A group of Nigerians living in Liberia has condemned a recent publication by a local paper, which quoted “prominent Nigerians” residing in Liberia as calling on their country’s government to recall its ambassador from Liberia.The Nigerians under the banner, Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO) told the Observer that at no time did any “prominent Nigerian” residing in Liberia urged or called on their country’s government to recall their Ambassador from Liberia.“This information is false and misleading and does not reflect the true sentiments of the real prominent Nigerians in Liberia, who applaud Her Excellency Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie for her excellent work. Our embassy now wears a dignified new look and we now have a professional representation of Nigeria and Nigerians in Liberia.”NIDO said the authors of the newspaper’s article are confused individuals. NIDO also stated that a purported group, who calls themselves Nigerian Descendants or Naturalized Liberians, was the one soiling Nigeria’s image in Liberia.NIDO has called on all Nigerian citizens in Liberia to get wise and ignore “the antics of these charlatans.”NIDO is a recognized non for-profit making organization, representing Nigerian citizens in Liberia. One of its core values is to encourage Nigerians living in Liberia to be law abiding citizens and good representatives of Nigeria.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday seized Rs 9.28 crore in cash from an alleged hawala dealer’s office in Connaught Place.The modus operandi of Pankaj Kapoor – dealer-cum-owner of CP Vault Private Limited, which offers safe deposit locker facility to customers and is located in B block – was to collect cash from the parties concerned, generate invoices of diamond sale against the money collected and transfer the funds by misusing banking channels.After a tip- off, an ED team led by assistant directors Rajeshwar Singh and Sharath Chaudhary swooped down on Kapoor’s premises in CP late in the night and recovered large volumes of unaccountedfor money that was largely in the denomination of Rs 1,000 notes.The cash was stuffed in almirahs, which were broken open.Almost four of the seized notes were found to be fake, ED sources said.The agency also got hold of incriminating documents, laptops and mobile phones from the office.According to the ED’s official release, the dealer’s total cash collection in the last two years was found to be more than Rs 2,800 crore.Kapoor has another office at Ferozeshah Road and stays in Anand Lok, South Delhi. He has around 1,200 vaults on offer to customers to keep either cash or jewellery.An ED officer said the vault facility was being misused and a case under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act had been registered against the dealer.The sleuths are also monitoring two bank accounts in the UK and Dubai, as well as the involvement of foreign companies.advertisementThe hawala dealer was involved in the import and export of diamonds.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Well, the clouds threatened all day on day two of the Seniors NTL and at 4:28pm down the rain came. Not just a sprinkle or a drip or two, but a bucket load. It poured down, along with some great lightning and thunder to match, while the players walked away looking tired, sore and drowned. (“It’s just a sea breeze, it’ll blow away”, CEO Bill Ker tried to tell us. That’s not exactly how I would have described it.) Let’s just say, the fields looked like a swimming pool, the lights were turned on at 4pm and ATA staff refused to leave the office to go down and harass coaches standing in all the wrong spots. On top of that, we were getting ideas about using the Ausport field barriers as a slip and slide in the rain. (See the picture.) At 5:13 the games were postponed, with another two and a half timeslots still to play. The last two timeslots were also postponed and will be played at various times tomorrow morning and tomorrow evening under lights, it is expected games will begin at 7:30am and finish at 10pm! A long day for all! The changes have been uploaded onto the Sporting Pulse website. It was certainly a tough day at the office for many of the players today, with some divisions having another three games in one day. Injuries and weather is certainly starting to take its toll, especially after the heat yesterday and then the bucketing rain this afternoon. Special mention has to go to the ACT Mens 45’s, who look like they should be sponsored by leucoplast or one of the strapping companies. At last count 11 of their 15 players had one, two or three parts of their legs strapped in some way or the other. Despite this however, it’s obvious to all, that the mind of these players, all the players at the NTL, is still willing and able. It’s fantastic to see some the Touch legends out on the field and to see the people who have been involved in our sport for so long, who have encouraged family and friends to get in and give it a go. The ATA would like to send out a special “you go girl!” to