Football: Here’s How You Can Get Manchester United Branded Credit Cards In India!

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementWith the advent of a uprise in the sporting industry in India, this is not the first time we are seeing multinational corporates, banks and businessmen investing in this field.ICICI Bank, an Indian multinational bank and financial services company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra ties-up with the English Premier League giants Manchester United.Manchester United is the richest club in the world both in terms of fanbase and the Money league for the second season in a row- 10th time since the records began. It is reported that Manchester United have a boosting revenue figure of $827.9 million.India has a fanbase of 35 million out of the total 659 million global followers of this 140-year-old popular English Club. ICICI signed a multiple year contract with United which will offer two types of credit cards under the co-branded labels, the bank said on Wednesday.Each card will provide numerous privileges including discounts on merchandises from Manchester United online store, fully paid trips to Old Trafford to watch a game and to observe a first team training session, signed merchandise as well as a Manchester United welcome gift, buy-one-get-one movie tickets if booked through BookMyShow, discounts on dining at affiliated restaurants, fuel surcharge waiver among others.The mighty red-devils have always had a great fan-base back in India accounting from the Busby Babes to the Class of ’92 and presently, so it is a huge business opportunity for the Indian multinational to grow their brand labeling one of the most successful clubs in the world with 66 trophies altogether.Also Read :ATLÉTICO MADRID VISIT VALENCIA FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT OPENING ROUND CLASHlast_img read more

Ashes 2017: Can Joe Root recover in time for India challenge after 4-0 thrashing vs Australia?

first_imgEngland will need time to forget the debacle that was the 2017-18 Ashes. The embarrassment of a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Australia will be the least of the ordeals that the Joe Root’s men will have to face.On the fifth day of the final Test, Root eventually succumbed to illness and the lower order could muster little resistance after lunch as Australia bagged the match an innings and 123 runs.WATCH SPORTS TODAYJosh Hazlewood took the final wicket to dismiss the hosts for 180, as Joe Root’s battling half-century after being released from hospital and allowed to resume batting Monday briefly gave the embattled tourists hope of salvaging a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Joe Root has been the tourist’s lone warrior with the bat, managing to finish only as high as the fifth highest run-scorer of the series. His 378 runs at an average of 47.25 from the nine times he walked out have to some extent cushioned the blows his team has had to endure over the course of the tour so far, but it was nearly not enough.His highest score of 83 in the fifth Test at Sydney, summing up exactly the torrid times his team has been subjected to ‘down under’.What a moment for the Aussies! #BeatEngland (@CricketAus) January 8, 2018Root though was not available to comment after the match, as James Anderson stepped up to reflect on the just-concluded series.”We’ve been outplayed at key moments, congratulations to Steve Smith; they’ve been the better team. They have a fantastic bowling attack and all the batsmen have come to the party,” he said.advertisementAs for his captain, “He’s asleep at the minute, it’s taken the toll on him, he’s trying to recover.”England will need Root to recover mentally soon enough. In a few months, they will host Pakistan and current world number one Test side India, who would be keen to make amends in a country that has not given them many happy memories in their last two tours.Find yourself someone who looks at you like Steve Smith looks at the #Ashes urn �??� ICC (@ICC) January 8, 2018India were blanked 4-0 in England in 2011 and then went down 3-1 in 2014. Virat Kohli suffered a nightmarish series on that tour but the India captain is a different player now and he would be raring to have a go at Anderson & Co.The first Test in India’s tour of England begins August 1, at Edgbaston in Birmingham. England and India will play five Tests.Root has been England’s premier batsman over the last several years and they will need their new captain to step up and lead from the front again.”He’s not had any sleep. He’s not eaten. He’s had diarrhoea and he’s been vomiting, so I guess he’s not in great state,” Anderson said.”To get to the ground was a great effort, and to strap his pads on and bat for as long as he did was a brilliant effort and showed exactly what sort of character he is.4-0! #ohwhatafeeling#Ashes @Toyota_Aus (@CricketAus) January 8, 2018″He wants to lead by example in this team. He’s been a fantastic captain on this tour and it shows what sort of person he is to make that sort of effort to get out on the field. I just hope it’s not too serious and he can sleep it off now and get better before the one-dayers,” he said.He was the highest scorer for England in the Ashes but that clearly was not enough as Australian bowlers dominated his batting colleagues who were unable to press on despite creating several windows of opportunities.In the opposite corner, Steve Smith was a happy man. Having finished as the man-of-the-series with 687 runs, downing personal landmarks and records in his wake, Smith credited his bowlers. something he “can’t thank them enough for.””All the bowlers have taken over 20 wickets so we haven’t relied on one person. Can be tough to take 20 wickets and the guys were outstanding. Can’t thank them enough for that, proud of everyone,” he said at the post-match presentation.Leading from the front, setting examples for his team, Smith has worked hard for this win.”I just love being in the middle, doing a job for my team. I work very hard, my mind is in as good as space as it’s ever been. I’m really proud of being able to lead from the front,” he acknowledged.advertisementThank you �??� England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 8, 2018For the thousands of the Barmy Army who have travelled for the matches, Anderson said, ” We have a lot of support who travel to watch us and we are very grateful to them.”last_img read more

