UConn Beats Kentucky For NCAA

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Coaches and players left them. Others told them to go away.The guys who stuck around at UConn ended up with the last laugh and a pretty good prize to go with it: The national title.Shabazz Napier turned in another all-court masterpiece April 7 to lift the Huskies to a 60-54 win over Kentucky’s freshmen and bring home a championship hardly anyone saw coming.“You’re looking at the hungry Huskies,” Napier told the crowd and TV audience as confetti rained down. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is what happens when you banned us.”The senior guard had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists, and his partner in defensive lock-down, Ryan Boatright, finished with 14 points.The victory comes only a short year after the Huskies were barred from March Madness because of grades problems. That stoked a fire no one could put out in 2014.Napier kneeled down and put his forehead to the court for a long while after the buzzer sounded. He was wiping back tears when he cut down the net. “I see my guys enjoying it,” Napier said. “That’s the most special feeling ever.”UConn (32-8) never trailed in the final. The Huskies led by as many as 15 in the first half and watched the Wildcats (29-11) trim the deficit to one with 8:13 left.But Aaron Harrison, who pulled out wins with clutch 3-pointers in Kentucky’s last three games, missed a 3 from the left corner that would’ve given the Cats the lead. Kentucky never got that close again.One key difference in a six-point loss: Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws — a flashback of sorts for coach John Calipari, whose Memphis team blew a late lead against Kansas after missing multiple free throws in the 2008 final. The Wildcats went 13 for 24. UConn went 10 for 10, including Lasan Kromah’s two to seal the game with 25.1 seconds left.“We had our chances to win,” Calipari said. “We’re missing shots, we’re missing free throws. We just didn’t have enough.” Calipari said he decided not to foul at the end “because they’re not missing.”In all, Calipari’s One and Doners got outdone by a more fundamentally sound, more-seasoned group that came into this tournament a seventh-seeded afterthought but walked away with the program’s fourth national title since 1999. They were the lowest seed to win it all since Rollie Massimino’s eighth-seeded Villanova squad in 1985.Napier and Boatright now go down with Kemba Walker, Emeka Okafor, Rip Hamilton, Ray Allen and all those other UConn greats. This adds to the school’s titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011.“When they say Ray, Rip, Ben, Emeka, Kemba — they’ll soon say Shabazz,” said their former coach, Jim Calhoun, who was in the crowd along with former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and a father-and-son team whose dance to the “Happy” song got huge applause when played on the big screen at AT&T Stadium.The crowd was cheering for UConn at the end.A short year ago, the Huskies were preparing for their first season in the new American Athletic Conference after the Big East Catholic schools decided to move on and none of the so-called power conferences wanted them.Calhoun, who built the program, left because of health problems. And most damaging — the NCAA ban triggered an exodus of five key players to the NBA or other schools.Napier stuck around. So did Boatright. And Calhoun’s replacement, Kevin Ollie, figured out how to make their grit, court sense and loyalty pay off.“It’s not about going to the next level, it’s not about going to the pros, but playing for your university, playing for your teammates,” Niels Giffey said. “And I’m so proud of all the guys on this team that stuck with this team.”They were one step ahead of Kentucky all night, holding off furious rally after furious rally.Kentucky’s biggest push started when James Young (20 points, seven rebounds) posterized Amida Brimah with a monster dunk to start a three-point play and trigger an 8-0 run.In the middle of that, Boatright, who shut down Harrison’s twin brother, Andrew, most of the night, twisted his left ankle while receiving an innocuous-looking pass from Napier. He called a timeout. Got it worked on and came back out.“I’ve got a lot of heart and I wasn’t coming out,” Boatright said. “We put in too much work all year for me to give up on an ankle sprain.”Napier and Giffey made 3s on UConn’s two possessions after the timeout, and that one-point lead was back up to five — fairly comfortable by this tight, taut, buzzer-beating tournament’s standards.The big question in Kentucky is what will happen to all those freshmen. Julius Randle (10 points, six rebounds) is a lottery pick if he leaves for the NBA. Young and the Harrison brothers could be first-rounders. The big question is whether they’ll want to leave on this note.“I think all these kids are coming back, so I think we should be good,” Calipari deadpanned, getting big laughs.He called his group the most coachable bunch he’s ever had. They were preseason No. 1, a huge disappointment through much of this season. They were seeded an uninspiring eighth for the tournament and came on strong in time for a run to the final.But they got outdone by a team on a different sort of mission — a team led by Napier, who stuck with the program even though he knew the 2012-13 season was for nothing but fun.But what fun 2013-14 turned out to be.Napier was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player and he earned it on both ends of the court, keeping a hand in Aaron Harrison’s face most of the night and holding him to a 3-for-7, seven-point, no-damage night.He could also shoot it a bit — including a 3-pointer in the first half when UConn was having trouble dissecting the Kentucky zone. The shot came from about 30 feet, right in front of the edge of the Final Four logo at Center Court, or, as Dick Vitale put it: “He shot that one from Fort Worth.”They felt it back in Storrs, where they could be celebrating another title shortly. The UConn women play for the national title April 8. If they win, it will be the first sweep of the titles since 2004. The last school to do it: UConn, of course.(Eddie Pells, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Chris Rolfe announces retirement

