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HC dismisses former CMs’ plea

first_imgThe Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday dismissed the pleas of former Chief Ministers Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Vijay Bahuguna seeking review of its order to the State government to recover market-rate rents from them for overstaying in their official bungalows. ‘Devoid of merit’A Bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice R.C. Khulbe turned down their pleas, saying they are devoid of merit and not legally sustainable. “The time taken in the review proceedings will not affect the duration of six months from the date of the order (May 3, 2019) within which the respondents were directed to pay rent dues as per market rate,” said Kartikeya Hari Gupta, the counsel for a Dehradun-based NGO, which had moved the court for recovery of rents from the former CMs. Both former Chief Ministers had argued before the court that before computing the rent dues, they should have been heard by the State. Countering their argument, Mr. Gupta told the court that this ground was completely false and baseless as their counsel were not only heard but specifically asked during the arguments if they wanted to reply on the computation of rent.last_img read more

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PBA: San Miguel ousts TNT, sets semis showdown with Phoenix

first_imgTerrence Romeo scored 11, again coming from the bench, while the usual suspects in Alex Cabagnot Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos left their prints on the rebound and assist columns.Fajardo added 14 boards to his name after getting banged up in Game 2.TNT drew 16 points from RR Pogoy and three more double-digit performances from Jayson Castro, Brian Heruela, and Yousef Taha.Unable to summon the form that pushed the Beermen to the limit in their past two meetings, the KaTropa couldn’t do anything but watch the lead pile up. They trailed by as many as 26 in the game.But even after the emphatic victory, Austria stressed that the heaving a sigh of relief could wait.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The league’s five-time Most Valuable Player paced the Beermen with 32 points while the sophomore forward tossed in 17 more in a highly efficient performance. Fajardo was perfect from the field, making all of his 11 attempts, while Standhardinger made eight of his total nine tries.“There’s only one thing that we all saw from this game. Defense,” coach Leo Austria told reporters. “They were all self-motivated … They knew what to do. You could see it in their faces, their eyes that they wanted to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe rest of San Miguel’s cast made their presence felt on defense, clamping down KaTropa to just 27 points at the halfway point before cruising to the victory and forging a semifinal date with top-ranked Phoenix Pulse.“This is one of the few times we had a good start. That’s one thing we’ve been telling the team—that whenever we have a good start, everything will be fine, we sail smoothly going into the fourth quarter,” Austria said. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s prolific pair June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger made light work of the TNT’s defense all game long to push the Beermen to a 96-86 decision over KaTropa for the first of the final two semifinal spots at stake in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP men’s volleyball: Ateneo eliminates UST from Final 4 race, Adamson dumps UE Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIEScenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Phoenix is not No. 1 for nothing,” he said of his upcoming assignment who they face this Friday. “They really are contenders.”“I just hope that whatever motivations we’ve had to day, we’re able to carry over into that game,” he added.The scores:San Miguel 96 – Fajardo 32, Standhardinger 17, Romeo 11, Cabagnot 8, Ross 8, Santos 7, Lassiter 6, Tubid 5, Rosser 2, Pessumal 0, Zamar 0.TNT 86 – Pogoy 16, Heruela 10, Castro 10, Taha 10, Rosario 10, Williams 9, Bono 6, Reyes 5, A. Semerad 4, Trollano 2, Washington 2, Casino 2, Carey 0, D. Semerad 0.Quarters: 25-10, 53-27, 77-55, 96-86.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Sylvester Stallone was wowed by Sultans story: Ali

first_imgBy Justin RaoPanaji, Nov 25 (PTI) Director Ali Abbas Zafar says he had narrated the idea of “Sultan” to Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone, who was bowled over by it.The Salman Khan starrer romantic-sports-drama released this year on Eid and went on to become a huge blockbuster, apart from garnering critical acclaim.Ali says he had a brief interaction with the “Rocky” star in Los Angeles, where the actor said a story like “Sultan” can also be made for the American audience.”I met Stallone, while doing research and getting my martial arts team from LA. I met him for a brief interaction and he kind of heard the story. He said Wow, what a story. This could be a story which can easily be done in America. Because its about an underdog who has lost everything and is trying to get his self esteem back ” Ali told PTI.The film focuses on Sultan Ali Khan, a wrestling champion from Haryana whose successful career creates a rift in his personal life. The movie also starred Anushka Sharma.”Sultan” had its screening at the ongoing 47th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), where it was houseful.Ali says while it is a good feeling that his film was screened at the festival, it puts a certain pressure on him as now people will look upto him for quality work.”Yesterday, when I entered I thought not many people would be watching it because its already been in theatres and was on TV too. But the turn out was very good. Even international audience was there.advertisement”It feels special but it also unnerves you because more people know you now, they recognise your work. Next time you make something, they will be looking out for you. But its a good feeling.”The film was also screened recently at Busan film festival and the director says the reason why people, who do not belong to India, are connecting with the film is because of its universal theme.”If the stories have a universal appeal, they will travel. Satyajit Ray made films about Indian people. What the West related to was the honesty of the stories. Sultan has a universal story, about a man fighting within. That man can be anywhere in the world.”I believe the story travels everywhere irrespective of the language. There is a certain way we do films. It has got songs and a lot of other elements, but I think thats what West likes.” PTI JUR BKlast_img read more

