KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer lost his second consecutive match and the No. 1 ranking Saturday.Greek-Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, a qualifier ranked 175th, rallied to upset Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) at the Miami Open. The 36-year-old Federer had been the oldest No. 1 man ever, but he’ll lose that spot to Rafael Nadal when the new rankings come out April 2.“I deserve it after this match,” Federer said. “That’s how I feel.”Kokkinakis became the lowest-ranked man to beat a No. 1 player since No. 178 Francisco Clavet upset Lleyton Hewitt in 2003. That upset was also at Key Biscayne.“Pretty crazy,” said Kokkinakis, 21. “I’m pretty happy about it.”Kokkinakis was born in Adelaide to Greek immigrant parents, Trevor (Tryfon) from Kalamata, Greece and Voula (Paraskevi) from Tripoli, Greece. Kokkinakis also has Greek citizenship. He is a citizen of Perivolakia Pylos. Federer now has lost back-to-back matches for the first time since 2014, a dip that comes after a career-best 17-0 start to the year. He lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the Indian Wells final Sunday, a defeat that also came down to a winner-take-all tiebreaker.Did the losses have anything in common?“Yes, 7-6 in the third,” Federer said. “Other than that, not much.”The 6-foot-5 Kokkinakis has long been regarded as a promising talent thanks to a thunderous serve and forehand, but has been plagued by injuries. The match was his first against Federer, although they’ve practiced together.Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns to Thanasi Kokkinakis, of Australia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)“I’ve always liked his game,” Federer said. “I’m happy for him that on the big stage he was able to show it. It’s a big result for him in his career, and I hope it’s going to launch him.”Federer’s defeat left both No. 1 players out of the tournament. Simona Halep lost hours earlier to Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Eight-time women’s champion Serena Williams and six-time winner Novak Djokovic were also eliminated in their opening matches.Federer won’t be playing to reclaim the No. 1 spot anytime soon. He said he’ll skip the upcoming clay season for the second year in a row, including the French Open.During a stadium ceremony before the night session, tour professionals joined members of the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to promote a fundraising campaign for victims of last month’s mass shooting there.Federer’s match turned when he played a poor service game and was broken at love to fall behind 3-1 in the second set.“That game I knuckled down and put pressure on him,” Kokkinakis said. “I started to dictate from there.”Kokkinakis never broke again but held the rest of the way, consistently topping 125 mph with his serve.“Every time I had chances, something bad happened,” Federer said. “Wrong decision-making by me, good decision-making by him. It’s disappointing. I don’t know why I couldn’t get to any level I was happy with today.”Federer kept one exchange going by hitting a volley behind his back, but couldn’t win even that point. He laughed then — it was early in the match — but looked grim two hours later as the end neared.On match point, Federer buried a backhand return in the bottom of the net. Kokkinakis screamed in celebration, waved his index finger and gestured for more noise from the appreciative capacity crowd.Kokkinakis said he didn’t mind that fans were firmly in Federer’s corner during the match — and even before it.“When I came on court there wasn’t much cheering,” Kokkinakis said with a laugh. “He came on court with a little delay and that sort of strut he does, and I was like, ‘This is pretty nuts.’ The crowd goes nuts when he does his walk onto court.”The walk to the exit was the last at Key Biscayne for Federer, a three-time champion. The event is moving next year to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium.Nadal will become the new No. 1 even though he missed Key Biscayne because of a hip injury that also forced him to skip Indian Wells.Kokkinakis is healthy for a change. The tournament is just his fifth in the past seven months, but he said he thought he could beat Federer.“When I’m playing on my terms, I don’t feel there are too many people that can go with me,” Kokkinakis said. “I just needed to play my game and aggressive tennis.”—By STEVEN WINE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare55 Shares
Models and posters of local historic landmarks, people, and events made by elementary school students are now on display at the Sioux City Public Museum.Education Curator Theresa Weaver-Basye says they are part of the 28th annual 4th grade Sioux City History Projects exhibit:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/4TH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………this year. :10She says it’s tough to come up with the final list of projects to be displayed:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/4TH2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..projects every year. :17Creations this year include the Warrior Hotel, Cathedral of the Epiphany, Evans Park, Stone Park Zoo, and the Sioux City Huskers baseball team.The exhibit will be on display through May 11th when students will be honored at a reception and awards ceremony.