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Ex-MMA fighter gets 36 years to life in kidnap, beating case

first_img“Sometimes I didn’t realize what I did until I’d already done it,” Koppenhaver told Clark County District Court Judge Elissa Cadish. “I hate that this happened.”Koppenhaver will be 71 before he’s eligible for parole.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis lawyer, Jay Leiderman, said Koppenhaver tried to hang himself in jail in January, but that he has turned to religion and wants to become a role model behind bars.The Associated Press normally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Mack gave AP permission to use her name. She has spoken publicly about her experience with domestic violence. Her legal name is Christine Mackinday. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ US adjusting to Arena’s system as World Cup qualifier looms Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Former mixed martial arts fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, addresses the court before his sentencing at the Regional Justice Center on Monday, June 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Koppenhaver is ordered to serve 36 years to life behind bars after being convicted of more than two dozen charges, including sexual assault and first-degree kidnapping. APLAS VEGAS — The former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was sentenced Monday (Tuesday Manila time) to 36 years to life in Nevada state prison for kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting his porn actress ex-girlfriend and attacking her male friend at her Las Vegas home in 2014.Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, 35, offered an apology full of self-loathing during his sentencing on 29 felony and misdemeanor charges in the attacks on Christy Mack and Corey Thomas. He called himself a “very lost, very empty person” who hated his aggressive impulses and “should have killed myself by now.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games She, her mother and Thomas also spoke during a lengthy sentencing hearing that Leiderman tried to avoid altogether.The judge rejected Leiderman’s bid for a new trial based on an obscure 1911 state law that the defense attorney said would have let Koppenhaver tell the jury that he “just lost it” and fell into a blind rage amounting to unconsciousness during the attacks, and therefore could not have known he was committing a crime.Leiderman said later he would appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.Koppenhaver didn’t testify at his two-week trial on 34 charges. The jury in March failed to reach a verdict on two attempted murder charges. The jury acquitted him of three lesser counts — battery with intent to commit sexual assault, burglary with a weapon and sexually motivated coercion.Leiderman characterized Koppenhaver at trial as a “raging bull” with brain injuries from his fighting career and emotions inflamed by the use of steroids and non-prescription stimulant and antidepressant drugs that could have caused mood swings and violence the defense attorney termed “roid rage.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Bayern Munich routs Arsenal 5-1 to put foot in quarterfinals

first_imgMUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich answered its critics with a comprehensive 5-1 rout of Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League clash to put one foot in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.Thiago Alcantara struck twice in a superb performance, while Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Thomas Mueller scored the other goals. Arsenal now faces what seems a near-impossible task in the second leg of the Round of 16 on March 7, despite a first-half equalizer from Alexis Sanchez.Bayern had been unconvincing in its five games since the winter break, looking tired and lacking the dominance it displayed at the start of the season. But the home side soon took control of the game.There was little Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina could do to stop Robben from opening the scoring in the 11th minute. Given too much space, the Dutchman cut inside as he’s done so often before and let fly with a shot that went in off the underside of the bar.Bayern dominated and it looked only a matter of time before the home side would add to its tally. Instead, Arsenal was given a lifeline when Lewandowski took down Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and the referee awarded the penalty before the half-hour mark.Amid deafening whistles from the home fans, Manuel Neuer saved Sanchez’ weak spot kick and Sanchez then missed the rebound but the Chilean cut the Bayern fans’ cheers short when he prodded in at the third attempt.Suddenly the momentum was with Arsenal. Granit Xhaka should have scored when he shot straight at Neuer, and Mesut Ozil might have made it 2-1 at the break, only for Neuer to come to Bayern’s rescue again.But it was all Bayern for the second half, after Arsenal lost central defender Koscielny in the 49th minute.Robben and Philipp Lahm combined on the right ring, the latter producing an inviting cross for Lewandowski to rise above two defenders and head inside the right post in the 53rd.The Poland striker produced a brilliant back-heeled flick to send Thiago through to score another three minutes later.Bayern had a host of chances thereafter, first through Lewandowski, who struck the crossbar after rounding the ‘keeper, then through Robben, who was blocked by Kieran Gibbs, illegally according to the Bayern players, who demanded a penalty.The claims were forgotten when Thiago grabbed his second, minutes later, with a deflected shot after a corner, before Mueller completed the rout two minutes after he came on in the 86th.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Southgate: Hell of a lot of work to do

