Akmal three-year ban halved

first_img(BBC) –  Umar Akmal’s three-year ban has been reduced by one-and-a-half years by an independent adjudicator, retired Supreme Court judge, Faqir Mohammad Khokhar. The batsman attended the hearing in person in Lahore, and with the reduced ban, he will remain suspended effectively from February 2020 until August 2021.Akmal said he might appeal again to try and get it “reduced further.”Akmal had been banned from all representative cricket in April this year after he failed to report details of corrupt approaches made to him ahead of this year’s PSL.He did accept then that the incidents which formed the basis of the two charges pressed against him by the PCB had taken place, but pointed out that the circumstances were such that they did not merit reporting to the board.Each charge carried a three-year ban which was running concurrently.In May, Akmal filed an official appeal against the ban, challenging the length of the sanction and hoping to get it reduced.His appeal was based on the narrative that players who had fallen foul in a similar manner to Akmal previously were handed far lighter sanctions, with Mohammad Irfan banned in 2017 for six months, and Mohammad Nawaz given a two-month ban.But it had emerged that he had been handed the stiffer-than-expected penalty for failing to show sufficient remorse.“I am thankful to the judge for listening to my lawyers properly,” Akmal said after the hearing. “I will decide about the remaining sentence and try to get it reduced further. For now I am not satisfied and will consult my lawyers and family how to take this ahead.“There are many players before me who made mistakes and just look at what they got and what I got. So all I say right now is thank you very much.”Akmal initially did not contest the PCB charges, forgoing the right to plea his innocence.The case was directed to the chairman of the PCB’s independent disciplinary panel who, after hearing both the PCB and Akmal handed down the three-year ban.The judge Justice (ret’d) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan had observed that Akmal had failed to give any plausible explanation for not reporting the matter to the PCB’s vigilance and anti-corruption departments and was in breach of Article 2.4.4, and was deemed to have engaged in corrupt conduct under the anti-corruption code of the PCB.Akmal had attended that hearing without a lawyer, presenting his case himself. Should he wish to appeal against the reduced ban, Akmal’s recourse would have to be the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.After Akmal had been banned for three years in April, the PCB counsel had said he was satisfied with the verdict, indicating the penalties for breaching the anti-corruption code needed to be made stiffer.“This three-year ban on the basis of non-reporting is considered appropriate,” he had said. “The PCB was asking for a stiffer sentence. It’s high time that duration of the ban should be increased because it’s very clear that players are not learning the lessons as much as they should.So as far as the legal side is concerned, I am very satisfied that the duration of the ban is reasonable, justified and proportionate.” There has been no comment yet from the PCB on today’s ruling.last_img read more

