David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane’s former Real Madrid teammate, congratulated the Frenchman after the Los Blancos beat Atletico Madrid to win their 11th Champions League title on Saturday. (Real Madrid beat Atletico on penalties to win Champions League)Zidane is the current manager of the Real Madrid.Cristiano Ronaldo’s decisive spot kick in the shootout gave Real Madrid a 5-3 victory on penalties over city rival Atletico Madrid, following a 1-1 draw after extra time in final. (Diego Simeone says future uncertain at Atletico after painful final loss)”Congratulations my friend this couldn’t have happened to a nicer and more passionate person… Hala Madrid,” Beckham wrote, alongside a photo of him with Zidane, on his official Instagram account.Former Real Madrid star Raul Gonzalez also congratulated the club, describing the match as “exciting”.
Young pugilist Gaurav Bidhuri stormed into the semi-finals of the World Boxing Championships in Hamburg on Tuesday and assured at least a bronze medal for India.The 24-year-old bantamweight boxer from Delhi, who has been struggling with severe back pain, won by a unanimous decision against Bilel Mhamdi of Tunisia late in the evening.He will become only the fourth boxer from India to win a medal at the World Championships, emulating Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishan and Shiva Thapa.”It is unbelievable. I have been struggling with a severe back pain for the last 7-8 months,” an ecstatic Gaurav said after the match.”I kept my mind controlled and focused on the match. I won first two rounds and then focused on maintaining the lead,” he added.Dedicating the victory to his father, Gaurav said, “My coaches and teammates have been really helpful, they have seen the pain I am going through and have helped me at every step. I want to dedicate this victory to my father,” he added.Bidhuri will now take on the winner of the match between Duke Ragan of USA and Jiawei Zhang of USA.”This is great news for Indian boxing,” BFI president Ajay Singh said.”I congratulate Bidhuri and wish the other boxers as well for the next couple of days,” he added.However, Amit Panghal failed in the quarter-finals going down to Hasanboy Dusmatov.
Virat Kohli faces further dilemma this week as he gears up to lead India to a history. Even a draw would help him equal Ricky Ponting’s record for most successive series victories as captain.A victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla will also take Kohli level with Sourav Ganguly’s 22 Test wins as captain. Besides, the 29-year-old needs only 25 to get to 5000 Test runs and he would be hoping to finish the year with another hundred – his 20th in the longest format.However, even before Kohli walks out to the toss, he would have plenty on his plate. The first problem he has to deal with is the opening slot. It is a problem of plenty and a rather pleasant one but it still needs some tactical insight.Shikhar Dhawan was in top form in Sri Lanka, hammering two hundreds in three Tests. He made 94 at the Eden Gardens in the first Test of the ongoing series before asking for a break from the Nagpur Test.In Dhawan’s absence, Murali Vijay returned to the side and made a hundred. KL Rahul, the other opener has also been in outstanding form with eight fifties in his last 10 innings.Photo Credit: BCCI Dhawan and Vijay have plenty of experience and they are used to scoring daddy hundreds. Rahul, since his 199 against England in the Chennai Test last December, has not scored a hundred in international cricket.Whichever combination Kohli chooses in Delhi is likely to dictate terms for India’s overseas policy. The Indian team management had asked for green pitches for the current series to prepare for the South Africa tour.advertisementConditions in Delhi will aid fast bowlers – that’s for sure. The winter is settling in and the pacers will come into play early.Vijay has cemented his place with his comeback hundred and the battle for the second opener’s spot will now be fought between Rahul and Dhawan.Will the skipper be driven by numbers? Five of Dhawan’s six hundreds have come outside India but four of those five away hundreds have come in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Dhawan played both Tests in South Africa back in 2013 but he managed only 76 runs across four innings. He also played three Tests during India’s last tour of a major Test nation – Australia but failed to impress there too, scoring only 167 runs across six innings.Rahul played two Tests on that Australia tour and made a fine hundred in only his second match.However, some experts feel Dhawan is a much better player now and he deserves to partner Vijay at the top. The Delhi southpaw, who made a return to the Test this year after missing out on home series against England, Bangladesh and Australia, has been undoubtedly timing the ball nicely and his shot-selection has been impeccable.Rahul’s failure to convert his good starts might just work against him as India look to bank on two openers who can bat long and pave the platform for the middle-order. India have played with five specialist batsmen for the better part of their dream Test run, and if they choose to do that in South Africa, then they would need their openers to fire every time.Photo Credit: BCCI Of course, there is a chance India might even go in with six specialist batsmen, Wriddhiman Saha and four bowlers. And Rohit Sharma’s hundred at Jamtha would have been a pleasing sight for the management. He will most likely keep his place for the final Test in Delhi and another big score could convince Kohli the need to stick with an extra batsman in South Africa, where five bowlers might not be needed after all.
