David Luiz: I love Sarriball and want to stay at Chelsea

first_imgDavid Luiz says he remains happy at Chelsea and has welcomed the promise of an exciting new era of attacking football at Stamford Bridge with the arrival of Maurizio Sarri into the managerial dugout.It is a stark change from the end of last season, when the 31-year-old was widely tipped to leave the club where he has spent five-and-a-half seasons after a fallout between himself and the former manager Antonio Conte.That, along with injury woes, left Luiz a long way from the Chelsea team last year. He made just 17 appearances last season but, with Conte gone, Sarri has started him in both pre-season games and has Luiz committed and optimistic for his future in west London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I came back to Chelsea to stay here,” Luiz said. “When I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and to do something again with Chelsea, so I am very happy here.””I love this philosophy. We play high, with a lot of possession of the ball, in a technical way. He’s trying to help us every single day to quickly learn his philosophy, to do our best for Chelsea. You guys know me – I like to be happy, to enjoy my life.”We have the best job in the world. He came with this idea as a human being, so I think if you’re not happy to do your job it doesn’t matter if you’re a footballer or not. We have to be happy to do our best. A new philosophy always takes time. But it also depends on us.”We are dedicated every day and doing things every single day in training, especially in this beginning with these friendly games – we are trying to learn quickly. It depends also on us. It is a physical and tactical challenge in pre-season, every single aspect every day, physical, tactical, technical. Football depends on everything. It is not just tactical, it is not just physical, you have to try every single day.“Yes, it is a challenge for everybody. It is good to have fantastic players, more than just 11. You have many players that can play in the starting 11, so it is a positive challenge for everybody. We are trying to train really hard every single day, double sessions, to learn quickly. It’s not just like that, we’re doing that every single day.”Luiz is hugely respected at Chelsea having made close to 150 appearances in his time at the club, while winning Premier League and the club’s first Champions League trophy in the blue shirt.He has welcomed £57m (€65m/$86m) Jorginho, who signed from Napoli along with Sarri at the beginning of pre-season. Jorginho has quickly established himself as a pivotal player in Sarri’s system and Luiz believes that the Brazil born Italy international is ‘top class.'”He’s a fantastic player, I’m so happy to play with him,” he added. “He’s top, top class. He always wants the ball, he’s always in good space, always creates a line to pass. He knows already the philosophy of our coach, so I’m so happy to have this kind of player in our team.”Jorginho Matteo Politano Chelsea Inter ICC CupChelsea followed up their pre-season 1-0 win against Perth Glory with a penalty shootout win over Inter in the International Champions Cup on Saturday.Luiz has partnered 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu in both of his side’s pre-season games so far, with Arsenal coming up next in Dublin. Luiz believes Ampadu has proven that he is already “a man” in his appearances in the Chelsea shirt.“He’s a fantastic boy, a fantastic player. He’s humble, he has his feet on the ground, he tries to learn every day,” Luiz continued. “He’s 17, almost 18 but for me he is already a man playing football, he’s great for me to have this opportunity with this youngster who is already a man.”I have played with many players, different age, different times of life, so it is great to a player like him here. I try to advise him with many things, I have seen a lot of things in my career have lived a lot of things in my career, so I try to help him in the best way because he deserves the best advice.”last_img read more

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford steps down before Zimbabwe series

first_imgSri Lanka coach Graham Ford has stepped down after 15 months in his second stint with the team, the cricket board announced on Saturday.South African Ford, who first coached Sri Lanka between 2012 and 2014, rejoined the team in February last year, signing a contract until the 2019 World Cup.The 56-year-old led the team to memorable Test and twenty20 series wins over Australia but Sri Lanka’s performance this year has been inconsistent with the team suffering their first ever Test loss to Bangladesh and a whitewash in South Africa.They could not make the semi-finals of this month’s Champions Trophy either.”We have to thank Fordy for his invaluable contribution to Sri Lanka Cricket,” board president Thilanga Sumathipala said in a statement.”This was a decision arrived at mutually after careful consideration and deliberation..we are indeed sorry to see him go. We wish him the very best in where his path lies.”Ford previously worked with English county club Surrey and was the director of cricket at Kent.”It’s been a privilege to work with these talented young men over the past 15 months. Their passion for the sport is inspiring, as is indeed this nation’s,” Ford said.”I wish Sri Lanka Cricket and the boys the very best, and I must offer a word of advice to the young men – Always believe in yourself, believe in your team, and play from your heart.”Sri Lanka host Zimbabwe in a five-match one day international series starting on Friday.last_img read more

