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ONE launches reality search for next MMA superstar in Asia

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “Throughout my time in ONE Championhsip, I have been a witness to some of the best martial arts talents,” said Franklin. “Stars today such as Angela Lee and Eduard Folayang came from the grassroots level of talent in Asia and the next martial arts superstar is just waiting to be discovered.”Selected athletes will compete in trial exhibition bouts and all have a chance to earn a six-figure contract with ONE Championship. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img ONE Championship is in search of the next fighting superstar.The premier mixed martial arts promotion in Asia launched a new documentary series that features Rich Franklin traveling from gym to gym looking for up and coming martial arts talents.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Potts grateful to end college career with a title after season’s struggles QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “One of our biggest missions is taking martial arts, Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, and placing it front and center for the entire world to witness,” said ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.“We are excited to travel across Asia, visiting the most iconic cities, to discover the next big superstar.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFranklin, a multi-time middleweight champion when he was still fighting, will make stops in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing.Now serving as ONE’s vice president, Franklin said he looks forward to the new practitioners that can elevate the sport of mixed martial arts to a new level.last_img read more

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Could Not Hold Back Tears When I Heard National Anthem: Golden Girl PV Sindhu After Historic Win

first_imgPV Sindhu showed absolute dominance and great agility and accuracy on court as she outplayed Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes to become India’s first World Championships gold medallist.For the past two years, Sindhu had reached the World Championship finals only for Okuhara (2017) and Carolina Marin (2018) to prevent her on crossing the final hurdle. On Sunday, however, she finally moved to the top of the podium and stood there with the gold medal around her neck, beaming with pride.But as the national anthem played and Indian flag rose the highest, Sindhu stood singing along with moist eyes, all the emotions clearly visible on her face.”I could not hold back my tears when I saw the Indian flag and heard the National anthem playing. Words can’t express my feelings about yesterday’s win at the World Championship. Had been preparing for it for so long. Finally, the wait ended,” Sindhu wrote on Instagram.Sindhu had won the BWF World Tour Finals at the end of the previous season but all of 2019, she had looked an average player, struggling for variety and devoid of any surprise element. It was all a build-up, it now seems. When Sindhu reached the final of Indonesia Open Super 1000, where she lost to Akane Yamaguchi, Sindhu displayed her array of strokes – the ones she had developed while working incessantly at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.South Korean Kim Ji Hyun joined as a coach in the national setup in March and has been working on Sindhu’s game since them. Earlier, Kim had told the BWF website, “The way she plays, I feel it’s not smart enough. I mean, at the top level, you have to be smart. It has to be a combination, like your technique, and hitting and mentality. There are so many skills she has to work on, especially net skills and deception. Step by step, we’re working on skills, and changing tactics, as you can’t use the same tactics over and over again.”With Kim ringing in the changes, Sindhu has begun to show the results again. Also, the hard hours spent with her strength trainer Srikanth Verma Madapalli has been fruitful as well. All the muscles that Sindhu has developed has enabled her to cover the court better and move and execute her attacking game to perfection.”It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my parents, my coaches (Gopi sir and Ms Kim) and my trainer (Mr Srikanth Verma). And most importantly, I would like to thank my sponsors and all my fans who have supported me all along. FINALLY WORLD CHAMPION 2019,” Sindhu concluded her post.With the World Championships ticked off, Sindhu will have her eyes firm on 2020 Tokyo Olympics now. After her silver medal performance in Rio, expectation will be high from the Indian but like she has shown for the past three years, the big matches are where she thrives. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmintonbwf world championshipsNozomi OkuharaPV Sindhu First Published: August 26, 2019, 5:13 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Tatas to sponsor Mumbai Marathon

first_imgActor John Abraham and veteran Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie at the launch of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 in Mumbai on Tuesday. — PTI Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon, in Mumbai on Tuesday PTI   –  PTI Mumbai: N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Group at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad(PTI8_1_2017_000215B) Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon, in Mumbai on Tuesday PTI   –  PTI 2/3 Actor John Abraham and veteran Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie at the launch of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 in Mumbai on Tuesday. — PTI Mumbai: N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Group at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad(PTI8_1_2017_000215B) The Tata Group is the new title sponsor of ‘Mumbai Marathon’, one of the top 10 marathons in the world. From 2018, the event will be called ‘Tata Mumbai Marathon’ and its 15th edition is scheduled for January 21, next year.The Tata Mumbai Marathon will be jointly sponsored by the Tata Group and group firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for 10 years beginning 2018, which is the 150th anniversary year of the group and 50th of TCS.“Events like the marathon promote values like grit, tenacity, excellence, perseverance, belief, commitment and passion that have been a key part of the Tata group’s ethos since its inception, almost 150 years ago,” Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran said.“Partnering with India’s premier long-distance running event is a great way for the Tata group to increase our engagement with the community, raise funds for charity as well as create societal awareness about the necessity of good health and fitness. As a marathoner, I’m personally proud to support this partnership,” he added. × COMMENTS Tata Consultancy Services Ltd Mumbai: N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Group at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad(PTI8_1_2017_000215B) athletics COMMENT 3/3 Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon, in Mumbai on Tuesday PTI   –  PTI 1/3 August 02, 2017 SHARElast_img read more

