Kashmir valley remained tense on Sunday, a day after the killing of two civilians in the Army firing in Shopian. The authorities imposed restrictions in parts of the Valley as separatists’ shutdown call against the killings. District Magistrate, Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah has ordered restrictions under Section 144 “in territorial jurisdictions of Srinagar’s Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal and M.R. Gunj police stations”.Partial restrictions were also imposed in Maisuma and Kralkhud police stations. “The restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident,” he said. Train and internet services were suspended in south Kashmir for the day.Meanwhile, all shops and business centres remained close in the Valley. There was a thin traffic on the roads. Separatists leaders, which includes Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, had called for a Valley-wide shutdown over the killings.In Shopian, the two civilians, who died when the Army opened fire on stone-throwing protesters at Ganowpora village on Saturday afternoon, were buried in their local graveyards in Balpora and Ganowpora villages. Hundreds of locals offered funeral prayers. There were reports of minor clashes after the funerals.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killings and sought a report within 20 days. She also spoke to Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday evening and sought her intervention.The Union Defence Minister, according to the Jammu and Kashmir government spokesperson, assured Ms. Mufti “that a detailed report will be prepared of the incident and the field formations will be asked to set up mechanisms so that such incidents do not recur in future”.read more
Chima OkorieThe greatest sporting spectacle on earth is back to its spiritual home, and sitting in India, I can only imagine the excitement level of the millions of fans who have descended on Brazil to witness the biggest celebration of the ‘beautiful game’.TeamworkBy the time you read this, the World Cup would already be underway with the home side having played Croatia in the opening match. And boy, what an opportunity it is for the ‘Selecao’ to put a smile on the faces of its citizens, who have seen some torrid times in the form of nationwide protests in the build up to the World Cup. I firmly believe if the South Americans can light up the big stage, it would not take much time for their countrymen to start supporting the World Cup. I also feel that it will need a team effort to affect this turnaround and not over-dependence on one person. Everybody is talking about Neymar; no doubt the kid is a special talent but this is the World Cup. A team wins it and not an individual.Most importantly, Brazil need to believe in themselves and their famous style, which has won them five World Cups, more than any other country. Apart from Brazil, my favourites for the title would be Spain and Germany. Both these countries have been very consistent and possess the talent as well as the attitude needed to be champion.Many would wonder why I am not keeping Argentina in this list, and this despite my favourite player being the Argentine striker Mario Kempes, whose long-haired looks were as elegant as his playing style.advertisementThe reason is that I firmly believe they are a one-man team, despite the plethora of big names on the team sheet. If Lionel Messi is off-colour, then Argentina are offcolour. No doubt they will be one of the top contenders, but I have my inhibitions about if they can go all the way.Nobody questions Messi’s abilities and I am a big admirer too, but I have always believed in team play rather than individual brilliance. Let me remind you, this is the World Cup and nobody is a mere pretender here. Everybody has the ability to upset the strongest rivals on their day.Coming from Nigeria, I know how the small teams feel when it comes to facing their big brothers in the football world. It’s a chance for them to show the world what they are capable of. My country will also be competing in this edition but if anyone asks which African nation has the chance to succeed the most, I would go for Ghana.They have young and energetic players and again, they play as a team. I believe they have the ability to reach the semifinals, a feat which has never been achieved by an African country. From Asia, my pick would be Japan. They have progressed gradually over the years and their rise as Asian giants has a lot to do with the focused planning of their football administrators.YoungstersObviously, the traditional powerhouses will have an upper hand but football is a celebration of life. And what’s life without surprises?It’s for this same reason that I would rather watch the young guns than superstars. Everybody knows Messi or Ronaldo or Sergio Aguero are the top contenders for the Golden Boot. But why look at the established stars? I would rather not sleep at night this whole month to see new players making waves at the grandest stage. Let me tell you, any youngster who shows the