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  • 19 dead as Iran warship hit by ‘friendly fire’ in tense Gulf

    first_imgThe armed forces said in a statement that 19 crewmen were killed and 15 injured.It said the Konarak had been involved in an “accident” during the exercises, without elaborating.The vessel had been towed ashore for “technical investigations”, it added, calling on people to “avoid speculation” until further information is released.Tasnim news agency said in an English-language tweet that the Konarak was hit by the missile fired by another Iranian warship. The vessel had been hit by “‘friendly fire’ after Moudge-class frigate ‘Jamaran’ accidentally shot (it) with a missile during live firing exercise in Jask area of #PersianGulf waters”.The 15 injured were hospitalised in Sistan and Baluchistan, said Mohammad-Mehran Aminifard, head of the province’s medical university.Two of the sailors were in intensive care, he told the semi-official news agency ISNA.Trump ‘shoot down’ threat The Konarak is a logistical support vessel made in the Netherlands and purchased by Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution.Weighing 447 tonnes and 47 metres (154 feet) long, the Hendijan-class vessel is equipped with four cruise missiles, according to state television.It was not immediately clear how many crew members were on board the warship at the time of the accident.Iran and its arch enemy the United States have traded barbs in the past year over a spate of incidents involving their forces in the sensitive Gulf waters.Their latest high-seas confrontation came on April 15, when the United States claimed Iranian boats had “harassed” its navy ships in the waterway.US President Donald Trump then tweeted that he had ordered the US Navy to “shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea”.Tensions have escalated since 2018 when Trump withdrew the United States from a multinational accord that froze Iran’s nuclear programme and reimposed crippling sanctions on its economy.Iran’s armed forces in January mistakingly shot down a Kiev-bound Boeing 737 passenger jet shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard.The military admitted to the catastrophic error, saying it came as Iran’s air defences were on high alert after firing a barrage of missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq.Iran launched the missiles in retaliation for the United States’ killing of its top general Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike days before that.Topics : An Iranian warship was hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, killing 19 sailors, state media and the army said Monday, amid tensions with the US in Gulf waters.The incident involving the Konarak vessel occurred on Sunday afternoon near Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic republic, state television said on its website.”The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target,” said the channel.last_img read more

  • Sanusi, Babagana Kalli on FIFA, CAF duties

    first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league The General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, and a Member of the NFF Board, Alhaji Babagana Kalli Kachalla, have been appointed by world football-ruling body, FIFA, and the Confederation of African Football to take charge of important games this weekend. Dr. Sanusi has arrived in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, for Sunday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup African first round, second leg qualifying match between the home team, Leone Stars and the Lone Star of Liberia happening at the Siaka Stevens Stadium. He is the Match Commissioner. Burkina Faso official Jean Ouattara will be the referee, with his compatriots Abdoura Wogbo (assistant referee 1), Kouka Ouedraogo (assistant referee 2) and Boureima Sanogo (fourth official) also on duty. Former FIFA referee Bonaventure Coffi Codjia from Benin Republic will be the referee assessor. Liberia took full advantage of the first leg played in Monrovia on Wednesday, hitting the Sierra Leoneans 3-1. Alhaji Kalli Kachalla will be match commissioner for Friday’s Africa U23 Cup of Nations final round, first leg qualifying match between Ghana’s Black Meteors and the U23 squad of Algeria, scheduled for the Accra Sports Stadium. Ivorians Kouassi Frederic Biro (referee), Koabenan Prosper Adiouman (assistant referee 1), Ashumu Arthur Aguie (assistant referee 2) and Roland Léonce Danon (fourth official) will work with the NFF chieftain.Tags: Babagana KalliCAF dutiesFIFAMohammed SanusiNFFlast_img read more