Alexis Sánchez accepts prison sentence for tax fraud but will avoid jail

first_imgShare via Email Alexis Sánchez Manchester United Reuse this content Topics Share on Messenger news Read more Share on Twitter Reports appeared on Wednesday morning revealed Sánchez had agreed a deal with the state attorney, accepting the charges against him for allegedly defrauding the Spanish treasury of €1m while he was at Barcelona in 2012-13.The state said he had used a company based in Malta to receive image rights paid by the Catalan club and Sánchez accepted the charges, agreeing to a 16-month prison sentence. He will repay the amount in full, plus interest. Because the sentence is less than two years, he will not serve any time in jail.But far from admitting the agreement is a demonstration of Sánchez’s guilt, his agent said publicly what some tax specialists and lawyers have said privately, attacking the state and inland revenue for pursuing players with “unfair” charges they have little choice but to accept as a means of avoiding worse problems.Those are charges, he alleges, which are founded upon a reinterpretation of the law and are forced through via underhand means.“Once again, there has been a leak from the Spanish tax office, [this time] outlining an agreement between our client Alexis Sánchez and public prosecutors,” Felicevich said in a statement. “Despite having demonstrated that Alexis has committed no crime, we have been obliged, following the recommendations of our [legal] advisers, to accept the unjustified pact offered in order to palliate the emotional, personal and economic cost of long, tedious, trials where the media are used to publicly expose and judge private matters.”Felicevich accused the state and the tax office of applying the same means of pressure against players across Spain. Lionel Messi was handed an initial 21-month sentence for fraud, while a number of other figures, including Javier Mascherano and José Mourinho, reached agreement with inland revenue and the state prosecutors’ office. Cristiano Ronaldo continues to fight charges against him, protesting his innocence, and his case is ongoing.“Prosecutors and the tax office have put more than 30 players in the same situation, accusing them of the same crimes and threatening them with effective prison sentences,” Felicevich said. “Almost the entire squad at Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have been put in this situation, as the clubs have used a means of paying tax that was accepted by the tax office in the past.“The supposed crimes are the use of contracts that have been used for a long time by infinite numbers of players, in agreement and coordination with the most prestigious clubs in Spain and using a legitimate method of taxation that was tacitly and expressly accepted by inland revenue in the past.”He added: “During all these processes, violating the rights of those investigated, continued, repeated and obscene leaks served as a means of exerting pressure to force players to accept agreements like the one that has been leaked today. In some cases, there is no choice but to bow to that pressure and, to avoid greater injustice, accept injustice like this. Many players and coaches have had to do this and many more will have to.“Given the dreadful experiences suffered by Messi, Ronaldo, etc have had to suffer, we concluded that it was better to accept an unjust agreement but be able to turn the page and not to be subjected to political and media pressure.” Barcelona Lionel Messi handed 21-month tax fraud sentence but is unlikely to serve time Share on Facebook Alexis Sánchez’s agent has confirmed the Manchester United striker has accepted a prison sentence for tax fraud, but has described the agreement as “entirely unjust” and attacked the Spanish authorities for effectively forcing him and other players into signing the deal. He says other players have been obliged to do much the same.Fernando Felicevich has accused the state of changing its interpretation of the law and pursuing professional footballers, particularly foreigners, exercising pressure through “obscene” leaks to the media and the threat of long legal processes and prison sentences.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are just two of “infinite” numbers of players who have been charged, and Felicevich has insisted there will be more. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Government Officials Meet with CHEC/NWA on Mandela Improvement Project

