Rafael Nadal pulls out of Brisbane International at the last minute

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first_imgTop-ranked Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International due to his “late start of preparation” for the new season.Brisbane International tournament director Cameron Pearson said Thursday that he had received word of Nadal’s withdrawal earlier in the day.The joint ATP and WTA tournament begins Sunday at Pat Rafter Arena.The 31-year-old Spaniard has not played since he withdrew from the season-ending World Tour Finals in London in November with a knee injury. He had already withdrawn from an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi that starts later on Thursday.”I am sorry to announce I won’t be coming to Brisbane this year,” Nadal said on his Twitter account.”My intention was to play but I am still not ready after last year’s long season and the late start of my preparation.”Nadal, who also cancelled a training block last week, returned from injury last year to reach the final of the Australian Open and win the titles at the French and U.S. Opens.He played in Brisbane last year as part of his preparations for Melbourne Park and made the quarter-finals before losing to Canada’s Milos Raonic.”I had a great time there (in 2017) and it was a great start to the month I spent in Australia,” Nadal added.”I will be seeing my Aussie fans when I land on the 4th in Melbourne and start there my preparation for the Australian Open.”The Australian Open runs from January 15-28.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

Sports Ministry rejects nominations of Dutee Chand for Arjuna Award and Harbhajan Singh for Khel Ratna

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first_imgIndian sprinter Dutee Chand’s nomination for Arjuna award and cricketer Harbhajan Singh’s nomination for Khel Ratna award were rejected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.”The state governments filed the nominations after the deadline and that is why their names were rejected. Especially in Chand’s case, apart from missing deadline, her medals were also not in order of ranking. Ministry has asked Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to give the order of ranking for given nominations and she stands at fifth. So her nomination was rejected,” a source in the Sports Authority of India (SAI) told ANI.While speaking to ANI, Chand said that she met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and asked him to resend her file to the Sports Ministry for consideration.Sprinter Dutee Chand on Arjuna Award: I showed him my medals & requested him to send my name once again, after consulting with the Sports Minister. He told me that he will send the file and talk to him about me. He told me to focus on training and competition. https://t.co/M601896bCdANI (@ANI) July 27, 2019″I met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and showed him the gold medal that I won in the World University Games in Napoli and requested him to resend my file. He assured me that he will send my nomination again for Arjuna Award and said you do not worry and prepare for the upcoming competitions,” Chand told ANI.”As of now Arjuna Award is not missed as the final result is yet to come officially. I got to know that my nomination was filed late that might be because of the elections (general and state assembly) and cyclone Fani,” she added.advertisementShe won the 100m gold medal in the World University Games in Napoli. Chand clinched the gold medal in just 11.32 seconds.She also holds the 100m national record with 11.24 seconds.”My performance is consistent from 2013. I bagged two medals in Jakarta and now I won the gold medal in the World University Games and I hope that I win more medals for my country in the future,” Chand concluded.Also Read | Girl, uninterrupted | India Today InsightAlso Read | Ashish Kumar clinches gold as India pick up 8 medals at Thailand Open BoxingAlso Read | IOA chief Narinder Batra reveals boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games is an optionlast_img read more

Helengi Engineering Unveils LNG Bunker Vessel Design

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first_imgzoom Greek company Helengi Engineering has debuted its LNG bunker feeder vessel Amaltheia at the exhibition Posidonia 2016 being held in Athens, at the same time when Greece is said to be entering the ‘LNG era in the Med and Aegean’.The vessel is designed and engineered by the company in collaboration with NAP Engineering.According to Helengi Engineering, “it is the first time that Greek companies undertake such a demanding and complex design on this special type of vessel.”The purpose of the vessel is to provide bunkering LNG services to the Port of Piraeus as well as to feed with LNG fuel other ports such as Patras and Heraklion, according to the company.Amaltheia has a capacity of 1,400 cubic meters of LNG, however, the vessel can accommodate up to 2,000 cubic meters depending on requirements.Following Amaltheia, the company said more LNG vessels of various capacities are to be built.LNG is being promoted at the event as the alternative fuel of the future. In this context, the PoseidonMed LNG bunkering project was presented on June 8.PoseidonMed is the initiative from EU countries in the Eastern Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea led by QEnergy Europe and organized by experts in marine energy, gas and finance sectors.The project’s ultimate objective is to prepare in detail a global solution of infrastructure development in the Mediterranean area so that LNG can be embraced as the marine fuel of the future.“The project is addressing the commercial, financing, regulatory and technical drivers to see the first LNG-fueled in operation in the Eastern Mediterranean,” as explained by conference chairman Nick Brown, Lloyd’s Register’s Marine COO.Project partners outlined at the conference the latest developments including upgraded storage capacity work underway at the Revithoussa LNG Terminal just outside of the Port of Piraeus, where a third tank is under construction to meet anticipated demand.last_img read more

