• EPL: Tottenham title hopes in tatters following West Brom draw

    first_imgTottenham’s Hotspur’s Premier League title hopes are hanging by a thread after a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday left Leicester City tantalisingly close to being crowned champions of England for the first time.Craig Dawson’s 32nd-minute own goal put Tottenham in front as they sought to cut Leicester’s lead back to five points.But Tottenham produced a nervy second-half display and Dawson redeemed himself when he headed his side level after 72 minutes to deflate the home crowd and no doubt kickstart a party in the east Midlands.Tottenham struck the woodwork three times on a frustrating night and Leicester can now clinch the title if they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.With three matches remaining Leicester have 76 points with Tottenham, the only side who can deny them the title, on 69.Manchester City and Arsenal have 64.”It was very frustrating,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters. “It was a game we had to win.”The first half we played very well but we spent a lot of energy to make it 1-0 and in the second half we lost a bit of control of the game and that allowed them to believe.”Asked if Tottenham had blown their title chances, the Argentine added: “It’s not over, the gap is seven points and we have three games left. But it’s true it’s very difficult.”Tottenham bossed the opening period and West Brom barely got out of their own half in the opening 15 minutes.Leading scorer Harry Kane saw his close-range shot turned onto the inside of the post by West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill and then Tottenham’s Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen grazed the crossbar with a free kick.advertisementWest Brom were well organised, however, and had managed to blunt Tottenham’s attack until the opener arrived in unusual circumstances.Eriksen’s dangerous free kick was aimed towards Jan Vertonghen but Dawson, in his desperation to intercept it, stumbled and saw the ball go into the net off his arm.There was relief all around a chilly White Hart Lane as the home fans again began to dream of a first title since 1961.But the second half did not go to plan.West Brom were far more ambitious, causing Tottenham problems with a barrage of high balls into the area. Even so Tottenham still should have doubled their lead when Eriksen and Dele Alli combined to tee up Erik Lamela but his close-range shot spun against the foot of the post.Eriksen curled another effort just wide but the second goal would not arrive and the nerves began to jangle. Salomon Rondon headed wide when unmarked and had another shot tipped over by Hugo Lloris. From the resulting corner the ball was whipped in and Dawson rose above Eric Dier to head past a flat-footed Lloris.Tottenham were stunned and never really looked like snatching a late winner that would have kept the pressure firmly on Leicester. While Pochettino refused to admit defeat, his side’s priority now will be to consolidate second place.last_img read more

  • Yanks Take Down Jays, 5-3

    first_imgTORONTO — Drew Hutchison has had a hard time whenever he’s faced the New York Yankees this season.Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run, Hiroki Kuroda won for the first time in four starts and the Yankees beat Hutchison and the Blue Jays 5-3 on the night of June 25, snapping their losing streak at four games.Hutchison (5-6) lost for the third time in four starts, allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out six.“I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to deliver a better performance for us and not give us a better chance to win,” the right-hander said.New York got all the runs it would need with a four-run third inning against Hutchison. Kelly Johnson drew a leadoff walk and scored on Francisco Cervelli’s double. Two-outs later, Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single and scored on Teixeira’s home run.“I was disappointed in that big inning, especially allowing three runs with two outs and not being able to make that big pitch,” Hutchison said. For Teixeira, the homer was his third in five games.“Hutchison pitched really well, he only made a couple of mistakes that one inning and we made him pay,” Teixeira said. “Other than that, he was throwing some dirty pitches.”Hutchison is 0-3 with a 9.22 ERA in three starts against the Yankees this season.“He’s still a young kid,” Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons said of the 23-year-old. “He’s going to go through his growing pains.”Teixeira said it was important for the Yankees to avoid being swept by the AL East-leading Blue Jays. “That was a big win,” Teixeira said. “We needed this one to stop the bleeding a little bit.”Kuroda (5-5) won for the first time since May 28, at St. Louis, allowing three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.“He got us into the seventh inning with a lead and I thought he threw the ball pretty good,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.David Robertson got the final five outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.Things didn’t start well for the Yankees as Jose Reyes homered into the second deck on Kuroda’s first pitch, his third leadoff blast this season and the 21st of his career.Melky Cabrera followed with a single, but Kuroda struck out Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion, then got Dioner Navarro to foul out.Trailing 4-1, the Blue Jays cut the deficit to one in the fifth on a two-out, two-run single by Cabrera, but Lind flied out to end the inning.New York used two walks and a hit batter to load the bases with no outs against reliever Rob Rasmussen in the seventh but only managed to score one run.Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly off Sergio Santos and Carlos Beltran struck out before Ichiro Suzuki walked to load the bases again. Santos escaped by getting Brian Roberts to fly out.Kuroda left after Anthony Gose grounded into a fielder’s choice in the seventh. Shawn Kelley gave up a single to Reyes and got Cabrera to fly out.Matt Thornton came on, Gose and Reyes advanced on a double steal, but Lind ended the inning with a broken-bat grounder to the mound.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Harvey, Mets beat Phillies 6-5

