Zlatan Ibrahimovic signs for French top league club Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgFrench top league club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has reportedly signed Italy-based striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the second main face recruited after the Brazilian defender Thiago Silva.Citing Leonardo, the PSG football director, the daily Le Parisien said the club reached an accord with the 30-year-old striker to join Paris soccer team for three seasons, reports Xinhua.”I think it will be a great year for PSG… This player will change everything,” the daily quoted Leonardo as saying.Ibrahimovic would enjoy an annual net payment of 12.5 million euros ($15.33 million), the report added.Three days ago, the club that was heavily investing in recruiting the best performing international players, signed Thiago Silva – considered one of the world’s best central defenders.last_img read more

Christou gets bronze in European Aquatics

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS (kathimerini). Apostolos Christou earned Greece’s first medal in the European Aquatics Championships in London finishing third in the 100 meters backstroke final on Tuesday.The Greek champion managed to climb on the podium in his participation in the Euro Champs in his career, after excelling in the qualifying, when he clocked the second best time (53.77 seconds), and recording the best time in the semifinals (53.36 seconds).In the final the 19-year-old finished third with a time of 54.19 seconds, a dead heat with Italian Simone Sabbioni who was also awarded a bronze medal.Another Greek, Panayiotis Samilidis, finished fifth in the 100m. breaststroke final.last_img

World Cup 2018: Luka Modric takes a dig at English journalists and pundits

first_imgThere were jubilant scenes in the Croatian camp as the country reached their first-ever World Cup final on Wednesday at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Moscow. A nation with the mere population of 4,000,000 had made it into the final of the biggest sporting event on earth.Despite all the romanticism around Croatia, they have not exactly punched above their weight. They have world-class players in the squad with Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Maro Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren representing some of the biggest clubs in the world.Yet there have never been very high expectations off Croatia, partly because of their poor show over the years and their unimpressive history.This time around things were different, their midfield was touted as one of the best in the tournament and they have proven their credentials.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhen it came to the semi-final against England, many people did not give Croatia a chance. The entire talk of ‘glory days’ around England and the fact that Croatia had gone to penalties for both their Round of 16 and quarter-finals matches did not exactly help.Most pundits believed that fatigue will come into play for Croatia because they had played far more minutes than The Three Lions. However, in the second half of the match on Wednesday, it were Croatia who came out with renewed energy, zeal and tactics and trumped England 2-1.Lost for words.Enjoy the images.#WorldCupFinal#FlamingPride #WorldCup #Vatreni pic.twitter.com/xOflT8OwOMHNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 11, 2018Also read – Croatia lowest ranked team in history to reach World Cup finaladvertisementCroatia’s chief creator Luka Modric did not mince words after their historic victory. Their coach Zlatko Dalic had said a day ago that they were underrated and Modric took a dig that English journalists and pundits made the mistake of underestimating this super motivated side.”English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake. All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying ‘ok, today we will see who will be tired’,” Modric said after the match.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSCroatia showed their mettle, grit and immense mental strength to down England. Their fighting spirit and the sheer quality in their midfield came to absolute limelight.Also read – World Cup 2018: Croatian defender booed during historic triumphCroatia’s first goal was of supremely high quality. While many accuse Ivan Perisic of high boot, his connection with the ball was perfectly time, his boot did not touch the English defender and he found the back of the net. The pass in front of the goal from Sime Vrsaljko was absolute peach and off-the-ball movement from Perisic to get to the ball was gold.Ivan Perisic’s goal vs England. Who’s the Ninja at Inter again? #CROENG pic.twitter.com/3VC15Bwo0XInterYaSkriniar (@InterYaSkriniar) July 11, 2018Also read – Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic World Cup final: Key statsThe second goal scored by Mandzukic in the 109th minute was also extremely street-smart. Ivan Perisic rose the highest to head the ball brilliantly in front of the goal. Mandzukic awoke to the situation before John Stones, picked the ball and struck it past Jordan Pickford.The moment when you book your country a place in the #WorldCupFinal!A goal that @MarioMandzukic9 and @HNS_CFF will never forget…TV listings https://t.co/xliHcxWvEOHighlights https://t.co/LOdKDX2Cwn pic.twitter.com/giu0LqA3iPFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 11, 2018It was already known that Croatia have a lot of quality but coupled with their steely mental strength, the final against France is likely to be a cracker.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: You might call it a semi-final, for us it’s another game, says Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndia take on New Zealand in the 1st semi-final and are being touted as favourites to reach their 2nd World Cup final of the decade.Virat Kohli’s men finished on the top of the 10-team points table with 15 points, 4 more than New Zealand who scraped through to the last-four. New Zealand and Pakistan were tied on points but the Black Caps managed to reach the semi-final due to their better net run rate.Speaking to the International Cricket Council on the eve of the big-ticket semi-final, Ravi Shastri said India’s familiarity of New Zealand will help them in the semi-final.Notably, India thrashed New Zealand 4-1 in an ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year.”We have played against them quite a bit as well. We toured New Zealand and they were in India some time ago. They know what to expect, we also know what to expect,” Ravi Shastri said.There was certainly no lack of confidence in either camp ahead of the v semi-final in Manchester #TeamIndia | #BackTheBlackCaps | #CWC19pic.twitter.com/8C3iG7q9pZCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019The Indian head coach added that India have been treating every game at World Cup 2019 with equal importance and their approach won’t change just because it’s a semi-final match on Tuesday.”We treat every game as a new game. Opposition doesn’t matter. Our job is to get out there and do our jobs. As an individual and as a team,” Ravi Shastri added.”You might call it a semi-final, for us it’s just another game. Do what you have been doing… you don’t have to anything different just because it’s a semi-final. Stick to what you have been doing… what happens after that will happen.”advertisementALSO READ | Rohit Sharma’s form in World Cup 2019 no surprise, says Ravi ShastriALSO READ | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni turns to ‘former spinner’ Ravi Shastri for adviceALSO WATCH | Watch: Fans wish MS Dhoni as Indian players arrive in Manchester ahead of World Cup semi-finallast_img read more

