Category: rnzpozbp

Ind vs Eng: Rain spoils the show on Day 1 of the 4th Test

first_imgRain played a massive downer during the first day of the fourth and the final Test at The Oval on Thursday. Score | PhotosInteresting stuff off twitter: Dear ANNA, Thank you for taking public attention away from the Test series.The game could not begin post the lunch break and had to be called off owing to the heavy showers. As a result only 26 overs could be bowled on the day. England were 75 for no loss with openers Andrew Strauss (38 not out) and Alastair Cook (34 not out) in the middle at lunch.Earlier England skipper Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat.Captain Strauss and his opening wicket partner Alastair Cook, who scored a massive 394 in the third Test match in Birmingham, started the day at ease.The two openers knew that they had won the series and had also bagged the number one spot in Tests and so batted steadily against an Indian attack that has been rendered toothless in absence of Zaheer Khan.To make matters worse in this Test, Praveen Kumar is not playing owing to his finger injury that he sustained during the third Test. RP Singh, playing in his place, too looked off-colour during the morning session.TeamsIndia: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, S SreesanthEngland: Andrew Strauss(c), Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior(w), Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Andersonadvertisementlast_img read more

Continue Reading

Abhishek wants his Dostana co-star John for football match

first_imgMumbai, Jun 3 (PTI) Actor Abhishek Bachchan said he would have loved to have his “Dostana” co-star John Abraham in his football team.Cricketers and Bollywood celebrities are collaborating for a friendly football match tomorrow.Virat Kohli Foundation has joined hands with Abhishek Bachchans Playing for Humanity for a charity football match.Abhisheks team will have actors like Arjun Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shoojit Sircar, Ranbir Kapoor among others.”We would love to have John Abraham in our team, he is good at football. But he is busy with his work,” Abhishek told reporters here.The team headed by Virat consists of cricketers like M S Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane among others.”The first time when I decided to do this we announced that the proceeds will go to the foundation. The main idea has been to help the underprivileged. We wanted to raise funds for the underprivileged, its a serious issue,” Virat said.”I am glad these guys (Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor and other Bollywood celebrities) have come together for this,” he added.The match will take place at the Mumbai Football rena, Andheri Sports Complex. PTI KKP KRK DIP RDSlast_img read more

Continue Reading

Will compete against myself in Rio, says marathon runner Nitendra Rawat

first_imgRepresenting the country at the Olympics is no less than a dream come to true for most athletes and marathon runner Nitendra Rawat is no exception.Rawat, who is currently training at the SAI centre in Bengaluru, says that the only thing he will have on his mind while running at Rio is to clock under the 2 hours and 12 minutes mark. A look at the timings of the marathon runners at the London Olympics will give us a better idea of what Rawat is aiming for.Stephen Kripotch of Uganda won in 2012 with a timing of 2 hours eight minutes and one second while the other two runners at the podium finished within the 2 hour 10 minutes mark.”I am not going to put myself under any undue pressure thinking about the other athletes and their timings. I have a personal target and that is all I am concerned about,” Rawat told Mail Today.Rawat admits clocking the timings he is aspiring to would be a herculean task, taking into consideration that his personal best is 2 hours 15 minutes 48 seconds clocked at the Mumbai Marathon earlier this year.He achieved an Olympic berth at the 2015 Military Games in Korea in October. His 2 hour 18 minutes six seconds effort in Korea was enough to fit the bill according to the IAAF’s new standards which had been revised to 2 hours and 19 minutes from the earlier 2 hours and 17 minutes.”I have been working tirelessly to improve my endurance. I have certainly taken giant strides on that front. I feel much stronger and confident than I was last year,” said Rawat, who won the Delhi Half Marathon and Mumbai Marathon this season.advertisementRAWAT GETS STAR STATUS IN HIS VILLAGERawat, not long ago was posted at the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (POK) border, one of the most volatile places to serve at. Rawat doesn’t have much fond memories of patrolling the border.”The fear of being attacked always loomed large. You never know what would happen next. I am glad that I am serving the country now in a different manner,” Rawat said.Rawat, who likes to unwind by interacting with well-wishers on the social media, received a warm reception in his village in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand after he won gold at the South Asian Games.”Nobody asked after me. But this time when I went for a short break to my village, I was surprised to see that so many people knew about my achievements. Friends, family and acquaintances kept thronging at my house to meet me,” he said.”I also have 5,000 pending friend requests on Facebook now that I am going to be an Olympian,” added Rawat with a grin.It is the first time since the 1960 Rome Olympics that three men marathoners from India have made the cut for the Games and all under the tutelage of coach Surinder Singh Bandhari.Bandhari said he is pleased with the progress of his boys. “We have submitted a proposal to train in the US ahead of the Olympics. Let’s see what happens,” he said.last_img read more

