December 6, 2019

Game’s up for Suresh Kalmadi: International Olympic Committee chief says disgraced CWG boss and friends not eligible to contest IOA polls

first_imgIOA vice president Jagdish Tytler.Suresh Kalmadi’s long reign in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is finally coming to an end.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled that it’s not possible for Kalmadi to hold any position in the national body as he has been implicated in various corruption scandals.The IOC expressed its view following a letter from IOA vice president Jagdish Tytler, who sought the world body’s position with regard to the association’s upcoming election.The IOA election is scheduled on November 25 and present president Kalmadi has expressed his desire to contest again. This despite him being ineligible according to the sports ministry’s age and tenure guidelines, as well as his implication in various financial irregularities related to the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games .Kalmadi’s yearning to continue as the IOA president, a position he has been holding for the last 16 years, may not have gone down well with Congress leader Tytler, who, by taking the initiative and writing to the IOC president, seems to be looking for a larger role in the national Olympic association.And now it seems Kalmadi’s various alleged misdemeanours have finally caught up with him with the IOC putting its foot down and stating in no uncertain terms that it will not like to see him involved in IOA’s affairs any more.Suspension is finalThe world body, in reply to Tytler’s letter, spelt out that Kalmadi, vice-president V.K. Verma and joint secretary Lalit Bhanot should be suspended from all functions within the IOA. As a result, the candidature of these three men for any position within the association becomes untenable.Tytler had written to IOC president Jacques Rogge, seeking the world body’s opinion on the upcoming election. The reply from Christophe de Kepper, IOC director general, referred to the stand taken by its Ethics Commission.”Messrs Kalmadi, Verma and Bhanot were all tried by a criminal court pursuant to the law on corruption linked to a sports event. The court even sentenced them to preventive detention for several months. For his part, Mr Kalmadi was released, but banned from leaving the national territory unless agreed by the court.”In view of these circumstances, the situation of Messrs Kalmadi, Verma and Bhanot is likely to lead to the application of point B.5 of the Code of Ethics,” the memorandum of the Ethics Commission said. Point 3.5 in the code states that: “The Olympic parties shall use due care and diligence in fulfilling their mission. They must not act in a manner likely to tarnish the reputation of the Olympic Movement.”The memorandum adds that though one should be presumed innocent till proven guilty, keeping the three IOA office-bearers away from any new set-up was required to maintain the integrity of the Olympic Movement.”Although, owing to the application of the presumption of innocence, the Ethics Commission cannot take any final decision on the situation of Messrs Kalmadi, Verma and Bhanot, it must however recommend a provisional measure to protect the reputation of the Olympic Movement regarding all three men, meaning their suspension from all functions within the Olympic Movement and in particular, the IOA until the final decision by the competent court in India,” it said.The commission alleged the IOA did not make its stand clear on the status of these three persons despite being asked to do so on several occasions.”At no time, and in spite of numerous reminders and requests from the IOC, did the NOC clearly make any statement regarding the situation of these three officials nor take any provisional measure concerning them,” it said.The Ethics Commission’s directive comes a fortnight after the IOC said it wants to send observers to the IOA election. After making much noise that it amounts to interference in its internal affairs, the IOA said it did not want to pick up a fight with its parent body.The IOC’s insistence in sending observers to the polls implies that the national body will not get its way this time. The IOA has, on several occasions, employed delaying tactics and tried to deflect attention from the matter at hand.There have been instances in the past when national Olympic committees have been suspended because of political interference. The case of Kuwait is a recent example.No support within The IOC is also very sensitive to corruption matters and any controversy on that count is not taken lightly. Tytler has forwarded the Ethics Commissions’s memorandum to acting IOA president V.K. Malhotra. It is ironical to note that Kalmadi, who is a Congress MP, does not seem to have much support within his own party. If Kalmadi is barred from the polls, the most likely candidate likely to contest from his camp is Indian Boxing Federation chairman Abhay Chautala. Kalmadi, who represents Pune in the Lok Sabha, has been IOA president since 1996.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Australia favourites to win tri-series, says Phil Simmons

first_imgWest Indies head coach Phil Simmons has downplayed their chances in the tri-nations series starting here on Friday, but said it would be a mistake to underestimate his side. (Mitchell Marsh relishing tri-nation challenge)The West Indies are poised to clash with One-Day world champions Australia and the powerful South Africa side from June 3-26 in Guyana, St Kitts and Barbados, reports CMC. (Mitchell Starc a different kind of animal with ball in hand: Alan Donald)However, the hosts are ranked eighth in One-Dayers, 36 points behind table leaders Australia, with the Proteas 24 points ahead in the third spot.”They are number one and three in the world for a reason so we need to get up there and that’s the reason we need to play these teams so we can see where we are. Especially if we beat them we know we’re somewhere close to them,” Simmons told reporters here on Wednesday.”The number one team in the world has to be the favourites going into the tournament but that’s the thing, I don’t think we were favourites in India at the T20 World Cup so you play the game as you see it.”The West Indies open their campaign against South Africa on Friday at the National Stadium here and follow up with a clash against the Australians on Sunday at the same venue. (Starc needs to be managed well on return, says Justin Langer)The West Indies have not played a One-Day at the venue in nearly four years but have had mixed results at the stadium, winning four of eight contests.advertisement’DON’T KNOW ABOUT HOME ADVANTAGE’Simmons was, however, divided on whether the National Stadium would provide an advantage to his side.”I don’t know about home advantage. It’s been a while since games have been played here so I don’t know about home advantage,” he said.”Usually you get good wickets here, great outfield, good crowd so it could be a little bit of home advantage. But how we do determines which side the crowd gets on.””Here you can get big scores, chase down big scores and that’s all it is. A good wicket is a wicket that everybody and can bat and bowl and get good scores for the people to watch.”The series is the first for the West Indies since winning the Twenty20 World Cup in India in April.last_img read more

