Inc. and Erivera Enterprise — after trying in vain to reach a settlement through a conciliation process, according to the government agency.The lawsuit charges the defendants with failing to prevent and correct the alleged harassment despite numerous complaints, seeks monetary damages for the women purportedly subjected to the demeaning behavior and calls for injunctive relief intended to prevent and correct such discrimination.“Sex harassment remains a persistent problem which requires all employers to ensure accountability, training and leadership to promote a workplace free of harassment,” said Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles-area office.According to its website, Tapioca Express specializes in milk tea and other popular snacks from Asia, with stores in California, Nevada and Washington. June 13, 2018center_img EEOC files sex-harassment suit against Tapioca Express Updated: 9:44 PM KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Editors Council wants free movement of journos vehicles

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first_imgEditors CouncilThe Editors’ Council on Wednesday urged the election commission to ensure the free movement of journalists’ vehicles for three days from 29 to 31 December, reports UNB.The Council made the call in a letter signed by its general secretary and The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam.The letter was sent to the chief election commissioner as per a decision of the council taken in meeting held on Wednesday.”Free movement of motorcycles of journalists or media activists and motor vehicles of journalists or newspapers should be ensured,” the letter reads.last_img read more

UM President Says Its Time to Change Stadiums Name

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first_imgWallace D. Loh says UM’s Byrd Stadium should be renamed.University of Maryland at College Park President Wallace D. Loh recommended changing the name of the university’s football stadium from Byrd Stadium, which honors a longtime university president who was a staunch advocate against integration, to Maryland Stadium.The recommendation was made to the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents, which has oversight of building names. The Board of Regents will consider this request at a hearing on Dec. 11.“This is a difficult and emotion-laden issue,” Loh said in a campus-wide email announcing his decision on Dec. 7. “Any outcome will likely please few.”Harry C. “Curley” Byrd was a former football player who taught English and history and served as athletic director, eventually rising to university president. Byrd was president from 1935 until 1954, a time when the campus grew significantly.President Loh states in his campus-wide email that “President Byrd is rightly regarded as ‘Father and Builder’ of UMD over a 43-year career here, retiring in 1954. He dramatically increased enrollment, faculty, funding, and the size of the campus. He laid the foundation for today’s achievements. He earned his place in our University’s history.”But he is also very well known for his opposition to racial integration in the beginning stages of the civil rights movement.When Baltimore’s Parren J. Mitchell filed a lawsuit to be admitted to the university’s graduate school in 1950, Byrd issued an order to set up classes for him in Baltimore in hopes of thwarting the lawsuit. A court ordered that Mitchell be granted full status in College Park.Mitchell went on to earn a master’s degree from College Park, teach at Morgan State, work in politics and win the election to Congress in 1970, where he would lead the Congressional Black Caucus. He died in 2007 at age 85.In October, the Board of Regents unanimously approved renaming the Art-Sociology Building in his honor. On Dec. 3, the university held a ceremony to celebrate the newly renamed building in Mitchell’s honor. On hand that day was senior sociology major and activist Colin Byrd, who is not related to the stadium’s namesake. Byrd, with the aid of a megaphone, challenged President Loh referencing that only 1 percent of the university’s contracts in 2014 were given to Black vendors with Minority Business Enterprise status, which he described as a form of economic injustice. “That’s not acceptable, and I know you’re not going to answer, but I have to say this because you need to call this out for what it is, this is B.S.” Byrd said according to the Diamondback.In an interview with the AFRO Byrd said “I think it [the campus-wide email] goes down in the history of the University of Maryland as a turning point. Where we tell our athletes and recruits going forward that no longer will you have to play the sport you love within the symbolic shadows of someone who would have hated you.”The outrage of buildings and monuments being named after pro-segregationist individuals on campuses is not isolated to the University of Maryland. On Nov. 18 the Black Justice League, a student organization at Princeton University, organized a 32 hour protest to improve race relations on campus which included occupying university president Christopher Eisgruber’s office. One of their primary demands was the removal of the name of President Woodrow Wilson, one of the university’s most honored alumni and a former university president, from buildings and schools on campus. Martin A. Mbugua, a spokesperson for Princeton, told the Washington Post that Eisgruber is listening to the students demands and that, ”The conversation about that [removing Wilson’s name from the building] will continue.”last_img read more