gumption to fight against the strongest opponents will be a star for the future.MadnessPersonally, I would like to see how Belgium’s Adnan Januzaj performs. He has been a special talent for Manchester United and now is the right time for him to perform for his country. As a player, whatever may be your record for the club, performing with the national jersey on gives you real pleasure.The first World Cup I remember is the 1978 edition where my hero Kempes was the top-scorer and his Argentine side won the title. As I see football now, it has become a lot faster and more exciting than in the seventies or eighties. Obviously, it’s much more commercialised now but it is also a lot more professional.And it makes things better for the fans – the ultimate reason why the players take the field. I sincerely hope this World Cup too gives the supporters moments which they will cherish for their whole lives. Brazil is a colourful country and it will no doubt embrace the world in its very own way. There’s music, there’s joy and most importantly there’s football in every corner of that country. And trust me, even the most dispassionate of the lot won’t be able to escape this madness.advertisementSo, fans get ready for a month-long celebration of love, life and of course ‘Jogo bonito’ or the beautiful game. It’s going to be one hell of a ride. Cheers! Okorie is a Nigerian footballer who has played for many Indian clubs and stays in India. He spoke to Abhishek Paulread more
Standing by his beleaguered skipper Shahid Afridi, Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis on Tuesday said he did not find anything controversial in his comments that the country’s cricketers got more love in India than back home, but hoped that the resultant storm would not affect the side’s morale in the World Twenty20.Waqar, a former captain, said Afridi only expressed his feelings and emotions. (Afridi served legal notice for ‘love in India’ statement) “Look, for me I didn’t find anything that controversial in it. It is something he felt, showed emotions,” Younis said at the customary media meet here on the eve of Pakistan’s maiden Group 2 clash in the tournament opposite Bangladesh.Waqar felt the matter should be allowed to rest now.”We should leave that rather than creating controversy about nothing. We are here to play cricket, we are here to beat teams and I think we should just focus on cricket,” Waqar, regarded as one of the greatest pacers, said.In his arrival media conference, Afridi had raised a toast to Indian fans, saying : “We get lot of love from fans here, even more than the love we get from fans in Pakistan.”Another seasoned Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, married to Indian tennis sar Sania Mirza, had praised the security provided by the authorities here and said he never faced any security issues during his frequent trips to the country. (Afridi says his statement is positive)The comments led to angry reaction in Pakistan. Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad expressed shock and lashed out at Afridi. A petition was also filed against Afridi in the Lahore High Court by an advocate who argued that the skipper’s statement has hurt Pakistani sentiments.advertisementAsked whether the controversy could affect the team’s morale ahead of the crucial tournament, Waqar said: “Hope not, we had a bit of drama before coming here. We had controversy yesterday also.”But my message to the boys will be to leave everything behind because this is about playing for the nation. It is about playing some quality cricket.””They all are capable of playing good cricket and once we get our momentum going we can beat any side,” he concluded.read more
Dubai, Jun 21 (PTI) With Iran sending a second-string side, India today picked Korea as one of the strong challengers in the six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai, which gets underway here tomorrow. The 2016 World Cup finalists Iran will not get the services of their two star defenders, Fazel Atrachali (U Mumba) and Abozar Mighani (Telugu Titans), who were sold for Rs 1 crore and Rs 76 lakh respectively in the Pro Kabaddi League auctions this year. 2017 Asian Championships runners-up Pakistan, on the other hand, are mired in visa hurdles and they will arrive tomorrow morning, about 12 hours before their clash against India in the tournament opener at the Al Wasl Sports Club. India’s experienced defender Manjeet Chillar today said Korea would pose a tough challenge. “They have a strong set of players and are coming here with a full-strength side. Iran have not sent their full strength side. It will be a tough battle against Korea,” Chillar told reporters at the team hotel here. Asked how big a threat is Pakistan, he said: “I don’t remember when they defeated us. At least not during my playing days.” The six-nation tournament feature India, Iran, Pakistan and Korea along with newcomers Kenya and Argentina and this tournament will give the four continental teams a perfect dress rehearsal for the Asian Games in August in Indonesia. Coach