Infantino first announced in April that he wanted to fast-track the expansion to 2022 , even though Qatar couldn’t cope with 16 more games.Saudi Arabia has been leading the economic and travel boycott of Qatar with the United Arab Emirates, so holding games in those countries would be problematic. Infantino discussed that during a meeting with Saudi sports leaders at a meeting in Zurich last Thursday, the person with knowledge of the situation said. The top sports government official in the UAE on Wednesday acknowledged the fraught political climate currently impedes his country becoming part of Qatar’s tournament plans.“As far as the co-hosting, currently with the crisis on, I think Kuwait can play a very important role,” Maj. Gen. Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, chairman of the UAE General Authority for Sports, told the AP. “They have one big international stadium, and they are building two extra stadiums. That could solve the problem and it would easier for the Qataris if the crisis is resolved because you (could) have Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”The World Cup is already operating in a curtailed 28-day period from Nov. 21-Dec. 18, 2022 after it was shifted from the usual June-July slot to avoid Qatar’s fierce summer heat. Qatar is building just eight stadiums for a 64-game tournament. Twelve would be necessary for 48 teams playing 80 games.Stressing that “Qataris are my brothers,” Al Romaithi embraces Qatar’s right to remain the main host for the Middle East’s first World Cup. His view contrasts with the more hostile tone from the rest of the UAE’s governmen.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Michael Gruber)Fifa continues the push to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, considering Kuwait and Oman becoming co-hosts with Qatar, which remains in the middle of a complicated diplomatic standoff with several Arab neighbors.Qatar’s infrastructure is already stretched for the Middle East’s first World Cup , and Fifa President Gianni Infantino wants to add 16 more countries to the planned 32-team tournament. That’s too many games for the eight stadiums spread over just a 30-mile radius in Qatar, a tiny nation with just 2.7 million people, most of them foreign workers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “The World Cup is a Qatari World Cup, not any other country,” said Al Romaithi, who is running to be elected president of the Asian Football Confederation in April. “This is their hard work. They won the bid in 2010 and they worked hard to build the stadiums and they are almost ready to host 32 teams.“But if a decision is taken by Fifa to increase to 48 then I hope that we all support which means the tension or problems in the Gulf is resolved.”Kuwait has the 65,000-capacity Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium to host World Cup games, but there is a complete ban on alcohol in the nation. Qatar has exemption that allows foreigners to drink alcohol, but it has yet to confirm how available it will be in stadiums. Budweiser is a major Fifa sponsor.Oman’s biggest stadium has 34,000-capacity stadium, which is short of Fifa ‘s minimum requirement of 40,000 seats.The decision to award the tournament to Qatar in a 2010 vote forced FIFA to deal with concerns about labor conditions for migrant workers, many building the stadiums. The bidding process for the 2026 World Cup was the first where Fifa assessed the human rights records of countries. Infantino told the AP last year that he would have to weigh up the human rights records of any countries added to the 2022 World Cup hosting.Fifa Vice President Victor Montagliani wants the governing body’s ruling council to decide whether to expand to 48 teams at a meeting in Florida next week.“I support it,” Montagliani, who leads the CONCACAF confederation, told the AP. “I start in a positive way — unless there is something that makes me change my mind — i.e. Qatar doesn’t want it — or the analysis is negative then I would have to rethink my positive stance.“I would think we have to have some sort of resolution in Miami because World Cup qualifying starts in some parts of the world this year.”Fifa ‘s committee for organizing competitions confirmed on Monday that Asia will kick off qualifying in June, even though the number of slots of the finals is yet to be decided.“The same reason we expanded to 48 teams for 2026,” Montagliani said, “it inspires hope, giving more countries inspiration.” Infantino has been lobbying for an expanded 2022 tournament for months, even suggesting some games in Saudi Arabia, which is leading the bitter isolation campaign with several Arab neighbors against Qatar. Kuwait has been trying to mediate the crisis.Fifa is now looking at Kuwait and Oman, a person with knowledge of the situation told the AP on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential. Infantino visited Kuwait last month and Oman on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesKuwait and Oman have have remained neutral in the diplomatic battle, which began in June 2017. Other Gulf countries launched a boycott of Qatar over accusations it supports extremist groups, which Doha denies.The principle of expanding the World Cup has already been agreed by Fifa members, with 48 teams planned for the 2026 World Cup being jointly hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. 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The Kings XI Punjab camp cannot be a happy place at the moment. They are languishing at the bottom of the table, with three wins and seven defeats from 10 matches in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League and have virtually no hope of making it to the play-offs. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table) But even then, what happened at the KXIP dug-out after the team’s agonising one-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali on Monday was shocking to say the least. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror , KXIP co-owner Preity Zinta lashed out at coach Sanjay Bangar over his choice of the batting-order.Desperate times for KXIP KXIP were in desperate need of victory to stay in hunt for the knockout stages and they would have been counting on that home-game to put it across a star-studded RCB. Chasing 176, KXIP were well on course, thanks to skipper Murali Vijay’s 89, but RCB held on to their nerves and snatched ‘victory from the jaws of defeat’ in a cliffhanger. (Preity Zinta, Hazel Keech lead IPL’s hot cheerleader brigade)Furious after the defeat, Preity stormed into the team dug-out and had a go at Bangar. Reportedly, her rant was laden with expletives and she used the F-word repeatedly. Flanked by junior players and other support staff, Bangar cut a sorry figure.What made Preity so angry? Preity was apparently upset with Bangar’s decision to send Farhaan Behardien ahead of Axar Patel, who had played a cameo against Kolkata Knight Riders the previous week. Behardien remained unbeaten on 9 off 7 balls, failing to make any impact on the game while Patel did not even get a chance to bat. Preity felt the Gujarat all-rounder would have been a better bet to finish the match off for the hosts.advertisementBangar, a former international, is the current batting coach of the Indian team and is widely respected by the likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. Bangar has played 12 Tests and 15 ODIs for India from 2002 to 2004.However, Preity appeared to be in good spirits the day after and revealed she spent some nervous minutes as the game went down to the wire.Very sad to lose a game after ur captain plays an amazing knock ??? Such a close game,almost had a heart attack. I guess we ran out of luck… Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) May 9, 2016This is not the first time Preity has come on to the field and overstepped her boundary. Back in 2012, she had reacted aggressively to an umpiring decision against Shaun Marsh during a match versues Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali. IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla had sought a report on the incident.
