River Plate deny Real Madrid interest in midfielder Palacios

first_imgBuenos Aires, Dec 21 (IANS) River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio has denied speculation linking highly rated midfielder Exequiel Palacios to Real Madrid.The Argentine media has reported that the Spanish giants are among several European clubs seeking to secure the 20-year-old Argentina international, reports Xinhua news agency.D’Onofrio said there were no discussions between Real Madrid and River officials over Palacios when the Argentine club was in Spain for the Copa Libertadores final earlier this month.”With Real Madrid we only spoke on one occasion. Emilio Butragueno (Real Madrid’s director of institutional relations) called Enzo Francescoli (River’s sports director) and told him that they would like to talk to us about the player,” D’Onofrio told Argentina’s Radio La Red on Thursday.”But when we were in Spain they did not make any contact with us about him.”Palacios, who has been capped twice for Argentina’s national team, is contracted with River Plate until June 2021. Reports in Argentina have said that River will ask for a transfer fee of 20 million euros for any deal to go ahead. –IANSgau/vmlast_img

Ritu Phogat quits wrestling, switches career to Mixed Martial Arts

first_imgThe third of the Phogat sisters, Ritu Phogat had decided to quit wrestling and pursue a career in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The 24-year-old from Haryana has had an eventful career in wrestling and was on course to follow her older sisters Geeta Phogat, Babita Phogat and Vinesh Phogat but has instead chosen to switch careers.In order to shift her focus to MMA, Ritu has signed with a Singapore-based MMA organisation named EVOLVE MMA, which has the highest number of world champions on the planet.”I am excited to have moved to Singapore to begin my new journey in Mixed Martial Arts. My managers Birbal Sports introduced me to Evolve and convinced me that this is the future,” Phogat said.”I have a dream of becoming India’s first ever World Champion in Mixed Martial Arts and can’t wait to represent India on the global stage and make my nation proud,” she said. In her short international wrestling career, Ritu won the gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Singapore in the 48kg category.In December 2016, Ritu became the most expensive female wrestler at the Pro Wrestling League auction, as she bagged a Rs 36 lakh contract with the Jaipur Ninjas franchise.She won a bronze medal in the 48kg category in the 2017 Asian Championships in New Delhi and then became the first Indian wrestler to win a silver at the World U-23 Wrestling Championships in 2017.In November last year, Ritu Phogat had been included in the TOPS scheme for the women’s 50-53kg freestyle event keeping in view the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.advertisementAlso Read | AIBA approves religiously respectful women’s uniformAlso Read | Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta wins Cannes International Openlast_img

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Names 2 Teams He’s Been Impressed With Today

first_img ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has been impressed with the Owls, along with Kansas State, for their win at Mississippi State..@KStateFB HUGE win in Starkville!! Congrats Coach Klieman!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 14, 2019Knew @Temple_FB would make @TerpsFootball work today, but Temple Tuff decides to just go ahead and win the game OUTRIGHT!! Congrats Coach Rod Carey on his 1st big time win for the Owls!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 14, 2019There’s plenty more action to come today, too.No. 1 Clemson is traveling to Syracuse tonight. Oklahoma is on the road at UCLA. Alabama is taking on South Carolina.More upsets are coming, in all likelihood. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)It’s early, but Week 3 of the 2019 college football season is already starting to provide us with some drama.There are no games between ranked teams this weekend, though that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a boring slate of college football.Quite the contrary, actually.We’ve already had one top 25 team, as No. 21 Maryland was upset on the road by Temple.last_img

Quinton De Kock continues rich form as South Africa thump Sri Lanka in 4th ODI

first_img Reuters Port ElizabethMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 00:03 IST South Africa vs Sri Lanka 4th ODI: Faf du Plessis scored 43 in South Africa’s victory. (@OfficialSLC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDe Kock scored his 8th half century in nine innings across formatsSouth Africa lead the five-ODI series 4-0 after the victoryFaf du Plessis also chipped in with 43 runsOpener Quinton de Kock passed the half-century mark for the eighth time in nine innings across all formats to lift South Africa to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International at St George’s Park on Wednesday.The home side chased down their modest target of 190 in 32.5 overs after winning the toss and electing to field, securing a 4-0 lead in the five-match series with the final fixture to be played in Cape Town on Saturday.De Kock followed up his century in the previous game with 51 from 57 balls as he blasted South Africa to a fast start in pursuit of the win.Captain Faf du Plessis chipped in with 43 and JP Duminy showed form after his return from long-term injury with 31 not out.Sri Lanka were bowled out for 189 in 39.2 overs, their innings rescued to some extent by an extraordinary 58-run final wicket stand between Isuru Udana (78 from 57 balls) and Kasun Rajitha (0).The pair came together with the score on 131 as Udana powered his way to the highest List A score of his career with seven fours and four sixes before he was finally caught by Du Plessis off all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (2-21).Fast bowler Anrich Nortje (3-57) was the pick of the home attack, though he suffered in the late onslaught from Udana.South Africa may be concerned at their inability to close out the innings, a feature of their cricket in recent times, with the World Cup starting in a few months.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Quinton de KockFollow Faf Du PlessisFollow South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow South Africa vs Sri Lanka 4th ODI Quinton De Kock continues rich form as South Africa thump Sri Lanka in 4th ODIQuinton de Kock scored a half century at St George’s Park on Wednesday as South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fourth one-day international.advertisementlast_img

