Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday hosted 125 Kashmiri students on Id and said he was confident that situation would improve in the Valley soon.The students belonged to various universities in Punjab. With the curfew-like restrictions in place across the Valley, it was an Id away from home for the students.Normal life in the Valley has been hit following heavy security deployment and restrictions on the movement of people besides the suspension of telecom services after Parliament revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution. The invitation from the Chief Minister for lunch at the Punjab Bhavan here made it an occasion to cherish and feel at home, said many students. Assuring them of their safety in Punjab, the Chief Minister said, “We cannot replace your families. But, I hope you consider us as your family too”. Capt. Amarinder told the students that though he had not been to Kashmir in a long time due to his busy political schedule, he considered the Valley his second home. He said it was his heartfelt desire to share the happiness of this festival with the students.The Chief Minister said he was confident their families back home were safe and they would be able to meet them soon, an official statement said. Reciprocating the Chief Minister’s sentiments, the students said they too considered Punjab their second home, where they have always felt safe, even after the Pulwama terror attack.“We have seen that Punjabis have a big heart,” said Faiq Salem, a student, while another thanked the Chief Minister for listening to them.“Coming here today reminds us of our families,” said Farzana Hafeez, admitting that till they received the invitation, they had been feeling lonely at the thought of not being at home for Id celebrations. As a memento, the students presented the Chief Minister with a portrait made by Abdul Azad, a fine arts Kashmiri student from Chandigarh University. Another student gifted him a Kashmiri samovar. Capt. Amarinder gave sweets to the students to celebrate the occasion. Punjab Ministers Brahm Mohindra and Balbir Singh Sidhu, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and the Chief Minister’s Media Adviser Raveen Thukral were also present. In the aftermath of the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir by Parliament, the Punjab government has ordered an increase in security arrangements for around 8,000 Kashmiri students in the State and directed Superintendents of Police and Deputy Commissioners to meet them personally. The Chief Minister had ordered the scaling up of security in the districts bordering Kashmir.Meanwhile, Muslims across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh offered prayers at mosques on Monday morning. Soon after the namaz, people hugged each other and the mosques reverberated with greetings of Eid mubarak.The celebrations were held amid tight security arrangements.
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES His fight with Ryan Burnett, which also gained him the WBC Diamond bantamweight belt, ended in the fourth round after the latter suffered a slipped disc in his lower back and had to be carried out of the ring on a stretcher.A unification bout with WBO champion Zolani Tete was next for Donaire but the South African pugilist withdrew from the semifinals just days before the April 27 fight in Lafayette after suffering a shoulder injury.Stephon Young replaced Tete and was dutifully vanquished in a six-round master class.Nevertheless, Donaire is intended on facing, and beating, the top bantamweights in the world.Donaire also praised the 26-year-old Inoue who’s 10 years younger than him.ADVERTISEMENT Cherry Rondina, Jessie Lacuna hailed UAAP Season 81 Athletes of the Year Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “He’s ‘The Monster,’” said Donaire referring to Inoue’s moniker. “He has great power, great intelligence, and figuring out how to beat him makes me feel like I’m 21 again—this is what excites me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess WBO junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire of the Philippines is introduced in the ring prior to title defense against Jessie Magdaleno at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—WBA Super World bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire expressed his excitement over facing two-belt champion Naoya Inoue in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series.Donaire, a future Hall of Fame member, said he is ecstatic to face Inoue who scored a second round knockout of Emmanuel Rodriguez in the semifinals of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) already held the WBA’s “regular” title and added the IBF strap and The Ring Magazine belt to his name when he knocked out Rodriguez.“He came in here and did what he needed to do,” said Donaire after Inoue’s fight that streamed live on DAZN, h/t BoxingScene.com.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“This is the moment we’ve been waiting for, we both felt it was our destiny and this is what boxing is all about—the best fighting the best.”Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) won his last two fights, although those two came with asterisks. MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
IndiaNew Delhi, June 17 (PTI) A stadium in Jaffna in Sri Lanka, renovated by India, will be inaugurated tomorrow jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Maithripala Sirisena.While Sirisena will be present in the stadium, Modi will join the event through video-conferencing from New Delhi, a PMO statement said.The Duraiappah Stadium, named in honour of a former Mayor of Jaffna late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by the government of India at a cost of over Rs.7 crore, it said. The stadium has been in disuse since 1997.The renovated stadium, with a seating capacity of 1850, will provide the necessary infrastructure to promote sports and recreational activities and assist the overall development of the youth of the Northern Province in Sri Lanka, it said.On the occasion, Modi and Sirisena will also witness the first major event at the renovated stadium, which is a celebration of the second International Day of Yoga. Over 8000 people are expected to participate in the Yoga Demonstration, the PMO said. PTI AKK AKK
