Chittorgarh set to host National Junior Wrestling Championship

first_img(Eds: Adding a missing word in headline) Chittorgarh, Sep 27 (PTI) Big-time wrestling is coming to the fort city for the first time as the Tata Motors Junior National Wrestling Championships (U-23) gets underway here from Friday. The Under-23 championship, which will see participation of 633 wrestlers from 24 states, is also the first of its kind added to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) calendar with a view to scout more talent and encourage young wrestlers to the sport. WFI, which allotted the tournament to Chittorgarh, said it will help Rajasthan unearth new talent from the state. Rajasthan, which hosted the Senior Nationals way back in 2008, also played hosts to Junior National earlier this year in February at Jaipur. Talking on the choice of Chittorgarh, Brij Bhushan Saran, President of the Wrestling Federation of India said that Rajasthan has the potential to present more wrestlers to the country. “Our interiors, especially bordering Haryana, has immense talent. We need to tap and bring them to the fore. Besides, in smaller cities hosting an event of this size will generate a lot of interests,” he said. “It will also encourage more youngsters taking to the sport in the near future,” he added. PTI AHAHlast_img read more

Champions League is back – but don’t expect a real match until February

first_imgReal Madrid’s director general, José Ángel Sánchez, has said the club must see itself like Disney, as a content producer. Champions League group games provide content. Delight as Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick! Marvel as Neymar nutmegs a full‑back! Gasp as Lionel Messi skips by four defenders! Brief YouTube clips rarely convey that the opponent being outwitted is a Belarusian journeyman being paid 100 times less a week than the star.But the remorseless logic of football’s neoliberal economics has taken effect. The Champions League has made the rich richer to the point that domestic titles have become almost worthless. It is why Juventus took their gamble on Ronaldo last summer, paying €100m for a 33-year-old in order, as they saw it, to provide the attacking thrust that would transform appearances in two of the previous four finals into a first Champions League success since 1996. When the subsequent European campaign ended with a quarter-final defeat by Ajax, the manager, Max Allegri, despite five Serie A titles in a row, was replaced.There is an epic quality to this, taking in the classic themes of greed and ambition, now set against the ticking clock of Ronaldo’s continued fitness as an elite athlete. It is undeniably great content. But in terms of football it unfortunately produces between two and seven intriguing games per super‑club, beginning next February. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more comment Share on Messenger Champions League group-by-group guide: predictions and star players Share on LinkedIn Sportblog Facebook Share via Email Uefa Little wonder, then, that Europe’s non-Premier League elite are so desperate to alter the format of the Champions League. It manifestly needs changing. A group stage in which roughly 80% of the games are largely meaningless while amplifying and reifying pre-existing financial inequalities cannot stand.But the plan proposed by the Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, for four groups of eight somehow managed to make worse the structural inequality while comprising a raft of games that earlier results could have rendered entirely meaningless (as opposed to the present structure, in which a lot of theoretically meaningful games are rendered meaningless because one side is so much stronger than the other).That proposal appears to have been headed off by Premier League clubs – not, of course, for the good of the game, but because it threatened the financial advantages they have from being in the Premier League. The great irony is that, beyond the supreme marketing, the reason for the Premier League’s popularity, for all its imbalances, is that it remains far less predictable than any other major league. There may be a lesson there. Share on Facebook Uefa agrees deal with clubs to cap prices for away fans in European competition Finances Perhaps Dinamo and other sides like them are happy enough with the format. They make a lot of money without a lot of effort and that sustains their hegemony at home, while they also have a glitzy shop window in which to advertise any promising young talent they may be able to sell for profit. But as a report commissioned this summer by Uefa into the polarisation of European football showed, attendances outside the big five leagues are falling, with the attention increasingly drawn to the elite.For a time the biggest clubs seemed to be satisfied as well. Football, the game itself, the thing played on the pitch, it must always be remembered, tends to be a minor consideration.center_img Dinamo Zagreb’s head coach Nenad Bjelica has a tough Champions League task on his hands. Photograph: Ole Martin Wold/AFP/Getty Images Twitter I n the distance the anthem swells. Inappropriate advertising hoardings are covered up. A continent prepares to give thanks to Gazprom for providing them with football. The Champions League returns on Tuesday, unleashing an excited flurry of anticipatory questions: Can Liverpool defend their crown? Will Pep Guardiola stop overcomplicating things and, after a nine-year break, finally lift his third European title as a manager? Will Juventus’s gamble on Cristiano Ronaldo pay off? Are Barcelona and Real Madrid as shambolic as they appear? Who will Paris Saint‑Germain lose to hilariously this time? But mostly, when does the real stuff start?Does any other competition that so regularly ends so brilliantly go through such a protracted clearing of the throat? Last season only one side managed to eliminate a club with a higher annual revenue in the group stage. The year before there were four sides eliminated by teams with lower annual revenues and before that just one again. Of the last 48 teams to reach the knockout stages, only six did not follow a remorseless financial logic – and even then it is hard to claim that Ajax or Basel putting out Benfica, or Roma qualifying ahead of Atlético Madrid, really counts as especially noteworthy. Share on Twitter Business Look at the bookmakers’ odds. Groups A, B, D and E are regarded as foregone conclusions, with even the second favourites to qualify 9-2 on or shorter. Only Group F appears as a genuine four-way battle, with Zenit, seeded in the highest pot by dint of winning the Russian championship, fourth favourites to go through at 6-4. That in effect means that in the other seven groups, there will be 84 matches to decide whether Atalanta’s high press can oust a Shakhtar in transition after the departure of Paulo Fonseca, whether Antonio Conte can bring enough focus to Internazionale to challenge Borussia Dortmund and whether Valencia can overcome the chaos prompted by the dismissal of their manager, Marcelino, this past week to edge out Ajax.Or to put that another way, in six of the eight groups one side is rated 50-1 or longer to come top. The Czech champions, Slavia Prague – drawn with Barcelona, Dortmund and Inter – are 100-1, which is to say the same starting price as Foinavon, the most outlandish Grand National winner in history.This is the curse of the competition: it is not just that there is a small cabal of super-clubs far stronger than the rest; it is that there is also a small group of outsiders whose only chance is whatever the football equivalent of a pile-up at the 23rd fence would be. Dinamo Zagreb, for instance, have won the Croatian league in 13 of the last 14 seasons; in that time they have totalled four points in Champions League group games. Lose the game, take the money, go home, win the league, repeat, trapped on a mezzanine of futility. Topics Football politics Share on Pinterest Champions League Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Transfer latest: Chelsea to offer Hazard massive raise

