China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOS ANGELES, United States — Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor lit the touchpaper for their cross-combat superfight here Tuesday, turning the air blue in an expletive-laden face-to-face meeting to launch their global promotional tour for the bout.More than 11,000 fans crowded into Los Angeles’s Staples Center for a raucous first live showdown between former boxing world champion Mayweather and Irishman McGregor, one of the biggest stars of mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Mayweather-McGregor face off4.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: Backlash from Mayweather-McGregor will last years, says DuvaThe two men are set to face each other in a boxing ring in Las Vegas on August 26 in what could be the richest fight in history after finally agreeing to climb into a boxing ring following a year-long guessing game over whether they would ever do battle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTuesday’s fiery face-off saw the swaggering, cocksure McGregor strut onto stage confidently in a three-piece suit featuring pinstripes made up of an offensive two-word insult.The immaculately tailored profanity set the tone for a spectacle shot through with an endless torrent of abuse from both fighters, no doubt delighting promoters as they attempt to sell a fight for which ringside tickets will go on sale at around $10,000. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera The suited McGregor was the first to take the microphone, mocking Mayweather’s decision to show up wearing a tracksuit, suggesting it was linked to the American’s reported tax difficulties.READ: Mayweather seeks round extension vs taxman“He’s in a tracksuit, he can’t even afford a suit anymore!” McGregor declared to roars of laughter from the massed ranks of his green-shirted fans crammed into the lower tiers of the famous basketball arena.McGregor, who will start as an overwhelming underdog against one of the most accomplished defensive fighters in history, was bullish about his prospects of victory. “The 0 has got to go,” McGregor declared, referring to Mayweather’s perfect 49-0 record.“I’m going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words,” McGregor said, to more roars.ADVERTISEMENT US Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges LATEST STORIES A stony-faced Mayweather meanwhile bided his time before taking the microphone and unfurling his own cascade of expletives.“I’m going to knock this bitch out,” Mayweather said, to boos from the crowd. McGregor shot back: “You haven’t knocked anyone out for 20 years!”Mayweather meanwhile responded to the jibes about his finances — he recently filed for an extension to pay his 2015 tax bill — by producing an uncashed check for $100 million from an assistant’s rucksack.McGregor was again ready with a riposte: “Give it to the taxman!”Mayweather was unruffled however, vowing to administer a comprehensive victory over the 28-year-old Irishman despite being 40.“I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. Or 5 years ago. Or 2 years ago,” Mayweather said.“But I’ve got enough to beat you. He can choose which way he wants to go. Either on his back or on his face.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks fell two games short of the NBA Finals.They won big at the NBA Awards.A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Valuable Player honors, Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year, and Jon Horst took Executive of the Year on Monday night in Santa Monica.Antetokounmpo, a 24-year-old forward from Greece, beat out Paul George of Oklahoma City and James Harden of Houston, who won last year.Antetokounmpo was a resounding winner. He received 941 points and 78 first-place votes in the balloting — 165 points more than Harden.Harden finished second with 776 points and 23 first-place votes.“This is just the beginning. My goal is to win a championship. I’m going to do whatever it takes to make that happen.” pic.twitter.com/L0Q3WD0cl2— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 25, 2019“MVP is not about stats and numbers, and obviously James Harden had unbelievable numbers and Paul George also, but obviously it’s about winning,” Antetokounmpo said backstage. “We created great habits throughout the season and were able to stick by them, and that’s why we were able to have a chance in every single game we played and were able to win 60 games.”The show had an international flair, with three international players besides Antetokounmpo winning.Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds while earning All-NBA first-team honors this season, his sixth with the Bucks. He led the franchise to the best record in the regular season and the Bucks reached the Eastern Conference finals.Tears rolled down his cheeks as Antetokounmpo thanked his mother Veronica and brothers in the audience at Barker Hanger. He credited his late father for pushing him toward his goals and his teammates and coaching staff for their help.“We started from nothing as a family,” he said, “and we are going to be in every stage that we can be as a family.”Antetokounmpo said backstage that he had vowed to his family he wasn’t going to cry.??OUR MVP#NBAAwards pic.twitter.com/R89UjOQhBR— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 25, 2019“When you hear your name up there on the stage and then you realize these years of hard work, what you did in the past, then you start getting emotional,” he said.Budenholzer also got choked up while thanking his family after his second coaching honor. He earned the trophy for the first time with Atlanta in 2015.He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to eventual NBA champion Toronto.“What they did on the court this year, including the playoffs, was special,” Budenholzer said backstage. “We weren’t good enough in the end, but we certainly feel like we have enough talent, we have enough character to be a team that’s playing in the finals and winning a championship.”Budenholzer also coached Team Giannis in the All-Star Game last season.He beat out Denver’s Mike Malone and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers.Horst was honored in voting by his fellow NBA executives, while the six biggest awards were determined in voting by a global media panel.Lou Williams was voted the Sixth Man of the Year for the second season in a row and third time in his career, tying former Los Angeles Clipper guard Jamal Crawford.The guard won for the first time in 2015 with Toronto.NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, winner of the most valuable player award, left, and mother Veronica Antetokounmpo pose in the press room at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)Williams beat out teammate Montrezl Harrell, with whom he formed the highest-scoring bench duo in NBA history last season, and Domantas Sabonis of Indiana.Williams became the career leader in points off the bench during the season.“This one was different because I kind of went into the season wanting this one. In years past I always just played and lived with whatever happened,” he said. “I felt like this one was going to be a legacy piece.”Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz won Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.The 26-year-old center from France beat out Antetokounmpo and George.