The Congress in Goa on Friday demanded that the BJP-led coalition government must prove that the ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has not been seen in public since October 14, is fit to govern.Addressing a press conference at the Congress State headquarters in Panaji, former MLA and party spokesperson Jitendra Deshprabhu warned that the Opposition party would have to approach the Court in public interest to seek directions to the government to issue a medical bulletin specifying the health details of Mr. Parrikar. “At least they should release a video showing that the Chief Minister is walking, speaking and working. There is no bulletin or any doctor speaking on his health condition,” Mr. Deshprabhu said. “We request the BJP president not to misguide people. The fact should be known to the people of Goa,” Mr. Deshprabhu said in the context of recent statements by Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar that Mr. Parrikar will be back in Secretariat in first week of November.Mr. Parrikar who is currently taking treatment at his residence, has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, and the US. His prolonged absence has created a political leadership vacuum in Goa with the Opposition parties repeatedly demanding that he should step aside and focus on his treatment. Mr. Parrikar has not had a single public appearance since his return from Delhi’s AIIMS hospital on October 14. Sources in BJP said Mr. Parrikar is undergoing treatment at his private residence, which has been converted into a hi-tech medical facility, with medical and para medical staff on 24-hour duty.
MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving “At this point in my career, I’m looking to be happy, and play in the proper weeks, whether No. 1 or No. 5 in the rankings.”Top seed Nadal will start as the favourite to win in Mexico this week, where he also won in 2005 and 2013. Nadal meanwhile said he has fully recovered from the right leg injury that scuppered his Australian Open campaign.“I took a couple of weeks of rest and worked hard on rehabilitation,” he said. “Last week I started practising hard again. I feel ready. Injuries are part of my career. It’s not the first time.“Of course it’s tough, especially at this point when you feel ready to compete well.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Jr. NBA draws record crowd in Butuan selection camp Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Spain’s Rafael Nadal challenges a line call as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Rafael Nadal says he will not be thinking about reclaiming his world number one ranking when he makes his return from injury at the Mexico Open in Acapulco on Tuesday.The 31-year-old Spanish star will play his first match since limping out of the quarter-finals at the Australian Open when he faces Feliciano Lopez. ADVERTISEMENT “For me it was a good chance to be fighting for an important title in Australia. But it happened and I can’t complain.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Following his exit in Melbourne last month, Nadal has ceded his number one ranking to Roger Federer, who became the oldest player to claim top spot on February 19.While a victory this week would not be good enough to overhaul Federer, it would leave Nadal primed to replace the Swiss star at Indian Wells or Miami next month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal however insists he is not motivated by a desire to reclaim the position from his long-time rival.“I play this tournament because I like it and, not because I’m trying to be number one in the world,” Nadal said. View comments
Ajinkya Rahane celebrates reaching his century during the second Test match against England at Lord’s on July 17, 2014. Photo by Philip Brown(Reuters)At 140/6 by tea on Day 1 at Lord’s, yet another Indian batting submission on a green top was on the cards. This would hurt India even more after the explosive build up following their ICC complaint that one of their players was pushed by an English opponent. In response, Anderson and his bowling troop had done well to show restrained aggression knocking India’s entire top order down, barring one, in the first two sessions. Another good session and the %Test match was theirs for the taking. As it turned out that one man they didn’t get would spoil their day.The real value of Ajinkya Rahane’s feat at Lord’s would only be realised when the Test is over. If the green grass on the wicket continues to assist the seamers enough, batting will remain consistently challenging. If so, his 103 could prove match winning. Even if the wicket eases out or someone else plays an outstanding innings, it should still rank as a stand-out performance for its single minded focus to resurrect the Indian batting innings, steering the tail on a kind of wicket India has always struggled.The value of Rahane’s knock would grow with time much like his