    first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The crowd was buzzing before Matt Harvey even threw a pitch. By the time he struck out his first two batters, fans were chanting his name.But at the conclusion of a wild night inside Citi Field, the Mets were worried about David Wright’s hamstring injury — and Harvey was just happy he hung on to win.Harvey labored through six innings during his first home start in almost 20 months, and Lucas Duda hit a three-run double to lead New York past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on April 14 for its third straight victory.“I think obviously I came out pretty strong, and I think as the game went on, pitches were kind of creeping over the middle,” Harvey said. “That might have been the weirdest game I’ve been a part of, maybe ever.”Daniel Murphy homered over the right-center fence that was brought in 3 to 11 feet this season at Citi Field, and the Mets beat their NL East rivals for the 19th time in the last 25 meetings. But it wasn’t all good news for New York: Wright and Michael Cuddyer left the game with injuries.“This is as eventful a game as I’ve ever seen. It had a little bit of everything,” Cuddyer said.Cuddyer, who had an RBI single, exited early with a bruised hand and X-rays were negative. He hopes to play on April 15.Wright pulled his right hamstring while stealing second in the eighth and acknowledged it’s possible he’s headed to the disabled list. He’ll have an MRI, but the Mets’ captain said this injury isn’t nearly as bad as the strained right hamstring that sidelined him for seven weeks late in the 2013 season.“Real frustrating,” Wright said. “Hopefully for me the worst-case scenario is two weeks.”Chase Utley homered twice for Philadelphia and hit an RBI single after entering 2 for 22 (.091). He also was hit in the back by a 95 mph fastball from Harvey with first base open — prompting plate umpire Alfonso Marquez to warn both benches.Harvey (2-0) was no doubt retaliating after Phillies starter David Buchanan (0-2) plunked Wilmer Flores and Cuddyer in the second, both on the left hand.“It was intense and that’s what we kind of expect with these games in our division,” Philadelphia’s Cody Asche said. “Tensions are going to rise every now and then.”With the Mets out of bench players, backup catcher Anthony Recker played third base in the ninth for the first time in his professional career. Wearing a glove given to him years ago by a minor league teammate, the ball never came his way.New York Manager Terry Collins was gone by the fifth, ejected by Marquez for arguing a catcher’s interference call.“This was a bizarre night,” said Collins, who also requested a replay challenge too late — which nevertheless led to a delay that lasted more than four minutes as umpires tried to determine whether he came out of the dugout in time.Harvey struck out nine in six shutout innings last week at Washington, his first outing since Tommy John surgery in October 2013.Finally back on the Citi Field mound where he started the All-Star Game that year, the right-hander whiffed eight and walked none. He gave up three runs and five hits.“You have to get used to being out there more and more, and having a lot of adrenaline running, I kind of got fastball-happy,” Harvey said. “But those are parts of playing through a season and coming back from an injury where you’re gone for so long. … It’s not like I’m not going to ever give up a run.”Jeurys Familia allowed Jeff Francoeur’s solo homer in the ninth before earning his third save.Travis d’Arnaud had an RBI single for the Mets in the fifth after Duda’s second double. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg lost a replay challenge on the play at the plate.Harvey gave up solo homers to Utley and Asche — and even a leadoff double to Buchanan. That came in the fifth, when Harvey escaped a bases-loaded jam by retiring Carlos Ruiz on a popup.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

  • A European Panathinaikos

    first_imgPanathinaikos defeated AIK 0-2 in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying round and progressed to the next round, winning 3-0 on aggregate. The Greek club put on a great showing in Sweden with Ibarbo and Berg scoring second half goals.Panathinaikos had the clear advantage to progress before today’s game after winning the first leg 1-0 in Greece. AIK started off as the better side but after the 10 minute mark, Panathinaikos controlled the game. The first half had no notable chances for either team and the score remained goalless.Panathinaikos could not have asked for a better start to the half when a great pass from Berg set up Ibarbo, who’s powerful left-footed strike found the back of the net. The goal came 25 seconds into the second half, giving the Prasini the 0-1 lead (0-2 aggregate) and all important away goal. AIK needed 3 goals to progress with their only good chance of the game coming in the 65th minute when Ishizaki’s free-kick was stopped by the crossbar. Panathinaikos secured their victory in the 73rd minute when Berg’s well-placed strike doubled the Greek club’s lead. The final 15 minutes were played out with Panathinaikos advancing to the Europa League Playoff Qualifying Round.It seems that Panathinaikos has surpassed their shock from last year’ Europa League Qualifying when they were eliminated by Qabala from Azerbaijan. The Tryfilli will be seeded in tomorrow’s Europa League draw and will find out their opponents in the Playoff Qualifying Round.Source: ( Facebook – Instagram )TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • New Google Pixel 3 video reveals Active Edge display, new colour variants

    first_imgGoogle Pixel 3 is set to launch on October 9 at an event in New York and the company has released a new video of the phone for Japan which also happens to be one of its launch locations for this year. The teaser video confirms some of the rumoured colour variants of the phone as well as the return of a Google Pixel 2 feature.The video has been added to the Google’s teaser page for Japan which confirms that the phone will launch in the country. The video nearly confirms the presence of Active Edge display feature that debuted on Google Pixel 2. Active Edge feature allows the phone to launch apps, or dismiss alarm or trigger any action when the user squeezes the phone. Users can also customise the settings so that the feature triggers only those actions that they want. HTC brought the feature first with U11 and later it was added by Google to Pixel and Pixel 2 XL.The Active Edge feature was earlier also rumoured for the Pixel 3 but now the video almost confirms the coming of the feature. The feature could come with additional level of controls than the Pixel 2. The video also hints towards new colour variants of the new Pixel 3 such as White, Black, Pink, Yellow, Blue and Green.Google is going to launch the third generation of Pixel phones on October 9. The upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL are expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and single rear camera. The Pixel 3 is said to come with a single selfie camera while the Pixel 3 XL could sport dual cameras on the front. Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are rumoured to feature 12-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8, dual pixel PDAF and laser-assisted auto focus.advertisementThe Google Pixel 3 is said to come with a 5.4-inch OLED display while the Pixel 3 XL is expected to come with a 6.2-inch OLED display. The phones are confirmed to come with latest Android 9 Pie. The phones could be powered by Snapdragon 845 and come in two storage variants.last_img read more

