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Perfect (5-0) Tanaka, Yanks WinPerfect (5-0) Tanaka, Yanks Win

first_imgMILWAUKEE — The fan wanted a hug. Derek Jeter just wanted to get out of the way.Jeter calmly eluded a fan that tried to meet him in the sixth inning of the New York Yankees’ 5-3 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 9.Masahiro Tanaka pitched into the seventh and Yangervis Solarte hit a three-run homer for the Yankees, who have won three straight and four of six.It was New York’s first game in Milwaukee since 2005, and it took a surprising turn when a guy jumped out of the left-field stands and walked briskly toward Jeter at shortstop in the sixth inning.Jeter didn’t appear to notice the fan at first. Jeter, who plans to retire after this season, took a few steps away as several security guards rushed in to tackle the person.Jeter said the guy, who was wearing a Ryan Braun jersey and white bandana, didn’t appear threatening.“His face was calm,” Jeter said. “He was saying he wanted a hug. I was thinking I wasn’t going to hug him. That was pretty much it. It happened pretty quick. I didn’t even see him until he got past the third-base line.”Jeter warned the guy he had made a big mistake. “I told him, ‘You’re going to get in trouble,’” Jeter said. “Then he repeated that he wanted a hug. I said, ‘Look out.’”That’s when several security guards flattened the guy and then hauled him away.“If you saw his face, he wasn’t coming out there with anger,” Jeter said. “So, no, I wasn’t scared.” But Yankees Manager Joe Girardi was worried about Jeter.“I was like, ‘Derek, move,’” Girardi said. “Derek just kind of stood there. Obviously, he didn’t feel threatened. It’s not what you want because you never know what people are up to. It’s an unfortunate part of the game.”Tanaka (5-0) allowed two runs and seven hits in his first interleague game. The Japanese right-hander struck out seven and walked one. Tanaka also struck out in each of his first three major league at-bats.Yovani Gallardo (2-2) matched Tanaka pitch for pitch until New York scored four times in the fourth on four hits, highlighted by Solarte’s second home run of the season. Carlos Beltran walked and Brian McCann singled before Solarte hit Gallardo’s first pitch, a cutter, over the right-field wall.“That’s what’s frustrating about this game,” Gallardo said. “You have to stay away from the big inning.”Solarte leads the Yankees with 18 RBIs. He signed a minor league deal in January and then played his way onto the major league club with a strong spring training.“He’s obviously had a great first five or six weeks,” Girardi said. “He’s played well and he deserves to be out there.”The Yankees tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning. Beltran hit a leadoff double against Brandon Kintzler, and Ichiro Suzuki then came in to run. Suzuki stole third and scored on Mark Teixeira’s roller down the first-base line, making it 5-2.The Brewers got on the board in the sixth. Carlos Gomez and Scooter Gennett started the inning with consecutive doubles, and Jonathan Lucroy followed with an RBI single.Tanaka then got Aramis Ramirez to ground into a double play and struck out Mark Reynolds.Gallardo was impressed with Tanaka.“He kept the ball down in the zone and he was moving the ball around,” Gallardo said. “He was pretty good at keeping our guys off balance.”Adam Warren took over for Tanaka after he put runners on the corners in the seventh. Warren struck out pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay and Logan Schafer was cut down while trying to steal second.David Robertson allowed Reynolds’ sixth homer in the ninth, but struck out the side for his sixth save.Milwaukee has lost three straight and seven of nine since getting off to a hot start. The Brewers are playing without Braun, who has been sidelined by a right oblique strain.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Taskin, Farhad recalled to Bangladesh ODI squad for Ireland, West Indies tri-seriesTaskin, Farhad recalled to Bangladesh ODI squad for Ireland, West Indies tri-series

first_imgPacer Taskin Ahmed and all-rounder Farhad Reza have been recalled to Bangladesh’s one-day international squad for the tri-series against host Ireland and West Indies, beginning May 5.Taskin has been recovering from an ankle injury he sustained during a Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) game. The 25-year-old was adviced a three-week rest and later made a comeback in the recent Dhaka Premier League (DPL).Farhad, who has not played an ODI since December 2011, was the highest wicket-taker in DPL, returning with 38 wickets from 16 games.Earlier, Bangladesh had announced its 15-man squad for the World Cup, which saw the inclusion of uncapped right-arm pacer Abu Jayed at the expense of Taskin, who was sidelined due to injury concerns.Taskin, who last featured in October 2017, was not named in the squad for the tri-series initially. The squad for the series was announced with the World Cup team and featured 17 players including Nayeem Hasan and Yasir Ali Rabbi as stand-bys.However, the management reconsidered and added Taskin and Farhad in the squad, ICC reported.Bangladesh squad: Masrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Litton Das, Soumya Sarker, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmud Ullah, Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Mohammad Mithun, Shabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Shaifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan, Yasir Ali, Taskin Ahmed, Farhad Reza.Also Read | India vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup is not ‘war’ but just another game: Shoaib MalikAlso Read | Hungry to smash sixes in World Cup: Andre Russelllast_img read more

