first_imgPune: Nine months after city-based whistleblower Hemant Gavande filed a complaint against former Maharashtra Revenue Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Eknath Khadse in connection with a case of alleged land grab, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra anti-corruption bureau (ACB) to investigate and file an FIR against Mr. Khadse.It was Mr. Gavande’s accusation that brought to light Mr. Khadse’s alleged transactions involving a prime plot of land under the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in Bhosari. He had lodged a police complaint against Mr. Khadse, his wife Mandakini, and his son-in-law Girish Chaudhari, at Pune’s Bund Garden police station on May 30 last year.After months of investigation, M.K. Bahaddarpure, a senior police inspector at the police station, filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court on Tuesday stating that “no prima facie proof could be found against Mr. Khadse”, following which an FIR can not be lodged.In a letter to Mr. Gavande, Mr. Bahaddarpure said that owing to the lack of proof, no FIR can be lodged.Clean chit quashedThe court also slammed the Bund Garden police’s ‘clean chit’ to the former Minister.The court has directed that the matter be transferred to the ACB within a week, following which the agency would probe and file an FIR against Mr. Khadse.Speaking to The Hindu Mr. Gavande said, “I have full faith in the ACB and the High Court’s directive is an indication of hope. It proved that any politician, no matter how high, ought not to misuse his position.”Mr. Gavande had alleged a pre-meditated “criminal conspiracy” between Mr. Khadse, his kin, and the original owner of the plot of land, Abbas Rasool Ukani.According to Mr. Gavande, the original valuation of the plot, according to the sub-registrar, stood at ₹31 crore, as opposed to Mr. Khadse’s figure of Rs. 3.75 crore. Mr. Gavande alleged that the value of the property when Mr. Khadse’s kin applied for compensation would stand at Rs. 65 crore, twice the original market valuation (calculated as per the compensation under the new Land Acquisition policy of 2013).last_img read more

first_imgWith the arrest of two persons, the Punjab police on Thursday claimed to have busted a module of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), an outfit backed by Pakistan’s ISI. Jagdev Singh and Ravinderpal Singh were allegedly arranging funds and weapons for the sleeper cells of the banned group on the directives of Kulwinderjit Singh alias Khanpuriya, currently in Malaysia. Police had received a specific input that Kulwinderjit Singh, along with his associates, had planned to target leaders of a specific community to spread terror and disturb communal harmony in the State. Kulwinderjit Singh was involved in terrorist activities and had shifted to Malaysia in January 2019.last_img read more