first_imgMLS Chris Rolfe announces retirement Goal Last updated 2 years ago 01:04 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chris Rolfe D.C. United Real Salt Lake MLS 08012015 Brad Mills MLS DC United The former U.S. national team midfielder leaves the game after 13 professional seasons D.C. United midfielder Chris Rolfe has announced his retirement from professional soccer. Rolfe hadn’t played since suffering a concussion in April 2016, and now the 34-year-old has been forced to call it quits due to lingering issues from the head injury. “Chris is a true competitor and professional; someone you could always count on both on and off the field,” DCU general manager Dave Kasper said in a club release. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He was a dynamic attacker who enjoyed a long, successful career in MLS, and was a big factor for us for several seasons. We thank Chris for always being a model professional and a positive leader in the locker room and we wish him continued success in this next chapter of his life.”Rolfe spent the majority of his MLS career with the Chicago Fire, and also spent three seasons with Danish Superliga side Aalborg Boldspilklub. He spent the last two seasons of his career with D.C. United“You never know how MLS trades are going to work out,” Rolfe said. “At the first training session, the guys welcomed me with open arms and at the first game two days later the fans embraced me. The entire time I was with the club, [they] treated me with great respect and provided an environment that allowed me to play to the best of my ability.”I’m proud to be a part of the D.C. United family and I’m grateful for my time in Washington, D.C.”Rolfe also earned 10 caps for the U.S. national team during his 13-year playing career.last_img read more

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Schelotto promises attacking style for LA

first_imgThe LA Galaxy named Guillermo Barros Schelotto as the club’s new head coach on Wednesday, and the Argentine has promised to bring an attacking brand of soccer to the club.  Schelotto takes over a club looking to rebound from missing the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, only the second time the club has failed to make the playoffs in back-to-back years.  Despite that, the 45-year-old takes over a roster with plenty of attacking options. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 22 times in his first MLS season and is back for more, giving Schelotto and attacking centerpiece to go along with a midfield that currently includes three designated players, though the club will have to make adjustments in that department to comply with league rules.   Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The club will also get the chance to build through the MLS draft and throughout the rest of the offseason, and Schelotto has high expectations heading into his first year in charge.  “We want to be offensive, and we want to open the field,” he told the club’s website. “I have the biggest expectations about the players that we have—Zlatan Ibrahimovic, [Romain] Alessandrini, [Giovani and Jonathan] dos Santos.  “We have good international players, and we have good American players as well. I think we can have a good year. I think that I have the best expectations for them. We can work together, and we can do something for Galaxy.” The former Boca Juniors boss also explained his decision to join up with the Galaxy, saying that he sees big things in the future for the club under the direction of recently hired general manager Dennis te Kloese.  “I decide [to join] Galaxy because I know the league, I know what we are talking about. I think that the next step after Boca was outside the country and the Galaxy gave me the opportunity,” he said.  “I’ve been talking with Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese and I think that we are aligned on the Galaxy’s future. I took this position because I am thinking about the future of not just me, but the Galaxy. I think it will be very important and I want to be a part.”last_img read more

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First ride review: Avan Xero+

