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first_imgBelgium’s Kim Clijsters (R) with China’s Li Na pose for a photo prior to the start of their final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.Kim Clijsters finally won her first Australian Open title and the fourth major of her career, wiping tears from her eyes after she beat Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday in the Australian Open final.The result ended the outstanding run of Li, who became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final.Li appeared to become upset with some of the Chinese spectators in the crowd in the third set, and asked the chair umpire to intervene. She later complained about the flashes from photographers at center court.U.S. Open champion Clijsters’ win came in what is likely her last appearance at Melbourne Park – she said that 2011 could be her last full year on the tour.After the match, though, she appeared to qualify that – maybe “full” year means a restricted schedule for next year.Asked by a television interviewer if she would be back to defend her Australian Open title, she replied: “Yes, I would like to.”Clijsters, who has three U.S. Open titles, lost the 2004 Australian Open final to Justine Henin and has been reached the semifinals four other times.”I finally feel like you guys can call me Aussie Kim because I won the title,” Clijsters said at the trophy presentations, referring to her crowd favoritism that came from her former relationship with Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt.”Even when things weren’t going good, you guys were really supportive of me and I really appreciate it.”Looking at Li, Clijsters said: “I think we’ll have a lot more tough battles to come, hopefully a few more Grand Slam finals would be nice.”It was the first night match for Li at Rod Laver Arena, where the cooler temperatures after the sun sets usually makes the hard court slower. But Melbourne warmed up late Saturday, making even the night conditions similar to what Li would have experienced in cooler day matches earlier in the tournament.Li, with her courtside humor and bubbly personality, endeared herself to the fans here and around the world. Back home, she was a huge hit.”The Chinese fans were prepared to express their feelings and shed their tears of excitement. We were just one step from victory,” China Central Television announcer Tong Kexin said Saturday. CCTV predicted that about 15 million people watched the match live on its sports channel.Li was at her joking best after her loss.”I think I played great tennis, but she played better than me,” Li said “After the match, back to the locker room, I make joke, tennis should only play one set.”Clijsters led 4-2 in head-to-head matches before the match, but Li beat Clijsters in the Sydney International final two weeks ago after the Belgian player had led 5-0 in the opening set.Li and Clijsters weren’t into any mind games before the match, seen outside the dressing room doors joking and smiling with each other. Li seemed uncharacteristically nervous in her pre-match TV interview, though, and that translated on to the court.Clijsters opened the match with an ace, winning the first game on four straight points, then breaking Li the same way for a 2-0 lead after just a few minutes.But Li found her range and seemed to lose her nervousness in the third game, breaking Clijsters and then holding for 2-2.The turnaround continued when Li saved two big break points, then broke Clijsters in the final game of the set. She set up two set points with a stinging forehand that Clijsters didn’t bother to run for, then two points later stunned Clijsters with a crosscourt forehand to close out the first set in 38 minutes.There were four straight service breaks to open the second set before Li held to lead 3-2. Then Clijsters held for the first time in four games to level the set at 3-3. Clijsters, with a backhand winner to the open court, broke Li in the next game to lead 4-3.After that service break, Li went up to chair umpire Alison Lang of Britain and asked: “Can you tell the Chinese don’t teach me how to play tennis.” That was in reference to some people in the crowd yelling out – apparently exhorting her to “finish her,” and “beat her,” and later “calm down” in Chinese that seemed to be bothering LiLi also snapped at her husband and coach, “stop shouting at me.”Clijsters, who dropped serve in four straight games from the end the first set, staged a remarkable turnaround, holding serve to open the deciding set and breaking Li’s service to take a 2-0 lead, just as she had in the opening set.The Belgian player went up 3-1 when Li again lost her service for the seventh time in the match, then held in the next to go up 4-1.Serving for the match at 5-3, Clijsters finished as she started it, taking four points in a row and winning the title when Li’s last forehand landed wide.After walking back to her chair, Clijsters buried her head in a towel. Li also had tears in her eyes on the other side of the court.Andy Murray will try to become the first British man in almost 75 years to win a Grand Slam singles title when he plays 2008 champion Novak Djokovic in the men’s final Sunday.- With inputs from AP advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid ‘I nearly died’ – Diego Maradona misses out on first title as coach PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “Good thing is we’re finishing strong and that’s a great sign for us. We’re playing better defense, moving the ball well, and the roles are being defined better,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin, whose squad dropped its first five games.Issa Gaye just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds while Niko Abatayo scored 12 for NU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Bulldogs pulled ahead, 34-20, at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, extending their lead to as high as 32, 88-56, early in the final frame.Denzel Wong had a game-high 17 points for Wangs (3-5), which suffered its fourth consecutive loss. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—SMDC-National University picked up its third straight win after trouncing Wangs Basketball, 102-71, in the 2019 PBA D-League Season Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The also-ran Bulldogs, who got off to a fast start, also pulled the plug on the Couriers’ bid to make the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLondon, Aug 20 (AFP) Jose Mourinho warned of the troubles that could lie ahead for his Manchester United side, but the Portuguese must still accept much of the responsibility from a 3-2 defeat at Brighton that has the Red Devils’ season off to a bad start.The concern for United is now whether Mourinho is capable of stemming the tide to turn things around in a way he wasn’t in his third season at Real Madrid or in his second spell at Chelsea.On those occasions his fall even came from a position of strength he isn’t afforded now having won the league in the previous season.This time round after a trophyless campaign, Mourinho clashed with the club’s board over their failure to signficantly strengthen his squad, particularly at centre-back.Mourinho’s point was illustrated in a disastrous defensive display at the Amex in which United conceded three times in the first-half with centre-backs Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly at fault.However, the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could point to the fact that 60 million pounds ($76 million) has been spent on Bailly and Lindelof in the past two seasons since Mourinho took charge as justification for not trusting his manager with more cash to splash.”The centre backs melted and you can’t do that in the Premier League,” said former United captain turned TV pundit Gary Neville on Sky Sports.”When Manchester United are so publicly in the transfer window looking for defenders, what belief does that give them? “They know they’re on borrowed time and I have to say Bailly and Lindelof were poor. They are the ones Jose has signed.advertisement”It has been poor recruitment. That back four aren’t good enough to win the title.”- Long-term view -==================Woodward hinted on the final day of the transfer window that the club had to take a more long-term view than Mourinho.Despite signing a new contract till 2020 in January, the growing feeling is Mourinho will do well just to see out the current campaign.Woodward’s long-term view also included holding on to Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial despite their rifts with Mourinho.Pogba was again entrusted with the captain’s armband at Brighton, but his admission he didn’t show the right attitude was hardly one of an inspirational leader.”They had more hunger than us. I put myself first, that my attitude wasn’t right,” said the French World Cup winner.Martial had been publicly criticised by Mourinho and fined for failing to return to the club’s pre-season tour in the United States after the birth of his second child.The Frenchman was recalled to the starting line-up in the absence of the injured Alexis Sanchez, but failed to impress before being hooked on the hour mark and barely exchanged a glance with his manager as he left the field.Mourinho began the weekend by telling local rivals Manchester City “you can’t buy class”, angry at the depiction of his tactics as overly defensive in a behind-the-scenes documentary on City’s title-winning campaign last season.The worry for United is whether Mourinho’s football is now not only not entertaining compared to the free-flowing football of City and traditional rivals Liverpool, but no longer effective at getting results with a disaffected squad.A big response is needed when Tottenham visit Old Trafford next week to avert a crisis spiralling before the opening month of the season is out. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