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 7: The Oklahoma Sooners warmup before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers September 7, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 16-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners are looking to go back-to-back when the 2019 NFL Draft begins tonight. Kyler Murray is the favorite to go No. 1 overall.That follows last year’s Baker Mayfield selection by the Cleveland Browns at the top of the 2018 Draft. He looks like he is, at long last, the quarterback that the Browns have been looking for.Murray followed Mayfield as a Heisman winner, and he could do it as a top draft pick as well. The Arizona Cardinals took Josh Rosen early in the first round last year, but with former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury taking over as head coach, the potential to coach a Big 12 great like Murray may be too much.Of course, Kyler isn’t the only Sooner great looking for good news tonight. OU has the potential to land a few first rounders tonight.Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller published a new full seven-round mock NFL Draft today, with seven Oklahoma players being drafted.Three are heading in the first round, which airs tonight, per Miller’s predictions.Round 1, Pick 1 – QB Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinalspic.twitter.com/kGePeWhrId— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019Miller, on Murray:Murray is the perfect quarterback for new head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense with his middle-of-the-field accuracy, his touch, his mobility and his arm strength down the field. He doesn’t fit the standard NFL size threshold at 5’10” and 207 pounds, but he has rare traits as a passer and runner that the league hasn’t seen since Michael Vick.Round 1, Pick 25 – WR Marquise Brown – Philadelphia EaglesDreams Do Come True ⭐️ Never Let Nobody Tell You What You Can’t Do! It’s Gonna Be A Blessing Catching From A NFL Quarterback 🙏🏿 But Who Will It Be???Vid: @kepps18 pic.twitter.com/UAR30SP2OL— Hollywood Brown (@Primetime_jet) April 10, 2019In this business, sometimes you’re told a team wants a player, and you have a hard time rationalizing the pick. This is one of those times.The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to move on from Nelson Agholor, which would seemingly make Marquise Brown a fit and a need, but they also signed DeSean Jackson and are still intrigued by Mack Hollins at receiver.Round 1, Pick 30 – OL Cody Ford – Green Bay PackersStarted this journey a LONG time ago and FAR from being done. Draft day is a day away and I can’t wait to get this next chapter going. Thank you to all those who supported me along the way 🙏🏾 #RIPPAPA pic.twitter.com/DAklf6kj9f— Cody Ford (@Cody_Ford74) April 24, 2019Ford is a powerful right tackle prospect who could also play either guard spot as needed. With Bryan Bulaga unable to stay fully healthy, Ford is a plug-and-play answer on the right side. Since Aaron Rodgers has taken far too many shots to the facemask in recent years, addressing the deterioration of the right side with an extra first-rounder is the way to go.Round 4, Pick 119 – OT Bobby Evans – Cleveland BrownsRound 5, Pick 140 – OG Dru Samia – Oakland RaidersRound 5, Pick 161 – RB Rodney Anderson – Houston TexansRound 6, Pick 194 – OG Ben Powers – Green Bay PackersMurray is the headliner, but Oklahoma’s offensive line may be the most impressive thing here. The Sooners have long been a huge producer of top linemen, and that is not changing in 2018.Anderson in the fifth round is also very intriguing. The Texans could use another option in the backfield, and if not for a season-ending injury in 2018, Anderson may be projected to go much higher. He looked like one of the best rushers in the country before the injury.[Bleacher Report]
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India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 20:10 IST BJP fielded Sadhvi Pragya from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat against Congress veteran Digvijay Singh | File photos from PTIHIGHLIGHTSAsaduddin said, “A terror accused has been rehabilitated by BJP”Asaduddin Owaisi criticised BJP’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on terrorismMalegaon blast victim’s father also approached NIA court to bar Sadhvi Pragya from contesting pollsAll India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (April 18) in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.Asaduddin Owaisi called Narendra Modi “king of liars”.”PM of India, you are the king of liars, you don’t want to fight terrorism. If you wanted to fight terrorism, if you had class and sincerity, then you would not have made a person with terrorism charges a candidate,” Asaduddin Owaisi said.Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its recent decision to field Sadhvi Pragya as Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, AIMIM took to Twitter and wrote, “Their [BJP] manifesto says zero tolerance on terrorism, but they [BJP] go ahead and nominate a terror accused [Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur]. What will they [BJP] say to those injured and murdered in Malegaon [blast case]?”Their manifesto says zero tolerance on terrorism, but they go ahead and nominate a terror accused. What will they say to those injured & murdered on Malegaon?