first_imgThe Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and the Office of the Prime Minister Audrey Sewell last evening (October 3) convened a meeting with the management of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the National Works Agency (NWA) and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Collette Roberts Risden and her team.CHEC was represented by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Zhimin Hu and Head of NWA EG Hunter.The meeting was called to discuss the current work stoppage on the Mandela Highway Improvement Project under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).During the meeting, the Government officials noted that no formal complaint has been made to the Ministry of Labour of a dispute between the workers and CHEC. However, resolution of the matter is necessary in the national interest.In that regard, the Government officials requested information on rates paid to workers and whether CHEC is complying with industry standards.CHEC assured the meeting that rates are paid based on industry standards. The CHEC officials also noted that work on the Mandela Improvement Project continues even though approximately 20 drivers are not operating in a normal fashion.The management of CHEC assured the meeting that it will continue its work to ensure that the December deadline for the completion of the Mandela Highway project is met.The Government will continue to monitor the situation.last_img read more

Maersk Line Hamburg Süd Enter EastWest Slot Purchase Deal

first_imgzoom Danish shipping giant Maersk Line and German container shipping line Hamburg Süd have reached a slot purchase agreement for Hamburg Süd’s volumes on the East-West trades to be shipped on vessels in the 2M network. Due to changes in the global liner alliances, the agreement follows commercial negotiations in anticipation of the termination of Hamburg Süd’s current slot purchase arrangements on the East-West trades.The agreement is scheduled to begin on April 1, subject to maritime filing requirements being satisfied.It covers the Asia-North Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Trans Atlantic and Trans Pacific trades. Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd are party to a number of such operational agreements worldwide. The parties said that the agreement is not related to Maersk Line’s acquisition of Hamburg Süd.“Accommodating these additional volumes enables improved utilisation in our fleet and in turn provides opportunities to enhance our customer offering on select trades in our East-West network,” Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Line, said.The parties added that they will disclose information about network changes and schedules in the coming week.In early December 2016, Maersk Line and the Oetker Group reached an agreement for Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Süd.Subject to final agreement and regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close by the end of 2017, Maersk Line informed.last_img read more

Writers Come Together To Make Space

first_imgPEN International has launched Make Space, a new campaign aimed at creating opportunities for writers who have experienced forced displacement.Below is a mission statement signed by over 300 writers – including Stephen Fry, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and Ai Weiwei – from around the world. You can add your name here.“Our world is in crisis. People have always been forced to move against their will: they’ve fled wars and natural disasters, persecution and violence. But never before has the forced movement of people occurred at such a rate. 1 in 113 people in the world today have been driven from their homes. Simultaneously, a rising climate of nationalistic xenophobia among host nations has made resettlement for those who’ve experienced forced displacement increasingly dangerous and uncertain.“We recognize how many displaced people are without the most basic needs of shelter and security, and the urgent necessity in addressing the human rights violations and extreme injustices that so many face. We also acknowledge the disadvantages faced by exiled writers: the fear of suspicion and violence, the difficulties in publishing in different and often hostile linguistic markets, the lack of the basic conditions that allow for the cultivation of creativity, and the absence of familiar networks — the faces, words, streets, songs — that come with being home.“Some of us have been displaced; some of us are refugees and asylum seekers; some of us have lived in exile, or have been forced to go into hiding in our own countries. But we are all writers and use words in ways that can shift and inform the society around us. And – whoever we are, wherever we are – when we consciously make space for the stories of displaced communities within our own, we make space for a shared cultural understanding that enriches us and connects us, disrupting the systems of division that alienate and dehumanise. It is time to act, and to act together.“Therefore, we commit to PEN International’s Make Space campaign. Together we must shape a context for free expression in which all voices and stories have worth. Together we must challenge xenophobia and racism. Together we will shape a world with space for everyone and – as writers – it is with words and stories that we start.”Find out more about the campaign here.last_img read more

