The finance ministry is looking at the NRI deposit scheme to encourage overseas Indians to invest in the country in a measure aimed to stabilise the falling rupee.The rupee has been one of the worst-performing currencies in the emerging markets on persistent global headwinds and concerns on the macroeconomic front.Read it at DNA Related Items
View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Vic Manuel, Kevin Racal, JVee Casio, and Simon Enciso are all sidelined and Pascual said the ones they can rely on are themselves.Pascual and the rest of the Aces did practice what they preached when they blindsided Columbian 94-72 to get their first win in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We were actually joking around earlier because we’re this undermanned right now but in all seriousness, we can only rely on ourselves at this point,” said Pascual in Filipino as they get to a 1-1 record.“We take it as a challenge especially for us big men who usually come off the bench and sometimes wouldn’t even get the minutes. We’re just proving to everyone that we can play and we can help the team.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Return of in-shape Andray Blatche boosts Gilas Pilipinas confidence LATEST STORIES Pascual made his mark in the Aces’ win over the Dyip with a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double in a game that he said he had to step up in a big way.Alaska also lost rookie G-Boy Babilonia, who got hurt in practice, leaving the Aces’ big man rotation to Pascual, Carl Bryan Cruz, Noy Baclao, and the 37-year-old Sonny Thoss.“We’re still adjusting and of course we admit that it’s hard without Vic because he’s the no.1 option inside and he also has some outside shooting,” said Pascual of Manuel who averaged 16 points per game in the previous season.“Coach Alex [Compton] told us that whoever was sitting beside us on the bench was the one that will help us.”ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alaska’s Jake Pascual skies high for a rebound. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Jake Pascual is well aware of the pinch Alaska is in right now without four of its vital players all recovering from different injuries, but that is just the life for a PBA team that is going on a yearly grind.The Aces qualified for the playoffs in all three conferences in the previous seasons reaching the quarterfinals, semifinals, and then the finals in chronological order and this tough schedule had left some battered bodies along the way.ADVERTISEMENT
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Tokyo: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced Monday a probe into “inconsistencies” in laboratory data provided by Russia, raising the possibility of a fresh ban on the country in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.WADA said it had given Russia three weeks to respond after problems with the data came to light. The revelation opens the door for fresh sanctions against Russia, which was banned from the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics over doping.”Ensuring the authenticity of the Moscow (laboratory data) was one of the critical conditions imposed by the ExCo for RUSADA to maintain its compliance,” said a statement after WADA’s Executive Committee meeting in Tokyo.WADA has previously warned that it would take the “most stringent sanctions” if any of the data was found to have been tampered with.Russia handed over thousands of files and samples from its Moscow anti-doping laboratory in January, fulfilling a key condition for its reinstatement by WADA last September.The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) had been suspended for nearly three years over revelations including a systematic conspiracy to switch tainted samples at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.During its suspension by WADA, the International Olympic Committee allowed Russia to take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but Russian athletes at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games had to compete under a neutral flag.However, athletics body the IAAF has maintained a ban on Russia since November 2015, although many of its athletes are given special dispensation to compete under a neutral banner.The IAAF is due to re-examine the case for reintegrating Russian athletes ahead of the World Athletics Championships, which start in Doha on September 27. dataDopinginvestigatelaboratory First Published: September 23, 2019, 3:15 PM IST
Arturo Vidal has dismissed fears he suffered a fresh knee injury during training with Chile this week.There were reports the Barcelona midfielder was in pain during a session in Japan on Wednesday and was forced to sit out practice on the pitch.The rumours sparked concerns Vidal had damaged the same knee on which he had an operation in April, which kept him out for the final few weeks of Bayern Munich’s season. 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! However, the 31-year-old insists he is fully fit.”I heard a lot of things and they’re all lies,” he told the Chilean media. “I’ve [got] nothing wrong with me.”I left before training for a rest after a long journey, I went to the gym and used the bike, but I did everything as normal in training.”It was a 24-hour journey and training after that is not easy, but everything is fine.”Chile’s match with Japan was cancelled following the powerful earthquake that struck Hokkaido, causing devastating landslides and crippling the power and transport infrastructure in the city of Sapporo.Vidal said the Chilean players are safe and are now just waiting to find out when they will be able to leave the northern island.”We really don’t know anything about what has happened in Japan,” he said. “We just felt the earthquake. We are fine and a little bored, but that’s how things are.”We felt how strong the earthquake was, we were all sleeping. These are things that happen in life.”It is important for everyone to know that we are all fine, nothing has happened to us. It was more of a scare than anything else. We have to wait so the problem can be solved and we can all travel to the places we need to go.”
