Russian gold medalist disqualified for Sochi Olympics doping

first_imgFILE- In this Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 file photo, Russia’s gold medal winner Alexander Legkov gestures to the crowd during the flower ceremony of the men’s 50K cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 2017, cross-country skier Alexander Legkov has been disqualified from all his events at Sochi. Legkov won an individual gold medal and relay silver. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)GENEVA — In a landmark verdict that indicates Russia conspired to run a doping program at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a cross-country skier who won a gold medal was disqualified by the IOC on Wednesday.All results for Alexander Legkov in Sochi were wiped from the record and he was banned for life from attending another Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH However, McLaren’s investigation said the Russian doping program was enabled by the country’s government, anti-doping agency and testing labs, plus sports governing bodies.The second cross-country skier who was disqualified and banned, Evgeniy Belov, did not win a medal.Lawyers for the two skiers disputed the IOC panel’s ruling while accepting a doping program was in place.“So there is neither Prof. McLaren’s assertion nor proof that individual athletes have really participated in the system that has undoubtedly existed,” German law firm Wieschemann said in a statement.Russia’s sports minister during the Sochi Olympics, Vitaly Mutko, told the Russian state news agency Tass that the IOC ruling “inspires great alarm and bewilderment.”“The correct and just decision is to file an appeal with CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport),” said Mutko, who is now a Deputy Prime Minister and heads the organizing committee for soccer’s 2018 World Cup.The two skiers’ cases are the first from Sochi to be judged by the IOC panel created to verify McLaren’s work. The Canadian law professor had himself been appointed by WADA to examine claims by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Russia’s WADA-authorized drug-testing laboratories.Rodchenkov, who is now in a witness protection program in the United States, said he switched tainted urine samples for clean ones at the Sochi lab with help from what he believed was the Russian security service.The verdicts announced Wednesday were the first from six cross-country skiers scheduled to have hearings at IOC headquarters this week. They include Maxim Vylegzhanin, who won one of his three silver medals in the Russian sweep of the 50-kilometer event.“Additional decisions from these first hearings will be communicated in the coming days,” the IOC said.Other cases involving Russian athletes in different Winter Olympic sports have also been handed over to the IOC panel, chaired by Swiss lawyer Denis Oswald.“The Oswald Commission has announced that all hearings for active athletes who could qualify for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be completed by the end of November,” the IOC said. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ A second Russian cross-country skier was also disqualified and banned by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday, while cases implicating 26 more Russian athletes in a Sochi doping conspiracy arepending.With calls to ban Russia’s team from next year’s Pyeongchang Olympics likely to increase, the IOC’sexecutive board will meet next month to discuss the matter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe IOC disciplinary panel did not have a positive doping test from Legkov but used evidence of cover-ups and tampering of sample bottles that was first gathered last year by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren.“The IOC showed its determination to protect clean athletes from the very beginning of the case,” said the Olympic body, whose board meets Dec. 5-7 in Lausanne, Switzerland. View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Spurs bring back Tony Parker after rehab stint in G-League LATEST STORIEScenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The 34-year-old Legkov also has two medals from the world championships — a silver and a bronze in relay races — plus nine individual victories on the World Cup circuit. He now faces a ban by the International Ski Federation.Skiing’s governing body said its doping panel will wait until the IOC gives all six verdicts, which it expected next week. FIS set a target of Nov. 24 — when the cross-country World Cup season starts — to make progress.Legkov also threatened to file a libel lawsuit against Rodchenkov, the former lab director who is the key witness to the Sochi conspiracy claims.At his news conference last year, Legkov spoke alongside then-Deputy Sports Minister Yuri Nagornykh, who stepped down after he was accused by McLaren of helping to cover up doping.The Russian government says it has never supported drug use by athletes.Russia now risks losing its place atop the Sochi medal tables, with second-place Norway set to be upgraded for medals in each of the men’s cross-country ski events affected by doping. Norwegians Petter Northug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby could each be awarded two medals. The IOC panel did not give details of the evidence Wednesday. McLaren has said that glass sample bottles were scratched when broken into, and in some cases clean urine used to cover up doping was tampered with, revealing unnatural levels of salt and even DNA from the wrong gender.Legkov’s gold medal was a marquee Russian success at the Sochi Olympics, which was a national priority for President Vladimir Putin and cost $51 billion to prepare for and host.The cross-country skier won gold in the individual 50-kilometer freestyle race in a Russian podium sweep on the last day of competition. The Russian trio received their medals in the main Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony. Legkov had earlier taken silver in the 4×10-kilometer relay.Legkov said last year he had never failed a doping test, claiming he was tested so often that he couldn’t have doped without being caught.“You’d have to be a complete kamikaze to do that in Russia if you’re an athlete representing our nation,” Legkov said then.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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India’s first Lamborghini Urus SUV delivered in Mumbai