#PragyaJoinsBJP pic.twitter.com/umX2pHF65fAIMIM Official (@aimim_national) April 18, 2019″A terror accused [Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur] has been rehabilitated by the BJP. The brazenness must be astounding to outsiders; but we are discussing it like it is a routine political strategy. This is the BJP’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on terrorism,” Asaduddin Owaisi wrote on Twitter.A terror accused has been rehabilitated by BJP. The brazenness of must be astounding to outsiders; but we are discussing it like it is routine political strategyThis is the BJP’s zero tolerance policy against terrorism https://t.co/7U3awA6X0nadvertisementAsaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) April 18, 2019On the day (April 17) when Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was fielded as Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti said, “Imagine the anger if I’d field a terror accused. Channels would’ve gone berserk by now trending a mehboobaterrorist hashtag!”Imagine the anger if I’d field a terror accused. Channels would’ve gone berserk by now trending a mehboobaterrorist hashtag! According to these guys terror has no religion when it comes to saffron fanatics but otherwise all Muslims are terrorists. Guilty until proven innocent https://t.co/ymTumxgty7Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) April 17, 2019Read | Sadhvi Pragya joins BJP, Mehbooba asks what if I fielded a terrorist Political activist Tehseen Poonawalla on Thursday (April 18) urged the Election Commission (EC) to debar BJP’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the Lok Sabha polls as she was facing terror charges.In a letter to the poll body, Poonawalla said that the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had found Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur to be the “principal conspirator” in the 2008 Malegaon blast in which six people were killed.I have filed a complaint with the #ElectionCommission to not allow #SadhviPragyaSinghThakur ji from contesting the #LokSabhaElections2019 as she is a terror accused. Hardik Patel a riot accused was also prevented by the EC.I state: I am not a member of any political party 1n pic.twitter.com/JfaaOH82E2Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) April 18, 2019Read | Tehseen Poonawalla moves EC against Sadhvi Pragya, says BJP fielding terror accused in pollsThe father of one of the victims of the 2008 Malegaon blast also moved the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Thursday, urging it to bar prime accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the Lok Sabha elections.The application was filed by Nisar Sayeed, who lost his son in the blast, a day after the BJP fielded Thakur from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat against Congress veteran Digvijay Singh.Sadhvi is facing trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.Saffron-clad Thakur (48), with her trademark short hair and sporting a rudraksh mala, became the face of right wing extremism after being arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.Arrested in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, Sadhvi Pragya was given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), but the trial court refused to discharge her from the case.She was granted bail by the Bombay High Court in 2017. Six people were killed and over 100 injured when a bomb went off near a mosque in Malegaon in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008. According to the prosecution, it was the handiwork of a Hindu extremist group.The court dropped the charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against her, and she is now being tried under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.(Inputs from PTI)Also Read | Lok Sabha Election 2019: All dates, full schedule, constituency-wise details, all you need to knowAlso Read | Sadhvi Pragya, Malegoan blast accused, joins BJP; who is she?Also Watch | Sadhvi Pragya Thakur joins BJP, may take on Digvijaya Singh from BhopaladvertisementGet 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 byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Asaduddin OwaisiFollow Sadhvi PragyaFollow Narendra Modi PM Modi is king of lies, says Asaduddin Owaisi taking jibe at BJP candidate Sadhvi PragyaCriticising the BJP and its recent decision to field Sadhvi Pragya as Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, Asaduddin Owaisi said, “BJP manifesto says zero tolerance on terrorism, but they go ahead and nominate a terror accused.”advertisement
zoom NYSE-listed owner and operator of Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) Dorian LPG has received commitments for up to USD 761 million of debt financing for its VLGC newbuilding program. The financing has four separate tranches. USD 250 million of commercial debt financing is being provided by ABN AMRO; ING Bank; DVB Bank; Citibank; and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.USD 205 million of financing is being provided directly by The Export Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM), and the remaining USD 306 million of financing is being provided under tranches guaranteed by KEXIM (USD 203 million) and insured by the Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-sure) (USD 103 million).The debt financing will be secured by, among other things, 18 of the company’s VLGC newbuildings, and will represent a loan-to-contract cost ratio of approximately 55%.Dorian LPG expects to close the transaction in February.Dorian’s Chairman, John Hadjipateras, said: “These commitments represent a key strategic milestone for our organization as this financing will complete the funding for our newbuilding program with no need to raise any additional debt or equity to take delivery of our fleet of new ECO VLGCs.”
