“I know it’s two weeks potentially long, and I just need to be in my lockdown mentally, and just do things that have worked for me in the past.”Twelve months ago, Djokovic dropped out of the world’s top 20 after a shock quarter-final loss to Marco Cecchinato at Roland Garros and even pondered skipping Wimbledon, but he has instead reclaimed his place at the top of the game.He won his second Wimbledon last July and followed it up with back-to-back triumphs at the 2018 US Open and the Australian Open earlier this year.“It’s quite (a) different situation for me now than it was 12 months ago, obviously. Very different,” the 32-year-old added.A single break in the opening game of the match proved enough for Djokovic to take the first set, and the Serb raced through the second in under half an hour.ADVERTISEMENT The Serbian is one of only three men, along with Don Budge and Rod Laver, to have won four straight Slam tournaments, after his first, and so far only, French Open title in 2016.Now he can follow in Australian great Laver’s footsteps by achieving the feat twice with victory in the final in Paris on June 9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I put myself in a situation where I can actually make history of tennis again and obviously I have very high ambitions for this tournament,” said Djokovic.“It’s not a secret. But at the same time, it’s not the first time that I’m facing these kinds of circumstances. It’s not the first Grand Slam in my career. I have played so many. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The 22-year-old Hurkacz, who has claimed three wins over top-10 players this season, had no answer as Djokovic sealed a second-round spot after another dominant set on his first match point.“I’m focused, I’m determined, and sharp from the blocks. That’s what happened,” he said.“Even though I never played him (before), never faced him in (an) official match, I still felt he can be a great threat if I allow him to play his tennis.”Next up for Djokovic is Swiss world number 104 Henri Laaksonen for a place in the last 32.“I don’t know too much about him, to be honest. I never played against him, and I did watch him play maybe once or twice.“I’m going to have to do my homework and see what happens.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serbia’s Novak Djokovic flashes a thumbs up as he celebrates winning his first round match of the French Open tennis tournament in three sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)World number one Novak Djokovic said that he “can make history again” as he looks to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time, after easing into round two at the French Open on Monday.Djokovic laid down an early marker at Roland Garros, powering past promising Polish youngster Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in his opening match.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments
AdvertisementA day after its bombshell signing of LeBron James, Los Angeles agreed to a one-year deal with Rajon Rondo, ESPN reported Monday. The Lakers becomes Rajon’s sixth team. He will join a locker room filled with characters, as the Lakers also agreed to deals with JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson.ESPN, which first reported the agreement, said Rondo will make $9 million.Source: Rajon Rondo agrees to deal with Lakers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018James and Rondo have gone head-to-head 54 times in their NBA careers, 25 of those coming in the playoffs — the last of those matchups in 2012, when James and the Miami Heat rallied from a 3-2 deficit to beat Rondo and the Boston Celtics on the way to the NBA title.With Rondo as a pass-first point guard without much of a shot, he’s a sensible backup to Lonzo Ball, unless he beats out LaVar Ball’s son for the job. Last year, the 32-year-old averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists in 65 games with the Pelicans. Advertisement
Brazilian authorities have blocked assets of Barcelona star Neymar, including a yacht, a jet and several properties worth almost USD 50 million.A Sao Paulo federal court rejected an appeal from the Brazilian striker last week and started issuing warrants to freeze the assets worth 192 million reals (almost 50 million).Last year, Neymar, his family and related businesses were found guilty of evading 63 million reals in taxes (almost USD 16 million) between 2011 and 2013 when he was playing for Brazilian club Santos. He has denied any wrongdoing. (WATCH: Messi passes on penalty, serves up Suarez hat-trick) The 23-year-old Neymar used the jet to travel to Brazil for World Cup qualifying matches and holidays.Iagaro Jung Martins, an auditor with Brazil’s federal tax agency, told The Associated Press that Neymar isn’t likely to go to jail if he pays what regulators say he owes.”He can still appeal that decision, but it is a step forward,” Martins told the AP. “Nothing changed to what was in place last year: if he pays what he owes, the case is closed.Our legislation isn’t too harsh.”The assets seizure is the latest in a streak of bad news for the Brazilian star off the pitch.On Feb. 2 Neymar and his father were questioned for three hours in a Madrid court about the player’s transfer to Barcelona. The case was brought by Grupo Sonda, which invested in Neymar early in his career and was allegedly entitled to 40 percent of the total transfer amount.Barcelona maintains the deal cost the club 57.1 million euros (then 74 million). Santos officially received a payment of 17.1 million euros ( 18.5 million), with the remaining 40 million euros ( 55.5 million) going to a company owned by Neymar’s father, Neymar Santos.advertisementBut investigations in Spain later showed that Barcelona spent nearly 83.3 million euros ( 90 million) to acquire Neymar.Former and current Barcelona presidents and representatives of Santos were also questioned. The Brazilian club also claims to have been hurt by the transfers. All parties denied any wrongdoing.
