Real Madrid soundly beaten by Sevilla

first_imgReal Madrid suffered their first LaLiga defeat of Julen Lopetegui’s reign on Wednesday, as they were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by an Andre Silva-inspired Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.Lopetegui’s side were hoping to make the most of Barcelona’s loss at Leganes earlier in the day, but they were taken apart by Pablo Machin’s Sevilla and rarely looked like clawing their way back.Madrid had no answer to the hosts in the first half, with a Silva brace and Wissam Ben Yedder volley leaving Los Blancos stunned at the interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Any chance of a comeback appeared to vanish early in the second half when a goal from Luka Modric – named the Best FIFA Men’s Player on Monday – was correctly disallowed by VAR, and Sevilla were ultimately good value for the win.3 – Real Madrid have lost by three goals margin at the first half of a LaLiga game for the first time since November 2003, also against Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (4-0). Pain.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 26, 2018Madrid struggled to cope with Sevilla’s intensity and the hosts deservedly went ahead 17 minutes in – Pablo Sarabia releasing Jesus Navas after intercepting Marcelo’s wayward pass and the winger teed up Silva for a simple finish.Navas was vital to Sevilla’s second four minutes later, devastating Madrid on the break before Thibaut Courtois parried his shot right to the lethal Silva.Gareth Bale and Franco Vazquez were thwarted by the frame of the goal before the half-hour mark, but Ben Yedder was not denied when he slammed Vazquez’s header into the top-left corner six minutes before the break.Madrid stepped things up after half-time, but VAR prevented Modric from pulling one back and Sevilla almost capitalised, only for Bale to block Guilherme Arana’s six-yard effort.Bale was kept out by a fine save from Tomas Vaclik when one-on-one just after the hour mark, and Modric was withdrawn as Lopetegui looked to avoid further damage ahead of El Derbi. What it means: Madrid dented before the derbyAll of a sudden, Madrid look entirely beatable, and Atletico Madrid are not a side known to have mercy. Saturday’s derby is even more tantalising for this defeat, with Sevilla showing Lopetegui’s side have plenty of weaknesses to exploit. Diego Simeone and Atletico will surely be licking their lips at the prospect of really putting the pressure on their rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu.Vazquez oozes classHe may not have found the net, but Vazquez had no equal on the pitch with respect to his craft and captivating nonchalance. Time and time again, the Argentina international sliced through Madrid’s lines, while he also calmed Sevilla with his composure on the ball and got an assist for Ben Yedder’s goal.Benzema disappearsKarim Benzema has enjoyed a decent start to the season, but at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan he was utterly anonymous. Although Bale missed some good chances, at least he could pinpoint some valuable contributions. Benzema, on the other hand, was rightly hooked after an hour.Key Opta facts:7 – @WissBenYedder’s last nine shots on target for Sevilla in all competitions:Hunter.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 26, 2018- Madrid have lost more LaLiga away games against Sevilla than versus any other side in the 21st century (11).- Machin is the only head coach to have won twice against Madrid in LaLiga since the start of last season (two wins).- Sevilla have beaten Madrid in four straight home league games for the first time since January 1958 (five).- Benzema has played more LaLiga away games without scoring against Sevilla than versus any other side (eight). The Frenchman has failed to score with any of his 15 league shots at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (five on target).What’s next?Madrid will hope to get back to winning ways against Atletico, while Sevilla travel to Eibar in the hunt for a fourth straight victory. read morelast_img read more

Grid penalties for new car components to be a thing of past after Monza’s near farce