first_imgEngland ‘Hell of a lot of work to do’ – Southgate knows England must improve before World Cup Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 06:01 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Southgate Getty Images England WC Qualification Europe England v Slovenia Slovenia World Cup Harry Kane Harry Kane booked the side’s place at the World Cup with a 1-0 home win against Slovenia, but the manager knows they must be better before next summer England may have qualified for the World Cup following Thursday’s scruffy 1-0 win over Slovenia but manager Gareth Southgate admits they have a “hell of a lot of work to do” if they are to be contenders in Russia next year.Captain Harry Kane grabbed an injury-time winner at Wembley to secure top spot in Group F but it was another unconvincing display from Southgate’s players and the former Middlesbrough boss knows they must improve over the next eight months.Join dabblebet’s Acca Club for a £5 free bet every Monday Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “I think this team has potential, but we’ve got a hell of a lot of work to do,” he told ITV Sport.”They’ve come here on the back of what happened in the last European Championships, they’ve had the change of coach, they’ve had a lot of difficulties to deal with through the campaign.”But we’re there [at the World Cup] and now we build and we look to where we can improve all the time.”Joe Hart [made] big saves at important times and that’s where his experience has come through.”We know where we have to do better but that’s for tomorrow. Tonight, we go to the World Cup and that’s fantastic.”Gareth Southgate quoteLate goals have underpinned England’s successful qualifying campaign – Kane scored a late equaliser away to Scotland in June, while Adam Lallana struck deep in stoppage-time to earn a 1-0 win in Slovakia in September 2016, which turned out to be Sam Allardyce’s sole game in charge.And Southgate believes it is no coincidence it happened again on Thursday.Qualification secured. The #ThreeLions’ road to Russia starts here— England (@England) October 5, 2017″We played a team who have only conceded four goals in the competition – and you saw why,” Southgate added.”They defended resolutely, they broke the game up when they had to, they took yellow cards when they had to.”We weren’t quite as sharp as we hoped to be with the ball. But we stuck at it and it’s not a coincidence if you keep scoring late goals.”Late goals have been key and we knew they had to win. We changed formation to go two up front at the end.”last_img read more

What next for Geraint Thomas and Team Sky after his Tour triumph?

first_img Read more Read more The Team Sky riders who propelled Geraint Thomas to Tour de France win Tour de France 2018 Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Thomas has until around Christmas to decide whether to target a second Tour or direct his talent and drive elsewhere – the Giro d’Italia or the one-day Classics. That will firstly hinge on whether he signs for a further stint at Team Sky, which is probable given that he has grown up at the team, and that there is no obviously enticing squad which will be able to afford him. Secondly it will depend on whether he or Froome pulls rank or whether Sky opt for repeating this year’s two-pronged leadership strategy, which will carry obvious benefits but obvious risks: Thomas will be more ambitious, Froome well aware that time is not on his side.In the short term there is the hangover. Thomas’s teammate and fellow Welshman Luke Rowe informed social media that he had a sore head on Monday morning, which was understandable given their legendary and well documented joint capacity for celebration. There are other riders with bigger headaches, however. The 2018 Tour left a larger than usual number of team leaders scarred mentally or physically or both, which will lend more piquancy than usual to the Vuelta a España, which comes around with disturbing speed, starting on 25 August in Málaga. Play Video Tour de France victory has given Geraint Thomas desire for more big wins Share on Messenger features Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest With a first Tour de France win out of the way Geraint Thomas will show in the next few months whether he is a ticker or accumulator. Some athletes tend to achieve a particular goal – thereby ticking that box – then move on to something else, the best recent example at the Tour being Bradley Wiggins who won the yellow jersey, then added a world time trial title, an Hour Record, an attempt at a one-day Classic and finally one last Olympic gold medal. Accumulators have an appetite for repeating their feats, troubling the record books as they do so, the obvious current model being Chris Froome.center_img Reuse this content Neither Thomas nor Froome is likely to be there. Froome started his season early to target the Giro d’Italia while Thomas will digest his Tour win rather than tackle a race which will suit him less than La Grande Boucle. On which note the Tour of Britain starts in Wales on 2 September and it is safe to assume the organisers have, not unreasonably, already begun to badger Sky to field the local hero. At the Vuelta, however, Sky are expected to blood their young Scot Tao Geoghegan Hart, who performed so strongly in support of Thomas at the Critérium du Dauphiné.The Vuelta will at least see the Movistar “trident” of Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde attempt to pull off the victory that eluded them at the Tour while others who need redemption after an unsatisfactory season include Rigoberto Uran, Richie Porte and the Italian Fabio Aru, who flopped in his home Tour. It is unclear whether Adam Yates will target the Spanish Tour, but his brother Simon, star of the Giro until his epic collapse shortly before the finish, is certainly on the list at present. Tour de France Geraint Thomas Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Support The Guardian 0:31 Cycling Geraint Thomas: Tour de France support has outshone negativity – video The Spanish Tour also remains a target for the Tour’s biggest casualty, Vincenzo Nibali, who left the race due to a fractured vertebra but has the Vuelta pencilled in as preparation for the world championships in Innsbruck in late September. The Frenchman Thibaut Pinot missed his home Tour due to the illness he picked up late in the Giro but is another who will attempt to salvage something from his season in late August and September.The Tour also had a large number of sprinters heading for home early but the extremely hilly world championship and the relatively small number of flat stages in the Vuelta offer limited opportunities to salvage their seasons. The problem for such as Mark Cavendish, André Greipel and Marcel Kittel is that even the Tour of Britain is not particularly flat, while the Vuelta offers the prospect of repeated mountainous slogs leavened by only the occasional opportunity for a win. The three senior sprint stars of the peloton face an uncomfortable reality: their fast-moving world is moving on fast and this season they have been left behind. The sprints at the Tour this year were dominated by the Colombian Fernando Gaviria, tipped as the coming man of the final kilometre for several years, and now in pole position to dominate next year. At the Vuelta, should any of the trio opt to travel there, they will face another fast man of the future, the Australian Caleb Ewan, who has a major point to prove after being left out of the Tour when his Mitchelton-Scott team opted to put all their eggs in the Adam Yates basket.Behind the main battle for the yellow jersey the 2018 Tour offered its usual pointers to the future. The emergence of another French star in the form of Julian Alaphilippe was welcome but a more interesting prospect went relatively unnoticed. The Frenchman David Gaudu, who is only 21, showed flickers of talent in the mountains in spite of a troubled build-up to finish just outside the top 30, in between pulling stints on the flat for the Groupama sprinter Arnaud Démare. Alongside Lotto NL-Jumbo’s dynamic duo of Primož Roglič and Steven Kruiswijk, the 24-year-old Dutchman Antwan Tolhoek also showed promise.However, most speculation focused on another 21-year-old, Team Sky’s Colombian Egan Bernal, who managed 15th overall on his debut while remaining comfortably among the lead group on most of the major mountain stages. If he continues to improve at a similar rate, the question of whether Thomas or Froome is the British team’s anointed leader could become irrelevant in a couple of years. Since you’re here…last_img read more

