Bolt Chases 3d World Gold

first_imgBEIJING — Usain Bolt handed his shoes to a volunteer after the 200 meters and the person took off with them.Not so fast. He still needs those bright yellow and blue spikes.There’s one race left for the Jamaican — the 4×100 relay. A win there Aug. 29 and he’ll walk out of the Bird’s Nest 3 for 3, just like he did seven years ago at the Beijing Olympics.He hasn’t set any world records this time around — not yet, anyway — but this performance has been impressive in different ways. He’s shook off the rust from not racing much because of injuries and has gotten stronger each time he’s taken the track.Bolt barely beat Justin Gatlin in the 100 final, then looked his more dominant self in the 200, with Gatlin finishing a distant second.Just get Bolt the baton in the 4×100 relay with a lead — or even a little behind — and he promises to deliver.“As long as next three people show up and are ready to go, I’m going to do my part, as always,” Bolt said.The Jamaicans hold the world record of 36.84 seconds, set at the London Olympics, with a group that included Bolt and 2011 100 champion Yohan Blake.Bolt and former world-record holder Asafa Powell are in this year’s group, though the rest of the runners in the Jamaican relay pool — including Nickel Ashmeade — don’t have the big-time resume of their teammates.It’s why Gatlin thinks the Americans can give the Jamaicans a run for their title.“They’ve been saying that since 2008,” Powell said with a snicker. “I’ve yet to see that happen. I’m not worried about that. Just trying to get our team together. Talking won’t help right now, just get the stick around.”That has historically been an issue for the Americans at major meets. The team had a relay camp in Monaco in mid-July and a training camp earlier this month in Japan, just to get on the same page.Tori Bowie, the bronze medal winner in the 100, didn’t attend and was left off the women’s relay squad. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will lead the Jamaican women’s team.In addition to the preliminary and final of the 4×100 relay, the preliminary heats in the 4×400 relay also run Aug. 29.Shortly after winning the 200, after which Bolt was upended by a cameraman riding a runaway two-wheel vehicle, he was asked if he still planned to run the 4×100 relay. He rolled his eyes and walked away in disgust.Of course, he is. That’s why he needed his shoes back. Maybe later they’ll be a souvenir.(PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Croatia Qualify for Euro 2020

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Croatia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Saturday.For the Germans, it’s a record 13th straight time that they will appear at the tournament, continuing a run going back to 1972.The three-time champion advanced with a 4-0 win over Belarus on Saturday, with Toni Kroos scoring twice and steering his team top of Group C. Second-place Netherlands also qualified despite a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast. Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis missed a penalty in the first half.For the Dutch, a former soccer powerhouse, it will be their first major tournament since the 2014 World Cup.Northern Ireland’s Josh Magennis jumps for the ball with Netherlands’ Virgil Van Dijk, right, during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Northern Ireland and the Netherlands at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)Austria joined already qualified Poland from Group G with a 2-1 win over visiting North Macedonia. Poland won 2-1 for its first win in Israel since 1988.Croatia booked its place as Group E winner with a 3-1 win at home over Slovakia.IMPRESSIVE GERMANYInjury-hit Germany started with an unfamiliar central defensive pair of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter and Freiburg’s Robin Koch, the latter making only his second appearance and his first in a competitive game for Germany.There was little sign of inexperience against defensively minded Belarus, however, with Joachim Löw’s team dominating with good chances early on for Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Kroos.Manuel Neuer pulled off a brilliant flying save to deny Igor Stasevich with the visitors’ first chance, just before Matthias Ginter made the breakthrough in the 41st minute.Leon Goretzka scored four minutes after the break, and Ginter set up Kroos to mark his 95th game for Germany with the third goal in the 55th. That set off fans’ celebrations with Mexican waves going around the stadium.Germany’s Toni Kroos scores his side’s 4th goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Germany and Belarus in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Stasevich had a chance to pull one back from the penalty spot after a clumsy challenge from Koch, but Neuer guessed the right way.Kroos wrapped up the scoring with a fine second goal in the 83rd, turning with a left-right combination to elude two defenders before shooting with his left boot inside the post.“We’ll see how far we’ve come shortly before the tournament. I wouldn’t count us among the top favorites at the moment. But that doesn’t mean anything,” Kroos said.BALE RETURNSGareth Bale returned from injury and helped Wales keep its automatic qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 win at Azerbaijan in Group E.Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson scored in the first half to give Wales its first away win in more than a year.Third in Group E with 11 points, Wales can secure automatic qualification for Euro 2020 with a win in its final game on Tuesday over second-place Hungary on 12 points.Croatia’s Bruno Petkovic celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2020 group E qualifying soccer match between Croatia and Slovakia at the Rujevica stadium in Rijeka, Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Kasap)Bale hadn’t played for a month due to a calf injury, but the Real Madrid winger played just under an hour in Baku before being taken off by coach Ryan Giggs to safeguard his availability for the Hungary showdown in Cardiff. Bale was a booking away from suspension.BELGIUM PERFECTEden Hazard scored twice and younger brother Thorgan Hazard also grabbed a goal as already qualified Belgium beat already qualified Russia 4-1 in St. Petersburg.The Belgians’ ninth win from nine qualifying games ensure they top Group I and join Italy as one of the seeded teams in the finals’ draw on Nov. 30.Scotland defeated Cyprus 2-1 in Nicosia to move third in the same group, and Kazakhstan won 3-1 at San Marino. Filippo Berardi scored late for San Marino’s first goal at home since September 2013.Also, Slovenia beat Latvia 1-0 in Group G.___By CIARÁN FAHEY Associated PressNorth Macedonia’s Enis Bardhi, front, fights for the ball with Austria’s Stefan Lainer, during the Euro 2020 group G qualifying soccer match between Austria and North Macedonia at Ernst-Happel stadium in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill reacts during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Northern Ireland and the Netherlands at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)Croatia’s Nikola Vlasic, right, is challenged by Slovakia’s Stanislav Lobotka during the Euro 2020 group E qualifying soccer match between Croatia and Slovakia at the Rujevica stadium in Rijeka, Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Kasap)Belgium’s Eden Hazard reacts during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Russia and Belgium, at Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup: Egyptian football expert dies of shock after Saudi Arabia defeat

