Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Messi talks Griezmann into Barca move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:44 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers Primera División Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Messi convinces Griezmann on Barca moveLionel Messi has convinced Antoine Griezmann to move to Barcelona, AS claims.The striker has been offered new terms at Atletico Madrid and would stand to earn more if he stays at his current club.The call from Messi is seemingly too much to turn down, however, with the report suggesting the Argentine has said the Barca dressing room are waiting for the Frenchman with open arms. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Milan offer Fellaini contractAC Milan have offered a three-year deal to Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, according to The Times.The Belgium international is out of contract this summer, though he remains hopeful he can stay at Old Trafford.The Red Devils are set to speak to the player next week regarding his future, though Milan are hopeful he can be tempted to Italy.Willian fuels Conte rift rumoursChelsea forward Willian has fuelled reports that he has fallen out with manager Antonio Conte.Willian, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, had to wait until the 89th minute before being brought off the bench for Saturday’s FA Cup final.And in an image posted on Instagram after the match the Brazilian chose to block out Conte with a series of emojis.Read the full story on Goal!Arteta wants full control of transfersMikel Arteta wants a big say in who Arsenal sign and the power to veto recommendations from the club’s recruitment department, the Daily Mail claims.The former Gunners midfielder is in the process of finalising negotiations on a deal to become Arsene Wenger’s successor, which includes power over transfers and his own backroom staff.Wenger’s level of control at the club will not be afforded to any new manager coming in as Arsenal move to a different management model, but Arteta wants to be able to put his own stamp on things should he take over at the Emirates.Vieira agrees deal to manage NicePatrick Vieira, fresh off the back of being linked with the vacant Arsenal job, has agreed to take over from Lucien Favre at Nice, l’Equipe reports.The French outlet claims negotiations are at an advanced stage and the former Gunners icon could be announced as the Ligue 1 side’s new boss in the coming days.Ashley ups Newcastle price to £400mA proposed takeover of Newcastle United is on the brink of collapse after owner Mike Ashley once again upped his asking price, the Mirror reports.Businesswoman Amanda Stavely has been pushing to finalise a deal for over six months, with Ashley’s latest price hike – from £320m to £400m – leaving the 45-year-old wondering whether to put any more time in to what has been a perplexing episode.Should the deal fall through, the future of highly regarded manager Rafa Benitez will almost certainly lie somewhere other than St. James’ Park, with Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg the latest to be linked with an interest.Chelsea accept defeat in Pochettino chaseMauricio Pochettino has held positive talks with the Tottenham hierarchy over his future at the club, leaving Chelsea to accept defeat in their pursuit of the Argentine, the Telegraph reports.There had been doubts over whether the overachieving manager would remain with the Lilywhites after admitting that he would be speaking to owner Daniel Levy about the direction the club are heading in.Talks are said to have progressed well, however, and more are planned, with the London side seemingly confident the 46-year-old will sign a new deal worth an estimated £8.5 million per year.Wilshere offered to PSGJack Wilshere’s representatives have offered their client’s services to Paris Saint-Germain, l’Equipe claims.It has been said that the midfielder wants to extend his stay at Arsenal but is unhappy with the incentivised deal being offered.The 26-year-old’s agents are shopping him out to potential suitors but the report states that new PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to want to sign him.Leicester want Barca’s MarlonLeicester are hopeful of sealing a deal for Barcelona-owned centre-back Marlon, according to The Sun.The Brazilian, 22, is currently midway through a two-year loan spell at Ligue 1 side Nice, who have the option to buy at the end of that term.The Foxes, however, are said to be willing to meet the same figure – €20 million (£17.5m/$23.5m) – Barca are demanding, but have the advantage of being able to offer better wages than the French club.Spurs keeping tabs on Boca Juniors starTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will keep close tabs on Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios as the World Cup, The Sun claims.The Boca Juniors star is said to be a prospective target for the Spurs manager, who is looking for a new defensive presence to shield his backline.Pochettino is hopeful that a relatively cheap deal can be struck – around £25 million ($33.5m) – and that Barrios’ presence will help his countryman Davinson Sanchez settle in with the London side.Fekir to Liverpool 99 per cent doneLyon star Nabil Fekir’s move to Champions League finalists Liverpool is 99 per cent done according to French TV station Canal+ (via the Mirror .)Liverpool would surrender around £60 million ($81m) in order to land the France international.Everton hopeful of Rooney departureEverton hope Sam Allardyce’s departure from the club doesn’t change Wayne Rooney’s opinion over a move to MLS, reports the Mirror .Conflict with the now ex-Toffees boss had driven Rooney to seek an exit, with a deal nearing completion with D.C. United.There is speculation Rooney may wait until a new manager is hired to make a final decision but Everton owner Farhad Moshiri wants Rooney’s wage off the books and hopes he departs the club.Atletico target VardyDiego Simeone has identified Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy as his preferred replacement for Antoine Griezmann, reports the Mirror .Simeone was impressed by Vardy’s performance against his club in the Champions League last season and thinks he can compliment Diego Costa up top.However, Leicester do not want to lose their man and are in talks with Vardy over a new deal.Gunes hints at Liverpool move for TaliscaBesiktas manager Senol Gunes has revealed that the Turkish club won’t be signing Anderson Talisca from Benfica and hinted at a Liverpool move for the player.Gunes said the Brazilian, who has spent the last two seasons on loan from Benfica, could become a rival to former Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun, who moved to Everton over the winter.Reports have also linked Talisca to Wolves and Manchester United over the past few days.Read the full story on Goal! Juventus to renew Bellerin interestJuventus are ready to return once more for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, according to the Daily and Sunday Express .The Serie A champions have had an interest in the Gunners defender the last few summers but have been rebuffed by the London club.While Juventus will not meet Arsenal’s £50 million ($67m) asking price they believe the Gunners will be willing to listen to other offers.Vrsaljko to Manchester United’s first summer targetManchester United is hoping to complete a £35 