first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNamed this season’s team captain of University of the Philippines, Paul Desiderio is taking the challenge head on as he leads the fight for the Maroons.And with high expectations for UP this UAAP Season 80, Desiderio knows it’s not going to be an easy job.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “It’s tough, but coach Bo (Perasol) entrusted me with this role and as a leader, I have to be a good example for my teammates,” he said.Perasol expects Desiderio’s leadership to not just manifest off the court but especially on it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Everybody knows that Paul is our go-to guy, so he has to anticipate the other team’s defensive schemes on him. But he shouldn’t surrender that mentality because he’ll be our number one option, whether I say it or not. At the same time, for him to be more effective, his teammates should also be efficient. The others should also be able to produce for us if teams double up Paul,” he said.Knowing what Perasol is expecting of him, Desiderio is doing his part to be an efficient playmaker for UP. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Butler says Kobe most unforgettable player, picks Houston to win west Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “I’m working on being more of a team player. I know I’ll be a marked man and I won’t be able to cut that easily, so I really need to involve my team more and help them so I can create for our team,” he said.The Cebuano guard is confident that with Perasol’s changes in the team since his arrival last year, the Fighting Maroons are ready to give a better showing this time as they gun to make it to the Final Four for the first time since 1997.“The foundations are already there. We won five games last year, so the confidence on each other is present. We know we can compete and right now, there’s no more reason for us not to win,” said Desiderio.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments “I guess the boys really want to be in this position, contending for a Final Four (spot),” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya. “Hopefully, everybody will step up so that we’ll have a better chance.”Perpetual Help dropped to 4-8, sharing seventh spot with Arellano, while St. Benilde moved to the brink of early elimination by slipping to a 3-10 card.The Pirates needed a late push to hold off the Altas, who once again drew a big game from Prince Eze, who had 26 points and 20 rebounds.Mike Nzeusseu, CJ Perez and JC Marcelino combined in a strong finishing kick that boosted the Pirates to a first Final Four appearance with five games to spare.Perez sizzled for 21 points, while Nzeusseu added 15 points to match JV Marcelino’s output and Spencer Pretta came off the bench to chip in 12 points, all from three-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Already good for silver, Delarmino shoots for Muay Thai gold E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “If we’re goal-oriented, our goal is not just to make it to the Final Four but we have to go beyond that,” said Robinson, after the Pirates extended their historic run to 13 games.“It (making history) is really important to us, but if we could go further, I guess that’s what we’re aiming for. Again, you cannot be fat and happy just making it to the Final Four.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLater, San Sebastian continued its Final Four push with a 73-61 drubbing of St. Benilde to forge a three-team tie for fourth spot.Renzo Navarro fired 16 points, while Michael Calisaan chipped in 11 points as the Stags improved to 6-6, tying Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Lyceum star CJ Perez (left) and Perpetual’s Flash Sadiwa are left suspended in midair during a loose ball scramble. —AUGUST DELA CRUZMake no mistake about it, Lyceum is far from satisfied from just clinching a Final Four berth in NCAA Season 93.Pirates coach Topex Robinson immediately set loftier goals for his team after a 94-83 whipping of Perpetual Help secured a first postseason appearance on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates PLAY LIST 02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Pirates still have their work cut out for them if they want to sweep their remaining matches that will actually guarantee a finals berth along with a thrice-to-beat bonus in the championship round. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

first_imgCGF chief Michael Fenell with OC chief Suresh KalmadiDesperate measures to set things right at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village in Delhi is yet to inspire confidence among international athletes who continue to pull out. Five leading cyclists have opted out of the October event. They include Welsh world and Olympic champion Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Ben Swift and Ian Stannard of the UK and former world champion Greg Henderson. The athletes have decided to skip the Games because of health and safety concerns.  After complaints by advance teams of some contingents, the images of filth at the Games Village published in the international media have further hit the athletes’ confidence. Henderson of New Zealand said there were “too many risks” in going to Delhi while the performance director of British Cycling said their riders had pull out on their own.last_img read more

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL × COMMENTS kvitova UP Open 2017 kvitova UP Open 2017 tennis SHAREcenter_img September 04, 2017 Published on Petra Kvitova signalled her return to top form eight months after sustaining a career-threatening hand injury with an impressive 7–6(3), 6–3 win over pre-tournament favourite Garbine Muguruza to reach the US Open quarter-finals on Sunday.The Czech was sidelined for five months after being stabbed in her left playing hand by an intruder at her home and although the 13th seed has gradually moved towards her best level, Muguruza was the hot favourite under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.“I tried to work really hard to play here again. It means a lot, it’s an incredible night to play in front of a great crowd,” Kvitova said in her on-court interview. “I don’t think I can find the right words, it was a difficult time, all five months (away) were very tough. It was a tough journey that I didn’t know how would end. Everything after what happened is something new and I really appreciate every experience that I have right now in life. Every moment I am living now is something really special,” she said.The Spanish third seed Muguruza had only dropped nine games en route to the fourth round and her poise, pace and power helped her quickly open a 4–1 lead. Kvitova then staved off a break point and it jump-started her game.