“I never thought I would be able to do that when I started basketball playing in France,” Gobert said backstage. “I didn’t know an NBA player, I didn’t know nothing about basketball. I was just having fun.”Pascal Siakam of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors earned Most Improved Player.NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, poses in the press room with most valuable player award at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)The 25-year-old from Cameroon averaged 16.9 points and started 79 of 80 regular-season games for the Raptors in his third year with the team.Siakam had 26 20-point outings after scoring 20 points in a game only once in his first two seasons. He then scored 32 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.Siakam beat out De’Aaron Fox of Sacramento and D’Angelo Russell of Brooklyn.Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks easily won Rookie of the Year.The 20-year-old small forward from Slovenia accepted his trophy from RJ Barrett, who went to the New York Knicks as the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft last week.Doncic was the No. 3 pick last year.The other finalists were Deandre Ayton of Phoenix and Trae Young of Atlanta.Larry Bird and Magic Johnson shared the Lifetime Achievement Award.The former rivals took turns holding their trophies while each other spoke.Bird said the NBA is in good hands with today’s talented athletes and he urged them to keep the game the same so it continues on for future generations.Johnson starred for the Los Angeles Lakers and Bird with the Boston Celtics.Mike Conley Jr., newly traded to the Utah Jazz, claimed trophies for Teammate and Sportsmanship of the Year.Conley earned the awards for his 12-year tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies.Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards received the NBA Cares Community Assist honor.—By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer.TweetPinShare5151 Shares
Birmingham, Aug 4 (PTI) Former England captain Nasser Hussain said India skipper Virat Kohli was phenomenal with the bat in the first Test but questioned his captaincy, saying “he should too take some responsibility” for the 31-run loss. “Kohli was phenomenal in this game. He deserved to be on the winning side for the way he played with the tail. He singlehandedly brought India back into the Test match. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though,” Hussain told Sky Sports. “England were 87-7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then – he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?,” Hussain asked. Kohli waged a lone battle by scoring 149 and 51 in the game as the other batsmen let the team down. Talking about the enthralling battle over four days, Hussain said the game was a great advert for Test cricket. “The pitch has a lot to do with that – it wasn’t a flat belter – and so have the players. The standard of bowling and captaincy (has been great). I think Joe Root has been outstanding in this game. “A lot of times nowadays we see one side get ahead in Test matches and series and then the other doesn’t seem capable of fighting back. This match has switched one way and then the other.”advertisement The use of the Dukes ball also added to the excitement, felt Hussain. “The template for Test cricket has been set and I don’t see why the ICC can’t just use the Dukes ball around the world. It produces exciting cricket, so why don’t the ICC go down that road?” He was all praise for rookier England all-rounder Sam Curran, who starred with both and ball in only his second Test. “He has won England this game. India might say Kohli got 200 runs but who turned this game around? A 20-year-old. It’s a phenomenal achievement. He changed the course of two innings. He came on with India 50-0 and pitched it up, swung it and got four for nothing and he then went in with England 87-7. “After his first game you thought he was maybe a bits-and-pieces cricketer and wondered whether he was quick enough, could move it enough and if he was a proper batsman. I always used to say ‘pick someone on their character more than what they are showing in county cricket’. He has character in abundance,” Hussain said. PTI BSAH
Juventus 3 AC Milan 1: Clinical champions pounce on Napoli slip-up Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 04:48 4/1/18 Getty Images Leonardo Bonucci scored on his return to Turin but it proved inconsequential as Juventus earned a vital win in the Scudetto race. Juan Cuadrado and Sami Khedira struck late as Juventus surged four points clear atop Serie A in a 3-1 victory over AC Milan at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.Leonardo Bonucci had looked set to play the role of pantomime villain when he cancelled out Paulo Dybala’s opener with a 28th-minute header against his old club.But the end of the champions’ 10 successive Serie A clean sheets was eventually softened by substitute Cuadrado, the winger nodding in Khedira’s cross. 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 Khedira himself then completed the win with a clinical effort as Juve opened up a precious gap to second-placed Napoli, who drew 1-1 at Sassuolo earlier in the day.Milan have not beaten Juve in Turin since 2011 – now head coach Gennaro Gattuso scoring the winner on that occasion – and they appeared destined for more pain from the moment Dybala got the scoring underway in the eighth minute.Bonucci stunned his former faithful to give the visitors hope, the defender sprinting to the away supporters in celebration of what could have been a key goal in the context of the Rossoneri’s Champions League hopes.But Cuadrado and Khedira ensured they would they remain eight points behind rivals and fourth-place Inter Milan ahead of the midweek Derby della Madonnina, as the Bianconeri’s unbeaten run extended to 25 matches in all competitions ahead of the Champions League quarter-final first-leg against Real Madrid in Turin.7 – Sami #Khedira has scored 7 goals in the current Serie A, his joint-record in a single campaign in his career (7 also for Stoccarda 2008/09). Thrust. #JuveMilan— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) March 31, 2018The home fans’ jeers for Bonucci began from the outset and added another layer to Milan’s mental challenge, having lost on all six of their previous trips to Allianz Stadium.Gianluigi Donnarumma received the first examination when he was forced to parry Gonzalo Higuain’s stinging shot from outside the area.The young goalkeeper failed to deliver in the next instance. Dybala received, swivelled and speared a shot into the bottom right corner all in one fluid motion, with Donnarumma perhaps surprised by an awkward late bounce.Andre Silva should have supplied an immediate equaliser, but from close-range the forward wastefully headed Hakan Calhanoglu’s cross around the post.Instead, the stage was set for Bonucci. The Rossoneri skipper wedged himself between former defensive partners Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini and emphatically headed home Calhanoglu’s corner.959 – Before #Bonucci’s goal, #Juventus hadn’t conceded for 959 mins in the league, the second best streak in Serie A history. Stop. #JuventusMilan pic.twitter.com/HAuovdollD— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) March 31, 2018Juve twice had half-hearted penalty appeals for handball turned down as the half wore on, leaving the match in the balance at the break.Though Lucas Biglia picked up a yellow card that rules him out of the meeting with Inter, Milan continued to grow in belief and would have been ahead had the crossbar not got in the way of Calhanoglu’s long-range rocket.The hosts were evidently rattled as they struggled to string together meaningful passing sequences but, just as it seemed that would translate to a frustrating result, the champions found a way through.Khedira spotted an unmarked Cuadrado in the area and the Colombia winger made no mistake with the header with 11 minutes remaining.With the tension released, Massimiliano Allegri’s men completed a difficult assignment when Germany international Khedira unerringly picked out the bottom left corner, putting Juve in a commanding position to claim a seventh consecutive Scudetto. Key Opta stats:- Juventus have won all the 10 Serie A games in which Juan Cuadrado scored. – Sami Khedira has scored seven goals in the current Serie A, his joint-record in a single campaign in his career.- Juventus have scored six of their last 12 league goals after the 75th minute of play.- Before Bonucci’s goal, Juventus had not conceded for 959 mins in the league, the second best streak in Serie A history.- Paulo Dybala has scored the most goals (seven) from outside the box in the Serie A this season.- Dybala has scored a goal in each of his three Serie A matches versus Milan at Juventus Stadium. read more
