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first_imgPune, Rajkot get nod NEW DELHI, India (AP): The western cities of Pune and Rajkot will provide the franchises to fill in for the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League over the next two years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said the new teams will be temporary replacements after the Super Kings and Royals were suspended this year by a Supreme Court-appointed committee over corruption and spot-fixing. New Rising Consortium-owned Pune and mobile phone manufacturer Intex-owned Rajkot were selected in a reverse-bidding process in which bidders were asked to discount their annual revenue share of US$6 million. New Rising gave up that revenue entirely and also committed to pay US$2.4 million per year to the BCCI. Intex will pay US$1.5 million per year. McCullum stands by evidence DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP): New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum says he stands by the evidence he gave at the perjury trial of former teammate Chris Cairns, although Cairns’ acquittal has raised questions over whether he was believed by a jury in London. McCullum was the prosecution’s leading witness in the trial of Cairns, the former New Zealand allrounder who was alleged to have lied in a libel action against Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi, who accused him of involvement in match-fixing. In evidence, McCullum said he was approached by Cairns in 2008 and encouraged to become involved in match-fixing. Cairns’ legal team sought to discredit McCullum’s evidence by pointing out he took three years to report the alleged approach, then changed elements of his story on later occasions. On the eve New Zealand’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin, McCullum faced the media yesterday for the first time since Cairns’ acquittal. Few questions at the conference related to the Test match; instead, McCullum was quizzed on his evidence and the fallout from the Cairns trial. Swansea sack Monk SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Swansea has fired manager Garry Monk after nearly two years in charge, following a dip in form that has seen the team win just one of their last eleven Premier League games. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says he made the decision because of “a drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months.” Jenkins says “when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.” Monk was with the club for more than 11 years, first as a defender and then manager since February 2014 when he replaced Michael Laudrup. Barcelona aiming for third Club World Cup title TOKYO, Japan (AP): Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez spearhead Barcelona’s attempt to win a third Club World Cup title when the European champions arrive in Japan next week. Luis Enrique’s squad will play their first game on December 17 in Yokohama, just five days after hosting Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league. The tournament begins on Thursday in Yokohama. Barcelona and Copa Libertadores winners River Plate are favourites to reach the December 20 final. Barcelona won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 and the Spanish league leaders are clear favourites to continue Europe’s domination. The tournament, which features the top clubs from FIFA’s six continental confederations plus the champion of the host country, returns to Japan for the first time since 2012. It was hosted in Morocco the previous two years.last_img read more

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Independence of Auditors Necessary – Governor-General

first_img “Auditors must be independent if they are to give independent recommendations in their reports. An Auditor General’s report is crucial to good governance, transparency and accountability,” he said. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has underscored the importance of auditors being independent in their functions, as their work affects accountability.The Governor-General, who was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (CAROSAI), held today at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, in New Kingston, said auditors help in the maintenance of good governance.“Auditors must be independent if they are to give independent recommendations in their reports. An Auditor General’s report is crucial to good governance, transparency and accountability,” he said.The conference will be held from August 15 to 16, under the theme: ‘Building the Future on the Foundation of the Past’.Participants are from international donor agencies, professional organisations, regional groups, Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East.The Governor-General said that auditors’ “timely interventions” in the running of States, not only shed light on “apparent digressions,” but also help in directing operations “toward a path of robust fiscal management.”He told the gathering that individuals should be made to understand the “significant impact” of the work of auditors on national development.Arguing that corruption can be reduced with individuals adhering to high values, the Governor-General said if ethics serve as a code to govern people’s actions “they will do the right things.”He also charged Government auditors to be “more proactive” in advising public entities on investments in information technology to improve service delivery. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has underscored the importance of auditors being independent in their functions, as their work affects accountability. The Governor-General, who was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (CAROSAI), held today at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, in New Kingston, said auditors help in the maintenance of good governance. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Taylor Bridge Deck Maintenance

first_imgCheck DriveBC for updates or call the after-hours line at 1-888-883-6688 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Yellowhead Road & Bridge (North Peace) Ltd will be performing deck maintenance on the Taylor Bridge.Thursday, December 20, 2018, the maintenance will begin at 7 pm and go until 3:30 am.Traffic will be single lane and alternating traffic with up to 20-minute delays.last_img

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Israeli tourists prevented from entering Tunisia

first_imgTUNIS – Israeli tourists aboard a cruise ship were prevented from entering Tunisia due to a surprise decision by the Tunisian government, the cruise operator said on Monday.“During Norwegian Jade’s port call in La Goulette, Tunisia on Sunday, March 9, 2014, a small number of guests holding Israeli passports were not allowed to go ashore because of a last minute decision made by the Tunisian government,” the Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement.“We apologise for any inconvenience to our guests and appreciate their understanding. We are reviewing this decision with the appropriate officials,” it said, adding that it would refund port taxes to the guests. A tourism ministry official said the visitors were prevented from disembarking because of “a procedural problem,” saying they did not have visas.The interior ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.The issue of relations with Israel is a taboo subject in Tunisia, as it is in other Arab countries, and Tourism Minister Amel Karboul faced questions during her nomination regarding past travel to Israel, which she had made for professional reasons.Tunisia hosted the Palestine Liberation Organisation from its 1982 expulsion from Lebanon until it returned to the Israeli-occupied territories in the 1990s during the Oslo peace process.In 1996, Tunisia and Israel opened interest sections in each other’s country, but Tunis froze relations in 2000 in protest at Israel’s response to the second Palestinian uprising, or intifada.last_img read more

