Pacquiao conqueror Horn wins top Aussie award

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Pacquiao pulled out of a planned rematch in Australia later his year, with Horn close to finalizing another opponent to defend his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title.Englishman Gary Corcoran is shaping up as the most likely challenger, with the fight expected to be in Brisbane in December, local reports have said. Read Next Kings open title defense vs vengeance-seeking Bolts MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winIn recognition, he walked away with ‘The Don’ award at the annual Sport Australia Hall Of Fame dinner in Melbourne on Thursday evening.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNamed after cricketer Donald Bradman, prior winners of the prize include swimmer Ian Thorpe, runner Cathy Freeman, cyclist Cadel Evans, hurdler Sally Pearson, golfer Jason Day and last year’s recipient jockey Michelle Payne.“It is massive,” Horn said, calling it a career highlight. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I can remember growing up being inspired by previous winners such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe.“To know I am potentially inspiring the future generation of athletes like these guys have done for me is an incredible feeling.”Horn said he still sometimes found it hard to believe he took down one of the world’s greatest ever fighters, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.READ: Jeff Horn’s vision comes to fruition with win over Pacquiao“Many days I have thought to myself, did that really happen? It’s been very hectic since the win but recognition and awards like this certainly help,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jeff Horn. PHOTO FROM SPORTS AUSTRALIA HALL OF FAME INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTSYDNEY—Boxer Jeff Horn’s stunning upset of Filipino great Manny Pacquiao has earned him one of Australia’s top sporting honors as the most inspirational athlete of the year.The unheralded 29-year-old stunned the boxing world with a unanimous 12-round decision over Pacquiao in Brisbane on July 2 in a hotly contested result that rattled the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Games contracts to media houses arbitrary and biased: CAG

first_imgThe CAG has questioned the deals between the CWG and certain media houses as the organising committee (OC) apparently resorted to pick-and-choose policy in the award of contracts worth over Rs 6.73 crore. The CAG, in its report, tabled in Parliament last week, has dubbed the process arbitrary and biased.The CAG is more severe in its observations on the contract for creating a Games Time website, meant to put out real time information on sporting events, given to HT-Hungama – a consortium comprising Hindustan Times and Hungama. It has lambasted the process of awarding the contract to the consortium and said their work was deficient.The website lacked speed and was not really updated with the latest information, the auditors said.The website named Korea, Japan, Philippines and the US among the nations participating in the Games – but none of them did – and Commonwealth Games Federation head Mike Fennell went on record, saying “there is certainly a big problem with the official Games Time website”. A benevolent OC overlooked the non-performance and did not encash the performance guarantee of Rs 0.29 crore. A contract tweaked in favour of HT-Hungama had no other provisions for penalties case of non-performance, the CAG said.It said the bidding process was squeezed and completed within two months, leading to several irregularities. Among the three bidders, HT-Hungama’s documentation was deficient but ignored by the technical committee. It led the CAG to conclude that the process was tailored in HT-Hungama’s favour.The contract for production and broadcasting of commercials was given to two news channels, CNN-IBN and NDTV. The CAG said the OC followed an arbitrary approach with no planning for specific channels, time slots and cost benefit analysis.advertisementThe OC considered proposals in an adhoc manner and as and when they were received.last_img read more


first_imgHe would be 10 years older than Julius Boros, who was He would be 10 years older than Julius Boros, who was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship. Experience of playing over Augusta National counted for much, the German said. “Theres different ways of getting there, and obviously its a lot easier for these young guys, hitting a lot less club into some of the greens,” he said. “But when I play really, really good, when I bring my A-game, I can still compete, and even on a very long golf course like this.” The 24-year-old Kaufman, who was playing in the developmental tour last year, came in with a 69, the only sub-70 round since Thursday. Playing in just his second major tournament after the 2014 US Open when he missed the cut, Kaufman admitted that he is still staying with his parents back home in Alabama. Against all odds, he will now play with close friend Spieth in the final pairing of the Masters on Sunday afternoon. Explaining his mindset for that he said: “You know, Im going to hang out with my buddies and friends and family, do the same things weve been doing all week, just hang out and try to keep it pretty casual and hopefully I sleep good.” Matsuyama was the first Japanese player to finish top amateur in the Masters in 2009 and he is aiming to become just the second Asian man to win a major after Yang Yong-Eun of South Korea in the 2009 PGA Championship.advertisement He came close to dislodging Spieth from the top position, getting to within one shot of him down the back nine, but bogeys at 16 and 17 pulled him back. AFP BS PMlast_img read more

