Zinedine Zidane praises Real Madrid’s fighting spirit in Europe

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised their battling display against Sporting Lisbon as they claimed a place in the Champions League knockout stages with a scrappy 2-1 win on Tuesday.Karim Benzema’s 87th minute header gave Real victory after they let 10-man Sporting back into the game following Joao Pereira’s red card – the third time in five Champions League games this season a late goal has got them out of trouble. (Also read: Dortmund break Champions League record, Real and Leicester advance to last 16) “We had difficult moments but that’s what you expect and what we knew could happen, but once again we refused to give up,” said Zidane.”We kept playing after conceding and scored a great goal thanks to Karim. It’s obvious that playing every three days is not easy and we lacked a bit of energy.”Real also beat Sporting 2-1 back in September with two late goals and drew 3-3 at Legia Warsaw with an 85th minute equaliser from Mateo Kovacic.The win stretches Real’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 30 games, two short of a club record of 32 matches without defeat set by Leo Beenhakker’s side in 1989.”These 30 games are an extra motivation for us to keep working as we are. We want to keep doing what we’re doing, while being aware that there will always be moments in games when we suffer,” added the Real coach.”We’re going to keep going like this but I don’t know for how long because it’s not easy for us physically.”advertisementCOENTRAO ERRORReal defender Fabio Coentrao was critical of himself after throwing his hands up to appeal for handball against Sporting’s Joel Campbell and in the process handling it himself to concede the penalty Adrien Silva scored in the 80th minute.”It was a very serious error, I messed up really badly,” he said. “I appealed for handball but I shouldn’t have done, I should have been more concentrated.”Real are second in Group F, two points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, and will battle it out with the Germans in a fortnight’s time for top spot.Spanish newspaper AS pointed out on Wednesday that finishing runners-up in the group could serve Real better than coming top as they could potentially avoid sides such as Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.If Real finish second, they would also avoid fellow Spanish sides Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and could be paired with the likes of Leicester City or Monaco.Real defender Raphael Varane, however, said they were fully focused on topping the group.”We don’t think about who we could get in the next round, we only think about winning and finishing first in the group.”last_img read more

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Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgPremier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Swansea Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 14:00 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Lacazette, Ozil, Arsenal Getty Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Swansea City Swansea City Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Saturday Arsenal got their Premier League campaign back on track after the 5-2 demolition of Everton on Sunday where the attacking trio of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette started together for the first time.All three players scored, while Sanchez and Ozil bagged an assist each, and for once the Gunners looked like a side capable of tearing any team apart on their day.Arsenal 10/11 to beat Swansea to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsene Wenger’s side face an out-of-form Swansea team who have lost three of their last four Premier League matches but have an impressive recent record at Emirates Stadium.ARSENAL INJURIES Danny Welbeck, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and David Ospina are out until after the upcoming international break but Santi Cazorla is unlikely to be involved in first-team matters until the turn of next year.Danny Welbeck Arsenal Watford 141017ARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger is likely to stick with the same line-up which saw off Everton at Goodison Park, where Alexis, Ozil and Lacazette started their first competitive game in attack together.The defence is likely to remain the same with Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and captain Per Mertesacker occupying the centre back slots, while Shkodran Mustafi remains absent through injury.Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac will start in the wing-back roles and Granit Xhaka looks set to partner Aaron Ramsey in midfield.Despite an impressive match-winning cameo against Norwich in the Carabao Cup, 18-year-old Eddie Nketiah is unlikely to be included in the 18-man squad for Saturday’s game.ArsenalXISWANSEA TEAM NEWS Swansea could be without a left-back for their visit to Emirates Stadium after Martin Olsson sustained a suspected hamstring injury during their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.Olsson’s injury means either Kyle Naughton or Sam Clucas will fill in for the Sweden international, who is the only player to start every game this season.The Swans have managed three wins and a draw in their last six visits to the Emirates but will be fully aware of the threat attacking triumvirate Alexis, Ozil and Lacazette pose after the trio put five past Everton on Sunday.Clement’s side have lost three of their last four Premier League matches and sit just outside of the relegation zone on goal difference.HD Paul Clement Swansea ArsenalBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Arsenal have won back to back league games against Swansea, they’ve only won three in a row versus the Swans once before, between November 1982 and September 2011. Swansea have only failed to score in one of their previous eight league visits to Arsenal, drawing a blank in their first visit to the Emirates in September 2011. Swansea City have won three times away at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League – only Chelsea have defeated Arsenal in the competition more often there (4). Only Manchester United (four times) have come from a losing position to beat Arsenal in the Premier League more often than Swansea City (three times). Alexandre Lacazette (five goals) is one of only five players to have scored 5+ goals in their opening nine Premier League appearances for Arsenal, after Alexis Sanchez (7), Andrey Arshavin (6), Ian Wright (6) and Davor Suker (5). The record by an Arsenal player in their first 10 PL apps for the club is held by teammate Sanchez (8). Olivier Giroud has been directly involved in five goals in seven Premier League starts against Swansea (three goals, two assists), although only one of those goal involvements has arrived on home soil (scored in March 2014). Mesut Özil created eight goalscoring chances against Everton last weekend – the most in a single Premier League game by a player this season. Since his Premier League debut in September 2013, he has the most assists (43) and has created the most chances (417) in the competition. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is not being televised in the UK and kicks off at 15:00 BST.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Loftus-Cheek: I won’t be intimidated by World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup ‘I won’t be intimidated’ – Loftus-Cheek ready for World Cup pressure 12:41 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Loftus-Cheek England Getty World Cup England The England midfielder is excited for what is awaiting him this summer in Russia, and doesn’t think the magnitude of the moment will be an issue Ruben Loftus-Cheek is excited by the challenges awaiting England at next month’s World Cup and is relishing the pressure that comes with it.Loftus-Cheek, 22, has regained his place in the England squad after recovering from an ankle injury, which threatened to end his season early and rule him out of World Cup contention.The midfielder made an impressive debut against Germany in a November friendly and is confident he is prepared for the intensity of tournament football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “One hundred per cent I feel ready. I know how to deal with pressure,” Loftus-Cheek said.”I won’t be intimidated by any player or team. I think that is fundamental in football if you want to do well and I’ll take that mindset into the World Cup.”Loftus-Cheek is part of a largely inexperienced England squad, but said they shouldn’t be taken lightly in Russia.”I think it would be stupid to rule us out,” he said.”In training, you look about at the talent and it’s frightening. I think we have a good chance.”The squad is so young but so good at the same time. If we can deliver when it matters – and the boys can do that – we could have a really good tournament.”Having represented his country in multiple younger age groups, Loftus-Cheek knows exactly what to expect when putting on the England shirt.”As a youth team player growing up and playing for England you deal with it and get used to it,” he said.”You just carry it on into the bigger stages and it becomes natural for me. Playing on the World Cup stage excites me to do well and help the team.”last_img read more

