Laver Cup: Roger Federer Beats Nick Kyrgios in Fiery Contest to Put Team Europe Ahead

first_imgGeneva: Roger Federer edged out Nick Kyrgios in a super tie-break to give Europe a 5-3 lead after the opening session of the second day of the Laver Cup in Geneva on Saturday.The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who won his first match alongside Alexander Zverev in Friday’s doubles tie, beat Australian Kyrgios 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-7 to the delight of his home crowd. Bjorn Borg’s holders had seen Team World draw level earlier with John Isner’s victory over Zverev.The 38-year-old Federer had won his last two matches against Kyrgios in straight sets, but dropped the opener in a tie-break.But he hit back to level the match with a break in game 11 of the second set, before holding off a late Kyrgios rally in the super tie-break to take it on his third match point.What a match! @rogerfederer fights back from 0-2 down in the match tiebreaker to beat a rampant Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5) 5-7 10-7 and carry #TeamEurope to 5-3 after match 6 at #LaverCup 2019. pic.twitter.com/58w0PXAifm— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 21, 2019 Later, Rafael Nadal will play his first matches of the weekend when he takes on Milos Raonic in the singles, before teaming up with Stefanos Tsitsipas to face Kyrgios and Jack Sock in doubles.Earlier on Saturday, Isner fought back from a set down to beat Zverev 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 10-1 and haul Team World level at 3-3 after Europe led by two points after the opening day.The big-serving American lost a first-set tie-break, but hit back before racing through the super breaker in style.”Maybe we’re turning the tables just a little bit,” said world number 20 Isner, the highest-ranked player in the visitors’ team. “Team World is in this and we’re here to win, so let’s get it going.”The scoring system sees one point awarded for each win on the first day, two points given for each victory on the second day, and three points on offer in each match on Sunday’s final day.Just a little bit into the Federer v Kyrgios clash.#rafareactions | @RafaelNadal | #TeamEurope pic.twitter.com/QZvj6HJEal— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 21, 2019 This year is the first time the tournament has been played since being added to the ATP Tour.Europe won the 2018 edition 13-8 in Chicago. 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. alexander zverevDenis ShapovalovLaver Cupnick kyrgios First Published: September 21, 2019, 9:21 PM ISTlast_img read more

RS to sit tomorrow to complete original schedule

first_imgNew Delhi, May 12 (PTI) Rajya Sabha, which was adjourned for the day today as a mark of respect towards sitting Congress member Praveen Rashtrapal who passed away, will now have a sitting tomorrow to complete its original schedule. A decision was taken yesterday to curtail the session of Lok Sabha by two days and Rajya Sabha by one day. Accordingly, the session in Lok Sabha was yesterday brought to an end, two days before its scheduled culmination. According to the plan, the Rajya Sabha was also to be adjourned sine die today after the customary farewell speech as 58 Rajya Sabha MPs have retired from the House. A number of those retired have been renominated. The Budget Session of Parliament had begun on February 23 and concluded on March 16. There was the scheduled recess between the first and second part. However, the session was prorogued to allow promulgation of an Ordinance to bring and pass a Vote on Account for Uttarakhand, which was under Presidents rule. An Ordinance cannot be promulgated when Parliament is in session. So, the house was prorogued and the second part of the Budget Session began as a new session on April 25. This session was to end on May 13 as per the schedule. However, it was curtailed in view of the last leg of campaigning for assembly elections in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, besides the fact that the government had already completed the important legislative business it planned to accomplish in this session. 10 bills, including the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and the Anti-Hijacking Bill, were passed during the three-week session in Lok Sabha which saw no adjournment unlike in the Rajya Sabha which had to be adjourned several times due to disruptions. The Eighth Session of the 16th Lok Sabha, which commenced on April 25, had 13 sittings spread over 92 hours and 21 minutes. “I am happy to inform you that in the recent past this is the first session in which House was not adjourned even for a single minute due to interruptions and I thank the entire House for cooperation extended to the Chair,” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had said in her valedictory address yesterday. (MORE) PTI RNK AMR GSNadvertisementlast_img read more

(REOPENS MDS12)

first_imgReacting to the development, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the party did not view the resignation as a setback.”Taking corrective measures is not a setback at all. We are a party of principles and values. The state secretariat has taken a decision and it is good. Correcting mistakes is never a setback. That shows the maturity and different character (of the party)”, he said. “In this case there was a mistake, we corrected it unlike the previous UDF government”, Yechury said.Asked if CPI-M would act against Jayarajan and Sreemathi, he said as they are central committee members, any decision on them will be taken by the party central leadership. Politburo member S R Pillai said to err is human and there can be mistakes.CPI, the second largest partner in LDF, which had hit out against Jayarajan, stating that nepotism was equivalent to corruption, welcomed the resignation.Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Jayarajan had no other option but to resign.Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said the row would not end with Jayarajans resignation. A comprehensive probe was needed and the Chief Ministers office also should be brought under the ambit of investigation. Describing the resignation as a natural action, KPCC President V M Sudheeran said Jayarajan had to face nepotism and corruption charges and he was forced to resign just a few months after the LDF government came to power.BJP leader V Muraleedharan said the Pinarayi Vijayan government had to succumb to pressure due to the feelings of the people towards corruption.advertisement”The problems will not end with this resignation. There is a complaint before Vigilance court and a case should be registered against Jayarajan,” he said.Meanwhile, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau informed a Special Court here today that a preliminary probe into the appointment row against Jayarjan had been initiated.Jayarajan, who also handled the Sports portfolio, had kicked up controversy when he removed internationally renowned athlete Anju Bobby George as President of Kerala State Sports Council, alleging nepotism by her in appointments in the Body.He had also been trolled in the social media after he described boxer Mohammed Ali as a sports person from Kerala who had brought laurels to the state by winning many medals.He made the comment when his reaction was sought after Alis death.The assembly is scheduled to meet again from November 18 after the pooja holidays and the resignation of Jayarajan is expected to blunt the Opposition attack to a certain extent.The UDF Opposition had disrupted and boycotted most of the sittings which began on September 26 on the self financing private medical college fees hike issue. PTI UD JRK APR SMJlast_img read more