Cardinals Fall To No 17 Wake Forest

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first_imgThe Cardinals return to action next Sunday as they host Boston College at 10 a.m. Tennis Match Results Wake Forest vs Louisville 3/24/2019 at Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center) #17 Wake Forest 6, Louisville 1 Match Notes:Wake Forest 17-3 (7-1); National ranking #17Louisville 10-9(2-7) Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,1,2,3,6)T-3:19 A-103  Print Friendly Version In singles, Neely earned the sole point for the Cardinals, taking down Saby Nahalani in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 on court four. On court five, Carter got the best of Wong, 6-2, 6-4 while #32 Davis defeated Suswam 6-1, 6-4 on court one. Doubles Competition1. #28 Chandler Carter/Emma Davis (WF) def. Sena Suswam/Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-12. M.C. Meredith/Eliza Omirou (WF) def. Raven Neely/Diana Wong (LOU) 7-6 (7-1)3. Aleksandra Mally/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Peyton Pesavento/Alexis Franco (WF) 6-4 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s tennis team fell to No. 17 Wake Forest 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Singles Competition1. #32 Emma Davis (WF) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 6-1, 6-42. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-13. Eliza Omirou (WF) def. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 6-4, 7-54. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Saby Nihalani (WF) 6-2, 6-35. Chandler Carter (WF) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-2, 6-46. Peyton Pesavento (WF) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-0, 3-6, 6-0 In doubles action, Sena Suswam and Dina Chaika fell to Chandler Carter and Emma Davis 6-1 on court one. Aleksandra Mally and Chloe Hamlin deafeated to Peyton Pesavento and Alexis Franco 6-4 on court three. Raven Neely and Diana Wong battled, but could not overcome M.C. Meredith and Eliza Omirou and fell 7-6 (7-1) on court two. Nikolina Jovic rallied but ultimately fell to Anna Ulyashchenko 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 on court two. On court three, Mally fell to Omirou, 6-4, 7-5. To wrap things up on court six, Dina Chaika managed to win a set from Pesavento, but fell 6-0, 5-6, 6-0. Story Linkslast_img read more

Apple Could Start Making AR Glasses as Early as This Year

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first_imgApple still hasn’t shared any details about its plans for augmented reality (AR) hardware, but we may not have to wait much longer: Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has had a very good track record when it comes to predicting the company’s roadmap, expects Apple to start manufacturing AR glasses as early as Q4 of this year.The iPhone maker may ramp up the production of the glasses by Q2 of next year, according to Kuo. 9to5Mac was first to report on Kuo’s note Friday; Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Kuo expects Apple’s AR glasses to be powered by the iPhone, which could bring down the price of the device while also doing away with the need to connect them to a PC.Standalone AR glasses still come with a premium price tag: Microsoft’s newly-introduced Hololens 2 costs a whopping $3500, whereas Magic Leap is charging developers $2295 for its Magic Leap One headset. Popular on Variety The now-reported timing for Apple’s AR hardware matches previous reports about the project. CNet reported a year ago that the company was looking to combine augmented and virtual reality in one device, and that it was looking to sell the device as early as 2020.Apple reportedly has a team of several hundred working on the project, but had a significant departure earlier this year: Last month, Variety was first to report that AR/VR pioneer and Hololens co-inventor Avi Bar-Zeev left the company in January.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

