Topics : As many as 33 rivers in China have risen to their highest levels in history during the current wave of floods, a senior water ministry official said on Monday, as regions across the country brace for another “grim” week of torrential rain.Ye Jianchun, vice minister of water resources, told a briefing that 433 rivers – as well as major lakes like the Dongting, the Poyang and the Tai – have all risen beyond their warning levels since the flood season began in June.”Going into the key flood-prevention period of late July to early August, the current trends remain grim on the Yangtze and the Lake Tai basins,” he said, adding that the belts of heavy rain that have lashed central China would eventually head north. Average rainfall has been at its highest since records began in 1961. The emergency ministry said last Friday that 141 people were dead or missing, with economic losses at around 60 billion yuan ($8.57 billion).Flood-control authorities throughout the Yangtze basin have already declared “red alerts” that cover major population centers such as Xianning, Jiujiang and Nanchang.A red alert has also been declared at the Poyang lake, where water levels are more than 3 meters higher than normal, another record high.In some flood-stricken regions, soldiers filled sandbags to shore up riverbanks and stave off more damage. Town streets were inundated, and rescue workers waded through hip-deep water with inflatable boats to reach people trapped in homes turned into islands.According to water ministry data, warning levels were breached at more than 70 flood-monitoring stations on Monday. Water levels at the Three Gorges reservoir, which cut its discharge volumes for a fifth time on Saturday to ease downstream water levels, have now hit 153.2 meters, 6.7 meters higher than the warning level.China’s weather bureau said that although some regions in the southwest would see a temporary respite from the heavy rain on Monday, central and eastern China would continue to bear the brunt of the storms.
Jean-Paul Delevoye, the man brought in by French president Emmanuel Macron to spearhead a major reform of the French pension system, resigned yesterday amid scrutiny of his failure to disclose a number of paid and unpaid roles.His resignation came after almost two weeks of public transport strikes in protest over the pension reform, and on the eve of a planned day of mass protests called for by trade unions.Delevoye first came under pressure last week in relation to an unpaid role at an institute for training insurance professionals that he had failed to declare. He stepped down from the role, over which he had been accused of a conflict of interest, but matters spiralled when Delevoye updated his declaration of interest over the weekend to reveal 10 previously undisclosed roles.On Twitter, Delevoye said he would weaken the pension reform project by staying in his role. He also claimed “violent attacks and a hotpotch of lies” were weakening the trust that had characterised a two-year period of consultations about the reform. Delevoye was appointed to the new role of high commissioner for pension reform in 2017 and was brought into the government in September.Laurent Berger, leader of CFDT, France’s largest trade union, said he was “dumbfounded” by the revelations of Delevoye’s undeclared mandates, and that consultations with him had been “loyal”. The leader of hardline union CGT, Philippe Martinez, said Delevoye was no longer credible.The more moderate CFDT has expressed support for the principle of transforming the French pension system into a universal system and had so far refrained from calling for strikes, but last week said the government had crossed “a red line” with its proposal that people work two years longer, until 64, to get a full pension.It called on members to join the mass protests scheduled for today. Berger reportedly has said the union does not want transport strikes over the upcoming holiday period, but that it would continue to “mobilise” in January if changes had not been made to the reform plan.Prime minister Edouard Philippe last week said a pensions reform bill would be presented to the cabinet on 22 January and discussed in parliament at the end of February.French media reports have quoted government spokespeople as saying that the pension reform project would continue and that Delevoye would be replaced “as soon as possible”.
Top 17 suburbs forecasted for price increase MORE: >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Mr Ross said regions that offered residents an affordable rural haven less than hour from the city were becoming increasingly popular. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 RELATED: QM Properties general sales manager Damien Ross said with housing affordability forcing prospective house and land owners out of the city, it was no wonder families were relocating to the country. Want to live by the water? Mr Ross said Jimboomba was only 45 minutes to the Gold Coast or Brisbane, and had significant infrastructure growth, including new schools, shopping centres, local markets and public transport networks. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoJimboomba is only 45 minutes’ drive from the Gold Coast or Brisbane and has undergone recent infrastructure growth.“We’re finding more and more people are wanting to swap the rat race for a quieter country life when raising their families and the affordability of these rural areas in comparison to soaring inner-city prices adds to the appeal,” Mr Ross said.“One of our latest developments, Mahoney’s Pocket Estate, which is nestled in the southern outskirts of the flourishing Jimboomba town centre, features affordable and level allotments.”“House and land packages at Mahoney Pocket cost nearly $200,000 less than the median Brisbane property price.” Demand strong for new house and land QM Properties acreage estate at Jimboomba — Mahoney’s Pocket.DESPITE Brisbane’s median house price hitting an all-time high, you can still build property for as much as $200,000 below the region mid price.Figures released by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland revealing Brisbane’s median house price increased 2.5 per cent in the past year to hit a record-breaking $673,000.Brisbane saw market growth of 30 per cent in the past five years.
