Ivan Lendl once complained that Wimbledon’s super-lush lawns were fit only for grazing cows, before manfully learning how to serve and volley and reach two finals.Chances are if he were still at his peak today he would not have needed to adapt the aggressive baseline style that earned the Czech-born American eight grand-slam titles.In fact, not since Croatian Goran Ivanisevic beat Australian Pat Rafter in 2001 has there been a final featuring two players adopting the serve-and-volley style once deemed mandatory.The perception is that the All England Club’s decision to change to a new, more durable, perennial rye grass in 2000 has made those skills increasingly redundant.The ATP’s strategy analyst, Craig O’Shannessy, believes the “romantic” notion of dashing and daring at the net needs to be “thrown out of the window” — and the statistics agree.In 2002, ironically the year baseliner Lleyton Hewitt won the title, serve-and-volley made up 33 percent of total points in the men’s draw. By 2010 it had dropped to single digits and has remained there ever since, even if the success rate remains close to the historical benchmark of 70 percent.So are the days gone when grasscourt tennis was truly a different ball game? Are the likes of Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, Croatian Ivo Karlovic, Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller and Germany’s Mischa Zverev, the last of a dying breed of players prepared to serve-and-volley, a doomed species?Veteran Lopez, who occasionally threw in a serve and volley while memorably winning the Queen’s Club title on Sunday, says grass is still quickest but a range of factors make net-rushing a dangerous game.advertisement”Before, there were 20 or 30 guys playing serve-and-volley,” the 35-year-old told Reuters. “But in the last 15 years the balls have changed, the courts, generally on Tour, are a little slower and guys are stronger. They hit winners from anywhere.”But American John Isner, one of the game’s tallest players and biggest servers, does not even rate Wimbledon’s lawns as the fastest surface.’AUSTRALIA FASTEST'”I think the Australian Open is the fastest surface, especially the outer courts,” Isner, who rarely serves and volley despite his weapons, told Reuters.”The court I played on, and lost on, was lightning fast. In my opinion the Aussie Open is fastest, depending on which court, Then I would say Wimbledon.”Isner said that grass courts still offered a “premium” for fast serving but once rallies start, the world’s best baseliners — the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — have the edge.”There is a huge emphasis on serving a lot of first serves,” the American said. “But the trueness of the surface means that guys can play at the back. As it wears down naturally, it basically plays like a hard court.”Serve-and-volley has gone by the wayside and it’s not necessarily the courts. Players just pass so well now.”Statistics released by IBM after last year’s Wimbledon found that 71 percent of rallies were still fewer than four strokes — but a tiny majority of them involved serve and volley.It was an almost identical picture at the U.S. Open and Australian Open and not much less at the French.Wimbledon was also virtually identical to the U.S. Open and Australian Open, about 20 percent, for rallies requiring five-to-eight strokes with the French Open marginally more.The figures suggest the uniqueness of grass as gone.American Sam Querrey, who blasted Novak Djokovic off the court at Wimbledon last year, said: “You don’t see guys serving and volleying as much, but you’re still rewarded with a big serve and aggressive play.”Querrey served 31 aces in that match but rarely followed in his delivery, preferring to build pressure.It’s a far cry from the 1980s and 1990s when serve-and-volley kings such as John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Pat Cash and Pete Sampras ruled on a Centre Court surface that, after two weeks, resembled straw and dust.EVERGREEN COURTSWhen this year’s Wimbledon reaches its finale, Centre Court will be green and the only dust will be behind the baselines. Bad bounces will be almost non-existent.Big-serving Australian Sam Groth says the quality of the modern-day grass court works against the serve-and-volleyers or those adopting the chip-and-charge routine of yesteryear.”I would prefer if it were a bit more chopped up and a bit quicker,” Groth told Reuters at the Nottingham grasscourt event.”Look at the old footage. They used to get chewed up. It’s easy to play a groundstroke when the ball bounces true. I think back to years gone by and the ball would check more than it does now. It was harder to play from the baseline.”advertisementNeil Stubley, the All England Club’s head groundsman, makes no apology for spoiling his fun.”Back in the day, you would have players actually aiming for the scuffed up areas near the T because they knew it would check and the ball would bounce oddly,” he told Reuters.”I would hate it if we got to a men’s or women’s final and the court was involved in winning that point.”He rejects the notion his courts have been slowed down. “I think now it’s the firmer bounce,” he said.”It appears slower but what it actually is is the bounce giving players that extra tenth of a second to react.”
