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The Congress government on Tuesday tabled two separate Bills against mob lynching and honour killing in the Rajasthan Assembly, while affirming that their stringent provisions would help check these incidents. The Bills have made these offences non-bailable with heavy penalties and punishment, including death sentence for honour killing.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal introduced the Bills in the Assembly during the ongoing Budget session. The Bills have been titled the Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019, and the Rajasthan Prohibition of Interference with the Freedom of Matrimonial Alliances in the Name of Honour and Tradition Bill, 2019.The Bill against lynching stated that it would protect the constitutional rights of vulnerable persons and punish the acts of lynching through trial in the designated courts, besides rehabilitating the victims and their families. The State has witnessed several incidents of mob lynching since April 2017, when Haryana’s dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was killed allegedly by a mob of cow vigilantes on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway.The statement of objects and reasons for the Bill mentioned the Supreme Court’s recommendation made in 2018 in the case of Tehseen S. Poonawalla vs. Union of India for enacting a legislation to create a separate offence for lynching. “It is proposed to nip the evil in the bud and prevent spreading of hatred or incitement to mob lynching by creating special offences,” it said.Life inprisonmentThe Bill provides for life imprisonment and fine up to ₹5 lakh for the offence of lynching, appointment of a nodal officer of the rank of Inspector-General of Police to prevent lynchings and establishment of relief camps in safe zones for the victims. It defines lynching as an act of violence, whether spontaneous or planned, by a mob on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, language, dietary practices, sexual orientation, political affiliation and ethnicity.The Bill against honour killing laid down death penalty or life sentence and fine up to ₹5 lakh for killing a couple or either of them on the basis that their marriage had dishonoured or brought disrepute to the caste, community or family. The life sentence for the offence will mean imprisonment for the remainder of the convict’s natural life.Rights groups’ pleaCivil rights groups here have demanded that the two Bills be sent to the Assembly’s Select Committee for getting the public inputs.
TweetPinShare0 Shares WASHINGTON — A federal trademark board ruled that the NFL’s Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s trademark protections should be canceled, a decision that applies new financial and political pressure on the team to change its name.The 2-1 ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board came in a case that has been working its way through legal channels for more than two decades. It doesn’t force the team to abandon the name, but it comes at a time of increasing criticism of National Football League team owner Dan Snyder from political, religious and sports figures who say it’s time for a change.Some Native American leaders call the Redskins name a painful slur, a reminder of their suffering throughout American history. Last week a California tribe paid for an anti-Redskins TV ad that aired during the NBA finals.The Redskins quickly announced that they will appeal, and the cancellation for trademark protections will be on hold while the matter makes its way through the courts. That process could take years.It was the second time the board had issued an opinion on the case. A similar ruling from 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003.“We’ve seen this story before,” Redskins attorney Bob Raskopf said. “And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo. We are confident we will prevail once again.”The ruling involves six uses of the “Redskins” name trademarked by the team from 1967 to 1990. If it stands, it would mean the team can continue to use the name, but it would lose a significant portion of its ability to protect the financial interests connected to it.If others printed the name on sweatshirts or other apparel without permission, it would become more cumbersome to go after such groups.Courts overturned the board’s previous ruling in part because the plaintiffs waited too long to voice their opposition after the original trademarks were issued.The case was relaunched in 2006 by a younger group of Native Americans who had recently become adults and therefore would not have able to file a case earlier. The hearing was held in March of last year.The chorus of critics against the use of the name has grown over the past year.A major sector of the United Church of Christ voted to urge its 40,000 members to boycott the Redskins. Half of the U.S. Senate recently wrote letters to the NFL urging a change, one of the letters stating that “racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports.”Washington Mayor Vincent Gray suggested the name will almost certainly have to change if the team ever wants to build a new stadium in the city.Snyder, who has vowed repeatedly never to change the name, declined comment as he walked off the field after a mini-camp. Redskins players have mostly avoided the topic, aware of a potential conflict because they are employed by the team.The Redskins have responded to critics by creating an Original Americans Foundation to give financial support to Native American tribes. Suzan Shown Harjo, a lead figure in the trademark case, called the foundation “somewhere between a PR assault and bribery.”Supporters of a name change quickly hailed the decision.“Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor, “but it is just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing.”(JOSEPH WHITE, AP Sports Writer)
Cristiano Ronaldo was “an egotist” in the Manchester United dressing room who “always wanted to be near a mirror”, according to Uruguay legend Diego Forlan.Furthermore, the 40-year-old says that the Portuguese was a significant step down as a person from the man he inherited the number seven shirt from, David Beckham.Juventus forward Ronaldo spent six seasons with the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009, where he established himself as arguably the premier player in club football under Sir Alex Ferguson. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He subsequently switched to Real Madrid, where he remained for the best part of a decade before joining the Serie A heavyweights a year ago, with whom he won the Scudetto in his first season.However, former United favourite Forlan has painted a less-than-favourable impression of the 34-year-old’s attitude off the pitch, despite his various successes at Old Trafford on it.“Ronaldo was an egotist in the dressing room, not like Beckham,” he told the Mirror. “Cristiano always wanted to be near a mirror. He spent all day looking in the mirror.”The pair briefly played together during Forlan’s last season with the club, before he left to join Villarreal in the summer of 2004, having lifted the Premier League with the club.Ronaldo would then help United to three further titles during his stay, as well as the Champions League in 2007-08 against major domestic rivals Chelsea.Forlan, who announced his retirement from football earlier this month over a year after he left his final club Kitchee in the Hong Kong Premier League, also expounded upon Ronaldo’s precursor Beckham’s role in the infamous “hairdryer treatment” clash between the England skipper and Ferguson in 2003.Following an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, the manager kicked a boot across the dressing room that hit the midfielder in the face, grazing his eyebrow, with Beckham subsequently sold to Madrid a few months later.“In the locker room, Ferguson and Beckham began to insult each other,” Forlan recalled. “Every insult was worse than the last one and both men wanted to have the final word.“Then Ferguson left and it seemed that the discussion was over, but then Beckham said something else. [The manager] turned around and saw a boot lying on the floor and kicked it toward [him].“We all saw the blood and thought ‘no, that didn’t happen’ but within a moment both men were getting ready to fight. That was when Roy Keane and Van Nistelrooy stepped in to separate them.”