With Delhi Capitals making a mess of their chase against Mumbai Indians on their home ground, Kings XI Punjab walk into the game on Saturday with renewed confidence and coach Mike Hesson feels that the team has studied the wicket at the Kotla and will plan accordingly.”For us, it is our ability to adapt to conditions. We have been okay away from home, just haven’t been across the line. The surface (at the Kotla) has been pretty consistent on how it has been on the slow side and we will prepare accordingly,” he explained.But there are injury issues for Punjab as both Mujeeb ur Rahman and Varun Chakravarthy are injured, but the coach said that the Afghan spinner has made good progress and a call would be taken after Friday’s training.”Mujeeb has made good progress and he will train with us and then we will decide. Moises Henriques has an injury issue. Varun too is injured and we haven’t seen the best of him this season. But you can’t have replacement after seven games so no replacement can be asked for,” he said.Asked if the team will miss out if those two aren’t fit for the game on Saturday, Hesson said: “If none of the two play for us tomorrow, it will be a big loss. But Murugan Ashwin has done well.”Going back to the first time these two teams met in this edition and KXIP snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, the coach said: “As for the previous game, it says that you are never out of the game and the boys will definitely keep that in the mind as that was a big win for us.”advertisementAlso Read | We have missed a selection trick at Kotla: Delhi Capitals bowling coach Samuel BadreeAlso Read | We got outplayed in all three departments: DC captain Shreyas Iyer after defeat
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Knight was adjudicated lbw off Marizanne Kapp not long after walking out at No 4.Tammy Beaumont never looked a threat, bowled by Ayabonga Khaka’s first ball, leaving England 39 for four and raising questions about the decision to bat first under cloud cover. That had little to do with those dismissals, nor the soft catch Nat Sciver gave midwicket or the poorly executed slap Danni Wyatt hit to point, giving Khaka three scalps in a hurry.The veterans Brunt and Jenny Gunn went into crisis control, making 15 in the 12 overs they were together, the latter dismissed for four from 41 balls. The strongest point of interest when she holed out at 80 for seven was if England would fail to reach 100 for the first time since 2005.Brunt is too proud for that, though. When Shrubsole ran herself out with the score on 98, she shifted gears. Alongside Laura Marsh, another experienced operator, she went up the gears.Then, when Ecclestone entered at No 11 with 33 balls remaining (five short of her half-century) she put the foot down, striking five searing boundaries in the final three overs to ensure the healthy crowd would enjoy their sandwiches.Sure enough, beginning the defence of their total Brunt was first in the book when cutting Laura Wolvaardt in half. Two balls later, from the bowling of Shrubsole, Sune Luus was stumped down the legside by Taylor through a piece of genius glovework that goes straight to her healthy highlight reel.Enter Van Niekerk. With Lee she took the attack to Brunt, but more importantly, immediately launched into Gunn’s first over, smacking 11 from it. In complete control, the next double-digit over was the 24th when the captain moved to 50 through consecutive boundaries off Marsh, also raising the 100-run partnership between the pair.She was bowled by Shrubsole when on 58, the breakthrough coming at 118 for three. But at that point, Lee had the perfect partner to join her for the finishing touches – former captain Mignon du Preez (36 not out) – to ensure that they would go 1-0 up in the most straightforward fashion with 27 balls to spare.The England coach, Mark Robinson, had discussed the importance of Brunt, who missed the side’s spring tour of India to help extend her career. “I’m selfish: I want her to play as long as she can,” he said in noting how much she was missed on that trip. “We’ll have to manage her to get the best out of her all the time. That’s why you’re desperate for other players to come through to take the pressure off her.” Now, perhaps, more than ever. Share on Messenger South Africa cricket team South Africa underlined their status as a legitimate force in the women’s game, thrashing an off-the-pace England side by seven wickets – their first triumph against the world champions in this country since 2003 – to begin the three-match ODI series in style at Worcester.Bad as it was, the result would have been an utter disaster for the hosts if not for Katherine Brunt. The champion mainstay of the home side compiled a measured then punishing unbeaten 72 before claiming one of two early wickets that briefly bolstered local hope.Later, the Barnsley champion again kept her side’s head above water, claiming a spectacular diving catch when the Proteas still had 55 to collect for the win. But when the decision was overturned by the third umpire, the game was as good as done.Having tallied 189 for nine, England’s lowest total on their own turf since 2011, it was going to take only one meaningful partnership to suck the life from the contest and it was delivered by the captain, Dane van Niekerk, and Lizelle Lee. The pair put on 113 with assertive hands of 58 and 92 not out after falling to five for two.With no fuss at all, they picked apart an attack that lacked a potent third seamer to complement Brunt and Anya Shrubsole. By contrast, South Africa’s pace attack combined perfectly to reduce Heather Knight’s side to 61 for five before Brunt’s intervention.The most impressive element of Brunt’s hand was the way she tailored her strokeplay to the circumstances. To begin, she made three from 23 balls before making her next 69 from 75, her last 50 runs coming in 35 deliveries at the death as pressure transferred back on to the visitors. Not bad for a player who for the bulk of her career was a specialist bowler who at best gave it a whack at the end. Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook match reports The Observer
