Spain’s National Court Dismisses Fraud and Money Laundering Case against Lionel Messi

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. argentinabarcelonacourtfraud First Published: September 30, 2019, 10:39 PM IST Madrid: Spain’s National Court on Monday said it had dismissed a complaint against Barcelona’s Lionel Messi filed by a former employee of the Argentine footballer’s foundation, who had accused him of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering.In dismissing the case, the judge wrote that the complaint “was based on an account put together from stories in the press, without bringing even a single element that was personally and directly known” by the plaintiff. The complaint had been filed in June by Federico Rettori, an Argentine national living in Majorca who formerly worked for Messi’s charity.In it, he named the Barcelona striker, the charity, his father Jorge and brother Rodrigo and “all the people, as yet unidentified, who in one form or another administered or managed the funds at the Leo Messi Foundation,” the document said.He claimed that funds received by the foundation which “should have been directed to social causes” instead went “towards various private activities or bank accounts that differed from those that were declared by the foundation”.Last year, Rettori filed suit in Argentina on similar grounds. According to a judicial source, it prompted the opening of a preliminary investigation but so far, neither Messi nor his father have been charged. last_img read more

Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez refuse to attend Pakistan fitness camp

first_imgPakistan all-rounders Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez are set to skip a four-day fitness test organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board for all its centrally-contracted players.Even though the new selection committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq had ignored Afridi, opener Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal for the month-long training camp being set up in Abbottabad for the tour to England, all three were directed to appear for the fitness tests.Afridi tweeted about his non-availability for the tests.I have told @TheRealPCB that I won’t be available for fintess test due to knee niggle1/2 Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 8, 2016Afridi said he is recuperating to be fit to represent English County side Hampshire and join them for their domestic T20 event.”I am keen to play for Hampshire and I want to regain fitness before joining them,” Afridi said.Hafeez also said he had informed the board about his unavailability for the fitness tests.Hafeez said he couldn’t take the tests since he was yet to recover completely from injuries in the knee muscle.”I have been undergoing a rehabilitation program at the national academy for the injury since the last six weeks but it is too early to say how much time it will take for me to recovery completely,” Hafeez said.last_img read more

