How Barcelona will line up in 2018-19

first_imgHaving reinforced their squad smartly over the summer, Barcelona will prove a formidable adversary to Real Madrid, Atletico and any other challengers to their La Liga crown.While securing their 25th La Liga title and 30th Copa del Rey were huge positives from a 2017-2018 campaign that saw them go 36 games unbeaten in the league, there was still a sense of lingering disappointment about Ernesto Valverde’s first term at the helm.Indeed, this stemmed from their shattering UEFA Champions League loss against AS Roma in the quarter-finals, where they remarkably blew a 4-1 first leg lead to bow out in a forgettable away leg in the Italian capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! So with this in mind, achieving big things in Europe will be a key target of the Catalan giants, as they’ll look to well and truly put last season’s frustrating exit behind them.Now in his second season, expectations are high that Valverde will deliver on all fronts, especially considering the quality he has at his disposal. Anything less than retaining their league title and going deep into the Champions League will be seen as a failure.Goalkeepers Marc Andre ter Stegen BarcelonaMarc-Andre ter Stegen will be Barca’s undisputed first-choice goalkeeper, the German star now an integral component of the team. Through his astute passing out from the back, his rapid reactions, great awareness, sweeping and competent shot-stopping, he’s the perfect No.1 for Barcelona’s style.Who will serve as his number two is an entirely different and uncertain matter, though, with the highly-rated Jasper Cillessen considering his future despite Valverde’s desire for him to stay. The Dutch international is desperate to receive regular playing time, but this is highly unlikely at Barca where until now he’s had to settle for Copa del Rey action.DefendersSamuel Umtiti BarcelonaBoasting the second best defence in La Liga last season, behind only the typically mean Atletico Madrid, Barca will back themselves to be just as measly this time around. The smart acquisition of former Sevilla centre-back, Clement Lenglet, adds vital quality, depth and ball-playing polish, and he will complement starting duo, Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti, wonderfully.Then in the full-back slots, Jordi Alba will continue as the main man at left-back. His backup from last term, Lucas Digne, has left the club to join Everton.Meanwhile, newly-named joint vice-captain Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo will do battle for the starting right-back spot.MidfieldersArturo VidalAlready spoilt for choice in this area of the pitch prior to club legend Andres Iniesta and Paulinho leaving, the captures of Arthur and Arturo Vidal this summer ensures Valverde will have vast options to choose from in midfield. The former has been described by some as a potential heir to another club legend, Xavi, for the way that he plays the game, while the Chilean has been one of the best midfielders of his generation but has suffered from injury issues in recent years.Midfield director Sergio Busquets is set to resume his holding role for another season, but it will be fascinating to see who gets the nod for the more advanced midfield roles ahead of him.With Ivan Rakitic probably locked in for one of these posts, the battle will be on between Philippe Coutinho, Rafinha, Denis Suarez, plus the aforementioned Arthur and Vidal. Valverde is expected to mostly go with a 4-3-3 formation this time around, so competition will certainly be fierce to nail down a starting berth in the middle of the park.AttackersLionel Messi Barcelona Real Madrid 060518Led by the irrepressible Lionel Messi, who continues to prove age is no barrier for him, much will yet again be expected of Barcelona’s fearsome frontline. Although bettering their league-leading 99 La Liga goals from last term will be tough, there’s no reason to suggest they won’t go close.After a challenging, injury-ravaged first year at the Camp Nou, Ousmane Dembele will be raring to go and full of confidence after his World Cup triumph with France. He will also be buoyed by a brilliant goal in the Spanish Super Cup win over Sevilla.Alongside Messi and Dembele, Luis Suarez will lead the line. In light of some noticeable decline over the last year or so, it will be very interesting to see how the dogged Uruguayan fares as he looks to recapture his best form.If any of the three men above are unavailable for whatever reason, the likes of Rafinha, Denis Suarez and exciting new signing Malcom will give them plenty of impetus in wide areas. Coutinho could also be an option in a more advanced role if required.Meanwhile, Paco Alcacer or the talented Munir El Haddadi can fill in for Suarez if they don’t depart before the transfer window closes.ManagerErnesto Valverde Barcelona unveilingFollowing a positive first campaign in Catalunya, where he laid some strong foundations in terms of his demands and philosophy, Valverde will attempt to kick things up a gear in the 2018-2019 season.Even though he has been criticised for his conservative football and reluctance to rotate, he enjoys the backing of president Josep Maria Bartomeu and has been able to bolster his squad with some fine purchases.As winners of seven of the last 10 La Liga championships, Barcelona’s chief focus will be on retaining their title while enjoying a far better run in Europe. The pressure will be on, but the well-organised and tactically proficient Spaniard has proven his quality so far during his time his charge, so it’s understandable why he is seen as the right man to take the club forward.How Barcelona could line upBlessed with so many options all over the pitch, particularly in midfield, Valverde has no shortage of talent at his disposal. With the World Cup delaying the return of many of his stars in pre-season, having such enviable depth will be a real luxury as everyone gets back up to speed.Depending on the opposition and the importance of the match, there’s a plethora of combinations the manager can deploy. Last season, Valverde was sometime criticised for using a 4-4-2 system with little width but he is expected to be more offensive this term and utilise the 4-3-3 below much more. Valverde could also decide to use a 4-2-3-1 with Busquets and Rakitic in a double pivot, Messi as the No.10 and Coutinho and Dembele as the wingers supplying Suarez.An especially fascinating battle looks set to unfold for the right-back berth, with hardly anything separating Sergi Roberto and Semedo. Equally captivating will be the battle for midfield places, as all of the options will fancy their chances of earning a regular starting spot. Arthur’s strong preseason, in particular, will give Valverde a nice selection headache.Barcelona 2018-19last_img read more

