“We won the World Cup” – when Kiran Bedi celebrated the French World Cup…

first_imgPC: India TVAdvertisement m40NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1a0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4cxi5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7g98Would you ever consider trying this?😱3futcCan your students do this? 🌚43kRoller skating! Powered by Firework PC: India TVThe Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi, decided to put out a congratulatory tweet to the French team for winning the FIFA World Cup but caused quite an uproar on social media when she referenced Puducherrians as an ‘erstwhile French territory’, and proceeded to celebrate the victory as their own.Advertisement Naturally, her tweet evoked backlash as it wasn’t a very conducive choice of words on her part, implying any sort of lasting piety to Puducherry’s colonizers.Advertisement While we certainly don’t have to hold any ill-will towards countries like France or England that had a presence in India, we do have to be careful that we don’t colour ourselves with the same brush any longer.India is an independent, sovereign country – an emerging world power – and it’s about time that people started imbibing that in their subconscious. Advertisementlast_img read more

Football: Jurgen Klopp calls Sergio Ramos “ruthless and brutal”

first_imgAdvertisement awNBA Finals | Brooklyn VszpvcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8zj3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) x0l4Would you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚1oo9eRoller skating! Powered by Firework Jurgen Klopp finally broke his silence on Sergio Ramos’ challenge on Mohamed Salah during the Champions League final.Advertisement Ramos was widely criticised for his actions at the final in Kiev which included injuring Salah and elbowing Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius which caused a concussion.Photo Credits: Liverpool FC via Getty ImagesSalah, who sustained a shoulder injury, had to be subbed after half-an-hour while Karius went on to make two high-profile mistakes as Real secured a 3-1 victory and a third successive Champions League trophy.Advertisement Referee Milovan Ristic did not punish Ramos over either incident which further angered Klopp and he spoke about the matter in an interview during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the US.“If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid, then you think it is ruthless and brutal,” Klopp said.Advertisement “If you put all of the situations of Ramos together, and I have watched football since I was five years old, then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos.“[With Salah] you don’t think ‘Wow, good challenge’. The thing is, I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup afterwards and nobody really thinks about that later.“But I think in a situation like that, somebody needs to judge it better. If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card or whatever but to look again and say ‘What is that?’“It was ruthless. I don’t think Mo would have always got injured in that situation, this time it was unlucky, but it is an experience that we cannot have.“I’m not sure if it is an experience we will have again – go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goalscorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game.”Read also: Football: Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool are focussed on trophies this seasonIndian Football: Former Tamil Nadu skipper passes away   Advertisementlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo to take legal action against model who says they dated 10 years…

first_imgAdvertisement apNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6otyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ezbw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3djWould you ever consider trying this?😱4bCan your students do this? 🌚46f6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have faced emotional abuse and threats by model Jasmine Lennard and the Portuguese superstar is to take legal action to tackle the issue.Advertisement The Juventus star has denied having a relationship with the CBB star, and denied he was the person in voice notes she claimed were from him.Advertisement Ronaldo’s legal team told Metro.co.uk: ‘Mr Ronaldo has no specific recollection of meeting Ms Lennard 10 years ago or at any point. He has not had a relationship with her and he has not had any contact with her, whether in the last 18 months as Ms Lennard suggests, or otherwise.‘The voice notes posted by Ms Lennard on social media are not of Mr Ronaldo. Mr Ronaldo will take appropriate legal action in due course’.Advertisement Lennard, 33, called the footballer ‘a psychopath’ in now-deleted tweets, in which she pledged to assist the woman who has accused Ronaldo of rape. Advertisementlast_img read more

Bunyip’s road to ruin

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Less trains, more cars

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Bassa LFA Suspends, Fines Players, Coach