2 Simpson Liverpool hot on City’s heels after James Milner sparks fightback at Burnley Read more Fouls Read more Leicester City Fulham eventually forced themselves ahead via an unlikely scorer. Aboubakar Kamara had provided the chaos factor out on the flank, disconcerting more with his upper body strength than any skill on the ball, until three minutes before the break. He barged on to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s flick and beyond the erratic Caglar Soyuncu to the byline, spinning on the loose ball while the defender slid off the pitch having anticipated blocking a left-footed shot. Kamara took an uncharacteristically calm touch and, from an unkind angle, skimmed his finish through Schmeichel’s legs and into the far corner.That concession disconcerted the visitors, who rather ran aground on Fulham’s newfound discipline in the exchanges that followed. “We were poor in our play, without good invention or quality,” said Leicester’s manager Claude Puel. “We didn’t put on the pitch enough quality but we found all the time a fighting spirit and a desire to come back into the game.” It was down to Maddison, who looks the part at this level after his summer arrival from Norwich, to draw them level and extend their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions.Indeed, they might have prospered more had Vicente Iborra or Gray taken chances in the frenzied last few minutes, though the most critical miss would come from Odoi as Leicester laboured to clear a corner. “Yes, we had the final chance,” added Ranieri. “If he had shot better or passed the ball to Mitrovic in the middle … but I am happy.” 11 Albrighton Possession 20 Okazaki Topics Share on Facebook 25 Sergio Rico Substitutes 5 Chambers 47 Kamara (s 71′) 7 Gray 25 Ndidi LEI FUL 12 Ward 24 Seri Reuse this content Leicester conjured their equaliser when the substitutes Demarai Gray and Shinji Okazaki combined slickly down the visitors’ right flank and the latter, allowed space by a disoriented Alfie Mawson, pulled the ball back to the penalty spot. There loitered James Maddison, the classiest attacking talent on the pitch, to dispatch a crisp first-time finish into the bottom corner. The hosts’ wait for a first clean sheet of the season had been extended. “At this moment, when we make mistakes, the big opponents score,” said Ranieri. “But we continue to progress. Slowly, slowly.”This had been an emotional experience for the Italian against the team with whom he claimed the only top-flight title of his managerial career to date. He had offered his tribute to the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha prior to kick-off, acknowledged the chants of the away support and saw four key members of his Premier League winning side start in Leicester’s ranks. Yet, other than a quick “hello” to familiar faces, he concentrated purely on Fulham’s latest opportunity and gained encouragement from much that he witnessed.Fulham could point to the substitute Tom Cairney fizzing a shot just wide of the post while their lead still stood or that late miss by Odoi. Leicester threatened repeatedly in the first half and Kelechi Iheanacho should have scored the game’s opening goal early on. But at the other end Kasper Schmeichel was forced into an astonishing fingertip save to deny Callum Chambers – a makeshift defensive midfielder who seems destined to bring the best out of opposing goalkeepers having tested Chelsea consistently on Sunday – as he belted a volley from Odoi’s nod back towards the far corner. 54 46 4 Odoi 8 Iheanacho 10 Maddison 19 Vietto 24 Mendy 14 Ricardo Pereira Share on Messenger 12 7 7 Kebano 10 Cairney 18 Fulham Off target 8 Leicester 7 Fulham On target 5 Leicester 26 Mawson 1 Bettinelli 23 Bryan Corners Fulham’s progress under Claudio Ranieri is being measured in small steps. The Italian and his players departed this tight contest vaguely dissatisfied to have taken only a point having led Leicester City through much of the second half, their mood coloured by the sight of Denis Odoi wastefully scooping a shot over the crossbar in stoppage time. Yet in the cold light of day, the improvements seen here should suggest a brighter future awaits.The weight of the division still bears down on the Londoners but they are not the soft touch they were a few weeks ago. Three games into Ranieri’s tenure and some of the naivety has been drummed out of them. There were long periods while confronting a team with top-half credentials when Fulham even felt in control, their lead established against the run of play but their shape well-enforced thereafter and a threat carried on the counterattack. The frustration, of course, was that all it took was one moment of carelessness with the end almost in sight to undo a lot of their hard work. 3 Sessegnon (s 72′) (s 84′) 10 8 LEI54FUL46% 9 Mitrovic 3 Chilwell (s 77′) Lineups 22 Christie match reports Goal attempts Share on Pinterest 27 Diabate 1 Schmeichel Share via Email 4 Soyuncu Lingard earns point for Manchester United after De Gea hands Arsenal lead Premier League Substitutes 21 Iborra 13 Ream