Kevin Pietersen ‘ends ANY tension’ with Andrew Strauss

first_imgKevin Pietersen on Friday announced on Twitter that he has buried the hatchet with his former England teammate and captain Andrew Strauss, whose wife had been diagnosed with cancer.Strauss returned to England from Australia ahead of the ongoing Perth Test after his wife, Ruth, was diagnosed with cancer. In all likelihood, Strauss will not return to Australia for the remaining match and stay with wife and family instead.”Here ends ANY tension I may have with Andrew Strauss. What he’s going through with his family puts life into perspective. Thinking of the Strauss family!” Pietersen took to Twitter to express his feelings.Here ends ANY tension I may have with Andrew Strauss. What hes going through with his family puts life into perspective. Thinking of the Strauss family! ???- KP (@KP24) December 15, 2017Strauss and Pietersen were at loggerheads since 2012 after Pietersen sent defamatory text messages to South African players.In 2012, Pietersen played a key role in the Test series against South Africa. He hit a century in the first Test against the Proteas but said that the third Test in the series might be his last for England. He also talked openly about issues in the dressing room.In the coming days, allegations were made against him that he sent defamatory text messages to members of the South African dressing room. Names of Strauss and then England coach Andy Flower were also mentioned in the messages. He had talks with the ECB and he committed his future to all formats of the game but was dropped for the third Test.advertisementPietersen though made his return to the England team for the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia.Pietersen was sacked from the team after a 5-0 whitewash in the 2013-14 Ashes series and was told in May in 2015 by former captain Strauss that he would not be considered for an international recall.Strauss was appointed the Director of England cricket in 2015 and soon after his appointment he accused Pietersen of “massive trust issues”.”The first thing to say is that I have never doubted his abilities, his record stacks up and he can be proud. But over months and years the trust has been eroded and there is a massive trust issue between him and I and because of that we’ve decided it’s not in the best short-term interest to have in the team,” Strauss said.”However, he is not banned from the side. It’s not about his capabilities, it’s about trust which we can’t rebuild over just a few days. Trust is imperative in any organisation. We can’t run away from the fact that trust isn’t there at the moment,” Straus had said at the time.Pietersen’s international career came to a premature end after the 2013-14 Ashes series in which he ended as England’s highest run-getter with 294 runs.last_img read more

Federer Wins Dubai Final to Join Connors in Century Club

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Add a century of career titles to Roger Federer’s staggering list of tennis achievements.The 20-time Grand Slam champion became the second male player to win 100 tour-level tournaments in the professional era when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday.Jimmy Connors is the other player to reach the milestone, and the American ended his career on 109 titles.“Welcome to the ‘Triple Digit’ tournament victory club,” Connors said in a Twitter post to Federer, “I’ve been a bit lonely — glad to have the company!!!”By beating a player nearly half his age, the 37-year-old Federer continued his record of winning at least one title every season since his first in 2001 in Milan. Eight of his victories have come in Dubai.“It’s been a long, wonderful journey . I have loved every minute,” Federer said. “It’s been tough but the sacrifice has been very, very worthwhile and we’ll see how much more I’ve got left in the tank.“Reaching 100 is an absolute dream come true for me.”As well as his record haul of Grand Slam titles, which includes a record eight wins at Wimbledon, Federer has won a record six ATP Finals and topped the rankings for a record 310 weeks — including 237 straight.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their final match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)In a battle of the generations, Federer avenged his loss to the 20-year-old Tsitsipas, a rising star from Greece, in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January.Federer broke serve in the first game and took the set on his fourth set point.The second set was more even, but Tsitsipas made the first big mistake in dumping an easy shot into the net to lose serve for a 5-4 deficit. His opponent then held serve to love to join Connors in the century club.“I’m so happy I’m still playing,” Federer said. “It all started as a junior world champion. It’s been great. I wouldn’t do it any differently.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

BCCI likely to consult Team India top brass over Pakistan boycott at ICC World Cup

