IPL Draft: Pune bag MS Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin, Rajkot snare Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina

first_imgIndia’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today emerged as the top draw in the IPL draft with the Sanjeev Goenka-owned new franchise Pune opting to pick him first for the stipulated price of Rs 12.5 crore in Mumbai on Tuesday.Dhoni’s India teammate Suresh Raina was the first preference for the other new team Rajkot, which is owned by Intex Mobiles.  He will also get an identical Rs 12.5 crore by virtue of being the first player selected by the franchise.”Excited to play for the beautiful vibrant city- Rajkot in @IPL. Looking forward to have new teammates and support from the people of Gujarat,” Raina tweeted after the draft.In-form Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane was the second choice for Pune, while Rajkot opted for Ravindra Jadeja in the same position. Both players will be entitled to a purse of Rs 9.5 crore per year.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was picked by Pune as their third choice and will get a purse of Rs 7.5 crore. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was Rajkots choice.In the fourth spot, both the teams opted Australians with Steve Smith going to Pune and James Faulkner going to Rajkot. Pune opted for South African batsman Faf du Plessis as their fifth and final player, while West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo was Rajkots pick. Both players will get Rs 4 crore.The draft pool only included players from Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the two teams which have been barred from participation. The players who failed to attract attention will now go to the general IPL auction scheduled for February 6.advertisementThe draft process was necessitated following the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL for two years in the wake of the 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal. The suspension was ordered by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice (retd) R M Lodha committee, which was formed to decide the quantum of punishment following the investigations.The next edition of the Twenty20 league will be held from April 9 to May 29.Team Pune’s picks: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis.Team Rajkot’s picks: Suresh Raina, R Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner, Dwayne Bravo.last_img read more

Oscar Pistorius sentencing set for June 13-17

first_imgDisgraced Olympic and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will face sentencing in June following his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.”The matter is postponed to the 13th of June 2016, and it will be heard until the 17th of June 2016,” High Court Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said.Pistorius, known as “Blade Runner” for the carbon fibre prosthetic blades he used to race, faces a minimum 15-year jail sentence.The Supreme Court in December upgraded the 29-year-old Paralympian’s sentence on appeal to murder from “culpable homicide” – South Africa’s equivalent of manslaughter, for which he had received a five-year sentence.In March, the Constitutional Court, the country” top court, rejected Pistorius’ right to appeal against his conviction for the murder.last_img read more

Hold China accountable on Intl tribunals order on SCS: US

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Jul 9 (PTI) China should be held “accountable” to an international tribunals ruling next week on the South China Sea dispute with the Philippines, the US has said, advising both countries to comply with their obligations.”We support the peaceful resolution of disputes in the South China Sea, including the use of international legal mechanisms such as arbitration,” the State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.”As provided in the Law of the Sea Convention, the tribunals decision in this case will be legally binding on both parties, the Philippines and China. Its our expectation that both parties will comply with their obligations and exercise restraint,” he said in response to a question.The US, he said, has made clear to the Chinese what its expectations are in this regard.Congressman Matt Salmon, Chairman of the subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, said the Obama Administration and other counterparts across the world recognise the severity of the threat posed by Chinas aggressive, coercive actions in the South China Sea that undermine international norms.”Our Secretary of Defence and the President himself regularly list the South China Sea among the worlds most concerning international friction points and raise it at the highest levels with their Chinese interlocutors, including Chinese President Xi Jinping,” he said.The Permanent Court of Arbitrations tribunal deciding the Philippines legal case against China recently announced itll conclude its decision on July 12.”Although China is legally bound to its result, it has refused to participate and has clearly said it will not comply. I am concerned that many seemed to have written off Chinas non-compliance as a foregone conclusion,” Salmon said, adding, “China should be held accountable to the tribunals ruling.”advertisementThe Philippines has asked the tribunal to rule on a number of issues, particularly on the validity of Chinas nine-dash line and on the maritime entitlements generated by various land features in the South China Sea.The Law of the Sea Convention makes clear that the absence of a party or failure of a party to defend its case shall not constitute a bar to the proceeds and that a decision by the tribunal shall be complied with by the parties to the dispute, in this case, China and the Philippines, said Colin Willett Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, during a Congressional hearing on Thursday.”The world will be watching to see whether China chooses a path of diplomacy and cooperation or continues to walk a long one of confrontation with its neighbors,” he said. PTI LKJ SUA ABH SUAlast_img read more