Talking Horses: ‘Magic Man’ João Moreira turned away by Japan racing

first_imgHorse racing tips Read more Read more But the Japanese Racing Authority evidently has quite stringent requirements for foreign jockeys who would like to ride there, including a written test, in English, on the sport there and its history. This, according to a report in the South China Morning Post, is what Moreira has failed. Had he passed it, he would then have faced an oral test in Japanese.Apparently, he can’t resit the tests for a year, so he won’t be able to ride in Japan beyond the turn of the year, having obtained only a temporary licence. It’s a really tough outcome for Moreira, who shocked his Hong Kong fans in June when announcing that he wanted to try his luck in Japan, and it could be seen as a self-harming outcome for Japanese racing, to which he would have added plenty of interest. A return to Hong Kong must be on the cards, though I’d love to see some British-based owner making the Brazilian an offer.If he’s at all tempted to come here, Moreira may be reassured to know that British racing is less stringent, without being a pushover. Jockeys have to sit two tests as part of their initial licence application, including one on the sport’s rules, regulations and the basic professional knowledge that any jockey should have; you can’t get a licence without passing the test, I’m told by the British Horseracing Authority, although you don’t have to wait a year to resit if you fail it. The other test relates to broader knowledge of horse racing in Britain but failing that wouldn’t necessarily bar you from holding a licence.Happily, you can be a journalist in horse racing without passing any kind of test, though my BHA source expressed an interest in changing that situation when I mentioned it. Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian I had one of the most frustrating half-hours of my racing life last month when Hot Hannah and Pammi both went close, but not close enough in big-field Ayr handicaps. Imagine my delight in seeing them both down to run at the same track this afternoon.I thought the forecast 10-1 about Pammi (5.15) was a bit big and she has duly been shortened to 7-1 this morning. An improving three-year-old filly, she’s only 1lb higher than when beaten a head three weeks ago. She had another go, at Hamilton, three days after that and ran on well to be second behind a winner from an in-form yard.In the end, I can resist Hot Hannah at 100-30 in a big field but there might be some value in 7-1 about Inexes (3.10). The grey took a long time to get his first win of the year but did so here last week after a promising run at Pontefract the time before and appeals under a penalty against mostly out-of-form rivals.The two jumps cards will feature small fields on dry ground and make me long for rain. But there’s something to be said for the 7-1 shot Braddan Head (4.35) at Worcester. This is a Trevor Hemmings-owned horse whose future is presumably over fences but he’s a half-brother to Grandads Horse, whose initial form figures over hurdles for the same yard were 21111.Braddan Head showed some promise in a couple of maiden hurdles in the spring and could do better with a tongue tie fitted for this return, with Charlie Longsdon among the winners. Hide Share on Messenger features Thank you for your feedback. Share via Email Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Show Reuse this content Thursday’s best bets, by Chris CookIn absolutely extraordinary news, the ruling body of Japanese racing has told João Moreira that he can’t have a full jockey’s licence to ride there this season. “Magic Man” Moreira has become an enormously popular rider in the region, due to his success in Hong Kong, and would be an instant draw wherever he rides, including here in Britain, where he impressed at the Shergar Cup a couple of months ago. Quick guide Racing tips for Thursday 11 October Was this helpful? Sheikh Fahad al-Thani’s new £3.6m horse could prove ‘cheap’ Worcester 1.25 Desirable Court 1.55 Nightfly 2.25 Freedom Run 3.00 Back On The Lash 3.30 Winter Spice 4.00 The Dawn Man 4.35 Braddan HeadAyr 1.35 Pendleton 2.05 Syndicate 2.35 Hot Hannah (nb) 3.10 Inexes 3.40 Redarna 4.10 Drover 4.45 Havana Go 5.15 Pammi (nap)Bangor 1.45 Markhan 2.15 Handy Hollow 2.50 Molly Childers 3.20 Eyesopenwideawake 3.50 Forget Me Knot 4.25 Jaunty Thor 5.00 Marju’s QuestChelmsford 5.10 So Hi Class 5.45 Airwaves 6.15 Fintas 6.45 Big Country 7.15 Oscar’s Ridge 7.45 Haroon 8.15 Majeste 8.45 Jumping CatsTips by Chris Cook. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Talking Horses Share on WhatsApp The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Horse racinglast_img read more

