Indian Soldiers Killed In World War I Commemorated In Brighton

first_imgDuring the First World War that started in 1914, 345 Indian soldiers were brought to Brighton, on the coast of southern England to recuperate during the war.Read it at Deccan Chronicle Related Itemslast_img

Game 1 hero Go deflects credit to Ravena, Eagles

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Sterling hits late goal as Man City sets EPL record; Arsenal 4th Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Ateneo has a golden chance to close the series out in Game 2 on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Eagles aim for their first title since UAAP Season 75.Until then, Go has no reason to celebrate just yet. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHolding a precarious 73-70 lead against La Salle in the waning seconds of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals,  Ateneo knew it needed one last bucket to put the result beyond doubt.Luckily for the Blue Eagles, Thirdy Ravena found an open Isaac Go down low for the undergoal stab plus the foul with 10.4 seconds remaining. Go completing the three-point play and Ateneo held on for a 76-70 win.ADVERTISEMENT “Second, it was Thirdy who found me open, so I have to give credit to Thirdy. Third, at the end of the day, it was a two points for Ateneo. I don’t look at it as a two points for me, but I look at it as a whole, that Ateneo got the two points.”It was the second time in as many games that Go proved to be the hero for Ateneo. He also rescued the Blue Eagles in their Final Four do-or-die against Far Eastern University wherein he drilled the game-tying triple that forced overtime and sank a improbable putback on one knee in the extra period.For some, Go’s heroics was redemption of sorts, especially after he botched a potential go-ahead gimme in the Blue Eagles loss to the Archers in the second round.“There’s always pressure, but we can’t pressure ourselves because it’s a game,” he said. “There’s no external pressure that will force us to change the way we play. Internally, we just have to push ourselves.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsThe blue gallery was electric but somehow, the 6-foot-7 big man remained stoic as if nothing happened.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 shutout“It’s exciting, yes, but the reason that I was not able to celebrate was that first, the game was not finished yet. It was not a buzzer beater,” Go said.READ: Clutch Go delivers anew for Blue Eagles View commentslast_img read more

Green Hills expands support for safe and secure automotive telematics and connectivity

first_img Continue Reading Previous AAEON: BOXER-8300AI series Powering AI@Edge with Intel Movidius Myriad XNext Aldec cuts ASIC design prototype bring-up time with HES-DVM’s automatic partitioning tool Green Hills Software has announced the availability of the safe and secure INTEGRITY real-time operating system and its integrated products/services for the Telemaco3P automotive processor from STMicroelectronics. Today, customers are using the highly integrated ST platform in production vehicle programs for secure telematics and connectivity functions. The platform combines the ASIL-certified INTEGRITY RTOS, middleware and ASIL-certified software development tools with the STMicroelectronics automotive processor. Global carmakers and their suppliers can add new levels of safe and secure performance, enabling a wide range of secure telematics applications supporting high-throughput connectivity to the cloud and secure over-the-air firmware upgrades.For many years, Green Hills Software and ST have enjoyed a fruitful partnership, providing automotive-grade solutions and support to customers throughout their product lifecycle – from development on early samples to deployment on high-volume production programs.ST’s Telemaco3P provides a cost-effective system-on-chip solution for a secure connection between the vehicle and the cloud. It features an asymmetric multicore architecture, embedded Hardware Security Module (HSM), ISO 26262 silicon design up to ASIL-B, independent and isolated CAN control subsystem, Ethernet AVB and optimised power management.The INTEGRITY real-time operating system architecture was designed and certified for life-critical embedded systems. For over two decades customers have successfully relied on INTEGRITY for the most critical functions – to fly passenger aircraft, control surgical devices and run intelligent automotive driver assistance systems. INTEGRITY separation architecture enables software teams to safely and securely run software of different levels of criticality on the same processor while guaranteeing software tasks can access the system resources they need.The Green Hills Platform for Secure Connected Car offers a comprehensive list of capabilities for customers to choose from, according to their design and market goals:INTEGRITY RTOS, safety certified for ISO 26262 ASIL D critical automotive software.MULTI integrated development environment (IDE) and debugger, ASIL-certified Green Hills C/C++ Optimizing Compilers and toolchain, profiler and many other integrated time-saving tools.Integrated code quality tools including MISRA C/C++ code quality adherence checker and DoubleCheck static analyzer.Multicore run-control, board bring-up, low-level debugging and real-time trace debugging with the Green HiIls Probe utilising industry-standard CoreSight from Arm.Proven partner ecosystem spanning cryptographic security toolkits, graphics, networking, connectivity, modelling and all aspects of embedded device development and deployment.Services for safety/security certifications, system performance and programmer productivity.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Casey Affleck producing sports feature ‘Fencers’

first_imgLos Angeles, Aug 24 (PTI) Oscar winner Casey Affleck is all set to produce the sports feature “Fencers”.According to Variety, Affleck will produce via his banner, Sea Change Media, and also take up a supporting role in the project, reported Variety.The film, to be directed by Jasmine McGlade, is about a female fencer attempting to make it to the US Olympic team while facing personal demons and childhood rivals.The script has been penned by McGlade, who made her feature directorial debut with the 2011 indie drama “Maria My Love”.She has previously worked as a producer on her ex-husband Damien Chazelle’s feature “La La Land”. The project’s announcement comes two weeks after the “Manchester By The Sea” star apologised for his role in creating an “unprofessional environment” on the sets of his 2010 mockumentary “I’m Still Here” that led to two women filing lawsuits against him.The actor will be next seen in “The Old Man & the Gun”, opposite Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek. PTI RB RBlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Madhya Pradesh go from 35 for 3 in 13 overs to 35 all out in 16.5 overs

first_imgIn a bizarre batting performance, Madhya Pradesh were blown out for 35 in their Ranji Trophy match against Andhra Pradesh in Indore on Wednesday. Andhra won the Elite Group B match by 307 runs following a horribe batting performance by Madhya Pradesh.In the first innings, Andhra were bowled out for 132 thanks to Ishwar Pandey’s four-wicket haul. Gaurav Yadav and K Kartikeya had finished with three wickets apiece.But it went horribly wrong for Madhya Pradesh in their first innings. Skipper Naman Ojha top scored with 30 as MP were bowled out for a paltry 91. Pareddy Girinath Reddy, a right-arm medium pacer, took 6 for 29 off 10.5 overs to lead Andhra’s fightback.There seemed to be some respite for the batsmen in Andhra’s second innings. Karan Shinde scored a fine 103 in his team’s 301 all out. Set a daunting task in the fourth innings, Madhya Pradesh would have expected to put up a better show.At 35 for 3 off 13 overs, there wasn’t a glimmer of hope for MP but what followed next must have left them shaken and rocked.Aryaman Birla was dismissed for 12 in the first ball of the 14th over, triggering a sensational collapse. MP lost their fifth wicket in the same over. VR Iyer was dismissed off the second ball of the 15th over while Kartikeya fell off the very next delivery.Pandey perished off the last ball of the 16th over. By 16.5 overs, the entire Madhya Pradesh innings was done – Andhra had won by 307 runs.KV Sasikanth(6 for 18) and Paidikalva Vijaykumar (3 for 17) were the only two bowlers Andhra needed to blow Madhya Pradesh away.advertisementFor MP, only two batsmen reached double figures in their second innings: Birla and Yash Dubey.Also Read | Hardik Pandya apologises for misogynistic comments on Koffee with Karan: Got carried awayAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul asked to explain controversial remarks on TV show within 24 hoursAlso Read | Rohit bhaiya, more than happy to babysit Samaira: Rishabh PantAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan begin preparations for ODIslast_img read more

