Indian Super League 2019-20: Marcelinho Free-kick Stunner Gives Hyderabad FC 1st Win

first_img footballHyderabad FCindian footballindian super league First Published: November 2, 2019, 10:33 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Hyderabad: Hyderabad FC came back from a goal down to register their first win in the Indian Super League as they edged past Kerala Blasters FC 2-1 at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium on Saturday.Rahul KP (34′) gave Kerala the lead in the first half but two second-half strikes from Marko Stankovic (54′) and Marcelinho (81′) sealed full points for the hosts with a delightful free-kick. Kerala were jolted right at the beginning when central defender Gianni Zuiverloon picked up an injury. Raju Gaikwad made his debut for the club, replacing the Dutch defender.The visitors were the more dominant side from the beginning and were close to breaking the deadlock in the 15th minute when young Rahul KP tried his luck from distance. But his effort flew just above the crossbar.The hosts had a chance of their own when Marcelinho got to Rohit Kumar’s through ball inside the box. He twisted and turned in a bid to go past Mohammed Rakip, but the Kerala right-back stood firm and snatched the ball away from the Brazilian.Kerala custodian TP Rehenesh almost gifted Hyderabad the lead in the 33rd minute when he failed to control Gaikwad’s back pass with his chest. Abhishek Halder was in position and tried to tap in but luckily for Kerala, the ball went wide.Hyderabad would regret that miss immediately. Rehenesh’s goal kick was unconvincingly cleared by Shankar Sampingiraj and the ball fell for Sahad Abdul Samad. The midfielder lobbed the ball for Rahul who found the back of the net with a first time shot.Bartholomew Ogbeche could have doubled the lead in the 42nd minute when he received a through ball from Moustapha Gning and found himself one on one with the goalkeeper, but a heavy touch allowed Kamaljit to rush out of his line and collect the ball.Hyderabad started the second half on a brighter note and came close to equalising in the 48th minute. Marcelinho created the chance with a brilliant run down the left flank and beat Gaikwad with pace before cutting in and squaring the ball for Robin Singh. However, the striker unnecessarily complicated an easy tap in and squandered the opportunity.The hosts restored parity in the 54th minute when Gning tripped Mohammad Yasir inside the Kerala box to give away a penalty. Marko Stankovic duly converted the spot-kick.At the other end, Hyderabad should have taken the lead in the 76th minute when Marcelinho received a through ball on the left flank. The Brazilian went past Jairo Rodrigues comfortably and attempted to curl the ball into the net at the far post but his shot went wide.Marcelinho soon made up for his mistake by converting a classy free-kick in the 81st minute. The hosts were awarded the free-kick after Gning had brought down Nikhil Poojary with a poor challenge. The Brazilian found the back of the net with a curling left-footer to hand Phil Brown’s side their first win of the season. last_img read more

Two arrested with fake currency notes in Telangana

first_imgHyderabad, Mar 9 (PTI) Two persons were today arrested in neighbouring Ranga Reddy district of Telangana and fake currency notes with face value of Rs 2.65 lakh was seized from them.Acting on a tip-off, that an international racket is trying to circulate counterfeit notes in Ranga Reddy district, a police team stopped a motorbike yesterday at Burugupally Cross Road and recovered two bags containing currency notes, Superintendent of Police Rema Rajeshwari R said.On checking, it was found that the currency notes in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were fake. The two persons riding the motorbike, identified as, M Prakash and M Ravinder, were arrested after questioning, the SP said.During interrogation, the duo who are residents of Ranga Reddy district, confessed that they met a person at Malda Railway Station in West Bengal last week, who allegedly belonged to a cross-border Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racket, Rajeshwari said.They received the fake currency notes after giving Rs 90,000 in original currency notes, the SP said adding a case has been registered against the duo under relevant sections of IPC and investigation is on. PTI VVK DK NSD RDSlast_img read more