IT MAY BE AWHILE BEFORE INVESTIGATORS FIND OUT THE CAUSE OF THE WAREHOUSE FIRE THAT SEVERELY DAMAGED THE BUILDING IN THE 2800 BLOCK OF HIGHWAY 75 WEDNESDAY.CITY FIRE MARSHALL MARK AESOPH SAYS THE BUILDING IS UNSAFE TO ENTER AND THERE’S A LOT OF ICE COVERING THE RUBBLE INSIDE THE STRUCTURE USED BY BOATMAN TILE AND GRANITE AND SHARED WITH OTHER BUSINESSES.FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO RETURN TO THE SCENE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AROUND 8PM WHEN FLAMES FLARED UP AGAIN.THOSE FLARE UPS CONTINUED THROUGH NOON THURSDAY.AESOPH SAYS HE WILL ALSO TALK WITH THE INSURERS OF THE BUILDING REGARDING THE DAMAGE AND PROCEEDING WITH AN INVESTIGATION.NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN THE FIRE THAT WAS CALLED IN LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING AS A PILE OF BURNING TIRES AT THE STRUCTURE.PHOTO BY KMEG /KPTH
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Ronaldo will deliver for Real when it matters’ – Alonso expects titles to calm critics Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 03:31 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The Portuguese forward has been uncharacteristically inconsistent this season, but a former team-mate is expecting him to lead another trophy charge Cristiano Ronaldo remains a talismanic presence at Real Madrid and will deliver in “the decisive moments of the season”, says Xabi Alonso.Ronaldo 10/11 to be CL top scorerThe Portuguese superstar has faced criticism this season on the back of an uncharacteristically inconsistent opening to the 2017-18 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Having seen a five-match ban deny him the chance to build early momentum, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner did not register his first La Liga goal until October 14.Ronaldo has, however, still managed to find the target 11 times in 16 appearances this term and is being backed to lead another trophy chase at Santiago Bernabeu.”As always, I’m sure he will be there at the decisive moments of the season, with desire and enthusiasm to continue scoring goals and winning titles,” former Madrid midfielder Alonso told Marca.Ronaldo is the not only one to have come under fire this season, with Real having endured their fair share of struggles as a collective.The reigning La Liga champions and holders of the Champions League crown have slipped eight points adrift of Clasico foes Barcelona in the domestic title race and only reached the last-16 in Europe as runners-up in their group behind Tottenham.Alonso, though, believes that the Blancos will be in contention when the top prizes are handed out, with there still a long way to go and plenty of twists and turns to be taken in.The World Cup winner added: “I’m optimistic because the team and the players are very good.“Football is a lot to do with mental state. Barcelona have dropped another two points and have to come to the Bernabeu. Also, the second part of the season can start in a very different way. If that happens, the league is alive again. These things happen.”Alonso hopes Real can get back on track, as he considers criticism of Ronaldo and Co to have been unnecessary.He also retains unwavering faith in Zinedine Zidane, with the Frenchman still considered to be the best man to guide the club forward.”He has great merit,” said Alonso.“How he has managed everything, having the players focused in important moments. It comes from winning the Champions League and titles. I don’t understand the pessimism that exists there.”
zoom Bermuda-headquartered crude oil tanker company, DHT Holdings, has taken delivery of a very large crude carrier (VLCC) newbuilding from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries. The 299,900 dwt vessel is named DHT Lion and is entering the spot market. It is the third of a series of six VLCC newbuildings to be delivered to the company from November 2015 to October 2016. The crude oil tanker with a gross tonnage of 154,000 t is sailing under the flag of Hong Kong.“The newbuildings are all fully funded and are expected to contribute greatly to the company’s earnings power,” DHT Holdings reported.DHT reported in February annual net income of USD 105.3 million for 2015, compared to net income of USD 12.9 million in 2014, due to a stronger market as well as the delivery of the VLCC DHT Jaguar.The company has a fleet of 17 VLCCs, 1 Suezmax, 2 Aframaxes and 3 newbuildings. The next newbuild is scheduled to be delivered in July 2016.
EDMONTON — Alberta’s United Conservative government is eliminating stand-alone offices for climate change policy and environmental monitoring.Some say the move will damage the province’s ability to make science-based decisions and damage its international reputation.The intention is outlined in a Sept. 10 email from Alberta Environment and Parks deputy minister Bev Yee.It says the current climate change office as well as the division that monitors and reports on the environment will be integrated in a new structure.New Democrat MLA Shannon Phillips, who was environment minister under the previous government, says the move points to reduced emphasis on science.She says staff cuts in those areas will be easier to hide once the offices are hidden inside another bureaucracy.The Canadian Press
Singer Imelda May is causing some mayhem in Simon Coveney’s office. In a letter sent on PETA’s behalf, she urges the UK’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to introduce a ban on fur farming in Ireland, a move that would bring the country into line with nations around the world, including Austria, the UK and Switzerland.“Fur farming is a shameful, cruel industry that simply has no place in modern Ireland,” May writes. “Almost a quarter-million minks are condemned to a life of suffering on Irish fur farms. … [T]his barbaric cruelty is unacceptable in a civilised, progressive country. Ireland needs to stop dragging its feet. Regulating the industry is not enough – please make Irish people proud and enact an immediate ban on fur farming.”As May points out in her letter, minks on Irish fur farms spend their lives in cramped wire cages. Denied the opportunity to run, swim and express any other natural behaviour, many of these wild animals go insane and begin to mutilate themselves. Eventually, they are skinned – sometimes while they’re still alive and able to feel pain.Last year, Oscar-winning actor Anjelica Huston called on Coveney to ban fur farms in Ireland. Other celebrities who have joined with PETA in speaking out against the fur industry include Jude Law, Natalie Imbruglia, Penelope Cruz and Mark Ronson, among others.
