Alastair Cook calls on Joe Denly to seize England opportunity in 2nd Test vs West Indies

first_imgFormer captain Alastair Cook has backed England’s decision to pick Joe Denly at the expense of Keaton Jennings for the second Test in West Indies, saying the Kent batsman must now aim to cement his place in the lineup head of this year’s Ashes series.Left-hander Jennings, who averages 25.86 in 16 Tests, lost his place in the team after scores of 17 and 14 in England’s defeat by 381 runs in the first Test in Barbados.”The Ashes is still seven months away so a lot can happen in sport – four Tests, but a lot can happen in that time,” Cook told BBC’s Test Match Special podcast.”Jonathan Trott came in and did well in a big Test match when we had to win a game and he got 100 (on debut in 2009) – you have to deal with what’s in front of you.”For Denly it represents a late chance to prove his worth ahead of the English summer, which will see Joe Root’s side take on Ireland at Lord’s before the Ashes series against Australia gets underway at Edgbaston on August 1.The 32-year-old, who has not opened in first-class cricket since 2015, enjoyed an remarkable 2018 domestic season in which he scored 1729 runs in all formats, alongside claiming 57 wickets with his leg-spin bowling.”It’s great opportunity for Joe,” Cook added. “He’s had an interesting couple of years in county cricket, taking on more responsibility at Kent and deserves his call-up.”Also Read | Sanjay Manjrekar-Michael Vaughan war-of-words escalates over flawed approach tweetlast_img read more

Atlanta looking like an MLS contender

first_imgMLS Home stand has Atlanta looking like a contender in MLS Allen Ramsey 10:28 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Yamil Asad Hector Villalba Atlanta United MLS Dale Zanine MLS Atlanta United Atlanta United v LA Galaxy LA Galaxy Videos Opinion The expansion side has moved into new digs, using a long home stand and a devastating attack to find their best form ahead of the playoffs Just under a month ago, Atlanta United was in the middle of run that could well have derailed its season. Now, the club looks ready to make a deep playoff push.  The August schedule saw the club pick up just two points from three matches away from home, losing to D.C. United and having to come from behind to pick up a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union in the final two matches of that road swing. “We played badly,” Miguel Almiron told Goal after the draw with the Union. “We didn’t come in off a good game, that’s the reality, and we have to accept that. We can’t lie to ourselves. We have to improve a lot if we’re going to achieve something special. I think we have to improve in a lot of ways. We have the team, the group, the players, to be better.” Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A schedule back-loaded with home matches against struggling teams and the opening of the club’s new home ground — the stunning Mercedes-Benz Stadium — has seen Atlanta respond with a run of form that has the side back in the running for a first-round playoff bye.A 3-0 win over FC Dallas righted the ship and was followed by a 7-0 smashing of the New England Revolution. Even a 3-3 draw with Orlando City in the third match of a six-game run at home was cause for some celebration, with the club coming from behind on three separate occasions to claim a point. A 4-0 dismantling of the disjointed LA Galaxy on Wednesday moved Atlanta all the way to fourth place in the Eastern Conference, and has the club looking like a real playoff threat. What a first half for the &. #ATLUTD pic.twitter.com/xtFbqL5nov— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 21, 2017Josef Martinez is back on form and with a supporting cast of Hector Villalba, Almiron and Yamil Asad, the team offers a level of quality and creativity in the final third that won’t be easily matched by many MLS teams. Asad proved particularly dangerous against the Galaxy, scoring twice and setting up Martinez for the opener, but the reality is that Atlanta has the ability to hurt and threaten a defense from anywhere. So far the crowds at the team’s new home have been witness to 17 goals in four matches, and that total will almost certainly climb before the team hits the road again. The club welcomes the Montreal Impact, who had allowed 49 goals in 29 matches after Wednesday’s games, and the Union, who have shipped 39 goals in 29 games, in the last two matches of their home stand. Yamil Asad Atlanta UnitedWith just six matches remaining in the regular season, and with four of those at home, a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference is still well within reach for Martino’s men, who have now gone 10 matches without a loss in Atlanta. A run to the MLS Cup title still feels like a long shot for the expansion outfit. Toronto FC, despite a 5-3 loss to the Impact on Wednesday, is still the clear favorite and the best team in the league and New York City FC holds a five-point lead over Atlanta for the second spot in the East as well. There is also an argument to be made that the club’s recent surge has been as much about poor opposition as it has as been about an unstoppable Atlanta side. But there is reason to believe that this first-year outfit is ready to challenge the best the league has to offer, and that’s all the record crowds in Atlanta could ask for.last_img read more

