South Korea: RSF calls on tobacco giant KT&G to drop abusive suit against journalist

first_img RSF calls for the release of South Korean journalist jailed for defamation News South KoreaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Economic pressureJudicial harassment Follow the news on South Korea News August 18, 2020 Find out more South KoreaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Economic pressureJudicial harassment The Seoul Central District Court recently granted South Korean tobacco maker KT&G (Korean Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation) its request for a provisional seizure of the salary of Kang Jin-gu, a journalist working for local daily Kyunghyang Shinmun, in response to a civil lawsuit filed by the firm against him and his employer after they published an article that the firm disapproved of. This move has sparked sharp objections from the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK), who denounced this “new type of attempt to muzzle journalism”.“It is imperative that KT&G drop this abusive suit immediately,” says Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau, who also called for “regulatory reforms to ensure the freedom of journalists to carry out their investigations without fear of legal repercussions”.The article that led to the suit reported on a commercial dispute involving KT&G and one of its affiliates. Two days after publication, the tobacco manufacturing giant filed a claim against the newspaper and the journalist, further singling out Kang by requesting the seizure of half of his salary until a provision of 200 million won (150,000 euros) was reached, which amounts to more than three years the average reporter’s salary. South Korea is ranked 42nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en November 19, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts PHOTO: KT&G center_img News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on South Korean tobacco manufacturing giant KT&G to drop a lawsuit aimed at intimidating a journalist and calls for regulatory reform protecting the media against such abuses. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” to go further May 27, 2020 South Korea: RSF calls on tobacco giant KT&G to drop abusive suit against journalist Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Organisation last_img read more

Marseille confirm fifth COVID-19 case as Ligue 1 starts amid virus cloud

first_img Read Also: Conte throws Inter future into doubt after UEL defeat A 57-page medical and health protocol set up by the French league is designed to limit stoppages and reduce contamination as much as possible. Players will be tested two to three days before each match and a game will be postponed as soon as four cases are found at the same club within an eight-day period. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “It complicates the planning. We’ll have to put up with it and be very responsible at home.” Newly-promoted Lens are awaiting the results of further tests after defender Jonathan Clauss returned a positive sample earlier in the week. “I hope we will play. If we start by postponing the first weekend, we’ll get nowhere,” said Lens boss Franck Haise. “I think we need to play as much as we can when it’s possible otherwise we’re going to finish the season in 2023.” Meanwhile, Nimes announced a fourth coronavirus case within their squad putting Sunday’s fixture against Brest at risk. “I hope we can play it, I think we can play it,” the southern side’s coach Jerome Arpinon said. According to a club source captain Anthony Briancon and striker Nolan Roux are among those to have tested positive for the illness. Brest also recorded a case, saying the individual had been placed in isolation while the rest of the squad and the coaching staff have tested negative. Marseille have found a fifth asymptomatic case of coronavirus in their squad, a club spokesperson on Friday, on the same day the new French Ligue 1 season kicked-off under an increasingly darkening COVID-19 cloud. According to AFP report, Andre Villas Boas’ squad had been scheduled to open the French season later in the day at home to Saint-Etienne, but the game was cancelled after the four earlier positive tests. The club have not revealed the names of the players but said they are in isolation at home. The rest of the Marseille squad were given the weekend off ahead of next Sunday’s game at Brest. Hours later, Saint-Etienne said one of their players had also tested positive. Nantes’ trip to Bordeaux was moved from Saturday to replace the season-opening fixture at the Velodrome. It proved little comfort as the game, the first in the competition in 166 days following the coronavirus lockdown and played behind closed doors, ended in a tame 0-0 draw. Nantes had a one-man advantage for more than an hour after a 20th-minute red card for Mehdi Zerkane. The Bordeaux player was punished after a VAR consultation for an ugly lunge into the leg of Nicolas Pallois. Earlier on Friday, Nice coach Patrick Vieira said he was concerned about the impact two coronavirus cases could have on his club. Nice said a pair of players had been held out of training and placed in quarantine after contracting the virus. “I felt on the pitch the rest of the squad is worried. I am too, for the match against Lens on Sunday and for what happens next,” Vieira told a press conference.center_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The WorldIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

