Madhura Nagendra, who walked with Indian contingent at Olympics apologises for her mistake

first_imgBangalore-based student Madhura Nagendra, who hogged international limelight after walking with the Indian contingent at the Olympics inaugural ceremony in London, on Thursday, apologised for her “mistake” prompted by her excitement. Madhura, who arrived in Bangalore following severe criticism from across the country, mustered courage to call the media and apologise for her “behaviour.” However, she claimed that there was no security breach because she enjoyed all levels of clearance for the inaugural ceremony of Olympics. “I apologise to the nation for having hurt the sentiments of people and sports lovers. I did not know that my presence right in front of the Indian contingent would create such a controversy. I admit my mistake,” she told reporters in Bangalore. Though Madhura was not authorised to walk with the Indian contingent comprising high profile sportsperson, she admitted that it was sheer excitement that prompted her to walk alongside them. “Nobody objected to my presence in the Indian team contingent…. I just went along with the flow of the event,” Madhura said. Madhura grabbed attention by walking in red and blue coloured costumes next to Indian contingent’s flag bearer wrestler Sushil Kumar. Her presence was treated as a security breach by the Indian Olympic Association. However, the London Olympics Committee let her off and she did not face any punitive action. A trained Bharatanatyam dancer, Madhura was selected to be part of the entertainment troupe for the inaugural ceremony. She was handed over an “All Access” card as mandated for the participants of the inaugural show. In fact, prior to walking with the Indian team contingent, Madhura had flashed her card on her Facebook account. Following widespread criticism, she deactivated her Facebook account. Madhura claimed that there was no security breach, as was being alleged by the Indian Olympics Association. “I am not sure if it can be called a security breach. I had clearances at all levels. Even it has been clarified by the authorities concerned that my presence was not a threat,” she maintained. In a way, Madhura defended her actions. “At times we do things that are deemed necessary but gain attention. But I am apologising for my actions, which have led to this kind of a reaction,” she added. Incidentally, Madhura’s family returned home after staying away from Bangalore following public censure. The family decided to instruct her to return to India and face the media in the wake of the controversy. Madhura, who is pursuing her MBA in the UK, completed her post-graduate course in mass communication from the Christ University in 2009. Madhura said she wanted to continue with her routine life. “I have been a part of Bangalore ever since my birth. People of the city have supported and promoted me in every way. I expect the same to continue,” she added. According to reliable sources, police officials had visited Madhura’s residence for preliminary inquiry. However, they did not reveal the nature of the visit. A senior officer maintained that it was a routine inquiry made by the officers.advertisementlast_img read more

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Jubilant Lewis Hamilton celebrates after rain-soaked Monaco GP win

first_imgAfter crashes, engine problems and eight races without a win, the jubilation was evident as Lewis Hamilton threw himself into the arms of his Mercedes team after winning Sunday’s rainy, incident-packed Monaco Grand Prix. (Lewis Hamilton wins thrilling Monaco GP ahead of Daniel Ricciardo)Despondent Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo started from pole position and finished second – after a huge blunder from his team which failed to have his tires ready – with Mexican driver Sergio Perez third for Force India.Hamilton’s victory was even sweeter because he closed the gap on championship leader Nico Rosberg, his teammate, who finished a lowly seventh after obeying orders to let Hamilton pass early on.Hamilton’s mood was in stark contrast to Saturday evening when after qualifying in third place he wrote off his chances of victory on a track so difficult to overtake on.”I went to have a beer with some friends,” Hamilton said, explaining how he snapped out of his torpor. “In the past, I would have been pissed (angry) all night long … I would have denied myself some of the other great things about this place.”After his win, Hamilton was in the mood to hug everyone including catering staff in the team motorhome having also received warm praise from Canadian pop star Justin Bieber shortly after taking the checkered flag.Two weeks ago, Hamilton and Rosberg crashed into each other at the Spanish GP, both going out of the race and failing to pick up points.This time, the struggling Rosberg impeccably moved aside to give Hamilton a chance to catch Ricciardo and clinch his 44th career win the same number on Hamilton’s current car and when racing karts in his younger days.advertisement”It’s such a special number for me and my family,” said Hamilton, who thanked his mechanics. “(They) have been tense all (season) long. Today must be a great relief for them.”Hamilton’s only other Monaco win was in 2008 for McLaren.”As soon as it rained I knew there was an opportunity,” Hamilton said. “Fortunately I was quick enough in the wet.”Hamilton closed the gap on Rosberg to 24 points, while Ricciardo is in third spot.Because of poor visibility and a drenched circuit, the first few laps were behind a safety car.But once the racing began properly, it was a thriller featuring multiple crashes and the comical sight of Red Bull’s pit crew not being ready for Ricciardo’s tire change.The Australian driver was unforgiving, saying “everyone was running around like headless chucks (chickens).”By contrast, Hamilton who had not won since clinching last season’s United States Grand Prix was delighted, grabbing the race trophy from Monaco’s Prince Albert and tossing it up in the air.Ricciardo stood watching, glum-faced, but did shake Hamilton’s hand.Winner of seven of the past eight races, including the first four this season, Rosberg’s awful day was compounded when he was overtaken at the line by Nico Hulkenberg.Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff confirmed Rosberg had received team orders to let Hamilton through.”We told him to pick up the pace of the car if he was capable of doing that, and if not to let Lewis by,” Wolff said.After the track dried out, Hamilton came in for quicker ultra-soft tires on lap 32, with Ricciardo coming in a lap later to switch to the same tires.But in an astonishing oversight, Red Bull’s crew was not ready.”Two races in a row I’ve been screwed,” said Ricciardo, whose team made an error when he finished fourth in Spain two weeks ago. “They should have been ready. It hurts.”Five laps later, however, Ricciardo went close to overtaking Hamilton.But Hamilton held his line at the Mirabeau turn, prompting an angry reaction from Ricciardo, who waved his right hand furiously.”I forced him into the fence and by doing so he made a mistake and cut across the chicane,” Ricciardo said. “Obviously it was a chance to get the lead, so sure I questioned it.”Perez was delighted with his seventh career podium, because “in these conditions it’s one of my best races.”Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was fourth, ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Hulkenberg, who is Perez’s teammate.Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen were among seven drivers who failed to finish.Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat the Russian driver twice blamed for racing incidents with Vettel this season ploughed into the turn at La Rascasse, taking Kevin Magnussen’s Renaullt into the barriers with him.advertisementEarlier, British driver Jolyon Palmer, Magnussen’s teammate, had crashed when the track was soaked.But the most farcical incident involved Sauber teammates Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson.Nasr received team orders to let Ericsson through but apparently ignored them, so a determined Ericsson went for a gap that simply did not exist and they both collided at the Rascasse turn.last_img read more

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Liverpool Finishes 4th in EPL; Arsenal Fails to Make Champions League after 20 Years

