US Bribes

first_imgFive Indian government ministries are investigating allegations that scores of Indian officials were bribed by American firms last year to secure government contracts.India’s U.S. ambassador Meera Shankar sought the investigation in May following an American report on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Corruption Enforcement, which identified eight American companies that had bribed Indian officials, including those from the Indian Navy, Indian Railways and the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB). In her letter, Shankar cited bribes to Indian navy officials by the York International Corporation for heating and refrigeration equipment: “An employee of the agent admitted to making routine payments to Indian navy officials to secure business for York between 2000 and 2006. Payments were typically less than $1,000, but over time amounted to approximately $132,500 on 215 orders.” Dow Chemicals’ subsidiary DE-Nocil Crop Protection Ltd made “improper payments of approximately $200,000,” including $39,700 to an official in India’s Central Insecticides Board to expedite registration of three of the company’s products, according to Shankar.Other “improper payments” were made by Mario Covino of Control Companies to the MSEB; by Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation’s Indian subsidiary, Pioneer Friction Ltd to employees of Indian Railways; and by AT Kearney India to state-owned enterprises, the letter says. Related Itemslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 : Egypt vs Uruguay Review

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementA late winner by defender Jose Gimenez in the 90th minute drowned the Egyptians in their opening match in the FIFA world cup 2018. With Suarez and Cavani coming close to scoring on various occasions, it was defender Jose Gimenez who ensured it was team in blue and white that came out victorious in this match.Although Suarez may have a huge sigh of relief, he squandered many opportunities to fire Uruguay into the lead in the match. He had the chance to score a goal from close range just before the brink of halftime but couldn’t capitalize as he scuffed it into the side netting. The Pharoahs goal keeper was at his brilliant best pulling out inhuman saves on numerous occassions. Cavani’s spectacular effort was saved brilliantly by El-Shenawy, who was a wall behind the Egyptian defense. His heroics went in vain as a surging header from Gimenez broke his resilience.El-Shenawy’s Best save of the match :Egypt vs Uruguay has been such a boring game despite Uruguay’s goal…Egypt’s goalkeeper El – Shenawy with the highlight of the game and putting himself in the shop window with a brilliant save from CavaniCredit to Egypt too for a resolute performance!🔥 pic.twitter.com/KI3V3bnf1M— Steve Trendall (@stevetrendall) June 15, 2018It is quite unfortunate that Egypt had to miss the services of their star player Mohamed Salah on such a big occasion. The absence of Salah could be seen as Egypt looked concise while attacking.A hard fought victory for Uruguay but a bitter and unlucky loss for Egypt.Read also :FIFA World Cup 2018: Morocco vs Iran PreviewFIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 2last_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan goes from Hong Kong vacation to man-of-the-series in historic triumph

first_imgShikhar Dhawan was awarded the man-of-the-series for his brilliant form on his return to Test cricket as India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs to win the three-match series 3-0.The southpaw hammered 358 runs from four innings at an average of 89.5. Dhawan also hit two hundreds including a career best 190 at Galle in the first Test.Talking about his impressive performance in the post-match presentations, he said that the team management backs him to play his natural game and he is enjoying his batting currently. (Team India elated after historic Test series triumph: Reactions)”Things went very well for me. I got plenty of backing from my management, I enjoy playing this way, it’s my natural game,” he said.AP PhotoDhawan, who was initially not named in the squad for the Test series got an opportunity due to Murali Vijay’s injury. The Tamil Nadu opener was ruled out just before the series due to a wrist injury. The Delhi batsman benefited from it as he was called in to replace the No.1 opener after a brilliant Champions Trophy in England, where he amassed 338 runs from five matches. (Hardik Pandya biggest positive: Virat Kohli after India sweep series vs Sri Lanka)Dhawan sounded happy after grabbing his opportunity that he got due to the injury to Vijay.”Before this series I was in Hong Kong enjoying a vacation. Unfortunately one of our openers was unfit and I got a chance to come over here and by the grace of god things went very well for me and got the man-of-the-series award,” said Dhawan.advertisementHad a great time at ocean park. pic.twitter.com/jOkinluohS- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 16, 2017India will next play a Test series against the Sri Lankan again when they return in November and Vijay is expected to make a comeback. With KL Rahul fit and performing an Abhinav Mukund also getting 85 in the first Test, the competition for the openers spot is really heating up. Talking about his future in whites after a good series, the 31-year-old also said that he is not taking his spot for granted and will look to perform well.”I have to keep performing well because we have tough competition for all the slots, so that is a great sign for Indian cricket. It keeps me on my toes,” he said before signing off.First of many more to come my boy @hardikpandya7 Enjoyed our Daddy D pose @klrahul11  pic.twitter.com/HmceKLsnnu- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 13, 2017last_img read more