Ferus Smit Launches Symphony Provider

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first_imgzoom Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit launched Symphony Provider, the second in a series of two EXOBOX DP2 vessels built for compatriot company Symphony Shipping, at its shipyard in Leer, Germany, on March 9. The 10,500 dwt Symphony Provider, which has a length of 125 meters and a width of 18 meters, is scheduled for delivery in April 2017, according to VesselsValue’s data.The long range supply vessel is equipped with a Dynamic Positioning (DP2) system which keeps the ship within specified positions and heading limits.In addition, the 7,200 gross ton ship has a large loading floor area for project cargoes, including movable tweendeck.Symphony Provider’s deckhouse is placed on foreship for better protection of deck cargo and enabling it to load oversized items over the stern.The ship features the Ferus Smit ECO bulbless Canoe type bow, designed to reduce fuel costs and better sustained speed in harsh weather and sea state conditions.The first vessel, Symphony Performer, was launched in October 2016 and delivered to its owner two months later.last_img read more

Apeejay Shipping Bolsters Fleet

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first_imgzoom Apeejay Shipping Limited, an Apeejay Surrendra Group company, has acquired a 76,602 dwt gearless Panamax, which has been renamed APJ Kabir Anand.The latest purchase is the third gearless Panamax vessel to be added to the company’s fleet since September 2017.“This is a good time to own quality assets,” Karan Paul, Chairman of Apeejay Shipping, said.As explained, the freight market is forecast to be favorable for the industry in the coming years, due to a general increase in demand as a result of growth in the world economy and a drop in the supply.According to Paul, 2018 and 2019 are expected to be strong years for dry-bulk shipping.“We are well poised to take immediate advantage of the positive trend in the dry-bulk market with a judicious addition to the fleet with second-hand tonnage at good prices. We are keeping our focus on expansion and growth and are on the lookout to purchase right vessels at the right time,” he added.The Panamax increases the company’s fleet capacity to 9 ships.last_img read more

ASPCA To Host 20th Anniversary Bergh Ball

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first_imgThe ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced it will honor longtime Board Member and supporter Linda Lloyd Lambert at the annual ASPCA Bergh Ball on April 20, 2017 at The Plaza Hotel (770 Fifth Ave.).Acclaimed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and Samantha Ronson will DJ throughout the evening.At the black-tie gala – which will celebrate its 20th anniversary – Lambert will receive the ASPCA Henry Bergh Award. Named after the ASPCA’s founder, the Henry Bergh Award honors individuals who exemplify outstanding and unwavering dedication to animals in need, in the spirit of Bergh himself.“Linda Lambert is one of the strongest and most committed voices for animals in need. Her contributions have saved countless lives, and also created a standard of compassion and dedication that has inspired many others to support this work,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker. “Linda conceived the Bergh Ball two decades ago, so it’s only fitting we choose this 20th anniversary event to honor her lifelong devotion to helping at-risk animals. She has always been their champion, and the animals deserve nothing less.”The Bergh Ball is a cornerstone of the ASPCA’s fundraising efforts to directly impact the lives of homeless, abused and vulnerable animals across the country. Sotheby’s senior auctioneer C. Hugh Hildesly will host the live auction portion of the evening, which will feature several high-end items and experiences.Sponsored by Tuxedo Hudson Company and featuring décor design by David Beahm Experiences in collaboration with décor chair Robin Bell, the Bergh Ball’s event theme is “Shine a Light.” Event Chairs for this year’s Bergh Ball include: Laura Zambelli Barket, Arriana and Dixon Boardman, Mindy and Thomas Fortin, Linda and Benjamin V. Lambert, Amy Lau, Paige Nelson and Rob Wiesenthal, Jeffrey A. Pfeifle, Laura and Frederick Tanne, Kim White and Kurt Wolfgruber. Associate Chairs include Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon, Jessica Hart, Lake Bell, Amanda K. Ruisi, Allie Rizzo and Scott Sartiano, Christian Siriano and Brad Walsh, Jessie Schuster, Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Simonds.The evening’s celebration will also take place at the ASPCA After Dark party, a cocktail event featuring music by The Misshapes and a silent auction for young professional supporters of the ASPCA. The highly anticipated party – taking place alongside the Bergh Ball – will allow guests attending the Bergh Ball to join After Dark following the event. Formerly known as Young Friends, the event has been attended by notable figures including Irina Shayk, Josh Lucas, Katie Lee Joel, Brooklyn Decker, Lake Bell, Georgina Bloomberg, Dylan Lauren, Lo Bosworth and Maria Menounos. The After Dark event is supported by Bandier, and décor will be provided by David Beahm Experiences.For 150 years, the ASPCA has made groundbreaking strides to protect the lives of vulnerable animals across the country. Through adoptions, animal health services, community outreach, field investigations, and legislative work, the ASPCA has helped countless animals live safer, healthier and happier lives.For more information about the 2017 Bergh Ball or After Dark, visit www.aspca.org/BerghBall or www.aspca.org/AfterDark. You can join the conversation on social media by tagging @ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and by using #BerghBall and #ASPCAAfterDark.last_img read more