first_imgLamborghini has started deliveries of its Urus super sports SUV in the Indian market. The car sold in Mumbai gets a Rosso Antero shade and also gets an optional Style package for the exterior. The package includes red brake calipers, black exterior trim and a chrome finish for the tailpipes. The particular Urus also gets contrasting red stitching on the inside, optional Bang and Olufsen audio system, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, and 360-degree camera.Italian supercar manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini launched its Urus super sports utility vehicle in India at the start of this year. This will be Lamborghini’s second SUV in its lineup after the LM002 SUV which was discontinued in 1993. Only 328 examples were produced. The Urus gets the underpinnings of a sports car. Built on its parent company Volkswagen’s MLB EVO platform which is shared by the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and the Volkswagen Touareg as well, the Urus is basically a super sports SUV.Lamborghini is owned by Volkswagen Group subsidiary Audi AG and intends to double production to 7,000 vehicles a year by 2019, as per a Reuters report dated 24 August 2016. The annual production of the Super Sports Utility Vehicle is capped at 3,500 vehicles, with worldwide sales of the vehicles which are expected to contribute to incremental volumes, stated Chief Stefano Domenicali in the Reuters report.The Lamborghini Urus gets an all-new 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 twin-turbo engine, a first for Lamborghini. The engine produces about 641bhp and a whopping 850Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed transmission. The SUV also gets central torsion differential 4-wheel drive with added torque vectoring rear differential.advertisement The Urus has been priced at Rs 3 crore, ex-showroom and competes with the Bentley Flying Spur, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Levante, and the Quattroporte.last_img read more

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Realme U1 to be available on Dec 5

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) China-based handset maker Realme’s recently-launched U1 is set to go on sale on e-commerce platform Amazon India and Realme.com on Wednesday, the company has said.This is the first-ever smartphone to be powered by the MediaTeK Helio P70 processor. Prospective buyers would get benefits worth Rs 5,750 and up to 4.2TB of Jio 4G data which is applicable to the Rs 198 and Rs 299 prepaid plans for Jio users. “We are extremely delighted to announce that Realme has extended its fan-following to three million. Furthermore, as per the recent report by CMR, Realme has become the No. 1 emerging smartphone brand in India,” Madhav Sheth, Chief Executive Officer, Realme India, said in a statement.The device runs ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS and sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.The smartphone comes with a dual rear camera setup with 13MP + 2MP sensors.–IANSksc/mag/sedlast_img read more

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Shah Rukh Khan to do a cameo in Vijay-starrer Bigil?

first_imgZero’s debacle at the box office has made Shah Rukh Khan conscious of his film choices. It’s been six months since his last film hit the screens, and the 53-year-old actor still hasn’t signed a single film. While Shah Rukh is still busy spending quality time with family, buzz has it that the actor might be seen in a cameo in a Tamil film.According to a report in a website, Shah Rukh will make a special appearance in Vijay and Nayanthara-starrer Bigil. The report further suggests that he will be seen a special song in the Tamil film.A source was quoted as telling the portal, “They approached Shah Rukh Khan with the request. Shah Rukh has never done any Tamil film before. But, this is just to shake a leg with Vijay to an AR Rahman’s tune.”It was only recently that Vijay shared the first poster of Bigil. The film is said to be a sports-drama based on women’s football.#Bigil pic.twitter.com/m8dpzSUDlaVijay (@actorvijay) June 21, 2019Vijay will be seen in dual roles – father and son. The son is a football player while father Vijay seems to be a gangster hailing from North Madras.Apart from Vijay, the film also stars Nayanthara and Jackie Shroff.The film is set to hit the screens on Diwali 2019.ALSO READ | Thalapathy 63 is now Bigil: Vijay rocks in two roles as gangster and football playerALSO READ | Shah Rukh Khan on not signing films: I want to spend more time with my familyadvertisementALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Vijay hints at joining politicslast_img read more

