China snubs ‘Little Olympics’ opening ceremony in Taiwan

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Thousands of student athletes from around the world donned their team uniforms or traditional dress and walked behind the sign showing the name of their country and their national flags to the cheering crowd in Taipei Stadium. However, no Chinese athletes showed up to walk behind the staffer holding China’s national flag. Local media said China was absent due to the reference of Tsai as president. Taipei’s mayor Ko Wen-je is widely seen to have secured Chinese athletes’ attendance during his visit to Shanghai in July to attend a city exchange forum. But he said he had drawn the line at Chinese officials’ request for Tsai only to be called “leader” at the opening ceremony, not “president”.In the current climate, some expected Chinese athletes to boycott the Universiade entirely. ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Instead, they will compete in individual events but sit out the team sports, citing a clash with their own national games. Outside the stadium, there were chaotic scenes when dozens of protesters opposing the government’s pension reforms scuffled with pro-DPP groups briefly blocking an athlete’s entrance and delaying part of the ceremony.Protest groups also forced some buses taking athletes to the event to detour. The rest of the opening ceremony Saturday night will showcase Taiwanese culture and lifestyle, including indigenous dance and songs as well as performances using electric scooters.Pop star Leehom Wang is set to perform near the end of the show before baseball player Chen Chin-feng lights the Universiade flame to formally open the games, followed by a firework show. Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey This picture taken on August 11, 2017 shows a student demonstrating teetotum skills to celebrate the upcoming Summer Universiade in Taipei.Taiwan is about to host its largest ever sporting event, attracting thousands of athletes from around the world, but the World University Games, dubbed the “Little Olympics”, has highlighted tensions with China and Taiwan’s struggle for international recognition. The biennial Summer Universiade will draw more than 7,000 student athletes to Taipei for two weeks from August 19, to compete in sports from basketball to swimming to Chinese martial arts. / AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH / TO GO WITH Universiade-2017-Taiwan-China-politics-diplomacy, FOCUS by Michelle YUNChina boycotted the opening ceremony of the World University Games hosted by Taiwan on Saturday in the latest reflection of deteriorating relations between the two sides.The biennial Summer Universiade, dubbed the “Little Olympics,” is the largest ever sporting event Taipei hosts but it has also highlighted tensions with Beijing and the island’s struggle for international recognition. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC It is the first time Taiwan has held the Games, but even on home turf it must compete as “Chinese Taipei” and is unable to fly its national flag or play its national anthem because of Beijing’s sensitivities. The two sides split after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still sees the self-ruled island as part of its territory and objects to any official diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRelations have deteriorated since Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took office in May last year, with Beijing cutting off all official communications. At the opening event, Tsai was introduced as the president of “the Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official name, which China does not recognise. She waved to the audiences but did not give a speech. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

England vs India: 4th Test Preview-India to come out all guns blazing

first_imgAdvertisement Nottingham: India’s Hardik Pandya, center back to camera, playfully pats the head of captain Virat Kohli for taking the wicket of England’s Ollie Pope during the fourth day of the third cricket test match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.AP/PTI(AP8_21_2018_000117B)AdvertisementThe Men In Blue overcame their early series crisis to put on a clinical performance that has brought life back into the series. After a close defeat at Birmingham and a humiliating defeat at Lord’s, skipper Virat Kohli was met with the perfect response from the Indian team.While the hosts began the series on an impeccable note, they are plagued with injury and form concerns. Root is posed with several headaches at the moment with the openers’ barren run being one of the major concerns.India would be on the lookout to avoid a repeat of the last time they visited the Rose Bowl. It was England who had the upper hand with a massive 266 runs. While the Rose Bowl in Hampshire is set to host International cricket for the first time in four years, it has remained off the radar with a majority of the fixtures being held at the top venues of the island.Despite the inclusion of youngsters Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari in place of the misfiring Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav, the 29-year-old is unlikely to make any changes to the winning combination. Although, persistent injury concerns to all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin may force Kohli to initiate a change, thus keeping the trend of never fielding the same line-up for consecutive tests alive.Whereas England who revealed their playing XI in advance made two huge changes. Moeen Ali and Sam Curran made their way into the eleven with Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope facing the axe.The captains speakThe two skippers had some strong words heading into the fixture with Virat Kohli emphasising on the never-say-die attitude of the Indians while Root banking on the squad’s character to seal the deal for the English.Kohli: “Right now we understand that we are in a very exciting position to have gained momentum at the right time in the series and to have played like that when 2-nil down when everyone thought that it is going to be a clean sweep or we are going to be rolled over.” Root: “Even though we struggled last week, one thing you can never say about this group of players is that they lack character. Whenever in the past we have had a bad week, we usually bounce back pretty strong. I expect that to be the case this time around. There will be people with a point to prove.”India Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit BumrahEngland XI: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James AndersonVenue: The Ageas Bowl/ The Rose Bowl, SouthamptonWhere to watch: Sony Network, Sony LIVRead Also:England vs India: Predicted XI for the Men In Blue – Prithvi Shaw To Make Debut?England vs India: Newbie Prithvi Shaw gears up for his India debut in stylelast_img read more