Muntari joins Seedorf at Deportivo

first_imgTransfers Muntari joins Seedorf at Deportivo La Coruna Jamie Smith 22:38 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Sulley Muntari Getty Images Transfers Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña v Espanyol Primera División The former Ghana international has joined the La Liga side on a free transfer after a successful trial period at the club Sulley Muntari has signed for Deportivo La Coruna, the La Liga strugglers bringing in the free agent to boost their relegation battle.Clarence Seedorf was appointed by Depor this month but is yet to oversee a victory, or even see his side score a goal.And the Dutchman has signed former AC Milan team-mate Muntari in a bid to give Depor a greater chance of avoiding the drop. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Muntari, who played in three World Cups for Ghana, was available on a free transfer after leaving Pescara at the end of last season.The 33-year-old had an unhappy spell at the club, saying he was “treated like a criminal” after claiming to have been racially abused during a Serie A match at Cagliari.Muntari’s most successful period came at Inter Milan, where he played for four seasons between 2008 and 2012. At Inter, the midfielder won two Serie A titles, two Coppas Italia as well as the Champions League in 2010.He began his professional career with Udinese in 2002 before moving to Portsmouth, while also spending time at both Milan clubs, Sunderland, Saudi side Al-Ittihad and Pescara.Depor, second bottom in the table, are three points from safety with 14 league games still to playlast_img read more