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Of the three teams chasing the final two Champions League spots, City was the quickest off the mark. Captain Vincent Kompany netted after five minutes and City went on to beat Watford 5-0, with Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus also contributing to the rout.Arsenal made a flying start, with Hector Bellerin netting the opener in the eighth minute. But Laurent Koscielny also went flying into a reckless challenge on Enner Valencia and the Arsenal captain saw red in the 14th minute.Rather than imploding as Arsenal sides have been prone to do with 10 men, Alexis Sanchez doubled Arsenal’s advantage in the 27th minute.With Liverpool being held at home by Middlesbrough, Arsenal displaced Juergen Klopp’s side from fourth place in the live standings. But only until first-half stoppage time at Anfield. Once Georginio Wijnaldum scored for Liverpool in first-half stoppage time, Arsenal was back in fifth place. That’s the way it stayed, with Philippe Coutinho’s free kick followed by Adam Lallana’s strike in 56th minute to secure Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough.With City and Liverpool comfortably winning, there was nothing Arsenal could do to muscle into the top four. The Gunners still held on to win, with Romelu Lukaku pulling one back from the penalty spot for Everton but Aaron Ramsey completing the 3-1 victory in stoppage time.Having missed out on the top four for the first time in Wenger’s 21-year reign, there was little for Arsenal players to celebrate with fans as they embarked on a lap of appreciation after the Premier League finale. Wenger didn’t even join in, remaining on the touchline with his arms folded.Liverpool beats Middlesbrough 3-0, finishes 4th in EPLWith halftime approaching and the atmosphere inside Anfield getting increasingly tense, a chant drifted across from the away supporters: “Champions League, you’re having a laugh.”Liverpool was being held 0-0 by already relegated Middlesbrough on the final day of the Premier League and was in real danger of throwing away a top-four spot that the team had held for most of the season.Georginio Wijnaldum proved to be the man for the big occasion once again.The Netherlands midfielder pierced Middlesbrough’s packed defense and drove a rising shot into the net in first-half injury time, before Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana added further goals in a 3-0 win.It sealed a fourth-placed finish for Liverpool and a place in the qualifying stages of next season’s Champions League.The prestigious competition is in touching distance for one of the continent’s most storied clubs, a five-time European champion.Arsene Wenger’s proud record is overArsenal has failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.Arsenal’s hope of squeezing into the Premier League top four relied on Liverpool or Manchester City slipping up, but they both won easily on Sunday to join Chelsea and Tottenham in entering the Champions League.So even though Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 to complete the league campaign with five successive wins, the resurgence came too late and Wenger had to settle for fifth — the lowest finish since taking charge of the team in 1996.Whether Wenger is back in charge at the Emirates Stadium next season is yet to be resolved. The 67-year-old Frenchman won’t discuss his future until after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.Chelsea is chasing a double. Antonio Conte’s side received the Premier League trophy after routing bottom-place Sunderland 5-1 on Sunday, two weeks after securing a second title in three seasons.Chelsea finished seven points in front of Tottenham, which completed its best league campaign in 54 years in style by beating relegated Hull 7-1.___TERRY FAREWELLJohn Terry collected the Premier League trophy for the fifth time in the final act of his 22-year association with Chelsea.The captain had his own personal opportunity to thank the Stamford Bridge faithful earlier in the day. Sunderland manager David Moyes revealed that his team collaborated with Chelsea to ensure the ball would go out around the 26th minute — matching the shirt number Terry has worn throughout his career — to enable the defender to leave the pitch to a guard of honor.Chelsea was already leading through Willian’s eighth-minute strike when the 36-year-old departing Terry was honored. Chelsea’s 30th win of the campaign was sealed by Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez and a double from Michy Batshuayi.___KANE TOP SCORERTottenham missed out on the top team prize, but Harry Kane retained the golden boot by finishing as the league’s top scorer for the second consecutive season.Kane finished with 29 goals despite missing eight of the 38 games through injury, with his tally augmented by a second hat trick inside three days. After netting four in Tottenham’s 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, Kane claimed a treble at Hull. Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld also netted for Tottenham.___MAN UNITED’S MISSIONJose Mourinho entered the final day of the league campaign knowing United was finishing sixth and prioritizing winning the Europa League in Wednesday’s final against Ajax to qualify for the Champions League.Despite United’s lowest finish since Alex Ferguson retired after collecting the Premier League trophy in 2013, the League Cup has already been collected and Sunday’s game offered hope for the future.Four players were given their first league starts by Mourinho and his youthful side beat Crystal Palace 2-0. One of the debutants — Josh Harrop — scored the opener and the other goal came from Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive player.___SURVIVORSLeicester was in danger of relegation during its woeful defense of the title it won so unexpectedly a year ago. Craig Shakespeare is now waiting to discover if he’ll keep the manager’s job after a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth secured a 12th place finish.Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth has done more than just secure a third successive season in the Premier League but finished ninth — the team’s highest placing since being founded in the 19th century.Sean Dyche has also impressed by leading Burnley to its highest league position since 1975. The northwest side lost 2-1 to West Ham but finished 16th, six points clear of danger.Swansea went through three managers this season but the decision to hire Paul Clement has been justified by the south Wales team avoiding the drop. Swansea closed out the campaign with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, taking Clement’s points haul to 29 from 19 games and finishing in 15th.___SOUTHAMPTON SLUMPSouthampton failed to score in a fifth successive home game in a 1-0 loss to Stoke. Even though the south-coast club finished eighth, there’s uncertainty over the future of manager Claude Puel.There were boos at the final whistle at St. Mary’s Stadium which could play into the club’s review over post-season review of Puel’s position.ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Conte: ‘Decisive’ Hazard not obsessed with goals

first_imgChelsea Conte: ‘Decisive’ Hazard not obsessed with goals like Ronaldo and Messi Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:30 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Eden Hazard Getty Images Chelsea Eden Hazard Manchester City Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues boss has compared his Belgian forward to the superstar attackers from Real Madrid and Barcelona Antonio Conte thinks that Eden Hazard has the ability to score more goals like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but he thinks that he doesn’t have that same desire to chase hat-tricks. Hazard put in a man of the match performance as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners away to Atletico Madrid. The 26-year-old’s performance helped the team to become the first English side to win away against Atletico in the Champions League on Wednesday night.  Hazard 6/1 FGS with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Chelsea face Manchester City less than three days after that and Conte has hinted his winger is ready to start two games in a row for the first time since last season, comparing his star to Ronaldo and Messi ahead of the battle between the two title contenders. “Yeah but Eden, in every game, he finds a way to be decisive during a game,” Conte said at Cobham Training Centre. “To score or to make an assist for a team-mate. I love this. I love this from him. I ask this of him because one player with his talent, it’s important as a coach to ask him to be decisive every game.”If God gives you this talent, you must exploit this talent. My task is sometimes to try and push him to be decisive in every moment, in every game, and also that the team-mates wait for this. I think he has a style to improve [his hunger in front of goal] in this specific situation.Eden Hazard GFX“I think that, sometimes, Eden is… If he scores one goal, he’s happy and then, if there is another situation, he prefers to make an assist rather than scoring twice. I see, for Ronaldo, that if he scores once he wants two, three, four. It’s the same for Messi. Yes, he can improve. “But I think that, during the games, when you create – for example, at Atletico, he was important because he put the ball in for Alvaro to score our goal. It’s very important that he is important in every game for us, to make chances, to score or to provide assists for our players.”Very important. Eden for sure is a top player. I think in this season he has a big opportunity. A big opportunity because, this season, we can play in the Champions League. I think the Champions League, together with the Premier League, is important for a player to show you are a top player and can compete to be the best.”I think this is very important this season. This season is very important for Eden. Now I’m pleased because, after a bad injury, now he’s fit. He’s in good form. His season is starting. I think this season has started for him with a big game against Atletico Madrid, and now he has to show this season that he deserves to stay at the top with the best.”Usually during the season you have ups and downs, but last season was impressive for his continuity. This season he must show again this. Also in the Champions League, not only the Premier League and FA Cup. In every game he plays, we must see that.”Eden Hazard GFX“For every coach, our task is to try and improve our players, to try to put our players in the best condition to exploit their talent. Then, to try to work on their weaknesses, to try and improve them. Don’t forget, Eden is a young player. He has a lot of room to show he can be competitive for the best position in the world.”The Belgium captain’s good form last season caught the eye of Real Madrid who were considering a big money move for him last summer. Chelsea are reportedly considering offering Hazard a £300,000-per-week contract to ward off interest from Los Blancos.However, Conte refused to confirm that negotiations were taking place and he says that the club’s directors are responsible for contract renewals. “These are club issues, not my issues.”last_img read more