ISL: Delhi, Mumbai play out goalless draw

first_imgMumbai City FC ended their league engagements with a goalless draw against Delhi Dynamos to be at the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) standings at the Mumbai Football Arena on Saturday.The draw left Mumbai City on top of the table with 23 points, a tally that none of the other qualifying teams can overtake. Delhi Dynamos have 21 points from 14 matches and they will know of their position only after the concluding league clash between Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United FC on Sunday.The draw also means that Mumbai and Delhi will not meet in the semi-finals.Both teams had qualified for the play-offs before this game but their approach was entirely different. Delhi Dynamos coach Gianluca Zambrotta made as many as eight changes with marquee signing Florent Malouda on the bench, while Mumbai City coach Alexandre Guimaraes had promised to field his best squad and he stuck to his word with a strong side.Mumbai City were the better team for the entire game, particularly in the first 45 minutes when they had six attempts on goal. Delhi Dynamos had only one shot and none on goal.Mumbai’s marquee player Diego Forlan was the first to test the rival goalkeeper with a fierce shot after the former Uruguay forward had controlled a perfect cross from the other end by Brazilian midfielder Cafu. Forlan’s shot, however, was blocked by Delhi goalkeeper Toni Doblas.Doblas also had to stay alert towards the closing stages of the opening half when Cafu played a ball for Sehnaj Singh on the right but his shot was palmed away for a corner by Doblas.advertisementIn the second session, both teams went close and the match could have gone either way. Interestingly, both teams hit the post in successive minutes.In the 72nd minute, Cafu picked up a ball just outside the box and took a snap shot on goal which rattled the post with goalkeeper Doblas looking on helplessly. A minute later, Bruno Pelissari was unlucky at the other end for Delhi Dynamos as his shot from outside the box took a deflection and struck the post.Mumbai’s last chance to finish their engagements with a win at home came in the 83rd minute. Diego Forlan’s delivery was aimed at Lucian Goian who headed it across the face of the goal. Udanta thought he had a chance to head it home from close range, only for Brazilian defender Gerson Vieira to distract him and allow Doblas to collect the ball safely.last_img read more

Conte dismisses Milan links

first_imgChelsea Conte dismisses Milan links after Chelsea victory Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 08:50 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Conte-cropped Getty Images Chelsea Serie A Antonio Conte Sassuolo v Milan Milan Chelsea v Manchester United Premier League With Vincenzo Montella under pressure to turn things around at San Siro, his compatriot has ruled himself out of the reckoning as a successor Antonio Conte poured cold water on speculation linking him with AC Milan, insisting he is only focused on Premier League champions Chelsea.Former Juventus and Italy boss Conte has emerged as a possible replacement for under-fire Milan head coach Vincenzo Montella, who has overseen five defeats in 12 Serie A matches this season.Morata 9/1 to be PL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Conte dismissed those reports after orchestrating Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.”Milan? Leave it out… We’re trying to stay concentrated, because it’s a tough run from here to the end of the season,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.”I am only concentrated on Chelsea and purely want to do what is best for Chelsea.”If we have this enthusiasm, we can fight to the end.”Milan spared Montella on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Sassuolo, which left the club seventh in the table and 13 points behind leaders Napoli.Conte’s Chelsea, meanwhile, are fourth and nine points adrift of Manchester City.last_img read more

Touch taking off in the Middle East

first_imgExpats around the world play a vital role in the promotion and development of Touch Football in their respective countries abroad. We recently heard from former representative player, Gary Hart, who is doing some fantastic work in the Middle East. On Friday, 28 February, a Men’s, Women’s and social side from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Al Ain and possibly Qatar will meet in Abu Dhabi for a one day tournament. Hart says that he was in contact with John Larkins from Abu Dhabi Touch late last year and is looking forward to the opportunity. “Saudi Arabia is sending three teams from the Eastern Provence, where Touch is played in three residential communities, Sara, Dhahran and Abqaiq. Players from these communities have been getting together every Friday since early December and training. The training has been all about the basics of Touch, incorporating a couple of rucking moves, and defensive strategies.  Most players are expats from Australia, New Zealand, England and America and mostly over the age of 35, however we do have a couple of local Saudis playing. Socially Touch has been played  for over 20 years in Saudi Arabia, however this will be the first combined Middle East competition, and hopefully the first of many more.”Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate the teams on this initiative and wish them all the best for the tournament. To keep up-to-date with International Touch related news, please visit the Federation of International Touch website – http://www.international-touch.org/ Related LinksInternational Touchlast_img read more

