Denis Shapovalov Lifts 1st ATP Title, Andrey Rublev Wins Kremlim Cup at Home

first_img Hoist it high, @denis_shapo 😛#SthlmOpen— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 20, 2019 Rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov lifted his first ATP title on Sunday after a 6-4, 6-4 win over Filip Krajinovic in the Stockholm Open final.Shapovalov, 20, did not drop a single set throughout the week in Stockholm and blasted 16 aces to see off the 60th-ranked Krajinovic. World number 34 Shapovalov became the first Canadian ATP singles champion since Milos Raonic won at Brisbane in January 2016. Serbia’s Krajinovic, a runner-up at the 2017 Paris Masters, fell short in his bid for a first career title after losing his third ATP final.RUBLEV BRINGS IN 22nd BIRTHDAYRussia’s Andrey Rublev celebrated his 22nd birthday in style by clinching the Kremlin Cup on Sunday for his second career title.The sixth-seeded Rublev eased past France’s Adrian Mannarino, who was runner-up to another Russian Karen Khachanov last year, 6-4, 6-0 in a one-sided final.That one feels good 😘@AndreyRublev97 #KremlinCup— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 20, 2019 andrey rublevATP TourDenis Shapovalovkremlin cup First Published: October 20, 2019, 10:40 PM ISTcenter_img Rublev, the world number 31, had won his first title in Umag in Croatia in 2017.Before this week, he had never won a match at his hometown tournament. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Over 70 per cent votes cast till 3 PM in West Bengal

first_imgKolkata, Apr 17 (PTI) In a heavy turnout amid reports of sporadic violence, over 70 per cent of the electorate cast their votes till 3 PM in the election to 56 Assembly constituencies in the second phase of polling in West Bengal today.Overall, 70.82 per cent voters exercised their franchise in six north Bengal districts of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda, and Birbhum in south Bengal.In seven constituencies of Birbhum, polling ended early at 4 PM as they were marked as left-wing extremism affected.Voting will go on till 6 PM in the remaining constituencies.Controversial Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mandal, who has been put under 24/7 surveillance by the Election Commission, stoked another controversy when he went to cast his vote sporting a batch of party symbol on his shirt.”I didnt realise it. But the presiding officer could have stopped me from going like this,” Mandal, Birbhum district president of the party, said later.The Congress lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against the alleged violation of the model code of conduct by him.Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, who was in Kolkata today, alleged that booth-capturing and false voting continued in the state.”Despite the presence of central forces, there is a bhoot (ghost) in the booths,” he said.In Malda, a clash between CPI(M) and TMC supporters took place in front of a booth in the Englishbazar Assembly seat, in which two persons, including the TMC polling agent, were injured, the police said.Trouble began when the TMC polling agent protested against alleged booth jamming by CPI(M). The two sides clashed with lathis outside the booth with the central forces finding it difficult to control them, polling officials said.advertisementTMC agent Anup Sarkar was injured and admitted to the Malda Medical College and Hospital.Polling was stalled for 45 minutes and later began as additional central forces were rushed to the area to control the situation.TMC polling agent Asraful Hossain was beaten up at a booth in Chanchol constituency in Malda district allegedly by Chanchol ex-pradhan Maqbul Hossain of Congress, polling officials said.As a result, polling was temporarily stalled.Hossain has since been arrested, the police said.Earlier in the morning, a clash between BJP and TMC workers left eight persons injured in Dumrut village of Birbhum at around 6 AM before polling began, an EC report said.Three persons were later arrested by the police.TMC candidate from Siliguri Assembly constituency Baichung Bhutia complained of bogus votes being cast at Sriguru Vidayapith booth and a complaint has been registered with EC.The first phase of polling in West Bengal was held in two parts on April 4 and 11.In the second phase, over 1.2 crore electorate will decide the fate of 383 candidates, including 33 women. PTI NIK CORR MD SMNlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger sceptical over expanded World Cup

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is not convinced by FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s proposal to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in time for 2026.”Is that guided for popular reasons? Or is that guided to improve the level of football? I’m a bit sceptical,” Wenger told reporters on Thursday.”But if somebody can convince me that it will make football better and that we can live with the time it will take to complete the World Cup, I am ready to listen.”Infantino said his proposal would involve 16 groups of three teams and would not mean the tournament lasting longer. (Also read: FIFA chief Gianni Infantino defends 48-team World Cup)Wenger said he was more concerned with the qualification process, saying many of the matches are meaningless.”The qualifying in Europe has to be changed already,” said Wenger, whose side face Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday. “You look at the percentage of wins of the big countries in the qualifiers.”They go to the big tournaments with 90 per cent wins and then the competition starts. The qualifiers are outdated and we have to rethink the process because of the number of games the players play that have really no meaning.”When Infantino was elected in February he promised to expand the tournament from the current 32 teams to 40.FIFA Council members will decide in January on the format and number of teams for the 2026 World Cup.last_img read more

