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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

  • Japan PM returns to hospital as he breaks term record

    first_imgAbe’s health has been the subject of growing speculation, with reports before his check-up that he had been vomiting blood.The prime minister resigned just a year into his first term in 2007, citing his health among other factors.He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and spent months undergoing treatment.Upon his return to power, he said he had overcome the illness. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday set a new record for the longest consecutive term in office but faced growing speculation about his health as he returned to hospital.Abe, 65, spent more than seven hours at a Tokyo hospital last week during a previously unannounced medical check-up that his aides insisted was routine.Local media cited sources as saying Abe’s return visit Monday was to receive the results of that check-up, but no further information was provided. Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga has denied Abe is sick, but members of the prime minister’s party have expressed concern about his health.The return to hospital comes as Abe breaks the record for the longest consecutive term as prime minister.He was already the country’s longest-serving prime minister, counting his first and second terms in office.But as of Monday, he has been in power for 2,799 uninterrupted days, breaking the record previously set by his great uncle Eisaku Sato.The record comes at a difficult time for Abe, who in addition to his possible health woes faces plummeting public support thanks to his handling of the coronavirus.A poll published Sunday by the Kyodo news agency found the approval rating for his cabinet stands at 36 percent, the second lowest since he returned to office in 2012.The survey conducted over the weekend found 58.4 percent were unhappy with the government’s handling of the coronavirus.While Japan has seen a comparatively small outbreak — with nearly 62,000 infections and close to 1,200 deaths — Abe has been slammed for his economic response as well as a widely mocked program to distribute reusable cloth face masks.center_img Topics :last_img read more

  • Ireland U17 face Serbia this afternoon

    first_imgPhoto © Pixabay Ireland’s under 17 side begin their European Championship campaign in Croatia this afternoon when they face Serbia.Kick off is at 3.30pm.The tournament also acts as qualifier for the World cup later this year. There’s one game already on in Ireland’s group and at present Germany lead Bosnia & Herzegovina 4-0.last_img

  • Smarkets forms ‘stats-led’ content partnership with Squawka

    first_img StumbleUpon Submit Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Share Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Online betting exchange Smarkets has moved to strengthen its football content coverage, announcing a strategic partnership with new Catena Media property Squawka (Squawka.com).Beginning this March, Smarkets and Squawka teams will combine resources to develop ‘stats-led content’ for football audiences on both portals.The in-depth content and match analysis will be pushed via multiple distribution channels including Twitter, Facebook, and the Squawka weekly newsletter.Confirming the partnership, Smarkets stated that it wanted to expand and inform new audiences of football trading dynamics and live match insights generated through its online betting exchange.Dan Levy, Smarkets Head of Partnerships and Content, said: “This is the first content partnership we’ve ever undertaken at Smarkets and we’re delighted to have Squawka on board with us, especially as we approach the business end of the European season and with the World Cup this summer.”“There is clear overlap between our brands and customer base, so this feels like a natural fit. We’re really excited to bring Squawka’s expertise and insight into our social content and we’re looking forward to enhancing their content with our informed live-market data.”Last December, Stockholm-listed Catena Media Plc acquired Squawka outright, in a move to expand its industry network’s football dynamics and social media reach.last_img read more

  • NBA’s Adam Silver, Kobe Bryant agree to disagree on age limit as Lakers beat Memphis 107-100

