Over 100 militants attack Pak security checkpost, 20 dead

first_imgAround 150 militants attacked a security checkpost in Pakistan’s Waziristan, killing eight soldiers, reports said on Thursday.The attack, in which about 12 militants were killed occurred shortly after midnight in the town of Makeen, which lies right on the border of South and North Waziristan.Reports said some 150 militants carrying heavy weapons and rockets raided the security post.The Pakistani Taliban have intensified attacks across Pakistan in recent weeks to avenge the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US special forces in Abbottabad on May 2.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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London Olympics: Swarn rows against tide of official apathy

first_imgS.KannanQuite often at the Olympics, there are some events which do not get elaborate coverage. If you take the case of Indian rowing, nobody has been able to go to the distant venue Eton Dorney, where the competition is taking place.Even though there is a short news item of rower Swarn Singh Virk having failed to make it to the semi-finals in men’s singles sculls on Tuesday, not many will understand its significance.At 22-years of age, Swarn Singh started rowing only three years ago and has made Hyderabad his home. It’s at the Hussain Sagar Lake that all the rowers put in hours as they slog it out for attaining speed and working on improving their timings.Under coach Ismail Baig, Swarn has been training hard and it went virtually unnoticed in Eton Dorney the other day that he set a national record of 6: 54.04 in the heat. He then slowed down to 7:00.49 in the repechage and could manage only 7:11.59 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.Even as media reports said Swaran “was disappointed” the rower laughed it off. “I am not very disappointed because I have improved on my time and I hope to improve on my performance in the future.”I have been rowing for only three years, so I am proud to be India’s top rower at the Olympics,” Swarn said after the race.In a sport where the demand on the body is intense, Swarn’s timings have come down if one sees his three races.advertisementBut on Tuesday, the bigger story was how he was lying second after the first 500 metres in the 2,000 metre race. He eventually finished fourth in his quarterfinal.In any other sport, one would expect that the timings get better and better. But for that, your body needs to have proper recovery and a support group which takes care of the fatigue.In India, there is a clear divide between those in elite sports and those in events like rowing which comes into focus only at an Asian Games or the Olympics.Missing out on a semi-final slot would come into focus in any other sport, but not rowing. But that’s something these athletes will have to live with.At the Guangzhou Asian Games, had it not been for the golden effort of Bajrang Lal Takhar, nobody would have known this sport again.Few would be aware that this year, Swarn defeated Bajrang at home and then went to the Asian qualification event and secured a spot for the London Olympics.The sad part is that star Indian athletes get their personal coach, physio and masseur, and rowers can’t even complain. They are away from the main action and are a neglected lot.The Indian sports ministry spends a lot of money these days on athletes and coaches.Maybe, someone needs to tell the babus in the ministry that they also make a proper plan to send masseurs etc as they count a lot in recovery.Just imagine, if Swarn had someone to work on his fatigue, he would have been much fresher and could have sustained the same pace he had in the first part of the race at Eton Dorney.Yet, the man remained modest. “I did very well in the first 1000 metres and now I must concentrate on improving my performance in the second 1000 metres of a race,” said Swarn.In London, if you take teams like shooting and boxing, the star athletes have their way. There is also a huge concern over wrestling as this is also a sport where recovery is important.If a sport like hockey can arrange for the support staff despite so many hassles, corporate India needs to look at sport like rowing as well.This is not a sport where you have to support too many athletes. One can well focus on a select group.Maybe for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea?last_img read more

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Chennai Super Kings set for IPL return with ban coming to an end,Chennai Super Kings set for IPL return with ban coming to an end

first_imgChennai Super Kings (CSK) will return to the Indian Premier League on July 22 at the end of a two-year ban imposed by the Supreme Court.CSK’s return will be celebrated at the inaugural match of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2017, a state-level T20 tournament at MA Chidambaram stadium on July 22. The match will be sponsored by CSK Cricket Ltd, which owns CSK and is a subsidiary of India Cements, said team franchisee director Kasi Viswanathan.Indian Cements is also the title sponsor of TNPL, which is conducted by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.FanfareChepauk will turn yellow with CSK billboards all around. And, the fans who want to watch the inaugural match have been asked to come in yellow jersey, the official colour of CSK team, said Rakesh Singh, Executive President, India Cements Ltd.Singh said India Cements’ association with CSK will be for ever as it is important for the company’s brand building at all-India level. The company will continue to have its logo on the back of CSK team jersey. Earlier, having the logo was free but now there is a fee, he told newspersons.Brand buildingOn its association with TNPL, Singh said the company’s core markets are Tamil Nadu and Kerala. TNPL is a good opportunity to build the brand in these markets. TNPL was envisaged to take the game to rural areas.TNPL is a vehicle that can take the brand to these smaller markets where cricket is being played in southern districts of the state. This was the main reason for sponsoring TNPL.“Last year, it was a trial but we are going full blast this year,” he said. TNPL has helped a strong brand recall among customers as more number of people are watching the game in both stadiums and on television.Singh said the company’s association with both CSK and TNPL will help reduce its advertising spend.The company is looking to connect with 350 dealers in Tamil Nadu, 200 in Kerala and 50 engineers from the two states.This is besides 2,000 customers, 7,500 masons and 1,000 staff of dealers. They will get to travel to venues where 32 matches will be played from July 22 to August 30, he said. COMMENT COMMENTS Published on July 19, 2017 cricket Chennai SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARElast_img read more

