G20 leaders debate whether to stop flowing money to kidnappers for ransom

first_imgHAMBURG – Whether or not the world’s wealthiest countries should promise not to pay ransoms to terrorist kidnappers formed part of the discussions about international security Friday as G20 meetings got underway in Germany.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged more than a year ago to push other world leaders to stop paying kidnappers after Canadians John Risdel and Robert Hall were killed by a terrorist group in the Philippines in April and June 2016.A Canadian official, speaking on background, said the current draft of the final document outlining what the leaders agreed to at the G20 in Hamburg currently includes the ransom discussions — at Trudeau’s urging.Risdel and Hall were kidnapped in September 2015 along with two other hostages who were later freed. The Norwegian man who was taken with them was freed after Norway paid a ransom of about US$630,000, but Canada refused to pay.Trudeau repeated the oft-heard Canadian claim, including from his predecessor Stephen Harper, that Canada does not pay ransom because it funds terrorist activity and encourages further kidnappings.There has been language about ransom payments in the G20 communiques in both 2015 and 2016, but neither summit resulted in a full pledge not to pay them at all. The 2013 G8 summit made such a pledge, but it was not heeded by all signatories.Canada has long had an unofficial policy against paying ransoms but has done so on some occasions, including in 2009 when it paid $1.1 million to an al-Qaida affiliate in Africa to free diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay.Trudeau also pushed for the language about terrorism to reflect a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. Officials wouldn’t further explain that component, but it comes as Trump finally gets to impose at least part of his ban on travellers from six mainly Muslim countries in the guise of national security.Trudeau has never publicly criticized Trump for the ban, although he did tweet shortly after it first came to light, promising that Canada would remain open to all refugees regardless of their faith.Trump was at the table during the security discussions, which also focused on combating the threat posed by the militant Islamic State group.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Trudeau at the start of a bilateral meeting Friday that he was very happy to hear Trudeau’s “interventions” in the terrorism discussions and would be backing him all the way.“The wavelength was the same, yours and mine,” Modi told Trudeau in Hindi.Trump was also pushed on his position on climate change and the Paris agreement.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is attending the meeting with Trudeau, said the U.S. position on that issue was no surprise, nor was it expected to change.In May, Trump made good on a campaign promise to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement. He was already the only non-Paris supporter at the G7 meeting in May, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to construct a 19-to-1 scenario in the communique that will be made public Saturday.As part of her G20 presidency, Merkel produced an energy action plan as an appendix to the communique which could end up calling for everything from an end to fossil fuel subsidies around the world to requiring corporations to take climate change impacts and risks into account during financing decisions.Merkel had a one-on-one with Trudeau early Friday where much of the discussion focused on strategies to get as many countries as possible on board the climate change action train.Whether she will get everyone but Trump on her side may depend on Russian President Vladimir Putin. He met privately with Trump on Friday, a much-anticipated meeting given long-standing allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election and of collusion with Russia by American officials.That meeting, which lasted more than two hours, included Trump pressing Putin on the election issue, as well as discussions about Russia’s presence in Ukraine and the conflict in Syria.Their meeting came at the same time as the afternoon climate change discussion session, which angered German officials.Russia is one of the countries observers fear may be weakening its resolve on its Paris commitments in the wake of Trump’s decision to withdraw. Russia is not among the 152 countries who have so far ratified the accord.Trudeau also met privately with French President Emmanuel Macron, where the focus was largely on climate change. He will meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday before the meeting concludes.Outside the meeting, an estimated 100,000 protesters continued demonstrating against what they consider an offensive gathering of the world’s wealthiest nations, which make all the decisions at the expense of disadvantaged people.Most of the protesters marched peacefully, but violence broke out repeatedly, with cars set ablaze and rocks thrown through storefront windows.The zone around the conference centre where the meeting was being held was tightly guarded by thousands of police who lined the streets with cars and blocked passage with a giant water cannon.Many Hamburg stores chose to stay closed during the summit and those in the vicinity of the protests, including an Ikea, boarded up their windows and doors.— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