Nordic Yards: WIND SERVER One Step Closer to Delivery

first_imgMay 20, 2014 zoom Today the fourth and last steel jack-up leg was settled into its jacking position on the wind turbine service vessel WIND SERVER, currently under construction at Nordic Yards in Wismar for Danish customer DBB Jack-Up Services.During the past eight days the four huge steel pipes, which were transported to the Wismar shipyard by sea from Cuxhaven, were vertically raised and installed one by one with the aid of a giant lattice boom crane supplied specially for this project.Assistance was provided by the floating crane ‘Enak’, which from the opposite base helped to guide the legs during the erection process. Afterwards, the land-based crane lowered and inserted the steel legs into the tube guides of the vessel. The raising and installation took two days per leg.The four 72 meter long steel legs, each weighing 430 tons, have a diameter of 3.70 meters. Upon arrival at the work location, the WIND SERVER jacks these stilts down onto the seafloor and raises itself above the water.The innovative jacking-system ensures a safe working position for the maintenance of offshore wind turbines in water depths of up to 45 meters. The on-board crane has a lifting capacity to service even the large 5 to 8 MW turbines. The 80 meters long and 32 meters wide vessel will be delivered to DBB Jack-Up Services this summer.last_img

Price tag in for potential 2026 Calgary Olympic bid

first_imgCALGARY — A draft plan for Calgary to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games states the total cost will be approximately $5.23 billion.The bid corporation Calgary 2026 says the required public investment from taxpayers — the city, province and country — would be about $3 billion.The #Calgary2026 Hosting Plan is now publicly available. We are doing our due diligence to review the plan to make sure #yyccc & citizens have info about the costs, benefits, opportunities & risks of hosting in #yyc. To view their Hosting Plan, visit https://t.co/EVLyDsrDQu— City of Calgary (@cityofcalgary) September 11, 2018The remainder will be paid for privately via ticket sales, corporate sponsorship and a contribution from the International Olympic Committee in cash and services.Olympic Bid Corporation Chair Mary Moran says these games will be very different from the ones we witnessed in Calgary back in 88 #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018The calculations presented were in today’s dollars and did not include the potential rate of inflation over the next eight years, which Calgary 2026 estimates will be 2.25 per cent annually.A new fieldhouse, which has long been a priority for Calgary, and a mid-size arena seating up to 6,000 were the only new venues proposed in the plan, although a curling venue has yet to be identified.They’ve grouped the venues into clusters – they’re showing a map – there’s one around Winsport, there’s a Foothills cluster and one around Stampede Park – part of the concept to make it easier for spectators and organizers alike #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018Existing facilities from the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary and Canmore, Alta., as well as the ski jump in Whistler, B.C., from the 2010 Games would be used again in 2026.They’ve had conversations with Canmore – which they say could become the Paralympic host – they add they are very excited about the possibility #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018 The plebiscite is just for the city of Calgary – Canmore Town Council would have a vote on November 6. Moran says they are viewing them as equal partners and they’ve been in conversations with them and they’re comfortable with where that is – they anticipate a positive vote #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018Edmonton is under consideration as a possible site for curling.The economic impact on Alberta’s gross domestic product was estimated at $2 billion.“This is the one initiative that will put people back to work right away,” Calgary 2026 chief executive officer Mary Moran said. “It will leave us with legacy infrastructure we can use for generations to come.“It allows us to showcase the great culture, sport, environmental and social expertise we have here in the community.”They’re anticipating 70 per cent of tickets to events will be affordable – sponsors would pay extra for their tickets so they would be motivated to come out. #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018Calgary has not yet committed to submitting a bid for the 2026 Winter Games. City council has reserved the right to pull the plug on the process at any time.A plebiscite asking Calgarians if they want to host the 2026 Winter Games is scheduled for Nov. 13, although the vote would be cancelled if council bails on a bid.Nenshi says city has seen from all political parties a commitment to this plebiscite #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) September 11, 2018The IOC’s deadline to submit a bid is January. IOC members will vote on a host city in September 2019.A Calgary Bid Exploration Committee pegged the price of the 2026 Games at $4.6 billion in June 2017.By comparison, the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler cost roughly $7.7 billion.Calgary’s draft plan proposes spending just over $500 million on upgrading and improving McMahon Stadium, Scotiabank Saddledome, the Olympic Oval, Canmore Nordic Centre, the sliding track and ski hill at WinSport and the alpine ski hill at Nakiska.The plan does not include a new NHL-sized arena.The city and Calgary Sports and Entertainment — owners of the NHL’s Calgary Flames — have been in a stalemate for several months over who should pay how much for a new arena.“The timing of confirmation of this project may not meet our bid deadlines,” the draft hosting plan concept stated.“Should this facility move forward, it would result in a significant strengthening of the hosting plan and afford more opportunities for spectator participation.”The security budget is $610 million, which is less than the $900 million required in Vancouver and Whistler.last_img

Liberia UN hails launch of Truth and Reconciliation Commission

“Today is another landmark in the process of seeking truth and justice, both of which are necessary for genuine peace and reconciliation in Liberia,” Luiz Carlos da Costa, Officer-in-Charge of the UN mission in the country (UNMIL), said yesterday at the central ceremony in the capital city of Monrovia. While commending civil society for their relentless efforts to set up the Commission, Mr. da Costa stressed the importance of delving into the past to find out the root causes of the Liberian conflict so that a relapse into war can be prevented.“The TRC is an unprecedented and exemplary testament to the courage we have summoned as a nation and a people, to reckon with our shameful past and to establish a consensus on national truth,” said President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who came to office in January. She urged all Liberians to “come forward and tell the truth. This is the greatest contribution that anyone can make to peace, reconciliation, unity and progress in Liberia.” UNMIL supported the drafting of the national act that established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and worked closely with the Transitional Justice Working Group on the Commission’s establishment.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has provided the body with $600,000 for its operations.