first_imgFormer Egyptian football player and sports commentator Abdel Rahim Mohamed died after suffering a heart attack soon after Egypt’s FIFA World Cup 2018 exit.Mohamed is said to have turned emotional following Egypt’s 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia in their third and final group game. Egypt ended their World Cup campaign without registering a win.Mohamed was to analyse Egypt’s performance against Saudi Arabia on Monday on the Nile Sports channel but soon after the match the sports commentator fell sick.He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGESaudi Arabia pulled off a last-gasp 2-1 win over Egypt as the two sides departed from the tournament on Monday, adding to the misery of Egypt’s prolific striker Mohamed Salah and giving the Saudis their first victory at a World Cup since 1994.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn an often end-to-end game between two teams already packing their bags for the journey home, Salah put Egypt ahead but wasted a golden opportunity to double the lead, allowing the Green Falcons the chance to claw their way back.The win, settled by midfielder Salem Al-Dawsari’s angled strike in the 95th minute, meant Saudi Arabia finished third in Group A, scoring their only goals in Russia and putting behind them an opening day 5-0 thrashing by the hosts.Mo Salah blow likely for Egypt after Chechnya controversyIt was a sad send-off for Salah who missed the opening game of the tournament with the shoulder injury he picked up during Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in May.advertisementlast_img read more

Struggling AC Milan record highest ever financial loss in a year

first_imgStruggling AC Milan record highest ever financial loss in a yearStruggling AC Milan have signed off their balance sheet for 2018/19 with a record loss of 145.9 million Euros.advertisement Next Reuters MilanOctober 17, 2019UPDATED: October 17, 2019 17:06 IST AC Milan players during the match (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAC Milan has been stuck in a mid-table rut for several yearsRevenues fell by 14.7% to 241 million euros, much lower then at top European club like Real MadridElliott declined to immediately comment and AC Milan did not respond to a request for commentFalling revenues and rising costs pushed AC Milan deeper into the red last year, according to a financial statement seen by Reuters, as the former European soccer champions struggle to keep pace with rivals off the field as well as on it.AC Milan, seven times winner of the European Championship, has been stuck in a mid-table rut for several years. Owner U.S. activist fund Elliott Management has been trying to get the club back into shape with an eye on a future sale.Consolidated losses at June 30 increased by 16% to 146 million euros compared to 126 million euros reported in the same period of the previous year.Revenues fell by 14.7% to 241 million euros, much lower then at top European clubs like Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain or Bayern Munich. Overall costs jumped 19% to 373 million euros.Elliott declined to immediately comment and AC Milan did not respond to a request for comment.Elliott took control of the club last year after its owner, Chinese businessman Li Yonghong, failed to make a loan payment. Li bought the club from former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2017 with funding from Elliott.AC Milan won the last of its 18 Serie A titles in 2011 and last played in the Champions League in the 2013-14 season. The club is working with city rivals Internazionale FC on a new stadium project to boost matchday revenues as part of a wider project to return to the glory days of the past.The club, which sacked former manager Marco Giampaolo last week and replaced him with Stefano Pioli, has acknowledged a turnaround will not be easy. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who held the same position at Arsenal before moving to AC Milan last year, said there was a long way to go “to turn the ship”.advertisementAccording to the financial report, a Luxembourg-based vehicle controlled by Elliott injected 265.5 million euros of fresh funds into the club last year.AC Milan qualified for the Europa League this season after finishing fifth in Serie A but pulled out after voluntarily accepting a one-year ban from all European competitions for breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.The report warned that UEFA may impose new disciplinary measures, including possible fines, if the club were to violate the rules again during the monitoring period. The club said it was keeping aside some funds to cover any penalties.Also Read | Proud moment for me: Trent Alexander-Arnold on making Guinness World RecordAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow AC MilanFollow European Championshiplast_img read more