The return of the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Mentorship Program

first_imgNadina Taylor, a trustee of the Charles Taylor Foundation and daughter of the late Charles Taylor, is a strong champion of the program. “We’ve seen what a huge impact the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award can have on a writer’s career and wanted to amplify that effect with this opportunity – to help prepare these talented writers for the complex and competitive world of writing and publishing.”“At RBC Wealth Management, we believe it is important to identify, nurture and support the next generation of Canadian talent and to provide writers in the early stages of their career with mentorship opportunities that will help them succeed in the professional world,” said Vijay Parmar, President of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel.Helen Knott of Fort St. John is one of the five “emergent” writers who have an existing body of work, and a non-fiction manuscript close to completion. The participants will correspond with their mentors prior to travelling to Toronto for the Prize weekend, Feb 28 through March 4th. When the participants meet with their mentors, they will participate in an intensive day of professional development, accompany their mentors through media and events, and participate in the Awards Luncheon on Monday, March 4th.Helen Knott — University of Northern British Columbia Knott is of Dane Zaa, Nehiyaw, and mixed Euro descent from Prophet River First Nations, living in Fort St. John, BC. She has published short stories and poetry in the Malahat Review, Red Rising Magazine, through CBC Arts, the Surviving Canada Anthology, alongside other publications and poetry video productions. In 2017, Helen was a recipient of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. In 2016, she was one of sixteen women featured globally by the Nobel Women’s Initiative for her commitment to ending gender-based violence and activism. Her first book, In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Struggle and Resilience, will be released in August 2019. She is currently writing an Indigenous female manifesto entitled, Taking Back the Bones, where a personal narrative is interwoven with humour, academic research and critical reflection.The RBC Taylor Prize was established in 1998 by the trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation and first awarded in 2000, 2018 marks the seventeenth year of awarding the RBC Taylor Prize, which commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The Prize is awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception. All finalists receive $5,000, and the winner receives a further $25,000. All authors are presented with a custom leather-bound version of their shortlisted book at the award ceremony. All finalists receive promotional support for their nominated titles.The four other participants of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Mentorship Program are; TORONTO, ONT – The RBC Taylor Prize and the RBC Foundation announced the return of this professional development program, that is aimed to support the next generation of Canadian writers.The program pairs five emerging writers, selected from the nation’s writing programs, with the finalists for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize. The award honours and celebrates the pursuit of excellence in literary non-fiction.The program is curated by Joe Kertes, Dean Emeritus of the Humber College School of Creative Arts & Performance in Toronto. The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are; Vijay Parmar, David Staines, Edward Taylor, Nadina Taylor, and Noreen Taylor. The Prize Manager is Sheila Kay.center_img Becky Blake — University of Guelph Blake won the CBC Nonfiction Prize in 2017 and the CBC Short Story Prize in 2013. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Guelph, and her work has appeared in journals, magazines, and newspapers across Canada. Her debut novel, Proof I Was Here, is forthcoming from Wolsak & Wynn’s Buckrider Books in May 2019. She currently lives in Toronto where she is working on a memoir-in-essays called Everything I’m About to Say Is a Lie. The title refers to the recommended way to answer a phone that’s been tapped (as Blake’s once was). Her memoir draws on this and other experiences ranging from the criminal to the comical as she examines the singular power of a true story and the license we sometimes take to tell one.Kirk Angus Johnson — University of King’s College / Dalhousie Johnson is of both Metis and African ancestry. After graduating from Acadia University and an early career in theatre, he attended Concordia University in Montreal to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing. In keeping with the military traditions within his family, Johnson enrolled in the Canadian Forces as an Infantry Officer and was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010. Now released from the military, Johnson is returning to a career in writing. He resides in Three Mile Plains, NS, his childhood home, and is in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction at University of King’s College in Halifax. Some Kind of Hero is a compelling account of the circumstances leading to Afghan vet Lionel Desmond’s tragic 2017 murder/suicide, and the lessons we need to learn from it.Miles Steyn — University of Victoria Steyn was born in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and raised in Vancouver. His creative nonfiction has appeared in Existere, The Xanadu Anthology, Unsubscribe Magazine, Gold Literary Magazine, and his essay “Wire to the Sky” was short-listed for EVENT Magazine‘s Creative Nonfiction Contest. In 2018, Steyn’s essay “From Clay” was long-listed for the CBC Nonfiction Prize. Expanding on the earlier essay, Wire to the Sky, Steyn’s first book of nonfiction is a genre-bending memoir, told through letters from a brother to his late sister, about race, nationality, and the loss of family.Joshua Whitehead — University of Calgary Whitehead is an Oji-Cree, Two-Spirit storyteller and academic from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Indigenous literature and cultures at the University of Calgary. In 2016, his poem “mihkokwaniy” won Canada’s History Award for Aboriginal Arts and Stories (for writers aged 19–29), which included a residency at the Banff Centre. His 2018 novel, Jonny Appleseed, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His non-fiction book, Making Love with The Land, is a braid of forms that ruminates on topics such as Indigeneity, queerness, mental health, body dysmorphia, and chronic pain through a variety of literary forms, including horror, speculative fiction, poetry, and confession.last_img read more

