Zidane unconcerned by Isco woes

first_imgReal Madrid Everyone loves him – Zidane unconcerned by Isco woes Ryan Benson 07:25 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) isco-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Isco Real Madrid v Getafe Getafe Primera División Zinédine Zidane The midfielder reacted angrily to being substituted against Espanyol, but the Real Madrid boss is not concerned about the off-colour star Zinedine Zidane is not worried about Isco’s poor form nor his angry reaction to being substituted against Espanyol, and is adamant everyone at Real Madrid “loves” the Spain international.Isco established himself as a vital part of Zidane’s team last season, as Madrid went on to claim a La Liga and Champions League double.The former Malaga playmaker saw off the competition of James Rodriguez in the process, with the Colombian loaned to Bayern Munich for two years at the start of this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But the current campaign has been somewhat disappointing for Isco, who has started just four La Liga games since the turn of the year.One of those came in the 1-0 defeat at Espanyol on Tuesday, as he produced an underwhelming display and was substituted for Karim Benzema after 69 minutes, reacting in disgruntled fashion to his withdrawal.But Zidane insists there is no issue with the player and thinks such a reaction is to be expected.”I don’t think it was anything abnormal,” Zidane told reporters at a news conference ahead of Saturday’s match at home to Getafe.”He wasn’t happy about coming off, but that’s the case with most players. He has a great attitude, trains well and everyone at the club loves him.”There’s nothing to worry about there. If a player is angry about being substituted then that is normal.”last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players here

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players hereby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has no fringe players in his squad.It’s a busy period for the European champions who will have played seven times between September 14 and October 5 before breaking off an international round of fixtures. Klopp, though, isn’t bemoaning a hectic fixture list.He told the Liverpool Echo: “We don’t have fringe players here, we only have first team players and a few young guns. We now play a lot Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, so we will have to see about [changes].”We don’t just play a lot of football we travel a lot, but you know that. Every team has to do that, we don’t go for excuses. Other teams have difficult situations, as well, it is like that.”You want to play Champions League, desperately and then it starts, you don’t say ‘oh my God, look at all these games’ that makes no sense. It is good.”The cup competitions are really nice and I am sure it will be a tough game against MK Dons because they are obviously pretty good as well. It will be interesting. We live for that so we should use these opportunities.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 College Football Players Arrested For Nightclub Altercation

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Two college football players were reportedly arrested over the weekend following an incident at a nightclub on early Saturday morning.The two Hawaii football players, linebacker Jahlani Tavai and running back Kaiwi Chung, were reportedly arrested for third-degree assault. They were reportedly arrested for an altercation with a man after he allegedly shoved a woman into the ground.The crime is a misdemeanor.Hawaii News Now has more details:Linebacker Jahlani Tavai and running back Kaiwi Chung were arrested for third degree assault after they were involved in an altercation with a man who allegedly pushed a woman to the ground, according to law enforcement sources.It happened at The District nightclub on Kona Street.Tavai and Chung are believed to have been in the vicinity of the initial incident and subsequently went after the man. They were later arrested for the misdemeanor crime.Tavai was one of the best linebackers in the Mountain West Conference last season. He’s a potential NFL Draft prospect.Chung played sparingly in the 2017 season and was expected to be a bigger contributor this fall.You can view the full report here.last_img read more

Longtime College Announcer, Wife Die Following Car Accident

first_img Paramedics responded to a two-car crash in Auburn shortly after 6 p.m. local time Saturday. Rod Bramblett, 53, was airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, where he died of a severe closed head injury, the coroner’s office said. Paula Bramblet, 52, died of multiple internal injuries in the emergency room of East Alabama Medical Center.The name of the 16-year-old driver of the other vehicle has not been released, and an investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.Auburn’s president, Steven Leath, tweeted out the following statement:“Our hearts are full of grief. Janet and I offer our sympathy and support to the family of Rod and Paula Bramblett. The Auburn family loves you!”The Auburn Family is devastated by the tragic passing of Rod and Paula Bramblett. 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/BiynTWHcIx— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) May 26, 2019Bramblett had served as Auburn’s lead announcer for football and men’s basketball since 2003. He had been doing baseball since 1993.Our thoughts are with their friends and family. an overview of auburn's jordan-hare stadiumAUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 15: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers on September 15, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A longtime college sports announcer and his wife have died following a car accident late on Saturday night.Rod Bramblett, the radio voice of the Auburn Tigers, and his wife, Paula, have passed away from injuries suffered in an accident.The accident reportedly occurred in Alabama on Saturday.ESPN.com had more details on the tragic accident:last_img read more

Additional Sites Sought for Amherst Elementary School

first_imgThe search will continue for a site for a new elementary school in Amherst. The Department of Education has decided the two recommended sites for the West Highlands School are unsuitable, based on a technical evaluation by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. One site is considered to be too close to an asphalt plant, raising concerns about air quality and odour. The second site poses a safety concern for students walking to school. The province has directed the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board to propose additional sites for the school. “In order for school construction to begin as quickly as possible, I am hoping to see additional sites recommended soon,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “This elementary school will serve children and their families for many years, and it is critical that the best site is selected.” Funding for the project is included in the 2012-13 Capital Plan, with a total cost of about $11 million.last_img read more