Baseball’s Big Arms Must Deliver Fast

first_imgMax Scherzer and Jon Lester might as well have neon-green dollar signs stamped all over their uniforms and caps when Major League Baseball spring training opens next week.Their careers were redefined this off-season when they joined MLB’s elite echelon of $100 million arms, a sweet 16 whose salaries total an even sweeter $2.42 billion. Every game they start, and every pitch they throw, will be viewed through the prism of their incomes.Judging by history, they had better succeed swiftly with their new teams. Wins and innings pitched are likely to dwindle with age.Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs’ President of baseball operations who signed Lester, likens these megadeals to a “splurge on a luxury item,” MLB’s equivalent of a Birkin bag or vintage Ferrari.Is the roster candy worth it to their teams? Or merely a status symbol?“They are difference-makers. They are special talents. Usually there are only 10 to 12 of these in the game, and they give you something that no one else has,” said agent Scott Boras, who negotiated the deals for Kevin Brown, Barry Zito and Scherzer. “A lot of teams have a lot of pitchers, but few teams have a true No. 1.”Only three pitchers have won World Series rings after signing nine-figure contracts: CC Sabathia with the New York Yankees, and Zito and Matt Cain with the San Francisco Giants. The rest find their finances sated but their ambitions starved.The $100 million pitchers have combined to average a 12-9 record and 3.39 ERA during the first four seasons of their deals, according to STATS. During the remaining years, they fell to a 7-7 record and 4.43 ERA.Durability decreases dramatically, with the group averaging 205 innings in first seasons, 178 by the third year, and 132 by the fifth.Justin Verlander was 124-65 and 30 years old when he signed his big deal with Detroit in March 2013. He is 28-24 since, slowed by core muscle surgery before the 2014 season.“I don’t think that there’s anyone that looks at long-term contracts for pitchers that are older, and thinks that all of them are going to be years of investment that are at the highest rate,” Detroit Tigers President Dave Dombrowski said. “You expect some type of decline and adjustment that takes place.”Pitchers and catchers started workouts with World Series champion San Francisco on Feb. 12, and position players join five days later.Among the players making fresh starts are Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez with Boston; Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and James Shields with San Diego; and David Robertson with the Chicago White Sox.And Alex Rodriguez returns to the New York Yankees at age 39 following his yearlong suspension.Seeking their first championship, the Washington Nationals gave the 30-year-old Scherzer a $210 million, seven-year contract, $5 million shy of the record for pitchers set by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.The Cubs, who won their last title 17 days after the Ford’s first Model T left the car factory in 1908, guaranteed $155 million over six seasons to Lester, and included 25 hours of private jet use annually to seal the deal with the left-hander, who turned 31 last month.Epstein weighs health history, body type, athleticism, character, work ethic, mechanics and toughness among the factors in determining whether a pitcher is worth it.“If you sign Andy Pettitte at age 31, you would have gotten performance throughout the contract,” Epstein said. “So it’s just a matter of trying to sign the right guy.”Brown became MLB’s first $100 million man when he signed with the Dodgers in December 1998. He pitched Florida to the 1997 World Series title, and San Diego to the 1998 NL pennant.Brown’s deal shocked a league accustomed to escalating salaries since free agency began in 1976.Sandy Alderson, then an executive in the commissioner’s officer, called it “an affront to baseball.”“I’m in mourning,” said Larry Lucchino, San Diego’s president at the time. “Not for the Padres, but for baseball.”Brown was 139-99 with a 3.30 ERA when he agreed to the contract and went 72-45 with a 3.23 ERA during the deal for the Dodgers and Yankees, who acquired him for the final two years.In all, the $100 million men have averaged a 96-64 career record with a 3.46 ERA when they agreed to the contracts, then a 39-28 mark with a 3.55 ERA mark while earning the big money.Just two of the previous 14 have losing records under their deals: Zito was 63-80 for San Francisco, and Cole Hamels has gone 17-23 for Philadelphia despite a 3.05 ERA in the first two seasons.“For most long-term deals, you see the best return on investment in the earlier years, and typically in the last year or two, you’re not getting quite the bang for the buck,” Epstein said.“Inflation helps mitigate that somewhat, because by the end of your deals, salaries have escalated, the cost per win has escalated, so you’re not requiring the player to do quite as much to be worth the contract at that point.”Nine of the pitchers reached their deals as free agents, and the others were within two years of free agency. Kershaw and the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka were the youngest at 25, and Brown the oldest at 33.Boras said the dropoff is factored in. He argues the aces are underpaid in the initial seasons.“These players may be worth $40, $45 million for those three or four years,” he said, “The complaint is that, ‘Oh, you’re going to pay for this in the latter years.’ Well, the reality of it is you’re not paying their true value in the early years. That’s the quid pro quo.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nations League final a fitting addition to enlivened international scene

