China clears man of murder after 27 years behind bars

first_imgFollowing several unsuccessful appeals, the Jiangxi court in March last year finally agreed to retry the case.It then concluded it was not possible to prove that sacks and hemp rope found at the murder scene and identified as tools in the crime were connected to Zhang.After a tearful reunion with his family, Zhang ate glutinous rice balls and braised eggs as part of his first home-cooked meal in nearly three decades, Xinhua reported. The court apologized to Zhang for the wrongful conviction. Zhang’s lawyer Wang Fei told state-run China Daily that his client will seek compensation.”We’re also planning to ask that those who committed judicial miscarriages in the case be held accountable,” Wang said.Observers have regularly raised concerns about due process in China, where the courts have a conviction rate of about 99 percent. A Chinese court has overturned the murder conviction of a man who spent 27 years behind bars for the crime, in a high-profile case that has thrown a spotlight on police torture in the justice system.Zhang Yuhuan, 52, was jailed for the murder of two young boys in 1993 but always maintained he was tortured by police and forced to confess.After serving nearly three decades in prison, a court in east China exonerated Zhang on Tuesday, citing insufficient evidence to support his conviction. “After we reviewed the materials we found there is no direct evidence that can prove Zhang’s conviction,” the Jiangxi High People’s Court said in a statement.”So we… have declared Zhang innocent.”Zhang was China’s longest-serving wrongfully convicted inmate, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.He was originally given a death sentence in 1995 but it was commuted to life imprisonment after he served two years in jail.center_img Topics :last_img read more

‘Sunbathing’ Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgHighest profile Ronaldo, who has also starred for Manchester United and Real Madrid, is the latest high-profile footballer to test positive for COVID-19, which has killed over a million people since the start of the pandemic earlier this year.Brazil forward Neymar, his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe and AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic have also tested positive for the virus in recent weeks. Premier League champions Liverpool placed Senegalese forward Sadio Mane and Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara in isolation after they tested positive last week.Also last week, two of Ronaldo’s Portugal teammates — goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and defender Jose Fonte — returned positive tests, forcing them out of the Nations League fixtures.The international break has been marked by a host of players contracting the virus as it continues its spread worldwide.The Republic of Ireland had five players ruled out just before their Nations League draw with Wales after one squad member tested positive for the virus.Meanwhile Ukraine had to draft in 45-year-old assistant coach Oleksandr Shovkovsky for last week’s 7-1 friendly defeat in France as the virus swept through the squad.Ukraine also lost 2-1 to Germany on Saturday in the Nations League with 14 players missing either through injury or positive for the virus.Coronavirus has killed over one million people and infected over 37 million. Many nations that suppressed their first outbreaks are now battling a second wave. Portugal and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was said to be “fine and sunbathing” on Tuesday after testing positive for coronavirus which has ruled him out of a midweek Nations League fixture with his country.Ronaldo “is asymptomatic” and “will not play against Sweden” in Wednesday’s Nations League match, the Portuguese federation said on its website.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner played in Portugal’s goalless Nations League draw against France in Paris on Sunday. The federation added that the rest of the Portugal squad were “all negative” after tests on Tuesday morning, as was the France squad, according to the French Football Federation.”We have respected all the health measures…and yet it happened,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos told a press conference. “We have been doing tests every day.”Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said he had spoken to Ronaldo.”He’s fine and was sunbathing, he’ll be back when he’s ready,” he reported. The 35-year-old striker has scored 101 goals for Portugal and will be a huge absence for his team against Sweden as they aim to hold on to top spot in their group.His contracting the disease is also a blow for Juventus, as the health protocol in force for Serie A says Ronaldo must self-isolate for 10 days and then record a negative test before he can resume playing.That means Ronaldo will miss Juve’s Serie A match at Crotone on Saturday and their opening Champions League group stage game at Dynamo Kiev in a week’s time.He also risks missing Juve’s Champions League clash with Barcelona on October 28, which was set to pit Ronaldo against his old rival Lionel Messi.Chiellini said “we footballers know we take risks, and we are ready to take them, trying to minimize them as much as possible with all the necessary precautions. “We must move forward because we know that football is important economically, and for the social value. In the coming weeks there will be other closures, and I believe football is important to people.”The real victory is to finish the season, the result is secondary.”He asdded: “We cannot stop. We are not worried, but clearly we often talk about it among ourselves with the awareness of what lies ahead.”Ronaldo’s test result re-opens the controversy over his departure from Turin for the Portugal training camp, which was, according to local health authorities in Italy’s Piedmont region, a violation of the virus protocol.Ronaldo and other Juventus stars left to join up with their national teams despite the Italian champions’ squad being in isolation after two staff members tested positive for the virus.Roberto Testi, a director of the regional health authority, said that local prosecutors had been informed of the players’ unauthorized departure. Topics :last_img read more