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FC Pune City sack their manager after the poor start of the season

first_imgAdvertisementFC Pune City’s club management have decided to sack their head coach Miguel Angel Portugal after the poor start of the season. Pune City have lost two matches and got a draw in three matches so far in this season. They are now situated at the end of the League Table in this season of Indian Super League. Miguel Angel Portugal has taken the charge of this Pune City side from Ranko Popovic in this summer. In the previous season, Portugal was the head coach of Delhi Dynamos. Delhi Dynamos have finished at the eighth position in the League Table of Indian Super League in the previous season. The team was out of the equation of going to the playoff in the previous season. In the meantime the former Spanish midfielder has taken the charge of the second division side of Spanish football, Granada for the last few matches of the season. According to the sources, the sacking news of their manager will be officially announced by the club management by Thursday. The technical director of the club, Pradhyum Reddy will take the charge of the Pune City side as the interim manager till the new manager takes the charge. Pradhyum Reddy was the manager of Shillong Lajong side in 2011-12. His side have finished at the tenth position in the League Table in that season. Reddy has also assisted Ashley Westwood for three seasons and Bengaluru FC have won I League twice and Federation Cup once in this time period. Advertisementlast_img read more

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First gold medal in Rio goes to US shooter Virginia Thrasher

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Virginia Thrasher went through a three-week spring whirlwind, winning three NCAA titles and a spot on the U.S. Olympic Shooting team.The precocious 19-year-old closed out the summer with her biggest surprise yet.Keeping her nerve on sport’s biggest stage, Thrasher on Saturday earned the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, outlasting two-time gold medalist Du Li to capture the women’s 10-meter air rifle title.“This is beyond my wildest dreams,” Thrasher said. “I knew it was a realistic expectation for me to get into the finals and once you get into the finals, anything can happen. For me, this year has been incredible.”Thrasher had a quick rise to the top.A figure skater growing up, she switched sports five years ago after a hunting trip with her family. Thrasher killed a deer with her first shot of her first hunting trip and has continued to hit the mark wherever she’s gone.Thrasher was not expected to be among the top five scorers — all that counts in NCAA competition — at shooting powerhouse West Virginia, yet got better as the season progressed. She became the first freshman to win both NCAA rifle titles and led the Mountaineers to the team championship.Less than a month later, Thrasher won the U.S. Olympic Trials, earning a spot in Rio.She didn’t flinch at the sport’s brightest spotlight — or an air horn.Though not expected to be a medal contender, Thrasher finished a spot behind fellow American Sarah Scherer at sixth in qualifying to make the eight-person final.She opened the elimination finals — a new format in this year’s Olympics — with a perfect 10.9 and was in the lead after Scherer became the first shooter knocked out.Thrasher stayed in the top spot as her competitors fell off, consistently hitting 10s despite a fan blowing an air horn at random times.Thrasher entered the final with a 0.7-point lead and opened with a solid 10.5, which Li matched. Thrasher smiled after a 10.4 left a slight opening, but Li’s 10.1 on her final shot sent Thrasher on a surprising trip to the podium.“In the finals, about halfway through, it kind of became clear to me that I was in contention for a medal,” Thrasher said. “But I quickly pushed that thought away and focused on breathing, just taking one shot at a time.”Thrasher pulled it off against two of the world’s best rifle shooters, Li and Yi Siling.Li won gold medals in air rifle in 2004 at the Athens Games and in 3-position rifle in Beijing four years later. She also competed in the 2012 London Games and pulled off a clutch shot in the Rio final, hitting 10.9 to stay alive in the second round.Yi took a similar path as Thrasher’s, earning air rifle gold at the 2012 London Games just three years after starting her international shooting career.Thrasher stood her ground against the two Chinese shooters in the medal eliminations, hitting nothing lower than 10.4. Yi went out after a 9.8 on her final shot to earn bronze and Thrasher finished with a cumulative score of 208.0 to beat Li by a point in front of a rowdy crowd.“I heard the cheers and the horns and it was very disturbing,” Yi said. “But I just had to control myself. I also looked up and saw that Virginia and Du Li were doing well themselves.”Thrasher ended up on top of the podium and her whirlwind will wind down soon; a biomedical engineering major, she starts classes again at West Virginia on Aug. 17.“I’m actually looking forward to getting back to school again,” Thrasher said.She will have a new title when she returns: Olympic champion. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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CAMP HIGH HOPES TO HOST SPRING OPEN HOUSE

