World Cup 2018: Spain top Group B, Portugal 2nd as VAR sparks fight

first_imgSpain snatched a 2-2 draw against Morocco on Monday to qualify for the World Cup last 16 and take top spot in Group B ahead of Portugal on goals scored.Morocco striker Khalid Boutaib gave the north African side a shocking lead early on but Isco restored parity, blasting high into the net after a layoff from Andres Iniesta.Morocco, already eliminated, struck again in the 81st minute when substitute Youssef En-Nesyri crashed in a header which looked set to inflict a first defeat on Spain since Euro 2016.But substitute Iago Aspas levelled in stoppage-time after consultation from the video assistant referee (VAR), putting Spain top ahead of Portugal, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran.Spain will play Russia in the last 16.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEElsewhere in the other Group B, Portugal qualified for the round of 16 at the World Cup despite being held 1-1 by Iran after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty.The European champions, needing a draw to qualify, went ahead with a stunning Ricardo Quaresma goal in the 45th minute.Ronaldo had a chance to extend the lead when he won a penalty in the 51st minute but Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand dived to his left to save his effort from the spot.Karim Ansarifard equalised with a stoppage time penalty awarded after a video review. However, Portugal clung on to finish second in the group with five points behind Spain, who drew 2-2 with Morocco, on goals scored, and will meet Uruguay in the last 16.advertisementWORLD CUP DAY 12 HIGHLIGHTSUruguay topped Group A after their 3-0 drubbing of Russia in Samara on Monday. Russia, who scored eight goals and conceded just once, looked half the side they were in their first two games. They were without their best players Aleksandr Golovin and Mario Fernandes (because of the fear of suspension) but even then, they failed to threaten the La Celeste defence even once.Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scored a goal each and Uruguay went on to defeat Russia 3-0.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSSuarez, who seems to have put past World Cup controversies behind him, scored with a low shot from just outside the box that sailed past the wall of Russian players and into the right corner of the goal. Uruguay went up 2-0 over Russia on an own-goal. Russia went down to 10 men after right back Igor Smolnikov received a second yellow card in the 36th minute. Midfielder Diego Laxalt’s shot from long range deflected off Denis Cheryshev’s foot and past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.Also read – Russia did not push us around, says Uruguay coachCavani scored in the 90th minute and was taken out a short time later. The Paris Saint-Germain forward put a rebound into the left corner of the net after Diego Godin’s header was parried by Akinfeev.In the other Group A game, Saudi Arabia pulled off a last-gasp 2-1 win over Egypt to earn a consolation victory.Salah scored the 22nd minute when he raced on to Abdallah Said’s long pass and kept his cool to lob Saudi goalkeeper Yasser Al-Mosailem.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEEgyptian keeper Essam Elhadary also had marked his record-breaking appearance as the oldest player to play at a World Cup at 45 years of age with a spectacular penalty save, diving to his right and sticking out his left hand to shove Fahad Al-Muwallad’s strike on to the bar and away. But, Saudi got another penalty in the dying minutes of the first half and converted it this time to level the scoring at 1-1.In the second half, Saudi pushed for a winner but nothing was happening and the game was going towards a draw. However, Salem Aldawsari scored with almost the last kick of the match for the Saudis, shooting from a tight angle inside the Egypt penalty area and poking the ball past El Hadary to earn a 2-1 victory. Mo Salah signs off with a goalMohamed Salah’s 22nd minute goal against Saudi Arabia was his 50th overall for club and country included from 58 appearances since joining Liverpool in July 2017.This was his second goal in equal number of matches. Salah, who missed the first match of the World Cup through an injury, returned in the second match and scored. But, Egypt lost the match to Russia 3-1.The winger’s goal on Monday was also the first goal scored by Egypt from open play at a World Cup after 84 years. Abdulrahman Fawzi was the last person to net from open play in Egypt’s 4-2 defeat to Hungary in May 1934.advertisementHowever, the game ended 2-1 and Egypt therefore, lost all their games in this World Cup. Elhadary rewrites the history booksEgypt captain Essam Elhadary became the oldest player at the age of 45 years and 161 days to play in a World Cup. He is aged two years and 158 days older than Colombian Faryd Mondragon, who previously held the record.He sat out in the first two games of Egypt’s campaign as Mohamed El-Shenawy started ahead of the veteran. But, the captain returned for the final of their campaign to achieve the record at the Samara Arena on Monday. He is playing in a World Cup 22 years after making his senior debut for Egypt.READ FULL STORY HERENot only that, the Egyptian, who was born on January 15th, 1973, is 25 years and 339 days older than the youngest player to play in the World Cup. Kylian Mbappe, born on December 20, 1998 is the youngest player in this year’s World Cup.Interestingly Ramadan Sobhi, who recently came on as a substitute for Egypt in the match, had not yet been born when his Elhadary made his Egypt debut back in 1996.Before Elhadary, Mondragon was the oldest to take the field at the age of 43 years and 3 days when his team took on Japan in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Cameroon’s Roger Milla (42 years, 1 month and 8 days), Northern Ireland’s Pat Jennings (41 years), England’s Peter Shilton (40 years, 9 months and 19 days) and Italy’s Dino Zoff (40 years, 4 months and 13 days) are the other four in the top five list.And, he left a mark on this match as well. He saved a penalty in the 41st minute of the match. Saudi’s Fahad hit the ball to the right but the 45-year-old dived towards his right and put a strong hand and pushed the ball to the cross-bar to save the penalty.He became the fourth goalkeeper to save a penalty on his World Cup debut. Iceland’s Hannes Halldorsson (vs Argentina in 2018), USA’s Tony Meola (vs Czechoslovakia in 1990) and Peru’s Quiroga (vs Scotland in 1978) were the other three. Uruguay’s ‘clean’ sail through the group, Russia’s worst World Cup defeatAfter hammering in eight goals from their first two matches, the Russians were given a reality check on Monday in Samara.Playing with 10 for majority of the match, they suffered to keep up with the Uruguyans and ended up losing their match 3-0 and finish second in Group A.This was Russia’s biggest margin of loss in a World Cup. This is also the first time since 1982 that a host nation (European) has failed to progress from their group as the leaders. The last time it happened was in 1982 in Spain.Luis Suarez grabbed his second goal of the tournament to open Uruguay’s account with a free kick after 10 minutes and they doubled the lead with an own goal from Russia’s Denis Cheryshev soon after. Edinson Cavani bundled home a third goal for Uruguay at the death to wrap up their third straight victory.advertisementUruguay won all their games in the group stages and that too without conceding a goal. They became the first team in 20 years to do so. The last team to achieve this feat was Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. Spain first draw in last group game since 1982Spain’s draw meant they failed to win their final World Cup group stage match for the first time since they hosted the tournament back in 1982, when they lost 1-0 to Northern Ireland. Spain also finished a World Cup group stage unbeaten for the first time since 2006, having lost at least once in each of the last two editions of the competition.Spain also conceded 12 goals in their last six World Cup matches, which is as many as they had in their previous 18 combined.David de Gea, who is often called one of the best among his peers, finally managed to save the fifth shot on target he faced at this year’s 2018 World Cup. He had conceded from each of the first four he faced.Isco scored in the 19th minute of the game to make it even for Spain. He has scored 11 goals in 31 games for Spain, with 10 of them coming in his last 15 caps for his country.Morocco scored scored two or more goals in a World Cup game for the fourth time in their history, with the three previous occasion being in 1986 (three against Portugal), 1998 (two against Norway), 1998 (three against Scotland) Portugal progress from group stage for only fourth timePortugal qualified from the group in a World Cup for the fourth time in their history, having previously progressed in 1966, 2006 and 2010.Iran and Portugal had met only once in the World Cup before, which was back in 2006. Portugal had won 2-0 on that occasion with goals from Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo had scored his first ever goal in the tournament.Morocco had four players booked in the first 31 minutes against Spain, which is more than any other side up until now in the first half of a game at this year’s World Cup. It was also the most since 1966, it was also Morocco then who had accumulated five yellow cards before half time against The Netherlands in th2 1994 edition.Ricardo Quaresma scored just on the stroke, his first ever World Cup goal and that too with his first shot on target in his first start at the tournament. With the goal he became the oldest player to score on his first World Cup start (at 34 years, 272 days) since Yahya Golmohammadi had netted for Iran against Mexico in 2006 (at 35 years, 84 days). Most penalties in a single World CupA new record was set at the 2018 World Cup with 19 penalties having been awarded, which jumps the existing one of 18 penalties set at 1990, 1998 and 2002 editions.Ronaldo was brought down in the penalty box with and after the referee took help of the VAR pointed to the spot.The Portuguese captain stepped up in the 53rd minute, but joined the unenviable list of player who have missed a penalty at this year’s World Cup.The list:Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson missed against NigeriaPeru’s Christian Cueva missed against DenmarkArgentina’s Lionel Messi missed against IcelandSaudi Arabia’s Fahad Al-Muwallad missed against EgyptIncidentally, Alireza Beiranvand became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty, excluding shootouts, from a Portuguese player in the World Cup’s history. Late VAR dramaAfter a penalty was awarded using Video Assistant Referee, which Ronaldo missed, VAR returned to change the results of both the Group B matches.Late drama was in store at the Kaliningrad Arena as Iago Aspas scored with a clever flick in the injury time. He had started to celebrate but it was cut short by the assistant referee’s flag. VAR stepped in and the goal stood as Spain managed to hold and top their group. Aspas has been directly involved in eight goals in his last eight games for Spain.The VAR penalty in the Iran-Portugal game was more contentious as the referee had missed a handball from Cedric. But replays showed the ball hitting the arm while jumping to head the ball. Karim Ansarifard stepped up and converted his spot kick, but failed to take his team through to the next round. Ronaldo escapes with just a yellowVAR was also called into action to consult whether an incident between Cristiano Ronaldo and Morteza Pouraliganji warranted a red card, it was decided that a yellow was the appropriate decision. Ronaldo had elbowed the Iranian, but many in the stadium and otherwise called for much stricter punishment.last_img read more