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Zinedine Zidane denies Real Madrid have mental edge over Atletico Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists his team do not have a psychological advantage over Champions League semi-final opponents Atletico Madrid despite beating them in two finals in three years.As well as their victories in Lisbon (2014) and Milan (2016), Real knocked out Atletico in the 2015 quarter-finals. Atletico have never lifted European club soccer’s most prestigious trophy while Real have won it a record 11 times.Zidane, however, thinks the past will be irrelevant when the teams meet on Tuesday in the first leg at the Bernabeu.”It means nothing that we’ve beaten them in this competition,” he told reporters on Monday.”I’m not thinking about Cardiff (the venue for the final) either. We have to win tomorrow’s game. We have prepared well and we are ready.”Everyone is pumped up and we’re ready for the run-in. I wish the game would start now.” The Frenchman confirmed that defender Raphael Varane is fit to play after recovering from a hamstring injury, but Pepe and Gareth Bale will miss the game due to injury.Isco is likely to start in place of Wales forward Bale after being rested for the 2-1 win over Valencia on Saturday.The midfielder recalled Sergio Ramos’s stoppage-time goal against Atletico in Lisbon that forced the 2014 final into extra-time.”It still makes my hairs stand up,” Isco told the club website. “It was a really important goal, when he scored it I knew we wouldn’t lose. It came at a key moment and I felt like I’d also scored the goal.”advertisementIsco also remembered the penalty shootout against Atletico in Milan last year.”It’s the most stressful moment in my entire career,” he said. “In those moments I was in my own world, I only remember that when Cristiano (Ronaldo) scored the winning goal we ran to embrace him and it’s a moment that I’ll never forget.”last_img read more

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Information Minister Reiterates Call for Media Complaints Council

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has again called for the establishment of a Media Complaints Council, to accommodate persons seeking redress for damage deemed done to their reputation, consequent on media publications, without resorting to court action. The Minister repeated the call while making her contribution to the debate on the Bill entitled: ‘An Act to Repeal the Defamation Act and Libel and Slander Act’, also referred to as the Defamation Act, which commenced in the Senate on July 5. Senator Falconer, a former practising journalist, noted that the delay in establishing the Council, nearly 50 years after media practitioners developed a code of ethics in 1965 to govern the profession, “is a matter of deep concern to me”. “There are many persons who can’t afford to go to court to seek damages. There are people who have suffered gross misrepresentation; who have been damagingly misquoted; and whose statements have been slanted to give a wrong impression. (There are) many persons who have legitimate complaints about an imperfect Press, but who have no means to seek redress, because of economic or other limitations,” she contended, while pointing out that some persons prefer to avoid court proceedings to have their grievances addressed. Senator Falconer argued that establishing the Council “is not asking too much of a media, which must, themselves, be accountable to the people.” “People who want a voice or need to redress a matter should not have to depend on a letter to the editor which the editor has no obligation to publish. I don’t believe in any State regulation or censorship. I am against that. This Government is opposed to that and we will never go that route; the media must self-regulate. I call upon the Media Association of Jamaica and the Press Association of Jamaica to get together and finally establish this Media Complaints Council,” Senator Falconer implored. The Defamation Bill seeks to amend the defamation law of Jamaica to address the inadequacies of the current libel law by implementing, with accompanying revisions where considered, recommendations made in the Report of the Joint Select Committee of the Houses of Parliament on the reform of the laws. The Bill also seeks to further promote speedy and non-litigious methods of resolving disputes. Some of its provisions include: he abolition of the distinction between libel and slander and the establishment of one single cause of action to be known as defamation; abolition of the law relating to criminal libel; reduction of the limitation period for actions in defamation from six to two years; replacement of the defence of justification with the defence of truth; resolution without court proceedings; introduction of the defence of innocent dissemination; and introduction of new remedies, such as declaratory order and a correction order. The Joint Select Committee considered and reported the recommendations that had been made by the committee chaired by retired High Court Judge, Hon. Justice Ronald Hugh Small, in the report on the Review of Jamaica’s Defamation laws, also referred to as the Small Committee Report. Pointing out that the Small Committee urged the adoption of this code “as a matter of urgency” in its report in 2008, Senator Falconer argued that “the ball is now in the media’s court.” “Let us all work together, public officials, media owners and practitioners, and civil society to strengthen our democratic institutions, processes and governance,” the Minister urged. Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

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Province Receives Preliminary Recommendations on Cobequid Pass

first_imgThe province has received preliminary recommendations from Opus International on the Cobequid Pass safety review. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott ordered the review after a large number of vehicles were stranded on the pass during a severe winter storm in November. “Over the coming weeks, we will review the recommendations, and develop action plans and budgets,” said Mr. Scott. “These recommendations will serve as an important tool as we continue to take steps to improve winter safety on, not only the Cobequid Pass, but all roads in our province.” The report made recommendations in a number of areas such as communication with motorists, road signs and markers, road closure implementation and maintenance operations. They include ensuring that each year all equipment and personnel assigned to winter maintenance activities on the pass are mobilized by Nov. 1, investigating the possibility of issuing web alerts to subscribers by text message to alert them of changing road conditions or closures, ensuring up to date weather information is available at the toll booths, providing additional maintenance crossovers to improve access to stuck vehicles, and conducting a user survey to determine the need for rest areas and facilities. In addition to the safety review, immediate steps that have already been taken include installing CB radios on plows on the Cobequid Pass, adding digital signs to inform motorists of adverse weather, and assembling emergency kits that could be distributed to stranded drivers. The preliminary recommendations are available online at . The full report is expected by the end of January.last_img read more