I represent inclusive India: Nusrat Jahan slams trolls for sindoor remarks

first_imgNusrat Jahan, newly elected Trinamool Congress MP, on Saturday, slammed those who trolled her for wearing sindoor (vermilion) at her oath-taking ceremony in Parliament on June 25.In a tweet, Nusrat Jahan said that she represents and “inclusive India” and would not pay heed to the comments made by “hardliners as it only breeds hatred and violence”.Nusrat Jahan was trolled for sporting sindoor (worn by Hindu women) at her oath-taking ceremony as an MP on Tuesday (June 25). She married Kolkata-based entrepreneur Nikhil Jain in Turkey on June 19.Reacting to those who trolled her for sporting sindoor and wearing a saree, Nusrat Jahan said, “I represent an inclusive India which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion.”Nusrat Jahan further said that she respects all the religions and “still remain a Muslim”. “None should comment on what I chose to wear. Faith is beyond attire and is more about believing and practising the invaluable doctrines of all the religions,” Nusrat Jahan tweeted.Paying heed or reacting to comments made by hardliners of any religion only breeds hatred and violence, and history bears testimony to that.. #NJforInclusiveIndia #Youthquake #secularIndia pic.twitter.com/mHmINQiYzjNusrat (@nusratchirps) June 29, 2019TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty extended support to Nusrat Jahan, saying that being Indians is their only identification. “We are Indian and that’s our only identification, proud Indian and will be,” she tweeted, reacting to Nusrat Jahan’s tweet.On Saturday, a Saharanpur-based Muslim cleric criticised Nusrat Jahan for wearing sindoor, calling the practices un-Islamic. He also questioned the parliamentarian’s decision to marry a man belonging to Jainism.advertisement”Islam says a Muslim can marry only a Muslim. I have got to know that Nusrat is a film actor and people in the cinema do not care about religious practices. They do what they have to,” said Mufti Asad Quasmi of Madrasa Jamia Sheikh-ul-Hind.On the other hand, VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi slammed the cleric for his statement and hailed the lawmaker, welcoming her into “her community”.”This is a good thing. A woman like Nusrat shall come into our community because their future is secure in our religion. She understands that the Hindu religion respects women,” Sadhvi Prachi said.Calling the cleric “cut piece”, Sadhvi Prachi said, “These are cut pieces. Their thoughts are dirty. They only talk to hit the new headline.”Also Read | Not your film set: Trinamool MPs Mimi Chakraborty, Nusrat Jahan trolled for posing at ParliamentAlso Read | Saree has shackled women, says ex BBC journalist on Nusrat Jahan and Mimi’s viral Parliament pic. Gets burntAlso Watch | Nusrat Jahan, Mimi Chakraborty take oath as Lok Sabha memberslast_img read more