Klopp wary of Man City punishment

first_imgJurgen Klopp fears Manchester City will teach Liverpool a lesson in the Community Shield if the level of defending displayed in pre-season does not improve.The Champions League winners have lost three and drawn one of their past four friendly matches.Ten goals have been conceded in that run, including three in the most recent defeat to Serie A side Napoli in Edinburgh. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Klopp does not know whether key trio Alisson, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino – all of whom return to training this week – will be available for Sunday’s clash against City at Wembley and admitted his team are unlikely to be at full capacity.But the German is not prepared to accept anything less than a competitive performance.”I don’t think we can expect to play our best game of the season,” Klopp said.”That’s how it is with the pre-season we’ve had, but we have a long season after that. But it’s not about that, it’s about winning a football game and that’s what we will try. There are different ways to do that and we hope to find one.”I don’t know exactly why people play this competition if [they think] it means nothing. “I won it five times in Germany and nobody mentions it, but we play it every year. If you win, nobody cares. If you lose, some care.”It’s a game we play against City and that’s the most difficult game of the season in every season, so we have to be ready and it’s a good test for the things which are there in that moment.”We have to make sure we defend in a pretty good way because if you don’t defend well against City we could get a proper knock, and that’s not the idea of the game.”Though adamant the outcome will not chart a course for Liverpool’s season, Klopp bristled at the idea of the Community Shield being considered a glorified friendly.”[To call it a] ‘curtain-raiser’ is unbelievable,” he said.”We try to be as ready as possible. If we had eight players available, for example, I would like to try to win it. It’s a final.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Michigan Is Trending For The No. 1 Recruit In The State Of Ohio

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Zach Harrison is the No. 1 recruit in the state of Ohio. The five-star defensive end, an Olentangy Orange product, is the No. 5 overall recruit in the country. He’s one of Urban Meyer’s most-important recruits in years.Ohio State hosted Harrison on a visit this weekend, as the five-star prospect watched the Buckeyes’ victory over Nebraska at Ohio Stadium.Another school is currently “trending” for Harrison, though. It’s not one Ohio State fans are going to like.The Michigan Wolverines are trending for a five-star 2019 prospect.https://t.co/GHLcReCR92— 247Sports (@247Sports) November 5, 2018From 247Sports:Fresh off a statement 42-7 victory against Penn State, Michigan picked up momentum in recruiting for the No. 1 recruit from the state of Ohio. Defensive end Zach Harrison of Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy Orange High began trending toward the Wolverines following the weekend.The 247Sports Composite five-star recruit and No. 5 overall recruit in the nation picked up six Crystal Ball predictions toward Michigan over the last 24 hours, including one from director of football recruiting Steve Wiltfong. Wiltfong breaks down his prediction for VIPs inside.Ohio State leads with a 65 percent forecast in the 247Sports Crystal Ball, but the Wolverines continue to gain ground. While Harrison lives within a stone’s throw of Columbus, he recently visited Ann Arbor for the Wolverines’ victory over Wisconsin.Harrison is as big of a “must-get” recruit as it gets for Urban Meyer and Ohio State. He’s an elite five-star prospect who plays his high school football in the shadows of Ohio Stadium. Losing him to any other program would be a major blow; losing him to Michigan would be devastating.Still, Ohio State is seen by most as the favorite to land him, with 65 percent of the predictions on 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.” We appear to need to keep a close eye on Michigan moving forward, though.last_img read more

MS Dhoni part of an unfortunate record as New Zealand hammer India in 1st T20I

first_img Rohan Sen WellingtonFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 19:07 IST MS Dhoni scored a quickfire 39 off 31 balls but kept losing partners at the other end in the 220-run chase (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni ended up on the losing side after top-scoring for India in T20I for the fifth timeDhoni also went past 1500 runs in T20 internationals during his 31-ball 39India’s 80-run loss was also their biggest in terms of runs while chasing a target in the formatBrief Score – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22). Full ScorecardMahendra Singh Dhoni has become part of an unwarranted which he would soon like to change as he ended up on the losing side once again after top-scoring for India in a T20 international on Wednesday.Dhoni ended up on the losing side even after top-scoring for India in a T20I match for the fifth time in his career.Dhoni waged a lone battle in India’s run chase of 220 in 20 overs, scoring a quickfire 39 off 31 balls but kept losing partners at the other end as the visitors eventually folded for 139 in 19.2 overs.Dhoni also went past 1500 runs in T20 internationals during his knock which included five boundaries and a six. Twitter PhotoIndia’s 80-run loss was also their heaviest in terms of runs while chasing a target in the format. The defeat also saw stand-in captain Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten streak coming to an end.Rohit had matched Dhoni’s record of seven successive wins as India’s T20I captain before this result. Dhoni had achieved the feat twice during his time as the skipper.An exciting start to the T20I series! A record total at @WestpacStadium and 5 T20I wins in a row at the venue. Also complete the winning start to the Double-Headers with the @WHITE_FERNS #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/XzcCAlF1IVBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 6, 2019India were never really in the chase from the start as they lost the top-five batsmen inside 11 overs. From there on, Dhoni tried his best to stage a fightback but India were always behind the asking rate.advertisementRohit, who is standing in as captain for Virat Kohli, said India were done in by the lack of partnerships against the Black Caps, who came out all guns blazing after losing the ODI series 4-1.”It was a tough game. We were outplayed in all three departments. We didn’t start well and we knew that 200 wasn’t going to be an easy chase. We have chased such targets in the past and that is why we played with eight batsmen, but we didn’t have small partnerships and that made it tough. New Zealand though played well, they had partnerships,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation ceremony.”We need to go to Auckland, look at the conditions and take it from there. As a team, we have been good at chasing down targets which is why we play with eight batsmen, but we just couldn’t do it tonight,” he said.Rohit’s decision to put the Kiwis in to bat backfired at the Westpac Stadium as they rode on brilliant knocks from Tim Seifert (84), Colin Munro (34) and Kane Williamson (34) to post 219 for 6 in 20 overs.The New Zealand bowlers then came to the party as they restricted India to 139 with Tim Southee picking 3 wickets while Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi bagged two wickets each. Debutant Daryl Mitchell also contributed with one wicket.Also Read | 80-run win vs India has set the tone for the rest of the series: Kane WilliamsonAlso Read | We were outplayed in all departments: Rohit Sharma after India’s worst T20I defeatAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik makes up for dropped catch with stunnerFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Rohit SharmaFollow New Zealand vs IndiaFollow Wellington T20I MS Dhoni part of an unfortunate record as New Zealand hammer India in 1st T20IBrief Scores – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22). MS Dhoni top-scored with 39 runs but ended up on the losing side as New Zealand defeated India by 80 runs in the first T20 international in Wellington on Wednesday.advertisementlast_img read more