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Menace eradicated

first_imgFor long India had born the burden of convenient politics held together by the common selfish need for concentrating wealth and power. Article 370 conferring special status to Jammu and Kashmir was dramatically and unceremoniously disempowered and the impact of this has been of the magnitude that even after a fortnight, this move remains doggedly in news. The nation largely celebrated this step taken by the government but as palpable is the extent of both ignorance and subjective nationalism that has prompted this romp. It is a very different story in Jammu and Kashmir; further different in Ladakh which has now been offered to make its voice heard on the national arena, and in Kashmir where there is enforced quiet, matters are only seething to erupt. Caging people in their homes to prevent outbreak of unwanted situation and detention of people including influential ones do little to guarantee peace and normalcy. While splitting up the state in two Union Territories was, undoubtedly a step waiting to be taken, the arbitration to enforce ‘peace’ in the valley had drawn mixed response and criticism from various sources. The legality of the Modi government’s decision to dilute Article 370 and make Jammu and Kashmir a UT is given to be decided by the Supreme Court. Six petitions challenging the legality of this move had been filed in the Apex Court owing to the manner in which this was executed. The ‘temporary provision’ of the Constitution had calcified to mimic a permanent status and systemic decay in India’s northern most state is deep-rooted. It is true that Article 370 was a major bone of contention and was exploited inside Kashmir for a regionalism which had no future. In the rest of India, this provision was an instrument of toxic nationalism given how highly politicised it was and led people to think of Kashmir as a mere territory and not one comprising its unique people. It is those people that must be heard now.last_img read more

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Fez Court Adjourns Trial of Abdelali Hamieddine in Felony Case

Rabat – The Fez Court of Appeals postponed the  trial in front of a crowded room today. The first hearing will take place on February 12, 2019. The reason given was to allow for the preparation of all the necessary documents for this high-profile trial.Former Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane was present at the Court of Appeals.The Hamieddine case took a new turn when three lawyers filed a complaint on December 20 with the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation against the Minister of State for Human Rights, Mustapha Ramid read Also: Moroccan Magistrates Condemn Minister’s Comments on Hamieddine’s Re-ProsecutionThe three lawyers criticized the minister’s reaction to the indictment of Hamieddine for “complicity in the murder” of student Mohamed “Benaissa” Ait El Jid in 1993. In a Facebook post, the minister said he was “staggered” when learned about the new charge against Hamieddine.Abdelali Hamieddine is being prosecuted for “complicity in the murder” under the provisions of articles 128, 392, 393, 393, 394, and 395 of the Criminal Code.Haddioui El Khammar, a friend of Benaissa, provided new evidence that had not been examined during the original trial, according to the investigating judge. Originally, Hamieddine was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment. According to the judge, the testimony justifies further prosecution since the charge is not the same as that of 26 years ago. read more

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Canada stays Insiders say no change in strategy if Trump starts NAFTA

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s escalating threat to trigger NAFTA’s cancellation clause as a high-pressure bargaining tactic has raised the question of what Canada’s response might be in the face of a gun-to-the-temple negotiating strategy.Several insiders say the correct answer is: Nothing.Canada should remain at the bargaining table and likely will, for its own strategic reasons, say several insiders, including Canada’s chief negotiator for the original NAFTA, the head of the Commons foreign affairs committee, and a cross-border trade lawyer.Their reasoning is shared by some high-ranking officials in the Canadian government who believe the country’s interests are best served by calmly sticking it out rather than stomping off and augmenting the presidential drama.It’s an increasingly pressing matter. Trump has begun telling people he wants to trigger NAFTA’s Article 2205, which allows a country to withdraw with six months notice, because he believes it will scare Canada and Mexico into concessions.Mexico has said it will refuse to negotiate under such a scenario. But some prominent Canadians, inside and outside government, favour an opposing approach, arguing patience is likeliest to produce desired outcomes.One was the country’s chief negotiator for the 1993 NAFTA.“As tempting as it might be to say, ‘Well, screw you, we’re gonna walk away,’ I think it would be better to just keep negotiating,” John Weekes said in an interview while attending a Washington trade symposium hosted by the Cato Institute.“We’ll just say, ‘Look, our position is not gonna change at all as a result of this threat. And if you decide after six months or sometime after that to pull the plug it’s going to be damaging to your interests’.”A backlash is already developing in Washington.Members of the president’s own party have begun voicing anxiety. Members of his cabinet have pointed out that a NAFTA pullout threat would be especially painful for the deep-red states that voted for Trump and happen to be major exporters of farm products to Mexico.Republican-friendly business groups are starting to sound the alarm. Eighty-six agriculture groups wrote a letter to the Trump administration this week saying the mere threat of a pullout via Article 2205 would scare foreign customers into seeking new suppliers and “cause immediate, substantial harm.”The No. 1 business lobby in the country, the GOP-backing U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a pro-NAFTA event next week attended by senators from Kansas and Texas — Pat Roberts and Ted Cruz.Inside U.S. Trade reported that Trump told a meeting of his party’s senators this week not to get “too excited,” because he’s handling the NAFTA matter and believes he needs to use a pullout threat to get the best possible deal. Trump has made similar comments in public.The site reported that Roberts replied: “I am excited.”A Canadian parliamentary delegation heard this anxiety when it visited Washington this week. The head of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee said lawmakers believe the president is preparing a strategic escalation.“It’s sort of a consensus on (Capitol) Hill that it’s part of his negotiating strategy … that, ‘this is who we have as a president’,” said Bob Nault, a Liberal MP whose committee met a half-dozen lawmakers this week.“He’ll move towards creating a crisis before too long with the goal of getting everyone’s attention that this is serious and he’ll want significant changes to NAFTA, or he’ll walk away.”Nault’s view on what happens next: “I think Canada stays at the table. I think it will.”An international trade lawyer specializing in Canada-U.S. matters said it’s critical the parties keep talking. He said there could be a big battle in Washington over the cancellation of NAFTA — involving politics, trade policy and the legal limits of presidential versus congressional power.He said it helps the pro-NAFTA side to have people still at the table.“It doesn’t give Congress a lot of ammunition to push back on the president if nobody is there (negotiating),” said Dan Ujczo of the firm Dickinson Wright.“Canada and Mexico should be at the table every time. They should meet whenever, wherever they want and say ‘We’re ready. We want to work with you.’… The optics of that are so terrible if Canada and Mexico don’t show up.”Numerous observers expect a complicated and lengthy legal fight if Trump actually tries cancelling a major trade deal, a move unprecedented in modern U.S. history. That’s because of an inherent conflict in the U.S. Constitution — between Article One, which gives Congress power over international trade, and Article Two, which gives the president power over international treaties.“I think it would end up at the Supreme Court,” said Bill Reinsch of the non-partisan Stimson Center.“I think it will be litigated.”–With files from Joanna Smith in Ottawa read more