Brazil cruise past EcuadorBrazil cruise past Ecuador

first_imgBrazil 2 Ecuador 0: Barca target Coutinho and Paulinho inspire win Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 10:43 9/1/17 Coutinho-cropped Getty Images Philippe Coutinho and potential Barcelona team-mate Paulinho inspired Brazil to victory over Ecuador in Porto Alegre. Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho came off the bench and scored as Brazil defeated Ecuador 2-0 to seal their position as winners of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying section.Coutinho was named on the bench for Thursday’s qualifier in Porto Alegre having not played for Liverpool this season due to a back problem and illness amid ongoing speculation linking him with Barca.But the Liverpool star put uncertainty surrounding his future aside to double Brazil’s lead with 14 minutes remaining after a stunning one-two with team-mate Gabriel Jesus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina It was a sight to excite Barca fans after new signing Paulinho broke Ecuador’s stubborn resistance seven minutes earlier – his fourth goal in four internationals.Already assured of their spot at the World Cup in Russia next year, Brazil cannot be caught atop the South American standings after moving 11 points clear of second-placed Colombia with three games remaining, while Ecuador are seventh and three points adrift of the play-off position.There were no surprises in Brazil’s starting XI following their 4-0 friendly rout of Australia in June as the world’s most expensive player Neymar headlined Tite’s line-up, which also included Jesus, Willian, Casemiro, Marcelo and Dani Alves, who did not play in March’s 3-0 qualifying win at home to Paraguay.Ecuador – who lost 2-0 to Colombia in their most recent qualifier – named the likes of Antonio Valencia, Enner Valencia, Christian Noboa and Gabriel Achilier.The first half did not reach any real heights as Brazil – devoid of ideas and synergy – struggled against a resolute Ecuador side.Barcelona recruit Paulinho tried his luck early, while Chelsea attacker Willian went close inside 10 minutes.Manchester City star Jesus almost opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark after outmuscling his opponent en route to goal but Ecuador goalkeeper Maximo Banguera was up to the task, using a strong hand to push the ball away for a corner.Jesus came close again 11 minutes into the second half after being picked out by Alves with a sublime cross but his close-range header was saved.The 20-year-old forward was thwarted minutes later as Ecuador defender Robert Arboleda glanced a header away before Jesus could head home the opener.Seeking a goal, Tite introduced Coutinho before the hour-mark – his first playing time of the 2017-18 season – but it was his potential Barca team-mate Paulinho who broke the deadlock.Paulinho lashed home the opener from just outside the six-yard box with 20 minutes remaining following Willian’s corner.Brazil could smell blood as Banguera denied Willian and Neymar with back-to-back saves only moments later.But Banguera was unable to deny Coutinho, who combined with Jesus before side-footing into the net in the 76th minute. read morelast_img read more

2 days agoBurnley manager Dyche delighted with squad competition2 days agoBurnley manager Dyche delighted with squad competition

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley manager Dyche delighted with squad competitionby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley manager Sean Dyche is delighted with the competition within his squad.The Clarets currently have intense battles in a variety of positions, including left-back, striker and central midfield.”There is real competition,” said Dyche.”We have lost very important players but it shows we have other players who are just as important.”I thought Jeff (Hendrick) did well in midfield alongside Westy which is not easy when you play two v three. There was a tactical understanding there of when to press and when not to.”Robbie came in and he is getting back to true fitness and match sharpness that it takes which is why he came off and Jay got a start as well.”I like that competitive element to the squad.” last_img read more

Texas Fans Are Crushing Tom Herman For This Post-Game QuoteTexas Fans Are Crushing Tom Herman For This Post-Game Quote

