Police request Ronaldo DNA in rape investigation

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen insisted a warrant for the Juventus superstar’s DNA is a “very standard request” amid the ongoing investigation into a rape allegation. American Kathryn Mayorga has accused Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a hotel in Las Vegas in 2009, with the Portugal captain having come out to “firmly deny” the claims. German publication Der Spiegel first reported the accusations, which also included the suggestion Ronaldo paid Ms Mayorga $375,000 (£288,000) in 2010 as part of a privacy agreement, preventing her from going public with the allegations. 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? Ms Mayorga filed a lawsuit in an attempt to quash that agreement while Las Vegas police have re-opened an investigation. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that police in Las Vegas police had requested a sample of Ronaldo’s DNA, citing “a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the case.” The report also claims that a warrant was recently sent to the court system in Italy.  Christiansen has previously confirmed that the payment was made to Ms Mayorga, but said documents presented as evidence had been “stolen” and “completely fabricated”. “To be clear, Mr Ronaldo vehemently denies all of the allegations in the complaint and has consistently maintained that denial for the last nine years,” Christiansen said in a statement in October.  “The documents which purportedly contain statements by Mr Ronaldo and have been reported in the media are complete fabrications. It is my understanding that in 2015, dozens of entities [including law firms] across many different industries throughout Europe were hacked and their electronic data was stolen and captured by a cyber criminal. “This hacker attempted to sell this data, and one media outlet has now irresponsibly published the stolen documents, significant portions of which were altered and/or completely fabricated. To absolve any doubt, Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature. “While Mr Ronaldo does not deny the existence of the mutual agreement and release, his motivations for agreeing to that resolution have been twisted to say the least. “Far from any admission of guilt or any ulterior motive, Mr Ronaldo was advised to privately resolve the allegations against him in order to avoid the inevitable attempts that are now being made to destroy a reputation that has been built upon hard work, athleticism and honour.  “Unfortunately, he now finds himself embroiled in the type of litigation that is all too commonplace in America.” Furthermore, following the report that a DNA sample has been requested, Christiansen game a statement to Omnispor t, saying: “Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature. “So it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation.” Ronaldo, 33, has scored a league-high 14 goals in Serie A and 15 in all competitions for Italian champions Juve this season, having arrived from Real Madrid in July.last_img read more

Demandes acceptées au Programme de bons pour la productivité et linnovation

first_imgLes entreprises de la Nouvelle-Écosse peuvent stimuler l’innovation et la productivité grâce à l’expertise et aux services des universités et des collèges de la province. Le Programme de bons pour la productivité et l’innovation, désormais géré par Innovacorp, accepte maintenant les demandes des petites et moyennes entreprises. La date limite est le 3 juillet. « Une entreprise en démarrage a peut-être besoin d’aide pour construire un prototype, une jeune entreprise a peut-être besoin d’une analyse d’un nouveau débouché ou encore, une entreprise cherche peut-être à améliorer l’efficacité de ses processus de production », souligne Stephen Duff, président et directeur général d’Innovacorp, la société de capital de risque au démarrage en Nouvelle-Écosse. « Nos établissements d’enseignement ont une expertise et des solutions techniques considérables à offrir. La commission One Nova Scotia nous demande de doubler le nombre de partenariats en recherche et développement entre les entreprises et les universités et collèges communautaires. Nous souhaitons que ce programme renforce les liens entre les chercheurs et l’industrie, et améliore la capacité des entreprises à faire concurrence sur le marché global. » Le programme de bons est offert en deux séries. La première série offre des bons ou des crédits, pouvant s’élever à 15 000 $, aux demandeurs admissibles qui n’ont jamais reçu de bon auparavant ou qui présentent un nouveau projet. La deuxième série offre des bons pouvant s’élever à 25 000 $ pour poursuivre le travail effectué grâce à un bon accordé dans le cadre de la première série. Les services admissibles incluent la recherche appliquée, les services d’ingénierie, le prototypage, la conception de produits et les essais sur le terrain. Les universités et les collèges qui participent au programme sont l’Université Acadia, l’Université Cape Breton, l’Université Dalhousie, l’Université Mount Saint Vincent, l’Université Saint Mary’s, l’Université St. Francis Xavier, l’Université Sainte-Anne, le Nova Scotia College of Art and Design et le Nova Scotia Community College.Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le https://innovacorp.ca/acceleration-initiatives/productivity-and-innovation-voucher-program (en anglais seulement).last_img read more