Police officer who fatally shot hammerwielding man says hes devastated

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto police officer who fatally shot a hammer-wielding man in the city two years ago said Wednesday he was “devastated” by the confrontation’s grim conclusion, though he maintained he had no choice but to open fire.Const. Andrew Doyle was testifying at a coroner’s inquest into Andrew Loku’s death and addressed the man’s relatives, who weren’t present, directly at one point.“This entire event was an absolute tragedy for everyone involved,” he said from the witness stand. “This is not the result that anybody wanted, especially me. I am absolutely devastated by this and I’m sorry that this was the end result of the situation that I was involved in.”The officer’s testimony was his first time speaking publicly about his role in Loku’s death, an incident that had sparked days of protest from the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter.The inquest — which could result in a coroner’s jury making recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths — heard that a woman called 911, saying Loku had threatened to kill her friend.Doyle testified that he and his partner responded to the call and arrived to find Loku in an apartment building hallway shortly after midnight on July 5, 2015.The officer recalled drawing his gun and pointing it at Loku after spotting the man holding a hammer.Doyle said he shouted at Loku — who he called by name only once throughout his testimony — repeatedly to drop his weapon but then fired twice when the man, who was about 7.5 metres away, started walking towards him and his partner with the hammer raised.“I was afraid for my life,” Doyle told the inquest. “We’re trained to stop the threat. Two rounds stops the threat. He immediately fell to the ground. There was no need for anything else.”Asked whether he could have shot Loku’s arm or leg instead, Doyle said police training called for officers to aim for the “centre mass.”He also said using another weapon, such as a baton or pepper spray, would not have been enough, and he was not carrying a stun gun at the time.Some observers at the inquest wiped their eyes as they heard the officer describe the events that led to Loku’s death.Doyle himself briefly appeared emotional as he recalled the moments after the shooting. “I believe I was in a state of shock,” he said, his voice cracking.“It felt like time was standing still,” until other officers arrived at the scene, he said.Doyle said Loku collapsed almost like a felled tree after being shot and the hammer the man was holding bounced towards the officer, who kicked it away.At the time, the constable recalled, his concern was to ensure that Loku wasn’t carrying another weapon.“Then I noticed blood pooling, a lot,” he said.The lawyer representing Loku’s family pressed Doyle on why he didn’t take a different approach when it became clear that shouting at Loku wasn’t effective.Doyle could have changed his tone or backed up onto the landing at the end of the hall and closed the door to contain Loku, as had been demonstrated in a training scenario the officer observed, Jonathan Shine suggested.But the constable said he never considered that option and in fact wasn’t aware that there was a door, nor did he believe there was time for such a strategy.Shine said surveillance video suggests only 21 seconds went by between the moment Loku turned towards the officers and when he was shot — time the officer “spent doing nothing but screaming at Mr. Loku.”Ontario’s police watchdog has found that the officer who shot Loku did not exceed the range of justifiable force.The Special Investigations Unit said the officers had their guns drawn and repeatedly told Loku to drop the hammer as he walked towards them, but he was shot twice when he came within two or three metres of one officer.After the SIU’s findings were released last year, the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter camped out in front of Toronto police headquarters for days and marched on the provincial legislature to call for an overhaul of Ontario’s police watchdog and the release of the name of the officer who shot Loku.The inquest into Loku’s death began June 5 and is expected to hear from approximately 20 witnesses.last_img read more

CN apologizes promises immediate action to clear backlog of grain shipments

first_imgCN says it has leased 130 locomotives to increase capacity, almost all of which are now in use. And it’s investing more than $250 million this year to build new track and yard capacity in western Canada. According to the Ag Transport Coalition, CN and Canadian Pacific combined provided only 38 per cent of the rail cars ordered by grain shippers during the week of Feb. 12 – CP delivered 66 per cent of its orders and CN just 17 per cent.On Tuesday, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wrote a joint letter aimed at putting pressure on the country’s two major railways to clear the backlog.They expressed their “serious concern” about the failure of the railways to meet the expectations of shippers and customers over the winter. While the ministers said they understand the railways have faced challenges due to a larger than expected grain crop last year and extreme winter weather, they called the companies’ performance “disappointing.”The ministers asked the railways to publicly provide a clear description of how they intend to clear the backlog, as well as their plans for maintaining the fluidity of future shipments. They gave the companies until March 15 to publish the information on their websites.The duo said the backlog has created problems that are most acute for farmers, who need their grain delivered in order to have the cash to pay off past loans and purchase inputs for the coming crop year. But they also said shippers in a variety of other sectors – including forestry, energy and chemicals – have “lost significant business and opportunities” due to the inability to move their products in a timely way.In its statement, CN said it will provide weekly tracking of grain shipments. The company also urged Parliament to pass Bill C-49 swiftly. The legislation, which has been stalled in the Senate since the fall, would financially penalize railways that fail to deliver promised rail cars on time. It would also require railways to publicly report each summer on their abilities to move that year’s grain crop, and to publish by Oct. 1 each year a winter contingency plan for keeping shipments moving regardless of bad weather. OTTAWA, O.N. — CN Rail is apologizing for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and says it’s taking immediate steps to clear the backlog – including mobilizing more train cars and workers.The move comes just two days after CN dumped its president and CEO amid growing complaints that the backlog of shipments is compromising Canada’s reputation as a reliable exporter, costing sales and putting farmers in a cash-flow crunch.“We apologize for not meeting the expectations of our grain customers, nor our own high standards,” Jean-Jacques Ruest, who took over the helm of CN from Luc Jobin on an interim basis, said in a statement early Wednesday. “The entire CN team has a sense of urgency and is fully focused on getting it right for farmers and our grain customers, regaining the confidence of Canadian businesses and protecting Canada’s reputation as a stable trade partner in world markets. Moving the Canadian economy is in our DNA. We can and we will do much better and that starts today – no excuses.”Among other things, the company says it’s offering incentives for key operating employees to delay retirement and postpone vacations, and to entice recently-retired employees to return to work. It’s also deploying qualified managers to operate extra trains and adding train crews in western Canada.last_img read more

