LMA, LIBA: With Mills Jones No Longer at CBL, What Future If the New…

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgAs Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones, contributed tens of millions of Liberian and United States dollars to ordinary Liberian businesspeople in order to empower them to improve and expand their businesses. In so doing, he helped them lift themselves out of poverty, better educate their children and improve their living standards.Dr. Jones is no longer at CBL. Now there is an Acting Executive Governor, Charles Sirleaf, the President’s son. He was part of the Board of Governors that made possible the empowerment of ordinary Liberian businesspeople. Hopefully, shortly, President Sirleaf is scheduled to appoint a new Executive Governor. If Charles Sirleaf and later, the new CBL Executive Governor are able to steer the CBL in the positive direction that Governor Jones left it, retaining its position as the nation’s richest and most successful public financial institution, how do we know whether the new CBL leader will favor ordinary Liberian businesspeople with the same generosity and vision as Governor Jones?Remember the ancient saying, “There came a pharaoh that did not know Joseph”?Joseph, favored son of Jacob, was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. But God’s favor was upon Joseph and he later became the Prime Minister of Egypt because he correctly interpreted Pharaoh’s dream of seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. The famine spread to Israel and Jacob sent his sons to buy food in Egypt. There they met their younger brother Joseph, but did not know him. He, however, knew them. And when he revealed himself to them, they all bowed to him, in fulfillment of a dream he had as a boy. As the famine continued in Israel, Joseph sent for his father, brothers and their families. Pharaoh gave them the choicest land in Egypt—Goshen—where they farmed and became very rich.Alas! Pharaoh died! There came a new Pharaoh who did not know Joseph! So what happened? This new pharaoh enslaved the Israelites for 400 years, just as God had prophesized to Abraham, Jacob’s grandfather. God later sent Moses to Egypt to tell Pharaoh, “Let my people go.”Lusu Sloan, President, Liberian Marketing Association (LMA), and D. Maxwell Kemayah, President, Liberia Business Association, (LIBA), must now look seriously to the day when the new Central Bank Governor WILL NOT KNOW YOU! So what shall you do—return to the slavery of poverty and powerlessness? That, you know, is what the rest of us Liberians are today—enslaved to the foreigners who completely dominate our commerce and economy. And HARDLY ANY of our pharaohs—the Liberian officials—know anyone called Joseph! They know only Eid, Habib, Haddad, Abi Jaoudi Singh, Punjab, Mustapha and Mohamed—not Joseph, Lusu, Kaema, Bindu, not Dahn, Sonpon, Juah, Flomo or Zizzay.Mills Jones has done for our small businesspeople one thing more: He has created and sharpened their political sensitivities. But the LMA and LIBA must never forget that that was NOT Mills Jones’ sole intention. His primary aim was to empower them in business, lift them out of poverty and assure them a better future for themselves, their children and country.So how should the LMA, LIBA, all their members and the microfinance beneficiaries propel themselves in business and economic empowerment and NOT return to the slavery of poverty? Yes, these people should continue to sharpen their political sensitivities, for this is essential, even crucial to the future of Liberia.But—and this is a BIG BUT—they all should continue to GROW their BUSINESSES and graduate from selling their bitter ball and used clothes on the ground and open their own shops, stores and supermarkets all over the country. They and their children should go into not just retail, but WHOLESALE businesses and become ENTREPRENEURS. And yes, the children should complete high school and university, yet NEVER forget business. After university they should not go seeking jobs. They should rather develop and expand their parents’ businessesor create their own and themselves become employers.The LMA, LIBA and all the other microfinance beneficiaries Governor Jones empowered should develop their rice, cassava, coffee, cocoa, potato, plantain, pepper and other vegetable farms, and become rich!While focusing on their businesses, our people must also think about whom we elect in 2017 that will put Liberians first before foreigners in every field of endeavor, including BUSINESS.In order to make it easy for our leaders to encourage us in business, however, we must be very serious about business—diligent, efficient, totally committed and determined to achieve and succeed! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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This week: Money time is here!