VIDEO: Allianz Juno Gets Some TLC

first_imgzoom Ships calling on shipyards for finishing touches is the equivalent of a day at a spa for us. Check out this time lapse video of a Damen-design fast crew ship supplier Allianz Juno receiving a royal treatment at the Damen shipyard in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Damen Shipyards Sharjah FZE, the newest shipyard of Albwardy Marine Engineering, was officially opened on January 13, 2014.In a joint venture between the Damen Shipyards Group and Albwardy Marine Engineering, the core activities at DSS continue along the tried course of Damen newbuilds and Albwardy’s conversions, dry-dockings and repairs.Damen Shipyards Sharjah is located in the Sharjah Hamriyah Free-zone.The facility is equipped with a 120 x 26.5 metre ship-lift, with a 5,200 ton capacity and is connected to eight dry-berths, each of which is 125 metres in length.It also features a fully enclosed blasting and painting shed and an under-cover new build construction hall.World Maritime News Staff, August 4, 2014last_img read more

Opposition slams govt for not sending bills to select panel

first_imgNew Delhi: The opposition in the Rajya Sabha hit out at the government on Wednesday, accusing it of not keeping its word on sending some bills including the Triple talaq bill to the Select Committee, as suggested by them.Raising the issue soon after Zero Hour, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government had approached them to ask which bills they wanted to be sent to Select Committees. Leaders of all parties wanted that at least six bills be sent to committees for further scrutiny, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I am drawing the attention of the chair…I am seeking your indulgence, we wanted that RTI bill to be sent to the Select Committee,” he said. “You are master, you tell your people to be present and we remain under the illusion that this bill is going to the Select Committee. “This is not done. This is unfair on the part of the government,” Azad said, while referring to the passage of the triple talaq bill on Tuesday. He said the government had approached the opposition through the Parliamentary Minister and he wanted to know which bills were to be sent to Select Committees. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We gave them a list of some 23 bills and we wanted at least half of them to be sent to Select Committees. We identified as many as 6 bills as A-category to be sent to Select Committees, and two under B-category and the list was taken by the government,” Azad said. The Congress leader said the bill discussed on Tuesday was the first bill which was supposed to go to Select Committee. The Bill, which is listed as number 2, was also slated to go to Select Committee, which the opposition had recommended. “Unfortunately, that bill (triple talaq) was listed at night,” he noted. “My submission is that out of the six bills which we had given on priority to be sent to the Select Committee was the bill which was discussed on Tuesday and passed. We were in the dark we could not inform our members of Parliament. The second bill, which is being considered today for passage, is also on the priority list to be sent to the Select Committee. “My submission to the government is that on one side you are seeking the list from the opposition for bills to be sent to the Select Committee and you don’t come back and you put them for passage in the House and get them passed,” the leader of opposition said. He was supported by Derek O’Brien (TMC), who sought the protection of the chair, alleging that the government was pushing through legislations without scrutiny. “We seek your protection, because we managed to attend the meeting with the government and on that understanding the government did tell us that they would revert to us on three to four bills on the seven we have listed. Monday night at 9.30 PM, taking everyone by surprise (triple talaq bill was listed). “There is a rule and there is a convention whereby under understanding and after talking to us and find solutions for passage of bills. You don’t do anything clandestinely at midnight to catch people by surprise,” he said. O’Brien said two bills – the triple talaq bill and the UAPA bill — were on top priority of the opposition for sending them to the Select Committee for further scrutiny. “One got listed on Monday night and the second one was listed today. We seek your protection. Out of the 23 bills, even though we are not going to go back to what has been passed the last time, the opposition together had a list of six bills, four of which were marked as A-plus. “We seek your protection. We want to examine these bills. If the government has the numbers it can pass the bills. But, let us fight for the integrity of Parliament. That is what we are asking for,” the TMC leader said. Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) also sought to know whether the minister is denying that he had told the opposition about bills being sent to select panels. “The minister had stated that bills will be sent to Select Committee. Let the minister speak. If the minister is going back on his words, it is not right,” Yadav said. “I have heard it. I will look into it….You have raised the issue, then I will examine it,” Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said. Countering the opposition charge, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the chair has already said that eight out of 10 bills in last two years have been sent to the Select Committee. “This shows the intention of the government.This bill UAPA was not sent to Select Committee during the UPA government. It is not like this that these bills will have to go to Select Committees,” the minister said.last_img read more