Harmanpreet Kaur breaks into top 10, Jhulan Goswami also surges in ICC Rankings

first_imgStar Indian all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur has made a jump of seven slots to move to the sixth position in the latest ICC ODI Rankings for Batswoman released on Tuesday.Kaur’s swashbuckling 171 not out helped India defeat Australia by 36 runs in the semi-final of the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup and she followed that with a fighting 51 in the final against England, which India lost by nine runs.She is now the second India batter to feature in the top after Mithali Raj, who is ranked second – 10 points behind Australia captain Meg Lanning. Australia’s Ellyse Perry is third, trailing Raj by 12 points.Apart from Kaur, Poonam Raut has gained five slots to reach 14th position after scores of 86 and 14 in the final and semi-final respectively, while Veda Krishnamurthy has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 26th position following scores of 35 in the final and 16 not out in the semi-final.Among bowlers, world’s leading ODI wicket-taker Jhulan Goswami has gained four slots to reach second position and within four points of South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp after figures of 3/23 in the final and two for 35 in the semi-final.Goswami’s new-ball partner Shikha Pandey (up one place to 12th) and leg-spinner Poonam (up six places to a career-best 28th) are other India bowlers to move up.In the ICC Women’s Team Rankings, which take into account both ODIs and T20Is, there was no change in positions with Australia retaining top spot at 128 points. England has gained one point to reach 125 in second position, while New Zealand and India remain on 118 and 113 points, respectively.advertisementThe West Indies (105), South Africa (93), Pakistan (73) and Sri Lanka (67) follow.last_img read more

No thoughts of signing Harry Kane, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez

first_imgReal Madrid have not thought about signing Harry Kane, club president Florentino Perez said on Tuesday, putting a dampener on widespread speculation that the in-form Spurs striker may be bound for the Santiago Bernabeu.Perez said that, if he did make an inquiry, Tottenham would value Kane at 250 million euros ($295 million), which would be a world-record transfer fee.”(But) I haven’t thought about signing Kane. We are happy with (Karim) Benzema and the rest of the team,” Perez told radio station Cadena COPE on Tuesday.Parts of Real’s forward line have been misfiring this season, while 24-year-old Kane’s red-hot start to the 2017/18 campaign has seen him score 17 times in 16 games for club and country.Reuters Photo That has put him in the frame to be the next Spurs star to join the Champions League holders, with Croatia’s Luka Modric and Welshman Gareth Bale having made the switch from North London to Madrid in recent seasons.Speculation was fuelled further last week when Real’s former president Ramon Calderon said he expected the club to try to sign Kane to extend their current cycle at the summit of European football.Kane failed to find the net in Tottenham’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Real in Madrid on Oct. 17. The England striker will have another chance when the teams meet again at Wembley on Nov. 1.last_img read more

PV Sindhu reflects on Dubai Super Series Finals loss: I know my mistakes and I will correct them

first_imgPV Sindhu revealed that she has reflected upon her final loss at the Dubai Super Series Finals on December 17 and is working on correcting the mistakes she made.Sindhu lost 15-21, 21-12, 21-19 to top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in a gruelling battle that lasted for an hour and 34 minutes. Having incurred her second loss in the final of a major championship this year, questions began to be raised on her temperament.However, the Indian star had no doubts whatsoever about what she needed to do for the future tournaments.”It has been a great year for me. You win some, you lose some. I know where I went wrong and will correct,” Sindhu told reporters ahead of Premier Badminton League (PBL) season 3.On being asked if her training was different for the Olympics and the other tournaments, Sindhu maintained that it is all about adapting to different environments.”It all depends on how one adapts to each tournament and how he/she plays.”Sindhu is all set to lead Chennai Smashers in their title defence in the third season of PBL, starting on December 23. Sindhu was one of the prime reasons for the Chennai franchise’s success in the previous edition of the tournament.This time Chennai is one of the five venues where the matches will be played and Sindhu expressed her excitement of playing in front of the home crowd. The matches in Chennai will be played between January 5 and 9, 2018.”I am very happy and thrilled at the prospect of playing in front of the Chennai crowd. It will be great to play at home,” she expressed.advertisementSindhu said that PBL was a great platform for shuttlers as the Indians get to play alongside and learn from some of the world’s best.”PBL is a wonderful platform. It is a place where lot of talent is showcased. Our team is talented and we have a world class mixed doubles pair (Chris and Gabrielle Adcock) and will give our best,” she said.English mixed doubles specialist Gabrielle Adcock said PBL is a wonderful league and it’s exciting to be part of the tournament, which brings together talent from across the globe.”PBL is a wonderful league. There is lot of talent from various countries, which comes together. It is exciting,” she said.She also expressed her happiness over the rise of Indian badminton on the world stage in the last two years.”I am happy to see India’s rise in the last two years. Badminton is a sport in India. I am happy to come here and play,” Gabrielle added.Chennai Smashers’ owner Vijaya Prabhakaran, son of Tamil film actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth, said he was glad that the city will host PBL matches after missing out in the previous two years.”We are thrilled that Chennai will be hosting PBL matches. We hope people will come out in good numbers and support us. Unfortunately in the last two years, due to natural calamities, the matches could not be held here. This time the team will play at home, which is exciting,” he said.He also spoke about plans to take badminton to grassroot level and said he was delighted to have players like Sindhu in the squad.last_img read more