first_imgPortugal Share on Pinterest Portugal win Nations League as Gonçalo Guedes does for the Netherlands Only the bold. Only the brave. Only the great. The Nations League! There was an air of bafflement when Uefa unveiled its operatic Nations League anthem two years ago. Here it was, a prancingly self-important hymn to a format built to pad the ends of the commercial calendar; for a trophy that resembled at first glance an oversized tinfoil kebab-wrap mounted on a saucepan lid.Fast-forward to the end of the first of them, one thing is clear. This piecemeal, slightly muted add-on to the international schedule has been a success, and in more ways than just on the pitch or in the ledger. Share on Messenger Nations League Portugal’s Gonçalo Guedes, second right, after scoring. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP Who will have the fortune and glory? The anthem poses another good question here. To Portugal the glory. But the fortune has been well spread. A total of €112.875m in prize money has been disbursed widely by Uefa. England have earned close to €10m from their run, a bonus equal to one quarter of the Scottish FA’s complete annual turnover.And money is, of course, the key to all this. International football has been perilously placed for the last few years. These are interesting times, from the debaucheries of the House of Blatter to the more destiny-fuelled stylings of the age of Infantino, with plans that could even now see the whole supporting infrastructure re-geared around mystery multi-billionaire investors.Which way will football jump? Perhaps this small but successful addition might just act as a bulwark, a stop on one or two of those plans. Maybe the point about the Nations League is that it rules out other things that might bring even more money and greater change, filling the space that could let them happen.A welcome addition on balance but also perhaps a useful one. No surprise then that they did not. There was joy for England’s players in Guimarães after the shoot-out defeat of the Swiss. But this was also their 15th competitive game in less than 12 months. By the end England looked all played out, a team who have crested a wave, but where the players have been squeezed by relentless scheduling on all fronts.And in defeat England looked like what they are, a decent team who have become adept at disguising their weaknesses – right up until the moment they face opponents good enough to draw them out. Southgate’s England is an experiment, a set of slogans made flesh. The FA decided there would be an English way, a DNA, and that the DNA would look like this.It is an exercise in control and planning. But it is not innate or automatic yet, as the Netherlands demonstrated over 120 minutes. They play the same system but better, doing so from a shared cultural memory bank rather than a glossy book and a powerpoint show. England dig deep in pointless cause – but greater tests are in store Twitter Share on Facebook Reuse this content Netherlands Pinterest Share via Email features Read more Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share on WhatsApp Nations League 2019 brought us a fitting flourish too, as Portugal and the Netherlands played out a fun, occasionally frisky end. Finals are supposed to carry some gravitas. They are not supposed to be full of goals either. This one obliged on both fronts. As the trophy was paraded for a basking home support, victory for Portugal seemed like an extended coronation for football’s current age of Iberia, not to mention another note in the legend of Cristiano.It was a fun evening all-round. The opening ceremony was agreeably short, free of warbling songsters or pop-up stages being manically disassembled. The Estádio do Dragão is a lovely ground, a vast concrete spaceship with a floating roof propped on huge flat colonnades at both ends.It was a breezy, fragrant place before kick-off. Don’t Take Me Home, the Portuguese crowd seemed to sing as the Dutch end unfurled their St George’s cross flags with their references to Grimsby and Bristol and Doncaster. Except, of course, this turned out to be a three-way crowd split, with England’s huge travelling support doing Uefa a favour by filling out their allocation.They saw a game that grew from stodgy beginnings until the two teams were finally split by Gonçalo Guedes’ shot on the hour mark, the only goal of a good-to-middling final. And so here we are. It is finally done, an extended schlep that has taken in 142 games and which has played out smoothly around that puzzling format of tiebreakers, draw seedings, double match-days and play-off paths.At the end of it we know that England are the third-best nation. San Marino are 55th out of 55. Scotland are 25th. World champions France are only sixth best (désolé).There has been a sense of mobility between these ersatz mini-leagues. We saw Germany relegated from group A to B, which was no doubt a terrible shock. There were some inscrutable 0-0 draws back in the autumn (Latvia 0-0 Andorra; Azerbaijan 0-0 Kosovo). But it was also wild at times. Netherlands 3-0 Germany; Switzerland 5-1 Belgium; Spain 6-0 Croatia: these were frisky, vital fixtures.Some will scoff at the intensity of a bolted-on occasion. But the fact remains that winning the Nations League would have been a bigger footballing achievement for England than reaching a World Cup semi-final. One that would have meant beating Croatia, Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal, a roll-call of genuine A-listers. Read more Topics Share on Twitterlast_img read more

‘Firmino is Liverpool’s No. 9, 10 and 8’

first_imgRoberto Firmino has been saluted as a “complete” forward, with Fabinho admitting that a fellow Brazilian fills the No. 9 berth for Liverpool as well as roles as a creative 10 and combative 8.The South American star is the leading man in Jurgen Klopp’s fearsome attacking unit.He has often been deployed as a lone frontman and asked to provide the hard running which allows others around him to flourish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The 27-year-old has revelled in that position, with 27 goals recorded across all competitions last season.Another 11 efforts have been added to that tally this term, but his game continues to be about much more than merely end product.“Firmino is a player who is really good at adapting to different positions. He is a No. 9 but he helps a lot in build-up play,” Fabinho told Liverpool’s official website of a talented countryman.“He is very important to the team in many stages of the game; he plays as if in the No. 10 role or a No. 8 role, he is a really smart guy who adapts to what the team needs.“He is great at playing with his back to goal and, like I said, in build-up play and starting attacks. He helps a lot in general teamwork as well as being a top finisher. So, yes, he is a really important player for us.”Roberto Firmino Liverpool Arsenal 29122018Firmino has been in impressive form over recent weeks, netting five times across as many appearances since grabbing a hat-trick against Arsenal on December 29.Pressed on whether he can be considered a “complete forward”, Fabinho added: “No doubt about it.“He is a player who, outside the box, is really smart and he makes the team tick. In the box, his finishing is indisputably good, both with his right foot, left foot and in the air.“If you look at the four goals he scored against Arsenal and City, you can tell he’s a big-game player. His confidence is sky high and I hope he keeps up this confidence and keeps scoring goals for a long time to come.”Firmino and Liverpool will not be in action this weekend as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage against Wolves.The Reds will, however, return to Premier League competition on Wednesday when they play host to Leicester in a game which will see them attempt to cement a standing at the top of the table. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Has Strong Message To Florida QB Feleipe Franks