first_img Twitter Share on Facebook Grid penalties set for axeLong bemoaned by fans, the application of grid penalties for replacing power unit components and gearboxes reached almost farcical levels at Monza. Nine drivers took penalties accruing 150 places and changing the qualifying results to such an extent that Lewis Hamilton on pole and Romain Grosjean, who crashed in the first session, were the only drivers to have retained their original positions. Such was the scale of the movement, Kevin Magnussen, who was knocked out in Q1, found himself in the top 10.The fans at Monza sat through a rain-delayed qualifying and were rewarded with a thrilling finale but bar Hamilton, what they witnessed bore little resemblance to the grid that formed. Formula 1’s motorsports director, Ross Brawn, is known to oppose the system, which was instigated as a cost-cutting measure, and the FIA president, Jean Todt, was moved to suggest he would accept proposals. “If we can make the situation better, we will do it,” he said. “We are open to suggestions and we will have a meeting.” It is understood this is one meeting that will happen in the near future and that grid penalties will be a thing of the past soon. Share on LinkedIn Formula One 2017 Daniel Ricciardo Share via Email Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Sportblog Lewis Hamilton out to push harder after seizing the initiative in F1 title battle Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Two further retirements at Monza was the embarrassing upshot from McLaren but behind the scenes there were a spate of meetings as the team, the sport’s owner, Toro Rosso, Renault and Honda sought to find a solution to their predicament. “Once again, we were left dejected and dissatisfied,” the team’s racing director, Éric Boullier, said.The divorce with Honda looks inevitable, with the executive director, Zak Brown, insisting the team’s first priority was sporting success, overriding any commercial benefit they gain from using Honda engines. Boullier has said a decision must be made before Singapore. Brawn has also been involved as the Formula One Group are eager that Honda remain in F1. He said they were looking for “a solution to keeping Honda in the sport and giving McLaren more opportunity.” Brown noted that there was an “ideal scenario” where “everyone is smiling at the end”. Something that has been in short supply in recent years at the team. Read more McLaren Ferrari are in a dogfightThe Scuderia’s president, Sergio Marchionne, was scathing abut his team’s performance after Sebastian Vettel finished 36 seconds behind Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix. Marchionne said they had “screwed up” between Spa and Monza and failed to use the correct set-up. There was disappointment clearly but Vettel remained upbeat. “You could say it was a bad day but I know there is a lot of stuff that is going to improve,” he said. Yet he had been slower than Mercedes by almost half a second a lap before he had a steering problem.Monza was expected to be Mercedes-friendly but not to such an extent. The team are still due to bring in an engine upgrade and it has to be hoped to continue what has been a fascinating fight for the title that Marchionne’s optimism from Saturday rather than Sunday’s gloom proves to be correct. “The rest of the season, this race excepted, appears to be more favourable to the characteristics of our car,” he said. “If that is true it is going to be an interesting dogfight between ourselves and Mercedes to the end. It will be a great season, the stuff F1 should be made of as a sport.” Let’s hope so.Ricciardo does it again Lewis Hamilton embraces ‘villain’ tag after taking lead in F1 title race comment Topics Daniel Ricciardo is fourth in the drivers’ standings. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images Motor sport Since you’re here… Ferrari Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Formula One Facebook Pinterest Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has been outqualified by his team-mate Max Verstappen nine to four this season but on race day the Honey Badger has unquestionably been on top. His racecraft, always one of the Australian’s greatest strengths, was once again to the fore at Monza. He drove an exemplary race, from 16th to fourth. On the way he pulled off some inch-perfect passing moves – particularly on Sergio Pérez, and his dive up the inside of Kimi Raikkonen was glorious. He did it all with the obvious pleasure that makes him so enjoyable to watch. “I like them vulnerable,” he said as he closed in on Felipe Massa. Ricciardo is fourth in the world championship, has one win and six podium places in a car that is off the pace this season. The Red Bull will have a new engine for Singapore, where they will expect to be far more competitive than at Monza. Certainly Ricciardo is confident. “I think we’ll lap the field in Singapore, so looking forward to that,” he quipped.Hamilton has momentumLewis Hamilton may have been booed by the Italian fans but he took it well, knowing he is on a roll. He is the first driver to take consecutive wins this year and has won three of the last four grands prix. He was disappointed with fourth in Hungary but is energised by how strongly his Mercedes team have come back – and doubly so with their advantage at Monza.They had a 5mph lead through the speed traps at Spa but had compromised their set-up and were unable to exploit it. They addressed the problem before the Italian Grand Prix and solved it – their strength at the Autodromo Nazionale was unexpected, even to the team’s executive director, Toto Wolff.Vettel, too, drove well with a car that could not match Mercedes and his post-race positivity was very welcome, but it is Hamilton who leaves on a high. He is very much a driver who feeds on success and after the race and his recent run his obvious pleasure was reflected in his confidence and high expectations of the run-in. He has his nose in front for the first time and should he keep it there after Singapore he will know he is firmly on the front foot for the title.Crunch decision for McLaren Read more Lewis Hamiltonlast_img read more

Juan Martin del Potro to miss Miami Open with injured knee, likely to undergo surgery

first_img Next Juan Martin del Potro to miss Miami Open with injured knee, likely to undergo surgeryJuan Martin del Potro might have to have surgery on the fractured kneecap that has kept his appearances to a bare minimum since October when he withdrew from the Shanghai Masters.advertisement Reuters MiamiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 11:34 IST Del Potro’s knee injury has not recovered sufficiently to allow him to play in Miami (AP Photo)Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro will miss the upcoming Miami Open because of a knee injury, with a source close to the player telling Reuters he may have to undergo surgery.Del Potro, ranked fifth in the world, was unable to defend his BNP Paribas Open title in Indian Wells this week as he underwent treatment on the injured right knee.It has not recovered sufficiently to allow him to play in Miami, which begins next week.”Unfortunately I won’t be able to play in Miami this year,” Del Potro said on Twitter. “Looking forward to coming back in 2020!”A source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the 30-year-old might have to have surgery on the fractured kneecap that has kept his appearances to a bare minimum since October when he withdrew from the Shanghai Masters.The injury came at the tail-end of Del Potro’s best season in years. He won titles in Indian Wells and Acapulco and reached the final of the U.S. Open to climb to a career high No. 3 in the world.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Juan Martin del PotroFollow Miami OpenFollow BNP Paribas OpenFollow Indian Wellslast_img read more