first_imgCamp High Hopes has a lot of fun planned for this Easter weekend.Advancement Director Sarah Morgan says the camp for people with special needs is having their spring open house for the public Saturday from 1 to 4:00pm:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CAMPHH1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….activities are free. :23And of course the Easter bunny is scheduled to make an appearance.Morgan says Camp High Hopes is also planning further expansion of the facility soon:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CAMPHH2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………pretty soon. ;15Morgan says if you have someone in your family that you would like to sign up for the summer sessions, now is the time to do it:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CAMPHH3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….use us for summertime. :17Camp High Hopes is located just past Bacon Creek Park on Correctionville Road.last_img read more

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GAS PRICES ON THE RISE AGAIN

first_imgThe average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has spiked 7 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, costing $2.97.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says that’s 41 cents a gallon higher than at this time last year.Lundberg said Sunday that rising crude oil prices are the main reason for the increase at the pump.The highest average price in the contiguous 48 states is $3.82 a gallon in Los Angeles. The lowest average is $2.58 in Houston.Here in Sioux City, gas prices range around $2.79 a gallon.The average price of diesel also rose 7 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.28.last_img read more

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Malaika Arora and Janhvi Kapoor are bringing pastel freshness to gym fashion

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Ileana D’Cruz stuns in tube top and skirt paired with smart blazer at Pagalpanti song launch 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Ananya Panday in ganji and mini shorts proves comfy clothing is the best. See pics 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kriti Kharbanda paints the town tangerine in mini dress at Pagalpanti song launch. See pics 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Janhvi Kapoor pairs sports bra and mini shorts with Rs 4 lakh bag at gym. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: Janhvi Kapoor and Malaika Arora were recently spotted arriving at the gym and the two divas nailed the look in pastel ensembles.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: Malaika donned a white slogan tee with a sports bra and printed gym tights for her workout.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: She paired her look with a messy top knot and white quirky slip-ons.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: With tinted oversized aviators and a bare face, she rounded-off her look.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: As for Janhvi, she donned a pastel pink top with gym tights of the same colour.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: She styled her look with open curled tresses, faux fur slip-ons and a sling bag.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Tags: Janhvi KapoorMalaika AroraSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Janhvi Kapoor and Malaika Arora were recently spotted arriving at the gym and the two divas nailed the look in pastel ensembles.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5c3db7eceb0191547548652_1431277_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – 14:45Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433:last_img read more

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Karim Baratov sentenced to five years for major Yahoo security breach