Science Says: How Repeated Head Blows Affect the Brain

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. The suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of contact sports.As a new NFL season gets underway, here’s a look at what’s known — and what still needs to be learned — about the condition:WHAT’S NEW?The largest report to date on chronic traumatic encephalopathy included 202 brains from football players at the youth, college and professional level, all donated post-mortem to a Boston brain bank. CTE was detected in all but one of the 111 NFL players studied, 90 percent of the college players and 20 percent of the high school players. It was absent in two younger players’ brains.A previous report had described the disease in an 18-year-old football player, but finding additional cases at the high school level raises new questions about the game’s safety for young players.HOW COMMON IS CTE?The high occurrence of CTE in donated brains surprised researchers at Boston University and the VA Boston Healthcare System, whose brain bank is billed as the world’s largest focusing on traumatic brain injury and CTE.But whether CTE is truly common in sports or the general population isn’t known. Most brains studied for CTE have been donated by family members because of concerns about mental symptoms that might be related to the disease — they don’t come from a random population of people. Some experts think it isn’t common since many athletes get repeated head blows and never develop symptoms.WHAT CAUSES CTE?Repeated knocks to the head are the most likely cause of CTE. Scientists believe genes probably play a role and may explain why some people with repeated head blows never develop the disease. Lifestyle habits including diet, alcohol and drugs may also somehow contribute.HOW DO HEAD BLOWS AFFECT THE BRAIN?Though the brain is jello-like in texture and cushioned in cerebrospinal fluid, a powerful hit — from a hard tackle, a fist or bomb shock wave — can cause a concussion, forcing the brain to ricochet back and forth inside the skull. Besides bruising and swelling, researchers believe that force can cause the brain to elongate, stretching nerve cells and their axons — fiber-like parts that transmit messages between cells. With a mild blow, these cells may return to normal, but a forceful hit may cause them to die.Common symptoms after a concussion include dizziness, confusion, headaches, nausea and sometimes temporary loss of consciousness.CTE has been linked with repeated concussions and some scientists believe it may occur after repeated head blows that don’t cause any obvious symptoms. But they still don’t know how many head hits is too many.WHAT HAPPENS IN CTE?The disease involves progressive brain damage, particularly in the frontal region, which controls many functions including judgment, emotion, impulse control, social behavior and memory. A signature feature is abnormal deposits of tau protein that accumulate around small blood vessels in brain crevices. Tau occurs normally in brain cells, helping them maintain their shape and function.But researchers believe that multiple head blows may dislodge tau protein from the cell structure and cause it to form clumps inside nerve cells. These tau clumps can damage and ultimately kill nerve cells, and can spread as the disease progresses. At advanced stages, brain shrinkage may occur.Abnormal tau deposits in different shapes, patterns and locations have been implicated in other brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS.WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?Research suggests early stages of CTE may cause no obvious symptoms. Many players whose autopsies showed more advanced disease had experienced personality changes, aggressive behavior, paranoia, poor memory, attention problems, dementia and depression. Some died by suicide. Whether the tau changes associated with CTE cause those symptoms is unclear.IS IT JUST A FOOTBALL DISEASE?What’s now called CTE was once thought to mainly affect boxers; the earliest known reference in the medical literature was a 1928 report by a New Jersey pathologist who referred to a “punch-drunk” syndrome.The first published finding about CTE in a retired NFL player was a 2005 report on Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Mike Webster.CTE also has been found in other contact sports including soccer, baseball and ice hockey; in soldiers exposed to bomb blast waves; domestic violence victims; and in psychiatric patients who engaged in repeated head-banging.WHAT’S FOOTBALL’S RESPONSE?Thousands of former players are due to get damage awards from a $1 billion settlement stemming from lawsuits claiming the league hid what it knew about a link between concussions and CTE.Earlier this year the NFL hired a Vanderbilt University sports concussion expert, neurosurgeon Dr. Allen Sills, as its first full-time chief medical officer.Injury risks are part of football, but the league is trying to make the game safer, Sills said.New “no-go” criteria this season for when to keep injured players out of the game list confusion, amnesia and loss of consciousness after an on-field injury. Injured players will be evaluated in new portable sideline exam tents, for privacy and to reduce distractions for those with suspected concussions.There also will be a ban on “leaper” block attempts, where a defender leaping over the offense to block a kick is tackled midair.WHAT’S NEXT?Researchers are seeking to refine brain scan techniques to identify CTE tau deposits in living brains. They’re also looking for clues in blood or cerebrospinal fluid that would allow them to diagnose CTE before death. If such markers exist, they could be targets for drug treatment.Symptoms associated with CTE can sometimes be managed with drugs or other treatment, but there’s no cure and the only way to prevent it is to avoid head blows.Studies are underway to identify if specific genes make certain athletes more vulnerable to brain damage from head blows, and researchers hope to pin down how many head blows it takes to develop CTE.By LINDSEY TANNERTweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