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East Asia League eyes home-and-away format

first_imgBecoming his own man Unlike the CBA, KBL, and B.League whose seasons last an average of six months of uninterrupted play, the PBA’s seasons last almost 10 months with staggered breaks in between the three conferences.For this year’s Terrific 12, three teams– including the league’s two biggest clubs in San Miguel and TNT— were able to participate because the invitational coincided with the break between the PBA’s last two conferences.But beyond getting top teams to spice up the East Asia League, Meyer said he also wants to help boster the quality of play in the country which in turn will benefit the national team.“By having the opportunity to visit Manila, basically on a monthly basis for the past year and to sit down with the stakeholders and to build a relationship with them, they started to understand more about what kind of people we are and that what we’re trying to do is add value to the overall ecosystem,” said Beyer.“We want to see all of the league’s [PBA] teams and the Gilas as strong as possible because there’s the World Cup that just finished in China, the next one is in the Philippines, then there’s the Tokyo Olympics and these are top basketball events internationally.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles03:43Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Since then, there has been no stopping Matt Beyer, the CEO of the East Asia Super League, from pushing his tournament’s envelope further.Beyer hopes to eventually see the tournament be played in a home and away format before converging for one final game, following the mold the UEFA Champions League, which was his original dream for the Asia League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Like the Champions League, teams won’t have to prepare for another tournament outside of their usual schedule since it would be the EASL that would adjust and coincide its games.“What we want to do is with a model to be able to stretch the [EASL] season over a six-month period and then that would allow us to be able to have fans looking forward to different competitions happening all the time and to be able to let us build buzz prior to games,” said Beyer. MOST READ Macau stint primes San Miguel for PBA grand slam bid Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MANILA, Philippines—It was in 2017 that a club competition that pitted teams from various professional basketball leagues sprung up in Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Beyer acknowledged that the talent level between North America and European easily trumps that of the Asian countries. In fact, Iran is the highest nation from the continent in the Fiba rankings at 22 while the no.1 and 2 spots belong to the United States and World Cup champion Spain, respectively.But he believes that one of the most feasible ways of catching up to the powers is through playing within the region and getting exposed to each others’ style of play.“The talent that exists in East Asia, you know, is subpar to North America and Europe and we can bridge that gap through higher level of competition and a fun product,” said Beyer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

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Goa Professional League 2016-17 to start tomorrow

first_imgPanaji, Aug 20 (PTI) The Goa Professional League 2016-17 will start tomorrow with the Guardian Angel Sports Club taking on Santa Cruz Club of of Cavelossim.The match will be played at the Duler ground in Mapusa.In all 11 teams will participate in the league with Sporting Clube de Goa being the defending champions.The other teams are Dempo Sports Club Pvt.Ltd., Salgaocar F C, Churchill Brothers Sports Club, Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim, Calangute Association, Vasco Sports Club, Guardian Angel Sports Club, debutant Clube Sao Miguel de Taleigao, Corps of Signal and Football Club de Bardez. PTI MCS NRB CM JMFlast_img

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Manchester United F.C.’s Eric Bailly to miss Super Cup due to three-game ban

first_imgManchester United defender Eric Bailly has been banned for three European matches for violent conduct and will miss next month’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Real Madrid, European soccer’s governing body said on Monday.Bailly was shown a straight red card during United’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on May 11.The dismissal cost the Ivory Coast defender a chance to play in the Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam, which counted as the first match of his suspension.United’s next European match is the Super Cup showpiece against Champions League winners Real Madrid on August 8 in Skopje, Macedonia.Bailly will also be suspended for United’s first Champions League group game, with Jose Mourinho’s team having qualified by winning the Europa League.UEFA said in a statement on its website (www.uefa.com) that United had also been given a warning because the match against Celta kicked off late.last_img read more

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Have learnt my lesson the hard way, don’t want to throw my wicket away anymore: Dhawan