All new Mercedes-Benz E-Class unveiled; to debut at Paris Motor Show

first_imgThe all new E-Class All-Terrain can tackle routes where conventional estates have to give up, thanks to greater ground clearance and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Rugged styling and flared wheel arches also give it a tough look.The E-Class All-Terrain makes its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show 2016. The first cars will arrive in the UK from spring 2017, while pricing and specification will be announced in early 2017.ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz unveils all-electric Vision Van for transport industryDesign:Thanks to off-road styling elements the All-Terrain has a powerful and robust appearance which also distinguishes it from the classic estate. An eye-catching feature of the front is the SUV-style two-fin grille with the star integrated in the centre.Mercedes-Benz E-ClassThe distinctive front bumper and lower panelling, electroplated in silver-chrome, also contribute to the robust appearance. The top part of the three-part front bumper is painted in the body colour and the lower part comes in grained black plastic.At the side, the black wheel arch covers are a distinctive feature that emphasise the car’s all-terrain character. This also applies to the black side skirt that features a chrome trip strip. Three exclusive alloy wheel sets in 19- and 20-inch formats with higher sidewalls give the vehicle a confident look, greater ground clearance and enhanced comfort on rough roads.Mercedes-Benz E-ClassALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz GLS 400 petrol variant launched in India; priced at Rs 82.90 lakhThe interior includes aluminium-carbon look trim that is exclusive to the All-Terrain, stainless steel sports pedals and floor mats with All-Terrain lettering. The equipment is based on the AVANTGARDE interior line.advertisementEngine:Mercedes-Benz E-Class The All-Terrain will be launched as an E 220 d 4MATIC 194 hp with the newly developed four-cylinder diesel engine. A short time later a variant with a six-cylinder diesel engine will follow. Both models come with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.Features:The All-Terrain has DYNAMIC SELECT as standard. This enables five driving programmes to be selected with different engine, transmission, ESP and steering characteristics. A special model-specific feature is the All-Terrain driving programme, which offers settings for off-road driving and was derived from the GLE.Mercedes-Benz E-ClassALSO READ:BMW to skip Paris Motor Show; might produce new electric carsThe thresholds for ESP, active yaw control and acceleration skid control (ASR) are adjusted accordingly. The All-Terrain driving programme has a special indicator in the vehicle display. Information displayed their includes the steering angle, the vehicle level (position of the air suspension), the angle of slope and the angle of inclination, the accelerator/brake position and a compass.Dimension:Mercedes-Benz E-Class The E-Class All-Terrain is 29 mm higher than the E-Class Estate – 14 mm of which is due to the tyres’ larger height/width ratio and 15 mm to the normal driving level of the air suspension. The ground clearance is 121 to 156 mm.last_img read more

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Brooklyn Fridge: The Ice-Cold Nets Start Season 4-11, Can’t Seem to Win a Game

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BROOKLYN – With a fifth of the NBA season in the books, New York’s answer to Miami’s “Big Three” – Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh – were to acquire two of the original “Big Three” of this generation, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, from the Boston Celtics. Ironically, the third Big Three Celtic, Ray Allen, now plays for the Heat. Veterans Pierce and Garnett – who by all accounts are well past their primes but can still contribute – were supposed to add gravitas to an already-emergent ballclub with plenty of talented players, not least of which Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez, and take them to the Eastern Conference finals against the vaunted Heat.Thus far, however, things have not gone according to plan. The Nets began the first fifth of the season with a surprisingly poor 4-11 record. Meanwhile, their fellow New York hoopsters on the other side of the East River, the Knicks, as of Thanksgiving Day were even slightly worse than that: 3-11. The Celtics, on the other hand, resigned to spending the next few years rebuilding their former glory, at 7-11 have gotten off to a better start. If the season were to end today, it would be the Celtics – and not the Nets or the Knicks – in the playoffs.The Nets former player and rookie coach Jason Kidd has not been want of trying, though, even resorting to spilling a soda on the court – “accidentally,” until he finally fessed that he did it on purpose – in order to stop play (his team had no time-outs remaining). Kidd was fined $50,000, a week’s pay, for his antic. No need to feel too bad for him, though: he may not bring home the entire $2.6 million of his salary this year, but he’ll probably do just fine on a mere $2,550,000.In all probability, the Nets (and Knicks) will bounce back, and the Celtics – currently experimenting with a young, athletic, but woefully inexperienced team – will hit bottom before rising once again in a couple of years, when they put all the draft picks they got from the Nets for Pierce and Garnett to good use.NBA amalgams take some time to simmer. Unfortunately, Pierce and Garnett do not have a whole lot of time left. The Nets best start to gel sooner than later, because talent they have in droves; it is time that is fast evaporating.For the moment, this writer, a proud born-and-bred New Yorker who managed to be a Celtics fan all these years anyway, can’t help but chuckle. But if the Nets do get their act together and rise up to challenge the Heat, I’ll be cheering them on (almost) as loudly as if Pierce and Garnett were still wearing green.last_img read more