IPL 2017, RCB v RPS Highlights: How Pune ended their losing streak this season

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 17 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiant at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.Bangalore Innings:23.39 IST: RPS (161/8) crush RCB (134/9) by 27 runs. Ab de Villiers 29, Stokes 3/18, Thakur 3/35 DONE & DUSTED! We have won by 27 runs, defending the lowest ever total at Chinnaswamy. What a bowling effort! ??? #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201723.34 IST: Bangalore need an improbably 31 runs off the last over with just 2 wickets in hand. 23.31 IST: WICKET! Unadkat knocks out Badree’s middle-stump. RCB 126/8, need 36 off 10 balls23.30 IST: WICKET! Thakur castles Binny for 18 with Bangalore on 125/7 in 18 ovs, need 36 runs off 12 balls.23.25 IST: Thakur to Negi, OUT! Tripathi takes a stunning catch in the deep as Negi departs for 10, Thakur gets the wicket. RCB 123/6, need 39 off 15 ballsThat’s some catch! Negi(10) caught out by Tripathi. #RCB is 123/6 after 17.3 overs. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201723.22 IST: Christian concedes 13 runs off the over. Bangalore 115/5 in 17 ovs, need 47 from 18 balls. Required run rate: 15.6723.16 IST: Stokes to Watson, BOWLED! Stokes makes a terrific comeback! Stokes unleashes a knuckle ball and on the sticks, the ball stays a bit low as Shane Watson tries to play it across the line. He misses and the middle stump is uprooted. Ben Stokes goes down in celebration. Big wicket for Pune! The collapse continues for RCB (101/5, need 61 from 25 balls) Shane Watson goes for 14 as Stokes takes the wicket. Binny and Negi are on the pitch for #RCB, #PlayBold #VIVOIPL #RCBvRPS- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201723.11 IST: Unadkat to Jadhav, WICKET! Dragged on! The pressure was building up on the Bangalore batsmen and a wicket was round the corner. Slower delivery on a length outside off, Jadhav skips down the track, looks to hit it but once again fails to pick the slower one. The ball doesn’t bounce much and goes off the inside edge onto the pads. The struggle continues for RCB (91/4, need 71 from 31 balls) advertisementJadhav(18) takes a swing but misses and gets bowled ?? #RCB is 92/4 after 15 overs. #RCBvRPS #PlayBold #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201723.00 IST: No boundaries off the last 26 balls. Pune are bouncing back hard. Tahir ends up with the figures of 4-0-27-1! Required run rate is over 11 now and the pressure is on for RCB 83/3, need 79 from 42 balls22.56 IST: Excellent over from Christian, just 6 runs came off it. RCB 78/3 in 12 ovs, need 84 from 48 balls 22.47 IST: Tahir to ABD, STUMPED! Top stuff from Dhoni! Tahir loops it nicely on off. The ball grips and turns away sharply. De Villiers comes forward to defend but gets beaten by that sharp turn. Dhoni behind the stumps is lightning quick in collecting and whipping the bails off. Dhoni is confident and de Villiers also know he is in trouble. The umpires go upstairs and the replays show the greatness of Dhoni’s work behind the stumps. Tahir is amongst wickets again. RCB 70/3, need 92 from 58 ballsOff in a flash ?. Just like that – A @msdhoni special! #RCBvRPS #IPL – @RPSupergiants pic.twitter.com/pRYUkJRmI4- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2017MS Dhoni ???? @ABdeVilliers17(29) is stumped out. #RCB is 70/3 after 10.2 overs.#RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 2017That has gone upstairs! #MahirTahir with a brilliant ball & Dhoni with the quick stumping sends ABD back!????? #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201722.41 IST: Bangalore 63/2 in 9 ovs, need 99 from 66 balls. De Villiers 28*, Jadhav 6*. 22.39 IST: Tahir to ABD, SIX!! Nailed it! Tossed up outside off, de Villiers makes room, gets down on one knee and clobbers it over extra cover for a maximum. That’s a superb inside out shot.22.36 IST: Meanwhile, take a look at the biggest six of the night hit by none other than – Mahendra Singh Dhoni.22.27 IST: End of powerplay! Pune would be really happy at this stage to see the back of Kohli. RCB 42/2 in 6 ovs, need 120 off 84 balls22.26 IST: Stokes to Kohli, OUT!! Stokes strikes! Ben Stokes keeps it short which bounces head height, Kohli tries to slash it but it takes a top edge and goes high up in the air. Ajinkya Rahane, at sweeper cover, gets under it and pouches it easily. A huge blow to Bangalore and Manoj Tiwary must be the happiest person on the field right now.#Viratkohli(28) caught out by Rahane ?? Kedar on the pitch #RCB is 41/2 after 5.3 overs. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201722.22 IST: Kohli and de Villiers have already put on 25 off 19 balls. RCB 39/1 in 5 ovs, need 123 from 90 balls22.17 IST: Thakur to Kohli, FOUR!! That’s class, really class! Full around middle, Kohli gets across and just flicks it. Gets it off the middle and through mid-wicket for a boundary.advertisement22.14 IST: Unadkat to ABD, SIX! AB de Villiers ends Unadkat’s over with a maximum. RCB 25/1 in 3 ovs. Required rate: 8.0622.090 IST: FOUR!!! AB de Villiers sends it racing to the boundary.22.07 IST: Thakur to Mandeep, OUT!!!! Third wicket taking delivery of the over and finally Shardul Thakur has one. Short and outside off, Mandeep tries to cut it but edges it. And Dhoni does the rest. Thakur starts appealing and the umpire obliges. Another failure for Mandeep Singh at the top.. @mandeeps12(0) has been caught by Dhoni ?? #RCB is 14/1 after 1.5 overs. @ABdeVilliers17 steps in. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201722.05 IST: Dropped!! Manoj Tiwary spills Kohli’s catch.  FOUR AND DROPPED! Harsh call but technically it is. Shardul bowls this on a length and outside off, Kohli punches it towards the bowler who stoops low gets his hands to it but fails to hold onto it. The ball goes down the ground for a boundary.That was a close one ??as Manoj drops @imVkohli catch. Captain gets another life! #RCBvRPS #PlayBold #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/A472NvMGWN- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201722.04 IST: FOUR!!!!  Virat Kohli greets Shardul Thakur with a boundary.22.01 IST: SIX!!! Kohli off the mark.Classy shot! Fuller delivery outside off, Kohli walks ahead and across and flicks it over mid-wicket for a biggie. Lovely work of wrists and Bangalore are away. RCB: 7/0 (1 over)22.00 IST: Mandeep Singh walks out with his captain. Jaydev Unadkat  with the new ball.Pune Innings:21.55 IST: When MS Dhoni landed the ball on the roof.  Classic Mahi.VIDEO #IPL: POWER! When @msdhoni was in the house. You needed one fielder on the roof https://t.co/u0yzWeXM0i – @RPSupergiants #RCBvRPS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 201721.45 IST: RPS collapse from 127/2 to 161/8 in 20 ovs vs RCB. Tripathi 31,Tiwary 27, Milne 2/27, Aravind 2/29#RPS finish the first innings at 161/8. Some good bowling by #RoyalChallengers Can’t wait for the exciting chase #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/CAs2Ntob2T- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.40 IST: Watson to Manoj, SIX!! Manoj brings up 150 for Pune with a SIX. RPS 151/7 in 19 ovs. Last 4 overs: 34 runs, 5 wickets21.30 IST: Milne to Thakur, OUT!! Adam Milne is on a hat-trick! Fuller delivery, outside off, Thakur checks his drive and it goes towards the cover region. AB de Villiers there takes a comfortable catch and Shardul Thakur has to depart! The Bangalore crowd is up and buzzing, the atmosphere is brilliant. RPS 130/7 in 17.2 ovs#RPS is 132/7 after 18 overs after wickets fell all over the place! #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL #PlayBold #RCB- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.30 IST: Milne to Stokes, BOWLED! He strikes straightaway! On a length and outside off, Stokes tries to pull it away but it takes the inside edge and the ball uproots the off pole. Once again, Ben Stokes fails to make a mark. Bangalore have pulled things back impressively well in the last 2 or 3 overs.It’s raining wickets! @AdamMilne19 gets Stoke’s(1) wicket! Straight Bowled again! ??????#PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.26 IST: Aravind to Christian, OUT! Christian holes out! A touch ahead of length around middle, Christian just flicks it and the ball sails into the deep. Mandeep Singh at deep square leg, with a forward dive. RPS 129/5 in 16.5 ovsadvertisementSreenath Aravind again!!???????? Mandeep catches Christian(1) #RPS is 129/5 after 16.5 overs. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.23 IST: Aravind to Smith, BOWLED! Timber! Wickets of the two consecutive balls! Cutter around off, angling in, Smith looks to drag it but the ball keeps a touch low and goes through under his bat and knocks off the stumps. Bangalore are back on top. Pune now have two new batsmen out in the middle.Sreenath Aravind!! Straight bowled! Smith(27) is out! #RPS is 127/4 after 16.1 overs #RCBvRPS #PlayBold #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/NawwVgBU6R- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.22 IST: Watson to Dhoni, OUT! Dragged on! Very full outside off, Dhoni tries to go after Watson. Plays the expansive cover drive but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. Watson has his man. Dhoni was looking good out in the middle but now has to walk back.#watto take a much needed wicket! Dhoni’s(28) streak ends! #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/swSYZHUD6L- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.15 IST: Watson to Smith, FOUR! In the gap as well! Length delivery outside off, Smith pulls it through mid-wicket. Finds the gap as well and the ball touches the fence.FOUR! #Smithy goes for it! This brings up the 5?0? partnership between him & #msdhoni #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201721.11 IST: Strategic time-out! Pune 117/2 in 15 ovs. Smith 22*, Dhoni 23*. Partnership: 48 off 40 ballsDhoni(23) and Smith(23) building a good partnership. #RPS is 117/2 after 15 overs. Time for some wickets now! #RCB #PlayBold #RCBvRPS- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.08 IST: MS Dhoni completes 24,000 runs in all forms of the game in all competitions, international & domestic21.05 IST: Chahal to Dhoni, SIX! KABOOM!! That’s out of here, literally! Served slightly flatter on middle, Dhoni dances down and smokes it over wide long on. The ball has got both the elevation and distance on it and it sails way over the ground and it lands on the roof. That was massive! Dhoni is in his elements. 