Toronto stock index Wall Street gain ground as Canadian dollar weakens

first_imgTORONTO – Mining companies led a largely broad-based gain on Canada’s main stock index Monday as the loonie lost ground to the U.S. dollar.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 63.64 points to 15,236.67 — with base metals gains of more two per cent helping to offset gold sector losses of about one per cent.“Broadly we’re seeing small gains in equity market indices, not only domestically but also around the world,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist for Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I’d probably categorize it as another one of these days where in the absence of bad news, the direction for equity markets continue to be higher. And I think that’s a reflection of the fact that economic growth and corporate profits continue to be the undercurrent for equity market gains.”On Wall Street, it was also another positive day as investors looked ahead to the latest two-day policy meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve, set to begin Tuesday.Traders will be listening for indications on the timing for the next rate hike and when the Fed might start shrinking its multitrillion-dollar stockpile of bonds. Forecasters expect the Fed to leave rates unchanged and stick to plans to raise rates in December.The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 63.01 points to 22,331.35, the S&P 500 index edged ahead 3.64 points to 2,503.87, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 6.17 points to 6,454.64.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.71 cents US, down 0.38 of a U.S. cent.In commodities, the November crude contract gave back nine cents at US$50.35 per barrel while the December gold contract fell $14.40 to US$1,310.80 an ounce.The December copper contract was up two cents at to US$2.97 a pound and the October natural gas contract gained 12 cents at US$3.15 per mmBTU.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

China has no hegemonic aspirations UN hears

China is pursuing a path of peaceful development, building its military strength only to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, the General Assembly’s high-level debate was told today.“China does not seek hegemony now, nor will it do so in the future,” Premier Wen Jiabao told delegates at United Nations Headquarters.Noting that it poses no threat to others, he said that China takes great pride in its economic development, social justice, civility of the people and moral strength.“China will, through its own development, contribute to the peace and development of the world,” the Premier said.The Asian nation believes in resolving differences through dialogue and negotiation, he said. “As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China will continue to play an active and constructive role in promoting peaceful settlement of international hotspot issues and regional conflicts.”But Mr. Wen also declared that his country will make its own decisions regarding international issues based on both its national interests and the welfare of the world’s people.“We will neither blindly follow the position of others nor give way to the pressure of any forces,” he said. “In international relations, China does not seek to build [alliances] or become a leader and will never do so in the future.” 24 September 2008China is pursuing a path of peaceful development, building its military strength only to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, the General Assembly’s high-level debate was told today. read more

Holt Renfrew growing its footprint in downtown Vancouver with major expansion

Holt Renfrew is staking a bigger claim on the streets of downtown Vancouver with plans to expand its existing store just as competition heats up in the luxury goods market.The Canadian retailer announced details of a plan Friday to grow the size of its Dunsmuir Street store by 30 per cent, or nearly 40,000 square feet to the location.The additional floor space will give the retailer room to nearly double the size of its personal shopping area, where professionals offer style advice, while other departments like its leather goods and footwear, will nearly triple in size.Holt Renfrew will launch renovations this summer as part of a bigger $300-million investment announced last year.Vancouver is a popular tourist destination and one of the main hubs of commerce for Western Canada. Those factors haven’t been lost on the influx of luxury retailers coming to Canada and almost all have made plans to plant their flags in the coastal city.Why Target’s exit may actually be a good thing for some Canadian mallsHow these three women built profitable businesses in crowded markets“Any form of competition is great,” said Mark Derbyshire, president of Holt Renfrew in a phone interview. “Our goal has always been to position ourselves as the dominant luxury specialty retailer across Canada. To me, that’s all about ensuring that we think luxury is dynamic and constantly evolving.”This fall, U.S. retailer Nordstrom will open its third Canadian location in downtown Vancouver, just around the corner from Holt Renfrew.Even fellow Canadian brand Simons, based in Quebec, is pushing into Vancouver as part of a five-city expansion that leads into 2017.While Saks Fifth Ave. hasn’t announced a Vancouver store, the city is almost certainly one of its considerations as it ponders where to launch its next shops after its Toronto stores open next year. If that sounds crowded, consider that Vancouver already has The Room, the high-end clothing store run by Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC).Holts says its expansion in Vancouver will be completed by the end of 2016. Part of the new space will come from moving into a store that was previously home to SportChek.The retailer wants to distance itself from competitors by having a better grasp on the relationship it creates with loyal customers.“We are not a department store and we do not approach our business as a department store,” Derbyshire said.“And we don’t look at it as a transaction, we look at it as a relationship.”He points to the Vancouver store as a prime example of how Holts approaches its clients. Between all of the staff members, employees can speak to customers in 30 different languages or dialects, which he said enhances the overall experience and creates repeat business from clients who could be shopping elsewhere.“That customer can buy those Louis Vuittons anywhere she travels,” he said. “She can buy them online. There’s lots of places where she can do it.”Web stores could be the next big challenge for Holts in the coming years, as more Canadians become comfortable shopping online. Luxury goods have been one of the few areas of retail that has generally been unaffected by the gradual migration to e-commerce.While Holt Renfrew has said it plans to launch an online shopping portal later this year, the retailer has placed most of its bets on the value of an in-store experience.The company has already made plans to update other flagship stores in Calgary and Toronto before the end of 2017, and new stores are also planned for Montreal and Mississauga, Ont. read more