“Even though I was winning 4–1, I think she was playing great. Looking at her past matches, I think she was playing even better,” said Muguruza. “So I felt like she was superior today. You know, great for her. She played very good,” she said.Targeting her opponent’s misfiring forehand, Kvitova levelled to 4–4 and had break points at 5–4 and 6–5 before sealing the tiebreak.The twice Wimbledon champion—who will next face local favourite and ninth seed Venus Williams—stayed composed while Muguruza grew increasingly nervous, challenging line calls with no apparent reason as Kvitova moved her left and right with her crafty left hand.Muguruza seemed back on track in the second set when she broke in the first game but Kvitova grabbed it back and cantered to a 4–1 lead as the Spaniard was given a warning for coaching.Muguruza hung in by her teeth but she wasted three chances to break back in the ninth game before Kvitova prevailed on her second match point when the Spaniard sent a forehand long. COMMENT USAlast_img read more

first_imgSam Querrey suffered no hangover from his famous victory over top seed Novak Djokovic as he beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4 7-6(5) 6-4 at Wimbledon on Monday to become the first American man to reach a grand slam quarter-final for five years.Querrey, 28, reproduced the quality of tennis that dispatched world number one Djokovic at the weekend in one of the biggest-ever shocks at the All England Club. (Also read: Defending champion Novak Djokovic knocked out by Sam Querrey at Wimbledon)The 28th seed was rarely troubled as he simply overpowered Frenchman Mahut with his huge serve, backed up by booming groundstrokes.The fourth-round victory over the world number 51 propelled Querrey to his first grand slam quarter-final. On U.S. Independence Day, he also became the first American man to reach the quarter-final at Wimbledon – or any other slam – since 2011.last_img read more

first_imgBurnley will be keen to push on from a successful seventh-placed finish in the Premier League last season, and have also recently secured a spot in the Europa League play-off round.A 0-0 draw against Southampton opened their Premier League account this season, but Sean Dyche will be looking to bounce back.Goal brings you everything you need to know about the Clarets’ season ahead, including squad numbers, transfer business and their complete Premier League schedule. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Burnley 2018-19 squad numbers Squad No. Position Player 1 GK Heurelho Gomes 2 DF Daryl Janmaat 3 DF Miguel Britos 4 DF Younes Kaboul 5 DF Sebastian Prodl 6 DF Adrian Mariappa 7 MF Gerard Deulofeu 8 MF Tom Cleverley 9 FW Troy Deeney 10 FW Isaac Success 11 DF Adam Masina 12 MF Ken Sema 14 MF Nathaniel Chalobah 15 DF Craig Cathcart 16 MF Abdoulaye Doucoure 17 FW Adalberto Penaranda 18 FW Andre Gray 19 MF Will Hughes 20 MF Domingos Quina 21 DF Kiko Femenia 22 DF Marvin Zeegelaar 23 DF Marc Navarro 24 DF Ben Wilmot 25 DF Jose Holebas 26 GK Ben Foster 27 DF Christian Kabasele 29 MF Etienne Capoue 30 GK Pontus Dahlberg 33 FW Stefano Okaka 37 MF Roberto Pereyra Burnley 2018-19 transfer activity Burnley’s biggest coup this summer was signing Joe Hart from Manchester City, who struggled to regain favour under Pep Guardiola and was sent on loan to West Ham last season.Sean Dyche then made a £15m swoop for boyhood Middlesbrough fan Ben Gibson as well as Matej Vydra from Derby County.Transfer activity in Player Transferred from Fee Date Josh Benson Arsenal Free July 3 Ed Cook N/A Free July 3 Anthony Glennon Liverpool Free July 3 Robert Harker Bury Free July 3 Teddy Perkins Leyton Orient Free July 3 Ken Sema Ostersunds £1.8m July 4 Domingos Quina West Ham £1m Jul 31 Ben Gibson Middlesbrough £15m August 5 Joe Hart Manchester City £3.5m August 7 Matej Vydra Derby County £11m August 8 George McMahon Rotherham United Free August 15 Transfer activity out Player Transferred to Fee Date Tom Anderson Doncaster Rovers Free July 1 Scott Arfield Rangers Free July 1 Arlen Birch Free agent Released July 1 Josh Ginnelly Walsall Free July 1 Bradley Jackson Everton Released July 1 Harry Limb King’s Lynn Town Released July 1 Chris Long Fleetwood Town Released July 1 Dean Marney Fleetwood Town Released July 1 Khius Metz Free agent Released July 1 Rahis Nabi Free agent Released July 1 Jamie Thomas Free agent Released July 1 Jordan Barnett Barnsley Free transfer July 5 Burnley 2018-19 Premier League fixtures Joe Hart Burnley Europa League 2018-19Burnley’s 2018-19 Premier League campaign started on August 11 away at St Mary’s, and their opening fixtures include Watford, Fulham, Manchester United and Wolves.The Clarets will travel to play the defending champions upon return from the international break in October, and will face North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal consecutively around the start of December.You can see the full list of Burnley’s Premier League fixtures for 2018-19 below. Date Time (UK) Match 11/08/2018 15:00 Southampton v Burnley 19/08/2018 13:30 Burnley v Watford 26/08/2018 16:00 Fulham v Burnley 02/09/2018 16:00 Burnley vs Manchester United 16/09/2018 13:30 Wolves v Burnley 22/09/2018 15:00 Burnley v Bournemouth 30/09/2018 16:00 Cardiff City v Burnley 06/10/2018 15:00 Burnley v Huddersfield Town 20/10/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Burnley 28/10/2018 13:30 Burnley v Chelsea 03/11/2018 15:00 West Ham v Burnley 10/11/2018 15:00 Leicester City v Burnley 26/11/2018 20:00 Burnley v Newcastle United 01/12/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Burnley 04/12/2018 19:45 Burnley v Liverpool 08/12/2018 15:00 Burnley v Brighton 15/12/2018 15:00 Tottenham v Burnley 22/12/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Burnley 26/12/2018 15:00 Burnley v Everton 29/12/2018 15:00 Burnley v West Ham 01/01/2019 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Burnley 12/01/2019 15:00 Burnley v Fulham 19/01/2019 15:00 Watford v Burnley 29/01/2019 20:00 Manchester United v Burnley 02/02/2019 15:00 Burnley v Southampton 09/02/2019 15:00 Brighton v Burnley 23/02/2019 15:00 Brighton v Tottenham 27/02/2019 19:45 Newcastle v Burnley 02/03/2019 15:00 Burnley v Crystal Palace 09/03/2019 15:00 Liverpool v Burnley 16/03/2019 15:00 Burnley v Leicester 30/03/2019 15:00 Burnley v Wolves 06/04/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Burnley 