first_imgA closeup of Tom Herman blowing a bubble.DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns blows a bubble during warmups before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Last season, Tom Herman’s tenure at Texas began with a 51-41 home loss to Maryland. The Longhorns entered the season ranked, and improvement was expected.And then they lost to those same Terrapins, who have a suspended head coach and are embroiled in scandal, 34-29 at FedExField in Landover, Md.It certainly didn’t look like Texas took the leap that many expected under Herman, especially with a full year under his belt in Austin. The head coach wasn’t hearing it though.After the game, he wasn’t willing to acknowledge the comparisons between last year’s Maryland loss and this year’s. From Austin American-Statesman writer Brian Davis:“A lot of people are going to want to say this feels a lot like last year. It doesn’t to me.”Tom Herman said that this year’s Texas football team is “better now than at any point last year,” according to Davis.That isn’t sticking well with Texas fans, who clearly expected a big revenge win over the Terrapins.ESPN’s Bomani Jones, a Longhorns fan, was among those that isn’t amused with Herman’s quote.he’d do himself more favors by taking these losses on the chin instead of trying to explain to people why they didn’t see what they just saw.— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) September 1, 2018so i’ll say it slower, cuz i just don’t see how this is hard to understand. if your response is “well maryland is just better,” you’ve identified the problem. right there. it’s directly in front of you.— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) September 1, 2018Bomani isn’t alone either.Game clinching interceptions feel A LOT like last year.— Bill Burrell (@BillBurrell68) September 1, 2018Did they beat Maryland last year? No. Same as this year. So it feels exactly like last year.— Trevor Smith (@TSmith0952) September 1, 2018What’s he smoking. We got rid of Charlie Strong for this….I’m just saying. I do not see much of any improvement. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. ?— David Wheeler (@DWheels2006) September 1, 2018It sure as shit feels the same to me. 85 points surrendered by this “stout” defense and offenses that can’t get rolling until the second half and second quarter respectively. All while Maryland got off to fast starts both years? Yeah…feels the same to me.— DILLIGAF? (@Getitrite1) September 1, 2018This one game won’t define Herman’s tenure if he gets things turned around, and he’s not near the hot seat yet. It is fair to say that the honeymoon is over for the former Houston head coach, though.last_img read more

Kingston Wharves Limited Undertaking $100M Drainage UpgradeKingston Wharves Limited Undertaking $100M Drainage Upgrade

first_imgKingston Wharves Limited (KWL) will be fast-tracking the $100-million upgrade of its drainage system, which is slated to begin in mid-January 2019.Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Grantley Stephenson, advised that a collapsed drain and heavy rainfall in October, which flooded several roads in the vicinity of KWL, prompted the entity’s decision.“We have taken the decision to go ahead with it immediately. We want it completed before we get to the next rainy season, because we cannot endure another (spate of flooding) like we did several weeks ago,” he said.Mr. Stephenson was speaking to JIS News after accompanying Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, on a tour of several areas in the vicinity of KWL and the Kingston Port, where activities are being streamlined to facilitate more seamless business operations, on Monday (December 3).Mr. Vaz indicated that the National Works Agency (NWA) will be assisting KWL in its efforts, in order to prevent further flooding of the entity’s property.“More than that, the NWA is conducting a complete drainage plan for the total area, which includes the Tinson Pen (Aerodrome) and surrounding areas. It will take some time (to complete), but KWL should be finished in the first half of next year,” he said.The work is consistent with an undertaking from Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, in October to take steps to improve the overall drainage system along Marcus Garvey Drive by constructing a structure with features similar to the Sandy Gully.Kingston Mayor, Senator Councillor, Delroy Williams, has also welcomed and expressed satisfaction with KWL’s plans.last_img read more

Sale of MS Finnhansa to Cost Ten People Their JobsSale of MS Finnhansa to Cost Ten People Their Jobs

first_imgzoom North European liner-shipping company Finnlines Plc said yesterday that it had ended employer-employee co-operation negotiations concerning the crew of MS Finnhansa (36 people) which started in July 2014.Providing that the sale of MS Finnhansa takes place this will result to the maximum of 10 employees laid off until further notice, Finnlines said.If realised, the plans will not affect the provision of maritime liner services or the service level offered to the customers, the company explained.The vessel’s owner Finnlines is facing hurdles on how to keep its profitability afloat as new sulphur directive, soon to enter into force,  further hampers shipowners operations, forcing them to resort to unpopular solutions.The company said previosuly that the operative use of the vessel has been unprofitable for a longer period and that changes in environmental legislation, especially the so-called sulphur directive entering into force January1st, 2015, have caused the company to make initial plans on salling the vessel.Finnhansa sails between Rostock and Helsinki, belonging to the Hansa-class of the Finnlines’ fleet.The sentiment across the shipping industry is that, although welcomed, sulphur emission cuts may trigger unforeseen chain reactions such as the rise of CO2 emissions due to the increase in road shipping, which might lead to serious road congestions.It is also feared that countless sea faring jobs might be inadvertently put at risk. World Maritime News Staff, September 03, 2014last_img read more

Police seek international victims of 65yearold man who posed online as boyPolice seek international victims of 65yearold man who posed online as boy

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Police are looking for victims of a 65-year-old Newfoundland man who posed as a teenage boy and exploited children online.The RCMP says the Deer Lake man was convicted of possessing child pornography and child luring, and had been exploiting children online from November of 2015 until June of 2016.They say possible victims are between the ages of 10 and 15, may be unaware they have been victimized, and could be in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.Officers say the man contacted children through social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Skype.They say he used various user names, including Ammon Charlebois, and had several different email addresses.Police are asking parents to speak with their children to see if they may have had contact with anyone with that name.“It may be difficult for victims and/or their families to come forward however, any additional information is very important to the investigation and could help prevent similar crimes by online predators,” police said in a release.“Police hope to speak to as many victims as possible.”last_img read more