Continue Reading

Bollywood glamour to add spice in ISL-3 opening ceremony

first_imgGuwahati, Sep 28 (PTI) Having played host to the South Asian Games opening ceremony earlier this year, the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Sarusajai will be witnessing yet another spectacle when Bollywood glamour will meet sporting world to kick off the third Indian Super League football tournament here on October 1. Bollywood heartthrobs Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandes and Varun Dhawan along with about 500 performers are ready to rock the stadium in the short yet spectacular 30-minute show from 5.30 pm ahead of ISL-3 opener between hosts NorthEast United FC and Kerala Blasters FC. The TV telecast, however, will be deferred live from 6.15 ahead of the match. Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar who owns the Kerala team will also be present. NorthEast United FC Owner and proud host of the opening ceremony, John Abraham said: “Im extremely happy to get this opportunity to host the opening ceremony. Its a huge deal for my team as well as my people in the North-East region who have always showered the team with their love and supported us throughout. “The opening ceremony promises to draw the worlds attention to the potential of North-East region and I hope this encourages more youth from the area to take up football professionally,” he said in a statement. Nita Ambani, founder and chairperson, Reliance Foundation and Football Sports Development Limited along with Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani will also be present during the ceremony. Football Sports Development Ltd — a joint venture between IMG, Reliance Industries and Star India — have rewarded North-East United FC the coveted rights to host the scintillating opening ceremony to celebrate the regions passion with the beautiful game. Both teams have had a successful pre-season campaign with NEUFC travelling to the United Arab Emirates while the men in yellow travelled to Thailand. The two teams missed out on a semi-final berth last year and they will be looking to go that extra mile this year. The Highlanders missed out by only two points to finish fifth while Kerala, the inaugural edition runners up, finished at the bottom of the table in 2015. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Continue Reading

Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against Neymar

first_imgNike Inc is “very concerned” about a rape accusation against Brazilian soccer star Neymar, the world’s largest sportswear maker said on Thursday, raising questions about its sponsorship of one of the sport’s most famous players.Nike issued a statement a day after a woman said in an interview with Brazilian SBT TV that Neymar had raped her in a Paris hotel last month. Neymar denied the allegation in an Instagram post and has said the woman was trying to extort him.The lawyer for Neymar’s accuser did not respond to questions from Reuters.”We are very concerned by the recent allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike said when asked about the accusation against Neymar, who plays his club soccer with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.A press representative for Neymar declined to comment on his sponsorships.Neymar’s lawyer Mayra Fernandes, speaking to journalists in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, did not address his sponsorship deals. She said her client was innocent of the allegation made against him.A press representative for Mastercard in Brazil confirmed to Reuters that the company had planned an advertising campaign to coincide with this month’s Copa America tournament but she did not confirm reports in Brazil’s three biggest newspapers that Mastercard had decided to suspend Neymar’s featuring in it.U.S. press representatives for Mastercard did not reply to requests for comment.Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA , which featured Neymar in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup, said it was a sponsor of the national team but not individual players. A press representative declined to comment on the accusation against Neymar.advertisementMcDonald’s Corp and Procter & Gamble Co’s Gillette brand, which both featured Neymar prominently in ad campaigns last year, said they had no current contract with him.POLICE REPORTA police report seen by Reuters showed that a woman had accused Neymar, 27, of raping her at a Paris hotel last month. Sao Paulo police are investigating the accusation. According to the police report, she told investigators that she met Neymar on Instagram. Neymar suggested they meet in person in Paris and he paid for her flight and her hotel room, the report said.After media reports on the allegation, Neymar posted a video on Instagram, in which he denied the accusations, said he was a victim of extortion and shared messages he exchanged with the woman, including racy photos he had received.That led police in Rio de Janeiro to open an investigation into whether Neymar had committed a crime by posting those intimate pictures online.Neymar’s lawyer Fernandes said that Neymar had already spoken with police investigating the cybercrime, but had not yet arranged a time to go to Sao Paulo to speak with police about the rape accusation, but was committed to doing so.On Wednesday night the woman, Najila de Souza, gave her first on-camera interview since her accusation became public.”I was a victim of rape,” de Souza told SBT TV.Some of Neymar’s teammates have come out in support of him, but national team coach Tite told journalists on Monday that he did not want to pass judgment on the matter.The Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday that Neymar would be dropped from the Brazil team for the Copa America because of an ankle injury suffered in a friendly match against Qatar.Also Read | Woman reaffirms allegations against Neymar: I was the victim of rape’Also Read | Neymar ruled out of Copa America with ankle ligament injuryAlso Seelast_img read more

