Salman Butt forced me into fixing: Aamir

first_imgMohammad Amir (L), Salman Butt (R) & Mohammad Asif prior to a cricket match in Taunton, England.Pakistani cricketer Mohd Aamir has told the country’s cricket board that he was lured into spot-fixing by suspended Test captain Salman Butt. Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Aamir has told chairman Ijaz Butt that he never wanted to be part of the spot-fixing racket but was forced into it by Butt and Mohd Asif.  “Aamir had gone to (Ijaz) Butt and claimed he was innocent and a victim of the seniors’ lobby in the team,” sources said. Another source said that Aamir – regarded as one of Pakistan cricket’s most promising players – told team manager Yawar Saeed about the pressure being exerted on him. Aamir, along with Butt and Asif, is serving suspension for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s last month. Many former Test captains, and even Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf, have urged the ICC to show leniency towards Aamir because of his age. But chief selector Mohsin Khan said he didn’t agree with the argument. “I don’t buy this argument because if you can do something wrong at 18, you can keep on doing it later as well. If these three players are found guilty they should be punished, including Aamir,” Mohsin said.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Badman rising

first_imgIt is a lazy Sunday and Gulshan Grover is wearing a salon apron at the Viacom18 office in Mumbai. He greets people with an arm shake. Yes, Gulshan Grover has his own spin on a handshake. He had swag way before anybody knew what swag was. He wants you to,It is a lazy Sunday and Gulshan Grover is wearing a salon apron at the Viacom18 office in Mumbai. He greets people with an arm shake. Yes, Gulshan Grover has his own spin on a handshake. He had swag way before anybody knew what swag was. He wants you to listen to the title track of Badman, a web mockumentary in which he plays himself. The file is on his Whatsapp conversation with the film’s director, Soumik Sen. Grover yells “Chup raho!” to the crew gathered just so you can follow the lyrics. He’s not really demanding pin-drop silence: it is lunch break, after all. But then Grover, the oldest person on set, has spoken. Everyone obeys, for Grover is Bollywood’s Bad Man or as he calls himself-a senior villain. But nobody asks a villain his age. That would hurt more than a hero’s punch.Not everyone here knows who Grover is or that he was one of the first Hindi film actors to work in Hollywood. Among those who are unacquainted with his legacy are the two daughters of Viacom18 CEO Ajit Andhare, who has a cameo in Badman. Grover took a picture with the girls even though they didn’t really want one. In fact, that’s all Grover does when he isn’t shooting-documenting moments of the mockumentary. Says Grover, “People usually say, “Gulshan ji, can we have a picture with you?’ and here I am saying, ‘Let’s take a picture’.” He even took one with multani mitti on his face. He’s a sport.advertisementHe isn’t the only one. Alok Nath and Baba Sehgal will also be seen on Voot, a digital platform launched by Viacom18, entertaining audien-ces with self-deprecating humour. If Badman sees Grover try to be a hero and father to two sons, Nath uses his popular “sanskari” avatar to host chat show Sinskari in which he invites celebrities to talk about sex and related topics. These online shows are helping Bollywood expand its reach to convince a youthful audience that it’s hip, ironic and funny-in a good way! It also allows stars like Grover, who is well into his 60s, to reinvent themselves and be relevant again to an audience that didn’t grow up watching their films and doesn’t really want to see them. “It’s a big risk,” says Grover. “I have built a brand as Bad Man.” In Badman, he is aware that that very image is being mocked. Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Farah Khan and other superannuated baddies like Ranjit and Prem Chopra all join in to poke fun at Grover’s desperate attempts to beat his nemesis, Chunky Pandey.Monika Shergill, senior vice president of content at Voot, identifies digital media as the “guerrilla space wedged between films and television”, where creators can “experiment with ideas and characters, and make mistakes”. With filmmakers heavily dependent on stars to bankroll their projects and the industry driven by box-office collections and television programming dictated by advertising sales and TRPs, the web space has become an avenue for filmmakers to do what they want. Online programming is a comparatively low-cost and free medium. It is more willing to “turn the conventional on its head”, says Shergill. And censorship hasn’t constrained the burgeoning industry-so far.Amit Golani, co-founder of popular online channel The Viral Fever, says it also helps that the feedback is immediate. “The biggest advantage is that the audience is pretty brutal,” he says. “Our past laurels don’t matter. If they don’t like it, the hate comments and calls keep coming.”With established players like TVF and All India Bakchod (AIB), it is clear that comedy in small, sharp doses has clicked. “It (comedy) is easy to consume, share and it makes people happy,” says Shergill. More people are roping in Bollywood stars who manage to get eyeballs. There is comedian Suresh Menon’s One Entertainment, which brought on the cast of Mastizaade. Menon says that while Bollywood is spoofed even on television, the difference with YouTube is that “they see the possibilities of connecting with the youth in a fun manner.” It explains Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s willingness to participate in Bhaag Jeetu Bhaag, a TVF sketch which shows them oppressing a youngster to the point that he ceases to be a fan of their jodi. It has the kind of self-deprecating humour that makes the stars seem approachable and also gets the word out for their film, Dilwale. And if some stars refuse to come, there are enough actors eager to imitate Bollywood stars, says Menon.advertisementThe year-old online channel Screen Patti and recently-launched Arre have now joined the tribe. So far, Bollywood has helped them out by being so game. But Golani maintains that this new medium will protect its ‘creative liberty’.While web programming has some way to go in terms of viewership, it also knows its potential in the digital age. Golani is convinced that “original programming” will be the benchmark of online content in the future. After uploading their first video in February 2012 and making a sketch with Anurag Kashyap, TVF branched out to make the web series Pitchers.With Badman, Grover is doing what the internet users seem to love-not taking oneself too seriously. The world wide web gives Grover a chance that Bollywood won’t anymore. By the end of Badman, Grover had won over the crew over with his antics and his commitment to his job-a villain playing a comic part seriously. Follow the writer on Twitter @suhani84last_img read more

