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first_imgMeralco import Stepheson quickly puts loss to Ginebra behind Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes An injured man is assisted as a body lies covered at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Sunday, May 28, 2017. Thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas Sunday, and several were killed in the crush and over a dozen others were injured, authorities said.(AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas Sunday, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured, authorities said.A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital told The Associated Press that the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled. The fetus died when its mother suffered severe injuries, spokesman Miguel Osorio said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP The stampede happened at Gate 11 of the National Stadium in Honduras’ capital as fans tried to push their way into the jammed venue to see the game between Motagua and Honduras Progreso, officials said.A police statement said the match appeared to have been oversold. It said the stadium, which has a capacity of 30,000, was already full while crowds of fans were still outside brandishing tickets. People became angry when they couldn’t enter and began forcing their way in, the statement said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAbout 600 police officers were guarding the stadium and used water cannon and tear gas trying to push back the crowds.Motagua won the game 3-0, but club president Eduardo Atala tweeted afterward that “there is nothing to celebrate with what happened outside the stadium.” Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View commentslast_img read more


first_imgMOST READ Lebedev’s successful voluntary defense saw him move to a 30-2 career record, with one no-contest, as he bounced back from defeat in December to fellow Russian Murad Gassiev. Lebedev lost the IBF version of the title to Gassiev on that occasion, but his WBA title wasn’t on the line.Flanagan, who had never previously fought outside Australia, drops to 22-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Federer, Djokovic wonder if Wimbledon courts can improve Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games FILE – WBA cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev and his coach Freddie Roach, back to a camera, celebrate their victory after beating IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez during their IBF and WBA Super World cruiserweight title fight in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Russian boxer Denis Lebedev won by unanimous decision against Australia’s Mark Flanagan on Sunday to retain his WBA super world cruiserweight title.Lebedev was in control of the fight throughout, dictating a slow pace and relying on his counterattacking skills. He knocked Flanagan down in the ninth round.ADVERTISEMENT View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


first_imgEngland coach Steve Cooper on Wednesday said they deserved to get all three points and qualify for the quarter-finals of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup despite letting Mexico comeback and score two goals after being 3-0 up before the hour mark.England rode on goals from Rhian Brewster, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho to take a healthy lead before Diego Lainez pulled two back in the space of seven second-half minutes.England have six points from two outings and play Iraq at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Saturday.2?? wins from 2?? and the #YoungLions are through to the #FIFAU17WC knockouts with a game to spare ??? https://t.co/pddvOtWTv2- England (@England) October 11, 2017″I don’t think we should forget how good we were. To go 3-0 up against a really strong opposition like Mexico. We have played some outstanding football. Looked very dominant with our positioning,” Cooper said at the post match press conference.”We were worthy of going 3-0 up and we missed going further up by missing chance. About conceding the two goals late on, that can happen with young players. We will look and learn from it. Everything we do is a learning opportunity but we did not crumble. We did not concede that third goal.”We did not completely lose 3-0 and got six points from two matches. That is the outcome. So I won’t lose sight of how well we played for an hour. Right in the way we want our England teams to play,” he added.advertisementEngland won against Chile in their opener by a handsome 4-0 margin.Cooper brought Manchester United forward Angel Gomes at halftime replacing the impressive Callum Hudson-Odoi.Asked if that was a tactical move, he said: “I am quite comfortable in playing the 21 boys we have. We were doing managing energy levels and managing legs. Little bit tactical as well. But really happy with Callum and Angel. It actually went to plan.”FIFA Photo On the weather, the coach said it was not a problem for them despite it being warmer than the last game.”It was definitely warmer today but we dominated for an hour and credit to the boys they played with a lot of heart. They make sure we got three points which overall we deserved,” he said.”I don’t think one player went down with cramps. We were running till the end. We are pleased with the fitness levels. Tournament football is about being resilient,” he added.England have highly-rated individual players like Sancho, Hudson-Odoi, Gomes and Foden. Cooper said he is aware of “players who can make a difference” but reiterated it’s about the squad.”We know we have got players on the pitch who can make a difference but I think you can make a difference anywhere on the pitch. Some of the connection of the boys in terms of getting into areas is brilliant.”Cooper said the team has loved being in Kolkata and would do some charity work before leaving as a way of “giving back.””It’s a luxury to qualify after two games in a tournament like this. We are not going to be naive enough to think we have topped group already. We have absolutely loved being in Kolkata.”The people at the training ground and hotel and support have been brilliant. We are going to do some community work tomorrow. We are going to schools and just want to be visible in the local community. The local people have been so welcoming so we want to give something back.”last_img read more