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Chelsea to offer Hazard massive raise Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:43 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Primera División Serie A Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Chelsea ready new contract offer for HazardChelsea hope to keep Eden Hazard in London by offering him a new contract with a massive bump in wages, according to the Daily Mail.Hazard’s current contract runs through 2020, but rumours continue to circulate that he desires a move to Real Madrid.And the Blues are hoping a new deal, which would see him earn wages of £300,000 a week, would be enough to entice the former Premier League Player of the Year to stay.  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 Eriksen agent flattered by Man Utd linksChristian EriksenChristian Eriksen’s agent has revealed that he is flattered by reports linking the Tottenham midfielder with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid.The Spurs star has been one of his side’s key performers in the 2017-18 season and his agent, Martin Schoots, insists it’s a “compliment” to hear of the interest in the player.Check out the full story right here on Goal!Lewandowski wants to leave BayernRobert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, reports Sport Bild’s Christian Falk.The Poland international has recently changed his agent to Pini Zahavi to spark speculation he is planning for his departure from the Allianz Arena.Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid are among the clubs to be linked with Lewandowski, and Bayern look likely to have a decision to make in the summer.Meyer rejects second Schalke offerMax Meyer Schalke 04Max Meyer has rejected Schalke’s second offer of a new contract to further fuel rumours he will leave at the end of the season, according to Sport Bild.Schalke had offered the 22-year-old a deal worth €5.5 million per season to stay, but Meyer has not accepted the proposal.The likes of Arsenal, Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the midfielder, who seems increasingly certain to leave Schalke on a free transfer.’Kane’s qualities of obvious appeal to Real’Harry Kane TottenhamTottenham’s Harry Kane is “one of the best strikers in the world”, admits Raul, with his qualities of obvious appeal to Real Madrid.His prolific strike rate has sparked talk of inevitable interest from afar, with La Liga giants Real part of an elite group of clubs who could afford to finance a deal if Kane becomes available.Read the full story on Goal!Barca plotting Alderweireld bidToby Alderweireld TottenhamBarcelona are planning a huge summer bid for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, according to the Independent.Spurs look set to cash in on the Belgium international at the end of the season with hopes of agreeing a new deal fading and a clause in his current contract stating he can be sold for just £25 million in 2019.Manchester United are also keen on former Atletico Madrid centre-back Alderweireld but are reluctant to go into business with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.Ancelotti interested in Arsenal jobCarlo AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti is interested in taking over for Arsene Wenger if the Arsenal boss is sacked after the season, says the Daily Star.Ancelotti is out of work after being fired by Bayern Munich during his second season with the club after a sluggish start.While the Gunners reportedly hope to lure Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona boss is more interested in Chelsea, while Ancelotti would welcome a return to the Premier League with Arsenal. Mourinho wants to beat Guardiola to IscoIscoJose Mourinho is determined to beat Pep Guardiola to the signature of Real Madrid star Isco, according to Don Balon.Both Manchester clubs are looking at the playmaker, whose future with the capital club is in doubt as Zinedine Zidane has rotated him in and out of the starting XI this season.Isco’s status will depend on whether Zidane remains as manager, as his departure could result in the player remaining with Real.Low among five potential Wenger replacementsJoachim Low Germany 011217Arsenal are looking at Joachim Low as one of five candidates to succeed Arsene Wenger as Gunners boss should the club decide to move on this summer, according to the Mirror.The Gunners’ heavy defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, combined with their league struggles, could mean a change is made after the season.And Arsenal reportedly have looked at Germany boss Low, Leonardo Jardim, Paulo Fonseca, Mikel Arteta and Brendan Rodgers as options to step into the role.Agent: ‘Huge interest’ in Milinkovic-SavicSergej Milinkovic-Savic LazioAgent Mateja Kezman revealed there is “huge” interest in Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from “great” clubs in Italy, England, Spain and France.La Liga and Champions League titleholders Real Madrid and Premier League giants Manchester United have been linked with moves for midfielder Milinkovic-Savic, while Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested as well.Read the full story on Goal!Whitecaps and Impact after Burnley’s ArfieldScott Arfield Premier League Burnley v Everton 221016The Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact look set to battle with West Ham for the signature of Burnley’s Scott Arfield, according to the Sun.The MLS sides are looking to land one of Canada’s top internationals on a designated player contract when his deal expires in the summer.West Ham manager David Moyes has also tried to sign him in previous windows and may again go in for the midfielder should he elect to remain in Europe.PSG want Coutinho-Mbappe swap to satisfy NeymarKylian Mbappe PSG Paris Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain are willing to offer Kylian Mbappe to Barcelona in exchange for money and Philippe Coutinho in order to keep Neymar happy, El Pais reports.Neymar is said to feel uncomfortable playing alongside potential Ballon d’Or rival Mbappe, whose €180 million move from Monaco will be made permanent at the end of the season.And PSG are reportedly willing to let the 19-year-old sensation go if they can lure Neymar’s friend and Brazil team-mate Coutinho from Barca, despite his recent big-money move from Liverpool. Man Utd and Chelsea could enter Alisson raceAlissonManchester United and Chelsea are set to enter the battle to sign Alisson should either side lose their goalkeeper this summer, reports the Mirror. With David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois strongly linked to Real Madrid, the two Premier League sides could turn to the Roma shot-stopper as a replacement.Bayern Munich open Malcom talksMalcom BordeauxBayern Munich have opened talks with representatives of Bordeaux star Malcom, according to Sport Bild. The German side reportedly made contact with the Brazilian several weeks ago, and have begun working on terms of a five-year deal.Arsenal and Tottenham have been heavily linked with the 20-year-old, whom the Ligue 1 side value at £52 million. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