Philadelphia Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Dies at 72

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Phillies chairman David Montgomery, who was team president during Philadelphia’s 2008 World Series championship season, has died. He was 72.The team issued a statement Wednesday saying Montgomery died after a five-year fight with cancer.Montgomery spent nearly 50 years working for the Phillies, starting in the ticket office in 1971. He was promoted to executive vice president after the 1981 season, became chief operating officer in 1992 and remained in that position until being promoted to general partner, president and chief executive officer in 1997.Montgomery spearheaded the team’s transition from Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park in 2004 and led the organization during its most successful period from 2007-2011. The Phillies won five straight National League East titles, two NL pennants and one World Series in that span.“David was one of Philadelphia’s most influential business and civic leaders in his generation,” Phillies owner John Middleton said. “He was beloved by everyone at the Phillies.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018 final: France vs Croatia Live Streaming When and where to watch in India

first_imgFIFA World Cup 2018 Final Live Streaming: After a month and 63 games, the World Cup 2018 final is upon us. France will take on Croatia in the final of the tournament on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.France are eyeing their second title while this is the first World Cup final for Croatia, whose previous best finish was third in 1998.Croatia, who came out with scathing replies after defeating England in the semi-final, might look for a 1998 revenge on Sunday.In the semi-final of 1998 World Cup, Croatia’s golden generation were up against France and two second half strikes by right-back Liliam Thuram propelled France to the final, one that they went on to win.World Cup 2018 Final: Resilient Croatia chase history vs talented FranceThis time, however, Zlatko Dalic-coached Croatia have a squad capable of going all the way. Just like the Davor Suker-captained batch of 1998, this Croatian side, has a similar never-say-die attitude, coupled with talent from the best clubs all over Europe.WORLD CUP 2018 FINAL, FRANCE vs CROATIA: LIVE UPDATESHowever, France have, at least on paper, a squad loaded with talent and more depth. In Didier Deschamps, they have a coach who has previous experience of winning the World Cup as a player.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEDeschamps, who captained the 1998 French side, has a chance to achieve the rare distinction of becoming only the third man, in history — after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and German legend Franz Beckenbauer — to win the World Cup both as a player and a head coach.advertisementWhat time is France vs Croatia?The World Cup 2018 final starts at 8.30PM IST at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Where to watch on TV World Cup 2018 France vs Croatia final match live in India?Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. Live streaming will be available on sonyliv.comAlso read – France vs Croatia, World Cup 2018 final prediction: Buyan the bear has a winnerWhere will the World Cup 2018 final match between France vs Croatia be played?The World Cup 2018 final match between France and Croatia will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2018 final match between France vs Croatia?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between France vs Croatia from our live blog on read – World Cup 2018: France’s road to the finalHow to watch the World Cup 2018 final match between France vs Croatia on Airtel TV and JioTV Apps?You have to download the applications and sign in and you can watch the matches for free.Also read – World Cup 2018: Croatia’s road to the finalWhat are the probable starting line-ups for the World Cup 2018 final match between France vs Croatia?France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Pogba, Kante; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; GiroudCroatia: Subasic; Vrsajlko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic; Perisic, Mandzukic, Rebiclast_img read more

ISL: Kerala Blasters FC stay winless at home as FC Pune City earn full points

first_imgKerala Blasters FC’s winless streak at home continued with a 1-0 defeat against FC Pune City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Friday.Kerala have been winless at home this season and have not picked up full points since their opening round win against ATK.Fans have been hoping there would be a turnaround but instead it were Pune City who registered only their second win of the campaign.The only goal of the match came in the 20th minute from Marcelinho. The win takes Pune to eighth spot and are now only a point off Kerala who remain a spot above. Blasters are winless in 10 games now.After a nervy start, the match sprang to life in the seventh minute when Robin Singh placed the ball on a platter for Marcelinho off Nim Dorjee Tamang’s forward pass.With Anas Edathodika dragged out of position, the Brazilian forward charged into space and had just the goalkeeper to beat from inside the box. Dheeraj Singh closed down the angle and pulled off a terrific reflex save to deny Pune an early lead.Kerala threatened at the other end a minute later. After a crisp interchange of passes between Sahal Samad and Courage Pekuson on the edge of the box, the latter picked out Slavisa Stojanovic’s run behind the defence with a delightful lob which the striker failed to connect with his outstretched right leg.The visitors opened the scoring in the 20th minute through a deflected effort from Marcelinho. Ashique Kuruniyan cut inside from the left flank and fed the forward with a through-ball into the box.advertisementMarcelinho’s shot took a wicked deflection off Anas’ legs and found the bottom right corner.Kerala saw a lot of the ball for the rest of the half as they battled to find an equaliser. However, Pune’s defence looked unusually solid as they kept the home side at bay.The home side upped the ante after the restart and restricted the visitors to efforts from outside the box. One such shot by Marko Stankovic, however, flew inches wide of the post in the 59th minute.The ever-present Sahal went close from Zakeer’s corner-kick a few minutes later. The delivery was headed just wide at the near post by the Kerala-born youngster.Kerala had made a habit of getting equalisers late in the game but this time, it was not to be as Kamaljit Singh came up with a splendid save off a Jhingan header, while Vineeth hit the post to cap off a frustrating night for David James’ side.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

