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Classes empty as schools reopen in J&K

first_imgThe J&K government on Thursday re-opened all higher secondary schools across the Valley, after 60 days of closure, only to a very negligible attendance by students, while teachers complained of several structures being occupied by the security forces. Srinagar’s prominent government-run Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School at Lal Chowk wore a deserted look, with no student presence on its sprawling campus. Just two students without uniform appeared from the nearby Barbar Shah area to know the status of the school.“I was shocked to see a security bullet-proof picket come up at the gate. I was stopped by the security personnel and questioned. I immediately left the premises,” the students said, on the condition of anonymity.Top officials of the school told The Hindu that no attendance of students was recorded. “We have around 1,500 students in the school. A very negligible number turned up. We decided not to hold any classes. However, teachers met to chalk out the future course of action,” school authorities said.The teachers said around 500 security personnel had been stationed at the main building of the school after the August 5 decision to revoke J&K’s special status. “Security personnel need to be vacated so that students feel safe in the school,” said a teacher. There was a similar scene at the all-girls Government Kothi Bagh Higher Secondary school, another prominent educational institution. “We are hopeful that attendance will improve in coming days,” said an official.last_img read more

London Olympics: Bronze medallist Gagan Narang gets a hero’s welcome in Pune

first_imgA sea of people, a bright red pheta and a flower bedecked chariot welcomed India’s Olympic hero Gagan Narang who kickstarted the medal rush for India at the London Olympics with a bronze. The ace shooter won a bronze on July 30 when he finished third in the 10m air rifle event at the Royal Artillery Barracks.Yesterday, he crashed out of the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions qualifying round and returned to Pune, the city where he had trained for the past four years.The champion went directly to the Balewadi Sports Complex where he runs an academy called Gun for Glory that trains aspiring shooters. Dressed in a dark suit, he frequently flashed his medal as he beamed at the rousing welcome that the gathered crowds gave him.At Gun For Glory, where his students and supporters had gathered, Maharashtra state sports minister Padmakar Valvi felicitated Narang for winning his first ever medal at the Olympics.”The Maharashtra government congratulates him and we will soon organise a public function for his felicitation. The government will extend the lease of the academy for another five years in recognition of the good work that Narang has done,” he said.The minister further announced that the government would provide financial grant for ammunition and rifles for training aspiring shooters at the Academy that Narang founded a year ago.”We are sure that in the 2016 Olympics, he will succeed in winning and continue to keep the Indian flag flying high,” said Valvi, adding that 25 shooters of national and international standards had trained here with Narang.advertisementThe sports hero’s parents were also felicitated at the event. “It is a very proud moment for the country that he brought the medal and having trained at the Balewadi stadium range, he wanted to first come here and light a lamp.The country and Pune, in particular, are very proud of him,” said his father B S Narang. The crowd applauded as the Olympic hero flashed his bronze once again, saying, “This medal belongs to all of you; it belongs to the country.”Cradling it in his hand, the winner at several prestigious sports events across the world thanked all who had been a part of his journey-his family, coach, students at the Academy, fans on FaceBook who he “hadn’t been able to reply to” and friends who he “hadn’t been able to communicate with” over the last few  busy weeks.”Thank you for your appreciation of my efforts. It has not been easy; in fact, it’s been tough. Looking at your support, it’s now sinking in that I’ve won something big,” he said.Narang appealed to parents to encourage children to pursue their interest in sports and urged the state government to include sports in the study curriculum. “A sport teaches you a lot; I have learnt lot from people who didn’t believe in me, that’s where the motivation came from,” he said.Recalling his first visit to Balewadi in 2008, he said, “I first came here in 2008 and today, I am extremely happy to be here for my felicitation.”Stating that he was “surprised” to see the facilities that the Maharashtra government had provided at the Balewadi Sports Complex, he urged the state, along with Haryana, to be the “torchbearers for sports.”Ending his brief speech, Narang said, “I trained here for four years and winning an Olympic medal was very difficult. I came back here because this is where I had trained and this is where I want to train you all.”last_img read more