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Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “I just told them to go back to having fun and enjoy the season and at the same time, be responsible.”The result was an offensive juggernaut that the Warriors couldn’t even come close to handling as the Tigers had eight players scoring at least six points and led by as many as 34.A strong start in the extra period behind John Lloyd Clemente and Dave Ildefonso gave the Bulldogs the cushion they needed to withstand a late fightback by the Tamaraws, who were denied of a third straight victory and dropped to 4-5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The Blue Eagles proved ruthless in the third period as they slipped past the Adamson Falcons, 80-74, on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum for their ninth straight win that kept them firmly entrenched on top of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.Thirdy Ravena turned in the best scoring output for an Ateneo player this season, finishing with 23 points, while Will Navarro delivered another solid all-around performance with 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as the Eagles remained unbeaten and inched closer to a Final Four spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manOn a day when a couple of winning streaks came to an end, the Eagles remained untouchable as they countered the Falcons’ best punches in the first two quarters and in a final period where they looked far from convincing.“Adamson came in with real fire,” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, whose team now has 19 straight wins in a run that dates back to the end of the first round of last season. Adamson slumped to its sixth defeat in nine games. View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Just how great are the Ateneo Blue Eagles in UAAP Season 82? Great enough to have an “ordinary first-half” and still beat a team that had just rediscovered its fine form.ADVERTISEMENT “I think first half, I think we were pretty ordinary. In the third quarter, we came out with some purpose. And then we really survived Adamson in the end of the game. They made all the right plays and we made several bonehead plays which you know, there’s no excuse for that.”University of Santo Tomas came out with all guns blazing in dumping University of the East, 101-73, to end a two-game slide and seize solo third with a 5-4 card, while National University survived a poor finish in regulation to subdue Far Eastern U, 85-79, in overtime to keep its Final Four hopes alive.The Growling Tigers nailed a season-high 14 triples, including six from Zach Huang, as they came up with the highest-scoring output of the season as well as the biggest winning margin by any team in the tournament.UST coach Aldin Ayo admitted his team’s struggles in dealing with rising expectations after they started the season, winning four of their first six games. Playing a UE team they had already beaten, 95-82, in the first round, the Tigers pumped up the intensity, playing fast and loose to get back on the winning track.“We were able to release the pressure,” Ayo said. “The players felt the pressure [after a strong start]. After winning the first two games and after the loss to Ateneo in the first round, the expectations were rising, which should not be the case because it was just the start of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES National team golf shootout up at Riviera Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?
IIFA 2017 turned out to be a bigger affair than the previous year, thanks to the magnificent amount of style unleashed by Bollywood celebrities during their three-day trip to New York City, USA.From Alia Bhatt’s phenomenal outfits to Sonakshi Sinha’s blonde look, IIFA 2017 gave us some unforgettable looks, for different reasons. If there was someone who gave these beauties a tough competition with his style statement, it was (no points for guessing) Karan Johar.Karan Johar is the unparalleled connoisseur of class-apart fashion in the industry, and he took it to another level this time.The filmmaker known for his quirky choices, and a bizarre collection of blingy shoes, was at the top of his sunglass game at IIFA, and it’s as weird as it gets.Also Read: Karan Johar’s crazy shoes deserve a standing ovationKaran posted a bunch of IIFA selfies on his Instagram account, and we couldn’t help but gape in awe at the bizarre looking pairs of shades he was donning.From sporting massive, square-shaped reflectors to green-hued studded eyewear, KJo made some bold, fashion statements.Picture courtesy: Instagram/karanjoharPicture courtesy: Instagram/karanjohar Our favourite from his collection would definitely be the clear-glass pair of, Lennon-shades he sported, and looked quite cute in.Picture courtesy: Instagram/karanjohar Apart from neon reflectors, Karan stuck to classic, black pairs but with an added twist of his own. Experimenting with different shapes and sizes, Karan sported three different pairs of black shades like a total boss.Picture courtesy: Instagram/karanjoharadvertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/karanjohar Picture courtesy: Instagram/karanjoharPicture courtesy: Instagram/karanjoharKaran, we salute you for being able to pull these shades off so effortlessly.
