Lautaro: ‘This cannot happen’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Lautaro Martinez was visibly upset after a 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. “Inter were a completely different team after the break. This cannot happen.” The Argentine is the first Inter player to score in three consecutive Champions League games since Samuel Eto’o reached four in 2010. He had opened the scoring, followed by a Matias Vecino goal, but the 2-0 lead at half-time made little difference. “We did really well in the first half, but were a completely different team in the second. Perhaps we showed a lack of maturity, as we changed entirely after the break,” Lautaro told Sky Sport Italia. “It wasn’t physical, it was a lack of concentration and the drop-off in intensity more than anything else. We were leading 2-0, we cannot lose 3-2. It cannot happen. We need to mature and grow to play at this level. “We have not lost hope of qualifying, we’ve been trailing since the start in this group, but we can do it.”last_img read more

ISL: Kerala Blasters register home win against Atletico de Kolkata

first_imgPedro Gusmao celebrates after scoring a goal against Atletico de Kolkata.Atletico de Kolkata were robbed a point due to poor refereeing as regular captain Luis Garcia’s injury time equaliser was disallowed by assistant referee as hosts Kerala Blasters recorded a 2-1 win in a 10th round encounter of the Indian Super League on Friday.Despite the defeat, ATK stay put on second position with 16 points while Blasters also keep their third position intact with 15 points from 10 games.The incident happened in the 92nd minute. Down 1-2, ATK’s Jofre kept a cross-field ball from the left flank which Ethiopian striker Fikru Tefera headed for an unmarked Garcia and the former Liverpool player smashed it home. But to his horror he saw the assistant referee disallowing the goal where as TV replays showed that ball had crossed the goal-line by atleast a couple of feet.It was a match that Blasters dominated in the first half as they scored through their Scottish striker Iain Hume in the 4th minute and left-winger Pedro Gusmao in the 42nd minute.For ATK, Fikru pulled one back in the 55th minute but it was more due to a faulty clearance on the part of opposition captain Cedric Hengbart. The match started with Fikru wasting a golden opportunity as early as 2nd minute when he had all the time in the world to beat Blasters custodian David James but his side volley didn’t have enough punch to beat a diving former England World Cupper.Within two minutes, it was Hume, the former striker of English Championship (Division I) team Fleetwood Town, who hit back through counter attack. It was Pedro who made Baljit Sahni chase shadows essaying a lovely chip from wide left.advertisementThe defence formation of ATK was all jumbled up with custodian Subhasish Roy Chowdhury indecisive about coming out of his charge. The ball was slotted home by Hume and Stephen Pearson standing on goalline cleverly jumped to let the ball enter the net as a touch from him would have ruled it as off-side.Pedro scored the second goal for his team when Sandesh Jhingan’s inswinging left-footed cross from the right flank saw Milagres Gonsalves failing to head the ball but both Sahni and Arnab Mondal were out of position as the Brazilian scored his first goal in the cash-rich league.Having been outsmarted in the first half, ATK’s attack did have some sting after the change of ends once Garcia came in place of Arnal Lilbert. His assists and clever positioning did put Blasters in a bit of trouble but the held on well in front of a capacity crowd and the benevolence from the match officials ensured that ended up with full points from the encounter.last_img read more

Ashton Agar claims five as Australia A beat India A

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Ashton Agar claimed an impressive five-wicket haul and Chris Lynn’s 63 steered Australia A to a comfortable three-wicket win over India A in a 50-over tri-series match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Monday.Choosing to bat, India A posted 258 runs on the board as Agar got a match-winning figures of 5-39. In reply, the visitors overhauled the target with easy, scoring 262/7 in 48.3 overs as Callum Ferguson and James Pattinson remained unbeaten on 45 and 0 respectively.With this win, Australia A are on the top of the table with 14 points, winning all three matches played, while India are in the second spot with five points, winning one out of three. South Africa A are yet to register a win out of two matches played.India began the day on a poor note as they lost skipper Unmukt Chand (5) in the seventh over. But opener Mayank Agarwal (61) and Manish Pandey (50) held on to take the score close to 100-run mark.Also read: When India A’s Mandeep Singh fielded for the ProteasBut the dismissals of Agarwal in the 19th over proved costly as incoming batsman Kedar Jadav also fell without troubling the scorers. India were reduced to 98/3 in the 19th over due to the two quick wickets.But contributions from middle and lower order batsmen Karun Nair (32), Sanju Samson (23), Axar Patel (20) and Rishi Dhawan (26 not out) helped the team cross the 250-run mark.Spinner Agar and right-arm medium pacer Gurinder Sandhu (2-66) were the pick of Australia A bowlers.advertisementChasing a total of 258, Australia openers Usman Khawaja (18) and Travis Head (45) got off to a flying start, scoring at a run rate of more than six in the first seven overs. But the ninth over brought back fortunes for India A as Rishi claimed the wicket of skipper Khawaja to bring the hosts back into the game.His partner Head was also dismissed in space of six overs but, Lynn struck a fluent 63 of 61 balls to make the task easier for the visitors in the death overs.But after the dismissal of Lynn in the 28th over, two quick wickets of Mathew Wade and Ashton Agar brought back the hosts into the game. Australia A were 178/6 in 34.3 overs.However, Ferguson and Adam Zampa (54) had other plans. A brilliant 80-run partnership helped them get the close to the target at ease.For India, spinner Karn Sharma (3-45) was the pick of the bowlers.last_img read more

