Nanny accused of stabbing 2 children to death: Lawyers give closing arguments of intent vs. insanity

first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — It will soon be up to a New York City jury to decide if a nanny accused of stabbing two young children to death is guilty of murder or not guilty by reason of insanity.Yoselyn Ortega is accused of killing 6-year-old Lulu Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim at the Krim family’s idyllic Upper West Side apartment on Oct. 25, 2012.Ortega, who worked for the parents Marina and Kevin Krim for two years, was charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and second-degree murder and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.Kevin Krim was in the courtroom as prosecutor Stuart Silberg gave his closing arguments today.In the Krims’ bathroom that day, Lulu, the first to be attacked, “twisted and turned and did everything possible” to stay away from the point of the knife, Silberg said. But Ortega was “determined to end her life” and cut her throat, Silberg said. Lulu suffered about 30 different stab and slashes, prosecutors said.Then Ortega allegedly targeted 2-year-old Leo.“From the attack on Lulu, she had learned that if she comes at the child from the front with the knife, she’s going to end up in a death struggle,” Silberg said. “So this time, having learned what it takes to more efficiently kill a 2-year-old, wanting to cut his throat, the better way to do it … is to come from behind.”Silberg said Ortega “put the knife into his neck… so deep that it almost reached his spine.”After the children’s mother came home, Ortega plunged a knife into her own throat.Silberg argued Ortega had a “purposeful, intentional” plan and a “full understanding of the nature and consequences of her actions.”Silberg said some of Ortega’s actions earlier that day prove the crime was premeditated and that she had planned to not come home: 1. Silberg said Ortega left a purse with family heirlooms in her son’s bedroom; 2. Silberg said Ortega left an envelope with identification and insurance papers for her sister; 3. Ortega allegedly told her sister to raise her son well, he said.But defense attorney Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg said in closing arguments today that Ortega is mentally ill and was “suffering from severe psychosis” and “dissociation” the day of the killings.Van Leer-Greenberg said her client — who had no prior criminal record and did not use drugs — had “no agenda.”Van Leer-Greenberg argued “her mind and her body separated” and she “lacked the capacity to form intent.”Van Leer-Greenberg argued Ortega was “slowly disintegrating” but “kept it inside,” because she didn’t want to lose the babysitting job.The defense attorney also claimed Ortega “loved” the Krim family, adding that “love is shown in many different ways.”Van Leer-Greenberg said the birthdays of the Krim family members were marked in Ortega’s calendar, which she called “a manifestation of care and love.”“The tumble into mental illness … can sometimes look like no change at all,” Van Leer-Greenberg said. “Mental leakage or collapse does not announce itself like a bad cough or a constant limp. Sometimes it sneaks up and nestles deep within before anyone else takes notice.“Though her family knew well of her moods, depression and headaches,” Van Leer-Greenberg said of Ortega, “the defense has proven that her family underestimated” the “strength” of her “demons.”Silberg, however, said mental illness alone doesn’t excuse responsibility for murder and said Ortega was not in a mental state that would excuse her conduct.After Ortega repeatedly slashed and stabbed the children in the bathroom, she carefully laid their bodies down, Assistant District Attorney Courtney Groves said in opening statements last month.When Marina Krim came home after taking her then-3-year-old daughter, Nessie, to a swim class, she opened the bathroom door and found “the bloodied, lifeless bodies of her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son … their eyes open, covered in blood,” Groves said.Ortega, who was standing in the bathroom, then stabbed herself in the neck, according to Groves.Marina Krim grabbed Nessie and ran out of the apartment and the doorman called 911, prosecutors said. Marina Krim, who testified for the prosecution, said that moment she was screaming uncontrollably and saying, “I just saw my kids dead.”“I was destroyed,” Marina Krim said on the stand. “She killed my best friends.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