Rabat – The coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, still wishes to fulfill his childhood dream: coaching the French football team Saint Etienne in the future.Interviewed on a show by French television channel TF1 on Sunday, Renard said that “the club that rocked [his] childhood is Saint-Etienne.” “I was ten years old when I went to Geoffroy-Guichard [stadium] … I was a kid from 1968, I dreamed football, I lived football. I can still mention all the Saint-Etienne players of those years,” said the coach. Renard just realized one of his goals, after he helped the Moroccan team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Prior to becoming the Moroccan coach, the Frenchman has also helped Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire win the African Cup of Nations title.The coach is also determine to achieve big wins with his Atlas Lions during the 2018 World Cup. After Morocco’s win over Cote d’Ivoire during the tournament qualifiers, Renard expressed his pride and thankfulness to the national football team who played a wonderful game against the opponent.“The combativeness and selflessness of the players have been key to qualifying and winning against Ivory Coast,” said Renard.Before the victory, Renard’s contract with the Moroccan team was extended to 2022.
2 December 2008United Nations relief officials are continuing to assist authorities in the conflict-wracked north of Sri Lanka respond to flooding that has displaced more than 70,000 people and affected 300,000 others. A UN inter-agency assessment of civilian needs in Northern province’s Jaffna district – the district hardest hit by the floods – has been carried out, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.In Jaffna alone, about 62,000 people have been forced to flee their homes because of the floods, which followed days of heavy rains, and are now living in nearly 250 separate camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). More than 5,900 houses have been badly damaged and another 13,300 are partially damaged.OCHA said the number of Sri Lankans known to be affected by the floods continues to grow as some areas were previously inaccessible and new information is being received.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are among the UN agencies already distributing relief supplies or coordinating assistance.Relief operations in northern Sri Lanka are complicated by the ongoing violence in the region between Government forces and members of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN supports inclusive and genuine consultations with victims and affected groups in Sri Lanka.Observing International Day for the right to the truth, Ban Ki-moon urged States to adopt measures to promote truth, justice and reparations for victims, which is so crucial to ensuring that gross human rights violations are not repeated. To advance this effort, the UN supports fact-finding missions, commissions of inquiry, mapping exercises, and truth commissions, which document human rights violations and make recommendations to ensure accountability, reconciliation, and other reforms, he said, noting that from Colombia to Tunisia, from Mali to Sri Lanka, from Nepal to South Sudan, the UN has advocated for inclusive and genuine consultations with victims and affected groups, especially women, girls and those who are far too often excluded and marginalized.“Their meaningful participation must be ensured in all relevant stages of transitional justice processes, and their specific needs must be fully recognized in any reparation measures,” he said. “Across the world, every victim has the right to know the truth about violations that affected her or him,” Ban said in a message on the Day. “But the truth also has to be told for the benefit of all people and communities as a vital safeguard against the recurrence of violations. The right to the truth is closely linked to the right to justice.” The annual observance of International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims pays tribute to the memory of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, who was murdered on 24 March 1980. He was actively engaged in denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable individuals in El Salvador. He also stressed the need to secure the testimonies of victims and witnesses to ensure the rights to know the truth and to justice. Appropriate mechanisms for the protection of victims and witnesses, including their physical and psychological integrity, privacy, and dignity, must be put in place.Moreover, the preservation of archives and other documentation relating to human rights violations is crucial for ensuring undistorted historical record and preservation of memory, he added. (Colombo Gazette)
