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Yuki Bhambri hits out at AITA over mixed doubles selectionYuki Bhambri hits out at AITA over mixed doubles selection

first_imgYoung tennis player Yuki Bhambri on Friday criticised the All India Tennis Association’s (AITA’s) decision to pair Sania Mirza up with Leander Paes for the forthcoming London Olympics.A day after slamming the country’s highest ranked men’s doubles player — Paes — for showing reluctance in partnering a player much junior to him, Bhambri said, “It cannot get murkier or worse than this. Everything seems so unjustified at the moment. But whoever plays with Sania has a good chance.”Bhambri was responding to a question on Sania not given a chance by the AITA to play with Mahesh Bhupathi, with whom she recently won French Open title. In fact, she had expressed her desire to pair up with Bhupathi if they qualify for the Olympics. However, after there were talks of Paes pairing up with her, Sania said she had no problem in playing with him either.Bhambri had earlier criticised Paes for refusing to play with a junior player like him or Vishnu Vardhan, saying the top ranked player was accepted as a junior partner by then senior most player of Davis Cup team Ramesh Krishnan and that it was time for him to give back to Indian tennis.last_img read more

Spanish football league plans to adopt video refereesSpanish football league plans to adopt video referees

first_imgVideo referees are expected to be used in Spanish soccer by the 2018-19 season when they are fully approved by FIFA, La Liga president Javier Tebas has said.Tebas was speaking after Sunday’s 1-1 draw between Barcelona and Real Betis, a game in which champions Barca appeared to have been denied a clear goal.Video replays showed that after Betis’ Cristiano Piccini diverted Aleix Vidal’s pass towards goal the ball crossed the line by around a metre before defender Aissi Mandi slid in and scrambled the it away.”The tests are already underway. We have been working on video referees for the last eight months,” Tebas told El Pais.”We will be testing it from next season in La Liga,” he added.”If FIFA finally approve it, we will start using it from July 2018.”Football’s law-making body IFAB approved last March a two-year trial of the video assistant referee (VAR) system with access to replays to help match officials review key decisions.Unlike other top leagues in Europe, La Liga does not have goal-line technology available because it is considered too expensive to be put in place.Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes the officials need assistance.”The referees need help, whether it’s with cameras or whatever, for decisions that favour us or go against us,” he said. “The technology can help us. I’ve already said that before.”Not everyone, however, is in favour of the technology.”I’m against video refereeing because it would break the essence of what soccer is,” Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo told Marca.advertisement”Referees make mistakes and get it right. There are times that those go in favour and others were they go against. I don’t see a problem with this.”last_img read more

Indian Premier League: Five most expensive players at this auctionIndian Premier League: Five most expensive players at this auction