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first_imgRam Madhav also termed the relations between India and China “strong, but difficult” due to several issues, but added that leaderships in both the countries, in the past and the present, have been working to improve it.Le said both China and India have a unique role to play in the growth and development of the Asia-Pacific region at a time “when the world is confronting sluggish world economy”.Favouring greater engagement between the two nations, Le said both the countries have cooperated at various fora including the the Paris Climate Change Conference, G20 and BRICS. He said the two nations have been linked with history, culture.”Our sheer development matters to the world. Our cooperation makes the difference,” Le said.Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modis Make in India Initiative, Le said, “It will become a sheer magnate for trade and industries.”Le also rued over the fact that the South China Sea issue was becoming a major focal point when there were other compelling concerns like terrorism and Syrian crises threatening the global security.The Nansha islands also called Spratly Islands are also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam. China claims most of the South China Sea as its own which is hotly contested by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan and Taiwan.Apart from its claims, China has been building artificial islands in the disputed sea, a move which has been vehemently opposed by the United States.The US too has been supporting other countries claims. China has often registered strong opposition to USs approach in this issue.advertisementLe said, “We are ready to conduct fresh negotiations to resolve the issue. We have also signed on the Declaration of Conduct.”As I see it, it is wrong to say it as South China Sea dispute. There has never been a problem of freedom of navigation. Most of the world trade happens through the South China Sea. Eight per cent of our exports and 40 per cent of our exports happens through the South China Sea,” he said.Le said amidst chaos and change, it is important to step up cooperation among the international community. All family members are equal and should work with mutual respect for each other. In an apparent jibe at the US, he said, “Gone are the days when big power would dominate everything.”Rajya Sabha MP and former diplomat Pavan Varma moderated the session.Former Union Minister Manish Tewari said the Asia Pacific Region is undoubtedly viable “economically vibrant” but remains strategically remains fairly “fragile”. PTI PR RTlast_img read more

Club World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helps Real Madrid clinch second title

first_imgReal Madrid suffered an almighty fright before a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick hauled them back from 2-1 down and gave them a 4-2 win over rank outsiders Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup final on Sunday.Two goals from Gaku Shibasaki stunned the European champions as the Japanese hosts took a 2-1 lead early in the second half before a Ronaldo penalty brought Real level on the hour. (Also read: FIFA insists Video Assistant Referees results are extremely positive)The 11-times European champions then survived several more scares and a possible sending-off for captain Sergio Ramos before Ronaldo scored twice more in the first period of extra-time.Real, who won the tournament for the second time in three years and were crowed champions for a fifth time overall, appeared set for an easy victory when Karim Benzema gave them a ninth-minute lead but Shibasaki changed the story by levelling one minute before halftime. (Also read: Zidane, Modric critical of FIFA’s new video technology)Kashima were the first Asian team to reach the final although they qualified for the tournament as champions of host nation Japan. Asian champions Jeonbuk Motors had lost in the quarter-finals.Real went ahead when Luka Modric’s volley was parried by Hitoshi Sogahata and Benzema tapped in the rebound.Kashima refused to be overawed, continued playing their neat football and snatched a shock equaliser just before the break.Shoma Doi’s cross found Shibasaki, whose first touch was poor but he was gifted a second attempt when Raphael Varane failed to clear and he smashed the ball into the net.advertisementShibasaki struck again six minutes after the break when he collected a poor Real clearance, got away from three opponents and fired a low shot past Keylor Navas from 25 metres.Real were facing their first defeat since they lost to VfL Wolfsburg in April, a run of 36 competitive games, until Lucas Vazquez was bundled over by Shuto Yamamoto and Ronaldo converted the resulting penalty on the hour.Kashima continued to give as good as they got and had three good chances in the final minutes of normal time.Fabricio’s goalbound drive was tipped over by Navas and the Costa Rican goalkeeper came to the rescue again one minute later by blocking Mu Kanazaki’s shot after he got free of the Real defence.Yasushi Endo could have won it with the last kick but fired wide at the far post while Sergio Ramos was lucky to escape a second yellow card for a push on an opponent.Ronaldo ended Kashima’s dream when he collected Benzema’s sliderule pass and fired past Sogahata eight minutes into extra-time, then settled the match six minutes later with an emphatic finish into the roof of the net.last_img read more