LeBron James details Getty Fire evacuation, commends first responders

first_imgRondo had an MRI over the weekend that the medical staff used to diagnose a strained right calf. The veteran point guard is considered day-to-day, but he hasn’t played in any contests since the team returned from China.Kuzma is still “ramping up” his workload from an August foot injury, but Vogel sounded optimistic Tuesday morning that the Lakers haven’t ruled out the possibility of the third-year forward returning to the lineup during the team’s upcoming three-game trip through Dallas, San Antonio and Chicago. Kuzma and Rondo are expected to travel with the team.“We don’t have a game in mind,” Vogel said of Kuzma. “As soon as possible is my take on it. He did a little bit of shootaround stuff today. He’s gonna continue to ramp up his activity tomorrow, even though we’ll have an off day, and we’ll see where he’s at at that point.”Staff writers Ryan Carter and Olga Grigoryants contributed to this story. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMany Angelenos are sleeping in unfamiliar beds as fire crews fight the blaze that has already consumed more than 600 acres and at least eight homes. James, his wife and three children are among them – he told reporters that Monday morning, he left his home with his family, his credit card and passport. Driving around the city, he walked into four hotels as his family waited in the car before finally finding temporary lodgings at around 4 a.m.James is a creature of routine, fastidious about his diet, training and perhaps most of all his sleep. He admitted the evacuation under the cover of darkness had been disruptive to all of those cycles that anchor his life – his children didn’t go to school Monday after not going to sleep until 6:30 a.m. – but now that his family is safely harbored, basketball has given him some refuge as well.James showed up Monday morning to the practice facility for his morning workout and the team’s Genius Talk, despite just about two hours of sleep himself.“It’s not hard once I know my family is safe,” he said. “My family is safe and a little discombobulated obviously because of the situation, but they’re safe and once they were safe, to be able to come back here is greatly appreciated.” Coach Frank Vogel canceled practice Monday, but said the decision was not directly related to the evacuation of James, one of the team’s biggest stars. Vogel said he did offer James the chance to take the day off, but he declined.Against Memphis on Tuesday night, James was expected to play, but Vogel acknowledged the team will likely use extra awareness and caution for his minutes.“We’ll always be attentive when there’s an adverse circumstance like this,” Vogel said, “just to keep an eye on it, and probably overcommunicate with him on how he’s feeling.”While his home is still standing, James said, it’s not yet in the clear, making it one of the estimated 7,100 homes still under threat of damage by the wildfire, which started early Monday morning.James said the experience had given him a special appreciation for the first responders fighting the Getty fire.“Those guys – men and women – are unbelievable, what they’re doing and their bravery throughout this time,” he said. “And anytime you’re dealing with such a situation like that, they’re the reason why things can be a lot less worse than they possibly could be. So, it’s an amazing job what they do and their commitment with what’s going on right now.”James’ appreciation was not limited to words: The Lakers forward – famous for his love of “Taco Tuesday” – paid for the Mariscos Jalisco taco truck to stop by the emergency responders’ base camp where they were treated to free lunch on Tuesday. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers EL SEGUNDO — The first alert on his phone came around 1:30 a.m., just a few hours after LeBron James and the Lakers had finished wrapping up a 120-101 win over Charlotte.The second came about 15 minutes later, and 15 minutes after that, the James family had shaken off their sleep enough to pack up and take flight from their Brentwood home, joining an estimated 20,000 Los Angeles residents who had to evacuate the potential path of the destructive Getty wildfire.Because it doesn’t matter if you’re a prince, a pauper or a four-time NBA MVP – when a fire threatens, you have to run.“I was talking to my wife about it a little bit and I said I hadn’t been in a fire drill since like the seventh grade,” James said Tuesday, a day-and-a-half after being evacuated from his neighborhood. “It’s just challenging at that hour, getting my family, getting my kids, getting everybody and having to evacuate at such a rapid rate. You don’t really have much time to think about what you can get or what you can do.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Raul Ortega, the 56-year-old owner of Mariscos Jalisco taco truck, was happy to help.“It’s a big compliment, and it will help our business,” Ortega said in a phone interview. “But I’d be glad to help even if I was not compensated. It’s a good cause to help people who are risking their lives to help others.”He added that “LeBron is a good guy. He evacuated his house and he looked for ways to pay back.”Ortega said he spent two hours on the UCLA campus on Tuesday afternoon, making hard-shell tacos and feeding about 200 firefighters.INJURY UPDATES ON RONDO, KUZMAAfter Tuesday’s shootaround, Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo challenged assistant coaches Miles Simon and Mike Penberthy in a 3-point shooting contest that is a typical part of the fabric of Lakers practices. But while the duo seemed to be having a good time on the court after the morning workout, neither was scheduled to see the court Tuesday night against the Grizzlies.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sumner County Society News: Nov. 7, 2013 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are society news items about various things going around the community. If you have a church event, non-profit fundraiser, even a birth or marriage announcement go ahead and place that in the comment section below.•••••Hillside Baptist Church, located at 2026 North B Street in Wellington, is offering a “Hunters Breakfast” November 9th.  The breakfast will include sausage, pancakes, briskets and gravy (while they last) along with orange juice and coffee.  Doors open at 5 a.m. with food service starting at 5:30 a.m.  Donations will be accepted.  Come enjoy a hot breakfast before you start your cold opening day hunt.•••••There will be a Wellington Veterans Day ceremony at the Wellington High School on Monday at 10 a.m. This will be a one hour ceremony will include recognition of U.S. Veterans, a featured speaker, and performances by the Wellington High School band and choir.•••••Belle Plaine High School will be holding a Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Monday as well at 2 p.m. at the high school gymnasium. If you are a local veteran and would like to be part of the ceremony, please contact the high school office at 620-488-2421.Local citizens and community are invited to join us as we honor our local veterans. In order for us to provide proper setting, please arrive 15 minutes early so that we may start the program promptly at 2 p.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down G Sugar · 353 weeks ago Nice feature! Report Reply 0 replies · active 353 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down kari · 353 weeks ago Briskets and gravy? Report Reply 0 replies · active 353 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Oldgal · 352 weeks ago Where can I check like on this page. Hope more people use it to let us know what’s going on. Report Reply 0 replies · active 352 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Ex-Spurs boss explains how he met his wife and strikes up unlikely friendship