13/04/2019 15:00 Burnley v Cardiff 20/04/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Burnley 27/04/2019 15:00 Burnley v Manchester City 04/05/2019 15:00 Everton v Burnley 12/05/2019 15:00 Burnley v Arsenal Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgThe OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the highly-anticipated smartphones for 2019, as is evident from the continuous flurry of leaks. While OnePlus will officially launch the OnePlus 7 series on May 14 globally in India, the leaks have given us information about many aspects of the smartphone – from the display to cameras and everything else. To add to the collection, another leak has come up throwing out all possible information about the OnePlus 7 Pro, re-assuring most of the previous ones.So far, we know that the OnePlus 7 Pro is an all-screen phone with a pop-up camera, a smooth 90Hz display, the top-of-the-line specifications and a robust set of cameras. The new leaked specification sheet also suggests similar specifications, albeit with slight variations.OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has been talking a great deal about the display on the OnePlus 7 Pro lately and the leaked sheet throws light on that. The handset will sport a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display that renders pictures at a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. The panel will have a pixel density of 516 PPI and will have a refresh rate of 90Hz. Similar to the older OnePlus 6T, it will also have an in-display fingerprint scanner.OnePlus has always been using flagship-grade chipsets and the OnePlus 7 Pro will do that as well. The phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset and will be accompanied by a choice of 6GB, 8GB or 12GB RAM, and an option of choosing between 128GB and 256GB onboard storage. The OnePlus 7 Pro will use a faster UFS 3.0 storage, which OnePlus has proudly confirmed lately. As expected, the OnePlus 7 Pro will run on Android 9 Pie with the latest version of Oxygen OS.advertisement With the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company is gunning for a better camera experience and the leaked sheet confirms once again how they are going to do it. We have known for a while the OnePlus 7 Pro will get a triple rear camera setup. The primary camera will have a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with F1.6 aperture lens and will be assisted by OIS. The secondary camera will be a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 117 degrees field of view. The third unit is an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom.The setup will be assisted by PDAF, Laser Autofocus, Continuous Autofocus and a Dual LED flash. The camera will be able to shoot 4K videos at 60 fps and 480 fps slow motion videos at 720p. For the front, there’s a 16-megapixel camera with the Sony IMX471 sensor with support for EIS. The camera will be placed on a pop-up module.What’s new on the OnePlus 7 Pro is the presence of a dual stereo speaker setup. Along with that, there will be a 4000mAh battery that will come with support for 30W Warp Charge.With only a few days to go into the launch, it is expected that the OnePlus 7 Pro will be quite similar to the picture that the leaks have painted in our minds so far. Considering the leaked prices, OnePlus will be targeting Samsung and Apple’s flagship offerings with the OnePlus 7 Pro while having the benefits of superior on-paper specifications. The OnePlus 7 Pro will be launched on May 14 in Bengaluru alongside the OnePlus 7.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro base variant with 6GB RAM price leaked, will only come in single colourALSO READ | OnePlus asking users to guess specs of OnePlus 7 Pro and win the phone, here’s how to participateALSO READ | OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro: Fluid HDR+ screen, fast UFS3 storage, 3 cameras and everything you must knowlast_img read more

first_imgBarcelona Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Barcelona Atlético Madrid v Barcelona Atlético Madrid Primera División The Blaugrana will face their toughest test of the season so far when they take on Diego Simeone’s men at their new Wanda Metropolitano home Barcelona will face the biggest challenge of their season so far when they visit the Wanda Metropolitano to face Atletico Madrid on Saturday night.The Blaugrana have a perfect record of nine wins out of nine in all competitions since losing the Supercopa de Espana but have not played either Madrid club since.They will make the trip to Atleti’s new digs for the first time looking to put nine points between themselves and Diego Simeone’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Date Saturday, October 14 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Luis Suarez BarcelonaIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football or by stream via Sky Go.In addition, dabblebet customers with a funded or active account can watch and bet on Atletico against Barca live. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Atletico players Goalkeepers Moya, Oblak Defenders Godin, Luis, Savic, Lucas, Juanfran, Gimenez Midfielders Thomas, Koke, Saul, Carrasco, Gabi, Gaitan Forwards Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Gameiro Simeone has already named his 18-man squad, which is listed above.Sime Vrsaljko is unavailable due to a hamstring problem and Diego Costa will not be able to play until January, but otherwise the Argentine has a full complement at his disposal.Augusto Fernandez will not be involved as he builds up his fitness after a serious knee injury, while Luciano Vietto has struggled to impress of late and misses out.Potential starting XI: Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Godin, Luis; Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Digne, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Iniesta, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Deulofeu, Alcacer, Ousmane Dembele, Arda Turan and Rafinha all remain sidelined for Barcelona.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will almost certainly start up front despite their exertions this week in World Cup qualification, but who joins them up top is up for debate.Sergi Roberto could be handed a more advanced role away from home but Aleix Vidal, Denis Suarez and Gerard Deulofeu are also options.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Roberto, Messi, L. Suarez.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBarcelona are 7/5 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Atletico priced at 2/1 and the draw available at 23/10.