Ranji Trophy Final: Akshay Wadkar’s maiden century helps Vidarbha gain upper hand against Delhi

first_imgAkshay Wadkar was the hero for Vidarbha against Delhi on day three of the Ranji Trophy final at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. At stumps on day three Vidarbha lead Delhi by 233 runs, as they finished with 528/7 after 156 overs on the board.The stage was set for Wasim Jaffer, resuming his inning from 61, to score another ‘big one’. But Jaffer was surprised by a incoming Navdeep Saini delivery. The veteran had to depart for 78, trapped while trying to work the ball from his pads.Delhi were sniffing for a way back in the game, but in stepped Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate for the seventh wicket to flatten any such misconceptions. They joined forces at 204 and by the time Delhi finally managed to breach Sarwate’s defences, Vidarbha had gone make 415 on the scoreboard.Sarwate was sent back by Nitish Rana trying to fish outside his off stump, as skipper Rishabh Pant held for dear life. He scored 79 from 154 balls, which included 11 boundaries.Wicket keeper Akshay Wadkar went onto score his maiden first-class century. At the end day’s play he was unbeaten on 133 runs off 243 balls. His innings was studded with 16 fours and one six.He was invlved in two massive partnerships, a 169-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Sarwate and another 113-run partnership for the 8th wicket with Siddesh Neral. Neral also reached his half-century, ending the day on 56 off 96 balls.On day 2 , Rajneesh Gurbani ended a 45-year-old drought by claiming his maiden hat-trick, to become only the second bowler after Tamil Nadu’s B Kalyanasundaram to take three wickets of successive deliveries as Vidarbha bowled out Delhi for 295. Gurbani removed Navdeep Saini, Dhruv Shorey and Kulwant Khejroliya off successive balls.advertisementlast_img read more

Power 5 School Just Fired Its Offensive Coordinator

first_imgMemorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats.LAWRENCE, KS – AUGUST 30: Memorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats on August 30, 2003 in Lawrence, Kansas. Northwestern defeated Kansas 28-20. (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)Kansas football may be a bit improved from recent years, but things haven’t gotten so much better that the staff is safe. Today, head coach David Beaty made a big move.Doug Meachem, the team’s offensive coordinator, is out after a 2-4 start to the season.The decision comes after a 38-22 loss to West Virginia on Saturday.David Beaty made the Doug Meachem announcement moments ago.From Kansas:Beaty Announces Offensive Staff Change pic.twitter.com/IBRIioxRQ1— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) October 10, 2018Via the team’s release:“Kansas football head coach David Beaty announced Wednesday that he has dismissed offensive coordinator Doug Meachem. Beaty said the coordination of the offense will be a team effort, but that he will have final say regarding in-game play calling. In addition, Beaty will work directly with the quarterbacks.‘I appreciate Doug and all the work he put in during his time at Kansas,’ said Beaty. ‘None of us are satisfied with the progress we are making on the offensive side of the ball. We hope that with this change we are better able to put out players in the best position to be successful.’”Meachem was a big hire for Kansas ahead of the 2017 season, when Beaty hired him away from TCU. He split offensive coordinator duties with Sonny Cumbie as a member of the Horned Frogs staff. Cumbie remains in Fort Worth.The announcement comes ahead of Kansas’ bye week. The Jayhawks return to the field on Oct. 20 at Texas Tech.last_img read more

