Fastest way to Asian Cup

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Standhardinger beats PBA draft deadline Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I don’t care if we win, 4-0 or 1-0, just as long as we win because these games are the best way to go to the Asian Cup,” said Dooley.The Azkals sit on top of the group with six points after a 4-1 victory over Nepal in Manila last March and a 4-3 away triumph in Tajikistan last June.The Yemenis are second with four points after a goalless draw with Nepal last June. The top two teams from the group qualify for the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDooley will try a new defensive combination to compensate for the absence of Amani Aguinaldo and Daisuke Sato. Carlie De Murga and Dennis Villanueva are expected to start at the back along with the returning Stephan Palla.“If we win, it gives us a good chance of going through,” said Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BACOLOD CITY—Considering what his players have gone through the past few months—lack of training time together and a compact club schedule—Philippines coach Thomas Dooley feels the Azkals have performed better than expected in the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup qualifiers.Dooley hopes the Azkals’ form continues when they face a travel-weary Yemen side on Tuesday night in Group F of the qualifiers at Panaad Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

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England vs India: Ravi Shastri feels Kohli will show why he is the best…

first_imgAdvertisement Read Also:Cricket : Dinesh Karthik feels a little excited and nervous at the same time ahead of the England seriesCricket : Kohli and Dhawan teach Bhangra to the Essex squad during the practice match AdvertisementImage Courtesy: Hindustan TimesIndian head coach Ravi Shastri came in defence of Virat Kohli’s poor record in England by stating that the Indian skipper will prove to the British crowd as to why he is the best in the world.The former Indian all-rounder added that considering Kohli’s record since the disastrous tour, the captain is prepared for every situation that might arise. Shastri said to Cricinfo:“Look at his (Kohli’s) record. I don’t have to spell out what he has done in the last four years. When you perform in that fashion, you are mentally at a different level as well. You are waiting for whatever test comes your way,”“Yes, he might have had an ordinary series when he came here four years ago. But four years down the line he is the best player in the world. And he would like to get out there and show the British public why he is the best player in the world.”last_img read more

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Abhishek Bachchan on Salman Khan’s Rio controversy: There is nothing wrong with it

first_imgSalman Khan has been in the news over the few days due to the controversy of him being appointed as the Indian ambassador for the Rio Olympics this year. Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and legendary sprinter Milkha Singh questioned the motive behind appointing a Bollywood actor instead of a sportsperson as the ambassador.ALSO READ: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan backs ex-boyfriend Salman Khan over Rio controversyKatrina Kaif has this to say on Salman Khan’s Goodwill Ambassador controversyB-Town celebs stood in favour of the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor and supported him. Salman’s ex-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai Bachchan also supported him in this controversy. In an interview, Aishwarya had said, “I have to say that anyone who is doing good to represent the country or working or speaking or standing for the betterment of art, music or sports, is wonderful and the person needs to be recognised.”And now Abhishek Bachchan was asked to react on this issue, he told the Times Of India, I think if anybody wants to do some good and lend their support that’s going to help the country, there is nothing wrong with it. I work with kabaddi and football teams, and I feel very passionately about it, so honestly, I feel we need more people to support sports in our country. I grew up watching movies on sports, too, and I think it had immense influence in my life.””Unfortunately, we haven’t made many sports films in India. You can’t make a sports documentary; it has to be a human story within that. The triumph of the human spirit (like in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’) is a story that is always going to hit home and that’s the one thing you’re going to remember. This whole genre is waiting to be explored in our country and I would love do it,” added the Dhoom actor.advertisementEarlier, Salman’s father Salim Khan tweeted in defence of his son. He had written “Salman may not have competed but is an A list swimmer, cyclist and weight lifter. Sportsmen are performing because of sports lovers like us.”On the work front, Salman Khan will next be seen in Ali Abbas Zafar’s film Sultan.last_img read more

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Hair-Trend Alert: Virat Kohli changes his look, finally!