Mikel John Obi: ‘If Nigeria were organised we’d have won World Cup’

first_img Facebook Mikel John Obi battles for possession with France’s Paul Pogba at the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Read more Twitter It almost got to people being pinned against dressing-room walls, although not quite. It was confrontation and arguments Topics Share on Facebook Twitter World Cup Share via Email World Cup 2018 Mikel makes the reasonable point that he has nothing to prove to supporters in England, having won the lot at Chelsea – two Premier Leagues, four FA Cups (he got a medal in 2010, although he missed the final against Portsmouth because of injury), two League Cups, one Europa League and, most famously, one Champions League. Ever the big-game player, he starred in the final against Bayern Munich.He is aware of the perception about top players who move to China – they are going there to retire; there is no way back into the leading European leagues. It needles him and it will give him extra edge against England.“Look at Paulinho,” Mikel says, of the Brazil midfielder. “He went to Guangzhou Evergrande from Tottenham and then he got a move to Barcelona. You can still go back. It depends on how well you look after yourself. The players in China like Oscar, Ramires – we have offers, day in, day out, to come back to Europe.“But if you make a decision, you need to stick by it. I have a contract [until next year] and I have to respect it. I like where I play. The culture is totally different and it’s something that I wanted to experience – and for my two little girls, as well.”Mikel’s home remains in London. He lives in a fabulous Holland Park plot with his girlfriend, Olga Diyachenko, and their two-year-old twin daughters, Mia and Ava, although happily for him they are able to visit him in China for two- and three-month periods. The Premier League retains a pull for romantic and practical reasons. “Who knows where I am going to retire,” Mikel says. “Maybe I might come back here and retire.” It is the World Cup that preoccupies him and the question of how Nigeria will emerge from a group which contains Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. Mikel made his name as a holding midfielder at Chelsea but he plays as the No 10 for Nigeria, normally behind Odion Ighalo. The creative burden rests with him.Above all Mikel – who was named as the captain by Rohr’s predecessor, Samson Siasia, in February 2016 – must embrace the role of senior statesman, diplomat and, essentially, the face of this Nigeria project. “African teams always tend to have problems inside the team,” Mikel says. “It might be bonuses, friendships, organisation. If the Nigerian teams were as well organised as the Europeans, we would have won the World Cup by now. In Brazil, the financial aspect was a massive problem. Players didn’t want to train, they wanted to go on strike because they hadn’t received the bonus. This has to stop. We’ve stressed that it has to be sorted out this time.” Pinterest Brazil’s all-time World Cup XI: create your own For Mikel John Obi, it was the boyhood dream that soured. “It was a disaster,” the Nigeria midfielder says of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – his first involvement at a finals.From the outside looking in, there was a depressingly familiar undercurrent in the form of a pay dispute between the Nigeria Football Federation and the players. It led to a boycott of training from the latter days before the last-16 tie against France, which they lost 2-0. From the inside looking out, it was simply toxic. England Pinterest Which is your favourite World Cup? Read more Share on WhatsApp It was tempting to conclude that the shock therapy failed but, after Brazil, there remained the appetite for what Mikel describes as “radical change”. The squad has been purged and it says everything that Rohr will take only five survivors from the previous finals to Russia – Mikel, Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi and Kenneth Omeruo.The transition has been painful. Nigeria failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and 2017 – a sentence that ought to finish with an exclamation mark. This is Nigeria – estimated population: 195 million; the largest African country, by far. They had won the 2013 Cup of Nations, in which Mikel was outstanding.There had been trepidation when Rohr was appointed in August 2016 and Nigeria addressed a difficult World Cup qualifying group with Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia. Yet they would finish on top of it with a game to spare.Mikel says that Rohr has driven the upturn through his attention to detail and his insistence upon certain standards, all of which come under the umbrella of putting the team first. He is forensic in his video-analysis sessions, his meetings, his work on set pieces, and that has added up to a change in the collective mentality.Rohr’s squad is young and their inexperience is a worry. He has a group of 25 for the fixture against England; 14 of them are aged 25 or under. The young guns include Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho. But, crucially, Mikel says they are together; ready to fight for each other. Mikel John Obi says: ‘I have been in the national team since 2005 and I haven’t seen this discipline before. It is meetings, being on time, the training.’ Photograph: Tom Jenkins/the Guardian Nigeria football team Share on Twitter Reuse this content “The coach and myself, as captain, have tried to make these young players realise that we are a team, not individuals,” Mikel says. “If you don’t want to play together, you are welcome to leave. It’s amazing now to go to camp. You can feel the good feelings.“I have been in the national team since 2005 and I haven’t seen this discipline before. It is meetings, being on time, the training. Sometimes a player has the hump because he knows he is not going to make the team and, before in the national team, he just strolls around. Now, you have to train properly. If you don’t, you are leaving the camp. The coach has changed the whole mentality.”The warm-up game with England will stir the nostalgia in Mikel. He started in three FA Cup finals for Chelsea at Wembley and won them all, with the first – against Manchester United in 2007, at the end of his debut season – the most special. Mikel had chosen Chelsea over United when he moved from the Norwegian club Lyn Oslo in well-documented and acrimonious fashion.“I thought I was going to get a punch from Sir Alex [Ferguson] in the tunnel,” Mikel says, with a laugh. “But that was a great game for me. Wembley is a very good ground for me.” Facebook Share on Messenger interviews Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Mikel carries a lot of responsibility, not least in relation to his charity – the Mikel Obi Africa Children’s Sport Foundation. Mikel wants to set up sports academies across Africa with the goal of helping to alleviate poverty in the next generation of African children through sport. Paulinho went to Guangzhou Evergrande from Tottenham and then he got a move to Barcelona. You can still go back “There were a lot of problems in the camp which a lot of people didn’t see, the media didn’t see – we kind of hid it under the table,” Mikel says. “The relationships between the players were not good and there was no discipline. There was no good feeling, no good vibe.“It almost got to people being pinned up against dressing-room walls, although not quite. It was confrontation and arguments. Players wanted to do their own thing and they didn’t think about the team.”Mikel is looking ahead to captaining Nigeria at the Russia World Cup and the preparations will ramp up on Saturday with the friendly against England at Wembley – the scene of some of Mikel’s most memorable triumphs from his 10 and a half seasons at Chelsea. The 31-year-old is now at Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League.But the past is unavoidable for Nigeria and it has shaped what is a new era for them under the manager, Gernot Rohr – a disciplinarian German – and Mikel, whose status within the setup goes way beyond wearing the armband on match days.The turmoil in Brazil had followed similar internal conflict at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when Nigeria departed at the group phase. Mikel missed the tournament through injury but he heard the stories and, afterwards, the then Nigeria president, Goodluck Jonathan, ruled that the national team should be suspended from competition for two years. The measure would be rescinded but it illustrated the depths of the despair; the sense that the squad had become ungovernable.“There were massive problems in the camp and that’s why the president got upset,” Mikel says. “He said: ‘Until you guys fix yourselves up, that’s it. No more.’ The public were upset but they were in support of it because they also wanted whatever was going on to stop. We couldn’t keep going to tournaments and making a mockery of ourselves.”last_img read more

