Three security personnel killed in encounter with militants in Kupwara

first_imgFive security personnel including a CRPF officer were killed in an encounter with militants on Friday in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir while a civilian died in clashes near the site, officials said.Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Babagund area of Kupwara following information about presence of militants there, the officials said. During the searches, the militants opened fire on the security forces, who retaliated.There was lull in firing several times during the day but militants would resume firing as soon as the security forces advanced towards the house where the ultras were hiding, the officials said.Three security force personnel have been killed in the exchange of fire, they said adding the operation was on when reports last came in. Four persons were also injured in clashes between a group of youngsters and security personnel near the encounter site, the officials said.last_img read more

Katie Holmes’ stunning photo shoot

first_imgKatie Holmes, the woman with a million dollar smile, got a new uber chic look for a lifestyle magazine, which was reportedly shot days before she parted ways with husband of seven years, Tom Cruise.Katie, who used to keep a low profile when she was with actor husband Tom Cruise, looked very impressive in the photo shoot for C magazine’s September issue.Katie Holmes has now shifted her base to New York and is enjoying her work and family time with her parents and Suri.In the magazine, she sports four different looks. In one, she is seen in a ballgown, while for another she is sporting unkempt hair and is wearing a loose white shirt. The cover has gorgeous girl in a little black dress with her hair left open and flowing.last_img

3 get prison in college basketball recruiting scandal

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant, were convicted in October of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State.Gatto, 48, of Wilsonville, Oregon, got nine months in prison; Dawkins, 26, of Atlanta, and Code, 45, of Greer, South Carolina, got six months each. Code and Dawkins were each also ordered to pay $28,261 in restitution to the University of Louisville.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe judge said each can remain free until a federal appeals court decides whether to uphold their convictions.Prosecutors say coaches teamed with Gatto and others to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents and even tailors. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Warriors draft first woman player into NBA 2K esports league Kaplan recommended all three men serve their sentences at minimum security prisons.Tony Bland, a former Southern California assistant coach; ex-Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson; and former Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans are awaiting sentencing. Former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person, who pleaded not guilty, is scheduled for trial in June.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting This combo of images shows, from left, amateur basketball league director Merl Code, Former Adidas executive James Gatto, and business manager Christian Dawkins. The three men were sentenced Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in the widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools. Gatto got nine months in prison. Dawkins and Code got six months each. (AP Photo/Bebeto Mathews, left, Seth Wenig, center and right)NEW YORK — A former Adidas executive and two others who paid families to persuade top college basketball recruits to play for schools sponsored by the shoe brand were sentenced to prison Tuesday by a judge who said he wanted to send a “great big warning light to the basketball world.”U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said he had to balance the need for a stern message with the realization that others who did similar crimes were not prosecuted in a widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA President Mark Emmert has said an independent enforcement body to adjudicate major infractions cases could be in place by August.Kaplan said leniency for the defendants, who faced as much as three years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, could only go so far.“These defendants all knew what they were doing was wrong,” he said.The judge added that he wanted to send “a great big warning light to the basketball world.”“I deeply regret my actions,” Gatto said in a shaky voice.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Dawkins referenced “social dysfunction” in college basketball and said his actions were “clouded” by a “system that takes advantage of kids.”“I realize now more than ever none of this was worth it,” Dawkins said.Code, a former Amateur Athletic Union coach, said he also regretted his actions but added: “Some things really got to be changed about college basketball.”The judge acknowledged none of the defendants “took home a nickel” from the scheme, but said it was wrong to say there was no economic motive because each defendant’s career stood to benefit.Kaplan said all the harm could not be measured in dollars, citing testimony by the father of Brian Bowen Jr., once one of America’s bright high school basketball stars who seemed destined for the NBA until it was revealed that his father was to be paid $100,000 so his son would go to Louisville.The judge recalled that the father cried as he testified that he had wrecked his son’s life. The younger Bowen now plays basketball in Australia.Kaplan also cited the playing at trial of a recorded conversation between Code and Dawkins in which the men discussed giving Louisville basketball coaches “plausible deniability” about the scheme.“I’ll never forget that,” Kaplan said. “They were making sure Rick Pitino’s tracks were being covered.”Pitino was fired by Louisville after arrests were made in 2017 in the corruption investigation. He has denied wrongdoing.In a release, Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami said the sentences “only begin to reflect the magnitude of the harm these defendants caused through a scheme that not only defrauded multiple public universities but upended the lives of young student-athletes and corrupted a game cherished by so many.”last_img read more