Arsenal team news & line-up vs Swansea

first_imgPremier League Arsenal team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Swansea Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:15 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Swansea City v Arsenal Swansea City Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday Arsenal go into Tuesday’s match against Swansea surrounded by transfer speculation, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang close to joining from Borussia Dortmund.The Gunners sold Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way and the Armenia international is set to make his debut at the Liberty Stadium.Having been knocked out of the FA Cup almost a month ago, a rejuvenated Arsenal have a Carabao Cup final against Manchester City to look forward to, although they’ve won just three of their 12 away games in the league this season. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger’s side have lost to the likes of Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth in 2018 but will be confident of securing all three points against an improved Swansea side who still sit at the foot of the league table.ARSENAL INJURIES Danny Welbeck is unavailable due to a hip injury but Olivier Giroud returns from a hamstring problem amid reports that he could be on his way to Chelsea.Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, is likely to feature in his first Arsenal game, with Wenger claiming that the 29-year-old’s versatility is one of the Armenian’s key strengths.“I think Mkhitaryan can play in all positions in midfield,” Wenger said on Friday. “In a box-to-box role, certainly not a defensive role or as a holding player, but all the other positions are not out of reach.“Until now he has played in a wide role but he can certainly absorb that role in a kind of winger or playmaker. I don’t rule it out for him to become a box-to-box player.”Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.Olivier Giroud ArsenalARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger’s interchanging between three and four defenders is likely to see the in-form Nacho Monreal continue in defence.Jack Wilshere didn’t train with the rest of the first-team squad on Friday but could still be involved, with Aaron Ramsey also available to start in central midfield alongside Granit Xhaka.A front three of Mesut Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi appears most likely, with Alexandre Lacazette expected to continue in his role upfront.Arsenal XISWANSEA TEAM NEWS Swansea have lost just one of their last seven games with Carlos Carvalhal in charge, winning seven points from his four league games in charge.The Portuguese boss is without midfielder Renato Sanches for the match in Wales due to a hamstring injury but defender Federico Fernandez is available after missing the FA Cup tie with Notts County.Carvalhal’s side have the Premier League’s worst home record this season, with three wins and 11 points from 12 games.Jordan Ayew is the club’s top scorer with seven goals to his name so far this season.Carlos CarvalhalBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Swansea City have lost four of their last five Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W1), including losing each of the last three in a row. Carlos Carvalhal will be the seventh different Swansea manager that Arsene Wenger has faced in the Premier League, in what is the 14th meeting. Indeed, since the start of the 2011-12 season, only against Sunderland (7) has Wenger faced as many different managers against a single opponent. The Gunners have won four of their last five Premier League away games against the Swans, losing the other in November 2014 (1-2). Arsenal have scored in all six of their away Premier League games against Swansea – only at West Brom (12) and Birmingham (7) do they have a better 100% record. Arsenal have only lost one of their last 34 Premier League games against the side starting that day bottom of the table (W27 D6), losing 3-4 at Blackburn in September 2011. The Gunners have won just three of their 12 Premier League away games this season. The last time they’d won as few on the road this far into a season was 2005-06, earning their fourth away win in their 15th game. Danny Welbeck has had a hand in four goals in his last three Premier League starts against Swansea (three goals, one assist). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Tuesday, with no live television coverage available in the UK.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope: Great to be back

first_imgBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope: Great to be backby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is back in action after recovering from shoulder surgery.Pope played in his first match since dislocating his shoulder in July after turning out for the club’s under-23s on Monday.The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes of an away clash against Sheffield United, which the Clarets won 3-1.Pope made his England debut in early June and was part of the Three Lions squad for the World Cup in Russia.He said: “It was great to be back, it’s been a long injury spell for myself but to get back and play a real game and 90 minutes was great.“I try to help out where I can, I remember playing those sorts of games when I was their age.“So, it was good to be one of the experienced ones there today, I think that’s part of the experience and part of my job to step down and help the younger lads out.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMelchiot tells Chelsea striker Abraham: Get nasty like Drogba!

first_imgMelchiot tells Chelsea striker Abraham: Get nasty like Drogba!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTammy Abraham needs to develop a nasty streak like former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. That is according to ex-Blues defender Mario Melchiot.Abraham has already proven his goalscoring chops, having blasted in seven this season. But Melchiot thinks his game can reach another level.”Tammy Abraham is a real finisher but, as much as I like him as a player, he’s sometimes got to be more of a bad boy,” Melchiot told talkSPORT.”You know why? When you play against players like Virgil van Dijk, the striker has to have a bit of badness in him. A bit of nastiness.”OK, look at the guys I played against, like Ryan Giggs. He was so elegant, he dribbled beautifully, but trust me, if I kicked him he would have got up and either kicked me back or found a way to do it – he was one of the best players I played against.”Tammy needs that too. As cute as he looks, he’s young, fresh and exciting to watch, he needs to have that.”If you look at Drogba, [Jimmy Floyd] Hasselbaink, these guys weren’t cute when you played against them.”Be a little bit of a bad boy! Bring that badness out of you!” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Man accused of killing Abbotsford BC school girl is unfit for trial

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A defence lawyer says his client’s ongoing psychosis makes him unfit to stand trial for the murder of a high school girl in Abbotsford, B.C.Martin Peters says Gabriel Klein can’t meaningfully participate in a trial because he has reported hearing voices, has difficulty communicating because of his disordered thinking, and the stress of a trial could cause his mental state to deteriorate further.Klein is accused of the second-degree murder of 13-year-old Letisha Reimer and the aggravated assault of a second Grade 9 student who were attacked in the lobby of Abbotsford Senior Secondary in November 2016.Peters says Klein should be remanded back to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, where he has been treated four times since he was arrested.A psychiatrist who has been treating Klein told the court yesterday that the man has schizophrenia and is psychotic.Klein’s trial is set to begin May 7, but a judge first has to decide if he’s mentally fit.last_img read more