first_imgESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit had some harsh criticism for Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks following his performance in the Week 0 win over Miami.Franks completed 17 of 27 passes for 254 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the win over the Hurricanes. He added a touchdown on the ground.The Florida quarterback was quite animated on the field, getting into it with the crowd and punting the ball after the win. He also fired a subtle shot at ESPN analyst Desmond Howard following the win.Herbstreit was highly critical of Franks on ESPN’s College GameDay this morning.Wow, strong comments from @KirkHerbstreit on Florida’s Feleipe Franks on @CollegeGameDay, saying he needs to show more maturity on the field.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 31, 2019Herbstreit had spoken at-depth about Franks’ performance on his podcast earlier in the week.“The most disappointing thing for me was all we talked about was how much Feleipe Franks was going to flourish in his second year, right, in Dan Mullen’s system,” Herbstreit said. “And, the way he ended ’18 with his four best games at the end of the year, and here he comes in after an entire offseason, he’s really going to really pick up where he left off. He had some decent moments, but man, he kind of looked like the same ole Feleipe Franks where it was inconsistent, erratic, emotional, and I think that’s what they had hoped he would kind of work to eliminate in the offseason.“Again, it’s one game. I’m not saying that’s who he is in 2019, but if I were a Florida fan, especially Dan Mullen and the staff, I would love to see him go back and watch that film, and I’d film how he even acted on the sidelines at times, and say, ‘Where can we get better? You had some moments that were good, but Feleipe where can you get better as a quarterback and a leader of this team?’ Kind of use those emotions that he plays with and kind of control those and still play with that same fire, but I don’t think he needs to be as demonstrative and up and down with his emotions as he was last Saturday.”Franks, a junior, will get another chance to impress in Week 2. The Gators are set to take on UT Martin at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 7.last_img read more

Residents of Bellefield in Manchester Get Water Shop

first_imgStory Highlights The Minister said more water shops would be built, as there is a need for them where there is no available water supply across the island.More than 20,000 gallons of purified water will now be available daily, the Minister noted, and urged the citizens to protect the facility.Mr. McKenzie thanked Dillon Dawkins, who leased the land on which the facility was constructed. “This is what community involvement is all about,” he said.Mr. Dawkins told JIS News that he donated the land to house the water shop, because of the love he has for the community and the people. The lease is initially for 10 years, with an option to renew.“There were times when I was asked by people to take water to them, and I used my vehicle to do it,” he said.A resident of Bellefield, Claudine Lloyd, told JIS she is happy for the water shop. “It is better, cleaner and in a good environment. So far, we are enjoying it and we will see how good it works,” she said. It was built at a cost of $9.5 million and was officially opened on Thursday, April 25 by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie. Also present were Mayor of Mandeville, His Worship Councillor Donovan Mitchell; and Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting. “For the next year, the water will be provided free of cost. We will review it then to see how it works, but no resident should be turned away, because there is no fee associated with the water at this time. We will be ensuring that the tanks should never run dry,” Mr. McKenzie said. center_img Residents of Bellefield, Banana Ground, Blue Mountain, Bombay, Virginia, Top Bellefield, Davyton and Coffee Grove in Central Manchester now have a reliable source of potable water, as a water shop has been opened in the area.It was built at a cost of $9.5 million and was officially opened on Thursday, April 25 by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie. Also present were Mayor of Mandeville, His Worship Councillor Donovan Mitchell; and Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting.“For the next year, the water will be provided free of cost. We will review it then to see how it works, but no resident should be turned away, because there is no fee associated with the water at this time. We will be ensuring that the tanks should never run dry,” Mr. McKenzie said.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, fills a cup at the new water shop, which he officially opened at Bellefield in Central Manchester on April 25. Observing at second right is Member of Parliament for the area, Peter Bunting. Residents of Bellefield, Banana Ground, Blue Mountain, Bombay, Virginia, Top Bellefield, Davyton and Coffee Grove in Central Manchester now have a reliable source of potable water, as a water shop has been opened in the area.last_img read more

Agricultural Hall of Fame to Induct Nova Scotian

first_imgJohn (Jack) Johnson of Lower Truro is being inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame. Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture, announced Mr. Johnson as the Nova Scotia inductee today, Oct. 25. “Mr. Johnson has contributed significantly to the agriculture industry through his years working with the province of Nova Scotia, as a radio and television farm commentator and in his work with the Nova Scotia Dairy Commission,” said Mr. Taylor. “He has also made tremendous contributions as an active member of his community.” Born on the family farm in Lower Onslow, Colchester Co., Mr. Johnson graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and received his bachelor of science degree from Macdonald College, in Montreal. Mr. Johnson worked for more than 20 years with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing in many capacities. He also spent 12 years with CBC responsible for 12 daily radio broadcasts and three weekly television programs. “Mr. Johnson’s knowledge of the needs of farm people and his excellent communications skills won him high recognition as a leader and innovator during his career with CBC,” said Mr. Taylor. He is a former president and distinguished life member of the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists and fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada. He received the distinguished alumnus award from Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 2002. Mr. Johnson was chair of the Nova Scotia Dairy Commission and was involved in changes to the milk quota program. Since his retirement in 1995, he has been a consultant with the Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia. Mr. Johnson, the father of five children, has always been active in a variety of organizations in his community. The Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame honours members of the agricultural community for outstanding contributions to industry, community and farm organizations. The 2006 inductees from the other Atlantic provinces are A. Colbourne Clow, Prince Edward Island; Walter Fiander, Newfoundland and Labrador; and Robert Acton, New Brunswick. The induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. in the Alumni Theatre, Nova Scotia Agricultural College campus in Bible Hill.last_img read more

