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Honeymoon murder case postponed

January 28th, 2019 / / categories: 苏州纹眉 /

British millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani has appeared briefly in a South African court, where his lawyers successfully argued he was not yet fit to stand trial for the murder of his Swedish bride.


Dewani, 34, wearing a dark suit and tie, glanced nervously around in the dock on Monday as his lawyers said psychiatrists had told them Dewani had been co-operative but lacked the ability to concentrate for any length of time.

“I am informed that he has been fully co-operative and that his condition has improved,” lawyer Francois van Zyl told the court.

“We have been told by treating psychiatrists not to consult with him for longer than 30 minutes at a time.”

He said they hoped further improvement would mean that Dewani would be able to “instruct us properly”.

The judge president of the Western Cape high Court, John Hlope, ordered Dewani to appear in court again on June 20.

He was remanded in custody at the Valkenberg psychiatric hospital, where he has been receiving treatment since being extradited from Britain last month.

Dewani, who returned to Britain shortly after his wife’s murder, had fought his extradition for three years, claiming he had mental health problems including depression and post-traumatic stress.

If he is not found fit to face trial within 18 months, he will be returned to Britain under the terms of his extradition.

Dewani denies ordering the killing of his 28-year-old bride Anni in Cape Town in November 2010.

He claims the couple were hijacked at gunpoint during their honeymoon as they drove through the Gugulethu township in a taxi.

Dewani escaped unharmed, but his wife’s body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot dead.

Prosecutors allege Dewani hired South African Xolile Mngeni to kill Anni. Mngeni was jailed for life for the murder in December 2012.

Two other men also jailed over the killing allege that Dewani ordered the hit.

The prosecution is expected to argue that Dewani is gay and plotted to have his wife killed to escape an arranged marriage that he was pushed into by his family.

The South African Sunday Times quoted sources close to the investigation as saying that one of the prosecution’s main witnesses would be a “master” in sado-masochism from Britain who will claim that Dewani paid him for sex.

The case sparked outrage among South Africans who accuse Dewani of callously using the country’s reputation for violent crime to murder his wife in the belief that he would get away with it.


Rosberg aims to strike back in Monaco

January 28th, 2019 / / categories: 苏州纹眉 /

Rosberg’s fourth successive second place, after winning the Australian season-opener, left him three points behind Hamilton and ‘gutted’ at the loss of the overall Formula One lead for the first time this year.


One more lap at the Circuit de Catalunya might have seen the German pass Hamilton, who took the chequered flag just 0.6 of a second ahead after being chased to the line, but he was more concerned about the start than the finish.

“It’s a bit of a weakness that we have at the moment,” Rosberg said of his getaway from second place on the grid with Hamilton on pole.

“Just inconsistent and now I’ve had a couple of bad starts in a row. Actually, three bad starts in three races. And that’s costly…need to work on that.”

Qualifying and a quick start is even more crucial in Monaco, where overtaking is extremely tricky on the tight and twisting streets – particularly if the man in front is your team mate with the same equipment.

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff, who again assured the fans that his two drivers would be allowed to race freely, said the team were working hard to resolve Rosberg’s problem.

“It seems to be a problem related to the clutch,” he told reporters.

“That is a special project of ours. We expected some improvement for Barcelona which didn’t kick in as expected and we just need to sort it out for Monaco because that’s crucial there. We discussed it in the debrief right now.”


Rosberg won in Monaco last year and the German knows every kink, kerb and corner of what amounts to a home race in a principality he grew up in as son of 1982 champion Keke.

“Lewis did a great job the whole weekend and was just that little bit ahead,” he said on Sunday. “But there’s a lot of positives for me to take out of it.

“I’m fully motivated to just try to get that little bit extra and to edge him out next time – and it’s do-able.”

Hamilton’s failure to finish in Australia cost the 2008 champion heavily and consistency has been Rosberg’s ace, with the pair still barely apart in the standings despite the Briton’s four wins to the German’s one.

With double points on offer for the final race in Abu Dhabi, a first that has not gone down well with fans who decry the change as a gimmick, there is everything to play for.

Even if no driver has ever won four races in a row and not gone on to take the title that year, there is always a first time for everything.

While ‘gutted’ to lose out again in Spain, Rosberg left no doubt he had the mental fortitude to battle against a rival he has known and raced against since they were teenage team mates in go-karts.