  • OPPO A7 a Smartphone That Redefines High-end Design, Now in India

    first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)NEW DELHI, November 27, 2018/PRNewswire/ — OPPO’s first A series that sports a unique Waterdrop screen along with 3D artistic texture on the back cover- Available on platforms like Flipkart, Amazon and PayTM mall with easy EMIsOPPO the Selfie Expert today unveiled its latest mid segment smartphone – the OPPO A7. The A series has been among OPPO’s best-selling smartphones since its launch in India. The A3s created headlines with its huge battery while the A5 introduced more fashionable features with its diamond-shaped texture. The new OPPO A7 comes with two interesting features that customers value most – a 13+2MP dual rear cameras and 16MP front camera packed with a 4230mAh battery. The OPPO A7 also introduces something entirely new to the A series; a unique Waterdrop screen along with 3D artistic texture on the back cover. OPPO A7 will come in two beautiful color options Glaring Gold and Glaze Blue.Waterdrop Screen – a gift from natureOPPO has always believed a smartphone is not just a tool for communication, but more importantly, a piece of art. The screen occupies almost all of the OPPO A7’s display except for a small droplet which is why it is called a ‘Waterdrop Screen’, inspired by a water drop that is about to fall. Natural and less obtrusive, the Waterdrop Screen has been widely accepted as the most beautiful notch type smartphone in the market.advertisementThe tiny water drop contains a 16MP front camera and sensors that makes OPPO A7 the phone with the highest screen to body ratio of the OPPO A series. With the 6.2-inch HD+ Incell Screen, the screen to body ratio of OPPO A7 is 88.4%, providing a more immersive user experience no matter if one is playing games or watching videos. The OPPO A7 also applies Corning Gorilla Glass, providing greater resistance to scratches.Premium design – aesthetic at every angleThe OPPO A7 is designed to be a piece of art and designers considered every detail including materials, crafts, textures, and even the colors on the back cover.The OPPO A7 is thin, light and comfortable because of its 3D thermally bent sheet which is modified to perfection. With the glass-like cover; the consumers would be able to feel the fine and smooth texture with the Grain pattern. Another carefully crafted detail is the middle frame; frosted and in contrast to the grain texture of the back cover, it makes the OPPO A7 look even more graceful. To showcase a high-end and fashionable look, OPPO selected two colors, Glaring Gold and Glaze Blue to create a color solution that subtly shifts depending on the light. With these beautiful designs and colors, OPPO’s key focus lies on the smartphone aesthetics.Clearer shooting on both front and rear cameraNo matter how products change, OPPO always keeps bringing the best shooting experiences for its customers. The OPPO A7 is equipped with 13+2MP dual rear camera. The front camera is enhanced to 16MP with F2.0 aperture, which gives an outstanding selfie experience. Moreover, OPPO A7 has a wide-angle front camera, which can contain more scenes when taking photos, especially when taking group photos in a narrow space. AR Stickers is another new feature of OPPO A7 that allows more personalization, adding to the fun of exchanging pictures.At OPPO, image engineers test shooting activities in various locations, under different light conditions to achieve outstanding portraits and selfies. OPPO engineers also consult popular professionals including professional photographers and makeup artists from their experiences and skills.Powerful battery- 4230mAhTo provide a better user experience, the OPPO A7 comes with a 4230mAh battery, which frees one from the concern of battery draining during the day. Adding to that, the thoughtful AI battery management freezes inactive apps and reduces excess caching to save more power.ColorOS 5.2- Smart and Efficient assistantBased on Android 8.1, OPPO brings the ColorOS 5.2 Operating System to a new level with an overall smarter interactive experience for users.Through the powerful ‘Smart Bar’, the OPPO A7 not only supports horizontal ‘screen multitasking’ but also supports vertical screen multitasking. The Smart Bar can be triggered by sliding at both sides. In addition to the existing functions of full screen multitasking, Smart Bar also supports quick file sharing, screen recording, screenshots, and many other shortcuts.Pricing and availabilityAvailable at a price of INR 16,990 the OPPO A7 will be the first ever phone to have a water drop screen in the A series and can be purchased with easy EMIs of INR 1,416 per month. The phone will be available on platforms like Flipkart, Amazon and PayTM Mall. PayTM Mall is offering a Rs. 1,500 cashback voucher. Apart from this, customers can get a 5% cashback using an HDFC debit or credit card and with Paper Finance EMI 0-down payment option. Jio is giving free 3.2 TB data and additional benefits of upto RS. 4,900.advertisementAbout OPPOOPPO is a leading global smartphone brand, dedicated to providing products infused with art and innovative technology. Based on the brand elements of young, trend-setting and beauty, OPPO brings consumers delighted experience of digital life. For the last 10 years, OPPO has been focusing on manufacturing camera phones, while innovating mobile photography technology breakthroughs. OPPO started the era of Selfie beautification and was the first brand to launch smartphones with 5MP and 16MP front cameras. OPPO was also the first brand to introduce the motorized rotating camera, the Ultra HD feature, 5x Dual Camera Zoom technology. OPPO’s Selfie Expert F series launched in 2016 drove a Selfie trend in the smartphone industry. In 2017, OPPO was ranked as the number 4 smartphone brand globally, according to IDC. OPPO’s business has covered 30 countries and regions, and has 6 research centers worldwide, providing excellent smartphone photography experience to younger people around the world. More recently with the launch of Find X in 2018, OPPO introduced panoramic arc design with a screen ratio of 93.8%, the largest screen-to-body ratio in the mobile phone market today.Source: OPPOPWRPWRlast_img read more