first_imgIf you like football but you haven’t been watching I’m A Celebrity, what on Earth are you doing?!Harry Redknapp has been in absolutely blinding form and is even the favourite to win the show after his brilliant jokes in episode one where he described how he thought he was a good driver until he accidentally ran over his wife (he tells it much better). Harry is becoming a favourite in the jungle Harry Redknapp is just the best isn’t he? #ImACeleb— Matt Ascroft (@theascroft) November 20, 2018 1 [email protected]’s life is a novel. You couldn’t make it up. #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/vtDLNyAf5y— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) November 20, 2018But last night’s instalment of the ITV programme showed a different side to Harry and it was refreshing to see.The former Bournemouth, West Ham and Tottenham boss is obviously a football man first and foremost.However, episode three proves there is a gentler side to the east London lad and we are seeing an unlikely friendship develop between him and flamboyant actor John Barrowman as well as hearing about the adorable story of how he met his wife, Sandra.Harry’s not a bad singer either!We know this because one of the first bits of the show saw Harry and John belt out the classic British tune I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside as the pair and their campmates said hello to a new day in the Australian jungle. Harry Redknapp is easily the best campmate this year🤣 “I thought quail was a fish”“Im not allowed to drive because I ran my wife over once”“I have no sense of smell”“ I killed the flowers with a jet wash”#imacelebrity— Amy Rose☃️🎄❄️ (@amyrosecooperxx) November 20, 2018 Harry and @JohnBarrowman – the bromance we never knew we needed. ⛱ #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/FoGnSPydUX— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) November 20, 2018Harry was not at the centre of things so much, as the standout part of the show was the Bushtucker trial which was done by Anne Hegerty from The Chase.However, Harry was still given a decent amount of air time and there was a lovely moment halfway through where he and John told each other how they met their respective partners.John explained how a series of telephone calls saw him ending up taking his now-partner on a first date alongside the singer Cher (as you do!)There were no A-List celebrities present when Harry met Sandra – whom he’s been with for 54 years – but this story certainly had more of a British charm about it.center_img If I knew Harry Redknapp I would sit him in my front room with a decent pint on like a Sunday afternoon and just say “Go…”I’d sit for hours and listen to his stories. Love it! 🤣 #ImACeleb— Samantha Quek (@SamanthaQuek) November 19, 2018 Harry Redknapp to win 💯 #imaceleb #imacelebrity 💯 pic.twitter.com/wXa4LureRI— Davinia (@mynameisdavinia) November 20, 2018 Shout out to @cher and The Two Puddings ❤ #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/lQErdI0VXW— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) November 20, 2018Harry explained how he and a former West Ham goalkeeper Colin Mackleworth (who ended up becoming an undertaker) approached two girls at a dance (a similar thing to clubbing for the older generation) in Stratford, east London and one of them was Sandra.He said: “Me and my mate Macca, he was a goalkeeper for West Ham, saw these two lovely girls and I said to Macca ‘shall we have a dance with those two?’“Macca is a good looking geezer and I look back on it now and think Sandra must have seen us both coming over and thought ‘I hope I ain’t got him’ and she went for me. 54 years later we’re still going strong.“And Macca ended up as an undertaker so really Sandra had the better deal in the long-term.”This was arguably Harry’s best story yet and these fans couldn’t get enough of it. Episode two, Harry was in his element as he recounted a number of hilarious stories about the time he tried to water his wife’s plants with a jet-washer AND the occasions he didn’t recognise Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice when bumping into them.Get the I’m A Celeb gossip every day with Jamie East’s brand new behind-the-scenes podcastHe says he even thought for a moment the Duke of Sussex was a former player of his!If you need to need to familiarise yourself with these hilarious tales you can see the video below. I want to be best mates with Harry Redknapp #ImACeleb— Becky (@becky_nib) November 20, 2018We’re sure Harry has got plenty more in his locker.last_img read more