Niagara police search for missing 67yearold man

Niagara police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 67-year-old man.Luciano Armenti, of Port Colborne, was last seen leaving his home near Oxford Blvd. and West Side Rd. around 9:30 a.m. on Monday.Armenti’s family contacted police about twelve hours later after his vehicle was found parked in the area of Weir Rd. and Ramey Ave. in Port Colborne. Police say they are concerned for his welfare and believe he may on foot in the area where his vehicle was located. Armenti is described as being five-foot-ten, roughly 180 lbs, with a medium build, and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey and tan Nike jacket, jogging pants and running shoes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Niagara police.Media Release: Missing Persons – NRPS Attempting to Locate Missing Port Colborne Man –— NRPS (@NiagRegPolice) April 23, 2019 read more

At climate change talks Ban stresses major role of cities in mitigating

“Cities are engines of dynamism and creativity. In many respects, cities are the proving ground for our efforts to combat climate change, build resilience and achieve faster, more equitable development progress,” he told a high-level session of United Nations-led climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, devoted to the role of cities in controlling global warming and the other effects of climate change. “Many of you in this room are working on the frontlines of climate change. We are all familiar with the challenges. Our shared responsibility is to turn them into opportunities. By transforming how we plan our cities, build our homes and move our goods, we can usher in a low-carbon future that benefits people and the planet.”With more than 50 per cent of the global population now urban and the proportion growing rapidly, especially in Asia and Africa, sustainable towns and cities offer substantial benefits for urban and rural areas alike, from energy and resource efficiency to public health and overall quality of life, he said.Mr. Ban underscored the importance of cities across many dimensions, from energy and transport to water and sanitation to social cohesion and disaster risk reduction. “This complexity has made it difficult to channel urban issues into the climate discussion in a coherent way,” he said.“Therefore I ask all of you to work with each other to ensure that we can do precisely that – and end up with results that are commensurate with the centrality of cities.”The Secretary-General met with the representatives of various regional organisations and countries attending the Climate Change Conference, including ministers from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the G-77 countries and China, the Africa Group, the BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China), and the European Union.In all these meetings he discussed the 2014 Climate Summit he will convene in New York in September during the General Assembly, and he emphasized the need for tangible progress in Warsaw in order to achieve an ambitious global agreement on climate change at the Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015. He particularly stressed the need to make progress on climate finance and to capitalise the Green Climate Fund and called for additional mitigation and adaptation measures, saying they are more urgent than ever.In a related development the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced the official opening of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) to help developing countries make informed decisions about mitigation and adaptation technologies that suit their needs.“As nations put in the foundations, walls and ceiling of a new, wide-ranging and universal climate agreement, the Climate Technology Centre and Network represents a further building block towards that low-carbon future,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said.UNEP also noted that reducing emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), an often-overlooked yet potent gas that could nearly double by 2050, potentially undermining gains in ozone layer recovery and exacerbating climate change, could bring benefits worth over $160 billion annually across diverse economic sectors by boosting efficiency in agriculture, by far the largest source of human-induced N2O.This means improving the ability of crops and livestock to better utilize nitrogen, and minimising the loss of nitrogen to the environment that occurs during crop cultivation and animal production.UN General Assembly President John W. Ashe, who is also attending the Warsaw Conference, is meeting with a series of officials and national ministers to discuss ongoing efforts to forge agreement on combating climate change.Yesterday he conferred with French Development Minister Pascal Canfin. He also discussed the climate negotiations with the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres. read more