FAO Conference Starts Monday

first_img Officials from the 33 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) member nations across the Americas will converge in Montego Bay, St. James, from March 5 to 8 for the 35th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean.The event will take place at the Montego Bay Conference Centre in Rose Hall.The three-day meeting is expected to attract ministers of agriculture, social development, education, health and environment and other high-level officials to discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture.It will focus on four main areas – eradicating hunger, overweight and obesity; ending rural poverty; promoting climate resilient and sustainable agriculture; and creating a new FAO to move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda said that Jamaica is happy to be hosting the regional conference.“I think this is a signal honour to Jamaica, because Jamaica is on the right path, and we have the measures that are important to move agriculture forward in our entire region,” he said.“We welcome this opportunity, and we look forward to this tremendous exchange where the conference will give all of our colleague agricultural ministers and other very distinguished people from the Caribbean and Latin American region the opportunity to put on the agenda the concerns that they have, the ways in which they are approaching them, the strategies they think can assist, and the extent to which the FAO can be of help,” he added.FAO Representative for Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Gillian Smith, said that this year’s staging is particularly important, because the region is at a crossroads in terms of food security.Information provided by the FAO indicates that hunger has risen in Latin America and the Caribbean for the first time in decades, reaching 42.5 million, while obesity affects 96 million people.Dr. Smith said that in addition to the rise in hunger and chronic non-communicable diseases, “climate change is affecting and exacerbating the issues that are related to our agricultural productivity and our production, and affecting the diversity of rural livelihoods that are available to our people”.She noted that the organisation remains committed to collaborating with the people and the Government of Jamaica “to address fundamental issues relating to the country’s national development in the areas of food and nutrition, agriculture, rural development, fisheries, forestry, decent employment and social protection”. It will focus on four main areas – eradicating hunger, overweight and obesity; ending rural poverty; promoting climate resilient and sustainable agriculture; and creating a new FAO to move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The three-day meeting is expected to attract ministers of agriculture, social development, education, health and environment and other high-level officials to discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture. Story Highlights Officials from the 33 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) member nations across the Americas will converge in Montego Bay, St. James, from March 5 to 8 for the 35th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean.last_img read more