Mobile clinic to help township residents

first_imgCustom built on a mid-sized truck frame, the mobile clinic measures 10m by 2.5m and is divided into two parts: a maternal and child care section and a dental care section. (Image: Philips South Africa)On its sixth annual Cape Town to Cairo roadshow, Philips is helping to deliver primary health care to three townships in Johannesburg.In a partnership between electronics multinational Phillips, the Nozala Trust and the Rhiza Foundation, a mobile clinic will deliver basic primary health care to thousands of people who have little or no access to health care facilities. The populous townships of Diepsloot, Cosmo City and Orange Farm, in northern Johannesburg, will benefit from this collaboration.Through the mobile clinic, the partners aim to improve quality of life and provide access to health services, particularly access to maternal and child health and dental care. Another goal is the treatment of hundreds of patients every month. This roadshow marks the pilot launch of the mobile clinic; the ambition is to scale it up to five over the next five years in different communities, based on the outcomes of the initial pilot.Jose Fernandes, the general manager of Philips health care Southern Africa, said: “In many African countries including South Africa, there is a chronic shortage of suitable equipment or necessary skills to facilitate safe delivery and appropriate new-born care, as well as dental care. [Bringing] health care directly to those most in need shortens the waiting period and improves access, which ultimately saves lives.“Innovation as a means to improve people’s lives is at the heart of who we are at Philips and we increasingly seek engagement and co-creation opportunities with organisations like the Rhiza Foundation that can result in making a difference in the lives of South Africa citizens.”THE CLINICCustom built on a mid-sized truck frame, the mobile clinic measures 10m by 2.5m and is divided into two parts: a maternal and child care section and a dental care section.It is staffed by an-all women team of a registered nurse, a dental therapist, a dental assistant and a driver-assistant. The team meets another of the project’s goals, namely to empower and uplift women.The mobility of the clinic allows it to expand geographic coverage when it comes to patient care.In addition, there is an educational aspect. Informative videos are screened on Philips plasma screens for patients and visitors.MATERNAL SCREENINGSOn its annual Cape Town to Cairo roadshows, Philips champions UN Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, which are related to reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. The mobile clinic project, conceptualised by the Rhiza Foundation, offers a good synergy to address the issue of maternal and infant mortality.According to the Philips Fabric of Africa trends report, women in Africa are at significant risk of premature death, with particularly high mortality rates recorded in pregnancy. Women in semi-urban and rural areas across Africa often die as a result of preventable complications during child birth as they have no access to ultrasound screenings to detect critical conditions. Many of these deaths can be diagnosed with basic imaging technology.Alef Meulenberg, the chairman and founder of the foundation, said: “Rhiza stands for community development at large, through education, skills and enterprise development as well as primary health care that makes a sustainable difference in township communities in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Our goal is to make people self-sustaining, through our holistic approach regarding community and socio-economic development.”The foundation was extremely proud of the mobile clinic. “We are confident that it will provide and improve primary health care in township communities that currently lack regular access to these services.”INNOVATIVE EQUIPMENTPhillips has also installed its innovative VISIQ ultrasound, which is the size of a tablet, in the clinic. VISIQ is the first ultra-mobile ultrasound system. It is approximately 10 times smaller than a traditional ultrasound machine, with reduced energy consumption. It is ideally tailored for the mobile clinic. It will be used for screening, triage and foetal well-being scans, all of which will help to address the critical issue of maternal and infant care.Other diagnostic and maternal imaging technology includes: the Philips Avalon Foetal Monitor to detect foetal heart beat and uterus contractions, and a Goldway Colposcope to capture live images of the cervix.The next stop on the Cape Town to Cairo roadshow will be Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 to 29 May. Follow the journey via Twitter @philipsSafrica or visit www.philips.com/C2CAfrica.Royal Philips is a diversified health and well-being company with a focus on cardiac care, acute care and home health care, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, and oral health care.Issues that have been tackled over the last five years of the roadshow have included mother and child care, the rise of non-communicable diseases, energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) and solar lighting solutions, as well as clinical education and training.The Dutch company also promotes LED lighting in Africa on the roadshows, enabling efficient energy management, reducing costs, improving city life, and extending the day for rural areas with solar lighting. It has introduced several breakthrough energy-efficient LED lighting innovations.last_img read more