Paraguay UN expert concerned over indigenous peoples rights to land resources

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz raised concerns about Paraguayan indigenous people’s land and resource rights and their access to social services and the judiciary, as well as inequality, discrimination and lack of consultation.“In my view, discrimination and racism are at the bottom of many of the problems faced by indigenous peoples,” Ms. Tauli-Corpuz said.“Nearly half of the indigenous communities do not have lands,” she pointed out, noting that in her conversations with representatives of indigenous communities, “their foremost concern remains the security of their rights to their lands, territories, and resources.”“Even when the lands have been titled to the communities, land security is not ensured. Members of the communities reported encroachment by agro-businesses, logging companies, cattle ranchers, among others, sometimes forcing them into displacement.”Despite “phenomenal economic growth” in Paraguay in recent years, growth occurred at the expense of “massive destruction of ecosystems such as forests and rivers which are essential for indigenous peoples’ food security and livelihoods.” Government data revealed “prevailing and stark inequality,” with extreme poverty rates for indigenous peoples standing at 63 per cent, six times the rate for the general population. Indigenous peoples, meanwhile, spent an average of three years in education, compared to eight years for the general population, with the disparity reflected in illiteracy rates among indigenous peoples of 40 per cent.The Special Rapporteur, who is mandated to examine ways and means of overcoming existing obstacles to the full and effective protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, noted that Paraguay had ratified all the core international and regional human rights treaties and had codified indigenous rights in its Constitution. There had been positive developments in some areas, such as the recent law on indigenous education, but others remain of great concern – almost 90 per cent of indigenous persons did not have access to health services.More work was also needed to boost consultation and participation of indigenous peoples, she said, calling on the Government to develop an adequate legal framework for consultation and to upgrade the main Government institution for indigenous affairs (INDI) to a full-fledged ministry.Despite some promising developments, including the Supreme Court’s work on customary law, access to justice for indigenous peoples also needed to be improved. Historic justice issues, such as the forced displacement caused by the Yacitera and Itaipu hydro-electric dams, remained without redress, while the judiciary’s knowledge of the rights of indigenous peoples needed improvement to prevent inaction and decisions that ran counter to provisions of the Constitution.The Special Rapporteur, who is independent from any Government or organization and serves in her individual capacity, met with national and departmental government authorities, and indigenous peoples, organizations and individuals around the country. She will present her assessment and recommendations in a report to the Human Rights Council in September 2015.

The Dome Effect Isnt Real The NRG Effect Is Complicated

Teams playing late-round NCAA Tournament games in open domes score fewer points4We used end of regulation scores for overtime games. and shoot worse on 2-point field goals and free throws than do teams playing in arenas or traditional domes. But 3-pointers — often at the heart of the dome effect critique — are converted at a lower rate in traditional domes. In fact, teams shoot threes better in open domes than they do anywhere else, including standard arenas. Overall, teams playing in open domes have an effective field goal percentage of 47.4 percent, 0.5 percentage points worse than teams in standard arenas and traditional domes.These themes hold up when we compare teams’ performances to their season averages — an important consideration given that certain venue types host later rounds and better teams. Free throws aside, teams don’t shoot as well or score as much in the regionals and Final Four as they do over the course of the entire season — which makes sense, considering that they’re playing against top competition. Here, we’re interested in how much worse they shoot and how that varies by venue and shot type. OFF. PERFORMANCE (SWEET 16 AND BEYOND, 2006-15)OPPONENTS’ FULL-SEASON DEF. PERFORMANCE Sources: SPORTS Reference, Ken Pomeroy How have open-dome teams fared and what have they faced? VENUENO. OF GAMESAVG. POINTSEFF. FG%2P%3P%FT%ALLOWED FG%ADJ. EFFICIENCY Georgia Dome369.250.6%48.8%35.9%68.9%40.0%90.3 AT&T Stadium664.950.449.834.768.340.192.7 Lucas Oil Stadium965.449.646.937.073.440.891.4 Ford Field670. In line with our previous observations, points, 2-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage suffer most in open domes, while 3-point field goal percentage suffers most in traditional domes. Relative to their full-season performance, teams playing in open domes see their effective field goal percentage decline by an average of 4.8 percentage points, 0.5 percentage points worse than teams playing in arenas or traditional domes. For a typical late-round NCAA Tournament team, that differential equates to about two-thirds of a point per game.5Teams in open domes also attempt slightly fewer shots and free throws per game.Team offense and opponent defense matter — venue type does notSo we’ve determined that teams shoot a little worse and score a little less in open domes — but they also play against better defenses. This makes sense — open domes host later-round games.The defenses that play in these open dome games allow opponents to shoot 40.2 percent from the field during the season; they give up 62.7 points per game, and have an adjusted defensive efficiency of 91.7 — all weighted by number of appearances. This compares to season-long averages of 40.4 percent, 63.2 and 92.1 for teams that play in traditional domes and 40.7 percent, 63.5 and 92.0 for teams that play in standard arenas. So defenses do get better as venues progress from regular arenas to traditional domes to open domes.In fact, how well a team shoots in a late-round NCAA Tournament game is most related to its full-season effective field goal percentage and the other team’s full-season field goal percentage allowed.6Certain data required to calculate advanced opposition shooting metrics does not extend back to 2006, so we had to lean on the “simpler” opposition field goal percentage. Likewise, how much a team scores in a late-round NCAA Tournament game is most related to its full-season points per game average and the other team’s full-season points per game allowed.7Good old points per game allowed boasts a slightly stronger relationship than full-season defensive efficiency or pace-adjusted metrics. These relationships are noisy but meaningful. (That is, there is a statistically significant relationship between the full-season offensive and defensive stats and offense in all venue types, even though the individual data points are a little all over the place.)On the contrary, there is no statistical relationship linking open domes as a venue type to poor shooting or to decreases in shooting performance — including, importantly, when you control for the quality and efficiency of the offenses and defenses playing in each. NRG Stadium on its own is another story. NRG Stadium is unique — open domes are notIn line with its reputation, NRG Stadium has produced lower-than-average scoring and worse-than-average shooting, both overall and among open domes. Defenses there have been a mixed bag — tough against the shot, middle of the pack in points allowed, and toward the bottom in defensive efficiency.8Full-season stats; relative to other Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four, and championship game defenses. (Other open domes — Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta — have been the site of good or very good shooting performances, on average.) Superdome363.744.441.536.871.438.388.2 NRG Stadium1265.444.543.830.772.740.293.1 read more