first_imgCan you recall seeing Virat Kohli in any haircut other than THIS?Picture courtesy: Twitter/@imVkohliNo. Why? Because the cricketer has been rather loyal to this hairstyle for a while, up until today, of course.It’s almost as if Virat has been on an inspiration spree today. First, he shocked and amazed and inspired us to no end with his crazy-intense workout video; what with the high-altitude mask and all: This is how the boy works out out, apparently! Now, Virat gave us a glimpse of his all-new hair look, and it’s WOW. Yes, in capital letters.Picture courtesy: Twitter/@imVkohliIs there anything this man can’t pull off?The woman responsible for Virat’s consistently enviable hair is Mumbai-based celebrity hairstylist Apeni George, who has also worked with the likes of Yuvraj Singh in the past.Just last week, Virat had posted a picture of himself with his hairstylist saying, “The best at it again. Thanks Apeni George for styling me the best way every time.”Picture courtesy: Twitter/@imVkohliOh, by the way, since you couldn’t recall what Virat looked like before his previous haircut, here, indulge:Picture courtesy: Twitter/@imVkohlilast_img read more

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IPL 2017 Live streaming, DD vs KXIP: When and where to to watch

first_imgReturning from an eight-wicket drubbing at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Kings XI Punjab will face a daunting task when they take on a resurgent Delhi Daredevils (DD) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Saturday.Delhi’s confidence got a major boost after the massive 97-run victory against Rising Pune Supergiant on Tuesday, thanks to an all-round show from the likes of centurion Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, skipper Zaheer Khan and leg-spinner Amit Mishra.The visitors, on the other hand, failed to extend their two-match winning momentum when after being outplayed by KKR at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.With promising batsman Shreyas Iyer back in the squad after recovering from chicken pox, Delhi’s batting will once again revolve around the young trio of Samson, Rishabh Pant and Sam Billings.If Iyer is to be included in the playing XI, it could be at the cost of his Mumbai captain and misfiring opener Aditya Tare.Delhi will also expect their all-rounders Morris and Corey Anderson to fire with the bat, lower down the order. Morris’ fiery nine-ball 38 in the last match helped Delhi seize the momentum against Pune.With Zaheer and Mishra sharing six wickets between them in the last match, the hosts will once again be spoilt for choice when it comes to their bowling department. Australian Pat Cummins also chipped in with two wickets making him too hard to be ignored.Meanwhile, Punjab will expect a better batting effort, specially after Thursday’s horrific three-wicket over from pacer Umesh Yadav.advertisementWith the likes of power-hitters like Glenn Maxwell, David Miller in good form, Punjab can hope for another good start from Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha can also use the long handle at will which makes them a good batting unit.On the bowling front, medium pacer Sandeep Sharma and left-arm spinner Axar Patel have delivered more often than not in this IPL while veteran Ishant Sharma got to bowl just two overs against KKR and Varun Aaron managed to pick a wicket.With the IPL still in its preliminary stages, Saturday’s match will provide another opportunity for both the teams to get a settled line-up as the tournament progresses.Where to watch online?The match will be streamed online on Hotstar.Which channel has the TV rights in India?The match will be broadcast live on TV by Sony Pictures Network (Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD.Where to follow match updates online?For best and timely updates follow http://indiatoday.intoday.in/ipl2017.The match coverage begins at 18.30 IST.last_img read more

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French Open: Stanislas Wawrinka to meet 9-time champion Rafael Nadal in final