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted he was in the dark over the club’s signing of Christian Pulisic.The American was brought in on a £58 million (€64m/$73m) deal on Wednesday, and then loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the season. Despite the Blues splashing out the third highest transfer fee in their history for the 20-year-old, the Italian said he was unsure if the deal would go through. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sarri did say, however, that he had been consulted on the transfer around a month before the move went through.“I didn’t know anything about [signing] Pulisic yesterday,” Sarri told the BBC following Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Southampton on Wednesday. “They asked my opinion about him one month ago. My opinion was positive and today I knew that the deal is done but I didn’t know anything.”The Italian reiterated that he doesn’t involve himself in the club’s transfer business much, instead focusing on matters taking place on the pitch. “I am not in charge of the market so I have to tend to my matches and play every three days. I can only say my opinion to the club,” Sarri said. Chelsea sacked Antonio Conte in the summer after the Italian had spent two seasons with the club, and installed Sarri as his successor. Conte had fallen out with the club’s board after they failed to secure several of his top transfer targets. Sarri, by contrast, appears content to let the club’s hierarchy handle most of the transfer business. Wednesday’s draw left the Blues sitting fourth, three points back of third-placed Manchester City, who face Liverpool in a crunch Premier League contest on Thursday. Chelsea are facing a bit of a crisis at the moment in front of goal, with Sarri admitting after the match that he felt they had a real issue in attack. The club are back in action with an FA Cup clash against Nottingham Forrest on Saturday and face a Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Tuesday. They won’t return to Premier League action until their clash with Newcastle on January 12.
Pakistan recall Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal for T20I series vs Sri LankaPakistan has announced squad for the three T20I matches to be played against Sri Lanka in Lahore from Saturday.advertisement Next Associated Press KarachiOctober 2, 2019UPDATED: October 2, 2019 15:08 IST Pakistan vs sri lanka: Players in action (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUmar Akmal returns to the Twenty20 format after last playing against West Indies in 2016Ahmed Shehzad’s previous T20 was against Scotland in 2018Pakistan also included Faheem Ashraf in its 16-man squadPakistan has recalled batters Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal for its three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka, starting Saturday at Lahore.Shehzad’s previous T20 was against Scotland in 2018. Akmal returns to the Twenty20 format after last playing against West Indies in 2016.Pakistan also included Faheem Ashraf in its 16-man squad after ignoring the allrounder for three one-day internationals against Sri Lanka at Karachi.Chief selector and head coach @captainmisbahpk announces Pakistan Squad for #PAKvSL T20Ishttps://t.co/OCJdcRa9D1Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 2, 2019Opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq was ruled out of the T20 series due to a hand injury he sustained during the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Monday.Pakistan Squad:Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz.Also Read | Pakistan vs Sri Lanka live streaming: When and where to watch 3rd ODI in KarachiAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Pakistan vs Sri LankaFollow T20I seires
Ms. Migiro will speak about the UN’s work to end violence against women and girls, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York. In addition, she will highlight Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE Campaign, which calls on world leaders to launch national campaigns aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.In a speech to European justice ministers gathered in Norway in June, Ms. Migiro pledged the support of the UN in ending violence against women, which she said will require adopting new laws, enforcing the ones that exist and working to change the backward mindsets that contribute to this scourge.“But if the challenge of ending violence against women remains monumental, it is at least no longer a lonely task,” she added. “More and more leaders around the world are joining the struggle. More and more individuals understand that any abuse of any woman is intolerable.” During her visit to Rome, Ms. Migiro will hold bilateral meetings with the Italian Foreign Minister and Italy’s Minister for Equal Opportunity, as well as travel to the Vatican to meet with Pope Benedict XVI.She will also meet with staff from the Rome-based UN agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). 4 September 2009Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro will travel to Rome on Monday to deliver the keynote address at a ministerial-level international conference on violence against women being held under the auspices of the Italian presidency of the Group of Eight (G8).