A Man Known As The “Buckeye Bandit” Is Allegedly Robbing Banks In The Columbus, Ohio Area

first_img"Buckeye bandit" robs Columbus-area bank.Friday, the FBI and local police in Columbus, Ohio, released photos and sketches of a man they claim is a suspect in up to 20 bank robberies in the central Ohio area. How does this relate to college sports, you ask? The man is wearing Ohio State gear in every photo, and he’s been dubbed the “Buckeye Bandit” by the authorities and the media. The robberies go back all the way to 2013.Here are some photos, via ABC 6. Busted Coverage brought the topic to our attention.FBI Seeks Help Finding ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Serial Bank Robber –— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) March 20, 2015FBI hunting for ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Ohio State fan who won’t stop robbing banks— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) March 20, 2015In all seriousness, let’s hope the suspect is caught soon and brought to justice.last_img read more

PV Sindhu becomes the 1st Indian shuttler to win a gold at World Championships

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Gov’t Focused on Re-Establishing Essential Services in ZOSOs

first_imgStory Highlights “One of our main strategies and pillars is to re-establish services such as solid waste management; citizen security and safety, that is, more community policing, neighbourhood watches; community groups; recreational activities as well as education and training programmes, to ensure that the people in these areas are fully engaged,” he pointed out. Deputy Chairman, Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says the various initiatives being undertaken in Mount Salem and Denham Town, where a ZOSO is currently in effect, are aimed at re-establishing essential services to these communities.Mr. Sweeney, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (February 27), pointed out that even before the ZOSO, the communities were benefiting from engagements being undertaken by various entities as a means of effecting positive changes.He said that through the work of the Committee, the agencies that have been operating in these areas every day will now have a coordinated approach in providing the intervention that is needed, whether through work on the physical environment, skills and educational development or social services.“One of our main strategies and pillars is to re-establish services such as solid waste management; citizen security and safety, that is, more community policing, neighbourhood watches; community groups; recreational activities as well as education and training programmes, to ensure that the people in these areas are fully engaged,” he pointed out.Mr. Sweeney said that as the interventions are carried out, it is of utmost importance to ensure sustainability of the measures in order to ensure that the communities never retreat to where they were before.“So, as we build out the social fabric, what we want to ensure is that there are proper governance structures, community engagement, and the involvement of the requisite government agencies, non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations to form a nucleus and a core of practitioners that can help to re-establish services to the communities,” he pointed out.Mr. Sweeney said a key area of focus of the Committee is formalising services such as water and electricity.“A lot of this has to come through dialogue and engagement, and that is what many of the agencies are doing… . It is about utility regularisation, that is water and electricity supply, and already, some 160 persons in Mount Salem have now put their account in good standing and are in a formal relationship with the National Water Commission (NWC),” he noted.He said that initiatives to foster job creation, skills training and business development are also being undertaken.“We have a focus… on microenterprise development, so one of the programmes is targeted at this group as these communities have a lot of small shops and small businesses and need help in areas such as accounting, marketing and training persons to work with them.“It is about creating opportunities for persons to earn… have a livelihood, and so we want to use the programmes to create avenues and improve conditions in these communities,” Mr. Sweeney said.He noted that the objective of the interventions is to effect change and provide relief to residents. He said the services being delivered will empower people to solve their own problems and, ultimately, uplift their community.The Social Intervention Committee is charged with developing a sustainable development plan, which will include addressing issues related to health, the environment, social improvement, infrastructural development, education and economic development. He said that through the work of the Committee, the agencies that have been operating in these areas every day will now have a coordinated approach in providing the intervention that is needed, whether through work on the physical environment, skills and educational development or social services. Deputy Chairman, Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says the various initiatives being undertaken in Mount Salem and Denham Town, where a ZOSO is currently in effect, are aimed at re-establishing essential services to these communities.last_img read more

Prahlad takes charge as tourism minister

first_imgNew Delhi: Union minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Tuesday took charge of the tourism ministry and said his endeavour would be to take forward the work done in the sector in the last five years and break the stereotypes associated with Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh to promote it as a travel destination.Patel, a BJP MP from Damoh in Madhya Pradesh, who has also managed the party’s affairs in Manipur, said more tourism opportunities are now opening up in Northeast region with “insurgency being reigned in”. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHe was interacting with reporters at his office in Transport Bhawan here, after taking charge as the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge). Asked what would be his priorities, Singh said, “I have just taken charge and will decide on that after assessing all the status of all the tourism circuits, religious or cultural, and then frame policies”. “But, as a minister I would endeavour to take forward the work done in the tourism sector by the previous Modi government and try to finish projects on or before stipulated time,” he said.last_img read more