Share on LinkedIn Match stats 20 Le Marchand 29 Zambo Fulham Leicester (s 46′) Fulham Share on Twitter 34 Knight 14 Schurrle 28 Fuchs Share on WhatsApp 5 Morgan (s 55′)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Tonight, a number of Ohio State fans are gathering outside Ohio Stadium to support Urban Meyer. They are rallying for the Buckeyes’ head coach, who is on administrative leave while being investigated for his handling of alleged domestic violence committed by former assistant Zach Smith.The rally starts at 6 p.m. ET. However, people arrived at The Shoe early, forming a sizable crowd.You can see in the photos below some of the signs on display and the amount of fans in attendance.More pics from the fan-led Urban Meyer rally at Ohio Stadium (thread)… pic.twitter.com/rmPHK22iXq— Geoff Redick (@GeoffWSYX6) August 6, 2018More pics from the fan-led Urban Meyer rally at Ohio Stadium (thread)… pic.twitter.com/rmPHK22iXq— Geoff Redick (@GeoffWSYX6) August 6, 2018More pics from the fan-led Urban Meyer rally at Ohio Stadium (thread)… pic.twitter.com/rmPHK22iXq— Geoff Redick (@GeoffWSYX6) August 6, 2018Buckeye fans lining up for 6pm rally to support coach Urban Meyer. pic.twitter.com/3qTq9wQ5se— Rob Wells (@robwsyx6) August 6, 2018I’m at a rally outside Ohio Stadium in support of OSU head coach Urban Meyer, who was placed on administrative leave while under investigation. @DispatchAlerts pic.twitter.com/K0HBRdeTOs— Abbey Marshall (@AbbeyMarshall) August 6, 2018RALLY IN SUPPORT OF URBAN MEYER: Buckeye fans with signs are starting to gather outside of Ohio Stadium. pic.twitter.com/j9S4Da3Aw5— Dan Pearlman (@danpearlman) August 6, 2018The Meyer rally is going to be an interesting one for sure.We’ll see if anything noteworthy comes of it later tonight.
Associated Press MilanOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 09:48 IST Reuters PhotoAC Milan fired coach Marco Giampaolo, making his tenure in charge the shortest of any manager in club history.Giampaolo was only hired in June as a replacement for Gennaro Gattuso, who stepped down as Milan coach after a fifth-place finish meant the Rossoneri missed out on the Champions League.However, Milan has lost four of his seven matches in charge.”AC Milan announces it has relieved Mr. Marco Giampaolo from his position as coach of the First Team,” the club said in a statement on its website. “The Club is grateful to Marco for the work carried out and wishes him all the best to come in his professional career.”Italian media said Milan is expected to replace him with Stefano Pioli – who has previously coached its city rival Inter Milan.Pioli, a self-confessed Inter fan, coached the Nerazzurri during the 2016-17 season but was fired in May of that campaign after losing 10 out of 27 matches.It is the second coaching change in two days in Serie A after Eusebio Di Francesco left Sampdoria by mutual consent on Monday.Di Francesco replaced Giampaolo in the offseason.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow AC MilanFollow Marco Giampaolo AC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo fired after dismal start to Serie A seasonItalian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Marco Giampaolo would be replaced by former Lazio and Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli.advertisement Next
Krista DuChene was only 12 kilometres into the 2013 world championship marathon in Moscow, when her legs gave way.One of the country’s most finely tuned runners was succumbing to heat exhaustion. While she recalls insisting to Canadian team coaches she was good to keep running, she’d already fallen to the pavement and was having trouble even standing up straight.The next hour was a blurry ambulance ride. She vomited repeatedly. Russian medical officials stuffed smelling salts up her nose.The 40-year-old from Strathroy, Ont., was one of 23 women who didn’t cross the finish line on that sizzling afternoon in Russia. DuChene feels for the 5,000 runners who registered for this weekend’s cancelled Montreal Marathon, but she knows all too well that crazy variations in weather are a serious health hazard in one of sport’s most punishing events.“A record number of women didn’t finish the race that day (in 2013),” DuChene said. “They were going to cancel it but they decided not to.“I was so mentally and physically ready for that race that my mind wanted to keep going but my body was failing me,” she said in an interview Thursday. “Your pace slows down, your running is more difficult than what it should be. I wore a hat, and did what I could to keep the sun off my face, but I went out too hard as well. Unfortunately with the marathon, you can train in heat, and then it’s cold, or you can train when it’s cold and race in heat. And you have to adjust based on what the day gives you.”Race organizers cancelled Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon amid concerns about hot and humid weather. Temperatures are expected to hit 30 C on Sunday, which could feel like 38 C with humidity. The half-marathon and 10K races will take place as planned, with the half-marathon starting a half hour earlier.The five-kilometre and one-kilometre races will take place as scheduled on Saturday.Executive director Louis Malafarina told a Montreal news conference it was a very difficult decision — the first time the distance has been cancelled in Montreal.