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Didnt demand to be included in SA WC squad de Villiers

first_imgNew Delhi: Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has denied that he made any demand to be included in the national squad for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales. de Villiers, who retired from international cricket in May 2018, said that he had been asked at the time if he would be available if South Africa needed him for the World Cup. He had said that he would be and had repeated the same during a private conversation with Proteas captain Faf du Plessis during the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “Faf and I have been friends since we were at school together and two days before the World Cup squad was announced, I contacted him for a chat,” de Villiers said in a statement the screenshots of which were posted on his social media handles. “I had been in decent form during the Indian Premier League and casually repeated what I had said when asked a year earlier, that I was available if required… but only if required. I made absolutely no demand at all. I certainly did not try to force my way into the World Cup squad on the eve of the tournament, and did not expect to be included. There was no burning issue from my side, and no sense of injustice,” he said. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The controversy arose after it was revealed that de Villiers had allegedly demanded to be included in the South Africa squad just after their defeat to India in the World Cup. The Proteas had a dismal tournament in England and Wales as they crashed out of the group stage with just three victories in nine outings. de Villiers came in for criticism after the story broke and while the 35-year-old clarified that he had not demanded anything from du Plessis or the South African team management, he held no grudge against anyone for leaking the story. “Out of the blue, on the evening after the Proteas lost to India, suffering a third successive World Cup defeat, elements of our private conversation were disclosed to the media, and distorted to cast me in the worst possible light. The story was not leaked by me, or anybody associated with me, or by Faf. Maybe someone wanted to deflect criticism. I don’t know,” he revealed. “As a result, I was unfairly described as arrogant, selfish and indecisive, but with all humility, my conscience is clear. I retired for honest reasons and, when asked if I could be available for the World Cup, I agreed to keep the door open. In the event, understandably, the team moved on. No problem. I am not angry with anybody,” de Villiers said.last_img read more

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Murray ready as hell ever be for Cincy singles return

first_imgCincinnati: Andy Murray on Sunday pronounced himself ready to go as he prepared to resume his singles career with a first-round test at the ATP Cincinnati Masters. “I’m feeling good, I’ve had three of four good practice sessions,” said Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion who has tumbled to 325th in the world. “I have zero pain. “I’m not expecting to move as well as I used to. There is still some improvement to be made, though it will take time. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I started training singles a few weeks ago, it’s the best to train with players at the highest level who hit the ball big.” The 32-year-old, who has undergone two major hip procedures, will face off against Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the opening round with the winner to face fourth seed Dominic Thiem. Murray last played singles in the Australian Open first round, losing in pain over five sets to Roberto Bautista Agut eight months ago. In a tearful post-match analysis, Murray confessed that his career might be over. That was far from the case, with a hip resurfacing a few weeks later giving him fresh hope. Murray began playing doubles at Queen’s Club in June, winning that grass court title with Feliciano Lopez. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMurray, Cincinnati singles champion in 2008 and 2011, credits doubles king Bob Bryan with inspiring him to make a return after hip surgery. The American underwent the same resurfacing procedure as Murray in mid-2018 and made a solid return to competition. “I was speaking to him maybe three times a week from when he had his operation and even before,” Murray said of his communication with the recovering Bryan. “I listened to how he felt and what he had done — he was my inspiration, a huge help in my own comeback.”last_img read more


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Correction head OK with transfer of Tori Staffords killer to healing lodge