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A Canadian young computer hacker who American investigators say unwittingly worked for Russian spies was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for his role in a massive security breach at Yahoo that U.S. federal agents say was directed by a Russian intelligence agency.U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria also fined Karim Baratov $250,000 during a sentencing hearing in San Francisco.Baratov, 23, pleaded guilty in November to nine felony hacking charges. He acknowledged in his plea agreement that he began hacking as a teen seven years ago and charged customers $100 per hack to access web-based emails. U.S. prosecutors allege he was “an international hacker for hire” who indiscriminately hacked for clients he did not know or vet, including dozens of jobs paid for by Russia’s Federal Security Service.Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but lived in Hamilton, charged customers to obtain another person’s webmail passwords by tricking them to enter their credentials into a fake password reset page.He was arrested in Hamilton in March 2017 under the Extradition Act after American authorities indicted him for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.After Baratov’s guilty plea, his lawyers told reporters he hacked only eight accounts and did not know that he was working for Russian agents connected to the Yahoo breach.“He’s been transparent and forthright with the government since he got here,” lawyer Andrew Mancilla said at the time.In August 2017, Baratov decided to forgo his extradition hearing to face the charges in California. His Canadian lawyer at the time said that the move was to speed up the legal process.Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors said in court papers that Baratov’s Russian-language website named “webhacker” advertised services for “hacking of email accounts without prepayment.”They said Russian security service hired Baratov to target dozens of email accounts using information obtained from the Yahoo hack. Prosecutors argued that Russia’s Federal Security Service targeted Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and employees of financial services and other private businesses.Baratov and his lawyers also said his work with the Russia spy agency was unwitting.The court documents allege Baratov claimed he could access webmail accounts maintained by Google and Russian providers such as Mail.Ru and Yandezx. He would provide customers with a screenshot of the hacked account and promised he could change security questions so they could maintain control of the account.The U.S. Justice Department also charged two Russian spies with orchestrating the 2014 security breach at Yahoo to steal data from 500 million users. Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev and Igor Anatolyevich remain at large and prosecutors believe they are living in Russia, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States.He is alleged to have collected more than $1.1 million in fees, which he used to buy a house and expensive cars.“Deterrence is particularly important in a case like this,” the judge said during the hearing. He rejected prosecutors call for a prison sentence of nearly 10 years, noting Baratov’s age and clean criminal record prior to his arrest.Lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo, who represented Baratov while he was in Canada, said in an email that Baratov is satisfied with the court’s decision.“The judge used all criteria possible to assist Karim and, given the time he had already served and the time expected to serve, he will be out in approximately three years,” DiCarlo said. “The justice system worked for a man who took responsibility and I’m sure he learned many lessons.”Baratov has been in custody since his arrest last year. He told the judge Tuesday that his time behind bars has been “a very humbling and eye-opening experience.”He apologized to those he hacked and promised “to be a better man” and obey the law upon his release. The judge said it is likely Baratov will be deported once he is released from prison.– With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Gulf Crisis, Saudi Arabia: Bourita Shares Morocco’s Position on All Hot…

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita gave an interview to Al Jazeera, explaining recent developments in Moroccan diplomacy.Bourita’s interview was aired yesterday on the Bila Houdoud (Without Borders) television program.The interview started with an overview on the Gulf crisis. Al Jazeera journalist Jalal Chahda asked Bourita whether Morocco’s neutrality in the crisis created tension between Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Bourita denied that there is tension between the two kingdoms. Instead, he said, Morocco was clear in its neutrality statement and has attempted to get to the bottom of the crisis between the Saudi coalition and Qatar.According to the official, the crisis was unfortunate because the Gulf Cooperation Council, which has since been dissolved, was the “only point of light in the Arab world.”Bourita also recalled that Morocco offered to mediate in the Gulf crisis because Morocco’s destiny is linked to the stability of the region.Read Also: Gulf Crisis Will Not Affect Moroccan-Saudi Relations: Moroccan Analyst “If the parties so wish, the Kingdom of Morocco is ready to offer its services to foster a frank and comprehensive dialogue,” Morocco said at the time.Morocco also sent food assistance to Qatar. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cited religion as a reason “especially during the month of Ramadan where solidarity among Muslim people is required.”King Mohammed VI was also the first world leader to visit Qatar after the blockade, earning the nickname by Qataris as the “blockade breaker.”Morocco’s position on MBS, YemenThe Moroccan official acknowledged that Morocco was originally part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s world tour in November 2018. Bin Salman, also known as MBS, made stops in Tunisia, Algeria, and Mauritania but skipped Morocco.Bourita said that Bin Salman did not visit Morocco due to the country’s schedule:“If relationships are measured by different schedules, this trivializes the relationship.”In November 2018, rumors ran wild that Bin Salman had snubbed Morocco. But a government source confirmed to Morocco World News that actually, Morocco had turned MBS down.The source told MWN that King Mohammed VI suggested that he would not receive MBS, but that Bin Salman could meet the King’s brother, Moulay Rachid. However, MBS rejected the King’s offer.Read Also: US Senate Seeks to End US Support for Yemen WarIncreasing rumors of diplomatic tension, Morocco decided not to participate in  the Red Wave naval exercise in Saudi Arabia from December 30 to January 4, 2019.Bourita said that Morocco had participated in Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen, but then decided to “change our participation” after further evaluation, which resulted in Morocco’s absence from the military maneuvers and Arab meetings.He added that Morocco supports the Gulf’s plans and would be against anything that undermined the stability of the UAE and Saudi Arabia from Yemen. But Morocco expressed concerns over the humanitarian aspects of the Yemen war. He added that the Yemeni people do not deserve the suffering they are experiencing.Iran’s only response is to ask for evidenceThe interview did not exclude the Moroccan-Iranian diplomatic crisis. Bourita recalled that Morocco cut ties with Iran in May 2018 because of Hezbollah’s collusion with Polisario. He added that Morocco provided evidence of the collusion, but Iran denied that Hezbollah trained and equipped the separatist group. Bourita said that diplomatic ties between the two countries had not been good since 2009 when Rabat last cut ties with Iran after accusing it of spreading Shi’ism in Morocco.Morocco renewed ties with Iran in 2014, but their diplomatic bonds started to weaken after Morocco handed over Kacem Mohamed Tajeddine, one of Hezbollah’s top financiers, to the US. According to Bourita, the Moroccan government has not received any explanation from Iran about Hezbollah-Polisario links. He said that Morocco opened negotiations with Iran many times, but “saw that Iran entered in issues that affect Morocco’s interests and security.”Syrian crisisBourita said, “there should be Arab coordination concerning Syria‘s return to the Arab League.”Egypt also supports the idea. In a press conference co-chaired with Bourita earlier this month in Cairo, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry called on Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to return to the Arab League.Read Also: Eastern Syria Faces Terror Threat amid US Troop Withdrawal“There’s a need to get out of the current crisis in Syria through the political framework sponsored by the UN envoy in Geneva,” said Shoukry.Syria was suspended from its membership in the Arab league after Assad’s crackdown on protesters during the early phase of its civil war in 2011. read more