PEOPLE CruiseShipCenters agent wins trip to Hawaii with AstonAqua

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — After completing the Aston-Aqua Hospitality Specialist program at Travelweek’s Learning Centre, Yvette Leonard from CruiseShipCenters in West Vancouver has won a dream trip to Hawaii with accommodations provided by Aston-Aqua Hospitality.“I was super excited because I have never won a prize like this before – a whole week’s accommodation and in beautiful Hawaii. It is an amazing destination that I have always dreamed of going,” said Leonard.With the Specialist course, agents learned about Honolulu-based Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s robust portfolio of services and partnerships, and how it offers a wise selection of accommodations to suit any lifestyle, taste or budget. The company manages over 50 hotels, resorts and condominium properties comprising of nearly 10,000 units across popular destinations like Hawaii, Guam, Florida, Nevada and California.Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s five distinct brands include Aston Hotels & Resorts, Instinct Hotel Collection, Aqua Hotels and Resorts, Lite Hotels, and Maui Condo & Home.“The courses on Travelweek’s Learning Centre are always super easy to go through and the information provided is always current,” added Leonard. “They are not just your everyday page after page of endless reading, but interactive and fun. The graphics and maps are very helpful too.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?For more information go to aqua-aston.com. To take a Specialist course, go to travelweeklearningcentre.com. Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, February 1, 2017 [PEOPLE] CruiseShipCenters agent wins trip to Hawaii with Aston-Aqua Tags: Aqua-Aston Hospitality, People, Travelweek Learning Centrelast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires There has also been some offseason buzz about whether the Notre Dame product has already supplanted long-time Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald as the team’s No. 1 receiving target. Fitzgerald had almost 100 fewer receiving yards in 2013, but Floyd insisted there isn’t a defined first option or second option on the team’s offense right now.“I just like to go out there and play,” he said. “We all work together for the same common goal, and that’s to win ball games.” – / 32 “Last year, training camp was terrible,” Floyd said, chuckling, but didn’t really elaborate why. “But having a year under our belt under BA’s offense, everything comes faster. I’m really more comfortable in it now. You don’t have to really, you know, think; you can just go and play. And I can play fast and (not) have to think so much. “So that year two really will help me out, plus, I think, also the whole offense.”Floyd — who caught 65 passes for five touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards last year — also should benefit from having a familiar face under center this year. Carson Palmer is coming off a strong second half of the 2013 season, and Floyd said the chemistry between himself and the starting quarterback is “getting better.”“Once you get on the same track as Carson, things kind of flow very (well),” he said about all the team’s receivers. “So that’s where we’re going now. That’s where we started off at. And we’re just getting better from here.”The 6-foot-2 receiver also talked the optimism he has coming off a breakout campaign.“It builds (confidence) tremendously,” he said. “And I’m glad that my quarterback has a lot of confidence in me, knowing that I can make plays on the ball and make plays for him, even though he might be in a jam at some time.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd played for two different head coaches in his first two NFL seasons.However, the team’s 2013 leader in receiving yards heads into his third season in a familiar system, as Bruce Arians and Harold Goodwin return as head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively, for the Cardinals.Prior to the third day of Cardinals training camp Monday, the 24-year-old Floyd talked about the second year under Arians’ system compared to the first. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