first_imgShikhar Dhawan slammed his 15th One-Day International hundred in 95 deliveries to help India thrash Pakistan by nine wickets in the Super Four clash of Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.This was Dhawan’s second hundred in the ongoing Asia Cup, his first being against Hong Kong in India’s first match of the tournament.Pakistani bowlers were absolutely listless against the class of Dhawan and Rohit Sharma and the team’s fielding let them down in the few opportunities they got to break the partnership.Dhawan said that he was in fine form and wanted to make the best of it on a track that he deemed as a good one for batting. Dhawan added that he enjoyed his batting because it was both sensible and aggressive.India vs Pakistan: Report | Highlights | Photos”I enjoyed my game. I’ve been in good touch and just wanted to make the most of it. It’s a good batting track and I enjoyed the way I was batting. It was sensible and at the same, I was aggressive and I enjoyed the balance,” Dhawan said at the post-match presentation ceremony in Dubai.Dhawan further said that he and Rohit knew the quality of the Pakistan bowlers and as openers, they wanted to stay on the pitch and bat through the innings.He shared that he had thrown away his wicket in the past and having learnt the hard way, he did not want to put himself in the same situation.Also read – Shikhar Dhawan sends Pakistan on a leather hunt to slam 15th ODI hundredadvertisement”Pakistan have a good bowling attack and I knew that as openers we had to stay and once I got set and I kept carrying on. As I’ve mentioned I wanted to be sensible with my shots and I’ve thrown it away in the past and I have learnt the lessons the hard way. Once you’re set, once you’ve played 20 overs, it gets easier,” Dhawan shared.Dhawan and Rohit registered an Indian record 210-run partnership at the top. The previous best opening stand for India was Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar’s 159-run partnership in Dhaka in 1998.Also this was the 13th 100+ partnership between Dhawan and Rohit. Among Indians, only Ganguly and Tendulkar have more opening stands (21).Dhawan revealed what he and Rohit had planned ahead of the match and praised his captain for his ability to convert his 50s into hundreds. He conceded that he had learnt the art of conversion from his opener partner.”It’s the job for openers, play out the new ball, and that’s the opposition’s strength. The plan was not to lose wickets in the first 10 overs and Rohit played an amazing knock today and he’s very good at converting 50s into 100s and that’s something I’ve learnt from him. So it’s good that we both value our wickets. We know that we don’t get these conditions often and we wanted to take advantage of it.”Also read – MS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to became the second most capped IndianIndia were in cruise control of the 238-run chase right from the stand as Dhawan took the mantle early on to hit the Pakistani bowlers all around the park. Even though Rohit was dropped twice, Dhawan gave no chance to the bowlers to get him out.It looked like he was batting on a completely different pitch as Rohit got a slow start and previously, even Pakistan openers had struggled to get going right away.Dhawan brought up his century in just the 33rd over as he smacked a boundary off Shaheen Afridi towards mid-off. In the next over itself, there was a mix-up between Rohit and Dhawan and the Delhi player ended up getting run-out.The commentators even went on to say that it was perhaps the only way he was going to get out on Sunday.Eventually, it took India under 40 overs to register the 9-wicket victory, ahead of which Rohit also notched up his 19th ODI hundred.The chase was set up by Indian bowlers, who pulled back things extremely well in the last 10 overs after Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed had rebuilt the Pakistan innings despite three early blows.Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal dominated the Pakistani batsmen by holding back the runs and taking regular wickets.Just like their last two matches, India put up another solid show in Dubai on Sunday.last_img read more

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Feyenoord 2 Napoli 1

first_imgFeyenoord 2 Napoli 1: Sarri’s side suffer Champions League exit Russell Greaves 05:53 12/7/17 JeremiahStJusteCropped Getty Images Having been knocked off top spot in Serie A last week, Napoli’s Champions League ambitions were thwarted at Feyenoord. Napoli’s Champions League campaign came to an end after Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Feyenoord as Maurizio Sarri was left to reflect on a damaging start to December.Having surrendered top spot in Serie A following last week’s 1-0 reverse to Juventus, Napoli’s European adventure was taken on an unwanted detour to the Europa League, with Shakhtar Donetsk’s shock victory over Group F winners Manchester City ensuring the result in Netherlands was inconsequential.The visitors needed a win at De Kuip and a favour from City, but got neither as the final month of 2017 shaped up to be one to forget for the Stadio San Paolo club. 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 Deprived of the services of the injured Lorenzo Insigne, Napoli made a superb start and Piotr Zielinski soon broke the deadlock from close range.Feyenoord, 14 points off top spot in the Eredivisie and aiming to avoid the humiliation of finishing the group phase without a point, looked to be on the ropes as Napoli spurned a number of opportunities, but the hosts found a leveller through Nicolai Jorgensen before the break.With the odds stacked against them in their bid to qualify, Napoli remained the better side throughout a second half that saw Tonny Vilhena dismissed, but somehow contrived to lose to the 10 men as substitute Jeremiah St Juste headed in the winner at the death.JA! St. Juste doet het in blessuretijd!Feyenoord met tien man op 2-1! #feynap #UCL pic.twitter.com/1ftWzAr6Nf — Feyenoord Rotterdam (@Feyenoord) December 6, 2017 Napoli, who won the reverse fixture 3-1, were ahead within two minutes as Amadou Diawara’s free-kick was headed back across goal and, while Dries Mertens could not turn the loose ball towards the target, Zielinski was on hand to prod home.Sarri’s men should have been two to the good after a neat one-two between Marek Hamsik and Mertens left the latter with only Kenneth Vermeer to beat, but the goalkeeper did well to deny the Belgian.The chances continued to come for the Italians and Hamsik was denied by Renato Tapia’s goalline clearance after bright play from Jose Callejon.Feyenoord’s lack of threat was captured in Steven Berghuis’ 20-yard strike, which veered wildly off target before going out for a throw-in.Word of Shakhtar’s opening goal at home to City will have started to filter through by the time Napoli’s ambitions suffered another setback.Berghuis’ teasing cross was inch-perfect for Jorgensen, whose header was equally precise, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were still celebrating as Shakhtar doubled their account to render Napoli’s hopes increasingly remote. GOAL! Feyenoord 1-1 Napoli (N. Jørgensen 33). #UCL pic.twitter.com/T9Aw85v3HS —  #TeamOfTheYear  (@ChampionsLeague) December 6, 2017 Although Napoli must have known their fate was practically sealed, they played with a high tempo in the early stages of the second half, forcing Feyenoord onto the back foot.Marko Rog and then Mario Rui were called upon from the bench in a bid to inject further energy into Napoli, who at the very least seemed determined to sign off with three points.Pepe Reina took a chance in his own six-yard box when he dummied a clearance before taking the more advisable approach of actually getting the ball to safety, with Jean-Paul Boetius closing in.Vilhena was given his marching orders when the midfielder received a second yellow card in the 83rd minute following a poorly timed challenge on substitute Adam Ounas.That should have laid the platform for a Napoli assault inside the closing stages, but St Juste had other ideas as he stooped to nod in the clinching goal in stoppage time to end a run of eight straight defeats in the competition for Feyenoord. read morelast_img read more