Attending the formal signing, left: Thomas Dunk, Dean of Social Sciences; Dale Bradley, chair of Communication, Popular Culture and Film; Kim Meade, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Student Services; Huntly Duff, educational liaison for Canadian University of Dubai; Hichem Ben-El-Mechaiekh, Associate Dean of Mathematics and Science; Karim Chelli, President of Canadian University of Dubai; Sheila Young, director of Brock International.Two representatives from the Canadian University of Dubai visited Brock last week to discuss possible partnerships.President Karim Chelli and Educational Liaison Huntly Duff spent a day at Brock on Feb. 23. They discussed a new program in Communications and Media at the Canadian University of Dubai. They also explored future exchange programs, the joint delivery of academic programs and other areas for collaboration.The day ended with a formal signing ceremony.
Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back 500,000 Ram pickups; biggest such action in US history FILE – This July 13, 2011, file photo shows the Ram logo on a Ram pickup truck at a dealership in Hillsboro, Ore. Fiat Chrysler will buy back about 300,000 Ram pickup trucks in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a deal with U.S. safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two-dozen recalls, two people briefed on the matter say. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File) by Tom Krisher And Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2015 4:24 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2015 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls.The Italian-American automaker also faces a record civil fine of up to $105 million. In addition, owners of more than a million older Jeeps with vulnerable rear-mounted gas tanks will be able to trade them in or be paid by Chrysler to have the vehicles repaired.The settlement is the latest sign that auto safety regulators are taking a more aggressive approach toward companies that fail to disclose defects or don’t properly conduct a recall.The Ram pickups, which are the company’s top-selling vehicle, have defective steering parts that can cause drivers to lose control. Some previous repairs have been unsuccessful, so Fiat Chrysler agreed to the buyback, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Owners also have the option of getting them repaired, the agency said in documents released Sunday.The older Jeeps have fuel tanks located behind the rear axle, with little to shield them in a rear crash. They can rupture and spill gasoline, causing a fire. At least 75 people have died in crash-related fires, although Fiat Chrysler maintains they are as safe as comparable vehicles from the same era.Both the Jeep and Ram measures are part of a larger settlement between the government and the automaker over allegations of misconduct in 23 recalls covering more than 11 million vehicles. Besides the civil penalty, which was reported Saturday by The Associated Press, Fiat Chrysler agreed to an independent recall monitor and strict federal oversight. It’s another step in NHTSA’s effort to right itself after being criticized for lapses in some highly-publicized safety recalls.“Today’s action holds Fiat Chrysler accountable for its past failures, pushes them to get unsafe vehicles repaired or off the roads and takes concrete steps to keep Americans safer going forward,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in the statement.In a separate statement, Fiat Chrysler said it accepted the consequences of the agreement “with renewed resolve to improve our handling of recalls and re-establish the trust our customers place in us.”NHTSA has been involved in vehicle buybacks in the past, but never one of this size. A buyback usually happens when a problem is so serious that it can’t be fixed and the vehicles need to be removed from service.Under the agreement, Fiat Chrysler has to buy back the Ram trucks for the purchase price, minus depreciation.It’s unclear just how many Rams the automaker will have to repurchase, but the cash outlay could be substantial. According to Kelly Blue Book, a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 — one of the smaller, less-expensive trucks involved in the recalls — could fetch $20,000 in a dealer trade-in, assuming the truck has 60,000 miles on it and is in “good” condition. At that rate, if Chrysler had to buy back even a quarter of the trucks at issue, it could spend $2.5 billion.Fiat Chrysler said more than 60 per cent of the trucks already have been fixed, and the company is allowed to repair and resell the trucks it buys back.The Jeep trade-ins could add to the tab, but they also could generate more new vehicle sales by getting customers into showrooms. Still, the total could strain the parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. The company posted a first-quarter net profit of $101 million and had more than $20 billion in cash and securities on March 31.The consent order that Fiat Chrysler agreed to requires it to notify owners who are eligible for buybacks and other incentives.Models included in the buyback offer are certain Ram 1500s from 2009 to 2012; the Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4 by 4 from 2008; and the Ram 2500 4 by 4, 3500 4 by 4, 4500 4 by 4, and 5500 4 by 4, all from 2008 through 2012. Also part of the offer are 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs and the Dodge Dakota pickup from 2009 through 2011.The fine against FCA beats the old record of $70 million assessed against Honda Motor Co. for lapses in recalls of air bags made by Takata Corp.Fiat Chrysler also received a $70 million fine, and must spend at least $20 million to meet performance requirements detailed in the agreement. Another $15 million could come due if the recall monitor finds any further violations.Earlier this month, the safety agency held a rare public hearing where regulators detailed a litany of shortfalls: failure to notify customers of recalls, delays in making and distributing repair parts and in some cases failing to come up with repairs that fix the problems. Some of the recalls date to 2011.___Fahey reported from New York.