Alarmed at rise in killings UN rights chief urges Iran to halt

The majority of executions were reportedly carried out in relation to drug offences, but at least three political prisoners were among those hanged, states a news release issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“We have urged Iran, time and again, to halt executions,” said High Commissioner Navi Pillay. “I am very dismayed that instead of heeding our calls, the Iranian authorities appear to have stepped up the use of the death penalty.”There are at least three known cases in which political activists were executed. Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Ali Haj Aqaei and another man whose name was not disclosed were affiliated with banned political parties. Mr. Kazemi and Mr. Aqaei were arrested in September 2009 during protests.  All three individuals were convicted of mohareb or “enmity against God,” and hanged last month.“Dissent is not a crime,” Ms. Pillay stressed, recalling that Iran is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the right to free expression and to free association.  “It is absolutely unacceptable for individuals to be imprisoned for association with opposition groups, let alone be executed for their political views or affiliations.”She also condemned the two instances in which public executions were held, despite a circular issued in January 2008 by the head of the judiciary that banned public executions. In addition, she voiced deep concern that a large number of people reportedly remain on death row, including more political prisoners, drug offenders and even juvenile offenders. “As Iran is no doubt aware, the international community as a whole is moving towards abolition of the death penalty in law or in practice.  I call upon Iran to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty,” stated the High Commissioner. “At a minimum, I call upon them to respect international standards guaranteeing due process and the protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty, to progressively restrict its use and reduce the number of offences for which it may be imposed.”Two independent UN human rights experts have also joined the High Commissioner’s call for an immediate moratorium on executions, given the “gravity of the situation and the regular disregard of due process.”Christof Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, noted in a news release that, under international law, the death penalty is regarded as an extreme form of punishment which, if used at all, should only be imposed for the most serious crimes, after a fair trial. “Any death sentence undertaken in contravention of a Government’s international obligations is tantamount to an arbitrary execution,” he stressed.For her part, Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, deplored that “in many cases, people sentenced to death do not have access to legal representation and their families and lawyers are not even informed of the execution.”The Special Rapporteurs reiterated the appeals made to the Iranian authorities by several UN experts to allow them to visit the country, and encouraged the Government to respond positively to their request. 2 February 2011Voicing alarm at reports that at least 66 people have been executed in Iran in January alone, including several political activists, the United Nations human rights chief today once again called on the Government to halt the use of the death penalty. read more

UN study shows murder rates highest in parts of Americas and Africa

6 October 2011Young men in Central and South America and Southern and Central Africa are most at risk of being killed in cases of homicide, while women face an increased likelihood of being murdered in domestic violence, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report unveiled today. Young men in Central and South America and Southern and Central Africa are most at risk of being killed in cases of homicide, while women face an increased likelihood of being murdered in domestic violence, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report unveiled today.Evidence points to rising homicide rates in Central America and the Caribbean, which are “near crisis point,” according to UNODC’s Global Study on Homicide, which blames firearms for the rising murder rates in those two regions, where almost three quarters of all homicides are committed with guns, compared to 21 per cent in Europe.Men face a much higher risk of violent death (11.9 per 100,000) than women (2.6 per 100,000), although there are variations between countries and regions.“The results of the report show the importance of the UN firearm protocol and the importance for countries to ratify and adopt the protocol to try to control the use of firearms, and their use in fuelling street crime.“It also highlights the importance of preventive measures and in the case of women, of measures to protect them from domestic crime.”In countries with high murder rates, especially involving firearms, such as in Central America, one in 50 males aged 20 will be killed before they reach the age of 31 – several hundred times higher than in some parts of Asia.Worldwide, 468,000 homicides occurred last year. Some 36 per cent of all homicides take place in Africa, 31 per cent in the Americas, 27 per cent in Asia, 5 per cent in Europe, and 1 per cent in Oceania.Countries with wide income disparities are four times more likely to be afflicted by violent crime than more equitable societies. Conversely, economic growth seems to stem that tide, as the past 15 years in South America have shown.Chronic crime is both a major cause and result of poverty, insecurity and under-development, the study points out. Crime drives away business, erodes human capital and destabilizes society.“To achieve the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], crime prevention policies should be combined with economic and social development and democratic governance based on the rule of law,” said Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director.Sudden dips in the economy can drive up homicide rates. In selected countries, more murders occurred during the financial crisis of 2008-09, coinciding with declining gross domestic product (GDP), higher consumer price index and more unemployment.Last year, 42 per cent of homicides were committed with firearms – 74 per cent of them in the Americas and 21 per cent in Europe. Gun crime is driving violent crime in Central America and the Caribbean – the only region where the evidence points to rising homicide rates.“It is crucial that measures to prevent crime should include policies towards the ratification and implementation of the Firearms Protocol,” said Mr. Fedotov. He stressed that although 89 States are parties to the Protocol, which supplements the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime, many more countries could accede to that legal instrument.Organized crime – especially drug trafficking – accounted for a quarter of deaths caused by firearms in the Americas, compared to only 5 per cent of homicides in Asia and Europe. That does not mean, however, that organized crime groups are not active in those two regions, but rather that they may be operating in ways that do not employ lethal violence to the same extent.Crime and violence are also strongly associated with large youthful populations, especially in developing countries. While 6.9 persons per 100,000 are killed each year globally, the rate for young male victims is three times higher (21.1 per 100,000). Young men are more likely to own weapons and engage in street crime, take part in gang warfare and commit drug-related offences, according to the study.Globally, some 80 per cent of homicide victims and perpetrators are men. But, whereas men are more likely to be killed in a public places, women are mainly murdered at home, as in Europe where half of all female victims were killed by a family member. In Europe, women comprised almost 80 per cent of all people killed by a current or former partner in 2008.“The results of the report show the importance of the UN firearm protocol and the importance for countries to ratify and adopt the protocol to try to control the use of firearms, and their use in fuelling street crime,” said Angela Me, chief of the statistics and surveys section at UNODC.“It also highlights the importance of preventive measures and in the case of women, legal measures to protect them from domestic crime,” she told UN Radio. read more