Srinivas Reddy indirectly criticised Iran’s decision of not sending their full strength side. “If you don’t sit in the exams how would you know your strengths and weaknesses. They (Iran) want to hide their strengths before the Asian Games but we have come here with full strength,” Reddy, who will coach the senior team for the first time said.advertisement “We want to assess our strengths and weaknesses so that we know what should be our strategy for the Asian Games,” he said. Reddy, however, said they are not taking any team for granted. “Any team can match anyone on a given day. All the teams will pose tough challenges.” Ajay Thakur will lead Indian challenge after the exclusion of former Indian captain Anup Kumar, one of the biggest names in Kabaddi. Talking about the decision, the 40-year-old from Telangana said, “In cricket, Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from the team did not bring the sport in India to a standstill. You had someone like Virat Kohli taking over the responsibility. The sport is always more important than the players. It’s like the flow of water,” the coach signed off with a smile. PTI TAP AHAHread more
Share on Pinterest Formula One Reuse this content His single lap record is equally as impressive. He has six pole positions here, including the last three in a row. A seventh would surpass Schumacher and a seventh win would equal the German’s tally in Canada.Hamilton has acknowledged that the precision attack of his driving comes to its fore on the power-hungry circuit that rewards a driver who really feels the car beneath him.“There are certain circuits that will suit you more than others,” he said. “This has always been one of those circuits for me. I’ve always been very aggressive on kerbing and being close up to the wall. This is a place where you really need to utilise that confidence. It’s just always been a great racing circuit. It’s not the hardest of circuits but it’s been one that I have loved.”Hamilton leads his title rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, by 14 points in the world championship and on any other weekend would be firm favourite. But all is not equal in Montreal. Mercedes were due to bring an engine upgrade to the race but have delayed it until the next round in France because of a “quality issue”.Ferrari, Renault and Honda, however, will be bringing their new power units as planned and Hamilton has cautioned that his team will be on the back foot with an engine that has already taken part in six meetings. “If the others are bringing upgrades and have fresh engines, we won’t be in a position to fight,” he said. “It is a power circuit. There is power loss over the life of an engine. All I am hoping for is reliability. If I am on the seventh race, with a power difficult circuit, I just want to see it through.”His hero Ayrton Senna was a master at downplaying expectations only to overcome them, in the process enhancing his reputation and Hamilton will have learned as much from this as he did from the Brazilian’s brilliance on track. After damage limitation in Monaco he has suggested that dropping points to Vettel would not be disastrous in the title fight. Lewis Hamilton Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Practice on Friday did not reveal a clear picture. Max Verstappen topped the time sheets once the track had rubbered-in in FP2, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo in third. Hamilton in fourth did not use the softest rubber and was in front of Vettel, who did not enjoy a clear run on the hypersofts in fifth. news Read more Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Topics Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Motor sport If I get more questions on my driving I will headbutt someone, says Verstappen The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Mercedes GP Lewis Hamilton has always been careful to ensure he does not publicly target records in Formula One but enjoys acknowledging them once they are in his grasp. Recently it is the markers that have belonged to Michael Schumacher that the British driver has claimed. Hamilton’s focus at the Canadian Grand Prix is on the long game of the world championship but in advancing that cause it may well be once again at Schumacher’s expense in the history books.Having overtaken the German in pole positions last season with his 69th at Monza, he did so again with his 41st pole-to-win conversion in Barcelona this season. Hamilton downplayed his chances this weekend in Montreal but the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been such a happy hunting ground it is hard to rule out more records falling.Hamilton took his first grand prix win in Montreal in 2007 for McLaren, which he described as a “moment when a dream became a reality”. It was the first of many memorable moments in Canada. He won twice more for McLaren in 2010 and 2012, and followed it with victory for Mercedes in the past three races. Formula One 2018 Just how much Ferrari can bring, especially on Montreal’s long straights, will be key. If