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Report: Everton 2 Bournemouth 1

first_imgEverton 2 Bournemouth 1: Niasse double relieves pressure on Koeman Omnisport Last updated 2 years ago 00:02 24/9/2017 Niasse - cropped Getty Images Everton halted their run of consecutive Premier League defeats as Oumar Niasse’s double claimed a dramatic 2-1 win over Bournemouth. Oumar Niasse continued his Everton revival as a dramatic late double salvaged a much-needed 2-1 Premier League victory for Ronald Koeman’s side against Bournemouth.Having been cast aside by Koeman last term, Niasse made his mark in Everton’s EFL cup victory over Sunderland in midweek with a stunning goal and the Senegal striker rescued the Toffees with a superb cameo on Saturday.The pressure looked set to mount on Koeman as the game approached the closing stages – Josh King’s 49th-minute effort having put Eddie Howe’s side ahead at Goodison Park. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Facing a fourth straight league defeat, Koeman threw on Niasse in place of Wayne Rooney – who could have been awarded a penalty in a first half bereft of chances – and the Dutchman’s change soon paid dividends.With 13 minutes remaining, fellow substitute Tom Davies threaded a neat throughball into Niasse, who made no mistake with a thumping finish.Niasse – Roberto Martinez’s last signing as Everton boss – was not finished there, however, bundling the ball over from close range five minutes later to relieve the pressure on Koeman’s under-performing side.| What a week for Oumar Niasse… #EFCmatchday pic.twitter.com/Y0srlqjtnw— Everton (@Everton) September 23, 2017Everton took the lead within 30 seconds in the corresponding fixture last term, but they had to wait until the seventh minute for their first opportunity this time around – Dominic Calvert-Lewin heading wide from Leighton Baines’ cross.Rooney was left fuming with referee Atkinson just after the half hour, and with good reason.The former England captain was left with blood pouring from a gash above his eye after being caught by Simon Francis’ elbow inside the Bournemouth box, with Everton’s subsequent penalty appeals turned down.Rooney was soon back on, however, and could have given the Toffees the lead had he not slipped as he latched onto Idrissa Gueye’s clever reverse pass, with Everton made to pay for that miss after the restart.A sluggish Everton attack broke down and Bournemouth countered at pace – King bursting through the middle before slotting calmly across Jordan Pickford.Everton’s goalkeeper came to their rescue moments later, rushing out to deny former Sunderland team-mate Jermain Defoe from close range.Koeman did not hesitate in changing things, throwing on Davies and Niasse, and after Andrew Surman had cleared Mason Holgate’s header off the line, Everton finally had their equaliser.Niasse made a smart run to meet Davies’ pass, taking a brilliant first touch before slamming his finish high into the net.And Niasse inspired Everton’s comeback soon after, as he turned home at the second attempt after another frantic round of pinball inside the penalty area.Calvert-Lewin should have put the result beyond all doubt late on, but his miss ultimately mattered little as Everton held firm to claim a vital win and move out of the relegation zone, where Bounemouth remain second from bottom. Key Opta facts:- Everton ended a run of 401 minutes without a goal in the Premier League.- Bournemouth have lost 28 points from winning positions in the Premier League since the start of last season; more than any other side in that period.- Only Crystal Palace (0) have scored fewer first-half goals than Bournemouth in the Premier League this season.- Josh King scored his first goal in six Premier League appearances, after netting 10 in the 12 before that. read morelast_img read more