You cannot bowl at Kohlis stumps Warne tells bowlers

first_imgNew Delhi: To bowlers bruised and battered, and faced with the frightening prospect of again running into Virat Kohli, spin great Shane Warne offered an advise: bowl at either leg or wide of off stump, but not at the stumps. “If you’re going to bowl to Virat Kohli, you either bowl at leg stump and protect the on side, or you bowl wide of off stump and you protect the off side. You cannot bowl at the stumps, because he can hit you both ways,” Warne was quoted as saying ‘ESPNcricinfo’. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “So, I think you’ve to take out one side of the field. Protect just one side of the field, that’s how you bowl to very good players,” the Australian added. Warne plotted Kohli’s dismissal if he were to actually bowl to him. “I’d be bowling wide of off stump and letting him try to cover drive with a slip, short cover and some protection out there. So then it’ll be very hard for him to get it over the leg side. That’s what I’d be trying to do and hopefully get a little bit lucky and he mis-hits one.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Warne said he has not seen anyone “dominate” one-day international cricket like Kohli has, but steered clear of calling him the greatest of all time. “I got asked the question last night and again this morning: is Virat Kohli the best player in one-day cricket? Is he better than Tendulkar, is he better than Lara? I’m still thinking about it, I’m still trying to work that out.” Since the start of 2016, Kohli has amassed 3985 runs in 59 ODI innings, maintaining a staggering average and strike rate at the same time. Warne continued, “The one thing we can say is I don’t think we have seen anyone dominate one-day cricket like Virat Kohli has. The best player I saw (Don) Bradman’s the best so he doesn’t even come into the equation but Viv Richards is the best player I saw. As a player, playing against them, Lara and Tendulkar were the two best players that I bowled to.” The Indian has just scored his 41st ODI century, inching closer to Tendulkar’s record of 49 tons. “You know records are different in different eras and it’s very hard to judge. All you can judge is how a player is in their era, and Virat Kohli is so far ahead in one-day cricket than everybody else in hundreds made, especially while chasing that sets him apart from everybody else that is playing,” said Warne, known for his aggressive approach in his heydays as the world’s best leg-spinner.last_img read more

Boeing Apple gain ground ATT slides

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday:Apple Inc., up $10.57 to $165.25The technology giant managed to meet Wall Street’s diminished fourth-quarter expectations, despite a slump in iPhone sales.The Boeing Co., up $22.82 to $387.72The airplane maker and military contractor reported a boost in plane deliveries and contracts that helped push its revenue and profit higher.McDonald’s Corp., down 40 cents to $181.77The hamburger chain said modernized stores and growth in delivery brought in more customers globally last year, but cited lower U.S. store traffic.Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., up $8.93 to $120.98The cruise operator topped Wall Street forecasts as an 11.7 per cent boost in passengers pushed revenue and profit higher.Anthem Inc., up $24.85 to $297.56The nation’s second-largest health insurer topped Wall Street expectations and gave an upbeat outlook as it develops its prescription drug coverage business.Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., up $9.94 to $166.82The Chinese e-commerce company reported a 41 per cent boost in fourth-quarter revenue, along with a profit boost, despite an economic downturn in China.Sirius XM Holdings Inc., up 18 cents to $5.92The satellite radio operator added more than 400,000 subscribers in the fourth-quarter, pushing revenue and profit higher.AT&T Inc., down $1.33 to $29.37The telecommunications giant added fewer wireless subscribers than Wall Street expected and fell short of revenue forecasts.The Associated Press read more

Senior UN official appeals for urgent funds as crisis deepens in Horn

The Horn of Africa is facing a humanitarian crisis, with as many as 17 million people, including 3 million children, in urgent need of food and other critical assistance over the coming months, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told the press in New York.“The overall food security situation in the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, parts of northern Kenya and north-eastern Uganda – is getting even more serious than it was before because of the combined effects of drought, rising food prices and in some places conflict,” said Mr. Holmes.“This number could rise if the drought deepens and the hunger season continues,” added Mr. Holmes, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Coordinator of the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis.Mr. Holmes urged the donors and Member States to finance the $716 million shortfall in the emergency funding needed to provide the food and pay for the emergency relief effort, including medium-term agricultural recovery, for the rest of this year. “What we need is more funds and more funds now. Otherwise the situation will become even more catastrophic than it is today,” Mr. Holmes urged. “We do need extra resources very quickly indeed if we are to avoid going back to famine situations [similar to the 1980s and 1990s].“In particular in the Somali region of Ethiopia where the rains have failed for the third successive year. People there talk to me in desperation about the worst situation since 1928 when the whole of their livestock died.” 19 September 2008The United Nations humanitarian relief chief made a passionate plea today for more funding to avoid a famine in the Horn of Africa on the scale witnessed in the 1980s. read more