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgThis week: Money time is here! Dec 09, 2019 by With two rounds to go, the biggest question is which teams can book the remaining Top 16 tickets in this week’s games. There are seven spots still open and as many as five teams can qualify in Round 9.Qualifying possibilitiesNine teams have qualified and 13 teams are still competing for seven Top 16 spots that are still unclaimed in three groups. Three of those teams control their destinies and can qualify in Round 9 with a win regardless of other results. Group C has the most question marks with zero teams qualified and no teams that have been eliminated. That is very likely to change on Tuesday when Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul (5-3) qualifies as long as it loses by fewer than 35 points against Germani Brescia Leonessa (4-4). Even if that happens, Darussafaka can qualify on Wednesday if either UNICS Kazan or Nanterre 92 win their respective games. UNICS (5-3) is another team that can qualify without any help if it defeats Joventut Badalona (4-4). So can Tofas Bursa (4-4) in Group B when it visits Rytas Vilnius (3-5). However, Joventut and Rytas are both at home and also have their eyes on the Top 16, while knowing that if they are to lose, their situation can get complicated in the regular-season finale. Joventut can qualify this week if it wins and gets help from Nanterre and potentially Darussafaka, while Brescia can also get into the Top 16 by Wednesday night with a win, but only if UNICS wins and Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana also defeats Nanterre. Meanwhile, Rytas would surely qualify if it wins by 21 points or more, otherwise, it would need help, too. In a Group D battle for fourth place, Asseco Arka Gdynia (3-5) hosts Dolomiti Energia Trento (3-5). Trento qualifies if it wins by at least 21 points, but on the other hand, would be eliminated in case of a loss. Arka can’t qualify without getting help in other games.Eye on the tiebreakersWhen it comes to Top 16 qualification, a lot of it boils down to the tiebreak (dis)advantages. That is the reason Darussafaka is all but mathematically qualified; it swept Nanterre, holds +3 advantage over Joventut and has held on to a +2 margin in a tiebreaker over Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana. It is also the reason why things could remain very complicated in Group C, where Cedevita and Joventut hold tiebreak advantages over Brescia; Nanterre holds tiebreakers over UNICS and Joventut; Olimpija still has to play against Joventut; and Nanterre must square off against Brescia. In Group B, Rytas has done a great job by sweeping Lokomotiv, but has -7 disadvantage against Limoges, which can end up hurting the team from the Lithuanian capital even if Limoges gets eliminated. That is what makes the clash between Rytas and Tofas of crucial importance. Tofas won the first game 91-81 and that’s the margin Rytas will try to overcome. Group D has a key game on its slate between two 3-5 teams, Arka and Trento. The hosts are winless at home, but this win would give them a sweep over Trento. However, that solely would not get the job done because Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (2-6) holds a +14 tiebreak advantage over Arka. Meanwhile, Trento has a +2 edge over Buducnost, but has lost against Arka by 11 points. So, Trento will look not only for a victory, but for one by at least 11 points to win a tiebreaker and eliminate Arka. And if Trento wins by 21 or more points, it would punch its ticket to the Top 16. Any win fewer than 21 points would keep another team’s chances alive and that team is Buducnost.Streaking to first placeThe two longest active streaks in the EuroCup belong to Umana Reyer Venice (6-2) and EWE Baskets Oldenburg (5-3). Reyer opened Group B action with two defeats, but since then Coach Walter De Raffaele’s team has won six in a row and now visits Limoges CSP (2-6). If Reyer extends its streak to seven games on Tuesday, it would get a chance to clinch first place on Wednesday if Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (3-5) also beats Partizan NIS Belgrade (6-2). Reyer and Partizan split road wins this season, but Reyer holds a +10 tiebreaker and a win combined with a Partizan loss would secure it first place and lock Partizan into second. In Group D, EWE Baskets Oldenburg (5-3) has won five in a row after losing its first three to open the season. This five-game winning streak started with a 13-point win over Unicaja Malaga (6-2) and now Oldenburg has come full circle and faces its toughest test yet. Unicaja is perfect at home and could clinch first place if it wins and Galatasaray loses in Podgorica, but Oldenburg has been firing on all cylinders and has gotten a huge boost with Tyler Larson (20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in three games since joining the team). If Oldenburg keeps its streak alive it would have a realistic shot at winning the group despite starting the season with 0-3 record.Group A to the wire?There is a total of five 6-2 teams and two of them square off In Group A when Segafredo Virtus Bologna welcomes Promitheas Patras. It is a high profile game featuring a Virtus offense led by the point guard duo of Milos Teodosic and Stefan Markovic, ranking second in scoring (84.6 ppg.) and assists (20.4 apg.). It will make for a great test for Promitheas, which has allowed just 70.8 points on the road – third-fewest in the competition, but wants to bounce back after getting blown out the last time it played on the road at AS Monaco (5-3). This clash has first-place implications in Group A, which is different than the other three groups because all four Top 16 qualifiers have already been determined. It is also different because all four teams can still finish in first place in the standings. For Virtus, a win by 10 or more points combined with Monaco losing at ratiopharm Ulm (1-7) would secure first place. On the other hand, to clinch first-place Promitheas needs to win to sweep Virtus and also see Monaco and MoraBanc Andorra (5-3) lose. Regardless of the outcome in Bologna, if Monaco and Andorra both win against the only two already-eliminated teams, both will surely have a shot in Round 10 to finish this group in first.Clash of the statsThe EuroCup’s top two scorers, Joventut’s Klemen Prepelic (18.7 ppg.) and Jamar Smith of UNICS (18.1 ppg.) go against each other on Wednesday. No player averages more points on the road than Smith’s 21.0 and his total of 145 points also leads the EuroCup. Smith’s backcourt partner Errick McCollum has 134 points, the third-highest total this season – and more than Prepelic, who missed one game and has 131 for the season. Other than the clash of top scorers in Badalona, Round 9 offers several games where one team’s strength goes against the other’s weakness. The clash between Darussafaka and Brescia pits the visitors’ bottom-ranked offense (68.8 ppg.) against Darussafaka’s top defense, which holds opponents to a league-low 70.9 points. Darussafaka is also second-best in defensive rebounds (26.4) and it could be a tall order for Brescia which has the third-fewest offensive boards (8.1 orpg.). The same could be the case with Buducnost, tied for the worst in offensive rebounds (8.0) going against Galatasaray which allows just 9.6 per game, the sixth-fewest this season. Andorra plays at home where it averages a league-leading 91.5 points per game and welcomes Maccabi Rishon LeZion, which allows a league-high 91.0 points on the road. Ulm commits a league-high 16.8 turnovers per game and will face Monaco, which averages the most steals (9.8 spg.) and forces third-most turnovers per game (15.9).center_img Print Backlast_img read more