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to consult Team India and then decide on whether to play against Pakistan or not in the ICC World Cup in May-June.The Indian cricket board officials and the Committee of Administrators decided to wait and have a word with captain Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and MS Dhoni before coming out with a concrete solution, according to sources.BCCI have got to know from the ICC that if they put their proposal of throwing Pakistan out of the World Cup, they will lose it hands down, India Today have also learnt from sources.BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is also expected to raise this issue in the International Cricket Council meeting on February 26.The BCCI and COA members – Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji – met in New Delhi on Friday where they discussed the matter along with the new CoA member Lt General Ravi Thodge.The board would be staring at a huge financial loss and even a hefty fine from the International Cricket Council (ICC) if they indeed decide to forfeit the June 16 group match against Pakistan in the World Cup.It was reported earlier that the BCCI was mulling a forfeit following the Pulwama terror attack last week in which the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 jawans.Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a bus filled with the paramilitary troops was blown up on February 14.Vinod Rai had even asked Rahul Johri to write a letter to the ICC asking them to ban Pakistan from the World Cup, according to reports. But it wasn’t clear as to whether Johri had prepared a letter or not. But even if such a move is made, the ICC is bound to reject it.advertisementEdulji however, did say that the COA will seek the Indian government’s opinion before taking any drastic measures. “We will discuss the procedures to be followed and the way forward. All the concerned ministries, External affairs, Sports, Home will be consulted,” she said.A BCCI official also made it clear even before the meeting that the board does not have the power or authority to stop any team from competing in an ICC event.”There is absolutely no constitutional or contractual way this could happen. The ICC constitution allows members the right to participate in ICC events as long as they’ve qualified,” a BCCI official told PTI.A top BCCI source said even if a note is sent and the ICC agrees to put it out in front of member boards for a vote, India is unlikely to find any support from other nations.”In case India writes to ICC for Pakistan’s removal, then we have to build consensus first to move a resolution at it’s Annual Board Meeting in April. We no longer enjoy majority in the ICC board right now. If this goes for floor test we are certain to lose,” he said.”Not only that, serious doubts will emerge on our chances to host 2021 Champions Trophy and 2023 World Cup,” he added.India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also said on Friday that the team will comply with whatever decision the BCCI takes in its meeting.”It’s not in our hands, if BCCI says, we will play if they say no then we won’t. I think it is high time, we need to take firm action. I am not saying all people there (Pakistan) are at fault but those who are responsible should be acted against,” Chahal said ahead of the T20I series against Australia.The matter is now likely to come up on the sidelines of the ICC meetings between February 27 to March 2 in Dubai.Also Read | India will play against Pakistan in the World Cup if BCCI says so: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Should India play Pakistan at World Cup? Harbhajan Singh and Sunil Gavaskar differAlso Read | 400000 ticket applicants for India vs Pakistan, claims World Cup Tournament DirectorAlso Read | IIndia vs Pakistan in 2019 ICC World Cup: To play or not to play?last_img read more

Offensive Hype Video Will Have You Wishing It Was September 3

first_imgAll of it. The music, the highlights, the crowd, everything. And imagine if the offense is actually good this year![Alexander Beiersdorf]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Unemployed Nova Scotians Connected to Good Jobs Experience

first_imgNova Scotians who want good jobs but need experience are getting the help they need with a new hiring incentive program. Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More launched the START program in Bridgewater today, Oct. 26, with workers, apprentices and employers. It connects Nova Scotians looking for work with employers willing to give them the jobs, experience and training they need. “We have hundreds of workers who are ready to take advantage of some of the most exciting opportunities in our province’s history, but don’t have experience,” said Marilyn More. “We need to keep our workers here at home, and Nova Scotia’s employers can help by giving them the experience they need to build a life and career here.” START is a $3.5-million investment in Nova Scotia’s workers that will help young people, recent graduates, apprentices and Nova Scotians who have been out of the workforce get good jobs. START will also provide employers with the information and confidence to hire Nova Scotians from under-represented groups. “In these changing economic times, I am finding it more difficult to find the right employees to fill the good jobs I have to offer,” said Ron Anaka, owner of the Bridgewater Canadian Tire. “It is programs like these that provide employers like myself with the support we need to find the right employees that will help us grow our businesses and become more competitive.” Employers will be offered varied financial incentives to help ease the cost of hiring a new employee, and help cover costs such as training and wages. “This is another step in the right direction to get our workforce ready for the opportunities available today, and will increase as we begin to build the world’s best navy ships,” said Ms. More. “Working together, we can build a competitive workforce that Nova Scotians and their families are proud to be part of.” For more information about the program and how to apply, visit .last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Drake performs during the Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour in Toronto, on Aug. 21. (MARK BLINCH / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisement “I’m forever grateful, everywhere I go, I carry the value of this city with me,” he said. “Every night that I go and I do a show in America, I tell them that this is how the world is supposed to work.’ ”“You see, tonight, we got 17,000 people inside one building from all races, from all places, and all we are doing is just listening to music, and smoking and drinking — and enjoying our lives. And I want you to know that that’s something that I learned right here in Toronto.“You made me the man I am today, you made me the artist I am today.”Drake’s tour dates with Migos were delayed by 10 days from Aug. 10-12 to Aug. 20-22, and then the Aug. 20 show was postponed again, for undisclosed reasons. Drake used the day off to visit a sick fan in the hospital.The Toronto shows come in the place of Drake’s annual OVO Fest concert around this time of year, and there was one OVO-style surprise guest: fellow rap star Travis Scott, whose album Astroworld is currently No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard album chart, who performed “SICKO MODE” and “goosebumps.”The tour continues with another show at the Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night.By GARNET FRASER | Toronto Star After a couple of delays, Drake finally got his Toronto concert stop on Tuesday night and told the hometown crowd he holds the city up as an example of peace and harmony.The rapper told the audience at the Scotiabank Arena that the city he grew up in built and sustained him during his rise to the top of the world of commercial music. But he also praised the “values” of Toronto.Drake speaking about how much Toronto means to him tonight in Toronto. #AATTM— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) August 22, 2018center_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Avalanche Canada issues special avalanche warning for this weekend

