ICC Champions Trophy: Mickey Arthur hopeful of World XI visit to Pakistan after triumph

first_imgPakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has expressed hope that the proposed World XI tour to the country will go ahead after his side crushed their arch-rivals India to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy.The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side on Sunday came out on top with a commendable all-round performance as they defeated India by huge 180 runs at The Oval to emerge victorious.And Arthur believes the triumph would serve as a catalyst in reviving international cricket in Pakistan.”We’re scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games. So hopefully that starts paving the way for future tours. We can only hope,” the Dawn quoted Arthur as saying.In March, Giles Clarke, the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and head of the ICC’s Pakistan task force had said that they want to give Pakistan fans the chance to see the world’s best players in live action.”The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action. Furthermore, the terrorists cannot win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan,” Clarke had said.Except Zimbabwe’s tour two years ago, Pakistan had played all of their ‘home’ matches outside of the country since the 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore.The International Cricket Council ( ICC) are slated to send a World XI to Pakistan in September.last_img read more

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World Cup failure haunts German stars as Bundesliga returns

first_imgBerlin, Aug 23 (AFP) The Bundesliga returns tomorrow with German football shaken by the shambolic early World Cup exit while Bayern Munich hope new coach Niko Kovac can maintain the relentless success the club expect. Germany’s embarrassing failure to defend their title in Russia, crashing out after finishing bottom of their group, leaves several Bundesliga stars with a point to prove in the new season. Bayern kick off the new campaign on Friday at home to Hoffenheim, who will make their debut in the Champions League group stages this season, with midfielder Thomas Mueller admitting the World Cup debacle provides extra motivation. “It’s about how we can do better – after going out like that, you handle failure very badly, because no-one expected it,” Mueller told the Bayern website. After the debacle in Russia, Germany coach Joachim Loew is expected to make sweeping changes when he names his squad on Wednesday for the home game against newly-crowned world champions France on September 6 in the Nations League. The focus against Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena will be on Bayern’s World Cup stars Mueller, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Manuel Neuer, who all under-performed on the World Cup stage. The spotlight will also fall on Kovac in his first home league game after joining from Eintracht Frankfurt, who shocked Bayern 3-1 in May’s German Cup final in his final game.- Challenge needed -==================== Kovac has already been handed a reduced squad with Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal sold to Barcelona. The transfer window closes in Germany on August 31 and president Uli Hoeness says there is a “50-50” chance Boateng could still go to Paris Saint-Germain, while Thiago Alcantara has been linked to a return to Barcelona.advertisement Kovac will be expected to ensure Bayern pick up where they left off last season when they secured a sixth straight league title by a 21-point margin. However, the German league desperately needs a challenger to come forward. In a recent survey of 2,500 football fans for internet provider t-online.de, just 17.9 percent believed a club other than Bayern will be German champions in 2018/19. Worryingly for the German Football League (DFL), just 18 percent of those polled believe there will be an exciting fight for the title. Bundesliga fans have grown to accept the title will inevitably head to Munich. Of the sides bidding to wrestle the Bundesliga trophy from Bayern’s iron grip, Borussia Dortmund, under new head coach Lucien Favre, and RB Leipzig lead the charge. Dortmund’s signing of Axel Witsel is the Bundesliga’s biggest name transfer ahead of 2018/19. Having paid Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian 20 million euros ($22.9m) for Witsel, the Belgium midfielder came off the bench to score a late equaliser in their 2-1 comeback German Cup win on Monday at second division Greuther Fuerth. Witsel is expected to forge a solid defensive midfield partnership with Denmark’s Thomas Delaney, signed from Werder Bremen. German fans will be hoping new Dortmund captain Marco Reus forges a goal-scoring partnership with 2014 World Cup winner Mario Goetze and US international Christian Pulisic. Dortmund start their league season on Sunday at home to Leipzig, who have had a brutal start to the season having played six games before the league season starts after two rounds of two-legged Europa League qualifiers. Ralf Rangnick has moved from sporting director to take over as head coach and Leipzig have a potent force up front with Germany striker Timo Werner partnering Yussuf Poulsen and Swedish playmaker Emil Forsberg calling the shots. Fixtures (all times 1330 GMT unless stated) Friday Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim (1830) Saturday Hertha Berlin v Nuremberg, Werder Bremen v Hanover 96, Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolfsburg v Schalke 04, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Augsburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen (1630) SundayMainz v Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund v RB Leipzig (1600) (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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Olympian Jess Varnish accuses British Cycling of ‘extreme control’