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Film Nova Scotia and Empire Theatres Promote Emerging Filmmakers

first_imgFilm Nova Scotia and Empire Theatres will showcase some of the province’s emerging talent at a free screening of the short films Backshift, Sunfish, Red Velvet Girls, and D’une rive à l’autre. The films will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Theatre in Halifax. Backshift, produced by Jeff Coll, and Sunfish, produced by Chris Pauley and Steve Richard, were made locally through the CBC/Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award Program. The Bridge Award is presented to emerging producers to produce a program for broadcast in the Atlantic Region. Red Velvet Girls produced by filmmaker Sean Doyle and D’une rive à l’autre produced by Marc Almon, were created through the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). The CFC offers training programs for emerging filmmakers to develop their talent. These screening nights are held four times a year and allow local audiences to view homegrown film productions, and local filmmakers to promote their work. The deadline to apply for the 2010 CBC/Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award is Feb. 5 and applications are available at www.filmnovascotia.com . For further information on the Canadian Film Centre’s 2010 programs, go to www.cfccreates.com .last_img read more

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Cyberbullying Task Force Releases Report

first_img the scope and consequences of bullying and cyberbullying partnering, networking and continued dialogue definitions law and policy interventions and proactive measures educating diverse audiences accountability and responsibility structures The province welcomes the report of the cyberbullying task force, released today, March 22, and will work with partners to identify first priorities to help keep kids safe. Cyberbullying Task Force chair Wayne MacKay, professor at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, released the paper titled Respectful and Responsible Relationships: There’s No App for That, The Report of the Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying. “Bullying is a major social issue throughout the world and is one of the symptoms of a deeper problem in our society — the deterioration of respectful and responsible human relations,” said Mr. MacKay. “The magnitude of the problem is daunting and there are no simple solutions on the horizon. There are, however, some effective strategies. “The theme throughout the report is to expose bullying as a behaviour that, to use common parlance, is definitely not cool.” The 100-page report and its extensive appendices cover topics such as: “For too long, young people have been victims of bullying, and now cyberbullying,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “We heard from parents, students, teachers, and Nova Scotians who told us that this is a serious issue with serious consequences that must be dealt with. This government agrees, and we are committed to working with our partners to keep our kids safe. “I would like to thank professor MacKay, the Cyberbullying Task Force and Working Group, and all of their partners for working hard to analyze the scope and prevalence of bullying and cyberbullying in our communities, and for offering possible solutions to keep our children safe from harm. I also want to thank everyone who participated in meetings, or provided input in other ways.” Acting on the issue of cyberbullying in partnership with the community, parents and students is part of Kids and Learning First. Kids and Learning First is the province’s education plan to help every student succeed. To view the report, visit cyberbullying.novascotia.ca . Nova Scotians are welcome to provide feedback by sending an e-mail to cyberbullying@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Major BC First Nations group quits Pickton inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–British Columbia’s Missing Women’s Inquiry was hit with another major setback Tuesday after a major provincial First Nations organization said it would no longer take part in the process.The First Nations Summit officially withdrew Tuesday from participating in the inquiry created to look into why it took police so long to catch serial killer Robert Pickton.The organization’s decision comes in the wake of an earlier high-profile withdrawal. Lawyer Robyn Gervais, who was representing Aboriginal interests at the inquiry, announced she was quitting her post Monday because the inquiry was excluding the voices of Aboriginal people.The majority of Pickton’s victims were Aboriginal.First Nations Summit Grand Chief Ed John referred to Gervais in a statement announcing the organization’s decision to quit the inquiry.“The voices of these families and that of our communities must be respected and heard,” said John, in a statement read to Commissioner Wally Oppal Tuesday. “We come to the conclusion, given all these developments…those voices are not being respected or heard. This continues to reflect…a systemic pattern of discrimination. We feel the inquiry will not be able to fulfill a critical part of its mandate.”John said the organization would find “alternate ways for the voices of the families of the missing and murdered women and our communities to be heard and respected.”The First Nations summit was granted limited standing at the inquiry. The organization is made up of the majority of First Nations and tribal councils in British Columbia.last_img read more

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Benkirane New Government Will Be Revealed After COP22

Casablanca – Abdelilah Benkirane, current Moroccan Head of Government since 2011 and leader of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), has stated that no announcement regarding the composition of the new government will be made until after the end of the COP22 climate conference in Marrakech.In a recent statement made to the press, Benkirane declared that no formal agreements have been made with any of the political parties aside from the PPS and the Istiqlal.Benkirane further said that his party “doesn’t want the RNI (National Assembly of Independents), with its 56 seats, and the UC (Constitutional Union), to position itself in a way that will push the Istiqlal party aside.” Several parties have also not been vocal about their plans regarding the new government, like the MP (Popular Movement Party) and the USFP (The Socialist Union of Populist Forces), who have yet to make a formal statement regarding the government make-up.In terms of those excluded from this conversation, Benkirane has expressed time and time again that he is not in favor of the PAM (Party of Authenticity and Modernity), the PJD’s main competitor in last October’s elections, taking part in the new government.In the elections that took place on October 7, the PJD party won with 99 seats, while the PAM party followed closely with 80 seats. The PJD has been leading the government since 2011, and this is their second time they obtained the majority in the parliamentary elections. read more