Lawyers for one of Jerry Sandusky’s adopted sons said the man has told authorities the former Penn State assistant football coach abused him.The lawyers issued a statement Thursday naming Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry Sandusky’s six adopted children, and saying that the 33-year-old had been prepared to testify on behalf of prosecutors at his father’s sex abuse trial.“During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse,” Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici wrote in the statement. “At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators.“This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy. There will be no further comment.”The statement was issued after jurors in the ex-coach’s child sex abuse trial began deliberating 48 charges against him. The jurors are sequestered during deliberations.Lawyers for Matt and Jerry Sandusky and prosecutors did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Matt Sandusky went to live with Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, as a foster child and was adopted by them as an adult.Shortly after the former coach’s arrest in November, Matt Sandusky’s ex-wife went to court to keep her former father-in-law away from their three young children. Jill Jones successfully obtained a restraining order forbidding the children from sleeping over at their grandparents’ home.At around the same time, details emerged that Matt Sandusky had attempted suicide just four months after first going to live with the couple in 1995. He had come into the home through The Second Mile charity, which Jerry Sandusky founded, and was first a foster child before being legally adopted.During testimony last week, an accuser known as Victim 4 said Matt Sandusky was living at the Sandusky home at the time he stayed there overnight.When asked by prosecutors whether Jerry Sandusky ever engaged him in a soap battle in the showers, he recounted the time when he and Matt Sandusky had been playing racket ball. After they were done, he said, they went back to a locker room. Matt got undressed and got into the shower and then Victim 4 and Sandusky followed him in there, he testified.“Me and Jerry came in. He started pumping his hand full of soap,” he said.At that point, Matt shut off his shower and left and went to another locker room to shower, the witness said.Asked by prosecutors about Matt’s facial expression when the soap battles started, he replied: “Nervous.”Jurors began their deliberations Thursday after prosecutors described him as a serial molester who groomed his victims, while his defense lawyer said the former Penn State assistant football coach was being victimized by an overzealous prosecution and greedy accusers.Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/21/sandusky-adopted-son-says-former-penn-state-coach-abused-him/#ixzz1yT5eOWAr
We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Aug. 10, 2016) we look at the different ways to appreciate the performances by U.S. swimmers and gymnasts at the Olympics. Is it better to marvel at the statistical dominance, or just sit back and be in awe of the athleticism on display? FiveThirtyEight’s very own Allison McCann also checks in from Rio, where she says things are going relatively smoothly. Then, an extended significant digit segment on Ichiro Suzuki, who just tallied his 3,000th hit in the majors. Neil Paine wonders: What would Ichiro’s career stats look like had he played his entire career in Major League Baseball?Links to what we discuss are here:Ben Morris on U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky’s prowess, and how others may join her assault on the record books.Allison McCann’s dispatch from Rio: a bit rocky, but overall no different from other major sporting events.The New York Times breaks down how Simone Biles completes her signature floor move, “The Biles.”In a sport usually decided by fractions of points, the U.S. women crushed their gymnastics opponents.Neil Paine says Ichiro Suzuki is a rare combo: “old and good.” If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight
Edward Elgar 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. British composers are enjoying a boost in popularity amid the ongoing debate over Brexit, a Classic FM survey has suggested.An annual survey by the commercial radio station identified a “surge in the popularity of British classical music” with Sir Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams reaching a record high in its annual Hall of Fame.The study, in its 24th year, is compiled from 110,000 votes and produces a list of the 300 most popular songs from Classic FM listeners. Elgar has this year appeared ten times, with four pieces reaching their highest places including Enigma Variations at number three.His Pomp and Circumstance Marches, which features ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, has jumped nine places to number 25.Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending rises two places this year to regain the title of “the nation’s most popular piece of classical music”, beating Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture reached number one for the first time last year. Anne-Marie Minhall, Classic FM presenter, said: “Over the past few years, there has been so much talk about what it means to be British and who we are as a nation.“Wherever you sit on the political spectrum, how encouraging that the country has come together to celebrate some of the world’s greatest classical music that’s been created on our shores.“From the all-time greats including Sir Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams to contemporary composers such as Sir Karl Jenkins and Debbie Wiseman, what has united us is the beauty and power of classical music.”The 300 pieces of music in the Classic FM Hall of Fame were played by the station in a chart run-down over the Easter weekend.
