The Enforcement Directorate is examining the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case in Bihar to determine whether a money laundering probe can be initiated into the financial aspect of the alleged crime.The CBI has taken over the probe into alleged mental, physical and sexual exploitation of at least 34 minor girls at the shelter home. Among the 10 persons earlier arrested by the local police, is main accused Brajesh Thakur.The Directorate is inquiring into the operations of the NGO, Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, which had been running the shelter home since 2013. The agency is also trying to ascertain whether any monetary gains were made by the accused in the process of committing the alleged offences.It has been alleged that the main accused had managed to get his close relatives to become part of the organisation’s governing body using fraudulent means. However, he was not an office-bearer, but was said to be the patron. The NGO received about ₹36 lakh per annum as government funds for running the shelter.As the investigations are under way, the NGO’s accounts have been frozen and its governing body members have been directed not to dispose of any of its assets. The organisation has also been blacklisted by the State government.The CBI’s forensic team has already lifted evidence from the scene of crime, which are being analysed. The agency is also mapping the mobile phone records of accused persons. Statements of the victims are also being examined for more clues.The case came to light following a study by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, which revealed many cases of sexual abuse of those living in shelters across the State. At the Muzaffarpur shelter, the minor girls were allegedly drugged.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University snatched its first win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after tripping University of Santo Tomas, 88-81, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Falcons improved to 1-1 while the Growling Tigers are still winless after two games.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UST quietly went on a 14-4 run in the final five minutes of the game to cut Adamson’s 81-66 lead to five, 85-80, but time wasn’t on the Growling Tigers’ side as the Falcons held on until the final buzzer. Adamson also forced UST to turn the ball over 41 times, the most since Far Eastern University had 44 errors in 2003, and Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren said his team’s defense made it all happen. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have to give credit to our players, the 41 turnovers is a testament to the defense our players put on,” said Pumaren.“Although we’re still struggling and we made a lot of mistakes down the stretch so I have to give credit to UST for playing hard.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ateneo bounces back, brushes off Lyceum for 2nd win Robbie Manalang led Adamson with 19 points and five assists while Kurt Lojera added 16.Papi Sarr returned to action after recovering from a groin injury and put up 10 points and grabbed four boards in limited minutes. Jeepy Faundo led put up 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead UST while Steve Akomo also finished with his own double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
PBA IMAGESStar, the team tipped to give Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer a run for its money in the PBA Governors’ Cup, is about to get a much-needed boost.Marc Pingris, the hard-nosed anchor of the Hotshots’ defense, is set to make a return to active play within the next two games at the soonest as Star tries to crack a championship series for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Busmen seek repeat over Tajik club Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pingris went to the United States for rehab and therapy and will definitely be of big use to the Hotshots, who were ousted in painful manners in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup.Star has the tools to go all the way and has been in all pre-conference hypes because of a solid roster that could rival San Miguel, which claimed the Hotshots’ scalps in the Commissioner’s Cup Final Four before winning the championship over TNT KaTropa.With a 3-0 record, Star is the only unbeaten team in the ongoing season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Out for more than six months because of a hip injury, Pingris practiced for the first time on Monday as the Hotshots were preparing to slug it out with Phoenix Petroleum in two days, seeking to keep their immaculate elimination round slate intact.But coach Chito Victolero is not about to rush his ace power forward back into action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He needs to get his timing back,” Victolero said.“Relatively, he played well (in practice), but we will not rush him. He needs to get his rhythm back and hopefully, he can rejoin us soon.” MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
In a statement Friday, organizers said targeted amounts of bronze, silver, and gold will be extracted from the discarded devices with quotas expected to be reached by March 31.The design of the Tokyo medals will be unveiled later this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Pelicans will allow Anthony Davis to play rest of NBA season View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this April 1, 2017, file photo, gold tablets of 3 grams, left, which is able to be recycled from 100 mobile phones, are shown as the example in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers said in a statement Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO— Tokyo Olympic organizers say they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals.The Tokyo 2020 Olympics open in just over 500 days and all medals will be made from discarded smartphones, digital cameras, and other handheld games and laptops.ADVERTISEMENT
