Milind Soman: Actor and model charged over nude photo

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US housebuilder makes historic entry into UK

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Planning: preparation is rife as Scotland exercises new powers

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US launches airstrike against Taliban to defend Afghan forces

first_imgProvincial police spokesman Mohammad Zaman Hamdard told AFP: “In the past two days we have witnessed the most intense Taliban attacks in Helmand.””They have attacked several districts and many military bases,” he added.Elsewhere the insurgents killed at least 20 Afghan soldiers and policemen in a series of overnight attacks in other provinces, government officials told AFP Wednesday. “Taliban fighters attacked at least three army outposts in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz last night, killing at least 10 soldiers and four police,” said Safiullah Amiri, a member of the provincial council.A defence ministry official speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity confirmed the army toll, while the provincial police spokesman Hejratullah Akbari confirmed the police fatalities.The insurgents also attacked police in central Uruzgan province Tuesday night, with the governor’s spokesman Zergai Ebadi telling AFP: “Unfortunately, six police were killed and seven wounded.”The news of the attacks came after Trump told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that he had a “very good” relationship with Taliban political chief Mullah Baradar, with the pair speaking on the phone for 35 minutes, according to the insurgents.”The relationship is very good that I have with the mullah. We had a good long conversation today and you know, they want to cease the violence, they’d like to cease violence also,” he said.But on Wednesday, US military spokesman Leggett warned that the “#Afghans & US have complied w/ our agreements; however, Talibs appear intent on squandering this (opportunity) and ignoring the will of the people for #peace.” ‘Common interest’ Under the terms of the deal, US and other foreign forces will quit Afghanistan within 14 months, subject to Taliban security guarantees and a pledge by the insurgents to hold talks with the national government in Kabul.The agreement also includes a commitment to exchange 5,000 Taliban prisoners held by the Afghan government in return for 1,000 captives — something the militants have cited as a prerequisite for talks but which President Ashraf Ghani has refused to do before negotiations start.Trump has said the Taliban and Washington both “have a very common interest” in ending the war.Since Saturday’s deal signing, the Taliban have been publicly claiming “victory” over the US and on Monday they announced they would resume attacks on Afghan forces, ending a partial truce that provided a rare reprieve to war-weary residents.In the last 24 hours the Taliban conducted 30 attacks in 15 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi tweeted.The insurgents, who have been known to exaggerate figures, claimed on their website to have killed 35 security forces since Tuesday night.Ghani’s government last week sent a delegation to Qatar to open “initial contacts” with the insurgents, but Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen on Tuesday said the militants would not meet Kabul’s representatives except to discuss the release of their captives.Apparent differences between the Doha agreement and a separate joint US-Afghan declaration made in Afghanistan underline the obstacles facing negotiators.The US-Taliban deal committed to the release of prisoners, while the Kabul document only required both sides to determine “the feasibility of releasing” captives.Topics : The US launched an airstrike against Taliban fighters to defend Afghan forces Wednesday, an American military spokesman said, as violence spirals after a string of deadly attacks by the insurgents, throwing the country’s nascent peace process into grave doubt.News of the airstrike in southern Helmand province — the first in 11 days — came hours after US President Donald Trump told reporters he had had a “very good” chat with the Taliban political chief, who on Saturday signed a historic deal with Washington to withdraw foreign forces.Since the signing in Doha however, the militants have ramped up violence against Afghan forces, casting a pall over peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban, due to begin on March 10. US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Sonny Leggett tweeted that the airstrike targeted Taliban fighters who were “actively attacking” an Afghan forces checkpoint in Helmand.”This was a defensive strike to disrupt the attack,” he tweeted.”We call on the Taliban to stop needless attacks and uphold their commitments. As we have demonstrated, we will defend our partners when required.”He said insurgents had carried out 43 attacks on checkpoints in Helmand on Tuesday alone.last_img read more