IPL 2016: Pathan, Russell muscle Kolkata to five-wicket win over Bangalore

first_imgBlistering knocks from Yusuf Pathan and Andre Russell powered Kolkata Knight Riders to a five-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Monday.Pathan smashed an unbeaten 60 off 29 balls to help KKR overhaul the target of 186 with five balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. (This is how Pathan and Russell stoke the match away from RCB)Russell played his part to perfection and made 39 off 24 balls in a brilliant match-turning fifth-wicket partnership of 96 runs in just 7.2 overs.The Knight Riders are back to the second position in the points table, while RCB’s hopes of qualifying for the playoffs has taken a major beating. (Photo Gallery)Sent into bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 185 for seven. In reply, KKR were reeling at 69 for four in the 11th over. However, the duo of Pathan and Russell had other ideas and made short work of the chase by launching a severe onslaught on the RCB bowlers.Pathan smashed six boundaries and three sixes, while Russell cleared the fence four times. Joining force at a difficult situation, Pathan and Russell kept their side in the game till the Indian brought KKR within sniffing distance by hitting Shane Watson for 24 runs in the 17th over. Pathan then collected 16 runs off Tabraiz Shamsi in the 19th over.The Knight Riders were off to a poor start, losing Robin Uthappa in the first over bowled by Stuart Binny. The next batsman, Chris Lynn threatened with a six, but got out after making 15.advertisementSkipper Gautam Gambhir, the side’s in-form batsman, appeared to be once again shouldering the responsibility of guiding his team, but he too fell after reaching 37 off 29 balls with the help of four boundaries and a six.When Gambhir was walking back to the dugout after being trapped by a full-length delivery from Sreenath Aravind, KKR were struggling at 66 for three, and the situation got worse when Manish Pandey was dismissed by Watson three runs later.A partnership ensued between Russell and Pathan as KKR needed 119 runs in the last 10 overs. The West Indian, particularly, was severe on Shamsi who was hit for 18 runs.Russell hit the slow left-arm spinner for two sixes and a four to up the ante.KKR accumulated 16 runs in the next over bowled by Varun Aaron. Coming in to bowl the 17th over, Watson was smashed for four boundaries and a six to help KKR close in on the target.Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/27) gave RCB the much-needed breakthrough, removing Russell in the 18th over, but Pathan continued his assault and guided his team home.Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore set a target of 186 runs for KKR, scoring 185/7 in 20 overs after being put into bat first.Lokesh Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli hit 52 each to propel RCB to a respectable total after swashbuckling hitter Chris Gayle (7) failed yet again.Opening the innings for RCB, Rahul’s 32-ball-52 witnessed six fours and two sixes while Kohli managed four fours in his 44-ball-52.A.B. De Villiers (4) was the other trump card which failed to make a mark for the home team.Australian all rounder Shane Watson (34) kept the runs flows in the last overs with five fours and a six in the company of local boy Stuart Binny (16) who cracked two sixes and a four when it mattered the most.In the 19th over, Russell uprooted Sachin Baby’s middle stump with a direct hit when he attempted to steal a single in the last ball.KKR bowlers Russell (24/1) and Morne Morkel (28/2) produced economical spells while Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav and Piyush Chawla were expensive, though the latter also claimed two wickets with the ball.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Y2: 5 reasons why you should buy