“We know nothing can replace crossing the finish line of a marathon, and we sympathize with our runners who worked so hard to prepare for race day,” said Malafarina, who consulted with city and health officials before making the decision.According to guidelines set by the American College of Sports Medicine, cancellation or voluntary withdrawal of participants is recommended when temperatures are expected to be above 28 C.Slower runners, DuChene pointed out, are most affected because they’re out on the course longer and later in day.Weather, particularly for spring and fall races when it’s a virtual crap shoot, has become one of the biggest concerns for race directors. Severe weather caused chaos at a half-marathon last weekend in Copenhagen, where a runner, a volunteer and a photographer were struck by lightning. Clear skies at the starting line turned into torrential rain and hail, and runners were sloshing to the finish line in flooded streets before organizers finally pulled the plug.The New York City Marathon was cancelled in the wake of hurricane Sandy in 2012. A freak ice storm forced the cancellation of the Dallas Marathon in 2013. And in 2007, soaring temperatures and a water shortage forced organizers to cancel the Chicago Marathon midway through the race. More than 300 runners fell ill and one runner died.“What happened (in Chicago) was all the city’s resources basically were being deployed to the race, so when you have a race of a certain size, and there’s heat and medical-related issues, and you don’t have enough ambulances or medical personnel, the city’s resources then start getting deployed to the event, and then the entire city becomes at risk,” said Charlotte Brookes, the event director for the seven-race Canada Running Series, including next month’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.“(Race organizers) were working in their command centre with the city officials and they basically said ‘Well, we’re getting into a situation where we can’t provide the appropriate public safety for everyone in the city of Chicago.’”The ill-fated Chicago race prompted the development of the Event Alert System (EAS), which is used by most major marathons in North America. The colour-coded system — from green to black — communicates course conditions to event staff, volunteers and runners, who can see the colour-coded flags at each aid station.Weather conditions are measured with a wet-bulb globe thermometer, which can estimate safe exposure levels to temperature, humidity, wind chill and sunlight.At Sunday’s Army Run in Ottawa, race director John Halvorsen “stood there with this thermometer device checking the temperature, because it was his job to cancel the race if it got to a certain point,” said DuChene, who was a celebrity guest at the race. “Especially for those that are finishing at a slower pace, and you’re getting to the point where the sun is at its peak, those are the people you have to be concerned about, not the fast ones that come in early.”Marathon cancellations are a particularly big blow because runners normally plan for just one or two a year.“That’s the unfortunate thing,” DuChene said. “It can be absolutely pouring rain the day of the event, and there goes your opportunity to run your best time. It’s heartbreaking at times. You’ve tapered appropriately, and that may just be an opportunity that you’ll never get back.”
New Delhi: A Delhi court has ordered attachment of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s properties in Bengaluru in a case relating to FERA violations. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat issued fresh directions after the Bengaluru Police, through Enforcement Directorate’s special public prosecutor N K Matta and advocate Samvedna Verma, sought more time to execute its earlier order in this regard. The court directed the state police to attach the properties by July 10, the next date of hearing. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Bengaluru Police had earlier informed the court that it had identified 159 properties belonging to Mallya, but had not been able to attach any of them. Mallya was declared a proclaimed offender by the court on January 4 last year for evading its summons in the case. The court had on May 8 last year directed the attachment of Mallya’s properties in the case through the Bengaluru Police commissioner and sought a report on it. It had declared Mallya a proclaimed offender for evading summons in a Foreign Exchange Management Act (FERA) violation case after noting that he had failed to appear despite repeated summonses. It had on April 12, 2017 issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the liquor baron. Unlike a non-bailable warrant, an ‘open-ended NBW’ does not carry a time limit for execution.