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Indonesia Opens Five Largest Ports to Foreign Cruise Ships

first_imgzoom The government of Indonesia has relaxed its cabotage rules imposed on cruise industry and allowed foreign-flagged cruise ships to stop over in five of the country’s largest ports in an effort to boost tourism, GAC reports.Previously, such vessels could only dock at the port of Benoa in Bali, and passengers who wished to travel to other ports had to go back to Singapore to do so.The five ports which have now been assessed by the Ministry of Transportation to be able to accommodate and serve foreign cruise ships are: Tanjung Priok in Jakarta; Tanjung Perak in Surabaya, East Java; Belawan in Medan, North Sumatra; Makassar in South Sulawesi; and Benoa in Bali.Image: Holland America Linelast_img

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Ekta Kapoors Balaji Telefilms apologises for Kangana Ranauts spat with reporter

first_imgMumbai: Ekta Kapoor’s banner Balaji Telefilms on Wednesday expressed regret over actor Kangana Ranaut’s spat with a PTI journalist during a promotional event for the film “Judgementall Hai Kya”. In a statement, the banner said it would like to apologise as the “untoward incident” happened at their event on Sunday. “A lot is being reported about the debate that ensued between our film ‘JudgeMentall Hai Kya’ actor and journalist Justin Rao, at the film’s song launch event on July 7, 2019. Unfortunately, the event took an unpleasant turn. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “While the people involved in it fairly held their own perspectives but because it happened at the event of our film, we, as the producers, would like to apologize and express regret for this untoward incident. We would like to maintain that our intention was not to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments,” the statement read. The production house also hoped the media will not “let this one incident hamper the team effort that has gone behind making the film”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The statement comes a day after a delegation from The Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India met Kapoor and conveyed their decision to boycott Ranaut. Members of the Guild demanded a public apology from both Kapoor and Ranaut, journalists present at Tuesday’s meeting said. “We, as a guild, have collectively decided to boycott Ms Ranaut and not give her any media coverage,” the delegation said in its letter to Kapoor, adding that the boycott will not affect the film or the rest of the cast. The members said in the letter that Ranaut had lashed out at the journalist even before he could complete the question he was asking at the press conference to promote the film on the pretext that he was running a “smear campaign” against her. Ranaut had also accused Rao of writing negatively about her film “Manikarnika”. The journalist denied the allegations and the actor’s claim that he personally messaged her and spent three hours in her vanity van. He said he met the actor briefly for an interview and there were no personal messages. Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel said on Twitter that the actor will not apologise. “I promise one thing that there will be no apology from Kangana,” she tweeted and described the journalists as anti-national. “Judgementall Hai Kya”, which also features Rajkummar Rao, is scheduled to be released on July 26.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka to open embassy in Bahrain

Shaikh Khalid has directed officials in the kingdom to take the necessary measures to speed up the establishment of the embassy. Bahrain has welcomed a decision by Sri Lanka to open an embassy in Manama to serve its nationals and to help boost bilateral relations.“The embassy in Manama will help foster diplomatic relations and coordination in various areas and will also serve the interests of the Sri Lankan community in Bahrain,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, the foreign minister, said at a meeting with Gamini Lakshman Peiris, the Sri Lankan minister of external affairs in New York. Around 15,000 Sri Lankans, including 3,000 domestic helpers, are believed to live in Bahrain, making them one of the largest foreign communities in the country. (Gulf News)