first_imgOTTAWA – The official charged with reviewing the controversial transfer of Tori Stafford’s killer from a medium security prison to an Indigenous healing lodge says she is comfortable with the decision to move Terri-Lynne McClintic.Anne Kelly, who was appointed commissioner of Correctional Service of Canada in July, says the agency will perform an in-depth review of the file — as requested by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale — but noted the service has a “rigorous case management process.”Kelly said she is looking for a member of the public to join two senior staff reviewing whether all processes were properly followed in McClintic’s transfer and whether changes are needed.“At this point I’m comfortable with the decision, however, if through the review any adjustments need to be made, I will ensure that they are implemented,” Kelly told reporters Thursday.She walked away as reporters tried to pose questions on how her personal views could affect the outcome of the case.Her officer later clarified that Kelly believed the transfer does not pose an immediate risk to the safety and security of the public, staff or inmates.The issue was front and centre again on Parliament Hill with Conservative calls for the Liberals to send immediately reverse the transfer. Goodale said he didn’t have the authority to do that, which is why he said he asked Kelly for a detailed review of “those policies and procedures to determine whether they need to be changed.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer contends the government has the ability under section six of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to issue operational directives to the Kelly as commissioner — something the Liberals dispute.In an interview, Scheer said he believes the prime minister’s decision not to intervene is tantamount to signing off on McClintic’s transfer to the healing lodge.“Justin Trudeau has the ability to put Tori’s killer back behind bars,” Scheer told The Canadian Press.“He has a variety of tools at his disposal and he needs to tell Canadians whether or not he’s going to do that. And if he’s not, he’s obviously OK with the decision.”The Liberals argue the minister can only provide high-level direction to the commissioner about general operations or policies — not about individual cases.“The act is very clear. The control of the system lies with the commissioner,” Goodale said.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott defended the use of Indigenous healing lodges as a way to provide restorative justice for Indigenous offenders — of which she says McClintic is one. She said healing lodges “have proven to provide restorative justice” and “the security that’s necessary.”The question period debate about the issue was not as heated as it was on Wednesday when Conservative MPs discussed graphic details of Stafford’s murder, which prompted Trudeau to demand more decorum and accuse the Tories of playing political games with the tragedy. Scheer said he found Trudeau’s response “a disgusting and shameful display of a prime minister trying to avoid responsibility.”Scheer said he and his MPs felt it was necessary to remind everyone about the horrific details of the crime after Goodale referred to McClintic’s role in Tori’s murder as “bad practices” in a television interview earlier this week.“When he’s got a minister sitting a few seats down from him glossing over these evil actions of a deranged individuals as ‘bad practices,’ then yeah, we’re absolutely going to put before him and his ministers what some of the details are,” Scheer said.McClintic was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder of Victoria (Tori) Stafford. McClintic’s boyfriend, Michael Rafferty repeatedly raped her before the eight-year-old was ultimately killed with a claw hammer to the head.The disturbing details have been widely reported, in part, to allow the public to bear witness to the tragedy and understand McClintic’s sentence, Scheer said.“That was the purpose of recounting some of the details of the case, so that Canadians, and for Parliamentarians to know what they are defending… they have a responsibility to Canadians to explain why they think it’s OK.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more


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The First Tee Charitybuzz Auction Kicks Off With Dozens Of Incredible Golf

first_imgFun and philanthropy collide as Charitybuzz, the world’s premiere auction site for cause, and The First Tee, the non-profit, national youth sports organization, partner for “The First Tee National Auction by Charitybuzz.”The national auction, which runs from Tuesday, August 21, through Tuesday, September 12, offers once-in-a-lifetime golf and lifestyle experiences to benefit The First Tee and their national programs that positively impact the lives of millions of kids.Through our chapters, in-school and after-school programs, The First Tee helps shape and impact the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing its Nine Core Values, such as integrity, respect and perseverance, through the game of golf.“The First Tee National Auction by Charitybuzz” kicks off at The First Tee Experience at THE NORTHERN TRUST 2018, the PGA Tour’s first FedExCup Playoffs event of the season. Fans visiting The First Tee Experience, the week-long, interactive destination for kids and families at the golf tournament, will be able to view videos of the incredible “bucket list” auction items available for bid. Visit charitybuzz.com/thefirsttee to learn more about The First Tee and view all of the auction lots for the campaign.“We are excited to kick off The First Tee National Auction by Charitybuzz at THE NORTHERN TRUST and introduce fans around the country to these amazing auction items that help raise funds to positively impact the lives of young people,” said Keith Dawkins, Chief Executive Officer, The First Tee. “Charitybuzz has been an invaluable partner for years, and The First Tee’s chapters and Headquarters are looking forward to making 2018 our biggest and most successful campaign yet.”Experiences up for auction to benefit The First Tee include:A 2019 US Open Championship Pebble Beach ExperienceRounds of golf at legendary courses like Baltusrol, Merion, Hazeltine and Firestone, hosts of major championships, World Golf Championships and Ryder Cup matchesDream golf trips to England, Scotland or Ireland, where you will have the chance to play Open Championship rotation courses like Royal Lytham, Royal Birkdale, Royal Portrush, Carnoustie and TurnberryVIP access to fan-favorite professional events like the sold-out 2018 Ryder Cup matches in Paris, and the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix OpenExclusive Donald Ross golf packager with round at Hope Valley CC, Highland Country Club, and Pinehurst No.2 with private tour of the Tufts Archives and dinner at the Holly InnCaddie for PGA Champions TOUR Player in a private pro-am on October 15th“The partnership between Charitybuzz and The First Tee has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a worthy cause, and our impact only continues to grow,” said Ben Erwin, General Manager of Charitybuzz. “By working together, we’re granting even more children this unique, transformative experience with sport that The First Tee offers,” said Ben Erwin, General Manager of Charitybuzz.Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the sport of golf and The First Tee’s Nine Core Values to more than 15 million kids. The First Tee offers programs in all 50 states, reaching more than five million kids annually through: The National School Program in more than 10,000 elementary schools, 150 chapters at more than 1,200 golf courses and The First Tee DRIVE at 1,300 youth centers.Charitybuzz is the world’s premier charity auction destination, bringing its online community of bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference.To learn more about The First Tee and view all the auction lots for this campaign, please visit charitybuzz.com/thefirsttee now through September 12, 2018.last_img read more