Dryad Maritime: Missing Vessel Feared Hijacked

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 locationcenter_img Liberian flagged tanker MT Kerala could be hijacked, a specialist maritime intelligence agency Dryad Maritime warned. The vessel, owned by Dynacom Tankers, has been reported missing off the coast of Angola, having last been sighted seven nautical miles NNW of Luanda.The tanker is believed to be a likely victim of Nigerian criminal gangs having in mind growing maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea region.If confirmed as a hijack, this would be the furthest south that Nigerian-based criminals had struck for the purposes of refined product cargo theft – a crime hitherto perpetrated across the Gulf of Guinea region, from Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in the west to Port Gentil (Gabon) in the south. If the MT Kerala has been hijacked, an unfortunate coincidence will be at play, with Dynacom Tankers being the owners of the last vessel to be released by Somali pirates in 2013 (MT Smyrni) and the owners of the first hijacked vessel in West Africa in 2014.The loss of communication with the tanker follows a number of warnings issued by Dryad Maritime Intelligence to its clients of a suspect vessel operating off the Angolan coast. The vessel, identified as a 200 ton tug, was originally thought to be operating in the waters to the east of Sao Tome before heading south toward the coast of Angola. The suspect vessel was also sighted in a restricted area offshore Angola on 17th January, reportedly close to the anchored position of MT Kerala.Ian Millen, Dryad Maritime’s Director of Intelligence: “This is a worrying development in West African maritime crime. We have been watching Nigerian based pirates launch an increasing number of attacks on vessels in areas not normally associated with piracy of late. If substantiated, this latest incident demonstrates a significant extension of the reach of criminal groups and represents a threat to shipping in areas that were thought to be safe”.Already in January 2014 Dryad Maritime Intelligence have reported the boarding of a tanker, MT Super League, 55 NM off the coast of Equatorial Guinea’s border with Gabon. This was then followed by the hijacking and kidnapping of three crew members from cargo vessel MV San Miguel just 20 NM off the coast of Bata, Equatorial Guinea. Attacks on product tankers are usually launched for the purpose of refined product cargo theft or ‘Extended Duration Robbery’ (EDR) due to the relatively short period of vessel detention. This type of maritime crime has been perpetrated by Nigerian criminal gangs across the Gulf of Guinea for a number of years. Originally conducted off Nigeria, cargo theft first migrated westward to Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast and then south to Gabon as security and awareness improved in each of these areas. Once in control of a victim ship, the criminal gang force the vessel’s master to navigate to a location, normally offshore Niger Delta, where a portion of its cargo will be siphoned off to a smaller vessel, before the vessel and its crew are released.“The criminal gangs that conduct this particular brand of intelligence-led maritime crime are well-prepared, well-armed and have specialist maritime knowledge and expertise. Operations are primarily targeted at ships in offshore anchorages, sometimes during ship-to-ship cargo transfer ops (STS) with attacks mainly conducted under cover of darkness. The criminals usually disable communications and switch off AIS to avoid being detected, meaning that the first indication that owners have of the hijack is normally when they lose contact with the ship”, added Ian.Dryad Maritime monitors vessels in the Gulf of Guinea and other areas of the globe, protecting them against cargo theft and other maritime crime. Although intelligence on the suspect tug in this incident was fleeting, there was enough information for Dryad Maritime to warn their clients to be particularly vigilant and adopt security measures routinely used when close to the shores of Gulf of Guinea states, as well as to direct vessels away from the threat area. Authorities offshore Luanda were also aware, issuing warnings on the suspect tug before contact was lost with MT Kerala.“The best advice we can give Ships’ Masters is to encourage the practice of good information security, thereby denying intelligence to criminal gangs by keeping ships’ movements and intentions known only to trusted agents. Whilst most seafarers in the Gulf of Guinea are very conscious of the threat, ships off Angola would not expect to be attacked. If MT Kerala has sadly fallen prey to pirates, then we might be seeing the criminals taking advantage of this fact.”last_img read more

Husband arrested for wifes murder

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Police have arrested 26-year-old man, Nikhil Singh, for the murder of his wife along with his brother and mother in Paschim Vihar in West Delhi.On interrogation, the accused persons disclosed that the deceased, Sarita, was previously married and had a daughter aged 3 years. Around 6 months ago, she came in contact with Nikhil Singh (accused) and both fell in love. They got married and started residing together in Sultan Puri, Delhi. Later, they separated from their families and started living in the locality of Laxmi Park, Nihal Vihar, Delhi. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkIn the night of May 14, a quarrel took place between Singh and Sarita. After heated arguments accused Singh strangulated Sarita to death. Then, he called his brother Varun and mother Geeta Devi. The latter reached there on a silver coloured Honda Activa. The dead body was packed in a red coloured bag and carried on Honda Activa and dumped in the waste drain near Jwala Puri, Delhi. The body of the deceased was found the next day and police was informed.last_img read more

Pehlu Khan case Raj govt to set up SIT

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Rajasthan government on Friday said it will re-examine the Pehlu Khan case, in which a district court acquitted the six men accused of thrashing the dairy farmer on suspicion of cattle smuggling two years ago. Pehlu Khan, whose beating was captured on a mobile phone video used by Rajasthan police to identify his attackers, died of his injuries three days later. The state government will set up a Special Investigation Team or SIT that will look at police lapses in the investigation. In explaining its judgement, the Alwar district court, which gave the accused the benefit of doubt, highlighted the fact they had not been named in Pehlu Khan’s statement; the names were added two years later. The court also pointed out that an identification parade had not been held.last_img read more

Ishaan Ananya Panday to star in Khaali Peeli

first_imgMumbai: Newcomers Ishaan and Ananya Panday are teaming up for the movie “Khaali Peeli”, backed by filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar. Ali, best known for directing blockbusters such as “Sultan”, “Tiger Zinda Hai” and “Bharat”, has joined hands with Zee Studios to co-produce the film. Ishaan, who has dropped his surname Khattar, made his Bollywood debut with “Dhadak”, while Ananya entered the industry with “Student of the Year 2” this year. Directed by Maqbool Khan, “Khaali Peeli” is set in Mumbai and promises to be a “young, edgy roller-coaster ride that kick-starts one night, when a boy meets a girl,” the makers said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “‘Khaali Peeli’ process has been organic. Maqbool, Himanshu Kishan Mehra and I worked on the script for almost a year and when we thought it was completely baked, we took it to this enthusiastic young cast. “I am happy that Zee Studios is producing this film with us, apart from the other massive film we are working on. We will announce our next big collaboration soon as well,” Ali said. Ace music composers Vishal-Shekhar will give music for the film, which will go on floors on September 11 this year. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “We at Zee Studios are delighted to partner with Ali as he commences his journey as a producer. This is the first of many! It’s such an exciting script with tremendously promising talent attached to the film. Exciting times ahead,” Shariq Patel, CEO, Zee Studios said. Maqbool said he cannot wait to “start this ride with this young talent”. “Khaali Peeli” is scheduled to release on June 12, 2020.last_img read more