first_imgStan Wawrinka battered the ball as if each swing would determine the outcome of his French Open semi-final against No. 1 Andy Murray.For much of their four and a half hours of compelling, lengthy and draining points, Murray was up to the task, relentlessly defending and making Wawrinka hit shot after shot after shot. Eventually, the resolute Wawrinka’s offense prevailed. Not bad for an old guy, huh?Forced to come back twice from a set behind, and never easing up on his go-for-it, attacking style, 2015 champion Wawrinka at last pulled away to beat Murray 6-7 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-1 on Friday and become the oldest men’s finalist at Roland Garros in 44 years.”You expect him to hit a lot of balls, for sure. I wasn’t always happy with that,” Wawrinka said through a grin. “You know what his game is, you know how well he can play, and you need to accept it. You need to, as I say, keep pushing yourself.”Now comes an even tougher task, something the No. 3-seeded Wawrinka, a 32-year-old from Switzerland nicknamed “Stan the Man,” called “probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis.” He will face Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.Nadal reached a 10th final at his favorite tournament — he’s 9-0 so far — by overwhelming No. 6 Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in barely 2 hours.”Nine or 10 is only 10 percent more,” Nadal joked, when asked about the historic nature of his bid to become the first man to win 10 titles at any major.advertisementHe has dropped a measly total of 29 games through six matches, back to his dominating best on clay after withdrawing from the French Open before the third round a year ago with an injured left wrist.”I don’t care about the games I lost or not, or sets, or these kind of things,” Nadal said. “Only thing I care (about) is I have been playing very well during the whole event.”It will be Nadal’s 22nd Grand Slam final overall, breaking a tie with Novak Djokovic for second behind Roger Federer’s 28. If Nadal wins the championship on Sunday, it’ll be his 15th at a major, breaking a tie with Pete Sampras for second behind Federer’s 18.Wawrinka, meanwhile, heads to his fourth Grand Slam final. He’s won the previous three, beating Nadal at the Australian Open in 2014, and Djokovic at Roland Garros two years ago and the U.S. Open last September.”I’m extremely confident about what I do, about how I feel, about all the hard work I have accomplished over the past days, weeks, months, years,” said Wawrinka, winner of a career-best 10 consecutive matches. “I know that mentally, when I’m there, it’s difficult to beat me.”A year ago at the French Open, Wawrinka lost to Murray in the semifinals. This time, Wawrinka wore down the seemingly tireless Murray, also a three-time major champion. Wawrinka used his sublime one-handed backhand and hammer of a forehand to send Murray scrambling and sliding all over Court Philippe Chatrier.Murray would lean, or even lunge, and somehow put his racket strings on seemingly unreachable shots. He used plenty of drop shots and lobs. He retrieved overheads.But make no mistake: Wawrinka does not discourage easily. He is the oldest man in a French Open title match since Niki Pilic was 33 when he was the runner-up to Ilie Nastase in 1973.By the anti-climactic close of what Murray termed “a very high-intensity match,” he was complaining aloud about having “no legs.”So Wawrinka ran away with the fifth set, taking 16 of the first 21 points and going up 5-0. He capped it, appropriately, with a backhand down the line, his 87th winner of the day, 51 more than Murray.Unlike Nadal’s straightforward sprint past Thiem, Wawrinka’s marathon against Murray wound its way through spots in which one player, then the other, appeared to wrest control, then cede it.When Wawrinka hit a reflex volley passing winner off a blink-and-you-miss-it exchange with both men at the net, he held a set point at 6-5 in the first-set tiebreaker. At that moment, each man had won 43 points, their contrasting styles essentially erasing each other.But Wawrinka missed a backhand to give away that chance. Murray used a three-point run to grab that set, the first lost by Wawrinka all tournament. Then Wawrinka used a seven-game run to take the second set, plus a 3-0 lead in the third.”I lost my way a little bit,” Murray said.Suddenly, he got back on track, taking the third set to nose in front.advertisementThe fourth was even as can be until Wawrinka stepped up in the tiebreaker by winning its final three points, the last with a run-around forehand return winner delivered from outside the doubles alley.Wawrinka pointed to his right temple, as he often does to celebrate success on key points, and was on his way to the final. Nadal awaits.last_img read more

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India can never produce another Yuvraj Singh: Harbhajan Singh to India Today

first_imgYuvraj Singh has been dropped from India’s limited-overs squad that will play five ODIs and a lone T20I against Sri Lanka.After a disappointing Champions Trophy and West Indies tour, the selection committee has decided to “rest” Yuvraj Singh and call upon the youngsters.India spinner Harbhajan Singh, speaking exclusively to India Today, said that considering the number of times Yuvraj has won matches for India, he was surprised at his exclusion from the squad.WATCH FULL VIDEO”Nobody has won as many matches for India as Yuvraj has and that’s why I was a bit surprised to see him being dropped from the squad for Sri Lanka but I am sure the selectors thought well and had something in mind. I am not sure if he is rested or dropped…only time will tell,” Harbhajan said to India Today.The Turbanator said that India will never have another Yuvraj Singh and though, he’s hoping for Yuvraj to make a comeback again, he might find it a little more difficult with the youngsters getting opportunities.”Yuvraj Singh is undoubtedly a champion player and has made a lot of comebacks in the last couple of years and I can tell you that no matter how big a player India produces, there will not be another Yuvraj Singh.”A lot of young guys are getting the opportunity and so Yuvraj might find it a little difficult (to come back) but for this guy, nothing is impossible. I am hoping that ‘Singh will be king’ again and he will come back with a bang and start doing what he used to do. I wish him all the luck and hopefully we’ll get to see him again,” Harbhajan said.advertisementMeanwhile Harbhajan congratulated Team India for their dominance in Sri Lanka but expressed his surprise on the fact that this was India’s first overseas whitewash.”I am really happy that India have won 3-0 in Sri Lanka. It took us 85 years (to achieve a clean sweep) and it is quite surprising for me as a player. I don’t know why it took us so long to reach this feat, 85 years is a very long time and this should have been done way back. But it’s never too late as they say and I congratulate Team India for this great performance in Sri Lanka,” Harbhajan mentioned.ON VIRAT KOHLI’S COMPARISON WITH GANGULY AND DHONIThe off-spinner felt that it is not right to compare the three captain as they have all done a lot for Indian cricket and that too in different eras.”We should not compare Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni with each other because they have all done great things for Indian cricket and the eras are also different, lot of teams have changed and lot of captains have changed.”Over the years things have changed and while India have improved a lot, Sri Lanka are not the same side. At the moment, Australia is in transition, England are getting back to being strong but all said and done, all three have been great for India,” Harbhajan quipped.The 37-year-old said that Kohli is doing a great job as the Indian captain and wishes him to keep being the great example he currently is.”Virat is doing a tremendous job at the moment and I hope he keeps working hard and sets the right examples, which he usually does.”ON HARDIK PANDYAHarbhajan praised the young and talented all-rounder Hardik Pandya and said that he is extremely happy to see Pandya perform so well.”Hardik is a very talented guy. I met him 3-4 years back when he came to bowl at Mumbai Indians nets and he was quite good at that point of time and he used to bat a bit. Now he is more of a batsman and he can bat as well as anyone and has a great technique. I am really happy to see Hardik play that brilliant innings in Sri Lanka.”last_img read more

