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Law Society: no ‘scorched earth’ Brexit

first_imgThe Law Society marked a week of significant developments in the process of the UK leaving the EU by urging the government against a ‘scorched earth policy’.The Society’s call for a strong transition agreement giving legal certainty came as the European Commission taskforce responsible for Brexit presented a 118-page draft agreement on the UK’s withdrawal and the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill began its committee stage in the House of Lords.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# EU chief Brexit negotiator Michael BarnierThe bill aims to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and incorporate EU law into UK law on the day the UK leaves the EU. It also aims to create temporary powers – so called Henry VIII powers – to make secondary legislation once the UK has left. A record 187 peers took part in the debate.The Law Society said that leaving the EU without a period of transition would damage the UK economy and the rights of its citizens, saying a customs union would be only part of the answer. ‘Now we are leaving we need an interim agreement – and a final deal,’ president Joe Egan said.In another development, the chair of Brexit group Lawyers for Britain challenged a call by constitutional expert Professor Vernon Bogdanor for a codified constitution to replace the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. In a report for the Constitution Society, Bogdanor, professor of government at King’s College, London, said that Brexit is a unique example of a state moving from a ‘codified and protected constitutional system to an uncodified and unprotected one’. This would leave a gap in human rights protection, he said.However retired Court of Appeal judge Richard Aikens said that reliance on a sovereign parliament was the democratic way: ‘I’m happy with that, I would prefer it to being dependent on judges either here or in a sovereign Europe.’last_img read more

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Pujara or Pant – Ganguly suggests extreme No. 4 choices for India

first_imgNEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – Former captain Sourav Ganguly has offered two extreme choices to end India’s quest for the perfect number four batsman at this year’s World Cup, suggesting they choose between a dour Cheteshwar Pujara and a daredevil Rishabh Pant for the role. India continue to fret over the crucial batting slot after a series of candidates fluffed their auditions ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales.Their last ODI series before the showpiece event did not suggest any remedy either, with Ambati Rayudu scoring 13, 18 and two in the first three matches against Australia while Pant scored 16 in the fifth.Cheteshwar PujaraGanguly caused quite a consternation by suggesting the name of test specialist Pujara who played the last of his five ODIs in 2014. “I suggest Pujara’s name because he’s in great form. We’ve seen how well he did in Australia,” Ganguly said of the 31-year-old architect of India’s first-ever test series victory in Australia earlier this year.Ganguly pointed out how Rahul Dravid, someone Pujara is often likened to for their similar batting approach, became part of India’s ODI squad despite not being a power-hitter.“I’ve seen Rahul Dravid playing World Cup and excelling at number four and five. We used to assign him a role. So I suggest, if you don’t have a ready number four batsman, you can consider Pujara,” Ganguly told reporters yesterday.Sourav Ganguly In case it’s too radical a choice, Ganguly also suggested the name of Pant, more a plunderer than an accumulator of runs.The 21-year-old, who has built a growing six-hitting reputation, impressed in the test series in England and Australia and is expected to be India’s second choice wicketkeeper behind Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the World Cup.Pant has not been as impressive in one-dayers, but Ganguly attributed it to his limited chances that came only when Dhoni was either resting or recovering. “Rishabh is coming in and going out all the time and that’s never good for anybody. The reason he succeeds in test cricket is because he plays it consistently,” said Ganguly, who has joined Delhi Capitals as an advisor ahead of the Indian Premier League beginning on March 23.“How many Indian wicketkeeper-batsmen have got test hundreds in England and Australia? And he scored them at ease, it’s not that he struggled… for me, he’s your future.“For the next 10 years, you’ll see that boy a lot in all formats… He’ll be a huge asset to the Indian team in the years to come.” As Delhi Capitals head coach, Ricky Ponting has had a good look at Pant and the former Australia captain agreed with Ganguly’s assessment of the player.“If I were an Indian selector, I’d be picking him in the World Cup squad and I’d play him as a batter,” Ponting said.“I’d play him at number four in the Indian team. He’s that sort of guy with that sort of talent who can win you World Cup. He’s just got that X-factor…”India begin their quest for a third 50-over World Cup title against South Africa at Southampton on June 5.last_img read more