stature has in Test cricket in the last eight months. In a crowded Indian middle order with a number of able and stylish batsmen to choose from, Rahane has held his own. He comes in to bat after Pujara, a worthy occupant of Rahul Dravid’s number three position and Virat Kohli, one of the best in the business today, batting at no.4 where the big little man of world cricket batted.advertisementWith three fighting scores in successive away tours in South Africa, New Zealand and England, two of them tons and one near ton, Rahane raises hope if he can go on and play the kind of fighting innings that VVS Laxman would deliver ever so often.Three impressive tours in a span of eight months may not be enough sample duration to call Rahane the new crisis manager. But the vacuum left by the legends that have retired is a reality and some of these Rahane innings have indeed been ones which would make Laxman proud.The Hyderabadi wristy craftsmen was of course a lot more than just a crisis manager. He was the 281 man and the one who with repeated success in Australia left the great Australian sides of the time awestruck. There is no such aura around Rahane yet and his shy demeanour would mean it would take some time to come. For a self confessed Rahul Dravid fan, Rahane’s footwork, stroke play and defence is in the Dravid mould. But unlike Dravid and much like Laxman, Rahane doesn’t always need as much time to get in. He is also a modern day batsman who is as comfortable scoring quick runs in T20 cricket, batting at different positions in odi’s and digging deep when needed in test match cricket.But his resilience to keep the fight on with the tail, whether at Durban with his 96 when the rest of the side had folded out for 223 and his heroics at Lord’s, raises hope that he would always volunteer for a fight when the chips are down.In between Lord’s and Durban, he got a hundred at Wellington. And back to back success in different continents in Test match cricket does not come without hard work and meticulous preparation. Fortunately for a man who has lived the life of a ordinary Mumbaikar in his growing up years, braving the local train rush hour crowds to reach for practice, sweat and toil comes as part of the dna.
AdvertisementManchester United FC have recently revealed their new home kit for the 2018-19 season on social media.Adidas Football tweeted a short video on their official Twitter handle (@adidasfootball) a few hours ago which gives us a look on how Juan Mata looks when he dons the new home kit.The official tweet: Inspired by the Railway Men of Newton Heath.140 years on, @ManUtd introduce the new 2018/19 Home kit, exclusively available through adidas and official club stores: https://t.co/mUiIN7IIiX#HereToCreate pic.twitter.com/Nl1zbJyXxC— adidas Football (@adidasfootball) July 17, 2018As we can see in the video, the inspiration for the design comes from the 140th anniversary of the founding of the club with a train track graphic on the front of the shirt.Originally known as Newton Heath Railway Cricket FC, the club was founded in 1878 by the Carriage and Waggon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath.The club initially played games against other rail companies at their home ground at North Road in Manchester before entering the English First Division in 1892.Newton Heath was kept in the name until 1902 when it was decided a change was needed given that the team had few ties with its origins and was no longer based in Newton Heath.Manchester Celtic and Manchester Central were considered before Manchester United was selected; the team’s colours were also changed to red and white.Read also: FIFA World Cup 2018 : Best matches of the tournament (with video highlights)FIFA World Cup 2018 : Top goals of the tournament ( with videos) Advertisement
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine took 6-27 and Kieron Pollard followed with a run-a-ball 67 as the West Indies beat South Africa by four wickets in the opening match of the one-day international cricket tri-series here Friday at the National Stadium at Providence. (Full Scorecard)Narine, returning to international cricket for the first time since being barred due to an illegal action last November, achieved a career-best haul and helped restrict South Africa to 188 off 46.5 overs after the visitors had won the toss.Left-hander Rilee Rossouw led the Proteas with 61 off 83 deliveries.POLLARD SHINES IN TRICKY CHASE Power hitter Pollard then smacked six sixes and two fours as his top-score dominated a tricky chase as the hosts got home at 191-6 with two overs to spare.Left-armer Aaron Phangiso snared 3-40 and leg-spinner Imran Tahir grabbed 2-41.South Africa’s spinners put West Indies under early pressure as Tahir grabbed the wickets of openers Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles with googlies and Phangiso added the prize scalp of Marlon Samuels.When JP Duminy removed Denesh Ramdin, the hosts