India beat Spain 2-0 to level hockey series

first_imgForwards Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh found the target as India defeated Spain 2-0 in the second game of their three-match hockey series here on Wednesday.Ramandeep gave India the lead with a field goal in the 17th minute while Akashdeep (33rd) doubled the advantage just after half-time. The visitors, who lost the first game 1-4 on Tuesday, thus levelled the series.The Indians will need to thank their goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh, who was superb under the bar. Both teams started on an aggressive note, with the Indians enjoying the better of the exchanges in the first quarter. Also read: Hockey India suspends Gurbaj Singh for 9 monthsThe second quarter also saw fast end-to-end action. After several chances went abegging at both ends, Ramandeep put India ahead with a fine effort.The Indians continued to dominate in the third quarter and soon got their their second goal when Akashdeep picked up a beautiful pass from Ramandeep before beating the Spanish custodian. The hosts continued to play an attacking game and got a chance to reduce the margin towards the end when they won a penalty corner. But Sreejesh pulled off a nice save.The third match of the series will be played on Thursday.last_img read more

Marlon Samuels sues former Aussie pacer Geoff Lawson for ‘insulting’ comments

first_imgHitting back at Geoff Lawson, West Indies batting mainstay Marlon Samuels has filed a defamation lawsuit against the former Australia fast bowler for making “insulting” and “false allegations” on him after the ICC World T20 final in India.Commenting on Samuels’ confrontation with Ben Stokes in the World T20 final, Lawson had alleged that the maverick West Indies batsman was involved with gangs in Jamaica.The Australian had also remarked that Samuels was “a guy you don’t muck around with on or off the field” as “he’s tied up with the gangs there and it goes well beyond cricket”, Sport24 reported.Samuels also filed a defamation suit against an Australian journalist who published Lawson’s quotes.Clarifying his position, Samuels said that he intends not only to defend his integrity and image as a cricketer but also the values he had defended throughout his career.He also revealed that he would donate the compensation to the Marlon Samuels Society for the Blind in Jamaica if he wins the case.last_img read more

