Indian-origin man jailed for match-fixing in Singapore

first_imgFrom Gurdip Singh Singapore, Sep 22 (PTI) An Indian-origin man in Singapore, rated by prosecutors as a “criminal match-fixer extraordinaire” has been sentenced to four years in jail by a court here for conspiring to fix a football match during the Southeast Asian Games held in March this year. Rajendran R Kurusamy, 55, was sentenced to four years jail, the stiffest sentence ever imposed for a single match-fixing charge, Today newspaper reported today. Rajendran yesterday pleaded guilty to two charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act, involving payments to Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes, former technical director of the Timor Leste Football Association, and at least seven players of the Timor Leste Southeast Asian Games (SEA)football team. Rajendran, had met Nasiruddin, an Indonesian, on March 20, and directed him to rope in others interested in fixing the match to ensure a defeat to Malaysias football team on May 30, the paper said . Rajendran wanted Timor-Leste to not concede a goal in thefirst 20 minutes, but eventually lose to Malaysia by a few goals. He offered Orlando SGD15,000(USD 10,700), and SGD4,000 (USD 2,844) to each complicit player, to ensure the defeat. He also told Orlando that seven players would be enough to help lose the game, but it would be better if all 11 players were involved. The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau arrested Rajendran, and others. The match ended 1-0 in Malaysias favour. Pressing for a sentence of four-and-a-half years, the prosecution, led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Khoo, charged that Rajendrans ploy to fix a match in an international tournament hosted by Singapore tarnished the countrys reputation, and would have distorted the true capability of the Timor Leste football team while denying the Malaysian team true sporting achievement. The prosecution had described Rajendran as one of the most prolific match fixer here. “In fact, we would go so far as to state that the accused is a criminal match-fixer extraordinaire”. They also argued that Rajendran was a prime mover in the conspiracy and who played an integral role in arranging meetings to discuss the fix in Singapore and in Batam, an Indonesian island off Singapore, two months before the games, as well as provided the funds to move the plan along. They also highlighted the transnational nature of the offence, where actors of an organised criminal group were “procured from abroad in order to execute a well laid out plan”. Defence lawyer Edmond Pereira pleaded for a sentence of36 to 42 months, asking the court to not “over-emphasise the status of the game”. District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim took into account Rajendrans string of related offences dating back to 1997. He was jailed 27 months in 1997 for attempting to bribe three players. Two years later, he was jailed another 24 months for agreeing to give SGD20,000 to a prison warden to smuggle him a cellphone, which he used to make football bets and illegal personal calls. PTI GS AJR AKJ AJR TRKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Who does PV Sindhu belong to? Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in bitter fight

first_imgPusarla Venkata Sindhu has created history. While she clinched the Silver medal at Rio Olympics, she also won millions of hearts across the nation. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage) While almost all the states of India have garnered praises on her historic feat, an interesting claim game has started between the two Telugu states. (Shobhaa De hails ‘hero’ P.V. Sindhu’s Olympic feat) Sindhu was born and brought up in Hyderabad and so the newly-carved state of Telangana claims that she is her ‘bidda’ (kid). While countering the claim, the logic is given that her mother and father belonged to Vijayawada and still rooted there and therefore she is an Andhra ‘ammayi’ (girl). (Wanted Gold, got Silver but I am really proud, says PV Sindhu) Sindhu was born in Secunderabad and lives in Marredpally. (Sindhu fought like hell, says coach Pullela Gopichand) Her father P.V. Ramana, who works with the Indian Railways, was born in Nirmal, Adilabad district of Telangana while Sindhu’s mother Mrs. Vijayalakshmi, a volleyball player like her husband, is the daughter of a Vijayawada businessman. Images of the her carrying the Bonam (decorated pot) during Telangana’s state festival Bonalu in Hyderabad strengthened her connect claim her supporters from Telangana. While after the victory of Sindhu, the Telangana government enthusiastically hinted a cash reward of Rs 1 crore to the Silver medallist while 50 lakh to her coach Pullela Gopichand. But IT minister of state K. Tarak Ramarao later tweeted. “For sake of clarity: Telangana Govt is yet to announce reward for Sindhu. An announcement will be made after the cabinet meet by Hon’ble CM”. (Name a storm after PV Sindhu, says Kapil Dev) Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh too announced rewards for the ‘Daughter of its Soil’. (‘Rustom’, Hyderabadi biryani await Sindhu after Silver in Rio) After a cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu cleared resolution of Rs 3 crore, 1,000-yard land plot to the dream capital of State Amaravati and State Govt Group – 1 Job to ‘Silver Sindhu’. Not forgetting the efforts of coach Gopichand, the AP government also announced Rs 50 Lakh as encouragement with an invitation to start an academy in the state with willingness to provide required land. Amidst the claim game between the two states, few large hearted calling her a Telugu ‘Tejam’ (pride) brushing aside the debate over her originality. Her proud mother Vijayalakshmi has insisted, “her girl is an Indian first and request all to enjoy this moment of triumph and look forward for many more such achievements”.advertisementlast_img read more