first_imgShare on Messenger Reuse this content Cycling British Cycling Since you’re here… Team GB Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Jess Varnish UK Sport Share on WhatsApp Topics The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage news Share on Pinterest The Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish has accused British Cycling of exercising “extreme control” over her and other athletes in her long-running legal attempt to sue the organisation for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal.In order to bring her discrimination claim, Varnish, 28, must first prove that she was an employee of either British Cycling, which didn’t pay her but had supported her training since she was 12, or UK Sport, which from 2015 provided her with a £21,500 tax-free grant towards her living and training costs.She fell out publicly with British Cycling in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, when she was kicked off the podium programme for top athletes. She had failed to qualify for her sprint event at the Olympics and her coaches decided she was unlikely to win a medal at Rio.Varnish then gave a media interview claiming one of her coaches, Shane Sutton, had told her she was “too old” and should leave and “have a baby”. Sutton subsequently said: “I’m adamant that I am innocent. I have definitely never overstepped the mark.” He did however accept he had told her to lose some “timber”.UK Sport insists Varnish was not one of its employees and did not work for the organisation because “there was no mutuality of obligation …[She] was the recipient of a grant (not remuneration) from [UK Sport] to allow her, as a talented athlete, to train and prepare as best she could for Olympic and World Championship events, ie to succeed on her own account.”It says that the “athlete performance award” received by Varnish was “akin to grants offered in the past by local authorities to help students pay for their living costs while studying for degrees”. Share via Email Share on Twitter In documents submitted to an employment tribunal in Manchester on Tuesday, Varnish argued that she was an employee because of the “net of control” extended over her and other athletes by British Cycling, alleging it punished them for minor transgressions, and told them what to wear, eat and say in public.She had to wear Team GB kit even when arriving at the velodrome for training, leaving “very limited opportunity for self expression”, she claimed, and had to relinquish her own image rights to British Cycling. She said she was “obliged” to complete media appearances and volunteer days for both British Cycling and UK Sport, where athletes “were told what to say or what to avoid”.She described being punished after turning up 10 minutes late to her first training session with her “idols” Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, when she was still a teenager. Her coach, Iain Dyer, made her “ride around the velodrome for 30 laps as punishment for being late. He made me stick out like a sore thumb when everyone else was just warming up.” She complained: “Non-compliance with the rules was just not tolerated for any reason whatsoever.”Varnish said British Cycling even owned her blood samples – “this is an example of the extreme control exercised over the lives of cyclists.” She also had to submit to monthly skin fold tests to check how much fat she had put on, and had to take pictures of her food via an app to send to her coaches. She also described cyclists regularly training until they vomited and being forced to train when her hands were bleeding and blistered after lifting 180kg weights.She said she was “completely” supported by British Cycling and UK Sport: “I received top quality medical care, dentistry, psychological support … I think UK Sport estimate that this is worth about £23,000 to £40,000.”Varnish joined British Cycling’s talent programme aged 12 and moved up the ranks until 2010, when she joined the podium programme, reserved for elite cyclists with a chance of winning a medal at either a world championship or Olympics. When she first moved to Manchester to train as a teenager she was given £7,500 a year from UK Sport. She lived in a flat rented by British Cycling and paid £250 in rent.She told the tribunal that she missed out on lucrative sponsorship agreements with Virgin Trains and the clothing company Sweaty Betty because they were vetoed by British Cycling.But under cross-examination by Thomas Linden, QC, representing British Cycling, Varnish accepted she had set up a business in 2010 “for tax purposes” through which her sponsorship deals could be processed.The tribunal heard that in June 2011 she signed a three-year deal with Boots that promised to pay her £32,500 in the first 18 months and then a further £50,000. To earn the money she had to commit to nine eight-hour days promoting Boots each year, Linden told the tribunal. If she won medals in 2012-2014 she would receive bonuses of £5,000 a time, he added.Varnish, asked why she hadn’t declared either the business or a sponsorship deal with Boots in her witness statement, said: “I wrote the witness statement about the level of control. Because that’s what it was about.”Linden put it to her that she was able to enter into the Boots deal because she knew Dyer would not object. “I could sign it whether it would be disapproved of or not,” she accepted. Linden said Dyer, who was due to give evidence to the tribunal, had been “very sympathetic to requests from athletes for sponsorship opportunities because he understood the need for athletes to earn from other sources.”She also had a deal to get a free car from Nissan, a British Olympic Federation partner, and had a commercial agreement with Adidas, the tribunal heard.Evidence was also expected to be heard from witnesses including Varnish’s partner, the former BMX world champion Liam Phillips, and Dr Richard Freeman, the former British Cycling team doctor who was embroiled in the Bradley Wiggin’s jiffy bag scandal.The tribunal continues. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Employment tribunalslast_img read more

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Hilton the celebrity great white appears to be ending his stay in

first_imgHALIFAX – A 600-kilogram great white shark who enthralled Nova Scotians for months as he cruised East Coast waters appears to be ending his northern sojourn and heading south.A group tracking the 3.7-metre shark named Hilton said Monday that he was heading out of Mahone Bay, posing the question on Twitter: “Where do you think he’s going now?”The celebrity shark — tagged by the research group Ocearch in March in South Carolina — first appeared on Nova Scotia’s south shore in early August.He charmed locals with a wry Twitter feed that chronicled his movements near some of the province’s most popular beaches and tourist towns, including the site of the famous Peggy’s Cove lighthouse.On Monday, Hilton offered up a cheeky Tweet to residents of a coastal Nova Scotia community, saying “What’s up East Berlin? Don’t mind me, just passing by!”It didn’t take long for followers to offer up their well wishes online.“…take your time! What’s the rush??” one woman said.One man in another coastal community bid adieu, for now.“See you as you sail by Medway Harbour on your way back next summer, we’ll wave … from the wharf,” while another tweeted, “Safe travels big boy. We hope you stick around! #DontFeartheFin.”Another shark dubbed Big Peg even tweeted out her amorous feelings for the massive predator with a simple XO, about her “unrequited, forever love.”The highly visible great white — Hilton has 17,300 Twitter followers — was in the area to feast on an abundance of seals, but gave some anxious Nova Scotians the jitters and kept them out of the water.His Twitter feed filled up with jokes, local food references and flirtations with other tagged sharks and even human Nova Scotians, even as he boasted about his attributes.“Don’t forget handsome, suave, debonaire, and dashing,” Hilton tweeted back to someone who complimented his good looks.Hilton has a tracker on his dorsal fin, which only sends signals when it breaks the surface.Ocearch has tagged over 300 sharks, almost half of them great white sharks, including about 25 on the east coast of North America, and open-sourced the data on its website and free app.The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy says little is known about where sharks travel, pup and feed, and the group aims to solve that puzzle of shark behaviour while also reducing the stigma around sharks.In late July, a 300-kilogram great white shark affectionately known as Pumpkin was detected in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin.Last November, a 900-kilogram great white named Lydia — who also has her own Ocearch-managed Twitter account — was among two then tracking off Nova Scotia.The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy says the animal is the largest predatory fish in the world, with a powerful jaw full of serrated teeth and a body that can weigh up to 1,800 kilograms. But it says the population in the North Atlantic has dropped by 75 per cent in the past 15 years and is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as vulnerable.last_img read more

