Barca cruise as Copa defence begins

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first_imgReal Murcia 0 Barcelona 3: Arnaiz bags debut goal to put Catalans in charge Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 05:19 10/25/17 jose arnaiz - cropped Twitter @FCBarcelona Barcelona put one foot in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a 3-0 win over Murcia, with Jose Arnaiz enjoying a memorable debut. Jose Arnaiz scored a superb debut goal as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 first-leg win over Murcia in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey.The 22-year-old, drafted into the side after impressing for Gerard Lopez’s B team, fired home the goal of the game after Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu had put the holders in control at the Nueva Condomina.Ernesto Valverde named Arnaiz, Carles Alena and Thomas Vermaelen – making his first start of the season – in a much-changed line-up, as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Paulinho and Marc-Andre ter Stegen were all left out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Murcia performed well for much of the first half, looking a threat on the break, but Alcacer’s well-taken header saw Barca take control just before half-time.Deulofeu added a second shortly after the break before Arnaiz netted the third to put the LaLiga leaders in command of the tie ahead of the return leg at Camp Nou on November 29.The Catalans now turn their attention to a league trip to Valverde’s old club Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, for which Arnaiz could well be in contention following an excellent display.8 – José Arnaiz has been involved in 8 goals (five goals & three assists) in nine games played for @FCBarcelona (Segunda & Copa). Promise— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 24, 2017Arnaiz – playing on the left of the attacking three – enjoyed a bright start as the visitors applied the early pressure, although Alex Ortiz came close to nodding Murcia in front after Barca failed to clear their lines.The home side were doing well to keep the majority of Barca’s possession away from their penalty area, although Alena missed a glorious chance after 22 minutes, somehow turning the ball away from goal from point-blank range.Murcia’s counter-attacking game had Barca unsettled, though, and Fernando Llorente missed a great chance to grab a shock lead before half-time, blazing over the crossbar after Nadjib had bundled his way past Vermaelen.Alcacer had endured a frustrating opening but made amends to put the Catalans ahead with barely a minute left in the half. Having shown excellent movement to elude his marker, the former Valencia man met Deulofeu’s cross and steered a header past the static Alejandro Santome.Barca’s lead was doubled less than seven minutes after the restart thanks to the lively Deulofeu, who won back possession outside the Murcia half, drove into the box and slotted a good finish beneath Santome from a tight angle.1 – For the first time Gerard Deulofeu has scored & assisted both in a single game on the Spanish Top Flight (all competitions). Key— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 24, 2017Barely three minutes later and the tie was effectively killed off thanks to Arnaiz’s moment of brilliance. The former Real Valladolid man cut inside from the left and fired right-footed past the helpless keeper and into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the area.Jasper Cillessen denied Chamorro in the closing stages as Barca began to ease off and there was time enough for them to hand a debut to Marc Cucurella off the bench, with their quest to win the trophy for the fourth season in a row off to an encouraging start. read morelast_img read more

8 days agoReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez remains on Arsenal radar

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first_imgReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez remains on Arsenal radarby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez remains on Arsenal’s radar.El Desmarque says Arsenal are looking at is Real Madrid’s Vazquez, who the Gunners were linked with over the summer.Right winger Vazquez has been on the fringes of the Madrid team so far this season, the 28-year-old already has offers on the table from Arsenal, Roma and Bayer Leverkusen ahead of a possible January move.He has found himself behind Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo in the thoughts of Real manager Zinedine Zidane – although he has managed one goal in six La Liga appearances so far this season.He could be open to a move when the transfer window opens in the new year, although Arsenal would have to cough up around £13m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

India vs Afghanistan: Getting a World Cup hat-trick great feeling, says Mohammed Shami

