10 months agoChelsea striker Morata in advanced talks with Sevilla

first_imgChelsea striker Morata in advanced talks with Sevillaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Alvaro Morata is in advanced talks with Sevilla.Marca says Morata could have an agreement to join Sevilla wrapped up ‘in the coming days’.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is open to selling Morata in order to free up space for a new arrival up front.Sevilla are still working out how they will finance the transfer.Their big problem is how to afford Morata’s wages, which come to around €1m a month.Another sticking point is convincing Chelsea that a loan deal – rather than a straight sale – is an option. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

1st Test: Trent Boult 5-wicket haul leads New Zealand to innings win over Bangladesh

first_img Reuters HamiltonMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 12:53 IST Trent Boult celebrates with teammates (Photo tweeted by @BLACKCAPS)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand beat Bangladesh by an innings and 52 runs in the first TestKane Williamson was named man-of-the-match for his unbeaten double centuryThe second match of the three-Test series starts in Wellington on FridayTrent Boult provided the impetus needed for New Zealand with a five-wicket haul as the hosts completed an innings and 52-run victory over Bangladesh on the fourth day of the first Test in Hamilton on Sunday.Boult broke a resolute 235-run stand between Soumya Sarkar and stand-in captain Mahmudullah that frustrated New Zealand’s bowlers as they toiled in warm conditions at Seddon Park.The left-arm seamer got the second new ball to swing back, brush Sarkar’s pad and cannon into his off-stump to end the 26-year-old’s 171-ball innings on 149. It was Sarkar’s first Test century.The breakthrough effectively ended Bangladesh’s resistance, even if Mahmudullah did his best to protect the tail, and they were eventually dismissed for 429 about 20 minutes after tea.Mahmudullah made 146 and was caught on the boundary by Boult, who finished with figures of 5 for 123, before Tim Southee had Ebadot Hossain caught by BJ Watling, who broke Adam Parore’s New Zealand record for Test dismissals by a wicketkeeper.BJ Watling now has the record for most dismissals by a NZ keeper! #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/SpJqJC5aND BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 3, 2019New Zealand had scored 715 for 6 declared, with captain Kane Williamson making 200 not out, while openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval also scored centuries.The visitors had been in danger of being dismissed inside three days when they were reduced to 126 for 4 after tea on Saturday before Sarkar combined with Mahmudullah.The pair managed to take the visitors through to 174 for 4 at the close of play and continued to thwart the hosts’ bowlers during Sunday’s first session with Sarkar going from 39 to his century, bringing it up with a single off Southee.advertisementThey took their side to 322 for 4 at lunch and continued to resist New Zealand after the break, even when they took the second new ball.A really satisfying win. We knew it was going to be a challenging day & I thought the bowlers were brilliant as they were all match. – Kane Williamson #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/YrFK4TKYY7 BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 3, 2019Boult, however, managed to dismiss Sarkar and then bowl Liton Das for one and Khaled Ahmed for three before Southee had Mahmudullah caught in the deep after tea and then ended the match when Hossain nicked behind.The second match of the three-Test series starts in Wellington on Friday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Trent BoultFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Soumya SarkarFollow Mahmudullah 1st Test: Trent Boult 5-wicket haul leads New Zealand to innings win over BangladeshNew Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st Test: Trent Boult bagged his eighth five-wicket haul to help New Zealand beat Bangladesh by an innings and 52 runs at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Skipper Kane Williamson was named man-of-the-match for his unbeaten double century.advertisementlast_img read more

Indonesia to Ban Ordering Ships from Foreign Shipyards

first_imgzoom Indonesia’s state-owned companies, ministries and institutions will be banned from ordering ships abroad as the country’s shipyards have the capacity to meet the demand, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo was reported as saying by the local Antara news agency.While visiting PT Anggrek Hitam shipyard in Batam, Widodo said that he would ask the state-owned shipping companies, ministries and institutions to create a list of ships needed in the future.“In Batam there are 104 shipbuilding industries. After returning from here I will gather officials from state-owned companies, the ministry of defence, the ministry of transportation, the ministry of fisheries and marine resources, state-owned oil company PT Pertamina, gas company PN Gas and (order them) to no longer order ships from abroad,”  Widodo was reported as saying by Antara.The shipbuilding industry must be given high priority, Widodo said, as Indonesia has set out to improve connectivity through sea toll road development.World Maritime News Staff; Image: PT Anggrek Hitamlast_img read more