India historically a dominant force vs New Zealand: A stats preview

first_imgBy Rajneesh Gupta India will take on New Zealand in first of the 13 Tests they are scheduled to play this season – all at home. The three-Test series will be followed by five Tests against England, one Test against Bangladesh and four Tests against Australia.By hosting 13 Tests this season, India will equal the record of most Tests hosted by a country in a season. Interestingly the earlier instance also belongs to India. They had hosted same number of Tests in 1979-80 season – six vs Australia, six vs Pakistan and one vs England. Most Tests hosted by a country in a season Host CountryTests Season India 13 1979-80 India 13 (scheduled) 2016-17 India 11 1989-87 England 9 1912 Pakistan 9 1982-83 India 9 1983-84 India 9 2004-05The Kanpur Test will be India’s 500th Test. Here is a chronology of India’s milestone Tests: Chronology of India’s 500 Tests Test Opponent  Venue Month & Year  Result (for India)  1st England Lord’s Jun 25-28, 1932  Lost by 158 runs 100th England Edgbaston Jul 13-15, 1967 Lost by 132 runs 200th Pakistan Lahore Dec 10-15, 1982 Drawn 300th South Africa Ahmedabad Nov 20-23, 1996 Won by 64 runs 400th West Indies Kingston Jun 30-Jul 2, 2006 Won by 49 runs 500th New Zealand Kanpur Sep 22-26, 2016 To be seenHead-to-head Matches in Total India won NZ won Drawn India 31  13 2 16 New Zealand 23 5 8 10 Overall 54 18 10 26Series on Indian soil Season CaptainsMts  Ind NZ Drawn 1955-56 Polly Umrigar, Harry Cave 5 2 0 3 1964-65 Tiger Pataudi, John Reid 4 1 0 3 1969-70 Tiger Pataudi, Graham Dowling 3 1 1 1 1976-77 Bishan Singh Bedi, Glenn Turner 3 2 0 1 1988-89 Dilip Vengsarkar, John Wright 3 2 1 0 1995-96 Mohammad Azharuddin    Lee Germon 3 1 0 2 1999-00 Sachin Tendulkar, Stephen Fleming 3 1 0 2 2003-04 Sourav Ganguly, Stephen Fleming 2 0 0 2 2010-11 MS Dhoni, Daniel Vettori 3 1 0 2 2012 MS Dhoni, Ross Taylor 2 2 0 0  TOTAL  31 13 2 16Note:In 1955-56, Ghulam Ahmed captained India in first Test.In 2003-04, Rahul Dravid captained India in second Test. advertisementSummary of series results Series in Total India won NZ won Drawn India 10 8 0 2 New Zealand 9 2 5 2 Overall 19 10 5 4 Leading batsmen in India-New Zealand Tests Player  For Mts Runs Hs Avg 100 50 Rahul Dravid Ind151659 222 63.81 6 6 Sachin Tendulkar Ind241595 217 46.91 4 8 Brendon McCullum NZ101224 302 68.00 4 2 Graham Dowling NZ11964  239  48.20 3 2 Bert Sutcliffe NZ9885 230 68.08 3 3 Virender Sehwag Ind12883 173 44.15  2 3 VVS Laxman Ind10818 124 58.43 2 6 John Wright NZ9804 185 61.85 3 3 Mohammad Azharuddin  Ind12796 19261.23  2 3 Mark Burgess NZ13725  9530.21  0 6Leading bowlers in India-New Zealand Tests Player For Mts Wkts Best AvgSR   5I 10M Richard Hadlee NZ 14 65  7-23  22.97 47.78 4 2 Bishan Singh Bedi Ind 12 57  6-42 19.14 68.12 4 0 Erapalli Prasanna Ind 10 55 8-76 20.13 53.56 4 1 Anil Kumble Ind 11 50 6-67 25.86 72.20 3 1 Zaheer Khan Ind 13 47 5-29 31.45 59.15 4 0 S Venkataraghavan Ind 10 44 8-72 22.82 76.77 2 1 Harbhajan Singh Ind 13 43 6-63 33.12 80.49 1 0 Daniel Vettori NZ 15 406-127 48.42 106.60 2 0 B Chandrasekhar Ind 8 36 6-94 27.14 66.17 1 0 Subhash Gupte Ind 5 34 7-128 19.68  62.94 4 0Another spinners’ show on the cards?Spin has been the mantra for India at home and this series is not going to be any different. In last three series at home Indian spinners have dominated the proceedings so much so that out of 185 wickets falling to the bowlers, 150 have been taken by the spinners – a whopping 81%.  Take a look: Indian bowling in last three series at home vs South Africa, 2015-16 (4 Tests)  Overs Runs Wkts Avg SR Pacers 128 248 8 31.00 96.00 Spinners  354.3 728 61 11.93 34.87      vs West Indies, 2013-14 (2 Tests)  Overs Runs Wkts Avg SR Pacers 89.1 284 1420.28  38.21 Spinners 145.2 44124  18.37 36.33   vs Australia, 2012-13 (4 Tests)  Overs Runs Wkts Avg SR Pacers 161 504 13 38.76 74.31 Spinners 606.5 1446  65 22.24 56.02 Only six New Zealand players from the current squad have had the experience of playing in India (in 2012) as can be seen from the following tables: New Zealand batsmen in Tests in India Player Mts Runs  Hs Avg 100 50 Kane Williamson 5 326 131 36.22 1 2 Ross Taylor 5 293 11332.56  1 1 Martin Guptill 4 187 85 23.38 0 2 BJ Watling 1 8 6  8.00  0 0New Zealand bowlers in Tests in India Player Mts Wkts  Best Avg SR 5I 10M Trent Boult  2 5 3-93 49.40 80.20 0 0 Doug Bracewell 2 3 2-91 77.00 106.33 0 0 One thing that will give New Zealand some solace is the fact that the batsmen from the current squad have performed reasonably well against the spinners. Kane Williamson and Tom Latham average more than 60 against the spinners, while BJ Watling and Ross Taylor average more than 50 in a reasonably long career. Martin Guptill, though, tends to struggle a bit.New Zealand batsmen against spin Batsman  BallsRuns  Dismissals AvgSR  Henry Nicholls 130 86 1 86.00 66.15 Mitchell Santner 119 70 1 70.00  58.82 Kane Williamson  3526 1785 28 63.75 50.62 Tom Latham 1198 600 10 60.00 50.08 James Neesham 507 341 6 56.83 67.25 BJ Watling 1971 867 16 54.18 43.98 Ross Taylor 4258 2106 40 52.65 49.45 Ish Sodhi 360 239 5 47.80  66.38 Luke Ronchi 20 38 0  —  190.00 Martin Guptill 1547 615 22 27.95 39.75Venue StatsKanpur’s Green Park will be hosting a Test after a gap of almost seven years. The last Test here was against Sri Lanka in November 2009. Though the venue was scheduled to host a Test against Australia in 2013, but the Test was shifted to Hyderabad after Cricket Australia showed their dissatisfaction with the facilities at Kanpur. The ground has been a happy hunting ground for India of late, with India winning four out of last five Tests played here. New Zealand last played here in October 1999 – a Test India won in four days. The toss winning captain has opted to bat first at Kanpur on 20 occasions out of 21. The only time a side opted to bowl first here was in 1964 when Tiger Pataudi inserted England in to bat. The decision boomeranged as England first put on a huge total and then enforced the follow-on. India somehow managed to earn a draw. Since then toss winning captains have batted first on all 15 occasions here. Summary of Tests at Kanpuradvertisement  Matches Won Lost Drawn  India 21 6 3 12 New Zealand 2 0 1 1 Average score at Kanpur (since 2000)1st Innings:   4722nd Innings:  340Pace vs Spin at Kanpur (since 2000)   Wkts Avg SR Pace 32 38.15 71.65 Spin 51 33.27 66.45   TRIVIANew Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are the three teams which are yet to win a series in India. Bangladesh have not yet played in India.The last time New Zealand won a Test in India was 28 years ago when they beat India by 136 runs at Wankhede Stadium. Since then they have played 14 Tests in India, losing six and drawing eight.India have won nine out of last 10 Tests played in India, with remaining one ending in a draw with weather playing spoilsport.Ravichandran Ashwin needs 7 wickets to complete 200 wickets in Test cricket. If he reaches the mark at Kanpur, Ashwin will become the second fastest bowler in Test history after Australia’s Clarrie Grimmett. Grimmett needed 36 Tests to accomplish this feat, Ashwin would be playing his 37th Test. The current Indian record is being held by Harbhajan Singh, with 46 Tests.In last nine first-class matches he has played in India, Ravindra Jadeja has taken ten five-wicket hauls  (including six in consecutive innings!!!)In two Tests he played against New Zealand in 2012, Ashwin took 18 wickets at an average of 13.11Kane Williamson’s average of 47.81 is the highest for a Kiwi batsman outside New Zealand (min. 20 inns)Out of Williamson’s 14 hundreds, only 4 have come in New Zealand and 10 outside New ZealandTaylor and Williamson are in race to break Martin Crowe’s New Zealand record of 17 hundreds with 15 and 14 hundreds.Rohit Sharma needs 54 runs to complete 1000 runs.last_img read more