  • BonusFinder research finds 94% of UK gamblers aware of RG tools

    first_img KSA launches operator tender for problem gambling helpline June 22, 2020 Share Share GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling August 4, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Research from BonusFinder.com has revealed that 94% of UK gamblers were aware of the responsible gambling tools available to them during the lockdown period.The research, which surveyed 500 UK casino and bingo players, detailed that 31% of players had gambled ‘somewhat more’ between March and June, while 28% admitted to gambling ‘the same’ amount as they would in normal circumstances.Fintan Costello, Managing Director, BonusFinder.com, said: “Our research has found that RG tools have been top of mind for players even when many have been confined to their homes due to government guidelines.“As the UK emerges from this period, we can see that gambling levels have risen but to a lesser extent than we expected and crucially, that players are aware of the range of helpful RG tools available to them across many regulated brands.“The industry is taking a great deal of positive steps to protect players and it is high time we focused on this. We must continue to educate and normalise RG tools across all ages as well as improve and increase education and awareness for younger adults.”Only 5% of respondents stated that they were unaware of responsible gambling tools, with the over 45s three times less likely to know of the functions available, with this number falling to 3% when looking at 18-24-year-olds.Deposit limits were found to be the most widely acknowledged responsible gaming tool among all respondents. Of those surveyed, men were more likely to be aware of the deposit limits, with 66% stating they knew of them, compared to 61% of women. Meanwhile, 46% of men acknowledged session limits in contrast to 52% of women. More than just a logo: How Gambling Therapy is providing global support to those most in need June 10, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

  • NFF wants First Lady to lead Falcons to Canada

    first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appealed to First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan to lead the African Women Champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria to the 2015 FIFA Women World Cup to be hosted by Canada.Board member of the NFF and Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League, Chief (Mrs) Dilichukwu Onyedinma told journalists in Abuja over the weekend that the invitation was a mark of honour for Dame Jonathan whom she added has been a strong pillar for the emancipation of women in the country. In addition, she noted that the team would need her patience and good luck to succeed at the world stage.Onyedinma who also used the occasion to reel out the achievements of female football since her election in 2011 noted that after the initial challenges that confronted her board, they have been able to reposition the Women League with the resultant effect of the discovery of young and talented girls from across the country.She recalled the exploits of Nigerian female footballers in international championships including the National U-17 women team, the Flamingoes who reached the quarter finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Costa Rica earlier in the year with players plying their trade in the Nigerian league.“Apart from the Flamingoes, we also had the National U-20 Women National Team, the Falconets that went to Canada in August and played to the finals of the FIFA U-20 Women World Cup with 99% of the players from our league here in Nigeria, only one player came from a school in the United States,” Dilichukwu explained, adding, “Only last weekend, we took another set of Super Falcons team to Namibia to reclaim the African Women Championship. In the victorious team, only five players came from overseas, the remaining 17 are all from our league clubs here at home”.The female football boss further revealed that the present board has been working hard to ensure that the league clubs had some support especially from the private sector with the commissioning of various marketing agents whom she noted have been working assiduously to attract sponsors with whom there are various negotiations at various stages. Onyedinma further explained that to make the female football more appealing to Nigerians especially the corporate world, her board concluded the incorporation of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) as well as entering a partnership with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) for live transmission of female league matches starting from the next season.last_img read more