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Gold in mind as Mary Kom prepares for 2020 Olympics

first_imgNew Delhi: It is said that champions are made and not born. The struggle, effort and the determination to keep trying till you succeed is what makes a champion stand out and none would know this better than champion boxer MC Mary Kom. The only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships, there is no stopping her. Even though the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is more than 15 months away, Mary Kom is already planning for the biggest event in sporting history. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMary Kom said that 2019 held special significance for her as this was the qualification year for the Tokyo Olympics and she must ensure that she plans the road ahead with precision. “2020 is very close. This is one of the most important year for me as I look to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. We have already figured out the plan ahead. Without a plan or strategy you cannot move forward. The most important thing is to stay injury-free as that will help me give it my all as I prepare for 2020,” she said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHaving recently competed in Germany and won all her fights, one would expect her to be happy with the start to the season. But Mary Kom is already looking at areas she needs to improve on just like a true champion athlete. “I have already tested my body as the fight in Germany was my first in the 51 kg category and that was a great experience. I think I have to improve a bit in certain areas like strength, power and stamina and I noted that and will figure these things out with my trainer,” she explained. At the training trip in Germany, Mary Kom defeated Ukraine’s Daria Sierhieieva, Germany’s Ursula Gottlob and Norway’s Veronica Losvik. Even though her victories were unanimous 5-0 verdicts, Mary Kom wants to keep working hard and plan for different situations that may challenge her as she dreams of a gold in the 2020 Games. “I have already been planning on ways to tackle opponents in the 51 kg category and I have had a bit of an experience on competing in this category in the past year. I now have some idea of the opponents and that helps me to plan the moves to get better,” she said. Asked about the next tournament she would be competing in, Mary Kom said: “I think the India Open will be the next competition that I will be competing in. Rest I have to see the calendar and only then I can tell you.” Even as pundits keep asking if age is catching up with the superstar boxer, Mary Kom is happy about her fitness level and her association with Puma means she is right up there with the best. “I am so happy and excited to be associated with a sports brand like Puma. It is No.1 in India and I am enjoying myself.”last_img read more

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Army tweets pictures of Yeti footprints

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Army will send pictures and videos of large “mysterious footprints” captured by its personnel in the higher Himalayas to domain experts, sources said on Tuesday, a day after its claim suggesting the presence of the mythical Yeti close to the Makalu Base Camp in Nepal earlier this month.On Monday, the Army claimed its mountaineering expedition team in Nepal found mysterious large footprints in the snow that they believe belong to the Yeti or the abominable snowman. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIn Nepali folklore, Yeti is a mythical ape-like creature taller than an average human that is said to inhabit the Himalayas, Siberia, Central and East Asia. “For the first time, an #IndianArmy Mountaineering Expedition Team has sited (sic) Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019. This elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past,” the Army tweeted on Monday night. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe Army also released photos showing large footprints in the snow which they claim belong to the creature. An Army team of 18 personnel led by Major Manoj Joshi embarked on an expedition to Mount Makalu in Nepal on April 2. On April 9, the group spotted “mysterious footprints” measuring 32 X 15 inches to close to the Makalu base camp, the sources said. They said the pictures were sent by the team using satellite communication. “We will share the photos and videos with domain experts to understand more about this,” the sources said. They did not elaborate on which domain experts they will approach. The team is expected to be back in India next month. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,485 metres. It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas, some 19 kilometres southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and Tibet, China. Stories of the Yeti first emerged as a facet of Western popular culture in the 19th century. Given the lack of evidence of its existence, the scientific community has generally regarded the Yeti as a legend. In one genetic study, researchers matched DNA from hair samples found in the Himalaya with a prehistoric bear from the Pleistocene epoch. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Morgan Stanley buying Calgarybased Solium Capital for 11 billion

CALGARY — U.S. bank Morgan Stanley has signed a deal to buy Calgary-based Solium Capital Inc. in a cash deal valued at about $1.1 billion.Under the agreement, Morgan Stanley will pay $19.15 per share for Solium, which helps companies manage employee stock plans.Solium shares closed at $13.36 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday.Solium CEO Marcos Lopez says the company’s leadership team is expected to remain in place.The deal is subject to the approval by a two-thirds majority vote by shareholders. All of the directors of Solium, who collectively control 19 per cent of the company, have agreed to support the purchase.Subject to regulatory approvals, the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:SUM)

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School Bus Accident Injures 3 Children in Meknes

Rabat- A school bus accident in Meknes has injured three primary school children.The bus, carrying 43 students of a private primary school, crashed on Wednesday morning near Zahwa neighborhood in Meknes, a city west of Fez, reported Moroccan news outlet Alyaoum24.The injured students are currently receiving treatment at Mohammed V Hospital in Meknes. Photos taken after the accident show two other vehicles caught in the traffic accident, a taxi which hit a streetlamp and another that swerved and hit a wall to avoid the crash.Photo credits: Alyaoum24Photo credits: Alyaoum24Photo credits: Alyaoum24Two deadly accidents in one week Today’s bus accident follows two fatal accidents last week.On Tuesday, October 16, Train No. 9 linking Rabat and Kenitra on the Casablanca-Kenitra line derailed near Bouknadel at 10:20 a.m., killing 7 and injuring 125.The cause of the derailment was speeding, according to the investigation.The public prosecutor of Sale’s Court of First Instance has blamed the driver for going 158 kilometers per hour when the speed limit on the stretch of track where the train derailed was only 60 kilometers per hour. However, some rail employees claimed the track was known to be faulty and the reduced speed limit was not properly communicated.Another tragic accident took place Friday, October 19, when a part of the bridge undergoing repair on the A3 highway in Casablanca near the Derb Sultan neighborhood collapsed on a car, killing a woman and badly injuring her daughter.Drivers on the A3 highway have expressed their anger and concern over the traffic jam, complaining that there are no signs to inform them of the work in progress.Read Also: Morocco Gives Free Counseling to Bouknadel Train Accident Survivors read more