DHT Holdings Declares VLCC Option at Hyundai Heavy

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom DHT Holdings, Inc. has declared its option to construct a VLCC at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (“HHI”) in South Korea with a contract price of $92.7 million, including certain additions and upgrades to the standard specification.The contractual terms are the same as for the two VLCC orders announced in December 2013. Subsequently, the company’s current orderbook consist of three VLCCs ordered at HHI that are scheduled for delivery in April, July and September 2016.Related:DHT Holdings Orders Two VLCCs from Hyundai Heavy My location DHT Holdings, January 9, 2014; Image: Panoramiolast_img

Eight member gang of burglars held in Mangaluru

first_imgBengaluru: Eight suspected members of a burglary gang, which was allegedly planning to carry out a heist in Mangaluru have been arrested, police said Saturday. The gang members who were moving around in a Sports Utility Vehicle displaying, were arrested Friday night. “Based on the information, we tried to nab the gang of eight people. They were staying in a room in a hotel. They tried to run away from the scene. We surrounded them, picked them up and questioned for more details,” Mangaluru Police Commissioner P S Harsha told reporters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The kingpin of the gang identified as Sam Peter claimed that he was from Kerala but the preliminary investigation revealed that he was from West Bengal and Odisha, the official said. It was found that five of the gang had travelled to Bengaluru posing as Enforcement Directorate Officials. They also possessed two fire arms a revolver with eight live cartridges and another pistol resembling glock, an official release said. “These people were planning to carry out a heist,” it said. A high security alert has been sounded across the state following intelligence inputs from the Centre, police sources said. All the important locations of the city with heavy footfall such as malls, restaurants, bus stands, railway stations, shopping complexes, government offices, government buildings, prime installations such as Vidhana Soudha, Vikas Soudha and High Court are under tight vigil.last_img read more

Delhi Mahila Cong celebrates its 35th Foundation Day

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Mahila Congress celebrated its 36th Foundation Day at the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office, Rajiv Bhawan, on Sunday. On the occasion, Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress (DPMC) organized a flag-hoisting programme at the DPCC office, under the leadership of DPMC president Sharmistha Mukherjee. The flag hoisting was done by Mukherjee, along with DPCC Working Presidents Rajesh Lilothia and Devender Yadav. Mukherjee said that the All India Mahila Congress started functioning as an independent Frontal Organization within the AICC with the approval of the President, AICC from 15th September, 1983. She said that the Mahila Congress started off as an outreach frontal organization of the Indian National Congress and was involved mainly in social work. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderShe said that the Congress party, right from its inception, has worked tirelessly for the better condition of women in India. Mukherjee said that the Congress party, time and again, reviewed the condition of women in India and made suitable policies and rules for the betterment of women, like the Dowry Prohibition Act (1961), the Maternity Benefit Act 1961, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention and Protection Act 2013) etc.last_img read more

