first_imgHours after five persons were bludgeoned to death by an irate mob in Dhule district, a similar incident transpired in neighbouring Nashik district where a family of five were attacked on suspicion of being child traffickers.According to police, a mob of around 3000, fed on social media rumours about a child lifting gang, pounced upon the victims in the Azad Nagar locality in Nashik’s Malegaon district, 280 km from Pune, late on Sunday night.The victims Gajanan Sahebrao Gire, his wife Sindhubai, their two-year-old child, Sindhubai’s sister Anusaya and another relative Yogesh – all hailing from Parbhani district – were ostensibly begging for money along Malegaon’s Ali Akbar Road area to pay for their return fare back home.A crowd suspecting that they were child lifters, swooped upon them. In a bid to escape from the clutches of the mob, the five took shelter in a nearby building.“At around 11 p.m. on Sunday, we got a call about some persons being assaulted by a mob on suspicion of being child lifters. The police immediately rushed to the scene and managed, with great effort, to pacify the restive mob,” said Harssh Poddar, IGP, Nashik Range. The police, too, faced the brunt of the mob’s fury as the crowd began pelting stones on the security men, damaging a police vehicle in the process. An official told The Hindu that a case under sections 143, 147, 149 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been lodged against unidentified persons at the Azad Nagar police station. No arrests have yet been made in the case and further investigations are on.Meanwhile, 23 persons have been taken into police custody in connection with the lynching of five persons in Dhule on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgSAME OLD STORY: Sourav Ganguly after losing the Mumbai ODI to EnglandWhat are India’s chances of winning the World Cup? In hockey later this month, not bad at all. In cricket, exactly a year from now – less than zero.Too much time in the sun, you think? Typical hysterical Indian,SAME OLD STORY: Sourav Ganguly after losing the Mumbai ODI to EnglandWhat are India’s chances of winning the World Cup? In hockey later this month, not bad at all. In cricket, exactly a year from now – less than zero.Too much time in the sun, you think? Typical hysterical Indian reaction to the one-day series against England? Most of all, far too early to panic?In fact, not a moment too soon. What England left behind, other than mass depression, were Nasser Hussain’s words, “Put the Indians under pressure and they tend to crack.” Hussain, a curious mix of bottle and whine in India, said it over and over again. Over and over again, the Indians obliged. Leading the one-day series’ 2-1, they let England draw level and leave puffed with “moral” victory.There was deathly silence in the Indian dressing room at Mumbai, when for the third time in a month the Indians cracked while chasing a total more than 250. For a side that is known by the stardust of its batting, India’s performances from 2000 onwards, including nine straight losses in series finals, is like a ticking package: it could merely be a clock marking time or a bomb that rips into Indian hopes at the World Cup in South Africa 2003.Click here to EnlargeSays Indian team coach John Wright: “We have to understand what sort of team will win the cup-a quality fielding team with batting up to No. 8, a high-class batter who can bowl or keep wickets and specialist bowlers who can keep it tight in the slog overs.”Oh dear.advertisementOther teams have identified those personnel, their results from 2000 onwards indicate progress. England lost 13 straight games before beating Zimbabwe 5-0 and coming back from behind against India. New Zealand have beaten Australia three times in their last four games.Among the second-rung teams considered roughly on a par, only the West Indies and the recently rejuvenated Kiwis trail behind India in terms of win percentages. The national side remains a 50-50 team, and one-off sides don’t usually win a World Cup.Twenty-one-over 60 per cent-of 34 Indian defeats from 2000 onwards have come chasing totals. Against England a bunch of young batsmen who were put in front of the headlights of pressure, froze.Captain Sourav Ganguly defended his “inexperienced” batsmen but the brat pack is clearly not ready to seize a situation by the scruff as a matter of habit. Strangely each of them had begun looking like they could.Yuvraj Singh as early as the summer of 2000, Hemang Badani against the Australians and now Dinesh Mongia versus England have all won one-dayers on their own, but cannot produce regular sequels.On the other hand, these cricketers are worth at least a dozen runs in the field each, a skill not to be discounted. But for a team which considers batting as its strength, this is a gaping crack and it must be filled in by the World Cup.Click here to EnlargeWright, who even called chasing the “nemesis” of the Indian team against England, breaks the dilemma down into its working parts, “What we need is some glue: batsmen in the middle who can rotate the strike at about 80 per cent, keep a cool head when it’s time to collect.”After the hunters at the top – Tendulkar, Ganguly, Sehwag – do their job, it’s the gatherers who lose their way. “To be honest, no team likes /to chase,” says Robin Singh, one of the best middle-order finishers and fielders to play for India. “But the first thing is you have to make sure you play safe cricket and run hard, know what you can and cannot do.”It is where England managed to fight back in the one-day series, with an unglamorous and as “inexperienced” a line-up that just put its head down and ran more. In fact, Hussain’s men had a poorer net run rate than India, scored fewer runs in the series and hit lesser boundaries.The reason they won tight games: fewer “dot” balls (those off which runs are not scored), more singles, more twos, almost double the number of threes. Even the three hunters at the top were guilty of fuzzy logic when the field spread and their boundaries got fewer.There is a case for even moving one of the three-Tendulkar, even-to the middle, to guide the greenhorns and lead the charge home. Former India batsman Dilip Sardesai says, “They need some experience