Red terror strikes

first_imgRed terror struck Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district just 36 hours prior to the first phase of Lok Sabha election with five killed in a roadside bomb – an Improvised Explosive Device planted by suspected Maoist rebels. Amongst the casualties was Bhima Mandvi, BJP MLA, who was heading to a locality in the Maoist hinterland despite being advised against following an intelligence input regarding a possible Maoist attack. Bhima’s convoy was ambushed as the bomb reduced his car to scrap. A group of 20-25 Maoists opened fire on the convoy with security forces accompanying Bhima in another vehicle engaged in crossfire for at least half an hour before the Maoists retreated. The incident generated panic in the Bastar region as Maoists had outlined their call for boycotting the upcoming polls a few days ago, threatening people with adverse consequences if they exercise voting. The incident, an ambush in the Red zone against the establishment, stirred memories of a similar instance back in May 2013 where 27 people were killed including former Union Minister VC Shukla and Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma by the Maoists in Bastar ahead of the state assembly polls. The Maoist attack on Tuesday, however, does not come as a surprise following similar Red terror strikes that have shaken up the state terrorising the locals. Maoists, historically, have struck security forces in big numbers during polling months. Be it the single biggest attack against security forces in Tadmetla, Dantewada, back in April 2010, where 76 CRPF soldiers were killed in an ambush laid by nearly 1000 Naxals on hilltops or Darbha valley, again Dantewada, May 2013, where 28 people including top Congress leadership taken down, the Ultra-Left cadre has left the establishment distraught with their recurring efforts to seize power in the region. Bhima Mandvi’s convoy ambush is the 39th Maoist insurgency incident in the country this year coming days after suspected Maoist rebels – perpetrators of a decades-long war against the expropriation of their resources – executed five paramilitary personnel in two separate attacks in the state. These rebels have asked the locals to boycott the upcoming polls, not just in Chhattisgarh but the entire Red corridor. In an unexpected incidence, these Ultra-Left rebels extended support to Kashmiri separatists and militants who have a similar – struggle against the state – cause, calling a boycott of the Lok Sabha election. CPI(Maoist) circulated a 2-page press release on WhatsApp, urging villagers to boycott the polls and support them in establishing a People’s Council and spreading their aim to create a state within a state in the “liberated zone” entirely controlled by Maoists. The Maoist menace with their anti-establishment stance has, however, failed to influence the polling schedule. The Bastar constituency, where Dantiwada is located, will vote today in the first phase of the LS polls as planned. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWith Maoist insurgency rendering an ugly situation in the Red Corridor over the years irrespective of UPA or NDA terms, the situation has ceased to improve. The contentious issue of insurgency in the Red Corridor prima facie appears to be a prolonged internal conflict between the establishment and the insurgents. However, BJP and Congress quarrelling over each other’s alleged collusion with the insurgents gives the internal conflict an ever bitter taste. Expectedly, a blame game ignited between the ruling Congress and BJP over Mandvi’s death with the BJP leaders alleging a conspiracy by Congress. Congress retaliated how Maoist control has proliferated from three to 13 districts in the state over the last 15 years owing to faulty BJP policies under ex-CM Raman Singh. A divided establishment only fuels the ambitions of the insurgents which is why years of counter-insurgency operations have only produced grievous outcomes. Civilians, security personnel, and insurgents, all have perished due to this uncontained Red Terror which often registers a spike during polling periods. It is certain that the election period is a most-ripe time for the Maoist rebels to highlight their objective and capability both through their violent engagements. The state and the Central governments have so far failed to appropriately tackle this internal crisis and one cannot help but notice the pattern forming of Maoist attacks coinciding with polling seasons. Mandvi’s death and the general insurgency by Maoists draws a sharp contrast to India’s recent achievement in strengthening national security with the BJP reiterating how India will bow down to no one when it comes to its integrity and national security. The national security narrative that BJP offers to everyone may be reduced to empty rhetoric in the face of Red terror which has plagued the country for a long time now. If the Modi dispensation strengthened India’s defence then the prevailing misery of insurgency returns an ironical slap on the nation’s stance over its integrity. We cannot boast of subduing threats and showcasing defence and space prowess when we have failed to combat insurgency for decades. The only way to remedy this is by establishing a comprehensive plan to eradicate Red Terror from the roots.last_img read more

TN govt committed to release of Rajiv case convicts CM

first_imgSalem (TN): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami Monday said his government was committed to the release of seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts and expressed hope the state Governor will act on the cabinet recommendation for setting them free. Palaniwami’s statement comes amidst renewed calls, both from the opposition and Tamil groups, for the release of the seven, serving life terms, after the Supreme Court recently disposed of a plea of the kin of those killed along with the former Prime Minister in 1991 opposing their release. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The kin had challenged the Tamil Nadu government’s earlier decision in 2014 to release the seven convicts. In September 2018, the state cabinet had adopted a resolution recommending to Governor Banwarilal Purohit the release of the seven. Speaking to reporters here, Palaniwami said the cabinet resolution was passed in line with public sentiment. “We wanted the seven to be released and that is why adopted a cabinet resolution and sent it to the Governor. The Governor has to decide (on the matter),” he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “We took the decision based on public sentiment, adopted a cabinet resolution and sent it to Governor. We hope he will take action,” he added. On September 9, 2018 the AIADMK government recommended to Purohit the release of all seven convicts — Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, Robert Payas and Nalini. Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a LTTE suicide bomber during an election rally at Sriperumpudur near here on May 21, 1991.last_img read more