Vancouver police promise to thwart popup pot market in city square

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver police say they are putting an end to an open-air marijuana market that sprung up and grew in a busy downtown plaza, fuelling concern among residents.Police and city officials have said they received a growing number of complaints in recent weeks about people setting up booths to sell marijuana flowers and edibles, mostly in a pedestrian plaza between the Vancouver Art Gallery and the downtown law courts.“In short, we’ve given ample warnings to those who are involved in this illegal activity,” Deputy Chief Howard Chow told a news conference Tuesday. “Our message to drug traffickers is, if you continue in this activity to expect more charges and arrests.”Chow said charges have been recommended against three people stemming from a weekend raid in Robson Square.A fourth person has been charged with one count of trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.Police say they plan to arrest and recommend charges against a fifth person.None of the allegations made by police have been proven in court.Asked why police didn’t act until Sunday, Chow said officers have been working behind the scenes and consulting with Crown prosecutors to collect enough evidence to lay charges.“It has to be done incrementally,” Chow said. “The choice was to hurry into it or to do it correctly. We wanted to make sure that everything was covered off.”Vendors have said their actions are more about harm reduction and making medicinal marijuana affordable than about profit.But Chow disputed that argument, saying there is no shortage of places to buy marijuana in Vancouver.“Let’s face it, these traffickers are … walking out of there with thousands of dollars in their pockets,” he added. “This is something that we have to put a stop to.”Sunday’s raid resulted in officers confiscating more than $4,000 in cash, several weapons including a bat and a baton, about four kilograms of dried marijuana and about 10 kilograms of edibles, such as gummies, lollipops, baked goods and oils, Chow said.The raid was prompted by allegations of violence, sales of hard drugs and selling to minors, he added.Chow described the arrests as the culmination of about two months of police work, including undercover efforts, and follow earlier warnings and tickets to those selling pot. He said the investigation has been labour intensive, including two days that each involved more than 30 officers.Recreational marijuana is expected to become legal across Canada by July 1. Chow said that won’t change the legal issues facing pot sales on Robson Square.“We aren’t expecting on July 2 that it’s open season to have tables where you can sell large quantities of marijuana,” he said.— Follow @gwomand on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said five people have been charged.last_img read more

Sentencing hearing begins for truck driver in Humboldt Broncos bus crash

first_imgMELFORT, Sask. — A sentencing hearing begins Monday for a truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash.The collision last April at a rural intersection in Saskatchewan killed 16 people and injured 13 others on the junior hockey team’s bus.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary pleaded guilty earlier this month to all 29 counts of dangerous driving laid against him.He had been hauling a load of peat moss when his rig and the Broncos bus collided.Sidhu, who is 30, faces a maximum sentence of 14 years for each charge of dangerous driving causing death and 10 years for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.RELATED: Sentencing decision in Humboldt Broncos case expected to see some delaysFive days have been set aside for the hearing, which is taking place in an event centre in Melfort, Sask., to accommodate all the families, survivors and media.Toby Boulet and former NHL player Chris Joseph both lost their sons and will be submitting victim impact statements in court, along with about two dozen other relatives and friends. Because there were some many victims, the hearing could see a few hundred statements entered as exhibits.A safety review done for the Saskatchewan government was released in December. It said sight lines at the intersection are a safety concern and recommended removing a stand of trees  obstructing the view of drivers approaching from the south and east — the same directions the bus and semi-trailer were coming from when they collided.RELATED: How life for the Broncos has changed – a look backThe owner of the Calgary trucking company that hired Sidhu also faces eight counts related to non-compliance with federal and provincial safety regulations in the months before the crash.In December, the Saskatchewan government introduced mandatory training for semi-truck drivers which is to begin in March.last_img read more