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Probe on ragging video

An investigation has been launched into a video containing visuals of students being ragged at a university, which was distributed to some media outlets by a group campaigning against raging in universities. Convener of the Anti-Ragging Students’ Collective Yukthi Ekadeera told the Colombo Gazette that officers from the police intelligence unit had visited his house in Chilaw to record a statement from him and obtain a copy of the video. There was a huge public outcry after the video was published on the YouTube channel of the Colombo Gazette and also on Derana and Swarnavahini. Meanwhile Ekadeera also said that although the student who gave the video to his organization had claimed it shows visuals of ragging at the Ruhuna campus, the claim was later found to be misleading.He said that the ragging had actually taken place at another university in 2010 and was videoed by a student who had handed later over a copy to a friend who shared it with Anti-Ragging Students’ Collective. (Colombo Gazette) The video shows new university entrants being humiliated and forced to roll on mud, have paint all over their clothes and faces and later be bathed with water.Ekadeera said that ragging has left 15 dead and 25 paralyzed over the past few years while a further 6000 students had left university, 2 committed suicide and 2 were raped. read more

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Facebook wants its cryptocurrency Libra to one day rival the greenback

Facebook, which announced the project with 27 partners, is already under wide-ranging regulatory scrutiny over how it handles users’ private data. Growth of its main platform has plateaued in some major markets and crypto payments would be a way to turn messaging – across WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram — into a business that complements its advertising operation, which generates almost all of its revenue.Facebook shares gained early Tuesday as analysts saw the move as a potentially major new profit stream. “We view Facebook’s introduction of the Libra currency as a potential watershed moment for the company and global adoption of crypto,” wrote Mark Mahaney, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets who has an outperform rating and US$250 price target on Facebook shares. Facebook uncovers emails that appear to show Mark Zuckerberg knew about privacy issues, WSJ reports Cryptocurrency pioneer pays $4.57 million to have lunch with Warren Buffett who once said Bitcoin was ‘probably rat poison squared’ Here we go again: Bitcoin’s wild ride is back as volatility returns with a vengeance “In terms of scale and importance, we believe this new financial infrastructure could be viewed similar to Apple’s introduction of iOS to developers over a decade ago.“Still, the announcement was met immediately with political opposition in Europe, with calls for tighter regulation of the company. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Libra shouldn’t be seen as a replacement for traditional currencies and called on the Group of Seven central bank governors to prepare a report on the project for their July meeting.“It is out of question” that Libra “become a sovereign currency,” LeMaire said in an interview on Europe 1 radio. “It can’t and it must not happen.”To come anywhere close to matching the U.S. dollar for utility and acceptance, Libra will need to be widely trusted. So Facebook and its partners are mimicking how other currencies have been introduced in the past.“To help instill trust in a new currency and gain widespread adoption during its infancy, it was guaranteed that a country’s notes could be traded in for real assets, such as gold,” the companies wrote in a white paper. “Instead of backing Libra with gold, though, it will be backed by a collection of low-volatility assets, such as bank deposits and short-term government securities in currencies from stable and reputable central banks.”The total number of Libra can change, and new digital coins can be issued whenever someone wants to exchange their Libra for an existing fiat currency, so the price shouldn’t fluctuate any more than other stable currencies, according to David Marcus, head of the Facebook blockchain team that’s spearheading the project.“It would make a scenario where there’s a run on the bank completely impossible, because we are backed one-for-one,” he said. Libra will also be audited, he added, an important step in an industry with limited transparency.Facebook has closely guarded its crypto plans for more than a year, though many of the details have already been reported by Bloomberg News and other outlets.Marcus, who used to run Facebook Messenger, said Facebook plans to build a new digital wallet that will exist inside Messenger and its other standalone messaging service, WhatsApp. Once Libra is up and running, the currency and the digital wallet should make it easier for people to send money to friends, family and businesses through the apps. Libra will run on the so-called blockchain, a database that can use millions of computers to verify transactions, eliminating risks that come with information being held centrally by a single entity. Facebook created a new subsidiary, called Calibra, to build the new wallet and focus on the company’s blockchain efforts.Facebook’s track record in payments and commerce has been spotty. A few years ago, it began letting people buy flowers or hail an Uber through its Messenger service. Those features have not been huge hits. In 2010, it began offering Facebook Credits, a way to buy virtual goods inside Facebook games. But in 2012 it scrapped Credits, and in 2013 it started working with third-party services like PayPal process some payments. Facebook’s revenue from “payments and other service” was less than 2 per cent of total sales in 2018.When it finally arrives, Libra will be late to a party that’s been going on so long, many of the party-goers have either left or collapsed. Some past attempts to make coins usable for commerce, such as Bitcoin, haven’t widely caught on yet because price volatility mainly attracted traders and speculators. Predecessor stablecoins, like Tether, have been used by some traders to park funds in during times of high volatility, but have not been broadly adopted for commerce.U.S. regulations may represent another hurdle for Facebook. Creating a digital currency doesn’t just require buy-in from financial institutions who need to accept it, and consumers who need to trust it, but it requires approval from regulators, too. The Securities and Exchange Commission has shut down about a dozen businesses issuing their own tokens for violations of securities law. Marcus said Facebook has been in contact with regulators and central banks, but added that the company hasn’t received a “no-action” letter from the SEC yet. That would have safeguarded the project from regulatory action by the agency.One way Facebook hopes to appease regulators is through the Libra Association, a governing body tasked with making decisions about Libra. Firms including Visa and PayPal Holdings Inc. are part of the group. Marcus described these members as “co-founders,” and said they will have an equal say in how the cryptocurrency is managed.“Facebook will not have any special privilege or special voting rights at the association level,” said Marcus, the former president of PayPal. “We will have competitors and other players on top of this platform that will build competing wallets and services.”All Libra Association members are putting a minimum of US$10 million into a reserve to help support the cryptocurrency’s value. This buy-in comes with voting privileges. However, the association’s governance structure is still in flux, and most of the group’s crucial decisions, including the creation of its charter, have not yet been decided, according to several members of the group. They asked not to be identified discussing private details.Libra’s timing could also pose challenges. Facebook is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission over the company’s privacy practices. Some have called for the company to be broken up, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. Asking consumers to put more trust in the social media giant, and giving Facebook a strong entry into the world of digital payments and banking, will likely draw further criticism.The company plans to keep financial data gathered from Libra users separate from Facebook user data. That’s why Facebook’s digital wallet will exist under the Calibra subsidiary, which will house user transaction data on separate servers, Marcus said. If a WhatsApp user uses her Calibra wallet to send money to a friend or pay a retailer, those interactions won’t be stored alongside her social-media profile.“There’s a clear distinction between Calibra and what Calibra has access to, and what Facebook Inc. has access to,” Marcus said. “It’s very clear that people don’t want their financial data from an account to be comingled with social data or to be used for other purposes.”Bloomberg.com Justin Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Inc. unveiled plans for a new, global financial system with a broad group of partners from Visa Inc. to Uber Technologies Inc. on board to create a cryptocurrency it expects will one day trade much like the U.S. dollar and inject a new source of revenue.Called Libra, the new currency will launch as soon as next year and be what’s known as a stablecoin — a digital currency that’s supported by established government-backed currencies and securities. The goal is to avoid massive fluctuations in value so Libra can be used for everyday transactions across Facebook in a way that more volatile cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, haven’t been. The project is the culmination of a year-long effort as Facebook seeks to spur growth on its various platforms that already count more than 2 billion users. But it will also likely face skepticism –from regulators who already think Facebook has too much power and plays loose with digital privacy, and from those that are dubious of cryptocurrencies, which are known more for speculative investments and blackmarket commerce than for legitimate financial transactions.If successful, Libra could make Facebook a much bigger player in financial services.  Cryptocurrency firms have been trying to build cross-border, digital currencies on the blockchain to disrupt traditional banking and payments for a decade, but nothing has caught on at the scale of traditional money yet.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the F8 Facebook Developers conference in San Jose, California. read more

