Those facing graft charges should reveal facts: JD(U)

first_imgThe ruling Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday said those against whom charges [of corruption] have been made should face the public with all the facts. The meeting discussed charges of corruption levelled against Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav. Following this, the JD(U) said the “ball is in the RJD’s court,” but the RJD’s leaders reiterated that Tejaswi Yadav would not resign from his post of Deputy Chief Minister. “Jis par aarop laga hai…tathvon ke saath janata ke samne vivran pesh karein…aur hum logon ko puri ummeed hai ki aisa hoga (those facing corruption charges should face the public with all facts in detail and we’re hopeful that it will happen),” JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said after a marathon three-hour-long meeting of the party at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s residence at 1, Anne Marg. Mr. Neeraj Kumar further said, “We know how to respect coalition dharma and we will follow it till our last breath…but we do hope that the facts pertaining to the charges will be placed before the public.” At the meeting, 29 JD(U) leaders expressed their views while Mr. Nitish Kumar spoke for over an hour, said party sources.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo Says Sex with Girlfriend is Better Than his Best Ever Goal

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. champions leaguecristiano ronaldoGeorgina RodriguezJuventus First Published: September 20, 2019, 8:30 AM IST Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo in a recent interview with Piers Morgan revealed that having sex with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is better than the best goal he has scored in his career.The 34-year-old said that the overhead goal he scored for Real Madrid, against his current employers, Juventus back in April 2018 is his favourite strike ever. However, he said that the joy of the strike is nothing compared to having sex with Georgina. Notably, back in 2018, Ronaldo had connected beautifully with a cross from Dani Carvajal during the Champions League to help his team reach the semi-finals.However, despite admitting to Morgan that it was his most treasured goal, Ronaldo insisted it still did not compare to his experience between the sheets with his 25-year-old girlfriend.During the course of the interview, Ronaldo laughed at the question before replying, “No, not [when compared] with my Geo, no!.”Speaking about the goal, Ronaldo revealed that he had been trying to score it for several years before finally scoring “a bicycle”. He revealed he had scored 700 odd goals before that particular attempt.Months later Ronaldo’s nine-year spell at Madrid came to an end, with him joining Juventus. He further revealed that the reception he got for his bicycle kick from fans in Turin played a major part in helping him join Juventus.The Portuguese superstar has been dating Georgina since 2016 and has a daughter, Alana Martina, with her. The couple also raises Ronaldo’s three other children together. last_img read more

Vizag to host national Table Tennis tourney from Oct 19

first_imgVisakhapatnam, Aug 24 (PTI) The National Table Tennis tournament will be held at the Port Indoor Stadium here from October 19 to 25. Andhra Pradesh Human Resources Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao today released the brochure of the tournament.He said after division of Andhra Pradesh, Vizag has been hosting various sporting events and TDP government is committed to develop the sporting infrastructure across the state.Top players Sharath Kamal, Saumyajit Ghosh, Manika Batra among others will take part in the tournament.An office-bearer of the Visakhapatnam District Table Tennis Association (VDTTA) said over 700 players (men, women, boys and girls) from 29 states and Union Territories will participate in various categories like senior, junior, sub-junior. PTI COR NRB PDS PDS JMFlast_img read more

