Cops deliberately leave lacunae to benefit accused: Court

first_imgNew Delhi, May 27 (PTI) A Delhi court has observed that police officials deliberately leave lacunae in charge sheet to force courts to free the accused involved in heinous crime, thus giving a bad name to judiciary.The courts remarks came while discharging a transport department official in a corruption case in which it held that the charge sheet was filed in a “shoddy manner” by officials of Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) of Delhi government.The court said from the way the charge sheet was filed, it appeared that the material was deliberately not scrutinised by ACBs Inspector Rakesh Kumar and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mahender Pal.”It is not the case that these senior officers of ACB are not aware of the nuances of the criminal law system. The charge sheet very clearly evidences that certain lacunae are deliberately and with ulterior motive left in the charge sheet and in collection of required evidence so as to make the courts helpless and force them to discharge/acquit the accused persons who are involved in a heinous crime such as corruption which is not only eroding the moral fabric of the society at large but also giving a bad name to judiciary and our country for conducting protracted trials ultimately resulting in acquittals in large number of corruption cases,” special judge Hemani Malhotra said.The court discharged Transport Department official Rajeev Kumar Arora under the Prevention of Corruption Act saying no sufficient material was found to proceed against him.According to the prosecution, on November 5, 2012, K K Sharma, an employee of Transport Department, made a complaint to ACB that he was going to retire on November 31, 2012 and Arora was demanding Rs 50,000 bribe to clear his pension file.advertisementSharma alleged that Arora had demanded Rs 10,000 as first installment to be paid on November 5, 2012.Prosecution said a trap was laid by ACB and Arora was caught red handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 10,000 from Sharma and a case was lodged against him.The court, while discharging the man, said the statements of complainant and a witness clearly showed that “no demand for illegal gratification” was made by Arora.”Rather, initially, the money was refused by the accused after which the complainant himself put the money in the pocket of the accused,” it said. PTI SKV ZMNlast_img read more

Replacement or cover? Selectors and team management differed on Pant’s status

first_imgThe selection committee and the team management were not on the same page over Rishabh Pant joining India’s World Cup squad as “cover” for the injured Shikhar Dhawan, it has been learned.It has emerged that the team management was never keen on any replacement, including Pant, instead of hoping for Shikhar Dhawan to get fit for the business end of the tournament.Chances of Dhawan attaining match fitness, however, look grim at the moment. The team management is looking up to the cases where athletes have recovered quicker than expected.On the eve of the match against New Zealand, assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said that Dhawan is so “precious” that skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri are willing to wait even if the opener is fit for the last league game against Sri Lanka on July 6.The three selectors chairman MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh — are currently in England and “wanted to announce a replacement straightaway”.”… But the team management seemed against the idea as a replacement would have meant that Dhawan would practically have no chance of making it if India goes into the semi-finals. Look at his hands. It’s plastered and things are not great,” a BCCI source, privy to the development, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.Former off-spinner Sarandeep seems to be an extended part of the team as he is always found in its apparel and pretty active during training sessions.Regarding Pant, a final decision was arrived at when the team management was convinced that it would need a back-up if the situation turns worse.advertisement”He (Pant) bats in the middle-order, and obviously being a left-hander (also) helps. He was named in the standby as well. So the team management has gone and picked him for the order,” Bangar said.The delay in officially announcing Pant as cover even after the team management and selectors had agreed was due to the necessary clearances that the BCCI had to procure from the administrators and office-bearers.The BCCI logistics team starts functioning once all the approvals are in place. Pant would be taking a flight from Delhi to Manchester on Thursday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Australia beat Pakistan in tense clash to move to No.2Also Read | World Cup 2019: Will try our level best vs India, says Pakistan captain Sarfaraz after Australia defeatAlso See:last_img read more

