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Messi and Suarez strike again as Barcelona advances in Copa

first_imgView comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ “I liked how we were able to control the game in the final minutes,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We didn’t want to risk conceding like we did in the first leg.”It was a good debut for Coutinho, who came off the bench in the second half to replace Andres Iniesta, playing well in the nearly 25 minutes he was on the field.“There are a lot of expectations about Coutinho,” Valverde said. “He will fit well into our game. He entered in a complicated match, but he did well.”Coutinho arrived from Liverpool earlier this month but had been sidelined by a right leg muscle injury. The Brazilian playmaker was signed in a transfer worth up to 160 million euros (then $192 million), making him Barcelona’s most expensive player ever.Espanyol, seeking its first semifinal appearance in the Copa since 2014-15, appealed for a penalty when Gerard Moreno fell inside the area after contact with Barcelona’s Jordi Alba with about 10 minutes left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Copa del Rey, quarter final, second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — With Philippe Coutinho making his debut and Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez adding to their scoring run, Barcelona advanced to the Copa del Rey semifinals for the eighth straight year on Thursday.First-half goals from Messi and Suarez guided Barcelona to a comfortable 2-0 victory over city rival Espanyol at Camp Nou Stadium, keeping alive the team’s hopes of winning its fourth consecutive Copa title.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Durant fined for ref rant The other teams in the semifinals are Sevilla, Valencia and Leganes, which on Wednesday stunned Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Valencia got past last year’s runner-up Alaves on penalties, while Sevilla eliminated Atletico Madrid. The draw will be held on Friday, with the first leg matches being played next week.Barcelona had lost 1-0 to Espanyol in the first leg last week, but quickly evened the series when Suarez scored with a diving header less than 10 minutes into the match after a cross from the right by Aleix Vidal. Messi scored the goal that secured a 2-1 win on aggregate midway through the first half with a shot that deflected off a defender.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMessi and Suarez have combined to score at least a goal each in six of the team’s last seven matches.Messi has found the net 10 times in his last 11 games, while Suarez has scored 11 goals in his last nine matches. “We had some chances but didn’t capitalize on them,” Espanyol’s Victor Sanchez said. “We feel like we played a great series. Nobody really believed in us but in the end we were a goal away from advancing.”Argentine international Javier Mascherano was honored by Barcelona before the match. The defender is leaving the club after eight seasons to play in China. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Recharged Hotshots go for kill vs Painters in Game 6

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Their backs are against the wall and we have to have that same mentality. We have to give more energy than them,” said Barroca, who turned 32 Thursday. “We’re happy we won but we can’t be overconfident heading into Game 6.”“We will try [to make it four straight]. The goal is to win four games to win the series and we will try to close it out on Friday. We’ll try our best because we know Rain or Shine can come back,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With lasting legacy within reach, Santos and Beermen vow not to let it slip away PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Physically and mentally reinvigorated, Magnolia has regained its old self after the Lenten break and is now on the cusp of entering the Philippine Cup finals.The Hotshots on Wednesday beat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for the third straight time after the dropping the first two games of their best-of-seven semifinals series.ADVERTISEMENT They go for the jugular Friday night but despite all the momentum on their side, they expect Game 6 to be their toughest game yet.“We won but we don’t have any reason to celebrate yet because there had been a lot of teams that lost despite being up 3-2 in the series,” said Magnolia guard Mark Barroca in Filipino. “We don’t want that to happen to us. The complexion of the series changes if they get Game 6 so our mentality is we’re really going to try our best to take Game 6 on Friday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Game 6 will be very tough because the closing out a series is always the hardest,” he added.Barroca, who led his team with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in an 82-74 win in Game 5 Wednesday night, knows Magnolia can’t leave anything to chance in Game 6 and let Rain or Shine fight another day. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

World Champion Manasi Joshi Focusing on Mixed Doubles to Qualify for 2020 Paralympics