in the middle order.”Singh thinks a reason for the regular panic could be because none of the newcomers bats so low for their state teams. “It’s not an easy spot. When you are thrust in there, you come across situations you’ve never faced before. If you bat there regularly at six, you can think clearly in the crunch,” he says.advertisementWHO’S THE MAN? (From left) Mohammed Kaif, Hemang Badani and Dinesh Mongia failed to finish well against EnglandIt is about finding the bits-and-pieces man who is more than the sum of his bits and pieces. “We don’t have a single quality allrounder. I think we’ve left things too late,” says former India wicket-keeper Kiran More. Usually, people do not like to be proved wrong. But in the case of Indian cricket and the anticipated bleakness of its tomorrows, no one would like to be proved right either.Between now and the World Cup, India are scheduled to play at least 23 one-day internationals. Each of those 23 games could be a rung up a ladder or lurch down a blind alley. It depends entirely on those involved-officials, selectors, captain, coach and individual players.They have not all pulled in the same direction; the latest example being the selectors’ decision to drop Harbhajan Singh even before the series against England was won.If selections made from now fulfil whims rather than filling slots, the team is doubly doomed. It is time for those given chances to choose between the timid safety of the fringes, which they opted for against England, or the white heat of the centrestage.After the Mumbai game, Wright put out Indian cricket’s “situation vacant” notice, “What we need is a player to put up his hand and say, ‘Pick me. I’ll get you the runs. I’m the man.'” By the time 2003 comes around, one of “the Boys” will have to be that man.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementSergio Aguero extends his contract to 2021 (Photo Credits: Manchester City)Sergio Aguero has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester City to remain at the club until 2021.The striker, 30, previously implied that he could leave City in 2020, when his previous deal was due to expire, as he wanted to end his career at former club Independiente in his native Argentina.But his new deal means City’s all-time leading goalscorer will remain at the club until just after his 33rd birthday.The news of his signing was posted by Manchester City FC’s official Twitter handle:📝 @aguerosergiokun… new contract… enough said! #mancity pic.twitter.com/J8v60LUEPQ— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 21, 2018Aguero said: “I am happy for this additional year. My idea was being here for 10 years. I’ve been here for seven years, it’s going to be 10 when the contract expires.“This was the main reason I signed. I’m very happy because they have treated me very well since the first day I got here. I’m very happy with everything that involves the club, my team-mates, the staff and the management team.“We have a good team, we need to be focused and if we are at 100 per cent, we have lots of chances to do great things.”Read Also: Football: Manchester City and Raheem Sterling are renewing their vows Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–Jamie Malonzo exploded for 34 points in just 26 minutes as La Salle closed out UAAP Season 82 on a winning note, after drubbing Adamson, 89-63, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ADAMSON 63 – Manlapaz 15, Lastimosa 10, Mojica 9, Douanga 6, Ahanmisi 5, Chauca 4, Fermin 4, Sabandal 3, Zaldivar 3, Camacho 2, Yerro 2, Bernardo 0, Capulong 0, Flowers 0, Magbuhos 0, Orquez 0QUARTER SCORES: 25-12, 50-29, 68-40, 89-63 Three days after their heartbreaking loss to University of the Philippines that dimmed their hopes of reaching the Final Four, the Green Archers vented their ire on the Falcons with Malonzo nailing seven treys on his way to a season-high output.Playing in his one and only season for the Archers, the 6-foot-7 Malonzo also grabbed 12 rebounds as La Salle took the fight out of Adamson by racing to a 21-point lead at the break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe onslaught continued in the second half for the Archers, who led by as many as 30 points.Justine Baltazar also finished with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Andrei Caracut, who was held scoreless in the loss to UP, also finished with 14 points, while issuing six assists. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Caracut was playing his final game for La Salle, which will also lose James Laput and Keyshawn Meeker. Laput and Meeker saw limited action this season due to injuries.The Archers finished the season with a 7-7 record as they missed out on the Final Four for the second straight season. La Salle last won the crown in Season 79 with a team led by Ben Mbala.Rookie AP Manlapaz had 15 points, while Jerom Lastimosa chipped in 10 for the Falcons, who closed out their campaign with a 4-10, their worst record since Franz Pumaren took the job three seasons ago.The game was also the last for Adamson stalwarts Val Chauca, Simon Camacho, Kristian Bernardo and Egie Mojica.LA SALLE 89 – Malonzo 34, Baltazar 14, Caracut 14, Bartlett 7, Serrano 7, Hill 5, Melecio 3, Laput 3, Lojera 2, Bates 0, Cu 0, Escandor 0, Lim 0, Manuel 0ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rey Suerte carries UE past NU in his final UAAP game Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man MOST READ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli was involved in a heated exchange of words involving Niroshan Dickwella, who admitted to time-wasting tactics in the dying moments of the Kolkata Test but the India skipper was impressed with the Sri Lankan batsman’s character.India, after being outplayed on the first two days, were pressing hard for victory when things took a bitter turn as Dickwella sought to waste time when India’s pacers wanted to get through as many overs as possible. As Shami ran in to bowl the 19th over of Sri Lanka’s innings, Dickwella had not yet taken his stance. That upset Shami, who made his displeasure felt. He had a word with Kohli as well as the batsmen.Dickwella, in an unsporting gesture, then indicated to Shami after his next delivery that the pitch and not his own