million ($47m) move for Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko, reports the Mirror .Negotiations are already underway with Atletico over the defender with Jose Mourinho hoping to reinforce his backline.Marsch a candidate for RB LeipzigNew York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch is being considered for the now open RB Leipzig job according to Bild .Former manager Ralph Hasenhuttl departed the club on Friday after failing to agree a new deal.Marsch was linked to the Red Bull Salzburg job in 2017, and has made playoffs each of his three seasons in charge of the MLS side.Fellaini moves out of homeMarouane Fellaini has moved out of his home in Cheshire, possibly signaling the end of his career with Manchester United, reports the Mirror .Fellaini, who can leave on a free this summer, has rejected multiple contract offers from the Red Devils this year as they have offered him only a one-year deal.And the midfielder packed up his home before joining his team-mates in London for their 1-0 FA Cup loss to Chelsea.Navas leaving options openReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is not committed to remaining with the capital club next season, reports Don Balon .Navas has not liked how the club has been linked to other goalkeepers during the last few seasons.Juventus, in the market to replace Gianluigi Buffon, could be in the mix for Navas’ services and the Costa Rica international may listen.Everton join Zaha raceEverton are the latest Premier League club to join the hunt to sign Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha, according to the Sun .The club wants to make Zaha the key piece in their new manager’s tenure, with the new boss expected to be Marco Silva.Palace are expected to fight to keep the Ivory Coast international however, and are willing to offer fresh terms for him to remain.
ATHENS, GA – AUGUST 30: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers on August 30, 2014 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs got a massive boost to their recruiting earlier this week with a commitment from five-star Kendall Milton. After picking between some very impressive programs, we now have a clearer idea of what led him to pick Georgia.Speaking to DawgNation, Milton’s father, Chris Milton, said that the school’s dedication to the family was a big factor.“They took the time and effort to let us know about that they did the homework about the family… And it has been consistent with how they’ve acted since I first met (RBs coach) Dell McGee on Buchanan’s (High School) campus.”Chris also said that Georgia came across as a school that could serve as a “stepping stone” to “somewhere else” – a pretty clear nod to his son’s NFL potential.“There are some programs in the country you can go to and you can go, ‘You know I play college football,’ ” Chris Milton said. “There are other programs where you can say ‘You know, I play D-1 ball,’ and then there is a handful of programs that you go to where you go to and you can say, ‘This is a stepping stone because you are going somewhere else,’ and this is one of those programs.”Georgia’s success in getting players—especially running backs—into the NFL is well-documented. Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel are just a few of the Georgia star backs to parlay their college success into NFL stardom. Milton is the No. 22 overall prospect in the country in the Class of 2020. Per 247Sports, he is the No. 4 running back in the nation, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of California.Over the past two years of high school, Milton has rushed for over 2,800 yards and 50 touchdowns.Will Kendall Milton be the next Georgia running back to become an NFL star?[DawgNation]
Reuters MadridMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 17:28 IST Diego Godin broke down in tears as he announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDiego Godin announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine yearsGodin has played 387 matches for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010Godin didn’t say where he will go but reports suggest that he may join Inter MilanAtletico Madrid captain Diego Godin is leaving the club after nine years when his contract expires in June, the Uruguayan defender said at a news conference on Tuesday, fighting to hold back tears.Godin, 33, has played 387 times for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010, scoring 27 goals – including famously clinching the club’s first La Liga title in 18 years with a header in a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in 2014.Godin did not say where he is going, but numerous Spanish media have reported that he is on his way to Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.”I’m a little nervous, much more than I am before a game, but I have called everyone here to inform you that these are my final days at the club,” Godin said.Atletico president Enrique Cerezo added: “We are here to say goodbye to an Atletico legend. You have been a vital part of this great era for the club, with your efforts and your goals, like the one which gave us the title at the Nou Camp.”You have fought in a thousand battles and defended the club’s shirt in every game and you have worn the captain’s armband. Wherever you end up, Atletico wishes you a lot of luck. Atletico is your family, the Wanda Metropolitano is your home.”OFFICIAL: Atlético legend Diego Godín will leave the club in the summer after 9 successful seasons. #UCL pic.twitter.com/uQKSh7mDHgUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019© CAPTAINEXAMPLELEADERU RU GUA YO!DETERMINATIONCOMMITMENTLEGEND9 seasons in Red & White#GraciasGodín!#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/jNHZCoAV76advertisementAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 7, 2019In addition to the La Liga triumph, Godin won two Europa League titles, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup and three UEFA Super Cups with Atletico as well as reaching the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, only to lose both times to Real.Godin’s departure will leave another hole in Atletico’s defence, with France international Lucas Hernandez already agreeing to join Bayern Munich in June after they paid his 80 million euro release clause.Also Read | Manchester United’s top four ambition a disappointment in itself: Ashley YoungFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Diego GodinFollow Atletico MadridFollow LA Liga Diego Godin announces Atletico Madrid departure after nine yearsDiego Godin said that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine years when his contract expires in June. He hasn’t announced where he will go but Spanish media have reported that he may be on his way to Inter Milan.advertisement Next