Morocco proposes highlevel UN dialogue on African investment

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Africa, with its population and resources, could experience steady economic growth, Abbas El Fassi told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.“This potential notwithstanding, Africa remains largely on the sidelines when it comes to foreign direct investment [FDI] flows, a trend which has been compounded further by the global economic and financial crisis,” he added.According to a recent report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), FDI flows to Africa fell by nearly 19 per cent to $59 billion in 2009, mainly due to a contraction in global demand for the continent’s exports.Mr. El Fassi said today that “the magnitude of the challenges posed by globalization requires urgent, substantial reforms of the current global economic governance set-up as well as further mobilization to lay the foundations of a new, equitable, balanced and efficient environmental order that will enable us to safeguard our planet for the sake of current and future generations.”The official’s address also touched on human rights, Western Sahara and the situation in the Middle East. 27 September 2010To maximize Africa’s potential, the Prime Minister of Morocco today called for a high-level General Assembly dialogue on spurring investment in the continent, which is home to more than 900 million people and abounds in natural resources. read more

Sri Lanka denies reports economy at risk of exchange rate crisis

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According to these media sites, Nomura’s analysis lists Sri Lanka as the country that is most vulnerable to an exchange rate crisis. The article quotes Nomura analysts as saying Sri Lanka had the worst outlook, and “with high short term external debt (US$ 160 billion), [Sri Lanka]’s refinancing needs are large.” CBSL says given the fact that Sri Lanka’s short term external debt is nowhere near the US$ 160 billion figure that Nomura analysts have quoted, it appears that Nomura Holdings have made a serious computational error with regard to Sri Lanka’s external vulnerability.As such an erroneous report could to trigger an unwarranted panic amongst investors, particularly in the context of current volatile global market conditions, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has already written to Nomura Holdings, and requested them to correct this error without any delay. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has denied reports its economy is at a risk of an exchange rate crisis.The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) said in a statement that several international media sites have quoted a new analysis by Nomura Holdings Inc., which shows that seven emerging economies are at risk of an exchange rate crisis. read more

UN independent experts condemn destruction of Sufi religious sites in Libya

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Three United Nations independent experts today strongly condemned the destruction of Sufi religious and historic sites in various parts of Libya, as well as the intimidation and excessive use of force against unarmed protesters opposing the destruction. “The attacks on Sufi religious sites require a swift and rigorous response by the authorities, without which they are likely to continue and spread,” according to a joint statement from the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt; the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed; and the UN Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák. “These events amount to the violation of numerous human rights provisions,” they added. They also urged the Libyan authorities to take all necessary measures to protect places of cultural and religious significance that may also be threatened, and expressed concern at reports that the Libyans authorities did not seek to stop the destruction. Libya has been undergoing a democratic transition over the past year. In July, it held its first free elections in decades, in the wake of the toppling of the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi. The former leader ruled the North African country for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising last year – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime. According to the experts, the destruction of Libyan Sufi sites started in October 2011 in the capital, Tripoli, and continued in other parts of Libya this year. In August, several sites were destroyed, including one of Libya’s most important Sufi shrines, Sidi Abdul- Salam al-Asmar al-Fituri in Zliten, and the Al-Sha’ab Mosque in central Tripoli. Tombs were desecrated and libraries were also targeted. According to media reports, ultra-conservative Islamists were responsible for the damage, reportedly with the acquiescence of members of the security forces. The sites are revered by Sufis, a branch of Islam known for its moderation but considered heretical by some branches of the Islamic faith. “Attacks on places of worship and the desecration of cemeteries violate not only the rights of individual believers, but also send an intimidating signal to various communities attached to the places in question,” said Mr. Bielefeldt. “The long term prospects for freedom of religion or belief and religious diversity in the entire country seem to be at stake.” “These deliberate acts of destruction are attacks on people’s identities, beliefs, their history and their dignity and cannot be tolerated,” added Ms. Shaheed. “Behind these attacks is a desire to eradicate all cultural diversity which reflects our shared humanity.” On the issue of minority rights, Ms. Izsák expressed her alarm over “the wanton and widespread destruction of important minority religious sites that has taken place before the eyes of the authorities and with no steps to prevent it.” She also raised concern over the security of minority Sufis in Libya, noting that the destruction “should be an early warning resulting in immediate protection measures for Sufis, and their places of worship, who are evidently at risk of attack.” Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – the UN agency tasked with safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage today – has previously spoken out on the destruction of the sites, with its Director-General, Irina Bokova, calling for a halt to such activities. read more

