first_imgAfter winning the gold medal in 25m air pistol event, Indian woman shooter Anisa Sayyed today thanked her husband for helping her when the chips were down.Anisa was going through a financial crisis, struggling to buy a pistol after her old gun was damaged due to a malfunction. But when all seemed lost, her husband’s company (Tulip) came to her rescue and bought her a new pistol, which is still in the possession of Customs.”My husband’s company has helped me a lot. He was there when nobody was willing to help me. But I didn’t shoot with that today,” Anisa said.Even as the women’s team of Anisa and Rahi Sarnobat basked in glory after winning gold in 25m air pistol for women, shotgun coach Marceillo Dradi seemed disappointed despite a second-place finish by Ronjan Sodhi and Asher Noria in pairs double trap event for men.Sodhi and Noria clinched the silver after they totalled 188, one point behind gold medalists Steven Walton and Steven Scott of England.”As a professional coach, I came to India with the aim to win gold, I cannot be happy with silver. I am happy for the team for winning medals but I am not happy for myself. My aim was to win gold. We have events tomorrow, so will figure our next play today evening,” Dradi said.”This was the best team we could have fielded but unfortunately we missed the gold by one point,” the coach said.Sodhi and Noria, however, were more than pleased with their efforts. “There was great competition but there was no pressure on us. I just missed the target and that happens. But full credit to England for winning the gold,” Sodhi said.advertisementNoria, the world junior champion, said “we really shot well as a team.””I am still a junior but it feels to be with the seniors, compete in such a big event and win medal,” Noria said.”Performing in front of the home crowd was a bit of a pressure but I always enjoyed shooting with Ronjan because he is my mentor,” said Noria who won the junior world championship title in August.Renu Bala Chanu cleared 197 kg to clinch the gold in the 58 kg weightlifting event for women, five kgs better than Lee Seen of Australia. Zoe Smith of England won the bronze with 188 kg.Indian boxers also continued their winning ways with Asian silver medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) becoming the third to enter the pre-quarterfinals with a comprehensive win over Nauru’s Colan Caleb in his opening bout.Egged on by a capacity crowd at the Talkatora Stadium, Jai dominated the proceedings to notch up an easy 11-1 triumph after getting a bye in the first round.The 25-year-old Indian, who won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Championships in March this year, now meets Tanzania’s Nasser Mafuru, who defeated Papua New Guinea’s Andrew Opugu 6-1 in his preliminary bout.Jai joins Amandeep Singh (49kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) in the pre-quarterfinal stage of the competitionIn tennis, Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza breezed into quarter-finals with easy wins but Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the men’s singles event, losing to second seed and world number 133 Australian Peter Luczak 2-6 6-7(5) in one hour and 37 minutes in the second round.Men’s top seed Somdev crushed Sri Lanka’s Amresh Jayawickreme 6-0 6-1 while Sania overpowered Cook Island’s Brittany Teei 6-0 6-2 in a women’s singles second round match.India’s chances of progressing to the semifinals of the women’s hockey event Games received a setback after the home team went down fighting 1-2 to defending champions Australia in their second Pool A match.Shelly Liddelow (11th minute) and Ashleigh Nelson (59th) scored for Australia while promising Rani Rampal (69th) pulled one back for India.Last edition runners-up India had earlier drawn 1-1 with lowly Scotland while Australia had thrashed Trinidad and Tobago 11-0.India will next face Trinidad and Tobago on Friday while Australia will be up against South Africa.In swimming, the Indian men’s 4x200m relay quartet of Rehan Poncha, Rohit Havaldar, Madar Divase and Aaron D’Souza made it to the final clocking 7 minutes 49.20 seconds to grab the eighth position in the preliminaries.Virdhawal Khade of India qualified for the semifinals of the men’s 100m freestyle after finishing 13th, while Pooja Alva also entered the semifinals of the women’s 100m butterfly by bagging the 15th spot, as the top 16 make it to the last four stage.A para-sport swimmer also brought some smiles as Sachin Verma progressed to the final of the 50m S9 freestyle men category by finishing eighth.advertisementBut the other Indians failed to advance. In women’s 800m freestyle, Richa Mishra missed the bus and also they could not make a mark in either men’s 200m backstroke or women’s 200m breaststroke.Woman shuttler Aditi Mutatkar made a successful debut, while Chetan Anand also shone as a dominant India sailed into the quarterfinals of the mixed team event with a third clean sweep over Wales.World number 17 Chetan beat Lewis Martyn 21-12 21-16 in 21 minutes to set the ball rolling, Pune girl Aditi, who made it to the squad at the eleventh hour, made it 2-0 by disposing off Turner Carissa 21-13 21-8 in 18 minutes.Top men’s doubles pair of Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar then subdued a fighting Phillips James and Morgan Joe Wales pair 21-17 21-14 to give the hosts a commanding 3-0 