were in strife at 76-4 in the 26th over.But Pollard, in the one-day wilderness since the aborted tour of India in October 2014, revived the hosts with a knock that turned the tide.The 29-year-old smacked three of his first five deliveries over the boundary, to reach 100 sixes in his career, and batted with calm assurance in guiding his team home.Pollard dominated a fifth wicket stand of 74 off 78 balls with Darren Bravo, who contributed 31 off 69.advertisementBravo was out lbw to Phangiso with 39 runs still needed but Pollard saw his side home with captain Jason Holder hitting the winning runs.NARINE ON FIRE Earlier, South Africa, were given a solid platform by openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, who added 52 inside the first 10 overs.But de Kock (30) under-edged Carlos Brathwaite onto his stumps and, at the same score, Narine made his first intervention by claiming Amla lbw for 20.Rossouw and captain AB de Villiers (31) rebuilt carefully, notching just one boundary in a third wicket stand of 78 in 20 overs.The West Indies kept the pressure on when paceman Jerome Taylor made a critical breakthrough by snaring a fantastic return catch to remove de Villiers at 130-3.The 28-year-old Narine returned to claim Rossouw to a fine slip catch from Brathwaite and South Africa collapsed emphatically to lose their last seven wickets for 28 runs.The tri-nations series also includes world champions Australia, who feature in the second match of the tournament against the West Indies at the same venue on Sunday.
Liverpool Lovren branded ‘immature and naive’ for concession of costly derby penalty Chris Burton 00:35 12/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Liverpool Everton Liverpool v Everton Premier League The Liverpool defender gave away a late spot-kick against Everton, with his shove on Dominic Calvert-Lewin considered to have been unnecessary Dejan Lovren’s defending which cost Liverpool two points in a derby date with Everton was “immature and naïve”, according to John Aldridge.The Croatian centre-half has faced criticism at regular intervals throughout his time on Merseyside, with his form failing to justify the £20 million invested in him.His performances have fallen back under the spotlight following his concession of a late penalty against Everton which allowed Wayne Rooney to snatch a 1-1 draw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Liverpool felt hard done by following Lovren’s nudge on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but Aldridge believes the 28-year-old was asking for trouble and is experienced enough to know better.He wrote in a column for the Liverpool Echo : “Obviously, the penalty has been the big topic of debate and for me it was a silly mistake by Lovren. It was immature and naive defending.“The striker was going away from goal. You don’t give the player the opportunity to get the contact and go down. You don’t give the referee the opportunity to give a penalty. I think 50 per cent of referees would have given it.“If you are going to get close like that then put your arms up in the air. That says to the ref ‘I’m close to him but I’m not touching him’. If Lovren had done that rather than put his hands on the player’s back then the ref doesn’t give it.“To only get a point from a game we dominated was a bitter pill for everyone to swallow.“Jurgen Klopp was clearly angry afterwards but I didn’t have a problem with how he conducted himself. Sometimes emotions run away with you.“It just shows how much it means to him and I’d rather have a manager with that kind of passion.”Results elsewhere over the weekend mean that Liverpool remain inside the Premier League’s top four, but they are just one point clear of Arsenal and two ahead of Tottenham and Burnley.Aldridge believes that the Reds need to become better at seeing games out if they are to stay in the Champions League spots, with it vital that they avoid letting precious points slip through their grasp.He added: “We don’t seem to win games 1-0. We let a narrow lead slip at home to Chelsea recently and we did the same against Everton. “The type of teams who win leagues and cups win matches 1-0. When we can’t get a second goal then we need to learn how to see a game out.”Liverpool are back in action on Wednesday at home to West Brom, with further Premier League clashes with Bournemouth, Arsenal and Swansea to come heading into Christmas. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