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Annan reports to General Assembly on proposed UN ethics office

The 191-member General Assembly, through its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) and its 16-member Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), is charged with reviewing and deciding priorities and budgetary matters, including which UN programmes continue.In the report, Mr. Annan says: “Staff members expressed concern about the ethics climate within the United Nations in the 2004 integrity perception survey. Similar concerns were raised by the report of the Independent Inquiry Committee on the oil-for-food programme. In addition, recent events have created the imperative to establish new mechanisms to improve ethics within the organization. The creation of an ethics office is central to this effort.”The ethics office would foster a staff culture of transparency and accountability and set standards for training and appropriate professional conduct, the report says.It would lead and manage the UN ethics infrastructure by taking such steps as administering the financial disclosure programme, which would now cover about 1,000 staff members, and protect the staff against retaliation for reporting misconduct, it says.In the case of a complaint of retaliation for whistle-blowing, the ethics office would conduct a preliminary review to see if there was a credible case. If so, it would forward the matter to the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). If the OIOS established the case, the Ethics Office would then recommend measures for correcting the situation through reinstatement or transfers. read more

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Evelyn Y Davis slows down if shes every CEOs worst nightmare theyre

by News Staff Posted Jul 13, 2012 12:05 pm MDT Evelyn Y. Davis slows down; if she’s every CEO’s worst nightmare, they’re too scared to say it Evelyn Y. Davis is the world’s most famous shareholder activist. She’s also the most outspoken, the most outrageous, the most intelligent, the most confident, the most charming.Just ask her.“There’s no other shareholder like me!” she declared in a recent interview. “There’s no other woman like me!”For decades, Mrs. Davis has been buying stock in big companies for the primary reason, it seems, of attending their annual meetings and turning them into her personal stage.Simultaneously brash and flirty, she heckles CEOs, remarks on their handsomeness, yells at other shareholders and proclaims that she knows more than anyone else in the room.So there was something missing this year when Mrs. Davis didn’t show up at any company’s annual meeting. Not Bank of America. Not US Airways. Not Ford or Goldman Sachs or any of the dozens she usually attends.Age has finally made her do what the most powerful CEOs in America couldn’t: Give it a rest.“I’m not so young anymore,” said Mrs. Davis, 82.This is the first year she won’t publish “Highlights and Lowlights,” the newsletter in which since 1965 she has reported on company meetings and how she was treated at them, which reporters gave her the most coverage and anything else on her mind.She peddles it for $600 a copy, minimum two copies, to the same CEOs she harangues.Never one to doubt her own grandeur, she is fond of introducing herself as queen of the corporate jungle. And the meetings this year, without her? “It must have been awfully dull,” she said.The CEOs of JPMorgan Chase, Macy’s and Saks agreed that Mrs. Davis brings entertainment value to shareholder meetings — comments they made to The Associated Press after she called and asked them to.“Annual meetings are never boring when Evelyn Davis is on the scene,” JPMorgan’s CEO, Jamie Dimon, said in a statement.Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who has often found himself on the receiving end of an Evelyn Y. Davis tongue-lashing, presided over a calmer, quicker meeting this spring.“Our annual meeting this year was shorter with less drama,” Blankfein said in a statement to the AP. “Without Evelyn, it just wasn’t the same.”Other shareholders have varying reactions to her antic. Some applaud, some laugh, others jeer. To some of them, Mrs. Davis is a champion of shareholder rights. To others, she’s annoying, even mean.While some investors are scared to confront powerful executives, she is anything but. She asks pointed questions about their business decisions, and sometimes tells them they should resign in shame.She advocates for lower CEO pay, term limits for board members and more disclosure on companies’ political spending — issues dear to most shareholder advocates.Tact, however, is not her strong point.She interrupts everyone, sitting at the front and yelling out questions that often have nothing to do with the topic being discussed. She tells other speakers they don’t know what they’re talking about. She implies that the best-looking male CEOs are in love with her.“I have power over the most important men in the country,” she said. “That’s pretty good if you can get it, right?”Last month, she watched on TV as Dimon testified to Congress about an unexpected trading loss at JPMorgan. She called him afterward to tell him how gorgeous he had looked.Days later, in an interview from her home in the Watergate complex in Washington, Mrs. Davis wondered out loud whether that conversation would make Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan jealous. She has told Moynihan, on more than one occasion, that he resembles her handsome first ex-husband. (She has four.)