Penn State looks to shut down Braxton Miller and the Ohio State

Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) makes a catch during a game against Kent State at Beaver Stadium Sept. 21, 2013. Penn State won, 34-0.Credit: Courtesy of MCTWhile the undefeated Ohio State football team is hoping to make it to the BCS National Championship Game this season after being banned from postseason play last year, Penn State will be forced to watch from home again.Penn State (4-2, 1-1) is in its second year of a four-year postseason ban administered by the NCAA stemming from the child sexual assault case involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.Despite the bowl ban, the team remains motivated for its opportunity to end the nation’s longest winning streak (19 games) when it plays the Buckeyes Saturday in Ohio Stadium.“I talk to our guys about playing 12 one-game seasons,” Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said during the Big Ten Teleconference Tuesday. “Ohio State, 100,000 people in the stands, in the Horseshoe, I don’t know of many bowl games that are better than that, other than the national championship game.”OSU is ranked No. 4 in the BCS standings, released Sunday for the first time this season.Playing the Buckeyes for the 21st consecutive year, Penn State is trying to be the first squad to beat the Buckeyes since Urban Meyer took over the reins. Last season, OSU beat the Nittany Lions 35-23 in State College, Pa.If the Nittany Lions are going to score the upset win on the road, though, junior wide receiver Allen Robinson said they need “everybody to play their best level of football.”“Games like this (are) why you came to Penn State,” Robinson said. “I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily about the win streak, even if they had a loss or a couple losses, this is definitely still a game that you want to get. It’s Penn State-Ohio State, it don’t really get much better than that.”Part of the challenge for Penn State will be stopping junior quarterback Braxton Miller and the OSU offense, who rank seventh in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season with an average of 45 points scored per game. In last year’s matchup against the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes put up 377 total yards. Miller accounted for all but 100 of those yards, passing for 143 yards and one touchdown while running for 134 yards and two touchdowns.Although Miller missed two games this season with a knee injury, O’Brien said Miller has been an integral part of the Buckeyes’ success this season.“You don’t get to 7-0, No. 4 in the country without (having) an excellent quarterback,” O’Brien said. “That’s what he is.”Miller is a “very explosive player” with his abilities to both pass and run the ball, Penn State redshirt-senior linebacker/safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong said.“He can make the play at any time, regardless of if you feel like you got him like one-on-one,” Obeng-Agyapong said. “He has the ability to make you miss, so we have to corral the ball when he has it.”Another explosive threat on the OSU offense Penn State is preparing for is senior running back Carlos Hyde, who’s run for 317 yards and five scores in the past two games.“(Hyde) gets a lot of attention from us, I can tell you that,” O’Brien said. “He’s a downhill runner, you better wrap him up … he’s obviously one of the better backs in the country.”Obeng-Agyapong said the OSU offensive line could give the Nittany Lion’s a hard time too.”Their offensive line are monsters up front … they like to be physical at the point of attack,” Obeng-Agyapong said.The Penn State defense ranks 17th nationally, allowing an average of 23.7 points per game.“I think (Penn State’s defensive success) is a trademark of their tradition there,” OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said. “They’ve always had good line play and good linebacker play … Their defensive schemes are sound.”When the Penn State offense is on the field, the matchup to watch could take place on the perimeter, where Robinson is expected to square off against OSU redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby.Both players were first-team all-Big Ten selections in 2012, while Robinson was named the Big Ten’s Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year last season and Roby was a second-team AP All-American.While Meyer described Robinson on Tuesday as a “very fast, talented guy that goes up and high-points the ball,” Robinson said Roby is one of the best cornerbacks in college football.“He’s real instinctive,” Robinson said. “If he reads (a play), he’s going with his read and he’s very aggressive with what he wants to do with it and how he plays out there.“It’s definitely going to be a challenge,” Robinson added. “Something that, as a receiver, you kind of get excited to play for. But I just take it each game at a time, and just treat it like it’s any other game. You can’t do too much looking at the certain particular matchup.”Robinson caught five passes for 68 yards in last year’s loss to OSU, when he was matched up against Roby the majority of the game.The quarterback leading Penn State offense and throwing the ball to Robinson this season has been freshman Christian Hackenberg, who has thrown for 1,672 yards and 11 touchdowns and has thrown six interceptions in six games.OSU junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said Hackenberg looks “pretty poised in the pocket” as a passer, but said the Buckeyes will try to take advantage of his inexperience by bringing pressure.“Like any freshman, (we are) just going to have to try to get to him, and try to get him rattled,” Shazier said.Going up against an offense that ranks 26th nationally with an average of 283.7 passing yards per game, Meyer said he is counting on Roby and the OSU pass defense to be a strength of the team Saturday.“(Roby’s) got to play well, the whole back end’s got to play well and we haven’t had our best game yet (in the secondary),” Meyer said. “It’s about time.”Seeking its first win against OSU under second-year head coach O’Brien, Penn State could become the first team to beat the Buckeyes since Florida defeated OSU, 24-17, in the Gator Bowl Jan. 2, 2012.How the Nittany Lions could perform their best, redshirt-senior guard John Urschel said, would be to “manage the game” and “try to make good plays.”“Ohio State is a very, very good team, they’re very talented,” Urschel said. “You don’t win that (many) games in a row without having a great football team, a great coaching staff, and if we want to play the type of game we know we’re capable of, we just have to all perform our best.”Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