World Cup 2019: Loss against India was turning point for Australia, feels Mitchell StarcAustralia’s only loss in the World Cup has come at the hands of India, who defeated the five-time champions by 36 runs and Mitchell Starc believes that loss marked the improvement in their game.advertisement Next Press Trust of India LondonJune 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 13:48 IST Turning point for us was the loss to India, says Mitchell Starc. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia had defeated Australia by 36 runs at The Oval earlier this monthAustralia have since beaten Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England and now New ZealandAustralia will finish the league phase in the top-twoAustralia is enjoying a five-match winning streak at the World Cup and pace spearhead Mitchell Starc feels the loss to India in their third tie was the turning point in the reigning champions’ impressive run into the semifinals.Australia, who are the only team to have qualified for the semifinals, have won seven of their eight games. They crushed trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by 86 runs on Saturday to consolidate their position at the top of the points table.”Since the India game, we’ve taken wickets through the middle fairly regularly, and whether it’s attacking more or I think the biggest part was the execution,” Starc said after the victory against New Zealand.Australia’s only loss in the World Cup has come at the hands of India, who defeated the five-time champions by 36 runs and Starc believes that loss marked the improvement in their game.”We were all probably a little bit off in that Indian game. I think the turning point was probably that Indian game where we had a good chat as a bowling group and a batting group and we’ve just continued to improve as a whole group of players from that game.”Talking about the win against New Zealand, the 29-year-old left-arm pacer said the best is yet to come for Australia.”We’ve always spoken about peaking towards the back end of the tournament, and we’re still searching for that perfect performance,” Starc said.”We’re not quite there yet. We’re showing glimpses of what we are capable of with the ball and with the bat and in the field, but we have still got room to improve, and that’s exciting for this group.advertisement”We’ve got to play our best game in the semi now and hopefully better than in the final, and that’s what tournament play is all about,” he added.Starc’s 5 for 26 against New Zealand was a record-breaking third career World Cup five-wicket haul. Just five players are now ahead of his haul of 46 World Cup wickets, with none coming close to the mesmeric 12.97 average he boasts with the ball.But the 2015 Player of the Tournament said it wins, more than personal records, that motivates him having lifted the trophy four years ago.”Records don’t mean much if we don’t win the World Cup. I’m just stoked to be playing a part in this group and continue to contribute,” he said.Starc credited captain Aaron Finch for providing the team with the calmness even when things aren’t going in their favor.”A big part of our victories is our calmness and I think that’s probably led by Finchie (Aaron Finch). He’s been fantastic as a captain. I think there’s a real sense of calmness around the whole group, not just from the bowlers but from Finchie to all the fielders.”Even when things are not quite happening for us, it’s still very calm. We still know what we want to do. It goes back to the execution. It’s that clearness as a whole group out on the field is what’s probably instilling that confidence in the bowler to execute what they want to do,” Starc said.Also Read | Australia were too good for us: Trent Boult after New Zealand lossAlso Read | India vs England, World Cup head-to-head: Another Birmingham test for England in 2019Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Mitchell Starc
Nova Scotians have an opportunity to participate in an important public dialogue on the continuity of services in our health-care system. On May 15, Premier Rodney MacDonald announced plans to introduce legislation this fall for a fair and impartial system to prevent service disruptions in the health-care and related sectors. He asked my department to engage in a dialogue with employees, unions and employers in these sectors, and all Nova Scotians with an interest in acute-care facilities, long-term-care facilities, homes for special care and ambulance services. We have just released a discussion paper that I hope will contribute to that dialogue. I look forward to hearing responses to it, which we will summarize in a report to the public. Strikes in the health-care sector, even short ones, are far more than an inconvenience. As an example, the mere prospect of a strike at the IWK forced the cancellation of more than 700 appointments. That illustrates just how tight the tolerances are in a modern health-care system. This is more than just a paperwork problem: it causes real, lasting hardship to the patients who could not get access to health care. Take a moment to recall the last time you used our health system and try to imagine your reaction if the doors had been closed. The pressure on the system is greater than ever. Thanks to advances in outpatient treatment, for example, the patients in acute-care centres are far more ill than they were 20 years ago. The same goes for residential centres, where residents are older and more infirm than they once were. These tight tolerances mean adapting to a loss of services at one centre can put tremendous pressure on those that have to take up the slack. This includes health-care workers, who have responded admirably. Essential-services agreements, which require a striking union to provide a minimum level of service, are not the answer. Despite the phrase “essential services”, there is no guarantee the number of staff left on duty will be enough to protect public health and safety. Even under an essential-services system, job action must cause a disruption in services, otherwise a strike has no impact. And in a modern health-care system, any disruption is serious. Also, the staffing in the health-care sector during strikes tends to focus on emergency services rather than essential services. The result is often a level of service that is simply too low. To use the IWK example again, between 20 per cent to 30 per cent of the striking union’s members were available