A CRPF officer and a jawan were killed and two others were injured as militants ambushed their patrol in Anantnag’s Achabal area on Friday. One civilian was also injured.Initial reports suggest that the militants opened indiscriminate fire on the patrol at Achabal. The deceased CRPF officer was identified as Assistant Sub-inspector M.L. Meena.“The injured CRPF jawans were shifted to the Army’s 92 base hospital Badamibagh, Srinagar,” said an official.Security forces’ reinforcements were dispatched to the spot of the attack. An operation was launched to nab the attackers.The attack comes on a day when people in the State were observing ‘Martyrs Day’ in commemoration of the civilians killed in 1931 in an uprising against the Dogra monarchy.
Before last week’s alleged nerve gassing in Syria, which the United States today said killed 1429 people, the worst such chemical weapons attack against civilians in history was the March 1988 bombing of Kurds in the village of Halabja in northern Iraq by Saddam Hussein. At least 3200 people are thought to have died from a combination of nerve agents and mustard gas. Because Iraq did not ask the United Nations to investigate, Iran and the Kurds invited the nonprofit organization Doctors Without Borders to send a team. They arrived a week after the attacks and stayed for 5 days.The investigators included Dirk Dons, a young assistant in a toxicology laboratory at the State University of Ghent in Belgium (now Ghent University). Dons spoke with ScienceInsider about his experiences, which may shed some light on the work of the U.N. chemical weapons inspectors now in Syria. (Although Dons now works for the Belgium military, he spoke as a private citizen.) The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.Q: What was the mission of your team? 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But at a certain moment they mentioned that a very important thing during this operation was the toxicology, especially the probable use of chemical weapons. They asked for assistance from the lab of toxicology of the State University of Ghent. At that moment, that lab was rather famous for chemical warfare analysis.Q: Can you describe your visit to Halabja?D.D.: I went with two doctors to Halabja. That was the 25th of March, so only 8 days later.We saw a lot of dead bodies. We did an estimation of the dead. We counted the streets, we counted bodies in some area, and then you made a calculation. We had a good estimation of the area because with a chopper [helicopter] we went over the area. This is not a scientific estimation. We calculated 5000. Iran said 5500, Human Rights Watch estimated 3500.We took samples from soil, vegetation, we took little dead animals, we took a lot of pictures. We took blank samples, too. Because we were following our own [Ghent] lab’s standard operating procedures. At that moment there were no procedures from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] or from United Nations. There was no accepted chain of custody protocol.The only thing that we took as detection equipment was a chemical agent monitor, a handheld ion mobility spectrometer. It was one of the first developed by [the company] Graseby Ionics. We could make a distinction between vesicants [blistering agents such as mustard gas] and neurotoxins [such as sarin]. We could detect the difference between G agents [such as tabun, sarin, and soman] and V agents [a class of nerve agents that includes VX], but we couldn’t tell the difference between the different G agents.Q: The bodies had not been moved yet? D.D.: It was not possible. It was a fighting area. When we were there, jets were flying over. We had a time slot of 2 hours and during this 2 hours we had to do everything on that spot. It’s very difficult to do the job as an inspector. You don’t know the place and you’ve got to get a quick impression and start.Q: Did you also visit survivors?D.D.: We took blood and urine samples from survivors in refugee camps and from people in the region who were in hospitals. Another part of the investigation was interviews. We went to hospitals where we could interview some victims if they were able to answer our questions. It was always with interpreters. You lose a lot of things during these interviews.We also talked to first responders and especially first responders with a lot of experience. They had a good triage system. During an attack, the doctors at the front knew very well what the symptoms were and they made classifications of patients. In Tehran we spoke with [toxicologists and physicians who] treated patients. They had a lot of experience with the treatment. At that moment in Iran it was very sophisticated. They used atropine, which is very normal, but they also used two oximes. Atropine acts against the symptoms, but oximes, they work as enzyme reactivators, the medical counter measure against acetylcholinesterase inhibition, the cause of the intoxication.Q: What was it like seeing victims of the attacks? D.D.: I was rather young, I was in my 20s. It was shocking. It was one of the most awful things that I have seen in my life. But I was accompanied by Dr. Reginald Moreels, president of Medecins Sans Frontieres Belgium, who was a surgeon with a lot of experience in war regions. He calmed me down. He said, “You’ve got to think, ‘You’ve got a job to do.’ ” At that moment you try to become rational. The empathy for the things you see stops. Then you only think, I’ve got to do this job collecting samples, make an estimation of the dead people. You stop looking at the children and the women who are the victims.Q: What happened after your visit? D.D.: I went back to Belgium and gave the samples to the people at the toxicology lab and they started to do the identification of the agents. We could give a direction due to the symptoms, the things that we had seen. Then you’ve got to find metabolites or residues or the real agent.Mustard gas is very easy. You see the blisters. A lot of the people who are affected by blistering agents, they survive if it is not too severe.The people with neurotoxicity, a lot died immediately. You could see it because people were sitting at the table, they were eating, and they fell down. People were walking in the street and maybe then went a few meters and they fell down.In the beginning we thought that it was