India climbs to 96th spot in FIFA Rankings, closes in at an all time high

first_imgIndia’s state of football is finally looking up as the team’s FIFA world football rankings has improved by four spots. The Indian national football is now at the 96th spot in the FIFA rankings. Indian Football Team broke into the top 100 recently.This is the best ranking for the the Indian Football team in 21 years. The current ranking is a big respite for India as it stood at 173rd rank back in March 2015 and has been averaging at the 134th rank for more than a year.India’s best ever FIFA ranking was in 1996 when India reached the 94th spot. Captain and Coaching StaffCaptain: Gurpreet Singh SandhuHead coach: Stephen Constantine from EnglandAssistant coach: Shanmugam Venkatesh from IndiaGoalkeeping coach: Brazil Rogerio Ramos from BrazilSports Scientist: Danny Deigan from AustraliaAIFF Technical Director: Savio Medeira from IndiaThe current top 5 teams in FIFA are:GermanyBrazilArgentinaPortugalSwitzerlandAbout the FIFA rankings:The FIFA World Rankings ranks the men’s national teams in association footballThe rankings were first introduced in the year 1992The teams are ranked based on their game results of all FIFA-recognised full international matchesThe FIFA rankings are currently led by GermanyTeams like Brazil, Argentina, France, Italy and Spain have also held top positions previously. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

The Ashes: Headbutt was not the greeting of choice I was expecting, says Cameron Bancroft

first_imgJonny Bairstow’s unorthodox method of greeting Cameron Bancroft in a pub last month overshadowed questions of cricket at the news conferences following Australia’s win over England in the Ashes series opener.Speculation about a head-butting incident emerged when some Australian fielders made a reference to it — picked up on an on-field microphone — in a bid to unsettle England wicketkeeper Bairstow while he was batting on Sunday.The England Cricket Board confirmed overnight it had asked Bairstow for an explanation. Both sides agreed there was nothing malicious in the incident, and there’s unlikely to be any disciplinary action.Not long after Bancroft scored the winning runs for Australia on Monday, remaining unbeaten on 82, he and Bairstow fronted separate news conferences to outline what happened at the Avenue bar four weeks ago.The winning moment followed by a shake of hands at the Gabba! Cracking Test match to open the series #Ashes (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017Bairstow went first, offering a statement without taking questions.”It’s been blown completely out of proportion,” he said. “There was no intent, nor malice about anything during the evening. (The Ashes: Man-of-the-match Steve Smith praises Australia’s grit)”As you could see out there today there was no animosity between myself, Cameron and any other of the Australia players and hopefully now we can swipe this underneath the table.”England coach Trevor Bayliss said there was no aggression in Bairstow’s actions, and said he wouldn’t even define it as a head butt. England captain Joe Root described the episode as boyish behavior, and said the timing of the revelations may have been a plot to unsettle his team.advertisementBancroft made his debut for Australia in Brisbane, and the first questions he faced post-game were not about cricket.”I got into a very amicable conversation with Jonny and he just greeted me with a head butt, kind of thing,” Bancroft explained of the night in question. “I was expecting a handshake. It wasn’t the greeting of choice that I was expecting.”There was certainly no malice in his action and we continued on, having very good conversation for the rest of the evening,” Bancroft added. “Obviously at the time, he said sorry. For me personally it was just really weird — it was so random and I certainly didn’t expect it coming.”Bancroft said he’d have preferred a handshake or a hug, but wasn’t knocked over and wasn’t particularly upset by the greeting.”He says hello to people very differently to most others,” he said. “I let it go and moved on from it. It was fine.”Just wait for Steve Smith to absolutely lose it at the end of this video! ??? #Ashes (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017The Perth incident happened in the wake of a separate episode in September outside a club in Bristol that has resulted in all-rounder Ben Stokes missing the start of the Ashes tour. Stokes has remained in England pending a police investigation.Bayliss said there’d be no disciplinary action against Bairstow, but added that the player group would likely agree to change policies to ensure there’s no risk of off-field behavior that puts external pressure on the team.”Well, that’s what I thought after Bristol as well, they would be extra dumb and stupid if it didn’t (change), for sure,” Bayliss said. “Any team at this level will take any opportunity to get stuck into the opposition.”If you put yourself into that situation, you’re fair game. We’ve got to be very careful that we don’t do that in the future.”The opposing #Ashes skippers on Australia’s mind games with Jonny Bairstow… (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017Off-field incidents have overshadowed Ashes series in the past, including in the buildup to the 2013 series in England when Australian opener David Warner was banned for test matches following a confrontation with Root in a bar.Root said there was no comparison between the two episodes. What bothered him most was the opportunity the Bairstow incident gave the media to criticize his England squad, and the advantage that gave the Australians.”It’s come up the first day Australia had a good day on the field four weeks later,” Root said. “If it was a big deal, it would have come out a lot earlier. We have to be careful not to make a big deal of something that’s not there.”I think the most important thing is we stay strong and tight as a group of players and that we continue to keep doing the hard work that we have done throughout the whole trip.”advertisementlast_img read more