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IBM Launches A Cloud Data And Analytics Marketplace For Developers

By on December 15, 2019

first_imgCate Lawrence What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Related Posts Tags:#AI#Apache Spark#Big Data#cloud#IBM#Spark center_img There are certain topics in B2B technology that have staying power.  Cloud computing and big data are two of these. IBM today announced a broad expansion of its Cloud Data Services portfolio with more than 25 services now available to developers and data scientists.These create a one-stop-shop for accessing and exploring data and for building and deploying applications. They can help developers build, deploy and manage web and mobile applications and also enable data scientists to discover hidden trends using data and analytics in the cloud. In line with the recent trend of commercial tech companies embracing the open source ethos (or at least components of it), these hybrid cloud services can be deployed across multiple cloud providers and are based on open source technologies, open ecosystems that include company and third-party data, and open architectures that allows data to easily flow amongst the different services. IBM’s new cloud services include:IBM Compose Enterprise: A managed platform designed to help development teams build modern web-scale apps faster by enabling them to deploy business-ready open source databases in minutes on their own dedicated cloud servers.IBM Graph: The first fully managed graph database service built on Apache® TinkerPop that provides developers a complete stack for extending business-ready apps with real-time recommendations, fraud detection, IoT and network analysis uses.IBM Predictive Analytics: A service that allows developers to easily self-build machine learning models from a broad library into applications to help deliver predictions for specific product use cases, without the help of a data scientist.IBM Analytics Exchange: An open data exchange that includes a catalog of more than 150 publicly available datasets that can be used for analysis or integrated into applications.IBM’s open approach means that any member of a data team can add or remove services at any time, to best suit immediate and long-term needs of their business. Developers can tap IBM Cloud Data Services to openly and freely move data in, across and out of the services.Derek Schoettle, General Manager, Analytics Platform and Cloud Data Services considers IBM’s cloud data services to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ of  data and analytics services, cloud development platform Bluemix; and Analytics Exchange, a repository of more than 150 public and free data sources, everything from census data to government economics statistics. He claims the key beneficiaries of cloud data services is the citizen analyst who can enjoy a ‘drag and drop experience’ without enlisting the help of the IT department. Clearly IBM is intent on embracing business solutions that bring data analysis to the workplace. Predictably, IBM has kept its finger in the AI pie with the release of Predictive Analytics, a complementary service to Apache Spark, that makes it easier for app developers to build their own machine learning models based on product use cases. The developer can define the use case, provide the data set to base the model on, and the Predictive Analytics service will evaluate a set of algorithms to determine which one will provide the most accurate predictions. This makes AI exploration quite accessible to the budding scientist. While IBM has a slew of competitors to deal with, they are clearly in this for the long haul, and it will be interesting to see how their new services are received by consumers. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