BC lawsuits allege government social worker took cash from foster children

first_imgThe Canadian PressVANCOUVER – Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of two youth in British Columbia Supreme Court alleging a provincial social worker siphoned off thousands of dollars in financial benefits from children in care.Both actions name social worker Robert Riley Saunders, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Interior Savings Financial Services Ltd., alleging the Indigenous children were removed from a stable environment to an unstable living arrangement so that their benefits could be stolen from them.The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Vancouver is a proposed class-action, alleging there were other children in care whom Saunders misappropriated funds or benefits or failed to provide adequate support, care of guardianship. The second lawsuit was filed in Kelowna on behalf of a youth who The Canadian Press is not naming.None of the allegations has been proven in court and no statements of defence have been filed.Saunders couldn’t be reached for comment, while the Children’s Ministry said in a statement it had no comment as the matter was before the court.Corinne Johnson, manager of community engagement at Interior Savings, says in a statement that the institution takes its fiduciary responsibilities seriously.“Because of privacy rules, we cannot speak to the specifics of any case. We are aware of this ongoing investigation and we are continuing to co-operate with authorities.”Jason Gratl, the lawyer for the Vancouver plaintiff, only identified as R.O., alleges Saunders took funds meant for his client’s food, clothing and shelter.“Many of them were made homeless and destitute,” Gratl says in an interview.The lawsuits say Saunders “engaged in the same and similar unlawful and inexcusable activities in respect of dozens of other children in his care, most of whom are Aboriginal children.”Gratl alleges that as much as $40,000 each was taken from children between the ages of 15 and 19 and that the fraud had been going on for a minimum of four years.“I don’t know what year it began in,” he says in the interview. “We just don’t know how deep this problem goes.”The statements of claim allege that in early 2016, Saunders moved the children in order to make them eligible for financial benefits from the ministry and he opened joint bank accounts for each youth.“Saunders stole the funds deposited by the ministry into joint bank accounts by moving them to his own individual account at Interior Savings and by paying his personal expenses by electronic transfer from the joint bank account,” the statements say.They allege Saunders was aware of the youths’ vulnerability and aware that he exercises parental control over them.“Saunders failed to ensure the plaintiff received adequate care and support, and failed to provide for the plaintiff’s for the basic needs,” the statements say.The lawsuits say that Saunders exercised complete control over every aspects of the plaintiffs’ lives, including where they would live, access to family members, their cultural heritage, services and financial help.The director of child welfare did not review Saunders’ files to check if he was carrying out his duties appropriately, the statements say.“The director failed to implement adequate systems, restraints and controls to detect and prevent Saunders’ misappropriation of funds and benefits,” say the statements of claim.The ministry didn’t have the systems to detect and prevent Saunders from taking the funds and once the misconduct was detected, the government failed to move quickly to restrain the man, the lawsuits say.Interior Savings helped Saunders by having the children sign forms opening joint accounts but didn’t tell them that the accounts were with Saunders, the statements of claim allege.“Because of his repeated transactions with Interior Savings’ employees, Interior Savings knew that Saunders was a government employee with a fixed salary and that the funds entering into his personal account were irregular and that his transactions patterns were irregular,” the statement says.The lawsuits don’t specify a dollar figure, but ask for aggravated and punitive damages, the tracing of all funds taken and costs.In order for the lawsuit in Vancouver to go ahead as a class-action proceeding it must first be certified by a judge.last_img read more

EC suspends poll observer in Odisha for dereliction of duty

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission has suspended a high-ranking poll observer deputed to Odisha on charges of “dereliction of duty” with regard to “SPG protectees” in a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to an EC order, Karnataka cadre IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin was suspended for “actions contrary to the instructions of the Commission concerning SPG protectees” on April 16 the day SPG-protectee Prime Minister Modi visited Sambalpur to address an election rally. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The EC took the action against the general observer of Sambalpur on the basis of a report submitted by the district collector and the deputy inspector general of police. Modi was stated to have been held up at the place for nearly 15 minutes because of Mohsin’s “actions”. The officer allegedly checked PM’s chopper in violation of norms. “Checking of the prime minister’s chopper, undertaken at Sambalpur, was not in accordance with the EC guidelines as SPG protectees are exempt from such checking,” said an official in Bhubaneswar without elaborating. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s helicopter was also checked by EC flying squad personnel in Rourkela on Tuesday. A similar check was carried out on Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s chopper at Sambalpur Tuesday by a flying squad, sources said.last_img read more

Report German government lowers growth forecast

BERLIN — German media are reporting that the government is lowering its growth forecast for the current year from 1.8 per cent to 1 per cent.Business daily Handelsblatt reported Friday that the cautious prediction is motivated by a weakening global economy and the delays in finalizing Britain’s orderly exit from the European Union.The newspaper reports that the government expects growth to rise again to 1.6 per cent in 2020.Preliminary figures for 2018 show the German economy grew 1.5 per cent, down from 2.2 per cent in each of the previous two years.Germany’s economy has enjoyed growth since 2010.The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral to visit quakeaffected areas of China as UN supplies pour in