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ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan face Herculean task against defending champions India

first_imgIndia’s record against Pakistan off late speaks volumes of the Men in Blue’s dominance over their arch-rivals in limited-overs cricket. India have got the better of Pakistan six times in last seven encounters, including Twenty20 internationals.India’s lone defeat to their traditional rivals came in Asia Cup in 2014 when Mohammad Hafeez starred with a match-winning 75. But since that defeat, India have defeated Pakistan in four consecutive limited-overs games, including their 76-run triumph in Adelaide at the 2015 ICC World Cup. The other three have come in T20 Internationals while chasing.It has been over two years since India and Pakistan clashed in an ODI. The two teams will meet again in next month’s ICC Champions Trophy in England.Reuters PhotoLed by Virat Kohli, India start their Champions Trophy title defence against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4 and will look to make it 2-2 in head-to-head encounters in the elite tournament. The last time the two cricketing giants clashed at the Champions Trophy, India emerged victorious in a rain-truncated game to record their first win in three attempts.India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series since 2012-13 and have met only in ICC events.Last year, India played Pakistan twice and Kohli was the difference between the two teams on both occasions. His magnificent 49 had helped India overcome a dangerous Pakistan pace attack in Dhaka and his sublime half-century resulted in an Indian victory at the Eden Gardens in the World T20.India look a far superior side on paper and even former captain Sourav Ganguly has backed Kohli’s men to topple Pakistan. He also believes that Pakistan are no more a threat in world cricket in limited-overs format.advertisement”I firmly believe that the reason India have had the better of Pakistan over the last ten years, is that they have been a better side. They have handled situations better. The last Pakistan team that competed, which actually could have given India sleepless nights was the 2003 team with Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar and Inzamam. They were a remarkable side, but since then Pakistan haven’t been the best side in the world,” Ganguly told India Today.Interestingly, when India lost to Pakistan in 2014, Kohli was the stand-in skipper in absence of MS Dhoni, who opted out of the tournament. Kohli is now the full time skipper after replacing Dhoni in January and his first big hurdle will be to avenge the Asia Cup defeat.Kohli has come a long way and is one of the best batsman in the world currently. His captaincy was tested in the long home Test season where India won 10 out of 13 Tests. He then tasted ODI and T20I series victories against England in January.Reuters PhotoSince the last Champions Trophy, Indian cricket has withstood certain transitions and has come out stronger. India had reached the final of the 2014 World T20, went as far as the semifinals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World T20.The likes of Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan (not that they were part of the Champions Trophy squad) retired from international cricket and MS Dhoni stepped down as the limited-overs captain. Under coach Anil Kumble, India have been virtually invincible. Besides the five successive Test series wins, India have also dominated New Zealand and England in the limited-overs formats.Pakistan on the other hand, will be without the services of Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, who have all retired from the game. They have a set of talented young cricketers in the set-up but it remains to be seen if they can challenge a rampant India, who are high on the confidence of their recent records and wear the aggression of their ruthless leader, who wants to win at costs.INDIA’S RECORD IN LIMITED-OVERS VS PAKISTAN SINCE 2012:ODIsJanuary 6 2013 – India beat Pakistan by 6 runsJune 15, 2013 – India beat Pakistan by 8 wicketsMarch 2, 2014 – Pakistan beat India by 1 wicketFebruary 15, 2015 – India beat Pakistan by 76 runsT20sMarch 21, 2014 – India beat Pakistan 7 wicketsFebruary 27, 2016 – India beat Pakistan by 5 wicketsMarch 19, 2016 – India beat Pakistan by 6 wicketslast_img read more

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Since Moving To 10 Teams, Here’s How The Big 12 Was Won

first_imgDefense wins championships. Even in the Big 12. Since moving to 10 teams back in 2011, every Big 12 title winner did the following things:Finished in the top three in the Big 12 in turnover marginFinished with an 8-1 record in conference playFinished with a top four defense in points per drive allowedDon’t believe me? Look. Here are the ranks of all the Big 12 champions since 2011 (I, unlike the Big 12, only count outright winners).screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-49-54-pmOklahoma State finished No. 1 in turnover margin in 2013 and 2015 and didn’t win the conference. Baylor’s 2014 defense was the “worst defense” to win the league since it went to 10 teams.Now look at the profiles of the two teams this year that have a chance of winning the conference. Only one fits the template of an outright Big 12 champion.Oklahoma has an historically atrocious defense for Oklahoma (more on this later on in the week) and currently ranks N0. 7 in points per drive allowed. No. 7! I put it at No. 6 though because the numbers for last week aren’t out yet, but I believe Baylor will drop below OU after whatever it was they did at AT&T Stadium on Saturday against Patty Mahomes.Furthermore, the worst points-per-drive number we have seen from a Big 12 champion is 1.91 from Baylor in 2014. OU’s is currently over 2.4! Here is a look at the current turnover margin leaderboard.screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-42-58-pmOU could flip this board around if it wins the turnover battle 3-0 or something like that, but it would have to win it 5-0 or better to actually finish ahead of OSU.Does any of this mean Oklahoma State should be the favorite in Norman? Of course not. But if OU wins the Big 12 on Saturday, it will go against the recent trend we have seen since 2011 of great defenses and teams that create a ton of turnovers winning the Big 12 conference.It would also prove the conference critics right for once about the Big 12 lacking defensive prowess. That has largely been a false narrative, but OU winning the league this year with one of its worst defenses under Bob Stoops would bad for the league and its general perception.Which is obviously why you should root for Oklahoma State to win.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 read more

