Sprinter Srabani Nanda wins Ekalabya Award

first_imgBhubaneswar, Oct 8 (PTI) Sprinter Srabani Nanda has bagged the 24th Ekalabya Award for the year 2016 in recognition of her sporting excellence.She will get a cash award of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation at the Ekalabya Award function, a press release said today.Srabani won gold in 200m, silver in 100m and 4x100m relay in 12th South Asian Games held in Guwahati in February. She had also won bronze in 100m and 4x100m relay in Asian Grand Prix Athletics in Thailand in June 2015.Besides Srabani, hockey players Deep Grace Ekka and Dipsan Tirkey will also receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000, the release said adding that the date for Ekalabya Award function will be announced later.Ekalabya Award, instituted by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), is given every year to young sportspersons of Odisha in recognition of their outstanding performance in the preceding two years.Athlete Dutee Chand won the award last year. PTI SKN NN PDS PDSlast_img read more

Real Madrid C.F. says confident Cristiano Ronaldo acted legally in tax fraud case

first_imgSpanish soccer champions Real Madrid said on Wednesday they were confident their star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who faces accusations of committing tax fraud in the country, acted legally.Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.”Real Madrid have full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding the fulfilment of his fiscal obligations,” the team said in an official statement on its website.Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month after scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final, becoming the tournament’s top scorer.last_img read more

Vivo V11 gets Rs 2,000 price cut in India, now available for Rs 20,990

first_imgVivo recently launched a bunch of V series smartphones in India including the V11 Pro, the V11 and the V9 Pro. Within just a few days of the launch, Vivo has announced that they are reducing the price of the V11 by Rs 2,000. Vivo had launched the V11 in India for a starting price of Rs 22,990. After the price cut, the smartphone is now available for Rs 20,990 in India, which is the same price as the Poco F1.Vivo announced the price cut right before the festive sales on Flipkart and Amazon kicked off. Vivo has partnered with both the e-commerce giants to offer big discounts on its smartphones. Phones including the V9 Pro, the V11 Pro, the Vivo NEX, the Vivo Y83, the Vivo Y71i, the Y81, and a few more Vivo phones are on offer. V11 is one of them. But unlike the other offers, the Rs 2,000 discount on the V11 is a permanent one.The V11 is the toned down version of the V11 Pro and comes in only one variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The smartphone is available in two colours — Starry Night Black and Nebula Purple on Flipkart, Vivo India E-store and all offline channels. Just like the Pro version, V11 comes with the waterdrop notch, minimal bezels, and sleek design.The Vivo V11 comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with 2280x1080p resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P60 which is also found inside phones like Nokia 5.1 Plus paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage which can be expanded to 256GB via microSD card.advertisementALSO READ: Xiaomi Poco F1 will be available for Rs 18,899 during Flipkart Big Billion Days sale tomorrowOn the rear panel, the Vivo V11 includes a dual rear camera setup which consists of a primary sensor of 16MP with f/2.0 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5MP with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, the V11 equips a single camera setup. The phone comes with a 25MP camera paired with f/2.0 aperture. The V11 comes with a 3315mAh battery with 9V2A fast charging support.last_img read more