first_imgMiami Heat guard Goran Dragic, right, drives past Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game against Miami Heat, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder were foundering without their star point guard, and the Miami Heat — like Oklahoma City trying to improve their playoff position — took advantage.Goran Dragic had 26 points and 11 assists, and Dwyane Wade added 25 points in the Heat’s 116-107 win Monday night over the Thunder, who played without the suspended Russell Westbrook.ADVERTISEMENT Without Schroder running the second unit, Oklahoma City’s bench lacked scoring punch and it showed, as Miami’s reserves outscored the Thunder’s 67-10. Dragic and Wade both came off the bench for the Heat, and reserve James Johnson had 14 points.“The reality is, we’re bringing some firepower off the bench,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Our starters have been tremendous, but it’s not going to work in this league all the time. You’re not always going to be able to get off to the starts that you want. We’re bringing a Hall of Famer off the bench, an All-Star. … It’s not like we’re cringing when we go to the bench. It takes a collective effort.”The first half featured wild swings. The Thunder led 13-0 after the Heat missed their first eight shots, but a 17-0 run by Miami’s reserves put the Heat ahead before the end of the first quarter. The Heat led 41-29 with 8:12 left in the second quarter, but Oklahoma City pulled within 58-55 by halftime.Miami rebuilt its lead to 15 points in the third quarter. A dunk by Grant with 11:02 left got the Thunder within 86-79 before a 15-3 run by the Heat ended all doubt. A 3-pointer by Josh Richardson — who is from the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond — put Miami up 101-82 with 7:29 left.“They hit some tough shots,” Schroder said. “We forced them to shoot non-paint twos and D-Wade and Dragic did a great job tonight. Credit to them.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve just got to keep working every game, try to get better as a team and play together. Especially during tough stretches like we’re going through now, we’ve got to stay together as a team.”ENJOYING THE DRAMASpoelstra acknowledges the Heat’s schedule to close the season is difficult, but says his team is “embracing the competition.”“We all feel alive in there,” he said. “It’s not just because of the wins, because of the consequences, the pain of a loss and the celebration of getting the job done in a tough place. We know, even without Westbrook — which is a significant difference, let’s be fair about that — but you still have to take care of business in a place where they don’t lose very often. You have to play well and we were able to do that.”TIP-INSHeat: Justise Winslow missed his second straight game with a right thigh bruise suffered Friday against Milwaukee, while Rodney McGruder sat out with left knee soreness. … Former Thunder player Dion Waiters received louder-than-usual applause as starting lineups were introduced, but Wade received a standing ovation when he entered four minutes into the game. … Wade’s 674 career points vs. the Thunder is his second-highest total against a Western Conference foe, behind only Portland (699).Thunder: Westbrook could earn another one-game suspension for every two technical fouls the rest of the regular season. He’s now missed nine games this season because of injury or suspension. … Backup C Nerlens Noel didn’t play because of a left quad contusion. … Markieff Morris picked up a technical foul with 1:40 left in the third quarter.UP NEXTHeat: Continue their four-game trip on Wednesday in San Antonio.Thunder: Host Toronto on Wednesday before visiting the Raptors on Friday. LATEST STORIES View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants 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 Kelly Olynyk added 18 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which moved within one game of seventh-place Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference. The Heat snapped a six-game losing streak against Oklahoma City, which now has lost nine of its last 13 games to fall to sixth in the Western Conference.“We put our track shoes on, put all our pads on and went out there ready for a tough basketball game that has a playoff kind of feel to it,” said Wade, who played 33 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPaul George scored 31 points with nine rebounds and Jerami Grant had 27 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Dennis Schroder, who started in Westbrook’s place, scored 20 points. Steven Adams had 10 points and 12 rebounds but was limited by foul trouble to 25 minutes.Westbrook picked up his NBA-leading 16th technical foul in a loss to Golden State on Saturday, earning an automatic one-game suspension at a pivotal time for his team. He was not with the team on Monday and thus not inside Chesapeake Energy Arena to watch the Thunder struggle, shooting 43.7 percent and committing 19 turnovers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Spurs extend streak to 9 straight, stun Warriors Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgAlex Hales hit an unbeaten 187 and broke a host of batting records as he led Nottinghamshire to a convincing one-day cup final success over Surrey at Lord’s on Saturday.The England one-day specialist helped his county reach 298 for six to beat Surrey by four wickets with more than two overs to spare to win the 50-over Royal London Cup.His haul was not only the highest individual score in a county final at Lord’s but also the biggest List A score at the venue, beating David Boon’s 166 for Australia against the MCC in 1989.Hales, who also struck the highest one-day score by an England player last season when he hit 171 against Pakistan, was unsurprisingly named man of the match after eclipsing Mark Stoneman’s impressive 144 not out in Surrey’s innings of 297 for nine.last_img read more