Cooperation Improves Hazardous Materials Response

first_img Nova Scotians now have better protection when there is anemergency involving hazardous materials. A federal-provincial-municipal co-operative effort has created a network of sixspecially trained and equipped teams. Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash says the effortbegan with two provincial departments. “The Office of the FireMarshal and the Emergency Measures Organization found that therewas an opportunity to expand our capabilities.” Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Act,agreed saying: “We were able to gain access to funding and,because both departments have close relationships with localemergency responders, we were able to help them develop asustainable hazardous materials response system.” The program has seen about $600,000 worth of equipment eitherdistributed among first responders, like police and firefighters,or pre-positioned at provincial storage facilities. Firstresponders have also received additional training. “The idea is to ensure that the right equipment is readilyaccessible anywhere in Nova Scotia, and that there are properlytrained people available to operate it,” Mr. Fage said. “Our close relationship with the Nova Scotia Firefighters’ Schoolhas allowed us to help them to develop the training localfirefighters need to respond to these incidents,” said Mr.Morash. Funding for the project was made available through the JointEmergency Preparedness Program administered through Public Safetyand Emergency Preparedness Canada. “It’s through thecollaborative efforts of first responders, municipalities,provinces and the federal government that we are building ourcapacity to ensure the safety of Canadians,” said Anne McLellan,the deputy prime minister and Minister of Public Safety andEmergency Preparedness Canada. The federal funding for this project was committed in federalbudget 2001, which provided $10 million to help provinces andterritories to enhance their response capacity. Approved projectsreceived 75 per cent of funding through the government of Canadaand 25 per cent through provincial contribution. The Joint Emergency Preparedness Program was established toimprove Canada’s ability to respond a broad range of emergencies,including biological and chemical weapons. “It’s important toremember that there are many emergencies involving dangerousmaterials for which we must be prepared,” said Mr. Fage. Mr. Morash used as examples a recent ammonia leak in Oxford and atrain derailment in Pictou County. “We saw local responders workclosely with staff from each of our departments to put thisequipment to efficient and effective use.” The hazardous materials response teams are located in Halifax andCape Breton regional municipalities, Bible Hill, Kentville,Yarmouth and Amherst. The two ministers visited a display of someof the equipment today, May 5, in Halifax. ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Co-operation Improves Hazardous MaterialsResponselast_img read more

Cooperative Education Connects Students With Good Jobs

first_imgMatt Lowe cannot wait to begin his career as a medical doctor, and he credits the province’s High School Co-operative Education Program with helping him make his future career plans. Mr. Lowe, a Grade 12 student at Sackville High School, enrolled in the co-op program hoping to get some exposure to a career in the medical field. During his placement with the IWK Health Centre Pediatric Cancer Research Lab, he not only gained exposure to many different aspects of the health care sector, his work will be published as part of a team in a renowned medical journal. “Before I enrolled in co-op, I knew I had an interest in health care, and thought I wanted to pursue the research field,” said Mr. Lowe. “Now I realize that I want to be the one putting research into practice as a medical doctor, with the hope of doing research later in my career.” “Because of co-op I have built strong relationships with doctors and researchers who will support me as I head to university. Without co-op, I may have spent years chasing the wrong job. ” More and more students like Mr. Lowe are taking advantage of the province’s High School Co-operative Education Program. Last year, 4,000 co-op credits were earned connecting more than 3,000 high school students with employers. Education Minister Marilyn More recognized some of those co-op students and employers during a celebration of success event, today, Nov. 16. “Co-op helps students make informed career and education decisions that are opening the door to the many good jobs Nova Scotia has to offer,” said Ms. More. “The thousands of students and employers who participate in the program each year are helping to build a stronger workforce and economy for Nova Scotia.” Over the past four years, enrolment in co-op programs has increased by 700 per cent, and continues to grow. To support this growth, more employers are needed. “We need to get more young people out in the workforce exploring the great jobs we have available here in Nova Scotia,” said Dave Strickland, co-op teacher at Sackville High School. “Co-op is a great course because it exposes students to a diverse mix of careers. I have students placed with welders, graphic designers and doctors, and each student is gaining experience that will help them make their own personal career plans for the future.” During the celebration of success, the Department of Education launched the new co-operative education video to promote the program to students, parents, employers and other key stakeholders across the province. To learn more about co-operative education, visit .last_img read more

Appropriation Bill for the year 2017 gazetted

The Appropriation Bill will be presented to Parliament on October 20 and the budget speech will be made on November 10. The Appropriation Bill for the year 2017 has been gazetted.The Appropriation Bill for 2017 notes that the expenditure of the Government is estimated will be rupees one thousand eight hundred nineteen billion five million forty four thousand for the service of the period beginning on January 1, 2017 and ending on December 31, 2017.

Annan condemns attack on Sri Lanka airport

A statement issued by his spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York late Thursday said Mr. Annan was “dismayed” at the attack in the country’s capital, Colombo. “The Secretary-General condemns this terrorist act and the disregard by the LTTE for the lives of civilians,” the statement said.”The Secretary-General urges all sectors of Sri Lankan society to make every effort to initiate and sustain a viable peace process,” the statement said. “He reiterates his support for the efforts of the Government of Norway to facilitate a negotiated political solution to the destructive conflict in Sri Lanka.” read more