Price panel discusses terrorist attacks in Paris

first_imgOn Thursday, the Price School of Public Policy held a discussion about the effects that the recent Paris terrorist attacks will have on U.S. national security policy.The event, entitled “The Paris Massacre: What are the implications for the U.S.?” featured Dr. Erroll Southers, director of transition and research deployment at the CREATE National Research Center, and Dr. Raphael Bostic, director of the Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise.The panelists divided the discussion into three segments: Paris, the United States and future international governance.Southers, an expert on homegrown terrorism, provided his view on the events in Paris.“Paris has been challenging for some time,” Southers said. “You have a really interesting dynamic there, where you have a very large collection of Muslims, the largest population of Jews outside of Israel and a growth of both anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic sentiment.”Southers also explained how the Paris shooting reflected the inefficacy of our current counterterrorism strategy.“I was not surprised of the [Paris] attacks. Just look at the numbers. French intelligence knew of three to five thousand radicalized Muslims living in France. But you need 20 to 25 agents to properly monitor a suspect,” Southers said.A possible solution to terrorism, Southers argued, would have to come not from the government, but from the vulnerable communities themselves — what he called a change in our present “top-down” mentality.Bostic suggested a different form of addressing the dangers of terrorism: “De-evolution of governance. There is a tendency to tell the lower levels what to do, but we should actually be letting them dictate policy. If you do not engage the constituents, they do not own the policy and they won’t help you.”Southers also explained how he is currently working to implement this policy in a burgeoning national initiative that would include Los Angeles, Boston and Minneapolis as pilot cities.“We are really trying to become an equal partner with the people in the community and figure out what we can do about it. It takes a network to defeat a network. Terrorism is all local. Terrorists have families and live in communities. That’s why 40 percent of successful arrests related to terrorism come from people calling up,” Southers said.Another policy issue discussed by the panel was the tendency to profile terrorists as originating from certain places.“We tend to think of terrorists as coming from other countries, what I call ‘tourist terrorists.’ But some people that don’t necessarily have personal links discover these connections and become radicalized,” Bostic said.Southers noted that the terrorists that targeted Paris this year and Madrid in 2004 were nationals of the countries they attacked.“I was not surprised that the Paris attackers were French. In the Madrid bombing they were all Spaniards. These organizations are recruiting from the homeland,” Southers said.Southers explained that the public’s unwillingness to cooperate with Muslim communities was also concerning.Some of the students present at the discussion agreed with Southers’ community-based approach to fighting terrorism .“I think it’s all about framing the dialogue in a way that communities feel they have ownership in the solution,” said Justine Dodgen, a graduate student studying public administration. “They must feel that the government is supporting them so that they don’t turn to terrorist organizations for recruitment.”“One of the best parts of the talk was hearing Southers’ views on how we perceive terrorism,” said Jeremy Loudenback, a graduate student studying public policy. “We use certain code words that are misleading, such as labeling someone a ‘lone wolf attacker’ instead of a ‘terrorist attacker.’ We need to figure out how to properly designate someone as a terrorist.”last_img read more

Fabio Capello Denies Chelsea FC Approach

first_imgFabio Capello has played down reports that he has been approached to take over from Rafael Benitez at Chelsea. The Italian manager is currently in charge of the Russian national side.With Benitez set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the current season, Capello has been linked with a short-term deal with Premiership club. However, the former England boss denied he had been in talks with owner Roman Abramovich.He told Radio Anch’io Sport: “No offer has arrived from Abramovich, none of it is true. I’m happy in Russia.”Capello resigned as England manager in February and accepted the Russia job following Euro 2012. He has guided his new team to four wins from four games in qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Meanwhile, Benitez is concentrating on Thursday’s Europa League clash at Steaua Bucharest, and the upcoming FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United:“One game at a time,” he said. “We have to go to Bucharest before we can concentrate on (the United) game.“Both games are important, but one is just one game and one is two legs.”last_img read more

FULL LIST: CAF Award Winners

first_imgTanzanian Mbwana Aly Samatta was named best African Player of the Year based in the continent becoming the first from East Africa to win the coveted prize.Samatta garnered 127 points, ahead of his TP Mazembe teammate and DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Muteba Kidiaba, who amassed 88 points. Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah trailed in third place with 63 points.Cameroonian Gaelle Enganamouit was adjudged Women’s Player of the Year becoming the first from her country to pick up the prize after her impressive performance at the women’s World Cup.Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen claimed the Youth Player of the Year while Etebo Peter Oghenekaro won the Most Promising Talent of the Year.   Herve Renard was named Coach of the Year for guiding Cote d’Ivoire to continental glory since 1992 while ‘Les Elephants’ were named National Team of the Year.Cameroon won the Women’s National Team of the Year prize while DR Congo giants, TP Mazembe claimed Club of the Year with Gambian Papa Bakary Gassama going home with the Referee of the Year award.Former Ghana coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi and Cameroonian Samuel Mbappe Leppe were honoured posthumously in the African Legend category FULL LISTAFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG (Gabon)AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR – BASED IN AFRICA – Mbwana Aly SAMATTAWOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Gaelle ENGANAMOUIT (Cameroon)YOUTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria) MOST PROMISING TALENT OF THE YEAR – Etebo Peter OGHENEKARO (Nigeria)COACH OF THE YEAR – Herve RENARD (France) – Former Coach of Cote d’IvoireREFEREE OF THE YEAR – Bakary Papa GASSAMA (Gambia)NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR – Cote d’IvoireWOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR – Cameroon CLUB OF THE YEAR – TP Mazembe (DR Congo)AFRICAN LEGENDCharles Kumi GYAMFI (Ghana)Samuel MBAPPE LEPPE (Cameroon)–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