2010 Faculty of Business Distinguished Graduate named

Kristian Knibutat (BAdmin ’86)The Faculty of Business is pleased to name Kristian Knibutat (BAdmin ’86, accounting co-op) as its 2010 Distinguished Graduate.Knibutat is the national leader of PricewaterhouseCooper LLP’s Deals practice working in the Toronto office.  He has appeared as an expert witness in the Ontario Court and has presented papers on valuation of intellectual property and fair value on financial reporting at various conferences sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, Infonex, Association Internationale pour la Protetion de la Propriete Intellectuelle, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Federated Press and The Canadian Institute.In 2006, Knibutat was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, earning the designation FCA.An active member of his community, Knibutat is the chair of the YMCA of Oakville’s board of directors.Please join us as we honour Knibutat and his accomplishments at a special reception on Nov. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the St. Catharines Club. If you are interested in attending, please contact Susan LeBlanc at sleblanc@brocku.ca read more

UNbacked conference aims to tackle sexual violence in conflict and beyond

The three-day International Symposium on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Beyond convened by UNFPA on behalf of the European Commission and the Belgian Government comes at a time when sexual violence is increasingly being recognized as a significant public health, human rights and development issue in countries affected by conflict. Participants include heads of United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights activists and researchers, government ministers, doctors and other field-based humanitarian workers, parliamentarians, representatives from the International Criminal Court (ICC), military and police officers, war correspondents and other members of the media.Although sexual violence in wartime is not new, a growing body of evidence suggests that it may be becoming more common, UNFPA said. The trend towards more civil and regional conflicts means civilians are targeted more than ever before. Systematic rape has been a prominent feature of recent conflicts across the world. Sexual violence does not occur only during armed attacks; women and young people also become highly vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation during flight, in displacement camps, and even during aid distribution. High levels of sexual violence may persist even after conflict has officially ended, due to a residual culture of violence and shattered legal systems that fail to protect survivors or prosecute perpetrators. read more

Alex Tilley makes plans to hang up his hat puts Tilley Endurables

Alex Tilley makes plans to hang up his hat, puts Tilley Endurables up for sale AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Alex Tilley is making plans to hang up his hat.Canada’s prolific hat and travel clothing designer says the company he founded more than 30 years ago is up for sale.Tilley, 77, says “it’s time” to put the company on the auction block, though he offered few other details behind the move.The decision was announced in a newspaper advertisement near the back pages of The Globe and Mail’s business section on Tuesday.Calls to the Tilley’s headquarters were not immediately returned.Tilley founded his company with the goal of designing his idea of the perfect sailing hat.Quickly the company built its reputation in Canada for making durable hats, jackets and other products, many which came with lifetime guarantees.Its international presence grew over the years, and the image of the “Tilley Man,” a nature enthusiast often dressed in beige, became iconic in some circles.Soon the company was producing jackets and hats, and eventually branched into women’s and children’s clothing.Tilley operates six Canadian shops, a web store, and has over 3,800 retail partners in 18 countries, the majority of them in the United States.The company has hired an advisory services firm to oversee the transaction. Alex Tilley poses in this undated handout photo. Alex Tilley is making plans to hang up his hat. Canada’s prolific hat and travel clothing designer says the company he founded more than 30 years ago is up for sale. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Tilley Endurables by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 13, 2015 3:30 pm MDT read more

