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Maria Sharapova faces 10-match marathon to win Wimbledon title

first_imgMaria Sharapova will probably have to win 10 matches to claim a second Wimbledon title this year after deciding on Friday not to request a wildcard for the championships.The 30-year-old returned from a 15-month doping ban last month and has failed to gain a high enough ranking for automatic entry into the 128-strong main draw.Set to enter the top 200 on Monday, however, she is eligible to play in the qualifying event the week before in Roehampton, where she would need to survive three rounds just to take her place in round one at the All England Club.Russian Sharapova, the 2004 champion and former world number one, announced the news on her website.”Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing …in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard,” said Sharapova, who has received a wildcard for the Wimbledon warmup event in Birmingham.Sharapova could have secured a place in the Wimbledon main draw by right had she reached the semi-finals at the Italian Open in Rome, but she withdrew injured during a second round match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.”I have already started getting treatment on the injury I sustained a few days ago in Rome, and will begin my preparation as soon I get better,” the five-times grand slam champion said.Her decision takes the heat off the Wimbledon wildcard committee which meets on June 20 and could technically still offer her automatic entry into the main draw.However, in light of the decision of French Tennis Federation (FFT) on Tuesday to snub Sharapova for a French Open wildcard, they would have been under pressure to follow suit.advertisementSharapova was initially banned for two years after testing positive for then newly-banned heart condition drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced the sanction to 15 months, saying she was not an “intentional doper”.The U.S.-based player called her punishment “unfairly harsh” saying she had not realised meldonium, a product she had used legally for much of her career, had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned list.Her comeback has been aided by wildcards in Stuttgart, where she reached the semi-finals, Madrid and Rome.Several players have voiced their disapproval at Sharapova’s return, most noticeably Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard who said Sharapova should have been banned for life, calling her a “cheater”. Bouchard beat Sharapova in Madrid.Sharapova will have to break new ground if she is to win Wimbledon this year as no qualifier has won the women’s singles title.American Alexandra Stevenson came closest when she reached the semi-final in 1999 before losing to Lindsay Davenport.John McEnroe reached the men’s singles semi-finals as a qualifier in 1977.last_img read more

Youth brigade upbeat post impressive Europe tour

first_imgBy Mona Parthsarathi New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Brimming with confidence after a successful European hockey tour, Indias youth brigade said the experience of playing under pressure at the highest level will help them in the long run. Forwards Gurjant Singh, Armaan Qureshi, midfielder Nilkanta Sharma, full-back Tirkey, Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Suraj Kerkera made their debut in this tour. Five out of this six players were part of last years junior World Cup winning team and the debutants conceded that the level of pressure in the senior level is very different but they wanted to make a mark on this tour. “We played together at junior level so our co-ordination was excellent. One has to be mentally and technically strong to perform at this level and victory in three games has given us that boost,” Armaan told PTI Bhasha. Varun, who has been playing the sport for the last 12 years, said: “No one had imagined that we will beat The Netherlands. It was like a dream for us and we can never forget that moment. It was like a tonic for us which will have long-lasting effect.” India had began the tour with defeats in their first two matches to Olympic silver-medallists Belgium but they finished off with three successive victories, which included twin wins over The Netherlands. Goalkeeper Suraj, who idolises Real Madrid star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, said he was little tensed initially but slowly learnt to handle the pressure. “I was nervous in first match but gradually learnt to handle pressure. This tour will play a major role in shaping our careers,” said the Mumbai lad. While India fielded a young squad, all their opponents fielded their best sides as European championship is set to start from tomorrow. Defender Tirkey feels the fact that everybody is competing for a place in the team augurs well for Indian Hockey with Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Senior Hockey World Cup coming up next year. “Its good to have healthy competition. We have experienced the difference between playing at junior and senior level and now we will try to minimise the mistakes and become more mature,” he said. Manipur boy Nilkanta said winning Junior World Cup did wonders to their confidence and credit goes to Hardendra Singh. “Harendra sir taught us to stick to the basics and we did that. He also deserves credit for our performance,” he said. PTI MJ ATK KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Nathan Lyon wants Australia to enjoy cricket on challenging India tour