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Fighting Back Against Ransomware

By on December 9, 2019

first_imgBest Practices to Protect from RansomwareThe following recommendations represent the basic controls which provide a good measure of protection against ransomware. However, as the threats constantly evolve, so must the defenses we present. Industry recommendations will change over time, evolving to align with the threats. Ransomware attacks are a highly visible problem and growing global threat to businesses, governments, and consumers. The problem is not going away. Security and technology vendors are working to find ways to undermine this new tactic by cyber criminals, but it is difficult. Businesses and consumers should proactively take steps to minimize the risks and impacts. Those who don’t are likely to feel the sting of future ransomware attacks.Interested in more? Follow me on Twitter (@Matt_Rosenquist) and LinkedIn to hear insights and what is going on in cybersecurity. Industry ForecastRansomware, as a type of cyber attack, has risen dramatically over the past couple of years. The Intel Security McAfee Labs Threats Report March 2016 shows over 6 million unique samples of ransomware in the wild. Industry experts believe ransomware will remain a major and rapidly growing threat in 2016 and beyond. The financially motivated threat-agents are relishing in their great triumphs with this approach and significant sums of money are being made. Research by the Cyber Threat Alliance showed one variant in 2015, CryptoWall3, caused an estimated $325 million in damages. Success is reinforcing the incentives and fueling technical advancements, attracting more attackers, strengthening the support infrastructures, and enhancing targeting techniques.Cybercriminals, large and small, are fully embracing ransomware. Attackers canvas broad audiences with indirect campaigns, indiscriminately seeking easy targets of opportunity. Floods of phishing emails, malicious ads which lead to infected sites, and Trojans embedded in applications will happily infect the unsuspecting. A wide range of common file types are encrypted and a relatively low ransom is set to make the option of paying more attractive. Separately, some threat agents apply direct targeting techniques which single out specific victims. They may do more customized and elaborate phishing campaigns, waterhole attacks, or directly exploit system vulnerabilities to compromise individual hosts. Attackers can target victims through the use of exploit kits, such as Angler, Magnitude and Nuclear, to deliver ransomware payloads like CryptXXX and Locky. This allows ransomware to run, target files most valued by that particular victim, and establish a higher ransom equitable to the situation.Technically, the encryption algorithms and implementation techniques have become stronger. Early variants were easily undermined by security professionals due to poor implementations, but nowadays most ransomware code is at a level which cannot be broken by anti-cryptographic methods or by identifying weaknesses in key management. Ransomware developers are also bundling their code with more features and capabilities. Advanced malware can look to see if it is in a security sandbox, establish secure connections back to command and control infrastructures, use unique Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) key pairs for each victim, combine multiple infection techniques, establish backdoors for later use, and destroy the system if attempts are made to evict the code. Attackers are creative and will maximize every opportunity. For example, the Petya ransomware was recently updated to include Mischa code. Petya attempts to encrypt the MBR but if it fails, then it reverts to using Mischa as a file encrypting scheme. Threats also mix ransomware with botnets to amplify the reach to victims. The Dridex botnet is well known to spread Locky and Cerber ransomware.For the foreseeable future, ransomware will remain a major and rapidly growing threat, fueled by anonymizing networks and payment methods. The business models and infrastructure underpinning ransomware are becoming stronger. Most of these attacks continue to use the bitcoin cryptocurrency to anonymously transfer funds from victims to the criminals. Popular anonymous networks, such as The Onion Router (TOR), are used to mask the location and owners of command and control servers. With so much money at stake, attackers realize they are getting a lot of attention from law enforcement agencies, and they work very hard at remaining in the shadows. Other advances include less-than-scrupulous developers who offer the software and hosting services to upstart criminals seeking to enter into the ransomware arena. Ransomware-as-a-Service is now a real business opportunity. Anyone can purchase or rent such a service and the infrastructure host will handle all the back-end procedures in return for a slice of the profits. This allows for specialization and the recruitment of less technical fraudsters to join in the activities.At its core, ransomware is about extorting money. Criminals tend to go where money can be made and cybercrime is no exception. Although targeting everyday consumers who blunder into their traps will continue, the more sophisticated threats are targeting industries which must maintain access to crucial data and are willing to pay larger sums. So far in 2016, the healthcare sector is one of several which has been aggressively targeted. Medical facilities need access to systems, care devices, and most importantly patient records. Several hospitals have been specifically targeted with ransomware causing a disruption to services. Transportation, financial, and legal sectors are other fields which share the same profile and are being pursued as well. New technology will also be victimized. As consumers and businesses rely on new devices