first_imgREVELSTOKE, B.C. – Avalanche Canada has issued a special public avalanche warning for backcountry users.The warning went into effect Thursday afternoon and will remain in place until Sunday for the following regions:  Lizard Range and Flathead, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, North Rockies, South & North Columbia, Cariboos, Sea-to-Sky, South Coast, South Coast Inland and Northwest Coastal. For a map of the regions involved, click here.After a prolonged drought in late November and early December, the province has been hit with a series of storms that have dropped a significant amount of snow. This new snow is not bonding well to the old surface that formed during the drought. “Our main concern is that we are expecting the weather to clear on Saturday,” explains James Floyer, senior avalanche forecaster for Avalanche Canada. “After all this rain in the valleys, backcountry users are going to want to hit the alpine but that’s where the danger is greatest. There’s a very weak layer now buried anywhere between 60 and 150 cm. Any avalanche triggered on that layer will definitely be life threatening.”Avalanche Canada warns anyone accessing higher elevation terrain to be aware of this hazard. This means skiers and boarders leaving ski resort boundaries and snowmobilers riding at or above the treeline. Everyone in a backcountry party needs the essential rescue gear—transceiver, probe and shovel—and know how to use it. And always check the current avalanche conditions at read more

What next Some scenarios for UK as Brexit crisis unfolds

LONDON — Crunch time is coming for British politicians and European Union leaders, who are scrambling to find a way to way to make Brexit work.Britain is set to leave the EU on April 12 without an agreement in place unless a plan is reached or a further extension is granted.British politicians are deeply divided over a solution and EU leaders are exasperated by the slow pace of progress.Some possible scenarios for what might happen next in the coming days.NO DEALIf Britain can’t break the impasse, it risks crashing out of the EU without a deal.Last month, the EU agreed to postpone the March 29 departure date, but gave Britain only until April 12 to pass Prime Minister Theresa May’s original agreement, come up with a new plan and seek a further extension, or leave without an agreement or a transition period to smooth the way. On Friday, May requested a further extension until June 30.Most politicians, economists and business groups think that leaving the world’s largest trading bloc without an agreement would be damaging for the EU and disastrous for the U.K. It could lead to tariffs on trade between Britain and the EU, as well as customs checks that could cause gridlock at ports and shortages of essential goods.A hard core of pro-Brexit lawmakers in May’s Conservative Party dismiss such warnings as fear-mongering. But most oppose leaving without a deal. Parliament has voted repeatedly to rule out a “no-deal” Brexit.A no-deal Brexit is still the legal default position, however, and it could happen if the EU refuses to grant another extension. The bloc says it will only agree to delay Brexit if Britain breaks its impasse and comes up with a new plan.___BRITISH BREAKTHROUGHWith so much at stake, and so little time, there are at least two ways in which Britain might find a compromise solution that gains majority support in its deeply divided Parliament.First would be a breakthrough in ongoing negotiations between the odd couple of May and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. If May can gain Corbyn’s support, he could shift the parliamentary math in her favour and a deal could likely be agreed.Few are holding out hope for this outcome, in part because it would probably require May to dramatically alter some of her long-held positions and embrace a much softer version of Brexit. Indeed, Labour’s Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said Friday after three days of talks that the government is not showing any willingness to change its approach and find common ground.A second possibility revolves around May’s promise to hold a series of “indicative votes” in Parliament if her talks with Corbyn are unsuccessful. These votes would gauge Parliament’s sentiment for getting a majority behind a version of Brexit.May has said the government would abide by any such vote, but it is not clear when — and how — these votes would be held.___THE ‘FLEXTENSION’If Britain’s warring factions don’t agree on a way forward, European Council President Donald Tusk is urging a Brexit delay of up to one year, but with built in flexibility to let Britain leave earlier if it has an agreement in place.This approach has been dubbed the “flextension” in yet another addition to the crowded and sometimes confusing glossary of Brexit-related terms. Tusk hopes to get this option approved at an EU summit on Wednesday.A “flextension” is not exactly what May is seeking; she wants a shorter delay. If Britain stays for another year, it would have to take part in European Parliament elections set for late next month.Having Britain participate in the balloting would be required to protect the integrity of the European election process, but it would tie the U.K. closer to the EU at a time when politicians are trying to finalize the country’s divorce from the rest of the bloc.A year-long extension might well please the many Britons who hope Brexit never takes place, and it is likely to enrage Brexit-backers who fear their victory in the 2016 referendum is being hollowed out by endless slowdowns and concessions.___BACK TO THE BALLOT BOX?Parliament already has narrowly rejected a proposal for a new referendum on whether to leave the EU, and the government has ruled out holding another plebiscite, saying voters in 2016 made their decision to leave.But with divisions in both Parliament and in May’s Cabinet, handing the decision back to the people in new balloting might be seen as the only way forward.A proposal for any Brexit deal to be put to a public vote in a “confirmatory referendum” was backed by opposition parties, as well as some of May’s Conservatives.At least one prominent Cabinet member, Treasury chief Philip Hammond, says such a proposal might have merit.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: Katz, The Associated Press read more