Nissan launches Clay Modelling Apprenticeship

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Business Secretary visits Nissan Design Europe to help launch innovative new apprenticeship.Nissan scheme addresses national shortage in clay modellers who play a vital role in the car industry.Programme will mean new jobs, more highly skilled workers while further securing the future of British car design.The Business Secretary, Dr Vince Cable MP this week helped Nissan launch an innovative apprenticeship scheme, in partnership with West Thames College, which will recruit and train the people who will literally shape the future of car design.The new Clay Modelling Apprenticeship was launched by Dr Cable on a visit to Nissan’s European design centre in London. He joined Andy Palmer, Nissan Executive Vice President, in launching the apprenticeship which is designed to address a national shortage in skilled sculptors. It is these sculptures which give form to the vision of car designers.The apprenticeship is a result of true collaboration with West Thames College, the National Apprenticeship Service, Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA), the Skills Funding Agency, Creative Skills and Edexcel.On the visit, Dr Cable learned first-hand how a national shortage of skilled clay modellers has threatened to undermine the continuing success of Britain’s thriving car design sector. But he also heard how the innovative Clay Modelling Apprenticeship intends to tackle the issue head on.Dr Cable also met the first three apprentices, Joanna Bond, Robert Bennett and Sanny Kumar, who were selected from more than 900 applicants after undergoing a rigorous boot-camp style recruitment process and are now training in the engineering workshops at West Thames College, preparing for what promises to be a rewarding career at the cutting edge of new car development.Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of Nissan said, “Clay modelling is an integral part of the design process and vital in helping the design team visualise ideas. It’s one thing seeing a design on paper or on a computer screen but the ability to view a model in clay gives designers a real feel for scale and proportion and allows them to fine-tune their visions and realise the stunning cars we see in the metal.“In recent years though, the industry has seen a shortage of clay modellers because it’s a skill and career opportunity many young people simply haven’t been made aware of and there have been very limited training opportunities.“This shortage has forced us, and other manufacturers with design operations in the UK, to rely on freelance modellers. This exciting new apprenticeship will lead the way in changing this situation, bringing the skill of clay modelling in-house, developing future generations of talent and further cementing the UK’s position at the centre of global car design.”Marjorie Semple, Principal of West Thames College said, “We are really excited to be working in partnership with Nissan on this amazing project. This fills a gap in the industry and opens up fantastic opportunities for young people who want to pursue a career in this sector.”Apprentice Joanna Bond said, “Clay modelling is a very specialist role and not a job you can just walk into. This Apprenticeship is giving me the opportunity to get my qualifications and go straight into work. It’s giving me all the skills I need to fulfil the role, plus lots more.”Dr Cable said, “Our ambition is that the UK should have a world-class skills base so businesses can compete in a global market. We have almost doubled the number of apprenticeship starts since 2010 to over one million. We have seen strong growth in sectors that are vital to rebalancing our economy, like engineering.“Now we’re putting employers, like Nissan, in the driving seat through the Employer Ownership Pilot. Companies can address their business needs by designing their own apprenticeships, like this clay modelling scheme which will keep us at the forefront of car design globally.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Highflying Chiefs Ravens stingy defence ready for showdown

