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Real Challenge for Sumit Nagal is to Sustain Recent Performance: Leander Paes

first_imgMumbai: Veteran Leander Paes on Friday said Sumit Nagal’s real challenge lies in sustaining his recent performance, which has made the world sit up and take note.Nagal had made headlines after his spirited fight against the legendary Roger Federer in the first-round of the US Open. “It was a fantastic performance. I have seen Sumit for many years now. Even before he won the junior Wimbledon doubles, I had worked with him in the Canada,” Paes told reporters.The Olympic bronze medallist was here to promote the ‘Tennis Premier League’, in which he co-owns a team.”… Not just that his backhand strokes which are so nice, not just that his legs which are so powerful, I felt he had tremendous talent. The real challenge for Sumit is going to be to sustain that quality performance,” he added.Paes said he was pleased to see the manner in which Nagal handled himself against a great like Federer.”To qualify for US Open is fantastic, I have been there myself, to see him do that and to see him play Roger Federer on the main court is a very daunting task and I thought he handled himself very well.”The multiple-time Grand Slam winner in doubles, Paes also lavished praise on Ramkumar Ramanathan.”Likewise if you see his contemporaries like Ramkumar Ramanathan, he had a great run in Newport (Hall of Fame Classic grass court tournament) last year when he got into the final and should have won the final but lost to Steve Johnson.”Ram has had some good results in challengers, had some decent results in 250s, he did really well in Maharashtra Open where he played against Marin Cilic.”Likewise you see Prajnesh (Gunneswaran), tall lefty, big serve, he’s also developing well and had some really good results. For all these boys, the consistency of their performance is really the call of the day.”Giving examples of successful leagues like IPL and ISL in cricket and football, Paes said that this year the Indian Davis Cup players have agreed to play in the Tennis Premier League (TPL), which will be held here. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Indian tennisLeander PaesPrajnesh GunneswaranSumit Nagal First Published: September 27, 2019, 4:09 PM ISTlast_img read more

Hyderabad FC Bus Driver Beaten By Police: Adil Khan Recalls Tough Night, Asks PM Modi for Action

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Adil KhanfootballHyderabad FCindian football First Published: November 7, 2019, 11:21 PM IST New Delhi: Hyderabad FC and Indian defender Adil Khan recalled the night when the team bus driver was allegedly beaten up by the traffic police on the road after their Indian Super League 2019-20 1-0 loss to NorthEast United FC at their home stadium on Wednesday.A senior police official said that the bus driver indulged in excessive honking and disturbed and irritated others but the club asked for action against the traffic police personnel. On Thursday, the official social media handle of Hyderabad FC posted a video of Adil Khan speaking about the turn of events and how it has affected the team.”We were travelling back to our hotel from the ground and we were already disappointed as the result didn’t go our way. Our bus was stopped on the road by the traffic police. He behaved very badly with the driver. We don’t exactly know what they spoke as they were talking in their language but as far as I know, the bus driver told them that there are players in the bus who are coming back from the match and they have to reach the hotel. Please leave me, I am sorry and we need to leave.”I don’t know what happened then but the traffic police dragged the driver out and beat him up very badly, which shouldn’t be done. Nobody has the right to raise their hands on the other, which they did and it wasn’t right. Because of this incident, our foreign players and coaches got very scared. This is like an insult and shame on the nation.@adilahmedkhan08’s reaction to last night’s disturbing incident that took place right after the game.1/2#HyderbadFC #HydFC #Hyderabad #Hyd #Justice #Telangana #HyderabadPolice #TelanganaPolice— Hyderabad F.C. (@HydFCOfficial) November 7, 2019″Police reacted in the manner despite being told that there were players in the bus and dragged the driver to the police station. Our bus was halted at that place for over 15 minutes and we didn’t know what was happening and according to protocal, we could not have left the bus. We didn’t know what was happening till the driver came back and told us that he was beaten up.”Because of this incident, the morale of the team is now low and everyone has got demotivated because this can happen again. I would like to request our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to take an action on the incident so that such a thing doesn’t happen again, not just in football but other sports so that we get the respect we deserve. We are playing for this city and its people because they come to support us and if these things disturb us, things will get difficult,” Khan said in the video.The Cyberabad Police said a case would be registered over excessive honking, heated exchanges ensued between the team officials and the police. last_img read more

Alisson mistake inevitable – Klopp

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has conceded that an Alisson error was inevitable and insisted he has no problem with the goalkeeper’s blunder in a win at Leicester City.The Brazil international was the chief culprit for curtailing a run of three successive clean sheets with his self-inflicted mistake in the second half of Saturday’s 2-1 success.Retrieving an errant Virgil van Dijk pass, the 25-year-old dallied on the ball and was easily dispossessed by Kelechi Iheanacho, who squared for Rachid Ghezzal to reduce the deficit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The howler gifted the Foxes a way back into the contest but, having last week applauded his new signing’s confidence on the ball, Klopp claims to be not overly concerned.”We all have to learn from that. Not only [Alisson],” the Reds boss told Sky Sports.”It was clear last week it will happen one day. I didn’t think it would immediately happen the next week.”We could have cleared the situation twice before, then we give the ball back to him and, yes, he could have cleared it as well. He knows it was his mistake, of course. He’s man enough to get that.”I told him the best game to do it was this one because we won it. It’s all fine. Now we have ticked that box as well – don’t play all the balls to Alisson.”He was cool after it when the crowd tried to make him a bit nervous, which is of course normal. That’s how it is. No problem with that.”Liverpool, who earlier established a two-goal cushion through Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, steadied after the setback to maintain their perfect start, marking the first time they have won their opening four Premier League fixtures.”If somebody would have told me four weeks ago you have 12 points from four games I would buy it, whatever goal difference you want,” Klopp said.”Having 12 points and knowing you can improve is good.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Tottenham remain in title race after 1-0 win over Palace, Arsenal eye top-four