during that disruption. The experience with the essential-services model in other jurisdictions hasn’t been encouraging. Both New Brunswick and Newfoundland have had to enact back-to-work legislation in the health-care sector when the essential-services model failed to protect the public interest, even when as many as 75 per cent of the workers had been deemed essential. The truth is that no government can tolerate a significant strike or lockout in the health-care sector. The almost inevitable result will be back-to-work legislation, usually leading to arbitration. Indeed, in recent years, many disputes in health care have been avoided or ended by arbitration. Unfortunately, by then a strike, or preparations for a strike, had already caused problems for patients. And, to correct a misconception, there is nothing in the Trade Union Act that allows government to force binding arbitration on the parties in a contract dispute. That would require an act of the legislature, which can easily take a week or more, even if there is general agreement among parties and the House is already sitting. These are the facts driving the government’s decision to introduce legislation. However, we also understand that the legislation we propose is something we should discuss with the affected parties and the public. So, as the premier requested, my department is engaged in that process. Responses to the government’s plan to date have warned that it is neither a “magic wand” nor a “panacea”. Our discussion paper acknowledges that, but clearly explains why we believe binding arbitration is the best option. However, when the premier made the announcement May 15, he said we would consider a “truly compelling alternative”. That has not changed. My message is please participate in this dialogue. This is an opportunity to have the discussion without the pressure that will surely abound if we wait until another crisis is upon us someday and emergency legislation becomes necessary. Your readers can find the discussion paper at www.gov.ns.ca/enla. -30-
A new justice centre was dedicated to Finance Minister Michael Baker in Bridgewater today, Feb. 13. As a prominent member of the legal community and as Attorney General and Minister of Justice from 1999-2002 and 2003-2006, Mr. Baker has been instrumental in improving the overall administration of Justice in Nova Scotia. He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in March 1998. He was re-elected July 1999, August 2003 and June 2006. Mr. Baker’s cabinet duties have included, among other portfolios, Minister of Transportation and Public Works; Minister of Aboriginal Affairs; and Minister of Justice. He has also been chair of the Treasury and Policy Board. -30-
Kabul: Taliban and US negotiators have wrapped up their latest round of talks for a deal that would see America shrink its troop presence in Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman said Monday. According to Zabihullah Mujahid, the eighth round of talks, which had been taking place in Doha, finished after midnight. “Work was tedious & effective. Both sides agreed to consult their respective leaderships for next steps,” he wrote on Twitter. There was no immediate comment from the US embassy in Kabul. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USOn Sunday, US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted: “I hope this is the last Eid where Afghanistan is at war,” referring to the Eid al-Adha festival currently taking place in the Muslim world. Speculation has reached fever pitch in Kabul in recent days that an announcement about a US-Taliban deal may be imminent. The US has been negotiating with its longtime foe over the past year for a pact that would see the Pentagon begin to withdraw its 14,000 troops from Afghanistan. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWashington is keen to end its 18-year involvement in Afghanistan, where it has spent more than 1 trillion, and President Donald Trump has said he wants troops out. In return, the Taliban would commit to various security guarantees, including that the Islamist hardliners who long harboured Al-Qaeda would not allow Afghanistan to become a jihadist safe haven. A US-Taliban agreement would not in itself bring Afghanistan’s war to an end, as the insurgents would still need to make a deal with the Kabul government. Many Afghans had been hoping for a ceasefire to be announced over Eid. This has not happened, but recent days have been relatively calm. On Monday, Afghanistan’s intelligence service announced 35 Taliban prisoners would be released “as a gesture of goodwill”. “The release of these prisoners is a clear sign of the strong will of the government for peace and end to war”, the agency said in a statement. The Taliban and Afghan security forces periodically release enemy prisoners.
FREDERICTON — A University of New Brunswick professor denounced by colleagues for promoting what they say are racist arguments about immigration has agreed to retire.The school announced today that Ricardo Duchesne has provided his notice of early retirement to focus on his own pursuits as an independent scholar.Duchesne has been a professor in the department of social science at the university’s Saint John campus since 1995.Last week, more than 100 faculty members signed a letter denouncing him for arguments about multiculturalism and immigration that they labelled “racist and without academic merit.”Petra Hauf, vice-president of UNB’s Saint John campus, said in a notice on the university’s web site that the school accepts Duchesne’s decision, thanking him for 24 years of service.In the face of criticism from colleagues and the Canadian Historical Association, Duchesne said last week he had no intention of resigning.The Canadian Press
Greater Noida: A 40-year-old businessman allegedly committed suicide inside his flat in Assotech society in Zeta-1 sector of Greater Noida on Monday morning. Police have not received any suicide note from the spot.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Ravindra Malik, a native of Panipat district in Haryana. Cops said that Malik, owner of a polyethete bags manufacturing company in sector Ecotech-III of Greater Noida, was living in flat number ST-013 along with his family. However, he was alone at his house when he committed suicide as the family had gone to native place in Panipat. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice said that the body was first spotted by Malik’s wife and his father-in-law on Monday morning. “A Police control room(PCR) call was received around 8:50 am on Monday by Malik’s wife who returned home from Panipat along with her father. As she came back home, she found the door locked from inside. Even after making repeated attempts when no one responded from inside the house, she alerted the security guards of society. The guards broke open the door and found Malik hanging with the ceiling fan inside his room. Immediately they alerted police and a team rushed to the spot,” said Jitendra Kumar Tripathi, Station in-charge of Industrial area police station in Surajpur. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that Malik took the extreme step under mental depression. “Victim’s family members told police that he was under extreme metal stress from past few months while he also suffered a loss in his business and was under huge debts. As of now we have not received any complaint into the matter while the body was handed over to family members after getting the postmortem done,” added Tripathi. Malik is survived by his wife and two teenaged children.