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Moroccos Unemployment Falls Slightly Youth Unemployment at 275

Rabat – According to a note by the High Commission for Planning (HCP), 122,000 jobs were created: 118,000 in urban areas and 4,000 in rural areas.The service sector and “industry including traditional industry” generated 98,000 jobs and 19,000 jobs, respectively.Agriculture, forestry, and fishing generated 9,000 jobs, while construction and public works lost 4,000 jobs. HCP added that, during the same period, there were just over 1 million unemployed people, down by 64,000 people at the national level since the same period last year.The unemployment rate in urban areas fell from 14.9 percent to 14.3 percent. In rural areas it fell from 4.6 percent to 3.9 percent.However, the unemployment rate remains relatively high among youth aged 15-24 (27.5 percent). The rate among women and those with degrees is 13.8 percent and 17.1 percent, respectively. The unemployment rate of those with a vocational training certificate is 23.9 percent: 36.5 percent for women and 19.3 percent for men. HCP found that approximately 57 percent of unemployed people have never worked before, and 67.7 percent have been unemployed for a year or more.Approximately 26.8 percent are unemployed because they were fired or their employer’s activity was suspended. read more

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Convocation preview Tuesday June 5

Brock University’s Spring Convocation resumes Tuesday with 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ceremonies for the Faculty of Social Sciences.Receiving an honorary doctorate and delivering the Convocation address will be Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. Yussuff became a union member soon after immigrating from Guyana in the 1970s and was elected union chair at the age of 19. He climbed the ranks of the Canadian Auto Workers, eventually becoming the organization’s first Human Rights Director.Tuesday afternoon, Faculty of Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award recipient Livianna Tosutti will deliver the Convocation address. Among the many graduates crossing the stage will be wrestler Jessica Brouillette, the 2017-18 Brock Badgers Female Athlete of the Year. Brouillette became the first Brock female wrestler to capture five-consecutive team national championships in a career and just the third to capture four individual national titles.All of the Convocation ceremonies are free to attend and no tickets are required. Parking is free for guests throughout the week. Free Wi-Fi is also being provided to guests throughout Convocation week. The BrockEvents Wi-fi network can be accessed using the username: BROCKGRAD and password: welcome2brock!For those who can’t make it to the Brock Campus for Spring Convocation, all of the ceremonies will be streamed at brocku.ca/livestream read more

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US House breaks with no decision on new NAFTA What that means