first_imgHo-Chunk Incorporated will help sponsor a statewide ballot initiative petition that would allow voters to decide whether to expand gaming at Nebraska-licensed race tracks.Ho-Chunk C-E-O Lance Morgan says they are being joined by the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent Protection Association to bring the issue to Nebraska voters in the November 2020 election:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..ready to go. ;17The two entities say Nebraska is missing out on taxes and proceeds from about $500 million dollars that residents wager annually in surrounding states.Morgan says that revenue should stay in Nebraska:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..other states coffers. :25The initiative would allow legalized casino gambling, and possibly sports betting, at the state’s horse racetracks.Ho-Chunk owns Atokad Park in South Sioux City and Morgan says gaming would spur economic development there and elsewhere in the state:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……………..surrounding states too. ;25Signature collection will start next year.A similar petition drive in 2015-16 ended without the required number of signatures.Updated 3:55pm 8/17/18——————————————-Ho-Chunk Incorporated will help sponsor a statewide ballot initiative petition that would allow voters to decide whether to expand gaming at Nebraska-licensed race tracks.Ho-Chunk is being joined by the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent Protection Association to bring the issue to Nebraska voters in the November 2020 election.The initiative would allow legalized casino gambling, and possibly sports betting, at the state’s horse racetracks.A statement from the two entities says Nebraska is missing out on taxes and proceeds from about $500 million that residents wager annually in surrounding states.Ho-Chunk President Lance Morgan says that revenue should stay in Nebraska.The language of the petition will be finalized this winter with signature collection starting next year.A similar petition drive in 2015-16 ended without the required number of signatures.last_img read more

Ohio State’s New Hire Has A Special Relationship With Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's benchLINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes leaves the field after the win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Ohio State has a new defensive coach.Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes announced today an addition to their defensive staff – longtime NFL assistant Bill Davis.Davis’ specific role on Ohio State’s staff will be determined following the 2016 season, but you have to think he will, in part, help replace the void left by Luke Fickell, who’s leaving for Cincinnati. He spent this past season as an “analyst” for the Buckeyes.Meyer has a special relationship with Davis, as they met while playing football at Cincinnati. He was actually the best man in Urban and Shelley Meyer’s wedding.Fun fact: Davis was the best man in Urban Meyer’s wedding. We’ll need some photos, @spinnershells.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) December 21, 2016You can bet Urban and Bill will work well together next year.Ohio State is currently preparing for its College Football Playoff semifinal contest against Clemson. The Buckeyes and the Tigers are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on New Year’s Eve. The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

Raysut Cement Company SOAG Orders Siwertell Unloader

first_imgzoom Oman’s leading cement producer, Raysut Cement Company SOAG, has ordered a high capacity road-mobile Siwertell unloading and conveying system for its cement-handing operations at the ports of Duqm and Sohar. The order has been booked into Cargotec’s 2013 fourth quarter order intake.The contract, which supports the company’s expansion plans in Oman, comprises the delivery of a road-mobile Siwertell 10 000 S unloader unit and a road-mobile Siwertell PumpMaster blow pump conveying unit, commissioning, supervision, and spare parts.The combination of screw type unloader and blow pump conveyor has a number of advantages including the low energy consumption of mechanical unloading combined with the convenience of pneumatic conveying.The system will have a rated cement discharge and conveying capacity of 300t/h.“This is a particularly high value, considering that the distance from the unloader and blow pump unit to the silo top is about 270m with an elevation of about 40m,” explains Peter Göransson, Siwertell Sales Manager.He adds: “Raysut chose this system because it is one of the very few products on the market that offers such a high discharge capacity while remaining fully road mobile. Siwertell equipment has a proven track record of reliable performance and minimal environmental impact; these were also important factors in the decision to opt for a Siwertell system from Cargotec.”The system will be built at Cargotec’s Siwertell manufacturing facilities in Bjuv, Sweden, and delivered by July 2014. It will serve the Sultanate of Oman’s eastern port of Duqm, located on the Arabian Sea, and one of its largest ports, Sohar, which is situated on the country’s north coast in the Gulf of Oman.Cargotec, January 20, 2014last_img read more