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Symbolizing mass repatriations in West Africa UN refugee chief joins convoy

On Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers bade farewell to 17 trucks carrying 205 Liberian refugees across the Mano River bridge, the natural boundary between Sierra Leone and Liberia, which has seen scores of thousands fleeing in both directions from civil wars and violence ravaging each country.“We are here today to celebrate another repatriation,” Mr. Lubbers said at the Sierra Leonean border town of Gendema, referring to the ongoing facilitated repatriation of Liberians that started last October and has so far brought more than 2,100 refugees home.He was also pointing to the organized repatriation of Sierra Leonean refugees that started in 2000 and ended last July, bringing home 280,000 refugees, 178,000 of them with UNHCR assistance.Mr. Lubbers said that after years of difficulties, it was a miracle that there was now peace in Sierra Leone. “There was a rough moment here, but the time has come to speak of violence as something of the past,” he said. “I can see that you are really prepared to live in peace and harmony.”He stressed that peace starts at home, in the family and community, and encouraged the education of girls in particular.In Gendema, hundreds of people including staff from UNHCR and partner agencies, government officials and locals gathered to welcome Mr. Lubbers, who is on a four-nation, six-day tour of West Africa.During his two-day stay, he met with President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, UN Special Representative to Sierra Leone Daudi Mwakawago and other officials in humanitarian and development work. He has already visited Guinea and after his stay in Liberia will go next to Côte d’Ivoire. read more

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Dotting the i Jamarco Jones living nextmanup mentality

OSU junior offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (74) blocks Rutgers redshirt junior Darnell Davis (59) during the Buckeyes game against the Scarlet Knights on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast Saturday against Indiana, the Ohio State Buckeyes did something they almost never do. Just before the half, OSU allowed the Hoosiers to cut the lead to seven with 1:03 left in the half. A seven play, 65-yard drive that took just 2:29 to march into the teeth of the south end zone.OSU was about to head into halftime ahead by just one score against a team many thought should have been blown out. After a 91-yard kickoff return by redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell gave the Scarlet and Gray optimal field position, junior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones didn’t squander the opportunity to regain momentum before halftime. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett took the snap and ran to left where Jones stood up Indiana linebacker, and leading tackler Tegray Scales, paving the way for Barrett’s five-yard touchdown run.Jones was one of only two players on the offense to be graded as a champion of the Indiana game. The other was redshirt senior captain center Pat Elflein.“When opportunity meets preparation, you get graded as champion every week,” Elflein said on Monday. “We rely on him for leadership, even though he’s a first-year starter, and he’s playing very well right now.”OSU coach Urban Meyer named Jones a starter back in the spring after three members of the 2015 offensive line had left, two of which were key members of the 2014 national championship team. The program notably believes in the “next man up” mentality, but it’s one thing to embrace it and another to perform.Jones stepped into the role of left tackle following the departure of Detroit Lions’ first-round pick Taylor Decker, who was a three-year starter with the Buckeyes. Not only did he have big shoes to fill, he also had to protect the weak side of the team’s most valuable asset, Barrett.To date, OSU has allowed just three sacks all season and Jones is one of the first people you can look to for a reason as to why teams struggle to get into the OSU backfield. Junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said he faces Jones everyday in practice and believes the 6-foot-5, 310-pound left tackle can be in the same conversation as some of the recent great offensive linemen who came through Columbus.“He’s like up there with them. I feel like he’s always been good,” Holmes said. “He’s just very patient with his technique. He’s fundamentally sound and has gotten a lot stronger at the point of attack. He gets me better everyday.”Jones and Holmes came into OSU in the same class and took fairly similar routes to seeing the field. Both played as freshman in 2014 when OSU romped Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, 59-0. On Saturday, the second-ranked Buckeyes travel to Camp Randall Stadium for the first time since 2012 to take on the No. 8 Badgers, where the game will likely be much different that the Big Ten title.Wisconsin poses one of the premier defenses in the country, especially against the run. OSU has two standout ball carriers in junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber. The duo ranks among the best in the conference and heavily contributes to the team’s 323.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks third in the NCAA. Wisconsin, who surrenders just 90.4 yards per game on the ground, will be Jones’ and the offensive line’s biggest test of the season.“It’s fun blocking for guys like that. It makes you go hard every play because you don’t want to be that guy that let their man beat them and be the reason why we didn’t score a touchdown on that play,” Jones said. “We got our work cut out for us.”Jones is one of the few Buckeyes who understands the game atmosphere the team will experience on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin. As a recruit, he visited the school during a big-time matchup. Jones said he remembers how loud the stadium was and how the Badgers’ fed off of the crowd’s intensity.“It should be a very fun environment to go in and play. Those guys are going to be ready,” he said.The No. 8 Badgers pose a gargantuan challenge to the Buckeyes, who look to move to 6-0 and remain undefeated. Elflein said even for Jones’ first Big Ten road game as a starter, he has been well prepared before this season.“Jamarco’s been ready to play. He was ready to play last year,” Elflein said. “His time is now.” read more