Quebec doctors urged to look out for signs of syphilis in pregnant

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — Quebec’s order of doctors is urging its members to watch out for signs of syphilis in pregnant women as rates of the sexually transmitted infection continue to rise.The College des medecins du Quebec says the sexually transmitted infection can have serious long-term consequences for newborns, but that they can be easily avoided with treatment.Spokesman Jean-Bernard Trudeau says some doctors may forget to look out for signs of the infection since it was almost eradicated at the end of the 1990s.But from 2010 to 2015, the rate of infectious syphilis in Canada increased by almost 86 per cent. And while most cases occur in men, Quebec alone reported 172 cases in women aged 15 to 49 in 2017.The province also recorded seven cases of congenital syphilis — or syphilis which is present at birth — between 2016 and 2017, compared to only five for the 15 previous years.Syphilis is often asymptomatic but signs can include a rash or sores in the mouth, genital or anal area. The order says anyone who is concerned about the infection should consult a doctor and get tested.last_img read more

From working taxfree to owing thousands A look back at OI Leasing

first_imgAPTN NewsThroughout 2017, APTN News brought you the stories of people who have been targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency over what the government says are unpaid taxes – including employees of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.They worked for a temp company called OI Leasing that is situated in Six Nations in Ontario.The company hired employees who worked tax-free because the main office was on a reserve.But the government doesn’t see it that way and now thousands of people owe tens of thousands of dollars in back-taxes.last_img

More lawyers staff not having an effect on justice in Nunavik Quebec

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe province of Quebec has increased the number of Crown attorneys and staff for the courts in Nunavik yet the system is still backlogged the Quebec inquiry heard on Tuesday.“Attorneys, we have 4 times more than before,” said Nathalie Samson with Legal Aid services. “We increased a lot the resources and in spite of all that the problem continues to increase this is the observation that we’re seeing and the limits of justice, justice cannot resolve everything.”Last year, Nunavik’s crime rate was astronomical with almost one criminal incident per person in a population of a little more than 12,000.Many of those charges come from breach of probation conditions which often includes breaking the prohibition of drinking alcohol.“We want to be ready for everything,” said Marie-Chantal Brassard, chief prosecutor and director of Criminal Pursuits and Penalties. “We want to have all the solutions but I don’t have any explanations, rational explanations for those numbers.”Commissioner Jacques Viens said the region should consider alternative measures other than imprisoning people with addiction issues.“I will have to ask you to reflect very profoundly with other intervention workers,” said Viens. “Other participants you will have to find something that will be a little more appropriate.But it’s not like the province hasn’t been warned about issues with justice in Nunavik.In 2016, Quebec’s ombudsman issued a report calling for sweeping changes to justice in Nunavik.Among the solutions proposed was to reduce travel by prisoners.Because there is no detention centre in Nunavik, Inuit prisoners are often transported more than a thousand kilometres to the south to be heard until their case is heard.These people are not convicted yet and often travel back and forth a dozen times before a verdict is reached.One solution offered in the report to reduce travel and speed up a trial was to introduce video conferencing.But the inquiry heard that video conferencing has yet to be properly set up in either men’s or women’s prisons.“Maybe I’m repeating myself here, but we’re in 2018 technology has been very developed, and we don’t live in the middle ages anymore,” Viens said. “There are people who are suffering from these delays who are subjected to injustices because of these delays and this has been related to us on multiple occasions.”Read more here: Imported Justice: A look inside Quebec’s travelling court in Nunaviktfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Morocco Ranks 123rd in World Human Development Index