first_imgMumbai: Bolstered by the historic para-badminton World championships gold, Manasi Joshi has now turned her eyes on making the cut for next year’s Paralympics and said she is focussing on mixed doubles as SL3 category is not part of the Tokyo Games.Joshi on Sunday clinched her first gold medal in the World Championship at Basel in Switzerland by defeating defending champion Parul Parmar 21-12, 21-7 in the women’s singles SL3 category. However, the Indian is aware that she does not have a singles event at the next year’s Tokyo Paralympics, and hence is concentrating on the mixed doubles category to make it to the quadrennial event.”I don’t have a singles event at the Paralympics, unfortunately. But I am training for the mixed doubles with my partner Rakesh Pandey and the current ranking is 13 and we need to be in the top six (to qualify). So we are working to make sure that our rankings gets better,” said Joshi told PTI.Joshi, who trains three sessions a day at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, feels shuttlers from Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Germany will pose a challenge in their pursuit for a Paralympics qualification.Joshi, who had lost her left leg in a road mishap in 2011, had previously won a bronze in the 2017 edition and described the current win as one of her biggest achievements.”It is one of the biggest achievement as of now (for me). Winning a medal at the Para Badminton World Championship is quite a big deal because the event happens once in two years,” Joshi said.”Previously the event happened in 2017 where I had come home with a bronze medal. (So by) converting the colour of the medal and making it directly gold, I have come a long way.”Overall, India bagged 12 medals at the recently-concluded championship. 2020 Paralympics2020 Tokyo gams2020 Tokyo Paralympicsbadminton First Published: August 30, 2019, 10:23 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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.last_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd leave Alexis at home for Spurs trip

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd leave Alexis at home for Spurs tripby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is out of Manchester United’s squad for the trip to Tottenham.The Manchester Evening News says Sanchez was one of nine players missing from the United squad that travelled to London by train on Saturday.The Chilean limped out of his side’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading with a hamstring problem and doesn’t appear to have recovered in time.Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini were also missing.One man that has travelled is Paul Pogba. The Frenchman was initially a doubt for the fixture after picking up a knock against Reading. last_img

Deanery Road Dust Bowl Transformed Into Sports Complex

first_imgStory Highlights The $46.4-million project comprises a football field, netball and basketball court, asphaltic concrete walking track, training room, spectator stands, upgraded bathrooms, perimeter fencing as well as a sprinkler system for watering the grounds. The dust bowl at 3 Deanery Road in St. Andrew, which has long been a nuisance to community members, has been transformed into a multipurpose sports complex.With the conversion of the area, residents of Franklyn Town and its environs now have a space for recreational and social activities, and to enhance their health and wellness.The $46.4-million project comprises a football field, netball and basketball court, asphaltic concrete walking track, training room, spectator stands, upgraded bathrooms, perimeter fencing as well as a sprinkler system for watering the grounds.The European Union (EU) and the Government of Jamaica provided $42 million for the project under the third phase of the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP), which is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).An additional contribution of $4.4 million came from the Franklyn Town Community Development Committee.In expressing gratitude for the facility, Vice-President, Franklyn Town Community Development Committee, Donet Booth, said the transformed space will provide an area where persons can hone their sports skills and participate in social events.He informed that representatives from the public and private sectors have, so far, utilised the facility for sports activities.“This location has been around for many years. It has been a dust bowl, it has been an area where people just loiter and idle away… so this effort really did great for the community,” he said, during the official handover of the facility on July 7.He lauded the EU and JSIF for the valuable investment made in the community.Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney, urged the residents to treasure the facility. “You have an incredible asset that has been put here,” he said.He noted that there is scope for further development, and urged the executives of the Franklyn Town Community Development Committee to seek assistance from the private sector in this regard.“I think that what is here today is a commitment that the community has in developing this space, and I think you should take this commitment far and wide to corporate Jamaica and let (them) know that this is a space (which can be shared),” he said.As part of the project, several community groups benefited from training in disaster preparedness and emergency management, including fire-prevention techniques, facilities management and operational procedures, and budget and financial planning.The organisations involved in the training included Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Dispute Resolution Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska said the rehabilitated area must be used to engage community members in a positive way.“Continue to do what you are doing. You are reaping good success,” she said in a message delivered by Project Manager, Operations Section, European Union, Marlene Lamonth.Councillor for the Vineyard Town Division, Andrew Swaby, urged the community members to protect the facility and keep it in excellent condition.The project implementation period lasted for approximately six months.The Poverty Reduction Programme supports a variety of activities aimed at helping citizens to uplift themselves and their communities.These include investments in the rehabilitation of police stations, community health centres, schools, roads, community centres, and water and sanitation projects. It also offers vocational and tertiary scholarships.For the past 20 years, JSIF has made significant strides with the successful implementation of several projects geared towards community renewal. The dust bowl at 3 Deanery Road in St. Andrew, which has long been a nuisance to community members, has been transformed into a multipurpose sports complex. Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney, urged the residents to treasure the facility. “You have an incredible asset that has been put here,” he said.last_img read more

