November 7, 2019

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a month ago​Silva tweet provokes questions from FA to Man City

October 28, 2019

first_img​Silva tweet provokes questions from FA to Man Cityby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Football Association has written to Manchester City to ask the club for its response to a tweet sent by midfielder Bernardo Silva, reports BBC Sport.Silva compared City team-mate Benjamin Mendy to the character on the packet of Conguitos – a sweet brand available in Spain and Portugal.The anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out had earlier called on the FA to act after the governing body confirmed it was investigating.Manchester City declined to comment.”We are extremely disappointed to see the tweet posted by Bernardo Silva,” said the anti-discrimination body.The post was published at 12:44 BST on Sunday but was deleted at 13:30.Bernardo then tweeted: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days.”France defender Mendy and Silva are close friends and played together at Monaco before both joined City in 2017. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Mario Cristobal Quote About Auburn That’s Circulating Is Fake

October 26, 2019

first_img Shots fired, right? Nope. It turns out the entire quote was falsified, and the account admitted as much after being called out.Things I learned today: Oregon fans cannot take a joke— College Football Quotes (@cfbquotes) July 2, 2019Yes…. I acted like an idiot and when he finally figured out what was going on, I threw out some juvenile insults for fun. What’s funny is I’ve been laughing this whole time while the majority of Oregon fans responding are clearly very angry and upset— College Football Quotes (@cfbquotes) July 2, 2019Moseley himself spent plenty of time clarifying that the quote was fake and he never published it.He even responded to former Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis, who definitely thought the comments were legitimate.I’m sorry what? This is fake. I’ve never published anything like that from MC.— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) July 1, 2019That quote is fake, FYI. That account is run by a Washington fan looking to make Oregon look bad, since the two schools are rivals. Mario Cristobal has never said anything like that, and I’ve certainly never reported anything like that — because it’s fake.— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) July 1, 2019After all this nonsense, Auburn and Oregon will actually meet on the field in the AdvoCare Classic on Aug. 31.The game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. and televised on ABC. Oregon football coach Mario Cristobal.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Mario Cristobal of the Oregon Ducks works with his players during pre-game warm ups prior to the start of the Redbox Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans at Levi’s Stadium on December 31, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Anyone who may have thought that Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal provided some bulletin board material for his Week 1 opponent Auburn is sadly mistaken. A viral “quote” from Cristobal about the Tigers is actually a hoax.Over the weekend, a tweet from the account @CFBQuotes claimed Cristobal viewed Auburn as “just another team in the Pac-12” and that they “weren’t worried” about the game.“We play in the Pac-12, so we play teams around Auburn’s level week in and week out … we believe we are stronger and faster than any other team in America,” read the quote attributed to Cristobal via’s Rob Moseley.Oregon Head Coach Mario Cristobal was asked about the opener vs Auburn, & said that Auburn would be just another team in the PAC-12 and that they weren’t worried about the matchup.He also talked up his squad and claimed that his team was the fastest & strongest in the nation.— College Football Quotes (@cfbquotes) June 30, 2019last_img read more

IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh happy after outwitting Chris Gayle in big win for CSK