Tragedy of Somalia shames the world Turkish leader tells UN

“Today the international community is watching the suffering in Somalia like a movie,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the high-level debate of the General Assembly yesterday. “However, we should urgently face this situation which is a test to our humanity.”Mr. Erdogan said he witnessed the poverty and suffering of the Somali people during a visit to the country last month.“The tragedy of Somalia, where tens of thousands of children died due to the lack of even a piece of bread and a drop of water, is a shame for the international community…“No one can speak of peace, justice and civilization in the world if the outcry rising from Somalia is left unheard.”Turkey has launched an aid campaign for Somalia, collecting $300 million within the last two months. It also organized an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that resulted in more than $350 million in pledges, and has undertaken various projects, ranging from transport and agriculture to education and construction of roads, hospitals and schools.And by re-opening its embassy in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Turkey has shown the world that claims of security challenges cannot be an excuse for delaying assistance, said Mr. Erdogan.In addition to alleviating the humanitarian situation, it is also necessary to act urgently to support efforts to build peace and stability in Somalia, he added. “As Somalia takes its well deserved place within the international community, the world will become a safer and more stable place,” Mr. Erdogan said.The Prime Minister also voiced Turkey’s “unconditional” support to the recognition of the State of Palestine, and called on Israel to take the necessary steps towards peace rather than building new barriers. Turkey, he noted, has never pursued hostile and confrontation policies against any other country, but has always acted on the basis of cooperation and friendship.“However, Israel has made a grave mistake against a country and its people,” he said, referring to the May 2010 incident in which nine people were killed during Israel’s interception of an aid flotilla headed for Gaza that originated in Turkey.An independent panel of inquiry examining the flotilla incident released a report earlier this month in which it found that Israel’s interception of the vessels was “excessive and unreasonable,” while the flotilla acted “recklessly” in attempting to breach the naval blockade.“Our demands from Israel are known,” said the Prime Minister. “Our position will not change unless Israel takes the necessary steps to redress its mistake and meet our demands.”Turning to Cyprus, he said that Turkey will continue to support a comprehensive and lasting solution to produce a united country, in line with the UN-backed negotiations, but will not let the future of the Turkish Cypriots remain uncertain forever.“At this critical juncture, we can also not accept any attempt by the Greek Cypriot side to act as if they are the sole representative of the island or have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots,” he stated.The attempts by the Greek Cypriot side to unilaterally determine maritime jurisdiction areas and to engage in oil and natural gas exploration activities in these fields are “extremely irresponsible” both in terms of timing and possible outcomes, the President added.Mr. Erdogan also discussed the Cyprus talks and the flotilla report, among various other issues, in a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday. 23 September 2011The Turkish Prime Minister has called for urgent action to help Somalia alleviate its humanitarian crisis and to build peace and stability, stressing that the world cannot let the cry of the Horn of Africa nation go unheard. read more

Statement of Intent to close Liberal Arts program

The Centre for Liberal Arts has submitted a Statement of Intent that it wishes to close the Liberal Arts program.As part of the approval process, the statement is available online to the University community to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step of the internal quality assurance process.The posting will remain in place for 21 days, until 4:30 p.m. on April 17, 2013.Comments on the above proposal must be submitted by April 17, 2013 to the emails provided below. When submitting a response, please include Liberal Arts in the subject line.Please send comments to: and Michael Driedger, Director, Centre for Liberal Arts.