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7 days agoWOW! Vidal delivers home truths to Barcelona pal Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say WOW! Vidal delivers home truths to Barcelona pal Dembeleby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArturo Vidal insists Barcelona must keep hold of Ousmane Dembele.Despite his problems off the pitch, Vidal says the France attacker has world class potential.He told L’Equipe: “Above all, Ousmane is a footballer with a crazy talent. When he reaches maturity, he will be an important player for Barça and the France team. “But, clearly, he needs to mature. To listen to his body, to be better prepared to avoid injuries. In football, if you want to be the best, you have to get up, eat and go to bed thinking football. And then, do not rest on your achievements. “Football evolves so fast, you have to constantly innovate, discover other ways to surprise the opponent, be curious … You can not bet everything on your talent. I think Ousmane will realise at some point that he has to do more.” last_img read more

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Families launch claims against NL government over deaths in custody

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The families of two inmates who died in Newfoundland jails have filed lawsuits claiming that negligence by the province exacerbated their loved ones’ mental health conditions and led to their untimely deaths.Skye Martin, 27, died after harming herself in April 2018 while serving a sentence at the Newfoundland and Labrador Correctional Centre for Women in Clarenville, N.L.Douglas Neary, 37, died by suicide in August 2018 while being held on remand in Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, the province’s Victorian-era jail notorious for its outdated facilities and overcrowding.Neary and Martin’s cases, along with those of Samantha Piercey and Christopher Sutton, were the subject of an independent review launched after four people died in the province’s jails in the span of one year.In a statement Friday, a lawyer acting on behalf of Neary’s estate and family pledged to expose what he called “the antiquated, inhumane and neo-medieval managerial approach to corrections” at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.“Mr. Neary was an individual who needed help. He had no criminal record. He was not convicted of any criminal offence,” Bob Buckingham wrote. “He was improperly treated while incarcerated and, as set out in the statement of claim, his death was preventable.”Buckingham argues the province failed to modernize its correctional facilities, despite decades of inquiries and reports into alleged mistreatment of inmates and deaths in custody, creating a “recipe for disaster in Mr. Neary’s circumstance.”In her report last December into the four custodial deaths, retired police Supt. Marlene Jesso found conditions in the facilities contributed to the inmates’ poor mental health, but she did not conclude that action by staff could have prevented their deaths.Specific details about the four deaths were redacted in the public version of Jesso’s report, but the statements of claim in the Martin and Neary cases lay out key incidents leading up to their deaths.Both suits say the inmates had been taken off their prescribed medications and had shown signs that their mental health conditions were worsening in the days before their deaths. The suits also argue the inmates’ charter rights were violated and that they were subject to discriminatory treatment because of their mental health conditions.The statements of claim contain allegations that have not been tested in court, and court dates have not been set for either case.Provincial justice minister Andrew Parsons said it would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of cases that are before the courts. “This has been a very difficult time for the family and friends of the deceased, and I again express my sincere condolences,” he said in a statement.In Neary’s case, it is alleged that the 37-year-old father of two told penitentiary nursing staff he had been taking psychiatric medication and suffered from social anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Family members say they informed police of Neary’s struggles with addiction upon his arrest.While in jail, the claim says Neary was denied medical care for days while suffering from a fractured hand. It says he was taunted and threatened by correctional staff to the point that he was afraid to leave his cell.The claim says Neary was taken off his medication days before his Aug. 30, 2017 death. In medical assessments he had complained of increased anxiety and panic attacks and said he felt overwhelmed as a first-time inmate.“The plaintiffs state Mr. Neary’s medical crisis and subsequent death arose due to the negligence and/or reckless indifference of the defendant by its employees and agents,” the claim, filed Aug. 30, reads.A lawsuit filed by lawyer Jerome Kennedy on behalf of Skye Martin’s mother, Natasha Martin, says Martin had been a patient at Waterford Hospital, a mental health facility in St. John’s, when a jail sentence stemming from 2017 assault charges was increased.Before Martin’s transfer to the women’s facility in Clarenville, a forensic psychiatrist at the hospital sent a letter to the prison superintendent outlining Martin’s medication regime, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and history of substance abuse.According to the statement of claim, a psychiatrist at the prison assessed Martin in March 2018 and determined she was not depressed or suicidal, choosing to reduce and ultimately discontinue her medication regime.The claim also outlines previously redacted sections of Jesso’s report, which said Martin spent significant periods of time in segregation and was placed in “various forms of restraint to help manage her self-harming behaviour.” She asked to go to the hospital the day before she died but was told by the facility’s lieutenant to “refrain from this type of manipulative behaviour,” the claim states.On April 21, 2018, Martin was found choking on a sandwich in her cell and died later that day.Jesso, quoted in the statement of claim, wrote that although Martin’s death was not a suicide, “she accidentally died as a result of self-harming behaviour which had escalated during her incarceration and particularly in the days immediately before her death.”The suit alleges the “refusal to provide Skye with her required medication, and the use of segregation to deal with Skye’s mental health conditions, caused Skye to experience severe mental anguish and emotional injury.”Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Points of View Opening Night at Peace Gallery North

