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WATCH: LeBron, Melo, KD clash in star-studded pickup game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 9, 2017“The King” got his wish granted on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as he hopped on his private jet and played in a glorified pick-up game in Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City.As seen in now viral Instagram posts, LeBron put in some off-season work and played a scrimmage with fellow All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!,” he wrote last week. His Cleveland Cavaliers  teammates JR Smith and Dahntay Jones were present as well, along with Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, among others.A source who watched the spirited game told ESPN that James played for two hours, then casually flew back to Ohio to attend a LeBron James Family Foundation function.“He just has a love for basketball,” the source described James, adding that he might even organize another pickup game in Los Angeles, California, in the coming weeks.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments SEA Games: Archery instructor collects bronze in men’s compound Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago The 2017-2018 NBA season is still a good two months away, but LeBron James is already itching for some hardwood action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe four-time NBA Most Valuable Player recently made known on Twitter his desire to return to the court after a lengthy off season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Rugby 7s, golf may feature in 2016 Olympics

first_imgRugby Sevens and golf virtually secured their spots as the two new sports for the 2016 Olympic Games when the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board voted in their favour here on on Thursday.The decision, taken by secret ballot, is not binding as it has to be rubber-stamped by the entire IOC membership in a vote in Copenhagen in October – if successful it would take the amount of sports to 28.Seven sports had been vying for inclusion to the 2016 Games, the venue for which will be voted on when the IOC meets in Denmark, with baseball, softball, rollersports, karate and squash all missing out.For the five sports who lost out there is no hope of continuing their fight as IOC president Jacques Rogge has said they cannot come to the vote as an alternative option should one of the recommended sports be voted down.Rugby, which in its traditional 15-a-side format featured at the Olympics four times at the start of the 20th century, had always been the front runner.After failing in their previous bid to get into the 2012 Games the sport’s powerbrokers mounted an aggressive and effective campaign, with International Rugby Board (IRB) president Bernard Lapasset making it the priority of his first term of office.His intention was to make it a truly global sport, ‘reaching out’ as he termed it, and as IRB chief executive Mike Miller pointed out the Sevens format is ideal for television as it is ‘fast and furious’ and also has the habit of producing upsets.Golf, which also appeared briefly at the Games in the early 1900s, had attracted a certain amount of scepticism even from golf lovers, in that it was too elitist and also several members hardly espouse the IOC value of sexual equality as they belong to male-only golf clubs.Also as Australian golfer Geoff Ogilvy declared at one point ‘we are not members of a team we are individuals and we decide where we play’.2016 is also a Ryder Cup year.Several potential Olympic contenders who may be on the cusp of qualifying for either the American or European teams could well prefer to play in another tournament so they can garner enough points to make their respective Ryder Cup teams.Softball produced a very passionate campaign led by their Korean War veteran, president Don Porter, who had been stunned when they were voted out of the Games in Singapore in 2005.Indeed in a poll in the extremely influential Olympic publication ‘Sports Intern’ they topped the poll of IOC members, experts and specialist journalists – golf was fifth.However, in the end that meant little as Rogge once again showed he is without doubt the master of the IOC – having initially begun his regime looking a bit shaky – and his will prevailed.advertisementlast_img read more

Struggling Lions, RCB look to get back on winning way in next clash

first_imgLast year’s runners-up RCB have also been struggling, having lost four matches and won only one while Lions had lost back to back two matches before registering a win. SHARE SHARE EMAIL × COMMENT Struggling to find form after three losses in four matches, Gujarat Lions would look to make the home advantage count when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their IPL match here tomorrow.The Lions had a dream debut last season by finishing third. But, they are struggling this year, losing back to back games, against Kolkata Knight Riders at home and Sunrisers Hyderabad away, before registering their first win of IPL-10 by beating Rising Pune Supergiant at home.The Suresh Raina-led side suffered a six-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians last night and they are now at seventh spot, just above bottom-placed RCB, at the league table. The Lions will be looking to get back to winning ways at SCA stadium tomorrow.Lions’ top order batsmen like Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Raina and Dinesh Karthik have been in good touch but the problem has been that they have not been firing in unison.West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Smith could not do score big against Mumbai, but is very destructive with McCullum as opener. Finch did not play the game against Mumbai duo to his missing cricket kit and would shoulder the Lions innings in lower order.Bowling has been a matter of concern for Lions in the first two matches where they picked up just one wicket, but the inclusion of Andrew Tye has added sting to the bowling attack. Tye made a dream debut against Pune by taking five wickets, including a hat-trick. He also picked up two wickets against Mumbai yesterday.Praveen Kumar looked good in the first couple of overs and gave early breakthroughs for Lions against Pune and Mumbai but he remained expensive in death overs. Munaf Patel played his first game yesterday and took one wicket while Kerala seamer Basil Thampi was also impressive against Mumbai.The spin department still looked unimpressive even after return of Ravindra Jadeja who has been handy with both the bat and ball But, the other spinners like Shadab Jakati and Shivil Kaushik proved to be expensive when they were given a chance.Meanwhile, last year’s runners-up RCB have also been struggling, having lost four matches and won only one — against Delhi Daredevils. They are now at the bottom of the eight—team table with two points from five matches.Skipper Virat Kohli, who missed RCB’s first two matches due to shoulder injury, showed his class as he scored 62 in his first game of the tournament against KXIP.RCB seemed to be still looking for the right combination and some other big players have not been playing to their potential. Swashbuckling West Indian batsman Chris Gayle have scored just 60 runs from the three matches he has played so far and was dropped twice, including in the match against Mumbai yesterday.Kohli, Shane Watson and AB De Villers, alongwith Kedar Jadhav, are the other key batsmen of RCB but they are yet to fire consistently and in unison.In the bowling department, RCB looked much better than the Lions, with seamers like Tymal Mills, Billy Stanlake, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sreenath Arvind and Samuel Badree.Badree took a hat-trick against Mumbai though his splendid bowling effort went in vain as RCB lost that game.The Teams Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore are at the bottom of the table. File Photo of an IPL match between Lions and RCB   –  The Hindu cricket Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Capt), Akshadeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Dwayne Bravo, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Kartik, Dhavak Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik, Praveen Kumar, Brandon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka and Andrew Tye.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Capt), Tymal Mills, Aniket Chaudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, AB de Viller, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Sreenath Arvind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Sameuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Shchjin Baby, Avesh Khan and Tabraiz Shamsi. PTI VJA PDS PDS 04171138center_img IPL 2017 SHARE April 17, 2017 Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore are at the bottom of the table. File Photo of an IPL match between Lions and RCB   –  The Hindu Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Jets’ TE Amaro Out for Season