Dutch roundup: SPMS, SPW, ExxonMobile, Hoogovens

first_imgInflation-linked bonds, with a return of 23.2%, was the best-performing investment category.Holdings in equity (36%), fixed income (43%) and property (8%) delivered 14.2%, 19.4% and 18.4%, while the scheme’s hedge funds portfolio (9%) returned 2.9%.SPMS added that it lost 3.5% on its currency hedge, with 70% of the exposure against the US dollar covered and a 100% hedge of the British pound and the Japanese yen.The pension fund ended 2014 with a funding ratio of 126%.SPW, meanwhile, reported a quarterly return of 5.9%, leading to an annual performance of 23%.It said developed-market equities, credit and government bonds returned 18.9%, 14.8% and 13.4% last year.Its investments in hedge funds, private equity and infrastructure delivered 16.5%, 24.4% and 22.4%, respectively, while real estate produced a 20.4% return.SPW incurred a 27.2% loss on its investments in commodities, mainly due to the sharp drop in oil prices.The pension fund said its interest hedge contributed 14.6 percentage points to its annual result, and that it lost 4.8% on its currency hedge.In other news, the €8bn pension fund of steelworks Hoogovens and the €2.2bn Dutch scheme of ExxonMobil (Protector) are to replace their final-salary pension plans with average-salary schemes to cut costs.However, the Hoogovens scheme pointed out that its final-salary arrangements had been conditional, and that the accrual had already fallen 10% short of the 100% target in recent years.Both pension funds confirmed they would grant their participants inflation compensation, with Hoogovens raising pension rights for pensioners by 0.33% and for active participants and deferred members by 0.94%.It said its decision was based on the indexation rules under the new financial assessment framework (FTK) and its funding ratio of 113.1% at October-end.Protector, whose funding was 129% at the end of December, granted its active participants a full and unconditional indexation of 0.88%, based on the consumer index. SPMS, the €9.3bn occupational pension fund for medical consultants in the Netherlands, and SPW, the €10.5bn scheme for housing corporations, have reported annual returns of 25.3% and 23%, respectively. Both schemes benefited from extensive hedges of the interest risk on their liabilities.SPMS said 13.1 percentage points of its annual return came as a result of its 70% interest hedge via interest swaps.It said all of its asset classes delivered positive results.last_img read more

Quarterly results boost funding for largest Dutch schemes

first_imgThe funding of the five largest Dutch pension funds improved by several percentage points during the third quarter, in particular due to investment results of up to 1.9%.However, with the exception the €55bn scheme for the building industry (BpfBOUW), they are still in danger of possible rights cuts during the coming years, quarterly reports indicated.As interest rates have risen only very slightly since June, liabilities of the schemes barely decreased.The €396bn civil service scheme ABP, which reported a quarterly return of 1.9%, saw its coverage ratio jump by 3 percentage points to 99.3%. Nevertheless, it indicated that it could see little margin for indexation during the next five years and that rights cuts could still be possible.To avoid a pensions reduction, its funding must exceed 104.2% before 2021.The civil service scheme reported yields on equity of 1.4% and 4.5% for developed and emerging markets, respectively.It said that returns on fixed income were flat, as results of 0.3% from government bonds and 0.6% from inflation-linked bonds had been cancelled out by losses on credit (-0.5%) and emerging market debt (-0.4%).ABP’s commodities holdings returned 4.6% during the third quarter, but remained at an 11.6% loss for the year to the end of September. Infrastructure holdings gained 0.7%, while hedge funds and property lost 1.6% and 0.3%, respectively.The pension fund attributed its year-to-date result of 3.9% chiefly to equity and its currency hedge, which had generated 7.5% and 3%, respectively this year. Emerging markets equity delivered 11.6%.The €189bn healthcare scheme PFZW closed the third quarter with a 1.7% profit, leading to a cumulative result of 1.4% for the first three quarters of the year. Its funding at September-end stood at 96.7%.It said liquid equity and private equity had generated 1.3% and 2.1%, respectively, over the last quarter. Infrastructure gained 2.6%, but its real estate and insurance portfolios lost 0.7% and 8.1%, respectively.PFZW’s government bond holdings returned 0.6% following a slight drop of long-term interest rates. Its index-linked bonds gained 5.7%.PMT, the €68bn scheme for the metal working and mechanical engineering sector, reported a quarterly profit of 1.1% and a year-to-date result of 1.4%.It said its matching portfolio produced a quarterly return of 0.1%, while its return portfolio grew by 2%.PMT’s stakes in property and high yield gained 0.6% and 1%, respectively. Equities, including private equity, generated 2.6%. The scheme closed the third quarter with a coverage ratio of 98.9%.PME the €45.6bn pension fund for the metal and electrotechnical engineering industry, posted a quarterly profit of 1.3% and a cumulative result for 2017 of 2%.It cited year-to-date returns of 10.1% for equity, 3.6% for high yield and 3.2% for property. Alternatives including private equity lost 0.1%. Its funding stood at 98.4% at quarter-end.With a coverage of 113%, BpfBouw remained in the best financial shape of the five largest schemes. It returned 1.8% for the quarter and has gained 2.6% between January and September.last_img read more