By Nate RaymondNEW YORK, NY (Reuters) – Several defendants charged in a wide-ranging corruption case involving soccer’s global governing body FIFA are in talks with U.S. officials about possibly pleading guilty, a U.S. prosecutor said yesterday.Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Norris spoke at a hearing in Brooklyn federal court after U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen set a November 6, 2017, trial date for seven former soccer officials and one former marketing executive.“We are in ongoing plea discussions with several of these defendants,” Norris said.The eight defendants, who have all pleaded not guilty, are among the 42 individuals and entities charged so far as part of a U.S. investigation that has rocked Zurich-based FIFA and the soccer world.U.S. prosecutors accuse the defendants of participating in schemes involving more than $200 million in bribes and kickbacks, which were both sought and received by soccer officials for marketing and broadcast rights to tournaments and matches.To date, 16 people and two sports marketing companies have pleaded guilty to U.S. charges.The eight defendants facing the potential trial next year include former FIFA officials and executive committee members Jose Maria Marin of Brazil, Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, Eduardo Li of Costa Rica and Julio Rocha of Nicaragua.Others include Miami-based sports marketing executive Aaron Davidson, Hector Trujillo, a judge from Guatemala and ex-official with its soccer federation, former Cayman Islands soccer official Costas Takkas and ex-Venezuelan soccer official Rafael Esquivel.In court yesterday, Norris said prosecutors had so far turned over to the defendants more than 10 million pages of evidence gathered in the probe.New evidence continues to come in, he said, including 24 binders full of documents which Swiss authorities provided last week.While Chen set November 2017 for when any trial would begin, she cautioned that the case’s schedule could be adjusted if any new defendants are charged or if new charges are addedThe plan to try all eight defendants together is expected to be challenged by lawyers for Napout, Takkas, Marin and Rocha, who said they would all file motions to have separate trials.An attorney for Napout also said he would move for a quicker trial.“Mr Napout’s speedy trial rights are being severely hampered,” said John Pappalardo, Napout’s lawyer.
– Ian Chappell compares the Indian skipper with Sir Viv RichardsFORMER Australian batsman Ian Chappell has always praised Virat Kohli for his batting efforts. In a recent interview, he opened up about the Indian captain’s capabilities and what makes him better than others. He also revealed the thing about Kohli which impresses him the most.Talking about the comparison with the other members of the fab four, Ian Chappell said that Kohli is the best. The former Aussie pointed out that Kohli’s record is quite incredible, especially in ODIs and T20Is.“Of that group (including Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root), Kohli is the best in all three forms. That’s unquestionable. His record in all three forms is quite unbelievable, particularly his record in the shorter forms,” Chappell said on ‘The RK Show’, which is hosted by Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan on YouTube.Chappell then went on to compare Kohli’s batting approach to that of the great, Sir Vivian Richards. In his opinion, both the batsmen focus on scoring runs with conventional shots. He described that the 31-year-old’s ability to score runs freely and quickly without playing too many fancy shots impressed him.“I like his approach to batting. We did an interview with him last time India were in Australia, and one of the things he talked about was why he didn’t play the fancy shots, the innovative shots of particularly T20 cricket. He said he didn’t want those to creep in his batting in the longer form of the game.The best short-form player in the time I played was Viv Richards, and he just played normal cricket shots but he placed the ball so well he was able to score at a very fast rate. And Kohli’s the same. He plays traditional cricket shots, and he plays them really well”, the 76-year-old said.The former Australian captain also said that Virat Kohli’s fitness levels are quite high. “The other thing that stands out about Kohli is his fitness and running between the wickets. The way he pushes himself, he’s incredibly fit. Some of his performances are quite amazing,” he addedTalking about Kohli’s captaincy skills, Ian Chappell said that he is very fearless when it comes to his approach. He also stated that the Indian skipper won’t care about losing the game in an attempt to win it, which makes him stand tall in front of his competition.“The one thing that stands out to me is that Kohli is the one (captain) that doesn’t fear defeat. He’s prepared to lose a game in trying to win it. You’ve got to be that way as a captain in my opinion. I like that approach. I thought when he took over the captaincy that he was so emotional, it might affect his captaincy adversely but I think he has reined that in a little bit.He has made that work for him in his captaincy rather than work against him. He’s a pretty smart cricketer,” Chappell concluded.(CricTracker)