11 runs off the over. RPS 109/2 in 14 ovs OUT OF THE STADIUM! ??? #MSDHONI #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS pic.twitter.com/5xkrQRFOjP- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201721.01 IST: Experienced heads steady Pune! Smith (14*) and Dhoni (15*) have added 29 runs off 28 balls for the third wicket. RPS 98/2 in 13 ovs20.54 IST: Samuel Badree finishes his spell with a wicket and 32 runs off his 4 overs. RPS 92/2 in 12 ovs20.52 IST: Badree to Smith, FOUR! Finds the gap! And he does so with utter ease. Tossed up around off, Smith gets to the pitch and whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That’s a gorgeous shot.20.48 IST: At the half-way stage Pune are 79/2 in 10 ovs. Dhoni 9*, Smith 3*20.43 IST: Negi to Tripathi, OUT! AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER FROM KOHLI! Flatter and fuller outside off, Tripathi times his cover drive to perfection but fails to keep it along the ground. It’s traveling quickly and at a very low height. Kohli at short extra cover, leaps to his left, stretches both his hands and the ball sticks in his left hand. That’s something special. Captain Kohli has got the whole of M.Chinaswammy on its toes. RPS 69/2 in 8.2 ovs Captain #Viratkohli pulls off a unbelievable catch to send Tripathi(31) back after Negi bowls. #RPS is 69/2 after 9 overs. #RCBvRPS pic.twitter.com/HRtzGbra9F- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201720.38 IST: Badree to Rahane, OUT! TIMBER! Badree tosses up the wrong one around middle. Rahane skips down the track but fails to pick up the wrong one. The ball goes through his defence and shatters the stumps. RPS 68/1 in 8 ovsThat’s a big wicket! #Rahane bowled by Badree. A straight one & he completely missed it. 63/1 in 7.4 overs. ?? #RangWahyJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201720.35 IST: Pawan Negi comes into the attack and concedes just six runs from his first over. RPS 61/0 in 7 ovs20.24 IST: Watson to Rahane, FOUR! So that’s two in two from Rahane! Fuller delivery outside off, Rahane just places his bat on it and guides it through the backward point region. Mandeep Singh tried to stop it by diving to his left but could not get his hand to it. The ball raced away to the fence. RPS reach 50/0 in 5 ovs. 4?4? #Rahane just going for it! ??? #RangWahyJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201720.22 IST: Watson to Rahane, FOUR! Delicate! Length delivery outside off, Rahane stays in his crease and runs it down fine through the third man region for a boundary.20.19 IST: This is the best opening partnership for Pune this season. RPS 41/0 in 4 ovs. Tripathi 21*, Rahane 16*20.16 IST: WELCOME ARAVIND! Tripathi hammers the first maximum of the match. RPS 34/0 in 3.2 ovs20.12 IST: Four boundaries came off the last over from Milne. Rahane and Tripathi both hit two each. RPS 28/0 in 3 ovs20.09 IST: Meanwhile, look who’s watching the match tonight, none other than – Yohan Blake.india am ready @RCBTweets are you ready we need this win tonight come on boys pic.twitter.com/wvTEkaYQ5Z- Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake) April 16, 201720.09 IST: Badree concedes 8 runs from his first over. RPS 11/0 in 2 ovs20.05 IST: Badree to Rahane, FOUR! Looks to give this one a lot of flight but it ends up being a full toss. Rahane flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket for a boundary. The timing was brilliant!20.05 IST: First over from Adam Milne is a good one for the RCB. RPS 3/0 in 1 over20.02 IST: Rahane and Pune get off the mark with an outside-edge which flies towards third man.20.01 IST: New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne will open the attack for RCB. Ajinkya Rahane to take strike for RPS.19.52 IST: Here are the Playing XI’s of both the teams:RCB XI: V Kohli, M Singh, AB de Villiers, K Jadhav, S Watson, S Binny, P Negi, A Milne, S Aravind, Y Chahal, S Badree- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2017RPS XI: A Rahane, R Tripathi, S Smith, B Stokes, M Tiwary, MS Dhoni, D Christian, R Chahar, I Tahir, S Thakur, J Unadkat- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 201719.45 IST: For Pune – Dan Christian and Jaydev Unadkat replace Lockie Ferguson and Ankit Sharma19.40 IST: Bangalore have recalled Shane Watson, Chris Gayle has been benched. Tymal Mills is sick and has been replaced by Adam Milne Check out our line up for #RCBvRPS. With two changes – @AdamMilne19 replaces @tmills15 and @ShaneRWatson33 replaces @henrygayle. #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/s60N2dLvo0- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201719.35 IST: TOSS! Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli wins the toss and opts to bowl vs Steve Smith’s Rising Pune SupergiantBrief Preview:irat Kohli and Steve Smith will be eager to stem the rot when Royal Challengers Bangalore square off with Rising Pune Supergiant in an Indian Premier League encounter on Sunday. (More IPL News)Both the high-profile franchises have lost three out of their four games and would want to arrest the slide as momentum can quickly shift in a high-paced T20 tournament.While Kohli’s return from injury with a stylish half-century was a morale booster for the RCB, they would definitely be disappointed after losing a low-scoring game against Mumbai Indians, having them on the mat.Pune, on the other hand, lost to Gujarat Lions despite a good start to their innings.Kohli and Smith – the two premier batsmen in world cricket – will be desperate to change the script for their respective teams. They would want to plug the holes as well as lead from the front with their individual performances also.Former RPS skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also under pressure to score runs after an indifferent start to IPL 10.For RCB, the next two games give them an opportunity to get four points against two of the relatively unsettled side in the tournament – Pune and Gujarat.last_img read more