India staged a dramatic comeback by scoring two goals in the final quarter to hold Argentina 3-3 in the Six-Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament 2016 being held in Valencia on Saturday.For India, Rupinder Pal Singh scored in the 16th minute followed by Ramandeep Singh in the 47th and Devindar Walmiki scored the equaliser in the 57th.An exciting first half started off slowly as Argentina took control of the ball early in the first quarter, trying to carve inroads into the Indian defence. The opening goal came seconds before the hooter, captain Matias Paredes netting it to give Argentina the lead going into the break.SEE-SAW BATTLEVirtually from the restart, India carved the Argentina defence open with a sweeping move that ended with Ramandeep fouled at the goal mouth with only the goalkeeper to beat. India were awarded a stroke, which Rupinder subsequently scored to draw the teams level.Argentina hit back soon though, first through a penalty corner conversion by Gonzalo Peillat and then via Lucas Vila’s field goal. Argentina went into half-time with a 3-1 lead in the game.India rallied together in the second half and came out stronger, taking control of the midfield and not allowing Argentina possession in the centre of the park. Despite the early pressure though, their final pass wasn’t enough to break down the Argentina defence.India had their first penalty corner in the final minutes of the third quarter, but Rupinder’s high flick was saved by the Argentine goalkeeper to ensure they went into the final break with their two-goal lead intact.advertisementRAMANDEEP AND WALMIKI’S RESCUE ACTIn the final quarter India started off, again in control, pushing the ball quickly within their ranks and causing Argentina problems in their circle. This time, they made the pressure count.After an exchange of passes on the right wing, the ball dropped to Danish Mujtaba in the circle. Under pressure, Danish managed to get the ball away towards Ramandeep, whose tap in cut the gap to one.Galvanised by the goal, India threw on a slew of attackers and soon the trio of Ramandeep, Sunil and Akashdeep were causing Argentina problems in defence.Soon the pressure told, Devindar closed in behind the Argentina defence, to score a superb goal in the 57th minute to draw the two teams level.India next play Spain in their final game on Sunday.
ATHENS — Jimmy Durmaz lifted Olympiacos’ spirits after a Champions’ League loss last week, scoring one goal and setting up another to lead the Greek champions to a 3-1 win at Xanthi on Sept. 22.The result extended the club’s perfect record after four matches and came days after a 3-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich.Durmaz blasted the ball past goalkeeper Cennamo Luigi in the 42nd minute, as the hosts struggled to contain the 26-year-old Swede.Nikolay Dimitrov leveled after the break, but Durmaz continued to threaten and was brought down in the area by Dimos Baxevanidis.Kostas Fortounis converted the penalty in the 64th minute and added the third four minutes later.In other games, Veroia was held at Panaitolikos 1-1, while Iraklis also settled for a draw, 0-0 against Platanias.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Argentina World Cup qualifying: Could Argentina really fail to make Russia 2018? Daniel Edwards Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Argentina WC Qualification South America Argentina v Venezuela The Albiceleste face a race against time to make the cut for the finals, with Tuesday’s Venezuela clash crucial to their chances With just three games to go in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying tournament, Argentina’s hopes of making Russia 2018 hang in the balance. The Albiceleste go into Tuesday’s clash against Venezuela knowing that only a win will suffice to keep them in the hunt for one of the qualifying spots, while they also will be watching nervously for results elsewhere in South America. Argentina 13/10 to win -3 handicap Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Could the two-time World Cup winners really miss out on a finals for the first time since 1970? We take a look at the final stages of the qualifiers and weigh up the chances for Jorge Sampaoli’s men.THE STORY SO FARWith three games left to play, eight CONMEBOL nations are still in the running for Russia 2018. Team Points GD Brazil (Q) 36 27 Colombia 25 3 Uruguay 24 9 Chile 23 2 Argentina 23 1 Paraguay 21 0 Peru 21 -5 Ecuador 20 1 Bolivia (E) 10 -21 Venezuela (E) 7 -17 Brazil are already assured of their place in the World Cup, while Bolivia and Venezuela will have to wait another four years for their own chance of making the finals after facing early elimination. That leaves Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador still in the running for the three remaining spots, plus a further play-off position for the team that finishes in fifth. With just five points separating eighth-placed Ecuador from Uruguay in second, the next three matches have the potential to change everything before the competition comes to an end.With just six wins in 15 games and a paltry 15 goals scored, the Albiceleste have performed