No words needed–moment of silence

first_imgI struggle each year to find words to articulate the awe and heartfelt appreciation to those who sacrificed self, to the families of fallen service members, and to past and current military families who continue to adept and stay resilient. There have never been the words to adequately describe the sacrifice made or the emotion of gratitude for the selfless service.All of us though can take a moment of silence to honor those who have fallen.Wherever you are on Monday, May 27 At 3 PM (local time), please stop, and in your own way, have a moment of silence with thought or prayer for those who have fallen and other sacrifices made by veterans, service members, and their families. This post was written by Anne Adrian, Social Media Strategist with the Military Families Learning Network.last_img read more

Why Cinema Lenses Will Improve Your Next Film Project

first_imgStill lenses can be great pieces of filmmaking equipment. But are they preventing you from making the best film possible?Cover image via TB studio.Simply put, still photography lenses produce beautiful, cinematic imagery. We’ve all seen still lenses produce successful indie films (like Blue Ruin). So why bother spending the extra money on cinema lenses? Let’s take a look at why not using cinema lenses may be preventing you from making your best film.Image via REDPIXEL.PL.Better Optics Cinema lenses are built with a strict degree of precision in their optics. Consider, for example, the Canon CN-E line of lenses and Canon photographic lenses. If you did a side-by-side comparison, you would quickly note that a Canon 50mm 1.2 is less sharp than a Canon CN-E 50mm, both at their most wide-open apertures.You can see a great example of this kind of comparison in this LensProToGo evaluation of the Canon CN-E 70-200 vs. the Canon L 70-200 IS. You can quickly see that the CN-E offers a much sharper image with a higher resolution of details. While subtle, these small differences can elevate your film beyond the potential of still lenses. Better MarkingsThe first things you’ll notice when handling a cinema lens for the first time is the markings. A cinema lens offers vast amounts of data right on the barrel of the lens — for example, your aperture and focus marks are right before your eyes. This information is not something you always get with still lenses. Precise focus marks on your lenses will help you get pinpoint focus throughout your shoot.Image via Zeiss.Cinema lenses also typically feature a 270-300-degree barrel rotation, giving you more real estate on the barrel of the lens to find the perfect focus mark. A lot of still lenses don’t have this feature. Zeiss’s recent line of Milvus and Otus lenses have begun to feature longer barrel rotations to improve focus with the lens. However, these lenses don’t have the focus marks completely around the barrel of the lens. For that reason, I still find proper cinema lenses to be more useful.In short, cinema lenses have become much more accessible than when the DSLR revolution began in 2010. Now, cinema lenses are more affordable and available than ever before. If you have a big shoot coming up, or if you’re going to start on your feature film, definitely consider a set of cinema lenses. They will improve your workflow and help you make a much better film.Looking for more info on lenses? Check out these articles.A Look at the ARRI/Zeiss Master and Ultra Prime LensesShould You Use Vintage Lenses on Your Next Project?Hot Dog! You Can Now Make AR Lenses for Snapchat in Lens StudioGear Review: the Leica Summicron-C Series of LensesGear Tip: How to Clean your Lenses Like a Professionallast_img read more

Farmer found hanging from tree in Rajasthan

first_imgThe body of a 30-year-old farmer was found hanging from a tree in a forest under Nahargarh police station area of the Baran district on Wednesday morning.The deceased farmer had gone missing since Monday evening. The body of Sanjeev Meena, a resident of Sakrawada village was found hanging from a tree in the forest, said SHO, Nahargarh police station, Mukesh Meena.The farmer is suspected to have committed suicide on Tuesday as the body is about one-and-half-day old, the SHO said.The reason behind the extreme step is yet to be ascertained as no suicide note was recovered, he said. The family members of the deceased claimed that he had ended his life due to heavy debt, but police officials were not immediately inclined to accept it. The farmer owned about 12-15 bighas of land and had a good yield, the SHO said adding that the deceased did not seem to be under debt. However, an investigation into the matter was under way. The deceased was reportedly suffering from depression after his mother and 22-year-old brother died in the last few years, the SHO added.last_img read more


first_imgWest Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the quarterfinals of the cricket World Cup in Mirpur on Wednesday.West Indies have made three changes to their side bringing in Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kemar Roach in place of Kirk Edwards, Sulieman Benn and Andre Russell.Pakistan have brought in Saeed Ajmal in place of Abdur Rehman.Teams:Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal.West Indies: Darren Sammy (c), Devon Smith, Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas, Devendro Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kemar Roach.last_img

Sania Mirza enters US Open mixed doubles final

first_imgSania Mirza at the US Open. Photo: ReutersIndian tennis star Sania Mirza has moved one step closer to clinch a third doubles grand slam title as she entered the mixed doubles final at the US Open.Sania is also in the women’s doubles semifinal along with her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black.Top seeds Sania and Brazilian Bruno Soares had a roller coaster ride to the finals. They took the first set 7-5, while their unseeded Chinese Taipei-British pair of Yung Jan Chan and Ross Hutchins fought back to take the second set 6-4 to force the match result into a tiebreaker.Sania and Soares, the 2012 mixed doubles US Open champion, however, won the match tiebreaker 10-7 to enter their first Grand Slam final as partners.last_img