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first_imgDuring the arguments in court, Nalinis counsel Vijayanarayan alleged that the prosecution had “gone beyond its line” and dubbed it as “persecution” and “an attempt for political reasons” to harass (her).He claimed that even the CBI chargesheet had not mentioned anything about the amount received by Nalini as professional fee as being proceeds of the alleged crime (Saradha scam).The other counsels (in the TV channel deal) had not been summoned, he submitted, adding that the fee was received when the scam was yet to come to light.”An attempt has been made for political reasons and unless the court interferes, anything can happen,” he submitted.Explaining her appearance before the Company Law Board and the Delhi High Court in the matter related to a dispute over the TV channel purchase deal, Nalinis counsel said, according to an agreement between Manoranjana and Sudipto Sen, the Bengal Media Pvt. Ltd, run by Sen, had committed to professionally and legally assist in her ongoing litigations.Accordingly, Sen, through his real estate company Saradha Realty India Limited, paid the “professional fee” of about Rs one crore to Nalini.But, the CBI later registered a case against Sen for failure to return deposits made in his chit funds. It was in this connection, the professional fee paid to Nalini from one of Sens companies was inquired by the CBI.The counsel also said Nalini had fully explained to the CBI about the receipt of the professional fee.It was in this connection, the ED had issued four summonses for her appearance, which was challenged by her.advertisementHe further submitted that Nalini had also sent her authorised representative to the ED in response to earlier summonses and the questionnaire was fully answered and all the documents were submitted to the agency.Stating that the same questionnaire was again issued by the ED, he said in the fourth and last summons, the words “authorised representative” were struck off.Assistant Solicitor General G Rajagopalan, appearing on behalf of the ED, submitted that the matter was only in the stage of summons. Mere summoning itself could not be assumed as the person had been made an accused.He also said the ED had summoned the petitioner as it might not have been satisfied with the answers furnished by the “authorised” person.”It is only in the stage of collecting evidence and the officer who issues summons does not know about the person and personalities,” he said, apparently rejecting the charge of “political reasons”. PTI CORR VS RClast_img read more

Hamsik is Slovakia’s greatest ever – Sylvestr

first_imgNapoli star Marek Hamsik should be regarded as Slovakia’s greatest ever ahead of former Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel, international team-mate Jakub Sylvestr feels. The 31-year-old will win his 108th cap for Slovakia if he features in Saturday’s Nations League encounter against Czech Republic to become his country’s most-capped player, erasing previous record holder Miroslav Karhan’s name from the record books.Hamsik has not only impressed at international level throughout his career, but has also shone at club level, deplacing the legendary Diego Maradona as Napoli’s all-time top goalscorer.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Sylvestr grew up in the same city as Hamsik – Banska Bystrica – and even though they did not play together at local club Jupie Podlavice, he vividly remembers how his compatriot made a big impression at a young age already.”I know Marek very well,” the Beitar Jerusalem attacker told Goal. “We grew up in the same city and our fathers played together. We went to the same football academy in my town. I have known him since I was eight or nine years old. He was always a big talent in Slovakia.”He was two years older, I would leave the pitch and his team would enter in a lot of games and tournaments at our club. At that time he was regarded as a huge talent already. As he got older, he continued to progress and develop. I think he has always been a big player at all his clubs and he proved that he is the best in Slovakia and one of the best in the world.”He worked really hard, taking these small steps in his career. Then he went to bigger and bigger clubs. A lot of people in Slovakia say, ‘oh he is not that good’ and we don’t really appreciate his success in Slovakia. Sometimes I think people are a little bit jealous.”I can tell you that he is also one of the best players that I have ever played with. For sure, in the world too. He is good with his weaker left foot and it is basically just as good as his right foot. He is really talented and he is possibly the best in Slovakian history.”He had been competing with Martin Skrtel for the best player in Slovakia award every season, espescially when Martin was at Liverpool. But for me, Marek is the best. Skrtel was really tough, a destroyer in defence and a great player, but for me Marek has everything. Shooting, passing, crossing and great vision. He is amazing to watch. For me, he is the top one.”Hamsik has enjoyed a fine career at Napoli, but many feel he could have represented an even bigger club. Sylvestr, however, is adamant the Serie A side are a huge team already.”I think he at in one of the best teams in Italy, it is unfortunate that he never won Serie A,” he added.”I think it is great that he has spent 10 years there. He beat Maradona’s record and he is loved in Naples. I think he could have done it somewhere else and it isn’t exactly like Napoli is Livorno, their fans are incredible.”last_img read more

