Police search home of French writer accused of raping a minor

first_imgFrench police on Thursday searched the home of a writer accused of raping a minor and who repeatedly described relationships with young teens in his work, a source said.Gabriel Matzneff, who has never made any secret of his preference for sex with adolescent girls and boys, is to stand trial this year on a charge of justifying paedophilia.Specialist investigators are looking for written passages that never appeared in any of Matzneff’s published work, a source told AFP following a raid a day earlier at his Paris-based publisher Gallimard. The safe had been “located” by investigators, according to the Mediapart investigative website.Matzneff has long been tolerated, admired and even protected in Paris literary circles. In 2013, he won the prestigious Renaudot prize.But Gallimard said in January it was halting the sale of his works, and Matzneff risks losing two major state honours.He said in an interview with French television in January that he “regrets” his trips to Asia to have sex with minors, claiming that at the time “no one ever said it was a crime”.On Tuesday, police launched an appeal for witnesses and victims to come forward in the case.A source told AFP that investigators were also interested in Christian Giudicelli, Matzneff’s editor at Gallimard and travel companion to the Philippines.In a separate legal case, Matzneff will be tried on September 28, 2021, for “justification” of paedophile acts in statements he made in the media in response to Springora’s allegations.Charges against him were brought by anti-paedophilia group l’Ange Bleu (Blue Angel).Topics : Prosecutors on January 3 launched a rape investigation after a bombshell book by publisher Vanessa Springora claimed she had a sexual relationship with the author three decades ago, starting when she was 14.In her book “Le Consentement” (Consent), Springora described how her experiences with Matzneff, now 83, left lasting scars.In the mid-1970s, he published a notorious essay called “Les Moins de Seize Ans” (The under 16s).In an interview in 2008, he said he had “self-censored” certain portions of his writing he feared would be judged “especially scandalous”, and hid these away in a bank safe.last_img read more

China threatens retaliation over US ‘bullying’ of state media

first_imgVisa weapon China on Feb. 19 ordered three reporters from The Wall Street Journal — two US nationals and an Australian — out of the country in its harshest move against international media in years.China said it took action because the newspaper had not apologized for a “racially discriminatory” headline that read “China is the Real Sick Man of Asia” and appeared on an opinion column about the nation’s fight against the coronavirus.The three journalists were not involved in writing the opinion piece.Two of them left the country last week, but the third has been reporting in Wuhan, the central Chinese city that has been under quarantine since late January to contain the deadly coronavirus epidemic.In its annual report released Monday, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China said Beijing was using visas as a weapon to intimidate foreign press “like never before” and feared it was preparing to kick out more reporters.It said China had also been reducing the time journalists can stay, with at least 12 correspondents issued credentials for half a year or less — more than double the number from a year earlier.A US State Department official said five Chinese media outlets, which last month were reclassified by the United States as foreign missions, would be allowed to employ a maximum 100 Chinese nationals as of March 13, down from around 160 now.The organization most affected by the new restriction will be the state news agency Xinhua, which will be allowed to keep 59 Chinese staff in the US, according to the official. “Out of a Cold War mindset and ideological bias, the US State Department uses groundless reasons to politically oppress Chinese media organizations based in the US,” Zhao said at a regular press briefing.He said the move exposes “the hypocrisy of the United States’ so-called freedom of the press as blatant double standard and hegemonic bullying”.Saying China reserves the right to react and take further action, Zhao added: “It was the US who broke the rules of the game first, China can only follow suit.” China threatened Tuesday to retaliate against US “bullying” after Washington imposed staff cuts on Chinese state media, two weeks after expelling three Wall Street Journal reporters. The US said its decision Monday to require Beijing’s state-run media to cut the number of Chinese nationals employed in the US was based on levelling numbers between the countries rather than hitting back over content.Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China “strongly opposes and condemns” the US announcement, adding that it effectively means the expulsion of Chinese journalists.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Global coronavirus deaths top half a million