first_imgWith less than a month of the Premier League season left it remains Chelsea’s title to lose but Tottenham Hotspur defiantly stayed in contention by grinding out a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Wednesday.Chelsea’s already profitable week looked like getting a whole lot better as Palace doggedly kept Tottenham at bay for 78 minutes but Christian Eriksen’s unstoppable blast meant they are once again looking over their shoulders.With five games remaining Chelsea, who beat Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday and Southampton in the league on Tuesday, both by 4-2 scorelines, lead Tottenham by four points.They face Everton on Sunday at Goodison Park while Tottenham face a huge north London derby against Arsenal — probably the last one ever at their historic White Hart Lane stadium.”It was good to get the three points and be alive in the race for the title,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, aiming to deliver a first title since 1961, said.”The challenge is to keep going.”Arsenal were also in action on Wednesday, keeping alive their hopes of finishing in the top four for a 21st successive season with a crucial 1-0 victory over Leicester City courtesy of Robert Huth’s late own goal.Huth deflected in Nacho Monreal’s volley in the 86th minute to earn a win which put the Gunners sixth, above Everton, three points behind Manchester United and four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City. United face City on Thursday.”Every win gives you a little more momentum. I don’t have a preference for the Manchester derby, we don’t have to look much at the others. We just have to look after ourselves. The target is clear for us,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.advertisementSunderland’s 10-year stay in the top flight will end this weekend if they lose to Bournemouth and Hull City take a point from their trip to Southampton.That gloomy prospect arose after they were beaten 1-0 by Middlesbrough in a dismal basement derby on Wednesday.Boro also look destined for the drop but Marten de Roon’s early winner at least gives them hope.”I think all we do now is we remain focused for the game on Sunday against Manchester City,” Boro manager Steve Agnew said of his side who are six points behind 17th-placed Hull.All eyes were on Tottenham to see if they would buckle under the pressure against a Palace side who had won six of their last eight in the league to move towards safety, including against leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Liverpool at Anfield.Lacking the fluency they had displayed in winning seven consecutive league games in which they scored 22 goals and kept four clean sheets, Tottenham were sloppy on occasions.But they refused to panic and kept grafting away before Eriksen produced a moment of magic — sending a dipping low shot past Wayne Hennessey to send a clear message to Chelsea.With 74 points — a new club record in the Premier League — Tottenham look virtually guaranteed a top-four finish but they are clearly not finished yet.”We are thinking of bigger things than finishing above Arsenal,” Pochettino said afterwards.last_img read more

Watch: Alexander Zverev’s  celebration scares ball boy at Shanghai Masters

first_imgGerman tennis star Alexander Zverev’s energetic celebration scared a ball boy during his second round Shanghai Masters match against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.Zverev endured a tough challenge against Basilashvili on Wednesday but overcame his opponent 7-5, 6-4 to reach the third round of the compulsory ATP event in Shanghai.During the match, Zverev ran towards the front court and hit a backhand winner upon which he let off an intense roar and a fist pump celebration.His celebration that happened right in front of a ball boy sitting on the sidelines had the little kid lean backwards in absolute scare of getting hit.When you celebrate so hard it terrifies the ballkids #RolexSHMasters TV (@TennisTV) October 10, 2018Ball kids have been a reason of much debate recently in the world of tennis after a video of Spaniard Fernando Verdasco berating a ball boy for not bringing his towel quickly enough, went viral.At the Shenzhen Open, Verdasco, after playing a point, looked behind towards the ball boy asking him to bring his towel. In what he felt like a little delay, Verdasco made an unpleasant gesture towards the kid to bring the towel quickly.Also read – Shanghai Masters: Roger Federer battles past Daniil Medvedev to reach last 16Later, Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka also drew criticism for shaking an empty water bottle in the direction of a ball boy in Beijing last week before she tossed it to the floor.On Tuesday, Roger Federer, who was a ball boy once himself, came out and said that players much respect the ball kids and unpaid volunteers because “they are also maybe the future of our game”.advertisementHe further added, “you don’t want to have them leave feeling like, oh my god, like I was not appreciated or I was not liked or it was actually a horrible thing, you know? So yes, it needs to be taken care of.”On Wednesday, Wimbledon’s commercial director Mick Desmond said Wimbledon was prepared to take action against the players who behave badly towards ball boys and girls and plans to discuss the matter with representatives of men’s and women’s tennis.In Shanghai on Wednesday, fourth seed Alexander Zverev edged one step closer to qualifying for next month’s ATP Finals with his entry into the third round.The 21-year-old German fought off a cold and showed great confidence to wrap up the victory at the Qi Zhong Stadium.”I played a solid match. I did everything that I needed to win,” said Zverev.”As you can probably hear in my voice, I’m a little sick right now, so feeling a little bit low energy, but I hope it will get better over the next few days.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund bus bomber sentenced to 14 years in prison for 2017 attack