Kid Abuse Charge On Viking’s Peterson

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Sept. 13, capping a tumultuous week for the NFL in which criticism intensified about how it handled a domestic violence case involving another star player.Peterson was processed at the Montgomery County jail and released on $15,000 bond, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Lt. Brady Fitzgerald. He is charged with causing injury to a child age 14 or younger, allegedly by spanking one of his sons with a wooden switch, or tree branch, in May.The star running back won’t play Sept. 14 in Minnesota’s home opener against New England. Shortly after the news of the indictment broke Sept. 12, the Vikings announced that Peterson had been benched for the game against the Patriots.Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the league, said that Peterson’s case “will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.”It wasn’t immediately clear if Peterson remained in Texas after leaving the jail or if he returned to Minnesota. There was no activity outside of his home near Houston and a man who answered the door at his home near Minneapolis said Peterson wasn’t there. Chris Peterson, who said he’s the player’s uncle, said Peterson would issue a statement “when he’s ready.”Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Sept. 12 that his client “has never hidden from what happened” in the case.“Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas,” Hardin said.He said Peterson cooperated fully with the investigation, voluntarily testifying before a grand jury for several hours. “It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury,” Hardin said.Peterson’s arrest came with the NFL under scrutiny for its handling of a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Now the league has another public relations problem with the charge of child abuse against an even bigger star in Peterson.Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties last month for players accused of domestic violence: six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second violation.His memo to all 32 teams, following criticism over handling of a case against Rice, also said more severe discipline will be imposed “if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.”The league said it would consider Peterson’s case under its personal conduct policy. Peterson faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.At a news conference later Sept. 13, Phil Grant, a Montgomery County prosecutor, said the Grand Jury felt the charge was warranted after spending several weeks reviewing “lots of evidence.”“Obviously, parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable,” Grant said.“The Grand Jury looked at the injuries to this child and determined that discipline was not reasonable and did not reflect community standards of what was reasonable discipline.”Grant said “very sensitive information” gathered during the investigation was apparently leaked, including images of the child’s injuries that have been circulating online. He said child abuse investigations in Texas are confidential, and that his office is trying to find the source of the leak.The stunning sequence of events for the NFL reignited a debate about corporal punishment and added fuel to a fire burning hot since Rice first received a two-game suspension for hitting his then-fiancee.Goodell acknowledged he “didn’t get it right” and an investigation headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller was convened after a longer version of a security video surfaced revealing Rice’s punch to the face of his now-wife in a casino elevator that knocked her out cold. The Ravens released Rice after the longer video surfaced.The league has also come under scrutiny in the cases of Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald, both still playing with domestic abuse cases pending.Hardy was convicted July 15 of assaulting a woman and communicating threats, but he is appealing. San Jose police have been continuing to actively investigate an Aug. 31 incident involving McDonald.Widely considered the best running back in the league, Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in his eight-year career including a 2,097-yard season in 2012 that fell 9 yards short of the all-time record.Hardin, his defense attorney, is a familiar name in sports circles. He successfully defended Roger Clemens in his recent perjury trial over the alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs and two years ago represented Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill, who was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading no contest to assaulting his former girlfriend.Peterson had a tragedy unfold around him last season involving one of his children. Not long after finding out that he had a 2-year-old son living in South Dakota,Peterson rushed to a hospital there after police said the boy was brutally beaten by his mother’s boyfriend. The boy died, and a 28-year-old man is scheduled for trial next month on second-degree murder charges.___By Dave Campbell, AP Pro Football Writer. AP writers Jeff Baenen in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, David J. Phillip in Spring, Texas, Mike Graczyk in Houston and Tim Jacobs in Chicago contributed to this report.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Huawei may launch its first pop-up camera phone soon, renders leaked

first_imgWith almost every mainstream smartphone brand launching a phone with a pop-up camera, it is strange that Huawei hasn’t followed the trend yet. But that could soon change as a new report details an upcoming Huawei smartphone with a pop-up camera. The Huawei P Smart Z is reportedly the name of Huawei first pop-up camera phone and its launch could be around the corner.Some leaked renders of the Huawei P Smart Z have been provided by MobielKopen along with some possible specs. As per the report, the Huawei phone will sport a 6.59-inch display with no notch or hole-punch and thin bezels, and the company will call this its “Ultra FullView” display. The screen is said to offer a FHD+ resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio.The notch-free design is due to the pop-up mechanism on the top left side of the frame. The selfie camera housed in the system is said to come with a 16MP f/2.0 sensor. On the back, the Huawei P Smart Z is rendered with a 3D curved glass panel with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The phone will apparently be offered in Midnight Black, Emerald Green, and Sapphire Blue colours.The Huawei P Smart Z is set to come with a dual camera setup with 16MP + 2MP configuration. This is going to be a mid-range phone powered by a Kirin 710 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The handset is also said to house a 4,000mAh battery.As of now, there is no word on when Huawei plans to announce the device. However, the report claims that the Huawei P Smart Z will cost 210 Euro, which is approximately Rs 16,400. It is still unclear whether Huawei will bring this device to India.advertisementALSO READ | Huawei P30 Lite now on sale in India: Price, specs, Amazon offersALSO READ | Huawei P30 Pro review: A camera powerhouse that is also a great smartphonelast_img read more