Genco Shipping Inks Deal to Buy Drybulk Quartet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Dry bulk specialists Genco Shipping & Trading Limited confirmed that it signed an agreement for the purchase of four drybulk vessels. Under the deal, signed on June 6, the company is to pay around USD 141 million for the vessels using the proceeds of a new stock offering and cash on hand.The ships in question are two 180,000 dwt Capesize units, both of which were constructed in 2015 at Chinese shipyards, and two Ultramaxes of 60,000 dwt and 61,000 dwt, built in 2016 and 2014, respectively.Genco Shipping said that, depending on debt market conditions, it intends to seek commercial bank debt financing to return a portion of the purchase price to for these vessels and to finance or refinance a portion of potential future vessel acquisitions.On June 14, the company commenced a public offering of common stock to fund future fleet expansion.“While we do not currently have an agreement to purchase vessels in addition to the four mentioned above, we currently plan to target the acquisition of two additional modern, high specification Capesize vessels with such borrowings,” the company added.The deal comes on the back of a five-year senior secured credit facility signed on May 31, 2018, for an aggregate principal amount of up to USD 460 million.On June 5, 2018, the proceeds were used, together with cash on hand, to refinance all of the company’s prior credit facilities and pay down the debt on seven of the company’s oldest vessels.last_img read more

Klaveness Combination Carriers Suffers Loss in Q2

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Klaveness Norway-based shipowner Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC) ended the second quarter of this year with a net loss.The company suffered a net loss of USD 1.9 million in Q2 2019, against a net income of USD 3.2 million seen in Q2 2018.Net revenues from operations of vessels stood at USD 12.6 million in the second quarter of this year, decreasing from USD 14.4 million posted in the corresponding period a year earlier.As explained, earnings were negatively impacted by fewer days in the main CABU combination trades due to a temporary lower number of caustic soda contract cargoes. What is more, the historically weak dry bulk market during Q1 2019 and early part of Q2 2019 had negative earnings effect on performing dry voyages in the second quarter.However, despite seasonally low caustic soda volumes, CABU fleet continues to deliver earnings well above the standard markets with earnings 1.3 times the MR-tanker market, KCC said.Following the delivery in January, the first CLEANBU vessel, MV Baru, has been phased in after the completion of guarantee works in mid-April. It completed its first clean petroleum cargo from India to Singapore as a regular tanker vessel in mid-May and started combination trading at the end of May with the fixture of a CPP cargo from India to Argentina. After discharging CPP in Argentina, Baru recently completed the first switch from tanker to dry bulk mode.The concluded earnings of the estimated round voyage of 144 days are around USD 20,000/day, 1.5 times a standard LR1 tanker, according to the company.“We are pleased to report the successful first CLEANBU wet-dry combination voyage with earnings 1.5 times the standard market, proving the superior earnings capacity of our new CLEANBUs,” Engebret Dahm, CEO of Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA, commented.“While the CABU fleet continues to perform well in the second quarter, KCC’s results reflect ‘one-off introduction costs’ for the CLEANBUs which are expected to be substantially reduced over the coming quarters.”“Both CABU and CLEANBU earnings are expected to considerably improve in second half of 2019 based on higher caustic soda contract booking and more CLEANBUs in combination trading,” Dahm continued.The second CLEANBU, MV Barracuda, was delivered in late July and completed first loading as a tanker for shipment of caustic soda in Taiwan on August 23. It is now scheduled to start combination trading in mid-September. The third CLEANBU is expected to be handed over in September and targeted to start combination trading within end of October.KCC currently has six CLEANBUs on order for delivery from September 2019 to February 2021. The combination carriers are designed to transport clean petroleum products in addition to caustic soda and dry bulk products.last_img read more

New programming system developed for AI applications

first_imgNew York: Researchers have developed a novel system named “Gen” that can be used for Artificial Intelligence applications such as computer vision, robotics, and statistics without having to deal with equations or manually writing high-performance codes. “Gen” includes a number of novel language constructs such as a generative function interface to encapsulate probabilistic models, combinators to create new generative functions from existing ones and an inference library providing high-level inference algorithms. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app In the study published in the journal PLDI 2019, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology demonstrated the probabilistic programming system that aims to be both expressive at the modelling level and efficient at the algorithmic level. “Gen” has already showed better performance than existing probabilistic programming systems for a number of different problems such as tracking objects in space, estimating 3D body pose from a depth image, and inferring the structure of a time series, researchers said. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Based on Julia – a language specialised in numerical analysis and which aims to allow users to express models and create inference algorithms using high-level programming constructs, “Gen” models can be expressed in a number of different ways, each striking a different flexibility/efficiency trade-off. “Gen” provides a built-in modelling language that extends Julia’s syntax for function definition. “Gen” models are black boxes called generative functions (GF), that provide an interface (GFI), exposing capabilities required by inference, researchers said. The generative function approach is key to making “Gen” suitable for application to a wide range of problems and enables it to use models created in TensorFlow as algorithms written in a programming language or as a result of simulations.last_img read more