first_imgThe death toll from COVID-19 reached half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave.The respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus has been particularly dangerous for the elderly, although other adults and children are also among the 500,000 fatalities and more than 10 million reported cases.While the overall rate of death has flattened in recent weeks, health experts have expressed concerns about record numbers of new cases in countries like the United States, India and Brazil, as well as new outbreaks in parts of Asia. More than 4,700 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19-linked illness, according to Reuters calculations based on an average from June 1 to 27.That equates to 196 people per hour, or one person every 18 seconds. (To see a Reuters interactive, open this link in an external browser: https://tmsnrt.rs/2VqS5PS)About one-quarter of all the deaths so far have been in the United States, the Reuters data shows. The recent surge in cases have been most pronounced in a handful of Southern and Western states that reopened earlier and more aggressively.The number of cases in Latin America on Sunday surpassed those diagnosed in Europe, making the region the second most affected by the pandemic, after North America. The first recorded death from the new virus was on Jan. 9, a 61-year-old man from the Chinese city of Wuhan who was a regular shopper at a wet market that has been identified as the source of the outbreak.In just five months, the COVID-19 death toll has overtaken the number of people who die annually from malaria, one of the most deadly infectious diseases.The death rate averages out to 78,000 per month, compared with 64,000 AIDS-related deaths and 36,000 malaria deaths, according to 2018 figures from the World Health Organization.Changing burial ritesThe high number of deaths has led to changes to traditional and religious burial rites around the world, with morgues and funeral businesses overwhelmed and loved ones often barred from bidding farewell in person.In Israel, the custom of washing the bodies of Muslim deceased is not permitted, and instead of being shrouded in cloth, they must be wrapped in a plastic body bag. The Jewish tradition of Shiva where people go to the home of mourning relatives for seven days has also been disrupted.In Italy, Catholics have been buried without funerals or a blessing from a priest. In New York, city crematories were at one point working overtime, burning bodies into the night as officials scouted for temporary interment sites.In Iraq, former militiamen have dropped their guns to instead dig graves for coronavirus victims at a specially created cemetery. They have learned how to conduct Christian, as well as Muslim, burials.Elderly at riskPublic health experts are looking at how demographics affect the death rates in different regions. Some European countries with older populations have reported higher fatality rates, for instance.An April report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control looked at more than 300,000 cases in 20 countries and found that about 46% of all fatalities were over the age of 80.In Indonesia, hundreds of children are believed to have died, a development health officials have attributed to malnutrition, anemia and inadequate child health facilities.Health experts caution that the official data likely does not tell the full story, with many believing that both cases and deaths have likely been underreported in some countries.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Dutch Cabinet to review pensions bills after political support wanes

first_imgIt also criticised the Cabinet for ignoring signals from the pensions sector that the accrual decrease would fail to achieve the predicted €6bn in savings for the national budget.The opposition in the Senate also poured scorn on the government’s claim the reduced accrual still allowed for an adequate pension of 70% of the average salary.Kees Kok, senator for the Freedom Party (PVV), said: “The government’s assumption that employees keep on working until the official retirement age, and that there would be a full indexation for at least 40 years, is dubious.”The other bill – which provides tax relief on 0.1% of workers’ income of up to €100,000 and 1.85% of income exceeding this amount – gained no traction in the Senate at all.Although the VVD and the PvdA approved the proposal in the Lower House, their senators said they could not support the bill in its current form.VVD senator Willem Bröcker said: “The costs of implementation are too high for this marginal additional scheme.”He said he doubted whether pension providers would be willing to offer such arrangements anyway, “as providers also have a care duty”. The Dutch Cabinet is to review its plans to change tax-friendly pensions accrual after it became clear its two bills on the issue lacked sufficient support in the Senate.Only the coalition parties of VVD and PvdA – which have a slight majority in the Lower House but depend on opposition support in the Senate – expressed support for the bill to decrease tax-facilitated accrual from 2.15% to 1.75%.The PvdA in particular argued that a reduced pensions accrual must lead to lower contributions.However, in the opinion of the opposition, the bill does too little to guarantee that pension funds will lower their premiums.last_img read more