Syracuse football landed one of its highest-ranked recruits in head coach Dino Babers’ first full recruiting class. Ravian Pierce, a four-star junior college tight, committed to the Orange on Thursday. Scout.com first reported the news and Babers later tweeted that Syracuse landed Pierce and fellow JUCO commit Ryan Guthrie. Published on December 15, 2016 at 8:07 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @ChrisLibonati Scout lists Pierce at 6 feet, 3 inches and 230 pounds. Pierce had offers from Florida, Mississippi State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oregon, South Florida, Southern Mississippi and Central Florida, per the recruiting service. He had visited Mississippi State and Oklahoma State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring the 2016 season, Pierce attended Southwest Mississippi Community College. He caught 50 passes for 426 yards and two touchdowns. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.Syracuse will lose tarting tight end Cameron MacPherson and backup Josh Parris to graduation while Trey Dunkelberger transferred to Western Illinois. SU returns just rising redshirt senior Kendall Moore and rising junior Kyle Kleinberg at the position.Track the rest of the incoming class here. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Four-star forward Darius Bazley has committed to Syracuse, according to multiple reports. The Class of 2018 recruit selected the Orange over Florida, Georgetown and Louisville, among others.The news comes three days after SU lost out on Cole Swider, a four-star that committed to Villanova. Bazley, the No. 32 recruit in ESPN.com’s 2018 rankings, comes in 16 spots ahead of Swider.The 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward from Princeton (Ohio) High School decommitted from Ohio State in late April. The No. 1 recruit out of Ohio told the Columbus Dispatch he didn’t feel OSU would give him a clear path to the NBA. Syracuse currently holds the third-longest streak of first-round selections in the NBA Draft (six), trailing Kentucky and Duke.If no Syracuse players get injured, transfer or leave for the NBA Draft, Bazley will join Matthew Moyer, Oshae Brissett and Marek Dolezaj as the team’s forwards in 2018.Bazley is SU’s first commitment in head coach Jim Boeheim’s 2018 class. He is also the Orange’s first top 100 recruit since 2016.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on July 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm Contact Charlie: email@example.com | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+
Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSuper Eagles Franco-German Coach, Gernot Rohr, has expressed concerns that the Super Eagles Assistant Captain, Ahmed Musa, is not psychologically ready for the forthcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against South Africa in Uyo next month.The coach, according to decent sources at the Glass House in Abuja, echoed this sentiment while exchanging perspectives with officials of the Technical Department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) ahead of the Group E match against South African on June 10. The tacticianâ€™s major worry is that the winger has been unsettled by private issues outside the football field, wondering that such could potentially distract him and affect the fortunes of the team.Rohr wants all his players to give100 per cent to the national cause against the Bafana Bafana next month and is bothered if Musa will rise to the moment in view of the prevailing situation.The Leicester forward has been trending in the social media after coming under scrutiny since the middle of last month when he was alleged to have divorced his wife and mother of his two children, Jamila, and revealed plans to marry a second wife.Before that drama bludgeoned, reports claimed he was invited and detained by the police, who raided his home in the UK, after neighbours complained of domestic violence and abuse.NFF issued a rebuttal in support of Musa, while the player even threatened to institute litigation against the source of the reports.But it emerged last night that Rohr is not too pleased with the saga and the fact Musa sought and got permission from him to leave the Eagles camp in London, when Nigeria played Senegal in a friendly on March 23, for the introduction to his new bride, Juliet in Lagos on March 25.The coach wants the distractions around the player promptly resolved before the team opens camping in France after all major leagues across Europe would have ended their seasons later this month.Meanwhile, Ola Aina, a young defender on the books of Premier League giants Chelsea, is reported to have applied to FIFA to switch his international allegiance from England to Nigeria.The 20-year-old, who was born in England and has represented the Three Lons at U-16 and U-20 levels, is eligible to play for the Super Eagles but he must get FIFA approval first.â€œThe documentation has been done and will be submitted to FIFA for approval this week,â€ an official of the Nigerian Federation told scorenigeria.com.ng.â€œHow fast FIFA and the FA in England work on this will determine how soon his application will come through.â€Aina trained with Gernot Rohrâ€™s team when they were in London during the international window in March.