Nothing wrong in Salman Khan being goodwill ambassador: Baichung Bhutia

first_imgAmidst the raging debate on whether actor Salman Khan should be the goodwill ambassador for India in the Rio Olympics, former national football captain Baichung Bhutia has spoken for the Bollywood icon saying “there is nothing wrong in it”.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had made the announcement on April 23 in New Delhi but the decision since then has received flak from certain sections of the sporting fraternity including the likes of legendary athlete Milkha Singh and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt.But Baichung believes Salman who essays the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film ‘Sultan’ will help promote Olympics in India.”Salman definitely did not go and say I want to be the ambassador. There is nothing wrong in it. If he can promote and make people aware of the Olympics then it is well and good,” Baichung told the media here at the Calcutta Sports Journalist’s annual awards ceremony.Though he did not say it, Baichung hinted that the Bollywood star can grab more attention than Olympic gold winner Abhinav Bindra.”Reality is whenever you put Salman Khan and let’s say Abhinav Bindra, who will the common mass follow? It saddens me being a sports person but I believe he will do well in promoting the Indian athletes, help in getting more publicity for the Indian contingent at the Olympics,” said the 39-year-old.”Bollywood sells everywhere in India. Take any sports event for example there has to be a dose of Bollywood. Now if that is going to help India then nothing wrong in it,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

Book to tell Dangal hero Mahavir Singh Phogats story

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) A book on the journey of Mahavir Singh Phogat will hit bookstands next month, days before the release of “Dangal” in which Aamir Khan portrays the amateur wrestler and master coach on screen.”Akhada: The Authorized Biography of Mahavir Singh Phogat” tells the story of a man of tremendous fortitude, of a father who fought against all odds to give his daughters ? Olympians Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari — a future they could not have dreamed for themselves, says publisher Hachette India.Phogats authorised biography by Saurabh Duggal will be release the week before “Dangal” hits movie screens.In 2000, after the Olympic Games in Sydney, Phogat was left dejected and heartbroken to find the prize reserved by the Haryana government for winners of Olympic medals in wrestling unclaimed.He then decided to do the unthinkable. Much to his neighbours curiosity, he spent two days digging a pit in his courtyard and asked his young daughters and nieces to join him there at the break of dawn one day.Little did they know that this unusual command from their father would change their lives.Commenting on his biography, Phogat says, “It is often a struggle to get wrestling the attention and recognition it deserves in India, particularly womens wrestling. If my daughters and my story, narrated through this book and adapted by Aamir Khan in Dangal, can help wrestlers get their due, I will be extremely happy.”I hope this inspires many others – both men and women – to get into this sport and make a name for themselves, as well as motivates parents to believe in their daughters.”advertisementPoulomi Chatterjee, Editor-in-Chief of Hachette India, is excited about publishing this “spectacularly inspiring book that shows us what can be achieved when we refuse to be defined by narrow societal expectations and aim for the stars”.According to her, “This years Olympics has kindled a conversation on our exemplary female athletes and Akhada lifts the veil on the story of our best women wrestlers. We hope Mahavirs dedication to the sport he loves and his steadfast conviction in his daughters abilities will inspire new stories of achievement in India.” PTI ZMN BKlast_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane’s form a worry as India target another clean sweep vs Sri Lanka

