Asked by The Associated Press for details of potential evidence, Blatter spokesman Thomas Renggli replied in a message: “We are working on it.”Blatter is barred from soccer through October 2021 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld his ban for payments to one-time adviser Michel Platini. The case cost Platini the UEFA presidency, and stopped him from being a candidate to replace Blatter in the 2016 election.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe CAS judges said Blatter was “reckless” for paying Platini $2 million in uncontracted salary more than eight years after the former France great stopped being employed by FIFA.Blatter also effectively added $1 million to Platini’s FIFA pension fund reserved for executive committee members by extending entitlement against the rules for the years he worked as an adviser. LATEST STORIES Blatter tweeted the message to his 2.5 million followers from an account that was dormant since he was first suspended by the FIFA ethics committee in October 2015. It was revived this week. On Monday, he posted congratulations to Australian Open champion Roger Federer and then the cover of a new edition in Russian of his 2016 book, “Sepp Blatter: Mission and Passion Football.”Russia is the only country where Blatter, who is Swiss, has made a public appearance — at the World Cup qualifying draw held in St. Petersburg in July 2015 — since federal prosecutors in the United States and Switzerland unsealed sweeping investigations of alleged corruption linked to FIFA earlier that year.A Swiss criminal proceeding was opened against Blatter in September 2015 for alleged financial misconduct, but no charges have been made.The 81-year-old Blatter has often said he will return to Russia for the World Cup to fulfil a long-standing invitation from President Vladimir Putin.A second book is also expected to be published ahead of the World Cup. Blatter said last April it would document his 40 years with FIFA and 16 years as a member of the International Olympic Committee.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum French referee banned 3 months after kicking player MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter gestures as he gives an interview to news agencies on April 21, 2017 in Zurich. / AFP PHOTO / Michael BuholzerGENEVA — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims to have “new facts” and wants to re-open the financial misconduct case that led to his six-year ban.“As new facts have appeared it’s time to question the decision of the Fifa Ethics-Committee — my suspension of 6 years!” Blatter said Friday on his reactivated Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next View comments
OAKLAND, Calif. — If we someday look back and can firmly say that the Golden State Warriors were the greatest team ever assembled, Thursday night’s 113-91 laugher over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals may be the moment that idea began coming into focus for the average fan.In the first half alone, Golden State missed a whopping 15 shots from inside the restricted area, which basically equates to point-blank range. Draymond Green, who logged 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in a Game 7 loss last year, didn’t score a basket until there was just over a minute left in the third period. And Klay Thompson, arguably the second-best shooter in the world, finished the evening 3-of-16 from the floor. Just two Warriors finished the game as double-digit scorers.Yet while Golden State looked primed to roll a gutter ball, Kevin Durant’s performance acted as the ultimate bumper rail, and the Warriors prevailed by 22 points instead.The superstar finished with 38 points on 26 shots, and logged eight rebounds and eight assists without turning the ball over even once.1Shaquille O’Neal holds the Finals record for most points in a game without turning it over, having logged 41 during a contest in 2000. Michael Jordan had a 37-point game with no turnovers back in 1998. Durant had six dunks by himself, a number that was jarring when juxtaposed against the fact that the Warriors finished with just four turnovers as a team, tied for the fewest in a game in NBA Finals history.2Oddly enough, the other two teams to accomplish this — the 2013 San Antonio Spurs and the 2005 Detroit Pistons — both went on to lose their series. Honestly, think about that: Durant had more dunks than his team had turnovers.Durant was at times a playmaker, setting up his teammates.3He effortlessly logged his eight assists Thursday. Harrison Barnes, the man he replaced, has never had more than five in a game. He was a lethal 1-on-1 scorer when he wanted to be, undressing Richard Jefferson with a nasty stepback that nearly incinerated the old-timer’s shoe. But perhaps most importantly, he pushed the tempo and created defensive conundrums for Cleveland that basically break basketball logic.Twice during the second quarter, Durant dribbled the ball right down Main Street without a single Cavalier stepping up to challenge him.And while it’s easy to blame that on horrendous defense — Cleveland was the worst transition D in the NBA during the regular season, and many of us thought the team might struggle to get stops in this series — it isn’t as simple as the Cavs being lazy or afraid of defending Durant. Instead, they were most concerned about leaving Stephen Curry wide open for a corner three.On both of these plays, you’ll notice that the Cavs are moving to their right to make sure that Curry doesn’t get a clean look from that spot. In doing so, Durant waltzes in for the four easiest points he’ll ever score.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/durantclearlane.