first_imgNoting that as a whole, the productivity of both theNoting that as a whole, the productivity of both the Houses was good, Naidu said Lok Sabha has worked 123 per cent of scheduled time, an extra 24 hours 58 minutes, while the productivity of Rajya Sabha was 103 per cent.”This Budget session has been the most significant and rewarding on several counts. This session gave me a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment because it has given us some of the key takeaways. This session saw Rajya Sabha witnessing a rare occasion of the opposition and treasury benches giving credit to each other for introducing and piloting the real estate Bill.”The manner in which the bill was passed in upper house clearly highlighted what the highest legislature of the land could do to further the aspirations of the people. The spirit of camaraderie demonstrated in the upper house underlined what we could do collectively for the betterment of the lives of the people,” he said.Naidu noted that this Budget session was happening in the backdrop of increased public and political demand for a productive session.”In various meetings at the level of Prime Minister, Vice-President, Speaker and the all party meeting convened by me ahead of this Budget session, serious concern was expressed over persistent disruptions over the last two sessions of Parliament.”Public was getting restive over the functioning of the highest legislature of the land. I am sure this has impact on the conduct of parties concerned which ultimately is resulting in the smooth running of the house,” he said.advertisementReeling out figures, Naidu said that the Lok Sabha sat beyond scheduled business hours on 10 days while Rajya Sabha did so on 6 days.”Disruptions of proceedings have substantially come down and I thank the Members and Parties for the same. There were quality debates on Motion of thanks to Presidents address, Real Estate Bill, General and Railway Budgets.”In Motion of thanks to Presidents address, 129 members from Lok Sabha and 30 members from Rajya Sabha participated. On the General Budget, 170 members from Lok Sabha and 04 (till now) from Rajya Sabha have participated. On the Railway Budget, the numbers from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are 203 and 37 respectively,” he said.Naidu referred to the passage of Real Estate Regulation Bill, Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, The Carriage by Air Bill and a bill regarding anomalies in the salaries and allowances of judges among the important legislative business having been carried out so far.Claiming that the government has presented path-breaking General and Railway Budgets, which is the main function of any Budget session, Naidu said the General and Railway budgets reflected the governments commitment to trigger economic growth through inclusive development. PTI AMR ZMNlast_img read more

ICC World T20: Don’t underestimate West Indies, Sourav Ganguly cautions Team India

first_imgThe second semifinal of the World Twenty20 at the Wankhede stadium on Thursday will not only be a clash of two formidable teams of the shortest format but also would be battle between Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle.West Indies look a different unit in the T20 format, having aced in the Group 10, except for the blip against Afghanistan. Gayle would be West Indies’ go-to man and for India it would be Kohli.However, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has warned the hosts not to take the Windies lightly. “Their bowling is suited to Indian conditions and with players like Gayle, Simmons their batting is also dangerous. So don’t underestimate the West Indies… but India is way ahead of them,” Ganguly told Sports Today.India after beating Australia in a virtual quarterfinal match in Mohali have now got their tails up, but West Indies could pose lot of threat in their road to the final.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia plans to build ‘Riviera of the Middle East’

first_imgRiyadh, Sep 27 (AFP) Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced plans for a luxury tourism destination on its northwestern coast, the latest in a series of mega projects as the oil-reliant kingdom seeks to diversify.The project called “Amaala” would be “a natural extension of the Mediterranean Sea, and dubbed the Riviera of the Middle East”, the country’s top sovereign wealth fund said in a statement released by the information ministry Wednesday.The development will feature hotels, private villas, an arts academy and a yacht club, PIF added.It did not reveal any timeframe or the size of the investment, saying only that the “initial funding for the project will be provided by PIF”.Saudi Arabia has dazzled investors with plans for a series of “giga projects”, funded in part by its sovereign wealth fund, but sceptics question their viability.The kingdom has already unveiled blueprints to build NEOM, a mega project billed as a regional Silicon Valley, in addition to the Red Sea project, a reef-fringed resort destination — both worth hundreds of billions of dollars.”Amaala will sit alongside NEOM and the Red Sea project as part of the giga-projects investment portfolio, helping to… (support) economic diversification,” PIF said.Such projects are the brainchild of Prince Mohammed, architect of a sweeping reform programme dubbed “Vision 2030”.The reforms stem partly from a motivation to boost domestic spending and attract foreign investment as the kingdom reels from an economic slowdown.Kickstarting tourism is one of the centrepieces of Vision 2030.On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia said it will begin issuing visas to visitors to attend sporting and cultural events from December, a first for the kingdom as it seeks to lure international tourists. (AFP) ABHABHadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli deserves high praise for India’s Test series win in Australia: Wasim Akram

first_imgThe Pakistan cricket fraternity, including legends like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, lavished praise on India for becoming the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia.Akram, one of the game’s greatest fast bowlers, said that the team gelled well as a unit and were ably led by Virat Kohli.”I think Virat Kohli deserves lot of praise for this performance and I would think this success can be put down to the solid domestic cricket structure in India,” Akram said at a function.On Tuesday, the country’s Prime Minister and former cricket captain, Imran Khan, congratulated India on becoming the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia.”Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team for the first ever win by a subcontinent team in a test series in Australia,” Khan had tweeted.Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team for the first ever win by a subcontinent team in a test series in AustraliaImran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 8, 2019Another ex-captain, Moin Khan, said that winning in Australia was never an easy task for any team from Asia and India deserved credit for their victory.Former opener Mohsin Khan said that India had built their success around their batsmen and the bowlers had backed them to the hilt.”I have been impressed by the batting displays by [Cheteshwar] Pujara, [Virat] Kohli, [Rishabh] Pant and others in this series as this allowed their bowlers to bowl without any pressure,” Mohsin said.advertisementIndia sealed the four-match series 2-1 after the rain-hit Sydney Test ended in a draw on Monday. The triumph ended a 71-year wait for India.India’s series win has come at a time when Pakistan have lost badly in South Africa and the entire cricket set-up has been under pressure because of the lacklustre performances in recent times.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s humility off the field is a sign of greatness: Glenn McGrathAlso Read | India outsmarted Australia tactically thanks to Virat Kohli: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Ravi Shastri slams Team India critics: Jabbering crowd a minorityAlso Watch:last_img read more