lead.Ashwini Ponnappa and Aparna Balan then thrashed Turner Carissa and Harvey Caroline 21-11 21-13 in the women’s doubles, while mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju spanked Lewis Martyn and Thomas Sarah 21-8 21-5 to wrap up a 5-0 win.Off the field, the empty seats for most disciplines over the first two days grabbed attention with the Games Federation chief Michael Fennell bluntly telling organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi to solve the “serious issue”.”We have discussed the issue (of poor attendance) with the OC, we have raised the question on how to get people packed at the stadium. Only the OC and Mr Kalmadi can answer all these questions … we have put this on the agenda for further discussion,” Fennell told a press conference.However, Kalmadi maintained that it was early days in the Games and with India picking up medals in many disciplines the interest of people will rise.”We sold more than 50,000 tickets yesterday. The boxing and wrestling stadiums were packed yesterday. Now public interest is high with India picking five gold. There are queues in the stadiums. It will improve everyday. That only I can say,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover today launched a variant of its sports saloon Jaguar XE in India, priced at Rs 43.69 lakh (ex-Mumbai, pre-octroi).The variant named Prestige will add to Pure and Portfolio derivatives of Jaguar XE, which were launched in February, Jaguar Land Rover India said in a statement.Prestige is powered by a two-litre petrol engine and is equipped with advanced driving technologies like all surface progress control (ASPC), which is a low speed cruise control that helps cope with low traction situations.Jaguar Land Rover India President Rohit Suri said with the introduction of Jaguar XE, the company has entered a new market segment and Prestige derivative will enhance its continued popularity and success.Jaguar XE Pure is priced at Rs 39.9 lakh, while Portfolio is tagged at Rs 47.99 lakh (all prices ex-Mumbai, pre-octroi). Both are powered by a two-litre petrol engine. PTI RKL PRB ABKlast_img read more

first_imgPre-orders for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone have exceeded those of its predecessor S7, mobile business chief Koh Dong-jin said on Thursday, suggesting many consumers were unfazed by last year’s Galaxy Note 7 fires.The S8, which begin sales in South Korea, the United States and Canada on April 21, will be central to the South Korean firm’s recovery from the swift withdrawal of the Note 7 phablet.The new device has been well-received, and some investors and analysts said it could set a first-year sales record for the smartphone giant.”It’s still a bit early, but initial response to the pre-orders that have begun at various places across the world have been better than expected,” Koh said at a media briefing.The S8 will be the safest Galaxy smartphone to date due to safety measures implemented to avoid the battery failures that caused some Note 7s to spontaneously combust, he said.Analysts expect Samsung to record its best-ever quarterly profit in April-June, buoyed by strong S8 sales and a memory chip market boom that is widely expected to deliver record revenue for the industry this year.Also Read: Samsung says Galaxy S8, S8+ are already a hitThe new device, equipped with either 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch (14.73 cm or 15.75 cm) curved screens, sports the largest screens to date among all of Samsung’s flagship phones due to a redesign.Koh also said the firm plans to use the S8 to try to recover in China, where Samsung has been out of the top five vendors in recent years due to heightened competition from local rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.advertisementHe said Samsung will aim to regain market share in China even if it takes time, without elaborating on specific strategies.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL Dehradun: Gentlemen cadet passing out ceremony (B) Mon: Encounter in Nagaland (B) Guwahati: Theft in Titan showroom in Guwahati (B) Patna: Pappu Yadav protesting (B) Nagpur: Chatrapati Shivaji Coronation Ceremony in Nagpur (B) Shillong: Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief ceremony (B) Mumbai: Urjit Patel announcing RBIs monetary policy (A) New Delhi: Students and activists protesting against killing of six farmers (B) New Delhi: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Ji Insan films success party (B) New Delhi: Announcement of Presidential election (B+A) New Delhi: Yechurys press briefing disrupted by a Hindu Sena activist (B) Guwahati: Seized answer scripts of APSC produced in court (B) Kolkata: BJP members meet WB Governor (A) Jammu: Storm in Reasi (B) Nagpur: Crime Branch of Nagpur Police arrested criminals (B) Gurugram: Arrest in Gurugram gangrape case (B) Varanasi: Protest against water and electricity supply issue (B) Chandigarh: Capt Amarinder Singh at meeting (B) Hyderabad: CPI activists protest (B) Ranchi: Hindu Samrajya Diwas (B) Birbhum: Locket Chatterjee having lunch at a farmers house (B) Howrah: Labourers work (A) Mumbai: Sanjay Nayak addresses press (A) Guwahati: Wild Asiatic elephants relax (B) Ujjain: Clash in Ujjain (B) INTERNATIONAL Kathmandu : Nepals newly elected PM Sher Bahadur Deuba, takes oath (B) Beijing: 5th Global CEO Council Round table summit (A) Pasay : The