ICJ to deliver verdict on July 17 in Jadhav case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Hague-based International Court of Justice on Thursday said it will deliver on July 17 its verdict in the case relating to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India approached the ICJ in May 2017 against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav.last_img


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Charlie Hebdo to Fire Moroccan Journalist Zineb El Rhazoui

Rabat – Zineb El Rhazoui, Moroccan-French columnist for the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, has been warned she may be laid off for “serious misconduct”, according to le Monde.El Rhazoui, who has worked for Charlie Hebdo since 2011, was told by the magazine to immediately leave her post ahead of a meeting where her potential dismissal will be discussed.Speaking to French daily le Monde, El Rhazoui said she was “shocked and appalled that a management that has received so much support since the attacks in January can show such little support to one of its own employees, and who, just like everyone else on the team, lives under threat.” El Rhazoui told the French newspaper that the magazine’s decision was likely a “punitive measure” for being among the 11 Charlie Hebdo staff members who last month called for all employees to become equal shareholders in the magazine. read more

UN forum hears calls for greater protection of journalists

An inter-agency forum on the safety of journalists, hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, heard calls for UN offices and entities to work more closely together to protect media professionals and fight impunity for their killers.“Let us do our utmost to ensure that the media can do its indispensable work on behalf of humankind,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message to the forum, delivered on his behalf by Kiyo Akasaka, the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.He noted that cyber-surveillance, digital harassment and censorship of the Internet had emerged as new barriers to media freedom.“The press can never be free if journalists and media workers are under attack. Those who murder, kidnap, harass, arrest or intimidate journalists not only stop the free flow of information, they stifle the ability of millions of people to have their stories told.“Quite apart from the violence and the suffering such crimes bring, I am also dismayed when they are not thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. Only by putting an end to impunity can we break this vicious cycle,” said the Secretary-General.Mr. Akasaka, for his part, highlighted the role the UN has played to uphold the freedoms of information, expression and association, which he described as fundamental principles in democratic societies.The UN Department of Public Information (DPI), he said, uses mass communication tools – such as the Internet, television, photography, radio, print and social media – to uphold the principle of freedom of the press and to raise awareness on the issue.The meeting was also addressed by the Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Irina Bokova, the UNESCO Director-General.Separately, Ms. Bokova issued statements condemning the recent killings of journalists in Peru and Honduras and demanding that the culprits brought to justice.Peruvian journalist Pedro Alfonso Flores Silva died last Thursday from injuries sustained when he was shot by masked gunmen in the city of Casma the previous day. As the programme director of the local Canal 6 television, Flores Silva, 36, had been the target of repeated threats, according to the press freedom advocacy Reporters without Borders.In Honduras, radio journalist Medardo Flores was gunned down near his home overnight on Thursday, bringing to 15 the number of media professionals murdered in that country over the past 18 months. 13 September 2011Top United Nations officials today urged better protection of journalists and greater efforts to ensure that those who kill or intimidate them are brought to justice, stressing that freedom of the press is a basic foundation of peace and democracy. read more

East Timor UN Mission says draft constitution has strong human rights provisions

The positive changes include the removal of restrictions on East Timorese with acquired citizenship and the extension of certain legal rights to both citizens and foreigners, according to UNTAET. In another move to strengthen human rights, the draft ensures that ratified international conventions, treaties and agreements will take precedence over national laws. The latest draft of the Constitution also allows police uninvited, night-time entry into private residences if there is a “serious threat to life or physical integrity” – a clause expected to aid victims of domestic violence, which UNTAET called “a major social issue in East Timor.” Previously, uninvited night-time entry was strictly prohibited. The draft also outlaws media monopolies, a revision recommended by the East Timor Journalists’ Association. The newest version, which was approved 9 February by the Constituent Assembly, is currently being translated for public consultation. UNTAET reported today that Assembly members will divide into groups later this month to gather nationwide public feedback on the draft. Any concerns or suggestions will be debated by the full Assembly before a final vote and signing ceremony on 16 March. read more

