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July 11, 2011

Lib Dems criticised over AM fight

 John Dixon and Lord Carlile Lord Carlile (right) said he was ‘appalled’ what had happened to John Dixon The Liberal Democrats should have fought a legal battle to reinstate a Welsh assembly member, says a senior party figure.

Lord Carlile told BBC Radio Wales it appeared the party did not have the money to fight John Dixon’s case.

He was disqualifed as an AM when it emerged he was a member of a public body to which candidates cannot belong.

The Welsh Lib Dems said he paid a high price but his case had little support in the assembly.

The party leadership has already admitted failing to provide candidates with proper support.

North Wales AM Aled Roberts regained his seat when AMs voted to readmit him last week after his was disqualified for the same reason.

Members voted to reinstate Mr Roberts after an investigation found he was misled by out-of-date guidance for election candidates published in Welsh.

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I’m very disappointed that my party and his, the Liberal Democrats, appeared not to have the resources to take up the cudgels to fight John Dixon’s case all the way”

End Quote Lord Carlile of Berriew Lib Dem peer But the same report found Mr Dixon had failed to read the relevant regulations as a candidate and the party withdrew its motion to reinstate him.

Mr Dixon, 46, a Cardiff councillor, was elected for the South Wales Central region, but had to stand down because he was still a member of the Care Council for Wales, which regulates social care workers.

His place in the assembly has been taken by Eluned Parrott.

Lord Carlile QC of Berriew is a former Welsh party leader.

The former Montgomeryshire MP said if Mr Dixon had been put to the vote and refused entry to the assembly, his case would have been the subject of a “successful judicial review”.

Speaking on Sunday Supplement on BBC Radio Wales, he said: “I’m appalled by what has happened to John Dixon. What John Dixon did quote, wrong, unquote, was very far from being heinous.

“I believe that if John Dixon had been put to the vote and refused entry to the assembly, it would have been the subject of a successful judicial review.

“And I’m very disappointed that my party and his, the Liberal Democrats, appeared not to have the resources to take up the cudgels to fight John Dixon’s case all the way.”

Asked if his party was broke, and did not have the money to fight the case, Lord Carlile added: “I’m not sure the party’s broke, but taking up the case would have involved the potential expenditure of a few tens of thousands of pounds.

“In my view, it would have been right for that money to be spent to save the political career of a fine candidate, who would have made a good assembly member.”

He added that if the money had been available to “pursue litigation on his behalf”, he believed Mr Dixon “would be back in the assembly”.

A Welsh Liberal Democrats spokesman said: “The Welsh Liberal Democrats approach from the beginning was to do all we could to ensure that the two men could take up their seats.

“Alex Carlile is absolutely right to say that John Dixon would have been an excellent Assembly Member and that he has paid a very high price for what was far from being the most heinous crime committed by a politician in the last few years.

“However, it was clear there was very little support for his case in the assembly.”

Last Tuesday, a report by assembly standards commissioner Gerard Elias QC said Mr Roberts “did everything that he could have reasonably been expected to do in ensuring that he was not a disqualified person for the purpose of nomination or election”.

In a statement, the Commission said “there were mistakes made” in its guidance for candidates.

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July 11, 2011

Vitali Klitschko wants Haye fight

The Klitschko brothers doubt Haye’s desire for a rematch

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has told BBC Sport he would be prepared to fight David Haye.

Vitali’s brother Wladimir beat the Briton on points in Germany on 2 July.

“I was the happiest man in the world that my brother beat him but I’m unhappy that Wladimir [was not able] to send him to the floor,” said Vitali.

“That did not happen because it’s difficult when someone is running away. Maybe in the future if I have a chance to send him to the floor, I will.”

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Sometimes boxing fans are confused about who is the world champion, but now no questions, the world champion is Klitschko

Vitali Klitschko

But Vitali added that he and his brother – who could yet face Haye in a rematch – no longer have as much motivation to take him on since he no longer holds a world title.

By beating Haye, Wladimir added the British fighter’s WBA belt to his IBF, IBO and WBO titles.

“It was big motivation to fight David Haye because he had the one title we didn’t have, but now we have all the titles in the heavyweight division,” said Vitali.

“Sometimes boxing fans are confused about who is the world champion, but now no questions, the world champion is Klitschko. That it’s two brothers is not important.

“One of the boxing experts said right now that there is the biggest crisis [in boxing]. The name of that crisis is Klitschko brothers. We have a lot of power. We have a couple more years dominating at heavyweight.”

Wladimir Klitschko has questioned Haye's motivation Wladimir Klitschko has questioned whether David Haye wants a rematch

After his defeat by Wladimir, Haye spoke of his desire to avenge that result, but the Ukrainian has questioned his beaten opponent’s motivation.