Press Release; October 16, 2014 zoom Belgium-based tanker operator Euronav NV has decided to postpone its initial public offering of ordinary shares in the United States, stating unfavourable current capital market conditions as the reason for pulling the plug.The company said that it will continue to evaluate the most appropriate timing for the offerings as market conditions develop.However, Euronav was active on other fronts, signing a new USD 340 million senior secured credit facility with the ING Bank NV.The tanker operator says that the credit facility comprises of a USD 192 million term loan facility and up to USD 148 million non-amortising revolving credit facility.The facility will be used for refinancing 4 Suezmax vessels: the Cap Felix (2008 – 158,765 dwt), the Cap Theodora (2008 – 158,819 dwt), the Felicity (2009 – 157,667 dwt) and the Fraternity (2009 – 157,714 dwt) which were financed under the USD 300 million loan agreement dated April 3, 2009.The company also plans to use the money to finance the purchase of four VLCCs announced on July 8, 2014 scheduled for delivery before the end of the second quarter of 2015.The above mentioned 4 Suezmax and 4 VLCC vessels are used as a security for the facility.
Last week, they made public a letter of protest they wrote to Rodriguez in January, signed by 250 filmmakers. The group is called NFB/ONF Création.The group of filmmakers has several Oscar winners who have worked with the NFB, including Academy Award-winning animators Chris Landreth, Alison Snowden, David Fine and Torill Kove.“There’s no precise articulate vision that includes directors and creators,” said documentary filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq in a phone interview Thursday. “Directors are not part of the structure. You can’t have an institution whose main purpose is to create films and not have a healthy dialogue with those that imagine them, make them, design them.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Some of Canada’s top filmmakers believe the National Film Board has lost its way creatively and that its senior executives are mismanaging the Montreal-based public film studio.The filmmakers say NFB film budgets have declined by 56 per cent during the past 15 years while spending on non-filmmaker salaries at the board has increased 21 per cent during the same period. In addition, during that time, they allege there has been a 45-per-cent increase in spending on institutional, legal and human-resources services.But it’s not just money. These filmmakers think Government Film Commissioner Claude Joli-Coeur — who is in essence the CEO of the NFB — has lost touch with the federal film studio’s core mission. That’s why when federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez renewed Joli-Coeur’s mandate for another three years late last week, they finally decided to go public with their complaints. He was first appointed head of the NFB in 2014. Facebook Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and head of the National Film Board, dismisses the criticism of filmmakers. He’si seen Thursday, July 4, 2019, at the NFB studio in Montreal. PIERRE OBENDRAUF / MONTREAL GAZETTE Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
Rabat – Amid wave of indignation across social media after French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo mocked the drowning of Syrian toddler AylanKurdi, Paulo Coelho, a world-renowned author, publicly condemned the newspaper.The Brazilian author posted on September 15 an image of Charlie Hebdo’s cover, which features a gruesome picture of the drowned three-year-old lying face down on the beach, on his Facebook page with a statement saying, “What a STUPID way to try to be funny #shame”.“Total lack of respect for the sake of a (bad) joke,” Paulo Coelho added. The post received major attention on the social network, gaining over 29,444 likes and more than 8,996 shares.Some users replied to the post saying that Charlie Hebdowas criticizing Europe’s response to migrant crisis with the cartoons of Aylan Kurdi, rather than mocking the Syrian toddler’s death.Meanwhile, Coelho replied to these comments saying, “Many of you are saying that CH is trying to open our eyes, as if we were a bunch of stupid people who don’t know what is going on. A nice way to put it, but I still think that Charlie Hebdo deserves the Petra Lazlo Prize for Brutal Coverage of the Migrant Crisis.”Coelho’s reply on claims that Charlie Hebdo did not mock the Syrian childWhile many users liked Coelho’s point of view, as the reply received more than 1,147 likes, a Facebook user, under the name of Tamara Hall, denounced Coelho’s response, alleging that he is wrong.“Paulo Coelho, you are WRONG. Apparently we are indeed a bunch of stupid people who can’t differentiate between a perfectly valid rhetorical device and a joke. You, out of all the people commenting, should know better. Such a disappointment if it’s really you behind the keyboard,” she wrote.The Brazilian author did not ignore Tamara’s comment, and replied to her, saying, “Tamara Hall, everything starts with rhetoric -from bullying to haters, to fundamentalism, to the most beautiful poems, to the justifications to invade Iraq. Rhetoric gave us Socrates and Hitler, and they are very different.”The Brazilian author’s reply to Tamara’s comment.Earlier this week, Charlie Hebdo came under fire for publishing cartoons on the death of three-year-old Syrian AylanKurdi – cartoons that many people have deemed disrespectful.It was reported that the satirical French newspaper could face a legal action. British lawyer and political activist Peter Herbert, Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers and former Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said the Society of Black Lawyers “will consider reporting this as incitement to hate crime & persecution before the International Criminal Court.”Peter Herbert also criticized Charlie Hebdo, saying, “it is a purely racist, xenophobic and ideologically bankrupt publication.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