How a tantrum over serving nuts on Korean Air flight ended with

How a tantrum over serving nuts on Korean Air flight ended with a prison sentence SEOUL, South Korea – The headline-grabbing “nut rage” episode reached a conclusion Thursday with a one- year prison sentence for its chief protagonist, Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah. A South Korean court found that she violated aviation law when she ordered a crew member off a Dec. 5 flight before it took off from New York, forcing the Korean Air plane to return to the gate. Cho, then head of cabin service at the airline, was angered at being offered macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a dish, and she physically confronted the crew in the first-class cabin.Q: WHO IS CHO HYUN-AH?A: Cho, 40, is the eldest of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho’s three children. After graduating from Hotel Management School at Cornell University, Cho in 1999 joined Korean Air, which was founded by her grandfather. She enjoyed fast-track promotion and became an executive in 2006 at the age of 32. Her paternal grandfather is a member of the first generation of entrepreneurs who helped build the economy from the ashes of Korean War. She is married to a prominent plastic surgeon, who performed his nips and tucks in Gangnam, a tony district of Seoul, and has twin sons.Q: HOW SERIOUS WERE THE CHARGES?A: The most serious of the charges was Cho’s violation of aviation security law, which prohibits forcing an aircraft to deviate from its planned route. The maximum penalty on that charge was 10 years in prison. Prosecutors called for a total of three years in prison for all the charges, which included assaulting a flight attendant, hindering a government investigation and obstructing flight personnel. The only charge Cho was cleared of was hindering the government’s probe.Q: WHAT CAME OUT IN COURT?A: Cho and her family ran Korean Air by instilling fear. No criticism was allowed against their prickly management. Park Chang-jin, the chief flight attendant forced off the plane by Cho, told judges that she treated employees “like feudal slaves.” Kim Do-hee, the flight attendant who served macadamia nuts in a bag to Cho, testified that she saw Cho’s power at the airline as “unimaginably big.” When Cho became furious, she was like a “beast looking for prey” and an “angry tiger,” according to the testimony of the two flight attendants.Q: WHY WAS SOUTH KOREA INFURIATED?A: The incident touched a nerve in South Korea, where the economy is dominated by family-controlled conglomerates known as chaebol. Public opinion has turned against the founding families who have tended to treat their sprawling businesses, which employ millions of people, like personal empires. Their crimes, including tax evasion and embezzling company funds, have usually been punished with suspended prison sentences, and they later are wiped from the slate through presidential pardon. The first and second generations of these families were credited with helping to transform South Korea into a developed nation. But the third generation is regarded as pampered and entitled, and the public is less tolerant of their excesses.Q: WHAT ARE SOUTH KOREANS SAYING ABOUT THE SENTENCE?A: Jo Young-sang, 24: “Personally, I think the one-year sentence was a bit short. Recently, issues regarding such behaviours are the talk of the town. I think there will be no improvement in the service industry working environment if conglomerates continue to treat people like this.”Teacher Chang Sabine: “To me, the nut rage incident looked like a rich kid in an elementary school looking down on poor or weak kids. I think she should be doing community service to become mentally matured.”Q: WHAT ARE OTHER CHAEBOL CRIMES?A: Tax evasion, breach of trust and embezzlement are the most frequent chaebol family crimes. Among the chaebol bosses convicted for white collar crimes are Cho’s father, Cho Yang-ho, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, Hyundai Motor chairman Chung Mong-koo, Hanwha chairman Kim Seung-youn, SK chairman Chey Tae-won and CJ Group chairman Lee Jay-hyun. Of them, only Chey has been in prison. Bosses at Samsung, Hyundai Motor, Korean Air and Hanhwa received suspended prison terms. In 2007, Hanwha’s Kim was found guilty of beating bar workers who scuffled with his then-22-year-old son. Kim’s bodyguards took the victims to a construction site near Seoul, where the tycoon kicked and punched them.___Follow Youkyung Lee: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2015 12:08 pm MDT read more