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Jasprit Bumrah not keen on resting for Sri Lanka game: I’d like to play as many games as possible

first_img Next scorecard No data available! view more view less graphs Jasprit Bumrah not keen on resting for Sri Lanka game: I’d like to play as many games as possibleWorld Cup 2019: Qualifying for the semi-finals with a match to spare affords India the luxury of resting their strike bowler for Saturday’s group clash with Sri Lanka but Bumrah does not want to put his feet up. advertisement commentary Reuters BirminghamJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 08:50 IST Jasprit Bumrah said he likes to simulate match situations in the nets (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah picked up 4 wickets for 55 runs in India’s 28-run win vs BangladeshBumrah has 14 wickets from 7 matches so far at an average of 21.07Bumrah’s performance against Bangladesh was his best in the World Cup so farIndia’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah’s ability to bowl yorkers at will has been a key factor in his team’s progress to the Cricket World Cup semi-finals and the right-arm pacer attributes it to the long hours he spent honing the skill.Bumrah sealed India’s 28-run victory against Bangladesh on Tuesday with two trademark yorkers to claim the last two wickets in successive deliveries and finish with figures of 4-55.The right-arm quick’s accuracy and death-overs mastery make him a limited overs asset and the 25-year-old attributed his skill to his work in the nets.”Whenever I practise in the nets, I practise each and every situation – be it with the new ball, be it with the old ball, or death bowling at the death,” the bowler with an unusual action told reporters.”I tick all the boxes in the nets. In the match, it’s all about execution and keeping a clear head.”All of that preparation helps me in the matches. If the work ethic is good, then execution becomes much easier.”How do you master the art of bowling yorkersYorker King @Jaspritbumrah93 has the answers #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/bHReXVVzbrBCCI (@BCCI) July 2, 2019Bumrah has used the yorker delivery to good effect in the tournament to claim 14 wickets from seven matches with an impressive economy rate of 4.6.His unique release point and accuracy render him nearly unplayable at times and difficult to score off otherwise.NET PRACTICEBumrah, who likes to simulate match situations in the nets, said he did not consider himself a master of the delivery.advertisement”I do it again and again and again in the nets. The more you do it, you get decent at it.”You can’t master it but you still try to get better at it. It’s all about repetition. It’s like the length ball – you have to do it again and again (in the nets) and try and replicate it in the game.”Another aspect of his bowling is to control his aggression according to the requirement of the team, he said.”I try to keep things simple. Reading and analysing the wicket as soon as possible is important. Sometimes you run after wickets, but I focus on team goals – what the team wants me to do right now.”Not chasing success, I want to focus on my process. If I do that, eventually everything gets sorted out.”Qualifying for the semi-finals with a match to spare affords India the luxury of resting their strike bowler for Saturday’s group clash with Sri Lanka but Bumrah does not want to put his feet up.BOOM Boy got no chill – No need for a rest reckons @Jaspritbumrah93 #TeamIndia #CWC19 #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/HPlSRb4yoIBCCI (@BCCI) July 2, 2019″This is my first World Cup so I’d like to play as many games as possible… The more matches you play, the more you enjoy.”Also read | Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya star as India beat Bangladesh to enter semi-finalsAlso Read | What happens to Pakistan if England beat New Zealand?Also Read | India qualify for World Cup semi-finals for 7th timeFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow India vs BangladeshFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

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Spotted New Deck Carrier Joins the Service

first_imgImage Courtesy: United Heavy LiftIn today’s spotted we bring you the newly built deck carrier, the MV Vir Varenya, that has been added to the charter fleet of Hamburg-based heavy-lift shipping company United Heavy Lift.Owned by J.M. Baxi Group, the maritime logistics and port infrastructure company, the MV Vir Varenya was completed in China in June 2016.On its almost 2,700 m² deck, this special-purpose vessel can transport large components for the wind energy and offshore industries.The 10,000 dwt Vir Varenya features a length of 130 meters and a width of 25 meters. In addition, the vessel has a design draught of only 5.3 meters, which means “it can be deployed anywhere in the world,” United Heavy Lift said. “At the moment, we see that customers for chartering the deck carrier are primarily in the northern European market. At the same time, the markets in Africa and the Near East are developing strongly. For the waters and ports there, a shallow draught is of crucial importance for a deck carrier,” Lars Rolner, founder and managing director of United Heavy Lift, said.last_img read more

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Shaw own goal gives Barca advantage over tame United

MANCHESTER: Barcelona overcame a punchless Manchester United to take the upper hand in their Champions League quarter-final after Luke Shaw’s own goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg victory at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Shaw deflected a Luis Suarez header into his own net after 12 minutes, handing the Catalans a vital away goal that will make them clear favourites in the return leg. After United’s comeback against Paris St Germain in the previous round, Barca will take nothing for granted, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team will struggle to repeat the trick against a side with a fearsome home record. “We played a good team,” said Solskjaer. “We know you have to defend a lot without the ball and you might be tired when you get the chance yourself. We go there with one thing in my mind, we have to score.” Barca have not lost at home for 30 games in the Champions League since 2013 and while United can take credit for staying in the tie, they produced little that will overly worry the Spanish side. Barcelona’s first win at Old Trafford in European competition was relatively comfortable with their keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen not having a single shot to save. With Paul Pogba failing to impact the game, United were left trying to hit Barca on the break or from set-pieces and too often they lacked the precision to make the most of the few openings that fell their way. The crucial away goal was well-worked. Sergio Busquets found Lionel Messi with a clever ball into the area and the Argentine carved out space on the left to deliver a lofted cross to former Liverpool striker Suarez at the back post. The Uruguayan’s header deflected off the shoulder of a scrambling Shaw and beat David De Gea to give the visitors the lead and although the linesman initially flagged for offside, the goal was given after a VAR video review. United had De Gea to thank for keeping the difference down to a single goal as he saved superbly with his feet to keep out Philippe Coutinho in the 36th minute. read more