first_imgA German court sentenced a German-Russian man to 14 years behind bars on Tuesday for a bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund (BVB) soccer team bus in 2017 as part of a money-making scheme.The defendant, 29, identified by authorities only as Sergei W, had admitted to setting off the roadside bomb in April 2017, which injured one of the club’s players, but said he wanted to make money rather than harm or kill anyone.He had been charged with attempted murder, inflicting grievous bodily harm and causing an explosion.Also read – Borussia Dortmund players ‘hardly slept’ after bomb attack on bus “The deed was planned meticulously over a long period of time,” Judge Peter Windgaetter told the court. The defendant, he added, had acted out of greed and reckoned with the possibility that people in the bus could be killed.The team had been heading to the club stadium – Germany’s biggest with a capacity of 80,000 – for a Champions League match against AS Monaco when the bomb went off.Also read: German police probe possible Islamist links to Borussia Dortmund bus attackSpanish defender Marc Bartra and a police officer were injured and the match was delayed by a day.The defendant, who looked unmoved as the judge sentenced him, has expressed deep regret for the attack, saying he had not meant to harm anyone and made clear the aim was to trigger a fall in BVB’s share price from which he could profit.Also read: Champions League: Borussia Dortmund bus hit by explosion, one player injuredadvertisementThe judge said he had decided on the attack in October 2016 and tried to mislead investigators by writing fake letters from supposed Belgian Islamists claiming responsibility.Prosecutors, who wanted him imprisoned for life, had argued that the defendant bought some 44,000 euros ($49,800) worth of options on the day of the attack which he could have sold at a profit if the share price had dropped.In fact, BVB shares rose after the attack. Shares in the club also climbed 2.7 percent on Monday after the club’s latest victory in the Bundesliga took it to the top of the German table.Both sides left open the option of an appeal.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Barton’s goal is to succeed for NSW

first_imgAchieving your goals is the philosophy Daniel Barton follows.The 24-year-old has had a rollercoaster 2012; he won the National Touch League (NTL) with the Sydney Scorpions in March, debut for the Australian men’s opens team in the Trans-Tasman series in Mudgee in April and tomorrow he will don the sky blue shirt of New South Wales for the first time.Barton will be one of many NSW players taking on Queensland in the 2012 State of Origin (SOO) series, which will be played in Port Macquarie tomorrow and Saturday.But Barton’s success in Touch Football can be attributed to hard work, dedication and his passion for the sport.“If you want to succeed in sport and want to do well, you have to set your goals,” Barton said.“It’s good to set your goals and achieve them.”The Parramatta Eel said he has been fortunate to grab the opportunities he has been given with both hands.However, he is not the first Barton to wear the NSW and Australian colours.In 1985, his father Paul played for Australia in the first Test series against New Zealand and also represented NSW for seven years.“Although he hasn’t said it, I’m sure he is proud of me. He came up and watched me in the Trans-Tasman series,” Daniel said.Being one of the seven debutantes in the 14-man NSW line-up, Daniel is jumping out of his skin to get on the paddock.“I’m really looking forward to it. It is a different environment.“Speaking to Steve [Roberts, NSW captain] and he said ‘this [SOO] is the hardest tournament. It’s more competitive than Trans-Tasman’.“Queensland have a good side and quite a few good players.”The men’s opens first match will tap-off at 7.30pm tomorrow.For more information on the State of Origin series, check out these websites:SOO – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page.Related LinksState of Originlast_img read more

a month agoInter Milan coach Conte disappointed with Italian fans

first_imgInter Milan coach Conte disappointed with Italian fansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte has taken a swipe at Italian fans.Conte returned to Serie A this season and was struck by the difference in attitude.“Racism is a problem in Italy, but so is any kind of insult, and after three years away, I find Italy has regressed,” said Conte in a Press conference ahead of tonight’s Milan Derby.“People write exclusively to foment hatred. Italy has become far worse lately and we are all to blame. We’re talking about something that educates the next generation to hate and engage in violence.”He added: “It would be wonderful to see fans attend games just to cheer on their own team. Children ought to hear that instead of observing these hostile atmospheres that are right on the borderline.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu named standbys for India World Cup squad

first_imgRishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu named standbys for India World Cup squadIndia are scheduled to play their opening World Cup match on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 16:00 IST Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad has created quite a stir (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI also has the option of including anyone apart from these three playersPant was pipped by Karthik and Vijay Shankar preferred over Rayudu in India’s 15-man squadSaini, Avesh Khan, Khaleel and Deepak Chahar will also assist the Indian team in EnglandYoung wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu were Wednesday named among the standbys for India’s World Cup squad, reigniting their dashed hopes of making the trip to the UK in case an injury setback hits the side.Speedster Navdeep Saini also found a place in the list of three back-ups for the mega-event starting on May 30.Pant and Rayudu’s exclusion from the squad of 15 had created quite a stir on Monday. While Sunil Gavaskar called Pant’s omission surprising, the snub to Rayudu was questioned by Gautam Gambhir.With the ICC doing away with the practice of letting countries announce a probables’ list before the final squad, the BCCI also has the option of including anyone apart from these three but it is unlikely to happen.”Just like ICC Champions Trophy, we have three standbys. Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are the first and second standbys while Saini is the bowler in the list. So if anyone gets injured, as per requirement, one of the three will be going,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.Rayudu took to Twitter to take a dig at his omission from the squad of 15 on Tuesday.”Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” Rayudu wrote on his twitter handle Tuesday.This was after chairman of selectors MSK Prasad justified preferring Vijay Shankar over Rayudu, citing the former’s “three-dimensional qualities”.While Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar will be travelling with the team purely as net bowlers, they can also be drafted in if the management feels so.advertisement”Khaleel, Avesh and Deepak are not designated standbys. In case of bowlers, that possibility is there but when it comes purely to batsmen, it will be either Rishabh or Rayudu,” the official said.In other developments, there will be no Yo-Yo Test for the World Cup-bound players as the IPL is going to end only on May 12, just a few days before India head to the UK. India are scheduled to play their opening World Cup match on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.”The players are already in the middle of a gruelling T20 season. Once the IPL ends, they will need recovery time.”It’s not like that there is a gap between two series and you are having a test. If you are tired, the results may vary,” the official explained.Also Read | Indian selectors given data analytics presentation before World Cup squad meetingAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Read | 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan senlast_img read more