Art on the walls to ensure peaceful polls

first_imgKolkata: In a unique move some cartoonists in the city have come up with graffitis on the walls urging people to conduct peaceful elections.The initiative has been undertaken at a time when the political parties have occupied over most of the walls in the city to paint graffiti of their parties along with the symbol. The cartoonists some of whom are doctors, engineers and teachers approached the Sovabazar Burtola Durgotsav Committee and requested the authorities to provide a wall in Sovabazar area where they can paint cartoons to create awareness in people. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA spokesman for the Durgotsav Committee said: ” Initially we got a shock as it was difficult to get walls at the time of general elections. However, we managed to finds some walls where the cartoonists came up with interesting graffiti on the elections. A spokesman for the cartoonists said: “Through the cartoons we have urged the people to vote peacefully. Election is a celebration in which people take part and exercise their franchise. Though the cartoons we have tried to make people aware of their Constitutional rights. We have not come up with any cartoon which will hurt the sentiment of any people or political Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayparty. As humour is a part of painting cartoons, there is an element of humour in our paintings.” In 1970s when Left Front came to power many cartoons had come up with paintings on the walls on key political issues like the Emergency. Along with the cartoons short rhymes were also written to promote the message in the paintings. But over the years, political cartoons have started disappearing. In 2019, the biggest problem faced by the political parties irrespective of colour is they are unable to get good wall graffiti artists. Most of the wall graffiti artists, who were whole timers in case of Left parties, have become old and young artists are a few in number. A senior Forward Bloc leader said: “The party had failed to get graffiti artists who could paint proper lions, which is the symbol of the party.”last_img read more

Woodstock 50 organizersvsinvestor clash heads to court

NEW YORK — Accusations and counterclaims are piling up as lawyers for organizers of the Woodstock 50 festival and their onetime financial partner head for a New York City courtroom.A hearing is set Monday in the clash over money, control and even whether the anniversary show will happen in August in Watkins Glen, New York.Investor Amplifi Live LLC announced April 29 that it was cancelling the event amid health and safety concerns.Organizers Woodstock 50 LLC say it’s still a go.They sued last week and said Amplifi Live sabotaged the festival, can’t singlehandedly cancel it and plundered nearly $18 million in funds.Amplifi Live said in court papers Sunday that organizers’ “incompetence” spurred it to take control, nix the festival and take back the money. Amplifi Live is part of Japanese marketing firm Dentsu.Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press read more

UN rolls out action plan to expand global broadband access

4 June 2010The United Nations telecommunications agency’s quadrennial development conference wrapped up today with participants adopting a plan of action to promote the global development of information and communication technology (ICT) networks and services. “Broad access to telecommunications and ICTs is essential for the world’s collective economic, social and cultural development, and the building of a global Information Society,” says the Hyderabad Action Plan, reached at the end of the World Telecommunication Development Conference, which was hosted by the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and held in the Indian city.“This access brings new opportunities for interaction amongst people, for sharing of the world’s knowledge resources and expertise, for transforming people’s lives, and for contributing to the global development agenda,” it added.The Plan identified five key areas through which to promote the equitable and sustainable development of telecommunication and ICT networks worldwide, including cybersecurity and capacity-building.“The increasing role of ICT in the life of the common man cannot be overemphasized,” said P. J. Thomas, Chairman of the three-week meeting and Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications of the Indian Government.Participants pledged to promote affordable access to ICTs in a bid to foster sustainable development, focusing on the least developed countries and nations with special needs. They also recognized new opportunities for the use of ICTs to improve e-government services, such as healthcare, and towards efforts to alleviate poverty, especially among poor and marginalized populations.The ITU announced earlier this year that the number of individual mobile cellular subscriptions is likely to top 5 billion this year.“Yet the digital divide remains, particularly where accessibility to broadband services and the Internet is concerned,” Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General, said at the close of the Hyderabad meeting.“This broadband divide must be addressed by governments and industry as a priority if we are to fully utilize the capacity of ICTs to meet the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs],” he said, referring to the eight targets with a 2015 deadline.Nearly 1,000 people attended the meeting in Hyderabad, drawing representatives from 138 countries and dozens of companies and both regional and international organizations. read more