StealthGas Wraps Up Its 26-Strong Newbuilding Program

first_imgStealthGas, a Greek owner of LPG vessels, has taken delivery of the last LPG vessel from its newbuilding program.The delivered ship is a 22,000 cbm ice class semi-refrigerated hybrid scrubber fitted eco LPG carrier, the Eco Freeze, the fourth in the series.“This acquisition concludes the company’s expansion phase which commenced in 2011 and totaled the acquisition of 26 newbuilding LPG vessels. Twenty ships were delivered from Japanese yards and six from South Korean yards,” StealthGas said.The company’s fleet is made up of 56 vessels, comprising 52 LPG carriers with a total capacity of 329,149 cbm , three M.R. product tankers and one Aframax oil tanker with a total capacity of 255,804 dwt.last_img

French parents no longer allowed to smack children.

first_imgDaily Mail 30 December 2016Family First Comment: More political ideology being forced on parents (which is why Brexit and Trump won!)“The ban was proposed by a group of ecologist and socialist MPs as an amendment to the Equality and Citizenship bill…” Interesting name of the bill, but here’s the wackiest bit…“As part of the law, brides and grooms will be reminded during the civil marriage service of their obligation not to use violence against their children.”Adultery? Fine. Divorce? If you have to. Smacking? Heck no!Parents in France no longer have the right to beat their children after a new law banning corporal punishment came into force this week.The move leaves Britain as one of only four countries in Europe where smacking remains a legal way of disciplining children.The French law now defines parental authority in the Civil Code as excluding ‘all cruel, degrading or humiliating treatment, including any recourse to corporal violence’.Now the UK, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic are all expected to receive mounting demands to pass a similar law against smacking.French centrist MP Jean-Christophe Lagarde has described his country’s new law as ‘ a ridiculous attempt to micromanage family life’.The ban was proposed by a group of ecologist and socialist MPs as an amendment to the Equality and Citizenship bill, which went before parliament earlier this year.The legistlation says it aims to ‘set out a clear principle, which should be repeated to fathers and mothers and influence their future behaviour’.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Pinnick: NFF set to support league clubs for next season’s campaign