The details of Mr. Ban’s visit are still being worked out by Chinese authorities, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said today in response to a question from reporters.But the Secretary-General – who has been in Myanmar to help accelerate relief efforts there after this month’s deadly cyclone – is expected to fly from Bangkok to China tomorrow morning and then return later the same day to the Thai capital.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is among the UN agencies helping with relief efforts by distributing hundreds of tents and quilts to provide emergency shelter for quake victims.The first batch of 358 large tents and 1,500 quilts is due to arrive in quake-affected areas tonight, the agency reported, and follows the clothing, food, drinking water and medicines that it has already provided.UNDP said the emergency supplies are part of the $2 million assigned to the agency out of the $8 million in relief grants contributed by the UN through its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).In a statement issued by his spokesperson last night, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the grant, saying it will be used by a variety of UN agencies, funds and programmes to help Chinese authorities meet the most urgent humanitarian needs.“The United Nations stands ready to provide further support, as required, to the Government of China in its efforts to respond to the humanitarian needs caused by the disaster,” the statement added.State media report that the number of dead and missing as a result of the 12 May quake, which measured 8.0 on the Richter scale, has climbed to more than 55,000, with nearly 5.5 million homeless.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is buying a second round of relief supplies, including rice, wheat flour and cooking oil, and a shipment comprising 473 tons is expected to arrive in Sichuan by the end of the week.The World Health Organization (WHO) is rushing additional medical supplies so that it can treat as many as 130,000 people. It is also sending experts to work with the Chinese Government on rebuilding its health infrastructure.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is also mobilizing reproductive health supplies, including clean delivery kits and hospital equipment required for Caesarean deliveries and blood transfusions. 23 May 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel tomorrow to China’s Sichuan province, the area devastated by last week’s massive earthquake, to assess the impact first-hand as United Nations continue to distribute relief supplies among the victims of the disaster. read more

Weekend rebel offensive drives thousands of refugees from DR of Congo into

As a result of an offensive mounted against other rebel groups in the area, the weekend assault by the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD-Goma) drove more than 4,860 Congolese refugees from their homes in south Kivu, according the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency said that the desperate refugees swam across the Ruzizi River – pushing their belongings on rafts and herding their cattle through the crocodile-infested waters – to the village of Nyamintanga in the border commune of Buganda, about 35 kilometres north of the Burundian capital of Bujumbura. Eleven children drowned in the crossing, while a man was badly bitten by a hippopotamus and had to be treated in a Bujumbura hospital.The refugees told UNHCR officials that RCD-Goma had warned the inhabitants of three villages in south Kivu to leave their homes because it planned a large-scale operation against other rebel groups. The refugees said more than 400 of their houses had been burned to the ground, though it is not clear which group set fire to them. They also reported that 21 people were killed in the three Congolese villages – again it is unclear who was responsible.”This influx was not really a surprise,” said the agency’s representative in Burundi, Stefano Severe. “We are always prepared for more refugees from the DRC. Things have remained quite volatile in eastern DRC, and there had been rumours recently that there would be more of the usual abuse of the civilian population by different groups.” read more

Kosovo provisional President to represent Pristina in UNbacked Vienna talks

Press reports from Kosovo had said PISG Prime Minister Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi had refused to attend the talks. In a press statement issued yesterday in Kosovo, Harri Holkeri, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Kosovo and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK), said, “The whole international community has worked tirelessly to support President Rugova and other Kosovo leaders who wish to give the people of Kosovo the chance to be represented on a broad basis at the opening of direct talks between Pristina and Belgrade in Vienna on Tuesday. “Since it has proved impossible to include leaders of the Government of Kosovo in the delegation, Kosovo will be represented by President Rugova, who is the symbol of the unity of a multi-ethnic Kosovo. Nexhat Daci, President of the Assembly, will also be in the delegation,” he said. Also scheduled to attend are ranking diplomats from the so-called Contact Group – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and the Russian Federation – as well as NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson, European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana and Chairman-in-Office Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Mr. Holkeri said, “Whatever the difficulties within the Government, we hope that when the real technical talks in the Working Groups begin, Kosovo’s Institutions will make a full commitment to help resolve the issues to be discussed, which are of direct practical interest to all the people of Kosovo.” read more