first_imgA horribly out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane will be aiming to get his mojo back as India, formidable even without regular skipper Virat Kohli, eye another ‘Whitewash’ against Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series, starting on Sunday.From the polluted ‘Gas Chamber’ of National Capital, the action has now shifted to the most scenic cricket stadium in the country in the backdrop of the pristine Dhauladhar Range.The primary objective for chief coach Ravi Shastri and stand-in captain Rohit Sharma will be to look at various combinations in both departments against an out-of-sorts team.With the match starting at 11:30 am in cooler confines and bouncy conditions, the toss could prove to be a crucial factor during the opening ODI.Is there anything that @msdhoni cannot do? You have seen him bowl leg spin now it is time for seam up. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/8WLuKnyyE5- BCCI (@BCCI) December 9, 2017Having won five straight bilateral series apart from reaching Champions Trophy final, a 3-0 win will put India on top of ICC ODI rankings, overtaking South Africa.The last time India faced Sri Lanka in the one-dayers, Kohli’s men swept aside the island nation 5-0.Even without their inspirational skipper, a batting line-up comprising Rohit, Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav could prove to be a handful for any opposition.While the opening slot seems locked with Rohit and Dhawan at the top, Rahane is likely to get a chance at the number three position with Kohli given a much-needed rest..@sidkaul22 on his reaction when he got the India call up ahead of the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bYFCZDMpIUadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017However if Dhawan, who was down with viral fever on Friday, pulls out then Rahane could be seen opening the innings.The stylish Mumbai batsman had scored three half- centuries and a hundred in the bilaterals against West Indies in June-July, before blasting four successive fifties against Australia at home.The only ODI game that he played against Sri Lanka this year, Rahane scored just 5 before stumbling upon a rough patch in the Test series against Sri Lanka.The beautiful Dhauladhar range can be a pleasant distraction but you must keep your eyes on the ball. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/kFLbXtB4gH- BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017With the South Africa Test series round the corner, the team management would certainly want their favourite ‘Jinks’ to break the jinx.Dinesh Karthik and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to take the next two slots, before Kedar Jadhav comes at the number six.Karthik had scored a fifty in the two chances that he got in the West Indies series, while against New Zealand the wicket-keeper batsman hit scores of 37, 64 not out and 4 not out in the three games.Dhoni, on the other hand, had faced criticism when he struggled to get going in the second T20I against New Zealand which the hosts lost by 40 runs and the former skipper will look to silent his detractors.While Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are also in the team, the duo will get a look-in if both Dhawan and Jadhav, who has a hamstring injury, are ruled out.All-rounder Hardik Pandya will continue to be a vital cog in India’s wheel as he completes what has been an exception year in international cricket for him.One among orthodox leg-break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will be in the playing XI along with Axar Patel, whose primary job is to restrict runs.Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will spearhead the pace department and the visitors will have a tough time dealing with them in the opening as well as at death overs.Among others, it will be interesting to see if skipper Rohit decides to give rookie Siddarth Kaul a chance as a third pacer at the HPCA Stadium, which is expected to aid swing bowling.Sri Lanka have shown the stomach for a fight in the Delhi Test after barely managing to save the first Test in Kolkata and losing the second at Nagpur and they would be eager to erase the ignominy of losing 0-5 at home in September.You cannot keep @hardikpandya7 @akshar2026 and @Jaspritbumrah93 away for too long. They are back and ready to go. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bXTeZxUoWN- BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017The visitors were also humiliated 0-5 by Pakistan in their last bilateral series in October and it will take really a special effort from Thisara Perera’s men to tame India at their own backyard.advertisementFor Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera and Asela Gunaratne is returning to the team after recovering from injuries and a lot will depend on these players.Sri Lanka will reportedly miss the services of young batsman Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored a fighting century in the third Test to force a draw at Delhi, who has been ruled out with an injury.TeamsIndia: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (capt), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Perera.last_img read more

The Halftime Stats Of West Virginia-Baylor Are Absolutely Insane

first_imgWest Virginia fans take in a big home game in MorgantownYouTubeWest Virginia is playing Baylor tonight in a Big 12 battle. If there were ever a game to have a running clock in the second half, this would be it.At halftime, the Mountaineers are up 41-0. The score only tells part of the ugly story though.West Virginia has outgained Baylor 435-87. That’s not a typo. The Mountaineers have passed for 302 yards in the first 30 minutes, and have 16 first downs to Baylor’s five.Baylor also has three turnovers, all three coming on interceptions from quarterback Charlie Brewer. Thirty-one of West Virginia’s 41 points came in the second quarter.Yeah, this is a beatdown. And it could be even worse, considering West Virginia missed a couple of early field goals.HALF: West Virginia is demolishing Baylor 41-0. Complete and total beat down so far in Morgantown. AND that’s with two early missed WVU field goals. pic.twitter.com/xVWdyuTa9z— Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) October 26, 2018I figured Will Grier and West Virginia would play pissed tonight after 2 weeks of thinking about the Iowa State game.I did not expect 41-0 at the half. Damn.— Max Olson (@max_olson) October 26, 2018The second half of WVU-Baylor is coming up on FS1.Tune in if you want to see more carnage.last_img read more

Danish Yachts Floats Out One More SWATH

first_imgzoom Danish Yachts launched, on Nov 23rd, another SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull), the ‘Sea Hurricane’. Due for handover during December, the vessel is the fourth in the ongoing series of carbon fibre passenger carrying vessels for the wind farm industry.With its unique ballast system that allows the vessel to switch from high speed catamaran mode into SWATH almost instantly, the SWATH can operate efficiently and safe in all weather conditions.Sea Hurricane has the overall length of 25 metres, there is ample space for 24 passengers and 5 crew over a range of around 500 nautical miles. In addition for passenger and crew safety while transferring to the platform, the vessel is fitted with the base to use a gyro transfer gangway.The vessel will now undergo her formal sea trials prior to handover. Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Danish Yachts, November 25, 2013last_img read more