“Shamefully, there are thousands of tons of aid waiting on the borders of Gaza that need to be connected right now with the people here,” the Director of Operations in Gaza for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), John Ging, told a news conference in New York by video-link from ground zero.“The donors have been very generous, the operation in getting it from all over the world to this part of the world has been a success and very quick, but now we have the bottleneck, and of course it has to be that the Government of Israel in the first instance has to find operational solutions to get the crossing points open,” he said, noting that only about 100 truckloads are crossing daily.This compared with a daily average of 130 trucks in the second half of last year before the huge new demands stemming from the massive devastation wrought by the three-week offensive launched by Israel with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks.The military operation claimed over 1,300 lives, 412 of them children, wounded more than 5,450, 1,855 of them children, and destroyed or damaged 20,000 buildings and much infrastructure. The UN has estimated that some 600 trucks a day are necessary to keep Gaza running, even before the current damage. Israel has cut back supplies and closed the crossings frequently for security reasons and in response to rocket attacks. “The bottom line is the people here need that food and the other supplies, they need it right now, and of course that’s what’s feeding their misery and their anger,” Mr. Ging said. “I’m not saying that the entire population has turned over to extremism, I’m saying that there’s more of it than there was before. But of course the majority of people here are very angry,” he added, stressing that if that anger is not channelled positively into changes on the ground, “we will suffer negative consequences. A fertile ground for extremism is this misery and despair.” Mr. Ging went to Jerusalem earlier today to meet with United States Mideast envoy George Mitchell and stressed to him that access was the key, noting that the prospect of a dignified existence for Gazans is a prerequisite for security and stability and “right now there’s no prospective of that because the crossing are effectively still closed.” Summing up the current situation, he said UNRWA had increased the number of its food aid beneficiaries from 750,000 to 900,000 and was helping 10,000 homeless people with rental payment. Tens of thousands of others whose homes were destroyed or damaged in the Israeli bombardment have sought refuge with relatives and friends, but they need blankets and clothes.On the positive side, electricity supply has now increased to 16 hours, compared with only eight hours last week, and the number of people without water has dropped from 500,000 to 100,000 as infrastructure repairs continue.But in an example of the difficulties UNRWA faces, Israel today banned the import of plastic bags which the agency needs for its 20,000 daily food parcels. UN officials are trying to find out why. “We know the crossing points can be opened if there’s political will,” Mr. Ging concluded. Meanwhile, UN human rights officials are following up reports that Palestinians from the rival Fatah party have been killed and harassed by Hamas. And the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that almost all of Gaza’s 13,000 families who depend on farming, herding and fishing suffered damage to their assets during the conflict, with many farms completely destroyed.“Farmers already struggling to make a profit before the outbreak of the conflict are now facing the possible irreversible loss of their livelihoods, as they are unable to replace or repair destroyed equipment, land and livestock,” FAO Senior Project Coordinator in Jerusalem Luigi Damiani said. “For many women whose husbands were killed or injured during the conflict it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide food for their families.” FAO is already planning emergency agricultural rehabilitation to assist the most vulnerable, including input packages of seeds, seedlings, fertilizers, feed and veterinary kits to bolster food production for the coming spring season. Aid will also focus on repairing damaged greenhouses, animal sheds, irrigation networks and water wells. The agency will need $6.5 million for these immediate activities, which will directly benefit around 27,500 people. 30 January 2009Almost two weeks after the devastating Israeli offensive against Hamas in Gaza ended, full access for relief supplies is the key issue, above all in curbing a rising tide of extremism, the top United Nations official in the Strip warned today.