Pak sees 13 rise in HIV cases dramatic surge among transgenders sex

first_imgKarachi: Pakistan has recorded a 13 per cent jump in the new HIV infections, according to a UN report that recorded the fastest surge among the transgender people and sex workers, a media report said on Tuesday. The total number of HIV cases in Pakistan has increased to 160,000 this year, a significant increase from 67,000 in 2010, the Express Tribune reported, quoting a latest UN report on HIV cases in the country. The report indicates that there was a jump of 1,500 cases between 2015 and 2018 among those aged14, the report said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Similarly, female HIV patients above the age of 15 rose to 37,000 in 2015 and 48,000 in 2018. HIV rates among injection drug users increased by 21 per cent during 2019, followed by 3.7 per cent among homosexuals and 3.8 per cent in sex workers,” the paper reported the UN report as saying. The UN report on the country’s HIV infections came amidst nearly 800 people tested positive for the infection in Sindh province’s Larkana district since April this year. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHealth officials had attributed the cause to the use of unsanitary equipment, unsafe blood transfusion and rampant malpractice often at the hands of quacks. “Globally, 37.9 million people are infected with HIV out of which 13.3 million have access to antiretroviral therapy, which is used to treat the infectious disease,” the report said. According to statistics gathered by the UN and the World Health Organization, since 1985, a total of 25 million people lost the battle against HIV globally. In recent years, government awareness campaigns around the world helped reduce the number of HIV cases transmitted through drug use. However, awareness campaigns were mostly missing from the radar in Pakistan, the paper reported. AGENCIESlast_img read more

Promises promises Should the people at StandingRock trust the Obama administration

first_imgCheryl McKenzie APTN National NewsWhen the Obama administration stepped in on Friday to say that the decision to allow construction on the Dakota Access pipeline needs to be reconsidered, some said it was good news that folks holding high offices in government were willing to listen.But in the long run can they be trusted?APTN’s Cheryl McKenzie talked with Dallas Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network to find out.cmckenzie@aptn.calast_img

Trump says hell push tariffs despite pressure from GOP

first_imgWASHINGTON – Warning of economic fallout, congressional Republicans and industry groups pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to narrow his plan for across-the-board tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. Trump appeared unmoved, declaring, “Trade wars aren’t so bad.”The president said he planned to move forward with special tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, contending the U.S. has long been “mistreated” in trade deals.“We’re doing tariffs on steel. We cannot lose our steel industry. It’s a fraction of what it once was. And we can’t lose our aluminum industry,” Trump said during a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.Hours later, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, who has opposed the tariffs, announced his plans to depart the White House, another signal that the president intends to go through with the penalties.The president’s pledge for action, which would be in line with a one of his campaign promises, came after House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin called for a “more surgical approach” that would help avert a potentially dangerous trade war. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said there was concern Trump’s plan could lead to such disruptive turmoil.“We are urging caution,” McConnell said.Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, who opposes the tariffs, said after meeting Tuesday with White House chief of staff John Kelly that the administration was willing to consider his views. “Absolutely. There’s an openness now,” Perdue said.“I think there’s been a step back,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. “I don’t think he’s reconsidering, but I think he’s trying to figure out what his best step is forward.”But those views sounded more like wishful thinking after Trump’s news conference, in which he reiterated his plans to impose the tariffs of 25 per cent on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminum imports. He said he’d respond to unfair treatment by foreign countries and huge trade deficits. “We’re going to straighten it out and we’ll do it in a very loving way,” Trump said.The president also reaffirmed the possibility that Canada and Mexico might not face the tariffs if they are willing to offer more favourable terms under the North American Free Agreement, which is being renegotiated.Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and staff from the State Department and National Security Council will be meeting Wednesday with Mexico’s president and foreign minister in Mexico City.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers Trump was trying to balance protections for beleaguered steel and aluminum producers while “making sure that we don’t do undue harm to the economy.”“We are not looking to get into trade wars. We are looking to make sure that U.S. companies can compete fairly around the world,” Mnuchin said at a House hearing.Trump has been keenly aware of how the tariffs may play in a March 13 special House election in western Pennsylvania, part of the nation’s steel belt, White House officials have said. The president is headlining a Saturday rally in support of Rick Saccone, who is battling Democrat Conor Lamb in the Republican-leaning district.The dispute over tariffs has exposed a rift between advocates of free trade, who have long dominated GOP circles, and a president who has railed against China and pushed for more protectionist trade policies.Internally, White House officials who oppose the blanket tariffs have urged the administration to limit the countries that would be affected and to impose time limits. This would help the president say he delivered on his promise and still try to avoid possible negative consequences, said Stephen Moore, a former campaign adviser and now an economist with the conservative Heritage Foundation.Republicans in Congress and within Trump’s administration say industries and their workers who need steel and aluminum for their products would be hurt by Trump’s threatened tariffs. They say Americans will face higher costs for new cars, appliances and buildings if the president follows through on his threat and other nations retaliate.Trump has said the tariffs are needed to preserve the American industries and protect national security. But he has also tried to use them as leverage in the current talks to revise NAFTA.Business leaders are mobilizing against the tariffs. The Aluminum Association, a trade group representing 114 member companies with more than 700,000 U.S. jobs, told Trump in a letter Tuesday that it was “deeply concerned” about the effects of the planned tariffs and urged him to seek alternatives such as targeting China and other countries with a history of circumventing trade rules.Ryan said Trump was correct to focus on the problem of the dumping of steel in the U.S. at lower prices. But he said the administration’s approach was “a little too broad and more prone to retaliation.”“What we’re encouraging the administration to do is to focus on what is clearly a legitimate problem and to be more surgical in its approach,” Ryan said.Republicans have suggested they may try to undercut the tariffs if Trump goes ahead with them. But Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he was doubtful the GOP majority would be able to muster the votes to pass legislation to block the special taxes.Flake said it was tough to dissuade Trump because the president “keeps coming back like a homing pigeon on trade deficits.”Mnuchin defended the possible tariffs, telling lawmakers that Trump “loves farmers and the farm community.” Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, responded, “It doesn’t seem so with some of the policies that are coming out.”Mnuchin said the administration hopes to release details on the tariffs this week. “He does understand the potential impacts it has on the economy and I think we have a way of managing through this,” he said.___Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Kevin Freking, Martin Crutsinger and Josh Boak in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Ken Thomas on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KThomasDClast_img read more