Jean Chretien says Canada is better shape to renegotiate NAFTA now

first_imgSASKATOON – Former prime minister Jean Chretien says Canada’s in a better position now to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement than it was when the treaty took effect 23 years ago.He says back in 1994, Canada had a surplus of $50 billion a year in trade.Now, the United States sells as much to Canada as Canada sells to the U.S., so even though some sectors will win and others will lose, he says both sides will benefit in the end.Chretien says Americans have always been difficult to negotiate with for softwood lumber and dairy.He also says it’s not uncommon in such negotiations for agreements to be signed on the last day.The third round of talks between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico concluded on Wednesday.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said some issues related to small- and medium-size enterprises were resolved, but an enormous amount of work still needs to be done on other, difficult matters.Chretien was in Saskatoon on Wednesday speaking to students at the University of Saskatchewan.He is the first of three former prime ministers to speak at the university as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations — the other will be Kim Campbell and Paul Martin. (CJWW)last_img read more

JLS And Leona Lewis Support Cancer Research UKs Little Star Awards

first_imgChart-topping boy band JLS and Olympic hero Mo Farah are amongst a group of top celebrities who have joined forces to applaud the bravery of British children who have faced cancer by supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards in partnership with brands-for-less retailer TK Maxx.The awards, which launch today (Wednesday 14 November), are also being supported by pop sensation Leona Lewis as well as England football captain Steven Gerrard and team mates Ashley Young and Joe Hart.“We’re really delighted to be able to play a part in celebrating the bravery of all the young people who have encountered cancer by supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards,” said JLS. “When a young person is diagnosed with cancer, often they face gruelling treatment which affects not only the young person but also impacts on the lives of their family and friends. This is why the Little Star Awards are so fantastic in helping to recognise the brave young heroes who are fighting the disease and are also crucial in helping to raise awareness of the advances being made in children’s cancer.“We’d really like to encourage anyone who knows a brave young person to nominate them for an Award and we’d also ask everyone to please help raise as much funds as possible to fight the disease, to give all young people the possibility of a bright future.”Relatives and friends of young cancer patients or survivors from across the UK are being urged to nominate them for a Little Star Award now for special recognition in the run up to Christmas. Recipients get a unique trophy, a £50 TK Maxx gift card and a certificate signed by the celebrities involved.And members of the public who simply want to make a donation to help beat children’s cancers can get involved at cruk.org/littlestar.Or they can donate to Cancer Research UK’s work into children’s cancers by texting ‘STAR58 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5 from their phone bill.Cancer is the most common cause of death from illness in children aged between one and 14. Each year around 1,600 children are diagnosed with cancer and around 250 die from the disease.“All young people who are diagnosed with cancer demonstrate such an incredible fighting spirit that I’m honoured to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards again this year,” said Leona Lewis. “The Little Star Awards are such a great way of recognising the bravery and courage of young people who have been affected by cancer, whilst also celebrating the amazing progress that is being made in the fight against children’s cancer. I’d urge anyone who knows an inspirational child to please nominate them now for this fantastic award.”TK Maxx has supported the Little Star Awards since 2008 and Cancer Research UK since 2004. To date they have raised a staggering £9 million to help beat children’s cancers.“Every child nominated for a Cancer Research UK Little Star Award is a real winner and it is a privilege to be able to support such a great cause,” said Mo Farah. “Having recently witnessed a young family friend battle the disease so bravely, I’m determined to help raise awareness of progress in cancer research and bring a little bit of happiness and a sense of pride to these inspirational children and their families.”Last year more than 410 children from across the UK received a Little Star Award.Unlike many other children’s awards, there is no judging panel because Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx believe each and every child who confronts cancer is extra special.The awards are open to all under 18s who have cancer or who have been treated for the disease in the last five years.To nominate a Little Star visit cruk.org/littlestar.last_img read more