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/durantclearlane2.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue suggested during his post-game press conference that it was a mistake to give Durant the easy looks in transition, because it allowed him to find a rhythm from outside. And there appeared to be some truth to that. KD shot just 1-of-5 from outside the paint in the first half but stayed afloat by shooting 9-of-13 from inside the painted area. He then went on to shoot 4-of-5 from outside that area after halftime, including a transition dagger where defenders, again, left him alone because of how focused they were on Curry.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/durantfrom3.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s a night-and-day difference from Harrison Barnes, whom the Cavs were happy to ignore toward the end of last year’s series. Now, Cleveland gets burned for the slightest mistakes, while Golden State’s secondary players can be less perfect than they’ve ever been. The addition of Durant changed that dynamic, and given that this is happening in the Finals, it’s scary for the rest of the NBA.Golden State had LeBron driving to nowhereThe Cavaliers offense revolves around LeBron James getting to the rack and creating problems elsewhere, but in Game 1, those problems seemed to have been solved. According to player tracking data from NBA.com, James drove to the basket 21 times in Game 1 — he did so just 9.5 times per game in the regular season, and 11.1 times per game in the postseason before Thursday. Things didn’t go well on those plays.The Warriors’ ability to contain LeBron with just Durant and not compromise the rest of their defense threw the entire Cavaliers offense out of alignment. With the other Golden State defenders staying home on the Cleveland shooters, James had just one assist and compiled five of his eight turnovers on those plays. He went 2 for 8 on his drives — a significant drop off from the 62 percent he shot on his attempts off drives during the regular season.The entire Cleveland offense is premised on James’s ability to score efficiently at the rim and draw help. But Durant has been one of the best rim protectors in the league this season, allowing opponents to shoot just 48.7 percent at the rim in the regular season and 41.8 percent in the playoffs. Whether or not James can solve that, single coverage at the rim will be a big factor in whether or not the Cleveland offense looks any better going forward in the series.The Cavs were very, very bad — but they’re not deadFor a blowout to happen, it usually takes two teams playing at opposite ends of the spectrum. And as good as Golden State was at protecting the ball and scoring in transition, Cleveland’s offense was equally dreadful in just about every way.Take shooting: The Cavs’ 34.9 percent accuracy from the field was their second-worst single-game mark of the entire season, trailing only this January loss to the Blazers. (Factoring in 3-point shooting using effective field goal percentage only makes things marginally better — this was their fifth-worst game according to that metric.) They made just 14 of the 38 shots (37 percent) classified as “open” or “wide open” by the NBA’s player-tracking data (including 7-for-24 from downtown) and were 3-for-28 (11 percent) on shots that weren’t created by either James’s or Kyrie Irving’s shooting or passing. Neither Tristan Thompson, Deron Williams nor Kyle Korver scored (they shot 0-for-10); J.R. Smith made Cleveland’s first basket of the game and wasn’t heard from after that.Giveaways were also a major problem. Cleveland’s 17.1 percent turnover rate was tied for its seventh-highest of the entire season. The whole offensive package added up to a mere 91.4 points per 100 possessions, the Cavaliers’ fourth-least efficient game of the season — and by far the worst outing of the playoffs for a team that had gone into the Finals leading all teams in offensive rating.The good news for the Cavs is that, as bad as they looked in Game 1, they’re far from doomed. Just one year ago, they were beaten by a wider average margin (24 points) in their first two games than they lost by Thursday (22) … and we all know how that series ended. With its explosive 3-point shooting, the Cavs’ offense could heat up and make us all forget about their bad night. But by the same token, Cleveland can scarcely afford any more duds against an opponent that might be the greatest the game has ever seen. Like their odds of winning the series, the Cavs’ margin for error just became more razor-thin than ever.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (June 2, 1 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Kevin Durant allowed opponents to shoot 41.8 percent at the rim during the regular season. That was the number for the playoffs. His regular-season number was 48.7 percent. The story has been updated.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR With the Obama administration’s target for eliminating veteran homelessness fast approaching, several major cities — along with a number of counties and smaller cities — in recent weeks announced they had set up systems and had resources in place to ensure all veterans experiencing chronic homelessness are either housed or are on an immediate path to permanent housing.Last week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city had reached that goal after a two-year effort involving city agencies, the federal government and several nonprofit organizations serving veterans.