“Break me down mentally ? I think he will struggle with that one,” he said. “He has the momentum. There is no way round that. I have to try to break it.”

Wolff, who introduced a sports psychologist to the team last month, agreed Rosberg was completely focused.

“We have seen in the past that you can win championships with three wins if you just keep scoring and I guess he knows that,” said the Austrian. “He’s such a competitive and tough personality who has no problems with coping with that situation.”

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Julien Pretot)


Hayne lifts Eels to impressive victory

January 28th, 2019 / / categories: 苏州纹眉 /

Jarryd Hayne and Chris Sandow have inspired Parramatta to a 42-24 win over Cronulla in an action-packed NRL clash at Pirtek Stadium on Monday.


The pair scored three tries between them, with one of Hayne’s a contender for the season’s best as the Eels secured their fifth win of the season – matching their total for last year.

Cronulla’s disappointing evening was compounded by an early injury to Andrew Fifita with the NSW prop limping off with ankle syndesmosis early in the game which could potentially rule him out of the NSW side for the State of Origin opener on May 28.

Eels winger Semi Radradra opened the scoring after four minutes when he latched on to a bullet-like pass from Hayne.

But the Sharks hit back immediately with a Sosaia Feki try converted by Michael Gordon.

Wade Graham then showed some brilliant soccer skills by chipping Jeff Robson’s grubber-kick over the head of two Eels defenders then regathered to score.

However, that moment of magic was eclipsed by Hayne midway through the opening stanza with the superstar fullback stepping past five players to power his way over the line.

Will Hopoate appeared to have restored the Eels’ lead but the video referee backed the decision of the on-field officials to deny the try despite the centre looking to have grounded the ball.

But the Eels’ dismay was short-lived with Sandow hauling in his own chip and chase to score under the posts before winger Ken Sio increased the hosts’ advantage before half time.

The Sharks were much improved in the second period despite Hopoate’s try for the Eels just after the restart.

Graham looked to have scored his second when he drove his way to the line following a Robson pass, but the video referee infuriated the Sharks by denying his effort, deeming he’d lost control of the ball.

Inspired by a brilliant run and pass from skipper Paul Gallen, Isaac De Gois did get on the scoresheet for the visitors with Gordon’s kick closing the gap to 28-18.

However their hopes of a come-from-behind win were ended by Willie Tonga’s 90 metre intercept try in the 63rd minute. And despite Gordon keeping his side in touch with a four-pointer, Sio grabbed his second following some good work from the impressive Hopoate.

Fittingly, Hayne had the final word, racing almost the length of the field after a sloppy Blake Ayshford pass went to ground.

Despite the win, Eels coach Brad Arthur was upset at the manner of his side’s defending and said they have little chance of progressing to the finals this year unless they tighten up.

“Defence wasn’t good enough and moving forward if we want to be taken seriously we’ve got to be better,” Arthur said.

“We were ordinary through the middle, we did some good things with the ball but we have to learn to play for 80 minutes.”

However, Arthur was pleased with the contribution of Hayne and said his performance was his best of the year.

“He showed a lot of leadership qualities tonight,” Arthur said.

“His shoulder’s not 100 per cent … but he’s got to play with pain.

“He played tough tonight and he got the footy and ran and that’s what we need him to do.”

Sharks coach Peter Sharp said his side let themselves down with their first half effort and had no complaints with the loss.

“Parra were good tonight, but we made too many errors to compete at this level,” Sharp said.

“We kicked poorly and made poor decisions with or without the footy.”


Coach Vahid Halilhodzic surprised by including uncapped French-born Mahrez after he helped Leicester City to promotion to the Premier League and recalled forward Rafik Djebbour, after his move to Nottingham Forest in January.


“I only found out about Mahrez in February and went to watch a few of his matches. He’s an interesting player,” Halilhodzic told a news conference at the Algerian Football Federation training centre on Monday.

Of Djebbour, who joined Forest from Greece, he added: “His form has improved tremendously in recent times and he’s an important player for the spirit of the squad.”

Striker Ishak Belfodil of Italian club Livorno is the only major surprise of those left out. Disciplinary problems have marked his brief international career, which began last August in a friendly against Guinea.

Algeria will take on Belgium, Russia and South Korea in Group H at the Brazil finals which start next month.