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Scorpions sting Jaguars

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJaguars race to 10-wicket victoryMarch 21, 2017In “Sports”WICB/PCL 4-day…Jaguars face Volcanoes today at BeausejourFebruary 26, 2016In “latest news”Super50: Guyana Jaguars seal semi-final spotFebruary 17, 2018In “Sports”,– Chanderpaul hits classy 101Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 13th List A century but it was not enough to prevent the Guyana Jaguars from going down to their second consecutive defeat in this year’s Regional Super50. Playing their second match the Jaguars fell 41 runs short after they were bowled out for 208 chasing 249/8 made by the Jamaica Scorpions at the Kensington Oval, Barbados.Shiv took 94 balls to get to the landmark hitting 12 fours and a six but needed support at the other end with only Raymon Reifer (25) and Anthony Bramble (29) offering any.The veteran batsman rescued the Jaguars after they were in all sorts of trouble at 3/1, 4/2, 13/3 and 14/4 due to some hostile bowling.Shiv ‘Tiger’ Chanderpaul goes high and hard over the on side at the Kensington OvalThe Jaguars never really recovered and it was just too much for the “Tiger” to do alone. However, he managed to keep his team in the hunt with partnerships of 77 with Reifer, 54 with Bramble and 44 with Steven Jacobs but when Jacobs went in strange circumstances in the 40th over the writing was on the wall.Shortly after bringing up his century, Shiv edged behind to give Walton one of his five dismissals with the score on 199/9 in the 43rd over and the Scorpions were already celebrating their first points of the tournament. Their opening bowlers bowled with fire and shared eight wickets with Jerome Taylor capturing his second five-wicket haul at this level.Earlier, the Scorpions won the toss and were out of the blocks immediately with Chadwick Walton taking a liking to the Jaguars opening bowlers. In the fourth over he lost his opening partner John Campbell which paved the way for his partnership with Jermaine Blackwood. They added 92 for the second wicket which set up the Scorpions to get to 249/8. In addition to 42 from Blackwood at the top of the order, Devon Thomas hit a breezy unbeaten 56 at the back end of the innings to give the Scorpions the momentum going into the break.Jacobs, Reifer and Veerasammy Permaul picked up two wickets a piece but Jacobs’ spell was economical and he accounted for two big wickets to push the Scorpions back but only momentarily.The Jaguars will meet the Marooners on Saturday at the same venue while the Scorpions will next be in action on Monday against the Pride also at the Kensington Oval.The tournament continues today with Group A matches; at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground the Hurricanes take on the West Indies U-19’s from 09:00hrs while defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force open their campaign at the Coolidge Cricket Ground against the Volcanoes in the day/ night fixture from 13:30hrs. (Guyana Times Sports) – Chanderpaul hits classy 101Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 13th List A century but it was not enough to prevent the Guyana Jaguars from going down to their second consecutive defeat in this year’s Regional Super50. Playing their second match the Jaguars fell 41 runs short after they were bowled out for 208 chasing 249/8 made by the Jamaica Scorpions at the Kensington Oval, Barbados.Shiv took 94 balls to get to the landmark hitting 12 fours and a six but needed support at the other end with only Raymon Reifer (25) and Anthony Bramble (29) offering any.The veteran batsman rescued the Jaguars after they were in all sorts of trouble at 3/1, 4/2, 13/3 and 14/4 due to some hostile bowling.Shiv ‘Tiger’ Chanderpaul goes high and hard over the on side at the Kensington OvalThe Jaguars never really recovered and it was just too much for the “Tiger” to do alone. However, he managed to keep his team in the hunt with partnerships of 77 with Reifer, 54 with Bramble and 44 with Steven Jacobs but when Jacobs went in strange circumstances in the 40th over the writing was on the wall.Shortly after bringing up his century, Shiv edged behind to give Walton one of his five dismissals with the score on 199/9 in the 43rd over and the Scorpions were already celebrating their first points of the tournament. Their opening bowlers bowled with fire and shared eight wickets with Jerome Taylor capturing his second five-wicket haul at this level.Earlier, the Scorpions won the toss and were out of the blocks immediately with Chadwick Walton taking a liking to the Jaguars opening bowlers. In the fourth over he lost his opening partner John Campbell which paved the way for his partnership with Jermaine Blackwood. They added 92 for the second wicket which set up the Scorpions to get to 249/8. In addition to 42 from Blackwood at the top of the order, Devon Thomas hit a breezy unbeaten 56 at the back end of the innings to give the Scorpions the momentum going into the break.Jacobs, Reifer and Veerasammy Permaul picked up two wickets a piece but Jacobs’ spell was economical and he accounted for two big wickets to push the Scorpions back but only momentarily.The Jaguars will meet the Marooners on Saturday at the same venue while the Scorpions will next be in action on Monday against the Pride also at the Kensington Oval.The tournament continues today with Group A matches; at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground the Hurricanes take on the West Indies U-19’s from 09:00hrs while defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force open their campaign at the Coolidge Cricket Ground against the Volcanoes in the day/ night fixture from 13:30hrs. (Guyana Times Sports) read more