For the last few years players from each team at Big 12 media days have done these emoji interviews which are kind of strange (you can tell Mason Rudolph would have rather been doing burpees) but also kind of fun. This year, Mason Rudolph, Jordan Sterns and James Washington answered Chad Whitener’s questions.They were asked about Taylor Swift (I’m with you, President), skydiving, sushi and Kevin Durant going to the Warriors. Their thoughts on KD made me laugh. A universal approval!✌️ ? ?Gundy on the other hand was more bummed out.Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, on Kevin Durant leaving OKC: “Just broke my heart.” https://t.co/Xkl9wVlaZH— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) July 18, 2016Also, you will want to stick around for the Justin Bieber-Mason Rudolph question. It’s pretty great.. @CowboyFB‘s thoughts on…KD going to the Warriors ✌️?Mashed Potatoes???Watch more in #Big12FB #EmojiAnswers https://t.co/Kv1fdm6vrB— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) July 18, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Corners 6 Raskaj Match stats Again, however, they were guilty of a strange lack of focus at the start of the next half. This time it was Declan Rice with the loose pass. Muriqi’s cross picked out Berisha and England’s defence were badly out of position as he cut inside Jordan Henderson to beat Pickford with a splendid, rising shot.Maybe England were guilty of complacency. Whatever it was, they continued to defend obligingly and next it was Maguire’s turn to wave an apologetic hand. He had not properly managed to clear a cross and, trying to make up his mistake, tripped Muriqi. It was a clear penalty and Muriqi scored to Pickford’s left.The next penalty decision was less obvious, for an alleged foul on Ross Barkley, but Muric blocked Kane’s effort and perhaps the only surprise was there were no more goals in the final 35 minutes. England 5-3 Kosovo: Euro 2020 qualifier – as it happened 16 Mings Read more Possession Read more 23 Berisha 10 Barkley 1 Pickford Goal attempts 20 Maddison (s 46′) 6 0 4 Rice Reuse this content Lineups Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn 18 Mount Substitutes 21 Rashford 21 Nuhiu KOS41ENG59% 14 Rose Share on Facebook England 9 Kane 6 Maguire Euro 2020 qualifying Share on Pinterest 16 Bekaj Topics (s 83′) 23 Wilson 3 Aliti 2 Hadergjonaj 8 Henderson 18 Muriqi 9 Celina 22 Pope Share on WhatsApp 14 Berisha 22 Zhegrova 20 Kryeziu 13 Heaton (s 85′) 19 Oxlade-Chamberlain match reports Kosovo 11 Sancho 5 Keane 10 Muslija 15 Vojvoda 19 Paqarada England 5-3 Kosovo: player ratings from the Euro 2020 qualifier Substitutes 3 Chilwell 5 Dresevic 13 Rrahmani 8 Halimi 1 Ujkani 11 Rashani KOS ENG 6 England Off target 5 Kosovo 9 England On target 2 Kosovo 17 Winks Fouls 15 Gomez It was a wild and eccentric evening and, for Gareth Southgate, a mix of satisfaction and confusion. His players had scored five times in the first half, yet how could he be entirely happy when it was difficult to remember the last time England’s defence appeared so accident-prone? Or another game, certainly in their recent past, when they have sieved so many poor goals?The bottom line, taking the positive view, is that England won again at the top of Group A and that means they will pass the 10-year mark since the last time they lost a qualifying match, against Ukraine in October 2009. Jadon Sancho celebrated his first international goals, Raheem Sterling maintained his sparkling form and Harry Kane enhanced his scoring statistics again. Kane is now level with Bryan Robson on the list of all-time England scorers, with 26 goals, though he passed up the chance to catch David Platt in 12th position when his second-half penalty was saved – and that in itself was a measure of how England produced the unexpected at times. 7 Sterling 2 Alexander-Arnold Share on Messenger 7 Hasani (s 85′) 4 Voca Kosovo 12 Trippier England Share via Email 41 59 12 Muric It must have been lots of fun for the Southampton crowd but Southgate cannot have been encouraged by the way Kosovo scored twice in the second half without reply, especially when England had also suffered the ignominy of going behind only 34 seconds into the match – a goal that will be remembered as a personal ordeal for Michael Keane.It was one of the quickest goals ever scored against England and for Keane the difficult truth was that it was not his first calamity in this qualifying programme. The same player had also been badly at fault when Montenegro opened the scoring against England in March and perhaps the best that could be said was that, then like now, he did at least partially make up for it.Keane headed in the equaliser in Podgorica, leading ultimately to a 5-1 victory, and this time his aerial threat led to Sterling levelling the score only six minutes after the shock of Valon Berisha’s opener. Sterling was inside the six-yard area and Keane’s far-post header from a corner left the Manchester City player with the opportunity to nod in a goal that drastically changed the complexion of the evening.That was Sterling’s eighth goal in as many appearances for his country – could it really be true he had gone three years without scoring earlier in his international career? – though his most exceptional work came later in the first half when a brilliantly disguised turn in the centre circle led directly to Kane scoring. As Sterling drove through the middle, Kane peeled off to the left. England’s captain took the shot on his left foot and Ari Muric, Kosovo’s goalkeeper, let the ball run beneath his body.Southgate was entitled to be impressed by the determination of his players to make up for what had happened in the opening exchanges. Another team might have lost confidence because it was, to say the least, an extraordinary moment: England’s players passing the ball between themselves in their own half and then Keane, trying to find Harry Maguire, presenting it straight to Vedat Muriqi, Kosovo’s lead striker, just outside the penalty area. Berisha