Marco Asensio gives Real Madrid advantage against Bayern Munich

first_img“The Champions League releases special powers in Real Madrid,” Toni Kroos had warned and there may be no power greater than the ability to resist, survive, and always advance, bruised perhaps but never beaten. Under pressure for so long, when Madrid left the Allianz Arena Raphaël Varane had a bleeding head and the team had suffered, just as Zinedine Zidane had warned they would, but they were victorious once more. It is not over but they are a step closer to a third consecutive Champions League final. Share on Messenger Read more Jupp Heynckes said his team’s performance proved Madrid could be hurt, but it was Bayern that were here. At the end, their players stood exhausted, two of them having long departed, Arjen Robben and Jérôme Boateng forced off with injury, missing most of the night and likely to miss the second leg too, trying to grasp what had happened. What had happened was this: goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio, both superbly struck, overturned Joshua Kimmich’s opener to give Madrid a win, their third in a row here, their sixth in succession against their great European rivals.The goals were wonderfully taken, but Heynckes called them “gifts”. Mistakes defined this game as much as talent did, and Bayern’s were more decisive. One in particular cost them, a terrible error from Rafinha on the halfway line just before the hour sending Lucas Vázquez and Asensio running into space to slip in the knife. From the other end, Bayern’s players watched it unfold, their fate sealed. As they poured forward, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema fired warnings, but Bayern had no choice. They also had no way through, Madrid waiting, resisting, every ball into the box sent sailing out again.Lewandowski was slipped in late on but clipped wide. The flag was up, anyway. So was time. A moment later, beyond 90 minutes now, the ball was curled towards Corentin Tolisso, inside Madrid’s area. As he turned towards it, it bounced off the turf and over his head, Bayern’s evening defined. Concerned, Zidane sent on Asensio at half-time in place of Isco, who had taken a knock. Ten minutes later, Asensio scored a hugely significant goal. It came from a corner – for Bayern. The ball came out to Rafinha whose dreadful pass was intercepted by Asensio, who slotted it into Lucas Vázquez, two against one now, running free, Ulreich at their mercy. Vázquez gave it back and Asensio finished with class.Ribéry, relentlessly running at Carvajal and, later, Vázquez, led Bayern’s bid to turn this round. Again and again he went at them. Twice he drew saves from Navas, before Müller and Lewandowski got in each other’s way a metre from the line. Share on Facebook Reuse this content Marcelo fires home Real Madrid’s first goal. Photograph: TF-Images/Getty Images A pitch invader is halted by a steward after the final whistle. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images Pinterest Bayern nearly doubled their lead immediately, a swift robbery sending Lewandowski clean through straight from the kick-off, only for Varane to step across, and then Thiago Alcántara giving Ribéry the ball alone inside the area where his touch was astonishingly bad, barely able to believe it as the ball slipped away. Heynckes called it a turning point.Despite the lead, there was still a sense Bayern were not entirely comfortable although Madrid were worse in a game of surprising imprecision for two teams of such rich resources. Mats Hummels’s touch was almost as bad as Ribéry’s had been as he handed Luka Modric the ball, although he was soon involved again at the other end, volleying over from seven yards. Next, Kimmich and Ribéry made an opportunity for Thomas Müller, running in, to hit on the bounce, which Sergio Ramos blocked. But five minutes from half-time, Madrid scored. Ramos’s diagonal ball across was headed back by Carvajal and Cristiano Ronaldo leapt for an overhead kick. He made no contact but did put off Javi Martínez who backed off letting the ball bounce and Marcelo struck a superb shot into the corner.Bayern had three chances in added time at the end of the first half. Rodríguez’s free-kick found Lewandowski leaping seven yards out, but he headed straight at Navas. Ribéry beat Carvajal and clipped to the far post, where Marcelo nodded away from Müller. And from the corner, Lewandowski’s header just evaded Müller by the post. Bayern had started the night attacking and they ended it attacking too, firing off 13 shots, but Madrid are a club that considers this competition their own for a reason. As for Bayern, while James Rodríguez impressed, the early departure of Robben left them lop-sided, everything going through Franck Ribéry. A constant threat, he nonetheless had to go it alone often. He also encountered Keylor Navas, at fault for the goal but redeemed after.Bayern’s first chance came after just 25 seconds, when Rodríguez put presure on Dani Carvajal and the ball sat up for Robert Lewandowski, inside the six-yard box but at a tight angle. He hit the ball too hard to be a pass and too horizontal to be a shot but the tone appeared to be set and to begin with the pace was frenetic, the game quite direct, Bayern on the front foot.It didn’t last, and nor did Robben. He was forced off after eight minutes and within half an hour Boateng had to go too. Bayern, though, enjoyed much of the ball and by then they had taken the lead when Rodríguez’s pass sent Kimmich racing up the right. Lewandowski ran alongside and Madrid’s goalkeeper was perhaps preoccupied with him, because as Kimmich slowed slightly Navas seemed to edge towards the centre. Instead of crossing, Kimmich hit the ball hard from a tight angle sending it flying in at the near post. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Read more Champions League Pinterest Real Madrid showed they are vulnerable despite win, says Bayern’s Heynckes Twitter Topics Share on Twitter Bayern Munich Nasty flashback for Bayern as Real masters make them suffer again match reports Facebook Share via Email Real Madrid European club football Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Facebook Share on WhatsApp Twitter last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to secure James Rodríguez for £3m?

first_imgfeatures With transfer guru Sven Mislintat heading for the hills, Stan Kroenke slamming shut the war chest and £350,000-a-week man Mesut Özil marooned on his sofa, Arsenal fans have gone into meltdown mode. But wait! James Rodríguez could be about to jet in and calm the tensions.Colombia’s 2012 World Cup hero is in the second season of a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga champions are not too fussed about making the move permanent for £39.5m, and he would happily pack his bags for London if Arsenal can cover the remaining £3m of the £11.5m loan fee Bayern agreed with Real Madrid. Arsenal’s post-Wenger plans in tatters with Sven Mislintat set to leave club Share on Facebook European club football Rumour Mill Real Madrid Topics Share on WhatsApp Football Arsenal Transfer windowcenter_img Bayern Munich Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Read more Share on LinkedIn The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. With so little cash swilling around the Emirates the club’s bean counters are said to have come up with the ingenious idea of flogging Özil to Internazionale or Juventus, and have told the Italian giants of their plan. The German has no interest in leaving but help may be at hand in the form of Mohamed Elneny, who is interesting Roma and would be delighted to escape the Gunners bench.Ole Gunnar Solskjær has told anyone who will listen that he will not not give up the keys to the Manchester United manager’s office without a fight, and he is ready to bare his teeth in the transfer market. The Norwegian has told Marouane Fellaini to find a new club and has muscled his way to the front of the queue for Cengiz Under, with a £50m summer transfer in the pipeline. Yannick Carrasco is available right now, so desperate is he to return to Europe from China, and the former Atlético Madrid winger seems to have had his head turned by Solskjær’s barnstorming United revolution. Carrasco’s wife, Noémie Happart, was certainly happy to play ball when quizzed about whether United had joined the list of clubs chasing her husband’s signature. “Yes they are very interested,” teased Miss Belgium 2013. “I do not hide it but nothing is signed.”Chelsea are close to landing Leandro Paredes after submitting a second offer worth around £35m to Zenit Saint Petersburg for the Argentinian midfielder.Leicester are set to sign trialist Ali Reghba from Bohemians after the teenager scored twice in an under-23s game.And unlikeliest transfer tale of the week has to be Cristhian Stuani’s proposed move to Barcelona. The Middlesbrough flop has been banging the goals in for Girona for the past two seasons and could be in line for a shock £15m transfer to the Camp Nou. Álvaro Morata is also under consideration but Barça will only sanction a loan move for the Chelsea forward if Denis Suárez’s transfer to Arsenal goes through. When did all the money dry up? Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Klopp’s plan for Liverpool keeping Salah & Co.