Philippine government temporarily suspended the deployment of Filipino workers to Qatar (B) Tokyo : Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith talks with his Japanese counterpart (A) Jakarta : Suspected militants attend their sentencing hearing at East Jakarta District Court (B) Jerusalem : U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley greets Israeli President (B) Berlin : German Foreign Minister and Saudi Foreign Minister pose for a hand shake (A) New York: File?Eric Trump, son of President-elect Donald Trump (A) London : Religious leaders visit the scene of Saturdays attack in the London Bridge area (A) Cape Town: Heavy storms in the Sea Point neighborhood of Cape Town, (B) Vatican City : Pope Francis blesses an altar to be sent to South Korea (B) Berlin : A peacock flouncing its tail through the Rose Garden of the peacock island in Berlin(B) SPORTS Paris: French Open tennis tournament (A) Birmingham: ICC Champions Trophy match (B) London : Indias captain Virat Kohli speaks during a press conference (B+A) London: Indian cricketers at training session (B) PTI PHOTO VNA , UPTO 215 KISadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez ended his extended and acrimonious fight with Major League Baseball, withdrawing a pair of lawsuits and accepting a season-long suspension that marks the longest penalty in the sport’s history related to performance-enhancing drugs.Rodriguez, who has steadfastly denied using banned substances while with the New York Yankees, made the decision nearly four weeks after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz largely upheld the discipline issued last summer by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.“I think it’s a good move for him,” former Commissioner Fay Vincent said. “A-Rod had no chance legally, and the commissioner got his authority validated.”Rodriguez was among 14 players suspended last summer following MLB’s investigation of a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned substances. Given the harshest punishment, A-Rod was the only player to contest his penalty.The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance, arguing Rodriguez’s 211-game ban was unwarranted or at the very least excessive. Rodriguez also sued MLB and Selig in October, accusing them of “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” against him.Horowitz presided over 12 days of hearings last fall highlighted by Rodriguez’s decision not to testify. Horowitz concluded on Jan. 11 there was “clear and convincing evidence” Rodriguez used three banned substances over the course of three years — human growth hormone, testosterone and Insulin-like growth factor 1.Horowitz also ruled A-Rod twice tried to obstruct baseball’s investigation, but he nonetheless reduced the suspension to 162 games plus the 2014 postseason after weighing it against baseball’s “just cause” standard.Rodriguez sued MLB and the union two days later in federal court in Manhattan, claiming the arbitration process was flawed. But the Supreme Court has established narrow grounds for overturning arbitrator’s decisions, and legal experts said Rodriguez had virtually no chance of succeeding in his attempt to have Horowitz’s decision vacated. Without making any admissions, Rodriguez’s lawyers filed notices of dismissal in both cases.MLB issued a low-key statement calling the decision to end the litigation “prudent.”“We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow major league players,” the sport said. “We share that desire.”Rodriguez had angered many of his fellow players by suing his own union in an attempt to avoid a suspension. Withdrawing the lawsuits was perhaps the start of mending relationships with fellow players.“Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit,” the union said in a statement. “His decision to move forward is in everyone’s best interest.”Rodriguez in 2009 admitted he used banned substances from 2001-03 while with Texas, before baseball had penalties in place for PEDs. After MLB’s investigation was sparked 13 months ago by a report in Miami New Times, Rodriguez repeatedly said he had not failed any drug test and claimed evidence provided to MLB by Anthony Bosch, founder of the Biogenesis of America clinic, was not trustworthy.When Horowitz issued his decision, the three-time AL MVP defiantly proclaimed, “No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with.” He announced, “I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players’ contracts and rights are protected.”But a few hours after the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first team this year to start spring training workouts, and with the Yankees a week from opening camp, Rodriguez folded quietly. He was in Miami and made no public remarks.