It was a perfect Test match for India: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgIndia celebrated their 500th Test with a huge 197-run win over New Zealand today, with Ravichandran Ashwin claiming a six-wicket haul. (Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin script 197-run victory in India’s historic 500th Test)Set an improbable victory target of 434, New Zealand were bowled out for 236 soon after lunch on the last day. (SCORECARD)Ashwin (6/132) completed his 19th five-wicket haul in 37 Tests, and his fifth 10-wicket haul in the format.He snared the last three wickets, dismissing Mitchell Santner (71) catch at silly point from an unplayable delivery, the ball rearing up from good length.He bowled Ish Sodhi (17) around his legs and trapped Neil Wagner (0) lbw for a match return of 10/225. (Exclusive: Sourav Ganguly backs Ravichandran Ashwin to take 400-500 Test wickets)Hailing India’s massive victory, former captain Sourav Ganguly told India Today that it was a perfect Test match for the hosts and that the win will give them a lot of confidence going ahead to Kolkata for the second Test.”It is a terrific win. It was a typical Indian Test match. As the Test match progresses, batting gets harder for the tourists and it was the same for New Zealand. Ball spun, the Indian spinners were outstanding and they just went past the New Zealand batting. (R Ashwin breaks Waqar Younis’ record, becomes second fastest to take 200 Test wickets)”The conditions were perfect for the spinners to bowl and they exploited the conditions. Ashwin fastest to 200th wicket yesterday and just went on from there. There was enough help, the ball was turning , the new ball came in, the harder seam made the ball turn even more, making life harder for the Kiwis,” Ganguly told India Today. (CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO)advertisementON INDIA’S BATTING”I think India batted superbly in the second innings on a difficult pitch, the batting was not up to the best on the first day of the Test. So, it was positive to see the way they batted in their second innings. People like Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja will get a lot of confidence from it to carry forward in the next Test match.” (New Zealand recall Jeetan Patel to replace injured Mark Craig vs India)ON KOHLI’S DECLARATION”I don’t think the declaration was delayed, it was a perfect declaration and at the right time. There were enough overs left in the Test match. What happens is when you declare with such a big target, you make sure you always have fielders in the catching position. So, although the Kiwis kept on hitting boundaries, anything which popped up from bat/pad or went to the slips, India had fielders in that region to take the catches and take wickets. For India what was important in the fourth innings to take wickets and they have exactly done that. So, I think it was a perfect declaration. It was a perfect Test match for India and a pretty similar type of Test match which we have seen in Indian conditions for years.”LOOKING FORWARD TO EDEN TEST”I thought it was a very good Test match pitch. It was good for batting in the first couple of days and then it started turning. There was something in for the spinners, something in for the batters. There wasn’t much for the fast bowlers but that’s what you expect in India.Eden Gardens is going to be different because we had lot of rain. It’s still raining in Kolkata. So, there will be a lot of moisture underneath. There’s a fair bit of grass on the surface. The team arrives here tomorrow so we will have to wait and see what they want. But at the present moment, there is a lot of grass and moisture.”ON ASHWIN”Terrific record, isn’t it… second fastest in the world to 200 Test wickets. One match here and there will not make any difference to him. He knows he has got to shoulder the responsibility of the Indian bowling for the next few years. This conditions were ideal for him and Jadeja and hopefully he just gets better and better. His batting is very handy and he is a strength to the team. Ashwin is a very good batsman, he is technically sound.”last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez hunt Harry Kane in late Golden Boot showdown