And then there was 1 Buckeyes only undefeated mens basketball team

In 2002, it took Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel 14 games to complete his only undefeated season at the school. OSU basketball coach Thad Matta has kept his team undefeated through its first 22 games this season, and is now finding himself jealous of the length of his football counterpart’s season. “Coach Tressel and I were texting, I don’t know, a week or so ago,” Matta said. “I said, ‘Be thankful you only have 13 of these as opposed to them coming at you like this.’” With their 22-0 record, Matta’s Buckeyes are the only undefeated team remaining in college basketball this season, an accomplishment that was reflected in Monday’s polls — OSU was a unanimous first-place selection in both The Associated Press’ Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Though the Buckeyes still have half of their conference schedule ahead of them, as well as the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments, Matta said remaining undefeated at this point in the season is an accomplishment in and of itself. “We’re the only team that’s still undefeated,” Matta said. “It’s such a long season, and I think that’s one of the great challenges.” OSU junior guard William Buford agreed with Matta that remaining unbeaten can be viewed as an achievement, as well as a vindication for preparation both before and during the season. “It’s kind of amazing,” Buford said. “It lets us know that all the hard work has paid off.” Buford said the key to the Buckeyes’ undefeated streak has been ignoring the big picture, and focusing on each task at hand. “We just take one game at a time,” he said. “We try to get better and better, day by day.” Matta said the Buckeyes have remained so focused on each step ahead of them that he doesn’t think they know how many games they’ve won this season. As for the team knowing how many losses they have — that’s a different story. “They do know that; I know that for sure,” Matta said. “I mean, you have six freshmen who have never lost a college game.” One of those freshmen is forward Deshaun Thomas, who said he doesn’t get as excited after a win as he did earlier in the season. “I used to get all hyped ’cause I was a freshman, but now it’s just on to the next one,” Thomas said. “It’s not over; we still got a long season.” The second half of the Big Ten schedule isn’t likely to be any easier than the first was for the Buckeyes. They still have road games against ranked Purdue, Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as a home game against Illinois, which led OSU by as many as eight points in the second half of their Jan. 22 matchup. Matta said he knows it’s going to take the Buckeyes’ best effort each night for them to remain undefeated. “I think our guys understand now that this is for real,” Matta said. “On any given night, if we don’t play well, we’re not going to like the outcome.” OSU will look to advance to 23-0 on Thursday when it hosts Michigan, which the Buckeyes beat, 68-64, on Jan. 12 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Domagoj Duvnjak – Player of the Year in the Bundesliga 201213

BundesligaDKB Handball BundesligaDomagoj DuvnjakHSV Hamburgplayer of the year The player with number 4 from the HSV Hamburg, Domagoj Duvnjak, has been chosen player of the year in this years’ Bundesliga edition. The players and the managers of the DKB-Handball-Bundesliga have decided the winner. The player will receive the award in HSV Hamburg’s last home game this season – against TBV Lemgo tomorrow. Domagoj Duvnjak and the HSV Hamburg won the EHF Champions League after defeating Barcelona in the final after overtime.List of previous player of the year awards:2002: Olafur Stefansson2003: Christian Schwarzer2004: Lars Krogh-Jeppesen2005: Henning Fritz2006: Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson2007: Nikola Karabatic2008: Nikola Karabatic2009: Thierry Omeyer2010: Filip Jicha2011: Uwe Gensheimer2012: Kim Andersson2013: Domagoj Duvnjak ← Previous Story Cristina Neagu to ZRK Buducnost Podgorica! Next Story → HC Metalurg, Montpellier, Pick Szeged – hoping for a Wild Card EHF CL invitation read more

Martin Liptak is new Slovakian NT coach

Experience of leading Czech Republic national team in period 2008-2012 will certainly help Martin Liptak (51) to make some better results on the position of Slovakian NT coach! Experienced Czech’s coach will replace Zoltan Heister on this position, who resigned after poor performance in April, when national team lost twice against Latvia. These defeats mean that Slovakia will miss the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland.Slovakian NT is currently at the bottom of the qualification group with score 0-4, but it is almost predictable that “zero” will stay at the end of the process after matches with Sweden and Slovenia in June.Partnership between Slovakians and Liptak is agreed on two years basis. Martin Liptak ← Previous Story KIF Kolding and Skjern for the Danish crown! Next Story → Serbian No.1 Miroslav Kocic to Besiktas MOGAZ! read more

