2 officials convicted at FIFA trial; 3rd awaits verdict

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout, were found guilty of the top count they faced, racketeering conspiracy. Marin, the former president of Brazil’s soccer federation, and Napout, formerly president of Paraguay’s soccer federation and of the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL, also were convicted of wire fraud conspiracy.But Napout was acquitted of money laundering conspiracy. And Marin was convicted on money laundering conspiracy charges, but acquitted of one charge of money laundering conspiracy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingJurors remained undecided about the single racketeering charge against Manuel Burga, the former president of Peru’s soccer federation.U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen immediately jailed Marin, 85, and Napout, 59, after prosecutors argued that they had the connections and the wealth to flee the U.S. to avoid prison terms she said could be more than 10 years on the racketeering charge alone. Afterward, their lawyers said they were disappointed by the verdict.“We’re going to continue fighting to absolve Mr. Napout,” said defense attorney Silvia Pinera.Burga, 60, remained free on bail and was to return to court on Tuesday for further jury deliberations. His lawyer, Bruce Udolf, said his client was hopeful that the jury would clear him.World soccer’s governing body said it is will seek compensation and a share of the cash.FIFA said in a statement to The Associated Press that “as the jury has found a number of defendants guilty of the charged crimes, FIFA will now take all necessary steps to seek restitution and recover any losses caused by their misconduct.”ADVERTISEMENT Marin, Burga and Napout had been arrested in 2015. Prosecutors accused them of agreeing to take millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen seeking to lock up lucrative media rights or influence hosting rights for the World Cup and other major tournaments controlled by FIFA.The three were among more than 40 people and entities in the world of global soccer who faced criminal charges in the U.S. in connection with what prosecutors said were schemes involving hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Many of the other defendants pleaded guilty.Their trial ended up being colored by odd twists: an unproven accusation that Burga threatened a witness; a juror booted for sleeping through testimony; word from Buenos Aires that an Argentine lawyer had killed himself there hours after being named at the trial as a bribe-taker; and the surprise testimony of a former member of the Jonas Brothers, an American pop rock band.The government’s star witness, a former marketing executive from Argentina, Alejandro Burzaco, testified that he and his company arranged to pay $160 million in bribes over the course of several years. Some of the money was demanded by a FIFA official in exchange for helping rig a vote that gave Qatar hosting rights for the World Cup in 2022, he said.“You’ve seen a lot of paper, some of it quite complex,” Nitze said in closing arguments. “There are cases that present mysteries to be solved — whodunits. This is not one of them.”Prosecutors said that driven by greed, Burga took $4.4 million in bribes, Marin took $6.6 million and Napout collected $10.5 million.The defense argued that the men were innocent bystanders framed by Burzaco and other untrustworthy cooperators angling for leniency in their own cases. Napout’s lawyer told jurors the prosecution had failed to produce records of wire transfers or large bank deposits that could prove he was receiving piles of bribe money.“They say cash is king, but where did it go?” said the attorney, John Pappalardo. “There was not one penny they could trace to Juan.”Marin’s lawyer called his client a clueless figurehead, saying the person making the real decisions was Marco Polo del Nero, the head of Brazil’s soccer federation. Del Nero is charged in the U.S. case but hasn’t been extradited from Brazil. FIFA suspended him from the sport Friday.Burga’s lawyers zeroed in on evidence that ledgers by sports-marketing officials showed he hadn’t received the cash. Prosecutors said Burga, aware he was under investigation in Peru, told bribe-payers to hold onto his money and pay him later. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Russia loses 2 more Olympic silver medals because of doping Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay In these file photo, three former South American soccer officials, from left, Manuel Burga, of Peru; Jose Maria Marin, of Brazil; and Juan Angel Napout, of Paraguay, accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes, are shown outside federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The three are among the more than 40 soccer officials, businessmen and entities charged in a scandal that’s shaken FIFA, soccer’s governing body. APNEW YORK — Two former South American soccer officials were convicted Friday (Saturday Manila time) of corruption charges at the first U.S. trial stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal, while deliberations will continue next week for a third official.A federal jury in New York deliberated a week before reaching the partial verdict.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ One witness described that listed bribes for Napout, including an entry for Paul McCartney concert tickets worth more than $10,000. After the defense questioned whether the concert actually took place, the government called Kevin Jonas to testify that he attended the show as a spectator.Another cooperator, Brazilian businessman Jose Hawilla, agreed to wear a wire for the FBI to make recordings played at the trial.One included a conversation he had with Marin in 2014 in which prosecutors say the defendant negotiated a bribe by saying, “It’s about time to have it coming my way. True or not?”Hawilla responded: “Of course. That money had to be given to you.”Burga got some unwanted attention early in the trial when prosecutors claimed he unnerved Burzaco by directing a threatening gesture at him — running his fingers across his throat in a slicing motion. The lawyer claimed his client was merely scratching his throat, but the judge took the incident seriously enough to tighten Burga’s house arrest conditions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View commentslast_img read more