  • Delhi High Court asks CBI to respond on Narsingh Yadav doping investigation case

    first_imgDelhi High Court has asked Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to respond in the alleged case of doping against wrestler Narsingh Yadav that had put an indefinite stop on the wrestler’s career. Narsingh Yadav was caught in a doping controversy just before Rio Olympics 2016, where he was set to represent India in men’s freestyle 74kg category.Delhi High Court seeked CBI’s response after Narsingh’s plea seeking time-bound completion of investigation in the case. Narsingh has not competed ever since the case came out and there has not been much advancement into the case.Narsingh’s dream of competing at the Rio Olympics came to an end with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholding the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) appeal against the clean chit given to him in the doping violation case.The ad hoc division of the CAS had also slapped a four-year ban on the Mumbai wrestler.Narsingh, who bagged the Olympic quota with a bronze medal finish in last year’s World Championships, won a legal battle after compatriot Sushil Kumar took to court asking for a trial.Narsingh then ran into trouble over alleged doping offences. He first returned positive for a banned steroid following a dope test on June 25 by NADA, before being cleared on August 1. However, the WADA filed an urgent application before the CAS ad hoc division to challenge the decision of NADA India to exonerate Narsingh, which was upheld.Narsingh then demanded a CBI probe into his doping scandal and the case has been stuck ever since.advertisementAt the time of asking for CBI probe, Narsingh had told PTI, “I will appeal to the Prime Minister to investigate this matter thoroughly. The truth must come out, even if we need CBI for that. If I’m the culprit, hang me, I’m ready for it. Do a NARCO test on me and also the people who are involved.”last_img read more

  • Icardi wants to stay at Inter ‘at least another year’

    first_imgInter striker Mauro Icardi wants to remain at the club for “at least another year”, according to his wife and agent Wanda Nara.The Serie A club confirmed that former Chelsea and Juventus boss Antonio Conte had been appointed as Luciano Spalletti’s successor on Friday morning and it remains to be seen what the future holds for Icardi.Press reports in Argentina and Italy had claimed that the Italian had specifically requested that he doesn’t want Icardi as part of his squad when he was in negotiations to take over at San Siro. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But TyC Sports claims that Wanda Nara has refuted those suggestions and insisted that the 26-year-old wants to remain at Inter for at least another season.She said: “He has one-and-a-half years left on his contract and his intention is to continue at Inter for at least another year.”Icardi joined Inter from Sampdoria back in 2013 and, despite his incredible goalscoring record for the club, his time with the Nerazzurri has not been without controversy.There have been frequent reports of fallings out with team-mates, while he was stripped of the captaincy earlier in 2019 and, in the aftermath of that decision, didn’t play for the club for almost two months.He has, however, insisted that he remains committed to Inter, posting an Instagram message on May 17 that addressed the supporters and attempted to clarify any “misunderstandings” that had been reported in the media.He wrote: “Because recently the media have reported news that does not reflect my thoughts, I want to inform our fans that I have repeatedly informed Inter about my will to remain with the club.”Hopefully now there will be no more misunderstandings. I understand the interests of the press in selling fake news so I would rather clarify things personally. I have already expressed the will to stay because Inter is my family.”Time will reveal who is speaking the truth. Forza Inter, always.”Icardi, who is contracted to the club until 2021, has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid and it remains to be seen whether Conte will see him as a big part of his long-term plans.The Argentine has scored 124 goals in all competitions for Inter and is their eighth highest scorer of all-time.last_img read more

  • STX Marine Cooperates with ESG on USCG OPC Program (USA)

    first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location STX Marine, February 25, 2014 zoom STX Marine has worked closely with Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) and other partners of ESG’s team over the past 18 months to produce a unique design for US Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program.As one of the three selected shipyards, ESG will compete to win the contract to build up to 11 OPCs.The members of the ESG team include Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Quantic Engineering and Logistics Corporation, and MAN.Eastern Shipbuilding will receive almost $22 million over the next 16 months to fund the Preliminary & Contract Design phase, which will see further development of STX Marine’s design. STX Marine will continue to play a central role in the design development during this phase.At the end of the Preliminary & Contract Design phase, ESG and the other two bidders will enter a second competitive tender to win the Detailed Design and Construction contract.last_img read more

  • New Initiative for ClimateSmart Shipping Launched in Sweden

    first_imgElectromobility for Shipping is the name of a new collaboration between six actors with the aim to increase the electrification of shipping.Swedish ferry company Stena AB, the Swedish Shipowners’ Association, ABB Sweden AB, ABB Marine Oy, research institute RISE and battery company Northvolt have decided to collaborate for a more sustainable future within shipping.“There is a lot going on concerning battery on ships and we believe that research and development are crucial for finding the best. By joining forces between the research community and the maritime sector, we have great opportunities for the future,” Dan Sten Olsson, CEO of Stena AB, commented.As informed, the organizations intend to jointly contribute to climate-smart shipping, international competitiveness and increased export opportunities for green technologies.Image Courtesy: Stena Linelast_img read more