Jimmy Carter And The Elders Welcome US Efforts To Restart IsraeliPalestinian Peace

first_imgConcluding a 3-day visit to Washington DC and London, The Elders today warmly welcomed the tireless efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry to restart direct peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.They also warned that there is no military solution in Syria and that only dialogue between all parties concerned can bring about an end to the war.In Washington, the Elders’ delegation, including former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria and former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and former US President Jimmy Carter, was briefed by US Secretary of State John Kerry about his plans to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. The Elders also met President Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice and US policy experts, including at the Brookings Institution. In London, they met British Foreign Secretary William Hague.Martti Ahtisaari, Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter took part in a public event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington DC) on Monday. This evening, they will speak at Chatham House (London) to discuss the future of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Syrian crisis.Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, said: “We were impressed by Secretary Kerry’s tireless commitment to bringing Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table after five years of stalemate. The United States’ reengagement in the region is a welcome development.“All conflicts can be resolved. But as Elders, we know that the negotiations ahead will be difficult and that there will be bumps on the road. We appreciate the seriousness and urgency of Secretary Kerry’s efforts to resume peace talks.“We believe that the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the heart of the instability in the wider Middle East. It is time to help the parties get together and find a permanent solution.”Former US President Jimmy Carter said: “If Israelis and Palestinians can address the key issue of borders as a priority, based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps, there is hope that the other issues can be resolved.“The Arab League’s recent endorsement of possible adjustments to the 1967 borders, combined with the European Union’s commendable insistence on upholding the illegality of occupied territories, are encouraging signs that complement the current US efforts.“We are confident that progress towards a two-state solution – with a democratic and safe Israel living next door to an independent, free and viable Palestinian state – will be met with overwhelming support by both peoples in the region.”Commenting on the Syria crisis, Lakhdar Brahimi, UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria said: “There is no military solution to the Syrian crisis. Sending more weapons to Syria will only deepen the conflict. The flow of arms to both sides must stop.“Media has been reporting over the past months about one side or the other having the upper hand. But neither side is in a position to win the war. And in the meantime, the killing and destruction continue.“We must get out of this vicious cycle through a political process. It is extremely difficult to bring together those who have been killing each other for two years. But more and more people, including the Syrians, are recognising that the only solution to the Syrian catastrophe is an inclusive dialogue with all the countries that have an interest or an influence in this crisis.”last_img read more

15th edition of Nuit Blanche at city hall – Montréals population is

first_imgMU’s mission is to embellish the city by creating murals anchored in local communities, thus integrating art in Montrealers’ daily lives. The organization created its first mural back in 2007, and has completed 80 more major murals since, in addition to some 100 community projects in fifteen different Montréal neighborhoods.”The SAT is a non profit organization known internationally for its active and pioneering role in the development of immersive virtual reality technologies. It is also a centre for artists, research and training in digital arts, and plays an important part in training a new generation of artists in the digital era.ContactHôtel de Ville275, rue Notre-Dame EstMontréal (Québec) H2Y 1C6Access ramp for persons with reduced mobility: 510, rue Gosford and Place Vauquelin. Information: By phone: 311 or 514 872-0311 (from outside Montréal) or by email: presidenceduconseil@ville.montreal.qc.ca. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MONTRÉAL, March 2, 2018 – As part of its 15th participation in the Nuit blanche, on Saturday, March 3d, under the theme (re)MIX, city hall proposes a unique, free experience, combining visual and digital arts, in partnership with MU and the Société des arts technologiques (SAT). Advertisement From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., city hall visitors will take part in the creation of a collective mural based on the city’s coat of arms, in collaboration with MU artist-mediators. Concurrently, SAT artists will bring the artwork to life through projections and musical performances. Moreover, the council room will be open for visitors and explained by professional tour guides.“Our Nuit blanche programming will offer, in the breathtaking hall, a surprising blend of music and visual displays both in line with Montréal’s penchant for innovation and its democratic values. There will be magic in the air during this special evening, namely thanks to the collaboration of two beacon organizations who contribute to Montréal’s status as a forward-thinking metropolis, focused on its citizens” said council chair Cathy Wong.last_img read more

Morocco Lifts Restrictions to Name Newborns on Moroccans Living Abroad

Rabat – The Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs and Cooperation have issued a joint directive allowing Moroccans living abroad to name their children pretty much whatever they want.Moroccans living abroad are now free to choose any name they want for their newborns as the administrative obstacles limiting parents’ choices have been lifted.Parents-to-be can name their children a name they both like on the condition that it does not constitute an affront to good morals or the public order. Prior to the new directive, civil registry services had the authority to say no if they don’t think the name being chosen for a newborn is appropriate.The Moroccan law that governs the choice and registration of first names requires that a given name have “a Moroccan character and must be neither a name of a family nor a name composed of more than two first names, nor the name of a city, village or tribe.Morocco is not the only country in the world that used to regulate names.At least a dozen countries, including Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, China, Norway, Malaysia and Japan have newborn naming laws.In Iceland, for example, parents have to choose from a limited list of roughly 1,800 females’ names and 1,700 males’ names, according to the BBC. In China, parents can only use characters that are readable by computer scanners.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Africa Urged to Unite for Morocco 2026 Bid Last Minute Campaigning