Nova Scotia to offer free naloxone kits to the public as part

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotians will have wide-spread access to the antidote for opioid overdoses as part of the provincial plan to address the drug problem that continues to grow across the country.Free naloxone kits will be available at over 300 community pharmacies beginning Sept. 1, provincial Health Minister Randy Delorey said Wednesday.“By putting naloxone in pharmacies, we want to make it accessible to everyone in a convenient and trusted location — one that doesn’t carry a stigma if you are to go in to visit,” said Delorey.The move to expand the $564,000 antidote program originally announced in March, was presented as part of a new plan released in Halifax to address opioid use and overdoses.The framework focuses on five key issues, including understanding the issue, prevention, harm reduction, treatment, prescribing practices and law enforcement.“We may not be seeing the opioid use and overdose at the same levels here in Nova Scotia as we are seeing in other parts of Canada, but we do know the issue is growing and it is moving east,” said Delorey. “We are committed to doing what we can to address this serious issue.”According to provincial figures, there were 54 acute opioid overdose deaths in the province in 2016, with four involving illicit fentanyl and three others involving another powerful synthetic opioid, U-47700. Another 24 confirmed deaths and five probable deaths from opioid toxicity have been recorded so far this year.Canada’s chief public health officer has said that if current abuse trends continue, the national death toll could top 3,000 this year.Nova Scotia officials said deaths linked to opioid overdoses will be posted online as part of a wider public education effort.There are also plans to share more specific information around drug seizures between police forces and other first responders, although it’s unknown at this point whether any of that information will be made public.“What we are looking for is whether there is a particular hotspot in Nova Scotia where a certain type of drug, say fentanyl or carfentanil, may be showing up,” said Roger Merrick, the province’s director of public safety.“By identifying these particular hotspots, we will be able to notify our stakeholders in health of the potential for harm that may come in particular geographic areas.”Merrick said the province’s corrections system is also exploring the possibility of purchasing body scanners like those found in airports to detect drugs in jail settings, although he later noted that at $200,000 a piece for the machines the cost might be found to be prohibitive.Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, said two other significant measures — safe injection sites and prescription standards for addictive painkillers — were still being studied.Strang said the use of safe injection sites are more complex, despite the fact many have already been implemented in other Canadian jurisdictions.“We are not jumping to the conclusion that is what is necessary or appropriate here in Nova Scotia,” he said. “We are doing the work to explore what, under the broad umbrella of safer consumption, is actually necessary.”The expansion of the naloxone program is part of an overall $1.1-million funding initiative announced in March that also distributed kits to police, provincial jails and harm reduction clinics in Sydney, Truro and Halifax.As well, funding support was provided to community-based organizations that distribute needles and information to addicts.last_img read more

Pillay to visit Sri Lanka in January

Stalin, accompanied by DMK Parliamentary Party Leader T R Baalu, during their 35-minute meeting with Pillay handed over the resolutions, approved by party chief M Karunanidhi, and briefed her about the plight of Tamils affected in the last phase of Eelam War Sri Lanka. A DMK release quoted by PTI said Pillay had told the delegation that in consultation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon an appropriate decision would be taken with regard to alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay is to visit Sri Lanka in January, the Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted the DMK party in Tamil Nadu as saying.A two-member delegation of DMK led by its Treasurer M K Stalin had yesterday handed over resolutions adopted by the party-backed pro-Sri Lankan Tamils outfit TESO to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay in Geneva. She also said she would head a team to Sri Lanka in January to look into the war crime charges, the release added.The resolutions were adopted in the August 12 conference of Tamil Ealam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO), once defunct organisation revived by Karunanidhi recently. The TESO conference had among others, demanded that the Indian Government take all necessary steps to ensure “total change of environment” in Sri Lanka and a life of equality and peace to the Sri Lankan Tamils, by “redeeming their political, economic and cultural rights”. read more

Anandasangaree ready to support Tamil Peoples Council

Anandasangaree also noted that the Tamil People’s Council has said it will frame a good constitution for Sri Lanka. But he says it is doubtful whether it will be acceptable to the Government. The main committee in the ‘Tamil People’s Council’ includes Tamil National Alliance members Dharmalingham Sidharthan and Suresh Premachandran and Tamil National People’s Front leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam. (Colombo Gazette) “In the past various proposals had been placed before the Constitutional Councils many times. Most of them had been rejected by the respective councils,” he said.Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran was recently appointed as the head of the new organisation comprising Tamil politicians and civil society members. “But even today a satisfactory situation did not develop. An opportunity is given to various people to say that the new organisation will work in coordination with the TNA. Some say that it will not oppose it but will only function in support of it. Such statements appearing in various media has caused a lot of confusion in the minds of the common people. If this is true it will not only prove useless and will not give any benefit but only prevent anyone from finding alternate means,” he said. Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Secretary General V Anandasangaree says he is ready to give his full support to the Tamil People’s Council if it converts into a political party.He says If the intended alliance led by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had turned out to be a new political party he would have welcomed it as an ideal achievement. read more

Fire above the Trocadero Tavern

(Updated)The latest on a fire in east Hamilton that’s damaged a landmark restaurant and nearly destroyed an apartment on the second floor.But even though the damage has been severe a woman who nearly lost everything says she feels lucky.The Trocadero has been a fixture on Barton Street since 1944, and this year they are celebrating their 70th anniversary. The fire happened in the apartment on the second floor, and it was the tenant who suffered most of the loss. But there was one item that was unharmed, and for that she is thankful.Cathy Fleitas drove back from work in Toronto with the knowledge that her apartment had caught fire. But to her there was only one thing that mattered: “All I cared about was finding my cat.”It was just after 4 this afternoon when police officer noticed smoke coming from the second floor above the Trocadero Tavern. Neighbours like Scott Able heard the fire before they say it: “It sounded just like a giant explosion, like something exploded in there.”Hamilton fire responded with ten units and managed to get, what they believe is an electrical fire under control, but there was significant damage to the front of the apartment.Claudio Mostacci, Hamilton Fire Department: “It was a stubborn fire because it was in between the floor and the ceiling so a lot of the ceiling and floor had to be removed because that’s where the fire was.”The fire was under control with around $20,000 damage to the building. The Trocadero is only open on Friday and Saturday’s, so there was no one there at the time, and there is no word if they will be open this weekend. Fire fighters began to search the apartment for the missing pet but were unsuccessful. That is until Catherine arrived home and began her own search for Tosha the cat.Eventually finding her cat Tosha hiding in the bathtub: “It’s a good part of a bad story, is that the cat was ok.”And on one of the longest days of her life, Catherine is choosing to focus on the help she has received: “Despite all of the negative of everything burning down, I’m a very lucky person.”So while she does feel lucky, the damage was done to the front of the building. You can’t really see it but just behind the Trocadero sign, it’s clear right through from the ceiling of the apartment to the floor of the restaurant as there were holes burned right through.It will be some time before they can fix that. No word of when the restaurant will open again. read more

