NEW YORK — The New York Islanders’ long playoff drought is over.John Tavares tied the score in the final minute of regulation and got the winner at 10:41 of the second overtime, leading the Islanders past the Florida Panthers 2-1 April 24th and into the second round for the first time since 1993.“It’s time we had to get over this hump and push forward,” Tavares said. “I don’t think we tried to put too much pressure on ourselves knowing we weren’t here for all of that, but certainly a lot us have been here for a while and it was time for us.”Tavares skated in and fired an initial shot that Roberto Luongo saved, but the New York captain got the rebound, wrapped around the net and stuffed the puck in before the diving goalie could get back.It sent the sellout Barclays Center crowd into a frenzy and he was quickly mobbed by his teammates after ending the longest home game in Islanders history.“When I got the rebound, I realized how far he came out,” Tavares said. “I had a good step and just tried to, not take my time, but really make sure I had control of the puck. And obviously once you get around the net, make sure it goes in.”The Islanders will next face Tampa Bay. New York last won a playoff series 23 years ago, when it defeated the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Wales Conference semifinals. Jaromir Jagr was on that Penguins team — and he was disappointed by the Islanders again as a member of the Panthers.Thomas Greiss finished with 41 saves in the teams’ second straight two-overtime game and third in the series to go past regulation. The Islanders won Game 3 here 4-3 in the first extra period, and took Game 5 in Florida 2-1 at 16 minutes of the second OT.On the tying goal with just under 54 seconds left in the third period, Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy took the puck behind his own empty net, skated all the way down the right side and sent a centering pass from behind the Panthers’ goal.Nikolay Kulemin tried to tip it in, but Luongo dived to his left on top of it. But the puck trickled out from underneath him to his right, and Tavares swooped in and put it in for his fourth of the series.“I came off the bench and saw (Leddy) had the puck on the far side,” Tavares said. “I just tried to get lost in coverage and just hope the puck kind of came to me. Lucky enough, it just squirted under Luongo and it doesn’t get any easier than that.”Jonathan Huberdeau scored late in the first period for Florida, and Luongo stopped 49 shots. The Panthers have now lost four first-round series since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 1996, with all their losses in this series coming by one goal.“I thought we were the better team most nights and I don’t think the hockey gods were with us at all,” Florida coach Gerard Gallant said. “I’m giving the Islanders credit. They played a great game, they played a great series … but I thought we played good hockey.”Both teams had solid chances throughout the game, but were stonewalled by the goalies.Reilly Smith, held without a point since having four goals and four assists in the first three games, fired a shot that deflected off the crossbar early in the second OT.Greiss gave up just 13 goals on 234 shots in the series, for a 1.79 goals-against average and a .944 save-percentage.“He played great,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “You need goaltending, and he came up big for us. There’s no doubt when it was 1-0, we didn’t have our legs for whatever reason. You saw the passes, you saw the execution in our game. And the pace of our game wasn’t where it needed to be and Thomas made some big saves and kept us in it.”The Islanders pressed from the start of the third. Luongo stopped a pair of snap shots by Cal Clutterbuck and a slap shot by Leddy in the first few minutes of the period. Clutterbuck also had a backhand attempt denied by the goalie about 5 minutes in.The Islanders controlled the play for most of the opening period, but the Panthers took the lead just before the closing minute of the period after New York turned it over in its own zone.Vincent Trochek sent a pass to Huberdeau, who spun and fired a shot from the high slot while falling down with the puck going over Greiss’ blocker with 1:02 remaining. It was Huberdeau’s first goal of the series and marked the fifth time Florida scored first.Clutterbuck was bleeding after getting hit in the face with the puck about 6 minutes into the game and left the game to be treated. He returned for the start of the second period.(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — As hundreds of Olympic spectators flocked to a sparkling white ski slope cutting through the rugged mountains of Jeongseon, the marquee venue of this year’s Winter Games, Cho Myung-hwan stepped back and looked up. He let out a sad chuckle.“It’s dreadful to watch,” Cho, 62, a landscape photographer from Seoul, said as he examined the steep downhill course one day during the Olympics. “Under all the cheers and fun, there are the screams of buzzed-off trees.”Cho has visited Mount Gariwang 16 times since 2006, including several trips after 2014 to document the construction of the slope, which was finished in late 2016. He pointed to a spot near the spectator stands where he said the last tree had stood — a 24-meter (78 foot)-high Manchurian walnut tree with red and yellow ribbons wrapped around its trunk. Locals had come to the tree for generations to pray for good luck, health and childbirth.“I came here wondering whether there was a slight chance that the sacred tree would still be there,” he said. “But it isn’t.”With the Pyeongchang Games just concluded, South Korea walks into a future with questions about the long-term environmental consequences of hosting an expensive sports event in one of its poorest, oldest and most underpopulated areas.One major issue: the future of the scenic Jeongseon Alpine Center, which was built after some 60,000 trees were razed in a forest on the 1,560-meter (5,118 foot)-high Mount Gariwang. The area had been protected by the government in the past because of its old trees and botanical diversity.The course was supposed to be demolished after the Olympics and restored to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.But Gangwon provincial officials now say they want to keep the course, or at least a significant part of it, as a future “comprehensive leisure” zone. They also say it would be difficult for the province to foot the bill for the restoration project, which experts say could cost $90 million over 20 years.FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, a snowcat smooths the grade on the ski slope for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at the Jeongseon Alpine Center in Jeongseon, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)A new hotel has already been built on the site; another is on the way. Regional officials talk of building mountain bike courses, sledding parks and concert halls to complement the ski course.