Fuel spill off Great Bear Rainforest offers few answers one year later

first_imgVICTORIA – A rich marine harvest ground for a First Nation near British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest remains closed to shell fishing one year after a tug ran aground, spilling more than 100,000 litres of fuel into Seaforth Channel.Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk First Nation in the small community of Bella Bella said Thursday that the sinking on Oct. 13 last year of the 30-metre tug Nathan E. Stewart has had devastating social, cultural and economic impacts on her people.She said her First Nation wants answers about the long-term effects of the fuel spill but are getting little assistance from the B.C. and federal governments and the tug boat company, Texas-based Kirby Corp.Slett said when the tug was pulled from the water about a month after it sank and the fuel spill was contained, government environment officials and company salvage crews left.“Largely, since everything has sort of packed up … dealing with the post spill and long-term effects, (it) has been largely radio silence,” she said. “We are on our own.”Slett said both levels of government don’t appear interested in conducting reviews of long-term health, social and economic impacts of the spill. The Heiltsuk are preparing to do their own study, which she said could cost up to $500,000.“We rely on healthy resources and we rely on being able to harvest from the sea for our way of life, for our economy,” Slett said.B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman was not available for an interview, but in a statement he said improvements in spill responses and recovery are needed and First Nations must be included in the process.The government is seeking Heiltsuk input into plans to recover from the spill, he added.“While funding for ship-source spills is a federal responsibility we are open to working with the (Heiltsuk) and the federal government on additional federal and provincial regulatory provisions to address all aspects of response and recovery,” Heyman said.The federal government and Kirby Corp. were not available for comment on Thursday.A final situation report signed last November by the Heiltsuk, the federal and B.C. governments found the Nathan E. Stewart was loaded with 237,262 litres of diesel and towing an empty fuel barge when it ran aground.More than 107,000 litres of diesel and 2,240 litres of lubricants, including gear, hydraulic and lube oils, were released into the ocean, creating an oily purple and yellow sheen on the water and beaches around the spill site.Slett said the tug ran aground about 12 kilometres west of Bella Bella near the mouth of Gale Creek, a prime seafood harvesting and fishing area for the Heiltsuk. The area has been closed since Oct. 14, 2016.A separate report released by the Heiltsuk last April criticized Canada’s emergency response measures in the hours after the grounding of the tug. The federal government did not respond to the criticism at the time but said it would meet with the Heiltsuk to review what they’ve collectively learned from the incident.The report says Gale Creek is a rich ecosystem where the Heiltsuk take up to 25 food species, including a lucrative manila clam harvest and red sea urchin, sea cucumber and salmon.“We hold dear our whole territory, but this area is known as our bread basket and people go there and harvest multitudes of different species throughout the year, so the impact has been felt greatly throughout the community,” said Slett.She said up to 50 people depend on the manila clam harvest for much of their livelihoods and those people face a second season of unemployment due to the closure.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $1.5 billion ocean protection plan last November that included plans to improve spill response capabilities along Canada’s coasts before Ottawa approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is expected to increase tanker traffic off B.C.last_img read more

UAE jails 30 Emirati and Egyptian Islamists

first_imgABU DHABI – A court on Tuesday jailed a group of 30 Emiratis and Egyptians to terms ranging from three months to five years for forming a Muslim Brotherhood cell, a judicial source said.The cell comprised 10 Emiratis and 20 Egyptians, including six who remain at large and were sentenced in absentia. The Egyptians will be deported after serving their sentences, the source told AFP.The group is banned in much of the region, and the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia pledged billions of dollars in aid to Egypt after the military in July overthrew president Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood, and launched a brutal crackdown on his supporters. The Egyptian defendants, including doctors, engineers and university professors, were arrested between November 2012 and January 2013, according to Human Rights Watch.Amnesty International warned on Monday that the defendants faced the “risk of being wrongfully convicted following a grossly unfair trial marred by a catalogue of human rights violations”.“The list of failings in the trial so far has been astonishing,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.“Arrests without judicial warrants, allegedly falsified arrest dates in court documents; months of secret detention and solitary confinement with no access to a lawyer; show that the fundamental rights of the defendants have been completely disregarded,” he added in a statement.The 10 UAE citizens were among 69 nationals jailed in July for up to 15 years on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.They belonged to a group of 94 defendants, including 13 women.Prosecutors said the accused were linked to Al-Islah, a group with ties  to the Muslim Brotherhood.last_img read more