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Indian PM Modi holds comprehensive talks with Ranil

The Indian side reiterated India’s commitment to promoting prosperity in the neighbourhood and affirmed the continued support of India for realizing the vision of the Sri Lankan leadership for a stable, peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka.The leaders welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for ‘Cooperation in Economic Projects’, which outlines the agenda for bilateral economic cooperation in the foreseeable future. Both sides expressed their commitment to ensuring that this mutually beneficial agenda is expeditiously implemented. The discussions of the Indian leadership with the visiting dignitary provided both sides an opportunity to review the progress in implementation of the decisions taken during various high level exchanges in the past two years or so, including the visit of the Prime Minister to Sri Lanka in March 2015 and the visits of the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to India since February 2015. The two sides expressed their satisfaction at the progress in implementation of the outcomes of these exchanges, which further strengthened the historically close and friendly relations between the two countries, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks on bilateral issues with his visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi today.“Held comprehensive talks with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on ways to strengthen India-Sri Lanka ties for the benefit of our citizens,” Modi tweeted after the meeting held at Hyderabad House. They also expressed the hope for early conclusion of the ongoing negotiations on the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement.Pointing out that India had welcomed Sri Lanka co-sponsoring the Resolution “Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka” at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last month, the Indian leadership expressed the earnest hope that recommendations on the reconciliation would be completed within the stipulated timeframe of two years.The Indian interlocutors requested continued cooperation of the Government of Sri Lanka for humanitarian treatment of Indian fishermen, without resorting to force under any circumstances. Both sides welcomed the meeting of the Joint Working Group on Fisheries held in Colombo earlier this month. The Indian side also informed the Sri Lankan side of the measures taken by India to encourage the Indian fishermen concerned for adopting deep sea fishing. The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka reiterated the invitation to the Prime Minister for a visit to Sri Lanka on the coming Vesak Day. Details in this regard are being discussed and finalized between the two Governments. (Colombo Gazette) The Ministers of External Affairs, Home Affairs and Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping also called on Wickremesinghe. read more

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Young talent to graduate onto BMWs new initiative

BMW Group UK will recruit 13 new graduates into its MINI and BMW engine manufacturing plants as part of its latest scheme.The BMW Group UK Graduate Programme will train successful applicants in a variety of areas ranging from engineering and finance to business and IT. Eight graduates will be based at MINI Plant Oxford, four at the firm’s pressings plant Swindon and one at the company’s engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham.During the two year programme that starts in October, graduates will complete five placements on various strategic and operational projects, allowing them to gain insight into business process, strategy and culture from a UK and global perspective.Holly Chalmers, BMW Group UK’s recruitment and staffing manager, joined the company 25 years ago on a training scheme and has worked across a variety of HR disciplines and BMW Group sites during her career. Welcoming the scheme, she said: “Investment in young people has long been a key part of our development strategy for the plant and we are looking forward to recruiting talented young people who have a passion for the motor industry.”Further information about the roles can be found on the BMW Group UK Apprentice, Intern and Graduate Opportunities Facebook page, where online applications can also be made.Applications close on Friday 28 February 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Zika virus could cause infertility in men new study suggests