Goalkeepers: Azzedine Doukha (USM El Harrach), Rais Mbolhi (CSKA Sofia), Cedric Si Mohamed (CS Constantine), Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger)

Defenders: Essaid Belkalem (Watford), Madjid Bougherra (Al Lekhwiya), Liassine Cadamuro (Mallorca), Faouzi Ghoulam (Naples), Rafik Halliche (Academica Coimbra), Nacereddine Khoualed (USM Alger), Aissa Mandi (Stade Reims), Carl Medjani (Valenciennes), Djamel Mesbah (Livorno), Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio)

Midfielders: Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryad Boudebouz (Bastia), Yacine Brahimi (Granada), Abdelmoumene Djabou (Club Africain), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace), Foued Kadir (Stade Rennes), Amir Karaoui (Entente Setif), Mehdi Lacen (Getafe), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan), Hassan Yebda (Udinese)

Forwards: Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest), Nabil Ghilas (Porto), Islam Slimani (Sporting), El Arabi Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).

(Editing by Justin Palmer)


Theo Walcott failed to make an appearance when called up by Sven-Goran Eriksson as a 17-year-old for the 2006 World Cup but Hodgson is ready to let his young thrusters loose.


“We shouldn’t get hung up on fact that there are youngsters in the squad,” Hodgson told a news conference on Monday.

“I’m not taking anyone purely for the experience.”

The youthful flavour of Hodgson’s squad contrasts with the perception that he does not like to take risks after his methodical Euro 2012 side were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Italy.

Hodgson, who guided Switzerland to the last 16 at the 1994 World Cup, has been so impressed by his young England guns that he believes Group D clashes against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica hold no fear.

“Do I believe the squad can win the World Cup? Yes, otherwise what is the point of taking a squad to the World Cup?” the 66-year-old quipped.

Everton’s prodigious midfield talent Ross Barkley epitomises the vibrant, new-look England squad, with the 20-year-old flourishing under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park this season.

Barkley’s performances have seen Martinez compare him to former England favourite Paul Gascoigne, but Hodgson does not want the midfielder to be worn down by the weight of expectation.

“He’s a very exciting player,” he said. “A very exciting talent. If he can continue at that level he has a bright future ahead of him.

“I hope people are realistic with the level of expectation.

“We think he can be a very exciting member of the team, but I don’t want people to think every time he gets the ball he can score a goal like he did against Manchester City, or that he can run 40 yards and dribble past people. Footballers don’t do that.”


Hodgson had been fretting over the fitness of Arsenal midfield duo Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while defender Phil Jones picked up a shoulder injury during Manchester United’s penultimate game of the season against Hull City.

After securing World Cup qualification, Hodgson promised he would not select players who were not “100 percent fit”, but the inclusion of the trio and especially Jones provides a timely reminder of England during the Eriksson era.

At the 2002 World Cup Swedish manager Eriksson gambled on the fitness of David Beckham after the England captain suffered a metatarsal injury and, despite playing in all five matches, the midfielder was far from his best.

Four years later and with the hopes of a nation resting on the shoulders of Wayne Rooney, Eriksson took a punt on the fitness of the young striker, who was suffering with the same injury as Beckham, but it once again proved to be in vain.

“We wouldn’t have selected anyone in the 23 if we thought we would be on tenterhooks regarding fitness,” said a defiant Hodgson.

“The only one I would say that seriously poses a question is Phil Jones.

“He had his shoulder injury a week ago and, from what everyone tells me and my experience, it is a three week injury to be back and playing.

“But we can’t guarantee that so I will be taking John Stones and Jon Flanagan (as cover) with me.”

England, who start their World Cup campaign against Italy in Manaus on July 14, travel to Portugal on May 19 for a training camp before hosting Peru at Wembley on May 30. Hodgson will confirm his final World Cup squad on June 2.

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Fifita out of Origin opener

January 28th, 2019 / / categories: 苏州纹眉 /

NSW prop Andrew Fifita will miss the opening two games of the State of Origin series after sustaining grade two ankle syndesmosis in Cronulla’s defeat by Parramatta on Monday.


The 24-year-old, who was the Blues’ best forward in last year’s series loss, rolled his ankle less than 10 minutes into the game and although he tried to play on, he was forced off the field and then left Pirtek Stadium on crutches.