A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, in Los Angeles has unsealed a civil lawsuit against former Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a dual U.S.-Sri Lankan citizen, seeking damages for his alleged involvement in the 2009 killing of journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.The suit was filed under seal by Ahimsa Wickramatunga, the journalist’s daughter, on April 4. Although authorities in Sri Lanka have claimed to be investigating the case for years, criminal proceedings have not progressed, according to CPJ reporting. The complaint against Rajapaksa describes a broad campaign against journalists during the decade he served as Defense Secretary, from 2005 to 2015. Lasantha Wickramatunga was editor of The Sunday Leader and exposed alleged corruption by Rajapaksa; he was beaten to death on January 9, 2009, allegedly by men who were part of the Tripoli Platoon, operating under Rajapaksa’s command, according to the complaint. “For more than 10 years, authorities in Sri Lanka have utterly failed to deliver justice in the brutal killing of Lasantha Wickramatunga, despite a wealth of evidence pointing to perpetrators,” said Steven Butler, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Asia program coordinator, from Manila. “Perhaps successful prosecution of the case in a U.S. court will finally spur authorities in Sri Lanka to pursue the murder as they should have from the start.” The case was filed under seal with no damages specified, and Rajapaksa was served with papers in Los Angeles on April 7, according to the Center for Justice and Accountability, whose lawyers helped prepare the complaint. In January, the center won a $302.5 million judgement against the Syrian government over the 2012 killing of Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin, as CPJ reported at the time.Rajapaksa did not respond to a Twitter direct message asking for comment.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today announced a panel for its annual Summit featuring some of the largest recruiters in the automotive industry. Chaired by renowned industry figure Richard Parry-Jones, the panel will deliver their views as to why UK automotive must attract the brightest and best talent to safeguard its long-term success. It forms a key session of the day-long stream Growth in the supply chain, supported by KPMG LLP, at the fourth SMMT International Automotive Summit, to be held at Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, on the 12 June.“Automotive manufacturing is one of the most vibrant and dynamic parts of the UK economy with strong future growth prospects throughout the sector,” said, John Leech, Automotive Partner, KPMG LLP. “The UK supply chain is in a position to benefit from recent investment but as international competition intensifies, getting a firm grip on key issues such as investment and skills will be crucial to longer term success.”UK automotive provided over 14,000 new apprenticeships last year and is a global leader in manufacturing innovation, the key session Bridging the skills gap will focus on why attracting the brightest and best talent is critical to long-term success.On the expert panel, Christine Gaskell, MBE, Member of Board, Personnel from Bentley Motors will share her wealth of experience and stress the importance of raising the bar on standards within apprenticeship schemes, vocational training, and the need to promote the diversified, challenging and rewarding nature of employment within a thriving UK automotive manufacturing sector.Nick Pascoe, Chief Executive of Control Power Technologies will reiterate the need for up-skilling across manufacturing and the supply chain and share the immediate challenge faced by his company as it attempts to recruit a number of engineers and the concern he now has that a shortage of skills at home may force the company to bring in engineering talent from outside the UK.Phil Millward, HR Director, GM, will describe the challenges of fostering the best engineering stars of tomorrow, how to bridge the skills gap through graduate programmes and the continued training needs of an evolving workforce through leadership development.Government has recognised the contribution to manufacturing made by the UK automotive sector and the need to draw in youthful talent when last year it announced the automotive industry would pilot the very first ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative supported by Automotive Council. Over forty companies took part in the scheme that invited young people and careers advisors to catch a glimpse of what it would be like to work inside this vibrant industry. Survey responses proved extremely positive and ‘See Inside’ returns with plans for a range of exciting activities throughout June this year.Along with opening keynote speeches from Ian Robertson, BMW Board Member, Global Sales and Marketing, and Peter Tyroller, Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH, experienced heads from the world of automotive will be seated on the panels for other streams at the Summit covering The changing face of vehicle retail supported by GForces Web Management and Innovation in ultra-low carbon technology, supported by EDF Energy.Two-thirds of the delegate places have already been filled. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis priced at £250 + VAT for SMMT members and £400 + VAT for non-members. To book your place at the SMMT International Automotive Summit, please visit www.smmt.co.uk/events/summit/ or call SMMT on 0808 178 8818.To discuss advertising, exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact 0808 178 8818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.The event will run alongside the Canary Wharf Motorexpo, which runs from 11-17 June.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
SAN DIEGO — Right-hander Bryan Mitchell and infielder Greg Garcia both agreed to $910,000, one-year contracts with the San Diego Padres on Friday.The 27-year-old Mitchell was 2-4 with a 5.42 ERA in 11 starts and five relief appearances for the Padres, who acquired him from the Yankees last December. He made seven starts, was sent to the bullpen, went on the disabled list for 2 1/2 months because of a right elbow impingement, then had four starts in September.Garcia, 29, is from San Diego’s El Cajon suburb and was claimed off waivers from St. Louis on Nov. 1. He hit .221 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 181 at-bats for the Cardinals this year.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