Beaten by a team cobbled together with paperclips, sticky-back plastic and string

first_img Read more Football Wrong way Phil. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters features Pinterest Share on Twitter Twitter Sean Ingle Marcelo: ‘@*$% and £*&!’. Photograph: Bagu Blanco/Rex/Shutterstock Pinterest Take that VAR. Photograph: Colorsport/REX/Shutterstock Forest, Coventry and Merseyside derby breathe life back into FA Cup It might sound ludicrous but there’s a chance that a resurgent journeyman striker could save Benevento, writes Paolo Bandini. Betis are kings of Seville again after a bonkers 5-3 derby win started a shindig that went on almost as long as Weird Uncle’s Fiver’s parole party, writes Sid Lowe.Do you remember how Hibs became the first British club to play in Big Cup? Ah. Well let Jon Spurling remind you. Jürgen Klopp must get Philippe Coutinho’s long-term replacement right. His legacy depends on it, no-pressures Andy Hunter.And here’s Sid on how the pocket-sized Brazilian’s mega-move has kickstarted a new era at Barcelona. Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!A STUNNING 23 SECONDS IN THE JOB Twitter Good news for Tottenham fans: Harry Kane says he wouldn’t think of doing one from Spurs. Bad news for Tottenham fans: that’ll change unless they start winning some things.The chair of Dental Trauma UK reckons Taxpayers FC physios could have done a better job of treating Josh Cullen after his tooth was sent whizzing through the air in a collision with a Shrewsbury player had they not stored it in a cup of milk. “The best way of saving a tooth is to pick it, lick it and stick it,” tootled Serpil Djemal. “In other words, immediately pick the tooth up by the crown, lick the tooth clean – the owner only! – and stick it back in position.”Manchester City are busy attaching £30m to a fishing rod, which they’ll dangle over the Etihad in the hope of catching an Alexis Sánchez.A further 12 Brighton (& Hove actually) fans have been banned from attending their team’s matches after pwoper nawty behaviour when they faced Crystal Palace – their FA Cup opponents tonight – in November.The suspect in the bombing of Borussia Dortmund’s team bus has admitted to carrying out the attack, but says he did not intend to kill or injure anyone. The accused, identified only as Sergej W, faces a life sentence if found guilty of the charges. And Fleetwood keeper Chris Neal fears his manager Uwe Rösler will not be thrilled after the stopper won a year’s worth of pizza for keeping a clean sheet against Leicester in the FA Cup. “It is not great for us … I am sure he will mention I can’t have too much,” sniffed Neal.THE RECAPGet the best of Big Website’s coverage sent direct to your inbox every Friday lunchtime (GMT). Has the added bonus of being on time. Sign up here.STILL WANT MORE?It’s a left-back love-in in this weekend’s FA Cup talking points, with Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson and Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko bathing in nice words, among other things. Meanwhile, Sean Ingle reckons Nottingham Forest and Coventry have taken a gigantic gulp of fresh air and breathed life back into the shiny old pot. Richard Foster leaps into his time machine and takes us back to 1989, when Brighton played Palace and the referee gave five penalties in 27 minutes. Pinterest OH ARSENAL, NASTY LEEDS, AILSA FROM HOME AND AWAY ETCWhile the conspicuous absence of non-league teams from the third round suggested this season’s FA Cup might have lost some more of the old magic, it didn’t stop several high-profile teams disappearing without even a puff of smoke to hide their embarrassment at being knocked out by lower league opposition. League Two’s Yeovil were the lowest-ranked team left in this year’s competition going into the third round and will retain their status before Monday’s fourth round tombola spin after smiting Bradford’s Bantams.Elsewhere, Stoke City were the first top-flight side to suffer the ignominy of a giantkilling, going out at the hands of Coventry City, a once proud club who won the FA Cup in 1987 but can currently be found slumming it in League Two after years of heinous neglect by their scurrilous owners. “I’m making the best of what I’ve got,” Ailsa from Home and Away said in his traditional post-match excuse-a-thon, but when all you’ve got are beaten by a demoralised team largely cobbled together on the cheap from paperclips, sticky-back plastic and bits of string, being unceremoniously booted towards the door marked “Do One” should come as no big surprise.center_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Twitter SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.RECOMMENDED LISTENINGDownload Football Weekly now! Download Football Weekly now! Download Football Weekly now! Download Football Weekly now! Download Football Weekly now! Download Football Weekly now! Download Football Weekly now! Download Football Weekly now! Download Football Weekly now? Download Football Weekly now! Or at least do it in a bit when it’s up.FIVER LETTERS“José Mourinho, October 2005: ‘I think [Arsène Wenger] is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, they have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks and speaks and speaks about Chelsea.’Antonio Conte, January 2018: ‘For the other situation [with Mourinho], I am repeating – there is a person who continues to look here. He went away but continues to look here.’ Is Mourinho the new voyeur? How time flies and circumstances change …” – Ronald Kondowe.“So, Ailsa from Home and Away has finally been axed. To use the vernacular of the teens on that very show, ‘I’m stoked!’” – Jonathan Dobson.“Carlos Calvalhal need have no qualms about signing match-winning sardines [Friday’s bits and bobs]. Geoff Pike, Mark Fish, Steve Guppy and Geoff Salmons all hit the back of the net, while Peter Haddock scored a sole goal for [Nasty] Leeds” – Dave McNulty.Send your letters to And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Ronald Kondowe.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSThe former football coach Barry Bennell has pleaded guilty to seven child sexual offences.Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out for three weeks after thigh-knack was discovered while he was coughing for the Barcelona doctor. Share on Pinterest Facebook Topics Share via Email Facebook Facebook The Fiver Share on WhatsApp Meanwhile two Nottingham clubs scrapping for a return to former glories after periods of dodgy ownership claimed the scalps of teams in divisions above them. Still languishing in the Championship, two times Big Cup winners Forest humbled no-times Big Cup winners Arsenal in a real humdinger at the City Ground. “I just think we were not good enough anywhere – not up front, in the middle or at the back – and we paid for it,” said Arsène Wenger, whose Gooners were also woefully inadequate in a dugout that featured no big-name stars that might have helped a side rotated to the point of arrogance out of a hole.The previous day at Griffin Park, Brentford fans had been left anything but buzzing as League Two leaders Notts County continued their excellent run of form under Kevin Nolan, who has come a long way since his well-documented days as Andy Carroll’s babysitter. Jon Stead popped up with the winner there, belying every one of his 59 years.Still reeling from their humiliation at the hands of second division Sunderland in the 1973 final, Nasty Leeds had further humiliation heaped upon them by Welsh League Two side Newport County. Adding insult to indignity, Nasty Leeds had Samuel Sáiz sent off for gobbing at Newport’s Robbie Willmott in injury time and the expectorating Spaniard has since been banned for six games. Newport were the most successful of the three Welsh clubs left in the competition, with Cardiff being held by Mansfield Town and Premier League strugglers Swansea City unable to break the deadlock and cause an upset by beating slick, runaway Championship leaders Wolves, who may sit only one place beneath them but are clearly much superior. And finally, a tip of the hat to League One side Peterborough United, who proved they’re not too Posh to push on in the grand old competition by dismantling their Championship opponents Aston Villa at Villa Park. LIVE ON BIG WEBSITE TONIGHTFollow piping-hot minute-by-minute coverage of the FA Cup fourth round draw from 7.10pm (ish) followed by Brighton (& Hove actually) 3-2 Crystal Palace with Nick Ames at 7.45pm GMT (kick-off inevitably pushed back due to striking Southern Railway staff).QUOTE OF THE DAY“We’re sad and we’re [eff]ing sunk” – Marcelo offers a pithy assessment of Real Madrid’s La Liga season to date after their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo left them in fourth place, 16 points behind leaders Barcelona. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Transfer latest: Man Utd go all out for Neymar as he snubs Madrid

