10 months agoAFA president Tapia: Messi will play again for Argentina

first_imgAFA president Tapia: Messi will play again for Argentinaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentine FA president Claudio Tapia believes Barcelona star Leo Messi will return to the national team.Messi has stepped aside from playing for Argentina after a disappointing World Cup.But Tapia says: “Leo Messi never left the national team. I believe for the love he has wearing the Argentinian jersey that when he is summoned, he will answer immediately, I have no doubt. “It depends on the coach, not on him. I hope he will appear in the next games so to be able to take advantage of his talent.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Kentucky Fan Embarrasses Himself During Florida Game

first_imgKentucky football stadium at night against Florida.LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – SEPTEMBER 14: The Sun sets during the Florida Gators game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The following is an example of what exactly not to do while in attendance at a major college football game.Video of a Kentucky fan making a fool of himself before kickoff against No. 9 Florida is going viral on social media.The Wildcats fan appeared to be doing some chirping toward a couple of Gators fans in attendance in Lexington.Then, he realized that Florida’s players were coming out of the tunnel. He then started yelling and waving at them. Getting that bizness #justmattersmore pic.twitter.com/kLQMTgEPyn— Nicholas Valvano (@N_Valvy24) September 15, 2019Make as much noise as possible when you’re at a college football game, but never like this.Kentucky has given this man a lot to cheer about, too. The Wildcats are leading the Gators, 21-10, 21-10, late in the third quarter.The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

Somalia UN political chief calls for increased world support in push for

23 October 2009The top United Nations political officer, co-chairing a high-level meeting in Kenya on implementing a peace pact between Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and some of its Islamist militant opponents, today called for an urgent increase in international support for the strife-torn country. “Now is the time to move to action, not the time to talk. This is an excellent opportunity to turn around the terrible situation of the last 18 years in Somalia,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said of the country devastated by factional fighting and without a functioning central government since 1991.Together with TFG Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, Mr. Pascoe chaired a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, of the High-Level Committee overseeing implementation of the UN-facilitated Djibouti peace agreements, signed in June 2008 between the TFG and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS), one of the Islamist militant groups controlling large swathes of the Horn of Africa country.Since then an expanded parliament has been established and a new president, prime minister and cabinet selected, but vicious fighting has continued with other Islamic militants with civilians bearing the brunt of the latest upsurge. In September alone, 145 people were reportedly killed and another 285 injured in heavy clashes in the south central region, according to the UN refugee agency. Speaking to reporters after today’s meeting, Mr. Pascoe said the Security Council was unanimously behind the TFG and confident that it is moving forward and that Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Mr. Sharmarke were doing everything possible to make it happen.He said members of the international community had to make good on their pledges at a donors’ conference in Brussels in April to support the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia (known as AMISOM) and the strengthening of the TFG’s security forces.A significant benchmark is the establishment of a well-organized security force by August 2011, the end of the TFG’s current mandate. Just last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah stressed this requirement to a Nairobi meeting of the Joint Security Committee (JSC) of Somali officials and interested partners, set up in January under the Djibouti accords.Its members include the TFG security institutions, the AU, AMISOM, the UN, the European Union (EU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in East Africa, the Arab League, Norway and the United States.Mr. Pascoe, who was winding up a five-nation trip to Eastern and Southern Africa, focusing on UN-regional cooperation and regional hotspots, also met today with Kenyan President Mwai Kbaki, with whom he discussed constitutional reforms, the electoral process and the cross-border movement of Somali refugees.During previous stops in Uganda and Burundi, he expressed strong appreciation for the commitment and sacrifice of those nations which are deploying troops to AMISOM. His mission also took him to South Africa and Angola. read more

Government needs time for resettlement

Speaking to the Colombo Gazette, Resettlement Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon said that that the construction of permanent houses for some 1700 families remaining in a camp in Vavuniya has already begun. Minister Weerakoon said that he will personally visit the camp site tomorrow and inquire into the needs of the displaced people and also oversee the construction work of permanent homes for those families. Families remaining in the camp vented their anger at Minister Rishard Bathuhudeen when he visited the camp site on Sunday.The displaced people demanded that they be immediately resettled in permanent homes as the lives of their children were at risk if there is another storm.Asked if Bathuhudeen visited the camp with his consent Minister Weerakoon said yes and added that he went as the Minister overseeing the District. “We will need at least 6 months to fully complete the resettlement process. Last month we completed 206 houses and we have begun constructing another 200 houses and that should be completed in three months,” the Minister said.A cyclone which slammed into the Menik Farm camp on Saturday razed to the ground several temporary shelters mostly made of wood and tin sheets. The government says it now needs another six months to complete the resettlement of the war displaced families remaining at the controversial Menik Farm camp.Following international pressure the government had assured that the remaining displaced people will be resettled by December last year but that deadline was later shifted to January this year. However now the government says it needs more time to complete the resettlement and close the Menik Farm camp. Over 350,000 people were housed at the Menik Farm camp soon after the war between the LTTE and the army came to an end three years ago.Most of the displaced were however resettled by the end of last year. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Prominent Chinese tycoon reported missing is involved in Chinese investigation