Sidibe0.099027 France manager Didier Deschamps was in an enviable position entering the World Cup — if things weren’t clicking going forward, he knew he could turn to Ousmane Dembélé, Nabil Fekir or Thomas Lemar to provide an offensive spark. The three attack-minded players are worth a combined $241 million on the open market. But that $241 million worth of soccer ability has gone mostly unused; the trio has combined for zero goals and zero assists and has added just 0.34 combined expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes. The rest of the French bench has been similarly unproductive. Despite its massive price tag, the bench of Les Bleus has been relatively invisible compared with the benches of the other semifinalists: It has added the fewest expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes, with just 0.6 for the entire tournament. Dembele0.12165$94m France enters today’s semifinal match against neighboring Belgium as the favorite to win the 2018 World Cup. At least on paper, though, France has been the least remarkable team of the four that remain: Les Bleus have scored fewer goals than each of the other semifinalists, they’ve possessed less of the ball than two of the other semifinalists, and they’ve taken the fewest shots.Advancing to the World Cup semifinals is no small feat — and, indeed, France’s impressive 4-3 win over Argentina in the round of 16 was the most thrilling match of the tournament so far — but the offensive numbers to this point don’t exactly suggest that France has done enough to enter the penultimate stage as favorites.But when you take a look at the French roster’s combined market value, it begins to make more sense.According to TransferMarkt.com, a website that lists the market value of each player in world soccer, the French roster is valued at more than $1.2 billion, which is significantly higher than the other semifinalists. France’s starting roster is the most valuable in the tournament,1We’re defining “starting roster” as a best estimate of each team’s starting field players — excluding goalkeepers, whose values don’t vary as widely — based on its round of 16 match. We looked at the most recent game played for each team and adjusted for likely roster changes. For example, Blaise Matuidi had to miss France’s quarterfinal matchup against Uruguay because of an accumulation of yellow cards. Corentin Tolisso started in Matuidi’s place, but we’ve counted Tolisso on France’s bench. And though Edinson Cavani missed Uruguay’s quarterfinal match against France due to injury, we included him in La Celeste’s starting lineup for these purposes. The same goes for James Rodríguez for Colombia. and France’s bench alone is more valuable than the starting rosters of 11 teams that made it through the group stage to the round of 16, including Uruguay, Portugal, Argentina and potential championship match opponents Croatia. And that’s not to mention some of the players France left home, such as Karim Benzema, Adrien Rabiot, Kingsley Coman and Alexandre Lacazette — all of whom are worth at least $45 million. N’Zonzi0.0210135 Lemar0.119076 A bleu bench, freighted with goldTransfer value and production at the 2018 World Cup for France’s reserves* Total0.60811499 Tolisso0.0517347 * Not including goalkeepers.Source: Transfermarkt, ESPN Stats & Information Kimpembe0.009035 Fekir0.116171 PlayerExpected goals plus assists per 90 min.Minutes playedTransfer value Thauvin0.00159 Mendy0.104047 Rami0.0008 Belgium’s bench — primarily on the back of Michy Batshuayi — has added a whole three more expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes than its rival semifinalists, while England’s has added 1.4 more. Croatia’s 0.9 expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes from the bench isn’t much better than France’s — but then again the Croatian bench is about 30 percent as valuable as the French.2To be clear, the transfer market is vulgar — for so many reasons — and national teams shouldn’t be judged by the feverish expenditures of the handful of billionaires who dictate all this buying and selling.Some of this difference in usage can be explained by injuries, yellow and red card troubles, and tactical shifts: The clash between Belgium and England in their third match of the group stage was relatively meaningless because each team had already punched its ticket to the knockouts, so players outside each team’s traditional starting 11 got to see more playing time than they might have in a game with more serious implications. France’s bench has provided the least help in terms of expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes, but France’s bench has also played the fewest minutes of the semifinalists. Part of this is a product of situation: Except for a brief window where the French fell behind Argentina, they haven’t reached a desperation point — either within a single game or going into a match — where more attacking help was needed off the bench.Aside from perhaps Germany, which flamed out of the tournament in historic fashion, France may have had the deepest pool of talent entering the 2018 World Cup. But so far, that pool hasn’t yielded much beyond what the starting 11 has provided. Les Bleus may be able to claim their second FIFA World Cup trophy without the help of their bench, but the task will be made easier if those players contribute as much as the handful of club owners who pull the transfer market strings believe they can.Check out our latest World Cup predictions.CORRECTION (July 10, 2018, 11:30 a.m.): An earlier version of this story said France didn’t qualify for the round of 16 as early as Belgium and England did. All three teams were guaranteed spots after the second game of the group stage.
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. Their decision came in spite of an identical 2017 legal challenge in Wales which saw that Council back down and decide to admit another humanist, Kathy Riddick, as a full member. It then prompted the Welsh Government to issue guidance clarifying that human rights law means humanists have the right to be full members, and subsequently decide to change the underlying education law to explicitly reflect the need to treat humanists and humanism equally in religious education. The law in Wales is identical to England.After being refused by Greenwich Council, Rachel sent a letter before action to them, arguing that she had been discriminated against because she was a humanist. The Council again refused to admit her as a member. As a result, Humanists UK then instructed solicitors, who notified the Council of their intention to apply to the High Court to take a case. Only then did the Council decided to acknowledge that there is a legal basis on which humanists can be full members of SACREs. Ms Taggart-Ryan, who is the charity’s campaigns officer, has now been admitted as a full member of Greenwich Council’s SACRE.She said: “I applied to my local SACRE because I believe it’s important that children have the opportunity to learn about a broad range of beliefs in RE including humanism. “The key way to get involved in this is to join the local SACRE, but I was completely dismayed when the panel rejected my application solely because I am a humanist. This issue is a matter of fairness and equality so I am glad that I now have the right to participate and vote in my SACRE.”Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Community Safety said: “The Royal Borough of Greenwich has admitted Rachel Taggart-Ryan as a member of its Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education and welcomes her contributions in helping shape the local curriculum for our diverse population”. Humanists are set to help shape religious education curriculum after winning a legal battle to sit on a council’s education board.Humanists UK, the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people which campaigns for a secular state, has won a proposed legal challenge against a London council that rejected its application to join its religious education body. The organisation said that the decision is “likely to pave the way for more humanists to sit on such bodies across England”.Rachel Taggart-Ryan applied for full membership to Greenwich Council’s Standing Advisory Council on RE (SACRE), the body that oversees the religious education curriculum in the local area and which has members from varying religious groups. However its sitting members voted against giving her full membership and voting rights because she is a humanist, with the Council backing this decision on the grounds that humanism is not a religion.