skills, were helping him extract the extra bounce. The war of words was not getting difficult to contain. Both  umpires assembled in the middle and involved India skipper Kohli and his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Chandimal. At the end, Dickwella apologised to Kohli, who walked back to his position on the field.Dickwella later conceded he did try to waste some time as Sri Lanka desperately battled for a draw to avoid their sixth successive Test defeat to India.”How it all started was, I hit a six over square leg. There were three fielders behind square on the leg side and I brought that to the notice of the umpire Nigel Llong. A no-ball was called and then Virat Kohli came towards me and told me that that’s the umpires’ job and you don’t worry. That’s how it all started,” Dickwella said. “I thought, hang on, this is a good opportunity to get into an argument and kill some time. Kohli quickly realized what my intentions were and started walking back. Then the Mohammed Shami thing happened. It was funny I thought, I would like to think that I won that battle.advertisementKohli, who was furious on the final day and rushed up to the umpires so they could intervene, however, was impressed with the spunk shown by Dickwella.”I like to see that character. I liked that competitiveness on the field. He is someone who takes lot of pride in his cricket. I am impressed with what I have seen so far of him from the last series as well. He has got great ability to do something very special for Sri Lankan cricket,” the India captain said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the second Test in Nagpur which starts from Friday.Kohli said he had spoken to Dickwella on the flight from Kolkata to Nagpur and added he was happy to move on from the incident.”Those things end on the field. When you are competitive as an opponent, we always respect that about any opponent. He is a very feisty character and that works for his game.”last_img read more

first_imgAngelique Kerber produced a dogged display of defensive tennis to tame big-hitting Naomi Osaka 6-4 5-7 6-4 in a classic Red Group encounter between the winners of the last two Grand Slams at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.In the late match, Sloane Stephens continued her dream debut at the eight-woman event when the American moved to the brink of the semi-finals after she rallied for a 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3 victory over fellow tournament rookie Kiki Bertens.Kerber’s victory evened up her record at 1-1 in round robin play as Osaka slumped to her second straight defeat, leaving the U.S. Open champion needing to beat Bertens in her final group match to have any hope of advancing.The early match began tentatively with three consecutive breaks of serve falling in the German’s favour as Osaka looked to dictate with her power, while Kerber was content to counter-punch off the back foot and keep the ball in play.Osaka, who was often battling to keep her emotions in check, fashioned five break points when Kerber served for the set at 5-4 but the German was able to stave off all of them with some gutsy tennis and sealed the opener with a booming serve.Osaka’s inability to make the most of her potent serve looked to have cost her the match when she was broken to love in the ninth game of the second set but she then reeled off three games in a row to level the contest.”It was a great match from both of us. It’s a great feeling to, of course, win the match like that.” @AngeliqueKerber breaks down her match with Naomi Osaka#WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/TBBKPqfgGpadvertisementWTA (@WTA) October 24, 2018The third set was a war of attrition with both players stretching every sinew to hold serve until Osaka cracked first in the seventh game, gifting Kerber the crucial break with a slew of poor shot selections from 40-15 ahead.The break was enough for Kerber to seal a brilliant win, with Osaka crushing a backhand into the net on the German’s first match point.”I had my chances in the second set but she played some unbelievable tennis to win that one, and it felt like there was only one or two points in the decider,” Wimbledon champion Kerber said in a post-match interview.”It was great to win such a great match and to be able to look forward to another one in two days from now.”SLOW BURNER”2 hours and 20 minutes and we were still out there battling.”@SloaneStephens breaks down her marathon match with Kiki Bertens. #wtafinals pic.twitter.com/lNzDPE161dWTA (@WTA) October 24, 2018The second match was a slow burner, with the crowd taking time to warm to the contest, as Stephens raced into a 3-0 lead before Bertens dragged herself back thanks to some clever changes of pace and direction.Improved serving from both players ensured the opener went to a tiebreak and after Stephens staked another 3-0 lead, the American edged ahead on her third set point when Bertens sent a forehand into the tramlines.Bertens capitalised on a rapid drop in intensity from Stephens to reel off four games in a row on her way to taking the second set.The Dutchwoman carried that momentum into the start of the decider, breaking to move 2-0 ahead, but Stephens finally woke from her slumber after looking flat for a half a dozen games too reassert her authority and close out a memorable victory.”I just tried my best from the very first point of the final set. It didn’t go my way immediately but I just kept battling and I’m really pleased to pull through,” Stephens said.WOZNIACKI EARNS FIRST WINI think there’s always nerves, a little, bit when you’re trying to finish off a match. But I knew what I wanted to do, and it worked out.Yes it did, @CaroWozniacki!#WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/26ETZgskdaWTA (@WTA) October 23, 2018Caroline Wozniacki overcame a mid-match wobble and withstood a barrage of big hitting to get her WTA Finals title defence back on track with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory over Petra Kvitova at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.In the second White Group encounter of the day, Elina Svitolina moved to the brink of the semi-finals with a gutsy 6-3 2-6 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova, the Ukrainian recording her second straight win of the tournament to top the pool.Wozniacki and Kvitova came into their contest on the back of opening defeats in round robin play but the Danish world number three ended a run of four straight losses to the Czech to stay alive in the eight-woman tournament for at least one more match.advertisementThe Dane, who started her campaign with a 6-2 6-4 loss to Pliskova on Sunday, spent most of the match against Kvitova pinned on the baseline but her consistency and patience proved vital as she pulled away in the final set.”I played much better today. I served and returned pretty well, and moved really well against a player who is so powerful that you have to stay on your game,” Wozniacki said”You never know what is going to happen against Petra, so I just stayed focused and got a lot of balls back.”The match was a cagey affair from the outset with seven holds of serve in a row. But after they traded breaks as the intensity levels picked up, Wozniacki broke again to seal the opener when Kvitova blasted a forehand into the net.BUNDLE OF ENERGYKvitova took control of the second set with an early break, then lost momentum when Wozniacki took a timeout for treatment on her knee, before regaining the upper hand to level the match with a sliced backhand winner on her third set point.Sensing her title defence was hanging by a thread, Wozniacki regrouped to break at the start of the decider when she put away a backhand to win the longest rally of the match, and ran away with the contest as Kvitova wilted.The 28-year-old Wozniacki sealed victory on her first match point with a big serve that Kvitova sent long, and will hope to complete round robin play with a victory over Svitolina to secure a semi-final berth.Svitolina was a bundle of energy at the start of the second match, full of intensity and covering every inch of the court as she rode her early momentum to wrap up the opening set with a forehand winner that was greeted with a big clenched fist.The Ukrainian had played almost perfect tennis until midway through the second set when a combination of good fortune and rasping cross-court winners earned Pliskova her first break of the tie, a feat she repeated two games later to level the match.It was very important to take one point at a time.@ElinaSvitolina walks us through her third straight win over Karolina Pliskova.#WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/pMqmsmvURIWTA (@WTA) October 23, 2018Svitolina shrugged off the setback to come storming out of the blocks in the decider, racing to a 4-0 lead that she carried all the way to victory despite a late fightback from Pliskova.She only needs to take a set off Wozniacki on Thursday to reach the last four for the first time but as it stands, all four players can still mathematically reach the semi-finals.last_img read more

first_imgTopics Olympic swimmer describes coach’s ‘abusive, manipulative’ behavior Reuse this content Share on Messenger Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith is suing USA Swimming, alleging the governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and covered it up.Kukors Smith filed the lawsuit in Orange County, California. She alleges Sean Hutchison, who began coaching her at a swim club near Seattle, groomed her for sexual abuse when she was 13, started touching and kissing her when she was 16 and engaging in sexual activity with her when she was 17. Kukors Smith is also suing longtime Olympic coach Mark Schubert, saying he failed to report “a reasonable suspicion of child abuse or endangerment.” Kukors Smith, the 2009 world champion in the 200m individual medley, told reporters that “by doing nothing,” USA Swimming “enabled Sean Hutchison to abuse me for a decade.” Hutchison has denied the allegations and has not been charged with a crime. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter USA Swimming hired a private investigator to look into rumors of a relationship between the two in 2010. The organization said it closed the investigation without finding any misconduct. Critics have said the investigations was cursory and insufficient.The lawsuit says top USA Swimming officials knew in 2005 of allegations of Hutchison having inappropriate relationships with underage swimmers, including Kukors Smith, who was then 16. Officials at the governing body, according to the lawsuit, also manipulated a background screening system to shield coaches accused of abuse.“Those at USA Swimming need to change the culture of protecting predator coaches over young and vulnerable athletes such as myself,” Kukors Smith said. Support The Guardian Swimming Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… US sports newslast_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – A billionaire doctor struck a $500 million deal Wednesday to buy the Los Angeles Times, ending the paper’s quarrelsome relationship with its Chicago-based corporate overseers and bringing it under local ownership for the first time in 18 years.The agreement between Los Angeles-based medical entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong (soon-shong) and Tronc Inc. marks the latest instance of a rich, civic-minded individual buying a newspaper from a big corporation.Soon-Shiong is a major shareholder of Chicago’s Tronc Inc., one of the richest men in Los Angeles and, according to Forbes, the nation’s wealthiest doctor, with a net worth of $7.8 billion.The deal includes The San Diego Union-Tribune, various titles in the California News Group and the assumption of $90 million in pension liabilities.Soon-Shiong takes over in a time of turmoil at the paper. The Times just replaced its top editor, the third switch at the position in the newsroom in six months. Publisher Ross Levinsohn had been on unpaid leave after revelations that he was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits elsewhere. Tronc announced Wednesday that Levinsohn has been cleared of any wrongdoing and would be reinstated as CEO of its newly reorganized Tribune Interactive division.Journalists voted last month to unionize for the first time in the paper’s 136-year history.Clashes between the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Co., which changed its name