Vedanta to work together with Niti for Odisha district

first_imgNew Delhi: Vedanta Ltd on Tuesday said it has collaborated with government think-tank Niti Aayog to help improve the quality of life of the people of Kalahandi district of Odisha. NITI Aayog and Vedanta will work together to assist the district by reviewing and co-creating strategic action plans to improve lives of local communities through interventions in health and nutrition, education, financial inclusion, skill development and basic infrastructure related aspects as defined in aspirational districts mandate under the overall development policies of the state government, the company said in a statement. “Vedanta Ltd signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) yesterday with NITI Aayog to help improve the quality of life of the citizens of Kalahandi district, Odisha, through their CSR fund as part of Aspirational Districts’ initiative,” the company said.last_img read more

Hiking onstreet parking rates and pedestrianising markets part of the plan

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed EPCA has suggested hiking surface parking rates and pedestrianising markets in a plan prepared for a pilot project to decongest roads in Lajpat Nagar, Krishna Nagar, and Kamla Nagar. Last week, the apex court had directed the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), civic bodies and the Delhi government to explore how radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used for effective parking management in the city and to submit the plan for the pilot project in two weeks. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said the plan was ready and it was discussed in detail at a meeting on Tuesday. “The meeting discussed the total number of vehicles and where can we accommodate them. Which areas will be pedestrianised? Where will be the surplus vehicles shifted?” he said. The markets will be pedestrianised. The emphasis will be on stack and multi-level parking systems, he said. “To promote multi-level parking, we have suggested increasing the rates of on-street parking. Multi-level parking will be cheaper,” the EPCA chairperson said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The EPCA is also exploring technological solutions like RFID tags and software applications to prevent unauthorised parking. We will see which technology is cost-effective and hassle-free and then take a final call,” Lal said. Additional Commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation Randhir Sahay said the SDMC will hold meetings with traffic police, resident welfare associations, and market associations starting Wednesday on how the plan will be implemented.last_img read more

Neil Young plans archival website of music career

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Neil Young recorded his 1976 acoustic album Hitchhiker in a single day, but until now fans could only dream of getting their hands on it. Young is putting the finishing touches on a massive archival website of his music. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press) Advertisement Twitter “The musical information found here is a work in progress, always growing and adapting to new information as we find it,” he wrote.While the musician didn’t say when the website would launch, he timed it with another big reveal — news that his 1976 acoustic album Hitchhiker would finally be made public on Sept. 8 after more than four decades in the vaults.Hitchhiker releaseRecorded at a Malibu studio in a single day, Hitchhiker is one of several elusive “lost albums” in Young’s repertoire, and the musician hinted that other unreleased albums will appear in his archive “once they are completed.”Hitchhiker features two never-released tracks, Hawaii and Give Me Strength, and early versions of songs like Pocahontas and Powderfinger, which later appeared on his 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps.The album’s title track arrived on streaming music services and in digital stores on Friday.New site will use Young’s streaming serviceYoung plans to launch the archival website using his new high-fidelity streaming music service Xstream, which he says gives listeners music at the highest quality their network allows.The musician has been an enthusiastic supporter of high-quality audio in an era which has favoured the convenience of muddy-sounding MP3s and low bit rate streaming audio files.center_img Login/Register With: Neil Young is putting the finishing touches on a massive archival website focused on his storied music career.The Toronto-born rocker teased fans on Friday with a message outlining plans for the Neil Young Archive, “a living document” that he says will provide an interactive timeline of his entire discography.‘Work in progress’Starting with his first single in 1963 and running through to his most recent recordings, Young says the website will cover “every single, recorded track or albums I have produced” along with a collection of “credits, memorabilia, films or videos, press and photographs.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Bouchra Hajij elected head of Volley Ball federation

first_imgSalé – Bouchra Hajij was elected president of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Volley Ball (FRMVB) during the elective general assembly held on Sunday at the royal institute of training for sports and youth executives.Hajij, the only one to stand as a candidate, was unanimously elected for a four-year mandate (2014-2018) in substitution for Mohamed Aziz Benchekroun who did not finish his mandate (2012-2013).Bouchra Hajij becomes the first women to lead the Moroccan Federation for Collective Sports.last_img