“Oh, my God,” Mrs. Davis said. “they’re going to have a fight there.”Spokesmen for Moynihan and Dimon declined comment.Mrs. Davis’ bully pulpit, the annual shareholder meeting, is the one time of year when CEOs of public companies have to face their shareholders, answer their questions and listen to their complaints. Mrs. Davis’ critics — and there are many — say she makes a mockery of shareholder advocacy, grandstanding for attention more than talking about the issues. They get frustrated that she’s the only shareholder allowed to break the rules, not waiting her turn to speak or respecting time limits.She was especially cheeky in her younger days. Like at the General Motors meeting in 1970, where she showed up in a bathing suit to make sure she wouldn’t get upstaged by Ralph Nader. (He didn’t show.) She wore hot pants to another meeting the next year, an ammunition bandolier to another.At United Aircraft, she nominated Hank Aaron to the board. It was 1974, the day after he beat Babe Ruth’s home run record. Mrs. Davis said she doesn’t remember doing that: “I don’t know anything about baseball.” The AP reported at the time that she did. (Aaron wasn’t elected.)Michael Crosby, a Capuchin Franciscan priest in Milwaukee, has been running into Mrs. Davis at annual meetings for nearly four decades. He attends on behalf of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and usually speaks on companies’ human rights records and environmental practices. He thinks she brings up valid issues, but he’s unimpressed by her methods.“She’d talk over, she’d talk out of place, and somehow the CEOs just let her do it, and they wouldn’t let anyone else do it,” Crosby said. “And you always wonder, what kind of power does she have?”Seymour Licht, a US Airways shareholder, memorably tangled with Mrs. Davis at a shareholder meeting a few years ago, when she was going on about how unjust it was for the company to schedule its meeting on the same day as another airline’s.“I screamed at the top of my lungs, ‘Shut this woman up,’ and I couldn’t get it to happen,” said Licht, who himself is not exactly known for brevity at the annual meetings. “I don’t enjoy meeting her under those conditions, to be very blunt and straightforward.”Later in that meeting, Mrs. Davis asked CEO Doug Parker if he was afraid of her. “Just a little bit,” he replied, according to published reports at the time.A US Airways representative declined comment. “We wish Evelyn well,” spokesman John McDonald said.Mrs. Davis was born to a wealthy family in Amsterdam in 1929, two months before the stock market crash pitched the U.S. into the Great Depression.She survived a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, a detail confirmed by the International Tracing Service, a respected archive of Holocaust-era documents. Mrs. Davis moved to the Baltimore area after World War II with her father and began investing in the 1950s.She is short and speaks loudly — or just shouts — in a heavy Dutch accent. Her hair and makeup are always in place, her suits impeccable. In a biography filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission when she was a panelist for a roundtable there on shareholder issues, she described herself as “a four times Divorcee with NO children.”If executives are exasperated by her theatrics, they have yet to put a muzzle on her. Her access to them is uncanny. She calls them directly and often, and she can be fierce when she doesn’t get what she wants.Terry Lundgren, the CEO of Macy’s, said that Mrs. Davis always has “something interesting to say.”“The meetings tend to go longer when she’s there,” Lundgren said. “But she’s actually had some subjects that have been of interest to our shareholders and that we’ve responded to.”In 2005, Macy’s decided to make its board members stand for re-election every year instead of every three years. The company noted at the time that Mrs. Davis had been submitting a proposal asking for just that since 1988, and had won majority support from other shareholders in the most recent years.Goldman Sachs was a prominent topic in last year’s “Highlights and Lowlights,” where Mrs. Davis blasted the bank for racking up legal and regulatory fines. Of Blankfein, she reported: “Near the end of the 2011 GS meeting we told Lloyd, ‘You are NOT a bad looking guy.’ All of a sudden, he became VERY nice!!!!”Steve Sadove, the CEO of Saks, is a “Highlights and Lowlights” reader. “She has good insights,” he said. “You get a sense of various meetings, how they went.”Sadove didn’t get much play in last year’s edition. Mrs. Davis put Saks on the list of annual meetings that she found satisfactory.The cover featured a picture of Mrs. Davis with auto executive Bill Ford, and a caption identifying him as “His Majesty King William Ford the Great.”A Ford spokesman, Jay Cooney, declined comment. “We appreciate her longstanding interest as a shareholder of the Ford Motor Company,” he said.Mrs. Davis is open to publishing “Highlights and Lowlights” again next year — “A grand finale, or whatever you call it.” She hopes to return to the meeting circuit next year as well.That is, if the earth doesn’t end on Dec. 21, 2012, as the Mayan calendar is said to have predicted. She’s inclined to think it might happen.“Oh well,” said Mrs. Davis. “There’s no use to worrying about things you can’t change.”___AP writer Samantha Bomkamp, researcher Susan James and investigative researcher Randy Herschaft contributed to this report. 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BCE reports Q2 profit slips Manitoba Telecom deal boosts revenue