first_imgOff-spinner Nathan Lyon has backed the Australian team to do well in the upcoming limited-overs series in India starting February 24. India and Australia will play two Twenty20 Internationals followed by five one day internationals.Nathan Lyon, who has been named in the squad, said Australia have got the ability to “compete against the best” in foreign conditions.”We get a great opportunity to play a lot of white-ball cricket before the World Cup so I think if we can go out and enjoy ourselves, make sure our preparation is right, then we can compete against the best in their conditions as well. It will be a great challenge for us, there’s no point shying away from that. It’s a great opportunity for a young side,” Lyon was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.Coach Justin Langer has already said that the team travelling to India was not the final 2019 ICC World Cup squad.Lyon will be taking part in the Big Bash League (BBL) for Sydney Sixers before flying to India and he believes his stint in the tournament would help him strengthen his chances of playing in the World Cup.”Hopefully my World Cup campaign, my selection, will start on Sunday. I just need to keep putting in good performances with the ball and making sure I can play my role, whichever side I’m playing in whether that’s the Sixers or Australia,” Lyon said.”I know my role in the Australian set-up with captain Aaron Finch, we just have to keep working on it and ensuring we are playing an exciting brand of cricket. There’s a massive couple of goals just around the corner for the Australian side,” he added.advertisementAustralia will open their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.Australia squad for India tour:Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy ShortAlso Watch:last_img read more

Bosz: Dortmund a step late against Madrid

first_imgPeter Bosz ‘Dortmund were a step behind Real Madrid’ – Bosz not blaming defence for defeat Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 07:36 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) gonzalo castro - cropped Bongarts Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League Despite his side looking vulnerable at the back in the loss to the European champions, the coach called for a greater contribution from the whole team Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz said his whole team were to blame for the slack defending that saw them lose 3-1 to Real Madrid on Tuesday.A stunning Gareth Bale volley and two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo on his 400th appearance for the club gave Madrid a first win at Signal Iduna Park in the Champions League.Dortmund 16/5 to win Bundesliga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got a goal back for Dortmund before Ronaldo made it 3-1 late on, and although the hosts produced plenty of attacking endeavour, only a handful of fine saves from Roman Burki prevented a more one-sided scoreline.The Bundesliga leaders were particularly suspect at full-back, with Jeremy Toljan and Lukasz Piszczek frequently caught out of position on the counter-attack before the former was replaced by Mahmoud Dahoud after an hour.Bosz insists it is a team effort to defend properly against sides of Madrid’s calibre and felt they were always a step behind their opponents.6 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s last seven shots on target in #UCL:Stellar. pic.twitter.com/p2MSxH2rBs— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 26, 2017″We defend with 11 players and we attack with 11 players. You cannot blame the defence,” he told SID.”Against a very good opponent, who made almost no mistakes, we always were a step late.”We need to defend better. We couldn’t pressure the ball in nearly every moment of the game. That’s what makes it hard against such opposition, who have quality. We have to analyse this and improve.”There was a moment of controversy three minutes before Bale’s opener, when Maximilian Philipp turned the ball goalwards only to see it deflected onto the raised hand of Sergio Ramos.Bosz felt it was a clear penalty but does not believe his side were hard done by in terms of the result.”The moment in the first half was a penalty for a handball, clearly. But we deserved to lose,” he said.Dortmund, who lost to Tottenham in their opening match, sit second-bottom of Group H, six points behind Madrid and Mauricio Pochettino’s side.last_img read more

Altidore, Miazga step into USMNT lineup to face Jamaica

first_imgJozy Altidore will start as the U.S. national team’s lead striker for Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal against Jamaica. The veteran steps into the role after sitting behind Gyasi Zardes for three of the previous four USMNT Gold Cup matches, but will be called up on to face the same Jamaica side he scored against in the 2017 Gold Cup final. Altidore replaces Zardes, who endured a disappointing performance against Curacao after some strong showings earlier in the tournament. Altidore scored the winner against Panama in the team’s group stage finale in his lone start of the tournament.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Gregg Berhalter made four chances to the squad that defeated Curacao in Sunday’s quarterfinal, with Jordan Morris stepping into the right-wing role previously filled by Tyler Boyd, who endured a difficult performance against Curacao. Morris scored the winner against Jamaica in the 2017 Gold Cup final. The biggest surprise among the changes was FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon being called on to start in place of Nick Lima. Cannon started and played well in the team’s 1-0 win against Panama in group stage action and will be called up on to help deal with Jamaica’s considerable speed in attack. GFX USMNT Projected XI 07032019Aaron Long and Tim Ream retained their starting roles in the U.S. defense, with Ream wearing the captain’s armband after Christian Pulisic wore the armband against Curacao. Matt Miazga will also be making his second start of the Gold Cup, stepping in for Walker Zimmerman, who had been a starter for three of the team’s four Gold Cup matches. The U.S. defense has yet to allow a goal in the Gold Cup Pulisic and McKennie will feature in their customary dual attacking midfield roles and will face Jamaica a month after they both missed the USMNT’s pre-Gold Cup loss to Jamaica. Jamaica’s lineup is headlined by Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey, Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, Sheffield Wednesday’s defender Michael Hector and New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence. The winner of Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal will face Mexico on Sunday in the Gold Cup final at Soldier Field.last_img read more

Post Kabir Singh’s success, Shahid Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter to star in Ram Madhvani’s next?