first_img(Eds: Updating with Arjuna Awards recommendations) New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were Monday jointly recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, while star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna Awards. Besides Chopra, other prominent names recommended for the Arjuna Awards were junior world champion sprinter Hima Das and Asian Games gold-medallist middle distance runner Jinson Johnson, cricketer Smriti Mandhana, hockey players Manpreet Singh and Savita Punia, multiple Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manika Batra and Asian Games doubles gold-medallist tennis player Rohan Bopanna. These recommendations are subject to approval by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Once ratified by him, President Ram Nath Kovind will present the awards on September 25 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Kohli will become the third Indian cricketer after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and the talismanic former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007) once the sports ministry officially accepts the committee’s recommendation. “Yes, Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu’s names have been recommended by the awards committee,” a top source told PTI on condition of anonymity. It is learnt that India’s top male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was also in Khel Ratna contention for his good show in the Super Series Circuit last year but lost out to the 24-year-old Chanu, who is the reigning world champion in the 48kg category. Asian Games gold-medallist boxer Amit Panghal was discussed but the committee decided against against recommending him due to a failed dope test back in 2012, a source told PTI.advertisement Former Asian Games bronze-medallist and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar was the lone boxer to get the Arjuna honour this year. Three shooters — Ravi Rathore, Ankur Mittal and Shreyasi Singh — also figured in list of 20 recommended sportspersons while there were two from para-sports — Ankur Dhama and Manoj Sarkar. This year’s award ceremony was postponed to September 25 from the usual August 19 National Sports Day event due to clash of dates with the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia. The Khel Ratna awardees are entitled to a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh, while the Arjuna winners are given Rs 5 lakh. Kohli, the world’s No.1 Test batsman as per the ICC rankings, has been in stupendous form for the past three years and missed out despite nominations in the years 2016 and 2017. The 29-year-old currently has 6147 runs in 71 Tests with 23 centuries and 9779 runs in 211 ODIs, including 35 tons. With a combined 58 tons in international cricket, he is second only to Sachin Tendulkar (100) in the list of India’s top century-scorers in international cricket. The BCCI has been nominating Kohli for the Khel Ratna for the past three years but in 2016, it was given to Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu and Deepa Karmakar for their good show at the Rio Olympic Games. Last year, the Khel Ratna was awarded to former India hockey captain Sardar Singh and para-athlete Devendra Jhajharia. Kohli is one of those rare sportspersons, who has received Padma Shri award (2017) before Khel Ratna. This year, Kohli was a favourite after having led India to victories against England and Australia at home and away wins against West Indies and Sri Lanka. The Indian team has also won limited-overs series in South Africa under Kohli’s leadership. He is a member of the 2011 ICC World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy winning team. He also led the team to the finals of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Kohli has also been the recipient of ICC’s ‘ODI Cricketer of the Year’ in 2012 and 2017 along with the sport’s highest honour — the ICC Cricketer of the Year. Kohli has won the Indian Cricketer of the Year on five occasions. He ended the recent England series with a phenomenal 593 runs even though it was not considered in the selection cycle. For Chanu, the award comes as a massive morale-booster as she is currently recovering from a lower back injury, which forced her to skip the Asian Games in Jakarta. She is the current Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and India’s only medal hope in weightlifting going into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Recommendations: Virat Kohli (cricket) and Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting). Arjuna Award Recommendations: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics); Jinson Johnson (Athletics), Hima Das (Athletics); N Sikki Reddy (Badminton); Satish Kumar (Boxing); Smriti Mandhana (Cricket); Shubankar Sharma (Golf); Manpreet Singh (Hockey); Savita (Hockey); Ravi Rathore (Polo); Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting); Ankur Mittal (Shooting); Shreyashi Singh (Shooting); Manika batra (Table Tennis); G Sathiyan (Table Tennis); Rohan Bopanna (Tennis); Sumit (Wrestling); Pooja Kadian (Wushu); Ankur Dhama (Para athletics); Manoj Sarkar (Para badminton). PTI KHS SSC PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe 20th Annual Yass Valley Knockout Tournament will be held at Walker Park, Yass on 26-27 January, 2008. The hugely popular event will be conducted across Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed categories in A and B divisions with $ 12,000 in prizemoney up for grabs. For full details of the 2008 Yass Valley Knock-out including nominaton form, tournament rules, and accommodation options please open the below attachment.Closing dates for nominations is 11 January, 2008.For further details Contact Rod Wise on 02 62262824 or Phil Jarrett on 02 95589333.Related Files2008_yass_valley_touch_knockout_form-pdflast_img