Game Changer Seth Jones Snagged by Nashville as 4th

American defender Seth Jones was a top candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft several weeks ago. His position was seemingly advanced when the defense-needy Colorado Avalanche won the draft lottery. But Jones fell to No. 4 and the teams that passed on him will see the error of their ways in time to come.One person who was happy about Jones’ early misfortune was Nashville Predators general manager David Poile.Jones was rated as the best defender in the draft. In addition, he was arguably the best overall player, so the Predators had a major steal on their hands when they snagged him with the fourth pick. read more

Cyclist who slapped womens bottoms spared jail after court hears hes shy

A cyclist who terrorised lone women by slapping their bottoms as he rode his bicycle was spared jail by a judge today after a court heard he was “cripplingly shy” and unable to cope in prison.Constantin Barbutu, 22, would don a hoodie and ride up behind women who were walking, running or cycling alone in Brighton before smacking or groping them, leaving them angry and living in fear.The Romanian dish washer escaped a prison sentence when he appeared in Hove Crown Court because a judge felt he was so “severely intellectually impaired” he would not cope behind bars.Initially denying 21 charges of sexual assault, Barbutu pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial to crimes against 11 women.Handing him a 12-month suspended sentence and ordering him to complete 40 days of rehabilitation with probation, Judge David Rennie said: “Were it not for the fact that two experts agree that you do have severely impaired intellectual functioning you would be going straight to prison today. However you do have these very real problems. Judge Rennie said Kelly’s “exceptional circumstances” and his guilty plea contributed to his decision to give him a suspended sentence. Another woman felt “angry and confused” and on discovering she had been targeted by a stranger added: “I was livid.”A third said: “His behaviour was menacing and I was alone in a dark, isolated place where no-one would hear a scream.”Due to “severe intellectual impairment” and difficulties with language, Barbutu has struggled to learn English after arriving in the UK with his girlfriend three years ago, the court heard.Richard Elliott, defending, described Barbutu as “cripplingly shy” and frightened about coming to court, adding: “He is sorry for what he has done.”Punishment will not help him. It will vindicate the public for what he has done but would not assist him in any way.”The remaining 10 counts against him were left to lie on file.In 2008, Judge Rennie was criticised by an anti-gun campaigner after he spared a then 20-year-old man of a jail sentence for hiding illegal weapons in his grandmother’s home. James Kelly faced up to five years in prison after he admitted firearms and ammunition without a licence but was given a 12-month suspended sentence, 200 hours’ community service.Paula Ogungboro, of Mothers Against Guns, accused Judge Rennie of being a “soft-touch”. “What you chose to do to these 11 women who are complete strangers to you – you caused great fear, ongoing anguish. They were simply going about their business and they were fully entitled to be left alone.” Barbutu first struck in September 2016 before carrying out a spate of attacks between the end of December that year and February last yearCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Dressed in a green and white varsity bomber-style jacket and grey tracksuit trousers, the 22-year-old did not react as he listened to an interpreter relay the proceedings.Barbutu first struck in September 2016 before carrying out a spate of attacks between the end of December that year and February 2017 while he was working in a shopping centre restaurant and living with his girlfriend in Hove.Police launched an investigation after receiving more than 24 reports from women describing similar incidents across the Sussex city.He was arrested when a security guard spotted him targeting two women and, recalling press reports for appeals to track down the culprit, reported him to police. 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. Piers Reed, prosecuting, described his behaviour as a “campaign of sexual assault”, adding: “The defendant appears to have identified sole, individual females and approaches them on his bike. “He is always on a bike, always wearing a hoodie up. The usual pattern is he strikes them on the bottom and rides off.”His victims said in statements read to the court they felt unsafe in the city in the wake of the attacks.One said she was “horrified” when Barbutu squeezed her on the bottom and then returned to do so a second time while she watched him circling her and “smirking”. Judge David Rennie felt Barbutu was so "severely intellectually impaired" he would not cope behind bars Barbutu first struck in September 2016 before carrying out a spate of attacks between the end of December that year and February last year Judge David Rennie felt Barbutu was so “severely intellectually impaired” he would not cope behind barsCredit:UPPA read more