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ boats take guests ‘closer’ to Oslofjord and the Olsen’s Hvitsten home

first_imgMay 27, 2019 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines was pleased to showcase its ‘closer’ credentials to its guests on board Balmoral and Braemar on 21st May 2019, when the two ships docked alongside each other in Fred. Olsen’s historic home city of Oslo, Norway. As well as taking a range of shore excursions around Oslo, or making the most of the opportunity to explore this fascinating city independently, over 100 Fred. Olsen guests were also able to experience an exhilarating ride on the Rigid Inflatable Boats (‘RIBs’) aboard Balmoral and Braemar, and also to enjoy a first-ever visit to the Olsen family estate at Hvitsten, located on atmospheric Oslofjord. Peter Deer, Commercial Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “When we realised that Balmoral and Braemar would both be in Oslo on 21st May 2019 and this happened to coincide with the launch of two brand new RIBs, which were being installed on board Braemar that day, we decided that it was a great opportunity to put all our power boats into full use across the two ships. “A highlight for guests taking part in our special RIBs event in Olso – which came only a few days after the capital’s annual ‘National Day’ celebrations on 17th May – was a visit to the picturesque gardens in Hvitsten, the Olsen family’s Summer home. Here, dozens of figureheads have been placed around the grounds, from the Olsen’s many cargo ships over the decades. “Each figurehead has its own story to tell, allowing our guests to get behind the real heritage of this long-standing shipping business and to get a ‘closer’ insight into our family ethos and values.” Guests were able to enjoy a guided tour around the Olsen’s Hvitsten estate, taking in the beach, the old warehouse, the old school and museum, and wooden clapboard church, and to witness the breath-taking ships’ figureheads – many created by famous artists and sculptors – in a variety of spectacular settings around the grounds. Fred. Olsen’s new state-of-the-art RIBs – built in Norway – were first introduced for the 2019/20 cruise programme, with two installed on board Boudicca, and a further two each on Black Watch and Balmoral. Braemar has now received her complement of two new RIBs. The impressive, high-speed RIBs have proved very popular since their introduction, as demand grows amongst Fred. Olsen guests for more adventurous experiences and activities – in fact, a recent onboard guest survey identified that 66% would consider taking a Fred. Olsen ‘closer’ RIB excursion in future. The RIBS are used to enhance the ‘closer’ experiences in enticing scenic destinations around the world, such as the Norwegian fjords and the Canary Islands, and they were used to great effect in Cádiz in September 2018, for Fred. Olsen’s historic 170th anniversary ‘Captains in Cádiz’ celebrations.last_img read more

Alberta politicians rejoice over Court decision against the provinces bitumen shipment restrictions

first_imgVANCOUVER – The B.C. Court of Appeal says the province cannot restrict oil shipments through its borders, in a decision that marks a win for the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.#BREAKING Unconstitutional: In a unanimous decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal, a panel of judges has ruled B.C. cannot move ahead with a law to allow it to control the flow of heavy oil moving through its borders. #cdnpoli #bcpoli— Martin MacMahon (@martinmacmahon) May 24, 2019The province filed a constitutional reference question to the court that asked whether it had the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wished to increase their flow of diluted bitumen.A five-judge Appeal Court panel agreed unanimously that B.C.’s proposed legislation was not constitutional because it interferes with the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines.The news is welcome to Alberta politicians who fought this proposed law when it was introduced.“When the B.C. government threatened to block our oil, we used the wine ban to force them to court,” said NDP leader Rachel Notley. “We worked hard to talk directly to British Columbians about the importance of Canada’s energy industry and today, the majority are in support of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The case for the pipeline just got stronger and investor certainty in Alberta along with it. Turns out BC’s toolbox was more Fisher Price than DeWalt.”Premier Jason Kenney also responded, calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to push the pipeline project forwardIt’s official: Courts have unanimously ruled that B.C. has no authority to ban Alberta oil in a pipeline.@JustinTrudeau, it’s time for you to do the right thing. Stand up for Alberta and all of Canada and build #TMX, now.— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) May 24, 2019last_img read more