Hamsik hints at Napoli exit amid China talk

first_imgTransfers Hamsik hints at Napoli exit amid China talk Chris Burton 01:00 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marek Hamsik Napoli Getty Images Transfers Napoli Serie A CSL The Slovakian midfielder has spent 11 years with the Serie A club, but he could be on the move this summer after opening himself up to a new adventure Marek Hamsik has hinted that he could bring a record-breaking 11-year spell at Napoli to a close this summer, with his services being sought in China.The 30-year-old midfielder is the latest high-profile figure to be linked with a move from Europe to Asia, with Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta currently exploring similar options.Hamsik has shunned interest from afar in the past to remain loyal to Napoli, allowing him to take in 500 appearances and become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He is, however, aware that he has reached a point in his career where a new challenge can be embraced, and he may be about to open himself up to offers.Quizzed on his future plans by Pravda, Hamsik said: “I’m disappointed that we missed out on the title again. I’m sorry, because our great fans deserve this triumph, and I thank them for their great support.“I’ve spent all this time here, giving all my strength. Maybe now is the time when our paths will diverge. I’d like to try something new.”Hamsik’s father, Richard, has also suggested that a new chapter could be opened this summer, with Chinese Super League sides having already expressed an interest.He added: “The interest is serious but negotiations aren’t easy.“For three years Marek has dismissed any idea of leaving, only focusing on winning the Scudetto with Napoli, but they’ve failed to do that again.“The problem is that it’s not the main transfer window in China right now, that only happens in winter.“So the first question, therefore, is when he would leave for China. Clubs have different ideas, the Asian season is up and running and Chinese teams have limits on the number of foreigners in their squad.“Another thing is that Marek still has a three-year contract in Naples, so it’s all in the hands of his agents and his employer.“Right now I see it as being 60-40 in favour of his departure to China. Now Marek’s agent, Juraj Venglos, is going to talk to the president of the club.”last_img read more

Attack on Standing Rock protestors cold blooded

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsCold blooded. That’s what some people are calling the attack on protestors near Standing Rock, North Dakota.On the weekend, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe along with hundreds of supporters trying to stop construction of a pipeline were attacked by security forces with dogs and pepper spray.Despite the violence, people who say the Dakota Access pipeline must not go ahead are not deterred.dward@aptn.calast_img

New CEO for Quebecors Videotron cable and wireless unit gets analysts approval

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebecor Inc.’s chief financial officer has been appointed to head the company’s Videotron business after the departure of its previous CEO.The appointment of Jean-Francois Pruneau to president and CEO of Videotron, which is mostly active in Quebec, fills a vacancy left by outgoing CEO Manon Brouillette.Brouillette headed Videotron for five years during a period of rapid growth as it solidified its position as a major regional competitor to Canada’s national wireless carriers.Pierre Karl Peladeau, chief executive of Quebecor as well as its leading shareholder, announced Pruneau’s appointment Monday before stock markets opened.He also announced that Quebecor’s new chief financial officer is Hugues Simard, who had been with the company from 1998 to 2017, and that Marc Tremblay has been promoted to Quebecor’s chief operating officer. Analysts said Pruneau was a good pick to lead Videotron, saying he had been very involved with the telecommunications unit while he was chief financial officer“Over the past two decades, we believe Mr. Pruneau has established strong credibility with investors and has been an important piece of the Videotron growth story over this period,” McReynolds wrote in a research note.Barclays analyst Phillip Huang had a similar positive view of the appointment.“While the promotion of CFOs to the CEO role is rare in the industry, Mr. Pruneau has been very hands-on in every key aspect of QBR’s operations,” Huang wrote. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)last_img read more