first_imgTransfers Klopp details how Liverpool can keep Salah and Co. at Anfield Chris Burton 02:31 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Reds have seen star turns such as Philippe Coutinho head for the exits while Emre Can could be next, but they are working to retain prized assets Jurgen Klopp has no intention of losing more key men at Liverpool, with the Reds aware of what it will take to keep Mohamed Salah and Co. happy.Philippe Coutinho saw his head turned by Barcelona in January, leading to a £142 million move, while Emre Can is continuing to run down his contract at Anfield and could be next to head for the exits.Liverpool are, however, planning long term with those at their disposal and acknowledge that on-field success will help to fend off interest from afar. 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 Salah is among the star turns to be generating transfer talk at present, amid strong links to Real Madrid, and Klopp is aware that sporting and financial factors have to be considered by the Reds as they seek to keep prized assets on Merseyside.He told reporters when quizzed on the future of in-demand talent: “Of course we want to keep them but they all have long contracts so it’s not like we have a big rush to do it tomorrow.“We are in constant talks, but our first job is to create something that everybody wants to be part of. “There are a lot of football clubs around and if they pay then it’s normal that a player thinks about it.“We cannot convince them with money, we have to do it with the football. I believe it is a really interesting project here at the moment.”Jurgen Klopp how to keep Mohamed SalahAdding to that project is the priority for Klopp heading forward, with Liverpool having opted to wait until the summer before reinvesting the cash generated from Coutinho’s sale back into their squad.Klopp added on his transfer plans: “We want to keep this team together and strengthen it.”The Reds recently announced encouraging financial results, with chief operating officer Andy Hughes confirming that funds will be made available when the window of opportunity re-opens.He said: “Performance on the pitch and the reinvestment in our squad is always a priority and following the club’s record signing last month we will look to invest again in the summer.”Liverpool made Virgil van Dijk their record signing in January, with £75m paid to Premier League rivals Southampton, and they already have a summer deal in place for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st Indian Premier League hundred in 7 years

first_img scorecard No data available! advertisement graphs Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st Indian Premier League hundred in 7 yearsIPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane hits a hundred days after being removed as Rajasthan Royals captain for the remainder of the 2019 Indian Premier League.center_img view more view less commentary Rajarshi Gupta JaipurApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 21:27 IST Ajinkya Rahane hit his 2nd IPL hundred as Rajasthan Royals moved into a strong position vs Delhi Capitals. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane hit his 2nd IPL hundred as Rajasthan Royals moved into a strong position vs Delhi CapitalsRahane had last hit a hundred in the IPL back in 2012On Saturday, Ajinkya Rahane was removed as RR captain and replaced by Steve SmithAjinkya Rahane hit his 2nd hundred in the Indian Premier League and his 1st since 2017 as Rajasthan Royals dominated Delhi Capitals in Jaipur in a crucial 2019 IPL match on Monday.Rahane had last scored an IPL hundred in an emphatic win for Rajasthan Royals over Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15, 2012. Rahane had smashed 103 not out off 60 balls and was named man-of-the-match.Ajinkya Rahane has been under the pump this summer. After a fluent 70 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rahane was dismissed for a duck in Chennai against the Super Kings. Following a string of low scores, low strike rate and defeats, Rajasthan Royals sacked Ajinkya Rahane as captain and asked Steve Smith to take over, albeit for a handful of matches.Against Mumbai Indians, Steve Smith hit a classy fifty and young Riyan Parag made 43 and a strong impression as the Royals stormed to a win. Meanwhile, there was growing criticism around Rahane’s performance at the top of the order.It was time to deliver and in style.Ajinkya Rahane was dropped on 16 by Ishant Sharma off Axar Patel. He was relentless after the lucky escape and made Delhi Capitals pay. He was particularly harsh on Chris Morris – a flick over fine leg for six was a shot of magic. The very next ball, Rahane lofted Morris over cover with typical grace to move into the 80s.That’s a well-made half-century for @ajinkyarahane88 #RR 71/1 after 8 overs. pic.twitter.com/HfC9BqWsqM IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2019There was a time when Ajinkya Rahane played some classy knocks in the IPL. His most productive season came in 2012 when he hit 560 runs including an unbeaten 103. In 2013, he hit 488 runs before a 540-run season in 2015. The next year, Rahane hit 480 runs including 6 fifties from 14 matches.advertisementAjinkya Rahane had started to cement his place in the Indian ODI team after the 2017 Champions Trophy. With runs in West Indies and at home against Australia, there was a feeling Rahane would be a strong contender for the World Cup in England.However, the Indian team management never went back to him after the tour of South Africa but he continues to remain a key member of the Test team.Also Read | When Dhoni bats, it is difficult for bowlers: RR skipper Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | IPL 2019: Riyan Parag from Assam wins hearts with his runs, simplicity and GamusaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Delhi Capitalslast_img read more