The 30-year-old Saudi later shot himself with the same gun, said Lt. Badar Assahabani, spokesman for Qassim police in a statement.He said based on preliminary information, the man was suffering from a psychological disorder. A Sri Lankan woman was killed by gunfire in Buraidah in Saudi Arabia on Saturday morning. A Saudi man who was accused of opening fire on the woman later committed suicide by shooting himself, The Saudi Gazette reported today.The dead woman was identified as Priyanka Jayashanker, 42, who worked as a maid in the man’s household. Her body was kept in hospital morgue in Al-Ras for further legal procedures, according to informed sources. Police received information about the incident Saturday morning. They said the Saudi man killed the Sri Lankan maid inside his house with a hunting rifle. Forensics teams and other experts visited the crime scene and lifted evidence. The case has been referred to the pertinent authorities. (Colombo Gazette)
Registrar Hans Holthuis, who today wrapped up a two-day trip to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, handed over the Milosevic arrest warrant to the country’s Minister of Justice, Momcilo Grubac. “Minister Grubac accepted it and gave his commitment to have it, together with the ICTY indictment, served expeditiously on Slobodan Milosevic,” according to a statement released today by the Tribunal.In his meetings with Mr. Grubac, as well as during separate contacts with the Minister of Justice of Serbia, Vladan Batic, the Registrar discussed “the practical modalities related to the obligation of the Belgrade authorities to transfer Slobodan Milosevic to The Hague promptly and with all due diligence,” the statement said.Other issues discussed in the meetings included the ongoing investigation of Mr. Milosevic by the Belgrade authorities as well as information related to the Yugoslav draft law on cooperation between Belgrade and the Tribunal.The indictment against Mr. Milosevic charges him and four others with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war during a “systematic attack directed against the Kosovo Albanian civilian population of Kosovo in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.”
#londonfog this morning #London #photography @bankstation pic.twitter.com/Ob2bkEzWXI— TheCreativePost (@TheCreativePost) October 31, 2016 #Barbican looking extra spooky in the #London #fog on Halloween… pic.twitter.com/PpBB1XinWd— James Taylorson (@PropertyJT) October 31, 2016 Big Ben is seen through the fogCredit:PA People are really getting in the Halloween spirit this year – here are some pets who dressed spooktacularly and some humans who made a pretty good effort, too. Foggy Halloween morning in #London made for an interesting walk. #fog #londonfog #londonweather #Weather #Nikon pic.twitter.com/qTXoVkfJaV— Elizabeth (@ElizabethArgyll) October 31, 2016 People getting the train to work were told to expect longer journeys and delays and drivers were advised that travelling in the capital could be dangerous. However, the sun shone through and later in the morning the fog cleared.People on social media pointed out how festive the fog was. The fog cleared later onCredit:PA The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for those in the capital.They said: “Dense fog patches will affect parts of eastern, central and southern England this morning.”Be aware of the potential for difficult driving conditions with slower journey times.” Stunning, festive fog enveloped London on the morning of Halloween, and photographers in helicopters captured images of the capital’s famous buildings poking through the mist.Although the pictures are beautiful, many were not so happy about the weather, as it caused delays during the morning commute. Frightening fog covered #London this morning, just in time for Halloween 🎃 [Photo: @travellerluke pic.twitter.com/75qusTDg72— Visit London (@visitlondon) October 31, 2016 The London Eye is seen through thick fogCredit:PA Even the London fog and the The Shard getting into the Halloween spirit this morning. pic.twitter.com/BbuqB6Npeh— Richard (@rwarburton74) October 31, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Call for mourners to attend Dublin funeral of elderly Irish man who died alone in UK Joseph Tuohy passed away this summer after spending most of his life in the UK. Short URL Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 11:33 AM AN ELDERLY IRISH man who died alone in London is to return to his final resting place later this month.87-year-old Joseph Tuohy, originally from Toomevara, close to Nenagh in Co Tipperary, passed away this summer after spending the majority of his working life in the UK.Now an appeal is being made for members of the public, especially anyone with a connection to Tipperary, to attend his funeral so his “last goodbye will not fall on deaf ears”.Joseph, who remained private all of his life, died in a nursing home in Islington, north London, with his remains being cremated.Margaret Brown, a volunteer at St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre which raises money for the Friends of the Forgotten Irish Emigrants every St Patrick’s Day, reveals how she received an out of the blue letter detailing the hope that this man could be brought home.“When the letter came through the post box little did I know the sad story I would read about,” she said.“I know very little about this man but I think as a forgotten Irish emigrant he shouldn’t go to his final resting place without people around him.“His passing shouldn’t fall on deaf ears. If any members of the public could attend his funeral mass in St Joseph’s Church in Glasthule, it would be wonderful.”Funeral in DublinMargaret explained how the letter was sent to her by Brian Boylan, who runs the St Gabriel’s Homeless Hostel in London, and that some of her group’s fundraising here helps with their annual costs.“There is a commemorative plaque on Carlisle Pier [in Dun Laoghaire] where thousands of these emigrants left from to find work in England organised and paid for by us. It is so important that we never forget them…“Some of these people and their descendants are now living their lives in varying degrees of need, ranging from crippling poverty, mental health issues, living a hand-to-mouth existence, loneliness and estrangement with challenges not everyone could handle.“Many sent money home to help their families at a time when hardship was widespread which was one of Ireland’s darkest economic periods following World War II.”A funeral mass will be held at 10am on 27 September at St Joseph’s Church in Glasthule, Co Dublin, before Joseph’s ashes are brought to Tipperary and laid to rest in consecrated ground.Unmarried motherBrian Boylan, who runs St Gabriel’s Homeless Centre in London, was made Joseph’s next of kin by Islington Council when the elderly man passed away.Speaking from London, Boylan revealed some details about the late Tipperary man, including how he was taken from his unmarried mother and sent to live in orphanages when he was around five-years old.“It was the 1930s and a very different Ireland. His mother became pregnant while working in New York. She was alone and abandoned but managed to return home to Ireland.“He told me they had a special bond he never forgot. She was a loving mother who worked very hard on various farms cooking.