Peter Topp, National Technical Manager and Assistant CEO, who’s playing for the ACT Mens 45’s. We’re loving seeing you play Toppy, just please look after those hamstrings. Summary of day two: With so many divisions affected by the game cancellations last night today’s day 2 summary is a little shorter than usual… MENS 30’s: The Mens 30’s were lucky enough to just miss the torrential downpour, with the Sydney Mets and South Queensland Sharks on top of the ladder. The match of the day was no doubt the meeting of the Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions, with the Mets winning a close encounter 4-2. Both of these sides will no doubt feature come finals day. Round five also saw a 5-5 draw between the Southern Suns and Brisbane City Cobras, as well as a 5-4 win to the Warriors over the Crusaders. It was certainly a great round of Touch. The Crusaders and the Cyclones are now the only two sides yet to record a win in this division. MENS 35’s: The Mens 35’s was affected by the storm, with half of their round six matches being postpones just into the second half and will be continued at 7:30am Friday. The Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions are once again looking the goods, although the Sharks, Suns and Cyclones have all put in some strong performances. The Sydney Mets had a 5-3 win over the Scorpions in their round 5 clash of the titans, while the Suns look on the rise with an 8-3 win over the Warriors. The Sharks also look to be a threat to the Sydney title hopes, a 6-1 win over the Rustlers keeping them in third spot. MENS 40’s: The Mens 40’s was hammered by the storm, with one match to be continued at 7:30am this morning and the others to be played under lights at 9:10pm tonight. The competition is being lead by the Northern Eagles, South Queensland Sharks and Southern Suns. In round five the Sydney Scorpions upstaged defending Champions, the Northern Eagles, to win 6-2, while Touch West defeated the Sydney Mets in an absolute thriller 4-3. The Cyclones and Warriors also played out a great match 2-2. MENS 45’s: Over half of the round 6 matches for the Mens 45’s were also postponed, to be completed at the early hours of 7:30am Friday. The Sydney Scorpions are looking hot, a 9-4 win over the ACT signaling they’ll be keen come finals time. The Sydney Mets, Brisbane City Cobras and Northern Eagles look fill the top four positions along with the Scorpions, MENS 50’s: An entire round of the Mens 50’s was postponed and will be played at 7:30pm and 8:20pm Friday night. The Sydney Mets and Hunter Western Hornets remain undefeated and their match at 8:20pm will be a good one no doubt. WOMENS 30’s: The Crusaders and Sydney Scorpions are sitting on top of the ladder, both yet to lose a match. Their final round on day two was also cancelled and will be replayed on Friday afternoon. The meeting of the Scorpions and Crusaders at 10:10am Friday will no doubt be a good indication of what’s to expect come finals time. The match of the day in the Womens 30’s was the Rustlers 5-4 win over the Southern Suns, it was close and exciting. WOMENS 35’s: The Womens 35’s division played two matches each today, with all being close fought affairs. The match of the day in the 35’s division went to the 2-2 draw between the Southern Suns and the Hunter Western Hornets. After four rounds the only team yet to register a win is the North Queensland Cyclones. They will play one more match each tomorrow morning, before the fourth and fifth placed teams will play for a spot in the semi finals against the top three sides. WOMENS 40’s: After four rounds in the Womens 40’s, the Sydney Scorpions are the only undefeated team, although they did record a 2-2 draw against the Cyclones earlier in the week. The Northern Eagles were runners up in 2004 and were on top of the ladder after the first two rounds yesterday. In their grand final rematch the Sydney Scorpions held on to a tight 2-1 victory. By Rachel Moyle, email@example.com
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea whizkid Mount content with different England roleby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Mason Mount was content with his position in the team for his first full England international start.Mount played in the 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday in Prague, admitting that he found it a little difficult playing in a central role, as he is used to playing off the left flank for Chelsea.But the 20-year-old knows that he must adapt to different positions to be successful.He told reporters: “Obviously, I am more used to playing off the left and coming in. It was not too much different – but obviously I was a bit more central.”A couple of days before the game we were working on shape and how we wanted to play – me being central but Jadon coming in as well off the line and trying to combine. But the Czechs made it difficult for us.”It is something you learn from. We will look back on the game and take a lot of negatives which we can improve on, but we will also take some positives. We can improve on that.”