Things to Do in Richmond: Where to Eat, Play, Drink, and Stay in Virginia’s Capital City

first_img Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App In the nearly 300 years since its founding in 1737, Richmond has teetered between periods of great prosperity and utter hardship. Today, it boasts a stern “capital city” vibe like so many pint-sized capital cities around the U.S. There are historical monuments and statues on every other block. Its citizens move with a hustle typically reserved for politicians and people with serious meetings to attend. However, in its until-recently deserted side streets and quieter neighborhoods, there are glimmers of creativity, renewal, and rebirth. Boutique hotels, gallery spaces, and nouveau chefs are finding their groove in previously forgotten corners of the city. Here are the best restaurants, bars, hotels, and things to do in Virginia’s capital.Things to DoA cemetery might seem an odd place to “play,” but Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery is arguably one of its most relevant and fascinating historical monuments. The 150-year-old graveyard is the final resting place for two (three, if you prefer to count Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederate States of America) U.S. presidents, more than 18,000 Confederate soldiers, purported vampire W.W. Pool, and thousands of the city’s elite and proletariat. It’s a beautiful park in its own right, one where cycling locals mix with curious tourists among the sprawling tree-lined grounds along the James River. Walking tours are available on select days April through November, and they’re recommended as you’re all but guaranteed to get lost among the more than 135 acres.Hollywood Cemetery Hollywood Cemetery/FacebookThe music and culture scene in Richmond is — and has long been — far more interesting and notable than it gets credit for. The city was the birthplace of Aimee Mann, D’Angelo, even GWAR (you’re welcome). Modern-day Richmond is home to a diverse music scene from block parties to touring acts at The Camel to the creative oddities at Gallery 5 (a one-time firehouse that now hosts gallery exhibits and live shows). For a true taste of the city’s African-American culture, head to The Hippodrome, a speakeasy and theater with live music. Don’t miss the RVA First Fridays, a year-round art walk featuring dozens of the city’s best restaurants, galleries, shops, and organizations in the Arts District.Restaurants and BarsDon’t let the “gluten-free” label on the menu fool you — Tio Pablo Taqueria is as legit of a Mexican restaurant as you’ll find anywhere in the U.S. Street-style tacos are available a la carte with authentic sides like nopales (sauteed cactus with tomatoes and jalapenos) and frijoles charros (pinto beans with bacon). Back your order with a happy-hour-priced margarita or a proper shot from their deep tequila store.Tio Pablo Taqueria Tio Pablo Taqueria/FacebookPenny Lane Pub is a fantastic, proper British pub in the heart of Richmond. The dark wood bar and high top tables here are canopied with a 40-year-old blanket of sports memorabilia, celebrity photos, and random bits of Liverpudlian kitsch. It’s an ideal spot to sip a few Fuller’s, fill up on steak and Guinness pie, and catch an afternoon footie match.In the morning, a hearty breakfast from The City Diner is the ideal hangover cure. It’s a legit locals’ joint where you’re as likely to see mayors, local celebrities, construction workers, and students all rubbing elbows. It’s also loud and bustling every day of the week, so come hungry and expect a wait.HotelsWe’ve long been fans of Graduate Hotels. The micro-chain leans hard on “back to school nostalgia” chic — chalkboards, stodgy university logos, and faded faculty headshots — in a clever way that just works. Like many of its sibling properties in college towns throughout the country, Graduate Richmond (aka Brookfield) is no different. The preppy-meets-mod decor is a unique blend of tartan patterns, mid-century modern furnishings, bold artwork, and quirky, miscellaneous accents that all pay homage to the city’s rich history in a fun, upscale way.Graduate HotelThe Brookfield lobby lounge and bar area is a swanky spot for a quick bite or one of a dozen local beers on draft. The adjacent room boasts classic table arcade games, billiards, ping pong, and shuffleboard. But, the real action is on the 16th floor. Here, a rooftop deck provides panoramic city views and unique pool space for guests only. After noon, the adjacent Byrd House lounge serves snacks and bespoke cocktails amid strings of twinkle lights and cushy outdoor couches. It’s arguably one of the best spots in the city to catch the sunset. 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene last_img read more

New England senators seek to designate National Lobster Day

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration.They’ve introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25 as National Lobster Day to honour the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters.The resolution is being led by Maine’s U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, who say it honours not only the lobsters but also the people who harvest, ship and cook them.Rhode Island’s U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says he expects the full Senate to again unanimously approve it as a fun, tasty way to honour lobstermen and their catch.Maine led the nation in American lobster landings in 2016 with 132 million pounds (60 million kilograms) valued at nearly $540 million, followed by Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.last_img read more