and services, it creates an opportunity for this type of extortion. Imagine getting into your smart car to drive home and seeing a ransomware screen appear. With vehicle operations blocked, you are now effectively stranded. How many people would pay a small ‘fee’ to get their car started? Ransomware is a specific type of attack which involves malware that encrypts files and extorts money from victims. It is quickly becoming a favorite among cybercriminals because it is easy to develop, simple to execute, and does a very good job at compelling users to pay in order to regain access to their precious files or systems. Almost anyone and every business is a potential victim. More importantly, to the delight of extortionists, people are paying.Ransomware can manifest in several ways. In its most benign form, it can lock an Internet browsing session with intimidating warnings of government surveillance and demands of immediate payment. These rely on fear tactics and deny the user the ability to easily navigate away from the warning page, thus appearing their system is locked. The problem can be solved by simply closing the browser application and restarting. This is how many of the original ransomware schemes began but did not result in much financial gain for criminals.The use of encryption by attackers, to lock selected user files, is now the most common approach. Attackers either compromise the system via exploitation or simply by social-engineering the user into launching malicious software. Either way, once running on the target system, malware then seeks out specific file types and encrypts them with a public PKI key. The user is then notified that their precious files are encrypted and they must pay in order to receive the associated private key for the unlock process to work. Users are directed to send cryptocurrency to anonymous accounts. This practice has proven very successful as the encryption strength is exceptionally strong and the targeted files are meaningful to victims.The third type of ransomware also leverages encryption, but targets the core operating system (OS) files, effectively holding the entire boot sequence hostage. This is done by encrypting the Master Boot Record (MBR) and deleting shadow copies (a feature in Windows) and other system recovery capabilities.Overall, ransomware is a relatively new method of attack which traditional security controls are not mature in defeating. Attack methods include phishing, maliciously configured websites and online ads, Trojans embedded in downloads, device compromise, and poisoned email attachments. It represents a shift in tactics from more traditional data breach exfiltration and website Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks. Ransomware undermines the integrity of specific files and systems, bringing them under the control of the adversary, rather than jeopardize the confidentiality or general availability of environments. This change is troublesome for the current generation of security tools and practices, which are struggling to adapt to the new paradigm. Security Industry Advice to Fight RansomwareRansomware is very challenging and technical solutions must support the security priorities, end-user needs, and intertwined processes which provide protection. No one solution or practice can solve the problem. The development of tactics and tools by the criminals is extremely fast to target and victimize users. The ransomware development community is very agile in countering defenses introduced by security vendors. It is a highly dynamic situation where attackers are rushing and maneuvering to maximize financial returns. They will look for easy victims, targets with value, and even work to exploit new technologies in order to keep the money flowing in their direction.The best situation is to prevent ransomware before it can arrive on your system or block an attacker’s compromising attempts to gain access. The next best opportunity is to detect the malware and rapidly evict it before it can do damage. Downloading malware happens before it is launched, which provides a narrow window of opportunity to contain the threat, if it can be detected in time. However, detection is an area where adaptive attackers are successful at creating problems for security. Whether it is detecting an intruder to your network or trying to verify a file is malicious, it is a difficult endeavor.After that, the situation gets grim quickly. Limited options exist when responding to ransomware after it has compromised the integrity of files. Most ransomware infections encrypt files in a way not recoverable without the private key, being held by the extortionist. Even if the victim pays the ransom, there is no guarantee they will get their files back, as they are dealing with less than trustworthy parties.Recovery from ransomware is always painful, can be expensive, and is time-consuming. If backups are available, then the best option is to remove the infected media and start fresh. Reuse of infected drives is not recommended for any severe malware infection as it is near impossible to know if everything is safe. It is better for everyone, especially businesses, to start with a new drive, a fresh OS install, and restore uninfected data files. For consumers, this may not be reasonable due to cost or technical challenges, resulting in a decision to attempt the cleaning and reuse of the infected drive.Many choose to simply do without the encrypted files. They may not have been that important, could be recreated, or the victim just chose to suffer and learn from the experience. Paying the ransom is not recommended by security professionals. Regardless of cooperation with the extortionists, in the end, there is a risk the files may never be decrypted. What is certain, is the victim will be recognized as someone who is willing to pay. That makes them a preferred target in the future.last_img read more