ICC World Cup 2015: Key Players from Scotland

first_imgThe Scottish team will be led by Preston Mommsen in their third World Cup campaign. Mommsen and former captain Kyle Coetzer will be determined to help secure their first win on the global stage, while looking to boost their current One-Day International ranking of 14th in the world.Here’s a look at the key players from Scotland in the World Cup:Kyle CoetzerPlaying role: BatsmanKyle Coetzer has established himself as a top-order batsman in the Scotland line-up by forging a steady county career with Durham and Northamptonshire.  He was the highest run-scorer for Scotland in 2009 World Twenty20 and scored his maiden ODI century in 2013 against Afghanistan.He lost his captaincy to Preston Mommsen as he led Scotland successfully qualify for the 2015 World Cup. But that didn’t deter him and went on to score  333 runs at 55.50 on the World Cup acclimatisation tour, highest tally by any batsman from four qualifying teams. Scotland rewarded Coetzer by appointing  him the vice-captain for the World Cup 2015.Preston MommsenPlaying role: Top-order batsmanPreston Mommsen grabbed the opportunity with both hands when he was appointed captain of Scotland in absence of Kyle Coetzer who got injured.  Mommsen did a terrific job as captain by helping Scotland qualify for the World Cup 2015. He slammed an unbeaten 139 in Scotland’s win against UAE in  the final and went on to score 520 runs in total at 86.66.Looking at his performance both as batsman and captain, Scotland allowed him to retain his captaincy role for the all important World Cup. At No.4 position  he provides stability to the batting line-up and has four fifties and one hundred to his name from 30 matches.advertisementRichie BerringtonPlaying role: All-rounderA talented cricketer but inconsistent and on his day can surprise everyone with his batting skill, like he did against Bangladesh by scoring a 56-ball century in  a T20 in 2012, which eventually Scotland won. A batting allrounder who could bowl medium pace. Berrington born in Pretoria later moved to Scotland and  ever since been part of the country’s cricketing setup.Berrington made his ODI debut in 2008 and not looked back since but his inconsistency often raises questions about his credentials. However, ahead of the  World Cup selection, Berrington scored his maiden ODI hundred that granted him a berth in the squad. If he plays to his potential in the tournament then he  could turn out to be an impact player for Scotland.Michael LeaskPlaying role: BatsmanLike Berrington, the 24-year-old Michael Leask has the potential to become a match-winner for Scotland but lacks consistency. An explosive batsman and  exhibited his potential when he carved five sixes in his 16-ball 42 in an ODI against England in May 2014.In the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Leask turned out with 56 runs in total at an average of 9.33. He too can roll over his arm with some decent gentle offspin.Majid HaqPlaying role: All-rounderIn September, 2014 Majid Haq became the second player after Craig Wright to pass 200 caps for Scotland. Over the years, Majid has remained Scotland’s  most successful spinners and once against Test side West Indies returned with figures of 4 for 28.Majid who once opened for Scotland in 2007 World Cup has now dropped down to the lower order and contributes to the team’s score with useful knocks.  Like his team-mates, the experienced Majid having played 50 one-dayers couldn’t manage to sign a county deal.Squad: Preston Mommsen(c), Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Frederick Coleman, Matthew Cross(wk), Joshua Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Majid Haq, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Safyaan Sharif, Robert Taylor, Iain Wardlawlast_img read more

Bopanna-Mergea lose in Montreal tennis

first_imgIndo-Romanian tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea were ousted from the men’s doubles second round at the $3.5 million Canadian Open being played on the outdoor hard courts of Uniprix Stadium here.The scratch Serbian combination of Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic accounted for fourth seeds Bopanna and Mergea to win 6-3, 5-7, 10-3 in an hour and 27 minutes on Wednesday.Also read: Djokovic retains No.1 position in latest rankingAfter sharing the first two sets, it all boiled down to the super tie-break where the Serbian combine proved much better, advancing to the quarterfinals.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra names Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as favourite cricketers

first_imgAdvertisementIndian Actress Priyanka Chopra and her loves for Indian sports is nothing new for the Bollywood lovers, the Indian actress who is promoting her new film The Sky is Pink revealed on Nerolac Cricket Live that her favourite cricketers are Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.She also revealed that her uncle had been a Ranji player and she would often go to the stands to watch matches with her father. “My father used to love cricket. So, whenever there was a tournament, we would watch it together. If I used to get up from my seat during the match, and an Indian player hit a six, I was made to keep standing for some time. Cricket was a big thing at my place. My uncle has played Ranji cricket so it’s kind of a mad cricket-loving family,” she said.She also narrated an interesting incident during the ICC World Cup 2019 where India locked horns against England. While her in-laws cheered for England, the actress sided with Kohli & Co. with her mother. Unfortunately,Indian lost the match by 31 runs.Advertisementlast_img read more

How to Define Your Target Audience: Is Your Nonprofit a Match for Your Community?

first_imgGuerrillas understand the context of the people they want to adopt new behaviors and use that understanding to provoke meaningful action. If people don’t respond to your nonprofit marketing campaign, it is likely a sign that your nonprofit’s advocacy is not a good match for the target audience. Non-guerrillas assume people who don’t take action are unresponsive and criticize them as if they are in denial and are unwilling to accept the plain facts. They fail to consider that perhaps the breakdown in connecting with the mind of their target audience originates in their presentation and approach and not having a sound understanding of their context. Guerrillas know their outreach’s call to action needs compatibility with the community to work well, that’s why Guerrillas use research to understand their target audience.A good place to start your Guerrilla Marketing strategy is by researching as much as you can about your target market. Nobody should know more about your market than you. And if there is someone who does know more, make friends with them and learn. Knowledge increases creativity and is a powerful competitive advantage.1. The Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits book shows you the tools for becoming an expert on the people you want to reach.2. We show you how to leverage the information your nonprofit already has3. Give you the steps for designing your own Guerrilla Marketing research4. How to manage error in research5. Information on using focus groups, in-depth interviews, secret shoppers, and case studies.Knowledge of your market is gives your organization a Guerrilla’s edge and helps insure your nonprofits survival in tough times.Order Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits now on Amazon. In stores July 2nd.This post originally appeared on the Guerilla Marketing for Nonprofits blog. Many nonprofits make the mistake of trying to get the people they want to reach to think exactly like them, when they really should focus on getting people to take action by understanding their audiences better. Nonprofit marketing results don’t require the target audience to accept the worldview of the marketer before they take action. Your goal as a nonprofit leader is not to turn everyone into a exact clone of yourself. It is to get people to sense ownership of the problems and take action.  You don’t need people to think like you, you need to train yourself to think like them. A key to knowing how to get people to take action, is knowledge of your market.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Speaks Candidly About Homecoming Tragedy