by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2015 2:12 am MDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2015 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this June 25, 2015 photo, Guo Guangchang attends the opening ceremony of the new Internet bank MYbank in Hangzhou in east China’s Zhejiang province. China’s biggest private conglomerate has suspended trading of its shares on Friday, Dec 11, 2015 following a report by a business magazine that its chairman Guo Guangchang, one of the country’s most prominent business leaders, is missing. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT BEIJING, China – One of China’s top entrepreneurs, the chairman of the Fosun conglomerate that owns Club Med and other businesses in Europe and the U.S., is assisting Chinese authorities with an investigation, his company said, a possible sign that an anti-corruption campaign is widening beyond state companies.Fosun International released a statement through Hong Kong’s stock exchange on Friday evening after Chinese business magazine Caixin reported company employees were unable to contact chairman Guo Guangchang. The statement said the company understands Guo is “currently assisting in certain investigations carried out by mainland judiciary authorities.”China is in the midst of a 3-year-old anti-graft crackdown led by President Xi Jinping that has snared dozens of executives at state-owned companies in oil and other industries. A court cited Guo in August as being linked to a supermarket chain chairman who was jailed for corruption.A series of figures in China’s securities industry have disappeared or been detained since August after authorities launched an investigation following a plunge in Chinese share prices in June.Fosun, China’s biggest privately owned conglomerate, and its pharmaceutical unit had suspended trading of their shares Friday in Hong Kong.Phone calls to Fosun’s media and investor relations departments weren’t answered.Guo’s situation suggests authorities are extending scrutiny beyond state-owned enterprises, increasing uncertainty for investors, said Ronald Wan, CEO of investment banking at Partners Capital International in Hong Kong.“A lot of companies will be on the investigation list and it will alert all the investors,” he said.Wan said the government should clarify Guo’s status.Fosun’s statement said Guo “may continue to take part in decision makings of the Company’s major matters via appropriate means.”Guo, 48, is one of China’s biggest investors abroad. Fosun, which he co-founded in the 1990s, has businesses in real estate, steel, mining and retailing.The Financial Times dubbed him “China’s Warren Buffett” for following the legendary American investor’s approach of using the cash flow from insurance operations to buy other businesses.Fosun won a bidding war this year to take over Club Mediterranee, the French resort operator. Last year, it paid 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) for Portugal’s biggest insurance company, Caixa Seguros. In the United States, it owns Meadowbrook Insurance Group Inc., 20 per cent of insurer Ironshore Inc. and the 60-story office tower at 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza in New York City.Guo has a net worth of $7.8 billion, according to the Hurun Report, which follows China’s wealthy.He denied earlier he was the target of a graft investigation.A court in Shanghai said in August he had “inappropriate connections” with the chairman of a state-owned supermarket chain, Wang Zongnan, who was sentenced to 18 years, according to Caixin. The court ruled he misused 195 million yuan ($31 million) of Shanghai Lianhua Supermarket Holdings Co.’s money to help two other companies invest in real estate.The court said Wang misused his position “to seek benefits for Fosun Group,” according to Caixin. In exchange, the court said, Guo sold two villas to Wang’s parents at low prices.Fosun denied any impropriety and said the villas were sold at market prices.In China’s state-dominated economy, many entrepreneurs make deals with officials or state industry managers to gain government licenses, contracts or financing, said Zhang Tianyu, a specialist in corporate governance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.“This is how some entrepreneurs get into trouble once they have an anti-corruption campaign,” said Zhang.Zhang said that in a series of deals in Shanghai, Fosun has bought stakes of less than 50 per cent in state-owned companies but gained management control. He said that unusually favourable arrangement reduced the amount of capital Fosun had to tie up in the company while making it a partner of state managers.“What we guess is that someone should be helping him to make these transactions,” said Zhang. “Without more evidence, we don’t know who this is. A politician, or maybe a group of people.”On Monday, China’s biggest brokerage, state-owned Citic Securities Co., said it could not contact the two managers in charge of its China and international investment banking business.In September, the police ministry announced Citic’s general manager, Cheng Boming, and other executives were suspected of insider trading and leaking sensitive information.Last month, Citic and two other brokerages, Guosen Securities Ltd. and Haitong Securities Ltd., said separately they were under investigation.A star Chinese fund manager, Xu Xiang, was detained Nov. 2 on suspicion of insider trading, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.___Kelvin Chan in Hong Kong contributed. Prominent Chinese tycoon reported missing is involved in Chinese investigation read more