“The statements that were issued say everything that needs to be said. We have no further comments on this matter,” Joseph Tacopina, one of Rodriguez’s nine attorneys, said in an email.Tacopina said Rodriguez no longer intended to report this month to the Yankees’ training camp in Tampa, Fla. Suspensions only cover regular-season games and the postseason, with exhibitions specifically exempted.Rodriguez will lose most of his $25 million salary — Horowitz ruled he is entitled to 21-183rds, which comes to $2,868,852.46. The third baseman will be 39 when he is eligible to return in a year, and he has incentive to play during the final three seasons of his contract. The Yankees owe him $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two seasons of the record $275 million, 10-year deal.But the 14-time All-Star has been hobbled by injuries in recent years and has not played a full season since 2007.The timing of Rodriguez’s decision was set in motion by U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, who on Jan. 30 told the player’s lawyers to respond by Feb. 7 to arguments from MLB and the union that the case should be dismissed.Rodriguez does have one lawsuit remaining. He sued Yankees physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York State Supreme Court in October, claiming they mishandled his medical care during the 2012 AL playoffs. Rodriguez later was diagnosed with a hip injury that required surgery and did not return to the Yankees until Aug. 5 — hours after his suspension was announced by Selig.(Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgGLENDALE, AZ— Having just finished his spring training routine, top Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias was approached for an interview by an English-speaking reporter. Befuddled, the 19-year old lefty from Mexico looked around, searching for the right words in a foreign language.After a scramble in the clubhouse, the Dodgers brought Jaime Jarrin, the team’s Hall of Fame Spanish broadcaster from Ecuador, to handle the designated translator duties.“No doubt about it, it’s a bit awkward,” the usually outspoken Urias told The Associated Press. “You cannot express yourself with an American the same way you do with a Latino.”These episodes are common in major league clubhouses, and especially in spring training, where young, Spanish-speaking players from Latin America who are still adapting to the United States usually struggle with English. With that in mind, for the first time Major League Baseball instructed its 30 teams this season to hire full-time Spanish interpreters for their Latin players.For years, teams employed personal translators for their Japanese or Korean imports. But they rarely had translators on their staff for the dozens of players mainly from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico, instead relying on veteran Latino players, coaches or someone like Jarrin to help out with interviews.Not anymore.Reporting directly to the team’s public relations director or their general managers, the bilingual employee has to be available year-round for media interviews before and after games, including road trips, according to a memo sent by MLB and the players’ union to all teams before spring training. The initiative would be subsidized by the penalties teams pay when exceeding the international signing bonus limit. The amount available for each club to cover the new positions in 2016 will be $65,000.This way, nothing gets lost in translation.“It’s awesome, a welcome change,” Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said. “I was blessed because I learned English quickly, but for others it’s not easy.”In his ninth season in the majors, the 30-year-old slugger from Venezuela was one of the veterans who usually helped teammates with interviews. Now he will relieved of those duties.“I was the Rockies translator!” Gonzalez joked. “And I didn’t get paid anything!”Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan applauded the new initiative.“That’s one of the biggest regrets I’ve ever had: I don’t speak Spanish. That’s not good,” Ryan said.And how tough is it for a Latino player to deal with a different language?Take, for example, Yordano Ventura, the 24-old righty who has pitched games for the Kansas City Royals in the past two World Series.As a starting pitcher in the postseason, Ventura had to sit in front of the cameras for press conferences on live broadcasts. The Dominican had an array of translators at hand, all make-do by the day, including catching coach Pedro Grifol, infielder Christian Colon and Jeremy Guthrie, a pitcher born in Roseburg, Oregon, who learned the Spanish when he served for two years as Mormon missionary in Spain.The new program forbids teams from employing coaches or trainers to fill the position.Ventura also recalled his trepidation at the 2012 All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City, an experience very similar to what Urias had to deal with in the Dodgers clubhouse in 2016.“There was no one around to help me until a reporter showed up,” he said. “I knew a few basic words, so it was very frustrating and complicated. You’re just trying to be able to respond well.”In contrast, players from Japan and other Asian countries usually have personal translators as part of their contracts. When Ichiro Suzuki, Masahiro Tanaka and Hiroki Kuroda were part of the New York Yankees in the 2014 season, all three Japanese players had their own translators.But Latin American players, who frequently are signed as teenagers from their native countries, only have baseball academies as their resource to learn English.Jose Quintana, a starting pitcher with the Chicago White Sox, mentioned his predicament with the language barrier after he left Colombia at age 17. Navigating between classes while trying to jumpstart his career was a challenge.“Arriving here was a struggle. I didn’t know how to order meals,” the 27-year-old lefty recalled about his minor league experience. “When I wanted less food, they gave me more. I ended ordering the same thing over and over to avoid giving too many instructions.”