first_imgIndia vs Australia: Rohit Sharma equals Sourav Ganguly’s record for 22 ODI hundredsIndia vs Australia 1st ODI: Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs. Rohit Sharma is now joint third in the list of most century scorers for India.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta SydneyJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 16:10 IST Rohit Sharma scored his 22nd ODI hundred and seventh against Australia (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma is now 2nd in the list of most century scorers in India-Australia ODIsThis is Rohit Sharma’s 7th ODI hundred against Australia: only Tendulkar (9) has more against AustraliaOverall, Rohit Sharma now has 22 ODI hundreds from 194 matchesIndia vs Australia 1st ODI (Full scorecard): Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs to take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Rohit Sharma (133), MS Dhoni (51), Richardson (4/26)Rohit Sharma scored his 22nd ODI hundred and 7th hundred against Australia during the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Playing his 194th ODI, Rohit was under pressure when India lost Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu within the first four overs of their 289-run chase.Rohit Sharma was slow to begin with. But he had an able ally in MS Dhoni, who was under pressure after an ordinary 2018 when he scored only 275 runs from 20 ODIs. Rohit had returned home after scoring a fine half-century against Australia in the Boxing Day Test to be with his wife Ritika for the birth of their daughter Samaira.Rohit tried heroically but his 133 was not enough as India lost the first ODI to Australia by 34 runsIndia vs Australia 1st ODI in Sydney – Live Score”Daddy” Hundred for Hitman@ImRo45 brings up his 22nd ODI ton off 110 deliveries #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/fxfJVOedY4BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2019Rohit Sharma is now joint third in the list for most ODI hundreds for India. Ganguly retired with 22 hundreds from 311 matches. Sachin Tendulkar (49)has the most ODI hundreds by any batsman followed by Virat Kohli with 38.Rohit Sharma is now second in the list of most hundreds scored in India-Australia ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 9 hundreds while Ricky Ponting is third with six hundreds.Even as Dhawan, Kohli and Rayudu failed, Rohit looked determined at the othe end and got off the mark with a huge six. He unleashed a few more of his patent strokes to intimidate Australia who were on fire after reducing India to 4 for 3. But Rohit Sharma loves feasting on the Australian bowling attack.advertisementBefore the Sydney ODI, Rohit had scored 6 hundreds including a double hundred against the Aussies from 28 ODIs. During the course of his innings, Rohit also became the third highest run-scorer in India-Australia ODIs.Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 3077 runs while Ricky Ponting is second with 2164 runs. Rohit Sharma is now followed by Adam Gilchrist (1622) and Matthew Hayden (1450).This is a dream start to the New Year for Rohit Sharma, who became a father only a few days back. In 2018, he was the second highest run-scorer in one-day internationals behind Virat Kohli. Last year, Rohit had scored 1030 runs and 5 hundreds from 19 ODIs.In 2018, Rohit Sharma had also captained India in the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup when Virat Kohli was rested. India won both tournaments.Several experts were aghast when Rohit Sharma was omitted from the two-Test series against the West Indies at home. But his consistency in limited-overs cricket forced the selectors to include him for the four-Test series in Australia where he scored his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015.Also Read | MS Dhoni hits 1st ODI fifty since December 2017Also Read | Rayudu comes on to bowl, questions raised on the legality of his actionAlso Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Rohit hundredFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 1st ODIFollow Sydneylast_img read more