Canadian envoy fires back against inflated rhetoric on softwood lumber in US

Canadian envoy fires back against ‘inflated rhetoric’ on softwood lumber in U.S. by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2016 6:49 am MDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada’s ambassador to the United States is firing back at a group of American senators who signed a public letter containing what he calls “inflated rhetoric” about Canadian softwood lumber.Earlier this week, 25 senators sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman that alleged Canadian lumber is subsidized, unfairly traded and has had decades worth of well-documented adverse economic impacts in the U.S.Ambassador David MacNaughton shot back Wednesday in a missive of his own to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, saying the Americans’ letter contained concerning “mischaracterizations.”This week’s exchange comes as the two countries try to negotiate a new deal to calm a recurring trade dispute over whether Canadian lumber producers are unfairly subsidized through cheap access to public land.MacNaughton wrote that Canada is committed to working with the U.S. to find a “durable solution” that makes the share of Canadian imports in the American market more predictable. But he added that any deal must be flexible enough to reflect the commercial realities of the sector in regions across Canada.“A successful negotiation is not guaranteed,” MacNaughton wrote in the letter, obtained by The Canadian Press.“It is clear to me that inflated rhetoric can only complicate efforts to reach a solution. It is for this reason that I am disappointed with some of the inaccurate language that is contained in your letter to Ambassador Froman.”He added that despite repeated investigations and litigation over the past 35 years, there have never been findings of a countervailing subsidy or of an adverse impact that has survived legal challenge.Talks are underway toward striking a new softwood lumber deal between the two countries, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself discussing the issue with U.S. President Barack Obama. The leaders have expressed optimism that a compromise could soon stave off fresh battles in the softwood lumber war.The U.S. senators wrote Tuesday in their letter to Froman that an eventual solution from softwood negotiations would only be acceptable if it addresses Canadian timber policies and if it’s sustainable over the long term. The letter called the now-expired 2006 trade agreement an ineffective framework for managing subsidized Canadian trade in an evolving market.“Subsidized and unfairly traded lumber imports continue to severely harm United States mills, workers and communities,” reads the letter, signed by prominent senators including Marco Rubio.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

UN rights chief urges action after pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death

“I am deeply shocked by the death of Farzana Parveen, who, as in the case of so many other women in Pakistan, was brutally murdered by members of her own family simply because she married a man of her own choice,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “I do not even wish to use the phrase ‘honour killing’: there is not the faintest vestige of honour in killing a woman in this way,” she added in a news release, which also noted that Pakistan has one of the highest rates of violence against women globally.According to reports, some 20 members of Ms. Parveen’s family, including her father and two brothers, attacked her and her husband when they were on their way to the Lahore High Court, where they were due to contest her father’s allegations that she had been kidnapped by her husband and that their marriage was invalid. “Every year, hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan as a punishment for marrying a man their families have not chosen or for refusing an arranged marriage,” Ms. Pillay said. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, 869 women were murdered in so-called ‘honour killings’ in the country last year, but the real figure could be much higher, with many such killings believed to be disguised as accidents, or not reported at all. “The Pakistani Government must take urgent and strong measures to put an end to the continuous stream of so-called ‘honour killings’ and other forms of violence against women,” said Ms. Pillay. “They must also make a much greater effort to protect women like Farzana Parveen. The fact that she was killed on her way to court, shows a serious failure by the State to provide security for someone who – given how common such killings are in Pakistan – was obviously at risk.”The UN General Assembly, in three separate resolutions in 2001, 2003 and 2005, called on Member States to intensify legislative, educational, social and other efforts to prevent and eliminate “honour”-based crimes and to bring the perpetrators to justice. read more

New car registrations pass two million in 2014 with October surge

Click through to download the full October 2014 new car registrations news release and data table. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The October new car market outperformed expectations, with registrations showing the strongest growth in a month since March’s 18% rise. With economic confidence still rising, customers continue to benefit from attractive financial packages on exciting new models.“We still expect the overall market to level off as we head towards 2015, but the exception to that rule will be alternatively-fuelled vehicles, demand for which will continue to accelerate.” Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Key to this surge in popularity is a constantly increasing range of models available: in 2011 buyers were restricted to just six plug-in models. Now there are 20 to choose from, in a range of body styles including coupés and SUVs. New car registrations passed two million in October, but how did the first 10 months perform in previous years? Petrol-electric hybrid cars have long been the most popular choice for AFV buyers, but other variants are gaining in popularity. Registrations of pure electric cars have more than doubled over last year, while those of plug-in hybrid and range-extended models look set to quadruple by the end of 2014. The rise of the alternatively-fuelled vehicle in 2014 2014 has seen a significant rise in registrations of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs). With two months still remaining in the year, registrations are already 12,000 ahead of the full-year total for 2013. New car registrations jumped 14.2% in October to 179,714 units, marking the 32nd consecutive month of growth.2,137,910 cars registered in the year-to-date –first time the market has passed two million in October since 2007.October performance exceeded expectations; demand for new cars set to stabilise in coming months.Rising demand for alternatively-fuelled vehicles continues, with market up more than 50% in both month and year-to-date. read more