  • BPL PREVIEWS

    first_imgASTON VILLA VS WEST BROMJust four miles separate these Birmingham rivals and there is little between the teams in the Barclays Premier League, with Aston Villa in 15th place following Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Leicester City. West Bromwich Albion are just 14th, with just one more point than their neighbours. But Albion have kept clean sheets in 13 games since the arrival of head coach Tony Pulis in January.BOURNEMOUTHVS SUNDERLANDThese teams are strangers; they have met six times, and only four in the league. Their first clash was in August 1988 in the old Second Division, and it ended in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland winning 1-0 at Bournemouth. The following season (1989-90) Bournemouth lost 3-2 at Sunderland and 1-0 at home while, in the League Cup that season, the Black Cats won 1-0 at Bournemouth following a 1-1 draw at Roker.NEWCASTLEVS WATFORDNewcastle have now won just three of 24 Premier League matches played in 2015, and they have not scored since the opening day of the season – a run that stretches for 402 minutes. Their failure to score in four successive Premier League games is their worst run since April 2014. A fifth would represent their longest-ever spell without a Premier League goal.SWANSEA CITYVS EVERTONEverton boss Roberto Martinez remains a popular figure at Swansea. The Spaniard played in 122 games for the Welshmen before taking over as player-manager at the age of 33. He stayed two years before moving to Wigan Athletic. And if history repeats itself, Everton should leave with at least a point. In 10 visits, Everton have never lost, winning eight and drawing two.TOTTENHAM VS CRYSTAL PALACESpurs have suffered their worst start to a Barclays Premier League season since 2008, when they had just two points after five games, but went on to finish in eighth place. Crystal Palace, by contrast, are enjoying a fine start to the campaign. They are fifth in the table, despite losing their unbeaten record to leaders Manchester City last weekend.LIVERPOOL VS NORWICH CITYLiverpool have gone three games without a win, losing their last two, their worst run since last November, when they drew one and lost the next three. They have scored just three goals in five games in the Barclays Premier League, the fewest number netted in their first five outings for 10 years.last_img read more

  • Man stabbed to death during row at Stabroek Market

    first_imgTwenty-nine-year-old Sheldon Braithwaite of Lot 119 Mazaruni Street, Guyhoc Park Georgetown succumbed to the injuries he sustained in an altercation with one Troy Maxwell on Friday in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market Square in downtown Georgetown. Maxwell himself is reportedly in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital following that stabbing incident.Reports are that Maxwell was pushing a cart in the area and one of the wheels ran over Braithwaite’s feet. After Maxwell refused to apologise, the ensuing argument quickly escalated into an altercation, during which Maxwell reportedly pulled out a knife and attacked Braithwaite, stabbing him once to the abdomen and once to the hand. Braithwaite’s brother, Kevin Braithwaite, upon realizing that his brother was stabbed, allegedly disarmed Maxwell of the knife and dealt him several stabs.Maxwell reportedly fell to the ground, and Kevin Braithwaite rushed his injured brother to the GPHC while public-spirited citizens reportedly picked up Maxwell and took him there as well.Contacted, Nicolette Braithwaite, sister of the late Sheldon, explained that the family received a telephone call at about 16:38h on Friday, informing that Sheldon had been stabbed and was in hospital. When family members arrived at the GPHC, the doctor informed that her brother was in a critical state and there was a 50-50 chance of saving his life. She noted that Sheldon had sustained to his stomach a stab wound which reportedly caused severe damage to his lung and liver.“All we were told was that Sheldon was stabbed by someone pulling a cart during an argument… Apparently the cart ran over my brother’s foot and the man refused to apologise…and this is what led to the stabbing,” she stated.The aggrieved sister noted that her brother took his last breath at about 20:40h on Friday evening.This newspaper was told that Maxwell would usually provide push-cart service for people in the Stabroek Market area; while Braithwaite, a father of one, who had worked for some time in the hinterland, had been a poultry farmer who reared sheep, chickens and other livestock.While the police have not released an official statement on the stabbing incident, Guyana Times understands that they are seeking to apprehend Kevin Braithwaite to assist in investigating the incident. His father has said that if the police want to find his son, who is still traumatized by the incident, they have an address.The late Sheldon Braithwaite leaves to mourn his six-year-old son, parents, and four siblings. His body is at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination on Wednesday. Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