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jace Amaro’s shoulder injury is worse than initially expected.The New York Jets placed the second-year tight end on season-ending injured reserve with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Amaro was hurt in the Jets’ preseason opener at Detroit and the injury was at first thought by the team to be a sprain.Coach Todd Bowles announced that Amaro would need surgery to repair the shoulder. The Jets wanted to give Amaro a few weeks first to see if it would heal.“He didn’t get better, so the end result is we’ve got to do surgery and put him on IR,” Bowles said. “He can’t do anything. He’s still in a lot of pain.”Defensive end Kevin Vickerson was also placed on injured reserve and cornerback Dashaun Phillips was waived/injured as the Jets pared their roster to the 75-player limit Tuesday. NFL teams must get down to 53 players by Sept. 5.Amaro finished tied for second on the team with 38 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie last season. His injury is a big loss for the Jets, who were hoping for a breakout season from the second-round draft pick out of Texas Tech.Starter Jeff Cumberland, veteran Kellen Davis, Wes Saxton and Arthur Lynch are the remaining tight ends on the roster.“Somebody’s got to step up,” Bowles said. “We’ve got a couple of guys playing this weekend that we want to see more of, and we’ll look at it from there. This is a chance for somebody else to play.”Amaro recently told The Associated Press in an interview that he was looking forward to putting last season behind him, when he was criticized at times for some drops and lapses in concentration.“If it’s a fact, it’s a fact — and you’ve got to prove it otherwise,” he said at the time. “I caught almost 110 passes in college in one season, so I know I can catch the ball. It’s really the least of my worries, being able to catch the ball.”He also drew the wrath of Rex Ryan, his former coach who’s now in Buffalo. The two had a back-and-forth during the offseason after Ryan was angered by Amaro’s opinion that the Jets lacked accountability last season.“Yeah, and I feel bad for the kid,” Ryan said when asked if he had reaction to the news. “Jace is a good kid, he’s just … stupid comments. But you know what, he’s a good kid, and I feel bad that he can’t do it. He’s a talented guy.”Ryan then paused for a few seconds before adding with a smile: “But I wasn’t exactly afraid of him.”Amaro appeared to be improving as a blocker early in camp while learning new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s system — although he had been listed third on the team’s depth chart at tight end, behind Cumberland and Davis.Now, Amaro will have to wait until next season to get back on the field.“I mean, he was bummed out about it,” Bowles said. “But, if you’re in pain and you’re not getting any better, you’ve got to fix it sooner than later.”Vickerson was signed in the offseason after one season with Kansas City following stints with Miami, Tennessee, Seattle and Denver.He was sidelined for a few weeks at the start of training camp with a hamstring injury before being activated from the active-physically unable to perform list on Aug. 10. He did not play in the preseason.Phillips was signed to the practice squad last October and signed a reserve/future contract in late-December.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sports Ministry sanctions of Rs. five lakh for former archer Ashok Soren

first_imgNew Delhi, July 24 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has sanctioned financial assistance of Rs. five lakh to former archer Ashok Soren after it came to light that he had been working as a daily wage labourer to sustain himself.”The financial assistance has been given from Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons (PDUNWFS). Shri Soren is currently living in Jamshedpur in indigent conditions,” said the Sports Ministry in a release. It was reported that Soren was working as a labourer under the government’s rural employment guarantee scheme. The 28-year-old Jamshedpur-based former archer had won two gold medals at the 2008 South Asian Games. The Ministry had earlier approved a similar assistance for Arjuna awardee archer Limba Ram, who is suffering from a neuro generative disease. Earlier this month, a grant of Rs five lakh was also cleared for ailing archer Gohela Boro. PTI BS PM PM PMlast_img read more