Economic and Social Council elects 16 new members to serve until end

Albania and Costa Rica were chosen today to begin three-year terms starting on 1 January next year. Their selection had been held over from yesterday after two rounds of voting in their categories failed to produce a candidate receiving a two-thirds majority.The two countries join Australia, Brazil, Chad, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Denmark, Guinea, Iceland, India, Lithuania, Mexico, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom, which were each elected yesterday to identical terms.Every year the General Assembly selects a third of ECOSOC’s roster of members, choosing candidates according to a pre-arranged formula of geographic distribution. At any one time, 14 members must be from Africa, 11 from Asia, six from Eastern Europe, 10 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 13 from the category of Western Europe and other States.The terms of Azerbaijan, Benin, Congo, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Turkey expire at the end of 2005.The following nations complete their terms at the end of 2006: Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Tanzania, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.ECOSOC coordinates the development work of 14 UN specialized agencies, 10 functional commissions and five regional commissions. It receives reports from 11 UN funds and programmes and issues policy recommendations to the UN system and to Member States.From time to time, ECOSOC is given additional tasks, including supervising and promoting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight time-bound targets that include the halving of extreme poverty by 2015. read more

Crews search off Jamaica for private plane carrying prominent upstate New York

by David McFadden And Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2014 12:38 pm MDT Crews search off Jamaica for private plane carrying prominent upstate New York couple KINGSTON, Jamaica – Search-and-rescue crews searching off Jamaica’s northeast coast on Saturday were stymied in efforts to solve the mystery of a small private plane carrying a prominent upstate New York couple taken on a ghostly 1,700-mile journey after the pilot was apparently incapacitated.Jamaica Coast Guard Commander Antonette Wemyss-Gorman told a news conference Saturday afternoon that debris spotted off the coast on Friday evening could no longer be seen. “We would have to assume it may have sunk,” she said.Maj. Basil Jarrett of the Jamaica Defence Force had said earlier in the day that possible wreckage of the high-performance plane was spotted Friday evening by a military aircraft flying off the island’s northeast coast, floating roughly 24 miles (38 kilometres) off the coastal town of Port Antonio.Leroy Lindsay, director of Jamaica’s civil aviation authority, said that the area where the private U.S. plane went down has depths of up to 2,000 metres (more than 6,500 feet). The Jamaican military on Friday had reported finding an oil slick in the general area where the plane vanished.Lindsay said that once the wreckage is located, French authorities have offered to provide expertise and equipment to bring it up from the ocean depths because the airplane was French-made.The single-engine turboprop Socata TBM700 was carrying Rochester real estate developer Laurence Glazer and his entrepreneur wife, Jane — both experienced pilots. On Friday, U.S. fighter pilots were launched to shadow the unresponsive aircraft observed the pilot slumped over and its windows frosting over. Officials say the plane slammed into the sea at least 14 miles (22 kilometres) off Jamaica’s northeast coastline.In a Friday statement, the Coast Guard 7th District command centre in Miami said three people were reportedly on board the plane. A 154-foot (47-meter) U.S. Coast Guard cutter and a helicopter crew are aiding in the Saturday search off Jamaica.The plane’s pilot had indicated there was a problem and twice asked to descend to a lower altitude before permission was granted by an air traffic controller, according to a recording of the radio conversation. Radio contact with the plane was lost shortly thereafter.Son Rick Glazer said he could not confirm his parents were killed, adding that “we know so little.”But public officials offered their condolences for a couple described as a linchpin in efforts to rejuvenate an upstate New York city stung by the decline of corporate giants Kodak, Bausch & Lomb and Xerox.“The Glazers were innovative and generous people who were committed to revitalizing downtown Rochester and making the city they loved a better place for all,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.Laurence Glazer co-founded Buckingham Properties and served as chief executive and managing partner, working alongside two sons. Overall, the company owns more than 60 properties in the Rochester area and in central Florida.His friend Harold Samoff said Saturday that he and Glazer got started in the real estate business in 1970 with a small apartment building, then went on to acquire and revitalize more and bigger properties on the inner-city periphery, reasoning that “just like blight can spread, improvement can spread, also.” Samoff retired about a decade ago.Glazer went on to more complex projects, such as converting former industrial properties into loft apartments and turning a shuttered hospital into offices. More recently, he bought Xerox Corp.’s Rochester tower — the city’s tallest — and Bausch + Lomb’s building.Jane Glazer started QCI Direct, which produces two national retail catalogues selling household and other products. It made Rochester’s Top 100 list of fastest growing privately held companies last year, according to its website.The single-engine plane took off at 8:45 a.m. Friday from the Greater Rochester International Airport in New York en route to Naples, Florida. Air traffic controllers were last able to contact the pilot at 10 a.m., the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.On a recording made by LiveATC, a website that monitors and posts air traffic control audio recordings, the pilot is heard saying, “We need to descend down to about (18,000 feet). We have an indication that’s not correct in the plane.” A controller replied, “Stand by.”After a pause, the controller told the pilot to fly at 25,000 feet (7,620 metres). “We need to get lower,” the pilot responded. “Working on that,” the controller said.Controllers then cleared the plane to descend to 20,000 feet (6,096 metres), a command which the pilot acknowledged. A couple minutes later, a controller radioed the plane by its tail number: “900 Kilo November, if you hear this transmission, ident” — identify yourself. There was no response.At 10:40 a.m., two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled from a National Guard base in South Carolina to investigate, according to a statement by the North American Aerospace Defence Command. Those jets handed off monitoring duties around 11:30 a.m. to two F-15 fighters from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida.The U.S. fighter jets followed the plane until it reached Cuban airspace, when they peeled off, said Preston Schlachter, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defence Command & US Northern Command.On a LiveATC recording, the fighter pilots can be heard discussing the Socata pilot’s condition.“I can see his chest rising and falling right before I left,” one said.“It was the first time we could see that he was actually breathing. It may be a deal where, depending on how fast they meet them, he may regain consciousness once the aircraft starts descending for fuel …” the fighter pilot said.The pilot was speculating that the Socata pilot was suffering from hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, but Schlachter said the Air Force doesn’t know for certain that was the case.The crash was the second in less than a week in which a private pilot has become unresponsive during a flight. On Aug. 30, a pilot lost consciousness and his plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation’s capital. Fighter jets were also launched in that case and stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the water.Cases of pilots becoming unresponsive while their planes wander the sky are unusual, with probably not much more than a handful of such incidents over the last decade, said aviation safety expert John Goglia. They sometimes occur when a pilot becomes incapacitated by a heart attack or stroke, but more often the problem is insufficient cabin pressurization that causes the pilot to pass out, he said.In 1999, the pilots of a Learjet carrying professional golfer Payne Stewart from Orlando, Florida, to Texas became unresponsive. The plane took a turn and wandered to South Dakota before running out of fuel and crashing into a field west of Aberdeen. Stewart and five others on board were killed. An NTSB investigation blamed the accident on depressurization.___Joan Lowy reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz in New York City; Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, New York; George M. Walsh in Albany, New York; and Judith Ausuebel at the News Information Research Center in New York contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mens soccer falls to Dayton 31 in Ivanovs absence