Abu Dhabi GP: Mercedes lock front grid as Hamilton beats Bottas to pole

first_imgFive-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes front-row lockout with a blistering pole position at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday.The pole was a record-extending 83rd of the Briton’s career and 11th of the season, as well as the fifth year in succession that Mercedes have swept the front row at the floodlit Yas Marina circuit.Hamilton’s pole lap of one minute 34.794 seconds was also a track record.Lewis Hamilton clears the air after calling India ‘a poor place’ in earlier commentFinnish team mate Valtteri Bottas secured his front-row slot, last year’s race winner being 0.162 seconds off the pace, with the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen filling the second row.”It’s quite an emotional qualifying session for me because it’s the last time I’m going to be qualifying in this car,” said Hamilton after stepping out of the Mercedes to kiss it and then wave to the crowd.Lewis Hamilton faces social media backlash after questioning Indian Grand Prix”The emotional roller-coaster that I’ve gone through with this car, I’m probably the closest to this car that I’ve ever been with any car. So I’m emotionally attached,” added the 33-year-old.”It’s not always been easy, it’s been a struggle with her but it’s been a real privilege to work with her this year and I’m just so grateful to the team, to everyone, for putting it together.”Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he felt conflicted racing in IndiaSaturday was a last chance for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to become the youngest ever driver on pole but the 21-year-old ended up sixth on the grid and behind Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo.advertisementRomain Grosjean qualified seventh for Haas with Charles Leclerc eighth in his last race for Sauber before taking Raikkonen’s place at Ferrari.French youngster Esteban Ocon, who will drop back to a reserve role at Mercedes next season, put his Force India ninth on the grid and ahead of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg in 10th.With nothing at stake for the top teams, and no orders holding anyone back, Sunday’s race promises to be a full-on fight for victory.”Today was so much fun,” said Hamilton. “To go out there and be able to just express yourself and push the car the way you want, there’s no better feeling.”Bottas, without a win this season while Hamilton has taken 10 victories, had hoped to take the top slot for the second year in a row but recognised his team mate had once again pulled a stunning lap out of the bag.”P2 (second) wasn’t what I was expecting… but a one-two for the final race is good,” he said. “He was performing well, it was tough to beat his time. He did a better job in the lap.”last_img read more

Mrs. Pistols Predicts the Oklahoma State-Central Arkansas Game

first_imgMrs. Pistols, back.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Liverpool have the world’s best full-backs