Programme pour aider les élèves à commencer la journée du bon pied

first_imgTous les élèves des écoles publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse pourront bientôt commencer chaque jour du bon pied par un petit déjeuner sain à l’école. Le gouvernement a plus que doublé son financement au programme scolaire d’alimentation saine, élevant l’investissement annuel total à 1 975 000 $. Brendan Maguire, député d’Halifax Atlantic, a fait l’annonce au nom de Randy Delorey, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être, aujourd’hui 22 janvier à l’école élémentaire Burton Ettinger d’Halifax. « Un petit déjeuner sain est important pour bien commencer la journée, souligne M. Maguire. Nous voulons jeter les bases pour une bonne nutrition et donner à chaque enfant toutes les chances possibles d’atteindre leur plein potentiel en classe. » Grâce au nouveau financement, le programme peut être offert dans toutes les écoles de la province, et d’autres écoles pourront élargir leurs programmes actuels d’alimentation saine au-delà du petit déjeuner. Il pourrait s’agir d’offrir des aliments et des boissons sains par des programmes de collations (fruits et légumes), des programmes de déjeuner et des programmes parascolaires de collations. « Je participe au programme de petit déjeuner de notre école depuis 2002 et il s’agit d’une excellente façon de commencer la journée, pour moi et pour les élèves, affirme Pam Carter, enseignante et coordonnatrice dévouée du programme de petit déjeuner. Au cours des années, j’ai vu moi-même les effets positifs d’un repas sain sur les élèves ici à l’école élémentaire Burton Ettinger, et j’ai eu l’occasion de rencontrer tellement d’élèves chaque matin. Je suis ravie que nous puissions en faire encore plus. » « Chez Nourish, nous savons qu’une alimentation saine entraîne une bonne concentration, déclare Margo Riebe-Butt, directrice générale de Nourish Nova Scotia. Le financement supplémentaire permettra aux programmes d’offrir plus de fruits et de légumes, assurant ainsi une bonne alimentation qui permettra aux élèves de bien apprendre. » Les programmes scolaires d’alimentation saine ont permis de servir plus de cinq millions de petits déjeuners aux élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse l’année dernière. Chaque élève des écoles publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse tirera profit de cette expansion. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur le programme scolaire d’alimentation saine sont disponibles au (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

House fire in Pelican Narrows kills two boys

first_imgAPTN National NewsA house fire in the northern Saskatchewan community of Pelican Narrows has claimed the lives of two young boys and left another child in hospital.This comes just four months after another house fire in the same community claimed the life of a young girl who was trying to save her grandfather.last_img

Black Panther is boxoffice king for third straight week

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Wakanda’s reign shows no signs of waning. “Black Panther” is king of the box office for the third straight weekend.The release from Marvel and Disney brought in $65.7 million domestically this weekend, easily outpacing new releases “Red Sparrow” and “Death Wish,” according to studio estimates Sunday.“Black Panther” has now grossed $500 million domestically after three weeks of release. It’s the third fastest film to reach the $500 million plateau.“Disney is clearly on a roll with ‘Black Panther’ showing incredible strength as it posts the third biggest third-weekend gross of all time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, “and most notably becomes the 10th highest grossing movie of all time in North America after just 17 days in theatres.”Fox’s “Red Sparrow,” featuring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-super-spy, earned $17 million in its first weekend.Another new release, “Death Wish,” MGM’s reboot of the Charles Bronson action franchise starring Bruce Willis, was third with $13 million.“Both newcomers performed to expectations but had to compete in a marketplace totally dominated by ‘Black Panther,’” Dergarabedian said.The totals come on a weekend when all industry eyes are on the Academy Awards, which will be handed out in Hollywood later Sunday.None of the major nominees remain in the box office top 10, though some continue to bring in receipts. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” reached $52 million domestically through Sunday, and “The Shape of Water” passed $57 million.“Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has become a groundbreaking cinematic phenomenon, giving unprecedented representation for a film of its kind to Africans and African-Americans while winning over every corner of the culture. It should soon shoot past the billion-dollar mark worldwide.Wakanda’s king may finally be knocked from his box-office throne next weekend with the release of director Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” another Disney film that gives groundbreaking representation to African-Americans on both sides of the camera.“Disney wins no matter how you slice it with that film expected to have a strong debut as ‘Black Panther’ continues to draw big crowds,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Black Panther,” $65.7 million.2. “Red Sparrow,” $17 million.3. “Death Wish,” $13 million.4. “Game Night,” $10.7 million.5. “Peter Rabbit,” $10 million.6. “Annihilation,” $5.6 million.7. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $4.5 million.8. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $3.3 million.9. “The Greatest Showman,” $2.6 million.10. “Every Day,” $1.5 million.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: read more