UN aid agencies will not abandon Somalia despite insecurity says official

Earlier this week the UN World Food Programme (WFP) suspended some of its food distributions in southern Somalia, stating that escalating attacks and unacceptable demands by armed groups had made it “virtually impossible” for the agency to continue its work. Elisabeth Byrs of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters in Geneva that several UN agencies are still operating in southern Somalia despite WFP’s withdrawal.She noted that it was true that, following incidents of extortion, looting, assaults and kidnapping against aid workers, there had been a steady reduction of humanitarian staff in southern Somalia for the last six months, and the suspension of WFP’s programmes was the latest chapter in that story. However, she added, other agencies were still working in the central south zone, albeit with difficulty. “Discussions are also under way to determine whether and how other programmes, such as nutrition, could be adjusted to mitigate any potential negative effects in the area under suspension,” said Ms. Byrs. WFP’s Emilia Casella said the agency hoped that the suspension of operations in southern Somalia would only be temporary.Over the past year the number of people in need of assistance in Somalia has risen from 3.2 million to 3.8 million, well over half the total population, while nearly 1.2 million face an acute crisis of food and livelihood insecurity. In addition, some 1.5 million people in the Horn of Africa nation that has been torn apart by factional fighting and without a functioning central government since 1991 are displaced owing to escalating violence and a worsening humanitarian situation. 8 January 2010Despite the difficult operating environment in Somalia, marked by threats and violence against aid workers, the United Nations has no intention of abandoning its assistance to the country, a humanitarian official with the world body affirmed today. read more

UN emphasizes importance of nutritious food in HIVAIDS treatment

A simple yet nutritious diet can improve the effectiveness of treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, urging health-care providers, governments and other partners to incorporate good nutrition in treatment regimens.“There is a growing body of evidence that food and nutritional support are essential for keeping people living with HIV healthy for longer and for improving the effectiveness of treatment,” said Martin Bloem, WFP’s head of Nutrition and HIV.“If people don’t have access to food, it is hard to take antiretroviral drugs and the risk of going off the treatment rises. Among malnourished patients that start antiretroviral therapy (ART), the risk of death is two to six times higher compared to those who are receiving proper nourishment,” Mr. Bloem said during the AIDS 2010 conference in Vienna, a global gathering of experts on the disease.WFP is the world’s largest provider of food support to people living with HIV and their families, as well as people with tuberculosis. The agency helped 2.9 million people affected by the two diseases in 47 countries last year.According to the agency, HIV-positive children need between 50 to 100 per cent more calories, compared to HIV-negative children, while adults need up to 30 per cent more calories as the disease progresses.WFP’s approach to HIV/AIDS focuses on two objectives – improving treatment success through nutritional and food support, and reducing the effects of AIDS on individuals and their families through sustainable safety nets such as household rations, cash transfers or vouchers that can be traded for food. 20 July 2010A simple yet nutritious diet can improve the effectiveness of treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, urging health-care providers, governments and other partners to incorporate good nutrition in treatment regimens. read more