first_imgI’ll get out of the way and let the transcript do the talking. This was Mike Gundy speaking after the Kansas-Oklahoma State game on Saturday afternoon. Thanks to John Hoover for the transcribing.“I just want to start by saying how sorry our staff, the Oklahoma State family and our team is about the incident earlier today. I don’t know a lot of details. At one time, there was some discussion, because of the impact on the families and the people involved, of whether to play the game or not.“Those decisions are made kind of higher than me. I was willing to support whatever direction they wanted to go. I don’t think that that’s something that’s up for discussion at this point, but it was really difficult for our coaching staff, our team and myself, being an Oklahoma State alum. It was a very unfortunate situation, so our thoughts and prayers from all of us go out to the families.“I do want to reiterate that this one incident cannot take away from Oklahoma State University, and it cannot take away from homecoming and the celebration. That’s something that’s very important to us and to me, to make a point that it is a great time of the year. It’s a great weekend and a great day, and there’s a tremendous amount of pride and effort that goes into our homecoming, and that’s why it has been established the way that it is. I don’t want anything to be taken away from that.“We told [our team] the truth. That’s the way we handle situations in our group, with good news, bad news or any news at all. There’s really no comparison to a tragic incident like this morning, but we told them the truth in our pregame conversation before we came to the stadium. Part of the development of young people in our organization is knowing that there are things in our lives that we can control, and there are things that we can’t control.“Today’s incident was something we couldn’t do anything about. There was certainly not anything we could do if we were going to play the game. Our players understand that. My message to them was that a decision was made to play the game so we need to play the game. After that, we need to do everything we can to help the people and the families involved.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

McClean: Ireland proved them wrong

first_imgRepublic of Ireland People wrote us off – Ireland hero McClean revels in proving doubters wrong Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 05:42 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JamesMcClean - cropped Getty Images Republic of Ireland World Cup Wales v Republic of Ireland Wales WC Qualification Europe The hosts struggled without the injured Gareth Bale and went down to McClean’s second-half goal, leaving the hero delighted with a play-off spot James McClean revelled in proving those who doubted the Republic of Ireland wrong as Monday’s 1-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff secured a World Cup play-off spot at the expense of their hosts.McClean fired home a sweet second-half strike to keep Ireland’s hopes of making the tournament in Russia next year alive, capitalising on a loss of concentration at the back from Wayne Hennessey and Ashley Williams.Ireland 200/1 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Wales were without injured superstar Gareth Bale and struggled for creativity after losing Joe Allen to a head injury in the opening period, despite dominating the ball.It was the third time McClean has hit the winner in Ireland’s qualifying campaign and he was delighted with their response to adversity.”Unbelievable. There’s no better feeling,” he told Sky Sports.”A lot of people wrote us off and didn’t give us a chance tonight – even more so considering that we needed to win.”But we showed our character and our quality. We dug deep and now we will enjoy this.”I remember it just coming across, there was a great dummy by Harry [Arter], whether he knew or not I was behind him, only he knows, but as it was coming I was just concentrating on keeping it down.”That feeling when it hit the back of the net…there’s no better feeling on a football pitch.”Brilliant scenes! #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/3GDzIGck0l— FAIreland (@FAIreland) October 9, 2017McClean hopes that Ireland can build on a huge win and come out on top against whoever they face in the play-offs.”We are not there yet. It was a big night tonight and we will enjoy it, but it means nothing if we don’t go on and qualify.”We will enjoy tonight and then look forward to whoever we get.”last_img read more

CIBC kicks off bank earnings with dividend hike beats expectations

TORONTO — CIBC raised its dividend Thursday as it reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter helped by strong results at home and south of the border.The bank’s increased its quarterly payment to common shareholders by three cents to $1.33 per share.The higher dividend came as the lender reported a profit attributable to shareholders of nearly $1.31 billion or $2.95 per diluted share for the quarter ended Jan. 31, down from $1.39 billion or $3.50 per diluted share a year ago.All eyes on the mortgage market as big banks prepare to report resultsHowever on an adjusted basis, the bank said it earned $1.41 billion or $3.18 per diluted share for the quarter, up from $1.15 billion or $2.89 a year earlier.Analysts had expected an adjusted profit of $2.83 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.“In the quarter, CIBC delivered strong results across all four strategic business units,” CIBC chief executive Victor Dodig said in a statement. “We are creating value for shareholders by building a relationship-focused bank, diversifying our earnings growth in the U.S. region, improving operational efficiencies and maintaining disciplined capital deployment.”CIBC was the first of Canada’s big lenders to report its first-quarter results.The bank’s results included charges totalling 23 cents per share, including an $88-million net tax adjustment due to a cut to the U.S. corporate tax rate that took effect this year. The lender also recorded a $10-million charge in purchase accounting adjustments in connection with acquisitions of The PrivateBank and Geneva Advisors last year.The acquisition of PrivateBancorp, The PrivateBank’s parent company, last year helped boost CIBC’s U.S. commercial banking and wealth management division, which reported net income of $134 million in the latest quarter, up $105 million from the same period in 2017.The lender’s Canadian personal and small banking arm reported net income of $656 million for the period, down $149 million or 19 per cent compared with a year ago. However, on an adjusted basis, net income was $658 million, up $97 million or 17 per cent from a year ago.CIBC’s domestic commercial banking and wealth management division’s net income for the quarter was $314 million, up 14 per cent compared with a year earlier. Its capital markets net income was $322 million for the quarter, down $25 million or seven per cent from a year earlier.The bank’s common equity tier 1 ratio, a key measure of the bank’s financial health, was 10.8 per cent, up from 10.6 per cent in the previous quarter but down from 11.9 a year ago. read more