“Having the translators is a great idea. In my case, at the beginning, we only had the lessons and it wasn’t enough,” he added. “It took me several years to get a grasp of English. Now I can submit for interviews in English by myself, sometimes I may need some help, but I keep trying to improve.”When contacted by the AP to inquire about the hiring process, many clubs responded that they were still conducting interviews and expected to have someone in the role by opening day in April. Teams such as the Yankees, the White Sox and the Boston Red Sox had recently filled their positions.Gonzalez thinks having a full-time translator should not become an excuse to not master English: “You cannot be a slacker now and rely on them forever.”For Urias, giving interviews in English is a matter of gaining confidence in his own abilities.“This is my fourth year here in the United States, and I’ve learned a lot,” he said. “Now I’m able to speak English with my teammates and I can understand everything they’re saying, but I still don’t have the courage to give interviews in English. I know what I need to answer, but I’m not ready to do so just yet.”ERIC NUNEZ, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgCuttack, Nov 20 (PTI) At least seven persons were killed and 35 injured after a bus fell into the Mahanadi riverbed from a bridge near Jagatpur on the outskirts of the city Tuesday evening, police said.The private bus, on its way to Cuttack from Talcher,crashed into the railing of the bridge and plunged 30 feet down into the dry riverbed, they said.”I am extremely saddened to know about seven deaths…RIP…most of the other injured have been shifted tothe hospital and are receiving treatment..wish them a speedyrecovery…,” Odisha DGP R P Sharma tweeted.According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the bus lostcontrol when a buffalo came in front of it. The driver swervedthe bus to save the animal and thus the accident happened, apolice officer said.Policemen from Cuttack along with fire brigade personnel and the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) rushed to the accident site to rescue the trapped passengers.Chief Fire Officer Sukant Sethy said all the passengers trapped inside the bus have been rescued and they were taken to the SCB Medical College and Hospital for treatment.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep concern over the accident and has directed Sports Minister ChandraSarathi Behera to rush to the spot and oversee treatment ofthe injured.He also directed the fire services, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) to expedite the rescue operation. PTI CORR SKN AAM SBN KJlast_img read more

first_imgHead coach Mike Gundy is one of 22 coaches tabbed to the watch list for the 2015 Bryant Coach of the Year Award, it was released Wednesday. The prestigious award is given to the Coach of the Year and “honors excellence in college football coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke,” according to the website.@CoachGundy is on the Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant coach of the year watch list midway through 2015.Gundy won the award in 2011. #okstate— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) October 21, 2015Fellow Big 12 coach Gary Patterson won the award last season. The ‘final’ finalists for the award will be announced in December. If Gundy’s Pokes keep rolling, there’s a good chance he has another shot at winning the highly regarded award. If 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!last_img read more

first_imgzoom Ireland’s maritime transportation group Irish Continental Group (ICG) has decided to dispose of Jonathan Swift, a high speed craft. ICG said it has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to sell the vessel to Spanish shipping company Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas for EUR 15.5 million (USD 19.14 million).As explained, the disposal will generate a book profit for ICG of approximately EUR 14 million. The proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.The 6,000 gross ton vessel is to be delivered by the end of April 2018, according to the group.Jonathan Swift was commissioned by and delivered to ICG in 1999 at a cost of EUR 38.8 million. It has since operated on the company’s Dublin – Holyhead route.The vessel will be replaced in ICG’s fleet by the 2001-built high speed craft Westpac Expres which was recently redelivered following a period of twenty months on external charter. It is currently undergoing a refurbishment program.A month ago, ICG placed an order with German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG (FSG) for the construction of a cruise ferry worth EUR 165.2 million. Upon completion, it will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity, the company claims.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: IT major Cognizant on Thursday posted 11.6 per cent increase in net profit to $509 million for June 2019 quarter, and said it expects 3.9-4.9 per cent growth in annual revenue this year. The US-based company, which has a significant portion of its workforce based in India, had posted a net profit of $456 million in the year-ago period, Cognizant said in a statement. Its revenue grew 3.4 per cent to $4.14 billion in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $4 billion in the year-ago period. The topline rose 4.7 per cent on constant currency basis, meeting the guidance of 3.9-4.9 per cent growth in the June 2019 quarter. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFor July-September quarter, Cognizant expects its revenues to be 3.8-4.8 per cent in constant currency, while for the full year, the topline is forecast to grow by 3.9-4.9 per cent. “We are taking the necessary steps to position Cognizant for improved commercial and financial performance. While there is lots of work ahead, I am encouraged by what I have seen to date and am optimistic on our future,” Cognizant Chief Executive Officer Brian Humphries said.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Soaked by the rain swirling around Arsenal’s stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched helplessly as his dream Premier League start as Manchester United manager was brought to a halt. After 12 unbeaten matches across three months since Jose Mourinho’s firing, United finally lost in the league under the interim manager on Sunday. Granit Xhaka’s swerving potentially wind-assisted strike flew past goalkeeper David De Gea in the first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a second-half penalty to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory after Alexandre Lacazette was bundled over in the penalty area by Fred. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”You have to be disappointed with the result,” said Solskjaer, who had 10 wins and two draws in the league. “But the performance, as you say, was a good one.” Arsenal and United were once slugging it out for the title in the era of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Now they are in a chase for fourth place. Arsenal displaced United in the final Champions League qualification spot, sitting two points in front. The title challenge is down to two teams, and Liverpool trimmed Manchester City’s lead back to a point after coming from behind to beat Burnley 4-2. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenChelsea, which won the title two years ago, remains down in sixth place after behind held 1-1 by Wolverhampton but is only one point behind United. “I don’t think nerves go into it yet. Spurs lose (at Southampton on Saturday), we lose, Chelsea draw,” Solskjaer said. “It is going to be down to the wire. Down to the last few games. Definitely. We’ve given ourselves a great chance to be in that fight.” United has displayed its perseverance already in the last week, scoring a stoppage-time goal at Paris Saint-Germain to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. “It was maybe backlash from Wednesday night,” Solskjaer said of the loss at Arsenal. It was a day of flashpoints of fan unruliness in English soccer with two fans arrested in high-profile incidents. In the second-tier League Championship, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched by a fan who ran onto the field at Birmingham City. Grealish went on to score in the 1-0 derby win for Villa. A supporter also managed to invade the Emirates Stadium pitch after Aubameyang scored, pushing United defender Chris Smalling in an attempt to join the celebrations before being stopped by stadium security.last_img read more

Rabat – Army General Stephen T. Townsend, the commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) recently met with Moroccan government and military officials to discuss ways of further deepening the evidently strong defense collaboration between the US and its North African allies.During his stay in Rabat on Thursday, August 22, General Townsend met with Abdeltif Loudyi, Delegate Minister in charge of administering national defense-related questions.In their conversation, the two officials touched upon the “diversified” and “dynamic” security connections between Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR) and the Pentagon. They each praised the successful and “strategic” US-Morocco cooperation on national defense and counterterrorism, expressing confidence about what they mostly presented as encouraging prospects for the bilateral links between the two allies.General Townsend, who visited Rabat “heading an important delegation,” according to Moroccan news outlet MAP, reiterated the US’ satisfaction at Morocco’s reliability as a partner as well as the North African country’s security and stability-linked efforts in the region.The newspaper added that the AFRICOM commander’s visit and subsequent meetings with various Moroccan officials were carried out in the “friendship and privileged alliance spirit” that have been the distinct markers of the US-Morocco defense cooperation.General Townsend and Minister Loudyi both called for bolstering the “dense and multi-faceted” military cooperation.They also spoke about organizing more mixed training sessions between Moroccan and US troops to enhance interoperability and develop a closer cooperation in terms of intelligence sharing.The meeting comes weeks after Washington, through both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, highlighted Morocco’s “strategic importance” in the US’ MENA ambitions. Both officials reiterated America’s commitment to maintaining close ties with its North African ally.Typically seen as security and stability bastion in its region, Morocco has gained a reputation over the years for its counterterrorism and de-radicalization success story.Counterterrorism is also one of the US’ most pressing concerns of both the US domestic and foreign policies, and General Townsend’s visit is seen as part of the US’ bid to further support Morocco’s efforts on that front.“We still have a lot to accomplish together, notably the continuation of our fight against extremism in all its forms, the promotion of tolerance and religious understanding, the promotion of common priorities in Africa…” President Trump said recently of the strong, diversified US-Morocco ties. read more

