Kaizer Chiefs coach quits after Cup loss sparks crowd violence

first_imgFounded in 1970, they are the most popular and successful football club in the republic, capable of drawing 90,000 crowds for friendly matches.However, attendances have dropped alarmingly this season for most matches as the side struggled in league and cup competitions.Chiefs have traditionally preferred foreign coaches over locals and will reportedly look to Europe for a successor to Komphela.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Kaizer Chiefs confirmed Sunday that coach Steve Komphela had resigned after a South African FA Cup semi-final loss in Durban triggered crowd violence.Club official Bobby Motaung told reporters: “The coach is stepping down with immediate effect. The results are not happening.“Steve has done a great job for Kaizer Chiefs but, unfortunately, if it is not meant to be, it is not meant to be.” A police spokesman said there had been two violence-related arrests and more were expected.Chiefs were fined 250,000 rand (about $20,500/17,000 euros) this week after supporters flung missiles at Komphela after a heavy league loss in Soweto this month.center_img Former South Africa captain and centre-back Komphela failed to win a trophy during three seasons in charge and his contract was due to expire this June.After the shock 2-0 FA Cup defeat by Free State Stars Saturday, some of the crowd ran amok, severely assaulting a female security guard at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Indian Ocean city.They also trashed TV cameras, audio equipment and advertising boards and burnt seats before being dispersed by police firing tear gas and stun grenades.last_img read more

VIDEO:Gunman tries to rob a woman at drive-thru ATM in Lauderdale Lakes

first_imgAn attempted armed robbery at a drive-thru ATM in Lauderdale Lakes was caught on video.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies have released surveillance video of the attempted robbery that happened last Friday at a SunTrust branch on Oakland Park Boulevard.The video shows a woman about to use the drive-thru ATM before a man crept up and pointed a gun at her.Miranda Grossman, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said the gunman demanded that she enter her personal identification number into the ATM to withdraw money, but instead the woman drove away.The gunman was not able to get any cash, and he walked away empty-handed. Police say no one was injured.Anyone with information about the incident or who recognizes the gunman is asked to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.(Video courtesy of Broward Sheriff’s Office )last_img read more

Duke of York triumph for Ben Jones

first_img The championship was played in the most demanding of weather conditions, especially when Storm Aileen battered Hoylake with winds of up to 75 mph, delaying the start of the second round.  Image copyright Leaderboard Photography It is the only junior tournament in the world that plays solely on Open Championship courses. Tags: competitions, Duke of York, Junior, Northamptonshire 15 Sep 2017 Duke of York triumph for Ben Jones “It was tough but I played solid all week, I felt I played well enough to win,” said the 18-year-old, who is the long-time leader on the England Golf boys’ order of merit.  However Jones, from Northamptonshire County, controlled the ball very well for rounds of 75, two-under 70 and 73.  The joint runners-up were Oscar Teiffel of Sweden, Rasmus Neergaard-Peterson of Denmark and Keita Nakajima of Japan.  England boy international Ben Jones capped his season with an eight shot win in the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy at Royal Liverpool.  Click here for full scores The tournament featured an international field of U18 champions or the winners of major golfing events. Jones claimed his place as the winner of the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. last_img read more