CLP Power Gets Nod to Install Two Submarine Cables Off Hong Kong

first_imgThe Hong Kong Government proposes to allow CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (CLP Power) to install two submarine cables of about 880 metres in length and 150 millimetres in diameter within an area of approximately 1.58 hectares of foreshore and seabed from Liu Ko Ngam to Pak Sha Tau Tsui at Kat O.Currently, there is only one 11 kilovolt submarine cable laid from Liu Ko Ngam to Kat O at Tsing Chau Lek. It has been used for more than 30 years and was found to be deteriorating. CLP Power proposes to lay two new 11kV submarine cables to enhance the stabilty of power supply to Kat O.The proposed submarine cables will be buried at a depth of 2.9m to 5m below the seabed and approximately 30 metres apart, mainly by the jetting method.In shallow water areas near the landing points, conventional dredge-burial and rock cutting methods will be used to bury the cables in a common trench approximately 8m in width and at a depth of 0.6m to 0.8m below the seabed.The cables will not be more than 2.2m apart. In addition, a precast concrete slab and cast iron sleeve pipes will be installed to protect the submarine cables in shallow water areas. No underwater blasting or chemicals will be used in the proposed works.The proposed works are scheduled to commence in October 2014 and to complete by April 2015.Press Release, July 18, 2014last_img read more

Pats to play in wild-card game, 49ers get NFC’s No. 1…

first_imgLoading…Sponsored Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Surprising Ways Drones Could Be Used In The Future5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks “We didn’t play the way we’re capable of playing and it ended up costing us,” Brady said. “Just too many bad mistakes.”The Patriots (12-4) are the No. 3 overall seed in the AFC and will have to fix things in a hurry as they host Tennessee (9-7) next Saturday night.“We’ve got a game next week, we’ve got to get ready to go,” Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. “Nobody should feel sorry for us, we shouldn’t feel sorry for ourselves. Our goal is to play in the playoffs. We got a shot next week at all of that.”San Francisco earned the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs with a 26-21 victory at Seattle. Jimmy Garoppolo and the NFC West champion 49ers (13-3) held on and sent Russell Wilson and the Seahawks (11-5) on the road to open the playoffs in the wild-card round next Sunday at Philadelphia.San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)“It’s a good step in the right direction,” Garoppolo said. “We’ve got a long way to go, though.”The Titans clinched their spot by beating Houston 35-14, eliminating both Pittsburgh and Oakland in the process. All three teams had a chance at the playoffs, but Tennessee had the easiest path by needing to win — and got it against a Texans squad that rested several starters, including quarterback Deshaun Watson.“I think it’s great when you can determine whether you get to continue to play football,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “There was some great effort, but we’re going to have to improve and play better. Everything gets harder from here on out.”The last time New England played on wild-card weekend, it lost at home to the Ravens. The Patriots have never made it to the Super Bowl with Brady and coach Bill Belichick while playing in the opening round.“We’ve got to move forward and get ready to go or the end of our season will be next week if we don’t turn the page and play good football, way better than today,” McCourty said. “Nobody feels sorry for the Patriots not getting a first-round bye in the playoffs.”Meanwhile, the Chiefs (12-4) are the No. 2 seed and will be able to watch the opening round, along with the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens (14-2).Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates following an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Kansas City Chiefs won 31-21. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)“We’ll step back, the guys will come in tomorrow, we’ll have a team meeting, I’ll give them a schedule for what’s going on the next week here during the bye week,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “The main thing is we get work done, but we rest up and get ready for whoever we might play.”Kansas City’s victory also locked Houston into the No. 4 seed, and the Texans (10-6) will host the Buffalo Bills (10-6) next Saturday.Despite resting several starters, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, running back Mark Ingram, guard Marshal Yanda and safety Earl Thomas, Baltimore cruised past Pittsburgh 28-10 to ride into the playoffs on a 12-game winning streak.“It’s the best team in football in the regular season this year, but that doesn’t count for anything in the next season,” coach John Harbaugh said. “In the next season, we have to obviously go to work this week and become a better football team.”Green Bay earned a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs with a 23-20 victory at Detroit, the Packers’ fifth straight win.“We’re hot,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “But you’ve got to start all over in the playoffs and it’s all great football teams now, so the margin of error is even smaller.”Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)Rodgers and the Packers (13-3) lost out on home-field advantage with San Francisco’s win, but have the No. 2 seed in the conference.“The NFC is wide open,” Rodgers said.New Orleans routed Carolina 42-10 to finish 13-3 in the regular season, but Drew Brees and Co. then had to wait for the result of the 49ers-Seahawks game to see what their playoff path would be.New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)The NFC South champions will be the No. 3 seed and will host Minnesota (10-6) in the wild-card round next Sunday.Injury-ravaged Philadelphia (9-7) won the NFC East with a 34-17 win over the New York Giants, eliminating Dallas with the victory. The Eagles, with their second division title in three years, will host the Seahawks.“This team, when it’s crunch time this time of year, we get it done,” Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan said after his team finished the schedule with a four-game winning streak. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves the field after being defeated by the Miami Dolphins in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)New York (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be playing in the postseason a week earlier than usual this year. The defending Super Bowl champs open the playoffs during wild-card weekend for the first time since 2009 after they lost 27-24 to Miami on Sunday and Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-21 to earn a first-round bye. 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Meunier becomes third PSG signing under Emery