October 25, 2019

first_img view more view less scorecard graphs IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh happy after outwitting Chris Gayle in big win for CSKIPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh picked up 2 for 17 including the wickets of Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal as Chennai Super Kings defeated Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs in Chennai on Saturday. Harbhajan was named man-of-the-match. advertisementcenter_img commentary No data available! Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 23:00 IST IPL 2019, CSK vs KXIP: Harbhajan Singh took the wicket of Chris Gayle and finished with figures of 17 for 2 on Saturday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh won his 2nd man-of-the-match award in the 2019 Indian Premier LeagueHarbhajan dismissed Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in his 1st over as KXIP chased 161CSK defeated KXIP by 22 runs to secure their 4th win in 5 matchesHarbhajan Singh was named man-of-the-match after his double wicket maiden scripted a 22-run win for Chennai Super Kings over Kings XI Punjab on Friday. Harbhajan removed Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in his first over to rock KXIP’s chase of 161 early in their innings. | CSK vs KXIP – Match report |KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan shared a 110-run stand but the early losses meant the two batsmen were under pressure to keep up the tempo against a top-quality spin attack.Harbhajan Singh was MS Dhoni’s trump card against Chris Gayle, the most dangerous batsman in T20 cricket. Gayle is the fastest man to reach 4000 IPL runs and the only player to hit 300 sixes in the IPL. On Saturday, he could well have been the difference between both sides in a steep chase on a tricky pitch.But MS Dhoni, one of the sharpest minds in the cricket world, knew he could challenge Gayle with a quality off-spinner and he brought Harbhajan Singh on in the second over of the KXIP innings.And Harbhajan Singh was happy to see his plan work – he got Gayle and also the talented Mayank Agarwal in a sensational over.”We always have a plan in T20 cricket and sometimes it comes off and sometimes it does not. We know Chris Gayle is someone who goes very hard at the top and can take the game forward. It was important for us to take his wicket (early) and it was nice to get his wicket in the first over and nice to get another one as well,” Harbhajan Singh told the broadcasters after picking up his second man-of-the-match award this season.advertisement”Mayank is a very, very good youngster who has played for India just now and he has been scoring a lot of runs. It’s nice to go out there and perform for the team and I am happy,” he said.Harbhajan Singh said he was glad his plan against Chris Gayle worked because T20 was is kind of format where plans can go awry very quickly.”I was just looking to bowl a little slower to Chris Gayle. The first couple of balls, I tried to push them in the air but it didn’t spin but the third or fourth ball I tried to give it a rip and it spun. That’s when it got in my mind that if I had to bowl slower to him, I had to bowl slow and wide”This is T20 and it could have gone either way… I am glad I am here talking to you and got the man-of-the-match award,” he said.In the season opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23, Harbhajan Singh had dismissed Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers to trigger a collapse for the visitors at the Chepauk. RCB folded for 70 in 17.1 overs as CSK won by 7 wickets.Also Read | MS Dhoni after CSK upstage KXIP: Had to get Universe Boss Chris Gayle out earlyAlso Read | CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Umpire talks to MS Dhoni after Ambati Rayudu backs up too farAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow Chris GayleFollow MS Dhonilast_img read more

Nitish Kumar skips Yoga Day celebrations in Bihar

October 25, 2019

first_imgNitish Kumar skips Yoga Day celebrations in Bihar”Nitish Kumar is not attending the Yoga Day celebrations,” said an official from the Chief Minister’s Office.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service PatnaJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 13:58 IST JDU chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (Photo: Twitter/@NitishKumar)HIGHLIGHTSJD-U leaders said their party chief Nitish Kumar practices Yoga every morningThey said he favours promoting Yoga but not for political propagandaHis Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, other ministers attended the main event in PatnaBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stayed away from events organised to mark the annual International Yoga Day in Patna on Friday.However, his Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi and other Cabinet ministers, from both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U), attended the main function at Patliputra Sports Complex.The state’s ruling NDA leaders joined common people in peforming Yoga at other events held across the state.”Nitish Kumar is not attending the Yoga Day celebrations,” said an official from the Chief Minister’s Office.According to JD-U leaders, their party president practices Yoga every morning and strongly favours its promotion, but opposes its use for political propaganda.READ | Tann Ki Baat: Yoga beyond religion, says PM Modi as he leads nation on 5th International Yoga DayALSO READ | PM Modi in Jharkhand, Amit Shah in Haryana on Yoga Day: Election is comingALSO WATCH | Here’s how jawans celebrated 5th International Yoga DayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Nitish KumarFollow biharlast_img read more

Holiday Message 2003

October 22, 2019

first_imgThe holidays are a time of joy and peace here in Nova Scotia,across Canada, and throughout the world. They are a time ofgiving and goodwill, a time to be thankful for the blessings inour lives and to celebrate with our families and friends. From Hurricane Juan to the spring floods, this past year broughtwith it many challenges for Nova Scotians. The people in ourprovince have always embodied the spirit of kindness andgenerosity associated with Christmas. This year, perhaps morethan others, we can be proud of the way in which we came togetherto help one another in times of need. My wife, Genesta, joins me in wishing you the happiest ofholidays and all the best for a peaceful and happy new year. Maythe blessings of the season be with you now and always. -30-last_img read more