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd to go all out for Neymar as he turns back on Madrid Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:49 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Man Utd Rumour Getty/Goal Transfers Primera División Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man Utd to go all out to sign NeymarNeymar is desperate to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and, having grown tired of waiting for Real Madrid, will now consider a switch to Manchester United, reports Don Balon . Madrid were considered to be the front-runners for the Brazil international’s signature, although he has apparently got fed up of waiting for the Liga giants to make their move.Now, Jose Mourinho and Manchester United will look to do everything they can to get Neymar to Old Trafford, with Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba having apparently contacted the 26-year-old about a possible transfer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Hoffenheim beat Arsenal to Meyer signingHoffenheim have pulled off a transfer coup by agreeing a deal to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer, according to Leipziger Volkszeitung . Meyer is out of contract at Schalke in the summer and has decided to leave, with Arsenal among the clubs to have shown an interest in the Germany international.RB Leipzig were also keen on Meyer, but Hoffenheim have persuaded him to sign after clinching qualification for next season’s Champions League.Roma boss ‘convinced’ Alisson will stayRoma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is hopeful that goalkeeper Alisson will remain with the club through the summer.The 25-year-old shot-stopper is wanted by the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid, having enjoyed a fine season in the Italian capital.His coach, however, is optimistic that the Brazil international will not depart Italy.Check out the full story right here on Goal ! ‘Real Madrid should not go crazy for Salah’Former Real Madrid star Predrag Mijatovic has cautioned his old club against pursuing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, believing they would be better served developing their own young stars.Egypt international Salah has enjoyed a staggering debut season at Anfield, winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot award and spearheading the Reds’ charge to the Champions League final.His form since moving from Roma is rumoured to have caught the interest of Madrid, but Mijatovic would prefer Los Blancos to focus on their emerging crop of talents.Check out the full story right here on Goal ! Benitez would welcome Torres to NewcastleNewcastle boss Rafael Benitez has admitted that he would love Fernando Torres to join him at the club.The 34-year-old striker is an iconic figure in the history of Atletico Madrid but will leave the Spanish side at the end of the season after helping them to win the Europa League.Benitez has worked with Torres previously at Liverpool and Chelsea, and would be eager to be reunited with his countryman once again, even if he admits that it is a long shot.Check out the full story right here on Goal ! Bayern make €60m move for BaileyBayern Munich have put in a €60 million (£52m/$71m) bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey, reports ESPN . While the Bundesliga champions are eager to sign the winger, his current club are holding out for closer to €100m and would rather sell their prized asset to Real Madrid. Chelsea are also keeping an eye on him.Jorginho subject to €75m bidManchester City have bid €75 million (£65m/$88m) for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, according to Italian broadcaster Radio CRC .The Italy international, 26, is one of the top targets for Pep Guardiola this summer as the Premier League champions aim to become the first side to win back-to-back titles since Manchester United achieved it a decade ago.City eye Iniesta in player-coach roleManchester City are keen to bring Andres Iniesta into the club in a player-coach role, according to Yahoo Sport .Arteta is expected to be confirmed as Arsenal manager in the coming weeks, and will thus vacate his coaching role at the club.Iniesta and City are in talks over a deal, and the Barcelona legend is keen on a move.Herrera hopeful over Manchester United futureAnder Herrera is hopeful he will remain at Manchester United next season, but accepts the club may reinforce their midfield this summer.”My future is the FA Cup final. I want to be here next season and unless the club sack me, I will be here in pre-season and fight to keep adding games to my total,” he said, as quoted by  The Guardian .Read the full story on Goal ! Spurs close in on Barca youngster Riqui PuigTottenham are close to signing Barcelona youngster Riqui Puig, according to Sport .The 18-year-old enjoyed a sparkling season in the UEFA Youth League and, though he has an offer to move into Barca’s B team, Spurs have made contact with the teenager and are hopeful of completing a deal.Marseille would ignore €80m Thauvin bidMarseille would ignore an €80 million offer for Florian Thauvin, according to the club’s president Jacques-Henri Eyraud.The former Newcastle United flop has enjoyed a stunning season in Ligue 1 but the club is in no rush to cash in on him.Read the full story on Goal ! Dembele to ditch Barcelona for PSG Ousmane Dembele is ready to give up on his Barcelona career and wants to negotiate a move to Paris Saint-Germain,  Don Balon  reports.The French winger has struggled with injury and form since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund earlier this season and is ready to start talks with PSG, while Barca are even willing to sell for a cut price of €100 million ($118m/£87m).Dybala emerges as Madrid’s plan BWhile Neymar remains Real Madrid’s top target for the summer, Juventus ace Paulo Dybala has emerged as the club’s secondary option, reports Don Balon . Dybala is on the outs with Massimiliano Allegri, but the Spanish giants will face stiff competition for the Argentine from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Guardiola wants Kroos at CityPep Guardiola wants to bring Toni Kroos to Manchester City this summer as he attempts to build a team that can challenge for the Champions League title, according to Don Balon . The manager is familiar with the midfielder from their time together at Bayern Munich, but he will face competition from former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who would like to bring the German to Manchester United. Ramos to join Beckham’s MLS sideSergio Ramos is considering a move to Major League Soccer to join David Beckham’s Miami team when his Real Madrid contract is up, reports Don Balon . The Spanish defender and his former team-mate are still close friends, and Ramos is seriously considering a move to the United States for his twilight years. The Miami side will join MLS in 2020. Moyes tops Stoke’s wishlistDavid Moyes is Stoke’s top choice to lead the club’s promotion chase next season, according to the Mirror . Paul Lambert’s four-month run as the club’s manager came to an end with the Potter’s relegation. Moyes is a free agent after his deal with West Ham ran out this week and Stoke are hoping to land the 55-year-old as the club looks to make a quick return to the Premier League. Agent fee a sticking point on Evans moveThe agent of Johnny Evans wants a £4 million fee ($5m) if he can secure a £3m move to Leicester City for the defender, according to the Daily Mail . Evans has a £3m relegation release clause in his contract, but the large fee for his agent is holding up a move to the Foxes, who are trying to sing him for the third window running. Hart to get Premier League lifelineFormer Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to get a Premier League lifeline, with Southampton and Wolves set to offer him a place next season, the Mirror reports. The 31-year-old has been on loan at Torino and West Ham for the last two seasons and was left off England’s World Cup squad for the summer. Saints chasing defensive duoSouthampton are set to bolster their back-line after the winter departure of Virgil van Dijk, reports The Sun .  A £20 million ($27m) move for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson is first up, with the club also interested in Swansea’s Alfie Mawson.Everton offer Rooney open-ended returnWayne Rooney is still weighing up the option to join D.C. United in Major League Soccer, but has been given an open-ended invitation to return to Everton as a coach, reports the Daily Mail . The move to MLS will not stop the offer from Rooney, but the chance to stay home and launch his coaching career might impact his decision to move to the United States.last_img read more