first_imgThe dream, says Pep Lijnders, is simple.“We want like four or five players in the box,” the Liverpool assistant manager told Goal back in February. “We always said that our dream is one full-back crosses, and the other full-back scores. That would be perfect.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The dream wasn’t quite realised this season – there’s still one game to go, in fairness – but in terms of attacking full-back play, the Reds have taken things to the next level.In Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, they surely have the best pair in the world right now. Forget Dani Carvajal and Marcelo, or Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba, Joao Cancelo and Alex Sandro, it is the pair from West Derby and Glasgow who are changing the game.Between them, they have been responsible for 27 per cent of Liverpool’s goals this season. The Reds have netted 113 times in all competitions, and 31 of those have been scored or assisted by their right or left-back.It was Gianluca Vialli who once opined that the right-back in any football team is usually its weakest player, the one who wasn’t quick enough for the wing, tall enough to play centre-back or skilful enough to play in midfield or attack. The Italian’s point seemed a fairly logical one when it was made, 13 years ago, but one imagines he has revised his viewpoint since. Alexander-Arnold, of course, makes a mockery of it. Technically immaculate and athletic with it, the 20-year-old is the perfect embodiment of the all-action, modern-day full-back. And the scary thing is, he’s only likely to improve in the coming years too.“If he doesn’t go on to become the best right-back in the world, he should be disappointed,” says Jamie Carragher. Plenty believe Alexander-Arnold is already there.Jamie Carragher on Trent Alexander-Arnold 2019He is already well on the way to 100 senior appearances for Liverpool, and on Saturday he will start his second Champions League final – the youngest player to achieve such a feat. He’s played – and scored – for England, featured at a World Cup and been named in the PFA Team of the Year. He doesn’t turn 21 until October.It was the youngster’s quick thinking which brought Liverpool to their second European Cup final in a row, his corner swept home by Divock Origi while Barcelona’s experienced stars stood with their backs to the play. “A genius moment,” Klopp called it. It was one of 16 assists the Scouser has racked up across the campaign.On the other flank, Robertson has been equally productive. For the first time in Premier League history, two defenders from the same team provided 10 or more assists in a single season. Meanwhile, they were part of the league’s meanest defence too. Liverpool conceded just 22 goals in 38 Premier League games. “How many runs Robbo and Trent make, I don’t know,” says Joel Matip. “It has a big impact on our defending, because the wingers of the other team get tired.”Even Jose Mourinho is a fan. “I am still tired just looking at Robertson,” he said after what turned out to be his final game as Manchester United manager, a 3-1 defeat at Anfield back in December. “He makes 100 metre sprints per minute, absolutely incredible.”Incredible, too, is the fact that between them, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson cost just £8 million (€9m/$10m). You could add a zero onto that figure now and still wouldn’t come close to buying them. Both are on long contracts, both will be at Liverpool for many years to come.Jose Mourinho on Andy Robertson 2018“He has exceeded expectations,” Klopp said of Robertson in January.“He might be from Glasgow originally, but everything about him screams Liverpool. His progression is an example to any player joining us.”The manager is right. Robertson had to wait for his chance at Liverpool, but Alberto Moreno’s misfortune – an injury suffered in a Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow – was the 25-year-old’s gain. Like Alexander-Arnold, he seized his opportunity and never looked back.When Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015, his first-choice full-backs were Nathaniel Clyne and Moreno. Both will be allowed to leave the club this summer. Reasonable players, both of them, but Liverpool have evolved past ‘reasonable players’. They need exceptional ones.And in Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, they now have arguably the world’s best full-back duo. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

What will happen when Van Dijk faces Ronaldo?

first_imgThe last that most casual fans saw of Cristiano Ronaldo during the club season was for Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals against Ajax. He scored in both legs, which ahead of the UEFA Nations League final against the Netherlands will give Matthijs de Ligt and Daley Blind in particular cause for concern.Ronaldo showed on both evenings that even in a malfunctioning team he is capable of deciding outcomes. Juventus failed in the Champions League this year and as a result there will be big changes in Turin this summer, starting with the coach.Ronaldo was the only player to score for them in the knockout rounds; he followed up his hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the last 16 with a goal in each leg against the Dutch champions. It wasn’t enough. He carried more than his fair share for the Italians and was let down by what was going on around him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He doesn’t need time, he doesn’t need space, he doesn’t need five chances. He needs barely a chink of light.The 34-year-old, according to one coach who prepared a team against one of Ronaldo’s, is actually straightforward to plan for in general play. A defensive line knows where he is going to be, whether he’s going to stand in the front line or drop off to the wings or further back, and can keep him in their sights. It’s in in the breakdown that he becomes unmarkable.And his hat-trick goals against Switzerland on Wednesday night in the Nations League semi-final demonstrated that. The first is a great free-kick which he won himself and despatched. But in the analysis of the second and third goals you can see the danger which faces the Netherlands tonight.Portugal built a sweeping back-to-front goal for Ronaldo to go ahead with only a couple of minutes remaining. Minute one or minute 89, Ronaldo is alert to the possibility of chances. The ball from Ruben Neves to Bernardo Silva puts Switzerland on the back foot and the Manchester City man then conjures a successful pull-back.But the pull-back is only successful because it is Ronaldo meeting it. Look again at the movement to evade Manuel Akanji at the edge of the box. If you’re wondering why Akanji is not close by the time Ronaldo shoots at goal, well, the devil is in the detail. He only needs a split second to strike in a move like this, and rarely fluffs it. In a team that goes slow – slow – fast in the creation of chances, he is lethal.Cirstiano Ronaldo No Look Pass Portugal SchweizBut the third goal shows the other side of Ronaldo; what he is capable of when opposition possession breaks down. From the moment Granit Xhaka loses the ball in the midfield due to a lack of concentration, Portugal put the stranglehold on Switzerland.Ronaldo with half a pitch to gallop into on the break is a foreboding sight for any defence in world football, at club or international level. In the chaos which envelops the field after a turnover, he is ruthless. All he needs is the right ball and he will do what he did against the Swiss. Two stepovers later, the ball is in Yann Sommer’s bottom corner.“We know he’s one of the best, and the nicest thing in football is that you cannot stop [a player like him] 100 percent [of the time] because sometimes he’s too good,” Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman said on Saturday.“We know the qualities of that player, and of course we need to defend well when we have the ball, we need good defensive organisation, but it’s not a special marking [system], one on one, because we don’t like that.“But, Ronaldo is good enough to create [chances], even against really good defenders, and that’s the nicest part of football, that you can’t do everything because his quality is at such a high level that sometimes it’s difficult.“They can stop him, of course, it’s all about the match and how it starts, and the ball possession, and that will be really important for us.”Virgil van Dijk Raheem Sterling Netherlands England 2019Portugal are sometimes criticised for their fundamental football but they are a far better side than given credit for. Fernando Santos has given a platform to Ronaldo to shine, as he should do considering the captain has now scored 88 international goals, second only to Iran’s Ali Daei in the all-time reckoning.“The reason that explains how a player can keep up this kind of level at 34 – and I think he will keep going for three or four more years – is that he is a player who has very specific and strong goals,” the Portugal coach said.“That’s what makes him have a great life in terms of his determination, his physical well-being, he keeps his intensity levels very high and always trains at his limits.“His life beside that is also very important. It was always an ambition of his, he always kept it as a purpose.“That’s why, although it isn’t very usual, a player can be 34 years of age, scoring 50 goals per season and will continue to do so for a little while longer.”Portugal can play on the counter and hit on the break, or else they can probe through the possession-retention capabilities of Neves, William Carvalho and, especially, Bernardo Silva in the middle. Ronaldo provides them a threat both ways.In order for Portugal to win the Nations League, Ronaldo won’t need to be come the first player in 65-odd matches to dribble past Virgil van Dijk. He won’t even need to be in the game for long spells. All he needs is a moment to pounce.De Ligt has suffered it this season, Blind has suffered it this season, and having struggled against Lionel Messi in the Champions League semi-final first leg in Barcelona, the biggest test there is now awaits Van Dijk.last_img read more