first_imgSpa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Aug 23 (AFP) Fernando Alonso left the door open for a possible return to Formula One today when he explained he was saying goodbye to the sport, but could not forecast the future. The two-time world champion, who it is claimed turned down an offer from Red Bull before announcing his F1 exit, said: “I don’t have a crystal ball to know the future. For me, it’s a bye-bye, but who knows in the future.” Alonso rejected an offer from Red Bull before the team named Pierre Gasly as their 2019 replacement for departing Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who is moving to Renault next year, according to Sky Sports F1. “Right now I am thinking that it is a goodbye, but life changes very quickly and life also taught me in the past how things may change in a couple of months’ time or in years’ time,” said Alonso. He told a news conference ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix that “it was a decision that probably I started thinking about last year. “And then this year, 2018, there were a lot of changes into the team and with the engine manufacturer changes and things like that. “I thought it was worth staying one more year. I enjoy driving these cars with new regulations, big tyres, more down-force and this year was some kind of joy to keep racing and to have another go. “A couple of months ago, I decided it was the right time. I feel strong, feel a good level and want to say bye-bye to this sport when I am strong, not when I am not competitive or have no place to go.advertisement “I prefer to take my own decision and take new challenges that Formula One cannot offer me at the moment.” (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of College GameDayESPN.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit released his top four teams after this weekend’s games.ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit released his top four teams in college football, after getting caught up on this weekend’s games. Herbstreit released his top four last night during the Florida State-Miami game, but apparently didn’t see Michigan destroy Rutgers.Herbie had Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, and Washington in his top four late last night. He must have had a change of heart after witnessing the Wolverines’ 78-point win over the Scarlet Knights. Herbstreit dropped Washington from his top four and added Michigan in its place.After watching & getting completely caught up on the games from wk 6-My top 4. 1-@AlabamaFTBL2-@OhioStateFB3-@ClemsonFB4-@UMichFootball— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 9, 2016Each team in Herbstreit’s top four added solid victories to their 2016 campaigns. Alabama took down a good Arkansas team with a 49-30 win. Ohio State survived a tough contest against Indiana with a 38-17 win. Clemson dominated Boston College on Thursday night en route to a 56-10 win. Last but not least, Michigan annihilated Rutgers in the aforementioned 78-0 win.The team dropped from Herbie’s top four, Washington, also dominated this weekend with a 70-21 win over Oregon.last_img read more