Continue Reading

Shikhar Dhawan hugely valuable player: Sanjay Bangar backs out-of-form India opener

first_img Press Trust of India RanchiMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 23:17 IST India vs Australia: Shikhar Dhawan suffered his third straight batting failure in the third ODI in Ranchi on Friday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhawan has been struggling for form in the ongoing series vs Australia, managing just 22 runs in 3 inningsIf we know that Shikhar Dhawan gets going, he can give us that solidity: Sanjay BangarVirat Kohli hinted at changes to the playing XI after India lost the third ODI in Ranchi on FridayIndia’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar termed out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan as a vital cog, saying the team management wants the right-left combination to fire at the top of the order with the ICC World Cup around the corner. Report | HighlightsDhawan has managed just 22 runs in three innings in the ongoing ODI series vs Australia but Bangar feels that more than anything else, it’s his shot selection that has let him down.”In the previous game, he (Dhawan) was batting really well till he erred in shot selection. But from our point of view, he has been an important player,” Bangar said after India’s 32-run loss against Australia in the third ODI in Ranchi Friday.”If we know that he gets going, he can give us that solidity as it is vital to have that right-left combination going. He is a hugely valuable player for us and he is expected to come good very soon,” the former India all-rounder said.He was also sympathetic for Ambati Rayudu, who Friday got a brilliant delivery from Pat Cummins.”These games are valuable opportunities for all players concerned and even for us so that the players are at their utmost best when we go into the World Cup. Don’t forget that in the last game in New Zealand, Rayudu scored a match-winning 90,” Bangar said.”Today’s delivery that he got, could have gotten out any batsmen with that pace and low bounce. Players are expected to take chances and that’s what we are expecting of every player,” Bangar explained.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni to be rested for the last two ODIsAlso Read | Virat Kohli: Disappointed with my dismissal, it was one of my finest hundredsAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s 41st hundred not enough as India lose Ranchi ODI to AustraliaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Sanjay BangarFollow 2019 World Cup No data available! graphs commentary advertisementcenter_img view more view less scorecard Shikhar Dhawan hugely valuable player: Sanjay Bangar backs out-of-form India openerShikhar Dhawan has managed just 22 runs in three innings in the ongoing ODI series at home against Australialast_img read more

Continue Reading

Bluenose II to Visit Halifax

first_imgNova Scotians can enjoy the last days of summer with a sail on Nova Scotia’s iconic Bluenose II. The Bluenose II is scheduled to arrive in Halifax on Monday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Daily harbour cruises will take place from Tuesday, Sept. 20 until Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Decks will be open to the public between cruises from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Bluenose II will leave Halifax on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. for Lunenburg, and will arrive at 6 p.m. Sailing season ends on Friday, Sept. 30. Schedule and sailing times are weather dependent. For reservations and prices, visit https://bluenosenovascotia.starboardsuite.com/choose-date or call toll free: 1-855-640-3177. -30-last_img read more

Continue Reading

Supreme Court to hear questions in case of womans death after rough

first_imgWARNING: Some of the details in this story are graphic.OTTAWA _ The case of an Ontario trucker acquitted in the death of an Alberta woman referred to at trial as a “native” and a “prostitute” is to go before the Supreme Court this week in what could set a precedent in Canada’s sexual assault laws.Bradley Barton says Cindy Gladue died after a night of consensual, rough sex in an Edmonton motel in June 2011. Her body was found in the bathtub after Barton called 911. She had an 11-centimetre cut in her vagina and had bled to death.A jury found Barton not guilty of first-degree murder and manslaughter. The Crown appealed following nationwide protests and the Alberta Court of Appeal ordered a new trial.The Appeal Court ruled serious errors were made in the original trial and in the judge’s charge to the jury about Barton’s conduct and on sexual assault legislation as it pertains to consent.The Supreme Court is to hear arguments Thursday on several procedural matters, including the role of interveners, but may also decide for the first time whether an “objective likelihood of harm” cancels out sexual consent.The Alberta Crown, as well as attorney generals in other provinces, including Ontario, is arguing for such an addition to the law.Barton’s lawyer, Dino Bottos, says it would be a big deal if the top court agrees. He plans to argue that the Crown brought up the consent versus harm argument on appeal, not at trial, and it shouldn’t affect his client’s case.It would be akin to double jeopardy, Bottos says. “We’re just trying to hold the line.”Lise Gotell is a gender studies professor at the University of Alberta and chairwoman of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, or LEAF, one of 16 groups intervening in the Barton case. She points out the court has previously ruled that a person killed in a fist fight couldn’t have consented to bodily harm.“But the court has never made a ruling on whether or not this rule applies in a sexual context.”The Barton case is complicated, says Gotell, who adds that LEAF won’t argue for the new consent provision because it believes Gladue didn’t agree at all.Barton has testified that he hired Gladue for two nights of sex that included putting his fist in her vagina. When he woke up after the second night, he said, he found her dead in the tub.A medical examiner testified that the wound to Gladue’s vaginal wall was likely to have been caused by a sharp object and, in a rare move, he used Gladue’s preserved vaginal tissue as an exhibit.That was disrespectful and dehumanizing, says Gotell, as were the comments from lawyers who referred to Gladue more than two dozen times before the jury as a native prostitute.The 36-year-old Metis woman was a mother of three girls. She struggled with addiction and poverty and deserved better, says a factum filed by lawyers with another intervener, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.“We recall her strength and dignity now because the trial in relation to her death failed to do so,” it says.Muriel Stanley Venne, the founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, a co-intervener with LEAF, says there’s never been a better time, in light of the #MeToo movement, for a case like this to be heard.“I believe this is the most important case in my lifetime,” says Venne, who is 80. “Our Cindy Gladue is the embodiment and the hero that we are looking for to change the conduct of the court.”last_img read more