Do you remember the first time Mick McCarthys big night Roys rage

first_imgThe only sleep I’ve been getting since I took the job has been in the air. I seem to be spending all my time in planes and sleeping while strapped into a chair at 34,000 feet.”For a while, McCarthy tracked South African-born striker Sean Dundee and flew to Germany twice to watch him in action for Karlsruhe in the Bundesliga. Mick McCarthy watched Sean Dundee twice but the striker, pictured here after signing for Liverpool in 1998, didn’t respond to the advances. Source: Neal Simpson“With a name like that, he’s got to have Irish connections, and our initial research indicates he could be qualified for us through grand-parentage,” McCarthy said at the time.“I’ve already had good reports about him and it appears he’s scored lots of goals in the German league.”But, though Dundee later confirmed some Irish lineage, it was clear he had ambitions to represent his adopted country and wished to wait on making a final decision in case Berti Vogts got in touch.Like Armstrong, that call never came and though Dundee wangled a £2m move to Liverpool in the summer of 1998, he made five substitute appearances, lasted one miserable season and was sent back to Germany by Gerard Houllier.After the loss to Russia, the result wasn’t the main story. Roy Keane’s red card ensured he grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIt was Roy Keane, who lashed out at Omar Tedradze late on with a ridiculous lunge and picked up a straight red card. As he walked off, he threw the ball at his victim for good measure. It was all a bit hokey. But what made it worse was that he’d been handed the captain’s armband for the first time after Andy Townsend was forced off with an injury.McCarthy took the high road after the game. “It was a moment of silliness,” he said. “I did silly things when I was 24. He will get the headlines for all the wrong reasons now.” Unsurprisingly, Keane was lambasted in the press, despite the fact that it was his first sending off for his country. ‘Roy’s Rashness Spoils Party’, was the headline in The Examiner. The narrative seemed to be that he’d ruined McCarthy’s evening, though the ease in which the Russians had picked the Irish apart probably left more of an impact. “I know it’s a Cork expression but Roy’s got to cop on to himself or else,” said Kevin Moran afterwards on RTE.“Roy has got to learn to control that fiery temper of his in the future or he’ll land himself in more hot water in the years ahead. What worries me is that he’s capable of doing that any Saturday of the season.”At the end of the campaign, Keane would mis-step once more by deciding against playing at the US Cup. A stand-off ensued with McCarthy and he’d finish the year being booed at Lansdowne Road.The relationship would never recover.     Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Image: © INPHO/Billy Stickland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article “IT’S A TIME for reappraisal,” is how Mick McCarthy put it as he prepared for his very first game as Republic of Ireland manager in March 1996. It was a transitional period, the embers of the Jack Charlton era still flickering but fading fast. With Brian Kerr’s kids still learning the trade, there was an in-between stage that saw the new boss juggling compromise.The young were too young. The old, on their day, still had some use. Added to the mix was McCarthy’s fondness for three at the back. And owing to injuries, there was a patched-up look to the squad that faced Russia at Lansdowne Road in a mid-week friendly. Everything was different but, still, largely the same. While a cherubic Shay Given was handed a debut, Alan Kernaghan, Terry Phelan, Paul McGrath, Andy Townsend, Niall Quinn, John Aldridge and Tommy Coyne were all still involved that night while Chris Morris, who hadn’t featured in an Ireland game since February 1993, was included in the group having impressed for top-flight Middlesbrough. Tony Cascarino – so often a bit player under Charlton – was there too and it said much that he would go on to become such a crucial part of the subsequent World Cup qualifying campaign.Two years previously, the sides had met in Dublin 4 on a dismal afternoon. With a relentless, swirling wind, the ridiculousness of the conditions was exemplified in the first-half when Phil Babb almost scored directly from a corner. The weather also rendered redundant the presence of genuine possession-first midfield thinkers like John Sheridan and Liam O’Brien, though the latter did smack the woodwork with a magnificent free-kick.Russia offered little that day and a few months later their World Cup adventure would be over after just two group games, Oleg Salenko’s memorable five-goal haul against Cameroon proving too little too late. Still, they had some immense individual talent. Playmaker Aleksandr Mostovoi was a gem and enjoying himself with Strasbourg when he arrived at Lansdowne in the spring of ’96. He had the run of the place and revelled in the space afforded to him. Alongside midfield partner Valery Karpin (with whom he’d win a Uefa Cup with Celta Vigo in 2000), sweeper Viktor Onopko, winger Andrei Kanchelskis and Igor Kolyvanov up front, they were a slick unit and easily picked the Irish apart. Aleksandr Mostovoi (right) celebrates his fine strike at Lansdowne Road. Source: Aubrey WashingtonMostovoi picked up a neat Kanchelskis back-heel that changed the point of attack, checked inside one challenge and then rifled home a terrific opener in the 37th minute. Inside ten minutes of the restart, Mostovoi deftly evaded Jeff Kenna after a short corner and laid off for Kolyvanov who arced a splendid strike across a rooted Given.McCarthy didn’t dwell too much on the 2-0 result, though the side would fail to score a single goal in their first three games under the new management. The lack of productivity up front was a real issue and cropped up at various intervals in the following 18 months, namely in scoreless home qualifiers against Iceland and Lithuania and during another Dublin draw with Romania.            Well aware of his limited offensive options when taking on the job, McCarthy had picked up where Charlton left off and pursued Tottenham’s Chris Armstrong to try and bolster a fairly jaded attack prior to the Russia friendly.In early ’96, things looked pretty positive and McCarthy fancied his chances of bringing in a player he’d worked with at Millwall, despite the protests of Gerry Francis, who was managing Armstrong at Spurs. “I’ve heard some rumblings,” McCarthy said.“Gerry seems to think he’ll be playing for England shortly but I think I might be able to persuade him to come to us.” But, by April, everything went quiet and McCarthy finally admitted nobody at the FAI could actually furnish proof of Armstrong’s eligibility.The player himself still retained some optimism and even managed to walk out at Lansdowne Road later that month, but it was for a promotional campaign for quick-thinking Harp’s new export beer.Armstrong coloured in a few more details in the story and admitted he was still keen on playing for Ireland, however much of a long-shot it was. The problem, according to him, was that he qualified through his father and the pair were not in contact anymore.“I haven’t seen my father in a few years so it’s an awkward situation for me, personally,” he said.  “Mick said he would pursue it for me. If the FAI come up with the evidence, I’m certainly very interested and willing to meet them to discuss it. If there have been decisions taken that I do not qualify for the Republic, then no-one has told me”    For a while, it looked like Chris Armstrong could be the Republic of Ireland’s main striker for the 1998 World Cup qualifiers. Source: Neal SimpsonLater in the year, the subject of Armstrong representing Ireland was still lingering but McCarthy confirmed that he’d given up hope of finding an Irish connection after an ‘exhaustive’ search.Francis also detailed a bizarre clause in the striker’s Tottenham contract that prohibited him from playing international football with anyone except England. The thinking behind it was to try and minimise the impact of Uefa’s ‘three foreigners’ rule should the team qualify for European competition. Those restrictions were removed after the Bosman ruling in 1995 but Armstrong’s contract wasn’t altered.    Armstrong did eventually get an England call-up but it wasn’t until March 1999. Kevin Keegan included him in the squad for a Euro qualifier against Poland but he never got on the pitch. Before the Russian clash, McCarthy had scoured everywhere for new faces. He tried in vain to get Norwich striker Ashley Ward, Birmingham City’s Paul Devlin and defender John Pemberton, who was at Leeds. When Port Vale went on a decent FA Cup run, he enquired about their winger Jon McCarthy too, but he declared for Northern Ireland instead.“In the case of the other three, their great-grandparents were a little inconsiderate in that they didn’t fly back to Dublin to have their kids,” McCarthy joked. Do you remember the first time? Mick McCarthy’s big night, Roy’s rage and a bizarre search for new players In March 1996, the Republic of Ireland kickstarted a new era with a friendly against Russia at Lansdowne Road. https://the42.ie/4554929 10 Comments Subscribe 17,948 Views Mar 23rd 2019, 11:31 AM Image: © INPHO/Billy Stickland By Eoin O’Callaghan Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 11:30 AM Short URL Share6 Tweet Email last_img read more