Worldwide implementation of Millennium goals mixed Annan reports

“Some Millennium goals have benefited from the hard decisions and courageous reforms that are needed. Others have not,” the Secretary-General writes in his first annual report to the UN General Assembly on the progress achieved by the UN and its Member States towards implementing the Millennium Declaration adopted in 2000.World leaders meeting that year at UN Headquarters in New York agreed to an action plan that would – in the next 15 years – cut in half the number of starving people and those who live on less than $1 a day as compared to the 1990s. The leaders also committed themselves during that same time span to fight infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, as well as deal with the debt problems of developing countries.While East Asia has made progress in reducing the proportion of its population that is malnourished or extremely poor, the number of hungry people in Africa actually rose by 27 million during the 1990s, Mr. Annan notes.The Secretary-General says that the successes described in his report showed that the vision set out in the Declaration was not “focused on horizons too remote for us to reach.” Much of the progress has been made by relying on strategies that combine the energies of Member States, international institutions and agencies with those of others, such as the private sector and other parts of civil society.”A coordinated strategy, with the will and resources to apply it, can make the difference between progress and retreat,” the Secretary-General says. “The poor, the vulnerable, those trampled by conflict or suffering under tyranny and discrimination – all are waiting for us to act.” read more

Fundamental risk for SaskTel after Bell deal to buy MTS report

REGINA – A report says the takeover of Manitoba Telecom Services by Bell poses serious risks to Saskatchewan’s provincially owned telecommunications company.The analysis of SaskTel says the “most fundamental risk” is that reduced numbers of carriers in Manitoba could lead the federal government to create incentives for additional wireless competition.“Such measures could reduce the costs for competitors and increase costs or restrict capacity expansion for SaskTel,” says the report which was released Monday.It says the first manifestation of that risk could be in establishing the rules for the newly repurposed broadcast spectrum 600MHz band in the next 12 months.The report says the 600MHz band is attractive for mobile services because it needs fewer sites for coverage and the signals are much better at penetrating buildings.But the 28-page analysis notes that in the 2014 auction of the 700MHz spectrum, most of the space ended up being acquired by Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX: BCE) or Telus (TSX:T) in virtually every region of the country.There are further concerns that Ottawa could back away from a stated objective to have four wireless carriers operating in every market.The report says there’s also a risk that establishing Winnipeg as a western headquarters for Bell could “lead to an erosion of SaskTel’s share of the Saskatchewan business market.”“The big question will be with Bell on our border, what will Bell do in Saskatchewan? How hard would they come after our business customers? How hard will they come after our consumers?” said SaskTel president and CEO Ron Styles.Styles said the consequence could be “more pressure on the bottom line.” A hit to SaskTel’s net income could reduce the amount of dividends the corporation returns to provincial coffers.The MTS (TSX:MBT) and Bell deal still requires approval from regulators, including the federal government and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.SaskTel will be talking with those regulators, said Styles.“If you want to support smaller carriers, you need to make sure that there’s a regulatory environment that’s going to allow us to continue to thrive.”In wireless, SaskTel competes against three large national competitors: Bell, Rogers and Telus. Shaw does not currently have mobile wireless radio spectrum in Saskatchewan.Reports, including one submitted to regulators in 2014 by MTS and other regional carriers, showed prices are lower in provinces where Bell, Rogers and Telus face an additional competitor.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has said prices will probably rise if the sale goes though, but service will be expanded into current dead zones and speed and reliability will improve.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said the analysis is about making sure there’s a plan to protect SaskTel jobs and revenue. He emphasized that the risk analysis does not mean the province is looking to sell SaskTel, which is protected under legislation.“I don’t think that situation’s going to arise, but if it did, we would not do anything different with respect to the ownership of SaskTel without a clear and voted mandate by the people of Saskatchewan,” said Wall. by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2016 11:22 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fundamental risk for SaskTel after Bell deal to buy MTS: report read more