London/Dubai: A 39-year-old fashion designer son of the ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates was found dead in his penthouse apartment in London, the British media reported Wednesday. Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi was the owner of a British fashion label, Qasimi, which has been in business since 2008. The ruler of the Emirate state of Sharjah Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi found his eldest son dead on the floor of his quarters in the family’s 3 million-pound English manor house in Sussex, an inquest heard, The Telegraph reported. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The Prince was buried in the emirate Wednesday and a three-day mourning period was announced. His father and other Emirati officials took part in the funeral procession as flags flew at half-mast. It has not yet been revealed how he died, according to The Sun. “It is with great sadness that we report Khalid Al Qasimi has unexpectedly passed away on 1st July 2019,” the website of Qasimi said in a statement. “His goal was to create ‘a world of beautifully crafted products infused with cultural, social and political undertones to inform and inspire’. The design world has lost a great philosopher and artist,” the statement said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingLondon’s Metropolitan Police said it was investigating an “unexplained death” in Knightsbridge on Monday but declined to reveal names. The police also said a post-mortem examination carried out Tuesday was inconclusive, adding they await the results of further tests. No arrests were made. The Crown Prince founded an eponymous fashion brand in 2016 and had shown collections at London and Paris Fashion weeks, The Telegraph report said. Three days of mourning have been announced in the United Arab emirate following the death of the “great philosopher and artist” in the UK, the report said.
Shillong: Leader of Opposition in Meghalaya Assembly, Mukul Sangma on Wednesday accused Chief Minister Conrad Sangma of “involving” in illegal transportation of coal in the state. Alleging that the government machineries are being used to facilitate the illegal transportation of coal, the former Chief Minister told journalists: “The kind of modus operandi that is in operation today under the direct command of the Chief Minister and his other people who are partners in crime is going to create a dangerous situation in the state in the years to come.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The Congress legislator alleged that the ruling National People’s Party (NPP)-led government has been engaged in changing the inventory of the stock of mined coal in the state and misinformed the Supreme Court to get certain kind of leverage for further transportation of coal which does not exist. “This exercise is under the patronage of the Chief Minister,” he further alleged. The Opposition leader said he will take up the issue with the National Green Tribunal (NGT), and the NGT-appointed committee, and ask them to verify all those claims which have been placed as part of the inventory. “There is no dearth of means to get the correct information. Without loss of time, this has to be verified. Otherwise, the whole issue of existence of any tribunal or authorities to regulate the errant behaviour of people engaging in illegal mining will be a mockery of the existing law,” Mukul Sangma said.
BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s government insists it is capable of handling the rotating presidency of the European Union, dismissing remarks made by the head of the bloc’s executive branch.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently questioned whether Romania was ready for the political give-and-take of holding the presidency which began this month, adding it was “technically well-prepared” for the role.But European Affairs Minister George Ciamba said Monday “Romania is well-prepared. Period,” adding: “There are political disputes in all member states.”Leaders of Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party have blasted Juncker for alleged prejudicesEU officials have repeatedly criticized Bucharest over a contentious judicial overhaul, warning it will dilute efforts to prosecute high-level corruption in one of the bloc’s most graft-riddled states.The Associated Press
Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, issued a statement in which he said he had learned late last night that civilians may have been killed during the operations, carried out in Shindand district of Herat province.He stressed the importance of a thorough investigation to establish the facts “before we jump to any conclusions. The United Nations has always made clear that civilian casualties are unacceptable – they undermine the trust and confidence of the Afghan people.”Mr. Eide said he had instructed the Herat office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to help provincial authorities to establish and verify the facts.“Any civilian casualty is one civilian casualty too many,” he said. “And every effort that can be made must be made to ensure the safety and welfare of the civilian population where military operations are conducted.”Meanwhile, the Special Representative today told a conference for southern Afghan governors that partnerships with provincial and district authorities are central to improving the effectiveness of aid across the south, which remains the most unstable and violence-wracked region of the country.Speaking in Kandahar, Mr. Eide noted that it was in the southern districts and provinces “that the lack of effectiveness is most acutely felt. It is here that the lack of coordination has the greatest impact.”He also urged the governors to combat corruption more vigorously, or risk undermining the confidence of Afghans in their State institutions and jeopardizing local security even further. 23 August 2008The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today called for a thorough investigation of reports that large numbers of civilians were killed during an international military operation in the far west of the country.
