Soccer star Zinedine Zidane’s childhood home in Marseille is being demolished, part of an urban renewal project aimed at rehabilitating a blighted area of the southern French city.Journalists and neighbours crowded around as construction vehicles on Wednesday went to work tearing apart “Building G,” unofficially referred to as the “Zidane building,” in the Castellan neighborhood of northern Marseille.Zidane, a child of Algerian immigrants, became a French soccer idol after he and his ethnically diverse teammates won the World Cup at home in 1998. But his playing career ended badly when he head-butted an opponent and was thrown out of the 2006 World Cup final.The 43-year-old has since turned to coaching, taking the job with Real Madrid earlier this year.
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Bengaluru, Aug 29 (PTI) Sony India has set up a marketing budget of Rs 150-crore for the upcoming festive season and for the entire year the company has set a target of Rs 420 crore for the same, its Managing Director Kenichiro Hibi said today.”The festive period of August-November is an important period for us to further enhance our sales. The marketing budget for this years festive season will be 150 crore, besides Rs 420 crore for the whole year,” Hibi told PTI here.Hibi was here to promote Sony Indias business in Bengaluru and Karnataka.The company is expecting a positive growth this festive season as it would see major sporting events like New Zealand and England home series against India.”These cricketing events, especially the home series, boosts sales of television sets in India, unlike when it doesnt motivate customers when there are no sporting events,” he said.To a query, he said this year Sony is aiming 25 per cent growth in customer audio and video segments across India.”This year, we are projecting to make 25 per cent sales growth in audio and video segment across India and Karnataka region should be bigger than that,” he told reporters earlier.To another query, Hibi said Karnataka is the major market for Sony India contributing 10 to 15 per cent growth annually.”The total contribution of Karnataka to Sony India is 10 to 15 per cent annually. This is one of the major markets because we have 25 branches,” he said.Also, the growth ratio compared to other states is the biggest for Karnataka, he said.advertisementHowever, Maharashtra is on par with thisneighbouring state with similar growth charts, Hibi said.”The growth ratio of Karnataka is the biggest compared to other states. However, Maharashtra is registering similar growth, but Karnataka is clearly leading at this moment,” he added.The company is doing good business in the premium segment of Bengaluru market because it is able to match the technological demands of the people in the city, which is the IT hub of India, Hibi said.”The potential of Bengaluru market is good. We are doing good business here because it is IT hub and customers seek good technology and the company is able to match to their demands,” he said.”Not only in Bengaluru, but also the company sees continuous growth in other parts of Karnataka like Mysuru, Hubli and Mangaluru markets as well,” Hibi said. PTI BDN RA APR ABI
With half of the Champions League group stage games done and dusted, matchday four brings a clearer shape to Europe’s top competition as the best pull ahead of the rest in the race to qualify for the knockout rounds.In Group G though, it is still anybody’s guess as to who will make it into the last-16 as holders Real Madrid, Roma and CSKA Moscow all chase the top two spots.Santiago Solari – taking charge of his first Champions League game – knows that a win will keep his Los Blancos side in prime position to progress but will be wary of opponents Viktoria Plzen, who could throw themselves back into the race with a win themselves. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Defeat however and victory for Roma would see the Czech Republic outfit eliminated with two games to spare.Having fallen just short in the 2-1 return fixture a fortnight ago , Pavel Vrba’s side will hope to go one better on home turf and claim a shock win – but does the might of Madrid offer too much for them to handle? Game Viktoria Plzen vs Real Madrid Date Wednesday, November 7 Time 8:00pm BST / 3pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision Deportes fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport ESPN and livestreamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport ESPN BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Viktoria Plzen players Goalkeepers Kozacik, Hruska, Svacek Defenders Hejda, Hubnik, Limbersky, Reznik, Hajek, Havel, Pernica Midfielders Prochazka, Horava, Zeman, Kopic, Petrzela, Hrosovsky, Bucha, Cermak, Ekpai Forwards Chory, Reznicek Viktoria Plzen XI: Hruska; Reznik, Hejda, Hubnik, Limbersky; Prochazka, Hrosovsky; Havel, Cermak, Kopic; Chory. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla,Courtois Defenders Ramos, Nacho, Odriozola, Reguilon, Javi Sanchez Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Llorente, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Asensio, Vinicius Jr Madrid caretaker Solari takes charge of his first Champions League encounter, and has chosen Thibaut Courtois ahead of Keylor Navas in goal for Wednesday’s match.Jesus Vallejo, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Raphael Varane all remain sidelined, while Vinicius Junior remains on the bench and Luka Modric is also rested for the clash.Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Odriozola, Nacho, Ramos, Reguilon; Ceballos, Casemiro, Kroos; Vazquez, Benzema, Bale.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are 3/10 favourites to take the victory, according to B et 365 , while a draw is available at 5/1. Viktoria Plzen, meanwhile, are priced at 10/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview With Julen Lopetegui’s tenure officially consigned to the history books following his disappointing start in charge of Real Madrid, the Champions League holders now must look to turn their season around and rediscover their form of old.Their 2-1 victory at home to Viktoria Plzen just over a fortnight ago gave them their first win in six games across all competitions but proved to be the briefest of reprieves for Lopetegui before his dismissal.Solari is the man who has been tasked with filling the position of manager on an interim basis and the 42-year-old – a member of the Madrid team who lifted the Champions League in 2002 against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow – will be keen to make his mark in charge.Domestic victories against Melilla and Valladolid have given him a winning start but the trip to Plzen represents his toughest test yet.Karim Benzema is likely to start up front once more, despite not having found the net for eight games for Madrid, but Solari has backed his striker to deliver, hailing him as ‘incredible’ .As for Plzen, they have only managed to muster a single point so far in Group G following a 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow; they were subsequently drubbed 5-0 by Roma before their defeat to Los Blancos.Like Madrid, they come in on the back of a win, having claimed a 1-0 victory over Banik Ostrava to earn a measure of revenge for their defeat in the Czech Cup to the same opponents four days prior.Despite the absence of the injured defensive trio of Raphael Varane, Daniel Carvajal and Marcelo , Plzen boss Pavel Vrba remains wary of the La Liga outfit, warning his side that they have quality in spades.“Real Madrid still has a huge quality even though they miss any player,” the manager said in his pre-match press conference.“I think Madrid’s game is clear. They always want to control the game and dominate. We will aim to surprise them.”