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SAFETY TIPS FOR TRICK OR TREATERS

first_imgWednesday evening trick or treaters will be going door to door in the Siouxland area and local police are reminding drivers to be aware of the costumed youngsters.Trick or Treating hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and you should only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.Halloween costumes should be made of fire retardant material and the eye holes in the mask should be large enough for good peripheral vision.Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.Briar Cliff University’s Athletic Department, along with the Charger athletic teams, will host a “Trunk or Treat” Halloween event Wednesday night, on the B-C-U campus.The free, family event will run from 5:30 pm to 7 pm in the lower parking lot, east of the soccer field.Children trick-or-treat by going from car trunk to car trunk as Charger student-athletes fill their treat bags with candy.Trunk or Treat provides a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience with less walking for families with little ones.Admission is free.last_img read more

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10 months agoFiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout interesting Napoli

first_imgFiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout interesting Napoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout is interesting Napoli.The former Aston Villa ace has been outstanding for the Viola this season.“I won’t even talk about the transfer market when it comes to him,” Mario Giuffredi said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.“He’ll stay at Fiorentina, then in the summer we’ll see. I think he’s destined for a career at the highest level, but January isn’t the right time for him to move.“He wants to finish the season in Florence, as does [Cristiano] Biraghi. Veretout is liked by Napoli and many other teams, but it’s pointless talking about the transfer market for these lads.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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CBS Sports Named College Football’s Worst Team So Far

first_imgUTEP football's Sun Bowl Stadium.EL PASO, TX – DECEMBER 30: The Miami Hurricanes kick off to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Bowl on December 30, 2010 in El Paso, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Every team aspires to crack the College Football Top 25 polls. It is probably more important, however, to stay out of the worst teams list.CBS Sports just published its new “Bottom 25,” and one team remains on top…or, well, at the bottom.The UTEP Miners are 0-5 under new head coach Dana Dimel, coming off of an 0-12 campaign. Previous head coach Sean Kugler resigned after five games in the 2017 season.The Miners have lost by an average of 17.6 points per game, including a 30-10 loss to FCS opponent Northern Arizona. If there’s a bright side, the last two games have been the closest of the year, with a 27-20 loss to New Mexico State and 30-21 loss to fellow ‘Bottom 25’ squad UTSA.Here’s what CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli has to say about UTEP football:UTEP showed that Bottom 25 champions are Bottom 25 champions for a reason in its loss to UTSA last week, and now it has a date with a North Texas team that’s angry after a loss to Louisiana Tech.North Texas can score points in bunches, so that could get ugly.After the Miners, a pair of underperforming Power Five programs pop up. 0-4 Nebraska is at No. 2, after a loss to Purdue. At No. 3 is 0-4 UCLA, which has looked really rough so far under Chip Kelly.Arkansas, North Carolina, Oregon State, and Rutgers are among the other big programs to pop up. The full list is available at CBS Sports.[CBS Sports]last_img read more