Rajasthan is the land of festival and fairs. Not only cultural events, the state also hosts some of the biggest folk music and arts festivals. And there can’t be a better way to end the year than be a part of some amazing events and learn more about Rajasthan’s rich culture and ethos? Here’s a list of six upcoming fairs and festivals that attract people from across the world.PUSHKAR CAMEL FESTIVALHeld in the tiny desert town of Pushkar, this traditional Indian festival is one of the most highly-rated experiences in India. The fair sees an astonishing 30,000 camels come together on the ground – a spectacle to behold. The camels are paraded, made to take part in beauty contests and raced. Do visit the festival to experience the colour, carnival and traditions at this extravaganza. The three-day International Hot Air Ballooning Festival is another added attraction at the fair. When: October 28 to November 4 How to reach: The nearest airport from Pushkar is Sanganer Airport, in Jaipur, about 146 kilometres away. From Jaipur, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Pushkar. If travelling by rail, Ajmer is the closest railway station from Pushkar.Photo: Mail Today BUNDI UTSAVBundi, one of the most picturesque towns in Rajasthan becomes more vivid in the month of November when the much-anticipated Bundi Festival is held. The colourful Shobha Yatra, arts and crafts fair, traditional sports, cultural exhibition, folk music and dance and turban competition, organised during the fair, surprise every visitor.advertisementWhen: November 6-8 How to reach: Bundi is well-connected by road and rail. The nearest airport from Bundi is Sanganer Airport, in Jaipur, about 210 kilometres away.Photo: Mail Today KOLAYAT FAIRThe people of Bikaner eagerly wait for November when Kolayat Fair, also known as ‘Kapil Muni Fair’, is held with great pomp. It also has a great religious significance – many devotees visit the fair to take a holy dip in the Kolayat Lake. During the Kolayat Fair, all 52 ghats are lit up. The view of hundreds of lamps floating in the water is a sight to behold. When: November 2-4 How to reach: The nearest airport from Bikaner is Nal Airport,about 13 km away. There are frequent flights from Delhi to Bikaner. Bikaner is well connected by road and rail as well.MATSYA FESTIVALThis two-day long festival, held in Alwar, is the foremost of all fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated with all pomp and show to showcase the traditional values and colourful customs of the region. The major attraction of the festival is its colourful processions, arts and crafts fair, traditional sports, cultural exhibition, folk music and dance programmes.Photo: Mail Today Alwar is also one of the main tourist destinations in Rajasthan owing to its magnificent palaces and forts, lakes and archaeological sites. When: November 25-26 How to reach: The nearest airport to Alwar is Sanganer Airport, Jaipur, located about 162 kilometres away. Alwar is well connected to all major cities by road and rail.CHANDRABHAGA FAIRHeld in the small town of Jhalawar, the Chandrabhanga Fair welcomes thousands of visitors and participants from across the country, every year. The festival is of a great religious importance to the local people and many devotees gather at the banks of Chandrabhanga River to take a holy dip. The major attraction of the fair is the huge cattle fair, Shobha Yatras and other traditional activities.When: November 3-5 How to reach: The nearest major airport is Indore, about 240 kilometres away. There is also an airport in Udaipur, about 333 kilometres away. Jhalawar is well connected to all major cities by road and rail.KABIR YATRAThis festival is a must-visit for all folk music lovers. This travelling music festival will journey over 6 days in an around Bikaner, creating a platform for musicians, artists, etc. The festival is the perfect event to immerse yourself in the soul-fulfilling Sufi music.When: November 11-16 How to reach: The nearest airport from Bikaner is Nal Airport, about 13 km away. There are frequent flights from Delhi to Bikaner. Bikaner is well-connected by road and rail as well.
NEW YORK — Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers started March the same way they finished February.Lillard scored 30 points, CJ McCollum had 21 of his 25 in the second half and Portland beat the New York Knicks 104-85 on March 1 for its sixth straight road victory.Lillard reached the 30-point mark for the eighth time in nine games and had 14, nearly half of them, in the final 4:25 of the first half. The Blazers won for the 18th time in their last 22 games.“It feels great. You feel like you get any sniff at the rim or any look at the rim, they got a great chance of going in,” Lillard said. “Some of those plays they defended well. I just was in a good groove at the time.”He meant the second-quarter outburst, but he may as well have been referring to the last month.Portland went 9-2 in February for its third-best record in that month in franchise history. Lillard averaged 29.8 points in 11 games last month, fourth in the league, and his seven 30-point games tied with Stephen Curry for most in the NBA.Nothing changed with the calendar, as the Blazers moved to 3-0 halfway through their road trip.“We’re getting better,” coach Terry Stotts said. “The goal was to get better as the season went on and I think the growth we’ve made, winning close games, winning games on the road, holding leads, all those things speaks to the improvement of the individuals on the team.”Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, so hopeless in their 15th loss in 18 games that fans spent much of the fourth quarter chanting for Jimmer Fredette, who is nearing the end of his 10-day contract.The former college player of the year got in for the final 3:13, quickly gave up a 3-pointer to Lillard and finished with four points.Anthony had an exchange toward the end with a fan who was just as frustrated as the Knicks.