to Tronc Inc., erupted not long after it acquired the West Coast paper in 2000. Staff at the Times bristled over what it considered a string of bad decisions made from hundreds of miles away in Chicago. Tronc owns the Chicago Tribune.The editor of the Los Angeles Times, John Carroll, who led the paper to 13 Pulitzer Prizes, resigned under heavy pressure to cut staff. Before he left, he asked an old friend and billionaire philanthropist if he would consider buying the paper.Publisher John Puerner stepped down at the Times, as did his successor, Jeffrey Johnson, shortly after.Dean Baquet, who took over for Carroll, left after 15 months. He is now the executive editor at The New York Times.The sale of the Los Angeles Times is in keeping with one of two trends in media ownership: big companies getting bigger and wealthy investors taking on newspapers as philanthropic endeavours, said Al Tompkins, a senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute.In 2013, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million. Boston Red Sox owner John Henry bought The Boston Globe for $70 million.“We find ourselves returning to where we were a century ago when a handful of wealthy owners controlled big influential newspapers,” Tompkins said. “Here’s the difference: The ownership today does not promise lucrative returns. You take it over knowing it isn’t nearly as profitable as it might have been 20 or 50 years ago. Today it’s a thinner margin and it gets thinner every day.”Soon-Shiong also holds a minority interest in the Los Angeles Lakers, acquired in 2011 from Magic Johnson, the team’s former superstar and current president of basketball operations.In an interview with the Times last year, Soon-Shiong acknowledged that as a major stockholder, he was unhappy with the way the Los Angeles Times was being run and felt a need to ensure its survival.“I am concerned there are other agendas, independent of the newspaper’s needs or the fiduciary obligations to the viability of the organization,” he said at the time. “My goal is to try and preserve the integrity and the viability of the newspaper.”After The Washington Post first reported a potential sale Tuesday, cheers spread through the Times newsroom. After the deal was formalized, the union representing the newspaper’s journalists congratulated Soon-Shiong.“Our readers expect and deserve the high-quality, independent journalism that has defined The Times for decades,” a union statement said Wednesday. “The LA Times Guild looks forward to working with a local owner who can help us preserve The Times as a guardian of our community and as the voice of the American West.”Maya Lau, a Times law enforcement reporter, tweeted: “Congratulations to Patrick Soon-Shiong and hooray for a return to local ownership of the Los Angeles Times & San Diego Union Tribune.”Tronc said the deal will allow it to follow a more aggressive growth strategy focused on news and digital media. Acquisitions will continue to be a big part of its plan, Tronc said Wednesday, and the company announced that it’s buying a majority stake in online product review company BestReviews for an undisclosed amount.The sale comes about a week after veteran Chicago journalist Jim Kirk was named editor in chief to replace Lewis D’Vorkin, whose short tenure was marked by clashes with staff.Kirk, 52, had briefly served in the job during a management overhaul from August until November, when D’Vorkin joined the paper. D’Vorkin will stay on with Tronc as Chief Content Officer of Tribune Interactive, the company said Wednesday.Reporters at the Times were alarmed by recent hiring of several news executives who reported to business executives, and not to news editors. That sparked fears the business side would wield undue influence in editorial matters. Traditionally, the editorial and business sides of a paper work separately to maintain journalistic credibility.A return to local ownership would restore pride at the Times, said veteran media business analyst Ken Doctor.The question is whether a new owner will do more than halt cutbacks by reinvesting, as Bezos and Henry did at their newspapers, to set the Times on a new path.“Given the huge challenges still faced by news publishing in the age of Google/Facebook ad duopoly and still-onrushing digital disruption, even a billionaire has his work cut out for him,” Doctor said.___Christopher Weber and John Rogers contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI received, on Saturday at the Marrakech royal palace, Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid who is on an official visit to Morocco. On this occasion, the King commended the fact that India and Morocco are coming closer over the past years as shows this first visit by an Indian foreign minister to Morocco, said a statement by the royal office. The sovereign expressed Morocco’s resolve to foster friendship and cooperation ties with India, it said. Khurshid hailed the positive evolution of bilateral ties economically and regarding investment thanks to the bold and successful reforms by the Kingdom under the leadership of HM the King.  The Indian official highlighted the promising prospects for reinforcing ties mainly in the field of political consultations, multilateral coordination and human development, it said. Several international and regional issues of shared interest were discussed during this meeting as the reform of the UN system and the situation in the Maghreb, the Middle-East and sub-Saharan Africa, the source said. The royal audience was attended mainly by foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar, and India’s ambassador in Rabat Krishan Kumar.last_img read more

The child of a 13 year old mother died at a children’s home in Bandarawela after falling sick, the police media unit said today.According to the police the child was placed at the Sujatha children’s home while a court case was pending over the teen’s pregnancy. The Bandarawela police are conducting further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) The 3 month old child fell sick and had died on admission to hospital on Friday, the police said.A magisterial inquiry was conducted yesterday and it was found that the child had suffered from breathing difficulties.