How FIFAs Structure Lends Itself To Corruption

The U.S. Justice Department says the indictments it handed down Wednesday against soccer officials and sports-marketing executives are just the beginning of its efforts to root out corruption in the sport. A comprehensive investigation might find that the sport’s structure itself makes soccer vulnerable to corruption. FIFA disproportionately favors its smaller states, leaving the most corruptible members with outsize control over the organization.FIFA has 209 member-nations, and each one’s soccer association is equally powerful in the sport’s governing body. Every member, from China (population: 1.36 billion) to tiny Montserrat (population: 5,215), gets one vote in the FIFA Congress. That means each one gets to cast a vote in the FIFA presidential election scheduled for this Friday in Zurich. And each one — from Brazil (five men’s World Cup wins, one of the world’s best women’s teams) to, well, let’s stick to Montserrat (men’s team never ranked higher than No. 165, women’s team unranked) — will get equal say in choosing hosts of future World Cups.That wasn’t always the case. In 2010, the FIFA executive committee voted to select which countries would host the 2018 and 2022 men’s World Cup tournaments. That meant just 22 people participated in a controversial balloting that, astonishingly, awarded the 2022 tournament to Qatar, a nation with scant soccer history that doesn’t have soccer-suitable summer weather, bans same-sex sexual activity and has a poor record of worker safety and rights. (On Wednesday, Switzerland’s attorney general’s office said it had opened criminal proceedings around the selection of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts.)In 2011, FIFA changed its voting rules. In future host selections, each member-association will get one vote. Multiplying the number of voters by nearly 10 should diminish the impact of any one corrupt vote.The “one member, one vote” principle could, in theory, be a way for FIFA to protect its smallest members, much as the creators of the U.S. Senate intended in giving the smallest state the same number of senators as the biggest one. “Please note that the ‘one member one vote’ system was established since the foundation of FIFA and it relates to a democratic principle,” a FIFA spokesperson said by email in response to my inquiry.In practice, this is one unequal form of democracy. While California has 66 times the population of the smallest U.S. states, there are more than 250,000 times the number of people living in China as in Montserrat.This isn’t only a theoretical problem of inequity. Soccer power in smaller nations concentrates itself in fewer officials and stakeholders. That makes the nations’ votes — votes that occur in secret FIFA ballots — more vulnerable to corruption from bribery. In the indictments Wednesday, the Justice Department alleged, among other charges, that voters took bribes in both the selection of the 2010 men’s World Cup and the 2011 FIFA presidential election. Among those indicted was Jeffrey Webb, president of the football association of the Cayman Islands (population: 58,435).But bribes aren’t the only thing that might influence those smaller nations. It’s aboveboard money, too. A small amount of funding from FIFA will go much further in a tiny island territory than in a superpower.“If the organization had a stronger reputation for integrity, this might not matter so much,” Robin Hodess, group director of advocacy and research for the anti-corruption group Transparency International, said about FIFA’s voting structure. “This is a difficult issue to solve — you want democratic organizations, but you don’t want that to be abused,” Hodess said.It didn’t help when FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, announced higher World Cup bonuses for member-associations last year at the same time that he was signaling his intention to seek re-election, reneging on an earlier promise not to run again. “The link between who holds the purse strings and who votes was very blatant,” Hodess said.On FIFA’s website, the organization posts specific funding information, by member, for two programs: Goal, for projects such as building new fields or association headquarters, and the Financial Assistance Program (FAP), which funds a wide range of projects. My colleague Paul Schreiber helped me pull the data for every active Goal project and for FAP payments from 2010 to 2014. I then cross-referenced the funding numbers with population and per-capita GDP figures to see whether bigger countries, or the poorer ones that we’d expect to need more funding, would get more help from FIFA.1I used World Bank 2013 population estimates where available, otherwise using 2010 population estimates from the United Nations, the latest CIA World Factbook numbers or, for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics’ 2013 population figures. For GDP per capita, I used the latest World Bank numbers, though going no further back than 2004; CIA numbers where the World Bank didn’t have any; and, for the U.K. members, the European Commission’s 2011 figures, extrapolating England’s overall number from the others. I omitted FIFA members Palestine and Tahiti because I didn’t find data for them from the above sources.Whether a member state is big or small doesn’t seem to matter — FIFA spending isn’t tied to the number of people covered by the association. There was no correlation between a member’s population2Or the log of its population; r-squared is less than 0.01 for both. and the budget of active Goal projects. And there was a slight negative correlation between FAP spending and population — partly because the populous countries of China and Nigeria got less than average.3There was almost no variation in FAP spending, so this negative correlation (with an r-squared less than 0.1) doesn’t mean much. Take, for example, the combined budget for the active Goal projects in Montserrat ($1.8 million)4We’re picking on Montserrat only because it’s the least-populous FIFA member. Sixteen members have a population under 100,000. They collectively vote with the same might of the 16 most-populous members, which have a collective population of 4.72 billion. and compare it with that of projects in China ($3 million). Or the amount of FAP funds that the West Indies island received, $2.05 million, versus the amount China received, $800,000.That’s not to say that members should necessarily get funds in proportion to their populations. The size of a country’s economy also affects its needs. But that doesn’t appear to enter into FIFA’s calculations, either. There is essentially no correlation between GDP per capita and Goal or FAP funding per capita.5The correlation is slightly positive for both, meaning the wealthier the member-nation, the more it gets per person. But it’s a vanishingly small effect (r-squared less than 0.02 for both).Funding is almost as evenly spread among FIFA members as voting power is. More than 90 percent of associations received between $1.8 million and $2.1 million from FAP between 2010 and 2014. Goal spending isn’t quite as flat, but 71 percent of members’ active projects have total budgets between $1 million and $3 million.These aren’t bribes, and this isn’t traditional corruption: They’re totally legal, publicly disclosed funding projects. It’s just that a lot of them are in tiny countries with impotent soccer federations that spend it in dubious ways enriching their officials.“It’s pure pork-barrel politics,” Bloomberg wrote in an investigation of FIFA’s finances last month. Bloomberg’s article ends by describing Blatter and other FIFA presidential candidates6Including two who have since dropped out. as they made their pitch to member-nations. Each one stressed expanding payments to member-associations — by the same amount to each member. read more

