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Turkey charges 20 Saudis over Khashoggi murder

first_imgTurkey has charged 20 suspects including two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the 2018 murder of Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi, prosecutors said on Wednesday.Prosecutors accuse Saudi Arabia’s deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri and the royal court’s media czar Saud al-Qahtani of leading the operation and giving orders to a Saudi hit team. Khashoggi, 59, a commentator who wrote for The Washington Post, was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate on October 2, 2018, to obtain paperwork for his wedding to Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz. Mutreb, Tubaigy and Balawi had been among 11 on trial in Riyadh, during which sources said many of those accused defended themselves by saying they were carrying out Assiri’s orders, describing him as the operation’s “ringleader”.The Turkish prosecutor said a trial in absentia would be opened against the 20 suspects but did not give a date.The prosecutor had already issued arrest warrants for the suspects, who are not in Turkey.Khashoggi, a Saudi insider-turned-critic, was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a 15-man Saudi squad inside the consulate, according to Turkish officials. His remains have never been found.The CIA, UN special envoy Agnes Callamard and Turkey have directly linked Crown Prince Mohammed to the killing, a charge the kingdom vehemently denies.Topics : Turkey carried out its own investigation into the murder after being unhappy with Saudi explanations.The Istanbul prosecutor’s office said in a statement that Assiri and Qahtani were charged with “instigating the deliberate and monstrous killing, causing torment”.Eighteen other suspects — including intelligence operative Maher Mutreb who frequently travelled with the crown prince on foreign tours, forensic expert Salah al-Tubaigy and Fahad al-Balawi, a member of the Saudi royal guard — were also charged with “deliberately and monstrously killing, causing torment”.They face life in jail if convicted.last_img read more

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Qatar confirms first virus death among World Cup workforce

first_imgQatar has one of the highest per capita infection rates in the world with 3.3 percent of its 2.75 million population having tested positive.Most have since recovered with only 17,591 active cases reported in the latest official statistics alongside 104 deaths.”Sadly, on June 11, 2020, a 51-year-old specialist engineer employed by the contractor Conspel, tragically died after contracting COVID-19,” the Qatari organization responsible for organizing the 2022 tournament said in a statement.”He had worked on Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy projects since October 2019 and had no underlying health issues. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.” World Cup organizers in Qatar reported the first coronavirus death of a worker involved in construction of 2022 tournament venues on Thursday.A source close to the Qatari tournament organizers told AFP that 1,102 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed among workers at tournament projects with 121 infections still active.First reported by the newly relaunched Doha News, a site popular among expatriates in Qatar, the victim was an engineer in his fifties who had no underlying medical conditions. Topics :center_img His nationality was not disclosed.The Qatari organizers reported the first infections among its workforce on April 15 with five cases across three stadium projects.Work continues at 2022 sites but has slowed to allow virus containment measures including screening and social distancing to be observed with Qatari officials saying preparations are nevertheless more than 80 percent complete.Organizers have removed all high-risk workers from projects on full pay, undertake temperature checks on workers twice daily, and imposed distancing rules in dining halls and staff transport to limit the virus’ spread. Construction at infrastructure to stage the tournament continued through the crisis even as Qatar halted non-essential retail and mosques, parks and restaurants closed.Qatar has begun a cautious reopening program with socially distanced worship permitted in some Mosques and non-essential retail permitted.Cafes and restaurants are due to reopen subject to strict controls from July 1.The timings of the competition, due to be held in November and December of 2022, remain unchanged by the coronavirus pandemic which has already forced the postponement of the European football championships and the Tokyo Olympics. Both will now take place in 2021.  last_img read more

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Dutch Dentists scheme opts for independence over insurance arrangement