“I don’t really believe he wants to have this rematch because the end of the fight won’t be changed in any way,” said the 35-year-old.

“He’s talking about finances because it’s a good way to make more money. Well, it’s not just about money in sport. Will I concede a rematch? Maybe yes, maybe no. I have some time to think about it but there are good names such as Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury, new fighters who haven’t lost and have all their ambitions.

“I believe David Haye got his 15 minutes of fame in the last two years on the cost of the Klitschko brothers’ name, because that’s the way he was promoting himself.

“I think he has talked about his retirement by October and I believe his dream is coming true. He can retire and go to Hollywood like he has been dreaming about.”

July 1, 2011

Federal Flood Commission: Preparedness to fight floods reviewed

Provinces directed to complete repair work in flood affected areas by July 15. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar has asked provinces to complete the restoration and rehabilitation of flood-stricken areas by July 15, 2011 in order to ensure safety in the upcoming monsoon season.

While presiding over the pre-flood inter-provincial meeting of the Federal Flood Commission, the minister also directed the provinces to adopt all pre-emptive measures recommended by the commission in order to avert possible damages in case of heavy rains and subsequent flooding, according to a press release issued on Thursday.

The meeting was held to review the progress on the restoration work, flood bunds and to check the status of the provinces as well as the federation in terms of preparations for the upcoming monsoon season.

Qamar also directed the provinces to submit a progress report on the restoration work and mid-term flood schemes, and directed the commission to monitor the rehabilitation activities of the provinces.

They were also asked to mobilise all resources to repair infrastructure, streamline procedures and work on war-footing to ensure safety if faced with the same disaster that Pakistan was hit with last year.

The minister said that he would himself visit all the four provinces to review the restoration and reconstruction work by the provinces.

He also asked the Met Office to ensure a timely weather forecast. “Timely and correct flood forecast will certainly help in managing flood situation,” he said.

Earlier, the meeting was informed that Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan have almost completed immediate and mid-term restoration work. All four provinces ensured that the remaining work will be finished by July 15.

Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) stated that all the arrangements have been made to meet any challenges during the monsoon, adding that the authority has close coordination with all the federal and provincial departments concerned.

DG Met Office briefed the meeting on the flood forecasting plan and stated that timely and accurate weather forecast during 2011 will be ensured.

He forecast 10 per cent below normal monsoon in the coming season.

The meeting was informed that the flood damages to irrigation, drainage and flood protection infrastructure as assessed by ADB & World Bank, and their reconstruction/rehabilitation cost is around RS83 billion.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2011.

July 1, 2011

Pakistan and England fight out thrilling draw

Sohail, Shakeel score for Greenshirts in 4-Nation tournament. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


In a fast and furious last six minutes, Pakistan lost the lead, regained and settled for a 2-2 draw with England at the Rabo 4-Nation Cup.

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June 30, 2011

Pakistan and England fight out thrilling draw

Sohail Abbas was in form against England as he opened the scoring with his 328th goal for his country. PHOTO: FILE

AMSTERDAM: In a fast and furious last six minutes, Pakistan lost the lead, regained and finally settled for a 2-2 draw with England at the men’s 4-Nations tournament here Wednesday.

The day’s other match – which like the England Pakistan clash had been held over from Tuesday because of a thunderstorm – saw hosts Netherlands beat arch-rivals Germany 2-1.

Pakistani legend Sohail Abbas was in form against England as he opened the scoring with his 328th goal for his country, slotting home Pakistan’s only penalty corner.

Khawaja Junaid, Pakistan manager, believes Abbas is approaching complete fitness.

“His fitness is much better than at the World Cup last December and we are focusing on getting him into perfect condition for the London Olympics,” Junaid said.

Abbas was suspended late in the match, followed immediately by Richard Smith equalizing for England.

Shakeel Abbasi scored a short-handed goal for Pakistan, two minutes from time while Abbas was still under suspension.

Barry Middleton deflected in a pass from outside the circle for England’s equalizer, seconds later.

Jason Lee, England coach, was unhappy with the result.

“We should have won comfortably as we had chances to score more goals,” Lee said.

Netherlands beat Germany in a fast flowing game, both breaking through the middle of the pitch.

Thilo Stralkowski scored for Germany in the first half.

Taeke Taekema converted a penalty stroke and Quirijn Caspers scored for Netherlands in the second half.

Paul van As, Netherlands coach and Markus Weisse, Germany coach agreed the game was a good spectacle.

“It was a fast, interesting game with a lot of action in both attacking circles,” Weisse said.

The tournament has become a round-robin competition with no final after the cancellation of Tuesday’s matches.

On Friday, Pakistan takes on Germany and England play Netherlands.