Chelsea investigated by Fifa over more than 100 young player cases

first_img Chelsea have denied breaking rules over the signing of Bertrand Traoré, pictured here in 2016. Traoré now plays for Lyon. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images The club have signed Christian Pulisic this month from Borussia Dortmund for £58m, although he will not join them until the summer, and they have taken the striker Gonzalo Higuaín on loan from Juventus until the end of the season, with options to extend the loan or sign him permanently. Chelsea deny that the moves are in reaction to the threat of a transfer ban.Fifa, which says it cannot comment on ongoing investigations, stepped up its attempts to regulate transfers by introducing TMS in 2010 and its pursuit of these cases springs from a determination to help protect children from potential exploitation and trafficking. Read more Share via Email Share on Messenger Chelsea are set to hear from Fifa whether they will be banned from the transfer market after being investigated over potential rule breaches with regard to more than 100 foreign players under the age of 18.The governing body has overseen a long-running case against the club, which was started by the compliance unit of its transfer matching system (TMS). It flagged 25 player cases at the beginning of last year which it thought warranted further scrutiny.Fifa’s disciplinary committee has since conducted phase two of the investigation – a deep dive into how Chelsea have registered players at their academy over a number of years. The club responded to a request for information by opening their books to the committee which, in turn, highlighted a high number of cases to examine. news Fifa considered 183 player cases in its final judgment against Atlético; 153 would be confirmed. Atlético’s numbers were inflated, in part, by their partnership with Dalian Wanda Group, a Chinese property company, that led to many Chinese players coming to train at their academy. Barcelona were found guilty of violating the rules on the registration of 31 minors; in Real’s case it was 39 of 70 investigated. Cas upheld 37 of the guilty verdicts.The severity of the infringements is key and Fifa deems there to be different levels, with the most serious being a breach of article 19. It is unclear how many of the alleged Chelsea cases would fit into the higher end of the scale, although it is believed to be a significant number.Chelsea would reject that, but one that would appear to do so is that involving Bertrand Traoré, a forward now at Lyon, who was signed to professional terms by Chelsea on 1 January 2014, the first available day after his 18th birthday. Pictures emerged of him playing for the club against Arsenal in a “non-competitive” game on 23 October 2011, when he was 16. The pictures came to Fifa’s attention in January 2016 and it is believed that they were the trigger for the investigation.The club have argued that they had an option agreement, registered with and approved by the FA and Premier League, to secure Traoré’s registration after he turned 18 and which allowed them to play him in what were effectively trial games.Mediapart has claimed that Chelsea paid £154,000 to Traoré’s mother and £13,000 to his former club AJEB to take him from Burkina Faso in April 2011. It has reported that Fifa decided Chelsea had “paid for the player to go to an English [private] school while he was underage, and incited him to be transferred to England and to be paid for it”. Again, Chelsea said they were cooperating with Fifa and had complied with the rules. Callum Hudson-Odoi on target as Chelsea ease past Sheffield Wednesday Facebook Fifa has investigated Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid for infringements related to the signing of minors and each of the Spanish clubs were given a two-window transfer ban, although Real served only one after a successful appeal to Cas. Chelsea are among five Premier League clubs currently under investigation and there are more worldwide.The French investigative website Mediapart reported last November as part of the Football Leaks expose that Fifa would seek to impose a four-window ban on Chelsea, together with a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs (£383,000). It also said that the club’s alleged offences related to the recruitment of 19 minors, including 14 who were illegally transferred. It was after this that Chelsea made their November statement. It is possible that Mediapart’s player numbers were obtained at an early stage in the investigation, most likely at TMS. Alternatively, they could relate to Chelsea’s most serious alleged transgressions. The Guardian understands that TMS pushed for Atlético to receive a four-window ban, but the disciplinary committee has the final say on sanctions.Fifa has established a principle which says a systemic breach of the rules should entail a transfer embargo, irrespective of the number of minors involved. The amount of cases does affect the severity of the sanction. It is also understood that Fifa worries that a one-window ban does not create harmful consequences, and can be worked around with sufficient planning. Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIncenter_img Topics Share on Facebook Read more From Shevchenko to Morata: how Chelsea strikers have (mostly) flopped The committee is now considering its final decision, meaning Chelsea should know soon whether they will face any sanctions. If found guilty, a transfer ban would be expected. The club would be able to appeal to Fifa and then to the court of arbitration for sport (Cas).The basic rule is that clubs cannot bring in players under 18 from other countries, unless their parents have emigrated for reasons not connected to football or both the player and club are based within 50km of a national border. Under Fifa’s article 19, the only other exception is for transfers within either the European Union or European Economic Area where the player is aged between 16 and 18.Chelsea contend that the majority of the 100-plus player cases involved short-term triallists at their academy, who did not go on to sign for them. They have argued there is no law against trialling under‑18 international players; that it is common practice across Europe and, as such, they believe these cases ought not to be included in the final judgment. In others that led to them making signings, the club maintain they fully complied with Fifa’s rules.The investigation – the first of its kind into a Premier League club – has been complex, with a high degree of communication between Chelsea, Fifa and the Football Association. One of the key questions has been where the line is drawn between a player being on trial or spending time as a resident at the club academy.Chelsea did not want to comment but they referred to a statement from last November in which they said they had “fully cooperated with Fifa and provided comprehensive evidence demonstrating its compliance with the applicable Fifa regulations”. Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Fifa Share on WhatsApp Chelsea Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Moose Draw Deadline Approaching

first_imgProspective moose hunters have less than a week to apply for one of the 345 moose hunting licences. The application deadline is midnight on Saturday, May 31. “We want to remind hunters of the deadline because the Cape Breton moose hunt is a unique experience that is very popular in the hunting community,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “We have already received about 7,000 entries, and we expect 3,000 to 4,000 more before the deadline.” Last year there were 10,366 applications for the three hunting seasons. Hunters have been very successful in recent years, with 76 per cent getting a moose in 2007. There are four moose management zones within Victoria and Inverness counties, the only counties in the province where moose hunting is permitted. There are three 2008 hunting seasons. The first season is Sept. 29 to Oct. 4. The second season is Oct. 6 to Oct. 11. The third season, which is limited to zone one only, is Dec. 9 to Dec. 11. Mr. Morse reminds prospective hunters to carefully consider their choice of one of three hunting seasons and one of four zones. “Terrain, access, available guiding services and abundance of moose differ considerably from one moose management zone to another. Even the weather can differ considerably from the higher elevation of the northern-most zone to the more southerly zones,” said Mr. Morse. Applicants can call 1-900-565-3337. Applicants who choose not to apply by phone can download and complete a mail-in application. Mail completed applications, with the fee of $10 plus HST ($11.30), to: Moose Draw, HMC Communications Inc., 2829 Agricola St., Halifax, N.S., B3K 4E5. Completed applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 31. No applications will be accepted after this date. Applicants must have a Wildlife Resources Card to enter the draw. The draw will begin at 11 a.m. at the St. Peter’s Lions Hall, 39 Lions Ave., St. Peter’s, Richmond Co., on Tuesday, June 17. This will be the only occasion when winners will be publicly announced. Winners will also be notified by mail shortly after the draw. Applicants can use their wildlife resource card number to check individual draw results online or by calling a local Department of Natural Resources office. Detailed information on the Cape Breton moose hunt is available at local Department of Natural Resources offices and on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw/ .last_img read more

HERES HOW NOTABLE TORONTONIANS ARE GETTING IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

first_imgIn Toronto, the “most wonderful time of the year” means utter chaos at the Eaton Centre and exceptionably long lines for mulled wine at the Distillery Christmas Market. But there’s plenty of festive cheer to be had, too. Here’s how some of Toronto’s notables are getting into the holiday spirit.Drake dressed like Don Corleone with an entourage of nutcrackers:Jessica Mulroney had a driveway campfire: Advertisement Advertisement The Schitt’s Creek cast got glitzed up:Actor Kiefer Sutherland picked out an unconventional tree-topper:Celebrity chef Matty Matheson made a festive guest appearance on This Hour has 22 Minutes:Canadian model Winnie Harlow is staying warm with hot chocolate:Canadian singer Tanya Tagaq decked her halls:Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg re-watched Macaulay Culkin outsmart Christmas thieves:NKPR president Natasha Koifman has one of the best Christmas trees on the ‘gram:Real House Wives of Toronto’s Grego Minot braved the lines at the Distillery District with her husband, Pierre Minot:And so did Hailey Bieber:TV host Sangita Patel put up her towering tree:The Beckerman twins got festive and hit up Soho House:Burstyn Inc. co-founder Amy Burstyn Fritz skipped the mall and took her family to see Santa at King West’s Serpentine Pavilion:Pomp & Circumstance co-founder Amanda Alvaro hosted her annual holiday baking party. Guests, including TV personality Tanya Kim, The Social’s Erica Wark, and MP Mary Ng, decorated 240 cookies to send to Covenant House Toronto.Jeanne Beker celebrated Hanukkah with an intricate menorah:The Social’s Host Melissa Grelo opted for an early celebration with her family:Real Housewife Joan Kelley Walker didn’t skimp out on the Christmas trees. (Why have one when you can have eight?):ET Canada’s Shayne Stevens got cozy with Toronto’s Fashion Santa:Michele Romanow got glam for a holiday special of CBC’s Dragons’ Den.eTalk Host Chloe Wilde put the final touches on her sparkly tree:BY JEN KIRSCH |  TORONTO LIFE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Drake (Photo courtesy of Instagram)center_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Close call for Kashechewan First Nation students during Toronto shooting