Northern Healths Imagine Community Grants

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health has opened the application process for ‘Imagine Community Grants'(ICG).ICG helps projects that support community-based initiatives that focus on chronic disease prevention and or health promotion priorities. Taking a healthy community idea and working towards making it happen.Applications for the grant are being accepted March 1st to March 31st. The website expresses preference will be given to projects that;Support partnerships and build relationships – will encourage different groups to work together, connecting people to each other and their communityIdentify a community need – will address something that is missing that could benefit the community and its residents to improve health and well-beingPromote healthy outcomes – will include activities that reduce the risks and impacts of chronic disease and injury through education, awareness and collective actionReduce health inequities – will help those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable to improve their access to supports and resources for better healthBuild capacity – will develop and strengthen skills and resources within the communityLast – will have a good chance of living on after the funding endsFor more information on the grant; CLICK HEREIMAGINE Community Grants: Key factors for success in community blog; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 12 cents, or 4.46 per cent, to $2.57 on 21.1 million shares.Stornoway Diamond Corp. (TSX:SWY). Materials. Down six cents, or 37.50 per cent, to 10 cents on 13.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 24 cents, or 2.03 per cent, to $12.09 on 9.7 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Technology. Up $1.56, or 13.1 per cent, to $13.47 on 7.6 million shares.CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Health care. Down 54 cents, or 4.95, to $10.36 on 5.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up nine cents, or 0.94 per cent, to $9.68 on 5.4 million shares. The Canadian Press Companies reporting:BlackBerry Ltd. — Blackberry’s share price jumped Friday after the former smartphone company beat analyst estimates for profit and revenue in the fourth-quarter and announced an upbeat outlook for the coming year. The company, based in Waterloo, Ont., had a full-year profit of US$95 million on revenue of US$904 billion, which were both down from the prior year. But the focus was on BlackBerry’s strong fourth quarter and future expectations.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Down 85 cents, or 1.7 per cent to $48.40. A move by the governor of Michigan to halt work on a project to replace Enbridge Inc.’s 65-year-old Line 5 pipeline is raising fears that the recently elected Democratic administration could also try to shut down the existing pipeline. Analyst Matthew Taylor of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. says that could result in crude supply disruptions for refineries in southern Ontario and Quebec and could also reduce oil pipeline takeaway capacity from Western Canada.SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX:SNC) Down 16 cents to $33.91. Quebec’s pension fund manager could play an outsize role in whether SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. eventually pulls up stakes for the United States. The engineering and construction giant told federal prosecutors that its “Plan B” in the event of criminal prosecution on corruption charges is to move its headquarters south of the border and shed more than 60 per cent of its 8,700 Canadian jobs, internal documents reveal. Quebec’s Caisse de depot et placement holds a roughly 20 per cent stake in SNC-Lavalin, making it far and away the biggest shareholder. Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,102.09, down 53.40 points). read more

Galagodaaththe Gnanasara granted bail by Magistrate

However he was remanded for allegedly threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda. The monk was remanded last month after he surrendered to the police after the Homagama Magistrate issued an arrest warrant on him. The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero was granted bail today by the Homagama Magistrate in connection to the case involving the alleged threat made to Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was granted bail by the Homagama Magistrate two weeks ago over contempt of court charges. The arrest warrant was issued after the monk had allegedly disrespected court during proceedings into the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda.(Colombo Gazette)