Croatia’s Mandzukic announces international retirement a month after World Cup

first_imgMario Mandzukic announced his retirement from international football after playing for Croatia for 11 years and just a month after helping his country register their best ever performance in a World Cup.At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mandzukic was Croatia’s front man and helped the team achieve a silver medal and their best-ever World Cup outing in Russia. Just a day before the silver’s one-month anniversary, 32-year-old Mandzukic took to Instagram and made the announcement.Mandzukic had scored the decisive goal against England in extra time in the World Cup semi-final to help Croatia make it to their first World Cup final. Mandzukic was a part of the Croatian team that played three back-to-back 120-minute matches.In the final, Mandzukic achieved an unwanted piece of history when he became the first player to score an own goal in a World Cup final to give France the lead in the 18th minute of the match.However, he did go on to score Croatia’s second goal in a 4-2 loss to France on July 15.In an emotional farewell message, Mandzukic said the decision was made easier after Croatia reached the World Cup final in Russia.”We have experienced our dream, made a historic success and felt the incredible love of fans,” Mandzukic said.”There is no ideal time to go,” Mandzuklic added. “If we could, I believe that we all would play for Croatia while we live because there is no bigger pride. However, I feel that for me the moment now. That I gave the best of myself, that I contribute to the greatest success of Croatian football.”Mandzukic, who plays for Italian club Juventus, has played 89 games for Croatia, scoring 33 goals — trailing only Davor Suker’s national record of 45. He played at two World Cups and three European Championships.Here is the full statement of Mario Mandzukic:Dear fans, I always prefer to talk on the field rather than outside of it.Therefore, these words come a bit harder than what happened when I had to slip it past an opponent or run a sprint at 120 per minute. Harder, because I know how much joy they bring me — all the gatherings, the game and the victory. Harder, because I know that listening anthem before the game the biggest emotion. Harder, because I know what an honour it is to put on Croatian jersey and represent your country. Harder, because I know that this is the final and that after these words, there is no return. Yet, I know that time is just for those words … I say goodbye to the Croatian national team.advertisementAs much as my silver [at the World Cup 2018] filled me with new energy, it has made it easier for me to make this impossible decision. We have experienced our dream, made a historic success and felt the incredible love of fans. That month, as well as hosting in Zagreb, Slavonski Brod and the whole of Croatia, will remain the most important memories of my career. It was a beautiful journey with the national team and favourite homecoming. I am delighted, and filled up with pride over the silver that we have been dying for years, through much effort, hard work, disappointments and difficult moments.There is no ideal time to go. If we could, I believe that we all would play for Croatia while we live because there is no bigger pride. However, I feel that for me the moment now. That I gave the best of myself, that I contribute to the greatest success of Croatian football. Mario Mandzukic helped Croatia achieved their best-ever World Cup finish in Russia. (Reuters Photo)14 years ago, the first time I was in the junior national team, I put on a sacred jersey. Since then I have met, played and worked with a lot of great players, coaches and people around the team. We all had the same goal – to give everything for the success of Croatian. I thank everyone, because everyone in some way left a mark in my career. On this journey they have always been my closest, and whom I thank for their great support.And finally, thank you fans. None of us is perfect. Missing a chance, losing the ball or misunderstood. Well, I’ve always given my best and left my heart on the field. Thank you for recognising and being with me and the team.As of today, my place is with you – among the most loyal Croatian fans.Love, Mandzo(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Mets claim second Open’s title

first_imgBoth teams started off strong with opportunities but due to solid defence could not get the ball across the line.When it looked like the Mets would score the first touchdown after five minutes, the Cobras Emily Hopkin put everything into a diving touch to stop the half before the pass could be thrown. The Mets eventually scored the first touchdown of the game after a well planned half runner picked up Megan Campbell getting away from her winger.Both teams continued to pressure each other’s lines but with strong defence and touchdown saving touches Mets kept the lead at 1-0.The Cobras got the scores to 1-all with a few minutes to go in the first half with a diving touchdown to Stevie-Lee Thompson on the wing.Cobras started off the second half with the first two touchdowns to get out to an extremely handy lead, both scored by Stevie-Lee Thompson on the wing with one being a controversial decision with the wind playing havoc. The Mets were equal to the challenge thrown down by the Cobras and found themselves in the lead with three quick touchdowns. Nicky Albery started the second half scoring with a touchdown on the wing, which was followed by a dive over touchdown to Kate Fitzsimmons after a middle link switch. The third straight touchdown was scored by Kristen Boss bitting a hole between the two middles.Sam Hopkin came to the rescue, scoring in the link to get Cobras back to level pegging late in the second half. Comments were already starting to make their way around the fields question if the game would go to a drop-off or not?   The Cobras and Mets then traded touchdowns through Louise Winchester and Nicole McHugh for the Mets and Sam Hopkin and Kirsty Quince for Cobras.The drop-off only lasted three sets of six, with Cobras holding Mets off in the first set of six touches but were unable to score themselves.  The Mets took the ball down to the Cobras line and Louise Winchester scored a similar touchdown to her one during the match switching in from the link and diving at the line. The Touchdown secured the win for Mets.last_img read more