Ben Morgan: ‘I have not thought about England, I’m focusing on Gloucester’

first_imgTopics Share on LinkedIn Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Gloucester Share on Pinterest “The majority of our squad have been together for some time and have been through some awkward patches,” says Morgan. “We have shown more resilience this season: bad experiences make you tougher and we have developed a new mind-set and culture through people who have come in. Winning is a habit and in the Premiership it is a hard one to get into because it is so competitive: the teams that finish at the top do not change that much across four or five years, as Exeter have shown.“Northampton, unfortunately for them, have hit a bit of a sticky patch and we do not want to be the ones they find their form against. They have a good squad and will at some point turn it round. We have to make sure it is not against us.”Gloucester have, in the prolonged absence of Morgan and the Wales and Lions flanker Ross Moriarty, blooded a number of players in the back row this season, leaving Ackermann with a selection dilemma. “Our whole squad is extremely competitive and that is what you want,” says Morgan. “It is all about working hard and being hungry. I have not had to change anything in particular under Johan. It is a freer style of rugby: we are looking to have the back-rowers in the wider channels to give you more opportunity to have a few carries against backs. It is about workrate and energy, simple fundamentals.” Share on WhatsApp Wales suffer Six Nations blow with George North set to miss opener Support The Guardian Read more Ben Morgan has not played for England since the defeat by Australia knocked the hosts out of the 2015 World Cup and, as his 100th appearance for Gloucester looms, he is at the only Premiership club overlooked by the national head coach, Eddie Jones, for his Brighton training camp this week.Not that the No8, who has won 31 caps, is dreaming about international rugby after making his latest return from injury. Morgan is hoping to make only his fifth start of the season at Northampton on Saturday having recovered from a calf problem and been restored to the side in last weekend’s victory over Sale.“I have not thought about England,” says Morgan, who turns 29 next month and has been a busy father of two since a daughter, Florence, was born in October. “I am very much focusing on Gloucester: I love being in the shirt and hope to get more opportunities. If we are successful it will breed success elsewhere and, while we have had a good start to the season, we have not been delivering performances that we are totally pleased with. There is definitely more to come from us.”center_img features Share on Facebook Read more Johan Ackermann, the Gloucester head coach, did not react indignantly to the snub by England, pointing out that national squads evolve and are no longer down to selectorial whims after a player makes a dazzling club appearance. He has challenged his England-qualified players to play at a consistently high standard to attract Jones’s attention, an approach Morgan agrees with.“It is up to players here to make sure we are putting markers down every week and more and more will get international honours,” says the No8. “We have got to keep plugging away. We were probably underrated at the start of the season and people are now starting to look at us as a team. We do not look outside what we are doing here, going from week to week.”Morgan only just made the England squad for the last World Cup after breaking an ankle at the beginning of 2015. “The injury wiped me out for some time and, although I was playing again after nine months, it was another year before I started to feel good again,” he says. “We have just passed the halfway mark in the Premiership and I have not had much involvement. I am very much aware that the boys have been grafting hard. I am looking forward to making a contribution.”If he plays at Franklin’s Gardens it will be his 99th appearance for the cherry and whites, the club he joined from the Scarlets in 2012. While in Wales Morgan worked as a part-time plumber before making his professional breakthrough and during his most recent injury lay-off he has been future-proofing his career, setting up a new company with his father called No8 Scaffolding. As he puts it, “Rugby isn’t for ever.”For now, though, he is focused on Northampton, where Gloucester have won seven times in the Premiership. They have risen under Ackermann from a side used to wallowing in the nether regions to one pressing for a first appearance in the play-offs for 10 years, almost swapping places with the Saints, who are 10th in the table after October’s visit to Kinsgholm sparked their current run of seven successive league defeats. 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Video: Texas Tech Returns Goal-Line Fumble 100 Yards For Touchdown

first_imgTexas Tech returns a fumble 100 yards.Twitter/@TexasTechFBThe Longhorns looked like they were going to take the lead with a 24-yard touchdown run, then the worst possible thing happened.Texas looked to be in scoring position on the Texas Tech 24-yard line when they handed off to D’Onta Foreman. He was rumbling down the field, legs churning as he pushed the pile all the way to the goal line. Then, some really, really bad things happened. Just watch.We could try to explain what happened, but you can just watch it instead. #WreckEm— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) November 5, 2016Uhhh, that couldn’t have gone any worse. It really couldn’t have.First, Foreman gets the football stripped by Doug Coleman at what appears to be the literal inch before he’s able to break the plane of the goal line. Then, Coleman takes the fumble 100 yards the other way for a touchdown.It’s been a year of highs and lows for Texas fans, and this play is their season in a microcosm.Miraculously, Texas currently leads Texas Tech, 24-23.last_img read more