first_imgEnglish players were expected to be the top draws and the they did not disappoint. While Rising Pune Supergiants bagged England all-rounder Ben Stokes for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore, Tymal Mills was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 12 crore. (IPL 2017 AUCTION: KEY HIGHLIGHTS)As speculated, Stokes got the highest bid from this auction but nobody expected him to bag the amount he ended up getting from RPS after a host of franchises went aggressively for him. (How the teams stack up after the auction)Fast-bowlers, a type always sought after in the auction, stole the headlines this year as well. The top five picks were all fast bowlers and received hefty contracts. These are the five costliest players in this year’s auction:BEN STOKES – Rs 14.50 crore(Reuters image) He was the star-attraction in this year’s IPL auction and it was evident right from the beginning. He was priced at Rs 2 crore and was expected to go big and he did. So much so, that Mumbai Indians were holding the baton even before the auctioneer Richard Madley could name his base price. All eight franchises were after him and there was an aggressive battle between Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Daredevils (DD). Later Sunrisers Hyderabad joined in but he was at last bagged by the RPS for a whopping fee of Rs 14.50 crore. He has now become the second costliest player in the history of the IPL auctions behind Yuvraj Singh, for whom the DD paid 16 crore in 2015. (Tymal Mills happy to be on the same side with Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers)advertisementStokes has been in brilliant form since last year and was one of the star players for the England team in their recent series in India. The Supergiants now have a potent weapon in their arsenal and will look to make amends for their disastrous maiden campaign last year.TYMAL MILLS – Rs 12 crore(Reuters image) Tymal Mills came into the spotlight after his superb display against India in the recently concluded T20I series. He bagged three wickets from three matches against India but his figures do not do justice to how well he bowled. A left-arm fast bowler with a brilliant slower is a gold in this format and he was one of the bowlers to look out for and the franchises didn’t disappoint the pundits who predicted it. (Stokes hits jackpot in historic Indian Premier League player bid)His base price was Rs 50 lakh and it shot right up as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and MI locked horns to take it past seven crore. Later, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) joined in as well to take it past Rs 10 crore and was finally bagged by late comers RCB, who picked him for 12 crore and now will have his work cut out to replace Australia’s Mitchell Starc, who earlier parted ways with the franchise and pulled out of the IPL this season.TRENT BOULT – Rs 5 crore(IPL image) The New Zealand left-arm pacer was released by the Sunrisers Hyderabad after the meteoric rise of Mustafizur Rahman last season. Priced at Rs 1.50 crore, he was one of the premier fast bowlers available in the auction. With lack of depth in their bowling line-up, KKR went for him straight away and MI joined them soon and the price shot up. He was later snapped up by KKR for Rs 5 crore and is expected to lead the attack for the Kolkata-based franchise in the absence of West Indian talisman Andre Russell. (Happy for myself and Rashid Khan, says Mohammad Nabi after SRH bag Afghan players)KAGISO RABADA – Rs 5 crore(Reuters image) The South African’s rise has also been one of the highlights in recent history. Rabada has led the line for the Proteas quite ably in the absence of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. He has become a top fast bowler now and with a base price of Rs 1 crore, he was one of the top pacers in the auction along with Boult, Mills, was one to look out for. (Virat Kohli’s RCB snare exciting fast bowler Tymal Mills)KXIP opened the bidding for the right-arm pacer and DD soon joined in and after an aggressive round of bidding, he finally went to DD for Rs 5 crore. He is expected to lead the line for Delhi along with Mohammed Shami and Zaheer Khan. PAT CUMMINS – Rs 4.50 crore(IPL image) Again, a fast bowler, he was expected to go for a hefty fee as well. Right before him, Mills went for a huge fee of Rs 12 crore followed by Boult and Rabada for Rs 5 crore each. (Ben Stokes worth the risk for Pune Supergiants, feels coach Stepehen Fleming)advertisementCummins is fast, available throughout the season and has been in decent form. He was released by KKR but he kept his base price at Rs 2 crore. But, the lack of good pacers forced the hands of some of the franchises and he chased as well. Ultimately, he ended up with DD and will be one of the prime bowlers there with Rabada, Chris Morris and Shami.last_img read more

OPPORTUNITIES UNLIMITED BEGINS NEW PROGRAMOPPORTUNITIES UNLIMITED BEGINS NEW PROGRAM

first_imgOpportunities Unlimited has started a new program at its facility on Glen Oaks Boulevard in Sioux City.President & CEO Jennifer McCabe says the Community Neuro Rehabilitation Program includes a new rehab home for clients who need residential rehabilitation services for a brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other physical disability:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NEURO2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….to the community. ;24OU also provides Home and Community Based Services to children and adults with disabilities.Persons served on the Waiver can access services for a predetermined amount of hours each month, set by his or her caseworker.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NEURO3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………..their household chores. ;26Opportunities Unlimited has been serving individuals with disabilities in Siouxland since the early 1990’s and served over 210 clients in 2018.last_img read more

Will Oklahoma State Be Able to Run the Ball Against OU?Will Oklahoma State Be Able to Run the Ball Against OU?

first_imgThe passing attack has been the calling card of the Cowboy offense for some time. With a prolific pocket QB in Mason Rudolph and a deep pool of wide receivers headlined by James Washington it makes plenty of sense.It has been the Cowboys ineffectiveness in the run game that has held them back over the past couple of years. This isn’t news to anyone reading this, but the point can be made that the “Cardiac Cowboys” moniker can at least be partially blamed on their inability to burn clock and possess the ball when they need to.Fortunately, over the last few weeks the Cowboys have taken leaps forward on that front.With one regular season game remaining, true freshman Justice Hill looks to further cement his place in OSU history. Against TCU, he passed Thurman Thomas for most rushing yards by a true freshman. He needs less than 20 to break the overall freshman rushing record held by Mike Hamilton.And Hill needs just 57 yards between Bedlam and the bowl game to be the Cowboys’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Joe Randle in 2012.Chris Carson has had a career-streak the last five games since returning from injury. Against TCU, the two became just the first tandem of OSU  tailbacks to reach 100-plus yards in the same game since 2012 (Joseph Randle and Desmond Roland).If the Cowboys wants to win in Norman and take home their second Big 12 title, they will have to be able to run the ball. But will their recent success carry over?Let’s look at the match up.The Cowboys have the seventh best rushing offense in the Big 12 averaging just 165 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry. In the last three games, however, they have averaged 241.3 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry.osurushoffOklahoma ranks second in the Big 12 in rushing defense allowing just 155.64 yards per game allowing 4.5 yards per carry. But in their last three games, the Sooners have given up 130 yards at Iowa State, 212 yards to Baylor at home and 388 yards at West Virginia.During that stretch, opposing offenses have averaged 243.3 rushing yards per game and 6.7 yards per carry.ourushdefThese numbers are astonishingly close together over the last three games.Oklahoma has been without defensive end Matt Dimon who was injured against Ohio State and has since has left the program as well as defensive end Charles Walker who chose to sit out the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with his second concussion.Based on the improvement in the offensive line and with how effective their 1-2 punch of Hill and Carson have been, the Cowboys should be able to keep OU’s defense honest. Will it be enough to make the difference in Bedlam? We’ll have to wait and see.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