Rabat- The International Monetary Fund and cost-estimating website HowMuch.net have listed Morocco among the countries that hold the largest stashes of foreign currency in the world. Morocco’s foreign reserves are estimated at USD 24.7 billion.Foreign exchange reserves are the foreign currencies that a country’s central bank holds. They also indicate the economic “health” of a country, according to HowMuch.net: “They provide policymakers with a tool to control inflation, ensure the continual flow of imported goods into the country, and generally provide a sense of security in uncertain economic climates.” Albeit not in the top 10 countries with largest foreign currency reserves, Morocco’s reserves are worth USD 24.7 billion, compared to Hungary’s USD 28 billion, Bulgaria’s USD 25 billion, and Egypt’s 20.1 billion in reserves. The top 10 countries with the biggest foreign currency reserves include:China leads with USD 3.162 billion of foreign currencies, followed by Japan’s (USD 1.205 billion); Switzerland; (USD 785.7 billion); Saudi Arabia (USD 486.6 billion); Hong Kong (USD 437.5 billion); India (USD 397.2 billion); South Korea (USD 385.3 billion); Brazil (USD 358.3 billion); Russia (USD 356.5 billion); and Singapore (USD 279.8 billion).The survey excluded countries with less than USD 5 billion in reserves from the world economy data.Continents with the highest reserves:Asia is the leading continent in terms of largest foreign currency reserves owing to China, Japan and Saudi Arabia’s large oil exports, in addition to other natural resources such as gas, iron ore, gold, and copper.According to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest petroleum exporter as it possesses around 18 percent of the world’s petroleum reserves.saudi Arabia’s oil and gas sector totals 50 percent of gross domestic product, and 70 percent of export earnings.Europe ranks second thanks to Switzerland’s foreign reserves, meanwhile North and South America are comparably smaller.Meanwhile, only four African countries made it onto the map of countries with the largest reserves: Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, and Mauritius.
2 November 2009Five countries today joined the United Nations initiative aimed at combating climate change by creating incentives for poorer countries to reverse the trend of deforestation and invest in more sustainable forms of development. Five countries today joined the United Nations initiative aimed at combating climate change by creating incentives for poorer countries to reverse the trend of deforestation and invest in more sustainable forms of development.Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka each asked to participate in the initiative, known as UN-REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries), adding to the initial nine member countries.The five countries said they wanted to benefit from the expertise generated by UN-REDD and its activities, particularly concerning improved consultations with indigenous peoples and civil society, according to a press release issued by the programme today in Nairobi.UN-REDD, which is a partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), hopes to eventually generate up to $30 billion a year of financial flows from rich countries to poor nations to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.The initiative targets deforestation and forest degradation as related activities such as agricultural expansion, the conversion of forests to pasture land, infrastructure development, destructive logging and fires account for almost 20 per cent of global emissions of greenhouse gases.In its first year of operations UN-REDD has approved more than $37 million in funding for the national anti-deforestation programmes of countries, including Panama, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Viet Nam. The programme says another 20 countries have voiced interest in joining.Denmark also announced today that it is become the second country donor to the programme after Norway.
5 February 2010The Security Council today welcomed the communiqué from the recent international conference on Afghanistan, saying it set a clear agenda and agreed priorities for peace and security in the country, and was underpinned by a comprehensive strategy for the Government in Kabul. “The members of the Council voiced support for the priorities agreed to at the London Conference on security, governance and economic development,” the 15-member body said in a press statement read out by Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, which holds the Council”s monthly presidency for February.The Security Council statement referred to the gathering of some 70 nations in London on 28 January to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan following last year”s elections, in which Hamid Karzai won another term as President.The Security Council also noted the Regional Summit held on 26 January in Istanbul with the participation of Afghanistan”s neighbours, as well as the United Nations and other international and regional organisations.“A common vision of regional cooperation was set out and the neighbours have reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan and of each other,” read the Council statement, which also thanked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his briefing outlining his recent travels, including the London Conference.The members of the Council underlined the leading role of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in the co-ordination of international civilian efforts in Afghanistan. The members of the Council also expressed their gratitude to the outgoing UN envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, for his “outstanding contribution to UNAMA”s work”, and looked forward to working with the Secretary General”s new Special Representative, Staffan De Mistura.