Donald Trumps new ambassador to Canada Im a listener Knight Craft saysDonald Trumps new ambassador to Canada Im a listener Knight Craft says

first_imgWASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s new ambassador to Canada says she intends to represent the president’s agenda with a style that appears, at first glance, to be gentler than that of her unapologetically pugnacious boss.Kelly Knight Craft spoke with CTV News about her plans for the job in her first Canadian interview airing Wednesday, the day after she was sworn in at the White House.She demonstrated that less-combative approach when asked about the NFL protest controversy currently roiling the United States — Trump’s decision to call out players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality.”This is a country that promotes freedom of speech,” Knight Craft said, when asked about the issue. ”I want to promote our constitution and the (administration’s) agenda. For me to put my opinion is not fair.”Even though I may differ, I still respect the opinion of everyone else.”Asked what she will bring to the job she said: ”Being a great listener.”A well-known sports fan, philanthropist and powerful GOP donor, Knight Craft told CTV about her friendships from different parts of her life: Drake and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, to name two.She said she became friends with the famous Canadian performer when he visited her home state of Kentucky for a basketball game. She also mentioned her friendship with McConnell, one of the country’s most powerful lawmakers who also hails from her state.McConnell has occasionally bickered with the president, whose anti-establishment, trade-skeptical, more combative stance has put him at odds with the party’s establishment wing.The new ambassador, for her part, originally supported Marco Rubio in last year’s presidential primary.She said she supports the president’s trade agenda — which involves renegotiating or cancelling NAFTA. When asked whether she agrees with his frequent threats to cancel the continental trade treaty, she repeated that she follows the president’s agenda.”We all have different tones,” she said, ”but we are all seeking the same result and that’s what I’m focused on.”She added that she knows several figures in Washington who hope for a so-called ”win-win-win” on NAFTA, meaning a deal that benefits all three countries, to use a turn of phrase uttered recently by another close ally of hers: Vice-President Mike Pence.Someone who knows Knight Craft said it’s natural for her to have her own personality — while still working for her boss.”It’s a tone of voice thing,” said Maryscott Greenwood of the Canadian American Business Council.“She has a very powerful, but understated, genteel, way about her that’s nothing like a real-estate mogul who cut his teeth in the ’70s and ’80s in Manhattan.”At her Senate confirmation hearing this summer, Knight Craft was presented by McConnell — the top figure in the Senate. The questions for her were mostly friendly, although she was asked about one area of contention for her new boss.Asked whether Russia interfered in last year’s U.S. election, she said she believed American intelligence agencies that it did.last_img read more

Federal experts working to confirm if dead right whale is new mortalityFederal experts working to confirm if dead right whale is new mortality

first_imgFederal officials are working to confirm whether a dead endangered North Atlantic right whale that was seen on Sunday is a new mortality or one that was sighted last month while experts fear there “could be more dead.”The federal Fisheries Department said in a statement the marine mammal was first sighted off eastern Cape Breton on July 21.However, the whale is an “advanced state of decomposition” and the department said it is working with experts to confirm whether this is yet another whale that died or the same right whale that was originally seen June 24 by a fish harvester off nearby Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.   Fishery officers were able to take samples, which may help in identifying this whale, and could help determine the cause of death, it said.The reported dead whale seen June 24 has not been relocated and experts have been unable to confirm its identity from photos, the statement said.Martin Haulena, head veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, said there could “certainly be more” such dead whales.“The sea is a big place and it’s not like we can find them all the time,” he said.Unlike other whales, which sometimes sink to the bottom when they die, Haulena said right whales tend to float when they are dead.“It’s actually one of the reasons they were called the right whales because it was easy to whale for them,” he said.“They are really slow-moving and so the old sailing ships can catch them without a problem … when they kill them with a harpoon they could recover them.”This case also highlights one of many challenges experts have in investigating whale mortalities, he said.The animals simply cannot be seen at all times, he said.“If one does die we often don’t find it or, if we do, it is often well after death when decomposition hinders all sorts of investigation – including even identifying individuals.”This year eight right whales have been found dead in Canadian waters.The population of the endangered species is around 400 animals.Gretchen Fitzgerald, national programs director for the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, had said earlier that seven babies born this winter down in the southern area of migration.Joe Gaydos with the SeaDoc Society out of the University of California, Davis, hoped it was the same whale.“Already too many have died this year — more than have been born and that’s not how you grow an endangered population of whales,” he said.“One more dead whale would not be good news for this population.” Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Enbridge TransCanada shares flat after steep dive due to US tax rulingEnbridge TransCanada shares flat after steep dive due to US tax ruling