Neymar-less PSG frustrated by MontpellierNeymar-less PSG frustrated by Montpellier

first_imgMontpellier 0 Paris Saint-Germain 0: 100 per cent record ends in Neymar’s absence Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 00:58 24/9/2017 KylianMbappe - cropped Getty Images Paris Saint-Germain failed to win in Ligue 1 for the first time this season as Montpellier claimed a surprise point on Saturday. The absence of Neymar coincided with Paris Saint-Germain losing their 100 per cent start to the Ligue 1 season as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Montpellier.World-record signing Neymar was ruled out of the trip to Stade de la Mosson with a reported foot injury and PSG were unable to pose the same threat that has seen them score 24 goals in six matches with him in the line-up.PSG now hold just a one-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 after defending champions Monaco thumped Lille 4-0 on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Julian Draxler replaced Neymar in the front three and was at the heart of the brightest moments for Unai Emery’s side, but they ultimately paid the price for failing to make the most of their dominance in possession.Kylian Mbappe, nominated for the 2017 Golden Boy award this week, was troublesome for Montpellier with his direct running causing problems, though his touch let him down when Marco Verratti – back from a three-game ban – released him in the box in the second half.It was a common theme for PSG, who were denied a penalty when Pedro Mendes appeared to foul Edinson Cavani in the box in the closing stages and will need to improve when they entertain Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.PSG started sluggishly but should have taken the lead in the 16th minute. Draxler dribbled to the right side of the box and cut a pass back for Cavani, who produced an air-shot from 12 yards to highlight his typically inconsistent finishing.Mbappe switched from the left to right wing as he attempted to spark something by running at the Montpellier defence, but the resilient hosts continued to hold firm.PSG started to improve and Thiago Silva failed to find the target with a header from a corner by Draxler, who also set up Mbappe as the teenager raced away on the left, beat Hilton and saw his shot blocked by Mendes.It was goalless at half-time, though, after an in-swinging free-kick from Draxler proved too high for Thiago Motta and out of reach for Marquinhos at the back post.PSG finally got a shot on target two minutes after the restart when Ellyes Skhiri ceded possession 20 yards from his own goal and Mbappe forced Benjamin Lecomte down to his left to make a save.46′ Second half underway as @KMbappe and #PSG look to break a scoreless deadlock with @MontpellierHSC #MHSCPSG #ALLEZPARIS!! pic.twitter.com/c6fyYOVqOX— PSG English (@PSG_English) September 23, 2017There was more urgency about Unai Emery’s side and Lecomte got an important touch to a lofted cross from Mbappe that denied Cavani a simple tap in.Verratti clipped an exquisite pass over the top for Mbappe, whose poor first touch denied him a chance to get a decent shot away. He still stabbed the ball into the centre and an attempted clearance deflected narrowly over off Lecomte, much to the hosts’ relief.Emery sent on Lucas Moura for Draxler and replaced Thomas Meunier with Dani Alves and PSG were denied a penalty with 10 minutes remaining.Mendes – already on a yellow card – sent Cavani tumbling in the box but referee Clement Turpin deemed there was a touch from the Montpellier defender, enabling them to hold firm for an unlikely point.  Key Opta Stats:- PSG have failed to score in four of their last seven games against Montpellier in Ligue 1.- PSG have not found the net for the first time in Ligue 1 since 19 February 2017 (0-0 at Toulouse), ending a run of 18 games with at least one goal.- Paris had only one shot on target, their lowest tally in a Ligue 1 game for more than a year (20 August 2016 at Monaco).- Kylian Mbappe had PSG’s only shot  but also attempted 50 per cent of the shots of his team in this game (5/10). No other team-mate attempted more than one shot.- Edinson Cavani played the whole game without attempting any shot for only the second time in his Ligue 1 career, the other instance coming on 28 February 2016 against Lyon. read morelast_img read more