Rebecca Adlington Supports Be Seen In Green Campaign

first_imgThe chance to win a visit from double Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington is up for grabs for local schools and businesses who sign up to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity’s fundraising campaign, Be Seen in Green sponsored by Ryman Stationery.Rebecca Adlington Be Seen In GreenThe campaign asks participants to wear something green, the colour of the charity, to school or work in return for a £1 donation to the charity.Schools and businesses registering before 14th June will be entered into a draw to win a VIP visit from Becky, who will take part in a Q&A session and personally thank all those taking part for their support of the charity.The Be Seen in Green campaign has been sponsored since its launch in 2011 by Ryman, the UK’s leading specialist stationery and office supplies company, whose chairman is Theo Paphitis, longtime star of BBC’s Dragon’s Den.Theo said: “I hope that this summer you will choose to support Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, a charity which I myself have been proud to support on both a business and personal level for the last five years.”Becky, who was awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to sport, has recently moved to the North West from her hometown of Mansfield. Earlier this month she paid a visit to the Children’s Hospital, meeting young patients on the oncology and Elective Treatment wards.She said: “Having seen for myself the extraordinary work undertaken every day by the staff of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, I am very proud and pleased to support the Be Seen in Green campaign. The money raised by the charity does so much to make being in hospital a much more comfortable and less frightening experience for their young patients.“Be Seen in Green is a very simple way for schools and businesses to show their support for this fantastic cause and to raise funds that will make a genuine difference to poorly children from throughout the North West.”Funds raised by this year’s campaign will be donated to the hospital’s specialist burns unit, the largest of its kind in the country. Patients attending the burns unit have suffered from a wide range of thermal injuries which are extremely painful and can require years of treatment and aftercare.The charity is hoping to raise £135,000 throughout the year to fund a project of therapeutic artwork, designed to reduce the clinical feel of the environment in which a patient is treated, thus providing a powerful distraction from their pain and distress, which lessens stress and can help to speed up a child’s recovery.Toni Leden, Acting Head of Charity for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, said: “We are thrilled to have a sports star of Rebecca’s calibre lending her support to our fundraising campaign. To have achieved so much at such an early age makes Becky a truly outstanding role model for all young people and we very much hope that her involvement will encourage a great many schools and businesses to take part in this year’s Be Seen in Green day.”All organisations that apply before the 5th July will be sent a free fundraising pack and will also be entered into a prize draw to win £500 of stationery from campaign sponsor Ryman.Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital – improving the lives of thousands of children each year across the North West and beyond.The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.The charity has three main areas of work:• to support research projects to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses • to help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly • to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.Find out more about Be Seen In Green here.last_img read more

PRESTO IS GIVING AWAY THOUSANDS OF FREE CARDS IN TORONTO TODAY

first_imgAdvertisement 750 cards will be handed out at Oakville, Mimico, Pickering, and Scarborough GO Stations, each with $8.The promotion is to advertise the new name of the ACC: Scotiabank Arena. The company is helping to get fans to Toronto Maple Leafs games easier, partnering with Presto to do it.The giveaways start at 4 p.m. and continue until the cards run out. Lines started pretty early last time, so be prepared. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement For the second time this month, Scotiabank is giving away thousands of free Presto cards pre-loaded.1,000 cards will be given at Spadina, Wellesley, Kipling, Finch, Eglinton, Don Mills, and Kennedy subway stations.Wellesley is a new option, replacing College Station, which was a bit chaotic last time. The cards given away at these locations will be loaded with $6. Twitterlast_img read more

Air Canada says services restored after system outage causes flight delays

first_imgAir Canada says it has restored its computer systems after a morning outage led to delays across the airline’s operations.We can confirm airport systems, check-in & customer call centres are now all back online. We’re expecting some flight delays but we’re getting everyone on their way. Please check your flight status before going to the airport. We thank customers for their patience— Air Canada (@AirCanada) March 12, 2018The company says it expects some continued flight delays as it works to clear the backlog caused by a disruption of its airport systems, check-in and customer service centres.Air Canada checking in bags & passengers @FlyYYC after notifying guests this a.m. of a nation-wide network outage. pic.twitter.com/CrbuOGlKQF— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) March 12, 2018 Some travellers say they were delayed by a few hours, but @AirCanada just apologized and did a boarding call over the intercom. #yyc— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) March 12, 2018Elsewhere, airports in Toronto and Vancouver had reported disrupted flight schedules because of the technical issues along with congested terminals.Air Canada customers in Canada and abroad took to Twitter to complain of long lines, flight delays and other travel disruptions because of the computer problems.The company apologized for the inconvenience and thanked customers for their patience.The disruption came two weeks after the airline had a computer issue that disrupted web and mobile check-ins and call centre operations and delayed boarding on some flights.last_img read more

Pilot left gun behind in the cockpit of a Delta plane

ATLANTA — A pilot left a handgun in the cockpit of a Delta Air Lines jet, where it was found by an airline ground worker.Delta declined Friday to identify the pilot or say whether the pilot faced punishment for the Feb. 18 incident. A Delta spokeswoman called those internal personnel matters.She says Delta is working with authorities and will conduct its own review.The Transportation Security says it’s “aware of an incident at the Atlanta Airport involving agency issued equipment,” adding that the public was never in danger.Airline pilots who pass special training are issued guns and deputized by TSA to protect their planes against attack and piracy. The Federal Flight Deck Officer program was created after the September 2001 hijackings and terror attacks involving four U.S. airliners.The Associated Press read more