EI numbers rising in Alberta

(Stock photo: Thinkstock) 38,750 people received E.I. benefits in March, a 24.7 per cent hike from the year before.The number of people receiving benefits is not nearly as high as it was during the 2009 downturn. Summary E.I. numbers rising in Alberta by Kaitlin Lee Posted May 21, 2015 11:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In the midst of an oil slump, Alberta saw a significant increase in those accepting Employment Insurance in March.In that month, 38,750 people received E.I. benefits: a 24.7 per cent hike from the year before.Calgary also saw its first year over year increase since 2010, with the number of beneficiaries increasing by 2,620 people.While the numbers seem grim, one expert is preaching calm.Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial, says layoffs are upsetting but this is a normal part of the cycle in Alberta.“By all indications, 2015 is going to be a soft year. We’re probably going to see more strain on the labour market, but I would call this a garden variety downturn — nothing like the epic proportions that we saw in the 80s, or even in 2009, which was a steeper correction,” he said.Six years ago, there were months when over 70,000 Albertans collecting employment insurance. read more

Newly formed club football building from the ground up

The Ohio State club football team began its inaugural season Sept. 27 with a 21-20 loss to Miami University.  Despite the loss, coach Max Claman feels that the team played exceptionally well considering the circumstances.“I was surprised at how well we held up,” said Claman, a junior sports and leadership studies student. “We lost by one point despite the fact that we committed six turnovers. The Miami coaches said we played the best game by a team playing their first-ever game that they had ever seen.”Nerves were high before the game since most of the players have not stepped on a field since high school, junior safety Joe Budgake said.“I was a little nervous before the game since it was going to be the first time in three years I had stepped on a football field,” said Budgake, who is also a team captain and the club’s president.The team has had to come together in light of the fact that its original coach, Jack Solak, left to play quarterback at Florida Atlantic University.“He had a great opportunity presented to him and I can’t blame him or be mad at him for it,” Budgake said. “He got us started and still was the first club football coach. His work was greatly appreciated.”In addition to losing its coach, the team is coping with players quitting the team almost every week, leaving the team’s roster at a paltry 22. Yet the team’s chemistry is a non-issue, Claman said.“That’s the least of our problems. We’ve got great cohesion and good balance,” Claman said.  “This is club football; everyone here wants to be here.”However, since it is club football, the team members are students first and players second. When a player can’t make it to practice because of homework or a job, there’s nothing the team can do.“Obviously with two practices a week we’d like to get as many guys as we can here, but we can’t do anything about it if guys don’t come,” Claman said. “Who shows up dictates what we can run in practice.”According to the team’s Web site, Budgake and juniors Marshal Carpenter and Jordan Fleischman founded the team for those who “love football” and “understand what it takes to work hard and be successful.”“I started this club and play on the team because I love playing football and because I wanted to do something big here at Ohio State,” junior wide receiver Carpenter said.  “Ohio State University is the largest in the nation and we have every other club sport you could think of besides the most obvious, football.”The team conducted tryouts in the middle of April and practiced sparingly over the summer.In the team’s 2009 schedule, they will host Xavier and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, host and travel to Wright State and play West Virginia either in Morgantown or Columbus.  Carpenter believes the team will excel despite its lack of experience and small numbers.“We expect to win every game and beat everyone we play. That is the attitude of the team,” said Carpenter, who is also a team captain and the club’s vice president.  “We all have that same attitude and believe losing is unacceptable. With that said all of these teams are just like us; college students who love football and want to keep playing.”Claman remains cautiously optimistic about the season prospects, knowing the obstacles the team is up against.“We have to be realistic,” Claman said. “We have zero funding. Miami of Ohio’s club football team gets $12,000 a year from the university. We’re just trying to make an impact and trying to show that we’re legitimate and maybe that’ll show the university we’re legitimate.”The team hopes its unity paves a path to legitimacy, Carpenter said.“The camaraderie is amazing. All the guys get together really well. We all try to hang out outside of practice and really have a good time,” Carpenter said. “We all like to joke and have fun, but when it comes down to actually doing hard work, conditioning, or running through plays we all suck it up and get the job done.” read more

Carrie Fisher had cocaine and ecstasy in her system when she suffered

first_imgCarrie Fisher had cocaine and ecstasy in her system when she suffered heart attack The Star Wars actress suffered a mid-flight heart attack last December. 23,352 Views Monday 19 Jun 2017, 7:50 PM Share95 Tweet Email Image: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment By AFP 54 Comments Short URL CARRIE FISHER HAD a mixture of drugs including cocaine and ecstasy in her system when she suffered a fatal mid-air heart attack, a coroner’s report revealed today.The “Star Wars” actress – who catapulted to stardom in the role of rebel warrior Princess Leia – was rushed to hospital in Los Angeles on 23 December after collapsing on a flight from London and was pronounced dead four days later.There were quantities of alcohol and opiates in her system, according to the toxicology report, which said the tests suggested “exposure to heroin, but that the dose and time of exposure cannot be pinpointed”.“Therefore we cannot establish the significance of heroin regarding the cause of death in this case,” added the report, sent to AFP by the LA County Coroner’s office.The tests revealed the cocaine would have been taken within the previous three days, according to the report, which gave the cause of death as sleep apnea – a breathing disorder – and “other undetermined factors” including heart disease and “multiple drug intake”.“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it,” Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, said in a statement released to celebrity magazine People on Friday.She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.The star’s brother, Todd Fisher, said her battle with drugs and bipolar disorder had “slowly but surely put her health in jeopardy over many, many years.”Fisher’s mother, the actress Debbie Reynolds, suffered a fatal stroke the day after her daughter’s death.- © AFP 2017Read: Carrie Fisher’s death caused by sleep apnea and ‘other causes’, coroner saysRead: We finally know more about The Last Jedi and Ireland Jun 19th 2017, 7:50 PM Image: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Bonneville Dam fish count 417