“It’s too late to talk about the environmental damage over Mount Gariwang,” Gangwon Province Gov. Choi Munsun said. “There’s no way to restore the forest 100 percent, and parts of the area should be used for sports facilities.”Whether Gangwon gets space to develop will be decided by the Korea Forest Service’s central mountain management committee, which will determine the restoration’s scale and method. The committee rejected a tentative reforestation plan that Gangwon was required to submit, calling for more specifics.Experts say it would be impossible to restore the forest entirely as it was.During construction of the skiing course, workers dug out hundreds of trees from the slope and replanted them in nearby hills so that they could be transplanted back to their old spots after the Olympics. But nearly all of these trees are already dead or dying, said Seo Jae-chul, a senior activist from the environmental group Green Korea, who visited the area in December and January.Video from the inspection trips provided by Seo also shows huge trees uprooted and fallen outside the slope’s boundaries, which he said was likely caused by the trees facing stronger winds in their new location. Construction workers also likely made soil disruption worse by bulldozing huge roads around the slope so they could move construction equipment more easily.“This had been such a core area for biodiversity,” Seo said. “But it’s destroyed.”Kim Yong-chul, a Gangwon official, said he couldn’t immediately confirm the state of the trees around the slope.The 1.8 million square meters (19.8 million square foot) of woodland that was shaved for the Olympics had long been part of one of the country’s best-preserved pieces of nature.The 16th-century kings of Korea’s Chosun Kingdom barred common people from entering the area because of its abundance of wild ginseng plants, whose roots have long been prized for supposed healing powers. The forest was also left unscathed during the 1950-53 Korean War and the earlier part of South Korea’s postwar industrialization that left the country with severe deforestation.In 2008, the government designated the forest as a “forest genetic resources reserve,” prohibiting unauthorized entrance into the area.The national government lifted the protection on the area in June 2012 at the request of Gangwon officials and Olympic organizers, who said they could find no other spot near Pyeongchang to fit an Olympic-size downhill course. The International Ski Federation requires alpine courses to be longer than 3 kilometers (1.86 miles), have an altitude difference of more than 800 meters (2,624 foot) from start to finish, and an average incline of higher than 17 degrees.Critics say South Korea could have had a better shot at saving the forest had it embraced the International Olympic Committee’s “Agenda 2020” initiative announced in 2014. It called for creating a more compact games and allowing host cities to use existing venues to lower costs.Then, South Korean officials quickly dismissed calls to move the downhill course away from Mount Gariwang, saying construction had already started and it was difficult to make such a significant change so close to the Olympics.“If Gangwon Province had focused on (environmental) sustainability and considered future reforestation even as it proceeded with the construction, it might have found a more economic and compact way to build the ski course,” Seo said. “But they didn’t.”Reviving the forest of Mount Gariwang would require a patient, creative approach. Instead of transplanting trees, workers would have to start from germinating seeds in the patches of soil around the slope that were less damaged, Seo said.Kim Heung-sook, 57, one of the dozens of residents whose homes were moved to make way for the course, says she can’t wait that long for a forest that might never fully return.Kim said life was much better in her old home, where she had a yard to grow corn, pepper and other crops. She now lives alone in a smaller house on a hill near the ski area’s entrance, subsisting off the money she received for the relocation.It was painful to watch neighbors leave and see the destruction of a forest she knew for decades. But like so many in this poor and aging town, she needs to find a way to live.“I want to see more development here — more hotels, more restaurants, wider roads. Then maybe there will be jobs for people like me,” she said. “If you were going to rebuild the forest, you shouldn’t have made the slope in the first place.”___By KIM TONG-HYUNG , Associated PressTong Hyung-kim, a Seoul correspondent for The Associated Press, spent much of February on assignment at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Follow him on Twitter at @KimTongHyung.TweetPinShare0 Shares
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard: We need derby mentalityby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid ace Eden Hazard is up for the derby with Atletico Madrid today.Hazard has talked about the keys to the game.He declared, “Your mentality. In a derby that’s key and what’s even more important is your desire. When you’re a football player, you know what derbies are like. You know what you have to do, you just have to win; you don’t need your teammates to tell you that.”You know what the vibes are like in these games, the passion, the rivalry amongst fans… especially when you’ve got two teams from the same city, like Real Madrid and Atlético. I want to score and win in the derby. I just want to make the fans happy.”
STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 7 : A general view of the stadium during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs November 7, 2015 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Horned Frogs 49-29. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)There was a celebration in Stillwater over the weekend, when Oklahoma State stunned West Virginia on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, that party came to a halt because of this latest development.It’s not hard to tell that Justice Hill is the engine for Oklahoma State’s backfield. After all, the junior tailback has 158 carries for 930 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.Another element of the Cowboys’ rushing ability is their plethora of options. Whether it’s Chuba Hubbard or J.D. King, Mike Gundy has more than enough depth.However, that backfield will lose at least one piece to the puzzle after this year. In a surprising turn of events, King has announced he’ll transfer from Oklahoma State.“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of my teammates, the community of Stillwater, and the academic and athletic staff members for the opportunity you afforded me,” King tweeted out.pic.twitter.com/QYDIMWLg9i— Jd King (@18_JDK) November 19, 2018This is a classy message from King to the Oklahoma State community. With so many weapons for the Cowboys, it would have been tough for him to establish himself as the top option.Now, an experienced tailback with two seasons worth of play in the Big-12 will be out there for the taking.Stay tuned.
New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Monday said if his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing he could do about it. The minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season, the chief minister said, reiterating that Sidhu was given a job which he should have accepted and done. “If Sidhu doesn’t want to do the job, there is nothing I can do about it,” said Amarinder, questioning how a soldier can refuse a job assigned by the General. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day There has to be some discipline in the government if it is to function effectively, the chief minister added. Navjot Sidhu has announced his resignation as Punjab Cabinet minister, making public his June 10 resignation letter sent to Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Sidhu has said he will send his resignation letter to the Punjab chief minister soon. Sidhu resigned in the wake of his continued run-ins with the Punjab chief minister, who had changed his portfolio from the Local Government to the Power in a recent Cabinet reshuffle. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty Sidhu did not assume charges of Power Ministry and was unhappy over the change in his portfolio. Asked if Sidhu made any attempt at reconciliation, the chief minister said there was no need for it. “I do not have any issues with him. If Sidhu has any issue with me, you’ll have to ask him about them,” he said responding to a question. The chief minister, however, said he did not see any harm in the minister sending his papers to the Congress president. The Cabinet was decided in consultation with the Congress high command so it was all right for Sidhu to send his resignation to the party president, said Amarinder Singh. Amarinder Singh was talking informally to reporters at the Parliament House after making a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The chief minister said he had called on the prime minister since he had not met him so far during the latter’s second term. He said he took the opportunity to discuss with the prime minister the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji. The prime minister confirmed his participation in the mega event and assured of all possible help to make the programme a grand success, befitting the historic occasion, said Amarinder Singh. The legacy issue of the Rs 31,000 crore food debt also came up for discussion and the prime minister said he was seized of the matter, said the chief minister. On the issue of Sidhu’s resignation, Amarinder Singh further said he has been informed that the resignation has been sent to his residence in Chandigarh but he was yet to see it. He would have to read it first to be able to comment on it, he added. Pointing out that he reshuffled the portfolios of 13 of the 17 ministers in his Cabinet after the Lok Sabha elections, said Amarinder Singh, adding Sidhu is the only member who has problems. The reshuffle was decided on the basis of the performance of the ministers, and Sidhu should have accepted his new department, he added Sidhu was given the crucial Power portfolio, which was particularly important at this time in view of the paddy season from June to October, pointed out Amarinder Singh. With many parts of Punjab not receiving adequate rainfall, the power situation was critical, requiring day to the day monitoring, said the chief minister, adding he was himself doing this job now. Amarinder Singh expressed unhappiness with the statement issued by Sidhu and his wife regarding the latter’s candidature for the parliamentary elections. He clarified that he had never opposed Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s candidature and had suggested she should contest from Bathinda, which the couple rejected. On a question about Rahul Gandhi, the chief minister said he would certainly be meeting him. Rahul Gandhi continues to work for the party, which is not at a standstill, as being projected by the opposition and sections of the media, said the Punjab chief minister. The work (in the Congress) is going on, with a whole team to lead, said Amarinder Singh.