Oscarwinning actress helps UN launch global race for safe water

“We’re gathered here to acknowledge that for over one billion people on this planet, safe drinking water is simply not available,” the Hollywood actress said at the launch in New York of the first-ever around-the-world relay race to raise funds and spread awareness about the need for safe drinking water.Applauding the men and women taking part in the race – known as the Blue Planet Run – Ms. Swank said, “Because of your efforts on behalf of the one billion people who struggle daily to get the water they need to stay alive, I know I’ll never take a glass of water for granted again.”The UN Works Programme and the UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) organized today’s launch to send off the international team of 20 runners who will run 24 hours a day in 10-mile individual relay segments for 95 days.Starting today in New York, the team will run along a route that includes the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan and Canada. Each runner will sprint 10 miles a day and batons will be passed at over 1,500 exchange points. The Run will end back in New York on 4 September.Blue Planet Run Foundation has already funded 135 projects in 13 countries and provided safe drinking water to 100,000 people. The Run will take place every two years, alternating between the northern and southern hemispheres. 1 June 2007Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank today helped kick off a race to bring safe drinking water to 20 million people by 2015 at a United Nations Headquarters ceremony that included live world music and students that have raised funds for water and sanitation projects. read more

United States ratification puts nuclear pact close to entry into force –

The United States’ ratification of a key nuclear pact, which seeks to create uniformity in compensation for victims of nuclear accidents, brings it within shot of entering into force, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced.The US has become the fourth nation to ratify the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), following Argentina, Morocco and Romania. A further 13 States are signatories to the pact.The most recent ratification means that only one or two more are needed for the CSC to go into effect, and is set to enter into force 90 days after ratification by at least five States with at least 400,000 units of installed nuclear capacity.“The US ratification introduces a new dynamic in the process of establishing a global nuclear liability regime, which is particularly important given the anticipated growth in nuclear power around the world,” said Johan Rautenbach, Director of IAEA’s Office of Legal Affairs.He voiced hope that the US’ action will spur other nations, particularly those with large nuclear power industries, to ratify the Convention.The CSC, adopted in September 1997, covers both citizens in States with operational nuclear power plants, but also provides compensation for damages incurred across international borders. 23 May 2008The United States’ ratification of a key nuclear pact, which seeks to create uniformity in compensation for victims of nuclear accidents, brings it within shot of entering into force, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced. read more

Corruption and environment top Bans talks with Gabonese leader

Mr. Ban and President Ali Bongo Ondimba also discussed the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), Gabon’s border dispute with Equatorial Guinea and its contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations.The Secretary-General acknowledged Gabon’s strides towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters.The world body’s chief also told Mr. Bongo that he welcomed the calm during Gabon’s recent legislative elections, encouraging the Government to maintain its dialogue with the opposition in the run-up to next year’s round of polls.Also today, the Secretary-General addressed the country’s National Assembly, where he hailed Gabon for what he called its “exceptional” stability.On the MDGs, he said the country is showing that the Goals are within reach, with child mortality having declined in the past two decades and progress having been made on improving maternal health.“Some may call this a miracle, but there is nothing miraculous about it,” he said. “This is the result of good policy and strong leadership.”Mr. Ban also noted that the country’s “ethnic diversity has never been the trigger for tension or war.”He paid tribute to Gabon’s leadership in regional dialogue and reconciliation, pointing out its role in facilitating a peace accord between the Government and rebels in the CAR.In an address to civil society representatives, the Secretary-General pointed out that Gabon has not experienced conflict or ethnic strife since it gained independence nearly 50 years ago.“Last year’s peaceful transition and this month’s legislative elections are [a] testament to the maturity of your democratic process,” he said, underscoring the important of civil society in promoting such advances.Mr. Ban also visited a protection centre, home to children who have been trafficked or abused, in the capital, Libreville, where he called for an end to impunity for crimes against children.“The people responsible must be found, prosecuted and convicted,” he underlined.He called on all parts of society – including the Government, the private sector, civil society and the police – to play their part to ensure that laws protecting children are implemented. “A society is judged by its treatment of its weakest and most vulnerable members.”Mr. Ban arrived in Gabon after an official visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In two other recent trips to Africa he has visited Malawi, Uganda, South Africa, Burundi, Cameroon, Benin and Sierra Leone. 1 July 2010Gabon’s actions to fight corruption and protect the environment were the focus of discussions today between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the leader of the African nation as he began the final leg of the United Nations chief’s third official trip to the continent over the past month. read more

