first_img‘Transparent investigation’ The blast wounded a staggering 6,000 people, many bloodied by flying glass as the shockwave tore through the city and left a 43-metre (141 foot) deep crater at Beirut’s port.US President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Lebanon to conduct a “full and transparent investigation” into the explosion, but many have called for an international enquiry.Diab said Saturday he would propose early elections to break the impasse that is plunging Lebanon ever deeper into political and economic crisis.The head of Lebanon’s Maronite church patriarch Beshara Rai joined the chorus of people pressing Diab’s entire cabinet to step down over a blast he said could be “described as a crime against humanity”.The disaster has revived anger at a ruling class seen as living in luxury while millions endure job losses, deepening poverty, power blackouts and garbage mountains piling up in the streets.Politics in multi-confessional Lebanon is dominated by former warlords from the 1975-1990 civil war who years ago exchanged their military fatigues for suits, or by their offspring and nephews.While there are Sunni Muslim, Christian and myriad other groups, the most powerful is the Shiite Hezbollah movement. While it is not known what started the fire that set off a huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate, protesters say the disaster could not have happened without the corruption and incompetence that have come to define Lebanon’s ruling class.”Those who died paid the price of a state that doesn’t care about anything except power and money,” said protester Tamara, 23, whose friend was killed in the blast.The explosion devastated Beirut and took the lives of at least 158 people. The Lebanese army said Sunday that hopes had dwindled of finding anyone alive.”We can say we have fading hopes of finding survivors,” Colonel Roger Khoury, who heads a team of military technicians at the blast site, told journalists. The catastrophe has revived the mass anti-government protests that had for months demanded the wholesale removal of Lebanon’s political elite, until coronavirus lockdown measures brought an uneasy calm.On Sunday afternoon, hundreds gathered again in and around Martyrs’ Square, a short walk from the epicenter of the blast.Clashes broke out with security forces who fired tear gas to disperse crowds.  Tear gas, rubber bullets Demonstrators had briefly taken over several government ministries the previous night, while security forces scuffled with larger crowds of protesters converging on the capital’s main protest camp. Human Rights Watch’s Lebanon researcher Aya Majzoub said some security forces had responded by indiscriminately firing tear gas and rubber bullets.”Instead of deploying the army to help residents clear rubble from their homes, businesses, and communities, the Lebanese authorities chose to deploy them and other security forces against protesters,” she said.The violence injured 65 people, according to the Lebanese Red Cross. Security forces also made 20 arrests, according to a group of lawyers supporting the protests. The August 4 explosion came with Lebanon already reeling from an economic crisis that has seen its currency collapse, plunging swathes of its population into poverty.On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris oversaw a UN-backed virtual donors conference to raise aid for the cash-strapped country.The world must respond “quickly and effectively” to the disaster, Macron warned, urging international cooperation “to ensure that neither violence nor chaos prevails”.In a joint statement issued after the conference, donors pledged the assistance would be “directly delivered to the Lebanese population”.New aid pledges were made while the embattled government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab took another hit Sunday with the resignation of information minister Manal Abdel Samad.Several lawmakers also quit and local media reported Diab was mulling announcing the government’s resignation. The revelation that Lebanese state officials had long tolerated a ticking time-bomb in the heart of the capital has served as shocking proof to many Lebanese of the rot at the core of the state apparatus.center_img Topics : Lebanon’s political elite faced pressure from all sides Sunday after a deadly explosion blamed on officials’ negligence, with the first cabinet resignation over the affair and re-energized protesters vowing more action.As hopes faded of finding any survivors of Tuesday’s blast, social media was flooded with angry posts after a night that saw protesters briefly take over ministries in central Beirut.A picture went viral on social media showing the city’s devastated port, with a low wall in the foreground bearing the spray-painted message: “My government did this.”last_img read more

first_img26 points to 3-16 the final score in Pairc Ui Rinn yesterday – the Rebels clinched victory in the dying seconds.Tipp manager Michael Ryan said they’ve been suitably warned about the challenge Cork will pose in the championship.The Premier County were already through to the quarter final where they will meet Offaly next weekend. Cork will go up against Limerick, it’s Waterford against Galway and Kilkenny will meet Wexford.last_img