Tressel sanctions based on past cases

One hundred twenty minutes of game time. Two weeks of actual time. Sept. 3, and Sept. 10. However you look at it, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season. How the university determined that number, along with the $250,000 fine levied against the coach, is less clear. “We work with consultants, The Compliance Group, and we look at precedence in cases that have occurred over the years,” athletic director Gene Smith said during Tuesday’s press conference. TCG, which OSU contacted Jan. 21, provides “compliance services to intercollegiate athletics departments and conference offices,” according to its website. TCG counts 45 Division I schools on its client list, 12 of which are from BCS conferences and two of which — Wisconsin and Michigan — reside in the Big Ten. “We wanted to make sure we had, at our disposal, people who had been through this type of case before,” Smith said. That TCG and OSU based these sanctions on previous NCAA investigations, the case requires some context. When former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez violated NCAA rules by having too many coaches on staff and by allowing his team to practice too many hours, the program was put on probation for more than a year and practice time was reduced. The coach received no direct punishments. In Division I basketball, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has been suspended for three Big East games — less than 10 percent of his team’s games — next season for over-contacting recruits with text messages and phone calls. Tennessee suspended basketball coach Bruce Pearl for eight SEC games this season and fined him $1.5 million for lying about having recruits at his home. The eight games are just more than 25 percent of the Volunteers’ schedule. It seems that OSU and TCG have determined Tressel’s violation to be less severe than those of Pearl, but more so than those of Rodriguez and Calhoun. The two-game suspension makes up almost 17 percent of the Buckeyes’ schedule. “We and come to kind of a sweet spot based upon this particular case. All cases aren’t exactly the same,” Smith said. “We just felt like the combination of a two-game suspension and the financial fine was kind of in line with cases that we were familiar with.” If the NCAA agrees, Tressel will have to find a sweet spot on his couch for the first two games of next season.

John le Carré My father beat me then begged me for money

first_imgJohn le Carre talks to Tom Hiddleston on the set of the BBC's The Night Manager John le Carre (pointing) on the set of the BBC’s adaptation of The Night ManagerCredit:Des Willie The father of John le Carré, one of Britain’s greatest spy novelists, was a violent conman who beat him and his mother and would later call the writer from prison to beg him for money.Le Carré has revealed how his father Ronnie beat his mother Olive, forcing her to flee the marriage, before turning his attention to his son.In a compelling and long-awaited autobiography, Le Carré, a former MI5 and MI6 agent, described Ronnie as a “conman, fantasist [and] occasional jailbird” whose violent temper prompted Olive to “bolt”.The young Le Carré, whose real name is David Cornwell, would sleep in front of his mother’s bedroom door holding a golf club to deter his father, describing himself as “her ridiculous protector”.He adds dryly: “Certainly Ronnie beat me up too, but only a few times and not with much conviction. It was the shaping up that was the scary part: the lowering and readying of the shoulders, the resetting of the jaw.”Le Carré writes in his autobiography, The Pigeon Tunnel, serialised in The Guardian, that his childhood was largely lacking in love as a result.“Today, I don’t remember feeling any affection in childhood expect for my elder brother, who for a time was my only parent,” he writes. “I remember a constant tension in myself that even in great age has not relaxed.”Le Carré adds that his father would ring him from various foreign prisons asking him to bail him out with cash and later tried to sue him after watching his son’s appearance in a documentary and deciding “there was an implicit slander in my failure to mention that I owed everything to him”. In his memoir, Le Carré recounts how he went on to work for British intelligence before taking up writing, outlining the first-hand research and punishing travel schedule that went into producing more than 20 novels – including The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Night Manager.His working methods involve “writing on the hoof, in notebooks, on walks, in trains and cafes” and he has no time for laptops and digital devices.“Arrogantly, perhaps, I prefer to remain with the centuries-old tradition of unmechanised writing,” he says.Le Carré’s success has brought him in contact with some of the modern world’s most powerful people, including Margaret Thatcher and Rupert Murdoch, but appears to have remained generally unimpressed by the lure of power.The novelist, now 84, refuses to reveal details of his spy work, carried out mostly in German, saying he is “bound by my vestiges of old-fashioned loyalty to my former services, but also by undertakings I gave to the men and women who agreed to collaborate with me”.He adds: “The work we engaged in was neither perilous nor dramatic, but it involved painful soul-searching on the part of those who signed up to do it. Whether today these people are alive or dead, the promise of confidentiality holds.”But Le Carré is surprisingly sympathetic towards Edward Snowden, the former CIA analyst who leaked details of the US’s surveillance programmes before seeking asylum in Russia.He says the British public have been “encouraged by spoon-fed media to be docile about violations of its privacy”. 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.last_img