TISL says monitoring key to successful implementation of National Audit Act

Whilst recognising the fact that the Audit Service Commission (ASC) has been in operation for almost two months, TISL highlighted to the public the extent of the power vested in the Commission through the National Audit Act. The Act empowers the ASC to report the amount of loss or deficiency in a transaction to the Chief Accounting Officer where the ASC has reasonable grounds to believe that transaction has been made contrary to law and that the loss resulted from fraud, negligence, misappropriation or corruption. Upon receiving the report of the ASC, the Chief Accounting Officer is obliged to impose a surcharge on the public official.TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere highlighted that “the chief accounting officer retains the discretion to consider mitigating circumstances and reduce the surcharge. The use, and potential abuse, of this power will require close monitoring”. The passage of the National Audit Act in July marked a significant watershed for the public service in Sri Lanka, introducing a legal framework to promote fiscal accountability amongst those serving in the public sector.However, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) wishes to reiterate that as with the Right to Information Act which preceded it, implementation from the early stages of the roll out of the National Audit Act is crucial towards ensuring that the stated objectives of the law are met. Prior to the adoption of the Act, TISL compiled a legislative brief on this crucial legislation, through which TISL sought the strengthening of the surcharge appeals process, the strengthening of the investigative powers of the Auditor General, improving transparency in decision making under surcharging powers and the protection of the fundamental right to information as recognized in the constitution.The legislative brief was shared with all 225 members of parliament and the recommended amendments were debated extensively in the house, with a few committee stage amendments being incorporated.Obeyesekere added, “Providing the necessary financial and material resources for the Commission to execute its duties and functions is of the utmost importance at this juncture. TISL encourages all stakeholders to continue to advocate for fiscal accountability in the public sector, especially in light of the upcoming 2019 Budget”. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Deeply disturbed Details of whistleblower complaint on Trump call with Ukraine revealed

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a bilateral meeting with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the UN General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2019. Multiple White House officials were “deeply disturbed” by President Donald Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president and the administration attempted to “lock down” records of the interaction, according to a whistle-blower’s complaint made public Thursday.The information in the complaint was gathered from multiple U.S. officials, according to the whistle-blower’s account, which the intelligence community’s inspector general said “appears credible.”“The White House officials who told me this information were deeply disturbed by what had transpired in the phone call. They told me that there was already a ‘discussion ongoing’ with White House lawyers about how to treat the call because of the likelihood, in the officials’ retelling, that they had witnessed the president abuse his office for personal gain,” according to the complaint.The whistle-blower said that senior White House officials used unusual procedures when handling the records of Trump’s July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. They said it wasn’t the first time that a presidential transcript was put into a “code word-level system solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive — rather than national security sensitive — information.”The redacted complaint and a letter from the inspector general to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire were declassified and released ahead of a hearing Thursday morning of the House Intelligence Committee.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. The whistle-blower’s complaint points to possible violations of campaign finance law as well as an attempt to seek foreign assistance to interfere in or influence a federal election. It implicates Trump’s lawyer as well as Attorney General William Barr.“This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the president’s main domestic political rivals,” the complaint says, referring to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “The president’s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General Barr appears to be involved as well.”Several White House aides and Trump loyalists expressed skepticism about the whistle-blower’s credibility, because the person said they learned of the allegations in the complaint second-hand and didn’t identify any sources. One aide questioned what crime the president had allegedly committed.“Nothing has changed with the release of this complaint, which is nothing more than a collection of third-hand accounts of events and cobbled-together press clippings—all of which shows nothing improper,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.At the Intelligence hearing, the committee’s top Republican, Devin Nunes, said the complaint relies on “hearsay evidence” and called the controversy ”a fake news story” from Democrats and their “media assets.”Level-toned but brimming with disgust, Nunes pointedly accused Democrats of launching another “information warfare operation against the president,” just like they fanned the flames of unsubstantiated “Russia hoax.” He ticked through some of the greatest hits of Republican’s unsubstantiated theories about the Democrats’ “mania to overturn the 2016 election.”They pursued “nudepictures of Trump,” he said. They sought “dirt” on Trump officials from Ukraine. Former President Joe Biden “bragged that he extorted the Ukrainians into firing a prosecutor who happened to be investigating Biden’s own son.”Nunes even worked in a reference to Nellie Ohr, the wife of a Justice Department official, an employee of Fusion GPS, and a favorite target of Republicans, as he argued that the Russia investigation was cooked up by Democrats and the FBI to take down Trump.“They don’t want answers,” Nunes said. “They want a public spectacle.”Maguire assured committee Chairman Adam Schiff that after security clearances are finalized with the whistle-blower’s lawyer, the whistle-blower will be able to give full testimony to lawmakers.Schiff had asked whether the person will be able “to relay the full facts within his knowledge of wrongdoing” and “be able to testify fully, and freely, and enjoy the protection of the law.” It was unclear whether the person would appear in public or behind closed doors.House Intelligence Committee releases Whistleblower Complaint –>— CSPAN (@cspan) September 26, 2019Multiple former administration officials said the complaint had deepened the jeopardy for Trump and Giuliani.One Trump adviser described the president’s situation as dire, and fretted that the White House is unprepared to confront impeachment. The person noted that former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment took about four months from articles being introduced in the House to his trial in the Senate; a similar timeline would place Trump’s Senate trial in early 2020, in the midst of presidential primary elections.Maguire told the House panel in public testimony that he believes that the whistle-blower and the intelligence community’s inspector general acted in “good faith.”“I think the whistle-blower did the right thing. I think he followed the law every step of the way,” Maguire said.He declined to say whether he spoke with Trump about the complaint, saying such conversations “are privileged.” He also said that once security clearance issues are worked out, the whistle-blower will be able to “testify fully, and freely, and enjoy the protection of the law” to Congress. complaint from an unnamed intelligence official concerns a sequence of events including Trump’s call with Zelenskiy. That call and the complaint moved House Democrats to go forward with an impeachment inquiry against Trump this week.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at a news conference Thursday, said she hasn’t set a timeline for any potential impeachment vote. She pointed to the section of the whistle-blower’s account alleging that White House officials sought to restrict access to records of the call between Trump and Zelenskiy.“This is a cover-up,” she said.Congressional investigators are still trying to ascertain whether Trump explicitly threatened to cut off U.S. military aid to Ukraine unless Zelenskiy re-opened investigations into the Bidens. Trump ordered a halt to about $250 million in aid provided by Congress at least a week before the July 25 call, a person familiar with the matter has said.The whistle-blower’s complaint more specifically describes the timing of Trump’s freeze of the aid. According to the complaint, an unnamed Office of Management and Budget official informed government agencies on July 18 that Trump had “earlier that month” issued instructions to suspend all U.S. security assistance to Ukraine.The Office of Management and Budget reiterated those instructions in “interagency meetings” on July 23 and July 26, the whistle-blower said — two days before Trump’s call and one day afterward. In those meetings, OMB officials “explicitly” said again that “the instruction to suspend this assistance had come directly from the president,” the whistle-blower said.The whistle-blower lays out a series of events going back months involving Giuliani publicly and privately trying to get Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden.The whistle-blower complaint recounted learning from multiple U.S. officials that Giuliani traveled to Madrid in early August to meet with one of Zelentskiy’s advisers, Andriy Yermak. It says U.S. officials characterized the trip as a follow-up to Trump’s conversation with Zelenskiy about the “cases” they discussed.With files from The New York Times read more