first_imgFloyd Mayweather dropped to his knees as the final bell sounded after his whitewashing of Andre Berto on Saturday and looked skyward.For the final 30 seconds, the crowd of 13,395 at the MGM Grand Garden stood, their camera phones in their hands, documenting the end of the unbeaten star’s legendary career.Berto offered little in the way of a serious challenge and Mayweather cruised to an easy victory, running his record to 49-0 in what he insists will be his last fight.Few believe he’ll be able to stay retired, but he earned at least another $32 million and, with television upside, his 2015 earnings could push past $300 million.He again insisted his career was over, and while he didn’t always fight the way many fans wanted, he leaves the sport with his faculties intact and hundreds of million in the bank.“You’ve got to know when it’s time to hang it up, and it’s my time to hang up,” Mayweather said. “I’ve been in the sport 19 years and been a world champion for 18. I have nothing else to prove in the sport of boxing.” He told his father, Floyd Sr., following the ninth round that he injured his left hand, but dismissed it later.“It doesn’t matter if I hurt my left hand or my right hand,” Mayweather said. “My career is over.”The fight was like so many of the 48 Mayweather bouts that preceded it. Berto simply wasn’t good enough to force Mayweather to fight and so Mayweather fought at his range and at his pace. Mayweather pounded Berto with his jab, did a nice job going to the body and largely controlled the action.Mayweather seemed to hurt Berto twice, but there were no knockdowns and no classic back-and-forth exchanges. Mayweather was, yet again, a defensive master, and made it impossible for Berto to hit him. Berto landed just 17 percent of his punches, while Mayweather connected on an astounding 57 percent (232 of 410).“He was difficult to hold onto and was slippery, very slippery,” Berto said. “Like I said, experience played a big part. I tried to use my speed, but he was using little things, smart things, to get me off my rhythm. I was coming, but he was crafty. He had a lot of speed and is very crafty.”Mayweather, who made about $250 million in May when he defeated Manny Pacquiao in what was billed as “The Fight of the Year,” has insisted since this fight was announced that he’d retire.Few believed him, or believe him now. The MGM is opening a new 20,000-seat arena in May, and Mayweather would break Marciano’s long-standing mark if he fought and won once more.There would be no shortage of huge paydays if he chose to reconsider, but he said he’s made more than $700 million in his career and is looking forward to spending time with his children.“I’m financially secure and I’m in good health,” he said. “I’m looking forward to finding the next Floyd Mayweather and seeing someone break all these records I set.” The crowd briefly chanted “TBE! TBE!” during the fight, referring to Mayweather’s self-annointed moniker of “The Best Ever.”Most boxing historians consider Sugar Ray Robinson the best fighter ever, and Berto, despite getting walloped, wasn’t about to put Mayweather in that company.He chuckled when he was asked if he believes Mayweather is the best fighter ever. He thought for a second and then send, “He’s definitely one of the best out there.”And now, apparently, he’s done. The search for the next superstar is officially on.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgFormer Juventus and Italy footballer Vincenzo Iaquinta has been sentenced to two years for firearms offences as part of a large mafia trial.The 38-year-old, who was part of Italy’s winning World Cup team in 2006, was one of 148 people standing trial for alleged links to the ‘Ndrangheta, a major southern Italian mafia network.The judge dismissed those charges against him, but his father was found guilty and jailed for 19 years.More than 120 others were found guilty.The court ruled that Iaquinta illegally passed two guns to his father – who at the time was under a court order banning him from keeping firearms.”Ridiculous, shame,” Iaquinta and his father shouted as their sentences were announced. Under Italian law, defendants are allowed to appeal twice before a sentence is confirmed and even if that were to happen, it is unlikely that Iaquinta would have to serve jail time, Reuters reports.The trial was the largest of its kind to take place in northern Italy.The ‘Ndrangheta has around 6,000 members, according to FBI estimates, and is active in Calabria – one of Italy’s poorest regions.The mafia is believed to control up to 80% of Europe’s cocaine trade.last_img read more

first_imgJusuf Nurkić debuted officially for the Denver Nuggets. It was great, exactly like we expected it would be. When a debutant in the world best basket league gets 13 minutes in the first match and scores 5 points, catches 7 balls and above all of it becomes the best player from the bench – than it’s really a great start.But we all knew Juka is going to make it. His rapid success in becoming an NBA star is really a great motive to write a beautiful sports story.Juka is a bright example of a wonderful start with many promising year ahead of him. This, as the commentators called him, “good-natured Bosnian giant” is a proof everything can be achieved.(Source: Radio Sarajevo)last_img read more