zoom South African Competition Commission said that it has reached a settlement agreement with Norwegian shipping liner Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) for contravening the competition act.Namely, the Commission found that WWL colluded on 11 tenders with its competitors for the transportation of motor vehicles to and from South Africa by sea.According to the Commission, the company admitted to this collusive conduct and agreed to pay an administrative penalty in the amount of R 95.7 million (around USD 7.5 million).” We filed the settlement agreement with the Tribunal today, for confirmation as an order of the Tribunal,” the Commission said on Thursday.The settlement was reached following the Commission’s investigation of collusive conduct against shipping liners, namely: Mitsui O.S.K Lines; Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd; Compania Sud Americana de Vapores; Hoegh Autoliners Holdings AS; Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics; Eukor Car Carriers; and NYK that they allegedly fixed prices, divided markets and tendered collusively in respect of the provision of deep sea transportation services.Just a month ago Japanese shipping liner Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Ltd. (NYK) agreed to pay a ZAR 104 million (USD 8.5m) fine after admitting liability for several instances of price fixing,World Maritime News Staff
zoom Nasdaq-listed Golar LNG Partners has secured a time charter contract for one of its steam liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, the 145,700m3 Golar Grand.Under the deal, the 84,894 dwt vessel is scheduled to work for a period of up to a maximum of 9 years for an undisclosed oil and gas company.The 2005-built Golar Grand is currently on charter with Golar LNG Limited and will therefore be sub-chartered back from Golar LNG, at the same rate as the new charter, for the initial period of the deal until the current charter ends in October 2017.The LNG carrier will be delivered under the new charter during the second quarter of 2017 for an initial period of 2 years with a series of extension options up to the maximum charter period.The company informed that the Partnership’s operating income before depreciation derived from the Golar Grand will be unchanged until October 2017 when the Golar LNG charter ends.If initial extension options for up to 5 years are exercised, the deal is expected to generate around USD 10 million of operating income per year over the full 5-year term, according to the company.
Nova Scotia, the first Canadian jurisdiction to implement access to information legislation, will celebrate Right to Know Week, today, Sept. 28 to Saturday, Oct. 3. Premier Stephen McNeil has officially proclaimed Right to Know Week and Nova Scotia Information and Privacy Commissioner Catherine Tully, will moderate a panel discussion at Halifax City Hall later today. Over the past year, responses to information requests became the responsibility of the Department of Internal Services. Centralizing access to information work will mean more timely, more consistent responses to applicants. In 2014, provincial government offices received 1,812 Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) applications and completed 78 per cent of the responses within 30 days, as stipulated under the act. Only seven per cent of the applications took longer than 60 days to complete. Work has begun to identify information datasets that can be made freely available through a government open data portal. A request for proposals was issued in June to create and manage the portal. The original Freedom of Information Act came into effect in 1978. Right to Know Day originated in Bulgaria in 2002. This is the 10th year Canada has recognized the event.
The following is a statement from Premier Stephen McNeil: For more than 90 years, Nova Scotians have paused on Davis Day to remember William Davis, a father of ten children, a man of great integrity and passion who was shot dead during the General Strike of 1925. He, like so many others on that day, was standing up to provide a better life for workers and their families. On June 11, I ask you to take time to remember and reflect on William Davis and all those miners who have lost their lives, their struggles, their successes and their tremendous contributions that helped define who we are today. The hard work and rich history miners have brought – and continue to bring – to this province is something all Nova Scotians should acknowledge and respect. Nova Scotia’s commitment to workplace safety has resulted in positive changes like stronger legislation for mining operations and tougher laws for employers who repeatedly put workers at risk. We will continue to work with partners and all Nova Scotians to further our efforts around workplace health and safety. Davis Day was an important catalyst for the shift in the way we think about workplace safety. It’s now talked about openly in meetings, at supper tables, and on job sites. And through these conversations, safety leaders are emerging in our communities, on our shop floors and around boardrooms. Let’s encourage more of these conversations. And let’s allow the sentiment of Davis Day to continue to lead us to a safer and healthier province. -30-
The World Values Network is honored to announce the presence of television personality and Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete Caitlyn Jenner at their Sixth Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, which will be held on March 8th, 2018 at The Plaza in New York City. Having already summited the spheres of athletics and entertainment, Caitlyn became one of the foremost exponents of LGBTQ rights in the world today and has become a cultural icon. Widely considered the most famous openly transgender woman on earth, she is also a sincere supporter of the State of Israel, which has always been a world leader in securing the rights and wellbeing of people of all identities. In a region where discrimination, persecution, and even execution are daily realities for LGBTQ communities and individuals, Israel’s message of liberty and tolerance must be desperately heeded.Rabbi Shmuley Boteach said, “Israel is a bastion of global human rights and a great light to the nations. But the Middle East is sadly a cesspit of human rights abuses, especially toward LGBTQ citizens who are routinely murdered, beheaded, and even hung from cranes. Caitlyn Jenner, a great friend of the Jewish people and Israel, is uniquely suited to highlight Israel’s incredible record on human rights and LGBTQ rights and protection to the LGBTQ citizens which is utterly unique and unprecedented in the Middle East. I believe her remarks will have a global impact, especially as we celebrate 70 years of Israel as the Middle East’s only democracy.” For years, Israel’s military has served as a model for transgender soldiers to serve. In 1993, Israel became one of the first countries on earth to protect the rights of transgender soldiers, providing them with the constitutional right to a full and unhindered service. Today, the Jewish State is one of only eighteen nations on earth whose armies allow transgender individuals to serve.The Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, now in its 6th year, celebrates individuals who honor human rights and defend the protections and values of democracies like Israel which will be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Other honored guests will include Ron Dermer (Israeli Ambassador to the US), Dennis Prager (The Dennis Prager Show), Sean Spicer (Former White House Press Secretary), Dana White (Chief Spokesperson, The Pentagon), Congressman Ron DeSantis, Dani Dayan (Consul General of Israel) and Adar Gandelsman (Miss Universe Israel). Past honorees have included Pamela Anderson, Senator Cory Booker, Academy Award-winner Sean Penn, Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley, Pulitzer Prize-winner Brett Stephens, Philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Newt Gingrich and Senator Ted Cruz.