Roger Federer makes smooth return to action in Hopman Cup

first_imgRoger Federer showed no signs of rust in his first competitive match for six months when he outclassed Dan Evans 6-3, 6-4 at the Hopman Cup on Monday.The 17-times grand slam winner underwent knee surgery in February and, after missing the French Open with a back injury, announced in July that he needed extensive rehabilitation and would be sidelined for the rest of the season. (Roger Federer can still win a Grand Slam, says former coach)Federer walked out to a standing ovation from more than 13,500 fans at the Perth Arena and breezed to an easy win over Evans, putting Switzerland 1-0 ahead in their match against Britain in the mixed team event.”The standing ovation coming in, it was very special. I’m here now enjoying and looking forward to the week of course,” the 35-year-old said in a courtside interview. (Federer hopes to play for another two to three years)Asked what keeps him going, Federer said; “I guess it depends also on how you get hurt. I got hurt filling up a bath for my children. It’s not really the way I wanted to leave this game.”The former world number one, who has slipped to 16th in the rankings, said he enjoyed the time out but had started to miss tennis.”You can’t be more happy to return back on a Centre Court, taping your ankles, tying your shoes and walking out and getting that kind of welcome,” he said.Federer has not won a grand slam title since Wimbledon in 2012.advertisement”It would be nice to win another one, of course I’d even take two-three-four,” he said.”It’s tough at the top. A lot of good guys are there right now, a lot of young guys are coming up too. The gap’s definitely not very big but I gave it chance. Let’s see what happens.”last_img read more

Usain Bolt fires ‘All-Stars’ to Nitro Series win

first_imgUsain Bolt fired his team of international ‘All Stars’ to victory in the inaugural Nitro Athletics Series in Melbourne on Saturday, capping the glitzy event with a dominant win in the 4x100m relay to pip hosts Australia in the final standings.Running the second leg of the relay, the eight-times Olympic gold medal-winner took the baton from fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell before Jeneba Tarmoh and Natasha Morrison powered to the finish in front of a sell-out crowd at Lakeside Stadium.Having run in only the relays in the opening two instalments of the three-night series, Bolt also took his first individual run of the year, burning away from a modest field for an easy win in the 150m sprint ahead of New Zealander Joseph Millar.The ‘All-Stars’ finished the team-based meeting with 3,040 points, edging Australia by 77 points, with Bolt playing a key role as both his team’s linchpin and the event’s ‘chief entertainment officer’.But the final score was less important than the crowds and television figures for an event that promised to “revolutionise” athletics by borrowing heavily from the formula of sport and entertainment that has underpinned Twenty20 cricket’s considerable success.”It was brilliant, it was exciting. Tonight came down to the last event and I think everyone in the track and field world really enjoyed this,” Bolt, who was paid a seven-figure sum to run in Melbourne and was given a stake in the Series, told reporters on the track.”I knew that this is what track and field needed.advertisement”I’m just happy the event came together the way that it did. We know we have improvements to do … We’re going to keep trying to improve it along the way.”With a sprinkling of big international names and a number of athletes well off peak fitness, the entertainment outweighed the quality of the sport but the parochial crowd warmly embraced the team rivalries and the novel program of events.(Reuters Photo)IAAF president Sebastian Coe, battling to lift the sport’s profile outside of the Olympics and repair its reputation after a series of major doping and corruption scandals in recent years, was impressed.”I thought it was a terrific start,” said Coe, who attended the latter two nights of the Series.”It’s an obvious thing to say but unless we innovate we are going to become less and less relevant and we can’t afford to do that.”The three nights of the Series drew over 23,000 spectators, nearly double the total attendance for the entire program of athletics events across Australia last year.It was not without its teething problems.Organisers were red-faced during Thursday’s second instalment when the meeting referee botched the score in the final relay and awarded the night to Australia rather than the ‘All-Stars’, leaving an incredulous Bolt crying foul.The error was corrected, putting the ‘All-Stars’ rightly on top, but not before the live broadcast was finished and much of the crowd had filed out of the stadium.With ‘power play’ events awarding double points to winners and an unorthodox program of mile eliminations, mixed distance medleys and 300m relays, there was inevitably confusion at times among some athletes and fans.Bolt, who is contracted to bring his ‘All-Stars’ to Australia for the next two years, said he hoped to make the event international and attract overseas investors.But with his retirement after the world championships in London, his absence from the track will be a big test for the Series’ ambitions.”In my lifetime, I’ve not seen anyone grab the sporting landscape, probably not since Muhammad Ali,” said British distance running great Coe.”The big challenge is to make sure that when we don’t have Usain out there, that the world recognises that the sport is full of extraordinary talent.”last_img read more