In western South Africa, in the Northern Cape Province, lies Aggenys, a small mining town that was established back in 1976 on a farm with the same name. The geology in this region is one of the most diverse in the whole of South Africa and also boasts some of the highest concentrations of base-metals in the country. Mainly zinc, copper and lead is being mined here, but there is also silver in the ground. Hall Core Drilling is an exploration drilling contractor that have active operations in several countries on the African continent. The company was founded in 2000 and started out with just one drill rig. Today, they have 36 drill rigs in operation and employs approximately 250 people. In Aggeneys, their focus is on the Black Mountain and the search for base metals.When climbing the hills of Black Mountain, apart from a few mountain areas, the surroundings are vast and flat. The ground is dry and reddish. Depending on the time of year and the amount of rainfall, it is almost completely barren. Epiroc states: “If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the Klipspringer, an antelope living in this harsh location. Evolution has made the Klipspringer an excellent mountain climber, a trait it shares with the surface exploration drill rigs that are being put to good use here.”The site is made up of mountains with valleys connecting them. On this specific job site there are two drill rigs in operation. One in the valley and one high up on the mountain side. The one in the valley is an older model of the surface core drilling rig, Boyles C6C, from Epiroc. This rig typically drills 200 m deep holes in a few days and is then moved to a new location in the valley. The hole depth and the distance between holes are all up to the geologist responsible for the site, who analyses the core samples retrieved by the four-man drilling crew. “The team itself is like a well-oiled machine, working together in sync. Watching the two assistants, the corewriter and the operator performing their respective tasks brings your mind to a well-choreographed ballet.”On the mountain side drill site is a new Boyles C6C drill rig from Epiroc. This one has the new 2-gear Durahead rotation unit installed as standard equipment from the factory in Sweden. This rig drills a little deeper, usually the holes are around 400 m. “The rotation unit is the big thing.” says Grant Benson, Product Specialist at Epiroc. He continues “Maintenance is so easy on these machines and here in South Africa we are experiencing a minimum number of breakdowns. In a location like this, reliability is a key factor.”Site supervisor Hennie Eybers adds: “These rigs are really up to standards. The new Durahead rotation unit is much better that what we have seen before and the whole rig is stronger, better designed and with less problems. You really get a lot of bang for your bucks with this rig.”Marie Bergman is the Global Product Manager for the Boyles range at Epiroc. She is very pleased with how the new rotation unit performs on the rigs in this site. “The Durahead rotation unit has a lot of benefits. The main thing is that it doesn’t have a chain. It has only a high and a low gear which makes life easier for drillers. The fact that it has an effective seal that prevents water and mud from entering the gear box is a real reliability booster. Also, this rotation unit is very easy to service, thanks to the seven grease fittings and the position of the lube oil filters.”Mpho Kobane is the corewriter in the mountain side crew working with the Boyles C6C. Like his fellow crew members in the valley, he is part of a group of dedicated drillers. Apart from making sure that the drill rig is doing what it is meant to do, a corewriter also handles the core samples retrieved from the ground below. Mpho places the samples in specially designed boxes and labels them to keep track of their progress and to make analysis easier for the geologist. “I have only good things to say about this rig. It allows us to be very fast when tripping rods, making and breaking of rods is easy. Also, I really like the control panel and the displays. It shows us everything we need to know about the status of the rig. All in all, this rig is a pleasure to work with.” says Kobane.Epiroc states: “So, what does the Boyles C6C have in common with the Klipspringer, the mountain climbing antelope of South Africa? Well, the inclination of the hill leading up to what is now the mountain side drill site, was measured to an average of 27°. At its steepest section it was measured to 29°. Thanks to its strong tramming performance, the Boyles C6C made it up the hill on its own. Just like a Klipspringer of Black Mountain.”Photographer: Darren Alexander
← Previous Story Men’s EHF TOP 16 draw: “Danger from all the pots” Next Story → Anja Andersen sacked in Oltchim Valcea! In Group 2 of the Women’s EHF Champions League Main Round is already everything decided. Hungarian Gyor and Norwegian Larvik are semifinalists, while in Group 1 we are waiting for more interesting battles…GROUP 1:Krim Mercator : Budućnost 36:40 (19:23)Oltchim Valcea : Itxako Navarra 22:25 (12:11)Standing:1. Itxako 4 – 62. Budućnost 4 – 43. Oltchim Valcea 4 – 44. Krim Mercator 4 – 2GROUP 2:Dinamo Volgograd : Larvik 23:32 (11:16)Leipzig : Györi 24:29 (10:16)Standing:1. Györi 4 – 82. Larvik 4 – 63. Dinamo Volgograd 4 – 24. Leipzig 4 – 0
WHETHER THEY THINK that he got away with murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin or that he was just a brave neighbourhood watch volunteer “standing his ground,” many Americans can’t seem to get enough of George Zimmerman.And he can’t seem to stop giving it to them.So it’s hardly surprising that everything Zimmerman does produces a Twitterverse explosion and spins out into heavy news coverage.Comedian Deon Cole nailed it during an appearance on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” a couple of days after the 13 July verdict. Merely being found not guilty, he said of Zimmerman, “doesn’t mean that you’re a free man.”He certainly hasn’t been free from the spotlight. Two stops for speeding.A cellphone photo of a smiling Zimmerman touring the Florida factory where the 9 mm semi-automatic pistol used in the February 2012 shooting was made.And, this week, police dash-cam footage of Zimmerman kneeling in the street to be cuffed after an alleged scuffle with his estranged wife and father-in-law.Like gangster Al Capone going to Alcatraz for tax evasion and O.J. Simpson serving time for robbing some sports memorabilia dealers, some interpret this series of unfortunate events as part of some cosmic comeuppance for a wannabe cop.But is he a kind of George Ziggy-man, perpetually stalked by storm clouds, or more like one of those California wildfires, creating his own weather patterns?Seems like a little bit of both, according to crisis management expert Mark McClennan.