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first_img Next advertisement commentary No data available! scorecard India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 12:03 IST Mohammed Shami hat-trick gave India a winning edge over Afghanistan (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia successfully defended a below-par total of 224 vs Afghanistan on SaturdayMohammed Shami picked up a hat-trick in the final over of Afghanistan’s chaseShami and Jasprit Bumrah combined to help India survive a massive scareIndia bowlers helped the former champions seal 2 points in a last-over thriller against Afghanistan at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Saturday.Opting to bat first, India managed only 224 in 50 overs as Afghanistan spinners put the brakes on the scoring rate on a sluggish Rose Bowl pitch in Southampton. Holding their nerves, the India bowlers, led by Mohammed Shami, shot Afghanistan out for 213 and helped India survive a massive scare.India vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: Report | HighlightsMohammed Shami was the star of the show for India in Southampton as he picked up a hat-trick in the final over. Shami, who was playing his first World Cup 2019 match on Saturday after replacing an injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, picked up 3 wickets, including that of half-centurion Mohammad Nabi, in the final over wherein Afghanistan needed 16 runs.Shami hit the timber twice in the last over, sending Indian fans at The Rose Bowl into a tizzy. The Bengal pacer finished with figures of 4 for 40 in 9.5 overs as he combined with pace bowling partner Jasprit Bumrah as India flaunted their bowling firepower with a strong show vs Afghanistan.”It is a very good feeling. Taking a hat-trick is a big thing and doing it at World Cup stage is even better,” Shami told after the match-winning spell.Shami added: “There were 16 runs to defend in the final over. I thought it was enough for me. Afghanistan needed 21-22 (21) from the last 2 overs.Shami also said he trusted Bumrah to make his job easier by being miserly in the penultimate over. Bumrah, who had turned things around by removing well-set Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah in the 29th over, gave away just 5 runs when Afghanistan needed 21 runs in the last 2 overs.advertisement”I trusted you that you won’t give away a lot [in the 49th over]. From inside, I believed 16 runs was enough for me. I got the opportunity to execute my plans. If it had been anything less than that, then I would have found it difficult to execute plans,” Shami added.PACE SPECIAL: @Jaspritbumrah93 & @MdShami11 discuss #TeamIndia’s bowling heroics against Afghanistan & that very special Shami hat-trick – Interview by @RajalAroraFull video link (@BCCI) June 23, 2019″Enjoyed my bowling with Jasprit Bumrah at the other end. We started well. We gave away a bit of runs in the middle overs. But I had the belief we would pull things back in the last 10 overs.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Memes galore as Virat Kohli pleads with folded hands to umpire over DRS callAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India had faith in death bowlers, says Kedar JadhavAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AfghanistanFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow ICC World Cup 2019 India vs Afghanistan: Getting a World Cup hat-trick great feeling, says Mohammed ShamiICC Cricket World Cup: Mohammed Shami became only the second Indian bowler after Chetan Sharma in 1987 to pick up a hat-trick in World Cups. The India pacer shone with the ball as Virat Kohli’s men defended 224 successfully against Afghanistan on Saturday. view more view less graphslast_img read more

Watch: Sachin Tendulkar celebrates National Sports Day at old age home

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first_imgWatch: Sachin Tendulkar celebrates National Sports Day at old age homeFormer India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who backed the ‘Fit India Movement’ launched by PM Modi, spent time playing carrom board with the women inmates.advertisement Asian News International MumbaiAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 19:42 IST Sachin Tendulkar at St. Anthony’s Old Age Home (Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPM Modi launched a nation-wide Fit India Movement at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in the national capitalSachin Tendulkar backed the Fit India Movement and playing carrom board with senior citizens at an old age homeAhead of the launch, students from different schools presented a stellar performance before the Prime MinisterFormer Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar backed the ‘Fit India Movement’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday as he spent time playing carrom board with senior citizens at an old age home.”Spent some time with these wonder women at the St. Anthony’s Old Age Home, felt blessed by the love shown by them. Their excitement to play carrom knew no bounds. As rightly said by our Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi, SPORTS & FITNESS IS FOR ALL. #SportPlayingNation #FitIndiaMovement,” Tendulkar shared a video post on Twitter.Spent some time with these wonder women at the St. Anthony’s Old Age Home, felt blessed by the love shown by them. Their excitement to play carrom knew no bounds.As rightly said by our Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi, SPORTS & FITNESS IS FOR ALL.#SportPlayingNation#FitIndiaMovement Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 29, 2019Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a nation-wide ‘Fit India Movement’ at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in the national capital. Before that Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju paid tributes to Dhyan Chand at the National Stadium which was named after him.The Prime Minister administered a fitness pledge on the occasion.’Fit India movement’, was launched on the occasion of the National Sports Day — the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, which aims to encourage people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives.Ahead of the launch, students from different schools presented a stellar performance before the Prime Minister and other attendees.advertisementAll educational institutes have been instructed to prepare and implement a fitness plan incorporating sports, exercises or other physical activities for fitness, into the daily routine.Also Read | National Sports Day: Full list of award winnersAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow fit india movementFollow National Sports DayFollow PM Modi Nextlast_img read more