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Glory six clear at the summit

first_imgPerth Glory moved six points clear at the top of the A-League after they eased past Sydney FC 3-1 and Melbourne Victory lost for the first time since October.The league leaders began Wednesday with a three-point gap to both Sydney and Victory, before results went their way in a potentially pivotal round of action. Glory were good value for a commanding three-goal half-time lead as they tore through the Sydney defence at will, with Joel Chianese the star of the show. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The former Sydney forward turned in Jason Davidson’s cross for the opener before prodding the second past Andrew Redmayne, despite appeals for handball as he controlled.Chianese turned provider on the stroke of the interval as Brendon Santalab applied a clinical finish and Sydney, who had won their last nine against Glory, were left with a mountain to climb.A mix-up at the back allowed Adam Le Fondre to rifle in a consolation goal after the restart, but Sydney could not rescue a result.Adam Le Fondre scores one of the best consolation goals of the #ALeague season!: @foxfootball #PERvSYD #ALeague pic.twitter.com/bycGmUXxAQ— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) January 9, 2019Victory had already missed the opportunity to temporarily take top spot as they went down 2-0 at Adelaide United earlier in the day.Craig Goodwin stretched to direct Nikola Mileusnic’s low cross past Lawrence Thomas after 18 minutes, before Ken Ilso stripped Thomas Deng of the ball and ran clear to slide a finish under the goalkeeper for a quick second.The dominant hosts could have led by a wider margin at the break, but they had to dig in through an entertaining yet scoreless second half.Terry Antonis came closest for Victory with a superb effort that crashed against the crossbar as their unbeaten run ended at nine matches to leave them playing catch-up alongside Sydney.last_img read more

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Report: Bale inspires Madrid

first_imgGareth Bale sent a message to Zinedine Zidane after coming off the bench to score and inspire Real Madrid’s comeback against Arsenal at the International Champions Cup.Bale – tipped for an imminent Madrid exit after sitting out last week’s loss to Bayern Munich – was surprisingly introduced by Zidane at half-time and the Los Blancos outcast helped erase a two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw before the LaLiga giants won on penalties on Tuesday.Arsenal – who had Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent off prior to half-time after Nacho Fernandez was dismissed for a handball – were in control thanks to Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, until Bale entered the fray. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Bale pulled a goal back with a simple finish in the 56th minute before fellow substitute Marco Asensio restored parity three minutes later in Maryland, where penalties were needed.While Bale’s spot-kick was saved by Emiliano Martinez, Madrid still prevailed 3-2 over Unai Emery’s Arsenal in the shoot-out.Eden Hazard and Madrid made a lively start but the LaLiga giants were eventually pressed back and punished by Arsenal for their sloppiness in the ninth minute at FedEx Field.After 90 minutes, it finishes…Real Madrid  2-2  ArsenalAnd that means we’re going to penalties #ArsenalinUSA pic.twitter.com/BZJdh4KMQr— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 24, 2019Madrid were at sixes and sevens in defence, losing the ball before Lacazette rounded Keylor Navas, but his goal-bound effort was stopped by Nacho’s hand. The referee brandished a red card and the Arsenal forward’s penalty somehow went in after hitting both posts.Arsenal were in complete control from that point, prompting Zidane to sacrifice Luka Jovic in his first start for Madrid since arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt as defender Raphael Varane was introduced in the 16th minute.Varane’s presence could not prevent Arsenal from moving 2-0 ahead eight minutes later after a lovely flick from Lacazette sent Aubameyang through and the Gabon international rounded Navas and fired the ball into the net.Madrid were handed a boost approaching the interval when Arsenal defender Sokratis was sent off for a second yellow card and Karim Benzema almost pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, but his towering header hit the outside of the post.Bale’s introduction at the break lifted Madrid and he pulled a goal back 11 minutes into the second half. After Asensio’s long-range effort rattled the post, the Welshman was on hand to score when the goalkeeper’s save spilled to his feet for a simple finish. 56′ | 1-2 | GOOOOOOOOOOAL by @GarethBale11!!!#RealMadridIsHere | #RMTour pic.twitter.com/yZScvEapdk— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 24, 2019Arsenal barely made it out of their own half as Asensio equalised three minutes later – the Spain international receiving a cutback from fellow substitute Marcelo before finding a way past Martinez.That proved to be the last piece of action from Asensio, who left the field on a stretcher with an apparent knee injury in a worrying scene for the Spaniard and Madrid.Bale then almost put Madrid ahead in the 67th minute, however his delicate flick was well saved by Martinez, with Arsenal firmly entrenched in their own half.Bale continued to do it at all ends after he made a goal-line clearance to deny Calum Chambers with 14 minutes remaining before Reiss Nelson curled a shot inches off target.Eddie Nketiah had a golden opportunity to win it for Arsenal with three minutes of normal time remaining, but he was unable to beat Thibaut Courtois in a one-on-one situation as penalties beckoned. read morelast_img read more