Lack of funding threatens relief efforts in Chad warns UN agency

25 May 2010The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that a lack of funding is threatening its emergency operations in Chad, where two million people are at risk of hunger. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that a lack of funding is threatening its emergency operations in Chad, where two million people are at risk of hunger. Drought and pest infestation has slashed food production in the country, with cereal production estimated to have dropped 34 per cent compared to 2008, according to FAO.The agency’s emergency operations expert, Fatouma Seid, said FAO has only been able to mobilize $2 million of the $11.8 million it requested last November for agricultural emergency operations in Chad as part of a UN inter-agency appeal. “It means FAO will only be distributing 360 of the 11,286 tons of seeds we had been planning to issue to farmers for their next harvest,” she said. “We’d aimed to distribute 6,000 tons of animal feed too, but can only manage 413 tons.” FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System on food and agriculture said last week that the food situation is deeply worrying in parts of the Sahel where more than 10 million people are at risk of hunger. A death rate of about 31 per cent for cattle was reported last year in western and central areas of Chad while significant livestock deaths were occurring in some parts of Mali. The situation is particularly serious in neighbouring Niger, where some 2.7 million people will need food aid this year while an additional 5.1 million people in the country were considered at risk of food insecurity. FAO has raised about $14.5 million for Niger, where emergency relief operations include Government sales of subsidized cereals, comprehensive feeding by UNICEF and WFP, and the distribution of animal feed, seeds and fertilizer by FAO. “Donors are afraid of a repetition of the 2005 food crisis in Niger, when many people starved to death,” Ms. Seid stated. “In comparison, there’s less awareness of what’s happening in Chad, although the situation there is just as critical.” UN relief chief John Holmes is today wrapping up his assessment of the current challenges in Chad, including food security and malnutrition. He visited three nutritional centres in western Chad and interviewed mothers and children on their living conditions and causes of malnutrition. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that 102,000 severely malnourished children in Chad will need life-saving treatment this year. Malnutrition is the underlying cause for half of the deaths among children under five in the country. In January, the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $3.8 for rapid response to the food and nutrition crisis. The humanitarian appeal for Chad is expected to be revised in June and indicate the overall requirement for the response to the crisis. Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, next heads to neighbouring Sudan to get a first-hand look at the humanitarian situation there, especially in the strife-torn region of Darfur. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some $3.7 billion – or 36 per cent of the overall requirement of $10 billion – has been contributed in response to the 20 consolidated appeals launched for 2010. These resources meant the humanitarian system could respond to new emergencies – notably in Haiti which amounted to one-third of all appeal funding to date this year – and to continue meeting urgent needs in protracted crises, OCHA’s Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva. While grateful for the continued generosity of donors, especially in light of the impact of the global financial crisis on governments’ humanitarian budgets, she stressed the importance of additional contributions given the significant funding shortfalls for a number of appeals. Of the 20 appeals, 14 are currently funded below 40 per cent of requirements, with some barely reaching 20 per cent – such as those for Yemen, the occupied Palestinian territory, Guatemala and several West Africa appeals. read more

Kenya UN agency voices alarm over refugee camp safety following deadly clashes

At a press briefing in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, told reporters that a series of “sporadic disturbances” at Kakuma had already claimed the lives of eight refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan over the past week. According to the agency, the violence began last Tuesday when reports of the attempted rape of a refugee child sparked fighting among rival groups of South Sudanese youths, leading to the death of one person. The situation further degenerated over the weekend when youths went on a rampage after another child was hit by a motorcycle taxi. The driver, a Burundian refugee, was set upon by the crowd and sustained machete wounds to the head and arms. Mr. Edwards noted that fear of the violence spread throughout the camp, prompting many refugees to move their families to nearby police posts until security personnel could calm the situation and conduct a thorough weapons search. However, he added, the situation deteriorated once again yesterday morning when four more refugees were killed. “Together with the Kenyan authorities, we are continuing to work with the refugees to restore calm, and appealing for calm and peaceful coexistence among all communities in the camp,” Mr. Edwards continued. Kakuma has been described as a “melting pot” as it provides shelter for 180,000 refugees from more than 20 countries. At the same time, UNHCR warns that it is perilously overcrowded and additional land for expanding the camp is “urgently needed.” read more