Govt sweetens deal to attract bidders for Pawan Hans sale

October 20, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: Having failed to privatise Pawan Hans last fiscal, the government has significantly diluted the terms of sale pertaining to employee retrenchment, asset sale and tax liability to attract bidders this time around, sources said. As per the revised terms of sale proposed by the government, the successful bidder would be required to retain all permanent employees for a period of at least one year, as against two years stipulated earlier. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe government has also decided to indemnify the buyer against Rs 577 crore worth tax liability of Pawan Hans in case an ongoing tax dispute is decided against the company. The revised terms of sale have also reduced the time period for stripping of assets of Pawan Hans by the buyer to two years, from three years specified earlier. The relaxation in norms will provide greater freedom to the successful bidder to manage Pawan Hans, the sources said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe government had last fiscal tried to sell the helicopter service provider but no buyer came forward. The government holds 51 per cent stake in Pawan Hans, which has a fleet of 43 helicopters. The remaining 49 per cent is with ONGC. After the new government took over, it decided to sweeten the deal by diluting certain crucial terms of sale in view of the concerns raised by potential bidders when Pawan Hans was first put on the block. As of April 30, 2019, Pawan Hans had 718 employees, of which 415 were regular and 303 on contract. The company’s manpower comprises 116 pilots, 101 aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs), 52 executives, 157 technicians and 292 other technical and non-technical employees. The firm posted revenues of Rs 410 crore in 2018-19, while employee cost was about Rs 180 crore. According to the revised sale terms, the successful bidder would be permitted to provide voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) to existing Pawan Hans employees as per the terms specified by the Department of Public Enterprises. As regards stripping of assets held by Pawan Hans, the successful bidder would be permitted to sell, transfer or lease the assets two years after consummation of the transaction. The government on July 11 had come out with a fresh Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM), a document inviting bids from companies having minimum net worth of Rs 350 crore. The last date for submission of Expression of Interest (EoI) is August 22, 2019, and the short-listed bidder will be intimated on September 12. If the Pawan Hans sale goes through, it would add to the disinvestment kitty and kickstart the process of privatisation. The Budget has set a disinvestment target of Rs 1.05 lakh crore for current fiscal, up from Rs 85,000 crore raised last fiscal. The government had first floated an offer to sell its 51 per cent stake in Pawan Hans in October 2017, but in view of subdued response from bidders, the EoI was withdrawn in April 2018. At that time, some investors had suggested that the government and ONGC should sell their stakes together. Later in April, 2018, the government again issued an information memorandum for 51 per cent strategic stake sale in Pawan Hans and had sought EoI from interested bidders by June 18, 2018. On July 2, 2018, ONGC wrote to the government saying its board has resolved that it would prefer to exit Pawan Hans simultaneously with the government, following which the Centre came out with a fresh PIM in August 2018, putting 100 per cent stake in the helicopter company on the block. When the financial bid process concluded on March 6, 2019, only one investor had put in a “conditional bid”, which was not accepted. The Pawan Hans sale process was then put on hold till the new government took charge post the general elections.last_img read more