Batam Shipyard Explosion Kills Three

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first_imgzoom Three workers of Batam-based PT Bandar Abadi shipyard, Indonesia died and eighteen were injured in a blast that occurred on Friday, August 29 onboard a ship that was undergoing repairs at the yard, the Jakarta Post writes.One person is still missing, based on the latest reports.According to the local police chief Comr. Zainal Arifin, the explosion took place during welding of a pipe in a basement cabin. The heat from the welding is believed to have caused the explosion of a liquefied petroleum gas [LPG] canister.Investigation into the cause of the accident is underway. World Maritime News Staff, September 01, 2014last_img

GasLog Completes Methane Sisters Dropdown

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first_imgzoom NYSE-listed liquefied natural gas (LNG) transporter GasLog Partners LP has completed the USD 483 million purchase of three LNG carriers from GasLog Ltd.The three carriers are the Methane Alison Victoria, Methane Shirley Elisabeth and Methane Heather Sally. All three carriers were built in 2007, and have a capacity of 145,000 cubic meters each.GasLog Ltd had acquired the three LNG carriers from an affiliate of BG Group (BG) in June 2014.The vessels are currently operating under long-term time charters with BG with terms of 4.5 years, 5 years and 5.5 years remaining, respectively. BG has the option to extend two of the three charters for an additional period of either three or five years following the initial charter period.GasLog Partners estimates that the carriers will annually generate around USD 72 million of incremental contracted revenue over their initial charter terms, assuming full utilization, and approximately USD 50.8 million of estimated EBITDA for the first 12 months after the closing of the purchase agreement.GasLog Partners LP’s fleet now consists of eight LNG carriers with an average carrying capacity of 148,750 cbm, each of which has a multi-year time charter.”Following this transaction, GasLog Partners continues to have an identified dropdown pipeline of twelve additional vessels at GasLog, providing a highly visible path to sustainable growth. We believe GasLog Partners is well positioned to execute our strategy and continue growing cash distributions for our unitholders at a 10-15% CAGR from the IPO for the next several years,” said Andy Orekar, Chief Executive Officer of GasLog Partners.GasLog Ltd’s fully-owned fleet now consists of 19 LNG carriers (including 11 ships in operation and 8 LNG carriers on order), and the company has four LNG carriers operating under its technical management for third parties.last_img read more

Report Gail India Drops Tender for LNG Vessels

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first_imgzoom India’s gas utility Gail India Ltd has decided to scrap its tender to hire nine newly-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels which were supposed to carry LNG cargoes from US, according to The Financial Express.Following the move, made due to a lack of qualified bidders, the company will reportedly look to charter LNG vessels under three- to four-year charter deals.Three ships out of the nine planned under the tender were set to be built in India to boost Indian shipbuilding capabilities.Also interested in Gail’s USD 7 million tender for nine LNG carriers were the South Korean shipbuilding majors, while the tender reportedly sparked the interest of Japanese owners as well.The LNG carriers ordered overseas were scheduled to be completed by May 2019, whereas the batch to be built by domestic shipyards was set to be delivered between July 2022 and June 2023.World Maritime News contacted Gail India for more details on the decision to cancel the tender, however, the company is yet to reply.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Injured Crewman of FireStricken Maersk Honam Passes Away

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first_imgzoom One of the evacuated crew members of Maersk Honam has passed away due to the injuries sustained in connection to the fire that broke out on board the Singapore-flagged containership on March 6.The health condition of the mariner, a Thai national, drastically deteriorated Wednesday afternoon, Maersk Line said in an update.23 crew members of 27 on board were evacuated from the distressed vessel, while four sailors remain unaccounted for.“We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our colleagues who in the first place had been evacuated. The seriousness of the event has escalated and everyone in Maersk is moved by this. We are in contact with the family of the deceased and our thoughts and condolences go to them,” Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Board of A.P. Moller – Maersk, said.As informed, the remaining 22 crew members are en route to Sri Lanka on board the vessel ALS Ceres.“We are doing our utmost in this tragic situation to care for all evacuated colleagues and continue the intense search and rescue operations ongoing for the four crew members currently reported missing,” Toft added.The 15,262 TEU vessel Maersk Honam reported a serious fire in a cargo hold on Wednesday while underway from Singapore towards Suez.The vessel is currently positioned around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. The fire onboard the Maersk Honam continues and the situation of the vessel is very critical.A number of container vessels have diverted their route to assist in the search and rescue operation which continues. Currently, five vessels are involved, Maersk Line said.The container vessel Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller is acting the coordinating efforts.The vessel is carrying a total of 7,860 containers, corresponding to 12,416 TEU.The cause of the fire is currently unknown.last_img read more