APTN National NewsDigging Roots is a multi-award winning music group led by married couple Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish.They’ve toured the world sharing their music and last week were in Winnipeg for Aboriginal Music Week.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has this story.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said the temporary foreign worker program had been allowed to degenerate into a source of cheap labour, allowing firms to replace “clerical workers in Ontario, fish plant workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, food service workers in Alberta and miners in British Columbia” with non-Canadians.“There are still 1.4 million unemployed Canadians. Could the prime minister tell them what specific skills are required to work at a Tim Hortons counter that he thinks Canadian workers do not have?” he asked.Harper responded that “there are certain cases in Canada where there are absolute shortages of workers” and that he will make “sure the program is reformed so it cannot be misused in any such way.”The bottom line is we do have shortages, but it’s in certain occupations and certain tradesTD Bank chief economist Craig Alexander said he hears employers complain about labour shortages everywhere he goes throughout Canada, but agrees the macro-economic numbers don’t bear it out.A recent Bank of Canada survey of businesses found that the number of firms reporting labour shortages is below the historic average, and wage gains have been modest in Canada, with the exception of some trades in the oil patch in the West.“The bottom line is we do have shortages, but it’s in certain occupations and certain trades,” sand Alexander.Still Weir said the better response to specific and isolated cases of skills shortages is to let the market do its work, which would require employers to pay more — either in salaries or training — for a scarce commodity.“There’s always the possibility of a specific shortage of specific skills in a particular location, but of course the long-term solution is for more local residents to acquire the needed skills, or for workers with those skills to relocate to that area,” he said.“The temporary foreign workers program actually works against that by often allowing employers to fill vacancies without offering training or increasing wages.”The Statistics Canada report shows the number of job vacancies has fallen steadily since reaching a high of 270,000 in August.For 2012 as a whole, however, there was an average of 250,000 job vacancies a month among Canadian businesses, compared with 235,000 in 2011.For every job vacancy, there were 5.5 unemployed people in 2012, down from 6.0 in 2011.Canadian Press OTTAWA — The case for job shortages in Canada became thinner Tuesday with the most recent data showing vacancies actually fell to 200,000 at the start of the year, meaning there were 6.5 unemployed workers chasing each opening.[np_storybar title=”Where did we go wrong?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/04/16/where-did-we-go-wrong-canada-loses-status-as-economic-superstar-imf/”%5DCanada’s economic growth will be the slowest among Group of 20 countries outside Europe as it grapples with a cooling housing market and as policy makers rein in deficits, according to the International Monetary Fund. Continue reading . . . [/np_storybar]Statistics Canada said the total job vacancies for January, down by 22,000 from a year earlier, is the lowest since the agency began collecting data in March 2011. The 6.5 ratio was the second highest, only bettered during that initial month.The fresh data is just the latest indicator that seems to undercut government and business arguments that Canada is facing a serious skills and labour shortage.To address the problem, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty last month made the issue a major pillar of his budget, announcing that Ottawa would become more directly involved on how $500 million for skills training is spent.The initiative would establish a $15,000 grant per person — paid equally by Ottawa, the provinces and employer — for training for specific vacancies.As well, Canada has seen a ballooning of foreign temporary workers for vacancies employers say they cannot fill.“This is a striking low job vacancy number and it really casts doubt on this idea that we have a labour shortage,” said Erin Weir, a labour economist with the United Steelworkers union.“I think most of this idea of labour shortages is based on anecdotes from the business community. They might have a different definition of a labour shortage. Employers might believe that if they can’t get the employees they want at the wages they are prepared to offer — that’s a labour shortage.”Under attack in the Commons on Monday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated his pledge to reform the foreign worker program, that according to opposition critics, allowed Canadian firms to bring in 340,000 foreign workers last year. The issue became front-page news last week after Royal Bank was forced to apologize for outsourcing 45 jobs to a U.S.-based firm that made use of the program.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
“The future lies in concrete and meaningful steps in Sri Lanka supported by the international community which upholds justice, truth and reconciliation,” he said in his keynote speech at the International Forum on Human Rights Violations in Sri Lanka. Speakers at the one day forum include Indian politician V. Gopalsamy, popularly known as Vaiko, Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) president Muhammad Sabu, Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari and Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran.In his opening speech earlier, Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy postulated that the UN resolution on the matter deviated from the OSIL recommendations due to geopolitical considerations. He said the reconciliation process as called for by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) investigation into Sri Lanka (OSIL) should be justly and meaningfully completed. “If we keep quiet by not speaking up then we will lose that part of humanity. So, we must at least speak up,” he said while urging people to resist extremism. Participants at a one day forum held in Malaysia have called on the international community to continue to put pressure on the Sri Lanka government and the United Nations (UN) to ensure the wrongs endured by Tamils during the civil war are righted.Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang said no efforts should be spared until the Tamils in that country were restored to their human rights and the truth, The Sun Daily reported. He said the USA-backed resolution was to strengthen domestic inquiry processes instead of setting up tribunals to try those implicated in war crimes as recommended by OSIL.Ramasamy also got those present laughing when he said someone attempted to stop the forum by sending Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng a letter to link him to terror networks related to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE).“The forum is not so much on violations but about bringing truth, justice and reconciliation to the Tamils in Sri Lanka,” he said. Launching the forum was Guan Eng who said human rights violations and violence must be condemned wherever they occurred and cited the recent Paris attacks and Mali hostage situation as examples.