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andy Reid has always been considered an offensive-minded head coach, whether it’s because he played along the offensive line in college or tutored the likes of Brett Favre once he reached the NFL.So his response wasn’t all that surprising this week when the Chiefs coach was asked who generally comes out on top when an potent offence goes up against a shutdown defence.“This thing is based on a point system,” Reid said with a wry grin. “Pretty simple there.”Well, points might be at a premium even for the Chiefs’ potent attack Sunday, because Reid and Co. are getting precisely what he was asked about: The Baltimore Ravens are rolling into Arrowhead Stadium boasting the league’s top-ranked defence for an intriguing matchup between playoff contenders.The AFC West-leading Chiefs (10-2) are tops in the NFL in scoring at 37 points per game. They also lead in yards per play, are third in yards passing and in the top five in most other categories.The Ravens (7-5), who are a game back of Pittsburgh in the loss column in the AFC North, allow a league-best 17.8 points per game. They’re also No. 1 in total yards, second in yards passing and third in yards rushing, while their 35 sacks also rank among the best in the NFL.“We’re going to face, arguably, the best offence in the league on Sunday. We just have to go to work,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I know that’s what you always hear, but that’s really got to be the focus. Just keep it about that.”As for the Chiefs, their focus can return to what happens on the field.They were preparing for last week’s trip to Oakland when video surfaced that showed star running back Kareem Hunt assaulting a woman in a hotel hallway in February. By the time they took the field 48 hours later, Hunt had been released and Spencer Ware had taken over as the starter in a 40-33 victory.Now, the veteran running back will have a week’s worth of work as their No. 1 running back behind him, and just in time to face the Ravens and their rugged defensive front.“They’ve got a lot of size up front, and on their defence overall, but it’s the same mentality,” Ware said. “We’re going to try to get in there and control the football.”The Ravens have likewise become a ground-oriented attack with elusive Lamar Jackson under centre, and with the emergence of Gus Edwards at running back. They’ve had at least 200 yards rushing in each of their past three wins, becoming the first team since the 2000 Jaguars to accomplish that feat.“I just play ball. I don’t think about all that when I’m out there,” Jackson said. “It’s just moving the ball, get positive possessions, don’t get negative plays and stuff like that. I just want to move the ball downfield, hopefully get in the red zone and score points.”As the Ravens prepare to visit Kansas City on Sunday, here are some other things to know:TEACHER VS STUDENTHarbaugh was hired in 2008 by Ray Rhodes and retained when Reid took over as Philadelphia’s coach in 2009, working first with special teams and then with the secondary.Harbaugh and Reid went to a Super Bowl together with the Eagles in 2004, before Harbaugh left for Baltimore in 2008.“Who you start with really makes a big difference,” said Harbaugh, who won the Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2012. “If you start with people that do it the right way it just gives you a chance, gives you a leg up. And Andy, for me, was a big part of that in every way.”PLENTY OF OPTIONSWhen Jackson runs the run-pass option, he’s got plenty of backs from which to choose. Edwards has been receiving the majority of carries lately, though his string of 100-yard games ended in Atlanta in part because Kenneth Dixon and Ty Montgomery combined for 11 attempts. Dixon ran for 37 yards, but he also had one of the Ravens’ four fumbles in the game.“The good thing is,” Harbaugh said, “he recovered it right away.”BELIEF IN BERRYChiefs safety Eric Berry could make his season debut after hurting his heel early in training camp. He never landed on injured reserve, but the Chiefs held their star playmaker out of action until coming back from their bye last week. He didn’t play in Oakland, but he now has two weeks of practice under him and Reid said it is possible that he is active on Sunday.WEST’S RETURNThe Chiefs signed former running back Charcandrick West to provide depth after Hunt’s release, and don’t be surprised if he is active on Sunday. West is familiar with the offence, and he is excellent as both a pass-catcher and blocker in the passing game, making him useful against the Baltimore defence.“Home is always the best-case scenario,” West said of his return. “This is my family.”FORECAST FOR FOOTBALLFreezing temperatures are expected Sunday, and some wonder how Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will respond to them. He played collegiately at Texas Tech, and the bye coupled with a trip to Oakland the past few weeks means his experience in frigid weather is limited.“I don’t think it changes at all. Coach Reid has us outside every single day,” he said. “But it will be awesome to be back at Arrowhead. Hopefully we can stay here more than these last three (regular-season) games. Hopefully we can use home-field advantage to our advantage.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDave Skretta, The Associated Press read more

Buckeyes Illini eyeing big prize

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Forget the diamond rings and gold trophies. When Ohio State welcomes Illinois to The Horseshoe on Saturday, the teams will be playing for a wooden turtle.Originally, a real turtle was used as the game’s emblem, but the schools opted for Illy Illibuck, a wooden replica, following its passing in 1927, just two years after the first Illibuck match.Of course, no prize boosts motivation like a wooden turtle.“It would be good to win the turtle,” running back Brandon Saine said hesitantly with a laugh.OSU has won four of the past five meetings with its tortoise-yearning adversaries. That one defeat, however, ruined the Buckeyes’ 10-0 start in 2007.Illinois arrived in Columbus as overlooked underdogs, the No. 1 Buckeyes looking ahead to their regular season finale against rival Michigan, the final roadblock to a trip to the national title game.The Illini escaped Ohio Stadium with a 28-21 victory, leaving OSU — and the BCS system — in shambles.This time around, Illinois looks to spoil the start of the Big Ten season for the Bucks.“I don’t look back at that game,” Illini coach Ron Zook said. “I think people try to bring that up, but that’s history. This is a different ball game. What happened then, happened then and obviously Ohio State remembers it. Our guys remember it. But every game is different and every year is different.”For Illinois, senior quarterback “Juice” Williams holds the key. Williams missed the team’s victory two weeks ago over Illinois State after leaving Illinois’ opener with an injury to his quadriceps.Illinois had a bye week last week, and Zook said Williams should be ready to play come Saturday.“He’s full go. He was not limited in practice,” he said. “He’s got a strained muscle. He doesn’t feel like it’s an issue and the trainers don’t feel like it’s an issue. When he gets out there and starts playing, I don’t think he will even remember.”In Illinois’ upset of OSU in 2007, Williams threw for four touchdowns while completing just 12 passes.This season, however, success has been more difficult to come by.Missouri, which lost its starting quarterback and top two receiving threats to the NFL, crushed the Illini 37-9 in the season’s first week.“I’ll be honest, I never thought we were going to go 12-0,” Zook said. “The first thing out of my mouth after the game was that. That’s a game that you learn from.”OSU coach Jim Tressel ignores Illinois’ opening result, instead focusing on the team’s talent on both sides of the ball.“I felt going into the Big Ten year that Illinois probably had as good a personnel as anyone in the league,” he said. “The explosive ability they have over on the offensive side, the uniqueness they have over on the defense. They’ve got a big, strong front on defense.”Since 2007, the Illini passing game has centered around Williams and junior receiver Arrelious Benn. Benn caught 67 passes for 1055 yards a year ago.“Offensively, Illinois might be one of the most talented teams in the conference,” said cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, who will cover Benn on Saturday.As for the Buckeye offense, Illinois expects to defend a run-heavy attack.“They are typical Ohio State,” Zook said. “They are going to line up, play Smash Mouth, knock you off the ball and try to run it down your throat.”Aside from the running game, Zook said his team has had trouble preparing for OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, presents a matchup problem for any defense.“The thing about Terrelle is that he’s a hard guy to simulate,” Zook said. “He runs really fast and he’s really strong and he’s big. It’s really hard to prepare for a guy like [Pryor] because you don’t want to beat your guys up by trying.”Illinois hopes to lock down on Pryor’s receiving options and stuff the run game, Zook said.“You’re not going to go stop [Pryor],” he said. “What we have to do is understand that he’s going to get his [yardage] and we have to contain the best that we can and give up as few big plays as we can.”The Buckeyes begin Big Ten play on a trek to their fifth consecutive conference title. OSU’s rich history of league success has Illinois motivated to emulate the 2007 game and beat the Bucks at The ‘Shoe.“I think any time you play an opponent, if you’re a competitor you love to compete against the best,” Zook said. “Obviously they’re one of the best.” read more