Halton Regional Police have released photos of the man wanted in a bank robbery in Burlington on Tuesday.The man entered the TD Canada Trust on Guelph Line around 1 p.m. Tuesday.Police say he approached a teller and demanded money.The teller complied and the man walked out.He was last seen heading southwest on Guelph Line.Investigators say no weapon was seen and there were no injuries.Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the man, believed to be between 40 and 50 years old.Anyone with information can contact Halton Police at 905-825-4747 ext. 2316.
“Without a trace: enforced disappearances in Syria,” the second thematic report by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, concludes that there are reasonable grounds to believe that acts of enforced disappearances were committed by Government forces as part of widespread and systematic attacks against civilians amounting to a crime against humanity.The report, released today in Geneva, draws on first-hand interviews conducted by the Commission over the period between March 2011 – when the conflict began – and November 2013. According to a news release about the report, investigations uncovered a “consistent country-wide pattern” in which people, mainly adult males, have been seized by the Syrian security and armed forces, as well as by pro-Government militias, during mass arrests and house searches, at checkpoints and in hospitals. “The Government has perpetuated a system of arrests and incommunicado detention that is conducive to enforced disappearances,” the news release stated, adding that in some cases, the disappearances appeared to have a punitive element, targeting family members of defectors, activists, fighters as well as those believed to be providing medical care to the opposition. In all the cases documented by the four-member Commission, survivors of enforced disappearances described being subjected to torture during their detention. Victims were also consistently denied their fundamental right to due process and placed outside the protection of the law.The Commission also concluded that authorities have refused to provide information about the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared and in some instances there appeared to be a policy of not providing such information to families. Evidence collected also indicates that relatives who approached the security services were themselves arrested in certain cases. This is an “extremely worrying phenomenon,” which has affected many thousands of family members who simply don’t know the fate of their loved ones, according to the Commission. Over the last year, specific anti-Government armed groups have increasingly been taking hostages for prisoner exchange or ransom. Persons perceived to be supporting the Government, human rights defenders, journalists, activists, humanitarian workers and religious leaders have been seized by various armed groups and held under the threat of death. “While such offenses do not amount to enforced disappearances as the fate of the victims is not denied or concealed they do leave families in a state of uncertainty regarding the whereabouts of their relatives,” said the news release. “However, in recent months, specific anti-Government armed groups have adopted practices that could be considered tantamount to enforced disappearances, in breach of their obligations under customary international humanitarian law.”The Commission regretted that the Syrian Government did not allow it to undertake investigations inside the country, which limited its ability to investigate violations, especially those committed by anti-Government armed groups.Chaired by Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, and comprising Karen Koning AbuZayd, Carla del Ponte and Vitit Muntarbhorn, the Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to investigate and record all violations of international human rights law during the Syria conflict.The Commission will publish its next comprehensive report in February 2014 and present it to the Human Rights Council at its upcoming session in Geneva in mid-March.