by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2017 9:49 am MDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – SaskPower says it has identified four potential sites where a new natural gas plant could be built.The locations are in West Sherwood, just north of Regina, as well as Rowatt, Belle Plaine and Moose Jaw Industrial Park.SaskPower says rising demand for power shows the province’s next natural gas plant could be needed as early as 2022.President and CEO Mike Marsh says it’s less expensive than many other options and an ideal backup to renewable sources, when they aren’t able to generate all the power the province needs.The Crown corporation is also beginning a competitive process to buy up to 200 megawatts of wind power to add to Saskatchewan’s energy mix.SaskPower has said it hopes renewable sources will make up to 50 per cent of its power by 2030. SaskPower eyes new natural gas plant sites as demand for power grows
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – A plan to try to stem the decline of the southern New England lobster population is coming up for a vote in front of an interstate regulatory board.The population of lobsters off of Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts has declined as waters have warmed.Fishing managers have considered tools like trap reductions and seasonal closures to try to preserve the population. They also have talked about the possibility of changing the legal harvesting size for lobsters.An arm of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is scheduled to consider new management measures on Monday and Tuesday. The commission held a series of public hearings on the proposal in March.Most U.S. lobster is brought to shore in Maine, where the harvest has been very strong for several years. Plan to help save southern New England lobsters up for vote by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2017 6:48 am MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Every day, we receive 40 to 50 calls from frightened people all across the country pleading for protection or reporting abuses,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stated in a press release. His office (OHCHR) has received accounts from 47 Burundian refugees who fled to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) about serious violations reportedly committed by the militia attached to the pro-government movement known as the Imbonerakure.“If State authorities are indeed colluding with a violent lawless militia in this manner, they are gambling with the country’s future in the most reckless manner imaginable,” said the High Commissioner, warning that such violations “could tip an already extremely tense situation over the edge.” “Now, more than ever, it is essential the Burundian authorities show their commitment to peace by clearly disassociating themselves from their violent supporters and ensuring accountability for any crime or human rights violations they may have committed,” he continued.Reported to have taken place in Bujumbura, as well as in various provinces, the alleged violations include summary executions, abductions, torture, beatings, death threats and other forms of intimidation. A 19-year-old refugee from Makamba province told OHCHR that his house was attacked and looted at night by Imbonerakure members and his father stabbed to death because he had refused to join the ruling party, the CNDD-FDD. Another refugee said he was abducted on 15 April by four members of the militia who accused him of supporting an opposition party, the FNL. He said he was taken to a building and tortured by the four men, who beat him with an iron rod. Wounds were still visible on his body at the time of the interview.A female refugee from the same town said that she and her husband were also beaten up at night in their house by Imbonerakure elements, who asked why her husband was not taking part in the meetings organised by the CNDD-FDD. Her husband was subsequently abducted and has not been seen or heard from since. Numerous refugees claimed that threats had been scrawled across the doors and walls of their own or other people’s houses, some being marked with a cross, apparently in order to identify people to be targeted or attacked, or as a means of sowing terror.“These reports are truly chilling, particularly in a country with a history like Burundi’s,” the human rights chief said. “We have been receiving consistent testimonies indicating that Imbonerakure members operate under instructions from the ruling party and with the support of the national police and intelligence services, which provide them with weapons, vehicles and sometimes uniforms,” he added.The High Commissioner also called on opposition leaders to rein in any violent elements that may be forming on their side.“While so far there have been very few acts of violence committed by opposition elements, there are signs of increasingly coercive efforts to push people into actively supporting the opposition,” he noted. “I urge opposition leaders to make a huge effort to ensure their supporters protest peacefully and do not resort to violence.”“The last thing Burundi needs after a decade of gradual and largely successful peace-building is to be catapulted back into civil war because of a small number of people’s ruthless determination to retain, or gain, power at any cost,” he stated.
Ohio State freshman guard Luther Muhammad (1) shoots a three-pointer during the first half of the game against Purdue-Fort Wayne on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 107-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (11-1, 2-0 Big Ten) came back from a 16-2 run by High Point (6-6) to eventually take the lead before running away with a 82-64 win in its last non-conference matchup of the season.Ohio State secured its 18-point victory against the Panthers after shooting 70.8 percent from the field in the second half, making 5-of-10 attempts from deep.After taking a 14-6 lead early in the first half, the Buckeyes allowed High Point to score 16 of the next 18 points, giving the Panthers their first lead of the game. High Point hit from two 3s during the run while the Buckeyes were only 1-for-9 from deep.After the Panthers took a 22-16 lead, the Buckeyes responded with a 19-6 run of their own to close out the half. Freshman guard Luther Muhammad connected on three 3-pointers in the first half en route to 14 points, both career highs with a half still to play.Muhammad finished the game with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. While Muhammad surged offensively, he also played lockdown defense, limiting High Point junior guard Jahaad Proctor to only four points, making two of nine attempts from the field. Proctor was the Panthers’ leading scorer entering the game.Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson also gave life to the Buckeyes’ offense with two 3-pointers during the run, finishing with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists Overall, the Buckeyes shot 43.3 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3 in the first half, taking the lead despite the Panthers connecting on 52 percent of their shots. The Buckeyes extended their lead early in the second half with seven quick points from senior guard C.J. Jackson, finishing the game with 20 points, leading all scorers. After the shaky first half, the Buckeyes only allowed 36 points in the final 20 minutes, limiting the Panthers to 37.9 percent from the field.Four Buckeyes ended the game with double-digit point totals and eight Buckeyes scored.The Buckeyes will stay home on Jan. 5 as they begin the bulk of their Big Ten schedule against No. 8 Michigan State at noon.