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NHS should ban bellringing ceremonies celebrating end of cancer treatment charity says

The NHS should scrap bell-ringing ceremonies celebrating the end of cancer treatment, because it is a “kick in the teeth” for those still suffering, a patient battling the disease has said.The bell-ringing ritual at the end of chemotherapy or radiation has become common in hospitals and clinics nationwide in recent years.Friends and family and staff clap and cheer as the patient reads out a poem before ringing a bell to show they have “beaten” the disease.The ceremonies, often proudly shared by patients in online videos, originated in the US and now feature at around 200 UK hospitals.But critics are complaining that the bells are a “divisive and cruel” reminder for incurable patients on wards that they will never get to ring one.Jo Taylor, founder of campaign group After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, has called for the “brash” bells to be scrapped.The mother-of-two, 50, has undergone 88 rounds of treatment since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.Writing in the British Medical Journal recently, Mrs Taylor, of Diggle, near Oldham, said: “It seems a modern-day phenomenon that everything has to be celebrated loudly and brashly.”For those of us living with recurrent cancer who have little prospect of being cured, hearing this bell being rung is like a kick in the teeth.”Living with recurrent breast cancer is hard. It feels as if the disease has one aim – it wants to kill the person it’s growing in. 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. “On my last day, I definitely had mixed feelings; it felt strange to think I was having my last treatment but I was happy too; it’s all been five star, I cannot thank the NHS enough.”The installation of the bell was the idea of Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust therapy radiographer, Lydia Dearing. She said: “We’ve had a lot of interest in the bell. A lot of people have asked if they can ring it and we often see our radiographers come to support the patients they have treated when it’s time for them to ring the bell.”Patients can sometimes suffer side effects as a result of treatment, so for those who are going through a bit of a tough time it can give hope or help to remind them that there is an end in sight.”It’s not for everyone but for many, and in particular those whose treatment has lasted a long time and maybe included surgery or chemotherapy, it signifies a significant milestone and what will hopefully be the start of their recovery.” Mrs Taylor’s article struck a chord with a string of other incurable cancer patients. One responded online: “I hate the bells at my oncology unit. I find hearing it really difficult. Although I’m pleased for the person ringing it, I just hate knowing I’ll never beat cancer.”Another said: “I honestly don’t understand why these are allowed. By all means celebrate but I really don’t think it should be within earshot of those of us that will never get to do so.”Others have suggested that ward staff could instead quietly hand out certificates of completion. Oncologist Dr Greg Wilson, of Manchester’s Christie Hospital, one of Europe’s largest cancer treatment centres, also agreed with Mrs Taylor.He said: “It’s unnecessary and insensitive to patients who will never ring the bell. Patients who complete their chemo can go and celebrate but the bell is unnecessary.”A study of whether the bells are helpful or harmful was carried out by Dr Patrick Williams, from the University of Southern California, and involved 210 patients.He concluded: “The bell worsens patients’ memories of treatment…. Ringing a bell on the final day of cancer treatment may be an example of a bad practice with good intentions.’Charity Children with Cancer UK has a child ringing a bell on its logo. A spokesman said: “Many of the families we support view them as a symbol of hope and strength. “Ringing the bell marks the end of what is often a long period of cancer treatment.”The bells are distributed by End of Treatment Bells, a charity founded by Tracey Payton, from Manchester. She first saw the bells used when her daughter Emma, then eight, had proton beam therapy in 2013 in Oklahoma to treat a cancer of the cheekbone.She was then treated at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which installed the UK’s first bell for her to ring.Mrs Payton, who has since raised over £40,000 on website JustGiving for the bells, declined to comment. But her friend Jane Cubbin, 44, whose son Josh, eight, has undergone cancer treatment at the same hospital, said: “Tracey feels genuinely sorry if anybody is distressed by it – that is not the intention of what these bells are about.”To take the bells away would just be heartbreaking – they have brought joy and hope to so many since it came to the UK.”Stephen Buckley, 72, of Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, rang a bell at Castle Hill Hospital to celebrate the end of his eight-month battle against prostate cancer. He said: “Ringing the end of treatment bell is something I’ve been looking forward to since day one. Every day I walked past it, I thought ‘I shall be ringing that bell off the wall soon’. “For those who are shouldering this burden it’s important that we avoid adding to it.”I am sure that I am not the only person who has heard the end of treatment bell and left the unit in despair, weeping on the way home from treatment which we know will not cure us.”People think it’s an encouraging thing to have a bell. I disagree, I think it’s divisive and cruel. For me, it just reminds me of my own mortality and that I will never get to ring it because I will never finish treatment.”Mrs Taylor, who has a life expectancy of two to three years, points out that as many as 30 per cent of early stage patients who ring the bell when they finish treatment for primary breast cancer will, like her, develop secondary cancer in another part of the body.She said: “As a friend said, she actually felt like she was tempting fate by ringing the bell. “It’s not the patients’ fault but people do need to be made aware that others may find it insensitive.”There are many other patients like me out there and it’s surely time for chemotherapy and radiotherapy units who use these bells to rethink whether they are really a good idea.” read more