MONTREAL – BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) saw its second-quarter profit slip compared with a year ago while revenue was boosted by its acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. earlier this year.The company says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $762 million or 84 cents per share.That compared with a profit attributable to shareholders of $778 million or 89 cents per share a year ago.Operating revenue increased to nearly $5.7 billion for the three months ended June 30 compared with $5.34 billion in the same quarter last year.BCE attributed the decrease in its earnings to higher depreciation and amortization costs, higher interest expenses and lower other income.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned $792 million or 88 cents per share, down from $824 million or 94 cents per share a year ago. BCE reports Q2 profit slips, Manitoba Telecom deal boosts revenue by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2017 5:54 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2017 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Japan hopes worlds tallest tower will boost tourism

first_imgIf you’re afraid of heights, this may be a story you want to skip. The Guinness Book of World Records recently certified that the tallest tower in the world is indeed the Sky Tree which stands in Tokyo, Japan. A work in progress since 2006, the Sky Tree was constructed to be a radio and television tower while at the same time helping to revitalize tourism after the earthquakes and tsunami the country experienced. Sporting two observation decks, at 1,148 feet and 1,476 feet, tourists are guaranteed to get a spectacular view of the city.Measuring in at 2,080 feet, the tower cost $440 million to construct. It has thirteen elevators, a restaurant, and shopping. What is interesting is that because it has less than 50% usable floor space, it fell into a different category with Guinness than the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. It’s because the Sky Tree is technically not a building but a tower, it captured it’s own world record.You may be saying to yourself, “Why in the world would you build such a big tower in the middle of an earthquake-prone region?” Representatives of the project have assured the public that the Sky Tree can withstand quakes of up to 8.0 in magnitude. Let’s hope they never have to test out their precautions.With nine different television broadcasters and three FM transmitters, the Sky Tree’s main purpose is to enable terrestrial broadcasting to the city again, as the current towers are surrounded by tall buildings which block the signal. Interesting to note, the height of the tower was picked to be easy for people to remember. For those of you smart enough to use the metric system, the translated height is 634 meters. The figures 6 (mu), 3 (sa), 4 (shi) when translated into Japanese stand for “Musashi” an old name of the region where the Tokyo Sky Tree stands.via National Geographiclast_img read more

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Man in his 50s charged with armed robbery on Spar store

first_imgMan in his 50s charged with armed robbery on Spar store He will appear before court today. No Comments By Paul Hosford Image: Google Maps Monday 20 Feb 2017, 7:04 AM Short URL Feb 20th 2017, 7:04 AM Image: Google Maps 13,295 Views Share1 Tweet Email A MAN HAS been charged in connection with an armed robbery on a Spar store over the weekend. The 57-year-old man is due to appear before Dublin District Court today at 10.30am. The robbery occurred on Saturday when a man entered the store on Thorncastle Street, Ringsend, Dublin. He was believed to be in possession of a firearm and threatened staff, taking an amount of cash before fleeing the scene on foot. No injuries were reported.Gardaí who were on mobile patrol in the area arrested a man close to the scene a short time later. A firearm and cash were seized. The firearm will be sent to the Forensic Laboratory for ballistic examination. The arrested man was detained at Irishtown Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 as amended. He remains in Garda custody. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Love rival trial DNA expert found no evidence of serious assault in