DC vs CSK: Dwayne Bravo scripts Chennai’s 2nd successive victory

first_img graphs advertisement scorecard commentary DC vs CSK: Dwayne Bravo scripts Chennai’s 2nd successive victoryIPL 2019: Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson and Suresh Raina highlighted a 6-wicket win for Chennai Super Kings over Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. This was CSK’s second successive victory this season.center_img view more view less No data available! Rajarshi Gupta March 26, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 10:28 IST Dwayne Bravo shined with the ball as he picked up three wickets for 33 runs from his four overs (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in Delhi on TuesdayCSK moved to the top of the table with two wins in two matchesShane Watson and Suresh Raina shared a quick 52-run stand for the 2nd wicketChennai Super Kings stormed to their second successive win in the 2019 Indian Premier League when they crushed Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday. Chasing 148, CSK reached home with just 2 balls to spare. On Saturday, CSK had won the opening game of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets.Chennai Super Kings, the defending champions, are the oldest team in this IPL but their experience towers above the rest. On Tuesday, they withstood an assault from Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant. Both young men were dismissed in the 20s and Shikhar Dhawan’s 51 was too slow to make a real impact.Three days ago, Chennai had chased down 71 but they took their time on a sluggish pitch. Tonight was different. They lost Ambati Rayudu early but Shane Watson (44) and Suresh Raina (30) laid the foundation for the chase with cameos. Both of them fell to Amit Mishra. But both Watson and Raina had done a commendable job – when Raina departed in the 11th over, CSK needed only 50 off 58 balls with 7 wickets in hand.Earlier, Delhi Capitals won the toss, opted to bat and got off to a strong start courtesy of Prithvi Shaw.Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir have had better days on the field for CSK but Harbhajan Singh stepped up again as did Ravindra Jadeja – the two spinners helped Chennai apply the squeeze in the middle overs to keep Delhi under pressure.The star turn came from Dwayne Bravo who picked 3 for 33 off his 4 overs. He dismissed the dangerous Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram in the spcae of three balls before removing Shikhar Dhawan.advertisementAxar Patel and Rahul Tewatia tried hard but they could not get Delhi past 150.Against a strong batting line-up, Delhi Capitals needed an exceptional bowling performance. When Ishant Sharma removed Ambati Rayudu in the third over, the hosts would have hoped for a while. But Shane Watson and Suresh Raina added 52 for the second wicket off only 4 overs to put the game beyond Delhi’s reach.Chennai Super Kings will now return home to host Rajasthan Royals on Sunday while Delhi Capitals will play Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.Also Read | Lost at Feroz Shah Kotla: Shane Watson hits a six and bye bye ballFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow DC vs CSKFollow match reportFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Chennai Super Kingslast_img read more

New Joint Asia-Australia Service Starts in November

first_imgPress Release, September 24, 2014 zoom CMA CGM S.A., China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), have revealed the rotation of their new service in the North East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Trade, commencing from Shanghai in early November 2014.The weekly service will turn around in 49 days offering port coverage in Asia and New Zealand and including a call in Australia en route from Asia. The full port rotation will be as follows:Shanghai – Ningbo – Chiwan – Kaohsiung – Brisbane – Auckland – Port Chalmers – Lyttelton – Napier – Tauranga – Hong Kong – Shekou – Keelung – Shanghai.The new service will be operated with 7 vessels of 4,250 TEU nominal capacities, of which three vessels will be provided by CMA CGM, two vessels by OOCL and one vessel each by CSCL and PIL, while ANL will remain slot charterer. The new service will be replacing the current “ANZEX” / “NZN” service operated by CMA CGM and OOCL.Xavier Eiglier, CMA CGM Vice President Antilles-Guyane and Indian Ocean, Oceania Lines, said:“The reshaped rotation in Asia will not only focus on Central and North East Asia, but will also improve our offer from South East Asia on the southbound leg. While we are adding a call in Australia, contributing to a healthy growth for CMA CGM on the Asia-Australia trade, we will retake the five ports in the New Zealand that have been covered by the current ANZEX so far, reaffirming our willingness and commitment to provide a wide and serious offer to our valuable shippers with a fast and direct service between New Zealand and the Far East.”last_img read more