Here’s The Best American-Made Menswear for the Fourth of July

first_img Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites What Is the Best Jean Style for You? The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style Editors’ Recommendations Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Is there a better way to be patriotic for the 4th of July than breaking out the best American-made menswear? Not quite — and we think the below shopping picks are as good a place to start as any. Hopefully, you’ll agree. You’re really getting two for the price of one — that is, a stylish way to upgrade your daily ensemble, and the satisfaction of supporting your country with pride. From a sharp work-shirt to expertly faded denim and cool accessories, there are plenty of ways to go domestic when it comes to the best American-made menswear. Shop on.Remo Tulliani “Bad Ass” Bourbon Belt $85It can be a bit tough to find an American-made belt — not so anymore with this rugged, wearable belt from Remo Tulliani. With textured touches, high-quality Horween leather and an investment-worthy price, it’s one belt you’ll have for decades to come.Parker Dusseau Japanese Organic Linen-Cotton Work Shirt  $148Want a shirt that’s going to stand up to any challenge — from summer travel to an evening BBQ or a day at the office? Then you’re going to want the Parker Dusseau Organic Linen-Cotton Work Shirt. With just enough durability and breathability via that unique fabric blend, this shirt is versatile and simple in its design — that means you can team it with slim tan chinos and white sneakers, or your favorite pair of chino shorts.Stock Mfg. Co. Black Polka Dot Chambray Shirt $76We’re not done with stellar, stylish American-made shirting in this roundup just yet. Stock Mfg. Co. makes its clothes with excellent attention to detail in Chicago, and the results are unique and ready for summer adventures — this chambray shirt, with polka dots and a rock-n-roll deep black color, is about as cool and easy to wear as it gets. Just add leather boots and your favorite denim jacket.Cole Haan Maine Long Wing Oxford $168Just as with accessories, American-made footwear can be a bit tough to find. That’s not the case with Cole Haan and recent additions to the brand’s American-made offerings, however. The Maine Long Wing in particular is handsome, well-crafted and able to be paired up with everything from light wash denim and a navy polo to a crisp khaki suit.Simon Versus Rotterdam T-Shirt $60There might not be a more American combo in terms of style than that of a classic, crisp white tee and dark blue denim. With considered style details (such as the split side hems), the Rotterdam T-Shirt from Simon Versus is the tee you need to pull off that American style combo. It’s a fitting addition to a list of the best American-made menswear, and it’s a fitting addition to your closet.Buck Mason Lou Slim-Fit Jeans $175To round out your 4th of July outfit — or any outfit that calls for classic, well-crafted style — you’ll likely need some great denim. With a slim fit, an expertly finished wash and the sort of versatile color that goes with anything in your closet, Buck Mason’s Lou Jeans are a patriotic and sharp-looking style move. In short, they’re the perfect way to round out any list of the best American-made menswear.last_img read more

Irish Emigrant Tall Ship to Visit Halifax

first_imgWATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Irish Emigrant Tall Ship to VisitHalifax The Jeanie Johnston, a replica of a 19th-century Irish emigranttall ship, arrives at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 for a four-day visit in Halifax. While in port, the Jeanie Johnston will be docked at Queen’sWharf North on the Halifax waterfront. The ship will be open forpublic tours Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1 between10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The original Jeanie Johnston was built in Quebec by notedScottish-born shipbuilder John Munn, in 1847. The current replicais an exact copy of the original square-sterned, three-mastedbarque. It was built at Blennerville, County Kerry, Ireland. During port visits, the ship transforms into a museum-qualityexperience, featuring artifacts and the lives of the crew as itwas during voyages in the 19th century. The vessel was launchedin Ireland in 2002 and for the past six months has been involvedin a tour of North American ports. The ship arrives in Halifax from St. Andrews, N.B. It departs onTuesday, Sept. 2 for Miramichi, N.B. then travels on to Montrealand Quebec City before heading back to Atlantic Canada for avisit to St. John’s, NL. The Charitable Irish Society sees the visit of the JeanieJohnston as an opportunity to highlight Halifax’s rich Irishculture and heritage. The society will be helping the captain andcrew with ticket and merchandise sales and with staffing of thegangways. Admission fees for tours are $8 for adults, $5 for children over10 years and free for children 10 years and under. The familyrate is $20. The visit of the Jeanie Johnston was organized by Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, a provincial Crown corporation,as part of its Visiting Ships Program. For more information on the visit, contact the corporation at902-422-0341 or by e-mail at . Information on the Jeanie Johnston is available on the Web siteat .last_img read more