first_imgThe virus is known to persist in men’s semen for months and PHE currently recommends that men use condoms for six months upon returning from a Zika-endemic region to avoid passing the disease to their partners.However, the new research suggests that the virus can also damage the male reproductive system.Scientists found that after three weeks the testicles of Zika-infected mice had shrunk to one-tenth of their normal size and their internal structure was completely destroyed. Levels of their sex hormones also  dropped and their fertility was reduced.By six weeks after infection, the number of motile sperm was down tenfold, and testosterone levels were similarly low.When healthy females were mated with infected mice, the females were around four times less likely to become pregnant as those paired with uninfected males. The more we learn about the Zika virus, the more interesting and alarming it becomes.Prof Allan Pacey University of Sheffield Hundreds of babies have been born with microcephaly in South America since the Zika outbreakCredit:Felipe Dana  Officials preparing for the Olmypics in Rio this summer  Officials preparing for the Olmypics in Rio this summer   Dr Derek Gatherer, lecturer in the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Lancaster University, said it was important to start monitoring the fertility of men who had been infected with Zika to see if patterns emerge.“The question of whether or not male Zika patients develop subsequent fertility problems ought to be answerable by comparing the numbers of children born to that group, and their sperm counts, against a social and age matched Zika-negative group,” he said.“It’s been known for a while that Zika virus in men can find its way into the reproductive organs and may then go on to be sexually transmitted, but this study in mice is the first suggestion that this passage through the reproductive tract may actually be damaging.“Whether the results are relevant to human Zika infection remains to be seen. Nevertheless, some clinical reports of pain in the lower pelvis of Zika patients, and blood in their sperm would be consistent with a similar effect happening in humans.” According to Public Health England (PHE), some 244 British people have contracted the virus since the current outbreak from travelling abroad, but they did not have records for how many were men.The study authors say men may not realise they are infertile until many years after infection.“This is the only virus I know of that causes such severe symptoms of infertility,” said co-author Dr Kelle Moley, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington.“You might also ask, ‘Wouldn’t a man notice if his testicles shrank?’ Well, probably. But we don’t really know how the severity in men might compare with the severity in mice. I assume that something is happening to the testes of men, but whether it’s as dramatic as in the mice is hard to say.”British experts said the findings coincided with reports that men infected with Zika suffered from pelvic pain and blood in their urine. The effects are similar to those seen following human infection with other sexually transmitted infections. Prof Richard Sharpe, of the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh said: “The big question is whether the same course of events might happen in men infected with Zika, because if so, it could well result in permanent loss of or reduction in fertility“For sure, any generalised infection of the testes bad enough to provoke an immune reaction within the testes is bad news for testis function and sperm generation. The answer is that we just don’t know.“These new findings strongly suggest that testes function in human men infected with Zika should be closely investigated so that we can try and establish whether or not Zika poses a new threat to male reproductive function.”In August, US scientists said that the disease had the potential to cause long-term memory problems, similar to Alzheimer’s disease.Prof Allan Pacey, professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield, added: “The more we learn about the Zika virus, the more interesting and alarming it becomes.” Governments in South America are attempting to combat the outbreak by releasing genetically modified or infected mosquitoes into communities to bring down insect populations. The research was published in the journal Nature. 10-year-old Elison nurses his 2-month-old brother Jose Wesley center_img Dr Michael Diamond, of the University of Washington, who co-authored the study, said: “While our study was in mice, and with the caveat that we don’t yet know whether Zika has the same effect in men, it does suggest that men might face low testosterone levels and low sperm counts after Zika infection, affecting their fertility.”We don’t know for certain if the damage is irreversible, but I expect so, because the cells that hold the internal structure in place have been infected and destroyed.”The research is the first to link Zika to male infertility. Previously it was though that the virus, which is passed on through mosquito bites, was only dangerous for pregnant women, because it can lead to babies being born with shrunken heads and brain damage, a condition known as microcephaly. In rare cases it can also lead to Guillain-Barre syndrome which can cause paralysis and lead to death. 10-year-old Elison nurses his 2-month-old brother Jose Wesley  The Zika virus could cause infertility in men, a new study suggests.Scientists in the US discovered that mice infected with Zika had shrunken testicles, low testosterone levels and low sperm counts.Although the findings have not yet been replicated in humans, experts say that the virus may  also have worrying conseqences for men who become infected. Pregnant women have been advised to avoid Zika infected countries but no advice has been given for men Hundreds of babies have been born with microcephaly in South America since the Zika outbreak Pregnant women have been advised to avoid Zika infected countries but no advice has been given for men 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.last_img read more