“She protected him as best she could and he felt secure, he told me. He felt very loved by her and knew nothing of the bad feelings felt towards his mother being unmarried. She shielded him from all of that.”“But Ireland of that time was not a place to be an unmarried mother and the various authorities were just waiting for a slip-up by her so he could be put in to care.“One day while at a farmer’s house, Joe was playing close to an open fire. He slipped and burnt his leg. As a result his mother was brought to court and Joe was taken from her.”‘World-famous’ tailorBoylan also recounted how Joseph could have been “world-famous and made a lot money” from his tailoring skills.“From the age of 14 to 16, Joe worked as a tailor in the St Joseph’s Industrial School in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.“He was only one of two boys there who passed the then Primary Cert. A lay teacher asked the religious order if Joe could sit the Post Office Exams but they refused.“Joe was one of the brightest people I knew. Even as he became more confused with age, he was still able to beat the contestants on Channel 4’s TV quiz show Countdown.”Boylan explained that Joseph never sought compensation over alleged child abuse from St Joseph’s Industrial School, but did write to them to express “how some brothers were kind to him” and “never mentioned the others who weren’t”.Upon leaving the orphanage at the age of 16, Joseph went to work in a clothes factory as a tailor in Waterford, where he made men’s suits.“So good was he at his job, he was put working in a room on his own,” Boylan said.“The other workers didn’t like that and they threatened to go on strike. The situation was eventually calmed.”‘Symbolic of suffering’But Joseph eventually left for London, where he remained for the rest of his life.“He continued to work as a tailor in London and he was so good at what he did. If only he had a financial backer he would have gone to the top of his field.”Boylan visited Joseph several times a week so he would not be alone.“Before he died, he told me he wanted his ashes to be put in a black bin bag and buried in a garden,” he said.“But we couldn’t let that happen. Following his death there were no prayers, there was no holy water sprinkled over him nor were there any Mass cards.“This man is symbolic of a hidden suffering and we should never forget our people. We come from a great people who are loyal to one another. They deserve our respect.“I know that Joe would take solace from the fact that his life story, which was full of pain, may help others on their own and encourage them to seek help.”Boylan had intended on spreading the elderly man’s ashes in the sea or graveyard somewhere in Ireland prior to making contact with Margaret Brown.“Thanks to Mrs Brown’s hard work as a volunteer at St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre this man will finally return home and be shown the respect he deserves,” he said.“It would be wonderful to see as many mourners as possible at his funeral.” https://jrnl.ie/4793488 By Sarah Slater Share639 Tweet Email9 Joseph Tuohy (R) with Brian Boylan (L) Joseph Tuohy (R) with Brian Boylan (L) 60,565 Views 29 Comments Sep 3rd 2019, 11:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Certains anti-inflammatoires peuvent doubler le risque de fausse coucheLes femmes qui utilisent des anti-inflammatoires non stéroïdiens (à l’exception de l’aspirine) en début de grossesse mettent leur fœtus en danger. C’est ce que révèle une étude franco-québécoise, relayée par Radio-Canada.Si l’on savait déjà que la prise de médicaments pendant la grossesse pouvait représenter un danger pour le foetus, c’est un nouvel avertissement qu’ont émis des chercheurs de l’Université de Montréal aidés de collègues français. Au cours d’une étude publiée dans le Journal de l’Association médicale canadienne, ceux-ci ont à nouveau mis en évidence le risque que représente l’utilisation d’anti-inflammatoires non-stéoridiens (AINS à l’exception de l’aspirine) en début de grossesse. Selon leurs résultats, le risque de fausse couche est 2,4 fois plus important chez les femmes enceintes prenant ces médicaments que chez celles qui n’en prennent pas.C’est la première fois que des recherches établissent un tel lien entre l’usage de ces anti-inflammatoires couramment utilisés et le risque de fausse couche, bien que les médicaments avaient déjà suscité plusieurs questions auprès des spécialistes. Concrètement, les anti-inflammatoires (AINS) concernés sont : le naproxen, l’ibuprofène, le diclofénac, le célécoxib, et le rofécoxib. L’étude montre qu’il s’agit d’un effet de classePour arriver à ces conclusions, la Professeur Anick Bérard, de l’UdM, et ses collaborateurs ont examiné les dossiers de plus de 4.700 femmes ayant eu une fausse couche avant la 20e semaine de grossesse et ceux de 47.050 femmes n’ayant pas eu de fausse couche.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?”Notre étude indique de manière constante que le risque d’avortement spontané était associé à l’utilisation du diclofénac, du naproxen, de célécoxib, d’ibuprofène et de rofécoxib, seul ou en combinaison pendant la gestation, ce qui nous porte à conclure qu’il s’agit d’un effet de classe “, indique la chercheuse cité par Radio canada. Les résultats ont alors montré, entre autre, que le risque le plus élevé était associé au diclofénac administré seul, et le moins élevé, au rofécoxib administré seul. Cependant, les doses ne semblaient pas influencer le risque.En outre, d’autres études avaient déjà démontré que la prise d’AINS durant la grossesse pouvait conduire à des malformations congénitales ou des problèmes graves, une fois le bébé né. Le 8 septembre 2011 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
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Related Items:#GuardOurHeritage Rangers Band Indoctrination CourseBest Male Band Cadet – Arawn RolleBest Female Band Cadet – Malania Oliver BAHAMAS: RBDF Basketball Tournament Recommended for you Rangers Advance Officer Candidate CourseMost Outstanding Cadet – Judy Forbes RBDF Familiarization ProgramMost Outstanding Cadet – Destiny SeymourPress Release: RBDFHeader photo shows: Royal Bahamas Defence Force Ranger Trainees that graduated from the RBDF Rangers Leadership Training School on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road. Seated in from are Commodore Tellis Bethel along with RBDF Officers and Warrant Officers and Senior Rates.Rangers Photo two shows: The Rangers Special Drill team performing a routine at the graduation ceremony for 82 Rangers trainees on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road.Rangers Photo three shows: The Rangers band performing a musical selection during the graduation ceremony for 82 Rangers trainees on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road.Rangers Photo four shows: BTC’s Chief Marketing Officer Janet Brown receiving a presentation from Commodore Tellis Bethel as a token for being a corporate sponsor for the Rangers Leadership Training camp. At left: is Director of the Rangers program, Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe, and on the right is Captain Clyde Sawyer, Captain Coral Harbour.Rangers Photo five shows: Ranger Xaria Laing receiving the Best Female Recruit Award during the graduation ceremony for 82 Rangers trainees on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road.