Italy’s Luigi Di Biagio puts on a brave face but his time may be limited

first_imgItaly’s footballers will not play in Russia this summer but for the man in charge of their national team, visits to the Etihad Stadium and Wembley represent the next best thing. Speaking at the start of this international break, Luigi Di Biagio likened the Azzurri’s friendlies against Argentina and England to a “mini-World Cup”.He was clutching at straws, yet few would fault him for doing so. As the caretaker manager of a football team still recovering from their first failure to qualify for the real tournament in six decades, Di Biagio needed, at a minimum, to bring a little fresh optimism to the role.Even after a 2-0 defeat against Argentina at the Etihad on Friday, he continued to see his glass half full. Di Biagio insisted Italy were unfortunate not to have taken the lead and pointed out that he had given several players their international debuts. “This is the start of a new era,” he asserted. Share on Messenger Perhaps we will see a more experimental lineup against England. Despite warm reviews from within the football federation, it was always a long shot that Di Biagio would make this job his own. The likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini, Claudio Ranieri and, reportedly, Antonio Conte are being sounded out for the role.Whoever it is, the need for rejuvenation will remain. Buffon’s return will be short-lived, with a friendly against the Netherlands in Turin this June expected to serve as his farewell party. At the other end of the pitch, a jolt is required to restore attacking potency to a side who have scored only three goals in the past seven games.Italy can boast potential in abundance up front but that is not the same thing as proven talent. Chiesa, son of the much-loved Parma and Sampdoria forward Enrico, is a versatile and technically gifted player who has started 26 Serie A games for Fiorentina this season despite only turning 20 in October. But he is not yet a prolific scorer and still has other flaws to his game, including a tendency to dribble with his head down.Cutrone, three months younger, has likewise outstripped expectations by earning a regular spot in Milan’s first XI. His self‑belief and knack for finding space in crowded penalty areas were in evidence even during that brief cameo against Argentina. Yet he struggles to hold the ball up and, as such, can go missing in games – as he did in the first leg of Milan’s Europa League defeat against Arsenal.Such imperfections are natural in young players. The key for Italy will be to find a coaching staff that can highlight the strengths and minimise the flaws of this next generation.There is certainly plenty to work with. Beyond those already mentioned, we should not forget that Gianluigi Donnarumma has already won four caps in goal at 19 years old. Daniele Rugani is maturing into a more consistent centre‑back at Juventus, where he will be joined this summer by the impressive Mattia Caldara from Atalanta. Both players are 23, as is Alessio Romagnoli, a regular for three seasons at Milan in the same position.Whether Di Biagio gets to play a further role in their development remains to be seen. Although his prospects of retaining the top job look slim, it has been mooted that he could instead become part of his successor’s coaching staff.Alessandro Costacurta, the man who has the job of finding Italy’s next full-time manager, has promised a decision by 20 May. For now, the Azzurri have the final game of a very mini-World Cup to attend to. Share on Pinterest England Italy Gianluigi Donnarumma – 19 years oldThe heir apparent to Gigi Buffon for Italy, and already closing in on a century of Serie A appearances for Milan. Impressive reflexes but at 6ft 5ins does sometimes struggle to get down to shots from close quarters. Share on WhatsApp Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe Mutiny on the bench symbolic of Italy’s swift decline under Ventura Was this helpful? Hide Share on Twitter Read more Reuse this contentcenter_img Federico Chiesa – 20 years oldSon of the former Italy international Enrico, who has the potential to far exceed his father’s 17 caps. Dismissed as too slender in his younger years but has thrived since moving out wide. Starts regularly on either flank for Fiorentina. features Share via Email Friendlies Lorenzo Pellegrini – 21 years oldFollowed manager Eusebio Di Francesco from Sassuolo to Roma in the summer and has taken the step up in stride. Box-to-box type with impressive vision who likes a simple pass in behind the defence but also boasts a powerful shot of his own. Quick guide Four young Italian players to look out for at Wembley Patrick Cutrone – 20 years oldA pure poacher who has had the fortune to be coached by both Pippo Inzaghi and Vincenzo Montella already in his career, and who shares their knack for arriving in the right places at the right times. Milan’s top scorer this season. Topics Show Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Is it truly, though? Or is this nothing more than an awkward interlude? Di Biagio’s role has not been confirmed beyond these two games, with the Italian Football Federation openly courting more high-profile individuals.Any lasting impact of these friendlies was most likely to be felt by the interim manager himself. Promoted into this role after a combined seven years coaching the under-20s and then under-21s – whom he steered to the European Championship semi-finals last year – Di Biagio has been granted the briefest of windows to prove himself in his first coaching role with a senior team. His desire to grasp that opportunity was apparent from his team selection against Argentina.If his experience with the youth teams left him well-positioned to introduce fresh faces, then in practice Di Biagio still kept faith with much of the old guard: 18 of the players called up to his first squad had featured in the two-leg defeat against Sweden.Debuts were granted to Federico Chiesa and Patrick Cutrone, along with second caps for Bryan Cristante and Lorenzo Pellegrini, but only the first of those made it into the starting XI. Meanwhile, Di Biagio called Gigi Buffon out of international retirement. He spoke about the positive influence such a player could have on a young team but also acknowledged that he wanted to field his strongest side possible. Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Proposal to Relocate Bus Park in Downtown Kingston