General Motors earns 1B in first quarter as North America helps it

General Motors earns $1B in first quarter as North America helps it overcome Europe troubles AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 3, 2012 5:39 pm MDT DETROIT – Strong sales in North America and China are generating big profits for General Motors. Now the company needs the rest of the world to play along.GM’s net income totalled $1 billion in the first quarter as it sold more vehicles at higher prices in the U.S. But the earnings fell 69 per cent from a year earlier. The reasons: Big one-time charges and high operating costs in Europe, and lacklustre earnings in South America.For GM to continue its rebound from bankruptcy three years ago, it needs Europe and South America to improve, especially if North American sales slow.So far, the story of GM’s comeback from near collapse has been North America, where the company earns most of its money, and China, where it sells its greatest number of cars. In North America, GM has slashed costs, introduced hot-selling cars and improved its reputation for quality. That success continued in the first quarter, when the automaker posted a $1.7 billion pretax profit in North America. It also did well in Asia, where it made $529 million in the first three months of the year.But it’s a different story in Europe, where GM lost $256 million, and South America, where earnings fell 8 per cent to $83 million.In Europe, GM’s biggest cash drain, costs are too high and new products are needed. Prospects are poor as the economy slips into recession, scaring the middle class away from buying cars. GM has pledged to fix the troubled unit, but anything it does will be overshadowed by high unemployment and austerity measures to cut government debt in many countries.GM hasn’t released specifics about restructuring, and Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann says there won’t be one magic answer.“I’m not sure there’s going to be a big bang,” Ammann said Thursday. “It’s a series of actions that we’re taking.”GM’s costs in Europe are high because of contracts with powerful labour unions and laws that make closing a factory difficult. The future was so bleak just three years ago that GM tried to sell the unit, but the deal was scuttled by the GM board.Tim Urquhart, a European auto industry analyst with IHS Global Insight, said GM has at least 20 to 30 per cent more factory capacity than it needs in Europe.The company has seven assembly plants there and an 8.2 per cent share of sales. By contrast, rival Ford Motor Co. has five plants, including one in Turkey, and an 8.5 per cent share.Urquhart said that, ideally, GM would close one or two plants. But that won’t happen right away. GM agreed to keep all European plants open until 2014 in a restructuring deal reached with unions two years ago.“There’s a lot of negotiation that needs to be done, a lot of brinksmanship that needs to go on with the unions,” Urquhart said.Meanwhile, GM can try to squeeze out profits by making factories more efficient and lowering production costs in other ways. But until it cuts factories, the company is “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” Urquhart said.GM’s struggles in Europe aren’t unique. Other automakers, including Ford, also are losing money there.Economists think the 17 countries that use the euro are in a recession. Unemployment is 10.9 per cent, the highest since 1999. That figure masks an even worse situation in southern Europe. Spain and Italy have shrinking economies and budget woes. Greece, Portugal and Ireland needed bailout loan from the other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.In South America, most of GM’s problems are caused by flat sales due to an aging model lineup, one the company says it’s in the midst of updating.Even in North America, GM faces challenges. It has few new models coming until the end of the year. Its U.S. market share fell almost two percentage points in the first quarter to 17.2 per cent. And GM predicted that earnings in the second and third quarters will be similar to the first quarter, representing a decline from last year’s results. GM said its costs will rise as it revamps factories in preparation to build new pickup trucks.Still, North America performed far better than GM’s other regions. CEO Dan Akerson wants the whole company to mimic North America and China.“All four regions must become solidly and reliably profitable,” he said Thursday.For the quarter, GM earned 60 cents per share, compared with $1.77 a year earlier, when earnings were boosted by the sale of GM’s stake in a parts company. The first-quarter results also included a $590 million accounting charge due to future cash flow predictions for the European pension plan. GM says funds in the plan are stable.The North American profit came as GM’s sales grew almost 3 per cent in the region to 703,000 cars and truck. GM no longer needs to sell cars at a loss to keep its factories running, as it did before bankruptcy. Because it cut costs by closing factories and shedding workers, it can now break even when U.S. annual sales are a depressed 10.5 million. So far this year, sales are running at an annual rate of over 14 million.Also GM is getting more money for its vehicles. In the U.S., its most profitable market, customers are paying $166 more for cars and trucks than they did a year ago. GM vehicles sold for an average of $32,421 in the first quarter, including incentives such as rebates, said the auto website.GM won’t say how much profit it makes per vehicle, but the Center for Automotive Research estimates it at $2,405. That’s almost $900 less than Ford, but nearly $1,000 more than Chrysler.The situation is a lot different in Europe, where the Opel, Vauxhall and Chevrolet brands account for about 18 per cent of the GM’s global sales. GM’s European sales fell more than 8 per cent last quarter to 398,000. The Astra compact and Corsa subcompact were the most popular models. In South America, sales were flat for the quarter at 249,000.European losses and a weaker outlook at home rattled investors. GM’s stock price fell 56 cents, or 2.4 per cent, to close at $22.37. read more

Donald Trump wealth details released by federal regulators

Donald Trump wealth details released by federal regulators Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at his South Carolina campaign kickoff rally in Bluffton, S.C., Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) by Jeff Horwitz And Stephen Braun, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2015 11:36 am MDT Last Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Federal election regulators released new details Wednesday about Republican presidential candidate and celebrity businessman Donald Trump’s wealth and financial holdings, weeks after he estimated his net worth at roughly $10 billion.Trump, widely believed to be the wealthiest person ever to run for president, holds leadership positions in more than 500 business entities, according to his 92-page personal financial disclosure, a report required of all presidential candidates.While the documents don’t prove or disprove Trump’s top-line estimates, even a conservative reading of his annual income — well over $250 million — shows he is more than equipped to personally finance a high-dollar presidential bid. With most of the Republican field scavenging for the tens of millions of dollars needed to sustain even a basic primary run, the only financial limit on Trump’s campaign is his willingness to spend his fortune. So far, he has only lent his campaign $1.8 million and boasted, “I’m not using donors.”The report shows his assets to be worth well above $1.4 billion, including at least $70 million in stocks. Trump carries debt of at least $240 million.It’s impossible to tell from the documents exactly how much Trump is worth because the figures are detailed in broad ranges, with the top category being “more than $50 million.” Trump has complained that the forms aren’t adequate to reflect his wealth. The form shows that real estate holdings form the core of his assets and provide much of his income, with a wide array of branding and marketing deals providing tens of millions more. The deals include more than $1 million from licensing Trump’s name in Turkey, at least $1 million in men’s wear licensing royalties and $5 million from a developer in Panama.Trump is not above pursuing smaller business opportunities, such as an Israeli beverage endorsement contract worth between $50,000 and $100,000, and $50,000 speaking engagements.The form also gives a sense of the potential financial toll of Trump’s controversial comments on immigration. In June, he characterized illegal immigrants from Mexico as “criminals” and “rapists” prompted television networks and some retailers to cut ties with him.Trump recently claimed he received $214 million in income from NBC for his “Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” television programs over the past 14 years. While the new disclosure does not provide a similar figure, it shows that Trump’s entertainment production firm, “Trump Productions LLC,” has brought in more than $4 million in revenue. The firm is Trump’s New York production arm for both his “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” programs as well as the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.Trump also listed two entities involved with his role in televised beauty pageants, Miss Universe and Miss USA. NBC recently dropped its televised broadcasts of both pageants after Trump made inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants. Trump had already previously agreed to no longer appear in his “Apprentice” shows because he was running for president.Trump’s self-described net worth would far surpass previous magnates like Ross Perot, business heirs like Steve Forbes or private-equity investors like Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee.__Associated Press writer Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report. read more

Braxton Miller reinstated without any conditions Instagram post deemed minor violation