Shahrel: Tie is not over yet

first_imgMalaysia Cup Eky surprised to get first ever hat trick against Felda Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 13:01 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Shahrel Fikri, PKNP FC, Felda United, Malaysia Cup PKNP FC Malaysia Cup FELDA United v PKNP FELDA United PKNP Shahrel Fikri notched his first professional hat trick in the match against Felda as PKNP showed they are serious contender for the Malaysia Cup PKNP FC’s fairy tale run in the Malaysia Cup continues, the latest achieving an astonishing 3-1 away win over Felda United in the quarterfinal first leg. The destiny of the tie is now in their own hands, for a historic place in the semi-final for the young club.At the heart of the success achieved at Tun Abdul Razak Stadium on Friday night was none other than Shahrel Fikri, the forward who is fast making a name for himself in the domestic league. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Three away goals scored and all three by Shahrel, who also goes by the moniker ‘Eky’. Having only recently earned his first international cap with Malaysia, Shahrel’s rise mirrors that of his club.It wasn’t the perfect hat trick for Shahrel, two goals came from his right foot while the other with his left, but the joy gained from getting his first ever hat trick in his professional career in such a big occasions was priceless to Shahrel.”It came as a surprise to me. When we go up against a Super League side, we don’t target to get a hat trick. But when you get it, it gives you a very big boost to my confidence,” said Shahrel to  Goal  today.Shahrel put his performance and improvement not only down to the personnel at PKNP but also the Malaysia national team, whom he spent three weeks of training prior to the resumption of the domestic schedule.Having spent time with players whom all play in a division higher than himself, Shahrel reckons that the gap is not that big between the Super League and Premier League teams.”When I was with the national team, I take in all the advice from coach Nelo [Vingada] and I’m glad it has helped me. Even though PKNP were the underdogs, we showed that we can match some of the Super League teams,” added Shahrel.Hadin Azman pulled a goal back late on for Felda and that could potentially be the difference in the second leg. That is why Shahrel knows that the fight isn’t won yet for PKNP and that they will need to retain their momentum and desire in Ipoh, if they are to reach the semi-final.”The second leg will not be easy. Felda will come looking for goals and that means we have to keep our focus to ensure we get the win,” warned Shahrel.The second leg between PKNP and Felda will be played at Perak Stadium on Sunday 24 September.last_img read more

16 days ago​BVB, PSG challenge Arsenal for Celtic whizkid Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​BVB, PSG challenge Arsenal for Celtic whizkid Dembeleby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund are joining Arsenal in the race to sign Karamoko Dembele from Celtic.The 16-year-old has become one the hottest properties in Europe over the past few months.The Sunclaims that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is a huge fan of Dembele and wants to add him to the squad.But it appears that he will have competition. PSG are interested, while Bild reports that Borussia Dortmund are “hot” for the youngster as well.Dembele has not played this season for the Celtic first team, but is rated very highly by everyone in the game. last_img read more

Iowa Releases “4th Quarter” Hype Video Ahead Of Rose Bowl

first_imgIowa football players run onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff semifinal contests may be over, but ‘The Granddaddy of Them All’ still awaits. Friday, Iowa and Stanford are set to tangle in the Rose Bowl in what might be the most exciting non-playoff postseason contest. It’s the first appearance in the big game for the Hawkeyes since 1991, and as such, tens of thousands of Hawkeyes fans are making the trip out west.Thursday, the school released an interesting hype video for fans to watch ahead of the fourth quarter. Check it out:For your viewing pleasure during the 4th quarter of the @rosebowlgame | #Hawkeyes : @chrisruthiowa https://t.co/5Zh1MDgMcB— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 31, 2015Will Iowa restore faith in the Big Ten after a rough Thursday night? We’ll find out in just a few hours.last_img read more

Tighten those Laces and Mark Your Calendars for 2018’s Most Extreme Races

first_img World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 Editors’ Recommendations There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Road marathons and triathlons are wildly popular and most tend to attract large numbers of participants (and spectators), while obstacle races and mud runs have skyrocketed in recent years. But, what happens when you already have the 26.2 and 140.6 window decals and feel like you need to do more? Why not try pushing the levels of human endurance next time by entering an extreme race.So, what constitutes an extreme race?Put simply, it’s a race where the distances are longer, the terrains tougher, and the stakes higher. For some, it’s a grueling distance, extreme geography, low success rate, the toughest, or a combination of all of the above. In some of the most extreme races, just crossing the finish line safely can be a victory in itself.The list list below has something for everyone, even if it’s just to daydream from the comfort and safety of your favorite recliner.Patagonia Expedition Race Photo by Christian MirandaPhoto by Christian MirandaWhen: November 17-30, 2018Returning for its 13th edition, the “adventure at the end of the world” (it’s actually in Patagonia and not sponsored by the company) may be one one of the hardest races on the list. Teams of four (with at least one member of the opposite sex) are presented maps just 24 hours before the race start. Each team must navigate the treacherous terrain at the bottom of the world engaging in disciplines such as sea kayaking, orienteering, mountain biking, fixed ropes (abseiling and rappelling), and trekking, and must complete the race within 10 days.Marathon des SablesWhen: April 6-16, 2018What began as one man’s attempt to cross an uninhabited expanse of the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco has become one of the world’s most iconic suffer-fests. Since the first event in 1986, over 13,000 participants have endured the hot sun and sand in this 154-mile trek. Each racer must carry their own backpack with all mandatory equipment. There are multiple stages over the course of the event and over 1,000 competitors toe the line each year to endure temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.DECAMAN (The Classic DECA)When: November, 2018What’s tougher than an IRONMAN triathlon? An Ironman triathlon every day for 10 consecutive days. The DECA is coming to the U.S. this November and those seeking to participate will bike, run, and swim the classic IRONMAN distances daily, times 10. And the guys bringing the event to the U.S. also participate in these events, so they know what they’re signing up for each time.Untamed New EnglandWhen: July 24-29, 2018The inaugural event took place 10 years ago and is returning this summer with the Abenaki Pursuit edition. This non-stop, four-day expedition race will take competitors across more than 250 miles of rugged New England wilderness. Historically, only about 20 percent of the teams have completed the full Untamed New England race course. Like other traditional adventure races, teams travel together and must use topographic maps to navigate between checkpoints via trekking, mountain biking, orienteering, and paddling. The 2018 edition will be the Abenaki Pursuit edition honors the first people to explore these mysterious mountains, forests, and waters.Tenzing Hillary Everest MarathonWhen: May 29, 2018When is a marathon not just a marathon? When it starts at Everest Base Camp (EBC) and labels itself as the world’s highest and most adventurous marathon in the world, of course. The full marathon course starts at over 17,000 feet above sea level at EBC, which is also the starting point for those seeking to summit the world’s highest peak. The course follows the historical route pioneered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary and participants will cross the finish line at Namche Bazaar. And, if a full marathon isn’t enough to get your adrenaline rushing, there’s also a 60 km event.World’s Toughest MudderWhen: November, 2018We would be remiss if we didn’t include this imposing obstacle course challenge. The five-mile circuit will feature four to five obstacles per mile, meaning that the course will entail 20-25 obstacles in total, with some never-before-seen and a few that only appear at this event. The man and woman that complete the most laps on the course in a 24-hour period will be crowned the champion and the Toughest Mudder on the planet.Tour DivideWhen: June 2018There is no entry fee or prize purse for the winner and the 2,745 mile route takes riders from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The “race” is self-supporting and competitors are primarily in competition with themselves as they navigate the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, the longest off-pavement cycling route. To finish, riders must spend weeks of 16-plus hour days in the saddle. The route is unmarked and requires navigational expertise, intervals between services can be in excess of 100 miles, an international border to be crossed, and remote backcountry conditions to overcome. Sign us up! 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Stars Of Soccer Aid For UNICEF Welcomed To 10 Downing Street