first_imgFlorentino Luis has signed a new contract with Benfica, which doubles his release clause from €60 million to €120m (£107m/$136m).The highly-regarded defensive midfielder had emerged as a summer transfer target for Manchester City and Paris St-Germain but will instead stay with the Portuguese champions.Benfica had been concerned about the prospect of losing Florentino ahead of time, with his release clause set tantalisingly low, but succeeded in agreeing terms with the 19-year-old on the first day of pre-season, July 1. 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 Forward Joao Felix is all set to join Atletico Madrid imminently – the club who earlier this summer lodged a €126m (£113m/$143m) offer to sign the Portuguese  – and Benfica were determined to hang on to their other academy crown jewel this summer.Florentino, whose previous deal extended through to 2023, has signed new terms to 2024.The Portugal U20 international told Benfica TV: “I look at my progress in training with great pride because it has been very good. I was fortunate to have great conditions, coaches and colleagues who helped me evolve with each training session and every game to get where I am now.”We have goals, but we always try to do things step by step, to live in the present, because if we do not, we can hardly achieve what we want.”The Benfica youth product established himself in the Benfica team in the second half of the season, with nine Primeira Liga starts, as his club reclaimed the Portuguese title from Porto.Manchester City have kept track of his progress and he was seen as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho in Pep Guardiola’s midfield. However, Atleti’s Rodri is the immediate priority in that position .Adrien Rabiot’s free transfer to Juventus has been confirmed and PSG had been in the market for a midfield replacement. Florentino is also admired at Parc des Princes.Roma, meanwhile, are building for the future under new coach Paulo Fonseca and sporting director Gianluca Petrachi and had looked at Florentino as a potential centrepiece in their revival.Florentino has been a mainstay in the Portuguese national youth setup, being part of the winning UEFA European Under-17 Championship team in 2016 and the European Under-19 Championship team in 2018, and appearing in the team of the tournament at each of those competitions.last_img read more