first_imgThe Redmi Y2, from Xiaomi, has a lot going for itself. Even more so than the Redmi Note 5 in some cases. It’s not perfect. It’s biggest downside is its all-plastic body and also it’s 720p+ display. But here’s the thing. The Redmi Y2, at its starting price of Rs 9,999, punches way above its weight in almost all the departments. It’s a typical Xiaomi phone that’s high on specs and low on price, and that’s good news for buyers.The Redmi Y2 is sort of a confusing affair. Its pricing, of course, has a lot to do with it. But unlike the Redmi Y1, that I did not recommend to buyers, the Redmi Y2 has every ingredient in the book to qualify as a viable alternative, to the Redmi Note 5. Here are 5 reasons why you should totally check out the Redmi Y2 if you’re out in the market to buy a new budget phone.1. The Redmi Y2 has a modern design. It looks a lot like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A1 had a baby. The front is big and bezel-less while the dual camera module on the back is reminiscent to how things are on-board the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The antennas see a major reshuffle in that they’re seen honing a new U-shaped outline. Their placement remains the same, which is towards the ends of the phone, much like it is in the Mi A1. All in all, the Redmi Y2 is the most beautiful and the most premium looking phone under Rs 10,000. Even more so than the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 5, although it’s modern from a philosophical point of view, uses a dated design that Xiaomi has used over and over again.advertisement2. The Redmi Y2 has the same core hardware (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625) as the Redmi Note 5 and because it has to push less pixels owing to the 720p+ resolution capping, in theory, the Redmi Y2 should be faster than the Redmi Note 5, in theory. And it is, but you’ll have to be as observant as Sherlock, to make out the differences. The difference is still there though and even though it is hard to notice, even a minor boost to things matters, since both the phones are priced so very similarly. The Redmi Y2 is available in two versions: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.3. The Redmi Y2 is a dual-SIM phone that supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot which means that you can have two SIM cards and a micro-SD card running simultaneously on the phone. 4. The Redmi Y2 sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. It further comes with phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Videos are capped to 1080p but the phone comes with EIS for stabilisation which is nice. The Redmi Y2, captures some good-looking photos in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on colours. Dynamic range could have been better, but overall, the Redmi Y2 should suffice in ideal lighting.Xiaomi’s new phone is also able to capture some well to-do photos — with occasional softness — in tricky light situations with good detail. As for the secondary camera, well, the Redmi Y2 does a fine job — for the price — at capturing bokeh shots as well, which is a welcome change in this price segment. It’s surely not perfect, but then, the Redmi Y2 can differentiate between subject and background more effortlessly than any other dual camera phone around its price point.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Y2 review: The best all-round camera phone under Rs 10,0005. The Redmi Y2 has a whopping 16-megapixel selfie camera with ‘soft’ LED flash and face unlock for biometric authentication. It is further assisted by AI for enabling beautification in selfies. Xiaomi says that the 16MP front camera on-board the Redmi Y2 uses pixel-binning technique to combine data from four pixels into one single large 2.0um pixel, that apparently reduces noise and helps capture more light even in low and tricky light situations. Xiaomi calls this Super Pixel. Also there’s auto HDR (that was last seen in the Redmi Note 5 Pro) that can detect backlit conditions automatically and helps bring out more details in selfies both in indoor as well as outdoor situations. And it can take software-based portrait selfies too. The Redmi Y2, it’s safe to say, doesn’t disappoint as far as selfies are concerned, especially in good (outdoor) lighting. It is capable of taking some really crisp and detailed selfies in ideal lighting conditions. The same is true about portrait selfies, that although can be quite a hit or miss, are the best that we’ve seen in this price range.advertisementlast_img read more

Lacazette: Premier League hasn’t seen the best of me

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette claims that “the Premier League hasn’t seen the best of him” yet, insisting he still has plenty of room to improve at Arsenal this season.The 28-year-old joined the Gunners from Lyon in 2017 and has since managed to score 37 goals in 89 appearances across all competitions while forging a fearsome partnership with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang upfront.Lacazette grabbed his first goal of the 2019-20 campaign during Arsenal’s 2-1 home win over Burnley on Saturday, holding off two defenders in the box before squeezing the ball past Nick Pope. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The France international hit 14 Premier League goals last term, eight short of Aubameyang’s final tally, but his combative performances and commitment to Arsenal’s cause earned him widespread praise from fans and experts.Now that he is off the mark for the new season, Lacazette has promised “to score more goals” and prove he can be consistent as the Gunners fight for a place in the Champions League.He told Canal+: “The Premier League has not yet seen the best Lacazette.”It has seen some very good, but not the best. I can score more goals and be more consistent.”Lacazette went on to reveal that he poked fun at Aubameyang while keeping up with results in Ligue 1 last season.Gabon international Aubameyang played for Saint Etienne between 2011 and 2013, before securing a big-money move to Borussia Dortmund.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 2019-20Lacazette, meanwhile, represented Saint-Etienne’s bitter rivals Lyon with disctinction before joining the Gunners.He added: “With Auba, yes, we have a lot of room, and last year I called him every time Lyon won against Saint-Etienne.”Lyon have kicked off their latest Ligue 1 campaign in scintillating fashion, securing a 3-0 victory at Monaco on August 9 before thrashing Angers 6-0 at home on Friday.A former Olympic Stadium favourite hopes his old club can maintain their form over the next 11 months, after a change of style under head coach Sylvinho this summer.”It’s a big change from the OL I’ve experienced,” Lacazette added. “I have mixed emotions, the preparation has not been exceptional but I can not wait to see how they do and I hope it’s going to work.”Lacazette will be in contention to start for Arsenal once again next Saturday when they take on European champions and Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