Plunging Calgary office values linked to high oil and gas unemployment rate

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — A commercial realtor says a 32 per cent decline in Calgary’s downtown office building property assessment this year will likely translate into lower costs for some tenants, but he doesn’t expect much improvement in the vacancy rate.Greg Kwong, Alberta managing director for realtor CBRE, says companies will have to start replacing the thousands of energy industry workers laid off following the oil price crash of late 2014 before the city’s downtown vacancy rate will recover from its year-end level of 26.4 per cent.Calgary Chamber of Commerce spokesman Mark Cooper says lower values in the downtown means property taxes are likely going to have to rise for businesses throughout the city to make up the difference.He says investor confidence needed for job creation in Calgary is low thanks to Alberta oil prices which failed to keep up with last year’s global oil price rally due to discounts blamed on a lack of export pipeline capacity.The city says the total assessed value of downtown office properties fell by $5 billion over the past year and now makes up only 18 per cent of the total non-residential base, down from about 32 per cent in 2015.It says the crescent-shaped Bow Tower, home to oil companies Cenovus Energy Inc. and Encana Corp., lost 18.6 per cent of its value in 2018, falling to about $779 million. In 2015, it was valued at $1.43 billion.Residential property assessments in Calgary are down one per cent compared with the previous year and retail assessments were little changed.last_img read more

Italy Expels Wife of Moroccan ISIS Fighter to Morocco

Rabat – Italian security services have expelled Salma Bencharki, the wife of Abderrahim Moutaharrik, a Moroccan ISIS fighter, for security reasons.Moutaharrik is a Moroccan kickboxer who received a six-year prison sentence in 2016 for terror charges. He is known as the “ISIS Boxer.” Italian authorities arrested the Moroccan fighter and his wife after an investigation showed they were planning to take their family from Italy to Syria. Moutaharrik and Bencharki have two children, aged 5 and 7.Moutaharrik was also planning a terror attack against the Vatican.  Bencharki finished serving her sentence of three years and four months and was deported to Morocco. Matteo Salvini, interior minister of Italy, signed the deportation order to expel Bencharki.Authorities stripped Moutaharrik of his Italian citizenship. It is not the first time foreign governments have repatriated those convicted of terrorismor their wives to Morocco.In 2018, Belgium announced its decision to extradite a Moroccan Al Qaeda member known as the “most dangerous woman” in Belgium or the “black widow.” Malika El Aroud is the widow of a Taliban jihadist Abdessatar Dhamane.Belgium stripped the “black widow” of her citizenship and sentenced her to eight years in prison for her affiliation with Al Qaeda.Morocco’s counter-terrorism law gives sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years in prison to ISIS returnees.Read Also: Morocco Joins Interpol’s Counter-terrorism ‘Neptune 2’Morocco, however, does not take legal proceedings against the wives and children of repatriated fighters. According to the head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) Abdelhak El Khiame, women did not intend to leave Morocco to join jihadi movements. They only accompanied their husbands.The wives of ISIS fighters and their children are also subject to special measures in line with the “moussalaha” or the reconciliation program, aiming to integrate returning fighters into society.In 2018, Khiame shared statistics about the number of Moroccans estimated to have joined ISIS in conflict zones, such as Syria, Libya, and Iraq. Khiame said that 1,668 are believed to have joined the terror networks. That figure also includes the 200 or so who have already returned to Morocco.Khiame stated in October 2018 that since the creation of the BCIJ in 2015, Morocco had dismantled 57 terrorist cells. It arrested 3,129 people, 292 of whom had a criminal record, and foiled 361 terrorist actions.Morocco also carried out several crackdowns on terror cells this year. read more

Ban honoured by US college fund as International Humanitarian of the Year

“A true humanitarian endeavours to improve the human condition by serving as a change agent, working tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of those in need,” Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) President Johnny Taylor Jr. said of the award presented in New York at its 24th anniversary dinner in New York. “As the TMCF International Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exemplary global activism and service, we believe UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exemplifies this mission through his work, providing the impoverished with broad access to education, health care, food, and medicine. The paralleled efforts of the UN and TMCF are firmly rooted in the belief that education can drive economic and social progress.” The fund, named after the US Supreme Court’s first African-American justice and established in 1987, provides scholarships to students attending historically black colleges and universities as well as leadership development and training and capacity-building support to its member schools. In his speech of thanks Mr. Ban recalled the debt that the Republic of Korea (ROK) owes to African-American soldiers who did so much to help liberate his home during the Korean War 60 years ago and Mr. Marshall’s role in easing racial integration within the US armed forces. “His fame was global – even to me as a young boy in faraway Korea,” he said. “Marshall himself came to Korea in 1951. His investigation of the treatment of African-American GIs [soldiers] there helped advance efforts to integrate the US Army. Perhaps some of your parents or grandparents served there. “Perhaps they told you that the fighting had taken a terrible turn – until units of extremely disciplined and courageous African-American soldiers helped turn the tide. We Koreans are well aware of what many thousands of African-Americans did to help liberate our country. Many paid with their lives,” he added, stressing that as African-American soldiers liberated Korea they themselves gained more freedom. “In that war, blacks and whites fought together in common cause. And that, in turn, shaped the similar struggle back home. Today, the United Nations fights prejudice and discrimination everywhere.” Mr. Ban said he accepted the award “with both pride and humility” in the name of the UN and its staff. “Each day, every day, they work to save lives and help people rise from poverty, to rebuild from conflict, to recover from natural disaster,” he added, calling Justice Marshall a true humanitarian who transformed the law and the country with his pioneering work on the court and as a champion of equal rights and the rule of law for all. “In other words, he embodied the values that we at the United Nations hold most dear,” he stressed. “As we see it, every man, woman and child has the right to grow up in peace, with enough to eat, with the health care, education and freedoms they need to realize their full potential. “The anger we see on our streets today – on Main Street as well as Wall Street – grows from a loss of hope, a lack of faith in governments to do the right thing for their people. Thurgood Marshall would know this. He would know what to do, how to show leadership.” 24 October 2011A prestigious United States college fund tonight awarded its first International Humanitarian of the Year Award to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for “his steadfast commitment to confronting global challenges and his ability to effectively mobilize world leaders to do the same.” read more