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 18:45 IST Shahid Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter.Shahid Kapoor is the toast of the town these days. The actor’s latest release Kabir Singh crossed the Rs 100 crore mark within a week of its release.After Kabir Singh, the actor is all set to choose his next film. According to reports in an entertainment website, the actor is considering to star in remake of Jersey, a 2019 Telugu-language sports drama. The film will be made under Nikkhil Advani’s banner and Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.He is also in talks to star in an untitled project by director Ram Madhvani. Ram directed Sonam Kapoor’s 2016 film Neerja.It is reported that Shahid has already decided to star in the film. A source close to the development told the website, “It’s an adventure based action drama. He plays a biker in the film. The movie is expected to roll sometime around January next year. Shahid is definitely doing the film.”It is also reported that since the film’s story revolves around two brothers, the makers approached Ishaan, Shahid’s real-life brother, to play his brother on the big screen. The source told the website, “Ishaan Khatter has been offered the other part. When Shahid was told about this, he was extremely happy about the development. Ishaan too has liked the script and okayed it. The story is extremely hard hitting and emotional at the same time, and perfectly suits the two bhais.”Shahid and Kiara Advani, who featured opposite Shahid in Kabir Singh, are on cloud nine after the massive success of their film. In fact, the Kaminey actor took to Instagram to share a happy picture with Kiara and director Sandeep Reddy Vanga to celebrate the opening weekend collection.advertisementThough Kabir Singh is a hit, the film didn’t go down well with the critics. Giving the film 1.5 out of 5 stars, India Today reviewer Ananya Bhattacharya wrote, “Kabir Singh spends 120 minutes of its 154 in showing Kabir either drinking or drunk or snorting cocaine or needling in morphine or fighting with people or, slapping his girlfriend or screaming at her. Or making out. In the remaining 24 minutes, his repentance is done with, and we all go home with a happy ending. If you think it is okay, if you think it is justified because ‘movie hai yaar, it’s not real life’, you are part of the problem. Misogyny is not cool. Neither is Kabir Singh.”ALSO READ | Kabir Singh Movie ReviewALSO READ | Kabir Singh box office collection Day 1: Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani film gets fantastic openingALSO READ | Mira Rajput on Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh: So proud of you baby. It is your time to shineALSO READ | Vijay Deverakonda on Kabir Singh: I wish blockbuster success to Shahid Kapoor and Kiara AdvaniALSO READ | Shahid Kapoor reveals why Kabir Singh is the first remake in his entire careerALSO WATCH | Men and women can coexist if they understand each other, says Shahid KapoorGet 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 byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Shahid KapoorFollow Ishaan Khatter,ALSO WATCH | Men and women can coexist if they understand each other, says Shahid Kapoor Post Kabir Singh’s success, Shahid Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter to star in Ram Madhvani’s next?Real-life brothers Shahid Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter to come together to play siblings on the big screen in Ram Madhvani’s next film.advertisementlast_img read more

Trudeau Sohi meeting with workers at TMXs Edmonton terminal this morning

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is paying a visit to the Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Edmonton this morning.It has been almost a month since Trudeau gave a second go-ahead to expanding the pipeline, after the courts overturned his government’s original approval.Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi —  who represents a nearby Edmonton riding — will meet with workers at the terminal, which is the start of the pipeline that carries Alberta oil to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C.The Liberal government spent $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada in 2018 in a bid to get the existing pipeline expanded despite significant political opposition in British Columbia.That plan hit the rocks in August 2018 when the Federal Court of Appeal said the government had not done a good enough job with either consultations with Indigenous communities or environmental reviews.Six British Columbia First Nations and at least two environment groups have filed new court challenges to the approval.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Urgent action needed to alleviate desperate plight of Gazas civilians – UN