The Day when Jedinstvo from Tuzla became the Champion of Europe (gallery)

first_img[wzslider autoplay=”true”]In the presence of many friends and fans, the Women’s basketball team Jedinstvo in Tuzla marked the 27th anniversary of winning the European Championship, when the players of the club won against Italian Primigi with the score of 74:70, on the 22nd of March 1989 in Florence.“There are many impressions and experiences from that period. A lot of effort was invested in that victory, but girls who play in this club today are very promising as well. From time to time, I go to their trainings and look forward to these moments. My heart is full when I see them playing. This is a generation whose time is yet to come and we should provide opportunities to them, in order to achieve great results” said Mihajlo Vukovic, the coach of Jedinstvo back then.Mara Lakic-Brcaninovic, former captain and now coach in Jedinstvo, remembered their trip to Florence on the 20th of March 1989.“Everything was going chronologically and step by step. This great result was not achieved overnight. Two Olympic cycles passed, and we became champions of Yugoslavia in this period. We played match by match without a break and every new victory was bringing us closer to the title. Qualifying for the finals in Florence was the same for us as that we already became champions, but coach Vukovic told us that we conquered Europe, but that we have to confirm it in the last match,” remembered Lakic-Brcaninovic with a smile.“Two buses of loyal fans came with us and even though carabinieri and numerous staff were on the sidelines, our fans were able to run into the field. There was an eruption of enthusiasm. We were kissing each other, hugging, jumping and screaming. When we returned to Tuzla, thousands of people welcomed us in the hall of Mejdan. It was a welcome to remember. The whole city came to greet us and to see the trophy that we won, but there was no time for celebration, since the new championship of Yugoslavia was in front of us,” said Lakic-Brcaninovic.Historical success achieved: Razija Mujanovic, Mara Lakic, Vesna Pođanin, Dragana Jeftic, Smilja Radjenovic, Zorica Dragicevic, Naida Hot, Jadranka Savic, Ilvana Zvizdic and Stojanka Dosic, with coaches Mihajlo Vukovic and Zdravko Dugonjic.(Source: tuzlarije.net)last_img read more

Alleged thief poses as a Wellington city employee

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (11) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -8 Vote up Vote down Jason · 381 weeks ago This is an unintended consequence of Obamacare!!!!! Report Reply 5 replies · active 380 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down guest · 380 weeks ago Wouldn’t it be great if the police and sheriff department could INVENT some type of social media to alert their communities of things happening right now so that maybe someone like this could have potentially been captured shortly after the incident. I just saw on the news last night that someone just like this was in Augusta and did the same thing. Report Reply 1 reply · active 380 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Boomer · 380 weeks ago Don’t tell me Obamacare doesn’t take effect until 2014. I was laid off this month from a healthcare job because the company was downsizing; partly due to Medicare cuts that will take effect very soon. And for another matter, I’d love to go back to the “collapsed” economy of the last administration when unemployment was under 6%, gas was 2 dollars and healthcare jobs had a future. Report Reply 1 reply · active 380 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Imagine · 380 weeks ago First of all, these comments are stupid. Second, thats a sad story, people thieving from elderly people…pretty sickening if you ask me. Report Reply 0 replies · active 380 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — According to a press release by Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath on Thursday, March 18, 2013 at around 7:15 p.m. an elderly Wellington residence on the 1200 block of North A Street in Wellington was approached by an adult male posing as a “city” employee.This male informed the residence he needed access to her back yard in order to measure the yard and asked if she could provide a tape measure.   After escorting the male through the residence and once in the back yard area, the male commented about forgetting his tools and how he needed to go back to his truck. Rather than walk back through the residence, the male walked around the side of the residence.  Several minutes passed before the resident realized the male had left.  After returning back into their home, the resident discovered her wallet, along with cash was missing.This person is  described as a white male, about 5’9”, 150 pounds, short brown hair, clean shaven, well groomed,  wearing a blue plaid shirt with black colored undershirt and blue jeans.  He was driving a black colored “small” Chevrolet or Ford Truck.Wellington city officials have been contacted and have no knowledge of any such work taking place within the city as described in this incident.For residents information, officials states all city employees would be identified by a designated uniform and/or operating a vehicle displaying the City’s logo.Officials urge residents should they experience an incident similar to this, do not allow the person into your home.  Notify the Wellington Police Department and/or contact the City of Wellington at 620-326-2811 (8am-5pm).last_img read more