Continue Reading

Monster pothole near Langton

Norfolk County will have to get out its chequebook now that a monster pothole has opened on a major road west of Simcoe.The failure occurred late last month on McDowell Road West about 4.5 kilometres west of Forestry Farm Road.The county flagged the problem on the afternoon of April 25. The road has since been closed with heavy concrete barricades. Nearly two weeks later, Norfolk’s roads department has no timetable for resuming through-traffic.“As far as an update goes, one will be provided at (Tuesday’s) council-in-committee meeting,” Norfolk roads manager Shawn VanAcker said Monday in an email.Whatever the county comes up with, the fix will not be easy or cheap.The failure occurred in the middle of McDowell Road in a section where the road bed is more than 20 feet higher than the surrounding landscape.A swale on the north side of the road empties into a pond on the south side. They are joined in the middle by a culvert, which the county says failed.The road bed collapsed into the space created by the broken culvert. The hole in the middle of the road measures about 10 feet across by seven feet (three metres by 2.1 metres). Installing a new culvert will require a deep excavation.“It’s quite a hole,” Langton Coun. Roger Geysens said Monday. “From what I hear, this is going to take a bit of time. It’ll have to be done sooner or later, that’s all I can say.”McDowell Road is a busy thoroughfare. It carries traffic from the west part of Norfolk into the west side of Simcoe. The road turns into West Street within Simcoe town limits and ends at Talbot Street South on the west side of Governor Simcoe Square.For the time being, the county recommends motorists use Norfolk Road 21 as a bypass. The Norfolk Road 21 access in the west is Highway 59 while the access in the east is off Forestry Farm Road.Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council begins at 3 p.m. in the council chamber at Governor Simcoe Square. The public is welcome to attend.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Continue Reading

Liberia UN agency joins team probing reports of fresh fighting outside Monrovia

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representatives joined the inter-agency team investigating new reports of large-scale displacement sparked by recent rebel fighting outside Monrovia, and assessing humanitarian conditions in the host areas near Totota, Salala and Kakata towns. Yesterday, the sound of shelling north of Totota sent thousands of people fleeing towards the three towns looking for safety.In Totota alone, an estimated 80,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) have sought shelter in transit centres. In Salala, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is planning to set up a second camp to cope with the recent influx. A separate group of over 6,000 people is believed to be living in a new IDP camp between Salala and Kakata.Meanwhile, UNHCR said security measures and aid distribution continue in Monrovia’s refugee camps. Security has been beefed up in VOA, Banjor and Samukai refugee camps, with three daily patrols by the West African ECOMIL troops. UNHCR has also been exploring the possibility of creating refugee watch teams trained in specific protection and security concerns, and equipped with basic tools like flashlights and whistles.UNHCR has also been providing aid to some of the eight IDP camps in Monrovia. In Perry Town camp, UNHCR has transported relief supplies for 435 families to be distributed by a local non-governmental agency later this week. Some 3,600 displaced people have returned to Perry Town, which used to host 8,000 people. Many families have been separated in the recent rebel fighting that forced some of them north to Tubmanburg. read more