first_imgHis Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says a proposal to relocate the bus terminus at Parade, downtown Kingston, is part of plans to facilitate the establishment of a recreational area.Speaking with JIS News, Mayor Williams informed that the beautification of the area, which will be undertaken as part of the redevelopment of downtown Kingston, will complement the numerous historical buildings in the area.“It will add value to the tourism product… and will also increase commerce and add value to the rich history in the space,” he said.Some of the historical buildings downtown include Ward Theatre, Simón Bolίvar Cultural Centre, Coke Memorial Methodist Church, Kingston Parish Church, and the Saint William Grant Park. Other areas include Liberty Hall and the Houses of Parliament.Mayor Williams told JIS News that possible areas for the relocation of the bus terminus include the Darling Street and Pechon Street bus termini.He said the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation is now seeking funding for the project.“I believe we can make that into one very good transport centre and make the parade a space for pedestrians,” Mayor Williams shared.He is also encouraging the Ministries of Transport and Mining, and Tourism, “and all the agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the church to come on board and push the idea of removing the buses from the space”.last_img read more

World C’ship gold not far away: Praneeth

first_imgEngelberg (Switzerland): Indian badminton star Sai Praneeth, who enjoyed his best career ranking (15th) in 2017, has praised the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for supporting players and doing a lot of positive things to promote the game at the grassroots level. “Indian badminton association is on the right path, it is doing good things to promote the game at the grassroots and is continuously supporting the players and taking care of all their needs. “As a badminton loving nation, we are heading towards becoming a real powerhouse and the efforts should be continued because there are a lot of young players coming forth with immense talent and they should be rightly protected. The day is not far when we would win Gold in World championships,” the 2010 BWF World Junior Championships bronze medallist said. Praneeth believes that nowadays youngsters are posing a real challenge to the senior players and due to their strong presence it’s really difficult for the seniors to win even the nationals. Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap, along with several other Indian players, are here to participate in the Swiss open 2019. They also visited Mount Titlis to promote the upcoming BWF World Championships to be held in Switzerland in June for the second time after a gap of 20 years. They played an exhibition match at 10,000 feet. The match was organised by the Swiss badminton association and the Mount Titlis Cable Car Company based in Engelberg. After the match, they took part in the press briefing of the Swiss badminton association to talk about the preparations for the World Championships. Praneeth said nowadays young Indian players are posing challenges to the seniors and it’s really difficult to beat them because they are well prepared and focused and their fitness level is at par with some of the international players. “I think the national championships are really difficult to win these days because there are so many players including some juniors who are really doing well. Overall badminton in India has grown up and it’s good that the youngsters are coming and posing challenges to the seniors. It’s a good thing for Indian badminton,” the Andhra Pradesh player said. Asked about the match at Mount Titlis, Praneeth remarked: “It’s entirely an amazing experience. I never thought of playing a match at such a height. And Mount Titlis is amazing, completely out of world thing for me. I really enjoyed being here and I really want to thank the Swiss badminton association for bringing us at such a wonderful place. “I really wish the upcoming World Championship a grand success and wish to win a medal there in Basel.” Talking about his personal game Praneeth said that he is working hard to overcome his shortcomings and increase his fitness level. “This season has just begun and I played in All England Open. I lost there and I am not happy with my performance over there. I am working on my shortcomings which reflected during the tournament. “I am especially taking care of my fitness because last year, I really struggled with my body. This year is very important for us and that’s why I have certain plans to improve my game and I am working hard towards them,” he said.last_img read more