Seven stories in the news for Tuesday, Nov. 14———TRUDEAU PURSUES SEAT AT ASIAN SECURITY TABLEPrime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a sales pitch to core members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Tuesday in hope they will open the door to Canada joining their exclusive and influential circle. Trudeau said Canada looks forward to becoming a member of the association’s East Asia Summit and the ASEAN defence ministers panel at the earliest opportunity. Trudeau is the first Canadian prime minister to participate in the one-hour exchange at the ASEAN summit.———PEACEKEEPING PLAN TO SATISFY UN: TRUDEAUVancouver plays host to a two-day summit focused on UN peacekeeping starting today in Vancouver. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t offer any details, but told reporters in Manila Tuesday that an announcement will be made in Vancouver that will satisfy both Canadians at home and the United Nations. He said the world expects Canada to make a “significant contribution that makes a difference.———TRUDEAU RAISED HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS WITH DUTERTEPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says he directly raised human-rights concerns Tuesday with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte — including extrajudicial killings carried out by security forces in his country. Speaking in Manila after a summit of Southeast Asian countries, Trudeau said says he told Duterte about the need for the rule of law in the Philippines. Duterte’s violent crackdown on drug dealers and drug users by his government’s forces have left thousands dead. Trudeau says Duterte was receptive to his comments.———SUMMIT SETS SIGHTS ON COMBATING USE OF CHILD SOLDIERSVancouver is poised to become a symbol for protecting children and preventing the use of child soldiers when a series of commitments bearing the city’s name is rolled out at this week’s peacekeeping summit. The international community has been quietly working on the so-called Vancouver Principles for some time, which a senior UN official hoped would give a shot in the arm to efforts to protect children in conflict.———MISSING WOMAN’S DAD SEND DRONES TO OKANAGANThe father of a woman who disappeared in B.C.’s northern Okanagan has sent two drones to the area to help volunteers search for missing women. John Simpson bought the drones with the proceeds of a fundraiser in his daughter’s name and sent them to community activist Jody Leon in Enderby. RCMP wrapped up a search of a property in Salmon Arm last week where the remains of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux were found. At least four women remain missing in the area.———HEARING TODAY FOR ‘LEGS TOGETHER’ FORMER JUDGEA former judge who resigned over his treatment of a sexual assault complainant is to make his case today for why he should be allowed to practise law again. The Law Society of Alberta is to hold a reinstatement hearing for Robin Camp in Calgary. Camp stepped down from Federal Court in March after transcripts from a 2014 sexual assault trial show that he asked a complainant why she didn’t resist by keeping her knees together.———TOXIC ALERT SIRENS TO BE TESTED IN MONTREALMontrealers will get an earful this afternoon when sirens echo across the city from nine factories. It’s a noisy test of the system that would be used to alert the population in case of a major industrial accident. The sirens will be tested for three minutes at each of the factories, beginning at 2 p.m. ET.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The fall session of the Legislative Assembly in P.E.I. will open with the Speech from the Throne.— Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa will present the 2017 Fall Economic Statement.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Vancouver.— Statistics Canada releases a study on how Canadians are balancing work and home.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette visits the Northwest Territories.— The Ottawa trial continues for Basil Borutski, charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of three women in 2015.— The first-degree murder trial for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, accused of killing Laura Babcock, continues in Toronto.— A celebration of life for former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay will be held in Clearwater, Fla.
QUEBEC – Quebec’s books are in order and the Liberal government’s budget strategy until the 2020-21 fiscal year is credible, auditor general Guylaine Leclerc said Monday, days before the start of the provincial election campaign.Predictions for future revenues, administrative expenses, salary costs and other budget details are “plausible,” Leclerc told reporters after releasing her report, which was based off her office’s analysis of documents prepared in June by the Finance Department.Leclerc said her review of the province’s books is an “important democratic exercise.”Lawmakers gave the auditor general’s office the mandate in 2015 to evaluate the incumbent government’s finances and budgetary predictions ahead of an election campaign, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises for new political parties that take power.New governments often accused prior administrations of hiding deficits or playing financial trickery, and the Liberals wanted to try to end that by asking the auditor general to review the province’s finances before Quebecers went to the polls.Premier Philippe Couillard said Leclerc’s report demonstrates his Liberal administration is one of the best teams in modern Quebec history with regards to the management of public finances.“We cannot break this momentum,” Couillard said from Scott, Que., in the province’s Beauce region south of Quebec City.Finance Minister Carlos Leitao’s budget documents prepared for Leclerc had predicted Quebec will run an annual budget surplus of roughly $950 million for fiscal 2018-19 through to 2022-23.Revenues from taxes — which represent about 60 per cent of the budget — will increase by 3 per cent in fiscal 2018-19 and maintain the same rate of increase for the next several years.Quebec’s GDP grew by 1.4 per cent in 2016 and 3 per cent the following year. Leitao estimated GDP would increase by 2.1 per cent in 2018 and by 1.7 per cent in 2019.Leclerc said she was not judging the government’s choices but analzying them regarding whether they were realistic.The government also provided sufficient room to manoeuvre in case of unforeseen economic problems, she added.Quebec’s election campaign begins Thursday with the final voting day on Oct. 1.