The lone loss in Ohio State’s 2014 national championship season came in Week 2 against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes fell to the Hokies, 35-21. Redemption is expected on Sept. 7. Ohio State will open its national championship-defending season in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech on Labor Day. A blowout victory is predicted for Urban Meyer’s squad. The sportsbook 5Dimes released its initial odds for Week 1 and Ohio State is a huge favorite. Ohio State #Buckeyes will open the season favored by 19-points over the Virginia Tech Hokies. #OSU #OhioSt #OhioState (via 5Dimes)— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) February 12, 2015Ohio State and Virginia Tech’s kickoff time has yet to be released, but with the game occurring on Labor Day, a night game at Lane Stadium is probable.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A New York judge has ruled that an aspiring actress can sue Harvey Weinstein for violating sex trafficking laws because the proverbial casting couch, in which women are asked to trade sex for Hollywood opportunities, could be considered a “commercial sex act.”U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet said the lawsuit filed by Kadian Noble last fall was fairly brought under sex trafficking laws Congress passed that had an “expansive” definition of what could be considered a commercial sex act. His ruling, dated Monday, was filed publicly Tuesday.He rejected arguments by Weinstein’s lawyers that nothing of value was exchanged between Noble and Weinstein in 2014 when they watched her demo reel in a Cannes, France, hotel room before Weinstein allegedly molested her and forced her into a bathroom to watch him masturbate.Weinstein denies wrongdoing. His lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, said she planned to ask for an immediate appeal if the judge will allow it.“It doesn’t resemble at all what we consider sex trafficking,” Kupferstein said. “We don’t read the statute and the case law the same way he does.”The lawsuit’s claims, she said, were “light years away” from what the sex trafficking law was intended to outlaw, such as when predators are “going after underage girls on the promise of a green card and locking them up in a basement and making them have sex with people.”In ruling, Sweet wrote: “For an aspiring actress, meeting a world-renowned film producer carries value, in and of itself. The opportunity, moreover, for the actress to sit down with that producer in a private meeting to review her film reel and discuss a promised film role carries value that is career-making and life-changing.“The contention, therefore, that Noble was given nothing of value — that the expectation of a film role, of a modeling meeting, of ‘his people’ being ‘in touch with her’ had no value — does not reflect modern reality,” the judge continued.He included a footnote at the word “reality,” citing sources that explain that the concept of the casting couch — in which aspiring actors and actresses are promised valuable professional opportunities in exchange for sexual favours — “has been in the American lexicon for nearly a century.”Weinstein claimed through his lawyers that letting the lawsuit proceed to trial means sex trafficking laws now cover all sexual activity between adults when one person holds power and influence over the other.Sweet said that even if the prospect of a film role, a modeling meeting or a continued professional relationship with Weinstein were not enough to constitute “things of value” necessary under the sex trafficking statute, then her “reasonable expectation of receiving those things in the future, based on Harvey’s repeated representations that she would, is sufficient.”Sweet also dismissed Weinstein’s brother from the lawsuit.
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — The U.S., Japan, New Zealand and Australia say they’ll bring electricity to 70 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s people by 2030, boosting the West’s response to growing Chinese influence in the South Pacific.The four countries and Papua New Guinea signed the electricification agreement Sunday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting behind held in the capital Port Moresby.U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence says it shows the strength of their commitment to the region.Only about 20 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s 8 million people have electricity and for a significant proportion of them the supply is not reliable.The announcement comes after the U.S., Japan and Australia in July announced a joint effort to finance infrastructure in Pacific island states which China has aggressively wooed with loans and aid.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Fort Nelson and the North Peace.The statement says this corner of the Province could see up to 50mm of rain by Wednesday night. The rain will start after thunderstorm activity ends on Tuesday night. An intense band of rain will develop between Fort Nelson and Fort St. John with anywhere from 30 to 50 mm of rain possible.See the full statement below 6:53 AM PDT Tuesday 23 July 2019Special weather statement in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverAfter the thunderstorm activity dies off tonight, an intense band of rain develops somewhere between Fort Nelson and Fort St John and extends west to the Rockies. Heavy showers will bring 30 to 50 mm of rain by Wednesday night and possibly locally higher amounts.At this time, the location, and amounts expected are uncertain and rainfall warnings may be issued later if necessary.Please continue to monitor forecasts and alerts issued by Environment Canada.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.