Senior defender Sage Gardener (5) takes a free kick during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State men’s soccer lost to Dayton by a score of 3-1 Friday, putting the Buckeyes a 2-3-2 record on the season.The game opened with the Buckeyes out possessing the Flyers and forcing their sophomore goalkeeper Chris Froschauer to make some diving stops.OSU coach John Bluem said he was impressed with his team’s first half efforts.“We started the game very well tonight,” Bluem said. “We had some very good chances in the first 20 minutes and unfortunately, we didn’t take one.”In the 26th minute, Dayton struck as sophomore midfielder Maik Schoonderwoerd put a wide open header in the back of the net. Nine minutes later, Flyer freshman forward Rafael Gamboa buried a shot in goal. The Flyers went into the half with a 2-0 lead and a 9-6 advantage in shots.OSU captain and senior defender Sage Gardner said the team’s reaction to the first goal hurt the team.“We played really good soccer,” Gardner said. “Then they (got) one opportunity and it kind of deflated us. We need to do a better job of responding.”The Flyers continued their attack quickly after half with a goal in the 48th minute by Schoonderwoerd, almost securing the game with a 3-0 lead.The Buckeyes were able to put one goal on the board when Dayton defenders failed to clear a ball in the box. Freshman midfielder Henry Chancy was able to get a foot in and poke it past the goalkeeper in the 81st minute. It was Chancy’s first career goal.OSU has scored six goals in seven games this season. Sophomore midfielder Zach Mason said that team needs to work in practice if it wants to score more goals.“We just need to keep working in training and get back to the basics.” Mason said. “We’re lacking confidence with our finishing which, you know, is never good.”Play was halted a few times late in the game as shoving matches broke out in the Dayton penalty box and along the Dayton bench, on two separate occasions. As a result, Dayton junior forward Greg Enstone and OSU sophomore defender Alex Bujenovic received yellow cards in the 86th minute.Starting goalkeeper junior Alex Ivanov did not play because he received a red card in the previous match against Wright State.The Buckeyes are scheduled to wrap up their streak of in-state matchups Tuesday on the road against No. 15 Akron at 7 p.m. read more

Ohio State wrestling dominates Arizona State 289

OSU redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius (left) sizes up his opponent during a match against Arizona State on Nov. 20 at St. John Arena. OSU won 28-9.Credit: Mason Swires | Lantern ReporterOhio State’s premier wrestlers delivered on Friday night as the team outmatched Arizona State 28-9 at St. John Arena.Another dual ended in another win, complete with another assertive effort from the nation’s fifth-ranked team.Taking seven of 10 matches — four via bonus points — the Buckeye lineup, consisting of seven top-20 wrestlers, dictated the night.It took the Sun Devils 12:00 to get six points.It took Bo Jordan 1:54.Within a period, the top-ranked 174-pounder scored a takedown, a four-point near fall and then a fall to defeat Zach Smith.The redshirt sophomore, now 4-0 on the season, said he measures one thing to find out how he’s performing.“I assess how I’m doing with my effort level,” Jordan said. “It’s hard to assess where you are at with wins and losses and how many points you’ve scored. I really just try to assess my whole effort throughout the match. If I have a lot of effort, that’s great.”Redshirt junior Nick Tavanello (285) added three points, scoring a tiebreaking takedown within the final 10 seconds of the heavyweight bout against Tanner Hall.Nathan Tomasello (125), the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class, scored six takedowns in a 16-6 major decision over Ares Carpio.“I just let it fly and went after it,” the redshirt sophomore said. “I think I wrestled a lot better than I did last week. The effort level was a lot better. I’m still working on improving on different things, but I put a lot of points on the board and it was overall a good match.”Johnni DiJulius (133), ranked fifth in his weight class, matched Tomasello’s six points with a 16-0 tech fall over Cord Coronado. Scoring 12 points in the first period, the redshirt senior sealed his 103rd career win.Redshirt freshman Micah Jordan (141), who is also Bo’s brother, completed the dominant three-match run between him, Tomasello and DiJulius with an 18-6 major decision over Robert Mathers.Pleased with the growth and energy he sees from Micah and the other young Buckeyes, Tomasello said, “I just know when I’m watching I’m excited because I was in the shoes of those younger guys last year.”Failing to win the third, one of the team’s focal points, Cody Burcher’s record is no longer unblemished. In a heartbreaker at the buzzer, the redshirt freshman scored a last-second takedown before finding himself in a headlock with no time left. Subsequently, the 157-pounder fell to Matt Kraus in a 4-2 decision.Ending the night, the final match included Jake Ryan (157) and a dramatic finish. Instead of winning the third, the redshirt freshman won in double overtime with a 2-1 decision over Oliver Pierce with an escape.OSU coach Tom Ryan applauded his guys for their aggressive, on-the-attack approach.“I think pursuing your opponent is the best way to win wrestling matches, and our guys who did that tonight were successful,” Tom Ryan said. “We need to continue to develop that instinct to attack, be aggressive and score as many points as possible. Overall, it was a good win for us.”The Buckeyes are set to return to the mat Tuesday when they head north to take on Cleveland State. read more

Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial site in Albert Park named Lemnos Square

first_imgThe Hellenic cry of bravo was heard in Albert Park last week as Cr Bernadene Voss, the City of Port Phillip Mayor, announced the naming of the site of the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park as Lemnos Square. She did so as part of her welcome to representatives of the Hellenic Armed Forces who paid their respects at the Memorial.The announcement is the culmination of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee’s original proposal to name the location of its famous Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial. Cr Voss said that given the strong connection between Port Phiillip, Lemnos, and Gallipoli it was an honour for her to announce the naming on behalf of the council. She pointed to the many diggers and nurses who had departed from nearby Princes Pier who served on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign – diggers like Port Melbourne’s Corporal George Finlay Knight of Port Melbourne and nurses like Elwood’s Clarice Daley. Ms Voss also announced that a formal unveiling of the Lemnos Square sign will take place as part of the coming annual Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial commemorative service in August this year.The announcement took place as part of a short commemorative service conducted by the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee at the memorial. Committee vice president, Christina Despoteris, conducted the service which included speeches, the laying of a wreath at the foot of the memorial and a minute’s silence.Both Ms Despoteris and president Lee Tarlamis explained the history of the memorial to the overseas guests and spoke of the significance of the location both as the departure point of the Anzacs for Lemnos in 1915 and the place of arrival for the waves of post-WW2 migrants from Greece – including their own parents.The guests included Lieutenant General Konstantinos Floros (Deputy Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff), Lieutenant Colonel Christos Anastasiadis (Deputy Director of Public Relations Directorate of the Hellenic National Defence general staff), Cr Georgios Aerakis (the municipality of Maleviziou, Iraklion) and Cr Kostas Trigonis (the municipality of Maleviziou, Iraklion).Lieutenant Floros laid a wreath at the base of the memorial on behalf of the Hellenic Armed Forces – being handed the wreath by committee member Deb Stewart who is the granddaughter of Sister Evelyn Hutt who served on Lemnos in 1915. This is the first time that such a visit by members of the Hellenic Armed Forces has taken place to the memorial. Lieutenant Floros said that he was proud to be able to visit the memorial and went on to explain the significance of Lemnos – not only its vital role in the Gallipoli campaign and the part played by the Anzacs – but also its liberation by the Hellenic forces in 1912.Members of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee with their guests at the commemorative service.As secretary, I was able to explain the design of the memorial, including its Hellenic aspects from the face of the nurse figure having been inspired by a sculpture of the Greek god Artemis to the names of the Lemnian villages visited by the Anzacs cut into the memorial’s stone plinth. Both Cr Aerakis and Cr Trigonis were also impressed by the memorial and expressed their desire to discuss the possibility of a future Lemnos Gallipoli display on Crete.Lee Tarlamis expressed the gladness of all present and especially the members of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee at the announcement by the mayor. “This is a very proud moment for all of us – and in the presence of such distinguished guests from Greece. The City of Port Phillip has proved itself a worthy custodian of the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial and the rich heritage connecting the area to Lemnos and Gallipoli.”Lee Tarlamis presents Lieutenant Colonel Christos Anastasiadis with a token of the appreciation of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee.There was also universal support for the proposal to have a recipirocal naming acknowledging Port Phillip on Lemnos itself.The service concluded with an exchange of gifts, the Committee presenting the Hellenic visitors with a small token of its appreciation for their visit, which included copies of the war memoirs of General Sir John Monash which record his time on Lemnos in 1915.The service was attended by Tony Tsourdalakis of the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council, along with members of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee.Lieutenant General Konstantinos Floros presents the mayor of Port Phillip with the Battle of Crete Commemorative Medal. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The Bahamas continues to positively engage Youth of the country during this

first_img#MagneticMediaNews#NationalYouthMonth Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMs. Cory Hamilton#Bahamas, October 28, 2017 – Nassau – An ambush by violence and negativity on many Caribbean countries’ traditional ways of life has inspired my award winning, artistically gifted niece Cory Hamilton of CC Sweeting Senior High in Nassau, Bahamas to create a drawing commanding her peers to ‘bury the bad, celebrate the good’.Our Family is very proud of Cory and the thousands of other young people who ‘get it’ and stand virtuously for the good which still exists!   I mention here also, my cousin Lendeic Smith of the CR Walker High Class of 2018 who is a Governor General Youth Award recipient for excellence in Leadership.“To be recognized is one thing, but to be presented a national award by the Governor General herself in person is  extraordinary.  I’m just embracing every moment as I continue to excel,” said Ms. Smith.Hundreds of Bahamian Youth were congratulated for their diligence scholastically, socially, athletically and spiritually; an effort to ensure these well-doers are not forgotten or their works overshadowed by the less appealing reports on some of their generation.Deadline for entries in the art contest was yesterday; so I feel at liberty to share the original piece by Cory.Read more on the NATIONAL COMPETITION attached.Congratulations to these stand outs who are also mine! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NationalYouthMonthlast_img read more