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 31, 2012 9:35 am MDT CIBC agrees to pay US$149.5 million to settle 2010 claim filed by Lehman Estate AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – CIBC (TSX:CM) has agreed to pay US$149.5 million to settle a claim with the Lehman Estate, which was set up after the collapse of a onetime Wall Street giant.The claims were filed against CIBC and numerous other financial institutions in September 2010, two years after the venerable investment bank Lehman Bros. went bankrupt.The firm’s collapse was part of a credit crunch linked to the U.S. housing and mortgage industries and made worse by the use of complex financial instruments.The estate claimed CIBC was obliged honour a commitment made under one of those agreements before the collapse.The Toronto-based bank originally reduced its obligation to zero and recognized a US$841 million gain after Lehman filed for bankruptcy in September 2008.The collapse of a firm that had been considered too big to fail sent shock waves through the global financial industry and contributed to the 2008-09 recession.
GM recalls SUVs for third time; power window switches can short-circuit and catch fire General Motors’ troubles with safety recalls have surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.The problem, revealed in documents posted by federal safety regulators this week, is so serious that GM is telling customers to park the SUVs outdoors until they are repaired because they could catch fire when left unattended.The vehicles will be left outside for a while. Parts won’t be ready until October at the earliest, according to GM. The automaker also has ordered its dealers to stop selling the SUVs as used cars until they are fixed.The recall covers about 189,000 vehicles in North America, mainly from the 2006 and 2007 model years. Models affected include the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainer, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X. The recall was one of six announced by GM on June 30 that covered 7.6 million vehicles.GM is in the midst of the biggest safety crisis in its history, touched off by the delayed recall of 2.6 million older small cars to fix faulty ignition switches. The company has issued a record 60 recalls this year covering nearly 29 million vehicles.Before this year, GM had been reluctant to issue recalls, at times opting for lower-cost fixes for safety problems. It’s been fined $35 million by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for lapses in reporting the ignition switch problems, which it blames for at least 13 deaths.After the ignition switch debacle, GM did a companywide safety review, appointed a new global safety chief and pledged to recall cars quickly.The SUV problem first appeared early in 2012 when NHTSA began investigating consumer complaints of fires in the driver’s-door switches that control power windows.At first, GM tried to address the issue with a “service campaign,” where it sent letters to owners telling them that water can find its way into the switches, causing rust that can result in short circuits, overheating and possibly fires. The campaign, which wasn’t a recall, extended the warranty and offered service only to vehicles that exhibited the problems. It was limited to 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.But in August of 2012, under government pressure, GM recalled 278,000 of the SUVs in the cold-weather states and offered extended warranties to the rest of the country. NHTSA kept investigating, and 10 months later, GM expanded the recall nationwide.By then, NHTSA and GM had received 242 complaints, including 28 about fires. There were no injuries.In one complaint filed with NHTSA from October of 2008, a woman reported that the alarm sounded while her 2006 TrailBlazer was parked in her driveway. When she looked outside, it was in flames. Firefighters put out the blaze and told her it started in the driver’s door.“The fire burned the entire driver’s side of the vehicle, a portion of the front passenger seat and the roof,” she wrote. People filing complaints are not identified by the agency.The fix used by GM last year was to put a protective coating around the window switch circuit boards, which is less costly than replacing the switches. But starting this April, GM received complaints that the switches malfunctioned in SUVs that had been repaired. So in June, it decided to do the third recall and replace all of the switches.“We are recalling them because the fix that we put in did not work,” spokesman Alan Adler said Thursday. “We’re taking care of it. We’re doing the right thing.”Initially GM tried the service campaign because number of incidents was low, he said. It was limited to the cold-weather states because salty water made the switches corrode quickly and incidents were few in warmer states, Adler said.Letters notifying owners about the SUV recall should be mailed soon. Owners will get a second letter sometime from October to December telling them when parts are available to fix the vehicles. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2014 10:14 pm MDT
Seven drink drivers arrested in one district over 24 hours The drivers were caught in the Kildare area in just one day. By Garreth MacNamee Meanwhile, a suspected drink driver was involved in a crash in Dublin. The driver was taken to hospital and is understood not to have been injured in the collision.Gardaí posted a picture of the wreckage and urged motorists never to risk driving if they are under the influence. Feb 12th 2017, 11:16 AM GARDAÍ CAUGHT SEVEN drink drivers in one county in the space of 24 hours.Officers detected those over the limit in the Kildare district. In one instance, a driver was twice the legal limit.On another occasion, a drink driver who had no insurance or licence and who was already disqualified from driving was detected in the Leixlip area of the county.According to the gardaí’s official Twitter account, it has been a busy period for officers. Short URL Drink driver arrested in Leixlip. Disqualified driver, no insurance or licence. pic.twitter.com/GQ243RVTg5— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 11, 2017 https://jrnl.ie/3235910 44 Comments Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 11:16 AM 41,528 Views Naas:drunk driver arrested – over twice legal limit- charged & will appear in court. 7th drunk driver arrested Kildare in the last 24 hrs. pic.twitter.com/M1eBCt6vbk— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 11, 2017 Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter DMR West Traffic Unit on Clonsilla Rd. 1 person taken to Connolly Memorial Hosp. Suspected DUI.No injuries.NEVER EVER DRINK AND DRIVE. pic.twitter.com/i8OrrJhRF6— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 11, 2017 Read: Live entertainment ‘generates €1.7 billion and creates 11,000 jobs annually’ >Read: President Higgins to make history as he visits FARC guerilla decommissioning site > Share160 Tweet Email Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Detectives with the Children’s Justice Center arrested a man in Vancouver Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of raping a 5-year-old relative. The suspect, Christopher R. Warren, 33, was located at a house in the 9200 block of Northeast 14th Way, according to Vancouver Police.No other details were available about when or where the assault occurred, but the Justice Center is investing this case.Regional SWAT team members served a search warrant at the residence around 3:20 p.m. Warren was arrested on suspected first-degree rape of a child. He was booked into the Clark County Jail.KATU reports that Warren is a Beaverton Police Department officer currently on paid administrative leave while he’s being investigated for food stamp fraud.