The naming of the Russian agents believed to be responsible for the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury has brought the spectre of chemical weapons to the forefront of the public consciousness once again.But while such weapons can undoubtedly wreak enormous havoc, a Telegraph film investigating the threat of biological terrorism has shown that a far simpler way to spread fear and disrupt daily life would be to harness diseases in plants, animals and even humans.Dominic Nicholls, defence and security correspondent, has spoken to a host of experts who reveal that  bacteria such as anthrax, which occurs naturally in the soil and can infect cattle and wild animals, and foot and mouth disease could be a much bigger threat than chemical weapons.In the film, which you can watch by clicking the link above, he talks to biosecurity experts and farmers to investigate the scale of the threat and how prepared the UK is to tackle it. 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. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  read more

A Linden family of five are now counting their losses after a fire gutted their flat concrete home situated at One Mile, Wismar.Curtis Higgins, the owner of the home, along with four family members lived at the house.The fire, this publication understands,  started at approximately 10:00hrs on Monday while a teenager and two children were at home.A neighbour recalled hearing a knock on her door and upon opening it, she was told by one of the children who were home at the time that the house was “burning down”.The remains of the home The woman said that she then raised an alarm. She explained that she called 911 several times in order to access the Linden fire service, but was told by the operator that the call was already transferred and she would have to wait for the fire service to arrive. She noted that neighbours were unable to save anything since the fire engulfed the house quickly.Apart from a washing machine, the family were not able to save anything from the house. The inside of the building and its roofing were completely burnt out.An occupant of the home, Dorette Higgins, when contacted, noted that she lived at the home with her father, Curtis Higgins, for 38 years. She said she was at her sister’s house when the fire started.The woman, who believes the fire was electrical in nature explained that there was an issue with electricity at the house a few days ago and her refrigerator was damaged.The fire service has since launched an investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeveral homeless following Linden fireOctober 27, 2018In “Crime”Linden house destroyed by fire; 8 homeless March 26, 2019In “Crime”9 homeless after fire guts house at Amelia’s WardDecember 5, 2017In “Local News” read more

first_imgUpdated 11.46amA NEW BILL that will go before the Seanad next week will make any disruption of essential utilities such as water and electricity illegal.Feargal Quinn will table the Critical Utilities Security of Supply Bill, which could see workers whose strike action leads service cuts jailed for five years.The bill will be opposed by the government with the Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte saying last night that it is “counterproductive”.The bill comes against the background of proposed industrial action by ESB staff, but Quinn said it has been in the works since before then.“It’s not inspired by the proposed ESB strike. It is inspired by the fact that hospitals and homes require a supply of two things: water and electricity,” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.“I’m copying legislation that has been enacted in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Romania and Portugal. Strikers would be required to ensure that the continuity of supply is ensured.” Rabbitte said that while the government believes there should be not be industrial action in utility companies, criminalising it would disrupt the “good record of industrial peace” that has existed in Ireland over the last two decades through the existing industrial relations mechanisms.‘Not about criminalising workers’The Minister said in a statement: “Of course the Government believes there should not be industrial disruption in our utilities but using the criminal law to try to achieve this would, I believe, be counterproductive.“Provisions in negotiated agreements for ‘no strike’ clauses can work well; however, statutory provisions that include criminal sanctions are an entirely different matter.”The bill comes complete with custodial punishments, but Quinn that the bill was not about targeting ESB workers.It’s not about criminalising workers, it’s about ensuring that the  legislation is credible and has teeth.“You can have a strike without disrupting supply. We have to protect our critical utilities. If we can’t protect our electricity and water, how can we get investors to come here?”The Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said the bill “is an affront to the right of workers” to protect pay and conditions by going on strike.- additional reporting by Hugh O’Connell First published 11.07am Read: ESB unions in public spat with management over ‘protective notice’Read: Thieves warned that stealing the ESB’s overhead wires is ‘very dangerous’last_img read more

first_imgIn the middle of the frozen Antarctic wastes, 800 miles from the South Pole is Lake Vostok. Well, it would be more correct to say that it’s under 2 miles of solid ice, but why quivel? This massive pocket of water has been sealed in the ice for 15-35 million years, and scientists now believe it could harbor life.It took years to drill down to the lake, which was only reached by Russian scientists in 2012. Reports have since gone back and forth on whether or not there is life in the ancient lake’s liquid reservoir, but now researchers have found the best evidence for life yet. According to a report in the journal PLOS ONE, samples of ice from just above the lake show traces of DNA from over 3500 different species.These are fragments of DNA locked in ice, not full sequences. As such, we aren’t able to know exactly which organisms they come from, but it is possible to reach some general conclusions. About 95% of the sequences isolated come from bacteria with the other 5% coming from more complicated eukaryotic organisms and archaea. In this context, eukaryotic probably means mostly single-cell creatures, not multicellular eukaryotes.Some of the sequences hint at higher levels of complexity in the lake. Some of the DNA is a close match for small arthropods and mollusks. Perhaps more interestingly, some of the bacteria species are thought to be of a type found in the GI tract of fish. That could mean fish are still swimming somewhere in that ancient lake.The researchers believe many of the species detected are associated with hydrothermal vents in the ocean. If those features are present in Lake Vostok it could explain how it remains liquid and from where the energy for a thriving ecosystem comes.Lake Vostok is big — 160 miles long and 30 miles wide with an average depth of about a quarter of a mile. It’s going to take time to get probes into the lake to check for living creatures, but these results are encouraging. Bizarre forms of life could have evolved in Lake Vostok over millions of years.last_img read more