zoom The English Channel ferry operator MyFerryLink is set to resume its operations on the Dover-Calais route past July 9, after the UK Court of Appeal overturned the decision of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to ban the company’s owners and operators Eurotunnel and SCOP from operating ferries out of Dover.Back in February, MyFerryLink won a permission from the Court of Appeal to contest the CMA’s 10-year ban.According to CMA’s original ruling, Eurotunnel’s acquisition of SeaFrance back in June 2012 constituted a merger, and not a mere purchase of ships. However, Eurotunnel argued that it ”acquired the assets of the defunct company, SeaFrance, in June 2012 following an open and public process.”The company then subcontracted the operation of the ferries Rodin, Berlioz and Nord-Pas-de-Calais to an independent company, the SCOP SeaFrance, according to a statement issued by the company. ”The decision of the Court of Appeal is very comprehensive, exposing fatal flaws in the CMA’s analysis,” said MyFerryLink’s CEO Jean-Michel Giguet.”The decision represents a significant victory both for our dedicated employees and for our customers, who will continue to benefit from healthy competition on the short sea. This should now spell the end of the road for the CMA’s (supported always by DFDS) attempts to suppress the MFL business, which has always sought to deliver a high quality and reliable service for its customers.”DFDS Seaways, one of the MyFerryLink’s major competitors on the route said that the decision made by the Court of Appeals ”runs counter to the consistent findings of the UK competition authorities and specialist appeal body since 2012.”MyFerryLink operates up to 24 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route.
Srinagar: Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said.Based on inputs, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Braw Bandina area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a police spokesman said. As the forces were conducting searches in the area, the militants fired upon them, he said, adding that the forces retaliated. The slain militants were identified as Irfan Ahmad Degu alias Abu Zarar, a resident of Naina Litter Pulwama, and Tasaduk Amin Shah of Kadlabal Pampore, the spokesman said. Both of them were affiliated with proscribed outfit LeT and were wanted by law for their complicity in terror crimes, including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities, he said. “According to police records, Degu was part of groups involved in planning and executing series of terror attacks in the area and many other civilian atrocities. He was involved in a case pertaining to attack on security forces in Ellahibagh Pulwama in which one jawan was killed, the spokesman said. “Shah was involved in killing of a civilian. Several terror crime cases were registered against both of them,” he said. Incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition, were seized from the site of the encounter, he added.
NEW DELHI: Delhi government’s Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum will contribute to India’s economic growth, asserted Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Friday. The Delhi government’s flagship Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum programme was launched earlier this year in all Delhi government schools from Classes IX to XII. A major component of the programme involves the entrepreneur community of the city to engage with children regularly.”Nearly 200 of the entrepreneurs who had responded to the government’s open call to the community to participate in the curriculum were invited to interact with the Deputy chief minister on Friday,” noted a statement from the government. Interacting with the entrepreneurs, Deputy CM Sisodia said, “India has slipped today from the 5th place to the 7th this year in GDP terms. Regardless of who is running the government, the slowing down of the economy impacts us all as citizens. We will have to work together to change this, and put India back on the growth track. The challenge before us today is, what can Delhi contribute towards bringing India back to the 5th place and even higher?” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLaying out his government’s vision for the Entrepreneurship Mindset curriculum, the deputy chief minister said, “Nearly 99 per cent of the graduates coming out of our colleges, today are job seekers. If this is allowed to continue, India will always remain a job seeker economy. We have to become a job creator economy.” He also said that when our best brains get jobs at Microsoft, Adobe, etc., we consider it to be a success. The only value this adds to our economy is the salaries Indians earn and the taxes they pay. But the profit and income that is generated by these companies and their technologies are routed back to their country of incorporation, not into India. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSpeaking about the Delhi government’s curriculum, Sisodia said, “Many top institutions today are running Entrepreneurship Development Courses that are teaching students the skills needed to start businesses. But what we are lacking in is the mindset of entrepreneurship. Our aim is to install this mindset at the right stage, that is from Class IX to XII. This is our mission, it is not a mere government program. It’s a form of patriotism for us.”