first_imgThursday — 47 adult spring chinok, 24 steelhead. Friday — 42 adult spring chinook, 22 steelhead. Saturday — 38 adult spring chinook, 34 steelhead. Sunday — 71 adult spring chinook, 11 steelhead. Year-to-date — 503 adult spring chinook, 2,207 steelhead. Ten-year year-to-date average — 7,656 adult spring chinook, 3,197 steelhead.Water temperature: 47.6 degrees. Water visibility: 2.5 feet. Streamflow: 386,000 cubic feet per second (12.22 feet on Vancouver gauge)last_img

Weather Eye Winds change at opportune time

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Things are looking a bit better on the weather side of things as far as the heat and the dry weather goes. Westerly winds off the coast began their eastward movement late Wednesday into Clark County, helping to push the Eagle Creek Fire back into the Gorge.The smoke will be slow to dissipate as the smoke shield from all the fires over Washington and Oregon had pushed well offshore so that smoke out over the ocean will need to move inland and past Clark County before we see perfectly clear skies.There still may be some smoke at upper levels from fires in Oregon. We’ll cool down to 78 to 80 degrees today and Friday and mid-70s on Saturday with a risk of showers. No wetting rains are in the forecast.Beginning Sunday, high pressure will build and we’ll go back into the 80s through mid-week. East winds are likely to reappear on Monday, which may cause some hot spots to flare up and more smoke heading our way. If east winds get going enough, we could possibly see 90 degrees again.I am sure many of the fires in the mountains in all of the western states will not be out until the snow flies. Besides the fires in Washington and Oregon, wildfires in Montana are destroying hundreds of thousands of acres.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia arrests Zahran Hashims brotherinlaw with help of Indias intelligence

first_imgSecurity forces are seen outside St. Anthony’s Church, one of the targets in a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 27, 2019.Xinhua/A. Hapuarachchi/IANSThe Saudi Arabian government is said to have arrested Maulana Rila, the brother-in-law of Zahran Hashim – the mastermind of the Sri Lankan blasts on Easter Sunday. The arrest was made with the help of the Indian intelligence who provided information last week. Rila’s colleague, identified as Shahnawaj, has also been arrested, reports Hindustan Times.It is learned that Rila was close to Zahran Hashim, who was a key operative of the National Thowheed Jamaath. The NTJ had carried out the bombing targeting churches and high-end hotels in Sri Lanka. Zahran Hashim died at the Shangri-La hotel during the attack on April 21.Two days after the bombings, the ISIS, through its news agency al-Amaq, claimed responsibility for the attack saying that it was revenge for the mosque shooting which took place in New Zealand in March. They said that the bombings were a “Bloody gift to you”.India and Saudi Arabia are working together to dig deeper and find out if there is any connection between the men arrested and the IS modules in Kasargod, Kerala.India had previous intel regarding the bombings and had warned Sri Lanka on four separate occasions – April 4, April 10, 16 and 20. They also called up the Sri Lankan authorities just two hours before the bombings to inform them of the three targeted churches in the country.After the bombings, the Taj Samudra, which was one of the intended targets, was asked to instal more CCTV cameras and amp up security since one of the suicide bombers was unaccounted for. The HT report states that the bomber, Abdul Latif Mohammed Jamil, could not trigger the bomb when he entered the hotel.His bomb later detonated at Tropical Inn in Dehiwala killing a couple who couldn’t escape on time.last_img read more

Student of the Year SOTY 2 Friday box office collection Becomes Tiger

first_imgStudent of the year 2 box office collectionYouTube ScreenshotStudent of the Year 2 (SOTY 2) starring Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria released on Friday. The movie started at the box office with a decent collection on Friday.Co-produced by Dharma Productions, Student of the Year 2 was one of the most awaited films of this year. It features Tiger, whose last film Baaghi 2 was a big hit, and also introduced two debutantes – Ananya and Tara.The teen drama has been released on around 3,200 screens across India, and reportedly witnessed a decent occupancy of around 20 percent in morning shows at the theatres on day 1. This appears to be a good start considering the fact that it features two new comers, and also is strictly youth-centric film.According to reports, Student of the Year 2 performed good in Delhi-NCR, and certain parts of South India on its opening day. With no other major release, the film managed to witness good box office collection on opening day at the domestic market.Student of the Year 2 collected Rs 12.06 crore at the Indian box office on Friday. It has become Tiger’s second opening day grossing film after Baaghi 2, which had collected Rs 25.10 crore on first day. Since the film did not receive much good response from critics and average audience, it will be interesting to see how it performs at the commercial circuits over the weekend.”#StudentOfTheYear2 puts up a fairly good total on Day 1… Biz slowed down towards evening shows… Sat and Sun crucial… Substantial growth – especially at plexes – is essential for a healthy total… Fri ₹ 12.06 cr. India biz. #SOTY2 is Tiger’s second highest opener *so far*,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.Directed by Punit Malhotra, Student of the Year 2 features Tiger, Ananya and Tara as college students. The film is about Tiger’s character, which fights hard against a gang of bullies to bag the title of “student of the year”.last_img read more