Rising Temperatures May Cause Slippery Driving Conditions

first_imgDrivers are encouraged to check road conditions before travelling tonight, Jan. 25, and into the morning hours. As the temperature climbs from freezing to above-zero overnight, a thin layer of ice may develop on roads, causing slippery driving conditions. When temperatures rise, moisture is pulled from the ground and re-freezes, even in above zero temperatures. Drivers can check the latest road conditions by viewing highway webcams on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/cameras or by calling 511 or mobile 511 on their phones. Information on safe winter driving is also available on the website.last_img

Federal watchdog says fouryearold victims rights regime falling short

first_imgOTTAWA — The new federal watchdog for victims of crime says rules to give victims and their families a bigger voice in the justice system have fallen short of their intended mark and need to be rethought.The previous Conservative government introduced what it called a victims’ bill of rights almost four years ago that allowed victims of crime to get information about offenders and have their views taken into account when decisions are made.The regime to enforce those rights doesn’t go far enough, says Heidi Illingworth, who late last year became federal ombudsman for victims of crime.In an interview, Illingworth says she wants to see the regime strengthened to give victims “legally enforceable” rights because “we still are not there yet.”She used the example of how relatives of Tori Stafford weren’t able to provide their thoughts on transfer decisions for the two people convicted in the eight-year-old’s 2009 murder, only finding out after the killers had been moved.Illingworth says she plans to launch a special review of the framework to highlight the issue and provide recommendations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Afghanistan UN envoy in touch with interim leaders to control fighting in

Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who held talks with Chairman Karzai and Interior Minister Qanoni on Tuesday, today discussed the fighting with Afghanistan’s Defence Minister. All three Afghan officials said they would do all possible to bring the situation under control, according to the spokesman.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported tensions in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and fighting in two areas nearby: the Sholgarah district and Sari Pul. UNAMA personnel on the ground are in frequent contact with the parties concerned – mainly leaders of Jamiat, Jumbish and Hizb-e-Wahdat – at the regional and national level.

Central African Republic UN mission captures rebel leader

Mr. Abdul Kadre, also known as “Baba Ladde” was detained by MINUSCA forces on Monday in the latest of a series of actions that the Mission is undertaking as part of its Urgent Temporary Measures mandate to perform basic police functions in support of CAR authorities’ fight against impunity.He had been on the CAR authorities’ arrest list since May this year and his capture is the latest in a series of major arrests including anti-Balaka leaders known as “Chocolat” and John “Americain.” The latter’s arrest was followed by the surrender of 88 of his fighters.MINUSCA began operations in September 2014, with a mandate focused on the protection of civilians and the facilitation of a political process, including implementation of provisions of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, and setting up a mechanism to investigate violations. read more

Leon Cupra world debut at British International Motor Show

SEAT decided that the show at London’s ExCeL would be the ideal opportunity to reveal the Leon Cupra, with the British public buying more hot hatches than in any other country, and the UK being the biggest market for the outgoing Cupra R model. This brings the number of confirmed world launches to four, with debuts for the Vauxhall Corsa, and as yet unspecified models from Mazda and BMW. The new generation Leon Cupra promises even more power and driver appeal than its highly respected predecessor, and will go on sale in the UK early in 2007. Public access to The British International Motor Show will be from 20-30 July. For more information see www.britishmotorshow.co.uk(model pictured – Leon Supercopa)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SEAT has confirmed that the Leon Cupra will make its world debut at The British International Motor Show at Press Day on 18 July. read more

Video of second Town Hall now online

Video of Thursday’s Brock University Town Hall is now available online for faculty and staff.The second and final Town Hall was held Thursday, Feb. 28 with senior administration discussing the University’s new Strategic Plan, and what the implications may be as a result of the Government of Ontario’s Jan. 17 announcement.Video of Thursday’s Town Hall can be found by going to this link and logging in with your Brock employee username and password.Anyone with comments or suggestions is encouraged to email president@brocku.ca

Hexagon introduces Mine Monitoring Services

first_imgHexagon has announced the introduction of Mine Monitoring Services, an enhanced layer of expert oversight available across the company’s broad portfolio of solutions.Customers can now gain insight into all aspects of their operations by employing complementary and premium Mine Monitoring Services for planning, (HxGN MinePlan) operations, (HxGN MineOperate) safety, (HxGN MineProtect) and enterprise, (HxGN MineEnterprise) portfolios.“Whether you are a mine operator or a member of the management team, knowing the status of all aspects of your operation is critical,” said Adam Savage, Vice-President of Services and Support. “Mine Monitoring Services is integral to Hexagon being a life-of-mine partner to its customers and helping them to maximise their investment in our solutions.”“Partnering with Hexagon experts, customers can now monitor and control all aspects of their operation easily and from one location.”Savage said the service will continue to improve and will cover everything from fatigue monitoring to system and database usage to enterprise reporting and more.“We will provide monitoring services and regional monitoring centres supported by a global network of monitoring specialists – everywhere our customers need us to be!”last_img read more