first_imgAs all residents of the Northern Hemisphere know, fall is the best time of year to have a backyard fire. The temperature is perfect–just cold enough to require a little extra heat from a fire, but warm enough that you won’t be shivering when you walk away. And a fire always draws a crowd. Like moths to the flame, humans love nothing more than to gather around a blazing fire to tell stories, bond, and be one with the night. Then there’s whiskey–fire’s ultimate drinking companion. Also s’mores.In the past we’ve put together guides on how to efficiently build yourself a long-lasting backyard bonfire and even how to pick out the perfect fire pit for your needs. But, judging from Solo Stove’s recent innovative effort, we might have to put those posts to rest in favor of the simple (and aesthetically pleasing) Solo Stove Bonfire. Created as the ‘bigger brother’ to Solo Stove’s amazing backpacking stove, the Bonfire is packed with the same design and engineering features that made the backpacking stove such a success on Kickstarter and beyond. Only this time, Solo Stove has pumped up the size to give you the ultimate in efficient, easy-to-use backyard fire pits.Made from the highest-grade stainless steel, Solo Stove Bonfire is engineered with double wall to maximize airflow, which, in turn increases combustion and makes for a cleaner, more complete, and long-lasting burn. This means no more half-burnt logs or huge piles of ashes leftover at the end of the evening. It also means there will be less smoke, so you and your guests won’t be playing musical chairs all night to avoid it.The Bonfire is sized to fit standard firewood and comes with a stainless steel fire-ring that fits snugly onto the lip of the pit, which centers the fire, maintaining a steady, long-lasting burn. Aside from that, there is literally no set-up for the Bonfire. To top it all off, the Bonfire comes with a double-walled, insulated ash-pan bottom, eliminating the danger of the pit scorching your lawn, patio, or deck. And, in keeping with its minimalist features, the Bonfire is lightweight (20 lbs), compact (14 inches tall by 19.5 inches in diameter), and comes with its own weather-resistant, nylon carrying bag, making it infinitely portable. Take it to the beach for a late-night clambake or move it around your patio when testing your outdoor design skills. It can go anywhere there’s space, oxygen, fuel, and a desire for fun.The Solo Stove Bonfire ($250) is available for backing now on Kickstarter, with the first shipments expected to begin in December, just in time for the holidays. How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read The Best Car Camping Gear for Any Season The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Material Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more


first_imgOn NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Friday night, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges talked with special correspondent Chelsea Clinton about his work to end childhood hunger in America.You can watch the clip here.Describing Jeff’s work with Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry in an article on NBC.com, Clinton wrote, “Listening to his commitment and enthusiasm relaying progress on fighting childhood hunger through summer meal programs stretching from Arkansas to Montana was as compelling as any role he’s ever played on screen.”Bridges was interviewed in Las Vegas, Nevada as he visited a library where at-risk children receive free meals when school is out through the federal summer meals program. The following day, he joined Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to raise awareness of free summer meals to families in need, and the role Governors can play in expanding these programs.Summer is the hungriest time of year for many kids, as school meals disappear. Family food budgets are stretched tight with low-income parents reporting to spend $300 more on food each summer month. The federal summer meals program helps children get the healthy food they need when school is out. These free, healthy meals are available to kids and teens across the country, but only a fraction of those in need have access. Many low-income families don’t even know the summer meals program exists.Since 2010, Bridges served National Spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign and has been a tireless advocate for ending childhood hunger in America.“Jeff serves as a voice for the 16 million voiceless children who struggle with hunger in this country,” said Tom Nelson, President of Share Our Strength. “This summer, he’s traveling the country, working on-camera to raise awareness about summer meals, and behind-the-scenes to build the political will needed to surround children with healthy food every day of the year.”last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – UPS Canada is launching a new cargo bike delivery pilot project in Toronto this week as part of a broader green initiative.The shipping company says the pilot will run for six to eight months using a custom-made cargo bike to deliver packages in and around the York University area in the north part of the city.UPS says outcomes from the pilot will determine the company’s strategy for cargo delivery by bicycle on a larger scale in Toronto and potentially other cities across Ontario and Canada.The company says the initiative is part of a broader UPS ambition to bring sustainable practices and services to the communities they serve.In the longer term, UPS says it wants to test and potentially deploy electric motorized bicycles to boost the efficiency of this delivery mode.UPS says the success of its bike delivery pilot program was first demonstrated in 2012 in collaboration with Hamburg, Germany.last_img read more


first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government is suspending talks with British Columbia on the purchase of electricity from that province.She says it’s the first step in Alberta’s fight against the B.C. government’s move to obstruct the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion project.She says $500 million annually for B.C.’s coffers hangs in the balance.Notley says she met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Edmonton today on the pipeline issue and is calling on the federal government to end the dispute.She says the federal government needs to be specific about what it will do to ensure that the pipeline expansion moves ahead.The B.C. government has said it plans to ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off the province’s coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill.last_img read more