IMOs BWM Regulation to Boost Tanker Scrapping Activity

first_imgzoom Weakness in freight rates will increase tanker shipping demolitions over the next two years, with the trend accelerating in later years as a result of the IMO regulation on ballast water, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.The new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulation on Ballast Water Management will require that all vessels going into deep sea have in-built Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) by September 2017.Existing vessels will have a grace period to carry out the retro-fit during their next special survey if this occurs after the deadline. Some owners are expected to bring forward fourth special surveys, if they fall around the scheduled deadline, in order to delay retrofitting BWTS to the fifth special survey.But vessel owners for which the survey is due after mid-2018 will probably have to either retro-fit BWTS or scrap their tonnage. The additional cost of retrofitting BWTS along with the special survey will force many owners to scrap younger vessels before the next survey is due, Drewry said.The shipping consultancy estimates that about 74 crude tankers with 14 million dwt and 114 product tankers with 5.6 million dwt will have their fourth special survey due between mid-2018 and 2021, making them potential victims of the new regulation.“We do not expect all these vessels to be scrapped since many of them are on long-term charter at attractive rates, justifying the additional cost of retro-fitting BWTS,” Rajesh Verma, Drewry’s lead analyst for tanker shipping, said.“However, since the tanker market will be oversupplied, older vessels will find it difficult to get employment, which in turn will force many owners to scrap their tonnage just before their next survey is due,” Verma added.last_img read more

Princess Grace Awards Gala To Return To Los Angeles

first_imgThe upcoming Princess Grace Awards Gala on October 8th will mark a milestone in the Foundation’s history, returning to Los Angeles for the first time in nearly three decades.Gala Co-Chairs, Honorary Consul of Monaco in Los Angeles Dick Wolf and his wife Noelle and Chairman/CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger and his wife Willow Bay will be joined by President/Chief Executive of Dior Couture, Sidney Toledano and his wife Katia to kick off a three-year partnership with the iconic design house, who will serve as the sole presenting sponsor for upcoming Awards Galas in Los Angeles, Monaco and New York.Dior will play a vital role in taking guests on a three-year journey following Grace Kelly’s life as an artist – from Hollywood to Monaco (as the Gala will be held in Beverly Hills and Monte Carlo in 2014 and 2015 respectively) and then back to NYC in 2016 where Dior Haute Couture will help celebrate the 34th anniversary of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.Held in the presence of Their Serene Highnesses, The Prince and The Princess of Monaco, the 2014 Awards Gala will recognize this year’s Princess Grace Award winners and Prince Rainier III Honoree.“It is our pleasure to welcome Dior Haute Couture into our artistic family,” Toby Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA said. “We are delighted to be working with the House of Dior whose long-standing relationship with the Princely Family of Monaco is celebrated by this new collaboration. Dior’s dedication to artistic excellence parallels our own mission of supporting emerging talent, and we look forward to a spirited and inspiring partnership.”Sidney Toledano said, “Our partnership with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA is deeply rooted in history and mutual admiration between the Princely family of Monaco and the House of Dior. We both share the same pursuit of artistic excellence and are honored to be a part of recognizing the artistry of Princess Grace Award winners in theater, dance, and film.”In addition to the co-chairs, the host committee dedicating their leadership support includes: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Brad & Colleen Bell, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Ron Burkle, Tina & Rick Caruso, Jennifer Grant, Barbara Grant Jaynes & David Jaynes, Sherry Lansing & William Friedkin, Marc & Jane Nathanson, Mandy Patinkin, Cecilia Peck-Voll & Daniel Voll, Lisa & Richard Plepler, Tawny & Jerry Sanders, Eric & Wendy Schmidt, Barbara Sinatra, Cicely Tyson, Andrea & John Van de Kamp, Denzel & Pauletta Washington and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.Find out more here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Security Council extends probe into Lebanon killings for further six months

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body also declared its readiness to terminate the mandate earlier if the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) reports that it has completed its work.The Commission – whose mandate was set to expire on 15 June – is headed by Daniel Bellemare, a Canadian prosecutor who told the Council in April that the body needs more time to complete its investigations. In his most recent report Mr. Bellemare said a criminal or terrorist network is responsible for the 2005 car bombing in downtown Beirut that killed Mr. Hariri and 22 others.The Commission is currently probing the links between members of the network and others outside the group, and what role the network has played in Lebanon’s other recent political killings.Those accused of Mr. Hariri’s murder will be tried by the United Nations-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon which is currently in its start-up phase. 2 June 2008The Security Council today extended through the rest of this year the mandate of the independent probe into the February 2005 assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri and a series of other recent killings in Lebanon. read more