This Immaculate 1971 Hemi Cuda Says There’s No School like Old School

first_img The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits Editors’ Recommendations Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses While Dodge, Ford, and Chevrolet carry the American muscle car torch forward with new versions of their iconic coupes, automotive enthusiasts can’t help but miss the long-lost car brands that once brought us symbols of power.Among the front-engine, rear-wheel drive monsters of the 1960s and ‘70s, Plymouth’s Barracuda reigned supreme. In particular, the third generation, which shared its platform with the Dodge Challenger, created a cult following that has only grown over the years. In fact, the Hemi Cuda is the most valuable muscle car of all time.These days, finding a ‘Cuda in good condition is like finding a pot of gold, but RK Motors has followed the rainbow to its conclusion so you don’t have to. This Rallye Red 1971 example has just 2,010 original miles on its 426 HEMI V8 engine. Everything about this stunning muscle car is original, including its Torqueflite three-speed transmission, dual-exhaust, Dana 60 rear end, Sure Grip differential, Rallye wheels, and Hemi suspension.This ‘Cuda was owned by Zachary Taylor Reynolds, heir to RJ Reynold’s Tobacco fortune. RK Motors has an incredible write-up on the wild life of “Dr. Zach” Reynolds, but we’ll give you the short version. Zach dressed like a prince, surrounded himself with celebrities, and risked his life on a constant basis. After countless accidents via bikes, planes, and cars, Reynolds retired from daredevil maneuvers to collect cars and motorcycles – the ’71 Cuda became his centerpiece.This is the lowest-mileage, highest-optioned Hemi Cuda on the planet, so you’ll need $1.29 million to take it for a spin. Sure, you could shop pretty much any supercar on the market for that kind of cash, but nothing will turn heads like this outrageous muscle car. Do us a favor, though – if you make this beauty your own, give us a ride. Please? Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries We Found the Best Merino Wool Socks After One Year of Testing last_img read more

Hero MotoCorp drives Q1 net up 36 to Rs 1257 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero Moto Corp on Tuesday posted a 35.89 per cent increase in consolidated net profit at Rs 1,256.69 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019 on the back of a one-off exceptional gain of Rs 737.48 crore.The company had reported a net profit of Rs 924.74 crore during the same period of previous fiscal. Revenue from operations, however, declined to Rs 8,185.97 crore for April-June period as compared with Rs 8,913.27 crore in the same period of 2018-19, Hero Moto Corp said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company had deposited and created provision for “National Calamity Contingent Duty” (NCCD) including applicable cess in its Haridwar plant during prior years, while contesting the same on the ground that NCCD is in nature of excise duty and should be covered by area-based exemption. Pursuant to favourable order from the Supreme Court, the provision has been reversed as exceptional item in the current quarter and necessary refund applications already filed with the department, the company said. “The overall economic and customer sentiments continued to be soft during the first quarter of this fiscal and their impact is clearly visible in the performance of the auto sector,” Hero MotoCorp Chief Financial Officer Niranjan Gupta said.last_img read more

We have brought peace in Jungalmahal : Mamata

first_imgKotshila/Hura (Purulia): West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said that her government has been able to usher in peace in tribal Jungalmahal area. The people of Jungalmahal, the forested tribal area of the state, were afraid of both CPI(M) and the naxals during the Left Front rule, she said. But the scenario has changed in the area, which comrpise Jhargram, West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, Banerjee said at an election rally at Kotshila in Purulia district. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “We have been able to establish peace in Purulia and Junglemahal area and many developmental works have been undertaken – mainly water-related projects,” she said. Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said he has done nothing in the last five years. “Do not vote for BJP. They will do nothing and only dish out lies and make people fight against each other”, the fiesty TMC leader said. Banerjee, who had spearheaded the anti-land acquisition movements at Singur and Nandigram, said that her government would protect the rights of adivasis including their claim over land. At another rally at Hura in the same district, she said the government is planning an airport at Charra to connect the district with Kolkata and other places. She urged the electorate to help TMC wrest all the 42 seats in the state.last_img read more

CBS News names new evening anchor, revamps morning show

NEW YORK — CBS News is replacing its evening anchor and revamping its morning show lineup as it seeks to boost ratings.The network announced Monday on “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell will replace Jeff Glor as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” this summer. Glor has anchored the newscast since December 2017 and is still negotiating his next steps.O’Donnell was chief White House correspondent when she joined “CBS This Morning” in 2012, teaming up with Charlie Rose and Gayle King.King will remain co-host of “CBS This Morning.” The 64-year-old newscaster will be joined by longtime journalist Anthony Mason and correspondent Tony Dokoupil.John Dickerson, who hopscotched from political director to “Face the Nation” moderator in 2015 to “CBS This Morning” as Rose’s replacement in January 2018, will become a correspondent for “60 Minutes.”Rose was dismissed following sexual misconduct allegations.The Associated Press read more