Los Angeles, May 29 (PTI) WWE wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson shared his first look from the upcoming “Fast and Furious 8” movie.The 44-year-old “San Andreas” star took to Instagram and Facebook to reveal the look of his character- DSS Agent Luke Hobbs.The black-and-white photo shows Hobbs sporting a pointy goatee and a leather vest. “When you strip a man of all he has. All thats important to him. You force him to return to his roots and sometimes thats a very dangerous and twisted place.”If I was going to return for another FAST & FURIOUS I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his “Daddys gotta go to work” mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future,” Johnson wrote in the caption.The actor joined the “Fast and Furious” franchise in “Fast Five” and has since appeared in subsequent films “Fast and Furious 6” and “Furious 7″.”Fast 8,” which is set to hit theaters on April 14, 2017, is currently filming, with part of the movie shooting on location in Cuba. F Gary Gray is directing the project. PTI SHD SHD
Kolkata, Jun 13 (PTI) Indian tennis legend Leander Paes Wimbledon mixed doubles winning racquets and Indias limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhonis keeping gloves and pads fetched Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively during a charity event organised by sports website xtratime.in. In fact Leanders racquets were bought by former India player and Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary, who termed the tennis player going for his seventh successive Olympics as an “inspiration for all sportspersons.” The auction was held to help die-hard Mohun Bagan fan Bapi Majhi, who is suffering from liver cancer and the family of deceased East Bengal supporter Alip Chakraborty. According to a release issued by the website, a total amount of Rs 14 lakh was collected which will be handed over to Majhi and Chakrabortys families. After buying the racquets, Manoj said:”At the age of 42, leander is still winning Grand Slams. His dedication and hardwork is an inspiration for all sportspersons. I love playing tennis during breaks and it would be nice to play with these racquets.” In fact Paes called up Manoj and also promised to meet him sometime later this year when he would be coming to Kolkata. City based film producer Namit Bajoria bought Peles autographed football for Rs 1.10 lakh. The other auctioned items like Indian football captain Sunil Chhetris jersey, cricketer Ajinkya Rahanes jersey were also bought at the auction. PTI KHS KHS
THE TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULED FRIDAY AT SIOUX CITY’S BACON CREEK PARK HAS BEEN POSTPONED.THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS LOW TEMPERATURES COULD CAUSE THE LAKE TO FREEZE AND CREATE UNSAFE ICE AND FISHING CONDITIONS.THE STOCKING WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rudi Garcia lined up for AC Milan moveby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRudi Garcia is being lined up for a return to Italy.The former AS Roma coach is available after being forced out of Olympique Marseille last season.And Gazzetta dello Sport says Garcia is wanted by AC Milan.After their defeat to Fiorentina, Milan coach Marco Giampaolo is under great pressure. Indeed, defeat to Genoa this week could see him axed.And among those contacted by intermediaries about the job is Garcia.Milan is currently sitting in 12th place in Serie A.
Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Pep Guardiola said Kevin De Bruyne “knows where I am” if he has a problem with having been substituted in Manchester City’s thrashing of Burton Albion on Wednesday.The Belgium midfielder was withdrawn after less than an hour in City’s 9-0 rout of the League One side, which all but secured their spot in the EFL Cup final.De Bruyne, who opened the scoring after five minutes, disappeared down the tunnel and appeared displeased at the decision, with reports suggesting he was angered at being denied the opportunity to build on his match fitness after spending time on the sidelines with a knee injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Guardiola, whose side host Wolves in the Premier League on Monday, encouraged De Bruyne to speak up if there is an issue.”I don’t know what happened, he didn’t speak to me, so I don’t know what happened,” said the City boss.”If he has a problem he knows where I am, so I don’t know, really. I didn’t speak with him so that one time I cannot say what he thinks because I don’t know.”13 – Kevin De Bruyne has scored nine goals and assisted four more in 12 League Cup appearances for Manchester City. Noggin. #CarabaoCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 9 January 2019De Bruyne has managed only 194 minutes of top-flight action this season after missing only one Premier League game last term. The Belgian has appeared in six league matches this season, scoring one goal, while making three League Cup appearances and featuring in one Champions League match.Manchester City are seven points behind league-leaders Liverpool, who edged Brighton 1-0 on Saturday behind a Mohamed Salah penalty kick.
Addressing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between the Ministry and Nestlé Jamaica Limited for extension of the company’s health and wellness programme in schools, at the Gregory Park Primary School in St. Catherine on May 30, he noted that sodas and some baked products “are bad for you, and have no nutrients at all”. Story Highlights Mr. Terrelonge pointed out that there are certain foods that must be avoided at all cost, because they are “killing our children slowly”, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is calling on parents to make sure their children eat healthy foods.Mr. Terrelonge pointed out that there are certain foods that must be avoided at all cost, because they are “killing our children slowly”,Addressing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between the Ministry and Nestlé Jamaica Limited for extension of the company’s health and wellness programme in schools, at the Gregory Park Primary School in St. Catherine on May 30, he noted that sodas and some baked products “are bad for you, and have no nutrients at all”.Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge (second left, seated), enjoys the performance of students at the Gregory Park Primary School in St. Catherine, Christine Liscombe and Tyrese Williams, during yesterday’s (May 30), signing of an expanded memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and Nestlé Jamaica Limited, for extension of the company’s health and wellness programme in schools. Also enjoying the performance (from left) are Head of Marketing for Nestlé’s Anglo-Dutch Caribbean, Patricio Torres; Managing Director for Nestlé Jamaica, Daniel Caron, and Principal of the school, Richard Williams. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is calling on parents to make sure their children eat healthy foods. The State Minister emphasised that children must get the best education, and unhealthy foods affect their growth.“If we want our children to get the best education, to live best lives, we have to focus on their health,” he said, adding that many young children are suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, due partly to unhealthy consumption.The agreement with Nestlé seeks to promote nutrition, health and wellness among school-aged children, and to encourage employability skills among young adults.The MOU will be executed through two main programmes – Nestlé for Healthier Kids, and the Nestlé Youth Employment Initiative.Under the programme, which now incorporates 15 schools and is expected to have 15,000 students participating by the end of the year, children will benefit from Wellness and Wheels class visits and International Chef Days; there will be Nutrition Education Training for Teachers, and the establishment of school gardens.Meanwhile, Principal of the Gregory Park Primary School, Richard Williams, said he is pleased that the students will be exposed to “appropriate” information and techniques to guide them in making the right choices.“We believe that our duty is to create an enabling environment for the overall development of our children, ensuring that they practise wholesome living and healthy lifestyles,” the Principal said.For his part, Managing Director of Nestlé Jamaica, Daniel Caron, said the programme is about enhancing the quality of life for families and individuals, and to showcase the importance of healthy diets and healthy choices.“A healthy mind comes from a healthy body, and we are making a difference. This is part of our giving back, being responsible in our communities,” Mr. Caron said.