first_imgCALGARY – Shares in Canadian pipeline companies Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. failed to recover fully Friday from a steep sell-off on Thursday after the U.S. said it would eliminate a tax break for owners of certain interstate pipelines.Both Calgary-based companies hold such pipelines in the United States through master limited partnerships or MLPs.The decision by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to no longer allow MLPs to recover an income tax allowance from cost of service tariffs came in response to a 2016 court ruling that found its long-standing tax policy could result in double recovery of costs.Enbridge shares fell by 4.2 per cent to $41.06 on Thursday but recovered to close at $41.28 on Friday, up 22 cents, after it issued a statement that says it is not expecting a “material change” to its financial guidance over the next three years because of the FERC ruling.TransCanada shares dropped 2.1 per cent to $55.89 on Thursday. On Friday, they rebounded to reach an interday high of $56.45 but closed two cents lower.The company had no immediate comment.FirstEnergy Capital said in a report TransCanada will be less affected than Enbridge because its main exposure is through its interest in TC PipeLines.Enbridge has two MLPs, Enbridge Energy Partners, and Spectra Energy Partners.It said in its statement the former is expected to experience an $80-million decrease in annual distributable cash flow because of the FERC decision, but that will be somewhat offset by a revenue increase on the Canadian Mainline system held by Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc.About 60 per cent of Spectra’s gas pipeline revenue comes from negotiated or market-based tariffs and are not directly affected by the FERC policy revisions but the remainder is from cost of service-based tariffs which “could be subject to tax recovery disallowance,” it said. Spectra pipelines that move oil and other petroleum liquids are not expected to be affected.CIBC estimated the FERC ruling would knock about $3 per share from of its valuation of Enbridge and $1 per share for TransCanada.“We cannot help but wonder about the long-term viability of MLPs,” it said in a report.“Our expectations are that many of the MLPs held by corporations will need to consider converting to corporations if no consideration is given to the fact that they are held by taxable U.S. entities.”The report says the implications of the FERC decision are difficult to quantify given the strategies companies may employ to deal with it and the mix of existing rate structures and rate settlement terms, but the impact should decline over time as newer pipelines tend to employ negotiated rates, not cost of service tariffs.Follow HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story include (TSX:ENB. TSX:TRP)last_img read more

Court rejects plea seeking to bar Thakur from contesting pollCourt rejects plea seeking to bar Thakur from contesting poll

first_imgMumbai: A special NIA court here on Wednesday rejected the application filed by the father of one of the victims of the 2008 Malegaon blast case seeking to bar BJP leader Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the Lok Sabha election. Malegaon blast accused Thakur, who is currently out on bail, is contesting the Lok Sabha poll from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh on the BJP’s ticket. Nisar Sayyad, who lost his son in the blast, moved the court last week, urging it to bar Thakur from contesting the election after the BJP fielded her from Bhopal, where she is locked in a battle with Congress veteran Digvijay Singh. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He also mentioned in his plea that a petition seeking cancellation of her bail was pending before the Supreme Court. Rejecting his application, Special judge for National Investigation Agency (NIA) cases V S Padalkar said lawyers were well aware that this was not the proper forum (for the plea). “This court has not granted bail…wrong forum has been chosen,” he said. Thakur’s lawyer J P Mishra submitted before the court on Wednesday that she was fighting the election for the “cause of ideology and for the “sake of the nation”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “She is contesting the election to condemn people who say there is Hindu terrorism,” Mishra said. Sayyad, in his application, said Thakur got bail on health grounds. If she is “healthy enough to fight elections in the crippling summers heat”, then she has misled the court, the complainant alleged. Responding to it, Mishra said, “Thakur has not misled the court. After the court’s order (on bail), she underwent an operation and was unable to walk in 2016. Her condition has improved now, but she has not fully recovered.” The lawyer said Thakur is contesting the poll, attending meetings and campaigning, but a doctor is always present with her where she goes. He also submitted that Thakur did not get bail only on medical grounds, but also on merit. Six people were killed and over 100 injured in a bomb blast at Malegaon, a communally sensitive textile town in north Maharashtra’s Nashik district, on September 29, 2008. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested Thakur and others in the case, alleging they were part of a Hindu extremist group which carried out the blast. The NIA later gave Thakur a clean chit, but the court did not discharge Thakur. It dropped charges against her under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), but she is still facing trial under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code sections.last_img read more

Japanese Astonished To See Moroccan Speak Their LanguageJapanese Astonished To See Moroccan Speak Their Language