In This Issue… Currencies metals find a bid…

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first_imgIn This Issue… * Currencies & metals find a bid… * Retail Sales disappoint, big time! * BOC to meet today… * And Richard Duncan on this TTT! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Big Ben Visits Congress… Good day… And A Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well… the MRI I had done on my brain last week showed nothing… HAHAHAHAHA! Yes, there was nothing there! Of course my beautiful bride has told me that for years! And then there were the teachers back in the school years that muttered such things… But seriously… the good news is that no sign of lesions in the brain… I got to thinking yesterday about these bouts I’ve had with cancer… they have hit me, much like I used to play golf… left kidney, right femur & hip, left eye, right mandible… they used to call that “Army golf” left, right, left, right… Well, here we go again! Once again, the traders and hedge fund gurus are selling dollars ahead of a Fed event, in hopes that additional stimulus will be announced at the event. Today, it’s Big Ben Bernanke giving his testimony to lawmakers on the economy. You would think that having been disappointed time and time again by the Fed Heads, that going down this road once again would be avoided at all costs… But, as I told you about a month ago… the crown that gets placed on your head forever, when you are the first to call something, holds great value to these traders and hedge fund gurus, so they are always willing to go out on the limb… I would be surprised 6-ways from Sunday if Big Ben even mentioned stimulus today and tomorrow as he speaks to the Senate and House on different days. But that’s not stopping the bias to sell dollars which began yesterday mid-morning, and continued throughout the day and overnight sessions. So… we begin the day today with the euro having moved from playing peek-a-boo with the 1.22 handle to now playing the game with the 1.23 handle… The last time, we went into a Fed event with the traders et.al. selling dollars in hopes of an additional stimulus announcement, the euro got whacked by 2-cents when the disappoint set in… So, the downside risk today is great, folks… be careful… But then if you are one to think that Big Ben will use the testimony on the economy to announce additional stimulus, then you’ll want to jump on the “we got the call right first crowd” bandwagon… I’m skeptical, at best here, folks… I really don’t think Big Ben, even with his, “what you dare to question the great and powerful Oz” mantra, would take this time to announce additional stimulus… Getting on… Remember when I told you that German exports were kicking tail once again with the relatively weaker euro allowing their manufactured goods to be more competitive? Well, if the were doing well when the euro was 1.30, imagine how well they are doing with it around 1.23! it is now thought that the weaker euro will allow Germany’s nominal Trade Surplus to equal 4% of the German GDP… So… German exporters are happy campers with the weaker euro… as they should be! And as long as the euro remains stronger than the dollar, given the problems of the Eurozone, what does that tell one about the dollar? OK… The Bank of Canada (BOC) meets this morning to discuss rates… this will be a non-event, as BOC Gov. Carney, wants to remove monetary policy stimulus, but just can’t pull the trigger with all the problems of the Eurozone and the U.S. right now. The Eurozone is in recession, and the U.S., although I say it never left the depression, but officially came out of recession, is ready to re-enter it, says, PIMCO Bond king, Bill Gross… So, I don’t expect much in the way of movement from the Canadian dollar / loonie, from this non-event BOC meeting… I think everyone knows the hand that the BOC has been dealt at this point. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting minutes for the July meeting earlier this month, were balanced to slightly hawkish. The RBA once again said that they were comfortable with the current rate cuts made, and will continue to monitor the effects of those rate cuts made earlier this year. These meeting minutes have helped the Aussie dollar (A$) to continue to gain in the $1.02 handle, heading to $1.03… Last night, Japanese Finance Minister, Azumi, tried his hand a jawboning in an attempt to slow down the speculative trading in the Japanese yen. This is typical of how the Japanese do things… the yen is strong, as it briefly went below the 79 handle yesterday (yen is a European priced currency, so the lower the number the more in value it has VS the dollar), and this strength in the yen has been driving Japanese officials crazy… But, as I’ve said before, they can jawbone all they want, the markets are not afraid of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) any longer, for they know all too well that to really move the yen weaker, and cause massive losses for holders of yen, that the BOJ would have to work in coordination with the U.S. and Eurozone… They have other problems work on right now to deal with Japan’s currency strength problem… In China the State Council will meet this week, and from this meeting we could very well see the additional measures that will be adopted by the Chinese Gov’t in an attempt to regenerate the moderating economy. The Chinese renminbi/ yuan posted gains overnight. This is the first time in a week or so that Chinese officials have allowed the renminbi/ yuan to gain. So, maybe, they know something about Big Ben’s visit