first_imgForce India are fifth overall in the Formula One constructors’ standings, which Mexican driver Sergio Perez says is because of his team’s financial situation. He said that the situation is ‘critical’ and recognised that his own future remained uncertain.Co-owner and team principal Vijay Mallya is fighting an attempt by India to extradite him from Britain to face charges of fraud as a group of Indian banks seek to recover more than $1 billion of loans granted to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.Force India’s chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer told Reuters in June that the team had suffered a cash squeeze through the European winter months but suggested that was easing.”At the moment the situation is critical,” Perez told reporters at the Hungarian Grand Prix, his language the starkest yet by a team insider.”There’s no secret that the financial problems have held the team back quite a bit.”When you look at the results, because Formula One is just about the results, we are fifth in the constructors’ championship and you cannot imagine the financial issues we’ve had so far. It just shows the potential this team has.”There has been some speculation in the F1 media that Canadian driver Lance Stroll’s billionaire father could be ready to invest in Force India, or even take control, with his son then moving to the team from Williams.Perez said he remained in a good position with several options.”Obviously we all want to be driving in the top two teams, Ferrari or Mercedes, so obviously it’s very unlikely that I’ll have an opportunity there for the next years,” said the former McLaren driver.advertisement”So you have to look at where is the best option for your future, where you can show your talent.”I’ve been for the last two years the best of the rest (outside the top three teams) in the drivers’ championship. I just want to see what’s possible for next year, which teams have a vacancy, and then decide.”Perez was seventh in the championship in 2016 and 2017, behind the Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drivers.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgKolkata, Oct 5 (PTI) Winning the first ever Asian Games heptathlon gold medal changed her life as she became a star but Swapna Barman Friday said she sometimes get nervous and scared of the people’s high expectations. An unknown face before the Asian Games, the Jalpaiguri heptathlete became a star overnight after she battled toothache and back pain to become the first Indian to win a heptathlon gold in Jakarta in August. “Life has changed but I have not changed. People’s approach has changed. I sometimes feel I am dreaming or sleeping,” Swapna said at the India Today’s East Conclave 2018 here. “I am scared now. Earlier my parents and coach wanted me to win, to do well. Now, all my countrymen want me to win an Olympic medal. That expectation makes me nervous … thinking what if I can’t deliver,” she said. Swapna achieved a career-best aggregate of 6026 points but for her to be on the Olympics podium she has to raise the bar to 6700-plus. That will certainly be a tough job. The qualifying mark for Rio 2016 was 6200 points. Her coach Subhas Sarkar had pointed this out and said retaining her Asian Games gold medal in 2022 is a more realistic target than eyeing a podium finish in the 2020 Olympics. “I do get motivated that everyone is watching but it also scares me if I will be able to do well or not but my sir is there with me, he will make me practice. I will practice even more for Olympics and if I have everyone’s blessings, I will do well,” Swapna said.advertisement She returned home near Jalpaiguri after a gap of about one year and she said she was surprised to see so many people waiting for her to receive her. “When I reached home, I did not expect so many people would come to meet me. I did not even think someone would cry for me. My mother cried a lot, I had not gone home for a year,” she said. The video of her mother Basana Devi crying profusely on seeing Swapna win the gold had gone viral and she said even Prime Minister Narendra Modi was talking about it. “It went viral that even the Prime Minister mentioned it to me (at the felicitation ceremony),” she said. Swapna was talking at a session titled ‘The Golden Stars – Fast, Fierce, Fantastic’ with former India cricket captain Jhulan Goswami and Indian hockey captain Rani Rampal as they recalled their stories of endurance, perseverance and sheer hard work. “15 years ago, girls were not even allowed to step out of their homes, forget about playing sports. When I told my parents I wanted to play hockey, they were shocked. They did not know anything about sports at all,” Rani, who led the team to the Asian Games silver, said. “They were under societal pressure. It was a big challenge for me that way. Besides, I belonged to a poor family. But my coach Sardar Baldev helped me in my career with shoes and hockey sticks.” Rani said she took up the sport to help her parents build a good house so that it does not flood with rain water anymore. “My house would flood with rainwater and we used to pray for the rain to stop. All I wanted was to get my house made. Only after Olympics I could get the house made for my parents,” she recalled. Jhulan, the most successful ODI bowler in women’s cricket, recalled how she got motivated watching India-Australia match in 1997. “I thought I could represent India for one match, one over and get one wicket. I was chasing that dream and it was difficult to convince my family as they did not understand sports,” Jhulan said. “I cannot take this sport for granted. I have to do well every day otherwise many players are waiting to take my place in the side,” she said. PTI TAP PDSPDSlast_img read more