New York – In a recent video posted on YouTube, a group of tourists visited Morocco. Upon their arrival in Marrakech, they were happily surprised by the warm welcome they received from Moroccan people.As soon as the Marrakech residents at the Jamaa El Fna market saw that the tourists were Japanese, they greeted them and began speaking Japanese to them.There were even an exchange of jokes and good times between the Asian visitors and the Moroccan men who have their shops at the famous market. The video was shown during a television show in Japan and the reactions of the Japanese people during the broadcast are of pure astonishment.The geographical location of Morocco is key for its citizens to speak many languages. Multi-continental influences have shaped Morocco and people from every corner of the world love to visit and do business in the North African country.Marrakech has become one of the top destinations for travelers around the world for its rich culture, history and traditions, its amazing cuisine, and as you may see, the happiness expressed by its residents. read more

Stocks dip as investors fear a weakening global economyStocks dip as investors fear a weakening global economy

NEW YORK — Stocks across the world slipped Tuesday morning as investors again grow concerned about signs the global economy is weakening. The International Monetary Fund trimmed its economic forecasts for 2019 and 2020 and pointed to risks including trade tensions and rising interest rates. China’s government said its economy grew in 2018 at the slowest pace since 1990.Technology companies skidded, and so did industrial companies, which were hurt by the slower growth forecast as well as some weak fourth-quarter earnings.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index lost 27 points, or 1 per cent, to 2,643 as of 10:10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 207 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 24,498. The Nasdaq composite fell 83 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 7,074. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks dropped 18 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,463.Stocks in Europe and Asia took similar losses. But even with the decline Tuesday, the S&P 500 has jumped more than 12 per cent since hitting its recent low on Dec. 24. It’s on a four-week winning streak as investors have concluded a slowdown in the world economy might not be as painful as they feared last year.GLOBAL GROWTH: The IMF is now says the global economy will grow 3.5 per cent this year, down from its previous forecast of 3.7 per cent. Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the global economy was growing more slowly than expected as risks increase. She also said the bank cut its estimate for growth in 2020 to 3.6 per cent from 3.7 per cent.Earlier in the day, China reported its economy expanded by 6.6 per cent in 2018. This was the slowest pace of growth since 1990 and it fueled fears a trade dispute with Washington is putting a drag on the world’s second largest economy.Technology and industrial companies took some of the worst losses. Construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar shed 2.5 per cent to $133.20 and farm equipment company Deere fell 2.9 per cent to $159.96. Among technology companies, chipmakers absorbed sharp losses. Nvidia fell 3.8 per cent to $151 and Texas Instruments lost 2.3 per cent to $97.11.ANALYSIS: “The IMF’s prognosis is fairly dire, and the prescription is a sensible approach of preventive management; to avoid escalating trade disputes, lower tariffs and build fiscal or financial buffers,” wrote Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank in a note to clients.PLACE YOUR BID: eBay surged 8.4 per cent to $33.61 after activist investment firm Elliott Management disclosed a 4 per cent stake in the online marketplace and pushed it to make changes. It said eBay’s classifieds and StubHub ticket resale division are both struggling, and eBay should consider separating them from its marketplace business.METAL MELTDOWN: Aluminum products maker Arconic slumped 16.9 per cent to $16.91 after it said it is no longer considering a sale. Formerly a part of aluminum giant Alcoa, Arconic said it didn’t receive any offers it thought were in its best interests. The stock has gyrated over the last few months following reports the company was considering a sale.Power tools maker Stanley Black and Decker sank 14.2 per cent to 117.43 after its forecast for 2019 fell short of Wall Street estimates.BREXIT PLAN: British Prime Minister Theresa May presented her Plan B for Britain’s exit from the European Union on Monday, but it looks a lot like the original and it’s not clear if she can win approval in Parliament. May said she will get more opinions on a widely-criticized “backstop” in the plan, aimed at preventing a hard border between the Republic of Ireland, part of the EU, and the U.K’s Northern Ireland after Brexit. She will then “take the conclusions of those discussions back to the EU.” The bloc has said it will not renegotiate the divorce deal, which was resoundingly rejected by Parliament last week.Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union in a little more than two months, and if it departs without a trade deal it could cause major hardships for numerous companies, especially banks.ENERGY: U.S. crude lost 3.3 per cent to $52.02 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped 2.3 per cent to $61.30 a barrel in London. Natural gas dropped 9.5 per cent to $3.15 per 1,000 cubic feet.BONDS: Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.75 per cent from 2.78 per cent.OVERSEAS: The British FTSE 100 index slid 0.9 per cent. Germany’s DAX and the French CAC 40 both gave up 0.6 per cent.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index shed 0.5 per cent and the Kospi in South Korea sank 0.3 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.7 per cent.__Annabelle Liang contributed from Singapore.Marley Jay, The Associated Press read more

Graduates of UN skills programme in Liberia urged to be selfreliantGraduates of UN skills programme in Liberia urged to be selfreliant