Hoax message about duplicate friend requests once again making rounds on Facebook

first_imgInstead of forwarding a message, a simple search on Facebook for your name will suffice. If you see a duplicate account using your name and photo, Facebook says you should report the account.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Experts are urging Facebook users to watch out for a hoax message that is making rounds on the social media site.Some users are being duped into thinking that their accounts have been cloned due to a viral message that says the sender got a duplicate friend request from the recipient.The message then tells the receiver to forward it to their friends, prompting everyone else who receives it to believe their accounts may have also been cloned.One version of the message reads: “Hi… I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too…I had to do the people individually. Good Luck!”“Your account isn’t sending duplicate friend requests, and you didn’t receive a request from the person you’re forwarding it to. You’re simply doing it because the message tells you to,” one expert said.The hoax isn’t new; it first surfaced back in October. But the messages are once again making the rounds, prompting a new warning to disregard them.Security experts urge people who get these messages to just delete them. last_img read more

Any Respectable Magazine Should Be Doing a Little Retouching

first_imgClick here to watch the videoI felt compelled to consider Bill O’Reilly’s argument that Newsweek under editor Jon Meacham has swung far to the left. But to condemn Newsweek for not retouching a photo, viciously exposing—wait for it—pores is, frankly, insane. It’s a bleeping news magazine!This debate, by the way, wasn’t merely relegated to off-hours on the Fox News Channel—Tantaros appeared last night on CNN’s Larry King Live to make the exact same argument.”What do you think about Palin’s pores, gang?” The magazine industry is no stranger to Photoshop controversies, but this is a first.During a discussion about Newsweek’s Sarah Palin cover on—what else?—Fox News, Andrea Tantaros, a Republican media consultant, said she is outraged over the cover because—get this—Newsweek opted not to retouch Palin’s photo:“This cover is a clear slap in the face at Sarah Palin. Why? Because it’s unretouched. It highlights every imperfection that every human being has, but we’re talking unwanted facial hair, pores, wrinkles. This is a gross slap in the face to Sarah Palin.”Fox News’ Megyn Kelly: “Any respectable magazine should be doing a little retouching.”last_img read more

High court tosses proposed commercial setnet ban

first_imgThe state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Alaska’s commercial set-net fishermen have the same right to harvest salmon as any other group. Set-net fishermen are relieved with the ruling.Download AudioThe Supreme Court was reviewing a proposed ballot proposition that called for a ban on commercial set-net fishing in all non-subsistence areas. The justices decided that initiative was unconstitutional because only the state legislature and the Board of Fisheries have the power to divide fish between different groups of fishermen.Andy Hall is president of the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association and he’s also a set-net fishermen.“The issue for us is, this is not only was it clearly an allocation. There’s no conservation in here. The claim is that this was an effort to conserve fish. This would’ve put fish into the river for other people to catch,” said Hall.The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance sponsored the set-net ban. In court documents the nonprofit called set-net fishing, “…an antiquated method of harvesting fish that indiscriminately kills or injures large numbers of non-target species.”According to the Peninsula Clarion, the Alliance said in a press release they were disappointed with the ruling and would: “…press forward to promote fish conservation and encourage responsible management of our fisheries.”Hall claims there is no evidence that fisherman on the eastside of Cook Inlet are damaging the resource. He says they target sockeye and they take 13 percent of king salmon that return to the Kenai River.“Beyond that we don’t really catch other fish. They said we’re killing sea birds and I think they referred to sea mammals. It just doesn’t happen,” said Hall.The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance did not return a request for comment.last_img read more

Private travels bus overturns in Hyderabad 15 injured

first_imgAround 15 passengers were injured after a private travels bus overturned after ramming the vehicle into the median near Nehru Zoological Park in the early hours on Saturday under Bahadurapura police station limits. According to the locals, the bus driver drove the vehicle in an inebriated state ensuing to the mishap. The injured were shifted to Osmania General Hospital (OGH) for treatment. It is learned that the driver supposed to drop the passengers at Afzal Gunj before which the mishap occurred. The bus was heading to Hyderabad from Anantapur. The police registered a case and took the bus driver into custody.last_img

Sunset Summer Film Series At The Stone of Hope

first_imgThe Memorial Foundation,, the foundation responsible for building the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have again united to present an inspiring and powerful summer film series at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. This summer will mark the fourth anniversary for the film series, and both organizations look forward to celebrating with this free and public series which will include the Academy Award nominated movies Fences, Moana and Hidden Figures. On June 22, Fences will play at 8 p.m. at the Stone of Hope, 1964 Independence Ave SW,  seating begins at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and food. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Admission is free; the first 100 people will receive a special gift.last_img read more