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El Mortada Iamrachen Appears Monday in Salé Court

Rabat – Following a temporary release to attend his father’s funeral, Rifian protest activist El Mortada Iamrachen appeared at Salé’s Court of Terrorism on Monday morning for his first hearing.The former Salafi activist was detained on June 10 for allegations that he had “praised terrorism.” His arrest sparked criticism on Moroccan social media, as the activist is known for his moderate political and religious stances.During his temporary release, Iamrachen became involved with young activists who were calling for calm and a decreased security presence in the Rif region. Iamrachen was among the Rif protest activists who agreed to engage in dialogue with the government in order to resolve the ongoing crisis in the Rif, where demonstrations have continued for nine months since the death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri in October 2016. read more


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Wigneswaran accuses Government on Tamil issue

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran, has accused the government of not “having the will” to help Tamils or minorities, The Hindu newspaper reported.Pointing out that this had been the “characteristic” of what had been taking place in the country, Mr. Wigneswaran told an international tele-press conference on Thursday night that “the Central government in Sri Lanka will not do anything towards the minorities or the Tamils unless they are forced to do something.” The conference was organised by the Oakland Institute, an American policy think-tank, in connection with the release of two reports on a range of issues concerning Tamils. There had to be “international pressure” on the government, he insisted. According to him, the land released by the Army, which continues to control “fertile lands,” in the Northern Province was “infertile.” Referring to a star hotel being maintained by the Army in the Province, the Chief Minister recalled that President Maithripala Sirisena had made an offer to him to take over the hotel and run it as a conference hall. State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene had told The Hindu a few days ago that no decision had yet been taken as there were two views within the government on the issue.As for the presence of security forces in his province, the Chief Minister said that though there had been a general call urging soldiers to get back to barracks, there was “no exodus of soldiers from the northern province which is perceivable by anyone.” read more


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Passenger arrested at BIA with USD 35000

He was about to board a plane to Singapore when the money was found concealed in his baggage. Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) A passenger was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning with USD 35,000 in his baggage.The customs department said that the Sri Lankan man, aged 29, was arrested at the departure lounge of the airport.


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Mirror mirror on the wall Albertans not willing to take blame for