Hillary Clinton Honored At Golden Heart Awards

first_imgGod’s Love We Deliver honored former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with the first ever Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service at the 7th Annual Golden Heart Awards dinner benefiting God’s Love We Deliver on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.“I am deeply honored to present Mrs. Clinton with this award that means so much to me,” says Michael Kors. “She is a dedicated and enormously effective humanitarian whose commitment to community service encompasses the whole planet. Thanks to her talent, devotion and unrelenting efforts on behalf of those with much less, she has improved millions of lives and helped lay the foundation for a better, more just world.”Among the stars to attend the event – held at Spring Studios in New York City – were Jennifer Hudson and models Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes and Hilary Rhoda.In recognition of the important work of God’s Love We Deliver and the commitment of Michael Kors to help end world hunger, the Seventh Annual Golden Heart Awards dinner was held on World Food Day. God’s Love We Deliver board members Blaine Trump and Michael Kors helped serve as event co-chairs.God’s Love We Deliver also honored Aerin Lauder, Founder and Creative Director of AERIN and Style and Image Director of Estée Lauder, with the Golden Heart Award for Lifetime Achievement. Jeff Gates and Mike Moran, long-time volunteers and donors, received the Golden Heart Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.The Golden Heart Awards honor the important contributions of individuals, corporations and foundations to the organization’s cause. Funds raised at the event help ensure that no person in the tri-state area suffers the dual crises of hunger and life-altering illness.last_img read more