9 December 2008Steps to alleviate the “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza must be taken immediately, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, calling on the world body to turn its words into action. In a statement, Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, among other top officials, have voiced their concerns over the “desperate plight” of Gaza’s civilian population.“And still Israel maintains its Gaza siege in its full fury, allowing only barely enough food and fuel to enter to stave off mass famine and disease,” he said, characterizing the policy as one of “collective punishment.”Acknowledging the potential political difficulties, Mr. Falk said “it is time to act,” adding that at the very least, the UN should make efforts to implement the principle of a “responsibility to protect.”A limited amount of food entered Gaza today. Ten trucks of flour for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was brought in while the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) managed to get in three trucks of tinned meat and three of cooking oil. But this is still not enough, UNRWA warned.The agency will hold its annual pledging conference tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York. Its general budget requirements for 2009 amount to nearly $550 million for education, health, social support and microfinance services. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Member States to fully fund the budget to maintain essential services for 4.6 million registered Palestine refugees.Last week, UNRWA Commissioner General Karen AbuZayd opened a year-long series of events in Jerusalem to mark the agency’s 60th anniversary on 8 December.“Closures in the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza add to the terrifying sense of being trapped, physically, intellectually and emotionally, depriving children of that simplest of rights, the right to be a child,” said Ms. AbuZayd.Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, UNRWA was established by the General Assembly to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. read more

Families of Indian fishermen protest against Sri Lanka

She added that they will go back only when the government takes a decision in this regard.“Our hunger strike will continue till then. Why is the Puducherry Chief Minister N. Rangasamy not taking any action?” she questioned. Eight fishermen from Karaikal and two from Nagapattinam were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy on poaching charges on December 8. Veeramani, owner of a mechanised boat named ‘Veerarajan’, along with nine others were alleged to have been fishing in the Sri Lankan waters east of Point Pedro coast. The boat was moved to the Karainagar jetty. Devi lost her mother as she died due to shock from hearing about the detention of her son-in-law. Devi’s husband Veeramani and her 20-year old son Veerarajan were detained. “It has been more than 20 days since our family members were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy. We have not yet heard from them after that,” she said. Leaders of People’s Welfare Front were present at the venue to express solidarity with the striking fishermen families. “We will conduct a State-wide protest demanding the Puducherry Government to take immediate measures for their release. The government should give proper compensation to the families,” said R. Viswanathan, CPI State secretary, Puducherry. Leaders from the CPI (M), VCK, MDMK and RSP were present.Nearly 50 family members of fishermen from Karaikal went on the hunger strike. Forty-five year old Murugeshwari from Karaikalmedu said that her fifteen-year old son who went to the sea on December 6 did not return. “We got a call on December 8 that they were being detained by the Sri Lankan Navy. After that, there was no information about them. We want the Puducherry Government to take proactive measures to get the fishermen released and bring them back home along with the mechanised boat,” she said.Ms. Murugeshwari’s son was in his 12{+t}{+h}grade. “There were four young boys,” she cried. She added that none of the officials from the administration have visited them. “We do not know what measures have the government taken to resolve this issue. No officials visited us except a MLA, who came only to console us. We are suffering without our family members.” The families of 10 fishermen from Puducherry in India arrested by the Sri Lanka navy, staged a hunger strike over the failure to release the fishermen.Sixty-five year old Alamelu from Karaikalmedu on Monday threatened to commit suicide by dousing herself with kerosene in front of the Head Post Office in Puducherry, if the government fails to rescue the 10 fishermen detained by the Sri Lankan Navy. Angered over the inaction of the Puducherry Government, families of the 10 fishermen went on hunger strike here on Monday. Alamelu said: “We want Katchatheevu back. Why is the government not taking any action? Why are they not giving us Katchatheevu? To whom does the sea belong? Fishing is our livelihood. If the government does not want us to venture into the sea then let them provide us jobs.” read more

China launches STAR tech stock market to boost industry

BEIJING — Trading starts Monday on a Chinese stock market for high-tech companies that play a key role in official development plans that are straining relations with Washington.Regulators have approved 25 companies in information technology and other fields seen by communist leaders as a path to prosperity and global influence for the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s STAR Market.The market, modeled on the U.S.-based NASDAQ, reflects the ruling Communist Party’s desire to channel private capital into its development plans. It gives small Chinese investors a chance to buy into tech industries that until now have turned to Wall Street to sell shares.The STAR Market has no direct link to Beijing’s tariff war with President Donald Trump over U.S. complaints China steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. But it will raise money for industries some American officials see as a competitive threat to U.S. technology leadership.“The new board’s important role is to provide a fundraising channel for China’s scientific and technologic innovation,” said economist Lu Zhengwei at Industrial Bank in Shanghai.China’s stock exchanges in Shanghai and the southern city of Shenzhen were set up in the early 1990s to raise money for state industry. They have expanded to include private enterprises but still are dominated by government-owned companies such as PetroChina Ltd. and China Mobile Ltd.Companies such as e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com and search operator Baidu.com have raised billions of dollars on Wall Street. But foreign stock sales are inconvenient and expensive for smaller companies.The STAR Market has more lenient standards for profitability and price volatility than the main exchanges. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange launched its own second board, dubbed ChiNext, in 2009 for small, faster-growing companies.Companies that have yet to make a profit can trade on the Shanghai tech board if they spend at least 15% of revenue on research and development or have drugs or other technologies in advanced development. By contrast, the main board requires at least two years of profits before a company can join, a condition that has limited access for fledgling ventures.Allowing companies to sell shares before they are profitable will encourage development of Chinese venture capital by allowing early investors to recover some of their money, said Lu of Industrial Bank.Shares on the new market can swing by 30 per cent in price before regulators will impose a 10-minute trading halt. The main exchanges halt trading for the day of any stock that rises or falls 10 per cent in price.In addition to companies due to start trading Monday, the Shanghai exchange said it was reviewing applications from 116 other ventures for initial public share offerings.A state-owned maker of railway controls accounts for the bulk of the market’s share value. China Railway Signal & Communication Co., Ltd. said it raised 10.5 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) from investors.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