Two Calgary men convicted in elaborate Ponzi scheme sentenced to 12 years

Investors were devastated by a greed-motivated, multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Calgarians Gary Sorenson and Milowe Brost, a judge said in sentencing the pair to 12 years in prison on Tuesday.“A review of the victim impact statements show the devastating loss to investors,” said Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall of the bogus gold mining operation that ran between 1999 and 2008. It was recognized as one of the largest frauds in Canadian history.“There was an abandonment of lifestyle, some had to return to work, some were homeless, many suffered shame and embarrassment, it eroded once-happy marriages, some considered suicide.”Two men facing up to 14 years in jail after jury finds them guilty of defrauding Albertans of up to $200MHall found that Sorenson and Brost bilked investors of between $120 and $200 million in one phase of the fraud involving Syndicated Gold Depositories and $36 million in another involving Strategic Metals, initiated to support the first phase.The average lost investment among 477 investors in the second phase was $77,000, he said. (It’s unclear how much was lost in the first phase as there are no records of how much was returned in the Ponzi setup.)He cited the sheer magnitude of the fraud, the large number of investors and adverse effect on them, the length of time over which the fraud occurred and the large amount of money involved as significant aggravating factors.“These companies were set up to facilitate the fraud being carried out,” he said. “The second fraud was motivated by greed from the first fraud. Family and friends of victims were also encouraged to invest.“Nether of the accused has expressed any remorse.”Hall also gave Brost five years to be served concurrently for money laundering. He did not order restitution, saying it was unclear exactly who lost what amount, and left it to the civil courts to sort out.Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald Crown prosecutors Brian Holtby and Iwona Kuklicz had asked for the maximum 14 years allowable under the Criminal Code, but were pleased with the judge’s ruling.“The whole point in asking and trying to get jail time is to deter other people and to isolate these ones from more potential victims,” Holtby said outside court. “So, hopefully, the 12 years will deter others and for a long period of time Brost and Sorenson will be away from society and not victimizing others.“It was important for us that the judge found it was pure greed with no legitimate business purpose from Day 1. They were dishonest and they were greedy and really this dishonesty and greed hurt hundreds of people.”Kuklicz said although it wasn’t the maximum jail time, the perpetrators will not be allowed to be involved in any kind of work or volunteer position that has anything to do with other people’s money for 20 years.“The judge said you can’t just look at the offence, even though it was the worst type of offence,” said Kuklicz.“You have to look at the circumstances of the accused and the offence. You have to look at Sorenson, who is 71. Both had no criminal record at the times of these offences. Those were all of the reasons he didn’t impose 14 years, and 12 years is a good sentence.”Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press Carole Knopp of Enderby, B.C., one investor who lost $130,000 in the scam, said she does not expect to get anything back but added, “it would be a bonus.”“It is really nice to have it over. But is it over or can there be appeals?” she told reporters outside court. “I’ll get over it, given my strength, yes. But, financially, no.“Seeing them (perpetrators) in court, they look like hollow, empty people. They are sociopaths or psychopaths to not have any response.”Neither Sorenson, 71, nor Brost, 61, made any comment when given the opportunity by the judge. Brost only said, “on advice of my counsel, no.”Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press Brost’s lawyers Shamsher Kothari and Cory Wilson, who had sought a sentence of eight to 10 years, said it would have to be their client’s decision, but they would expect and appeal of both the convictions on two counts of fraud and one count of money laundering and the sentences.“There were a number of issues that arose from the trial, so I would expect both conviction and sentence would be appealed, if that is what he chooses,” Kothari said.“When it comes to the legal side of it and you talk about pure greed, there was no actual business going on. In our case, though, we know gold was being refined. It’s just a question if there was enough gold being refined.”“The whole process was exhausting for lawyers on all sides, as well as the victims, many who were here today,” Wilson said. “It was years in the making and a five-month trial.”Nearly 600 victims filed impact statements with the court and 74 indicated they wanted to read them aloud but only Knopp showed up to do so during sentencing arguments.Kuklicz had argued the two offenders’ actions cried out for an extreme denunciatory sentence. “If there was ever a case of fraud that justified the maximum sentence, this case is the one,” she told Hall.“If there is a fraud case that was more planned and more deliberate, I couldn’t find one … it’s not just the likely and actual harm to the victims, but to society.”Sorenson’s lawyer Steve Bitzer, who asked that his client serve his sentence at William Head Penitentiary in Britush Columbia, noted his client’s age and said the maximum could essentially be a life sentence for him.Court heard previously that the Investors Recovery Pool, which represents 3,130 victims who have signed papers seeking returns of their losses, are seeking up to $410 million in restitution – depending on the exchange rate, as many clients invested in U.S. dollars.Following the trial, one of the longest criminal trials in Canadian history, a jury convicted Sorenson and Brost of defrauding more than 2,000 investors.The trial, which sat for 61 days of evidence and five days of final arguments and instructions, heard that investors in three companies – Strategic Metals, Syndicated Gold Depositories and Base Metals LLC – lost their money invested in proposed gold mines based in Honduras, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Canada and the United States. read more

Severe spring drought worsens food situation in DPR Korea UN agencies warn

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) say in a joint special report that food aid is “imperative” in order to avert further hardship. They also urge the international donor community to immediately provide more food to the country.According to the report, the drought’s effect on domestic food production is expected to have “dire consequences for the food security of the population” prior to the autumn harvest of the main rice and maize crops. The report is based on the findings of a joint crop and food supply assessment mission conducted from 23 June to 3 July.A protracted dry spell between March and mid-June – the longest spring drought on record for many parts of the country – depleted rivers and reservoirs, and crippled irrigation systems. It delayed planting, forced the abandonment of large tracts of cultivated farmland, and drastically reduced agricultural yields.As a result, WFP and FAO said the Government’s Public Distribution System planned to reduce the individual daily ration to just 150 grammes for the remainder of the 2000/2001 marketing year (November/October), down from the 215 grammes provided during the last eight months. The two agencies further warned that the cooperative farms, which account for the bulk of domestic production, might not be able to supply the distribution system with enough food to help it meet even this target.Taking into account the cereal imports contracted and food aid already delivered or pledged by donors, the country faces an uncovered food deficit of 564,000 tonnes for the remaining four months of the 2000/2001 marketing year, the agencies say. Given the unfavourable prospects for the main harvest in October, a large volume of food aid and concessional imports is also expected to be required in 2002. read more