Tommy John Surgeries Are Down And Nobody Quite Knows Why

By Rob Arthur and Ben Lindbergh Embed Code Passan dismissed that thought process as “reductive.” As he pointed out, “no studies have proven decreased usage in major league pitchers does anything to stem blown-out elbows.” But he granted that there might be better health-related reasons to shorten the leash for minor leaguers. “There is a profound difference between an 18-year-old’s elbow and that of a 25-year-old,” Passan said.Teams seem to be taking that mindset seriously. At a seasonal level, per-player pitch counts have declined by about 10 percent across the board in Double A and Triple A from 2013 to present (after increasing in 2011 and 2012). And prospects who’ve appeared in Baseball America’s top 100 rankings have seen their counts sink even more, by about 15 percent. According to Boddy, “the reduction in workloads is definitely a concentrated effort by teams to impact injury rates.”One team in particular has treated its minor league starters like delicate flowers: the Los Angeles Dodgers under the Andrew Friedman regime. Although player development director Gabe Kapler (who was hired in November 2014) didn’t divulge any details about the team’s plan for young pitchers when we asked him for comment, Dodger starters in Double and Triple A last season threw about five fewer pitches per outing than the league average, and their staffs’ ratio of relief appearances to starts was 20 percent higher than that of the typical team — indicating that the Dodgers’ upper-level affiliates are signaling for new arms early and often. Last week, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that Angels ace Garrett Richards would miss the rest of this season — and at least part of next year — after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The loss of a talented pitcher who was off to a promising start provided the usual alarming reminder that any arm could be days away from a season-ending diagnosis. But we can serve some chicken soup for the baseball fan’s soul:1No, not that kind. Compared with totals through the same date in recent seasons, 2016’s Tommy John toll has been mercifully light. (Knock on the nearest ulnar collateral ligament.)Historically, March and April have been the peak periods for Tommy John-inducing injuries. Not only does ramping up from a winter’s inactivity put pitchers at increased risk, but spring is also when pitchers who felt a twinge at the end of the previous season can no longer pretend rest will restore them. From 2005-14, 44 percent of injuries that led to elbow ligament replacements occurred in March or April. The last two springs were particularly costly, yielding record Tommy John totals and depriving fans of full seasons from such prominent pitchers as Yu Darvish, Zack Wheeler and Brandon McCarthy in 2015, and Matt Moore, Patrick Corbin and Jarrod Parker in 2014.In 2016, however, the parade of early-season elbow injuries has slowed, as evidenced by Hardball Times analyst Jon Roegele’s list of Tommy John patients. The poster boy for pitch-count control is 19-year-old Dodgers starter Julio Urias, the minor leagues’ top left-handed pitching prospect and the youngest pitcher in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League by almost three years. Urias, who’s made 60 minor league starts, has never thrown more than six innings in any single outing as a pro; earlier this month, he no-hit the New Orleans Zephyrs for six innings and was still pulled after 77 pitches. According to game-by-game minor league data from Baseball Prospectus,5Which goes back to 2005. only one pitcher who made the majors in that span — Rafael Dolis, who pitched primarily out of the bullpen and never started a big-league game — made more than 60 minor league starts before his MLB debut without ever recording more than 18 outs in any of them. If Urias makes six more starts without seeing the seventh inning before his Dodgers debut, he’ll pass Dolis on the light-workload leaderboard. If he doesn’t do it, it will probably be because the Dodgers decided to promote him to the big-league bullpen, a move they’re currently contemplating.“Most doctors believe limiting usage the way the Dodgers have with Julio Urias gives his UCL the best chance to survive the stress and strain that comes with his sort of velocity,” Passan said. The catch, of course, is that Urias will eventually have to go deeper in games—unless Los Angeles implements an even more innovative approach to limiting workloads at the major league level, perhaps building on the tandem-starter schemes other teams have tried. If the Dodgers don’t handle Urias’s transition to the majors with care, they could inadvertently expose him to even greater risk. “Pitchers are most at risk later in the games when they are fatigued, so limiting workloads in the minors only to expose them to the traditional 180-220 IP and 100+ pitch count metrics in the big leagues doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Boddy says.With all the brainpower in LA’s rapidly inflating R&D department devoted to injury research and prevention, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them ahead of the arm-injury curve. But in the bigger picture, this year’s Tommy John reversal might prove as illusory as the global warming “pause.” Pitch-count protocols in pro ball probably won’t undo the damage done at earlier ages, and a lasting solution would require more sweeping changes than teams have had time to institute.But even if what we’ve witnessed this spring is just a trough between Tommy John waves, we should still savor the lack of ugly MRI results as long as it lasts. The fewer pitchers paying visits to the dreaded Dr. James Andrews, the better off baseball will be. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Listen to our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, discuss the drop in Tommy John surgeries. This year’s tally of 22 Tommy John surgeries through May 10 — across all professional levels — is the lowest since 2002.2We filtered out surgeries listed as occurring on Jan. 1 of a given year, since these were procedures for which Roegele didn’t know the exact date. We also ignored the surgeries of players who were drafted in the same year the surgery occurred, as their cases often weren’t added to Roegele’s list until after the draft. And finally, we added one surgery to the 2016 total: that of Richards, who was not yet included in Roegele’s data. And that count includes very few prominent pitchers: Aside from Richards, the highest-profile big leaguer lost to the procedure in 2016 thus far3Excluding Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who went under the knife in November. is Carter Capps, the Miami Marlins reliever whose borderline-illegal delivery made him an attraction mostly in a circus-freak sense. This year’s big-league Tommy John casualties were projected by Dan Szymborski’s preseason ZiPS algorithm to produce only 7.0 wins above replacement in 2016,4According to data Szymborski provided us. compared with the 13.3 and 23.8 WAR projected for Tommy John victims by May 10 of the 2015 and 2014 seasons, respectively.It would be pretty to think this means that teams have solved the UCL scourge. Unfortunately, though, there’s no real reason to believe they’ve addressed all of the underlying problems that contribute to ligament tears. Pitchers continue to throw harder than they have in the past, and higher pitch speeds are associated with higher risks of injury. And as Passan reported in his recent elbow-injury opus, “The Arm,” the odometers on amateur arms are still creeping up quickly, thanks to year-round competition and the pressure to appear — and throw as hard as possible — in scout-packed showcase events.In other words, this year’s reduced injury toll may come down to timing and plain old good fortune. As Kyle Boddy, founder of the pitching performance and research facility Driveline Baseball, told us: “The easiest and most likely explanation is that Tommy John surgeries were abnormally high last year and are somewhat low this year.”Not that MLB clubs aren’t altering pitcher usage in an attempt to preserve arms. Between 2008 and 2015, the average number of pitches per major league start fell from about 97 to 93. Some of this decrease owes to swelling bullpens and an increased recognition that putting in fresh pitchers is often to teams’ benefit, but it also stems in part from an impulse Passan described to us in an email: “If throwing hurts pitchers, throwing less will hurt pitchers less.” read more