Annan hails adoption of draft constitution for Democratic Republic of Congo

A spokesman for Mr. Annan issued a statement saying he “looks forward to the draft being put to a popular referendum in the shortest time possible, and notes with satisfaction the progress made recently in technical preparations for the upcoming presidential, parliamentary, and local elections.” The statement urged the transitional institutions to continue to take concrete steps towards the holding of free and fair elections, including by adopting all necessary laws as quickly as possible. “The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to assist the transitional authorities, with the support of regional leaders as well as bilateral and multilateral donors, in completing the transitional process, facilitating the further development of democratic governance, and promoting other necessary political and economic reforms,” the spokesman said. read more

Iraq UN commends countrywide participation in inclusive elections

“The participation by all communities in this historic election is another milestone in Iraq’s progress towards a democratic future and lays the foundation for national reconciliation,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman in New York. “Whatever the results of the election, there is now an opportunity for a political process that offers all Iraqis the chance to play a part in building a peaceful, democratic, unified and prosperous Iraq. The United Nations will stand with them in this endeavour.” Paying tribute to the courage of the Iraqi people and welcoming the healthy voter turnout and relatively calm atmosphere of election-day, Mr. Annan said he very pleased that the UN electoral team in Baghdad was able to make a contribution to the process. “I am proud of the role they have played in supporting the Iraqis,” he added. The Security Council issued a press statement welcoming the election as a “key step in the political process” and lauding the fact that political parties representing all of Iraq’s communities participated in the election, which reportedly saw a high turnout. Council members “commended the courage of the millions of Iraqis who, braving difficult conditions and the threat of violence, again demonstrated their commitment to a peaceful, democratic political process and their willingness to decide their political future through peaceful means,” said Emyr Jones Parry, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, which currently holds the Council’s rotating presidency. He also praised Iraqi election workers, the IECI and the UN Assistance Mission in Iraqi (UNAMI) as well as others who made the elections possible. The statement reaffirmed the Council’s support for a “federal, democratic, pluralistic and unified Iraq, in which there is full respect for human rights” and called on the international community to continue and augment assistance to the country. Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, also congratulated both the people and the electoral commission. “Anecdotal evidence shows that there has been a good turnout, that it was inclusive and that security was well maintained,” he said, noting that the IECI maintained the high international standards deemed essential for the conduct of fair, free and transparent election. “These are all good measures of success,” he added in a statement. Mr. Qazi acknowledged that complaints have been registered with the IECI and that investigations have started in a number of incidents. He said that while preliminary results may be available in the next few days, the final results would not be issued until the IECI had completed its investigations. read more

UN official highlights challenges of humanitarian operations in Syria

“From the planning process to the actual response, we are guided by our determination to assist people affected by this terrible crisis in accordance with core humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence,” United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Deputy Spokesperson Jens Laerke told a news briefing in the UN Office in Geneva today, in response to claims made in UK newspaper The Guardian.“We are focused on reaching all people in need by whatever means feasible, including through regular programmes, cross-line, cross-border and air operations,” he added. “This delivery is despite the dangerous security conditions; every day UN staff and our partners risk their lives to deliver this life-saving assistance.”The conflict in Syria has left some 13.5 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, according to OCHA. However, with each passing year, as the conflict in Syria has worsened, the scale of the humanitarian crisis has escalated. UN humanitarian agencies have responded by scaling up programmes and reach, delivering from within Syria, across borders and by airdrops in all parts of the country. Their assistance includes safe water, food, nutritional supplements, medicines and health support, as well as programmes supporting education, protection, vulnerable people, support to women-headed households and more. Deputy Spokesperson Jens Laerke, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). UN Photo/Violaine Martin UN humanitarian agencies and partners are currently operating within a very large humanitarian response plan which calls for $3.2 billion in funding, and of which just 33 per cent has been received so far.The spokesperson addressed the UN’s work with all parties to the conflict, including relevant departments of the Government of Syria, to reach people with the life-saving support they need. “The Government determines the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that the UN agencies in Syria are permitted to work with,” the spokesperson said. “If agencies in Syria did not accept this, they would not be able to save so many lives by delivering critical supplies and services to millions of people across the country.”In his remarks, Mr. Laerke said that the UN delivers to all areas of the country – irrespective of the status of control and using the most effective methods, including deliveries to non-government controlled areas through UN Security Council-authorised cross-border deliveries from Turkey and Jordan and deliveries from government-controlled areas across conflict lines to besieged and hard-to-reach enclaves. “Since the beginning of 2016, the UN and partners in Syria have successfully reached 1.2 million people in besieged and hard-to-reach and other priority areas through inter-agency operations,” Laerke said. “Many of these people have been reached more than once.” read more