Sri Lankan tourist killed by speeding bike in Aurangabad

Dead body in a mortuaryA Sri Lankan tourist, critically injured after she was hit by a two-wheeler in front of a petrol pump at Khuldabad in Aurangabad, India died in a city hospital on Saturday night, the Times of India reported.Assistant police inspector Abhijit More said the 64-year-old woman, Soida Buthkarne was a resident of Sri Lanka and had come to the city as part of a tourist group of 127 members. The group, mostly comprising of elderly couples, had come to the state on Thursday and visited the Ajanta caves. “After finding that the tourists did not have enough finances to take back the body of the deceased, the Aurangabad rural superintendent of police Navinchandra Reddy contributed Rs 22, 000 from his pocket, which prompted some civilians and even the MTDC to help them take her back to her country,” an officer said.The Aurangabad rural police in coordination with the Sri Lankan embassy has made arrangements for the same. (Colombo Gazette) The Khuldabad police have registered a case of negligent driving and causing death due to negligence against the two-wheeler rider Vishal Tatyrao Bali (21), a farmer hailing from Suli Bhanjan in the district, and have seized his two-wheeler. “On Friday, they went to see the Ellora caves and were on their way back, when their buses halted near a petrol pump at Khuldabad for sugarcane juice at 3 pm. Some of the tourists went to the nearby toilet, while others started taking out the stoves they were carrying for cooking food. Buthkarne suddenly tried running to the other side of the road, and was hit by a speeding bike. She was soon rushed to the rural hospital, but when her condition deteriorated, she was taken to GMCH. She died while under treatment at around 8.30 pm on Saturday,” said a police officer. read more

Internal research awards announced

Christine DaigleThe Office of Research Services has announced the recipients of two internal awards that recognize outstanding research at Brock.Christine Daigle, associate professor in Philosophy and director of the Women’s Studies program, has been named the 2010 Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence.Dorothy Griffiths, associate dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, and professor, Child and Youth Studies, has been named the recipient of the 2010 Brock University Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity.The Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence recognizes active scholars who demonstrate excellence and will continue to contribute significantly to the advancement of their field of scholarship and creative activity. With the award, recipients undertake a specific three-year program of research, and must present one public lecture on this research.Daigle’s research will contribute to the field of study on French feminist Simone de Beauvoir by clarifying the philosophical foundations of existentialist ethics and politics. Her project, entitled “Beauvoir’s phenomenology as a ground for an ethics and politics of difference,” will investigate how it is possible to articulate and conceive sexual difference from the point of view of lived experience and from the point of view of its ethical and political meanings.Dorothy GriffithsDaigle, who also studies German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, came to Brock in 2003.The Distinguished Research and Creative Activity award recognizes individuals who show outstanding research achievements, contributions toward the training of future researchers, and consistency in scholarly or creative performance. The one-year award is not attached to a specific research activity or proposal, but the recipient is required to give one lecture to the Brock community.According to the supporting letter from fellow Brock colleagues, Griffiths “has devoted her life to developing and researching evidence-based therapeutic interventions and support systems for persons with intellectual disabilities who experience serious mental health challenges in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.”Her accomplishments in teaching, research, awards and publications have been developed during a career that includes 17 years at Brock.Daigle will receive formal recognition for the Chancellor’s Chair at the time of her lecture, while Griffiths will receive recognition at Fall Convocation. read more

Home invasion in St Catharines

(updated) Niagara Police say a 27-year old man was assaulted, after four men forced their way into his home on Page Street in St.Catharines overnight.Police say the forced entry happened at about 12:30 this morning. Items were stolen, but police are not saying if the intruders were armed.The suspects fled in their black Hummer, but the victim immediately chased after them in his vehicle and rear-ended the SUV on Davidson Street.The suspects abandoned their vehicle. Police ask anyone with information on the incident to contact them.

Another problem for Burlingtons pier

More trouble for the Brant Street pier in Burlington.The city is just days away from a splashy opening for the project, that’s both over its original budget and schedule. But now, there are complaints its creating inequality in the city.Al Sweeney joins us live from Spencer Smith Park with the latest problems for the pier.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