turned his shot past the oncoming Jordan Pickford and, briefly, it felt like England might be in for an unpleasant evening.Very soon, though, the boisterous corner of Kosovo supporters found out how difficult it can be against elite opponents. Sterling, in particular, was relentless in his desire to get behind the opposition and Kosovo’s increasing desperation could probably be summed up by England’s third goal. Sancho drove in a low cross from the right. Muric pulled his foot away when he had the chance to block it and the ball flew in off Mergim Vojvoda for an own goal.Sancho’s first goal was a right-foot finish from Sterling’s perfectly weighted pass and the same two players combined again to make it 5-1 in first-half added time. Sterling’s pass left Sancho with the simplest of chances, barely three yards out with the goalkeeper stranded, and England had scored three times in a six-minute blitz. (s 59′) 4 9
KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 10: A general view of Neyland Stadium during the kickoff of the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Georgia Bulldogs on October 10, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)After a full slate of games on Saturday, about half of the fans in college football probably believe the sky is falling. Some teams lost via upsets or blown leads, while others feel that their win just didn’t bode well for the season ahead.But there is one fan base that stands out as the most miserable fan base in college football right now.USA Today released their “Misery Index” for Week 1 of the college football season. They identified Tennessee as having the most miserable fan base right now.The Vols reached a new low on Saturday as they were upset at home by Sun Belt minnow Georgia State. They lost 30-38 to a Georgia State that has only one winning season in the past eight years and went 2-10 last year. Tennessee won their previous meeting against Georgia State in 2012, winning that game 51-13.“With all due respect to Georgia State… it is impossible for a program like Tennessee to lose that game unless something is seriously screwed up internally…”“The aftershocks of a loss as cataclysmic as Georgia State will linger for awhile… All we really know at the moment is that the Vols are back in an all-too-familiar position: At No. 1 in the Misery Index, a weekly measurement of knee-jerk reactions based on what each fan base just watched.”Tennessee fans were particularly brutal on Twitter, especially since it took nearly a day for the team’s account to resume Tweeting after the loss.Though Tennessee was far from the only Power Five school to lose to a Group of Five school, they were one of only two to lose at home. Florida State was the other, as the Seminoles were defeated at home to Boise State.Additionally, the 38 points the Vols defense surrendered were also the most by any SEC team.Second-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt was already on thin ice heading into the season. If they can’t win convincingly against BYU and/or Chattanooga, who know if he’ll even last the season.
Next PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth advance to second round at Indonesia MastersPV Sindhu opened the new season with a fighting 22-24 21-8 21-17 win over 2012 London Games champion Li Xuerui of China. Kidambi Srikanth eased past Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng 21-12 21-8.advertisement Press Trust of India JakartaJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 22:12 IST PV Sindhu battled past Li Xuerui in the first round (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu opened the new season with a fighting 22-24 21-8 21-17 win over 2012 London Games champion Li XueruiKidambi Srikanth eased past Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng 21-12 21-8Saina Nehwal registered a 7-21 21-16 21-11 win over local hope Dinar Dyah AyustineThe Indian trio of PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth dished out superb performances on the opening day to advance to the second round of the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters World Tour Super 500 badminton tournament in Jakarta on Wednesday.Olympic and World Championship silver medallist Sindhu opened the new season with a fighting 22-24 21-8 21-17 win over 2012 London Games champion Li Xuerui of China in a 54-minute women’s singles match.The second seeded Indian will now be pitted against Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.Eighth seeded Saina, who had reached the semi-finals at the Malaysia Masters last week, recovered from a first-game loss to secure a 7-21 21-16 21-11 win over local hope Dinar Dyah Ayustine, ranked 50th, in another women’s singles match. It was Saina’s third win over Ayustine.The 28-year-old from Hyderabad will next face another Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani, against whom she has a 4-0 head-to-head record.In men’s singles, eighth seed Srikanth eased past Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng 21-12 21-8 to set up a showdown with Japan’s Asian Games bronze medallist Kenta Nishimoto.But compatriots B Sai Praneeth and Subhankar Dey failed to cross the opening hurdle at the tournament.2017 Singapore Open champion Praneeth was sent packing 12-21 16-21 by Olympic champion Chen Long of China in 40 minutes, while Subhankar, who had won his maiden title at SaarLorLux Open in Germany last year, fought hard before going down 14-21 21-19 15-21 against former World champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.Local hope Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, seeded seventh, proved a difficult customer for Parupalli Kashyap once again as he claimed a 21-12 21-16 win over the former Commonwealth Games champion.advertisementIn men’s doubles, national champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy dished out a fighting game to notch up a 14-21 21-19 21-15 win over Denmark’s Mads Pieler Kolding and Niclas Nohr.Commonwealth Games bronze medallist pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also bowed out of the competition, losing 14-21 14-21 to Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai in the women’s doubles opener.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Saina Nehwal