MIAMI — A onetime clinic owner accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to several Major League Baseball players and a cousin of Alex Rodriguez who injected the star with steroids have been charged in what prosecutors called a drug conspiracy, authorities said.Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Mia Ro said Yuri Sucart was among nine people arrested. Also arrested was former Biogenesis of America clinic owner Anthony Bosch, who was chargedAug. 5 with conspiracy to distribute steroids, according to court records. The documents do not specify whether the charges are directly related to the Major League Baseball scandal.It was not immediately clear what Sucart had been charged with.Sucart, 52, was banned from the Yankees clubhouse, charter flights, bus and other team-related activities by Major League Baseball in 2009 after Rodriguez admitted he used steroids while with Texas from 2000 to 2003, saying Sucart obtained and injected the drugs for him.Court documents say that from October 2008 through December 2012, Bosch willfully conspired to distribute the anabolic steroid testosterone.Bosch surrendered and eight other people also have been arrested, including Sucart, Ro said. Among the others charged were Carlos Javier Acevedo, 35, of Miami; Jorge Augustine Velazquez, 43, of Miami; Christopher Benjamin Engroba, 25, of Miami; Lazaro Daniel Collazo, 50, of Hialeah; and Juan Carlos Nuñez, 48, of Fort Lauderdale.Collazo is a former pitching coach for the universities of Miami, Louisville and South Florida who has also worked as a private instructor with numerous high school, college and professional pitchers.His University of Miami biography says he worked with Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer during his 1991 comeback attempt, seven years after Palmer’s retirement.A Miami New Times report from January 2013, which sparked MLB’s investigation, said Rodriguez had bought human growth hormone and other substances from 2009 to 2012 from Bosch’s clinic, Biogenesis of America. The newspaper said it had obtained records detailing the purchases by Rodriguez and other ballplayers.Fourteen players associated with the Coral Gables clinic were disciplined last year by MLB, including a season-long 2014 suspension imposed on Rodriguez.MLB had sued Bosch and his clinic but withdrew the lawsuit in February. The lawsuit had accused them of conspiring with players to violate their contracts by providing them with banned substances.Although the lawsuit sought unspecified damages, it also provided a way for MLB to subpoena clinic records.Rodriguez, who denied using banned substances while playing for the New York Yankees, initially fought the suspension. He finally ended his fight with MLB in February, accepting the suspension and withdrawing a pair of lawsuits against the MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association.Rodriguez’s suspension is the longest penalty in the sport’s history related to performance-enhancing drugs. He was the only player involved in the scandal to contest his penalty.By the time Biogenesis closed its doors in a beige, nondescript office park across the street from the University of Miami, its neighbors had been warned to alert authorities if they saw Bosch.Employees in neighboring businesses said they received a flier in January 2013 with Bosch’s picture, stating that he wasn’t a doctor and was no longer allowed on the property.Other people who worked in the building have said they never recognized any of the people entering or leaving the clinic, but they took note of the flashy cars they parked out front — Mercedes, Range Rovers and Bentleys.The New Times report said it had obtained notes by Bosch listing player names and the substance they received. Several unidentified employees and clients confirmed to the publication that the clinic distributed the substances, and they said that Bosch bragged of supplying drugs to professional athletes, but they never saw the sports stars in the office.At the time, Bosch’s attorney said the reports were inaccurate and filled with “misstatements of fact.” The paper also reported that Sucart was listed as having purchased HGH.(JENNIFER KAY)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Call it karmic cycle or norm of entertainment industry, Hiten Tejwani who’s known for replacing other TV stars, has been ousted from a show for the first time in eighteen years.Hiten who was planning to delve into comedy genre for the first time with Namune got replaced overnight in the show by Gutur Gu actor Kunal Kumar.But the actor has taken the news sportingly with the maturity we expect from this very sensible actor.Hiten confirmed the news to Bombay Times, “So far, I have replaced actors, but this is the first time I have been replaced without intimation. I have been a part of this industry and such things are quite common. I shot for four days for the pilot of the show. I did a lot of prep for it, as this was also the first time I was venturing into comedy. It’s not an easy genre. It takes effort to get into the skin of the character. I was very excited about the project, but now, what can I say?”He also said, “After the look test was done, I was wondering what happened, as there was no communication from their end. So, when the shooting date came near, I got in touch with someone I knew in the production team and the person was shocked that I wasn’t informed about the development. He broke the news to me that I had been replaced. Actors are often replaced, if they don’t suit a character or fit the bill. However, my problem was that they felt that I didn’t look like a lower middle-class guy, despite trying every trick in the book to make me look like one! Then suddenly, someone else was brought on board for my part overnight, and I wasn’t even informed about it. I’ve been a part of the industry for years and I have seen it all, but I am sure something like this would be difficult for new actors. They would take time to come to terms with what just hit them. It can also dent their confidence, as they would wonder why they were suddenly replaced, without even been given an opportunity to improve their acting.”advertisementHiten had entered the small screen with Ekta Kapoor’s Ghar Ek Mandir in 2000 and has featured in pivotal roles in popular shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kutumb, Pavitra Rishta, Kasautii Zindagii Kay. He was last seen in popular reality show Bigg Boss 11.