UN refugee chief says increased intolerance threatens asylum principles

As representatives of some 190 NGOs wound up their annual consultations with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Mr. Guterres said: “The increased intolerance in today’s world is putting asylum principles at stake. It will be crucial to stem this tide and NGOs, as an operational partner as well as civil societies, can help us advocate for a more tolerant climate.”He added that mixed migration flows in which migrants and asylum-seekers arrive in Europe along with smugglers make access to asylum more difficult for genuine refugees. It was huge problem which could only be addressed with the collaboration of States, NGOs and other members of the international community, he said.”It is important that we work closely as strategic partners, in a very transparent climate,” Mr. Guterres said. “UNHCR simply does not have all the financial or physical means to implement its programmes. We have to coordinate and cooperate closely so NGOs can help us do what we cannot do alone.”More than 300 NGO representatives working with UNHCR around the world took part in the consultations which began on Tuesday. The once-a-year meeting allows NGOs to highlight issues to be incorporated in discussions during next week’s meeting of UNHCR’s governing body. read more

Industry to show green credentials at Motor Show

The future – concepts for tomorrowSaab’s fossil-fuel free hybrid, the Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept, is the first ever car to combine the use of pure bioethanol fuel – which is produced from sustainable crops – and electric power. Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive commented, ‘The motor industry is investing millions each year to improve its green credentials. Now the public will have the opportunity to see how far we have come. Next week’s motor show will see some of the latest advances in electric, hybrid, bio-fuel and diesel technologies, as well as some pointers to the future of sustainable motoring.’ Cleaner dieselThe latest generation diesel cars typically deliver around 20-30 per cent better fuel consumption than petrol equivalents. Citroën will feature what it claims are three of the most economical models on the road; the C1, C2 and C3 diesels. All are capable of more than 65 mpg. Plus, show-goers can experience Citroën’s stop-start in action, a technology that automatically cuts and re-starts the engine in traffic. International Business day is targeted at qualified professionals and press, so proof of status is required for registration. Delegates can register online at with tickets priced at £20 in advance. Lewis Booth to give keynote address at International Business DayAnd it’s not just the cars that will be under the public spotlight. Ford’s most senior executive in Europe, Lewis Booth, will be giving the keynote speech on Wednesday 19 July as part of the FT International Business Day in association with International Business Wales. His speech will feature the greatest challenge facing society and the motor industry: climate change. All-electric carsThis year’s motor show will feature the launch of two all-new electric city cars. The zero emissions smart EV (electric vehicle) will be unveiled on press day, alongside the debut of the Mega City NICE (No Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle. Flex-fuel carsThree new cars from Ford show the industry’s commitment to developing flex-fuel vehicles, capable of running on either conventional fuel or that produced from bio-mass. They include the Ford Focus C-Max FFV, an exciting concept, and the new Ford Focus FFV. Over on the Saab stand, visitors will see a world first – the 210 bhp 2.3t BioPower engine in the new-look Saab 9-5. If you thought the motor industry was in the dark ages on sustainability issues, then you need to think again and come to this year’s motor show. Vehicle makers have invested millions to improve the green credentials of their products, as well as their manufacturing sites. In 1999, the UK industry was the first to document sector-wide progress through an annual sustainability report, tracking things like the following:Average CO2 from all new cars down by 11 per cent in six years 85 per cent of a car recycled at the end of its life Soot emissions from new diesel cars have been cut by 93 per cent in 15 years Energy needed to produce each vehicle halved between 2001 and 2004 Green label on displayShow-goers will also see the new colour-coded label displayed on stands throughout ExCeL. Now a familiar sight across new car showrooms, the label provides clear CO2 emissions data in a colour-coded format, similar to that used for white goods like fridges and washing machines. This voluntary industry initiative is helping car buyers make easy comparisons between cars on environmental performance, as well as giving clear model by model details on annual running costs. The motor industry will also be using the motor show to distribute free copies of its Drive Green, Drive Safely booklet, a guide to eco and safer driving. Packed full of tips and hints for driving, copies can be downloaded below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Examples of greener cars and technologies on show at ExCeL London from 20 – 30 July include the following: Then there’s Mitsubishi’s ‘I’ Car, a Japanese mini-car being shown at motor show to test public reaction, possibly with a view to import. Its CO2 emissions are just 120 g/km; it will also be the first in the Mitsubishi range to feature in-wheel electric motors, coming in 2010. Hybrid models / electric motorsMany hybrid cars, which use electric motors to supplement conventional petrol or diesel engines, are already on the road. Trailblazers include the Honda Civic Hybrid, the Toyota Prius, Lexus RX 400h and GS 450h hybrids; all models will feature on respective stands at this year’s motor show. Newer = greenerCar makers constantly improve the efficiency of new models. Take the new Land Rover Freelander, set for its world debut in London; the petrol model is 10 per cent more fuel efficient than the car it replaces. read more