first_imgDay two of the National 18 Years Touch Football Championships was another of picture perfect conditions. Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) continued their dominance in both the Mens and Womens competition, but there are certainly other teams setting themselves to challenge for a finals berth on Saturday. MENS: In the Mens division NSWCHS, Sydney Mets, QSST, Central Queensland and North Queensland are looking like they will all be fighting for the title, although an upset or two can never be discounted. The Sydney Mets are looking to challenge the school sides, with Youth World Cup 20’s member Jai Ayoub leading the way with seven touchdowns for the tournament. NSWCHS have also had a relatively easy run, scoring double figures in each of the first four matches; Alyd Owen is leading the side with nine touchdowns for the tournament. QSST have not been troubled except for a 5-5 draw against Central Queensland, who look like a side that may just cause an upset in the finals. The local Northern Eagles side has played well and may just scrape into the top eight finals with matches against South Australia and Victoria still to play. South Australia and Victoria have struggled throughout the tournament, beaten severely most matches, and will no doubt be anticipating their match against each other. NT broke through for their first win at the Championships beating the ACT 7-3. WOMENS: In the Womens division a QSST side stacked with Australian representative players looks difficult to beat, scoring a remarkable 43 touchdowns for the tournament in just the first four matches. Gemma Etheridge and Belinda Hammett have each scored six touchdowns after four rounds, but with all of the QSST side able to score and do so multiple times, it seems the QSST side are red hot favourites. South Queensland Border Districts (SQBD) will be one side looking to challenge their Queensland competition, undefeated in pool three so far. The ACT look like they will miss out on a position in the top eight finals, disappointing considering the improvement they have shown in the past two years. TouchWest (WA) appear to be taking up the challenge to the dominance of NSW and Queensland however, after challenging the top ranked NSWCHS side in a tough 6-4 encounter. If TouchWest can beat NSWCCC in their match tomorrow, they will be virtually guranteed a top eight final and the highest finish of any non-Queensland or NSW side. NSWCHS had another tough match against the NSWCCC side before finishing round four with an easy 15-0 win over SA. Ashleigh Dobbins and Jessie Shea are leading the NSWCHS side, with six touchdowns each for the tournament. The afternoon borught some of the tighest competition so far, NSWCIS and SunCoast playing out a 4-4 draw, while the Southern Suns and the Scorpions also recorded a 4-4 draw. SWQ held off NT 5-4, denying the NT their first win of the 2004 Championships. The final round matches will be played on Friday morning, followed by the qualifying finals Friday afternoon. Play-offs, semi finals and grand finals will be played on Saturday from 8:00am. The Womens grand final will begin at 3:00pm Saturday, followed by the Mens grand final at 4:00pm. Entry to the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium is free. For all individual statistics and team positions on the ladders please use the links to the Sporting Pulse results page. This is found on the ATA results story. By Rachel Moyle, read more