first_imgNapoli Napoli must rediscover form after Champions League exit – Mertens Gill Clark Last updated 1 year ago 07:43 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dries Mertens - Cropped Getty Images Napoli UEFA Champions League Feyenoord Feyenoord v Napoli A nightmare week for the Italian club ended with elimination from the European competition, after being knocked off the Serie A summit by Inter Dries Mertens acknowledged that Napoli are going through a bad patch after they were knocked out of the Champions League following a 2-1 defeat to Feyenoord on Wednesday.The result left Maurizio Sarri’s men in third place in Group F, behind winners Manchester City and runners-up Shakhtar Donetsk, who both progress to the knockout stages.Napoli, meanwhile, will now drop into the Europa League and Mertens says the team need to improve, having also lost to Juventus in Serie A on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We are in a difficult period and we didn’t manage to play our usual football,” he told UEFA’s official website.”During every season you have to face a spell like this, but we want to return to our usual standard as quickly as possible.”It was not easy tonight after hearing the score from the other game, but we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and try to understand how to start playing our best football again.”We are a solid group and I’m sure we will do it.”Marek Hamsik echoed his team-mate’s comments and said it was a tough defeat to take, with Napoli having gone ahead after just two minutes courtesy of Piotr Zielinski’s goal before an equaliser from Nicolai Jorgensen.Feyenoord were then reduced to 10 men late on when Tonny Vilhena was sent off but still managed to sneak the win thanks to Jeremiah St. Juste’s stoppage-time header.1 – Jeremiah St Juste is the first to score a Champions League goal for @Feyenoord as a substitute since Mariano Bombarda in Nov 2002. Supersubs.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) December 6, 2017″We were not watching what was happening in the other game in Ukraine, we were just focused on our game,” he said.”It’s painful to lose with a late goal but we had to do better earlier in the game, we had to play with more pace in midfield.”The defeat at Shakhtar made everything complicated for us from start in this group. We are still eager to do well in Europe and we will try to do it in the UEFA Europa League instead.”last_img read more

first_imgDay Two was moving day at the NSWTA State Cup with Men’s and Women’s scrambling for the all important finals positions.In the Men’s Open, Wests have swept before them with five wins from five games. Coach Tony Trad is confident about this tournament but they will have to be on their best as they cross over and face the other teams from the Pool of Death.Penrith finished first in the other pool with a draw with Hornsby their only blemish. Time will tell if the young boys from the foot of the mountain can stand up on its biggest stage.Canterbury finished second and like a good horse is well position to make a sprint for the post. They seem set to met Wests in the semi-final which will be an epic game. Hornsby finished third and will have to beat Easts to progress to the semi-finals where they are likely to face Penrith. In the Women’s, Easts have come through the heavy preliminary workload in the best position. Wollongong have been in good form but it should be another year before they make the final with Easts favoured to meet Canterbury in the big onme who play Wests in the other semi.Further results can be found from the NSWTA State Cup website – read more

first_imgThe province will continue to act as the regulator and set fuel prices under the Petroleum Products Pricing Act until an independent review of the policy is completed, Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said today, Oct. 30. “We’ve promised an independent review of the policy and, separate from that, are carefully weighing the recent report of the Utility and Review Board (UARB) on gasoline regulation,” said Mr. Muir. “Once the policy review is done then we have context for the UARB report.” The Utility and Review Board was originally slated to assume responsibility for setting the price of gasoline and diesel fuel in Nova Scotia on Nov. 1. The government’s overall policy review is due to begin early next year. “Certainly it doesn’t seem to make sense to ask the UARB to assume the duties as regulator until we know if, and under what conditions the policy is going to continue,” the minister said. “If the review suggests ways to improve the system then we want to look at them before making the final transfer, if any, to the UARB.” Mr. Muir said that regulation is a policy that is designed to work over the long term and any credible review probably requires the system to be in operation for six months before any analysis can determine if it is delivering benefits. Regulation of gasoline in Nova Scotia was initiated on July 1. A request for proposals for an independent review of the policy will be issued in November with a starting date of Jan. 1, 2007. All four Atlantic provinces now regulate gasoline and diesel fuel prices available to the general motoring public. Each province varies in how and on what day prices are prices are set.last_img read more