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10 months agoLukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s Man Utd kickoff

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgLukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s Man Utd kickoffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is struggling to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge.The Daily Mail says it’s understood that Lukaku has spent this week on compassionate leave and is unlikely to return to the club until Boxing Day. He will not be available to Solskjaer until United face Bournemouth on December 30. The news is a blow for the 45-year-old Norwegian, who started a six-month stint in charge of United on Thursday. Solskjaer is expected to restore Paul Pogba to the line-up at Cardiff on Saturday after telling the squad they will have a “clean slate” under him. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photos: Desmond Howard’s Jersey Is Being Retired At Michigan Today

By on October 27, 2019

first_imgDesmond Howard seen on the jumbo-tron after getting jersey retired.Twitter/@chengelisCollege GameDay viewers may have noticed that a key member of the panel was missing today. Desmond Howard was not in Stillwater, because he is up in Ann Arbor, having his No. 21 retired ahead of today’s Michigan vs. Ohio State game. So @DesmondHoward honored — retired jerseys— angelique (@chengelis) November 28, 2015Desmond Howard’s #21 flies over the Big House. Congrats, @DesmondHoward.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 28, 2015Michigan honoring Desmond Howard today by retiring his jersey.— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) November 28, 2015Hanging with my boy @DesmondHoward Go Blue!!— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) November 28, 2015Honoring this guy right now – Congrats to my classmate @DesmondHoward ! #goblue— MVictors (@MVictors) November 28, 2015Getting a jersey retired at a place like Michigan is a pretty incredible feat, but Howard deserves it. In 1991, he cleaned up the award circuit, taking home the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award, and Maxwell Award.last_img read more

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Unnao trial begins victim lawyer airlifted to AIIMS