Black Woman Will Take the Helm as New Virginia State Director

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comWhen Virginia’s current State Director John Knapp retires at the end of the year, Keren Charles Dongo, a Black woman who served as the campaign manager for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s (D-VA) 2018 re-election campaign, will take his position.Kaine announced Dongo’s appointment on Dec. 3, while also honoring Knapp’s service.United State Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced Keren Charles Dongo as Virginia’s next State Director. (Courtesy Photo)“I’m so proud of John’s work over the past six years and am grateful to have Keren serve as my new State Director,” Kaine said according to a statement submitted by his office.Dongo is no newbie to Virginia’s political scene- or to working with Kaine for that matter.  Even before working as Kaine’s campaign manager for his 2018 re-election run, Dongo served as Deputy State Director and Legislative Assistant in Kaine’s Senate office, where she oversaw various outreach efforts and legislation related to “federal employees, civil rights, crime and law enforcement, general government and campaign finance reform,” according to memorandum released by Kaine’s office regarding the appointment.In addition, Dongo helped draft and rouse support for “400 Years of African American History Act,” a bipartisan effort by Kaine, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) which passed last year.  The 400 Years of African American History Act, would institute legislation to launch a National Park Service commission in order to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans’ arrival into English Colonial America in 2019.Dongo has also been a major mover and shaker within the Virginia Democratic Party.  She worked as director of Virginia’s Democratic Campaign in2012- the force that helped to elect Kaine to the Senate, re-elect President Barack Obama and get Democratic members in Congress.  Dongo also served as an advisor to Rep. Scott and worked as Virginia’s Outreach and Political Director of the 2008 Democratic Coordinated Campaign.Dongo also served as deputy field director at the ONE Campaign, a non-partisan, international advocacy and campaigning organization that works to combat extreme poverty and preventable diseases, and lobbies for politicians to support policies and programs that align with their efforts to help save lives.Kaine noted Dongo’s previous success as a member of his staff and major relations within the state as primary reasons she is equipped to take on the new role as State Director.“With her deep ties to Virginia and past success on both my state and legislative staff, Keren brings a level of talent and experience that is sure to continue my state team’s record of excellence,” Kaine said.Dongo took to Twitter to express her excitement about her new position.“Thanks everyone for all the support.  It’s an honor to work again for [Tim Kaine] on behalf of all Virginians,” the new Virginia State Director wrote.last_img read more

Storms Importance to the XMen Universe

first_img SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-MenMarvel Posts ‘Dawn of X’ Teaser on Twitter Before SDCC 2019 Stay on target February is Black History Month, so is taking the time to appreciate the history of comic book’s black characters (ie. Static Shock, Black Manta) Today, we’re catching up with Storm of the X-Men. One of the most prominent and important black superheroes in comics. She first appeared in the series in 1975. Initially created as a male character named “Typhoon” by artist Dave Cockrum, it was suggested by editor Roy Thomas that the character be changed to a woman in order to diversify the all-male line-up.  Since her debut, she has been a consistent member of the X-Men, a Horseman of Apocalypse, the wife of an Avenger, and most importantly, a heroic tentpole of the Marvel Universe.via Marvel ComicsFirst appearing in Giant-Size X-Men #1 in 1975, Ororo Munro, aka Storm, was created by writer Len Wein and artist David Cockrum. A member of Professor Xavier’s backup team of X-Men, Storm and the rest of the new team were sent on a mission to the Savage Land in an effort to rescue the abandoned members of the original team. Storm did not receive her origin until a year later in Uncanny X-Men #102 from writer Chris Claremont, who would go on to write the X-Men until 1991. Storm’s mother, N’Dare, was a Kenyan witch-princess and her father, David, was an American journalist. After Ororo was born, they moved to Egypt, where Storm grew up after her parents passed away when she was 6. She lived there as a pick-pocket until she was taken in by Charles Xavier.After going on many adventures with the X-Men, Storm made her way into the greater Marvel Universe. Acting as a de-facto leader in Cyclops absence, Storm also served as something of a mother figure to Kitty Pryde, who was the youngest member of the team. Storm was even a participant in the original Secret Wars storyline in 1984. She was rocking her now-iconic black leather/white mohawk, which was later revealed by artist Paul Smith. Smith later admitted it to have been a joke on Mr. T who he was a fan of. Storm would go on to lose her powers in an accident with a device created by Forge, who she would be involved with romantically until discovering his involvement with her de-powering. Forge made up for it by restoring her powers, and their relationship was rekindled. In 1986, Storm fought Cyclops for the right to become leader of the X-Men and emerged victorious.via Marvel ComicsStorm would tread water for most of the 1990’s, in the background during Marvel’s relaunch of the X-Men. Her relationship with Forge was on and off for most of the decade, with the two characters eventually going their separate ways. She would go on to lead the X-Treme X-Men in the early 2000’s, and maintained her powers even after the Decimation storyline wiped out most of the mutant population in 2005. In 2006, her relationship with T’Challa, the Black Panther, blossomed and the two were married in a major comic book storyline amidst the original Civil War. They were even stand-ins on the Fantastic Four.During the Avengers VS X-Men arch in 2012, Namor used his powers that were augmented by the Phoenix Force to flood the nation of Wakanda. When Storm stayed with the X-Men, Black Panther had their marriage annulled as he felt betrayed.Since then she’s lead the all-female team of X-Men during the Marvel NOW relaunch and has become a major leader in the mutant movement. She is currently the leader of the Extraordinary X-Men team and will be a member of X-Men Gold when the new series launches in April of this year.Her presence is strong and she continues to be a focal point for mutant and female leadership and strength within Marvel lore.View as: One Page Slides1. Anthony Jean2. Dave Bardin3. Goran Parlov4. Meredith McClaren5. Nelson Hernandez6. Andrea Parrocho7. Stephanie Hans8. Bob Qlast_img read more