Denzel Ward says he would have played in bowl game if Ohio

INDIANAPOLIS — Denzel Ward had a decision to make.As a highly regarded NFL prospect who might slot among the top 10 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft, he had to make a choice of whether to play in the Cotton Bowl against USC on Dec. 29. He went back and forth, but ultimately chose to sit out and focus on improving his draft stock.However, had the Buckeyes’ made the College Football Playoff rather than end up outside the top-four teams, he would have played. When asked at the NFL combine Sunday whether he would have suited up in scarlet and gray for either the Sugar Bowl or the Rose Bowl, he had a simple answer: “Yes sir.”Former Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward (12) on the sidelines during the Buckeyes’ Cotton Bowl victory against USC on Dec. 29, 2017. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWard said he did not tell the coaches he would not be playing on the final day, but it was a late, difficult decision. He said he ultimately sat out the bowl game to “not risk injury.”“It’s not that I didn’t want to play the game,” Ward said. “I wanted to play. It was hard. I’m glad I got the win, though.”He said NFL teams have asked him about the decision, but does not believe teams have held the decision against him.“They just want to hear my thoughts of why I did sit out the bowl game,” Ward said.Though Ward did not play in the bowl game as a junior, he practiced the entire week. He said he practiced to help the younger corners, such as then-freshman Jeffrey Okudah who played the most snaps of his career against the Trojans.Ward played three seasons and had a combined 67 tackles, 24 pass deflections and two interceptions. As a junior, he was named a first-team All-American. Ward has a chance to become the fourth Ohio State cornerback selected in the first round, following in the footsteps of Eli Apple, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley. read more

Piotr Chrapkowski moves to Vive Targi Kielce

Piotr Chrapkowski, who played for Wisla Plock since 2010, will be joining Vive Targi Kielce, the official Kielce website announced. The player has signed a three-year contract. The Kielce President Servaas sees the young player as a huge talent, and believes in his skills, which would definitely be best developed in a world class club such as Vive Kielce. ← Previous Story Onesta calls the “Experts” for Lithuania and Turkey Next Story → France LNH (Round 25): HBC Nantes with a setback in the fight for second place chrapkowskiPoland handballvive kielceWisla Plock


bahrain and uaeBahrain handballMIDDLE EASmiddle east handballuae handball ← Previous Story Baltic Handball League: Perfect weekend for Estonian teams Next Story → Tomasz Rosinski to miss Qatar 2015 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed on Sunday to return their ambassadors to Qatar, signaling an end to an eight-month rift over Doha’s support for Islamist groups. Political conflict between countries in Persian Gulf caused a real mess in handball world, when Bahrain and United Araba Emirates decided to decline participation on World Championship 2015 in Doha.IHF announced a week ago that IHF Council will decide about the replacement for these two national teams on their meeting on November 21.  In the last few days a lot of rumours could be heard about substitutions, from Korea, Kuwait, Australia, to European teams as Serbia, Iceland or Hungary.  Diplomatic handball battle was fought in silence. read more

Poll Would you like to be able to speak more Irish

first_imgPoll: Would you like to be able to speak more Irish? Give it to us straight. Be honest. Friday 16 Feb 2018, 12:45 PM WITH THE COLLAPSE of the Northern Ireland executive talks and speculation about gaelscoileanna carrying out pre-interviews with young children, there has been a lot of talk this week about the Irish language this week.The 2016 Census showed that 1.76 million people in the country can speak as Gaeilge, but only 73,803 people said they speak it every day (outside school) and just 8,068 Irish language Census forms were completed.Lots of us have those cúpla focal but not enough to get by. What about you?Would you like to be able to speak more Irish? I’m already fluent (1095) 104 Comments Share246 Tweet Email Yes (9693) Short URL No (2900) Image: Niall Carson Graffiti on a wall in Belfast calling for an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland. Poll Results: Graffiti on a wall in Belfast calling for an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland. Image: Niall Carson Feb 16th 2018, 12:46 PM 35,731 Views YesNoI’m already fluentVote By Team Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ReignsStrowman in a Last Man Standing Match on RAW tonight

first_img August 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW is live tonight from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Advertised for tonight is Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman in a Last Man Standing match.WWE will also give an update on the injury to Bayley and her status for will have live coverage of RAW beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Daniel Bryan 2 COMMENTS WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday God this match again. Every single one has sucked Cameron Huff August 7, 2017 at 11:27 am Now Playing Up Next WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery Nick Noel WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Downcenter_img Videos Articles Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Videos Articles How many times are we going to see this match?! You’d think this fued would’ve ended after Great Balls of Fire. Google+ WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Facebook Comments are closed.last_img read more