first_imgHarry Kane’s four-goal salvo on Thursday catapulted him to the top of the Premier League scorers charts, but hot on his heels are two players with contrasting styles who go head-to-head when Arsenal host Everton on the final day of the season on Sunday.Kane’s goals came as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Leicester City 6-1 to take his tally for the campaign to 26, one more than he managed as the Premier League’s leading marksman last season.That moved him past Everton forward Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who if paper talk is to be believed could both be playing their final league matches for their respective clubs.Lukaku has 24 league goals this term, the most for Everton in a top-flight season since Gary Lineker struck 30 in 1985-86, but has not scored in his last four appearances.Sanchez’s recent burst of four goals in three games has lifted his total to 23, the best scoring season of his career.Belgian international Lukaku is big and powerful, and when in the mood bounces off defenders with rampaging runs. He has a rocket shot, but can also apply a deft touch and is a real threat in the air.Six of his 24 goals have been scored with his head, while he has also shown his proficiency with both feet as 11 strikes have been with his left and seven with his right.Those goals have come from 104 efforts on goal, hitting the back of the net with almost one in four efforts. He has also provided six assists.advertisementA criticism of his game has been his strike-rate against this season’s top six, with just three goals scored, two against Manchester City and one versus Tottenham.Everton will be keen to keep Sanchez off his right foot. Sixteen of his 23 goals have come with that foot, four with the left and three with his head.His game is built around creativity, guile and a high work-rate, and his versatility means he has been shifted around the pitch during a career in which he spent three seasons with Barcelona before signing for Arsenal in 2014.He has needed 125 shots for his goals this campaign, but has contributed 10 assists for his team.last_img read more

Donnarumma: I never felt pressured

first_imgTransfers ‘Forza Milan!’ – Donnarumma plays down Milan exit rumours Dejan Kalinic 11:28 12/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Donnarumma - cropped Getty Images Transfers Serie A Milan The goalkeeper tried to calm fresh doubts over his future with the Serie A side after a drama filled week for the teenager AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma moved to clarify suggestions he wanted his contract renewal annulled, playing down claims he was pressured.After a drawn-out saga, Donnarumma, 18, signed a new deal with Milan in July, committing until 2021.However, reports in Italy suggested Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola had told the San Siro club the shot-stopper felt pressured into agreeing the extension and wants the contract to be cancelled – making him a free agent at the end of the season – with Paris Saint-Germain among the clubs reportedly interested. 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 Donnarumma was in tears prior to kick-off in Milan’s 3-0 Coppa Italia victory over Verona as he was abused by fans.The goalkeeper dismissed reports he was pressured, with his focus on his performances.”It was a bad evening, one I did not expect,” Donnarumma wrote on Instagram.”I have never said or written that I suffered moral violence when I signed the contract.”Despite everything I look forward with my head focused on the next game. Forza Milan!”Milan are seventh in the Serie A, 11 points behind fourth-placed Roma.last_img read more