By: Karen Duarte Rabat – Currently, more than 50 African voting federations are being urged to show unity as a continent and back Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Below is the latest on World Cup preparations and meetings of football leaders ahead of the tournament in Russia today (all Morocco local times): 9:10 a.m. According to American television channel Fox Sports, El Hadji Diouf, the former Senegal and Liverpool forward, urged African football leaders to “hold hands” on June 13 when Morocco competes with the North American bid.Liberia, Namibia, and Zimbabwe have pledged support in recent weeks for the joint United States-Canada-Mexico candidate. The North Americans have targeted voters in the southern African group known as COSAFA.Confederation of African Football President Ahmad asked voters to “show cohesion within our continent.”The Madagascar official says, “I think there is an obligation to remain within our family. But of course, it is an individual choice.”The Morocco and North American bid leaders are meeting voters from five of FIFA’s six continental bodies today. The bid leaders will meet Europe’s UEFA on Tuesday.8:40 a.m.Morocco football leader Fouzi Lekjaa says he doubts the financial promises made by the rival North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup.Lekjaa told more than 50 African football federations that “there is lots of uncertainty” in the cash projections of the joint United States-Canada-Mexico bidAccording to Fox Sports, the North American bid predicts $14.3 billion in revenue for FIFA from the 48-team tournament. FIFA’s evaluation panel noted that was “significantly higher” than Morocco’s predicted income of $7.2 billion.Lekjaa says in French, “That doesn’t correspond either to historical facts or future extrapolation; it’s an exercise that goes beyond that.”African countries have 53 of the 206 expected votes in Wednesday’s ballot of FIFA member federations.7:50 a.m.Under investigation in Ghana for alleged corruption, FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi has resigned from the world soccer body.Confederation of African Football president Ahmad says Nyantakyi also offered his resignation as first vice president of the continental body.Ahmad tells more than 50 African football federations that a special election meeting will be held on September 30 in Egypt for them to fill the vacancies.Candidates will come from the English-speaking group in Confederation of African Football (CAF), the president says.A television documentary last week showed Nyantakyi taking $65,000 in cash from undercover reporters posing as businessmen to secure favor with Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo and other government officials.FIFA’s ethics committee suspended the Ghanaian official for 90 days during its investigation.7:25 a.m.Leaders of North American and Moroccan bids to host the 2026 World Cup are casting their plans to FIFA voters.Both candidates on Wednesday’s vote are spending Monday on a busy tour of meetings with continental football bodies. FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Secretary General Fatma Samoura are also attending.More than 50 African football federations are hearing from the bidders at a Moscow hotel.A few federations, including Liberia, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, have pledged to support the joint United States-Canada-Mexico candidacy instead of their CAF ally Morocco.Voters from North American regional body CONCACAF, Asia, and Oceania also have their regional meetings Monday, ahead of the election Wednesday.European football body UEFA hosts the candidates Tuesday morning in Moscow. read more

Video Captures Moroccan Pilot Ejecting From Mirage F1 Crash

Rabat – A video has surfaced of a pilot ejecting from a Royal Air Force Mirage F1 fighter plane before it crashed in the Taounate region of northern Morocco. The plane crashed on Monday afternoon during a training mission because of a technical malfunction, a Royal Armed Forces (FAR) statement said.The navigator managed to eject from the aircraft and is “safe and sound.” The crash occurred “in an uninhabited area and did not cause any collateral damage,” according to FAR. The video shows a few buildings and cows within eyeshot of the crash.Read Also: Moroccan Air Force Mirage F1 Crashes in Northern Morocco, Pilot SafeFAR uploaded the video on its YouTube channel to show the pilot’s ejection. The recording shows the pilot parachuting down from the plane. The sound of the airplane crashing can also be heard.The Mirage F1 is a fighter plane made by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault.In 2015, a Royal Air Force Mirage F1 airplane crashed near the Sidi Slimane Air Base, northeast of Rabat. The airplane crashed after hitting a “flock of large birds,” but the pilot managed to eject safely. FAR reported that there were no casualties from the crash, which occurred in an uninhabited area. read more