first_imgCancel the carbon taxRepeal Bill C-69, the “no more pipelines” billEnd the ban on tanker traffic in B.C.Establish clear timelines for regulatory approvalsEliminate foreign interference in the approvals processAssert federal jurisdiction when necessary Scheer also vowed to work towards a seventh promise: a dedicated coast-to-coast right of way for energy infrastructure projects — a “single corridor” which he says will minimize environmental impacts.In addition, Scheer pledges to make Canada energy efficient by 2030 and maintains he will not touch the Canada Child Benefit, seniors benefits or transfers to provinces. He also promises to bring the $256 million of Canadian taxpayers money in China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank back to this country and to eliminate the Liberals Canada Infrastructure.This line will probably be repeated many times in the next months:“If we are heading into an economic storm, do we really want Justin Trudeau to be the captain of our ship? I would argue not on your life.” Conservative leader Andrew Scheer spoke before the Economic Club in Toronto on Thursday and outlined his economic plan — what he called his “positive vision” for Canada.The speech hinted at how he will fight Justin Trudeau in the upcoming election and was reminiscent of Doug Ford’s successful election campaign that saw him rise to power and decimate the Provincial Liberals.Scheer took aim at Trudeau’s “idealogical mentors” Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty.The federal PC Leader set the stage by telling the audience how Canadians are barely getting by, noting almost half of all Canadian households report being less than $200 a month away from insolvency.Scheer added: “More than 80 per cent of middle-income families are paying $800 more in taxes every year since [Trudeau] came to power,” citing numbers come from a 2017 Fraser Institute paper.He also slammed the Prime Minister for a broken election promise.“Remember the 2015 election when Trudeau looked the country straight in the eye and said he would balance the budget by 2019? Well, it’s 2019,” Scheer said.The promises Scheer made to the audience provide strong indications of how he will battle the Federal Liberals on the economic front:last_img read more

first_imgOctober is Cyber Security Month, and Calgary Police are hoping to help small businesses protect themselves.The service is holding a Cyber Security Session for small business owners and employees Tuesday night.The session will include details about how their companies may be vulnerable, and what can be done to protect them.The force says small businesses have been a favourite target of cyber-attacks recently, with malware even locking out important files until a ransom is paid.The session takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at police headquarters in the northeast.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In a big bang election promise, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced that 20 per cent families belonging to the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as minimum income if his party comes to power. Making the announcement at a press conference here, Gandhi said five crore families and 25 crore will directly benefit from the scheme. “Final assault on poverty has begun. We will wipe out poverty from the country,” he said Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gandhi said the Congress has studied the fiscal implications of the scheme and consulted renowned economists and experts before finalising the scheme. “It is an extremely powerful, ground-breaking and well-thought through idea. We have consulted many economists on the scheme,” he said. “People have suffered in the last five years and we are going to give justice to them,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgThe ‘Shubho Akshay-Tritiya’, this year’s edition of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers annual festive offer for the season, comes with many draws and attractions. Assured gift with every purchase, 20% discount on MC of gold jewellery, 50% discount on MC of diamond jewellery, 15% discount on gems and precious stones, and daily lucky draw of the gold coin are few of the major highlights. Additionally, there is a mega draw of a diamond necklace. Altogether, a lot of shine awaiting for the customers in a special ‘Akshay-Tritiya’ package. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe special press preview, timed just after the advent of the Bengali New Year, had all the elements of Bangaliana with much song and dance about the season, presentation of festive glitter and glow and felicitation of Manik Debnath, master weaver of traditional ‘Gamchas’. “I am really touched”, said Manik Debnath, the 64-year-old master weaver from ‘Oitijya Haat Tant’, “…and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers for this honour and wish all Shuva Nabobarsho.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We are really happy to felicitate unsung hero Manik Debnath because he is truly a master weaver and deserves to be celebrated for keeping the traditional craft alive and this felicitation comes with fond wishes for his mastery to remain ‘Akshay'”, said Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers. “Akshay-Tritiya is all about retention of shine in fate and fortune and that is why it is considered to be a very auspicious occasion for people to buy jewellery and pray for its reflection in their lives,” he added. The offer will be on from May 1- 8 at all showrooms of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers in Kolkata – Rashbehari Avenue, Behala and Barasat and Tripura.last_img read more