UNICEF airlifts urgent supplies to strifetorn South Sudan

“These essential and life-saving supplies will help thousands of children and women in desperate need across South Sudan,” said Dermot Carty, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Programmes. Mr. Carty, usually based in Geneva, will be in South Sudan for a month, supporting UNICEF’s work to assist communities affected by the current crisis, which has taken a heavy toll on civilians since it began in mid-December. Fighting between pro- and anti-Government forces have uprooted well over half a million people across the world’s youngest nation, with some of them having sought refuge in neighbouring countries. Nearly 70,000 of those displaced within the country are sheltering at the bases of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Almost 80 per cent of those at the UN protection sites are women and children.The plane that arrived today brought treatments for malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea and malnutrition, as well as nutrients, vitamins, antibiotics and painkillers for children. The supplies also include midwifery and obstetric surgery kits, equipment that will help to deliver clean water and sanitation, and tents, tarpaulins and blankets. The next plane is expected to arrive on Thursday, bringing in more medical supplies and water and sanitation equipment.“Children are dying from malnutrition and diseases that can be prevented in times of peace – such as measles and malaria,” said Mr. Carty. “Our most urgent plea now is for all parties in the conflict to allow these humanitarian supplies to be transported and distributed safely to the children who have no part in this conflict. “Each day we lose, we fail the children of South Sudan,” he added. UNICEF said that over 200,000 have been reached with some form of assistance. However, in areas where fighting has been heavy, humanitarian assistance is sporadic as access is limited.“The biggest challenge at the moment is to be able to get access to those who are in need for security reasons,” Mr. Carty stated. “To adapt to that, we are trying to be nimble and flexible. We are ready to jump through windows of opportunity when they appear.”Meanwhile, UNMISS reported that it has conducted 49 police and 112 military patrols in the past 24 hours, including in Juba, Bentiu in Unity state and in Malakal in Upper Nile state.In Malakal, the Mission has received reports that the national forces – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army – appears to be in control of the town, after heavy fighting between the SPLA and anti-Government forces yesterday.UNMISS reported continued small-scale fighting in the town today. It is also very concerned about the continued reports of extra-judicial killings, and intends to investigate these reports.To the south, in Unity state, the Mission has received reports of rising tensions in the town of Leer, as the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) is reported to be advancing toward the town. In Jonglei state, UNMISS reported that the situation is calm in the vicinity of its compound in Bor, where some 1,000 UN troops and police are currently protecting 10,000 civilians sheltering there. read more

Syria Time running out to protect those trapped in eastern Aleppo UN

Warning of an urgent humanitarian situation in the eastern part of Syria’s Aleppo city, the United Nations humanitarian chief today reiterated a call for a cessation of violence, medical evacuation of hundreds of patients in critical conditions, as well as safe, full, regular and unimpeded humanitarian access.“I am deeply alarmed by the ferocious pummeling of eastern Aleppo city where an estimated 275,000 people are besieged,” the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said in a statement issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which he heads.The clock is ticking. Stop the carnage now.“Indiscriminate bombing and shelling continues in a shocking and unrelenting manner, killing and maiming civilians, subjecting them to a level of savagery that no human should have to endure,” added Mr. O’Brien, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.He expressed concern that the health care system in eastern Aleppo is “all but obliterated” with medical facilities being hit one by one. He said he received reports of attacks on at least three hospitals, including a pediatric one providing services to thousands of sick and injured children.“The health system is on the verge of total collapse with patients being turned away and no medicines available to treat even the most common ailments,” he warned. With clean water and food in very short supply, the number of people requiring urgent medical evacuations is likely to rise dramatically in the coming days, he said. Mr. O’Brien went on to highlight that with nowhere to hide, women, children and men in eastern Aleppo are terrified as they are subjected to bunker buster bombs, barrel bombs, mortar rounds and artillery shelling. Those who use such weapons in densely populated areas know that they will cause immense harm and suffering to civilians, yet they persist, he added. He once again demanded that the parties and those who support them immediately cease all actions that can result in loss of civilian life or damage to essential civilian infrastructure; establish a medical evacuation system for eastern Aleppo so that the hundreds of critical cases can receive proper medical care; and ensure safe, full, regular and unimpeded humanitarian access as obliged under international humanitarian law. “We are in a race against time to protect and save civilians in eastern Aleppo city. They need our urgent action to bring an end to their living hell. Words are not enough,” he said. “As humanitarians, we are committed and ready to reach all those who are trapped and slipping away into an unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe. The clock is ticking. Stop the carnage now.” read more