Zakia Sultana Rupa. Prothom Alo File PhotoA Tangail court on Wednesday rejected the bail pleas of five accused in a case filed over the killing of college girl Zakia Sultana Rupa after gang rape in a running bus in Madhupur upazila of the district.|Senior judicial magistrate Golam Kibria passed the order when Advocate Fayezur Rahman filed the bail petitions.The five accused are bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir.Rupa, 27, a law student, was murdered after gang rape in the running bus while she was returning to Mymensingh from Bogra on 25 August.Police recovered the bloodstained body from Panchmail area of the upazila on that night.Following post-mortem, she was buried at central graveyard of the town as unclaimed body. Later, victim’s relatives identified her seeing her photograph.On 28 August, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh over the murder of Rupa.On 31 August, police exhumed the victim’s body and handed it over to her family for burial in a proper manner.Rupa, who completed her Masters from Bogra Azizul Haque College, was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College. She used to work at Unilever Bangladesh Limited at its Sherpur branch.
Verónica G. Cárdenas for Texas Public RadioAn altar during the vigil in honor of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria in Brownsville, Texas on Sunday, June 30, 2019. The father and daughter’s drowned bodies were found near the area on Monday, June 24, as they attempted to cross to the U.S. to seek asylum.Residents in the Rio Grande Valley gathered at vigils in McAllen and Brownsville, Texas, on Sunday evening to remember the lives of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria.The Salvadoran father and daughter drowned as they tried to cross the river between Matamoros and Brownsville on June 23. Valeria’s mother, Tania Vanessa Ávalos, watched as her family was swept away.Julia Le Duc, a journalist working for La Jornada, took a photo that showed Ramírez and his daughter facedown by the riverbank. The child was tucked into her father’s shirt, her arm still around his neck. The image went viral and shed light on restrictive U.S. government immigration policies like “metering” that have pushed some desperate migrants to risk crossing the river between ports of entry.The vigil at Brownsville’s Hope Park was only about a mile from where the bodies were found.Photos of the Salvadoran family rested on a table. Some people held signs and others held candles that were lit during the vigil.Joyce Hamilton, a member of the group Angry Tias and Abuelas, spoke to the crowd. “On the way here tonight,” she said, “all I could think is that there’s no way I could talk tonight because this whole past week or so has been just so crushing.”Verónica G. Cárdenas for Texas Public RadioAttendees of the Candlelight Vigil in honor of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria hold handles during the vigil on Sunday, June 30, 2019.Organizations like Angry Tias and Abuelas regularly help migrants in Mexico and in the U.S. They worked with other groups to organize the vigils.Gabriela Zavala, the executive director of a respite center at a local church, took a turn speaking at the vigil.“We only know a few things about them,” she said, “but we do know this. We know that they, like many immigrants before them and many immigrants after them, made the ultimate sacrifice to leave their countries behind to brave a dangerous trek in search of safety and a better life.”Zavala says their deaths were the result of a failed immigration system, and she called on the community to demand from their elected officials better representation for the needs of all at the border.“Demand that they end family separation and detention, and that they hold our leaders accountable for terrible policymaking,” said Zavala. “Policies like metering that keeps our asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico, despite the knowledge that they undergo very bad treatment and that the conditions are terrible.”At a migrant camp in Matamoros, just across the river from Brownsville, a Honduran woman named Xiomara said she remembered meeting Ramírez and his daughter Valeria only hours before their deaths. She said she also met the toddler’s mother.Xiomara said she wanted to use only her first name because she feared speaking out might hurt her family’s asylum claim.Her family is on a list managed by Mexican officials, who coordinate with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Only a few migrants, if any, are allowed into the U.S. during any given week — a process referred to as metering. According to a report from the Office of the Inspector General, it likely persuades migrants to cross the river between ports of entry rather than endure the delay.“They came here Saturday afternoon and asked me for information about the infamous list,” explained Xiomara, “and I told them they needed to return Monday morning. … They told me they were surprised when I told them I’ve been here for more than two months.”Xiomara said the family asked her if she had ever thought about crossing the river. She told them no. She said Ramírez then told her they would return on Monday so that they could be added to the list.The next day, two Peruvians who waited in line for more than three weeks informed her that Ramírez and Valeria had drowned.“They told me they saw a woman crying when her child was drowning. They got here scared and told me a man and little girl drowned,” Xiomara said. “I never thought it would be Óscar or the little girl.”The Peruvian man, who did not want his name used because he feared speaking out might hurt his asylum claim, said he saw a group of people by the river. When he moved closer, he recognized Ávalos, Ramírez’s wife.