Aaron set to savor 40th anniversary of 715th homer

first_imgIn this April 8, 1974 file photo, Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron eyes the flight of the ball after hitting his 715th career homer in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Harry Harrris, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Aaron was more relieved than jubilant after he broke Babe Ruth’s home-run record on April 8, 1974.The 40-year anniversary of his 715th homer provides a different perspective.Aaron’s record-breaking homer will be celebrated on Tuesday night before the Atlanta Braves’ home opener against the New York Mets.Hate mail and threats made it impossible for him to savor the chase of Ruth’s revered record, but on Monday he said he’ll enjoy the anniversary because such old friends as former teammate Dusty Baker will return for the pregame ceremony.“I guess that’s just about what it’s all about, really,” Aaron said in a telephone interview. “That’s it. The moment itself has passed. The home run was hit and whatever else. It’s just enjoying some moments with friends.”Aaron, 80, said he has a greater appreciation for fans who still celebrate his career.“It does. It means an awful lot to me,” Aaron said.“I’m not one to go around bragging about certain things. I played the game because I loved the game. … I am quite thrilled that people say that he, whatever he did, should be appreciated. That makes me feel good.”Aaron said he is pleased with his recovery from partial left hip-replacement surgery in February. He hurt his hip when he slipped on ice and said he’s still in rehab, but can walk.“I think I am doing just about as well as I can be,” Aaron said. “I tell everybody it’s an 80-year-old leg and it’s just going to take time before it gets well. I told my wife I promised I was not out there doing an ice dance or anything like that.”The Braves will wear an Aaron 40th anniversary patch on their uniform sleeves this season. An outfield sign at Turner Field also will mark the anniversary.Baker had the best seat in old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium — the on-deck circle — as Aaron launched the landmark homer against the Dodgers’ Al Downing. For Baker, it was like watching an older brother or even a father figure make history.“People ask me, ‘What was the highlight of your career?’ That was it,” Baker told The Associated Press.Baker said Aaron watched over him and another young outfielder, Ralph Garr.“Hank told my mom he would take care of me like I was his son,” Baker said. “He would make us eat breakfast.“He was our defender. If you were wrong, he would tell you. If you had a legitimate beef, he would back you. Ralph and I were with him every day. Half of what I got about taking care of players came from how Hank took care of us.”Aaron finished his career with 755 homers, a mark topped by Barry Bonds’ 762. Bonds’ career was tarnished by steroids allegations.Aaron was efficient as he put the record chase behind him at the start of the 1974 season. He tied Ruth’s record with his first swing of the season at Cincinnati, against Jack Billingham. Four days later, he set the record with his first swing of the year at home.Before hitting the homer into the Braves’ bullpen beyond the left-field wall, Aaron told Baker what was about to happen.“That I can remember like it was yesterday,” Baker said. “It was a cold, cold night in April. Hank told me, ‘I’m going to get this over with now.’ He knew every pitch that was coming. He had total recall of pitch sequences. He was as smart as they came.”Aaron confirmed Baker’s tale on Monday: “I think that was right. I think I made that remark and made it to Dusty maybe three or four times. I just felt within myself that eventually before the night was over I was going to hit a home run.”The homer was a defining moment for such young kids as Terry Pendleton, who was 13 and dreaming of playing in the major leagues.Like other fans across the country, Pendleton rushed to his TV to watch every at-bat as NBC broke into its normal prime-time programming to follow the home-run chase.“I still feel so fortunate to have seen it on TV,” said Pendleton, the Braves’ first-base coach and the NL MVP with Atlanta in 1991. “What a thrill and it meant so much to black kids like me hoping to play baseball. I still am amazed every time I get to talk to Hank. … I don’t think players today understand what he went through and what it all meant to people back then.”For Aaron, the home-run record was not his greatest achievement. He takes the most pride in holding the record with 2,297 RBIs and never having 100 strikeouts in a season.“There was absolutely no time that anybody could say, ‘well he hit a lot of home runs but he struck out a lot of times,’” Aaron said. “That was not to be. That was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, to go to the plate and strike out once or twice and not be able to make contact.”Aaron joked he long ago learned he no longer can swing a bat or throw a ball very far. But he said he’ll cherish the memories with friends during the anniversary celebration.“I’m going to enjoy myself as much as I can,” he said.___AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco and AP freelance writer Guy Curtright in Kissimmee, Fla., contributed to this report.last_img read more

Lonestar Cell MTN Appeals US$19M Tax Court Ruling to Supreme Court

first_imgLonestar Cell MTN has taken an appeal to the Supreme Court against the ruling by Tax Court Judge Mozart Chesson on Wednesday, September 16, in which the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) was awarded US$19.2 million against the telecommunications giant.The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) in a release last week cried victory in a US$19.2 million tax case against the operator following more than two years of legal battle.Tax Court Judge Mozart Chesson ruled in the case on Wednesday, September 16, at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill following final arguments in the case three weeks ago, a release from the LRA has said.A leader in Liberia’s telecommunications sector, Lonestar Cell MTN prides itself in being one of the highest tax payers in the country. Now the court’s ruling compels the company to pay US$19 million more into government’s coffers.The case, the release said, was taken to the tax court after both the LRA and Lonestar rejected the decision of the Board of Tax Appeal (BOTA) which ruled that the company pays US$1.9 million. The LRA insisted that US$19.2 million was due from the company, while Lonestar Cell/MTN further rejected the BOTA’s ruling claiming it owed no taxes. BOTA had no authority to adjust the statutory addition (penalties and interest) to a tax bill.In its ruling Wednesday, the Tax Court declared that Lonestar was held to pay the amount, “because it failed to follow, and exhaust the appeal process, and did not take appeal when it was served the notice for payment at the then Ministry of Finance.”“We are happy for this ruling; especially to reach this far in two-and-a-half years,” stated Cllr. Eric B. Morlu, Legal Counselor at the LRA. Meanwhile, Lonestar declined to comment further, except to anticipate its appeal to be heard at the Supreme Court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Just too good