International efforts produce tangible peace dividend in Afghanistan – UNDP chief

The international community has done much more, much quicker in helping Afghanistan with development and humanitarian activities than it was thought possible a year ago, according to the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Efforts on the ground had produced “a tangible peace dividend” for the people of Afghanistan, UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown said Thursday in a special briefing to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Those achievements included the “back to school” campaign for Afghan children, efforts to improve the situation of women, salary payments for civil servants in 13 provinces, an approved national budget, and a draft national development framework to be finalized shortly. Mr. Malloch Brown noted there had been strong international support for the Afghan Interim Administration. For the first time in history, within a month of a government assuming power, the international community had rallied around the needs assessment plan and mobilized resources in support of the country. Reconstruction and relief operations had been a critical breakthrough and cooperation, and coordination between the donors and agencies had improved remarkably. Despite this progress, however, there was “a second Afghanistan,” one where the security situation continued to worsen and the capacity of Kabul to manage a national government was constrained, the UNDP Administrator warned. There also was a need to avoid an “over-bilateralization” of assistance in which aid was not properly managed. All current and future UNDP efforts were based on the interdependence of development and peace-building. In other news from Afghanistan, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that the return of Afghan refugees from neighbouring countries hit the 300,000 mark. At its current rate, the agency said, the repatriation movement of the world’s largest refugee group is shaping up to be the biggest and fastest since 800,000 people went home to Kosovo in 1999. read more

Venus Williams Gains 9th Wimbledon Final Awaits Muguruza

Venus Williams returns to Britain’s Johanna Konta during her Wimbledon women’s singles semifinal victory that sent the American to the 16th Grand Slam final of her career.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — All these years later, Wimbledon still brings out the best in Venus Williams.With her latest display of gutsy serving and big hitting, Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday to reach her ninth title match at the All England Club and first since 2009.At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age.Williams also stopped Konta’s bid to become the first woman from Britain in 40 years to win the country’s Grand Slam tournament.“I couldn’t have asked for more, but I’ll ask for a little more. One more win would be amazing,” Williams said. “It won’t be a given, but I’m going to give it my all.”She will be seeking her sixth Wimbledon championship and eighth Grand Slam singles trophy overall. Her most recent came in 2008, when she defeated her younger sister, Serena, for the title at the All England Club. A year later, she lost the final to Serena.In the time since, Williams revealed that she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, which can sap energy and cause joint pain. As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments. But she kept on going, and lately has returned to winning.Her resurgence began in earnest at Wimbledon a year ago, when she made it to the semifinals. Then, at the Australian Open in January, Williams reached the final, where she lost to — yes, you guessed it — her sister. Serena is off the tour for the rest of this year because she is pregnant.“I missed her so much before this match. And I was like, ‘I just wish she was here.’ And I was like, ‘I wish she could do this for me,’” Williams said with a laugh. “And I was like, ‘No, this time you have to do it for yourself.’ So here we are.”On Saturday, the 10th-seeded American will participate in her second Grand Slam final of the season, and 16th of her career, this time against 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain.“She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals,” Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up and 2016 French Open champion, said about Williams. “It’s going to be, like, a historic final again.”Muguruza overwhelmed 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 in the earlier semifinal.Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida; not long afterward, a passenger in the other vehicle died. At her initial news conference at Wimbledon, a tearful Williams briefly left the room to compose herself after being asked about the crash.She has tried, coach David Witt said, to “just focus on the tennis.”In the semifinals, it was Konta who had the first chance to nose ahead, a point from serving from the opening set when it was 4-all and Williams was serving down 15-40.Williams erased the first break point with a backhand winner down the line, and the second with a 106 mph (171 kph) second serve that went right at Konta’s body. It was a risky strategy, going for so much pace on a second serve, but it worked. That opened a run in which Williams won 12 of 13 points.“She looks to dictate from the very first ball,” Konta said. “When she puts herself in a position to do that, she plays with a lot of depth, a lot of speed, and you don’t get much of a chance to get your, I guess, grip into the points.”Williams wouldn’t face another break point and, later, produced another impressive second serve — in the second set, at 103 mph (166 kph), it went right at Konta, who jumped out of the way.Konta played quite well, especially early, and finished with more winners, 20 to 19, each greeted by roars from the Centre Court spectators.“They could have really been even more boisterous. I thought the crowd was so fair. And I know that they love Jo, and she gave it her all today,” Williams said. “It’s a lot of pressure. It’s a lot of pressure. I thought she handled it well. I think my experience just helped a lot.”This was her 10th semifinal in 20 Wimbledon appearances; Konta had never been past the second round at the grass-court tournament before this year.In the other semifinal, Muguruza won 15 of the first 20 points en route to a 5-0 lead. Even though Rybarikova entered having won 18 of her past 19 grass-court matches, mostly at lower-level tournaments, she suddenly looked a lot more like someone whose career record at Wimbledon before last week was 2-9.“Not my best day,” Rybarikova said. “But she didn’t give me much chance to do something.”Muguruza won the point on 19 of 25 trips to the net and had a 22-8 edge in winners.That earned the 23-year-old Muguruza a berth in her third career Grand Slam final, second at the All England Club. She lost to Serena Williams with the title on the line at Wimbledon in 2015, then beat her at Roland Garros last year.“I’ll have to ask Serena for some pointers,” Venus Williams said. “Serena’s always in my corner. And usually it’s her in these finals, so I’m trying my best to represent ‘Williams’ as best as I can.” read more