“How does he keep resetting his 15 minutes of fame?” said the Boston-area consultant, who’s on the Public Relations Society of America’s board of directors. “I’d say it’s a two-way street.”Granted, Zimmerman didn’t expect his visit to the Kel-Tec CNC Industries factory in Cocoa, Florida, to be a public event.Zimmerman has turned down all Associated Press interview requests since his trial, and his lawyers didn’t respond to messages about this story.But Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for the law firm that defended Zimmerman, told Yahoo News of the factory visit: “That was not part of our public relations plan.”But McClennan wasn’t surprised when TMZ published a photo of Zimmerman shaking hands with a Kel-Tec employee — and Zimmerman shouldn’t have been, either.“Instead of being a 24-hour news cycle, it’s now a 24-second news cycle for anything to spring up,” said McClennan, a senior vice president at Schwartz MSL.“You need to be careful of what you’re doing. … And if there’s anything you do that is newsworthy or interesting, people are going to write about it, talk about it, share about it, tweet it, put it on YouTube — because it’s going to drive clicks, drive interest, and it’s going to spread virally.”It’s not just his public outings and repeated brushes with the legal system that have kept Zimmerman in the spotlight. Martin’s parents were prominent participants in last month’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington, and several civil rights leaders have called for the repeal of “stand-your-ground” laws, which generally remove a person’s duty to retreat if possible in the face of danger.Even when he helped extricate a family from an overturned SUV in July, Zimmerman couldn’t catch a break.The grateful couple cancelled a news conference, defence attorney Mark O’Mara said, “for the possibility of blow back against them.” People immediately suggested the incident was staged — or at least poked fun at the timing.“Let’s get this straight,” Nigel Stevens wrote on the site www.opposingviews.com. “Zimmerman, in his only documented venture into the real world, heroically transforms into Volunteer Paramedic and rescues someone from deadly circumstances. Is this really happening? Aaron Sorkin and Steven Spielberg couldn’t have collaborated to come up with that ending. ”Stevens — after dubbing Zimmerman “the most vilified man in America” — went on to suggest the next acts on the watchman’s “Karmic Redemption Tour”: Providing emergency childbirth assistance to Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, balancing Detroit’s budget and capturing NSA leaker Edward Snowden.Zimmerman certainly has his supporters. Several groups launched petition drives urging the Department of Justice not to pursue federal civil rights charges against him.“The jury has spoken and found that the prosecution failed to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that George Zimmerman had malice or racism in his heart or even a reckless disregard for Trayvon Martin’s life when he shot the teenager,” declared a petition on dickmorris.rallycongress.com. “The Justice Department should now butt out.”But the trial seems to have set in motion some forces that are beyond Zimmerman’s control.In late August, Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband’s arrest. Last week, she filed for divorce, and felt compelled to tell the world about it. On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” she called her husband “selfish” and accused him of leaving her with “a bunch of pieces of broken glass” after the acquittal.Zimmerman blames the trial for the implosion of his marriage. His wife’s attorney, Kelly Sims, said the couple have been on a “Tower of Terror” — an apparent reference to the harrowing, “Twilight Zone”-themed ride at nearby Walt Disney World — since the shooting and had spent only a few days together before the divorce filing.But was it wise for Zimmerman to go to the home Monday and take photos while his wife and her family were there gathering belongings?O’Mara said Zimmerman needs to be a lot more “circumspect” about what he does, since every action is “hyper-focused on and scrutinized.”“I understand they’re not private individuals anymore — never by their own doing,” said O’Mara, who continues to handle Zimmerman’s defamation lawsuit against NBC but does not intend to represent him if any charges result from this investigation.“Now, with everything that has happened in the past year and a half, it would be very nice if we could let them separate and divorce as they need to in two separate paths because they’ve decided they can’t live together.”Zimmerman may be his own worst enemy. Defence attorney Barry Scheck notes that trouble often simply begets more trouble.“The pressure from the situation often adds an additional distortion to their behaviour,” said Scheck, a co-director of the Innocence Project, and part of the “dream team” that helped win Simpson’s acquittal on charges of killing his ex-wife and a friend. “So it’s a very difficult situation, and I think the people that have been most successful with it are the ones that have a clear sense of what they’re about and just stick to it.”McClennan insists that no reputation — not even Zimmerman’s — is “irreparably beyond repair.”“In crisis management … once you resolve the fundamental issues, you go into purgatory for a while, where you start building it again and you start making the positives,” he said.“But any one misstep can bring it right back to the beginning again, and you’ve got to start building all over again.”Purgatory, at least in Catholic theology, suggests a temporary expiation on the way to a state of grace. Dr. Patrick Williams, a clinical psychologist and founder of the Institute for Life Coach Training, isn’t so sure Zimmerman is heading in that direction.Watching Zimmerman leading up to the trial, Williams said he saw “somebody who thought he did the community a favour, you know. Like he was some hero.”Williams said Zimmerman could certainly use some guidance, but the doctor doesn’t see him “as a coachable person” as long as he keeps repeating the same old patterns.“You know, the biggest predictor of your future is your past,” he said. “If he doesn’t get charged on this case, there’ll be something else. I think people kind of create their reality. And I’m not sure he’s learned to make good choices.”Martin’s parents have declined to weigh in on Zimmerman’s continuing legal troubles and what it all means. But their attorney, Benjamin Crump, noted that they “have always leaned on their faith through this whole ordeal.“And they’ve always said that the killer of their unarmed child would have to answer to a higher authority.”