first_img Next Pratik Rakshit New DelhiJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 17:09 IST The Avan Xero+ comes in two variants, a single battery and a double battery version. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)HIGHLIGHTSThe styling and design is quite modern with its sharp lines giving the Xero+ an attractive look.The most notable feature is the simple instrument cluster which displays the odometre, speedometer and a battery level indicator.The Xero+ has a high positioned floorboard resulting in the handlebar hitting the knee everytime you want to turn.Using electric vehicles is a growing trend and is here to stay. Avan Motors is one of the several electric vehicle manufacturers that is helping to push this electric trend in the country with the launch of the Xero and Xero+ electric scooters earlier this year, but we have the more premium Xero+ with us. The instrument panel is simple with just odo, speedo and battery level on display. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)The styling and design is quite modern with its sharp lines giving it an attractive look. Gone are the days when electric scooters were unattractive and unappealing. It has a slim and slender profile when viewed from any angle while the headlamp cluster up front is mounted on the visor unit with fox intake on the front apron makes the Xero+ look good. It sports 5-spoke 12-inch alloy wheels whereas the chrome crash guards run from the front to the rear with a 3-litre capacity luggage box mounted at the rear section for either a full-sized helmet or an additional storage space. We would’ve liked a rubber strap along the edges of the box to cut down on the rattling noise it makes whenever it goes over a bump. The tail lamp and rear indicators have been integrated into one unit and look good too. The most notable feature is the simple instrument cluster which displays the odometre, speedometer and a battery level indicator. Switch to toggle between ride modes. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)The Avan Xero+ comes in two variants, a single battery and a double battery version. The one we have is the double battery version which comes powered by a detachable 48V battery located below the floorboard, keeping the centre of gravity low for the scooter. The disadvantage we see here is that the battery cradle is at its lowest point and is susceptible to scrapping on large speed bumps. The battery pack is paired to an 800 watt brushless DC motor that powers the rear wheel, however, only one battery can be used at a time which can be toggled between the switches situated in the under seat compartment. When equipped with two batteries, the Xero+ has a combined travel range of 110km, while a single battery covers up to 55-60km depending on riding style. The charge time is about 4-5 hours for a single battery and comes with an onboard charger which can charge the unit without actually removing it. However, the scooter comes with a single charger allowing one battery to be charged at any given point of time. Nevertheless, the batteries are detachable and can be charged remotely as well and is a fairly easy process but does take some effort to do so.advertisement Storage space for a full-faced helmet. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)The Xero+ has a high positioned floorboard resulting in the handlebar hitting the knee every time you want to turn. However, position yourself comfortably on the seat and you are good to go. Once throttled, the scooter quickly picks up speed but getting to its top speed of 47kmph takes some time. Overtaking is out of the question and it is advisable to stick to the side of the road. The suspension setup of telescopic at the front and coil spring unit at the rear is good enough to make for a comfortable ride to the office. It soaks up the undulations and bumps on the roads quite well. Braking is handled by a disc at the front and drum at the rear but it does lack in power and bite. The three riding modes or gears as Avan Motors calls it, can be toggled by a switch on the right handlebar that ranges from an economical ride to a more performance-based result, for a young rider that is. Once throttled, the scooter quickly picks up speed but getting to its top speed of 47kmph takes some time. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)VerdictThe electric two-wheeler market is expanding at a rapid pace and Avan Motors is placed at the lower end of this spectrum with increasing sales. At a price of Rs 47,000 (ex-showroom, India) for a single battery and Rs 66,500 (ex-showroom India) for double battery unit, the Xero+ takes the fight directly to Hero Electric’s Optima e-scooter. Avan claims that the running cost is about 85 per cent cheaper than a conventional petrol-powered scooter, but the company needs to step up its game and become a popular brand. With rising fuel cost and the damage done to our environment, it may be a very good idea to go green.advertisementALSO READ | Fourth-generation Mahindra Scorpio spied testingALSO READ | Aston Martin Valhalla, DB5, V8 to feature in upcoming James Bond movieALSO READ | Next-gen Hyundai Xcent spied testing, India launch expected in 2020Get 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Avan Xero+Follow Avan Xero+ featuresFollow Avan Xero+ speed First ride review: Avan Xero+Avan Motors forayed in to the Indian market last year with a promise of introducing stylish, futuristic but eco-friendly electric scooters and the first one to enter is the Xero+advertisementlast_img read more

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Denmark Open: Saina Nehwal requests External Affairs Minister to help get visas for her and coach

first_img Indo-Asian News Service HyderabadOctober 8, 2019UPDATED: October 8, 2019 13:21 IST Saina Nehwal Twitter PhotoAce shuttler Saina Nehwal has appealed to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, seeking his help in processing her and her trainer’s visa a week ahead of the Denmark Open.Saina wrote in a tweet tagging Jaishankar that she is yet to get her visa processed for the tournament which will be played in Odense between October 15 and October 20.”I have an urgent request regarding visa for me and my trainer to Denmark. I have a tournament next week in Odense and we don’t have our visas processed yet. Our matches are starting on Tuesday next week,” Saina tweeted.I have an urgent request regarding visa for me and my trainer to Denmark. I have a tournament next week in Odense and we don’t have our visas processed yet . Our matches are starting on Tuesday next week . @DrSJaishankar @MEAQuery @DenmarkinIndia #danisadenmarkopen2019Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 7, 2019I’m working on it & in touch with @NSaina. Problem has come up due to a new instruction by @DenmarkinIndia requiring personal presence of applicant at @VFSGlobal I believe that Articles 10.1 & 10.2 of #Schengen Visa Code must be read together @parupallik @callmearsh @arun_sainaSanjeev Gupta (@sanjg2k1) October 7, 2019Saina, ranked 8th in the world, had finished runner-up at the Denmark Open last year, losing to China’s Tai Tzu Ying in the final.She is set to face Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in the first round in Odense.Saina last played in the Korean Open, losing to South Korea’s Kim Ga Eun in the first round.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Saina NehwalFollow Denmark OpenFollow S Jaishankar Next Denmark Open: Saina Nehwal requests External Affairs Minister to help get visas for her and coachSaina Nehwal wrote in a tweet tagging External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar that she is yet to get her visa processed for the Denmark Open which will start from October 15.advertisementlast_img read more