PARIS — Fiji toppled France for the first time in a rugby international by 21-14 at the Stade de France on Saturday.France came from behind to lead 14-12 at halftime, then drew a blank in the second half as Fiji flyhalf Ben Volavola kicked three penalties.Fiji has beaten tier one sides Scotland and Italy in recent years, but this could be its biggest win since defeating Australia 18-16 in 1954 in Sydney.“We didn’t respect them, they walked all over us,” France centre Mathieu Bastareaud said.He described the France team as “little boys.”Having beaten Argentina a week ago to end a five-test losing streak, France hoped to start a winning streak with another victory against a nation it had never lost to in nine previous encounters.Fiji had other ideas, and punished France’s woeful handling and lack of aggression.France coach Jacques Brunel heads into a Rugby World Cup year with a side facing grave doubts over its skills and mentality.France led 14-12 at halftime, with two tries from captain Guilhem Guirado, both converted by Baptiste Serin, that cancelled out Fijian tries from outside centre Semi Radradra and winger Josua Tuisova.Brunel complimented Fiji on showing more enterprise, but said losing was “incomprehensible. It shows our inconsistency.”“We are going to have to ask questions of ourselves.”Fiji asked questions of the French from the get-go, and repeatedly tore through French lines with powerful runs.Fiji scored first, with Radradra’s defence-busting run to the tryline in the 20th minute. Volavola converted.France quickly responded with the first of Guirado’s tries five minutes later.But more crisp, quick passing helped the Fijians scythe through the French again for Tuisova’s try in the 32nd. Volavola missed the conversion.Right at the end of the half, France scored when Guirado pile-drived through the Fiji defence. Serin’s conversion sent France into the dressing room with a lead against the run of play.Fiji’s victory might have been even more emphatic were it not for two disallowed tries — one in the first half denied for offside after video review, and the other disallowed in the second half for a late tackle.The Associated Press
Friday’s games mark the start of the quarterfinals and feature a UEFA vs. UEFA matchup in the morning followed by a CONMEBOL vs. CONMEBOL game in the afternoon. In the first match of the day, Germany has a 52.5 percent chance of defeating France and advancing to the semifinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions. In the second, however, Brazil is heavily favored to defeat Colombia (72 percent to 28 percent) and play the winner of Germany vs. France in the semifinal next week.France vs. Germany: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHAll eight teams still in the tournament won their respective groups, so there are no true underdogs left. But if we go back to the beginning, Brazil and Germany both had very good chances of reaching this stage of the knockout rounds (80 percent and 68 percent) compared to Colombia and France (46 percent and 45 percent).France and Germany are old foes, having faced each other 25 times since 1930 (prior to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany). In those games France has been victorious 11 times compared to Germany’s eight. However, almost all of these games were friendlies. The last time these two teams met competitively was in the 1986 World Cup semifinals, and Germany edged France 2-0. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates France vs. Germany as the most evenly matched of all the quarterfinal games.Brazil vs. Colombia, on the other hand, is supposed to be anything but even. Strangely, these teams have also met 25 times, and Colombia has managed to win only twice. A Seleção have slaughtered Los Cafeteros on more than one occasion, 9-0 in 1959 and 6-2 in 1969, but this is a different Colombia team. Their last meeting with Brazil, a friendly in the U.S. in 2012, ended in a 1-1 draw.Brazil trumps Colombia in overall and offensive SPI ratings (90.6 and 3.1 to 89.4 and 2.6) but Colombia’s defense is slightly better, with an SPI rating of 0.4 average goals allowed to Brazil’s 0.5 (lower defensive scores are better). Brazil’s defense has something to worry about in James Rodriguez, this World Cup’s breakout star for Colombia, who has tallied five goals — the most of any player so far — including this beautiful chest-to-volley on the turn against Uruguay:But Brazil’s Neymar (and Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Muller) are only one goal behind Rodriguez, so if Brazil clinches a win in this clash of the golden boys, Rodriguez may be out of the race for this year’s golden boot.OFF THE PITCHFrance and Germany are neighbors, and each has international power and its own distinct culture — berets and baguettes vs. lederhosen and bratwurst. So given the ease of travel between the countries, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of cross-tourism. According to the French Ministry of Handicrafts, Trade and Tourism, there were about 6.3 million overnight stays in France from German tourists in 2012. Conversely, the German National Tourist Board reported that there were roughly 3.1 million, or half as many, overnight stays in Germany from French tourists in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population at the time, this means that about 8 percent of Germany’s 80.4 million people stayed overnight in France at least once in 2012, while about 5 percent of France’s 65.7 million people stayed overnight in Germany. They may not be the best of friends, but it looks like the old enemies have at least upgraded to a friendly rivalry — at least as far as tourism goes. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWith the U.S. Out, Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For?Tim Howard Lost, But He Just Had the Best Match of the World CupA Chart For Predicting Penalty-Shootout Odds in Real TimeCORRECTION (July 4, 10:57 a.m.): An earlier version of this post had the incorrect year of the last competitive meeting between France and Germany. While the two teams did face off in 1982, they also met in the 1986 World Cup semifinals.