Montreal teen in critical condition after being found in pool

October 17, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – A 13-year-old Montreal boy remained in critical condition Friday after being found at the bottom of a swimming pool following a high school gym class this week.No one noticed the Grade 8 student’s absence when his class left the pool deck Thursday and it was the next group that found him.A school board official said both a teacher and a lifeguard were present along with between 20 and 30 of the boy’s classmates.Alain Perron, a spokesman for the Commission scolaire de Montreal, said a psychological team that was sent to Pere-Marquette high school Thursday to meet with students and staff remained in place Friday.“We’re very worried about the student but we haven’t heard anything further,” Perron said. “We’re waiting for word from the family or the hospital.”First responders said the boy was in cardio-respiratory arrest when they arrived and that they managed to reanimate him before transporting him to hospital.The lifeguard was also sent to hospital to be treated for shock.The local borough said the city-run pool, which is located next to the school, would remain closed indefinitely.Police said there was no criminal investigation.But the director of programs at the Quebec branch of the Lifesaving Society says a deeper look into what happened is likely.Francois Lepine said such a probe would look at the pool, the equipment and the lighting in the facility as well as the child’s medical record.“There are numerous factors to look at and, only then, we might have an idea (of the sequence of events),” Lepine said.He said the typical ratio of instructors for 30 or fewer students appears to have been respected as both the teacher and lifeguard were present.Provincial requirements stipulate a teacher with a physical education degree needs 90 hours of teaching aquatic courses, including 16 hours of life-saving courses.Lepine said with those requirements, they can teach up to 30 or fewer students without any assistance. Without those criteria, they need a lifeguard to assist them during the class from the pool deck.While the circumstances of Thursday’s incident remain unclear, evaluating the comfort level of students in the pool is normal practice for anyone teaching kids in a pool.“Usually when we train instructors, we (tell them they) need to evaluate at the first class the skills of the kids who are participating,” said Lepine.“It’s the same when you teach a swim class. You need to know the competency of all the participants in the class, to readjust your teaching.”Swimming is a very important skill, so Lepine said they hope as many kids learn. He adds the incident in an indoor facility is rare.“Just one drowning is one too much, but it’s less than one per cent in aquatic facilities,” he said.last_img read more

Accused murderer told dispatcher he killed girlfriend chopped own hand off

October 17, 2019

first_imgHALIFAX – The body of Montreal-born yoga instructor Kristin Johnston was found on a blood-soaked bed next to a steak knife, a mitre saw and Nicholas Butcher’s severed hand, a Halifax jury heard Tuesday.The Crown has alleged the law school graduate killed Johnston and tried to kill himself inside her Halifax-area home on the morning of March 26, 2016.Responding officers told the jury they found Johnston’s lifeless body in the master bedroom, her head covered with a pillow and a black-handled steak knife lying beside her.On the floor was a mitre saw, and an amputated hand, the jury heard.Minutes earlier, Butcher had frantically told a 911 dispatcher he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself.The dispatcher, Jordan Masters, took the stand before the call was played for the 14-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury.Butcher, 35, was breathing heavily as he told Masters on the call he had killed his girlfriend and had cut off his hand.“I killed my girlfriend. I tried to kill myself. I cut off my hand. I need help,” said Butcher, whose lawyer Peter Planetta confirmed it was his client’s voice on the call.The dispatcher repeatedly asked Butcher to identify himself, but the caller never responded, often replying with, “I’m dying.”During the call, Butcher gasped, wailed, sobbed and, at times, sounded like he was vomiting.“No,” he cried. “Oh God.”Eventually, the call was lost. The dispatcher tried to call the number back twice. “You have reached — Nick Butcher,” the voicemail message said.Friends of Johnston, 32, could be heard sniffling as the call was played loudly over courtroom speakers.Butcher, wearing a navy suit and glasses, sat quietly at his lawyer’s bench and stared forward.Halifax police Const. Ray Turner was one of the first officers on the scene after the 911 call came in.Turner told the jury that when he arrived, a shirtless man wearing pyjama pants came out of the front door of the house in Purcells Cove.The officer said he told the man to put his hands up, and the suspect complied. Turner said he noticed the man appeared to be missing his right hand.Turner said he was surprised there wasn’t more blood.“He seemed to be conscious and aware,” he said.Turner said he eventually entered the house and saw a trail of blood leading down a hallway. He followed the trail to the master bedroom at the end of the hall.“We located a female on the bed … pillow over her head, lying on her back, yoga pants on, bedsheets to the right of her and to the left saturated in blood … what appeared to be a steak knife,” he said.Turner said another officer called out to her, but there was no answer.Also found in the bedroom was a mitre saw and a severed hand, he said.Paramedic Jessica Dipasquale, who was also on scene that morning, testified that Butcher’s injury was a “clean slice.”She said Butcher was saying: “Help me. I don’t want to die. Call my mom.”A doctor who treated Butcher in the hospital testified Butcher also had penetrating wounds to his neck.Dr. Genevieve McKinnon, an anaesthesiologist, said Butcher was conscious as she was helping him with his airway, and he told her several times he had “messed up.”She said he didn’t elaborate, but appeared “remorseful.”The trial continues Wednesday.—Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Calgarian honoured with entrepreneur award