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First Komatsu PC700011 shipped to Barrick Veladero mine in Argentina

first_imgThe first ever PC7000-11 Komatsu Mining hydraulic excavator and the first PC7000 machine in Latin America has been shipped to Barrick’s Veladero gold mine in Argentina. Komatsu says the model provides superior features such as KomtraxPlus 2 version, improved electronics, which results in less maintenance and improved response times. The PC7000-11 has been tested thoroughly in the product development phase at the Komatsu Arizona test site.The excavator drivers have been enthusiastic. Peter Bills, Komatsu excavator driver at Komatsu, commented: “I’ve never driven such a good excavator before. The productivity of the excavator is incredible. It’s so direct and fast, I only know it from much smaller types.” And that’s exactly where the challenge lay. Although the PC7000 weighs more than 600 t the excavator is as agile and flexible as smaller machines. “The key to success is innovation, led by our engineering and design team. Komatsu has always been a company focused on innovation and technology and combined with the experience in mining, the PC7000 becomes a game changer. Thanks to years of innovation processes, the highest demands on suppliers and extensive testing are the trailblazers for such great innovations in excavators.”Big Data is a particular concern for the customer and is becoming more and more important. The PC7000-11 is prepared for an optional payload meter (PLM) on board. The PLM provides full visibility in bucket fill weight, measures performance and tracks truckload. “Komatsu is always interested in accompanying its customers in the digital age and offering solutions.”The trip to South America started on December 13 from the Komatsu Mining factory in Düsseldorf. The first destination was the harbour of Düsseldorf-Reisholz. From there, the excavator left for Antwerp within a few days before the big journey began. The PC7000-11 was then loaded from Antwerp onto the ship to its destination in La Plata, Argentina. After the arrival in La Plata, the excavator was transported in individual parts with over 40 trucks to its destination gold mine Veladero which is operated by Barrick.A notable point is the height of the operation: The excavator operates at 4,500 m above sea level. This point also poses challenges. An excavator works quite differently at this altitude; the pressure of the oils changes, the temperatures are demanding and the engine also needs a different tuning. “This is not a challenge for the excavators of Komatsu, thanks to decades of experience in the field. The outside temperature rises to over 30° C in summer but drops to as low as -35° C in winter, oil and petrol have to be adjusted accordingly.”As soon as all parts of the excavator arrived in the mine, the assembly started. The assembly process will take between 4-6 weeks. “After the assembly, the service of Komatsu does not stop. Komatsu sends service personnel and excavator trainers to the customer to optimise the machine and train the excavator drivers on site. Not only the drivers but also the maintenance staff are trained. This is where the concept of continuous improvement comes in, the aim is to support and assist the customer at all times. Thanks to the strong support of our distributor, parts and service support are tailor made. The stock at the mine site provides the most urgent spare parts such as pumps, rollers and tracks. Considering the two PC5500 working at this site already and the satisfaction of the performance, Komatsu appreciates the expansion of the fleet and the trust of the customer.”last_img read more

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Kevin McGeever released following questioning over abduction

first_imgKEVIN MCGEEVER, THE property developer who mysteriously reappeared in January following his alleged abduction last May, has been released from garda custody.Gardaí have confirmed that a 68-year-old man was released last night at around 7.30pm and a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.Kevin Michael McGeever was arrested  on Thursday and questioned by gardaí in Gort in Co Galway over allegations of wasting police time.McGeever was found on a Leitrim roadside last January in ill-health with no shoes and the word thief written on his forehead. He had lost five stone and was taken to a local garda station where he was given tea, biscuits and curry chips.He has claimed that he was abducted at gunpoint from his home in Galway in 27 May 2012 and held against his own will in an underground bunker until his release in January when he claimed he was dumped on a roadside having been transported in a van.Gardaí have been investigating the incident since McGeever reappeared on 29 January.The businessman ran KMM International Properties which has been involved in the property scene in Dubai for over a decade.last_img read more