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England players worn out by autumn exertions, says Leicester’s Tom Youngs

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Contrast that with Leicester’s opponents last Sunday, Munster. Nine of their 11 internationals had that weekend off and looking at all four provinces, the number of Ireland players involved with their clubs was precisely half that of England.Asked if Munster’s relative freshness coming into their European matches made a difference, Youngs added: “Mentally it probably does. You freshen up a little bit and you become a little bit more hungry after a week off. You feel: ‘Here we go, let’s rip in now.’ Your body gets a little bit of a rest. But more than that, your mind gets a rest. But that’s how they run their game and we run ours differently, that’s how it is.“I love playing for Leicester and any opportunity I will get, I’ll take it. It’s the way it is but the game’s getting more physical, the expectation is more and more. We do try and manage things during the week. Training is a lot different to how it was when I first started because the games are that much harder. You can’t keep going to the well because it will be empty when you get to the end of the season.” Read more news Since you’re here… The Leicester captain, Tom Youngs, has admitted the club’s England players have shown signs of fatigue following the autumn internationals after the Premiership sides’ European downturn continued last weekend.Five of England’s seven Premiership clubs, including the Tigers, lost in round four and with all of them whitewashed the week before they are facing their worst showing in Europe for six seasons. Indeed, Leicester, Saracens, Northampton, Harlequins and Exeter all endured back-to-back defeats, having collectively contributed 23 players to England during the autumn.As it stands, only Bath, who edged out Toulon on Saturday will advance to the knockout stages – the last time the Premiership had just one club in the last eight was 2011-12 – and while Wasps reignited their hopes with an impressive win against La Rochelle, it is not inconceivable that all seven will fall at the pool stages. Leicester and Saracens defeats bring Champions Cup pain for English clubs … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest England rugby union team Rugby union Share via Email Leicestercenter_img Autumn internationals Topics Reuse this content Share on Twitter Read more Support The Guardian Share on Messenger That drop-off in form comes after England’s autumn series in which they played Argentina, Australia and Samoa, Eddie Jones all the while determined to focus heavily on the fitness of his players.“The England boys back are in good condition but the mental strain is huge and it’s getting bigger and bigger,” Youngs said. “And to come straight back from an international and come back playing, it’s tough for those guys to ingrain in. You go from playing at a massive stadium, to coming back to playing in a park.“The drive is not quite there, it’s different. It takes a while to adjust back, and to adjust back to family life. They come off a very intense camp with Eddie and they are a bit weary. But it’s not an excuse, I don’t know how you manage that as Premier Rugby, but that probably needs looking at. It is very strange how every English team seems off their game a little bit.”Leicester are all but out of the Champions Cup, having also lost their tournament opener against Racing 92, but will quickly turn their thoughts to the Premiership with matches against Saracens and Exeter to come before the year is out.Before the European double header they played Wasps, a week after the autumn internationals, with starts for four of their five-strong England contingent – Jonny May out with a head injury. Indeed, across the Premiership that week 28 of the players who went into England camp, where Eddie Jones was determined to focus on fitness, were involved with their clubs and of those to miss out, all but one was due to injury, Henry Slade the only player rested. 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Ariarne Titmus leads way as Australia cash in more Commonwealth Games gold

first_img View gallery Reuse this content Share on Messenger Compatriot Jessica Ashwood finished second in 8:27.60, with Kiah Melverton storming home in the final 50 metres to claim bronze and give the host nation a clean sweep of medals. Welsh swimmer Jazmin Carlin, the Glasgow champion and Rio Olympics silver medallist behind the imperious American Katie Ledecky, finished sixth, more than 17 seconds behind Titmus.“I wanted to go a bit quicker, but a meet like this is about racing,” Titmus said. “Sometimes at these big meets it’s not the fastest times, but I’m happy to be the first person to get my hand on the wall.”It was the second gold of these Games for the Tasmanian, who was part of Australia’s 4x200m freestyle relay on Saturday, but the sweeter of the two.“I think my individual gold means a lot more than relay gold; to know you have done it yourself,” she said. “Obviously being in the relay team is great, but I think the satisfaction of being a Commonwealth champion is really exciting and I’m happy that I could perform well tonight.”Bronte Campbell, a former world champion in the 100m freestyle, later turned the tables on her sister Cate to claim one of nine gold medals up for grabs in the pool on Monday night.Cate led at the turn, with Bronte in third, but a brilliant late burst from Bronte saw her storm ahead and touch ahead of her older sibling and Taylor Ruck of Canada. “That was incredibly surprising. I don’t know how it happened, but it did,” Bronte said after breaking her sister’s Games record with a time of 52.69s. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more “I was visualising trying to land my vaults and stick it if possible but going up on the podium [as well], absolutely,” Remkes said. “It’s just an unreal feeling. All my preparation, all my hard work led to this.”Eade, who won the Melbourne World Cup title in February, followed in Remkes’s footsteps with a stylish routine featuring a double layout to score 13.333 for gold in the women’s floor exercise. “I just wanted to go out there and hit a nice, clean routine and to walk away with a gold is amazing,” she said. The bowlers broke a long Australian drought in the sport with the first Commonwealth gold since the Melbourne Games of 2006. Kelsey Cottrell, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca van Asch and Natasha Scott were in control for most of the gold medal contest but had to fend off a mid-match charge from South Africa. The Australians picked up nine straight points at one stage, which ultimately proved the decisive period. They went on to win 18-16. “It got pretty even there but we showed the fight that we do have and we came back and we hit the front,” Scott said.Shooter Kerry Bell claimed silver in the men’s 10m air pistol on his Commonwealth Games debut, while another debutante Kaitlyn Fassina took silver in the women’s 90kg weightlifting. The 27-year-old Tasmanian led the field at the halfway point following a top snatch of 104kg, but was overtaken by Fijian gold medallist Eileen Cikamatana in the clean and jerk.Meanwhile, Australia’s netballers continued their powerful form, falling just short of their record score, thumping Fiji 108-23 in their pool match. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Twitter news Share on Facebookcenter_img Commonwealth Games 2018 Larkin took his third of these Games in the men’s 200 metres backstroke final, ahead of team-mates Bradley Woodward and Josh Beaver in another Australian one-two-three. “People kept saying it [winning three backstroke golds at one Games] had never been done, and I never knew that, which is awesome,” Larkin said. “It’s amazing to make history, but obviously this medal represents so much, and this week has been so proud for my career, coming back from a hiccup or whatever you want to call it. To finally get my groove back means so much more than a gold medal.”More gold was mined for Australia in para-swimming as Matthew Levy won the men’s S7 50m freestyle after leading the race from start to finish and Evan O’Hanlon took the men’s T38 100m final.“It was fantastic. It was great to perform in front of a home crowd,” Levy said. “It’s not every day we get to do that. To be able to do that in my career is fantastic. I’m sure a lot of people would dream of competing in a crowd such as this tonight. It’s fantastic to come away with a win.”Earlier, Australia broke new ground with its first gold medals of the Gold Coast Games in gymnastics and lawn bowls. Pocket rocket Chris Remkes won the men’s individual vault before Alexandra Eade won the women’s floor exercise, while Australia’s women’s fours took gold at Broadbeach Bowls Club. Ranked third in qualifying, the 147cm Remkes showed poise under pressure with the help of a sellout crowd, to nail the execution on both vaults. He posted an average score of 14.79 to edge out English duo Courtney Tulloch and top-ranked Dominick Cunningham. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Share on LinkedIn Commonwealth Games days four and five – in pictures Ariarne Titmus assumed the mantle as the best long-distance freestyle swimmer in the Commonwealth with victory in the women’s 800m final at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre before Bronte edged Cate in the battle of the Campbell sisters and Mitch Larkin underlined his credentials as the dominant force in backstroke on another hugely successful day in the pool for Australia. The 17-year-old Titmus established a body-length lead inside the first 100m and simply maintained her relentless pace through the middle stages before she kicked away in the final 200m to clock 8:20.02. Support The Guardian Commonwealth Games Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s eligibility under scrutiny Australia sportlast_img read more