October 13, 2019

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – A Calgarian has been honoured with the Integrated Entrepreneur of the Year Award.The presentation was made last night in Ottawa, at the 14th annual eBay Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.Matthew Dirk, as a member of the Silver Gold Bull Team, set up a store on offering bullion products such as Canadian maple leaf coins and retro imprinted gold coins.Things took off and shattered the company’s sales goals in just the first few weeks.Dirk then opened another store for US customers on and has further expansion plans.Sales are up 400 per cent and expected to reach $8-million by the end of this year.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Man of Great Vision Great Ambitions For His

October 12, 2019

Rabat- King Mohammed VI is a man who has a great vision and great ambitions for his country, Chairman of The Republicans party, Nicolas Sarkozy, said Monday in Rabat.“His Majesty King Mohammed VI is a man who has a great vision and great ambitions for his country. A great vision that goes beyond Morocco, the Maghreb and Africa”, Sarkozy told the press following the audience granted to him by the Sovereign.“It’s always an inspiration for me to talk with the Sovereign”, he said, noting that “it is extremely interesting because His Majesty the King has a very clear idea on the major issues of the world”. Sarkozy stressed the importance for the two shores of the Mediterranean to learn to better know each other, discuss, promote joint projects and better understand themselves, arguing that “Morocco is from this point view an inspiration because with all these events that marked the region, the Kingdom has remained an impressive hub of stability”.Nicolas Sarkozy is paying a visit to Morocco at the head of a large delegation including MPs, notably Christian Cambon, Luc Chatel, Rachida Dati, Pierre Lellouche and Olivier Marleix. read more

Moroccos Mining Minister Wants Sector to Create 30000 Jobs by 2025

October 12, 2019

Rabat – While emphasizing the importance of the mining sector in Morocco, Minister of Energy Aziz Rabbah also spoke about the challenges it faces.The official delivered a presentation during the opening of the Marrakech Mining Convention, held April 17-19 in Marrakech, convening officials from 15 African countries and European states.In his presentation, Rabbah said that Moroccan mines produced 35.11 million tons of minerals in 2017. Phosphate, a major pillar in Morocco’s economy, represents 90% of the mining production. Read Also: OCP Group Expects Higher Demand for Phosphate in 2019The official added that mineral investments amounted to MAD 14 billion, and Morocco has a strategy to develop the sector by 2025.Rabbah said that the main goal of the strategy is to develop investment in mineral exploration to the tune of MAD 4 billion ($416 million). The official remarked that one of the sector’s challenges is to “attract maximum investors.”Rabbah also hopes that the strategy will help create 30,000 direct jobs.“It was necessary to assess what was done, assess achievements and asses the difficulties and impediments that emerged five years after the launching of this strategy,” he said.Rabbah added that his ministry is “working on the preparation and launching of Morocco’s mineral plan,” which aims to make the sector a “model” industry by 2025.Investment can be risky, Rabbah noted, because studies and exploration take a lot of time “and we cannot expect immediate profit.”During his presentation, Rabbah also called for the development of services related to the sector, including transport and logistic services. “We do not focus enough on these services.” read more

NYC jury begins deliberations at college hoops bribery trial

October 12, 2019

NEW YORK — A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a once-aspiring business manager for NBA players and another man accused of bribing assistant college basketball coaches.Deliberations began Monday after jurors heard closing arguments by lawyers for Christian Dawkins and youth basketball coach Merl Code. The jury ended the day without reaching a verdict.Deliberations were to resume Tuesday.The two men deny paying off coaches from major programs to get help landing NBA-bound players as clients. Dawkins testified that it wouldn’t make sense to bribe coaches because they have little influence over players’ decisions about agents and business managers.Prosecutors say the men were caught in an FBI sting paying coaches thousands of dollars. Evidence included images from 2017 of Dawkins handing the coaches envelopes stuffed with cash.The Associated Press read more