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: The trial in the Unnao cases began on Monday at Tis Hazari court here, where the accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his co-accused Shashi Singh were produced before judge Dharmesh Sharma.While both the accused were to be produced in court at 12:30 pm, some delays resulted in them appearing before the court at 2:00 pm, when the hearing commenced. The court complex in central Delhi was crowded with advocates and reporters, scrambling to get inside the courtroom. Hearing the case, the court ordered that both Sengar and Singh be shifted to Tihar Jail in Delhi. Judge Sharma has set the next date of hearing for Wednesday (August 7).Both of them were brought in from Sitapur jail in Uttar Pradesh on a production warrant issued by the trial court here last week. The court had also asked other accused in the cases to appear before it on Tuesday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Moreover, the Unnao rape victim and her lawyer, who were being treated at Lucknow’s KGMU Hospital were airlifted to AIIMS here on Monday night, after the teenager’s mother approached a Supreme Court bench to make the move. The rape victim’s ambulance was provided a green corridor by Delhi Police, which allowed the ambulance to reach AIIMS in 18 minutes. The victim’s ambulance left T-1 of the Delhi airport at 9 pm to reach the hospital at 9:18 pm. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KLast week, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had ordered that the airlift be provided if the family wanted it. But the rape victim’s family had initially requested the treatment to continue in Lucknow. The Central Bureau of Investigation has already filed a chargesheet against Sengar and Singh for the rape of the teenager and another chargehseet against the expelled BJP leader’s brother, Atul Sengar for the murder of the Unnao rape victim’s father, who was killed in custody of UP Police. Out of the total five cases related to the Unnao rape, four have been shifted to the Capital, to be tried in the court of the principal sessions judge. These four cases relate to the alleged rape of the then minor victim; the arms act case registered against her father; the subsequent custodial death of the rape victim’s father; and the case of gangrape of the victim. These cases were moved to a Delhi court by the Supreme Court of India last week after it took suo moto cognizance of the Unnao rape victim’s accident, which is the fifth Unnao related case being probed by the CBI. The Apex court had also directed the central probe agency to complete its investigation and file a chargesheet in the accident case by August 14. Meanwhile, the special CBI team constituted to complete the probe speedily has taken custody of the driver and cleaner of the truck that hit the Unnao rape victim’s car on last Sunday. Sources said that CBI officials are questioning both of them. They added that the six-member CBI, CFSL team has also been able to gather a lot of forensic evidence relating to the accident. A car in which the Unnao rape survivor, her family, and lawyer were travelling was hit by an over-speeding truck in Raebareli on Sunday, killing two members, leaving her and the advocate critically injured. The truck’s number plates were blackened. The probe team also questioned Sengar in Sitapur jail, collected visitor logs, and spoke to jail officials in connection with the case.last_img read more

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Trump takes more swipes at Canada after arrival in Singapore

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump took more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settled in for a summit with North Korea in Singapore, contending that “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.”Trump roiled the weekend Group of Seven meeting of industrialized nations in Canada by agreeing to a group statement on trade only to withdraw from it while flying to Asia. He complained that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference. In tweets, Trump insulted Trudeau as “dishonest” and “weak.”The attack on a longtime ally and its leader drew sharp criticism. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also attended the summit, told German public television that she found Trump’s tweet disavowing the G-7 statement “sobering” and “a little depressing.” She also said the European Union would “act” against the U.S. trade measures.Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore, repeating his criticism of U.S. trade policies with Canada — he also took aim at Germany — in a multitweet rant that went beyond 200 words all told. At one point he wrote, “Justin acts hurt when called out!”“Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?” he tweeted.Yet his top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, downplayed the severity of the rift. Addressing reporters in Singapore ahead of Trump’s summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo said he was “unconcerned” that Trump’s treatment of Canada — a close ally — boded poorly for his ability to forge peace with a longtime U.S. adversary.“There are always irritants in relationships,” Pompeo said, adding that without partners like Canada, “we wouldn’t be in this place, we wouldn’t have this diplomatic opportunity” with the North.Still, other Trump advisers had taken up the attack in appearances on Sunday’s news shows, levelling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump’s time.“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door,” Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said on “Fox News Sunday.”Navarro said Trump “did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit. He had other things, bigger things, on his plate in Singapore. … He did him a favour, and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace? Trudeau stuck our president in the back. That will not stand.”Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, suggested Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before the summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, saying the president won’t “let a Canadian prime minister push him around. … Kim must not see American weakness.” Trudeau pulled a “sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption” that amounted to “a betrayal,” said Kudlow, who appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and CBS’ “Face the Nation.”In response to the initial tweets critical of her country and prime minister, Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her nation “does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks.”Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate for new U.S. tariffs, didn’t respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders. Freeland later told reporters that “we don’t think that’s a useful or productive way to do business.”A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau “said nothing he hasn’t said before — both in public and in private conversations” with Trump.And Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Trudeau, jabbed at Trump on Twitter: “Big tough guy once he’s back on his airplane. Can’t do it in person. … He’s a pathetic little man-child.”Trudeau said he had reiterated to Trump, who left the G-7 meeting before it ended, that tariffs would harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Trudeau told reporters that imposing retaliatory measures “is not something I relish doing” but that he wouldn’t hesitate to do so because “I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests.”The Americans’ criticism of Trudeau left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped. “I don’t understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada,” he said on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world. From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, “we’re on the same page. We’re the closest partners in the world, and you don’t want to see a dispute over one particular issue poison everything.”___Lucey reported from Singapore and Gillies from Quebec City. Associated Press writer Josh Lederman in Singapore contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Opinion United States Mens National Team friendly potential preview for World Cup