DIVERSE SLATE OF VOICES AMONG POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE CONTENDERS

first_imgPerformers singing in at least five languages are among this year’s diverse selection of Polaris Music Prize nominees.Ten contenders were revealed for the $50,000 award, which goes to the best album from a Canadian artist or band, including the release Antisocialites from dream pop band Alvvays and Freudian by Toronto R&B singer Daniel Caesar.A number of Indigenous artists are represented among the short list. Newcomer Jeremy Dutcher duets with recordings captured on the East Coast a century ago in the Wolastoqey language, and rappers the Snotty Nose Rez Kids level honest takes on racism in Canada. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Projects by Quebecois artists Jean-Michel Blais, Hubert Lenoir and Pierre Kwenders are also among the listed albums.Rounding out the bunch are releases from two returning Polaris contenders — U.S. Girls and Weaves — as well as indie rock newcomers Partner.The Polaris winner will be awarded on Sept. 17 at a gala presentation held in Toronto. Advertisement Polaris Music Prize nominees Molly Rankin of the band Alvvays, R&B singer Daniel Caesar, and First Nations opera singer Jeremy Dutcher are shown in a composite image. They are a selection of artists in the running for the annual $50,000 award. (Left: Winslow Townson/Invision/The Associated Press, middle/right: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Back home Jefferson sparks Nicholls past Spring Hill 8565

THIBODAUX, La. — Jeremiah Jefferson scored 21 points as Nicholls played a home game for the first time in 22 days, turning away Division II Spring Hill, 85-65 on Wednesday night.The Colonels won back-to-back games to claim a fifth-place finish at the Emerald Coast Classic, knocking off North Carolina Central and beating Western Michigan in overtime.Spring Hill got off to a strong start and held a 39-35 lead at intermission. Daniel Regis dunked to put the Colonels ahead for good, 46-45 with 16:38 left in the game.A graduate transfer, Jefferson scored 20 points or more for the fifth time for Nicholls (5-4). Kevin Johnson added 17 points and Brandon Moore Jr. and Regis each pulled down 10 rebounds. Regis, who averages just under three blocked shots per game, had two against the Badgers.Justin Allison scored 14 points to lead Spring Hill.The Associated Press read more

Former Swansea City chairman sues divorce lawyers claiming their advice resulted in

A former football club chairman is suing his divorce lawyers claiming they failed to warn him that promotion to the Premier League would result in an extra £2.25 million pay off to his ex-wife.Huw Jenkins OBE, 56, the former Swansea City boss, claims he was told by solicitors that his finances were “not stable enough” to reach a financial settlement with his wife Sian, 50, while the club was in the lower league.However just three months later Swansea City won promotion from the Championship in 2011 to play the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.This resulted in his personal wealth massively increasing and when the divorce was finally settled in 2017, Mr Jenkins was ordered to pay his ex-wife a £2.25 million lump sum.Mr Jenkins, a former building company boss who won an OBE in 2015, claims that his solicitors should have been aware that his financial situation was likely to improve if Swansea City won promotion.He also claims he should have been advised to start divorce proceedings before a “change in his circumstances” – as his team began winning. Mr Jenkins was given the advice by John Collins & Partners LLP (trading as JCP LLP).  Bringing the claim at the High Court in London he sought £2.25 million in compensation.In the Particulars of Claim lodged in court he said the firm failed to advise him that “should Swansea City AFC gain promotion to the Premier League he should immediately consider issuing divorce proceedings to minimise the potential claim against him by Sian”.He claimed to suffer a loss of around £2.25 million “such being the difference between the amount he would have been ordered to pay Sian in 2011, and the amount paid in 2017”.However as JCP was not officially incorporated as a company until 2014 – the firm claimed it did not provide any advice before 2015.The firm also claimed that if Mr Jenkins had started divorce proceedings in 2011 it would not have resulted in a quicker or lower settlement.Mrs Justice O’Farrell DBE has now said Mr Jenkins caused no prejudice in failing to name the firm correctly and the case can proceed.A spokesperson for JCP Solicitors said: “We are obviously disappointed that a claim, which we consider has no merit, has been allowed to continue, albeit in part. “Mr Jenkins didn’t follow protocol and issued proceedings out of the blue after failing to undertake even the most basic of litigation checks.””The recent judgment requires Mr Jenkins to plead his case again for the parts which are allowed to proceed.”If and when he re-pleads in respect of those parts which are allowed to proceed, we will consider the new case and will continue to defend it vigorously.”Mr Jenkins became chairman of Swansea City in 2002 and over the following decade the club rose through the divisions to the Premier League.The former chairman stood down from his role with the club earlier this year after the club was bought by two American investors. In his legal action against the solicitors, Mr Jenkins said he also transferred assets – believed to be the family home – and made periodical payments to his ex-wife as part of the 2017 divorce settlement. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Oil laundering plants uncovered large quantity of cat litter seized in Monaghan