Canadian journalist kicks off Big Thinking series at Congress 2014

Lyse Doucet at Saturday’s first Big Thinking lecture of Congress 2014 at Brock UniversityMohammed stares into the camera, his piercing eyes aflame with passion.“I have to write my exams – I can’t afford to lose another year,” the high school student urgently tells the journalist taking his photograph, displayed on a screen at Congress 2014.Mohammed lives in Yarmouk, Syria, one of tens of thousands caught up in brutal civil war. His losses are unfathomable: his mother and sister dead from a rocket that ripped their humble house apart; two other sisters injured; a future threatened by the brutality of war and hunger.Why should we care about Mohammed?Because Mohammed’s story is our story, says Lyse Doucet, chief international correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).Doucet kicked off Congress 2014’s Big Thinking lecture series Saturday with her talk “Borders Without Boundaries: Whose stories are ours?”She told the audience of more than 100 that there are many “threads” that bind Canadians with Mohammed and others in seemingly far-flung places.Media and internet-based tools such as Twitter give us instant and “extraordinary access” to what’s happening to people and communities all over the world, she said, so we cannot say that we “didn’t know” what was going on.But even more profoundly, events around the world have become much closer to home because of the changing face of Canadian towns and cities. Doucet described growing up in her New Brunswick town, which at the time was close-knit and fairly generic when she left to attend Queen’s University in 1976.“Five years ago, when my father fell gravely ill, we found that the cardiologist was from Algeria, the heart specialist was from Pakistan, and the other doctor on my father’s case was born in Uganda,” Doucet recalled when she and other family members returned to her New Brunswick town.“The people and places in the news aren’t from some other place on the edge of the world,” she said. “There’s people from these countries that live on our streets, who go to our schools, who teach at our universities.”And it works the other way. Doucet described a time when she was in a public square in Bengazi where a group of women were holding up framed photographs of family members who had been murdered.“One of them brought me to a halt,” she recalled. “I recognized the nice wood paneling, the red gown trimmed in gold and blue: a graduation gown from my university, Queen’s University.“A young Libyan had come from our country to this with a degree in chemical engineering. And he was killed for speaking out, killed for a crime that in our country is called ‘democracy.”Another tie binding us together? Bread: “the stuff of life.”Holding up a loaf of bread that Doucet had bought that morning at breakfast in St. Catharines, she described how many people living in Syrian war zones survive by eating grass and desperately search for bread, as the withholding of food is “a weapon of war” – a “surrender or starve” tactic.Doucet noted how Mohammed told her that the “brain needs bread” to function and learn. Despite the tremendous odds, she said, the determination and courage Mohammed and his fellow students give her hope.Doucet’s talk Saturday is the first of the Big Thinking lecture series offered at Congress 2014. The series features forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to critical questions and issues of our time. Upcoming talk this week:Tim Cook – The borders between life and death: Stories of the supernatural and uncanny among Canada’s Great War soldiers (Monday, May 26, 7:45 a.m.)Lise Bissonnette – Servitude et grandeur universitaire (Monday, May 26 @ 12:15 p.m.)David Plotz – Fast, cheap, and out of control: How the Internet has made journalism better than it’s ever been (Tuesday, May 27, 7:45 a.m.)Catherine Dauvergne – The end of settler societies and the new politics of immigration (Wednesday, May 28, 12:15 p.m.)Benjamin Barber – If Mayors ruled the world: Is the city democracy’s best hope? (Thursday, May 29, 7:45 a.m.)Lawrence Hill – Blood: The Stuff of Life (Thursday, May 29, 12:15 p.m.)– Congress 2014 blog (May 25): “Lyse Doucet – Working in a savage reality“Watch Lyse Doucet’s Big Thinking lecture in full: read more

Shave your legs use deodorant and wear makeup Female staff at Dorchester

first_imgChiefs at London’s Dorchester hotel have triggered complaints after sending a “downright offensive” list of do’s and don’t to female employees, including no hairy legs or oily skin.The list of grooming demands was emailed to staff working in the £700-a-night hotel after the five-star establishment reportedly received complaints about the general hygiene of its staff.Women have been asked not to turn up for with oily skin, bad breath or garish makeup. The list of demands has reportedly not been popular with staff And they were encouraged to shave their legs, ensure their fingernails are manicured and avoid body odour, the Daily Mail reports.The list of demands has reportedly not been popular with staff, many of whom only earn around £9 an hour.One unnamed employee told the Daily Mail: “It is disgusting. This list is like something out of the dark ages, and downright offensive.“It’s not as though you choose to have oily skin and a lot of women, especially teenagers, cannot help it – no facial wash or moisturiser in the world can control that.“The women are all pretty livid but worry that if they complain – or rebel and turn up to work with chipped, dirty nails and hairy legs, for example, they’ll be sacked on the spot.”General manager Roland Fasel said: “The Dorchester has a proud community of employees who uphold world-leading hospitality standards including grooming, in line with many other luxury brands.“All new applicants are sent a copy of our grooming standards in advance of interview.List of do’s and don’ts: DO:shave your legs (even if wearing tights)wear full make-upwash your hairbrush your teethuse deodoranthave regular manicures The list of demands has reportedly not been popular with staffCredit:Alamycenter_img DON’T:Have oily skinWear overly garish or bright make-upDisplay chipped or bitten nailsHave off-putting body odourDisplay any excess body hair, which includes the face 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.last_img read more