  • Marine Renewable Energy Legislation Provides Industry Clarity

    first_img “We’re pleased the province continues to support the development of a marine renewable energy sector in Nova Scotia,” said Elisa Obermann, executive director of Marine Renewables Canada. “As this industry develops, it will provide more companies with the opportunity to participate in local projects and develop skills and products that will help them reach global markets.” The province has consulted widely with stakeholders on how to balance the interests of other marine users, and ensure Nova Scotians benefit from the development of a new resource. More information on the legislation can be found at . Government introduced legislation today, April 29, to ensure marine renewable energy projects are developed in a responsible manner to respect the environment and the interests of local communities. The new legislation will increase consultation and provide for the safe, responsible and strategic development of the industry. “We need a clear and responsible path forward for developing Nova Scotia’s marine renewable energy sector,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Our tidal resources will make a significant contribution to the province, both as an economic generator with export potential and as a new power source. We have an opportunity to build on our leadership position as a centre of excellence in the tidal industry and this legislation sets out how we do that.” The act allows government to regulate projects in the Bay of Fundy and Bras d’Or Lakes and will also: ensure consultation in establishing areas where industry will be developed establish a licensing and permitting system for the placement of marine renewable energy generators in those areas give the Energy Minister the authority to develop regulations to ensure the safe and responsible construction, installation and operation of industry projectslast_img read more

  • Police chiefs tackle drink tampering urge victims to come forward

    first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s police chiefs are shining a spotlight on drink tampering, after several high-profile cases of suspected druggings in downtown Halifax.At a meeting this fall, members of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association agreed to make the issue a priority, focusing on community education and prevention.They are also calling on people who believe they have been victimized to report it.“If you think it has happened, then you need to go to the police,” said Halifax RCMP Chief Supt. Lee Bergerman, chairwoman of the association’s drug committee, who has sent a letter to community organizations across the province about drink tampering.Although she said an analysis of police data did not reveal a widespread problem with spiked drinks, she said that shouldn’t be interpreted as “minimizing the seriousness of this issue.”“We felt we could play a role in highlighting the need for increased reporting of such incidents as well as enhanced overall awareness of this issue,” Bergerman said in the Nov. 1 letter sent to 10 community groups.She said police would like the organizations to help raise awareness about drink tampering and encourage possible victims to come forward.Bergerman said increased awareness and education “can be part of the solution in reducing additional victimization.”The move comes after multiple women said they had been slipped unidentified substances at Halifax bars.Despite the apparent rash of incidents reported in the media, a Canadian Press request under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that police don’t track drink tampering and were unable to provide statistics on reported incidents.Bergerman said police can’t establish a new database category when stats do not warrant it.“We do not have the ability or quantitative rationale at this time to add a new data category for this issue,” she said in the letter.In an interview, Bergerman added that crime analysts comb through reports looking for possible trends, and if there were a spike in reports of drink tamperings it would be noticed — and possibly merit a new data field.She said part of the problem may be that people are sharing their experience on social media but not reporting suspected drink tampering incidents to police.“If it’s happening, it’s not being reported to us,” she said.“Reporting is being done via Facebook, but nobody’s calling the police. We don’t do anything based on gossip, rumour or innuendo.”Two women came forward this spring after they were allegedly slipped an unidentified substance at a packed Halifax cabaret, prompting several women to speak out about similar experiences: Blacking out after only a few drinks, sleeping long stretches and recalling nothing from the night before.Some women described being carried home by friends. Others awoke to unfamiliar surroundings with no memory of how they got there or what occurred.Although some of the victims said they went to a hospital, they said tests did not reveal the presence of drugs and they didn’t bother going to police.The QEII Health Sciences Centre doesn’t keep statistics on incidents involving possible date rape drugs, sometimes called roofies, which include rohypnol, ketamine and gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB).Dr. Sam Campbell, the chief of emergency at the Halifax Infirmary, has said that the drugs are extremely difficult to test for because they are rapidly absorbed and metabolized by the body. Also, he said there are several different drugs that can be used, making it challenging to know what to test for.Neera Ritcey, communications chairwoman with the Nova Scotia chiefs of police, said despite low reports of drink tampering, it doesn’t mean nothing can be done.“We didn’t want to just conclude things by saying there are simply not enough complaints — and we certainly don’t want to minimize concerns that have been expressed,” she said.The awareness initiative will involve community response officers and school liaison officers, who have access to higher-risk populations in high schools and on university campuses, Ritcey said.She added that in the future they may develop public education tool kits about drink tampering, and stressed that awareness and community engagement is an important part of preventing this sort of criminal activity and increasing reporting.last_img read more