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW Ivan Rakitic Barcelona 12092017Ernesto Valverde could not have hoped for a much better start to his time in charge of Barcelona, but a tough month awaits.The Blaugrana will play seven games over the next 20 days before the November international break, with the Champions League back on their schedule and the Copa del Rey soon to get underway.In La Liga, Barca have this trip to Atletico Madrid and another difficult one in Bilbao at Athletic Club. They also play Sevilla at home.They will hope to rotate to a certain extent, at least, in a winnable European double-header against Olympiakos and in that first cup tie against Real Murcia, who play at a lower level than their B team.It will be particularly interesting to see how Lionel Messi is handled after some of the most trying – but in the end, brilliant – international games of his career.Valverde will be relieved, at least, that his star man has avoided another round-the-world trip for an inter-confederation play-off next month.last_img read more

first_imgReuse this content England women’s cricket team Topics Of her new role Keightley said: “I’m massively excited. It’s a huge opportunity. It’s a team full of world-class players and to be given the chance to work with some of the players who I worked with a few years ago is really exciting. I can’t wait to get started and see where we can get to.“England are the current 50-over world champions and they made it to the final of the last ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. They’re a very competitive side and they wouldn’t be in big matches like that if they didn’t have a really strong group of players who can perform on the big stage. I’m really looking forward to getting under way and helping the team progress.”Clare Connor, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s managing director of women’s cricket, said Keightley, 48, was the standout candidate for the job. “She outlined clear plans as to how she believes she can take the team and this group of players forward. Lisa will become the first full-time female head coach of the England Women’s team. I am excited about the progress our sport continues to make and I’m sure that Lisa’s appointment will rightly be seen as another huge step for women’s cricket.” The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Share on Messenger Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cricketcenter_img Women’s cricket news Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share via Email ‘We knew it was right’: cricketers Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt get engaged Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Alastair Maiden will remain in interim charge until Keightley’s duties with the Scorchers are complete. Keightley had been due to work as women’s head coach for London Spirit in the Hundred next year but will now not take up that role. The former Australia international Lisa Keightley has been named as the first full-time female head coach of England’s women’s team.Keightley, who was the first woman to score a century at Lord’s, will take up her new post in January at the end of the Women’s Big Bash League, in which she coaches the Perth Scorchers. She worked as head coach of the England women’s academy between 2011 and 2015.last_img read more

first_imgIt was a tale of two first starts for Christian Pulisic and Zack Steffen this weekend, but it was the goalkeeper who enjoyed the best of times in his Bundesliga debut.Pulisic did not suffer the worst of times, but still suffered through a disappointing day on the whole in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City for Chelsea after a strong performance in the UEFA Super Cup, which saw him assist on the Blues opener and narrowly miss a goal due to a close offside call.He did show glimpses on Sunday. In fact, he nearly got to the rebound of a shot by goalscorer Mason Mount to open his Blues account, but Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel just kept it out of Pulisic’s path. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Pulisic was later involved in the build-up to an excellent chance for N’Golo Kante which again was just narrowly kept out.Unfortunately, like his Chelsea team-mates, Pulisic faded after the first 25 minutes and struggled to make an impact the remainder of his time on the field. He departed after 71 minutes with the score 1-1. That’s how it finished, leaving Frank Lampard and the Blues disappointed with the result.It was a far better first Bundesliga start for Steffen at Fortuna Dusseldorf, as he was in goal for a 3-1 win over Werder Bremen. The former Columbus Crew keeper made nine saves in the victory, including a pair of stops on fellow USMNT Josh Sargent, who entered the match in the 82nd minute.Steffen wasn’t the only American to enjoy the victory for Dusseldorf, as midfielder Alfredo Morales went the distance, and shook off a collision in stoppage time to see out the win.A healthy John Brooks also tasted victory in his club’s Bundesliga opener, helping Wolfsburg to a 2-1 victory over Koln.Zack Steffen Fortuna DusseldorfWeston McKennie was also in action on Saturday, starting and going 85 minutes under former USMNT player David Wagner at Schalke, but the match against Borussia Monchengladbach finished a scoreless draw. Fabian Johnson came in for Gladbach for the final 27 minutes.RB Leipzig enjoyed an easy 4-0 victory over Union Berlin, but Tyler Adams remains sidelined with a lingering groin injury.Meanwhile, in the Bundesliga second flight, Julian Green continued his strong start to the season. He netted the winner for Greuther Furth against Jahn Regensburg – his second goal in three league games this season.Ligue 1’s second matchday did not see Timothy Weah get his second start for Lille, though he did come in as a late substitute as his side fell 1-0 to Amiens. Elsewhere, USMNT-eligible Jordan Siebatcheu made his second straight appearance off the bench for Rennes, though didn’t play much a role in their surprise 2-1 victory over reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.Eighteen-year-old USYNT Sergino Dest grabbed his first-ever Eredivisie start with Ajax, going the distance in a 4-1 win over VVV Venlo. And former USYNT defender Desevio Payne checked in for FC Emmen for an extended appearance in a 2-0 win over Heerenveen, as left-back Lorenzo Burnett was forced off due to injury after 43 minutes.It was also a weekend to forget for Tyler Boyd. While he started Besiktas’ first match of the Super Lig campaign, it