Human smugglers remanded

October 8, 2019

Seven suspected human smugglers were remanded today when they were produced in court over an attempt to smuggle over 100 people to Australia.Meanwhile the court released on bail 112 people who were arrested in Colombo and Negombo yesterday while they were preparing to head to Australia by boat illegally. Investigations revealed that the asylum seekers had paid around Rs. 200,000 each for the illegal journey to Australia. The police said that a lorry and seven Dolphin vans were seized during the sting operation last morning.(Report by Indika Sri Aravinda the Colombo Gazette) The police said that the people arrested were residents of Chilaw and Negombo. The main suspect involved in the operation is said to be a resident of Chilaw. read more

SNCLavalin sues former CEO for millions over hospital bribery scandal

October 7, 2019

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is suing its former CEO in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital.The beleaguered engineering and construction giant says in court documents that Pierre Duhaime hurt the company when he helped a public servant commit a breach of trust tied to $22.5-million in bribes that helped secure the McGill University Health Centre project for SNC-Lavalin.Duhaime, who led the Montreal-based company between 2009 and 2012, is currently serving 20 months of house arrest after pleading guilty to the criminal charge last month. What’s next for SNC-Lavalin: Five potential scenarios, from decamping to the U.K. to a wholesale break-up Why Jody Wilson-Raybould likely never pushed prosecutors to settle the case against SNC-Lavalin Investors sensing a Warren Buffett moment in SNC Lavalin should look before they leap The documents, filed in Quebec Superior Court on Friday, also say Duhaime acted “in bad faith” when he signed a retirement agreement without disclosing his “criminal wrongdoing.” The agreement saw the company cover Duhaime’s $1.17 million in legal costs during his trial and dole out more than $1 million so far as part of a larger retirement package, all money that SNC-Lavalin wants back.The company is demanding Duhaime and other defendants — whose lawsuit he’s been tacked on to — repay the $22.5 million in bribes and pony up $17.5 million in punitive damages and compensation for reputational harm.The lawsuit is unrelated to the corruption charges linked to SNC-Lavalin’s dealings in Libya that have thrown the company into the eye of a political firestorm in Ottawa. read more

Royal Marines musician stole £19000 of saxophones and clarinets to pay off

September 25, 2019

first_imgAnyone who steals from their employer should expect to be dismissed and you will be dismissed.Assistant Judge Advocate General Alistair McGrigor Adrian Higginson outside Portsmouth Military Court Centre where he faced court martial Adrian Higginson outside Portsmouth Military Court Centre where he faced court martialCredit: Solent News & Photo Agency A Royal Marines musician stole £19,000 worth of instruments from his military band and sold them on eBay after he fell heavily into debt.Mne Adrian Higginson stole instruments including eight saxophones from store rooms and then advertised them online under his own name.The 29-year-old was caught when a sergeant spotted the instruments listed on the online auction site and realised they could only have come from a military insider.A court martial gave Higginson six months in military detention and dismissed him from the Armed Forces. He added: “He is a very proud man who was embarrassed and bottled it up. He did something that was not only incredibly foolish but was something that was and is wholly out of character.”Mr Bryan said Higginson was well respected in the Royal Marines Band and added: “He is the musician the band turns to when they want those virtuoso solos on the euphonium.”Sentencing him to six months in military detention, Assistant Judge Advocate General Alistair McGrigor said: “We have taken into account your mental disorder and the obsession this caused with hobbies and the debts you racked up.”But this debt could have been dealt with another way and not by stealing from your employer.”For a musician, their instrument is effectively operational equipment and you taking this had a real effect on the band’s effectiveness.”Anyone who steals from their employer should expect to be dismissed and you will be dismissed.” It was only later when Higginson’s eBay account was brought to their attention, that they reopened their inquiries and arrested him.Major Neil Keery, prosecuting, said: “In June last year, a colour sergeant in Plymouth noticed a number of items on eBay. “These were being sold under the name AdrianHigginson11.”The colour sergeant knew that band items had gone missing and the military police had investigated this, but no suspect was identified.”It was apparent that the items being sold could only have been obtained by someone obviously in the military.”The items were stolen while the defendant had access to the stores they were kept in, over a period of months.”The court heard Higginson had taken most of the instruments while the band took a summer break in August and September 2015.Higginson, of Portsmouth, admitted two counts of theft  from the band’s store rooms in Plymouth and Portsmouth between March 2015 and August 2016.Military police recovered the cornet and amplifier by going to the home of the person who bought them. All the other instruments were bought by someone in Poland and remain missing.Higginson wept during the hearing and Rob Bryan, defending, told the court his client suffered a form of bi-polar disorder that caused great swings in his mood. He said Higginson was a proud man who had been unable to talk to his family about his debts.Mr Bryan said: “The decision to steal the instruments was one of rank stupidity, which has brought him before this court. Portsmouth Military Court heard Higginson had played the euphonium and cello in the Royal Marines Band Service for 10 years, but had also run up debts of almost £15,000.The father-of-one started to steal instruments in March 2015 and over the course of a year, took eight saxophones, two clarinets, a cornet, a horn and a focusrite amplifier. He also stole the personal trumpet of another band member.The Royal Military Police investigated the missing instruments, but were unable to find the culprit and eventually closed the case. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Joan Collins rescued from terrifying blaze at Belgravia flat as she thanks