The CPA and its Executive Director filed the Fundamental Rights application challenging the appointment of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to fill the vacancy created by the death of Mr. M. K. A. D. S. Gunawardana, as a Member of Parliament elected in terms of Article 99A of the Constitution (the National List). A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed against the appointment of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as a Member of Parliament was dismissed by the Supreme Court today.The petition was filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a Colombo based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO). CPA’s position is that in terms of Article 99A of the Constitution, only a person whose name was included in the district nomination papers or national list submitted by the relevant political party, is entitled to be nominated to fill such a vacancy. In its Petition, CPA stated that the appointment of a person as a Member of Parliament contrary to the provisions of the Constitution violates several rights guaranteed under the Constitution and in particular the franchise which is part of the sovereignty of the people. Furthermore, CPA argues that any attempt to interpret legislation in a manner contrary to the provisions of the Constitution would imperil the supremacy of the Constitution, which is the cornerstone of constitutional democracy. (Colombo Gazette) read more

An arrest warrant has been issued on the son of Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena.The warrant was issued over the failure by Osanda Yapa to appear in court in connection to a traffic violation. (Colombo Gazette)

RCMP confirm three Saskatoon residents killed in Alberta crash Saskatchewan’s figure skating community is mourning the loss of skater Alanna Liu’s parents after they were killed in a collision in Alberta that left her injured.Ten vehicles were involved in a collision on a highway about 300 kilometre east of Calgary between Chinook and Cereal on Aug. 20 after a semi transporting fuel ignited in a construction zone. Other vehicles, including a truck carrying butane, also caught fire.Three people were killed, including Enwu Liu, 54 and his wife Yaoqin Wang, 52, both of Saskatoon, and a 69-year-old woman.Skate Canada—Saskatchewan issued a statement via Facebook on Monday, mourning Wang and Liu’s deaths. The statement said Liu remains in hospital where she is being treated for injuries sustained in the collision.The family was on its way back to Saskatchewan from a competition, the BC SummerSkate, Skate Canada—Saskatchewan wrote in the post.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Members of the local skating community have organized to help Liu as she recovers by creating a GoFundMe campaign.“Alanna is truly a special skater who brightens the lives of everyone around her on and off the ice,” wrote Stacey Patenaude and Susan Savino in the campaign’s description.“We have known Alanna since she started skating and she is truly a beautiful soul. She’s talented, kind, generous, gifted, intelligent, and has a wonderful sense of humour. We feel privileged to have watched her grow into an incredible young lady.”Related read more

“The UN has been informed that the Israeli Cabinet will take a formal decision on the matter on Sunday morning, 28 April,” said a statement released by Mr. Annan’s spokesman in the early evening. “The Foreign Minister has requested that due to the Israeli Sabbath, the team arrive on Sunday. Given these special circumstances, the Secretary-General has agreed to this request.”Saying that the discussions were held in a “cordial and constructive atmosphere,” the statement noted that the UN had provided clarifications on the upcoming mission.Meanwhile in Geneva, members of the fact-finding team continued their organizational meetings today “to assess their needs for the upcoming mission,” according to a press statement released by a spokesman travelling with the team. The statement said that it had been decided that the team’s police adviser, Thomas Peter Fitzgerald of Ireland, “would be assisted by two senior Irish police officers.” It noted that more experts would be added on as necessary, and stressed that “the team expects to be in the Middle East by this weekend.” read more