Pacer trains promised to museum yet to arrive as they are still

Trains promised to National Railway Museum have not arrived because they are still needed on the beleaguered Northern line, it has been claimed.The National Railway Museum in York said it had plans to display a Pacer model, which was built in the 1980s, as it was an important part of the UK’s railway heritage.However, the timing of the Pacer’s arrival as an exhibition has yet to be confirmed – as the carriages remain in use on Northern-operated railway routes.The distinctive carriages are well-known across the north of England as they feature a bus body welded to a chassis. The models have been in service since the 1980s.Northern offered its assurances that there were no plans to retain the trains beyond the end of 2019 – but Aslef, the train drivers’ union, said it showed passengers were being treated “little better than cattle”.A spokesman for Northern responded: “We will start operating new trains worth £500 million during 2019 and are upgrading the rest of our existing trains that will be in use in 2020 and beyond.”This upgrade does not include the Pacer trains because they will be leaving the Northern network.”It is understood trains are usually donated to the museum, who express an interest in certain models while they are still in service. 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. The museum said the timing of any arrival depended on Northern and Angel Trains, which lease them to the train operator.However, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union accused Transport Secretary Chris Grayling of another “significant move in his master plan to turn Britain’s railways into a global laughing stock”.The union claimed plans to add a Pacer train to the museum’s collection has been put on hold because they are in still in service across the North of England.RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Nothing sums up the state of Britain’s railways under failing Grayling better than the fact that a clapped out, antique piece of obsolete kit cannot be donated to a museum because it’s still in service.”Mick Whelan, leader of Aslef, said the Pacer train was now a museum piece, highlighting the problems passengers and staff have to deal with.Around 100 of the units are believed to still be in service.A Department for Transport spokesman said: “Pacer trains are leaving the network this year and passengers across the North are starting to see the investment that will create space for 40,000 extra passengers.”Both Northern and TransPennine Express have brand new or completely refurbished trains to improve people’s journeys.” read more

South Korean man dies after eating toads

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKim Jong-nam death: Malaysia police hold female suspectFebruary 15, 2017In “World”Chemical weapon VX nerve agent killed N.Korean leader’s half brother: Malaysian policeFebruary 24, 2017In “World”Man found lifeless in city hotel died from poisoning- PoliceMarch 14, 2018In “Crime” The BBC’s South Korea correspondent Stephen Evans says bullfrogs are a delicacy in some parts of rural South Korea.Some species of toads secrete venom through their skin when agitated or when they sense they are in danger.Bufotenin can be fatal when ingested in large amounts. But it is also a natural psychedelic, giving rise to a sub culture where some lick toads in an attempt to achieve a hallucinogenic high. It is not known which species of toad the man consumed, but some like the cane toad can produce a poison through their skin (Getty Images)(BBC) A South Korean man has died from poisoning after eating toads he had mistaken for edible bullfrogs.Police said on Friday that he was among a group of men who caught five amphibians at a reservoir near the city of Daejeon in March.Believing the animals were bullfrogs, the men cooked and ate them at a restaurant days later.The 57-year-old man began vomiting soon after and was rushed to a hospital, where he died the next morning.Police said bufotenin, a chemical commonly found in toad toxin, was found in the leftovers of the meal.They said that among the five animals they had caught, some were in fact toads which looked identical to bullfrogs, reported Yonhap news agency.The man’s friends showed similar poisoning symptoms but survived. read more

EHF CL TOP 5 saves Klemen Ferlin RK Gorenjes hero

← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 5 GOALS (Round 1): Pure magic by Simonet and Dibirov Next Story → FC Porto sign Alexander Spende handball savesKlemen FerlinRK Gorenje RK Gorenje celebrated first win on their comeback at VELUX EHF Champions League after three years of absence. The biggest reason for such a success was outstanding performance of goalkeeper Klemen Ferlin, who saved 17 shots, but the last and the most important one in the last second of the match.This is the best of TOP 5 saves of the Round 1.Take a look…