September 25, 2019

It added in a statement: “Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters were called to a fire at a flat on Eaton Place in Belgravia.”Part of a flat on the first floor of the seven-storey building was damaged by the fire. Two people left the property before the brigade arrived. Dame Joan Collins had to flee her Belgravia, London flat after a fire on Saturday.The actress was treated for smoke inhalation in a nearby NHS hospital, and she thanked the fire brigade for keeping her calm.She said an entire wall of her flat went up in flames and while her husband Percy Gibson tried to put it out, it was no use and she had to call the fire service.She tweeted: “THANK U from the bottom of my to the marvelous @LondonFire who attended to the terrifying fire yesterday in our flat. #threealarmfire.”My hero Percy had already doused the flames consuming the entire wall with handheld extinguisher (#donttakethisrisk). #gratitude #firefighters.”Dame Joan posted a video of the charred remains of her living room on Instagram, writing: “The remains of the day…see my recent #tweet Thank you @londonfirebrigade.”London Fire Brigade told her on Instagram: “So sorry you had experience this. But glad we were able to help. Do let us know if we can offer any further assistance.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The brigade was called at 4.28pm and the fire was under control by 5.36pm. Two fire engines and a turn table ladder from Soho fire station attended the scene.”The cause of the fire is under investigation.” read more

Invisible children press for citizenship

September 21, 2019

first_imgUp to 200,000 young people born to immigrant parents in Greece (parents who have entered the country legally) are treated as ‘aliens’, with no access to Greek citizenship, and the time has come to make sweeping changes to a system that is fundamentally unjust.So says a new campaign – backed by thousands of young people in Greece – aimed at challenging the Greek government’s approach to the issue.The campaign, coordinated by the Greek youth organisation G2RED (Generation 2.0 Rights, Equality, and Diversity), has launched an online petition to raise awareness of the plight of migrant children who suffer social exclusion, limited access to the labour market, who can’t vote, and who are often stigmatised.Children of non-Greek citizens face discrimination at every level in Greece, where their status means they cannot travel and study freely abroad (they are considered ‘third country nationals’, so they need a student visa to study outside Greece), have restricted access to jobs (many professions are reserved for those of Greek citizenship), and are barred from voting at elections.Andromachi Papaioannou, a spokesman for G2RED, says the problem such young people face is neither racism or their precarious legal status – but their visibility, or rather lack of it.“Children of migrant background are invisible both to the state and wider society,” says Papaioannou.“Their legal status is directly linked with that of their parents as long as they are minors, and as soon as they reach adulthood they have to obtain their own residence permit in order to continue to reside legally in the country. “Moreover, those born in the country are not given a birth certificate. The only document their parents receive is a certificate from the maternity clinic. In other words, for the Greek state, children born in the country to migrant parents simply do not exist as they are not registered anywhere.” Papaioannou believes that beside the legal problems concerning their formal existence, how these young people identify themselves when confronted by the Greek state’s system is a process fraught with potential psychological dangers. “Even if they were born in Greece many of them are stigmatised because of their religion or phenotype as being different. “Children of migrant backgrounds are usually identified by members of the majority as unable to ‘integrate’ into Greek society. Even if they feel Greek they are not accepted as such by either the society or the state, and this has multiple effects on their identity formation as well.”The stakes couldn’t be higher. Currently in Greece there is a generation of people born and raised on European soil who do not have the rights of a European citizen.Despite recent attempts, specific legislation on citizenship acquisition for children of migrant backgrounds has been thwarted in the Greek parliament.One Act that was voted on in 2010 was considered anti-constitutional, and articles that regulated citizenship acquisition by minors were cancelled by the State Council last year.Papaioannou and thousands of the campaign’s growing number of supporters (8,700 have signed the online petition to date) say it’s time to consign Greece’s conservative policies – which fly in the face of multiculturalism – to history. The petition to persuade the Greek government to establish citizenship paths to all children born and/or raised in Greece can be signed at European Commission – Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek Australian veterans remembered