Let out your creative side at this huge Ashmore home that comes with a dedicated art studio wing

first_img32 Reed St, Ashmore.The family bought the home 12 months ago and put their own touches on it.“Our friend was downsizing and we needed more space, so it was good for both of us,” Mrs Fox said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 32 Reed St, Ashmore.THE Fox family had always admired their friend’s sprawling Ashmore home but never imagined living in it. A year ago, Gold Coasters Julie and Mark Fox were in need of more space for their family of six.“Mark came home one afternoon and said he found something that would be perfect for our family,” Mrs Fox said. “It was our friend’s house.” 32 Reed St, Ashmore.The five-bedroom home comes with an art studio wing, media room and is 15 minutes to the beach. 32 Reed St, Ashmore.“We transformed the home office into another bedroom,” Mrs Fox said.“My favourite part of the home is the lounge room, the outlook to the Hinterland is really special and it fills that room.” center_img 32 Reed St, Ashmore.The home is elevated to capture breezes and is located in a leafy area.“There is so much space but we can all still be together,” the mother-of-four said.“When Mark is not working he loves to paint and create and this home has been perfect for that.” 32 Reed St, Ashmore.Behind secure gates, the property has 2114sq m of landscaped lawns which surrounds the contemporary residence. The property is also home to a two-bedroom self-contained guest flat. The main home features stacker doors and an open-plan living area. last_img read more

AP7 posts 2.8% loss but still trumps private-sector rivals

first_imgSwedish national pension fund AP7 made an average loss of 2.8% on its balanced fund Såfa last year – but still beat the average 2.9% loss from private-sector pension providers.In its annual report, AP7 said falling global equity markets had led to negative returns on products that had a high equities weighting.Chief executive Richard Gröttheim said in the report: “No one knows if the year was a minor correction, the beginning of a major decline, or just a staggered journey sideways for some years.”The year’s results compared to a positive return of 14.4% in 2017. On a time-weighted basis, AP7 said Såfa had returned an average 5.9% a year since the fund’s inception in 2000, above the 3.1% average return from the private sector providers in Sweden’s Premium Pension System (PPM) – the defined contribution (DC) part of its state pension provision.AP7 said responsible investment with an emphasis on environmental impact had been particularly important in its activities in 2018.In a statement accompanying the annual report release, the pension fund said: “In 2018 we focused on whether the companies we invest in are engaged in lobbying that prevents the Paris agreement from being translated into national climate legislation.“We will continue this important work in 2019, as companies that oppose climate laws constitute a serious problem.”Having invested during the year in companies that contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for fresh water and climate, AP7 said it was continuing to raise its ambitions as a sustainable and responsible investor in 2019.Total assets managed by AP7 rose to SEK460.1bn (€43.6bn) at the end of 2018, from SEK430.7bn a year before. Within this, SEK418.9bn was in its equities fund and SEK41.2bn in the bond fund.The increase in total assets was due, the fund said, to the inflow of contributions during the year.AP7 runs the Såfa fund as the default option in the PPM. The system also includes a platform where Swedes can choose to invest their contributions with any of hundreds of private investment companies. This section is currently undergoing a thorough reform process .Further readingInterview: Mats Langensjö weighs options for Sweden’s giant AP7 The Swedish Finance Ministry has tasked pensions expert Mats Langensjö with devising a new framework for the country’s largest public sector pension fund.Swedish Premium Pension: Lundbergh’s nudge How to formulate evidence-based pension reform proposals in 10 weeks Sweden cuts one third of investment options in system overhaul Roughly SEK9bn will be transferred to the default provider AP7 after Sweden culls a third of the investment funds from the defined contribution section of its state pension systemlast_img read more