first_img graphs commentary IPL 2019: Virat Kohli promises expressive cricket from RCB in their final two gamesDelhi Capitals became the second team after Chennai Super Kings to qualify for the IPL 2019 playoffs after their 16-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. Rohan Sen DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 20:35 IST RCB have two home games remaining in their IPL 2019 campaign (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals reached the playoffs after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runsRCB suffered its 8th loss in IPL 2019 but still have an outside chance of reaching playoffs”We don’t want to take too much pressure,” Kohli said after the matchRoyal Challengers Bangalore still have a mathematical chance of reaching the IPL 2019 playoffs even after their 16-run loss against Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday. Royal Challengers need to win their last two league matches and then depend on some of the other results to go their way in order for them to advance in the tournament.But captain Virat Kohli knows the chances of his team advancing are minimal which is why he urged his players to have some fun in their next two games and not worry too much about the other factors.”We can only focus on having fun, that’s what we decided to do and has helped us win four out of the last six games. We don’t want to take too much pressure.”The fun factor should never go away, we still got two games and we’ll work hard. We’ll go out there, expressive cricket and be positive. When we’re done with the two games, we’ll sit down and see where this tournament goes,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.That’s that from Delhi as the @DelhiCapitals win by 16 runs and are through to the Playoffs (@IPL) April 28, 2019Chasing 188 for victory, Royal Challengers got off to a blazing start thanks to Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli but their chances diminished once the openers departed after adding 63 runs in quick time.Parthiv once again top-scored for his side with 39 runs while Kohli made 23 but the rest failed to fire which led to their downfall. Marcus Stoinis’ unbeaten 32 off 24 balls kept their hopes alive at the end but the target was just too far out of his reach and he also kept losing partners at the other end.advertisementRCB were restricted to 171 for 7 by Delhi Capitals with Kagiso Rabada and Amit Mishra bagging two wickets each while Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel and Sherfane Rutherford picked one wicket each. Delhi Capitals became the second team after Chennai Super Kings to reach the playoffs after this win.WATCH: When Virat was quicker than the Third UmpireFull video here #DCvRCB (@IPL) April 28, 2019Kohli admitted that his team got outplayed by Delhi Capitals in the crucial moments which led to their eventual loss.”It was an important toss, but even after losing it, the way we bowled was nice. Showed character but the game got away, 185 on that pitch with three spinners in their ranks was going to be tough.”We were thinking 160-165, we had a chance. In crunch moments, Delhi played better than us. With the bat, we started very well. PP was outstanding, I got off to a start but me and AB getting out to balls you don’t get out to changed it,” Kohli said after the match.RCB have two home games remaining in their campaign with the first against Rajasthan Royals on April 30 and the last one versus Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 4.Also Read | DC vs RCB Highlights, IPL 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli trolls himself after losing toss for the 9th timeAlso Read | Virat Kohli arrives at Kotla as RCB look to dominate DC againFor 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 DC vs RCBFollow IPL 2019Follow Virat Kohli No data available!center_img view more view less advertisement scorecardlast_img read more

first_img CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Jan. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Thursday, March 31, for replacement. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Monday, Jan. 31. A detour route is available on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eben Fulton Bridge Eben Fulton Bridge, 80 metres east from Route 289 on the Brookfield/Dean Road, will be closed to repair the steel superstructure and timber deck until Friday, Feb. 4. A detour is in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Feb. 11. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30-last_img read more

first_imgQuadruple Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah has issued an urgent plea for help in support of Save the Children’s East Africa Food Crisis Appeal.The long-distance athlete, who recently secured his legacy as Britain’s greatest distance runner of all time at the Rio 2016 Olympics, is named today as an Ambassador for Save the Children and his first appeal is to raise awareness of the looming famine in East Africa.Mo, who spent the early years of his life in Somalia and has family living in some of the worst affected areas, has become deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating crisis. Speaking today in a video appeal for Save the Children, he said that he is devastated by the news that around one million Somali children are predicted to become malnourished this year, with almost 200,000 at risk of death from severe acute malnutrition.The four-time Olympic Gold medal winner said: “I’m completely devastated – this shouldn’t be happening in 2017. The drought is really bad and there are millions of children at risk of starvation. I was born in Somalia and it breaks my heart to hear stories of how families are suffering. We have to act now; millions of lives are at stake – and young children are especially vulnerable.”The drought is one of the worst in living memory and could be even more catastrophic than a 2011 famine which claimed thousands of lives. Livestock are dying, crops are failing and thousands of children are severely malnourished. With poor rains expected this month, the situation is only set to get worse.Mo continued: “As a father of four, it hurts to see children without food and water, but this is a reality being faced by parents in East Africa right now. I’m urging the generous British public to dig deep and donate whatever they can to Save the Children so they can reach the people who need vital aid. We can make a difference if we come together as a country, as a nation and as a team – we can change lives.”As many as 20 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid in East Africa. Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan and the crisis is worsening in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. As with any humanitarian emergency, children are the ones who suffer the most.The Mo Farah Foundation has donated £100,000 to Save the Children to provide lifesaving healthcare and nutrition to children affected by the devastating impact of the drought in Somaliland.Please join Mo and donate now so that Save the Children can provide food, water, medicine and other life-saving essentials to children in the worst-affected areas.Donate online at: read more