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Update Maersk Pembroke Engine Fire Put Out

first_imgzoom The fire that broke out on Tuesday, August 22 in an auxiliary engine of Maersk Pembroke containership while en route to Montreal, Canada has been extinguished.“It (the fire) has been contained and extinguished and power has now been restored to the vessel, including power to the reefer units,” a spokesperson of Maersk Line, owner of the ship, told World Maritime News in an update.The ship’s crew reported the fire while some 125 nautical miles South West of Ireland.As reported earlier, the crew of the ship are safe and accounted for, and the incident did not cause any pollution to the environment.Activities remain to be underway on a contingency plan to make the vessel operational again simultaneously with an emergency tow plan.The Dutch-flagged 2,902 TEU container vessel is deployed on Maersk Line’s Canada Atlantic Express Service.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Trafigura Names 1st of 35 New Tankers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Trafigura Singaporean commodity trader Trafigura today named the first of its 35 crude oil and product tankers being built in South Korea and China.The tanker, a 150,000 dwt Suezmax vessel, was christened Mt Marlin Singapore at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Jeolanam-do, in the southwest of South Korea. The second vessel from the batch, also a Suezmax, will be named Mt Marlin Siena, Trafigura revealed.The order for the 35 newbuild vessels that includes Medium Range (MR) tankers, LR2s and Suezmax tankers has been placed by an unidentified “close Asian financial partner” of Trafigura and the vessels are being leased on delivery to Trafigura with options to purchase at a later stage. As disclosed earlier, the newbuildings will be hired for a period of 10 years bringing the contract value to USD 1.5 billion.The vessels are being constructed by Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Group and China’s New Times Shipbuilding.The ships are being delivered from today and throughout 2019, with the majority of vessels being delivered in the first quarter of 2019. All the ships from the series will be registered in Singapore.“The super eco-efficient vessels are being built to the highest technical specifications which also meet the upcoming IMO 2020 regulations,” said Rasmus Bach Nielsen, Global Head of Wet Freight Shipping for Trafigura. “We’re looking forward to employing the vessels within our trading division.”last_img read more

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Triple Talaq law to come under SC lens

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear pleas against the Triple Talaq Act and has issued a notice to the Centre regarding the same.A bench of justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi issued notice to the Centre on a batch of petitions seeking to declare The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019 as “unconstitutional” on grounds that it allegedly violates the provisions of the Constitution. “We will examine this,” the bench told senior advocate Salman Khurshid, who was appearing for one of the petitioners. Khurshid said there were many dimensions, including making the practice a punishable offense and jail term of up to three years, which need to be examined by the top court. He said the petitioners were concerned about making the practice of triple talaq among Muslims an offense as the Apex Court had already declared it to be null and void. “If there is no such thing as triple talaq then what are they making an offense,” he told the bench and referred to a five-judge Constitution bench verdict which had declared the practice of triple talaq among Muslims as null and void.last_img read more

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Trudeau pushes ratification of new NAFTA despite US tariff threat on Mexico

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is moving forward with ratifying the new North American trade deal despite fresh tensions between Mexico and the United States.He says Canada is moving forward “in parallel” with U.S. efforts.Trudeau was speaking as American and Mexican officials conducted a second day of talks Thursday in an attempt to avert a fresh round of tariffs President Donald Trump is threatening on Mexican goods.Trump is threatening to impose a five-per-cent levy on all Mexican imports that would go into effect on Monday as part of an effort to force Mexico to stop the flow of Central American migrants to the southern border of the U.S.The latest tariff tussle could derail the new the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which Trump forced because he views the current NAFTA as one of the worst trade deals in his country’s history.The new deal must be approved by the legislatures of all three countries for it to enter into force.Trudeau says the recent lifting of U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs was the last barrier to moving forward with ratification.He says the new trade deal will secure Canada jobs and market access to the U.S.“The Mexican government has indicated that the tariffs or these threats of tariffs by the American administration towards them will not interfere with their ratification process, and we will take them at their word,” Trudeau told reporters on France’s Normandy coast, where he was attending D-Day commemorations.last_img read more