first_imgMADRID – President Mario Ray says he will not work for differences, but for solidarity.Spain intensively discusses the referandum to be held on November 9 next year for the separation of autonomous Catalonia.Ruling Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CIU) has declared the coalition by compromising with the seperatist parties in Catalonia saying “Spain can not hinder the plebiscite”, nevertheless Spain’s ruling People Party (PP) and main opposition Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) argues that referandum will not be implemented under any circumstances. President Mariano Roy said, “I obviously expressed my idea regarding this issue. I will work to emphasize connective factors, not the differences. Spain’s sovereignty can be decided by all Spanish people. Any prime minister, political party or parliament can not decide what Spain is.”Spanish Prime Minister commented on the plebiscite by saying, “Spain is one of the oldest nations of Europe and it is one of the leading countries which provided its union.”Chief of PSOE Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba also criticized the developments. He said, they are not in favor of “self-determination of future” which was mostly used by autonomous Catalonia, stressing that a probable seperation of Catalonia would not be for the good of Spain and Europe.The referandum will include the “Do you want Catalonia to be a state?” question, and “Do you want this state [Catalonia] to be independent?” which will be asked to voters saying “Yes” to the first question, and its pre-agreement is expected to be voted and confirmed in Catalan Parliament on January 15, 2013. Then the Catalan government is expected to submit the results of the plebiscite and ask for a general referandum in Spain.last_img read more

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura announced the designations in Kingston, the Jamaican capital, where he was attending the opening of the International Congress on Sport for Development and Peace.“The two champions are being named in recognition of their commitment to the values of peace and tolerance, as well as equity and equality between men and women in sport,” according to a press release issued by the UN agency.In Beijing, Mr. Bolt won the gold medal in the 100 metres, the 200 metres and as part of the Jamaican 4×100 metres relay team. In all three events, the world record was broken. Ms. Campbell-Brown won the 200 metres, defending the title she won at the Athens Olympics four years ago.UNESCO selects outstanding sports personalities to be its Champions for Sport, including the seven-time Formula One world champion driver Michael Schumacher, the former number one tennis player and seven-time Grand Slam victor Justine Henin, and the Brazilian soccer player known as Pelé, who was a member of three World Cup-winning teams.Champions for Sport are expected to spread the message of UNESCO around the world, especially the values of physical education and sports and how they can help build a better future for younger generations. 13 September 2008Two of the brightest stars from the Beijing Olympics, the gold medal-winning Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown, were today named as Champions for Sport by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera held bilateral discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea, Kim Dong-yeon, today.Minister Samaraweera and Minister Kim Dong-yeon discussed issues of mutual interest and underscored the importance of closer bilateral relations between the two countries. Minister Samaraweera is currently taking part in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) Annual Meeting in Jeju Islands, South Korea. read more

INDIANAPOLIS — Anthem topped second quarter expectations and raised its 2019 forecast again, as growth from one of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer’s more profitable coverage lines continued to boost revenue.The health insurer also said Wednesday that the start of its new pharmacy benefit manager is going better than expected, and that contributed to its forecast increase.Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, run prescription coverage for employers, insurers and other big clients. Anthem decided to start one called IngenioRx, with help from CVS Health Corp., after splitting with Express Scripts, which used to run prescription benefits for the insurer. The insurer began moving customers over to the new company on May 1 and has said it expects more of an earnings boost from that later this year.Anthem now expects full-year earnings adjusted for one-time items to exceed $19.30 per share after raising its forecast to greater than $19.20 per share in April.Analysts expect, on average, earnings of $19.29 per share, according to FactSet.All the major health insurers now run their own PBMs too as part of a broader push to control health care costs. Businesses that manage prescription drug coverage can give the insurers more data on their customers and help them better manage their care.Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. covers more than 40 million people and runs insurance plans in several states, including big markets like California and New York.Net income in the second quarter climbed 8% to $1.14 billion, and adjusted earnings per share totalled $4.64.Operating revenue, which excludes investment gains, climbed 11% to $25.18 billion.All of that topped Wall Street forecasts. Analysts there were expecting, on average, earnings of $4.61 per share on $24.7 billion in revenue.But Jefferies analyst David Windley said in a research note that Anthem narrowly beat earnings expectations thanks to better-than-expected control of selling, general and administrative expenses, which fell 4% in the quarter.The insurer’s results also were helped by nearly 8% growth in its fully insured business, which now covers 15.4 million people.Fully insured coverage includes plans sold to small businesses. It is generally more profitable for insurers than the coverage that accounts for most of Anthem’s enrolment: plans for large employers who pay their own claims and leave the insurer to administer the plan.Rising costs from the company’s Medicaid business contributed to a 15% jump in benefit expenses, which climbed to about $20.4 billion in the quarter. Company leaders told analysts the insurer faces challenges to that business in “a handful” of states.Shares fell more than 2% to $295 in pre-market trading Wednesday.The stock had increased 15% since the beginning of 2019 and climbed past $300 to reach new all-time highs earlier in the year._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on ANTM at Murphy, The Associated Press read more