Egyptian Media to Cover 15th Anniversary of Moroccan King’s Coronation

Fez – The head of the state Radio and Television Union of Egypt (ERTU) Essam El-Amir has called upon Egyptian TV channels to cover the ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of King Mohamed VI’s coronation.Amid the controversy stirred up in Morocco following Egyptian anchor, Amany El Khayat‘s anti-Moroccan remarks, Egyptian state television is to provide broad coverage of the upcoming celebrations scheduled for July 30 marking the 15th anniversary of the coronation of King Mohamed VI of Morocco.According to the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, Essam Al Amir, Egypt’s head of the State Radio and Television “has asked his TV channels to give decent coverage to the royal Moroccan celebrations, in order to mark the excellent ties between the two states.” The call for Egyptian media’s coverage of the national Moroccan celebration comes after the Egyptian TV presenter’s disparaging remarks regarding Morocco’s King and the ruling Islamist party, claiming that the Moroccan economy is based on “prostitution.”Essam Al Amir called on Moroccan and Egyptian media outlets to close the book on the recent incident, and move forward.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Watchdog looks into anticompetition practices in the digital economy

OTTAWA — Canada’s competition watchdog wants information on what companies in the digital economy may be doing to harm competition.The Competition Bureau is asking businesses and other interested parties to provide it with information on strategies firms may use to hinder competition in some core digital markets, like online search, social media, display advertising and online marketplaces.The move comes as it examines concerns that these markets have become increasingly concentrated, hurting consumers and businesses.It says the information will be confidential and should be submitted by November 30 via an online form on its website or to an email address.The bureau says the information could be used to inform potential investigations or help it develop guidance for companies participating in the digital economy.The news comes on the heels of a July report from the bureau’s Australian counterpart, which made several recommendations after examining the impact of online search engines, social media and digital content aggregators on competition in the media and advertising services markets.The Canadian Press read more

Annan saddened by flooding in Caribbean

“He extends his condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in this natural disaster,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.UN teams in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are currently assessing the extent of needs created by the flooding, while UN officials across the Caribbean are in close contact with local authorities and stand ready to mobilize international support for recovery efforts, he said.

Why avocado prices have hit alltime high

first_img Show more A growers strike in Mexico and a drought in California have meant there is not enough avocado to meet global demands.The average price of an avocado in the US has surged from $0.98 (£0.76) each in April 2016 to $1.26 (£0.97) in April 2017.The food trend for avocados hasn’t helped matters.Widely lauded as a health food, the fruit can be seen everywhere, from toast to chocolate pudding.Many are concerned avocados could face a further price hike – President Trump has threatened to levy tariffs on Mexico and exit NAFTA, which could come as a blow to avocado fans.  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.center_img It looks like it could be time to find something else to spread on toast or pile on nachos: avocado prices have hit a record high.Surging global demand and reduced harvests from major producers Mexico, Peru and California have meant the popular fruit is getting expensive.According to Bloomberg data, prices from suppliers have almost doubled; Mexico’s biggest producer is selling a 10-kilogram box of Hass avocados for about 530 pesos (£21.78), which is around twice what it was last year.It doesn’t appear the price will drop anytime soon; analysts have said consumers should expect remain at “elevated levels”.last_img read more

Csoknyai and Matic to lead Hungary at WCh 2019

Istvan Csoknyai and Vladan Matic will work together with the Hungarian national team at upcoming Men’s IHF World Championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark.Decision of the Hungarian Handball Federation is published earlier today. Two coaches worked already together in 2009 and 2010 with the quite nice success, winning sixth place at IHF World Championship 2009 in Croatia.Hungary will play in Group D with Sweden, Qatar, Angola, Argentina and Egypt which give them nice chances to qualify for the Main Round and battle for the Olympic qualification VISA which gives position 2-7. ← Previous Story Chambery’s legend Edin Basic retires! Next Story → NIGHTMARE SEASON FOR THE CHAMPIONS: Rhein Neckar Lowen smash Montpellier István Csoknyai and Vladan Matics read more