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Man arraigned with fatherinlaws murder

Thirty-six-year-old Lance Van Slyton of Canal Bank, Port Kaituma North West District (NWD) was earlier today arraigned with the murder of his father-in-law when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.Van Slyton was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on July 28, 2018, he murdered Dennis Welcome.Based on reports received, about 03:00h on the day in question, the accused and two of his friends were consuming alcohol outside his home and as time swiftly went by, he allowed the two friends to stay over.His wife and daughter later ventured out into the yard to use the washroom and it was then the suspect accused the woman of leaving the house to see his friends. As such, he began to beat her and created a fracas.Upon hearing the commotion, Welcome who resides nearby crossed the river with his boat and stopped the man from beating his daughter. To avoid a reoccurrence, the father stayed with his daughter until the break of day.However, at about 06:30h, Williams was returning home in his boat and it was at this time his son-in-law got into a fit of rage and ran him over with his boat. As a result, Welcome fell into the water and did not surface.A search was launched and the now dead man’s lifeless body was pulled from the canal. He sustained severe injuries to his head as a result of the hit he received from the boat.He was taken to the Port Kaituma Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A report was made and the accused was subsequently arrested and charged. The matter will continue on August 6 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan accused of murdering Toshao remanded to prisonJanuary 9, 2019In “Court”Corentyne man arraigned for wife’s murderOctober 20, 2016In “Court”Man kills father-in-law after he intervened in domestic disputeJuly 29, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Everett man arrested in fatal parrot stabbing

first_imgEVERETT, Wash. (AP) — An Everett man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend’s parrot to death with a serving fork.The Daily Herald reports court documents show police found the parrot’s body and the fork at the couple’s home after the girlfriend called 911.The woman reportedly told police that the man had been upset with her about a plan to have dinner with friends.She says she went to the store, and returned to find the house trashed and the parrot dead on the floor, apparently from a stabbing.Officers reportedly found bloody footprints leading into the bathroom, where evidence indicated that someone apparently had cleaned and bandaged wounds. The man was found asleep in a downstairs bedroom.last_img read more

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Quader distributes foreign relief among Rohingyas Nazrul

first_imgNazrul Islam KhanBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Wednesday alleged that ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) is trying to earn appreciation from people by distributing foreign relief among the Rohingyas on party line, reports UNB.”The government is receiving relief materials from abroad. The names of UN and other foreign agencies are written on the relief sacks that Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader was distributing among Rohingyas. They’re busy gaining reputation by providing Rohingyas with foreign relief,” he said.Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, came up with the remarks while speaking at a national convention on the Rohingya crisis arranged by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh at the National Press Club.He said many people have been coming forward with huge relief materials out of their sense of humanity since the Rohingyas started taking shelter in Cox’s Bazar in the face of persecution by Myanmar security forces.The BNP leader said discipline has restored in distribution of relief as the government engaged army in the task following BNP’s demand for it.Nazrul opposed the government’s move to relocate Rohingyas to other places from Cox’s Bazar saying it is a negative plan which will encourage Myanmar not to take back its citizens.He said the government should make strong diplomatic efforts to force Myanmar to take back its all citizens who have taken shelter in Bangladesh shelving its plan of relocating the Rohingya refugees.The BNP leader said the friendly countries like India, China and Russia have taken Myanmar’s side due to the government’s diplomatic failure.He called upon the government to take effective steps to convince the friendly and influential countries to help the country overcome the Rohingya crisis and repatriate Rohingyas ensuring their dignity, security and citizenship.last_img read more

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Man killed in gunfight with police

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what the police called gunfight with police on Jashore-Chougaccha road at Dogachia Bazar in Jashore early Tuesday.The deceased was Selim, 40, son of Abdul Kader of sadar upazila. He was wanted in a dozen of cases including that of robbery and drug, reports UNB.Tipped off that two groups of ‘robbers’ were exchanging bullets among them, a team of DB (Detective Branch) police conducted a drive in the area around 3:30am, UNB quoted Maniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of DB police as saying.Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the robber opened fire on them forcing them to fire back in self-defense.At one stage, police recovered the bullet-hit body of Selim and took it to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.One shutter gun, 5 bullets, three shells of bullets and some sharp weapons were recovered from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.At least 437 people have fallen victims to extrajudicial killings across the country in 10 months from January this year, according to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).last_img read more

