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  • Joshna-Ghosal bow out of mixed doubles event at CWG

    first_imgIt was curtains for India in the team squash events of the Commonwealth Games after fourth seeded pair of national champions Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa went down fighting to the Malaysians duo of Nicol David and Beng Hee Ong in the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles category here today.The Indian pair gave a glimpse of their fighting abilities before going down against the third seed Malaysian pair 5-11 11-7 7-11 in almost an hour contest at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.The capacity crowd present at the all-glass court arena cheered relentlessly for the Indian pair but that did not prove sufficient to raise the confidence of Ghosal and Chinappa.The pair had claimed a place in the last eight of the Mixed event after a final qualifying round win over Scottish pair Frania Gillen-Buchert and Alan Clyne and a bye in the prequarters yesterday.David, women’s singles Commonwealth gold medallist, and Beng Hee had suffered the surprise early pool defeat against English pair of Sarah Kippax and Adrian Grant before bouncing back in the contest to reach the last eight stage.”Both of us played well today but that was not enough to secure a win. Team events are altogether a different ball game. There were few things where we could have done better but we fell short of expectations today,” said a disappointed Ghosal.”There were some talks that Joshna did not play well today and committed few errors but she was not at all weak with her game. It’s not that if I had played with Dipika (Ghosal’s original partner in the mixed doubles), results would have been different. One need to understand Joshna’s strength are different from that of Dipika.advertisement”I don’t want to use Dipika’s excuse for losing the game.We played well but it was not our day,” added the 24-year-old from Kolkata.Malaysia’s David said, “It’s always tough to play against these guys. They are good and I had to pick my game up at several junctures. As part of the strategy, the Indians were attacking me and we were attacking Joshna.”Joshna made few errors and we got few lucky points.Ghosal was great with his speed and angular shots. Overall it was a tough game,” admitted David.In the first game, the Malaysian pair was severly tested by the Indian duo, bidding to win country’s first squash medal.Ghosal, who was classy in his approach and execution of shots and dead drops for winners, never let his opponents make the contest one-sided.At one stage, the game was locked 4-4 but few error of judgements and the Malaysians raced away to a 10-5 lead and settled the issue on 11-5 points.At the break, national coach Cyrus Poncha was seen discussing some shots selection with Ghosal and Chinappa, to remedy specific weaknesses and validate their ideas.That brief interaction worked as the Indian pair showcased certain patterns of shots and made excellent use of both forehand and backhand sides before taking the second game on 11-7 points in 21 minutes.The third game saw some excellent volleys and good groundstrokes from both the sides but the fourth seed pair failed to rise on the occassion and went down fighting in a keenly-played decider.After the match, the crowd gave a standing ovation to the pair for their never-ending effort and dedication.Yesterday, the Indian challenge had come to an end in the men’s and women’s doubles events with the pre-quarterfinal exit of the players.In the men’s doubles event, the eighth seed pair of Gaurav Nandrajog and Siddharth Suchde went down fighting to sixth seed Malaysian pair of Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 9-11 7-11 in 56 minutes while the 11th seed pair of Sandeep Jangra and Harinder Pal Sandhu was no match to fifth seed Scottish pair of Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch and lost 5-11 5-11 in 32 minutes.In the women’s doubles, the unseeded pair of Anaka Alnkamony and Surbhi Misra was made to run from one corner to another by third seed pair of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro before losing 6-11 1-11 in 18 minutes.Meanwhile, the day also witnessed other top seed pairs progressing to the next round.England’s women’s doubles pair of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro advanced to the final of the event with a 2-1 victory over Australia’sKasey Brown and Donna Urquhart.The pair won 6-11 11-5 11-4 in 54 minutes.”As soon as we won I went a bit goose-pimpley. It’s our first tournament together but we felt quietly confident. We have been saying the whole time that anyone in the England team can play together. We have got such a good understanding,” Duncalf said.advertisementNew Zealand’s mixed doubles pair of Martin Knight and Joelle King also secured a place in the semifinals with a fluent 2-0 victory over their team-mates in the quarterfinals of the event.They defeated Campbell Grayson and Jaclyn Hawkes 11-6 11-9 in 50 minutes.last_img read more

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  • No Goals, No Fans, No TV: Korea Draw 0-0 in Blacked-out FIFA World Cup Qualifier