In message to ICANN Annan says digital bridges can help fight poverty

“If developing countries are to compete in the increasingly knowledge-based global economy, one key factor will be their ability to participate effectively in processes and fora that deal with new policy and technical issues” such as the ones addressed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Secretary-General said in a message to the meeting of ICANN that opened in Ghana, Mr. Annan’s home country, on Sunday.”I salute ICANN’s efforts to ensure that the voices of users across the globe, particularly in the developing world, are heard,” the Secretary-General said, adding that the presence of Africans and representatives from other developing regions on the ICANN Executive Board was a “good sign.” Noting that information and communications technologies were powerful tools for socio-economic development, he stressed that to realize that potential digital bridges had to be built to the billions of people who were trapped in extreme poverty. “One of the most pressing challenges in the new century is to harness this extraordinary force, spread it throughout the world, and make its benefits accessible and meaningful for all humanity, in particular the poor,” Mr. Annan said. While acknowledging that new technologies were “not a panacea,” he pointed to their impact in creating jobs and transforming such areas as education, health care, commerce and politics. The Secretary-General also encouraged ICANN to “join hands” with the UN Information and Communications Task Force he had set up last year, and said that he saw ICANN playing a key role in addressing various questions relating to the future of the Internet currently being worked on by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the International Telecommunications Union. read more

Afghan opium production likely to increase this year UN warns

“When respondents were asked, for example, why they were cultivating they pointed to economic factors – poverty being their explanation in many cases,” UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Adrian Edwards said of a rapid assessment survey recently conducted by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).“Whether in fact that is the cause we don’t know; there are other causes mentioned – pressure from people in the drugs business, all kind of other pressures,” he told a news briefing in Kabul, the capital. The rapid assessment survey is conducted in advance of the full Opium Survey, published in the autumn each year. The survey, carried out in December and January, shows an increasing trend in poppy cultivation in 13 provinces, a stable trend in 16 and a decrease in three. “It’s worth bearing in mind that the indications of an increase in cultivation are coming from some provinces only – 13 provinces,” Mr. Edwards said. “I don’t want to downplay the problem, but the vast majority of land in Afghanistan under cultivation for agriculture remains for licit crops, not illegal ones.”Last year’s report on the 21 per cent decrease warned that the drug problem in the country could remain severe because of renewed insecurity, continued corruption and free opium seed distribution by traffickers. UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said in November that these factors posed “a risk that opium cultivation may not decline any further in 2006.” read more