The golden colour of joy

first_imgPaying A tribute to renowned art critic Late Keshav Malik, a group exhibition titled Golden Moments is being organised by artist Arshi Hafeez. The show will display the works of 19 artists from across the country. Hafeez, also the curator of the show, tries to bring forward the innermost elation and joy of the golden moments in the form of paintings and sculptures installations.Some of the participant artists are – Yasin Sahab, Mahesh Kumar, Naresh Kapuria, Parul Arya, Alpana and others. The show will display a diverse mediums and art forms , from paintings to sculptures and installation art. Golden Moments is a potpourri of the innermost elation and joys of an artist exploring his creativity.When: On till 31 JulyWhere:  Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre Timing: 11 am – 7pmlast_img read more

Mobile Wallets the Future of Loyalty Marketing Programs

first_imgAugust 4, 2015 3 min read “Mobile wallets” are steadily inching their way into the mainstream. With the technology now readily available — and affordable — and the stigma of security issues steadily fading, consumers are finally jumping on board.Related: The Future of Mobile Payments Awaits Your FingerprintIn the past year, approximately 28 percent of smartphone users actually made a mobile payment, and that number is only expected to grow.But what many merchants don’t realize is that mobile wallets can also be used as strategic marketing tools to help increase their bottom lines. The solution is in mobile loyalty programs.After all, customers love loyalty programs. But they don’t love carrying around a wad of plastic cards in their wallets. Cards are bulky and easily lost. So, if your business already offers a loyalty program — or plans to implement one — there’s never been a better time to make the switch to mobile.Benefits for businessesThe most obvious reason why merchants offer mobile loyalty programs is to give customers incentives to return to their businesses. But there are a number of other perks, too, including:Increased sales — Customer retention is always good for boosting the bottom line, but studies have shown that a mobile loyalty program can also boost extra sales among loyalty customers. Kohl’s loyalty customers, for example, average two additional trips to the store and spend $80 more than nonloyalty customers over the course of a year.Differentiation from the competition — Loyalty programs are an excellent way to stand out from the crowd. And having a mobile loyalty program gives you an even bigger edge in the marketplace. Consider what your competitors are doing for their loyalty programs and figure out a way to make yours even better.Cost savings – Mobile loyalty programs require less operational management than paper-based programs, and that advantage will ultimately lead to reduced operational costs.Improved customer service – Consumers want their experiences to be enjoyable, and they want to feel valued. Loyalty programs help make both of these goals possible. They open the door for more communication between retailers and customers during checkout. And they give loyal customers rewards for their patronage, making them feel appreciated.Related: The Future of Mobile Payments Awaits Your FingerprintThe current landscapeSome merchants, like Starbucks, have already launched successful loyalty programs within their own store apps. The Starbucks app allows customers to load money onto their mobile accounts (like a revolving gift card), keep track of their rewards and make payments and use their rewards directly from their phones at checkout. And this is just the beginning of the integration of mobile wallets with loyalty programs.Looking forwardExperts predict that the next step in mobile loyalty programs will be to integrate them with the front-runner mobile wallets, such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet. Up until this point, consumers have been forced to use mobile loyalty programs within each store’s individual apps. In the near future, we can expect to see these mobile wallets begin to not only implement store loyalty programs, but ultimately become a platform for integrated, real-time marketing.Related: Why It Might Make Sense to Pay Your Employees in Bitcoin (VIDEO) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Has it been 10 years already Oasis of the Seas gets ready