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Trekking: This sensor measures more than just speed

first_img The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.Smartwatches are all the rage right right now — I mean, have you heard of a little thing called the Apple Watch? However, fitness trackers and wearables in general typically only track and provide data pertaining to so many metrics, often allowing you to do little more than track your calories and distance over a short duration. XensrAIR ($180) isn’t necessarily a wearable, though, and the sensor-jammed device does far more than what you might expect once strapped to your snowboard or bike helmet.Related: SmrtGRiPS get you where you’re going while keeping your eyes on the roadAlthough there certainly have been similar physics-based sensors in the past, Xensr CEO David Troup designed the device with a set of particular capabilities in mind. He initially concocted the idea while watching kiteboarding and windsurfing competitions, which often crowned a victor based on the view of a single judge opposed to a set of measurable statistics. He soon developed a reliable device for measuring metrics such as airtime and rotation, but given his interest other sports, he expanded upon the versatile design to encapsulate other outdoor recreation.Now in its final form, the squared sensor measures just under 2 inches and weighs less than a half an ounce. It’s outfitted with TruMotion metrics, which allow it to conveniently feed statistics pertaining to your jump height, airtime, speed, runs, rotation, landing impact, and slew of other data that could potentially help you become better when it comes to your sport of choice. The entirety of the information is relayed to your phone, too, from up to 100 yards away via Bluetooth. Ever wonder just how much air you caught coming off that half-pipe? Well, now you don’t have to.Check out Xensr online for more information. You can pre-order the XensrAIR for $180 until June 2, but once the device officially launches, the price will jump to $250. Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functionallast_img read more

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Congolese leader calls for UN reform including Security Council enlargement

“Reform of the United Nations and the Security Council should be undertaken without delay because it will help the realization of our dreams in the face of new challenges and changes that affect our planet,” he told the Assembly on the first day of its annual session.“Enlarging the Security Council is an indispensable democratic necessity and this vision must be reinforced by assuring the authority of the General Assembly to enable its president to play a primary role in the search for solutions to the problems of our times.”At present only resolutions of the 15-member Security Council, on which the five permanent members have veto power, are legally binding. The Council has not changed for decades, with 10 non-permanent members holding no veto and elected for two-year terms, and talks to reform it have been under way for more than 17 years.Some countries have argued that this structure does not represent the realities of today’s world. Key issues under discussion are the category of membership, the question of veto, regional representation, the size of an enlarged Council, and the Council’s working methods and its relationship with the Assembly.Mr. Kabila also called for a world environmental authority to confront the impact of climate change. Turning to his own country, which has benefited from one of the largest UN peacekeeping efforts ever launched as it tries to recover from years of civil war and ethnic conflict, he stressed his government’s efforts to eradicate violence in the strife-torn east, especially “the calvary” of Congolese women in rebel-infested North and South Kivu provinces, where there have been numerous incidents of mass rapes as well as massacres.“Instability is the principal cause of this tragedy,” he said. “Armed groups who feed off the illegal exploitation of natural resources are the source of this scourge. We have drawn up appropriate measures to confront this unacceptable situation.”President Paul Biya of Cameroon also called for Security Council enlargement, with Africa holding a permanent seat.“How can we today explain why Africa is the only continent without a Permanent Member on the Security Council,” he asked. “How can we explain that it is unable to make its voice heard when its problems are examined in global economic and financial bodies whereas the decisions taken will be imposed on it?” He also called for another Marshall Plan to help Africa stand on its own feet. 23 September 2010President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today called for United Nations reform to enlarge the 15-member Security Council and strengthen the authority of the 192-member General Assembly. read more