Byzantium and British Architects Recording Thessaloniki 18901912

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A lecture on the Byzantine Research Fund Archive will be presented by Professor Catherine Morgan hosted by the Society of Mediterranean Archaeology. From the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th, a team of British architects travelled across Greece, Turkey, Italy, the Near East, Egypt, and Cyprus to record Byzantine monuments. Their experiences helped to create a rich Neo-Byzantine movement in the architecture of Britain and its Empire. The resulting “Byzantine Research Fund Archive” is a unique collection of over 1,500 drawings and 1,000 photographs. Professor Morgan draws on the largest part of the collection, which documents Thessaloniki before the Great Fire of 1917 and explores the personalities and working methods of the architects, the results of their work. Professor Morgan is Director of the British School at Athens and Professor of Classical Archaeology at Kings College London. Byzantium and British Architects: Recording Thessaloniki, 1890-1912 will be held on Wednesday 22 August at the CCANESA lecture theatre, Madsen Building Eastern University, for $15. For bookings contact (02) 9351 4759 or email arts.aaia@sydney.edu.aulast_img read more

Karakatsanis found guilty

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Con Karakatsanis’ career is in ruins after he and his father Tony were found guilty this week on all five counts of conspiring to drug their horse Howmuchdoyouloveme at the opening meeting of the 2012 Melbourne Cup carnival.The horse ran as the $3.10 favourite in the Group II Yellowglen Stakes before finishing eighth in a field of 12. Karakatsanis and his father were charged after a stewards’ operation was prompted by a tip-off. During the investigation, stewards found a bag containing tubing equipment in a stall occupied by the stakes-winning sprinter.The trainer reportedly said before the Board’s decision, that if found guilty he would be out of business because of the costs and damage to his reputation; factors that are likely to be compounded by stiff penalties imposed by Victoria’s Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.Before the hearing, Karakatsanis said that the charge against him had cost him the best part of $100,000 to defend himself, and that owners had taken horses away from his stable because of the allegations. Karakatsanis and his father face a long spell of disqualification, a fine, or both.RAD Board chairman Judge Russell Lewis will hear submissions on the penalties at a date to be fixed next week.Judge Lewis said that the father and son were “unreliable witnesses” and that the board believed the evidence of Racing Victoria’s Compliance Action Team stewards Dion Villella and Kane Ashby.“The Board has come to the conclusion that the version of events by Tony and Con Karakatsanis should not be accepted,” said Lewis, who added that the board believed that Karakatsanis senior was aware of the contents of a feed bag – tubing equipment – when he took it to the horse’s box the morning of the Yellowglen Stakes at Flemington. Tony Karakatsanis’ defence was that he had mistaken it for a bag of hay.Judge Lewis said the Board also believed that Con Karakatsanis was locking the front gate to help facilitate the conspiracy, rather than “fidgeting with the lock”, as the trainer had suggested.“[We were] far from impressed with the explanation that he was playing with the padlock because it was stiff,” said the judge.The Board concluded that the pair had the equipment, the time and the intention, to administer a performance-enhancing drug before their horse raced.Lewis said that during the hearing much depended on the credibility of the witnesses, and that Villella and Ashby’s evidence was credible, whereas Karakatsanis’ was unacceptable.The RAD Board will hear submissions on the final penalties to be awarded against Karakatsanis this week.last_img read more