OTTAWA — The U.S. House of Representatives began its summer break today leaving the ratification of the new North American trade deal hanging, rekindling angst that a frustrated President Donald Trump will blow up the existing pact.Trade experts in Canada and the U.S. are divided on whether Trump may be driven to invoke the six-month notice period to withdraw from the current North American Free Trade Agreement — a threat he repeatedly made during the tense renegotiation of the pact that he pushed on Canada and Mexico.Mexico is the only country to give full legal approval to the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, when its Congress recently ratified the deal. Nationalism sells in trade wars — just be careful what you’re buying One year after the trade wars began, Canada’s economy has been altered How one Canadian company twisted and turned, but couldn’t escape Trump’s tariff crossfire But Canada is waiting to see what the U.S. Congress will do and with the Democrats controlling the lower House, no ratification bill was tabled there before lawmakers broke for their five-week summer recess on Friday — a scenario Trump and his cabinet worked hard to avoid.The Democrats want changes to the USMCA’s provisions on labour, environment, patent protection for drugs and enforcement, and have by all accounts working hard with Trump’s trade czar Robert Lighthizer to move forward.But they haven’t reached an agreement that would persuade the Democrats to bring a bill forward in the House.That makes it all but certain that U.S. lawmakers won’t be in a position to take even the most tentative steps forward on the deal before the start of Canada’s federal election campaign, which is set to begin by mid-September at the latest.For some, that could mean fireworks for the Canadian campaign — ignited by a petulant Trump.Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, a Toronto-based international trade lawyer, said the Democrats are likely to want substantive changes that could leave the deal in limbo for many months. In the meantime, the Democrats will be sharpening their talking points on USMCA to use against Trump in the 2020 U.S. election, she said.And that could set Trump off, she said.“Trump was hoping that Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau would be able to assist him with getting the Democrats to pass the USMCA through Congress,” said Todgham Cherniak.“He might say that Prime Minister Trudeau was not effective in getting Congress to pass the USMCA prior to now. And if they don’t come back until September, and if the Democrats want to use this as a talking point in connection with the U.S. election, he might lash out at the Trudeau government.”Trudeau met Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill after his White House meeting with Trump last month. Trump, at the time, said he was pleased Trudeau would be talking to Democrats.Lawrence Herman, a Toronto international trade specialist, said it is unlikely Trump would pull the plug on the new NAFTA so close to his own election campaign because it would sow economic uncertainty that wouldn’t benefit him politically.“There is huge Republican and business antipathy to any move by Trump to notify NAFTA withdrawal, quite apart from the serious legal issues as to whether he could withdraw without Congressional approval,” said Herman.“As well, if as many experts believe, the U.S. is heading into a period of economic sluggishness, the threat of NAFTA withdrawal and the uncertainty that would unleash in the period leading up to the 2020 election would probably be a disincentive to Trump embarking on such a move.”Dan Ujczo, the Ohio-based trade specialist with the firm Dickinson Wright, said it is unlikely Trump would serve notice to withdraw, but even if he did, Congress or the courts could step in to delay that.“The NAFTA will be in place through 2019. It is unlikely that companies will face a scenario where neither the NAFTA nor USMCA is in place during 2020,” he said.“The question remains how much disruption will occur along the way. The president seems increasingly unwilling to threaten his greatest success — the economy — and that weighs in favour of no NAFTA withdrawal.”Adam Austen, the spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, said the minister will continue to speak to members of Congress from both parties.“Our goal remains to move in tandem with the U.S.,” he said. read more

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United Nations to continue peacebuilding in Tajikistan through mid2002

In a letter to the President of the Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed his intention to continue through June 2002 the activities of the UN Tajikistan Office of Peace-building (UNTOP), which he described as playing an “important and very positive role” in the country.Over the past year, UNTOP has focused on consolidating peace, supporting efforts to mobilize international resources, promoting the rule of law and strengthening democratic institutions. “UNTOP, together with the United Nations country team, has made a significant contribution to mobilizing international support for targeted programmes aimed at the creation of employment and the retraining of former irregular fighters and their integration into civilian life,” Mr. Annan wrote.The Office is headed by Ambassador Ivo Petrov, whom Mr. Annan lauded for active work “in facilitating the process of reconciliation and broadening national consensus in the political environment.”The UN estimates that the civil war in Tajikistan, a country of under 6 million, has taken the lives of over 50,000 people, mostly civilians. UNTOP was established last May following the successful completion of the UN Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT), which monitored the ceasefire between the Government and the opposition as well as the implementation of their peace agreement. read more

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Interpol publishes first notices for suspected terrorists on UN sanctions list

Among the individuals on this first group of four notices is Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, one of the world’s most notorious terrorist suspects, wanted by police in a number of countries for a series of major attacks on Al-Qaida’s behalf.The new notices are being distributed to all of Interpol’s 184 member countries using the organization’s global police communications system. If the whereabouts of suspects named in these notices become known to police, the Interpol National Central Bureau in the country concerned will be notified immediately so that competent authorities can take the necessary action to implement the UN sanctions against them.The new initiative responds to a Security Council resolution unanimously adopted in July which called on the Secretary-General to work with Interpol to provide better tools to assist the Council’s ‘1267 Committee,’ which is responsible for monitoring the freezing of assets, travel bans and arms embargos aimed at groups and individuals associated with Al-Qaida and the Taliban.The creation of the Interpol-UN Security Council Special Notice was approved formally by Interpol’s General Assembly in Berlin in September, and a team at the Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France, was immediately assigned to work with UN officials on details of implementation and related technical issues.“I believe publication of these new notices will send an important message to the international community that Interpol and the United Nations are working together in a proactive manner to ensure that terrorists are brought to justice,” Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said.“I think the very fact that notices of this sort are being published will have a significant effect on the movement of terrorist suspects across international borders and will make it less likely they will engage in financial dealings or the purchase of weapons.”The Consolidated List on Al-Qaida and the Taliban maintained by the 1267 Committee contains the names of more than 300 suspects and more than 100 entities. The UN and Interpol will work together to issue additional special notices in the future for many of the individuals on the list.“The Interpol-UN Special Notices make clear the common commitment of the United Nations and Interpol to fight terrorism,” said the Chairman of the UN 1267 Committee, Ambassador César Mayoral of Argentina. “They will also provide a considerable boost to the implementation of the UN-mandated sanctions on terrorists and their supporters throughout the world.”The new Interpol-UN Security Council Special Notices reflect the growing cooperation between the two entities. Interpol officers were also recently invited to Beirut to assist the UN investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. read more