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Kosovo members of transitional council back UN dialogue with Serbian leader

KTC members voiced their support today after hearing a briefing by Hans Haekkerup, the head of UNMIK, on his 15 August meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Nebosja Covic. According to the UN Mission, the purpose of the meeting was to address the problems plaguing the territory and to seek Mr. Covic’s help in encouraging Kosovo Serbs to participate in the province’s institutions.Noting that the meeting had gone “very well,” Mr. Haekkerup told the KTC that he had informed the Serbian leader that no parallel structures would be accepted in Kosovo, and had underlined the fact that full security and administrative responsibility for Kosovo rested with UNMIK peacekeepers and troops from the NATO forces known as KFOR. Mr. Covic agreed, stressing that he wanted to resolve problems and not create them, Mr. Haekkerup said. He added that Mr. Covic had been supportive in urging Kosovo Serbs to register. Other issues discussed during the encounter included the Kosovo Albanian detainees in Serbian prisons, the Kosovo Serb prisoners in Kosovo, missing persons, and Mitrovica. The issue of educational systems had also come up, but it needed to be discussed again in the future, Mr. Haekkerup said. Responding to reservations expressed by some KTC members about the role of Mr. Covic, the UNMIK chief emphasized that the purpose of talking to the Serbian leader had been to resolve problems. In no way did it infringe the authority of UNMIK and KFOR under UN resolution 1244. “Mr. Covic understands that,” he said. read more

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FDA investigating new evidence of pancreas problems with recently approved diabetes drugs

by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 11:00 am MDT FDA investigating new evidence of pancreas problems with recently approved diabetes drugs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration is looking into new evidence that suggests a group of recently approved diabetes drugs can increase the risk of pancreatitis and other problems.The agency said Thursday samples of pancreas tissue taken from a small number of patients showed inflammation and cellular changes that often precede cancer. Academic researchers took the samples from diabetes patients who were taking the new medications, after they died from various causes.Details of the research have not yet been published, but the agency said in an online statement it is seeking more information.While the FDA has issued previous alerts about the pancreatitis risk, the agency had not notified the public about pre-cancerous cell changes seen with the drugs.For now, regulators say they are still investigating the issue.“FDA has not concluded these drugs may cause or contribute to the development of pancreatic cancer,” the agency said in an online statement. “At this time, patients should continue to take their medicine as directed until they talk to their health care professional.”The drugs under review come from a wave of recently approved diabetes medications, including Merck’s Januvia and Janumet, Novo Nordisk’s Victoza and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Byetta and Bydureon, among others. All the drugs mimic natural hormones that the body usually produces to spur insulin production after a meal.Citi Investment Research analyst Andrew Baum told investors the investigation would likely have “minimal impact” on drug sales. Similar investigations in recent years have not resulted in safety restrictions, he says.“We believe that the likely worst case for the market incumbents is that the FDA could add additional warnings about increased risk of pancreas-related adverse events” Baum stated in a research note.People with type 2 diabetes are unable to properly break down carbohydrates, either because their bodies do not produce enough insulin or because they’ve become resistant to the hormone, which controls blood sugar levels. These patients are at higher risk for heart attacks, kidney problems, blindness and other serious complications.Many diabetics require multiple drugs with different mechanisms of action to control their blood sugar levels.With more than 25 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., some of the world’s biggest drugmakers have launched new treatments in recent years, though safety questions have emerged.The FDA previously added information about cases of pancreatitis, some of them fatal, to the labels of Byetta in 2007, and Januvia and Janumet in 2009.A recent study of insurance records found that use of those drugs could double the risk of developing acute pancreatitis, according to the FDA.Januvia is a once-a-day pill. Janumet combines the drug with metformin, a decades-old drug commonly prescribed for diabetes. Byetta is a twice-a-day injection originally developed by Amylin Pharmaceuticals. Bristol-Myers acquired the drug last year, along with the newer formulation Bydureon, which is taken once-a-week.Byetta and Bydureon are part of a drug class that mimics the GLP-1 hormone, triggering insulin production after a meal.Januvia and Janumet work by blocking the DPP-4 enzyme, which spurs release of more insulin from the pancreas. Those drugs brought in a total of about $5.75 billion last year, making them Merck’s biggest franchise.The pancreas produces various hormones, including insulin, that help the body break down sugar. Pancreatitis causes an inflammation of the organ and can lead to fatal complications, including difficulty breathing and kidney failure.Shares of Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck & Co. Inc. fell 32 cents to $44.27. Shares of New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. declined 1 cent to $38.48.____AP Business Writer Linda A. Johnson contributed to this story from Trenton, N.J. read more