Oct 22nd 2016, 8:59 AM By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments 9,049 Views Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 8:59 AM The 9 at 9: Saturday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your Saturday. Share Tweet Email2 Image: egg image via Shutterstock http://jrnl.ie/3040489 Image: egg image via Shutterstock Short URL EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.1. #SIPO: It cost €350,000 to investigate a senator’s €2,000 expense claims.2. #RALLY FOR JUSTICE: A rally will take place in Dublin following yesterday’s guilty verdict handed down to a teenager who took part in the Jobstown protest.3. #THIN BLUE LINE: A one day work-to-rule which saw middle ranking gardaí refusing to use the Pulse computer system has ended.4. #DECEPTION: Graham Norton has said he feels sorry for people in the UK who “bought a pack of lies” and voted in favour of an exit from the EU.5. #ALL CLEAR: London City airport has reopened after a “chemical incident” yesterday believed to have been caused by a tear gas canister.6. #RIO 2016: Delegates at the European Olympic Committee general assembly have expressed concern about the health and treatment of former Olympic Council of Ireland President Pat Hickey in a Brazilian prison, the Irish Times reports.7. #TRADE: Emergency talks are underway in Brussels to try to save an EU free trade deal with Canada, the BBC reports.8. #HOME SWEET HOME: The government’s new scheme for first-time buyers could help push house prices up by more than 5% next year.9. #CAMEROON: A train derailment has killed at least 55 people and injured hundreds, The Guardian reports.
A Pacific storm is battering California at the moment. This picture was taken at Huntington Beach. Image: Jae C. Hong AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A Pacific storm is battering California at the moment. This picture was taken at Huntington Beach. http://jrnl.ie/3247190 A SEVERE STORM pounding southern and central California reportedly killed at least four people overnight overnight, causing flash floods and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes.Los Angeles city fire officials said a 55-year-old man was electrocuted after a tree downed a power line. Several people stranded near the Los Angeles River had to be rescued with inflatable boats.Two other people died in car accidents in the San Diego area, and a fourth was died in a submerged vehicle, local media reported.Another person was injured after her car fell into a massive sinkhole in Los Angeles, local television station KABC reported. She was trapped until fire crews pulled her out.The powerful storm blew in from the Pacific Ocean, hitting California yesterday with high winds and heavy rain that downed power lines, leaving 60,000 people in the Los Angeles area without power, and prompting hundreds of flight delays and cancellations at airports. Source: Richard Vogel AP/Press Association ImagesRushing flood waters swept away cars, downed trees and caused mudslides and sinkholes, the National Weather Service said.Flash-flood warnings will continue through the weekend in many areas of the West Coast state, which has been hit this winter by a series of storms that have filled reservoirs, bringing respite following a severe five-year drought.Although the latest storm, which packed heavy wind-driven rain, was mainly affecting southern and central California, rain was also forecast to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in the north.Residents of the city of Duarte, located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles, were ordered to evacuate on Friday for fear of mudslides and voluntary evacuation orders were issued for some residents of Camarillo Springs, north of LA.“The storm looks to be the strongest to hit southwest California this season,” the National Weather Service in Los Angeles said. Source: Nick Ut AP/Press Association ImagesThe National Weather Service said the northern part of the state — where flooding last week damaged the Lake Oroville Dam and forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people – was expected to see new rain and snow systems moving in during the next few days.It forecast “the wettest storm” on Monday and Tuesday, warning of potential renewed flooding across Northern California.“Recent storms have left the region highly vulnerable, so amplified impacts will be possible with additional rainfall,” the NWS said.- © AFP, 2017Read: Famous Pioneer Cabin Tree felled by storm in CaliforniaRead: Warnings from Coast Guard as Storm Barbara rolls in 9 Comments Share75 Tweet Email3 Feb 18th 2017, 4:42 PM At least four reported dead as Pacific storm batters California Tens of thousands of homes are without power, and hundreds of flights have been cancelled due to the storm. 16,719 Views Image: Jae C. Hong AP/Press Association Images Short URL By AFP Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 4:42 PM