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3 days agoReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits turning down Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits turning down Newcastleby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits he’s turned down Newcastle United.The 27-year-old forward was linked to a move to Tyneside following the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez in 2017.Jose told Marca: “For me the best team is Real Madrid and then Barcelona. I could be in the Premier [League] but I am in the right place.”I want to play one day in the Premier [League] but now I am happy here. “I had an option to go to Newcastle on last year, I’m happy at Real Sociedad and I ended up staying.” last_img

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Michigan 4-Star Myles Sims Announces Transfer Decision

first_img #TogetherWeSwarm 🐝🐝 pic.twitter.com/5SrQNLgnsR— SPIDER (@simsmyles) May 14, 2019Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sims is likely to seek a hardship waiver. If granted, he would be eligible to play up to four more years of college football without having to sit out 2019.Sims marks a massive addition for newly-minted Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins.The Yellow Jackets finished 7-6 overall last season (5-3 in the ACC), losing the Quick Lane Bowl to Minnesota in Paul Johnson’s final game as a head coach.The ACC Coastal division is largely up for grabs next year, so a great pass defense will be absolutely critical in any team trying to beat out defending ACC champion Clemson. A general view of georgia tech's stadiumATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 4: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow and the Miami Hurricanes on October 4, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Former four-star cornerback Myles Sims was a big piece in the Michigan’s Class of 2018. But after one season with the Wolverines, it looks like he plans to spend the rest of his college career close to home.On Tuesday, Sims announced that he would be continuing college at Georgia Tech University. He stated that personal reasons led him to make the decision to attend a school near his hometown.Coming out of high school in 2018, Sims was the No. 170 overall prospect in the country, per 247Sports. He was the No. 17 cornerback in the country, and the No. 22 prospect from the state of Georgia.Sims recorded two tackles for the Wolverines before redshirting last season.last_img read more

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Cycles are means of empowerment says Mamata on World Bicycle Day

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lauded the Sabooj Sathi project, where bicycles are given free of cost to students of Classes IX to XII of state-run and aided schools, on World Bicycle Day.On the occasion she tweeted: “Today is WorldBicycleDay. A bicycle is not just a means of transport but an instrument of empowerment too. The Bangla Govt has distributed over one crore bicycles to students under Sabooj Sathi scheme. These cycles have enabled them to attend school even from far-off places. The Sabooj Sathi project was declared a ‘Champion Project’ at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes given by ITU, a United Nations organisation in April, 2019, out of 1,140 projects across 18 categories.” Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBengal is the only state in the country where more than one crore bicycles have been distributed among the students of state-run and aided schools. The project has successfully brought down the number of school dropouts and reduced the number of early marriages among girls. The Bengal government has spent over Rs 2,000 crore for the project. The Backward Classes Welfare (BCW) department has the names of the students along with the classes they are studying in, names of their guardians and the schools and the day the cycles were given to them. The cycles have been maintained for one year and the department has given training to over 3,500 unemployed youths from the SC and ST categories to repair cycles as a part of the project to make them self-reliant. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe BCW department gave them kits free of cost. These youths have been engaged to maintain the cycles under Sabooj Sathi project. It may be mentioned that in New Town, the cycle sharing scheme introduced by the Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has become very successful. Under the scheme, a person can hire a cycle, use it for commuting and then leave the cycle on the stand after paying the requisite charges. In New Town, graded paths have been constructed only for cycles. The cycles are also fitted with GPS. It may be recalled that in the early 20th century, Jagadish Chandra Bose and his wife Abala used to demonstrate bicycle riding in different localities to inspire Indians to ride them to work, which symbolised self-confidence and nationalism as only the British used to ride cycles.last_img read more

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World tourism marks another record year with 842 million arrivals UN agency

World tourism registered yet another record last year with 842 million arrivals, a higher than expected growth rate of 4.5 per cent in spite of adverse factors such as the Israeli-Hizbollah war in Lebanon and the terrorist threats to trans-Atlantic air travel from London, according to latest United Nations figures. “Despite downside risks facing global tourism twelve months ago, in particular terrorism, health scares due to avian flu and rising oil prices, 2006 was another year of good growth above the long-term forecast rate of 4.1 per cent, backed up by one of the longest periods of sustained economic expansion,” UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Francesco Frangialli said. Three years ago, world tourism, which can play a key role in fighting poverty and become a primary tool for sustainable development, began a historically new phase of growth, as it broke the barrier of 800 million international arrivals. It has grown more than 20 per cent since then. The increase in international tourist arrivals is projected to be around 4 per cent for 2007, much in line with the forecast long-term annual growth rate of 4.1 per cent through 2020, according to UNWTO’s World Tourism Barometer. Growth is expected to be more solid as businesses, consumers, governments and international institutions are now better able to anticipate shocks and to respond more effectively to crises. Africa outpaced all other regions with almost twice the rate of global growth reaching 8.1 per cent in 2006 after an already strong 2005, led by sub-Saharan Africa (up by 9.4 per cent) and North Africa (up 5.8 per cent). Major destinations such as South Africa, Kenya and Morocco all continued to post excellent results. Asia and the Pacific (up 7.6 per cent) was able to maintain its extraordinary growth level, both due to the recovery of Thailand and the Maldives from the impact of the 2004 tsunami and “remarkable performances” from emerging destinations. International tourist arrivals in South Asia grew by 10 per cent boosted by India, the destination responsible for half the arrivals to the sub-region. Europe performed on target (up 4 per cent). Germany took advantage of the Football World Cup 2006, while Italy had a strong comeback. Spain’s solid results also contributed to the generally positive outcome. In the Middle East, international tourist arrivals are estimated to have risen by 4 per cent, after the bumper years of 2004 and 2005, in spite of the overall geopolitical situation, the Israel-Lebanon crisis in particular. Although the 2 per cent growth in the Americas might seem disappointing, regional results varied considerably. The rise in the United States was not enough to compensate for weak development in Canada and Mexico. On the other hand, results from Central (up 6.1 per cent) and South America (up 7.2 per cent) show how Latin America is on track to consolidate the positive outcome of recent years. Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay and Peru all grew at double-digit-rates. As a whole, the global economy is expected to maintain last year’s growth level. Oil prices have shown a tendency to remain less volatile and do not pose the risk to economic stability they did a year ago, UNWTO said. But some uncertainties remain. Increasing interest rates in some countries and regions could diminish available income. A weaker US dollar might affect foreign travel demand by Americans. On the other hand, a stronger euro could stimulate European international travel. 30 January 2007World tourism registered yet another record last year with 842 million arrivals, a higher than expected growth rate of 4.5 per cent in spite of adverse factors such as the Israeli-Hizbollah war in Lebanon and the terrorist threats to trans-Atlantic air travel from London, according to latest United Nations figures. read more