Closing Bell TSX ends higher as Dow closes at record on low

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Market closed higher Tuesday despite falling commodity prices and disappointing earnings reports from several big-name companies, including food distributor George Weston Ltd., WestJet Airlines and Husky Energy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,464.11 +10.19 0.08%S&P 500 —  1,625.96 +8.46 0.52%Dow — 15,056.20 +87.31 0.58%Nasdaq — 3,396.63 +3.66 0.11%The S&P/TSX composite index was ahead by 10.19 points at 12,464.11, while the Canadian dollar climbed 0.24 of a cent to 99.51 cents US.Analyst Kash Pashootan of Raymond James said the resource-heavy TSX is struggling under the weight of dropping prices in oil, gold and copper.This downward trend in commodities, which has been around for at least the past two years, is likely to continue, he said.“We’re seeing a continuation of the slowdown in growth in the commodity space,” said Pashootan from Ottawa.“We’re in the late innings of the commodities cycle, and the market is looking for conviction before commodity prices go up.”The June contract for gold bullion fell $19.20 to US$1,448.80 an ounce as the gold sector led with the most declines on the TSX with a drop of 2.84%. Nearly all companies in the sector weakened including Aginico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM), Alamos Gold (TSX:AGI) and Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX).The July copper contract was down a penny at US$3.30 a pound, with the metals and mining sector falling by 0.43%. Shares in Teck Resources were down by 0.11%. Base metal miner First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM) beat analysts expectations by two cents per share as it reported Monday earnings of $153.8 million or 32 cents per share on revenue of $901.2 million. Its shares were up by 1.19% to $17.80.The June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange faded 68 cents to US$95.58 a barrel.Meanwhile, Wall Street continued to see major gains, boosted by news that the Reserve Bank of Australia is lowering its official interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 2.75% amid some signs the economy is weakening.The Dow Jones industrials closed up 87.31 at 15,056.20, the highest close on record.The S&P 500 also had a record close, advancing 8.46 points to 1,625.96 after climbing above 1,600 for the first time on Friday.The boost comes after more than 80% of companies in the S&P 500 index have reported first-quarter earnings, and profits are at a record level. Of companies that have reported, nearly 70% have beaten the expectations of Wall Street analysts for income, according to S&P Capital IQ data.The Nasdaq edged up 3.66 points to 3,396.63.The U.S. also reported that employers posted fewer job openings in March compared with February. The Labor Department said job openings fell 1.4% to a seasonally adjusted 3.8 million jobs. Total hiring declined 4.3% to 4.3 million.In earnings news, Canada’s second-largest airline reported its “best ever” quarter but left investors worried whether the carrier will be able to profitably fill its new capacity, sending its stocks down 7.48% to $22.87.WestJet earned $91.1 million or 68 cents per share in its latest quarter, up from $68.3 million or 49 cents per share in the same 2012 period. However, the airline said its load factor — a measure of how full its planes are flying — fell 3.5 percentage points to 82.7 during April, compared to the same month a year earlier.Food processor and distributor giant George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) reported an almost 34% increase in is first-quarter net earnings, due to foreign currency translation and amendments to its defined benefit pension plan among other things. However, the company’s adjusted earnings missed analyst expectations by two cents per share and the stock closed up only slightly by 16 cents to $81.24.Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) shares were down 19 cents to $29.73 after it reported its first-quarter profit was down from a year ago, as the price for its heavy crude oil came under pressure. The company said it earned $535 million or 54 cents per diluted share, down from $591 million or 60 cents per diluted share a year ago.The only major Canadian data report on Wednesday is the release of April housing starts, which is anticipated to come in at 175,000 — the same rate as for March.Pashootan said markets are also watching for the latest GDP numbers due out of China this week, which may indicate how the world’s second-largest economy is doing.If the reports are positive, it will likely drive up commodities. But if, as expected, they indicate a continuing slowdown, that will maintain a damper on prices. Here’s what investors were watching today:Canada’s public sector pension fund buys European airports division from Hochtief for $2-billionWestJet shares fall on fears declining load factor will hit profitBlackBerry drops as analyst warns of possible BB10 production cutbacksWindows 8, Take 2: Microsoft retools maligned operating system with ‘Blue’ touch-up jobON DECK WEDNESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:15 a.m.Housing starts (April): Economists expect 175,000 starts, down from last monthCORPORATE NEWSCANADATim Hortons Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 62¢ a share Sun Life Financial Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 66¢ CF Industries Q1 earnings: Analysts expect $6.02 Torstar Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 18¢ Linamar Corp UNITED STATESThe News Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 36¢ Monster Beverage Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 46¢ read more

Comparing the WWFs Death Rate to the NFLs And Other Pro Leagues

On Monday, we posted “Are Pro Wrestlers Dying at an Unusual Rate?,” showing that wrestlers from the WWF era have passed away at a clip far exceeding actuarial expectations. One of the most common questions I received about the blog post was how wrestlers compared to other professional athletes.  Here’s commenter Matthew Durst:Is this phenomenon unique to wrestling or is it a cost of doing any professional sport? What’s the years of life loss on average for the big 4 sports?I’m glad he asked.To investigate, I used ESPN’s athlete bio database, pulling out anyone who had played at least five seasons in any of the Big Four sports (football, baseball, basketball and hockey). I used the same five age groups (35-40, 40-45, 45-50, 50-55, 55-60) that I did for the wrestling analysis, except as of Dec. 31, 2010 (the most recent year for which we have data). I used only athletes whose careers had ended in 1998 or earlier (to match the period I looked at for the WWF, which changed its name to WWE in 2002). Then I took the simple percentage dead from each age group, as before:Outside of the WWF, professional athletes beat actuarial expectations. The NFL — which is commonly portrayed as being one step up from the Ludi —  at the very least doesn’t appear to produce many early deaths. Even offensive linemen, whose curve would be a bit higher on the grid, come in well under average (with about 4 percent dead in the entire age range).Though a bit surprising, there are good reasons why we might expect successful pro athletes to be better than average at surviving the 35- to 60-year-old period of their lives. They make a lot of money during their careers and have fairly good job prospects (relative to average) thereafter. They operate in a disciplined, highly regulated environment during a formative period of their lives and face extensive drug testing. Not to mention, these athletes are highly skilled and physically honed professionals. Their bodies may take a lot of damage that may stay with them for the rest of their lives, but it’s not the kind of damage that typically leads to an early grave.Wrestling in the WWF era, on the other hand, is reputed to have had a party culture, extensive performance-enhancing and recreational drug use, training focused on more aesthetic than functional physical improvements, a brutal schedule, and fewer monetary rewards than fans might think. read more