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Students flashlight works by body heat not batteries

first_img Vibration-powered generating batteries recharge when shaken (Phys.org) —Ann Makosinski from Victoria, British Columbia, has an LED flashlight powered by body heat. This inventor has a flashlight that glows when she holds it. The story gets more interesting, though. She is 15 years old and her flashlight has got her into the finalist ranks for the Google Science Fair. Her work is a result of a general interest in alternative energy. She said that she is “really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use.” Enter the Hollow Flashlight, which works according to the thermoelectric effect—creating electric voltage out of temperature difference. As a Grade 10 student at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, she was deciding on a topic for a science project when she discovered the Peltier tile, producing electricity when one side of the tile is heated while the other side is cooled. More information: Google Science Fair project Citation: Student’s flashlight works by body heat, not batteries (2013, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-student-flashlight-body-batteries.html “Using four Peltier tiles and the temperature difference between the palm of the hand and ambient air, ” she said in her project statement, “I designed a flashlight that provides bright light without batteries or moving parts. My design is ergonomic, thermodynamically efficient, and only needs a five degree temperature difference to work and produce up to 5.4 mW at 5 foot candles of brightness.”She ran some calculations to see if the warmth from a human hand could generate enough energy via a tile to power a flashlight. She presented her hypothesis:” If I can capture enough heat from a human hand and convert it efficiently to electricity, then I can power a flashlight without any batteries or kinetic energy.” She presented her objective: “To make a flashlight that runs on the heat of the human hand.”To begin, she bought Peltier tiles and tested them to see if they could produce sufficient power to light an LED. The power was no problem but getting the needed voltage was, as the tiles did not generate enough of the voltage needed. As she learned, making some changes to the circuit design might turn a page. She used the Internet for information, experimented with different circuits, and got lucky, finding an energy-harvesting article on the Internet that made note of a circuit that could provide enough voltage when used with a recommended transformer. She talked about a point where she realized her battery-free flashlight could behave as she had hoped: “The final design included mounting the Peltiers on a hollow aluminum tube which was inserted in a larger PVC pipe with an opening that allowed ambient air to cool the tube. The palm wrapped around a cutout in the PVC pipe and warmed the tiles. The result was a bright light at 5 degree Celcius [sic] of Peltier differential. The flashlight worked!” In conclusion, she said, she succeeded in powering a flashlight using only the heat of the hand. Out of two flashlights that she made, neither which needed batteries, they worked. Materials for the flashlight project cost her $26. Considering that the effort has qualified her as a finalist in the Google Science Fair, where 15 finalists from around the world are competing for the prizes, that is not an unwise investment. The top winner gets a $50,000 scholarship and trip to the Galapagos Islands. The prize ceremony takes place in September. Winners will be chosen in different age categories—13-14, 15-16, 17-18. © 2013 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Cops nab Kausar from Hasnabad

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested Kausar Ali Dhali, the kingpin of the racket that used to sell dead chicken, from a village at Hasnabad in North 24-Parganas on Thursday morning.Police said that he had a plan to flee to Bangladesh, to avoid getting arrested. He was booked under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 51 of the Food Safety and Security Act, 2006.With the arrest of Kausar, the total number of people arrested in this connection rose to six. Earlier, police had arrested five people during a raid at the chicken farm owned by Kausar in New Town. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe raid was conducted on April 27 and police had recovered a huge quantity of carcass meat from the refrigerators in the farm. Investigation had revealed that they used to preserve dead chicken in the refrigerators, which was sold to different eateries.Kausar had managed to flee from the farm when the raid was conducted. The police were in search of Kausar for the past few weeks. It was on Wednesday that the police received a tip-off that he was hiding in a village in Hasnabad. A team comprising police officers from Airport Police Station and Detective department conducted a raid and arrested Kausar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe police had earlier conducted raids in the houses of Kausar and had also visited his in-laws’ house. But he had managed to flee every time.Police came to know during the investigation that he had been hopping from one village to another in Hasnabad and its adjoining places to avoid getting arrested. The reason behind taking shelter in a hideout in the bordering area was that he was in search of the moment when he could flee to the neighbouring country. Investigation has further revealed that he had initiated his business of selling chicken a few years ago. He later stepped into the illegal trade of selling dead chicken to eateries and made fast money.The police have started questioning him and are trying to find out names of other people who were involved in the racket. Sources said that the police are also going to prepare a list containing names of the eateries to which Kausar had supplied carcass meat, following which they would take further steps.last_img read more

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