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Gallery North is hosting the 6th Annual ‘Points of View 2019′ Art Show.Opening Night for the event is Friday, March 1st, 2019, the event starts at 7 pm with refreshments, appetizers and live entertainment.The Flying Colours Artists’ Association’s exhibit is a joining of perspective and interpretation inspired by 8 different photographs. These images were submitted and chosen by the Association’s members. Once Artists received their images each Artist created their art to reflect their ‘Points of View’. Artists could enter as many art selections as they chose and many different art mediums and styles will be represented. Bev Baker, President of the Flying Colours Art Association said “We even have one member that has a pair of moccasins that she beaded the front using one of the reference photos,”The Gallery will be set up as collections, with the accompanying reference photograph on display. Allowing viewers of the art to see all the different perspectives and interpretations.All art on display will be available for purchase although they must stay on display until the exhibit is over.Point of View FB Event Page; CLICK HERE Flying Colours Artists’ Association FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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UN brings Sudanese tribes together for historic peace talks

Nearly five years after the signing of the peace pact ending more than two decades of north-south strife, one of Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil wars in which at least 2 million people were killed, tensions persist in Abyei, home to the Missiriya and Dinka Ngok tribes.In July, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague shifted some of the borders of Abyei, leaving control of the Heglig oil field with the national Government in Khartoum.Although that ruling was welcomed by both the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the two signatories to the 2005 peace agreement, the relationship between the Missiriya and Dinka Ngok tribes has been marked by clashes and inflamed tensions.Recognizing the need for dialogue at this critical juncture, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the Abyei Area Administration joined forces to bring the leaders of the two tribes together for the first time in the conflict’s history.During the 14 December meeting, which kicked off to cheering, drumming and dancing, top officials from the tribes discussed border security, arms control and migration issues.Over 2,000 people from both tribes attended the talks to accelerate reconciliation and to dispel misconceptions, such as the rumour that the Dinka intend to build a barrier to prevent the Missiriya from herding their cattle between pasture and water.“Peaceful co-existence is not a matter of choice, but is prerequisite for the continued existence of the two communities because the Missiriya and the Dinka will always remain neighbours irrespective of the 2011 referendum results,” said Amir Kwol Arop Kwol, Paramount Chief of the Dinka Ngok tribe.The dialogue was also the first in the history of peacebuilding in the Abyei area in which women took an active part in the talks.“Women bear the heaviest burden during conflict situations,” according to Nyancuk Truk, a representative of the Dinka. “We not only lose our sons and husband in the fighting, but we also lose our dignity.”UNDP stressed in a press release that “only through the support to community reconciliation dialogues in Sudan that bring together women groups, youth and traditional leaders will the region be able to ensure its hard-won peace.” 29 December 2009The United Nations has paved the way for historic talks between clashing tribes to bolster the fragile peace in the disputed oil-rich area of Abyei, close to the border between Sudan’s north and south and where a referendum on its future is scheduled to be held in 2011. read more

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Mahinda says lack of proper communication affected IndoLanka relationship

Leader of the opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa says lack of proper communication affected Sri Lanka’s relationship with India.Speaking at a forum in India today, Rajapaksa said that the bilateral relationship between India and Sri Lanka had been good at times and not so good as well. “The government changed in India. Working relationship between the governments changed. Lack of communication between the parties seemed to have led to this situation. Communication is a vital factor that can make or break relationships. Misunderstandings of the ’80s and 2014 could have been avoided with communication. On India’s dealing with SL, here’s my suggestion: If the outgoing party has given recognition to a working relationship with SL, then the incoming party should also give the same recognition. Changes in government have serious consequences for relationships and for both countries,” he said. Rajapaksa was speaking at the third edition of The Huddle, The Hindu’s two-day annual thought conclave, at the ITC Gardenia hotel in Bengaluru.“I believe that sharing ideas and learning from one another is key to understanding each other. India and Sri Lanka are one family, with shared cultural values. And with any family, the journey is not always smooth. Visits of the Buddha and later disciples are landmark moments in Sri Lanka’s history. Then, Mahatma Gandhi’s influence on national thought process. I see these as part of our relationship,” The Hindu quoted Rajapaksa as saying. “Both our countries have experienced the threat and terror of a few who work for their selfish motives. In the 80s, the LTTE found save haven in India and claimed the life of Rajiv Gandhi, killed 1500 soldiers. It was a troubled time in our bilateral relationship. The mistakes we have made, we learn from them. And move towards a future where mistakes are not repeated,” he said. He said noted two major breakdowns in Sri Lanka’s relationship with India, one in the 1980s and the other in 2014.He said that even when Sri Lanka was engaged in a war against the cruelest terrorist group in the world, India’s relationship was friendly. He said India’s understanding was a key factor in eliminating terrorism.However he noted that in 2014, a change of Government in India resulted in a breakdown in the relationship between both countries. Rajapaksa also said that a strong mechanism at country-country level should be in place to clear any misunderstanding that may pop up from time to time. (Colombo Gazette) However, he said it was important for both countries to understand the trends that impact both countries and best explore them to mutual benefits. read more