Kicking off annual global immunization campaign UN asks Are you up to

While some 80 percent of children around the world, or 110 million infants, are receiving life-saving vaccinations each year, “one in five – more than 22 million children – not being vaccinated is too much for us,” according to the World Health Organization at the start of World Immunization Week 2014.Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, Director of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, told reporters at the UN headquarters in Geneva that the impact of vaccines on people’s lives is “truly one of the best things that one could see out there”, likening the impact to that of providing safe water to hundreds of millions of people around the world.“But we can do much better,” Dr. Okwo-Bele said.Immunizations currently avert 2-3 million deaths each year from diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.He said an additional 1.2 million deaths every year can be averted if some of the newest vaccines, for instance against meningitis, pneumonia and diarrhoea where these diseases occur. He said 250,000 deaths due to cervical cancer in the near future could be saved if the vaccines are extended to all girls today.Dr. Okwo-Bele also said polio is on the verge of eradication. Moreover, he said measles can be eliminated all over the world. Already, measles in Africa has gone down dramatically and the disease is being eliminated in the Americas and in the Pacific region, including China.World Immunization Week, which takes place in the last week of April every year, is an opportunity to remind families and communities how effective vaccines can be, and to encourage people to take action to ensure that more children, and increasingly people in other age groups, are immunized against deadly and debilitating diseases.This year, with the slogan “Immunization for a healthy future. Know, Check, Protect”, WHO and its partners are encouraging people to learn more about which vaccines are needed to prevent deadly illnesses, to check to see if their family’s immunizations are up-to-date, and to seek out vaccination services so that all family members are protected. Health workers will be focusing on direct communication with the general public and Dr. Okwo-Bele said this will be done by encouraging countries to deliver information directly to people’s mobile phones and social media accounts.According to WHO, one important driver of the progress made to date has been the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), which celebrates its 40th anniversary in May 2014. The EPI has been established in all countries. Priority is given to some 40 nations where routine immunization coverage is lowest, and to the districts within those countries where children are least protected. When EPI was established, just 5 per cent of the world’s children were receiving basic immunizations. Now this figure stands at more than 80 per cent.In response to a reporter’s question at the press conference in Geneva Wednesday, WHO acknowledged that successful vaccination campaigns and the disappearance or near-disappearance of diseases has bred some complacency.”The important thing about complacency is that the number of susceptible people who resist or reject facts and information will accumulate, and the disease will come back, as you’re seeing in the United States with measles and whooping cough, which are terrible diseases,” said WHO’s Tracey Goodman, who works with Dr. Okwo-Bele.She was referring to the recent outbreak of measles in the United States, where reportedly more than 100 cases in 13 states were reported by mid-April, the bulk of them in California and New York City.“As soon as people see diseases return, people realize they could have done something,” Ms. Goldman told reporters, “It’s a tragedy that could be avoided.” read more

Serious incident at UK prison involved 60 prisoners and lasted 5 hours

first_imgA ‘SERIOUS DISTURBANCE’ at a prison in England has been resolved, the security company which manages the facility has said this morning.Disorder broke out at HMP Oakwood near Wolverhampton last night and was sustained through 2.00am today. Local police in riot gear were drafted in to help resolve the issue.According to Sky News, up to 60 inmates were involved across the five-hour disturbance. It is not known exactly what happened but it is understood that some weapons were used.G4S, which runs the prison, remained tight-lipped on what it described as an ‘incident’. Investigations are now underway, it said.Oakwood is England’s largest jail, housing 1,605 men. It was subject to a surprise inspection last year after which it was criticised for having inexperienced staff and high levels of violence and drug dealing.Most of the inmates are categorised as ‘C’ prisoners who are defined as those who cannot be trusted in open conditions but are not considered capable of escape.Additional reporting by AFPRead: Plane lands on New York City highwaylast_img read more

Ceasing online animal sales would make it harder to find unscrupulous dealers

first_imgTWO WEBSITES HAVE defended themselves against criticisms about the sale of animals online, after the DSPCA called for them to cease all of these sales immediately.Yesterday the society’s Chief Executive Brian Gillen said the online trading of animals is a “serious problem” as many of these pets are not properly vaccinated or micro-chipped. “It is difficult to source the origin of cats, dogs and all other manner of animals,” he said.In a straw poll of DoneDeal.ie and BuyandSell.ie in one morning, the DSPCA said it found around 11,000 advertisements for animals and called on the two sites and all websites to stop allowing this.A spokesperson for DoneDeal said that its loves dogs and “we continually strive to improve the welfare of all dogs across Ireland”.“The DSPCA calling on DoneDeal to cease all sales of animals on our site would actually drive the market underground and make it very difficult to track down unscrupulous dealers,” they said. “We would urge everyone who notices anything suspicious when it comes to dog breeding to report it immediately either directly to us or the ISPCA who we work closely with.”In a statement, BuyandSell.ie said it had not been contacted by the DSPCA but supports the charity’s efforts to improve animal welfare. The website also said it maintains “firm guidelines for the advertising and sale of live animals. Similarly, DoneDeal said it monitors dog ads and helps the authorities with information to help them investigate breeders.However the DSPCA’s Gillian Bird refuted claims that removing these ads would force the trade underground, saying that if the public don’t have the option of buying online, they are more likely to go through shelters and adoption centres.“It’s not like we’re going to have an illicit market with people just selling dogs,” she said. “What this will do it stop people from deliberately breeding dogs for profit.”Bird called on other animal welfare groups to join the campaign against selling animals online and urged the public not to buy pets in this way.Read: Charity warns public about ‘illicit puppy traders’ selling online>Read: Fifty puppies found in Dublin cars in animal cruelty investigation>last_img read more