Nikola Karabatic in FC Barcelona next four years

Nikola Karabatic will be an FC Barcelona handball player for the next four seasons. The world player of the year in 2007, double Olympic champion, double European champion, double world champion and double Champions League winner will be wearing the Barça jersey.Great backgroundNikola Karabatic is a 29 year old forward. He’s 1.96 m tall and was born in the Serbian town of Nis, but has French nationality. Karabatic has come to FCB from Pays d’Aix, having previously played for Montpellier and THW Kiel.A full international for France, Karabatic has won all of the Olympic, European and World titles twice with the French national team.He has also won two Champions Leagues, one with Montpellier and the other with THW Kiel, as well as four Bundesligas and six French leagues, among many other honours. Karabatic was named world player of the year in 2007 and last season, 12/13, was voted top player in the French championship.Presentation on WednesdayThe player will be presented on Wednesday morning at 10.30 in the Palau Blaugrana pressroom. He will be joined for the event by the director responsible for the section, Eduard Coll, and the handball coach and technical secretary, Xavi Pascual.This will be the French star’s first appearance before the media following the announcement of his transfer to FC Barcelona.ARTICLE: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/handball/ ← Previous Story HC Metalurg, Montpellier, Pick Szeged – hoping for a Wild Card EHF CL invitation Next Story → Daniel Svensson to Skjern, Gummersbach sign von Gruchalla, KIF Kolding sack coach F.C Barcelona IntersportNikola Karabatic

EU beats US to become worlds top agri and food exporter

first_imgThe EU beat out the United States to become the world’s top exporter of agricultural and food products last year, a European Commission report on the global farming market said today.Fuelled by record sales to China and other emerging markets, in 2013 the 28 countries of the European Union sold €120 billion in agri-food products, up 5.8 percent and with cereals alone accounting for over two thirds of the jump.A market of 500 million people, the EU remained the world’s biggest importer of farming and food products, though the level was mostly unchanged from 2012 at 101.5 billion euros.A quarter of Chinese imports came from the United States, but the EU saw its share rise to 9.1 percent in 2013, mainly on sales of malt extract for beer brewing, and pork.Hit by drought, the United States lost the top exporter perch with sales of soya bean and cotton especially affected. Lower prices in China also hurt US exports putting neighbour Canada back as top destination.Agricultural products in the EU make up 9 percent of total bloc exports, ranking fourth after machinery, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.The EU became a net exporter of agricultural goods in 2010, and has seen its trade surplus in the sector grow steadily ever since.The rise in exports comes despite the strong euro headwind which has hurt results across several economic sectors in Europe.EU exports to Japan have notably taken a hit because of the high value of the euro against the depreciating yen.Agriculture is becoming a key battleground in free trade talks between the US and EU that are meant to conclude by the end of this year, and losing the top exporter throne will be an added point of discord for Washington.© – AFP, 2014Read: How Mexican drug cartels have caused the price of limes to skyrocket in the US >last_img

Soldotna Proposes Raising The Citys Sales Tax To Fund Field House

first_imgThere will be a public hearing  on the ordinance at the city council meeting on December 12. Kyle Kornelis Public Works Director: “This would authorize the City to issue $10M in general obligation bonds, if approved by voters, to construct the proposed new indoor field house. The bond debt would be paid for by increasing sales tax by a half a percent for a projected 10 years or until the debt is paid off.” The total estimated cost of the project is $11.8 million dollars. The administration has recommended that $10 million be financed through debt of a general obligation bond, with the remaining covered by grants, support from various foundations, and private donations. The city council held a work session on October 8 to look at potential scenarios for a bond to help cover the $10 million dollars. During that work session the administration recommended asking the voters, in a special election on March 5, 2019, for a 0.5% increase in the city’s year-round sales tax rate implemented for the 10-year life of the bond. This would increase the city’s sale tax rate from 3% to 3.5%. The final design for the Field House includes a 42,600 square foot metal frame building including a turf field and elevated walking/jogging track. The building would be adjacent and connected to the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will introduce an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday that would enable the city to move forward with the Field House project.last_img