Ohio State forward Mason Jobst holds off a Wisconsin forward as he crashes into senior goaltender Matt Tomkins during a Big Ten tournament semifinal game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiDETROIT — Sophomore forward Will Johnson’s goal at 1:30 in the third period lifted the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (20-14-1) past the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-11-6) and into Saturday’s Big Ten final with a 2-1 victory on Friday in the first semifinal at Joe Louis Arena.The Badgers took advantage of an early two-on-one where forward Aidan Cavallini delivered a perfect pass across the crease to Johnson, who beat OSU senior goaltender Matt Tomkins.OSU sophomore forward Dakota Joshua had the lone goal for the Buckeyes on the powerplay in the second period. Tomkins finished the day with 24 saves on 26 shots.In the final period, OSU fired 11 shots on Wisconsin goaltender Jack Berry, all of which turned aside. At 4:22 in the third, Joshua deflected a pass from senior forward David Gust that was initially ruled a goal until further review indicating the puck hit the crossbar and didn’t cross the goal line.Berry had 23 saves for the Badgers. Sophomore forward Luke Kunin had the first goal for Wisconsin.“We knew it was going to be a tight game,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “We knew they weren’t trying to give up much and we tried to do the same thing. We just didn’t do enough to win the game today.”The Buckeye defense was shaky early on, struggling to keep pucks out of the zone, but Tomkins held his own in net. Within in the first two minutes of the game, Wisconsin junior forward Cameron Hughes had a breakaway opportunity, but was turned away by Tomkins.OSU had its fair share of early chances, as well. Five minutes in, freshman forward Tanner Laczynski had a shot from the slot that hit off the post. Minutes later, Joshua had an attempt from the low slot and was denied by Wisconsin freshman goaltender Jack Berry.The Badgers struck first with a late first-period goal on a rebound attempt sent home by Kunin, his 22nd of the season. With OSU’s third-line defensemen on the ice, the Badgers won the faceoff and swung the puck over to the left point where freshman defenseman JD Greenway threw a shot on net. The shot caromed off Tomkins and bounced in front to Kunin’s stick, who slotted the puck in the top left corner of the net, taking the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.The OSU offense finally found its legs halfway through the second period. At 13:29, Wisconsin junior forward Ryan Wagner was called for a penalty, putting the nation’s No. 1 powerplay on the ice for the first time.After a Wisconsin clear went out of play, first-team All-Big Ten sophomore forward Mason Jobst won the faceoff and threw the puck to Joshua on the end line to the right of the net. Joshua spun around a defender and pushed the puck past Berry to tie the game at one.Following the goal, the Buckeyes had two more chances in front of the net that they couldn’t quite get a stick on. With under a minute to play, Joshua created a turnover in the offensive zone and left it for senior forward Nick Schilkey whose shot glanced off Berry’s right pad and out of play to keep the score 1-1 heading into the final frame.Tomkins made large contributions again in the second, making 14 saves. Senior forward David Gust and sophomore forward Miguel Fidler each committed a hooking penalty in the period, but Tomkins and the defense stood the test and killed off both penalties. On Fidler’s penalty, Tomkins stopped a straightaway shot from Greenway from the high right slot, then stopped two more chances off rebounds in front of the net.Ohio State senior goaltender Matt Tomkins makes one of his 24 saves in the Big Ten tournament semifinal against Wisconsin at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiThe entire game, Wisconsin stymied the Buckeye offense. OSU only had 12 shots through the first two periods for a team that averages 30 shots per game. The Badger defense prevented OSU from penetrating the offensive zone, which forced a lot of the offense to play along the boards instead of the transition game that OSU prefers to play.“They were having the same defense that we were trying to have,” Schilkey said. “I just think they did a little bit better tonight. We have to get back to pucks, help our (defense) out. At times we were trying to stretch (passes) out too much.”At 17:32 in the third period, just as OSU was ready to send on another forward and pull Tomkins, senior defenseman Josh Healey was called for a hit to the head which resulted in a game misconduct and a five-minute major. Tomkins wasn’t able to come off the ice until 16 seconds were on the clock. Junior forward Matt Weis fired a desperation shot on net, which was saved by Berry.With the loss, the Buckeyes are on the bubble of the NCAA tournament picture heading into Selection Sunday. When asked whether OSU had done enough to earn an at-large bid, Rohlik didn’t have a definitive answer.“I think that’s up to the compute to figure out, I guess,” he said. “Hopefully we have, but obviously we need a few things to go our way.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Picture Boy’ sentenced to death – 12-man jury found him guilty during second retrialJuly 6, 2016In “Court”Drama at High Court as “Whistle” freed of Cool Square murderFebruary 12, 2016In “latest news”Man accused of murdering wife in 2012 to know fate soonMay 9, 2018In “Court” A jury was asked to return a formal verdict of not guilty in favour of a man who was initially sentenced to a 55-year jail term for murder.Justice Priya Sewnarine Beharry on Wednesday upheld a no-case submission and directed the jury to enter a formal verdict of not guilty thus freeing 39-year-old Naresh Ramjohn of Stanleytown, and Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam.It was his second trial for the July 2, 2008, murder of Anthony Samaroo. In 2014, a jury had found Ramjohn guilty and Justice Navendra Singh had imposed a 55 ½ years jail term.Freed murder accused, Naresh RamjohnThe sentence was subsequently appealed. Attorney Murseline Bacchus had contended that the trial Judge had not given the jury proper guidance.The Appeal Court then ordered a retrial with Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry presided over that retrial.The prosecution’s case was presented by Attorney Mandel Moore.Justice Sewnarine-Beharry had earlier rejected the prosecution’s effort to have the statement of star witness Ryan Samaroo admitted. Ryan Samaroo, who had given evidence in the Preliminary Inquiry, suddenly disappeared from the area.Another brother, Tejpaul Samaroo, who is a prisoner in the New Amsterdam Prison, had also testified in the Magistrate’s Court at the first trial. He told the court that he does not know who killed his brother and denied helping to take his brother to the hospital.Defence Attorney Arudranauth Gossai in his no-case submissions told the court that there is no evidence to link his client to the crime. He said the prosecution witness, Brian Dhanpat, stated that he saw the incident and it was “Saddam’s” brothers who were seen inflicting wounds to the now dead Samaroo.Gossai also submitted that there was no evidence submitted that the murder was premeditated.The prosecution’s case was that on the day in question, Ryan Samaroo was walking on Levi Dam, when he was confronted by Ramjohn who allegedly stabbed him to death.