a month agoJofre Mateu says former Barcelona teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returning

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Jofre Mateu says former Barcelona teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returningby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona player Jofre Mateu says former teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returning to the club.The ex-Barcelona captain was expected to take up the sporting director job offered to him by President Josep Maria Bartomeu.”Although he [Puyol] has been thinking about it,” Jofre, a former Barcelona player himself said on Que t’hi jugues!”Right now I can tell you that he will not be a sporting director.”I’m 99 percent sure Puyol won’t take the position. He has other plans.” last_img read more

Video: Arkansas Football Held An Impressive Dunk Contest Last Night

first_imgA general view of Arkansas' football field.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Arkansas football is known for big lineman and a dominant run game, but on Tuesday evening, the Razorbacks proved they can do a bit of high-flying as well. The team took part in a dunk contest, emceed by offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola, and the results were really quite impressive.Who’s the best dunker on @RazorbackFB?— Arkansas Razorbacks (@ArkRazorbacks) December 22, 2015That is defensive end and former high school hoops star Jamario Bell taking over the show at the end. Our only regret is that Tretola didn’t get involved himself. He’ll just have to settle for throwing touchdown passes.[Razorbackers]last_img read more

5 Does-It it-All Balms to Save Your Skin this Winter

first_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Tuck this tiny jar of Cocoa Butter and Tahitian Monoi Oil packed balm into your coat pocket so you can treat chapped lips, cuticles and cheeks anywhere and everywhere. $22, 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard The Best Natural Tattoo Aftercare Tips and Suggestions Editors’ Recommendations center_img There’s no way around this season’s effects on your face.The cold winds that blow in the winter will mess with your skin in very uncomfortable and unattractive ways. Blame the dryness for sapping you of moisture, frigid gusts that can cause something akin to a sunburn, or hail hitting you in the face. You’re not imaging things; the forces of nature are conspiring against you. You’ll have to take extreme measures to make yourself presentable like slathering yourself in a salve that would seem far too thick in warmer months, but will help heal while steeling your skin against the harsh elements. We rounded up five multitasking best winter balms designed to be applied from your head to your heels.Beardbrand Utility BalmIf the brand’s name doesn’t make it obvious, you can use this all-natural balm to condition and tame your beard. But it also softens weather-weary skin with a trio of butters—mango, cocoa and shea. $32, beardbrand.comJackson’s 04 Organic Coconut MeltCoconut oil has been called a cure-all and while the jury is still out on that bold claim, everyone can agree that it does a pretty solid job of hydrating parched body parts. $16, mrporter.comDr. Rogers Restore Healing BalmWhen the forces of nature have had their way with you, leaving you red and with a burning sensation, this skin-saving salve will help make things right (and less itchy) with loads of healing glycerin and protective castor oil and wax. $80 for 8 oz., doctorrogersc.omValmed Military Hudsalve BalmIf this salve stick is good enough for Swedish soldiers (for who it was originally created), than it should be fine for you. It’s designed to heal and protect skin in the most extreme conditions so perfect for when winter adventuring gets intense. $8, bespokepost.comThis Works Turbo Balm How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophylast_img read more