Addressing 33 graduates of the Pakistani Battalion-sponsored technical skills training programme this weekend, the Force Commander of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Lieutenant-General Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor, said they should take advantage of the training to acquire skills so they will be less dependent on aid and handouts.The graduates from the local community around the city of Tubmanburg had completed a six-week training exercise in automotive mechanics, electricity and generator repair, according to a news release from the mission. “The training workshop was to enable trainees to handle minor repairs of their equipment,” said Pakistani Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Muhammad Naseer Raja. In March, the Security Council extended UNMIL’s mandate and, citing progress in a number of areas including the re-integration of former fighters, asked the Secretary-General to report on plans to draw down the level of blue helmets in Liberia, which suffered 14 years of civil strife. 1 May 2007Graduates of a United Nations skills training programme in Liberia, where the world body is working to help consolidate stability as the country recovers from conflict, should use their training to become more self-reliant, the senior UN military official has said. read more

UN rights chief speaks out against use of death penalty in IranUN rights chief speaks out against use of death penalty in Iran

Behnoud Shojaie, who was executed on Sunday, had been convicted of the murder of another boy in a street fight when both were 17 years old, according to a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Both High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and UN special rapporteurs had raised his case with the Iranian authorities, reminding them of their international obligation not to execute juveniles.Iran is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which prohibit the death penalty for juvenile offenders.Ms. Pillay had welcomed indications that the Iranian judiciary was encouraging victims’ families to reach private settlements in such cases. The former head of the judiciary had previously agreed to suspend Shojaie’s death sentence, in order to give the victim’s family a chance to pardon him under Islamic Shariah law.“This latest execution shows there are no guarantees of clemency for juveniles until Iran changes its law and practice to end execution of juvenile offenders once and for all,” Ms. Pillay said. “It is the State’s responsibility to stop these executions, not a family’s prerogative.”The Iranian legislature is currently considering a new draft juvenile justice law that provides “a valuable opportunity to end the execution of juvenile offenders,” said OHCHR. The High Commissioner also voiced serious concerns about the death sentences recently handed down to three individuals involved in the protests that took place after the country’s presidential election.“Under international law, the death penalty can only be applied when very strict conditions are met, for example only in respect of the most serious crimes and only after scrupulously fair trials,” she noted. The UN human rights mechanisms have held the view that the imposition of the death penalty for crimes that do not result in loss of life is contrary to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. “There are also major concerns about the way the recent trials of opposition activists were conducted, and I hope these judgments will be reviewed carefully by the higher courts,” Ms. Pillay said. 13 October 2009The United Nations human rights chief today called for changes to Iranian laws to end the death penalty for juvenile offenders, and also voiced serious concern about the death sentences handed down to three people for their involvement in the recent post-election protests. read more

Unbeaten Wichita State not forgotten by Ohio State mens basketballUnbeaten Wichita State not forgotten by Ohio State mens basketball

Senior guard Aaron Craft directs the offense during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorRemember this?A total of 333 days ago, Wichita State topped Ohio State, 70-66, in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight March 30. The Buckeyes, given the No. 2 seed after ripping through the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and taking home the title, were halted by the No. 9-seeded Shockers for the duration of the game, trailing by 20 at multiple points before storming back behind 15 second half points from then-sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross to cut the lead to four.But a second straight Final Four trip would not be realized by the Buckeyes, as the Shockers held on and advanced, only to lose to eventual national champion and top overall seed Louisville a week later.The Shockers haven’t lost since.Sitting unscathed at 30-0, No. 2 Wichita State is the lone remaining undefeated team in Division I college basketball this season.The Buckeyes appear aware of that, too.When asked about what he thought about this year’s version of the Shockers, senior guard Aaron Craft wasted no time responding.“And we lost to them last year,” Craft said Friday, looking across the room.Craft had an answer for the next question too, an inquiry into whether he and the rest of the now No. 22 Buckeyes knew how good Wichita State would be this season before everyone else did, simply because their season ended at the hands of the Shockers almost a calendar year ago.“It’s not a moral victory if that’s what you’re hinting at,” Craft said with a grin. “It doesn’t feel any better that they beat us now that they’re having this success.”But despite being unbeaten, the Shockers have not been given the nation’s top spot in the polls this season, likely because they play in a mid-major conference, The Missouri Valley Conference. But the Shockers’ success so far this season doesn’t surprise OSU’s coach either.“I felt going into the game (last year) they were playing, just with what they had done through the tournament to (No. 1 seed) Gonzaga in the second round — they were rolling,” Matta said Friday. “And obviously they’ve done a great job of continuing that momentum going forward.”Craft agreed, saying that even though the Shockers lost two of their three leading scorers after last season — senior guard Malcolm Armstead and senior forward Carl Hall, who scored 14 and eight points respectively against OSU in the Elite Eight — it’s clear why they’re playing well after beating the Buckeyes last year.“It’s very easy to see why they’re successful. They play for each other, and they play for a cause — and that’s what it takes,” Craft said. “They’ve been down, they’ve found a way to fight back and that’s what they do. They have guys that are experienced and they have been in big games, have played in the Final Four. Wouldn’t expect anything less.”Wichita State only has one game remaining on its regular season schedule — Saturday’s season finale when they are set to host Missouri State (19-10, 9-8) — so the odds of it finishing unbeaten are in their favor.But with the way the college basketball landscape has been this season — especially in the Big Ten — with perennial powers losing close games to teams typically in the bottom half of the league, nothing surprises Matta anymore.“I think that’s what it’s become. We use the word parity,” Matta said. “I think one of the biggest things, if you don’t have the star-studded one and done freshman class, the next greatest thing is probably fourth and fifth year guys that have been in the program, have been together. I think that’s where it kinds of lends itself to, the next phase of having a great run if you will.”Wichita State has two juniors and four seniors on its current roster, while the Buckeyes have seven juniors and a pair of seniors in Craft and guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Last season, the Shockers had five seniors and three juniors while OSU had one senior and five juniors. One of those juniors, forward Deshaun Thomas, left early for the NBA and two others were walk-ons.Each team’s makeup this year, thought, hardly has anything to do with how it looked last year, Craft said.“There’s very little carry over. Obviously you would think we’re probably different than people would have expected us to be based off of what happened last year and who we have coming back,” Craft said. “Every year is different, every team is different. You don’t look back and say ‘That was great. We did a good job last year.’ That doesn’t put the ball in the basket and that doesn’t stop anyone this year.”Craft and the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6) are slated to visit Penn State (13-14, 4-10) Thursday, looking to avenge a 71-70 overtime setback Jan. 29 and stay in the hunt for a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