Parthenon Marbles website goes live

first_imgA new website will be launched next month to increase pressure on the British government to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. The International Organising Committee – AUSTRALIA – for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles will launch the website www.parthenonmarblesaustralia.org.au in Sydney on March 14. The International Organising Committee (Australia) for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles was the first organisation in the world to campaign for the marbles’ return. Founded by Mr Emanuel J Comino AM in 1981, the committee operates under the auspices of the Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA). Mr Comino told Neos Kosmos that now the New Acropolis Museum was open, there was no excuse for Britain to retain the Marbles on the grounds that appropriate facilities to house the Marbles was not available in Greece. “Common sense is going to prevail one of these days. The British and Greek committees should sit down in a most respectful and in the friendliest manner possible and solve the matter. “With Greece going through difficult times the need for reconnecting with the values and ideas that helped the country establish as a beacon of the modern civilisation is more relevant than ever. The Parthenon Marbles remain an integral part of the Parthenon as a monument to the glory of classical Greece and the civilisation it gave to the world.” Dennis Tritaris, public affairs officer for AHEPA said: “This website will be a tool for education, for raising awareness, for promotion of our events and for special projects and interaction with the community. In combination with social networking tools the website will expand our network of members and supporters. Of the 115 block frieze that survives today, 50 meters is in the Acropolis Museum, 80 meters in the British Museum, one block in the Louvre, and other fragments are scattered in the museums of Palermo, the Vatican, Wurzburg, Vienna, Munich and Copenhagen. The new website, developed in conjunction with Orama Communications, will be launched during a special banquet dinner in Sydney on March 14. Venue: The Athenian Restaurant, 11 Barrack Street, Sydney 2000. 7pm. Tickets for the dinner cost $60. For further details contact Dennis Tritaris on 0423 825 905. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Flying Iakovakis

first_imgThe multiple-award winning event the Navarino Challenge, in the Peloponnese, continues to add new challenges and activities to its program, by bringing together sports aficionados and athletes of all ages.The Navarino Challenge will honour the leading Greek Olympic and world champion in the 400 metres hurdles, Periklis Iakovakis, for his overall contribution to sports and his ethics during the workshop, to be held in parallel with the event. Iakovakis, who is considered an exemplary athlete, is the Greek national record holder, having won the bronze medal at the World Athletics Championship (Paris, 2003), the gold medal at the European Athletics Championship (Gothenburg, 2006), eighth place in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, a gold and a bronze medal in the Mediterranean Games (Tunis, 2001 and Mersin, 2013 in 4x400m) and nine national championships. He was named top athlete in the world in his sport in 2006 by one of the leading athletics magazines, the US’s Track and Field News. He is the only Greek athlete who has held this honour to date.This year’s new challenges include swimming, where sea lovers of all ages will have the opportunity to swim without timing and competition in the beautiful Bay of Navarino, in the picturesque port of Pylos.The participants of the Navarino Challenge will also be invited to swim, on Saturday 12 September, a special one mile swimming route (1.6 km), while children will swim the half mile route (0.8 km). Olympic champion and twice world champion swimmer Spyros Gianniotis is the ambassador, while the federal swimming coach, Nikos Gemelos, is responsible for the technical direction and design of the swimming routes.Swimming will take place with the assistance of Pylos-Nestor Municipality, the Port Authority of Pylos, Maritime Athletic Pylos Association ‘Nestor’, Explore Messinia and Aqua Divers Club. At the end of the activities, the Pylos Association of Enterprises for Tourism Development will familiarise the world with traditional Greek cuisine and local products, while a demonstration race will follow with Optimist and Laser boats by the ‘Nestor’ Association.The event will also offer climbing courses for those staying at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, by the certified climbing instructor George Malamas. In particular, on Thursday, 10 September, the mapping of climbing routes for 2016 will be implemented, at the historical Sfaktiria islet that acts as a breakwater for the port of Pylos. On Friday (11/09), Saturday (12/09) and Sunday (13/09), the climbing action is transferred to Navarino Rocks, the indoor climbing wall of Costa Navarino. The climbing wall (100 m2) offers a wide range of climbing routes for children and adults, for both beginners and more advanced levels. The professional team, the quality of facilities and the fun atmosphere provide a safe, welcoming and encouraging environment for climbers of all levels.The challenge includes a rich program full of activities for parents and children which includes running, swimming, climbing, tae kwon do, pilates, bike and martial arts.The event is held under the auspices of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of Harokopio University of Athens and the Greek National Tourism Organisation, with the support of Costa Navarino and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino as well as the Municipalities of Pylos-Nestor, Trifilia, for a third consecutive year.The ever-innovative Navarino Challenge offers a great range of options to those wishing to register in its activities in addition to the registrations taking place on the official page of the event via viva.grFor more information, head over to www.navarinochallenge.com and www.facebook.com/events/509478955873290 or call Active Media on +30 210 9343020. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

11yearold struck by hit and run driver in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a driver who struck a boy in Southwest Miami-Dade and drove off, Wednesday morning.According to police, an 11-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle while standing along Southwest 136th Street and 197th Avenue, at around 8 a.m.The boy was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He is expected to be OK.Police need the public’s assistance in identifying the driver involved.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Lessons for Alaska Oregon Shellfish Hatchery Tackles Ocean Acidification