HALIFAX — Advocates say Nova Scotians’ access to the abortion pill remains a major issue, with one student saying she had to wait nearly three weeks because of barriers including finding a doctor to prescribe the drug, testing delays and billing issues.The woman, from the Toronto area, says she was five weeks pregnant when she took a home pregnancy test.But she was almost eight weeks by the time she obtained the abortion pill Mifegymiso — a wait she describes as excruciating, and advocates say fails to realize the potential of the two-drug combination used to terminate early pregnancy.“I was having severe morning sickness and on top of that feeling a lot of shame. Trying to go through this whole process was daunting and intimidating,” she says.The student says she booked an appointment at Cape Breton University’s health clinic in Sydney, N.S., as soon as she found out she was pregnant and asked for the abortion pill.Instead, she was told to call an abortion clinic in Halifax.“It’s very overwhelming trying to figure out the health care system when you’re facing an unwanted pregnancy,” she says.Inquiries by The Canadian Press have revealed that only one of six university health clinics contacted across the province will prescribe Mifegymiso, a combination of mifepristone and misoprostol tablets available in Canada since 2016 and publicly funded in Nova Scotia since last November.The only Nova Scotia university that currently offers medical abortions — via the abortion pill, rather than a surgical procedure — as part of its primary care is St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. Students at other universities are referred elsewhere, potentially delaying access. That’s despite data that shows people aged 18-29 are the most likely to obtain an abortion, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.Perhaps surprisingly, even the Halifax Sexual Health Centre — formerly Planned Parenthood — does not yet offer Mifegymiso, citing a physician shortage, funding issues and inadequate nursing support.“The biggest issue continues to be that this is considered a specialized service instead of the primary care that it is,” says Martha Paynter, a Halifax-area nurse and women’s health advocate. “We as clinicians need to step up.”She adds: “Medical abortion is very time dependent. When you’re eight weeks pregnant with an unwanted pregnancy … that’s a really difficult moment to become an advocate.”A series of stories by The Canadian Press in 2017 shone a national spotlight on barriers to abortion access in Nova Scotia, as multiple women described facing “agonizing” and “cruel” hurdles. The stories helped prompt a number of changes, including a new toll-free information line, the removal of a historical practice requiring women to obtain a referral before booking an abortion, and provincial funding for the abortion pill.But it appears women are still facing delays in some cases.The CBU student was told to call Nova Scotia’s only abortion clinic — the Women’s Choice Clinic at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.It offers both surgical and medical abortions, and can also refer women to a province-wide network of health professionals that are willing to prescribe Mifegymiso. There are currently nine family doctors, three gynecologists and one nurse practitioner on the list — though Lianne Yoshida, the medical director of the clinic, says it’s possible others are prescribing Mifegymiso to their own patients but are not part of the clinic’s network.The slow pickup could be attributed in part to early restrictions on the drug — including a training requirement for prescribers that has since been dropped, and the lack of a billing code in Nova Scotia until last spring.Still, demand for the abortion pill has been steady, with 670 Mifegymiso prescriptions logged in the provincial Drug Information System from Nov. 1, 2017, to Oct. 31, 2018, according to provincial data. That’s nearly two women terminating early pregnancies using medication every day in Nova Scotia.Meanwhile, the CBU student called the Halifax clinic as directed by the university health clinic, and she says she was then referred to a prescriber in Sydney.But she faced further delays obtaining an ultrasound and blood work, and ran into billing issues as a student from out-of-province.Although the abortion pill is publicly funded both in her home province of Ontario as well as in Nova Scotia, she found herself without any coverage for the abortion pill — which comes with a roughly $400 price tag.Without money to pay for the drug, she scrambled to obtain private health insurance through the university and ended up still paying about $70 out-of-pocket.Health Department spokeswoman Tracy Barron says the billing issue stems from Ontario’s coverage rules. She says if a Nova Scotia resident is studying in another province, for example, Nova Scotia would still provide coverage.Frederique Chabot, director of health promotion with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, says Alberta’s coverage of Mifegymiso is considered “gold standard.”