The world needs science and science needs women says UN on new

More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science. “UNESCO’s message is clear – the new [2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] will not meet its promise without investing in women’s and girls’ empowerment through and in science,” Irina Bokova highlighted in a message. According to the most recent UNESCO Science Report, women account for only 28 per cent of researchers across the world, with the gap deepening at the higher echelons of decision-making. Women also have less access to funding, to networks, to senior positions, which puts them at a further disadvantage in high impactscience publishing. “This calls for deep and sustained change, starting in the earliest years through improved participation of women and girls in science education, training and research activities at all levels,” Ms. Bokova stressed. “Girls’ and women’s access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) cannot be envisaged when girls and women remain the majority of out-of-school children, youth and illiterate adults. This gap throws a shadow over entire societies, as no country can move forward with only half its creativity, energy, and dreams,” she added. Based on a study conducted in 14 countries, the United Nations estimates that the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18, eight and two per cent respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37, 18 and six per cent. “Gender equality is a global priority at UNESCO, and promoting women and girls in science stands at the heart of this action, through a range of initiatives,” noted Ms. Bokova, inviting all partners and Governments to redouble efforts to empower girls and women through and in science, as a foundation to take forward the 2030 Agenda. read more

Watch online as Chancellor Cheechoo receives Order of Canada Wednesday

Brock University Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo will be presented with the Order of Canada during a ceremony in Ottawa Wednesday, May 8.The award-winning actress, artist, playwright and filmmaker will receive the honour, presented by Governor General Julie Payette, at Rideau Hall at 10:30 a.m.Members of the Brock community and the public are invited to watch the presentation through a livestream available at

EHF CL Wild Card auction RNL Granollers Gorenje and Kielce

← Previous Story Bilbija and Vortmann join GWD Minden Next Story → Arnautovic left Crvena zvezda after Perunicic’s attack! EHF Wild Card tournament After many serious teams failed to qualify for the next edition of the EHF Champions League, media speculations about “Wild Card” tournament invitations started. The most secure is probably fourth team from Germany, the best League in the World.  Rhein Neckar Lowen will have same possibility as last summer, when “Lions” got a chance through “WC tournament” and then came to the “EHF F4” tournament in Cologne.After Spanish final and domination in Cologne, one is definitive. Fourth team from Spain MUST have a chance to enter the competition of 24 best teams of Europe. Team with the tradition, CWC finalist last season and fourth in ASOBAL this season was Fraikin Granollers with the same number of points as Ademar Leon.Slovenian vice-champion, Gorenje Velenje has an adequate status in the European handball. That is why, team from Velenje played at previous “Wild Card” tournament. Only Champion isn’t the same. Last year that was Celje PL and this season Cimos Koper won Championship. Gorenje is second and for the third year in a row is expected that EHF gives a chance to Slovenian vice-champion.Fourth “expected” team is Polish vice-champion, Vive Targi Kielce. Maybe sounds unfamiliar to the French third team (Dunkerque) or Swiss vice-champion (Pfadi Wintertur), but Polish Vive Targi Kielce has a quality and financial stability to find a place in TOP 16 of the EHF Champions League, like two seasons ago. It would be interesting to see, what will be the decision of EHF, if it is a fact that even Polish champion, Wisla Plock, has to go through qualification, so it could be interesting situation that Champion of one country doesn’t play in the EHF CL, while Vice-champion does.2009/10: Reale Ademar, Kadetten, Celje PL, Lemgo2010/11: Rhein-Neckar Löwen, Silkeborg, Reale Ademar, Gorenje Velenje read more

Vancouver man found guilty of robbing teens

first_imgJurors on Thursday found a Vancouver man guilty of robbing two teens of a designer belt and some other items by using a stolen firearm.The jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before handing down its verdicts to Cocaya S. Thomas. He was convicted of two counts of first-degree robbery with a firearm enhancement on each and possession of a stolen firearm.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said Thomas faces 14 to 15 years in prison.Sentencing in Clark County Superior Court was tentatively set for July 24, the date of Thomas’ trial in another alleged robbery. He has a third trial set in August in an alleged shooting. Between the two pending cases, the 20-year-old is facing charges of first-degree robbery, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm.In the pending cases, Thomas is accused of robbing a 17-year-old boy of a firearm, which he then allegedly used in the Aug. 12 belt robbery and during an Aug. 16 altercation with a man that resulted in shots being fired, court records show.Case chronologyThe alleged series of crimes began sometime in early August when Thomas met with the 17-year-old boy in a parking lot at Northeast Highway 99 and 63rd Street to purchase a .380-caliber revolver. During the exchange, Thomas brandished another firearm and took the revolver without paying, the affidavit states.last_img read more