Nuclear nonproliferation conference at UN closes with very little accomplished

A conference at the United Nations to review the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) will end today having accomplished “very little” amid what its President said were widely diverging views tackling nuclear arms and their spread.Ambassador Sergio Duarte of Brazil, President of the 2005 NPT Review Conference told a press briefing that although the month-long conference had accomplished very little in terms of results, agreements or final decisions, there had nevertheless been some progress “in the ways issues were discussed and the interest that delegations had shown in those discussions and…documents presented.”A spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement the UN chief “very much regrets” that the meeting closed without substantive agreement, noting that the States parties “missed a vital opportunity to strengthen our collective security against the many nuclear threats to which all States and all peoples are vulnerable.”While the vast majority of NPT States parties recognize the Treaty’s enduring benefits, “the Secretary-General warns that their inability to strengthen their collective efforts is bound to weaken the Treaty and the broader NPT-based regime over time,” the statement said.Mr. Annan noted that countries will have a unique opportunity to renew those efforts in September, when more than 170 Heads of State and Government convene in New York to adopt a wide-ranging agenda to advance development, security and human rights.Ambassador Duarte said it was perhaps too early to tell, when asked if the failure of the conference has undermined the 35-year-old accord. “We’ll have to wait and see,” he added.The Conference of States parties to the NPT meets every five years to review the landmark accord, which seeks to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons technology, foster the peaceful use of nuclear energy and further the goal of general and complete disarmament. Adherence to the NPT by 188 countries, including the five nuclear-weapon States, renders it the most widely adhered-to multilateral disarmament instrument.This year, the Conference was nearly halfway through its work before the parties decided on an agenda, and just yesterday, its three main committees failed agree on the texts covering the so-called three pillars of the NPT – disarmament, verification of safeguards on national nuclear programmes and the peaceful use of atomic energy.Today, Ambassador Duarte said he had decided against making a final statement during the Conference’s wrap-up plenary because he felt it would have been difficult in light of the “wide divergence of views” among the States parties.Asked if he could explain why there had been so little progress this year, he said: “You can probably write several books on why the conference did not reach agreement.” He added that it would take longer than a press conference to unravel that question, but mainly, it had been due to the lack of convergence of views on the best ways to achieve the objectives of the Treaty.The Ambassador stressed, however, that whatever the results, it had been very important that delegations got together to discuss their national issues and interests. “So it’s perhaps premature to say that this is a failure.” read more