Martin McGuinness has died at the age of 66

first_img First Minister Martin McGuinness. Share5751 Tweet Email7 Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 6:20 AM Martin McGuinness has died at the age of 66 The longstanding Sinn Féin politician had recently stepped down as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. FORMER NORTHERN IRELAND deputy first minister Martin McGuinness has died aged 66.The news comes after a period of ill-health for McGuinness, who resigned in early January from the role of Deputy First Minister over the ’cash for ash’ scandal.He announced on 19 January that he was stepping down from politics, saying he was not “physically able to continue in my current role”.Sinn Féin released a statement this morning saying that McGuinness had died in Derry during the night.McGuinness said in January that he had always planned on stepping aside in May of this year, 10 years after he became Deputy First Minister, but that his “health and the current crisis” had overtaken this planned timeframe.“Over the last ten years I have worked tirelessly to make power-sharing work,” he said at the time. He also spoke of the impact of his illness: Short URL First Minister Martin McGuinness. Image: Liam McBurney 118,002 Views 201 Comments By Aoife Barry Image: Liam McBurney But I want to be open and honest with my friends and colleagues in Sinn Féin, with the electorate of Foyle and with the wider community beyond my own constituency. I also want to be fair to my family and to the teams of carers who are doing their best to provide me with the treatment I now require to deal with this very serious medical condition which I am very determined to overcome.He was replaced in his role by Michelle O’Neill, a long-time Sinn Féin member.McGuinness’s resignation led to an election in Northern Ireland, which resulted in the DUP being left with just 28 seats – one ahead of Sinn Féin.It also meant that, in a post-McGuinness era, unionist parties would no longer command a majority in the Assembly for the first time since the establishment of the power-sharing executive in 1998.“Throughout his life Martin showed great determination, dignity and humility and it was no different during his short illness,” Adams said.“He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country. But above all he loved his family and the people of Derry and he was immensely proud of both.“On behalf of republicans everywhere we extend our condolences to Bernie, Fiachra, Emmet, Fionnuala and Grainne, grandchildren and the extended McGuinness family.I measc laochra na nGael go raibh a anam dílis.Northern IrelandTo look back at Martin McGuinness’s career is to look back at a history of modern Northern Ireland and the compromises that had to be made to bring about peace.The tributes he received after the announcement of his resignation were proof of how much had changed – Ian Paisley Jr wished him well, saying:I think it’s important to reflect on the fact that we would not be where we are in Northern Ireland in terms of having stability, peace and the opportunity to rebuild our country if it hadn’t have been for the work that he put in, especially with my father, at the beginning of this long journey.The elder Paisley’s unexpectedly jovial relationship with McGuinness is one of the hallmarks of how things had changed in Northern Irish politics in the past number of decades.Born into a Roman Catholic family in Derry in 1950, McGuinness became involved with the Republican cause at a young age. By 21, he was the second-in-command of the IRA in his home city.As a youth, he witnessed the burgeoning civil rights movement in Derry, such as the pivotal 1968 housing march. Footage of the march – which, along with all parades on the day, had been banned – showed RUC members striking unarmed civilians with batons.But in 1973, during the Troubles, he found himself being jailed after being arrested near a car that contained explosives and ammunition.He was also convicted in the Republic of Ireland for IRA membership.After being released from prison, McGuinness stepped up his work with Sinn Féin, and was elected to represent Derry in the then-Northern Ireland Assembly in 1982.Questions about McGuinness’s IRA past continued to be a focus throughout his career. He refused to be drawn on whether he actually pulled the trigger to kill a British soldier or police officer. In 2015, when asked this question by journalist Eamonn Mallie, he said:I never talk about shooting anybody but I do acknowledge I was a member of the IRA and as a member of the IRA I obviously engaged in fighting back against the British army.“You mean killing, Martin, don’t you?” Mallie asked him.