It is very stupid to think that Team India need to bat deep: Yuvraj Singh

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 26, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 17:34 IST Yuvraj Singh said he was surprised MS Dhoni batted at No.7 in World Cup semi-final. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj spoke on a number of issues ranging from his retirement to India’s World Cup 2019 campaignYuvraj added that India has a settled batting unit and bowling has been an area of concernYuvraj Singh said India needs to play main bowlers like Bumrah, Chahal, Kuldeep to win T20 World CupFormer India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said it is very stupid to think that Team India need to bat deep and added that India has a settled batting unit whereas bowling has been an area of concern. Yuvraj said that if India wants to win the T20 World Cup then the team management needs to play main bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.India have been looking to bat deep and post 200 plus totals and get consistent about it, much like the template world champions, England adopted with a considerable amount of success in white-ball cricket.They are also willing to pay any price in order to achieve that as was amply underlined when wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were not kept in the mix for two straight T20I series, including the just-concluded home assignment against South Africa which ended in a 1-1 draw. Yuvraj Singh further revealed that he was taken aback after not being selected for the Indian team despite passing the mandatory yo-yo test.In an exclusive chat with Aaj Tak, Yuvraj spoke on a number of issues ranging from his retirement to India’s World Cup 2019 campaign, unraveling a host of startling revelations about Indian cricket.On sudden U-turn in his selection despite passing yo-yo test”Never thought that I would be dropped after being the man of the match in 2 games out of the 8-9 I played after the CT 2017. I got injured and I was told to prepare for the SL series. then suddenly, the yo-yo test came into the picture. It was a u-turn in my selection. Suddenly I had to go back and prepare for the yo-yo test at the age of 36. Even after I cleared the yo-yo test, I was told to play domestic cricket. They actually thought that I wouldn’t be able to clear the test due to my age. And that it would be easy to decline me afterward…yeah you can say it was an exercise in making excuses.”advertisement”I think it was unfortunate for a guy who has played 15-17 years of international cricket to not being made to sit down and being talked to. No one told me and no one told Virender Sehwag or Zaheer Khan either. Whichever player it is, the person who is in-charge should sit down and talk with the player that we are looking at the youngsters and we’ve taken this step. This way, you do feel bad at the beginning but at least you give them the credit of being true to your face – sth which doesn’t happen in Indian cricket. It has been like that forever almost. I have seen it happen to big names. Took it personally then but not now as there is a time for everything to move on and I made my peace with it,” said Yuvraj.On his retirement announcement during World Cup 2019″A lot of things were going on through my mind at that time. Out of choice, I felt that the WC has started and the team has moved on. I wanted to play some cricket outside India. My life wasn’t moving forward. Had been married for 2-3 years and I wanted to focus on my life and I felt a bit burdened at the end of my career. So I thought if I have to play leagues outside India, I’ll have to retire. So I thought it was the perfect time to hang my boots”Yuvraj Singh wanted to play World Cup 2019″Yes, I wanted to play the WC 2019. Didn’t feel good when I missed out on the 2015 edition as I was scoring heavily in the Ranji trophy back then. but there were a lot of factors which I can’t put in words. Before the 2019 WC, I was 37 years old and a lot of things didn’t go in my favor. I thought I should be thankful for the amount of cricket I have already played rather than ruing missing out on another WC. I’m glad that I retired at the right time.”On 2007 and 2011 World Cup win”I think in 2007 we had a new team and a new captain. So I think we played fearless cricket without any pressure from the seniors. That really helped and it also brought a number of changes. 50% of that batch played the 2011 WC. We had good coaches in LAlchand Rajput and Gary Kirsten. I think we had the best players who were also at their peak. A lot of match-winners and a lot of respect for each other in the team. We had very good communication with Dhoni, Gary, and Sachin being around. I think it was destiny to win the WC.”advertisementOn Team India’s success from 2003 “You have to identify what is the best talent available and then you have to back that talent. Me and Kaif during the 2003 WC. Everybody was failing badly in NZ but almost the same team played in the WC. Cut to the 2019 WC team: I was dropped, then Manish Pandey came in, then after 1-2 more players KL was also tried, Raina came back and then they went with Rayudu who played for 8-9 months and scored a 90 in NZ. Before the WC, we lost to Australia and Rayudu had a bad tournament and suddenly VS came in. The selectors should have understood the importance of the no. 4 position esp in England. VS and RP didn’t have that experience. DK was an experienced guy but was sitting out and suddenly goes to bat in the semis. So I really didn’t understand the thinking. I think that was the main reason why India didn’t win the WC. I thought India and England were the best teams and there is no reason that India shouldn’t have played the final.”MS Dhoni batting at No.7 in World Cup semi-final”I was very surprised that MS came in to bat at No. 7. I felt that he should have batted higher being the most experienced. I don’t know what the team mgmt thought. Anyways it’s done now so”On inclusion of wrist spinners like Chahal, Kuldeep in the T20I side”It is very stupid to think that we (Team India) have to bat deep. In the last 3 to 4 years during every IPL auction, most of the money is spent on the bowlers. The thinktank needs to understand that you have to have main bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav. Especially if you are playing on flat tracks, you need very good bowlers. You need really good bowlers to win the T20 World Cup. Yes, we have a great batting side. We have Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. Middle-order you know, Shreyas Iyer has done very well in the ODIs. So batting is not an issue but you need bowlers to win the World Cup. Definitely (on bringing wrist-spinners). My thinking is it is very easy to hit pacers but to reach out to the pitch of a delivery bowled by a spinner may create problems for you.”Team management should go with Pant or Dhoni”A big-hitting player is always in debates. During my time I had the captain’s support but like me with Rishabh to there is no one to talk to him. See I think they (thinktank) have to decide whether they want to carry on with youth or they want to bring back experienced (players). Whoever you want to play, tell him that we are looking at you for T20 World Cup, you have these tournaments so go and play freely and express yourself. Team management needs to groom guys to win the T20 World Cup. “advertisementOn pressure on Virat as captain”Earlier there were only two formats so it was easy for a captain to manage. If the load on Virat is more than maybe they should try a different captain for the shorter formats. Rohit has done a fairly good job. I don’t really know. They have to decide that how much workload Virat can take. It completely depends on how they want to go for the future. It is completely team management’s call.”On Rohit Sharma being given the role of Test opener”If you ask me, Rohit Sharma should have opened in Tests from the beginning of his career. You play him one match and then drop him and say Rohit Sharma is not scoring runs in Test cricket. How can you expect someone to perform without giving him 10 Test? Now if you are making Rohit Sharma open in Tests, you should give him 6 Tests and tell him Rohit, you have got 10-12 innings, go and play your game, nobody will say anything. You gave so many chances to KL Rahul, so whoever is your opener, give him those 6 Test matches so that he can go and express his game.”On his only chance as a Test opener”I had got one chance to open and then I got dropped. At that time I felt that it was really tough to get as we had some really very big players. Last 7-8 years, there has been a lot of opportunities to get secured in Test cricket. And you will have to give many opportunities for the players to get fit in. Many players failed in the early part of their career, Virat failed in England, Cheteshwar Pujara failed in England and Australia but they stuck to them and look at there performance in Test cricket now. So you need to secure these players.”Also Read | Surprised MS Dhoni batted at No.7 in World Cup semi-final: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Rohit Sharma should’ve opened in Tests from the beginning: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Sudden U-turn in my selection despite passing yo-yo test: Yuvraj SinghAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow Team India It is very stupid to think that Team India need to bat deep: Yuvraj SinghIn an exclusive chat with Aaj Tak, Yuvraj Singh spoke on a number of issues ranging from his retirement to India’s World Cup 2019 campaign, unraveling a host of startling revelations about Indian cricket.advertisementlast_img read more