first_imgSPT, the €1.8bn closed pension fund for dentists in the Netherlands, has ruled out transferring its assets to an insurer, instead preferring to remain as an independent entity. In the fund’s annual report for 2015, it argued that it still could serve its 3,125 participants and 3,920 pensioners through low provider costs and offering the option of indexation.Last year, the board decided to reject a quote of Aegon for insurance-based arrangements, as the offer was “not beneficial”, according to the scheme’s accountibility council (VO).The board, however, added that its wish to offer inflation compensation was a long-term goal, rather than something it was immediately able to act on. At April-end, the fund’s official policy funding level stood at 106.8%, after remaining around 108% over the course of last year.Under the rules of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK), partial indexation can only be offered once the policy funding level stands at 110% or above.SPT reported a positive result of 0.22% over last year, but added that it suffered losses on several hedging strategies, including its equity cover.As the value of its put options dropped as a consequence of rising equity markets, the pension fund had to accept a lower yield on stock.Combined with a loss on its currency hedge, the net result on equity was 3.4%, despite an actual return of more than 11%, an outperformance of 0.5 percentage points.SPT’s 21% equity portfolio has been fully and passively invested in global developed markets.It has fully hedged the risk on the six largest currencies, and lost on its cover as the main currencies appreciated relative to the euro.Meilof Snijder, the scheme’s temporary chairman, said the scheme lost 0.12% on its 77.1% fixed income holdings, which included a 9.8% stake in money market funds managed by BlackRock.This was caused by a 0.73% loss on its derivatives.The actual return of its fixed income holdings had been 0.61%, and, in particular, NN Investment Parters’ Fixed Income All Grade Fund outperforming its benchmark, according to the pension fund.At year-end, the dentists scheme was hedging the interest risks of 86% of its liabilities through government bonds and swaps.It said that, at this hedge level, a 2 percentage point rise in interest rates could cause its assets to drop by almost €350m.But as liabilities would also fall, its funding would remain “relatively stable”, SPT said, which has extended its contract with risk manager Cardano for developing and implementing its matching portfolio.Last year, SPT replaced NNIP for Lombard Odier as fiduciary manager and extended the mandate for custodian Kas Bank to include asset management reporting.The pension fund incurred 0.17% and 0.08% in asset management and transactions costs, respectively. It spent €236 per participant on pensions administration.last_img read more

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Fantastic Fiesolana bags Matron

first_img McCreery, a former Gaelic footballer and now an emerging force on the training scene, said: “I’m overcome. What a horse and what a ride. I thought she wasn’t going to get there, but she did. Billy was as cool as a cucumber and never panicked. “Billy was brilliant on her. I said to him to miss the break today, as she had been breaking brilliantly, and he missed it lovely. They went a sensible pace and she got into a bit of trouble, but it probably came at the right time. Billy is a cool rider and I said to him I’d rather he was beat than come too early. “You dream of this, but realistically it’s a Group One with the likes of Tapestry in there. “The Niarchos family had the faith to send her back to me (after buying the daughter of Aussie Rules for 960,000 guineas). It was a huge compliment and I’m glad I could repay them. “I can’t believe it and it’s great for her and for me. Patrick Cooper said to Alan (Cooper) to keep her in training this season as she’d win a Group One but at the start of the year she had an infection and we didn’t know if we would get her back. “She’s still improving. She’s hard to get fit as she’s a big, solid type. She’ll go for the Prix de la Foret now, presumably.” Officially running under the banner of Flaxman Stables Ireland, the Niarchos silks were first past the post in the 2012 Matron through the David Wachman-trained Duntle, but she was to lose the race in the stewards’ room to Sir Henry Cecil’s Chachamaidee. Already a multiple Group scorer, and placed at the highest level in last month’s Prix Maurice de Gheest, she quickened up at just the right moment for Billy Lee Wee Jean was half a furlong away from causing an enormous surprise for the Mick Channon stable but first the 7-4 favourite and eventual runner-up Rizeena threw down a determined challenge before Fiesolana squeezed past Tapestry and on to glory by half a length. Fiesolana gave Curragh trainer Willie McCreery his biggest winner to date when scooting through a gap in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Car Explodes in Royal Palm Neighborhood Blowing out Residents’ Windows

first_imgWhat was a car is now unrecognizable. https://t.co/JvSQ5Eg6rQ— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) May 16, 2019 A Mercedes caught fire and exploded in the driveway after the driver, who was inside his home,  hit the keyless entry button which ignited a welding tank inside the car and the entire car exploded.Windows in nearby homes were blown out. Fortunately no injuries were reported. Residents are still reeling from a huge explosion last night in a Royal Palm Beach neighborhood.last_img

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Cricket News Rohit Sharma Achieves Special Century In Rajkot Twenty20 Vs Bangladesh