Quinn backs Labour on whistleblowers… after Kenny tells ministers to air concerns

first_imgThe Garda commissioner has clarified his comments and the context in which he made those.I acknowledge that he’s cooperating with Government in implementing the changes that are there.I acknowledge that these issues came to light through the work of whistleblowers — and because of that, there are now serious and fundamental changes now being made which will bring about a fair, transparent accountable and effective system. A garda spokesperson has already said Callinan will not be withdrawing the remarks and has drawn attention to a statement issued last week in which the commissioner clarified what he meant and said the “disgusting” comment was “not in reference to the character” of Wilson or McCabe.Quinn statement Gilmore, Burton and Rabbitte have publicly backed Varadkar’s stance on the issue, since the Fine Gael Minister’s comments yesterday refocused attention the Commissioner’s remark last January.Burton told The Irish Times that Callinan should withdraw the “disgusting” remark . A Labour spokesperson said that the position of the party had been articulated by Burton, and this view was shared by the party leader. On RTÉ, Rabbitte echoed this view.In a statement issued just hours after Kenny told ministers not to air their concerns in public, Quinn said: “I wish to join with my colleagues in encouraging the Garda Commissioner to bring an end to the controversy surrounding the Garda whistleblowers following the report of the Garda Inspectorate.“Anyone in public office can, on occasion, find themselves in a position where their choice of words has been unfortunate. In light of subsequent developments, I believe it would be helpful if the commissioner could move to end the controversy.“It is important that the debate now move on to the substantive issues of how to ensure that there are adequate processes in place to deal with allegations of wrong-doing within the Garda. I have long supported the concept of a Garda Authority to enhance accountability and civilian oversight of An Garda Siochana. This is in the best interests of the Irish people, and the thousands of members of the Garda Siochana, who provide outstanding service to the Irish people.” Additional reporting by Órla Ryan & Daragh Brophy.First published 22.10pmEarlier: Varadkar says Callinan should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarks – but gardaí say he won’tAlso: Garda whistleblowers’ use of PULSE system criticised by Data CommissionerRelated: The Tánaiste thinks the Garda Commissioner should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remark Updated 10.58pm RUAIRÍ QUINN HAS backed his Labour colleagues in calling for the Garda Commissioner to withdraw remarks about two whistleblowers just hours after the Taoiseach said that any minister who wants to discuss issues should raise them at Cabinet “rather than have them aired in public”.Enda Kenny’s comments came after Transport Minister Leo Varadkar yesterday called for Martin Callinan to withdraw comments he made in January that the actions of John Wilson and Maurice McCabe, in highlighting problems with the penalty points system, were “disgusting”.Varadkar’s comments have been publicly supported by four of the five Labour Cabinet ministers including the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, ministers Joan Burton, Pat Rabbitte and, this evening, Quinn.In a statement issued tonight, after Kenny’s comments, the Education Minister urged the Garda Commissioner to “bring an end to the controversy”.Earlier, Kenny told reporters in Brussels: “I’d certainly have a preference that if any minister who has an issue to raise that they raise it at the Cabinet or raise it where we could have discussions and deal with them, rather than have them aired in public.”“I’m not saying that people have to be restricted in their views on anything but there is a process by which these things should be dealt with,” Kenny said.‘Clarified’ It’s the second time in less than 24 hours the Taoiseach has had to face media questions on the issue. Speaking yesterday, he declined to say whether Martin Callinan should apologise to two garda whistleblowers.Speaking today, he reiterated:last_img read more