to the Senate today… And here we go again with Gold, as it nears $1,600 again this morning… The shiny metal has been manipulated so much lately that it’s difficult to get traction. Artur over in our Business FX group told me about a new Gold trading platform that Italy started last week… Good for them! I talked at length about Gold manipulation in the next edition of the Review & Focus, which is sent monthly to EverBank World Markets clients. You’ll want to pick up a copy of that at your nearest newsstand when it comes out! HA! When will the public demand this be stopped? When a much larger percentage of the population owns Gold… that’s when! Well… yesterday’s Retail Sales data here in the U.S. for June was absolutely disappointing, just as I said it would be… June Retail Sales fell -.5% when a +.2% gain was forecast. Not by me! But by the so-called experts… Of course if these experts would just check the BHI (Butler household Index) it has a more consistent indication of what Retail Sales will be… So, Big Ben Bernanke will have this data in his back pocket when he travels to the Senate today… The back side of the financial storm is moving more onto our shores, folks… More and more economic data confirm that, and still no one does a thing about it… We’ll be inundated with economic data today… some of it stupid pet tricks, and some of it worthy of the paper it’s printed on. CPI will print… and so too will Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization… Long time readers know under what category those economic data prints fall under… But when it’s all said and done today… the markets will be moved by Big Ben Bernanke’s testimony or they won’t… the economic data will be “extras” today… Then There Was This… Richard Duncan is an author and analyst that has written at least two books that I have poured myself into over the years… First it was: The Dollar Crisis, that was written about 10 years ago, and then the most recent book, The Corruption of Capitalism… He “gets it”, folks… Always has… and he was interviewed on CNBC yesterday, and decided to tell the world that he believes the risk of a new depression… Here are a couple of snippets from his interview on CNBC Europe yesterday. Richard Duncan – “When we broke the link between money and gold, this removed all constraints on credit creation. This explosion of credit created the world we live in, but it now seems that credit cannot expand any further because the private sector is incapable of repaying the debt it has already, and if credit begins to contract, there’s a very real danger that we will collapse into a new Great Depression. If this credit bubble pops, the depression could be so severe that I don’t think our civilization could survive it.” Chuck again… I have to say that reading that gives me the chills… and would hope that we don’t get to that… Hopefully, spending cuts that would alleviate the need to go to the credit markets will steer us around that problem… But the spending cuts have to come, folks… NOW! In addition, I sent an email to my friend, John Mauldin, yesterday after I saw him on Bloomberg TV, talking about the debt, and how he was optimistic that Congress would do the right thing and begin to cut debt… my email simply said, “John, you are far more optimistic than I regarding Congress and their will to cut the deficit spending and debt… I believe there is no political will to do so, for it does not get them reelected, and with the large number of voters receiving some sort of Gov’t payouts, to cut those payouts would be suicidal for their reelection chances… John replied… “If we don’t, then it is a disaster of Biblical proportions”… I agree with that… but then I’ve been telling people about the disasters that this growing debt were going to cause for over a decade now… To recap… The currencies and metals began to gain mid-morning on Monday, and carried on throughout the overnight sessions. It seems the traders et.al. don’t ever learn a lesson… they are once again selling dollars ahead of a Fed event, in hopes to be the first to take advantage of an announcement of additional stimulus… Chuck thinks they will once again be disappointed by the Fed Heads… The BOC meets today, expect no move, and the RBA meeting minutes had a hawkish bias to them. Currencies today 7/17/12… American Style: A$ $1.0285, kiwi .7980, C$ .9850, euro 1.2285, sterling 1.5635, Swiss $1.0230, … European Style: rand 8.1930, krone 6.0835, SEK 7.0105, forint 233.35, zloty 3.40, koruna 20.6240, RUB 32.43, yen 79.05, sing 1.2625, HKD 7.7560, INR 55.08, China 6.3730, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.0345, Dollar Index 83.08, Oil $88.53, 10-year 1.48%, Silver $27.41, and Gold… $1,593.30 That’s it for today… a great 9th inning rally and win last night by the Cardinals… of course I didn’t see it until this morning! 4th day on my new medicine… so far so good, It just makes me feel a bit off-kilter… but then it’s only been 4-days… in 4 weeks that will be a better judge! This nasty cold bothers me more than the chemo medicine! In fact, it woke me up much earlier than I get up this morning, so I had me a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast! With toddlers always at the house, Everett and Braden, there are always Cheerios! And How about that guy that caught the little girl that fell out of a 3rd story window? WOW! And Happy 50 years of performing, to the Rolling Stones… They celebrated that last milestone last week! Sticky Fingers is still my fave Stones album… And with that… I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