Ohio State baseball falls to Cincinnati 53

The Ohio State baseball team fell to Cincinnati Wednesday evening in Cincinnati, 5-3. The Buckeyes showed Tuesday’s rainout against Akron didn’t slow them down, though, as they got on the board quickly with a two-out error on a ground ball hit by freshman third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic, which scored redshirt senior second baseman Ryan Cypret to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Freshman right-hander Jake Post started the game and pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts and two hits. Post’s four strikeouts tied his career-high, something he’s achieved in each of his last four starts. OSU coach Greg Beals said before the game that Post would get the nod since his start was pushed forward due to the game being called. “Post will get the start because of the rainout,” Beals said. “The biggest expectation tonight is to play good baseball and get some momentum for the weekend.” Unfortunately for Beals and the rest of the team, things started to go downhill for OSU in the bottom of the fourth. The Bearcats tied the game with a two-out RBI triple by freshman infielder Devin Wenzel. The next inning, the Bearcats added onto their lead with a solo shot by freshman catcher Russell Clark. Then redshirt sophomore outfielder Ethan McAlpine scored on an error, making it 3-1, Cincinnati. On McAlpine’s next at bat, he made the Cincinnati lead 4-1 with a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. OSU chipped away at UC’s lead in the top half of the seventh, when Cypret drove in a run with an RBI single. Senior shortstop Kirby Pellant followed with an RBI double, cutting the Bearcat lead to one, 4-3. Redshirt senior righty David Fathalikhani took the hill in the seventh for the Buckeyes and gave up a two-out homerun by junior outfielder Matt Williams, bringing the score to 5-3. Williams snapped Fathalikhani’s scoreless streak, which lasted 13 appearances. The bomb by Williams was the final run scored in the game as the Buckeyes lost, 5-3, to the Bearcats. OSU is 23-12 overall, 7-5 Big Ten, while Cincinnati improved to 14-21 on the year. Illinois is scheduled to come to Columbus for this weekend’s Big Ten series. Redshirt senior first baseman Brad Hallberg thinks the team will perform well if it sticks to its tried and true tactics. “Pitching and defense has been our game all year and we did that at Nebraska,” Hallberg said. “We’re going to keep trying to do that and if we can do it in these games coming up we’ll be good to go.” Ohio State is set to play Illinois Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. read more

Ohio State womens basketball drops Wisconsin in double overtime 6559

Ohio State women’s basketball freshman guard Ameryst Alston hadn’t made a shot all night until there were .01 seconds left in regulation. Alston rebounded a purposely-missed free throw by senior guard Tayler Hill and threw up a prayer over two Wisconsin defenders. The ball danced around the rim and finally found the bottom of the net as time expired in the second half, sending the game into overtime with a 52-52 tie. “We work on missing free throws occasionally in practice. I did not even think about it. I just caught it and passed it up there,” Hill said. The game went on into double overtime before OSU finally pulled away and dropped Wisconsin, 65-59, at the Schottenstein Center Thursday. OSU coach Jim Foster said he was confident in Alston’s put-back the moment it left her hands. “She always makes interesting layups. She has a good sense around the basket and knows how to get there,” Foster said. But Wisconsin coach Bobbie Kelsey didn’t agree. He said he wasn’t so sure if the shot was even good or not, blaming the lack of monitors for a possible game changer. Alston finished with five points, four assists and two steals, and helped her team earn just their third Big Ten win this season. Up two at the end of the first half, the Buckeyes started the game’s second act with much more aggression to get to the rim. OSU managed to build a six-point lead, but easy Badger layups left the Buckeyes trailing for the last six minutes of the game. Wisconsin sophomore guard Jacki Gulczynski could not be guarded as she drop 13 points in the second half. “Jacki stepped up big time,” Kelsey said. “She came through for us. She hit some clutch shots when we needed her to.” Conversely, Hill’s 15 points made the contest her 56th consecutive game in double figures, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and the fourth longest in Division I women’s basketball. Hill also finished the game with five rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 46 minutes of playing time. But for a change, it was not Hill that led the Buckeyes in scoring, but rather junior center Ashley Adams. Adams finished the night one rebound shy of a double-double with nine. She also had 16 points, three assists, and one steal. Foster said Adams stepped up and played well inside the paint. Another key to OSU’s success was redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes, who played 32 minutes and added 15 points, hitting her shots at crucial moments. After losing to Wisconsin for the first time since 2001 on Jan. 20, the Buckeyes needed a staunch defensive effort to prove they were better than their 2-7 Big Ten record indicated. And it was defense indeed that seemed to be the saving grace for the Buckeyes in the second half. The Badgers went from shooting 40 percent from 3-point range in the first half to not taking any 3-pointers in the second half. “As a team we played good defense,” Stokes said. “We held them down until the very last second.” With just six games remaining in the Big Ten regular season, the Buckeyes (13-10, 3-7 Big Ten) are now 11-3 at home this season. The Buckeyes will look to continue their momentum against Northwestern on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. read more