Weekly US unemployment benefit applications tick up 1000 to 308000 as layoffs

Weekly US unemployment benefit applications tick up 1,000 to 308,000 as layoffs remain low by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2013 7:12 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose just 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 308,000, hovering near six-year lows. Companies are still cutting very few jobs, however the decline in layoffs has not been accompanied by a pickup in hiring.The less volatile four-week average for applications fell to 305,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the lowest since May 2007, seven months before the recession began.Weekly applications could increase next week because of the partial government shutdown. Defence contractors and other companies that do business with the government may temporarily lay off workers. Federal workers who are temporarily laid off may also file for benefits, though their numbers are reported separately and published a week later than the other applications.Still, the broader trend has been encouraging. Applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, have fallen steadily in the past three months as many companies have stopped laying off workers. That suggests more employers are confident enough in the economy to maintain their existing staffs.Steady declines in applications are typically followed by more hiring. But that hasn’t happened. Instead, job gains have slowed in recent months.“Companies were not laying off workers ahead of the shutdown but they probably weren’t hiring much, either,” Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, said.Employers have added an average of just 155,000 jobs a month in the four months through August, according to government data. That’s down from an average of 205,000 for the first four months of the year.On Wednesday, payroll provider ADP said that businesses added just 166,000 jobs in September, evidence that hiring remains sluggish. The ADP figures usually diverge from the Labor Department’s more comprehensive monthly employment report, which was scheduled to be released Friday. But the September employment report will now be delayed until the government shutdown ends.The government was able to release the unemployment benefits report because the data are compiled by the states, unlike the jobs report data, which is gathered by federal workers. The unemployment benefits report also requires little additional analysis by federal officials, a department spokesman said.About 4 million people received benefits the week ended Sept. 14, the latest data available. That’s about 80,000 more than the previous week. A year ago, more than 5 million people were on the unemployment benefit rolls.The economy may not be growing quickly enough to encourage companies to ramp up hiring. Most analysts forecast that growth has slowed to an annual rate of 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent in the July-September quarter, down from a 2.5 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter.Economists predict that growth is rebounding to an annual rate of 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent in the current October-December quarter. But those forecasts were made before this week’s impasse that shuttered the government. The shutdown could shave about 0.15 percentage points from the fourth quarter figure for each week it lasts. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Production of UKbuilt engines driven by exports in 2015

Engine production steady in 2015 with 2,368,477 units manufactured, down 1.1% on 2014Overseas demand upholds the market, with 64% – almost two thirds – of engines exported152,212 engines produced in December down 4.4% on the same period in 2014Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Whilst engine production remains steady in the UK, with figures down just 1% compared to average annual production since 2009, the continued growth of the export market underlines the importance of demand from overseas. Over 1.5 million engines – 64% of total production – were exported in 2015, with the split between petrol and diesel almost equal.”Download the full release on engine manufacturing figures for 2015.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Qatari revenge in Berlin

germany handballQatar handball After a “small disaster” in Leipzig two days ago, Asian champions from Qatar made a brilliant com-back in Berlin, where sold-out Max Schmelling Arena with 8.500 fans wasn’t place of happiness for Dagur Sigurdsson and his boys. At the end, Valero Rivera team won 26:24 (14:11)…Germany – Qatar 24:26 (11:14)Germany : Lichtlein, Wolff, Heinevetter; Gensheimer (4/2), Sellin (3/2), Lemke, Wiede (2), Strobel, Groetzki (3), Müller (3), Pevnov (1), Dahmke (3), Kühn (3), Späth, Ernst (1), Pieczkowski, Drux (1)Qatar : Stojanovic, Magdi; Markovic (8/4), Bagaric (1), Roine (2), Capote (5), Lopez, Murad (3), Memisevic, Vidal, Mallash (5), Tomic, Sami, Benali (1), Venic, Hassaballa (1) ← Previous Story Wisla beat Kielce in Polish “Holy War” Next Story → Season is over for Kai Hafner read more

Key prosecution witness tells court attack on Irish student lasted less than

first_imgTHE TRIAL IN Chicago of a 34-year-old man accused of the attempted murder of an Irish student in the Bucktown area of the city three years ago has heard the entire attack lasted just three minutes.Natasha McShane, from Silverbridge in Armagh, has been left with extensive brain injures and speech problems as a result of the assault, and still needs help walking.Heriberto Viramontes is on trial in the US city charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed robbery in connection with the baseball bat attack on Natasha and her friend Stacey Jurich in April 2010.The court heard yesterday from prosecution witness Marcy Cruz, who says she was with the alleged attacker on the night in question.Cruz, who has pleaded guilty to her part in the attack, testified against the accused as part of a plea deal. According to Chicago Sun Times, Cruz said Viramontes parked her minivan in the Bucktown area of the city and left the vehicle carrying a baseball bat, telling her he didn’t want her to be involved in what he was about to do.She said he was gone just long enough for one song to play on the radio, and that he returned carrying two purses, jumping through the rear sliding door and telling Cruz to drive off.Cruz told the court that they later stopped in an alleyway to divvy up the credit cards and other contents of the purses.She told the court that Viramontes had said the girls were “really pretty” and that he had done some “bogus sh**”.According to the Chicago Tribune, Cruz admitted she lied to authorities at first. Questioned by Viramontes’ attorney, Chandra Smith, she said she had initially claimed to have bought the two purses from a man named ‘Jamaica’ for $80. She said Viramontes had told her to lie.Viramontes’ lawyers claim he is an innocent man, and that the evidence linking him to the crimes is circumstantial.Last week, jurors in the trial were shown video evidence of Natasha, who’s now 27, struggling through physical therapy and having difficulty carrying out basic everyday tasks.Her mother Sheila told the court that her daughter, who had been studying at the University of Illinois, “doesn’t speak or walk on her own”.Read: Medical team pulled a stone from the back of Natasha McShane’s throat >Read: Friend of Irish student tells Chicago court of savage attack>last_img read more