SEVEN YOUNG OFFENDERS are to be released from a detention centre after a High Court judge ruled that children are entitled to remission of sentences in the same way that adults are.The ruling by Mr Justice Gerard Hogan at the High Court today closed a gap in the law which meant teenage offenders had to serve full sentences, even though adults don’t.Currently adult prisoners become eligible to be released once they have served 75 per cent of their sentence and are of good behaviour. Remission is not automatically granted; however, in practice, it is given to the vast majority of adult prisoners.The State had maintained that children detention schools are different from the adult prison system.The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has taken legal advice following today’s judgment.Two offenders have already been released from the Children Detention School in Oberstown, near Lusk, where offenders aged 17 and under are held, on foot of the court hearing. Five others are due to be released shortly.The judgment will be examined to see if any other legal steps are necessary beyond releasing young offenders who have served 75 per cent of their sentences, the Department said tonight. It did not rule out possible amendments to the Children Act of 2001, which does not provide for a system of remission.Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said education and familial supports have already been put in place for the release of the children from Oberstown who will be affected by the change.“I have taken note of the ruling today by Mr Justice Hogan, and have arranged for 7 releases of children who are considered to come within the scope of the judgement at present,” she said.“I welcome the fact that management in the Children Detention Schools have already put the necessary arrangements in place for the release of those children affected, in terms of the individual family, educational and health needs of each child in the community. Contingency planning in relation to this case has seen arrangements for their planned release accelerated in recent days”.Today’s legal case on the detention of a young person in Oberstown Boys School was taken under Article 40 of the Constitution, which deals with personal rights.Read: After five-year delay, work finally begins on new youth detention centre in Dublin >Read: Officers who mistreated teens at St Patrick’s will not move to Wheatfield > Read: Juvenile offenders were sent to their rooms for up to 2 hours a day >
Stay on target Watch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’Watch: Dumbo Octopus ‘Photobombs’ ROV Exploring Pacific Ocea… Marine scientists have filmed the first-ever sighting of an unusual deep-sea squid in the Pacific Ocean earlier this month.The squid was spotted hovering above the seafloor near Jarvis Seamount in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, according to researchers of the 2019 Nautilus expedition.“[On July 5, 2019], diving at 930m depth on Jarvis Seamount, E/V Nautilus and ROV Hercules encountered a very unusual squid swimming just above the bottom. At first, it looked like a long, narrow squid with something stuck on it,” said Dr. Michael Vecchione, NOAA National Systematics Lab and National Museum of Natural History. “The ‘something’ was actually part of the squid, a tail extending beyond the fins and effectively doubling the length of the animal.”The squid was an Asperoteuthis mangoldae, a recently discovered deep-sea species that had never been seen alive — until now.According to Vecchione, the genus Asperoteuthis is characterized by a strange tail and unusual tentacles. The tail, which is stiffened by a rod-like structure throughout it length, has sheets of tissue on both sides. The flaps are sometimes called “secondary fins” but, don’t actually function as fins. Squid fins, like the normal “primary” fins on this squid, flap or undulate to propel the animal and can be used to steer.Scientists are not clear on the function of the tail, but Vecchione said it seems to change the appearance of the squid. In the video captured by the ROV Hercules, the squid’s tail appear to double its size. The squid in the video also demonstrates how it can swim while pushing or pulling its large tail.(Photo Credit: Nautilus Live)“When first seen by the ROV, the tissue of the tail is fully deployed,” Vecchione said. “After a short while, the squid first swims rapidly forward (arms first), collapsing the tail tissue around the rod-like structure. Then it reverses course and swims rapidly backward (tail first, which is typical for high-speed swimming by a squid). While it swims backward the tissue stays tightly held close to the rod, similar to a sail furled on the boom of a schooner.”Vecchione added: “As the squid swims erratically to escape, even changing color and inking once, the tail stays furled, greatly reducing its drag. Therefore, jetting forward to furl the tail seems to be the first step in the squid’s complex escape maneuvers.”The survey of the Jarvis Seamount was part of the 2019 Nautilus expedition that set out to explore the deep ocean waters of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, near Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll and Jarvis Island, which are among the most remote U.S.-controlled territories.Earlier in the expedition, scientists aboard the Nautilus also spotted a see-through piglet squid near the Palmyra Atoll and a dumbo octopus near Kingman Reef.More on Geek.com:Watch: Deep-Sea Crab Enjoys a ‘Fish Egg Buffet’Scientists Spot Bizarre ‘Ravioli Starfish’ in Atlantic OceanScientists Capture Rare Footage of 12-Foot Giant Squid in Gulf of Mexico
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini is in massive support of installing cells at Serie A stadia for misbehaving fans.Salvini played a part in resolving the crisis in wake of the Inter-Napoli controversy at San Siro, which saw one supporter killed, several stabbed and Kalidou Koulibaly subjected to racist abuse.“I’m satisfied with how this meeting went,” Salvini told reporters via Football Italia.“I want to start with numbers. You can’t die from football in 2018, even if the use of knives has little to do with football.“Fortunately, the numbers of the dead, wounded and those arrested are falling and it’s said that football is an increasingly healthy sport.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Even the numbers of banned fans are falling. Now it’s 6,500, while every week 12m people travel to games and 6,000 of them are thugs.“Therefore, we mustn’t confuse fans with these criminals. Football is about emotion, joy, passion and education. It’s an opportunity for thousands of suburban kids.“As for the cost of law enforcement, we’d like clubs to pay for it too. We want to go back to patrolling games collectively. They’re more easily controllable that way.“We must make fans responsible and make them understand that those who do wrong will pay for it.“We want to facilitate the construction of more modern and safer stadia. We’re working to have cells installed at stadia, while stewards must have more power.