Insurance Settlements Policy to Change

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE Government is changing the way it handles insurance settlements for people receiving care. The changes include: using the same policy approach and administering from a central unit at Health and Wellness for both that department and Community Services; changing the intake process so potential insurance settlements are identified earlier, and staff can begin conversations with the client and their family and representatives; giving more flexibility in how the settlement is divided, allowing consideration of the family’s wishes for a loved one’s future care. The policy changes will be implemented immediately. -30- using the same policy approach and administering from a central unit at Health and Wellness for both that department and Community Services changing the intake process so potential insurance settlements are identified earlier, and staff can begin conversations with the client and their family and representatives giving more flexibility in how the settlement is divided, allowing consideration of the family’s wishes for a loved one’s future care. Government is changing the way it handles insurance settlements for people receiving care. “Recent cases have taught us that clients and their families want the rules to be clear, fair, and they want to be heard,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “I don’t want any more families to go through uncertainty and additional stress.” The changes include:center_img The policy changes will be implemented immediately.last_img read more

Buddhist leader facing sexual misconduct allegations apologizes to community

first_imgHALIFAX – International Buddhist leader Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is apologizing for the “pain, confusion and anger” sweeping through the Shambhala community amid sexual misconduct allegations against the Nova Scotia-based spiritual leader.Mipham, who has stepped back from his duties pending the outcome of a third-party investigation, said in a letter Tuesday that he takes responsibility for the pain the Buddhist community is experiencing.“In a state of complete heartbreak, I write to you, humble, embarrassed, and thoroughly apologetic for disappointing you,” the 55-year-old guru said.“I am committed to engaging with women and others in our community who have felt marginalized, beginning this week. I will be using this time of self-reflection to deeply listen and to better understand how the dynamics of power, gender and my actions have affected others.”He added: “I feel tremendous regret and sadness, and I commit myself to continuing this healing.”Mipham is the head of the religious organization, which is headquartered in Halifax.Inspired by Tibetan Buddhism, Shambhala is one of the largest western Buddhist movements with more than 200 meditation centres around the world.The spiritual leader’s apology comes after a former Shambhala community member, Andrea Winn, published a report last month with statements from women alleging sexual misconduct by Mipham.In the report, multiple unnamed women accuse the him of heavy drinking and using his attendant to “procure women students for his own sexual gratification.”The women alleged Mipham would identify a woman during a teaching session or other event, and then use his attendant to bring her to his lodgings late at night for sex.“Women were brought to (Mipham) in the middle of the night and pushed out the door before dawn to stumble back to their beds,” a woman described in a statement included in the report.The women said they were concerned they would face repercussions if they rejected his advances.None of the allegations has been proven in court and no charges have been laid.Members of the Kalapa Council, the Buddhist organization’s governing body, will also be stepping down through a “phased departure.”The leadership council has hired Halifax law firm Wickwire Holm to investigate the allegations.Mipham, who is often referred to as the Sakyong, was unavailable for an interview Tuesday.In his letter, the spiritual leader shares “some of the challenges” he has gone through.“After the passing of my father, I took on the leadership role of Shambhala at a young age, followed by my enthronement in 1995,” said Mipham, considered royalty within the Shambhala community.“During this period, I struggled to find my way, and fumbled with unhealthy power dynamics and alcohol. I failed to recognize the pain and confusion I was creating.”He said a group of senior students expressed concern with his drinking, and he began to realize how his actions were affecting others.The Shambhala leader says he cut back his drinking, began running, and developed a healthier lifestyle, both physically and spiritually.In 2005, he met a woman and they later married. They now have three daughters.“Since then, I have consciously worked on improving my relationship to alcohol as well as trying to improve my general behaviour and my relationship to others as a teacher and as a person,” Mipham said.The most recent allegation against Mipham detailed in the report is from August 2011.last_img read more