Gaz de schiste : plus néfaste pour le climat que le charbon et le pétroleUne étude réalisée par des chercheurs américains s’est penchée sur l’empreinte carbone du gaz de schiste dont les projets d’exploitation suscitent de vives inquiétudes en France. Selon les conclusions, cette source d’énergie engendre plus d’émissions de gaz à effet de serre que le pétrole et le charbon.”L’empreinte du gaz de schiste est plus importante que celle du gaz conventionnel ou du pétrole, quelle que soit l’échéance, mais en particulier sur vingt ans” assurent des chercheurs de l’Université de Cornell, dans une étude publiée dans Climatic Change Letters. Comparée à celle du charbon, l’empreinte du gaz de schiste est là aussi plus grande, et ce “d’au moins 20%, et peut-être même deux fois plus importante, sur 20 ans” alertent les scientifiques.Cette pollution est avant tout due au méthane rejeté dans l’atmosphère lors du forage, de l’exploration, de la fracturation et de l’exploitation du gaz de schiste. Des rejets qui font de cette source d’énergie la plus émettrice de gaz à effet de serre (GES) parmi les énergies fossiles conventionnelles que sont le gaz, le pétrole et le charbon. Si le méthane a une durée de vie beaucoup moins longue que le CO2, son impact sur le réchauffement climatique est vingt-deux fois supérieur à celui du gaz carbonique qui persiste un siècle dans l’atmosphère. Selon l’étude de l’Université de Cornell, l’exploitation des gaz de schiste pourrait sur une période de vingt ans, engendrer 20% d’émissions de GES de plus que celle du charbon. Une estimation qui s’ajoute à la liste des craintes concernant ce gaz piégé dans des roches peu perméables devant être facturées avec une grande quantité d’eau et de produits toxiques.En France, cette exploitation qui fait l’objet d’une vive contestation pourrait être interdite. Christian Jacob, le président du groupe UMP à l’Assemblée nationale, a en effet déposé une proposition de loi en ce sens. Un texte que le gouvernement a fait passer en procédure d’urgence.Le 16 avril 2011 à 13:11 • Maxime Lambert
BATTLE GROUND — On Sunday, about 60 people gathered in Kiwanis Park for an event that featured American flags, military-style rifles and two candidates for city council.As people, some with families in tow, sat on the grass eating barbecue, Joey Gibson, the founder of right-wing protest group Patriot Prayer, introduced Shauna Walters and Josh VanGelder, two candidates for Battle Ground City Council.Since Washington voters overwhelmingly passed a gun-control initiative in November, Gibson, who made a name holding rallies in Portland and other liberal enclaves, has turned his attention to trying to keep the new law from taking root.He and other gun rights activists have appeared before local city councils, including every small city in Clark County, seeking to persuade them to pass measures aimed at stymieing the new law, Initiative 1639. While local city councils have been sympathetic to the concerns of Gibson, each has stopped short of declaring themselves a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”He’s hoping that will change after this upcoming election.“You have to be able to secure freedom at a local level, because no one else will do it,” Gibson told the crowd at the rally. He said Walters and VanGelder would do everything to “protect you guys and the Constitution,” and added, “you’ve got to do things that have not been done before, if that makes sense.”
Leganes have officially requested ‘clarification’ after Barcelona’s controversial second goal was allowed to stand in their 3-1 loss to the Catalan club on Sunday evening.Luis Suarez restored Barca’s lead when he scored their second goal in the match in the 70th minute, but he collided with Leganes’ goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar just before striking the ball.The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system did not overrule the referee’s decision to allow the Goal, causing anger amongst the away support, who have now emailed the Spanish FA requesting an explanation.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.However, Barcelona manager manager Ernesto Valverde told reporters immediately after the match that he ‘thought it was a valid goal’.“Everybody will have their own opinion on decisions of this nature but the referee awarded the goal and VAR was in place to overrule that decision had it not been correct,” he said, according to Football Espana.“Luis does not touch the goalkeeper so that is why it was given so there really should not be a big deal about the controversy.”