Dog lovers invited to join in with pets last walk before hes

first_img Show more Walnut A dog owner from Cornwall has posted an open invitation on Facebook inviting animals lovers to join him on Saturday as he takes his beloved pet whippet for a final walk before he is put down.Mark Woods, from Newquay, has owned Walnut since he was a puppy.The dog is now 18 years old and, due to ailing health, the decision has been taken to end his life this weekend.Mark is taking time off work to spend as much time with Walnut as possible before the time comes to take him to the vets – and he’s planning to give his pet a celebratory send off in one of their favourite spots. Credit:Mark Woodscenter_img In a Facebook post that’s been shared hundreds of times, Mark wrote: “Sadly I am having to have Walnut euthanised on Saturday 12th November and so we will be having a last walk together on his beloved Porth Beach at 9.30am.“I would love it if dog lovers/owners and friends would join us for a celebration of Walnut on his favourite Porth Beach.“He has had an incredible life and having reached the grand age of 18 is ready for his final sleep. Hope to see you on Saturday.”Mark has been inundated with messages of love and support on social media.One commenter, noting that Walnut was still walking, asked if the euthanasia was definitely necessary, to which Mark replied: “If you saw him and looked into his eyes you would know.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Romanian migrant raped woman in the UK days after release from prison

first_imgPhilip Hollobone, Conservative MP for Kettering, where the attack took place, said: “This was a vicious, horrendous and vile crime, which has tainted our town.”Foreign nationals who commit crimes in the UK should serve their prison sentences in full back in their country of origin and never be allowed to re-enter the UK.”I am afraid that whilst we remain in the EU, EU nationals with criminal records are free to travel from one EU country to another, but once we leave we can get back control of our borders and we could put a stop to free movement for criminals.”EU laws on sharing information relating to criminal records came into effect in 2012 but campaigners warn that in practice only the most dangerous criminals are flagged up by some member states.  Moraru had been sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 and was released early before moving to the UK. On New Year’s Eve he had kissed the woman in a nightclub and then began pestering her for sex. When she denied his advances he followed her. Sentencing, Judge Rupert Mayo said: “It was plain to anybody that she did not want your company.”You waited, you were a minute behind her as you followed her into a churchyard.”In the churchyard you brutally raped her and used your fists to smash her face in.”Passers-by who heard her screams dialled 999 and Moraru’s DNA was found at the scene and he was arrested on January 6 at the car wash where he was working. A victim impact statement read to the court described the consequences of the attack on the woman. Nicola Moore, prosecuting, said: “She said that she felt responsible for what happened and felt physically sick when she thought about it.”She indicated that she does not like to go out after dark and insists that she is accompanied.”Moraru initially denied causing the injuries and said the sex was consensual, but later pleaded guilty to rape and causing actual bodily harm.He was also made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and made to sign the sex offenders’ register for life. Northampton Crown Court, where Florin Moraru was jailedCredit:Jonathan Lodge After the case, Detective Sergeant Nick Cobley, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “Florin Moraru is an extremely violent man who carried out a despicable act. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Northampton Crown Court, where Florin Moraru was jailedcenter_img “His behaviour on the night of the incident was predatory and calculated, showing a high level of persistence and having no regard for his victim’s rights or wishes.”Today’s sentencing has brought a swift resolution to an horrific incident, ensuring this evil man is locked up and unable to commit further offences or put anybody else through such a terrifying ordeal.”I’d like to commend the victim for her bravery and hope today’s sentencing brings some form of closure for her.” Florin Moraru has been jailed for 10 years and eight months Florin Moraru has been jailed for 10 years and eight monthsCredit: SWNS A Romanian immigrant battered and raped a woman just 11 days after arriving in the UK having been released from prison in his home country.Florin Moraru, 25, fled Romania when judges released him on licence from a prison sentence for attacking another woman during a violent robbery. Less than a fortnight later after his arrival in Britain, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, Moraru followed a young woman who had spurned his advances from a nightclub into a churchyard, crept up behind her and punched her in the face.She fell to the floor screaming “no, no, no” but he continued to punching her until she stopped struggling and then raped her. As he was jailed for 10 years and eight months there were renewed calls for tighter restrictions to be placed on foreign criminals entering Britain.    last_img read more