first_imgSnowfall warnings are also still in effect in the areas around Fort Nelson, Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, and Peace River.Environment Canada is suggesting motorists postpone any non-essential travel until conditions improve. Up-to-date road conditions can be found at drivebc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A winter storm warning remains in effect for the BC Peace Region this morning.Environment Canada says the warning is still valid because hazardous winter conditions are expected. Total snowfall amounts of between 20 and 30 centimetres are expected in the Peace by late tomorrow.A low pressure system will move into the BC interior today, creating a strong easterly flow of moist air over northeast BC. The snow is forecast to ease Friday afternoon. In addition, strong northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h will give areas of blowing snow through Friday morning.last_img read more


Marrakech- According to General John R. Allen, US President Barack Obama’s Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Morocco is one of 60 countries that have joined the US-led international coalition to fight the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as ISIL.In an article in the online journal Defense One last week, General Allen described ISIS as a “clear and present danger to the U.S.”“What we’re facing in northern Iraq is only partly a crisis about Iraq. It is about the region and potentially the world as we know it,” he said. Allen outlined the coalition’s objectives against ISIS on the State Department website and listed 60 countries that have agreed to take part in the coalition to eliminate the terrorist organization.Although Morocco is on the list, its specific contribution is not specified, which signals that its role is perhaps limited to intelligence.Morocco did not participate in the Paris meeting held on September 15, which was devoted to devising a strategy to destroy ISIS.30 countries attended the Paris meeting, including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and Jordan.Along with Egypt, Morocco has a substantial number of troops and military equipment at its disposal. Morocco is already assisting the coalition by stopping ISIS recruiting networks from encouraging young people to join Jihadists in Syria and Iraq.Morocco has also enacted legislation targeting money laundering for terrorist purposes.A report published by CNN earlier this month said that over 1,500 Moroccans have joined the ranks of terrorist groups in Syria, including IS.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more


The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission will allege that Facebook misled users about its privacy practices as part of an expected settlement.The federal business watchdog will reportedly find that Facebook deceived users about how it handled phone numbers it asked for as part of a security feature and provided insufficient information about how to turn off a facial recognition tool for photos.Advertisers were reportedly able to target users who provided their phone number as part of a two-factor authentication security feature.The FTC didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment. Facebook had no comment.The complaints will reportedly be detailed in a settlement on Wednesday. Facebook won’t be required to admit guilt but will have to submit to federal oversight, the newspaper reported.The Associated Press read more


The 15-member CARICOM, of which Haiti is a member, played an important role in trying to work out a compromise between then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his opponents earlier this year. Mr. Aristide eventually left Haiti for the Central African Republic and is now in Jamaica, which currently holds CARICOM’s presidency.Meanwhile, a UN multi-disciplinary team assessing requirements for a UN peacekeeping mission has been wrapping up its work. Led by Hocine Medili, that team’s members are beginning to return to New York, spokesman Fred Eckhard said. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said 80 per cent of the schools in the provinces and in the capital, Port-au-Prince, are now open. UNICEF workers are scheduled to distribute school supplies in the towns of Cap Haitien and St. Marc this week in preparation for a countrywide “Back to School” campaign, targeting more than 1.5 million students and 50,000 teachers.UNICEF is also training midwives and distributing obstetric health kits. Fear, however, has been keeping attendance at health clinics low, Mr. Eckhard said. read more


“Progress of this magnitude is remarkable,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook said. “I congratulate countries for their successful efforts in protecting children from measles. I am certain that with increased commitment from governments and further support from the international community, even more can be accomplished.”Global measles deaths dropped 39 per cent to an estimated 530,000 in 2003, from 873,000 in 1999, with the largest reduction occurring in Africa, the region with the highest burden of the disease, where estimated measles deaths decreased by 46 per cent.”In many places where families once lived in fear of losing their children to measles, they’re now protected by an effective and inexpensive vaccine,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy said of the scourge that beyond its death toll also sickened 30 million more children, leaving many with life-long disabilities like blindness and brain damage.”What clearer proof could there be of the value of investing in immunization?” she added. “We now have the opportunity to replicate this successful model as we tackle other child killers such as malaria.”The dramatic decline in deaths has been made possible through the commitment of governments to fully implement the WHO/UNICEF strategy for sustainable measles mortality reduction, seeking to achieve routine measles immunization coverage of at least 90 per cent in every district. As measles wards shut down all over the African continent, a long-term budget item in many hospitals can be freed up to save children from other diseases.But millions of children still remain at risk. Malnourished and un-immunized children under five years of age, especially infants, are at high risk of contracting measles and are more vulnerable to death. The vast majority of measles deaths are found in low-income countries. Each year more than 130 million children are born and “we must reach each and every one with measles vaccination,” Dr. Lee said. read more