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Ohio State goalie has room to improve

Redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov scans the field during a game against Northwestern on Sept. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0, to open Big Ten play. Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is off to a solid start for the 2014 season, and a lot of the credit can be directed toward the man between the posts, but that doesn’t mean he can’t improve.Alex Ivanov, in his second season as full-time starting goalkeeper and fifth year overall at OSU, has only allowed four shots to get past him in six games so far.“I’ve been successful just by coming to practice every day and trying to learn something new, and just always coming with a positive attitude, and just enjoying the game as much as you can, while learning at the same time,” the co-captain said.The Strongsville, Ohio, native has posted 11 shutouts in his career. Eight of those came last season, but he is on pace to surpass that this season.However, coach John Bluem said he does not feel that Ivanov has quite lived up to the lofty expectations put on him after his breakout redshirt-junior campaign.“I think he has been solid and safe,” Bluem said. “I don’t think he’s necessarily as good as he was a year ago in all phases of the game, but I think that our guys are definitely confident with him behind them.”Bluem said Ivanov has fallen off this year in his game management by doing things like slowing down the game and taking his time.Ivanov’s redshirt-junior season saw him finish fifth in the nation in saves with 110, sixth in save percentage at .880 and second in the country in saves per game, averaging 6.47.His performance on the field was a big factor in being one of 30 Division I candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award this year, but he has excelled away from the pitch as well.Ivanov graduated last spring with a degree in electrical and computer engineering, compiling a GPA of 3.70. He is now pursuing a second degree in sports industry as a post-graduate independent study. He is a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete and was named to the Capital One third team Academic All-American list last season, making him the first Academic All-American in program history.“On and off the field, Alex leads by example,” Bluem said in a press release about the Senior CLASS Award nomination. “He is well-respected by his teammates and opponents and works hard at practice every day. He is the definition of what it means to be a Buckeye and this is a great recognition for him.”In the team’s game against Northwestern on Sept. 14, Ivanov collected his third shutout of the year — but didn’t make a save as his defense held the Wildcats without a shot on goal.“The defense in front of me has been phenomenal,” Ivanov said. “I mean, the last game there was not a single shot on goal, so obviously their performance is outstanding and they’re going to keep building on that. It’s going to be great going forward.”A major part of that defense has been junior defender Liam Doyle, a transfer from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.“It’s just communication,” Doyle said. “This is another game together. We’re progressing and training every weekend. We’re just used to each other, and we’re solid as a unit, right from front to back.”Ivanov echoed Doyle’s feelings on the importance of defensive communication.“You just always want to be on the same page as (the defense),” Ivanov said. “Just make sure everything you do aligns with where they are as well, and when there’s good communication from us, there’s no mistakes.”Ivanov certainly feels that his half-decade at OSU has helped him grow and improve as a player.“Yeah, I’ve been here for a while,” Ivanov said with a chuckle. “So definitely I’ve had a lot of experience. I’ve seen a lot. I just keep learning. Every time I’m out here, I’m learning something new.“I’m still learning everything, from communication to goalkeeping fundamentals, just learning new ways of getting your feet behind the ball and new techniques you can work on and learn every day.” read more

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NFL draft Taylor Decker picked up by the Detroit Lions with the

Former OSU offensive lineman Taylor Decker (68) blocks defender during a game against Illinois on Nov. 14 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Detriot Lions have selected former Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the 16th pick of the 2016 NFL draft.Decker surprised many when he decided to return to the Buckeyes for his senior season. The move appears to have paid off, as the Vandalia, Ohio, native was named the 2015 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and became the seventh offensive lineman drafted out of OSU in the last decade.The three-year starter for the Scarlet and Gray played in a total of 54 games. Decker started at left tackle for all three of these seasons, while helping OSU have one of the most potent and effective running games in the Big Ten and NCAA.In 2014, Decker was instrumental to the Buckeyes’ offense, helping the team amass 3,967 yards rushing. In all, he played 1,034 snaps during the championship season.During his senior year, the Buckeyes averaged 245.2 rushing yards each game, which was tops in the Big Ten. Decker led the team as an efficient blocker, as well as a mentor. He was named a team co-captain by his teammates at the start of the season.A first team All-American this past year, Decker rose some eyebrows by producing less-than-stellar numbers at the NFL combine. However, this did not deter the Lions from selecting the offensive tackle.As noted by ESPN’s Jon Gruden immediately following the selection, Decker will most likely be making the transition to the right side of the line as opposed to the left side, where he started for the Buckeyes last year.Detroit struggled with protecting Matthew Stafford last year, as he was sacked 44 times last season, just one less than the previous season. With the selection of Decker, the Lions are hoping to lower this number. read more