Theres A 10 Percent Chance Of A ThreeWay MLB WildCard Tie

After all three teams lost Wednesday, the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants remain locked in a three-way tie for the National League’s two wild-card slots. Our prediction model, which is based on a simulation that uses each team’s Elo rating, gives New York a 75 percent chance of grabbing at least one of those two slots, with St. Louis at 62 percent and San Francisco at 59 percent.1There’s also a slim chance — 4 percent — that either the Pirates or the Marlins sneaks into a wild card. But what are the odds all three end up tied after the final game of the regular season, thereby triggering a crazy three-game sprint to the Division Series?Elo assigns a 3 percent chance that the Cardinals, Mets and Giants have the same record on Oct. 2. However, it also projects that there’s a 0.5 percent chance a three-way tie could include the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies or even the Dodgers, if San Francisco somehow chases them down for the NL West title. Add it all up, and there’s about a 3.5 percent chance of a three-way tie in the NL.What might surprise you is that, although the NL has three teams tied right now, the odds of a three-way tie in the AL are almost double those of a tie in the NL. The AL’s possibilities are more varied; most include some combination of Toronto, Baltimore, Houston and Detroit, with other, more exotic combos that also involve the Mariners, the Yankees and even division leaders such as the Red Sox and Indians (if they botch the season’s final week and a half). No single AL trio is more likely than the NL’s Cardinals/Mets/Giants combo — the AL’s most likely is Baltimore/Houston/Toronto with a 1.1 percent chance of occurring — but because there are more viable contenders, the sum of all the various permutations comes out to a 6.2 percent probability of some three-team tie happening.In any event, today’s odds of 3.5 percent in the NL and 6.2 percent in the AL imply a 9.6 percent chance that we’ll see a three-way tie somewhere.2Multiplying 96.5 percent by 93.8 percent — the respective chance of each league not having a three-way tie — and subtracting the result from 100 percent yields 9.6 percent. There’s also a 0.2 percent chance that both leagues will have three-way ties. If we do, MLB’s tiebreaking rules are going to be a treat for those who love geeking out over strategies and hypotheticals.Say Mets/Cardinals/Giants does happen in the NL. In that case, the Cardinals would have top priority among the three (because of their superior intradivision record over the Mets and head-to-head-record over the Giants) and host a game for one of the wild-card slots. But the fun really begins in determining their opponent. The Mets have the next-highest priority, and they could choose to play on the road against St. Louis and, if they lose, play on the road again versus San Francisco in the next tiebreaker. Or they could let the Giants travel to St. Louis for the first tiebreaker game, then face the loser in a do-or-die contest at home.As Jayson Stark wrote Thursday morning, no team has chosen to slice its tiebreaker chances in half by taking the single-home-game option instead of having two cracks at it on the road, if necessary.3New York wouldn’t need the second try if it won the first tiebreaker against St. Louis. The Mets’ injury-riddled staff is in such shambles, however, that the team might ponder it. Elo would give New York a 73 percent chance of winning at least one of two road games against the Cardinals and Giants with top two starters Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz4Assuming Matz is available after an injury knocked him out in late August. This calculation also is based on the assumption that the Cardinals and Giants trot out a starter as good as the average of their respective rotations for these tiebreaker games. on the mound — if it can manage to set its rotation enough for that 1-2 punch — compared with only a 55 percent chance with Syndergaard starting one game at home. But burning through two starters could leave the Mets with a subpar starter on the hill — and as low as a 45 percent chance of winning the wildcard game.5Assuming the Mets use their worst starter, Robert Gsellman, against St. Louis or San Francisco. Compelling, but probably not enough to justify giving up the 18 percentage point difference between having two tiebreaker chances6Again, if necessary. and just one.Of course, that’s all assuming the 3.5 percent chance of a three-way tie even becomes a reality. A two-way tie is far more in the realm of possibility — 30 percent likely in the AL, and 22 percent in the NL — but right now it’s only about 50-507Based on a 36 percent chance of some tiebreaker in the AL and 25.3 percent chance in the NL, there’s a 47.8 percent chance that neither league produces a tie to be broken with an extra game and a 7.9 percent chance that things get really wild and both teams need at least one extra game (using the same kind of calculation we used for the chance that neither league has a tie.) that we’ll see any tiebreaker at all, despite how the standings look currently. Still, that’s a lot higher than the 1.4 percent chance of one before the season. read more

PSImining – The Digital Mine at AIMEX

first_imgPSI presents PSImining the first time to a professional audience at AIMEX in Sydney, September 6-9 on stand 4307-02. PSImining is the first factory-level SCADA system that integrates all mining processes and security features into one fully integrated system which provides interdisciplinary supervision, control and high-level-automation to mine operators. PSI Production will install a sample CCC (Central Control Centre) at the AIMEX exhibition revealing the world’s first system which can be considered as the ‘Digital Mine’: All important mine operation processes and sub-processes will be integrated into one central factory-level SCADA with a high performance human/machine interface. Live demonstrations of daily situations will show the integrated supervision, control and automation of coal mining, tunnelling, product-flow optimisation (conveyors), mine-infrastructure, material logistics, security, people-tracking, maintenance, etc. managed by one single SCADA system. PSImining offers with such integration unimagined possibilities for high-level improvement and automation of processes in the mine combined with a considerable increase of worker safety. Due to precise and flexible reaction of unforeseen events as well as dynamic scheduling of workforce for operation and maintenance, PSImining contributes to improving the efficiency of the existing equipment and thus increasing the output of mines reaching double-digit percentages.PSI AG develops and integrates complete solutions, on the basis of its own software products, for the management of energy networks (electricity, gas, oil, heat, water), cross company production management (metals, automotive, mechanical and plant engineering, mining, logistics) and infrastructure management for transport and safety.last_img read more

ASOBAL First round Convincing wins for Barca and Ciudad

← Previous Story Jerome Fernandez in THW Kiel! Next Story → Poland: Kielce, Kwidzyn and Wisla at the top! First round of ASOBAL didn’t give us opportunity to write about some unpredictable results.  F.C Barcelona and Renovalia Ciudad Real deserved a points without pressure against average rivals. Barcelona was better against Torrevieja 34:”5 and team of Talant Duyshebaev celebrated win over Antequera 34:24, without Jerome Fernandez who moved to THW Kiel. Second part of “Big Four”, Ademar Leon and BM Valladolid also took easy points.Granollers : Aragon 32:32 (15:16)Barcelona : Torrevieja 34:25 (15:16)Ademar Leon : Naturhouse La Rioja 30:21 (14:12)Puerto Sagunto : Toledo 31:24 (16:12)Cuenca 2016 : Quabit Guadalajara 31:31 (19:14)Alcobendas : Arrate 27:26 (13:13)Valladolid : Amaya Sport 39:25 (20:12)Ciudad Real : Antequera 34:24 (15:14) ASOBAL League read more