“She was crying uncontrollably, saying they had come to the U.S. for help,” the Peruvian man said.The bodies were found a day after they drowned, last Monday.Xiomara said Valeria’s smile was luminous and she thought Valeria’s parents were a beautiful couple. Ramírez was 25, and Ávalos is 21.She shared her memories from her camp near the international bridge. As she spoke, children chased each other, a man slept on a thin foam mattress and others chatted and endured the summer heat.Xiomara and her family are now No. 3 on the metering list, but she estimated they would be in Mexico for at least another two weeks before they’re finally allowed into the U.S. to be processed at a facility on the other side of the border. She said it hasn’t been easy for her family because they have to spend their days under the hot sun, and they don’t have water, showers or bathrooms.She says that once she makes it across to the U.S., and if her asylum claim is successful, she’ll head to the East Coast, where she has family. She added that she will seek medical treatment for her daughter who has a tumor and experiences seizures.Another woman at the camp sat under the roof of a building for shade. The woman came from Cuba with her husband and daughter. She said she is five months pregnant and has been waiting to be allowed into the U.S. for about 17 days. She said she didn’t realize she’d have to wait so long, admitting she has considered crossing the river.“I was thinking about it before this incident occurred,” she said — referring to the drownings. “I haven’t checked if everything is OK with my baby. Having a 1 1/2-year-old kid also makes me very anxious because I don’t see the line moving.”At Sunday’s vigil, Zavala’s rallying cry resounded among those in the crowd.“And something else that helps me get through this, this tragedy that the deaths of Óscar and Valeria will not go in vain,” said Zavala.Copyright 2019 Texas Public Radio. To see more, visit Texas Public Radio. Share
Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is very much like the original Legend of Zelda on the NES. Except Breath of the Wild is playable and good. Free from 30-year-old technical limitations, Breath of the Wild delivers that same sense of freedom and mystery (only greater) while giving players enough ways to actually meaningful interact with the world to make exploration enjoyable. And while there is a lot to learn like how to reach certain spots or how to simply not die, you’re rarely left completely in the dark about how to achieve the macro, story goals. In this way, Breath of the Wild’s open-world fundamental re-imagining of Zelda finally fulfills the initial promise of the series, and that alone makes it Game of the Year.After playing dozens and dozens of hours of the biggest launch game for Nintendo Switch (as well as the last real game for Wii U), I’ve been agonizing over how to review it. It’s so dense and enormous. You could spend so much time in the opening Great Plateau area, and it’s really only a tutorial space for the crafting and stamina exploration systems Nintendo’s nails after experimenting with them in Skyward Sword.But the moments that stand out best are the small ones. Breath of the Wild is the rare game where spoilers I think can have a truly negative impact on a player’s experience. Like Skyrim crossed with No Man’s Sky but Japanese, discovery is the point. So here’s what I’m going to do. If you want more traditional thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you can read my preview on how it’s Nintendo’s first AAA game. But in this post, I’m just going to recount one of my play sessions with the game, a play session I believe demonstrates why this is this week’s (and maybe this year’s) Game of the Year. I’ll try to keep this action-packed travelogue vague, but again, watch out for spoilers.So here’s what I was doing at 1:00 AM instead of sleeping.I had just finished the dungeon in the desert region. The elaborate affair began with me surfing on a seal and shooting bomb arrows at a giant, mechanical, (Shadow of the) colossus. From there I entered the machine and discovered it was an elaborate 3D puzzle box to rotate and solve. The game’s dungeons are more compact compared to past Zelda games, but this allows them to be more complicated while still making sure the player completely understands the space. It’s a nice contrast to the overworld that’s more sprawling and full of secrets than ever before. Plus the maps remind me of Metroid Prime.Solving the dungeon revealed the boss. Beating the boss advanced the story and awarded me with more health, a powerful spell, and some good weapons and treasure from the grateful princess (not Zelda). Opening the chests of course played the classic franchise chime.This seemed like a fine place to stop playing. It was already late. But there were a few more things I wanted to clean up. And more importantly, this is a game I never actually want to stop playing. It can only be forced by the need to eat or sleep or go to work.Before entering the dungeon I first had to reclaim a stolen heirloom from a tribe of ninjas. It was a brutal stealth sequence full of treasure too risky to grab at the time. But now, the tribe had vanished. So I put on my heat-resistant clothes, ran across the desert sands, waltzed into the hideout, and picked up some nice, valuable, precious metals, along with a bunch of bananas.I warped to a village to sell my goods to the nervous merchant and used the rupees to buy some knight armor with upgraded defense. I then headed into the nearby forest and spoke with the Great Fairy to see if I could upgrade these clothes even further. I could! But I was missing some key items. I also realized that I only needed a few more parts from the fearsome, robotic Guardian enemies to upgrade my Sheikah Slate tablet with better bombs and time-stopping abilities.I then decided to make one last personal quest for the night to make these upgrades. But first, I noticed a tower near the fairy fountain. So I climbed up the rock wall, glided over the valley, and ascended the tower. From the top I could see more towers and shrines if I zoomed in, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to explore them now. So I marked them on my map for later.I was mostly missing monster materials. So I warped to an earlier area in the game to farm some more horns and fangs. I didn’t want to use my better swords and risk breaking them. So I scanned in my Wolf Link Amiibo and had the dog take care of some low-level foes. I then used the monsters own clubs and bows and arrows against them. One material was particularly rare, though, and called for a different strategy. While doing this I also casually stumbled upon the rock monster miniboss from the E3 trailer, defeated it, and earned some more gems.For the Guardian parts, I decided to test my new spell and discovered it could take out stationary Guardians in one lightning blast. That