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first_imgWitnesses have said that after eating at Zizzi’s restaurant they went to the Mill pub where Mr Skripal appeared unsteady on his feet, as if “drunk” – even though he had only ordered a single glass of white wine – suggesting the effects of the nerve agent were rapidly taking effect.Scotland Yard said there were no plans at this stage to release images from the CCTV footage.A spokesman said: “As with any inquiry CCTV forms a major part of it and a wideranging investigation into a number of areas is currently underway.”At a cost of £400,000 Salisbury’s CCTV is a state of the art colour system with high picture quality, even at night. It has suffered glitches and breakdowns in the past 12 months, following its introduction, but was by chance full operational in the weeks leading up to the nerve agent attack. spy spy “The coverage is extensive and very good, including around the Maltings shopping centre area where the Skripals were found,” said Salisbury council leader Matthew Dean. “If there’s something there to be seen the police will see it.” Sources have told the Telegraph that detectives are particularly keen to see if anyone followed Mr Skripal and his daughter from his home to a cemetery, or the town centre Zizzi’s restaurant and a local pub.They were found slumped on a bench on the banks of the River Avon at around 4.15pm on March 3. Eyewitnesses said they appeared “catatonic”.The father and daughter remained in a critical condition, while Det Sgt Bailey, 38, was seriously ill but stable. A further 18 people were treated for “minor side effects”. Officers from Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command are poring over hours of footage searching for vital clues to identify who attacked the father and daughter with a nerve agent. CCTV dated approximately one week before the murder of Sergei Skripal.Credit: ITV NEWS Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia are critically ill. The police sergeant who was left seriously injured by a nerve agent while investigating the poisoning of a former Russian agent says he is not a hero.  Credit:PA Police have identified more than 240 witnesses and are analysing more than 200 pieces of evidence in what Home Secretary Amber Rudd described as an investigation proceeding with “speed and professionalism”.John Glen, the economic secretary to the Treasury and Conservative MP for Salisbury, said: “A large amount of CCTV footage has been handed over and has been materially useful to the investigation. This material comes from functioning cameras of high quality with good coverage of the relevant areas.”Mr Glen added: “The hope would undoubtedly be that you might see something on there that would provide a clue to what happened, such as them being followed by someone.”The meticulous examination of anything that may have been contaminated by the nerve agent continued on Saturday as an ambulance was removed from an ambulance station on the edge of the city. spy The police officer who is seriously ill after helping a Russian spy and his daughter poisoned in a nerve agent attack has insisted he is not a hero but was “merely doing his job”.Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is in intensive care after becoming contaminated as he went to the aid of Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, in Salisbury last Sunday.A statement issued last night through Wiltshire Police on his behalf said: “He wants to say that he does not consider himself a ‘hero’, he states he was merely doing his job – a job he loves and is immensely proud of – just like all of his other dedicated colleagues do, day in-day out, in order to protect the public and keep people safe.”He also thanked the public for their messages of support for him. The announcement from the officer, who can sit and up and speak, came as it emerged that the investigation was on the verge of a significant breakthrough after “materially useful” CCTV footage was uncovered. Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia  More than 200 pieces of evidence have been found. It has not yet been established whether the nerve agent was administered inside Mr Skripal’s home, through a contaminated gift unwittingly brought by Yulia from Moscow, or somewhere in Salisbury town centre. Another theory is that they were targeted at the cemetery as they lay flowers.Det Sgt Bailey was one of the first emergency personnel to visit Mr Skripal’s home after attending to the pair on the bench near the Maltings shopping precinct after a member of the public raised the alarm, though this remains unconfirmed by Scotland Yard. It remains unclear whether he was ingested some of the nerve agent at home or while with the Skirpals. His police car has also been seized for examination.A close relative of DS Bailey said it was her understanding that he had been among the first to attend to the Skripals in Salisbury town centre, before going on to the Russian spy’s £260,000 semi-detached house.She said: “He was at both places. First he was where they collapsed, trying to help them, then he went to the house, in that order.” Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia are critically ill. Credit:Eddie Mulholland Soldiers wearing chemical protection suits, plastic gloves and gas masks covered the vehicle in protective sheeting before it was loaded onto a military low loader. spy It is thought the ambulance was used to ferry to hospital those people who helped the two Russians.The city’s cemetery where the spy’s wife, Liudmila Skripal, and son, Alexander, are buried remained sealed off yesterday as items placed by the father and daughter on the grave were analysed.A toy dog placed on Alexander’s grave, along with plastic flowers and a pot of real daffodils from both plots had been placed in hermetically sealed plastic bins and taken for analysis.The various routes the Skripals might have taken through the Cathedral city’s streets and pedestrian walks are overlooked by an extensive network of council operated security cameras, as is the main road the Skripals would have taken into town. 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Sonja Barjaktarovic is substitute for Suslina in Rostov