Stanford withstands Oregon rally

first_imgSTANFORD, Calif. — Stanford squashed Oregon’s national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football. Florida State might want to send the Cardinal a thank you card.Tyler Gaffney ran for 157 yards and No. 6 Stanford hammered No. 2 Oregon for three quarters before holding off a furious rally by the fast-paced Ducks for a 26-20 victory Thursday night.The Cardinal made it two in a row against the Ducks, who haven’t lost to any other team in the last two seasons.“If you control the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball you can beat these guys,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “We’re a big, physical football team that plays well together.”Kevin Hogan ran for a touchdown and played a mistake-free game for Stanford (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12) as the Cardinal put on a clinic in how to play keep away from a team that was averaging 55.6 points. Stanford ran 66 times for 274 yards — sometimes behind as many as nine offensive linemen — and held the ball for 42 1/2 minutes.last_img read more

Jay Chun set to increase shareholding in Macaus Paradise Entertainment

first_imgMacau’s Paradise Entertainment Ltd has flagged a likely substantial increase in shares held by Chairman and Managing Director Jay Chun via a proposed repurchase mandate.In a Friday announcement, Paradise said it will seek authority from shareholders to allow the company’s directors to purchase up to 105,218,531 of its shares on the market, equal to around 10% of current issued share capital. The proposal will be voted on at Paradise’s AGM on 21 May 2019. RelatedPosts Load More Outlining the likely outcomes of a repurchase mandate, Paradise said the shareholding of Chun and a company wholly-owned by him, August Profit Investments Limited – which together hold 59.96% of issued share capital – would rise to 66.63% if the full mandate was exercised.However, it added that the repurchase mandate would not reduce the aggregate amount of shares in public hands to below 25%, nor would it lift Chun to a level that would require him to make a mandatory takeover offer under the Takeovers Code.Paradise is the developer of Macau’s popular Live Multi-Game terminals and operates two casinos on the Macau peninsula – Casino Kam Pek Paradise and Casino Waldo. Seventh heaven Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinnerlast_img read more

Plymouth Congregational United Church Hosts Community Talks on Mass Incarceration

first_imgThe Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ’s Board of Social Action (BOSA) is hosting a “Community Talk on Mass Incarceration” on Sept. 25. The talk will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will discuss not only the issues of mass incarceration, but also its impact on communities and actions that can be taken in order to heal and transform the bad effects it has on local cities and residents. The church is located at 5301 North Capitol Street, NE. For more information, email or call Rev. Art Brown at 202-276-3825.last_img read more

There are four types of Facebook users

first_imgResearchers have found that Facebook’s nearly two billion monthly users can be categorised into four types ranging from people who use the social media network to build on real-world relationships, to those focussed on “likes” and attention. On an average, 1.28 billion people check Facebook daily, and according to a recent estimate, an average Facebook user spends 35 minutes a day on the platform. “What is it about this social-media platform that has taken over the world,” lead author Tom Robinson, Professor at the Brigham Young University, said in a statement. To answer this, the team compiled a list of 48 statements to identify potential reasons as to why people use Facebook.They found four categories of Facebook users: relationship builders, town criers, selfies and window shoppers. Relationship builders post, respond to others” posts and use additional Facebook features primarily in an attempt to fortify relationships that exist beyond their virtual world.”They use it as an extension of their real life, with their family and real-life friends,” Robinson said. Town criers, on the other hand, are unconcerned with sharing photos, stories or other information about themselves, they instead “want to inform everybody about what”s going on”. “They push out information,” Robinson noted.People in the selfies category use Facebook to promote themselves. They too post pictures, videos and text updates, but are focussed on getting attention, likes and comments. The more “likes” they receive, the more they feel approved by their peers. Window shoppers, like town criers, feel a sense of social obligation to be on Facebook but rarely post personal information.These users “want to see what other people are doing. It”s the social-media equivalent of people watching”, said Clark Callahan, a professor from the Brigham Young University.”Social media is so ingrained in everything we do right now. And most people don”t think about why they do it, but if people can recognise their habits, that at least creates awareness,” said Kris Boyle, a professor from the Brigham Young University.last_img read more