Tokyo: Japan on Monday hailed a fairytale finish for Hinako Shibuno, the 20-year-old golf sensation known as ‘Smiling Cinderella’ who was crowned the surprise winner at the British Open. “She did it,” said TV presenter Tomoaki Ogura after Shibuno, in her debut tournament overseas, became Japan’s first Major-winner in 42 years. “Who expected she could do this much in her first competition abroad, a Major championship,” he said in his morning show on a private TV network. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhShibuno’s win at her first Major dominated morning television shows in Japan on Monday, topping news items. The story broke too late for the front pages of Japan’s newspapers, but was splashed across their websites. Despite the huge popularity of golf in Japan, only one Japanese player — male or female — had previously won a Major: Chako Higuchi at the 1977 Women’s PGA Championship. Social media was abuzz with congratulations for the 20-year-old Shibuno, who only turned pro last year. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”A star is born,” tweeted one Japanese user. “A historic achievement,” another wrote. On Japanese television, Higuchi said Shibuno looked as “relaxed” as if she were playing in Japan. “She is a new kind of player,” the Daily Sports newspaper quoted Higuchi as saying. Shibuno hit a gutsy 18-foot birdie putt at the final hole to seal victory at Woburn on Sunday, finishing with a 68 and 18-under-par as she beat American Lizette Salas by a single stroke.
Fans across the country can’t get enough of Game of Thrones, but the show has sparked an alarming trend — an increased demand for huskies because of their physical similarities to direwolves.Adoring viewers are buying the dogs from pet stores and breeders (often naming them after their favorite characters), then — after realizing how much work and commitment are required to care for them — dumping them at shelters already bursting at the seams with homeless dogs. Now, series star Peter Dinklage is teaming up with PETA to remind fans that dogs should be acquired only as family members and need to be looked after for a lifetime, and he’s urging those who are serious about expanding their family to adopt, never buy.“Please, to all of Game of Thrones’ many wonderful fans, we understand that due to the direwolves’ huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying huskies,” Dinklage says. “Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned — as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs. Please, please, if you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter.”Two breed-specific rescue groups in Northern California have seen their numbers double over the last two years, and the U.K. has reported similar statistics since the show premiered in 2011.PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — notes that this isn’t the first time that a popular TV show or movie has led to an increased demand for the animals seen on screen. 101 Dalmatians, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Legally Blonde, and Men in Black all caused massive spikes in sales of the featured dog breeds, and many of these dogs were later abandoned at shelters by their ill-prepared guardians.More than 6 million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters every year, and half of them are euthanized because there simply aren’t enough homes for them. PETA encourages everyone to adopt and never buy from breeders or pet stores, which contribute to the overpopulation crisis.
Rabat – According to MAP, the “Morocco Gas to power Project” was the focal point of a meeting on natural gas development in Morocco that was part of the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) which runs from June 7 to 9 at the Bella Center in Copenhagen.During the meeting, Abderrahim El Hafidi, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development gave a presentation on the main lines of the Moroccan natural gas project.The project has centered around the Tahaddart site which opened in 2005 in the Tangier region and the Aïn Béni Mathar site in the Oujda region which opened in 2010. The Tahaddart site will have a capacity of 385 megawatts, the Aïn Béni Mathar will have a capacity of 470 megawatts. These sites are part of a national strategy for the diversification of energy sources in Morocco. This is part of a flexible approach that combines coal, natural gas and petroleum while also looking to renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydroelectric sources.According to the presentation, Morocco has set the goal of reducing dependency on fossil fuels by 43% by 2020 and by 52% in 2030. This goal, led to the launch of natural gas resources and hydrocarbons in Morocco.El Hafidi also noted that 93 companies have expressed interest in this project and that around twenty companies in Morocco have found positive indications about the presence of natural gas in the region of Tendrara.Other speakers at the meeting expressed the importance of the Moroccan energy project. This interest stems from a solid legal framework, well-defined feasibility studies and a proactive policy favoring partnerships and cooperation.The Moroccan delegation at the 19th Annual Africa Energy Forum (AEF) joins ministers, senior officials and business leaders from 80 countries to discuss energy solutions in Africa.