Star Wars fans push for Solo 2 a year after its box

first_img Disney Star Wars Director Ron Howard, who took over after the original directors left, had already noticed how Solo was catching on after its digital release in September. He tweeted about how the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes audience score was creeping higher. All the Star Wars movies, from the cheesy to great, ranked Solo wasn’t a box-office hero but it still earned a lot of fan love. Walt Disney Pictures/Lucasfilm Solo: A Star Wars Story arrived in May 2018 and quickly became the lowest-grossing Star Wars film in recent memory. But sometimes bummers turn into runners. A year later, Star Wars fans are rallying for a sequel to young Han Solo’s story. Box Office Mojo shows Solo pulled in under $400 million worldwide. Compare that with The Last Jedi in 2017, which banked over $1.3 billion. It’s no wonder Disney didn’t rush in with sequel plans. Some fans attributed the poor showing to the marketing campaign or fan anger over the events of The Last Jedi. As it turns out, Solo was a fun romp of a film with engaging performances from Alden Ehrenreich in the lead role, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.The hashtag #MakeSolo2Happen hit the trending charts on Twitter on Thursday with a push from Star Wars News Net and its Resistance Broadcast podcast. TV and Movies Star Wars fans were ready to get on board, tweeting their support for a movie sequel or a streaming series on Disney Plus. This casting was too perfect to be a one and done right? #MakeSolo2Happen @RBatSWNN pic.twitter.com/NSATXHWGEO— Craig (@xwingxing) May 23, 2019 Make it happen @Disney #MakeSolo2Happen pic.twitter.com/azKpFho3O5— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) May 23, 2019 3 as more people are catching up with #SoloAStarWarsStory I notice the #Rottentomatoes audience score is creeping higher! thanks for rating it! https://t.co/D9rq15NGGU— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 18, 2018 I 💗 Solo: A Star Wars Story. As someone who grew up with the original trilogy, I always liked Han Solo, but this film, and Alden Erenreich’s performance, made me love him. And don’t get me started on Qi’ra. Her story NEEDS to be told.#MakeSolo2Happen pic.twitter.com/yqY6itZTof— Jeremy Kulow (@jeremyjkulow) May 23, 2019 Share your voice Disney has carved out an extensive road map for future Star Wars movie releases, but Solo 2 doesn’t appear to be on the radar. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are signed on to helm the next film after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes out later in 2019.The future of Han Solo’s past doesn’t look particularly rosy, but stranger things have happened and Star Wars fans can be very vocal. Comments Tags It’s #MakeSolo2Happen Day!!!!Watch the video below to see how you can join today’s movement in our call for a follow up movie or series to #SoloAStarWarsStory! We have a good feeling about this!!! #StarWars pic.twitter.com/CFXg9RlxWd— The Resistance Broadcast (@RBatSWNN) May 23, 2019 23 Photoslast_img read more

Dhee Jodi anchor Rashmi Gautam trolls herself I saw myself in the

first_imgThis was the second time you wore pink dress Rashmi garuu… Venkateshvarma@92‏ @venkate74430520 The TROLL can TROLL, but our favourite angel always will be on the ROLL and you in this outfit looking like a cute DOLL…..Keep rocking and shining Ma’am.❤️❤️❤️ Nuvvu yela vunnna gorgeous gane vuntavu Sister @rashmigautam27,,geliucil kuda nee lage kadupu manta taggistundhi,,nuvvu nee navvu tho tagginchinattu keep smiling.. Chandu…kool‏ @_chanducool U should have become a airforce pilot. Ur expression looks like a pilot of aircraft (defence pilot) Durgam Bhargav‏ @DurgamBhargav5 Rashmi GautamTwitterPopular TV anchor and Telugu film actress Rashmi Gautam, who has been trolled on numerous times, was recently seen trolling herself by comparing her pink outfit with a bottle of Gelusil Antacid.Rashmi Gautam is quite active on social media and is one of the most popular Telugu actors with a followers’ count of 534,000 on Twitter. Unlike many other actresses, she does not just share photos of her stylish avatar but also keeps creating awareness about social issues. This nature of hers has landed her in trouble sometimes with her fans trolling her.Currently, Rashmi Gautam is hosting ETV Telugu’s hit reality TV show Dhee Jodi with Sudigali Sudheer and Pradeep Machiraju. She styled herself with a pink blazer on white printed top with pink trousers for the May 15 episode of the dance show. She was amused to see herself look like a pink Gelusil bottle.Hours before the show began on May 15, Rashmi Gautam‏ took her Twitter account to mock herself. Besides posting a collage, she wrote, “My first thought when I saw myself in the mirror GELUSIL ANTACID Did I just feed the trolls Hahahaha #pouringpink #pink #rashmigautam #lifeismagical #dhee11 #dheejodi #coordinate #pantsuit.”Rashmi Gautam’s followers were amused to see her trolling herself. They praised her beauty and simplicity. Here is how they reacted to her self-mocking.Vasant‏ @vasantramp You are junior madhuri dixit mam to our industry Haha but when i saw first I thought u r joined in TRS party @rashmigautam27center_img JSP07651572‏ @gangadrimoinhar We always love u in pink Actress World‏ @Actress_HDPics Rajugaadu‏ @Rajugaadu1 Why Some of the trolls R really Sexy like U ???? I am ur big fan rashmi garu….Keep rockng…Dress fits you well….You are always gorgeous to our fans eyes Asish Gera‏ @GeraAsish Yagna‏ @yagnapravallikalast_img read more