Mumbai: State Bank of India has put on sale six non-performing accounts worth Rs 2,337.88 crore, which will be auctioned on March 26. The bank is looking to sell all the accounts on a 100 percent cash basis to banks, ARCs, NBFCs and other financial institutions, according to the auction notice on the lender’s website on Tuesday. The accounts are Indian Steel Corporation (outstanding debt Rs 928.88 crore), Jai Balaji Industries (Rs 859.33 crore), Kohinoor Planet Construction (Rs 207.77 crore), Mittal Corp (Rs 116.34 crore), MCL Global Steel (Rs 100.18 crore), Shree Vaishnav Ispat (Rs 82.52 crore) and Gati Infrastructure (Rs 42.86 crore). Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe lender said except Mittal Corp and Shree Vaishnav, the auctions are under the Swiss Challenge method and will be conducted on March 26. Last week, the bank had put on block six other NPA accounts worth Rs 1,307.27 crore— Parental Drugs (Rs 429.72 crore), Kamachi Industries (Rs 365.68 crore), Jain Infraprojects (Rs 361.55 crore), MPK Ispat, MPK Steel and MPK Metals (Rs 53.86 crore), Balmukund Polyplast (Rs 50.12 crore) and Martina Biogenics (Rs 46.34 crore). The auction these accounts will be conducted on March 22.
NEW DELHI: Already divided over whether to forge an alliance with the AAP, the Delhi Congress faces fresh trouble with its senior Muslim leaders resenting that they may be denied party tickets in the Lok Sabha polls.In a letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, a group of five ex-MLAs –three of them having been elected five times to Delhi assembly –has sought fielding of a Muslim leader either from Chandni Chowk or North East Delhi Lok Sabha seats. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe resentment by the Muslim leaders of the party’s Delhi unit has come to the fore days before finalisation of the list of candidates on seven parliamentary seats in the capital. The letter signed by Mateen Ahmad, Shoiab Iqbal, Hasan Ahmed and Asif Mohammad Khan also mentions the name of Delhi Congress working president Haroon Yusuf, a five-time MLA, for consideration of the party ticket from Delhi. Besides Haroon Yusuf, Mateen Ahmad and Shoiab Iqbal too were elected five times, while Hasan Ahmed and Asif Mohammad Khan were elected twice to the Delhi legislative assembly. “Keeping in view the number of Muslim votes, the contribution and track record of winning elections by the five Muslim leaders, one ticket must be given to anyone of them either from Chandni Chowk or North East Delhi parliamentary seat,” the leaders said in the letter. All the five leaders are “very popular” among the Muslims and other communities and “very active”, said the letter addressed to Gandhi.
On the relevance of the 13th Constitutional Amendment which was enacted subsequent to the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the expert said that despite the Amendment having “lacunae,” it should be implemented fully and for the time being. “It permits the Centre to take back powers. Every comma and full stop in the 13th Amendment has been used by those who are against devolution to take back powers.” Jayampathy Wickramaratne, the leader of a three-member team that prepared the 19th Constitutional Amendment in Sri Lanka, called for a new Constitution which will include a fresh Bill of Rights and address the issues of devolution of powers to provincial councils and power sharing at the Centre.Pointing out that the 19th Amendment did not cover the issues of devolution and power sharing, the expert told The Hindu on Monday that “ideally speaking, we should have a brand new Constitution. We cannot go on with this Constitution. It has been amended so many times.” The proposed Bill of Rights, which would be a “great improvement” over Fundamental Rights of the existing Constitution, would not only have civil and political rights but also social, economic and cultural rights. Arguing for stronger Provincial Councils and power sharing at the Centre, Dr. Wickramaratne said Provinces and various communities should share power at the Centre and this should be done “to strengthen the Centre without weakening the periphery.”
A 9000 square foot home we told you about earlier this week went on the auction block today. 2346 Doulton Drive in Mississauga sits on one of the most expensive streets in Canada. The house boasts stunning architecture, an imported Italian kitchen and three storey floor to ceiling windows. Perdita Felicien was at the auction and tells us how things went.