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Half of Irish people think countries should refuse to repatriate citizens who

first_img Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 6:00 AM Share25 Tweet Email1 MORE THAN HALF of Irish people believe countries should refuse to take back citizens who went to fight with the Islamic State terror group, according to a survey.There has been a debate in recent weeks about the repatriation of Islamic State members who have Irish citizenship. The most recent Irish case is that of Dundalk woman Lisa Smith, who is currently being detained in Syria with her child.Smith travelled to Syria in 2015 and was married to an Islamic State fighter who was killed in recent months. She told CNN in an interview this week that she wants to come home with her child.Another Islamic State member who has been captured in Syria, 45-year-old Alexandr Bekmirzev, has citizenship in both Ireland and Belarus. According to a survey carried out by Amarach Research for RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live and TheJournal.ie, 53% of people do not think countries should repatriate citizens who went to fight with the Islamic State group.In the survey 26% of people said they believe countries should take back their citizens and 21% of people said they didn’t know. TheJournal.ie explored the topic in its most recent episode of The Explainer.  Dr Ajmal Hussain of the School of Social Sciences in the University of Manchester said a sensitive approach is required if deradicalisation of Islamic extremists is to work.“One thing I have found from speaking to people who have either been imprisoned under anti-terror laws or who have returned from being abroad is that they don’t want to be known in public,” he told The Explainer podcast. He referenced the “huge backlash” after British woman Shamima Begum appeared on television and reports of people using a picture of her face in a shooting range.“Returnees or people who have been convicted and now released they want to play a low-key role,” he said.He said deradicalisation can work and there are already groups who are doing this work, either by putting structures in place for these individuals to settle back into society, or working to “reform” their ideas. Hussain said “these are by no means easy jobs to do.” https://jrnl.ie/4561655 55 Comments Alexandr Bekmirzaev was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces in north east Syria Source: The Explainer/SoundCloudThe government does not have the option of revoking the citizenship of individuals who only have Irish citizenship. However the Minister for Justice can do this if citizens have dual nationality.In December, Minister Charlie Flanagan decided to strip Ali Charaf Damache, the man who is currently in prison in the US, of his Irish citizenship on the basis that he broke the oath he took to declare fidelity to the Irish nation and loyalty to the State.He is challenging that in the courts, arguing that if he is sent to Algeria after his sentence is served he may be tortured or killed.The Department of Justice has said Irish citizens in Syria have the right to return home. However it said the return of Islamic State members “presents complex challenges, including questions of public protection, the prosecution of offences, the protection of citizens’ rights and deradicalisation”.The department said if fighters do return and there is evidence they committed terrorist offences, they will be fully investigated with a view to prosecution. In the Dáil yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Lisa Smith would be subject to a “security assessment” on her return to ensure she is “not a threat to life and limb here in Ireland”. Her case was discussed by Cabinet yesterday. BacklashExperts in deradicalisation have said this will need to be a focus for any governments that repatriate citizens. Related Read 24.03.19 The Explainer: What can the Irish government do about returning Islamic State members?center_img 15,854 Views By Michelle Hennessy Half of Irish people think countries should refuse to repatriate citizens who fought with Islamic State The Irish government has said citizens have the right to return home, but fighters face the possibility of prosecution. Alexandr Bekmirzaev was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces in north east Syria Mar 27th 2019, 6:01 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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City of Coral Springs hosts Artoberfest