Survey: American companies worry US-Chinese ties will worsen

BEIJING — A business group says American companies in China increasingly worry U.S.-Chinese relations will deteriorate and are “hedging their bets” by delaying investment or moving operations.Tuesday’s report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China sounded a note of caution amid optimistic official statements about possible progress toward settling a U.S.-Chinese tariff war.It said companies ranked “bilateral tensions” as a top challenge alongside chronic frustrations with rising costs and unclear laws and enforcement in the state-dominated economy.The chamber said 37 per cent of 314 companies that responded to a survey in November and December expect relations to deteriorate, more than double 2017’s level of 16 per cent.The report added to signs of the growing long-term impact of the battle over Beijing’s technology ambitions.The Associated Press read more

The Latest: House chairman says he’d try to block tariffs

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Mexican-U.S. talks on President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs (all times local):2:20 p.m.The chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee says he will move to block President Donald Trump if Trump follows through on his threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports as he tries to stem the flood of Central American migrants at the southern border.Democratic Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts says the proposed 5% tariffs would hurt American workers, businesses and consumers. Neal said Trump’s action “commandeering U.S. trade policy to influence border security” is an abuse of power.He vowed to introduce a resolution of disapproval if Trump declares a national emergency and tries to impose tariffs.Blocking the tariff would require approval in the House and Senate. It is not clear whether there is a veto-proof margin in Congress to stop Trump’s action.__12:19 a.m.Mexican and American officials are claiming progress in White House talks to stave off President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs. But Trump declared it was “not nearly enough” to halt the import taxes he is holding out as a way to force Mexico to stanch the flow of illegal migrants at America’s southern border.Talks were to resume Thursday.Underscoring the scope of the border problem, the Department of Homeland Security announced separately that U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions of migrants illegally crossing the border hit the highest level in more than a decade in May.Without a deal, the first tariffs are to go into effect next Monday. They would consist of 5% taxes on imports from Mexico, eventually increasing to 25%.The Associated Press read more

Ban Kimoon details plans for restructuring UN peacekeeping disarmament work

The recommendations, detailed in a letter Mr. Ban sent to the General Assembly yesterday as part of his ongoing consultations on his restructuring initiative, call for splitting the current Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) into a Department of Peace Operations and a Department of Field Support, both headed by an Under-Secretary-General, the managerial level of the current DPKO chief. “The number of peace operations is at an all-time high with almost 100,000 personnel in the field. It appears that the figure will rise still further in 2007,” he said, noting that reforms in 2000 had aimed to equip DPKO with sufficient capability to launch one new multidisciplinary mission per year. “Yet, the past 36 months alone have seen the start-up or expansion of nine field missions, with three additional missions currently in active start-up. Over the course of the next year, the number of personnel in UN peace operations could increase by as much as 40 per cent,” he added. He stressed that the new arrangement would be resource-neutral and that the two new departments would consolidate operations that are now spread among various offices and departments. Under the plan, the new Department of Peace Operations would consolidate all factors dealing with strategy, planning and deployment while the Department of Field Support would take on the responsibility of the current “impossibly overstretched” management. “Taken together, these measures would bolster and improve the assistance that Headquarters provides top field missions and to field personnel contributed by Member States,” Mr. Ban said. “It would mean more and better policy guidance from a dedicated department of Peace Operations; enhanced responsiveness from a Department of Field Support properly equipped and specialized to address mission support needs; and, by equipping the department expeditiously with the human, material and financial resources they need to do their jobs, a better way to ensure the safety and security of personnel and the prospects of successful mandate implementation.” Mr. Ban also proposed replacing the current Department for Disarmament Affairs headed by an Under-Secretary-General with a new Office headed by a High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, a proposal that at first glance might appear as a downgrade but which in fact will give the portfolio stronger impact, flexibility and a direct line to Mr. Ban himself. He referred to the failure the 2005 review conference of Parties to the Teary on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the deadlock in the Conference on Disarmament and the need for new impetus for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. “This deeply alarming situation makes clear the need to revitalize the disarmament and non-proliferation agenda through a more focused effort,” he wrote. “I believe in the need for a greater role and personal involvement of the Secretary-General in this regard.” The Secretary-General today briefed the General Assembly in closed session regarding the proposals, the second time he has done so in the past month. 16 February 2007Faced with an “explosive growth” in demand for United Nations peacekeepers around the world coupled with a “dramatically strained and overstretched system,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is proposing to split the current peacekeeping office into two to provide better planning, faster deployment and a more responsive process. read more