Teranga and Endeavour Mining on board with the World Gold Council

first_imgThe World Gold Council has welcomed Teranga Gold Corp and Endeavour Mining Corporation as its newest board members.David Harquail (pictured), Chair of the market development organisation for the gold industry, said: “Both companies play an important role in the production and exploration of gold across West Africa and bring with them a wealth of experience that will be of significant value.”Teranga is a Canada-based gold company focused on production and development as well as the exploration of approximately 6,000 km2 of land located on prospective gold belts across West Africa, according to the WGC.Since its initial public offering in 2010, Teranga has produced more than 1.6 Moz of gold at its flagship operation in Senegal. Focused on diversification and growth, the company is advancing construction of its second producing gold mine, located in Burkina Faso, as well as carrying out exploration programmes in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Senegal.Endeavour is an intermediate gold producer with a track record of operational excellence, project development and exploration in the Birimian greenstone belt in West Africa, WGC said.Endeavour operates four mines across Côte d’Ivoire (Agbaou and Ity) and Burkina Faso (Houndé, Karma) which are expected to produce 615-695,000 oz in 2019 at an all-in sustaining cost of $760-810/oz.Sébastien De Montessus, CEO and President of Endeavour, said: “We are very pleased to be joining the World Gold Council. We share the organisation’s belief in the importance of setting global standards to reinforce trust and transparency in the sector and across the whole value chain. We look forward to working with the council and its members to improve understanding of the gold industry.”Richard Young, President and CEO, Teranga Gold, said: “For more than 30 years, the World Gold Council has supported greater understanding of gold’s enduring value and global influence. Today, at a time of both uncertainty and unprecedented opportunity, the work of organisations such as the World Gold Council is of paramount importance.”last_img read more

Fluoride alcohol and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgDáil: Flouride – TDs debates the Fluoridation of Water Supplies Repeal Bill 2013 brought forward by Sinn Féin’s Brian Stanley at 10am. The bill provides for the removal of fluoride from the water supply in Ireland.Dáil: Alcohol sponsorship – After midday TDs consider a report on the sponsorship of sports by the alcohol industry which was published by the Transport Committee in July.The Dáil adjourns for the week at 2pm. Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…The 2 things happening in Leinster House todayIt’s the first of two Friday sittings planned for this month under Dáil reforms that have come into effect this week. That means there’s not much happening on Kildare Street today: Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

Golden Dawn probe yields crucial new evidence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Video and photographic evidence made available to the magistrates investigating Golden Dawn is likely to lead to more charges being leveled against members of the neo-Nazi party and could even result in its MPs being accused of treason, sources told Kathimerini on Tuesday.It emerged that digital evidence gathered from the homes of Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos and party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris contained dozens of videos and photos that could prove incriminating for the party, which denies being sympathetic to Nazi ideology and using violence.Images leaked to the media show Kasidiaris brandishing a number of firearms in photographs and leading paramilitary-style training of Golden Dawn members. There are also pictures of Golden Dawn members performing Nazi salutes and one wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit.Commenting on the photographs, which were splashed across the Greek media, Kasidiaris said the photos showed him “exercising” and questioned whether there were any objections to him training so that he does not end up “obese like Venizelos,” a reference to PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos. As for the KKK-style hoods, Ilias Panayiotaros, who faces trial on criminal charges along with Kasidiaris and several other neofascist deputies, attributed them to a “Carnival” party.Material gathered from the homes of lawmakers Nikos Michos and Yiannis Lagos has not provided magistrates Ioanna Klapa and Maria Dimitropoulou with any new information but they are yet to review evidence recovered from the properties of five other Golden Dawn deputies, including Panayiotaros, being investigated.The material also includes speeches given by Michaloliakos and other party members in which they fail to recognize parliamentary democracy and declare themselves to be in favor of its overthrow. Coupled with the evidence suggesting party supporters trained like members of a paramilitary organization and supported Nazi principles, the evidence could be enough for magistrates to bring charges under Article 135 of the penal code, which deals with cases of treason.last_img read more