In the latest of his regular reports on the mission to the Council, Mr. Annan says Israel and Syria have approved the proposed extension of the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force’s (UNDOF) from 31 December until 30 June next year.The Secretary-General says the situation in UNDOF’s area of operation has “remained relatively quiet” between June and this month, but he notes that tension has been high since an Israeli air strike on a target northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus, on 5 October.“The situation in the Middle East is very tense and is likely to remain so unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached,” he says in the report.Mr. Annan adds that the UNDOF – which had 1,046 troops as of 30 November – has a shortfall in funding of $26 million because of unpaid assessments from UN Member States. He urges the States that have not yet paid to do so.
“The goals remain feasible and affordable, but we need a quantum leap in aid, debt relief and trade concessions on the part of developed countries,” he said in a message yesterday to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. “And we need similarly dramatic changes on the part of developing countries.” Mr. Annan noted that most countries in Asia and Northern Africa are on track to halve extreme poverty and to achieve many of the social targets. Countries in West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean have generally made good progress towards some individual goals, such as universal primary education, but have been less successful in reducing poverty, he added. States in sub-Saharan Africa and other least developed countries are making far from adequate progress on most of the goals. “Next September, world leaders will gather at UN Headquarters for a high-level event to review progress in implementing the Millennium Declaration they adopted in 2000. But even now, well before that event, we already know that a major breakthrough will be needed if the eight Millennium Development Goals derived from the Declaration are to be met by the target year of 2015,” Mr. Annan said. Employment is the missing link between national economic growth and poverty reduction, the Director-General of the UN International labour Organization (ILO), Juan Somavia, said in his message. “Indeed, inequality is worsened when growth, which creates wealth, is not accompanied by decent jobs, which spread wealth, fostering consumption, and driving investments. When that sound market cycle is broken, we are in trouble – as we are today,” he said. “The problem is not poverty of effort, but poverty of opportunity,” he added. More than a billion people are now unemployed, underemployed, or among the working poor, Mr. Somavia said. “Efforts to fulfill our collective commitments to fight poverty will fall short unless we focus on creating job opportunities and decent work for all.”
Victims of the earthquake in Pakistan continue to receive high-level support from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), as its chief, António Guterres, and its Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie, visit areas worst-hit by the 8 October disaster.Ms. Jolie wrapped up an intensive two days of briefings on a variety of refugee-related issues at the UN refugee agency’s headquarters in Geneva late on Wednesday, before heading off to Pakistan to lend support to the agency’s emergency operations and its 25-year-old Afghan refugee programme.”This time, I’ve been looking deeper into specific issues that affect refugees’ daily lives,” she said shortly before boarding her flight, adding that she had received briefings on issues such as gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, refugees and the environment, trafficking of women, micro-credit programmes, water, site-planning and emergency operations.This will be the Oscar-winning actress’s third visit to Pakistan since becoming UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador in August 2001.On the other hand, this is six-day mission is the first official visit to the region for Mr. Guterres, who assumed his responsibilities in June 2005.Arriving in Islamabad yesterday morning, Mr. Guterres flew off immediately to Muzaffarabad, one of the areas worst hit by the quake. There, he met the top official of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, as well as UN agencies and non-governmental organizations working with UNHCR in the area. He also visited Ghari Habibullah camp in Balakot, where he was briefed by the Pakistan military running the camp.“I have no words to express my feelings,” Mr. Guterres said at a joint press conference with Ms. Jolie after seeing Balakot. “It’s more than physical damage. It’s the loss of human lives – children who were at school when the building collapsed.”“As a woman and mother, it was especially hard to imagine the children and their mothers when the earthquake hit,” Ms. Jolie added.From Geneva, a UNHCR spokesperson said that quake survivors living in the camp told him they were concerned about longer-term issues like reconstruction and education for their children. In that context, however, the top UN official coordinating earthquake relief in Pakistan, Jan Vandemoortele, has called on donors not to prioritize long-term reconstruction if it meant neglecting urgent relief needs.”It is important to start building new hospitals and schools as soon as possible but it’s most urgent to save the lives of thousands of children who could then make use of these schools,” he said, warning that relief is still under-funded, many lives remain at risk, and severe weather conditions will soon set in.