they prove to have the extra horses and Hamilton can still match them it would be hugely significant for his title challenge and the new records will be richly deserved.The engine upgrades will be of intense interest then and not only at the front of the grid. Honda’s new power unit for the Toro Rosso will be under great scrutiny from the senior Red Bull squad. Red Bull are in the final year of their contract with Renault and opened talks with Honda last month.The team principal, Christian Horner, has said a decision is about a month away, making this a crucial point to assess the engines, with Horner saying he had great interest in their relative performances in Montreal.Red Bull’s race pace has been relatively strong this season but they have been stymied by starting on the back foot, down on power in qualifying and that is one advance they are looking for here this weekend. They have been with Renault since 2007 and have taken four world championships since then but this race may also herald the first step in a new direction for the team. Read moreread more
Share on Twitter Facebook Geraint Thomas set to win Tour de France after taking yellow jersey to Paris MondayJournalists, fans (and onlookers from the supermarket across the road) crane their necks in the garden of the Carcassonne Campanile. What has Sir Dave Brailsford learned about tact and diplomacy after spending a week sledging French mayors? “Spitting – that’s a French thing, innit …” Dave blurts, as if suffering from cycling’s equivalent of Tourette’s.TuesdayThe peloton heads into the Pyrenees for the first of three monstrous mountain stages. But before the race really gets going, protesting farmers block the road and are dealt with by pepper spray-wielding, baton-toting gendarmes. The drifting cloud reduces even Chris Froome to tears.WednesdayEveryone is excited about the first summit finish at the daunting Col de Portet. After the stage, plans for the riders to descend to their team buses in the ski lift are binned, which is why Froome ends up riding down and then sprawled on the road, dragged off his bike by a panicking gendarme. Chris Froome is riding the shadow of Geraint Thomas. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images Read more Twitter Share on LinkedIn Chris Froome Since you’re here… Topics Geraint Thomas Share via Email Pinterest Share on Pinterest The Observer Support The Guardian SundayIn the sweltering heat of Carcassonne, just as everybody finishes work and heads off to dinner, there’s a red card. Sky’s bad boy, Gianni Moscon, is booted off the race for swinging a punch at a French rider. Cue frantic rewrites and take-out pizzas all round. Share on WhatsApp Cycling Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Tour de France 2018 Tour de France features Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. ThursdayInexplicably a flat stage, sandwiched between a triptych of mountain stages. Peter Sagan is the centre of attention, having crashed on a descent the day before. “I flew into a forest and hit a rock with my arse,” he explains.FridayOne last day in the mountains for the unflappable Geraint Thomas to survive. The French media can’t quite figure the Welshman out. In a tortuous bid to explain to colleagues from French radio, I compare his dry, understated wit to that of Rob Brydon’s. This doesn’t really help.SaturdayIt’s my final buffet breakfast of this year’s race. Contrary to popular belief, the modern Tour is not for gastronomes. I can’t take any more flattened croissants, hard-boiled eggs or bad coffee. All the suiveurs of the Tour – the drivers, writers, cameramen and production crews – are running on fumes. Thomas isn’t though and close to the shores of the Atlantic, where it all started four weekends ago, he seals victory in the 2018 Tour de France. Share on Messenger Share on Facebookread more
Lionel Messi ‘Best of all time’ Messi joins Hazard and Henry in Fabregas’ dream five-a-side Chris Burton 02:31 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Lionel Messi Chelsea Arsenal Barcelona Primera División Premier League Eden Hazard The World Cup-winning midfielder acknowledges that he is fortunate to have played with some top talent for Spain, Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea Cesc Fabregas has named a star-studded dream five-a-side team which includes “best player of all time” Lionel Messi and Chelsea colleague Eden Hazard.The 30-year-old midfielder is fortunate to have played alongside some iconic performers over the course of an illustrious career for club and country.With Spain, Fabregas has tasted World Cup and European Championship glory, while spells at Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea have delivered Premier League, La Liga, Club World Cup and FA Cup triumphs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Whittling down the cream of those he has worked with to just five names is no easy task, with there the deepest of talent pools from which to select.Fabregas has, however, given that challenge a go and opted to name international colleague Iker Casillas between the sticks – with Porto’s iconic goalkeeper have skippered Spain to World Cup glory in 2010.In front of him sat Gerard Pique, a centre-half Fabregas has enjoyed considerable success alongside with his country and while on the books at Barca.Another of those he enjoyed working with at Camp Nou is five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, with the mercurial Argentine considered to be the finest player of this or any other generation.Fabregas told Soccer AM of a once-in-a-lifetime talent: “What can I say about him? Whatever I say I’m sure it’s been repeated by everyone else. He’s the best player of all time.