September 21, 2019

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With rain bucketing down and a sombre mood, over 70 members of the Hellenic RSL’s Victorian branch took part in a special centenary Anzac Day Parade. The weather didn’t stopped the 80,000 crowd at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance attending the dawn service, and over 100.000 watched the march later in the morning.The Hellenic RSL is the only Greek organisation that is allowed to march on this special day.After the march, all members returned to the RSL Club house for lunch and some speeches were made towards the Gallipoli Campaign. During the eight months fighting at Gallipoli 8,700 Australians died and 27,000 were wounded.Only one Greek born Australian died at Gallipoli in the Australian Forces.Peter Rados was born in Athens in 1893. He enlisted in New South Wales on the 18th August 1914 at the age 23, and he embarked from Sydney for Gallipoli on 20th October 1914. He served with the 3rd Battalion 1st Infantry Brigade, and was killed in action on the 19th May 1915. He is Buried at ANZAC Cemetery, ANZAC Cove Gallipoli.last_img read more

Une des premières tombes chrétiennes dAngleterre découverte

September 20, 2019

first_imgUne des premières tombes chrétiennes d’Angleterre découverteSelon la BBC, des archéologues britanniques ont récemment découvert une tombe anglo-saxonne du VIIème siècle, époque charnière entre pratiques païennes et chrétiennes, comme l’indiquent certains indices.  Mise au jour au côté de trois autres tombes, à Trumpington Meadows, près de Cambridge, par une équipe d’archéologues de cette ville, une sépulture anglo-saxonne datant du milieu du 7ème siècle et contenant le squelette d’une adolescente d’environ 16 ans présente des caractéristiques rituelles mixtes. La couche funéraire en bois, un sac de pierres précieuses et semi-précieuses ainsi qu’un couteau placés en offrande près du corps, relèvent de pratiques païennes. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mais une croix d’or et de grenat de 3,5 centimètres, gisant sur la poitrine de la défunte (et vraisemblablement cousue, à l’époque, sur ses vêtements) témoigne d’une pensée chrétienne. Une conjonction de rites très rares, selon Alison Dickens, qui a dirigé les fouilles : “nous pensons qu’il n’y a qu’un seul autre exemple d’un enterrement avec couche en bois et croix pectorale ensemble : à Ixworth, dans le Suffolk”, a-t-elle expliqué. La tombe daterait de l’époque ou le christianisme commençait à être introduit parmi les rois anglo-saxons, où il se mêlait encore au paganisme. La croix est la 5ème seulement de cette époque découverte au Royaume-Uni. Les trois autres tombes découvertes sur le même site sont des sépultures typiquement anglo-saxonnes, sans indication de christianisme. Une étude détaillée des quatre squelettes et de leurs attributs doit néanmoins être faite. Découvrez la tombe chrétienne et sa croix de grenat en images sur Maxisciences Le 22 mars 2012 à 16:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more