By on September 28, 2019

United States Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson (21) heads the ball away from goal during a World Cup Qualifying match against Mexico Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium. The USMNT won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Winter Olympics have just ended, but the world’s collective consciousness is already preparing to be taken over by another international sports competition: the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.While the roughly 100-day wait until the opening match on June 12 might seem like a long way off, in playing terms, it’s right around the corner. Most of the qualified teams are competing in friendlies Wednesday, and for many of them the game has some important implications.Wednesday, the U.S. men’s national team is set to play a friendly match against Ukraine in Cyprus, and it’s the final time European-based players will be able to compete for the USMNT before their club season is over in May. Once that happens, coach Jurgen Klinsmann will name a preliminary 30-man squad and take them through a training camp and friendly matches before leaving for South America with his final 23-man roster.There are a number of notable players who are expected to try to use this last chance to solidify their place on the plane to Brazil, transforming an ostensibly meaningless friendly into a final World Cup tryout.One player looking to take his chance will be defender Oguchi Onyewu. A two-time World Cup veteran, Onyewu has hardly been involved with the USMNT over the past few years, and he knows his chances of making it to a third tournament rely heavily on how well he performs against the Ukrainians.Then there’s midfielder Danny Williams, a player whose best performance in red, white and blue came right here in Columbus against Jamaica Sept. 11, 2012. His confident, mistake-free play even led many pundits to believe he could usurp veteran Jermaine Jones’ central defensive midfield position, but since then, Williams has spent the majority of his time on the sidelines. But still, the impression he made about 18 months ago could give Klinsmann incentive to trust Williams should he take his chance.Another World Cup hopeful in the midfield is Brek Shea. A standout in Major League Soccer, Shea has found things difficult since transferring to Europe. He’s made only five appearances for the English Premier League side Stoke City since arriving in January 2013, and is now on loan with Barnsley of the English Championship for the rest of the season. Shea knows he can’t slip up now.And those three aren’t the only ones in that position. Alejandro Bedoya, Juan Agudelo and John Brooks all face a similar challenge when it comes to impressing Klinsmann. The sheer number of World Cup squad hopefuls means someone is bound to miss out.In all likelihood, Klinsmann will give appearances to some players who are nailed on to start the team’s first World Cup group game against Ghana, while at the same time mixing in those looking to catch his eye.Of course, there could be a number of unforeseen circumstances between now and May that shake up the USMNT roster pool, with things like injuries, the emergence of young talent or a simple loss of form.But no matter which way you look at it, the final whistle in Cyprus will mean the journey to the World Cup has reached its final stage.So while many Americans might not see the tournament coming into view, the collection of players hoping to face the likes of Germany and Portugal this summer know that their chance is sharply in focus. read more

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Spalletti says he cant stop Icardi from leaving

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgInter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti recently advised he is not able to prevent Mauro Icardi from leaving in this summer transfer window if he wants.Icardi, who has been able to become a captain of the team at 25 years old, has a release clause of nearly 100 million pounds in his current contract, which is quite a large sum. However, as he has been linked with Champions League winners Real Madrid, the fee will not be a problem.Spalletti confirmed Icardi offered some assurances for staying, but added there is nothing he can do to stop the transfer if an offer comes in.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I’ve spoken with Mauro several times and he sent very precise signals,” Spalletti told SkySports.“He’s happy at Inter and wants to stay, but then there are clubs which, if they decide to take a player, you could have been saying ‘I won’t leave here the day before, then the next day they take you and in the end you’re happy to go, even though the previous day you were thinking very differently.”“We have to be ready for anything, but for now there are no signals and no doubts about what he wants,” Spalletti added.last_img read more

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