first_imgThis week, the British Prime Minister welcomed the stars of this year’s Soccer Aid for UNICEF, including former Olympic athletes Usain Bolt and Soccer Aid co-founder Robbie Williams to a reception at 10 Downing Street.The event celebrated the commitment by the UK government to match every £1 donated by the public through its UK Aid Match scheme, doubling the difference for children in danger around the world.Soccer Aid for Unicef star players including Sir Mo Farah and Olly Murs joined the Prime Minister to celebrate change made possible by the generous donations of the British public, who have previously raised more than £24 million for Soccer Aid for Unicef since the first match in 2006.The reception also welcomed young reporter Kendra, aged 14, who travelled to see how donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef can help children in Lesotho, school children and Unicef UK Children’s Champions – members of the public who campaign in support of children’s rights and UK aid in their communities.The garden event offered guests the opportunity to engage with and learn about the work done by Unicef through its partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID). Interactive stalls included a School in a Box, which helps at least 40 children continue their education in times of emergency and conflict, VR headsets showing childhood around world, and an opportunity to take part in the Soccer Aid Playground Challenge alongside school children.Soccer Aid World XI captain Usain Bolt said: “We as the Soccer Aid team are honoured to have met UK Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street today to celebrate the vital work made possible by donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef and the UK government, who are matching all donations this year pound for pound.”Robbie Williams, co-founder Of Soccer Aid for Unicef said: “Soccer Aid is always such a special event to be a part of, and seeing the real difference made by the money raised really helps the importance of the game hit home. I hope we can push the total even higher this year to help even more children around the world.”The Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Today’s reception is a chance to celebrate charity workers and the kindness of those who help raise money including the Soccer Aid for Unicef participants who have previously raised £24 million to support vulnerable children around the world.”“We could not have done this without the extraordinary generosity of people in the UK and their determination to support others in need.”Unicef UK Executive Director Mike Penrose said: “We are hugely proud of Soccer Aid for Unicef and the place it holds in the heart of the British public. Time and time again we have proved what a generous nation we are, and with the UK government matching public donations for Soccer Aid for Unicef pound-for-pound this year, together we can make double the difference for children.”International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said: “UK aid will continue to work to make the world – and ultimately the UK – a better, safer and more prosperous place and through UK Aid Match we are giving the British public a say in how the aid budget is spent. We will be matching all UK public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef pound-for-pound up to £5 million.“I want to say a huge thank you to the British Public whose fundraising efforts are helping save lives around the world. Today’s reception is about them.”Soccer Aid for Unicef features an impressive line-up of celebrities and former sportsmen this year, including: Robbie Williams, Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah, Eric Cantona, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, Michael Sheen, Mark Wright, Brendan Cole, Joe Wicks, Rak-Su, Clarence Seedorf, Robert Pirès, Yaya Toure, Jaap Stam, Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van der Sar, Kevin Pietersen, David Seaman, Dan Carter, Phil Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Danny Murphy and Robbie Fowler.You can also join the Soccer Aid team and try your luck at the Blindfold Keepy-Uppy Challenge to see how many keepy-uppies you can do blindfolded. Share your videos with your social media followers and get them to donate to Soccer Aid for Unicef with the link unicef.uk/keepitup.The Soccer Aid for Unicef match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the FIFA World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off is scheduled for 20:00 BST.Soccer Aid for Unicef is the original England vs. Soccer Aid World XI charity match. It was launched and co-founded in 2006 by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes and has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger. Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will be doubled by the UK government, up to a total of £5 million, and will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children around the world. So far £24 million has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years.Tickets for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Old Trafford are available now at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018 with tickets priced between £10 and £50.last_img read more