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WatchCES 2019 Smart stuff touchscreen steering wheels and the Apple elephant in

LAS VEGAS — The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas. Here are the latest findings and observations from Associated Press reporters on the ground as technology’s biggest trade event gets underway.More Smart Devices, Fewer TVsWhat gadgets will North Americans buy this year? Lots of “smart” devices for their home, according to projections from a technology association.This smart helmet will detect a fall and automatically notify an emergency contact person. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Apple stopped attending the CES consumer-electronics show years ago, but it’s still making its presence known.The biggest may be the huge sign it splashed across a high-rise hotel overlooking the Las Vegas conference centre where other tech companies are gathering to show their wares this week.The sign says, “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.” It’s a not-so-subtle dig at the looser privacy practices of data-hungry rivals like Google and Amazon.But Apple also has news to share at CES. It’s just letting some of its partners do the talking.Samsung announced Sunday that its TVs will start offering Apple’s iTunes movies and TV shows beginning this spring. It’s a shift for Apple, which typically hasn’t allowed its services to run on non-Apple hardware. (The big exception: iTunes on Windows PCs.)AP reporters Matt O’Brien and Joseph Pisani contributed to this article. Other gadgets expected to sell well in 2019: wireless earbuds, smartwatches and drones. Fewer TVs are expected to be sold, however — 42 million units, a one per cent decline from 2018. BlackBerry senses big new opportunity in security needs of connected devices Apple brings Apple Music to Amazon’s Echo smart speakers in push for new subscriptions Innovation Nation: What Canadian companies need to thrive in the cutthroat global ideas economy Total U.S. tech revenue, which includes video and music streaming services like Spotify, is expected to rise 3.9 per cent to a record $398 billion this year, the CTA said.Steering Wheel TouchscreenReady for a smartphone-like touchscreen on your car’s steering wheel?That’s the future according to Chinese electric carmaker Byton, which is planning to sell its first vehicles in China this year and in the U.S. in 2020.Byton CEO Carsten Breitfeld unveiled the new driver interface system Sunday at the CES 2019 gadget show in Las Vegas. He says the wheel-mounted touchscreen on the company’s first model, called the M-Byte, “will stand still while the steering wheel rotates.” The crossover SUV also features a long digital screen across its dashboard.Byton executives say they’ve met with legal authorities in various countries to ensure the entertainment and control system meets safety standards. They say it’s safer than dashboard touchscreens because the wheel’s already in a driver’s field of vision.The vehicles are expected to sell starting at $45,000.The shared experience display dashboard of the Byton M-Byte Concept electric sports utility vehicle. If that sounds a lot like last year, you’re right, but sales are still expected to grow again in 2019.The Consumer Technology Association expects nearly 37 million Amazon Echoes, Google Homes and other smart speakers to be sold this year in the U.S., a 5 per cent increase from a year ago. Meanwhile, more than 29 million smart doorbells, thermostats and switches are expected to be sold, a 23 per cent increase from the previous year.The numbers were released Sunday, two days before the CES 2019 gadget show opens to attendees in Las Vegas. CTA runs the show, which is technology’s largest trade gathering.The group warned that its projections could change significantly if a trade war with China escalates. Much of the world’s electronics are assembled in China, and the CTA has said that steeper tariffs could hurt the industry by making smartphones or TVs more expensive for consumers.Jeremy Neyrou of Icare Technologies shows the Aeklys smart ring at CES Sunday, which gives the user the ability to make contactless payments simply by placing the ring near a payment terminal. Government ShutdownEven the world’s largest tech conference is feeling the effects of the U.S. government shutdown.Organizers of the CES gadget show said Saturday that some scheduled government speakers have cancelled their travel plans. The sprawling consumer-electronics show opens to attendees on Tuesday in Las Vegas.Cancelled speakers include Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and at least nine other officials from agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.CES organizers say Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is still planning to deliver a keynote talk Wednesday on federal initiatives to advance drone technology and self-driving vehicles.The partial shutdown began Dec. 22, but some federal workers remain on the job if they perform essential activities that “protect life and property.”Apple Elephant in the CES ShowroomA billboard splashed across a high-rise hotel overlooking the Las Vegas conference centre says, “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.” Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg read more

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Greek parliament to confirm new government

ATHENS, Greece — Lawmakers in Greece are set to hold a vote to confirm the majority in Parliament held by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ new conservative government following a general election on July 7.New governments in Greece must be confirmed by a vote of confidence that follows a three-day debate after lawmakers are seated in the new session of parliament.Stelios Petsas, the government spokesman, on Monday repeated a pledge by prime minister to legislate tax cut next month as well scrap longstanding rules that limit police access to university campuses. The government also plans to toughen detention and deportation policies for migrants whose asylum applications are rejected.Mitsotakis’ New Democracy party has 158 seats in the 300-member parliament.The Associated Press

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INFLUENCE GAME GM bill is selfdriving and selfinterested

INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2017 10:35 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade lawmakers across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.The carmaker denies trying to freeze out other brands, but legislators in four states say GM lobbyists asked them to sponsor bills that the company’s competitors contend would do just that. The bills set a blueprint for the introduction of fully self-driving cars that are part of on-demand, ride-sharing fleets, but they must be owned by an automaker.Competitors working on self-driving technology like Uber and Alphabet’s Waymo fear the measures could shut out their companies because they don’t manufacture cars. And some automakers that are developing autonomous cars say they could be shut out, too, because their vehicles still rely on having a driver ready to step in.GM began by getting a bill passed last year on its home turf, in Michigan. In response to complaints from Waymo, a compromise bill was also passed to allow participation by technology companies. But Bryant Walker Smith, a leading legal expert on self-driving cars, said the compromise was poorly worded and that it’s unclear what it would do.This year, bills similar to the Michigan law, but without the compromise language, have been introduced in at least five states: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Tennessee. GM lobbyists have also urged lawmakers in other states to introduce versions of the bill.Prospects for passage of the bills are uncertain. But the state-by-state lobbying by the powerful automaker and its competitors shine light on the behind-the-scenes fight to determine how self-driving cars will operate on American roads and which companies will have the competitive edge.With no federal regulations for self-driving cars in place, states are assuming responsibility for ensuring the benefits of the technology can be reaped without sacrificing safety. Federal regulators provided safety guidance to states and automakers last year, but stopped short of issuing binding rules. Key members of Congress say they also are exploring legislation. Eight states have self-driving car laws, and 55 bills have been introduced in 21 states this year, according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.General Motors’ dealerships throughout the United States, many of which have close ties to local politicians, give the giant carmaker a lobbying advantage. GM has also made campaign contributions to state lawmakers who introduced the legislation it favours.GM supports restricting who can deploy self-driving cars because “public acceptance of the technology is going to be very critical,” said Harry Lightsey, a top GM lobbyist. “If somebody is allowed to put technology on the roads and highways that proves to be unsafe, that could have very harmful repercussions.”The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, which includes Ford, Lyft, Uber, Volvo and Waymo, opposes the bills, saying they “would favour one company, create an uneven playing field and deter life-saving innovations from reaching citizens in these states by precluding or severely limiting technology companies from testing or deploying fully autonomous vehicles.”Audi and its parent company, Volkswagen, worry that the bills could exclude partially self-driving cars like the one Audi plans to introduce next year, said Brad Stertz, Audi’s government affairs director. GM hasn’t been willing to see the bills modified or to answer other companies’ concerns so far, he said.Lightsey said lawmakers who have introduced bills are acting on their own, not at GM’s behest.“These bills aren’t being introduced at GM’s urging,” he said.But several lawmakers told The Associated Press that GM lobbyists asked them to introduce bills based on the Michigan law.Illinois state Rep. Mike Zalewski, a Democrat, said he sponsored a bill after GM sought him out. State records show Zalewski has received $2,000 in GM campaign contributions. The bill’s Republican co-sponsor, state Rep. Tom Demmer, has received $2,500 from GM and the bill’s state Senate sponsor, Democrat Martin Sandoval, has received $3,500.“I don’t make a connection between campaign contributions and policy,” Zalewski said.Maryland state Sen. William Ferguson said he introduced a bill at GM’s urging in part because he hoped the automaker would expand its transmission facility near Baltimore, creating jobs.The Democrat said GM lobbyists told him the company would “certainly look more favourably toward expanding in Maryland if there were a legal framework to test and develop (self-driving cars) more freely.” After the AP asked GM about the transmission facility, Ferguson sought to clarify his remarks, saying the automaker didn’t explicitly promise to expand its operations.Several bill sponsors said they’re willing to consider changes to the measures.Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green, a Republican, said he wants to reach a compromise. Language that has drawn objections “is there now to get people to join the discussion,” he said. Green’s political action committee has received $3,000 from GM. The bill’s Tennessee House sponsor, Republican William Lamberth II, received a $2,000 contribution from GM a month before introducing his bill.Lamberth said the contribution had nothing to do with his decision to introduce a bill. Green, Demmer and Sandoval didn’t respond to questions from the AP about the contributions.Some lawmakers said they didn’t introduce bills despite GM’s requests because they view the measures as anti-competitive.“We didn’t want to pick winners and losers in the autonomous vehicle arena,” said Colorado state Rep. Faith Winter, a Democrat.Arizona lawmakers met last month with Gov. Doug Ducey’s staff, GM, Waymo, Uber, Lyft and other companies in response to GM’s effort to get a bill introduced there, said state Sen. Bob Worsley, the Senate transportation committee chairman. While GM argued in favour of the measure, everyone else opposed it, he said.Worsley, a Republican, called GM’s proposal “a protectionist measure for everybody in manufacturing.”___Follow Joan Lowy at http://twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/joan-lowyEDITOR’S NOTE _ An occasional look at how behind-the-scenes influence is wielded In this photo provided by General Motors a self-driving car is seen in Detroit. General Motors is trying to persuade state lawmakers across the country to pass legislation that would clear the way for the automaker to make self-driving cars publicly available while potentially barring GM’s competitors from putting their own vehicles on the road. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors) read more

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Harmful practices against women and girls can never be justified by religion

“Countless women are exposed to complex forms of human rights violations based on both religion or belief and their sex,” said Heiner Bielefeldt, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.The expert’s latest report, which he presented to the Third Committee, focused on two human rights, namely freedom of religion or belief and gender equality. “My main message is that there is much more room for synergies between those two rights than people generally assume,” he told reporters after his presentation.“Often you find the assumption that, you go either for religion or for gender emancipation and you can’t really combine the two, which I would find not only wrong but dangerous.” The expert urged Governments and civil society to look for these synergies, noting that in virtually all traditions, there are persons or groups who use their freedom of religion or belief to promote equality between men and women, often in conjunction with innovative interpretations of religious sources and traditions.In his presentation, Mr. Bielefeldt also called on States to identify and close human rights protection gaps in personal status laws, including denominational family laws, which disproportionately affect women from religious or belief minorities. “The purpose must be to create family law systems that fully respect equality between men and women while at the same time doing justice to the broad reality of religious or belief diversity, including persuasions that go beyond the realm of traditionally recognized religions,” he stated.One particularly grave abuse when freedom of religion or belief clashes with gender equality is forced conversion in combination with forced marriage, said Mr. Bielefeldt.“In a number of countries, women or girls from religious minorities run the risk of being abducted with the purpose of forcing them to convert to mainstream religion – often in connection with an unwanted marriage.”The expert’s report offers recommendations to, among other things, integrate a gender perspective into programmes designed to protect and promote freedom of religion or belief.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. They also make annual presentations to the General Assembly’s Third Committee. read more

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Womens lacrosse Trio of freshmen to help the Buckeyes through weekend doubleheader