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HC Buducnost PodgoricaHC Rostov na DonuRostov handballRussian handballSonja Barjaktarovic Monenegrian goalkeeper, Sonja Barjaktarovic (26) will left Buducnost Podgorica after 11 years. Her new team is Russian vice-champion, Rostov na Donu, team who compete in the EHF CL Qualification Round 2 this season. Barjaktarovic lost “No.1” in Buducnost since Clara Woltering came to Podgorica and showed fantastic form during EHF CL winning campaign.She will be a substitute for Inna Suslina, who goes to ambitious Vardar Skopje. ← Previous Story Exclusively on Handball-Planet.com – “From my angle” EHF F4 BLOG by Antonio Carlos Ortega! Next Story → Sebastian Skube in Celje PL!

You can now get an underwater train from Europe to Asia

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first_imgThe high-speed line has cut the travel time between Istanbul and Ankara. Source: Youtube/AFPTURKEY TODAY INAUGURATES the first high-speed train link between its main cities of Ankara and Istanbul, connecting Europe and Asia with a tunnel deep underground beneath the waters of the Bosphorus.After years of constant delays that has seen the project become a standing joke among Turks, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to glide into Istanbul aboard the first train this evening.As part of the route, a 13.6 km long tunnel linking Istanbul’s European and Asian sides was built which includes an immersed tube tunnel that officials say is the world’s deepest at 60m below the seabed.The idea was first floated by Ottoman sultan Abdoul Medjid in 1860 but technical equipment at the time was not good enough to take the project further.However the desire to build an undersea tunnel grew stronger in the 1980s and studies also showed that such a tunnel would be feasible and cost-effective.Erdogan, a former mayor of Istanbul, revived the plan in 2004 as one of his mega projects for the bustling city of 16 million people — which also include a third airport, a third bridge across the Bosphorus and a canal parallel to the international waterway to ease traffic.The line will not terminate in the centre of Istanbul, but on the Asian side of the Bosphorus in the suburb of Pendik, some two hours from the centre in the city’s often heavy traffic.The new high-speed line has cut the travel time between the two cities to 3.5 hours. Turkish designers claim the underwater tunnel is the deepest of its kind in the world. Source: Youtube/AFPEventually the Turkish government also wants the terminus to be on the European side of Istanbul, with trains travelling through the Marmaray tunnel.Trains are to run at 250 km/h along the 511 km line.But the project has been hit by repeated postponements of the opening date and mishaps — including when one of the new trains crashed into a maintenance vehicle this month.There are safety concerns too: train accidents are frequent on Turkey’s network and in 2004 dozens of people were killed when a newly-inaugurated high-speed train derailed in the northwest. The tunnel will now mean a much shorter direct train line between London and Peking. Source: Youtube/AFPYet, with an intense if belated advertising campaign — TV adverts show smiling children waving at the train as it surges through the fields — the government is now pulling out all the stops to make it a success.The opening comes ahead of presidential elections on 10 August that are expected to see Erdogan sweep to victory as head of state, after a campaign in which he has constantly boasted of his efforts to improve transportation in Turkey. Source: AFP/YouTube© – AFP 2014 with additional reporting from Rónán DuffyRead: Turns out Earth survived near-miss from a solar storm back in 2012 >Read: Think your dentist visit was bad? This Indian teen had 232 teeth ‘chiselled out’ >last_img read more