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents on a Grade 8 class trip from the northern Ontario First Nation of Kashechewan found themselves in Toronto’s Eaton Centre food court Saturday when deadly gunfire erupted, triggering mass panic in the city’s largest shopping centre.None of the students were hurt in the shooting, which left one man dead and several injured.The 18 students, aged 13 to 15, were on an annual trip to visit southern Ontario which includes tours of the CN Tower, museums and Niagara Falls.Some of the students in the group were in the food court at the exact moment bullets began to fly, said Rosy Sutherland, director of education services for Kashechewan First Nation.“It is surreal to have it at that time,” said Sutherland. “You can only guess that it must have been like for them.”While none of the students were physically hurt, Sutherland said she wasn’t authorized discuss the psychological impact of the incident. Sutherland said a councillor from the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital did meet with students to make sure they were okay and help them with any emotional fallout.Sutherland said the students were also given the option of coming back home, but none of them took the offer and they spent Tuesday at Canada’s Wonderland.“They are probably not going to go back to the Eaton Centre,” said Sutherland.Christopher Husbands, 23, has been charged in connection to the brazen Eaton Centre shooting which left Ahmed Hassan, 24, dead.The trip is one of the highlights of the year for the St. Andrew’s School Grade 8 class which raises its own money to pay for the journey south.Students spend months fundraising, selling raffle tickets for TVs and hunting equipment, holding bingos, hosting yard sales and putting in hours as volunteers.The total cost of the trip comes to about $50,000 and students raise about 75 per cent of the amount, said Sutherland. The rest of the funding comes from the band’s education purse and other sources. The costs include a charter flight from Kashechewan to Timmins, Ont., and then a charter bus ride to Toronto.For many of the students, this is the first time they’ve ever visited a major city, many having travelled mainly to Timmins. One of the students on this year’s trip is confined to a wheelchair.Sutherland said there were a few anxious moments after the news hit that that students were so close to the shooting.“I was concerned for their well being and safety. I just wanted to make sure they were safe because they are our responsibility. They are our students,” said Sutherland. “I was glad to hear they were all safe, that they are resilient enough to continue their trip.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the BC Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgSee the full warning.3:22 PM PST Thursday 13 December 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverSnowfall with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.An approaching Pacific low pressure system will spread snow across northern BC overnight tonight. The snow will intensify on Friday before easing in the evening. Total snowfall amounts of up to 15 cm are expected across Williston region, Pine Pass and the areas of the BC Peace near the Rockies.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. 3:22 PM PST Thursday 13 December 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:Highway 97 – Pine PassSnowfall with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.An approaching Pacific low pressure system will spread snow across northern BC overnight tonight. The snow will intensify on Friday before easing in the evening. Total snowfall amounts of up to 15 cm are expected across Williston region, Pine Pass and the areas of the BC Peace near the Rockies.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. Peace and Pine Pass.A low-pressure system will spread snow across Northern B.C. overnight Thursday that could bring as much as 15 cm of snow.The snow will intensify on Friday before easing in the evening.center_img Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.last_img read more

Australias Clancy Exploration Acquires Cobalt License in Morocco

Rabat – Morocco has granted Australian mining company Clancy Exploration a new cobalt license to explore near the Bou Azzer mine, in an area 120 kilometers south of Ouarzazate.A statement from the mining firm said on July 23 that the area is famous for being “a primary cobalt producer and high-quality cobalt cathode and has been in operation since the 1930’s.”The statement also confirmed the signing of an agreement to “acquire the newly approved exploration licence (EL 3842226) in Morocco from local Moroccan company Chater SARL.” Clancy paid Chater $50,000 for the license to explore in the “Bou Amzil extension,” according to the statement.The statement explained that Morocco granted a 3-year license for the “Bou Amzil extension,” from July 12, 2018 to July 12, 2021.Commenting on the deal, chairman of the company David Iengias said that “this is a jewel of a new licence in Morocco’s major cobalt producing region and gives Clancy immediate exposure to ground very close indeed to the western most shaft of the Bou Azzer Cobalt mine complex.”Wishing for more work and extensions in Morocco, the chairman of the giant corporation expressed his hope that shareholders “will approve the acquisition of the three other licenses in Morocco at the upcoming shareholders’ meeting, allowing Clancy to acquire a significant exploration play in one of the most prospective cobalt areas in Morocco.”The press release further explained the assets of the Moroccan cobalt source, emphasizing that it is one of the world’s only operating primary cobalt mines with “more than 50 deposits in the district, mined over 75 years with production of over 100kt of cobalt, 1,000’s of tonnes of silver and tens of tonnes of gold.” read more

Marking 60 years of UN assistance Ban honours courage of Palestinians

30 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to Palestinian refugees, who he said had shown great courage in the face of conflict, as well as to the efforts over the past 60 years of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting them. When the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was set up in 1949, no on anticipated that its humanitarian and human development work would be needed for this long, Mr. Ban said in a video message to a concert in Vienna to mark the agency’s 60th anniversary. “But, until there is a final settlement of the conflict, I am confident that UNRWA will continue to be a source of strength and support for millions of Palestinian refugees,” he told the gathering, which included Austrian President Heinz Fischer and UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen AbuZayd.Established by the General Assembly following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, UNRWA is the main provider of basic services – education, health, relief and social services – to over 4.6 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East.In marking the agency’s anniversary, “we also honour a people who have shown great courage in the face of conflict,” said Mr. Ban. “A people who have strived to better their lives and those of their children, in particular through education.“That effort will gain new support with a scholarship fund for Palestinian refugee students to be launched here in Vienna – and generously supported by the OPEC Fund for International Development.” UNRWA kicked off a series of worldwide events on 14 May to commemorate its anniversary, beginning with the release of 60 blue balloons over Ramallah as a symbol of hope rising over obstacles and uniting those who have been separated and scattered. read more

In Geneva UN envoy on Syria meets with officials from the Russian

Briefing journalists in New York, Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said that, Mr. de Mistura also received the envoy of the Syrian National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, Haitham al-Maleh, who delivered a letter from the Coalition explaining and elaborating his Organization’s position on the way to resolve the conflict in Syria. According to Mr. Dujarric, the Special Envoy encouraged continued contribution by the Coalition to the Geneva consultations and also discussed perspectives on a political solution to the Syrian conflict with Syrian activist Samir Al-Taqi, currently the General Director of the Orient Research Centre in Dubai.At the end of the day’s meetings, Mr. de Mistura said the rich discussions with Syrian and international interlocutors were another stark reminder of a shared sense of urgency to help Syrian people reach a political solution to the end the conflict.The talks are aimed to bolster implementation of the Geneva Communiqué, which was adopted after the first international meeting on the issue on 30 June 2012, and since endorsed by the UN Security Council.The document lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among others, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition. read more

Brose UK sets out £15m investment drive in Coventry

Automotive supplier Brose is reinforcing its commitment to the West Midlands by investing £15m into new technology and the latest automation.Brose UK, a specialist of mechatronic systems and electric motors, is embarking on major expansion at its Coventry plant to help it meet increased orders. The company is also planning to take its workforce from 190 to 280 over the next 12 months, including continuing to support 14 apprentices in their training and development.Thomas Kohlbauer, Managing Director, commented, “2013 will be an exciting and challenging year for Brose UK, as we look to build on recent investments in the UK automotive industry and a growing desire to introduce new models here.“Our success stems from creating long-term working partnerships with our customers and the investments we are making now and in coming years, will ensure we remain a key element of a world-class manufacturing supply chain.”From its 11,000sq metre facility, the company manufactures a range of window regulators and adjuster systems for front and rear seats. Current customers include Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota and Volvo.Another major aim for Brose UK in 2013 is to increase the content of locally sourced components in its systems. This has already seen the recruitment of two new UK suppliers, including one company based in the West Midlands.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Russia Made The King Of Chess The US Dethroned Him