Q&A with South African athlete Akani Simbine

first_imgSouth African sprinter Akani Simbine recently set a new record and now he is dreaming of Olympic glory. The 22-year-old, who broke the South African 100m record at a meeting held in Budapest, Hungary on Monday 18 July, beat Jamaican and Olympic favourite Asafa Powell. Simbine ran it in 9.89 seconds.Ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Simbine speaks to Brand South Africa and shares ten things about himself.Watch Simbine set a South African record:Being a South African ambassadorMelissa Javan: Akani, this will be your first Olympics. Tell us how you feel about being an ambassador for your country.Akani Simbine: To be one of a few [people] to have all of South Africa’s hopes of medals on my shoulders. Not many people get this opportunity. It is a blessing, a great honour to be able to be an ambassador for South Africa.MJ: What does it mean to you to be an ambassador of South Africa?AS: You have to represent the country and all of the population well, [that means] to show the world that our country has greatness in it.Fellow South Africans supporting the Olympic teamMJ: You said in March this year that you hope to show South Africans “how a sub 10 second race is run”. How important is support from fans?AS: It’s very important to have the backing of fellow South Africans. They play a part in your drive to become better and faster.MJ: What else do you hope to show South Africans, especially your family, friends and the old community you grew up in?AS: Your dreams are possible to achieve. All you have to do is put in the work and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving it.BackgroundMJ: Tell us about yourself.AS: I grew up in East Rand (Kempton Park). I really enjoy watching soccer. The teams I support are Kaiser Chiefs and Chelsea FC.MJ: You played soccer before you were an athlete. Who or what gave you inspiration to become a professional runner?AS: My coach Werner Prinsloo. I played soccer for school [Edenglen High School in Edenvale] and a club when I was told to try out running. It just worked out well for me. I started dreaming about being part of the South African team when I was 18-years-old.MJ: What position in soccer did you play?AS: Right wing.Rubbing shoulders with the big dogsMJ: In a recent interview you said you were “not phased” by running alongside athletes like Mike Rogers and Asafa Powell. What do you mean that?AS: That even though they are great sprinters, it doesn’t mean my race plan has to change. I must just come into the race with the same mentality that I go into every race – that is to just do me and run my phases as perfectly as possible.MJ: Do you think you can beat Usain Bolt?AS: Bolt is an amazing athlete and the greatest of all time. I want to be there when I get more mature and experienced in the game.MJ: What do you think of people calling you “the next Bolt”?AS: It’s a great honor to be mentioned alongside a great like him. I’m making sure that I put in the work so that I can live up to that title.MJ: What is it like to practice alongside team mates like Heinrich Bruintjies and Wayde van Niekerk?AS: It’s really great and always inspirational. We all want the best for each other and we all push each other to overcome our limits.MJ: Lastly, with regard to the Olympics, what is your message to South Africa?AS: My message to South Africa is that I hope their hearts and prayers are with us during the Olympic Games. I hope that we as the athletes are going out there to do our best, leave a mark and let the world know that South Africa is a nation filled of greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Financial crisis forces Deccan Chronicle to look for buyers for its IPL team Deccan Chargers