Not fair to have result like this Morgan on WC final

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first_imgLondon: A week after England’s maiden World Cup victory, captain Eoin Morgan is still struggling to make sense of the end, questioning if his side really deserved the title when there was so little separating the two finalists.Hosts England lifted their maiden World Cup owing to a superior boundary count to New Zealand after both the regulation match and a rare Super Over finished tied at Lord’s.”I’m not sure winning it makes it any easier. I don’t think it’s fair to have a result like that when there’s very little between the sides,” Morgan was quoted as saying by the Times. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”I don’t think there was one moment that you could say: ‘That actually cost the game there.’ It was quite balanced,” he added.It would seem just finishing on the winning side of the result would suffice but Morgan feels troubled by the manner of the win but concedes it would have been worse if he was on the losing side.”A little bit (troubled), because there’s no defining moment that you’d say: ‘Yes, we thoroughly deserved it.’ It’s just been crazy. It would be more difficult to lose, of course.” Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”I’m black and white. I’m normally going: ‘I know. I was there, that happened. But I can’t stick my finger on where the game was won and lost.” However, there was one turning point in the game during the last over of the English innings, when a throw by Martin Guptill deflected from Ben Stokes’ bat and crossed the boundary rope and the hosts were awarded six runs. A later examination of the rules suggests England should have received five runs.”I actually feel more comfortable about it having watched all of the game now,” Morgan said. The England skipper has also been in touch with his New Zealand counterpart, Kane Williamson, with the duo trying to make sense of the drama that transpired at Lord’s on July 14.”Dealing with the aftermath has been quite mixed really. I spoke to Kane over the last couple of days on numerous occasions and none of us has come up with a rational explanation as to the various times we gave them the game and they gave it back to us. Like me, he can’t get his head around everything.”last_img read more

Boeing under scrutiny

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first_imgWith back-to-back crashes in six months’ time involving Boeing 737 Max 8, respective aviation authorities of the world are grounding fleets of the aircraft, USA being the latest to join the group. Initiating the process, however, were the Asian regulators – China and Indonesia – ordering the local carriers to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Singapore even shut its airspace to all variants of the B-737 Max, imposing a temporary suspension against operations by both local and foreign carriers. Australia and the European Union were soon to follow. The move comes after an Ethiopian airline’s Boeing 737 Max crashed, killing 157 people, including four Indians. The disaster bore similarities to the doomed Lion Air 737 Max that crashed in October last year, killing a total of 189 passengers, when it took off from Jakarta and shortly went down into the Java Sea. Two fatal crashes in less than six months have raised questions over the safety and security of the aircraft all across the globe. Countries who have banned the aircraft are India, South Korea, Australia, China, France, Germany, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, United Kingdom, Canada and the USA. President Donald Trump announced the grounding of the aircraft, after (according to reports) ‘US officials found themselves nearly alone in allowing the planes to remain in the air’. Soon after the grounding in China, South Korea began a special inspection of the aircraft, while in Europe; regulators said they’re in contact with their US counterparts as well as Boeing. While the groundings in China and elsewhere are important, most nations typically wait to act until the US and Europe issue findings on aviation matters. But this time, it was the Asian regulators who called the shots and led the others to a consensus to uphold the safety of all passengers and shed the senseless ‘abundance of caution’ tag. Reports suggest that at the heart of the 737 Max 8 crash row is a new Boeing-engineered device called MCAS – Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. Preliminary investigations into both accidents suggest erroneous inputs from MCAS may have contributed to flight crews losing control of the pitch attitude of their jets, as they plunged into unrecoverable high-speed dives. In the recent past, pilots have complained of inadequate training on automation-assisted flying systems, unfamiliarity with the controls, anxiety that prompted them to engage auto¬pilot earlier than normal, and at least two instances where the plane pitched downward or manoeuvred against pilots’ inputs. Hence, with similarities of fear exceeding a certain threshold in the minds of those who fly very often with the Boeing, there is an urgent need to measure and review the safety regulations and answer all probable questions concerning the aircraft before it takes off into the sky once again. Till then, safe flying!last_img read more