Four arrested in connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman drugs report

first_imgFOUR PEOPLE HAVE been arrested in connection with drugs found at the home of film star Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death of an apparent heroin overdose, the New York Daily News reports, citing unidentified police sources.The arrests came during a raid on a building in the Chinatown district of Manhattan after police traced the heroin believed to have killed the Oscar-winning actor there, the newspaper reported.A New York City Police Department spokesman told Reuters that officers found narcotics at the building in Chinatown and four people were arrested. He declined to confirm that the arrests were related to Hoffman’s death.A second police spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday evening that heroin found in Hoffman’s apartment following his death was not cut or mixed with fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic believed by health authorities to be responsible for scores of overdose deaths in recent months.“There was no fentanyl found in the drugs,” the spokesman said.The 46-year-old actor was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his Manhattan apartment on Sunday by emergency services responding to an emergency 911 call.Police found Hoffman with a syringe in his arm and recovered plastic bags containing a substance believed to be heroin. Law enforcement sources have told Reuters that he died of an apparent drug overdose.Preliminary results of an autopsy were expected to be released on Wednesday.Hoffman, who is survived by his partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, had detailed his struggles with substance abuse in the past.The actor, who earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of Truman Capote in the 2006 drama “Capote” and was considered one of the most gifted film stars of his generation, had sought treatment last year after more than 20 years of sobriety.A representative for Hoffman said the actor, who also appeared in such blockbusters as Twister and The Hunger Games, would be buried in a private memorial service, with a memorial planned for later this month.Copyright 2014 Thomson Reuters/ Click for Restrictions.Read: 900 kilos of cocaine, €70k and luxury watches found in floating backpacks in the sealast_img read more

MCU News Missing Hawkeye The Truth about Captain Marvel and More

first_imgDon’t worry bro @renner4real we got you #hawkeye #infinitywar @Avengers @MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/pU40cRIYbY— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 17, 2018OK, that’s better. It’s only fair that Hawkeye gets something like this after being snubbed by the real poster. But what if it had the other Avengers on it and was much more hastily photoshopped?Via Reddit/ProbastyWe’re definitely getting somewhere, but we need more emotion. A good movie poster needs to evoke an instant emotional connection with the film. Still no love for Hawkeye. [ by: ThaiPosterFanMade]#Avengers #InfinityWar pic.twitter.com/MiE4qpF6j6— Popcornography (@PopCorn_Media) March 17, 2018Yeah, that’s the stuff. Powerful. Avengers: Infinite Bro-Hugs is going to kill at the box office. We might just have it there, but another fan went in a different direction. What if Hawkeye didn’t need to be added to the poster? What if he was already there? We’ve just been looking in the wrong place. Stay on target James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News It’s a busy time for Marvel fans. Many of us were already deep into our MCU rewatch before Avengers: Infinity War when the new trailer dropped on Friday. (I’m halfway through Phase Two!) Now, an entire weekend has gone by, and we’ve all had plenty of time to pour over every detail in that trailer. We all think we have an idea of the meaning behind each shot. If you’re right there with us, chances are you’ve noticed a few Avengers missing from the movie’s promotional materials. For instance, take a look at the poster.Avengers: Infinity War poster (Photo via Marvel)It’s a pretty sweet poster. All the major heroes from every movie so far in some kind of fighting stance, and standing under the looming figure of Thanos. But… someone’s missing. Someone who’s been around since the first Thor. Someone with a bow. Yes, this poster has a concerning lack of Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner is nowhere to be seen in any of the trailers, nor on this poster. His name isn’t even in that block of credits on the bottom. That’s a real rough way to treat one of the original five Avengers. Sure, he hasn’t had his own movie, and unlike Black Widow, nobody’s really clamoring for one, but still! He deserves more than this.Fans of the movie have picked up on Marvel’s egregious mistake, and are doing everything they can to fix it. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. for those who cant find hawkeye in #InfinityWar poster, here you go pic.twitter.com/EYzkfGWKnt— acapbob (@m0hdashraff) March 17, 2018There he is! Now, don’t you ever leave us like that again, OK Legolas? You almost gave Tony an Arc Reactor attack.Ant-Man (Photo via Marvel/Disney)Hawkeye isn’t the only superhero missing from the trailers, though. The trailers prominently feature one of Marvel’s lovable rogues, but the other is nowhere to be found. Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man has yet to make an appearance in any Infinity War trailer. Some think that’s because his role in the film may have… shrunk. There are a ton of superheroes in this movie, and not all of them are going to get equal screen time. That may mean that Scott Lang doesn’t get to see a whole lot of action in this one. But even if that is the case, don’t worry. Not only is he getting a whole movie in July, Fansided reports he may have a bigger role in the next Avengers.“We knew that because we had two films, Avengers 3 and 4, that in one movie we could push people to the forefront but then we could pull back in the second film and push other characters to the forefront who had less screen time in the first movie,” co-director Joe Russo said. This movie is the last big hurrah for the Avengers as we know them. For some actors, it may be their last Marvel movie altogether. It’s only natural they should get slightly more focus than the characters who still have a solo film or two in the pipeline. If Ant-Man makes a small (hehe) appearance in Infinity War, it only means he’ll be much more important in Avengers 4.Then there’s the somehow still ongoing question of Captain Marvel. Last week, we thought we heard pretty definitively that she wasn’t going to be in Avengers: Infinity War. That she filmed some scenes, but they were cut. That she would first get a full introduction in 2019’s Captain Marvel, before joining the fray in Avengers 4. Well, that might not have been entirely true. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Joe Russo finally, we hope, answered the question once and for all.“We have some great female characters in this, Captain Marvel is in it, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch… umm… we have Wakanda coming in – there’s a whole group of characters coming from the Black Panther universe,” he said. There it is. He said it; Captain Marvel is in this movie. And just so there are no more questions, he added: “We’re really, really proud of being able to introduce Captain Marvel in this one.” In this one. Not in Avengers 4, not in Captain Marvel, in this upcoming movie. It’s confirmed from the director’s mouth himself; we’re going to see Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in Avengers: Infinity War. Now, let’s hope that puts the back-and-forth to bed for good.Avengers (Photo via Marvel Studios)One thing the interviewer hit on that really is incredible when you think about it is the sheer amount of superheroes in this movie. It’s even more impressive when you realize they all come from very different movies with wildly varying tones. A Guardians of the Galaxy movie is very different from an Iron Man movie, which is very different from a Thor or Captain America and so on. How do they put all that together and still end up with a coherent movie? A lot of collaboration.According to Comic Book, the directors of past Marvel Cinematic Universe had some input into how certain characters were handled, and what kind of tone their scenes would take. The Russo Brothers sought input from James Gunn for scenes featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy, Taika Waititi for Thor, Ryan Coogler for Black Panther, and Peyton Reed for Ant-Man. That sounds really smart. You don’t want these characters to seem like completely different people just because new directors are at the helm. The Cinematic Universe thing only works if you feel like you’re watching the same characters all the way through. I can’t think of a better way to accomplish that than to seek out the directors who’ve spent the most time on each individual hero.“I would say collectively, everyone in the Marvel Universe has been involved in this movie. We’re very close with all the directors. We love them all. We have a lot of conversations with people constantly. We had a lot of talking with Taika, because that movie [wasn’t] finished, and he had to execute things on set that we needed real information about tonally, about the direction it was going in,” Joe Russo said. “As far as how we’re working, we’re working in a real collaborate, united artists approach to the movie, in respect to hearing where people are taking their characters.”He said the director they talked the most with was Black Panther’s, Ryan Coogler. Because they were shooting at the same time, and Black Panther came out only a few months before Infinity War. “There was a lot of cross-collaboration there,” Russo said.last_img read more