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Lamborghini’s Rear-Wheel Drive Huracan Spyder Is Open-Top Ecstasy

first_img The Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato Shows Us What an Off-Road Supercar Would Look Like Apart from the nouveau-carbon-fiber treatments, the Huracan LP580-2 Spyder wears a distinctive Giallo Pearl exterior paint, 20-inch alloy wheels, and dark chrome accents. These add-ons alone tack $26,600 to the Spyder’s $219,780 starting figure, but they combine for a completely unique aesthetic. Both the Huracan Spyder and the Audi R8 Spyder (upon which the Huracan is based) are among the most beautiful roadsters ever built. Only a handful of designers can craft a roadster that’s dazzling with its top up and with it stowed.Like the rear-wheel drive coupe, the LP580-2 Spyder features a reworked front and rear fascia to distinguish it from the LP610-4 Huracan. Black slats embedded within the air intakes enhance the front’s aggression compared to the all-wheel drive model, and a taller honeycombed grille above a redesigned lower diffuser spice up the rear. The same distinctive fins from the LP610-4 Spyder appear behind driver and passenger when the roof has been stowed (a task which takes just 17 seconds).The Huracan Spyder’s cockpit feels as if it were pulled directly from a fighter jet, save for the seating configuration. Lamborghini’s signature ignition switch, toggles, and driver-focused cabin turn any errand into a sense of occasion. Tightly bolstered seats keep both passengers locked in place during hard cornering, but remain comfortable for long hauls. A 12.3-inch digital display gives the driver full command of navigation, media, traffic, and telemetry information, but affords plenty of real estate to the speedometer/tachometer combo.It’s easy to get caught up in the Huracan LP580-2 Spyder’s ravishing design, but a wailing, snapping V10 engine note reminds you this is, first and foremost, a performance vehicle. Pin the throttle, and the Pirelli-wrapped rear tires claw at the tarmac, rocketing the Spyder to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 198 mph. Meanwhile, Lamborghini’s brilliant transmission rips through gears in fractions of a second. Unlike the kicks of the Aventador’s dual-clutch, the Huracan fluidly moves from gear to gear while the car’s surroundings blur. Switch to manual controls and the Huracan greets each downshift with popping overrun. Lamborghini’s Rear-Wheel Drive Huracan Spyder Is Open-Top Ecstasy Close Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH The LP580-2 Spyder features three drive modes, in order of aggression: Strada, Sport, and Corsa. Each mode tweaks steering response, throttle sensitivity, exhaust flow, and electronic stability control intervention for a mild or mental driving experience. Whichever flavor of fun you choose, the LP580-2 is sensationally quick. Steering response is immediate, braking power is immense, and acceleration is blistering.Those shopping the $200K convertible supercar market will cross-shop the Huracan LP580-2 Spyder with the Ferrari 488 Spider and McLaren 650S Spider. Among these rivals, the Huracan LP580-2 is by far the cheapest, but also the least powerful. The Ferrari boasts 660hp and 560 lb-ft of torque for its $275K starting figure and the McLaren counters with 640hp and 500 lb-ft of torque for $280K.Choosing between these three incredible machines will ultimately come down to buyer enthusiasm. The Ferrari and McLaren may be quicker than the Lamborghini, but their twin-turbo V8’s and comparatively conservative styling simply can’t match the Huracan’s wow-factor. This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser In 2013, Lamborghini retired its best-selling model ever, the Gallardo. One year later, the Huracan assumed the brand’s entry-level supercar mantle. Since then, the Italian automaker has expanded its Huracan model range to include an all-wheel drive coupe (LP610-4), roadster, and rear-wheel drive coupe (LP580-2).This year, Lamborghini adds one more model to its stable, the LP580-2 Spyder. Lamborghini’s most affordable roadster applies 571 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Unlike the LP580-2 coupe, however, there isn’t a pesky roof to muffle that 5.2-liter V10 sonnet.The LP580-2 doesn’t just introduce affordability to the topless Lamborghini portfolio; it pioneers Forged Composite materials on a mainstream model. Forged Composite is Lamborghini’s term for a revolutionary carbon fiber manufacturing process. Far easier to produce, and yet lighter than both steel and aluminum, this material will become integral to the company’s future products. For now, though, the marble-looking substance has only been applied to the LP580’s air vents, door handles, and steering wheel paddles.“We first saw the benefits of Forged Composite as a structural solution with the Sesto Elemento, and now, with advances in technology, the possibilities have grown,” said Federico Foschini, Lamborghini’s Commercial Director. Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time –:- Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Oldendorff Carriers Buys Two SecondHand Bulkers