Denmark Supports Moroccos Approach to Regional Issues Danish FM

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Copenhagen  –  Denmark applauds Morocco for its efforts and approach to regional issues, Danish Foreign Minister, Martin Lidegaard said on Wednesday in Copenhagen.Speaking to MAP following talks with Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Foreign Minister Mbarka Bouaida, the Danish official expressed support for “the approach adopted by the government regarding regional issues,” referring notably to Morocco’s response to the challenges relating to fighting extremism and the promoting economic development.“We are satisfied with the quality of our bilateral relations with Morocco, a stable country in a volatile region,” said the Danish official. On the Sahara issue, Lidegaard said Denmark supports a negotiated solution within the framework of the UN.The meeting was an opportunity highlight Morocco’s autonomy plan for the southern provinces as a serious and credible proposal to put an end to the regional dispute.The Danish official also applauded Morocco for the ratification of the optional protocol to the convention against torture, adding that the two countries work together at the international level for the ratification of this Convention.Lidegaard also welcomed Morocco’s initiative to the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2016.MWN with MAP read more

Trump easing offshore drilling safety rules from Deepwater

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PORT FOURCHON, La. — The Trump administration is easing safety rules adopted after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout, the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history.The Interior Department released a final rule revision Thursday in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, a hub of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The rules pertain to procedures and inspections for offshore oil rigs.Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the administration is proposing elimination of “unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety and environmental protection offshore.”Eleven people died in April 2010 when the drilling rig exploded, ultimately releasing more than 3 million barrels of crude.The Trump administration says the final rule makes small revisions, retaining 80 per cent of the original provisions.Janet McConnaughey And Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press read more

Protest against MR up in flames

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The vehicle was running on a CNG cylinder and it’s a miracle it didn’t explode – an incident which could’ve injured several people, Deccan Chronicle said. The protesters were going to burn an effigy of President Rajapaksa on the road but when a large posse of policemen turned up, the mob set fire to the effigy inside the vehicle. The activists were protesting against the alleged demolition of a Hindu temple in Trincomalee. The three-wheeler on fire (pic courtesy Deccan Chronicle)A protest which was staged against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Chennai yesterday resulted in a three-wheeler unexpectedly going up in flames.Hindu Munnani (Hindu Front) activists caused panic on Chennai’s TTK Road near the Sri Lankan high commission when a protestors set fire to an effigy of President Mahinda Rajapaksa inside an autorickshaw (Three wheeler), the Deccan Chronicle reported. read more

UN peacekeeping mission in Côte dIvoire deplores efforts to obstruct its work

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The spokesman for the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Hamadoun Touré, told journalists yesterday that on Wednesday a civilian team, comprising human rights experts and civilian police (CIVPOL), went to Agboville, 70 kilometres north of the West African country’s major city, Abidjan, “and was prevented from carrying out its assessment mission on the ground.”Armed and/or hooded elements burst into the conference room to show their hostility to the UN presence at this meeting with the administrative authorities, he said. The same situation occurred in several Government zones where the Defence and Security Forces and the populace displayed hostility to the members of the mission, he said.The situation was brought to the attention of the authorities so that these obstructions and restrictions on movement would not be repeated, Mr. Touré said, noting that ONUCI was present in the country at the request of the Ivorian parties, which undertook to facilitate its work. UNOCI was set up last year to help maintain a ceasefire between Government forces and the rebel Forces nouvelles.This is the second recent report of problems in Agboville. Late last month reports of attacks on the town by unidentified assailants led to the immediate deployment of UNOCI troops to the area, but numerous blockades by the local population prevented the peacekeepers from entering the town for 48 hours. Senior UNOCI officers who entered and interviewed the authorities and youth groups said they found no evidence of an assault.Fighting first erupted in Côte d’Ivoire in 2002 when rebels seeking to oust President Laurent Gbagbo seized the north, splitting the world’s largest cocoa producer in two.Meanwhile, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Pierre Schori has returned to Côte d’Ivoire from Germany, Norway, Denmark and Sweden, where he successfully raised issues of the country’s post-war reconstruction and development, the spokesman said. UN High Representative for the Elections Antonio Monteiro would arrive this weekend to start his work, Mr. Touré added. read more