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Sochi The dark side of the 2014 Winter Games

first_imgAlexandra Krivchenko, left, Nadezhda Kurovskaya, center, Irina Kharchenko, right, residents of 5a Akatsiy.People elsewhere in Sochi and surrounding villages have seen the quality of their life decline because of Olympic construction.In the village of Akhshtyr, residents complain about an alleged illegal landfill operated by an Olympics contractor that has fouled the air and a stream that feeds the Sochi water supply.Waste from another illegal dump in the village of Loo has slid into a brook that flows into the already polluted Black Sea.In the village of Mirny, just outside the Olympic Park, rumbling trucks have damaged foundations and caused homes to sink. And right across the railroad tracks from the Akatsy building, another multifamily residence has become prone to flooding after an Olympics-related road was built nearby.Alexandra Krivchenko, right, and her children, center, play with the dogs in the yard of a house sandwiched between the railway and a federal highway (seen in the background) in the village of Vesyoloye outside Sochi.Sochi residents also complain about widespread environmental damage, including the destruction of forests and the contamination of a river running down to the sea.Near the Olympic Park, a popular sandy beach was paved over for the development of a port that was never built.The Winter Games were intended to showcase Russia’s resurgence from the collapse of the Soviet Union two decades ago.The statue of ancient Roman god Neptune sits in guard of the beach during the sunset at an embankment of Sochi.When an AP correspondent asked the Sochi mayor last year what had changed in the city for the better, Anatoly Pakhomov started talking about a new shopping mall and a Louis Vuitton store as symbols of positive change.Amid such pride in status symbols, Sochi has fallen short in providing basic necessities, residents say.Two giant power stations have been commissioned to provide electricity for the Olympic venues and the city, but power shortages across the city are still ubiquitous.At a recent televised meeting with Putin, Russia’s energy minister said the grid was still being built and was unlikely to come online before Saturday, less than two weeks before the opening ceremonies.The 5a street Akatsiy’s house in the village of Vesyoloye.The city has undertaken a colossal effort to upgrade its infrastructure and municipal services, installing a new sewage and waste-disposal system and hooking up thousands of homes to pipelines supplying natural gas.Three weeks before the start of the games, some Sochi streets remain dug up as construction workers continue to lay down new pipes and pavements.Thousands of people whose homes were demolished to make way for Olympic construction have been relocated, but many others are still waiting for new homes.Meanwhile, even as investment has poured into Olympic facilities, Sochi’s slum dwellings remain standing: The city government told The Associated Press in a written statement that more than 100 apartment buildings and private homes have been classified as uninhabitable.Irina Kharchenko walks in the yard of her house beside the screen separating the yard of her house and a federal highway in the village Vesyoloye.For many residents, the Sochi they live in bears little resemblance to the city they see on Kremlin-controlled national television.“It’s a parallel universe that locals to a great extent have no access to,” said Olga Beskova, editor of the local website Sochinskiye Novosti, or Sochi News. “It has very little to do with how Sochi lives every day. So far, city streets are all dug up, residents have a lot of problems, and it’s hard to see a happy ending after all of this construction.”The people on Akatsy street have petitioned for decades to get the government to classify the 1941 barracks-like building as uninhabitable and provide them with new housing, so far with no success.They put up their red “SOS!” sign in a desperate effort to call attention to their plight.Igor Zarytovsky, center, and his father Vladimir, left, gather with their neighbours in the yard of the railroad house in the village of Vesyoloye.City Hall has insisted that the government roads management agency is responsible for relocating the Akatsy residents; the road agency shifts the responsibility on City Hall.The Akatsy house, in the village of Vesyoloye, is about three kilometers from the Olympic Park, where the arenas and main stadium are located.Like thousands of private houses in Sochi, this property is not connected to city water or sewage systems, but residents have made do over the years by drilling wells and building outhouses.A woman washes up dishes in her kitchen in the yard of a house in Vesyoloye, Adding humiliation to hardship, the roads agency secured a court ruling ordering them to pull down their common outhouse, which stood on the edge of the new highway.Krivchenko’s neighbour, Irina Kharchenko, whose family is seeking justice for 5a Akatsy in court, said the judge told them to “get yourselves a bio toilet.”Residents seemed embarrassed and reluctant to explain how they got around the problem. Some mentioned a bucket, while others pointed to an outhouse on the other side of the property.Unusually for Russia, Sochi residents are not only willing to talk to reporters but stop them in the street and invite them over to see “what the real Sochi looks like.”Across railroad tracks is another barracks-type house with no indoor plumbing, where Vladimir Zarytovsky has been living for 43 years. Since a road for the Olympics was built nearby, the house and yard have become prone to flooding.“You have to put on rubber boots if you want to go to the toilet,” Zarytovsky, 56, said with a chuckle as he pointed to water marks crawling up the walls of the wooden outhouse and outdoor kitchen that reach a foot high.His 29-year-old son, Igor, lives elsewhere with his wife and two children, but says he still loves the house where he grew up, even though it is crumbling.What he resents is what he describes as the lies on Russian state television.I watch Channel One and get the feeling that I am living in paradise. It’s disgusting to hear the governor and the mayor singing songs to Putin, telling him that everything is fabulous.All photographs: AP Photo/Alexander ZemlianichenkoRead: Putin says gay people at Olympics must ‘leave children alone’> A SHINING NEW $635 million highway on the outskirts of Sochi stands next to a crumbling apartment block with a red “SOS!” banner on its roof.The residents of 5a Akatsy street have lived for years with no running water or sewage system.Construction for the 2014 Winter Games has made their lives more miserable: The new highway has cut them off from the city center. Even their communal outhouse had to be torn down because it was found to be too close to the new road and ruled an eyesore.A new highway is seen on the fringes of the Olympic park in Sochi, Russia. The slum is one of the many facets of a hidden dark side in the host city of next month’s Winter Olympics, which stands side-by-side with the glittering new construction projects that President Vladimir Putin is touting as a symbol of Russia’s transformation from a dysfunctional Soviet leviathan to a successful, modern economy.While state-run TV trains its cameras on luxury malls, sleek stadiums and high-speed train links, thousands of ordinary people in the Sochi area put up with squalor and environmental waste: villagers living next to an illegal dump filled with Olympic construction waste, families whose homes are sinking into the earth, city dwellers suffering chronic power cuts despite promises to improve electricity.A man in the yard of the 5a Akatsiy house as a freight train drives past in the village of Vesyoloye outside Sochi.Putin promoted the Sochi Games, which begin on February 7, as a unique opportunity to bring investment to the Black Sea resort and improve living standards for its 350,000 residents.Looking back at those promises, many residents say they have yet to see any improvement in their lives and point to an array of negative effects.“Everyone was looking forward to the Olympics,” said Alexandra Krivchenko, a 37-year-old mother of three who lives on Akatsy street.We just never thought they would leave us bang in the middle of a federal highway!last_img read more