Divers rescued after drifting three miles out to sea at Wexford

first_imgTHREE DIVERS WERE rescued off the Wexford coast this afternoon after they drifted almost three miles out to sea.The three men had been due back on their boat at around noon but the alarm was raised when they had not returned  an hour and a half after the expected time.They had been diving at the Connigmore rocks, one mile south of the Saltee Islands, which is a popular spot for diving groups.The Coast Guard helicopter, the Kilmore Quay RNLI and two local charter vessels were all alerted after the skipper of the dive boat raised the alarm.The three men were spotted by the helicopter and the lifeboat was directed to their exact location. One diver was brought on board the lifeboat using specialised equipment, while the lifeboat crew threw out a line to pull in the remaining two divers.All three were reported to be in good spirits and did not require any medical assistance.“The dive boat skipper did exactly the right thing in reporting the men overdue and happily we were able to recover them safely onto the lifeboat,” said volunteer crewmember Aidan Bates of the Kilmore Quay RNLI.“They were certainly relieved to see us coming and we were delighted to be able to bring everyone home safe.”All images of the rescue via the Irish Coast Guard/Rescue 117Read: Two men rescued from stricken yacht > Read: Missing hikers found after 10 days in New Zealand wilderness >last_img read more

Awesome LED Table Can Be Whatever You Want

first_imgA company called Nkcharms has begun taking orders for this super stylish table that incorporates 1700 LED lights to turn the display into anything you want.One sample style is the tree seen above, but it could obviously be custom created for any design you want. So in case you were worried that you weren’t using enough electricity as it is, this may be the perfect solution for you.The man who created the tree design, Dennis Veut, explained in a statement, “The tree becomes wood becomes light, a metaphor for the circle of life itself.” Deep stuff… We don’t really get it, though. But we do think the table is pretty darn cool.Via Tom’s GuideAdChoices广告last_img read more