“It’s unfair on the old players because I was not lucky enough to watch them week-in week-out, but to be the best in every single game during so many years every three days in the conditions nowadays it’s tough. Everyone tactically, physically works better. He’s got to be the best for sure.”Messi’s creativity is paired with that of Belgium star Hazard, with Fabregas a big fan of his Stamford Bridge colleague.He added: “Top player. He can go one-on-one, can also hold the possession of the ball and has a great passing ability. I will go for him for my Chelsea pick. With Eden, in my opinion, it is up to him [to aim for the Ballon D’Or] because he’s got all the qualities.“I’ve played with top players and I know what he can do. For this reason for me it’s up to him. In my opinion with the qualities he’s got, not only technically but without the ball, when he’s on the top of his game he’ll always be in my team.”And up top, Fabregas has gone for former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry, saying: “I want to pick one player from every team that I’ve played for. He’s a fantastic player, one of the best in the world at his peak. At some point he was unstoppable.“When I first came to Arsenal in 2003 he was at his peak and I’ve not seen many strikers play or handle defenders like how he used to do it. He was fantastic on his day and for Arsenal he was the hero of the team.”Managing such talent should not be too difficult, and for that reason Fabregas says he would take the reins himself.A man with ambitions to one day move into coaching added: “I’ve played for the very best so I’m going to go for the future very best which is… me. They are the kind of players I would love to have in my team and I think I can handle this team. I could make them play well.”read more
Teams from across the ACT gave up their Community and Family Day public holiday on Monday to take part in the Parliamentary Sports Festival at Parliament House. Touch Football was one of 10 sports to take part in the day, with a Touch Football tournament being played at the Senate Oval. A Parliament team, two Brumbies teams, the New Zealand High Commission and a Touch Football Australia (TFA) team took part in the Touch Football component of the day, with the TFA team defeating the Parliament team in a close final, winning by one touchdown. It was the second year that TFA has worked in conjunction with Sports Hydrant to put on the Touch Football component of the Festival, with both events proving to be a great success. The day concluded with a dinner for the sports and politicians that took part in the event, which celebrated Australia’s success at the recent 2012 London Olympic Games, with athletes Ellie Cole, Alicia Coutts, Kim Crow, Malcolm Page, Murray Stewart and Jarred Talent as well as Australian Olympic Committee President, John Coates being interviewed on stage by MC, Stephanie Brantz. Related LinksParliamentary Sports Festivalread more
Sheffield Utd midfielder Fleck set for Scotland call-upby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United midfielder John Fleck is set to earn his first call-up to the senior Scotland squad.Fleck is in line to play in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and San Marino later in October.The 28-year-old has never earned a cap at senior level, despite representing the U21s four times when he was younger.He will be Steve Clarke’s newest addition to the squad after impressing in the Blades’ start to life in the Premier League.Fleck has played five of the seven league games this season, while he was ever present last term in the Championship. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your sayread more
Image Courtesy: USCGThe United States Coast Guard medevaced a woman from the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship on May 2 while the vessel was some 40 nautical miles southeast of Southwest Pass, Louisiana.Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 6:20 am that a 53-year-old passenger was suffering from stroke-like symptoms aboard the cruise ship, operated by Miami-based cruise company Carnival Corporation.A Coast Guard Air Station MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was sent to the site, followed by a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew.The help arrived on scene at 9:04 am and hoisted the survivor and an accompanying nurse and transported both individuals to West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero, Louisiana.USCG informed that the survivor was reported in stable condition.read more