Arsenal youngster Olowu joins Cork Cit

first_img Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon10 Bollywood Celeb Weight Loss Transformations That Will Stun YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading… Olowu has been with Arsenal since he was 13 when he arrived from Charlton Athletic.Advertisement Arsenal youngster Joseph Olowu has signed for Cork City in the League of Ireland Premier Division. The 20-year-old is on loan at the club for the rest of the season. The academy graduate will be hoping to gain first-team experience at Cork. He has played 12 times for the Under-23 team this term, scoring a single goal. tead also:Why Balogun Missed Arsenal’s 4-0 Win against Standard Liege The defender will be at Cork until the summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Mancini proud of Italian players

first_imgItaly coach, Roberto Mancini, is delighted to have brought fun back to the national team. Coach Roberto Mancini  Italy go into the summer’s Euros with a 100 per cent win record in qualifying. Mancini said, “I think it’s natural to have fun and try to make everything fun. We did some tests, and we tried to call up the most talented players.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian10 Gorgeous Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’ Loading… center_img “And then we saw that they worked well together. Perhaps we expected it to take a little longer, but instead after 5-6 games the team started to play well and this is important. Read Also:I won’t extend Italy call up to Balotelli to make a statement–Mancini “I am proud of the team, which always plays to win, even at a risk. This is something that makes me happy, beyond the records; it’s clear that they enjoying playing. “Then it’s important to try to win.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Hamilton County Speedway brings back Harris Clash

first_imgWEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Promoter Bob Harris is feeling a bit nostalgic these days, with the return next week of the Harris Clash to Hamilton County Speedway.The special for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds was held at Webster City during its inaugural and second seasons in 1992 and 1993.After stops at Boone and Harlan, the event found a more permanent home at Knoxville Raceway. When the July 16 event was rained out, however, Harris had to make the decision to cancel altogether or find a different venue with an open date.That’s where Hamilton County Speedway and the new race date of Tuesday, Aug. 4 come in.“It’s a neat deal. We had plenty of offers to host a rescheduled event and one of them came from Webster City,” Harris said. “I thought ‘What the heck, that’s where it all started.’”“Back in the day (the late 1970s and early 1980s) I raced a Late Model there,” he continued. “I’m pretty excited about this. It’s going to be a lot of fun. The people at Hamilton County Speedway have done everything under the sun for us.”In addition to earning a $2,000 share of the purse, the Modified winner becomes a candidate for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature pays $1,000 to win.“There were 12 drivers pre-registered for July 16 who have asked for refunds but another 13 have pre-registered for next Tuesday,” Harris said. “And there are other drivers we know who always wait until the day of the race to enter.”IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded in both divisions. Home region points go to Modified drivers.The Modified winner also receives a $500 bonus if his chassis builder is a Clash sponsor; the builder in turn receives a free advertising package on the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Su­per Nationals fueled by Casey’s broadcast and promotion video, valued at $1,500, from RACEFEEDX and IMCA.TV.The Harris Clash will be broadcast live by RACEFEEDX.Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the draw closes and the drivers’ meeting starts at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $8 for stu­dents, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children five and under. Pit passes are $30.More information is available by calling Harris at 515 231-1748.last_img read more