  • Chowkidar is 100 per cent chor alleges Rahul Gandhi

    first_imgKolar/Chitradurga (Karna): Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi Saturday alleged the “chowkidar” was a “100 per cent chor” and the Lok Sabha polls was a fight between Anil Ambani and ordinary people and thieves and honest people.Stepping up the campaign for the ruling Congress-JDS alliance on a day when the prime minister was also on a blitzkrieg in Karnataka, Gandhi said he wanted to know “why all the thieves have surnames of Modi.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress president said he would not like to be the Chowkidar (watchman), but the voice of the people. Continuing his vituperative attack on the Modi government over the Rafale fighter jet deal at a rally in Kolar, he said, “100 per cent. Chowkidar is a chor (thief)” and alleged that the prime minister stole Rs 30,000 crore and gifted it to his “thief friend” Anil Ambani. “You stole Rs 30,000 crore and gifted to your thief friend. You 100 per cent steal money. ‘Chowkidar’ is a thief. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KNirav Modi, Mehul Choksy, Lalit Modi, Mallya, Anil Ambani and Narendra Modi – There is a group, a team of thieves,” Gandhi said, attacking Modi, who has described himself as a “chowkidar” in his battle against graft. He also mocked the surname Modi, saying, “I have a question. Why all the thieves have Modi in their names, be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out.” Gandhi also said Modi no longer spoke about farmers, jobs and corruption. “Unlike him, we don’t tell lies.” At the Chitradurga rally, Gandhi said the 2019 Lok Sabha election is a fight between Anil Ambani and ordinary people, thieves and honest people and false promises and the truth. “This election is between Anil Ambani and the common citizens, five years of ‘Anyay’ (injustice) and NYAY (justice/minimum income scheme), thieves and honest people and false promises and truth,” Gandhi said. He said the 2019 election was also a fight between ideologies, where there is hatred, anger and divisive politics on the one hand and love, affection and brotherhood on the other.last_img read more

  • Morocco and the Rights of People with Disabilities

    By Kawtar Zahidi and Souhail Wardi“During my daily commute, I suffer enormously with transportation problems. For me it is the greatest obstacle in my daily life. It is impossible to take buses, because they are not wheelchair accessible nor are there reserved seats for people with disabilities. Taxis do not stop for me, because they either do not have a large trunk to carry my wheelchair (90% of taxis are small vehicles like Fiat Unos) or they do not want to take the time to do it.The worst days are the days of winter, when I have a class at 8 a.m., and I remain in the rain waiting for the bus. The first one comes packed with people, the second and the third, too. I usually take the fourth one. I climb into the bus with great difficulty, with the help of some kind souls. After all this mess, I make it to class one hour late and exhausted. Fifteen minutes of rest is essential, so in the end I have only 45 minutes left to follow the class, that is, of course, if I can understand (laughter).” Adil Nidae – 29 years old – translated from French.A big part of one’s quality of life depends on the ability to move around the city comfortably and without difficulty. Going to work, continuing one’s education, going shopping, finding access to healthcare, participating in cultural events as well as recreational activities should be possible for all people. Improving the living conditions and quality of life of people with disabilities is everyone’s responsibility. There is a clear need for systems and institutions that protect the rights of the differently abled. Governments surely need to step up, but it is also the responsibility of various associations and organizations to make both private and public spaces accessible. Some countries are doing very well in this regard, while many around the world are still lagging behind.Morocco is one of these countries that are still lagging behind. Even though Morocco is committed to regional and international treaties to respect and uphold the right to adequate care and the rights of people with disabilities, unfortunately very little is seen on the ground. The situation of disabled people is not at all reassuring. Morocco is far from doing enough, as the rights of disabled people are still overlooked. Public transportation is not accessible, nor are sidewalks, building, etc. People with disabilities also face frequent discrimination because of their condition. This deprives them of the simplest rights such as education, employment, and healthcare. They are as Moroccan as any one of us, yet are ignored in public policy; instead of helping them, the language adopted by society contributes to their stigmatization.People with disabilities struggle every day with the nightmare of public transportation in Morocco. Some, like Adil Nidae, decide to go out and persevere despite the many hurdles in their way. However, the majority of people with disabilities give up and decide to just live at home. This is at times a personal decision, but it is quite often imposed by family and loved ones. They stay home to not “disturb” anyone and to avoid the hurtful looks of society.Disabled people who experience loss of mobility in Morocco remain in the shadows and are looked down upon. They are excluded from society and lack services to improve their quality of life. It is our duty to facilitate social inclusion of people with disabilities in order to positively impact their quality of life and improve their psychological and physical health.What are we doing about this?Dinavie is a Moroccan social enterprise that is here to solve the transportation problem faced by people with disabilities. We want to provide services to improve the mobility of people with disabilities. Every day, people in wheelchairs, the elderly with mobility problems, blind people and others struggle to get around. By providing them with the opportunity to move freely, just like everyone else, and to benefit from quality care and transportation suited to their needs, we enable them to regain an active social life. We want to promote their autonomy and social integration and enable them to access primary care, work, get educated, partake in cultural events and above all have fun and be happy.How can you help?We are raising money to acquire a wheelchair-accessible car to provide the above-mentioned services. We will use special tools to make it a breeze to transfer the disabled from their bed to a comfortable wheelchair, then onto one of our wheelchair-accessible cars. We then take them wherever their heart desires or schedule the day for them.We have raised $4,917 so far out of our $21,000 goal. Let us stand together to improve the situation of people with disabilities in Morocco.To learn more about the campaign, visit this link: read more

  • Moroccos Police Abort A Bitcoin Related Kidnapping Case near Casablanca

    Rabar – On July 5, the Judicial Police in Casablanca arrested three individuals aged between 30 and 34 on suspicion of their involvement in an attempted Kidnapping, detention, and theft. Upon their arrest, the suspects were in possession of significant amounts of national currency money from an unknown source.The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) issued a statement in which it explained that the judicial police team was able to monitor two of the arrested individuals. The two suspects were planning to kidnap the third and take him to his house in Bournazel, ​​Casablanca in order to steal significant sums of money. The police carried out a field operation in which they aborted the kidnapping and arrested the two suspects as they were abducting the victim.Read also: Casablanca Police Arrest Woman For Alleged Kidnapping of MinorSearch operations conducted by the police at the victim’s house enabled the seizure of a box containing more than MAD 2 million. Initial data indicate that the victim obtained the money through circulation of virtual currency, Bitcoin.One of the victim’s acquaintances living in Europe was responsible for the Bitcoin circulation operations, while he was responsible for collecting the money in Morocco.The police placed the three suspects under custody under the supervision of the Public Prosecution Office in order to determine the cases’ details, the source of the seized amounts of money, and the methods of their circulation and collection. read more