A statement issued today by the Commission’s CAR Configuration said it had taken note of the “commendable progress” to date in the processes of preparation for the elections and welcomed the “determination and commitment” of the international and national stakeholders in implementing the concluding documents of the Bangui Forum.The country’s parliamentary elections are slated for next month and have sparked hope among many in the international community that they may bring an end to hostilities. More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in CAR amid ongoing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. The UN estimates that some 450,000 people remain displaced inside the country while thousands of others have sought asylum across the borders.Nevertheless, the CAR Configuration “acknowledged with concern” the existing financial gap of $21 million toward the electoral budget which it said could jeopardize the “vital step” of disarmament and demobilization as well as the establishment of a Special Criminal Court. It called on international partners to “redouble efforts – in a spirit of solidarity and generosity – to support key processes, including the elections, aimed at ensuring the consolidation of security, democracy and social cohesion,” said the statement, which follows the informal meeting of the Configuration held on 8 June.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Dedric Lawson had 20 points and eight rebounds, and No. 2 Kansas beat Wofford 72-47 on Tuesday night after centre Udoka Azubuike left with a right high-ankle sprain.Azubuike was injured after landing awkwardly on a block attempt midway through the first half, and coach Bill Self said the 7-footer will be out indefinitely.The Jayhawks (7-0) once again started sluggish and led by three at halftime. A second-half push kept their undefeated season alive, as they outscored the Terriers 43-21 after the break and 26-6 in the final 10 minutes.Devon Dotson had 16 points for Kansas.With Azubuike out, Wofford (6-3) won the rebounding battle 45-36, including 19 on the offensive glass. Cameron Jackson led Wofford with 15 points and 10 boards.Leading scorer and star senior Fletcher Magee had just seven points and was an uncharacteristic 0 for 9 from behind the arc.Neither team shot the 3-ball well, as they connected on just a combined 8 for 49. Wofford entered tied for No. 12 in the nation in 3-pointers per game with 11.This was the first time Kansas and Wofford have ever played. The Jayhawks are now 12-0 all-time against opponents from the Southern Conference.BIG PICTUREWofford dropped its third of four games against Power Five schools. The Terriers beat South Carolina and hung with No. 14 North Carolina and Oklahoma.Kansas stays undefeated, but the Jayhawks are still chasing that first consistent, convincing victory while playing one of the country’s toughest nonconference schedules.UP NEXTWofford returns home to an easier test as it hosts Kentucky Christian on Thursday.Kansas faces New Mexico State on Saturday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., an arena where the Jayhawks have struggled in.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Jordan Wolf, The Associated Press
The first European sale of the new Sandvik CH865 mid-range mining cone crushers will be delivered to the Björkdalsgruvan gold mine in northern Sweden. In January 2015, Sandvik Mining launched two new mid-range mining crushers, the Sandvik CH860 for highcapacity secondary crushing and the Sandvik CH865 for high-reduction tertiary and pebble applications.The Sandvik CH865 replaces a previous crusher and delivers more final product in a tertiary crushing stage application, allowing increased milling throughput. Milling is often a processing bottleneck and the CH865 provides increased size reduction and delivers a more final product (P80) to the mill, thereby allowing the mineto increase mill throughput and improving productivity. It is also more cost effective to increase the crushingplant capacity rather than expanding the milling circuit.“We chose the Sandvik CH865 crusher because it will allow us to increase our crushing circuit productivity without expanding our site infrastructure”, says Mats Lindegren, General Manager at Björkdalsgruvan. “In these challenging times mines are often looking for increased productivity without necessarily expanding their plant. The Sandvik CH860 and Sandvik CH865 are easy to install as replacements to achieve this, as has been proven in the extensive field testing we have performed”, explains Ulf Carlqvist, Business Line Line Manager Crushing & Screening, Sales Area Europe at Sandvik Mining.
Swedish star from Viborg HK, Johanna Ahlm (23) have more confidence in the Norwegian neighbours than to the Danish girls in his assessment of the distribution medal at the forthcoming European Championships.Johanna Ahlm has played with and against a wide range of Danish and Norwegian international players, and she immediately larger scam to Norway than to Denmark prior to the upcoming European Championships:– The biggest favorites is probably Norway. They have a good, very together team and the game is at home, says Ahlm to HBOLD.dk and continues:– I think the medals go to Norway, Montenegro and France.Women’s EHF EURO 2010 in Norway and Denmark will start at 7th of December. ← Previous Story Men’s “EHF EURO 2012” contract signed between EHF and SHF Next Story → Tomas Svensson wants to play at WC 2011!