Hartlage 18th in Latest Arnold Palmer Cup Rankings

first_imgArnold Palmer Cup teams will be unveiled live on Golf Channel’s Golf Central on Wednesday, March 6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. United States Women – Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking1. Mariel Galdiano, UCLA2. Dylan Kim, Arkansas3. Jennifer Chang, Southern California4. Malia Nam, Southern California5. Haylee Harford, Furman6. Kaitlyn Papp, Texas7. Hailee Cooper, Texas8. Abby Carlson, Vanderbilt9. Aneka Seumanutafa, Ohio State10. Stephanie Lau, Northwestern11. Auston Kim, Vanderbilt12. Ellie Slama, Oregon State13. Emilia Migliaccio, Wake Forest14. Sierra Brooks, Florida15. Courtney Zeng, Vanderbilt16. Ivy Shepherd, Clemson17. Kaitlyn Milligan, Oklahoma18. Lauren Hartlage, Louisville19. Gina Kim, Duke20. Kaylee Benton, Arkansas21. Brooke Riley, Northwestern22. Natalie Srinivasan, Furman23. Kenzie Wright, Alabama24. Greta Bruner, TCU25. Allyson Geer-Park, Michigan State The top six golfers from the final ranking in the Spring from both the United States and International men and women – 12 total golfers – shall be among the 24 individuals selected to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup. Longtime Arnold Palmer partner Rolex is continuing its 50 year relationship through its support of the matches which will be hosted by The Alotian Club June 7-9. Hartlage moved from outside the top 25 up to 18th among American women in the penultimate rankings. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s golfer Lauren Hartlage has moved into the top 20 in the latest Arnold Palmer Cup rankings. Using Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and a penalty for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component. Louisville is back on the course on Saturday, as the Cardinals travel to Orlando to take on East Carolina at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club. International Women – Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking1. Frida Kinhult, Florida State2. Patty Tavatanakit, UCLA3. Hira Naveed, Pepperdine4. Julie McCarthy, Auburn5. Albane Valenzuela, Stanford6. Jiwon Jeon, Alabama7. Leonie Harm, Houston8. Emily Price, South Carolina9. Lois Kaye Go, South Carolina10. Amelia Garvey, Southern California11. Ana Belac, Duke12. Agathe Laisne, Texas13. Anna Backman, Miami14. Gabriela Ruffels, Southern California15. Sofia Garcia, Texas Tech16. Yu-Sang Hou, Arizona17. Karoline Stormo, Kent State18. Abegail Arevalo, San Jose State19. Clare Legaspi, UCLA20. Aline Krauter, Stanford21. Marta Perez, Florida22. Harmie Constantino, Georgia23. Kaleigh Telfer, Auburn24. Sára Kousková, Texas25. Bianca Pagdanganan, Arizona Print Friendly Version Hartlage is coming off a victory at the Moon Golf Invitational in the Cardinals’ most recent event. The junior carded rounds of 69-67-70 to finish the tournament at 10-under par for her second career victory. The remaining six men’s and women’s spots for the United States will consist of five committee selections, including at least one non-Division I golfer, and a coaches pick. The balance of the International team will include the men’s and women’s winners of The R&A Scholars Tournament, four committee selections, and a coaches pick.last_img read more

Bethesda says not to expect a new Elder Scrolls games for a

first_imgThe last Elder Scrolls game to release was The Elder Scrolls Online MMO in April 2014, and before that we had the offline experience of Skyrim released in November 2011. The Elder Scrolls Online is considered a different experience and expected to keep receiving regular updates, so it’s actually been four years since the last “real” entry in the series. But fans should not expect another Elder Scrolls games any time soon.Bethesda is known for focusing the majority of their attention on a single title at any one time. The studio has remained roughly the same size for years, and that is set to continue. So for now, the focus if on Fallout 4, which will see a release later this year and then be supported with multiple DLC releases. That will surely take us most of the way through 2016 before Bethesda even considers starting a new project.So it will likely come as no surprise that Pete Hines, vice president of marketing at Bethesda, has stated that it will be a “very long time” before we even hear about the next project. It may not even be an Elder Scrolls game, but that does seem the most likely focus.If we look back in Bethesda’s history you can see that they started work on Skyrim when Fallout 3 was finished in 2008. Skyrim shipped in 2011 meaning a three year development cycle. Now if we assume Fallout 4 work will be wrapped up in late 2016 and another three year Elder Scrolls dev cycle, that means the next entry probably won’t arrive until 2019, but more likely 2020.I’m sure Bethesda will be hoping you get your Elder Scrolls fix over the next 5 years in The Elder Scrolls Online, but it’s also worth revisiting the older games in the series.last_img read more

Look few inches taller with right jewellery

first_imgAlthough clothing and heels play a crucial role in adding a few inches to your height, jewellery is just as important. If chosen correctly, it can make a short woman look taller and slimmer while the wrong choices can make you look even more petite, say experts. Create an illusion that you’re not the shortest girl in the room, even when you’re wearing flats by choosing the right jewellery.4Choose long and narrow danglers to create an illusion of an elongated neck. Long earrings will not only add those extra inches to your height but will also impart a generous dose of glamour to your looks. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Always add those statement pieces that will impart a fairly ‘longer’ look to the entire ensemble. Just make sure you do not add a necklace, ring, earrings, and bangles all at once. If you are wearing a neck piece, go lighter on the ears and so on.4Light-weight and delicate looking pair of earrings in varied geometric shapes like triangles, squares and rectangle can offer a noticeable style statement to short people wherever they go.4Choosing a right ring is also very important for women with petite frame. Opt for rings with slender, narrow-width bands to lengthen the appearance of your fingers. The cut of the gemstone should also be kept in mind. Oval, pear and marquise cut stones give an impression of elongated fingers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Chokers are the hottest trend of the season but one should not go with the flow, rather one should make a wise purchase decision. Since chokers accentuate the strongest features, therefore girls with short height should avoid wearing heavy chokers and bib necklaces as they can compress their overall look. Instead they can opt for a multi-layered necklace or a sleek long chain with bold pendants that suits them the best.4Bracelets or cuffs are one of the most versatile ornaments and can be worn with different outfits to become a signature piece for any occasion. Bold handcuffs can look disproportionate to your height; therefore girls with short height can adorn their wrist by opting for sleek and stylish tennis bracelets.last_img read more