Rolf Harris has appeared in court in person for the first time since leaving jail.The Australia-born former television star, who was released from HMP Stafford on Friday morning, is on trial accused of indecent assault at Southwark Crown Court. She replied: “No absolutely not.”She went on: “I fail to see, whether it is said to a group or a single child, how that can be misconstrued as a joke in any way.” Rolf Harris, 87, arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London where he denies four counts of indecent assaultCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Harris, 87, denies four charges against three women between 1971 and 1983. Harris, who previously appeared via video link, wore a dark suit and patterned tie as he sat in the dock.He wore a hearing loop as one of his alleged victims gave evidence via video link.His niece, Jenny, was watching from the side of the courtroom. It is the first time the jurors, seven women and five men, have seen Harris in person in the court since the trial began.The jury at Southwark Crown Court had previously been told Harris had already been convicted and sentenced for other offences in 2014.Judge Deborah Taylor told jurors on Thursday: “He (Harris) will no longer be appearing in the court via video link and he will be attending what remains of his trial in person next week.”Harris was joking when he allegedly asked a young girl if she often got molested on a Saturday morning, his defence lawyer suggested.The entertainer is accused of groping the schoolgirl, then 13, after he appeared in a broadcast of the BBC’s Saturday Superstore in 1983.Stephen Vullo QC asked the alleged victim, who was appearing via video link: “So it’s clear I don’t dispute on Mr Harris’s behalf he may have said something to you along the lines of ‘do you like to be molested on a Saturday morning?’ or something like that, but he would have said that in a jokey fashion while maybe marching you up and down the corridor?” 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.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An annual financial boost of $50,000 for a festival in Oakleigh will see the Greek hub engage in a festival celebration in honour of the Greek National Day, 25 March, every year following campaigning by Greek Australian councillor Stephen Dimopoulos. Dimipoulos has been campaigning for a $4 million upgrade to the Oakleigh Shopping Precinct, including works in Eaton Mall, Atherton Road and Station Street. Cr Dimipoulos will deliver $50,000 to for the festival to occur every year on March 25, but also create a periptero – a newspaper and drink stand iconic to the streets of Greece – in the heart of Eaton Mall. He feels that the establishment of a periptero will enhance the area’s Greek cultural heart. The Greek National Day festival will also have an education element to explain to the general public the significance of March 25.
EVERETT — House Speaker Paul Ryan toured the Boeing plant in Everett, answered workers’ questions on a variety of matters and pitched the Republican plan to cut taxes for corporations.The Daily Herald reports Ryan on Thursday saw the 767, 777 and 787 production lines before sitting down with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg for a 45-minute town hall attended by about 80 employees.Ryan said reducing the tax rate for businesses and simplifying the tax code for individuals will spur economic growth.State lawmakers agreed in 2003 to reduce the business and occupation tax rate paid by Boeing and the company will save about $8 billion by 2040. But Boeing cut 6,344 jobs in 2016 and is down roughly 4,000 in 2017. Democratic lawmakers and aerospace workers have tried, without success, to require that Boeing sustain a minimum number of jobs in the state if it wants to keep the lower tax rate.About a dozen protesters gathered outside the Boeing plant to mark Ryan’s visit.
Jose Mourinho has accepted a 12-month prison sentence for tax fraud but won’t serve any time. He will also pay a €2.2m to the Spanish state.Mourinho has been accused of failing to declare an image rights revenue and willingly evading to play tax expenses of nearly €3.3 million during his time as Real Madrid manager.He was in charge of Real in the period from 2010 to 2013 and committed the offenses between 2011 and 2012.His representatives, Gestifute Media back in 2016 have released a statement insisting he was “fully compliant with tax obligations”. They insisted that Jose Mourinho paid more than €26m in tax at an average rate of more than 41% while he lived in Spain between 2010 and 2013.A year and a half ago it was reported that Mourinho closed a deal with the Spanish prosecutors. Speaking to reporters outside the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon in November 2017, he said: “I did not answer, I did not argue. I paid and signed with the state that I am in compliance and the case is closed.”Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud, but will not serve jail time.More: https://t.co/pwhwY17jjq pic.twitter.com/P9SkKFxmCb— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 5, 2019The deal was ratified at court on Tuesday. Mourinho accepted the one-year jail sentence and agreed to pay €2.2 million fine.He will not spend any time in prison because his sentence is under two years. In Spain offenders of non-violent nature usually, do not do time if their sentence is under two years. They serve it on probation instead. Jose Mourino is one of the many football stars accused of tax fraud in Spain.The 56-year old is taking a rest from football at the moment. Jose was sacked by Manchester United in December 2018. He will do pundit work for Bein Sports in the next period.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Mourinho was a special guest to an ice-hockey match in Russia two days ago. It wasn’t the best experience for him, as he embarrassed himself after a hilarious fall on the ground.Spanish authorities are doing an impressive job on tax evasion within football in recent years.Barcelona star Messi accepted a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud. He and his father, Jorge, were found guilty of defrauding the Spanish government of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009.They also made voluntary €5m “corrective payments”, which was equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013. Lionel and Jorge Messi paid fines of €2m and €1.5m each.Cristiano Ronaldo is also on the list of tax frauds. He accepted €18.8 million deal with the Spanish prosecutors the past month. His prison sentence was also suspended, due to being under two years.