OTTAWA — A large proportion of small- and medium-sized businesses soon to be subjected to Ottawa’s carbon tax worry they’ll be unable to pass along the bulk of the extra costs to their customers, suggests a new survey being released Tuesday.The online survey was completed by 3,527 members of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in the four provinces — Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — that will have to follow the Trudeau government’s carbon-pricing system as of April 1.The lobby group has strongly opposed the federal carbon-tax plan out of concern it will pile on too many costs for smaller companies. In fact, more than two-thirds of the business owners that it polled don’t support any kind of carbon pricing program at all.Ottawa says 90 per cent of the carbon-tax revenues it collects will be returned via rebates to households in each of the four provinces. Consumers will get by far the largest share because the government expects them to ultimately pay most of the new costs passed down from businesses.CFIB has some new data coming out soon on how small businesses are feeling about this plan and how much of the consumer rebate they will be financing. https://t.co/SR2exSSHtg— Dan Kelly (@CFIB) February 10, 2019But the findings of CFIB’s poll, conducted in November, suggest there’s concern most smaller companies will be unable to pass along their new costs — meaning these firms will end up subsidizing the rebate program for households, the report said.About 80 per cent of the respondents said they didn’t think it would be easy for them to forward costs on to their customers. The poll found 55 per cent of those surveyed didn’t expect to pass on any of the additional costs, while 25 per cent said they would only be able to pass on less than 25 per cent of the extra costs.“These findings should be deeply worrisome to public policy makers,” said the report, which also repeats CFIB’s concerns the carbon tax will arrive the same year that businesses’ Canada Pension Plan premiums start to rise.“It means small firms will be forced to find the resources to pay the tax from the business itself, which means it may come at the expense of wages, jobs or future business growth.”The Liberals’ carbon tax has generated intense political debate across the country and it’s destined to be a key campaign issue in October’s federal election.The Liberal government has argued pollution is already getting expensive for Canadians as costs from climate-change-related weather events have climbed to more than $1 billion a year. The Liberals believe carbon pricing, which has been in place for years in provinces like British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario, is one of the best ways to lower emissions.The federal climate change action plan also includes efforts to develop clean fuel standards, create new energy-efficiency building codes and phase out electricity generation from coal.The opposition Conservatives have repeatedly called the Liberal plan a “tax grab” that will hurt the bottom lines of small businesses and families, kill jobs and make the country less competitive. Moving forward, the Tories warn carbon-tax bills will only get bigger.READ MORE: Saskatchewan’s carbon tax battle continuesSeveral provincial leaders have also become vocal opponents of the federal program.The regime will be applied to Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick because they don’t have their own carbon-pricing system.Ottawa has said the remaining 10 per cent revenue share from the carbon tax will be dedicated to a program to help organizations, such as schools, that are unable to pass on the costs via higher prices. Part of this portion — worth about $1.5 billion — will also be used to help small- and medium-sized businesses adapt to carbon pricing over the next five years, the government has said.Ottawa has yet to lay out the specifics of this element of its plan.The report noted that some big industrial emitters will pay through a separate system that provides some relief to sectors heavily exposed to foreign competition. Smaller businesses, it added, have not been provided the same relief.READ MORE: Oilpatch wants growth policies from Alberta; carbon price absentCFIB is calling on Ottawa to limit the impact on smaller businesses, including reassurance the same proportion of revenue collected from these firms is returned to them. Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press
“More than a thousand people were killed or injured in attacks – innocent children, mothers, fathers, people from all walks of life, many of them traumatized by the carnage murderers continue to inflict on the Iraqi people,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, said in a news release. Citing official figures, Mr Kobler – who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) – noted that September 2012 was the deadliest month in Iraq in more than two years. In a recent incident, according to media reports, four children were killed when a suicide car bomb exploded near their school in the western province of Anbar. Some of the young victims were reportedly just starting the first grade.Earlier in September, a series of attacks in 11 cities killed more than 50 people and injured more than 200 others. The attacks reportedly targeted Iraqi security forces, police recruits and markets, and involved both bombs and attacks by gunmen.“I call on every man and woman in this country to categorically reject these acts of violence, which cannot be justified in any way,” Mr. Kobler continued, adding his call for the Government of Iraq “to address the root causes of the violence and ensure a truly inclusive political process that respects the views and interests of all communities in Iraq.”