first_imgIman Kassam APTN National NewsA unique northern film festival took to the screen over the weekend.Dead North showcased works of horror and science fiction.Twenty films from the three northern territories were shown.last_img

first_imgAPTN News Conservative leader Andrew Scheer claims he only learned this week about Sen. Lynn Beyak’s letters of support regarding her stance on Indian residential schools that she posted on her Senate website.But an email dated September 15 from a residential school survivor provided to APTN News, indicates that Scheer’s office was tipped off about the “support letters.”Sen. Larry Smith, the Conservative leader in the Senate was also sent the email.“I am disappointed that my email back in September was ignored,” said Garnet Angeconeb. “They knew all along she had those ‘support letters’ on her Parliamentary website.”Scheer removed Beyak from the Conservative caucus late Thursday, not for posting the letters, but for not removing them after he asked her do to so according to a statement.“I demanded Senator Beyak remove this content from her website. She refused,” Scheer said.Scheer mentioned one comment in a letter was particularly offensive.“To suggest that indigenous Canadians are lazy compared to other Canadians, is simply racist,” he said.A spokesman for Scheer said his office gets 1,000 to 2,500 “pieces of correspondence” a week and it usually takes four to six months for people to get a response.“We have about four or five staff members who are tasked with strictly doing that,” said Jake Enwright. “They work very, very hard to answer these inquiries as quickly as possible.”Enwright maintained Scheer learned of the letters Jan. 2 and that Angeconeb’s email was in the que to receive a response.“To continue to use a government paid website to push personal idealogy (sic), it only appears her caucus continues to allow her to spew out nonsensical and uninformed rhetoric,” Angeconeb wrote in read more

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing Sri Lankan diplomats at a workshop in Diyatalawa today, said that it was important to maintain good relations with Sri Lanka’s neighbors.The President’s office quoted the President as saying that now was the time for Asia and the world was also watching the Asian region. The President also said that the world has recognized the fact that Sri Lanka has achieved peace after 30 years of war and there is no state of emergency, no high security zones, no landmines and no checkpoints. He also reminded the diplomats that they are not ones who just wave the Sri Lankan flag but rather are part of that flag. He said that the people who suffered for 30 long years due to terrorism are now enjoying the fruits of peace as normalcy has been restored.All Sri Lankan Ambassadors and High Commissioners posted at missions overseas are attending the two day workshop. read more

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected at this difficult time. We assure the Government and the people of Ghana, Sri Lanka’s firm solidarity at this time of national mourning,” the statement said. The death toll from the Wednesday night blast in Accra is expected to go up, President John Mahama said Friday.The explosion occurred as hundreds huddled under the cover of the gas station and nearby shops to stay dry. A leak at the station sparked the explosion, which spread to a pharmacy and other nearby businesses, Mahama said in a statement. The Government said it was deeply saddened by the tragic deaths that occurred as a result of a fire that erupted in a petrol station in Accra at a time when the people of Ghana were already traumatized and trying to cope with torrential rain and floods.A Foreign Ministry statement said that Sri Lanka offers its condolences to the families of the victims of this tragedy. CNN reported that the explosion killed 150 people after it hit a gas station crowded with residents seeking shelter from heavy rains. read more