Chennai: They made ‘Dad’s Army’ sound cool last year and defending champions Chennai Super Kings’ battle-hardened veterans are ready to prove that age is just a number when they take on Virat Kohli’s perennial underachievers Royal Challengers Bangalore in Saturday’s opening IPL encounter. For Virat Kohli, it couldn’t be a bigger statement if his young side could start off with a bang at Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ‘spritual home’, a task which will be easier said than done. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh CSK’s core team is the oldest in the tournament — 37-year-olds Dhoni and Shane Watson, 35-year-old Dwayne Bravo, 34-year-old Faf du Plessis, 33-year-olds Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav, soon-to-be 32 Suresh Raina, . Then they have two spinners with truckloads of experience — 39-year-old Imran Tahir and 38-year-old Harbhajan Singh, who have ability to change the complexion of a game with one-off over. Even the two out-of-favour India players, leg-spinner Karn Sharma (31) and seamer Mohit Sharma (30) are on the wrong side of 30’s. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later However when it comes to match awareness, the CSK players are second to none. The most consistent franchise of the Indian Premier League, who have always been in the top four, are a formidable side at home with a slow turner and a vocal crowd complementing the quality. While CSK is a three-time champion, the Bengaluru franchise is probably the biggest underachiever despite boasting of some of the best names in its squad. The outcome of Saturday’s game will depend on which team bowls better and holds its nerve as both side have players who can turn a match on its head in a jiffy. CSK’s Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja will be keen to step up their performances and seal a spot in the Indian World Cup squad. While RCB paceman Umesh Yadav will also look to shine in the IPL and make a case for selection in the England-bound playing XI. A lot has been said about the workload, especially that of the bowlers, which needs to be monitored. CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said on Wednesday that it was up to the players and as professionals, they would be aware of the requirements. CSK enjoy an impressive record against RCB, having won 15 matches and lost seven with one no-result. The hosts haven’t lost to its rival since 2014. While the home team has a well-balanced squad with most of the bases covered, RCB is facing concerns over the availability of some foreign players at certain stages of the tournament. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will again be the key man for RCB as he has been over the past seasons and will need the rest of the bowling attack to step up. Kohli has always led from the front and his exploits in the IPL are well documented, the RCB skipper will begin yet another campaign aware that his form could prove vital in the success of his side in the gruelling tournament. Squads(from) Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, David Willey, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk). Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Himmat Singh. Match starts at 8 pm.
Taroudant, Morocco – The Obama administration has called on Morocco and Turkey to train the Libyan military.More than two years after the toppling of former Libya’s strong man Moamar Gaddafi and the constitution of a new transition government, the North African country is still grappling with a fragile security situation. This is compounded by a weak military that has so far failed to extend its grip throughout a territory that has become a fertile ground for Al Qaeda operatives.To help the Libyan government strengthen its authority, the American government has called on Morocco and Turkey to train the Libyan military. According to the World Tribune, the Obama Administration is seeking the help of Morocco to rebuild Libya’s weak military.“Between the four European partners, the U.S. and the Moroccans, they’ve committed to train up to 20,000 people in that force,” U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. David Rodriguez was quoted by the World Tribune as saying.“The U.S. right now is waiting on money coming from the Libyan government to begin to fund the training in Bulgaria,” he added.Morocco is major non-NATO US ally and is one of only 15 at the global level and two on the entire African continent.