Triplemurder suspect in court in attempted escape case

first_imgSecurity was tight Tuesday morning as triple-murder suspect Brent Luyster was escorted to the fifth floor of the Clark County Courthouse to face new allegations in an attempted jail escape.Vancouver police officers stood guard outside the courtroom door, keeping the room sealed at times. Another dozen corrections deputies and officers crowded inside.Luyster — a 35-year-old known white supremacist who has been in custody since July for allegedly fatally shooting three people and injuring a fourth at a Woodland home — appeared in Superior Court on suspicion of being a prisoner in possession of a weapon, first-degree malicious mischief and attempted second-degree escape. He is accused of trying to escape from the Clark County Jail on Sunday night through a broken window in his cell. The attempt was reportedly interrupted by a corrections deputy.Luyster was already scheduled to be in court Tuesday to be arraigned on three counts of aggravated first-degree murder with the use of a firearm, attempted first-degree murder with the use of a firearm, and first- and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. However, the hearing was pushed back to March 6, when he will also be arraigned in the attempted escape case. He is being held without bail.last_img read more

Tea Party reigns at GOP dinner

first_imgEven though most of the 250 Republicans who attended Saturday’s Lincoln Day dinner drank coffee with their dessert, it was clear the event was all about the Tea Party.Speakers at the annual fundraising event at Vancouver’s Heathman Lodge called for the party faithful to stand up to government, defend freedom and protect gun rights. Auction items included ammunition and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.While U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler highlighted her efforts working within the halls of government, former gubernatorial candidate Shahram Hadian warned of growing tyranny and militia darling Richard Mack argued for local sovereignty.The range of passions among the event’s speakers evidences an internal struggle within the local Republican party, now led by Tea Party and gun-rights activists who have nudged aside more moderate Republicans.Divisions within the party came up first in the opening prayer, which called for party members to bridge their differences.Dixie Kolditz, a Cathlamet businesswoman who ran unsuccessfully to represent the 19th District in the state Legislature, also alluded to internal rifts. She asked those who call themselves conservative Republicans to raise their hands. Most did. Then she asked the same of those who consider themselves to be moderate. A few hands shot up.last_img read more