“Today we have ensured that those in the veteran community who have struggled to find and remain in housing time and time again will have a stable place to call home,” de Blasio said according to a press release.Earlier in December, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said his city had effectively ended veteran homelessness. In both cities, a handful of veterans remain on the streets after refusing housing assistance.“I have a message for each of you who are still out there,” Nutter said during his Dec. 17 announcement, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We honor your service and your sacrifices. You deserve a home. We won’t give up on you.”Over the past year, a number of cities have met President Obama’s challenge to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. As of late December, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had officially recognized 15 jurisdictions that have succeeded, including Houston, Las Vegas and New Orleans. In November, Virginia declared that it had become the first state to meet the federal definition of ending homelessness among veterans.HUD recently acknowledged that the administration’s end-of-the-year deadline for eliminating veteran homelessness nationwide would not be met, but officials highlighted the 36 percent drop in the number of homeless veterans over the past five years.“The thing is that we can’t stop our work until every single veteran has a place to call home in the United States. That means that you have a role to play in teaching other communities how you did it,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said prior to Philadelphia’s announcement in December.For some veterans advocates, ending veteran homelessness as defined by the federal government still leaves more to be accomplished.“This is a great example of spiking the ball before you cross the goal line,” Paul Rieckhoff, president of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told the Observer following last week’s announcement in New York. “There’s been tremendous progress, but there’s still a long way to go — and there’s a big difference between ending chronic homelessness and ending functional homelessness and ending real homelessness,” Rieckhoff said.
The trailer and the audio from NGK will be out on Monday evening.PR HandoutThe trailer from Suriya’s much-awaited movie NGK was launched on Monday, April 29 at 7.30 pm. The video showcases some of the interesting aspects of the flick and promising the viewers of entertaining them with lots of twists and turns.The trailer is completely centered around Suriya’s character in NGK. It gives glimpses to the hiccups faced by the hero when he enters politics. Going by the clip, the consequences of his action make him a politician and how an ordinary man turns wily and cunning politician to outdo his rivals form the crux of the story.In the process, how his enemies react and the hero’s retaliations are all part of the trailer. Suriya appears in two avatars of a vesthi-clad rural man and English-speaking urbanite. The powerful dialogues and action sequences are just bonus elements to tell the viewers that it is an action-packed political thriller.NGK is a political thriller in which Rakul Preet Singh and Sai Pallavi play the female leads. However, the heroines’ characters are overshadowed by Suriya’s role.Selvaraghavan is directing the actor for the first time, Praveen KL is the editor and Sivakumar Vijayan is the cinematographer of the multilingual movie.Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed the music and Thandalkaaran single, which was released a few weeks ago, has garnered a positive response.The film had hit the floors in January 2018 with an aim of Diwali release. The first look poster was released two months after the film’s launch. https://www.indiaglitz.com/moodar-koodam-naveen–tamil-news-234949In the NGK first look, Suriya was seen wearing a cap with a pair of sunglasses in a graffiti-like poster. The first look triggered rumours that the movie was inspired by Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara who played a major role in the Cuban revolution.It was widely believed that the movie would be a historical period drama.Unfortunately, the shooting was delayed at some stage as the director reportedly fell ill. In the course, the story apparently underwent changes. Finally, after much delay, Suriya’s flick is all set to hit the screens on May 31.
Shoaib was stabbed in his stomach by Nabi who had earlier abused him.Representational Image | Creative CommonsPeople confessing to killing their friends due to financial disputes and affairs are something that we hear on a daily basis. But what came as a shocker was a youth stabbing his friend due to his bad breath.An argument that broke out between two friends, identified as Shoaib Pasha and Nabi, snowballed into a fight after Shoaib made a comment about Nabi’s bad breath. As Nabi tried to hug Shoaib, he was pushed away, which infuriated the former.The confrontation did not stop there. Shoaib was stabbed in his stomach by Nabi who had earlier abused him. Following the incident on LBF Road in the Mavalli area, Shoaib called his brother Shahid for help. Nabi stabbed him too before fleeing.Shoaib and Shahid are being treated at a private hospital and are reportedly out of danger.The Bengaluru police have filed a case against Nabi under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code, according to a report in Times of India.Nabi was arrested and sent to judicial custody by the state police.In another similar incidents, a 22-year-old man was strangled to death allegedly by his two minor friends after an altercation over money in Shahdara’s Anand Vihar. In another case, a group of minor boys brutally killed their five-year-old friend with a screwdriver over a petty dispute of plucking mangoes from the tree in Chhattisgarh.