by The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2014 10:31 am MDT This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from “Godzilla.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) ‘Godzilla’ debuts with $93 million, making it largest May opening for Warner Bros. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Godzilla” has smashed its way to the top of the box office.The 3-D monster movie from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures had the second-largest debut of the year this weekend with $93.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.“Godzilla” trails Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened with $95 million in April, and sits just above “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which debuted with $91.6 million this month.Paying homage to the 60-year-old franchise in tone and spectacle, the latest iteration continues the legend of 1954 Japanese original — Ishiro Honda’s “Gojira.” Reviews of the film were positive — it earned a “fresh” rating from review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com, with 72 per cent of film critics responding positively.Legendary Pictures President Jon Jashni said the film did better than expected partly because it was “starting to get sampled even by those who didn’t think it would necessarily be for them. They didn’t have nostalgic feelings for it.” He said friends or family members likely recommended the movie to those viewers.Jashni added that the success of “Godzilla” is “validating” after last year’s “Pacific Rim” and “Jack the Giant Slayer” performed below expectations for the Warner-Legendary team.The film, directed by Gareth Edwards, also helped eliminate the bad memory of another of the franchise’s remakes, Roland Emmerich’s “Godzilla,” released in 1998 and starring Matthew Broderick. Backed by Sony, the film opened with $44 million.Two other reboots — “Godzilla 1985” and “Godzilla 2000” — also flopped.May is prime real estate for studios looking to launch or advance franchises. The top two opening weekends of all time in North America occurred in May — “The Avengers” opened with $207.4 million in 2012 and “Iron Man 3” debuted with $174.1 million in 2013.“Godzilla,” starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, marks the largest May opening ever for Warner.It’s also the year’s biggest opening for Imax globally. It generated $103 million and 14.35 million admissions from 16,946 screens in 64 markets outside the U.S. and Canada.“Godzilla” knocked last weekend’s No. 1 hit, Universal Pictures “Neighbors,” down to No. 2 in its second weekend.The raunchy Seth Rogen and Zac Efron-led comedy earned $26 million, bringing its domestic total to $91.5 million.Rounding out the top three was “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” with $17 million. So far it’s earned a total of $172 million domestically.Also opening this weekend was Disney’s feel-good sports drama “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, which landed at No. 4 with $11 million.“The summer is about having a diverse lineup, and this film will have legs,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “If superheroes and monsters aren’t your pleasure, you can go see a more character-driven sports movie.”In its fourth weekend, Fox’s femme-fueled comedy “The Other Woman,” starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, gained $6.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $72 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.1. “Godzilla,” $93.2 million ($103 million international).2. “Neighbours,” $26 million ($13.5 million international).3. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” $17 million ($32 million international).4. “Million Dollar Arm,” $11 million.5. “The Other Woman,” $6.3 million ($8.2 million international).6. “Heaven Is for Real,” $4.4 million.7. “Rio 2,” $4 million ($7.6 million international).8. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” $3.8 million ($1.3 million international).9. “Legend of Oz,” $2 million.10. “Mom’s Night Out,” $1.9 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:1.”Godzilla,” $103 million.2.”The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” $32 million.3.”Neighbours,” $13.5 million.4.”The Other Woman,” $8.2 million.5.”Frozen,” $7.8 million.6.”Rio 2,” $7.6 million.7.”Obsessed,” $4.7 million.8.”Transcendence,” $4.6 million.9.”Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu?!,” $4.2 million.10.”The Target,” $2.5 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. read more