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US announces 12B settlement with Toyota files criminal charge for misleading statements

Attorney General Eric Holder announces a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota over its disclosure of safety problems, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Eric Tucker And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2014 6:38 am MDT WASHINGTON – Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. government, admitting that it hid information about defects that caused Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly and resulted in injuries and deaths.Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the penalty is the largest of its kind ever imposed on an auto company. The four-year criminal investigation focused on whether Toyota promptly reported the problems related to unintended acceleration.The company admitted to misleading consumers and regulators by assuring them that it had adequately addressed an acceleration problem stemming from ill-fitting floor mats— which attracted widespread publicity in 2009 following a car crash in San Diego that killed a family of four — through a limited safety recall of certain models.Toyota knew at the time that it had not recalled other models susceptible to the same problem and also took steps to conceal from regulators a separate acceleration problem related to a faulty pedal, according to the Justice Department.“In other words, Toyota confronted a public safety emergency as it if were a simple public relations problem,” Holder said at a news conference.According to a statement of facts filed in the case, an exasperated Toyota employee was said to have remarked at one point, “Idiots! Someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told. I can’t support this.”Toyota said in a statement that in the four years since the recalls it had “made fundamental changes to become a more responsive and customer-focused organization, and we are committed to continued improvements.”The company’s finances have recovered from the recalls, as well as the recession and the 2011 tsunami in Japan. But its once-sterling reputation for quality and reliability has been tarnished, and its market share is still below where it was in 2009.Prosecutors filed a criminal charge Wednesday alleging the company defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements. They said they’ll move to dismiss the charge in three years if Toyota complies with the terms of the settlement. An independent monitor will review policies, practices and procedures at the company.No Toyota executives were charged under the deal. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York, whose office brought the case, said he expected the agreement to be a “final resolution.”Starting in 2009, Toyota issued massive recalls, mostly in the U.S., totalling more than 10 million vehicles for various problems including faulty brakes, sticky gas pedals and ill-fitting floor mats. From 2010 through 2012, Toyota paid fines totalling more than $66 million for delays in reporting safety problems. Toyota agreed last year to pay more than $1 billion to owners of its cars who claimed to have suffered economic losses because of the recalls.The company still faces wrongful death and injury lawsuits that have been consolidated in California state and federal courts. In December, Toyota filed court papers after saying that it’s in settlement talks on nearly 400 U.S. lawsuits, but some other cases aren’t included in the talks.The negotiations began less than two months after an Oklahoma jury awarded $3 million in damages to the injured driver of a 2005 Camry and to the family of a passenger who was killed.The ruling was significant because Toyota had won all previous unintended acceleration cases that went to trial. It was also the first case where attorneys for plaintiffs argued that the car’s electronics — in this case the software connected to a midsize Camry’s electronic throttle-control system — were the cause of the unintended acceleration.At the time, legal experts said the Oklahoma verdict might cause Toyota to consider a broad settlement of the remaining cases.Toyota has blamed drivers, stuck accelerators or floor mats that trapped the gas pedal for the acceleration claims that led to the big recalls of Camrys and other vehicles. The company has repeatedly denied the electronics are flawed.No recalls have been issued related to problems with onboard electronics. In the Oklahoma case, Toyota attorneys theorized that the driver mistakenly pumped the gas pedal instead of the brake when her Camry ran through an intersection and slammed into an embankment.But after the verdict, jurors told AP they believed the testimony of an expert who said he found flaws in the car’s electronics.While significant, the latest penalty isn’t a severe hit to Toyota’s finances. In its last fiscal quarter alone, Toyota posted a $5.2 billion profit, crediting strong global sales.Toyota’s U.S. market share, however, has fallen more than 4 percentage points since unintended acceleration came to the forefront in August of 2009, when a California Highway Patrol officer and three others were killed in a fiery crash.At the time, Toyota controlled 17.8 per cent of the U.S. market. Gas prices were high, favouring Toyota’s fuel-efficient small cars and hybrids. Detroit automakers were in serious financial trouble and had few fuel-efficient cars for sale.By last month, though, Toyota’s share totalled just 13.3 per cent, according to Autodata Corp. Citi research analyst Itay Michaeli estimated last week that the recalls have cost Toyota more than 1 percentage point of market share. And the Detroit and South Korean automakers now sell more competitive small and midsize cars.The Toyota case could foreshadow what’s in store for General Motors. The same U.S. attorney’s office is investigating the Detroit auto giant for its slow response to a faulty ignition switch problem in older compact cars that has been linked to at least 31 crashes and 12 deaths. NHTSA also is investigating whether GM withheld information about the problem and could fine the automaker $35 million.__Krisher contributed from Detroit US announces $1.2B settlement with Toyota, files criminal charge for ‘misleading statements’ read more

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UN delivers much needed humanitarian supplies to vulnerable groups in Syria