“What I am not going to do is give people a sensational headline by saying on such a such a night I was involved in a gun battle with the British army and 25 British army soldiers were killed. I am not going to do it and I’m not getting into that,” came McGuinness’s reply.“I would have felt ashamed if I had not been part of the resistance and part of fighting back against the forces of the State. And remember, the forces that I fought against were armed to the teeth with the most modern weapons imaginable…”.McGuinness said in the same interview that, 40 years on, he was still proud that he had been a member of the IRA. For him, it was about having a “responsibility” to “fight back” for people in his own community who “were being treated like second- and third-class citizens”.It was about sending a “powerful message” to London about what was going in the north of Ireland, but McGuinness acknowledged that the Troubles did involve a vicious cycle of conflict and deaths of innocent civilians.McGuinness’s past was also brought to the fore during the Bloody Sunday inquiry.He rejected a suggestion in the inquiry’s 2010 report that he was probably armed with a sub-machine gun on the day. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn a 1993 documentary, The Cook Report, McGuinness was accused of not leaving the IRA in the early 1970s, and instead of continuing his work within it. McGuinness denied the claims. Michael McDowell, the then-Tánaiste, claimed that McGuinness was one of the members of the IRA Army Council in 2005 – again, this was denied by McGuinness.As the Independent reported at the time:The allegations have given new life to Unionist arguments that Sinn Fein should be banned because it is no more than a front for the IRA. On the programme, Sir John Hermon, former Chief Constable of the RUC, said the two organisations were ‘inseparable’ and Mr McGuinness had long been ‘very central to what is going on’.In an interview in the 1980s he spoke about Republican activists facing the penalty for “going over to the other side” – death.In later years, McGuinness would play a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process, taking on the job of chief negotiator for Sinn Féin in the talks that led to the Good Friday Agreement.When the peace process eventually led to the setting up of a power-sharing executive, he first took the role of Minister for Education, later ascending to become Deputy First Minister in 2007 – with the DUP’s Ian Paisley taking on the First Minister role.This came after the St Andrews Agreement, which finally brought devolution of power to Northern Ireland and saw longtime foes the DUP agreeing to share power with Sinn Féin.In 2011, McGuinness ran in the Irish presidential election – despite the fact he was unable to vote in it himself. Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams (left) with First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness at the Sinn Fein ard fheis at The Convention Centre in Dublin. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesTwists and turnsMcGuinness’s career took some unexpected twists and turns. In the 1970s, little could he have imagined shaking the Queen of England’s hand – never mind having a private meeting with her.But both of these happened, signalling a change in Sinn Féin’s approach to compromise.Asked by Jeremy Paxman what “on earth” he was doing “breaking bread with the head of an occupying power”, McGuinness said:I have many reasons why I shouldn’t meet with Queen Elizabeth, but she too has many reasons why she shouldn’t meet with me. But we both thought it was an important thing to do.There was also his unexpectedly friendly relationship with Ian Paisley, leader of the DUP, when he was First Minister.“I have a working relationship with Peter [Robinson],” McGuinness told The Nolan Show in 2014 of Paisley’s successor.I mean, I’m in a position of Deputy First Minister for seven years now, and it all started with the relationship with Ian Paisley and to the surprise of many people, Ian Paisley and I had not just a good working relationship but a good personal relationship, which has existed to this very day.McGuinness said in the same interview that he was told one of the reasons Paisley had to go was his close relationship with the Sinn Féin member.