UN to distribute seed tools for Eritreas June planting season

“More than 60 per cent of the population – 2.3 million people – are dependent on food aid. To reduce dependency on emergency food assistance and improve the ability of rural populations to adapt to recurrent drought conditions, agricultural inputs such as seeds, farming tools, animal feed and veterinary support are also needed,” the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said.Some 27,000 drought-affected families will receive seeds for the planting season in the main farming areas of Debub, Anseba and the border region of Gash Barka as part of the FAO programmes supported by Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States, it said.”But importing seeds only solves the problem for a year or two,” said FAO’s Marco Falcone. “Promoting local production of quality seeds is the only way out of the current situation, particularly given the rather fragile agro-ecology of Eritrea, the non-availability on the international market of adapted varieties and the current poor quality of local seeds.”The FAO Emergency Unit in Eritrea has rehabilitated 12 veterinary clinics inside the temporary security zone along the border with Ethiopia, which were seriously damaged during the conflict that ended in 2000. Although Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a peace agreement in December 2000, tensions remain over their disputed border.FAO said it has distributed 400 tons of wheat bran to feed animals belonging to around 2,300 families who were displaced during the 1998-2000 conflict, but have now returned to their villages in Gash Barka.Eritrea also has a problem with labour. With large numbers of men doing compulsory national and military service, there is a shortage of skilled manpower. “In some areas, more than 50 per cent of households are headed by women, who are often barred from agricultural activities, such as ploughing,” Mr. Falcone said. read more

Football No 9 Ohio State decimates Illinois 5214 on senior day

Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell runs after a catch in the first half of the Buckeyes’ victory against Illinois on Nov. 18. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPlaying their final home game in Ohio Stadium, Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett and 18 other seniors ran roughshod on Illinois. The Fighting Illini seemed powerless to stop an Ohio State offense, which dropped 38 points before the starting unit was subbed out with six minutes to go in the second quarter. By that time, the Illini offense had accumulated just 25 yards.“It’s not a goodbye because we have a lot of ball in front of us,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “But it was an opportunity for our seniors to tip their hat to the class, best fans in the land.”The Buckeyes’ first-team offense retook the field after defensive back Ahmari Hayes picked up backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ fumble and returned it 54 yards for Illinois’ first score of the game. But after a 12-yard tight end Marcus Baugh touchdown reception, the starters headed to the bench for a final time as No. 9 Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) coasted to a 52-14 victory against Illinois (2-9, 0-9 Big Ten) Saturday at Ohio Stadium.The victory clinched the Big Ten East for Ohio State and set up a matchup between the Buckeyes and Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship on Dec. 2.“The message in the locker room was get out and get out fast,” redshirt senior center Billy Price said. “Take care of the ball, execute at a high level. We had a good game plan going in, we knew what they were going to do.”In his final home game, Barrett completed 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown, an 11-yard pass to sophomore wideout Binjimen Victor, gave him 100 passing touchdowns, making him the first quarterback in program history to reach the century mark. Barrett added five rushes for 33 yards and a touchdown. Ohio State’s offense racked up 543 yards, surpassing the 500-yard mark for the ninth time this season.Victor caught a second touchdown later in the game when Haskins hit him for a 21-yard score in the left side of the end zone. Redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell caught three passes for a team-leading 59 yards. He also took a reverse for 44 yards.Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber led the team with 11 carries for 108 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown for Ohio State’s first score of the game and a 43-yard touchdown dash later in the first quarter. The Buckeyes scored three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, a feat the Illini have not achieved once the entire season. Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins added 12 rushes for 51 yards and a 1-yard touchdown rush.“I will continue to tell y’all, if you get the running game going, everything else opens up,” Price said.Meyer attributed much of the ground-game improvement to the offensive line.“Most improved unit on our team,” Meyer said. “The leadership, the cohesiveness of that group led by their unit leader, [offensive line] coach [Greg Studrawa], has been very noticeable. It was not the strength of our team a year ago. It’s the strength of our team right now. We all know that teams that go to compete with what’s coming up down the road, you have to have a powerful offensive line. The Illinois offense stood no chance against the Buckeyes, either. The Illini accumulated just 105 yards, less yards than in any single game since at least 2000. The visiting team did not pick up a first-down until running back Dre Brown rushed 10 yards to move the chains with 3:37 remaining in the first half.“Defense was dominant,” Meyer said, succinctly. “They did what they had to do.”Ohio State ended the first quarter with 28 points, while the Illini had just 16 yards. The only statistical category Illinois held an advantage in was penalty yards. The visitors were penalized four times for 30 yards in the opening quarter, while the Buckeyes were not flagged.Haskins went 5-for-8 for 77 yards, including one touchdown. He also rushed eight times for 23 yards. The Buckeyes will look to extend its win streak in the final regular-season game of the season when they take on Michigan at noon Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan. read more