“All I did was I pointed to (James) Dolan, and told him, ‘Look, the owner’s right there. Ask for your money back,’” Anthony said. “At that point, he’s calling me to tell me that he’s never coming to another game and we suck, you just don’t want to hear that.”Portland won its fourth straight at Madison Square Garden and Stotts improved to 7-1 against the Knicks as Blazers coach.Portland had a one-point lead when Lillard re-entered with 4:25 left in the first half. He quickly nailed a jumper, two 3-pointers and three free throws, and added another 3 that gave the Blazers a 58-50 lead at the break.McCollum took over from there, with seven points in the first 3 minutes of the third to push the lead into double figures. He closed the period with two baskets around Allen Crabbe’s 3-pointer to make it 85-72 heading to a fourth quarter that was never close.“We had trouble containing their guards most of the night,” Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Bürklin: pocket-sized thermal camera withstanding dirt and moistureNext Kymati develops custom radar solutions The Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 Development Kit is a cost-effective hardware development platform providing all necessary tools for evaluation and development of application firmware based on the nRF9160 SiP (System-in-Package). This supports both LTE standards, M1 and NB-IoT, and is globally compatible. The nRF9160 DK is available from Rutronik UK.The Development Kit includes a LTE antenna that supports bands in 690-960MHz and 1710-2200MHz. It has a dedicated GPS antenna for the nRF9160 version with built-in GPS, a 2.4GHz antenna can be used with Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth Mesh and IEEE 802.15.4 protocols, like Thread or Zigbee. The nRF52840 SoC is integrated as board controller and can be used, for example, to build a Bluetooth Low Energy gateway.Developers have access to all I/O pins and module interfaces via plug connectors, including an Arduino UNO Rev3 interface. The popular SEGGER J-Link OB is integrated for debugging and programming. It also provides a debug out function. The DK has both a 4FF SIM card slot and a MFF2 SIM footprint. A preloaded SIM card from iBasis with 10MB of data for LTE-M helps to kick-start developments. Furthermore, the nRF9160 DK has four LEDs, two buttons and two switches that are user-programmable.Additionally, Nordic offers compatible development tools, including the nRF Connect SDK. This extensible framework enables the development of very small applications in highly constrained circumstances and the programming of powerful, richly featured software for advanced applications. The nRF Connect for Cloud is a cloud-based IoT platform for development, test and evaluation of cellular IoT and Bluetooth Low Energy devices. The LTE Link Monitor uses AT commands to monitor the modem/link status and information about the network.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Kerala stormed into the semifinals of the Ranji Trophy with a 113-run win over Gujarat on the third day of the quarterfinal in Wayanad on Thursday.Requiring 195 to win the match, Gujarat was shot out for 81 in 31.3 overs as Basil Thampi (5 for 27) and Sandeep Warrier (4 for 30) wrecked the strong rival batting line-up.Gujarat didn’t have the best start, losing opener Kathan D Patel in the sixth over.Patel was bowled by Thampi, who struck a big blow in the last ball of the same over, trapping the prolific Priyank Panchal (3) to leave the visitors at 10 for 2.Left-hander Rahul Shah was the only batsman to offer resistance with a fighting knock of 33 not out (70 balls, 4X4).Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel, probably the biggest threat for Kerala, was run out for a duck, by his opposite number (Sachin Baby).Dhruv Raval (17) was the only Gujarat batsman other than Rahul Shah to get into double figures as the visiting side struggled on a pitch with variable bounce.The fifth-wicket partnership of 39 between Rahul Shah and Raval was the highest of the Gujarat second innings as the rest of the batting line-up struggled against the impressive Thampi and Warrier.Thampi won the man of the match award for nine wickets in the match and a crucial contribution of 37 runs in the first innings.”I am extremely delighted with what I did for my state with both bat and ball,” said Thampi after the match.An elated Kerala skipper Sachin Baby said they have created history by entering the semi-finals for the first time.advertisement”Last year we reached the quarter final for the first time and this time we went another step forward. We are all delighted with today’s victory,” said Baby.Former president/secretary of the Kerala Cricket Association T.C. Mathew said when their team was in office, they had set out a plan of action – Vision 2020 – which envisaged Kerala to win the Ranji Trophy in 2020 and today we have reached the semis for the first time.JAFFER DOUBLE HUNDRED PUTS VIDARBHA IN DRIVER’S SEATOn Thursday, Wasim Jaffer became the first Indian and the first Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricket as Vidarbha took a first innings lead of 204 against Uttarakhand on Day 3.Jaffer scored 206 runs from 296 balls and stitched a 304-run stand for the second wicket with centurion Sanjay Ramasamy (141 off 278 balls) as Vidarbha reached 559 for 6 at stumps, in reply to Uttarakhand’s score of 355.Following Jaffer’s departure, wicketkeeper-batsman Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate joined hands to add to Uttarakhand’s woes. Wadkar missed out on a hundred by just two runs, getting castled by Mayank Mishra for 98 but Sarwate (57 not out) batted until stumps along with Akshay Wakhare (3 not out).Notably, Jaffer had scored his first double century (286) after turning 40 during the 2017-18 season of Ranji Trophy in a drawn match against Rest of India