Emergency workers stand near the wreckage of a bus and a lorry that crashed in a head-on collision, killing thirty people, at the accident scene near Nakuru, Kenya, on 31 December, 2017. Photo: AFPThirty-six people were killed and 11 injured early Sunday morning in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry on a road in central Kenya, police said.”The death toll is now 36,” said Rift Valley traffic police chief Zero Arome, explaining the initial toll of 30 had risen, “after six passengers succumbed to injuries in hospital.”The accident occurred at 3:00 am (0000 GMT)close to a notorious stretch on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.A bus travelling from Busia, in western Kenya, collided with a truck coming from Nakuru town.Police said the death toll for that stretch of road has now topped 100 this month alone.Arome said the drivers of both vehicles were among the dead, as well as a three-year-old child, while the injured had been taken to a Nakuru hospital.One survivor, speaking from his hospital bed, said he had been asleep at the back of the bus when the collision happened.”All I heard was a loud bang and screams from all over,” he said. “I was seated at the back and was helped out after some time because my legs were stuck. It is by the grace of God that I am alive. I saw many people dead and their bodies mutilated.”Official statistics show that around 3,000 people die annually in road accidents in Kenya, but the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the figure could be as high as 12,000.In December last year more than 40 people died when an out of control fuel tanker ploughed into vehicles and then exploded on another busy stretch of highway. Deaths from road accidents commonly spike during the holiday period when people criss-cross the country visiting relatives.In recent weeks road accidents have claimed the lives of hundreds of people, among them three Pentecostal bishops and a newly elected governor.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)On Aug. 12, District Council 20 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) hosted a press conference to endorse Democrat Muriel Bowser for D.C. mayor. Bowser secured Council 20’s support after meeting with the leadership for nearly an hour, answering questions and committing to follow-up tasks. The announcement was made at Council 20’s headquarters on Kalorama Road in Northwest.This is the second major union endorsement for Bowser. A day earlier, she received the support of the Metro Washington Labor Council, AFL-CIO union coalition, who endorsed Bowser based on her support for labor issues such as wage-theft enforcement and government workers’ right to unionize, according to the AFL-CIO’s president, Joslyn Williams.Before giving the floor to Bowser, Council 20’s executive director Andrew D. Washington shared his view of the District, as “a city that is changing at an incredible pace; a city where the income of the top 20 percent is $285,000 a year, while the income of the bottom 20 percent is less than $10,000 a year!”These staggering figures, he said, are not a matter of economics, but a challenge for the city’s next leader. In considering other candidates for Council 20, Washington said all others fell short. “Unlike her opponents, Muriel does not need to re-introduce herself to voters nor does she need a fake political makeover to recast herself as an ally of working people,” he said.While he does not expect to see eye-to-eye with Bowser at all times, Washington said he is confident a Bowser administration will be inclusive and respectful to District workers. “In Muriel Bowser, we believe unions will have a seat at the table when important issues are discussed,” he said.Democratic Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser.In response to the support of the more than 6,000 District government employees that form District 20, Bowser said, “I’m honored to be endorsed by the hardworking men and women of District Council 20, a group that helps represent the backbone of our economy. Together, we will build an even stronger and more vibrant city, one that that supports working families, grows middle-class jobs, and brings trusted leadership to the District of Columbia.”Bowser, 42, won the democratic nomination on April 1, 2014, outing incumbent Vincent Gray. Bowser’s primary contender in the Nov. 4 election is independent D.C. council member, David Catania.Her campaign touts the fifth-generation Washingtonian as a pragmatic, hands-on approach leader with experience in legislation, oversight, and policy‐making in the District. As Ward 4 Councilmember, her agenda has included pushing an open and ethical government, rebuilding quality neighborhoods, and transforming schools and commercial corridors.