well below expectations. Against Uruguay, Sampaoli became the third man to take the reins in these qualifiers, after Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza failed to make the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero fire on all cylinders. Mathematically, Argentina are still in with a great chance of making the finals, but they will need to improve drastically to secure their place in an extremely competitive final stretch.THE LAST QUALIFYING FAILUREOf the 20 World Cup tournaments to date, Argentina have only failed to qualify on one occasion (the nation’s absences in 1938, 1950 and 1954 were due to a refusal to compete in the tournament). In 1970 the nation were drawn alongside Peru and Bolivia in a seemingly straightforward Group A, but failed to get past their Andean opponents and make the Mexico finals.Things started badly with a 3-1 defeat to Bolivia in La Paz, and a second away defeat to the Inca left Adolfo Pedernera’s charges reeling. Argentina were left needing victories in both their home games to make the cut. Bolivia were dispatched 1-0, but two goals from Oswaldo Ramirez secured Peru a 2-2 draw in Buenos Aires that meant they made Mexico 1970 over the Albiceleste.WHAT GAMES REMAIN? Date Opponent September 5 Venezuela (H) October 5 Peru (H) October 10 Ecuador (A) Argentina fans can nevertheless be cheered by a relatively comfortable run-in to this qualifying campaign. The quest to reach Russia continues in Buenos Aires’ Estadio Monumental on Tuesday, where Sampaoli’s men take on rock-bottom Venezuela in a match that should only end in one result for the Albiceleste superstars. Peru await in October, in a game that could bring back memories of that nail-biting campaign to reach South Africa 2010, complete with pouring rain, Martin Palermo’s late goal and Diego Maradona’s unforgettable dive across the Monumental turf. Argentina, however, will be desperate to sew up qualification at the end of that game — if not, they will be forced to get a result in the altitude of Quito, a variable that always makes for the most difficult of encounters.HOW WILL THEY LINE UP VS. VENEZUELA?Having seen his competitive debut on the Argentina bench end in a turgid 0-0 draw against Uruguay, Sampaoli will make a handful of changes for the visit of the Vinotinto. One of those switches is an enforced one: the suspended Gabriel Mercado drops out of the starting XI and in comes Javier Mascherano, playing in the centre of defence. Ever Banega has fulfilled his own suspension and will enter for Guido Pizarro in the engine room, with the Sevilla man included to add more creativity to a sector which looked desperately short of ideas on Thursday. The other change is also little surprise, with Marcos Acuna making way for Lautaro Acosta on the right. Sampaoli will persist with his new attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi, which failed to fire in the Estadio Centenario. Icardi in particular was starved of the ball in a frustrating game, and should enjoy much more space and possession against Venezuela, who are merely playing for pride. WHO AWAITS IN A PLAY-OFF?If Argentina do not move from their current fifth place by the time that World Cup qualifying comes to an end, they will have a second chance to sneak into Russia 2018 via a play-off.While in previous years the fifth-placed CONMEBOL team have taken on North American or Asian opponents, this time around Oceania’s top qualifying entrant lies in wait. That means a clash with New Zealand, who triumphed 8-3 over Solomon Islands on aggregate.An Oceania nation also featured in the last play-off Argentina were forced to play in order to qualify for a World Cup. In 1993 the Albiceleste took on Australia in a two-legged tie when, under the old qualifying system, they finished a distant second to Colombia in Group A. Alex Tobin’s own goal eventually sent the South Americans through 2-1 on aggregate after 180 nail-biting minutes for the giants.
Tottenham 5 Stoke City 1: Kane at the double to pile pain on Potters Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 00:51 12/10/17 Getty Images Harry Kane hit a brace for Tottenham, with Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen also on target as Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross scored at both ends. Harry Kane helped himself to a second-half brace in a 5-1 rout as Stoke City collapsed to a familiar thrashing at the hands of Tottenham.The past three matches between the sides had finished 4-0 in favour of Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino could not have wished for more accommodating opponents as his team won for the first time in five Premier League matches.Ryan Shawcross’ unfortunate own goal – the Stoke captain’s sixth in the top flight – punctuated an uneventful first half but the wheels came off in worrying fashion for City boss Mark Hughes after the interval. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kane had already passed up a pair of glorious chances by the time the excellent Son Heung-min made it 2-0 and the England striker’s double made it three goals in the space of 12 second-half minutes.Christian Eriksen got in on the act as Stoke’s defence unravelled terribly, with Shawcross heading into the intended net 10 minutes from the end offering meagre consolation.Spurs are up to fifth, above Arsenal and Burnley on goal difference, while Stoke and their battered goal difference sit precariously three points above the relegation zone.131 – Only Alan Shearer (113) has reached 90 Premier League goals in fewer matches than Harry Kane (131). Chase. pic.twitter.com/bBpBtdfiQT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2017The game was low on goalmouth action during the opening stages and there was a significant slice of fortune when Tottenham hit the front after 21 minutes.Son had provided most of Spurs’ attacking spark by that stage and the South Korea international made his latest dart for the byline down the left flank and whipped in a low cross.His delivery flicked up off Kurt Zouma and Shawcross could do little as the ball struck him in the chest and zipped past goalkeeper Jack Butland.Wembley was waiting for the net to bulge when Son threaded a pass through to Kane, played on-side by Stoke youngster Tom Edwards, but the striker uncharacteristically slotted wide.Unperturbed by his earlier setback, Shawcross got in the way at close quarters to deny Kane with a pair of blocks two minutes before half-time.6 – Ryan Shawcross has now scored six own goals in the Premier League; only Richard Dunne (10), Jamie Carragher (7) and Martin Skrtel (7) have scored more in the competition. Misdirected. pic.twitter.com/bfVGj2T88H— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2017Kane was still struggling to locate his usual poise early in the second period when Stoke failed to clear a corner and he hacked wildly over from four yards.It fell to Son to show him how it was done in the 53rd minute, scampering on to Dele Alli’s throughball and smashing past Butland after Harry Winks’ flicked pass on the turn launched a Tottenham counter-attack.Stoke were rattled and Butland scrambled behind having ceded possession to Kane before the Spurs striker finally got on the scoresheet 90 seconds after Son’s goal.Ben Davies was given far too much space to hang up an inviting cross to the back post, where Tottenham’s top scorer leapt to power home.There was a rare moment of encouragement for Stoke when Xherdan Shaqiri burst into the Tottenham box and forced a stunning reaction save from Hugo Lloris – Eric Dier turning the rebound just the right side of his own post.Lloris’ opposite number Butland was increasingly exposed and Edwards was found wanting when Son stole in front of him and laid off for Kane to sweep home with a sense of inevitability.Erik Lamela then replaced Alli for his first Tottenham home game on the other side of his 13-month injury ordeal and Wembley was willing the ball into the net when he lunged in to try beat Butland from close range.Hughes is unlikely to be the recipient of similar goodwill back in Stoke after this latest thumping, compounded when Eriksen breezed beyond a vacant backline to gleefully accept Son’s fine 74th-minute pass, even allowing for the quirk of Shawcross bookending the scoring.There was still time for Butland to wonderfully deny Eriksen, leading to the uncomfortable conclusion that Stoke’s best player in a 5-1 hammering had been their goalkeeper. Key Opta stats: – Tottenham have become the first team in top-flight history to win four consecutive games against the same opponent by four or more goals.- This was Stoke’s 1,000th top-flight defeat, making them the 15th side to reach that figure since its inception in 1888-89.- Harry Kane has scored eight Premier League goals against Stoke, only against Leicester City has he scored more in the competition (9).- Ryan Shawcross is the first Stoke player to score at both ends in a Premier League game. read more
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Moyes eyeing Birmingham jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is eyeing the Birmingham City job.The Mirror says the Potters are on the brink of sacking current manager Gary Rowett following his disappointing six months in the hotseat.Moyes, 55, has been out of work since steering West Ham to safety last season – and walking away from the Londoners having failed to agree a new contract.The Scot has been waiting patiently for the right job to come up.He turned down the chance to take over troubled Turkish outfit Fenerbache in the summer.
As cocktails like the highball and other long drinks continue to rise in popularity, more companies are exploring the ways that best show off their products in that format. Half of the collaboration we’re about to talk about, Fever-Tree, has got it down pat — the brand is, after all, one of the top mixers on the market right now. For the other half, we have Patrón Tequila — need we say more?While great on its own, Patrón is also delicious in a variety of drinks, including a tequila and tonic, which is why the two companies came together to develop a tonic water that would pair perfectly with the spirit.The new product, Fever-Tree Citrus Tonic, uses specially sourced ingredients that work to balance the citrus and pepper notes of Patrón with the bittersweet flavors of the tonic water. To find the elements that would highlight those flavors, a team traveled to Colima and Michoacán for the best Key limes and Tahitian limes. Next, the crew traveled to Veracruz for the best tangerines. Finally, they went to Yucatán, where they discovered the ideal bitter oranges to blend with Fever-Tree’s signature quinine.We have to say, being a part of a flavor-finding team doesn’t sound like a terrible job. At all. Hey, Fever-Tree, if you ever need some new blood on that team, you know where to find us.According to Fever-Tree North American CEO Charles Gibb, the collaboration is a prime example of both companies’ attention to detail and quality. “When we developed our Citrus Tonic, we scoured Mexico to identify the most dedicated producers of exceptional citrus fruits. This enabled us to create a mixer that complements and enhances Patrón Tequila’s stellar flavor profile,” he added.The new product follows closely on the heels of Fever-Tree’s other release, an aromatic tonic water that is made with, among other flavors, angostura bark (as in one of the ingredients in Angostura bitters). It’s ideal for a drink like a pink gin and tonic.Fever-Tree Citrus Tonic will be available at a variety of cocktail bars around the world as well as for purchase on Reserve Bar. A four-pack of 200 ml bottles will cost you $5.99 while a 500 ml bottle will run you a mere $3.99. The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Editors’ Recommendations The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master