first_imgThe Grand Bassa County Sub-Association of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has suspended and fined seven 3rd Division players and a coach.According to a communication signed by Secretary Moses D. Hayes, Sr. and approved by Chairman Jeremiah B. Johnson, the players are from Gbehzohn PRO FC in Lower Harlandsville Township outside Buchanan City.The players have been suspended for one year for attacking center referee Emmanuel Gaye during a match between their team and Fairplay FC at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium recently.The players are Reuben B. Frank, Emmanuel Tarley, Philip Roberts, Junior Gibson and Leroy Simpson.The club is also fined $10,000LD for bringing the match to a standstill, and it is responsible to pay for missing and damaged items.The items included 2 fox forty whistles at the cost of $30 USD, a set of referee’s cards at the cost of $15 USD, Medical bills for Referee Gaye at the cost of $1,500LD and window glasses broken by Player Junior Gibson from the VIP which cost $40 USD. Gibson has denied the charge. Also two players of Western Lion F.C of Lower Harlandsville Township, Daniel Kpehe and Sequence Freeman were also suspended for one year. They attacked center referee Sylvester S. Sayon during a match between Fashion FC and Western Lion FC. In another development, Coach Abraham Harrington of Fashion F.C. was suspended for six months for insulting center referee Sylvester S. Sayon during a match between Fashion FC and Western Lion, recently.The action exhibited by the suspended players and the coach as well as their clubs contravenes LFA’s Rules and Regulations, chapter 18, Article 1, Section 1.5a and Section 1.7 respectively. Accordingly, section 1.5a states that any official who shall assault a match official or LFA Official before, during and after a match shall be suspended for one year for the first offense and pay all expenses incurred by the match official or LFA official and 18 months for the second offense.Section 1.7 also states that a club player, officials or member of a club who shall encourage or authorize the team to abandon a match or bring a match to a standstill shall be fined $10,00LD and be suspended for not less than one year and not exceeding two years.The suspension of the seven players and coach started September 28, 2015 and will expire September 28, 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Negative impact on rice industry

first_imgDear Editor,Local rice exporters are extremely horrified, threatened and apprehensive by the recent action of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) which seeks to monopolise the sale of rice to only two Jamaican companies. But it is apparent that there are conflicting positions on this matter. The GRDB’s General Manager had said that “any company can export to and import from Jamaica, meaning buyers and sellers who meet the GRDB criteria will not be hindered in any way nor will it be hindered in any way nor will it limit importation into Jamaica to two Jamaican companies” (Guyana Chronicle April 25, 2016). On the other hand, the Agriculture Ministry’s website has made it clear that ‘the GRDB is the facilitator and the rice industry is owned by the Private Sector’. (www.agriculture.gov.gy/grdb)Furthermore, the General Manager of the GRDB, Nizam Hassan (former General Manager of Guyana Marketing Corporation), in a press release had claimed that the actions of the GRDB is supported by the GRDB Act 1994 – he said that the approval of contracts is in accordance with the Act. He further stated that “the GRDB Act states clearly the procedure which should be taken when entering into a contract for the supply and sale of paddy and other products of paddy”.However, what he fails to acknowledge is the fact that the GRDB does not have the mandate according to the Act to enter into such contractual arrangements purportedly on behalf of rice millers. It must be stated that rice exporters were not even party to this negotiation – so how can this contract be even made on their behalf? It was literally pushed down their throats! Is the General Manager stating that the GRDB is a rice miller? It is the GRDB that entered into the contract with the two Jamaican companies. Both the Agriculture Ministry website and the GRDB’s website are again clear on this matter when they state that the function of the GRDB is to work along with stakeholders in export and trade facilitation. In fact, the GRDB has a department which is solely responsible for the preparation of all relevant documentation for the exporting of rice from Guyana. They also assist in the facilitation of foreign investors in the purchase of Guyana’s rice and other rice products.These websites are in direct agreement with the Guyana Rice Development Board Act Chapter 72:01 Section 4. This Section makes it clear that the GRDB should promote the expansion of the export trade in the rice industry, to facilitate the export of paddy and rice, to establish mechanisms and systems to assist rice producers to export rice and paddy and to provide assistance in negotiating and entering into contracts with foreign governments, agencies or persons for the export of paddy and rice and to engage in such activities which appear to the Board to be necessary for the purpose of increasing the export rice and paddy.Hence, it is submitted that the GRDB has no legal jurisdiction to actually negotiate and enter into contracts to export rice-it can provide assistance!Furthermore, this illegal and counter-trading act by the GRDB seeks to contravene, once again, its mandate in the GRDB Act. Section 4, subsection (5)(g) gives the GRDB the mandate ‘to monitor and guide the development of the rice industry having regard to changes in the export markets for rice and other products of paddy, paddy and products of rice’.The GRDB, as one of its criteria to export to the Jamaican rice market is guilefully trying to delete branding and is insisting that rice millers supply white rice in bulk. What is the hidden agenda of the GRDB? This criterion cannot be seen as a ‘development’ of the rice industry. It is an established fact that branding is the key to business success and it requires huge amounts of financial and human resources to create and launch a successful brand. In effect, the GRDB is wilfully killing the growth of the rice industry. In today’s business world, product differentiation and branding is vital for the growth and development of the rice industry. It is only by creating and maintaining successful brands of rice that we will ensure our long-term market growth and survival on the international market scene.This new development which will negatively affect one of the largest entrepreneurs and rice millers in Berbice and Guyana – Nand Persaud and Company – locally and internationally famous for its Karibee Brand of rice. This Company has taken more than 20 years and millions of dollars to create and promote an enduring brand name which is not only highly famous and a household name in Guyana but in the Caribbean and many parts of the world. It is a travesty to good business practice that such a prestigious brand name should be sacrificed by policymakers of the GRDB who have shown no concern for the long-term survival and development of the rice industry.To deliberately destroy a successful brand name will greatly affect the competitive nature of business since this is what spurs efficiency in production, improvement in quality and in the effective marketing of products and services. The GRDB should be aware that bulk selling is injurious to rice millers who have spent time and money to ensure that their products are of superior quality and can secure a huge market share. This will also serve to hide poor quality and will result in giving the rice industry a bad reputation. This act of destroying a successful brand name is definitely taking the rice industry back to the dinosaur age!I am calling on the Government and specifically, the Business Minister, the Guyana Rice Exporters and Millers Association, the Guyana Manufacturing Association and the Private Sector Commission, to intervene and protect the businesses affected by this capricious and detrimental action by the GRDB. Are the GRDB officials willing to circumvent their legal mandate in pursuit of self-aggrandisement?Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufCouncillor, Region Sixlast_img read more