The March Of The Penguins Shouldnt Be This DifficultThe March Of The Penguins Shouldnt Be This Difficult

It wasn’t easy, but the Pittsburgh Penguins kept their bid for a second-consecutive Stanley Cup alive on Thursday night, surviving the surprising Ottawa Senators with a double-overtime win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. On paper, there was little reason to think the Sens would pose much of a threat to the defending champs, let alone take them into the 85th minute of Game 7. But that’s the way things have been for Pittsburgh all playoffs long.Chris Kunitz’s game-winning goal saved Pittsburgh from what would have been the biggest conference-finals upset since 1996, when the Florida Panthers knocked off a very different version of the Penguins. According to’s Simple Rating System (SRS), Pittsburgh ranked fourth in the league during the regular season (0.59 goals per game better than average), while Ottawa ranked a distant 18th (0.01 goals per game below average).1In 1996, the Pens ranked third and the Panthers ranked eighth, though the gap between the two teams — 0.6 goals — was just as big as the gap between Pittsburgh and Ottawa this season.It was the second series in a row that Pittsburgh has been taken the distance by its opponent, after Washington pushed them to seven games in the conference semifinal. To their credit, the Penguins weathered each onslaught; they even outgunned the Sens by 45 combined shots in the East final, including 49 over the series’ final four games. But Pittsburgh has also been living dangerously. Its even-strength possession metrics over the entire playoffs are not as good as they were during last year’s run to the Cup final, nor do they compare well with the postseason numbers of the Penguins’ upcoming opponent, the Nashville Predators.The Preds didn’t play particularly great hockey during the regular season — they ranked 13th in SRS (in part because brilliant defenseman P.K. Subban missed 16 games with an injury). But they’ve saved their best work for the playoffs, where they rank second in possession rate (Pittsburgh is 12th out of 16 teams) and first in SRS2Playoff SRS is calculated by adjusting each team’s playoff goal differential for the regular-season SRS ratings of the teams they’ve played, with a home-ice advantage adjustment to account for where each game was played. (Pittsburgh is second). Pittsburgh was better in the regular season, but Nashville’s been the hotter team of late.So which situation would you rather be in, heading into next week’s series? Intuition might say it’s better to be the comparatively less worn-down Preds, rolling with the more impressive postseason stats. But history suggests otherwise. Going back to 1988,3The earliest season of data in Hockey-Reference’s indispensable game finder tool. there have been 14 cases in which one Stanley Cup finalist had the better regular-season SRS, but its opponent had the superior SRS in the playoffs leading up to the final.414 other times, SRS from both the regular season and postseason agreed who the better team was; those clear favorites won their series 79 percent of the time. Of those, the better regular-season team won the Cup nine times (64 percent). And that’s not even considering that the Penguins’ regular-season edge was slightly wider than the typical favorite’s, or that they’ll have home-ice advantage in the final.If we’ve learned anything about the Penguins these playoffs, it’s that they rarely make things easy. (And if we’ve learned anything about the NHL since 1998, it’s that repeating as a champion is really hard.) But a grueling, complicated postseason run isn’t necessarily a handicap in the Stanley Cup Final, if you’ve had a championship track record all season long. read more