  • Switzerland relaxes travel advise on Sri Lanka

    He also thanked the envoys for the intelligence expertise and cooperation provided by those countries.Last week China relaxed the travel advise imposed on Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday attacks. (Colombo Gazette) Switzerland has relaxed a travel advise imposed on Sri Lanka, the Swiss Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Hanspeter Mock said.He said that Switzerland no longer advises to avoid unnecessary travel to Sri Lanka but notes that travelers should maintain a high level of personal security during their stay in the country. FDFA says a tense political environment is likely to remain in Sri Lanka till the end of the elections in December 2019. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), meanwhile, notes that political and social tensions are still high in Sri Lanka and they can trigger violent clashes at any time and throughout the country. President Maithripala Sirisena had told diplomats in Colombo this week that the country was now 99% secure. He thanked the international community for the cooperation and assistance provided to Sri Lanka at this time of need and urged them to continue to provide economic assistance and lift the travel advisories issued to tourists.Addressing Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, United States, Germany, Australia and EU, at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo, the President had said that a large number of the terrorists and suspects had been arrested and a huge quantity of explosives and weapons have been seized. read more

  • Portal Huffington Post to expand with German edition threatens to shake up

    by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2013 4:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Portal Huffington Post to expand with German edition, threatens to shake up media landscape BERLIN – The Huffington Post is expanding further with a German language edition, putting new pressure on media companies in Europe’s largest economy as they struggle with newspaper closures and try to introduce online pay walls.The online news portal said Monday it is partnering with Tomorrow Focus AG, a division of Germany’s Burda Media group, to launch the site this fall, featuring its “signature mix of news, blogging, community, and social engagement.”A core editorial staff in Munich will produce the site, catering to readers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland — a market of about 100 million people — while offering free content and relying solely on advertisement revenue.The Huffington Post already has international editions in Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Spain. A Japanese version is due to launch in May. The U.S. version of the site was founded by Arianna Huffington in 2005 and bought by AOL Inc. for $315 million in 2011, though it has not turned a profit since.Experts say the Huffington Post’s arrival in Germany could prove disruptive for the established players in Europe’s biggest news market.“This is a big thing,” said media studies professor Jo Groebel. “The leading German news websites still look and read like the extension of their printed parent media, but the Huffington Post’s style is different. We have seen in the U.S. how fast it rose to prominence,” he added.Groebel said the Huffington Post’s style will be a breach with German media tradition, which grants great prominence to political news coverage and seeks to distance opinion from factual reporting.“Judging by the U.S. site, the Huffington Post’s reporting will be more emotional, more personality-driven, strongly focusing on cliffhangers and short news episodes,” Groebel said.While other German online media might eventually follow that trend, experts say the bigger challenge might be Huffington Post’s insistence on offering content for free. That could dent other media companies’ hopes of erecting pay walls to make up for lost advertisement revenue in their core print business.German publisher Axel Springer AG seeks to make users pay for content from its newspapers websites — which include the online offerings of daily Die Welt and that of mass-selling tabloid Bild — following a pay wall model championed by the New York Times.Other German media groups are pursuing similar plans — but none has yet introduced a pay wall with commercial success.Germany’s leading news website, Spiegel Online, has so far rejected the idea of a pay wall. But that may change after a leadership shake-up on Monday that will see the head of German news agency dpa, Wolfgang Buechner, take over news weekly Der Spiegel and its website.Germany’s media industry is experiencing its most serious crisis since World War II, according to the DJV journalists’ union.The country’s second-largest business daily, Financial Times Deutschland, was shut late last year and newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau filed for insolvency and laid off all but a core staff. German new agency dapd went bankrupt this year and most newspapers are currently seeking to cut costs amid falling advertisement revenues.Newspaper readership in Germany has been falling constantly over the past few years. From 2000 to 2011 the daily circulation of all newspapers fell by about 22 per cent, from 24 million to 18.9 million copies, according to the BDZV lobby group of newspaper publishers.Trends in the European newspaper industry appear to follow those set by their U.S. peers, with falling revenues leading to paper closures as readers switch to read their news online or on tablet computers.The Huffington Post’s German co-operation partner sees a silver lining in the changing media landscape, saying its approach to giving readers more possibilities to contribute their own ideas will benefit the news segment.“It offers our public a new way of experiencing journalism and enriches the German media landscape with fresh, unconsumed voices,” said Tomorrow Focus managing director Oliver Eckert.___Follow Juergen Baetz at read more