UNICEF has managed to deliver 43 trucks containing humanitarian provisions to the town, spokesperson Christophe Boulierac told reporters in Geneva, noting that the trucks had passed through the Nusyabin crossing point in Turkey over the past few days with supplies to assist 2.3 million people in need.Contained in the shipments are water treatment products, hygiene and baby kits, water purification tablets, washing powder and soap, diarrhoea disease sets, and midwifery kits and the delivery comes at a critical time when access all over Syria remains a major challenge for UNICEF and other humanitarian actors.In north-east Syria alone, around 1 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance. A further 5.6 million children country-wide are in urgent need, including more than two million living in hard-to-reach areas with limited or no access to humanitarian assistance. Mr. Boulierac quoted Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, who said: “The delivery is a significant break-through but it is certainly not enough and we would need more to reach children impacted by the conflict across the country especially those living in hard-to-reach areas.”Meanwhile, the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, wrapped up a humanitarian mission to Damascus, during which he held a meeting with the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Miqdad, as part of the joint UN effort.UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said Mr. Krähenbühl underlined the importance of resuming distributions to civilians remaining in or unable to leave the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk; of ensuring the safe exit of those civilians wishing to temporarily leave the camp; and of broadening the humanitarian response to those civilians from Yarmouk who have arrived in areas in the immediate vicinity of the camp.According to Mr. Gunness, the Syrian Government responded positively and Mr. Krähenbühl reported that UNRWA had been able to distribute humanitarian supplies.“Access yesterday and today to civilians from Yarmouk who arrived in nearby Yalda is a positive development and the result of dialogue with the government,” said Mr. Krähenbühl. “UNRWA hopes to build on this in coming days.”Welcoming the Government’s close cooperation with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Gunness stressed that he is well aware of the fact that the situation remains critical for thousands of civilians, and he stressed that the agency would spare no effort in finding ways to assist civilians inside Yarmouk and to further improve the support to those who have fled the camp.He would be following developments in the coming days very closely, he said, reiterating UNRWA’s call for all possible measures to be taken to ensure respect for and protection of Palestinian and Syrian civilians inside Yarmouk. He also drew attention to the fact that civilians in several other Palestine refugee camps in Syria also face extreme hardship. read more

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Stricker holds lead at Memorial Tournament Byrd Kuchar follow close behind

Steve Stricker has a spot in the final pairing Sunday, after shooting a 3-under-par 69 on Saturday at the Memorial Tournament. Stricker is 12-under-par in the tournament, three strokes ahead of his nearest competitor. Stricker, looking to capture his 10th PGA Tour victory, said to win the Memorial would rank with some of his greatest wins. “It’s a great tournament,” Stricker said. “(Jack Nicklaus) is the greatest player of all time, and to win his tournament would be pretty special.” Paired with Stricker for the final day of play is Jonathan Byrd, who shot a 3-under-par 69 to put himself at 9-under-par for the tournament. “Anytime you get in the final group on Sunday, you’ve done a great job,” Byrd said. “Today I played well all day.” Byrd said playing in the final group on a Sunday is a fun environment and that the added attention and pressure help his game. “I think the hardest environment to play in is when there’s like two people out there,” Byrd said. “When there’s a ton of people you just block everybody out.” Matt Kuchar will join Brandt Jobe on Sunday as the second-to-last group to tee off. Kuchar finished his day with a 4-under-par 68, putting him four shots off the lead. He said looking at the leaderboard was a little disheartening. “I was playing some great golf and finally got a chance to look at the leaderboard,” Kuchar said. “Stricker was matching me shot for shot out there.” Phil Mickelson, who finished the day with an even-par 72, said that, despite being 10 shots off the lead, he is pretty happy with many aspects of his game. “I’m actually pretty pleased with a lot of areas that I feel like I’ve been doing well,” he said. “But the one area that I’m identifying I’ll spend a little time now on is putting.” Stricker and Kuchar appeared unstoppable on the front nine on Saturday. Stricker got off to a strong start with an eagle on the second hole, and another eagle on the fifth hole. He finished the front nine shooting a 5-under-par 31. “It was a great start,” Stricker said. “Holing one out at the second hole and then making another eagle at No. 5.” Kuchar also shot a 5-under-par 31 on the front nine, and had seven birdies in nine holes. He said it would be tough for anyone to catch Stricker on Sunday. “Strick has got it all,” Kuchar said. “It’s going to take a low number for anyone to knock Steve Stricker tomorrow to have a chance.” Play begins at 8 a.m. Sunday. Stricker and Byrd will tee off at 1:35 p.m. read more

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Football Ohio State Buckeyes wont let bye week halt momentum