Mariusz Jurkiewicz missing rest of the season

← Previous Story Danijel Saric and Albert Rocas loyal to Barca Next Story → THW Kiel celebrates 17th German title! Polish left back, Mariusz Jurkiewicz will miss rest of the season, because of knee injury. BM Atletico Madrid’s player got injured on the EHF CL 1/4 match against Cimos Koper. Jurkiewicz won’t play at EHF F4 in Cologne and finish of ASOBAL – championship race with F.C Barcelona. He will be out of the court for two months. BM Atletico MadridMariusz Jurkiewicz

New Pepsi Bottles To Be Made From Corn Husks And Grass

first_imgNot to be outdone by Coca-Cola’s new plant-based bottle, Pepsi has decided to introduce one of its own.The new bottle is 100 percent recyclable and, according to the company, virtually identical to the current petroleum-based bottles on store shelves. This in spite of the fact that it’s made from materials like switch grass, pine bark, and corn husks. And in the future Pepsi hopes to expand the material range to include both orange and potato peels.“PepsiCo is in a unique position, as one of the world’s largest food and beverage businesses, to ultimately source agricultural byproducts from our foods business to manufacture a more environmentally-preferable bottle for our beverages business,” said chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, “a sustainable business model that we believe brings to life the essence of performance with purpose.”Of course this isn’t PepsiCo’s first foray into green package, as the company was also behind the notoriously noisy compostable SunChips bags.The plant-based Pepsi bottles will go through a pilot production phase beginning next year, with full-scale production potentially soon to follow.last_img read more

HP Lenovo say theyre not threatened by Surface

first_imgAcer might be miffed about Surface, but HP and Lenovo don’t seem to share its concerns. Rather than feeling alienated or short-changed by Microsoft, two of the world’s biggest PC players remain confident that experience and unique product offerings will allow them to challenge Redmond’s tablets.Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing echoed Acer’s sentiment that Microsoft isn’t amazing at building hardware, saying “we don’t believe they can build the best hardware in the world… Lenovo can.” At the end of the day, Microsoft is “just one more competitor” as far as Lenovo is concerned.And just because the two will compete for tablet sales doesn’t mean anything has changed when it comes to partnerships. Yang reported that Lenovo is bullish on Windows 8 and that the company is going to “fully leverage” the new OS in its upcoming product launches.As for HP, senior VP John Solomon said he thinks that Microsoft is merely making a “leadership statement” and trying to show OEMs what’s possible with Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets. HP doesn’t see Surface as a threat and could be focusing on delivering a business-grade device at first, based on Solomon’s dig against the Surface keyboards. He believes that no one who creates content for a living is “going to use a keyboard like that for every day use.” Presumably, then, he thinks that HP has something better to offer — and the company appears set to back that up by giving key customers 60-day financing to encourage tablet purchases.So while Acer grumbles noisily in the corner of the dugout, other manufacturers seem like they’re ready to step up to the plate (not that they really have any other choice). Maybe Acer’s really just mad that Microsoft didn’t pencil its name in to the starting line-up for Windows RT, which means they won’t be building RT tablets until January 2013.via CRNlast_img read more

New Government School construction to begin contract awarded

first_img Related Items:aierra missick, budget debate, construction, government schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Loaded; Bank amounts and accounts disclosed in House of Assembly Recommended for you Opposition says: Govt slow to restore construction industry; 12-storey debacle no surprise Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2015 – Construction will soon start at the 13-acre site in Long Bay Hills for the new government high school for Provo. Cabinet last week revealed that the tender for the construction has been awarded; finally. There were some snags to the process which caused government to not only extend the time for bids to be turned in for the project, but for the payment for the job to be boosted. There were criticisms that the originally quoted figure for the work, at $600,000 was too low. During Budget Debate last year, Education Minister Hon Akierra Missick explained that the new facility was mainly to alleviate overcrowding and the issues linked to that… she had said: “…once the first phase is completed we intend to transfer the entire first form and a zoned form two. The following years will see further re-zoning which will ensure equitable distribution of children.” With a reported surplus, Government moved to have more monies for phase one in a supplementary to the budget; it is now a one million dollar job. There are to be eight classrooms, restrooms and administration block built in this first phase. The need for a new school was one touted by the Rufus Ewing administration since the beginning of tenure in 2012; three years later work is poised to begin on that new school. ZNS facing privatizationlast_img read more