Continue Reading

Jeremy Thorpe hitman may still be alive as investigation reopened

Norman Scott arriving at the Jeremy Thorpe trialCredit:Alpha Tom Mangold “I thought they [Gwent police] were doing something at last, but soon found out that absolutely they weren’t, they were continuing the cover up as far as I can see.”Mr Scott added: “It’s not suitable. There’s obviously a lot of skullduggery going on.”Gwent police opened their 2015 investigation after claims that officers altered evidence that Mr Meighan was originally hired to kill Mr Scott were unearthed by the BBC Panorama journalist Tom Mangold in 2014, the year Mr Thorpe died. Newton, who claimed as a prosecution witness at Thorpe’s Old Bailey trial that he had been hired as a hit-man, served two years in prison for shooting dead Mr Scott’s dog Rinka during the bungled assassination attempt on Dartmoor. Gwent police had originally opened their investigation after receiving claims that police officers altered the evidence of another person who said that he had been the first to be hired to kill Mr Scott, before Newton was recruited to the alleged plot. Andrew Newton, who claims he was hired to kill Mr Scott Norman Scott arriving at the Jeremy Thorpe trial Although Gwent police initially believed him to be dead, it has now emerged that Newton has been living in the west london suburb of Chiswick, where residents yesterday described him as an “odd” character who was sometimes seen taking a dog for a walk.One neighbour told The Telegraph: “He certainly mentioned that he was involved in the Thorpe scandal at some point. I was pretty shocked.”The neighbour added that Newton, who lived in Chiswick under the name Hann Redwin – a name he is known to have adopted several years ago – appeared to be concerned about crime in the area and at one stage put a CCTV camera up outside his home.“He would be out painting the outside of the house on a tall ladder with nothing on other than skimpy briefs,” said the neighbour.Newton also spent hours tinkering with parts of a plane he was building in his kitchen and shed.Although he sold his home in the smart Bedford Park neighbourhood two years ago Newton is understood to still be living in the area and has recently been spotted in the local Sainsbury’s. Tom Mangold Andrew Newton, who claims he was hired to kill Mr ScottCredit:PA Thorpe in 2001Credit:Geoff Pugh Mr Meighan, a small time south London criminal and gun dealer said he was hired to kill Mr Scott following a meeting in a Shepherds Bush café called The Ritz in 1975 with a man believed to have been David Holmes, Thorpe’s best man, and Mr Newton. Thorpe in 2001 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. In 2014 Dennis Meighan claimed to the veteran BBC reporter Tom Mangold that he was approached by associates of Thorpe to carry out the murder, but pulled out after losing his nerve.After detectives concluded that Newton was no longer alive the Crown Prosecution Service told Mr Scott in February last year that no further action would be taken.The revelations follow the BBC’s current dramatisation of the scandal, starring Hugh Grant as Thorpe. Mr Scott, now aged 78, remains convinced an establishment cover-up into his attempted murder has continued to infect attempts to get to the truth.He told the BBC: “I just don’t think anyone’s tried hard enough to look for him [Newton]. I really don’t. There must be people who know him. There would be a record of him dying. In a further bizarre twist, Meighan raised his allegations after bumping into Mangold while the reporter was walking his dog in a west London park.As part of a new investigation into the affair the BBC will on Sunday broadcast footage from a 1979 edition of Panorama that was never shown for legal reasons, following the acquittal of Thorpe and his three co-defendants. Jeremy Thorpe with congratulatory telegrams after being elected head of the Liberal PartyCredit: Anthony Marshall An investigation into allegations the former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe tried to have his gay lover killed is to be reopened by police after it emerged the would-be assassin may still be alive.Police launched a new inquiry in 2015 into the attempted murder of Norman Scott but abandoned it last year after concluding Andrew Newton, an airline pilot allegedly hired to carry out the killing, was dead.The force now says that information has come to light which suggests Newton – who shot Mr Scott’s dog, and claimed he was paid to kill him – may still be alive.Gwent police said: “Enquiries were completed which indicated Mr Newton was deceased.  We have now revisited these enquiries and have identified information, which indicates that Mr Newton may still be alive.”As a result, further enquiries will be conducted to trace Mr Newton to assess if he is able to assist the investigation.” Jeremy Thorpe with congratulatory telegrams after being elected head of the Liberal Party The re-opening of an investigation into the attempted murder of Scott raises the prospect that someone may yet be convicted for their part in what was one of the biggest political scandals of the post-war years.Following a sensational trial in 1979 Thorpe was acquitted along with three other defendants of conspiracy to murder Mr Scott, with whom he had a gay relationship in the early sixties, when it was still a criminal offence. The corporation’s director general at the time kept a master copy of the programme, but ordered all other copies to be destroyed. Mr Mangold, however, kept his copy of the reporThe Jeremy Thorpe Scandal will air after the end of the dramatisation A Very British Scandal, which stars Grant as Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott. He said he had been offered the equivalent today of £140,000 to drive down to Devon where Scott lived, and kill him. Meighan says he lost his nerve at the last moment, drove back to London and gave the gun, a Mauser, to Newton.It was at this point that Mr Newton, who had been recruited by two middlemen working for Holmes, then drove to Devon, picked up Scott and his Great Dane Rinka, and shot the dog. When he tried to murder Scott the gun jammed.After Newton was arrested and subsequently jailed for firearms offences, Meighan says he made a full statement to Scotland Yard detectives about the `Ritz Conspiracy’ meeting.He told Mangold, however, that he subsequently signed a new police statement which made no mention of Thorpe, the Ritz Conspiracy meeting, or his own criminal offence in possessing and supplying a firearm. As a result vital evidence which might well have led to Thorpe’s conviction was never revealed. 