Luka Jovic dismisses Barcelona Bayern Munich links

first_imgSerbian striker Luka Jovic wants to stay at Eintracht Frankfurt, despite rumoured interest from Barcelona and Bayern MunichThe Benfica loanee is tied with Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer as the Bundesliga’s leading scorer on 10 goals this season.Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner has already made it clear he intends to sign Jovic permanently this summer for a rumoured fee in the region of €10-12m.But reports in the German media have suggested that Barcelona and Bayern are interested in making their own moves for the highly-rated Jovic.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Although the 20-year-old insists his sole focus lies with Frankfurt.“We, the players, shouldn’t think about that. The management at the club will decide that. As for me, I’d like to stay with Eintracht,” Jovic told Bild.“It’s nice that such big clubs are thinking about someone like me. But I keep both feet on the ground and only think about the next game.”Frankfurt, who are fifth in the Bundesliga table, will host Bayer Leverkusen in a league match on Sunday at 18:00 (CET).last_img read more

49 Voices Clintonette Gregg of Anchorage

first_imgClintonette Gregg of Anchorage. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Clintonette Gregg of Anchorage. Gregg grew up in Kotzebue and is the leader of the Anchorage Northern Lights dancers. The Inupiaq dance group opened the first day of the AFN convention on Thursday.Listen nowGREGG: I have been Inupiaq dancing since I was about 14 years old. The beauty of it, watching my girlfriend — who’s no longer with us anymore, she had passed on — watching her dance and just watching the fluent graceful movements of the song and the dance, and watching how it enlightened the audience, and how it drew them into the dancing… I felt that was such a beautiful thing. And the songs are so beautiful to listen to.I have too many favorites. Growing up, I would have to say, when I first started out, it would have to be the boat paddling song. The tone of the song itself and how it relates to being out in the water and just being one with the water, and being able to do your subsistence with just a small boat and your two hands just amazes me.We also have a seagull dance. In Inupiaq we call the seagull nauyak. And in this song, it depicts the seagull soaring over the ocean looking for fish. And it depicts not only the Inupiaq people going out and subsisting, but it also tells stories of how the animals did the same.So it makes me very proud to know that my teaching is actually being instilled in the youth, and it makes me feel good to know that it’s going to be carried on in the future when they’re adults.To know where they come from. There’s always that question in everyone’s mind: Who am I? Where do I come from? What is my background? And when you don’t have that information, and you have to go and search for it, you’re spending more time trying to find out who you are than knowing who you are, and being able to share that with others.last_img read more

Road crashes kill 7221 in 2018

first_imgBangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity members present its statistics at a media briefing at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: CourtesyA total of 7,221 people were killed in at least 5,514 road accidents across the country last year, the Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare association, said on Friday.As many as 15,466 others were injured in the accidents.Apart from them, 394 people were killed and 248 others injured in 370 train accidents last year. Accidents on waterways left 126 people dead and 230 others injured with an estimated 387 others missing, the Samity told a media briefing at the Jatiya Press Club presenting its statistics, reports UNB.The numbers were compiled from local, regional, and online newspapers and television channels, said the organisation’s secretary general Md Muzammel Haque Chowdhury.They identified several reasons, including reckless driving, overtaking, road conditions, and vehicles without fitness, for the road accidents.last_img read more