AfDB Praises Morocco’s Economic Performance Despite International Crisis

Rabat – Chairman of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Donald Kaberuka, on Wednesday praised the “satisfactory” economic performance of Morocco in recent years, despite the international crisis.Morocco has managed to maintain “pretty respectable” growth rates in recent years that have enabled it take up the challenges of youth employment and the diversification of its economy, he said at a press conference.Hailing the “excellent” cooperation between Morocco and AfDB translated into significant commitments in all sectors, Kaberuka recalled the diversified portfolio of the Bank in Morocco, its first client. He particularly highlighted the support provided by AfDB to the development of solar energy, notably the Ouarzazate NOOR solar complex, deeming it the “largest solar project” initiated by the Kingdom to date.Kaberuka also praised the strategy of the energy mix implemented by Morocco.AfDB is Morocco’s leading development partner, with investments amounting to nearly 10 billion euros and an active portfolio of 2.7 billion euro.MWN with MAP read more

Applications for American 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery to Begin October 3

Rabat – The US Department of State has announced that the registration for the ‘Diversity Migrant Visa 2019’ (green card lottery) will begin on October 3 and close on November 7.Registration for the visa can be done for free only online at dvlottery.state.gov, which will be active during the registration period.According to a document released by the US Department of State, applicants for the green card lottery should register as early as possible since the heavy demand on the website during the last few weeks of the application period might cause website delays. The document specifies that paper applications and late applications will not be considered, whereas “individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified.”The applicants must respond to simple yet strict eligibility criteria, including a baccalaureate certificate. If more than one member from the same family wishes to apply for the Diversity Visa, each member must register individually.The US Department of State will use a computerized system to select the applicants from the bank of eligible entries. The applicants will be able to check the status of their green card application by May, 2018.The number of Moroccans selected in the Diversity Immigrant Visa changes slightly from year to another, but it approaches 3000 people. Further information will be provided to individuals whose applications are selected, such as the fees involved in the immigration visa.Every year, the DV Lottery provides up to 50,000 randomly selected foreigners, less than 1 percent of the total applicants, with permanent residency in the United States.However, the current lottery comes amid an intense debate over immigration and drastic policy changes that have made the US less welcoming to new immigrants.President Donald Trump has severely cracked down on illegal immigration and pressed forward with initial plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico. He has issued executive orders targeting foreign workers, travelers and refugees from certain majority-Muslim countries.While Trump never issued any official statements about the green-card lottery, its days may be numbered. The lottery appears to conflict with the president’s call for a “merit-based” immigration system, and at least two bills in the Republican-controlled Congress seek to eliminate the program. read more

Netflix adds 9.6M subscribers in 1Q as competition heats up

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix’s popularity is still booming, even as the video streaming service rolls out it biggest U.S. price increases and girds for new challenges from Walt Disney and Apple, two of the world’s most popular brands.The ground-breaking video service added 9.6 million subscribers worldwide during the opening three months of the year, topping the projections of both Netflix’s own management and the analysts that steer investors’ expectations. The first-quarter surge left Netflix with nearly 149 million subscribers through March.Netflix’s performance may help ease any worries related to a recent price hike that raised the cost of its most popular plan to $13 a month, a $2 increase. New U.S. subscribers had to start paying the higher price in January, but it only recently started to hit existing customers.The Associated Press read more

Anadarko and eBay jump while iRobot and AT&T slump

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday:Anadarko Petroleum Corp., up $7.41 to $71.40The oil company is being offered $57 billion by Occidental Petroleum in a bidding war against Chevron.eBay Inc., up $1.85 to $38.52The e-commerce company surprised investors with solid profit and revenue during the first quarter and raised its forecast for the year.AT&T Inc., down $1.31 to $30.79The telecommunications company’s revenue fell short of forecasts as it deals with some subscriber losses.Flir Systems Inc., up $2.77 to $53.42The imaging and surveillance systems company reported better-than-anticipated first-quarter results and a solid forecast.Teradyne Inc., up $3.40 to $47.99The wireless product and data storage company beat first quarter profit and revenue forecasts and gave investors a solid outlook.iRobot Corp., down $30.15 to $100.42The robotics technology company’s revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts.RPC Inc., down $2.29 to $10.60The oil and gas services company reported weak first quarter results and slashed its dividend.SAP SE, up $14.28 to $129.08Activist investors at Elliott Management disclosed a $1.3 billion stake in the business software company.The Associated Press read more