The 44th International tournament in Struga starts on August 17

Struga handballStruga handball tournament The 44th edition of the traditional pre-season tournament in lovely Macedonian city of Struga, will be held between August 17 and 20 on the “old place” – “Women’s beach” court on Ohrid Lake.The honour of domestic handball will try to save vice-champions RK Metalurg Skopje while the international line-up starts from Swedish second best team Alingsas, Romanian Steaua and French team Chartres.The two last participants are coming from Africa (Afrikan – Tunisia) and Asia (Al Shabab – United Arab Emirates).The last season winners were French Cesson Rennes. ← Previous Story Spiler and Lorger sign at RK Nexe Nasice Next Story → EHF CL 2016/17 Draw: Veszprem and RNL in the first pot

Amplifiear enhances iPad audio using oldschool gramophone tech

first_imgNonlinear Studios will be enjoying its first successful Kickstarter after managing to reach its funding target well before the deadline. The company’s idea, simply put, is a gramophone for your iPad 2 or 3rd generation iPad called the Amplifiear.It’s simple geometry when you really think about it; your iPad’s speakers are in the back, facing away from the listener. This system results in customers paying for external audio devices, or the more miserly among us just blow out our iPad speakers by turning the volume up. The Amplifiear works by redirecting sound like an old-school gramophone.The video above illustrates the stark difference between listening without, and then with this product. The best part about it for consumers is it requires no Bluetooth hookup, and no extra batteries or charging–it’s a piece of rounded ABS plastic.The product may have 18 more days to go, but it has already received 100% funding and then some (over $16,000 for a $10,000 goal). Those looking to pick up one by supporting the Kickstarter no longer have the cheapest $15 option available to them, but for $20 you can still get an Amplifiear in your choice of any color (red, green, blue, white, or black).Retailers looking to get a jump-start on what already looks like a hot item have an option to donate anywhere from $100 to $5,500 or more, and receive bulk sets of the Amplifiear. These sets come in the form of small “retail starter kits” (10 Amplifiears in one color) to full-blown “distributor packs” (60 cartons with each color).via Kickstarterlast_img read more

CW Announces Appointment of New CEO Inge Smidts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 4, 2018 – Miami, FL – Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W) today announced the appointment of Inge Smidts as Chief Executive Officer.   She is replacing John Reid who announced earlier this month that he will step down from the position of CEO in early 2018. Smidts joins C&W from Liberty Global where she most recently held the position of Chief Marketing Officer.Prior to her role at Liberty Global, Smidts was Senior Vice President – Residential Marketing and a member of the Executive Team at Telenet Group.   While there, she was responsible for Go-to-Market reporting and overseeing the commercial strategy for Telenet’s business.Smidts has significant brand and marketing experience having spent over ten years earlier in her career at Procter & Gamble, where she started as Assistant Brand Manager and was regularly promoted, ultimately to Business Leader for the Benelux Paper business.   Smidts holds a Master of Economics degree from UFSIA in Antwerp and an MBA in Marketing from the IAE in Aix-en-Provence.Balan Nair, incoming President & CEO of Liberty Latin America said, “Inge is a proven executive that has delivered strong results throughout her career.   We are excited that she has agreed to lead C&W and join the Liberty Latin America team next year once the split from Liberty Global is complete.   I also want to thank John Reid for his many contributions to the company and facilitating a smooth transition.”“Inge is a dynamic leader who has successfully driven financial performance and built capable teams,” said Betzalel Kenigsztein, Liberty Latin America’s Chief Operating Officer.   “As we look to the future for C&W, we are confident that Inge is the right leader to help rebuild operations that were damaged by this year’s hurricanes and deliver growth for all our stakeholders.”Smidts commented, “I am excited to take on the role of CEO at C&W and work with the new management team that will lead Liberty Latin America into the future.  The prospects for C&W are bright and I look forward to leveraging my experiences at Liberty Global and Telenet to bring a commercial, marketing and customer-focus that will help deliver results.”John Reid, C&W’s current CEO, will help ensure a seamless leadership transition until Smidts’ tenure begins in February 2018.   Under the new Liberty Latin America management structure effective upon completion of the split-off from Liberty Global, Smidts will report to Betzalel Kenigsztein, Liberty Latin America’s COO.Press Release: C&W Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Vazquez Real Madrid deserved more than a bittersweet draw