first_img Image: Sam Boal/ Share2 Tweet Email Short URL Mary Lowry is a witness in the trial. ‘Love rival’ trial: DNA expert found ‘no evidence’ of serious assault in Mary Lowry’s home Lowry’s home was the last place Bobby Ryan was seen alive. Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 9:55 PM By Eoin Reynolds Feb 26th 2019, 9:55 PM A FORENSIC SCIENTIST found no evidence that a serious assault took place in Mary Lowry’s home, the last place where DJ Bobby Ryan was seen alive.Scientists from Forensic Science Ireland examined areas where gardai reported positive results from blood tests in Ms Lowry’s bedroom and living room.Further analyses using tests designed specifically for human blood showed that none of the areas identified were actually blood stains.Dr Martina McBride said one sample on a light fitting and ceiling that gave a “presumptive positive” result for blood was probably fly faeces which can be mistaken for blood by equipment routinely used by gardai.Chemical testing and DNA sampling showed no signs of human blood, she said.One spot in the bedroom was positively identified as DNA but testing could not show if the source was blood. She said DNA can be found as a result of someone touching a surface, sneezing, coughing or spitting. All bodily fluids, she said, contain DNA.McBride and Dr Hilary Clarke were giving evidence in the trial of Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ going by the name ‘Mr Moonlight’.Ryan went missing on 3 June, 2011 after leaving Lowry’s home at about 6.30am and his body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary in April 2013.The prosecution claims that Quirke murdered Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Lowry (52).McBride told prosecuting counsel Michael Bowman SC that considering the injuries to Ryan she would expect to see large amounts of blood in the area where he had been assaulted.She concluded that there were no signs in Lowry’s home of an assault where large amounts of blood were spilled.She further noted that the house had been painted in the 22 months since Ryan’s disappearance. This was why, she said, she examined skirting boards where water containing traces of blood might seep down when a wall is cleaned.She also examined ceilings because sometimes people don’t notice blood on the ceiling.While she said she found no evidence of an assault, she said the absence of blood may not be significant because of the time that had passed and the fact the house had been painted since Ryan’s disappearance.Under cross-examination the witness told Lorcan Staines SC for the defence that the nature of the assault, in which Ryan suffered multiple fractures to the head, would lead her to expect to find “a lot of blood”.However, the passing of time and fact the house had been painted lowered that expectation. She added: No Comments I went there with the expectation that it was worth looking for blood.A small spot found beside a press in the bedroom did test positive for DNA, she told Mr Staines, but further testing was unable to show if the source was blood or any other bodily fluid and it was not possible to generate a profile that would have allowed them to identify who the DNA came from.Eight out-buildings on the farm were not suitable for the standard blood tests, she told Staines, as there was a lot of matter that would have given false positives. It would have been like “looking for a needle in a haystack,” she said.Hilary Clarke said she identified the body found in the tank by generating a DNA profile from a tooth.She compared that with the DNA of Ryan’s children Michelle and Robert Jnr and said she was satisfied that the body was their father.She examined various samples taken from Ryan’s van but found only low-level traces of DNA not suitable for further identification.She also examined two lump hammers sent to the labs by investigating gardai and found male DNA on the handle of one of them. She was able to eliminate Bobby Ryan, Robert Ryan Jnr and Patrick Quirke as the source of that DNA.She also looked at tubing, cable ties, a broken hair clip and other items found in the tank after Mr Ryan’s body had been removed.She did not sample them for DNA as she said she would have no expectation of finding DNA on them.The trial continues in front of Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury of six men and six women. 16,603 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mary Lowry is a witness in the trial. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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DOD Should Pursue More Holistic Energy Strategy House Panel Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR While the Defense Department’s first priority in fulfilling its installation energy needs is ensuring it can carry out its mission, DOD has not fully integrated its aims to expand supply, trim demand, and adapt future forces and technology, the House Armed Services Committee says in its report accompanying the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.“The committee is concerned that the initiatives being pursued by the department have not fully integrated these three pillars into a unified line of effort,” the report states.“The committee encourages the department to interpret and integrate its existing authorities to support a holistic approach, focusing on projects and initiatives that integrate efficiencies, generation, storage, and infrastructure modernization at military installations,” it states.The report notes that the department has a variety of available authorities to improve energy efficiency and acquire new plants, including third-party financing and securing appropriated dollars.The committee approved the annual defense policy bill April 28. H. Rpt. 114-537 will be available on shortly.last_img read more

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Tata Steel may merge Europe business with Germanys Thyssenkrupp Report

first_imgTata Steel may opt for closing down operations at its plants in the U.K. in about six weeks if the company does not find a buyer soon. Tata Steel is reportedly in talks with Thyssenkrupp of Germany to merge its European steel operations, Press Trust of India reported. In the next few days, the company will hire bankers to run through its sale process. However, the company has privately given up hopes of finding a buyer, PTI reported, citing a Financial Times article. “Tata Steel could mothball plants in as little as six weeks. They have to go through the motions. But if they have not found a buyer by the next board meeting at the end of April, they will close it and they are not expecting anyone to come forward now,” PTI quoted a person as saying.Last Week, the company announced it put its entire U.K. business up for sale.However, post its exit from the U.K., Tata Steel may merge its European business with Thyssenkrupp to create a joint venture, which could be Europe’s second largest steel company after ArcelorMittal, Reuters reported.Tata Steel acquired Corus in 2007. However, soon after the acquisition, a global economic slowdown and muted demand in European and other markets adversely affected the company’s sales. The company – battling a loss-making unit – said in January it would lay off 750 workers of its Port Talbont Steel plant in Wales. Meanwhile, according to some analysts in Germany, a merger would be beneficial for both Tata Steel and Thyssen’s steel to sell any joint entity shares in an initial public offering (IPO) because that could result in some form of financial returns for both the companies.”For Tata Steel, in particular, an IPO would partly reward the company after the massive write-down of the UK asset’s book value,” Reuters cited an analyst’s note to its clients as saying. According to a report by the Mint, Greybull Capital LLP may be interested in buying Tata Steel’s U.K. plant in Scunthrope, using funding from private sector sources.last_img read more

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Will Exact Poll results tomorrow beg to be different