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice listens during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on November 3, 2014. Prentice has stirred up a whirlwind of anger by saying Albertans need to “look in the mirror” if they want to know who is responsible for the province’s fiscal mess. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck EDMONTON – Premier Jim Prentice has stirred up a whirlwind of anger by saying Albertans need to “look in the mirror” if they want to know who is responsible for the province’s fiscal mess.The Twitter hashtag #PrenticeBlamesAlbertans went viral Thursday with a torrent of sarcasm, memes and outrage, and was a top trender in Canada for a time.NDP Leader Rachel Notley demanded Prentice and his four-decade-old Progressive Conservative government publicly apologize for “profoundly insulting” Albertans.“These guys have been at the controls. These guys are the ones that have made the decisions. It’s their decisions that have put us here,” said Notley.“How dare they blame the families who are struggling to make ends meet under the circumstances that these folks have created. When you’ve been in government for 43 years, the least you can do is take responsibility for what you’ve done.”Wildrose Opposition Leader Heather Forsyth also demanded Prentice apologize.“It is his government who overspent by over $40 billion for the past decade” said Forsyth.“It is his government that has failed to ensure we could withstand $50 oil. It is his government that has made Alberta’s politicians and government the most expensive in Canada.”Prentice’s office, in a statement, said: “The premier echoed something he has been communicating to Albertans for a couple of months now: Alberta is going through tough financial times and there will be challenges ahead for all Albertans.”The controversy ignited after Prentice spoke about the fiscal crisis the province faces on a CBC radio call-in show Wednesday.“In terms of who is responsible we all need only look in the mirror,” he said. “Collectively, we got into this as Albertans and collectively we’re going to get out of it.”Two of his senior ministers, Finance Minister Robin Campbell and Health Minister Stephen Mandel, told reporters in Calgary they didn’t hear the premier’s comments. But they also said they believe they were taken out of context because the remarks don’t reflect what Prentice believes.Campbell said the outrage was “blown out of proportion.”“Nobody’s told me they’re offended,” he said.The Twitter world, however, responded with a viral vengeance.Tweets had Prentice sarcastically blaming Albertans for everything from the demise of the dinosaurs to the play call that cost the Seattle Seahawks the Super Bowl.One tweet commented: “On campaign trail, Prentice opts not to kiss baby. Instead, whispers in toddler’s ear: ‘It’s your damn fault.’”Others said Prentice was correct, given that Albertans have voted to keep the Progressive Conservative party in power since 1971.Prentice is navigating rocky political rapids brought on by a collapse in oil prices that has sucked billions of dollars from the treasury.Campbell announced Thursday that the provincial budget is to be tabled March 26.Prentice has already said the budget will include a 10-year financial plan to retool how Alberta raises and spends money so as to insulate government books from huge price swings in oil.He has launched numerous trial balloons in recent weeks that have hinted at higher income taxes, more tuition fees and a reintroduction of health premiums. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2015 12:28 pm MDT Mirror, mirror on the wall: Albertans not willing to take blame for fiscal fall read more


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Chinese company to give Dick Cook Studios 500m for movies

BEIJING, China – A private film company in eastern China has agreed to invest at least $500 million in the studio of former Walt Disney boss Dick Cook to make movies to be distributed worldwide, the companies announced.The deal is the latest tie-up between Hollywood and Chinese companies as China offers overseas producers more investment opportunities and both look to increase their presence in each other’s film industries.Los Angeles-based Dick Cook Studios and Film Carnival, a film producer and distributor located in Zhejiang province, announced the deal in a statement Tuesday.Film Carnival will finance 100 per cent of the movies developed, produced, distributed and marketed by Dick Cook Studios. The Los Angeles-based company will also help Film Carnival produce its own movies in China.The first movie will be “Ranger’s Apprentice,” based on a book series and set to begin production in fall 2016. Paul Haggis, who wrote “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash,” will direct the movie, and he also wrote the screenplay along with his daughter, Alissa Sullivan Haggis.Former Walt Disney Studios chairman Cook established his own company last year with a $150 million investment from CITIC Guoan, a unit of state-owned conglomerate CITIC Group, to make family entertainment.Last week, he partnered with CITIC Guoan and the Beijing Film Academy to host the first China-U.S. Motion Picture Summit. The one-day conference near Beijing brought together Chinese and Hollywood producers, scriptwriters and others for panel discussions and networking. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2016 8:36 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chinese company to give Dick Cook Studios $500m for movies In this Friday, March 25, 2016 photo, Dick Cook, left, chairman of Dick Cook Studios, interviews Alfonso Cuaron, director of science fiction movie “Gravity” and keynote speaker, at the China-U.S. Motion Pictures Summit in northern China’s Hebei province. Film Carnival, a private film company in eastern China, announced Wednesday, March 30, 2016 that it has agreed to invest at least $500 million in the studio of former Walt Disney boss Dick Cook to make movies to be distributed worldwide. (AP Photo/Louise Watt) read more


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Middle East UNbacked reconstruction efforts continue in Gaza amid dire conditions