(Photos by Marine Seaman Michael Turner)(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas joint effort recovers more bodies of Haitian migrants BAHAMAS: RBDF Personnell attend SeventhDay Adventist Thanksgiving Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 7, 2017 – Nassau – A total of 82 Ranger Trainees graduated from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers Leadership Training School on Friday past. This was the culmination of a 3-week long program where the trainees between the ages of 12-20 years were pulled away from their usual daily comforts and immersed in an accelerated leadership program.Participants in the dynamic program represented Rangers from High Schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, North Andros and the Berry Islands. The young Rangers were broken up into focused programs that included the Rangers Marine Candidate Indoctrination Course, Ranger Officer Training Course, Ranger Advanced Officer Training Course, At Risk Youth Reconditioning Course and the Ranger Band Indoctrination Course.Also included in the Rangers’ Leadership camp was a job preparedness workshop for the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) historic regiment cadet. This was aimed to prepare the Ranger graduates for the workplace as well as serving as tour guides in the AMMC’s Historical Regiment Cadet Core program.Topics and activities covered at the Ranger Leadership School included Positive Self-Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Right Choices, Field Expeditions, Self-Control, Problem Solving, Negotiating, Etiquette, Public Speaking, First Aid, Leadership, Physical Training, Positive Attitudes and Behaviors, Developing good work ethics, Band drills, and a host of others.Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force, hailed the program as one designed to prepare Rangers for employment in the Defence Force or the commercial maritime sector. The program also encourages Rangers to pursue their vocational interests or academic studies beyond high school. He stated that youth have an important part to play in national development and that the Defence Force’s Rangers program is preparing them for such a role.The Commander Defence Force thanked the Director of the Rangers program, Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe, Ranger Instructors, the Defence Force Officers and Marines, as well as representatives from the Rangers Parents In Action Group for the outstanding work they did in making the program a success. He also expressed the Defence Force’s appreciation for the support of corporate sponsors which included BTC and Bahamas Waste Ltd. Additionally, he thanked the principal and staff at Program SURE for making their facilities available.Rangers who received outstanding awards during the program included:Rangers Officer Candidate CourseBest Male Recruit – Dikembe WilkinsonBest Female Recruit – Xaria Laing
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 21, 2017 – Kingston – The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will officially become Caribbean Maritime University on World Maritime Day, September 28, at an official Charter Day ceremony to be held at the National Arena in Kingston. This follows passage of relevant legislation in Parliament earlier this year to grant the institution university status and to confer degrees, awards, certificates, diplomas and other academic distinctions.The Charter Day ceremony, which will be open to the public, will get under way at 3:00 pm, ending at approximately 10:00 pm with fireworks and a logo burn that will be visible across the capital city. More than 5,000 persons are expected to attend, including several regional heads of state and other officials from around the world.Among the guests will be the university’s first Chancellor, His Royal Majesty King Drolor Bosso Adamtey I, king of one of the largest tribes in Ghana. Included in the Charter Day activities will be the installation of a president and a deputy president.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (September 19), Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said with university status, the governance structure of the institution will change.“There is a transition policy as enshrined in the (Caribbean Maritime University) Act, so we are moving from a Board to a council and from an executive director to a president. The current Board becomes the council and the existing executive director, unless otherwise so determined, will now become the first president of the new university,” he explained.The university, which was established in 1980 with 30 students, has grown significantly over the years. Enrolment increased from 300 students in 2007 to just under 5,000 in 2017.Senator Reid, in hailing the growth as “remarkable”, noted that according university status is a natural step as the institution establishes itself as a leader in its class.“I don’t think we’ve had another tertiary institution that has grown as exponentially as CMI, but it’s exciting for all of us. This is another layer of the growth prospects that we seek in Jamaica. We are making the connections with education, training and industry, and this is a massive part of our armoury in transforming the Jamaican education and economic landscape,” he pointed out.The Minister noted further that the granting of university status will, among other things, allow for the CMI to access global grant funding from various agencies and entities worldwide, which will enable the institution to better administer its functions and perform its role as a national economic driver through education, training and certification.The CMI continues to make a significant contribution to the Jamaican economy by bridging the employment gap, with approximately 85 per cent of CMI graduates being placed in jobs within six months of graduation.The Palisadoes-based institution is the only international entity approved for maritime training in Jamaica, with 80 per cent of the teaching/support personnel and 50 per cent of the board of directors drawn from organisations within the industry.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Mumbai: Some wagons of a goods train derailed between Jambrung and Thakurwadi in the Western Ghats seriously hitting long-distance train services between Mumbai-Pune and beyond, an official said here in Monday. The derailment took place around 4 a.m. in the Monkey Hills section of the Ghats, paralysing services. There were no casualties in the incident. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The Central Railway (CR) has cancelled or diverted several trains on the sector as work to clear wagons from the section was underway to facilitate normal traffic, said a CR spokesperson. The CR cancelled Pune-CSMT Indrayani Express, Pune-CSMT Intercity Express, Pune-CSMT Deccan Express, CSMT-Pune Deccan Queen and CSMT-Pune Pragati Express. This has hit commuters between the two cities. A few services are diverted via Kalyan-Igatpuri-Manmad, though the middle line on the section was restored and some long distance services resumed. There were delays in the Mumbai suburban sector of CR on account of the derailment and heavy rains that continued for the fourth consecutive day.