Braxton Miller’s Instagram post showing the Ohio State redshirt-senior quarterback posing with AdvoCare products was deemed a “promotion of a commercial product” by the NCAA, according to a statement from OSU athletics. But the matter has been resolved and Miller has been reinstated “without any conditions,” the statement said.OSU said the post was a minor violation.The university initially said it was “looking into” Miller’s social media picture from March 24, which showed the quarterback posing with the products alongside the owner of Authentik Fitness in Columbus, Brandon Oshodin, who is also an AdvoCare distributor.Click to enlargeAdvoCare is a company that “provides innovative nutritional, weight-management, sports performance and skin care products,” according to its website.The AdvoCare website states that student-athletes can’t be in photos on “an AdvoCare Microsite, Facebook, Twitter, personal website or any other place where AdvoCare is mentioned.”In addition to the Instagram picture, Miller had his name displayed in the upper right hand corner of his AdvoCare site, labeled as a distributor. His name was later removed, along with the Instagram post.The AdvoCare website says student-athletes are allowed to be distributors. read more

Wrestling Former Buckeye found dead in his Pennsylvania apartment

Former Ohio State wrestler Nick Roberts was found dead in his Pennsylvania apartment late Saturday night. A cause of death has not yet been determined, although foul play is not suspected.The 23-year-old, who was wrestling for the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown at the time, qualified for the 2013-14 NCAA championships in his first year with Ohio State as a redshirt freshman. After transferring, he won a Division II national title with Pittsburgh-Johnstown.“It is with great sadness that I share with you the loss of one of our university family, Nicholas S. Roberts,” said Pitt-Johnstown president Jem Spectar. “Nick was a senior in the class of 2017. We also know Nick as a standout member of our Mountain Cat wrestling team. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, family, friends and loved ones.”Roberts had been out of competition after suffering a knee injury, but was honored during the team’s Senior Night on Feb. 7.Pitt-Johnstown Mourns Loss of National Champion Nick Roberts— PittJohnstownSports (@MtnCatAthletics) February 26, 2017 read more

Physical play against bitter rival propels Buckeyes to Big Ten championship game

INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State topped Michigan, 68-61, in a heated battle in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday. The afternoon involved a lot of activity from the referees that lead to foul trouble for OSU early. That trouble forced coach Thad Matta to extend his bench. Regardless of who was on the court, the bad blood was evident between the two rivals and the Wolverines kept the game close throughout. A strong second half from a previously slumping OSU junior guard William Buford was needed to secure the victory. Officials’ involvement Officials Ted Valentine, Ed Hightower and Gene Steratore blew their whistles for a total of 33 fouls on the afternoon. Twenty were on the Wolverines. “It seems like they were calling them a lot like they did (Friday) … they’re not really letting anything go inside and that benefits the big men,” said Dave Novak, father of Michigan guard Zack Novak. Buckeye freshman forward Jared Sullinger shot just 10 free throws Saturday, down from the 18 he attempted in the OSU victory against Northwestern on Friday. Besides the fouls, both teams’ benches were warned in the first half for their reactions to the officials judgment. Valentine once gestured inches from OSU fifth-year senior forward David Lighty and once touched Michigan guard Darius Morris on the chest after calling fouls on the players. Dave attributed the extra activity of the official to the time of year. “I really didn’t notice that,” he said. “As the season gets long, the stakes get higher.” Matta said he was happy with how his players reacted to the whistles and kept their composure and kept their attention on the right things. “(I was) telling our guys, let’s just keep doing what we are doing,” he said. “Our focus was on the right things.” Though some focus might have been redirected to those in striped shirts, Keith Diebler, father of OSU senior guard Jon Diebler, kept his attention on the athletes. “The only thing I’m going to say is officials don’t decide outcomes,” he said. “Other than that I am going to be quiet.” Bench contributions The aggressive officiating led Matta to call on his little-used bench. Freshman forward Deshaun Thomas and freshman guard Jordan Sibert received significant playing time after Lighty and freshman point guard Aaron Craft picked up two early fouls. “When those two were out with foul trouble Jordan and Deshaun came in and played excellent for us,” Jon said. “We’re going to stick to our game plan regardless of who’s on the court.” Thomas scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds while Sibert contributed two points on a transition dunk. The opportunity for the fast break came off the freshman’s own steal. Sibert logged 11 minutes of game action, 10 of which came in the first half. It was an increase in workload for the guard who has appeared in only 23 of the Buckeyes’ 33 games. “As I was walking in to sub-in I really didn’t know what I was going to do when I was out there and I looked at Dave and I looked at Jared and they just told me, be smart and play hard,” he said. “I was like, OK, that’s what I am going to do, and it worked well for me.” Bad blood The rivalry between OSU and Michigan was displayed throughout the afternoon as players from both teams seemed to be talking to one another often. The tension escalated in the second half when Sullinger was fouled by freshman forward Jordan Morgan. While trying to untangle himself from Morgan, who had fallen to the ground, it appeared that he grabbed Sullinger’s leg. “That was kind of dirty. He didn’t need to do that,” Buford said. Buford responded to the action by getting in Morgan’s face, who then shoved Buford while they were walking side by side. “I just wanted to let (Sullinger) know I had his back no matter what,” he said. Diebler and Lighty were also talking to the Michigan huddle at the beginning of the timeout that followed the altercation. “We all got each other’s back out there; we all feel we need to,” Buford said. “That’s like my little big brother.” The team was playing the Wolverines for the third time this season. Lighty is familiar with the intensity in these games. “It’s Ohio State and the ‘team up north.’ Once you say that, it’s automatically heated,” he said. “It’s just that much more added motivation.” Buford’s second half After shooting just 3-for-14 in the Buckeyes’ first game of the tournament against Northwestern, it seemed Buford’s struggles would continue against Michigan. He was 2-of-5 in the first half and neglected to take some open looks. After changing his mentality at halftime, Buford scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting after intermission. “In the first half I felt I had looks; it just wasn’t falling,” he said. “Second half I was just trying to be more aggressive.” Buford was also key on a 16-0 scoring run that helped the Buckeyes create some separation from the Wolverines. A portion of the run followed the two teams’ scuffle and Buford was partially motivated by his involvement in it, he said. Buford had been playing well before the tournament, averaging nearly 18 points per game over the team’s last four contests of the regular season on 57 percent shooting. He did not bring the same shooting touch to his first postseason game. “Yesterday I was just throwing it up there and not really shooting,” Buford said. “I just felt today I needed to take my time and shoot my shot.” The Buckeyes look to take home the Big Ten Tournament championship title against Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. read more