Speaking to reporters before the Quartet’s meeting in Washington, D.C., with US President George W. Bush, the Secretary-General said that the group believes the roadmap “can help bring about the vision of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side.”A joint statement issued after the meeting said President Bush expressed his “strong support” for the group’s efforts as well as his firm commitment to its roadmap, “which would realize his vision of two States – Israel and Palestine – living side-by-side in peace and security.”In addition to Mr. Annan, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller of Denmark, which currently holds the EU’s presidency, High Representative for European Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, and European Commissioner for External Affairs Chris Patten attended the meeting with President Bush and US Secretary of State Powell.According to the statement, the Quartet agreed to further intensive work to develop a credible and effective monitoring mechanism. “In the meantime, the Quartet calls on the parties to carry out as rapidly as possible their responsibilities to restore calm, pursue reforms, and improve the humanitarian situation – steps that will lead to a political process culminating in Palestinian statehood,” it said.Specifically, the Quartet called for an immediate, comprehensive, ceasefire. “All Palestinian individuals and groups must end all acts of terror against Israelis, in any location,” the statement said, noting that such a ceasefire should be accompanied by supportive measures undertaken by the Government of Israel. “As calm is established, Israeli forces should withdraw from Palestinian areas and the pre-Intifada status quo on the ground should be restored.”The Quartet also expressed concern at the deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the West Bank and called for increased effort by the Government of Israel to ease the humanitarian situation in those places. “The Quartet reiterates the importance of immediate Israeli measures, consistent with legitimate security concerns, to improve the lives of Palestinians, including allowing the resumption of normal economic activity, facilitating the movement of goods, people, and essential services and lifting curfew and closures,” the statement said. “The Quartet calls on Israel to avoid actions that undermine trust and create further hardship for innocent Palestinian civilians, including demolition of houses and civil infrastructure.”During a press encounter after the White House meeting, Mr. Annan said the Quartet is determined to finalize its plan as quickly as possible, and release it to the parties. “We all agree that that is the only solution,” he stressed. “Our challenge now is to work with them to get there in the next couple of years. And we are very pleased to also hear the President’s strong support for the work of the Quartet and the achievement of his vision.” read more

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello is scheduled to meet with President José Eduardo dos Santos and other senior officials in Angola on a three-day visit highlighted by discussions on the current peace process. Mr. Vieira de Mello will also draw attention to the importance of human rights in achieving national reconciliation.Earlier this week, Mr. Vieira de Mello was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he met yesterday with President Joseph Kabila and expressed his concern about the fate of 30 people recently sentenced to death by a military court on charges that they were involved in the assassination of the previous President, Laurent-Desiré Kabila.The High Commissioner’s concerns were echoed yesterday by two experts from the Commission on Human Rights. In a joint statement, UN Special Rapporteurs Asma Jahangir, who deals with summary or arbitrary execution, and Iulia Antoanella Motoc, who deals with the DRC, expressed their “serious concern” that the trials conducted by the military tribunal that handed down the sentences were “seriously flawed and unfair.” They were also concerned by reports that 15 people had been executed recently following a military tribunal judgment.Both Rapporteurs said they have received information that the judges on the tribunals had little training in international human rights law. There were also reports that the defendants did not have sufficient time to prepare their trials and had been denied appeals.The experts urged the Government of the DRC, and in particular President Kabila, to make certain international safeguards and restrictions on capitol punishment are in place, and to reinstate the country’s moratorium on executions, which was lifted on 23 September 2002. read more

Jack Shepherd, 31, fled the UK last March and spent ten months dating women, allegedly learning to ski and living the high life in Tbilisi, despite claiming to be “suicidally depressed.” But when he appeared in court last week after finally handing himself into the authorities, prosecutor Ketevan Gurashuili described him as a “clever man” who “had contacts” to help him escape. She suggested there was evidence that he “had plans to flee to Thailand or Indonesia”. Police are investigating the network of family and friends who may have helped a convicted killer remain on the run in Georgia. A Metropolitan Police spokesman vowed to leave no stone unturned as it investigates how Shepherd managed to… read more