Continue Reading

War Horse director Marianne Elliott says lack of female role models made

She included The Smiths and Bjork among her Desert Island choices Marianne Elliott, the acclaimed theatre director, has said that an absence of visible female directors during her youth made her believe she may never be able take on theatre’s top job.Elliott, whose career has seen her direct at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and the National Theatre – following an invitation from Nicholas Hytner – confessed that she had questioned her ability to be successful in theatre solely because of her gender.”I went to Hull University, I didn’t have good enough grades for anything else and I thought I could do drama.   ”But I honestly never thought I’d go into it.  I started directing then and I really enjoyed it, again, I still didn’t think that I would do it because I thought you had to be a man,” she told Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. She included The Smiths and Bjork among her Desert Island choicesCredit:PA/PA Marianne Elliott directed the National's acclaimed 2017 run of Angels in America starring Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey 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. Marianne Elliott directed the National’s acclaimed 2017 run of Angels in America starring Andrew Garfield and Russell ToveyCredit:Helen Maybanks Elliott, who formed her own theatrical company Elliott & Harper with theatre producer Chris Harper in 2016, has been a leading figure in her field.She directed a series of influential productions including War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.She told presenter Kirsty Young: ”I know it’s awful isn’t it?  I thought you had to be a man because they’re all male therefore; it’s clearly not something I could do.”The award winning director, who in 2011 took home the Tony for Best Direction of a Play for the Broadway production of War Horse, spoke of the positive feelings she experienced after confronting her fear of entering the male dominated arena. “I felt an enormous sense of belonging and maybe power as well,” she said. Elliott, who this year was awarded an OBE for her services to theatre, was quick to offer words of encouragement to other young women hoping to break into theatrical directing.”I would say there is no one right way, you have to follow you own  instinct, you have to get atune to what your instinct is saying to you and follow that.”If it’s not what Joe Bloggs is doing that’s okay, Joe Bloggs can do his own production you just get on with yours.”Elliot chose songs including The Smiths’ Please, Please, Please, Let me Get What I Want and Bjork’s It’s Oh So Quiet. ”I love Bjork because she is the opposite of conventional and that’s how I would say all the women that I’ve know in my life and all the women that I’ve heard about in my life from my family are,” she said.Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 today at 11:15am read more

Continue Reading

Soros predicts 25 year slump in Europe without action

first_imgBILLIONAIRE INVESTOR GEORGE Soros said Europe faces 25 years of Japanese-style stagnation unless politicians pursue further integration of the currency bloc and change policies that have discouraged banks from lending.While the immediate financial crisis that has plagued Europe since 2010 “is over,” it still faces a political crisis that has divided the region between creditor and debtor nations, Soros, 83, said in a Bloomberg Television interview in London today. At the same time, banks have been encouraged to pass stress tests, rather than boost the economy by providing capital to businesses, he said.Europe “may not survive 25 years of stagnation,” Soros said in the interview with Francine Lacqua. “You have to go further with the integration. You have to solve the banking problem, because Europe is lagging behind the rest of the world in sorting out its banks.”Soros, whose hedge-fund firm gained about 20 percent a year on average from 1969 to 2011, has been a constant critic of how the European currency bloc was designed and of budget cuts imposed on indebted nations such as Greece and Spain at the height of the crisis. He said more “radical” policies are required to avoid a “long period” of stagnation.Yields FallingInvestors have concluded that Europe’s debt crisis has waned, with the average yield-to-maturity on bonds from Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain falling to 2.4 percent yesterday, the lowest in the history of the euro area, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch indexes. That’s down from more than 9.5 percent in 2011, when the region was rocked by concern that nations would struggle to service their debt, risking a breakup of the currency bloc.European bank shares are “very depressed,” making it an “attractive time” to invest, Soros said. Still, he said it is going to be a “very tough year” for lenders as they try to shrink balance sheets and boost their capital to pass the European Central Bank’s stress tests, he said.The 43-member Bloomberg Europe Banks and Financial Services Index trades at a 0.2 percent discount to book value, while the KBW Bank Index, which tracks 24 U.S. lenders, trades at a 14 percent premium, data compiled by Bloomberg show.The ECB will analyze lenders this year to determine whether they could survive an economic crisis. ECB Chairman Mario Draghi has said he’s determined to convince investors that the health check is thorough and credible.Ukraine CrisisSoros Fund Management LLC, the hedge-fund firm that Soros turned into a New York-based family office three years ago to manage only his personal wealth, made $5.5 billion of investment gains in 2013, according to LCH Investments NV. The profits were more than any hedge-fund manager, according to LCH, a firm overseen by the Edmond de Rothschild Group that invests in hedge funds.Soros also said Ukraine should serve as a “wake-up call” for Europe, because the political turmoil the country now faces stems in part from the same problems that triggered the region’s financial crisis.The European Union required “too much” of Ukraine and offered “too little” as the country attempted to join the political bloc, he said. That enabled Russian President Vladimir Putin to fill the void and gain power in Ukraine, he said.“Europe needs to rediscover its own European identity — instead of each country just pursuing its own national interests and getting further into conflict with the others,” Soros said. “I hope Europe passes this test” in Ukraine, he said.Soros, who made $1 billion betting against the U.K. pound in 1992, added that a British referendum on leaving the EU would be “disastrous,” because it would cost the country jobs.U.K. growth has been fueled by multinational companies selling goods and services to Europe, so it would be “suicidal” if the country left, he said.- © BloombergIreland’s economy forecast to grow 1.7 per cent in 2014>last_img read more