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Portfolio defences — April 22 to 26

The following is a list of portfolio defences taking place at Brock from April 22 to 26.All are open for the University community to attend.PhD in Educational Studies comprehensive portfolio defenceEducation student Gianluca Agostinelli will defend the portfolio “Playing between beyond the lines: The pursuit of doctoral studies as an educator, a student and varsity athlete” on Monday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Susan Drake, Chair; Robert McGray, External Examiner; Nancy Taber, Supervisor; Hilary Brown, Committee Member; and Gerald Watson, Committee Member (Lakehead University).

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University mourns longtime employee

Brock University is mourning the death of one of its longest-serving employees.Athletics Department Administrative Co-ordinator Marilou Iusi died Sunday in Niagara Falls after battling an illness. She was 63 years old.Iusi worked for Brock for 39 years after starting her tenure on Sept. 7, 1976, when the varsity sports teams were still known as the Generals.“She was a very hard worker,” said Assistant Athletic Director Chris Critelli. “She loved her job and she loved being around the students and coaches.”Critelli said Iusi was a key resource for coaches, who relied on her to keep track of all of their team budgets and special requests like booking buses.“Marilou had history here so she knew exactly what was going on at every level. She was very well organized and kept all of us on track,” Critelli said. “If coaches wanted any information about their program, they would go to her. She was always so happy to help. And she always did it with a smile.”Iusi is survived by her husband, Tony, and the couple’s son, Eddie.A Celebration of Life will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 30  at Stamford Lane United Church in Niagara Falls. In Iusi’s memory, the flags at Brock University will be lowered to half-mast Friday, Jan. 29. read more

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Most important Buckeyes for 2014 – No 7 Doran Grant