Virat Kohli’s style of captaincy four years ago was more “instinctive” but has now become more inclusive as he has mellowed down with the passage of time, feels the legendary Kapil Dev.The 1983 World Cup winning captain said that there is no better person to lead India in a “daunting mission” like the World Cup in England.”I must say, he (Kohli) has matured amazingly from the time he has taken over captaincy from Dhoni. I know he has been criticised for being aggressive, sometimes brash but that’s how he has played the game,” Kapil said in a newly released book ‘World Cup Warriors’ written by veteran journalist Vijay Lokapally of ‘The Hindu’.”He may have looked childish to some but there was never any doubt that he was challenging himself to take the game to the next level.”He was instinctive four years back but he has mellowed. You can see the difference in how he seeks reviews from the third umpire. He doesn’t mind consulting his colleagues and that’s a sign of maturity,” Kapil said.The new book is a ready reckoner, profiling all the 15 members of India’s World Cup squad along with head coach Ravi Shastri, with each player being assessed by former India World Cup stars.The book also comprises Austin Coutinho’s caricatures of all the players.Also Read | Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venueAlso Read | Give him any role, Hardik Pandya takes it up with a smile: KL RahulAlso See:advertisement
EMPLOYEES OF THE WOODBURY COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE FOUND WATER COMING THROUGH THE CEILING ONTO SOME OF THE DESKS WHEN THEY CAME TO WORK FRIDAY MORNING.BECKY MOREHEAD SAYS WATER HAD SOAKED THE CARPET AND DESKS AND THERE WAS EVEN WATER IN A LIGHT FIXTURE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/WET.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..DURING THE NIGHT. :13THE WATER WAS COMING FROM A FAUCET ON A SECOND FLOOR SINK IN THE COURTHOUSE THAT HAD BEEN LEFT RUNNING.SOME COMPUTERS AND OFFICE FURNITURE WERE DAMAGED FROM THE DRIPPING WATER.
Man City boss Guardiola tells cheeky Ederson: Don’t change!by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was happy with a cheeky piece of play from Ederson during victory over Wolves.The Brazilian registered a clean sheet against Wolves during City’s 3-0 win at the Etihad, but it was a moment in the second half which grabbed the attention of the crowd…Ederson journeyed into midfield just minutes before full-time, passing a number of times coolly and calmly as ever.Speaking after the clash, Pep said: “I’m so pleased because he lives high on the pitch and defends with our back four.”(Adama) Traore is one of fastest payers I’ve ever seen in my life so handle the risk is not easy, our build-up was better and it is what it is.”We love Ederson the way he is!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close zoom Dorian LPG Ltd. has successfully completed a subscription for its private placement of 80,405,405 shares to Norwegian and international institutional investors at a price of NOK 18.50, representing approximately $250 million in proceeds (the Private Placement). The Private Placement follows a week after the announcement that Dorian LPG entered into an agreement with Scorpio Tankers Inc. to acquire Scorpio’ fleet of 11 Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) newbuildings and an option to build two additional VLGCs.The Private Placement is expected to close on November 14, 2013, subject to satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions and the completion of the Transaction. Upon closing of the Private Placement, the company will have 213,579,150 shares issued and outstanding.The company plans to use the proceeds from the Private Placement to part finance a series of VLGC newbuildings and for general corporate purposes.Pareto Securities AS acted as Global Coordinator with Arctic Securities ASA, DNB Markets, and Fearnley Securities AS, as Joint Lead Managers. My location Dorian LPG, November 5, 2013
zoom The members of THE Alliance have revealed an enhancement of their future Mediterranean-North America East Coast coverage, scheduled to start operating from April 2017.Namely, the port rotation of its AL 6 service will be streamlined and the Spanish ports of Barcelona, Tarragona, Valencia and Algeciras will be served through a new cooperation with Israel’s cargo shipping company ZIM on the latter’s existing Mediterranean North America loop.This additional service will be branded as the AL 7, the alliance, consisting of Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, NYK and Yang Ming, said.The new port rotation of the AL 6 service will be: Salerno, Livorno, La Spezia, Genoa (Italy), Fos (France), Halifax (Canada), New York, Norfolk, Savannah (US), Salerno (Italy).THE Alliance’s port coverage in the AL 7 will be as follows: Barcelona, Tarragona, Valencia, Algeciras (Spain), Halifax (Canada), New York, Norfolk, Savannah (US), Valencia, Tarragona, Barcelona.Both services will be launched at the beginning of April 2017 along with the implementation of THE Alliance, which is subject to completion of regulatory requirements.The partners plan to deploy a fleet of more than 240 ships in the Asia/Europe, North Atlantic and Trans-Pacific trade lanes including the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf/Red Sea. The partners’ service network is expected to cover more than 24 ports in Asia including ten Chinese and five Japanese ports with direct calls as well as 20 ports in the US and Canada, six North European and 13 Mediterranean ports, six ports in the Middle East and six ports in Central America/Caribbean.Separately, ZIM said that the planned changes encompass ZIM Container Service Italy (ZCI) and ZIM Container Service Atlantic (ZCA).The firm plans to deploy 5 vessels in the ZCI service, while its ZCA service, operating 7 vessels, will focus on the East Med and Spain with a new call in Algeciras, serving the South Spain market and adding new direct calls in two Turkish ports, Izmir and Mersin.