Can David Goffin Keep Winning

At a recent practice in Mons, Belgium, the country’s former leading man and its current top tennis player traded missiles from the baseline. Olivier Rochus grunted as he leapt into his classical one-handed backhand, while David Goffin quietly parried with groundstrokes into the corners. Goffin won most of the exchanges, and all 10 of the games.Rochus showed his frustration after it was done by sending a ball into the stands at the Lotto Mons Expo, where Belgium’s biggest men’s tennis tournament is taking place this week. But in a court-side interview afterwards, Rochus, who is 33 and retiring after this tournament, pointed out that he is in good company. “When my opponent is way better, what can you say? … It’s not only tough for me, it’s tough for everybody. I’m not the only one losing,” he said.Just about everyone is losing to the 23-year-old Goffin these days. From the start of July to the start of this tournament, Goffin won 34 of 36 matches, including the first 25, improving his ranking from 106th in the world to No. 31. In his 34 wins, he lost just four sets, and has been forced into just five tiebreakers. The rest of the sets he won decisively, seven by 6-0 and 11 by 6-1.Goffin’s glorious two and a half months had yielded nearly as much success as he had achieved in his prior four years as a pro. He’s won 17 tour-level matches and roughly $340,000 in earnings, increasing his career totals by about a half and a third, respectively.Goffin’s winning run is only matched in the last decade by the players who have been No. 1 during that time: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. No one else since 2004 has won 25 straight matches at tour, tour qualifying or challenger events, according to ATP World Tour stats guru Greg Sharko.Evidently, there are two ways to pull off a 25-match winning streak in tennis today: Be one of the best players of all time, or do what Goffin has done — set yourself an easy schedule and combine it with luck and improved play. Tennis players, unlike, say, NFL teams, can decide which events they play. Goffin and his coach chose ones with relatively weak fields — just nine of Goffin’s 34 wins were against players ranked above him — and now the young Belgian is on a winning run usually only experienced by the game’s very best.Winning brings ranking points, which means easier draws. It also brings money, which can be invested in coaches, physical trainers and more comfortable travel. The downside of winning is that it leaves little time for rest and for major work in practice. And if it comes against easy opponents, it may not provide useful preparation for tougher ones.But there are psychological advantages to winning. “You don’t doubt, you just attack every ball and then you are sure the ball will be in the court. It’s a great feeling,” Goffin said.Before his recent run, Goffin had been most famous for his losses. He made his Grand Slam debut as a lucky loser, snagging a spot in the draw despite losing in the last round of qualifying. He parlayed that berth in the 2012 French Open into a fourth-round loss to Federer, his childhood idol, and attained fame for smiling through an on-court interview afterward with the man whose face adorned posters on Goffin’s childhood bedroom walls. Goffin’s later Grand Slam losses also were to top players: Six of nine came to players seeded in the Top 10, four of those in the first round. The lucky loser had become an unlucky loser.Goffin sensed he was improving before his results did. In March of this year he started working with his current coach, Thierry van Cleemput, and began enjoying tennis again, shedding the defensiveness and doubtfulness that had plagued his game. But he kept running into tough competition, culminating with what van Cleemput called a “nightmare” of a draw in Wimbledon, against defending champion Andy Murray in the first round.Goffin and his coach decided it was time to step down a level. As most of the tour’s top players either rested after Wimbledon or moved to hard courts to prepare for the U.S. Open, Goffin stayed in Europe, on clay, entering a tournament in each week of July: three challengers — a rung below tour level — and one at the bottom level of the tour. He won all four tournaments. (Up until then, he had never won more than eight straight matches.) Then he came to the U.S. and won seven of nine matches — taking a set 6-0 off No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov. Back in Europe, he won seven straight matches, to send Belgium back to the top level of the Davis Cup and to win his second career title, again at the bottom level of the tour.“We decided to play some challengers to try to win some matches and to get some confidence,” Goffin said. “The level was there in practice and against Murray, but what I needed was to win some matches and to play a lot of matches.” He added, “I didn’t expect to win so many matches.” After all, he hadn’t made it past the quarterfinals of the four prior challengers he’d played this year.Van Cleemput said he and his young charge have been “lucky.” The coach is setting expectations low, despite Goffin’s recent run. Van Cleemput said Goffin’s target is for a career like that of No. 23 Alexandr Dolgopolov, a player from Ukraine who has never reached a Grand Slam semifinal or been ranked in the Top 10. Goffin has earned more ranking points since Wimbledon than five members of the Top 10, but van Cleemput isn’t expecting him to join that group any time soon. “The first objective now is to confirm the level of top 40, and to come near the level of the top 30,” he said. “The reality is important, not to dream all the time.”Recent tennis history supports the coach’s caution. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic didn’t play any challengers during their 25-match winning streaks. Much less familiar names precede Goffin’s on the list of players to win three straight challengers in the past 10 years. None has ever been ranked in the Top 30.It’s not only luck and easy opposition that has propelled Goffin to new heights. It’s also his serve. He hit aces on more than one in nine service points in eight of his 14 tour-level matches on hard courts this summer. He’d done that in just three of 50 prior hard-court matches at that level. It’s a remarkable feat for a player who is 5’11.” Height translates into the ability to hit at a sharper downward angle without the net getting in the way, which makes it easier to hit serves that are both fast and in the box. No one under 6′ has won a Grand Slam title in the past decade.Dolgopolov, the tour’s best sub-6-foot server, raises his contact point by leaping into the air. Goffin’s service motion is striking for how little he gets off the ground. Van Cleemput said his main intervention was to change Goffin’s toss and to emphasize the follow-through.Van Cleemput wants to get Goffin leaping higher on his serve, and to improve his strength and fitness. But when his player keeps playing events late into each week, he doesn’t get much time to work with him. For now, most of Goffin’s practice sessions are live matches.Goffin is confident he’ll have plenty of chances to work on his game and to keep getting better. “I have a lot of years in the future to do some good things,” he said — though he may never do anything as good as his unbeaten late-summer run. read more