Continue Reading

CycoClean lets bikers ride their way to clean water

first_imgAccording to the Global Water organization, less than 50% of the world’s population has access to safe drinking water. Ironically, those who don’t have access to safe drinking water may have better access to bicycles. These two facts are what make the CycoClean such a great idea.The CycoClean is a bicycle which is capable of cleaning water from nearly any source using pedal power. Adding to the usefulness of the bicycle is its durability thanks to non-puncture tires, redundancies, and the ability to use it as just a water pump when the filters expire.AdChoices广告Once a rider finds a water source they simply lower the supplied hose into it and put the bike up on its stand. With the rear wheel off the ground the bicycle turns into a water cleaning station. As the rider pumps the pedals, water is brought into the system and cleansed through a micro-filtration membrane before it is stored in a container of the rider’s choice.The CycloClean is capable of filtering three tons of water in ten hours (1.3 gallons every minute). Of course, you have to remember you need to have a rider that whole time, so a team of people on hand is recommended.This innovative bike is made by Japanese company Nippon Basic and costs $6,650, so you are not going to have your average person picking one up. Still, over the last five years 200 of the bikes have been produced.Read more at Wiredlast_img read more

Continue Reading

A weekend trip from Melbourne to Athens to attend the protest rally

first_imgThe journey from Australia to Greece is far from an easy one. You spend a whole day on air and when you arrive, you need a couple more to adjust. Imagine doing that just for the weekend. Zoi Petalidou did just that: on Friday 2 February, she got off work, went to the airport, made the long journey, and on Monday she was back to work. In the meantime, she got to be among the 140,000 people who flocked the Syntagma square to protest against the negotiation talks between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. “I experienced the most beautiful thing that any Greek soul can offer, by just doing my duty,” she says. “Because this is how I seet it. As my duty and what my soul needed.”The protest itself exceeded her expectations. “It’s hard to put into words,” she says, describing how she was one of the first to arrive, still exhausted from the arduous flight and the fact that she’d been working till the last minute, but was also one of the last to leave Athens’ central square. Zoi Petalidou, while traveling from Melbourne to Athens.“Greek people were shouting, crying, singing along with me,” she remembers. “It was a beautiful spring day, it was something unprecedented. Sunday passed very quickly.”Her decision to do this unusual weekend trip came on the spur of the moment. “I go wherever I can, whenever my country needs me,” she says, and notes that there were others like her, coming from all parts of the world, although not for such a brief stay. “I would do this in a heartbeat,” she says, pointing to her background as a proud Macedonian of Pontian origins, born in Thessaloniki. “Now it’s time for the Melbourne rally,” she says. “I will be there alongside all the people who organised the first successful protest for Macedonia on the 21st January. Our joy and emotions are beyond words, because we just know what unites us and we fight for it, overcoming obstacles and people who want to undermine our actions with vague and unfounded accusations,” she added. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Continue Reading

What happened after RAW involving Seth Rollins Off air matches before RAW

What happened after RAW involving Seth Rollins Off air matches before RAW

first_imgFacebook WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Google+ WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WhatsApp WWE posted video (above) of what went down after RAW went off the air last night in Phoenix involving Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins.Lesnar opted to stop his attack while WWE officials helped Rollins back to his feet.As reported earlier, WWE confirmed Lesnar vs. Rollins for WrestleMania 35.WWE also posted these post-show interviews after RAW. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Off air matches before RAW in PhoenixThe following matches were taped for Main Event before RAW last night:– The Lucha House Party defeated Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers.– The B-Team defeated The Ascension.Source: PWInsiderRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Cesaro Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAWlast_img read more

Continue Reading

Omaha Leaders Look to Strengthen Position of Offutt AFB

Omaha Leaders Look to Strengthen Position of Offutt AFB

first_imgIn the face of a declining workforce and aging infrastructure at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha officials are looking at ways to bolster the standing of the installation even in the absence of a future BRAC round.“It’s important that we protect the base, keep its assets in Nebraska, including the thousands of men and women that are there serving our country,” Ken Stinson, head of the Nebraska Military Support Coalition, told the Omaha World-Herald.One positive for Offutt is DOD’s decision to replace U.S. Strategic Command’s command and control center with a new $1.2 billion headquarters, a move that likely secures a long-term future for the installation.But Stinson remains concerned that Offutt’s other commands could be relocated to another Air Force base relatively easily. The Air Force wouldn’t need a base closure round to consolidate missions or relocate them, according to Stinson.“We are still concerned about the loss of commands at Offutt,” he said. “I think the threat is very real.”Another threat to the base is the poor condition of its runway, which the Air Force has rated as the worst among 17 Air Combat Command airfields. To remedy the situation, elected officials and business leaders in Nebraska are supporting a runway reconstruction project that could cost up to $125 million, according to the story.“We have to be forward-looking, forward-thinking,” said State Sen. Tommy Garrett, whose district includes Offutt. “There’s so much we can and should do to keep Offutt alive.”The Nebraska Military Support Coalition and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce have been working with the Legislature to make the state more attractive to service members and veterans.“We’ve been an important part of the military-industrial complex for decades,” said David Brown, the chamber’s president and CEO. “It’s in our DNA to be supportive of the military.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Continue Reading