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2014 International Fancy Food Show Features Moroccan Exhibitors

New York – The annual international summer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event, kicked off Sunday in New York City.With more than 2,500 exhibitors this year from 80 countries all over the world, the show features a lavish Moroccan Pavilion highlighting a dozen or so Moroccan companies exhibiting a variety of gourmet food products ranging from extra virgin Moroccan olive oil, sauces for tagines, Argan oil and products, preserves and condiments, to frozen fish.In addition to the individual tastings offered by the many exhibitors, among the many educational offerings during the three-day show is the International Olive Oil School’s session on “Understanding Olive Oil.” The show runs June 29 through July 1, 2014, at the Jacob Javits Center.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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LL Bean pleased with 2018 performance, awards bonuses

FREEPORT, Maine — L.L. Bean enjoyed a small increase in sales in the past year, enough so that it’s restoring for its 5,400 eligible workers, officials said Friday.The Maine-based retailer’s revenues grew by 1 per cent, nearly flat at $1.6 billion, in a changing and challenging environment for retailers.Steve Smith, president and CEO, said in a statement that the company “performed well in a very competitive industry and a very difficult retail economy.”The board on Friday awarded performance bonuses of 5 per cent of pay for workers. Last year, there were no annual bonuses for the first time in a decade.L.L. Bean is coming off several years of flat sales and belt-tightening that included a reduction in workforce, changes in its generous return policy, restrictions on free shipping, and a paring of product lines to refocus on the company’s outdoors roots.Last year, the company announced it plans to open L.L. Bean-branded stores in Canada as part of its strategy to return to growth.Behind the scenes, the company completed an upgrade of tech and warehouse systems, which allowed it to process an all-time 315,000 orders in a single day in early December, spokeswoman Carolyn Beem said. The company’s iconic boot remained popular with 40 pairs a minute sold on Black Friday, she said. There also were improved delivery times and reduced product backlogs.The upgrades and cost-cutting led to improved profits — which were above projections and significantly better than the previous year — that will help L.L. Bean invest in the future, the company said. The privately held retailer doesn’t disclose profits.“We are on a journey towards growing our top line and the improvement to our bottom line is a critical first step,” Smith said.It’s been a challenging period for many retailers, especially clothing retailers, said Marshal Cohen, an analyst at NPD Group.Millennials are now starting to have families and some aging baby boomers are spending less, causing new spending patterns that favour tech over apparel. “People are clearly investing in their lifestyles more than wardrobes,” Cohen said.David Sharp, The Associated Press read more

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Malaysian court acquits activist of screening Lanka war documentary

She was charged under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 for screening No Fire Zone without the approval from the Censorship Board. The activist would have faced a maximum of three years’ jail or a fine not exceeding RM30,000 or both upon conviction, “They should allow human rights defenders like us to do our jobs,” she said.Separately, Human Rights Watch deputy director (Asia) Phil Robertson said “justice was done” in the acquittal.“This was a politically motivated case that should never have been prosecuted in the first place, and a blatant infringement on the right to freedom of expression,” he said in a statement. Lawyer New Sin Yew, who represented Hendry, was thankful that the court agreed with their arguments against what he described as a “frivolous” charge.Hendry also said that the charge was a “waste of time” for the courts, for and everyone involved. Activist Lena Hendry was acquitted today by a Malaysian court of censorship charges over the screening of a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war in 2013, the malay mail online reported.In his ruling, Magistrate Mohd Rehab Mohd Aris said that the prosecution failed to establish a “prima facie” case against Hendry and thus Hendry need not enter her defence. He said that “no one” should go through an experience similar to the one Hendry faced. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Ohio State mens soccer seeks 1st win of season