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Building Construction company brokered Glo deal for league – Nyantakyi

first_imgA cement block company situated at Legon has finally emerged as the broker of the GFA/GLO sponsorship deal for Ghana’s top-flight league, the Glo premier league.The company was registered in August 1997 as Midsea Company Limited and later changed to Midsea Estates limited in 2005, commenced work on 2nd September 1997 and engaged in the production and supply of cement blocks, sand, stones and other building materials, import and export of general goods and distribution of building materials and later expanded to general construction.It was the directors of Midsea Estates Limited – Gertrude Twum, Marian Addy and Jane Cole – who secured the Glo sponsorship deal for Ghana’s professional league, according to Ghana Football Association president, Kwesi Nyantekyi who disclosed the identity of the brokers on Asempa FM sports morning show on Wednesday.Mr. Abraham Boakye, popularly known as One Man Supporter, who doubles as a Globacom Ambassador for Ghana, is challenging the involvement of any agent or agency in brokering the Glo deal since Glo does not deal with third parties. He maintains that it was a walk-in deal he personally championed by introducing Glo to the GFA and wonders at what stage the cement company joined in and why the FA would seek to credit Midsea as the agency responsible for the deal.Asempa Sports understands the Glo sponsorship deal for the premier league is worth $3,000,000 for five years.Source: Asempa Sportslast_img read more

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Los Angeles teams, players react to Thousand Oaks mass shooting

first_imgThe incident took place just a few miles from the Rams’ practice facility at California Lutheran University and the team’s offices in Agoura Hills. Franchises all over Los Angeles took to social media Thursday, issuing statements in response to the mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., that killed 12. Statement from the Los Angeles Rams: pic.twitter.com/sFBBsOsKWW— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 8, 2018pic.twitter.com/gWrCUmH6ta— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 8, 2018Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims, families and those affected by the terrible tragedy last night in Thousand Oaks, CA.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 8, 2018The entire LA Kings organization is deeply shaken by this senseless and horrific act on one of our local communities. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We wish all the people of Thousands Oaks strength and peace and we share in their sadness and grief.— LA Kings (@LAKings) November 8, 2018Our thoughts are with the victims and families affected by the tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks last night.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 8, 2018Players from around the city also shared their thoughts and condolences.Heart broken this morning! I’m just sorry to those affected. I don’t have words that I feel can help. But I promise to find a way to help support our community through this tragedy!🙏🏼!— Andrew Whitworth (@awhitworth77) November 8, 2018Praying comfort and healing to those affected by this senseless shooting. Thank you to the first responders who put their lives on the line to protect and serve us every day.Thousand Oaks is my home; I will do everything in my power to help those in need of support.— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) November 8, 2018Heartbroken for our community. Thinking about everyone involved as well as friends and family of the victims. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers— Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) November 8, 2018Heartbroken. Thoughts and prayers are with the people of this community, and those that have lost loved ones.— Cooper Kupp (@CooperKupp) November 8, 2018Waking up to evil & hate sucks! Praying for the families effected by the shooting in Thousand Oaks this morning.— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) November 8, 2018My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones last night in Thousand Oaks, CA!!!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾💯 #LoveIsStrongerThanHate💪🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 8, 2018The event is the the latest mass shooting after 11 were killed and nine more injured during the Oct. 27 attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where local teams rallied in support of victims and survivors from the shooting in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.last_img read more

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Director Biff decrees that Quinny won’t be Test captain