Then-junior cornerback Doran Grant (12) scores a touchdown during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Lantern file photoWith three down and seven to go, The Lantern continues its rundown of the top 10 most important Buckeyes as their 2014 kickoff is less than two months away.No. 7: Doran Grant, senior cornerbackLooking back at the Ohio State football team’s 2013 campaign, it is easily apparent that the team’s achilles heel was located at the cornerback position. Even though he was supposed to be OSU’s shutdown corner last season, former Buckeye Bradley Roby had a number of slip-ups in covering the opposition. Journeymen receivers like California’s Chris Harper and Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis each had 100-plus yard games against Roby, who consistently gave up big plays throughout the season.In the final game of the Buckeye’s season at the Discover Orange Bowl, then-junior Doran Grant took the reigns from Roby in becoming, the team’s No. 1 corner. Grant’s first assignment was a test that he was almost destined to fail –– covering Sammy Watkins, who was the best wideout in college football.While few were expecting Grant to contain Watkins, the result was still disappointing as Watkins went on to have the game of his collegiate career in racking up 16 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns. While Watkins is sure to be Grant’s greatest challenge for the near future, Grant’s performance in no way assured Buckeye fans that he was ready to become OSU’s top cover man.In his first season as a full-time starter, Grant showed flashes of brilliance, muddled with inconsistency. In the 2013 season, Grant netted 58 total tackles, 10 pass break ups and three interceptions. He started off strong, having nine total tackles and four pass deflections in the Buckeye’s first two games against Buffalo and San Diego State. In the middle of the season, Grant had continued success against Northwestern, where he tallied nine tackles and an interception, and Purdue, where he tallied his lone pick-six of the year.It was at the end of the schedule when the then-junior corner floundered. In the last three games of the season, Grant only put up 11 tackles with no deflections or interceptions. His withering at the end of last season can be explained by either an upgrade in competition via the likes of Michigan, Michigan State and Clemson, or perhaps just mere fatigue after having started the first 11 games of the season. Whatever the excuse, Grant has to make sure that he can contribute throughout the whole season if he wants to give the Buckeyes a chance at defending the pass in the latter part of the year.Like his predecessor in Roby, Grant is a gifted athlete with loads of speed. He reportedly runs a 4.32 second 40-yard dash and won OSU’s fastest student contest, besting a number of OSU students outside of the football team as well as Buckeye H-back Dontre Wilson. Grant also has experience on his side, as he has played in 39 games during his time in Columbus.Additionally, Grant is the only returning member of the Buckeye’s secondary who started all 14 games last season. As the seasoned veteran of the corner unit, it is important for Grant to establish himself as a strong leader for the underclassmen below him on depth chart, who include junior Armani Reeves, sophomore Cam Burrows and redshirt-freshman Eli Apple.What is perhaps most concerning about Grant’s position in the Buckeyes’ defensive backfield is that he lacks no true replacement. Reeves showed flashes last season with three pass deflections against Buffalo and six tackles against Iowa. However, like Grant, it was inconsistency that plagued Reeves. The other members of the corner unit –– Apple and Burrows –– are very green and will need to prove themselves early on in the 2014 campaign.Grant’s first real test will come on Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech under the lights at Ohio Stadium. On the outside, Virginia Tech has sophomore receivers Joshua Stanford and Demitri Knowles, who are each coming off 600-plus receiving yard seasons in 2013.OSU’s first game of the season is scheduled for Aug. 30 when the Buckeyes face Navy in Baltimore, Md. read more

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Womens lacrosse Eleven Buckeyes score Rizzo shuts out Dukes in second half

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team continued its winning ways, beating the Duquesne Dukes 17-5 on Friday afternoon. The Buckeyes had no shortage of offense with 11 different players scoring, but they were led to victory by sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott’s four-goal outing.The Scarlet and Gray are now 5-1 on the season after the team’s 14th win over the Dukes in 17 meetings.Duquesne opened up the scoring just 16 seconds into play, but the Buckeyes retaliated with three goals, giving them an early lead. Junior attacker Molly Wood and two New Albany High School graduates — senior midfielder Morgan Fee and freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez — netted the goals for the Buckeyes.The Dukes would tie the game up at three goals a piece with 19:27 remaining in the half after goals from freshman defender Maddie Hart and junior attacker Jill Vacanti. OSU would begin their barrage of goals with two goals from freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen and two goals from Parrott.Duquesne would cut into the Buckeye lead with two more goals right before the end of the first half, the latest of which came with just 15 seconds remaining. However, that would be the final time that the Dukes beat freshman goalie Jill Rizzo as OSU shut the Dukes out for the entire second half.The Buckeyes have been one of the most prolific offenses in the Big Ten this season, averaging 13.8 goals per game. This latest outpour of goals was just the most recent example of the volatility of their attack.In the second half, Hernandez began OSU’s 10-goal run just 44 seconds after the restart. From then on OSU continued to fill up the net. Parrott scored her third with sophomore midfielder Erika Keselman scoring within the next minute, pushing the Buckeyes’ lead to five.Junior midfielder Shannon Rosati scored her second goal of the year with 21:45 left on the clock. Wood scored her second goal of the day — rounding out her two-goal and three-assist game — off of a Hernandez helper. OSU would hold Duquesne to just 20 shots on the day while registering 44 of their own. Freshman goalie Jill Rizzo had more saves (7) than goals allowed (5).The Buckeyes added six more goals before the end of the game, including sophomore attacker Sara Dickinson’s first of the year. Junior attacker Lauren Sherry netted her second of the season before Parrott scored her fourth unassisted goal of the game. Two freshman would score their first collegiate goals when midfielder Regina Doty and attackman Jaclen Moxley found the back of the net finishing off OSU’s thwarting of the Dukes 17-5.The Buckeyes will need all of this production to continue as their next game is against the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. read more

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