first_imgWhat’s next for M&S after the British company fell out of the FTSE 100? This is the first time M&S has not been a FTSE 100 member since 1984. https://jrnl.ie/4796291 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE ICONIC BRITISH retailer Marks and Spencer has dropped out of the FTSE 100 stock index for the first time – a mark of how turbulent the last few years have been for the 135-year-old retailer. Tumbling from the FTSE 100 – which includes 100 high-value businesses from across key sectors including retail, banking, pharmaceuticals, energy and telecom – is a symbolic blow to the company that began as a market stall in Leeds in 1884. This is the first time Marks and Spencer has not been a FTSE 100 member since the index launched in 1984, after its market value dropped to £3.7 billion amid ongoing troubles facing the company. The retailer, founded on the slogan ‘don’t ask the price, it’s a penny’ has faced significant difficulties in recent years as customers have moved online and lost interest in its clothing, especially the womenswear ranges that once defined Marks and Spencer. Marks and Spencer had long settled among the lowest-valued companies in the index, so the news comes as little surprise. The company will now be relegated to the FTSE 250, which is a lower tier of the market value index. What happens now?While the news has little real impact on the day-to-day operations of the business, it’s certainly an ominous bellwether for one of the most recognisable British shops.Come 23 September, the retailer will no longer form part of the index after its market value on Tuesday fell below the threshold necessary for inclusion – and it’s hard to know when and if Marks and Spencer will ever return to the list of the largest UK-listed firms. With issues like Brexit and a weak pound causing trouble for plenty of UK businesses, M&S is acutely vulnerable as it tries to plot a path back to better times –  it might be hard to imagine now, but in 1998 it was the first British retailer to make over £1 billion in annual profit. “Brexit and the falling pound hardly make for calming mood music for investors in companies like M&S, which are heavily exposed to the domestic economy and fluctuations in import prices,” noted Nicholas Hyett, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.In May, Marks and Spencer posted profits that did little to assuage worries among investors, with total sales dropping by 3% to almost £10.4 billion. The company has been shutting down under-performing stores, with more than 100 pegged for closure by 2022.  TV presenter Holly Willoughby launched a new range of M&S clothes earlier this year. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images“We are deep into the first phase of our transformation programme and continue to make good progress,” chief executive Steve Rowe said at the time. “We remain on track with our transformation and are now well on the road to making M&S special again,” he added.In a letter to shareholders in May, Marks and Spencer Chairman Archie Norman, a business veteran who has helped develop both Asda and ITV, said that the company needed change that was “transformative, not a touch of the tiller”.“Therefore we are aiming to transform all the pieces of the jigsaw: the way we are organised, the way we work, our technology, our store base, our products, our supply chains and our value in the market,” he wrote.In one example of the company’s evolution, M&S is soon planning to offer a food delivery service after striking a partnership with online supermarket Ocado.Partly a bid to capitalise on the food sales that have remained largely positive in recent years, the move has been met with some scepticism by analysts, who worry that the company is not doing enough to tackle the endemic issues facing it.  “Ocado is not yet making a profit from food sales so the rewards of this partnership are uncertain,” Laith Khalaf, an analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, told the BBC. One person who has played down the prospect is Norman. In May, he told the media: “When I went to ITV we dropped out of the FTSE 100, the sky didn’t fall in.” While the sky might not yet fall in, the next few months will prove crucial for the company. “It may be some time before M&S can start to look upwards again,” predicted Hyett. With additional reporting from  © AFP 2019 Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 10:05 AM 29 Comments By Dominic McGrath Short URLcenter_img A branch of M&S in London. Image: ui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images A branch of M&S in London. Share6 Tweet Email Sep 5th 2019, 10:05 AM Image: ui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images 15,649 Views last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Seniors have been identified as one of the groups most at risk from death and serious injury from fire. In an attempt to combat this, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) delivers free presentations, arming them with the knowledge to keep fire safe. These programs, presented by the Community Resilience Department of the MFB, have been running for over 20 years. Official figures between the years 2000 and 2010 showed that 50 per cent of all fatalities caused by fire in the metropolitan district of Melbourne were people aged 65 and over. The Seniors Fire Safety Program, since its inception in 1993, has won not only state and international awards but also the public’s confidence. During the last financial year more than 110 presentations took place. The main objective of the program is to promote community safety and give the elderly basic tips on how to keep themselves safe from fire. Special emphasis is given on prevention, in order to reduce the incidence and impact of home fire. All kinds of senior community groups are welcome to join the presentations, which are delivered by volunteers. As the coordinator of the Seniors Fire Safety Program, Marthèse Kavanagh, explains to Neos Kosmos, the group of volunteers consists of retired MFB firefighters. The assistance of these retired fire officers is invaluable, given that not only do they have a lot of experience in the area, but also an understanding for the seniors’ needs and lifestyle, being retired themselves. Any seniors group, from church and multicultural groups to