Gallery Purdue upsets Ohio State in Big Ten womens basketball tournament 7160

INDIANAPOLIS — The Purdue Boilermakers upset top-seeded Ohio State in the 2017 Big Ten women’s basketball tournament. Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports Director

Bebrice teen remanded over murder of colleague

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related19-yr-old suspect reportedly confesses to murdering Corentyne masonOctober 8, 2018In “Crime”Corentyne murder accused for court todayJanuary 29, 2016In “Crime”Wanted bulletin issued for ‘mastermind’ in murder of Berbice carpenterNovember 23, 2016In “Crime” Killed: Mahindra SooknananA teenager was on Friday arraigned with the murder of his friend when he appeared at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.Nineteen-year-old Sasenarine Somai, also called “Orvin” or “Bobo”, of Lot 91 Number 69 Village, Corentyne, was not required to plea to the indictable charge.The Police stated that between October 7 and 8, 2018, he murdered Mahindra Sooknanan, also called “KI”, 20, of Lot 36 Section A Number 69 Village, Corentyne.Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh refused bail and ordered that Somai return to court on January 3, 2019.The accused was represented by Attorney Chandra Sohan who made an application for the disclosure of statements. He told the court this it is his client’s first time in court.It was reported that on the day in question, the suspect and the victim were imbibing when an argument broke out after the now dead man made a statement about the suspect’s wife.Accused: Sasenarine SomaiThe suspect reportedly got angry and left but it is alleged that he ambushed the victim when he was heading home and stabbed him to death.Sooknanan’s body was discovered on Monday last in a pool of blood in the village.The suspect was later arrested and reportedly confessed to the heinous crime.Moreover, he reportedly led investigators to the area where he disposed on the murder weapon.He would have given a confession statement to the Police and charges were instituted. read more