Literal Man Caves You Can Actually Rent for Vacation

first_img Airbnb Airbnb Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Situated 155 meters below ground in a Swedish silver mine is “the world’s deepest suite.” At the end of a winding mind, this narrow, single-bed guestroom is not for the faint of heart. A hibernation dream, the Sala Silver Mine recommends guests bring warm clothes and shoes during their stay (all year round) as the lack of light can make the room a tad chilly. Also, your phone won’t work that far below ground. But who needs a phone when you have a guest basket to yourself of fine Swedish chocolates, cheese, biscuits, fruit, and sparkling wine? This is, hands down, the craziest place you’ll ever sleep and it’s only about $582 a night.Anitya Cave House (Ürgüp, Turkey) TripAdvisor Editors’ Recommendations Airbnb Airbnb TripAdvisor Airbnb Normally a man cave is a single room in the house, but this cave is the house. Set in a private, 260-acre resort in Arkansas of all places, this quiet and luxurious space is nestled into a natural cavern and overlooks the rich Arkansas Valley. At $1,416 a night, we’re getting major bachelor party vibes, with dark oak fixtures set against textured stone and a sprawling living room and high-end kitchen area begging for steaks, cigars, and whiskey. Four bedrooms sleep 16 at most, so round up the guys and watch the game on the 75-inch big-boy LED television mounted on the cavern walls.Sala Silver Mine (Sala, Sweden) TripAdvisor TripAdvisor Previous 1 of 8 Airbnb TripAdvisor Maria Andersson Airbnb Airbnb The Bond-Inspired AddArmor Audi RS7 Is the World’s Fastest Armored Car TripAdvisor Lars Olsson TripAdvisor 1 of 10 Lars Olsson If your dream man cave is a place hidden from civilization, we ask, have you heard of Córdoba? A well-kept secret in the heart of Spain, this historically rich area houses Suite in the Nature, the only troglodyte house in the city (troglodytes are peoples of antiquity that lived in caves.) Standing inside a stone quarry and encircled by an enchanting garden, this interestingly designed escape is essentially one big room (with three beds around the complex) and one bathroom. Go back in time to an older way of living — and be still comforted by modern luxuries — for a truly unique experience to enjoy alone or with the family … yes, sometimes we let S.O.s and kiddos into our man caves, even when they’re only priced at $209 per night.Beckham Cave Home (Arkansas, United States) TripAdvisor TripAdvisor TripAdvisor Next Previous Next Next TripAdvisor Airbnb Airbnb TripAdvisor TripAdvisor 1 of 8 TripAdvisor Maria Andersson 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Warm and rich with colors and textures, we’re feeling right at home at this cave house, which is more than 600 years old. Built into a cavernous neighborhood amid the phenomenal landscape of Turkey’s Cappadocia formations, the gem of this rental is the sprawling terrace with views of the unusual rock formations and Mount Erciyes. Adjourn inside the one-bed, one-bath, six-sleeper vacation cave where you’ll find a stocked kitchen with complimentary Turkish coffee, black tea, and local spices, and sink into the culture while staying indoors by putting on an Anatolian CD (Turkish folk music) and doing what you came here to do: rahatlayın (“relax” in Turkish). The best part? It’s only $181 per night.Cueva de Lujo (Granada, Spain) TripAdvisor 1 of 8 TripAdvisor Airbnb Maria Andersson Next Airbnb Airbnb Airbnb Previous 1 of 5 TripAdvisor Airbnb The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The aesthetic of this modern, monotone cave rental is pure Bond villain: sleek, minimalist, and dripping with cool. Located in the historic district of Sacromonte, east of Granada, Spain, we could easily see 007 or his adversary bunking here for the night. A mix of white and grey concrete, steel, and cave wall form the architectural milieu of the rental, complete with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and the ability to sleep nine. Large glass windows in the living room and kitchen let the sun pour in during the daytime, while the white caved walls keep the intimate cave lofty at night (and not too claustrophobic). Step out to the concrete terrace for pastoral views and the sounds of local music and dancing below. This rental is riced at $247 a night (not bad split nine ways). Previous Previous If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? TripAdvisor Escape to a man cave (that isn’t usual your usual den) for a relaxing solo vacation or wolf-pack adventureMuch better than a hotel room and leaps beyond the attics, garages, and tiny hobby rooms you call your at-home man cave, these vacation rentals are luxurious, textural, and are built into actual mountains and caves in destinations like Spain, Turkey, and Sweden.Suite in the Nature (Córdoba, Spain) Next last_img read more

KMC plans to check waterlogging in North and Central Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has chalked out a plan to come up with a solution so that water drains at a faster pace from a handful of pockets in North and Central Kolkata that are prone to waterlogging even when it does not rain in torrents.”We have identified some pockets in Sukia Street, Madan Mohan Burman Road, and Mahatma Gandhi Road where there is some technical problem and water takes reasonably longer time to drain out in comparison to some other parts of the city where water accumulates when there is reasonably high rainfall. Utility services of metro rail and water supply pipeline underground acts as barrier to drainage infrastructure. We will conduct detailed inspection for two days to come up with a permanent solution to this problem,” said Member Mayor in Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned that Mayor Firhad Hakim has instructed KMC’s drainage department to come out with a permanent solution for water logging and said that he would try to arrange for funds that will be needed for work. The problem came to light after Singh held a meeting at Borough 4 with local MLA and councillors. Singh also pointed out that desiliting work from Moulali to Palmer Bazaar area has suffered as the funds from the centre under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut) has not been received as yet. He urged BJP councilor Mina Devi Purohit to take up the matter with the centre so that the desilting work can be taken up in the stretch. “There is a part of MG Road where the drainage system gets choked within a week after desiltation work is taken up and jetting machine has to be pressed into service every week. A permanent jetting machine will be kept in the area and it will take up cleaning work regularly particularly during the monsoon to prevent water logging,’a senior official of the Drainage department said.last_img read more