THE STAFF OF A PRIMARY SCHOOL in Mullingar have written a letter to the parents of their pupils, urging them not to buy their children “unsuitable” video games for Christmas.The letter singled out the recently released Grand Theft Auto V as an area of specific concern, due to the extreme violence and sexual themes of the game.Principal Caroline Mhic Robin wrote to parents: We have grave concerns about certain video games that children have access to, for example Grand Theft Auto (which, we hear, is on several Santa wish lists this year). The general public have been shocked at the level of violence and explicit graphic content in them…Video games and DVDs all have an age classification for a very good reason.Here’s an extract from the letter: To read the full letter, click here.Principal Mhic Robin told DailyEdge.ie that children as young as third class pupils had played the Grand Theft Auto games, and she could see the effects of these games on her students.“The games have a negative impact on children in relation to the language they use and their concentration levels,” she said.“Children can put a lot of pressure on their parents to get these games, but parents should really read up on them before buying them.”h/t The Irish SunWatch Anne Doyle take on her new gig as a quiz show presenter>Irish people abroad WILL be able to watch the Toy Show live>
They like to have a good time at the Googleplex, as evidenced by the plethora of gags and Easter Eggs that come out of the company. The most recent discovery comes in the form of a Doctor Who sci-fi treat hidden in Google Maps. At a particular spot in central London — specifically the Earl’s Court neighborhood — there is a very peculiar object. A blue police box, but inside it’s The Doctor’s TARDIS, and you can take a peek.Just head to this link in your browser, and look for the double arrows pointing at the call box. Click through and you’re inside. And yes, it’s bigger on the inside. You can click around and take a look at the console, or swing around the perimeter. It’s a nice little nerd diversion, and the level of detail is impressive.The double arrow might not show up if you’re using the new Google Maps beta, but tapping the up arrow on your keyboard might get it to show up properly. Alternatively, open the link in Incognito Mode (or your browser’s equivalent) to get the classic Maps interface.The call box used as the marker for this TARDIS Easter Egg does actually exist in London, but most of the original units have been removed. They date from the late 1800s through to the late 1900s, when mobile phones finally supplanted the last active call boxes. Police were able to use the boxes to contact the local station when the flashing light indicated an officer was needed. The public could also use the boxes to call police.The Earl’s Court box was actually built in 1997 as a homage to the devices. It has been active on and off, but the phone inside is merely a prop at this point. It also houses a CCTV camera, but most things in London do. Now the police box is mostly known as the TARDIS, especially to younger sci-fi fans that have never had to worry about where to place a call.
19 Comments ‘A pint a day’: How to make sure your real tree stays fresh until Christmas this year The Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association estimates 44% of us will buy a real tree this year. Share8 Tweet Email1 Short URL Source: The Killakee Christmas Tree Farm“To keep the tree smelling as nicely as it does, you need to bring it indoors immediately,” she said. “Definitely put it into water and keep it sheltered. Don’t leave it sitting.”Next, the base of the tree has to be cut to allow it to be mounted onto a stand. The best stand for this is a water stand, but a large bowl full of water near the tree can help if you opt for a different stand.“Leave the netting on until it’s in situ on the stand to prevent damage to branches,” Morton said. “Bring it through the door base-first, and make sure it’s submerged in water within eight hours of being cut.”Keeping it away from heat sources is important too, but Morton acknowledges this is not always easy in Irish homes. “It is a plant and it needs to be treated as such. Don’t put it next to a radiator, or at least have it off when people aren’t in the room.”And, as for maintenance to make sure the tree stays green and fresh ahead of the big day, at least a “pint a day” of water is required.“Keep an eye on it,” Morton added. “Make sure the base is covered and make sure the bowl is replenished.”The busiest period for buying Christmas trees is set to take hold over the next week, and Morton expects demand to persist right up to Christmas eve.“Then we’ll put up our own tree,” she said.Read: Poll: When’s the right time to put up your Christmas tree?Read: Gardaí to step up patrols targeting Christmas tree thieves Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERYTHING FROM CHOOSING the right tree, finding the right space in your home and keeping it well watered are just some of the ways we can make sure that our Christmas tree lasts longer. Source: Shutterstock/Peter GudellaAccording to a survey conducted for the Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association, 44% of people will have a real Christmas tree at home this year, while almost two thirds say they like the feel of a real tree in the house.TheJournal.ie spoke to Karen Morton, from The Killakee Christmas Tree Farm in the Dublin mountains, to find out how you can ensure that tree stays green and healthy throughout the Christmas period.“There’s a perfect tree for everyone,” she explained, “but getting it home can be a worry”.Wrapping the tree in netting before it gets transported is an effective way to make sure the branches don’t get damaged en route. When you bring the tree home, there’s a few things that need to be done. 19,034 Views By Sean Murray Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 10:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3111347 Dec 3rd 2016, 10:00 AM