Rolls-Royce Designer Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgzoom Sigmund Borgundvaag, a ship designer at Rolls-Royce, has won a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the design of offshore support vessels for more than 40 years.Sigmund designed the very first Rolls-Royce UT Design vessel, back in 1974, a design that has influenced the industry standard for oil and gas exploration ever since.Receiving the prestigious Offshore Support Journal award, at a ceremony in London last night, Sigmund said: “I am honoured to receive this award and I’m extremely proud to have played a part in developing a type of ship that has gone on to play such an important role in the oil and gas industry. It has been thrilling to have been involved in fulfilling the demanding requirements of an industry, where as one design challenge is met there is always a new and exciting one to tackle.”Originally designed to handle the rough conditions of the North Sea, the UT has been continually adapted for a range of demanding duties where crew safety, stability, and capability are as important today as they were 40 years ago.Sigmund added: “In those early days of North Sea oil, there simply wasn’t a ship robust enough to handle the harsh conditions and heavy seas. We drew on generations of experience from fishing these waters, and matched it with the technology needed to operate in a new type of deep-water oil field, always considering the safety of the crew and the demanding job these ships had to do. The result was a ship that pioneered the development of offshore oil and gas.”Today there are almost 800 Rolls-Royce UT Design vessels in service or on order. They operate in all the world’s major oil and gas fields, carrying out a wide range of duties including transporting cargo to and from rigs, and handling and positioning the anchors that keep floating rigs in position. The UT design also extends to subsea construction vessels, seismic survey ships and ocean-going tugs, used by a number of coast guards for emergency towing and coastal protection.John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce, President – Offshore, said: “Sigmund has made a hugely significant impact on the oil and gas industry as we know it today. Look out to sea at any major oil city in the world, whether it’s Bergen, Aberdeen or in the Gulf of Mexico, and that familiar shape of vessel you see on the horizon can trace its origin back to Sigmund’s work of more than 40 years ago. Today he is still a valued part of our ship design team, inspiring the next generation of naval architects. We congratulate him on this award, and thank him for his contribution to our industry.”The first Rolls-Royce UT Design ship to enter service, in 1974, is still operating today. The UT 704 originally named Stad Scotsman, is currently chartered to work in the oil fields off the coast of Nigeria, under the name Reliance Star 1.Rolls-Royce, February 21, 2014last_img read more