Column From farm to fork – healthy people depend on healthy food

first_imgTHOUGH SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS was made on a number of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were adopted in 2000, the goal of reducing the proportion of undernourished people by half until 2015 will not be reached. We produce enough food to feed 9 billion people, but according to the most recent figures, 842 million people worldwide still go hungry. And while undernourishment is declining, malnutrition still affects one person out of three.The international community is now firmly focused on 2015 when a summit will take place to adopt the next set of anti-poverty goals. Governments, civil society groups, the private sector, and over one million people have had a chance to voice their opinions on what direction the next set of goals take and what should take precedence.Defeating hunger simply must remain our number one priority. But providing food is not enough. Food and nutrition security must be developed in a sustainable way, and the status quo is no longer viable.Sustainable food securityThis World Food Day, the UN has chosen the theme of ‘healthy people depend on healthy food systems’. This theme focuses on the need to produce nutritious and balanced diets for all people, while also protecting the ability of future generations to feed themselves. Sustainable food systems use resources efficiently at every stage, from farm to fork. They aim to reduce waste and inefficiencies. They aim to get the maximum amount of food from every drop of water, every plot of land, every piece of fertiliser and every minute of labour.Conventional forms of agriculture increasingly appear ill-suited to achieve these aims. A heavy reliance on fertilisers, water, pesticides and energy has led to increased crop amounts. But this has been at the cost of exhausting the long-term production potential of the environment that created the crop yield: the soils are being mined from their nutrients; the water reserves are fast being depleted; peak oil shall hit energy-thirsty agriculture first.But there are alternatives. All over the globe, more knowledge-intensive forms of production are emerging; those preserve the ecosystems better, and aim at building on the complementarities between crops, trees and animals, following agroecological principles. Such types of production rely more on the recycling of agricultural waste to fertilise the soils, and less on external inputs. They maximise the interactions between the different components of nature –  the diversity on the farm, often results in diversity in the plate, with improved nutritional outcomes.Because of their connection with the small plots of land that they cultivate and their knowledge of the local ecosystems, small scale farmers are better equipped to practice this kind of agriculture, if they are trained to do so. Across the globe, 70 per cent of food production comes from small scale farmers. They can produce nutritious, essential food for millions of people – but they need our support.Support can come in various forms. Guarantees to the ownership of their land must be given, better access to education, more information and training, increased access to markets and fair prices for their products will all contribute to more successful, sustainable agricultural processes.Gender equality is vitalBecause more and more women are active in agriculture – as men exit the sector first, seizing opportunities in other sectors – improving the position of women food producers is key to the success of such a strategy. Development goals simply cannot be fully realised unless gender equality is reached and both men and women participate to the same extent in the process. While women provide represent an increasing proportion of the agricultural workforce, their access and control over resources and decision-making is severely restricted due to societal and parochial attitudinal norms.These are the key components of sustainable food systems. They are systems which are efficient in reducing waste and losses; they invest in smallholders and in agroecological practices, in support of diverse farming systems that improve the adequacy of diets; and they take into account the specific constraints of women, which they seek to overcome. To move in this direction, governance reform will be key.Governments should be expected to draw up multi-sectoral strategies that integrate agriculture, health, and social protection, and they should be held accountable for results. Civil society and the private sector should be involved in shaping such strategies, to ensure that they are informed by the real obstacles people face, and that implementation will follow.It’s time to bring governance backAnd, for such strategies to succeed, they should be supported by an enabling international environment, ensuring that trade and investment policies, as well as development cooperation programs, assist rather than impede them. Accountability, participation, and policy coherence, were insufficiently emphasised in the design and implementation of the MDGs: it is time to bring governance back in.At the most recent summit in New York which dealt with the progress of the MDGs, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that our attitude to development post-2015 ‘must be bold in ambition yet simple in design’. It is the time for boldness, for ambition, for challenging the norm and moving on from the conventional status quo in food production.Olivier De Schutter is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and is addressing the Gorta World Food Day conference in Dublin on the 16 October.Mr De Shutter is a Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain and at the College of Europe (Natolin). He is also a member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University and is visiting Professor at Columbia University. Prior to his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food in 2008, he was the Secretary General of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalisation and human rights.last_img read more