Christmas luncheon at Ithacan Society

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At the Annual Christmas Luncheon of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society, the Ithacan Society Honorary Life Member status was presented to its faithful members, Olga Black and Peter Lecatsas.The luncheon was attended by the Ambassador of Greece, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, his wife Mrs Eyvah Dafaranos and the President of AHEPA Spiro Robbotis and his wife Elizabeth.last_img

American Grit on FOX featuring John Cena debuts on 414

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first_img John Cena Makes Surprise Appearance Jimmy Fallon Promo Now Playing Up Next WWE star John Cena posted the following on Twitter on Wednesday, announcing that his new reality show that he is hosting, “American Grit”, will be premiering on FOX on April 14:“Witness the unbelievable, experience the unimaginable & prepare for the unthinkable! @AmericanGritFOX begins 4/14.”The tweet also featured a video preview of the show that you can view by clicking here. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -1:03 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 Pinterest John Cena Addresses WWE Future After Super Show-Down Victory Now Playing Up Next Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Cody Rhodes taking some time off, Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito from 2016 Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded Videos Articles Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Facebookcenter_img Kalisto tries to redeem infamous promo, Vince McMahon on The Rock making Forbes list Twitter Charlize Theron Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Vin Diesel Google+ Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Worlds Collide Results – 4/14/19 (NXT Superstars vs. NXT Alumni) Videos Articles John Cenalast_img read more

Video Brock Lesnar makes surprise appearance at Hell in a Cell on

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first_img WWE has uploaded video (above) of former Universal Champion Brock Lesnar making a surprise appearance at Sunday night’s Hell in a Cell PPV in San Antonio.Lesnar walked out during the main event featuring Roman Reigns defending the WWE Universal Championship against Braun Strowman inside the Hell in a Cell.Excerpt courtesy of Mike Tedesco’s Hell in a Cell recap:Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre run down and want to get into the Hell in a Cell. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins run down to cut them off. They grab Ziggler before he runs away and sends him into the cell. They clear a commentary table, but McIntyre cuts them off. They soon take McIntyre down. Ziggler tries to escape by climbing to the roof of the cell. Rollins climbs and follows him up. Rollins and Ziggler are punching it out on top of the Hell in a Cell! McIntyre gets up there, and they start double-teaming Rollins. Ambrose climbs up with a kendo stick and takes them out. Ambrose and McIntyre then hit a double clothesline on the roof. Ziggler starts to climb down, but Rollins grabs him. Ziggler punches him back and climbs down. Rollins and Ziggler punch it out on the side of the Hell in a Cell structure. They then both fall off the side of the Hell in a Cell through two commentary tables!Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and he walks out with a beard alongside Paul Heyman!Lesnar rips the door off the Hell in a Cell and gets in the ring. Heyman maces Foley. Lesnar puts the door inside the ring and slams the table fragments off both men. Lesnar then hits an F5 on Strowman. A “Suplex City” chant picks up. Lesnar then gives Reigns an F5 onto Strowman before posing. A new referee comes down and declares the match a no contest. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Crews knock out attic fire in Central Vancouver

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first_imgVancouver firefighters on Monday morning knocked out an attic fire in a Maple Wood neighborhood house.The fire was reported at 3907 E. 15th St. around 7:40 a.m.Several units from the Vancouver Fire Department responded to the house, near 15th Street and Brandt Road. Arriving units reported light smoke coming from the attic, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Vancouver police temporarily blocked the intersection.A man in the home told firefighters he smelled smoke and noticed the ceiling in the top floor of the home was hot, said Capt. Kevin Murray, a Vancouver fire spokesman. The man saw smoke when he looked into the attic, got his family out of the house and called 911, Murray said.Because the fire was reported early, crews were able to cover items in the home with salvage tarps to protect them from damage during the firefighting effort, Murray said.The fire appeared to be under control by about 8 a.m.A Vancouver Fire Marshal said the fire was unintentional and caused by an electrical problem. It caused an estimated $10,000 in damage.last_img read more

Japan extends Diet session to pass longawaited IR bill

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first_imgJapan’s lower house has voted to extend the current Diet session until 22 July in order to pass key legislation, including the long-awaited IR Implementation Bill.The IR bill passed through the lower house on Tuesday but was in danger of stalling again with the standard 150-day Diet session originally due to expire on Wednesday 20 June. Those fears have now been allayed with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the leader of coalition partner Komeito, Natsuo Yamaguchi, agreeing on Wednesday to extend the session by 32 days.Senior members of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan alongside those from five opposition parties had earlier this week expressed their opposition to House of Representatives Speaker Tadamori Oshima regarding any extension to the current Diet session but were told they had no legal grounds to stand on.Passage of the IR Implementation Bill will open the door for Japan’s first casino resorts with three initial IR licenses to be offered. It is expected that two will be located in metropolitan areas and one in a regional location. IRs to benefit as Japan’s LDP pushes through foreign workers bill Japan declares “Reiwa” as new era name Load Morecenter_img RelatedPosts Japan government addresses IRs in new economic Basic Policy 2019last_img read more