In a statement released earlier today, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, noted that more than 20,000 homeowners are expected to be able to procure construction material by the end of December for critical repairs ahead of an expectedly cold winter.“This can only be the beginning of an effective process to rebuild Gaza,” read Mr. Serry’s statement which also stressed, however, that “much more needs to be done.”Speaking to Gaza Ministers of the Government of National Consensus and interlocutors of the private sector, Mr. Serry emphasized the importance of their “direct engagement” to address large scale reconstruction challenges and to prioritize projects for this purpose through the pre-established UN-backed reconstruction mechanism.According to a recent UN assessment, as it stands now, over 100,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, affecting more than 600,000 people. Many people still lack access to the municipal water network. Blackouts of up to 18 hours per day are common.In addition, the violence killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, and more than 70 Israelis.Despite the positive steps forward for many Gaza residents, Mr. Serry warned that the operating environment continued to face many challenges, including “a fragile and informal” ceasefire which has not yet solidified and a lack of empowerment of the Government of National Consensus in Gaza with no control over border crossings.“These difficult issues, coupled with insufficient financial assistance from donors, have only worsened the atmosphere in an already devastated Gaza,” the Special Envoy continued. Mr. Serry said he remained “gravely concerned about the dire situation” and planned to urge all stakeholders and the international community to “make good” on their calls to help Gaza when he visits the UN Security Council next week. “This includes progress on all fronts, progress which must be made now lest we see Gaza fall back into yet another conflict,” he concluded. read more


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DR Congo Hunger crisis scarce funds could push Kasais to brink of

“ Without immediate donor support, many – particularly women and children – will die,” said Claude Jibidar, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) operations in the DRC.The eruption of violence in what used to be a poor but peaceful region has claimed countless lives and forced nearly 1.4 million people from their homes.The crisis has also resulted in traditionally high malnutrition rates to sky-rocket and according to estimates, 3.2 million people are “desperately” short of food, the UN agency said.“A lull in fighting has allowed more staff to be deployed [and] aid workers have fanned out into the Kasai countryside. [We have] co-ordinated multi-agency logistics and humanitarian flights,” it added. WFP has been working against the clock to help ever more people. Its efforts have helped a population that is growing rapidly by the day – from 42,000 people assisted in September to 115,000 in October and 225,000 in November.However, money is quickly running and WFP plans to feed almost half a million people in December seem impossible as its resources are so depleted that only half-rations can be distributed.At the same time, donor assistance is extremely scarce.Hunger not only puts lives at risk: it is forcing people into prostitution and increasing the risk of sexual violence, stressed Mr. Jibidar, calling on Government partners to do all in their power to “spare Kasai from the kind of decades-long humanitarian catastrophe that has plagued other DRC regions.” read more


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Boart Longyear highlights LS250 MiniSonic drill and other technologies in South Africa

first_imgBoart Longyear showcased its LS™250 MiniSonic drill and a range of other drilling solutions and technologies at Mining Indaba recently, including rod handling solutions, the Drill Control Interface (DCi), BLH DTH Hammers and the S36 rock drill. The new LS250 features the MiniSonic drill head that has been used in the field for more than 10 years by Boart Longyear Drilling Services. Featuring a patented airbag system that isolates the vibration from the rig and transfers it down the hole for more efficient drilling, the LS250 MiniSonic is wide track mounted and offers low ground pressure (0.28 bar/4 psi) for increased accessibility.“Risks of hand injuries are significantly reduced with Boart Longyear’s rod handling and presenting innovations.The range of patented rod handlers and rod presenters significantly reduces a driller’s exposure to this risk by totally or partially automating the rod tripping process.” The Drill Control Interface (DCi) enables drillers to operate equipment at a safe distance from moving parts and hydraulic hoses. The DCi provides a fully electronic interface to safely and efficiently operate underground drilling equipment, such as the LM™ series, via an independent, lightweight control panel. The LM75, LM90 and LM110 rigs are compatible with the DCi system. When using a pulse width modulation (PWM) rod handler, the DCi can control both the rig and the rod handler via an integrated control panel. The DCi increases safety on-site by moving the driller away from moving parts and hydraulic hoses.The S36 rock drill is a powerful 114 mm diameter bore drifter-type drill with independently controlled rotation. Designed for deep hole drilling in both surface and underground applications, the S36 can be mounted to any suitable existing feed system, and can be mounted on screw and chain feed cradles for development drifting, fan hole and ring drilled blastholes. The drill features remote controlled operation and is described as ideal for benching.last_img read more