2026 World Cup Bid Morocco will not Exploit Trump Factor

Rabat – According to a recent report by the Associated Press, Morocco will refrain from using Trump’s unfavorable global reputation as leverage during the kingdom’s ongoing campaign to host the 2026 World Cup.The report cites an interview with Hicham El Amrani, Morocco’s 2026 bid chief executive, who, commenting on the potential asset that Trump could be to Morocco’s bid, allegedly told the Associated Press that Morocco would focus on its bid and “leave it up to voters to decide what they think,” adding “I won’t make comments about the leadership here and there.”“We don’t want to win the right to host because of someone else, but because of our clear advantages… we will stay away from [Trump] because it is not proper to comment”, the outlet further quoted Mr. El Amrani. While the Associated Press pointed to the financial benefit that could double for FIFA if North America were to host the 2026 World Cup edition, El Amrani reportedly pointed to the numerous advantages of hosting the cup in Morocco, such as the “sweet spot in Time zones” and the “more comfortable and shorter travelling time” to match venues which, El Amrani added, “will allow for better quality of play.”“Contrary to what we can hear about potential revenue,” El Mani also said, commenting on the supposed financial asset of the North American contenders, “Morocco has a fantastic offer from that perspective.”Until the final deliberations (this time, all 211 football nations will vote), it is clear that Morocco’s bid, as it comes with pan-African support, is a serious challenge to the North-American triumvirate.In an article published in August of last year, The New York Times was already describing Morocco’s bid as “a last minute Challenger,” and “a potential complication to the United States-led campaign that appeared to be coasting to victory unopposed.”Just a bit of patience for football fans, and time will tell. read more

UN food agency welcomes Popes support for its school feeding programme

Reacting to the Pontiff’s remarks in his weekly Sunday message, Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the Rome-based UN agency, said the Pope’s support meant “a message of hope” for millions of hungry children. “School feeding is not only affordable, it is the best investment the international community can make in the world’s poorest children,” said Ms. Bertini.In his Sunday message, the Pope stressed that WFP’s school feeding programme has proven to be a very effective way of fighting hunger and helping the world’s poorest children. “I pray that the international community will generously support [this] work,” he said. The WFP chief emphasized that school feeding gives children a better chance in life. “Our experience at WFP demonstrates time and again that school feeding is critical to breaking the vicious cycle of hunger and misery that has condemned generations of children to poverty and despair.”WFP, which last year fed 12 million school children in 54 countries, has launched a global campaign to increase support from donors to reach more hungry students. The agency estimates that there are some 300 million poor children – mostly girls – in the world today who either do not receive a meal during the school day or do not attend school at all.According to WFP, a child can be fed for an average of just 0.22 euros (19 cents) a day. If donors were to commit to a 15-year programme, an entire generation of children around the globe could receive basic nutrition and education, Ms. Bertini said. read more

Busy week for traders amid interest rate decisions US growth data earnings

Busy week for traders amid interest rate decisions, U.S. growth data, earnings by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2012 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Investors have plenty to sift through this week with traders looking to central bank intentions for interest rates, a raft of quarterly earnings reports from Canadian corporations and the first look at how the U.S. economy performed during the third quarter.There isn’t any doubt about what the Canadian central bank will do about interest rates — it’s widely expected the bank will leave its key rate unchanged at one per cent.But there is speculation about what the bank will have to say about raising rates in the future. And that means its statement Tuesday morning will be carefully scrutinized for small changes in wording.“It sounds as if the bank may back away from their usual rote phrase that they could reduce monetary stimulus if the economy continues to grow above trend, with a very mild so-called tightening bias,” said Doug Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets.“There’s a chance that they will drop that phrase altogether.”In any event, Porter said BMO wasn’t expecting the Bank of Canada to do anything on rates for the next year anyway.“(The wording is) so mild in any event and is qualified by the economy has to grow above potential and it hasn’t been doing that recently. So, there’s no chance of them tightening until the economy grows by more than two per cent and we haven’t seen that for awhile,” he said.In fact, the International Monetary Fund earlier this month said the Canadian economy will grow slower than expected, along with most of the rest of the global economy.The IMF projected growth in Canada this year of 1.9 per cent, improving slightly to two per cent in 2013. That compared with the July forecast that saw growth at 2.1 per cent for 2012 and 2.2 per cent for 2013 with growth in Canada constrained by the sluggish U.S. economy.“And frankly we still think the IMF is a touch too optimistic,” added Porter.The latest read on U.S. economic growth comes out Friday. The consensus calls for the American economy to have grown at an annualized pace of 1.8 per cent during the July-September period, better than the 1.3 per cent pace of the second quarter, but lower than the two per cent gain chalked up during the first quarter.The Fed also makes its next announcement on rates this week and analysts aren’t expecting much to come out of the meeting Wednesday, now that the Fed has made it clear it doesn’t plan to move on rates until at least 2015 and has already announced a fresh round of quantitative easing to keep the recovery on the rails.Timing also plays a part.“Every meeting is important but now that we know they’re not doing anything about rates and have announced another round of stimulus, I suspect the Fed will do its level best to lay low here with the election just two weeks away from the meeting,” said Porter.The TSX gained 1.75 per cent this past week after falling a like amount the previous week. The Dow eked out a 14-point gain as U.S. indexes were pressured by earnings news.The third-quarter earnings reporting season for Canadian corporations moves into gear this week, about two weeks after U.S. corporations started issuing results. So far, American companies seemed to have exceeded expectations.A survey by Bloomberg said analysts now project a 0.3 per cent drop in S&P 500 earnings for the period, compared with a decrease of two per cent predicted on Sept. 28. Still, it’s the first year-over-year decline since 2009.Analysts aren’t expecting a strong earnings season for Canada either.“I think probably something that isn’t dramatic but then not a disaster either,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital.“Canadian companies for the most part are still taking in revenue, still making profits but they aren’t exciting and I don’t think this earnings season is going to be particularly exciting as we go forward.”Major companies reporting this week include Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) Monday, tech company Celestica (TSX:CLS) on Tuesday and gas producer EnCana (TSX:ECA) and telecom Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) on Wednesday.Thursday sees the heaviest day with earnings coming in from gold producers Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G), energy companies Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) and Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) and Shaw Communications (SJR.B). read more