“Alberta actually anticipated this kind of issue,” Chabot says, noting the province only requires proof of address to have the prescription covered.Although still within the nine-week limit to take the drug, the student says by the time she took the abortion pill she was further along than she had hoped.She says neither her doctor nor the pharmacist prepared her for the immense pain and nausea.“My body went into shock, it was terrible,” she says. “They told me to have maxi pads and expect a lot of blood. But it was excruciating.”The student says she was told that if she vomited, the medications wouldn’t work properly and she’d have to start the process again.“I was alone and started to throw up and I had to keep swallowing it … I was curled up, my whole body was shaking for four hours.”She says she would have appreciated more information to make a fully informed decision about a medical abortion and to prepare for the physical pain.Dr. Dustin Costescu, a family planning specialist, says pain increases with advanced gestational age — and that’s why timely access to Mifegymiso is important.“There’s always a wait inherent to anything in health care,” he says. “But more than two weeks for a medical abortion seems long.”Shannon Hardy, an abortion doula and co-ordinator of Atlantic Abortion Support Services, says despite recent improvements there remains an “underground” element to accessing an abortion in Nova Scotia.“People will share by word-of-mouth which doctors will prescribe Mifegymiso and which pharmacies will even stock the medication,” Hardy says, pointing out another potential barrier women may face filling the prescription.Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is offering customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture after admitting the company participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement.“This conduct should never have happened,” said Galen G. Weston, CEO, during a conference call with analysts Tuesday.“The gift card is a direct acknowledgment of that to our customers. We hope that they’ll see it as a meaningful amount that demonstrates our commitment to keeping their trust and confidence,” he said in response to how the company arrived at the card’s $25 value.Here’s how to redeem the offer:Customers can visit LoblawCard.ca and enter their email address to be notified once registration opens.The company expects registration to begin on Jan. 8.Full details will follow, but broadly speaking, visitors to the site will have to declare that they are the age of majority or older, said spokesman Kevin Groh, in an email.The age of majority is 18 in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, P.E.I., Quebec and Saskatchewan. It is 19 in B.C., New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and the three territories.They will also have to declare that they bought certain packaged bread products at one of the eligible banner stores in Canada before Mach 1, 2015, he said.Registration closes May 8.The company expects three million to six million people will receive the gift card.Loblaw and George Weston Ltd. revealed Tuesday that they participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement from late 2001 to March 2015, but tipped off Canada’s competition watchdog and will receive immunity in the ensuing investigation.
MONTREAL – While Montreal’s city council has passed a motion looking to ban sugary drinks in municipal buildings, not all borough bosses believe it’s a workable measure.Some veteran councillors who voted against it earlier this month won’t be drafting those types of rules for their own districts, saying they go beyond their competency as municipal politicians and would prove difficult to enforce.“I’m for prevention, I’m for an excise tax where it would help fund the health system like tobacco,” said Luis Miranda, mayor of the eastern Montreal borough of Anjou.“But to start patrolling what goes into my arenas, what goes into my parks in the summertime when there’s a baseball tournament, I don’t agree.”A working group is expected to look at how to phase the ban on sports drinks, energy drinks and flavoured water into the city’s 19 boroughs.Miranda said such restrictions would create problems for different groups — youth sports teams, for example, which often have sponsorships with drink companies.Councillors from the borough of LaSalle also voted against the ban, with Mayor Manon Barbe saying she’d rather see education for citizens instead of having decisions imposed on them.LaSalle introduced a health policy in 2008 that required 30 per cent of menu items in public buildings to reflect healthy choices, but nothing was banned.Snack bars in LaSalle’s two municipal arenas shuttered after operators said the menu requirements made them unprofitable.They’ve since been replaced with vending machines that offer healthy alternatives as well as the usual fare.