Playing the first final since their 2002 heartbreak against Cameroon, Senegal were the favourites to win the tournament with a team comprising of Sadio Mané, Kalidou Koulibaly and others. The only thing that stood in their way were the Algerians whom they had already beaten in group stage, 1-0.Soon after the game started, Baghdad Bounedjah cut inside from the left, took his chance and to his delight it deflected off Sane and looped over Senegalese Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Opengoalkeeper Gomis into the top right corner – scoring the solitary goal. Senegal had most of the possession but still was not able to deliver that one exquisite ball into the final third for the equaliser. Liverpool stalwart, Sadio Mané, was fouled countless times and not once did his team looked threatening from the free kicks he earned. The match’s most controversial moment took place around the hour mark when Guedioura blocked Sarr’s cross, the penalty initially awarded to Senegal was overturned by the referee using VAR. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryIt was a professional performance by the Desert Foxes, shutting up shop after the VAR incident and not letting Senegal create any sort of good chances for the remainder of the game. Surprisingly Manchester City star, Riyad Mahrez was kept quiet for most of the game as he found himself desolated due to Algeria defending in large numbers. Though he put a good shift on the other side of the pitch, helping out his team defensively number of times. Frustrations threatened to boil over late in the first half, with Mané escaping punishment for an off-the-ball shove on Sofiane Feghouli, although M’Baye Niang went close with a fizzing long-range drive. They pressed Algeria nearly the whole game but couldn’t find the net despite getting into dangerous positions and winning numerous free-kicks. Much of this credit goes to the Algerian team, who as a whole, were clever enough to foul the Senegalese players – picking up four yellow cards and conceding a staggering count of 33 fouls. The start and stop tactic worked well as Mané & Co. never came close to attaining a good rhythm. Aliou Cissé thanked his players for their efforts at AFCON, “We conceded early on and missed a few chances then controlled the game in the second half yet we still failed to equalize. I congratulate Algeria on their title. We know our strengths and our performance didn’t decline for this match. Algeria took advantage of the change it got to score and we didn’t take our chances. This is football. I’d like to thank my team on the efforts throughout the tournament. We could have won it, but we weren’t lucky enough.” An ecstatic Djamel Belmadi acknowledged that the best football wasn’t on display but it’s the trophy you play for “It wasn’t the best game in a technical sense, but in finals we play for the win not for the good football. This triumph has a special taste as it’s not played at home, we’re at the top of African football. I thank my players for their efforts, we doubly prepared for it.”read more
TORONTO – A supervisor jailed for a scaffolding collapse in which four men were killed and another was seriously hurt lost his bid on Tuesday to challenge his criminal-negligence conviction and 3 1/2-year sentence.In dismissing his appeal, Ontario’s top court agreed with the trial judge that Vadim Kazenelson had failed to take reasonable steps to prevent what was one of the province’s worst workplace accidents. The appeal, the court found, was largely based on arguments made at trial.“The trial judge’s reasons for conviction and sentence are clear and the chain of reasoning is rooted firmly in his findings of fact,” the Court of Appeal concluded. “He made no legal or other errors.”The case arose on Christmas Eve 2009 after five of six men working for Metron Construction fell about 13 storeys when the swing stage they were on collapsed without warning. Four were killed and one was badly hurt. The sixth worker, who was tethered as required under provincial law and by industry practice, was left dangling in mid-air but was not injured.Kazenelson, Metron’s project manager, was with the workers on the scaffolding when it collapsed. However, he had been holding onto one of only two available safety lifelines and was able to grab a nearby balcony and pull himself to safety, court records show.Evidence was that the supervisor had always strictly enforced the tethering — except on the day of the collapse, when he was running out of time to see the work completed.Superior Court Justice Ian MacDonnell convicted Kazenelson in June 2015 of four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one of causing bodily harm. It was one of the first cases involving a criminal negligence conviction for a workplace accident under 2004 changes to the Criminal Code that require supervisors to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to subordinates.In convicting him, MacDonnell found that Kazenelson knew only two tethers were available on the swing stage for the six workers but failed to rectify the situation.