first_imgTWO OIL LAUNDERING plants have been uncovered in Co Monaghan in an operation carried out by officers from the Revenue’s Customs Service and gardaí.They were found on adjoining sites at Killyneil, Silverstream earlier today — at a farmyard and at a commercial premises.According to the Revenue service, the two plants had a capacity to launder six million litres of fuel a year, and could have represented a €3 million loss to the State in terms of taxes.One of the plants used bleaching earth, while the other used cat litter to filter and launder the fuel. A “large quantity” of litter was seized by officers in the course of today’s operation.They also found 20,000 litres of oil, a lorry, a van and five bags of bleaching earth, along with other equipment. Three tonnes of toxic waste were also uncovered.A man in his late twenties from Northern Ireland was arrested and is being held for questioning at Monaghan Garda Station.Read: Over thirty arrested across Northern Ireland in major child abuse investigation >last_img read more

Découverte dune population de léopards des neiges en Afghanistan

first_imgDécouverte d’une population de léopards des neiges en AfghanistanPubliée en juin dans International Journal of Environmental Studies, une étude menée par les biologistes d’une ONG environnementale américaine et par leurs collaborateurs locaux révèle l’existence d’une population importante du rare léopard des neiges dans les montagnes afghanes.  Grâce à des pièges photographiques disposés à 16 endroits différents dans la région montagneuse de Wakhan (nord-est de l’Afghanistan), Anthony Simms et son équipe de l’ONG Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), soutenue par l’Agence américaine pour le développement international (USAID), ont pu, pour la première fois, mettre en évidence la présence d’une population de léopards des neiges à cet endroit du monde.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocéros”C’est une merveilleuse découverte : elle montre qu’il y a un réel espoir pour les léopards des neiges en Afghanistan. Maintenant, notre objectif est de nous assurer que ces magnifiques animaux ont un avenir sûr en tant qu’éléments clé du patrimoine naturel de ce pays”, a déclaré Peter Zahler, directeur de la WCS pour l’Asie, dans le centre de laquelle vivent encore entre 4.500 et 7.500 léopards des neiges à l’état sauvage.Menacé dans le Wakhan par le braconnage, les persécutions exercées par les bergers et le trafic illégal d’animaux sauvages, le félin doit y être protégé, souligne l’étude. La WCS a donc développé un ensemble d’initiatives de conservation : partenariats avec les communautés locales, formation de rangers, efforts d’éducation et de sensibilisation. “En développant une approche de gestion dirigée par les communautés elles-mêmes, nous pensons que les léopards des neiges seront conservés en Afghanistan sur le long terme”, conclut Anthony Simms, auteur principal de l’étude.Découvrez ces léopards des neiges rarissimes en images sur Maxisciences. [Article publié le 14 juillet 2011, édité le 20 juillet 2011]Le 20 juillet 2011 à 14:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Kendrick Lamars Partners With Nike to Sell New Shoes at Concerts

first_img Will our capitalist nightmare ever end? No, of course not. And it’ll just keep getting worse. Our latest digital tragedy? Selling shoes via AR at Kendrick Lamar’s forthcoming concerts thanks to a partnership with Nike and a collaboration with the company’s SNKRS app. Essentially, at a predetermined point in the concert, attendees will have the chance to order these rare shoes. Those familiar with the SNKRS app will notice that this works a fair bit like the app’s current “Stash Spot” feature. Essentially, the app alerts users to head to a specific location for the opportunity to order shoes. A bit like a Pokemon go raid, only you get fancy sneakers instead. And also spend a hundred bucks or more. In this case, this may well be one of the only ways to get your hands on a pair of Cortex Kenny III (Lamar’s new line of Nike shoes). The Stash Spots are typically very small, but in this case, anyone in the concert venue will be able to order them, provided there’s still some available. The first use of the new feature was last night at the Forum in Los Angeles, and there are four more planned. They will be May 19 in Houston, May 29 in New York City, June 5 at Boston, and June 15 in Chicago. This won’t be the only chance to get the shoes, according to Digital Trends, but it will be one of the only surefire shots. Users can still use the regular ol’ stash spots as well as other events and promotions on the app to get them. And that’s the thing that burns me a bit. I love Kendrick, and I love great shoes. But the idea of a concert being interrupted for what is essentially another advertisement is… c’mon. Can’t we just enjoy things? AR is really cool too! And has a lot of potential, but if I’m at a concert, I’m there for the music. Like even if it was just having the app and being there would work to qualify you, that’d be one thing. But leave the music alone. Am I old? Does that make me the old man yelling at the cloud? I’m in my mid-20s… that’s like a million in internet years. Maybe my time has come. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have LeakedBest Sneakers of Summer 2019 last_img read more