Dakota Classic Tour pre-entries now at 112

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – One hundred and twelve drivers have completed pre-registration for the July 9-14 Kup­per Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour.All Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified features over the course of the 27th annual tour pay $2,200 to win, a minimum of $300 to start and are qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features pay $800 to win and a minimum of $125 to take the green.Pre-entries now represent a dozen states and the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.After opening night July 9 at Jamestown Speedway, the tour travels to Nodak Speedway in Minot on July 10, to Estevan, Sask., Motor Speedway on July 11, Williston Basin Speedway on July 12, Southwest Speedway in Dickinson on July 13 and to Dacotah Speedway in Mandan for the July 14 finale.Modified drivers who have pre-entered include:Ricky Alvarado, Grand Junction, Colo.; Shawn Anderson, Minot; Dylan Barnhardt, Washburn; Chris Barros, Bismarck; Terry Berg, Sioux City, Iowa; Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; Kevin Bliese, Bath, S.D.; Bland Bohan­non, Williston; Pete Bradley, Williston; Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas; Brian Brennan, Rozet, Wyo.; Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa; Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; Jarrett Carter, Lisbon; Chase Conway, Westhope; Rusty Corneliusen, Dickinson; Ryan Cousins, Morden, Manitoba; and Tracy Domagala, Bismarck;Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown; Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa; Riley Emmel, Estevan, Sask.; Al­lan Fetzer, Max; John Flory, Williston; Greg Friestad, Valley City; Jason Grimes, Jame­stown; Travis Hagen, Williston; Mike Hagen, Williston; Mike Hansen, Dickinson; Brad Hartigan, Dickinson; Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; Robert Hellebust, Minot; Troy Heupel, Williston; Jason Hicks, Dickinson; and Vern Hill, Black Eagle, Mont.;Jordan Huettl, Minot; Wayne Johnson, Minot; Jeremy Keller, Mandan; Troy Kittler, Turtle Lake; Karie Kjonaas, Argusville; Randy Kollman, Jamestown; Rusty Kollman, Carrington; Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; Tommy Lee, Grenora; Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Tony Marsh, Dickinson; Jerry Martin, Moorcraft, Wyo.; Dale Mathison, Clearwater, Minn.; Tanner Matthewson, Redvers, Sask.; and Ryan Mikkelson, Jamestown;Dale Neitzel, Shepherd, Mont.; Shawn Nostdahl, Bottineau; Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; Travis Olheiser, Dickinson; Steven Pfeifer, Minot; Crist Pittenger, Bismarck; Dallas Rice, Minot; Shawn Ritter, Keystone, Iowa; Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; Darren Schatz, Williston; Brent Schlaf­mann, Bismarck; Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; Marlyn Seidler, Underwood; and Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa;And Roy Spielman, Mills, Wyo.; Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; Shawn Strand, Mandan; Jerad Thelen, Minot; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa; Marcus Tomlinson, Turtle Lake; Myles Tomlinson, Turtle Lake; Jay Tooley, Dickinson; Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; Tyson Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; Travis Ulmer, Mandan; Billy Vogel, West Fargo; Tyler Wagner, Weyburn, Sask.; Spencer Wilson, Minot; Jason Wolla, Ray; and Josh Wolla, Minot.Pre-entered Stock Car drivers are:Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn.; Joren Boyce, Minot; Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; Josh De­Foe, Williston; Blaine Durward, Trenton; Jordan Durward, Trenton; Brendan Eilts, Grand Island, Neb.; Chris Ellis, Stanley; Dalton Flory, Williston; Joe Flory, Williston; Mike Gotch, Regina, Sask.; Gary Goudy Jr., Stoughton, Sask.; and Kelly Henderson, Minot;And Chris Hortness, Estevan, Sask.; Kyler Jeffrey, Williston; Matt Lang, Turtle Lake; Kary Larson, Crosby; Keith Mattox, Ray; Kevin Mattox, Ray; Cody Nelson, Kenmare; Jake Nelson, Williston; Randy Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Rob Stenvold, Minot; Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; Michael Vennes, Minot; and Elijah Zevenbergen of Ocheyedan, Iowa.Drivers in both divisions can go on line to complete the early registration process; the series web­site is www.dakotaclassictour.com.Tour title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet of Mandan provides point funds of $2,000 for the Modifieds and $1,000 for the Stock Cars. Entry fees each night of the tour are $30 for Modifieds and $25 for Stock Cars. Pit passes are $25.Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. at Jamestown. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Nodak opens pit gates open at 11 a.m. The grandstand opens and hot laps are at 6 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m.At Estevan, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Williston opens the pits at 3 p.m. and the grandstand at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Pit gates at Southwest open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. Hot laps follow the 6:30 p.m. drivers’ meeting and racing starts at 7 p.m.  And at Dacotah Speedway, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.More information is available from Tour Director John Gartner at 701 202-6075.All six Dakota Tour events as well as the $10,001 to win Legendary at Dacotah Speedway on July 15 will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.last_img read more