“(Kazenelson) was aware that they were working (30 metres) or more above the ground without lifelines,” the Appeal Court quoted MacDonnell as saying. “He not only did nothing, he permitted all six workers to board the stage together with their tools, and he did so in circumstances where he had no information with respect to the capacity of the stage to safely bear the weight.”On appeal, Kazenelson argued his behaviour did not show a “wanton and reckless disregard” for the workers that would amount to criminal negligence, and MacDonnell’s verdict was therefore unreasonable.The Appeal Court disagreed, saying the question was whether Kazenelson’s conduct constituted a “marked and substantial departure” from what a reasonable supervisor would have done in the circumstances — which should have included considering what would happen if the stage collapsed.“The trial judge fully and adequately addressed the factual issues in the case and the conclusion to which their resolution led him,” the Appeal Court ruled.In appealing the 3 1/2-year sentence on each count to be served concurrently, Kazenelson argued among other things that MacDonnell had ignored the role the workers played in the tragedy.The Appeal Court disagreed, noting prison time was necessary to denounce Kazenelson’s conduct and to deter others in authority from failing to address potentially dangerous workplace situations.“The desire to complete the work that day led the appellant to compromise his duties,” Justice Peter Lauwers wrote for the panel. “The trial judge wrestled anxiously and carefully with the issue of the appellant’s moral blameworthiness and its effect on the sentence (but) I see no error in principle and no merit in the argument that the sentence is unfit.”read more
“The United Nations recognizes the prompt response of Mexican authorities to the needs created by the earthquake and stands ready to assist them, should they request support in these endeavours,” said a statement released by a UN spokesman in New York.The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale, hit western Mexico just after 8 p.m. local time Tuesday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said preliminary information indicated that at least 17 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Colima, about 500 kilometres west of Mexico City.OCHA added that there are no reports that major buildings were destroyed but the electrical supply and telecommunications were disrupted. The Office is in contact with the UN Resident Coordinator in Mexico and so far, the Mexican Government has not asked for international assistance.“The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life, injuries and destruction that have resulted from the disaster,” the statement said. “He wishes to convey his condolences to the people and Government of Mexico and his heartfelt sympathy to all who have suffered as a result of the disaster.”read more
Source: Serge The Car HaulerHowever, security at the mall arrested the 29-year-old for disorderly conduct. He was released after being given a citation.Gawker reports that each of the dollar bills was printed with a link to to Vorobyov’s YouTube account, where he posted an explanation for this generous giveaway: Source: Serge The Car HaulerWatch an eagle steal a camera, make its own film>WATCH: Shoppers brawl over flat-screen TVs in Walmart>40 years of Folens Christmas annuals, in pictures> A MAN HAS been arrested after he threw $1000 in cash at shoppers in a shopping centre in Minnesota.Serge Vorobyov threw one thousand dollar bills from the fourth floor of the Mall of America onto Black Friday shoppers beneath.According to CBS Minnesota Vorobyov said he’d had a rough year (divorce, and she took the cat) and just wanted to help some people out.read more
United Fishermen of Alaska requested the delay in the implementation so state agencies are prepared and adequate public notice and education is given before the law goes into effect. The bill seeks to require titles for boats in order to help the state track vessel ownership to determine liability. Smaller vessels would be required to have a title issued by the DMV and kept in the state’s database. Senate Bill 92: “An Act relating to abandoned and derelict vessels; relating to the registration of vessels; relating to certificates of title for vessels; relating to the duties of the Department of Administration; relating to the duties of the Department of Natural Resources; establishing the derelict vessel prevention program; establishing the derelict vessel prevention program fund” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Changes to Alaska boat ownership and registration laws initiated by SB 92, the Derelict Vessels Act, took effect on January 1. Beginning this year, all vessels longer than 24 feet (7.32 meters) are required to be registered with the state Department of Motor Vehicles. A United Fishermen of Alaska official says very few fishermen are aware of the regulation and stand to be prosecuted for non–compliance. A request was denied by the state to delay the implementation of a new boat registration law. The bill was introduced by Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) in order to reduce the number of abandoned boats that occupy the waterways in Alaska. Micciche: “The intent of this bill is so that you understand the ownership of the vessel and you can start dealing with it years before what we’ve been doing now. Long before it ends up on the bottom.”read more