Then-freshman forward Maddy Humphrey (left) pushes the ball upfield during a game against Iowa Oct. 19, 2014 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 4-2.Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State field hockey team hopes to keep its momentum when it faces off against another team that is undefeated in conference play, No. 8 Maryland, this week.Coming off a 2-1 double overtime victory last week against Penn State, the Buckeyes are now 2-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2011 and 6-3 overall. Maryland (8-3, 3-0) — which is coming off a 5-1 victory against Michigan State on Sunday — currently sits in a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten alongside OSU and Indiana. The Terrapins have combined to score 38 goals so far this season, 20 of which have come off penalty corners.Coach Anne Wilkinson said her team has put forth a lot of effort in practice this week and that it will show on the turf Friday.“At the end of the day it’s about who steps up and shows up on the field,” Wilkinson said. “I think with the hard work that our team put in this week, we’ll be prepared and ready to compete.”As proof of their effort, the Buckeyes continue to rack up Big Ten Player of the Week honors. Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro, senior forward Peanut Johnson and, most recently, sophomore back Caroline Rath have all taken home the title so far this season. Johnson, who has 15 points on six goals along with three assists, said the team’s dedication and spirit give them an upper hand in succeeding on the field.“Everyone’s just on their A-Game,” Johnson said. “The fact that freshmen, sophomores, juniors are all playing with so much heart is just really what’s setting this season apart from all the others.”Coming into Friday’s game winning five of its last six, OSU is averaging 2.50 goals per game with 23 goals total. Alongside the strong offense, the Buckeyes’ defense leads the conference with 65 total saves. Tamburro — who tallied a season-high 11 saves versus Penn State — said the defense has found its flow on the field and is finally meshing together. “The defense has been working amazing together, we’ve made so much progress since the beginning of the season,” Tamburro said. “We’re all open with each other, the communication and trust has definitely come together.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to face off against the Terrapins on Friday at Buckeye Varsity Field at 3:30 p.m.Coach’s cornerWilkinson and Maryland coach Missy Meharg used to be teammates at the University of Delaware on both the field hockey and lacrosse teams. Looking forwardFollowing their contest against Maryland, the Buckeyes will continue Big Ten play against Rutgers at home. The game is set for Oct. 9, with faceoff being scheduled for 3:30 p.m at Buckeye Varsity Field. read more

Ohio State’s redshirt senior Blake Leeson anticipates to block a George Mason attempt at the game against on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.In a near identical match to Thursday’s five-set thriller, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team closed out the regular season, and its tenure at St. John Arena, downing Ball State in five sets, 19-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-23 and 15-9. The Buckeyes (10-18, 5-9 MIVA) tallied 6.5 blocks and 21 kills to win the final two sets in a comeback victory despite being both out-blocked 10 to 8.5 and out-killed 51 to 50  by the Cardinals (15-13, 6-7 MIVA). In both matches on Thursday and Saturday, Ohio State fell in the first and third sets, setting up a fourth-and-fifth-set comeback. Head coach Pete Hanson said the Buckeyes’ early struggles have a lot to do with team confidence. “Once we’ve kind of let the jitters die down or let our anxieties flow away because we’re getting tired, then we settle in,” Hanson said. “We’re trying to do too much too early.” With Ball State holding a 13-12 lead in the first set, senior middle blocker Parker Swartz struck a kill and two aces, extending the Cardinals’ advantage to four. Despite an ace by Ohio State senior setter Sanil Thomas and kills by redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson and freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan, Ball State used kills by Swartz and junior outside attacker Matt Szews, as well as Ohio State errors to hold the Buckeyes off in the first set, 25-19. Swartz finished with a team-high four aces, adding nine kills, two digs and three block assists. Junior outside hitter Blake Reardon led the Cardinals with 14 kills, also contributing an ace, two digs and three block assists. Down two sets to one, Ohio State stormed back in the fourth set. After falling behind 9-4 early, the Buckeyes exploded for scoring runs of three and five points, including an ace by freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley, kills by sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes and junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss and two blocks, taking a 15-12 lead. Despite a late surge by Ball State, Ohio State held the Cardinals’ attack at bay, holding onto a two-point lead en route to a 25-23 fourth set victory, ensuring a fifth and final set. Devilbiss ended with 14 kills, a dig and four block assists. Hanes led the Buckeyes with 19 kills and two aces, adding three digs and three block assists. His two aces came as part of a five-ace second set, establishing a foundation for the Buckeyes’ comeback victory three sets later. Ohio State brought its fourth-set momentum into the fifth set, using a five-point run to take a 10-5 lead from three Ball State attack errors and two blocks featuring Devilbiss, Talley and Thomas. Kills by Reardon and junior middle blocker Lemuel Turner helped the Cardinals cut into Ohio State’s lead, but three kills by Hanes, Leeson and redshirt sophomore outside hitter Tyler Alter snuffed out the comeback attempt, leaving the Buckeyes victorious in the fifth set, 15-9, and the match, 3-2. Leeson, a senior who played in his final regular season match for the Buckeyes Saturday night, said this was a special win for him. “I’m just so proud of the guys and to go out and put [St. John Arena] to bed with a win against a team that usually gives us a lot of trouble was a great feeling,” Leeson said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Ohio State will return to action in the MIVA tournament Saturday against No. 10 Loyola Chicago in Chicago. read more