British boy aged 8 becomes worlds youngest to be fitted with bionic

“As soon as he put on the arm he realised what to do, it was immediate. It will change his life.” An eight-year-old boy is the world’s youngest person to be fitted with a bionic ‘hero arm’ – and celebrated by eating his favourite burger with two hands for the first time.Freddie Cook was given his new arm days before his eighth birthday and was thrilled to be able to pick up his beloved hamburger – with added ketchup – at his birthday party.The arm is the first medically approved prosthesis in Britain which allows for precise and delicate movements that other prosthetic hands cannot do.The device weighs less than a bag of sugar and has enabled active Freddie – who was born without a right hand – to be able to grip the handlebars of his favourite scooter and climb with his friends.He has even enjoyed playing with a toy with his pet dog Lacie.Last week, he carried both his book bag and lunchbox out of the school gates – shouting to his mum, Suzy Cook, ‘Look what I can do now mum!’Suzy, 42, said the device has completely changed the life of her son.She said: “It is brilliant. Freddie has become much more conscious about his hand recently so this is incredible, he really wanted to be able to eat a burger just like all of his friends. Freddie Cook 8, who was born with out a right hand is now the world's youngest recipient of a bionic hero arm “Freddie shook my hand almost straight away, it worked immediately. It was such an incredible moment.”He came up to me recently and said ‘Mum, I can be like everybody else now’. It is his new normality.”Freddie, from Bracknell, Berks., celebrated his birthday at a trampoline park before going to the cinema and to eat his favourite burger.He has spent the past three weeks learning how to make new movements with his hand.Suzy, a beautician, said: “At first his school were a little sceptical because he had apparently told his friends the arm would have lasers on, which is funny.”However, when they realised what it was all about, they have been brilliant.”We’re overwhelmed with how well everything has turned out.”Samantha Payne, co-founder and COO at Open Bionics said: “We’re incredibly excited to fit eight year old Freddie with our smallest ever bionic arm.”With the Hero Arm, we wanted to create a bionic technology that was very advanced but also available, democratically, to the masses.”As the world’s youngest user of a multi-grip bionic arm, Freddie is a tech pioneer.”  “She could do so much with her hands. I never thought at that stage anything could be done because of his age.”When I found out Open Bionics decided to take him on as the youngest in the world I could not believe it.” Freddie has been described as a ‘tech pioneer’ by Open Bionics – the company who create the ‘hero arms’ – as the world’s youngest user of a multi-grip bionic arm.When Freddie was born Suzy was told by private doctors it would be ‘over 20 years’ before technology became available which could replicate the movements of fingers.However, Freddie’s dream was fitted with the bionic limb on March 28 – two days before his eighth birthday.The budding youngster had tried a prosthetic hand in the past but Suzy described it as ‘doll-like’ with no movement.Finally Suzy spotted Tilly Lockey – a 12-year-old girl who is the ambassador for Open Bionics and recipient of two ‘hero’ arms – on Good Morning Britain and realised this prosthetic was exactly what her son needed.She said: “We had already begun the process of looking into private options but I remember spotting Tilly on television. Freddie Cook 8, who was born with out a right hand is now the world’s youngest recipient of a bionic hero armCredit:SWNS “I love that I can high five everyone and shake my mum’s hand”.Suzy said Freddie had started to become ‘conscious’ of not having a right hand as he grew older.She added: “As he grew up it wasn’t too much of an issue and he got by.”In recent years as he has got older, Freddie started to notice it more and he became a bit more conscious he didn’t have a right hand like everybody else.”Suzy couldn’t believe how quickly Freddie began to use the arm.She said: “We were all chatting away in the room when he first put it on.”Within about a minute, Freddie had worked out how to make the ‘blah blah blah’ sign with his fingers which we all thought was so funny. Freddie, who lives with Suzy, his sister Megan, 12, and Suzy’s fiancee Nathan Darlick, 43, was fitted with the £10k arm – self-funded by his family – at the end of March 2019.Speaking about his new arm, the brave boy said: “I was so excited to use my new arm.”It has let me do loads of new things with my friends and play like anyone else.”I used to have to use an old prosthetic arm which linked me to my scooter handlebars but now I can grip it like anyone else. The arm is the first medically approved prosthesis in Britain which allows for precise and delicate movements that other prosthetic hands cannot doCredit:SWNS Freddie Cook was given his ‘hero arm’ days before his eighth birthday Credit:swns 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. The arm is the first medically approved prosthesis in Britain which allows for precise and delicate movements that other prosthetic hands cannot do Freddie Cook was given his 'hero arm' days before his eighth birthday  read more