With billions of dollars at stake all parties promise to fix defence

first_imgOTTAWA  — The seemingly endless effort to replace Canada’s CF-18s fighter jets passed a tiny milestone Friday: fighter-jet makers participating in the $19-billion competition were required to explain how they planned to make their aircraft compliant with U.S. intelligence systems.For nearly a decade, Canadians have been inundated with talk of fighter jets without Canada ever buying them, an ever-worsening symbol of the failures of Canada’s military procurement system.Every election, would-be prime ministers promise to cancel bad purchases or processes, hurry along good ones, fix the mess once and for all.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer this week promised to “de-politicize” military procurement with new oversight bodies in cabinet and the Privy Council Office while working toward multi-partisan consensus on procurement projects in Parliament.The Liberals promise to establish a new agency called Defence Procurement Canada, which suggests taking the entire function away from the four departments that now share responsibility for buying military kit.The New Democrats and Greens promise, without detail, that they will ensure Canada’s military gets the equipment it needs.The origins of what we face today can be traced back to the end of the Cold War when Canada and its allies began to cut defence spending after a decades-long arms race with the Soviet Union.“We deferred purchasing new fighter planes and did the same thing with our frigate fleet,” says David Perry, vice-president of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and one of Canada’s foremost experts on defence spending and procurement.“We just kicked the can down the road on fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft. There was a bunch of other projects that fit the same vein.”The military had to use equipment for years longer than it was supposed to and the Department of National Defence lost most of its procurement experts.But in the mid-2000s, the Forces’ equipment problems were revealed in Kandahar: the military lacked transport aircraft to resupply its Afghanistan mission, artillery and tanks to support troops on the ground and helicopters to move them around.Ottawa rushed into gear, purchasing transport planes, howitzers, helicopters and tanks in short order _ in most cases without competitions. New equipment flooded in but there were some big failures, starting with accusations defence officials rigged the requirements for a new search-and-rescue plane to select a specific U.S. plane.There was also a failed effort to buy new supply ships for the navy and, most explosively, a plan to buy new fighter jets, Lockheed Martin’s F-35s, without a competition.In 2012, auditor general Michael Ferguson blasted the Defence Department for failing to communicate the stealth fighter’s risks, including escalating costs and schedule delays, to Parliament and decision-makers.Dan Ross, who was the department’s head of military procurement at the time, would later say defence officials had all the information and were willing to share it _ the Harper government just wouldn’t let them.Either way, the public’s confidence in the system and the government’s ability to manage it were shaken. The F-35 purchase was scrapped. The Tories imposed new constraints to keep costs under control and ensure Canadian industry and communities benefit from defence contracts.“There were concerns about whether or not you’re getting the right kind of economic benefits, some significant concerns about whether or not process was being adhered to until you had this system recalibration where you had an injection of additional rules and governance,” Perry says.That recalibration imposed a fundamental tension on the system: the need to get the best equipment possible, with the most benefit to the economy or local industry, at the lowest cost. Every big procurement is partly about the military’s needs and partly about national industrial policy _ and, that means, partly about politics.Most procurements are still completed with minimal fuss. The problems largely lie with big, once-in-a-lifetime contracts like fighters and warships that are worth billions of dollars and are not only essential for the military to operate, but have the potential to benefit Canadian businesses and communities for years. The ones that involve billions of public dollars.“You’re trying to get the best bang for the buck for as little buck as possible,” says Queen’s University professor Kim Nossal, who wrote a book entitled “Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada” in 2016.“The one comforting thing is that very few countries have got the balance right. All industrial countries, all of our allies, faces these kinds of pressures. They worry about jobs and costs and capability.”Efforts to combine the three competing priorities can lead to bickering among federal departments, lawsuits from companies and politicians sticking their fingers in things.Seconds after saying he would de-politicize the military procurement system this week, Scheer promised to negotiate the purchase of an interim naval supply ship from Quebec’s Chantier Davie shipyard, which lobbied the Liberal government for years to ink such a contract without success.Davie is one of Canada’s big players in shipbuilding _ and it’s in much-contested political territory just outside Quebec City.Alan Williams, who was the Defence Department’s head of procurement from 1999 to 2005 and now advises companies on procurement matters, compares Scheer’s promise on Davie to Justin Trudeau’s promise in 2015 not to buy the F-35.That’s because while a government can decide to purchase a piece of military equipment, procurement laws _ and Canada’s international trade obligations _ forbid it from choosing or excluding a specific product or supplier except under extreme circumstances.Upon taking office, the Liberals twisted themselves in pretzels to get around the legal implications of their promise.That twisting led to a plan to buy Super Hornets from a competing vendor, When that fell through, four years passed before an actual competition was launched _ with the F-35 now one of three planes still in contention. In the meantime, the CF-18s will fly until 2032, reinforced with second-hand Australian F-18s to buy time.There will likely be more problems before new aircraft arrive, but the sense is that there is little the government can do now to speed it along.While the shipbuilding strategy is still going through growing pains, with the next government having to choose a third shipyard to add to the massive program to replace Canada’s naval and coast guard fleets, many hard choices have been made _ and lessons learned. More procurement staff have been hired and trained and some red tape has been eliminated.Williams is a strong advocate for the Liberals’ proposal of creating one department or agency so there is a single point of accountability. Perry is more in favour of the Tories’ plan to create a secretariat and cabinet committee to provide better decision making.Military suppliers worry that another earthquake in the system could set everything back.“We’ve seen some positive momentum recently when it comes to signing contracts on new defence acquisitions and getting money out the door,” says Christyn Cianfarani, CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries.“We’d caution that any major change within the public service at this point has the potential to slow things down.”The best thing any government can do is ensure the military has a predictable, funded investment plan to purchase promised new equipment, Cianfarani adds. That, says Perry, and set more realistic expectations for how fast the system can deliver.And maybe some bipartisanship, adds Nossal.“What really is needed is for the two main parties, the Liberals and the Conservatives, to truly do a bipartisan truce and approach defence the way they did in the 1970s, where something like the new (CF-18s), that process was not politicized at all.”last_img read more