Civilians flee Syria assault on Daraa

first_imgSmoke rising above the city of Deraa as it’s being bombarded, Syria on 26 June in this still image taken from video. Photo: ReutersSyria’s army launched an assault on the flashpoint southern city of Daraa Tuesday, state media said, after a week of deadly bombardment on the nearby countryside caused mass displacement.Government forces have set their sights on retaking the south of the country, a strategic area that borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.The escalation against rebels in the past week is the latest in a Russian-backed campaign to retake territory lost since the start of the Syria’s war in 2011.For a week, regime forces have ramped up their bombardment of countryside areas in the southern province of Daraa, which the United Nations says has forced 45,000 people to flee.But on Tuesday, state media said the army was launching an “operation” on the provincial capital itself, known widely as the cradle of Syria’s seven-year uprising.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said it was the first ground operation inside the city since the escalation began.“Regime forces targeted the city of Daraa with more than 15 surface-to-surface missiles, and Russian and Syrian air strikes continue,” the Observatory said.An AFP correspondent on the southern edge of Daraa city said he could see large columns of smoke along the city’s skyline and two airplanes circling above amid the steady boom of air strikes and shelling.State television reported: “Syria’s army is carrying out targeted air strikes against terrorist positions and fortifications in Daraa.”Government news agency SANA said the strikes were a prelude “before military units advance into the south-eastern quarter of the city.”Rebel groups mainly hold the southern half of the city while loyalists control the north.‘Unparalleled destruction’Syria’s army is pursuing a divide-and-conquer strategy against rebels in the south, aiming to chop up the horseshoe-shaped territory that the opposition holds.“The regime is seeking to take control of a military base south of the city, which will allow it to cut the route between Daraa city and the Jordanian border, as well as further divide the rebel areas,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman, as clashes around the base continued.Overnight, regime forces had recaptured two villages in the east of Daraa province, which allowed them to cut off a rebel pocket, the monitor said.A military source cited by state media said the army had seized both Basr al-Harir and Mlehat al-Atash.Troops then arrived on the edges of the nearby town of Al-Herak, SANA said.Air strikes and barrel bombs on Tuesday caused “unparallelled destruction across the town and to its infrastructure”, 48-year-old resident Khaleel al-Hariri told AFP.Al-Herak’s hospital had already been put out of service several days ago by bombardment.Raids on Tuesday also killed a rescue worker in the town of Basr al-Harir, the White Helmets rescue service said.The UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) in Syria said at least 45,000 people had fled fighting in the area in recent days.Syrians fleeDisplaced families on Tuesday could be seen streaming out of rebel-held areas in trucks piled high with mattresses, furniture, and blankets.In the distance, air strikes left massive brown-grey clouds of smoke hanging above agricultural fields.Rebels hold most of Daraa and the adjacent province of Quneitra, while the government holds a majority of Sweida to the east.The army began an intense bombardment of Daraa’s eastern countryside last week, then started striking the rebel half of Daraa city.On Tuesday, regime forces expanded the offensive even further.“Russian and Syrian air strikes began hitting opposition positions in Daraa’s western countryside near the Golan Heights, for the first time in a year,” said Abdel Rahman, killing six civilians.The regime bombardment has killed 38 civilians in a week, while 29 rebels and 24 pro-government fighters have been killed so far.The United Nations had previously warned that fighting was putting 750,000 people in rebel-held areas of the south in harm’s way.More than five million people have fled abroad since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011. Another six million are displaced inside the country.Jordan has said it could not absorb a new wave of refugees and its border with Syria would remain closed.Amman has a “duty” to protect refugees; Amnesty International said while telling the Jordanian government it “must open its border to those fleeing Syria”.Front lines had been relatively quiet for nearly a year under a “de-escalation” deal agreed by Russia, the United States and Jordan in July 2017.To avoid a bloody onslaught, Russia is leading talks with Syria, Jordan, Israel and the United States to reach a negotiated settlement.last_img read more

Mosque massacres revive Balkan war wounds

first_imgA woman writes a note to leave among flowers left in tribute to victims in Christchurch on 17 March 2019, two days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city. — Photo: AFPAs the gunman drove to the two New Zealand mosques where he carried out his mass killings, a Serb nationalist song was heard playing in the background of the haunting video he broadcast live on Facebook.The mass shooter’s weapons also bore the names of several historical Serb nationalist figures, revealing an unexpected interest in Balkan conflicts that stirred bad blood in a region fractured by war.Hours after 50 people were gunned down in two mosques by the Australian right-wing extremist in Christchurch, Bosnia’s ambassador went on local television to express concern about the song heard in the suspected killer’s video that went on to show him murder victim after victim.It was a “Serbian nationalist song in which the name of Radovan Karadzic is mentioned and called on to lead Serbs”, he said, referring the convicted war criminal who led Bosnia’s Serbs during the 1992-95 war.Karadzic will go before a UN court this week to hear the final verdict on his 40-year sentence for the genocide of Muslims in Srebrenica and other atrocities during the inter-ethnic conflict in Bosnia that left 100,000 dead.According to the Bosnian diplomat, the song’s lyrics also say “Turks must be killed”, a term hardline Serb nationalists still routinely use to refer to Bosnian Muslims.Though linked the 1990s war, the song played by the 28-year-old suspect Brenton Tarrant appears to have more recently been revived as an internet meme in the extreme-right circles he circulated in online.But Tarrant also connected his savage act to figures deep into Balkan history, alongside a roster of other right-wing extremists from across the globe he paid homage to in his hate-filled manifesto.- Ottoman obsession -Among the historical military figures whose names were scrawled on Tarrant’s weapons were several Serb nationalist icons.They were men who fought in famous battles against the the Ottoman Empire’s armies, such as Milos Obilic, a knight in Serb folklore, and Stefan Lazar, a 14th-century Serbian prince.The names of two other 19th century Balkan military leaders against the Ottomans, including Montenegrin general Marko Miljenov, were also written on the guns.During the Ottoman empire the Balkans was a site of frequent contact and conflict between the Muslim and Christian worlds.That history remains a key reference point for Serb ultra-nationalists today.According to local authorities, Tarrant travelled to the region himself in 2016 and early 2017, passing through Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, and then Bulgaria in November 2018. He also visited Turkey.- ‘Inspired by Serb nationalism’ -In Sarajevo, the Islamic Community of Bosnia said it was alarmed that the “assassin started his bloody escapade to the sound of a song glorifying war crimes in Bosnia”.He “was clearly inspired by this same extremist ideology and hatred” of the 1990s, the group added.The shooter’s Balkan references also aroused bad memories in Kosovo, a mostly Muslim and ethnic-Albanian former Serbian province that broke away in a 1998-99 guerilla war. Some 13,000, mostly Albanians, were killed in the conflict.Writing on Twitter, Kosovo’s former foreign minister Petrit Selimi said the Australian gunman was “inspired by a particular brand of white supremacist nationalism rooted in #Serbia”.He added: “Wars and genocide perpetrated by Serbian ideologues, in Kosovo and Bosnia, seem to have become a point of inspiration for far right across the globe.”- ‘Anti-Serb hysteria’ -Officials in Serbia and Bosnia, whose Serb community is semi-autonomous, have been quick to denounce the finger-pointing.Bosnia’s ethnic Serb Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak condemned the “anti-Serb hysteria” he felt seized the region after the Christchurch massacres.”It is dangerous and irresponsible to establish a link between the crazy actions of a disturbed and sick person and an entire people,” he said in a statement.The country’s Serb co-president Milorad Dodik, who shares the post with a Croat and Muslim counterparts, also criticised the “vile campaign” against his community.Meanwhile in Belgrade, foreign minister Ivica Dacic insisted “Serbia had nothing to do with” the massacre.And the ultra-nationalist Serbian politician Vojislav Seselj, who was convicted of crimes against humanity but still serves in parliament, appeared to see himself as the victim of the story.”The demonisation of the Serbs will continue until our country has surrendered,” he told the local channel Happy TV.last_img read more