ATV stolen from Brush Prairie nonprofit returned

first_imgDeputies recovered an ATV reported stolen last week by Silver Buckle Ranch, a Brush Prairie nonprofit. Joshua S. Gray, 18, of Vancouver was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle. An all-terrain vehicle stolen from a Brush Prairie nonprofit last week has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The 2006 Polaris ATV was stolen Jan. 1 or Jan. 2 from Silver Buckle Ranch, 11611 N.E. 152nd Ave. The olive green vehicle, which was donated, has a dump bed and is used to haul hay and do farm chores at the ranch, which offers therapy for local youths by featuring horseback riding.Sheriff’s deputies quickly located the stolen ATV, which had been partially dismantled, because of tips from the public. Several residents told law enforcement they had seen a teen boy riding the vehicle in the Orchards area and one anonymous tipster was confident that the ATV could be found at 7016 N.E. 140th Ave., according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court. Deputy Robin Yakhour visited the address Sunday and arrested Joshua S. Gray, 18, of Vancouver for suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle. He is believed to be the only person involved, according to the sheriff’s office.last_img read more

Govinda made me feel so small Salman Khan Throwback

first_imgSalman Khan and Govinda in PartnerYouTube ScreenshotSalman Khan and Govinda have worked together in movies, and the two share a good bond. However, before Salman became the star he is today, he had a rather unpleasant encounter with the then superstar.During one of his old appearances on Koffee with Karan, Salman had once narrated an incident where he met Govinda, and the latter’s humble gesture rather made him feel “small”.Talking about his struggling days as a model, Salman said that he once met Govinda, who is already a star, at a studio, and he appreciated the latter’s work saying, “Hey man, you are doing really good work”. While Salman made it look like he was already a big star, Govinda however, reacted by humbly shaking his hands with him and saying “thank you, thank you”, apparently to mock him.”Second thing that changed my whole thinking was I was modelling, Govinda had one Love 86, he had done Ilzaam. After Mithun, Govinda was the next big thing. I was modelling for Smash t-shirts, and Govinda came in to the makeup room, and I told him ‘Hey man, doing some really good work’, like I am some super star. Then he held my hands and was repeatedly saying ‘thank you sir..thank you sir’. He made me feel so small,” Salman said on the show.Salman narrated the incident while talking about incidents in his struggling days that made him the star he is today.Salman and Govinda had featured together in the film Partner that showed the former playing the character of his “love guru”. Recently, Govinda was in news for he had claimed to have been offered a role in James Cameron’s big Hollywood film Avatar. He had said that he was offered the role, but he had rejected it. Govinda had even said that the title “Avatar” was suggested by him to the director.Watch the video below:last_img read more