first_imgALEXIS SARA COBBHave you had the opportunity to hear about the recent NFL personal conduct policy that Roger Goodell implemented?  The policy includes all NFL league and team personnel in addition to all players. There is a great deal involved in the policy but let’s focus on domestic violence. There is a mandatory six-game suspension without pay for a first time domestic violence offense, or at least 37.5 percent of a 16-game season. A second offense results in banishment from the league, with the possibility to petition for reinstatement after a year. In other words, a person can get a lifetime ban from the league with a second offense, if not granted reinstatement.I did not like the NFL personal conduct policy before the recent changes. And now that the changes have been implemented, I still don’t like the policy.The changes are a reaction to the Baltimore Raven’s Ray Rice incident. He and his then-fiance /now-wife got into a physical altercation. They said some things, she spit on him and hit him, Ray hit her back and it was so hard, she was knocked unconscious. Some of the altercation was caught on camera. The footage was unsettling as Rice can be seen dragging his unconscious partner on the ground. After watching the Ray Rice incident online, I was appalled. After considering the totality of the circumstances, Goodell suspended Ray Rice for two games. The public was justifiability outraged at the ridiculously soft punishment. Two games! That’s utterly preposterous.In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during an news conference in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Goodell referenced the Ray Rice incident when he stated, “…in response to a recent incident of domestic violence… My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right.”Goodell is correct that he was instrumental in giving a gross miscarriage of justice, however, now he is trying to overcompensate. The NFL has gone from one extreme to another.I am a female. I am strongly against domestic violence but I am also fully aware of how these new policy changes can and will be abused. It gives people who target athletes serious ammunition, it can affect the outcome of the NFL season by potentially sidelining any player or coach, and finally, it boasts of training athletes and personnel but it does not provide any immediate mandatory training.NFL players are already targets and the NFL has managed to give the people that target them even more ammunition. Many people try to get NFL players and athletes in general to pay them. For example, people have claimed athletes’ have sexually assaulted them or that they are the father of their children, when neither is the case. They will simply try to conjure up enough negative publicity or file lawsuits against athletes so that the athlete will pay them off to go quietly into the night.However, with these policy changes there are so many scenarios that are commonplace where the players could potentially be victims themselves. Do you honestly think that every person that calls the authorities and claims domestic violence is going to be telling the truth?  In the heat of the moment, people may simply try to hurt a player or coach and what better way to make headlines than to have a player or coach’s name brought up on a domestic violence charge.In a world where we are so progressive that the St. Louis Rams drafted the first openly homosexual onto the playing field, we as a nation are still backward. Especially, with our athletes. And nobody is going to talk about it. The new rules in the code of conduct policy do not account for an athlete or an NFL personnel who uses self-defense in a domestic situation.What about the female who attacks the male and the male fends her off? Let’s say that she has heard that he was cheating on her. She has some bruises, marks or scratches on her and can display these war wounds to the police. Then what? The player or coach is automatically put into a world where his career is in jeopardy. He is frontline news. It’s unfair. Plus, think of the ridicule that he is going to get if he were to tell the truth and say that she attacked him.A dishonest person can get anybody suspended and the whole team’s season can be affected. It’s ridiculous. The way that the conduct policy is set up, they will look to see how the legal battles are taken into account which means that the players could be affected toward the end of the season. So, a team could lose a potential star because someone in a relationship wanted to be vindictive and dishonest.Additionally, the policy takes into account previous behavior of before the individual were connected to the NFL. And that might be one of the greatest injustices. Roger Goodell should not get to reach back to anybody’s college days to determine his punishment for a new incident?  That is unfair and unreasonable.  Why should a player who has been in the NFL for years or a coach who has been coaching for decades be punished because of something that happened back when he was a freshman in college? It empowers females to lie and makes NFL players and personnel to live in fear.I understand where Goodell was coming from when he instituted this policy change. He had good intentions but the policy leaves much to be desired. Right now, men will be penalized on behaviors effective immediately when they haven’t been given any type of serious or intense domestic violence training.In a sport where men are so prevalent, Goodell just changed the gender influence of the game. Males coach the players. Males call the plays. Males referee the game.  Males play the game. But the NFL has just put in place a policy where a female can make allegations and affect the personnel of any team. So, in reality males play the game but females have the power to determine the outcome.(Source for this article is NFL.com)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  alexiscobb@ascexec.com or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