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – The City of Coral Springs put its own twist on Oktoberfest with the Artoberfest event.The event was held in front of the city house lawn at 9500 Coral Springs Drive, Saturday.Attendees got to enjoy a day of German traditions, entertainment, plenty of beer and artwork displayed by local artists.There was also a stein holding competition and a yodeling contest.Proceeds from the alcohol sales will benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Madhura Raja day 5 boxoffice collection Mammoottys film fails to maintain momentum

first_imgMammootty with Sunny Leone in Madhura Raja’Madhura Raja’, the latest Malayalam movie that stars Mammootty in the lead role had its grand theatrical release on April 12, 2019. The film, upon its release, garnered mixed reviews from all corners, and it collected more than Rs 11 crore at the box-office in its opening weekend.However, on Monday, the collection figures of ‘Madhura Raja’ witnessed a drastic fall, and the trend was followed on Tuesday too. Most of the theatres in Kerala witnessed an average attendance percentage of 40 for ‘Madhura Raja’ shows, and it was something unexpected, considering the vacation season factor.Even though the makers have not revealed the official collection figures of ‘Madhura Raja’, trade analysts claim that the film might have collected somewhere around Rs 2 crores in its fifth day. The collection figures are expected to increase by Friday, and in all probabilities, ‘Madhura Raja’ will cross the Rs 20 crore at the Kerala box-office mark by the end of this weekend.On the other hand, ‘Lucifer’ is continuing its dream run at the box-office, and even after three weeks of its release, the movie is garnering more and more audience attention. When compared to the Mammootty film, ‘Lucifer’ has an unquestionable cutting edge at the box-office, as it collected more than Rs 3 crores at the box-office on Tuesday.In ‘Madhura Raja’, Mammootty has played the role of Raja, a goon who hails from Madhura. At one point in time, he reaches the Paambin Thuruthu island to fight against VR Nadeshan, an evil man who heads the illicit hooch business in the area.The film directed by Vyshakh is loaded with an ensemble star cast. Apart from the megastar, ‘Madhura Raja’ also stars Jagapathi Babu, Narain, Salim Kumar, Anusree, Shamna Kasim, Mahima Nambiar, Nedumudi Venu, and Vijayaraghavan in other prominent roles.’Madhura Raja’ is bankrolled by Nelson Ipe in the banner of Nelson Ipe Cinemas.last_img read more

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Budget 2017 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may lower import duty on gold

first_imgShares of gold companies such as Titan, TBZ and PC Jeweller were trading with losses on Thursday despite the buzz that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may reduce the import duty on gold from the current 10 percent while presenting Budget 2017. PC Jeweller was down 0.82 percent at Rs 376, Titan was trading 0.88 percent lower at Rs 316, while Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) was down 2.15 percent down to Rs 61. Business news channel CNBC-TV18 had quoted agencies to say that the Modi government could take such a decision. A series of developments, starting with the re-instatement of an excise levy, norms on gold purchases above a threshold, global uncertainty and finally demonetisation have led to subdued demand for the yellow metal for most part of 2016. In October and November this year, gold imports picked up momentum after many months of decline.Gold imports by India during the April-November 2016 period registered a significant decline, according to government data. In the first eight months of the financial year 2016-17, gold imports into India dropped by $6.9 billion, or 30.5 percent, to $15.72 billion from $22.62 billion in the corresponding period last year.Gold demand for the three months ended September 2016 was estimated at 194.8 tonnes, down 28.2 percent from 271.2 tonnes in the quarter ended September 2015, according to World Gold Council (WGC).As is known by now, Budget 2017 is likely to be presented on February 1 this year, in a departure from years of convention when the annual forward-looking document used to be presented on the last working day of February every year. This year’s budget will also incorporate provisions pertaining to Indian Railways since the government has decided to do away with a separate budget for the rail network. Suresh Prabhu is India’s railway minister.Industry watchers, people, investors and analysts, apart from politicians would be keenly tracking Budget 2017 as it comes in the backdrop of a significant development called demonetisation that is being seen as weakening growth in the world’s fastest-growing economy.last_img read more

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More teachers to be recruited Minister

first_imgDipu MoniEducation minister Dipu Moni hinted at hiring more teachers on Friday to resolve the shortage of tutors at schools, reports UNB.”One of the problems at educational institutions is the lack of teachers. More tutors will be recruited [to address the problem],” she said at the 50-year anniversary of Haimchar Govt Boys High School.Dipu Moni assured that the appointment would be transparent “like it has been under the Sheikh Hasina-led government in the past.”The minister said the government had resolved various problems plaguing the educational institutions and developed the infrastructure.”We are addressing the issues one after another since it is impossible to do everything at once,” she said.Upazila nirbahi officer Samar Kanti Basak presided over the programme while upazila parishad chairman Nur Hossain Patwary, deputy inspector general Nibas Chandra Majhi, Chandpur additional deputy commissioner Md Moinul Hossain, additional superintendent of police Md Mizanur Rahman, among others, were present.last_img read more

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