first_imgInside the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery – Photo courtesy of ceoas.oregonstate.eduA recent NOAA study pegged 2040 as the date for the potential end of Alaskan shellfish hatcheries. That is, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place to combat ocean acidification. Last week we reported on the research, done at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward. Now, we’ll take a look at what a hatchery on the Oregon coast is doing to deal with these harmful changes in ocean chemistry.Download Audio:The Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery is located in the small town of Tillamook, Oregon.“This hatchery was started by Lee Hanson,” says Sue Cudd, who owns the hatchery now. “It was really the first shellfish hatchery that was commercial in operation. It started in 1978.”She studied biology in school, worked for an oyster company for a while, and then came on with Lee Hanson to learn about the hatchery world. From the 1970s until 2006, there were natural ups and downs, but overall, things ran relatively smoothly.“Then all of a sudden, in about 2006, we started seeing some pretty major problems. Then from the end of 2007 to the end of 2008, we couldn’t produce larvae anymore,” says Cudd.For a year and a half, they tried to produce. Even when they did manage to get some larvae, they wouldn’t survive and develop. It was a financial nightmare for the business.“We lose money really fast because the production cost is the same without having any production. So, it was tough,” says Cudd. “We got help from some customers. The oyster growers association [helped] and one of our state senators got us some community development money, so we had time to be able to try to solve this problem. Without that, I don’t know what would have happened because we just lost money so fast.”They weren’t sure what to do, but they figured they should start with looking at the water. They hired an oceanographer consultant and got in touch with OSU’s marine lab. They brought in specialized equipment and began evaluating the water’s pH and other levels several times a day.Wiley Evans is a researcher at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environment Lab in Seattle. He was the project lead at Alutiiq Pride in Seward, and says what Sue Cudd is describing is now seen as a defining time in this field of research. They’ve become a model for studying and coping.“The classic is at Whiskey Creek Hatchery on the Oregon coast,” says Evans. “The first hatchery to really start making these measurements with help from Burke Hales at Oregon State University.”Burke Hales is the namesake of the Burkolator, an instrument now used at both sites to measure partial pressure of carbon dioxide or pCO2 in the ocean.Cudd says the equipment brought in led them to find that the levels of carbon dioxide in the water were much higher than they’d expected. Lots of measurements seemed out of whack. But why had it taken them nearly two years of lost product to figure it out?“We didn’t know why we couldn’t produce larvae because we really never knew why we could. We didn’t know what conditions they needed, we didn’t know what their parameters were because we never needed to. They just grew,” says Cudd. “So, then when we started having problems, we had to go back and try to figure out what was wrong with the water.”And that’s her first piece of advice for hatcheries. If you haven’t already started taking measurements, start now. The Alutiiq Pride study is doing just that, says Evans.“So we wanted to set a baseline because, really, the shellfish aquaculture industry in Alaska is very young. So, right now, there’s one shellfish hatchery and we’re making measurements in that hatchery,” says Evans. “We wanted to set a baseline that could be something that the industry uses for moving forward in the future.”Cudd says based on daily and seasonally fluctuating CO2 and acidity levels, Whiskey Creek has developed a system to compensate. They buffer the water in their production tanks with injections of sodium carbonate. The carbonate helps organisms like clams and mussels develop their shells, which they can’t do in unusually acidic water. Alutiiq Pride is now considering that as an option for the future.“It’s weird to think that 10 years ago, we were running this hatchery with no treatment and now we don’t ever run with no treatment,” says Cudd.And that’s been the direct cost of acidification to her hatchery. The carbonate is relatively cheap, but the whole operation has changed. They’ve had to integrate lots of expensive equipment into their daily work. Staff have to constantly monitor it, maintain it, make adjustments here and there.She asks, if such an drastic change could happen over the course of a year and a half, what could happen next?“It’s incredible. It opens your eyes. It makes you see things very differently,” says Cudd.And researchers and hatcheries in Alaska are now looking to places like Whiskey Creek for clues on how to deal with the serious issue that is ocean acidification.In the next part of this series, KBBI reporter Shady Grove Oliver will take a look at the future of ocean acidification from genetic studies to water currents. Read more about the study being done at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, here: http://kbbi.org/ocean-acidification-threatens-future-of-alaskan-shellfish-hatcherieslast_img read more