Boliden to up Rönnskär smelter raw material processing capacity

first_imgBoliden is continuing to invest in its Rönnskär copper smelter in Sweden, with plans to fund a SEK350 million ($38.9 million) expansion to increase raw material processing capacity by 12%.The investment in new production capacity, which is expected to be commissioned at the start of 2021, follows the ongoing SEK1.4 billion investment programme in the deep repository and leaching plant at Rönnskär, which began in 2015 and continues until 2020.Boliden’s latest investment is in the converter aisle and sulphuric acid plant at Rönnskär. The capacity to process raw materials at Rönnskär will increase 12% following this investment, Boliden said.Kerstin Konradsson, President Boliden Smelters, said: “The ongoing investment programme at Rönnskär means both improved resource utilisation and increased capacity. The investment we have now decided on shows goods profitability and means that we strengthen the smelter’s long-term competitiveness.”In addition to the already announced investment at Rönnskär, decisions have been made to replace the existing slag crusher with the aim of improving the possibilities to return slag products to processes both at Rönnskär and in the Boliden area’s concentrator.Boliden says Rönnskär, in Skelleftehamn, is one of the world’s most efficient copper smelters. It is a world leader in electronics recycling thanks to investments and developments in Kaldo technology, according to the company.The smelter extracts primarily copper, gold and silver from these materials, with 219,000 t of copper, 34,000 t of zinc clinker, 28,000 t of lead, 505,000 t of sulphuric acid, 484,906 kg of silver and 13,109 kg of gold produced last year.last_img read more

Power restored after outages affect thousands in Dublin city centre

first_imgSpeaking on RTÉ’s News at One, ESB operations manager Derek Hynes said it is likely the issue arose due to construction works.He said: “It is currently affecting around 4,600 businesses and homes in the Dublin 1 and 2 area.”“We’re very conscious of the commercial impact of businesses affected, and also traffic,” he said. “We’re going to prioritise restoration as soon as we can.”With reporting from Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: ESB Powercheck By Aoife Barry Power restored after outages affect thousands in Dublin city centre ESB Networks has been dealing with the issue. Short URL Source: ESB Networks/Twitter Share94 Tweet Email7 Image: ESB Powercheckcenter_img Monday 19 Feb 2018, 3:28 PM Updated 3.23pmPOWER HAS BEEN restored in Dublin city centre after outages affected thousands of people earlier this afternoon.Dublin City Council’s civic offices were among the buildings affected, while traffic lights were also out of use in some areas of Dublin 1 and 2.The affected areas included near the National Museum of Ireland, Trinity College, Chester Beatty Library, and Christ Church Cathedral.ESB Networks said the issues were due to a “large fault” in the Dublin 1 and Dublin 2 areas, arising from a connection to a transformer in Temple Bar.However, its powercheck.ie site now shows that the faults are no longer affecting people in the city centre. 32 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3860001 50,852 Views We have a large fault In #Dublin1 and #Dublin2 areas , apologies for the inconvenience , we are working on repair , updates on https://t.co/VMtxFrW7FY— ESB Networks (@ESBNetworks) February 19, 2018 Feb 19th 2018, 12:23 PM last_img read more

Hitzfeld believes that Kovac or Favre will coach Bayern

first_imgJupp Heynckes is likely to quit Bayern Munich at the end of the ongoing season and the club has to look for a possible replacement – and Ottmar Hitzfeld believes that Niko Kovac or Lucie Favre would be the right choices.Niko Kovac used to play for Bayern Munich and he is current coach of Eintracht Frankfurt – to be added, he also coached Croatia national team in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Lucien Favre managed to lead Nice successfully to the European cups the previous season from the Ligue 1.The former Bayern Munich coach spoke about possible replacements of Heynckes, according to Sports Keeda:“The expectations with Croatia were huge. Kovac showed great games with the team at the [2014] World Cup,” Hitzfeld told Sport Bild.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Frankfurt are now playing beyond their means, next year [possibly even in] Europe. He was also a Bayern player, he knows how the club works. And he is a strong personality who has a clear mindset and open and honest communication.“Every player is equally important to him. He can motivate and excite the team.“Lucien Favre has already done a good job at German clubs and can play good, offensive football. He is also one who can carry a team, a meticulous coach. Basically, he could work for both [Dortmund and Bayern].”last_img read more