first_img He has signed a four-year contract with the French champions, and becomes the third new face at the club since the appointment of Unai Emery. EFE 03/07/2016 at 20:57 Paris St. Germain announced the signing of Belgian right-back Thomas Meunier on Sunday.  CEST The international played in four games at Euro 2016 for Marc Wilmots’ side, before being eliminated by Wales in the quarter-final stage. The Belgian commented: “It is a great honour that PSG has chosen me to join this team that has a great number of stars. I signed for PSG because I have the desire to keep improving, to acquire experience at the highest level and to win titles.” After the arrivals of Hatem Ben Arfa and the Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak, Emery looked to strengthened his defence with the incorporation of Meunier from Brugge. In an official statement released by PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi said he was “very happy” to welcome Meunier, “a player with great potential”.last_img read more

Stephen F. Austin’s Payne Named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week

first_imgPayne will look to raise the bar when the SFA pole vault crew joins the rest of the track and field squad at the Howie Ryan Invitational this weekend in Houston. The two-day meet is set to begin on Friday at 10:00 a.m. while Payne will be in action starting at 3:00 p.m. One week after posting the best women’s indoor pole vault mark in NCAA history, Payne demolished her own record not once, but twice, on Saturday afternoon at the University of New Mexico Lobo Collegiate Open. She surpassed 4.65m (15-3) on her first attempt and then cleared 4.75m (15-7) on her first run before hanging it up for the day. Payne’s impressive performance in the Albuquerque Convention Center puts her tied for No. 3 on the all-time U.S. women’s indoor performers list and tied for 11th on the all-time world performers list. No other American woman has ever jumped higher in the month of January. At five different heights, Payne didn’t miss a single time as she left the rest of the 31-woman field in the dust. She won the event by more than a foot for her second consecutive individual crown of the 2015 indoor season. The New Braunfels native has been the top collegiate performer in all three of her meets this year.center_img NEW ORLEANS, La. – For the second week in a row, Stephen F. Austin’s Demi Payne has been named the Division I Women’s National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization announced on Tuesday morning. Payne, who broke the NCAA record with a 4.63m (15-2.25) leap on Jan. 17 at the Texas A&M Team Invitational, now owns the top three jumps all-time in the NCAA (15-2.25, 15-3, 15-7).last_img read more