SNCLavalin loses court bid for special agreement to avoid criminal prosecution

OTTAWA — SNC-Lavalin has a lost a court bid to overturn the public prosecutor’s refusal to negotiate an agreement that would see the company avoid a criminal trial.In a ruling Friday, the Federal Court of Canada tossed out the Montreal-based engineering firm’s plea for judicial review of the 2018 decision by the director of public prosecutions.SNC-Lavalin faces accusations it paid bribes to obtain government business in Libya — a criminal case that has prompted a political storm for the Trudeau Liberals. Here’s what a 10-year ban on federal contract bids would mean for SNC-Lavalin Why Jody Wilson-Raybould likely never pushed prosecutors to settle the case against SNC-Lavalin Here’s how a new escape route could open up for SNC-Lavalin The company unsuccessfully pressed the director of prosecutions to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” a legal means of holding an organization to account for wrongdoing without criminal proceedings.The director told SNC-Lavalin last year that negotiating a remediation agreement would be inappropriate in this case, and the company asked the Federal Court for an order requiring talks.In her ruling Friday, Federal Court Justice Catherine Kane said prosecutorial decision-making is not subject to judicial review, except for cases where there is an abuse of process.“The decision at issue — whether to invite an organization to enter into negotiations for a remediation agreement — clearly falls within the ambit of prosecutorial discretion and the nature of decisions that prosecutors are regularly called to make in criminal proceedings,” she wrote.In any event, the Federal Court would not have jurisdiction to review such a decision of the director of public prosecutions as the prosecutor’s authority flows from the common law, not a federal statute, Kane added.SNC-Lavalin finds itself at the centre of a political tempest over allegations prime ministerial aides leaned on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the company avoid prosecution.Wilson-Raybould told the House of Commons justice committee late last month that she came under relentless pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office and other federal officials to ensure the company was invited to negotiate a remediation agreement.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his former principal secretary, Gerald Butts, have disputed the notion any inappropriate arm-twisting of Wilson-Raybould took place.Meanwhile, SNC-Lavalin’s court action simmered away in the background.In its Oct. 19 submission to the Federal Court, the company said while the public prosecutor has discretion to decide whether to open negotiations on a remediation agreement, this discretion “is not unfettered and must be exercised reasonably” under the law.The company said it provided the prosecutor’s office with information showing the objectives of the remediation provisions were “easily met,” including details of SNC-Lavalin’s efforts to implement a world-class ethics and compliance program, as well as the complete turnover of the company’s senior management and board of directors.The company also cited the “negative impact of the ongoing uncertainty related to the charges” on its business.In a Jan. 8 response filed with the court, the director of prosecutions said SNC-Lavalin’s argument is “bereft of any possibility of success and should be struck.”While SNC-Lavalin has the right to be assumed innocent and to a fair trial, it has “no right or entitlement” under common or criminal law to be invited to negotiate a remediation agreement, the director said. read more

Ohio State mens tennis wins 200th in a row at home shuts

Freshman Mikael Torpegaard hits the ball during a match against USF at the Varsity Tennis Center on Feb. 8. OSU won, 4-0. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAs one streak ended for Ohio State’s men’s tennis team, the Buckeyes fought Sunday afternoon to keep another alive. One week after its first loss of the season — to Texas A&M — OSU won its 200th consecutive home match Sunday against University of South Florida, 4-0.“To have something that might live forever, I mean, who knows if that streak ever gets broken … And to be able to say, ‘You know what? We’ve got the longest win streak in the history of any sport,’” OSU coach Ty Tucker said. “They could be 80 years old and still be able to say (that).”Tucker has been there from one to 200. He started as the coach at OSU in 1999, and the Buckeyes’ last loss at home came against Illinois in 2003. Tucker said he gives most of the credit for the streak to players throughout the years.“It’s pretty impressive, 200 home wins in a row … 35, 40 good athletes through that streak,” Tucker said. “They made it happen and I get a little bit of the credit.”As if there was not enough pressure coming off of their first loss of the season, Tucker said guys from 10 years ago had been reaching out to the current Buckeyes all week “putting a little added pressure on them.”Redshirt-senior Kevin Metka said it wasn’t talked about that much this week among the team though, because the team was “mostly trying to regroup from a tough loss last week.”Tucker said that it’s nice to have win No. 200 out of the way, but in some of the seniors’ minds, there is still more to prove.“We’re still going to have lots of home matches that are tough the rest of the year that we want to continue to win,” Metka said.Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan agreed, pointing out that they still need to win seven more home matches for the seniors to leave without losing a match at home.The 200th win was not handed to the Buckeyes, as No. 25 USF put up a fight on all courts.Redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach and Metka dropped their doubles match, 6-4, as the other two Buckeye pairs went into tiebreakers.“You can’t prepare for that. Nothing that we do in practice is anything close to that intensity,” Callahan said.Callahan and redshirt-junior Chris Diaz came out on top 7-6 (7-4), followed by a win from freshman Mikael Torpegaard and sophomore Herkko Pollanen 7-6 (7-3).With the doubles point in hand, the Buckeyes headed to singles court. Callahan wrapped up a win first, 6-3, 6-2. Torpegaard stamped his win next, defeating sophomore Sasha Gozun, 7-5, 6-3. The final victory to preserve the streak came from Metka, who came out on top, 6-3, 7-5.The Buckeyes have little time to celebrate this occasion with the NCAA Indoor Championship coming up this weekend in Chicago, but Metka said win 200 helped get the team ready.“It was a good preparation for going to national indoors this week,” he said. read more