Attack by Liberian contractors condemned by UN mission

11 March 2008The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has condemned today’s early morning attack on its personnel and vehicles close to its logistics headquarters in the capital, Monrovia, that forced at least three staff to seek medical attention. Between 16 and 20 individuals, believed to be former individual contractors with the mission angry over a change to its maintenance contract, burned two jeeps and damaged a third vehicle at Star Base on Bushrod Island, Monrovia, about 6:30 a.m., UNMIL said in a statement. Liberia National Police, backed by UNMIL military and formed police units (FPUs), responded and brought the situation under control, arresting 17 people in the process. But three UNMIL personnel received injuries and had to receive medical attention at the mission facility at Star Base. The mission condemned “in the strongest terms” the acts of violence against UN staff and the destruction of UN personnel and said it would take all necessary security measures across the country to prevent a recurrence of this morning’s attack. “UNMIL personnel are in Liberia to support the people and Government of Liberia, and these acts constrain the ability of the UN to carry out its mandate,” the mission statement said. In a statement last month, UNMIL said it had taken steps to ensure that all qualified and high-performing contractors are given the opportunity to be interviewed and considered for jobs with the private Liberian company that has taken over their maintenance responsibilities. That company has reported that 24 of 98 individual contractors based in Monrovia have been hired, as well as 114 of 128 contractors based outside the capital. Of the 226 contractors affected by the new maintenance contract, as of today only nine have not picked up their final pay. The mission, which stressed that its recruitment and employment procedures are in line with UN rules, regulations, directives, standards and codes of conduct, also said that those affected contractors with the necessary qualifications and experience would be considered favourably for any future jobs with UNMIL. read more

Cost of violence against women beyond calculation warns UN chief

In some countries, as many as one in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day, whose theme this year is “Women and Men: United to End Violence Against Women.” “We must stop the habitual and socially ingrained violence that mars lives, destroys health, perpetuates poverty and prevents us from achieving women”s equality and empowerment,” he stressed.Last year the Secretary-General launched a global campaign “Unite to End Violence Against Women” ending in 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of internationally agreed objectives which include eradicating poverty, achieving universal gender equality in education and reversing the rate of HIV/AIDS incidence. “Violence against women is also linked to the spread of HIV/AIDS,” said Mr. Ban. He explained that not only are large numbers of women in some countries forced to have sex, but “Women and girls are also systematically and deliberately subject to rape and sexual violence in war.”“Violence, and particularly sexual and gender-based violence, is one of the defining characteristics of contemporary conflict,” said Ron Redmond, the spokesperson of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Ban noted that “Death, injury, medical costs and lost employment are but the tip of an iceberg. The impact on women and girls, their families, their communities and their societies in terms of shattered lives and livelihoods is beyond calculation.”To change the mindsets and socially ingrained habits of generations will not be easy and will take the collective force of individuals, organizations and governments, added the Secretary-General.“We must work together to state loud and clear, at the highest level, that violence against women will not be tolerated, in any form, in any context, in any circumstance,” he said, adding that “We need a positive image of women in the media. We need laws that say violence is a crime, that hold perpetrators accountable and are enforced.”In another statement, UN Children”s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman underlined the significant role men and boys have to play in ending violence against women and called for putting in place programmes and activities to educate them.Michael Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, called for gender equality to be at the core of all the world body”s actions, saying that it is not only necessary for social justice but also for achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, noted during commemorations marking the Day that, “Iraqi women made much progress towards asserting their political representational rights during the provincial elections held last January, but remain vulnerable to discrimination and violence on the basis of gender.” Mr. de Mistura pointed to the large number of widowed Iraqi women as an issue requiring urgent and immediate attention and expressed his concern that the many years of wars and conflict have stalled and set back progress towards achieving equality for Iraqi women.To mark the occasion in Afghanistan, up to 15,000 women gathered in Kandahar, Bamyan, Kabul, Herat, Mazar, Daikundi and Jalalabad wearing blue scarves to pray for peace.Speaking at the country”s main event at the Amani High School in Kabul the Special Representative for of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Kai Eide said, “Afghanistan needs its women in order to make the progress we all seek.”In Somalia, many women and girls are victims of violence, human trafficking, beatings, rape, child marriage, and female genital mutilation and remain silent for fear of being ostracized or killed by their own families, said Mark Bowden, UN Resident and Humanitarian.“Violence against women and girls is not a women”s issue, it is an issue that concerns and diminishes us all. No custom, tradition or religion can justify cruel and degrading treatment,” said Mr. Bowden. 8 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today added his voice to a chorus of United Nations officials calling for an end to the routine violence suffered by women and girls around the world, in a message marking the International Day for Women. read more