first_imgTags: Cruise, Oasis, Royal Caribbean International Posted by MIAMI — The legendary Oasis of the Seas will mark its 10-year anniversary with a multi-million upgrade that includes new dining concepts and the ‘Perfect Storm’ trio of waterslides along with the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea.When it debuted in November 2008 Oasis of the Seas was the first to introduce Royal Caribbean’s seven-neighbourhood concept and AquaTheater entertainment venue.Passengers sailing on the reimagined ship after the 63-day reno wraps up will find a reimagined, Caribbean-inspired pool deck that will feature a Splashaway Bay kids aquapark and The Lime & Coconut signature bar; Quantum Class staple, Music Hall; and new waterslides.Debuting alongside this lineup will be the cruise line’s first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ, and dedicated karaoke venue Spotlight Karaoke.The reimagined Oasis will set sail on Nov. 24, beginning 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Royal Caribbean’s new Terminal A in Miami.When Oasis heads to NYC in May 2020 it will be the largest ship to sail from the New York area. Oasis will reposition to its new summer home at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, offering 7-night sailings to The Bahamas with visits to Royal Caribbean’s newly transformed private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.“When Oasis of the Seas debuted as the world’s largest and most groundbreaking cruise ship a decade ago, the typical cruise vacation as the world knew it was forever changed. Today, our Oasis Class ships continue to lead the industry and attract vacationers new to cruising,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Now with the opportunity to disrupt the industry once again, we’ve gone all-in with our biggest and boldest amplification yet. Oasis will turn heads when she arrives to Miami this November and the Northeast in May 2020.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesTOP DECK DIVERSIONSThe reimagined Pool and Sports Zone will feature new ways to relax, celebrate and plunge into adventure, says Royal Caribbean, joining the popular twin FlowRider surf simulators, nine-deck-high zip line and twin rock-climbing walls. At 10 storeys, the Ultimate Abyss is the tallest slide at sea, while The Perfect Storm is an action-packed trio of multi-storey waterslides known as Typhoon, Cyclone and Supercell. Splashaway Bay with a Splash Pad for tots, is also on its way, with three waterslides, water cannons, fountains, pools and the first-ever twin drench buckets.At the center is the new Caribbean-style pool deck with The Lime & Coconut, sure to become one of the liveliest spots on board, day and night, with poolside cocktails, DJs and live music across two locations.Oasis will also deliver a larger variety of seating and shade on deck, including casitas, daybeds, hammocks and swing seats, new whirlpools on the top deck, and a refreshed Solarium for the adults.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT  << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Has it been 10 years already? Oasis of the Seas gets ready for US$165 million ‘amplification’ DININGNew dining venues will further diversify Oasis’ 23 specialty and complimentary options. Portside BBQ will offer an authentic, meat-packed menu inspired by the best-in-class barbecue across the U.S., says the cruise line. There’s also Mexican grab-and-go fare at El Loco Fresh. Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade will anchor the lineup in the Boardwalk neighbourhood. And Sugar Beach will have more than 220 types of candy and a new walkup ice cream window.BARS & NIGHTLIFEThe upgrade will add the new Spotlight Karaoke on the Royal Promenade, plus live music venue Music Hall, first introduced on Quantum of the Seas. And a duo of robotic bartenders will mix, muddle, stir and shake cocktails nonstop at the Bionic Bar.FAMILY FAVOURITESAdventure Ocean will receive a total makeover, with newly designed areas organized by activity type. Returning offerings include a nursery for the youngest of travellers, and a specialized area with programming for kids three to five years old. The hangout for teens includes a hidden entrance, gaming lounge, movies, music, and a new, laidback outdoor deck. There’s also a new glow-in-the-dark laser tag game, Clash for the Crystal City, and the new Royal Escape Room – Mission Control: Apollo 18. Sharelast_img read more

ExFIFA vice president Warner leaves jail in ambulance

first_imgBut a short while later, Warner donned a cap and a garland of flowers to give a lengthy, defiant speech before a crowd of raucous supporters in the district he represents as an opposition member of Parliament.“If I have been thiefing FIFA money for 30 years, who give me the money? How come he is not charged? Why only persons from Third World countries have been charged?” Warner said, drawing hoots and applause from partisans wearing green-colored shirts of his Independent Liberal Party.Warner surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was granted a $395,000 bond but spent the night in jail. He faces eight counts in the U.S., including conspiracy to defraud and to engage in racketeering. He has not entered a plea and is expected to appear in court in July. A judge ordered Warner to surrender his passport and report to police twice a week.Warner was forced out of FIFA in 2011 over a bribery scandal but has denied any wrongdoing.Trinidad’s attorney general, Garvin Nicholas, said the U.S. has two months to issue a formal extradition request. He said his office has been working with the U.S. Justice Department for about two years on the investigation of Warner.U.S. justice officials allege, among other things, that Warner received three payments totaling $10 million in 2008 from an unidentified, high-ranking FIFA official. They said the money was deposited in a U.S. account controlled by Warner. FILE – In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 file photo, suspended FIFA executive Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. Warner was one of the 14 people indicted Wednesday May 27, 2015 in the U.S. on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File) Authorities say the money was allegedly offered to secure Warner’s vote and help give South Africa the right to host the 2010 World Cup over Morocco. South Africa’s sports minister on Thursday denied any wrongdoing by his country’s government.Warner also faced scrutiny from FIFA over a sports complex he built in Trinidad more than a decade ago with financial help from the organization and whose ownership has been disputed. The Centre of Excellence features a soccer field, a pool and several meeting halls, including ones named after FIFA President Sepp Blatter and former South Africa President Nelson Mandela.Messages left with the center’s officials were not returned. The center regularly hosts conferences, weddings, soccer matches and other events.___Associated Press writer Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner left a Trinidad jail by ambulance Thursday, a day after he was charged in a U.S. corruption case that has led to the arrests of more than a dozen international soccer officials and businessmen.Judicial officer Ibrahim Ali said the 72-year-old Warner complained of exhaustion and was not able to face questions from reporters gathered for several hours outside the jail in this twin-island Caribbean nation off the coast of Venezuela. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 must play golf courses in Arizona How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories last_img read more