McGregor races to Molokai Challenge win

first_imgHank McGregor 3:35.17Clint Robinson 3:35.40Cory Hill 3:41.49Jeremy Cotter 3:44.24Jasper Mocke 3:48.34Martin Kenny 3:48.50Lewis Laughlin 3:52.58Dorian Wolter 3:57.46Hiromana Flores 3:59.13Oscar Chalupsky 4:02.15 21 May 2014 Hank McGregor underlined his status as one of the best paddlers in the world by winning a second title in the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge in Hawaii on the weekend after holding off Australian star Clint Robinson in a thrilling finish to the tough 56km race. Faced with tough flat and windless conditions for the Kaiwi channel crossing between Molokai and Oahu, the title race quickly turned into a two-horse affair between defending champion Robinson and 2009 champ and current K1 world marathon champion McGregor.Made a charge The South African star made a charge with six kilometres to go and led by almost a minute as he approached the turn at the fabled China Wall, where he was able to surf the swell close to the shore, thanks to the mild ocean conditions. Robinson, however, put in a serious last ditch effort to reel in McGregor as they turned into the estuary that houses the finish, and in the final two kilometres he ground McGregor’s lead down to 30 seconds. Australians Cory Hill and Jeremy Cotter filled third and fourth places respectively before current Surfski World Series leader and Molokai debutant Jasper Mocke crossed the line to take fifth place, just ahead of another Australian stalwart, Martin Kenny.First doubles crew Twelve-time champion Oscar Chalupsky finished tenth, with the Durban North brothers, Ross and Bruce Poacher, becoming the first double skin crew home in eleventh place. Victory in the women’s race went to Rachel Clarke, with Lisa Wadling in second, followed by the double ski crew of Sally Marks and Alena Greensill.Made to work hard The field was made to work hard in the flat conditions with no assistance from the trade winds and swell, which deserted the Kaiwi channel after a fortnight of excellent downwind racing conditions. Temperatures topped 30 degrees throughout the race, with stifling humidity making racing tough for the paddlers. The prevailing conditions replicated last year’s disappearance of the trade winds, and came close to replicating the 2009 conditions in which McGregor took his maiden Molokai title.RESULTS SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Indian hockey team braces up for Los Angeles Olympics