UN envoy warns neighbours against using Somalia as theatre for proxy war

“We will continue to prepare the ground for the success of this round in mid-December with all the key actors,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, told reporters after briefing the Security Council, noting that the third round of talks in Khartoum on 30 October were postponed because the two parties came with some preconditions.“We think now this is the best way how we can solve peacefully the Somali crisis,” he said of the conflict, which has increased in scope since the Union of Islamic Courts seized control of Mogadishu, the capital, earlier this year and began expanded its authority against the Transitional Federal Institutions based in Baidoa.The third round is set to discuss security and power sharing in the impoverished drought-afflicted country has been wracked by factional fighting and has not had a functioning national government since President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991. Asked how he would rate the chances of a wider conflict developing, Mr. Fall said the regional dimension of the problem was one of the issues he discussed with the Council.He recalled that in a report to the Council in July he highlighted “the fact that there’s a real danger of engulfing this crisis to all the Horn of Africa because we see there is some interference in the Somalia issue” and added that the Council “is well aware about it and that’s why we are doing our best there to recall to all the Member States in the region to respect the maximum restraint, to not interfere directly in the Somalia issue because we know that Somalia can be the theatre of a proxy war between some countries in the region.”“That’s why we’re trying to work closely with all of them… to avoid that conflict to be spread in the region.” read more

Widespread water shutoffs in US city of Detroit prompt outcry from UN

“Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights,” the experts stated in a news release. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been disconnecting water services from households which have not paid bills for two months, and has sped up the process since early June, with the number of disconnections rising to around 3,000 customers per week. As a result, some 30,000 households are expected to be disconnected from water services over the next few months.The news release noted that due to high poverty and unemployment rates, relatively expensive water bills in Detroit are unaffordable for a significant portion of the population. Catarina de Albuquerque, the Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation, said that disconnections due to non-payment are only permissible if it can be shown that the resident is able to pay but is not paying.“In other words, when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections,” she stated. During her 2011 mission to the US, Ms. de Albuquerque encouraged the Government to adopt a federal minimum standard on affordability for water and sanitation and a standard to provide protection against disconnections for vulnerable groups and people living in poverty. Leilani Farha, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, voiced concern that children are being removed by social services from their families and homes because, without access to water, their housing is no longer considered adequate. “If these water disconnections disproportionately affect African-Americans they may be discriminatory, in violation of treaties the United States has ratified,” she noted. Under international human rights law, it is the State’s obligation to provide urgent measures, including financial assistance, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation. “The households which suffered unjustified disconnections must be immediately reconnected,” the experts stressed. read more

Turkish researcher to deliver insight into customer participation

Bulent Menguc, Dean and Professor of Marketing at Kadir Has University in Turkey, will present his research paper at Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series Friday.Bulent Menguc, Dean and Professor of Marketing at Kadir Has University in Turkey, will visit Brock University’s Goodman School of Business Friday, Jan. 26 to present his research on customer participation.Held as part of Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series, the presentation will discuss his co-authored paper called, “When does customer participation matter? The role of customer empowerment in the customer participation-satisfaction link.”Past research studies show that customer engagement strategies lead to more sales and healthier financial performance and ultimately serve to benefit both the customer and the company.Companies like Starbucks and Apple engage customers by empowering them to become involved in processes, submit ideas and give feedback that make tangible impacts on company operations.Menguc’s research studied how managers can effectively implement these types of strategies to ensure customer satisfication.In its 12th year, Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series provides an informal and engaging opportunity to listen and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with colleagues internationally.The event is being held in Sankey Chambers on Friday, Jan. 26 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Space is limited. Goodman faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend. Brock community members wishing to attend can email Jennifer Brisson at to reserve a seat. read more

Manolo Cadenas leads Spain until Rio 2016 To win everything

Jorge DuenasManolo CadenasSpanish handball ← Previous Story Goal line technology at EHF Cup Finals in Nantes Next Story → Kamil Syprzak to sign new contract with Orlen Wisla Plock Manolo Cadenas is the new Spanish NT headcoach. Experienced coach who will lead Polish Orlen Wisla Plock in the next years also will have an ambitious tasks with Spanish team, current World Champion “to win every major competition”.-Until today I have not thought as coach, I haven’t made any list or take took any decision – said Ademar Leon’s coach for Marca.Cadenas will work with Spanish NT until Olympic Games in Rio 2016. The same “destiny” has his colleague in the women’s NT Jorge Duenas.