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. It is thought that Ms Robinson named the wrong hotel in her posts. A spokesperson for Holiday Inn said: “There has been reports of a number of unaccompanied children being bought to a Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express in the area, however these are incorrect.”Our hotels were working with police throughout the night, but we did not have a group of unaccompanied children at our hotel.” A member of the public has been praised for her actions following reports that she led a number of unaccompanied youngsters to safety in the immediate aftermath of the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.Paula Robinson, 48, from West Dalton, told the Manchester Evening News she was at Manchester Victoria railway station, close to the arena, when the attack took place.She felt the explosion, then saw a large number of teenage girls running away from the venue.”We ran out. It was literally seconds after the explosion,” she said. “I got the teens to run with me.”She led the group to a nearby hotel, then shared her contact details on social media so the girls’ parents could contact her. That Paula Robinson needs a recognition award of some sort. Absolutely amazing of her to take all those people in last night.— Mickey (@_MickeyPreedy) May 23, 2017 We need to find Paula Robinson and give her the world after all of this is over #Manchester— Cole Fauria (@Cole_Fauria) May 23, 2017 Paula Robinson is a hero and angel and everything in between. What an amazing woman providing light in a dark time. #PrayForManchester— Verity 🙃🌍 (@LplVerity) May 23, 2017 On Tuesday morning Ms Robinson said she was no longer with the children, and urged parents and guardians trying to track down children to contact the authorities. The official helpline number is 0161 856 9400.Ms Robinson has been hailed as hero on social media:
Prosecuting, Paul Cummings, described how his client first met Lorgat on a flight to Madrid when he showed “great interest in the her”. They later spent some time together in Paris before she returned to her native Morocco.They stayed in contact through texts and phone calls before he visited Morocco in 2001, where her parents were inquisitive about the defendant’s background and the father asked him to provide some proof he was not married. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Show more In a statement, Miss Benjelloun who is in her 40s said: “In 2001, I met him when I was working for my father’s company and I was travelling and working in Belgium. A bigamist who forged a letter from his mosque in order to marry a devout Muslim has been jailed for not telling her that he already had a wife.Haroon Lorgat, 52, met Nadia Benjelloun on a business trip in 2001 and after a “whirlwind romance”, they wed a year later.Unbeknown to her, the businessman had already been married twice and the divorce to the second woman was only finalised in 2004, by which time they already had a child together. In the months before he married Miss Benjelloun, Lorgat from Blackburn, Lancashire, had provided her parents with a forged letter claiming to be from the Lancashire Council of Mosques – falsely saying he was still a bachelor after they raised doubts over his past. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––In another act of deceit, it emerged he used the divorce papers from his first marriage in the 1980s to convince the registrar that he was legally clear to marry for a third time. To add to her strife, Miss Benjelloun claimed she is currently owed £20,000 which she was given as a health insurance payout having been diagnosed with cancer. Her husband is accused of transferring it to his bank account. The truth only emerged when Moroccan-born teacher Miss Benjelloun broke up with Lorgat when he became violent. She is now battling to get a divorce, and Lorgat was jailed for six months at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday after he admitted bigamy. Nadia Benjelloun’s graduation photographCredit:Cavendish Press Nadia Benjelloun leaves Preston Crown CourtCredit:Ricky Champagne/Cavendish Press Mr Cummings told the court: “He had a letter from the Lancashire Council of Mosques. The letter said that he was not married and had never been married.”The family of the complainant were provided with this forged document and thought he was legitimate and suitable to be married. As a result they went through a Muslim wedding and then a civil wedding in Accrington in July 2002.”Following the marriage in Accrington, he did apply for divorce from his current wife but that did not happen until the decree absolute in 2004.”The complainant did not know that the defendant was married and remained oblivious to this fact for 10 years.”During this time, she had two children with the defendant in 2003 and 2005. She only discovered the fact of the other marriage when she petitioned for divorce in 2012.” “She says on one occasion that she was with her friend in Blackburn and the defendant took a picture of the friend, posted it on Facebook and asked for her identity.”She said that when she found out about his other marriage, she was remorseful, shocked and angry.” But Judge Simon Medland QC told Lorgat: “This is a case with a number of very serious aspects. Firstly, the deception of Ms Benjelloun and her family. It is clear to me that if you had been candid about your marriage, she would not have married you.”In order to maintain that the marriage would happen, you produced a bogus letter saying that you have never been married and gave it to Miss Benjelloun’s family.”As a result, she married you and two children came out of that. The marriage was not a success and impact this has had on your wife is very severe.”She has described a history of manipulative control and if she knew about your previous marriage she would not have married you in the first place.” At a previous hearing solicitor Jonathan Taylor mitigated for Lorgat and said his client had “fallen in love” and “a whirlwind romance” resulted in the Islamic wedding in Morocco.”He accepts that he entered into the civil marriage without bringing to an end the second marriage,” the lawyer added. “He had fallen in love with the lady and didn’t want anything to happen to stop them being together. The only benefit he got from this was to be able to live with the woman who, at the time, he loved.” “He was insistent and persuasive and he visited me at my parents several times when I was living in Marrakech.”I found it weird that he wasn’t married and had no children at his age, but I believed him and so did my parents after he produced the letter from the Lancashire Council of Mosques.”I found out later that he did deceive me and he had been married on two previous occasions and that letter was not true.””I have been looking after the two children and have cancer. The lies and deceit have caused me anxiety, depression and panic attacks. I am unable to move on with my life until the marriage is over and I need a divorce. He has not agreed to a divorce in the Islamic religion and he continues to prolong these proceedings.” Mr Cummings added: “Following the diagnosis of cancer, she received some money from health insurance and he somehow moved that money into his account.”There was some money that he took and she says that he owes her somewhere in the region of £20,000.”The prosecution makes the submission that she would not have married the defendant in the first place if she knew about his previous marriage and she says that he was violent and controlling. The court heard Lorgat had been convicted of assaulting Miss Benjelloun in 2010 and was given a community order. In mitigation defence counsel Neil Howard, said: “He accepts that he deceived her and her family from the offset in 2002.”He did initially take steps to divorce his second wife in 2001. He had already paid the solicitors but the divorce didn’t go through.”I do not intend on getting into an argument over finances, but he says that he pays the mortgage on their house.”He is a gentleman that has a great deal to lose. He is an industrious man with a business and two children. He owns a business in the furnishing industry with nine members of staff. All of them are aware of the current situation and it has been very stressful for him.”He has done extensive charity work since 2012 and in my submission he is an upstanding citizen.”