Mike Adams the answer for Ohio State footballs offensive line

Ohio State football senior left tackle Mike Adams, who returns to the Buckeyes’ lineup on Saturday against No. 14 Nebraska, stands at 6-foot-8 and weighs in at 320-pounds, making him a sizeable asset to the team. With Adams set to make his first appearance for the team since the 2011 Sugar Bowl, suffice it to say that help is on the way for OSU’s beleaguered offensive line. Adams, along with DeVier Posey, Daniel “Boom” Herron and Solomon Thomas, were suspended for the Buckeyes’ first five games of the 2011 season for selling OSU football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Posey and Herron will remain suspended for an additional violation, but Adams is listed on the Buckeyes’ depth chart as the starter for Saturday’s game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Adams’ return couldn’t have come soon enough. After not allowing a single sack against Akron and Toledo in the Buckeyes’ first two games, the Scarlet and Gray offensive line has allowed 14 sacks against Miami (Fla.), Colorado and Michigan State. Quarterback play was scrutinized after last Saturday’s 10-7 loss to the Spartans, but the Buckeyes’ signal-callers were also sacked nine times. “Obviously, they (the offensive line) didn’t do a great job,” first-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell said after the game. “You don’t give your quarterback much of a chance when (they are) sacked nine times.” OSU linemen, including senior center Mike Brewster and redshirt sophomore Jack Mewhort, both said that Adams’ return is a relief. “It gives you a lot of motivation to come back tomorrow,” Mewhort said of Adams’ return. “We’re excited to have (him) back.” Excited could be an understatement. Adams, a three-year letter-winner and first team all-Big Ten selection in 2010, figures to help protect the freshman quarterback Braxton Miller and create a push for OSU’s running backs, who were held to 78 yards rushing against the Spartans. Brewster agreed with Mewhort. “I think it is really going to help us getting Mike back this week,” Brewster said. “He is going to be ready to go and had a great season last year for this team. I’m excited to see what he is going to be able to do against Nebraska.” Posey and Herron were originally scheduled to come off suspension with Adams in the game against the Cornhuskers. Offensive lineman Marcus Hall was also suspended along with Posey and Herron this week. Fickell said during a Tuesday press conference that while the new suspensions are a setback for the team, he won’t allow his players to complain or whine. “We have also got to look at the (players) we are getting,” he said. “So, you’ve got your Mike Adams and your Solomon Thomas, and you know, so, those are the things you’ve still got to focus on.” Based on comments Adams made during OSU football Media Day on Aug. 20, Adams is ready for action. “Everything that has happened has definitely left its stamp on the season, but we’re over that and I’m just ready to go out and play,” Adams said. “Personally, I’ve only got (seven) games left, so every time I come into the stadium, it puts chills down my back.” As for how Adams fits back into the offensive line, Brewster reiterated his return is a positive, saying the line will do whatever it takes to improve. “(Adams will) bring a lot of experience back,” Brewster said after Saturday’s loss. “(He’s a) great player. Really just going to look forward to Saturday.” Adams and the Buckeyes’ (3-2, 0-1) game against the No. 14 Cornhuskers (4-1, 0-1) will kick-off at 8 p.m. and be broadcast on ABC. read more

Photos from Parliament

Some scenes from Parliament yesterday captured by INews photographer Carl Croker  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChaos in Parliament …in photosDecember 11, 2017In “latest news”‘We will go to Parliament when we choose to do so’ – RoheeJune 10, 2015In “Politics”MORE PHOTOS – from Monday’s Budget presentation in ParliamentNovember 28, 2017In “Local News”