Gold Coast golden girl Liz Cantor documents new house build

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Channel 7 presenter Liz Cantor with husband Ryan Lysaught and their sons Fin (left) and Kit (right).Gold Coast golden girl and popular TV presenter Liz Cantor has finally scored the house of her dreams, in unusual circumstances, after spending years scouring listings with no luck, and it’s a lesson to anyone who might be in the same boat.The popular Channel 7 presenter and her husband Ryan Lysaught had to go to extraordinary lengths to find the perfect block to build their family house.“I actually said to Ryan we need to be more proactive and drop letters in every home in the areas we like that looks like a potential knockdown house and see if we can get lucky,” Ms Cantor said.“We dropped letters all through Palm Beach and Miami.” Not long after they got a call from a homeowner in Miami.“Ryan made an offer on the house before I had even seen the place which was a strange feeling,” she said.“But we knew we were buying for the area rather than the home.” MORE NEWS: Mansion’s multimillion-dollar sale worth the wait Liz has been documenting the house’s build on social media.The couple, who have two sons Kit and Fin, had spent more than two years searching for a house after Ms Cantor sold her Miami duplex in 2017.They wanted it to be walking distance to the beach with at least four bedrooms.“It was actually becoming a bit heartbreaking,” Ms Cantor said.“You fall in love with a house enough to make an offer or get the thumbs up from the bank to bid at auction and you’ve mentally moved in and then it’s gone.”It was at this point the pair decided it might be worth building.“I remember saying to Ryan ‘I’m no mathematician and I’m sure there must be a catch, but I’ve been looking at the Metricon new home prices and I actually think it would be cheaper to buy an old home, knock it down and build new’.” MORE NEWS: Live the simple life in charming Gold Coast Hinterland cottage The pair forked out $670,000 for their beachside block at Miami.The existing house was bulldozed three months ago while construction started last month.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoShe said waiting for council approvals as well as paying both rent and a mortgage was the most stressful part about building.But overall, she said it had been a positive experience so far.“We have a fantastic site supervisor who gives us weekly updates,” she said.“We are actually loving the whole process and I think it’s made us closer as a family.The new two-storey house will have five bedrooms on the 405sq m block.“The original model, the Kirra 31 was four bedrooms, but we customised the downstairs study into a guest room, as my parents visit from Noosa and we added a shower to our powder room downstairs with an external door so that when we get home from the beach I can walk the kids straight into the shower rather than having them go through the house.”The first-time builders have also documented their build on Instagram and plan to launch a YouTube series.The house is due to be finished in May. Liz Cantor with her sons Fin (left) and Kit (right).last_img read more

Why some MDs won’t kill you (even if you ask)

first_imgTimes Colonist 2 April 2016Family First Comment: This article is worth reading – especially the story about Gerald.The “assisted death” debate evokes a spectrum of strong emotions in most of us. Often, our opinion is largely based on witnessing, or at least hearing about, the sufferings of others at the end of their lives.At least that is true of my own opinion on this subject. As a family physician for the past 31 years, I have walked this road with more patients and their families than I can remember.Some of these “transitions” seem to happen relatively “easily,” if you know what I mean. Yes, there’s always some sadness, and the poignant finality of the occasion, but in some cases it seems that the death is timely, the family are prepared and the transition is relatively smooth.But they are not all like that.Although I have witnessed more of these occasions than I can remember, there are a few that I will never forget. I would like to share one real life (and death) experience with you, as it has certainly informed my opinion on the subject of assisted death.I met Gerald (not his real name) in 2001 soon after he had immigrated to Canada to retire in our beautiful city. He had enjoyed a very successful professional career, and although he was making big changes in his occupation and living situation, he was still very youthful in his love for life, and was looking forward to a full and active life in Victoria.He consulted me infrequently due to his good health, but I always enjoyed his “joie de vivre,” and we struck up a good rapport.One day, I received a phone call from the ER doctor that Gerald had suffered a sudden collapse on the street, and was now in the ICU with what appeared to be a devastating stroke. It turned out that he had suffered a brainstem infarction, which effectively “disconnects” the brain from the rest of the body. Gerald’s ability to think and feel emotions, sensations and pain were unaffected, but he was unable to move anything at all, except his eyes.Think about that for a moment: Feeling pain at a pressure point or feeling mucus pooling in the back of your throat and being unable to move, or even communicate your pain or fear. Totally dependent on machines to breathe for you and feed you, and on other people for bathing and toileting you.We set up an alphabet board so we could laboriously point to each letter, and Gerald would blink at the letter he wanted and spell out a word. I remember sitting for the first time with some anticipation wondering what Gerald would want to say. Slowly, the words came: “p l e a s e k i l l m e.”He stared straight at me, and the desperation and commitment were as clear as if he had shouted it from a rooftop. He would repeat this phrase at the start of every spelling-board conversation over the next few months. This would cut me to the heart each time, as I had to explain that there was nothing I could do except ensure the best medical care possible, and try to anticipate and alleviate any physical pain.Slowly, over many months, Gerald’s condition stabilized and he could breathe on his own, with frequent suctioning. He was able to be transferred home with 24-hour care, and could use a computer with a controller in his mouth. He still could not talk, eat, drink or move any muscles apart from his eyes and now his lips.Because he had 24-hour care, my visits became less frequent, and as the months went by, his communications became more positive. In fact, he started to write articles about his experiences, and communicate with friends by email.One day, I summoned enough courage to ask him if he was glad to be alive. He answered: “Yes!” I then asked him if he was glad that I hadn’t killed him as he had asked me to all those times. He said: “Yes, very glad!” I think there was a little smile in his eyes, also.Gerald went on to live a fulfilling life before succumbing to pneumonia a few years later.READ MORE: http://www.timescolonist.com/life/islander/why-some-mds-won-t-kill-you-even-if-you-ask-1.2222597last_img read more