Curiosity pas de découverte de vie sur Mars avant longtemps

first_imgCuriosity : pas de découverte de vie sur Mars “avant longtemps” ?Après l’annonce de la mystérieuse découverte de la NASA, les spéculations vont bon train sur ce qu’auraient montré les résultats fournis par le rover Curiosity actuellement sur Mars. Selon le planétologue Gilles Dawidowicz, une découverte de matière organique ne serait pas improbable même si on ne trouvera pas de vie sur la planète “avant longtemps”. Info ou intox ? C’est la question qui taraude depuis mardi dernier tout ceux qui suivent l’aventure du rover Curiosity sur Mars. La semaine dernière, une radio américaine a en effet annoncé que la NASA aurait fait une découverte qualifiée de “stupéfiante” sur la planète rouge. Celle-ci serait issue de résultats obtenus par l’instrument SAM qui a analysé un échantillon de sol mais aucune autre information n’aurait filtré quant à la nature de la découverte. C’est en fait John Grotzinger, principal responsable de la mission Curiosity qui a montré un grand enthousiasme face aux résultats nouvellement arrivés. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Néanmoins, depuis, la NASA a tenté de calmer le jeu en indiquant notamment que c’était toute la mission de Curiosity et non pas seulement cette découverte, qui était capable “d’entrer dans les livres d’histoire”. Alors trouvaille extraordinaire ou pas ? Le débat est animé depuis une semaine et plusieurs spécialistes ont émis des hypothèses sur ce qu’auraient montré les fameux résultats. Interrogé par RTL, Gilles Dawidowicz, président de la Commission de planétologie de la Société Astronomique de France a ainsi estimé : “C’est plus de l’intox que de l’info, selon moi. On n’a pas trouvé la vie sur Mars et on ne trouvera pas la vie sur Mars avant longtemps encore.” Un avis partagé par de nombreux spécialistes.Néanmoins, le planétologue ne nie pas totalement le caractère “stupéfiant” de la découverte. “Ce qui pourrait être stupéfiant c’est qu’on découvre de la matière organique. Il s’agit de grosses molécules qui contiennent du carbone, de l’oxygène, de l’hydrogène et pleins d’autres éléments. Le robot Curiosity a probablement trouvé quelque chose de ce type”, a t-il expliqué sur la radio. Ces éléments pourraient alors suggérer que la planète Mars serait capable d’abriter de la vie. Toutefois, cette hypothèse reste largement à confirmer. “Pour qu’il y ait de la vie, il faut de la matière organique mais l’inverse ne fonctionne pas toujours”, a ainsi précisé Gilles Dawidowicz. Une découverte qui ouvrira la voie à d’autres Parmi les autres hypothèses figurent également la découverte d’acides aminés. Mais là encore, ces éléments ne sont pas “nécessairement […] des briques élémentaires pour construire de la vie”, a ajouté le spécialiste. Si la découverte ne sera donc peut-être pas si “stupéfiante” que cela, elle pourrait tout de même être d’une importance cruciale et ouvrir la voie à d’autres trouvailles. D’autant plus que cela fait à peine quatre mois que Curiosity est arrivé sur Mars pour une mission qui devrait normalement durer deux ans. Le rover aura donc encore bien le temps de fournir d’autres résultats.  Le 26 novembre 2012 à 10:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Giant Evangelion Statue Sets a Guinness World Record