“I don’t want to have to choose for citizens,” Barbe said. “When I do my groceries, no one tells me what to put in my shopping cart.”The motion presented at Montreal council began as one that called on Ottawa to introduce a national excise tax on sugary drinks — something all Montreal councillors supported.Several public health groups have also pushed the idea of an excise tax.In May, organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Childhood Obesity Foundation touted the “health and economic benefits of a sugary drink levy” after having commissioned a study by the University of Waterloo.Researchers at the University of Toronto also came out in favour of a tax on sugary drinks in Canada, among other measures, to improve eating habits.The World Health Organization recommended a tax of at least 20 per cent in a 2016 report.In Canada, the Northwest Territories government said this year it was considering a sugar drink tax to help fight obesity.The federal government has looked at the pros and cons of such a tax, but didn’t include it in its 2016 budget, Finance Department briefing documents suggested.But the Canadian Beverage Association has called the Montreal excise tax motion disappointing, noting that studies demonstrate the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverage calories has dropped by at least 30 per cent since 2004 without a tax, even as obesity rates have risen.Barbe said the fact she and some colleagues voted against the motion doesn’t mean they’re against health initiatives — just that they believe it’s a job for the provincial and federal governments.“Where is it going to end? I don’t want to find myself in a position where I’m playing the part of the sugar police,” Barbe said.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Prosecutors in New York City abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence surfaced that a lead police detective coached a witness to keep quiet when she raised doubts about the veracity of one of the allegations.Weinstein, 66, looked on as a judge agreed to dismiss the lone charge related to Lucia Evans, who helped spark the #MeToo movement a year ago when she told The New Yorker that the Hollywood mogul had forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 when she was a college student and fledgling actress.Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, unsuccessfully urged Judge James Burke to deep-six the whole case, telling him: “The integrity of these proceedings has been compromised.”The bulk of the prosecution case remains intact, with Weinstein still facing five charges over allegations that he raped an unidentified woman in his Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. A conviction on the most serious charges could put him in prison for the rest of his life.Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.The turn of events, which had been simmering for weeks in closed-door meetings and sealed court documents, enraged Evans’ lawyer, who took to the courthouse steps to blast Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. for walking away from her client. Evans told the truth and never misled investigators, lawyer Carrie Goldberg said.“Let me be clear: the decision to throw away my client’s sexual assault charges says nothing about Weinstein’s guilt or innocence. Nor does it reflect on Lucia’s consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein,” Goldberg said outside the courthouse. “It only speaks volumes about the Manhattan DA’s office and its mishandling of my client’s case.”Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon insisted in court that the rest of the case is strong and said the district attorney’s office was looking into the possibility of bringing additional charges.“In short, your honour, we are moving full steam ahead,” she said.Det. Nicholas DiGaudio, who was one of two investigators who escorted Weinstein out of a police station and into court after his May arrest, is now embroiled in an internal police department investigation and has been thrown off the case. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Thursday that the department takes seriously the allegations against him.Prosecutors said in a letter unsealed after Thursday’s hearing that they learned weeks ago that a woman who was with Evans the night she first met Weinstein at a restaurant had given DiGaudio a contradictory account of what happened, but that the detective had urged her to keep quiet, telling her “less is more.”The woman, prosecutors said, told the detective in February that Weinstein had offered them money to flash their breasts during the restaurant encounter. They initially declined, but the woman said that Evans later told her she had gone ahead and exposed herself to the film producer in a hallway. Goldberg disputed that.The woman also told the detective that sometime after an office meeting where Evans alleged Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex, she suggested what happened was consensual, according to the letter. Weinstein had promised to get her an acting job if she agreed to perform oral sex, and she agreed, it said.According to the witness, who was not named in the letter, Evans had been drinking and “appeared to be upset, embarrassed and shaking” when she recounted the story.Prosecutors also disclosed that they had discovered a draft email that Evans had written three years ago to a man who is now her husband that “describes details of the sexual assault that differ from the account” she provided to investigators.A message left on a phone DiGaudio used in the past wasn’t returned. The union for New York City police detectives didn’t return a message.Brafman said he believed Evans had lied both to the grand jury and to The New Yorker about her encounter with Weinstein and suggested she be prosecuted for perjury.