Albania consign Ryan Giggs and Wales to embarrassing friendly defeatAlbania consign Ryan Giggs and Wales to embarrassing friendly defeat

first_img Neymar needs scan before facing Liverpool after injury scare for Brazil Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Topics James Forrest’s snappy hat-trick crowns ascension day for nervy Scotland match reports Wales Ryan Giggs accused his Wales players of complacency after an embarrassing 1-0 defeat by Albania.Wales are 42 places higher than Albania, in 60th, on the Fifa rankings and the hosts had lost 4-0 to Scotland on Saturday to suffer Nations League relegation. But Bekim Balaj’s 59th-minute penalty condemned Wales to a shock 1-0 friendly defeat in Elbasan, handing Giggs’s side a confidence blow before the 2020 European Championship qualifiers start in March. “The performance was not good enough, we deserved what we got,” said the Wales manager, who has now lost five of his nine games in charge. “We totally controlled the first half and we thought it was going to be easy. It’s nothing to do with hard work or the ability of the players.“Quite simply, it was concentration and complacency. We just turned up thinking we would win, someone would score the goal, someone would get us out of trouble.”Gareth Bale was sent on for the last half hour but the Real Madrid forward failed to turn the tide Wales’s way. And on a night when Chris Gunter made his 93rd appearance to become the most capped Welsh player of all time, Wales were on the wrong end of some dubious decisions from the Macedonian referee Dejan Jakimovski.Taulant Xhaka escaped a first half red card after appearing to move his head towards David Brooks and make contact with the Bournemouth forward.Jakimovski then turned down strong Welsh appeals for a penalty at 1-0 after Harry Wilson fell under Migjen Basha’s challenge.But Giggs said: “We should have been out of sight by then so I don’t want to put any blame on the referee. Share on Pinterest Read more Share via Email Ryan Giggs Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter “Sometimes you get bad decisions in football and you have to get on with it. Maybe in the future it’s a learning curve because sometimes you go away from home in a hostile environment and you don’t get the decisions.“You have to still play your own game and not lose your concentration, which we did. Up until tonight I’ve been more than happy with the players, but sometimes you need these sorts of results to put things in context.“Players are still learning about me, I’m still learning about the players. Generally this group of players have come back after a defeat and proved the critics wrong. It was a lesson that there are no easy games in international football, you can’t take anything for granted and we’ll learn from it in future.” Read more Albania Share on WhatsApp Friendlies Reuse this contentlast_img read more

SO LONG DIE HARD CHRISTMAS CINEMAS LOSING ACCESS TO FOX FILMSSO LONG DIE HARD CHRISTMAS CINEMAS LOSING ACCESS TO FOX FILMS

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter SO LONG ‘DIE HARD’ CHRISTMAS: CINEMAS LOSING ACCESS TO FOX FILMSCanadian cinemas say they are losing the rights to screen fan favourites like Die Hard and Home Alone after the 20th Century Fox back-catalogue was swallowed up by The Walt Disney Co.Theatre operators across the country, from entertainment giant Cineplex Inc. to smaller indie cinemas, said Wednesday they can no longer book popular films from the Fox archives.Independent filmhouses have been worried about losing access to the archives ever since Disney took over Fox’s entertainment assets earlier this year, said Eric Veillette, programming director at Toronto’s Revue Cinema. He said a Disney representative confirmed to the cinema that it will no longer be able to book catalogue films from Fox. READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: He says Disney has long held its catalogue close, not allowing cinemas to screen classics like “Pinocchio” and “Cinderella” or more recent productions from its Touchstone Pictures.Now that the company holds the rights to 20th Century Fox content, a huge range of productions — from silent era films, to Marilyn Monroe classics of the 1950s, to more recent blockbusters — are also under its control.Veillette says while it’s a shame to lose the titles, there are still a wide range of films from other studios for the independent, non-profit Revue Cinema to choose from.Disney did not immediately return a request for comment.The Canadian Press Macaulay Culkin portrays Kevin McCallister is a scene from the family comedy “Home Alone,” in a 1990 publicity photo from 20th Century Fox. Toronto’s Revue Cinema says it will no longer be able to show fan favourites like Die Hard and Home Alone after the 20th Century Fox back-catalogue was swallowed up by The Walt Disney Co.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO INDIE CINEMA SAYS DISNEY CUTTING OFF ACCESS TO 20TH CENTURY FOX FILM ARCHIVESToronto’s Revue Cinema says it will no longer be able to screen fan favourites like “Die Hard” and “Home Alone” after the 20th Century Fox back-catalogue was swallowed up by The Walt Disney Co.Revue’s programming director Eric Veillette says independent cinemas in Canada have been worried about losing access to the archives ever since Disney took over Fox’s entertainment assets in March.Now, he says the 20th Century Fox office in Canada has more or less made it clear that the cinema will no longer be able to show the company’s archives.last_img read more