Sloppy, wet roads remain a problem in many counties

first_imgCHARLES CITY — Flood waters have receded in many parts of the state but rural roads are still in poor condition in dozens of counties, causing headaches for motorists and the crews trying to maintain the roads.Floyd and Chickasaw County Engineer Dusty Rolando says the weather just isn’t cooperating as cooler temperatures and above-normal precipitation are making roads difficult to repair. “Adding the best rock to it and doing blading isn’t going to heal it. What we need is Mother Nature to turn around and get dry, warm weather,” Rolando says. “Right now, we’re minimally doing some of that. We are hauling rock but there again, we need the roads to fix themselves.”Some roads have developed large humps which motorists are forced to swerve around. According to Rolando, those are called frost boils. “If we go to level that off, what will happen is we’ll peel open the stuff that’s holding it in the road and it will open up to a volcano of mud,” Rolando says. “If you can drive around it, that’s the best thing. Over time, those humps will recede back down. It’s the force of that frost that’s slowly getting out of the ground.”He says with farmers traveling the roads with heavy equipment, it causes those frost boils to open up and road conditions to worsen. “We get that, that’s part of the area around here, you have to get out in the fields, I get it,” Rolando says. “But that will contribute to some of those bad areas out there opening up and being worse. I understand they have to do that and I’m not going to fault anybody, it’s just that Mother Nature really needs to help us out there.”Warmer temperatures, sun and wind help to push the frost out of the ground and allow the frost boils to disappear, according to Rolando. He says this is one of the worst years he’s seen in his two decades on the job. The forecast isn’t promising either, with temperatures in the 60s in addition to rain — and even snow — a possibility.last_img read more

Swipe left to drugs: Kiren Rijiju launches NADA app in India

first_imgAdvertisement 26NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsrncWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7j1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) krblpWould you ever consider trying this?😱epgsCan your students do this? 🌚a7bRoller skating! Powered by Firework Drugs have always been a barrier in sport and in order to avoid inadvertent intake of banned substances, the sports ministry, and National Anti Doping Agency have joined forces to launch NADA’s official app in India. Advertisement The app essentially informs the athletes about the prohibited substances which upon consumption can be detected in tests and can ruin the player’s career.Advertisement Moreover, the NADA’s app also provides extensive information about drug substances which are prohibited by NADA found in commonly consumed medicines which could lead to trouble. This will help the athletes and coaches to determine the right course of medicine to treat an ailment without the presence of a banned substance in it.Such an instance occurred with young cricketer Prithvi Shaw, who was suspended last year after inadvertently consuming terbutaline which is banned by the NADA and is commonly found in over the counter cough syrups. Such cases can be avoided with the launch of the promising app.Advertisement Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju praised the initiative and claimed that the app would be a ‘very important’ step in practicing clean sport. He said:“I congratulate NADA on this initiative. It is a very important step for Indian sport because we are working towards clean sports and the first step in that direction is to create awareness and provide relevant, accessible information to athletes so that they know which medication or substances are not to be used by them,” Rijiju said in a statement.“With this app, athletes can check for themselves the list of prohibited substances and don`t have to depend on anyone else for assistance. I am also happy that we have taken yet another step to fulfill our Prime Minister`s dream of a digital India,”Sports secretary Ravi Mital and Director General of NADA, Navin Aggarwal were the prominent personalities present during the launch. The app was apparently available online since the start of 2020 but was only launched until now.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comRead Also:Harbhajan posts a video that proves just how awesome Rahul Dravid the fielder was!   Advertisementlast_img