Qatar Airways A380 service makes first touchdown in Perth

first_imgQatar Airways introduces its new A380 daily service to PerthQatar Airways A380 service makes first touchdown in PerthThe award-winning airline’s luxurious double-decker aircraft increases capacity on the route by more than 44 percentQatar Airways’ flagship A380 aircraft proudly touched down in Perth for the very first time this evening.Now in its sixth year of operation, the deployment of the superjumbo on the Perth-Doha route will add an additional 300 seats daily, an increase of more than 44 percent. Perth is also Qatar Airways’ third gateway in Australia to be flying the 517-seater aircraft, following Sydney and Melbourne. Qatar Airways also flies the A350 daily to Adelaide and the B777 to Canberra.Qatar Airways Senior Manager for Australasia, Mr. Adam Radwanski, said: “Our Australia footprint has grown tremendously in the last two years, bearing testament to the country’s robust travel demand. We are hence delighted to fly our iconic A380 aircraft to Perth, offering Western Australia travellers an unparalleled travel experience onboard their entire journey with us. Passengers whose final destinations are in Europe can do so onboard our ultra-modern fleet featuring the A380s, the A350s, the Dreamliner B787s and the Qsuite-equipped B777 planes after transiting through Hamad International Airport, one of only six five-star airports in the world.”Perth Airport CEO Mr. Kevin Brown said: “The A380 is the largest commercial aircraft – and Qatar Airways’ decision to utilise it on this route, strengthens its commitment to the Perth market. The larger aircraft will add almost 109,000 additional seats annually providing an extraordinary opportunity to bring more international tourists to our capital city and our State. This is a quality aircraft being operated by one of the world’s top airlines and with Qatar Airways’ major sectors beyond Doha being London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Rome and Paris, this opens up new opportunities to attract more tourists from the European market.”Featuring a tri-class configuration of seating in First, Business and Economy Class over two decks, the A380 features a luxurious First Class cabin, one of the largest onboard lounges in the sky, the world’s best Business Class offering and a spacious Economy Class cabin for 517 passengers.Qatar Airways has also put in great effort to optimise the A380 for passenger wellness. Besides quiet, spacious cabins, passengers can also enjoy an extensive dining menu onboard. First and Business Class passengers can indulge in an on-demand à la carte menu, with a signature caviar service available for First Class customers. All passengers can enjoy Qatar Airways award-winning Oryx One on-demand entertainment system featuring up to 4,000 entertainment options.The launch of the A380 service comes in tandem with a series of recent announcements by Qatar Airways to expand their global network. The new A380 service will allow more passengers to connect seamlessly to Qatar Airways UK and Ireland network, offering passengers seamless access to Dublin and our five UK gateways – London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Cardiff.The national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, with a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.Perth – Doha Flights Schedule:Perth-Doha QR 901 Departs 23:05hrs, Arrives 05:40hrs+1Doha-Perth QR 900 Departs 02:05hrs, Arrives 18:25hrsSource = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more