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A key witness, Mr Scott Daehlin, has given a clear-cut account of how he witnessed Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash Sunday morning in California, America.Speaking to ‘Extra’s’ Samantha Harris, who was on location in Calabasas just after Kobe Bryant’s fatal accident, Mr Daehlin said the pilot might have lost control of the helicopter due to a technical fault.Harris spoke to Mr Daehlin, who was outside a nearby church just before the chopper went down.He narrated that he heard the chopper hovering directly above him before moving off and crashing.“The helicopter was flying at a very low altitude, you can tell from the sound but I looked up and couldn’t see it. It had to be about 100-150 feet up and I couldn’t see any disturbance in the cloud,” Mr Daehlin said.He added that “20 seconds later we heard an impact. It wasn’t very loud but you can hear the crash. “When it impacted, the rotors stopped. How the impact happened was very quick and there was no explosion in the sky. People were standing close-by and we all saw the smoke. The clouds were low enough and the helicopter was out of the line.”Watch the full video
NEW YORK >> No need to curb your enthusiasm now. As debuts go, that was pretty, pretty, pretty good.Acquired from the Texas Rangers amid much hype and expectation, Yu Darvish delivered quite an omiyage (gift) in his first start with the Dodgers. Darvish pitched seven scoreless innings, holding the New York Mets to three hits while striking out 10 in a 6-0 victory Friday night.“It couldn’t have went any better,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.“It’s one start. But for us, he did everything we hoped he would do.” “He threw fastballs from 90 mph to 97,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “It’s pretty hard for you to get good, solid contact. On top of that, you’re getting movement from side to side and top to bottom.“All of a sudden, you’re got a four-pitch mix and it’s pretty much ‘Pick your poison.’”Grandal said he went back through “four or five years” of video to prepare for Darvish’s first start. That was just the start of the preparation. Darvish met with GM Farhan Zaidi at the team hotel Friday afternoon to get the analytical look at how he should approach his first start as a National Leaguer.“We went through how we were going to attack the hitters and all that stuff. He gave me a lot of information,” Darvish said. “The location or the pitches that he told me I should throw more then throw certain pitches to certain locations. I was thinking, ‘Is it going to work?’ and it worked. I really put my trust in them.”The closest Darvish came to looking unsettled in his debut came in the first inning. He gave up a single to Michael Conforto on his first pitch and walked Jay Bruce two batters later. A fly out put runners at the corners for Curtis Granderson, who hit a liner back through the middle. But the 6-foot-5 Darvish reached up and snared the drive over his head to escape the inning unharmed.“I think there was a little bit of that (nerves),” Roberts said. “I think there was also a little bit of trying to be too quick to the plate. Talking about controlling the running game, he didn’t want to go too big to concede the stolen base. So I think he was getting a little too quick, trying to keep that runner at bay, and the stuff was a little compromised. But when he needed to make the pitch, he did.”Darvish settled in after that. He retired 18 of 20 batters after the first inning, allowing just two singles.Later, he admitted to some anxiety. But it wasn’t about his first start for the Dodgers – it was about his last start for the Rangers.“It’s not just about being a Dodger and my first outing and anything like that,” he said. “I gave up 10 runs (in 3-2/3 innings) in my last outing. So coming back from that I was a little concerned about that.”The Dodgers gave him little to be concerned about. Darvish has yet to throw a pitch as a Dodger without the lead. Chris Taylor led off the game with the first of the Dodgers’ three home runs. Yasiel Puig added his career-high 20th of the season in the second inning.And Chase Utley proved once again that he dines on the anger of Mets fans. He was booed at every opportunity Friday – residue from his takeout slide of Ruben Tejada during the 2015 NL Division Series and his years spent tormenting the Mets as a member of the Phillies. The boos only made him stronger.Utley hit a two-run home run into the upper deck in right field in the sixth inning. It was his 39th home run against the Mets, the most he has hit against any opponent.“I think that’s the nature of the sport,” Utley said. “I’ve heard boos for probably 10, 12 years now.” Darvish met his own expectations as well.“I was really worried because the Dodgers have such great pitchers,” Darvish said through his interpreter. “I didn’t want to pitch bad in my first outing compared to the other guys. So I’m just glad I pitched good today.”He pitched very well indeed. According to Elias Sports, Darvish is the first Dodgers pitcher since 1900 to strike out 10 or more and walk one or fewer in his first start for the team.Darvish went beyond his more recent peers as well. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Darvish was the 10th starting pitcher since 1990 to be traded at midseason in a year during which he was selected to the All-Star Game.Darvish’s nine predecessors in that group had posted a 5-1 record in their first starts for a new team but with a 4.40 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error