Serbia and Montenegro without Champions League

← Previous Story Peter Kovacs a new coach of Oltchim! Next Story → Mirza Dzomba in Polish Vive Kielce! Bad news for handball fans from Balkan. Serbian and Montenegrian champions, Kolubara Lazarevac and MRK Buducnost won’t play CL qualification due financial reasons.  Serbian team will cut half of the budget for next season (from 1. million Euro to 500.th) and Management of the club decided to apply for CWC, because competition as CL is “long and expensive” as a conditions for hall and equipment.In case of Buducnost, situation is much more difficult. They don’t have first squad anymore. All contracts are suspended due financial crisis. Team will compete in Montenegrian “First League” next season with U18 squad.All of this stories speaking about level of club handball in Balkan’s countries. read more

Concerns over Irish procedures for handling domestic slavery cases

first_img“We need to put in a place of a system of supports and resources to ensure they aren’t re-traumatised during this period so they’re in the best position to be part of an investigation. THE DIRECTOR OF the Migrant Rights Centre in Ireland has said that a two-month long ‘recovery and reflection’ period for those freed from forced labour situations needs to be properly resourced and enforced by agencies here.It follows the high profile case in London this week, in which three women, including a 57-year-old Irish woman, were removed by authorities from a house in the south of the city. The women were rescued from their situation on 25 October last, and are continuing to receive support from professionals at a ‘place of safety’.Director of the MRCI Siobhán Donoghue says there’s an urgent need for further resources to be allocated for the investigation of forced labour and domestic servitude cases here, and for the provision of follow-up support for victims.“We’re probably the main organisation working in this area, and we’ve been involved with 200 cases in the last six years, so its a fair conclusion that there’s an awful lot more out there,” Donoghue told TheJournal.ie.She said that the 60-day recovery period, as mandated by the Council of Europe, was rarely applied in Ireland.“Victims are likely to be traumatised and extremely vulnerable. They often need time to adjust and process what they have been through before they can participate in an investigation.“Their health, security and wellbeing are paramount.” In terms of the organisations involvement with victims, she said that in the majority of cases, people in forced labour situations were identified by somebody else, like a neighbour or a work colleague“We’ve had taxi men come to us, we’ve had the gardaí call us to say they’re concerned about somebody.“It’s generally the case where the person at the centre of the situation doesn’t recognise themselves as being the victim of anything.“They’re very often told that they are person who has done something wrong, and that they will be punished.”In a small number of cases, victims have managed to escape under their own efforts, and have been put in contact with the Centre after approaching a member of the public for help.Donoghue said that domestic work was the largest  sector they dealt with, and that the problem existed in all strata of Irish society “in semi-detached houses, housing estates and restaurants all over the country”.The Centre is also concerned about workers in embassies, and in travelling circuses. Donoghue said there had been a “number of cases involving circus workers in recent years”.In terms of what Ireland could learn from the approach of authorities in London, she said that that their handling of the case to date also highlighted the need for greater involvement of “trauma specialists” who could provide appropriate psychological support techniques.Related: Irish Embassy in London look to establish details behind woman freed from slaveryRead: Irish woman made call that freed her from 30 years of slavery >last_img read more

Smart wheel turns bicycles into electrichybrid vehicle

first_imgA MASSACHUSETTS STARTUP is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone.The device, called the Copenhagen Wheel, is installed as part of a rear hub of a bike wheel and is packed with a proprietary computer, batteries and sensors that monitor how hard a rider is pedalling and activate an onboard motor whenever support is needed.The device uses wireless connectivity to communicate with the biker’s smartphone to track distance traveled and elevation gained, share with friends the number of calories burned and lock the wheel remotely as soon as the owner walks away from the bike. (Video: Copenhagen Wheel/YouTube)“The motor integrates itself with the rider’s motion very, very seamlessly,” said Assaf Biderman, who co-invented the device at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s SENSEable City Lab, where he is associate director. “It’s almost like having a riding companion riding together with you, making the ride easier, simpler.”Speed limitsThe combination of power from the Copenhagen Wheel and the cyclist’s energy can make an average biker move “almost like a Tour-de-France-level athlete in your daily commute,” said Biderman, who founded Cambridge, Mass.-based Superpedestrian Inc. that secured an exclusive license for the technology from MIT.The Copenhagen Wheel packs sufficient power to propel a rider as fast as 60 kph (37.28 mph), but developers have put speed limits in software to meet local speed limits, effectively turning off the motor once the speed reaches 20 mph in the US and 25 kilometers in Europe.The concept was inspired by a simple question: “How can we get more people to cycle?” Biderman said.The project received funding from the Italian ministry of the environment and office of the mayor of Copenhagen, a Danish city known as one of the most bicycle friendly locations in the world and whose tourism website says 55 percent of its residents bike 1.2 million kilometers (750,000 miles) every day.The initial 1,000 units of the Copenhagen Wheel became available for pre-order through the Superpedestrian website earlier this month. Two weeks later, at least 810 had been sold for $699 each, the majority of them to customers in the US Other orders went to Europe, Australia, Kenya, Madagascar and elsewhere. Shipping is scheduled for next spring.e-bikesThe Copenhagen Wheel does not replace a cyclist’s existing bicycle. Consumers get the stylish hubcap-sised device already installed on a new rear wheel that fits their current bicycle. They remove the current wheel from their bike and install the souped-up unit and they are ready to go. The batteries are rechargeable.The Copenhagen Wheel seeks to tap into a lucrative and highly competitive market for electric bikes, also known as e-bikes.Assaf Biderman, co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel and Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory at MIT, arrives at Superpedestrian, his venture-backed company in Cambridge, Mass. (Image: AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)In a recent report, clean-technology consulting company Navigant Research estimated that worldwide revenue from electric bicycles will grow from $8.4 billion this year to $10.8 billion in 2020, fueled in part by desire for a viable alternative to increasingly congested city roads that makes crawling in car traffic less palatable.In the US, the trend is reflected in Census Bureau data showing the number of bicycle commuters rose 60 percent in the decade ending in 2010.“Over the past few years we’ve seen a cycling renaissance throughout the world,” Biderman said. “People are looking for alternatives.”Read: McLaren aims to replace windscreen wipers with sound waves >Read: Ford reveals its first self-driving research car >last_img read more