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma achieved a very special century during the Rajkot Twenty20 International between India and Bangladesh at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium on Thursday. When he won the toss and chose to field against Bangladesh, Rohit created history by breaking MS Dhoni’s record and becoming the first Indian player to play 100 Twenty20 Internationals. Overall, he is the second player after Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik to play over 100 T20Is, with Malik having played 111 matches for Pakistan in his career. This new milestone adds yet another feather to Rohit’s already record-breaking run in the format.Rohit is the leading six-hitter in Twenty20 Internationals, smashing 109 in 100 games. He is the only player to have hit four centuries in this format, having smashed 118 against Sri Lanka in Indore in 2017. During the Delhi match against Bangladesh, Rohit overtook Virat Kohli and became the leading run-getter in this format, surpassing Kohli’s tally of 2450 runs. The current India cricket team skipper is one of the select few to average over 30 and have a strike-rate close to 140.Following the Delhi loss, Rohit cited poor fielding and lack of judgement while going for the Decision Review System (DRS) calls which cost India the first T20 International against Bangladesh. Mushfiqur Rahim guided Bangladesh to their first ever T20 victory against India with an unbeaten 60 where a butter-fingered Krunal Pandya and an indecisive Rishabh Pant let the team down despite a par-score on a tricky Feroz Shah Kotla surface.”It was a defendable score, and we made mistakes on the field. The guys are a bit inexperienced, and they can learn from that, perhaps not make them the next time. The reviews (DRS) were a mistake from our side,” Rohit admitted during post-match presentation ceremony. However, Rohit gave credit to Bangladesh for winning it in a convincing manner. “Not to take credit away from Bangladesh. They put us under pressure right from the start when we were batting.”Also Read | Poor Fielding, Lack Of Judgement Cost India: Rohit After Shock Defeat Against BangladeshIt has been a remarkable journey for Rohit in Twenty20 Internationals ever since he made his debut for India during the 2007 World T20 in South Africa. His contributions in the series helped India win the 2007 World T20 for the first time and since then, he has gone from strength to strength.last_img read more

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Skipper Taylor says new approach critical for World Cup success

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor says her side will need to make adjustments from the Twenty20 format if they are to be successful in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.The Caribbean side clinched their first-ever World title last year when they won the T20 World Cup in India and will be one of the favourites in the 50-over version which runs from June 24 to July 23 in England.Taylor said while winning the T20 World Cup had brought them to the fore, a different approach was now needed for the 50-over campaign.“Winning the T20 World Cup would have boosted (respect),” the Jamaican told reporters here just hours before the squad left for England on Wednesday.“We know that it’s not the T20 World Cup, it’s a different competition – 50 overs – where it is going to take time, not just 20 overs so I think we just need to apply ourselves.“I’m very happy where we are at so hopefully we can build on that going into the camp (in England).”Beaten finalists in the last Cricket World Cup four years ago, the Windies Women face a tough road to the title this time around.Rather than the group format of the last World Cup, which also featured a Super Six round, each of the eight teams will now play each other on a round-robin basis, with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals.West Indies open against reigning champions Australia on June 26 and follow up with a tricky assignment against India three days later, before taking on South Africa on July 2.They then face New Zealand (July 6), Sri Lanka (July 9), Pakistan (July 11) and hosts England (July 15).Taylor said most teams have become stronger as a result of the ICC Women’s Championship, making the Windies title bid even more challenging.“I think playing each team (in the Women’s Championship) would have helped. You basically think it is a level playing field,” she explained.“Australia are basically up there and I don’t think we are very far from them. All teams are improving and I think we have improved. We know we still have some way to go but I am pretty much happy with where we are at.”She added: “All the teams are good. Teams have improved over the last year or over the last two years so I think we just need to take each team at a time.”The 15-member squad features four uncapped players – Reniece Boyce, Quiana Joseph, Akeira Peters and Felicia Walters – with seasoned campaigners like Britney Cooper and Stacy-Ann King being overlooked.Taylor said the camp over the last week here had helped to integrate the new players into the squad.“It’s four new players, players who have been playing at regional level and everyone knows everyone, so I don’t think it’s that hard,” she said.“This four-day bonding camp was to get players together and get the gelling going … and I like how the camaraderie is going so I am pretty much confident going into the World Cup.”last_img read more

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Amanda Rodgers wins back-and-forth match to clinch Syracuse win over N.C. State