PU Chitra wins 1500m gold Dutee clinches 200m bronze

first_imgDoha: P U Chitra defended her 1500m title to give India its third gold medal while Ajay Kumar Saroj and Dutee Chand won a silver and a bronze in men’s 1500m and women’s 200m respectively on the fourth and final day of the Asian Athletics Championships here on Wednesday. Chitra overtook Bahraini runner Tigest Gashaw just a few metres before the finishing line to win the race in 4 minute 14.56 seconds at the Khalifa Stadium. This was India’s third gold of the championships after Gomathi Marimuthu (women’s 800m) and Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (men’s shot put) won a yellow metal each on the second day on Monday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhGashaw clocked 4:14.81 for the silver while another Bahraini Mutile Winfred Yavi took the bronze in 4:16.18. “Got a little nervous towards the end being next to Bahraini runner (Gashaw Tigest). She beat me to third place in Asian Games. “I had to really push hard in the end,” said the 23-year-old Chitra who had won a bronze in the Jakarta Asian Games. Chitra had won gold in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar in 4:17.92. Her male counterpart, Saroj clocked a season best time of 3 minute 43.18 seconds to clinch a silver behind Bahrain’s Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich who clocked 3:42.85. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterDutee, who had finished a disappointing fifth in the 100m final on Tuesday after smashing national record twice, clocked 23.24 seconds to win the bronze in the women’s 200m. After falling behind in the first 100m, she covered a lot of ground in the final 100m stretch and got past three competitors at the finish line. Salwa Naser of Bahrain expectedly took the gold in 22.74 while Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan was second in 22.87. The 23-year-old Dutee, who had won a 200m silver in the Jakarta Asian Games, still missed the World Championships qualifying mark of 23.02. She has a personal best of 23.00. “I am really very happy. I missed a medal in 100m & relay. I put too much effort in 100m, was not sure of medal in 200m. Just did my best & I am happy,” Dutee said. In the women’s discus throw, Navjeet Kaur (57.47m) and Kamalpreet Kaur (55.59m) came up with disappointing shows to finish fourth and fifth respectively.last_img read more

RussiaMorocco Economic Partnership Moves up a Gear

Moscow  –  The creation on Monday of a new economic council with the aim of promoting relations between Morocco and Russia will give a new impetus to the economic partnership between the two countries.The creation of this council, which was announced on the occasion of a meeting held in Moscow on the sidelines of the official visit of HM King Mohammed VI to Russia, will enable private operators in the two countries develop their relations.Speaking on this occasion, chairwoman of employers’ association CGEM Miriem Bensaleh-Cheqroun said that the creation of this economic council aims at strengthening the strategic partnership between Morocco and Russia, noting that the Kingdom offers several opportunities to Russian investors, especially in industry, renewable energy, agriculture, fishing and tourism. The chairman of the Russian-Moroccan Business Council Yuri Sharov said that this meeting will boost economic cooperation between the two countries, adding that the new economic council will promote economic relations and increase the volume of investments between the two countries.The meeting was also marked by the signing of four partnership agreements between economic operators from both countries, covering the areas of industry, energy, pharmaceutical and food industries.With MAP read more

UN AU envoys meet with key Darfur rebel alliance

A key rebel alliance today told the United Nations and African Union (AU) Special Envoys for Darfur that it is ready to work with the newly-deployed hybrid peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID.The Envoys, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, held a four-hour meeting in an undisclosed location in the north-west of the war-ravaged Sudanese region with the United Resistance Front (URF), a grouping of several of Darfur’s splintering movements.In today’s meeting – the first between the URF and the Special Envoys – the alliance said that it is prepared to work with the UNAMID force, and asked that a formal meeting be convened to clarify the deployment and role of the peacekeepers.The URF leadership also noted that it is prepared to present its political and military structure as promised late last year in Juba, in southern Sudan.Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim, who are on the second day of their visit to Darfur, visited a market and school while in the area, and commended the movements’ unification efforts, which the Special Envoys believe are crucial for the peace process to succeed.They will continue touring the region tomorrow, with a scheduled visit with commanders of Abdul Wahid’s faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA).Meanwhile, the head of UNAMID today met with Sudan’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs in a bid to bolster understanding and cooperation between the two sides.Rodolphe Adada, who also serves as UN/AU Joint Special Representative, paid a courtesy call to Deng Alor, and the two agreed to maintain regular contacts to remove obstacles to the smooth deployment of the new mission and to push the ongoing Darfur peace process forward.Stressing that UNAMID is the result of a partnership among the UN, AU and Sudanese Government, Mr. Adada noted during the meeting that close cooperation is crucial for the hybrid peacekeeping force to succeed in bringing an end to the violence that continues to plague the region.Mr. Alor assured the Special Representative that Darfur is one of the Government’s top priorities, and that the Foreign Ministry has been tasked with reconciling Sudan with the international community through dialogue to improve confidence and dispel any suspicions. 16 January 2008A key rebel alliance today told the United Nations and African Union (AU) Special Envoys for Darfur that it is ready to work with the newly-deployed hybrid peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID. read more