Religious Leaders Divided Over Trumps Jerusalem Decision

first_img Share Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty ImagesThe American and Israeli flags are on display Wednesday on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. President Trump announced that the U.S. will view Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and he ordered the State Department to “begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv.” The controversial move threatens to unsettle the region’s volatile politics.President Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and his order to move the U.S. Embassy brought quick and sharply differing reactions from Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders.The government of Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, and most Jewish-American organizations have long argued that the United States should acknowledge it as such. The 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, which called for the U.S. Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, passed by a large bipartisan margin and was strongly supported by Jewish-American groups.“It’s been the consensus mainline view for decades,” said Nathan Diament, executive director of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, “because Jerusalem is the capital city for Israel and the Jewish people. … The United States puts its embassies in capital cities, and it’s unjust and discriminatory to say we’re going to single out Israel as the one country where we don’t put our embassy [in the capital].”When President Trump on Wednesday ordered the State Department to begin preparations to move the embassy to Jerusalem, several Jewish-American groups welcomed the move.“By stating the truth of Jerusalem’s status as the capital of the State of Israel, President Trump has asserted U.S. global leadership towards ending a longstanding, senseless anomaly,” said David Harris, chief executive officer of the American Jewish Committee.The Anti-Defamation League, while urging a “rapid resumption” of peace negotiations, called the move a “significant step,” coming at a time “when international organizations and other detractors delegitimize the Jewish state and deny any Jewish connection to the holy city.”But there were also misgivings from some Jewish-American groups. The Reform Jewish Movement, representing nearly 900 congregations, noted that it has long supported the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but also believed that moving the U.S. Embassy there should happen only “at the right time.” Without a comprehensive peace plan, the movement said it cannot support the president’s decision to move the embassy now.Conservative evangelical Christian leaders had fewer qualms.“This decision will be met by political praise and theological conviction,” said Johnnie Moore, an informal spokesman for Trump’s evangelical advisory group. “Evangelicals in every corner of the United States will be ecstatic,” he said.Evangelicals feel a special kinship with Jerusalem as the city where they believe Jesus Christ was crucified and rose again. Some sects even take an eschatological view, arguing that Jesus will return to Earth in Jerusalem, once all Jews are reunited there.For Trump’s evangelical advisory group, said Moore, the only issue more important than the status of Jerusalem is the question of who will be appointed as federal judges.“In our various meetings with the White House, this issue has always come up,” Moore said. “And it has always been an extended discussion around the table. I mean, at the heart of the relationship between the United States and Israel has been the friendship between evangelical Christians and the Jewish people.”Some evangelical leaders who generally support the president’s Jerusalem decision, however, fear the repercussions for their own Palestinian Christian followers. Muslim leaders in the Palestinian territories have warned there will be a reaction there to the president’s announcement. The governments of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey all expressed alarm at Trump’s decision, as did Muslim leaders in the U.S.“The reality is that Palestinians have existed for generations on the land of Palestine [and] in Jerusalem,” said Osama Abuirshaid, a board member of the American Muslims for Palestine, at a news conference near the White House. “[Trump] cannot deny this reality,” Abuirshaid said. “He spoke about the Jewish connection to Jerusalem while negating the Christian and Muslim connection to the land and to the holy city.”Pope Francis advised against “adding new elements of tension in a world already shaken and scarred by many cruel conflicts.” The heads of several Christian churches in Jerusalem, in a joint letter to Trump, said a unilateral change in the status of Jerusalem by the U.S. government “will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence, and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land … [and] cause irreparable harm.”A similar warning came from Elizabeth Eaton, the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran group in the U.S.“This announcement,” Eaton said, “has a high probability of leading to violence and bloodshed and not … getting any closer to having the two parties come to the table again.”Eaton spoke following a meeting in Geneva with fellow Lutheran chuch leaders from around the world, including those in Jordan and other Arab countries.Copyright 2017 NPR. 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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo He became a free agent at the season’s end.Related LinksFormer Cardinals QB Drew Stanton agrees to deal with BrownsFormer Cardinals QB Matt Barkley signs with BengalsGabbert now joins a Titans team led by head coach Mike Vrabel that features quarterback Marcus Mariota. Last season, the Titans’ backup quarterback was Oklahoma State product Brandon Weeden. Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert has agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Tuesday morning.Gabbert, 28, played his seventh NFL season with the Cardinals in 2017 after spending three years each with the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the latter of whom drafted Gabbert 10th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.Last season, after injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, then-coach Bruce Arians started Gabbert for five games. In that stint, the Missouri alum completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,086 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions with a passer rating of 71.9. 18 Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert (7) warms up before an NFL football game against Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The number of Brits booking cheap flights to Spain

first_imgThe number of Brits booking cheap flights to Spain will ensure the country becomes the UK’s most popular holiday destination in 2010.This is according to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), which predicts that Spain will remain number one in spite of the growing popularity of Turkey and Egypt.AITO spokesman Ian Bradley explained that Turkey and Egypt are continuing to be discovered by Brits, partly due to the fact that they lie outside of the eurozone.”But we know that by the end of the year, Spain will once again be by far the most popular holiday destination,” he commented.”[Customers] need to bear in mind that many hotels throughout the eurozone, particularly in Spain, have slashed their prices.”Mr Bradley also said that the Easter weekend is one among the busiest times of year for the travel industry and is regarded as “the curtain raiser to the summer”.Figures from the International Air Transport Association published this week showed that demand for international flights increased by 9.5 per cent in February compared to the same month in 2009, which spells good news for airlines as summer approaches.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFewer European visitors leads to ‘more enjoyable’ continental holidaysPeople booking flights to Europe this year are having a more enjoyable time because of the fewer number of visitorsSpanish destinations will become popular again in the long-term, AITO saysSpanish destinations will become popular again in the long-term, AITO saysBrits booking cheap flights to Europe this EasterBrits booking cheap flights to Europe this Easterlast_img read more


Two arrested for alleged beating in Paphos

first_imgPaphos police arrested two men on Tuesday evening who allegedly abducted and beat up a 19-year-old man. They were later remanded for two days.The victim reported to police that a 21-year-old man from a village in the Paphos district called him on Tuesday and suggested they go for a drive in a Paphos neighbourhood in his car.They ended up on a motorcycle racing track in Koloni where, the 19-year-old said, he was tied up by the 34-year-old owner who then beat various parts of his body with the help of a second person while the attackers tried to force him to admit he had broken into the premises a few days ago.The 34-year-old, who is known by the authorities, was arrested at 9.50pm as was the 21-year-old. Both gave themselves up to police.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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