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to score against Vermont. Credit: Courtesy of Walt Middleton – OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team has had a stellar class of young talent come in and make an immediate impact.Freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez has swept all of the Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season, with her third coming after her four-goal, two-assist outing against Cincinnati. But her fellow freshman, goalie Jillian Rizzo (3-0), has been just as hot from the start of the season, and just this week won her first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award.Rizzo, who had 11 saves in the Buckeyes’ previous game, has the Buckeyes at No. 2 in save percentage (.508) in the Big Ten, and is 15th nationally with 30 saves on the year. Her play has not gone unnoticed by her team, but an individual award is not something that she is focusing on.“It feels pretty cool,” Rizzo said. “I don’t really dwell on that. It’s exciting for the day and then I’m looking forward to the next game. It’s cool but it doesn’t mean that much.”Hernandez’s 16 points through the first three games have her sitting second in the Big Ten and tied for 23rd nationally in points. Seventeen of her 19 shots on the year have been on target.“She’s a great teammate,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “The upperclassmen are giving her the green light to take those shots. She’s playing fearlessly right now, she’s great.”Freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen has also been influential on the offensive end for OSU. She has started in two of three games so far and has assisted on nine goals this season, tying her for tenth in the NCAA.Two California teams make the trip to ColumbusThe Buckeyes will be hosting a weekend double-header against the Stanford Cardinal (1-3) and California Golden Bears (0-2), which will wrap up their three-game homestand. Both are teams that OSU is familiar with, having played Stanford 14 times and California 10.Each time against Stanford, OSU has been anything but phenomenal. Stanford has beaten the Scarlet and Gray four consecutive times, and the Buckeyes have won only four of their 14 total matchups against the Cardinal.“We’re always going to see something new when we play Stanford,” Venechanos said. “They’re always changing defenses, their rides have always been impressive in the past, a really unselfish team on the attack.”OSU will look to repeat a similar start to last weekend against Cincinnati by dominating the early minutes. Senior midfielder Morgan Fee could be the key to having the same success, winning seven draw controls during the game. Fee got her first start on Sunday against the Bearcats and helped the Buckeyes jump out to an early lead.“We need to figure out how to win the draw (control),” Fee said. “How to gain possession and hold possession throughout the first five minutes because during our previous games we had kind of gotten off to a rocky start.”While the Stanford Cardinal looms as more of an imminent threat to the Buckeyes, OSU squeaked out a narrow overtime victory against the Golden Bears in Berkeley, California, last season. California is currently winless on the year but they are returning eight seniors from last year’s team, including attacker Jena Fritts who led them in points (30) and assists (20) a season ago.Both games will be played at Ohio Stadium, and with Friday’s game against Stanford set for a 6 p.m. start the Buckeyes will get their first action under the stadium lights. Sunday’s game against California will start at noon. read more

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Taco Tuesday to benefit LiFE Sports during Ohio State Michigan basketball game

Senior guard Aaron Craft holds up a Taco Tuesday T-shirt Feb. 10 during interviews at the Schottenstein Center. The shirts are $20 and are set to be sold in the southwest entrance of the Schottenstein Center as well as the team shop inside, and proceeds will benefit OSU LiFE Sports.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorThe fans who attend the college basketball showdown between No. 22 Ohio State and No. 15 Michigan Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center are set to have a chance to cheer on their teams with a belly full of tacos.Courtesy of senior guard Aaron Craft’s roommates — who run the Twitter account @CRAFTroomies — and OSU, students and fans are set to have a chance to participate in Taco Tuesday, complete with a taco stand and T-shirt sales.The shirts are slated to be sold at the southwest (student) entrance at the Schottenstein Center, as well as the team shop inside. The shirts cost $20 each, and patrons will be able to purchase three tacos for $5 at a taco stand in the southwest rotunda. The tacos are from the Schottenstein concessions and are not catered, according to an OSU athletic spokesman.All proceeds benefit OSU LiFE Sports, a program that allows underprivileged kids to participate in athletic camps on campus during the summer.Craft said Monday he and his roommates came up with the idea over winter break “to make it more than just about ourselves and make it more than just fun for us to have.”“We were trying to think of what shenanigans we are probably most known for, and it’s definitely the tacos,” Craft said. “It goes back a few years with some of the guys I’ve lived with. Hopefully doing tacos and making it a night, we can do it more than just at a basketball game.”Craft and his roommates hosted another Taco Tuesday Nov. 19, where 1,000 OSU students got the chance to ask the senior and his roommates questions, tour the basketball facilities at the Schottenstein Center and even sit at center court on the roommates’ couch and get their photo taken.Craft said he hopes for Taco Tuesday to become an annual event.“I have a baseball roommate and a golfer so, maybe at a baseball game sometime this spring and then beyond when I’m here … you can have an annual taco night or something just to continue hopefully helping the kids and everything,” Craft said.Craft said he got the idea to give the proceeds to an organization from former OSU walk-on Mark Titus, who started “Club Tril,” sold T-shirts and donated money to the nonprofit called A Kid Again.Titus’ goal as founder of “Club Tril” was to play in a college basketball game and record no statistical significance other than minutes played, thus having his box score have a number one in its first slot followed by eight zeros and look like the number one trillion.Titus and the organization continue selling T-shirts and donating today, and OSU coach Thad Matta said Monday he’s pleased to see his players reach out and give back.“I love that,” Matta said. “As I’ve always said to our players, take the opportunity you have here to make the most not only for yourself but for the people around you. I think that Aaron is definitely doing that in his time at Ohio State and I think it says a lot about him that he would do something like that. He’s an amazing kid.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes (19-5, 6-5) and Wolverines (17-6, 9-2) is set for 9 p.m. Tuesday. read more

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James Stunt I had it all then I married a Clist celebritys

first_imgDivorce lawyers to the rich and famous usually advise their clients to maintain a dignified silence once a settlement has been reached. James Stunt, the former husband of Petra Ecclestone, has chosen not to follow this protocol. In an extraordinary interview, the colourful businessman has taken aim at “that dwarf Bernie” and “Lady Macbeth” – otherwise known as his former in-laws, Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone – and complained that his public image went downhill when he married “a C-list celebrity’s daughter”. Across eight…center_img His six-year marriage to Petra ended in an acrimonious divorce battle last year, in which it was alleged he made a gun gesture at Ecclestone, the former Formula One tycoon.last_img

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Duchess of Sussex hails horses meditative qualities as she embraces Queens favourite