first_imgFor sports buffs, good news has been coming from the Gulf and, uncharacteristically last month, some of it came from the Indian hockey team which has done so little over the past few years to cheer up fans back home.In three sharp, hard-fought, if sometimes acrimonious Test matches with Pakistan.,For sports buffs, good news has been coming from the Gulf and, uncharacteristically last month, some of it came from the Indian hockey team which has done so little over the past few years to cheer up fans back home.In three sharp, hard-fought, if sometimes acrimonious Test matches with Pakistan. Zafar Iqbal’s young side (average age 23) had not only defied the ghost of six-goal defeats but also notched up two victories and a draw where they had the better of the exchanges. And even though the matches were not played on astro-turf, the performance encouraged coach Balkrishen Singh and other veterans involved in the build-up for the Los Angeles Olympic Games. “We have won two of the tour’s last five matches against Pakistan and drawn the rest. That is by no means a bad record. But there is so much more to do,” said a thoughtful Balkrishen.Three weeks after the victories in Doha, sticks were clashing even more vigorously at the newly-laid astro-turf at New Delhi’s National Stadium. The team, back from the Gulf, had joined the remaining 11 Los Angeles probables to resume training without losing a day. The coach’s commands were sharp, precise and authoritative and as his young wards enthusiastically scampered about, it was obvious that he was honing them into a fine, young outfit.But as training intensified – with nearly two months to go for the selection of the final 16 – the coach and players were admitting that they were far from achieving that extra 5 per cent nip that separates the champions from also-rans in hockey where there is so little difference among the world’s six best teams. As Captain Zafar Iqbal, a 27-year-old civil engineer with Indian Airlines, said: “These days it all depends on who clicks for those crucial 70 minutes.”advertisementExperts say the narrow margin may, nevertheless, produce six-goal defeats on the fast astro-turf which has become the bane of Indian hockey. The planners are now busy picking out a combination that will have the traditional Indian artistry and wristy finesse, with physical fitness to last a full 70 minutes or longer in case of extra time – and fighting spirit to go on struggling after being a goal or two down.Olympic probables under training: Optimistic about Los AngelesOn the positive side, the probables pack the kind of talent not seen on the Indian hockey horizon for some time. While the forward line has always been India’s strong point it now has, in Sheikh Mohammed Naim of Indian Airlines, a worthy claimant for the pincer in the middle, the centre-forward, a position held by temporary occupants since the eclipse of the Railways’ Harbinder Singh nearly a decade ago. Another weak spot in the goal too has found a more sure-footed custodian in Romeo James with Manipuri Neel Kamal Singh maturing as an understudy.Similarly, Hardip Singh lends the middle a stability that should make the forwards feel happier and defenders more secure. The thoughtful brilliance of M.M. Somayya and Joachim Carvalho should make the half-line formidable, even if there is no replacement yet for Ajit Pal Singh as the pivot in the centre-halfs position.The deep defence too is stabilising with both Manohar Topno and Vineet Kumar whether in tandem or as sweeper-back, growing sturdier. Of the talent available in the country, Vincet is the best penalty corner hitter and, even if not the world’s best, can be counted on for a consistent effort.”He is our Foul Litjens,” says Somayya light-heartedly, describing how he played “foul” with Holland of Paul Litjens, the world’s greatest penalty corner artist, by slamming a last-minute decisive goal in the Esanda World Cup semi-final in Melbourne last year.Every morning and evening Vineel and others with pretensions to penalty corner hitting go through hundreds of hits under the watchful eye of coach Balkrishen who is hard to please. Says he: “Let’s admit, hitters are” born. You can perhaps improve their style and approach but they have to have that in-built capability, like our Prithipal Singh, Spain’s Juan Amat, or the Dutch Paul Litjens. In the Champions Cup last year Australia’s Craig Davis pulled a muscle, did not play in three matches, and the team did not convert even one penalty corner with the same pusher and stopper.”In Balkrishen’s scheme of things, however, Vineet will have to concentrate on a lot more than just hitting his corners right. In the experimental strategy, which has worked rather well in the recent encounters against Pakistan, the coach has made a departure from the traditional Asian 5-3-2-1 system and employed, instead, a 4-2-3-1-1 line-up where four forwards and three half-backs are linked together by two link-men in the middle who attack as well as defend. The half-line is covered by a sweeper-back which, in this case, is Vineet.advertisementZafar Iqbal: ‘This is the best team’Says Balkrishen: “Astro-turf is very fast. And my experience has been that once a fast-forward breaks through the middle it becomes very difficult for the two full-backs to stop him with such a wide gap between them. Thus we have the sweeper-back now.”He says he is still experimenting and has not decided on a final approach yet but the players seem happier. Said Somayya: “They (the Pakistanis) didn’t have a clue as to what we were up to. The system works better and, even if we lose now, we will not lose by those massive margins.”On the surface, the new strategy would seem to be more of the defensive variety and its critics point to the fact that it completely dispenses with the position of centre-forward, the player most likely to score goals in Asian-style hockey.But Balkrishen is clear in his mind and says: “Too many forwards means clutter in the middle. Look at Pakistan’s Hassan Sardar who is a born centre-forward. How often does he get the ball these days? And even when he gets it, it is in another forward’s position.” According to him in this case both his link-men, Topno and Hardip Singh, for the time being attack as well as defend “particularly giving Hardip a chance of demonstrating his attacking