Then-freshman forward Danny Jensen (9) kicks the ball during OSU’s match against Cleveland State on Oct. 27 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorComing off two draws in its opening weekend, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is set to hit the road in search of its first win.The Buckeyes are scheduled to head to Wilmington, N.C., to take on University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Elon University as part of the UNC-Wilmington Soccer Classic.Tournament play is already familiar territory for the Buckeyes (0-0-2) this season. They battled to a scoreless draw in double overtime against the University of California-Davis on Friday before seeing a similar result two days later against Butler, 2-2, at the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic in Columbus.“Our passion moving forward will be good. Just to stick with it and not give up,” senior defender Konrad Kucharski said. “We went into the two overtimes, so that was definitely tough, but we didn’t give up and we kept battling through.”Though the team still gets one point for each of the two draws, some players and coaches said they feel it is paramount to get that first victory.“We need two wins this weekend,” sophomore forward Danny Jensen said. “That’s basically all that’s on our mind right now.”The two games over the weekend are the first of nine contests away from Columbus this season. Last year, the Buckeyes went 0-4-2 on the road.“It will be a little more difficult (on the road), because not sleeping in your own bed, traveling, it all takes a toll on your body,” Jensen said. “But we’ll be fine.”After failing to score a goal until more than 175 minutes of total game time had passed over the weekend, improving the fluidity of the offense continues to be the focal point in practice.“(We need to work on) overall, moving the ball forward quicker a little bit. We could’ve moved the ball quicker than we did in the past two games,” Kucharski said. “Going forward, we need to increase our shots … If we can get a few more shots and get some more half-chances, we’ll increase our chances of scoring some more goals.”Coach John Bluem said the Buckeyes are trying several methods in practice to increase goal-scoring opportunities, such as moving players to different roles in the attack, practicing the repetition of passes and movement in front of the box and working on improving team defense to lead to a better offense.OSU has history with the team it’s set to face this weekend — the Buckeyes played UNC-Wilmington (2-0-0) in last season’s regular season opening game. The team fell to the Seahawks, 2-1, in double overtime.Bluem said having seen the opposition last season will help him prepare the team for Friday night’s contest.“We know UNC-Wilmington is a big, strong team, very athletic team, difficult to play against,” Bluem said. “We know we’ll have to match that.”Elon (1-1-0) presents a more unfamiliar foe, but Bluem said he would use the Phoenix’s Friday game against Winthrop to scout his team’s Sunday opponent.OSU is set to play UNC-Wilmington on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Elon on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.After the weekend tournament, OSU is scheduled to return home to open Big Ten play against Northwestern on Sept. 14. That game is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Texas teacher accused of performing oral sex on sleeping student

(NEW YORK POST) – A Texas teacher was busted for performing oral sex on a student after the teen fell asleep — after the victim saw pictures of the alleged assault when he asked to borrow the teacher’s phone to call his mother, court documents show.Manuel Gamboa (IMAGE VIA HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT.)Manuel Alejandro Gamboa, a 35-year-old former substitute teacher at Dekaney High School in Harris County, appeared in court Friday after his arrest Wednesday on charges of improper relationship with a student and sexual assault, KTRK reports.Gamboa, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the station, invited the 17-year-old male student to his Harris County apartment June 3 before plying the teen with beer.“Complainant stated that he consumed several beers and became dizzy due to him not normally drinking,” the document read.After saying he wasn’t feeling well, the teen then fell asleep on Gamboa’s couch, where the substitute teacher performed oral sex on him. When he woke up later, the teen said Gamboa was next to him and he later told police that he felt discomfort and minor pain while urinating.The teen then asked to use Gamboa’s phone and discovered sexually explicit videos and images of the teacher performing oral on him without his permission while he was asleep on the couch. A sexual assault exam performed later at a hospital confirmed evidence of DNA on the victim that didn’t belong to him, according to the criminal complaint.Gamboa was considered “like a mentor” to the teen, who told investigators the teacher helped him with his homework since he did not speak English fluently, KTRK reports.Gamboa remained held on $80,000 bail as of Tuesday at a jail in Harris County. It was unclear if he had hired an attorney.Officials from the Spring Independent School District said that when they learned of the allegations, Gamboa was immediately removed from the district’s substitute pool.“The safety of our students is our highest priority,” district officials said in a statement to KHOU. “The criminal history and references of job applicants, including those who apply to serve as substitutes, are routinely checked before they are hired.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese man charged in BVI for molesting school boyDecember 1, 2015In “Crime”Berbice contractor, teacher charged with rapeJune 13, 2017In “Court”Teacher allegedly gave student birth control pill after sexual intercourseMarch 3, 2014In “Crime” read more

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Poll Should Ireland be involved in an EU army

first_imgYesNoI don’t knowVote I don’t know (1782) SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has accused European Union leaders of trying to further militarise the European Union with the aim of eventually creating an “EU army”.While Ireland has previously participated in “EU Battlegroups” Adams questions the Common Security and Defence Policy’s further militarisation and feared the establishment of an EU-wide army.Paschal Donohoe, Minister of State for the Taoiseach’s department said anything done in the future will recognise Ireland’s neutrality laid down in the Constitution and the Lisbon treaty.In today’s poll, we want to know what you think: Should Ireland be involved in an EU army? Poll Results:center_img No (3230) Yes (1136)last_img read more