Rabat – UNDP has ranked Morocco 123rd in its 2018 Human Development Index (HDI) among 189 countries, down from 122 in 2016.The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its 2018 update on September 14, presenting HDI values for 189 countries around the world, including 20 Arab countries, classified in four human development tiers.The UNDP’s statistics, which are based on 2017 data, showed that 59 countries ranked “very high” in human development, 53 “high,” 39 in “medium,” and 38 in “low.” Morocco ranks lower than LibyaMorocco ranked “medium” in human development group with an HDI of 0.667 out of 1 (0.598 for women and 0.713 for men) after Egypt (ranked 115), Palestine (ranked 119), and Iraq (ranked 120).Algeria ranked 85th with “high” levels of human development with an HDI of 0.754. Lebanon (80); Tunisia (95); Jordan (95); and, despite its conflict, Libya (105) also ranked “high.”However, Morocco’s HDI increased from 0.458 in 1990 to 0.667 in 2017, with an average annual HDI growth of 1.13 percent between 2010 and 2017—a rate much higher than the average in Arab states (0.51).Norway ranked at the top of the list in the global HDI rankings with 0.953, followed by Switzerland (0.944), Australia (0.939), Ireland (0.938), and Germany (0.936). Countries ranked at the bottom of the list are Burundi (0.417), Chad (0.404), South Sudan (0.388), the Central African Republic (0.367), and Niger (0.354).Morocco’s scores across longevity, education, incomeThe HDI is a composite index which takes into account three basic components of human development: longevity, education, and income per capita. The three dimensions concern the ability to lead a long and healthy life measured by life expectancy at birth, the ability to acquire knowledge—measured by mean years of schooling and expected years of schooling, and the ability to achieve a decent standard of living—measured by gross national income per capita.Morocco’s life expectancy at birth was 76.1 years (77.2 for women and 74.9 for men), higher than the average index in Arab states (71.5) and than that in Europe and Central Asia (73.4). Life expectancy at birth in countries with “very high” human development was 79.5 years.The average number of years of schooling held by people aged 25 and older in Morocco was 5.5 years (4.5 for women and  6.5 for men). The number was less than the average in Arab countries (7 years) and slightly more than the average country with “low” human development (4.7). The statistics also showed that 28 percent of women and 34.8 percent of men aged 25 and older had at least some secondary education between 2010 and 2017.Gross national income (GNI) per capita, which also impacted the HDI in Morocco, was $7,340 per year. Women’s GNI per capita in Morocco is very low at $3,197 per year compared to men’s at $11,561. Morocco’s GNI per capita is lower than the average in Egypt ($10,355), Tunisia ($10,275), and Libya ($11,100). Gender parityThe human development report covers four other composite indices to measure human development, such as the Gender Development Index which compares female and male HDI values and the Gender Inequality Index (GII) which highlights women’s empowerment.For the GII, Morocco ranked 119th for 2017 with 0.482 out of 1. Women hold 18.4 percent of the seats in Parliament. According to the report, “a low GII value indicates low inequality between women and men, and vice-versa.”For labor force participation rate for people aged 15 and older, women’s participation in the labor force is only 25 percent—a rate that is much lower than that of men (74 percent). At the Arab states’ regional level, the labor participation rate is 20.7 percent for women and 74.2 percent for men. In Europe and Central Asia, it is 45.5 percent for women and 70.3 percent men. Countries with “high” human development levels have a rate of 55 percent for women and 75.5 percent for men.The UNDP’s statistics presented other indicators including health outcomes, education achievements, work and employment, human security, and the status of fundamental human rights treaties. read more

Clean Beaches 2019 Takes on Two Casablanca Beaches Clears 1700kg of

Rabat – Lydec Foundation, financer and partner of the “Clean Beaches 2019” campaign in Casablanca, announced today, September 10, that its program helped clear two Casablanca beaches of 1.700kg of plastic. The campaign cleaned the “Lalla Meryem” and “Nahla” beaches. The 2019 campaign started on July 3, and ended on August 31.“Clean Beaches” is an annual campaign, organized by Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment (FM6E). The national campaign covers 100 beaches across Morocco. At every beach, local organizations collaborate with FM6E to put the campaign into action.The objective of the campaign is to sensitize beachgoers, and civilians in general, about the dangers that plastic presents for the ocean and its creatures. The campaign also aims to mobilize civilians, children especially, to clean beaches. Lydec Foundation, the local partner of the campaign in Casablanca, picked the beaches of “Lalla Meryem” in Ain Diab and “Nahla” in Ain Sebaa as beneficiaries of the campaign.The foundation, in collaboration with other local organizations, put in place and upgraded some infrastructures, such as lavatories, wooden huts for local police and civil protection, watchtowers, flags, and signs.They also installed stands providing different animations for visitors, including educational and sports games, and artistic and scientific activities.The director of the Association of Natural Sciences Teachers (AESVT), a partner of the campaign, stated: “This year, we animated two stands to sensitize people about the environment protection. The theme of the stands was the fight against plastic pollution in seas and oceans. We presented an exhibition entitled ‘Sea: The final destination of plastic waste’.”‘Clean Beaches 2019’ campaign in Skhirat. Photo credit: Abderrahmane Bennani.The “Clean Beaches” campaign was launched in 1999 by Princess Lalla Hasnaa, the President of FM6E. Over the 20 years of its existence, the campaign contributed to improving the state and quality of more than 100 beaches around the country.A report published on the campaign’s website in 2018 states that the average swimming waters quality in the beaches concerned by the campaign improved by 90% since its start. read more

UN assists local health officials after deadly case of Ebola fever in

18 May 2011The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping Ugandan authorities to investigate a case of Ebola haemorrhagic fever which killed a 12-year-old girl in the East African nation earlier this month. The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping Ugandan authorities to investigate a case of Ebola haemorrhagic fever which killed a 12-year-old girl in the East African nation earlier this month.The girl, from the Luwero district in central Uganda, died a few hours after being admitted to hospital on 6 May, five days after first falling ill.Laboratory tests in Entebbe confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus (Sudan species), WHO reported today, adding that a sample is now en route to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, United States, for further analysis.Uganda has previously experienced outbreaks of Ebola fever, but the most recent outbreak was declared over in early 2008.The country’s health officials have convened a task force that includes staff from WHO, and a joint Ugandan-WHO-CDC team has been deployed to Luwero district to conduct a detailed epidemiological investigation.Control measures, including enhanced surveillance, have also been stepped up in the wake of the case.The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, secretions, other bodily fluids or organs of infected persons or animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys and antelopes, and it has an incubation period of two to 21 days.Sufferers can experience fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, as well as vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes and impaired kidney and liver function. In the most severe cases, the virus leads to both external and internal bleeding.WHO stressed that it does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions are applied to Uganda. read more