The Buckeyes line up prior to taking the field for warmups before the Ohio State-Nebraska game on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 6 Ohio State (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) has found itself in the midst of a hot stretch. But through no fault of its own, that stretch will be put on hold this weekend.The Buckeyes have a bye week and will not play until they welcome No. 2 Penn State to Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in a battle of Big Ten powers.“It’s definitely going to be fun to have a week off and refresh,” junior linebacker Jerome Baker said after the Buckeyes’ 56-14 win over Nebraska. “It’s a good time because we’ve got two weeks to prepare for Penn State. As everybody knows that’s a great team, so it’s definitely good for us.”Since its Week 2 loss to Oklahoma, Ohio State has rolled on both sides of the ball, even though its special teams has looked incompetent. The Buckeyes have defeated their past five opponents — Army, UNLV, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska — by a combined score of 266-56 and have outgained opponents by 1,885 yards. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett has thrown for at least 200 yards every game and accounted for 22 touchdowns over the span without an interception. In the past five games, opponents have scored just three first-half touchdowns against the starting defense. “This is a good time to be cooking, but it’s also a good time to have a bye week and get these guys fresh,” Meyer said Saturday. “We’re still finalizing how we’re going to do the bye week.”After its longest road trip of the season and the third night game away from home, Ohio State took Sunday off. For the first time all season, it did not feel rushed to jump into preparation for its next opponent, even though the Nittany Lions might be the most formidable opponent of the year. Redshirt junior wideout Terry McLaurin said Ohio State appreciates the week off, which allows it to focus heavily on its next opponent, but it also must balance that with maintaining steady improvement.“As far as just keeping the pedal off the gas, we’ve got to keep it going,” McLaurin said. “We’ve got a nice train rolling right now. We just want to come into this bye week focused and ready to get better.”Nearly a year ago, then-No. 2 Ohio State traveled to State College, Pennsylvania, to take on Penn State, a team that had just come off a bye week and handily defeated Maryland before its off week. Conversely, Wisconsin took the Buckeyes into overtime before Ohio State was able to come away with a hard-fought 30-27 overtime victory in Madison, Wisconsin. As the Buckeyes battled, the Nittany Lions rested.Both teams’ schedules are flipped this year.Not only will the Buckeyes be playing a game for the first time in two weeks when they play host to Penn State, but the Nittany Lions will be coming off a game against No. 19 Michigan. Even though the Wolverines have not looked as threatening this year, their stingy defense has not allowed more than 20 points in a game and will test a strong Nittany Lion offense.Though the Buckeyes have avoided outright saying they were looking forward to avenging last year’s loss to Penn State in prior weeks, it’s not a stretch to believe it has been in the back of their minds since the white-clad fans stormed Beaver Stadium as the Scarlet and Gray walked dejectedly back to the locker room.Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis admitted as much saying the team has had an eye on Penn State for a while and mentioned the coaches have been preparing for this matchup for weeks. But for now, Ohio State rests, awaiting a chance for revenge. read more

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Charity Commission investigates student unions over calls to boycott Israel

first_imgA spokesman for the Charity Commission said: “Concerns have been raised with us about a number of student union charities – we have assessed those concerns in line with our usual processes. “In addition, we will be writing to a number of further student union charities in England & Wales that are reported to have been involved in the BDS movement, to ensure that their trustees are aware of and fulfilling their legal duties and responsibilities, including to comply with our guidance on charities and campaigning.” Baroness Ruth Deech has previously warned that some of Britain’s leading universities are becoming no-go zones for Jewish students. The Union of Jewish Students has identified 21 Students’ Unions which have some form of BDS policy in place.Of these, two are in Scotland so would be outside of the Charity Commission’s jurisdiction. Earlier this month the National Union of Students (NUS) conducted research into the experience of Jewish students on campus.They found that the majority of Jewish students who belonged to student unions which had BDS policies in place did not feel comfortable. One respondent cited in the research said that they felt the BDS policies “threatens safety of Jews on campus” while another said it “seems like a front to get rid of Jewish culture in campus”.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Baroness Deech, a cross-bench peer who formerly held the highest office dealing with student complaints, said that the extreme levels of hostility towards Israel at universities across the country can at times go so far as to equate to anti-Semitism.According to charity laws, registered charities must not engage in political campaigns which do not further their charitable objectives. Since the stated objectives of student unions tend to centre around the promotion of education and welfare of their students, committing time and resources to campaigning for an Israel boycott could fall foul of charity law.If the student unions refuse to comply with the Charity Commission’s request for further information about their BDS policies, they could face further regulatory action including a full statutory investigation or enforced removal of their trustees. Student unions are being probed by the Charity Commission over their support for a boycott of Israel, which has been blamed for fuelling anti-Semitism on university campuses across the country.The charity watchdog said that it is preparing to write to more than a dozen student unions which have endorsed the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movements to demand further information.The BDS movement, which calls for an international boycott of Israel, describes itself as a human rights organisation. It says it stands for “freedom, justice and equality” and “categorically opposes as a matter of principle all forms of racism”.But leaders in the Jewish community say that growing support for BDS has led to a rise in anti-Semitism on campus.Earlier this year the Universities Minsiter Jo Johnson wrote to university leaders urging them to tackle “intimidation and violence” against Jewish students ahead of Israel Apartheid Week. Jonathan Arkush, chair of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said: “The Jewish community experience is that anti-Israel bigotry and agitation on campus is directly linked to a deterioration of the atmosphere to an extent where Jewish students feel personally threatened and unsafe.  “Since student unions generally enjoy charitable status and investigation by the charity commission into the legality of anti-Israel policies is in our view justified and long overdue.” Baroness Ruth Deech is a British academic and cross-bench peer Baroness Ruth Deech is a British academic and cross-bench peerCredit:Rosie Hallamlast_img read more