    first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Seoul: North and South Korea drew 0-0 in a historic but surreal World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, played in front of an empty stadium and almost completely blocked off from the outside world.The showdown between the two sides — whose countries are still technically at war — took place at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Stadium with no live broadcast, no supporters and no foreign media in attendance. Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min captained South Korea in the first competitive men’s match to be played in Pyongyang but frustrated South Korean fans, who were not allowed to travel to the game, will have to wait days to see it on television — after officials bring back a recording on DVD.”North Korea promised to provide a DVD containing full footage of the match before our delegation departs,” the South’s unification ministry, which handles cross-border affairs, said in a statement.The only simple way to follow the match, which the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had billed as “one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures” for years, was via the limited online text commentary posted on FIFA and AFC websites.The minimal updates available, however, were limited to yellow cards and substitutions. Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim booked North Korea’s Ri Yong Jik and Ri Un Chol, and Kim Young-gwon and Kim Min-jae from the South.A photo posted on the website of the South’s Korean Football Association (KFA) showed the match in progress with giant floodlights illuminating the empty stands.Among the tiny number of spectators was FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who flew in to Pyongyang earlier in the day.”It’s a great pleasure to be here,” Infantino, sporting a North Korean flag lapel pin, said as he was welcomed at the airport by the head of the North Korean Football Association, Kim Jang San.The South Korean team had arrived in Pyongyang on Monday accompanied only by their coaches and support staff.The delegation had to leave their mobile phones at the South Korean embassy in Beijing ahead of their departure, and reaching the team in Pyongyang has been a struggle.”Nothing is guaranteed in terms of communication so we have to use whatever works at any given moment,” a KFA official said, adding they were currently relying on emails.RESTRICTIVE ARRANGEMENTSA Monday evening press conference by South Korean coach Paulo Bento was attended by five North Korean journalists and two KFA staff, who had to return to their hotel to get an internet connection before posting details of the briefing on the association website.AFC general secretary Windsor John said the restrictive arrangements were only to be expected.”We understand DPR Korea’s situation,” John told AFP, using the official name for North Korea. “We are not surprised.”The match comes in the wake of a series of North Korean missile tests that raised tensions in the region, and after the breakdown of talks with the United States over Pyongyang’s weapons programmes.Since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February, Pyongyang has regularly excoriated Seoul, ruling out prospects of inter-Korean dialogue.It is a far cry from the cross-border warmth of last year, when South Korean President Moon Jae-in seized on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to broker the Pyongyang-Washington talks process and held three summits himself with Kim.Back then, the pair discussed and agreed on further sports exchanges including a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics.South Korean football fans were outraged over the blackout and demanded that the North be held accountable for not following international standards.”A game that’s not broadcast live is completely meaningless,” a fan commented online.Another fan added: “If North Korea does not allow live broadcasts, it should be kicked out from international federations.” 2022 fifa world cupblack outdrawfans First Published: October 15, 2019, 4:24 PM ISTlast_img read more

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  • Lava lists A52, Flair S1 online, price starts at Rs 3,599

    first_imgHome grown company Lava on Thursday listed two new budget phones on its official website, the A52 and Flair S1. While the A52 is priced at Rs 3,599, the Flair S1 comes with a price a tag of Rs 4,349.The Flair S1 sports a 3.2-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.  The smartphone is backed by a 1,750 mAh battery which is rated to deliver up to 9 hours of talk time on 3G networks and up to 13 hours on 2G.The dualSIM phone is powered by 1.3 GHz dual-core processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM. The handset comes with 8GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 32 GB through a microSD card.  The device comes packed with feature such as GPRS/ EDGE, 2G/3G, Bluetooth v4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.The A52 is also a dualSIM phone with a 4-inch display and a screen resolution of 480×800 pixels. The device is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM. It comes with 4GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card. The A52 sports a 2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a 0.3-megapixel front camera. Backed by a 1,200mAh battery, the phone includes features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPRS/ EDGE.The company has listed both the phones online and is expected to soon announce their availability in India.last_img read more

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  • Basketball court opened inside Berhampur stadium

    first_imgBerhampur (Odisha), Aug 30 (PTI) A basketball court was opened inside Berhampur Stadium in this south Odisha city after its renovation much to the delight of sports lovers.The opening coincided with the National Sports Day yesterday. The court was closed for the last two years and the works department has renovated the court. The stadium has another basketball court.The government had sanctioned Rs 50-lakh for the development of the stadium two years ago. The chunk of the sanctioned funds was spent for the development of the basketball court, said Executive Engineer, Works Department, Binod Padhy.The other works include repair of volleyball court, construction of drains and gate of the stadium, he said. The opening of the basketball court would benefit players and the Berhampur Sports Hostel inmates, who are imparted training, said stadium in-charge Sachidananda Majhi.Twenty inmates of the sports hostel are receiving training on basketball, he said.The sports lovers here, however, urged the government to complete the stadium work, setting up of a weightlifting academy and a hostel for footballers.Berhampur stadium has not been completed 27 years after its inception as the major portion of land is under the possession of ministry of defence (MoD).Around 17.68 acres near old bus stand were identified for the stadium. Of the area, 9.18 acres are under the MoD. The incomplete stadium was inaugurated by the then chief minister JB Patnaik in 1989.”We have urged the government for completion of the stadium by taking up the matter with the MoD,” said secretary, Ganjam district athletic association, Kameswar Rao. PTI COR SKN CR CRadvertisementlast_img read more