Curiosity rover finds clay cache on Mars

first_imgWashington: NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has unveiled the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during its mission on the Red Planet, the US space agency said. The rover recently drilled two samples at rock targets called “Aberlady” and “Kilmarie” in a region of Mars called the “clay-bearing unit”. Both drill targets were unveiled in a new selfie taken by the rover on May 12, the 2,405th Martian day, or sol, of the mission, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’This clay-enriched region, located on the side of lower Mount Sharp, stood out to NASA orbiters before Curiosity landed in 2012, the US space agency said. Curiosity is exploring Mount Sharp to see if it had the conditions to support life billions of years ago. Clay often forms in water, which is essential for life. The rover’s mineralogy instrument, called CheMin (Chemistry and Mineralogy), provided the first analyses of rock samples drilled in the clay-bearing unit. CheMin also found very little hematite, an iron oxide mineral that was abundant just to the north, on Vera Rubin Ridge. Other than proof that there was a significant amount of water once in Gale Crater, what these new findings mean for the region is still up for debate, according to the US space agency.last_img read more

Linkin Parks Chester Bennington To Be Honored By MusiCares

first_imgThe ninth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of two-time GRAMMY-winning band Linkin Park, and Tony Alva, legendary skateboarder, surfer, musician and original member of the skateboarding team Dogtown Z-Boys at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 30.Bennington will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process. Alva will be the recipient of MusiCares’ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.“Chester and Tony are passionate and highly influential artists in their respective professions and each of them has achieved impressive and much-deserved success,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. “What unites them around the mission of MusiCares is their willingness to lend their time and talents to raise funds for our organization, and their desire to be of service to music people struggling with addiction. We truly appreciate their steadfast support and committed generosity.”“MusiCares MAP Fund is an amazing program that takes care of their own, and actually saves lives,” said Bennington. “It’s been so rewarding to support them and see firsthand what they’ve accomplished for so many artists.”“Skateboarding, business and music have brought me enormous satisfaction over the years,” said Alva. “It doesn’t compare though with the power of being sober, which I am grateful for every day of my life, and that’s why I wanted to join MusiCares to help raise funds, so more people can get the help they need.”This special dinner and concert offers Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, and VIP Balcony Seats for $100 per person. Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or General Admission Balcony Seats for $40 per person are available only through AXS beginning at 10 a.m. PT on April 5 at Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.Bennington is the lead vocalist for Linkin Park. The alternative band earned their first GRAMMY in 2001 for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Crawling,” a track from their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which has sold more than 10 million copies in the United States. Their second GRAMMY came in 2005 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Numb/Encore” with Jay-Z. The band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and is the biggest band on Facebook — with more than 51 million fans and counting. In the span of time since Linkin Park’s debut on the Billboard 200 in 2000, no other artist has had more top 10 singles on the Alternative Songs chart. With the release of their latest album, 2012’s LIVING THINGS, which reached No. 1 in more than 20 countries, no other band has achieved more No. 1 albums this century. In 2005 Linkin Park founded Music For Relief, a nonprofit organization that has raised more than $5 million for victims of natural disasters and environmental projects.Alva is a legendary skateboarder, surfer, musician, and original member of the skateboarding team Dogtown Z-Boys. Considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time, Alva joined the legendary Z-Boys skateboard team in 1972, bringing the trend of skating in empty pools into the mainstream. He is known as the originator of vertical skateboarding, and is credited as one of the first skateboarders to perform frontside airs. In 1974 Alva began a long collaborative relationship with Vans and eventually started his own company, Alva Skateboards, in 1977 at age 19. Alva Skateboards was the first company owned and operated by a skateboarder, and one of the first companies to use layered maple plywood for skate decks. Alva was the first skateboarder to successfully market himself as a brand name, becoming the prototype for the modern professional skateboarder. Alva continues to skate, surf and play music with his band G.F.P. while operating his company Alva Skates and overseeing his board lines Alva|Surfcraft and the Power Station Project. In September 2012 Alva celebrated six years of sobriety.The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms, supported by the Bohemian Foundation, offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit read more

Security Council sees sign of hope in Ugandan conflict with northern rebels

22 March 2007Welcoming a recent meeting between the Ugandan Government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has waged a brutal rebellion in the country’s north for two decades, the Security Council today expressed hope that peace talks could soon resume. The 15-member panel issued a presidential statement that also called for the extension of last year’s cessation of hostilities agreement after being briefed on the latest developments by Joaquim Chissano, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the LRA-affected areas.Mr. Chissano chaired a meeting in Ri-Kwangba, southern Sudan, on 11 March between the Government, the LRA – including its leader, Joseph Kony – and community representatives.Noting the progress made at that meeting towards a resumption of formal peace talks, the Council stressed the need for a negotiated settlement to be concluded quickly and for those responsible for serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law to be brought to justice.Thousands of civilians have been killed or abducted since the LRA began its rebellion in 1986, and more than 1.5 million people have become refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs).During the conflict the rebel group became notorious for abducting children and then using them as soldiers or porters, while subjecting some to torture and allocating many girls to senior officers in a form of institutional rape.Humanitarian operations in southern Sudan, which the LRA has often used as a base, have also been severely disrupted by the fighting.In today’s statement, read out by Ambassador Dumisani S. Kumalo of South Africa, which holds the rotating presidency this month, Council members urged the LRA to release all women, children and other non-combatants to the conflict.They noted the recently improved security and humanitarian situation in northern Uganda, but expressed hope that civilians living in the area will see further advances, and called on the international community and the Ugandan Government to do more to achieve that aim.The statement also thanked Mr. Chissano and some States in the region for their efforts to reach a solution.A former president of Mozambique, Mr. Chissano was named last December as the Secretary-General’s envoy to help with efforts to speed up negotiations towards a durable peace deal. He will also liaise with the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has indicted Mr. Kony and four other senior LRA figures for war crimes. read more