David Beckham furious at claims he does charity work to win a

first_imgDavid Beckham visiting a centre for vulnerable children supported by UNICEF in Siem Reap, Cambodia In one particularly embarrassing email Beckham appears to object to singer Katherine Jenkins, who once used her Twitter account to deny having an affair with him, being given an OBE, in the 2014 New Year Honours, for services to music and for charitable services.The email to Mr Oliveira states: “Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops, plus admitting to taking coke … F***ing joke and if you get asked we should think of a cutting remark.”But Beckham, a Unicef goodwill ambassador since 2005, is understood to be particularly angry that the emails appear to show him as cynically using his charity work to curry favour with the honours committee.He is also furious that they depict him as demanding money from the United Nations children’s charity to pay for flights and hotels to visit its projects with children in places such as the Philippines..In one email he apparently complained about being asked to match the highest bidders at a Unicef auction in New York, stating: “Chloe asked me an outright which I was p***** . . . I don’t want to do it and won’t do it with my own money.”And another appears to show his staff haggling with Unicef over its choice of accommodation for Beckham during his 2015 trip to Cambodia.The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star had been booked by the charity into the five-star Sofitel hotel, but Beckham apparently wanted to stay in the luxurious Amansara resort, with his staff wanting Unicef to pay part of the bill.One email states: “Would Unicef contribute the same amount that was being paid for the Sofitel and he’ll make up the difference in price for the place he wants to stay.” The PR team of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder said that he had a 'powerful partnership' with Unicef 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. However, Beckham is at pains to point out that through his appearances and the work of his foundation, the 7 Fund, he has raised millions of pounds for the charity.A statement issued by his PR team says: “David Beckham and Unicef have had a powerful partnership in support of children for over 15 years.  The David Beckham 7 Fund specifically has raised millions of pounds and helped millions of vulnerable children around the world.   “David Beckham has given significant time and energy and has made personal financial donations to the 7 Fund and this commitment will continue long term.”It adds: “Before establishing the 7 Fund, David had supported Unicef and a number of other charities over many years, including donating his entire earnings from PSG during his time playing there. David and Unicef are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves.”Unicef also came to the star’s defence. Although it would not comment on the veracity of the emails because it had not seen the originals, it described Beckham “as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for Unicef’s work for children”.It added: “David has given significant funds personally. The 7 Fund supports programmes for children, tackling issues such as malnutrition, violence, AIDS and emergencies.”Unicef cited Beckham’s visit to Swaziland in June 2016 to raise awareness of the devastating drought affecting eastern and southern Africa, and pointed out that since the launch of the 7 Fund in February 2015 it has raised millions of pounds for Unicef programmes and “reached millions of people around the world with crucial messages about our work for very vulnerable children”.According to Unicef the 7 Fund is helping it to provide improved water and sanitation to children and their families in Burkina Faso and provide vital support and protection to HIV-positive mothers and children in Swaziland.Beckham’s organisation also works with Unicef in Papua New Guinea, helping to provide life-saving food to young children and funding a range of child protection services to help keep children in Cambodia safe.center_img David Beckham visiting a centre for vulnerable children supported by Unicef in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in June 2015Credit:PA/Unicef The PR team of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder said that he had a ‘powerful partnership’ with Unicef David Beckham has hit out at claims that he used his children’s charity work as part of a cynical campaign to win a knighthood.The former England captain has angrily denied getting involved with Unicef’s campaigns and projects only in order to build a favourable public image and present himself as a fitting candidate for the senior honour.The claims came after a series of emails purporting to be from Beckham were published on Saturday, in which he appeared to rail at not been selected for a knighthood.In one he allegedly states: “They r a bunch of c***s. I expected nothing  less. Who decides on the honors [sic]?? It’s a disgrace to be honest and if I was American I would have got something like this 10 years ago.”But in a forthright statement Beckham, who received an OBE from the Queen in 2003, rejected the claims, maintaining that some of the emails had been doctored and others had been taken out of context.His PR team says that the cache of emails from Beckham to his publicist Simon Oliveira and others in his team were obtained after Mr Oliveira’s computer server was illegally hacked.A spokesman for Beckham told The Telegraph: “This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture.”last_img read more