Martinez hopeful for Alcaraz

first_img He played one more game, in Everton’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool at the end of last month, before another spell on the sidelines. Toffees boss Martinez told the Daily Post: “Antolin is fully fit now and it is just about making sure we give him the right introduction back into the team. “I never wanted for him to play three games in a week when he came back from injury and that set him back a little bit. “But he is fully fit now, he is working with the team and it is a fantastic time in the season to have Antolin back, alongside the other centre-halves. “To have Antolin alongside Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka and John Stones is as good as it gets really.” Alcaraz was also dogged by injury last season, with many Wigan fans believing his absence was a key factor in their relegation. Martinez added: “I do feel now that he is over (his problems) and I think we are on the right path now and have a clear understanding of what Antolin needs for a clear run back into the team.” Press Association Roberto Martinez believes Antolin Alcaraz has put his injury problems behind him.center_img The Paraguayan defender has played only four times for Everton since following Martinez from Wigan to Merseyside in the summer. A groin injury suffered in pre-season meant Alcaraz did not make his debut until the end of December, and he then had a setback after playing three games in a week. last_img read more

Wenger: Arsenal are less vulnerable

first_img “They are in a similar position today to where we were before in relation to the other clubs who have superior financial power.” Wenger continued: “I don’t think it’s bullying – a transfer is an agreement between three parties and they are in a position where they can say no. “The players end up at the richest clubs. Man United did that for years – they had superior financial power and they still do.” The richest teams are increasingly coming under pressure from UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, which inhibit a club’s ability to spend more than they earn. Wenger admits those regulations are starting to influence clubs like Man City but also believes there are loopholes to be exploited. “It looks like they have some restrictions but they have clever people who can think about how to get around them and they do that very well,” Wenger said. “Time will tell. UEFA have to be cautious as well because of television financial power. “If you kick a club like Paris St Germain out tomorrow, the French television companies will go to UEFA and ask for their money back. “It’s not as easy as it looked at the start.” One player who did leave Arsenal for Manchester City this summer was Bacary Sagna. Sagna joined the Gunners from Auxerre in July 2007 and he flourished under Wenger’s tutelage, earning 41 caps for France. The full-back turns 32 in February but Wenger was still disappointed by Sagna’s departure. “Why did he go to City? You should ask him that question,” Wenger said. “I made him a proposal to stay and he chose Man City. Did he choose that a long time ago? Maybe. It looks like to me it was agreed a long time ago. “There is always an element of disappointment because he came here as an unknown and he became a French international. “But I respect Sagna a lot because until the last day of his contract he was super-professional. “He decided to go somewhere else but he was ready to die on the football pitch and I respect that. Ideally I would have loved him to stay.” City failed to retain the Premier League title they won in 2012 but Wenger expects the champions to be more focused in their defence this time around. “I hope they will relax again but they have certainly learned from that,” Wenger said. “I believe today even the most intelligent football people cannot predict who will win the Premier League this year – that makes it interesting. “If any team wins it by 10 or 15 points, maybe you can predict, but Chelsea and Liverpool were both so close and for more than 100 days we were at the top of the league. “Man United were not there but they will come back this season so nobody can predict what will happen.” A number of former Gunners stars will be lining up against Wenger’s side in the Barclays Premier League this season, including Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor. Over the last two years, however, Arsenal have turned the tide, holding on to their most valuable assets while bringing in the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Arsene Wenger believes the days of Arsenal being at the mercy of the richest clubs in the world are over. Press Association “We are less vulnerable now, that is for sure,” Gunners boss Wenger said. “In the last two years we bought Ozil and Sanchez – five years ago we would have lost Ozil and Sanchez. “We have more money available to buy today than we had five years ago. “We can compete better. For years we have lost top players without the ability to replace them because of financial management.” As well as Sanchez, Arsenal have spent £16million on 19-year-old defender Calum Chambers, who became the latest in a long line of players to leave Southampton this summer. Wenger compared Arsenal’s past difficulties to the current situation at Saints, where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale have also departed in recent years. “It is tiring to lose players – whether it be to Man City or somewhere else – it is the same,” the Arsenal boss said. “Southampton would say the same today. If you look at the team Southampton had last year and then add Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott and Gareth Bale you see the quality of the work they have done. last_img read more