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Djordje Golubovic the last signing of Csurgoi KK

← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2013: Barca and HSV for the trophy! Next Story → FC Barcelona Intersport wins Super Globe 2013! Csurgoi KKDjordje Golubovichandball transfersRK Partizan Beograd The third Hungarian team, Csurgoi KK has signed Serbian right back Djordje Golubovic (21). He is coming from Spanish BM Ademar Leon, where he played last season. Golubovic was a member of Serbian Junior NT squad. He began his career at Serbian champion RK Partizan Beograd.Csurgoi KK will play against Spanish Aragon at the EHF Cup.Team roster for 2013/2014:Goalkeepers: Pallag Péter, Piotr WyszomirskiLeft wings: Gazdag Tibor, Nagy MátéLeft backs: Borsos Tamás, Grebenár Gábor, Lele ÁkosPlaymakers: Barys Pukhouski, Vadkerti GábrielLine players: Herbert Gábor, Pordán Bálint, Szöllősi SzabolcsRight backs: Djordje Golubovic, Oláh GáborRight wings: Alberto Aguirrezabalaga Garcia, Országh Ádám read more


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Suicide bomb kills seven at Libyan checkpoint

first_imgA SUICIDE BOMBER rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a security checkpoint outside eastern Libya’s restive city of Benghazi overnight, killing at least seven people.The blast left body parts strewn around the area, said Moetez al-Agouri, a police officer at the post, who believes the death toll will rise.“Seven bodies among the victims have been identified but some other bodies were torn to pieces by the explosion,” said Agouri, who was working at the checkpoint at the time but escaped injury.Eight people including civilians were wounded in the attack on the checkpoint 50 kilometres east of Benghazi and were taken to hospital in the nearby town of Tokra.A witness told AFP the explosion had left a large crater in the ground.The security post’s chief, Fraj al-Abdelli, who was wounded in the attack, said the checkpoint had received several threats since arresting four people in November who were carrying weapons, explosives, money and a hit-list.He said a police convoy transporting the suspects to a Benghazi barracks after their arrest came under attack as it entered the city.Four soldiers were killed and three wounded in that attack, he said.Benghazi, the cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi, has seen a series of attacks in recent months that have killed more than 300 people.On Friday, the head of military intelligence in Benghazi was shot dead during a visit to his family in nearby Derna.And a day before, a man was killed in an explosion in his car in Tobruk, in the first attack of its kind in the city close to the border with Egypt.Also on Thursday, the head of a man who had been kidnapped for ransom was found in Benghazi.Cyber AttacksIn another development reflecting the myriad security problems still plaguing the North African nation, protesters shut down Internet access in the south and west on Saturday.Knife-wielding protesters stormed the headquarters of Libya’s largest telecoms provider and forced an eight-hour shutdown.Dozens of people calling for Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to resign occupied the Libyan Telecom and Technology (LTT) HQ in eastern Tripoli.The service was down for about eight hours.In addition to calling for Zeidan’s ouster, the group condemned the blockade of vital oil terminals in the east, LTT communications chief Mourad Bilal said.The months-long blockade has dealt a blow to Libya’s economy and slashed oil production from nearly 1.5 million barrels per day to just 250,000.Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi on Saturday issued a renewed threat of force to lift the blockade.“The government is making every effort to hold talks with those blockading the terminals,” he told journalists on the sidelines of a conference in Doha of the Organisation of Arab Oil Exporting Countries.But all options, including the military option, remain open to put an end to this situation.Zeidan had already threatened to use force against the strikers but without taking action.Since Kadhafi’s overthrow in 2011, Libya’s authorities have struggled to impose their authority and stem rising lawlessness.(C) AFP, 2013Read: Lockerbie bombing victims remembered on 25th anniversaryExplainer: So what is left of the Arab Spring?last_img read more