  • Court orders GECOM not to strike off “fraudulent” names from LGE list

    first_img…decision another blow to Guyana’s democracy – PPPThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has come out swinging against Tuesday’s dismissal of a case that sought to compel the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to remove names from a backers list; noting that underhand tactics were used during the hearing.Attorneys Anil Nanlall and Adrian Anamayah with some of the residents who said they were tricked into signing the Alliance For Change backer’s formAccording to the Party in a statement, the Police report that was submitted to Berbice High Court Judge Navindra Singh contained several pieces of inaccurate information and misrepresentation of testimony from residents of Whim/Bloomfield.Noting that electoral democracy and citizens’ right to vote for a party of their choice suffered a blow with the ruling, the party gave another example of the Police being “unable” to locate several members of the Nagamootoo family.“It would be recalled that the Judge ordered a Police report into (the) allegations. The persons who were present in court explained to the media after the court hearing that the report did not accurately reflect what they said to Police Officers who interviewed them,” the Party stated.“This was confirmed by officials of the PPP/Civic who were present when these interviews were conducted by the Police. Significantly, the Police in the report claimed that they were unable to locate Abraham Nagamootoo, Mavis Nagamootoo and other members of the Nagamootoo family and other AFC [Alliance For Change] candidates who were implicated in the statements given by the residents.”Justice Navindra SinghAccording to the Party, it was left in no doubt that the Police investigation, and the ensuing report, were perverted by and contaminated with political interference. Even so, the report still contained damning revelations.“For example, all of the persons interviewed and whose names are on the AFC list of backers made it clear that they did not know they were signing a document supporting the AFC; that they (don’t) support the AFC and that they all requested that their names be removed from those particular lists.“This finding is repeated 12 times in the report and on each occasion, these persons asserted their support for the PPP/C. Worse yet there is one person who said he did not sign at all. In the end, no matter how much you turn it or twist it, the bottom line is these AFC candidates have 50 persons who are on public record saying to the world that they are not supporting the candidates they are supposed to be backing.The Party noted that despite all of this, however, the court still refused to interfere with this violation of these persons fundamental right to support a political party of their choice, by removing their names from those lists.Police reportIt was after reviewing the Police report that Justice Navindra Singh dismissed the court case brought against the Chief Election Officer of (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield and the Returning Officer for Bloomfield /Whim, Orlando Persaud.In the Fixed Date Application, PPP/C Candidate Shafraz Beekham had claimed that he and 49 others were misled by AFC representatives into signing as nominators on the AFC’s Lists of Candidates.Justice Singh had ordered the Police investigation to determine whether the claims were valid on October 11, 2018, the investigative report was presented by the Judge to the Court on Tuesday and after careful review.In dismissing the matter after a look at the police report, Singh indicated that there was no evidence of fraud, trickery or threat. As such, the Judge noted that there was no basis to ask the Chief Elections Officer to ‘strike out’ the names of the nominators from the AFC’s Lists of Candidates.It had been reported previously that at a meeting between GECOM Commissioners on September 25, 2018, it was determined that the deadline for the submission of statutory affidavits to remove names that were fraudulently added to lists would be at 23:55h on September 26, 2018.That was before these electors reportedly received a hard time from Returning Officers who allegedly refused to remove person’s names from the list when requested. This is despite the fact that these persons complained of either being tricked into signing the lists or their signatures even being forged.To compound the matter, the CEO was allegedly out of touch, absent from his office and could not be reached personally or by telephone to give any directions to the offending ROs after 14:30h on September 26. At a press conference afterwards, Lowenfield later claimed he was with his lawyer.last_img read more