Rabat – Ifrane’s Al Akhawayn University announced on Thursday that 34 percent of its students received financial aid in 2017.Scholarships were awarded to 770 students – 220 were merit scholarships, and 550 were based on financial need.The English-language university has a yearly budget of MAD 290 million for scholarships. The state contributes 8 percent of this budget, while 52 percent is comprised of tuition fees. Scholarships have been given out since the school’s opening in 1995, with the aim of helping students attain pursue their education regardless of financial situation.Based on the United States’ liberal arts system, the university has an average class size of 19 students, with one teacher for every 14 students.The 2016 QS University Rankings showed that Al Akhawayn University was the best in the kingdom. Université Mohammed V of Agdal came second and Université Hassan II of Casablanca came third.
The German Chancellor’s offer was announced at a news conference following his meeting with Mr. Annan. The two also took questions on the fight against AIDS, the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, the G-8 Summit, the UN Small Arms Conference and the Middle East.On the Kyoto Protocol, which will be the subject of reconvened negotiations in Bonn next week, the Secretary-General said that there was enough scientific evidence to “wake us up and let us take action. Each day we fail to act we are putting the earth at risk.” The Secretary-General began his day with a breakfast with German President Johannes Rau.Afterwards, Mr. Annan went to the Freie Universität, Berlin’s largest university, where he received an honorary degree and delivered an address on racism. “Intolerance is a many-headed monster,” he told the students. “Its victims are diverse, and include women, migrant workers, indigenous people, minorities and those whose political views are deemed objectionable.” In the afternoon, the Secretary-General met with Parliamentarians to discuss the Middle East and the Balkans. His talks with the Economic Minister, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, covered AIDS and the Millennium Summit follow up. Mr. Annan’s last appointment for the day was with former Federal President Richard von Weizsacker. The Secretary-General then traveled to Geneva, where he will address the high-level segment of the UN Economic and Social Council on Monday.
Mr Proctor, who lost his home and job as a result of the damage to his reputation, is suing the Metropolitan Police for up to £500,000.Nick faces possible prosecution for perverting the course of justice and fraud, after he claimed tens of thousands of pounds from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for his alleged ordeal. Northumbria Police passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service last September but no decision on whether he will be charged is expected before the summer. The alleged fantasist who sparked the Westminster child abuse scandal has been sacked from his role as a school governor after being charged with paedophile offences.The man, who can only be identified as Nick, set off a £3 million police investigation after telling detectives he had been raped and abused by a group of powerful figures including prominent politicians. But he has been accused of making the whole thing up and is facing possible charges for perverting the course of justice.Earlier this week it was revealed he had been charged with numerous paedophile offences after indecent images of children were found on a computer.A spokesman for the school where he had been a governor for a number of years confirmed that as a result of the charges he had now been sacked.The spokesman said he was “deeply saddened”, but added that none of the allegations “relate to the position he held as a governor within this school”. 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. The paedophile charges he is facing relate to allegations of downloading and possessing hundreds of indecent images of children. He is also facing a charge of voyeurism. He is due to stand trial later this year, when he is expected to deny all the charges.His sacking as a school governor is the latest twist in the saga that dates back to 2014, when he made a series of allegations to Scotland Yard about a so-called Westminster paedophile ring. Nick told detectives that the men had raped, tortured and even murdered young boys during a number of depraved sex parties held in flats in Dolphin Square close to Parliament.Among those he named were Sir Edward Heath, the former prime minister; Lord Brittan, the former home secretary; Field Marshal Lord Bramall, the former head of the Army, and Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP.Scotland Yard described Nick’s allegations as “credible and true” and launched Operation Midland. Lady Brittan – whose husband Lord Brittain (pictured) died without knowing that his name had been clearedCredit:Chris Jackson/PA As a complainant of sex abuse, Nick enjoys lifelong anonymity, even though he is currently being investigated for allegedly inventing the claims he has made.This means the school where he was a governor can also not be named. Show more Detectives questioned some of the accused under caution and also raided their homes. But after 18 months the investigation was closed down without a single arrest and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, now Lord Hogan-Howe, the then Metropolitan Police Commissioner, apologised to those affected.Lord Bramall and Lady Brittan – whose husband died without knowing that his name had been cleared – later received £100,000 in compensation.