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CU initiates restoration of historical oil paintings in its collection

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) has taken up restoration of all the oil paintings in its collection which have immense historical value. The university that dates back to its foundation on January 24, 1857, aims to uphold its tradition and heritage through this endeavour.”The oil paintings were badly in need of restoration. Some of them were on the wall at the Senate while some others were lying dumped in a room beside the Senate Hall. Most of the figures in the paintings were found to be beyond recognition. We approached the state Heritage Commission and met its chairman Shuvaprasanna and urged him to the needful. He saw the paintings and agreed,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, the Vice-Chancellor of CU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSome of the rare and priced paintings among the 21 that are witnessing a facelift includes the portrait of Womesh Chunder Bonnerjee by Shashi Kumar Hesh. “Only two portraits by Hesh are found in India and one of them is in our collection,” said a senior CU official. The painting of Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee done by Atul Basu and a famous painting by G P Gangopadhyay that was also lying in utter neglect is being restored. “Most of the oil paintings of famous people that are in the collection of the university have been associated with it some time or the other. The restoration of oil paintings is not seriously taken up in present times. But Banerjee after taking over as V-C realised the importance of proper preservation of these valuable paintings,” said Shuvaprasanna. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to him, the only university in the state that has such a treasured collection is CU. The students of Arts Acre, an institution founded by Shuvaprasanna to nurture young talents in visual arts is doing the uphill task of restoration. They have been provided with a room adjacent to the Senate Hall by the university itself for doing the work. The work had started six months back and it will take another four months to complete. Different modern techniques are being used to give the best possible look to the oil paintings. Once it is complete, it will be in good condition for at least 50 years. “The work for the revival of the Senate Hall and restoration of the paintings are going on side-by-side which is an evidence of the university’s seriousness in preserving its history and heritage,” he maintained.last_img read more

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Moroccan Government to Implement CustomerFriendly Pricing on Oil

Rabat ‒ Lahcen Daoudi, Morocco’s minister of governance and public affairs, has explained the rationale behind Morocco’s recent price-capping regulations for the energy sector, noting that the move had both economic and geopolitical motivations.Saving Morocco’s market attractivenessSpeaking at a parliamentary session on Monday, May 6, Daoudi said that he was aware that his decision to cap oil prices was unlikely to be implemented between the February and mid-March of 2019. He added, however, that the move was necessary for public utility. Reassuring members of parliament that he is doing his job, Daoudi argued that the decision to cap oil pricing was only a “card” he played “to put pressure on oil companies.” According to Daoudi, the reason the decision was not immediately put into force is that there was a necessity to paint Morocco in a positive light to potential investors. The move aimed to keep “Morocco’s positive image,” Daoudi elaborated, noting that some companies were considering leaving the Moroccan market.But market attractiveness was not the only reason for the move. Another motive, according to Daoudi, was the geopolitical atmosphere. The Moroccan minister especially  cited the current circumstances in Libya and Venezuela, as well as the tense relations with Iran. Responding to some of the criticisms of his treatment of the issue of price capping, Daoudi noted that the price capping is underway. But he did not provide an exact date for implementation, simply saying that the decision will come into force as soon as possible.  In response to questions on the price increase in vegetables, Daoudi said the government put hotline numbers at the service of citizens to report their complaints in this regard. He noted, however, that the government cannot monitor every street.Daoudi lamented the profit margin the oil companies enjoy, which is MAD 2 per liter.ControversyThe decision to cap oil prices came in response to serious concerns and controversy in the Moroccan energy market. According to MP Omar Balafrej, oil companies in Morocco make  “unreasonably and unethically” large amounts of profits off Moroccan consumers. Balafrej estimated companies’ profit margins to be standing at MAD 17 billion.Despite the price decrease in the global market, Moroccan companies did not reduce their price tags, angering many Moroccans, who boycotted a number of oil companies.Balafrej argued the “unethical” profits made by oil companies could have been invested in a number of projects, including free transport to all students, a railway connecting al Hoceima and Rachidia, 17 university hospitals, or 1,000 community schools. But the price-capping policy has not been unanimously welcomed. Driss Guerraoui, the newly-appointed president of the Competition Council, a body tasked to uphold free market rules and transparency, considers the decision to be both impractical and illegal. For Guerraoui, price-capping is an encroachment on Article 4 of the Law on Freedom of Price and Competition. He said a move to impose pricing directives on companies will yield no positive results for the Moroccan market as a whole.Under the law, Guerraoui argued, the administration may “take temporary measures against excessive price increases or decreases caused by exceptional, catastrophic or manifestly unusual market conditions in a sector after consulting the Competition Council.” read more

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Aerospace industry at risk of further decline says report by Jean Charest