first_imgzoom German shipowner and operator Oldendorff Carriers is expanding its fleet with two more second-hand vessels, the Post Panamax bulk carriers UBC Onsan and UBC Ohio, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Featuring around 118,600 dwt respectively, the bulkers were bought from Oldendorff’s compatriot shipping firm Hartmann Reederei.The parties did not disclose the purchase price for the vessels, both of which were built in 2011 by China’s Dayang Shipbuilding Co.VesselsValue data shows that the market value for each of the ships stands at USD 13.8 million.In September, Oldendorff bought another second-hand Post Panamax bulker, namely Emma Schulte, for a price of USD 12.6 million.The 115,200 dwt vessel, built in 2012 by China’s Jiangnan Shanghai Changxing Heavy, was purchased from German shipowner Schulte Thomas.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the scourge of opioids by more closely vetting people who import pill presses.In a resolution passed at its annual conference in Halifax, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police said the federal government did not go far enough when it introduced changes that made it illegal to import unregistered presses.The chiefs say the illicit use of presses has helped increase the supply of street drugs containing synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, contributing to a crisis of overdose deaths.According to figures published in June, there were 3,987 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada in 2017, the vast majority of which were unintentional. Almost-three quarters of accidental opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogues, compared to 55 per cent the previous year.Police raids of drug labs have shown that presses, encapsulators, stamps and dyes are widely used in producing counterfeit pills.“In our efforts to disrupt this illegal market we were frustrated with the ease at which these devices could be purchased and imported,” the chiefs said in a background document made public Tuesday.“Several investigations have revealed the significant amount of pills that could be produced for street distribution with these industrial pill presses.”Changes to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act last year introduced a registration requirement to import pill presses. But the chiefs say tightening these provisions further would help police.“Counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and its analogues continue to make their way to the illicit drug markets across Canada,” says the background document.The new resolution calls for comprehensive scrutiny of people and businesses importing pill presses and encapsulators, including a requirement to spell out the equipment’s intended use. In addition, the chiefs want controls over domestic sales of imported presses.Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said Tuesday the federal department values the chiefs’ input and “will listen carefully to their views as we continue our work to keep Canadians safe.”He noted that importers are already required to register the address where a pill press will be used, and that information can be disclosed to police as part of an investigation.British Columbia, which has been hard hit by opioid overdoses, introduced legislation in April aimed at restricting ownership, possession and use of manufacturing equipment, including presses.The bill would require those looking to sell the equipment to register and consent to a criminal record check. In addition, there are notification provisions concerning sales.“This bill is critical in bolstering police efforts to disrupt the supply chain and get counterfeit pills off of the streets and out of the hands of those who recklessly distribute death-dealing drugs,” B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said at the time.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Bid On Jeff Gordons Worn And Autographed Helmet Uniform Gloves And Shoes

first_imgBid now to own a rare “head-to-toe” autographed Pepsi MAX helmet, uniform, shoes and gloves from Jeff Gordon’s personal archives!This uniform was worn by Jeff Gordon at Auto Club Speedway in 2010.You will receive:Jeff Gordon 2010 Pepsi MAX HelmetJeff Gordon 2010 Pepsi MAX UniformJeff Gordon 2010 Pepsi MAX GlovesJeff Gordon 2010 Pepsi MAX ShoesThe winner of four NASCAR Cup Series championships, Jeff Gordon helped transform auto racing into a mainstream American sport.The auction will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.To find out more and make a bid, visit CharityBuzz.com before May 31.The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This year, BCRF has awarded $59.5 million to support the work of more than 275 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 15 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S.—the only one with an “A+” from CharityWatch and Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars. Visit www.bcrf.org to learn more.last_img read more

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Grains mostly lower livestock higher

Wheat for May was off 9.50 cents at 4.2175 a bushel; May corn fell 10.75 cents at 3.4450 a bushel; May oats was up 3.50 cents at $2.9850 a bushel; while May soybeans declined 14 cents at $8.0025 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. June live cattle rose .88 cent at $1.1195 a pound; May feeder cattle gained .48 cent at $1.3625 a pound; while May lean hogs was up .18 cent at $.8375 a pound.The Associated Press

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Constitutional reform planned for Venezuela alarms UN human rights experts

In a joint statement, the rapporteurs say that the proposals – which will go before Venezuelan voters in a referendum on Sunday – “will curtail a set of fundamental rights that should be enjoyed at all times, including during states of emergencies,” citing the right to freedom of expression and the right of access to information as two examples. They say the reforms could also limit the work of journalists and human rights defenders and harm the independence of the judiciary. “We call upon the Venezuelan Government to firmly commit to the protection of the set of human rights, safeguarding the institutional guarantees that ensure that democracy and the rule of law will be upheld at all times,” said the statement, issued by Ambeyi Ligabo, the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Hina Jilani, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders; and Leandro Despouy, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers. Sunday’s referendum comes a few weeks after Venezuela’s National Assembly approved President Hugo Chavez’s reform proposals, which include allowing the indefinite re-election of the president, extending the presidential term by one year and ending the autonomy of the country’s central bank. The rapporteurs expressed concern that some provisions regarding the declaration of a state of emergency would hinder citizens’ civil liberties, while the elimination of the Supreme Court’s authority to oversee and approve such declarations would be inconsistent with Venezuela’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Amendments to three articles of the constitution also mean many “fundamental rights… [that are] stepping stones of all democratic societies” are no longer expressly guaranteed, according to the statement. “We are also concerned about the situation of human rights defenders as the proposed reform establishes that associations with a political aim can only access funding at the national level. We fear that this definition might be selectively applied to human rights organizations to prevent them from accessing international funding,” the experts said. They also voiced concern about the situation facing human rights defenders and journalists “who have been subject to threats and attacks that not only affect their personal security, but generate a widespread atmosphere of intimidation that discourages them from engaging in their activities and from taking public stands for the defence of human rights.” Under the planned reforms the dismissal of Supreme Court judges can be decided a simple majority vote in the National Assembly, rather than the current two-thirds majority required, leading the rapporteurs to warn of the impact on judicial independence. 30 November 2007Three independent United Nations human rights experts today voiced concern about planned constitutional reforms in Venezuela, saying the proposed changes could curb civil liberties and breach the South American country’s international treaty commitments. read more

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Republicans face tough vote on Trumpbacked budget bill

WASHINGTON — A hard-won, warts-and-all budget pact between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump is facing a key vote in the GOP-held Senate.Many conservatives are torn between supporting the president and risking their political brand with an unpopular vote to add $2 trillion or more to the government’s credit card.The Trump-supported legislation backed by the Democratic speaker would also stave off a government shutdown and protect budget gains for both the Pentagon and popular domestic programs. It’s attached to a must-do measure to lift the so-called debt limit.For many Republicans it’s a tough vote, scheduled Wednesday afternoon. The tea party-driven House GOP conference broke against it by a 2-1 margin, but pragmatists prefer the measure to a fall landscape of high-wire deadlines and potential chaos.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more