Taoiseach wont say yet what he told Secretary General to tell Callinan

first_imgUpdated 11.20pmTHE TAOISEACH WAS asked tonight what he said to Justice Department general secretary Brian Purcell when he sent him to speak to the former Garda Commissioner about the taping of phone calls in garda stations.He also said that the government will take action on the medical cards issue after this weekend’s elections.Brian PurcellA day after Purcell and Martin Callinan met, Callinan resigned from his role as Commissioner.This evening, the Taoiseach said that the Commission of Investigation into the tapes will look at the resignation of Callinan.When asked by Brian Dobson on RTÉ Six One News if he would publicly say this evening what he told Purcell before he sent him to meet Callinan, the Taoiseach said he would not.However, he said that if he is called before the Commission of Investigation, he will “respond fully” to them on the issue.Kenny said that the Commission will be up and running soon.Medical cardsThe Taoiseach was also asked about medical cards during the interview. He said he hopes that the “vast majority” of people who have had their discretionary medical cards removed will get the cards back.He said that the government “will deal with this after the election” and that they want to see the review of discretionary cards changed, as well as the assessment process changed.Meanwhile, the Jack & Jill Foundation said that it pledges to continue to fight for automatic medical cards.Jonathan Irwin, CEO and founder of the foundation, said that they have sent a request for an urgent meeting with the Minister for Health, James Reilly.The foundation is asking families with children over the age of four who were supported by Jack & Jill to let it know about their status with medical cards. The information will also be shared with the Children’s Rights Alliance, the Ombudsman Peter Tyndall and the Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan.“We will trigger complaints legally both locally and beyond until we get a result,” said Irwin.- First published 7.50pmRead: Mary Lou’s 20-minute wonder underlines the need for top official to explain Gardagate – for his own sake>last_img read more

Décès maternels en recul depuis 1990 selon lOrganisation mondiale de la santé

first_imgDécès maternels : en recul depuis 1990 selon l’Organisation mondiale de la santéMonde – L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a fait savoir, à travers un rapport rendu public mercredi 15 septembre, que le nombre de femmes décédant des suites de leur grossesse ou de leur accouchement avait baissé de 34% entre 1990 et 2008.En 1990, 546.000 femmes perdaient la vie en cours de grossesse ou lors de leur accouchement. En 2008, elles n’étaient plus que 358.000, soit une baisse de 34%. Parmi les décès encore répertoriés, près de 6 sur 10 sont enregistrés en Afrique subsaharienne, tandis que 3 femmes sur 10 sont domiciliées en Asie du sud. Seuls 5% de ces femmes habitent dans un pays dit “riche”.Ces chiffres reflètent une inégalité devant les soins médicaux bien réelle : une femme vivant dans un pays en voie de développement a en effet 36 fois plus de risques de mourir des suites d’une grossesse explique le Nouvel Obs. Pour autant, la directrice générale de l’OMS considère ces chiffres comme encourageants, espérant une baisse encore significative ces prochaines années en raison de la prise de conscience des pays en voie de développement. Et l’Associated Press de rappeler les quatre causes principales entraînant la mort d’une femme en cours de grossesse ou en couche : l’avortement à risque, l’hémorragie post accouchement, l’hypertension et les infections.Le 18 septembre 2010 à 12:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

iPad 3 un écran 3D

first_imgiPad 3 : un écran 3D ?A peine l’iPad 2 dévoilé par Apple, les rumeurs concernant la troisième tablette tactile de la firme à la pomme font déjà leur apparition. Parmi elles, celle d’un écran 3D ne nécessitant pas le port de lunettes dédiées.Alors que l’iPad 2 vient tout juste de sortir, son petit frère est déjà la source de nombreuses rumeurs. Cet iPad 3 n’est pas attendu sur le marché avant le début de l’année 2012, mais il se murmure que la tablette tactile griffée de la pomme pourrait s’offrir un écran 3D. Une source citée par RCR Wireless est à l’origine de cette rumeur, précisant que la technologie ne nécessitera pas le port de lunettes spéciales. Un avantage de taille qui a assuré le succès de la Nintendo 3DS, et qui mobiliserait déjà les employés de Foxconn, l’entreprise chinoise qui fabrique les iPhone et iPad.Plausible, l’information doit toutefois être prise avec des pincettes. Il y a quelques jours, c’est un écran supportant la technologie Retina, à l’instar de l’iPhone 4, qui était évoqué. Avant de passer à la 3D, l’iPad pourrait offrir une définition de 2.048 x 1.536 pixels. D’ici la sortie de cette nouvelle tablette, de nombreuses rumeurs viendront sans aucun doute augmenter le mystère. Un secret qu’Apple se gardera bien de lever, comme toujours.Le 9 mai 2011 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Crash overnight Interstate 5 Bridge work slowing traffic in Vancouver