9 great reads from CNET this week

first_img 0 Tags It’s officially summer, but tech news never takes a vacation. This week Facebook unveiled its Libra cryptocurrency amid skepticism from politicians, your car’s computer went to court in Georgia, and a US senator introduced a bill that puts pressure on tech companies to show they’re politically neutral.And there was a lot more. Here are the stories you don’t want to miss.Is 5G hazardous to your health? What you need to knowThe rollout of 5G using super high-frequency radio airwaves has ignited old fears about cellphone radiation risks. Getty Images Jared Harris on filming harrowing Chernobyl series: ‘I enjoy the fear’The star of the HBO and Sky hit miniseries about the 1986 nuclear disaster talks about making the show, why it resonates now and why he loves Frasier.jared-harris-3 HBO Using CRISPR to resurrect the deadGene-editing breakthroughs could let us bring extinct species, like the wooly mammoth, back from the dead. But should we?woollymammoth Black Bone Illustration See how the futuristic home of a wounded warrior has life-changing consequencesRob Jones’ legs were amputated after an attack in Afghanistan in 2010. Now his home is giving him an assist to live more independently.rob-jones-house-tour-42 Tyler Lizenby/CNET New Stranger Things clothing line turned my fashion sense Upside DownThe Netflix hit inspired an H&M collection from another dimension, so naturally I got a romper covered with Demogorgons.st-hm5 Erin Carson/CNET US fires up X-ray tech to catch illegal drugs at the borderOne drive-through scanner detected nearly 650 pounds of methamphetamine and the synthetic opioid fentanyl hidden under a load of cucumbers.border-drugs-xray-cropped-for-door AS&E Remembering Avatar, and the collective fever dream of its insane successTo this day it’s the most financially successful movie ever made. So why the hell has everyone decided to collectively forget about its existence?avatar Disney Here are the photos you should use on your online dating profileFor the inaugural Swipe Right column, we explore how you’re supposed to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger on Tinder.dating-apps-love-hearts-valentines-2 Angela Lang/CNET Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Pokemon Go with magic wandsThe long-anticipated Harry Potter video game is out now in the US, and we aren’t disappointed.02-harry-potter-wizards-unite Sarah Tew/CNET Movie reviews 5G Harry Potter Cryptocurrency Post a comment Tech Industry Smart Home Sci-Tech Share your voicelast_img read more

Continue Reading

Amazfit Bip smartwatch dips to 64 Update Expired

first_img The Amazfit Bip is a steal at $70 News • Apple Watch vs. Amazfit Bip: The $80 smartwatch alternative The Cheapskate See it Wearable Tech CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $79 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Tags See It 1:27 Mentioned Above Amazfit Bip (kokoda green) Comment Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Amazfit Bip is amazingly good for the price See All reading • Amazfit Bip smartwatch dips to $64 (Update: Expired) $79 Now playing: Watch this: 35 Photos Amazfit Bip Share your voice 1 Apple The Amazfit Bip, shown here with the orange bezel, is an incredible value at $64. Sarah Tew/CNET Honestly, I hadn’t touched my Amazfit Bip for several months. Most days I wear my Apple Watch, but with a four-day vacation looming and no desire to hassle with charging it, I reached for the Bip.I’m glad I did. It worked like the wellness champ I remembered it to be, and after five days off the charger, the battery still showed 87%. The watch normally sells for $80, but for a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon Prime subscribers can get the Amazfit Bip for $63.99. It’s available at that price in both black and white. (Never mind the long-since-expired promo code mentioned in the accompanying video, which is otherwise spot-on.)See it at AmazonThis isn’t an all-time low for the Bip, but it’s close. Everything you need to know about the watch, you can find in Scott Stein’s Amazfit Bip review.Sadly, Amazfit has stubbornly refused to remedy one problem: Several of the included digital watch faces show only 24-hour time. Others can do 12-hour, thankfully, and obviously the analog faces are fine. I’ll also note that some wearers have experienced reliability issues with the watch, though at least it’s covered by a 12-month warranty.Bottom line: If you’re looking for notifications, GPS, heart rate monitoring, an always-on screen, fantastic battery life and, oh yeah, the time of day, the Bip is a fantastic buy at $64. Review • Amazfit Bip review: You won’t believe how great a budget smartwatch can be Walmart Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Applelast_img read more

Continue Reading