UN adopts new International Agreement to protect worlds forests

28 April 2007After 15 years of discussions and negotiations on a global approach to protect the world’s forests, countries meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York have adopted a landmark agreement on international forest policy and cooperation following two weeks of intense negotiations. The final agreement was reached after delegates to the UN Forum on Forests worked through the night, concluding just after dawn this morning. Exhausted delegates nevertheless called the agreement a milestone, noting it was the first time States have agreed to an international instrument for sustainable forest management.”Forum on Forest Chair Hans Hoogeveen, hailed the agreement as an “outstanding achievement” and said it ushered in “a new chapter” in forest management. Mr. Hoogeveen earlier told the delegates that the livelihoods of over a billion of the world’s poor are at stake. “We have only one planet to share, and we must ensure its health and sustainability.”The new agreement, although not legally binding, sets a standard in forest management that is expected to have a major impact on international cooperation and national action to reduce deforestation, prevent forest degradation, promote sustainable livelihoods and reduce poverty for all forest-dependent peoples.More than 1.6 billion people, according to World Bank estimates, depend on forests for their livelihoods. The forest product industry is a source of economic growth and employment, with global forest products traded internationally in the order of $270 billion.At the same time, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 13 million hectares of the world’s forests are lost due to deforestation every year, which, in turn accounts for up to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The world’s forests and forest soils store more than one trillion tons of carbon – twice the amount found in the atmosphere.Pekka Patosaari, Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat, told delegates that the agreement was a major step toward the creation of a new “people-centred” forest policy. “You have sent a clear message to the global community on the critical role of forests in internationally development.” For years countries debated whether to negotiate a formal treaty or a non-legally binding instrument on forest management. But many developing countries with significant forest cover objected to any action that would compromise their sovereignty or control over their natural resources.The resulting agreement, however, is considered a reflection of a strong international commitment to promote on the ground implementation of sustainable forest management through a new, more holistic approach that brings all stakeholders together. In addition, the agreement is expected to reinforce practical measures at the country-level to integrate forests more closely with other government policies.Another area of disagreement that has long plagued forest negotiations concerned a financing mechanism to mobilize funding for sustainable forest management. The agreement calls on countries to adopt, by 2009, a voluntary global financing mechanism for forest management. read more

Join the Brock team at Sundays Terry Fox Run

When James Mandigo married Karen Natho, he wed into a tradition of supporting the Terry Fox Run.In 1980, when the Marathon of Hope rolled through London, Natho’s father was part of the organizing crew that welcomed Terry Fox to the city.“Ever since then, my wife has been involved and now it’s an important event for our family,” said Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost, Enrollment Management & International.This year, Mandigo is joining the Brock University team at the St. Catharines Terry Fox Run, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 18 at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the run getting underway at 10 a.m.Brock benefits from the money raised for cancer research each year at the Terry Fox Run, and this year the University is hoping to attract more staff, faculty and students by including the St. Catharines run in its Homecoming schedule for the first time.“It touches every single person on campus,” Mandigo said. “This run celebrates one of our great Canadian heroes. Terry Fox saw a problem, used his skills and did something about it.”Giving pre-run remarks on Sunday will be Brock University post-doctoral fellow Mukund Ghavre, who will talk about Terry Fox-funded research currently taking place at Brock.Ghavre is a member of a team who has partnered with Zymeworks, a Vancouver-based drug development company, to create a number of novel anti-cancer molecules that they will attach to antibodies. The antibodies act like a targeting system to carry molecules to cancerous cells and prevent them from multiplying, while sparing normal healthy cells.Previously, the Terry Fox Foundation funded research co-authored by Brock epidemiologist Martin Tammemagi that helps with the early detection of lung cancer.Sunday’s 5-km Terry Fox Run is open to everyone and participants can run, walk, bike, rollerblade. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Register here to join the Brock University team.Can’t make it? You can donate to the Terry Fox Run through the Brock team here. read more

Gislason criticizes Filip Jicha Lovgren and Ahlm would never act like him

THW Kiel coach Alfred Gislason pubicly critized “Zebras” Ex-captain Filip Jicha for behaviour and further departure from the club last summer, when he signed for FC Barcelona: – If we had known this in April, we would have let Rasmus liquor never go to Flensburg,”, Gislason told to German handball magazine HANDBALL INSIDE.-The other option would have been to say: ‘you have to stay. ‘And that would have guaranteed ended with a giant theater. “, said Icelander, who concluded with comparation with some former legends of the club:-Lövgren and Ahlm would never have acted like that. ← Previous Story Boris Denić is no longer RK Maribor coach! Next Story → Vote for the Handball Moment of the Week #2 Alfred GislasonFilip JichaTHW Kiel read more