Alli sends fans into frenzy with outrageous touch and goal against United

first_img@Lucasjhunter1 good goal this— Danny/DJYGaming 😝😝 (@DannyYates1818) December 4, 2019 But the stopper’s blushes were spared emphatically after Alli netted his fourth goal in as many matches under new boss Jose Mourinho.The playmaker took the ball down after it fell loose from a shot and easily shrugged off a tackle from Fred by flicking it around the hopeless United midfielder.Alli’s flick put him at an impossible angle but he somehow poked the ball past David De Gea to level the game.Fans online were gobsmacked with the finish – with one questioning what Mourinho has been feeding the inform midfielder.One said: “He’s definitely back.”Another said: “In absolute awe of this goal by Dele Alli.”One added: “What has Mourinho been feeding Dele Alli.”3What has Mourinho been feeding Dele Alli— ManUtdMindset (@ManUtdMindset) December 4, 2019 Absolutely filthy @dele_official 🔥 #COYS pic.twitter.com/WYNxxTjD9O— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) December 4, 2019 Dele Alli that is naughtyhttps://t.co/0CYUqM12rW— JCC | Pro Clubs 🌍 (@WorldofJCC) December 4, 2019 pic.twitter.com/eoiQnlezi6— Will Stone (@BIGWILL_78) December 4, 2019center_img DELE ALLI scored a wonder goal against Manchester United to equalise for Tottenham.The midfielder’s England team-mate Marcus Rashford opened the scoring on six minutes after he cut in from the left and beat flapping keeper Paulo Gazzaniga at the near post.3 Dele Alli took the ball down after it fell loose from a cross, easily shrugged off an easy tackle from FredCredit: Getty – ContributorDele, what have you just done?! 😯A sublime first touch and finish to bring Spurs level!#PLonPrime #MUNTOT pic.twitter.com/PuMCsPXgXR— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 4, 2019 @MichaelJordaaan he’s definitely back— Joshua 🌴 (@JoshHorsley) December 4, 2019 It was not the only talking point from the half, as United winger Dan James took out former Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho on his return to Manchester.Welshman James was battling for the ball with Spurs midfielder Harry Winks when he tumbled off the pitch.Dele Alli slams ‘arrogant’ Spurs as Marcus Rashford ruins Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United returnMost read in football THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himMourinho did his best to avoid contact with the United wideman but ended up receiving an inadvertent headbutt.A falling James went face first into the knee of Mourinho – who did well to remain on his feet.It is the first time the ex-Chelsea boss is back in the dugout at Old Trafford since his sacking last season.3 Alli netted his fourth goal in as many matches under new boss Jose Mourinho.Credit: AFP or licensorslast_img read more

Paraiso’s UST stint not yet final, says Ayo

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Moultrie’s 37 powers NLEX to slump-ending win over Phoenix in OT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ayo said Paraiso has to decide if he will enroll at UST for the coming 2018-2019 academic year, his supposed residency year, if he wants to officially become a Growling Tiger.“If he does want to join the team officially he has to decide before summer ends because we have to finalize the lineup for the UAAP,” said Ayo.Paraiso had 17 points, two rebounds, and five assists, in his game for UST in the UCBL.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Former La Salle guard Brent Paraiso may have played a preseason game with University of Santo Tomas but Aldin Ayo is not promising that the once Green Archer will don the black-gold stripes.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding UST’s head coach said Paraiso can play as a Growling Tiger in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League as the preseason tournament does not require any form of eligibility from the schools.Ayo, however, said Paraiso’s stay in UST isn’t final and the wingman can still join another school of his choosing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Yes he’s with us for now but nothing’s final, if he wants and he’s willing to play he can come and enroll with us,” said Ayo in Filipino Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre after UST’s 79-71 loss against San Sebastian in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.“Although we’re not pursuing him, if he decides to join us it’s up to him.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more