“Setting the date will pave the way to move swiftly towards the planning for the organization and conduct of the Governorate Council elections,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, said on Wednesday, while also highlighting the importance of the participation of all Iraqis in all stages of the polls, especially women and young people, as well as civil society organizations and political parties. On Tuesday, the Government of Iraq announced that it had decided on 20 April 2013 as the date for the forthcoming Governorate Council elections, following consultations with the countrys’ Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), according to a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which Mr. Kobler heads.“UNAMI remains committed to supporting IHEC and its Board of Commissioners in the preparations and conduct of elections,” Mr. Kobler added.Since 2004, the United Nations has supported seven major electoral events in Iraq. Established in 2007, the IHEC is constitutionally mandated to plan, administer and conduct elections. read more

first_imgGAF has been awarded a contract to design and establish the new automated and countrywide Mining Registry and Cadastre System for Mongolia. GAF starts work on-site this month. The project under the Governance Assistance Program (GAP) aims to improve governance in the mining sector, through the establishment of a transparent system to grant, manage and cancel permits. The efficient and reliable management of mining titles is considered as a backbone to increase investment and growth in the mining sector of Mongolia.The project’s objective is to strengthen the property rights and security of tenure within the mining sector; enhance the transparency of the mineral licensing process and government’s regulatory capacity through improved efficiency, information availability and management.A core element of the project is the supervision, development, equipping and implementation of a fully computerised mining registry and cadastre system. Existing analogue and digital data will be inventoried and re-organised. Institutional strengthening including focussed training activities and legal advice shall enhance the overall framework created by the new Mineral Law for the benefit of the administration, miners, investors as well as the public.Works will be performed for the Mineral Resources and Petroleum Authority of Mongolia, MRPAM. The project duration is 24 months, including a maintenance and support phase of 12 months. Activities are funded by the World Bank, International Development Association. The contract value amounts to €0.5 million. The activities in Mongolia follow countries like Nigeria, DRC, Madagascar and Namibia, where GAF has set-up nationwide computerised mining titling systems, some successful in operation for more than 10 years.last_img read more

first_imgApple has been trying everything it can to get rival tablets banned. Any device the company believes copies the design of the iPad in any way usually results in a lawsuit being filed. In Germany at the beginning of August, Apple took a different approach to halting sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Instead of filing a patent lawsuit the company filed an industrial design right infringement.The so-called Community design is specific to Europe and covers the design of a device rather than specific hardware or software features. At the time, the German court accepted the complaint and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned from sale across Europe (with thee exception of the Netherlands). Later on the ban was reduced just to within Germany.Now, the ruling on the Community design infringement has been upheld meaning the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is permanently banned in Germany. That means you can’t buy one in Germany and Samsung Germany cannot sell any units in other countries. That second point is a minor issue as Samsung can use other arms of its business to continue selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 elsewhere.Samsung obviously intends to appeal the decision and points out such a ruling “restricts design innovation and progress.”The worry now for Samsung and other Apple competitors is that if this ruling does stand it sets a precedent for other cases. However, with Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola and sale of useful patents to companies such as HTC, these lawsuits may start ending up in cross-licensing agreements rather than product bans before long.More at PC Worldlast_img read more

Bobby Roode on his NXT farewell, McGregor vs Mayweather in Ireland

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Twitter Videos Articles Bobby Roode on his NXT farewellWWE has posted a clip of Bobby Roode talking about the recent NXT tour of Canada this past weekend being his farewell with the brand now that he is on Smackdown Live.You can check out a clip of Roode’s promo below courtesy of WWE.”Since I became champion… I’d claim that this is is MY #WWENXT but, from this point forward, this is YOUR @WWENXT!” – @REALBobbyRoode— WWE (@WWE) September 10, 2017McGregor vs Mayweather in IrelandI joined Darragh O’Connor on 92.5 Phoenix FM in Dublin on the latest edition of the Wrestleview International Desk to discuss the reaction in Ireland to McGregor vs Mayweather, the evolution of Impact to GFW and SummerSlam thoughts. Videos Articles Seth Rollins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Conor McGregor teases WWE appearance; Congratulates Becky Lynch, Rousey, Flair Kurt Angle Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? RAW Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match added to Fastlane PPV WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Ireland #2: Struggle of wrestlers signing with WWE from outside the U.S.last_img read more