Hockey soccer open AWG competitionHockey soccer open AWG competition

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile lights flashed and music boomed during the Arctic Winter Games opening ceremonies Sunday, athletes were already busy competing in events.And it’s fitting that the first event was hockey.In the first Bantam male game, team NWT beat team Yukon 7-4.The girls also took to the rink. In the Junior female category, team Northwest Territories and team Yukon ended in a 2-2 tie.On the indoor soccer pitch, in the Juvenile division, team Greenland took a 10-4 victory over team Alaska.last_img read more

Inquest rules First Nations womans death a homicide experts question medical careInquest rules First Nations womans death a homicide experts question medical care

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe jury at the coroner’s inquest into the death of a Yukon woman says her death was a homicide.Mary Johnny, 60,  was severely dehydrated when she was first admitted to the Watson Lake Hospital but her doctor thought she was going through alcohol withdrwal.The jury found Johnny’s death was a homicide, which means it was human caused, but wasn’t anyone’s fault.The jury found the cause of death to be “hypovolemic shock secondary to intravascular volume depletion and multi-organ failure.”APTN’s Shirley McLean has more.last_img read more

Discrimination racism sexism one woman explains her experience in Canadas justice systemDiscrimination racism sexism one woman explains her experience in Canadas justice system

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls heard testimony today from an Algonquin woman from the Nipissing Territory and her experience in Canada’s justice system.Diane Sere spent four years in prison for breach of trust.“I was regularly being exposed to discrimination, racism, sexism, inequality and oppression. I had so much anger and was troubled. I was looking for support and was unsure where to get it.”Sere says she was denied a Gladue report because she didn’t look Indigenous enough.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

TSX lower after early bounceTSX lower after early bounce

The Toronto stock market gave up early gains mid-morning as traders waded through a flood of earnings reports and a fresh statement on economic stabilization measures from the head of the European Central Bank.The S&P/TSX composite index had enjoyed a modest early bounce amid some strong corporate earnings but was later down 19.34 points to 14,528.92.The Canadian dollar declined 0.34 of a cent to 87.46 cents US.European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said the bank is preparing the groundwork for further stimulus measures “if needed” for the struggling European economy.Draghi has said the ECB could engage in further unconventional measures, such as large-scale bond purchases to pump newly created money into the economy. But the ECB has held off, in part because of skepticism about the measure in Germany, the eurozone’s largest and most influential member.His comments triggered a drop in the euro, a strengthening in the U.S. dollar which in turn weakened commodities and pushed TSX resource stocks lower.New York indexes were lacklustre as the Dow Jones industrials lost 9.76 points to 17,474.77, the S&P 500 index slipped 4.49 points to 2,019.08 while the Nasdaq gave back 8.58 points to 4,612.14.The TSX has had a volatile week as energy stocks were rocked by a move by Saudi Arabia to cut prices for its U.S. customers in order to to compete with a surge in oil production in the United States. The price cut and a stronger U.S. dollar cut crude prices this week to three-year lows before stabilizing somewhat on Wednesday.But on Thursday, the higher greenback continued to weigh on commodities priced in U.S. dollars with the December crude contract in New York down $1.41 to US$77.27 a barrel. The energy sector lost 1.4 per cent.Base metals also fell 1.4 per cent while December copper was unchanged to US$3 a pound.The gold sector was up 4.4 per cent while December gold was down $1.10 to US$1,144.60 an ounce.Among the heavy slate of earnings news, Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) posted a 22 per cent boost in its third-quarter profit to $178.2 million. Revenue increased to $3.07 billion dollars versus $2.96 billion a year ago and the retailer also announced that it’s increasing its annual dividend rate by a dime to $2.10 per share. Its shares gained 12 cents to $124.17.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) shares gained eight cents to $38.34 as the energy company posted quarterly net income of $1.039 billion, or 94 cents per share, compared with $1.168 billion, or $1.07 per share, a year ago. Cash flow was also down, at $2.44 billion from $2.45 billion a year ago.Air Canada (TSX:AC) ran up 38 cernts to $9.28 as the carrier posted adjusted profit of $457 million or $1.55 a share, 11 cents higher than forecasts as the international airline benefited from higher revenue and cost-savings initiatives. Systemwide passenger revenue rose to $3.48 billion, up 9.4 per cent from the same time last year.BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) shares dipped 24 cents to $50.84 as adjusted net income increased by 11 per cent from a year ago to $648 million or 83 cents per share — five cents above analyst expectations.There are also major job cuts at SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC). The Montreal-based company plans to reduce its global workforce by 4,000, or nine per cent of the total, over 18 months starting in 2015, part of its ongoing efforts to get out of underperforming business segments. About three-quarters of the cuts will be outside of Canada. SNC shares fell almost eight per cent to $42.58. read more