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We were trying to avoid going [down] 0-2. I told them to step up on defense and that’s what’s happened,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said. “I think what happened tonight was that we were able to set up the plays and not rely solely on June Mar (Fajardo).”Chris Ross was the catalyst in the second period, while skipper Alex Cabagnot followed through in the next frame as a total of seven players tossed in twin figures that baffled the Magnolia defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMangolia got 18 points from Ian Sangalang, while Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca tossed in 15 and 12, respectively.“Like I’ve said, once they reach a hundred points, we have a slim chance of defeating them,” Magnolia’s Chito Victolero admitted. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Resharpened Ancajas must stun and shine LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte San Miguel Beer didn’t take any chances on Friday, dominating on both ends early to turn back Magnolia, 108-101, and knot their best-of-seven series for the PBA Philippine Cup at 1-1 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Beermen made use of a fiery performance in the middle quarters to break away from the Hotshots and take full control of the contest and wrest psychological edge going into Sundays crucial third game also at the fabled Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Oil and Gas Commission ordering industry to suspend water diversion from Northeast

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission has issued an industry directive requiring industry to immediately suspend all previously-approved water diversions under Section 10 of the Water Sustainability Act, due to drought conditions.The directive, which was issued on Monday, includes rivers, streams and lakes in the following basins within the Peace and Liard River watersheds:Aitken CreekBeatton RiverBlueberry RiverCache CreekCameron RiverChinchaga RiverJohnson CreekDoig RiverFarrell CreekLynx CreekMilligan CreekKotcho RiverShekilie RiverFontas RiverKantah RiverPetitot RiverThe OGC said that the diversion and use of water stored in dugouts or dams is not suspended, nor does the suspension apply to the main channel of the Peace River or Dinosaur Lake. Last week, the provincial government declared a Level 3 drought rating for the Peace, Upper Fraser East and Upper Fraser West areas.Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Mackenzie, and Fort Nelson are included in the Level 3 drought area, while East Peace Basin that includes Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, and Dawson Creek currently lie outside the region.last_img read more

Creeping over Cuba

first_imgAlready embarked upon overthrowing Venezuela’s socialist government, the Trump administration is now renewing its efforts to squash Cuba as well, and Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act is joining an arsenal of weapons employed by the US in what Cubans regard as genocidal aggression. This is the latest addition to the US’ long record of implacable hostility toward Cuba, which features terror attacks, military invasion, germ warfare, internal subversion, and almost 60 years of economic blockade. Devoid of natural resources and ready for US plunder, Cuba offends by having defended socialism and national independence. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe Helms-Burton law is complex, but it centres on tightening the economic blockade against Cuba, preparing for a transition government, and, by means of Title III, inflicting suffering and destabilisation. Title III opens the door for the former owners and the heirs of properties nationalised by Cuba’s revolutionary government to bring actions in US courts to gain compensation for what they lost. These live in exile, mainly in the United States. Persons or companies presently occupying such properties, or profiting from them, and who are located in third countries, would be required by the courts to pay off the aggrieved parties. Because the properties are in Cuba, the courts would lack direct enforcement capabilities, but that doesn’t mean the US can’t use the courts’ decisions to wreak havoc on Cuba’s drive for foreign investment. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn 1996, when the law was introduced, the European Union and other critics insisted that the US government delay implementation of Title III. It did so, and for the next 23 years, at semi-annual intervals, the United States announced one six-month delay after another. But a new era dawned on January 16 when the State Department declared that this time suspended implementation would end at 45 days. Something was up. On March 4, the State Department indicated that in 30 more days, Title III would be applied to the foreign and Cuban “traffickers” in nationalised properties. Also, Title III would, as of March 19, be extended to 200 Cuban enterprises controlled by Cuban security forces or state agencies, many of them connected with Cuba’s tourist industry. The US government in November 2017 had already put those facilities off-limits to US tourists. As of early April, international investors, aid agencies, and business-persons active or looking to be active in Cuba will be facing vast uncertainties. The former owners of nationalised properties may be suing them in US courts. Concerned about a slippery slope of US disfavour, they may cease involvement with Cuba. And what with unsettling news, foreign lenders may shy away from possibly risky loans for projects in Cuba. Title III promises what Cubans call “extraterritorial” effects. It further universalises the application of the US blockade which, potentially involving all countries, violates their sovereignty. But in a Machiavellian twist, the State Department will apparently wield the “trafficking” charge selectively. Cuban analyst Reinaldo Taladrid Herrero explains: “The road to Havana passes through Caracas.” Specifically, “They are going to exempt all businesses of countries allied with the United States, above all Canada and the European countries…. Implementation will be centred on adversary countries like Russia, China, and Venezuela.” Others share his views. Title III violates international law, according to Russia; Cuba solidarity groups have protested. A few business-oriented US groups oppose Title III out of concern that future US commercial ventures in Cuba would be vulnerable. Cuba’s government argues that nationalisation was and is legal according to international norms and court decisions in the United States. Cuba has sought satisfaction from the United States for deaths and destruction due to US assaults. Negotiations taking place briefly during the Obama era looked at balancing Cuba’s claims with US demands stemming from nationalisation. Title III means major trouble for Cuba. The government there is presently mounting an effort to bolster the nation’s economy. Foreign investors will assume a major role in the project. They would provide $2.5 billion annually toward building or refurbishing Cuban institutions, companies, and infrastructure. But any goodwill on their part may well evaporate once threats loom as to court actions in the United States. The availability to the Cuban people of food, health care, schools, building supplies, medicines, and transportation rests on loans and export income from abroad and on income from joint ventures with foreign entities. By 2014, Cuba needed $2.5 billion annually in direct foreign investment. The fact that food imports alone currently require an annual outlay of $2 billion suggests that current requirements are greater. Title III contains the seeds for havoc in the event that Cuba’s socialist government is no more and the United States takes charge. According to Cuba’s Granma newspaper, Cubans “would be forced to return, reimburse, or pay US claimants for the house in which they live, the area on which their communities are built, the arable land where they cultivate produce, the school where their children are educated, the hospital or polyclinic where they receive medical assistance.” Cuban Journalist Lázaro Barredo, formerly editor of Granma, summarises: “Helms-Burton literally has no precedents in the legal history of the United States. [It] constitutes an attack on sovereignty within the international community [and] represents political terrorism.” Helms-Burton would “extend US jurisdiction to other countries in an extraterritorial manner with the perverse intention of frightening, scaring, blackmailing, or dissuading persons interested in investing in Cuba.” We see a decision “to repossess the island, annex it, and move it toward total subordination to the United States.” This report closes with a condemnation of the generalised cruelty and cynicism that is rooted in the strategic thinking of US power brokers. For example, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, presiding at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on March 7, heard testimony from “Cynthia Arnson of the U.S.-funded Wilson Center.” She “agreed with Rubio that ‘widespread unrest’ is useful, but cautioned that … ‘starving people don’t get out in the streets.'” In other words, a little starving is OK, but not too much.( The author practiced and taught pediatrics for 35 years and long ago joined the Cuba solidarity movement. He writes on Latin America and health issues for the People’s World. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