Caparros doesnt deny Munirs transfer to Sevilla FC

first_imgAs the situation between Munir El Haddadi and Barcelona becomes more complicated, Joaquin Caparros didn’t deny a Sevilla link.As things stand right now, striker Munir El Haddadi is currently out of FC Barcelona because he refused to sign a new contract with the club and clubs like Sevilla are waiting for the right moment to grab him.The player recently had a meeting with manager Ernesto Valverde before last Sunday’s match against Getafe, in which he confirmed that he wouldn’t be a part of the first squad again after he rejected the new contract that was offered to him.The club has effectively frozen Munir for the rest of the season and he has no choice but to look for a new club elsewhere, but this latest decision from Barça has brought a very swift response from the player’s agent.Francisco Valdivieso revealed this information and he also criticized Barcelona for lying to the player, arguably because they promised him to play more minutes than he actually has this season and they are the ones who have pushed him out of the squad.El Haddadi is suffering from the very same problem that other strikers have gone through in the past, Paco Alcacer is the latest example in a long line of similar situations that ended up in the players leaving the institution.#FCB | Caparrós no niega el fichaje de Munir https://t.co/nNrd0No4UM pic.twitter.com/IOmgacbiHI— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 8, 2019Valdivieso confirmed via Diario AS about the situation in detail and lashed out against the club.But he also left a message that Barcelona didn’t like one bit, as several clubs have reportedly shown interest on the player with Sevilla having the upper hand because of their sporting director’s actions.While the agent didn’t mention Joaquin Caparros’ approaching him to negotiate for Munir, he did drop the bomb that the striker is most certainly leaving the club during the winter and Sevilla will be the most likely destination for him to continue his career.“The week against Celta Vigo, Munir got the news from the manager that he was not going to call him up until he decided to renew and he is very disappointed,” said Valdivieso via Diario AS.“The player is very grateful to Barcelona and is absolutely committed to the club because he knows he has a contract until June, but the big kick in the teeth is that after the promises that the sporting directors made and the manager at the start of the year, they have not relied on him,” he added.Valdivieso also said that “there are many teams interested in him.”🎙️ Hablamos con Francisco Valdivieso, representante de Munir:FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).➡️ “Munir se llevó el primer desengaño en Tánger, cuando no participó en la Supercopa de España contra el Sevilla”#PartidazoCOPE pic.twitter.com/QYKjX7M1wz— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) January 8, 2019The shocking news came this Tuesday as Caparros was doing an interview to Sevilla’s official TV channel, where he was asked about several players who could be an option for the club during the winter transfer window.The sporting director confirmed that the interest for Alvaro Morata is not a sure thing because Chelsea is a very tough negotiator, but he changed his tune when asked about Munir El Haddadi and didn’t deny the interest that the club has for the young Barcelona striker.“Munir is actually an option we have,” said Caparros via Diario Sport.He is a very young striker who fits perfectly in the profile of striker we are looking for, he fits that prototype of a player who moves very well inside the box and we are looking for that.”“Munir is a kid who finishes his contract next summer and he has told his current club that he doesn’t want to continue there.”“He is an option and our team is actively following his footsteps right now. I wouldn’t confirm anything if his transfer was closed, I would keep my mouth shut if that was the case,” he concluded.🔵🔴 El Barça no ha conseguido renovar a Munir💥 Preacuerdo del delantero con el Sevilla🗨 ¿A quién ficharías de suplente de Suárez? pic.twitter.com/fjnW3929eN— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 3, 2019Where would you like Munir El Haddadi to end up during the winter transfer window? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Boy 9 with leukemia serves as countys Chief for a Day

first_imgo The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has set up a fund for Sean McHugh’s family to help defray the cost of medical bills. Donations can be made in Sean’s name at any branch of Riverview Community Bank. Riverview has locations in Camas, Hazel Dell, Orchards, Salmon Creek, east Vancouver, downtown Vancouver and Washougal.o A motorcycle poker run fundraising event is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Love Leathers Outpost, 1912 N.E. 179th St. The ride will go toward Yacolt and end at Chips Casino, 318 Old Pacific Highway in La Center, for lunch and a raffle. At each of five stops a rider will draw a card. Best hand wins raffle tickets. Cost: $20 to ride, $10 for an extra poker hand and raffle tickets are six for $5 or $1 each. To register contact Loretta Harned at 360-518-8609 or show up at Love Leathers.Sean McHugh, 9, stood with his right hand raised, repeating an oath administered by Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas.Sean’s tailored pants were baggy on his 57-pound frame. His bald head was covered by a black baseball-style sheriff’s hat.After pledging to uphold the laws of the state of Washington and abide by the code of ethics of the sheriff’s office, Sean was sworn in as honorary “Chief for a Day.” He shook hands with Lucas and then his dad, Matt McHugh, pinned on his badge.That was Tuesday. Today Sean, a fourth-grader at La Center Elementary School, was scheduled to be back at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, where he’s undergoing treatment for leukemia.But back to Tuesday. Statewide, 21 little chiefs were honored Aug. 18 at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s police academy in Burien.Sean missed out because he was in the hospital.“We’re here to make sure Sean gets his day,” Sgt. Mike McCabe said at the start of the ceremony, held in front of approximately 45 people in the lobby of the sheriff’s office in downtown Vancouver.last_img read more

Saturday Afternoon Update Swan Lake Fire Community Meetings Today Tomorrow

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A community meeting will be held at the Cooper Landing School on Saturday at 6:00 pm, and at the Sterling Community Center on Sunday at 6:00 pm. Tune into KSRM 920AM to listen live. More visible smoke and fire activity is expected today, primarily south of the Sterling Highway within the recreation area. Three additional crews are arriving today to work on the fire.  The fire is estimated at 148,298 acres with a total of 483 personnel. Direct fire line will be constructed toward Surprise Creek, to limit fire spread towards the Russian River. Along the Resurrection Trail, crews will work to improve contingency lines north of Sterling Highway and to identify control lines north and south of the highway to limit movement to the east.Kelly Lake and Engineer Lake Cabins are both still standing and intact. Firefighters have pumps and sprinklers running around the Upper Ohmer Lake Cabin. Please be advised that the Ready and Set lines on today’s map have been updated to provide for more timely notifications to the community.Saturday’s weather conditions will be similar to those experienced on Friday with north to northwest winds, above average temperatures and similar relative humidity levels. These winds will aid in transporting the smoke plume back towards the south to southeast, which is anticipated to improve smoke conditions today in Sterling. While some portions of the fire experienced slight rains Friday evening, there remains only slight chances for a stray shower through the weekend with little to no wetting rains anticipated.Continued updates will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