Royal Bank to cut 450 jobs primarily at head office locations in

TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) said Wednesday it is cutting 450 jobs, primarily from its head office locations in the Greater Toronto Area, as it tries to revamp its business in light of shifting client preferences.“As always, we consolidate where necessary so that we can reinvest in key areas including digital, data, new technology as well as investment in high-growth business areas,” spokeswoman Catherine Hudon said in an email.The bank, which has more than 80,000 full- and part-time employees, said it is also making hundreds of other changes including promotions, transfers and the creation of new roles and teams.RBC said it will provide support to those affected by the changes, including career transition services and continued salary and benefits for a period of time.Canadian banks have been shaving costs in recent years as they strive to grow their earnings amid slowing loan growth at home.They have also been investing more heavily in technology in order to suit the needs of their clients, particularly younger, tech-savvy customers who wish to do more of their banking online rather than at bricks-and-mortar branches.Edward Jones analyst Jim Shanahan said that as a group, the Canadian banks have taken about $3 billion worth of restructuring charges over the past five years.The bulk of those restructuring charges has been earmarked for employee severance and investments in digital technology, Shanahan said.“They’re replacing people with systems and processes that are driven by technology to reduce their costs,” he said.But there has been no dramatic reduction in bank branches during that time, Shanahan added.“It would seem to me that there’s some opportunity for the banks to get quite a bit more aggressive, actually,” he said.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

Liberias president hails UN staffers volunteering as university professors

“I congratulate you, I commend you and I thank you for this service to our people that goes beyond that which you already do in the service of your various positions,” Africa’s first female head of State told staff of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) on Saturday. “For sharing your intellect with our young people, we hope in return you get from them something that enriches your own capacity and deepens your experience.” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Alan Doss said the launch of the Public Policy Forum will help the university reclaim its role at the centre of the intellectual life of this nation. “We take this opportunity to again remind people that UNMIL will continue to act vigorously to deal with any threats to the peace,” he told those present. “We have the capacity and the will to do so. We cannot allow the massive investment that the people of this country and the international community have made to be lost.”The 34 men and women from UNMIL will teach a variety of subjects to Liberian students including engineering, law, business administration, international relations, political science, social science, economics, environmental management and information technology. read more