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Ecofriendly terracotta pottery draws huge crowd at Delhi exhibition

first_imgNew Delhi: With the temperature soaring in, health conscious Delhiites are getting more and more drawn towards eco-friendly terracotta items, especially utensils and earthen water bottles available on sale at the ongoing exhibition at “Shabri”.Baked clay utensils and artefacts made by potters of Chhattisgarh and exhibited by the “Chhattisgarh Matikala Board” are a great hit amongst the buyers. The red soil available in abundance mainly in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh has a perfect blend and high density for Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’crafting terracotta figurines and pottery. The craft dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization during which soil from the rivers were used for intricately crafting terracotta items and baked in the fire to produce beautiful figurines of deities, men, women, elephant, horses, pitchers, pottery items etc. Potteries made up of terracotta have several health benefits these are natural coolants, keep the nutrients intact and also help in saving the environment. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Clay utensils always attracted me but earlier I was hesitant to buy as it might have some impurities. I am happy that now I can buy these items because it comes through a certified state board,” says a buyer at the exhibition. Chhattisgarh has an ancient history of using terracotta items. During excavations it was found that in Harappan era people in Chhattisgarh used to build houses using terracotta walls and tiles. Terracotta pottery represents the customs and rituals of tribal life in Chhattisgarh and represents their emotions.last_img read more

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Marrakech to host LXR Music Festival

LXR festival is a new international event in Marrakech dedicated to jazz, blues, fusion, rock, contemporary and classical music.The festival is produced by LXR Music Company that is an independent body devoted to support Jazz and Fusion groups with the purpose of distributing their albums.The LXR Festival Association aims to establish a Music Academy in Marrakech with the support of National and International Partners. Some of the objects of the project are the creation of a Media library rich with Albums, Vinyls, Books, DVDs, Scores, Software, and Instruments. The LXR Festival Association works on starting music lessons funded by the profits of the first edition of LXR Festival.Read also: Plan Your Trip Now: Marrakech’s Oasis Festival Set for September 2019For its first edition, the LXR Festival will introduce the audience to some outstanding names in jazz, blues, fusion, rock, contemporary and classical music.For instance, one of the great names performing in the festival this year is Youssef Dhafer. He is a Tunisian Oud player, composer, and vocalist. Dhafer is one of today’s jazz hottest stars. His music is a mixture of Arabic sacred sounds and jazz. As a young child, Youssef was exposed to various genres of music like Bach, Tchaikovsky, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. But what really caught his ear was jazz. *“Jazz changed my life. It was like, this sounds like music that allows me to be myself.” Dhafer told the Irish Times.Other artists present during the first edition are the magical duo, Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita. The music of these two virtuoso musicians is a union of two cultures, Senegal and Wales. Keita and Finch are maestros of the kora and classical harp respectively.The alto saxophonist Logan Richardson is another brilliant artist performing in the festival.The New York Times describes his songs as, “sweeping and rhapsodic and don’t need a fixed rhythm to ground them.”The festival will also pay tribute to the late Randy Weston who celebrated Africa as the wellspring of jazz music. Weston was an esteemed American jazz pianist and composer whose music was inspired by his ancestral African roots.The first edition of LXR Festival brings a unique cultural experience to Marrakech, showcasing the finest international musicians through live performances of singing and instrument playing. read more

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Morocco Now Has Balkan Competitors for 2030 World Cup Bid

Rabat- The AP reported Friday that four Balkan countries have announced that they will make a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.The heads of state from Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, and Serbia made the announcement at a regional meeting on the Black Sea.Morocco announced it would submit another bid to host the World Cup immediately after the North African country lost its chance to host the 2026 World Cup to a North American joint bid in June. Moroccan officials have not yet revealed whether the country will submit a joint bid or another solo bid.Speculations ran wild this summer about a potential joint bid between Morocco, Spain, and Portugal.In September, however, Portuguese news outlet A Bola reported that Portugal is not planning to bid for the World Cup with Spain.“Morocco will bid to host the World Cup in 2030—there is no doubt about that. But we have not yet decided on the co-hosts. The decision will be politically discussed,” said Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) President Fouzi Lekjaa.After Morocco said it would bid to host the 2030 World Cup, Algeria and Tunisia expressed their interest in a joint Maghreb bid.A joint bid might increase Morocco’s chance to host the World Cup. FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the press after the end of the 2026 World Cup bidding process that he prefers joint bids.Several other countries have shown interest in bidding to host the global tournament, including England and a joint bid from South America: Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay.In August, Cameroonian presidential candidate Joshua Osih said that he would nominate his country along with two sub-Saharan African countries to jointly host the 2030 World Cup if he wins the presidential election.Osih, however,  was defeated by his competitor, incumbent Paul Biya, who was re-elected on October 22. read more