Booyco offers industry tailored intrinsically safe barriers

first_imgStringent occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations prohibit the use of non-compliant equipment in coal mines. With the risk of explosions, mine management must always ensure compliance with legal requirements through the use of intrinsically safe (IS) technology within the working environment. “Booyco Electronics supplies a range of intrinsically safe barriers, tailored to the specific needs of these extremely safety conscious industries. As demands increase for more advanced technology, we are now implementing more Ethernet-based equipment in the mining, chemical and petro-chemical environments,” says Managing Director of Booyco Electronics, Anton Lourens.This new range of intrinsically safe barriers, which are approved for ETH, USB and RS485 based equipment, complement the company’s ISS (Intrinsically Safe Solutions) product range for customers with a high requirement for IS equipment. Lourens points out that these barriers are designed, engineered and built specifically for the South African mining industry. “It is important to consider the idiosyncrasies and rugged conditions of the local mining sector. Most available barriers are fully imported and are not specifically designed for local conditions. Not only do we custom manufacture our barriers, but we are able to contain costs and provide instantaneous support for our products.” The intrinsically safe barriers are suitable for use in all hazardous areas and are engineered to be compact, easy to use and robust enough for the surface and underground mining sectors.“A major advantage of the Booyco range of barriers is that they are a single-device barrier as opposed to other available options where two devices are used to create a barrier. In essence, each unit serves as an isolation barrier on a communication bus between a non-hazardous and hazardous area in a mine or plant environment,” Lourens explains. The barriers, approved for Group I and IIC, are powered from an 8 to 36 v DC power supply and suitable for use in Zone 1 and Zone 0. The Ethernet barriers are configured to accept one input and two outputs, which allows a single barrier to be connected to more than one piece of equipment. Three connection variations are available on the Booyco Electronics intrinsically safe barriers: IS RS485 barrier, IS USB barrier and IS Ethernet barrier. Any RS485 based communication can be isolated by the first unit, as it is protocol independent. The IS USB barrier is powered by a computer’s USB port, which eliminates the need for an additional power supply. One would typically use these barriers to connect non-IS USB type devices to IS USB based equipment.The IS Ethernet barrier facilitates Ethernet communication between IS areas and non-IS areas. “These barriers enable the user to secure a connection between a PC and an IS rated machine or a PLC in a hazardous area. For example, the unit could be used to connect an IS rated laptop to IS rated equipment to provide programming or to perform condition monitoring,” Lourens says. “Because of the legislation governing applications in hazardous areas, communication with computers in these areas was previously extremely problematic. The IS Ethernet barrier from Booyco Electronics overcomes this issue and allows normal operations to be performed with computers in these previously inaccessible areas,” according to Lourens.The IS Ethernet infrastructure allows the options of adding wireless access points to connect to IS mobile computers, cameras for operations, safety and security, RFID for asset and people tracking and VoIP telecommunications as required at a future date. “We foresee that as technology progresses, our intrinsically safe barrier product range will advance accordingly. We will remain ahead of international competitors by anticipating and meeting the very specific local requirements. Booyco Electronics is geared towards producing products that fully comply with local and international OHS regulations and quality standards, a factor that places us in a favourable light with our mining customers,” Lourens concludes.last_img read more