The end of Ilyumzhinov’s reignResults for World Chess Federation (FIDE) presidential elections Nigel Short🇬🇧 EnglandTBD– Ilyumzhinov’s dual tenures in Kalmykia and at FIDE were dogged by scandal.Once dubbed the “King of Kalmykia,” Ilyumzhinov allegedly used his homeland as a base of operations for illicit activity and intimidated those who stood in his way.In expert witness testimony submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice and obtained by ABC News and FiveThirtyEight, Louise Shelley, the founder and director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., wrote that, “Under the Ilyumzhinov regime, the Kalmyk public and law enforcement agencies were repeatedly accused of interfering in election campaigns, engaging in corrupt activities, [and] covering up and profiting from organized crime.”The allegations, which Ilyumzhinov denies, go beyond corruption. Shelley testified that Ilyumzhinov’s regime “was tainted with gross human rights violations, including suppression of political opposition and harassment of human rights activists.”Perhaps the “grisliest,” she noted, was the assassination “linked to Ilyumzhinov’s name.”“But when you start to touch the purse, when you start to uncover concrete things that touch on money and concrete people, then they kill.”As Ilyumzhinov prepared to welcome players and delegates from more than 100 countries to Kalmykia for the 1998 Chess Olympiad, the mutilated body of a local journalist was discovered in a pond on the outskirts of Elista, the region’s capital city.Larisa Yudina had been the editor of Sovietskaya Kalmykia, an opposition newspaper affiliated with Yabloko, Russia’s most prominent liberal party. According to two of Yudina’s former colleagues, Valery Badmaev and Batyr Boromangnaev, Yudina had discovered details about a scheme involving Kalmykia’s so-called “offshore zone,” a tax haven from which many of Russia’s best-known oligarchs benefited.Yudina’s colleagues said she was poised to report that money paid by companies registered in the offshore zone was flowing into a presidential fund and foreign bank accounts instead of Kalmykia’s budget.“In Russia, you can criticize about some kind of general questions as much as you like,” said Badmaev. “But when you start to touch the purse, when you start to uncover concrete things that touch on money and concrete people, then they kill.”The subsequent federal investigation into Yudina’s murder quickly yielded three suspects — Sergey Vaskin, Vladimir Shanukov and Andrey Lipin — and uncovered a direct link to Ilyumzhinov. The leader Vaskin, a former police officer, was a onetime member of his campaign team.The three men were convicted, and in a Russian court filing detailing their sentences, the judge presiding over the case described how one of the men posed as a disgruntled former employee of an Ilyumzhinov-controlled agency that Yudina was investigating. He appeared to be eager to provide Yudina with compromising documents, luring her to an apartment where she was beaten and stabbed to death.“Her professional activities are creating headaches for some influential people in the republic,” Shanukov testified Vaskin told him. “In connection with that, she needs to be removed.”But in the end the authorities and the court found that “the involvement of other persons in the commission of the crime is not established.”Almost immediately after Yudina’s body was discovered, Yabloko launched its own investigation into the murder, fearing a cover-up by local authorities loyal to Ilyumzhinov. Valery Ostanin, a former police officer with 20 years’ experience, was given full access to the case materials.He called the murder the most “bestial” he had ever encountered. “There was blood on every wall and even on the ceiling,” Ostanin said.According to Ostanin, there was credible evidence linking the murder to Ilyumzhinov, including a flurry of communications between Vaskin and members of Ilyumzhinov’s administration shortly after Yudina’s body was discovered. Yet the investigation stalled, he said, as case materials went missing and key investigators were transferred away.In an interview, Ilyumzhinov acknowledged his acquaintance with Vaskin and his familiarity with Yudina’s reporting, but he dismissed the accusation he had any involvement in the tax scheme or her murder, claiming that he “investigated it specially so that there wouldn’t be conversations” and personally invited the federal agents from Moscow to launch their probe.“There was a trial, there was an investigation, it was proved. The issue is finished,” Ilyumzhinov said. “Let me accuse you or your father of killing John Kennedy or Martin Luther King. It’s absurd.”No charges were ever brought against Ilyumzhinov. In his childhood years, Ilyumzhinov wrote in his autobiography, he “seemed to be living two lives,” one as a troublemaking child, the other (after a lesson from his grandfather) as a chess obsessive.“I became fascinated by chess; I would sit at the checkerboard for hours forgetting everything,” Ilyumzhinov wrote of his childhood. “The 32 white and 32 black checks on the board seemed to me to encompass the duality of the whole world.”After a stint working in a factory and then military service, Ilyumzhinov entered the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, one of Russia’s most prestigious universities and widely known for producing two types of graduates — diplomats and spies.He graduated in 1989, having studied diplomacy and Japanese in the midst of perestroika, an era when the Soviet authorities began to allow limited types of private enterprise.“I wanted to become a millionaire,” he said. So rather than enter, say, the foreign ministry, he became a car salesman. Ilyumzhinov said he made a small fortune importing Japanese and other luxury cars and wrote that he turned some “huge profits” on various high-risk, high-reward ventures.According to Michael Khodarkovsky, a professor of history at Loyola University Chicago who has both studied in and written on Kalmykia, Ilyumzhinov quickly established himself among a new breed of post-Soviet powerbrokers.“His early biography is very murky,” Khodarkovsky said. “After the Soviet collapse, people [like Ilyumzhinov] knew what strings to pull and quickly accumulated sizable fortunes.”With wealth came power, as impoverished institutions looked to Ilyumzhinov and his considerable resources for a financial bailout.He was elected to the Russian parliament in 1990, at which point, he wrote, he “began to allot money from [his] personal funds” to fill the gaps in the state’s budget. A few years later, in 1993, he was elected president of Kalmykia.He was 31 years old. His first decree was to make chess obligatory in Kalmyk schools.FIDE came calling shortly thereafter, and Ilyumzhinov harbors no illusions about the reason behind the sudden interest in his leadership.“Why was I elected? Because FIDE was bankrupt then,” Ilyumzhinov told us. “There was no money. And so they asked me.”In 1995, he was unanimously elected president of FIDE, giving him control of the sport that had long ago captured his imagination. He immediately moved to close FIDE’s debts, spending $2 million, he said, from his personal fortune.It would become apparent, however, that both Kalmykia and FIDE had traded a short-term problem for a long-term ruler whose alleged activities were destined to make headlines around the world for more than two decades.Some headlines were just weird — he has repeatedly claimed he was abducted by aliens in 1997. Others spoke to something more wicked. 2006Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia64%– Garry Kasparov🇷🇺 Russia36%– Whatever lingering suspicions surrounded Ilyumzhinov following the murder investigation, they don’t appear to have loosened his grip on power. He remained firmly entrenched in his Elista headquarters for more than a decade after Yudina’s killing, where throughout his rule a trio of flags waved overhead — one for Russia, one for Kalmykia, and one for FIDE.In the months following the murder, Ilyumzhinov was re-elected president of FIDE. He ran unopposed.According to Garry Kasparov, then the world’s top player and now an outspoken critic of both Ilyumzhinov and the Kremlin, chess insiders were more than willing to look the other way.“[It] just put on display the indifference of the world of chess,” Kasparov said in 2017, “for the source of money that was being used to fund chess activities.”“It’s not a secret. He can go like he is just there for chess, for the chess tournament, but he can deliver a message. And the message won’t get screwed up.”Ilyumzhinov maintained a packed travel schedule that saw him unexpectedly but repeatedly appear beside some of the world’s best-known strongmen leaders, typically under the auspices of promoting the game.In 2003, Ilyumzhinov flew to Iraq, less than two days before the start of the U.S. invasion, where he reportedly met with Saddam Hussein’s son, Uday. In 2011, he flew to Libya, amid an ongoing NATO bombing campaign, where he played a chess match against Moammar Gadhafi. And in 2012, he flew to Syria, shortly after the outbreak of civil war, where he met with Bashar Assad to, in Ilyumzhinov’s telling, deliver chess textbooks to Syrian schoolchildren.At times, he appeared to be doing much more than promoting chess. Over the years, Ilyumzhinov has repeatedly been alleged to act as an informal envoy for the Russian government.His son David confirmed that Ilyumzhinov served a unique role. “It’s not a secret,” David told us. “He can go like he is just there for chess, for the chess tournament, but he can deliver a message. And the message won’t get screwed up.”With 188 national chess federations scattered across the globe, Ilyumzhinov’s opportunities for chess diplomacy were all but endless.