EU nears refugee deal with Turkey

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram European Union leaders appeared poised to make concessions to Ankara to secure its cooperation in curbing migration into the bloc on Thursday as Greece remained cautious on the prospect of working with Turkey in the Aegean.Underscoring the relentless nature of the problem, as EU leaders met in Brussels, seven migrants drowned off the coast of Lesvos in the eastern Aegean.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras used his presence at the summit to call for help. “Support for Europe’s frontline countries, with respect and solidarity to the refugees, is for our common European interest,” he said. As for calls by EU officials for joint Greek-Turkish patrols in the Aegean, Tsipras was cautious, sayingGreece was ready to cooperate with Turkey “always on the base of international law and the integrity of the accession process.” “But first of all now it’s time to take brave political initiatives in order to solve the Syrian crisis, in order to try to stop these waves of refugees in the Mediterranean,” he added.Tsipras’s comments came as Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias ruled out the prospect of Greece patrolling the Aegean with Turkey. “This would mean Turkish vessels entering our territorial waters, a move which could have long-term consequences,” he said.Reports suggested that Turkish officials and representatives of the European Commission meeting in Ankara were close to agreeing a package of concessions from the EU in return for closer cooperation on stemming the flow of refugees via Turkey.The deal would probably see Turkey receiving significant new funding from the EU for tackling the refugee crisis but Ankara also requested visa-free travel for Turks and the opening of six new “chapters” in its accession talks with Brussels. Any final agreement would have to be approved by the 28-member European Council.Meanwhile, the seven people who drowned off the coast of Lesvos had been among dozens of migrants on a wooden boat trying to get to Greece from Turkey. The boat collided with a Hellenic Coast Guard vessel off the island’s northern coast.Greek coast guard officers recovered the bodies of two women, a man, three children and a baby following the collision, which happened just after 11 a.m. Another 31 people were rescued and one more person was missing, according to the testimonies of the survivors.It was unclear what caused the collision of the two boats. According to an official at the Shipping Ministry, the wooden boat hit the coast guard vessel which had been sent to rescue the migrants. The tragic incident came just a day after another three migrants – a woman, a child and a baby – drowned off Lesvos.European Immigration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos is due on Lesvos today, with European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. The delegation is expected to inspect reception facilities on the island.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

De Bruyne pleased with Man City comeback

first_imgKevin De Bruyne was glad to be back in action after making a goalscoring return in Manchester City’s Carabao Cup win against Leicester City on Tuesday nightThe 27-year-old midfielder has been sidelined for the past month with a second knee injury after sustaining another one earlier in the season.But De Bruyne made his first start for City on Tuesday at the King Power Stadium since November 1 and marked the occasion with the opening goal of the game.While Leicester did get one back through substitute Marc Albrighton, City held on for a 3-1 penalty shootout win.“I’ve been out so long, so to play 70 minutes is a really good sign for me personally,” De Bruyne told the club website.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I feel a little bit stiff but I’m happy to contribute again.”The Belgium international reserved praised for 20-year-old goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, who saved spot-kicks from James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu in the game.“He’s [Muric] got veins of ice and did what he had to do, so it’s a beautiful moment for him”, De Bruyne said.Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko were the goalscorers in the shoot-out for City, who will next face Crystal Palace at home this Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 13 Car Stolen Guns Found Large Tree Branch

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, June 13, 2018:A gray 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor struck a pole at Middlesex Avenue and High Street. No injuries noted. Vehicle towed. RMLD notified. (6:15am)Dog Park was temporarily closed allow DPW to work in it. Animal Control Officer on standby. (7:28am)Animal Control Officer held raccoon escape from dumpster on Main Street. (11:07am)A resident reported a larceny from her apartment earlier in the morning. (2:59pm)A CareOne Manager requested officer take a report of an allegation made by a resident. (4:07pm)Police received report of multiple kids fighting in the grass area by Ristuccia Arena. Fight was broke up. (4:19pm)A resident recently purchased a home and just found a collection of shotguns/riffles. She does not feel comfortable handling them and asked they be removed. (6:05pm)A walk-in party reported her white 2011 Honda CRV from Metro at Wilmington Station on Burlington Avenue. Police entered vehicle into NCIC. A BOLO was put out. Gloucester Police located vehicle at their hospital, unattended. (8:36pm)A juvenile caller reported an argument with his stepfather regarding a video game. Police responded. (10:15pm)A Woburn Street caller reported her mailbox was struck by a vehicle 3 minutes ago. Police unable to locate. (10:27pm)A large tree branch fell on top of a  vehicle at Nichols Street and Fairmeadow Road. Vehicle towed. Road temporarily closed. DPW notified. (10:36pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 6: Women Fighting Or Just Watching The Bruins?; Package Stolen From Porch; Coyote SightingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”last_img read more