The electrification of mobile fleets in underground mining was kicked off in earnest in Canada when Goldcorp decided to move their Borden exploration project forward as an all-electric mine. MacLean was honoured to be chosen as one of the two suppliers to this project in 2016, at this point a bulk sample ramp advancing at some 4 to 5 m per day. The mine of the future will indeed be all-electric, and it will also have a smaller geographic footprint, industry-leading water management practices, and partnerships with the local First Nation communities.“Our first five battery electric units arrived at Borden in April of 2017, two bolters, an emulsion loader cassette, a boom truck cassette and a scissor lift, with nine more MacLean EV units to be shipped in 2018, including a blockholer, the first of our Ore Flow suite to be electrified. In total, we put seven EV units underground in 2017 and we have orders that will double this in 2018.”MacLean adds: “The EV mine upside of zero emissions, lower total cost of ownership, and reduced ventilation requirements are simply too compelling for mining companies to ignore much longer. Glencore’s two cornerstone Sudbury basin expansion projects – Onaping Depth and Nickel Rim Deep – are case in point in this transition to diesel-free mines to leverage ventilation savings and reduced infrastructure costs, along with the benefits of exhaust-free and lower maintenance fleets. Full-fleet electrification will be available by the end of 2018, but we know this is just the first step to aligning our company to what our customers need and expect. We moved rapidly into the EV propulsion space because we saw the business drivers the industry was facing – heat and ventilation requirementsbecoming a prohibitive cost with a diesel combustion fleet, where the only economic way to access increasingly hard-to-reach ore bodies is through the introduction of electric vehicles, reducing ventilation and equipment maintenance costs and providing a work environment free of diesel fine particulate matter.”
Murmurs of approval rippled through the courtroom as the judge handed down a nearly 7½-year sentence Friday to a Vancouver massage therapist who inappropriately touched more than a dozen female clients.Valentin Delgado, 41, pleaded with Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis to have “compassion and mercy” on him, and said a lengthy sentence would only harm his family’s livelihood.Lewis said he could not overlook the number of women Delgado victimized, the fact that he abused a position of trust or that he’s shown little accountability for his actions.“It’s clear still you’re in deep denial. … It’s always someone else’s fault,” he told Delgado.Delgado pleaded guilty in July to three counts of indecent liberties without forcible compulsion, bail jumping and 10 counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation. He victimized 13 clients, some who were pregnant, according to the prosecution.However, when it came time for sentencing, Delgado requested to withdraw his guilty plea and argued that his attorney at the time had coerced him into taking a plea deal.
Members of the Legislative Bush Caucus were told last week in a “Lunch and Learn” session on rural sanitation almost a billion dollars is needed to build, replace, and maintain rural sanitation systems. But, the gap between the level of need and funding is widening.Download AudioState and tribal representatives told members of the Bush Caucus it would take about $900 million to do what’s needed to bring modern sanitation to all Alaskans.Last year the state put about $9 million and federal agencies put $51 million toward rural sanitation in Alaska. The combined $60 million is less than half of allocations 10 years ago.David Beveridge, the director of project management at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, or ANTHC, says Alaska is competing with other states for its share of a shrinking pool of federal funding.“If you look through the village safe water program, it gets matched with federal dollars on a 25-75 percent ratio,” Beveridge said. “So for any 25 dollars the federal government will kick in the 75 dollars. So that’s been a big component of the funding in Alaska and that’s gone down.”The issue is one of public health, according to Bill Griffith, the Facility Program Manager for Village Safe Water with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. He told Legislators recent studies show Alaskans without clean water and flush toilets experience dramatically higher rates of hospitalization for respiratory diseases such as pneumonia.“Those rates were anywhere from 5 times greater to 11 times greater in villages in Alaska with less than 10 percent of homes served,” Griffith said.And Griffith says, a significant number of Alaskan communities are un-served or under-served.“There’s about 30 villages around the state that don’t have running water and sewer to any homes, coupled with about a dozen or so communities that have what we call small haul systems where they use trailers to bring water to homes and then they use different trailers to pick up sewage,” he said.Climate change is adding to the magnitude of the issue.“We’re at Noatak right now where part of the ground under the water plant is frozen and part of it is becoming unfrozen,” Gavin Dixon, who manages a Rural Energy Initiative for ANTHC, said. “There’s 15-inches of differential in the facility. So the building is cracking, and falling apart. So it’s an issue that’s happening now and it’s happening in a lot of different communities.”Dixon says energy audits show that investments of an average of $80,000 per community for little fixes would return much more in energy cost savings in just four or five years. He says those savings in energy costs would boost local economies and cut state spending for power cost equalization subsidies.Rep. Neal Foster, of Nome, says improving rural sanitation would boost the state’s economy. And he says Legislators would create an uproar if they experienced the same conditions.“Boy, if we ever took every toilet out of this building, you know it would be a revolution we wouldn’t stand for, people, essentially living in a third-world type situation,” Foster said. “So I think it’s something that needs to be made a priority. I think that we have to bring people at the lowest rungs up before we can move forward as a state.”Agencies and tribes are collaborating to improve operator training and reduce operation costs. And they working with the private sector to create innovative designs well suited to Arctic conditions.