Police say Vancouver man died in accident

first_imgThe death of a man whose body was discovered at an east Vancouver storage business last week was an accident, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.“During the investigation, detectives determined that the death was a result of a tragic accident,” Sgt. Brent Waddell said in an email.The man was identified by police as 70-year-old Thomas Dunlap.The sheriff’s office declined to offer more details about how the death happened.Dunlap’s body was found at about 7:30 a.m. Dec. 15 in the parking lot of East Vancouver RV and Boat Storage.Sgt. Fred Neiman previously told The Columbian the body was spotted lying on the ground in an open drive-thru area.Responding officers deemed the death suspicious as they were unable to immediately determine Dunlap’s cause of death, Neiman said.last_img read more

Man gets 6 years in Vancouver kidnapping case

first_imgA man who kidnapped and shot at a homeless man after ambushing him, his spouse and their dog inside their vehicle was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.Paul R. Woodman, 48, no address provided, pleaded guilty Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault and harassment-death threats in connection with the April 1 incident.A co-defendant in the case, John Wayne Maxwell, 38, of Vancouver, is set to change his plea Oct. 12.According to an affidavit of probable cause, Vancouver police were dispatched at about 11:30 a.m. to the 6000 block of Northeast St. Johns Boulevard for a reported kidnapping. The reporting person, Jennifer Talbot, said that two men — one armed with a handgun — had kidnapped her husband, Mark Hayes-Hanley. The armed assailant threatened to shoot her husband and the couple’s dog if she called police.Hours later, Hayes-Hanley returned to the area from where he was kidnapped and was picked up by police. He was uninjured, the affidavit says. He told police he was sleeping in his parked car and awoke to two men, later identified as Woodman and Maxwell, standing on each side of the couple’s car.Maxwell reportedly escorted Hayes-Hanley from his car while Woodman pointed a handgun at the couple. Hayes-Hanley was then forced into the bed of the assailants’ pickup and was driven to a barn in the 10300 block of Northeast 119th Street, court documents state.last_img read more

First Alaska ibis sighting has birders going ballistic

first_imgDownload AudioAn unusual bird was spotted in two separate Southeast towns on the same day last week. The ibises were a rare treat that has left bird experts scratching their heads, wondering why these southern birds have landed in Alaska.A white-faced ibis. (Courtesy of Flickr creative commons user docentjoyce)Words like ‘flabbergasted’ and ‘astonishing’ came up when birders described hearing about the Ibis sightings last week. The large long-legged, wading bird is not native to Alaska. According to bird experts its northernmost boundary is the southern Canadian border. There has never been a recorded sighting in Alaska before now.Andy Piston is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Ketchikan. And while his professional focus is fish, he’s been studying birds in Southeast for two decades. He says if you saw an ibis you’d know it.“You’d definitely notice,” he says. “It’s distinctive. It’s a heron-sized bird with a big, long, down-curved bill, and in the right light their plumage can look glossy and iridescent.”The first glimpses happened last Thursday – one in Haines and one in Klawock, on Prince of Wales Island.Bird enthusiast Jason Colon snapped a photo and posted a description of the encounter online. He wrote that he saw it in the early evening feeding in a grassy mudflat. He said its body shape and long, curved beak were dead giveaways that it was an ibis. After a little research, he deduced that it was a white-faced ibis.Colon’s friend Amy Courtney runs Icy Straight Birding Tours out of Hoonah. She says when he sent her a photo of the bird, she knew what it was right away.“It was definitely an ibis and I was really flipping out inside,” she says. “I didn’t realize that it would be the first Alaska record, but I knew it was going to be really rare.”Biologist Piston says the overlapping sightings are indeed the first recorded in the state.“I guess the bottom line is trying to say what caused it is pretty difficult. People want to say it’s related to the warm winter and spring, but it could be something unrelated down south that just caused more ibis to be in the Pacific Northwest, and a couple to stray up here.”Haines bird expert Pam Randles says an ibis was also spotted on Friday and again on Sunday in Haines. She says she’s been fielding calls from interested parties across the state that want to come to Haines to see it. But, alas, it hasn’t been spotted since Sunday.Randles says big changes have been happening in the bird community over the last five years or so, and “vagrants” and oddities are becoming more common. Longtime Juneau birder Gus Van Vliet agrees that perhaps something is “afoot” with the species, but he says it might also be that more people are paying attention to feathered friends around them.“It’s hard to know whether the pace has picked up over the last five, 10, 15 years, or whether there’s just more observers, more birders, more interested people and just more coverage,” he says. “It’s sort of like rod hours when fishing for salmon – the more hours you spend, the higher the probability of catching something. That might be the case for these vagrants as well.”Van Vliet says there are two main kinds of ibises in North America; the glossy ibis in the east and the white-faced ibis in the west.“This could be a one-off event never to be duplicated for the next century, or it could be shades of things to come.”According to the Audubon Field Guide, they breed mostly in California, Nevada and Southern Oregon, and dabble in the Midwest. It says they are “climate endangered” and that their northern most range is indeed along the Canadian border. There have been recorded sightings in British Columbia, though not many.One account posted on the Haines Birders Facebook page says a group of three ibises was  seen at Picture Point last week. But whether these birds will stick around, or even be seen again, is anybody’s guess.last_img read more