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) refinery in Jamnagar is the world’s biggest refiner. RIL crashed for the fourth successive session in the market following a rating downgrade.India’s largest private-sector conglomerate by revenue Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) crashed for the fourth successive session on Thursday, losing more than 10 per cent and erasing about Rs 70,000 crore ($10 billion) from the market. Observers attribute the slide to a rating cut by Morgan Stanley to equal weight and global fears worsened by the election outcome fears.The brokerage firm expects the earnings growth of the company, that has interests in oil to retail, to halve in FY20, after maintaining 17 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between FY17 and FY19.Morgan Stanley said that earnings upswing of the last two fiscal is likely to reverse and the upside appears limited, as the company’s core oil business drags, according to a report in Mint. RIL owns the world’s largest refinery in Gujarat state’s Jamnagar. “The rising glut in gas and polyester markets could also slow growth into 2020,” said the brokerage firm.RIL was at an intraday low of 1,265 at noon on the National Stock Exchange (NSE), marking a two-month low, falling for the fourth successive session. The stock has been affected by the bearish market sentiment over the worsening US-China trade wars after US President Donald Trump tweeted about raising imports tariffs against China, and the domestic markets’ uncertainty over the poll outcome. Reliance Industries KG-D6’s facility in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is pictured in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Reliance Industries/HandoutWith only two phases of voting left, indications are that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, generally seen as market-friendly, may not secure a majority in the Lok Sabha. This could mean the party may have to head a minority government in coalition with smaller parties that could result in administrative bottlenecks. The next polling day is May 12 and the final phase on May 19, while the result will be announced on May 23.The benchmark indices continue to fall through the day, with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex sliding to 37,480 points by noon and NSE Nifty dipping below 11,300.The US dollar gained 0.36 per cent against the rupee with the Indian currency weakening to above Rs 70 a dollar, affecting the shares of all import-intensive companies including RIL. The 0.82 per cent fall in the Brent crude to $69.79 a barrel overnight also contributed to the company’s worries. “We expect RIL’s two-year earnings upswing to reverse, yet investors are dismissing refining headwinds amid tighter crude markets. A rising glut in the gas and polyester markets could also slow growth into 2020. Upside appears limited amid core business drags, with no material capacity adds,” said Morgan Stanley in its report.
THE LATEST on the funeral for some victims of the Texas church shooting (all times local):JOEY PALACIOS / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOA funeral was held in Surtherlsnd Springs for members of the Holcombe family killed in a shooting at the First Baptist Church. White crosses along the main highway serve as a memorial for the dead.5:52 p.m.Three thousand people mourned eight members of a family who were among the more than two dozen killed in a shooting at a small Texas church Wednesday before the funeral procession headed to a cemetery near the site of the massacre.Surrounding the multicolored caskets, mourners released light pink and blue balloons at a graveside service for the Holcombe family in rural Wilson County.Church member and survivor John Holcombe had invited the public to attend the funeral of his pregnant wife, Crystal, 36, and three of her children from a previous marriage, Greg Hill, 13, Emily Hill, 11, and Megan Hill, 9; his parents, 60-year-old Bryan and Karla Holcombe, 58; a brother, 36-year-old Marc Holcombe, and Marc’s 18-month-old daughter, Noah.Fire marshals had to turn hundreds more people away from the services at an events center in Floresville, Texas, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where the Nov. 5 shooting occurred.News reporters were barred from entering the event center and were being held in a pen with two trucks obscuring the view inside.In an earlier Facebook post, John Holcombe thanked friends and well-wishers for their support, adding: “Please continue to pray for us.”The gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, began firing into First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs as Bryan Holcombe, an assistant pastor, ascended to the pulpit. Walking up and down the center aisle, Kelley killed 25 people at the church, including crying babies at point-blank range, according to witness accounts. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because Crystal Holcombe was pregnant.John Holcombe was managing the church’s audio-visual operations at the back of the building when gunfire erupted. He and Crystal’s 7-year-old daughter Evelyn escaped the barrage. Crystal’s eldest child, 14-year-old Philip, had stayed home from church services that day.After his rampage, Kelley fled in a vehicle parked near the church, pursued by a barefoot observer with an AR assault rifle and another man in a pick-up truck. The man with the rifle shot and struck Kelley but authorities say the gunman died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Investigators have said the attack appeared to stem from a domestic dispute Kelley was having with his mother-in-law, a member of the church who wasn’t present that day. However, among the victims was Lula White, the gunman’s wife’s 71-year-old grandmother.Kelley had a history of domestic violence: He was given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force after pleading guilty to assaulting his first wife and stepson.Under federal law, anyone convicted of domestic violence cannot purchase a firearm. But the Air Force failed to inform federal law enforcement authorities that Kelley had been court-martialed. When he tried to buy guns after his release from a military prison, his conviction was not in the database used to conduct background checks, and the purchases went through.In addition to those killed, another 20 people were injured in the shooting. Eight survivors remained hospitalized Wednesday at two San Antonio-area hospitals, their conditions ranging from good to critical._____4:30 p.m.A long line of hearses and limousines has traveled from the site of a public funeral for eight members of one family slain in a shooting at a small Texas church to a cemetery near where they were killed.A funeral service Wednesday for pregnant 36-year-old Crystal Holcombe, three of her five children, her husband’s parents, a brother-in-law and toddler niece was held Wednesday in nearby Floresville, Texas.The Holcombe family comprises nearly a third of the more than two dozen victims killed in the shooting Nov. 5. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because Crystal Holcombe was pregnant. Her husband and 7-year-old daughter escaped from the church with minor injuries and her eldest child didn’t attend services that day.A funeral service earlier Wednesday drew more than 3,000 people.The gunman Devin Patrick Kelley died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.