in Nagpur.Thursday’s 206 was also the ninth time Jaffer had went past the 200-run mark in first-class cricket. He also has two triple centuries against his name at the domestic level.Jaffer, who last played for India in 2008, is nearing a tally of 1000 runs in the ongoing season of Ranji Trophy. The Vidarbha No. 3 has scored 969 runs, including four hundreds and a two half-centuries, at an average of 80.75 from nine matches so far.UTTAR PRADESH LEAD SAURASHTRA BY 349 RUNSUttar Pradesh stretched its lead over Saurashtra on Day 3 after reaching 172 for 8 at stumps with Upendra Yadav (27*) and Ankit Rajpoot (0*) in their second innings.Saurashtra’s batting failure saw them concede a first innings lead of 177 runs after UP rode on Rinku Singh’s 150 to post 385 in their first innings.Saurashtra bowlers Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (4 for 53) and Chetan Sakariya (3 for 29) put in a spirited effort to share 7 wickets among themselves while Kamlesh Makvana bagged one wicket.KARNATAKA NEED ANTOHER 139 RUNS TO WINKarun Nair holds the key for Karnataka as they require another 139 runs to beat Rajasthan after reaching 45 for 3 at stumps on Day 3 in Bengaluru.Rajasthan got bowled out for 222 in their second innings and set Karnataka a challenging target of 184 runs.Aniket Choudhary and Mahipal Lomror then ran through the hosts’ top-order, reducing them to 40 for 3 before Nair and Ronit More played out the final few deliveries before the end of play.Earlier, Krishnappa Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal starred with the ball for Karnataka and brought them back into the game by taking 4 and 3 wickets, respectively.Gowtham finished with 4 for 54 while Gopal took 3 for 52. Abhimanyu Mithun (2/26) and More (1/44) bagged the remaining wickets.advertisement
Rafael Nadal was handed a straight-set thrashing in the Australian Open 2019 final by Novak Djokovic on Sunday but the world No. 2 said he has a lot of positives to take from his campaign in the season’s first Grand Slam.Nadal was beaten 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in just two hours and four minutes by Djokovic, who went to clinch a record-breaking seventh title at the Melbourne Park. The Spaniard was bidding to become only the third player after Rod Laver and Roy Emerson to win all the Grand Slam titles twice but it was not to be.Nadal had reached Melbourne with dampened hopes of winning only his second title as he hadn’t played on the tour since retiring from US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in 2018. The Spaniard was expected to begin his new season in Brisbane but he pulled out of the Brisbane International with a thigh strain.Doubts remained over Nadal’s participation in the Australian Open but he managed to recover in time and put up a series of clinical performances. Nadal hadn’t dropped a set until the final and had decimated Roger Federer-slayer Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the semi-final on Thursday.Really believed I played two great weeks of tennis: Nadal”It has been a very emotional two weeks. Even if tonight wasn’t my best day, it has been a very important two weeks for me. I have been going through tough moments in the last year,” Nadal said.”I only can say one thing: I’m going to keep fighting hard, I’m going to keep working hard to be a better player.”@RafaelNadal is an inspiration #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/mABAoVAWYkadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019He added: “Since the US Open I was not able to play a professional match until the first round of the Australian Open. I really believe I played a great two weeks of tennis. It is going to be a good inspiration for what’s coming.”I can only say one thing – I am going to keep working and keep fighting hard to become a better player. Every moment, keep fighting. I’ve been trying for a long time.”Sometimes its been difficult for me in terms of injuries and sometimes in [opponents like tonight], but I will keep practicing.”Australian Open 2019, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal: HighlightsNadal was completely outplayed by Djokovic, who now has 15 Grand Slam titles to his name. When the two players met in the 2012 final at the Rod Laver Arena, the Serb needed five hours and 53 minutes to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup but he needed only two hours and four minutes on Sunday..@DjokerNole reunited with Norman once again.#AusOpen #AusOpenFinal pic.twitter.com/J6HBOr367d#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Djokovic raised his game to a new level as he needed no time to hit peak form in the much-anticipated final, which turned out to be lopsided. The world number one conceded just six points on serve over the first two sets and made just four unforced errors to Nadal’s 20 during the said period.Djokovic broke Nadal five times but conceded only one breakpoint, which the Spaniard failed to convert. Djokovic slipped away with the match and finished on the top step of the podium at the Melbourne Park after a remarkable night of tennis.Also Read | Novak Djokovic reveals new Aussie slang word he learnt after winning 7th Australia OpenAlso See:
Major construction work is slated to begin next Monday on Nebraska’s US Highway-20.The Nebraska Department of Roads says the project will begin at the town of Jackson and continues four and one-half miles west of the Dixon/Dakota County line.Traffic will be maintained by flaggers with possible lane closures at times.Four bridges will be repaired as part of this project.They are located at the Nebraska Highway-12/US-20 junction at Willis, two miles west of Jackson, one mile west of Jackson and the fourth just west of Jackson.During bridge repair, traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled with traffic signals.The work is anticipated to be completed in a little over a year by May of 2018.