was a heavy 3-0 defeat to Sivasspor. Boyd went 90 minutes and earned himself a yellow in the loss.Matt Miazga and Reading found their first three points of the Championship season, shutting down Cardiff 3-0, with the centre-back going 90. Things were less joyous for Antonee Robinson, as he and Wigan suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Leeds. The left-back played the entire match in the loss.Geoff Cameron was also a loser on Saturday with QPR falling 2-0 to Bristol City, with the veteran playing 90 in the loss. Tim Ream went 90 and earned a victory with Fulham over struggling Huddersfield Town, while Eric Lichaj came off at half in Hull City’s 1-1 draw with Brentford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgclemson football cheerleadersCLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: The Clemson Tigers Rally Cats perform during a stoppage in play of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)A former top cornerback recruit has reportedly entered his name into the transfer portal.According to multiple reports, former four-star corner recruit Kyler McMichael is taking steps to transfer from the Clemson Tigers football program.McMichael saw just over 100 snaps during the 2018 season, but eventually lost his job to Derion Kendrick.According to a report from Rivals, McMichael did not appear at voluntary workouts this week. He spent most of spring ball recovering from a hamstring injury.Clemson DB Kyler McMichael has entered the NCAA transfer portal.— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) July 19, 2019McMichael was the No. 8 cornerback recruit from the 2018 recruiting class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He was the No. 8 player from the state of Georgia and the No. 56 player overall.Other than Clemson, Auburn was hot on the trail for the top recruit before he signed with Dabo Swinney and company. The Tigers likely hope they’ll be in contention once again if McMichael makes the decision to leave South Carolina.The former top recruit also held offers from Alabama, Florida and Florida State – among others. McMichael was expected to compete with Mario Goodrich and LeAnthony Williams for playing time this season.After winning the national title over Alabama, Clemson sits among the favorites to win back-to-back titles in 2019.Stay tuned for the latest college football news.last_img read more

first_imgSydney: Australia’s tarnished reputation as a bastion of press freedom has come under further attack, with media executives telling a parliamentary inquiry there are many laws that criminalize journalism in a country plagued by an air of official secrecy. The comments on Tuesday came at the start of an inquiry into press freedom by the Parliament’s Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. The inquiry was called following raids on media outlets by federal police in June. A dozen senior executives from Australia’s major news organizations presented a united front at the Sydney hearing, demanding changes to national security laws to protect journalists. News Corp executive chairman Michael Miller said Australia has “many laws that criminalize journalism” and which are “creating a secret society that most Australians would not recognize as our own.” (AP)last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: In a serious setback, the SAT Monday quashed the two-year ban that Sebi had slapped on Price Waterhouse, an arm of PwC India, in 2018 for its role in the Rs 7,800-crore Satyam fraud, citing lack of jurisdiction and a host of other infirmities. Overturning the markets regulator’s order dated January 10, 2018 that slapped a two-year ban on Price Waterhouse from auditing any listed company, the Securities Appellate Tribunal, however, partly allowed disgorgement of the Rs 13 crore fee from the auditors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe 125-page SAT order comes at a time when two of the big four are already under probe by various agencies for their role in IL&FS scam. The SFIO and other regulators are already probing the role of Deloitte, and BSR which is an arm of KPMG, while and a government plea to ban them for five years is pending with bankruptcy tribunal and the Bombay High Court. The Satyam fraud came to light on January 8, 2009–in the middle of the global financial meltdown–when the company chairman and founder Ramalinga Raju publicly admitted to cooking the books to the tune of Rs 5,004 crore over a period of time, but a Sebi probe had found that the scam was much larger at Rs 7,800 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFollowing the revelation, the government superseded the Satyam board and put the company on sale, which eventually saw TechMahindra taking it over in April of that year for around Rs 2,890 crore. Setting aside the ban, SAT presiding officer Tarun Agarwala and member CKG Nair in their 125-page order said, only the Institute of Chartered Accountants can take any action against auditors and that frauds cannot be proved on the basis of negligence in auditing. The SAT also ruled that negligence cannot amount to misconduct and Sebi action based on no direct evidence cannot be maintained. If the audit of Satyam was conducted in a careless or reckless way by the audit firm then action can only be taken under Chartered Accountants Act by ICAI and not by Sebi. And that if at all there is dereliction of duty, only those individuals who did the job can be punished and not their parent orgainsations. In what can also impact Sebi’s powers in future, SAT also ruled that it should not “encroach” upon the territories of other regulators or industry bodies like ICAI. As per the existing regulations the main purpose of Sebi is to protect investors’ interests and so its actions must be remedial and not punitive. “In our view, action against a CA can be taken only in terms of the Chartered Accountants Act of 1949. Sebi cannot in the garb of proving conspiracy and connivance on the part of the CA interpret the auditing standard on a standalone basis. “The auditing standards can only be related to the professionalism of a CA vis-a-vis its professional misconduct which can only be considered by the ICAI,” the tribunal said. The SAT order further said, “a financial fraud cannot be proved only on alleged gross negligence, carelessness or recklessness as amounting to collusion and connivance on a preponderance of probabilities.” Questioning the jurisdiction of Sebi, SAT pointed out that “Sebi has no authority to look into the quality of audit and auditing services. Sebi can only take remedial and preventative