Aguero saves City blushes as Everton cruise past Stevenage

first_imgSERGIO AGUERO SCORED a hat-trick as Manchester City escaped a huge FA Cup upset by coming from behind to win 4-2 at home to second-tier Watford on Saturday.Watford, beaten Championship play-off finalists last season, went 2-0 up inside 30 minutes through Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney to leave free-scoring City at risk of a shock defeat.However, Aguero struck three times in the last half an hour, with Aleksandar Kolarov also on target, to send last season’s beaten finalists into the fifth round.With Watford 15th in the Championship, they were given little chance of pulling off an upset at the Etihad Stadium, but they took the lead in the 21st minute when Forestieri beat Costel Pantilimon.It was a reward for the visitors’ bold start to the game and nine minutes later they made it 2-0, with Deeney finishing off a sweeping move involving Sean Murray and Ikechi Anya.City’s struggles prompted manager Manuel Pellegrini to send on defenders Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta for the second half and with half an hour remaining the hosts pulled a goal back through Aguero.The Argentine then plundered an equaliser in the 79th minute, slipping the ball onto his left foot and curling home his 24th goal of the campaign following a raid led by Jesus Navas.Watford were still within sight of a money-spinning replay, but with three minutes remaining Kolarov deceived visiting goalkeeper Jonathan Bond from distance to make it 3-2, before Aguero completed his treble at the death.“I was very worried at half-time because I talked with the players a lot before the match and said that in the FA Cup, teams that play in a lower division have a lot of motivation,” Pellegrini said.“I didn’t underestimate Watford. I didn’t think it would be easy and I told the team this. The players must not believe they have an easy game, but I feel that they had a very good reaction in the second half.”Deeney said that Watford could be proud of their performance.“People said it was going to be 10-0 and nobody gave us a chance, but we knew we are not a bad set of players,” said the striker. “City are one of the biggest teams in the world, but we showed no fear.”Liverpool also avoided a potential banana skin by winning 2-0 at second-tier Bournemouth.Beneath bright winter sunshine on the English south coast, Liverpool withstood an enterprising start from their Championship hosts before taking the lead in the 26th minute through Victor Moses’s low drive.Daniel Sturridge added a second goal with half an hour remaining, running onto Suarez’s dinked pass and tucking the ball past goalkeeper Lee Camp in front of watching England manager Roy Hodgson.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised his opposite number Eddie Howe for the way that Bournemouth had approached the game. “When you have a team that want to play football, they are the most courageous players on the field,” he said.“Bournemouth are a very good side and I give credit to them first of all. Eddie is similar to myself in terms of the philosophy of football.”CasualtiesPremier League Crystal Palace were the day’s biggest casualties, losing 2-1 at holders Wigan Athletic, who were relegated to the Championship after stunning City 1-0 in last season’s final.Ben Watson, who scored the winning goal at Wembley last May, set Wigan on their way in the 36th minute, with James McClean netting a 78th-minute winner after Aaron Wilbraham drew Palace level.After stunning Manchester United in the League Cup semi-finals in mid-week, Sunderland toiled to overcome non-league Kidderminster Harriers 1-0, with Charis Mavrias scoring the only goal in the fifth minute.Swansea City, Cardiff City, Southampton and Hull City also overcame lower-league opposition, while Steven Naismith scored twice as Everton won 4-0 at third-tier Stevenage.- © AFP, 2014VIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo almost gave us the goal of the weekendHorror injury for Oviedo adds to Everton injury woeslast_img read more

Geek deals Enslaved for Xbox 360PS3 just 25

first_imgIf you were considering picking up Enslaved: Odyssey to the West then this is your chance. has the game listed for just $25, down from the normal price of $40, saving you a cool 37%.I haven’t played the game yet but I’ve heard good things. The game has a Metacritic score of 82 which generally means it’s very playable, though probably not a must-play (exactly the type of game you’d want to pick up on a heavy discount).last_img

Shooting in Sweden leaves 5 men injured

first_img Image: Johan Nilsson/TT Monday 18 Jun 2018, 9:10 PM SWEDISH POLICE SAID several people have been injured after shots were fired in Sweden’s third-largest city.Swedish news agency TT said the incident happened in Malmo just after 8pm and quoted the city’s police department saying “there is no reason for the public to worry”.Malmo police said five men were wounded.Tabloid Aftonbladet quoted witnesses saying they heard what sounded like 15 to 20 shots. Witness Jonatan Burhoff told the newspaper he saw wounded people being carried to private cars that drove off “as fast as possible”.Police said security at a hospital was stepped up after the gunfire was reported. The statement said officers had information that “one person had been taken to hospital in a private car”.Suburban feuds between criminal gangs fighting over territory have taken place in major Swedish cities in recent years.Aftonbladet said the shootings took place next to a police station so officers were on the scene immediately. There were no immediate details on the conditions of the injured men. Police stand next to a cordon after five people were shot and injured on an open street in central Malmo. By Associated Press Short URL 28,267 Views center_img Police stand next to a cordon after five people were shot and injured on an open street in central Malmo. Image: Johan Nilsson/TT 36 Comments Jun 18th 2018, 9:10 PM Shooting in Sweden leaves 5 men injured Swedish news agency TT said the incident happened in Malmo just after 8pm. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share40 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Moula secures 30m to expand