In case you haven’t heard about OSU’s big addition over the weekend, former five-star receiver and LSU freshman transfer Tyron Johnson pledged to the Cowboys over the weekend. The former Warren Easton High School standout will be forced to sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer requirements, but will have three years to play out his remaining eligibility.Johnson wore No. 3 for LSU last season, and also wore No. 3 some in high school, too. But his dominant number in high school, and the Under Armour All-American game was No. 13 — the number he will wear at OSU. (Also, because senior receiver Marcell Ateman wears 3 already.)Jordan Sterns reps No. 13 for the defense, and Nyc Burns, freshman quarterback from Berryhill, wears No. 13. So Burns will slide from 13 to 12, a number repped by a guy he may know a little about. This from his dad was posted to twitter:Hey @NYCQB13, #12 is going to look GOOD on you! #NYCQB12 pic.twitter.com/oXuwv8gfBV— Eric, Bam! (@ItsMeBigE) August 21, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
1 October 2009United Nations officials today voiced great concern over the mounting death toll following the tsunami that struck a group of islands in the South Pacific on Tuesday, as rescue and emergency relief efforts gather pace. A total of 110 people have been killed in Samoa to date and 146 injured as a result of the tsunami – triggered by a powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake on the ocean bed – while 19 deaths in American Samoa and seven in the Tongan island of Niuatoputapu have been reported, according to UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes. The number of dead is expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue to pull bodies from under the rubble left in the wake of the waves, Mr. Holmes, who also heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in New York. A four-member UN disaster assessment and coordination (UNDAC) team has arrived in Samoa, which has suffered extensive damage to homes, community buildings, resorts, roads, power lines and water supply close to coastal areas.The survivors of the tsunami, which reportedly sent waves as high as six metres crashing down on the islands, are in urgent need of emergency medical care along with water, food, and shelter, said Mr. Holmes.UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said he was “deeply distressed by the losses provoked by this most recent tsunami in the Pacific Ocean,” in a message released by the agency, urging governments to strengthen efforts to protect coastal communities.“National authorities must maintain and constantly improve their communications and warning systems to help protect coastal populations, which are inevitably vulnerable to such phenomena,” said Mr. Matsuura.He said that while the UNESCO-coordinated early warning system clearly raised the alarm 16 minutes after the earthquake struck, there was not time for coastal populations to evacuate.Mr. Matsuura said that the tragic deaths of 29 September underscored the importance for governments to improve emergency response mechanisms and public awareness so that all communities benefit from the advance warning that is available at the regional level.The number and scale of natural disasters to sweep over the region in the last week is almost unprecedented, said the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). On top of the tsunami, Typhoon Ketsana has swamped the Philippines and two massive earthquakes have rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra since 26 September.“The resulting loss of lives, casualties and destruction to property is heartbreaking,” said ESCAP Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer. “The disasters of the past week remind us that Asia Pacific is the world’s disaster hot spot,” said Ms. Heyzer, calling for greater investment in disaster preparedness. “A person living in Asia Pacific is four times more likely to be affected by natural disasters than someone living in Africa and 25 times more likely than someone living in Europe or North America.”The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) also announced that they will dispatch emergency relief staff in the area to help with recovery efforts.UNICEF Pacific Representative Isiye Ndombi expressed shock over the scale of destruction of the tsunami and the resulting grief to the people of Samoa and Tonga.“Our hearts and minds are with the children and families of Samoa and Tonga right now,” said Dr. Ndombi. “This is a tragedy of unbelievable proportions.” “From past experiences we know that it is especially important that we work to immediately immunize children against measles, ensure the protection of women and children who are especially vulnerable now, and establish good sanitation facilities to prevent outbreak of diseases,” he added.
“This is an important and welcome step forward in recognition of the need to protect the right to life for all, regardless of their status,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on migrants, François Crépeau; on trafficking in persons, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro; on torture, Juan E. Méndez; and on summary executions, Christof Heyns.“Saving lives must remain a priority,” the Special Rapporteurs said in a statement. “Pushbacks conducted against migrants and asylum seekers which may also include victims of trafficking are never a good option. They only end up perpetuating the suffering of children, women and men who are already risking death for a better life,” they added as well. The independent experts noted that allowing migrants and asylum seekers to disembark reinforces the commitment of these three countries to their international human rights obligations. Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to offer shelter to 7000 asylum seekers and migrants stranded at sea. “Once rescued, asylum seekers and migrants should be received in open centres offering adequate accommodation facilities and, where necessary, have access to medical care,” they emphasized. “All those rescued should be individually assessed to establish their protection needs and ensure that the principle of non-refoulement is upheld by the three countries concerned, and that no person is returned to a State, where she or he might be in danger of being subjected to torture,” the experts stressed. Next month, the UN Special Rapporteur on migrants will present reports on European Union border management and on his visit to Italy and Malta to the UN Human Rights Council. At the same session, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons will present a report on the issues that she intends to focus on in the course of her tenure including further exploration between the link of mixed migration flows and trafficking. Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, an independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanism that addresses specific country situations. They do not receive a salary for their work and are independent from any government.
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The Ohio State men’s baseball team will be one player short when it starts off its season on Friday against Mercer University. Junior pitcher and first baseman Josh Dezse will miss at least the first two months of the season due to a stress reaction in his lower back. A stress reaction is an injury to, and in some cases, a fracture in one of the vertebrae making up the spinal column. It is a common athletic injury because it can be caused by sports that put stress on the back, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. The injury has been causing Dezse problems for a while, said coach Greg Beals. “Josh hasn’t been right since fall ball and we now know why and have a path that we’re going to follow. Hopefully over the next two months we can get Josh healed and in a position to compete at the level that we’re accustomed to, and we’ll wait until he’s at that point,” Beals said in a press release Monday. Dezse, a Powell, Ohio, native, finished second on the team in batting average last year. He hit five home runs and had nine doubles, 33 RBI and 31 runs. He pitched 24 times in the 2012 season, accumulating a 2.86 ERA, and he tied for third overall in the Big Ten with his seven saves. Dezse was Big Ten Player of the Week once, an NCBWA third-team preseason All-American and a third-team preseason All-American for CollegeSportsMadness.com last season, as well as being on the watch list for both the 2012 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award and the Golden Spikes Award. “It’s not best for me or the team to compete right now because I’m unable to compete at the level I’m used to with the injury,” Dezse said in the press release. “The best thing is to take the two months off to heal and rehab and hopefully I’ll be at 100 percent at that time.” Beals said the loss is most upsetting for Dezse. “Most importantly, this is disappointing for Josh,” Beals said. “It’s also a loss for our team as he has been a big part of our team the last two years.” OSU is set to take on Mercer at 6 p.m. on Friday in Sarasota, Fla.