WRHL 20122013 starts this weekend

← Previous Story Xavi Pascual stays in F.C Barcelona Intersport until 2015! Next Story → Demis Radovcic (Bozen): “We are going to win in Romania” Women’s Regional Handball League, who hasn’t a lot of success in previous years, this season welcome back Croatian teams, RK Podravka and RK Lokomotiva, so Buducnost from Podgorica will have two-three more tough matches apart of the EHF Champions League. Montenegrin team is the first favourite for winning this competition. For the second place will fight Serbian Zajecar, Croatian Podravka, but also Macedonian teams, Metalurg and Zajecar. Serbian vice-champion, RK Jagodina could surprise someone, Lokomotiva as well, while Biseri are total outsider.1.round 08-09.09.2012.Buducnost – MetalurgPodravka – JagodinaZajecar – VardarBiseri – Lokomotiva2.round 15-16.09.2012.Vardar – BuducnostBiseri – PodravkaJagodina – ZajecarLokomotiva – Metalurg3.round 22-23.09.2012.Buducnost – JagodinaPodravka – LokomotivaZajecar – BiseriMetalurg – Vardar4.round 08-09.09.2012.Biseri – BuducnostPodravka – ZajecarJagodina – MetalurgLokomotiva – Vardar5.round 10.10.2012.Buducnost – PodravkaMetalurg – BiseriZajecar – LokomotivaVardar – Jagodina6.round 22.12.2012.Zajecar – BuducnostBiseri – VardarPodravka – MetalurgLokomotiva – Jagodina7.round 29.12.2012.Buducnost – LokomotivaJagodina – BiseriVardar – PodravkaMetalurg – Zajecar read more

Is Skype coming to the PS Vita

first_imgDuring a presentation in Brazil, Sony execs trotted out shots of the upcoming PlayStation Vita and all of the features the device will support. In addition to some glamour shots of the device that we’ve all seen already, the slideshow flashed a few logos of products and services that will work with the PS Vita. One of them just happened to be the Skype logo. Sony hasn’t said up to this point whether or not the PS Vita will support Skype for video calls.Some of the other logos on the slide are things we expected. The PS Vita will support DLNA, Wi-Fi, and you’ll be able to play multiplayer games wirelessly or stream music and video to or from other networked devices. The Skype logo is the odd one out because Sony never tipped at E3 that the PS Vita would be capable of Skype calling, although they did say it would have front and rear-facing cameras. Sony also said that the PS Vita would be capable of video calls, but they never specifically said that Skype would handle those calls.AdChoices广告The image with Skype in it landed at GameGeneration, a Brazilian gaming site, and then over at the GameTrailers forums. A number of users wondered whether or not Sony had agreed to use Skype for video calls before or after Microsoft purchased it. It’s a good point: clearly Skype has its own agreements to abide by and wouldn’t have a vested interest in letting their new owners know something confidential about one of their clients. Even so, it does raise the question of whether or not Skype and Sony’s relationship will change now that Skype is in the pocket of one of Sony’s major competitors.At the same time, just because Skype is a subsidiary of Microsoft doesn’t mean that their business model has to change drastically. In fact, it could be that Microsoft was interested in Skype because of the way they do business and their long client list. For now, at least, it doesn’t seem like Microsoft is meddling in Skype’s affairs very much.All of this, of course, assumes that the slide is real, and that the Skype logo wasn’t just added by an admin assistant who didn’t know any better. After all, someone could have thought to themselves that they needed a way to illustrate video calling, and just picked the Skype logo because that’s all they know. We’ll have to see what – if anything – Sony says about video calling on the PS Vita before we know for sure.Read more at GameGeneration (Portuguese) via GameTrailerslast_img read more

Two men charged in connection with the death of Irishman Dylan Crawford

first_img 28,061 Views Share Tweet Email Dylan CrawfordUpdated 12.24POLICE IN MANCHESTER have charged two men in connection with the death of 20-year-old Donegal man Dylan Crawford.Crawford was found unconscious on Spear Street in the city at around 1.40am last Wednesday morning. He died a short time later.38-year-old Ibrahim Amin of no fixed address has been charged with theft and 32-year-old Abdi Hassan, also of no fixed address, has been charged with handling a stolen card and fraud.Both have been remanded into custody to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court later today.An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.Additional reporting Cianan BrennanComments are closed as legal proceedings are now under wayRead: ‘The most harrowing work I’ve had to do’: The Irish priest among the liberators at Bergen-BelsenRead: Mother pleads with burglars to give back laptop which contains pictures of her dead son http://jrnl.ie/3341958 Two men charged in connection with the death of Irishman Dylan Crawford Dylan Crawford was found unconscious in the early hours of Wednesday morning. No Comments Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 12:24 PM Short URL Apr 15th 2017, 12:24 PM By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ACARA makes Modern Greek more accessible