Fifita underwent scans after the game and it revealed the full extent of the injury which is set to keep him out of action between six to eight weeks.

The news is a massive blow to the Blues’ preparations, with coach Laurie Daley naming his side next Tuesday, before the squad fly up to Coffs Harbour where they’ll set up camp before the series opener in Brisbane on May 28.

Daley also looks certain to be without key back-rower Greg Bird, who was slugged with a grade three lifting tackle on Monday for a challenge on South Sydney’s Bryson Goodwin.

If Bird accepts the charge he’ll miss four matches and the first two matches of the series, should he opt to fight the grading and lose he could spend six weeks out and miss all three games.

NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce’s selection is also under a cloud after he was arrested on Saturday night following an incident at a Kings Cross nightspot.

Blues star Jarryd Hayne bemoaned the timing of the incidents and admitted he feared the worst when he saw the Bird challenge on TV, with the NRL cracking down on lifting tackles following the career-ending injury to Newcastle’s Alex McKinnon.

“It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours, I saw Birdy’s one and I rolled me head and thought ‘no he’ll miss Origin’,” Hayne said.

“It’s tough, because when you put players in that position you think teammates have the upper body.

“When a teammate let’s go there’s nothing you can do. But it was a dangerous position and they are a bit touchy on that as of late.”

Hayne was near to Fifita when he sustained his injury and thought he’d simply twisted his ankle, only to realise it was much worse at halftime.

“I saw him do it at the time and hoped it wouldn’t be too bad, but I saw him at halftime and he was on crutches and knew it must be quite bad.

“I think it might be a while. It’s a real shame.”

“I’m not satisfied with Milan, just like all the supporters,” the former Italian prime minister told the Sport Mediaset television channel with his once all-conquering side lying eighth in Serie A.


“The difference is that I’m the one who pays the wages, so I suffer a bit more than them.

“I’m not satisfied with the way Milan are playing. No, not at all. Therefore we have to reflect on this fact.

“We will decide at the end of the season after the final match,” he said, referring to Dutchman Seedorf. “I will meet with the board and a decision will be taken.”

Former Milan midfielder Seedorf was given a contract until the end of the 2015/16 season when he took over in January and has overseen a considerable improvement in results since then.

Milan won only five out of 19 league games this season under predecessor Massimiliano Allegri while Seedorf has led them to 10 wins in 18 matches.

From being 10 points off the Europa League places in January, Milan are now one point adrift with one match to play at home to Sassuolo on Sunday.

Italian media speculation over Seedorf’s future has been growing, fuelled by the failure of the club’s directors to give him any public backing as they did freqeuntly with Allegri.

Sunday’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Atalanta has added to the pressure on Seedorf, who had no previous coaching experience when he took charge.

“I certainly didn’t expect us to lose,” said Berlusconi, who has been slammed by fans for the lack of recent investment. “Things went badly.

“But I remember all the years in which we’ve had extraordinary success, that we are the club which has won the most titles in the world and above all we are working for the Milan of the future.

“When we put this season behind us, we will look ahead and go back to being the extraordinary protagonists that we have been for many years in the past.”

(Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Mark Meadows)

“Russia sees a need to take into account the different voices in eastern Ukraine,” said Swiss President and acting OSCE chief Didier Burkhalter.



“You have seen Russia’s response, that there is respect but not recognition to the referendum. There is no recognition of these results,” he told journalists.


He spoke after talks with European Union foreign ministers in which Burkhalter outlined a roadmap for peace for Ukraine beginning with a national dialogue moderated by the OSCE and an independent Ukrainian figure.


Saying “we can’t lose time” in Ukraine, he said he hoped to see the dialogue launch in the next few days.


“If we want to succeed in the end it is about the integration of all actors. The integration of the Russian Federation above all is very important.


“We have seen in Moscow that there is an openness for a dialogue,” said Burkhalter who met with Putin last week.


He stressed the importance of country-wide elections on May 25 and said the OSCE was planning to send 1,000 monitors to Ukraine for the vote, “one of the biggest missions” in the organisation’s history.


“It is very important that we believe that the election can take place and that we act in that direction,” he said.


A first step in the OSCE roadmap has been to name respected veteran German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger as a moderator for the roundtable talks that would involve the Ukraine government, parliament and the regions.