Two policemen charged with businessmans murder

Acting Crime Chief Paul Williams“We are investigating the matter but we need the public to understand that there is a man who has made a confession when this crime was perpetrated. In his confession there is no way he implicated any policeman or even to the effect that any person whether a member of the security or the joint services would have been involved. Then a few months after there is a revelation that yes, these are the persons who plotted with him to commit the crime. We just cannot just take that statement for what it is and just run with that.“We will have to look for corroborative evidence to the effect that there would have been a time, a place of meeting, a place of discussion and everything else and so forth. And whatever is the corroborative evidence that can support that meeting; we will have to check it out. If there is any communication via telephone we will have to check those records. Now we have to understand very seriously that these are policemen out there fighting crimes. There are a lot of persons they would have put behind bars and if we hastily charge these policemen and put those behind bars and their lives are jeopardized that is a grave mistake on our part”, he said.Moreover, the acting crime chief deemed recent media publications about the possibility of Saga’s murder being linked to the recapture of prison escapee Royden “Smallie” Williams as “totally wicked and misinformed information fed to the public”.According to him Williams recapture came from intelligence gathering between both the police and the joint services and Saga had at no time provided any information. Former best cop Derwin Eastman and officer Jamison Williams who were implicated in the murder of businessman Godfrey Scipio called “Saga”, were on Thursday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where they were jointly charged with the capital offence of murder.The accused men were not required to plead to the indictable offence read by presiding Magistrate Judy Latchman, to the effect that on October 12, 2017 at Stanley Place, David Street, Kitty, they allegedly murdered Scipio, during the course or furtherance of a robbery.Derwin Eastman (front) and Jamison Williams (behind) making their court appearance Defense Lawyers Nigel Hughes and Dexter Todd, raised concerns of the safety for their clients on the basis that the men are both involved in investigations of numerous persons on remand; therefore imprisonment would only place their lives in jeopardy.Responding to the Magistrate’s inquiry on the issue of safety, Police Prosecutor Steven Tellford cited the nature of the charge while indicating that the issue of safety would now lie in the hands prison authorities.  However, he reassured that these concerns will be communicated to the relevant authorities.Thereafter, Magistrate Latchman remanded the men to prison and adjourned the case to be heard on December 5, 2017 before the court of the Chief Magistrate.Murdered: Godfrey ScipioOn October, 12, 2017, Scipio, the 58-year-old proprietor of a Durban Street restaurant, was robbed of his jewelry and shot dead shortly after leaving a Kitty hotel.Aubrey Bob, 26, of the Kitty community was recently charged for the brutal killing but subsequent intelligence reaching the police implicated the former best cop and his colleague in the purportedly calculated murder.According to Bob, Eastman is the alleged mastermind of the killing; hiring the hitman and even providing the firearm used to execute the offence.Bob said he was reportedly forced to make a false confession as he was intimidated by Eastman’s presence at every step of the interrogation process. However, when he became aware of Williams’ arrest he grasped the opportunity to relate the true version of the story.The indictable charges against Eastman and Williams were laid mere days after Eastman turned himself over to police authorities at CID Headquarters at Eve Leary, Georgetown after contacting the media and proclaiming his innocence.Meanwhile, acting Crime Chief Paul Williams on Thursday cautioned members of the public to be aware of information being spread about the murder of Scipio while police seek information to nail the deceased’s killer. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCop implicated in businessman’s murder yet to be chargedNovember 21, 2017In “Crime”Ramnarine blasts GPF for increasing number of ranks chargedNovember 25, 2017In “Crime”‘Best Cop’ implicated in murder of city businessman says he was “set up”November 17, 2017In “Crime” read more

PPP MP Harry Gill charged Party says act deliberate to stymie

Opposition MP Harry GillPeople’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament (MP) Harry Gill was summoned to appear at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to answer to a charge of assault on former Regional Democratic Councillor of Region 5, and People’s National Congress (PNC) activist, Carol Smith Joseph.According to a press statement by the PPP/C, “We believe this may be a deliberate act to detain one of our MPs as an attempt to reduce our numbers in Parliament on Friday to ensure the failure of the no-confidence vote.”The Party is  maintaining that the charge against Gill is baseless.Two Fridays ago, it is alleged that Gill was viciously assaulted with a chain by Joseph in the presence of Police Inspector Rose and the GECOM Supervisor, Clermont Mingo.Gill was at the time videoing Joseph’s alleged hostile behaviour towards him and the PPP.However, even though the senior police officer reportedly admitted on video that he “observed” the assault, Joseph was neither arrested, nor charged.“It is instructive to note that it is Harry Gill who, a few minutes after, made a report of this assault to the Fort Wellington Police Station upon the advice of the senior police officer, Inspector Rose, and requested that the matter be investigated. It now turns out that the complainant, MP Harry Gill, is the one being charged,” the PPP said.Gill was summoned to court less than 24 hours after the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo called upon authorities and the National Assembly to implement measures that will protect MPs and ensure that the “no-confidence” motion slated for Friday can go forward unhindered.Jagdeo had predicted that the PNC/APNU will do everything possible to prevent the vote from taking place.“We hope this charge is not being instituted to prevent our Member of Parliament from attending Parliament on Friday,” the PPP statement said while making a call for the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) to immediately intervene and terminate the charge against Gill, “lest that office continues to bear the public perception that it is infected by politics and politicians.”Joseph who is no stranger to controversy had to resign from her position as a senior PNC member on the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in Region 5 after she found herself at the center of allegations of using her office to get preferential treatment at the Fort Wellington Hospital to procure prescription narcotic, Pethidine for her personal use. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedElderly woman attempts suicide, pulled from trench by PPP MPApril 1, 2018In “latest news”SOCU advisor turning a blind eye to corruption, should resign- Opposition MP’sJuly 12, 2018In “Crime”Top Cop promises MP heightened security during today’s no-confidence motionDecember 21, 2018In “latest news” read more