Small farmers can earn big returns by investing in climate adaptation new

The report, The Economics Advantage: Assessing the value of climate change actions in agriculture, was presented today at the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech, known by the shorthand ‘COP 22’ and is a result of cooperation between IFAD and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). “There is a strong economic case to be made for investing in agriculture for future food security, even under changing climate conditions,” said IFAD’s Director of Environment and Climate, Margarita Astralaga. “IFAD’s ASAP, the world’s largest programme for smallholder farmers’ adaptation, shows that where investments are made that help farmers adapt to climate change the returned financial benefit to farmers is much, much higher.” According to findings, regions where IFAD invests in adaptation, the rate of return for farmers and the government agencies comes in 15 to 35 per cent higher, even despite the cost of borrowing. CCAFS’s Head of Research, Sonja Vermeulen stressed the importance of agriculture for adaptation and mitigation, ‘saying: “Agriculture is especially sensitive to climate change, as well as accounting for significant emissions.” In addition, there is a strong economic rationale for supporting actions on agriculture confirmed by the majority of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement. “Climate change proposals on agriculture need to be supported by credible economic and financial proposals in order to unleash significant public and private finance,” stated Ms. Astralaga. “The purpose of this report is to share emerging information to support the use of clear and concise economic data that shows when, where and how IFAD investments bring financial returns to the communities we work with,” she added. Reports have also shown that positive economic returns can be implemented in practices to build adaptive capacity and reduce emissions intensity such as innovative rice cropping in Viet Nam, or switching from growing coffee to cocoa in Nicaragua. Furthermore, an additional set of non-technical mitigation and adaptation intervention are equally important but more difficult to implement, including capacity building, institutional strengthening, access to value chains and research. read more

Brock professors book explores history of slavery in Iran

It was a haunting plea from the past, a cry for freedom leaping off the pages of a letter written more than a century ago.To Behnaz Mirzai, this note and others like it gave life to the injustices she was researching for her now-published book A History of Slavery and Emancipation in Iran, 1800-1929.“I found letters written by slaves themselves asking ‘now that we have the constitutional system and there is a move for equality in our country, why should we remain as slaves?’” says Mirzai, associate professor in the Department of History.Those letters referred to Iran’s Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911, which saw the formation of a Parliament and legislation to address corruption, misuse of power and economic instability, among other issues.Slavery was officially abolished during that time, although it took a while for it to be fully implemented.In her book, Mirzai stretches back to the 1500s as she sets the scene for documenting the development of patterns of slavery across Iran, beginning with the arrival of the Portuguese to the Persian Gulf in 1507, followed by the British and Dutch.By the early 1800s, the Russians, British, Turcomans and Omanis were vying for resources in the area and access to routes in the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.Throughout that century military attacks, insecurity along the country’s borders, political instability within the country and economic volatility were some of the forces that shaped Iran’s various slavery patterns.Slaves were imported to Iran from the East African coast including Zanzibar, Mombasa and Somalia, and inland from Ethiopia and Sudan.But, surprising to Mirzai, Iranians themselves were also enslaved.Mirzai argues there were important differences between slavery in Iran and what occurred in North America during the same time period.“If a slave was mistreated, according to Islamic law, they must be liberated by their master. You were not allowed to mistreat your slave,” she says.“It was not as harsh as what we saw in North America. Also, the whole concept of slavery and race were not equal in the sense that many non-Black Iranians were also enslaved.”A History of Slavery and Emancipation in Iran, 1800-1929 was a profound journey for Mirzai, who moved to Canada from Iran in 1997. During her PhD studies at York University, she was part of a research team that focused on African slavery.“I wanted to link what I was learning to Iran,” Mirzai says. “I started searching the archives in Iran and I found that, yes, we also had slavery.”Finding out more about that aspect of Iran’s history became an intense passion for Mirzai. She scoured archives in Britain, France and other parts of the world as part of the thesis she completed in 2004.Wishing to expand her thesis, Mirzai travelled to Zanzibar, adding chapters that were to form A History of Slavery and Emancipation in Iran, 1800-1929.The book’s research was a long and challenging process, as she was charting a new path.“So far, no literature has been published on African and Indigenous slavery in Iran; my reference was the literature about the Ottoman Empire. There are books on the abolitionist movement in the Ottoman Empire, but nothing on Iran, so this is the first, groundbreaking book on the subject,” says Mirzai.During those research years, she produced two documentaries, Afro-Iranian Lives, and The African-Baluchi Trance Dance.Mirzai had many learning points along the way and is especially fascinated by the African origins of many contemporary Iranian cultural practices. read more