Greek volunteers bring cheer for National Volunteer Week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian volunteers will be recognised for their tireless work to help the elderly in the community during National Volunteer Week.Fronditha Care’s 200-strong group of volunteers, who donate their time at the organisation’s residential aged care facilities and visit people in their own homes, will be honoured in an annual Recognition Ceremony luncheon on 22 May.Twenty-five volunteers will be awarded for their years of service, with one person serving more than 25 years as a volunteer, making sure people never feel alone or feel like they have no-one to talk to.Fronditha Care was built by volunteers in the 1970s and since then its people have won industry accolades and are regularly receiving recognition from the Victorian Premier and State MPs.Volunteer Hrisoula Karamouratidis was awarded last year for an amazing 40 years of service to Fronditha Care.One volunteer even had his kafenio idea implemented organisation-wide so that male residents and volunteers could gather to play games, drink coffee and talk. It led to the residents getting the courage to talk about their troubles and general mental health – something Greek men find quite difficult.“They are truly amazing people who go above and beyond for those much frailer than us,” Fronditha Care Volunteer Coordinator Effie Kapnias said stressing that the impact volunteers have is immense.“They brighten up a day with just simple gestures like singing a song or holding someone’s hand who feels lonely.”The City of Newcastle’s Young Citizen of the Year Finalist and Fronditha Care staffer, Irini Kassas will be a guest speaker at this year’s Fronditha Care Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. A special tribute will be paid to Elly Frangis, a long-time volunteer and now resident of Fronditha Care’s Clayton South facility.last_img read more

Costco Sells Out of 27Pound Storage Bucket Mac and Cheese

first_img Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating GameKFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in Atlanta Bad news for those looking to stock up on Costco’s food hit, the 27-pound bucket of macaroni and cheese with 20 years of shelf life: it’s now sold out on the warehouse’s website after going viral on social media.The Chef’s Banquet Macaroni & Cheese Storage Bucket is a bargain hunter’s dream. The tub of elbow pasta and cheddar cheese sauce has 180 servings and a staggering shelf life of 20 years — all for $89.99. That means customers only pay about 50 cents per serving.The cheese and pasta are packaged in separate bulk pouches “with oxygen absorbers, to protect the quality and ensure a long shelf life,” according to Costco.Photo Credit: CostcoPlus, the container  is a heavy-duty six-gallon bucket with lid that customers can easily transport and stack.But does it taste good?A reviewer on the Costco website writes: “I was surprised. Honestly, I was expecting something that tasted horrible. I was surprised to find out that it was very good. But, don’t pack the cheese sauce powder.”Here’s hoping the retail giant stocks more of these giant tubs of ooey-gooey goodness.And if you’re looking for another ginormous food bargain, here’s a bit of good news. Costco’s 7-pound tub of Nutella spread is still in stock, for $21.99.More on Geek.com:KFC’S Firelog That Smells Like Their Chicken Sold Out in HoursFirst Lab-Grown Steak Gives Foodies a Taste of the FutureNearly 1 in 5 Adults Mistakenly Think They Have Food Allergy Stay on targetlast_img read more

AJR Shuts Down Print Edition Goes Online Only

first_imgAs newsrooms continue to shrink, journalism and media students are facing a harsh reality upon graduation. Media companies are changing business models and expectations rapidly. Those changes are starting to trickle down to colleges.The American Journalism Review (AJR) is ceasing print publication and will go online only with a redesigned website beginning in the fall. The AJR, focusing on media criticism and analysis, will remain closely tied to its publisher, the University of Maryland Foundation, and the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Both the magazine and website frequently feature student content.”The model for publishing has clearly shifted to digital formats as online readership has grown,” says Lucy A. Dalglish, dean of Merrill College, in a statement. “It no longer made financial sense for the award-winning AJR to continue producing a print magazine because most AJR readers accessed content on the Web.”The 36-year-old bimonthly magazine had a qualified circulation of 25,000, according to its media kit. Dalglish also cited dwindling donations-a critical source of funding for AJR and media criticism, in general-as a reason for the decision. “That support has steadily declined over the past 10 years,” she says.Merrill isn’t the only college to undergo recent changes to its journalism department. AJR’s news follows a decision by the University of California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to scrap its two-year M.A. journalism degree for a nine-month M.S. program.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more