talent”.In the recent matches the superbly fit Hardip has not let the team down. And it certainly helps defence which has been finding the going tough on astro-turf. Says Zafar Iqbal: “On astro-turf, you just cannot relax. Take it easy for five minutes and you will suddenly find yourself five goals down.”This is what the Indian team has done more than once in the recent past. A complacent 20 minutes in the Asiad final against Pakistan, a flat-footed 10 minutes against Australia in the Esanda World Cup final and so on.This is the main bugbear of Indian hockey. The frightening regularity with which Pakistan’s Hassan Sardar, Australia’s Terry Walsh and Rick Charlesworth and Holland’s Alex Boumann have broken through the Indian defence has made change inevitable in the traditional style.On astro-turf the ball moves extremely fast and today’s hockey world has a player like Boumann who runs 100 metres in 10.6 seconds, better than the Indian national sprint record. If a forward like him broke through the middle, two full-backs will have no time to recover. The new 4-2-3-1-1 system is part of the quest to find an answer to this problem.Sheikh Mohammed Naim: Promising talentMeanwhile, the forward line, which has been functioning quite well for some time without adequate reward, will have to learn to translate those moves into goals. “Field goals have been our weakness,” confesses Zafar. Indian hockey fans are sickeningly familiar with commentator Jasdev Singh’s groans on the radio as forwards fumble repeatedly in front of an open goal. Nowhere was this weakness more evident than in the Champions Cup in Pakistan last year when Indian forwards could have brought home the gold for muffing up the largest number of chances.advertisementUnfortunately, there are no medals for misses and Balkrishen has been desperately trying to drive that point deeper into the minds of his boys. The advent of Naim, the nippy, goal-hungry 20-year-old product of the famous Olympian Jhaman Lal Sharma’s sports hostel at Meerut must have encouraged him.Like the illustrious Pakistani Hassan Sardar, Naim has the knack of emerging from nowhere to grab goal-getting opportunities, a fact he proved so well at the Nationals in February. If he fulfils his promise, Zafar and Shahid on the left flank will have someone in the middle to trap those stinging centres and at least take aim unhesitatingly with first-timers rather than try and dribble it into the goal. But Naim is still raw, impetuous and suspect in the face of heavy tackling, given his short, midget-like frame. Moreover, it is not certain if India will play a centre-forward at all.At inside-right, Merwyn Fernandes still has no challengers. But he will have to watch his flank, for Charanjit Kumar has repeatedly failed to demonstrate what seem to be his hidden abilities. An alternative could be the Airlines’ Tikken Singh, the second Manipuri vying for international status.But he too has to mature a lot. Yet, by and large, the attack has the capability to leave any defence leaden-footed and, backed by better finishing, could deliver the goods. Says national selector Gurbax Singh: “The team has been playing well but the old malady still persists. In Karachi we converted just three of the 39 penalty corners awarded to us. If we improve our scoring rate by 5 per cent we can win the Olympics.”He is right. In the Nationals, only one-tenth of the 450-odd penalty corners were converted – Indian Airlines, the champions, scored five goals off 42.This is where the new team is trying to improve and experts feel it has the capacity to do so. Says Zafar: “This is our best team, a world-beating team. But this is also the last of the good teams. We have no second string. I think that should be pretty clear from the fact that Ajit Pal Singh, who is by no means young, is still playing for Punjab in a key position.”On the future, experts share Zafar Iqbal’s pessimism. Said Ajit Pal Singh, complaining of excessive adulation of cricketers: “Youngsters are no longer taking to hockey. They are turning to other games.” Similarly, Commander Nandy Singh, vice-chairman of the selection committee, rues: “The selectors’ job is not very difficult. Earlier we had four or five players to choose from for each position. Now there is just one and deciding is not much of a problem.” For this decline Nandy Singh blames Indian coaches who, he asserts, have not been able to change with the times. Says he: “Our coaches are, quite frankly, only matriculates; they can analyse their own side’s game but not the opposition’s.” Leslie Claudius, the famous former Olympian, agrees.But the lack of good coaches is a problem with the same etiology as the lack of good players. Over a period of time Indian hockey has lost its old glamour. Cricket brings in more money and fame and the hockey players raise some embarrassing questions – such as how will their status compare with that of the five-star cricketers who keep performing just as badly, if not worse.”I will not send my son to play hockey,” says Iqbal. “In old days people sacrificed their lives for hockey. But times have changed and money is important. I am not asking for modelling assignments, only demanding that we should be looked after decently.”Adding to the players’ bitterness is the fact that after the Asiad defeat the Government had even withdrawn their daily kit-maintenance allowance of Rs 2 and reduced the diet allowance from Rs 35 to 25. This, when cricketers get hefty guarantee money no matter how badly they play.Says a caustic Zafar Iqbal: “You give a peon Rs 600 a month and he never tries to do anything extraordinary. The same is the case with hockey players. You treat so shabbily the only sport where you can hope to win an Olympic medal. If anyone in other games reaches the world’s top eight, I will personally give him a lifelong stipend of Rs 100 a month.”But over the years the players have learnt to take the ill-treatment and indignities in their stride. They do not even complain when they are forced to wear woollen trousers in summer as part of their formal attire off the field. As one of them said: “It’s fine as long as they do not make you play in these.” And it is with the same attitude that they now prepare to defend the only Olympic title India possesses and can perhaps hope to possess in years to come.last_img read more