first_imgDeccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) has put its Indian Premier League (IPL) team up for sale. The IPL franchisee has issued a tender notice inviting bids from buyers for the Deccan Chargers, which is currently in a financial mess.If Deccan Chargers does not close a deal with a buyer by Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would float a tender to find a replacement for the crisis-hit franchise.The cricket board’s working committee had on Monday decided to allow DCHL to go ahead and issue tender. The new buyer might have to pay the salary of the Deccan Chargers’ players for the fifth edition of the IPL.According to the tender notice, “under this invitation to tender issued by DCHL, the winning bidder will acquire from the DCHL on an “as is where is” basis the right to own and operate the IPL team currently known as Deccan Chargers, which is and will continue to be based in Hyderabad and which competes in the Indian Premier League and which has the opportunity (if applicable and subject to qualification) to compete in each and any CLT20 which is staged from 2013 onwards”.The term “as is where is” means that the new buyer will have to use the name Deccan Chargers and will have to clear the liabilities of the current owner.The invitation to tender and the bid document can be acquired from the BCCI office in Mumbai from September 7 upon a payment of Rs 5 lakh by demand draft or pay order favouring DCHL.According to the IPL constitution, 5 per cent of the bidding amount will be acquired by the BCCI.The last day for submitting the bid will be 12 noon on September 13 and the winning bid will be announced on the same day.The new potential buyer may have to pay the salary of the Deccan Chargers’ players for the fifth edition of the IPL.The move will also help consortium of banks, which had loaned out significant amount to DCHL, to recover their money since the name of the team will remain Deccan Chargers.Earlier in June, DCHL had appointed investment banking institution, Religare to find a potential buyer but they were unable to find one, who would readily buy the team with its financial liabilities.advertisement– With PTI inputslast_img read more

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons lift 76ers past Mavericks