Atletico Madrid – THW Kiel in the Final of the VELUX EHF

atletico madridchampions leagueEHFFuchse BerlinkobenhavnTHW Kiel Atletico Madrid is the second finalist of this years Champions League. After an exciting game against AG Kobenhavn, in which the Danish team dominated thoroughout most of the match, the Spaniards however managed to make it to the victory with 25-23, thanks mostly to Lazarov’s 11 goals in this game, in which he promotes himself seriously for this year’s EHF F4 MVP.The first 10 minutes saw a very close game, with neither team making a big goal difference, the score being 4-3 for AGK. The first two-goal lead for AGK is through Ekberg for 6-4, followed by another Ekberg goal, this time from penalty, sees AGK moving to 7-4 lead. AGK keep up the pressure, and it’s 10-6 in the 20th minute. Atletico fight back to see the AGK lead down to 2 in the 23rd minute, 12-10 for AGK. At the end of the first half the score stands at AGK 15 ATM 12.Atletico opens the 2nd half with a goal from Lazarov, but AGK responds through Stefansson. A strong display from Abalo and Lazarov see Atletico get to only 1 goal negative, 17-16 for AGK. Short joy, as Hansen makes it 18-16, and Ekberg back to +3, 19-16. Three goals by Lazarov from penalty and it’s 19-19 in the 43rd minute. After Hombrados saves a shot from Hansen but Atletico fail to capitalize and take the lead, Stefansson punishes that with another AGK lead 20-19. In the 49th minute, Atletico finally take the lead after the beginning of the game with 21-20 now, and with Lazarov’s 11th – the lead is steady at 22-21. Canellas scores for 23-21 and AGK call for a timeout. Little changes, and Atletico go up to 24-21, Sterbik being brilliant on the goal. Now it’s Dushebayev’s turn to call a timeout, but it turns against him, as AGK get as close as 1 goal negative in 57th minute. AGK makes offensive foul later in one of the last attacks in the 59th minute, and Canellas scores for +2 for Atletico with 30 seconds remaining and Atletico wins the game 25-23. ← Previous Story THW Kiel to the final of EHF VELUX F4!!! Next Story → EHF F4 BLOG: Antonio Carlos Ortega “The people wanted handball” read more

Geek deals 60 off Samsung 830 256GB SSD

first_imgWhile we have seen huge price drops on SSDs in 2012, they have mostly been on the smaller 60-120GB capacities. While these are great for the average user, and perfect if you have a system that can support a standard HDD for extra capacity, us laptop users especially have a need for high capacity SSDs.Samsung’s 830 series SSDs are some of the most desired models on the market today. They go head-to-head with the popular Intel drives and mostly trade back and forth with their strengths and weaknesses. The 830 excels in offering strong performance and great reliability at an affordable price, much like the Intel SSDs.The model on sale here will work in most any laptop, though older laptops that lack SATA III support won’t see the full benefit of the high sustained transfer speeds of the 830, which Samsung quotes as 520 MB/s read and 400 MB/s write. This kit doesn’t come with a mounting plate needed to put the 2.5-inch drive in a 3.5-inch desktop bay, but you can easily acquire those for around $10.The combination of the highly desired Samsung 830 and in a large 256GB capacity makes this deal especially hot. It’s also especially limited, ending today. While starting with an MSRP around $239.99, Tiger Direct is offering the MZ-7PC256B model with $40 instant savings, a $10 coupon code, and a $10 mail-in rebate to bring the price down to $179.99, plus approximately $2 shipping. This is the lowest price currently available by $20 and $10 less than our last mention of this popular drive.Click here to get the deal from Tiger Direct. Apply coupon code GHX71608 in shopping cart. Download mail-in rebate form here. This deal expires midnight September 26 or sooner.Miss this deal? Find more hot SSD deals at LogicBuy.last_img read more

Dengue lépidémie atteint un niveau record aux Antilles

first_imgDengue : l’épidémie atteint un niveau record aux AntillesAntilles – Avec plus de 5.000 cas “cliniquement évocateurs” ces deux dernières semaines en Guadeloupe et en Martinique, le pic épidémique atteint un seuil jamais enregistré.Le virus de la dengue, une maladie également appelée “petit palu” et transmis par un petit moustique, sévit avec une force sans précédent dans toute la Caraïbe et en Amérique du Sud. Elle présente également une virulence rare en Jamaïque, au Surinam, au Honduras, à la Dominique, à Saint-Martin, Sainte-Lucie ainsi qu’en Martinique et en Guadeloupe.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ces deux dernières îles ont enregistré respectivement plus de 2.600 et 2.900 cas ces deux dernières semaines. Le dernier record recensé date de 2007 avec un pic épidémique à 2.700 cas en Guadeloupe. Un seuil largement dépassé cette année, et qui semble devoir être largement revu à la hausse dans les semaines à venir.Chaque année, la dengue hémorragique provoque 20.000 morts à travers le monde. Depuis le début 2010, l’épidémie a déjà fait neuf décès en Martinique et deux en Guadeloupe. A Paris, la Direction générale de la santé s’est dit prête à envoyer des renforts médicaux en outremer.Le 11 août 2010 à 11:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more