WINNIPEG — An appeal hearing is being held today for a Winnipeg woman who was convicted of hiding the remains of six babies in a rented storage locker.Andrea Giesbrecht was sentenced in July to 8 1/2 years in prison for concealing the remains.Her trial was told she had conceived the babies over many years and put the remains in plastic bags and containers inside a U-haul storage locker.They were discovered by workers who opened the locker in October 2014 after Giesbrecht fell behind on her payments.Giesbrecht’s lawyer, Greg Brodsky, has said the appeal will argue she was saving the bodies of the fetuses, not disposing of them.Giesbrecht never testified and the trial never heard a motive for her actions.Provincial court Judge Murray Thompson called her moral culpability extreme and said Giesbrecht knew she had medical options but chose not to access them.The trial was told she made an effort to hide her pregnancies from everyone, including her husband, and that the babies would have been at or near full-term. Medical experts testified during her trial that the infants were likely to have been born alive, but the remains were too decomposed to determine how they died.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it makes no sense for Ottawa to have spent $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline while it is pushing legislation she says will prevent most future energy projects from being builtNotley is in Ottawa this morning giving the Senate her take on Bill C-69, overhauling the way energy projects are assessed for environmental and economic impacts.She says the bill needs major amendments including setting harder limits on the time it can take to do a review, and ensuring the reviews take into consideration the number of jobs a project will produce.She also wants most new Alberta energy projects exempted from the bill because of existing provincial review processes and her government’s climate change policies.Notley does say the review system the bill replaces is no better but also that swapping one broken system for another makes no sense.The Senate is being heavily lobbied on this legislation, with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers saying more than 40,000 letters have been sent to individual senators asking them to amend the bill.The Canadian Press
Login/Register With: BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—The fantasy romance The Shape of Water added another key prize in its awards season run with Guillermo del Toro’s win at the Directors Guild Awards Saturday.The Shape of Water, about a mute woman who falls in love with an underwater creature, has emerged as the awards season front-runner with a Producers Guild Award and a leading 13 Academy Award nominations.Del Toro said his movie is one that is, “full of many reasons why it shouldn’t work and they are the reasons that it works.” He dedicated the honour to his mother as well as his father, who has been ill. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement He won out over fellow directors Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Jordan Peele (Get Out), although Peele did win the prize for first-time feature film for his blockbuster horror film.“This whole thing is a very surreal, conflicting experience. This has been the best year of my life hand’s down,” Peele said. “At the same time I’ve had to balance that with the knowledge that this is not a good year for this country. This is not a good year for many of us.”Other winners Saturday included Matthew Heineman for the documentary City of Ghosts, Jean-Marc Valle for Big Little Lies, Reed Morano for The Handmaid’s Tale and Glenn Weiss for directing the 89th Academy Awards.Morano thanked her producers and Hulu for being, “the rare people who were seeking the opportunity to work with women instead of fearing it.”Representation and the ongoing cultural shift happening in Hollywood and across the country regarding sexual misconduct was at least an undertone of many of the speeches of the evening, as the topics have been throughout the awards season.Directors Guild Award (DGA) President Thomas Schlamme kicked off the evening addressing the moment head on. He stressed a drive toward respectful and inclusive workplaces and said that “we must keep our foot firmly on the pedal and not let up” in their “decades-long fight” to ensure the participation of women and people of colour in the director’s chair.“This is not just a fight by women for women,” Schlamme said. “They didn’t create this problem.”The DGA, which represents more than 17,000 entertainment industry professionals, sent its members a set of guidelines detailing procedures for handling sexual harassment on Thursday. The guild also joined the Anita Hill-chaired Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.Heineman, who won for City of Ghosts, about a group of citizen journalists who banded together after Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, took over their land, took his moment on stage to spotlight those in his documentary.