Award-winning 4-H members and leaders from Nova Scotia are attending two national 4-H conferences in Toronto beginning today, Nov. 1. Eight Nova Scotia members received a National 4-H travel award to be part of the 65-member delegation from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States attending the National 4-H Member Conference, which runs until Sunday, Nov. 5. “4-H is a fabulous leadership development program that offers young people and adult volunteers an opportunity for personal growth,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “The national conferences provide valuable networking opportunities for Nova Scotia delegates to promote our 4-H program and learn about 4-H programs in other communities.” Members will participate in presentations and workshops focusing on agriculture and how food moves from the farm to the plate. Travel awards winners are: Benjamin Cook of Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co.; Carolyn MacDonald and Erin Sutherland of Brook Village, Inverness Co.; Natasha MacDonald of Boulardie, Cape Breton Co.; Robert Parker of Pictou, Pictou Co.; Jennie Pick from Rawdon, Hants Co.; Jillian Robinson of Aylesford, Kings Co.; and Lindsey Van de Riet from Shubenacadie, Colchester Co. The National 4-H Volunteer Leaders’ Conference will run the same time as the member conference. The leaders’ conference brings together 33 adult 4-H volunteers from across Canada to help strengthen leadership skills and share ideas. 4-H leaders attending this conference are: Eva Cook and Jackie Groves of Truro, Colchester Co.; Shirley Giffin of Antigonish, Antigonish Co.; Leslie Harris of Deep Brook, Digby Co.; Mary MacPhee of Mabou, Inverness Co.; Sharon Shaw from Paradise, Annapolis Co.; and Eleanor Tree, of Waterville, Kings Co. November is national 4-H month, providing an opportunity for members, volunteers, and supporters to showcase the 4-H program, which has been active in Canada since 1913. For more information on Nova Scotia’s 4-H program, visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/4h .
Washington: Hailing the slew of announcements made by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the US corporate world on Friday said the comprehensive set of proposed reforms will provide needed stimulus for the economy and strengthen India’s position as a global investment destination. The Indian government on Friday announced a raft of measures, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors, exemption of startups from ‘angel tax’, a package to address distress in the auto sector and upfront infusion of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks, in efforts to boost economic growth from a five-year low. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We commend Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the Government of India on this comprehensive set of proposed reforms, which will provide needed stimulus for the Indian economy and ensure continued economic expansion, US India Business Council president Nisha Desai Biswal said. Biswal, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia during the previous Obama administration, exuded confidence that these reforms will help India attract additional foreign investment, unlock much-needed credit to sustain business growth and innovation, and ensure that India remains one of the world’s fastest growing major economies. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “As a package, the proposals will strengthen India’s position as a global investment destination,” Biswal said. By removing surcharges on capital gains tax for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), deepening the bond market with the creation of a credit default swap market, and eliminating debenture redemption reserve requirements, the Finance Ministry has sent a strong positive signal to the many foreign investors watching India’s capital markets, she said. The government has buoyed efforts to support innovation and make India a hub for entrepreneurship and startup capital with the move to eliminate the angel tax on startups, Biswal said. USIBC welcomes the recapitalization of public sector banks (PSBs), which will benefit corporates, retail, and all market segments, she added. “We also see new measures to simplify GST particularly the commitment to ensure GST refunds within 60 days as a critical step to give both US and Indian companies confidence in the predictability of India’s tax system,” Biswal said. US India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPIF) also welcomed Indian Government’s announcement on withdrawal of the higher surcharge on non-corporate Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs). “The move will go a long way in reviving the investment sentiment of foreign investors and will provide a much-needed impetus to the Indian economy, the USISPF said in a statement. Several other measures announced by the Finance minister include speedy GST refunds, faceless assessments, No Angel tax for start-ups registered with DPIIT and simplification of GST systems, it said. “These reforms are noteworthy moves towards improving ease of doing business in India and attracting investments. USISPF is committed towards working with the Government of India to drive economic growth and objectives of the country,” it added.