first_imgAmanda Rodgers, with a look of disbelief on her face, glanced at the chair umpire.“Is that out?” she asked.The umpire nodded, though it appeared Rodgers already knew the answer. Tied 5-5 in the first set against North Carolina State’s Joanna Nalborska, Rodgers had just double faulted a second straight point to send the game to deuce. A set she once led 3-0 seemed to be spiraling out of her control.“I just tried to think about what I needed to do technically to make the serve again,” Rodgers, a former contributing writer for The Daily Orange said. “I was trying not to think about the score too much.”Syracuse’s No. 1 singles player did make the serve again — twice. She won that game and later the set in a tiebreaker. And after Nalborska took the second set 6-1, Rodgers won the decisive third set 6-4, clinching the 5-2 win for the Orange (8-11, 3-10 Atlantic Coast) over the Wolfpack (10-14, 1-12) at Drumlins Tennis Center on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe momentum Rodgers gained by winning the opening set was quickly relinquished in the second, one Nalborska controlled start to finish. Throughout the set, Rodgers looked exhausted, often taking long breaks in between points. It showed in her play, as she committed a number of unforced errors.Prior to the start of the third set, Rodgers sat on the bench next to head coach Younes Limam, who attempted to keep her spirits up.“Thing I told her was just, ‘Let’s focus on the present. Let’s play one point at a time, and let’s not worry about what happened in the past,’” Limam said.Much like she did in the first set after the back-to-back double faults, Rodgers rebounded, this time by winning the first three games of the set. The momentum again in her favor, she pumped her fist and yelled, “Let’s go!” after going up a double break at 3-0.Once more, however, Nalborska had an answer, winning the next two games. As the players switched sides, a frustrated Rodgers slammed her racket against the bench.Rodgers then lost a third straight game as fellow SU senior Komal Safdar watched on, having already won her match.“They were both playing such high-level tennis that anyone could’ve won that match,” Safdar said. “… I was honestly biting my nails. I was pretty nervous.”Safdar was joined by a few of Syracuse’s other players and the fans in attendance, who were now all focused on Rodgers’ match. They applauded with every point she won and groaned with each error.As they watched, Rodgers, won two of the next three games to take a 5-4 lead. Just one game from winning her match, Rodgers had again overcome adversity.“It says a lot about her mental toughness,” Limam said. “She has matured and she has become so much stronger mentally. It’s really neat to see. Even going back to last weekend, confidence is not high.”The head coach was referring to Rodgers’ losses at Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, both of which came in three-set thrillers. But Friday was a different story.Rodgers took a 15-40 lead on Nalborska’s serve in the 12th game, earning her first match point opportunity. And after a long rally, she seized the opportunity when she watched one of Nalborska’s shots sail long.Rodgers squatted down, again pumped her first and screamed to herself before jogging to the net to shake hands.“It definitely feels really good,” Rodgers said. “It feels even better to win a tight match.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 17, 2015 at 7:39 pm Contact Michael: mdburk01@syr.edulast_img read more

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Duck hunt gone awry

first_imgOn the game’s sixth play, Marcus Mariota, Oregon’s first-year starter at quarterback, took the snap, paced back not more than two steps and effortlessly floated a pass that hung in the air for about 20 yards over the middle of the field. The ball landed in the hands of a wide-open De’Anthony Thomas for a touchdown.Frustration ·USC’s defense, which returned seven starters from 2011, has allowed 1,368 total yards of offense in its last two games against Oregon and Arizona, giving up 8.8 and 8.2 yards per play, respectively. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanAn announced sellout Coliseum crowd that had waited months for a titanic clash between the Pac-12’s two premier programs was suddenly quieted. Sixty-five seconds in, the No. 4 Ducks were on the scoreboard, already leading an overwhelmed USC team 7-0.“We knew they were extremely fast,” sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard said after the game. “We know their speed.”Pullard finished with a team-high 14 tackles last November as part of an upset road win over Oregon in Autzen Stadium, keeping the much talked about high-octane offense at bay. But a year later, that same group was pummeled and shredded by a new-and-improved spread attack, and for essentially all of Saturday, USC played catch up as a result.“They’re way better this year,” Pullard said of the Ducks, who have scored at least 50 points in all but three games this season. “They grew and they matured.”In a fight for conference supremacy Saturday, Oregon’s offense flexed its muscles and raced past a Trojan bunch that looked exhausted just trying to keep pace. In the end, it couldn’t and then-No. 17 USC (6-3, 4-3) was outslugged, 62-51.Pullard, along with the rest of the Trojans’ defense, surrendered the 62 points on nine touchdowns and 730 total yards — all single-game USC opponent records.And so it was left to the offense to, essentially, match Oregon point for point, a tall order even for the Trojans’ prolific group.“We felt it would be like a heavyweight championship fight, and there would be huge blows dealt throughout the day,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “We needed to sit down, take deep breaths between rounds and go back and do it again.”For much of the game, USC, which of course boasts talented playmakers of its own, was in fact able to trade blows. Though trailing 21-3 by 14:48 in the second quarter, the unit would score three touchdowns in the second quarter behind a dynamic passing attack, engineered by senior quarterback Matt Barkley, who would connect with wide receivers Marqise Lee, Robert Woods and Nelson Agholor on touchdown strikes throughout the period. And his throws to Lee and Agholor went for 75 and 76 yards, respectively, the third- and fourth- longest of his career.Barkley, forced to shoulder much of the burden offensively just to keep up with Oregon’s dynamic unit, finished with 484 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions on 35-of-54 passing.“We knew it would be a shootout,” the right-handed signal caller said. “We had to play perfect on offense and score every drive. And those three drives that weren’t productive came back to hurt us.”Aided by the return of senior running back Curtis McNeal and sophomore tight end Randall Telfer from various injuries, the Trojans managed to collect 615 total yards. But that wasn’t enough to slow down Oregon, which re-asserted itself as the Pac-12’s top team, strutting past USC for its third win over the program in four years and seemingly putting itself on track to notch a fourth straight conference title.That effort was spearheaded by running back Kenjon Barner, who amassed 321 rushing yards on 38 carries and scored five touchdowns —  yet another USC opponent record against a unit that had given up just six rushing touchdowns in eight games in 2012.“I swear, he’s faster,” said Monte Kiffin, the Trojans’ assistant head coach for defense.Mariota added 96 yards on the ground, as well.Before the game, many expected USC could follow the same template from a season ago. After all, Oregon was held to just 35 points in the last meeting and seven by halftime. But instead of producing a similar effort, the Trojans struggled just to keep up with a team that many players called “faster” than in 2011: faster passing downfield, faster running the ball and faster getting to the edge.“It looked faster than it was because we gave them the edges,” senior safety T.J. McDonald said. “You get tired as a defense, you get worn down.”Kiffin offered his own take, adding: “They’re better than we were because of the quarterback speed. He’s playing really well. We gotta find out how to make a sack and a fumble in those critical situations.”Though sacked three times, Mariota was never exactly rattled, throwing for 304 yards and four touchdowns while completing 87 percent of his passes.Next up, the Trojans host Arizona State on Nov. 10 at the Coliseum. The game kicks off at noon and will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. The Sun Devils are 5-4 this season.last_img read more