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Serena Williams Is Not The 700thBest Tennis Player On The Planet

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (June 27, 2017), we discuss the NBA’s anointed MVP: Russell Westbrook took home the prize after a season in which he averaged a triple-double. Next, tennis: In a recent interview with NPR, John McEnroe said Serena Williams was the greatest female tennis player of all time but that “if she played the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world.” We examine why so many discussions about women’s sports turn into hypothetical conversations pitting female athletes against men. Plus, a significant digit on Tim Tebow.Here are links we discussed during the show:ESPN’s Royce Young recaps Russell Westbrook’s historic season, which culminated with an MVP award.Serena Williams responded on Twitter to McEnroe’s comments.Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post writes that 44 years after the Battle of the Sexes, we’re still having the same dumb debate.A 2014 Slate piece examined why women can serve as fast as men.Significant Digit: 4 percent. Although the New York Mets promoted Tim Tebow to their high-A minor league affiliate, FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur found that Tebow performed below replacement level, in the 4th percentile of player performances in low-A ball since 2005. Embed Code FiveThirtyEight read more

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Leicester city extends Wilfred Ndidis contract

first_imgLeicester City has extended the stay of midfielder Wilfred Ndidi at the King Power Stadium until 2024.Ndidi has been one of the Foxes’ best performers since making the switch from Belgian side  Genk in January 2017 and has penned a new deal keeping him at the King Power Stadium until 2024.The Nigeria midfielder was the Premier League’s most successful tackler last season and played every minute of the Super Eagles’ World Cup campaign in Russia.The player who was named the club’s Young Player of the Year for 2016-17 and 2017-18, is delighted to have pledged his future to the club.Happy to extend my contract with @lcfc special thanks to my team mates, coaches and the fans for their constant support ⚪️? #2024 #foxes pic.twitter.com/HKqmFVFk07— Ndidi Wilfred (@Ndidi25) August 19, 2018Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I’m very happy to sign this contract with Leicester City,” the 21-year-old told the club’s official website.“I have enjoyed every moment of my time with the football club, so I’m thrilled to be here for six more years.“Together with my team-mates and our wonderful supporters, I hope we can look forward to many more fantastic moments.”last_img read more

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Latest rules for dockless scooters after City Councils unanimous vote

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 24, 2019 Latest rules for dockless scooters after City Council’s unanimous vote 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council unanimously voted today to tentatively approve a regulatory package for dockless electric scooters, bicycles and the companies that own them.The ordinance includes a litany of changes designed to improve public safety while also keeping dockless mobility companies in the region as an affordable transportation alternative. The city plans to use state grant funding to pay local law enforcement officers overtime to enforce the regulations.The package will limit the speed of dockless scooters from 15 mph to 8 mph in high-traffic areas like Spanish Landing, near Petco Park and boardwalks in the city’s beach communities, and as low as 3 mph along the Embarcadero and the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade.“At the end of the day this is a good starting point” said City Councilman Scott Sherman. “It’s not going to be where we end up. … The fact that both sides probably aren’t totally happy with what is happening here today means we probably have a fairly good deal somewhere in the middle.”Scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Razor will be required to use geofencing technology on their scooters to limit speeds and parking abilities in designated areas around the city. Lime and Bird already use geofencing to reduce scooter speeds in areas like the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.The city has begun to designate 330 scooter parking zones along city streets so as to decrease the number of scooters parked on sidewalks. In downtown, scooter riders and companies will only be able to park devices in groups of four, with at least 40 feet between groups.Many of the package’s supporters were representatives of Bird, Lime, Razor and Jump, a dockless bicycle and scooter company owned by the ride-booking company Uber. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and public transit advocacy group Circulate San Diego also endorsed the ordinance.“We look forward to a continued partnership and to regulations that advance our shared objectives of making the city even more livable by reducing car usage, traffic and carbon emissions,” said Bird spokeswoman Kyndell Gaglio.Most opponents of the package favored an outright ban of dockless transit devices throughout the city, let alone on the city’s sidewalks. City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell said she’d be one such opponent had she been on the council when they first arrived in San Diego early last year.“I have a call to action to these companies that own these devices,” Campbell said. “If they successfully obtain a permit, you must do your part to keep our residents safe with rider education and accountability and I will be watching.”Campbell and City Councilwoman Barbara Bry said they would support a future ban on riding dockless scooters along boardwalks in the city’s beach neighborhoods, which city officials may draft in the coming weeks and months along with other changes to facets of the ordinance like which areas are designated 3 mph and 8 mph zones.Some opponents also suggested that the council is responsible for residents’ injuries and deaths due to scooter-related incidents.The regulations include a provision indemnifying the city for scooter-related accidents and injuries. The scooter companies will also be required to maintain liability insurance of up to $2 million per accident and $4 million aggregate.The city will require that scooter companies obtain a six-month operational permit with a $5,141 fee and pay $150 per scooter or bike each year to continue operating in San Diego. According to the city, revenue from the per-device fee will be added to the city’s general fund to be used for scooter safety outreach, law enforcement and various transportation infrastructure improvements.Companies can renew permits only in January or July, at which time they will have a chance to negotiate operating terms like fleet size, which they are not currently required to report to the city. Companies could also add a special event provision to their operating permit to increase fleet size by 20 percent for 10 days per year for $15 per scooter, per day.Mayor Kevin Faulconer first proposed a regulatory framework for dockless scooters and bikes in October.The council’s Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved the full regulatory package in February and requested that it return to the committee within six months of its implementation for further review and to ensure the city is keeping pace with the evolution of technologies like geofencing.“The way people get around town has changed quite a bit and we’re embracing that by putting in place common-sense rules to protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Faulconer said in a statement. “These new regulations allow us to hold these companies accountable for their actions while establishing clear rules of the road to ensure this evolving industry grows in a safe and responsible way.”The council must vote on the ordinance a second time for it to take effect. 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WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON The Latest News From Moulton Markey  Warren