Roger Federer is ridiculous Swiss stuns crowd Miami Open semifinal live streaming

first_imgClose Why Wimbledon Is Different: Understanding The Prestigious Tennis Tournament Roger Federer soared into the semifinal of the Miami Open after defeating Kevin Anderson in straight sets and during the first set, won a rally that will be remembered by everyone in attendance at the Hard Rock Stadium. The Swiss will play Denis Shapovalov in the semifinal on March 30.When does the match start and how to watch it live onlineThe much-anticipated semifinal of the Miami Open will not start before 7 pm local time (Friday evening) and 4:30 am IST (Saturday morning).Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live stream will be available on Sony Liv.Federer vs Shapovalov preview Federer will face the man who beat him at Wimbledon.Al Bello/Getty ImagesFederer’s Canadian opponent came back from a set down to beat Francis Tiafoe which caught the attention of Federer and he had some high praise for him and fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. “I think it’s going to be a really, really interesting year, and here in Miami, we see two of the most talented guys out there on the Tour right now,” said the 20-time grand slam champion.For Shapovalov, it is a dream come true to be able to play the Swiss. “It’s definitely a matchup I have been looking forward to, I think, my whole life,” Shapovalov said, smiling. “It’s going to be a dream come true to play him in such a big event over here, and the stakes are so high, semi-final match of a Masters 1000 against your idol.”Shapovalov overcame Tiafoe in three sets 6-7 6-4 6-2 while Federer beat Anderson for the sixth time in seven attempts and as he did in his previous five occasions, it was a straight sets victory – 6-0 6-4. When Federer was 4-0 up in the first set, he went on to win a rally from the net that can only be described as incredible. One commentator exclaimed: “Are you kidding?” while another added, “I thought early this week we’d seen the point of the tournament with Nick Kyrgios but this is right up there.” One must see it to believe it.”ARE YOU KIDDING?!”@rogerfederer is something else ?#MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/5hloQqt2DT— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 29, 2019Roger the “Maestro” is the GOAT, no question. He is the most watched and beloved tennis player on the planet and an incredible athlete! Point of the year!— Diane Talbot (@noneedlefillers) March 29, 2019This is point of the year so far ♥️♥️♥️♥️— OurNumberOneRF? (@TennisDigits) March 29, 2019Words fail me to describe how Roger Federer is an Amazing player ! Simply the best, the GOAT !— Toublanc Benjamin (@Bennantes) March 29, 2019OHH STOP IT! What a point from Roger Federer ???— Francis (@Franjmh25) March 29, 2019OHH STOP IT! What a point from Roger Federer ???— Francis (@Franjmh25) March 29, 2019Miami Open 2019: TV telecast Americas (Pacific) – ESPNCanada – RDS, TSNCyprus – CytavisionDenmark – TV3 SportFinland – MTVFrance – EurosportGermany – SkyGreece – Cosmote SportJapan – GaoraRussia – EurosportSouth Africa – SupersportSpain – Telefonica (Movistar+)United Kingdom & Ireland – Amazon Prime Videolast_img read more

Rakshit Shetty returns to social media to celebrate birthday

first_imgTen months after announcing his break-up with Rashmika Mandanna and subsequently deleting all his social media accounts, Rakshit Shetty is now ready to re-enter the social media. Yes, the actor-filmmaker will make his comeback with a bang on June 5, on the eve of his birthday.According to a press release, the fans of Rakshit Shetty have been demanding him to make a comeback and the actor has decided to re-enter the social media as his birthday gift to his fans. However, the actor’s digital team will be handling all his accounts this time.”Rakshit will be busy with the post production of Avane Sirmannarayana and does not want his fans to miss out on any action; which is why all of the updates and happenings will be posted by his team; personally the actor will not be on the forums,” Bangalore Mirror quotes a press release from the actor as saying.Rakshit Shetty, who is busy with his much-hyped film Avane Srimannarayana, had decided to stay away from social media as it was taking toll on his work, but he had stated that he would return when the time was right. The break-up with Rashmika only made the matters worse for him as his crazy fans targeted her over their separation.To put an end to the issue, he had come up with a detailed statement which people can read below:To Respected People!I had announced that I will be off social media to concentrate on other things. But I had to come back in order to clarify a few things, for what has been playing it from the last couple of days has been literally snatching away everything a person loved and lived for!You all have formed opinions about Rashmika. I don’t blame any of you because that’s how it is projected. Everyone of us believe what we see and what is said. But it need not be true. Most of the time we come to a conclusion without even thinking from another perspective. I have known Rashmika for more than two years and I have known her better than any of you. There are many factors which are acting here. Please stop judging her. Please let her be in peace. I hope everything comes to a conclusion soon and you all will know the reality. Please don’t go by any media news. None of them have first hand information from me or Rashmika herself. Many are creating their own news for their requirement. Assumptions are not reality.Keeping this page live for few days so that this message is conveyed to everyone. I will be back when It’s really needed and me leaving social media has nothing to do with any of this. I only want to concentrate on work since social media was getting addictive ☺Regards-Rakshit Shetty RelatedWhy is Mahesh Babu being tortured by Rashmika Mandanna’s family?Rashmika Mandanna leaves Keerthy Suresh, Kajal behind to bag Vijay’s Thalapathy 64Rashmika Mandanna’s loss is Anu Emmanuel’s gain Rakshit Shetty.PR Handoutlast_img read more