The United States may or may not have played the better football in Monday’s match against Ghana. But it came away with three huge points. That, coupled with Germany’s 4-0 thrashing of Portugal, makes the U.S. slight favorites to advance to the knockout stage. FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions now give the United States a 63 percent chance of advancing, up from 33 percent on Monday morning.This forecast is based on simulating the rest of the group stage 10,000 times, using estimates of team strength from ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (see here for a lot more methodological detail). It helps to have a computer to do this work when there are so many permutations to consider.There are nine remaining scenarios involving the Americans’ results, among them possibly beating, losing to or drawing with Portugal, and then the same possibilities against Germany. Some of these are relatively easy to resolve, but others are more complex and depend on the outcomes of the other remaining matches in Group G — Germany against Ghana and Portugal against Ghana — and possibly FIFA’s tie-breaking procedures.FIFA’s first tiebreaker is based on goal differential. That greatly advantages Germany, with its +4 so far, and greatly harms Portugal, with its -4. The next tiebreaker is based on goals scored (for that reason, it was slightly better for the U.S. to beat Ghana 2-1 than by the 1-0 scoreline that held for most of the game). Finally, head-to-head results are considered — so if it comes down to the U.S. and Ghana and they’re tied on both goals scored and allowed, the U.S. would go in ahead.Here’s the Americans’ outlook, in brief:Win twice, advance to the knockout stage.Win once and draw once, advance.Draw twice, advance.Win once and lose once, almost certainly advance (there’s one highly unlikely mathematical exception).Lose twice, and almost certainly go out (there’s one highly unlikely mathematical exception).Draw once and lose once, and it gets complicated. It’s considerably better for the U.S. to draw against Portugal and lose to Germany than the other way around.Now here’s the long version:Beat Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is in. This rather optimistic scenario is easy to figure. You win all your matches, you win your group.Beat Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is in. This scenario guarantees advancement and a tie for first place in the group. If Germany also beats Ghana, however, the U.S. would likely lose the tiebreaker and finish with the second qualifying position.Beat Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is in unless it gets really unlucky. This scenario generally leads to a second-place finish in the group. The exception would be if Ghana beat both Portugal and Germany. In that case, Germany, Ghana and the U.S. would finish in a three-way tie atop the group. One team — probably not Germany and possibly the U.S. — would be the odd one out based on goal differential.Draw Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is in. This scenario delivers seven points and guarantees the U.S. first place in the group.Draw Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is in. Two draws will be good enough. There won’t be enough points to go around the rest of the group to prevent the U.S. from advancing, though it would probably do so as the second-place team — either because the U.S. finishes second outright or because it loses the tiebreaker to Germany.Draw Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is favored to advance but not safe. This is among the more likely outcomes, so we’ll break it down in more detail. There are a number of permutations based on the results of Ghana’s games against Germany and Portugal.Under three permutations — Ghana draws with Portugal and either draws with or loses to Germany, or Ghana beats Portugal and loses to Germany, the U.S. will have sole possession of second place and advance.But under another permutation, the U.S. would be out despite its four points. This case happens if Ghana beats Portugal and Germany, giving both Ghana and Germany six points.In the other permutations, the U.S. would finish in a tie for second place, with Germany winning the group. If the tie is with Portugal, the U.S. would likely advance on the basis of goal differential. If the tie is with Ghana, it’s a little harder to say.Lose to Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is almost certainly in. The only exception is if, in addition to these results, both Germany and Portugal beat Ghana. In that case, the U.S., Germany and Portugal would be tied atop the group with six points. The U.S. would likely get the second position based on goal differential, however, so this scenario is quite safe.Lose to Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is a slight underdog to advance. This case is inferior to losing to Germany and drawing with Portugal because it gives Portugal three points and makes it much more of a threat to advance. The permutations get complicated:The U.S. is almost certainly out in the cases where Portugal beats Ghana. That, coupled with a Portuguese win against the U.S., would give Portugal six points and it would leapfrog the U.S. in the standings. (The only exception is if Germany gets blown out by Ghana so badly that it loses the tiebreaker to the U.S. — not at all likely.)Only one permutation guarantees the U.S. entry: if Germany beats Ghana but Ghana beats Portugal.A number of other permutations involve ties for second place, sometimes against Germany (bad for the U.S.) and sometimes against Portugal (good for the U.S.).Finally, there could even be a four-way tie for first if Ghana draws with Portugal and beats Germany!Lose to Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is mathematically alive but needs a miracle. This almost certainly dooms the United States. But just as there’s a wild-card scenario in which it could win twice but fail to advance, there’s one in which it could lose both remaining matches but move on. That would happen if Ghana beats Portugal and loses to Germany. Then Germany would win the group with nine points, and the U.S. would be in a three-way tie for second with Portugal and Ghana. The U.S. would need to beat both teams on the tiebreaker. It wouldn’t be how you script these things, but neither was Monday’s win.One final note: The Americans’ chances to advance should improve slightly when we rerun the numbers on Tuesday morning, as they’ll reflect the change in the Soccer Power Index, which we update overnight. It’s not that the United States’ SPI will increase so much as that Portugal’s will decline: Portugal looks much more beatable (or at least drawable) after its 4-0 defeat. SPI is not sophisticated enough to account for the red card to Portugal’s Pepe (who will miss the match against the U.S.) or the injury to the U.S.’s Jozy Altidore — nor for the fact that the Americans’ quality of play on Monday was not as impressive as the scoreline.