“Has anyone got any carrots?” joked Harry, noticing that Molly was shaking.  “She’s a bit nervous, this one.”“Well, we all get a little camera shy, I understand,” said the Duchess.The couple were there to learn more about the country’s developing programme of equine therapy for children with special needs, funded by King Mohamed.Arriving at the Royal Equestrian Club Dar Essalam, the country’s main equestrian venue, they were introduced to Louis Broski, the founder of the Centre Social Kariat which works with mentally and physically disabled young people. Inside they walked around the stations and chatted to the young cooks, aged between nine and 18, stopping to try mince and onion pastries and Harira – a spicy chickpea soup.Chef Moha handed them each a decorated ceramic bowl to try and they each took a sip. “C’est delicieux,” said Meghan in French.“What’s in it?” asked Harry, before joking, “It’s a secret recipe!” One child said spoke in Arabic to the chef, who turned to the Duke and said: “He finds you a very good person.”“He is a good person,” smiled the Duchess, putting a hand on her husband’s arm. The children are cared for by three different charities, including Hadaf, an organisation which employs young people with Downs Syndrome, L’Association Musulmane de Bienfaisance and the Lalla Meriem Centre, founded by King Mohammed VI’s sister.Also on the menu were Moroccan pancakes with honey and Almond butter, a recipe by Cherine Mallah, taken from the Grenfell cookbook which the Duchess helped to produce.The dish features in Together: Our Community Cookbook, which became a bestseller after Meghan launched it on a visit  the Al Manaar cultural centre, which is at the heart of the community devastated by the Grenfell Tower fire. Mr Broski, who has trained horses for more than 30 years, is one of the country’s leading figures in equine therapy.  “It was a challenge,” he told them.  “I started with one child, but now 16 years later we have 100 children.  My aim is for all disabled children to be fully integrated into Moroccan society.”“That is just so important, and this is just a gorgeous space you have here,” the Duchess told him.The Royal couple met Ekram, 20, who has Down Syndrome, and began riding at the club a month ago.   Speaking through a translator, she told them “I love the connection with the horses, it already makes me feel relaxed and more confident. And I like being outside, with nature.” “Big bite!” laughed Meghan. “Bit late now!” replied her husband. The Duchess developed the Together cookbook idea over a series of earlier private visits where she cooked with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen there.Sales of the book have allowed them to refurbish the facilities and expand their work in providing freshly prepared food for those displaced by the tragedy as well as other community groups. Prince Harry playfully strokes a horse Credit:Fadel Senna/AFP Handed a pancake covered in Amlou – a blend of almond butter, argan oil and honey, the Duke took a huge mouthful. One rider, 24-year-old Driss, told them how his youth had involved violence and drugs, and sakd the equine therapy has helped him regain confidence and made him feel “calmer”.  Driss now has a job with the Centre Social Kariat and helps disadvantaged and disabled children develop their skills and learn how to ride. The Duke, who grew up riding and still plays polo, told him:  “It’s amazing what you can do here.  For someone like you, who must have lost so much trust in all sorts of people around you growing up, you’ve been able to put your trust in horses. The trust between us and horses, it’s a very special thing. I’m missing my old horses.” Royal couple vow to return to MoroccoThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex vowed to return to Morocco with their baby after sampling a selection of classic national dishes. Harry and Meghan took up the offer of a meal for “the whole family” from top chef Moha Fedal, who hosts the North African nation’s version of Masterchef.He told the couple: “I hope to cook for you next time,” as they joined him for a cookery demonstration with underprivileged children in the capital Rabat.The Duchess replied: “The whole family next time.” The chef said: “You come with your baby to Marrakech next time.”“We would love to,” said Meghan. “Come with your baby and I will cook for all three,” he told Harry as he joined them.The Duke replied: “We will cook for you!” He is already a fan of the chef’s work, having visited his famous Dar Moha restaurant on a private visit to Marrakech just before the royal wedding.Although Moha would not be drawn on the secret trip, he disclosed: “He [Harry] loves pastilla – the sweet and savoury – and kefta.”During their visit to the colourful Villa Des Ambassadeurs, a privately owned guest house set up with temporary cooking stations, the royal couple sampled an array of fragrant and spicy dishes, including the pigeon pastilla which the Duchess  declared “delicious”. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sample the local cuisineCredit:Stephen Lock/i-Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in RabatCredit:PA/Yui Mok The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet with workers during a visit to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat in MoroccoCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP The Duchess of Sussex takes a bite, watched on by her husbandCredit:Stephen Lock/i-Images The couple then watched a grooming session with three Shetland ponies – Caramel, Xina and Molly, with some of the children who have benefitted from the Equine Assisted Therapy [EAT or Equi-therapy] programme, in one of the club’s outdoor manages.  “I’m happy!” said the chef. They arrived at the ornately decorated residence to a traditional welcome of dates and milk, which both royals sampled. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sample the local cuisine Meghan told her:  “Wow, you’re very impressive.  What an accomplished lady.  I imagine it’s so therapeutic as well as meditative.”Harry and Meghan also watched a riding demonstration in another outdoor manege, with three autistic children riding ponies, while one of the equine therapists explained how they start the children with grooming ponies before gradually building them up to ride.  “It’s a wonderful, holistic approach,” said Duchess.Asking staff where they all travel from each day to work, Meghan said:  “I imagine no matter where you all come from, it’s so worth it.  “It’s amazing what you all do here. Really impressive.”The Duke added: “You’ve got the space, the horses, and the king’s support.  Keep up the amazing work.  It would be wonderful to see more of this across Morocco.” The couple also met with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who have benefitted from the programmes at the centre, where the Duchess reverted to French again, wishing them “Bonne journee”.Horse riding for children with special needs has been shown to improve children’s communication skills, boost their confidence and help them build relationships.  The Princess Royal is president of the Riding for the Disabled Association in the UK.Later today, the Duke and Duchess will attend a cookery session which will include a recipe for pancakes from her Together cookbook, and a trip to a market inside a picturesque walled garden. Prince Harry playfully strokes a horse  The Duchess of Sussex takes a bite, watched on by her husband She has already won over the corgis. The Duchess of Sussex has now made a start on the Queen’s other love: horses.During their royal visit to Morocco, the Duchess stroked the noses of horses in stables of the Royal Foundation for Equestrian Sports, encouraged by her husband who has grown up alongside the animals.The Duke, who looked right at home making a fuss of the animals, led the way, with his wife reaching out to touch them tentatively afterwards.Although she has attended the polo with her husband, it is the first time the Duchess has embraced the horse-loving side of the Royal Family for her public engagements since her wedding.The visit, to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat, saw her admit to feeling “camera shy”, while Prince Harry told his hosts he was missing his old horses. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet with workers during a visit to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat in Morocco read more

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Manline provides full range of key transport solutions for mining

first_imgManline says it has become “the first African company to provide a full scope of transport solutions, including abnormal load transportation, project cargo, rigging and lifting, to clients in the mining sector. Drawing on the world-class capabilities and expertise of its two abnormal loads brands – Manline Mega and Manline Kumkani – Manline provides an unparalleled service offering in Southern Africa and beyond.”Manline Mega specialises in abnormal loads and project cargo up to 85 t. Its fleet comprises 50 truck/trailer combinations in both stepdeck and lowbed configurations. Another 20 trucks will be added over the next six months.Manline Kumkani boasts a fleet of 12 dedicated horses, 78 Goldhofer multi-axle modular trailer combinations, and four Faymonville extendable trailers. This allows Manline to customise and extend trailers to transport irregular-shaped abnormal loads of up to 900 t on public roads.As part of the Barloworld Transport group, Manline has access to a wealth of knowledge and experience from experts in a wide range of specialist transport organisations. Later this month a new division, Barloworld Cranes, will be launched within the Barloworld Transport group. The new division will allow all member companies, including Manline, to enhance both their transport and lifting services.Using cutting-edge, German-engineered Liebherr all-terrain cranes and Tadano truck mount cranes, Barloworld Cranes will be able to provide tailored solutions and services for mining clients and projects within the sector.“Having recognised the growing need for a comprehensive turnkey solution within the mining sector, we can now provide a unique abnormal transport and lifting service,” says Neil Henderson, CEO of Barloworld Transport. “Clients can certainly expect to benefit from competitive pricing, improved efficiency and streamlined services delivered by one provider, which will add tremendous value in the long term.“As the first African provider to offer such a wide range of solutions, we are confident that we can grow along with our clients and provide them with the world-class services and solutions they have come to expect,” adds Henderson. “This is in line with our vision to deliver ‘smart’ transport solutions across the continent.”last_img read more

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Police seek publics help in two separate shootings

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 4, 2017 – Police are seeking the public’s help in two separate shooting incidents that has left a man dead and two others detained in hospital on Friday 3rd February 2017.  In the first incident, shortly before 7:30pm, two men were sitting in a vehicle on Durham Street off Mount Royal Avenue, when two males armed with handguns approached and shot them before fleeing on foot. The two men were taken to hospital where one of them later succumbed. The other man remains in serious condition.In the second incident, shortly before 12:00midnight, a man was sitting in his Honda Civic vehicle on St. Cecilia Street, Chippingham, when a man armed with a handgun approached and robbed him of cash and a gold chain. The gunman then took the victim’s vehicle and shot him before speeding off. The victim was taken to hospital where his condition is listed as stable.Investigations are ongoing in both incidents.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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