Aklan steps up efforts to restore electricity

first_imgAs of 11 a.m. on Dec. 29, the typhoonrecorded damages to around 80,400 households, affecting over 420,000individuals or 94,000 families. The towns of Ibajay, Kalibo, Numancia, and NewWashington were among the worst affected areas with at least 5 persons dead. BORACAY – The Aklan ElectricCooperative (Akelco) has started fixing power lines to restore electricityacross the province in the aftermath of typhoon “Ursula.” The typhoon has also ravaged aroundP178 million worth of rice fields and farms, according to Aklan ProvincialDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.     According to the National GridCorporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Dec. 28, around 14 towers and59-transmission structures were toppled by the typhoon.     Following the power outage,restaurants and convenient stores in Kalibo, Aklan were forced to suspend theiroperations while hundreds of motorists and residents lined up in gasolinestations to get fuel for their cars.(Witha report from Akean Forum/PN)center_img Engr. Joel Martinez, assistant generalmanager of Akelco, said Task Force Kapatid-Ursula has mobilized linemen fromvarious electric cooperatives to complete the power-restoration works inUrsula-hit areas in Aklan. The Department of Education is alsomonitoring damages to infrastructures from schools across the province whilethe NGCP, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and otherhumanitarian agencies have stepped-up relief efforts with food, water and othersupplies to those who were in need.   These linemen are fixing power lines destroyed during the onslaught of typhoon “Ursula” in the province of Aklan. AKELCOlast_img read more