Aaron Rodgers is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time,1By career quarterback passer rating, he is. so it’s hard to imagine that there could ever be too much Rodgers in a game plan. Yet this seemed to be the problem for Mike McCarthy and Green Bay through the first nine weeks of the season. On Sunday, though, the Packers flipped the script for a 31-12 victory against the Miami Dolphins, a win keyed by one of the best rushing performances in the Rodgers era.The Packers entered Week 10 last in the NFL in share of running plays on first down (39.6 percent) despite being second in the league in play success on those runs (48.5 percent).2A successful first-down play is defined as getting a first down or touchdown or gaining at least 40 percent of the yardage needed to convert a first down. But on Sunday, they ran on more than half of their first downs (51.85 percent) and gained 142 yards on their 14 carries, including 117 yards on nine carries by Aaron Jones.Even with their Week 10 performance, the Packers still stand out when we juxtapose how often they run on first down with how well they run: On Sunday, the Packers weren’t just taking advantage of a soft run defense to make this kind of structural change: Miami entered the game in the middle of the pack in play success allowed to opponents running on first down. Instead, a renewed focus on the run has been in the works in Green Bay for several weeks.Just giving the ball to Jones was a massive step in the right direction for Green Bay. He only recently became the Packers’ primary running back. After serving a suspension the first two games of the year for a substance abuse violation, Jones split snaps with Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams largely because of the Packers’ passing emphasis. McCarthy saw him as an incomplete running back because of his shortcomings as a blocker and as a receiving threat.“There’s more to playing the position than just running the football,” McCarthy said in early October. And that’s especially true if running the football is not remotely a point of emphasis for a team.But that’s changing now. And why shouldn’t it? Let’s compare the first 19 games of Aaron Jones’s career to the first 19 games of another back with a Hall of Fame quarterback who ended up changing his team’s scheme:Jones: 154 carries for 942 yards (6.12 yards per rush), 8 rushing TDsAlvin Kamara: 157 carries for 869 yards (5.54 yards per rush), 10 rushing TDsWhile NFL teams generally run too much — especially on first down — it’s a problem specifically when defenses are geared to stop the run. But that’s not the case for teams facing Green Bay. Like Kamara and the Saints last year, Jones has a quarterback whom defenses fear so much that they don’t dare put an extra defender in the box to stuff the running back.This season, the Packers have faced eight or more defenders in the box on first down just eight times in 272 snaps, a league-low rate of 2.94 percent (8.75 percent is average). Defenses are pretty much willing to concede the run — similar to how teams defend the Los Angeles Rams, who face stacked boxes almost as infrequently (3.8 percent). But the Rams, who are the only team better than the Packers in rushing success rate (51.1 percent), run the ball on first down 56.3 percent of the time, including 49.4 percent in the first half, when the score of the game is less likely to influence these play calls.Can the Packers, at 4-4-1, maintain this newfound offensive balance and ride their running ways to the postseason? Their first test will be Thursday at Seattle before they travel to Minnesota in Week 12 in a game that could determine an NFC wild-card spot. The promos and advertisements for that Sunday Night Football contest will spotlight Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers featuring less of him may be the key to getting that victory.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more


After their win against Vermont, field hockey players Aisling Coyle and Aisling McKeon ran over to the sideline, practically finishing each other’s sentences. Coyle, a sophomore midfielder from Glasgow, Scotland, and McKeon, a junior midfielder from Galway, Ireland, are just two of the international students on the team this year. While growing up within a nine-hour drive from each other, they had similar experiences while starting their hockey careers. For example, both started playing for club teams when they were around 7 years old. “Club back home is a lot more intense,” Coyle said. “Girls play at a high level on club teams when they are in their teens.”Hockey is not as intense at the university level in Europe as it is in America, Coyle said. McKeon and Coyle took advantage of opportunities to play at Ohio State in order to continue playing at the level they were used to in European club play. Coyle talked to every big hockey school before deciding to come to OSU, she said. She noticed OSU had quite a few international players, and even Scottish players on some teams. “I knew I would have something in common with others,” she said. “There were people I would relate to.”McKeon’s decision to play for OSU was made a little differently. “I had family and friends that lived in the States and brought the idea to my parents,” she said. “Everything was predetermined and pre-organized.”Coyle and McKeon are enjoying their time in the states, but admit hockey is a little different in America. In America, “hockey is a lifestyle,” McKeon said. “In Europe it is your hobby.” One of the biggest adjustments they had to make was getting used to America’s on-the-go lifestyle. “I remember eating and having to take my meal to go one time, wondering what in the world was going on,” McKeon said. “Back home we have more time to sit and enjoy a meal, more time to relax and talk.”“Now we have gotten used to it and tell the others to hurry up,” Coyle added.The popularity of the sport is also different. In Europe, most kids participate in field hockey, Coyne said. The lack of a men’s national field hockey team illustrates the lack of interest in the sport in America, they said. America “is the only country to not have a men’s team,” Coyle said.After spending the last few years in America, both Coyle and McKeon said they could envision field hockey becoming a more popular sport in the States. “You have money, you can afford the best coaches,” McKeon said. Coyle and McKeon have both started each of the team’s eight games this season. Coyle ranks third on the team with 10 points.Both plan on returning home after graduation. read more