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Revival of deadly annual peoplesmuggling from Somalia to Yemen sparks UN warning

Four overcrowded fishing boats carrying 363 people between them have reached Yemen in less than a week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today. Survivors on one of the boats stated that four other passengers died when the crew forced them overboard while far from shore.UNHCR officials voiced fear that a boat carrying about 100 people is likely to arrive every day in Yemen during the September-April sailing season, placing the lives of countless people in jeopardy. During the three previous seasons, hundreds of Africans have died in the crossing.Adel Jasmin, UNHCR’s representative in Yemen, said “though the sea is still rough, the sailing season has started. Hundreds of people, looking for refuge or for better economic conditions, are believed to be lost at sea every year when they are exploited by smuggling rings.”Passengers who reach Yemen routinely report inhumane conditions aboard the boats, with no water or food available and rough treatment, including beatings, by crew members. But the continuing insecurity, drought and economic hardship in Somalia mean many people are still willing to undertake the journey. Many Ethiopians are also making the crossing.Smugglers operate their business from the port of Bossasso in Puntland, a self-declared autonomous region in north-eastern Somalia.“The first group to arrive this season had waited for a week before the boat could take them from Bossasso to Yemen,” Mr. Jasmin said. “And they said there are large groups waiting for their turn to cross. These survivors said there are three boats fully operational for now, running people between Puntland and Yemen.”High Commissioner António Guterres urged the international community to press local authorities in Puntland to crack down on the smugglers and to provide greater financial assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the impoverished region to discourage them from wanting to leave.Earlier this year UNHCR produced a radio and video programme to raise awareness among Somalis of the risks in trying to cross the Gulf of Aden, while the agency and the International Maritime Organization have also prepared a pamphlet to guide ship owners and captains, insurance companies, governments and anyone else who could be involved in rescues at sea.In Yemen, UNHCR operates a reception centre to process the arrivals and determine if they are seeking asylum. So far this season most people have said they plan to leave Yemen to obtain jobs in Persian Gulf countries. read more

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Finals set for Three Minute Thesis Challenge

Three minutes to win it.That’s all the time five graduate students will have to explain their research to a panel of judges Thursday, March 30, in the final round of Brock’s 2017 Three Minute Thesis Challenge.The annual competition will be held this year at Pond Inlet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and the Brock community is invited to attend.The 3MT contest challenges graduate students to tell their research story in a fraction of the time typically allotted to research presentations and in a way that conveys the nature and importance of complex research to a non-specialist audience and panel of judges. They’re each given just 90 seconds and one slide to get their message across.Judging the finals this year are Stephen Murdock, Vice President Public Relations, Enterprise Canada, Michael Chess, Marketing Supervisor, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Allie Hughes, Digital Marketing Entrepreneur, Founder Hughes & Co. Inc.Karin Perry, Vitae Program Co-ordinator and 3MT organizer, said she is always impressed with the passion presenters bring to the table, especially given the intense nature of the competition.“Each presenter has distilled very specialized and complex concepts into concise phrases and perhaps a meaningful gesture,” she said.“They have rehearsed and tested their words and gestures with friends. They’re watching their pauses, vocal tone and are aware of their own body presence. There is a lot going on.”The overall winner of Brock’s contest will receive $500 and the runner-up wins $250. Brock’s winner also will advance to the provincial 3MT competition hosted by the University of Waterloo on Wednesday, April 12.The top finishers in Ontario move on to the 2017 national competition that is sponsored by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and held later in the spring.The 3MT competition was initially developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008. Since then, 3MT has spread internationally and is now a regular event held at universities across Canada.Brock’s Three Minute Thesis Challenge finalists:Caitlyn Gallant, a Master of Psychology student in the Faculty of Social Sciences, is studying the impact of concussions and how they affect reactivity to unpredictable social situations. She was also the winner of the competition’s inaugural People’s Choice Award.Katie Faust, a Health and Physical Education master’s student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, is researching through personal experience the impact the loss of a teammate can have.Laura Kovac, a Social Justice and Equity Studies master’s student in the Faculty of Social Sciences, is looking at the degeneration of female sports.Andréanne Hébert-Haché, a Master of Science in Biological Sciences student in the Faculty of Math and Science, is researching ways to improve cold tolerance of grapevines by clone and rootstock selection.Camille Xinmei Rousseau, a Child and Youth Studies master’s student in the Faculty of Social Sciences, is studying implications for children’s reading motivation and achievement through participation in dog-assisted reading programs.Graduate students, clockwise from back left, Camille Xinmei Rousseau, Laura Kovac, Katie Faust, Caitlyn Gallant and Andréanne Hébert-Haché are finalists in Brock’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge after a successful preliminary round on Feb. 16. read more

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Quiz How much do you know about The Queen

first_imgThe Queen celebrates her 91st birthday today. Elizabeth II, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch, celebrated this remarkable landmark in typically low-key fashion on Friday with artillery gun salutes in London’s Hyde Park and the Tower of London and a trip to Newbury Racecourse.The Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street in central London when Calvin Coolidge was US president and Joseph Stalin had just taken control of the Soviet Union. She became queen in 1952 aged 25.She’s has been a part of the fabric of British and Commonwealth life for as long as anyone can remember. But how much do you really know about Her Majesty?last_img