MONTREAL — A new industry report says the aerospace industry is at risk of being overtaken by foreign rivals if government doesn’t work with the sector.New funding commitments, Canada-first defence procurement and fresh talent amid a labour crunch are key to staunching the decline, according to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada report, authored by former Quebec premier Jean Charest.The paper comes amid growing concerns about the state of the industry as Bombardier moves to exit its commercial aviation business and global aircraft production edges toward a duopoly dominated by Boeing and Airbus.Since 2012, aerospace employment and GDP contributions in Canada have declined five per cent and four per cent, respectively, according to the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.The industry furnished 213,200 jobs last year and injected $25.5 billion into the economy, but will need 50,000 more workers within the next few years, the report says.Charest invoked Canada’s history of aerospace manufacturing, which took off during the Second World War and continued with the supersonic Avro Arrow jet and the Canadarm for NASA’s space shuttle program. Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press read more

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LTTE did not represent Tamils says Mangala

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the LTTE terror did not represent the hopes and aspirations of the majority of the Tamil community.He made this observation while speaking at the Meeting of Commonwealth Foreign Ministers in Malta, the Foreign Ministry said today. The Foreign Minister said that young people who comprise nearly 60% of the Commonwealth’s population have an important role in building stable, secure and prosperous societies and Commonwealth Programmes can help raise awareness of risks radicalisation and prevent young people from embracing violent extremism and terrorism in all its forms. (Colombo Gazette) He said that as radicalisation, violent extremism and terrorism undermine the core Commonwealth values of democracy and pluralism, the Commonwealth states should direct it’s focus towards collective efforts in countering these efforts. “However, in countering terrorism, we must be careful in distinguishing between the perpetrators of terror and the wider communities they claim to represent. Just as the LTTE terror, which we in Sri Lanka experienced for several decades did not represent the hopes and aspirations of the majority of the Tamil community, the brutal and heinous terrorism of the IS does not in way reflect the values of Islam, which is, to the majority of it’s followers, a great religion of peace. Therefore all counter terrorism Programmes must be accompanied by a vigorous plan to win the hearts and minds of the people whom the terrorists claim to represent,” he said. read more

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Ban deplores recent upsurge in antiSemitic incidents since start of Gaza conflict

“The Secretary-General emphasizes that the conflict in the Middle East must not constitute a pretext for prejudice that could affect social peace and harmony anywhere,” said a statement issued late yesterday evening by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York.According to media reports, since the start nearly a month ago of the Gaza conflict, demonstrations against the violence in several European countries and elsewhere have sparked anti-Semitic attacks, hate speech and, in some instances, even violence. “He firmly believes that the conflict needs to be solved through an immediate cessation of violence and negotiations,” said the Secretary-General in his statement.

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One Way James Hardens Scoring Streak Is More Impressive Than Wilts

Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been busy this season redefining just how much offense a single player can create. As we near the NBA All-Star break, Harden has scored at least 30 points in an absurd 30 consecutive games and counting, which, according to Basketball-Reference.com, is the second-longest streak in league history. Harden’s streak trails only Wilt Chamberlain’s 65-game run from the 1961-62 season — a season in which Wilt happened to set the NBA record by scoring 50.4 points per game. The way Harden has been filling up the scoresheet, Chamberlain comes up as a frequent comparison, continually amazing for those of us who never thought we’d get to see numbers like Wilt’s in today’s game. But what might be most remarkable about Harden is the way he’s different from Chamberlain — specifically, how his one-man show has changed his team’s offense.A big reason that Chamberlain keeps popping up is that it’s difficult to find a modern analogue for what Harden is doing. Harden currently has a usage rate of 40.2 percent, meaning he has taken a shot (or turned the ball over) on roughly two out of every five Houston plays when he’s on the court. And when he isn’t trying to score himself, Harden has also assisted on 40.3 percent of teammate baskets. The only other qualified season in NBA history to break those 40/40 thresholds belonged to Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 — and Westbrook was much less efficient that season than Harden has been this year, averaging 6.8 fewer points per 100 possessions on plays he had a hand in ending.To get a sense of just how far Harden is pushing the boundaries of productivity, here’s a breakdown of all qualified seasons since 1976-77 by possession rate1The share of total on-court team possessions a player had a hand in ending, via shots, turnovers, assists and rebounds. versus offensive efficiency. (The outermost points up and to the right are the best combinations of workload and efficiency.) With 118.6 points produced per 100 possessions on a possession rate of 40.5 percent, Harden is currently having the greatest high-usage offensive season in modern history. From a team perspective, those numbers mean that Houston is funneling nearly half of its possessions through a player who is personally averaging nearly 2 more points per 100 possessions than the league’s most efficient team (the Warriors, at 117.0). So in theory, this should be a very good thing for his team’s scoring rate, which in turn should lead to more and more wins.And in Harden’s case, that appears to be true. Since Harden’s streak began, he is averaging 122 points per 100 possessions with a usage rate of 42.8 percent, both numbers up from the 114 and 37.3 percent marks he had before the streak, respectively. And over the same span, Houston’s teamwide offensive efficiency has zoomed up from 111.2 points per 100 before the streak (sixth-best in the NBA) to 116.9 (second-best) ever since, with his Rockets’ on/off-court offensive efficiency split (+5.8 points per 100) staying roughly the same before the streak and after. Houston is also 21-9 over the streak, after starting the season 12-14. Of course, the recent return of former All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who missed 18 games during Harden’s streak, has buoyed the Rockets as well — but in general it’s safe to say that Harden’s tear has had a very positive effect on Houston’s efficiency and overall record.Why is that notable, though? Isn’t that simply the logical result of having a highly efficient player dominate his team’s possessions? You might think so, but in a dynamic sport such as basketball, things are often more complicated than they may appear. And the best example of this could be Chamberlain.Chamberlain’s career was unwittingly one of history’s most fascinating laboratories for basketball experimentation, in large part because he was the NBA’s most extreme statistical outlier ever. Wilt led the league in scoring in each of his first six seasons, with a staggering scoring average of 40.6 points per game over that span; he also led the league in field goal percentage in three of those campaigns, making 50.7 percent of his shots in total (at a time when the NBA average was around 42 percent). With such a high volume of efficient shots, you might expect that Wilt was like Harden, leading his teams to tremendously efficient offensive performances.But you’d be wrong. Shockingly, Chamberlain’s Warriors struggled to even break league average in efficiency during his seasons with the club, despite the enormous amount of high-percentage scoring Chamberlain did by himself. It wasn’t until Chamberlain switched teams and started scoring less — passing to his teammates more — that his clubs began breaking offensive records.To better understand the sometimes-counterintuitive effect a single scorer can have on his team’s offense, I reached out to Ben Taylor, author of the book “Thinking Basketball,” who was one of the first researchers to notice this phenomenon in Chamberlain’s numbers. “The arc of [Wilt’s] career is very, very unique,” he said. “Not only do some people consider him the best player ever precisely because of these raw stats, but he goes through many different coaches, they put him in many different situations, and specifically Alex Hannum comes along with this great idea — like, ‘Hey, Wilt, what if you just didn’t shoot that much anymore?’ — and he does this, and the team becomes incredible.”Chamberlain’s 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons with Philadelphia present the most fascinating test case. According to Taylor’s research, Chamberlain’s own personal scoring attempts in 1966 were much more efficient (averaging about 1.09 points per possession) than those of his teammates when they tried to score (0.94), and the 76ers had a mediocre offense with Chamberlain scoring 33.5 points per game. If anything, that makes it sound like Chamberlain should have shot the ball even more — but instead, Hannum persuaded Chamberlain to spread the ball around the following season. His teammates, basically the same cast of characters, averaged more points per attempt (1.01) on more shots per game, while Wilt himself was far more efficient (1.27 points per attempt!) when scoring “only” 24.1 points per game. The result was a championship for Philadelphia and one of history’s greatest offenses.Chamberlain’s less-is-more experience is indicative of other one-man shows from throughout NBA history, Taylor said. “You can see it with other high-usage players in a modern setting. I think the classic examples are 1987 [Michael] Jordan, 2006 Kobe [Bryant], guys like that — they’re doing a similar thing, and again you don’t have anywhere near a top-shelf offense.”But Harden has been able to break that mold by playing differently than other one-man offenses from the past. “Harden’s not the best example of one of these high-usage all time scorers,” Taylor said. “He’s a little weird in that he’s more like Steve Nash — he’s passing and dominating the offense to also set up teammates, and so you have a huge ‘creation’ player. … The stark difference between [Harden and Wilt] is that Wilt, when he was scoring, was more like a black hole, and Harden is just running everything.”The idea that Harden is what Taylor called a “Scoring Nash” is eye-opening. Playing in a similar (if not exactly identical) system to the one Nash orchestrated for four years under coach Mike D’Antoni, Harden has evolved the role of distributor to include an even greater level of player choice. If one of Nash’s great strengths was drawing defensive attention as a means of setting others up for easy shots, Harden can also use the threat of the pass as a means of giving himself more space to shoot. As a result, Harden has an “offensive load” — Taylor’s metric for measuring direct involvement via scoring or passing within an offense — of 66 percent, compared with Nash’s single-season high of 51 percent under D’Antoni in 2007.Pass-heavy initiators like Harden don’t always elevate otherwise mediocre offenses to greatness. For instance, Westbrook — who in 2017 set the NBA record for single-season usage rate (just ahead of Harden’s rate this year) — was the centerpiece of a barely average scoring attack that year, despite his record offensive load of 74 percent. But a disproportionate share of history’s greatest offenses were led by players such as Harden, Nash, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and even Golden State’s Stephen Curry — players who stretched defenses into oblivion with the interplay between their passing and scoring.That’s why Harden’s admittedly impressive scoring streak is only one part of the puzzle that has helped vault the Rockets back near the top of the Western Conference’s contender list. By playing more like the Chamberlain of 1967 than 1962, Harden isn’t just helping the team with his own statistics — he’s also making the players around him better.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Cadia East – to be Australia biggest underground mine – chooses Sandvik