Police believe son murdered parents in Torrey Highlands home then committed suicide

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, August 19, 2019 Police believe son murdered parents in Torrey Highlands home then committed suicidecenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Police Department Homicide Detectives believe a man killed his parents before committing suicide by jumping off a freeway overpass on Friday Ausut 16th.At about 10 p.m. Saturday, a San Diego Police Department dispatcher received a call asking officers to check the welfare of a couple living in the Torrey Highlands Neighborhood at 7400 block of Via Rivera. The couple was expected in San Francisco earlier in the day but did not arrive. Concerned family members called police.Upon arrival, police tried to make contact at the door, then by telephone, with no success. The officers looked through a rear window and saw a body on the living room floor, police said.The officers forced their way inside the home and discovered the bodies of an Asian man and woman in their 50s with trauma to the upper body. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was inside the residence.On Friday, August 16, 2019 the San Diego Police received a call regarding a person jumping from the Eastgate Mall overpass over I-805. Officers responded to the location and discovered a male had committed suicide by jumping over the bridge, landing onto the freeway.Police said they believe the person who committed suicide was the son of the murdered couple found in their home.Homicide detectives were called to the scene and are investigating the deaths. The home did not appear to be disturbed.The victims’ identities have not been released pending confirmation by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.Detectives said they will continue investigating this case to determine a motive for the homicides. Updated: 1:57 PMlast_img read more

Will Murli Manohar Joshi fight Narendra Modi in Varanasi

first_imgIn October last year, BJP MPs had shouted down a draft report prepared by Joshi recommending that the methodology used for GDP estimation should be reviewed. The BJP members averred that this would reveal wreaker growth in GDP.Activist Prashant Bhushan recently highlighted another action of Joshi that rankled the nerves of PM Modi. This was when Joshi raked up a list of bank defaulters that former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had submitted to the government.  “Modi doesn’t forgive,” [this], Bhushan said, according to Deccan Herald. Narendra Modi: It is not Modi’s Strength, It is the strength of your vote, that the world is witnessing today Closecenter_img Will BJP stalwart Murli Manohar Joshi take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi? The Delhi grapevine is abuzz with rumours of high-level confabulations that underline an effort to field Joshi, one of BJP’s founders, from Varanasi.The unseemly development follows BJP’s decision to deny Joshi his Kanpur Lok Sabha seat for the 2019 elections. Joshi, the third president of the BJP and one of the foremost leaders of the party, was eliminated along with veteran leader LK Advani.  Joshi was also miffed over the way in which the party decision to shunt him was communicated. It was reported that neither PM Modi nor party chief Amit Shah spoke to him about the reasons for denying him the party ticket.Joshi later told the electorate in Kanpur that the party has asked him not to contest. “Shri Ramlal, General Secretary (Org.) Bharatiya Janata Party conveyed to me today that I should not contest the ensuing Parliamentary elections from Kanpur and elsewhere,” he said in a statement. BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi wave to their supporters at a public rally in Varanasi on 18 October, 2008.Reuters fileThe 85-year-old had moved to Kanpur in 2014 as Modi wanted to contest from Varanasi. Joshi won the Kanpur seat with a thumping majority. A report in the NDTV said Joshi held talks with senior Congress leaders. The report said the Congress asked the veteran leader to contest from Varanasi as the joint Opposition candidate.A thorn on Modi’s side?The report also says that Joshi is being persuaded by the leaders of Congress and other opposition parties to contest either from Varanasi or another BJP bastion. It also says that Joshi, feeling betrayed, is prepared to issue a public statement that condemns the Modi-Shah leadership of the BJP.There have been reports in the press for a long time that Joshi would be eased out in this election as he had caused considerable unease to the government and the party in his role as the chairman of the Standing Committee of Parliament on Estimates. In one of the reports of the high-powered panel, Joshi had underlined that the government’s defence spending as a percent of GDP was stuck at pre-1962 level, something that ran counter to the hyper nationalism pitch of the BJP and the government’s stated commitment to modernise the defence forces.last_img read more