THE RED BULLDOGS STORMED OVER THE BLUE TIGERS

Photo Credits: Razvan Pasarica www.sportpictures.eu ← Previous Story FC Barcelona Lassa secure new ASOBAL trophy Next Story → Double crown for Al Jazira in UAE CATALIN NEGREANUBucharest, May 21 2016The Romanian Men’s League Finals started with a shock, as not even the most optimistic DINAMO Bucharest fans could have predicted such an unbelievable result after the first game. The Red Bulldogs, as they are called by the DINAMO fans, literally swept the floor with their opponents from CSM Bucharest 34:20 (17:6).In the regular season the two teams split the victories and in the EHF Cup both sides played very well, had strong performances missing by little a qualification in the quarter finals of the European competition. So, everybody was expecting a very tight and balanced match. It was not be…on the contrary!DINAMO started the game very well with a lot of determination and showed a strong desire to win from the very first seconds. Their defense strong, aggressive and very mobile was lead by Ibrahima Diaw who proved that at 37 years old he didn’t lose any of his handball skills and he is still a top player who can perform on both sides of the court. In attack, the 9 meters line, with Vrankovic and Sandru, was fast and very inspired showing a great level of confidence.On the other hand, CSM Bucharest started the game very weak and unfocused: their defense was slow and easy to penetrate while in attack they showed a remarkable lack of any idea and coordination, as they commited an avalanche of unforced errors. Marjanac, Milosevic, Mojsovski and Humet looked like this was the first very time they played toghether. After 14 minutes into the game the score was 6-1 for DINAMO and Zvonko Sundovshi, CSM’s coach asked for the first time-out.The bench meeting didn’t change anything in the Tigers game (they call themselves the tigers and they have a tiger head on their t-shirt) and the Bulldogs stormed over them. Just three minutes later, after some fantastic one on one saves by goalkeeper Irimus and a series of spectacular fastbreak goals by wingers Campan and Asoltanei, the scored was 10 – 2 and Sundovski asked for the second time-out. CSM was in total disarray!The rest of the second half went on the same way! DINAMO managed to hold a fantastic defense and had fabulous saves by IRIMUS, while in attack they scored from almost every position. CSM looked totally lost, whitout nerve and witout any tactical idea. Despite all the efforts of the technical bench, the team in blue continued to make one mistake after the other.At the end of the first half the score board showed an unbelievable 17-6! While DINAMO  scored from every position at the 9 meters line and also on the wings, CSM had only 6 goals in 30 minutes, out of which 4 of them came from 7 meters shots! A perfect half for The Bulldogs!The break didn’t bring much change in the game. Remarkable enough for a team which showed many moments of fluctuation during the season, DINAMO remained fresh, focused and respected their game plan. CSM, on the other hand,  tried to improve their game and lift themselves up from the pit they had fallen in the first half but with very little success.The Red Bulldogs attack showed had some remarcable moments with right back Jakov Vrankovic and Ibrahima Diaw scoring spectaculars goals with some canon-like shots, while at the 7 meters line right winger Muhamed Zulfic was flawless. Even though CSM moved a bit faster and managed to score more, DINAMO’s defense remained strong, especially in the centre, where Savencoand Mousavi managed quite easily to block the 9 meters line of the Tigers.The ten, or more, goals difference was all the time on the board and this huge gap gave DINAMO the calm and confidence they needed to be in control of the game all the time. Vrankovic scored two in a row and it was 21-8 after 35 minutes! Even when they had two more players on the floor, 6 to 4, as DINAMO had two players suspended at the same time, CSM had huge problems in defense and the Bulldogs scored twice while being two men down!The big gap on the board stayed the same and DINAMO played without any pressure: 27-14 in the 47th minute with three consecutive goals by Zulfic! The last 12 minutes of the game had the Bulldogs still performing at high speed while allowing themselves to entertain their fans with some spectacular shots. In the other side, CSM struggled to limit the score, but their efforts had very little success.The first game of the finals ended with an unbelievable 34-20 for DINAMO who had a fantastic performance and had a very strong game from the beginning until the end. A great way for the Bulldogs to start the finals who are now the strong favorites to win a new championship title after a break of eleven years!On the other hand, CSM Bucuresti looked weak, tired and totally unable to keep the rhythm with DINAMO. They looked more like pussy cats than like tigers. Some dramatically has to change in their game to stand a chance in these finals. After the way they played in the first game it is pretty unlikely. We have to wait and see.The second leg of the finals, which is played in the system “the best out of three matches”  will be Wednesday, May 24 on CSM home court.DINAMO BUCHAREST:IRIMUS-15 saves(1 from 7m), GRIGORAS 1, MAKARIA – RAPCIUGA, RAGOT 2, DIAW 5, ASOLTANEI 3, MIRONESCU, SAVENCO, BĂLUȚ 1, SANDRU 5, CAMPAN 4, VANCEA, ZULFIC 6, VRANKOVIC 8, MOUSAVI.7 Meters: 4/4 – all by ZULFIC2 Minutes suspensions: 7– RAPCIUGA 2’, RAGOT 2’, DIAW 2’, SAVENCO 4’, SANDRU 2’, MOUSAVI 2’.CSM BUCHAREST:IANCU-5 SAVES, BLAZEVIC – MILOSEVIC 4, SIMOVIC, MILITARU 1, MOJSOVSKI, STAVROSITU, CONSTANTINESCU 1, RAPCIUGA, HUMET 3, KOSTADINOVIC 2, MARJANAC, NEGRU 7, ROTARU 2, UNGUREANU, STAMATE.7 Meters: 7/5 – all 5 scored by NEGRU. Missed: NEGRU and MARJANAC.2 Minutes suspensions: 2 – MILITARU 2’, MOJSOVSKI 2’.Audience: 1800 people. CSM Bucharest handballDinamo Bucharest handabllRomanian handball read more