Ischinger, who would work alongside a Ukrainian bipartisan figure, was a longtime ambassador in Britain and the US and took part in the Dayton negotiations on Bosnia as well as NATO’s eastwards enlargement. He heads the Munich security conference.

Hoeness’s lawyers filed an objection to Bavarian state plans to send the 62-year-old to the Landsberg prison because 157 reporters were allowed to tour the 114-year-old facility shortly after his conviction, Focus magazine reported.


Hoeness is worried that guards or fellow inmates could peddle information or pictures to media, the magazine said.

A spokesman for the state prosecutor’s office in Munich said he could not comment on the report.

“We don’t comment on how prison assignments are carried out,” the spokesman said when asked about the Focus report on Hoeness. “The person concerned will be invited to report to a certain prison at some point.”

Hoeness was convicted on March 16 of tax evasion in one of the most spectacular cases of fraud in German history. He was supposed to spend the next 3-1/2 years in the Landsberg prison 70 km (45 miles) west of Munich, which once housed Adolf Hitler.

Landsberg officials took journalists on a March 31 tour of the prison, where Hitler dictated his book “Mein Kampf” to Rudolf Hess after being convicted for his failed 1923 beer hall putsch. Its 420 inmates include murderers, drug-dealers and sex offenders.

Once Germany’s most famous soccer boss, Hoeness was convicted of evading 28.5 million euros in taxes on income earned in a secret Swiss bank account. He hoped in vain his voluntary disclosure would lead to a suspended sentence.


Focus magazine quoted sources close to the former West Germany player saying: “It’s looking good that Uli Hoeness will not have to go to Landsberg.”

It said Hoeness could end up in the more modern facility in Landshut that has fewer inmates serving out sentences for violent crimes. The Landshut prison also has single cells, better food and flat-screen TVs, Bild newspaper reported.

Focus added Hoeness friends “worry that guards or prisoners (at Landsberg) could be lured by money into selling exclusive information about the nation’s biggest celebrity prisoner.”

The Munich-based magazine said Hoeness believes he will not have to stay in jail long when his term starts in late May.

“Uli is confident that he’ll be allowed to leave prison during the daytime hours after just three or four months,” Focus said, referring to German rules that allow prisoners with good behaviour out of jail during the day to work.

Hoeness, who helped West Germany win the 1974 World Cup, resigned as chairman of the supervisory board and president of Bayern Munich a day after his conviction.

During his 35 years at Bayern Munich, Hoeness turned the club into a perennial powerhouse that won last year’s Champions League and dominates the German Bundesliga. He also owns a Bavarian sausage factory.

Journalists who toured the Landsberg prison saw eight-square-metre (86-square-feet) cells of the type where Hoeness will be locked up. The rooms have just a simple bed, a chair, a closet and toilet.

(Editing by Tom Heneghan)


Ice is melting in the western Antarctic at an unstoppable pace, US scientists say, warning that the discovery holds major consequences for global sea level rise in the coming decades.


They say the speedy melting means prior calculations of sea level rise worldwide made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will have to be adjusted upwards.

“A large sector of the West Antarctic ice sheet has gone into a state of irreversible retreat. It has passed the point of no return,” said Eric Rignot, professor of Earth system science at the University of California Irvine.

He noted that surveys have shown there is no large hill at the back of these glaciers that could hold back the melting ice.

“It will raise sea level by 1.2 metres or four feet,” said Rignot, whose paper appears in the peer-reviewed Geophysical Research Letters journal.

A separate study published in the journal Science on Monday found that Thwaites glacier is melting fast and that its collapse could raise global sea level nearly 61 centimetres.

That study was based largely on computer modelling of the future, in addition to airborne radar measurements of the West Antarctic ice sheet.

Study author Ian Joughin, a glaciologist at the University of Washington, said the process is now expected to take between 200 and 1000 years.

Current projections of sea level rise, agreed upon by international surveys, do not account for the Antarctic ice sheet melting.

Sridhar Anandakrishnan, professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, said studies like these will cause the United Nations to revisit their projections.

“The number for 2100 will almost certainly be revised and revised upwards, and my guess is toward what is now their upper limit of something like 90 centimetres,” said Anandakrishnan.

He said that the rise in sea level is widely accepted to be a result of human-caused climate change, driven by the burning of fossil fuels.