Trump quashes Pacific trade pact

first_imgUS President Donald Trump holds up an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump yanked the United States out of a major Pacific trade deal Monday, making good on an election campaign promise and delivering a hammer blow to Asian allies.Trump said he had “terminated” the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a trade deal binding the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Vietnam and seven other allies against growing Chinese economic clout.Together, TPP members represent 40 percent of the world economy.After signing an executive order, Trump said he would be “going back to those countries one-on-one” to find terms more favorable to the United States.“We are going to have trade but we are going to have one-on-one,” he said.“And if somebody misbehaves, we are going to send a letter of termination — 30 days and they’ll either straighten it out or we are gone.”Trump came to office promising to gut existing trade pacts and reclaim manufacturing jobs lost overseas.Trump has also vowed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.Economists warn those jobs are never coming back and point to automation, not trade, as the main reason.But Trump has sought to tap populist anger and argued for much more transactional trade deals, regardless of the impact on international norms and standards.‘Serious mistake’?According to a Peterson Institute analysis, the United States stood to be the biggest beneficiary from TPP, with an annual increase in exports of $357 billion.The Institute also projected that the pact would be broadly neutral for employment levels.President Barack Obama’s administration had also touted the deal as a strategic counterweight to China.Trump’s Republican ally John McCain described the new president’s decision as a “serious mistake that will have lasting consequences for America’s economy and our strategic position in the Asia-Pacific region.”“It will create an opening for China to rewrite the economic rules of the road at the expense of American workers. And it will send a troubling signal of American disengagement in the Asia-Pacific region at a time we can least afford it.”It remains far from clear whether countries that have spent years negotiating the TPP would be willing to enter new talks.“The US already has trade deals with six of the 11 TPP partner countries so that leaves a handful of countries for potential new deals, most notably Japan,” said Cathleen Cimino-Isaacs of the Peterson Institute.“The emphasis on bilaterals is based on the perception that the US gave up too much in the TPP and will get better concessions from other trading partners in bilateral deals,” she said.“But it’s not clear that would be the case. The US actually gave few new concessions in the TPP in big areas like services and government procurement,” Cimino-Isaacs added.“At the same time, it was able to get greater concessions from countries like Japan in exchange for helping secure market access and agreement on high standards in other TPP markets.”Tax cutsLater Monday, Trump met with Congressional leaders and had private talks with the speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan.Tax reform is likely to be high on the agenda.“What we’re doing is we are going to be cutting taxes massively for both the middle class and for companies,” Trump said Monday.To pay for those cuts, Trump has promised a “border tax,” which is likely to come in the form of increased tariffs on exports.That move is likely to face a challenge at the World Trade Organization and from big-box retailers.Trump also vowed Monday to cut regulation “massively” by up to 75 percent. It remains unclear how this would be done or quantified.Rocky startTrump signed two other executive orders Monday—freezing the hiring of federal workers and hitting foreign NGOs that help with abortion.The Republican leader is looking to shift attention firmly back onto his policy agenda after a first few days that put his incoming administration on the back foot.Since he was sworn in on Friday, Trump’s White House has been pilloried for lying to the public about inaugural crowds and over a campaign-style speech by the president before a memorial to fallen CIA officers.On Saturday, several million Americans poured onto the streets for women-led demonstrations against Trump, the scale of which were unseen in a generation, in a potent rebuke to the president.Trump has upbraided top aides over unfavorable media coverage on everything from crowd sizes to suggestions he has ruled out releasing his taxes. He is the first presidential candidate in recent memory not to do so.last_img read more

EC asks authorities to collect licensed firearms by 24 Dec

first_imgelection commissionThe election commission (EC) on Thursday instructed the authorities concerned to collect licensed firearms within 24 December, ahead of the 11th national election, reports UNB.EC joint secretary Farhad Ahmed Khan sent a letter with the instruction to the public safety department of the home ministry in this regard.”All the legal firearms need to be collected before 30 December. Only those involved in maintaining security of the government and other important establishments will remain out of the purview of the order. All the firearms must be deposited to the police stations concerned,” the letter reads.The copies of the letter have been sent to the departments concerned including the cabinet division.last_img read more