SNCLavalin hit with 165 billion classaction over alleged misconduct in LibyaSNCLavalin hit with 165 billion classaction over alleged misconduct in Libya

SNC-Lavalin hit with $1.65 billion class-action over alleged misconduct in Libya by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2012 7:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Embattled engineering giant SNC-Lavalin is facing two more class-action lawsuits seeking more than $1.5 billion on behalf of investors who saw the value of their asset plummet on revelations about payments in North Africa.Rochon Genova LLP and the Ontario branch of Siskinds LLP announced lawsuits Wednesday that allege the Montreal-based company violated securities law by misrepresenting that it had adequate controls and procedures to ensure accurate disclosure and financial reporting.“When a company repeatedly highlights its strong governance practices to the investing public, revelations of serious misconduct cause damage to the company’s reputation and, in turn, substantial harm to its investors,” Rochon Genova lawyer John Archibald said in a news release.That suit filed in the Ontario Superior Court seeks $1.5 billion for misrepresentations and $150 million in punitive damages.It was brought on behalf of all SNC-Lavalin investors, excluding residents of Quebec, who purchased securities of SNC-Lavalin between Feb. 1, 2007 and Feb. 28, 2012 or who purchased debentures of the company through the company’s June 2009 prospectus offering.The lead plaintiff is Brent Gray, a resident of Surrey, B.C., who purchased 600 shares in January at $52.20 per share.The suit claims, among other things, that a 2009 prospectus offering $350 million of debentures — a type of bond issued to raise capital — failed to contain “full, true and plain disclosure of all material facts.”“As a result of the misrepresentations alleged herein, the prices at which debentures were offered pursuant to the prospectus were inflated, and class members who purchased the debentures in the primary market suffered damages a result,” said the 26-page statement of claim.In addition to current and former members of SNC’s board of directors, those named include SNC-Lavalin International chairman Michael Novak and subsidiary vice-presidents Charles Azar and Andre Beland, who are in charge of Libyan operations.The claim said these officials, former CEO Pierre Duhaime and former controller Stephane Roy assisted executive vice-president Riadh Ben Aissa in arranging “improper or unlawful payments” to secure contracts in Libya.“SNC-Lavalin and the defendants knew, ought to have known, or were reckless in not knowing that the former Gadhafi regime awarded contracts for infrastructure projects in Libya in return for improper or unlawful payments,” the suit states.Late Wednesday, Siskinds LLP said that it has filed a proposed class action in the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of the Trustees of the Drywall Acoustic Lathing and Insulation Local 675 Pension Fund. The fund is asking to act on behalf of all shareholders between Nov. 6, 2009 and Feb. 27, 2012.The statement, which names SNC executives Pierre Duhaime, Gilles Laramée, Riadh Ben Aïssa, Stéphane Roy, Gwynn Morgan, Ian Bourne and Michael Novak, did not disclose how much the suit is seeking.Duhaime, Roy and Ben Aissa have lost their jobs with SNC-Lavalin. Ben Aissa, SNC’s former head of construction, is in a Swiss jail on suspicion of corrupting a public official, fraud and money laundering tied to his dealings in North Africa.The suit cites similar allegations to the one filed by Rochon Genova, including that SNC misrepresented the adequacy of its internal controls and net income during the 2010 fiscal year. It claims those alleged misrepresentations inflated SNC’s share price.The claims arises from alleged payments made by SNC-Lavalin to members, associates, and agents of the Gadhafi regime to secure contracts for infrastructure projects in Libya.The allegations have not been proven in court.The suits follows a $250-million claim containing similar allegations that was filed by the Siskinds affiliate in Quebec in March on behalf of investors in that province.SNC didn’t immediately respond to this latest legal challenge. But it denied all liability in respect of the claims alleged in the earlier class-action and vowed to defend itself.Shares of SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) dropped more than 20 per cent on Feb. 28, wiping out more than $1.5 billion of market value after the company disclosed the launching of an investigation into $35 million of undocumented payments.Nearly $3.5 billion has been wiped from the company’s value since SNC’s shares peaked at $59.97. They lost 32 cents to close at $36.73 in Wednesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The engineering and construction giant’s initial review led to it finding $56 million of payments to unidentified foreign agents.The company has insisted that none of the funds were directed to Libya.Analyst Maxim Sytchev of AltaCorp Capital said the lawsuits will have no short-term impact on perceptions about SNC or its share performance.He noted the suits could drag on for a long time, if they ever get certified by the courts.“For the time being this is not an issue,” he said in an interview.“Here it looks like they’re being sued for an event that only recently became apparent even to the people on the inside,” he said, adding there is no proof of payments to Libya.SNC-Lavalin removed $900 million worth of Libyan projects from its backlog in 2010 amid the civil war in the North African country.The RCMP executed search warrants at SNC-Lavalin’s headquarters at the request of Swiss police.However, Bourne said he wouldn’t be surprised if police aren’t able to use their powers to shed more light on events. read more