Thermomètre quel type de thermomètre choisir et où prendre la température

first_imgThermomètre : quel type de thermomètre choisir et où prendre la température ?Le thermomètre est l’un des outils essentiels de la trousse de premiers soins. Il existe différents modèles de thermomètres et différentes méthodes de prise de température corporelle. Quelle est la méthode la plus fiable ? Quelle est celle que l’on devrait privilégier chez les bébés et les enfants ? Quel thermomètre devrait-on choisir ? Tour d’horizon sur cet outil indispensable.Quels sont les différents types de thermomètres ?Vous vous sentez fiévreux ? Fiston est brûlant et vous voulez prendre sa température ? Ne cherchez plus le bon vieux thermomètre au mercure de votre enfance à la pharmacie du coin, il est interdit à la vente en France depuis 1999. Trop néfaste pour l’environnement et pour la santé. Voici donc les différents modèles de thermomètres qui sont aujourd’hui disponibles sur le marché : – Le thermomètre à gallium : C’est le thermomètre qui a remplacé celui au mercure. Il renferme un mélange de gallium, d’étain et d’indium qui, sous l’effet de la chaleur, se dilatent dans le thermomètre. Il est, comme son ancêtre, en verre gradué et permet de lire facilement la température. Fiable, c’est le thermomètre le plus basique et le plus économique. On peut l’employer pour mesurer la température axillaire (sous les aisselles) et buccale et certains modèles permettent aussi de prendre la température par voie rectale. – Le thermomètre électronique : Très facile à utiliser, il affiche la température en quelques secondes sur un écran à cristaux liquides. Au bout d’une vingtaine de secondes, un bip sonore indiquera que la température a atteint le bon niveau. En cas de fièvre, certains thermomètres électroniques possèdent un bip spécifique. Un peu plus cher que le thermomètre à gallium, il reste tout de même très économique et fiable. On peut l’utiliser autant pour la prise de température buccale, axillaire et rectale. – Le thermomètre à infrarouges : C’est un thermomètre très pratique puisqu’il donne la température en quelques secondes. Il permet de prendre la température dans l’oreille, sur le front, sur la tempe et parfois même sans contact. Pratique lorsque bébé dort ou que le jeune enfant refuse qu’on lui prenne sa température… Le thermomètre effectue très rapidement une série de mesureset retient le résultat le plus élevé. Les thermomètres infrarouges auriculaires sont les plus fiables, mais aussi les plus chers. Ce sont d’ailleurs ces types de thermomètres que les médecins utilisent le plus souvent. Pour ce qui est des thermomètres infrarouges qui prennent la température sur le front, sur la tempe ou sans contact, le chiffre affiché peut varier d’un degré. Bien que ce type de thermomètre puisse donner une bonne indication, il est préférable, chez le bébé et le jeune enfant, d’avoir aussi un thermomètre à gallium ou électronique afin de prendre la température par voie rectale. – Le thermomètre tétine : C’est peut-être un gadget, mais le thermomètre tétine peut s’avérer pratique si on n’a pas d’autre thermomètre sous la main. Une fois encore, chez le bébé, la prise de température par voie rectale est la plus fiable et la plus précise. – Les thermomètres à cristaux liquides : Il s’agit de bandelettes de plastiques contenant des cristaux liquides qui apparaissent à la chaleur et que l’on place sur le front. Ce type de thermomètre n’est pas le plus fiable.  Quelles sont les différentes techniques pour prendre la température corporelle ?On peut prendre la température par voie buccale, rectale, axillaire (sous les aisselles), tympanique, frontale et temporale (sur la tempe). La température rectale est la méthode la plus précise et la plus fiable pour s’assurer que la fièvre ne passe pas inaperçue. Elle est conseillée chez les enfants de moins de 2 ans. Il est important de bien nettoyer le thermomètre avant et après chaque utilisation avec de l’eau savonneuse. Pour un nourrisson, allongez-le sur le dos avec les genoux repliés et insérez doucement le thermomètre dans le rectum jusqu’à 2,5 cm pendant trois minutes. La prise de température par la bouche est déconseillée pour les moins de 5 ans. Le thermomètre doit être bien placé sous la langue avec la bouche fermée pendant trop minutes ou jusqu’au signal sonore afin que le résultat soit le plus précis possible. Nettoyez bien le thermomètre avant et après utilisation. La température sous l’aisselle n’est pas la plus fiable puisque le résultat peut être faussé par la température extérieure. Cette méthode peut toutefois être un bon indicateur de fièvre. Si vous employez cette technique, placez l’extrémité du thermomètre au centre de l’aisselle en recouvrant bien avec le bras contre le torse pendant trois minutes ou jusqu’au bip sonore. À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?La température par l’oreille avec un thermomètre à infrarouges offre un résultat rapide et fiable, mais la sonde doit accéder directement au tympan. Ce thermomètre demande une certaine technique puisqu’il doit être placé d’une certaine façon pour afficher un résultat précis. En cas de cérumen dans l’oreille, le résultat peut aussi être faussé. Les méthodes privilégiées chez les enfantsChez les nourrissons jusqu’à l’âge de 2 ans, la prise de température par voie rectale est la plus précise, sinon, optez pour la température axillaire. Chez les enfants de 2 à 5 ans, la température rectale permet également d’obtenir le résultat le plus fiable. Les deux autres méthodes à privilégier sont la voie tympanique et la voie axillaire. Chez les enfants de plus de 5 ans et chez l’adulte, optez en premier lieu par la prise de température par la bouche et ensuite, par le tympan et par l’oreille.Le 5 août 2016 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Klopp responds to Kyle Walkers tweet

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims he never celebrated another team dropping points after Kyle Walker made a mockery of the Reds 1-1 draw with Leicester on TwitterHarry Maguire’s first-half leveler ensured Klopp’s men would not go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after City’s 2-1 loss to the Magpies.Walker posted a popular meme of Maguire from the World Cup with the caption: ‘So basically they thought they were gonna go seven points ahead’. He deleted it, but it quickly went viral.Kyle Walker just posted this tweet and quickly deleted it…👀 pic.twitter.com/7I4IHvysrE— PurelyFootball (@PurelyFootball) January 31, 2019When quizzed about it City boss Pep Guardiola said: “I’m not concerned about the social media of the players, what they tweet or Instagram, or other social media. I cannot control it.”Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.Klopp who didn’t know about the tweet, told the BBC: “I cannot help that. I am not sure what that says about us, it says something more about the other person.“I never celebrated that another team dropped points or lost a game. For me, that’s not allowed.“For supporters, it is a little bit different, for people involved I don’t understand.”He added: “There will always be a bunch of people who hope you win and another bunch who hope you will lose.“You have to ignore both in your preparation, and in the end hopefully you celebrate with the ones who want you to win something.”City are five points adrift of Liverpool, with 14 games of the season remaining.last_img read more