first_imgLATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion JJ Redick added 20 points for Philadelphia, which improved to 17-3 at home while winning its fourth in the last five.Wesley Matthews had 18 points to pace short-handed Dallas, which fell to 3-18 on the road. The Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki (rest), Devin Harris (back) and J.J. Barea (ankle). Rookie guard Jalen Brunson came off the bench to contribute 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.The 76ers, who led by as many as 19 points in the second half, were seemingly in total control until Luka Doncic’s 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining cut the lead to 101-97. The lead still was four when Dwight Powell made one of two free throws for the Mavericks with 50 seconds left.“We gave ourselves a chance to win it,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.But Embiid, with “M-V-P! M-V-P!” chants raining down from the sold-out crowd, drained two foul shots with 28 seconds remaining to give Philadelphia breathing room.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) hangs on the rim after a dunk as Jonah Bolden (43) and Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons carried the load without Jimmy Butler. And when Butler returns, the 76ers stars expect Philadelphia to keep rolling.Embiid had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Simmons added 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in Philadelphia’s 106-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Pelicans deal Cavaliers 9th straight loss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Embiid hit two key free throws late for Philadelphia, which was without Butler for the second straight game due to an upper respiratory infection. The four-time All-Star wasn’t around to address a published report that said he recently challenged coach Brett Brown in a disrespectful way about his role in the offense.Brown downplayed the incident before the game, and both Embiid and Simmons expressed the belief afterward that the three stars can coexist.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“Everybody is trying to fit in,” Embiid said. “We are going to keep working on it. We are inching toward it, and we are going to get there.”Simmons added: “Jimmy’s been great, amazing for me.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Philadelphia acquired Butler last month with an eye on making a run to the NBA championship. But meshing Butler with stars Simmons and Embiid hasn’t always been easy, which Brown acknowledged.“There’s nobody trying to figure this out more than I am,” Brown said.BRUNSON’S RETURNBrunson, who played collegiately at nearby Villanova, was honored before the game by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association as its Amateur Athlete of the Year after helping the Wildcats to their second national title in three years last April. Brunson’s dad, Rick, a well-traveled NBA guard who played collegiately at Temple, sat courtside to watch his son’s best game of his young career.“He was terrific all around,” Carlisle said. “He looked right at home. I was happy for him. I thought he did a lot of good things.”UP NEXTDallas: Host Lakers on Monday night.Philadelphia: Host Washington on Tuesday night. “Once again, we had to make the game interesting,” Embiid said.The 76ers had a 30-point advantage dwindle to three points before pulling out a 132-127 victory at Phoenix on Wednesday in their previous game.Philadelphia methodically pulled away, increasing a 31-26 first-quarter advantage to 59-51 at the half. The 76ers made 10 of 20 field goals in the third quarter, settling for an 87-70 lead to start the fourth.Nowitzki didn’t play on the second night of a back-to-back after going scoreless in the Mavericks’ 114-93 loss at Boston on Friday night. Nowitzki missed all 10 of his shots, including eight from 3-point range, while failing to score for just the ninth time in his 21-year career. He needed two points to become the Western Conference player with the most points on Boston’s home court.TIP-INSMavericks: DeAndre Jordan bruised his left hand in the first half but returned. . Doncic had 14 points but shot 4 for 16 from the field, including 1 for 8 from 3-point range.76ers: Philadelphia is 17-8 since acquiring Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November. … Simmons reached a triple-double for the sixth time.BUTLER BABBLEBrown dismissed the Butler report before Saturday’s game.“I didn’t feel like any of that crossed the line,” Brown said. “He’s vocal. He’s all in and he has opinions, but it’s instigated by me. None of this should surprise anybody. He’s got opinions. He wants to be heard. And he should be heard.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

PM accuses Tories of crass politics over public sexoffender registry demands

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the safety of children is a priority, but he won’t say whether his government will move ahead with a public registry for high-risk sex offenders.In the House of Commons, Conservative MPs demanded Wednesday to know whether the Liberals would create the online tool, made possible by legislation the previous government ushered through Parliament.The Canadian Press recently reported that Public Safety officials had urged the Liberals to put the brakes on a public registry.An internal March 2016 memo says “a number of concerns have been raised” — from resource pressures to fears of vigilante-style attacks on offenders — that would support dropping the idea of a public database.“If the Liberals have a problem with the public being informed about dangerous criminals living in their neighbourhood, then Canadian parents have a right to know,” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said during question period Wednesday.Trudeau said police are already advised when high-risk sex offenders are released and that officers can inform the public of any concerns.The Conservatives wouldn’t let the issue go.MP Rob Nicholson, a former justice minister, said Canadians should a public registry would give people information to help keep their children safe. “Will the prime minister do the right thing, yes or no? Canadians deserve to know.”Trudeau accused the Opposition of playing “the worst kind of crass political games” on a serious issue.The Conservatives tabled legislation for the public registry, but “did not put any money toward it,” which was typical of the previous government, Trudeau said.“It was all talking a big game, not actually delivering. We are focused on concretely keeping our communities safe and giving police the tools necessary to keep our communities safe.”The Canadian Press used the Access to Information Act to recently obtain the March 2016 memo and other internal notes on legislative measures to crack down on child predators.The proposed database would provide the public with a national inventory of high-risk child sex offenders in their communities and allow them to take appropriate precautions, the notes say. Currently such information is available only to authorities.The notes indicate that officials recommended proceeding with elements of the legislation that impose new reporting requirements on registered sex offenders and allow for better information sharing between federal agencies.But officials suggested Public Safety Canada and RCMP would undertake a review and consult interested parties “for a fully informed assessment of the proposed new database” and develop options for the government.A Public Safety official said last week that “work on this initiative is ongoing.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more