2019 horror movies Are you ready to scream

first_img Tags Post a comment 2019 movies to geek out over More 2019 Movies: See what other films are coming up this year. 2019 Movie Trailers: See every movie trailer we have for 2019’s biggest films.  77 Photos Little Monsters is an Australian zombie movie starring Lupita Nyong’o. Sundance 2019 just kicked off, but a full closet of terrifying monsters already awaits.Instead of looking ahead to zombies, haunted houses and serial killers, we’ll get horror movies with refreshing, out-of-the-box twists. From the Mexican urban legend La Llorona to chilling children’s book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, many films in this year’s lineup have plots that escape the traditional horror movie frameworks (you know, a family moves to a new house and realizes it’s haunted). Horror movie fans like me are hungry for more novelty in our scary stories. And for that, my friends, I believe 2019 won’t disappoint. Are you ready to scream? UsusJordan Peele’s new film, Us. Writer and director Jordan Peele follows horror hit Get Out with the chilling Us, starring Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Lupita Nyong’o. Universal This is another horror feast written and directed by Jordan Peele, the mastermind behind Get Out. Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Lupita Nyong’o and Elisabeth Moss, the film follows a family of four looking to enjoy summer with friends at their beach house. But their vacation turns into a nightmare when another family of four — that looks exactly like them — attacks them. The trailer had my heart pumping, and I’m excited to find out what the story is actually about. This film will show on opening night at the South by Southwest film festival (SXSW) on March 8, and then opens March 15 in the US and UK and March 28 in Australia.Little Monsters46000474772-c825094bde-oLittle Monsters is an Australian zombie movie starring Lupita Nyong’o. Sundance Lupita Nyong’o isn’t known as a horror film actress, but she’s going to appear in two scary movies this year. In this Australian zombie-comedy film, a musician, a kindergarten teacher and a kids’ show host have to protect the children from zombies. A lot of horror fans are very familiar with zombie movies, and I’m looking forward to seeing if this one can put a fresh twist on this classic horror genre. This film debuts at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The Prodigythe-prodigyA mother is concerned her young son maybe a prodigy of horror.  Rafy Who doesn’t love a movie with a creepy child? Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper Chapman on Orange is the New Black, stars in this chilling film about a mother raising a young son who starts to show signs of demonic possession. The film’s out on Feb. 8 in the US only. Light From LightThis film is going along with a classic horror setup — haunted house. Shelia is a single mom and a part-time paranormal investigator who’s asked to investigate a haunting at a widower’s farmhouse in East Tennessee. One thing is for sure — expect scary pop-ups. This movie hits later in January at the Sundance Film Festival. The Curse of La LloronalloronaThe Curse of La Llorona will come out on April 19, 2019.  Warner Bros. Based on the Mexican folklore of The Weeping Woman, this film is directed by Michael Chaves and co-produced by James Wan, who’s known for famous horror films like Saw, The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, along with Gary Dauberman and Emile Gladstone. If you haven’t heard of the urban legend of La Llorona, this is how it goes: The ghost of a mother who lost her children wanders along the river crying and looking for them. It’s said that La Llorona kidnaps lost children at night and drowns them, and if you hear her cry, you better run the other way. In this film, set in 1970s Los Angeles, a social worker with two young kids ignores the warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment. She and her children are stalked by La Llorona and desperately try to survive the nightmare. There haven’t been many movies based on La Llorona, so for people who grow up hearing her chilling tales, this film is a must-see. It will be in theaters on April 19 in the US and April 18 in Australia. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and VileextremelywickedZac Efron plays read more

Sealaska dividends boosted by other corporations oil and zinc earnings

first_imgA worker portions halibut at a processing line at Odyssey, one of Sealaska’s recent Seattle-area seafood investments. The corporation says those investments boost earnings and dividends. (Photo courtesy Sealaska Corp.)Sealaska Corp. will distribute more than $23 million to its shareholders Friday. It’s twice last spring’s amount, in part because the Southeast regional Native corporation’s own businesses are making more money.Listen nowBut the largest part of many shareholders’ checks come from other regional Native corporations’ earnings.The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 created 12 regional corporations.Some ended up with large stands of trees, rare mineral deposits or other valuable natural resources. Others did not.So the act – and a later legal agreement – required those with more to share their wealth with those with less. It’s known as section 7(i/j).Juneau-headquartered Sealaska used to be one of those with more. It made a lot of money off its timber lands and shared 70 percent with other regional corporations. But in more recent years, it’s been getting considerable revenue from two of its northern cousins.One is Arctic Slope Regional Corp., which is in the oil business.“That’s been down from historic levels and is still down from historic levels,” Anthony Mallott, Sealaska’s president and CEO, said.The other owns the rights to a profitable mine in northwest Alaska.“This last year, zinc prices have been headed upward. And there’s more income from the Red Dog Mine that NANA (Regional Corp.) is the landowner of,” Mallott said.Dividend totals differ. This year, they range from $13.50 to $2.36 per share. That’s because the corporation’s more than 22,000 shareholders are divided into classes.For those getting the largest dividends, more than 80 percent comes from the shared revenue pool. A little more than 10 percent comes from the corporation’s own businesses. The remainder is from the corporation’s permanent fund earnings.Mallott said they’re doing well.“The land-management (and) natural resource business is one of the leaders. We’re actively investing in the seafood side, meaning expectations that seafood will quickly be the greatest source of income for Sealaska,” Mallott said.The corporation also continues to earn money through investments and government contracting.“They were all profitable in 2017 just like they were all profitable in 2016. And they’re all growing,” Mallott said.“If this a trend line for Sealaska, that’s great news,” Nicole Hallingstad, a former vice president and corporate secretary for Sealaska, said.Hallingstad has also run for its board of directors as an independent – and sometimes critical – candidate.“Shareholders want to support the corporation and they’re excited that the corporation seems to be on a trend of profitability,” Hallingstad said.It’s hard to tell how well Sealaska’s different subsidiaries are doing. That’s because the corporation reports financial results by sector, not for each separate company.Hallingstad said that’s understandable because corporations don’t want competitors to know too many details. But she thinks Sealaska could be more transparent in its dividends breakdown for shareholders.“It would be great if there was a number that showed the earnings from our subsidiary holdings as opposed to the investment holdings. And that way, shareholders really can begin to track what our subsidiary operations are doing,” Hallingstad said.About five years ago, Sealaska’s revenues dropped significantly due to more than $30 million in losses from its construction subsidiary and some other operations.The losses were spread out over several years. But Mallott said they’re no longer part of the dividend equation.Read a study of the shared resource earnings pool here: A Summary of the Economic Benefits of ANCSA Sections 7(i) and 7( j) RevenueAlaska Energy Desk’s Elizabeth Jenkins contributed to this report.last_img

We want free and fair elections says Trinamool Congress MP

first_imgNew Delhi: We want free and fair elections, said Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien on Wednesday. The Rajya Sabha is debating electoral reforms today. “We want free and fair elections in the country. This is the most important issue,” he said, adding that his party will not allow the rules of parliament to be re-written by any political party. “We have to follow the rules of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. BJP may be having some pipe dreams for 2021 and that is their business but we will maintain the sanctity and dignity of Parliament,” he said.last_img