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  • James Washington Has Record-Setting 200-Yard Day Against Texas Tech

    first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! If you were going to pick a day for James Washington to have his career day, you could do a lot worse than at Texas Tech. Washington is from Stamford, Texas which Google tells me is 147 miles from Lubbock. He had a lot of folks coming in for the festivities. “All of the people of this community, we try to get behind our kids,” his mom Chrysta Washington told the Oklahoman. “Some of them have never seen something like this and it’s an opportunity, because it’s so close. “So a lot of them said, ‘We want to go support him.’ He should have a lot of people there to try and root him on.”Washington became just the sixth Cowboy to have a 200-yard receiving day in school history. It was the 10th 200-yard receiving day in school history.Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 8.51.44 PMHow good is Gundy going into Lubbock and beating Kliff with a 1A receiver a stone’s throw from Lubbock? It’s pretty great. The other JW. Pokes up 11. pic.twitter.com/p6ipI9Bkf5— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) October 31, 2015last_img read more

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  • Arsenal academy coach banned for abusive language to Under-9s referee

    first_imgArsenal Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn 16:59 Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Topics How Argentina’s women took on blatant sexism to reach the World Cup Share on Twitter Nichols had loudly criticised a series of the referees’ decisions but he claimed that he simply said, “OK, fine”, after she turned down his post-match handshake. The appeal board said: “Even though the referee is likely still to have been in a state of distress, we remain of the view that it is highly unlikely that the referee would have misheard ‘OK, fine,’ for ‘How classy, little prick’.”Arsenal told the panel Nichols had been a youth coach for 12 years, nine of them at professional clubs, and he had never previously been charged by the FA.center_img news Share on Facebook Blood, sweat and fears: special report on abuse towards grassroots football referees – video Play Video The referee, described in the FA’s written judgement as “a female minor, a child”, was crying towards the end of the match and after it, according to witnesses. Referees must be at least 14 before they can take charge of a junior game. She told the panel that Nichols had made her feel “humiliated, belittled and bullied”.After the game she refused his offer of a handshake, to which he said: “How classy, little prick.” The referee said Nichols had later come to her to apologise for his behaviour but she did not accept that, either. Nichols denied having made the remark.An Arsenal spokesman said: “At Arsenal we do not accept or tolerate behaviour of this nature. We took appropriate action, suspending the coach immediately the allegation was brought to our attention. This was the first allegation of this nature in his long coaching career and he has been warned about his future conduct.”Nichols was originally found guilty of only the first charge and cleared of using the abusive words after the game. But the FA appealed against the ruling of the regulatory commission and a second hearing found Nichols guilty on both counts. His fine was increased to £400. Football Share on Messenger Read more An Arsenal academy coach has been fined and banned for three matches after he was found to have called a female teenage referee a “little prick” and reduced her to tears. The behaviour of Alex Nichols during and after an Under-9s game against Reading earlier in the year was described by a Football Association disciplinary panel as having “painted an abhorrent picture”.Nichols was charged on two counts: for using improper language and behaviour towards the referee during the game and, more seriously, for insulting her afterwards.last_img read more

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  • An FCS Program Just Upset An FBS Team

    first_imgLincoln Financial Field ahead of a Temple football game.College football Saturdays are back and they aren’t going anywhere until 2019. Week 1 of the college football season is well underway and there have already been plenty of upsets.On Saturday afternoon, an FCS program took down an FBS program. The battle for Philadelphia between Villanova and Temple ended with the Wildcats on top.Nova walked out with a 19-17 win after a late touchdown gave the Wildcats the lead. Temple’s quarterback threw a late interception that sealed the victory for the Wildcats.Cats WIN at @LFFStadium!#BeatTemple#GoNova#TapTheRock pic.twitter.com/se8O3LDVMo— Villanova Football (@NovaFootball) September 1, 2018It’s the first FCS over FBS game of the day, but it certainly won’t be the last of the year.Villanova dominated the line of scrimmage to the tune of 405 yards of offense to Temple’s 251 yards.last_img read more

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  • Nick Saban Reveals What Team He Doesn’t Want To Play

    first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 5: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban doesn’t have a say in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s decision, but he knows who he doesn’t want the Crimson Tide to play.The SEC championship-winning head coach said after Alabama’s win over Georgia that he does not want to have to face the Bulldogs again.Saban, though, believes Georgia is worthy of a spot in the College Football Playoff.Alabama’s head coach says the Bulldogs are a top-four team.“They are one of the four best teams in the country. I don’t want to play them again. That is the ultimate compliment I can give them,” Saban said after his team’s win.Nick Saban on Georgia: “They are one of the four best teams in the country. I don’t want to play them again. That is the ultimate compliment I can give them.”— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) December 2, 2018Will the College Football Playoff selection committee end up agreeing with Saban?Alabama’s head coach isn’t the only one making this argument. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes Georgia should be No. 3 in the selection committee’s final rankings.The College Football Playoff will officially be unveiled at noon on ESPN.last_img read more