A list of the 31 stores and other locations in Canada to

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — A list of the 31 stores and other locations that Lowe’s Companies Inc. says it will close in Canada as part of a plan to focus on its most profitable operations:British ColumbiaBlock plant, KamloopsRona New Westminster (Colombia Square)AlbertaRona Calgary (Douglasdale)Reno-Depot Calgary WestOntarioRegional support centre, MississaugaRona Mississauga (Westdale Mall)Rona Mississauga (Lakeshore)Rona Sault Ste. MarieRona SudburyRona PeterboroughRona Kingston (Bath Road)Rona LakefieldLowe’s North York (Centerpoint Mall)Lowe’s Sault Ste. MarieQuebecRona Sainte-ClotildeRona IbervilleRona L’AssomptionRona Granby MoellerRona Sainte-RoseRona Riviere-des-PrairiesRona Rouyn-Noranda (Mantha)Rona Ange-GardienRona Saint-ElzearNewfoundland and LabradorRegional support centre, St. John’sTruss plant, St. John’sRona Conception Bay SouthRona GouldsRona St. John’s (Topsail)Rona St. John’s (O’Leary)Rona St. John’s (Torbay)Rona Bay Roberts read more

After review of Ethiopia plan Annan welcomes steps to bring peace with

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi submitted his five-point proposal to Ethiopia’s Parliament on 25 November.”The Secretary-General welcomes any step which may contribute to full implementation of the 2000 Algiers Agreements and the subsequent decision of the Boundary Commission, to the initiation of dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as to the restoration of normal relations between these two neighbouring countries,” said a statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman.”Such relations could contribute in a major way to economic and social development in both countries, as well as to that of the whole region,” it added.The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) peacekeeping operation is deployed between the two countries to monitor the ceasefire and ensure the observance of security commitments. read more

Addressing Assembly UN expert urges States to do more to protect the

“The right of conversion and the right not to be forced to convert or reconvert belong to the internal dimension of a person’s religious or belief-related conviction, which is unconditionally protected under international human rights law,” the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, said in a news release, issued as he presented a report on his work to the UN General Assembly.In his report, Mr. Bielefeldt analyses the patterns of abuses that are perpetrated in the name of religious or ideological truth claims in the interest of promoting national identity or protecting societal homogeneity, or under other pretexts such as maintaining political and national security.“While some undue restrictions on the rights of converts or those trying non-coercively to convert others are undertaken by State agencies, other abuses, including acts of violence, stem from widespread societal prejudices,” the Special Rapporteur said.“Violations in this sensitive area also include forced conversions or reconversions, again perpetrated either by the State or by non-State actors,” he added. “In addition, the rights of converts or those trying non-coercively to convert others are sometimes questioned in principle.”In this context, he emphasized, the rights of the child and his or her parents must also be guaranteed.On the issue of conversion, the independent expert noted that in addition to being exposed to manifestations of social pressure, public contempt and systematic discrimination, converts often face “insurmountable administrative obstacles” when trying to live in conformity with their convictions.“In some States, converts may also face criminal prosecution, at times even including the death penalty, for such offences as ‘apostasy,’ ‘heresy,’ ‘blasphemy’ or ‘insult’ in respect of a religion or the country’s dominant tradition and values,” he said.”On the matter of the right not to be forced to convert, Mr. Bielefeldt stated that converts are often exposed to pressure to reconverting to their previous religion. “Such pressure can be undertaken both by Government agencies and by non-State actors, including by directly linking humanitarian aid to an expectation of conversion,” he added.He noted that he was particularly concerned about pressure or threats experienced by women, sometimes in the context of marriage or marriage negotiations, to convert to the religion of their husband or prospective husband.On the topic of the right to try to convert others through non-coercive persuasion, Mr. Bielefeldt observed that many States impose tight legislative or administrative restrictions on communicative outreach activities, and that many such restrictions are conceptualised and implemented in a flagrantly discriminatory manner. “For instance, in the interest of further strengthening the position of the official religion or dominant religion of the country while further marginalizing the situation of minorities,” he said.He added, “Members of religious communities that have a reputation of being generally engaged in missionary activities may also face societal prejudices that can escalate into paranoia, sometimes even leading to acts of mob violence and killings.”On the issue of the rights of the child and his or her parents, the Special Rapporteur said he had received reports of repressive measures targeting children of converts or members of religious minorities, including with the purpose of exercising pressure on them and their parents to reconvert to their previous religion or to coerce members of minorities to convert to more socially ‘accepted’ religions or beliefs.“Such repressive activities may violate the child’s freedom of religion or belief and/or the parents’ right to ensure an education for their children in conformity with their own convictions and in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child,” he said.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not United Nations staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Take action on air pollution to save lives and the planet urges