The Porcupine Caribou herd in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Congress has voted to allow oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but drilling opponents haven’t given up. As part of their strategy going forward, they’re looking beyond Washington, D.C. and across the U.S.-Canada border for support.Listen nowCanada has a long history of opposing oil development in ANWR. That opposition comes down to the caribou.“If there is development in this area and when we do lose the caribou, that will be a significant channel of life that will have dried up and shut down forever,” Dana Tizya-Tramm, a Vuntut Gwitchin council member in Canada’s Yukon Territory, said. “My people will remember the death of the caribou and the death of this area for thousands of years.”The Porcupine Caribou Herd migrates into Canada and is hunted by the Gwitchin who live there. Like the Gwich’in in Alaska, Tizya-Tramm believes any disturbance of the herd’s calving grounds in the refuge is a threat to his community.This is not a new issue. In 1987, the United States signed a treaty with Canada, requiring both countries to “avoid or minimize activities” that would disrupt the Porcupine Caribou Herd. Now, as the Trump administration pursues oil development in the Refuge, Tizya-Tramm said the agreement means the U.S. is obligated to consult with Canada before it drills there.“We really have a legitimate voice here…that belongs in this issue,” Tizya-Tramm said.Canada’s leadership agrees — its position is that the Porcupine Caribou Herd’s habitat should be permanently protected. In an emailed statement, Colin Shonk, a spokesperson for the Canadian Embassy, said, “the federal, territorial and Indigenous governments in Canada are united in their commitment to conservation of the herd and its habitat.”“We remain committed to the implementation of the 1987 Agreement between Canada and the U.S. to protect the herd,” Shonk said.Environmental groups in the U.S. see the treaty as a way to stall the push for oil development in the refuge.“Certainly the Canadians have made it clear that they expect the treaty to be observed and implemented,” Mike Anderson, a lawyer with the Wilderness Society in Seattle, said. “This is not what necessarily the Trump administration wants, in terms of their rushed timeline.”Anderson said if the U.S. abides by the treaty, it will have to take a careful look at potential impacts on the Porcupine Herd. And that, he hopes, will spur Congress to reconsider whether drilling should be allowed. But Anderson acknowledges the treaty has limits — he said the final decision will be up to the U.S.Jutta Brunnée, a professor and an expert in international environmental law with the University of Toronto, agrees. Brunnée says the agreement is legally binding, and its strength lies in the requirement for the U.S. to “promptly” consult with Canada if the herd is significantly harmed.Canada is entitled to consultation, but “that’s, I think, as far as we can take it,” Brunnée said. “There is no commitment that either side makes that they would stop development.”That said, American supporters of oil development in ANWR are not unconcerned about Canadian interference. To the dismay of Alaska’s congressional delegation, Canadian representatives in Washington, D.C., lobbied against the provision in last year’s Tax Bill that opened up the refuge to drilling. Senator Dan Sullivan said, in response, he called the Canadian ambassador for what he referred to as “a very frank discussion.”“And the first thing I said was, ‘Ambassador, I’m not sure you understand what your own country’s interests are,’” Sullivan said.Sullivan said he told the Canadian Ambassador that Alaska’s congressional delegation is “the most pro-Canada delegation in Congress.” Then, Sullivan said, he told the Canadian ambassador to cease and desist the lobbying campaign.In later meetings with Canadian officials, Sullivan said he passed along this message:“We’re of course going to work with Canada, but this kind of action undermines your own country’s interest. Because we’re going to remember it,” Sullivan said.True to his word, Sullivan said he’s preparing to introduce a bill related to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund — a fund that oil producers must pay in to, used to cover the cost of oil spill cleanups.“And there was always a glitch — always…in some ways, a loophole, that Canadian tar sands that comes across the border into the United States, produced in Alberta, has never had to pay that fee,” Sullivan said. “Well, I think we should close that loophole.”Asked if the bill will be in direct response to Canada’s lobbying actions last year, Sullivan said the move was under consideration before Canada opposed the ANWR provision.But, the Senator added, “let’s just put it — we were thinking about it. We hadn’t made a final decision. And their actions certainly helped us make the final decision.”Like many proponents of drilling in ANWR, Sullivan said he believes the Porcupine Caribou Herd can stay healthy alongside oil development, if it’s done responsibly.But Sullivan also didn’t dismiss the fact that the U.S. has an obligation to uphold the 1987 treaty. So Canada could ultimately take its seat at the table — but whether it can convince the U.S. to stop oil development in ANWR is a much taller order.