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Board of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) reversed its decision to pitch the Australian Curriculum for Modern Greek to those with a working knowledge of Greek. ACARA has listened to the call by many wanting Modern Greek to become more accessible to people with no knowledge of the language. Already winning the landmark decision of being available in the national curriculum, the ACARA board decided to pitch the curriculum in two ways, for Greeks and non Greeks. MP Maria Vamvakinou, a former Modern Greek teacher herself and campaigner for the issue, is overjoyed with the outcome. “I’m thrilled that Modern Greek will now have a national cover that it needs to become a language to be taken up by young Australians of non Greek background,” she told Neos Kosmos. “Our argument was that it’s a language of national significance.” The decision comes after a letter to ACARA signed by community and educational organisations all around Australia, pleaded that Greek should maintain the same learner pathway as French, German, Indonesian, or Japanese. Thinking the letter would fall on deaf ears, the board overturned their initial decision on November 1st. Their hard work means Greek will become more accessible for everyone, and is now one of the languages a principal can choose to be taught at all Australian schools. The measure is a step forward in the battle to keep Modern Greek alive in Australia, but Professor Michael Tsianikas of Flinders University isn’t too optimistic about it being popular. “I have to be realistic. Studying the situation of languages in Australia for many years now, I know there are two big factors,’ he explains. “One is the big European languages are very popular, like French, and on the other hand the Asian languages are being pushed by the Australian government. The other factor is we’re going to have new communities like the Greek community was 30 or 40 years ago.” It’s something many might foresee but aren’t happy to admit. Even though Professor Tsianikas was a campaigner for overturning ACARA’s decision, he is realistic about the turnout schools might see. “I can’t see why a student in any school would study Modern Greek when there are other possibilities and the government is pushing other languages,” he says.“Regardless of what the government will say about Greek language, and even they say this is the most important language ever, still I think the reality is it is a language of limited potential now.” Ms Vamvakinou does see initial problems with numbers especially since most Greek classes are offered after school or on Saturdays. “It runs the risk of remaining around the infrastructure of the afternoon schools, but it won’t necessarily mean it won’t extend itself to the non Greek speaking community,” she says. The solution will have to come in great marketing campaigns to students and non Greeks to convince them that it’s a better choice than the other options on the national curriculum. “We really have to do a good job,” Professor Tsianikas says. “[ACARA] are recognising our strength, they’re sending us a positive and friendly message. Now it’s up to us if we are able to show we’re able to receive this gift with grace and in return give something back.” At least the decision is a step forward to ensuring the livelihood of the Greek language in our community. The decision will work towards changing people perceptions of Modern Greek as a subject, and will open doors for those seeking to re-connect with the language of their ancestors. Mr Vassilios Gogas, Education Coordinator at the Consulate says it’s a step forward to reforming Greek and the way it’s taught. “It will address the long-standing erroneous perception that Greek is only available to – and being taught to – students who use Modern Greek as a language at home,” he says.last_img read more

Tony Smith replaces Bronwyn Bishop

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Newly-elected Speaker Tony Smith has promised to allow ‘robust’ debate in parliament, but warned MPs to be better behaved.The 48-year-old Victorian MP on Monday won a Liberal party room ballot to take over the speakership from Bronwyn Bishop.The MP for Casey defeated fellow Victorian Russell Broadbent, who reportedly was backed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott who commended Mr Smith for building internal party support to take over the role.“Your job is to maintain order in this House by commanding the respect of both sides of the chamber,” he said.Abbott also delivered a message of support to Mrs Bishop, who has now moved to the Coalition backbenches.Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, on the other hand, has welcomed Tony Smith’s commitment not to attend party room meetings, declaring the best umpires “are the ones that you don’t notice”.In his first words from the Speaker’s chair Mr Smith said he would give a fair go to everyone.“Parliament is a robust place … it is the arena for the battle of ideas and ideals,” he said, stressing that “it needn’t be rude and it needn’t be loud – that is something I’d like to see improved.”“I will not be attending weekly party meetings. It’s my view that the Speaker should not only be, but also should be seen to be, independent of the partisan day-to-day fray.”There were interjections of “no way” and laughter as the Opposition Leader also called on Mr Smith to allow supplementary questions in Question Time, which would give Labor the opportunity to ask Ministers a series of questions in a row, rather than only one.Source: ABC, Skynewslast_img read more

Près de 200 tigres du Bengale se promènent en liberté au Népal

first_imgPrès de 200 tigres du Bengale se promènent en liberté au NépalLe Népal a recensé 198 tigres du Bengal vivant à l’état sauvage. Cela représente une augmentation de 64% de la population de ce félin en seulement quatre ans.On estime que la population de tigres à l’état sauvage, dans le monde, a chuté de 100.000 en 1900 à environ 3.200 aujourd’hui, rapporte WWF. Face à de tels chiffres, la situation de ce félin inquiète donc de plus en plus. Mais le gouvernement népalais vient d’annoncer une bonne nouvelle : à l’occasion de la Journée internationale du tigre qui se tenait lundi, il a publié un recensement de la population de tigres du Bengal vivant en liberté à l’état sauvage dans le pays.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon ce document, la population aurait bondi de 64% en quatre ans. En effet, les tigres n’étaient que 121 en 2009 et “l’étude a établi que le nombre de tigres adultes en liberté est actuellement de 198”, a déclaré le ministre de la Protection de la nature, Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti cité par l’AFP. Un nombre que le gouvernement népalais s’est “engagé à doubler d’ici à 2022”, a rappelé le ministre. A lui seul, le parc national de Chitwan, situé dans le centre du Népal, accueille 120 tigres du Bengale et 50 autres circulent dans le parc national de Bardia. La vingtaine de tigres restants se répartissent dans trois autres zones protégées du pays. “Les zones de préservation où les animaux évoluent se sont aussi étendues, ce qui contribue à la croissance des chiffres”, explique Maheswar Dhakal, un responsable du département de protection de la faune sauvage.Recensement en cours en Inde Les experts et les défenseurs de l’environnement estiment que cette augmentation s’explique essentiellement par la répression du braconnage qui “a joué un rôle essentiel”, selon M. Dhakal. Il indique également qu’un recensement est en cours en Inde mais que “cela prend un peu plus de temps [puisque le pays] comptait jusqu’à présent 1.300 tigres du Bengale répartis dans d’immenses zones protégées”. Les résultats des deux campagnes de recensement seront publiés en décembre prochain.Le 30 juillet 2013 à 13:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