As well as claiming seven million lives every year, and damaging children’s development, the UN chief noted that many air pollutants cause global warming, which he has described as “an existential threat.”In his video address, the UN Secretary-General recalled his recent experience in the South Pacific island states, which he visited last month to show solidarity with those suffering from the worst effects of climate change. Mr. Guterres said that he had seen first-hand the severe and worsening impacts of the global climate emergency.With the environment facing “unprecedented perils,” caused by human activity, the UN chief said that action to fight climate change is “the battle of our lives”, that we must win, by taxing pollution, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and halting the construction of new coal plants. China makes ‘significant strides’ to tackle poor air qualityWorld Environment Day, widely celebrated in over 100 countries, is the United Nations day for encouraging international awareness and action to protect the environment. The theme for 2019 is air pollution, calling on governments, industry, communities and individuals to take action to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve the air quality in cities and regions across the world.Every World Environment Day has a different host country: this year’s host is China, with the official celebration taking place in the eastern city of Hangzhou, in the presence of senior Chinese government officials and Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, (UNEP).Although the rapid development of many Chinese cities has led to poor air quality, and associated health problems for many citizens, the country has made significant strides in addressing the problem in recent years.In the Chinese capital, Beijing, which has become almost synonymous with air pollution, the concentration of fine particulates (the tiny, deadly elements largely responsible for deaths and illnesses) in the air, has fallen by a third over the past two decades, beating the target set by the State Council, China’s main administrative body.Speaking to UN News ahead of World Environment Day, Tiy Chung, Communications Officer for the Climate & Clean Air Coalition at UNEP, said that Beijing is “showing the way,” by taking the issue very seriously, and implementing strong policies. The city, he said, has taken a systematic approach based on good science, and coordinated successfully with surrounding cities and regions.Looking at other cities and countries, Mr. Chung is hopeful that the world is moving in the right direction. “We are getting at a mix of good policies and technologies.  Innovative low-emission technology is at the forefront of a new revolution driven by policies pushing for lower air pollution and de-carbonization of economy.”More information about the international events to mark World Environment Day can be found here. read more

The Patriots Are The NFLs Greatest Dynasty

15Patriots2002-16170249ers1984-981697Cowboys1970-841655 While this can complicate things when trying to use Elo to make predictions (as with the 2016 Raiders), the stat is much stronger when it looks backward because it struggles to immediately pick up a team’s rises and declines.Public perception tends to lag when a traditionally bad team gets good, or a traditionally good team goes all to hell. And football is less dependent on individual players than basketball, where LeBron James can leave town and send the Cavaliers to the lottery for nearly half a decade. So when we see the Patriots maintaining these high ratings across different eras and team compositions, what we’re seeing isn’t just sustained performance, but sustained relevance.VIDEO: The Patriots better worry about Julio Jones 22Patriots1995-2016165049ers1981-20021645Packers1995-20161615 24Patriots1993-2016163549ers1980-20031628Packers1993-20161611 2Cowboys1992-931786Patriots2003-041782Dolphins1972-731779 1749ers1981-971685Patriots2000-161684Cowboys1970-861637 849ers1987-941718Patriots2003-101713Steelers1972-791700 14Patriots2003-16171349ers1984-971700Cowboys1970-831663 9Patriots2003-11171549ers1987-951715Steelers1972-801689 How we qualify success is a big part of how we define a dynasty, so a quick note on the method we’re using here: Elo ratings are a favorite around FiveThirtyEight because they are relatively simple to calculate and don’t require many points of input, making it possible to apply them to time periods when data collection wasn’t very good. Want to know if the Cleveland Spiders of the 1890s were the sorriest team in baseball history? Elo can do that.The price of that simplicity is, well, a fairly simplistic stat, without the benefit of modern advancements like player tracking data in the NBA or PITCHf/x in MLB. Elo doesn’t know about star players coming or going or fortuitous bounces or egregious penalty calls — it just knows who won, who lost, and by how much, and trusts that the specifics will even themselves out over time. The top dynasties in NFL history, by number of years 3Cowboys1992-941759Seahawks2013-151743 # OF YEARSTEAMAVG. ELOTEAMAVG. ELOTEAMAVG. ELO BEST DYNASTYSECOND-BESTTHIRD-BEST 1Patriots20071824Patriots20071824 749ers1988-941722Patriots2003-091713Patriots2010-161713 5Patriots2003-071747Patriots2003-071747 ALL-TIME BEST DYNASTIESBEST DYNASTIES SINCE 1997 15Patriots2002-161702Patriots2002-161702 25Patriots1992-2016162149ers1980-20041615Cowboys1971-951611 1849ers1981-981683Patriots1999-20161673Cowboys1970-871628 2Cowboys1992-931786Patriots2003-041782 All-time dynasties and dynasties since 1997, by number of years 10Patriots2003-121714Patriots2003-121714 Should Terrell Owens Be In The Hall of Fame? 23Patriots1994-2016164649ers1981-20031639Packers1994-20161614 1949ers1980-981666Patriots1998-20161665Packers1994-20121617 The numbers are self-evident: Win or lose Sunday night, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have put together one of the best runs in NFL history. Since 2001, the team has made seven Super Bowl appearances, with four wins (and another possible this week), and it has achieved a level of sustained success unheard of in the modern NFL. Exactly where does this stretch rank among football dynasties, though? Well, it depends on how you define dynasty.Do two titles in three years qualify as a dynasty? What about three in five? The end points for runs of dominance have always been up for debate. So rather than pick one definition and stick to it, we went looking for the best team over any number of years.1This is an update to a feature we ran a few years ago, which used a different version of Elo, so the ratings will be a little different, but reflect the same principles. The table below shows the top teams over a given period — from the best one-year teams, to the best team over a quarter-century, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings: 6Patriots2003-081732Patriots2003-081732 # OF YEARSTEAMAVG. ELOTEAMAVG. ELO 20Patriots1997-20161662Patriots1997-20161662 4Cowboys1992-951751Patriots2004-07174749ers1989-921734 6Patriots2003-08173249ers1989-941727Steelers1974-791726 749ers1988-941722Patriots2003-091713 10Patriots2003-12171449ers1987-961709Steelers1972-811677 1Patriots20071824Patriots20041816Bears19851796 20Patriots1997-2016166249ers1981-20001654Packers1995-20141614 849ers1987-941718Patriots2003-101713 1149ers1984-941712Patriots2003-131711 1749ers1981-971685Patriots2000-161684 Related: Hot Takedown 4Cowboys1992-951751Patriots2004-071747 16Patriots2001-161700Patriots2001-161700 12Patriots2003-141714Patriots2003-141714 1149ers1984-941712Patriots2003-131711Cowboys1971-811671 14Patriots2003-161713Patriots2003-161713 16Patriots2001-16170049ers1983-981692Cowboys1970-851647 12Patriots2003-14171449ers1984-951710Cowboys1970-811670 That the 2007 Pats (undefeated until a loss against the New York Giants in the Super Bowl) are the top one-year team of all time, despite not winning the title, isn’t all that surprising. But the Patriots’ dynasties being at the top of the longer-term ranges is. Consider that the Pats claimed the top spot for the 25-year stretch despite a dreadful 2-14 1992 season, when they were coached by Dick MacPherson, as well as a couple painful years during Bill Parcells’ brief tenure, which also included a Super Bowl appearance following the 1996 season.In the in-between lengths, New England owns many but not all of the top spots. It never had as dominant a three- or four-year run as the Cowboys in the 1990s, but at the five-year mark, New England begins a run of taking a top-two spot in most ranges, trading off occasionally with the 49ers. But by the time we get into the 20-year windows, with Walsh and Montana having given way to Mooch and Garcia, even San Francisco begins to fade.And we haven’t even accounted for the NFL’s modern era of parity yet, although things begin to look a little unfair once we do. If we look at the post-Cowboys-era NFL, beginning in 1997,2The salary cap was instituted for the 1994 NFL season, but by then, powerful teams in the league had already been assembled. It’s an approximation, but we used 1997 and post-Cowboys as a rough estimate of when the “parity era” began. the Patriots take the top spot in every dynasty range, from one year to 20 years, except for the three-year range, which Seattle locked down from 2013 to 2015. 5Patriots2003-071747Steelers1975-79172749ers1988-921725 1949ers1980-981666Patriots1998-20161665 1849ers1981-981683Patriots1999-20161673 13Patriots2004-161710Patriots2004-161710 13Patriots2004-16171049ers1984-961706Cowboys1970-821667 3Cowboys1992-941759Dolphins1972-741751Steelers1974-761743 9Patriots2003-111715Patriots2003-111715 21Patriots1996-2016166049ers1981-20011651Packers1995-20151614 read more