A Scottish teenager severely injured in the Manchester Arena terror attack has been transferred to a hospital in Glasgow as her recovery continues.Laura MacIntyre’s parents said 15-year-old is making “good progress” after suffering serious hand and leg injuries in the blast on May 22, in which 22 people were murdered by a suicide bomber.Laura, from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, was at the Ariana Grande concert with friend Eilidh MacLeod. It was later confirmed Eilidh was among the dead while Laura was found in hospital.The Castlebay Community School pupils were reported missing after they failed to get in touch with family following the explosion. Laura MacIntyre (left) with her friend Eilidh MacLeod (right), who died in the attack Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Michael and Nan MacIntyre said their daughter is now one step closer to home and they thanked people in Manchester for their help, particularly a man who stayed with Laura in the aftermath of the bombing.In a statement, they said: “The kindness and care started from the first moments after the bombing when a young travel safe officer held Laura’s hand and comforted her for an hour while she waited for treatment.”We believe he helped save Laura’s life that night and he will always be a hero to our family. Since then, he has been to visit Laura in hospital and it was a privilege to meet him and thank him in person.” Among the other people they thanked were medical staff at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Greater Manchester Police, Police Scotland and airline workers.They continued: “Laura continues to make good progress in her recovery but it will be a long process. Her hand and leg injuries are significant but we are glad that she has been able to move to Glasgow.”She is now one step closer to eventually returning home to Barra, from where we have received enormous love and support.”
The Robert C Byrd Green Bank telescope, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty, towers over farmland.Betty Mullenax walks behind a checkout stand at Trent’s General Store in Arbovale, West Virginia, inside the National Radio Quiet Zone. “We’ve never known any other way,” she says of life without mobile phones.Discarded furniture and other belongings inside an abandoned home inside the National Radio Quiet Zone.Vickie Croston sits in her ten-foot by ten-foot one-chair barber shop in a former sawmill town inside the quiet zone. Her shop has no phone and she says she doesn’t want one – or a mobile phone either. If mobile phone service was allowed, “it would be noisy. The same as everywhere else,” she says.Part of a shuttered sawmill that closed in 1960 near the banks of the Greenbrier River in West Virginia.Vintage toys on sale at Stonewall Grocery Shop in McDowell, Virginia, where shop owner Linda Simmons gives a policeman a sandwich. Simmons says the area is “pristine”, and that while having mobile phone service would be handy, the sight of mobile phone masts just wouldn’t fit.Weathered instructions for using a pay phone inside a phone booth in Head Waters, Virginia. A nearby tourism office gives visitors a list of pay phone locations in case they need to reach the outside world.(All pics: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Read: Amazon will deliver packages in 30 minutes using drones > Read: Paper airplanes get an upgrade with smartphone-powered engine > Read: Ireland’s public transport schedule now included in Google Maps > Michael Holstine, the business manager at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, walks out of a shed underneath the Robert C Byrd Green Bank Telescope.IN THESE PARTS, a pay phone is a visitor’s best option for reaching the rest of the world.A mobile phone signal is an hour away by car. Wi-fi is forbidden. The radio plays nothing but static. And other than the occasional passing pickup truck whose driver offers a wave, it’s dead silent.Seemingly off the beaten path, this community of fewer than two hundred residents in Green Bank, West Virginia, is the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000-square-mile area where state and federal laws discourage the use of everyday devices that emit electromagnetic waves.The quiet zone aims to protect sensitive radio telescopes at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, as well as a nearby naval research facility, from man-made interference. This silence enables the observatory to detect energy in outer space that is equivalent to the energy emitted by a single snowflake hitting the ground.The sparsely-populated area of America was chosen in part because there was no industry in the region in the 1950s which posed a threat of creating radio frequency interference.While scientists listen intently for clues from the universe on its structure and origins, residents in some of the timeworn railroad towns in this valley maintain a fundamentally tech-less lifestyle that for most Americans is a memory. More than 90 per cent of American adults have a mobile phone today, yet some locals fondly recall ditching their wireless device after moving here. After all, it’s useless, and that’s fine by them.Here is a gallery of images from the towns within the National Radio Quiet Zone.A phone booth on the side of a road in Head Waters, Virginia. Pay phones have all but disappeared in most parts of the US but can still be found in this part of the country.A photo taken from a phone booth shows a truck passing through the town of Head Waters.