action. The direction issued is neither remedial nor preventive but punitive.” Absolving the auditors of any serious wrong doings, SAT said the evidence that has been brought on record indicates that certain directors and employees had connived in the fabrication, falsification and misrepresentation in the books and financial statements of the company which contained false and inflated current account bank balances, fixed deposit balances, fictitious interest from sales and that auditing could have been done with more care and prudence. “We find that there is no direct evidence to show that the engagement partners or audit firms or other PwC firms were directly involved in the fraud. The auditor is not required to perform the functions of a detective. The auditor is a watchdog and not a blood-hound. The duty of an auditor is verification and not detection,” SAT said. And that if there was any dereliction of duty, it was on the part of the two partners for which the other 10 firms cannot be banned just because they have some resource sharing agreements, the tribunal said. However, SAT said there has been breach of duty, therefore, the entire fee of Rs 13 crore can be taken back with interest from PwC. Stating that since Sebi is expected to take only corrective or remedial measures, the two year ban on PW and other associated firms violates this. Also to consider the ban as a remedial action is farfetched and cannot be accepted as Sebi ban is “blatantly erroneous” SAT observed. Following the Satyam Computer scam, Sebi had began a probe in 2009 and the ICAI had cancelled memberships of the two PW partners involved in the fraud and imposed Rs 5 lakh each fine them. On January 11, 2018, on completion of the probe, Sebi had ordered a two-year ban on PW and it parent and affiliates for two years from carrying out auditing of any listed firms, and also ordered disgorgement of over Rs 13 crore of wrongful gains from PwC and two ex-partners who worked on Satyam. The 108-page Sebi order came nine years after the scam came out and after two failed attempts by PwC to settle the case through the consent mechanism. This is also one of the most stringent orders passed by any regulator against a Big Four auditor. On the disgorgement order, Sebi said Price Waterhouse Bangalore and its two erstwhile partners S Gopalakrishnan and Srinivas Talluri to jointly payback the wrongful gains of Rs 13.09 crore with an annual interest of 12 percent from January 7, 2009 till the date of payment” and pay up within 45 days. Gopalakrishnan and Talluri were also restrained from issuing any certificates Sebi for three years. After consent pleas were rejected, PwC challenged in the Supreme Court questioning the Sebi jurisdiction over auditors but did not get much benefit. The SAT also noted that a majority of the current partners of the ten PwC firms became partners only after 2009. As on the date of the impugned order, of the 98 partners in the 10 PwC firms, 70 are new partners who were not PwC partners during 2000-09. Thus banning them merely because they are presently partners in PW firm is in complete violation of Section 31(2) of the Partnership Act. Noting that Sebi has made only a, “feeble written submission” to establish its arguments to the effect that the Sebi Act is a standalone statute and the direction issued under it cannot be tested on the basis of other Acts. “It was asserted that securities fraud is unique and must be viewed in the context of the securities market and innocent investors which cannot be rectified by resorting to conventional and old laws. Such submissions show bankruptcy of ideas,” SAT said. PwC refused to comment on the development. Vishesh Chandiok of peer firm Grant Thornton said the SAT order means banning of audit firms entirely will be restricted only for the rarest of occasions–liability should be proportionate to one’s responsibility in something that went wrong.last_img read more

first_imgCrowdRise has launched the third annual Holiday Charity Challenge – the holiday season’s largest and most fun crowdsourced online giving and fundraising event – with the announcement of Craig Newmark and other philanthropists’ generous donations of $200K in prize money for competing charities.The Challenge, with support from The Huffington Post, runs from 12:00 p.m. ET, November 18 through 11:59 a.m. ET, January 9 and promises grand prize donations to the three charities to raise the most money during the Challenge; a record $100K for first place, $40K for second place and $20K for third place. Charities will also have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars more in prizes during weekly Bonus Challenges.More than $75K was raised during the first 24 hours of the Challenge, the fastest start to any CrowdRise Holiday Challenge and a reflection of how many charities and celebrities are making CrowdRise their go-to site for holiday giving campaigns.Some of the entertainment industry’s biggest talents including Will Ferrell (Cancer For College), Sean Penn (J/P Haitian Relief Organization), Ian Somerhalder (Ian Somerhalder Foundation) and Seth Rogen (Hilarity for Charity) are joining this year’s Challenge to help raise the most money for the causes they are most passionate about with exciting prizes, including two tickets to the Anchorman 2 movie premiere at the Beacon Theater in New York City and a feature article in The Huffington Post about your favorite charity.Other participating celebrities and their causes include Edward Norton (Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust), Sophia Bush (The Nature Conservancy), Jason Bateman (City Year), Kristen Bell (Epath.org), Olivia Wilde (Artists for Peace and Justice), Christy Turlington (Every Mother Counts), Eliza Dushku (THRIVEGulu), Brittany Snow (Love Is Louder) and Conan O’Brien (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles).The Holiday Charity Challenge on CrowdRise consistently represents the largest crowdsourced philanthropy event during the holidays for anyone to fundraise for or donate to their favorite causes. Last year’s Challenge crowdsourced $1.1 million in small donations benefiting charities across the country.This is Craig Newmark’s third CrowdRise campaign. His past contributions on CrowdRise have leveraged to raise more than a half million dollars for charities supporting veterans and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. A number of brands and foundations have used CrowdRise for fundraising Challenges, including the Skoll Foundation, Groupon, Newman’s Own Foundation, Martha Stewart and Mozilla. The Challenge model, which is exclusive to CrowdRise, is quickly becoming a favorite of forward-thinking corporations, philanthropists and foundations, for whom crowdfunding is a needed update on the “giant check presentation” standard of institutional philanthropy. Countless charities plan for CrowdRise’s recurring Challenges as critical moments in their yearly fundraising cycles.