Loonie moves higher ahead of Christmas deadline for US to avoid fiscal

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by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 24, 2012 2:17 pm MDT Loonie moves higher ahead of Christmas, deadline for U.S. to avoid fiscal cliff AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved higher Monday as financial markets prepared for the Christmas holiday and weighed the impact of the stalled U.S. federal budget negotiations.The loonie closed at 100.88 cents U.S., up 0.22 of a cent in a shortened trading session that ended at noon ET.Key U.S. lawmakers were predicting that much of their holiday season will be spent in Washington, D.C., as they seek to bridge a gap between the Republican-dominated House of Representatives and the White House.A deal must be reached if the United States is to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff, which would involve the automatic imposition of hundreds of billions of dollars in spending cuts and tax increases that could plunge the world’s largest economy back into recession.President Barack Obama said Friday that he is “ready and willing” to get a big package done to deal with the fiscal cliff, adding there’s no reason not to protect middle-class Americans from tax increases.In commodities, March copper was down 2.1 cents at US$3.55 a pound while February gold bullion ended 60 cents lower at US$1,659.50 an ounce.The January crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slid five cents to US$88.61 a barrel. read more

Bell with 18 No 23 Minnesota women roll past Cornell 6545

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MINNEAPOLIS — Kenisha Bell scored 18 points with nine rebounds, Destiny Pitts added 11 points with a trio of 3-pointers and No. 23 Minnesota led all the way to defeat Cornell 65-45 Friday, winning a fifth straight to open the season.The Golden Gophers scored 25 points off 22 Cornell turnovers, added 19 more points from the free-throw line and six players combined for 10 steals. Palma Kaposi and Irene Garrido Perez had three steals each.Annalese Lamke added eight points and nine rebounds and the Golden Gophers led 20-9 even before the first quarter ended.Minnesota led 40-16 at the break, holding Cornell to 6-of-21 shooting in the first two quarters. The halftime score was the fewest points the Golden Gophers have allowed in a half this season.Halley Miklos scored 10 points with four rebounds and Samantha Clement nine points, all from 3-point distance, for Cornell (2-2).The Associated Press read more

Ohio State mens soccer to host NCAA tournament clash with Akron

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Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris (left) fights for a header during a game against Akron on Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternAppearing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, the Ohio State men’s soccer team knows that one slip up could mark the end of the road.However, the team has embraced that mindset, junior midfielder Zach Mason said.“It feels a little bit different, because you know these games are the most important, this is what you play the whole regular season for, train in the preseason for,” the co-captain said. “They’re huge. So, you get up a little bit more for these.”OSU (9-7-4) is set for a rematch with Akron for its first-round matchup. Akron defeated OSU back on Sept. 24, 3-1.OSU coach John Bluem said despite the result from the first meeting, the Zips will be seeing a different OSU team Thursday.“I think we’re playing better as a team now than we were at that point in time,” Bluem said. “I think we’re defending better than we did at that point in time, so those are things that should help us help us a little bit in this game.”Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris said he agreed with his coach’s thoughts.“We dropped the first one, which was unfortunate on our part, but we grew as a team, and we’re definitely a stronger and better team now,” Sarris said.Sarris said every player has developed and gotten better “in their own way” as the season progressed.Bluem said that Akron (13-6-1) does possess one advantage that the Buckeyes cannot account for: experience.“(Experience is) certainly something that works to their favor,” Bluem said. “They have a lot of guys that have NCAA Tournament experience, and we have nobody.”The Zips are appearing in the tournament for the 10th consecutive season. That includes a 2010 season that saw Akron hoist the national championship trophy for the first time in school history after defeating Louisville in the title game.On the other side, only one player on OSU’s roster has ever appeared in an NCAA Tournament game: senior midfielder Yianni Sarris, in his lone season at Florida Gulf Coast as a freshman.However, Sarris said his experience from three years ago is incomparable to how he feels about OSU going dancing this season, because of the connection he feels with his current teammates.“It’s very nice to be back,” Sarris said. “I really wanted to do it with this squad. I mean, this squad is my family, this is my brotherhood.”The Zips — the Mid-American Conference champions — boast a strong attack that is led by sophomore midfielder Adam Najem, who is tied for fourth in the nation with 13 goals this season.One of those came in Akron’s regular season victory in Columbus, a header in the 76th minute that found the back of the net for the third and final Zips goal that evening.Bluem said OSU is in good shape for the rematch, simply because Akron has already defeated the Buckeyes this year.“I would say the biggest advantage is that they beat us the first time,” the 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year said. “It’s difficult to beat a team twice in one season. Our guys are going to be excited to play the game, not only because it’s an NCAA Tournament game, but because it’s a chance to get back at a team that beat you.”Another factor the players and coaches are thinking about in advance of the game is the weather forecast for Thursday evening.According to the Weather Channel, the forecast for the start of the game at 5 p.m. is about 25 degrees, with winds blowing between 10 and 15 mph.Mason said tackling the cold weather head-on is something that the team will need to carefully plan out.“In these conditions, it’s a mental game,” Mason said. “You have to understand that it’s going to be cold, and just get over it, really.”OSU and Akron met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008, with Akron winning, 1-0, in double overtime. That was the only postseason matchup between the schools, though they have met 38 times overall, with Akron dominating the all-time series, 28-6-3.The winner of the game will advance to South Bend, Ind., to take on the defending champions and No. 1 seed in the tournament, Notre Dame, on Sunday.OSU’s first-round matchup against Akron is scheduled to kick off at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m. read more