Share Houston Public MediaThe Houston Public Media News 88-7 and TV-8 staff with their Lone Star Awards.Houston Public Media/News 88.7’s Houston Matters has just won a national award for best News/Public Affairs Program from PRNDI.Host Craig Cohen picked up the accolade Saturday night during the gathering of public radio professionals from across the country in St. Louis.Houston Matters was also recognized Saturday with a third place Lone Star Award in the Radio Talk Show category by the Houston Press Club.The national recognition and Lone Star Award follow an earlier 1st place finish for Best Local Talk Show in the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards.Other members of the News 88.7 team were also celebrating Saturday night with several wins at the Lone Star Awards:Laura Isensee partnered with KERA’s Stella Chavez to produce the story “Dallas vs. Houston” comparing the two biggest school districts in Texas. It was honored with a first place finish in the Radio Talk Show category.Gail Delaughter won first place in the Radio Soft News Feature category for her story on how an intrepid user of public transit devised a route to get from Houston to Galveston by bus.Florian Martin received a third place in the Radio Politics/Government category for his work covering the Houston mayoral race.Carrie Feibel came in second place in the Radio Hard News Feature category for her story on how the Houston Fire Department uses technology to link doctors with patients and avoid costly ambulance rides.Gail Delaughter got third place the Radio Series category for “Rerouting Houston Buses”Ed Mayberry came in second place in the Radio Use of Sound category for his story about an archive of Houston blues music. His colleague David Fehling came in third in the same category for his story on the effort to reign in Buffalo Bayou.Additionally, Houston Public Media’s TV-8 was also recognized at the Lone Star Awards, landing TV Photojournalist of the Year for Matthew Brawley (with Fujio Watanabe placing third). TV-8 also swept the TV Feature Photography category — Matthew Brawley took first place for “Michael Roque Collins: A Legacy of Art” and second place for “Gelazzi”, and Fujio Watanabe came in third with his work on “Jera Rose Petal Lodge” (for which he also received second place for TV Editing). Congratulations to Matthew and Fujio.
Bobby Kotick has secured the position of largest interactive entertainment company for Activision Blizzard’s this week by acquiring King Digital Entertainment, and with it taking control of Candy Crush Saga as well as a growing list of other Saga games.Kotick has agreed to pay $18 per share for King’s stock, which is 20% more than what they were trading at on the market. In total, Activision Blizzard is therefore paying $5.9 billion for the company, easily making this the biggest gaming acquisition in 2015 and probably for some time to come. That is, of course, if it is cleared by antitrust authorities with an expected completion in the spring next year.Kotick has commented that the King acquisition pushes the company’s active user base past 500 million every month and expands the device reach for any future games. 60% of King’s regular players are female, which also allows Activision Blizzard more scope for new mobile and Facebook titles in the future.When you look at the intellectual property and game releases the company now controls, it’s hard to argue with Kotick’s claim of largest entertainment company. Call of Duty, Destiny, Skylanders, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero, and now the Saga games make for a very strong portfolio going forward. Even so, spending nearly $6 billion for what is effectively a match-3 games company looks very expensive whichever way you look at it.King has over 1,400 employees spread across 8 games studios located in Stockholm, Bucharest, Malmö, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Singapore, and Seattle as well as 5 offices in San Francisco, Malta, Seoul, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Although there’s no details from either company yet, some of those locations may now close down and jobs will be lost. Employees will likely have to wait until the acquisition is complete to find out if their positions are secure.
Stay on target Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC. At E3 we’ll hear even more details about how Windows players can enjoy hundred of games through the popular subscription service. PC gaming fans should also appreciate that Microsoft is bringing even more of its games to Steam, as well as supporting Win32 games on Windows 10, as part of its larger commitment to openness. They just teamed up with Sony for crying out loud. Although it may be bad for the corporate bottom line, when a video game platform holder doesn’t do as well as they’d hope they tend to launch bold new initiatives to lure players back in. And the results are cool new features for gamers to enjoy. The PlayStation 4 wouldn’t have been this accessible without the PlayStation 3’s hubris. The Nintendo Switch’s concept wouldn’t have been so clear if the Wii U wasn’t so confusing.And one of the best ongoing examples of this trend is Microsoft’s treatment of the Xbox One. Although the Xbox 360 was very successful, it taught Redmond the wrong lessons like people want Kinect and invasive home entertainment connections and no way to play used games. But in trying to catch up with the PS4 the Xbox One has become way cooler with functionality like backwards compatibility and the ultra-powerful Xbox One X, the best way to play Red Dead Redemption 2. And soon one of the best recent Xbox One perks, Xbox Game Pass, can be yours even if you don’t have an Xbox. The subscription service is also coming to PC.As there are more and more video games just out in the world, players dream about a Netflix-style subscription service where they can just access the entire library at once to play whenever they see fit. And since last year, Xbox Game Pass has been just that, granting subscribers online access to 100 Xbox games (including very big games like Forza Horizon 4 the day they come out) for just $10 per month. At a quarterly earnings call Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the service will also be coming to Windows PCs at some point.For players, this is nothing but good news. It gives millions more people the chance to use a truly great gaming service without having to buy an extra piece of hardware. But it is weird that Microsoft is giving people another excuse not to buy that hardware. Couple this with an increasing amount of Microsoft games being cross-buy on both Xbox and PC and you figure even Microsoft doesn’t see the current Xbox as the centerpiece of its gaming plans. Or maybe this is all just a planned lull before Microsoft really rallies behind the next-generation Xbox surely coming soon.For more on Xbox, before it becomes redundant, check out the best original Xbox games and how to connect an Xbox controller to PC. Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountMicrosoft Releases Retro Windows App as ‘Stranger Things’ Tie-In