Kevin Doyle partied with QPR after helping them get back to the Premier League but has not heard from Harry Redknapp since. NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… A picture paints a thousand words? O’Neill and Keane pictured apart at Ireland’s Friday training session. Source: Artur WidakHome David Wallace told us that James Coughlan would have stayed at Munster if he believed he had any chance of winning a long-awaited Ireland cap. Dean Rock is back and scoring. The forward’s club form has cheered up Dublin boss Jim Gavin. Away Brian O’Driscoll is like Pelé? Comparing legends and legacies ahead of the rugby star’s final game. #PRO12 GRAND FINAL Also known as Brian O’Driscoll’s final game of all time, ever. Leinster take on Glasgow Warriors from 6:15pm on Saturday.#WORLD CUP 14 friendlies including Ireland versus Italy at Craven Cottage [KO 7:45pm] tomorrow.#THE MEMORIAL Round three of The Memorial in Dublin, Ohio and a chance for Rory McIlroy to right some wrongs.#NBA San Antonio Spurs and OKC do battle with the Texans 3-2 up.Showbiz, Baby!The next time you are faced with a sudden death penalty kick, see if you have the minerals [C/o Snatch, circa 2000] to replicate this beauty from Maldives’ Ashad Ali Adubarey. Source: Shaaz Ahmed/YouTube“I’ve dared Brian O’Driscoll to do an end of career Dirty Dancing lift if they win tomorrow but I fear he’s not taking it seriously.” – Packie Bonner believes Roy Keane may be off to Glasgow any day now.Where we were today Murray Kinsella was out at Bewleys Hotel in Ballsbridge to hear from Warriors and Leinster captains Al Kellock and Leo Cullen ahead of Saturday’s final. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe fixture list Chloe Butler is preparing for the Women’s Rugby World Cup after hanging up her lingerie and shoulder pads.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is sticking around for three more seasons at least — enough time to reach the Champions League for 20 consecutive years.‘The All Blacks would have toured Nazi Germany’ — fighting talk from a Samoan rugby star.Carl Froch and George Groves still hate each other’s guts. The pugilists squared up at Wembley ahead of their sell-out bout.The best thing we sharedThe Guardian came up severe trumps today with a fantastic, interactive guide to the World Cup jerseys of every team competing in this year’s tournament.Interestingly, while Argentina have kept it light blue and white for all 16 of their appearances, Brazil introduced their now famous yellow jersey and blue shorts in 1954 and never looked back. The Germans liked a splash of colour back in the crazy 90s. Blame The Shamen Source: The GuardianOn the recordI think it’s a year too early for him but in saying that, if the job comes up at Celtic, I don’t think he could knock it back. Especially if you’re No 2; if you were in the job as a No 1 then you might have a doubt.” Rory McIlroy followed up his opening round of 63 with a score of 43 at The Memorial. The shame was, that score was for the opening nine holes. Rory improved, however, after a dreadful start. Day eight of the Roy Keane to Celtic speculation and Ireland boss Martin O’Neill told us no news was the best news we could hope for.