6 Comments Share4 Tweet Email Dec 6th 2016, 7:54 AM Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/PA ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER Matteo Renzi formally resigned after a crushing referendum defeat that has sent shockwaves around Europe – though his departure will be delayed by a final task, passing a budget.Renzi handed his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella after Italians resoundingly rejected his constitutional reform proposals in Sunday’s referendum, to the delight of the country’s populist leaders, fresh after Brexit and Donald Trump’s US victory.The departure of the centre-left premier – who had staked his future on the outcome of the vote — plunges Italy into political uncertainty and casts a shadow over the future of the eurozone’s third-largest economy.In an apparent bid to ease investor fears, the presidency said in a statement that Mattarella had “asked the prime minister to postpone his resignation” until the 2017 budget has been passed, a move expected by the end of the week, according to Italian media.The government has already won a vote of confidence on the budget in the lower house of parliament.Difficult daysRenzi, who in 2014 became Italy’s youngest-ever premier, was left with no option but to quit after his proposals to streamline parliament were rejected by voters by a decisive 59-41 percent margin.The 41-year-old former mayor of Florence, who came to power promising radical reform, defended his record.“1,000 difficult but wonderful days. Thanks to everyone. Viva l’Italia,” he wrote on Facebook.Italian media said he told his cabinet he had agreed to see the budget passed before his departure “out of a sense of responsibility”.Landmark moment? Holger Schmieding, at the Berenberg private bank, said the risk that Italy could choose to leave the euro, while still remote, had increased.Capital Economics said: “Italy has taken the first step along a path that could lead it out of the eurozone.”US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in Berlin yesterday at the start of his European farewell tour, said the victory for the No camp reflected the “anxieties” sweeping Western democracies.An anti-establishment vote The vote inevitably became something of a referendum on Renzi’s personality and record after his pledge to stand down should he lose, and an opportunity for some to express wider frustrations.Populists across Europe rejoiced at his downfall, with the founder of Italy’s own anti-establishment Five Star movement Beppe Grillo calling for an election “within a week”.Giovanni Orsina, professor of politics at Rome’s Luiss university, said four out of five voters had cast their vote politically rather than on the merits of the reform.“The vote has broad similarities with the Brexit and Trump phenomena,” he said. “The electorate voted against the establishment, against Brussels. They didn’t get into the subtleties.”Poll data showed the No vote was strongest in areas with high unemployment, in the relatively poor south and among young voters, pointing to a correlation with levels of discontent.Britain’s eurosceptic Nigel Farage, who spearheaded the “Brexit” campaign, said the vote appeared to have been “more about the euro than constitutional change”.But Lorenzo Codogno, former chief economist at the Italian Treasury Department, insisted: “The outcome of the referendum is much more complex and nuanced than ‘just another wave of protest across the globe’.”Padoan favourite for new PM Most analysts see immediate elections as unlikely.The most probable scenario is a caretaker administration dominated by Renzi’s Democratic Party taking over before an election that has to take place by March 2018.Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan was installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Renzi as prime minister, with Senate speaker Pietro Grasso, a veteran anti-mafia prosecutor, running in second place.Renzi, meanwhile, may try to stay on as head of his party, which would leave him well placed for a potential comeback to frontline politics at the next election. But he faces resistance to that scenario from the many enemies he has made while in office.- © AFP 2016.Read: Italian prime minister resigns after crushing referendum defeat>Read: Donald Trump and Al Gore have “extremely interesting conversation” about climate change> 4,129 Views http://jrnl.ie/3122119 By AFP Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/PA Short URL Italian president asks Renzi to stick around until a budget is passed Renzi resigned after a voters rejected his constitutional reform proposals in a referendum on Sunday. Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 7:54 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article