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 19, 2017 – Kingston – As the new school year approaches, Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, is urging parents to teach their children the importance of education.“Children don’t actually understand how valuable education is when they are young. When they are older and looking for a job, that’s when it hits them, and, as such, we have to be responsible for ensuring that we teach them the value of education,” she said.Mrs. Holness was speaking to JIS News following a back-to-school treat at the Dallas Castle Community Centre in the constituency on August 17. She noted that education has been used as a vehicle by many to change their circumstances, and encouraged her constituents to do the same.Meanwhile, she urged parents to invest in textbooks for their children, so that they will be able to better participate in their lessons at home and school. Another back-to-school treat was also held at the Kintyre Community Centre in the constituency on the same day.The children received educational supplies and free health checks. The students, who will be attending basic, primary and high schools in September, received knapsacks and lunch bags, notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners and book vouchers. They were also treated to food and entertainment.Ten back-to-school treats will be held across the constituency. A total of $5 million is being used from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and will go towards the paying of tuition and the purchasing of educational supplies. Mrs. Holness informed that 2,000 bags have been donated to the initiative.Treats have already been held in Harbour View and Bull Bay. The others will take place at Dublin Castle/Content Gap, and Mavis Bank High School on August 20; Irish Town-UCC Craighton Estate, and Savage Pen Playfield, August 22; and Top Maryland and Woodford Two Trees on August 23.
COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – A car struck a building, Tuesday morning, in Coconut Creek, which shut down traffic along State Road 7.According to Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue, fire rescue crews responded at around 10 a.m. to the scene, near the intersection of Coconut Creek Parkway and SR-7.Crews said two vehicles crashed into each other before one was sent into the building near the intersection, damaging a window.Officials added that the vehicles sustained moderate to heavy damage as a result of the crash.The drivers of both vehicles have been transported to nearby hospitals in unknown condition.Traffic was shut down along the southbound lanes of SR-7, but lanes have since re-opened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
#Update: 10th Street/West Ave remains closed. Driver of vehicle transported to JMH and is stable. No children injured. #Traffic pic.twitter.com/JeuaDxNmvB— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) February 8, 2018One student was on board the bus but wasn’t hurt.The driver of the car was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and is expected to be OK. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A crash involving a car and a school bus in Miami Beach sent one person to the hospital, Thursday afternoon.The car collided with the school bus, near 10th Street and West Avenue.Miami Beach Police tweeted a picture of the collision.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, June 23, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 68. East wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.In The Community: Team Sweaty Already annual ‘Bags and Beers’ Cornhole Tournament to benefit the National MS Society at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall has been POSTPONED due to the rain.In The Community: Boston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). Doors open at 4pm. Live music at 4:30pm. The action begins at 5pm with the Third Place Game — The Harbor Horrors vs. The Nutcrackers. More live music at 6:30pm. The Championship Game — The Wicked Pissahs vs. The Cosmonaughties — takes place at 7pm. An After Party starts at 9pm in the Fez Room. Tickets include admission to the game, plus entry into the after party.Tickets are $12 (advance) and $16 (at the door) for adults; $6 (advance) and $8 (at the door) for kids (6-17); and kids under 6 are free. There is a small fee for online purchases. Discounted tickets are available for large groups, as is a VIP Package. Purchase your tickets HERE. Join the Facebook event HERE. Learn more about the league HERE.In The Community: Burbank YMCA organized a fundraiser at the Chipotle in Reading (46 Walkers Brook Drive) from 4pm to 8pm. 50% of each sale will be donated to the local YMCA. Just bring the flyer or show it on your phone.In The Community: Town Beach is open. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Here’s what you need to know.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For June 2, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
The Alaska Supreme Court has chosen Justice Craig Stowers to be the next chief justice.The announcement was made Wednesday in a release from the court system.Stowers will succeed Dana Fabe, whose latest term as chief justice ends June 30. Under the constitution, chief justices serve three-year terms and may serve more than one three-year term, though not consecutively.Stowers, a former superior court judge, has served on Alaska’s highest court since December 2009.