Amid debate over killing of lion airlines ban hunting trophies as cargoAmid debate over killing of lion airlines ban hunting trophies as cargo

FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, Delta Air Lines 747-400 airplane sits parked at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Delta Airlines on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 said that it would no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo hunting trophies. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 8:22 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The big three U.S. airlines have all this week banned the shipment of hunting trophies, although it is unclear how many — if any — they have been carrying in recent years.Delta Air Lines was the first to announce the change Monday, saying that it would no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies. American Airlines and United Airlines soon followed.American spokesman Ross Feinstein said it’s largely symbolic because his does not serve Africa. United, which only has one flight to Africa, also announced Monday afternoon its own restriction. United said its records indicate no shipments of these types of trophies in the past.The moves come after an American dentist killed a well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe last month in an allegedly illegal hunt, setting off a worldwide uproar. The dentist, Walter James Palmer, lives in Minnesota, which is a major hub for Delta.As recently as May, Atlanta-based Delta had said that it would continue to allow such shipments — as long as they were legal. At the time, some international carriers prohibited such cargo.Delta has the most flights of any U.S. airline to Africa. Several foreign airlines announced similar bans last week.Delta would not answer questions from The Associated Press about why the decision was made now and how many hunting trophies it has shipped in recent years. The company only issued a 58-word statement noting that prior to Monday’s ban, “Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species.”Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry consultant, noted that the airline was probably responding to pressure following the news of Cecil’s killing. The airline was the subject of a petition on change.org to ban such shipments.“I don’t think there was much of this shipment taking place, so there is minimal revenue loss and big PR gain for them,” he said.____This story has been corrected to show that Delta has the most flights to Africa of any U.S. airline, not the only flights there for a U.S. airline. Amid debate over killing of lion, airlines ban hunting ‘trophies’ as cargo read more

Yemen As humanitarian crisis deepens Security Council urges all parties to engageYemen As humanitarian crisis deepens Security Council urges all parties to engage

In the Statement read out during a formal meeting by Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz of Bolivia, which holds the 15-nation body’s presidency for the month, the Council expressed its continuing support for the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen in his efforts to bring the parties to negotiations with a view to swiftly reaching a final and comprehensive agreement to end the conflict. Strongly condemning an attack on the Special Envoy’s convoy during his recent visit to Sana’a, the Council called on all parties to comply with international humanitarian law, to ensure the security of humanitarian and UN personnel, and to allow safe and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies.The Council expressed grave concern about the “devastating humanitarian impact” of the conflict on civilians and emphasized that the humanitarian situation will deteriorate in the absence of a political solution.Sharing the Secretary-General’s grave concern about the threat of famine in Yemen, as well as deep concern over a recent cholera outbreak, it called on all parties to engage with the Special Envoy’s proposals for increasing commercial and humanitarian shipments through Hodeida and other Red Sea ports – proposals which, it said, would help build confidence with a view to a durable cessation of hostilities as a first step towards a resumption of peace talks under UN leadership. RELATED: UN envoy raises concern over attack on his convoy during visit to Sana’aThe Council went on to call for immediate mobilization of funds pledged to Yemen at a conference in Geneva on 25 April and for all Member States to fully implement an arms embargo as required by relevant Council resolutions. It also called on the Houthis and forces allied to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to cease all attacks at Saudi Arabia. In addition, the 15-nation Council reaffirmed its resolve to address all aspects of the threat posed by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and all other associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities. In that regard, it called upon all Yemenis to combine their efforts in countering the threat posed by terrorism. read more

Brazen thieves steal terracotta soldiers in bizarre CCTV videoBrazen thieves steal terracotta soldiers in bizarre CCTV video

first_imgThese two men are captured on CCTV stealing two terracotta soldiers worth £2,000 from a driveway. The rather bizarre footage is captured in Menston, England. 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