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  • Scorpio Bulkers Cuts Loan Repayments, Delays Newbuilds

    first_imgzoom Monaco-based bulker owner Scorpio Bulkers has struck a deal in principle with its lenders to amend the minimum liquidity covenant and reduce future principal repayments under its credit facilities. The reduction relates to all its loans greater of USD 50 million and USD 850,000 per vessel, to a new level of the greater of USD 25 million and USD 700,000 per vessel.In exchange for making an advance principal repayment of approximately USD 41.2 million, the company has agreed to cut future principal repayments of USD 67.9 million in aggregate.In addition, Scorpio also agreed with shipyards to delay the delivery of two Ultramax vessels and six Kamsarmax vessels under construction by around six months each. These vessels, previously expected to be delivered between March 2016 and September 2016 are now expected to be delivered between September 2016 and April 2017. Pursuant to these delays, USD 0.7 million that was previously expected to be paid to shipyards during 2016 is now pushed for 2017.The company also struck a deal with a shipyard in China to reduce the price to be paid under the final installments of the construction contracts for two Ultramax bulk carriers to be delivered in Q2 2016 by approximately USD 0.9 million in aggregate.Separately, Scorpio informed of a termination of time charter-in contracts, effective March 19, 2016, of four vessels (one Post-Panamax vessel, one Ultramax vessel, one Supramax vessel and one Handymax vessel) for a one-time payment of USD 10 million.last_img read more

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  • 14 homes destroyed in Paddle Prairie Metis settlement in wildfire

    first_imgMembers were only told to leave when the fire was two kilometers away from the hamlet.Lori Wanuch, vice chair of the settlement, said the community was not given enough notice.“Our members did not take anything. They left their pets at home because we had two volunteers going around feeding the pets. So everyone thought their pets were fine,” said Wanuch.“The horses, everything was at home because as far as we knew we weren’t a threat from the Chuckegg Creek fire.”(People in Paddle Prairie left the community without belongings or pets. The fire was two kilometres away when the call came to evacuate. Photo couresty Dean Ducharme)When APTN News visited Paddle Prairie last week, members were taking in evacuees while creating their own evacuation plan.Elders, children and those with respiratory issues were told to leave due to the smoke.No one was expecting this.“I just talked to my brother and he said ‘we could lose it all,’” said Tina St. Germain, who volunteered to help evacuees last week.“I’m not sure how many homes are lost. With the smoke cover you have to wait until that lifts.”(The wildfire burning south from High Level covers 230,000 hectares. Photo courtesy: Dean Ducharme)St. Germain spoke with APTN from Peace River, a town taking in evacuees.She said her home is in the northern part of Paddle Prairie and in line with the fire.““When I walked in that house it wasn’t about the stuff. It was about the structure that you built your family around. Right?” she said, “I walked around in a daze. There was so much I could have grabbed.“I couldn’t even think all I could think was the memories.”Currently, there are 29 wildfires in Alberta.Wabasca and Bigstone Cree Nation have also been evacuated.There are more than a dozen communities that have been evacuated since the fires started two weeks ago, leaving evacuees scattered across the northern part of the province.tpimentel@aptn.ca@tamara_aptn The wildfire moving towards the Paddle Prairie Metis settlement in Alberta. Photo courtesy: Dean DucharmeTamara PimentelAPTN NewsMembers of the Paddle Prairie Métis settlement say they had no time to take any belongings in order to escape a massive wildfire that was just a couple of kilometres from their community.A message posted on Facebook Thursday evening from the settlement, reported that 14 homes had been lost in the 230,000 hectare wildfire.The community, located 720 km northwest of Edmonton along the MacKenzie Hwy, was forced to flee as winds from the north pushed the out of control fire near High Level, Alta. south toward Paddle Prairie.“It was still going hard when I left,” said council member Danielle Poitras in a phone interview from Grande Prairie.“I know we did lose some homes.”last_img read more

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  • Dairy looms as 11th hour NAFTA irritant as Trump advisers press for