___Funerals continue for the more than two dozen people killed in a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.Family and friends gathered Wednesday to pay their final respects to eight members of the Holcombe family, who lost people from three generations in the Nov. 5 shooting, ranging in age from 1 to 60.Bryan Holcombe, the guest pastor the day of the shooting, was killed along with his wife Karla, their son Marc, and infant daughter Noah. Their daughter-in-law Crystal Holcombe also died, along with her three children: Emily, age 11; Gregory, age 13; and 9-year old Megan. Crystal Holcombe, who was pregnant, and her unborn child are counted among the 26 killed that day.The funeral of Tara McNulty, 33, was also Wednesday. Her two kids were with her in the church but survived.____________Photo of Holcombe Family | Go Fund page on USA TodayThe Holcombe family, in a family photo. They lost eight family members in the Sutherland Springs church shooting on Sunday Nov. 5th, 2017. One of those relatives was a pregnant woman, which raises the count to 9 with the unborn child.1:30 p.m.A funeral service for eight members of one family who were among the more than two dozen killed in a shooting at a small Texas church has gotten under way with 3,000 mourners in attendance and hundreds more turned away.Church member John Holcombe survived the massacre and invited the public to the service Wednesday for his pregnant wife and three of her children, his parents, a brother and a toddler niece. The funeral is taking place at an event center in Floresville, Texas, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where the shooting occurred.A string of limousines carrying victims’ families accompanied the black and white hearses to the event center. Fire marshals and sheriff’s deputies stood by as hundreds of others waited in line to enter the service, some in funeral attire and others in casual clothes.News reporters are barred from entering and are being held in a pen with two trucks obscuring the view inside.The dead will be buried privately on an unspecified date.___12:30 p.m.Hundreds of mourners have lined up to enter a funeral service for eight members of a family who were among the more than two dozen killed in a shooting at a small Texas church.At least seven hearses could be seen Wednesday outside an event center in Floresville, Texas, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where the shooting occurred. News reporters are barred from entry and are being held in a pen with two trucks obscuring the view inside.John Holcombe was among the shooting’s few survivors. The funeral is for his pregnant wife and three of her children, his parents, a brother and a toddler niece.Holcombe managed audio-visual operations at the back of the church and escaped with minor injuries. His 7-year-old step-daughter Evelyn also fled.___Hundreds of mourners lined up to enter a funeral service Wednesday for eight members of a family who were among the more than two dozen killed in a shooting at a small Texas church.At least seven hearses could be seen outside an event center in Floresville, Texas, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where the Nov. 5 shooting occurred.Church member John Holcombe, among the massacre’s few survivors, was holding the funeral for his pregnant wife and three of her children, his parents, a brother and a toddler niece. The dead will be buried privately on an unspecified date.News reporters were barred from entering inside the event center and were being held in a pen with two trucks obscuring the view inside.The gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, began firing into the church as John Holcombe’s father, Bryan Holcombe, an assistant pastor, ascended to the pulpit. Walking up and down the center aisles, Kelley killed 25 people at the church. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because John Holcombe’s wife, Crystal Holcombe, was pregnant.Holcombe was managing the church’s audio-visual operations at the back of the building and escaped with minor injuries. His 7-year-old step-daughter Evelyn also escaped the barrage of gunfire.Kelley died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he fled in a vehicle. Authorities say Kelley was involved in a domestic dispute with his mother-in-law, a member of the church who wasn’t present that day.Eight survivors remained hospitalized Wednesday at two San Antonio-area hospitals, their condition ranging from good to critical.Brooke Army Medical Center reported five adults, listed in good to critical condition. University Health System had two children and one adult still hospitalized, with their conditions ranging from fair to serious.Further details on the hospitalized victims weren’t released.___01:00 a.m.One of the survivors of a mass shooting at a small Texas church will hold a funeral Wednesday for his pregnant wife and three of her children, his parents, a brother and a toddler niece.John Holcombe has arranged a public funeral for his family at an event center in Floresville, Texas, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where the shooting occurred. A procession of hearses will travel from the funeral home to the center.The dead will be buried privately on an unspecified date.Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed 25 people at the church Nov. 5. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because Holcombe’s wife, Crystal Holcombe, was pregnant.Kelley died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Share
Imparting momentum to Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s Clean India mission, the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh government has made it mandatory for its employees in rural areas to have toilets at their houses in order to spread awareness about hygiene in remote areas.A circular in this regard has been issued by Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, a senior official of the state Public Relations department said on Monday.”The circular instructed that under Clean India Campaign, it is compulsory for government officials/employees posted in rural areas to build toilets in their homes and use the same,” the official said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISince they live among villagers, they should promote
NFL owners should embrace player mobility like the NBAThanks to increased player mobility, the NBA offseason has overtaken NFL talk as the lead summer sports topic, and Colin thinks NFL owners would be wise to embrace it, too. Even though the NFL is still the most popular sport by a large margin, the NBA has gained grown by embracing star players switching teams which has made the league more interesting.In the limited cases where stars have switched teams in the NFL – like Brett Favre and Peyton Manning – the storylines have been incredible. If NFL owners embrace player movement, instead of clinging to the concept of owning players for their entire careers they’ll be rewarded for it. Also:– LeBron has exceeded expectations at every stage of his career and will in L.A.– Colin’s NFC East Preseason Predictions, and Top 5 Young NFL QB’sGuests:Doug Gottlieb – Host of The Doug Gottlieb Show and the All Ball Podcast is in-studio on the Raptors chances of dealing for Kawhi; and if Ben Simmons could end up in L.A.Eric Dickerson – NFL Hall of Famer and FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio detailing his recent conversation with Terrell Owens regarding his Hall of Fame induction plans.Caron Butler – 14-year NBA veteran is in-studio talking LeBron/Lakers, and the best and worst organizations he played for.Daryl Morey – Rockets’ GM joins the show to discuss Houston’s offseason so far, how losing Trevor Ariza will affect this year’s team, and which analytics he thinks are misleading.