  • Trackers undefeated in last seven games

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers are now undefeated in seven straight games, and can lock up 3rd place in the NAMHL Bouchier Division this weekend.The Trackers played their final regular season game in Dawson Creek last Friday, hosting the MLAC Leafs. It was the Leafs that scored first just over six minutes into Friday night’s game. Though the Trackers managed to outshoot the Leafs 16-7, they trailed by a point after the opening frame. In the second, Northeast BC’s offence finally managed to crack MLAC’s netminder. Connor Kindrat tied things up just three minutes into the first period, assisted by Jayden PIket and Keenan Halverson. The Trackers defence began to allow a few more shots on net, and with 29 seconds left, MLAC scored short-handed to restore their one goal lead going into the second intermission.The Trackers bounced back in the third, as Nick Vanderploeg tied things up on the power play with 13:06 left on a feed from Jeridyn Loewen and Nathan Bragg. Brandon Clark stopped 33 shots in Friday’s effort as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.- Advertisement -Coach David Johnston said that the Trackers didn’t have their best game of the season Friday, though they were also missing several key players after the previous weekend’s three game road trip. Looking at next weekend, the Trackers will be facing a tough opponent in the Whitecourt Wolverines, who are tied for first in the Bouchier Division with 45 points. Whitecourt previously beat Northeast BC in a two-game home stand during the week before Christmas, though that doesn’t faze Johnston.“We’re in the toughest division in the league. We’re comfortable we can beat anyone if we play as well as we’re capable of,” said Johnston. “The one thing we know is they’re good, and we’re gonna have to be at the top of our game to compete with them. That’ll be the challenge in just preparing our guys this week.”The Trackers host the Whitecourt Wolverines in Fort St. John for their final two regular season games this weekend. Johnston says that currently, the first game will take place Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the North Peace Arena. Johnston added that they are working to have Saturday afternoon’s game moved to the NPA, though that has yet to be confirmed.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Dawson Creek RCMP responds to gun shots

    first_imgMore information will be provided as it becomes available. By Energeticcity.ca staffThe Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a complaint of gun shots fired within the city on Wednesday morning. Officers attended the scene in the area of 94th avenue and 15th street. – Advertisement -The investigation reveals that a 20 year old male had fired numerous shots before turning the gun on himself. It’s unknown at this time the condition of male.Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this event to contact the RCMP at 250-784-3700.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Boys’ basketball: 5 burning questions

    first_imgAnswer: Yes. The Wildcats played a difficult schedule in an effort to be better prepared for this stage of the season. Victories in 23 of 24 games indicates this team, led by Justin Cook, is ready to take the next step. They were awared the second seed and it appears as if third-seeded Cathedral City and top-seeded Serrano of Phelan are the only teams standing in the way of that elusive championship. 5. Which underrated player from the area has the opportunity to make a name for himself in the playoffs, perhaps attract the interest of a potential Division I college program? Answer: Knight of Palmdale’s Hassan Stephens. The 6-foot-5 senior wing averaged 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for Hawks during the regular season, but showed the ability to take over games at times despite the modest numbers. He’s not being heavily recruited at this stage. In fact, only a couple of local junior colleges have expressed interest thus far. All that could change, though, especially if Stephens is productive throughout the Div. II-A playoffs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Keep in mind, it’s not as if there are inferior programs in the 32-team field. In fact, Price of Los Angeles and La Canada are very good. The Vikings, however, are much better. Jrue and Justin Holiday, Robert Ford and company are in a class of their own. Don’t be surprised to see Campbell Hall make a run at the Div. IV state title. 3. Which area team is poised to play the role of Cinderella and make an unexpected run in the postseason? Answer: Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Sure, the Knights are competing against the best of the best in Southern Section Div. I-AA, where powerhouses Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Artesia of Lakewod, Compton and Compton Dominguez reside. But Notre Dame has some talented individuals, led by Pierce Brooks and Mike Stanton. This group can pull off an upset or two before a possible semifinal meeting with Artesia. 4. Despite playing in relative obscurity in recent years, tiny Renassaince Academy of La Canada Flintridge advanced to consecutive Southern Section Div. V-A championship games. The Wildcats made the jump and moved up to Div. III-A this season as a result of their success. Can they manage to finally win the big game, in a much tougher division, no less? 2. Is there any team in the Southern Section capable of stopping Campbell Hall of North Hollywood from claiming the Div. III-AA title? Answer: Nope. No way. No how. No chance. center_img 1. How has the dynamic changed in the City Section Championship playoffs since Taft of Woodland Hills was ruled ineligible for postseason play after using two ineligible players during the regular season? Answer: Things aren’t much different. Larry Drew and the Toreadors were expected to make some noise, possibly advancing to the semifinals before running into top-seeded Fairfax or second-seeded Westchester. Poly of Sun Valley and Sylmar could still open some eyes, but ultimately Fairfax and standout Chace Stanback, bound for UCLA, figure to be too tough, and champions in the end. last_img read more