    first_img“It didn’t make any sense,” Bryant said. “You want the kid to go to college, and some players go to college for four years and don’t learn anything about the game whatsoever and get a degree in geography. What does that do?”The Lakers drafted D’Angelo Russell at No. 2 last summer after he played one season at Ohio State. The Lakers selected Julius Randle at No. 7 in 2014 after playing one year at Kentucky. Though both players represent the team’s future, they have experienced learning curves.Russell had 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting and zero assists in 22 minutes before leaving midway through the third quarter because of a bruised left shin. The injury happened with nearly a minute left in the second quarter after Russell collided with JaMychal Green. The Lakers list him as questionable for Wednesday’s game in Phoenix. “It hurts a lot,” Russell said. “Obviously I could play. I was playing. But I didn’t think it was smart. I couldn’t move the way I wanted to move. So I called it quits.”Meanwhile, Randle had 11 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five assists, marking his 30th double-double. Jordan Clarkson, who played three years in college, had 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting after spending the past four games shooting a combined 15-of-57 from the field.“I’m just letting the shots find me,” Clarkson said. “I feel like I took a couple of bad shots, but not as many as I’ve been taking the last games. I really felt balanced and really concentrated on my footwork.”Nonetheless, Silver reiterated he would prefer the NBA require players to spend at least two years in college. “We’d rather these young men spend two years out of high school rather than one,” Silver said. “We feel that these players are better off having more time developing as players before they enteer this league. The more we study the wear and tear on their bodies, we’re now seeing new types of injuries in young players that we used to see when they were much older. I think there needs to be more of a holistic response to this. It isn’t just about whether the minimum age should be 19 vs. 20.”And yet. …“It’s an incredibly complicated issue,” Silver said. “There’s all kinds of life factors for the players that they need to balance.”Bryant believes he has the solutions to find that balance.“We have to do a much better job of educating our young players and how to think about the game and how to play the game the right way,” Bryant said. “A lot of the kids are going to college and not really learning those basics, how to process games or watch game film. It’s our responsibility to teach. The old adage is that you come to the pros and you have to be ready and you’re a professional. That’s a load of crap. The learning should never stop when you’re in college or in the pros. We have to do a much better job teaching them.”Silver also wants a better balance in the draft lottery to discourage teams from losing. But that has been put on hold amid an increased salary cap (from $67.1 million to $89 million). With the NBA’s second-worst record, the Lakers (15-55) have a 55.8 percent chance of retaining their Top 3 pick. But the Lakers will also have up to $60 million in cap space. “I have complete confidence in Jeanie Buss,” Silver said of the Lakers’ president. “I know they will return to be a competitive team. But I’m not more concerned about the Lakers than any other team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The man represented one of many Kobe Bryant fans that flew cross country to see him play for one last time. Fortunately for NBA commissioner Adam Silver, he did not have to experience the disappointment many felt in recent days when Bryant sat with right shoulder soreness. So after gushing about Staples Center being the host of the NBA All-Star Game, Silver witnessed something just as exciting.• PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant scores 20 as Lakers beat Memphis 107-100The Lakers secured a 107-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday at Staples Center partly because of Bryant’s heroics. He finished with 20 points on a 7-of-18 clip in 30 minutes before sitting out the final 4:20 both for rest and team development purposes. Bryant went 6 of 11 from the field after missing six of his first seven shots. center_img Bryant also looked spry after sitting six of the past 10 games, including two games last week that allowed him for rest for eight days. Bryant added he “absolutely” will play when the Lakers (15-55) visit the Phoenix Suns (19-51) on Wednesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.“My shoulder feels great,” Bryant said. “It feels fine. I didn’t have any aches and pains. I could move freely.”Silver described Bryant’s farewell tour as a “classy way” to conclude a 20-year NBA career that Silver said will end as Bryant representing “one of our greatest players ever.” But Silver marveled more about what stage Bryant will perform after doing it so many times on the court. “He’s filled with ideas with how he would like to partner to the league and give back,” Silver said. “He’s very focused on developing young players.”Silver reported that Bryant “almost exclusively” spent recent conversations with him addressing an issue that has indirectly affected the Lakers this year. After jumping from high school to the NBA in 1996, Bryant has brought up the NBA’s rule that requires players to complete at least one year of college or overseas before entering the NBA.last_img read more

  • Fact-check: Did Mexicans celebrating WCup win cause an earthquake? Unfounded

    first_img0Shares0000A tweet suggested Mexicans celebrating their World Cup win against Germany triggered an “artificial earthquake,” but experts disagree © AFP/FileMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Jun 20 – After Mexico scored a goal to defeat defending champions Germany in their opening World Cup match on Sunday, a tweet suggesting that celebrating fans had triggered an “artificial earthquake” in Mexico City went viral.But according to experts, no such earthquake occurred. WHAT ARE WE ARE VERIFYING?“The earthquake detected in Mexico city was artificial in origin. Possibly caused by mass jumping during Mexico’s World Cup goal. At least two sensors in Mexico City detected it at 11:32,” said the tweet, by an institution calling itself SIMMSA — the Department of Seismology and Volcanology of the Institute for Geological and Atmospheric Research.The story of the “earthquake” caused by jubilant Mexican fans was picked up by media outlets around the world.WHAT DO WE KNOW?The public institution that monitors seismic activity in Mexico, the National Seismological Service (SSN), did not announce any earthquake in Mexico City on Sunday.Xyoli Ramirez Campos of the Geophysics Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a member of the SSN, said that although movements by large groups of people can create vibrations that are picked up by seismographs, they would not resemble the spike caused by an earthquake.“For example, when (university football team) the Pumas play, and more than 60,000 people are jumping at the same time, it creates a detectable signal,” she told AFP.“But that is reflected as vibrations on the graph, not an earthquake.”A similar phenomenon occurs during FC Barcelona matches, said Spanish geologist Javier Carmona of the Complutense University in Madrid.“Every time Barca scores a goal, the Institute of Earth Sciences in Barcelona detects the same thing. But it’s not right to say that it’s generated an earthquake,” he said.“It’s not true that Mexico’s goal caused an earthquake. On a seismograph, it would appear as a signal with a different frequency from an earthquake.”Ramirez Campos said she was unaware of SIMMSA’s existence until its tweet went viral.“It’s not a site that’s known within the seismological community,” she said.WHAT CONCLUSION CAN BE DRAWN?The mass movements of large crowds of people can be detected by seismographs, but they do not trigger earthquakes. There is no evidence an earthquake took place in Mexico City on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more