Shutdown’s second month expands scope of uncertainty in Clark County

first_imgAs the partial government shutdown drags past its one-month anniversary, the closure’s impacts are spreading beyond furloughed and unpaid federal employees and hitting the general public.In Clark County’s private sector and network of volunteers, the ongoing shutdown is starting to leave a mark.Without institutional support from the U.S. Forest Service, restoration efforts in the Columbia Gorge have stalled. Without approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, local breweries can’t market new beer products across state lines. With food stamp programs facing limbo in March, the region’s food banks are wondering how their resources might handle some strain.And with federal employees facing their second consecutive missed paycheck on Friday — the first time that’s happened in the country’s 38-year history of budget-related shutdowns — the private sector might take a hit in the form of money not spent. When people aren’t sure when their next paycheck will arrive, they’re not taking their families out to dinner.“People are feeling pain, and some businesses are going to lose some revenue that they’re probably never going to get back,” said regional economist Scott Bailey.The ripple effectLong-term projects of “nonessential” federal employees are starting to suffer.The Pacific Crest Trail Association, which organizes volunteer restoration efforts of public lands, had to cancel its scheduled excursion into the Columbia Gorge to help repair the devastation from 2017’s Eagle Creek Fire.last_img read more

Howe says he doesnt want to sell Wilson

first_imgThere has been some interest for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, especially from Chelsea, but manager Eddie Howe says he’s not for sale.The good performance Callum Wilson has had in Bournemouth this season in the English Premier League is attracting many clubs.And one of them is being said to be Chelsea, who want to buy the footballer.But Bournemouth’s coach Eddie Howe has said the player is not for sale.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think it is a huge compliment to the player involved,” Howe was quoted by Sky Sports.“But with all the rumors, there is no point in me thinking about these different situations until we have something to answer.”“From our perspective, we don’t want to sell anybody this window that we don’t want to,” he added.“We want to continue to take the club forward and the team forward, and to do that, we’ve got to keep our best player.”last_img read more

ASA to Take Part in Farm Bill Listening Session at Farm Progress

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore, Vice President John Heisdorffer and Chairman Richard Wilkins will be on hand in Decatur, Ill., next week for the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill Listening Session. Held on Wednesday, Aug.  30 at Richland Community College, in conjunction with the 2017 Farm Progress Show, the listening session is an opportunity for Moore, Heisdorffer, Wilkins and other farmers to share farmer priorities for the upcoming farm bill discussions with House Agriculture Committee leadership. While ASA will make a statement at the listening session, the format for the event is open, and farmers attending the Farm Progress Show are encouraged to attend. Please note that the listening session has a capacity of 300, and the event has a hard cutoff at noon, so it is possible all farmers present may not have an opportunity to speak, so please come early! Those interested in speaking should be at Shilling Auditorium on the Richland campus at 1 College Park in Decatur at 8 a.m. ASA’s priorities for the next farm bill can be found by clicking here. For more information, please click here or contact Patrick Delaney in the ASA Washington Office at pdelaney@soy.org.last_img read more

WCTV To Hold Open House On April 24

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV Wants To Help YOU Launch Your Own PodcastIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: Did You Know WCTV Has A Podcast Studio That YOU Can Use?In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: WCTV Invites Public To Family Fun Day At Yentile Farm On Sunday, September 8In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Want to learn more about Wilmington Community Television or get a tour of its state-of-the-art facility?WCTV is holding an Open House at its Waltham Street headquarters for interested residents on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 7pm to 8:30pm.The Open House offers a casual way to get a peak inside the studio and hear about the different ways you can get involved: on-camera, behind-the-scenes, podcasting, event coverage, sports and more!To RSVP, email Lisa Kapala at lisa@wctv.org. Drop-ins are welcome too.(NOTE: The above information is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like 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.last_img read more