was great since the spell could only be used three times before needing to recharge for 12 minutes. Unfortunately, the stationary Guardians didn’t give me the specific piece I needed. Maybe the mobile, spider-like Guardians would be the ticket? Earlier in the game, when I immediately rushed toward evil pig cloud Calamity Ganon at Hyrule Castle and accidentally unlocked one of Link’s 100-year-old lost, voice-acted memories, I secured a tower surrounded by roaming Guardians. That was where I needed to go next.Deep in enemy territory, I searched for my prey. In the meantime, I avoided angry ninjas and happened to kill some monsters with material I needed for armor upgrades. I then spotted a Guardian and zapped it. However, unlike the stationary Guardians, the mobile ones could withstand multiple hits. The blue tunic I was wearing revealed an enemy’s exact health. I would need to hit this Guardian two more times, but the spell needed to recharge. And if I warped away the foe would recover its health.So I ran. I ran so far away. I ran until my stamina ran out. I let my stamina recharge and ran some more. I hid behind rocks where the laser can’t spot me. I used my horse, L-Horse, for extra speed, even though I had only managed to wrangle a slower, spotted horse instead of fast one with a single color. I heard the tense, excellent battle music kick in. I ate one of my home-cooked meals to buff my defense and stealth to increase my chance of survival. I did everything I could think of, and most of it worked. Many previous deaths by Guardians had taught me much.Finally, the spell recharged, and I took down the Guardian in a most satisfying electric light show. Previously, lightning in this area had killed me because of my metal weapons. Now lightning did my bidding. I took a screenshot because the scene was visually stunning, animated but still operatic. Plus, with the right added text, I could make it into a great meme later. As I predicted, the Guardian left behind the last part I needed. I returned to the mad scientist and unlocked my tablet’s maximum potential.Now I just had to get those last monster parts. Through trial and error I learned that the part was more likely to drop if I killed stronger monsters in combat rather than relying on bombs. But that didn’t mean I still couldn’t use tricks. My upgraded stasis ability now froze enemies as well as objects. This was great for killing sneaky beasts that pop out of the ground, the same beasts that provide balloons from strapping to things as if this game couldn’t be even more like Metal Gear Solid V.I found the monster I needed and stopped it in its tracks. I equipped a better scimitar and struck its frozen body. When time restarted, it felt all my hits at once. But that wasn’t enough to finish it off. I targeted it and drew my sword and shield. Z-targeting has always made Zelda’s combat look more cinematic, but it’s particularly eye-catching in Breath of the Wild. I perfectly dodged its sword strike and unleashed a flurry of my own. The material was mine!I returned to the Great Fairy and received my stronger clothing. I drank a glass of milk hoping it would give me an empty bottle to catch one of the smaller fairies but it didn’t work. I’ll have to think of a new strategy. Maybe I just need to snatch them? I put on my better clothes, sold my excess treasures, and cooked all the food I had harvested along the way into meals.This surprise detour was longer than I expected but totally worth it. It’s one example of the seemingly endless, emergent, entertainment exploring this world can provide. Your experience after playing for the same amount of time may be entirely different. But now that my mini midnight odyssey was over, it was time for the next real adventure. I warped to a tower I had climbed earlier near another dungeon, the water dungeon considering all the rivers to swim through, and prepared for a new journey.Oh, and this whole time, I was seamlessly switching between playing the game in my hands on my bed with the Switch tablet and blowing it up on the big screen with the dock and Pro Controller.The stamina limit and weapon degradation can be a little harsh and there are some slowdown frame rate issues in large grassy open areas but who cares. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the Game of the Year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchPro Controller
‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event Fake news activity will be reduced on Facebook soon: The social media platform is enforcing new initiatives that aim to prevent pages from posting false content.On Wednesday, Facebook in a press release announced the new page initiatives, including a page quality tab and an updated recidivism policy, that will try to make the social media platform more transparent. With these page initiatives, Facebook can ensure that users’ accounts will not be spammed by fake news.Starting Thursday, people who manage pages will see a new page quality tab. The page quality tab shows up whenever Facebook removes content that violates its community standards. Plus, page managers might also spot the page quality tab when Facebook minimizes the distribution of posts that are deemed false by third-party checkers.AdChoices广告Photo Credit: FacebookFacebook’s page quality tab includes two sections: Content removed by Facebook that goes against its community standards and content rated mixture, false headline, or false by third-party fact checkers. To kickstart this feature, Facebook will include content removed due to bullying, hate speech, graphic violence, regulated goods, and sexual activity not allowed on its website.Building on the page quality tab is Facebook’s revamped recidivism policy. Now, when Facebook removes a group or page that violates its page policies, it might also eliminate other groups and pages, even if those specific groups and pages are not at the unpublishable stage. Facebook will check if potentially spammy pages have the same people running them or if they have a similar name to ones they’ve removed.Visit Facebook’s Help Center for more tips on how to avoid fake news and other hoax posts.More on Geek.com:This Startup Claims It Will ‘Brainwash’ Facebook Users for $29Facebook Testing Feature to Create, Support PetitionsFacebook Messenger’s Redesign Is Rolling Out to Most Users Stay on target