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Christie delighted with match officials

first_imgScotland midfielder Ryan Christie has revealed his delight with the match officials during his country’s 4-0 against Albania.Russian referee Bezborodov took note of Mergim Mavraj’s first challenge on Christie before Scotland’s James Forrest, and later showed the Aris centre-back a red cardThat was the second red card situation Christie has been involved in the space of a week after Livingston striker Dolly Menga was banned for two games for putting his head towards Christie in a goalless Scottish  Premiership clash between Celtic and Livingston last Sunday, after it was initially missed by the match officials“That’s two in a week,” he said, as quoted in Scotsman.“I wasn’t sure if it was the captain who made the initial challenge but I was trying to get the ball off him for the free-kick and he seemed to get really aggressive and put the head towards me. I am happy that the officials saw this one.”ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.It is has been a fantastic season for Christie, who has only recently became a regular in Brendan Rodger’s team before putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the Scottish champions last week.“It has been a bit of a whirlwind. I have found myself very lucky that they have put me into a team full of great players all around me.“We are playing some great football with Celtic just now and coming away at international level, I really enjoyed playing in that team on Saturday night.“Callum McGregor was sitting in behind me tonight as I am used to and when you have players like Ryan Fraser and James Forrest running off the ball, it makes my job easy.”last_img read more

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Texas man caught on video pointing gun at another driver

first_img“At first I was shocked and then I started crying,” she said. “It scared me. It was really the look on his face that scared me the most.”Best posted videos and photos of the incident to her Facebook page where both were shared more than 10,000 times.“I just want the guy off the street,” she said. “I hope that they catch him so that he won’t do that to someone else.”Authorities tracked down the man in the video and are currently investigating the incident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LANCASTER, Texas (WSVN) – A case of road rage was caught on camera when a man appeared to pull out a gun and pointed it at another driver.The woman behind the cell phone camera, Victoria Best, said she filmed the man because, according to her, he was driving erratically.The Texas woman was left shaken after the incident. “I didn’t even look at him. I just had my phone. I just wanted him to know that I was recording him,” she said.Moments later, she said that the man in the silver Nissan started driving aggressively.“He hit on his breaks the first time, and it made me slow down. I didn’t know if he might’ve thought that I was driving a little bit too close,” said Best.She continued to record. “I don’t feel like I provoked the guy at all, I was just on my way to work,” she said.Once she got to work, Best said she looked back at the footage and saw what appeared to be a gun pointed right at her. last_img read more

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Aamir Khan meets Chiranjeevi Discusses film on freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy

first_imgTwitterBollywood’s Mr Perfectionist, Aamir Khan, who is currently busy with the shoot of his movie, recently had a chance encounter with southern superstar and legendary actor – Chiranjeevi. An elated Aamir Khan, took to Twitter to announce it to the world, sharing a picture of himself with the star.Aamir tweeted, “Ran into one of my favourite actors, Superstar Chiranjeevi Garu at Kyoto airport! What a pleasant surprise 🙂 . Discussed his new project about freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. You are always such an inspiration sir. Love. a.” (sic)After the failure of Thugs of Hindostan, Aamir Khan is geared up for the shooting of his next, which is a Hindi adaptation of Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump. Titled Lal Singh Chaddha, Aamir will be seen essaying the lead role of Lal Singh in the movie. The film is made by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Aamir Khan Productions, both. One of Hollywood’s cult – Forrest Gump – had won six Oscars the year it was released.Chiranjeevi would be seen in the film based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who was a Kurnool-based freedom fighter.Aamir Khan’s most anticipated film – Thugs of Hindostan – had tanked terribly at the box-office last year, despite the presence of Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif. Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and even Amitabh Bachchan had shared the blame of the film flopping and had vowed to entertain the audience with better projects in future. Aamir Khan had said, “I would like to say that I take full responsibility for Thugs of Hindostan not working with the audience. I think we went wrong somewhere and I take full responsibility for that. You can be sure that we tried our level best. There are some who liked the movie and we are thankful to them, but that is in a minority. Most of the audience did not like it and we are aware of it. I want to apologise to the audience who went to watch the movie with a lot of expectations. I am sorry that this time I could not deliver the expected entertainment.”last_img read more

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Memorial Service for Fopeanna Fobie Johnson

first_imgA memorial service and life celebration reception for Fopeanna “Fobie” Johnson is on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.  The celebration will be at the Rawlings- Fulton Clubhouse at Forest Park Golf Course, 2900 Hillsdale Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207. This is a free event but you must rsvp to Tiffanie Grier at 410.812.2386.last_img

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Glovefriendly touchscreen goes on exhibit

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com It’s not the first time a technology company has thought up a novel way to operate a touchscreen, but the talking point on the new SMK design is that the company has figured out how to deliver a capacitive touchscreen to work regardless of whether your hand is free or covered with a glove. SMK improved detection sensitivity by employing a chip that supports high-sensitivity detection and a sensor panel structure that has a high resistance to noise to prevent malfunctions caused by noise. As a result, it became possible to detect a gloved hand. The 6.5-inch panel can be scaled up to 8-inches. While in-vehicle navigation systems rather than mobile smartphones are the target, observers do not rule out the possibility that the screen might be picked up for clean room environments that require its users to wear gloves.SMK is a global parts manufacturer of telecom and electronics components. Its product range includes camera modules, plugs, jacks, remote-control units as well as touch panels. The “Touch Panel” segment of the business features pressure-sensitive resistance touch panels, capacitance type touch panels and backlit touch panels. SMK will exhibit the new glove-friendly panel at FPD (Flat Panel Displays) International 2011, starting today through October 28 in Yokohama.While the product is new in SMK’s portfolio, the idea of making a touchscreen operable with gloved hands is not new to the technology trade. The challenge of touchscreens sensitive to gloved hands has been taken up before. Earlier this year, at the Mobile World Congress, there was a lot of interest in a show demo by Synaptics. The device could work well with stylus as well as with a gloved hand and was aimed at mobile phones, not cars. Last year, on show at the same FPD event, was Hitachi’s version of a glove-friendly touchscreen.It’s clear that SMK joins a growing list of innovative demos that focus on novel touch technologies for ever=popular mobile computing devices. Simply, technology has become tactile. Users, whether gloved or ungloved, expect functionality literally at their fingertips.As for SMK, the company is to start volume production at a rate of 100,000 units (in terms of 6.5-inch panel) per month. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A new screen has been designed that can work with gloved hands, and it comes from Japan-based SMK. The target application will be car-navigation systems which drivers can operate while wearing gloves. The new screen is described as having a sensor panel structure that is noise-resistant. The design allows for a signal clear enough to be detected at high sensitivities. Fujitsu demonstrates new dual-touch resistive touch panelcenter_img More information: SMK Corp.via TechOn Citation: Glove-friendly touchscreen goes on exhibit (2011, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-glove-friendly-touchscreen.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Related Online travel outlook more optimistic than