first_imgOnline business lender Moula Money – the brainchild of Melbourne banking entrepreneur Aris Allegos and co-founder Andrew Watt – has secured $30 million in debt and equity funding from Liberty Financial and other backers, in its first major deal to finance loans to small businesses.Mr Allegos says the funds from Liberty – which lends to businesses who often struggle to find loans from traditional lenders, will give him more finance to help small businesses and put further clear blue water between Moula and its global competitors, many of which give the sector a bad name, with high interest rates on unsecured loans getting borrowers into trouble.Started in 2014, Moula’s online loans of up to $20,000 on six-month terms created a new business model in Australia with few local competitors. Focusing initially on eBay sellers, Moula analysed data feeds directly from transactions to develop their products.Over the past year at least five other players – either overseas or backed by offshore finance – have targeted the small business market in Australia, including US-based PayPal.“All we need is a couple of bad situations that result in the entire industry getting tarnished, a bit like what has happened in payday lending,” Mr Allegos told reporters this week.Meanwhile, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission has tightened regulation on lenders that offer similar loans for consumers by applying responsible lending laws introduced in 2010. However small businesses are exempt.Unlike traditional lenders, Moula provides funding with a minimum of bureaucratic oversight, tapping into an applicant’s ecommerce data to eliminate paperwork and approval procedures.Of Greek Cypriot heritage, Mr Allegos is an MBA graduate from the London Business School and spent over 15 years working in banking, much of the time overseas, before setting up Moula.Prior to that he experienced the challenges faced by small business first-hand with his family’s toy wholesale company in Oakleigh. Asked how the Liberty Financial deal would impact Moula, Allegos told Neos Kosmos the new investment would enable it “to maintain our current growth through investment in people, technology and, importantly, education and marketing”. “Small business lending is self-regulated and prone to predatory lending, [but] our pricing model is transparent: no hidden fees, no establishment fees, no penalty for early repayment,” he said.“As a data-driven online lending platform, we’re different to other lenders as we use technology to automate the underwriting and on-boarding process.”Moula’s loans are processed online and require borrowers to supply a date source such as cloud-based accounting software or a bank account, to enable real-time underwriting. Real-time sales data and performance history are also factored in to make the final lending decision. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La Chine développe le second superordinateur le plus puissant au monde

first_imgLa Chine développe le second super-ordinateur le plus puissant au mondeChine – Le site a publié comme chaque année le classement mondial des super-calculateurs les plus puissants de la planète. Si les États-Unis restent en tête, la Chine se place en deuxième position avec son super-calculateur baptisé Nebulae.Les États-Unis disposent encore du plus puissant super-ordinateur jamais développé, le Jaguar XT, capable d’opérer à une vitesse de 1,7 pétaflop. Un pétaflop correspond à un million de milliards d’opérations à la seconde.Mais le numéro un des super-calculateurs se voit sérieusement concurrencé par la Chine qui s’est hissée en deuxième position du classement avec son Nebulae Dawning, travaillant à la vitesse de 1,2 pétaflop. Le super-ordinateur chinois serait même plus rapide que le Jaguar, avec un pic de performance théorique de 2,98 pétaflops.Ces machines sont principalement utilisées à des fins de recherche, pour des calculs scientifiques ou le séquençage de gènes notamment. Alors que la Chine a mis au point plus d’une vingtaine des 500 super-ordinateurs les plus puissants du monde, les États-Unis dominent largement le classement avec quelque 282 machines y figurant.Au niveau européen, le Royaume-Uni compte trente-huit modèles dans le classement mondial, se plaçant devant la France et ses vingt-sept machines, et l’Allemagne dont vingt-quatre super-ordinateurs sont listés. A noter que le super-calculateur français Jade, installé au Centre informatique national de l’enseignement supérieur de Montpellier, est le 18e plus puissant du monde. Quant au Tera 100, mis en route très récemment au Commissariat à l’énergie atomique, il n’a pas pu être pleinement pris en compte dans ce classement puisqu’il n’était pas achevé lors des tests. D’après le CEA, ce super-ordinateur délivre une puissance de calcul théorique de 1,25 pétaflop.Le 2 juin 2010 à 10:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more