Southern white rhino successfully impregnated San Diego Zoo Safari Park May 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) — A southern white rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido has been successfully impregnated through artificial insemination for the first time in the zoo’s history, which, for the northern white rhino, could help pave the way back from the brink of extinction, zoo officials said.Victoria, one of six female southern white rhinos at the Safari Park, is only seven weeks into her pregnancy, which if successful will last 16 to 18 months.“Victoria is part of our one-of-a-kind rescue program to save her cousins, the northern white rhino,” said the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. “With only two left on Earth, and both of them female, the northern white rhino has been poached to the brink of extinction.”But conservation experts at the zoo and elsewhere have a plan to bring back northern white rhinos “using cutting-edge science and decades of animal care expertise,” zoo officials said.“Though Victoria and her embryo are southern white rhinos, this is an important first step, proving the science is working.”Nola, then one of four remaining northern white rhinos, died at the Safari Park on Nov. 22, 2015. Then on March 19 of this year, Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, died in a preserve in Kenya.But just three days later, on March 22, animal experts at the Safari Park were able to artificially inseminate Victoria. Should her developing baby survive until birth, it would give scientists hope of repeating the feat of artificial insemination using genetic material from northern white rhinos.Victoria is one of six female southern white rhinos brought to the Safari Park from a preserve in South Africa in 2015 with the specific hope they could breed northern white rhinos. Scientists at the Safari Park’s Nikita Khan Rhino Rescue Center have spent years training and conditioning Victoria and the other five females to receive needed medical procedures.Last July, zoo officials announced they had made their first attempt to artificially inseminate a southern white rhino when they tried with 9-year-old Amani. That impregnation attempt apparently failed.But more challenges lie ahead, with artificial insemination of rhinos in zoos rare so far and resulting in only a few births.Victoria is a healthy 747-pound (1,700-kilogram) rhino estimated to be 7 years old.She and the other five female rhinos that range in age from 4 to 7 years old were all born in the wild and relocated to San Diego’s Safari Park in 2015. Scientists will be perfecting artificial insemination techniques and embryo transfer techniques on the females, which undergo weekly ultrasounds. Durrant recently spotted the beginning of tiny limbs of Victoria’s baby during her recent ultrasound. She is two months pregnant.“We will know that they have proven themselves to be capable of carrying a fetus to term before we would risk putting a precious northern white rhino embryo into one of these southern white rhinos as a surrogate,” Durrant said.The ultimate goal — which could take decades — is to create a herd of five to 15 northern white rhinos that would be returned to their natural habitat in Africa.Some groups have said in vitro fertilization is being developed too late to save the northern white rhino, whose natural habitat in Chad, Sudan, Uganda, Congo and Central African Republic has been ravaged by conflicts in the region. They say the efforts should focus on other critically endangered species with a better chance at survival.The southern white rhino and another species, the black rhino, are under heavy pressure from poachers who kill them for their horns to supply illegal markets in parts of Asia.There are about 20,000 southern white rhinos in Africa.Safari Park officials say the work may be applicable for other rhino species, including the critically endangered Sumatran and Javan rhinos.The zoo’s conservation program relies on donors and last year received a pledge of a matching gift of up to $1 million from Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison and his girlfriend, Nikita Kahn, who previously gave the zoo over $1 million to fund the 3.5-acre rhino rescue center that now bears her name.The full release can be read below. Researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research announced Thursday morning that they have confirmed a pregnancy in one of the southern white rhinos living at the Nikita Khan Rhino Rescue Center. The pregnancy, created through artificial insemination with sperm from a male southern white rhino, is an important milestone in the ongoing work to develop the scientific knowledge required to genetically recover the northern white rhino, a distant subspecies of the southern white rhino. Only two northern white rhinos currently remain on Earth (unfortunately both are femaile).“The confirmation of this pregnancy through artificial insemination represents an historic event for our organization but also a critical step in our effort to save the northern white rhino ,” said Barbara Durrant, Ph.D., director of Reproductive Sciences, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. “The sperm had excellent motility and the procedure went very well – we are excited to confirm a pregnancy has occurred but we have a long time before we can declare a real success with the birth of a healthy southern white rhino baby.”Rhino gestation lasts from 16-18 months. The artificial insemination of a rhino named Victoria, occurred on March 22 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park . Victoria is one of six female southern white rhinos that were relocated to the Safari Park from private reserves in South Africa in November 2015. Artificial insemination of rhinos has rarely been attempted in zoos and there have only a few births from this procedure in the past.“We have been very lucky to be able to provide the space and social structures necessary to encourage natural breeding of southern white rhinos, black rhinos and greater one horned rhinos in zoos,” said Randy Rieches, Director of curatorial and husbandry sciences for San Diego Zoo Global. “Unfortunately the challenges associated with limited gene pools and severely reduced numbers facing Javan rhinos, Sumatran rhinos and the northern white rhino means that some form of assisted reproduction may be their only hope for the future.”A key element of the program at the Rhino Rescue Center is the ability of animal care staff to work closely with the rhinos, building positive relationships so the rhinos participate voluntarily in procedures like artificial insemination and ongoing monitoring of pregnancies.