community support and health groups or just senior citizens’ clubs, regardless of how small or large they are, can attend a fire safety session, free of charge, at a site chosen by them. Whether it is a venue where a community group meets or just someone’s residence, the presenters will go wherever they are needed. “If you are a seniors group of any kind, we are available to talk with you. “All people need to do is give us a ring or email us and we’ll do the rest,” says Ms Kavanagh. The presentation takes no longer than 45 minutes and is a flexible, informal session, more like a “community group discussion”, where people can ask questions at any time. Whenever a multicultural group needs language assistance, professional interpreters are recruited, with no cost involved on behalf of the public. Furthermore, printed materials on home fire safety for seniors to take home are available in 21 languages. Ms Kavanagh also points out some of the main reasons that put seniors at risk: mobility problems due to old age or because of the medication they are on, home appliances in need of maintenance or just the fact that many older people tend to live alone. The steps we need to take to help keep ourselves safe from fire are very simple, yet important. This very simple information is exactly what the presenters of the Seniors Fire Safety Program talk about, such as checking that the fire alarms are working, making sure that there is an easy way out of the house or replacing old electric appliances with new safe ones. The volunteer presenters of the program are all kept up-to-date with the most recent innovations in fire safety and community safety, given that the Metropolitan Fire Brigade organises professional development meetings with them four times a year. At the moment, the volunteer group consists of six retired fire officers and according to Ms Kavanagh they are trying to recruit more. It is a small yet dedicated group of people, equipped with all the necessary knowledge and, most importantly, committed to share this knowledge with the seniors community. “The presenters share all their years of experience as fire fighters, as well as their knowledge of what it’s like to be an older person living in the community. “Fire fighters are really committed to their community, so these are people who served a lifetime with the fire brigade and they still want to help the community; they are quite motivated,” says Ms Kavanagh.For further information or for booking a presentation please contact the Community Resilience Department on (03) 9665 4464 or commres@mfb.vic.gov.aulast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis appeared on ABC’s Q&A show yesterday, stressing that intolerance towards Muslim refugees would only fuel further violence.The former finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis answered his question backed by the experiences of a country that has borne the brunt of Europe’s refugee crisis.“There’s no doubt that when you have a massive exodus of refugees, there may very well be a couple of insurgents that infiltrate. But it’s neither here nor there,” Varoufakis said. “Both the terrorist attacks and the refugee influx are symptoms of the same problem but one doesn’t cause the other. “There is a correlation but no causation,” he said.“The vast majority of the people who exploded bombs, and blew themselves up, and took AK47s to mow people down, these were people who were born in France, in Belgium. Think of the bombings in London. Britain doesn’t have free movement [over its borders] it is not part of the Schengen treaty. So the notion that we’re going to overcome this problem by erecting fences, electrifying them, and shooting people who try to scale them … the only people who benefit from that are the traffickers, because their price goes up … and Isis. They are the only beneficiaries.”Referring to the thousands of refugees who fled the Islamic State and “washed up on [Greece’s] shores”, Varoufakis said one simple thought came to his mind: “If somebody knocks on your door at three in the morning, they are wet, bleeding, they’ve been shot at, they’re frightened, what do you do? I think there is only one answer. You open the door and you give them shelter,” he said.Source: The Guardian, ABClast_img read more

first_imgManchester United great Peter Schmeichel insists Paul Pogba mustn’t be allowed to think he’s bigger than the club and backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to extract the Frenchman’s full potentialAfter being left out of Mourinho’s final game in charge of United in their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Pogba was restored to the starting line-up for Solskjaer’s debut at Cardiff City.The World Cup winner responded with an incisive display that saw him provide two assists as United stormed to a convincing 5-1 win.But Schmeichel cautioned United against allowing Pogba to think he’s bigger than them.“Mourinho did put himself in the limelight, not in the correct way or the way that you want the United manager to be,” Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live.“There were stories about the manager being at war with certain players. That’s happened many times, but the club has always been able to deal with that in the dressing room.“I want to see Pogba being a United player as good as everything else he does in life.“He’s absolutely brilliant on social media, and he’s projecting himself to be this incredibly important player.“We’ve seen it at Juventus, we’ve seen it with France, we haven’t seen it with Manchester United and what’s really important here is that no player, regardless of how much money they make, how much they’ve been bought for, has ever been bigger than the club or the manager.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“This has been now portrayed like Pogba has won a war, this doesn’t work for me, that cannot happen for United.“It’s now really important that the club deal with this situation. Pogba, or any other player, cannot be bigger than the club.”Night, Reds ❤️ #MUFC pic.twitter.com/dXl0HGR3FD— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 22, 2018However, the former Danish goalkeeper expects old United team-mate Solskjaer to be the man to get Pogba to perform to his expected levels.“Ole is definitely a different personality and a different direction,” Schmeichel added.“He’s stuck to the tradition and the history of the club, and respected it all the way, and had a great run as reserve coach for the club, and this is significant, because he was dealing with players like Pogba and Jesse Lingard, and these players that seem to be the players that Mourinho had problems with.“I think this is key, and the brief that Ole has got is to tame that situation, make someone like Pogba play to the potential that we know already that he has got.”last_img read more