Canada in the right on softwood dispute will keep working with US

OTTAWA — The fact that new anti-dumping duties slapped on Canadian softwood companies came in lower than expected has Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr hoping the United States is finally accepting that Canada isn’t subsidizing the industry.The U.S. Department of Commerce added another seven percentage points to the total average import duties on Canadian softwood Monday, accusing the industry of selling wood in the U.S. at rates lower than in Canada.Industry analysts expected the duties would be at least 10 per cent.They come on top of countervailing duties imposed in April which averaged out at about 20 per cent and range from about three per cent to 24 per cent.The U.S. argues most Canadian wood is harvested from Crown lands and is sold for less than market prices as a way to subsidize the industry and make Canadian wood more attractive compared to American domestic products.Canada says there are no subsidies at all.On Tuesday, Carr told The Canadian Press the fact that the anti-dumping duties were less than expected and the fact that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also agreed to exempt companies in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island from paying the duties, is a positive signal in favour of Canada’s argument that it is doing nothing wrong in the free and fair trade of softwood lumber.“I hope it’s an indication that the U.S. Department of Commerce sees that really we’re not subsidizing the industry at all,” he said in a phone interview.Carr went further than his boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who earlier in the day refused to speculate on whether the lower duties meant Canada’s arguments were hitting the mark.“I’m not going to be a pundit on this,” Trudeau told a news conference.Trudeau said despite the latest events, Canada is pressing on with negotiations seeking a new deal with the U.S. on softwood lumber trade to replace the one that expired in 2015.This is the fifth time since 1981 the U.S. has accused Canada of unfair trade on softwood and Trudeau and Carr say Canada wins the dispute at international trade tribunals consistently. However Canada can’t challenge the latest round of duties until the final determinations are made by the U.S. later this year.Thus far, both the countervailing and anti-dumping duties are preliminary assessments.The current duties would cost Canadian producers an estimated $1.7 billion a year. Canada has put an $867-million aid package on the table with loan guarantees and direct assistance to help companies innovate and expand their markets beyond the U.S. None of that money has flowed yet but Carr said it will start flowing soon.Trudeau remained confident Tuesday a new negotiated deal will occur.“But this is still an issue that affects thousands of jobs across the country in small communities,” the prime minister said.“It’s something we take very, very seriously and will endeavour … to continue to work very, very hard on with the American administration.”Carr said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland talks to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross multiple times a week and believes it is possible for a negotiated settlement to come prior to the start of NAFTA renegotiations in mid-August.Conservative MP Randy Hoback, the official Opposition critic for Canada-U.S. relations, said Trudeau had a deal in hand with the former administration of president Barack Obama and he let it slip away.Hoback is in Montana for a meeting with western governors, where he said opinions of softwood vary depending on the state. But he said the general consensus there is that a deal would have been possible had Canada more quickly embraced the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade deal Obama wanted but which the U.S. has walked away from under President Donald Trump.“They were looking for us to show leadership on TPP,” Hoback said.“If we would have done that instead of doing another year of consultations across Canada, it would have given Obama the cover to push it through, and then would have also given us the ability to negotiate a softwood lumber agreement.”Hoback said he thinks the ultimate result will be more consolidation of the industry in Canada, with the biggest companies snapping up small outfits to get access to their wood quotas without necessarily keeping their sawmills open.“We’re going to see small towns turn into ghost towns,” said Hoback.NDP MP Nathan Cullen said eliminating as many Canadian companies as possible is the main goal of the U.S. action. And he said there are already mills in his northern B.C. riding that can’t afford the duty bills handed them by the U.S.But Susan Yurkovich, CEO of the B.C. Lumber Trade Council, said layoffs and job cuts will be avoided for the most part until the U.S. government sets final duty rates later this year — unless lumber prices suffer a precipitous decline.— with files from Ross Marowits in Montreal. read more

WATCH Footage released in deadly Toronto shooting

A post-mortem examination will be done Monday on the body of a Toronto woman who was killed in a drive-by shooting early Sunday.31-year-old Jenas Nyarko moved to Canada from Ghana in 2001 and worked at a shelter.Investigators say she was sitting in the backseat of a vehicle on her way home from a funeral when an SUV pulled up alongside and someone fired a single shot.Police say the SUV had been circling the neighbourhood before the shooting.They have released surveillance video of the suspect vehicle, which has been described as a silver or grey 2010 to 2016 Cadillac SUV with a sunroof.Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders says the incident is indicative of what he calls a problematic “street gang subculture.”According to Saunders, the city has seen five more shootings per month this year than last year.He says it’s not a catastrophic situation but he still wants to lower the numbers.There have been 47 homicides in Toronto so far this year — four of them within a 24-hour period this weekend. read more

OPP Gold Helmets show

A different group of OPP officers was doing something out of the ordinary in Niagara Falls Wednesday evening.The OPP Golden Helmets precision motorcyling team were putting on a show for tourists from around the world.And as Mia Gordon tells us, the talented team is also celebrating a special landmark.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Bolton says US ready to negotiate postBrexit trade pact

LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says the United States is ready to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.K. “in pieces” to help speed the process.John Bolton met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday. Johnson’s Downing Street office says the two “spoke about Brexit and a range of other issues – including Iran, Hong Kong and 5G” network security.Bolton told reporters afterward that a piecemeal approach to trade negotiations is “not unprecedented” and talks between the U.S. and the U.K. could concentrate first on areas where the two sides agree.He said: “I think here we see the importance and urgency of doing as much as we can agree on as rapidly as possible.”Britain is preparing to leave the European Union on Oct. 31.The Associated Press read more