Ireland not impacted by Cyprus bailout deal Kenny

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has sought to reassure Irish people that the Cyprus bailout will have no impact on Ireland.Speaking in Washington, the Irish Examiner is reporting that Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the Cypriot situation as “a different and unique case” and that it would have no impact on Ireland.Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson Michael McGrath said that the bailout proposals set “a dangerous precedent across the euro zone”, adding that it undermined the confidence of investors.Discussions are continuing in Cyprus on whether the proposed one-off levy on savings within banks should be amended. MPs are due to vote on the bailout deal at 4pm Irish time.The bailout proposes that Eurozone countries will offer €10 billion in emergency funding, with Cyprus due to come up with another €7 billion itself.It is the way in which this €7 billion is to be taken from savings, however, that has led to fears throughout other bailed out countries as to the safety of banking deposits.McGrath has questioned what will now happen should Ireland’s banks need more money in the future: Irish depositors will legitimately ask how safe their money is if it transpires that Irish banks need more money to absorb losses on mortgages and business loans.Read: Cyprus tries to renegotiate deposit tax ahead of vote on bailout deal >last_img read more

Column How parents can help a child who is being bullied

first_imgThe ISPCC’s Anti-Bullying Awareness Week (4 – 10 March) is currently underway to highlight the issue of bullying and discuss solutions to the problem from the point of view of children, parents, teachers and bystanders. Pat Forde, a martial arts instructor and anti-bullying coach, shares some insights on how to tackle this multifaceted issue… AS SOMEONE WHO deals with bullying in its many different forms all the time, there are many different aspects to my work. Here, I focus on some simple methods to broadly help bully-proof the family rather than focus on dealing with particular bullying examples, including some practical tips for parents which may not have already considered.Extra-curricular activities It might take a little bit of research for a parent or teen to find a local club for a particular interest but, in the Age of Google, no matter how diverse your interests the trusted search engine can come up with something. Pursuing interests outside of school is a great way to build confidence and self-esteem. It is also a great diversion from a school bully and the associated everyday stresses of school and a great way to meet new friends with common interests. If a young person’s life revolves around school and home with little interaction outside of this cycle, a bully can have a lot of influence over their lives and make them miserable. This is a great, simple tactic to make that person less of an influence.“Not being one of the lads or girls” is a problem I commonly hear mentioned by young people. Exclusion is a common factor in bullying cases – but this is something which can be seeded quiet innocently within a group if a  young people who does not mix too easily with others and does not involve themselves with the group. Over time this can contribute to them being picked on by others as they are seen as easy targets.Conversation skillsIf others are asking a peer to join in a schoolyard game or activity and the answer they get all the time is “no” then they may eventually stop asking. It good to teach some tactical answers to keep involvement with the group such as: “No, I can’t today but maybe I’ll be able to tomorrow,”  or suggest an alternative activity or game.Conversation skills are a valuable tool parents can teach young people and an important factor in friendship-making. It can be a valuable exercise to teach young people how to build a conversation and get the other person talking too – rather than just ending it abruptly. This keeps them involved with others, lets others see they are interested and helps to find people with common interests.As a parent, if your child has some good friends (who you trust are genuine friends) do what you can to make sure they get some time together. This might involve coordinating time together for younger kids or, for teens, allowing them to extend an invitation to your home, giving them a lift to someone’s house, or perhaps seeing that they can do something together such as a cinema trip or going to a sports club or activity class.Bullying diaryIf your kid or teen has experienced repeated problems with individuals, suggest that they write events down soon after they happen. This creates a credible accurate record of issues, avoids the upset and stress of having to recall events.For parents, if you notice concerning behaviour keep a diary of it and – of course – talk about it. They might be acting out of character, making excuses not to go to school, have unexplained bruises,  becoming withdrawn after school or perhaps causing trouble uncharacteristically.Perhaps talk about high points and low points of the day. Keeping track of things in this manner will help you if you do have to visit the school.Even if you have minor concerns regarding bullying, still tell the school. If you are not satisfied with an outcome you need to communicate this – but keep your composure. Perhaps you should try deal with a different person within the school such as principal, teachers, year heads, school councillors or pastoral care team members. These people will be in regular contact with the group and can monitor any situations which might be of concern to you.Positive reassuranceTo a bully, people who seem to have low self-esteem and confidence are easy targets. Kids thrive on praise and re-assurance. As a martial arts instructor my basic rule when correcting a young student is “Praise, Correct , Praise”.  This can be applied daily by parents in many different ways.Not every young person who joins a sports club or does an activity is going to be good at it or going to be the next ‘big star’. As parents, we need to be careful how we criticise young people’s performance. It is important to note the subtle signs and expressions we use around kids all the time.At sports events, some parents are experts at reassuring their kids – they will smile, look happy, and give a reassuring nod or thumbs up. If a parent throws their eyes up to heaven, uses negative body language towards the child, or even criticises them it can seriously damage confidence and self-esteem.Consider your own behaviourMuch of this piece has focused on preventing young people becoming targets for bullies. But, conversely, there are many different reasons why a child might be wrongly perceived as a bully; parents can have a key role in bullying behaviour.Bullying can be learned behaviour. For example if a parent is aggressive, laughs or passes comments about others or expresses issues with school authorities in front of kids, then this can influence kids’ behaviour. As part of our national efforts to deal with this issue we all need to take responsibility for our actions in front of our children.Pat Forde works nationally with bullying targets, their families and also works with many schools to help teach students , parents and staff deal with bullying. If you are concerned about bullying Pat can be contacted on, at, and on Facebook: read more