“It offers unique opportunities to be used as the unofficial embassy,” Kasparov said. “So Ilyumzhinov can go to different places as the president of the chess federation. … He’s a very useful ambassador. If you can call it ambassador.”Ilyumzhinov, however, scoffed at questions about his association with other autocrats.“If tomorrow Kim Jong Un from North Korea [contacted me],” Ilyumzhinov said. “I would also travel there and develop chess.”He denied working directly for the Kremlin but acknowledged that his trips served a dual purpose. He described himself as a “people’s diplomat,” one who promoted not only chess but also “peace and stability.” He became “friends,” he said, with businessmen and politicians around the world with whom he might have casually shared information over lunch.Peskov, who also serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of Russia’s national chess federation alongside other senior Russian officials, denied any connection between the Kremlin and Ilyumzhinov.“He used his influence, and he used his authority to promote chess globally,” Peskov said. “And he’s got certain results. He was very successful.”But Ilyumzhinov’s globetrotting — which his longtime deputy Georgios Makropoulos said was often the largest line item in FIDE’s annual budget — contributed to another fiscal crisis for the federation.Several chess insiders agreed that the FIDE president’s well-publicized association with oppressive regimes made would-be sponsors increasingly wary of association with FIDE.Rex Sinquefield, an American philanthropist and the biggest benefactor of American chess, bankrolls his own tournaments rather than doing business with FIDE.“It’s not a group we could work with,” Sinquefield told us. “There’s a fundamental question of integrity and honesty, and it’s pretty clear to me the mess they’re in.”But just as in Kalmykia, Ilyumzhinov’s money and Kremlin connections would make him especially difficult to remove from his perch atop chess.The first serious challenge to his presidency came in 2010, when the Russian former world champion and onetime Communist Party apparatchik Anatoly Karpov ran against him. Karpov initially managed to win the support of the Russian Chess Federation until an armed raid of its headquarters, reportedly ordered by a then-senior Kremlin advisor Arkady Dvorkovich, appeared to persuade its officials to reconsider.The second serious challenge came in 2014, when Kasparov ran against him. He appeared to attract significant support to his reformist agenda until what Kasparov described as “direct interference” by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the network of Russian embassies, including, he said, threats of retaliation and outright bribery, accusations Ilyumzhinov dismissed.“What do I need votes for,” he asked us, “if I practically kept that organization running for 23 years?”It would ultimately take an intervention of the highest order to precipitate Ilyumzhinov’s downfall — and it came from President Barack Obama’s Treasury Department. Kalmykia, where Ilyumzhinov was born in 1962, would seem an unlikely springboard to power, but that’s where his rapid rise began.One of Russia’s harshest and poorest regions, it is a sweeping stretch of arid grassland home to a largely Buddhist population that was once targeted for exile and extermination by Joseph Stalin. 2018Arkady Dvorkovich🇷🇺 RussiaTBD– YearCandidateCountryVote share 1995Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia—– 1996Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia65%– Vladimir Putin speaks with Ilyumzhinov during a meeting in the Kremlin in 2006. Like in other elections around the world, Russia has been accused of meddling in FIDE’s election for the top spot in international chess. DMITRY ASTAKHOV / AFP / GETTY IMAGES But what’s next for Ilyumzhinov? His work, he said, is far from over. He said he will focus on philanthropic efforts to further his new goal of “teaching 1 billion people to play chess.”He also suggested he might play a role in the reconstruction of war-torn Syria.“Maybe I will do business there,” Ilyumzhinov said. “They are inviting me to get into it.”According to Ilyumzhinov’s son, David, Ilyumzhinov’s “connections” remain valuable, and his presence can provide a measure of protection and influence in Russia’s notoriously ruthless business environment.“He just partners,” David said. “Sometimes he goes in as cover, so that people won’t have problems. … It’s kind of lobbying but in a different way.”Ilyumzhinov wavers between aggrievement and acceptance. He laments that the institutions he believes he saved have now turned on him, calling him “a fool” and telling him to “get out of here.” But he also adopts a kind of Buddhist serenity, claiming he “never look[s] back” and declaring “what’s past is past.”“When people do nothing, just criticize, then I’m silent,” he said. “Because I have nothing to say to them. Like with the aliens. Why do aliens not argue with us? Because they are on a different level. I am on a different level to people. Why should I discuss or talk?”He points to the Buddhist temples and “chess palaces” he built in Kalmykia and in countries around the world, monuments to the money he poured into his passions.“Is that corruption?” he asked. “It’s a gift from me. Look how many I have built. I built that with my own money. In every region. They are real. They stand. Is that corruption? You Western people, you don’t know. You Western people don’t understand. You are a different mentality. I give.” The actual Chess City in Elista, on the left, and a model of its original, grander plan, featuring a chess-decorated castle, on the right. The neighborhood sits largely neglected in the Russian desert. PATRICK REEVELL Bessel Kok🇳🇱 Netherlands36%– In 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned Ilyumzhinov “for materially assisting and acting for or on behalf of the Government of Syria,” which had employed brutal measures to maintain control of its territory amid a popular uprising.U.S. officials provided few details about the exact nature of the activity that led to the sanction but alleged that Ilyumzhinov owned or controlled the Russian Financial Alliance Bank alongside Mudalal Khuri, its chairman, who “has had a long association with the Assad regime and represents regime business and financial interests in Russia.”According to a former U.S. Treasury Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, being placed on the U.S. list of sanctioned individuals not only freezes all U.S.-based assets but “really is a scarlet letter in the financial system.”“Banks around the world will stop doing business with those people,” the former official said. “I mean a lot of banks, even non-U.S. banks.”Ilyumzhinov vehemently denied allegations that he had assisted the Assad regime, but the sanction created a legitimacy crisis for him at FIDE. Despite that, Ilyumzhinov continued to enjoy a level of state support that revealed how important chess remains to Putin and his inner circle.Peskov called the sanctions “illegal,” pointing out that Ilyumzhinov has never been convicted of any crime.“We’re living in a world of allegations and fake news,” Peskov said.Ilyumzhinov did all he could to combat the sanction. He wrote letters. He hired a lawyer. He even appealed directly to “His Excellency” President Donald Trump, whose alleged affinity for Russia had been dominating headlines for months.“I know that you are completely and utterly committed to the principles and ideals of America,” Ilyumzhinov wrote to Trump in September 2017 in a letter obtained by ABC News and FiveThirtyEight. “I ask you to use your power and authority to allow me to come to New York and face law enforcement … Mr. President! What I’m asking is not vital for either FIDE or Ilyumzhinov. This is required by the principles of justice and human rights.”None of his efforts appeared to make much progress, so with his colleagues within FIDE urging him to step down, he focused on doing what he did best.Running for reelection.“You are managing the responsibilities well,” Putin said. “You have accumulated lots of experience and have every chance to win … and I’d like to wish you success.”By 2017, he appeared set to face his own deputy Makropoulos and English grandmaster Nigel Short, each of whom sought to cast themselves as reformers of a corrupt federation too close to the Kremlin.In response, Ilyumzhinov began mobilizing state support behind his candidacy. In July, he secured Putin’s endorsement in a segment on Russian state-owned television. “I feel that Russia should not concede this position,” Ilyumzhinov told Putin. “And I have decided to run again for the post of the president of FIDE.”“You certainly deserve this position,” Putin replied. “You are managing the responsibilities well. You have accumulated lots of experience and have every chance to win. In any case, you have deserved the right to present your candidacy and fight for the position, and I’d like to wish you success.”In October 2017, the U.S. Chess Federation received a letter, which was obtained by ABC News and FiveThirtyEight, from the Russian Embassy in the U.S., urging the federation to support Ilyumzhinov’s candidacy.