In Niger Security Council links aid and development in fight against Boko

The Security Council – which is in the Lake Chad Basin to draw attention to the humanitarian and development needs of a region grappling with Boko Haram’s terror – visited for the first time Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world.Addressing media in Niamey, Ambassador Matthew Rycroft of the United Kingdom, who is leading the Council visit as president of the Security Council for the month of March, pledged solidarity with the people who the Council had met. “We have demonstrated our commitment to further support Niger in its remarkable efforts to restore the security stability of the localities in the Lake Chad basin but also to provide the necessary protection and assistance to the populations affected by the crisis,” Mr. Rycroft told journalists.Earlier, the Council members had met with President Mahamadou Issoufou. They also heard from UN agencies and partners about the “dire situation” in the region of Diffa along Niger’s border with Nigeria. Last summer, tens of thousands of people fled Diffa as Boko Haram flooded the desert town from Nigeria. In addition to insecurity, Niger is plagued by drought, desertification and a lack of jobs and schools for its young people, who make up two-thirds of the population. The country ranks 188th out of 188 countries on the 2015 UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index. Speaking to the Council during its visit, the UNDP Resident Representative and Resident Coordinator, Fodé Ndiaye, said survivors of Boko Haram violence are being hosted by other poor and vulnerable communities.“But they are showing humanity,” Mr. Ndiaye stressed.One of the main observations from the visit, according to Mr. Rycroft, was the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 16. That Goal aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.“You can’t come to a place like the Lake Chad Basin without seeing the value of Goal 16,” Mr. Rycroft said. The Security Council next heads to Maiduguri, Borno, in north-eastern Nigeria, known since 2009 as the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency. The Council members are meeting with local officials and civil society organisations before they are scheduled to visit a camp for internally displaced persons.The Council members will also visit Abuja, where they will meet with acting President Yemi Osinbajo. read more

Firefox for Mobile gets Aurora and Nightly channels

first_imgFirefox for Mobile — which was at one point named Fennec after the cute pocket-sized foxes — has been in development for quite some time. The first alpha builds arrived late in 2008, and by the time Mozilla was ready to make the first beta available in the Android Market in February of 2011 the decision had been made to synchronize build numbers with its desktop cousin. Despite being the first Firefox mobile browser, the app launched as version 4.Once Firefox 4 had been released on both the desktop and in mobile form, Mozilla began work on its accelerated release schedule. With a more Chrome-like timetable for Firefox releases, Mozilla also needed to change the way new builds were tested prior to release. A channel system (again like Chrome) was set up, and in additional to the stable Firefox release users are now able to pick from Beta, Aurora, or Nightly releases on their desktop.With Mozilla also deciding to adopt the same rapid release schedule for Firefox for Mobile, it only made sense that there would also be new channels being introduced to facilitate real-world testing. Developer Mark Finkle has announced on his blog that users can now get their hands on both Aurora and Nightly versions of Firefox for Mobile — just point your Android device’s Web browser to: for Aurora for Nightly.Right now, all three Firefox for Mobile versions are very similar in terms of appearance, performance, and functionality. The new unstable releases are the first of their kind, though, so new features will start popping up as the Mozilla crew pushes updates to your device. Remember, you’re playing with unfinished software if you decide to install Firefox for Mobile Aurora or Nightly — so be prepared for the odd bug and some unexpected force closes. Instability is all part of the fun when it comes to testing bleeding-edge software, of course, and it’s certainly not going to dissuade any hardcore Mozilla fans.Mark Finkle via Mobiputinglast_img read more

High heat high surf expected in San Diego County

first_imgHigh heat, high surf expected in San Diego County July 3, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Extreme heat and high surf in San Diego could cause potentially dangerous conditions at the beach and throughout the region this week, the National Weather Service (NWS) said Tuesday.High surf from Hurricane Fabio, currently more 600 miles southwest of Baja California, was expected to create strong rip currents and hazardous swimming conditions, causing the NWS to issue a beach hazards statement for Wednesday evening through Friday evening.Surf levels of 6-8 feet and as high as 12 feet will be possible, with surf peaking Thursday.A building system of high pressure over the southwestern United States was predicted to send temperatures soaring by Friday, forecasters said.The NWS issued an excessive heat watch for San Diego County, along with much of the rest of Southern California, for Friday and Saturday.High temperatures are expected to range anywhere from 103 to 108 degrees in Escondido and El Cajon on Friday, and Vista was expected to see temperatures as hot as 100.Coastal areas will be a little cooler, with highs expected in the high 80s throughout the weekend, forecasters said.San Diego County Deserts will remain hot all week with highs in the mid 100s everyday until Friday and a high of 118 degrees predicted for Borrego Springs. center_img Posted: July 3, 2018 Updated: 9:53 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

California to offer two years of free community college

first_img KUSI Newsroom California to offer two years of free community college 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California Governor Gavin Newsom recently expanded a tuition waiver program that will allow students to attend community college for free.The California College Promise Program offers two years free tuition for first-time, full-time students in California, who attend community college. It was recently extended to offer a second year of paid tuition at California community colleges.According to the Governor’s budget summary, the expanded program is budgeted at $42.6 million. It is being paid for by the Proposition 98 General Fund. Prop 98 requires a certain percentage of the state budget be spent on K-12 education. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 27, 2019last_img read more