first_imgGraeme Smith is now the full-time director of cricket for Cricket South Africa (CSA) for the next two years and one of the first decisions he announced after his permanent capacity was confirmed on Friday is that Quinton de Kock will not be the Proteas Test captain.Wicketkeeper De Kock is currently South Africa’s captain for ODIs and T20 Internationals, as well as being a key batsman across all three formats, but Smith’s announcement on Friday is good news for Faf du Plessis, the incumbent Test captain simply because there are few other realistic contenders who are certain of their place in the five-day team.The Proteas are scheduled to play two Tests in the West Indies in July/August.Quinton de Kock of the Proteas during the South Africa national cricket team training session and press conference at Imperial Wanderers Stadium on February 20, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)Smith, the Proteas’ record-breaking captain from 2003 to 2014, said there was the threat of burnout if De Kock was also made Test captain, as well as keeping wicket and being arguably their most important batsman.The 27-year-old De Kock has made it clear that he does not want to give up the gloves.“There’s no one person right now that we are looking at but I can tell you that the Test captain is not going to be Quinton. So it will be who escalates themselves as a consistent performer, who steps forward and has the respect of the team. Quinton is our white-ball captain but he won’t be doing the job in Test cricket as well.“We want to keep Quinton fresh and playing well, and to be the captain in all three formats is very challenging. It probably won’t work. Just in terms of workload and mental capacity, being captain in all three formats probably isn’t going to be beneficial. We also have to consider the style of personality and player that Quinton is, and keep him as free and fresh as possible,” Smith said on Friday.CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul on Friday hailed Smith for the top-class leadership skills he has shown as the director of cricket in an interim capacity and announced that he had now received a two-year contract.“It gives me great pleasure to contract Graeme permanently through to March 31, 2022 and I thank him for the willingness he showed to come on board and all the hard work he has done so far. I’m not sure anyone’s administrative career has started off with so many challenges, but he has looked at cricket administration in a different way in a very difficult time.“We wanted to appoint him permanently from the word go in December, but there was a lot of uncertainty and we both wanted to see if the partnership worked. It has definitely worked well and Graeme’s leadership is vital to us, we’re extremely happy with his performance and he has also played a big role in this Covid-19 crisis,” Faul said.Smith said he had agreed to become director of cricket on a full-time basis because he wanted to make a difference for the sport in South Africa and get the Proteas back to the top of the world game.“I would be lying if I said there was 100% certainty when I took on the job because there was so much doubt on all fronts. But operationally I’ve now got to know the staff and there are a lot of hardworking people who are passionate about the game. I feel more invested now, I care about the national team and the business side more than I used to now as well.“I want to get stuck in and make a difference. We need to make good, consistent decisions over a period of time when it comes to the Proteas and grow our pool of players. We need to maximise our strategies, although our financial position will play a role. The players feel a lot more settled now and we’re having good feedback and conversations with them,” Smith said.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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WHS graduate Peter Hansel is killed in helicopter crash off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Peter Hansel is shown with his new wife Sue, who died in a helicopter accident just in Australia Wednesday.Sumner Newscow report — A Wellington High School graduate perished in a helicopter crash on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on Wednesday.Peter Hansel, 79, a 1957 Wellington High School graduate and the oldest brother of Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel, was on his honeymoon with his wife Sue Hansel, 65, who he just married in December and chose the Whitsundays in Queensland as their honeymoon destination.According to a report in The Guardian, a London-based newspaper, the couple from Hawaii were on their honeymoon in Australia when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed into waters near Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands on Wednesday, killing them both.A younger couple from Colorado, one of whom is believed to be Sue Hensel’s daughter, escaped with minor injuries. The 35-year-old pilot also escaped serious injury.On Friday, friends described the Hawaiian pair as “a really sweet couple”. Ronald Cole said the couple met at a lodge in Kona, where they were members before becoming friends.“I noticed them over the years – him first coming in, in the afternoon, seldom smiling having a drink or two, and then she started coming in, and she could really make him smile,” he said.Vern Ungerecht, Peter’s friend of more than 25 years, said they were thrilled to be going on the trip.“They were so looking forward to this. They were so excited about this big trip. It was a new experience for both of them,” Ungerecht told West Hawaii Today.Another friend, Wendy Zweigardt, said the couple would be missed.“They were so happy, and a really sweet couple. I was so happy for them getting married. They will certainly be missed,” she wrote on Facebook.Four investigators – two each from Brisbane and Canberra – were on their way to the scene at Hardy Reef, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) chief commissioner, Greg Hood, said on Thursday.They will try to recover and examine the wreckage, interview witnesses, and examine flight data and training and maintenance logs.Police were speaking to witnesses on Hamilton Island as they continued to assist the Australian Transport Safety Bureau with the investigation and recovery of the aircraft.In the moments after the crash, the pilot and pulled Sue Hansel from the helicopter, while others performed CPR on both victims under instruction by phone from emergency services officers.“It’s absolutely essential in this type of accident that we get as many perspectives we possibly can from any witnesses,” Hood said as he asked for anyone who had seen anything to come forward.A preliminary report will be published in late April.Operator Whitsunday Air Services has suspended all operations and will work with authorities to determine the cause of the crash.The crash happened a day after the ATSB released its findings into a November incident involving the company, in which no one was injured. 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England are serious contenders for Euro 2016 title – Joachim Low

first_imgEngland are serious contenders for the Euro 2016 crown, according to Germany head coach Joachim Low.Roy Hodgson’s men travel to Berlin for a mouth-watering friendly against the world champions on Saturday, as they step-up their preparations for France.England reached this summer’s finals with a 100 per cent record in qualification – the only country to manage the feat, although the level of opposition meant there will been toughest test awaiting them at the tournament.Upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland will give a more accurate reflection of how the Three Lions are shaping up.But Low expects them to challenge the Germans for the title.“This will be a taste of what we can expect at the Euros,” the Germany head coach said, speaking ahead of the friendlies against England and Italy.“The opponents are both interesting and are two of the favourites to win the European Championship. It will be a good test.“The battle for places in the squad is seriously beginning now – there are still eight weeks until the end of the season.“We have selected a large squad in order to speak with the players about what we expect. We are looking at their form and fitness as a whole.”Emre Can, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger are the only Premier League representatives in Germany’s 26-man squad for the upcoming friendlies. Germany head coach Joachim Low is wary of England ahead of Euro 2016 1last_img read more

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