11yearold girl found dead in Playa del Carmen

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — UPDATED: The Office of the Attorney General of the State continues to investigate the death of an 11-year-old girl in Playa del Carmen.The Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Attention to Crimes Against Women has taken up the case after an 11-year-old Guatemalan girl was found murdered Thursday.Head of the Crimes Against Women unit, Guadalupe Reyes Pinzón, said that they are carrying out all areas of research to find who is responsible, adding that they are still waiting for the autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death.Preliminary information says the girl was raped and beaten at a home in the Colosio neighborhood of Playa del Carmen, however, authorities have not confirmed the allegations. They have said that forensic experts found marks on her neck that suggest suffocation, but further details were not released.The body of the child was found by her parents in their house on Calle 58, between Avenidas 15 and 20 of the populated colony Luis Donaldo Colosio.Authorities are still investigating.UPDATE:  The 11-year-old girl found dead in a home in Playa del Carmen died from asphyxiation by hanging. An autopsy revealed the girl hung herself. Guadalupe Reyes Pinzón, head of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for the Attention of Crimes against Women, confirmed that the girl had only one injury, which was found around her neck and was not beaten or sexually abused.With the help of a translator, the brother of the girl said she became angry after her parents locked her in a room while they went out to work. When she was unable to open a window to reach the outside, she became even more upset.The girl, Caty, was buried Monday.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UKs Cameron Northern Ireland to host G8 summit

first_imgAssociated PressDUBLIN (AP) – Peace in Northern Ireland will be a focal point for next year’s G-8 summit of world leaders, Prime Minister David Cameron declared Tuesday as he unveiled plans to host the annual gathering in the long-troubled British territory.“The world’s leaders are going to be here next year debating the issues that are vital to the future of our world, vital to the future of Northern Ireland, and seeing this brilliant, beautiful part of the United Kingdom,” Cameron announced at the end of a question-and-answer session at a forklift factory in Northern Ireland. Top Stories Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Cameron is current chairman of the G-8 encompassing the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and Canada. Leaders are expected to gather June 17 and 18 at a luxury hotel and golf resort beside Lough Erne in Northern Ireland’s County Fermanagh lakeland.Staging the G-8 in Fermanagh appears certain to present a test for the peace process in Northern Ireland, where several small Irish Republican Army factions continue to mount occasional bomb and gun attacks in opposition to the province’s 5-year-old unity government of British Protestants and Irish Catholics.Fermanagh borders the Republic of Ireland and it remains an area of relatively high activity for the IRA die-hards who oppose the 2005 decision of most IRA members to renounce violence and disarm.Fermanagh’s main town, Enniskillen, is forever linked in the public mind to one of the IRA’s worst civilian slaughters: a 1987 no-warning IRA bomb that tore through a crowd of Protestant civilians commemorating the British dead from the two world wars.Eleven were killed and 63 wounded. But the horror also gave the world one of Northern Ireland’s most inspiring peacemakers, Gordon Wilson, who hours after the attack from his hospital bed described how he had said goodbye to his dying daughter Marie as they lay buried together in the rubble _ and then publicly forgave her IRA killers. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img First Minister Peter Robinson, the Protestant leader of the Northern Ireland government, praised Cameron for “his continued efforts in helping us to promote Northern Ireland on the global stage. This is a massive boost for us.”His Catholic colleague, former IRA commander and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, was more circumspect.McGuinness noted that both parts of Ireland had “suffered terribly as the result of the world recession caused by the irresponsible behavior of financial institutions and some governments.” He said he hoped G-8 leaders “when they come to Fermanagh will recognize and accept the need to do something deep and profound to assist people.”The one thing no police operation can stop is Fermanagh’s legendarily wet weather. There’s a local saying: Half the year, the lakes are in Fermanagh; the other half, Fermanagh’s in the lakes.___Online:Lough Erne Resort, Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more