first_img Loading… Nigeria Football Federation will provide support for Clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League, Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and the Nigeria Nationwide League for next season’s football campaign, as a result of challenges that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic, says the Federation’s President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick. During a live session on NFF’s official Instagram page on Thursday, Pinnick said the NFF is at the moment expecting a total sum of $1million from world football-governing body, FIFA, and another $500,000 from the African confederation, CAF. “We would take from these various monies and add also from monies that we are expecting from our corporate partners, and see what we can give to each of the Clubs in these four cadres. “This financial support is for them to get their campaigns off the ground for the new season that we have set for September/October, depending on what signals we get from the Federal Government, through the Presidential Task Force on the COVID-19 and other relevant organs. We are also going to support the league organizing bodies financially.” Although he added that the football body has written to the Government to also support the cause, he admitted that the Government is presently burdened by so many challenges wrought by the COVID-19 and it could be a tall order. On the issue of the Points-Per-Game (PPG) formula adopted to bring the beleaguered 2019/2020 Season to a close, the NFF supremo reiterated that it was the decision of the vast majority of the Clubs in the NPFL, which was also subjected to careful analyses and consultations. “We did not just sit down and take a decision; we consulted widely even after the Clubs opted for PPG following the work of the NFF Football Committee. The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development was also brought into the picture.” Pinnick assured that the NFF would prioritize, for now, the qualification of the U17 and U20 women national teams for their various FIFA World Cup competitions, as well as getting top-grade friendly matches for the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons. “CAF has written to inform us that the qualifiers for the U17 and U20 FIFA Women World Cups will hold in September and October. We are determined to prepare our girls well to qualify for both championships. At the same time, we are working assiduously to see that the Super Eagles and Super Falcons get quality opponents for friendly matches within the next few months. For the Super Eagles, we have an African team and a South American team on the cards. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiticenter_img “First and foremost, we have to get the Super Falcons a Head Coach of the highest quality possible. We are working on that, as our consultants are already on it, and also working on the appointment of coaches for some other National Teams. On our part, we have ringfenced a sum of money to pay the Head Coach of the Super Falcons for a number of years to come, so that challenge is taken care of.” On the issue of continuous trailing of players of dual nationality with a view to getting them to represent Nigeria, Pinnick stated clearly that only players with the keen interest and resolve would be encouraged, as Nigeria would not beg any player to represent her. “It is about ardour and fervour. If a player has decided for Nigeria and only want to be assured that he would be much welcome, we will come in and provide that assurance.” Pinnick said this year’s NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship, which was already at the zonal stage before the disruption occasioned by COVID-19, would have to start all over again. “We have no choice. It is a programme so close to our hearts, knowing that it serves the important purpose of providing true youngsters for the National Teams. The pandemic has disrupted and certainly, some of the players would no longer be of the age that they were before the disruption. So, we have to start all over again.” On a final note, the NFF President appealed to the media and other stakeholders of the game to shun the allure of negative sensation, with some misguided and mischievous members of the football family always bandying around fictitious and outlandish figures as having been misappropriated by the football body. “I keep saying that you may not like Amaju Pinnick, but the bigger picture is Nigerian Football and its future. Negative stories about the game have a damaging impact on the brand and even when Pinnick leaves, the problem of the damaged brand will still be there. read also:NFF adopts PPG, sets new league season tentatively to start September/October “Those of us at the helm of the NFF presently are there because we have the passion to develop the game, do things differently, and take the Nigeria game to new heights. We came into office and brought gilt-edged corporations like PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Financial Derivatives Company on board because we are totally committed to transparency and accountability. There are legitimate claims that we forgo simply because we did not come into the Federation for the money. I appeal to everyone to consider the interests of Nigeria football and continue to shun the purveyors of half-truths and outright fiction.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Baines broken toe blow for Blues

first_imgEverton defender Leighton Baines sustained a broken toe in Saturday’s Merseyside derby and could be out for up to six weeks, the club have confirmed. Press Association Baines’ injury record is good and he is regarded as one of the fittest and strongest in the squad so Everton will hope he can heal quickly and be back sooner rather than later. “It has been confirmed that Leighton has got a fracture in one of the bones in his right foot, which is the phalange,” manager Roberto Martinez told “We need to treat that now and see how it develops. It could mean anything from missing six weeks to being back in 10 days because it depends how the fracture heals. “It is in such a specific spot and we are going to see how it reacts.” Gareth Barry filled in for Baines at left-back, a role he performed intermittently earlier in his career, but it is unlikely the 32-year-old will continue there in the interim such has been his impact in central midfield. “Obviously Gareth slotted in during the game and when you have got a player with that experience, he can play anywhere. I thought he did really well,” added Martinez. “We have got other players at the football club who can play in that position, from Bryan Oviedo to Tony Hibbert and Sylvain Distin to John Stones. We have got many options. “It’s going to be a matter of seeing how the players react in training and, first of all, seeing if Leighton is going to be okay.” center_img The England international was forced off early in the second half and although he left Goodison Park walking unaided – despite being given some crutches to use – he went straight for an x-ray on his right foot. After assessment the Toffees’ medical team cannot put a definitive timescale for the left-back’s recovery, with it estimated to be between 10 days and six weeks. last_img read more