Havaldar Ramamurthy of AOC felicitated

first_imgSecunderabad: Havaldar Ramamurthy M of AOC Centre here bagged a silver medal in the 55 kg weight category at the recently concluded 12th South Asian Body Building & Physique Sports Championship 2019 held at Kathmandu from July 18 to 21. He was given a grand welcome by all the ranks at the AOC centre here on Friday.last_img

Rohingyas still coming 32 enter in 7 days

first_imgSmoke is seen on the Myanmar border as Rohingya refugees walk on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh 11 September 2017. ReutersAt least 32 Rohingya of 8 families have freshly entered Bangladesh through Teknaf border last week.  Some families started to cross the river Naf on 19 April.   They were initially sent to Bangladesh Army’s relief camp in Sabrang union, Teknaf.Upazila senior fisheries officer Md Delwar Hossain, representing the district commissioner of Cox’s Bazar at the camp, told Prothom Alo that the Rohingya arrival had stopped for some time. But as the remaining Rohingyas face food shortage and restricted movement in Myanmar, they are compelled to come into Bangladesh afresh. The relatives of the newly arrived refugees entered Bangladesh earlier.They were sheltered in Noyapara Rohingya camp, he added.Though Bangladesh has signed a Rohingya repatriation deal with Myanmar on November last year,  Rohingya’s are still arriving intermittently.  In another move on February, Bangladesh handed over an initial list of 8032 refugees to be repatriated to Myanmar at a home minister level meeting in Dhaka. More than seven hundred thousand Rohingyas arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August last year in the face of severe persecution in Myanmar.Immigration and passport department’s deputy director Abu Noman Muhammad Zakir Hossain told Prothom Alo that, a total of 1,1 09,864 new and old registered Rohingyas were staying in different camps of Ukhiya and Teknaf upazila.last_img read more

Handson with Alienwares new line of VRready laptops

first_imgAlienware’s always had a reputation for being somewhat… opulent. Its ostentatious machines demand a certain kind of attention and a price premium to match. Even so, over the past few years Alienware has continually worked to bring prices down and tighten up its design scheme, shifting to a more refined, neo-industrial look.At PAX West, the Dell subsidiary announced their latest laptop line. These portable powerhouses are each running Nvidia’s 10-series GPUs. They’re all optimized for VR, high frame rate gaming, or 4K gaming. Plus, if the video card company is to be believed, its 10-series mobile GPUs should be just about on par with their beefy desktop counterparts.With those power-hungry and heat-vomiting cards running at their peak, Alienware claims that they’ve totally redesigned the cooling systems in its laptops to compensate. Batteries are now at the front of the machine — where your hands rest. This gives a bit more room at the back for the GPU and CPU to chill (literally).The hinge that supports the monitor has come forward a bit too, meaning that the sometimes painfully hot hunks of silicon that power the PC aren’t near the keyboard or trackpad, so even while gaming your hands and fingertips shouldn’t feel the heat.The larger of the two laptops, a 17-inch monster, also comes with eyetracking courtesy of some IR sensors from Tobii. In-game, you can use the tech to look around instead of relying on a mouse or analogue stick. Alienware’s partnered with the company to develop some additional software for competitive gamers to help you track where your eyes move during recorded replays, so you can see where your attention was (mis)directed when you died. I’m not sold on the utility of features like these, but surely someone finds them worthy inclusions.The 15-inch and 17-inch laptops start at around $1,200 and $1,500 (respectively). They are available for pre-order now and will start shipping at the end of September. There’s also a smaller 13-inch model planned for those who need a little bit more portability.last_img read more

Readers delight

first_imgFollowing the triumphant editions in 2013, Leapvault, is all set to present the fourth edition of the India Non Fiction Festival in a span of one and half years on the 15 and 16 November at the India Habitat centre.The festival is the leading and Asia’s only festival dedicated to non – fiction literary works. It brings together noted authors and personalities from varied walks of life on one stage who engage in discussions on significant but often neglected issues. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival themed Be Bold. Stay Real, involves everything in Non-Fiction space – from topics like Business, Sociology, and Management to Fitness, Travel and Health. It will provide a stellar opportunity to Non-Fiction readers to watch luminaries from various fields engaging in sparkling discussions and meet the thought leaders of today and tomorrow.  Personalities like Kunwar Natwar Singh, Vinod Rai, Suhel Seth , Dipankar Gupta, Leila Seth, John Elliott, Kingshuk Nag,  and Arun Maira will grace the event this year.last_img read more