City of Miami Police will buy your guns this Christmas

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – As people buy gifts for the holidays, a South Florida police department is buying guns in order to get them off the streets.The City of Miami Police Department teamed up with the Rickia Isaac Foundation for a gun buy-back event that will be held over the weekend.Reverend Jerome Starling and local law enforcement officials said the event is about curbing the ongoing violence that has plagued South Florida neighborhoods.“The plea today is for people to understand, ‘You got to put the guns down, and you got to be able to turn the guns in,’” explained Starling.The gun buyback event will be held this Saturday, at Dorsey Park, which is located at 1701 N.W. 1st Ave.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Dog dragged half a mile behind truck recovering in Palm Beach Gardens

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A dog who was dragged behind a truck for at least half a mile is recovering, and those who helped are sharing her survival story.The recovering dog named Destiny was dragged behind her elderly owner’s truck until a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy spotted her two weeks ago.Destiny is now in the care of some people who worked to save her life. She had cuts and scratches so deep that her bones were exposed.“Underneath her bandages here, she’s got incisions with staples,” said Dr. Steven Hansen with Pet Emergency & Referral Center.Although she has fractures and the pads on her paws were worn away when she was dragged by her neck, Hansen said she’s improving from when she first arrived. “She’s made some remarkable progress as far as healing,” he said.According to the dog’s owner, he tied Destiny to his truck while he went to feed his other animals. When he finished, he said he forgot about Destiny, accidentally dragging her half a mile down the road.After spotting Destiny, the deputy pulled the driver over and took the injured dog to the vet. “Had they not stopped her when they did and had they not gotten her here so that we could start intervening with IV antibiotics, supportive care, shock therapy and then eventually surgery, she probably would have passed away,” Hansen said.The three-year-old dog was in desperate need of medical care, and a rescue organization called Salty Dog Paddle Rescue stepped in to help.“She has a will to live. She wants to live. She’s a strong dog, so we wanted to help,” said Samantha Dishman with Salty Dog Paddle Rescue.The organization rescues hundreds of dogs and raises nearly a million dollars for their care. “That’s what Salty Dog is. We raise awareness. We raise funds. We raise education,” Dishman said.“She has an incredible will to live and we wanted to support her,” Hansen said.Destiny’s owner surrendered her because he couldn’t pay her medical bills. He could still face criminal charges.Meanwhile, vet bills have added up to about $15,000 so far. To donate toward Destiny’s medical care, click here. last_img read more

POLICE LOG for December 1 Hypodermic Needles Found On 2 Streets Deer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, December 1, 2018:A vehicle struck and killed a deer on Hopkins Street, near the Billerica line. (3:51am)Police notified Mass Highway there was a large pothole in the southbound lane right before the set of lights at the intersection of Main Street and Lowell Street. (8:10am)A resident reported a missing bicycle (21-speed blue Trek mountain bike) from Lawrence Street. (12:13pm)A resident from a hypodermic needle on McDonald Road. Police retrieved for proper disposal. (12:17pm)A hypodermic needle was found on the sidewalk of Hobson Avenue. Police retrieved for proper disposal. (1:03pm)A caller reported a resident was blowing leaves from yard into roadway on Shawsheen Avenue. Police responded. Leaves have been removed. (1:30pm)Police came across suspicious vehicle near the old Town Dump, possibly hunting in the woods .Male parties had tagged a doe. They had a permit for antler-less deer. (5:32pm)A 6-year-old child got separated from her mother at the Town Tree Lighting, but was eventually found at gazebo. (5:56pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 6: Trailer Fire On Highway; Car vs. Rock Wall; Needle Found In YardIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 12: Man & Woman Arrested After Crash; Needle Found; Roses Cut From YardIn “Police Log”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 24 Friend Reported Missing… And Is Found In

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 24, 2019:Police served a zoning bylaw violation notice to a Dublin Avenue homeowner for parking commercial vehicles on the street. (6:16am)A car struck a pole on Andover Street. A 35-year-old female complained of arm pain and had a panic attack. Fire Department transported woman to Winchester Hospital. Vehicle towed. RMLD and Verizon notified. (8:37am)A caller reported a very large turtle in roadway at Glen Road and Faulkner Avenue. (12:55pm)A walk-in party reported their friend hasn’t been heard from in a week. Police put a BOLO out. Tewksbury Police called Wilmington Police and indicating their friend may be locked up. Station officer confirmed. (5:54pm)A caller stated an individual got in his face and started yelling at him in a Lowell Street parking lot after he backed into him. Individual is now sitting in his car. Caller is afraid to leave his car unattended and requested an officer. (7:49pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 9: Police Issue 2 Summonses To Drivers; Windows Kicked In At BusinessIn “Police Log”last_img read more