Infosys Q4 Results Analysts Expect Net Profit to Fall 27

first_imgInfosys’s profit is expected to drop by 2.7 percent to ₹3,161 crore in the fourth quarter of 2014-15, compared to the December quarter, owing to poor operational performance and sluggish revenue growth, according to a CNBC-TV18 poll.The company’s revenues in rupee-denominated terms are likely to increase to ₹13,818 crore during the January-March quarter, up 0.15 percent sequentially.Infosys reported a revenue growth of 2.6 percent in the third quarter ending December 2014, helped by growth in all verticals and new client additions.Although the company’s derives two-thirds of revenue in US dollar, analysts expect investments and cross currency effects to have weighed on its margins.Markets are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the company’s earning results, even as it struggles to consolidate its position in an increasingly competitive environment. Breaking its convention of kick-starting the earnings season, India’s second largest software services firm postponed its results announcement to 24 April without citing any reason.However, analysts say that chief executive officer Vishal Sikka is seeking more time to finalize the roadmap needed to restructure Infosys into a next-generation service company.The $8.2 billion (2013-14 revenues) IT services company is likely to come out with new metrics to measure the progress of the revival strategy initiated by the Sikka who took charge in August 2014.Revenue Guidance a Key FocusInvestors’ focus is likely to be on the company’s FY16 revenue growth guidance. Analysts expect the company’s 2015-16 revenues to grow at 9-11 percent in constant currency, as against industry body Nasscom’s estimate of 12-14 percent growth.The dollar revenues of the company are likely to grow by 6-8 percent in FY16, taking into 300 basis points currency impact.The quarterly results of the country’s other large IT firms released so far have revealed that cross fluctuations had an adverse impact on their revenues. Cross currency movements have been hurting the revenues of software firms for the past two quarters, as a strong dollar hits their income earned through exports.Missing analysts’ estimates for the third straight quarter, dollar-denominated revenues of India’s largest software firm TCS declined by 0.8 percent to $3,900 million in the January-March quarter, while in rupee terms it fell by 1.1 per cent to ₹24,219.8 crore.HCL’s net profit declined to ₹1,683 crore in the January-March quarter, down 12.2 percent from the October-December quarter.Shares May See Sell-off on ResultsFollowing the sell-off seen in shares of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro and HCL Technologies post the announcement of results, Infosys shares are also expected to come under similar pressure if earnings disappoint analysts’ expectations.”Infosys can’t be an exception, on a disappointing result, to this norm. However, as the negative sentiment in this sector already resulted in price damage, further aggressive sharp downward bets can’t be expected unless Infosys delivers very poor of results or results below expectations,” says Mazhar Mohammad, Chief Strategist, Technical Research & Trading Advisory, Chartviewindia.in., told The Economic Times.However, many brokerage firms advise investors to buy Infosys stock on declines as they remain confident on prospects for the company’s growth, from a long-term perspective.last_img read more

Hillcrest Community

first_imgAttend the Poster Party on August 15 at 12:30 p.m. located at 2901 Park Drive, SE. Learn all about the targeted creatures. Choose one for your topic. Complete and leave your poster at the end of the party. All materials to do a poster will be provided at no charge.last_img