“Chess is developing steadily,” wrote Russian Minister-Counselor Denis Gonchar. “And Mr. K. N. Ilyumzhinov enjoys high credibility according to his merit in the chess world.”But just as a financial crisis gave Ilyumzhinov power, it would ultimately be a financial crisis that took it away from him.In January of this year, the Swiss bank UBS moved to close FIDE’s accounts, notifying the federation of the “termination of [its] business relationship.” Bank officials, Makropoulos told us, made it clear in private meetings that FIDE’s accounts had become toxic.Despite the financial problems, Ilyumzhinov remained undeterred. He bolstered his presidential ticket with an American named Glen Stark. But this would-be chess official, it was soon discovered, was neither named Glen Stark nor was he American; he was, in fact, a Russian named Igor Shinder allegedly peddling inflated credentials.This strange scandal appeared to be too much, and Ilyumzhinov’s candidacy suffered an abrupt end — he stepped aside in favor of the Kremlin’s new chosen candidate, former deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich.Ilyumzhinov characterized his departure differently. He is merely stepping down, he said, because he has already “fulfilled all the tasks” before him and, like an undefeated boxer in his heyday, he has “already beaten the strongest.”“If you have beaten Tyson and everyone, why go on, right?” Ilyumzhinov said. “You’re already top.” Georgios Makropoulos🇬🇷 GreeceTBD– Whether he’s on the ballot or not, the upcoming chess election, like every chess election since 1995, is about one thing: Ilyumzhinov.And like so many elections around the world, the Russians are allegedly meddling in it.Chess leaders have convened in Batumi, Georgia, this week to elect the federation’s first new leader in 23 years. On Wednesday, they will choose between three men — Greece’s Georgios Makropoulos, England’s Nigel Short, and Russia’s Arkady Dvorkovich.Makropoulos, Ilyumzhinov’s longtime deputy, is the de facto incumbent put in the awkward position of running on reform, framing the election as a choice between the federation’s political independence and continued “Kremlin control.” And Short, the longshot challenger, appears to have made more accusations than progress — he hoped for “the removal of the Makropoulos administration, which is nothing but a giant cancerous tumour on the body of chess.”But the Kremlin-preferred candidate is the late-entrant Dvorkovich, the former deputy prime minister, who oversaw Russia’s staging of the FIFA World Cup earlier this year. Dvorkovich has supported Ilyumzhinov in the past — he reportedly ordered the raid on the Russian Chess Federation in 2010 — and in many ways represents a continuation of the sport’s alignment with the Kremlin.The contest is facing mounting allegations of Russian interference, including an intervention by Vladimir Putin himself.In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in July, Putin appears to have offered Netanyahu a deal to shore up support for his chosen candidate.“The Russian president asked the prime minister for Israel’s support in favor of former deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich’s candidacy,” wrote an Israeli official in a cable obtained by ABC News and FiveThirtyEight. “Putin, in turn, said he would support Israel as the host of the next world championship.”Dvorkovich disputed the interpretation that Putin was pressuring the Israelis to support him, telling the BBC that the Russian president “didn’t do anything wrong” and was merely “informing” his counterpart of an “important” election.Makropoulos has also accused Russia of trying to boost Dvorkovich’s candidacy by promising money, positions of power and gifts — including 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets — to officials who have a vote in FIDE’s election.Dvorkovich acknowledged inviting chess officials to the World Cup but denied providing them with tickets, and responded to Makropoulos’s claims by filing a defamation suit.Peskov said the Kremlin has had no involvement in the candidacies of either Ilyumzhinov or Dvorkovich and rejected any allegations of interference.“It’s a free vote,” Peskov said, “and we simply don’t have any means to interfere and we don’t have the slightest intention to interfere.”So Ilyumzhinov’s legacy-defining battle rages on without him. Chess has been established as an effective instrument of “soft power” for the Russians, the former Treasury official said, and a “feather in the cap” like the Olympics or the World Cup that allows Russian leaders to project a polished image to visiting politicians and businessmen.Ilyumzhinov has endorsed Dvorkovich, hopeful that under the former deputy prime minister, the “status” he says he brought to the organization will be “maintained,” but he dismissed the suggestion of holding a position under the new administration should a Russian keep the post.“For what?” he scoffed. “I’m not a bureaucrat.” 1998Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia—– Anatoly Karpov🇷🇺 Russia37%– 2002Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia—– Jaime Sunye Neto🇧🇷 Brazil35%– In the days following the 2016 election, a large group of Russians gathered in New York to watch one of their own wage war in miniature.They were at the World Chess Championship, where a patriotic Russian grandmaster was challenging the Norwegian defending champion in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport. Members of Russia’s business and political elite gathered in the venue’s dimly lit VIP lounge and whispered over martinis as their countryman tried to restore Russia to its former chess glory.One person was especially conspicuous, and he wasn’t even there.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has lorded over the sport as the president of the World Chess Federation, more commonly known by its French acronym FIDE, for more than two decades. But the game’s most powerful figure had been barred from the country hosting its highest profile event. Ilyumzhinov was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2015 for providing financial assistance to Bashar Assad’s government in Syria as the regime inflicted a shocking degree of violence upon its citizens and purchased oil from the terrorist group ISIS.The sanction was an extraordinary allegation to level against a sports chief, but Ilyumzhinov is no ordinary chief, and chess is no ordinary sport.For years, he served simultaneously as the president of a Russian region and the steward of its national pastime. His authoritarian rule in those dual posts established him as a uniquely valuable Kremlin asset and has led his critics to bestow him with other, less flattering titles. Stooge. Spy. Madman. And perhaps worse.Now, after a 23-year reign atop the game, Ilyumzhinov is days away from the end of his colorful tenure. An election to replace him takes place this week.In a series of interviews with ABC News and FiveThirtyEight, former U.S. government officials, political rivals, criminal investigators, Russia experts, chess insiders, and top players dissected Ilyumzhinov’s career, revealing new details about the mysterious provenance of some of his wealth, the Kremlin connections that critics say kept him in power, and the ongoing battle for the sport over which he presided. Ilyumzhinov replaced a resigning president in 1995, and in 1998 and 2002, he was unopposed. The 2018 election is scheduled for Oct. 3.Source: FIDE The portrait that emerges offers a window into how Russia has used sport as statecraft, allegedly currying favor and peddling influence around the world under cover of an ancient board game.Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, denied that Ilyumzhinov had ever acted on behalf of the Kremlin.“He never represented Russia and the Russian Federation as a kind of envoy,” Peskov told us. “Of course, we’ve been proud of our citizen to be such a successful head of FIDE.”In a wide-ranging and often baffling one-on-one interview, Ilyumzhinov disputed or deflected the allegations against him, portraying himself as a builder and benefactor whose career defies easy classification.“I am simply a citizen of Russia and a simple person,” Ilyumzhinov said, “who sort of travels around the whole world.” 2014Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia64%– 2010Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia63%– Elista’s Chess City is one such gift, a relic of the city’s once-favorite son. Built by Ilyumzhinov to host international chess tournaments, it is a convention center surrounded by a semi-gated community that is now home to the city’s small upper class. Its tidy suburban streets are lined with about 150 houses, many of which appeared to be empty, with crumbling facades and broken windows.It is a rundown fantasy sitting neglected in the desert.As his tenure with FIDE comes to a close, Ilyumzhinov envisions a different fate for himself. Asked directly why he was useful to the Kremlin, he bristled at the suggestion that his useful days are behind him.“Why ‘was’? Have I flown away to the moon?” he asked. “I’m staying around!” Halley Freger, Emily Ruchalski and Jinsol Jung also contributed to this report.This story was initially developed with the support of The Hatch Institute, formerly The Contently Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit that offers editorial guidance and financial support to aspiring investigative reporters. Madden has since joined its board of advisers.This story was featured in the Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, episode of ABC News’ daily news podcast, “Start Here.” read more