first_img RelatedOnline travel outlook more optimistic than feared, says SkyscannerSkyscanner traffic grows 32% despite Hitwise flight search downturn reportWeakling Pound Draws More Foreign Tourists to UK says SkyscannerThe battering of the British pound by the strong euro and US dollar is drawing more visitors to British shoresSummer travel trends: winners and losers of British tourist trafficSkyscanner reveals this summer’s fastest growing destinations for British holidaymakers The strengthening dollar, the credit crunch and recession woes have led to a 15% fall in UK-USA flight search traffic, reports Skyscanner.In previous years, there has been an increase in flight searches to the USA at this time of year with many travellers heading to New York or Minneapolis to do their Christmas shopping, taking advantage of a strong pound to bag a bargain. The States have also been a popular ski destination, with world class resorts, reliable snow and good value food and accommodation on offer.However, while flight search traffic remains high on the Skyscanner site, over the last month there has been a 15% fall in searches for UK-USA flights, suggesting that the credit crunch and the weakening pound have finally taken their toll on British travellers, and that they are forgoing their American trips.It has been speculated in the travel industry that Obama’s victory will lead to an increase in the popularity of the USA in the coming months and years. The Bush administration was widely labelled as the most unpopular of all time, with foreign attitudes towards Americans and America dropping to an all time low. However, the newly elected Obama not only marks a change within the USA itself, but also a change in how the USA is perceived by Brits and the rest of the world. Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and Director of Business Development, commented on the fall in flight searches for America:“We know the Obama victory was a popular one, not just in the USA, but also around the world. It’s likely that this will lead to increased interest for the USA in future, but right now, the stronger dollar means the US is about 25% more expensive than it was this time last year.Despite the current economic gloom, traffic is still very strong, and there’s every indication that people are continuing to make travel a top priority – perhaps because we need holidays to look forward to more than ever. But it’s not surprising that we’re seeing a fall in UK-USA flight searches, and Brits seem to be shopping and skiing closer to home this year.” ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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FILE In this March 13 2018 file photo Ziad Ita

first_img FILE – In this March 13, 2018 file photo, Ziad Itani, a Lebanese stage actor, who was indicted on charges of collaborating with Israel and drug possession, shouts as he speaks with journalists after he was released by Lebanese authorities, at his house, in Beirut, Lebanon. The New York-based Human Rights Watch called on Lebanese authorities to investigate allegations of torture made by Itani. The watchdog said Monday, July 16, 2018, that the case of Itani is a test for whether the law criminalizing torture, passed in November, will end impunity for security officials. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2018 9:38 am PDT Last Updated Jul 16, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lebanon must investigate torture claims by actor, HRW sayscenter_img BEIRUT – The New York-based Human Rights Watch called Monday on Lebanese authorities to investigate allegations of torture made by a well-known actor who was detained and later exonerated of charges of spying for Israel.Ziad Itani, a stage actor from Beirut, was arrested in November and released four months later. The charges were dropped in the widely publicized case in which details of the allegations were leaked to the media.Collaborating with Israel, which is formally at war with Lebanon, can be punishable by death.The watchdog said Itani’s case was worrisome because of the combination of tactics used to pressure him. They included being held incommunicado, torture, forcing him into a confession under duress and threats of rape and physical violence to his family, the group said.The combination is “very disturbing,” said Bassam Khawaja, a HRW Lebanon researcher. “Even more disturbing is that no one has taken the time to investigate.”Lebanon’s State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud said he has received no formal complaints, either from Itani or the judge that carried out the investigation.Lebanon has passed a new law criminalizing torture in November, with procedures to investigate allegations.Khawaja said Itani’s case is a test for the authorities’ readiness to implement that law. Allegations of torture are common in Lebanon, yet there have been no reports in recent years of such cases going to trial.There were no signs the new procedures were followed, Khawaja added.Itani made his allegations to the military court’s investigative judge nearly a month after he was detained, which should have triggered an investigation.Even though the judge noted the allegations and ordered “an examination,” the judge’s final report, reviewed by HRW, made no mention of torture or any call for an investigation.“We have written to both the prosecutor and the military court with the allegations. They have an obligation under both international law and Lebanese law to investigate these allegations. Saying ‘I haven’t received a complaint’ is unacceptable,” Khawaja said.Itani tweeted on Monday that he intends to fight on. “This is the start of the road. I know I am facing political, security and media systems and electronic armies that can do anything to me. But I hope they excuse me because I will continue to my last breath.”Upon his release, Itani, who hails from a prominent Sunni family, was received at home with a hero’s welcome. Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni, hugged Itani after his release from prison, calling his arrest a “mistake.”The security officer who built the case against Itani — the former head of the anti-cybercrime unit— and a hacker have been charged with falsely accusing Itani, and could each face up to ten years in prison.last_img read more

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