first_imgUpdate: The crash on state Highway 500 was cleared around 7 a.m.Original story: A crash in Vancouver and overnight maintenance work on the Interstate 5 Bridge is slowing Thursday morning traffic.The southbound lanes of the bridge were closed from 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday for inspection and maintenance, with traffic diverted onto eastbound state Highway 14, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.The transportation department reported that the closures were cleared sometime shortly after when planned, but they appeared to be causing delays as morning traffic builds up.Traffic maps showed vehicles backing up to Hazel Dell South as of 6:30 a.m.The closures will happen again tonight and Friday.And a collision on southbound state Highway 500 at Milepost 4.8, near the junction for Interstate 205, is blocking the right and center lanes.WSDOT sent on an alert about the crash at about 6:17 a.m. and said commuters should expect delays until further notice.last_img read more


first_imgBadibou and Sabach Sanjal Districts in a three year project funded by the UNFPA/Gambia Government Country Programme 2012 – 2016 entitled: “Accelerating the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Gambia.”  To launch the project in the North Bank Region, GAMCOTRAP paid a courtesy call on the Governor of the Region, Mr. Lamin Quin Jammeh at Kerewan. Briefing him on the project, the Executive Director of GAMCOTRAP, Dr. Isatou Touray informed him of the project objectives which aims at raising awareness and empowering communities to end FGM and protect their girls and women.The governor welcomed the GAMCOTRAP team to his region and stated his support to end FGM. He said the eradication of FGM is part of the development process and should be a concern to everyone. “FGM, early marriage and women’s rights are three important issues that people should be concerned about,” he emphasized.   Governor Jammeh noted that development cannot take place if women are left behind and that despite the difficulties in changing culture, he noted that changes are taking place and urged GAMCOTRAP not to relent in the progress being made.   He asserted that involving young people at an early age results to accelerating change. He informed the team that “we are together in spirit and we are with you in your efforts to protect the girl children from FGM.”One hundred and fifty (150) Community and Women leaders have been the target of the launching of the GAMCOTRAP grassroots FGM activities in Upper Badibou and Sabach Sanjal. Representing the Governor of the North Bank Region at the launching, Deputy Governor Mr. Mustapha Saidy explained that effecting change is not an easy task and advised participants to accept change when it is in their best interest. He appreciated GAMCOTRAP’s efforts in creating the opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge on the issues being discussed. In a series of statements made at the various gatherings. Deputy Governor Saidy informed participants that the government supports the campaign to eradicate FGM as commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children.GAMCOTRAP Board member, Chief Alhagie Yahya Jarjusey who chaired the launching sessions in both districts, said the campaign to abandon FGM is a global and development issue; and urged village heads to take the lead and contribute towards development. He informed participants that the World Health Organization is against FGM as it is harmful and urge them to see the project as a positive intervention in their regions.The Chief of Upper Badibou, Alhagie Ebrima Tamba Jammeh speaking at Farafenni, appreciated the presence of important personalities who graced the occasions. He stated that FGM is not a new discussion in the two districts and the advocacy to end FGM has taken a new dimension because it is people from the same culture engaging with them. He reiterated that the aim of the government is to promote women’s health and wellbeing. As a result this project is important for the august gathering to respond positively and utilize the information being shared to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children. He assured GAMCOTRAP of his support and that of the participants to accelerate change in their districts. He was confident that the information will empower the women to protect themselves and their children.The Executive Director of GAMCOTRAP, Dr. Isatou Touray appreciated the efforts of the governor and the important personalities in the two districts for accepting GAMCOTRAP in the region. She told participants that it was a privilege to launch the project in three different venues namely Illiassa and Farafenni in the Upper Badibou district and Ngayen Sanjal in the Sabach Sanjal district. Dr Touray shared the objectives of the project and stressed the importance of dialogue in seeking and sharing knowledge as one of the principles of her organization. She further stressed the importance of targeting community leaders as an entry point and respect for their role in leading change among their people to protect girls from FGM. She emphasized the need for participants to work together to reach consensus in their various communities, share the knowledge gained and learn from each other in order to promote the best interest of the girl-child in the Gambia.In his contribution, the Alkalolu cum Imam of Wallalan village, in Upper Baddibou, Alhagie Momodou Demba Bah, informed the gathering that he leads a large congregation of worshippers in his village and has read and interpreted the Holy Quran several times but there is nowhere that FGM is prescribed for women. It is not found in authentic hadiths and sources, he noted. He finally noted that a practice that is not observed by all Muslims is not a religious obligation, but tradition.The launching was followed by a three day training workshop targeted at 50 Community Based Facilitators from the two districts held at Farafenni Community Center. Participants were trained on social mobilization and advocacy skills to engage in the advocacy to end FGM and early marriage as well as act as liaison between the organization and their communities. At the end of the training, participants were certificated.Speaking on behalf of the participants, Naba Suso of Conteh Kunda Neejee appreciated the support of the local authorities in the districts and their presence to reassure them of the importance of the training. She said even though some came with a pre-conceived mind about the practice of FGM, they learned alot from the various topics covered during the three days. She noted that with the right approach, they will be able to gain the support and confidence of their people. She thanked GAMCOTRAP for the knowledge imparted on them during the training.The participants from the two districts reached consensus that FGM is not a religious obligation and the campaign to eradicate the practice should continue targeting other groups so that they will also be enlightened and empowered to end the practice.]]>last_img read more