WILMINGTON, MA — At the most recent Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting, a resident asked the Selectmen to add an extra level of transparency around its meeting agenda process.“When you put the agenda out for these meetings, there’s a list of communications you’re going to speak about. When I was looking at the agenda online, I was hoping to find copies of the communications attached,” resident Robin Domek told the Board. “In this day and age, you should be able to scan [the communications] and have an attachment to the agenda, so that way, the people who want to attend these meetings can see more detail of what’s going to be discussed.”An example of the Selectmen’s meeting agenda is below:“I was interested in the New England Transrail stuff because I live right around the corner, and I didn’t know what [the communications] entailed, just that it was about that property,” continued Domek. “I was looking for the who, what, where, why and when of what was going to be discussed here. It’s just a little frustrating to come in and not have that knowledge until I’m sitting here and I don’t have time to think about it and research it…. When the agenda is posted, could these attachments — such as letters, memos, etc. referenced on the agenda — also be posted along with it?”“It’s certainly possible,” responded Town Manager Jeff Hull. “It’s the board’s call if they’d like to have attachments of the correspondence posted in the future.”“I would prefer that,” chimed in Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “In the interest of public transparency, you bring up a really good point.”“I think a lot of people may not come to these meetings because they don’t think [agenda items] pertain to them,” added Domek. “They may, however, come to the meeting once they read the attachments, receive more details, and get a better understanding of whatever the attachment is. They may want to come in and have their say.”“I believe you’re all wiling to be transparent and this would be a great service for the community,” concluded Domek.Of note, the Wilmington School Committee has been posting its entire meeting packet, which includes correspondence, memos, reports, letters, etc. — along the lines of what Domek is requesting of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen — since the 2013-2014 school year. School Committee meeting packets can be found HERE. The packets are typically posted approximately one week in advance of each meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Counsel To Determine If McCoy Violated Open Meeting Law After Phone Calls To Board MembersIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Now I Know Why Residents Don’t Attend Board Of Selectmen’s MeetingsIn “Letter To The Editor”read more
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P The team at Luxury Travel Ltd set to open on 01 June According to Luxury Travel Ltd. more and more holidaymakers are choosing Danang as their holiday destination over Bali or Phuket, with its beach being voted one of the world’s best by Forbes magazine.Launching luxury tours in Danang with Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator ‘Luxury Travel’ opening a new office in Danang from 1 June 2012, Luxury Travel Ltd chief executive officer Pham Ha said the increased demand for Luxury tours in Danang is going to boost the regions tourism growth.“Danang is going to boom, our business has increased by 30 per cent, and much of that has to do with the new airport and air links to the central coast of Vietnam,” Mr Pham Ha said.With the completion of the new terminal at Danang International Airport and the completion of many new luxury resorts including the Hyatt Regency, Nam Hai, Accor, Intercontinental and Fusion Maia, Danang is ready to welcome the increase in visitors.Mr Pham Ha said he was extremely excited and proud to be the very first to open their own office in central Vietnam.“Currently, there very few tour companies in Vietnam who have their own offices in Central Vietnam, only sub-contracts with local tour operators,” Mr Pham Ha said.“We have just won several new big accounts and we are so glad to open our new Danang Office to meet the increased demand. “We have launched a new concierge hotline phone number… for our customers who can call us at around the clock for any assistance while holidaying in Centre Vietnam.”read more
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