  • Real GDP rose 01 per cent in April same gain as in

    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2014 6:44 am MDT Real GDP rose 0.1 per cent in April, same gain as in March: StatsCan OTTAWA – The Canadian economy remained in low gear in April as the key resource and construction sectors were stuck in the spring mud.Statistics Canada said Monday the economy grew by 0.1 per cent in April, the same pace as in March.Economists had expected a gain of 0.2 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.CIBC economist Nick Exarhos noted that the drop in the resource sector should be temporary, but added the weakness in construction was a bit of a surprise.“Even if some of April’s weakness should prove temporary, and thus likely to influence the next month’s readings positively, the disappointment means that growth is likely to come in closer to two per cent than 2.5 per cent (the Bank of Canada’s prior forecast) in the second quarter,” Exarhos wrote in a note to clients.“An undershoot in growth is likely to give governor Stephen Poloz enough reason to stay on his current policy stance, even with inflation readings heating up.”Statistics Canada said the output of service industries increased 0.3 per cent in April, led by wholesale and retail trade. However, the output of goods-producing industries fell 0.3 per cent as all the major sub-sectors except manufacturing fell.Oil and gas extraction dropped 0.8 per cent due to lower oil and natural gas production, while mining and quarrying fell 1.3 per cent. Support work for mining and oil and gas extraction increased 1.9 per cent.Construction dropped 0.6 per cent for the month as residential building and repair work fell.Wholesale trade rose 1.3 per cent in April, led by increases in machinery, equipment and supplies as well as building materials and supplies.Retail trade grew 0.8 per cent in April, following a 0.1 per cent decline in March.A bitterly cold winter had been blamed for a slow start to the year and it appeared Monday as if the sluggishness seen in the first three months carried over to April.Economists have been hoping that strength in the U.S. economy would help things pick up in the second quarter. Last week, revised data suggested the U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 per cent in the first quarter of the year, a move not seen since the financial crisis.“The Canadian economy is trudging along at a pace of right around two per cent, simply not strong enough to cut into the unemployment rate or to get any pulses racing,” BMO Capital Markets chief economist Douglas Porter said.“What’s required now is for the U.S. economy to find a higher gear, because the domestic sources of growth in Canada are looking pretty tired,” Porter said. read more

  • New UN treatment guidelines say all people with HIV should get antiretrovirals

    With its “treat-all” recommendation, WHO removes all limitations on eligibility for antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people living with HIV.“All populations and age groups are now eligible for treatment,” the Geneva-based agency said in a news release.According to WHO, the expanded use of antiretroviral treatment is supported by recent findings from clinical trials confirming that early use of ART keeps people living with HIV alive, healthier and reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to partners.WHO is also now recommending that people at “substantial” risk of HIV should be offered preventive antiretroviral treatment. This builds on previous guidance to offer a combination of antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV acquisition, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), for men who have sex with men. Following further evidence of the effectiveness and acceptability of PrEP, WHO has now broadened this recommendation to support the offer of PrEP to other population groups at significant HIV risk. PrEP should be seen as an additional prevention choice based on a comprehensive package of services, including HIV testing, counselling and support, and access to condoms and safe injection equipment.The new guideline stresses that, in order to effectively implement the recommendations, countries will need to ensure that testing and treatment for HIV infection are readily available and that those undergoing treatment are supported to adhere to recommended regimens and are retained in care.Based on the new recommendations, the number of people eligible for antiretroviral treatment increases from 28 million to all 37 million people who currently live with HIV globally. Expanding access to treatment is at the heart of a new set of targets for 2020 aimed at ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. These targets include 90 per cent of people living with HIV being aware of their HIV infection, 90 per cent of those receiving antiretroviral treatment, and 90 per cent of people on ART having no detectable virus in their blood.According to estimates by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), expanding ART to all people living with HIV and expanding prevention choices can help avert 21 million AIDS-related deaths and 28 million new infections by 2030.In a news release, UNAIDS welcomed the release of the new guidelines as a significant step towards improving the lives of people living with HIV and reducing the transmission of the virus.“These new guidelines and recommendations are a highly significant moment in the AIDS response,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “The medicines and scientific tools now at our disposal provide us with a real opportunity to save millions of lives over the coming years and to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.” read more

  • UCLA knocks LMU from unbeaten ranks with 8258 win

    LOS ANGELES — Jaylen Hands and Moses Brown had double-doubles and UCLA knocked Loyola Marymount from the unbeaten ranks with an 82-58 victory on Sunday night.The Bruins (6-2) led all the way while holding the Lions (8-1) to their lowest point total of the season. LMU came in having won by an average of 17.8 points during its streak.But the Lions never got untracked. None of their starters had more than five points at halftime. James Batemon, who averages a team-leading 20.3 points, got in foul trouble and finished with seven points.Hands had 17 points and 10 assists, while Brown added 12 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Kris Wilkes scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half.Dameane Douglas led the Lions with 11 points and Petr Herman added 10 points off the bench.LMU got within nine points early in the second half before the Bruins ran off seven straight points, including Cody Riley’s 3-point play, to go up 52-36.The Lions answered with a 12-6 spurt in which Batemon scored six that left them trailing by 10. But he picked up his third foul. Eli Scott and Jeffery McClendon also got their third fouls over the final 9:58.UCLA closed the game on a 24-10 run featuring dunks by Prince Ali, Wilkes and Hands off his own steal.The schools separated by 11 miles were playing for the first time since 2011, when the Lions upset the Bruins 69-58 in the teams’ season opener.BIG PICTURELoyola Marymount: The Lions have just one road game outside of California over the next 1 1/2 months that includes the first weekend of West Coast Conference play, giving them a chance to start a new winning streak.UCLA: The Bruins are in the midst of a key stretch of four straight home games against teams with impressive starts. So far, they’ve beaten Hawaii and LMU with Notre Dame and Belmont (with one loss each) coming up.UP NEXTLoyola Marymount: At Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday in the second of three straight road games.UCLA: Hosts Notre Dame on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: and Harris, The Associated Press read more