Arnold Palmer King of the PGA tour dies at 87

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first_imgArnold Palmer, a Pennsylvania greenskeeper’s son who became one of golf’s most charismatic champions and made millions of dollars by turning his popular “everyman” image into one of the most lucrative sports brands in the world, died Sunday at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to his longtime assistant Doc Griffin. Palmer was hospitalized in preparation for heart surgery, but Griffin said he did not know the exact cause of death. He was 87.         Palmer rose from a blue-collar background to become part of the sport’s royalty — he was colloquially known on the PGA tour as “The King” — and frequent playing partner of U.S. presidents. He left an indelible mark on the world of golf in the form of nearly 300 signature-designed courses, and Arnold Palmer Enterprises, which handled his endorsements and other ventures, helped make Palmer the first golfer to make his name a worldwide franchise.         Many credit Palmer with inventing golf as a televised sport, becoming the game’s first well-known star by helping to put a name and face to the game. Palmer’s vitality and boyishly handsome looks helped attract many new fans to the sport who watched on television. “I’ve got sex written all over my face,” Palmer once said.         Emerging as a superstar athlete in the 1950s, Palmer did not play golf courses; he attacked them. Armed with a brutish swing that more resembled a hockey slap shot than a daisy cutter, Palmer brought energy and zest to the staid game that men before him such as Bobby Jones and Sam Snead played wearing tweed coats and knickers.         Standing 6-feet-2, with broad shoulders, beefy arms and massive hands, Palmer was known for bombing drives off the tee and then stalking his ball down the fairway, striding long bounds while dangling a thin cigarette between his fingers.last_img read more

Groups Pose Alternative Missions for DavisMonthan AFB to Address A10 Retirement

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR While the A-10 jet appears to have dodged retirement once again, the Air Force’s plan to retire the fleet of ground-attack jets in favor of other aircraft that can fulfill its close air support mission and save $4 billion likely isn’t going away.The looming retirement of the A-10 poses an uncomfortable question for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson as the aircraft represents the installation’s primary flying mission and the Air Force is looking to shed excess capacity. In the first of a multi-part series, the Arizona Daily Star considers five future missions for the installation suggested by the various entities advocating for the installation, including the DM50, the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance, Pima County and the city of Tucson:use Davis-Monthan for close air support training, perhaps with F-16s;transform it into a center for combat search-and-rescue training;move more drone operations there;create a central operations base under the 12th Air Force, which already has its headquarters at Davis-Monthan; andmake the base home to a future close air support plane or light-attack plane.The alternatives, with the exception of drone operations, would match up closely with existing missions at Davis-Monthan, but all have drawbacks, according to the story. And one suggestion, turning the installation into a central operations base for the 12th Air Force-Air Forces Southern, has been criticized by some of the Davis-Monthan support groups because it ignores the assets the base offers for a flying mission.Clearly the stakes are high as the installation generates an estimated $1 billion annually for the southeastern Arizona economy.“Any type of reduction in military spending or a decrease in the assets at D-M is going to have a significant impact on our local economy,” said David Godlewksi, chairman of the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance and president of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association. “D-M is a cornerstone of our economy.”Here is a link to the other stories in the Daily Star’s series about Davis-Monthan.last_img read more