UN protests latest Israeli military assault on one of its schools in

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said yesterday the Israeli military attacked the Ezbet Preparatory Boys’ School despite a visible UN flag and symbol on the premises.A bulldozer demolished the entire front wall, gate and playground outbuilding, UNRWA said, adding that most of the windows in the front of school were broken and some classrooms were damaged during the assault that occurred under Israeli control.”There have been repeated military violations of the sanctity of UNRWA schools during the last 30 months, on the majority of occasions by Israeli forces,” the Agency said, noting that this latest assault comes just one week after a 12-year old pupil sitting in an UNRWA school in Khan Younis, Gaza, was hit in the head by a bullet fired from an Israeli position. The child has since died. read more

Congress warns tech firms to better protect against malicious ads or risk

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Senate warned Google, Yahoo and other leading technology companies Thursday they need to better protect consumers from hackers exploiting their lucrative online advertising networks or risk new legislation that would force them to do so.In a new investigative report, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said hackers in some cases are infecting computers using software or programming commands hidden inside online advertisements. It suggested tougher U.S. regulations or new laws that could punish the ad networks in addition to prosecuting the hackers.The subcommittee highlighted a December 2013 incident in which an Internet user visited a mainstream website and had all of her personal information stolen via an ad on Yahoo’s network. Even worse: She didn’t have to click on it to deliver a virus that gobbled up her information. And as many as 2 million others may have been exposed to the attack.The online advertising industry has grown complicated “to such an extent that each party can conceivably claim it is not responsible when malware is delivered to a user’s computer through an advertisement,” the Senate report said.The panel said it found no evidence that Google or Yahoo’s ad networks are more vulnerable to malware attacks than other major ones. It said the industry as a whole remains vulnerable to such forms of attack.Several bills in Congress aimed at strengthening Internet privacy and security have stalled, and there currently is no federal data-privacy law for Internet companies. One measure, the 2011 Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act, would have allowed the Federal Trade Commission to require security measures for sites that collect personal information.___Follow Jack Gillum on Twitter at by Jack Gillum, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2014 8:58 am MDT Congress warns tech firms to better protect against malicious ads or risk new federal rules read more

New tool from EDEM brings Discrete Element Modelling to every engineer

first_imgEDEM®, the market leader in Discrete Element Method (DEM) technology, is changing the face of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) with a revolutionary new software that will make bulk material simulation accessible to all engineers using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Multi-body Dynamics (MBD) software, in the design of heavy equipment. The new products called ‘EDEM for’, integrate with leading CAE software tools from ANSYS, MSC Software and Siemens and do not require any DEM expertise to use. ‘EDEM for’ will provide design engineers with an easy to use, bulk material simulation system which links with their MBD and FEA software, extending the capability of the host software and providing engineers with unique insights into how materials interact with their equipment.Traditionally, bulk material simulation has been the realm of a small pool of DEM experts due to its complexity – this has acted as a major barrier to uptake for many design engineers with only a small number of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) currently using DEM capability. ‘EDEM for’ will make DEM accessible to a wider number of engineers, who can now benefit from new insights into material-machine interactions, without the need to learn a new technology.Through ‘EDEM for’, design engineers working in the construction, off-highway, mining and heavy industry sectors, will no longer have to rely on hand calculations and assumptions to predict the effect of materials on their equipment. ‘EDEM for’ provides engineers with a unique library of thousands of material models, representing a wide range of real materials such as rocks, soils and ores. The database delivers accurate and realistic information on the forces and material loads acting on equipment. All the analysis is then carried out by the host software, in an environment familiar to the engineer. Having easy access to a bulk material simulation capability will help improve design accuracy, reduce expensive physical prototyping and ensure confidence that the design requirements will be met.The launch of ‘EDEM for’ comes at a time when the CAE industry is rapidly moving towards software integration and multi-physics platforms, providing maximum functionality and capability for the user. The next challenge is to ensure complex simulation tools that sit within their host program are accessible and easy to use. ‘EDEM for’ is the first DEM tool to be offered as an add-on to FEA/MBD software to achieve this.Richard LaRoche, Chief Executive Officer of EDEM, comments: “We have been working closely with our technology partners and our customers to develop co-simulation solutions between EDEM and their FEA and MBD tools. The drive to multi-physics platforms is a trend that is only going to continue, but the challenge remains ensuring that the software which integrates with the host platform is actually usable for engineers without the need for extensive training. With ‘EDEM for’ we are taking co-simulation to the next level by enabling engineers with no DEM knowledge to benefit from the key insights that this technology brings. Our ultimate goal is to fully democratise DEM so it is available to all engineers, not just the experts.”last_img read more