Seoul: South Korean police apologised for the first time Wednesday over massacres that killed 10,000 people decades ago and the military expressed deep regret as President Moon Jae-in seeks to re-examine history. On April 3, 1948 members of the communist Workers’ Party of Southern Korea — an ally of the organisation that still rules the North — launched an armed uprising on the southern island of Jeju, attacking a dozen police stations. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US At the time the division of the peninsula had yet to be formalised and the Korean War was still two years away, but the US-supported South was ideologically split following the end of World War II and Japanese colonial rule. The revolt was quickly put down, but while sporadic clashes continued more than 10,000 civilians were killed by South Korean security forces over the next six years, including beyond the end of the Korean War. “We apologise to the innocent people whose lives were sacrificed,” said Min Gap-ryong, the commissioner general of the Korean National Police Agency, at a commemoration of the uprising’s 71st anniversary. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “We promise to be an organisation that only thinks about and works for Korean citizens so that a tragedy like this will never repeat in our future.” The country’s defence ministry also expressed “deep regret” to the victims, while stopping short of a full apology. The Jeju Incident, as the events are known, remains a highly politicised issue in South Korea, as do some other aspects of the country’s post-war history. Some Jeju-based research and NGOs have claimed it was “Jeju people’s resistance against national division and ‘American Imperialism'”. The police apology and ministry’s expression of regret come after left-leaning South Korean President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly spoken on the importance of “setting our history right”. Moon, who brokered talks between Washington and Pyongyang, has stressed the independence struggle against Japan’s colonial rule is at the heart of national identity in both Koreas, while framing the South’s right-wing — who say the victims of Jeju were all communist rebels — as descendants of pro-Japanese collaborators. Last year, Moon became the first South Korean president in more than a decade to attend the annual memorial ceremony on Jeju. At the event he said: “Young people who were falsely accused of being communists during the April 3 Incident defended their country in the face of death. Ideology was nothing more than a cause that justified the massacre.” In 2003 the then South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun — whom Moon served as chief of staff — offered an apology to the victims of the Jeju incident.
In June this year, TISL co-signed a letter along with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from France, Indonesia, Tunisia, the UK and the US, addressed to the Head of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and copied to France’s Parque National Financier, the US Department of Justice and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) calling on their investigating agencies to ensure that any allegations connected to the procurement of Airbus aircraft are properly investigated and where necessary, legal action is initiated. Key among the recommendations made by the CSO’s is that in instances where it is proven that Airbus or its agents have paid bribes, the aggrieved countries are compensated for harm caused.The CSO’s joint statement and a report compiled by Corruption Watch UK on the allegations of bribery and corruption at Airbus were also referred to the Commission of Inquiry. In a letter to the CoI in August this year, TISL highlighted that the aircraft manufacturer Airbus and its subsidiaries are under investigation in several jurisdictions for allegedly paying bribes in order to win billions of dollars of contracts. Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has alerted the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Allegations of Large Scale Fraud and Malpractice in SriLankan Airlines to alleged corruption surrounding the controversial procurement of Airbus A350 aircraft by the national carrier.The German publication Der Spiegel has on repeated occasions flagged the allegations of bribery and corruption in the procurement of Airbus aircraft. TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said, “We respectfully call on the Commissioners to ensure a comprehensive and transparent investigation of the A350 deal, especially considering the burden placed on the country as a result of the cancellation costs. As Airbus’ parent company EADS is listed in France, the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises apply. This provides a framework for the recovery of any monies that may have been earned through bribery or corruption”. (Colombo Gazette) TISL believes these investigations are of particular interest to the Sri Lankan people given the fallout following the cancellation of SriLankan Airlines’ planned purchase of Airbus A350 aircraft which led to the state having to pay in excess of Rs. 15 Billion as cancellation costs.