“I think that an essential phase of the whole process of conflict resolution is the importance of reconciliation between political opponents and between everybody in the community,” said McGuinness.Resignation File photo dated from November 2016 of First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Source: Brian LawlessOne of the biggest steps in his later career was to resign over the Arlene Foster ’cash for ash’ scandal. In doing so, he left the power-sharing executive on shaky ground, with the prospect of a new election looming.It was a decision driven by Sinn Féin and McGuinness’s frustration with Foster’s role in the scandal, and their claims that the DUP had never “fully” embraced the “equality, mutual respect and all-Ireland approaches enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement”.McGuinness had to pull out of a number of engagements late last year and early this year for health reasons, but said at the time that his health was not part of his decision to resign.With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: Sinn Féin plays down McGuinness health concerns in wake of resignation>Read: Martin McGuinness hospitalised in Derry – reports Mar 21st 2017, 6:20 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img Is War For The Planet of The Apes good?It’s very good – all but guaranteed to be among the very best films of the Summer.What’s it about?Our story picks up several years after the previous film, with humankind continuing to dwindle in the wake of a devastating bio-engineered plague that also granted human-level intelligence to a booming community of apes now living a nomadic existence under the leadership of “Patient Zero” Caesar (Andy Serkis). He wants to stop fighting and is trying to repair the damaged caused when the rogue ape Koba intentionally ruined the peace process in the previous sequel. A military strike team led by a maniacal ape-hating leader, The Colonel (Woody Harrelson), launches an attack that effects Caesar in a, particularly personal way, leading him to embark on an ill-advised revenge mission that ends up getting all of the apes captured and put into a forced-labor concetration camp by The Colonel. This necessitates a mass escape and a final battle that will decide the future of both species.I’ve heard the advertising has been misleading – how so?It’s difficult to get into without spoiling, but for one thing, the big central image of Caesar leading an ape army against The Colonel’s army doesn’t really exist anywhere in the film. There is a big military conflict you could call a “war.” But… well, suffice it to say the participants are something of a surprise both for the audience and for Caesar; as the actual motivations of The Colonel and what’s become of humanity while the apes have been minding their own business are not precisely what he (Caesar) had believed they were. But yeah – the ads are selling a fairly straightforward war movie whereas the actual film is closer to a hybrid revenge and prisoner-of-war movie.Is it controversial?I think it will be, yeah. The PoTA franchise has always been explicitly political: The original was about the evolution debate, the sequel was an anti-nuclear film, the third and fourth were both about racism, this prequel trilogy started out as an animal rights story, etc. This one doesn’t get “heavy handed” about its message. But The Colonel is leading an explicitly fascist/eugenicist death cult framed in unmistakable parallels to real-life, present-day “ethno-nationalist” movements; i.e. they’re laser-focused on the idea of making sure that the apes (and also “weak” fellow humans) don’t displace them as the “rightful” majority population. To this end, reframing Caesar’s apes as a nomadic people in diaspora who wind up in a militarized prison camp feels very much like an allegory for present day migrant/refugee/immigrant issues. In case you’re wondering: Yes, that means The Colonel is building a wall, and he’s making the apes pay (with their labor) for it. Subtle!What’s up with the little girl?That would be a spoiler, but for what it’s worth her role is one of the things the ads are hugely exaggerating (if not outright misleading) about. She’s mainly there as a counterpoint to Caesar’s increased cynicism about and, for a time, outright hatred for humans. She’s also there to be the “face” of a new plot detail that helps fill one of the remaining plot holes i.e. how Earth got to the point we saw in the original 1960s film.Do you recommend it?Enthusiastically! I’m as big a fan of “dumb fun” movies as anyone, and the summer is a good place for them. But there’s something to be said for films like this that prove emphatically that you can make a big FX-driven blockbuster that will entertain crowds but also tell a smart, compelling story full of complex characters and interesting, thoughtful ideas. Don’t go in expecting the (much simpler, less interesting) story being mis-sold by the ads, but definitely go see this one on the big screen – when a studio is willing to spend serious money on real-deal filmmaking like this, it deserves our support.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Sam Allardyce insists he is winning the fans