Bringing budding and experienced artists under one roof

first_imgVisiting A.I.F.A.C.S (All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society) has always been an energising experience for me as it helps to dust off stress from my soul. This monsoon, there is a colourful display of paintings belonging to veteran and junior artists on one platform. The initiative to bring both the junior and senior artists under one roof is a commendable step as it instills a sense of pride and confidence amongst the emerging and young artists, as they find their works being displayed with the stalwarts of art fraternity. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThere are paintings of different genres; some are vibrant; some inspire the human imagination; some help to bridge the gap between space and material objects; some are depositories of history and take us back into bygone eras while some challenge your ability to create meaning; some help to look at the outside world with a different colour. Big names like Ram V Sutar, Biman Bihari Das Paramjeet Singh, Jivan Adilja, Krishna Ahuja, Jagdish Dey Archana Das, B N Sehgal, Moen Fatima, to name a few have their precious artworks which are being displayed at the esteemed gallery. Among the young and emerging artists there are works of Harinder Prasad, Pankaj Goswami, Bharti Dayal and many others. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardHarinder Prasad is a promising artist as at a tender age he deals with tough subjects. Moen Fatima’s work shows a lady with two swans. The painting is suggestive of compassion of humans on animals and birds; something which is missing in this materialistic world. Although the subject is simple yet its very meaningful. Balance use of cool and warm colours have been the painting very captivating. The compassion in the eyes of the lady are worth noticing. Paramjeet Singh seem to suggest the same meaning through his artwork. In his artwork, a lady is seen in harmony with nature. The colour combination has made the painting elegant and vivacious. Late Archana Das’ painting is a unique blend of child like innocence and adult like wisdom. The use of earthy colours have made very bright and harmonious. Both horse and elephant stand for power and wealth and suggest that our fast paced lives are being increasingly overshadowed by greed for power and pelf. In the process we are losing out happiness. Jagdish Dey’s artwork depict the fragile relationship of man and woman. In the painting, the relationship as been shown to be as fragile as an earthen pot. Biman Bihari Das has displayed his majestic sculptures in the garden area of the gallery. His sculpture on Goddess Durga symbolises victory of good over evil. The colourful exhibition of junior and senior artists is on display at the esteemed gallery of A.I.F.A.C.S till July 18. It’s a must visit for the art lovers.last_img read more

Yao Ming Visits Africa To Raise Awareness Of Poaching Crisis

first_imgFormer NBA star and WildAid Ambassador, Yao Ming, is in Africa to document the poaching crisis facing rhinos and elephants, as a result of Asian demand for rhino horn and ivory.Yesterday he was at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, and blogged about his experiences.“[Ol Pejeta Conservancy] a private, non-profit wildlife sanctuary and home to Kenya’s highest concentration of wildlife. It’s also the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, making Ol Pejeta a key player in protecting one of the world’s most endangered species.“Together with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), they have created an elaborate security system at the Conservancy, which combines rhino patrols, armed teams, tracker dogs, aircrafts, cattle herders and local communities, and even an electrified fence that surrounds the entire perimeter of this 90,000 acre sanctuary!“Poaching has become such a serious problem in East Africa, that last year alone, Ol Pejeta lost five of their 88 rhinos to poachers, which has been their greatest loss in twenty years. Ol Pejeta and the KWS have had to step up their game to defeat poaching, and some members of the security team undergo intensive training programs to sharpen their surveillance skills.”You can follow Yao Ming’s journey on his blog.last_img read more