European rugby dispute resolved

first_imgThe two-year disagreement over the future of European club rugby has been resolved. The RFU said in a statement: ” A new deal on European club rugby has been signed. All nine stakeholders have underlined their commitment to an invigorated competition that will start in the 2014/5 season and meets the requirements of all the parties involved.” The RFU statement added: “BT and Sky have reached an agreement in principle concerning arrangements for the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup competitions, both of which would be broadcast jointly by BT Sport and Sky Sports.” Simon Green, Director of BT Sport said: “It is fantastic news for rugby fans that we have reached a deal with Sky Sports. The game of rugby had to come first and both companies have recognised that by showing a high degree of maturity and flexibility. We are delighted with the deal that has been struck and are hugely excited about bringing live action from both tournaments to our TV customers.” A heads of agreement on an eight-year deal was finally signed, after months of wrangling and politicking on fine print. Heineken Cup governing body European Rugby Cup will now be disbanded at the end of the season as expected. RFU boss Ian Ritchie played a pivotal role in starting dialogue between Sky and BT Sport, which eventually led to a compromise between the warring broadcasters. The Champions Cup will be screened on both satellite services, the companies have confirmed. The English and French clubs gave notice on the previous agreement with ERC and the Heineken Cup two years ago, saying they would quit the competition in the summer of 2014. Grievances over qualification and distribution of revenue were deemed irreconcilable, and that incited a rift that deepened over time. Premiership Rugby then signed an exclusive broadcast agreement with BT Sport, to screen a new European competition to replace the Heineken Cup. Sky claimed they already held rights to the Heineken Cup, and a protracted legal battle threatened to leave European rugby in ruins. Then RFU chief Ritchie stepped in, and managed to convince all parties to see sense, and share out the clear benefits. BT Sport and Sky have agreed a four-year rights-sharing deal, with both parties admitting compromise was in all interests. Allied to a second-tier Challenge Cup, there will also be a new, third-tier qualifying competition, expected to be held in September to feed teams into the Challenge Cup. The top six Premiership and Top 14 finishers this season will qualify automatically for next term’s Champions Cup, along with the top seven in the PRO 12. The final qualification berth will be taken by the winner of a play-off between the seventh-placed English and French league clubs, with exact details yet to be finalised. European Rugby chief executive Derek McGrath will stand down from his role in October, having agreed to stay on to manage the transition from the current organisation to the new structure. He said: “I have relished the challenge of developing the European competitions and have witnessed many great occasions over the 14 years that I have held the role. “It has been a very great pleasure to lead ERC during this period of tremendous development of the events, which have sculpted an indelible mark on the rugby and sporting landscape. “I take particular pride in the public interest the tournaments now receive in all participating countries and beyond and I am sure the growth and interest will continue. “The journey could not have been a success without the tremendous support of ERC’s broadcasting and commercial partners who have, through their support, been the bedrock on which the tournaments have been built. “I have been privileged to lead a remarkable and talented group of staff at ERC, who should be very proud of how they have each contributed to the success of the competitions.” An agreement for a new tournament to replace the existing European Cup structure has been signed, European Rugby and the Rugby Football Union announced on Thursday night. The 20-team Champions Cup will be the showpiece event of European Professional Club Rugby, the newly-established Switzerland-based organisers. Press Associationlast_img read more

Darmian edges closer to United move

first_img “I told Darmian last year after the World Cup that if offers arrived for him I could not sell him then,” Cairo told the Italian press. “We had already sold (Ciro) Immobile and (Alessio) Cerci and I could not afford to lose another excellent player. “But I promised him we would review his situation this summer. “Football is like this and it’s normal that an extraordinary man like Matteo wants to try and win the Champions League. “Torino can’t win the Champions League.” Toro began pre-season training on Wednesday and are travelling to the Alpine resort of Bormio this weekend. Cairo also warned that any club wanting to sign Darmian must complete the deal before Sunday. “One thing is clear, whoever travels to Bormio will remain with us for the whole season,” he said. “We are now in extra-time (with regards to the transfer market) and on Sunday there will be the final whistle.” When asked about Darmian’s reported move to the Barclays Premier League, Ventura told Sky Italia: “We have worked together for some time. “Because of his desire, humility and will to achieve things, it’s right to grant him the opportunity to realise a dream to play in the Champions League in a team that will fight to win it. “The transfer of an important player like him can open the door for us to build a stronger side.” Darmian will reportedly sign a four-year deal with United worth £2million per season and will undergo a medical on Friday. Torino are said to have turned down an initial 12million euro bid from the Red Devils earlier this month. Italy’s first-choice right-back, Darmian has attracted the attention of top European clubs after another solid campaign with Toro, for whom he made 32 Serie A appearances in 2014-15. Darmian, who joined Torino from Palermo in 2011, has also been a reported target of Bayern Munich and Napoli and has two years left on his contract. Toro president Urbano Cairo hinted earlier this week that Darmian could depart after four seasons at the club. Press Association Darmian has been linked to United this summer and Sky Italia say an agreement has now been reached between the two clubs for the Italian defender to move to Old Trafford. Torino are said to have accepted an initial fee of 18million euros (£12.9million) with a further two million euros (£1.43million) in variables. Torino coach Giampiero Ventura has given his blessing to Matteo Darmian to join Manchester United. last_img read more

Football News Manchester United sack manager José Mourinho after defeat at Liverpool

first_img“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager,” the club added.  New Delhi: Manchester United on Tuesday announced that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club. According to reports, Mourinho was sacked following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016. “We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future,” the football club said in a statement.The 55-year-old Portuguese’s last match in charge was the 3-1 defeat by league leaders Liverpool on Sunday which left them 19 points behind their opponents. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more