While Google uses their many services as data points to serve you ads, Facebook is taking the opposite approach. Facebook Home is going to be the one thing everyone has been waiting for Google to become, by injecting ads into every inch of your mobile experience.Facebook’s presentation yesterday unveiled a visual, impressive approach to smartphone usage. If you’re a big Facebook user, Home looks like it has the potential to really enhance your smartphone experience. The large graphics and animated designs are a huge improvement over the stagnant, broken Android app the company currently has. By making Facebook the most important part of the phone, there’s a guarantee that any information you put there will be viewed, if not interacted with. With that in mind, Facebook Home is the perfect place to deliver the one thing no one actually wants on their phone — ads.From day one, there have been detractors waiting for Google to bog their mobile operating system — not just sites or apps, bu the phone itself — down with ads. That day has yet to come, even if main content spaces remain ad-free, and Google remains resolute in their decision to keep the areas they design ad-free. When you allow another company to take over, they can do as they please. The open source nature of Android allows for Facebook Home to exist without needing to fundamentally alter Android. As part of the Facebook Home Program, advertisers will be granted access to tools that allow them to format their advertisements to suit the new visual platform.Not at first, but eventually, Facebook intends to deliver ads to Home. In a way, this is similar to how Amazon released the most recent generation of Kindle hardware with ads (oh, sorry, “Special Offers”) integrated with the OS. Amazon allowed users to pay an opt-out fee to have the ads removed, and while it has never been made clear how many users chose to exercise the opt-out there was a sigh of relief when the option was presented. Facebook Home will offer no such choice, because Zuckerberg & co. believe that ads are just another form of content, and should be treated exactly the same as every other post in your Facebook feed.If ads are something that bother you, the only alternative here is to not use the service. Apps like TinFoil for Facebook have, in the past, protected some users from accidentally offering their information up to Facebook. Home will remove the protection offered there, as the service will have direct access to your location and obviously your Facebook information. Fortunately, if you’ve started using Facebook Home and you want to get rid of it, removing the app should be fairly painless. Even on the HTC First, AT&T’s soon to be released phone running Facebook Home by default, you should be able to easily remove the service and return to the default Android experience. As the First is based on Android 4.1.2, even if you are unable to remove the software by carrier lock it will be easy to disable.By the time ads roll out to Facebook Home, most users will likely have either moved on or fallen in love with the service. There’s not going to be a ton of middle ground here. If Home is for you, ads are something you’re already dealing with on Facebook proper so it doesn’t really matter to you. The users that this will appeal to have already embraces ads in their feed, just as they embraced the ability to pay for promoted posts if they want all of their friends to see.
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Northcote High School Greek language students were interviewed last week via Skype, for the purposes of an educational film featuring Greek students around the world. This initiative is organised by the Deputy Minister of Education in Greece, Mr Constantinos Gioulekas. Northcote High students were chosen to represent all students learning Greek in Australia, answering the questions about what learning Greek and Greece means to them, and how the Greek language and culture present themselves in their daily life in Melbourne and in Northcote.
iPhone : les applications les plus téléchargées sont des jeuxSur iTunes, sa plateforme de téléchargement, Apple a dévoilé la liste des applications iPhone les plus téléchargées depuis la création de l’App Store. On retrouve deux top : celui des applications gratuites et celui des applications payantes. Dans cette dernière catégorie, neuf applications sur dix sont des jeux…Les jeux pour iPhone ont la cote ! Et les possesseurs de smartphones n’hésitent pas à débourser (quelques centimes pour une seule application) pour s’amuser en toute mobilité. En se penchant sur les “apps” payantes les plus prisées sur l’App Store, les jeux sont les premiers à apparaître. Puzzle games, jeux d’avion ou de voitures, sortes de “guitar hero” de poche… Aucun ne se ressemble.Si Angry Bird, jeu vidéo de puzzle, fait partie des plus célèbres, il n’est pas le premier du classement. Cette place revient à Doodle Jump : le but est d’amener un personnage, le gribouilleur, le plus haut possible en le faisant sauter sur des plateformes diverses en évitant les monstres qui se présentent au long de l’ascension. Découvrez les autres applications iPhone payantes qui rencontrent le plus de succès, sur Maxisciences. Le 22 janvier 2011 à 13:00 • Emmanuel Perrin