    first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s protected supply-managed dairy industry emerged as a major 11th-hour irritant as the Trudeau government returned Tuesday to what could be the final, pivotal round of talks to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement.Two of Donald Trump’s top lieutenants turned up the heat on Canada to open up the protected sector that the U.S. president has repeatedly attacked. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remained unmoved.The pressure came one day after the U.S. president again blasted the Canadian dairy industry during his announcement of a trade agreement with Mexico that he said could replace NAFTA.Late Tuesday, the Globe and Mail reported that Ottawa was prepared to make concessions to Washington on Canada’s dairy market. The offer, the report said, is part of an effort to save a dispute-settlement system within NAFTA, maintain safeguards for cultural industries and avert tougher pharmaceutical patent protections.The report said Ottawa tried to offer more dairy market access to the U.S. during NAFTA talks in May, but the U.S. declined.Dairy is a politically charged issue that many analysts have predicted would be among the final conflicts to be addressed in the NAFTA renegotiation. In Canada, it is a near-$20-billion industry that employs more than 220,000 people. Supply management is considered sacrosanct in Quebec and Ontario — Canada’s two largest provinces, which mark the path to power for all political parties.Trump imposed a Friday deadline for Canada to join the U.S. and Mexico, which is when the administration plans to give Congress its mandatory 90-day notification of the new trade deal.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Larry Kudlow, the director of the president’s National Economic Council, said in separate television appearances on Tuesday that concessions from Canada on dairy are essential to getting a three-way deal by then.“They may have some problems with the kinds of concessions we need,” Ross told the Fox Business News program Mornings With Maria.“They’ve been very bad to our farmers, particularly to our dairy farmers. The president has made clear that’s not something that’s agreeable to him.”Kudlow told the Fox show Varney and Co. that Trump would “love” to make a deal with Canada. But he said it has to be “a good deal which is in the interests of the American economy, the American workforce, American farmers.”The Trudeau government has repeatedly pledged to protect dairy farmers, but Canada has opened up limited access to its dairy market in previous trade talks, including its comprehensive pact with the European Union.The prime minister sidestepped a question Tuesday about whether he would be willing allow more access to the Canadian market.“My position on defending supply management has not changed. We will defend supply management.”It’s not clear that the United States actually wants to destroy supply management. Much of the American ire is focused on Canada’s decision to introduce a new classification of dairy product.In 2016, Canada created the Class 7 pricing agreement that has essentially restricted U.S. exports of ultra-filtered milk used to make dairy products. It allows Canadian dairy processors to buy domestic milk at cheaper world market prices than the higher prices under supply management. U.S. farmers say that’s a violation of Canada’s trade commitments.The head of Saputo Inc., Canada’s largest dairy processor, told The Canadian Press in June that the NAFTA dairy impasse with Trump can be resolved if Canada ends Class 7.Dairy Farmers of Canada has said that ending Class 7 is out of the question.On Tuesday, the organization released a statement re-iterating the need for Ottawa to protect supply management. It made no mention of Class 7. Officials from the dairy lobby were unavailable for interviews.On Monday, as Trump piled on his with his long-standing criticism of Canadian dairy, he did not single out supply management specifically. “You know, they have tariffs of almost 300 per cent on some of our dairy products, so we can’t have that. We’re not going to stand for that,” he said.Trump then dangled the possibility of imposing harsh auto tariffs to punish Canada. The Commerce Department is currently investigating whether to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on Canadian autos under national security provisions in U.S. trade law.last_img read more

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  • Gaza UN agencies say closures of crossings come at a humanitarian cost

    The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) noted that the layoff of 65,000 workers by companies in Gaza, following the lack of supplies there, could affect as many as 450,000 dependents.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which has identified $30 million worth of emergency projects for Gaza, said that it will provide employment projects worth some 640,000 days of work for unemployed refugees there. UNRWA further endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for Karni crossing to be open to Palestinian commercial imports and exports. 19 July 2007The United Nations today said that the closures of crossing points into Gaza are coming at a terrible cost to people living there. read more

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  • UN celebrates 60th birthday with wreath laying pledges to rise to new

    From its Headquarters in New York to its far-flung outposts on the front line in Afghanistan and other crisis points around the world, the United Nations today celebrated its 60th birthday with wreath layings for fallen colleagues, the ringing of the Harmony Bell and appeals to rise to the new challenges that lie ahead.Sixty years to the day after the UN officially came into existence with the ratification of its Charter, Secretary-General Kofi Annan recalled last month’s World Summit where leaders sought to forge a common response to new challenges in a world that is very different from that of the organization’s founders. “They have left us a great deal of work to do,” he declared in a message, citing their commitment to reduce hunger and poverty by 50 per cent in the next 10 years, their pledge to create new bodies to promote human rights and build lasting peace in war-torn countries, their pledge to fight terrorism and take collective action to save populations from genocide.At a ceremony in the Visitors Lobby at Headquarters he laid a wreath in honour of UN colleagues who fell in the line of duty.In his message, he noted the Summit’s decisions on important reforms of the UN Secretariat, but regretted too the leaders’ weak statements on climate change and Security Council reform and their total lack of agreement on nuclear proliferation and disarmament.“Today, as we mark the sixtieth anniversary of our indispensable institution, I promise you that I will do my part,” he concluded. “And I trust that you, as global citizens, will do yours.”Together with General Assembly President Jan Eliasson of Sweden, and the Security Council President for October, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, Mr. Annan rang the “Harmony Bell,” on loan for the day from the World Harmony Foundation, a global non-profit network of independent service providers. “The realities of the world are a constant reminder that global action and collective efforts are now needed more than ever,” Mr. Eliasson declared in his message. “And every day, the United Nations proves that it makes a difference for people and crisis areas around the world: for the starving child, the AIDS-stricken mother, the war-torn country, the disaster-stricken area, the desperate refugee, for the oppressed, the neglected and the vulnerable,” he said. “The best birthday gift to our Organization is for all of us, the members of the global community, to translate our leaders’ commitments at the 2005 World Summit into concrete action to the benefit of the peoples of the world.” United States Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney presented a framed resolution from the House of Representatives congratulating the world body.A celebratory cake was wheeled on and students from the UN International School (UNIS) then sang Happy Birthday in the UN’ six official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.Half way around the world in strife-torn Afghanistan, a birthday ceremony was held at Kabul University where Mr. Annan’s message was read out and a film screened on UN activities. In Pristina, capital of Kosovo, which the UN has administered ever since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave human rights abuses in fighting between Albanians and Serbs, a forum on the world body’s role on peace, security, human rights and development at the Grand Hotel. read more