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Une nouvelle technique pour établir le génome dun fœtus

first_imgUne nouvelle technique pour établir le génome d’un fœtusDes travaux publiés mercredi font part d’une nouvelle technique non invasive permettant de déterminer le génome d’un fœtus. Cette méthode consiste à prélever un échantillon de sang de la mère et un échantillon de salive au père.La technique non invasive qui a été mis au point par des scientifiques américains permet de réaliser les tests destinés à détecter certains troubles génétiques chez les fœtus avec beaucoup plus de sûreté. Dans l’étude parue hier au sein de la revue Science Translational Medicine, les scientifiques indiquent que le séquençage du génome du fœtus permet de détecter un nettement plus grand nombre de variations génétiques et de façon plus détaillée que la classique amniocentèse (prélèvements de fluide dans l’utérus). À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Concrètement, la méthode consiste à prélever des échantillons sanguins chez la mère (lors de l’essai dans la 18e semaine de grossesse) et des échantillons de salive chez le père. Selon les chercheurs, ces deux prélèvements contiennent alors suffisamment d’informations génétiques pour séquencer le génome du fœtus. La méthode a également été testée avec un autre couple dont la femme était plus près du début de sa grossesse. Ensuite, l’exactitude des prédictions a pu être facilement vérifiée en prélevant du sang dans le cordon ombilical à la naissance de l’enfant. Grâce à des techniques statistiques et de biologie informatique, les auteurs de l’étude ont ainsi montré qu’ils étaient en mesure de détecter des mutations dans le génome du fœtus en formation. Ils ont pu découvrir 39 des 44 nouvelles mutations de l’enfant alors qu’il était encore au stade fœtal. Les résultats sont même si encourageants que les chercheurs estiment qu’une version plus affinée et moins coûteuse de leur approche pourrait rendre le dépistage génétique prénatal beaucoup plus étendu. Cité par l’AFP, le Dr Jay Shendure, professeur de science génomique à l’Université de Washington, et qui a dirigé ces travaux, a ainsi expliqué que “ces travaux ouvrent la voie au séquençage du génome entier du fœtus en quête de plus de 3 000 troubles génétiques dus à un gène et ce avec un seul test non-envahissant”.Le 7 juin 2012 à 16:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Winks looking ahead to next season after successful ankle surgery

first_imgTottenham midfielder, Wink Harry has played just three times since the beginning of the year but has just gone through a successful surgery on his ankle.The 22-year-old was ruled out of England’s World Cup campaign after he played only three matches since the start of 2018, but he now hopes to be fit enough for the new season following his a successful angle operation.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Wink appeared in 25 Premier League games for Spurs last season and made his international debut in England’s 1-0 win over Lithuania back in October. He was supposed to be in contention to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s tournament in Russia, but the second half of his campaign was thwarted by an injured ankle.He was last featured for Tottenham, in their 6-1 FA Cup replay win over Rochdale in February. He was also awarded a new deal by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and agreeing terms on a five-year contract earlier this month.last_img read more

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Medical services in Ruia hospitals paralysed in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: Medical services in Ruia Government General Hospital and all nursing homes were paralysed on Thursday as doctors and junior doctors observed bandh in protest against the controversial National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. As part of the ongoing agitation across the country, a bandh call was given by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and joined with medicos, who were on their seventh day of the protests. As a result, except emergency services, all other services were stopped by the doctors. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us While IMA doctors have observed bandh for 12 hours, AP Government Doctors Association (APGDA) also expressed its solidarity to the protest and participated in the bandh from 9 am to 12 noon. More than 1,000 doctors and students have gathered at Ruia Hospital early in the morning and raised slogans against the NMC Bill. IMA Tirupati branch President Dr G Parthasarathi Reddy and other members also sat at the protest venue and raised slogans. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Medical students and junior doctors of SV Medical College, Sri Padmavati Medical College for Women and SVIMS reached there in rallies displaying placards opposing NMC Bill. The slogans on placards include, “Show some bloody respect to doctors”, “Doctors don’t want to be the ‘NEXT’ victims”, and “We oppose injustice to medicos and poor”. Referring to the recent attacks by patients and police on medicos, a poster was displayed with the message “Not only by the patients–we are being thrown away to be beaten up by police too”. Advertise With Us The leaders of APGDA, IMA and JUDAs have strongly demanded the Central Government to amend or withdraw four clauses in the bill. They stressed that they were not opposing the entire bill but have objection on four clauses which the government can resolve amicably by holding discussion with doctors. They were also demanding action against TTD Vigilance Officer Ashok Goud, who has allegedly hit a medico with his legs on Wednesday when they were protesting at Alipiri. It was learnt that police have sent the complaint copy against Ashok to the TTD EO. The medicos were strongly opposing National Eligibility Test (NEXT) saying that it will give no value to the four-and-half-year study and their performance in examinations as they need to write NEXT again to qualify for practicing as a doctor. Also, the new bill will encourage quackery and will make no difference between MBBS graduates and others as they too can practice by simply getting through a bridge course. It will slowly inject poison into the system, they opined and said that their agitation is for the future of this country. They were asking whether such bridge courses be allowed in other professions too thereby allowing non-professionals to complete it and become professionals. However, several patients having no knowledge about the bandh reached Tirupati from surrounding districts too to get medical services in various nursing homes have faced trouble in terms of time and money. SV Engineering College students also reached Ruia Hospital to express solidarity to the medicos whereas students from Apollo Medical College, Chittoor and PES Medical College, Kuppam are expected to participate in the agitation at Tirupati on Friday.last_img read more