first_imgSandvik Mining and Construction has been awarded a contract for the supply of 14 LH517 LHDs for the initial production phase of Newcrest Mining’s Cadia East mine near Orange in central west New South Wales. The Cadia East project involves the development of the massive Cadia East deposit – one of the world’s largest gold deposits – into Australia’s first panel cave mine. The mine will be the deepest panel cave in the world and Australia’s largest underground mine. The Sandvik LH517s will be deployed in Cadia East’s initial production phase (Lift 1), and are being delivered between now and October 2012. They will be equipped for fully autonomous operation using Sandvik’s underground mining AutoMine system, which is currently used at Newcrest’s Ridgeway Deeps project (also near Orange).According to Tim Redmond, Sandvik Mining and Construction’s underground mining sales manager, Sandvik has a strong relationship with Newcrest, and is a long-standing LHD supplier. “Newcrest’s huge Cadia Valley Operation is now among the largest users of Sandvik LHDs globally,” he said.Service and support for the new loaders is being carried out both by Sandvik’s Orange service centre, plus an onsite product support team in the Cadia Valley.The Cadia East orebody is one of the world’s largest gold deposits, comprising a mineral resource of 2,347 Mt  containing 33.2 Moz of gold and 6.59 Mt of copper, along with a current ore reserve of 18.7 Moz of gold and 3.16 Mt of copper. It will underpin production from the Cadia Valley for at least the next 30 years.The project is based on the construction of an underground mine adjacent to the Cadia Hill open pit mine, and an expansion of the existing Cadia Valley processing plant capacity from 24 to 26 Mpta. The estimated capital cost of the project is A$1.91 billion.The project will enable production from Newcrest’s Cadia Valley Operations to increase to a range of 700-800,000 oz of gold and from 75,000 t to in excess of 100,000 t of copper per year over the first 10 years.Construction has commenced, with first production expected in the second half of 2012. Commissioning and appreciable production levels will be occurring during the 2013 calendar year.The massive underground resource is suited to the low cost, bulk underground mining method of panel caving. This is a natural caving method which uses ground stresses, rock structures and gravity to break the rock. Orebodies best suited to panel caving are those where the horizontal dimensions are greater than those that are suited to block caving. Ore extraction advances across the orebody as panels are progressively developed.Broken ore will be removed by using the LHDs and ore conveyors. Significant underground infrastructure including underground crushers, declines, production/undercut levels and ventilation shafts, handling and conveyor system will be constructed.The Cadia East panel cave will be conducted initially in two lifts. Mining will extend from 500 m to approximately 1,450 m below the surface.The Cadia East project has been at the forefront of mine development with new technologies being used to maximise underground development rates.The project is planning to use further innovative mining technologies and enhancements in the establishment and operation of the mine, including the use of automated remote loaders through Sandvik’s AutoMine system.Released in late 2009, the Sandvik LH517 is a high capacity new generation underground LHD offering improved safety and higher productivity than previous models, through redesigned hydraulic and electronic systems, the company says. Powered by a Volvo TAD 1361VE  engine rated at 285 kW, it has a tramming capacity of 17.2 t, and can handle bucket sizes from 6.5-8.6 m3.Features include a strengthened operator’s cabin with efficient air conditioning, fully adjustable seat and controls, and a single all-in-one digital display which interfaces with the on-board vehicle control and management (VCM) system.Servicing and maintenance is made easier and safer through ground level daily service points, three-point mounting and fall-protection systems. A built in fire suppression system significantly enhances mine and operator safety.last_img read more

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No bail out for Cyprus says president

first_imgCyprus will not need to request European Union bailout funds, President Dimitris Christofias said in Vienna on Monday.“The Cypriot real economy is not so closely linked to Greece as outsiders perceive,” Christofias told journalists. “The big problem for us is the exposure of Cypriot banks to Greek loans.” Source: Bloomberg Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Ancient Mayan Altar Reveals Game of ThronesEsque Empire

first_imgStay on target Amazing Hoard of 1,000-Year-Old Coins Discovered by Metal Detectorists7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France A 1,500-year-old carved altar, unearthed at the Mayan site of La Corona, is drawing comparisons to one of the most popular television dramas of all time.Spotted among jungle forest of the Petén department in northern Guatemala, the altar provides new evidence of how the Kaanul dynasty began its two-century domination of rival kingdom Tikal.A team of architects, led by Tulane University professor Marcello Canuto, announced their find last week at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala City.“The discovery of this altar allows us to identify an entire new king of La Corona who apparently had close political ties with the capital of the Kaanul kingdom, Dzibanche, and with the nearby city of El Peru-Waka,” according to Canuto, director of the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane and co-director of the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project (PRALC).The 4.8-foot by 3.9-foot slab of limestone displays an image of previously unknown King Chak Took Ich’aak carrying a double-headed serpent figure. It also details a wedding between a princess from the Serpent Kingdom and a King of La Corona.“This altar shows us a part of Guatemala’s history and in this case, around 1,500 years ago, I would call this the historical Mayan version of Game of Thrones,” project co-director Tomas Barrientos told the AFP, comparing the kingdom’s manipulation to that of George R.R. Martin’s fictional noble families.A nearby column of hieroglyphs, meanwhile, recorded in the Maya long count calendar the end of a half-k’atun period (equal to 3,600 days), corresponding to May 12, 544 AD.“For several centuries during the Classic period, the Kaanul kings dominated much of the Maya Lowlands,” Barrientos, director of the Center for Archaeological and Anthropological Research at the University of the Valley of Guatemala, said in a statement.“This altar contains information about their early strategies of expansion, demonstrating that La Corona played an important role in the process from the beginning,” he explained.Canuto and Barrientos have been researching the Maya city since 2008; PRALC will continue their work, investigating the altar to better understand its importance and historical context.The team also included David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center of the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Guatemalan archaeologists Maria Antonieta Cajas and Alejandro González.In 2016, a 15-year-old Canadian discovered a lost Mayan city via Google Earth. And earlier this year, laser technology was used to uncover thousands of ancient Maya structures hidden beneath Guatemalan jungle. Read more about archaeology and Game of Thrones on Geek.com.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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