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  • David Wrights Career Wasnt Supposed To Go This Way

    —David Wright3B100042.65.92.20.70.20.0 Perhaps Zimmerman’s rebirth can provide hope of a similar renaissance for Wright and the Mets. Just last Thursday, Wright told reporters that he still hopes to return to the major leagues, perhaps as soon as next season. But if Wright wants to contribute anything going forward, he’ll have to contend with history: Since 1901, only three position players — Ken Griffey Jr., Arky Vaughan and Richie Ashburn — produced at least 40 WAR through age 31, fewer than 1.0 WAR per season from ages 32 to 34, and still came back to generate at least 2.0 WAR from age 35 onward. (For his part, Wright had 50.7 WAR through age 31 and 0.3 WAR per season over the next three years.)Even if Wright does buck that trend, he’ll be a long way from the path that once seemed so certain for him and for the Mets. More likely, he’ll serve as a cautionary tale that even the most probable of future Hall of Famers can get derailed on the path to Cooperstown.Check out our latest MLB predictions. In a narrow sense, the recent announcement that New York Mets captain David Wright needed surgery — thus ending his latest rehab stint — was just another line item in what was already an absurdly injury-wrecked, grossly disappointing Mets season.Wright’s setback, however, was more a symbolic blow for the Mets than anything else. The once-great third baseman hadn’t played a game since May 2016 and turns 35 in December, so he probably wasn’t going to add much production on the field, at least not anytime soon. But Wright is also the top position player in franchise history according to wins above replacement (WAR),1Averaging together the Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs versions of WAR. and the Mets’ second-best player ever, period (behind Tom Seaver). He’s just the fourth captain in club history and was once on the shortlist of the most popular players in the game.As difficult as it is to remember now, a healthy Wright was among baseball’s upper echelon of players for a very long time. He was also easily on track to become a Hall of Famer — the rare member to spend his entire career with the Mets, who have a tendency to either pick up HOFers mid-career or jettison them too soon.2Only one of the 14 Hall of Famers to suit up for New York (Seaver) produced more than half of his career WAR in a Mets uniform. This is not how the future was supposed to look for both Wright and the Mets.In the decade from 2005 (Wright’s first full MLB season) to 2014 (his last full season), only four position players — Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Beltre — put up more WAR than Wright. Looking at primary third basemen since 1901,3The first season of MLB’s modern, two-league era. Wright also ranked ninth in total WAR through age 31 (Wright’s age in 2014). Even more so than his longtime infield partner Jose Reyes, Wright was widely viewed as the kind of ballplayer that a franchise could build around for years to come.Certainly that’s what the Mets were thinking when they extended Wright’s contract by eight years and $138 million in November 2012.4Meanwhile, the Mets let Reyes bolt for the Miami Marlins when his contract was up after the 2011 season. At the time, it was the 17th-biggest contract in baseball history, but Wright’s future appeared to warrant the investment. Here’s a list of Wright’s most similar historical players through 2012, according to The Baseball Gauge, along with how many WAR each ended up producing over the following five seasons: Wright isn’t the only recent third baseman who appeared to be on a HOF trajectory, but then fell off quickly heading into his 30s. Like Wright, Eric Chavez was supposed to anchor the Oakland Athletics’ infield for years to come — and like the Mets, the A’s chose to extend their star third baseman over their star shortstop (with Miguel Tejada playing the role of Reyes). But in the middle of his prime, Chavez started battling a seemingly endless procession of neck, shoulder and back ailments. Shockingly, he ended up generating just 3.5 WAR from age 29 on.Some star third basemen even begin to drop off like Wright and Chavez, but then manage to recover their form. Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals was an All-Star with multiple Silver Slugger Awards early in his career, but suffered from injuries and mediocre play as he neared age 30. After a miserable 2016 performance that rated below the replacement level, it wouldn’t have surprised anyone if Zimmerman’s days of being a productive major leaguer were over. And yet, Zimmerman bounced back this season with a vintage performance, particularly at the plate. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe 16Dick Allen3B87043.48.73.14.0-0.11.1 6Carlos BeltranCF89739.75.37.13.20.74.5 4Chipper Jones3B90239.35.94.23.64.53.7 Most David Wright types hit their mid-30s in strideSeasonal WAR totals for David Wright’s most similar historical players through age 29, and year-by-year WAR through age 34 3Eric Chavez3B90334.50.1-0.5-0.50.41.6 Seasonal WAR is pro-rated to a 162-game schedule for shortened seasons.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, The Baseball Gauge 7Gary SheffieldRF89625.93.46.34.54.67.1 2Ryan Zimmerman3B91534.10.7-1.22.9—— 15Shawn GreenRF87327.51.92.11.1-0.80.2 10George Brett3B88654.64.22.98.33.92.9 12Evan Longoria3B87642.54.23.6——— 1Scott Rolen3B93746.81.35.72.13.04.7 11Robinson Cano2B88533.76.85.82.86.63.4 13Adrian Beltre3B87540.12.77.15.76.95.3 14Harlond Clift3B87338.21.1-0.41.80.00.0 5Carl YastrzemskiLF89852.59.23.92.75.53.6 All newsletters 17Greg LuzinskiLF86821.94.02.72.5-0.20.0 9Andrew McCutchenCF88939.12.9———— RKPLAYERPOSSIM SCORETHRU 293031323334 20Travis Fryman3B86330.00.64.7-1.0-0.70.0 WAR BY AGE A good number of Wright’s top comparables lived up to their lofty expectations as franchise cornerstones. For instance, the longtime Phillies and Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen — Wright’s most similar player through age 29 — wound up producing excellent seasons well into his 30s, basically matching the career benchmarks for Hall of Fame third basemen (Rolen has 70.2 WAR; Hall members at the position average 71 WAR). And Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves — Wright’s fourth-most similar player through 29 — had an even more impressive run in his 30s. From age 30 to 36, Jones never produced fewer than 3.5 WAR in a season, and from age 37 onward, he never had fewer than 2.2 WAR.5For the sake of context, Baseball-Reference.com lists 2.0 WAR as the threshold for a viable starter, and 5.0 WAR as the mark of an All-Star season.And then there’s the still-active legend on Wright’s list of comparables: Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. Beltre, who recently collected his 3,000th career hit, has remained extremely productive deep into his second major-league decade, helping power Texas to four playoff appearances in the last seven seasons. Speaking of active players, even 31-year-old Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has started his thirties in a way that suggests he could join Beltre, Rolen and Jones in Cooperstown someday.Wright, however, has seen his stardom put on hold ever since he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015. After that and several more injuries, Wright finds himself pushed significantly off of the HOF path:6In the chart, Wright’s future performance is projected by the “Favorite Toy,” a Bill James invention that uses a player’s age and recent level of performance to project how much more of a statistic — in this case, WAR — a player has left in his career. 8Aramis Ramirez3B89518.83.81.9-0.43.05.6 18Del EnnisLF86730.73.8-0.7-0.3-1.1-1.0 19Dale MurphyCF86731.62.47.52.91.51.2 read more