The charges relate to an alleged attempt by Lam, the former Chairman of Macau junket operator Jimei International Entertainment, to pay off Bureau of Immigration officials in exchange for the release of 1,316 Chinese workers arrested at his Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino in Clark County for overstaying their visas.The latest charges accuse Argosino of asking Lam for Php100 million via middleman Sombero, with he and Robles receiving a payment of Php50 million in November 2016. Argosino and Robles have since claimed they only accepted the money as evidence against Lam.Prosecutors first filed plunder charges against Argosino and Robles in March this year, accusing the pair of conspiring with Sombero to “criminally demand” payment from Lam.The amended charges naming Argosino as the main plunderer were subsequently filed to satisfy legal standards set by the Supreme Court in the 2016 acquittal of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, which ruled that without a main plunderer there was significant doubt over whether the crime of plunder was committed at all.As such, the new charges filed against Argosino last week state, “Argosino, by himself and/or in conspiracy with his co-accused, Michael Robles, and Wenceslao Sombero, did then and there accumulate and acquire, directly or indirectly, ill-gotten wealth in the aggregate amount of Php50 million.”According to Rappler, the anti-graft court accepted the amended charges due to the fact that none of the accused had yet been arraigned for the specific charge of plunder.“It appears that accused Al Argosino, Michael Robles, and Wenceslao Sombero have not yet entered their respective pleas and there being no objection on the part of all three accused, the Court resolves to grant the prosecution’s urgent motion to admit amended information,” the court said.The bribery scandal ultimately led to Lam’s exit from Jimei International Entertainment, with Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR also revoking Jimei’s gaming license at Fontana and the Fort Ilocandia Hotel in Laoag City.Jimei has since changed its name to Starlight Culture Entertainment Group Ltd. The Asian Gaming 50 – 2014: 31-40 Load More Former Deputy Commissioner of the Philippines Bureau of Immigration Al Argosino has been named as the “main plunderer” in the bribery case that led to former Macau gaming tycoon Jack Lam being issued with an arrest order in late 2016.As reported by Rappler, Argosino was named as the central figure to the scandal as part of amended charges filed by prosecutors to the Philippines’ anti-graft court last week, which also name former Bureau of Immigration commissioner Michael Robles and local businessman and poker identity Wally Sombero as part of the scheme. Nevada Casinos Lose $1.35B in 2013 RelatedPosts Tabcorp cleared as Australian Federal Police close investigation into Cambodia sports betting bribery claims
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Tonight Show host and car collector Jay Leno was this year’s special guest.“It’s always great fun, actually,” Leno said. “It’s great because I’m on the West Coast, so these are all cars that I don’t see very often, so it’s a lot of fun.”The event also celebrated Bentley’s 100th anniversary.Canadian car enthusiast Vernon Smith came down to show off one of his rare classics.“I was invited down to this prestigious Concours D’Elegance show, so I decided to show my ’57 [Cadillac] Eldorado Brougham with a stainless-steel roof,” Smith said. “In 1957, Cadillac built 400 of those only. The car was so advanced that if the rear door was ajar, the car would not go into drive.”Now in its 13th year, the event has raised more than $10 million for the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.Brian Quail from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County said, “What I’m so proud about is that charity navigator, who evaluates non-profits in our country, we’ve won their four-star award eight years in a row. Only four percent of 6,000 non-profits have achieved that level, and we’re proud to do so.” BOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) – This year’s annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance raised money for the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.Auto magnates and philanthropists Rick and Rita Case founded the three-day charity event.“For 13 years, this event has continued to grow, the Concourse d’Elegance. We are right up there at the top of the concourses in the U.S. We’re matching up there with Pebble Beach. That’s our goal, to be as great as Pebble Beach,” said Rita. “The money that we’re raising for the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County continues to grow from this event.”The event benefits more than 1,200 at-risk youth who belong to the Boys and Girls Club.2014 Indianapolis 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick were honored with lifetime achievement awards at the event.Palm Beach non-profit Wheels from the Heart gifted a car to a single mother at the main event, Sunday.She said, “This is amazing. I’m speechless. I thank you guys for the opportunity. I’m very blessed. Thank you. I try my hardest to be the best parent I can be. My kids believe, they know I’m the best mother they have, but I really appreciate this opportunity, and I just want to say ‘Thank you, thank you’ to everyone.”