The disability benefit assessment system is being

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first_imgThe disability benefit assessment system is being undermined by a “pervasive culture of mistrust”, fuelled by widespread claims that assessors are deliberately trying to prevent disabled people receiving the support they are entitled to, according to a committee of MPs.The long-awaited report by the Commons work and pensions committee describes how many claimants of personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) have reported dishonesty by the healthcare professionals who have carried out their face-to-face assessments.The report says the culture of mistrust this has produced means that assessors “risk being viewed as, at best lacking in competence and at worst, actively deceitful”.The committee’s report substantiates evidence provided by hundreds of disabled people who have contacted Disability News Service (DNS) over the last 15 months to describe the dishonesty of the healthcare professionals who assessed them.A separate report published earlier in the week includes examples from the “unprecedented” response from claimants who had submitted evidence to the committee, with nearly 4,000 submissions.The committee says this response was “remarkable” in the “consistency of the themes that emerged”, including claims that assessment reports “bore little or no relation to their circumstances or what had occurred during the assessment”.Claimants, said the committee, “do not believe assessors can be trusted to record what took place during the assessment accurately”.One example quoted by the committee comes from Mary, a PIP claimant who first told her story last year to DNS (she was named ‘Elizabeth’ by DNS).She told the committee how the assessor wrote in her report that she “arose from the chair without any difficulty” when in fact she “was in bed the whole time (she let herself in) and I only have the one chair in the room and she was sitting in it”.Another who submitted evidence said: “I did most of the talking as my partner was drowsy with his medication, but in the statement with the PIP decision [it said that] my partner was chatty. Completely untrue.”A third claimant told the committee: “I was attacked with a deadly weapon only a short time before my assessment. “The man threatened my life, on a walk with my dog. So the assessor wrote that I like to talk to people on my walk.”A fourth claimant said: “The assessor claimed in the report to have completed an extensive examination of me during the assessment.“She listed a breakdown of her observations regarding the movement of all my limbs and joints.“In reality though my assessment was only fifteen minutes long and the assessor didn’t examine me at all.”The committee calls in its report for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to improve trust in the system by offering the opportunity for all face-to-face assessments to be audio recorded, and by providing a copy of the written assessment report to all claimants.The evidence provided to DNS helped persuade the committee last year to investigate what Frank Field, the committee’s chair, described as “concerning reports about the operation of the PIP assessment process”.He later said that DNS had “provided us with a useful series of case studies that acted as a further catalyst” for calling an emergency evidence session last March, which subsequently led to the launch of the inquiry.The committee had appeared last year to be trying to avoid discussing allegations of dishonesty that had been raised by DNS, refusing to ask welfare rights experts about such claims in the urgent evidence session, and then neglecting to raise the issue of dishonesty in a letter seeking further evidence about the PIP assessment process.But the sheer weight of the allegations submitted by PIP claimants appears to have convinced the committee that these claims were valid, even if there was no explicit statement in this week’s report that the MPs believed there was dishonesty in the assessment process.Despite the role played by DNS in persuading the committee to investigate the PIP assessment process, neither Field, nor Heidi Allen, the senior Conservative member of the committee – the two MPs who were said to be available for interviews – agreed to talk to DNS this week.A spokeswoman for the committee declined to say if the refusal to be interviewed was connected with DNS reports that have criticised Field and his colleagues.Those reports questioned why they failed to ask the minister for disabled people about figures suggesting attempted suicides among people claiming out-of-work disability benefits may have doubled between 2007 and 2014, following the introduction of the work capability assessment, which tests eligibility for ESA.In response to the committee’s report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “As the [committee] highlights, assessments work for the majority of people, with 83 per cent of ESA claimants and 76 per cent of PIP claimants telling us that they’re happy with their overall experience.“However, our aim has to be that every person feels they are treated fairly, with respect and dignity.“We are committed to continuously improving the experience of our claimants; that is why we’ve commissioned five independent reviews of the work capability assessment – accepting over 100 recommendations – and two independent reviews of PIP assessments.“We continue to work closely with our providers to ensure people receive high quality assessments, and are exploring options around recordings to promote greater transparency and trust.”last_img read more