“CrowdRise is an effective way to help out nonprofit groups, and I’m excited we already have more than 500 charities and counting coming together this holiday season to raise a lot of money for nonprofits getting the job done,” said Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects.“At HuffPost, we’re delighted to be a part of the Holiday Charity Challenge, using the HuffPost platform to share stories of giving,” said Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-In-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. “There’s no better time than the holidays to open up the conversation about the unique power of giving to not only improve the lives of others, but to help us bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”“Our supreme focus at CrowdRise is to make giving back fun,” said CrowdRise cofounder and CEO Robert Wolfe. “And we’re relentless about finding awesome and notable ways for people and organizations to be so, so psyched to raise money for their favorite causes. The CrowdRise Holiday Challenge creates ‘that moment’…a moment that isn’t a dinner or disaster. The CrowdRise Holiday Challenge is just a cool and fun way to rally your friends to engage and give back and drive some kick ass impact.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Prince of Wales addressed business leaders and politicians at an event for the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) recently, and called for “profound changes” to the global economy to avoid catastrophic climate change.Video: A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the ‘Rewiring the Economy’ DinnerDuring the ‘Rewiring the Economy’ dinner, His Royal Highness said: “It seems to me that if we are to achieve different outcomes to the ones toward which we are presently headed, then we will absolutely need a different kind of economy to get there.”Source:www.princeofwales.gov.uklast_img read more

Rabat – ‘Gladiator’ star Russell Crowe is reportedly coming back to Morocco next year in order to shoot scenes in the historical survival drama “Sand and Blood.”A report by Variety said Saul Dibb’s Sand of Blood will be the biggest shoot in Morocco next year.The production is based on the true story of an American ship that was wrecked on the Saharan coast of West Africa in the early 19th century. Russell Crowe will play the captain who negotiated for the safety of his men when they were captured by tribesmen.‘Sand and Blood’ will be the second movie that Russell Crowe films in Morocco, after his epic “Gladiator” which was shot in 2000 in Ouarzazate, southern Morocco.Highly acclaimed by Hollywood producers, Morocco has become one of the most popular film destinations and home to many successful international films.In 2014, Morocco hosted large-scale Hollywood shoots like Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (pictured) and Tom Hanks’ upcoming drama A Hologram for the King.In 2015, several international TV and film productions were shot in Morocco, including scenes for “Spectre,” the last film in the James Bond saga and the global hit “Game of Thrones. read more

“The Secretary General congratulates the people and the Government of Afghanistan, as well as the JEMB, for having conducted a successful and credible election under such difficult circumstances,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement.Mr. Annan paid tribute to all the presidential candidates and their supporters for their important role in the democratic process. He also applauded the role of political parties, candidate agents and international observers in making the first-ever democratic elections a success.The statement said the Secretary-General was gratified that the United Nations, especially the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), “played a significant role in the conduct of a peaceful and credible electoral process.”He also assured the new government that it could continue to rely on UN assistance in consolidating peace and security.The JEMB declared that Mr. Karzai secured 55 percent of the vote, which took place on 9 October. An expert panel, appointed in the aftermath of the balloting to investigate complaints, verified earlier today that there were shortcomings with the elections, which deserve to be considered to help shape improvements for future polls.But the panel said the problems that were identified “could not have materially affected the overall result.” read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie at 13-month high, greenback weakens as Fed launches further stimulus by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2012 4:23 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar shot up almost a full US cent to a 13-month high Thursday as the U.S. currency weakened after the U.S. Federal Reserve launched another round of economic stimulus.The loonie jumped 0.87 of a cent to 103.27 cents US after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it will spend $40 billion a month on a new round of bond purchases to boost the weak economy, and has not set an end date.The money will be spent on mortgage backed securities to keep interest rates low, encourage lending and support the slow recovery of the housing sector.The loonie has surged in value against the U.S. dollar since last week, up 2.35 cents since last Wednesday’s close, after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi announced the ECB would buy government bonds to hold borrowing costs down the most vulnerable eurozone members. And the greenback further weakened over the last week as speculation grew the Fed was prepared to launch a third round of stimulus, particularly after August job creation figures disappointed even modest expectations.The U.S. central bank will also continue to buy bonds with long maturity horizons under its so-called Twist program, leaving them buying a total of US$85 billion per month for the balance of the year under the two programs.The Fed also says it will keep buying more bonds until the job market shows substantial improvement.That could take awhile as the Fed also has lowered its outlook for growth this year, saying growth will be no stronger than two per cent this year, down from a 2.4 per cent forecast in June.However, it