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:NoneSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:Senator Markey Blasts FDA Decision To Approve New Supercharged Opioid DsuviaSenator Markey Calls for Suspending All Civil Nuclear Cooperation with Saudi ArabiaSenator Markey Urges Easing of Humanitarian Aid Restrictions To North KoreaSenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Warren, Markey Demand Explanation from Columbia Gas on Delayed Gas Restoration Timeline in Merrimack ValleyWarren Questions Commerce Secretary Ross on Trump Steel Tariff Exemptions that Favor Chinese and Japanese-owned Companies Over American CompaniesWarren Applauds HHS Secretary Azar Decision to Move Forward with Mandatory Bundled Payment ModelsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

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BSE closes points 6017 up on April 1

first_imgNew Delhi, April 1 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 60.17 points up to stand at 22,446.44. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 16.85 points up to stand at 6,721.05. Gitanjali Gems and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.87% and 5.91% along with Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. and TV18 Broadcast with an increase of 5.37% and 5.30% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. and Siemens with a decrease of 4.41% and 4.24% along with Sobha Developers Ltd. and Ashok Leyland with a decrease of 4.12% and 4.01% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 14.51 points at 13,294.78 while the banking sector is down 157.79 points at 14,414.67 and the realty sector is down 12.29 points at 1,456.11. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 60.06 per dollar.last_img read more

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251 journalists jailed

first_imgPeople march to show solidarity for jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo two days before a local court is due to deliver verdict against them on charges of breaching the country`s Official Secrets Act in Yangon, Myanmar, on 1 September 2018. — Photo: ReutersA near-record number of journalists around the world are behind bars for their work, including two Reuters reporters whose imprisonment in Myanmar has drawn international criticism, according to a report released on Thursday.There were 251 journalists jailed for doing their jobs as of Dec. 1, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in an annual study. For the third consecutive year, more than half are in Turkey, China and Egypt, where authorities have accused reporters of anti-governmental activities.“It looks like a trend now,” the report’s author, Elana Beiser, said in an interview. “It looks like the new normal.”The number of journalists imprisoned on charges of “false news” rose to 28, up from 21 last year and nine in 2016, according to the CPJ, a U.S.-based nonprofit that promotes press freedom.The report criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for frequently characterizing negative media coverage as “fake news,” a phrase that is also used by leaders against their critics in countries like the Philippines and Turkey.The study was published the same week that Time magazine named several journalists as its annual “Person of the Year.”That group included Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were imprisoned one year ago on Wednesday, and Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two months ago.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were found guilty in September of violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison. They had been investigating the massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys amid an army crackdown that has driven hundreds of thousands of refugees into Bangladesh.Lawyers for the two Reuters reporters have lodged an appeal against their conviction and sentence.Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said the jailing of the reporters had nothing to do with freedom of expression. In comments made the week after their conviction, she said they were sentenced for handling official secrets and “were not jailed because they were journalists.”Turkey remains the world’s worst offender against press freedom, the CPJ said, with at least 68 journalists imprisoned for anti-state charges. At least 25 journalists are in prison in Egypt.Turkey has previously said its crackdown is justified because of an attempted coup to overthrow the government in 2016. Egypt has said its actions to limit dissent are directed at militants trying to undermine the state, which saw a popular uprising in 2011 topple the county’s longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.Asked about journalists being jailed, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said: “Legal measures are not taken because of these suspects’ or criminals’ professions. This is unrelated.”The overall number of jailed journalists is down 8 percent from last year’s record high of 272, the CPJ said.The total does not take into account journalists who have disappeared or are being held by non-state actors. The CPJ said there are dozens of reporters missing or kidnapped in the Middle East and North Africa, including several held by Houthi rebels in Yemen.last_img
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