SNCLavalin gets 94 million for selling minority stake in Malta airport

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin has closed the sale of its interest in Malta International Airport Inc., which manages the facility under a 65-year agreement with the government of the Mediterranean island nation.The Montreal based company says it received about 64 million euros cash or $94 million at current exchange rates.SNC-Lavalin slashes another 950 positions amid restructuring, including 600 in CanadaSNC-Lavalin Group Inc’s stock undervalued, analyst says, after company posts better-than-expected fourth quarter profitSNC had a 15.5 per cent interest in Malta International Airport Inc., through its share of a consortium that was formed in 2001 to bid on the Malta Airport privatization project.It announced the sale of the stake to an affiliate of Flughafen Wien AG in February as part of a strategic plan to sell some of its mature investments in infrastructure concessions. read more

Actress Ashley Judd in Sri Lanka as UN Goodwill Ambassador

The actress posted instagram posts and twitter posts doing yoga and relaxing in Sri Lanka. She will also meet with stakeholders from the public sector, private sector, and donor community, to highlight the importance of investing in the reproductive health and rights of people.Judd was appointed as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in March 2016, and is a passionate advocate for ending all forms of gender-based violence around the world. (Colombo Gazette) Award-winning Hollywood actress, writer, and The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador, Ashley Judd, is in Sri Lanka for a short mission. During her visit to Sri Lanka, Judd will engage with women and girls from different backgrounds, to learn about their livelihoods and views on gender-based violence, the UNFPA office in Colombo said. read more

March Madness Crib Notes For Saturdays Games

Midwest RegionalNo. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 1 Kentucky at 2:40 p.m. on CBSGodspeed, Cincinnati. Take your 6 percent win probability and make the best of it.No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Notre Dame at 9:40 p.m. on TBSButler’s already pulled off one upset this tournament, even though it beat a team with a worse seed. No. 11 Texas was slightly favored to beat the Bulldogs, but Texas flamed out as it did for most of the season. Butler has a bigger challenge ahead of it in playing Notre Dame, though. The Irish are favored to win 62 percent of the time, perhaps because of their offense, which was third in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy. Butler’s defense is also in the top-10, though, making this a matchup of contrasting strengths. West RegionalNo. 10 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Arizona at 5:15 p.m. on CBSAs D’Angelo Russell goes, so go the Buckeyes. Bloodied but still breaking ankles, Russell led a furious charge as Ohio State came back against VCU to stage the upset. It won’t be so easy against Arizona, which has the third best defense in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy. That Arizona has the ninth-best offense probably won’t help the Buckeyes either; the Wildcats have an 81 percent chance of moving on to the Sweet 16.No. 14 Georgia State vs. No. 6 Xavier at 6:10 p.m. on TNTSomebody get Georgia State’s coach, Ron Hunter, a stool with some armrests. After his son, R.J. Hunter, hit the game-winning shot in Georgia State’s game against Baylor, Hunter tumbled out of his stool and right into a thousand highlight reels. The good news for Georgia State: Our model likes them in this game more than it did in the last (and our model gave them a decent shot on Thursday). The problem: The Panthers still only have a 30 percent chance of beating Xavier.No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 4 North Carolina at 8:40 p.m. on TNTThis No. 5 vs. No. 4 matchups looks like it should be a taut contest based on the seeds. But the FiveThirtyEight model thinks North Carolina is twice as likely to win as Arkansas. The Razorbacks come from a worse conference, have a poor defense and struggled against No. 12 Wofford. Then again, North Carolina didn’t have a great game against Harvard, either. But the model takes the longer view — the fundamentals favor UNC. South RegionalNo. 5 Utah vs. No. 4 Georgetown at 7:45 p.m. on CBSBoth teams were heavy favorites in their opening games, but Utah struggled to put Stephen F. Austin away. The FiveThirtyEight model says not to worry about that — the advanced metrics love Utah because of its great defense and efficient offense. The model says Utah should win this matchup 71 percent of the time.No. 14 UAB vs. No. 11 UCLA at 12:10 p.m. on CBSThis isn’t a basketball game, it’s a glass-slipper competition. Who will become Cinderella? The UCLA Bruins, which most talking heads said didn’t belong in the tournament, or the UAB Blazers, which put together the third-most surprising upset since 2011, according to FiveThirtyEight’s past models. This year’s model likes UCLA to win (67 percent favorite), thanks to UCLA’s strength of schedule during the regular season, and its higher offensive and defensive ratings. The teams that play on Saturday are the survivors of the wild opening day1Not counting the play-in games. of this year’s NCAA men’s tournament. No matter how many harmonic means, linear regressions and bootstrapped standard errors we applied to the data, we couldn’t find a way to make it say Saturday’s games would be as thrilling as Thursday’s were. But the data didn’t say that for Thursday either! It’s March Madness — there’s always a chance of chaos.Read on for more of what to look for in the NCAA tournament Saturday. East RegionalNo. 1 Villanova vs. No. 8 N.C. State at 7:10 p.m. on TBSNo team on Thursday looked better than the Wildcats, who devoured the sacrificial lambs of Lafayette. That victory — by 41 points — helped raise Villanova’s chances to win it all by 4.3 percentage points. They looked that good. N.C. State did not look great, needing a last-second shot to overcome a middling LSU squad. The model expects Villanova to run away with this one — the Wildcats are an 88 percent favorite. read more