“In the era of fake news where facts seem to be malleable and journalism is under fire, I think it is important to celebrate groups like RBSS (Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently) that are courageously speaking truth to power,” Heineman said.The Directors Guild also honours directing for live-action and scripted programming and even commercials.Niki Caro, who is directing the live-action Mulan, won her first DGA for directing an episode of Anne with an E in the children’s programs category. Comedy series directing went to Veep’s Beth McCarthy-Miller, who was up against Aziz Ansari in the category. Don Roy King also won a DGA for Saturday Night Live, Brian Smith won for MasterChef and Martin de Thurah was recognized for his commercial work.All directors nominated in the feature category are given “nomination medallions” throughout the ceremony, which includes presentations from their cast or collaborators and speeches before the final award is announced. From Gerwig to Peele, all the nominated directors spoke of their pride of being able to call themselves directors and to be in the guild.The Directors Guild Awards serve as a reliable predictor for who will eventually win the best director prize at the Academy Awards. Last year, La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle won both prizes. This year, all but McDonagh are nominated in the category (Paul Thomas Anderson took the fifth Oscars spot for directing Phantom Thread).Del Toro, like Gerwig, Peele and McDonagh, was a first-time DGA nominee Saturday.“This means the world to me, this coming from my peers,” del Toro said.By LINDSEY BAHR – The Associated Press Advertisement Richard Jenkins, from right, and Sally Hawkins pose in the press room with Guillermo del Toro, winner of the award for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film for The Shape of Water at the 70th annual Directors Guild of America Awards. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials are trying to reassure patients that they face very low risks from ongoing contamination issues with blood pressure drugs.Drugmakers have issued more than 50 recalls since last July linked to low levels of a probable cancer-causing chemical found in generic drugs taken by millions of Americans.On Wednesday, a Food and Drug Administration official said the actual risk to patients is likely lower than originally stated by the agency.The FDA said last year that if 8,000 patients took the maximum dose of the drugs for four years, the contamination could cause one extra case of cancer.The agency now says most patients have probably absorbed lower levels of the likely carcinogens than this “worst case scenario.”Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press
by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2017 5:59 am MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Comcast, Charter to co-operate as threats from wireless grow FILE – This Wednesday, March 29, 2017, file photo shows a sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. Cable operators Comcast and Charter Communications have agreed to form a wireless partnership in order to strengthen their positions in the rapidly growing sector. Comcast and Charter Communications Inc. said Monday, May 8, that their partnership will give customers more choice and competitive prices. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Cable operators Comcast and Charter Communications said Monday that they will work together as they prepare to offer cellphone plans to customers.As part of the deal, Comcast and Charter agreed that they wouldn’t buy other wireless companies for one year, or make related deals without consulting each other first.The companies said that while they’ll offer wireless services separately to customers, they’ll work together on behind-the-scenes matters like customer billing and managing the platform customers use to order devices. The cable and internet providers said the agreement will save money and help them compete with national wireless providers.For the most part, Comcast and Charter aren’t direct competitors, as their service territories don’t overlap. The bigger threat comes from the likes of Verizon and AT&T, which are able to offer TV, internet and home phone services, along with wireless.To compete, Philadelphia-based Comcast expects to launch its own wireless plan , Xfinity Mobile, in the next several weeks. Charter, based in Stamford, Connecticut, expects to introduce its unnamed service next year. Both wireless services will lease Verizon’s network.To reduce costs, Comcast and Charter will need to try to encourage customers to use Wi-Fi hotspots over cellular whenever possible. By working together, the two companies can explore way to let customers use each other’s hotspots when they travel.