Ohio State baseball sinks Cincinnati 90 in final game of homestand

OSU redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic (17) gets ready to swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman on April 2 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Edward Sutelan | For The LanternThere’s no place like home.The Ohio State Buckeyes picked up win No. 24 on the season, defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 9-0 on Tuesday night to move their home record to a Big Ten-leading 15-2.OSU (24-12-1) was led by the performance junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson, who went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and a walk. The Buckeyes also saw a strong night by senior third baseman Nick Sergakis, who had a 2-for-3 outing with two RBIs, one walk and two runs.Redshirt sophomore Austin Woodby (5-1) picked up the win for his 2.0 innings of scoreless work against his former ballclub. The Buckeye bullpen combined for the second team shutout of the season.OSU broke through with a four-run fourth inning, which was ignited by a leadoff bunt by redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic. The recently converted first baseman later came around to score on an infield single by Sergakis for a 1-0 lead.“Basically that was all luck and no intent,” Sergakis said. “As a hitter you’re not looking to do that, obviously. He threw me, I think a changeup, and I was a little out ahead of it. It just happened to be good placement. That got us going. That’s just a momentum builder in itself because it does the job and kind of breaks the opponents down a little bit.”After a successful bunt by senior second baseman Troy Kuhn loaded the bases, senior shortstop Craig Nennig hit a sharp grounder to third base. The throw home from Cincinnati redshirt sophomore third baseman Connor McVey put one down, but the double-play attempt to first base by senior catcher Woody Wallace went wide, allowing Sergakis and Kuhn to score for a 3-0 lead.“Between the drag bunt and the sacrifice bunt, we were able to produce some runs,” said OSU coach Greg Beals. “It’s nice for an offense to score runs in different ways. With the wind blowing in, it wasn’t a bang-it type of day today. We were able to get 10 hits and score nine runs. We were able to use the small ball to produce some runs.” The Buckeyes tallied their fourth run of the inning on a double by designated hitter Ryan Leffel that just barely stayed in play down the right-field line.The Scarlet and Gray tacked on another run in the fifth courtesy of the co-captain Sergakis. The Columbus native smacked his Big Ten-leading 14th double of the season down the left=field line, scoring Dawson, who reached on a bloop double of his own.The Bearcats threatened in the top of the seventh, loading the bases against the combination of senior Daulton Mosbarger and sophomore Seth Kinker. Kinker, however, worked his way out of the jam, preserving OSU’s 5-0 lead.OSU would later add four more runs in bottom half of the seventh, pushing the game far from the claws of the Bearcats.Woodby said the win against his former team didn’t really mean too much to him, chalking it up as just another win. But he did say the shutout was a big momentum builder for the team moving forward.“It’s huge for the pitchers, but at the same time it gives confidence for the hitters, because they know that we’re going to go out there and give the team a chance to win,” he said. “It’s huge for the pitching staff because we’re all doing so well. It’s a whole team effort.” Beals said the shutout shows the depth and the strength of his pitching staff, and he is looking ahead to the Big Ten matchup as a chance to make a move in the conference standings with a three-game road series against Illinois.“It’s an opportunity for us to one-up somebody in the standings,” Beals said. “We need to win that series on the road. We’ve been playing good baseball at home, and we need to take that on the road.” The three-game set in Champaign, Illinois, is scheduled to begin on Friday at 7 p.m. read more

Charlie Gards parents break down as they are told latest scan is

first_imgA barrister was forced to apologise to the parents of Charlie Gard after breaking the news to them in court that his latest scan read for “very sad reading”. Katie Gollop QC, representing Great Ormond Street Hospital, told the High Court that they had only  just received the results of his latest MRI scan, believed to show how much his muscles have wasted and indicated that it was not positive news.  Connie Yates, Charlie’s mother, began sobbing and told the judge “we haven’t even read it” before running from court. His father Chris Gard shouted “evil” at the lawyer. 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. Charlie Gard But the case is being re-examined amid claims that there was new evidence about his condition. However, the judge said that the medical opinions of the experts appear not to have changed and the disagreement between them “is largely philosophical about whether speculative or experimental treatment is to be encouraged or discouraged.”He said that he will attempt to reach a judgement on Tuesday as the court heard “every minute” was important for Charlie as if he was to have treatment he needed it now.  Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday Credit:Lauren Hurley/PA He said that medial confidentiality prevented him giving further details but it was “another child with this condition”.Mr Justice Francis pointed out that Charlie had been offered nucleoside bypass therapy in January, but the offer was later withdrawn as Great Ormond Street experts concluded that he had already suffered irreversible brain damage and it would not improve his quality of life. The parents want to take Charlie to America for therapy which has never before been attempted on a human or an animal with his form of mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which is so rare it is only known to have effect a handful of people in the world.  Show more center_img Dr Michio Hirano, the US professor of neurosurgery offering to treat the 11-month-old boy, has now been to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to examine him and maintains that he can help, a hearing at the High Court heard. After studying a new brain scan and examining Charlie, Dr Hirano has not changed his opinion, which is that there is a ten per cent chance nucleoside treatment will have “meaningful success”. Mr Justice Francis ruled in April that it is in Charlie’s best interest for his life support to be switched off in a judgement backed by the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.  Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit:PA Mr Armstrong said that they may call a “witness who will say that they have been offered the potential of this treatment in this country in relation to RRM2B by another practitioner.” Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice  Ms Gollop apologised, telling the judge: “Almost all the medical evidence in this case makes for sad reading. I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to cause distress.”Grant Armstrong, who represents the couple, said Ms Gollop should not have broken news about the scan before Charlie’s parents had read the report.They were in the High Court to prepare for a last-ditch legal battle next week in which the judge will decide if there is a new evidence and whether it affects his ruling that Charlie’s life support should be switched off. During the hearing it was revealed  for the first time that there is another child in Britain with the same condition – and they have offered the experimental treatment in this country. last_img read more