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USC preps for three-game weekend set

first_imgCollege baseball teams play four games a week — three over the weekend and one on Tuesday or Wednesday. The midweek games are often toss-ups: teams are resting their best pitching arms for the weekend to come.Onwards · Freshman outfielder Vahn Bozoian and the Trojans are looking for a more consistent offensive performance against the Matadors. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanSo though many teams could win a random midweek game, it’s over a three-game weekend set that the best teams will come out on top.At least that’s the theory.The Trojans will put that theory to the test this weekend when they take on Cal State Northridge in a three-game tilt. The Friday and Sunday games will be held at Dedeaux Field at USC, with Saturday’s matchup in Northridge. It’s the first time this season the Trojans (2-2) will play a “classic” three-game series, having played three different teams in three different locations last weekend.“It makes a difference,” USC coach Dan Hubbs said. “Playing the same team three times in a row, you get to know the personnel pretty well.”The Trojans did not play the Matadors (3-1) last year, so USC don’t have quite the same familiarity as they do with other Los Angeles area schools that are often on the schedule. But all that means is that the focus is internal.“I don’t know anything about their offense,” sophomore catcher Garrett Stubbs said. “We can’t worry about our opponent. We have to focus on playing our game because that’s what we can take care of. And if we do that we can win.”Stubbs is hitting just .154 this season, but as catcher, his value is demonstrably greater behind the plate than at it. On Wednesday night against Loyola Marymount, Stubbs threw out all three runners who tried to steal against him.“I get fired up when someone tries to steal,” Stubbs said. “It gives me a chance to help out my pitcher and throw him out. So obviously I enjoyed [Wednesday] night.”One of Hubbs’ biggest points of emphasis as a coach is defense— specifically not giving up any extra bases.“Any free base we give them is just a better opportunity for them,” Hubbs said. “So we make defense a big priority. And a lot of that starts with Garrett behind the plate.”Stubbs has started behind the plate in all four of the Trojans’ games this year, and says he is prepared to catch all three this weekend as well. But catchers often get one game a week off, and Hubbs said he will play it by ear this weekend.“We’ve been toying with the idea of catching [junior designated hitter] Jake Hernandez one game,” Hubbs said. “He’s been catching really well, and that also lets us get another bat in the lineup because it opens up the DH spot.”Hubbs said if Hernandez were to catch, he would do so Friday night against Matador lefty Jerry Keel, who threw seven shutout innings a week ago against Saint Mary’s.“He’s excellent,” Hubbs said of Keel. “He’s a big-body guy who was their ace as a freshman last year and has gotten better.”USC’s rotation stays the same as the weekend prior. Junior Bobby Wheatley will start on Friday, sophomore Wyatt Strahan will start on Saturday and freshman Kyle Twomey will start on Sunday. The first pitch tonight at Dedeaux is at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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