first_imgA number of years ago, a scale model of the Gundam RX-78-2 was built in Japan. It was an impressive statue that many from Japan and around the world flocked to see. Not to be outdone, the Chinese created their own life-sized statue of another famous anime mech: Evangelion’s EVA Unit-01. The statue is so large that it has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.This statue was actually built last summer and revealed at the ChinaJoy gaming expo but was torn down and reassembled elsewhere on Tuesday. The original construction (created by Chinese mobile game developer, Heitao) had the mech’s weapon, the Spear of Longinus, on the ground next to it. The reconstructed version has Unit-01 holding the spear upright.こういうことだそうですhttps://t.co/2s8IEZ5udF pic.twitter.com/kDMUWLv3rw— 中国住み (@livein_china) January 4, 2017The spear is what helps this statue set a world record. With no spear, the statue is roughly 13 meters tall. With the spear in hand, it shoots up to 24.8 meters in height. If you think that is cheating, consider that antenna and other extensions are taken into account for tallest buildings in the world competitions.The Unit-01 statue got the award in the category of world’s tallest Evangelion statue. Considering it is currently the only Evangelion statue on Earth, this seems unfair, but it’s probably a safe bet to assume others may try to outdo the size of this statue in the future. The actual award (which you can see below) lists Studio Khara as the statue’s owner, with cooperation from the China Shanghai Character License Administrative Corporation.This statue is certainly an impressive feat. You can tell that a lot of love went into its creation since it looks like it jumped straight out of the anime. Hopefully, this will set off a sort of arms race between folks who want to build more of these giant mech statues. Personally, I want to see someone recreate Gurren Laggann — though it’ll have to be the mech in its first form… not the one that is 10 million light years tall.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.last_img read more

Hodgson lends support to Zaha over Twitter abuse

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson condemned those racists who targeted Wilfried Zaha on TwitterThe Ivory Coast international revealed on Monday that he had received racists abuse and threats after winning Palace a penalty in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.While Zaha was a no-show in Palace’s 1-0 Carabao Cup fourth round loss to Middlesbrough on Wednesday, he has the full support of the entire club.“It’s fairly obvious that at my stage of life, I don’t have any sympathy for people who use these platforms to abuse other people. I can’t say anything other than that,” said Hodgson, according to Sky Sports.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“As far as Wilf is concerned, the club will do everything they can to support him in this way.“I don’t think there are many people out there except perhaps the odd Twitter troll who knows no better who believes that racially abusing people or threatening people is the right way to go.“Of course all our sympathy is with our player and the club will do everything we can to show him that support and help him get through the situation.”Palace will next face a daunting trip to fellow London side Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in the Premier League.last_img read more

More restaurants to be taxed in TCI

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 16, 2016 – More restaurants will be taxed as a result of the amendment to the Hotel & Restaurant Tax being passed in the House of Assembly.  While finer points were discussed in a committee meeting of Parliament on Wednesday; there was still no threshold revealed for the change to the law.It was explained that the TCI Cabinet will determine what earnings per year will set the bar on which restaurants must now apply an extra 12% tax to services; the monies are passed onto Government.Traditionally, this tax was leveled primarily at restaurants serving visitors to the country, now with the change to the law, smaller restaurant owners could become subject to the tax and it means the cost of meals to residents at so called down home eateries will be more expensive.  The Hotel & Restaurant Tax earned $52.8 million last budget year for TCIG; the second highest revenue earner for Government. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Adopt Orlando Ohpelia and Oswald from the San Diego Humane Society

first_img December 15, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Adopt Orlando, Ohpelia, and Oswald from the San Diego Humane Society KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 15, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three little kittens are looking for a forever home this morning.The San Diego Humane Society joined us Saturday morning with how you can adopt Orlando, Ophelia and Oswald.Visit www.sdhumane.org or more information. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Oxford American Accepts Loan Swaps Publishers

first_img“The embezzlement was a tremendous blow,” Wittenberg says. “I think Warwick has stepped up and I completely understand the change.”In addition to Sabin’s appointment as publisher, the agreement states that the $140,000 loan must be repaid within six months, and is interest free. The magazine will use the funds to pay off several debts, including printer fees and old contributor invoices, Sabin says. The magazine also owes $28,000 in state and federal payroll taxes that went unpaid in association with the embezzlement case.“The magazine has suffered several financial setbacks over the course of its life, but the issue has never been one of quality or the loyalty of readers and subscriber base,” Sabin tells FOLIO:. “It’s always been an issue of finances and business management.”The Oxford American literary magazine was founded in 1992 in Oxford, Mississippi. It folded in 2002, but was relaunched soon after in Little Rock, Arkansas. The magazine folded again a year later but was re-established more than three years ago as a non-profit on the university campus. The magazine has a 20,000 paid circulation, Wittenberg says, with an additional 10,000 newsstand.In February, Renae Maxwell, the magazine’s former operations manager, was arrested for allegedlyembezzling at least $30,000 from the magazine. At the time, Oxford American founder and editor Marc Smirnoff told FOLIO: hat Maxwell had issued several company checks to herself by forging the name of a former employee. Maxwell could have taken up to $75,000, Smirnoff said.Police are still investigating the case and a pre-trial hearing is set for May. If convicted, Maxwell reportedly could face up to 30 years in prison. Nearly two months after its former operations manager was arrested for allegedlyembezzling at least $30,000 from Arkansas-based non-profit Oxford American magazine, its board of directors has accepted a $140,000 loan from the University of Central Arkansas, where the magazine’s offices are located.As part of the loan agreement, publisher Ray Wittenberg took a 50-percent salary cut and was moved to advertising development director. Warwick Sabin, the university’s associate vice president of communications, was named publisher—effectively giving the university direct control of the magazine’s business operations.last_img read more