Hunter Coal Festival 2015 a celebration of industry and community

first_imgThe Singleton Business Chamber, New South Wales, Australia, has announced details of a significant event designed to bring the community and the coal industry together in celebration of the mining sector’s contribution to the region’s success and prosperity. The Hunter Coal Festival 2015, a two-week festival from March 12-29, celebrates the role and contribution of the mining industry to the Hunter Valley community. To be held across Singleton, Muswellbrook and surrounding regions, the festival aims to highlight the value of the coal industry in Singleton, the wider Hunter region and the broader Australian community. It was launched before a large audience of community representatives, industry organisations, mining companies and suppliers, along with charity and community groups.Developed by the Singleton Business Chamber, with support from Singleton Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the festival would incorporate a wide-ranging program of community and industry events, said Hunter Coal Festival chair Peter Eason.“These will include the inaugural Hunter Mining Show, a street parade, gala concerts, sporting events, school debates, information sessions and workshops, and an industry racing carnival at Muswellbrook Race Club.“It provides an opportunity for stakeholders, businesses and the community to gain insights, interact and get the chance to know and understand everyone’s diverse interests.“We all understand the impacts of mining, but the achievements are often kept in the shadow. The festival offers the opportunity for a loud shout out from the community – which is just the shot in the arm the industry needs right now,” said Eason.“Over the past few months, we have put together an active and hard-working committee which is well advanced on the program and themes for the festival.“We are now in the process of finalising our festival program, and we’ll be releasing details of these, and other developments in the coming months.”Eason said an important element of the festival would be a three-day mining industry exhibition – the Hunter Mining Show – to be held in and around Singleton Council’s Civic Centre from March 12-14.“The festival actually kicks off with the Hunter Mining Show – a trade show with a real difference through its focus on engaging with the broader community.“This show will culminate with the Festival Community Day, which gives the whole community access to the show on the final day  – including a street parade through the centre of Singleton,” Eason said.“This resonates with the organisers who are intent of making that industry-community connection throughout the entire festival.”Eason said the Hunter Coal Festival organisers had been delighted with the strong support for the concept from the local community, state and federal politicians, local businesses, as well as the wider mining industry.“We’ve had our local schools, TAFE colleges and tertiary institutions, businesses, community groups and other organisations coming to us with offers of assistance, monetary and in-kind goods and services.“And today, we are very pleased that the NSW Minerals Council has just announced it is supporting the Festival as one of our major sponsors – an indication of the importance the mining industry as a whole sees this event has for the region and the industry,” said Eason. www.huntercoalfestival.com.auPhoto courtesy of Rio Tinto Coal Australialast_img read more

Fluor EPCM for new Teck Fording water treatment facility

first_imgFluor has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by Teck for the Fording River South Active Water Treatment Facility in the Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the third quarter of 2018.“Fluor has partnered with Teck on numerous projects over the past 10 years,” said Tony Morgan, President of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business. “We’ve assembled a strong team to deliver this fast-track project, which delivers environmental and economic benefits to the Elk Valley region.”Fluor’s scope of work includes the 20 million-litres-per-day water treatment facility, intake structures, an outfall, pipelines, and additional utilities and infrastructure.The contract continues Fluor’s work from the feasibility study and previous early works phase. Fluor has begun work at site to ensure critical activities are completed prior to winter. The company is also leveraging its supply chain expertise to meet the project’s cost and schedule certainty objectives.The water treatment facility will remove selenium and nitrate from mine-affected water as part of Teck’s Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. The plan’s goal is to stabilise and reverse the increasing trend of selenium and other substances to ensure the ongoing health of the watershed, while at the same time allowing for continued sustainable mining in the region. The Fording River South Active Water Treatment Facility will be the second water treatment facility to be constructed at Teck’s steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley region.last_img read more

Draw for EHF EURO 2012 on 15 June in Belgrade

After Qualification Phase 2 will be finished, the final tournament draw will take place on 15 June 2011 in Belgrade.The sixteen qualified teams – 14 from the qualification plus Serbia as hosting nation and France as title defenders – will be drawn into four Preliminary Round groups of four teams each.The draw event will be broadcast live on television and also be available as a live web stream here on the official website.Inspections and workshopsOn 14-16 March 2011 a delegation of the European Handball Federation will visit Serbia. In collaboration with the Serbian organising committee further workshops according to the project plan will be carried out. The sessions also involve inspections of the sports centres.Source: EHF ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012 Qual. (Round 3): Croatia win in “Don Quijote” Arena Next Story → Men’s EURO 2012 Qual. (Round 4): Hungary and Croatia already in Serbia! read more