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADVERTISE AT THE 2006 NTL?

first_imgAre you interested in advertising in the 2006 NTL booklet? Approximately 3000 copies of the booklet will be distributed at the 2006 NTL and in an effort to further enhance and improve the size and content of the booklet, TFA are offering advertising space.The cost will be $500 per A4 page, $250 per 1/2 page and $125 per 1/4 page.TFA will also be loading the booklet as a PDF onto the website, to allow all of those not at the event to view the program.Contact [email protected] or phone (02) 6285 2703 if you’re interested in this opportunity.last_img read more

RECO freezes bank accounts of Torontoarea brokerage substantial sum missing

first_imgVANCOUVER – The bank accounts of a Toronto brokerage are frozen to protect consumer deposits after Ontario’s real estate professional regulatory body discovered “a substantial amount” missing.The Real Estate Council of Ontario issued a freeze order for the first time in about six years on Nov. 1 against RE/MAX Right Choice Inc.“This is very rare,” said RECO spokesman Daniel Roukema, who could not elaborate further on the sum of money in question.The Toronto brokerage, located at Centerpoint Mall in the north part of the city, did not immediately respond to requests for comment and its website appeared to be down. A person with the mall’s answering service told The Canadian Press the office appeared to be closed, despite its hours indicating it should be open until 9 p.m. ET.RECO discovered the discrepancy between how much money the brokerage should have held in trust in its accounts and the amount it possessed last week during a routine check, Roukema said.People making an offer to buy a home in Ontario must provide proof of a deposit — typically about five per cent of the sale price — to the seller either when the offer is made or shortly thereafter. The brokerage of the realtor representing the buyer will hold the deposit in the brokerage’s real estate trust account until it must be paid to the seller on the closing date.RECO froze the brokerage’s accounts to protect consumers from further harm, Roukema said.It’s urging homebuyers and sellers who are involved with the agency or their lawyers to contact the council, he said.“If anyone has deposited money, then they do have options to file a claim,” he noted. RECO protects eligible deposits up to $100,000.RECO’s investigation is ongoing and the council has not been in contact with police, Roukema said.RE/MAX Integra, a sub-franchisor that represents about a third of the worldwide RE/MAX network, terminated Right Choice as one of its franchises Monday, Oct. 23 — prior to RECO beginning its investigation, said Galen Wright, a consultant with Toronto-based FleishmanHillard’s reputation management practice, in an email.“We recognize that buying a home is one of the most important decisions a person can make,” the statement said. “We pride ourselves on the values of honesty, fairness and accountability, and we support RECO in their efforts to protect consumers.”Wright said RE/MAX Integra is unable to provide further details on why it terminated the brokerage’s contract.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said CDIC insures eligible deposits, based on incorrect information from the source.last_img read more