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    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Many home owners are prioritizing saving for renovations over other household upgrades, according to a survey by Loan Market.Loan Market Corporate Spokesman Paul Smith said 37 per cent of respondents said the main household item they were saving for this year was a major renovation. Mr Smith said that 23 per cent of the 532 respondents were saving to landscape their property and 30 per cent of Gen-Y respondents said they were saving to buy new appliances or furniture.Mr Smith said that many lenders looked upon home owners who were borrowing for renovation purposes favourably because they were investing in their home and adding to its value.Source: Loan Marketlast_img read more

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  • Deux tombes de vampires découvertes dans les Balkans

    first_imgDeux tombes de ‘vampires’ découvertes dans les BalkansD’après la BBC, des archéologues ont découvert dans des tombes médiévales, des restes de deux corps percés de barres de fer. Une trouvaille qui illustre la façon dont, jusqu’au 20ème siècle, les villageois des Balkans enterraient ceux qu’ils soupçonnaient d’être des vampires.C’est dans la ville de Sozopol, au bord de la mer Noire, en Bulgarie, que des archéologues ont fait l’étonnante découverte. Ils ont trouvé, dans des sépultures datant du Moyen Âge, deux squelettes à la poitrine percée de tiges de fer : une coutume destinée à clouer les défunts à leur tombe pour les empêcher de revenir à la vie sous la forme de vampires, selon les historiens. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Ces squelettes percés avec des tiges illustrent une pratique qui était courante dans certains villages bulgares jusqu’à la première décennie du 20ème siècle”, a expliqué Bojidar Dimitrov, directeur du Musée National d’Histoire de Sofia cité par la BBC. Une centaine de telles tombes, où reposaient des gens soupçonnés par leurs contemporains d’être des vampires ’potentiels’, sont déjà connues en Bulgarie. Mais ce rite païen était également pratiqué dans la Serbie voisine et dans d’autres pays des Balkans, selon l’archéologue Petar Balabanov. Les légendes liées aux vampires forment d’ailleurs une partie importante du folklore de cette région. Elles ont même directement inspiré Bram Stoker pour son roman Dracula, publié pour la première fois en 1897.Le 10 juin 2012 à 10:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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  • Cancer un Canadien de 16 ans optimise un traitement pour tuer les