Loonie surges 34 of a cent against greenback TSX down despite oil

first_imgTORONTO – The loonie jumped nearly three-quarters of a cent Wednesday, punching above the 81-cent mark, following comments by the U.S. Treasury Secretary that a weaker greenback is good because it helps American exporters.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 81.03 cents US, up 0.73 of a U.S. cent — its highest value since Sept. 25.Speaking this morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he’s not concerned with the recent weakening of the U.S. dollar because when the currency goes down, it makes U.S. goods less expensive in other markets.On Wednesday, the greenback was down against most currencies, hitting a three-year low against the euro.Todd Mattina, a chief economist at Mackenzie Investments, said Mnuchin’s comments about the greenback were surprising because he was basically breaking with the long-standing “strong dollar policy” in the U.S.“The markets were certainly struck by that. In a way, the Treasury secretary was just describing what everyone knows,” Mattina said. “But the fact that he broke with the official, long-standing strong U.S. dollar policy really re-enforced concerns that the U.S. was going to be pursuing a weaker dollar, perhaps more protectionist trade policies, all with the goal of strengthening its trade deficit.”James Hughes, chief market analyst at AxiTrader, said Mnuchin’s comments could possibly be seen as White House spin from the Trump administration.He said the temporary U.S. government shut down for three days has not helped the greenback, but also suggested the currency’s slide may have more to do with its global-reserve currency status.“Central banks and governments have been recently diversifying their reserve currency, which means selling U.S. dollars,” Hughes said.“With many diversifying into the Australian and Canadian dollar as well as the all-important (Chinese) Renminbi. Recently Germany, France and the European Central Bank as a whole have moved millions of dollars to the Chinese currency.“The question is whether it is diversification, or a dumping of the dollar as its weakness continues?”In Canadian equity markets, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 73.34 points to 16,284.21 on Wednesday — despite a rally in oil prices, as the March crude contract soared US$1.14 to US$65.61 per barrel.South of the border, U.S. stocks wobbled and finished mostly lower on Wall Street as technology companies including chipmakers dropped.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 41.31 points to 26,252.12, a record high. The S&P 500 index edged back 1.59 points to 2,837.54 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 45.23 points to 7,415.06.Elsewhere in commodities, the February gold contract climbed US$19.60 to US$1,356.30 an ounce. Investors tend to push up prices for precious metals when they’re worried about a weak dollar and the prospect of higher inflation.The March copper contract gained 12 cents to US$3.23 a pound and the March natural gas contract added four cents to US$3.08 per mmBTU.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Raja of Casablanca Wins Second African Confederation Cup

Rabat – Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca won the African Confederation Cup despite a dramatic 3-1 defeat in the second leg of the final, which took place tonight in Kinshasa.Kinshasa was never going to be easy for Raja of Casablanca, especially after slapping DR Congo’s Vita in an unforgettable night in Casablanca.So when the Moroccans walked down the Congolese stadium, they did so, as their coach said in the pre-match press conference, with the feeling of a tough but achievable mission. They knew that the Congolese side is famous for being clinical and rapacious at home. So they had to deal with it. Raja started the game rather confidently. Perhaps in a bid to maintain their first leg dominance, the Moroccans kicked off with tempo and energy, indefatigably running at the Congolese. The Moroccans were impressive, rampant, offensive, and dominant. At least during the first 20 minutes.That first half energy was soon rewarded. Just 21 minutes in the game, Raja’s Abdelilah Hafidi sent home a fine goal. It was not only a goal, though. It was a staggering statement, one that evinced all the importance that Raja attached to the continental glory that has not been theirs since 2003. At 1-0 in favor of the away side, it was difficult for the home side, the Congolese, not to feel haunted, hunted. The crowd begged for, demanded a reaction.Faithful to their pristine home reputation, however, Vita players progressively grew into the game. Such, in fact, was their growth that, in the last minutes of the first half, they announced what the second would be like for Raja: a nightmare, a hellish experience. One of those moments when you pray the gods of the game to already end the suffering that the opponents are callously inflicting on your side.At 45+4, in the dying minutes of the first half, Vita’s Jean-Marc Makusu scored the equalizer. That was never enough to bring hope back. But it counted—crucially.Armed with their famous “home winner” mentality, Vita stressed Raja to their core, crushing the Moroccans’ tactical disposition and forcing them to defend. So intense was the Congolese pressure that Raja was reduced to a defensive team.Stylish, dominant, irrepressible, stubborn, and impossibly invasive, Vita were all over the place. Raja tried to resist, but the heat proved unbearable. So they gave in reluctantly, frustratingly, ruefully.2-1 at minute 71, 3-1 at the 74th minute, it was now Raja that stood incredibly shocked at the seemingly imperturbable composure of this bunch of Congolese lads who actually believed that a miracle was possible.Perhaps aware that playing offensively would amount to nothing but reckless lack of judgment, Raja’s Spanish coach instructed his players to park the bus.But isn’t that what Raja had been doing for the entire second half? So he told them to park it even further, to erect a defensive citadel so impenetrable that Vida’s attacking would ultimately sound laughable.That was it. Ultimately, Raja suffered greatly, but they won deservedly, at least when you consider how dominant they, too, had been at home just a week ago.It was a commendable display from Vita, but an enterprising match from Raja, for in the end they won. On aggregate, the score sheet read 4-3 in favor of Raja, definitely sealing the Moroccans’ first major continental trophy in 15 years. read more