Pope to hold his final Vatican audience ahead of departure

first_imgPOPE BENEDICT XVI will hold the last audience of his pontificate in front of tens of thousands in St Peter’s Square today on the eve of his historic resignation as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.Pilgrims have been gathering from the early morning in the Vatican to bid a final farewell to an 85-year-old pope who abruptly cut short his pontificate by declaring he was too weak to keep up with the modern world.The Vatican says 50,000 people have obtained tickets for the event but many more may come and city authorities have prepared for 200,000, installing metal detectors in the area, deploying snipers and setting up field clinics.The weekly audience, which is exceptionally being held in St Peter’s Square because of the numbers expected, is to begin at around 09.30am GMT and usually lasts around an hour with a mixture of prayers and religious instruction from the pope.It will begin with Benedict’s final tour of the famous Vatican plaza in his white “popemobile” and could include parting words addressed to Catholics in his diocese of Rome and around the world.Benedict will be the first pope to step down since the Middle Ages — a break with Catholic tradition that has worried conservatives but kindled the hopes of Catholics around the world who want a breath of new life in the Church.Faithful  gather to attend Pope Benedict XVI’s last general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican early this morning (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)SpeculationRome has been gripped by speculation over what prompted Benedict to resign and who the leading candidates might be to replace him, as cardinals from around the world fly in this week ahead of the conclave to elect his successor.Rumours and counter-rumours in the Italian media suggest cut-throat behind-the-scenes lobbying, prompting the Vatican to condemn what it has called “unacceptable pressure” to influence the papal election.Campaign groups have also lobbied the Vatican to exclude two cardinals accused of covering up child sex abuse from the upcoming election conclave.The Vatican has said Benedict will receive the title of “Roman pontiff emeritus” and can still be addressed as “Your Holiness” and wear the white papal cassock after he officially steps down at 1900 GMT on Thursday.Just before that time, the Vatican said Benedict will be whisked off by helicopter to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo near Rome where he will begin a life out of the public eye.Benedict will wave from the residence’s balcony one last time before retreating to a private chapel and, as he has said, a life “hidden from the world”.On the hour he formally loses his powers as sovereign pontiff, the liveried Swiss Guard that traditionally protects popes will leave the residence.The shock of the resignation and its unprecedented nature in the Church’s modern history has left the Vatican sometimes struggling to explain the implications and Benedict’s future status — from the banal to the theological.Some Catholics find it hard to come to terms with the idea that someone who was elected in a supposedly divinely inspired vote could simply resign.Lost infallibilityThe Vatican has said Benedict will lose his power of divine infallibility — a sort of supreme authority in doctrinal matters — as soon as he steps down.The personalised gold Fisherman’s Ring traditionally used to seal papal documents — a key symbol of the office — will also be destroyed by a cardinal, as is customary in Catholic tradition.Benedict has said he will also swap his trademark red shoes for a brown pair given to him by artisans in Mexico during a trip last year.Starting next week, cardinals from around the world will begin a series of meetings to decide what the priorities for the Catholic Church should be, set a start date for the conclave and consider possible candidates for pope.The conclave — a centuries-old tradition with an elaborate ritual — is supposed to be held within 15 to 20 days of the death of the pope, but Benedict has given special dispensation for the cardinals to bring that date forward because the event will follow a resignation.Cardinals have been flying in from around the world including US prelate Roger Mahony, a former archbishop of Los Angeles stripped of all church duties for mishandling and covering up sex abuse claims against dozens of priests.A total of 115 “cardinal electors” are scheduled to take part after another voter, British cardinal Keith O’Brien said he would not be taking part after allegations emerged that he made unwanted advances towards priests in the 1980s.- © AFP, 2013Read: Here’s a secret only the new pope will see…Read: Pope Benedict will remain in ‘spiritual proximity’ after his resignationlast_img read more