first_imgEverton current manager Sam Allardyce has insisted he is winning over the club’s fans, even though he has been receiving criticism for the kind of football the team has been recently showcasing.This comes after he was harshly criticised on and off the field, even during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield. There seems to be no clear reason as to why there is such dissatisfaction with him as when he came to the club, Everton were 13th in the table but are now standing at the eighth spot.“It’s an entertainment game, you’re trying to capture hearts and minds, and I think, particularly from a home point of view, we’ve achieved that,” Allardyce shared, according to BBC.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…He has led the team to 9 wins, out of 22 played games since joining at the end of November.“We’ve obviously got room for improvement and hopefully that will be a big performance and another win,” Allardyce added, seemingly not quite disturbed by the negative feedback he has been receiving lately.last_img read more

Vancouver getting MIA memorial

first_imgVeterans Memorial Siteso Vietnam War Memorial Garden on Vancouver’s VA campus.o Korean War Veterans Memorial on Vancouver’s VA campus.o Clark County Veterans Memorial at Vancouver Barracks.o Post Cemetery, Fourth Plain Boulevard east of Interstate 5.o VFW Memorial Plaza and Remembrance Wall, south of City Hall along Phil Arnold Way.o Ridgefield Veterans Memorial, North Third Avenue.You can helpA limited number of custom-engraved bricks are available for $100 as individual tributes; contact Robert Bean at 360-696-2326, 360-903-2340 or contribute or volunteer for the project: contact Smith at; CMAC co-chairman Dan Tarbell at; or go to the committee’s website at than 83,000 American military personnel remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War.Now a local nonprofit group has announced plans for a memorial honoring MIA service members as well as prisoners of war. The Community Military Appreciation Committee will build the stone monument at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St., in east Vancouver.The project will break ground in March, and the memorial is scheduled to be dedicated Sept. 27, National POW/MIA Recognition Day.There are several other tributes to American service personnel in and around Vancouver. Most of them are within what had been the boundary of a U.S. Army post originally established in 1849. That military presence ended in September 2011 when about 1,000 Army Reserve and Washington Army National Guard soldiers left the historic Vancouver Barracks area and moved into the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Sifton.last_img read more

Financial and insurance organisations contribute most to employees pensions

first_imgFinancial and insurance organisations are the employers that contribute the most into employees’ pension pots, paying an average of 9.5% of an individual’s salary into their retirement savings, according to research by Profile Pensions.Its analysis of employees over the age of 22 but under the state pension age, who earn at least £10,000 a year and are employed in the UK, further found that those employed in the financial and insurance sector received an annual salary of £30,403.Teaching was also among the professions found to receive more generous pension contributions, with average employer contributions reaching 9.3%, based on an average staff salary of £22,146; total employer pension contributions for someone on this salary could amount to £2,053.60 annually. Female employees in the education sector are more likely to receive a 9.3% pension contribution from their employer, versus a 7.9% employer contribution for male staff.Organisations within the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply industries typically contribute 7.1%. Based on an average annual salary of £23,943, this adds up to £1,703 a year in employer pension payments.Men working in this sector are more likely to receive a higher pension contribution, gaining 7.4% compared to 4.2% for women.Across all sectors, the employer pension contribution rate is higher for men (4.6%) than women (4.4%). Within the manufacturing industry, men typically receive a 5.3% employer pension contribution, versus a 4.4% contribution for female staff.The industries that deliver the lowest employer pension contributions include agriculture, forestry and fishing (2%), food services (2.1%) and the arts (2.5%). These statistics were taken prior to the April 2019 minimum contribution increase, which requires organisations to pay at least 3% of an employee’s salary into their pension pot.Michelle Gribbin, chief investment officer at Profile Pension, said: “The difference between industries is remarkable. While some [we] might expect, like financial and insurance industries, the high pensions in education mean teachers are likely to be better off in retirement than those in typically high-earning careers, like real estate or logistics.“As for the gender differences uncovered, this is just another example of the gap between genders in the workplace, this time played out through pension contributions.“Generally, we know women are more likely to have lower incomes and more interrupted careers as a result of their caring responsibilities. Ensuring this doesn’t penalise them is as much of an organisational culture issue as it is a government policy issue.“Firms should really start to get to grips with the fundamentals and fully adopt a policy of ‘equal pay and pension contributions for equal roles’, applied to both full-time and part-time [employees]. As a further step, firms regularly reporting on gender disparities in income and pension contributions really helps ensure good transparency and commitment on this issue.”last_img read more

Longtime EIC Dana Points is Leaving Parents Magazine

first_imgFolio: sister site min has learned that Dana Points, content director for the Meredith Parents Network, is leaving the company. In her role, Points oversaw the Parents, American Baby, Family Fun and Ser Padres brands. Meredith has yet to name a successor. Under her guidance, Parents won many awards recognizing its excellence for editorial and design, including a National Magazine Award nomination, and debuted its first monthly issue for the iPad. Before joining Parents in September 2008, Points worked as an editor specializing in women’s health and well-being for more than 15 years. She was named executive editor of Self in August 1999 after joining the magazine as deputy editor in May of the same year. As executive editor, she edited the food magazine Self Dishes, as well as the magazine’s book 15 Minutes to Your Best Self.center_img This is a developing story. A spokesperson for Meredith Corp. says, “We can confirm that Dana Points has left Meredith to pursue a new endeavor. She has not announced her plans yet, and we wish her success moving forward.”last_img read more