Two face jail after watching footage of  Emiliano Salas postmortem

Judge Peter Crabtree warned the pair that the starting point for sentence was custody.Judge Crabtree added: “The starting point is custody undoubtedly in this case, it’s extremely serious.”Two of the securing unauthorised access to computer material charges against Bray relate to her operating the CCTV equipment at Bournemouth Mortuary to access the post-mortem examination of Sala in February.The third is in connection with her using the CCTV equipment on April 24 last year to play the post-mortem examination of Andrew Victor Latcham.Wiltshire Police’s Digital Investigations and Intelligence Unit (DIIU) carried out a warrant at the CCTV firm’s offices last summer.Detective Inspector Gemma Vinton, from DIIU, said: “This is the most high-profile investigation that our recently-formed unit has carried out. I would like to commend the team of specialist investigators for their hard work and dedication.”This has been a case which has attracted significant global media interest, and has involved detailed forensic searches of a large number of digital devices, as well as regular contact with a range of stakeholders and interested parties – not least the families of our two victims, with Emiliano Sala’s family, who live in Argentina, being kept fully updated at all times. Christopher Ashford and Sherry Bray accessed video footage of Sala’s post-mortemCredit:Ben Birchall/PA She also admitted perverting the course of public justice by instructing Ashford to “delete your pics” on February 12, and the next day deleting the post-mortem cameras from the live feed camera facility and deleting the post-mortem image of Sala from her mobile phone. Two people have been warned they face jail after admitting accessing CCTV footage of the post-mortem examination of footballer Emiliano Sala.Sala, 28, had just signed for Cardiff City when the plane he was travelling in crashed into the English Channel, north of Guernsey, on January 21.His body was recovered on February 6 and a post-mortem examination took place at Bournemouth Mortuary the following day.A week later, police were alerted to an image on Twitter apparently showing the dead Argentinian footballer.The image was removed from Twitter, but was subsequently shared to other social media sites.Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday where they admitted accessing CCTV footage of Sala’s post-mortem examination.Ashford, of Calne, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between February 9 and 11 this year.Bray, of Corsham, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between April last year and February this year. Christopher Ashford and Sherry Bray accessed video footage of Sala's post-mortem “It has been the two families who have been at the forefront of our minds throughout the investigation; they have been significantly impacted at what was already a difficult and traumatic time for them.”The actions of Bray and Ashford caused additional unnecessary distress and heartache, and I hope the families will now be able to concentrate on grieving for their loved ones.”The pair were released on bail to appear at the same court on September 20. 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. read more

Bundesliga teams win court case against DHB and IHF

← Previous Story RK VOJVODINA DEPARTURES: Mirkovic to Baia Mare, Kocic signs for Metalurg! Next Story → HBW Balingen sign Serbian goalkeeper Radivoje Ristanovic German Bundesliga teams (30 of them) won the court case against the International Handball Federation and German HAndbal Federation at ordinary German court in Dortmund. The IHF and DHB are no longer allowed to force the teams to set free the national team players of foreign federations on their squads for activities of their respective national teams according to article 7. Should the clubs refuse to release the players they cannot be sanctioned for doing so.Association of European top teams – Forum Club Handbal supported financially the court case. Until now, Bundesliga teams had no other way but to release their foreign players if they were called up for activities of their national team within the international calendar. Clubs didn’t get any kind of a reimbursement and insurance for the players while on national team duty. Now, that will be changed… forum club handballIHF read more

Munster is an amazing club The supporter base theyre fanatics

first_img‘Munster is an amazing club. The supporter base, they’re fanatics’ New senior coach Stephen Larkham is looking forward to working with Joey Carbery. https://the42.ie/4783030 Share11 Tweet Email1 HE WAS WARNED not to expect too much of the Irish weather, even in summer, so Stephen Larkham has been pleasantly surprised to be able to crack open the patio doors of his new family home in Limerick in the last few days.The Australian is a week into his time in Ireland, having joined Munster as senior coach ahead of the 2019/20 season.The 45-year-old was the Wallabies’ attack coach as recently as February, but a difference of opinions with Michael Cheika saw him departing the set-up. Larkham is a week into his time in Ireland. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOLarkham got a phone call from Munster boss Johann van Graan around three months ago, with the pair having been acquainted from coaching against each other in Test rugby, van Graan previously having worked with the Springboks.Well aware of Munster’s history and stature, Larkham didn’t hesitate for long in taking the opportunity.“Johann said how interested he was in interviewing me and seeing whether I’d be right for the role. It’s an amazing club. It’s well-known around the world. The supporter base, they’re fanatics and it’s amazing what they bring to the game,” said Larkham today in Limerick, also referencing the province’s win over the All Blacks in 1978.“I came over eight weeks ago after talking to Johann and had a bit of a look around. There’s a brand-new High Performance Centre here, a really good roster, so it was a no-brainer. There’s so many positives for coming over here.“As a coach from the Southern Hemisphere, I guess there’s always that lure and challenge of the European competition and I knew I needed to get over here at some stage.”Larkham is honest in admitting he “didn’t respect Northern Hemisphere rugby” when he was still playing the game, as obsessed with Super Rugby, the Tri-Nations and beating the All Blacks as he was.A World Cup winner with the Wallabies in 1999, Larkham said he’s already learning the error of his ways.“Looking at that game over the weekend, it was amazing to watch the raw power of England and the way Ireland battled through that game,” said Larkham.“Watching some of the Munster games from last year in the Pro14 and Heineken Cup, there’s some amazing rugby being played up here in tough conditions. So you’ve got to respect it.” The Munster senior coach at training in UL today. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOAlthough adding his experience in all coaching areas, Larkham will be primarily be working with Munster’s attack, which will hope to build on last season’s improvement to become a more effective force.The new senior coach looks at Ireland internationals like Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Chris Farrell, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, and Mike Haley and sees exciting possibilities for what the province can do.“Those guys are away at the moment obviously. If you look at the form of Ireland on Saturday, maybe they’re not going to be away for too long!” said Larkham with a smile.“Maybe they’ll come back early, but hopefully they’re there for a fair period and Ireland do OK.“Go through the forwards, I don’t know all their names at the moment, still getting my head around that – I’m pretty good with the backline as I’ve spent time with them but not so good on the forwards.“But at the top level, when we get those players back, we’ve got a really competitive team that can beat any other team in the competition. In the meantime, some of the results last year with guys who were probably new to the set-up, fantastic results, so there’s good depth here as well.” By Murray Kinsella Monday 26 Aug 2019, 5:31 PM The relationship between Carbery – currently with Ireland but injured – and Larkham will be particularly fascinating to follow, with the 23-year-old playmaker having already been compared to Larkham in his own playing days. Carbery is currently away injured with Ireland. Source: James Crombie/INPHOIf Carbery proves his fitness for the World Cup, he won’t be back in the Munster set-up for some time yet, but Larkham is excited to work with the out-half.“He’s a very, very skillful player,” said Larkham of Carbery. “He’s got all the skills – kicks off both feet. I think he’s quite a dynamic, athletic running five-eighth as well, so he challenges the line quite well.“I really haven’t seen enough of him in Munster colours, so I’m still catching up on the games from last year.“There’s some other talented five-eighths here as well, so JJ [Hanrahan] and Tyler [Bleyendaal] and Ben Healy, a couple of injured guys too. We have talent in that area but Joey has a great all-round game. I’m really enjoying working with the guys we’ve got here at the moment and really looking forward to working with him.”As for the collective Munster attack, Larkham referenced Munster’s “pretty good record” last season, but pointed to the scope for improvement.“There’s a little bit of detail and we probably didn’t create enough linebreaks or beat enough players one-on-one, so we’re looking at a bit of that detail at the moment.“We want to maintain what we’ve had over the last couple of years and what we’ve been working towards.“Last year was probably a step up in terms of attack, so maintaining that and then putting a bit of detail around other areas of the attack.”center_img Short URL 21,300 Views 22 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Aug 26th 2019, 5:31 PM last_img read more