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Garda helicopter and stinger device used in highspeed car chase

first_imgGARDAÍ IN WEST Dublin arrested five people in the early hours of this morning following a high-speed car chase.The operation targeting criminal activity in the Dublin region began at about 1.40am when a silver Ford Mondeo was spotted close to Newcastle. When gardaí attempted to stop the car, it was driven off at high speed in the Lucan direction.Assistance from the Garda Air Support Unit was requested as the vehicle drove westbound on the M4. The helicopter was able to relay the suspects’ location to units on the ground. Eventually, a stinger device was deployed and the Mondeo was stopped on the motorway, close to Kilcock. The device is used to puncture the tyres of the car, slowing it down.The two juveniles and three teenage males were detained and taken to Leixlip garda station. Three of the youths were charged today but released on bail until their next court appearance on 21 May. The two juveniles will be cautioned under the Juvenile Deferral System.Comments have been disabled as court proceedings have started. Investigation into abuse allegations against Waterford sports coachTwo arrested in overnight drug seizure in Dublinlast_img read more

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Dog Sled Saga is Full of Good Snowy Boys

first_img For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!It may be hard to remember in today’s mobile gaming hellscape of shameless clones and free-to-play psychological cash traps, but for years there was a lot of cool and fascinating Game of the Year-tier work happening on the platform. The ubiquity of phones and ease of downloading apps made for a fertile market for indies and huge companies alike. But the devices themselves, nothing but pocket-sized touchscreen, demanded fresh new game design paradigms.One type of game well-suited for mobile has always been bizarre simulation games. Games putting you control of virtual hospitals or theme parks or ASCII art dwarf societies have always thrived in niche corners of PC gaming circles. But mobile streamlines big ideas like game development simulators or shopping mall simulators into something more playable and friendly. Its subject matter alone makes this week’s Game of the Year one of the friendliest sims around. Mushing sim Dog Sled Saga, from Dan FitzGerald and Lisa Bromiel, is full of good snowy boys.I may not be a fan of dogs in real life, but I’ve got nothing against them in video games. I even had a copy of Nintendogs. I’m also super into alternative video game takes on sports, whether it’s arcade sports games like NBA Playgrounds or sim versions of more obscure sports like Football Manager, even if I’d rather appreciate the latter from a distance. So by just being Iditarod 2K16 or “Balto: The Game” Dog Sled Saga is already intriguing on a conceptual level.Dog Sled Saga then turns into an actual good game by following those ideas to their natural gameplay conclusions. Of course, there’s a bunch of fast dog racing, which works great on mobile devices as well as PC. But to go pro and get famous you also have to stay on top of your game in-between races by acquiring new dogs, breeding faster puppies, letting go of dogs (and employees) who can’t keep up, and scoring sweet sponsorship deals.A good comparison is Punch Club. While racing frisky huskies in the snow is far from competing in sketchy underground boxing matches, both games devote much attention to the management side of their respective sports, not just the big events. Both games also opt for unnervingly realistic pixel art, although Dog Sled Saga is inherently cuter because of the dogs. The retro snowy mountain racing recalls Dudeski, too.I don’t like to judge people for the games they play. If all you want to do on your phone is pump endless dollars into Candy Crush Sage then that’s your right. But I do think it’s important to let folks know cooler mobile games are out there if you’re willing to look, and Dog Sled Saga is one worth checking out. At least it’s less racist than Isle of Dogs.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Mexico to let migrants remain while US asylum claims proceed