HC judge recuses self from hearing plea to bar Omar and Mehbooba

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi High Court judge on Wednesday recused himself from hearing a plea seeking a direction to the Election Commission to bar Jammu and Kashmir politicians Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti from participating in the Lok Sabha election as they have allegedly made “seditious” statements.Justice A J Bhambhani, who was part of the division bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon, recused himself from hearing the matter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”List it before a bench in which one of us, that is, Justice Bhambhani, is not a member,” the chief justice said. The matter would come up for hearing before another bench on April 12. The petition filed by a lawyer alleged that the “seditious and communal statements” given by the three leaders were against the Constitution, adding that the court or the EC should bar or impose conditions on their entry into the LS. All the three leaders are former chief ministers of J&K. The petition has arrayed the EC, the Union of India, the Delhi Police, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti as parties to the petition. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe plea moved by advocate Sanjjiiv Kkumaar has also sought a direction to book them under various charges, including sedition and inciting hatred, of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act. “Issue directions to the respondent number 1 (EC) to ban the NC and the PDP from Lok Sabha election 2019 as respondent number 4 and 6 (the three leaders) are presidents of their respective parties and represent their parties and their ideologies,” it alleged. “Will it not be a mockery of democracy to allow those people and parties to participate in the Lok Sabha election when people/parties openly call for sedition to divide Mother India on the basis of religion (Muslim majority) and two prime ministers (for J&K and the rest of India),” it said.last_img read more

China formally arrests Canadian former diplomat businessman

first_imgBeijing: China has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained for months on national security grounds, a Canadian newspaper reported on Thursday, in a case that has inflamed tensions between Ottawa and Beijing. A Canadian government source told The Globe and Mail that neither Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, nor Michael Spavor, a China-based businessman who organised trips to North Korea, have been formally charged. “Canada strongly condemns their arbitrary arrest as we condemned their arbitrary detention on December 10,” the Canadian foreign ministry said in a statement to the newspaper. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThough no link has been officially made, the detention of Spavor and Kovrig is thought to be in retaliation for Canada’s December 1 detention on a US extradition request for Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei who is accused of violating Iran sanctions. The men were first accused of activities that “endanger China’s security” — a phrase often used by Beijing when alleging espionage. China later announced it suspected Kovrig of spying and stealing state secrets and alleged that Spavor had provided him with intelligence. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTwo other Canadians convicted of drug trafficking, meanwhile, have been sentenced to death. And Beijing recently blocked Canadian shipments of canola and pork worth billions of dollars. Meng — who is currently fighting extradition to the US — is allowed to live in her Vancouver mansion, although her mobility is limited. Meanwhile, a group of Canadian parliamentarians had earlier complained to Chinese officials that Kovrig and Spavor have been denied access to lawyers, and remain in “completely unacceptable” detention conditions.last_img read more