first_imgSince Uttar Pradesh contributes maximum number of members to the Lok Sabha, one should not forget the surprising outcome of 2007 UP Assembly elections. A post-poll survey has revealed that some upper castes voted en bloc for Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), a dalit party led by Mayawati. But, they did not reveal their voting behaviour fearing caste-based retribution. Such aberrations are aplenty in every elections and no exit poll survey can read the pulse of a contrarian or silent voter.Whether the election results tomorrow (May 23) endorse the 2019 exit polls or not, the outcome remains a stronger message to both the national parties and their allies. Aaj Tak-ORG Marg248190105 NDTV-Indian Express230-250190-205100-120 Zee-Taleem249176117 Actual result189222132 Outlook-MDRA280-29159-16989-99center_img Sahara-DRS263-278171-18192-102 Star-C-Voter263-275174-18686-98 Seat ForecastNDAUPAOthers Wikimedia CommonsSurprisingly, all Exit Polls have vouched for the return of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under Narendra Modi winning anywhere between 300 and 350 seats. Surprisingly, every Exit Poll predicts the same trend, raising the eyebrows of some onlookers who never witnessed such an alarming similarity in the past.Despite the contrarian results of 2004, still fresh in the minds of many psephologists, Yogendra Yadav has jumped the gun soon after the exit polls to seal the fate of Congress, suggesting its leadership to give birth to a new alternative to BJP, instead of keeping the entire opposition on a death bed forever. The Congress must die. If it could not stop the BJP in this election to save the idea of India, this party has no positive role in Indian history. Today it represents the single biggest obstacle to creation of an alternative.My reaction to @sardesairajdeep— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) May 19, 2019What happened in 2004?During the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, almost all media houses predicted an NDA win but some have predicted that the NDA would come back with an increased tally, while others predicted loss of some seats for the NDA. Surprisingly, all psephologists were on one page that NDA would win.In fact, these exit polls were conducted during the voting period, which should have reflected the reality far more accurately. However, the final result begged to be different. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by Congress returned to power. Essentially, the sample of exit polls in most cases fails to be fully representative. Very often, it represents the mood of the people talked to than the intention of people who vote en bloc. Here’s the table:2004 Election exit polls when UPA was written offSeat ForecastSeat ForecastNDANDAUPAUPAOthersOthersSeat ForecastNDTV-Indian ExpressNDA230-250UPA190-205Others100-120Seat ForecastAaj Tak-ORG MargNDA248UPA190Others105Seat ForecastZee-TaleemNDA249UPA176Others117Seat ForecastStar-C-VoterNDA263-275UPA174-186Others86-98Seat ForecastSahara-DRSNDA263-278UPA171-181Others92-102Seat ForecastOutlook-MDRANDA280-29UPA159-169Others89-99Seat ForecastActual resultNDA189UPA222Others132last_img read more

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10 dead as new Somali army chief escapes car bombing

first_imgSomalian security forces and residents gather at the scene of a suicide car attack near the Defense Ministry in Mogadishu. Photo: AFPSomalia’s new army chief escaped a car bombing Sunday that killed at least 10 people in a bloody response by Shabaab militants to the president’s declaration of war on the group.A suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into Ahmed Mohamed Jimale’s convoy near the defence ministry in Mogadishu, just days after he was named to the top army job Thursday by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.“Initial information indicates that the military chief has narrowly escaped the attack,” the Shabaab said in a statement published on the website of the jihadist group’s Andalus radio station, claiming responsibility for the blast.Senior army official Muktar Adan Moalim told AFP that seven civilians and three members of the security forces had been killed in the bombing.“A minibus loaded with explosives rammed a civilian bus while trying to hit the convoy of the military chief,” he said.An AFP reporter saw five dead bodies and body parts scattered across the scene of the explosion after the attack around midday.Security forces blocked off the entire district around the defence ministry.Security official Ali Abdirahman confirmed that the army chief-better known to Somalis by his nickname Irfid-was unhurt, as were other senior military leaders who had been in the convoy.A witness, Abdirahman Isa, said the passenger bus that had been passing the scene “was completely destroyed and there were several dead bodies” which were “completely smashed and burned in the blast”.The attack was the latest deadly incident in days, after a car bomb in Mogadishu left seven dead Wednesday, a landmine killed 19 Thursday and a mortar attack left three dead on Friday.While the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab have lost large swathes of territory and were forced out of Mogadishu by African Union troops in 2011, they continue to strike in the capital and countryside.‘State of war’Widely known by his nickname Farmajo, the president took office in February and faces a struggle to improve security in the deeply unstable Horn of Africa nation.Bomb attacks have become a regular and bloody feature of daily life in the capital since the Shabaab were forced out of Mogadishu six years ago.Farmajo had told a press conference on Thursday that he was declaring a new war on the Shabaab and offering an amnesty to militants who surrendered within 60 days.The rest, he said, would “face the consequences”.“I am announcing a state of war in the country and call on the public to stand with the national army to help fight terrorists,” said Farmajo.“We request you put down your arms and call on you to come out of them and join the development of your people. We promise you will get good care if you join us,” he said.“We will not wait for the violent elements to continue blowing up people, we must attack them and liberate areas they are stationed.”The fragile central government continues to have international backing as well as the 22,000-strong AU force.But the Shabaab have vowed to defeat Farmajo’s new administration, promising a “merciless” war against him.last_img read more

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8yearold commits suicide at home

first_imgDarjeeling: An eight-year-old boy was found hanging at his residence on Monday in Belakoba inJalpaiguri district.The incident occurred at Mudipara. The deceased, Firoz Mohammad, was a student of Class 3 in a primary school located in the vicinity of his house.On Monday, Khairul Mohammad (father of the deceased) reached home around noon and found his sons to be at home.He had then scolded his sons for skipping schools.His eldest and youngest son then left for school but Firoz stayed back.Later, his family members found him hanging from the ceiling.They brought him down and rushed him to Belakoba Hospital where he was declared brought dead.Police have started investigating the case.The body was sent for an autopsy at Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital.last_img read more

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VIDEO Drew Brees says Thursday Night Football 100 to blame for Saints

first_imgThursday Night Football has been criticized by fans for being a sub par product, and by players, who say the short turnaround time to play in an NFL game is a legitimate health safety risk.After losing six players to injury last night in a 20-17 loss to the Falcons, Drew Brees was asked how much of a factor playing on Thursday was in contributing to the injuries. According to Brees, well, all of it.“It’s 100% a product of playing on Thursday night.”Thursday Night Football is here to stay because the NFL sees an additional revenue stream, now they just have to get the fans and players on board. Good luck.last_img read more

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