How to get your taxes done for free

first_img Posted: February 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom February 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter How to get your taxes done for free KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In San Diego County there are several ways to get your taxes done for free and get money back with the Earned Income Tax Credit.Nancy Sasaki, President and CEO, United Way of San Diego County along with William York, Executive Vice President, 2-1-1 San Diego stopped by Good Morning San Diego with some advice on filing taxes.According to United Way of San Diego County if you make about $54,900 or less annually, you can get your taxes done for free in person at 61 sites across the San Diego County. If your household makes $66,000 or less annually, you may be eligible to file your taxes online for free at myfreetaxes.org.In 2018, the San Diego EITC Coalition brought more than $40 million in federal and state refunds back to 31,000 residents in San Diego communities.San Diegans may qualify for federal EITC if they make $54,000 per year or less, and they may qualify for Cal EITC if they make $25,000 or less. New this year: Cal EITC is available to young adults, 18-24, and seniors, 65 years and older, without qualifying children in their household, said 2-1-1 San Diego.To learn more, see if you qualify or book an appointment, call 2-1-1 or visit myfreetaxes.org. last_img read more

Sitka Assembly Passes AntiSmoking Law

first_imgThe Sitka Assembly passed a controversial amendment Tuesday night, tightening the city’s anti-smoking laws. The question before the assembly was whether children should be prohibited from entering any business that allows smoking — even for a non-smoking event. The decision came down to different interpretations of what voters intended nearly a decade ago.Download AudioIt was the fourth time the Assembly had discussed the amendment, which pitted anti-smoking advocates against those who felt, in the words of one member of the public, “You’re going a little too far…You’re micromanaging things that a parent should do. So let’s do city things, and let parents do parent things.”In 2005, Sitka voters passed a law that barred children from entering businesses that allow smoking. This past December, the American Legion, a private club that allows smoking, hosted a Christmas party for kids – but didn’t allow smoking at the event. The Legion asked the city attorney whether the party was legal. She said it was.In response, Mayor Mim McConnell and Assembly Member Phyllis Hackett sponsored an amendment to clarify the intent of the 2005 law. The new language makes it clear that if a business allows smoking, then kids can’t enter, even for a smoke-free event.That prompted protests from the Legion, and the Assembly sent the issue to the Health Needs and Human Services Commission. The commission voted unanimously in favor of the amendment. They cited, in particular, the possible health hazards of third-hand smoke, or the chemicals that can remain in walls and furniture after a room has been used for smoking.But both McConnell and Hackett argued that all of these issues – third-hand smoke, public health, assembly overreach and even Christmas parties – were beside the point. Voters already settled these issues when they passed the law in 2005, Hackett said. The assembly’s job was simply to honor the voters’ original intent.“The issue here, which I know some people are having a hard time understanding or choosing to believe, but the issue here is about intent, and it’s about the intent of the ordinance that was passed,” Hackett said. “And it was passed overwhelmingly by the voters.”Assembly Members Mike Reif and Matt Hunter, however, insisted it wasn’t so easy to tell what voters intended nearly a decade ago. Reif pointed out that third-hand smoke, for instance, wasn’t even part of the debate in 2005.“I personally really don’t know the intent of the voters in Sitka back in 2005,” Reif said. “It’s very cloudy trying to speculate what the intent was of all those voters.”All the same, Reif said he felt he had a clearer sense of the voters’ will now.“I do think that if we put this to the vote of Sitkan voters today, that they would pass this, they would want to see this banned,” Reif said. “I’ll support it because that’s what I think the majority of Sitkans want.”Hunter, meanwhile, spoke at length about how his thinking on the issue had changed.“I’ve publicly gone back and forth on this issue and I’m still conflicted on it,” Hunter said, adding that he had consulted the original 2005 ballot. “The language as it’s written, the whole reason for doing this amendment to change the language, is because the language is unclear. And to me it means that, what people voted on, it’s very easy for people to interpret it in many ways.”He said he thought the issue should be put to a vote once again.“I am going to not support this ordinance because I feel that this is an issue that really needs to go to the people to decide,” he said. “And while I have no intention of exposing myself or those I love to first-, second- or third-hand smoke, I also am very sensitive to the personal responsibility issue.”In the end, Hunter was the only vote against the amendment. Assembly Member Pete Esquiro had agreed with Hunter during earlier meetings, but he voted yes, without offering any other comment.last_img read more