first_imgAthletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa has snubbed two approaches from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.Roman Abramovich is looking for another manager.It is claimed the 56-year-old ex-Argentina manager has dismissed talks with Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s representatives, insisting he does not talk to “people representing other people.”The Sun declare that Abramovich’s reign at Chelsea has cost him £2billion.And a number of papers pick up on interim boss Roberto Di Matteo’s comment on Friday that he has “no friends” at Stamford Bridge.Meanwhile, The Sun say QPR manager Mark Hughes has threatened to ban his players from using Twitter after Federico Macheda was hit with a £15,000 FA fine.On-loan  striker Macheda was found guilty of using homophobic language on the social networking site and recently posted foul-mouthed comments after being dropped by Hughes.Related West London Sport story: Hughes rules out Twitter banThe Independent and Daily Express have interviews with QPR chairman Tony Fernandes, who again states that he will not jump ship if Rangers go down.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgKamal Haasan hosts Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutThe third season of Bigg Boss Tamil will be aired on Vijay Television in less than 24 hours. 15 contestants predominantly from film and television backgrounds will be part of the Kamal Haasan-hosted show. Contestants List: Vijay TV approached many well-known and lesser-known celebrities. Chandini Tamilarasan, Laila Mehdin, Sakshi Agarwal, Sudha Chandran, Premji, T Rajendar, Priya Anand, Kasthuri, VJ Siddhu, Radha Ravi, Prasanna, Powerstar Srinivasan, Sanjana Singh, Alya Manasa, Rachita Mahalakshmi, YouTuber Hari R Baskar, Kovai Sarala, Cheran and Vadivelu among many names were rumoured to be part of the show. Bigg Boss Tamil 3: Live updatesHowever, the latest updates state the below celebrities to be part of Bigg Boss Tamil 3.Vanitha Vijayakumar, daughter of veteran actor Vijayakumar, comedy actress Jangiri Madhumitha, actor-musician Mohan Vaidya, actor Fathima Babu, actress Sakshi Agarwal, actress Abhirami Venkatachalam, who will be seen in Ajith’s Nerkonda Paarvai, Malaysian actor and musician Mugen Rao, Saravanan Meenakshi fame Kavin, Srilanka model Losilya, budding actor Tharshan Thiyagarajah, actor Sarvanan, actor and filmmaker Cheran, dance master Sandy, Reshma Pasupuleti,  and actress Sherin are said to be taking part in Kamal Haasan-hosted show.As and when ever it is required, the channel will give wild-card entries to the show.In the first season, 15 contestants entered the house of Kamal Haasan-hosted show and four more celebs got wild-card entries. In the second season, 16 people entered the house and only one contestant was given wild entry.Meanwhile, the shooting of the inaugural episode of Bigg Boss Tamil 3 was kick-started on Friday and continued till Saturday evening. The show will be aired for the next 100 days at 8 pm.The contestants of Bigg Boss Tamil will be locked inside the house for the 100 days. Every week there will be elimination based on the viewers’ votes, but there are exceptions.At occasions, there will be no eliminations and sometimes multiple people might be evicted. A picture of Kamal Haasan in Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR Handoutlast_img read more

first_imgIn this photo taken on January 10, 2017, start-up companies work out of Nasscom’s Startup Warehouse facility, which incubates start-up tech companies, in Bangalore.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Indian startup and e-commerce segment is witnessing a huge demand in the senior talent hiring. Two of the largest growing sectors in the country are on a hiring spree when it comes to leadership positions. The sudden rise in the headhunting has been driven by multiple factors such as an improved funding scenario, increased M&A activity, increased mobile data consumption and the creative e-commerce and transaction models.The Economic Times reported that as against last year, companies like Amazon, Flipkart, Swiggy, Paytm, OYO, Ola or Zomato has witnessed a 40-100% jump in such mandates. The start-ups, especially in the e-commerce sector, have managed to raise capital through series A and series B funding which has given them a leeway to hire talents.Anuj Roy, managing partner, FIDIUS Advisory said that “Online sector hiring has picked up big time.” He went on to add that his agency is presently managing 13-14 mandates for senior talent, compared to seven-eight last in 2017.Similarly, Bengaluru headquartered Longhouse Consulting is reported to have doubled their mandate. A quarter ago the company was managing 30 mandates as compared to 75 at the moment. The major part of mandate belongs to the e-commerce segment. The last 6-7 has reported a hike in the hiring with industry estimates suggesting around 350-400-plus senior hires across the e-commerce and startup ecosystem.Notably, last week there were major hiring in these sectors with OYO Hotels appointing ex-IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh as CEO for India and South-Asia; Flipkart getting Smriti Singh as human resources head; MakeMyTrip hiring Vipul Prakash as the chief operating officer (COO). Moreover, Rahul Bhargava was hired as chief technology officer (CTO), InCred and Freshworks made two senior-level appointments.Roy said that “A lot of such companies are now building their teams because once you raise that much capital, you move from a startup culture to a professional-led one.” Seed funded companies, as well as unicorns, are aggressively looking out top talents.Speaking about its hiring plans for the coming months, Girish Menon, VP, HR at Swiggy said that “In the coming months, we will be doubling down on hiring the sharpest minds in the industry for senior roles in departments such as business, sales and technology, and for highly specialized roles in areas such data sciences and AI.”last_img read more