Adriatic World Young Female handball player ← Previous Story ADRIATIC World Young goalkeeper 2015/2016? Next Story → BEACH HANDBALL WCH 2016: Best ever on Margit-sziget Members of the Jury:Patrick Andersen (Denmark, Agena (Argentina, HP Team)Clement Domas ( TEAM (France)Zorica Radojkovic (Serbia, Grčman (SIOL, Slovenia)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Matteo Aldamonte (FIGH, Italy)Sergei Novikov (PRESSBALL, Belarus)Sergey Prigolovkin (, Russia)Ibolya Szekeres (Time Out Magazine, Hungary-Norway)Nagore Odriozola (HP team, Spain)BURGAARD AND looking for the thied best player on the Earth in the history of our Contest. Danish right back Louise Burgaard (2013/2014) won title two years ago, while in the previous season, Russian playmaker Daria Dmitrieva was the BEST.BUDUĆNOST AND SAVEHOF – HUNGARY AND MONTENEGROThe biggest number of nominations for ADRIATIC FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015/16 got girls from ŽRK Budućnost – 4.  The second power coming from IK Savehof (3), while two nominations in opinion of journalist’s Jury have Gyori Audi ETO KC  HCM Baia Mare, ŽRK Radnički Kragujevac and FTC.In total, 28 nominees coming from 19 teams.Situation with the national teams is a little bit different (13 in total). Hungary giving the biggest number of players (5) followed by Montenegro (4), Romania and Sweden (3).ADRIATIC – PREMIUM PARTNERThis year the official name of the Contest will be ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2015/2016 as we joined our forces with ambitious international youth handball tournament – ADRIATIC, which will be held on summer 2017 on beautiful Adriatic Coast in Croatia.  Following the huge success of the World Best Handball Players and Handball PERSON contests and with the clear vision to praise and recognize the potential of some young – new forces in our sport, for the third year in a row, organizes the voting Contest for the ADRIATIC WORLD FEMALE YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2015/2016. Eleven handball journalists from Norway, Denmark, Spain, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Argentina, Italy, Russia and Belarus made the nominations of 28 players (four per position).The last member of Jury are the visitors of, which votes will be included in the final result.Contest including the girls born in 1994 and younger.Please vote for the ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2015/2016 until May 27.LEFT WING – VOTEAna-Maria Tanasie (HCM Baia Mare – Romania)Dorina Korsos (Gyori Audi ETO KC – Hungary)Ivona Pavicevic (ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica – Montenegro)Sanja Radosavljevic (ŽRK Radnički Kragujevac – Serbia)LEFT BACK – VOTEDjurdjina Jaukovic (ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica –Montenegro)Anne Mette Hansen (Kobenhavn Handbold – Denmark)Julia Eriksson (IK Savehof – Sweden)Gabriela Perianu (HCM Baia Mare – Romania)PLAYMAKER – VOTEDaria Dmitrieva (Lada Togliati – Russia)Gabriella Toth (Gyori Audi ETO KC – Hungary)Xenia Smits (Metz Handball – Germany)Cristina Laslo (Alexandrion Cluj Napoca – Romania)RIGHT BACK – VOTELuca Szekerczes ( FTC – Hungary)Monika Kobylinska (Vistal Gdynia – Poland)Andjela Janjusevic (ŽRK Radnički KG – Serbia)Emma Ekenman-Fernis (IK Savehof – Sweden)RIGHT WING – VOTEAnna Vyakhireva (Astrakhanochka – Russia)Viktoria Lukacs (FTC – Hungary)Sara Ristovska (ŽRK Vardar – Macedonia)Marie Prouvensier (Cercle Dijon – France)LINE PLAYER – VOTEEma Ramusović (ŽRK Buducnost – Montenegro)Ainhoa Hernandez (BM Zuazo – Spain)Vilde Ingeborg Johansen (Larvik HK – Norway)Sara Trier Hald (TT Holstebro – Denmark)GOALKEEPER – VOTEBlanka Biro (VAC – Hungary)Dinah Eckerle (Thuringer HC – Germany)Hanna Eriksson (IK Savehof – Sweden)Ljubica Nenezic (ZRK Buducnost – Montenegro) read more