first_imgReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez was disappointed with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie.The Spain international put Real into the lead inside the sixth-minute of the match following a brilliant assist by Karim Benzema.It proved to be a much better display for Real on Wednesday night compared to the team that were thrashed 5-1 by Barcelona last October, with the Blaugrana struggling up front.Despite Los Blancos’ best efforts, however, Barcelona were ultimately able to claw one back through Malcom in the second half after the Brazilian slammed home Luis Suarez’ rebounded shot.Speaking after the draw, Vazquez admitted he was not entirely satisfied with the outcome of the first leg.“It’s a bitter-sweet feeling because the team deserved more,” said Vazquez on the club website.“I’m thrilled to have got the goal and helped the team but we lacked that little bit to go on and win it.“I’ll take away our efforts for 90 minutes because everyone ran hard and worked with real intensity, both up front and at the back, and that’s the secret to this group. We have to keep it up.“We’d planned a match where we’d press high up and win the ball back in their half, and we did just that, especially before half-time. Every player is extremely committed, we’re all pulling in the same direction.“Towards the end we had a couple of great chances to make it 1-2 but it wasn’t to be. The tie is wide open and it’ll be a hard-fought game next time out.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We will be going all out for a win at the Bernabeu in front of our fans. All together we’ll push to seal a place in the final.”Meanwhile, Keylor Navas was handed a rare start in goal for Real on Wednesday night and impressed against Barcelona.“Both sides had chances, we both took control of the game for different spells,” said Navas.“Ultimately 1-1 doesn’t feel so great because we wanted to win it but it’s a fair result from what was a tight game.“I thank God for giving me the strength, desire and motivation. I always say it’s my friends, my wife and my kids who make me come out, enjoy myself and give it my all for this shirt. It’s a privilege to be out on the pitch and I have to make the most of it.“We knew we had to score, to win you have to score goals. We got one and we hope it’s enough, if we keep a clean sheet at home, we could be in the final. It’ll not be easy.”The return leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.Camp Nou ⚽✅Vamos con todo al Bernabéu 💪 pic.twitter.com/P36TfLdiic— Lucas Vázquez (@Lucasvazquez91) February 6, 2019last_img read more

Caravan supporters arrive in San Diego after 144 mile march from Los

first_img April 28, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAs part of an effort to welcome and express solidarity with the Refugee Caravan arriving at the San Ysidro Port of Entry this weekend, activists from all over the country initiated a 144-mile, 8-day march by foot that began in Los Angeles on April 22 and will conclude on Sunday April 29th.Known as the March Without Borders, this procession of more than 20 full-time caravaners has already passed through Orange County and entered into San Diego County as of Thursday.In the words of María, a March Without Borders participant from Boston, “the fight of refugees is my fight: as an undocumented immigrant in this country, I know how much feeling supported can uplift your spirit in a time when we are under attack. As Trump meets the refugees with guns and terror, we will meet the refugees with open and fearless hearts. Su lucha es mi lucha.”The March Without Borders madee a stop at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park for a press conference on Saturday at 1:00 pm. From there, they marched to Chicano Park for a rally and be greeted by our communities. John Soderman, Posted: April 28, 2018 John Soderman Caravan supporters arrive in San Diego after 144 mile march from Los Angeles Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Unreal Engine Dungeon Defenders seen running on PSP 2

first_imgEpic is never one to miss an opportunity to show off the Unreal Engine, and Sony’s unveiling of the PSP 2 was no exception yesterday.The performance on offer in the PSP 2 allows the Unreal Engine to shine. A quad-core processor coupled with a multi-core GPU is a perfect platform for the engine, and the video above proves that.We first see a detailed environment with weather effects and animating characters which we move through without issue on the device. Particle systems, anti-aliasing and post-processing are all in effect during the demo. Then we move on to Trendy Entertainment’s Dunegon Defenders which was apparently ported from PS3 in just one week.Any developers using the Unreal engine for their games on PS3 will be very happy to hear of the short porting time, but also that Trendy did not need to change any of their assets for the game to work on the PSP 2. While that won’t be the case for all games, it bodes well for many making a quick transition to the platform.As gamers we have to hope that doesn’t mean lots of ports of the same games we have already seen on PS3. Savvy developers will just cut development time by producing new gameplay with the assets they have, therefore ensuring the highest quality graphics but coupled with a brand new gaming experience in portable form.Read more at GameSpotlast_img read more