Former BASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye BachchuFormer BASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachchu and his family members directly plundered the bank funds, according to Bachchu’s bank account and Bangladesh Bank’s special inspection.While chairman of the bank he set up Eden Fisheries Limited, which merely existed on paper. He included his wife Sheikh Shirin Akhtar, son Sheikh Sabid Hye Anik and daughter Sheikh Rafa Hye in this company. In a space of 11 months, a total of Tk 130 million was deposited in the company’s bank account. Questions have been raised about the source of these funds.Moreover, the money, which was lent to different organisations, was deposited in the accounts of Bachchu and his brother Shahriar Panna.In this way, these two persons filched Tk 300 million in 2012 and 2013. There is proof to this end.Bangladesh Bank (BB) sent documents pertaining to Bachchu to the anti-corruption commission (ACC) to take action in 2014. But ACC did not implicate Bachchu in any graft case.In a special investigation of the central bank, it was found that a portion of loan, which was given to different persons, was deposited in Bachchu’s bank account. A portion of this loan was deposited in the accounts of BM Computers and Crown Properties which were owned by his brother Shahriar Panna.Gulshan branch of BASIC bank gave a loan of Tk 790 million to Asian Food Trading. After receiving the loan, the recipient deposited Tk 19.80 million in the account of Bachchu. Similarly, a portion was deposited in the account of his brother’s firm. In this way, Bachchu and Panna directly took Tk 300 million from the loan recipients.Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) executive director Ifthekharuzzaman said Bachchu has been interrogated following an order from the High Court. Bachchu’s corruption was detected in the investigation of Bangladesh and the government organisation. Unlawful transactions in his account were detected and money of other organisations was also deposited in his account. ACC should take immediate legal action against him, Ifthekharuzzaman said.Chairman’s own companyFormer MP of Jatiya Party, Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachchu, took over as chairman of BASIC Bank in 2009. On 10 December 2010, Bachchu launched a company named Eden Fisheries Limited. He made his wife and children directors of the company. The address of the company was given 42/1-ka Jahan Plaza, Segunbagicha, but no such company exists at that address.From Bangladesh Frozen Food Exporters’ Association, it has been clear that Eden Fisheries is a company merely in document.Speaking to Prothom Alo, senior vice president of the association Kazi Belayet Hossain said, “Eden Fisheries is not member of our association. It is mandatory to become member of our association to export fish and shrimps.”The address in the bank account of Eden Fisheries is House No 2 (fifth floor), Road No 4 of Banani DOHS. This is actually an apartment of Bachchu and there is no business firm there. He lived there till 5 July 2014. After the BASIC bank scam became public, his family left the apartment. No one stays there now.On 2 May 2013, a total of Tk 50 million was withdrawn from the bank account of Eden Fisheries. On the following day, Tk 10 million was withdrawn. On the same day, Tk 10 million was deposited through two cheques. On 16 May, Tk 40 million was withdrawn through two cheques. On the same day, again Tk 50 million was deposited through two cheques. In a space of 11 months, Tk 130 million was deposited.BB officials said after receiving loans, the recipients had to give a cut to Bachchu and his brother. A portion of this money was deposited to the account of Eden Fisheries. They have many such accounts. For the convenience of withdrawing money, they opened bank accounts with the foreign banks.Dividing money among two brothersGulshan branch of BASIC Bank granted loan in favour of BS Enterprise. In reality, there are no business activities of this organisation, but the loan was increased to Tk 400 million. From this loan, Tk 15 million was deposited in the account of BM Computer and Tk 16.5 million was deposited in the account of Crown Properties, which were owned by Shahriar Panna.The bank also gave a loan of Tk 320 million to Angel Agro. Then Tk 15 million of this was deposited to the account of Panna’s Crown Properties. Besides, Tk 2 million was deposited to the account of Sipar Ahmed. AB Trade Link was given a loan of Tk 660 million, and of this 5 million went to the account of Sipar Ahmed.Gulshan branch gave a loan of Tk 790 million to Asian Food Trading. Of the loan, Tk 19.8 million was directly deposited to the account of Bachchu. The bank gave a loan of Tk 760 million to Brothers’ Enterprise. Of this, Tk 1 million was deposited to the account of Sheikh Abdul Hye College which was name by Abdul Hye Bachchu.On 22 May 2012, a loan proposal of Tk 500 million by Delta System Limited was submitted to the head office of the bank. Despite negative response from the credit committee, the proposal was approved in the meeting of board of directors. On the same year, the loan was disbursed. On the following day, Tk 80 million was deposited to the account of Crown Properties. Drubo Traders was given a loan of Tk 110 million, of it 8 million was deposited to the account of Crown Properties. At that time, Tk 90 million was deposited to the account of Sipar Ahmed, manager of Gulshan branch. A portion was also deposited to the account of his brother Shakil Ahmed.After few days after Bachchu joined as chairman of BASIC Bank, the condition of the bank started to deteriorate. Since 2012, BB apprised the finance ministry of worsening condition of the bank. However, the government did not take any steps. When the condition of the bank worsened further in 2014, he was facilitated to resign. Despite allegations of irregularities of Tk 35 billion was raised against him, Bachchu was not brought to justice. The finance minister in and outside of the parliament said that the action against Bachchu would be taken, but no step was taken. Finally ACC has now interrogated members of board of directors including Bachchu following a court order.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.