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Ban Kimoon to send top UN humanitarian official to Kenya

“With our partners, we have been able to meet the initial basic needs of displaced populations, totalling around 310,000 IDPs [internally displaced persons] spread over 192 sites in the western and central provinces,” Mr. Ban told reporters after briefing a closed meeting of the Security Council today on his recent visit to Africa.“I am going to dispatch Mr. John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, to look after these issues.”The Secretary-General recently returned from a visit to Africa, where he met with both President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, telling both men that “they bear a particular political responsibility for the future of Kenya.”More than 800 people have lost their lives in the post-election violence.Mr. Ban said that he underscored the need by all Kenyan leaders to bring an end to the “unacceptable violence and killings” and to settle all problems peacefully.“I also appealed to all the political leaders to think beyond their individual interests or party lines, and to look to the future of Kenya as one country,” he added.The Secretary-General reiterated his support for the mediation efforts led by his predecessor, Kofi Annan, who heads the Panel of Eminent African Personalities.During his visit to Nairobi, the troubled nations’ capital, last week, Mr. Ban and Mr. Annan conferred on the roadmap for the talks between the Government and the opposition.“The parties are now talking and discussing practical measures to stop the spiral of violence, to address the humanitarian crisis, and to restore fundamental human rights and liberties,” the Secretary-General said.He noted that he has assigned several members of his staff to assist Mr. Annan’s team and pointed out that a UN Development Programme (UNDP) Trust Fund has been created in support of the peace efforts.“Needless to say, much more needs to be done,” Mr. Ban pointed out, urging donors to step up their contributions to address the problem.In a related development, High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour will deploy a three-week fact-finding mission to Kenya beginning tomorrow to assess rights violations committed since last December.The team will travel around the country to gather first-hand information from victims, witnesses, Government officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and representatives of the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights, among others.“Truth and accountability are of critical importance in putting an end to the violence and preventing future human rights violations,” Ms. Arbour said.Meanwhile, an emergency United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) team has been deployed to the border region between Kenya and Uganda, where some 12,000 people have fled in the wake of the December elections.According to Ugandan authorities, these Kenyans are taking refuge in the south and south-east of Uganda.UNHCR is registering new arrivals, and its team will lead emergency response efforts and coordinate with local and central Ugandan authorities.The agency’s Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Judy Cheng-Hopkins met today with Kenya’s Minister for Special Programmes who is overseeing the efforts to assist IDPs.Ms. Cheng-Hopkins assured the Government of UNHCR’s readiness to take part in efforts to help the displaced. 5 February 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced plans to dispatch his top humanitarian official to Kenya, where more than 300,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence which has torn through the East African nation following last December’s disputed elections. read more

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Security Council renews arms embargo and sanctions in DR Congo

30 November 2009The Security Council today extended and expanded the arms embargo and related sanctions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which have been in place since 2003, for another year. Council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution continuing the regime of sanctions, which consists of an arms embargo against all armed groups that are not part of either the Government’s integrated army (known as the FARDC) or police units, through 30 November next year. The 15-member panel also extended the mandate of the Group of Experts dealing with the DRC for the same period, and expanded its remit to include the creation of recommendations on due diligence guidelines for the buying and processing of lucrative mineral products in the troubled African country. The Group of Experts has been asked to focus its activities on North and South Kivu, Ituri and Orientale provinces in the east of the country, which remains plagued by fighting and unrest since the end of the DRC’s brutal civil war earlier this decade. The mandate of the Council subcommittee dealing with the DRC has also been expanded to take account of changing notification requirements for UN Member States complying with the embargo and sanctions. read more

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77 more police cadets graduate in East Timor UN

UNTAET said the new officers — who attended classes on human rights, community policing, firearms and self-defence — had previously served in the Indonesian police and had all been vetted in consultation with the East Timorese community.In another development, UNTAET announced that a UN peacekeeper from Australia was wounded yesterday in the right forearm following a machete attack by a group of civilians close to Hera, near Dili. The peacekeeper was evacuated to the UN hospital in Dili where he is in a stable condition. UNTAET says that the incident has been referred to the UN Civilian Police (CIVPOL) for investigation.