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Gilmore Negotiated settlement on Bus Éireann in best interests of everyone

first_imgYouTube: Hugh O’ConnellHowlin: Contingency plans in place for pay cuts ‘one way or another’Read: Suspended Bus Éireann strike has already cost company €500,000 TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said that a negotiated settlement of the Bus Éireann dispute is in the best interests of everyone affected by the two-day strike action.Gilmore was speaking outside government buildings this morning following the announcement that workers at the transport company had postponed strike action for 48 hours in a bid to reach an agreement with management through the Labour Relations Commission.The Tánaiste also reaffirmed that savings of €300 million would need to be achieved in the public sector pay bill this year.Watch:last_img


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A Kickstarter project aims to solve the frayed iPod cable issue

first_imgDo you have an iPod cable that’s at the point where its innards are showing? Me too. It’s one of the few areas where Apple hasn’t really improved. Those cables fray and die much too quickly. Fortunately, there’s currently a Kickstarter project with a solution for this perennial issue.The frayed cable issue has been around for several years. About four or five months into using a new iDevice, the cable can start to wear away. It is as perplexing as it is annoying. A decent iPod cable isn’t the cheapest thing to purchase after all.A disgruntled Redditor posted an image of two iPod cables, one from 2007 and the other from 2009. The 2009 one was frayed. The 2007 one was not. Several hundred comments in, another Redditor gave a reasonable explanation as to why this is an issue.Most power cords have what’s called a strain relief which is a series of rings where the cable meets the plug. This protects the cable and keeps it at a curve when bent so that it won’t break. All current iPod cables don’t have this strain relief.At Apple, the Industrial Design department, according to the Redditor, has the final say on everything with regards to its products. Apparently, the ID department doesn’t like the way the strain relief looks, so it’s been left out of the design. It’s nothing more complicated than that.What the Kickstarter project offers is what’s called the MySaver. It comes in both a pro and DIY kit that essentially attaches to both the USB and dock ends of the cable. Aluminum encases both plugs, and there’s a silicone piece for where the cable meets the plug. The project is still accepting donations, and it’s about $5,000 shy of its $15,000 goal that will make the project happen, so every little helps.See more at Kickstarter via TechCrunchlast_img read more


Hysaj could have left Napoli Agent

first_imgElseid Hysaj’s agent claims the player could have completed a switch to Chelsea and could still secure a move away from Napoli if he fails to become a regular.The Albanian full-back has fallen down Ancelotti’s pecking order and his representative is unhappy given he could have left last summer.“He could have gone with [Maurizio] Sarri to Chelsea, but Ancelotti blocked everything,” Mario Giuffredi fumed in a quote cited on Football Italia.“He even publicly said recently that he was counting on him for this last period, but the facts say that in the last four games, Hysaj has only played one.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“Therefore that probably means he’s not too important for the Coach. If Ancelotti no longer considers him a starter, and wants to remove the disturbance, we’ll do it.“Hysaj doesn’t deserve this bad treatment, considering how much he’s given Napoli in the last three years, and also because it’s professionally correct to be clear in life.“Maybe it’s just a transitional phase, but every Coach makes his choices and it’s right that’s the case. So if Hysaj has become the fourth choice it’s only right they communicate that to us.“If this is a transitional phase we’ll soon see Hysaj as a starter again, or at the very least playing more consistently, but if Hysaj is no longer valued by the Coach we’ll ask for a transfer in January.”last_img read more


Zuber talks for the first time after joining Stuttgart

first_imgThe former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim footballer feels like at home with his new German Bundesliga club and hopes to show good quality football.A week after leaving German Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for VfB Stuttgart, Steven Zuber talked to the press for the first time.“Stuttgart are a big club who obviously shouldn’t be in the position they’re in at the moment. Their current position in the table is of no great importance to me,” he told the club’s official website.“Being near the top or further down the table doesn’t affect my personal approach. I always look at things on a game-by-game basis and want to win every single one.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You start from scratch every matchday, and each time there are three more points up for grabs. The discussions with Michael Reschke and Markus Weinzierl were much more important [in persuading me to join the club]. They totally convinced me,” he explained.“I’ve already looked at a couple of flats here in Stuttgart and think I’ll move into one of them soon. I think I’ll feel at home quickly.”“I’m also on the right track in sporting terms after my ankle injury. I was able to participate in parts of training yesterday and hope to be able to train normally again this afternoon,” he added.“I obviously want to settle in quickly and give my all right away, but I need to wait for permission from the doctors and physios, who need to keep my enthusiasm under control.”last_img read more