Man accused in fatal Poway synagogue shooting arraigned in court on murder

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A young man accused of opening fire inside a Poway synagogue on the last day of Passover with an AR-15-style assault rifle, killing a woman and injuring three other people, including the congregation’s rabbi, is set to be arraigned Tuesday on murder and attempted murder charges.John T. Earnest, 19, of Rancho Penasquitos, is also charged with arson of a house of worship for allegedly trying to burn down an Escondido mosque last month. He allegedly took responsibility for setting the March 23 non- injury fire at the Islamic Center of Escondido in a nine-page manifesto posted online before Saturday’s synagogue shooting.John T. Earnest appears for his arraignment hearing Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in San Diego. Earnest faces charges of murder and attempted murder in the April 27 assault on the Chabad of Poway synagogue, which killed one woman and injured three people, including the rabbi. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool)The Poway shooting occurred exactly six months after a shooting rampage at a Pittsburgh synagogue, where 11 people were gunned down.Synagogue members walk outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Poway, Calif. Several people were injured in a shooting at the synagogue. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)The hate crime allegations filed in connection with the attack at Chabad of Poway make Earnest eligible for the death penalty, should prosecutors decide to pursue it. Earnest, a nursing student at Cal State San Marcos, remains in custody without bail.“On behalf of the members of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, our hearts go out to the victims of the Chabad of Poway shooting,” District Attorney Summer Stephan said. “We offer our condolences for the loss of precious life and the violence that fell upon members of the Jewish congregation, gathered to celebrate the end of Passover.“All of San Diego County law enforcement is working to investigate this crime,” the county’s top prosecutor said. “We do not tolerate attacks based on religion in San Diego County. Our specialized prosecutors and our victim advocates are working around the clock alongside Sheriff (Bill) Gore and partner agencies to ensure justice is carried out and that victims are provided support and know how to successfully navigate the criminal justice system.”The gunfire erupted at 11:20 a.m. Saturday as about 100 people were celebrating the eight-day Jewish festival of Passover. Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, died at the scene, and the three surviving victims, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, 57, Almog Peretz, 34, and his 8-year-old niece, Noya Dahan, were treated at hospitals and have since been released.Goldstein said Kaye, a longtime member of the congregation that he founded in 1986, was at the temple with her physician husband and daughter to honor her mother, who recently died. He told reporters on Sunday that Kaye “took the bullet for all of us,” though he did not see her get shot and could not confirm the account of at least one person who said she purposely came between the shooter and her rabbi.Goldstein lost his right index finger in the shooting and underwent surgery as medical personnel worked to save another of his digits.Peretz was shot in a leg while shepherding children to safety. His niece was struck by shrapnel in her face and leg.The shooter’s gun apparently malfunctioned sometime during the attack, according to San Diego County’s sheriff. An off-duty Border Patrol agent working as a security guard was inside the temple when the shooting began, and he opened fire as the suspect fled, Gore said. The agent did not strike Earnest, but did hit the suspect’s car, authorities said.Police said Earnest called 911 a short time later and said he had been involved in the shooting. A San Diego police officer who had been en route to the synagogue spotted the suspect’s vehicle and pulled him over nearby, San Diego Police Department Chief David Nisleit said. Earnest got out of his vehicle with his hands up, and was taken into custody without further incident, Nisleit said.Though he allegedly shouted anti-Semitic slurs during the rampage, Earnest is not believed to be part of an organized hate group, according to law enforcement officials.“We believe he acted alone and without outside support in carrying out the attack,” a sheriff’s department statement says.In the “open letter” that authorities allege he posted online shortly before the shooting, the author espouses flagrant anti-Semitic sentiments and a need to protect the “European race.” He wrote that he spent four weeks planning the attack, citing his “disgust” for Jews and a desire to kill them, and expressed admiration for the Australian white nationalist who attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month, killing 50 people.The writer also claims responsibility for the March 23 fire set at the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque, also known as Islamic Center of Escondido. The 3:15 a.m. fire was quickly extinguished by people inside the mosque. Graffiti left on the building made reference to the mosques attacks in Christchurch.Earnest’s family issued a statement Monday saying they were “shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue. But our sadness pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people. He has killed and injured the faithful who were gathered in a sacred place on a sacred day. To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries.”The family’s statement said Earnest’s apparent hateful attitudes had been “informed by people we do not know and ideas we do not hold.”“Like our other five children, he was raised in a family, a faith and a community that all rejected hate and taught that love must be the motive for everything we do,” they stated. “How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act.”Funeral services for Kaye were held at the congregation Monday afternoon. Goldstein told the overflow crowd attending the service the shooting would not keep the congregation down.“What we are going to take from this event is (that) it’s not going to knock us down,” he said. “It’s going to lift us up.” The San Diego County District Attorney’s office holds a news conference after the Poway synagogue shooter plead not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. John T. Earnest, 19, remains jailed without bail and is due back in court May 30. The news conference can be seen below. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 1:30 PM Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: John Earnest, Poway Shooting April 30, 2019 The arraignment was streamed live on the KUSI News Facebook page. If you missed it, you can watch it below.center_img KUSI Newsroom Man accused in fatal Poway synagogue shooting arraigned in court on murder charge Members Of Synagogue Arrive At Courthouse To Face The Killer. Arraignment To Begin Shortly. Stay Tuned. KUSI pic.twitter.com/eVbZDFW0YN— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) April 30, 2019 Posted: April 30, 2019 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Average advertised salaries fall by 39 in London

first_imgAverage advertised salaries in London fell by 3.9% between December 2015 and December 2016 to reach £38,449, according to research by Adzuna.Its UK job market report: January 2017, which uses data collected from job vacancies advertised online in the UK, also found that average advertised salaries in the UK fell by 3% between December 2015 and December 2016 to reach £32,323.Between November 2016 and December 2016, average advertised salaries in the UK rose by 0.3%.After London, the south east of England recorded the highest average advertised salary in December 2016 at £31,115, although this represents a decline of 3.3% year on year.In Scotland, average advertised salaries fell by 2.2% between December 2015 and December 2016 to reach £30,606. Salaries in Northern Ireland dropped by 1.1% to £28,768, and average advertised salaries increased by 0.5% in Wales to reach @29,438.Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “The jobs market has calmed following the hectic festive period. Despite total advertised vacancies falling slightly as [organisations] pause for breath before renewed recruitment pushes in January, salaries have finally begun to trend upwards. Although it may be slightly too early to celebrate the increase, it is a solid indication that the market is adapting and continuing to evolve.“With fewer vacancies and higher salaries, jobseekers may have to be slightly more selective when choosing their next step as the amount of choice jobseekers face in the market seems to be more restricted as competition per vacancy has increased.”last_img read more