Southern Hemispheres First Proton Therapy Unit Developing in South Australia

first_imgNews | Proton Therapy | September 02, 2015 Southern Hemisphere’s First Proton Therapy Unit Developing in South Australia Clinicians working with Philips to bring more precise radiation therapy option to 600-800 patients annually   News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more September 2, 2015 — Significant national and international momentum is building to include a proton therapy unit as part of the planned expansion of SAHMRI, South Australia’s Health and Medical Research Institute. It would be the first facility in the Southern Hemisphere to deliver proton therapy.Cancer specialist and former CEO of Cancer Council Australia Prof. Ian Oliver said South Australia was the obvious choice to create a Proton Therapy Unit that would service Australia and the region.“There have been groups in New South Wales and Victoria also considering a bid to establish a proton facility, but South Australia is the furthest ahead,” he said.“Because SAHMRI already operates a cyclotron, it already has highly relevant experience in operating a particle accelerator as would be required for proton therapy,” he added.For proton therapy, a cyclotron accelerates the protons almost to the speed of light, and they are then directed through a probe to release their energy at the tumor site.“The treatment itself takes less than two minutes,” said Prab Takhar, director of the molecular imaging and therapy research unit at SAHMRI.Radiation oncologists across South Australia are collaborating with Philips on development of the center, which will expand the number of trained technicians available when the center opens.The SAHMRI proton therapy unit will reportedly be able to treat 600-800 patients per year.For more information: www.sahmri.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more last_img read more

Air Canada waiving change fees offering discounts in wake of BC wildfires

first_img Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Air Canada waiving change fees, offering discounts in wake of B.C. wildfires Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img TORONTO — Air Canada is offering assistance, ticket flexibility, reduced fares and more to travellers in areas affected by the B.C. wildfires.If customers do not have a ticket and are seeking to fly from Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Prince George and Williams Lake as a result of the state of emergency, Air Canada is providing an additional 25% discount, as well as waiving the advance purchase, to help facilitate travel from these communities to any destination in North America.“You can book your customers at aircanada.com/agents using the promotion code A3VRZAR1, or can call Air Canada Reservations (1-888-247-2262) for further assistance,” says Air Canada.If customers have a ticket with Air Canada for travel to/from/via affected areas, for travel between now and July 22, they can change their flight without paying a change fee. “Please review our Goodwill Policy on aircanada.com/agents or contact Air Canada Reservations (1-888-247-2262) for more details and assistance.”Agents can also check aircanada.com/agents and aircanada.com for Air Canada’s updates on the B.C. wildfires.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsWildfires that have forced more than 60 provincial parks in central B.C. to close are stoking fears among tourism operators that the financial damage will spread to the province’s entire industry early in the critical summer season.The fires have forced officials to close roads, including a part of the TransCanada Highway near Cache Creek, as well as the airport in Williams Lake, a community placed on alert on Monday for a possible evacuation order. Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canadalast_img read more

Michigan fugitive arrested in Jacó

first_imgCosta Rican police announced Monday evening that they had arrested 34-year-old fugitive John Saatio from Houghton, Michigan in a downtown Jacó nightclub on June 2, according to a news release.Saatio had been on the run since June 19, 2015 after escaping police custody while being transported to jail, according to Houghton’s Channel 6 TV News. He was facing a 25-year sentence for home invasion, destruction of police property and violating probation at the time of his escape.The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that a car Saatio had stolen was located some 200 miles south in Green Bay, Wisconsin two days after his escape.Costa Rican police arrested Saatio after his name was flagged as wanted by the United States through Interpol. Immigration authorities confirmed Tuesday that Saatio had snuck into the country.When police apprehended him in Jacó, Saatio resisted arrest and tried unsuccessfully to escape custody again, reportedly bending the bars of his holding cell, according to the police statement.Authorities are in the process of deporting Saatio back to Michigan to serve his sentence. Facebook Comments Related posts:US fugitive John Saatio escapes again, this time from Florida police Police raid offices, home of US real estate mogul accused of fraud Top 6 crime stories of 2014 Canadian expat Ryan Piercy, missing for one month, appears safe at his Costa Rica home, police saylast_img read more