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Giant chunk of meteorite pulled out of Russian lake

first_imgREMEMBER THE GIANT meteorite that hit Russia in February?It hit the Chelyabinsk region of the Russian Urals and 1,600 people were injured by the shock wave from the explosion, which was believed to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs.A file photo provided by Chelyabinsk.ru of a meteorite contrail seen over the Ural Mountains’ city of Chelyabinsk. Pic: AP Photo/Chelyabinsk.ru, Yekaterina PustynnikovaIn February, it smashed into the then-frozen Chebarkul Lake. Now that the lake has thawed out, scientists say they have recovered what could be the largest part of the meteorite from the lake.They said scales showed it weighed at least a hefty 1,256 pounds – although the giant steelyard balance used to weigh it broke right after it displayed that number.Sergei Zamozdra, an associate professor at Chelyabinsk State University, told Russian television the excavated fragment was definitely a chunk of the meteorite.(TheBadAstronomer/YouTube)- Additional reporting from Associated PressRead: Did you see a fireball blazing across Ireland on Wednesday night?>Read: Why was the Russian meteorite captured on so many dashboard cameras?>Videos: Around 950 injured after meteor strikes central Russia>last_img read more

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Le Sri Lanka touché par des inondations meurtrières

first_imgLe Sri Lanka touché par des inondations meurtrièresDe fortes pluies de mousson ont engendré de graves inondations dans le centre et l’est du Sri Lanka. Alors que des centaines de milliers de personnes ont dû quitter leurs habitations, des coulées de boues ont tué hier sept personnes, dont deux enfants.Un garçon âgé de six ans et une petite fille de neuf ans ont en effet été emportés par des coulées de boues dans le district de Badulla, situé dans le centre du Sri Lanka, rapporte l’AFP. De violentes pluies de moussons se sont abattues sur le pays, et les inondations qu’elles ont provoqué ont contraint plus de 750.000 personnes à quitter leurs maisons désormais inhabitables.À lire aussi”Choc Climatique” : les propositions du Sénat pour que la France agisseCe type de catastrophes meurtrières et dévastatrices ne sont pas inhabituelles au Sri Lanka, pays qui connaît chaque année deux saison de mousson, entre mai et septembre, puis entre décembre et février. En novembre dernier déjà, de telles inondations avaient touché la capitale de l’île tropicale, Colombo, et ce sont quelque 300.000 personnes qui avaient dû quitter leurs maisons endommagées.Si les pluies saisonnières permettent au pays d’irriguer ses terres et d’alimenter ses barrages électriques, chaque année des victimes sont à déplorer, et des dégâts matériels coûtent des  millions de roupies à l’Etat.Le 10 janvier 2011 à 15:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Schmeichel asks for patience for Paul Pogba

first_imgThe Manchester United legend believes it will take some time for the French footballer to return to his best level in the English Premier LeagueManchester United footballer Paul Pogba has been on the spotlight recently.Before the start of the 2018-2019 English Premier League season, he was rumored to be moving away from Manchester.But he stayed and now his form has been under attack lately.And for former Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel, it will just be a matter of time to be able to see the real potential Pogba has.“Paul’s come back from the World Cup having won it, he’s come back very early and it’s really difficult,” Schmeichel told talkSPORT as quoted by Goal.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I’ve obviously never been all the way to the final but I went to the quarter-final and to come back with very little break, very little holiday after you’ve been on this incredible high – you find yourself in this state that’s been going on for three or four weeks and then it’s gone.”“You completely deflate and to inflate yourself again it just takes time,” he said.“Unfortunately, the football calendar is such that even the guys all the way to the final won’t have much of a break.”“Hopefully later on in the season there is an opportunity to give those players just a little bit of a breather – it is so difficult, honestly,” he added.“Your mind is somewhere else, you look at the 11 months ahead of you and think, ‘This is the steepest mountain’ and at some point, you need to just get away from it.”last_img read more

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Heartland Firefighters of La Mesa said goodbye to canine member

first_img Posted: January 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, January 27, 2019 LA MESA (KUSI)- A canine search dog and member of California Task Force 8 passed away. The 11-year-old dog, named Stella, lost her battle with cancer.A ceremony was held to honor Stella for all the service she has done with Heartland Fire.Santee Fire Department and San Diego Fire Department were there to support.“Stella was a vital resource for the entire Nation, and a deeply loved member of this department,” said Heartland Firefighters of La Mesa.To see images and video: Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 5:09 PM Heartland Firefighters of La Mesa said goodbye to canine memberlast_img read more

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Voters turn in ballots across Washington

first_imgBallots for the Nov. 4 general election are starting to trickle in to elections offices in Clark County and around the state.As of Monday, about 10.6 percent of eligible voters had returned ballots. That’s 417,403 ballots out of more than 3.9 million that were mailed earlier this month, according to the secretary of state’s office. The state is on track to see its projected 60 percent voter turnout.In Clark County, voters have returned 13.48 percent, or 33,570, of the 248,980 ballots.Cathie Garber, the county’s election supervisor, said she’s projecting 51 percent voter turnout locally, but hoping for 60 percent.“I would love to see voters take the time to cast an informed vote,” she said.Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in an earlier interview with The Columbian she expects the county charter vote will boost participation in Clark County. Spirited campaigning has been taking place on both sides.Also for the first time in years, Clark County voters will choose a new sheriff. Voters also have an opportunity to choose who will represent them in Washington, D.C., and Olympia for the next two years.Two diametrically opposed gun measures are on the ballot: Initiative 594 would expand mandatory background checks on buyers to include private and online sales. Initiative 591 would prevent the state from adopting stricter standards than what federal law dictates.Class size initiativeAnother initiative on the ballot will ask whether to lower class sizes in public schools. Initiative 1351 calls for shrinking classroom sizes over a four-year period.last_img read more

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