Rohingyas gripped by fear after spate of murders

first_imgThis photo taken on 18 July, 2018 shows police patrolling in a Rohingya refugee camp in Teknaf. Photo: AFPA spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees from violent gangs.Just 1,000 police officers guard the labyrinthine shanties that make up the giant camps and authorities want to more than double the force in the wake of the murders.Three respected community leaders are among those slain in what police suspect is a power struggle between Rohingya gangs in the refugee slums in camps around Cox’s Bazar.One, Arifullah, was stabbed 25 times on a busy road in June and left in a pool of blood. The other two were killed in their shacks just days apart by masked assailants.Police in the crime-ridden Cox’s Bazar district are investigating 21 refugee murders, many in recent months, which they blame on score-settling and turf wars.Many in Kutupalong, the world’s biggest refugee camp, and others nearby, say the unchecked violence leaves Rohingya families at the mercy of criminals.This photo taken on 18 July, 2018 shows Bangladeshi police patrolling in a Rohingya refugee camp in Teknaf. Photo: AFP- Cashing in on misery -“When the gangs come into the camps, people call the police. But they only arrive after the criminals are gone,” said 16-year-old Runa Akter, whose father disappeared in July with a relative who was later found dead.Police only filed a case after her uncle’s body was found, she said.”We are scared. We are especially worried about my brother, because there have been threats to kidnap and kill him,” the anxious teenager told AFP. “I don’t want to lose anyone else in my family.”A police investigator, SM Atiq Ullah, said no suspects had been identified so far.Criminals have long preyed on the Rohingya camps however.Police say refugees with ties to Bangladeshi drug and human trafficking networks have sold Rohingya girls into sex and recruited mules to courier methamphetamine.The scourge has intensified since an army crackdown in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar drove nearly 700,000 of the stateless Muslim minority into Bangladesh last year.Hundreds of Rohingya refugees have been arrested since the August influx for rape, drug offences, human trafficking and weapons possession, among other crimes.Afruzul Haque Tutul, a senior police officer who until mid-August was deputy chief of Cox’s Bazar, said gangs cashing in on the human misery were extorting “huge money” from new refugees desperate for land, shelter and food.- Savage beating -Internal feuds over territory quickly turn deadly.Among the bodies was Arifullah, one of the “mahjis” or community leaders tasked with overseeing day-to-day camp affairs.As an English speaker, he met with dignitaries and liaised closely with police — a position of power Tutul says could have irked rivals.Arifullah’s wife blamed Rohingya militants for the death of her husband who was surrounded and stabbed by a group of men.She told AFP that Arifullah was a “big critic” of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the shadowy group whose attacks in Myanmar sparked the military reprisals.Graphic on crime statistics from Rohingya camps in Bangladesh. AFPBangladesh denies the militants have a foothold in the camps and the group distanced itself from crime in a rare January statement issued after two mahjis were murdered.”It is very challenging, and sometimes threatening, being a mahji,” said Arifullah’s right-hand man, Abdur Rahim, who took over four days after his friend’s killing.Just a day earlier, a mahji in a neighbouring camp was savagely beaten by a mob but there were not enough police to deter violence, he told AFP in his bamboo office in Balukhali camp.Tutul said patrols had been increased but forces were spread thin. Some 1,500 additional officers had been requested from Dhaka, he added.”Definitely it’s a huge task. We are trying our best to control the area,” he told AFP.As the body count climbed, Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper in July printed an editorial declaring it “amateurish to hope that less than 3,000 police would be enough” to guard one million desperate people.The murders and other unexplained crimes have eroded trust in law enforcement and underscored gaps in policing.- Scared to talk -On one recent visit, AFP reporters saw a police unit armed with shotguns and sticks patrol a camp near where two men were found dead in July.But a community leader, who requested anonymity, said: “There are no police after midnight. Even during the day, during their shifts, they often stay in their posts.”Few officers speak the Rohingya language, further hampering inquiries. Fear has kept mouths shut.”That is why Rohingyas do not come forward. They are scared. In your town, if criminals or terrorists or robbers were there, definitely you will be scared,” Tutul said.Aid groups are installing floodlights to improve safety, especially for women, and police checkposts are planned for vulnerable areas of the dense slums.But Mohibullah, an influential Rohingya leader, said policing such ghetto-like conditions was difficult and crime was inevitable.”It is very bad,” he told AFP. “But, we think the refugee life is like this.”last_img read more

Dak Prescott is a better quarterback than Cam Newton

first_imgColin doesn’t care about where people come from, he only cares how they perform. Whether it’s co-workers or quarterbacks, he’s about performance pedigree. He thinks that apologists are quick to make excuses for Cam Newton’s poor play because he was the number one overall pick. Newton has a six year track record of inconsistency, but he still gets the benefit of the doubt.Conversely, Dak Prescott hasn’t gotten the benefit of any doubt at any point during the season because he’s a late round pick, and was even in jeopardy of being benched after winning 11 games this year. If you only look at the two quarterbacks in terms of performance, Prescott is the one who is more accurate and detail oriented, and he always says the right thing. He’s the better quarterback.“Dak’s better than Cam. He is. He’s more accurate. He’s more precise. He’s more detailed. He’s more mature. He’s more even. His judgment’s terrific. On the field he doesn’t throw picks, and in front of a microphone he always says the right thing.”Social media is buzzing this morning over Duke guard Grayson Allen’s most recent tripping incident in a blowout win against Elon last night. It’s the third such incident for Allen tripping an opponent, and Coach K announced this morning that Allen would be suspended indefinitely for the action. Colin thinks Allen’s tripping is worse than Draymond Green’s groin kicking, and has questions about Allen’s temper tantrum on the bench after the incident.“He’s tripping people away from the ball. Like, you got something wrong with you upstairs. You are not all there. Then he goes to the sidelines and he acts 12. That would concern me. That’s a brat.”Nick Saban weighed in on the recent controversy regarding top NFL prospects skipping bowl games in to avoid injury risk. Saban said the players aren’t to blame because the current playoff system makes the remainder of the bowls largely irrelevant. Colin agrees with Saban that the playoff has killed the bowl season, but thinks it’s much better than the previous BCS format.While prospects skipping bowls is one negative consequence of the new format, the playoff system has been an overall positive and gives the college football season the ending that it deserves.“College football needed a reboot.” Guests:Greg Cosell – Senior producer for NFL Matchup and NFL Films joins the show for his weekly appearance to break down the film from NFL Week 15, including: Why Tom Savage is a huge upgrade over Brock Osweiler, why the Titans are so run heavy, and if the New England defense is as good as their NFL ranking.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss what his NBA sources say about Grayson Allen, if they think he’s a dirty player or has other issues, why it’s worse than Draymond Green’s kicking, why he likes Colin’s nickname “Kanye Westbrook”, and his take on college athletes skipping bowl games.Jason Whitlock – Co-host of Speak For Yourself is in-studio to discuss college athlete skipping bowl games, if Grayson Allen’s tripping is worse than Draymond Green’s kicking, why he still wants to see more from Dak Prescott before declaring him a sure thing for his career, and why he thinks it was so important that Jordan played 82 games 11 times in his career.last_img read more