“Just the fact that we have been able to confirm this pregnancy while the embryo is just a few weeks old is tremendously important and is all due to the work that animal care staff have put into developing relationships with these rhinos,” said Parker Pennington, post doctoral associate. “Through regular cooperative ultrasounds with Victoria we will be gathering a lot of data about the progress of a rhino pregnancy – data that has never been gathered before.”If Victoria is able to carry the calf to term, the first southern white rhino calf born at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center could arrive in summer 2019.To reach the ultimate goal of successfully producing a northern white rhino, multiple steps must be accomplished. One of the first steps involved sequencing the genome of the northern white rhino to clarify the extent of genetic divergence from its closest relative, the southern white rhino. Another step requires conversion of cells preserved from 12 individual northern white rhinos in the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research’s Frozen Zoo® to stem cells that could develop into sperm and eggs—a process successfully begun in the laboratory of Jeanne Loring, Ph.D., of The Scripps Research Institute, with details of the process published in 2011.Reproductive options include artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, with the southern white rhinos possibly serving as surrogates for northern white rhino embryos. The reproductive system of rhinos is very complex, and there is still much to be learned. There are many challenges ahead, but researchers are optimistic that a northern white rhino calf could be born from these processes within 10 to 15 years. This work also may be applied to other rhino species, including critically endangered Sumatran and Javan rhinos.Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes on-site wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The work of these entities is made accessible to children through the San Diego Zoo Kids network, reaching out through the internet and in children’s hospitals nationwide. The work of San Diego Zoo Global is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 9:56 AM KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 18, 2018
Load More RelatedPosts Likewise, the dramatic removal of Donaco founders Joey and Ben Lim from the Board last month and the series of events that led to it were a major reason for combined revenue at the group’s two casino operations – Star Vegas in Cambodia and Aristo International in Vietnam – declining 7.3% to AU$86.3 million and EBITDA by 43.2% to AU$29.6 million, according to Chairman Stuart McGregor.“The full year results reflect the lack of professional management at the casino venues,” McGregor said, as well as “the fact that the Board was distracted by ownership and control issues.”Those distractions have since been resolved with Lim’s shares now held by Hong Kong hedge fund Argyle Street Management Ltd, a new-look board in place and the appointment in June of former Resorts World Sentosa and The Star Gold Coast executive Paul Arbuckle as Group CEO.Arbuckle hasn’t wasted any time identifying areas of concern, particularly at Star Vegas where net gaming revenue fell 9.9% to THB1.37 billion (US$44.6 million), non-gaming revenue by 19.0% to THB124.2 million (US$4.1 million) and EBITDA by 37.2% to THB610.2 million (US$19.9 million).“Slot machine revenue declined by 24.5% following the changeover to newer slot machines, and this is unacceptable,” Arbuckle said. “Going forward we will revisit our lease arrangements on these machines and may look at revising profit-share arrangements, or purchasing these machines outright. Non-gaming revenue was down by 19%, with some further changes needed to boost the attractiveness of the non-gaming businesses.“The EBITDA decline was due to a combination of the lower win rate, higher staff count required to replace staff that were poached by the Thai vendor, and higher marketing costs related to our events program, which drove the strong increase in visitation. We intend to look closely at the appropriateness of each of these aspects of the business.“We have introduced a range of improvements for the 2020 financial year, and the early signs are encouraging with a strong July being recorded, which is flowing through into our August results to date.”At Aristo, net gaming revenue fell 15% to RMB60.5 million, with non-gaming revenue down 25% to RMB45.3 million and EBITDA down 27% to RMB52.2 million.“The first half of the financial year was challenging for Aristo, as it was impacted by a Chinese crime syndicate in July and August 2018, which threatened VIP junkets and customers on the Chinese side of the border and significantly impacted results in those months,” Arbuckle explained.“However, in the second half of the year the business returned to more normal operating conditions. So whilst the full year results reflect the disruptions that occurred in July and August 2018, the operating performance has now recovered.“This provides a good baseline for us to look to improve performance, and our license allows additional slot machines to be introduced, so we are looking to see how we can take advantage of this opportunity over the next few years.” Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Southeast Asian casino operator Donaco International Ltd says it is well positioned to leave the turmoil of the past 12 months behind and start to rebuild after completing a sweeping overhaul of the board earlier this month.The full impact of the company’s recent woes was reflected in its bottom line on Wednesday with Donaco’s FY19 financial results revealing a statutory net loss after tax of AU$194 million for the 12 months ended 30 June 2019, primarily resulting from a non-cash impairment charge on the Star Vegas casino license due to ongoing litigation with the property’s land owners. New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August