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Aldi overtakes Waitrose as Britains favourite supermarket

first_imgMeanwhile, in the online category, people were asked about the convenience of delivery slots, the choice of substitute items and drivers’ service as well as quality, product ranges and value for money. 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. Matthew Barnes, chief executive, UK and Ireland at Aldi, said: “We’re over the moon to be named the best supermarket in the Which? annual customer satisfaction survey voted for by UK shoppers.”At Aldi, we’re proud to offer fantastic quality products at amazing prices and to be named the UK’s favourite supermarket shows just how much we are resonating with shoppers.”Aldi fans loved the supermarket’s “fantastic prices” with many also praising an “always improving” selection of food, Which? found.One customer said Waitrose is “a bit pricey – which is why I don’t do my main shop there”, while others praised its “top quality” produce and “polite customers”.A Waitrose spokesman pointed out that Which? had awarded its shops more categories with a five-star rating for customer satisfaction than any other retailer in the study and that its score for its online grocery service had also improved.Five star ratings were not directly linked to Which?’s overall scores. The Waitrose spokesman said: “As Which? itself says, many customers praised our top quality produce.”A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said it was “confused by the methodology” used to create the rankings, pointing out that its stores had outperformed the top-ranked in-store supermarket in the star ratings system on measures such as store appearance, queuing time, staff availability and range of products and had matched it on quality of own-label products and fresh products. Aldi has knocked Waitrose off top spot as Britain’s favourite supermarket as customers say their “jumble sale” stores are worth if for discounts.The budget retailer was placed first in the in-store category in a satisfaction survey of 6,800 shoppers who were asked about their experience of shopping for groceries over the previous six months.Marks & Spencer was placed second, while Lidl was third, with Sainsbury’s placed bottom of the in-store survey.Despite Aldi’s stores being described by some in the survey as “untidy” and “a jumble sale” and customers complaining about rushed checkouts, value for money was a key factor in its climb to the top spot.Supermarkets were ranked in the in-store category based on consumers’ feelings about the appearance of stores, queuing time, staff availability, the range and quality of products and value for money.Waitrose, which had previously held the top position for three years, fell to fourth place.Separate studies have previously suggested that the “Waitrose effect” of having one of its stores nearby can help to add value to residents’ homes.center_img Among the online supermarkets, Iceland claimed the top spot for the third year running, which it shares with Ocado for the first time.Iceland managing director Nigel Broadhurst said: “We are naturally delighted to have been recognised once again as Britain’s best online store in the annual Which? supermarket survey.He continued: “We are also a business that is and has always been committed to doing the right thing, most recently reflected in our aim to eliminate plastic packaging from our own-label range by 2023.”We look forward to welcoming many more new customers to enjoy the Iceland experience, both in-store and online, in the year ahead.”Iceland received five stars for its drivers’ service and the availability of delivery slots – with three-quarters (76%) of shoppers saying their most recent order was delivered on time.Asda was placed at the bottom of the online supermarkets table, where Which? said it has been for more than a decade.Alex Neill, managing director of Which? home products and services, said: “With food costs rising it seems as though shoppers have felt the pinch and are voting with their feet and wallets.”Aldi and Lidl have won over their customers with value for money, knocking Waitrose off the top spot.”How the supermarkets were ranked:AldiMarks & SpencerLidlWaitroseIcelandTescoAsdaMorrisonsSainsbury’s Consumer experts Which? carried out the research and said customers gave Waitrose a two star rating for its value for money, in contrast to Aldi’s five. They also said Aldi’s special offers rated well, as did the quality of its fresh and own-label products and the ease of finding items on its shelves. The last time Aldi came top in the annual survey was in 2014.last_img read more

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Aylesbury prison riot Young offenders trash wing and throw paint in protest

first_imgInside HMYOI Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire. File pictureCredit:Andrew Aitchison /Corbis/Getty “So they can shower and exercise but then have been locked up all week. They had one shower on Monday and nothing since.”On Saturday they weren’t allowed the weekend association where they can play pool, etc. This morning, they were allowed another shower but, when they were told they were going to be locked up again, with no explanation, lots of them refused to go back.”A Prison Service spokesman said the disturbance was “confined to one area” of the institution.The four officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries before returning to duty. The spokesman said: “Prison staff at HMYOI Aylesbury have successfully resolved a brief period of indiscipline today involving a small number of offenders on one wing.” Prison guards were injured in a riot at a young offenders’ institution in which inmates reportedly threw paint and smashed fire alarms.Offenders are said to have “trashed” a wing at HMYOI Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire, in protest over a lack of showers and time out of their cells.The Prison Service confirmed that four officers suffered minor injuries in the disturbance on Sunday.A source told the BBC that inmates “trashed” E wing, adding “they’ve thrown paint, smashed fire alarms and broken cameras”.”There’s a new regime and they aren’t allowed any association during the week,” a woman whose partner is an inmate told the BBC. When they were told they were going to be locked up again, with no explanation, lots of them refused to go backpartner of Aylesbury inmatecenter_img The Prison Service added: “Offenders who behave in this way will be punished and may face extra time behind bars.”Up to 70 inmates aged up to 21 are housed on E wing at HMYOI Aylesbury. HMYOI Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire 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 read more

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Taoiseach calls on Government to look busy The weeks news skewed