Ohio State sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) takes down Northwestern senior quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorRobert Landers knows Chase Young.Not “The Predator,” not the 6-foot-5, 265-pound specimen who lines up at defensive end, using his hands to easily swipe past seemingly any tackle in the Big Ten. He knows Young as the “little brother” in the defensive line room.And as the big brother, the redshirt junior defensive lineman uses the physical attributes Young has against him.“We make fun of it,” Landers said. “He’s like a little brother in the room, so you have to pick on your little brother a little bit.”But after the performance Young had against No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, Landers knows one thing for sure.“I would rather play with him than against him,” he said.Lining up on the left side against the Wildcats, Young recorded three tackles, all of them sacks, forcing a fumble in the second quarter, which led to an Ohio State field goal. He also batted up a pass from Northwestern redshirt senior quarterback Clayton Thorson at the line of scrimmage leading to an interception by redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette.Young said the quarterback matchup created a good opportunity for him and the rest of the defensive line, saying the game plan was running different blitzes to overcome what the offensive line was giving them.But even as a player consistently getting into the backfield, forcing Thorson to rush his throws, Young would not take any of the credit the stats gave him after the game had concluded.“It felt real good, but I am going to give all of my glory to God,” Young said. “I’m going to give it to God, to me trusting in coach [Larry] Johnson, trusting in the process, coach [Urban] Meyer for recruiting me here, I’m going to give it to my teammates because without them, the sack today I wouldn’t have even got if they didn’t do their job right.”This game was much more than just a three-sack performance for the sophomore defensive end. It was an opportunity to take over the defensive line, to make it his room, his unit. It was an opportunity for Young to set the tone as something to spring board into the 2019 season.Because the young guys are watching. Freshman Tommy Togiai said he sees a “relentless effort” out of Young, something that defines him as a player.“He brings that energy and that playmaking ability that he brings. He’s just crucial for the whole defense,” Togiai said. “Whenever you need a big play, he’s there.”Young does not see himself as that leader of the defense, that vocal leader Landers or redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones is. He plays by example.“I don’t say really too much out of my mouth,” Young said. “I just try to play and hopefully people follow, hopefully people get energy off of what I do on the field.”However, Landers thought Young took a step forward.“I feel like tonight was a night where we needed him to step up big time,” Landers said. “He did and I honestly feel like he exceeded all expectations that we had for him, that we have had for him tonight.”Opponents are beginning to find out about who Young is as a pass rusher, about the expectations that are attached to a player like him, with the physical frame he has, the sheer ability he possesses, what he considers to be God-given.Freshman defensive end Tyreke Smith said Young is proving to opposing quarterbacks that he needs to be planned for.“I know when a quarterback sees Chase Young in there, I know he’s thinking like ‘I always got to keep him in mind,’” Smith said.Landers knows Young as a sophomore defensive end. He knows him as a “little brother.” But when asked what was the first thing that came to mind when thinking about Young, he laughed and shook his head.“The Predator,” Landers said. “The boy was ballin’ tonight.” read more


first_imgREVENUE OFFICERS SAY they seized €45,000 in cash at Dublin Port yesterday as part of an “ongoing investigation”.Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service detained the cash under the Proceeds of Crime legislation from a man in his 30s who was attempting to board a ferry to Holyhead.Investigations are ongoing.Read: Revenue has spent €67,000 on the property tax helplineRead: Fuel laundering plant with 7 tonnes of toxic waste uncovered in MonaghanRead: Revenue has ‘almost more confidence’ in helpline after alleged fraudlast_img