Ban Kimoon hails signing of status of forces agreement for Darfur mission

14 February 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing of the status of forces agreement (SOFA) for the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) deployed to Darfur to try to quell the violence and suffering in the war-wracked Sudanese region. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing of the status of forces agreement (SOFA) for the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) deployed to Darfur to try to quell the violence and suffering in the war-wracked Sudanese region.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban noted that the SOFA was signed on 10 February by Rodolphe Adada, the Joint Special Representative of the UN and AU to Darfur, and Sudanese Foreign Minister Deng Alor.The SOFA covers the activities of the military, police and civilian personnel of the mission, which is expected to have almost 26,000 uniformed personnel when it reaches full deployment. It deals with UNAMID funds, property and communications facilities, as well as the safety and security of mission personnel, their privileges and immunities, and their ability to enter and exit Sudan.“The signing of this agreement represents a positive step forward in our efforts to deploy UNAMID, and the Secretary-General would like to congratulate all parties involved in the negotiations leading to the conclusion of the SOFA,” the statement said.Responding to questions from reporters today, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General and UN peacekeeping officials were continuing with their “vigorous quest” to obtain commitments from Member States for the remaining capacities that UNAMID needs – such as military aircraft – to be able to fulfil its entire mandate. read more

Annan recommends extension of UN mission in Cyprus

“The distrust between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side has persisted, as has the military posture and the concomitant perception of threat,” Mr. Annan says in a report to the Security Council, which recommends that the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), set to expire on 16 June, be extended through 15 December 2005.”In this situation,” he continues, “I continue to believe that the presence of UNFICYP on the island remains necessary for the maintenance of the ceasefire and in order to foster conditions conducive to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.”The Secretary-General adds that he does not believe that the time is ripe to appoint a full-time representative, saying that the UNFICYP chief will continue to act as his representative on the ground. He will, in addition, dispatch a senior Secretariat official to visit Cyprus, Greece and Turkey to assess the situation. There has been little political movement, he says in the report. Official contacts between the two parties have not resumed since the April 2004 a referendum on a comprehensive settlement plan failed. About 65 per cent of Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the plan, while 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted against it. Last October, following both the referendum and over eight years of an improved security climate, the Council accepted Mr. Annan’s proposal to restructure UNFICYP, cutting the military component from 1,224 to 860 and increasing the deployment of UN civilian police, which then stood at 45 and has yet to reach the mandated ceiling of 69. The report says that the strength of the military component now stands at 869, with 52 civilian police.Security Council consultations on Cyprus are scheduled for tomorrow. read more

UN agency helps largest batch of refugees return home to Liberia since

It was the first glimpse of Liberia in several years for many of the 560 Liberians whom headed back to Lofa County on 21 January. This latest convoy from Sierra Leone boosted the number of refugees brought home by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners since October 2004 to 6,559.In a video for UNHCR recorded shortly before her 16 January inauguration, Liberia’s new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, pledged that her Government will work with the agency and its partners to help refugees settle in, find work and obtain basic services.The president’s filmed message was part of a UNHCR mass information campaign for some 190,000 Liberian refugees scattered across West Africa.Andrew Mayne, UNHCR deputy representative in Sierra Leone, said the large number of refugees in this latest convoy showed Liberians’ strong desire to go home. “UNHCR is committed to assisting those refugees who want to go back to Liberia to do so as soon as possible, both in safety and dignity,” he said.Many of the refugees fled Liberia in 2000 to escape the brutal war that plagued the country during the rule of Charles Taylor. Sierra Leone has harboured more than 60,000 refugees and still hosts about 39,000 registered Liberian refugees in eight camps in the eastern and southern part of the country.Poor road conditions forced the suspension of return operations between July and November 2005, but convoys resumed in late December and are now running each week.Refugees are given food and supplies before departure and then given a cash grant when they arrive in Liberia so they can head to their final destination. Another two months of food assistance is provided to the returnees in Liberia and UNHCR operates programs to help the refugees integrate into their homeland.The establishment of a democratically elected Government in Liberia culminates the peace process envisaged in the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 18 August 2003. During this period, the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) supported national efforts to achieve the transition to democracy by providing a secure environment, disarming more than 100,000 ex-combatants, facilitating the return of tens of thousands of displaced persons and refugees, and helping organize the recent free and fair elections. read more

MidWestern honoured as major international player in drilling equipment

first_imgFor over 65 years of being an international leader in manufacturing quality pneumatic and hydraulic drilling equipment for mining and minerals, and for recently opening its world headquarters in Wentzville, Missouri, Mid-Western LLC received the Business Spotlight Award for December from the Economic Development Roundtable of St. Charles County. With company roots dating back to the 1940s in Joplin, Missouri, Mid-Western has earned a solid reputation as an American manufacturer of high-powered, pneumatic and hydraulic drills and replacement parts. The company’s products are extensively used in mining operations in North and South America, South Africa, Australia, Europe, and Russia. One of the newest products is a compact hydraulic rotary drilling rig capable of drilling up to 90 m deep from a minimal footprint. With almost 20 employees at the new Wentzville headquarters, the company expects to nearly double in the next few years.“ Jackleg and hydraulic rotary drills built by Mid-Western are world-renowned and industry standards across the globe,” said Scott J. Drachnik, Senior Vice President of business development and marketing for the Economic Development Center (EDC) of St. Charles County. “Thanks to the new investment in Wentzville, and exciting growth plans, Mid-Western is poised for new levels of success for years to come.”last_img read more