Rodale Cuts 40 More Staffers

first_img Rodale declined to be more specific with the staff reduction, citing a “proactive response to industry changes,” but a source inside the company tells Folio: that the cuts affected most if not all of Rodale’s brands, and that many of the departures are director-level staffers or department heads. Late last year, Maria Rodale took over day-to-day leadership of the company when then-president Scott Schulman departed after his contract wasn’t renewed. “Rodale management has made the very painful but strategic decision to eliminate certain positions across the company,” a company spokesperson tells Folio:. “Over the course of the past few days, the impacted employees were notified.” “Maria Rodale sent out a company-wide email saying tough decisions were made to cut certain positions,” the source, who requested to remain anonymous, tells Folio:. “I know that all brands except Women’s Health lost someone. It’s very likely that Women’s Health lost people, but I haven’t heard anything.” The cuts, representing about six percent of staff at the privately-held publisher, come on the heels of several other significant cost-trimming moves by the company in recent months. Additionally, the source tells Folio: that women’s running vertical Zelle lost its only employee, a part-timer, and will likely be folded. The staff reductions, originally reported by the Allentown Morning Call, do not appear to be limited to certain brands or departments. Rodale’s winter of upheaval is continuing into the new year. The streamlining began almost immediately after that. Schulman left at the end of October. By mid-November, the company shut down its content marketing group, Rodale Grow. Three weeks later, Running Times, a sister publication to Runner’s World, was shuttered. In the immediate aftermath, a management reorganization saw the loss of several executive-level titles, including group publisher Chris Lambiase, among other positions.  The company eliminated another 40 positions this week across a variety of departments, stretching the process over the last several days.  One of those executive departures was SVP Anne Alexander, who was also Prevention’s editorial director. This week’s cuts included Prevention editor-in-chief Bruce Kelley. The company announced Monday that Mike Lafavore, who rejoined Rodale just before Schulman’s departure, will take over Kelley’s role on an interim basis while the company seeks a replacement.last_img read more

17 national parks could see fee increases including Denali

first_imgThe National Park Service is considering fee increases at 17 parks, including Denali. Higher entry fees would be in effect during peak season, or the busiest five months, starting May 1st.Listen nowAn NPS press release announcing the proposal said additional money raised would be used to address aging infrastructure at the popular parks which also include Glacier, Yellowstone and Yosemite.Denali National Park spokeswoman Katherine Belcher said under the proposal the Denali entry fee would jump threefold.”The current fees here in Denali are $10 per person,” Belcher said. “Under the new proposal, that would go up to $30 per person.”Denali season passes would jump from $40 to $75 under the proposal, but a nationwide annual park’s pass would remain $80. Kids are not charged fees, and there are special passes available for seniors and veterans. At Denali, where visitation tops 500,000 people annually, the fee increase could bring in an additional several million dollars a year, money Belcher said would help pay for deferred maintenance.”At last check, our maintenance backlog was between $51 and $53 million,” Belcher said.Belcher said 80 percent of fees are retained by individual parks, with the remainder going into a national pool for distribution to parks across the country. Under the proposal, permit fees for tour operators would also be adjusted up at the 17 parks. The National Park Service is taking public comment on the fee increases through November 23rd.last_img read more

Man killed in Rajbari gunfight

first_imgManAn alleged terrorist was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Benigar village in Rajbari sadar upazila early Tuesday.The deceased is Abbas Sarkar. Police claimed he had several cases in his name.Police also recovered a one shooter gun, three bullet and other arms from the spot.last_img

Dhaka seeks Beijings support over Rohingya issue

first_imgChinese ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo meets foreign minister AK Abdul Momen at his office on Thursday, 16 May, 2019. Photo: CourtesyBangladesh has sought China’s strong support so that Myanmar moves in the right direction for resolving the Rohingya crisis, reports UNB.Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen raised the issue when Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo met him at his office on Thursday.The foreign minister appreciated the Chinese humanitarian assistance for the displaced people of Rakhine State. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas.Ambassador Zuo said China is willing to play a “constructive role” in realising the repatriation of displaced people and will facilitate communication between Bangladesh and Myanmar to find a practical solution to the crisis.Foreign minister Momen and ambassador Zhang shared their concerns that the protracted presence of Rohingyas in Bangladesh may disrupt the regional peace and stability as vested quarters are trying to radicalise the displaced people.They underscored the need for the early repatriation of the displaced people, said the ministry of foreign affairs.The Chinese ambassador deeply appreciated the proactive engagement of the foreign minister in promoting bilateral relations to a newer height.He underlined the importance of the bilateral consultation mechanisms to steer the practical cooperation between the two countries.The foreign minister also appreciated the fact that many bilateral instruments worth billions of dollar investment were signed during Xi Jinping’s visit to Bangladesh in 2016 when the bilateral relationship got elevated to strategic partnership.last_img read more