PARIS – He is wanted in his native Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia. He was ordered jailed in Britain.An opposition leader from a country that has been ruled by the same man since 1989, a former banker accused of siphoning off billions, Mukhtar Ablyazov has been jailed since police special forces seized him July 31 in the south of France. On Thursday, a judge is expected to rule on his extradition.Courts in London have frozen his assets and issued more than $4 billion in judgments against Ablyazov, who fled Britain days just before he was convicted of contempt of court. The Kazakh is often compared with Mikhail Khodorkovsky for making his fortune during the wild post-Soviet years, then running afoul of the political leadership when he started using his wealth to bankroll the opposition.“This is not a story about a bank. This is not a story about a theft. This is a settling of political scores,” said Peter Sahlas, a lawyer representing Ablyazov.A former energy minister once aligned with President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Ablyazov was chairman of BTA Bank when it was nationalized in 2009, one of many Kazakh financial institutions to falter after the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis. Even before the financial crisis, he has said, he was under pressure from Nazarbayev to hand over a 50 per cent share of the bank, which he said amounted to extortion.He ultimately received asylum in Britain, where he continued to use his wealth — ill-gotten, according to the Kazakh, Russian and Ukrainian governments — to fund Kazakhstan’s weak opposition movement, as well as invest in property including a mansion in London and an estate in Surrey, on the outskirts of the capital.The bank, meanwhile, pressed 11 separate claims against him, accusing him of diverting money that, among other things, was intended for a Moscow skyscraper that remains unfinished and a Kazakh real estate development project that never materialized.Sentenced to prison for contempt of court in Britain after judges said he continued to move his money around in violation of orders freezing his assets, Ablyazov fled in February 2012, citing threats to his life.“Much of what he says appears at first sight to be exaggerated and implausible, and it is striking that the fears for his personal safety on which he now relies so heavily were voiced only after judgment was given,” a British magistrate said after the Kazakh disappeared.With Ablyazov, his wife and their two youngest children on the run — first in Latvia, then Switzerland, then Italy — the bank won rulings in Britain at every turn.At the end of May, Italian commandos stormed the home where the family had been staying. Ablyazov wasn’t there, neither was his 12-year-old son. But his wife, Alma Shalabayeva, and their 6-year-old daughter were, and the Italian forces whisked them away to a waiting private jet, where they were taken to Kazakhstan and Shalabayeva was accused of falsifying passports.Uproar over their swift and secret expulsion nearly toppled the Italian government, which revoked the expulsion order retroactively. By then, Shalabayeva said, she was in Almaty under house arrest and 24-hour surveillance.“Not being able to get Ablyazov, they had the brilliant idea to take hostages,” Sahlas said.By mid-summer, Ablyazov, too, was taken into custody after private detectives hired by the bank tracked him to a home in the south of France. French law enforcement, agreeing to enforce an Interpol request for arrest, was told the former banker might be armed and arrived prepared, with armoured trucks, aircraft and special forces.Under pressure from the Italian government, Kazakhstan allowed Shalabayeva and the little girl to return at the end of December, requiring them to put up the family home as collateral and return at authorities’ request.“They want to turn her from a hostage into a fugitive,” Sahlas said. He said the Kazakh government had initially demanded $1 million in cash bail.Throughout the saga, BTA has pressed its case, saying Ablyazov stashed millions of dollars in off-shore accounts as the bank was faltering during the global financial crisis. Now Kazakhstan’s third-largest financial institution, the bank returned to profitability in August in part with the sale of Ablyazov’s assets.“An extradition is a question of law but also a question of politics,” said Jean-Pierre Mignard, another lawyer for Ablyazov. He said the key concern is whether Ablyazov could be treated fairly in the Russian or Ukrainian legal systems, and whether either of those countries would send the former banker back to Kazakhstan, which has no extradition agreement with France.A French judicial panel rules Thursday on the extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine. Lawyers said one or both could be accepted, or they could be entirely rejected and Ablyazov could ultimately be freed. Human rights groups have urged France to decide against extradition.Either way, said Ablyazov’s 26-year-old daughter Madina, he will continue to oppose the Kazakh government and the family will support him.“There is absolutely no going back,” she said. “It is a matter of principle.” Jean Pierre Mignard, right, and Peter Sahlas, left, the lawyers representing Mukhtar Ablyazov sit with his wife Alma Shalabayeva, centre right, and daughter Madina Ablyazova, centre left, during a press conference, in Paris, Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014. An opposition leader from a country that has been ruled by the same man since 1989, a former banker accused of siphoning off billions, Mukhtar Ablyazov has been jailed since police special forces seized him July 31 in the south of France. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere) Wanted by 4 countries, Kazakh ex-banker turned dissident faces extradition from France by Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2014 10:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Before we look ahead — and there’s an inherent risk at looking too far ahead — it’s always worth looking back.First, though, this is where we are:On Saturday night in front of the 233rd-straight sellout crowd at Scotiabank Arena in what will almost certainly be the largest television audience to ever watch a basketball game in Canada, the Toronto Raptors will host the Milwaukee Bucks with a chance to earn a trip to the NBA Finals for the first time ever.After tonight’s Game 6 Eastern Conference Final against the Milwaukee Bucks, the @Raptors will be:— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) May 25, 2019Nothing is guaranteed and, given the Raptors’ history, it’s probably wise to only let hopes get so high.The Bucks are an elite team with an emerging superstar in Giannis Antetokounmpo and tremendous roster depth. They are the No. 1 seed in the league, were the pre-series favourite to win the Eastern Conference Finals and, were it not for Toronto’s refusal to die in double-overtime Game 3 to avoid falling behind 3-0 in the series, the Bucks would likely be trying to close out the Raptors if they hadn’t already.But the Raptors somehow managed to claw their way out of a shallow grave, win a Game 4 despite a momentarily diminished Kawhi Leonard and then were elevated by yet another win in an incredible line of wondrous playoff performances by Leonard as they stole Game 5 in Milwaukee.The Bucks hadn’t lost three straight games all season before Thursday, and if Toronto can make it four consecutive wins they can move on to the NBA’s most hallowed stage.Worst case? They lose and get to try their luck in Game 7 in Milwaukee. Generations of Raptors fans could only dream of such a chance.So, a refresher for those who have only known the Raptors over the last six years — the era of plentitude — when playoff appearances have become routine, 50-win seasons the norm and the primary disappointment was your all-stars weren’t able to beat LeBron James and his all-stars in the playoffs.For most of their existence the Raptors were the poor cousin, the unwanted step-child, an occasional laughing stock — and that was just in Toronto.League-wide they were known for many years — and not fondly — for their dinosaur jersey and superstars that had left or were aching to get out of Dodge. Oh, and the lack of ‘the good cable’ in a strange land where your daytime sports TV choices were curling, curling or curling.Granted, they had a point.Seriously. Neck-and-neck with figuring out how to ease the tax burden for US-based players in Canada was the rush to figure out how to set up reliable grey-market satellite TV packages. An executive once told me they had made progress in both areas as if they were of equal importance.It was 25 years ago, on May 24, that former Detroit Pistons star Isiah Thomas, who was 11 days past his retirement as a player, burst through a paper logo and was announced as the team’s first general manager. He had no experience other than a reputation for orchestrating deals in his locker room, yet he was given a nine-per-cent ownership stake — chew on that for a second — to build an expansion franchise from scratch. In Year One he put on the floor a rookie-of-the-year point guard in Damon Stoudamire, weighed down by a mixed bag of cast-offs, miscreants and Oliver Miller, who checked both boxes. They won 21 games.Midway through what ended up being a 16-66 season in 1997-98, Thomas quit to take a job in television. Think about that: things were looked so bleak that Thomas walked away from an ownership position in an NBA franchise to do colour commentary for NBC. Whenever I feel badly about my retirement portfolio I think of Thomas’ decision and gain a small measure of comfort.By the time Thomas moved on, the Raptors had played three seasons in a baseball stadium. Their best chances to win were Sunday afternoon games at 1 p.m. where the hope was visiting players would party too hard and not be ready for work. Sometimes it paid off. Other times it didn’t.Legend has it a former Raptors head coach Butch Carter assigned someone to show Michael Jordan a good time the Saturday night before an early Sunday game. Jordan was going strong at sunrise but still easily took care of business on the floor a few hours later, after a brief nap and a cup of coffee, prompting Carter to scold his young team: “Michael was out all night and still kicked your ass. Now that’s a professional!”For years the biggest moment in franchise history was a missed shot by Vince Carter, at the peak of his meteoric rise. His relationship with the team deteriorated so quickly he got traded to New Jersey for two guys named Williams, a draft pick that turned into Sam Mitchell whipping boy Joey ‘JOEY’ Graham (best NBA attribute? As a trained pilot, could land the team plane in an emergency) and Alonzo Mourning, who faked his retirement to avoid playing in Toronto. Two years later he won a ring in Miami, so… good call.Toronto was looked upon like the franchise was in Reykjavik rather than south of Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. It was pre-Drake. Occasionally — errr, every single time — the club had to pay a premium to convince players to stay.Imagine: the Raptors gave Antonio Davis a five-year $65-million deal in 2001. When I was waiting for him to change after games I would occasionally try to calculate his hourly wage in Canadian dollars, which were trading at about 65 cents at the time. I always got stuck on “oh my God that’s a lot of money.”Despite the paycheque, Davis had concerns, among them his kids had to learn the metric system at their private school. The team responded by providing tutoring so players’ kids wouldn’t fall behind on US ‘culture.’The corner-turning moment in more modern Raptors history — call it the middle years — came in 2006, when the club managed to hire Bryan Colangelo as president and general manager from the Phoenix Suns. At the time this was considered an incredible thing, a breakthrough of the highest order, a coup. It was, of course, before Twitter.But even now a lot of the great moments of the current Raptors era can be traced back to Colangelo. He traded for Kyle Lowry, for example, and drafted DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas, who helped the team become relevant and then … well, anyway.But it feels worth noting that a legitimate Raptors high point came early in Colangelo’s seven-year run, when the team won the draft lottery and, with the No. 1-overall pick, selected Andrea Bargnani.As much as current Raptors president Masai Ujiri deserves ladles of credit for helping grow a competitive team, build a robust organization, find the likes of Pascal Siakam late in the draft and ultimately pull the trigger on some gut-wrenching decisions — trading DeRozan and Valanciunas, firing Dwane Casey — dealing Bargnani to the New York Knicks for a future first-round pick may be his best move of all.Advancing to the NBA Finals would surpass even that.Amazingly, all that is behind the Raptors now. On Saturday night every NBA fan who cares will be watching Toronto try to take its next step against Milwaukee.There is room for optimism because in Leonard the Raptors have the best player in the series, arguably the best player in the NBA and undoubtedly the best player they have ever had.There is room for optimism because in the likes of Marc Gasol, Lowry and Danny Green, the Raptors are over-loaded with veteran hoops IQ. They also, to this stage, have applied all that savvy in executing a game plan that has corralled the Bucks’ Antetokounmpo.There is room for optimism because the Raptors might well have the better team and are playing to their potential.It all guarantees nothing, but one thing is for sure: as the franchise that for years could do nothing right readies for its close-up, no matter what happens, it won’t be the worst that has happened.And the very best could be yet to come.Related stories:Raptors playoff fever knows no international boundaries
OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs with the ball to the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OSU won 42-13. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo EditorWith 125 representatives from all 32 NFL teams present at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Friday, 22 former Ohio State Buckeyes had their final chance to prove their playing abilities to coaches and scouts at OSU’s annual pro day.Running back Ezekiel Elliott, one of several Buckeyes projected in most mock drafts to go in the first round, said he felt the pressure of the pro day’s magnitude after weeks of preparation.“You don’t have another game next week,” Elliott said. “You have one big day. Today was a lot of guys’ last chance to show what they’ve got before the final workout.”That final workout, similarly to the NFL combine, which was held last month, consisted of the football workout staples such as the 40-yard dash and the three-cone shuffle. After running a 4.50-second 40-yard run at the combine, wide receiver Braxton Miller looked to improve to his personal goal of 4.30. He got close, reportedly recording a 4.35 time.Then, players split off into different position workouts. After not being able to throw at the NFL combine because of a hamstring injury, quarterback Cardale Jones not only impressed the coaches and scouts in the room, but also the former quarterback Miller.“(Cardale) looked great,” Miller said. “I told him he launched that thing on that go (route) and out-threw me. He’s still got it man. He still has the strongest arm I have ever seen.”On the defensive side of the ball, all eyes were on defensive end and possible top-five pick Joey Bosa. Not only did Bosa impress with his forceful attack on the defensive line drills, he impressed the majority of people during his participation in linebacker drills with tipping passes and interceptions.Another one of those linebackers, Joshua Perry, said he has no expectations on where he will be drafted but hoped Friday’s activities helped his cause.“Everyone wants to be a first-round pick, but I want to be a guy that’s taken as high as possible,” Perry said. “It only takes one team to fall in love with you, and I’m going to go work for them and show them what I’ve got.”After pro day ended, different players expressed different feelings toward their futures in the NFL. As for Miller, he said he was just glad all of it was over.“All of the stress is gone now,” Miller said. “You got the Senior Bowl out. Combine, pro day; you can checkmark all of those. I did everything I had to do. I feel great.”Elliott said he knew that no matter what happened on Friday, he is still creeping closer to his NFL dreams coming true.“It is definitely fun because you finally get to do what you have trained your whole life for,” he said. “It’s what we have worked our whole lives for, and we are finally seeing our dreams coming together.”The NFL draft is set to begin on April 28 and continue through April 30.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Gillard government is reinstating the key principles of access and equity to all citizens of Australia. In her opening address to the second Multicultural Round Table on Thursday at parliament house, the PM told her multicultural audience: “In the long standing Labor tradition the government is establishing permanent channels of communication with the multicultural communities, with the aim to keep non-English speaking Australians informed about government policies and ensure equal access to information and services.” The prime minister assured her audience, “the reconnection of the government with the multicultural communities is neither a tokenism nor a vote hunting exercise. It is a real reflection of the belief in the need of the incumbent to serve the needs of the segment of the Australian community restricted by their limited knowledge of the English language.” Other speakers included Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and Special Minister of State Gary Grey. In the introductory remarks to his address on the state of the Australian economy, Mr Shorten extolled the importance of the multicultural media as service providers to non English speaking Australians. Using Neos Kosmos as the example Bill Shorten remarked: “The government understands that not everyone reads the Herald Sun, or The Age or watches certain television channels. I understand that in my electorate Maribyrnong, a northwestern suburb of Melbourne, 34 per cent of my voters were born overseas, 51 per cent of my voters speak a second language other than English. And again, without giving a particular plug to a particular media outlet, I happened to see the newspaper distribution list for the local newsagency and Neos Kosmos outrates The Australian“. Immigration Minister Bowen outlined the government’s response to the Michael Knight Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program 2011, stressing that the government “supports in principle all of Mr Knight’s recommendations”. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Bowen confirmed Australia he is negotiating with Greece on the signing of a reciprocal work visa agreement, that will enable Greek tourists visiting Australia to work during their sojourn down under, and vice versa. “Negotiations with Greece have commenced and we are hopeful we will have an agreement in place within a reasonable span of time,” the minster said. Mr Bowen repeated earlier comments against “preferential treatment” of prospective Greek migrants to Australia – given Greece’s economic crisis – stating that “there are processes to be followed and criteria to be fulfilled by all prospective migrants to Australia.” The minister urged interested parties to refer their interest to the relevant Australian authorities or attend the Skills Expo to be staged in Athens between 7 and 8 of October.