first_img Posted: December 20, 2018 AP, KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico has agreed to a U.S. proposal to let third-country migrants remain in or be returned to Mexico while their claims for asylum in the United States are being processed.The decision was a historic one for Mexico, which has traditionally refused to accept the return of any migrants who aren’t Mexican.Mexico’s Foreign relations Department said Thursday the move is a temporary, humanitarian measure.The deal, released by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Thursday.The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has been struggling with an increase in asylum claims and limits on its ability to detain asylum seekers. Updated: 8:46 PM AP, KUSI Newsroom center_img Mexico to let migrants remain while US asylum claims proceed December 20, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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ASAMonsanto Launch Association Leadership Training Program

first_imgASA and Monsanto company announced they will partner on a National/State Board & Staff Leadership Training program for 1997. “The program calls for a comprehensive, educational and hands-on training experience that is ASA specific throughout its design, development and implementation,” stated Ron Eickhorst, ASA Corporate Relations Director. “We appreciate the support pledged by Monsanto to make this program possible,” Eickhorst added. ASA is a national, not-for-profit, nonpartisan, volunteer, farmer-controlled commodity organization with 30,000 members that works to strengthen soybeans as an economically and environmentally sound cropping opportunity in the best interest of soybean growers and the public.”Association leadership training is essential to provide the skills needed to further the interests of soybean producers,” according to Jim Nagel, ASA Marketing & Membership Director. “ASA producer leaders are very active in policy and trade issues at state, national and international levels. They are frequently called upon to testify before Congress, and often provide information to Administration officials and foreign trade representatives,” Nagel added. Soybeans accounted for 26% of all U.S. crop acres planted in 1995, and represented a farm gate value of more than $14.5 billion.The initial focus of the program will be on equipping members of ASA’s national Board to more effectively and efficiently carry out their responsibilities, including service as a member of the ASA Executive Committee, such as Chairman, President, First Vice President, or Vice President, or a Committee Chair or Committee member. Interactive learning methods, role modeling and work/study sessions will be used in a contemporary and fun atmosphere to maximize overall participant value and program effectiveness. The first training sessions will take place in March during ASA’s Board meetings in Washington, D.C.Education/training sessions for State Boards, State Presidents and State Executive Directors will also begin during 1997. Trainers/presenters will take this leadership program out to the individual states. ASA Board members, State Board members and State Presidents are volunteer positions. State Executive Directors are staff positions.last_img read more

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Will Obama look north for his legacy

first_imgA satellite view of Western Alaska and the Bering Strait, taken Feb. 4, 2014. (Photo: NASA)These are the days when a president turns to thoughts of legacy.  As the months tick down on  this Administration, President Obama has created a marine national monument off new England and last month vastly expanded one near Hawaii.  Alaska interest groups are working to get his attention, too. Some want him to take bold action in the 49th State before he leaves office, and others are urging him to resist those calls.Listen Now A TV ad ran in Washington, D.C. this month that flashed footage of oil tankers bathed in the golden light of a Valdez  sunset, an offshore drill rig, and Alaska Natives on the tundra.Its call to action: “Tell the White House to keep the Arctic in the next off shore leasing program. It’s the right thing for Alaska. It’s the right for our nation.”That’s part of a six-figure ad campaign by a coalition that includes the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, unions, and the Independent Petroleum Association of America. They took out a full page ad in the Washington Post, too.Meanwhile, environmental groups are working just as hard to make sure President Obama knows how much they want the Arctic ocean tracts removed from the off-shore leasing plan, due out this fall. That’s one way the president might choose to leave his mark on the 49th state. Or he could do something really dramatic, like use his powers under the Antiquities Act to declare a national monument in Alaska, or off its shores.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski is dreads a White House announcement like that, which she believes would diminish Alaska’s opportunities.“We’ve seen some indication that he doesn’t plan on any ocean protection designation,” she said. “But until we’re on the last day of the administration, I’m not going to rest and believe that’s the case.”Some Alaskans, though, ARE hoping Obama will help them preserve their marine environment, in ways short of monument status.Austin Ahmasuk of Nome is trying to marshal federal and local support for a presidential order about managing the Bering Strait. Ahmasuk is a marine advocate for Kawerak, the Native non-profit for the Bering Strait region. He says locals are especially  concerned about increased pollution from ship traffic.“At each point that our tribes have considered the north Bering Sea and climate change and shipping, we’ve asked – basically pleaded – with the Coast Guard that no discharges occur,” he said.Ahmasuk says they’re still working an executive order they’d like the president to sign, and still gathering local support, although they started quite a while ago.“At that time we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s virtually no time with this president.’ This is two years ago,” he said. “And now here we are in 2016 and we think we have, of course, even less time now.”Another person feeling deadline pressure is Pat Pletnikoff, the mayor of St. George, one of the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea. He does not want a presidential order, but he’d like to see the waters around St. George protected. Pletnikoff says St. George is witnessing some upsetting changes, like the loss of vast bird populations.Location of St. George, Alaska. (Image: Google)“You know, we see a lot of seals on our rookeries at St. George Island dead. And they’re dying because they’re probably starving,” he said, adding that they’d need more research to know for sure.Pletnikoff is wary of opposition from the fishing industry, so he wants to nominate St. George for possible designation as a marine sanctuary. That’s a public process that can take years. Pletnikoff says it would be more transparent.“We’re not looking to close of lots of areas of sea to non-fishing,” he insists. “What we want to do is start to understand what it is that the fur seal population and the sea bird population require in the way food in order to thrive.”Though he isn’t asking for an executive order, Pletnikoff has taken his case to the White House, to Obama’s top Arctic advisor. Pletnikoff knows this is a critical time for marine conservation.“A lot of folks talk about the fact that perhaps the president would like to leave a legacy,” the mayor said, “and they’ve already done that significantly in the Hawaiian area and that there might be some need or desire on the part of the president to do the same thing in Alaska, because he’s the first sitting president to visit north of the Arctic Circle, in Alaska.”If President Obama is planning to declare any monuments in Alaska, or off Arctic shores, he’s keeping his cards close to his vest. BLM Director Neil Kornze recently told Sen. Murkowski, at a committee hearing, that he does not know of any planned monuments in Alaska. But, he added, he’s not privy to the president’s thoughts.last_img read more