Bucks top Penn State Northwestern fall to Michigan in quad meet

After the men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up its four-team quadrangular meet with Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern on Saturday, coach Bill Wadley said there was not a guy on his team who did not give his very best. Unfortunately for Wadley and the No. 9 Buckeyes, points are not awarded for moral victories.The men’s team fell for the first time in its dual-meet season Saturday, losing to No. 7 Michigan 197.5-135.5. However, the weekend was not a total loss, as the Buckeyes managed to outscore Penn State 263-70 and Northwestern 263-37.  In comparison to last year’s Big Ten Championships, Wadley believes his squad is picking up ground on Wolverines.“They won Big Ten’s by 300 points last year,” Wadley said. “I feel good about the effort our guys gave, and I think in time we’ll close the gap.”If the Buckeyes could have pulled out some of the closer races, the score might have turned out differently. Nevertheless, OSU’s only individual win on Saturday was sophomore Andrew Elliott’s win in the 100 breaststroke.“There’s a lot of room for improvement,” Wadley said. “We’ve got to win the close races. When you lose the close races, those points add up.”After the Buckeyes captured an exhilarating victory in the 400 freestyle relay to end Friday’s portion of the meet, Elliott teamed with junior Elliott Keefer, freshman Tim Phillips and senior Joel Elber to win the 200 medley relay to start Saturday’s events. “I’m really happy [with how I swam],” Elliott said. “I tried to help the team as best I could today. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into Big Ten’s.”Any comeback hopes after the quick start faded after Michigan promptly rebounded by sweeping the 500 freestyle and taking first and second in the 100 butterfly. The Wolverines would add four more individual event victories to pull away from OSU.“We are just a step behind Michigan,” Wadley said. “They’ve got a couple of world-class athletes [on the team].”The Buckeyes will attempt to rebound from the tough loss at the hands of their rivals next Friday as they host Eastern Michigan and wrap up the dual-meet season. read more

Parrot ARDrone gets ARPursuit game November 26

first_imgThe Parrot AR.Drone is one of the best “peripherals” out there for your iPhone. It may be expensive, but who can resist the ability to remote control a flying drone around your house or neighborhood with an iPhone?The AR.Drone already has a piloting app on the App Store called AR.Freeflight, but the first augmented reality game is set to appear on November 26.AdChoices广告It’s called AR.Pursuit and requires two AR.Drones to play. Each player controls their own drone and attempts to shoot down the other. Augmented reality is used to show gun fire and missiles flying through the air as if shot from your drone.The game lets you select the enemy color, indoor or outdoor play, and a time limit of up to 9 minutes. Guns are fired by pressing a button on the touchscreen and missiles require you to shake the iPhone to launch.If you’re lucky enough to own an AR.Drone, and have a friend who has one too, this could be a lot of fun. Just don’t end up colliding with the enemy and doing some serious damage to your drone.Keep an eye on the AR.Drone game page for the iTunes link which will appear on November 26. The price of AR.Pursuit is expected to be $2.99.Read more at Pocket-lintlast_img read more