American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of glyphosate, an herbicide widely used by U.S. soybean producers and with a history of safe use for more than 40 years.The comments emphasized the importance of biotechnology and its role in promoting sound conservation practices.“ASA strongly supports biotechnology and believes the development of biotechnology-enhanced soybean varieties and products can benefit farmers, consumers, and the environment,” ASA states. “Glyphosate-tolerant soybeans have enabled soybean farmers to better control weeds and implement no-till and conservation tillage practices that save fuel, reduce erosion, and protect the environment.”The public comment period is open until April 30, 2018. Individuals or groups that would like to submit comments can submit them online via this link.Click here to read the letter.
Hyderabad: As part of action on ongoing unauthorised constructions, GHMC has taken up demolition of unauthorised constructions, wherein unauthorized extra floors and constructions made in the stilt floor parking area are being demolished in addition to removal of encroachments on footpath/road margins. Further, as part of monsoon preparedness plan, special drive for action on dilapidated structures is taken up by GHMC and the same is proposed to be continued further. On Monday, 22 structures are either razed or demolished as part of the drive. The drive included emoval of centering, demolition of dilapidated buildings, removal of encroachments, removal of footpath encroachments etc.
‘Gold for Bitcoin’ is emerging as a new trend in the world of online transactions. Many gold companies have rushed into Bitcoin trading recently, due to its high volatility and demand.Recently, US-based precious metals dealer Anthem vault in Las Vegas announced its decision to launch gold-backed crypto currency named ‘Independence Coin or INNCoin’.”A staunch person who believes in the gold standard says bitcoin is valueless and ultimately a Ponzi scheme, and people who didn’t dig gold but really got bitcoin would say that this is ridiculous, it’s just a dumb metal,” Anthem Hayek Blanchard, chief executive officer of Anthem Vault told Bloomberg.Bitcoin has about $8 billion worth market value. Currently, one Bitcoin equals 582.87 US dollars.In the past this currency has had slipped from one controversy to another. For instance, Mt. Gox, a Bitcoin exchange group from Tokyo, lost around 8,50,000 Bitcoins, worth $450 million in one night in February 2014.A few traders have started selling gold for Bitcoins through payment processor BitPay, in order to allow investors to purchase gold and silver through Euro Pacific using virtual currency.”Gold has always been seen as the ultimate store of value, and bitcoin is seen as the ultimate modern medium of exchange,” Bloomberg quoted Simon Hamblin, the London-based CEO of Netagio Ltd., which operates an online exchange for trading among gold, Bitcoins and British pound.Moreover, last month, DNA Precious Metals Inc. that digs for gold and silver in Quebec, Canada formed a subsidiary called DNA Crypto Corp. for online mining and trading of gold in exchange of Bitcoins.Besides Bitcoin, other virtual currencies as Litecoin, Ripple, Darkcoin, Peercoin, Bitshares X, Dogecoin, Namecoin and Maid Safe Coin, which are transacted online. But Bitcoin dominates all above-mentioned crypto currency.Bitcoin in IndiaThe currency is with no clear standing on whether it’s legal or not. Last year, The Reserve Bank of India already warned about the risks of Virtual Currencies in online trading of Bitcoin. The current cost of one Bitcoin is around 35,020 Indian Rupee ($578).Otherwise, India has become the top destination for its gold exports with trade worth 6 billion Swiss francs (about Rs 40,000 crore) in May. Mydigitalfc reported that the Swiss money in India circulates via gold and Bitcoins.Information week reported that many investors in India are optimistic about this virtual currency. Some entrepreneurs opined that Bitcoins should be seen as a long-term investment due to their high volatility.
Mubashar HasanFamily members of Mubashar Hasan suspect his disappearance might be linked to his research and writing.They find no other reasons for mysterious disappearance of the North South University teacher.”I still think Mubashar has disappeared because of the different views in his writing and research,” one of Mubashar’s relatives told Prothom Alo.Mubashar worked for a project of Resolve Network, initiated by the Institute of Peace, USA.Two persons who worked for the project said that researchers worked on democracy, political violence, communalism, religion, and secularism for the project. Mubashar was a fellow member of the project.Mubashar was writing on ‘The Language of Youth Politics in Bangladesh: Beyond the Secular Religion Binary’ for the project and he presented the paper in Washington DC.Mubashar Hasan, an assistant professor of School of Humanities and Social Sciences at NSU, has been missing since Tuesday. A missing diary has been filed in this connection.But, law enforcers including police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) are yet to trace him.RAB-3 captain Lt Col Emranul Hasan told Prothom Alo that there was no progress in tracing Mubashar’s whereabouts as yet. Officer-in-charge of Khilgaon police station, Moshiur Rahman said the same, too.Dhaka University’s Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) department was expected to form a human chain on the campus Sunday, demanding that Mubashar Hasan be traced.Despite his being missing, Mubashar’s Facebook and Messenger accounts were found running. Some of his friends said Mubashar could be traced by the IP address that logs into to use his accounts.Like Mubashar, more than 10 people went missing mysteriously in the past few months.Those who went missing include Bangladesh Kalyan Party secretary general Aminur Rahman, honorary consul of Belarus and businessman Aniruddha Kumar Roy, McGill University student Ishrak Ahmed, journalist Utpal Das, and BNP leader and ABN Group managing director Syed Sadat Ahmed.