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Kotak Mahindra Bank to Buy 15 Stake in MCX from FTIL

first_imgAccording to an announcement by the Bombay Stock Exchange on Monday, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd has entered into a share purchase agreement to buy 15 percent equity stake in Multi Commodity Exchange of India from Financial Technologies Limited. The deal has been agreed for a price of ₹459 crore ($76.2 million).According to VCC Circle, the deal has been approved for ₹600 per share, with a good amount of discount. On Monday, the stock price of MCX surged by ₹26.20 or 10.96 percent and was recorded at ₹872.70 per share, during trading hours.However, the deal is subject to certain conditions as FTIL’s stake is on hold till March 2015.”We are happy that Kotak Mahindra Bank will become a significant minority shareholder in MCX and will contribute towards the next phase of growth of MCX as a responsible public shareholder. FTIL will continue to remain a technology partner to MCX and will work closely with MCX to take MCX to even greater heights.” Moneycontrol quoted Venkat Chary, Non-executive Chairman of FTIL.FTIL’s stake had declined to 24 percent when billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala bought shares worth ₹66 crore earlier this month, reported The Economic Times. The deal involved transfer of 1 million shares at ₹664 each.The purchase of stake by Jhunjhunwala in MCX took place after FTIL’s founder Jignesh Shah’ s involvement in scam of ₹5600 crore of its subsidiary National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEl). Followed by the allegation, Forward Markets Commission (FMC) directed FTIL to bring down shares of MCX to 2 percent from 26 percent.On the other hand, Kotak Mahindra Bank informed about this deal to BSE after declaring its first quarter results of fiscal year 2015 on 16 July. The consolidated balance sheet of Kotak Mahindra group is around ₹1.3 lakh crore and the net worth of the Group stands at ₹19,758 crore ($3.3 billion) as on 30June 2014.last_img read more

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Bustruck collision kills 3 in Bogra

first_img-Three people were killed and 14 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in Dhankundi area of Sherpur upazila in Bogra district on Friday morning, reports UNB.One of the deceased was identified as Abdul Jalil, 65, hailing from Sundarganj upazila in Gaibandha district.Khan Md Erfan Ali, officer-in-charge of Sherpur police station, said that the accident took place when the Gaibandha-bound ‘Barnali Special Paribahan’ bus collided with the Dhaka-bound maize-laden truck around 11:00am, leaving Jalil dead on the spot and 16 other people injured.Among the injured, one died at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital and another on the way to Bogra.last_img

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New NEC Technology Isolates Viruses At the Core

first_imgNEC Multi-Core CPU Explore further Bacteria live on our eyeballs—and understanding their role could help treat common eye diseases NEC has developed a new technique for running software in separate processes on each core of a multi-core CPU whereby it stops viruses before they spread throughout the Internet-connected device, according to Digital World Tokyo.NEC has not named the new technology that is designed to spot the virus in any of the software processes and immediately isolate and shut down that core. The technology allows the device to continue operating while the infected core is shut down, thus preventing the infection from spreading into the system. Utilizing this method of isolation and disabling the mal-functioning core then allows anti-virus software to tackle the problem. In addition, the technique allows the user to hold the virus in place while anti-virus updates are created and then downloaded from the Internet. The technology can be applied to cell phones, cars, and potentially computers. NEC may be encouraging manufacturers to buy their multi-core chip due to its design with the capability to segregate, isolate and treat sophisticated viruses. As noted by most security companies and software engineers the current and future range of potential harm created by rampant and uncontrollable viruses is a world wide concern. A technology that allows commercial, governmental and private users to stop the virus dead in its tracks without creating a pandemic spread of sophisticated viruses throughout systems is a innovation worth noting. NEC has developed a new technology for spotting, isolating and stopping viruses at the core level of its multi-core CPU. Thus, the system keeps running, while the infected core is disabled while a fix is developed and then downloaded from the Internet. Citation: New NEC Technology Isolates Viruses At the Core (2007, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-nec-technology-isolates-viruses-core.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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