OGM les insecticides du maïs Bt retrouvés dans les rivières américaines

first_imgOGM : les insecticides du maïs Bt retrouvés dans les rivières américaines États-Unis – Des chercheurs américains ont effectué des analyses dans plusieurs cours d’eau de l’Indiana, six mois après la récolte de plants de maïs transgénique Bt. Les résultats obtenus révèlent qu’un quart des rivières étudiées sont polluées par les toxines que produit ce maïs pour lutter contre les insectes.La protéine insecticide Cry1Ab, produite par ce maïs génétiquement modifié, provient de la bactérie Bacillus thuringiensis ou Bt. Lorsqu’ils ont analysé six mois après la récolte 217 cours d’eau de l’Indiana, les chercheurs ont découvert que 86% des échantillons contenaient des déchets de maïs. Dans 23% des sites, ils ont détecté la présence de la protéine insecticide dans l’eau.À lire aussiCe corail préfère manger du plastique plutôt que de sa nourriture habituelleLes scientifiques font état d’une concentration moyenne de 14 nanogrammes par litre. Une quantité faible dont les conséquences font aujourd’hui l’objet de recherches et de débats. Aux États-Unis, le maïs Bt représente 63% du maïs cultivé, soit environ 23 millions d’hectares. Se pose alors la question de l’impact des doses relevées sur les organismes vivants et l’écosystème des cours d’eau. “Leur test de détection ne permet pas de savoir si la protéine est encore active, ce qui est la question clé” souligne Yves Bertheau de l’Inra.Menée par Emma Rosi-Marshall, du Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, l’équipe qui a réalisé cette étude estime nécessaire de poursuivre les recherches pour déterminer si la menace est réelle ou non.Le 30 septembre 2010 à 08:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Season 2 of OnePunch Man is Now in Production

first_img One Punch Man captivated audiences by deconstructing some of the tropes and norms of Shounen anime and manga upon its debut in 2015. However, it’s been two years, and fans have been clamoring for a second season. Well, according to an advertisement posted on Twitter by Ken Xyro, One Punch Man Season 2 is finally in production.One Punch Man Season 2 confirmed.Production is in progress. Exact date is TBA.(This scan is pretty bad btw) pic.twitter.com/yIVuASsa6U— Ken Xyro (@KenXyro) March 27, 2017At a One Punch Man event at the Wanpan Fall Festival, it was announced that second season of the anime would be made. However, this advertisement is the first proof that the anime is actually being worked on, and not still on hiatus. The exact date of One Punch Man Season 2’s release has yet to be announced, and there’s no word on whether it will be simulcast or not.One Punch Man follows the enormously powerful, yet incredibly average Saitama who has become the strongest being in the universe. The secret to his powers is a ridiculously simple workout regimen. Each day Saitama does 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and runs 10 km. Because of his enormous power, the ability to defeat any enemy in one punch, Saitama spends most of his days lackadaisically drifting from one adventure to another.We haven’t gotten a sneak peak at what One Punch Man Season 2’s plot will be like, but we’re sure to see Saitama rising higher in the Hero Association. One Punch Man has come a long way from its beginnings as a one-man webcomic written by ONE. If you want to see the original iteration of the hit anime and manga, you can check it out here. ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies Stay on targetlast_img read more

Sheriffs deputy arrested on suspicion of groping teenage girl in Vista

first_img 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday on suspicion of groping a teenage girl two months ago at a Vista restaurant.Timothy Wilson Jr., who is assigned to detentions enforcement at Vista Jail, allegedly fondled the 14-year-old’s buttocks at about 7 p.m. on March 21 while standing in line behind her at a Panda Express on Main Street, near South Santa Fe Avenue, then hurried out of the business and fled in a black sedan, according to Sheriff Bill Gore.On March 21, a 14-year old girl reported that a man grabbed her buttock while she was waiting in line at the Panda Express in Vista.Video Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/SD-Sheriff-Lewd-Act-Suspect-Vista-1.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/SD-Sheriff-Lewd-Act-Suspect-Vista-1.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman, May 18, 2018 Sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of groping teenage girl in Vista Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman Updated: 10:11 PM On April 9, a Crime Stoppers bulletin with video was issued to the media seeking help from the public in identifying the suspect.A month later, on May 9, a Sheriff’s employee recognized Timothy Wilson Jr. as a possible look-a-like to the suspect and notified the department.Wilson, 32, is a ten-year employee of the Sheriff’s Department and was working as a Detentions Deputy at the Vista Jail. Detectives immediately set about to confirm the identity of the suspect.Wilson was arrested at the Vista Detention Facility around noon today and charged with one count of a felony lewd act on a child.He was booked into Central Jail and immediately placed on unpaid Administrative Leave pending the internal investigation and the criminal case which we are working on in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office.“I am deeply disappointed with Mr. Wilson’s conduct but proud of the men and women of this department who do not tolerate criminal acts in the community or within their own ranks,” said Sheriff Bill Gore.The public is asked to come forward if they have information on this case or any other case where Wilson might be involved. Those with information can call the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit at (858) 974-2316 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 for anonymous tips. Posted: May 18, 2018last_img read more

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