Farmers daughter killed by man who recreated porn DVD strangling scene

first_imgHannah Pearson had been head captain of her schoolCredit:Raymonds Press Morton told the court that he had previously tried strangling a previous partner and was “curious” after “seeing it on a film”. The court heard Miss Pearson might have been unconscious through drink when Morton, who was a foot taller than his 5’3″ victim and six stones heavier, struck. On the day she died, July 23 last year, Miss Pearson had met her boyfriend, Jed Hope, in a pub in Lincoln to celebrate Mr Hope’s 19th birthday.Morton, described in court as a close friend of Mr Hope, was already at the pub when Miss Pearson, who lived in the village of Marston, Lincolnshire, arrived. It was the first time she had met her killer.The trio drank in the pub and bought more alcohol at a convenience store before Morton, whose parents were away, invited the couple to his house in Newark, Nottinghamshire.Mr Hope said he could not afford the train fare and was not allowed overnight visitors at his home so Miss Pearson, who had told her parents she would be staying over at a friend’s house, decided to go alone with the intention her boyfriend would join them there early the next morning.Mr Hope told the court how he asked Morton to keep Hannah, who worked for restaurant chain Pizza Express, safe as he kissed her goodbye at the station.However, once she was at his home, Morton gave her wine, beer and port then – according to the account he gave in the witness box – put her into bed and got in alongside her. A farmer’s teenage daughter was choked to death by a man who recreated a strangling scene he had watched on a pornographic DVD.Hannah Pearson, 16, was plied with alcohol by James Morton – a former McDonald’s worker and friend of her boyfriend – before “guiding” her to his bedroom, where he throttled her, a court heard as the killer was jailed for 12 years.After Miss Pearson stopped breathing, Morton dialled 999 and the schoolgirl was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.Morton admitted putting Miss Pearson in bed and climbing in alongside her before choking her. He said he had previously tried strangling another partner and was “curious” after “seeing it on a film”.He was cleared of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter following a two-week trial at Nottingham Crown Court.The 24-year-old had said the part-time waitress’s death took place accidentally as part of a sex game gone wrong, claiming she had kissed him first.However, a judge told Morton that Miss Pearson, who had been head captain of her school, was “intoxicated… and no position to object, trapped underneath you whilst you strangled her”. Hannah Pearson had been head captain of her schoolcenter_img James Morton was jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of manslaughterCredit:Raymonds Press Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. James Morton But he said Hannah’s death was an accident, claiming under cross-examination that he had got “carried away” and was “disgusted with himself”.Judge Mrs Justice Carr sentenced Morton to 12 years in prison, of which he will have to serve at least half.She told him: “You enjoyed the domination, something you had seen on a porn DVD previously, and had also tried with at least one previous girlfriend.”I am sure, as the jury was, that Hannah did not valid and informed consent to this escalated activity in the knowledge that it carried the risk of some bodily injury.”She had never been involved in such activity before, was very intoxicated and, if not totally unconscious, then certainly confused and not thinking straight. She was in no position to object, trapped underneath you whilst you strangled her.”last_img read more