ATLANTA — Georgia coach Kirby Smart gambled big on a fake punt as he looked for a way to beat No. 1 Alabama and put his team in the College Football Playoff.The fake ended with a flop, and exactly 2 minutes later the Crimson Tide took their first lead, completing a comeback from a two-touchdown deficit for a 35-28 win in the Southeastern Conference championship game.The No. 4 Bulldogs were left with their second devastating loss to Alabama in 11 months and only a longshot hope they’ll be included in the playoff. Putting Georgia (11-2) in the playoff field over a one-loss Power Five conference championship team would require a precedent-setting vote from the playoff committee.Nonetheless, Smart passionately lobbied postgame for his team.But his call for a fake punt helped to seal Georgia’s fate.With the score tied 28-all and only about three minutes remaining, Smart sent backup quarterback Justin Fields on the field with the punt team on a fourth-and-11 play from midfield.Fields took the snap but was unable to find a receiver and was stopped after a run for only 2 yards — far short of the yardage needed for the Bulldogs to keep the ball.Smart said Fields’ intended receiver, running back D’Andre Swift, was momentarily left uncovered.“But in the last second they saw it,” Smart said of the Alabama defence. “And we had a way to check out of it, but we took too long to get it snapped. … It got taken away at the last second, and we didn’t make the play.”Smart stood by his call.“I wanted to be aggressive,” he said. “Look, I wasn’t coming here to play to tie, to play to keep it close. We came here to win the game. We wanted to win the game. These kids deserve to win the game, and we weren’t able to do it.”Fields also supported the call.“He wanted to win the game,” Fields said. “You want to do anything to win. I caught it. I just tried to go out and execute the play to the best of my ability. … It was there at first … and it got covered. There was nowhere to go with the ball.”Georgia (11-2) now awaits Sunday’s announcement of the four-team playoff field. The Bulldogs made the playoff last year after beating Auburn in the SEC championship game and eventually lost to Alabama for the national title.Georgia players know they lost the ability to control their playoff fate.“It’s not up to us obviously,” said tight end Isaac Nauta when asked if he thinks Georgia is one of the top four teams. “Personally, I think we are, but it’s not up to us. It’s something we’re going to have to wait out and see what happens. … It’s out of our hands. It’s up to the committee. We’ll have to wait and see what they say.”Smart and Saban lobbied for the Bulldogs to make the playoff.“Well, it boils down to one thing,” Smart said. “Do you want the four best teams in or not? It’s that simple. … Give that coach across the sideline a vote who he doesn’t want to play. He’ll start with us, I promise you. You don’t want to play us.”Added Saban: “… I think based on what I’ve seen, they’re one of the four best teams in the country. And I also said I don’t want to play them again, which I think is the ultimate compliment, I think, that I can give them.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25Charles Odum, The Associated Press
On his website Monday, Tiger Woods wrote that his recovery from back surgery on March 31 is a “slow process” and that he is uncertain when he will compete in another PGA Tour event.“I made the decision to have surgery because physically I just couldn’t make a golf swing,” Woods wrote. “That pretty much sums it up.“I’m doing everything I can and listening to my doctors and working on a strength program, and then we just have to see how my back is. Some people heal up in three months, some people take longer. I just don’t know.“I haven’t used a sand wedge yet. I’ve just done putting and chip-and-runs using the same length of motion. I haven’t really rotated yet. As far as taking a full swing, I have conference calls with my doctors every couple of weeks to see how my progress is and just kind of chart it out from there. Basically, you just follow a program. It’s tedious because it’s little rehab stuff, but you still have to do it.“That’s where I think the experiences of having gone through the surgeries in the past have really helped because you have to lay the foundation down first before you can do the more arduous activities and then return to form. I’m walking and able to cycle now and started swimming last week.”Back pain at the Honda Classic in March forced Woods to withdraw during the final round. He rehabbed the back and tried to play the following week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and shot a final-round 78 to finish 25th. Two weeks later, he pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and then withdrew from the Masters.“I’ve missed major championships before, so this was not a new experience,” he wrote. “It helps when I’m physically unable to play the game. That’s when it’s easy for me, and I don’t have a problem watching. It’s when I’m playing and closer to getting back out there is when I start getting real antsy about watching events: ‘Can I play, can I not play?’ But when I’m physically unable to play, like in 2008 after my knee surgery, it makes things so much easier.“Once I begin swinging a club again, I’m not sure if I will have to make any changes to protect my back,” Woods said. “That’s up to [coach] Sean Foley and me on what we do. As far as limitations, it’s a building process, just like when I came back from my knee and Achilles injuries. You start from the green and work your way back: putting, chipping, pitching, wedging, mid-irons, long irons, woods and eventually playing. That’s all a process and takes time. We have to make sure my back heals fine and I have the strength and mobility going forward.”One the personal front, Woods said he had the same procedure as the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo and has spoken to the quarterback. He also said he has been rehabbing with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, the Olympic skier who is recovering from knee surgery. Woods added that he has spent quality time with his children, Samantha and Charlie.