Condo complex

first_imgMeanwhile, the reported outline of the council’s plan doesn’t seem too promising. It would require landlords to pay steep fees to evicted tenants, while making no distinctions as to the tenants’ incomes or length of residency. Rich yuppies and retirees living on a fixed income would get the same treatment. Which means the council’s response – whenever it’s complete – will be too little and too late. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE Los Angeles City Council got one small step closer Tuesday to passing a plan to deal with the city’s condo-conversion crisis – now that the crisis is all but over. When the real-estate market was still soaring, there was a rash of old apartment buildings’ converting to condos. Since 2001, tenants from some 12,000 units have been evicted. This presented a real hardship for many older and disabled tenants who found themselves without a home and unable to afford a new one. But now the market has cooled. In 2006, condo sales in the San Fernando Valley dropped 23.5 percent, the single biggest fall since 1990. And as condos get harder to sell, the rush to convert apartments will slow to a crawl. last_img read more

Blackwater chief defends firm

first_imgPrince refused to say whether former employees were guilty of murder and said it should be up to the Justice Department to pursue charges against contractors who commit crimes overseas. In the case of the Christmas Eve shooting, Prince said the company fired and fined the individual. He said he supports legislation that would guarantee his employees and other private security companies working for the State Department are subject to prosecution in U.S. courts. At the same time, Prince said the government’s decision to include the FBI in the investigation of the Sept. 16 incident is proof that oversight and accountability already exists. Waxman said he was concerned to learn the State Department advised the company on how much to pay the family of the Iraqi security guard shot by a drunken Blackwater employee in 2006. Internal e-mails later revealed a debate within the State Department on the size of the payment, Waxman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HEARING: Security contractor’s chairman says his employees “acted appropriately” in war-zone incidents. By Richard Lardner and Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Blackwater chairman Erik Prince vigorously rejected charges Tuesday that guards from his private security firm acted like a bunch of cowboys immune to legal prosecution while protecting State Department personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I believe we acted appropriately at all times,” Prince, a 38-year-old former Navy SEAL, calmly told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. His testimony came as the FBI is investigating Blackwater personnel for their role in a Sept. 16 shootout that left 11 Iraqis dead. The incident and others, including a shooting by a drunken Blackwater employee after a 2006 Christmas party, led to pointed questions by lawmakers about whether the government is relying too much on private contractors who fall outside the military courts- martial system. “We’re not getting our money’s worth when we have so many complaints about innocent people being shot,” said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, committee chairman, at the conclusion of a nearly six-hour hearing. “And it’s unclear whether they’re actually being investigated by the State Department, because we haven’t had any cooperation.” Prince cast his company as a scapegoat for broader problems associated with the government’s reliance on security contractors and the murky legal jurisdiction. He said his staff was composed of courageous individuals who face the same threats and high-stress environment as U.S. military personnel, and noted 30 Blackwater personnel have been killed and no Americans have died under the company’s watch. last_img read more