“This is an attack on the fundamental integrity of the grand jury process,” Brafman said. “If you have a person willing to commit perjury in the grand jury, that is as serious as the crime of sexual assault because it undermines the fairness of the process for all of us.”Goldberg said Evans told the grand jury the truth.“The DA is aware of robust evidence, including witnesses, that seriously undermine the witness’ credibility and recollection of events. Yet, the DA consented to dismissal prior to investigating this evidence,” she wrote on Twitter.The developments in Weinstein’s case on Thursday capped a tough six-day stretch for the #MeToo movement, bookended by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation amid decades-old allegations that he had committed sexual misconduct. But victim advocates didn’t see it as a setback.“This is so much larger than any singular case,” Kristen Houser of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center said. “Weinstein may have been the snowball that started the avalanche, but the ability of any one perpetrator being held accountable or getting away with it doesn’t alter the national outrage.”The New Yorker, in a statement, said it stands by its reporting and fact-checking process and that “any assertion by lawyers for Harvey Weinstein that The New Yorker had information that contradicted Lucia Evans’s account is patently incorrect.”Vance has already been fiercely criticized for declining to prosecute Weinstein when an Italian model accused him of grabbing her breasts in 2015. At the time, Vance cited a lack of supporting evidence, despite the existence of a clandestinely made recording of Weinstein discussing the episode with the woman.In the months after The New York Times and The New Yorker began publishing stories about Weinstein’s interactions with women, activists pressured Vance to bring charges as dozens of people came forward with claims of sexual misconduct against him.DiGaudio and other police officials poured on the pressure, saying publicly that they believed they had gathered ample evidence to make an arrest.The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly, as Evans has done.Weinstein is free on $1 million bail and is due back in court Dec. 20.__Follow Sisak at https://twitter.com/mikesisak and Hays at https://twitter.com/APtomhays
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:45 a.m.Stocks are mixed early Wednesday, as sharp gains in Nike and tobacco companies are offset by a decline in technology shares.Nike rose 5.6% after its first quarter profit beat analyst estimates.Shares of Altria and Philip Morris International are rising after the tobacco giants said they’ve ended discussions about a merger. Philip Morris gained 6.2%.Technology stocks were the biggest losers early. Chipmaker Broadcom dropped 3.8%.Markets in Asia and Europe fell as they reacted to the news of an impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump.The S&P 500 rose fell 1 point to 2,965. The Dow Jones industrials gained 24 points to 26,832.The Nasdaq dropped 20 points, or 0.2%, to 7,973.The Associated Press
A research project examining how coastal communities can deal with the impacts of climate change will formally launch in the Town of Lincoln this week.The town suffered around $1 million in damage as a result of back-to-back spring storms in 2017 that caused massive flooding from Lake Ontario. Announced in May, Brock University Professor and UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability Liette Vasseur is leading a three-year research study that will focus on Lincoln as the Ontario component of a wider project by Université du Québec à Rimouski.The Town of Lincoln sustained nearly $1 million in damage from spring storms in 2017.The local research is being funded through a $280,000 grant from the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) with additional support from the Town of Lincoln and Brock.The Lincoln research will officially be launched on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Fleming Centre in Beamsville. Interested residents and landowners will be able to meet Vasseur and her research team and learn more about how they can participate in the project. There will also be a short discussion to learn more about the experiences of those in attendance around climate change and extreme weather events in the town.“Our strong partnership with Brock enables these types of on-the-ground research opportunities, informing and providing evidence-based decisions for our community,” said Town of Lincoln CAO Michael Kirkopoulos.Vasseur said she hopes the end result of the research will be sustainable options for the future such as how to help slow down and prevent shoreline erosion or any other impacts on the town.“With this project, we want to help the community and the town contribute to solutions and strategies to adapt to climate change,” she said.What: MEOPAR Town of Lincoln Research Project LaunchWhen: Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m.Where: Fleming Centre, Room A, 5020 Serena Dr., BeamsvilleWho: Open to all