Jihadi bride who bought flip flops for her Isil fighter husband is

Jihadi bride Khanjit NijjerCredit:Ed Willcox In 2015, his wife started sending him money – first £1,500 then later two payments of £2,000 – telling those whose names would appear on the transactions that Khan was studying or carrying out aid work.  ‘Although I accept you were acting to support your husband, you retained a choice and you chose to send the money to be used in Syria.’You provided significant sums of money to be sent to your husband and prepared to send him equipment and clothing as well, knowing he was by then engaged in fighting for Isil.’At his suggestion you engaged other innocent people to make the transfers for you.’You told them lies about the reason you needed their assistance. You also agreed with your husband to use an encrypted messaging App to conceal your discussions. Overall your offences are very serious ones.’Nijjer, of Dalberg Way, Abbey Wood, southeast London, admitted two counts of a funding arrangement contrary to section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and was jailed for five years and three months. Judge Kinch added: ‘The background is that you left home aged 18 or 19 and converted to Islam and then married Abdul Khan.’You became part of his family and you say you found him dominating and controlling. When Abdul Khan went to Turkey in 2014 and overstayed he required you to send funds to support him.’Your pleas are tendered on the basis that at first you thought the money might be intended for Abdul Khan to start a business in Turkey but by 2015 you had become aware that it was not just an extended business trip to Turkey but that he had crossed into Syria and was taking up arms for so called Islamic State. Nijjer was caught out when her name was spotted by police investigating cash transfers in Turkey.She was interviewed by the police and told them she thought her husband was travelling in Turkey on holiday with friends.When Nijjer was released on bail her phone was searched by police and a secretive messaging application called Threema was found installed at her husband’s request.Conversations on the phone showed Khan glorifying drone strikes, Isil, and achieving martyrdom.By 2016, Khan was pressurising his wife to join him in Syria, but she was worried about her safety and refused to go.Nijjer was interviewed a second time in June 2017 by police and only when showed an image of her husband dressed as an Isil fighter did she accept the transfers were funding terrorism. Jihadi bride Khanjit Nijjer A jihadi bride who bought flip flops for her Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) terrorist husband while he was fighting in Syria has been jailed for more than five years.Khranjit Nijjer, 32, deceived friends and family to raise £4,500 to fund Abdul Khan, who she married when she was 19.The money was then wired to Isil accounts to  used by the extremists in the Middle East to fund their reign of terror. Three covert payments were made through transfers using third party names to Khan and Nijjer also used money she raised to buy chargers for iPads and smartphones, solar panels, flip flops and boots which she was going to send to Syria. The items had all been ordered through Nijjer’s Amazon account following specific requests and instructions from Abdul Khan identifying what he needed,’ Judge Christopher Kinch QC told the Old Bailey. They were then delivered to her address in Docklands or Abdul Khan’s family home in Romford, the court heard. Khan travelled to Turkey in 2014 after withdrawing £10,000 and was caught by Turkish authorities only to escape to join Isil in Syria, where it is understood he is still fighting.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Smugglers£40m of heroin hidden in shipment of bath robes is among biggest

Investigators have made one of the biggest ever seizures of heroin in the UK after discovering £40 million worth of the drug hidden among a consignment of bathroom towels and robes on board a ship from the Middle East.The drugs, which weighed almost 400 kilos, were thought to be destined for British streets and would likely have been sold by county lines gangs across the country.The haul came when officers from Border Force and the National Crime Agency identified a suspicious container on board a ship that had docked at Felixstowe, Suffolk on its way to Belgium.Inside they discovered a huge quantity of the drug which had been packed into boxes and hidden under towels.After removing the heroin, the container was loaded back onto the ship and was allowed to continue on its voyage under covert police surveillance. The container was unloaded in the port of Antwerp, before being taken by lorry to Rotterdam.When suspects began to unload the container on Monday, Dutch police swooped and arrested two men.At around the same time officers from the National Crime Agency arrested a man in the Bromsgrove area of Worcestershire in connection with the operation.The consignment is estimated to have a street value in excess of £40 million and is one of the largest ever hauls seized in the UK. The heroin was found packed in with towels and robes Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Colin Williams, from the NCA said: “It is almost certain that some of these drugs would have been sold in the UK, fuelling violence and exploitation including what we see in county lines offending nationwide.”The heroin trade also feeds addictions that put users’ lives at risk, while giving rise to crime such as theft which make people feel unsafe in their communities. We work in the UK and with partners around the world to target the crime groups posing the greatest threat to this country.” The heroin was found packed in with towels and robes read more

Adult and child treated for smoke inhalation after Dublin fire

first_imgTWO ADULTS AND one child were taken from a fire in an apartment in Balbriggan, Dublin, in the early hours of this morning.The alarm was raised at 1am at the apartment on Landy’s Court, Millstreet and the Dublin Fire Brigade was called to assist. Five units of the fire brigade and two ambulances were sent to the scene.The child was taken to Temple Street Hospital and one of the adults was taken to Beaumont Hospital, both suffering smoke inhalation.Read: Police say fire in which woman’s body was found was not suspicious>Read: Bus set on fire outside Quinn Group property>last_img