first_imgThe main thing is that everybody is proud to wear that jersey. Come on Ireland!Dept of Finance negotiators don’t understand Trapattoni’s tactics Tuesday, 10 SeptemberThe officials who negotiate for Ireland with the EU, ECB and IMF have confessed to not understanding what Giovanni Trapattoni is doing.The Irish soccer manager’s job is on the line after a string of poor performances and worse results.“The FAI want him to go,” a Department of Finance spokesman said, “but he’s refusing. What’s that about?”“It looks like he will force them to buy out his contract. It’s very hard to understand why he doesn’t just do what he’s told. That’s what negotiating is all about.”Obama to explore diplomatic route on Seanad Wednesday, 11 September US President Barack Obama has promised to explore a Russian diplomatic initiative before attacking the Seanad.However, Obama made clear his belief that waging war on the Seanad remains the best option.“We’re postponing a vote on military intervention to give the Russians a chance to solve things,” Obama said. “But we won’t delay forever.”It is understood that the Russian initiative would see the Seanad relocate to a warehouse in Ballymount. “They’d still be paid to spout nonsense but no one would have to listen,” Vladimir Putin explained.FAI to seek manager who speaks same language as players Wednesday, 11 SeptemberThe FAI today announced an ambitious plan to appoint a national team manager who speaks the same language as the players.The move comes after Giovanni Trapattoni left the Ireland job by “mutual consent”.“We are deadly serious about finding a manager who can communicate with the players in their own language,” FAI supremo John Delaney said.“And we are reasonably certain that that language is not Italian.”Mr Delaney said FAI linguistic experts were already trying to establish what language the players speak.Taoiseach calls on Government to ‘look busy’ Thursday, 12 September Taoiseach Enda Kenny has responded to stinging criticism from the OECD by calling on his Government to look busy.The OECD said the government needed to do more to tackle the jobs crisis.“Everyone needs to look busy in these difficult times,” the Taoiseach said.“When you are playing solitaire, tweeting, or, God forbid, browsing porn, make sure no one else can see your screen,” he added. “That way it looks like you’re working.”Dáil reform plans described as ‘completely unnecessary’ Friday, 13 September Ambitious plans to reform the Dáil have been described as completely unnecessary by a locksmith.The Government unveiled a Dáil reform package yesterday aimed at improving parliamentary operations.However, a locksmith in Lucan immediately dismissed the proposals.“They’re completely unnecessary,” he said. “Why reform the Dáil? All you have to do is change the locks.”Ireland in the Bailout Years – a trot through 2009-present day through the satirical lens of The Mire’s Donal Conaty – is on sale now here. Read previous weeks’ editions of The Mire’s Not the News > IS THE NEWS getting you down? Current affairs causing a frown? Satirical site The Mire has an alternative angle on the week’s hot topics.Irish captain Enda Kenny says country has no Plan B Monday, 9 SeptemberTaoiseach Enda Kenny has controversially admitted that Ireland does not have a Plan B for the economy or anything else.“We talk about Plan A and Plan B and crap like that but Ireland has never had a Plan B,” the Irish captain said.“We’ve always had a Plan A, it’s a simple as that. As long as I’ve been around we’ve always done things exactly the same way even though it doesn’t work.”“We’re not Germany or anyone good. We know our strengths are weaknesses and we stick to them,” Mr Kenny added.last_img read more

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Nicholson Commons Seeds of community

first_imgBagley Downs neighborhood association meetingWhen: 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 24.Where: Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School, 2921 Falk Rd.Why: To reactivate a dense but dormant neighborhood association.Bagley Downs boundaries: State Highway 500, Falk Road, Fourth Plain, Andresen Road.Need an interpreter or want to offer interpretation? Contact BagleyDownsNA@gmail.com. Use the same address if you want to get involved in the neighborhood garden.On the Webamericansbuildingcommunity. wordpress.comMark Maggiora has started thinking of Clark County the way urban park planners do: in terms of five-minute strolls.Among community activist Maggiora’s numerous dreams for this area is permanently and conveniently anchoring as many productive, user-friendly green spaces as possible to the land so they’re within short “wheelbarrow walks” of — well, everywhere.He was halfway pleased with the Friday morning turnout at a new neighborhood garden site in the Bagley Downs neighborhood. A handful of volunteers showed up to till the soil and plant some seeds — not many, but enough for a modest start. More are welcome today, Sunday and into the future.Maggiora founded a nonprofit redevelopment agency called Americans Building Community that’s aimed at revitalizing the neighborhoods along the central Fourth Plain corridor. He and his group have teamed with the Bagley Downs Neighborhood Association — such as it is — and with the Southwest Washington Community Land Trust to start this new garden just north of the Jim Parsley Community Center.The new plots laid out and planted by volunteers Friday take up most of the sloping front and rear yards of an affordable ranch house at 4912 Nicholson Ave. built by the land trust. The house isn’t yet occupied, but Maggiora said a closing is not far off.last_img read more

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Reliance Industries eyes majority stake in logistics startup Grab

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:09Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … RIL’s 41st AGM: Biggest highlightsIBTimes INIn a bid to strengthen its e-commerce operations, Reliance Industries Ltd is in talks to buy a majority stake in logistics startup Grab the Grub services. Grab provides last mile logistics solutions to food delivery companies, online pharmaceutical and grocery companies.With an aim to bring its consumer-facing businesses at par with its flagship petrochemical and refining operations, RIL had announced a hybrid online-to-offline platform that would connect millions of small retailers to customers across India. The petrochemicals giant plans to marry its vast network of retail stores to the digital network of Reliance Jio Infocomm. The acquisition of the hyperlocal logistics company is expected to help RIL fine-tune its e-commerce plans. The quantum of the investment could not be confirmed but the deal could be announced in the next few weeks, The Times of India reported. RIL could also make fresh investments to scale up the venture.Grab has been talking to potential suitors for the last six-seven months. The company had also held talks with Paytm for an acquisition,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed source.The Mumbai-based startup has raised 300  million rupees from financial investors like Oliphans Capital, SIDBI and Sixth Sense Ventures. Food delivery major Zomato and Dubai-based logistics company Aramex are Grab’s strategic backers. The startup was founded in 2014 by Pratish Sanghvi, Jignesh Patel and Nishant Vora. The company has handled over 127 million orders across 49 cities for marquee clients such as McDonald’s, Flipkart, Amazon, BigBasket and Big Bazaar. Last month RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani had announced the plan to roll out the retail portal from Gujarat. “The new e-commerce platform will empower and enrich our 12 lakh small retailers and shopkeepers in Gujarat,” Ambani had said.The move has brought RIL in direct competition with global e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart, who dominate the Indian market currently. RIL has gone on an aggressive acquisition spree to spruce up the content play of Jio.The company acquired music streaming service Saavn last year and merged it with JioMusic, shooting up the valuation of the combined entity to $1 billion. The company has also bought education tech startup Embibe and has committed to invest $180 million in the application.center_img RIL’s 41st AGM: Biggest highlightslast_img read more

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