Brilliant student to study at Oxford University after winning right to remainBrilliant student to study at Oxford University after winning right to remain

first_imgA “brilliant” student has won his battle to remain in Britain indefinitely and take up a place at Oxford University.Brian White, who moved to the UK aged 15 with his adoptive family after his British father decided to return home from Botswana, was informed of the decision by his lawyer.The news was announced by a friend of Mr White who organised a petition calling on the Home Office to grant the 21-year-old, from Wolverhampton, indefinite leave to remain in the UK.Mr White, who lived in a Zimbabwean orphanage until the age of six and was fostered and later adopted by the White family, had an application to become a British citizen by naturalisation rejected in 2014.The straight-A student had feared his immigration status could cost him a place at Oxford to study chemistry.His friend Luke Wilcox set up the petition, signed by more than 110,000 well-wishers, urging the Home Office to grant indefinite leave to remain to “a fantastic person who is just as much a part of British culture and society as you and I”.In a statement Mr Wilcox said: “At the moment we would like to enjoy some personal time.”But we would like to thank all those that supported the campaign and signed the petition, and we are grateful to them for helping change Brian’s life.” West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson last week called on the Home Office to “act quickly” and “see sense” in its consideration of the case.Calling for the case to be fast-tracked, Mr Jamieson said: “Brian is an exceptionally bright and talented young man and he must be allowed to fulfil his full potential.” 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

Fears for 10000 pensioners as future of major care provider at riskFears for 10000 pensioners as future of major care provider at risk

Care for almost 10,000 pensioners could be at risk amid warnings from watchdogs that one of Britain’s largest home care providers may be on the brink of collapse.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said there is a “credible risk of service disruption” Allied Healthcare, and raised concerns that it may not be able to continue to operate after this month.The company is one of the largest home care providers in England and provides care services to more than half of councils.The 84 local authorities affected have been told they have a duty to ensure that all pensioners receiving care from the company continue to get help, should the company go out of business.It provides home care – help with washing, dressing, and eating – as well as shopping and cleaning to 9,300 pensioners.CQC said it has written to 84 English local authorities who commission care services through Allied Healthcare to notify them of its concerns.Allied Healthcare insisted its operations are “sustainable and safe” and said the watchdog’s action was “premature and unwarranted”.CQC said the company announced its intention to apply for a Company Voluntary Arrangement in April to restructure its debts.The regulator said it has been monitoring the situation “closely” to ensure that care continues for people who receive home care from the company. Ms Sutcliffe added: “I understand this is a very unsettling time for everyone who uses Allied Healthcare’s services, their families and loved ones, and staff.”It is of course possible that the company is able to avoid service disruption, and, if that is the case, we will revise our position accordingly.”A spokesman for Allied Healthcare said: “We are surprised and deeply disappointed by CQC Market Oversight’s decision, which we regard as premature and unwarranted.”We have demonstrated throughout our discussions with the regulator that Allied Healthcare’s operations are sustainable and safe, that we have secured a potential replacement of our credit facility, that there is no risk to continuity of care, and that we have a long-term business plan in place that will continue to deliver quality care across the UK.”The CQC has disregarded these assurances in spite of the robust evidence we have provided.”By issuing a Stage 6 notification, the CQC is putting significant pressure on already stretched and pressurised local authorities and clinical commissioning groups.”Continuity of quality care is our number one priority. We will continue to provide the services entrusted to Allied Healthcare and will work closely with all commissioners of care throughout this period.” While Allied Healthcare has confirmed funding until the end of the month, CQC said that it has not receive “adequate assurance” that the company can continue to operate from December onwards.CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Andrea Sutcliffe, said: “Allied Healthcare has been able to confirm funding until 30 November 2018.”However, we have not received adequate assurance that the company has, or will have, the ongoing funding or new investment necessary to ensure the business can operate beyond this date.”Ms Sutcliffe continued: “We have encouraged Allied Healthcare to provide us with a realistic financially-backed plan to support the future sustainability of the business, and given them every opportunity to do so, but they have failed to provide adequate assurance regarding future funding.”It is now CQC’s legal duty to notify those local authorities where Allied Healthcare is contracted to deliver home care services, that we consider there to be a credible risk of service disruption.”We are doing this now to give local authorities as much time as possible to plan for maintaining continuity of care for people relying upon services from this provider, should this be required.”She added that local authorities are bound to ensure continuity of care for everyone using an adult social care services in the event it “ceases to operate”. 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. She said: “It is paramount that steps are put in place so that the people living with dementia affected, and their families, are supported during this very distressing time.“The care market is failing. We can’t keep burying our heads in the sand. Our research shows there’ll be a short fall of 30,000 care home places for people with dementia by 2021 – leaving thousands of vulnerable people left in the lurch, at risk of getting no care at all.“One million of us are set to have dementia by 2021. What we need now is a firm commitment from the Government in the upcoming social care green paper, that they will invest sufficiently to create a health and social care system that works for everyone with this devastating condition.” Sally Copley, Director of Policy, Campaigns and Partnerships at Alzheimer’s Society called for action to ensure that pensioners were not put at risk.  read more