Shuttle bus crashes into Miami Gardens home no injuries

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Residents watching the World Cup final in Miami Gardens were jolted by the sound of a shuttle bus crashing into their home.The crash took place Sunday morning near Northwest 167th Street and 22nd Avenue.The homeowners said it sounded like a bomb going off.“It happened all of a sudden, a boom, like a loud noise,” said homeowner Queenie Mitchell.“It sounded like an earthquake,” echoed homeowner Bernard Mitchell. “Everything went haywire.”Everyone inside the home was left shaken up, but no one was hurt.The cause of the crash remains under investigation. last_img read more

ACA repeal bill now peppered with Alaska money to draw Murkowski

first_imgPhoto by Liz RuskinProponents of repealing the Affordable Care Act revealed yet another new bill Monday, with changes that appear designed to win the vote of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of three Republicans who killed the last repeal bill.Listen nowThe latest version of the Graham-Cassidy bill, like the original, would give block grants to the states in place of federal spending on subsidies for insurance premiums and expanded Medicaid.As in the original, the block grants in the revised bill would mean a cut in funding for Alaska, compared to what the state gets under current law. But the new proposal does not cut as deeply as the original Graham-Cassidy bill.“There is a lot of special treatment for Alaska,” Timothy Jost, professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University School of Law, said. He reviewed the current bill draft for “Health Affairs Blog.”Jost said the revision is peppered with money for states that have low population density, a higher poverty line and other descriptors that apply to Alaska and only a few other states.“It just basically gives Alaska more money,” Jost said.But even with the special treatment, Alaska would still lose $99 million over seven years when you compare the block grants to the federal funding in existing law. That’s according to a fact sheet that’s circulating with the proposal.That’s about a tenth of what Alaska would lose under the original Graham-Cassidy bill.The bill also makes big changes to the traditional Medicaid program. Bill sponsor Sen. Lindsey Graham said government revenues aren’t keeping pace with health care spending.“Most of you know that by 2042 the entire revenue stream will be consumed by Medicaid and Medicare spending, unless somebody does something about it,” Graham, R-S.C., said Monday, at the only hearing on the bill so far. It started late due to a protest. Capitol Police carried people out of the hearing room.Wow.— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) September 25, 2017Graham’s bill, though, would increase spending for traditional (non-expansion) Medicaid in Alaska. The new version increases the federal matching rate for Alaska and Hawaii. It’s not clear how much money that would bring to Alaska. It’s possible it could more than make up for revenue losses elsewhere in the bill.But there’s more than money at stake. The new version would also allow states to more easily drop insurance standards in the Affordable Care Act. States would be allowed to undermine protection for people with pre-existing conditions.That has people like Todd Brown of Anchorage concerned. He said he ran into Sen. Murkowski at the farmer’s market in South Anchorage on Saturday. About 30 people were waiting to talk to her. Some, like him, wanted to talk about the repeal bill.“I said, you know Lisa, I know there’s going to be a lot of pressure, and a lot of powerful people who are most likely going to offer you, you know, large packages of money and try to trade favors, but I hope you don’t allow them to buy you off,” Brown said.Brown said Murkowski reassured him.“She just looked at me real intently and squeezed my hand and said, ‘I don’t get bought off,’” Brown said.Sen. Dan Sullivan said he’s undecided, too, and it’s not clear either Alaska senator will have to take a position. At least three Republicans have now announced they will vote no. If that holds, it would be enough to kill the bill.last_img read more

BSE closes points 36589 up on Jan 8

first_imgBSE closes points 365.89 up on Jan 81.9K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 365.89 up on Jan 81.9K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Jan 8 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 365.89 points up to stand at 27,274.71. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 132.50 points up to stand at 8,234.60. PIPAVAVDOC and BERGE PAINT were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 18.07% and 10.90% along with DELTA CORP LTD. and VOLTAS with an increase of 6.87% and 6.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and HATHWAY with a decrease of 4.97% and 2.62% along with RELIGARE and FINOLEX INDUSTRIES LTD with a decrease of 2.56% and 2.15% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 290.48 points at 18,825.01 while the banking sector is up 434.63 points at 21,413.49 and the reality sector is up 40.01 points at 1,553.73. The Indian currency is up 0.89% at Rs 62.61 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Jan 8 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 365.89 points up to stand at 27,274.71. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 132.50 points up to stand at 8,234.60. PIPAVAVDOC and BERGE PAINT were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 18.07% and 10.90% along with DELTA CORP LTD. and VOLTAS with an increase of 6.87% and 6.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and HATHWAY with a decrease of 4.97% and 2.62% along with RELIGARE and FINOLEX INDUSTRIES LTD with a decrease of 2.56% and 2.15% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 290.48 points at 18,825.01 while the banking sector is up 434.63 points at 21,413.49 and the reality sector is up 40.01 points at 1,553.73. The Indian currency is up 0.89% at Rs 62.61 per dollar.last_img read more