Comcast Should Buy Sky While Disney Takes Rest of Fox Assets Says

first_imgComcast should shift its focus to buying Sky while Disney takes the rest of the 21st Century Fox assets that are the focus of a bidding war between the media giants. That’s the view expressed by Moody’s Investor Service in a report issued Friday about the debt ramifications of the escalating battle between Disney and Comcast.Moody’s, the debt rating agency, sees a compromise approach to carving up Fox’s assets as the best outcome for the debt ratios of Disney and Comcast. Comcast and Disney have both fielded offers for the bulk of 21st Century Fox. Comcast separately has made a $31 billion offer to buy out all of Sky, the European satellite platform. Fox at present owns 39% of Sky, a stake that is included in Disney latest $71.3 billion deal for Fox. Popular on Variety “This could also provide an opportunity, however, as Disney and Comcast could agree on an asset swap in which Comcast receives the 39% equity in Sky from Disney and Disney receives the 30% equity in Hulu from Comcast, alleviating the governance issues that could arise with split ownership of these assets,” Moody’s wrote.If Comcast were to acquire both Fox and Sky, it’s debt-to-earnings ratio would hit a high 4.4 multiple, Moody’s estimates. If Comcast buys only Sky, its debt load would be a more manageable 2.9 times earnings. If Disney were to buy both Fox and the remainder of Sky, its debt load would hit a 4 times earnings multiple, which is still on the high side. If Disney were to buy only Fox, the ratio would be 3.5 times earnings, according to Moody’s.Although Sky and its reach in the U.K. and Europe is a big part of the attraction of the Fox deal for Disney and for Comcast, Moody’s observers that Disney is likely to face pressure to pay more for Sky now that Disney has raised its bid for all of Fox, including the 39% stake in Sky. By U.K. law, Disney will have to make an offer for the remainder of Sky if it succeeds in buying out Fox’s stake. To complicate matters further, Fox is also trying to close its long-pending deal to buy the remaining shares in Sky, although that has been complicated by the competing bid that Comcast put on the table in April.Moody’s suggests that Disney would be wise to let Sky land with Comcast.“We believe both Fox and Sky are transformative assets on a standalone basis that would better position both Disney and Comcast in the face of changing consumer behavior around consumption of content,” Moody’s wrote. “A scenario in which Disney were able to acquire Fox, and Comcast were able to acquire Sky would be the most desired outcome for bondholders of all companies and likely avoid one or the other becoming one of the world’s most indebted non-financial corporations. However, the desirability of most of the important Fox assets, as well as the lack of other comparable targets, means rational minds will need to triumph over emotion so that both companies’ equity holders and bondholders come out winners.” “From a strategic standpoint, we believe a Disney-Fox marriage edges out a Comcast-Fox combination,” Moody’s analyst Neil Begley wrote in the report. “Disney’s ability to monetize intellectual property across all of its lines of business is second- to-none in the industry. A Comcast-Sky marriage makes strategic sense because both are pay-TV providers and Comcast is a cable distributor first, content company second.”The Moody’s report suggests that Disney and Comcast could do some horse-trading of assets as part of the resolution of the bidding war that has been brewing since last fall. The Fox sale will also include Fox’s 30% interest in Hulu, the streaming platform which Disney and Comcast also hold 30% stakes — meaning that Disney or Comcast will wind up with a majority interest in Hulu if either of them prevail in acquiring Fox.Moody’s suggests that Disney could trade the 39% stake in Sky that it will inherit from Fox for Comcast’s 30% stake in Hulu. The complexity of these ownership interests could provide the building blocks of an agreement. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img