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AntiTrump protesters across US press him on tax returns

first_imgPeople carry signs and march at a Black Lives Matter protest in Seattle, Washington. Photo: AFPThousands of protesters gathered Saturday in cities across the United States to pressure President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, a move of transparency he has repeatedly refused.The demonstrations were timed to coincide with the traditional 15 April deadline for annual tax filings, a massive date on the calendar for US households, and resulted in dozens of arrests.For decades, US presidents and presidential candidates have released their returns voluntarily, although there is no legal obligation to do so. US law requires only the publication of a financial statement that estimates assets, including debt and revenue, but does not give details on the amount of taxes paid.Trump, a billionaire property tycoon, released a financial statement but has kept his tax returns private, both during the election campaign and since taking office in January.Protesters and political rivals have said he should make a fuller disclosure to remove any inkling of potential conflicts of interest between his business interests and his political decisions.“Until he does, we’ll never know what he’s hiding or who his policies are designed to benefit,” said organizers of the “Tax March” demonstrations on its website.“We need a president who works for all Americans-and a tax system that does, too,” it added.At least 21 demonstrators were arrested after Trump opponents and supporters clashed at a march in Berkeley, California, US media said.‘Real men pay their taxes’In Washington, several thousand protesters of all ages gathered in front of the Capitol building housing Congress, holding signs such as “What is he hiding?” and “Real men pay their taxes.”A huge inflatable chicken with an orange-gold beak and a swirl of hair resembling Trump’s mane was displayed on the sidelines of the Washington protest, and at other venues.It was seen by some as the unofficial mascot for the protest-to suggest that the Republican president was afraid, or chicken, to publish his records.“If he’s got nothing to hide, he should release his tax returns,” said protester Liz Turner, 31.Asked what she suspected was in them, Turner replied: “Maybe something to do with Russia?”Ellen Lodwick, 67, a retired corporate researcher from Maryland who has participated in anti-Trump demonstrations since his November 8 election, cast doubt on the president’s businesses.“There are probably many illegal or questionable investments in things that could affect how he looks at government and legislation, because he’s too connected,” she said.The protesters then marched along Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House, shouting “shame” as they passed by the Trump International Hotel.Trump again at Mar-a-LagoIn New York, thousands also marched, and demonstrations were held from Boston and Philadelphia on the East Coast to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles out West, and cities and towns in between.The Berkeley protests saw hundreds gather at a park, including Trump supporters who held a free speech rally, while opponents of the president’s policies shouted and chanted. Several fights broke out, according to the East Bay Times newspaper.Activists waved signs reading: “No! Pussy-Grabbing! No! Patriarchy! No! Fascist USA! Drive out Trump-Pence regime!” and “Fascist scum your time is done.”Trump has justified his refusal to publish tax returns by noting they are being audited. Federal tax authorities say that does not bar him from releasing the documents. Trump has repeatedly said he has used legal loopholes to minimize his tax burden.“Disclosing tax returns is the very lowest ethical bar for a president, and we are going to insist that he clear it,” Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, told the Washington crowd.Trump was not in the capital during the demonstration; he is again spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, where several hundred “Tax March” protesters demonstrated outside Saturday.“Pay your taxes!” several shouted One young girl held a small sign that read “Trump is a tax e-VADER” and showed an image of Darth Vader wearing a blond hairpiece.last_img read more

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