Popup community festival brings organic food to Dublin city today

first_imgIF YOU ARE a city dweller who thought that growing your own food was firmly off the agenda, then the Dublin Community Growers are here to change your mind.Today from 12pm to 5pm in the city centre of the capital they will be bringing lots of fresh, organic food for people to enjoy as part of the Harvest Festival.The free event is being held in Wolfe Tone Square on Jervis Street in Dublin 1, and is aimed at all members of the family. As well as the food, you can expect live music, face-painting, a pop-up garden, apple pressing and even bee-keeping workshops.Dublin Community Growers is a network of community gardens from across Dublin whose members meet up every month to discuss community garden projects and the issues faced by these projects. There are already 35 community garden projects involved in the initiative.Pic: Robert MossIt’s a day to raise awareness of the need for community gardening and how such gardens can bring people from around the community together.It’s also a way of recruiting potential community gardeners – you can give your details there if you are available to help out at your local community garden project. No experience is required.The DCG said it is a way of demonstrating the benefits of organic food, and showing that it need not be expensive, can be accessible to all, and will mean you can have fun in the garden.Garden growthWhere once there were two or three community gardens that “could be found struggling for permission to exist in Dublin back in 2004″, as Robert Moss from DCG put it, “we now see around 40 of these urban growing initiatives blossoming across Dublin on a variety of public and private sites”.The Heritage Festival, which is run by DCG, was launched back in March by the then-Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, at Mansion House.Moss said of today’s festival:The Dublin Harvest Festival is the perfect antidote to a recession. Not only does it displace anti-social behaviour, but it also supports existing businesses by bringing additional attendance and engagement from across the city and beyond.Jacqui Kelleher, a member of DCG told TheJournal.ie that the festival was held for the first time last year, and was begun to introduce people who would not be used to growing their own food organically to community gardening.Pic: Rachel NultyKelleher is from the Heritage community garden, and said she got into the movement due to an interest in organic food.She said that community gardens break down isolation and help with integration.It opens the doors of people coming into different countries; it’s a focal point of community where people can come together.She herself lives in an apartment and had an interest in growing her own food – especially when she realised the organic food she was buying was being flown in from abroad.She brings her own young son to the garden and he has been known to bring his friends also.She said that while some think that organic food is only for people with money or with higher incomes, “community gardens give access to people with all kinds of income”.“It doesn’t discriminate,” said Jacqui of community gardening.The Harvest Festival will take place today, Saturday, from 12 – 5pm at Wolfe Tone Park.Read: A sneak peek at Dublin’s inner city pop-up park>Pics: Dublin’s ‘pop-up’ inner-city park opens its gates>last_img read more

Multicar crash causes several injuries in Battle Ground

first_imgA driver traveling at high rates of speed collided with two cars, causing a fire in one of them, before he was brought to the ground and sedated by deputies, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Emergency crews were dispatched shortly before 5:30 p.m. to the intersection of state Highway 503 and Northeast 179th Street. They found two damaged cars in the intersection and another car in a related collision a few hundred feet north, Clark County Fire District 3 Capt. Jason Mansfield said.One of the cars in the intersection, a silver SUV, was on fire when crews arrived, Mansfield said. The fire was extinguished quickly with no one inside.Three injuries –one of which was listed as traumatic and the other two minor — were reported, Mansfield said. The identities of the two people inside the cars in the intersection were not immediately known.Roughly 10 minutes before the crash, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Highland Crossing apartments, 11806 N.E. 122nd Ave. A man in a green Jeep Liberty reportedly drove over shrubbery and through a closed gate, almost striking a pedestrian, Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Bieber said.last_img read more

Bayerns secret to stop Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgBayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng believes that Cristiano Ronaldo can be stopped on Wednesday night by closing down his spaceThe Portuguese star has produced another outstanding campaign in the Champions League this season for Real Madrid with Ronaldo having scored 15 goals.Real will travel to the Allianz Area in Munich for the first leg of their semi-final against Bayern, whom Ronaldo has scored against nine times in his six matches.Boateng acknowledges that stopping the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will play a key part in Bayern’s chances of making the final in Kiev and has called on his teammates to come together and give the “machine” as little space as possible.“We can only stop Cristiano Ronaldo as a team,” Boateng told German magazine Kicker (via Express).“In front of goal, he’s like a machine. You can’t shut him out completely, he always gets his chances in a game because of the lines he runs and his excellent timing.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…“Real base their game around him and it’s important we give him as little room as possible.“There is a no more complete striker than Ronaldo. Left foot, right foot, header – he is in perfect control of everything he does.“I went through only once against him with Bayern, but twice we have gone out.“He also has the best team-mates at Real. Shutting him out is only 50 per cent of it, the other players are simply too good for that at this level.”On the back of a disappointing domestic season, Real are now looking to save their campaign by winning the Champions League for an unprecedented third consecutive time. While Bayern last won the competition in 2013.last_img read more