also expects growth to accelerate next year as much as three per cent, up from June’s forecast of as much as 2.8 per cent. For 2014, the Fed projected growth between three and 3.8 per cent.The stimulus program involves quantitative easing, which sees the central bank print more money to fund the bond purchases, which in turn weakens the currency.The Fed turned to quantitative easing as a way to stimulate the economy after it lowered short-term overnight interest rates to about as low as they can go. The Fed said Thursday it has extended a plan to keep short-term rates at record lows through mid-2015.In two previous bond-buying programs, the Fed bought more than US$2 trillion of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities after the 2008 financial crisis.The currency also found lift from higher commodity prices.Oil prices advanced after attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions and the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya sparked new worries about unrest in the Middle East. The October crude contract gained $1.30 to US$98.31 a barrel.December copper was up two cents at US$3.71 a pound while December bullion gained $38.40 to US$1,772.10 an ounce. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2013 1:33 pm MDT Oil falls below $90 a barrel after big jump in US supplies; pump price drops for 7th day NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil fell below US$90 a barrel Wednesday after the U.S. government said that crude supplies are now 10 per cent higher than a year ago.At midday, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery was down 79 cents to US$90.03 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell as low US$89.55 after the government reported a big increase in the nation’s stockpile of oil.U.S. oil supplies grew last week by 3.8 million barrels, or 0.4 per cent, the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report. Analysts expected an increase of 1.1 million barrels. At 381.4 million barrels, the nation’s supply of crude is 10.3 per cent above year-ago levels.Falling oil prices have spelled some relief for U.S. drivers. The average price of a gallon of gas fell for a seventh straight day, to US$3.73 a gallon. That’s still up 21 cents from a month ago, but down 3 cents from this time last year.The death of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez had little immediate effect on the price of oil. The full impact of his death may not be felt until Venezuela, which sits on the world’s second-largest oil reserves, picks a new leader — one who might choose a course different from Chavez. Elections are expected to be called within a month.Chavez, who died Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer, oversaw a decline in oil production during his 14 years as the leader of Venezuela. In the short-term, traders will watch for any disruption to Venezuela’s production. Longer term, they’ll want to see if the new government invites foreign investment in Venezuela’s oil industry and is able to boost output.Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, fell 76 cents to US$110.85 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:— Wholesale gasoline dropped 2 cents to US$3.13 a gallon (3.79 litres).— Heating oil slipped 1 cent to US$2.97 a gallon (3.79 litres).— Natural gas lost 4 cents to US$3.49 per 1,000 cubic feet.___Pamela Sampson in Bangkok and Pablo Gorondi in Budapest contributed to this report. read more

The United Nations human rights chief today called on the Somali Government to re-open the case of a Somali journalist and the alleged rape victim he interviewed, after they were sentenced to one year in prison, stressing that the sentencing is a serious blow to the fight against sexual violence in the country.“Sexual abuse in the camps for displaced people in Somalia is a real issue, and any effort to expose, denounce and deter these crimes should be supported,” said the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. “It is deeply disturbing that a woman alleging rape can be penalized for reporting such a crime, and a journalist jailed for investigating it.”Last month, Somali authorities arrested the woman – who claimed she was raped in September by armed men in government uniforms while living in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) – and the journalist who interviewed her, as well as the person who introduced them. Two other individuals have also been charged in connection with the case.The journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, was charged for offending the honour of a State institution and for filing a false report in spite of never having published his interview, while the alleged victim was charged for offending the honour of a State institution.“I raised this case 10 days ago directly with the Government of Somalia,” Ms. Pillay said. “I am now calling on the Government to urgently re-open this case and launch a full inquiry to clearly establish what happened and, if any allegations of abuses against the victim and the journalist are confirmed, to hold those responsible accountable.”Ms. Pillay underlined that the incident also puts at risk freedom of expression in a country where independent journalists have been regularly targeted and killed. “Sexual violence is a perfectly valid subject for any journalist to investigate. No journalist should be arrested and sentenced by a court to one year in jail for doing his work.”She also condemned the statements made by some public authorities, including Police Commissioner General Sharif Shekuna Maye at a press conference last month, which exposed the alleged victim to public stigmatization, and undermined her right to presumption of innocence. “I am very concerned about the impact the penalization of the woman alleging rape could have in the fight against impunity in sexual violence cases, especially given the reports of increasing sexual violence in Somalia,” the High Commissioner said. “And I am particularly shocked by the exposure of the victim of the alleged rape to public stigmatization,” she added. Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his disappointment over the sentencing and urged the Government to ensure that all allegations of sexual violence are investigated fully and perpetrators are brought to justice. The UN Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) as well as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, had also spoken out in recent weeks about the case, calling for alleged crimes to be investigated and for a fair judicial process to be ensured. read more