5 awesome US Pride festivals to put in your diary early

first_imgThe NYC Pride March | Photo: Hunter Abrams, courtesy of NYC Pride GAYSTARNEWS- The largest city in Illinois, Chicago celebrates the whole of June as Pride Month, with over 100 parties, screenings, meetings and events to explore.Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria was last year’s Pride Parade Grand Marshal.Heathrow Airport has 48 flights a week to Chicago. For more information, visit the Go-Heathrow search portal by clicking here.Instagram/nashvillepridefestival4 Nashville Pride – Parade day: Saturday 23 JuneThe capital of Tennessee is also the music capital of America. As such, performers in recent years have included En Vogue and the openly bisexual Vanessa Carlton. As well as the Main Stage entertainment, be sure to check out the Equality Walk and the Drag Stage.In time for Pride, British Airways is launching a new, non-stop route. It will fly five times a week from Heathrow Airport in London to Nashville. It will be the first direct route to the city from Europe!The new route from Heathrow Airport to Nashville launches in May. For more information, visit the Go-Heathrow search portal by clicking here.Instagram/nycpride5 NYC Pride – Parade day: Sunday 24 JuneThis year’s theme for one of America’s biggest LGBTI fests is ‘defiantly different’. And it’s a description that could be used for the star performer at NYC Pride’s Pride Island party, too. Australian starlet Kylie Minogue will take to the stage on Sunday 24 June.The Wow singer has conquered the world since blasting onto the music scene in the late 80s. However, mainstream success in America has mostly evaded her. That said, the gay icon has a small but dedicated fanbase in the states. Thus, she is a fabulous, curveball inclusion on this year’s lineup.Heathrow Airport has over 150 flights a week to New York (JFK and Newark). For more information, visit the Go-Heathrow search portal by clicking here.Kylie Minogue will play NYC Pride’s Pride Island this JuneWith over 35 bars, restaurants and cafes, including the new Gordon Ramsay Plane Food outlet due to arrive in Terminal 5 this summer, and dozens of designers stores, Heathrow is the perfect place to start your holiday or business trip. To book your trip, visit go.heathrow.comHeathrow Airport is a partner of Gay Star News.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Sponsored: Brace yourselves: Pride season is barely three months away.center_img The unofficial pride month in the US is June, in recognition of the Stonewall Riots. The Riots – in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a queer bar in New York City on 29 June 1969 – were a turning point in the history of sexual equality.As such many major cities holding their LGBTI festivities across June – many on the same weekend. Which means now is the perfect time to decide between them…and get your travel plans sorted!Here are five such extravaganzas for your diary, taking place in blockbuster US destinations all accessible from Heathrow Airport near London, the largest in Europe.Head to the Go-Heathrow search portal to hunt for the best flight deals to your destination of choice.Photo: Courtesy of LA Pride1 LA Pride – Parade day: Saturday 10 JuneThe largest city in California hosts one of the most popular Prides in the country. With most of the action taking place in the gayborhood of West Hollywood (WeHo), LA Pride is yet to announce its headliners. But past performers include the Boy Is Mine singer Brandy and Confident singer Demi Lovato, who filmed the video for Really Don’t Care at LA Pride in 2013.The annual LA Pride Parade will take place on Sunday 10 June while the LA Pride Festival will take place on Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 June in the City of West Hollywood. Tickets for the LA Pride Festival will be on sale soon.Heathrow Airport has over 50 flights a week to LA. For more information, visit the Go-Heathrow search portal by clicking here.Photo credit: Florida Keys News Bureau2 Key West Pride – Parade day: Saturday 10 JuneA three-and-a-half-hour drive from Miami is the fabulous, tropical island city of Florida Keys. It’s one of America’s LGBTI-friendliest cities, not least because seminal gay writer Tennessee Williams used to live here.Pride provides the perfect opportunity to explore the rest of the Keys destinations, such as Islamorada. They’re all easily accessible via the Overseas Highway, a 113-mile mostly-bridged road connecting each island like a threading needle.Heathrow Airport has 33 flights a week to Miami. For more information, visit the Go-Heathrow search portal by clicking here.Instagram/gopride Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… This gay guy’s the Senior Vice President of NYC & Company and has great tips for an epic NYC PrideGreater Fort Lauderdale celebrates NYC Pride Week with Pride Place activationLargest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Read the full article read more

Radiology Delivers Modern Medicine to Rural Honduras

first_img Doctors use a MinXray unit to capture an image of an infant with a clubfoot. Dr. Juan Vasquez examines the thyroid gland of a patient using Global Medias ultrasound probe.A team of doctors will present a video case study on how physicians based in the United States used teleradiology and telemedicine technology to treat patients located in a remote clinic in Honduras.Imaging Technology News is sponsoring a panel and video presentation, “Zero Footprint Radiology and Telemedicine Build a Platform for Sustainable Care,” at the SIIM 2010 Annual Meeting, in Minneapolis, at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 4.The panelists will make the case that this technology suite is the basis for sustainable health care outreach programs in the future.The video will illustrate how a team of physicians and technicians equipped The Roy and Melanie Sanders Frontera Medical Center in Honduras with a digital medical imaging infrastructure.Several providers donated the suite of imaging technology, which included a telemedicine system and ultrasound probe from Global Media. MedWeb contributed its VirtualPACS, a Web-based picture archiving and communication system (PACS). MinXray provided a portable digital X-ray system, and iCRco supplied the computed radiography (CR) unit.The medical center, which the non-profit organization Shoulder to Shoulder opened Feb. 20, set the stage for Dr. Juan Vasquez to give a live demonstration. Dr. Vasquez started by taking an X-ray image, processing and reviewing it on the CR, and uploading the data set to the PACS in under 10 minutes. The guest of honor, Honduran Minister of Health Arturo Bendaña, himself a trained physician, easily toggled through the streamlined digital workflow. Dr. Vasquez explained how the transition from film to digital would save the clinic huge costs on X-ray films.Dr. Vasquez then examined a patient’s thyroid gland with the ultrasound probe, which was hooked up to a personal computer. Next, he used a high-definition telemedicine camera to capture superficial anatomical images. Finally, he uploaded the images and consulted with physicians over Global Media’s video-conferencing system.Jeffrey E. Heck, M.D., executive director and founder of Shoulder to Shoulder, explained to onlookers this was a model for delivering high-tech care, including expert specialty consultations, to some of the most remote and isolated areas of the developing world.“With the addition of this technology, poor people have access to the same set of services that any well-equipped health center in the United States has access to,” Dr. Heck said. Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Related Radiology and Telemedicine in Honduras:Radiologists Without Borders: The Heart of RadiologyACS, Teleradiology Deliver Modern Healthcare to HondurasDigital Imaging Delivers Modern Medicine to the Developing WorldDigital Imaging Transforms a NationRadiology IT Explores New FrontiersComputed Radiography Delivers Modern Medicine to Remote Regions FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Teleradiology | May 12, 2010 Radiology Delivers Modern Medicine to Rural Honduras A suite of digital radiology and telemedicine technology helps a remote clinic in rural Honduras access quality health care. Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Shoulder to Shoulder inaugurated The Roy and Melanie Sanders Frontera Medical Center, its sixth clinic in Honduras. Doctors review and transfer digital X-ray from iCRcos CR to MedWebs VirtualPACS. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Shoulder to Shoulder inaugurated The Roy and Melanie Sanders Frontera Medical Center, its sixth clinic in Honduras. For more information: www.shouldertoshoulder.org Doctors use a MinXray unit to capture an image of an infant with a clubfoot. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First read more