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BHP Billiton denies violations of anticorruption laws through Beijing Olympics sponsorship

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CANBERRA, Australia – Global mining giant BHP Billiton is under investigation by U.S. and Australian law enforcement for potential violations of anti-corruption laws through its sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The U.S. Justice Department and Australian Federal Police are scrutinizing BHP Billiton’s Olympic sponsorship and hospitality to determine whether Chinese government officials or executives at state-owned companies received inducements that could have resulted in BHP obtaining a business advantage, The Australian Financial Review newspaper reported Wednesday.The Anglo-Australian company said it is co-operating with the investigations.“We believe our Olympic activities complied with all applicable law,” the world’s biggest miner said in a statement.“BHP Billiton is fully committed to operating with integrity and the group’s policies specifically prohibit engaging in bribery in all its forms,” it said.Between 2000 and 2008, the company spent millions of dollars on its Olympics sponsorship and hospitality. BHP Billiton was classified as an official games sponsor and provided the metals to make the 6,000 gold, silver and bronze medals won at the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. China’s huge industrial demand for raw materials has made the country BHP Billiton’s biggest market.The U.S. Justice Department told the newspaper in response to a freedom of information request that its criminal division was conducting “law enforcement proceedings” involving BHP Billiton.Australian Federal Police confirmed its involvement in “Australian aspects of the U.S. investigation.”“Foreign bribery investigations are inherently complex due to their cross border nature and often involve co-ordination between law enforcement and regulatory agencies,” federal police said in a statement. It declined to elaborate on the BHP Billiton investigation.The newspaper said the company and several staff or consultants may face criminal charges or civil sanctions.The relevant laws are the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — which carries penalties of 5 years prison and fines up to $2 million — as well as Australian corporate and criminal laws, it said.Foreign bribery laws prohibit any benefit being given to a public official in order to obtain a business advantage.The newspaper reported that Australia federal police reviewed U.S. files and discovered “suspicious transactions that had been recorded as legitimate business payments” by BHP Billiton.It said much of the investigation will turn on how law enforcement authorities view officials from China’s state-owned steel and aluminum companies in relation to foreign bribery laws.If these Chinese officials are classed as serving government officials, then the company’s provision of hotel rooms, meals and entertainment could be deemed illegal inducements. by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2013 5:09 am MDT BHP Billiton denies violations of anti-corruption laws through Beijing Olympics sponsorship read more

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New York warns that Ocwen may have misled hundreds of thousands of