first_imgTHE HIGHEST COURT of the European Union has ruled that marketers can no longer contact consumers to say they have “won” a prize only to ask them to pay a fee to collect their winnings.Consumers are often told they have “won” prizes through promotions involving scratch cards in newspapers and magazines, or even individually addressed postal letters. Such promotions inform the recipient they are a winner of a prize but often stipulate that they telephone a premium rate number, send a text, or pay delivery and insurance costs in order to claim it.The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling follows the UK’s Office of Fair Trading suing five companies for using mail-marketing tactics in violation of consumer protection laws. The OFT said consumers had been informed they had won a prize or equivalent benefit – the value of which could be “either considerable or merely symbolic” – only to be asked to incur costs for collection.In one example offered by the court, a marketer told consumers they had won a Mediterranean cruise. In order to claim their “prize”, however, winners had to pay for trip insurance, a supplement to obtain a one-bed or two-bed cabin and, during the voyage, the cost of food and drink, plus the port fees. Thus, consumers would have had to pay £399 per person (€490 pp) in order to participate in the cruise.In its judgement, the Court held that EU law prohibits aggressive practices which give the consumer the impression that they had already won a prize when they must then incur a cost to claim.The ECJ ruled such practises are prohibited even if the cost imposed on the consumer is minimal (eg the price of a stamp) when “compared with the value of the prize or where it does not procure the trader any benefit”.It also ruled that such “aggressive practises” are prohibited even if a number of methods are offered to the consumer in order to obtain the prize and even if one of those methods is free of charge.Read: Why do Nigerian scammers say they are from Nigeria?last_img read more

first_imgAS MANY AS 160,000 people were left disappointed yesterday as two nights of Garth Brooks gigs at Croke Park were cancelled.You already knew that though, right?This means that each fan who bought a ticket for Monday and Tuesday night is now out of pocket to the tune of roughly €80.The National Consumer Agency (NCA) has moved to quell any fears, releasing a guide of how you can make get your money back.Tickets: In most circumstances, you’re entitled to a full refund if an event is cancelled.However, this is only if you purchased your ticket through a business. If you bought one from a private seller, you’re not entitled to the same rights.Hotels: This is where it might get tricky. If you booked a stay in the capital for the night and now wish to cancel that booking, a refund on this is up to the hotel in question, so you will have to check with them.Many offer the facility to cancel a day or two in advance, but you may lose a deposit. In some cases, no refund will be offered.Transport: Same as above, it will be up to the business you purchased your ticket from.Irish Rail has already tweeted to say that customers will be entitled to a full refund. If you booked rail travel with us to Garth Brooks concerts which are cancelled, we’ll refund you in full. More info:— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) July 3, 2014 Bus Éireann’s website details all refunds are “considered solely at the discretion of Bus Éireann”.Most airlines don’t offer refunds, but you may be able to get some amount of tax back.Read: Promoters “don’t know” if remaining Garth Brooks concerts will go ahead >More: ‘Guaranteed’ Garth Brooks tickets are ALREADY selling at inflated price >center_img Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s almost that time of year again, and if you’re still looking for the perfect tree you may want to consider this new creation from DesignPack. The tree is 100 percent recycled because it’s made from old plastic bottles and recycled cardboard.For 69€–or around $90USD–you’ll get a sturdy cardboard stand to hold the bottles. But in the name of recycling, you’ll actually need to provide the bottles yourself. And for every “tree” sold, DesignPack will donate 2€ to the World Wildlife Federation.To promote the fake plastic trees, DesignPack erected a number of large bottle trees in Paris.Via Gizmodolast_img

first_imgThe Vancouver Fire Department reported that a commercial blaze was under control Friday night after three hours of firefighting effort.Several units were called to West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road, at about 6 p.m. They found a fire in a machine that processes materials for recycling, said Darrin Deming, fire department public information officer.“It was a very difficult fire to get to,” Deming said at 9:10 p.m.At that point, the fire was considered as under control. Firefighters were still in the process of looking for smoldering spots that might erupt.The cause is under investigation.last_img