Home Prices Hit Wall in September

first_imgHome Prices Hit Wall in September in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Black Knight Financial Services Home Prices 2014-11-24 Tory Barringercenter_img Home price gains skidded to a stop in September, putting a period on what had already been a slow third quarter for growth.Based on transaction data throughout the month, Black Knight Financial Services’ Home Price Index (HPI) recorded a 0.01 percent month-over-month decline, keeping it nearly flat at $241,000.The drop follows meager increases of 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent in July and August, respectively. Throughout the entire third quarter, the index remained unchanged from its rounded-off total of $241,000.Annually, the index improved 4.6 percent compared to last September. With the latest change, Black Knight says prices are 10.2 percent off their peak from June 2006, a slightly bigger gap compared to August.Half of the 20 largest states tracked in Black Knight’s report posted monthly price declines in September, led by a 0.6 percent drop in Connecticut. Adding in the remaining states, Missouri and Vermont also tied for the biggest decreases at -0.6 percent.The biggest increase of the month was in Georgia, which saw a 0.9 percent improvement from August. The state’s Atlanta metro ranked second on the list of top-growing markets, coming in just under Naples, Florida, at 1.0 percent.Year-to-date, Colorado led the 20 largest states for growth, posting 6.9 percent appreciation through the end of the third quarter. Colorado is also one of a small handful of states where prices have surpassed their previous peaks from the height of the bubble. November 24, 2014 438 Views last_img read more

International Cruise has released a collection of

first_imgInternational Cruise has released a collection of special 2017 Christmas cruises in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean or the Arabian Peninsula, offering an exclusive 2.5% discount when booked direct with the cruise holidays operator. A choice of nine departures, across cruises ranging from seven to 22-nights in duration, include the 11-night roundtrip sailing aboard MSC Orchestra departing Genoa on December 17 and visiting ports in France, Spain, Malta, Greece and Italy. Prices start from just $1299 per person twin share. MSC OrchestraExperience the newest ship in the fleet, MSC Divina, on an 11-night roundtrip from Miami, sailing across the Caribbean Sea and soaking up the local culture in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize.Priced from $1539 per person for a family cabin of four, or from $2089 per person twin share.TOP IMAGE: MSC Divina ChristmascruiseMSC Cruiseslast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Seattle’s win narrows the Cardinals’ lead in the NFC West to just two games with five remaining. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The last time the Arizona Cardinals went up to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, they solved a puzzle that not many had prior — beating the Seahawks on their home field.That was December of 2013.This year’s trek to the Emerald City was not as kind to the Cardinals as they were handed a 19-3 loss by the defending Super Bowl champions.Steven Hauschka had four field goals and Russell Wilson found Cooper Helfet on a 20-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter for all the Seattle offense. The defense did the rest, holding Arizona to a season-low 204 yards and one field goal.center_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Livermore California – ANNIKA Vineyards a joint

first_imgLivermore, California – ANNIKA Vineyards, a joint venture between Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam and family owned Wente Vineyards, introduced its newest entry, a 2008 Chardonnay, which will be available for purchase through its Web site in the spring of 2010. With the addition of this vintage, the ANNIKA Vineyards portfolio is comprised of two ultra-premium, boutique wines.“This full-bodied Chardonnay has a great balance with apricot, peach, and tangerine interlaced throughout that lead to graham, vanilla, and ground spice flavors on the finish,” says Winemaker Karl Wente. “With a perfectly weighted mouth feel, balanced by a refreshing acidity to cleanse the palate, this wine is both complex and crisp. The Chardonnay was barrel fermented in a combination of French, American, Eastern European, and neutral oak and was aged for 10 months.”Sorenstam, working closely with Winemaker Karl Wente, selected Chardonnay that comes from two vineyards in the Livermore Valley that harvest Clone 4 Chardonnay (Wente Clone) and the Old Wente Clone, which is a predecessor to the Wente clone. These vineyards were selected for the ANNIKA Chardonnay solely for their exceptional fruit and production consistency.“I really enjoy the wine making experience and learning from Karl. During the final blending process we did in Lake Tahoe, we tasted through a number of components and this is the one I could picture myself enjoying with family, friends, and business associates,” she says.www.annikavineyards.comlast_img read more