Junior Firpo reveals Real Madrid connection

first_imgReal Betis defender Junior Firpo revealed his father is a Real Madrid fan and they always used to watch the games together, amid reports of a potential moveThe Spain U-21 international’s impressive displays at Betis have caused reports to emerge of a potential transfer to Real.It’s understood that Los Blancos are willing to pay for Firpo’s €50m buy-out clause to sign him from Betis as a long-term successor to Marcelo.“I’m closer to Real Madrid as my father is a Madridista,” Junior told Spanish TV channel Cuatro, via Football-Espana.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We watched them on TV when we first arrived in Spain and for that reason I’ve always felt stronger about them.”Firpo is contracted at Betis until June 2023 and has scored three goals in 15 La Liga appearances.Premier League champions Manchester City along with Arsenal have also been linked with moves for the 22-year-old.last_img read more

Maurice Bakley Tapped As FierceMarkets President

first_imgThe leadership change has been in the works since at least early November, giving both Griffey and Bakley ample time to prepare for the transition. “We are also looking at our Lifesciences group, which was our fastest growing group this year,” he says. “We’ve added in a new editor for MedicalDevices and we’re going daily with that publication, really looking to build out a new market segment for Fierce in the medical devices area. I’m seeing a lot of expansion and adjacencies that are big potentials for us moving forward. I also think because of our strength in email and digital media, we’ve got an opportunity to translate that into the real world, if you will.”Bakley says that FierceMarkets will look at new opportunities to expand face-to-face events, particularly in things like life sciences and healthcare.“It’s been a whirlwind,” says Bakley. “We’ve had to step back and ask ‘What do we need for the future?’” FierceMarkets, a division of Questex Media Group, has tapped a new president to lead the company—current COO Maurice Bakley will step into this new role beginning January 3. Current president Sean Griffey will leave the company to start a new B-To-B media company of his own, Industry Dive.“I’m really excited for FierceMarkets and Maurice, who has been a key part of the company for the last 5 plus years,” says Griffey. “FierceMarkets itself has had a great growth story and is primed to do more. It will be a great time for me and for them.”While Griffey wouldn’t disclose many details about his new company, the Web site for Industry Dive positions itself as a news dashboard for the construction, marketing, legal, K12 educational, utility and retail industries.“Industry Dive makes it easy to stay connected,” its Web site says. “News, Social, Jobs, and the Market—we provide dashboards for where and when you need it. Everyone’s got a smartphone, but not everyone uses it as a business weapon.” Additionally, FierceMarkets plans to raise the frequencies on a few publications, including FierceHealthIT and FierceHealthPayer. “In terms of Fierce, we’re coming off an awesome year here,” says Bakley. “We’ve had a new launch into a new vertical, being energy, and it has been successful and we’ve hired some great new talent.”The new president says the company hired an editor-in-chief for its healthcare group, a reflection of the need for senior leadership as the division has continued to grow. The group has also added a new vice president of audience development, Sabrina Ican, who Bakley says is an expert in leadgeneration and online marketing.last_img read more