The draw ceremony last week for the Australian Open turned into a draw celebration for the hosts: Australian tennis players got relatively easy matchups in the first round. Their draws were among the most favorable for a host country’s players since Grand Slam tournaments started awarding prize money in 1968. And so far the Aussies have taken advantage, with three men in the third round for the first time since 2004.Host nations’ national tennis associations run the Grand Slam events, and organizers like to be able to showcase home players. So, a draw like this year’s might look suspicious. But there’s no evidence that hosts rig draws in favor of their players. If anything, home-nation players have had rougher matchups than you’d expect by random chance.The difference is small, but the toughest Slam, even including this year’s draw, has been Australia’s. Last year’s was as tough as this year’s was easy, a point hinted at by Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, at the draw ceremony last week.Draw luck matters a lot in Grand Slam tennis, because most players are placed randomly. In each of the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, just 1 in 4 players gets a seed, which governs roughly — though not precisely — where they’re placed in the first round. The other three-quarters of players could go anywhere. One-third of them have to face a seed, including one unlucky soul who worked all year to make the tournament, only to face the top seed. The other two-thirds get to play another unseeded player.The winners of those matchups get a seeded player in the second round, unless that favorite was upset in the first round. For unseeded players struggling to make ends meet, good draw luck at one of these lucrative events could mean their biggest paycheck of the year.The draw has been so favorable to Australians that three men have reached third-round matches Friday without having to face an opponent with a Top 20 seed. Two of them face each other, which means an Australian man will reach the fourth round for the first time since 2012.That kind of home advantage has been more the exception than the norm. I checked by looking at men’s singles draws back to 1968 and women’s singles draws back to 1981 at all four Grand Slam tournaments, as provided by Jeff Sackmann, who runs tennisabstract.com. The draw sizes and number of seeds varied in the earliest years in the data set. I tossed the draws that had first-round byes and focused only on unseeded players, because they’re the ones most subject to draw luck. I also excluded host-nation players who made their way through the qualifying draw, because they’re usually slotted in after the rest of the draw has been set. Then for each event, I compared how many seeded opponents the home players could have expected to draw in the first round with how many they did.For instance, this year, with a 128-player draw and 32 seeds, each unseeded player had a 1-in-3 chance of drawing a seed in the first round. Eight Australian men and six Australian women were unseeded and reached the main draw without having to play the qualifying tournament. Just two of them drew seeded opponents in the first round. On average, we’d have expected four and two-thirds of them to draw seeded opponents.That makes this year’s Australian Open one of the luckiest draws for the hosts in our data set of 178 Grand Slam events. Just twice was there both a bigger ratio and a bigger gap between expected and actual seeds drawn: at the 2003 Australian Open, when unseeded home players got two seeded opponents instead of the expected five, and at Wimbledon in 2001, when unseeded British players drew just one seed instead of the expected four and two-thirds.But there is no nefarious pattern here. Last year’s Australian Open was one of the worst for hosts, whose unseeded players could have expected to draw 4.5 seeded opponents but instead drew eight. Wimbledon in 2002 was one of the toughest for hosts, a year after the cushy draw. And the favorable 2003 Australian Open draw followed two straight unfavorable ones for the hosts.Overall in the data set, home-nation unseeded players have drawn 4 percent more seeded opponents in the first round than expected by chance. That’s probably a fluke, particularly for the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, where the difference between actual and expected seeded opponents is in the narrow range between -1 percent to 6 percent. The Australian Open has been the toughest for home players, with 16 percent more seeded opponents than expected. It would take a few more draws like this year’s to even that out.
Iowa Mold Tooling (IMT) has introduced new 40 t and 50 t class models to its lineup of truck-mounted articulating cranes. Featuring “excellent lift-to-weight ratios, long-reach capabilities and minimised space requirements”, the cranes provide mining and other heavy industry customers with powerful, flexible new options to meet their specific application needs.The 40/275 crane provides a maximum lifting capacity of 8.63 t, while the 50/345 model delivers a maximum lifting capacity of 10.36 t. The 40/275 and 50/345 models can be equipped with up to eight hydraulic extensions for maximum horizontal reaches of 21.3 m and 21.4 m, respectively. The minimised dimensions and lower weight of these cranes allow for additional truck configuration possibilities and increased payload. “IMT is dedicated to offering a spectrum of crane options to match unique customer needs,” said John Field, product manager of material handling at IMT. “The new 40 t and 50 t articulating crane models meet customer demand for particular lift and reach capabilities, minimised space requirements, robust safety features, ease of maintenance and low maintenance costs.”The 40/275 and 50/345 models feature ultra-high tensile steel that provides lower weight, high lift capacity at long reaches and increased payload capabilities. The mounting space required has been reduced to 1,148 mm and 1,198 mm, respectively, expanding truck configuration possibilities. The 40/275 and 50/345 cranes feature a dual power plus link arm system (DL), which is well suited for long reaches and lifting in high positions with demanding equipment (such as fly-jib and winch). In addition, the DL system provides precise and regular movements in the entire working area while offering the best lifting capacities under almost any working conditions.Another feature of the 40/275 and 50/345 models is “over-bending,” which means the working area between the main boom and the outer boom is no less than 195 degrees. Over-bending offers greater flexibility when working through narrow passages and under overhead obstructions, the ability to lift maximum loads in all boom positions, and a lower total height when the crane is stowed on the truck body. A key safety feature standard on all IMT articulating crane models is the RCL (rated capacity limiter) 5300. The RCL system monitors the crane’s load moment, operation and function. In an overload situation, the system warns the operator and interrupts the distribution of oil for crane functions, while allowing functions that reduce load moment to remain operational. The RCL 5300 cooperates with the user and compensates when the RCL senses a situation requiring intervention. The system not only monitors safety during crane operation, but also crane position during transport (stabilisers and boom position).