One of the nation’s largest servicers of home loans may have denied struggling borrowers the chance to fix loan problems and avoid foreclosures, New York’s financial regulator has alleged.An investigation by the state’s Department of Financial Services found that Ocwen Financial Corp. inappropriately backdated foreclosure warnings and letters that rejected mortgage loan modifications, making it nearly impossible for borrowers to appeal the company’s decision.Many borrowers who had fallen behind on loan payments also received warning letters months after the deadline for avoiding foreclosure had passed, department investigators found.Potentially hundreds of thousands of backdated letters may have been sent to borrowers, likely causing them “significant harm,” Benjamin Lawsky, New York’s Superintendent of Financial Services, wrote in a letter to Ocwen released Tuesday.“Ocwen’s indifference to such a serious matter demonstrates a troubling corporate culture that disregards the needs of struggling borrowers,” Lawsky wrote in the letter to company’s general counsel.In a statement, Atlanta-based Ocwen blamed software errors in the company’s correspondence systems for generating improperly dated letters.The latest claims of wrongdoing against Ocwen come less than a year after the company agreed to reduce struggling borrowers’ loan balances by $2 billion as part of a settlement with federal regulators and 49 states over foreclosures abuses.It’s the most recent evidence that many of the same kinds of abuses that made the housing crisis and the Great Recession worse are still happening some seven years after the housing bubble burst.Subprime mortgage lenders thrived during the real estate boom years, as many borrowers turned to a variety of nontraditional, riskier loans when they couldn’t qualify for traditional, fixed-interest mortgages requiring down payments.But it all began to unravel in 2007, as defaults started to pile up. That eventually triggered a mortgage meltdown that sent foreclosures soaring and propelled the U.S. housing market into its worst skid in decades.In the years since, companies like Ocwen have been enlisted to handle payment collection on behalf of banks and, in many cases, investors who own securities backed by bundled home loans. They also handle customer services, loan modifications and foreclosures.Such companies have also been criticized for not helping homeowners quickly enough — resulting in delays that lead to more fees and profits for servicers. Many have been the target of consumer lawsuits. Some mortgage-servicing companies processed foreclosures without verifying documents.Ocwen is the fourth-largest mortgage servicer in the country and the biggest that isn’t a bank. It specializes in servicing high-risk mortgages. At the start of this year, it managed $106 billion worth of subprime mortgages, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, a mortgage industry trackerThe New York Department of Financial Services launched a probe into Ocwen in August amid allegations that the company overcharged struggling homeowners on a product called force-placed insurance, which servicers force borrowers to buy if they don’t maintain voluntary homeowners’ insurance. If mortgage borrowers don’t pay up for newly purchased insurance, Ocwen forecloses on their homes.Among its latest findings, the regulator determined that Ocwen failed to investigate the backdating of its letters to borrowers nearly a year after an employee raised questions about the practice.The letter did not specify whether the backdating was intentional or the result of poor oversight by Ocwen.“The existence and pervasiveness of these issues raise critical questions about Ocwen’s ability to perform its core function of servicing loans,” Lawsky wrote in the letter.In its statement, Ocwen said initially that its systems generated improperly dated letters to 283 of its borrowers in New York. It later said it is aware of additional borrowers, but didn’t specify..The company added that it is investigating two other cases and co-operating with the New York regulator.“We believe that we have resolved the letter-dating issues that have been identified to date, and we continue our investigation as to whether there are additional letter-dating issues that need to be resolved,” the company said.A company spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for details on how many Ocwen borrowers nationwide received backdated letters or lost their homes as a result of the delayed warning letters.Ocwen’s stock slumped $4.78, or 18.2 per cent, to $21.48 Tuesday. The stock is down 61 per cent this year.___Josh Boak in Washington contributed to this report. New York warns that Ocwen may have misled ‘hundreds of thousands’ of borrowers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2014 11:54 am MDT read more

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Modular launches DISPATCH Underground 2015

first_imgModular Mining Systems, Inc (MMSI), a global leader in the delivery of real-time computer-based mine management solutions for surface and underground mining operations, has released its DISPATCH® Underground 2015 Fleet Management system (FMS).Since 1989, the DISPATCH Underground system has been helping underground mine operations achieve their utilisation and productivity goals. The latest evolution of the underground FMS gives mines a higher degree of visibility into development and production activities taking place below the surface. Some of the many new features and system enhancements include:Advanced development process managementComprehensive active task managementExpanded workflow automationUpdated desktop- and mobile application user interfacesIncreased flexibility, configurability and adaptabilityHeightened data capture capabilitiesMicrosoft® Windows®, SQL Server® 2012, and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) support.This underground system maximises production through real-time, total-activity management of all mobile equipment units. Rugged RFID tags and tag readers track the movements of machines through the mine, while GPS technology monitors equipment position above ground. With the comprehensive level of equipment tracking, mines can realize more accurate time tracking, material tracking and reporting for all development and production processes.Durable, purpose-built mobile hardware facilitates the real-time exchange of information between the operator at the working face and personnel in the central office for increased productivity, efficiency, and safety. Automated tools for advanced production, material movement; and crew and locations management help mines keep operations running at optimal capacity and according to plan.“Modular is committed to maximising the value that our solutions deliver to the market,” said Michael Lewis, Vice President, Product Innovation. Leveraging more than 25 years of underground fleet management experience and extensive customer feedback, Modular embarked upon a multi-year, multi-million dollar project to tailor and modernise its underground system. “As a result of this concentrated development effort, the DISPATCH Underground 2015 system provides our customers with enhanced tools and technologies they need to meet or exceed their operational goals,” he added.last_img read more

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VIDEO Bosnian dreams come true

Bosnia and Herzegovina made the biggest surprise at the Play-Off for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar. Bosnians celebrated tie in Reykjavik 29:29,which forced Iceland to miss the first big event since WCh 2009 in Croatia.This will be the first event for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the only country of former Yugoslavia which didn’t participate at World or European Championships. ← Previous Story Macedonia easily past Greece to book Qatar ticket Next Story → Vladan Matic: “I should have been a terrorist for this team” bosnia and herzegovina handballIceland handballQatar 2015Qatar handball

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