London police arrest three more over drummers murder

first_imgPOLICE IN LONDON investigating the violent murder of Lee Rigby on Tuesday have arrested three further suspects.Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command and specialist firearms officers were involved in the operation which saw the three men, aged 21, 24 and 28, detained yesterday evening between 6pm and 6.30pm on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.The 24-year-old and 28-year-old were arrested at a residential address in southeast London. The third suspect was arrested in the street at Charlton Lane, SE7. A Taser gun was used on two of the men but they did not require medical treatment in hospital.Police are currently searching four addresses in the area.There have now been six arrests in relation to the killing of the 25-year-old in Woolwich. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22 remain under armed guard in hospital after being shot by police at the scene. They are said to be in a stable condition.The 29-year-old questioned after giving an interview to BBC News on Friday has been bailed to return pending further enquiries.The Metropolitan Police Service has asked anyone who filmed or took photos as events unfolded on John Wilson Street to send it to them. They also advised witnesses not to delete any footage or material they may have.Reports in the UK today carry images of Adebolajo in court in the Kenyan city of Mombasa in November 2010. The Mail on Sunday claimed he had been detained with others on suspicion of planning to fight for a terror group. The men were thought to have been heading to Somalia to join the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. MI5 has been criticised for missing key clues about the killers. It has also been suggested that the intelligence agency tried to recruit the killer to spy for them.Increased attacks As London comes to terms with the vicious and brutal killing outside the Royal Artillery Barracks, an inter-faith group has reported a large spike in anti-Muslim incidents.“It’s a hugely worrying development,” director Fiyaz Mughal told AFP, saying the organisation had been informed of 162 incidents in the past 48 hours, compared to a daily average of four to six.They were mainly verbal attacks on women wearing the Islamic headscarf in the street, he said, but there were also online attacks and some violence.A number of people have been charged over malicious comments made on social networking sites.-Additional reporting by AFPMore: Betting shop employee killed in south London – reportsRead: Murder of London soldier raises fears of ‘lone wolf’ attacksRelated: Spy agency MI5 ‘approached’ suspect soldier killer, says childhood friendlast_img read more

Revenue seizes €35000 worth of cigarettes and pipe tobacco from cargo vessel

first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Revenue seizes €35,000 worth of cigarettes and pipe tobacco from cargo vessel Brands such as L&M, ASOS and NAKHLA were seized. Share1 Tweet Email1 The seized items. 8,003 Views The seized items. Image: Revenue Short URL Mar 26th 2019, 4:21 PM center_img Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 4:21 PM 16 Comments Image: Revenue REVENUE OFFICERS HAVE seized over 58,000 cigarettes and 1.45kg of pipe tobacco during a search of a cargo vessel at a Waterford Port yesterday evening. The tobacco products have an estimated retail value of over €35,100, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €27,700.Brands such as L&M, ASOS and NAKHLA were seized. The Panama registered vessel arrived into Belview Port, Waterford from Ceuta, Spain.A Syrian man in his 30′s was questioned in relation to the seizure.Revenue said that the seizure formed part of its ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products.Businesses or members of the public who have any information regarding the smuggling can contact Revenue in confidence on freephone number 1800 295 295. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article last_img read more

Greek billionaires son found dead in hotel room with bags of cocaine

first_imgThe son of Greek billionaire Socrates P Kokkalis Sr, has been found dead in a hotel room in the US.The body of Socrates S Kokkalis, aged 34, was discovered in a room at the Marriott Hotel in Cleveland on Saturday afternoon, with police claiming they found three bags of cocaine within the deceased’s vicinity.According to the police report, authorities said it appeared Kokkalis, the vice-president of Olympiakos, had died some 12 hours before his body was found.The 34-year-old’s father, after whom he is named, is the founder of the largest telecommunications company in southeastern Europe, Intracom and is the chair of Olympiakos.“His premature passing … left the entire Olympiakos family in mourning for the unexpected loss of our Club’s Vice-president,’” reads a statement issued by Olympiakos.The cause of death has yet to be determined by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, and is currently under investigation, with suspicions Kokkalis passed away due to a drug overdose. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more