    first_imgCancer : un Canadien de 16 ans optimise un traitement pour tuer les cellules maladesUn étudiant canadien de 16 ans, Arjun Nair, a obtenu un prix des laboratoires Sanofi pour ses recherches sur une thérapie anticancéreuse. Le jeune homme a optimisé la thérapie de la photothermie en utilisant des nanoparticules d’or chauffées qui tuent les cellules cancéreuses.La lutte contre le cancer gagne de plus en plus de terrain. Mardi, un étudiant canadien de 16 ans a reçu le premier prix 2013 du concours Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (l’équivalent de 4.916 dollars) pour ses recherches sur une thérapie anticancéreuse. Objectif des travaux d’Arjun Nair, lycéen d’origine indienne : optimiser la thérapie existante de la photothermie.En effet, cette technique consiste à détruire les cellules cancéreuses en les brûlant grâce à des vibrations et rayons infrarouges. Mais l’un des problèmes majeurs est qu’elle ne peut être utilisée durablement car elle entraîne une défense des tumeurs exposées à la chaleur qui se mettent à produire des “protéines du stress” pour s’en protéger. Pour contourner ce problème, Arjun Nair a eu l’idée d’utiliser des nanoparticules d’or qui, injectées à un cancéreux et chauffées, tuent les cellules malades. Le jeune homme est ainsi parvenu à démontrer qu’un antibiotique (17-AAG) permettait de contrer les défenses des cellules cancéreuses contre les “nano-projectiles” ce qui avait pour effet de rendre le traitement plus efficace. Outre ce premier prix, Arjun Nair a également reçu un prix spécial pour le projet ayant le plus grand potentiel commercial. Une idée viable à approfondir À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Au cours de ses deux ans de recherche, le jeune chercheur a pu profiter des installations de deux laboratoires de l’université de Calgary et profiter des conseils de leurs dirigeants, Simon Trudel et David Cramb, une faveur exceptionnelle pour un lycéen. Il a ainsi réalisé des tests qui prouvait la viabilité de son idée. “C’est le départ d’une fantastique carrière de recherche pour ce jeune homme”, a déclaré Jon Fairest, président de Sanofi Canada, après lui avoir remis son prix. Bien que des recherches doivent encore avoir lieu pour que la technique puisse être commercialisée, la chose a de grandes chances de se faire.Arjun Nair a raconté à l’AFP s’être intéressé à ce sujet après que sa grand-mère se soit vu diagnostiquer un cancer. “Elle a beaucoup souffert pendant la thérapie, donc j’ai commencé à étudier les cancers en général et j’ai lu beaucoup de choses sur les traitements”, a-t-il expliqué. S’apercevant que de nombreux concours scientifiques s’y consacraient également, il a décidé de relever lui-même le défi. Au total, 208 élèves du secondaire travaillant sur 123 projets ont participé à la compétition annuelle.Le 10 avril 2013 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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  • Deputy wrangles feisty alligator in central Georgia

    first_imgMACON, Ga. (AP) — An alligator has been apprehended at a park in central Georgia after a sheriff’s deputy wrestled the creature.The Telegraph reports that Bibb County Sheriff’s deputy Clay Williams and Animal Welfare officer Bruce Rozier were dispatched to round up the 4-foot alligator Monday morning in Macon.Footage from the deputy’s body camera shows Williams straddling the reptile and holding its jaws shut as Rozier tapes its snout. Someone can be heard telling the alligator “you’re under arrest.”The alligator writhed in protest and lashed its tail at Williams, but the officers managed to load it into an Animal Welfare vehicle for relocation. The alligator was later released at a swamp.last_img read more

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  • Ancelotti reflects on narrow Napoli win

    first_imgNapoli manager Carlo Ancelotti says his side is showing signs of maturity after their hard-fought 1-0 victory over SPAL on Saturday.It was an unconvincing performance by Napoli on Saturday after Raul Albiol’s first-half goal, but they managed to see off the game.Ancelotti far from impressed with his side’s performance was however confident there is room for improvement.“The match was not exciting, but personally I’m satisfied with the work we’ve done so far and I am confident that we can do better,” Ancelotti told Football Italia.“We are in line with expectations. The championship remains open, not because of the points difference, but because there is such a long way to go.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“There is no need to bother ourselves with calculations, we just have to race against our own best and improve where we have to.“We intend to remain competitive for the duration of the championship. We managed to scrape together wins even when we do not play very well.“Tonight we lacked precision in our passes, even when we had the space for them. Later we were denied that space, and we should have played possession more purposefully, not just for the sake of it.“And now it’s Juventus-Roma. That’s always a good match. The Bianconeri are the favorites because they are in fantastic condition, but anything can happen in football. Let’s say we’re hopeful.”last_img read more

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  • Seahawks soar to NFC title

    first_imgSeahawks are Super Bowl boundSEATTLE — The 12th Man is in Seventh Heaven.The NFL rivalry of this decade gave Seahawks fans a game for the ages Sunday.Seattle earned its second NFC championship with a 23-17 win over San Francisco. The Seahawks advance to face Denver in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at The Meadowlands.“They say when you enjoy the journey, the destination will take care of itself,” Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said. “The destination is New York, and I’m glad we’re there.”But it wasn’t an easy road. San Francisco drove down the field in the final minutes, advancing to the Seattle 18-yard line with 30 seconds left.But the NFL’s top defense stood tall when it had to. Richard Sherman tipped Colin Kaepernick’s pass to Malcolm Smith for an interception in the end zone.That set off a wild celebration for a CenturyLink Field crowd that once again registered a small earthquake on Seattle seismic monitors.Now the Seahawks will try to further shake up the Northwest sports scene with their first Super Bowl title.“We kept battling and believing in ourselves,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “It doesn’t get any better.”last_img read more

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