cyanide because cyanide in high concentrations gives very fast in situ death. We always thought with neurotoxins, the first time it is used, you see the symptoms, pinpoint eyes, hypersalivations, convulsions, [then death]. But after the investigation we saw that it wasn’t cyanide but sarin [that killed immediately] due to the high concentration of the sarin bombardment. That is something we saw for the first time.We made our report from the visit. We tried to keep to the facts. That’s one thing I learned during that mission. You can’t say who is responsible when you only do interviews and you only take samples.Q: What happened with your report? D.D.: The report was sent to the U.N. secretary general, at that moment Perez de Cuellar. But there were no strikes against Iraq. The reaction of the Western world wasn’t so heavy as it is now.But there is a third part, the paperwork. A lot of papers came to the surface and then you could see using these papers that there was someone who sold a lot of precursor [chemicals] to Saddam. That was a Dutch engineer, Frans van Anraat. In 2007, he was convicted for crimes against humanity by the tribune of The Hague and jailed for 17 years.Q: How will the investigation in Syria compare to yours? D.D.: In the years since, the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention developed a kind of verification regime. The inspectors will send their evidence to OPCW reference labs. Ake Sellstrom, the chief investigator, he will give his report of this mission to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. There will be a preliminary report 72 hours after the mission. It will only be a report of the facts that they collected, interviews, the kinds of symptoms, the kinds of samples. That will be the first step. [Editor’s note: Because Syria has not signed the convention, the investigators have been sent by the United Nations, not OCPW. This means that the team is not obligated to follow OPCW procedures even though it includes OPCW experts.]They can make the distinction between an attack with chemical weapons or an accident. That’s a possibility, too, because when a rocket is smashing down on a depot with a lot of chemical agents in it, that can be the case, too. They can see where the impact of the rocket was, was it a rocket loaded with a chemical or a rocket loaded with TNT. But at that moment they still can’t say it is the Syrian army who is using these agents or the rebels.
An assistant professor of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Rourkela and his wife were found dead at their residence on the institute campus on Saturday.The bodies of 37-year-old R. Jayabalan, an assistant professor in the Life Science Department, and his wife Malavi Kesavan (35) were recovered after the police broke open the door of their flat. The couple belonged to Erode district of Tamil Nadu.They left behind a four-page note written in Tamil and English. According to neighbours, the couple had not been seen since August 14. They informed the police after coming across foul smell.Rourkela police said relatives of both the deceased will be arriving on Sunday. Married for nine yearsThe couple were married for nine years and did not have any children. The woman was found on the bed while the husband was in the bathroom. “Prima facie, it looks like a case of suicide. We are yet to ascertain the exact reason. An investigation is in progress,” Rourkela Superintendent of Police Sarthak Sarangi said.Forensic and scientific experts have examined the site and the bodies have been sent for post-mortem, said the police.Registrar of NIT Rourkela P.K. Das said: “They were a wonderful couple and very friendly. Jayabalan was liked by the students and his colleagues. He would involve himself in all the activities of the department. He was also very good at his subject.”
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andray Blatche. Photo from Fiba.comShortly upon returning home Saturday, Chot Reyes and the rest of the Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff buckled down to work, dead set on identifying their flaws the night before to improve on a performance he described as a “six.”Reyes and his staff aren’t looking at Chinese Taipei yet, even with that game just two nights away, as they want to correct all the mistakes that came out in a scary 77-71 win over Japan in the first window of the Filipinos’ Fiba Asia 2019 World Cup Qualifying schedule in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Petron blazes past Iriga City in Batangas Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion One thing going for the Filipinos in the 7:30 p.m. match slated Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao is that the Taiwanese will be coming off an ego-deflating loss at about the same time Gilas was pulling out the win over Japan.Chinese Taipei suffered a 104-66 ripping at the hands of world power Australia, a new inclusion in the region after Fiba merged Asia and Oceania for this qualifying schedule.Australia torched the Taiwanese with a 62 percent clip from the field and 48 percent from three-point range, with starting forward Daniel Kickert hitting 3-for-5 from that range to finish with 15 points in just over 17 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “We’re still in the gym, viewing [Friday’s game’s] mistakes to correct them,” Reyes told the Inquirer via a text message. “After which, we talk of Taiwan.”The Filipinos bungled first half control over the Japanese at Komazawa Olympic gym and trailed in the third period before hammering out the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Filipinos got the goods from Jason Castro and Andray Blatche in the stretch to survive, something Gilas cannot do against the Taiwanese, a team that has had more success of late against Gilas compared to Japan.Team Philippines hasn’t lost to Japan since 2004, while Taipei defeated Gilas in 2013 during the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments
Netherlands defeated Costa Rica 4-3 after the penalty shootout during the World Cup quarterfinal Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, giving the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos Krul saved spot kicks from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana after the match had finished 0-0.”We had a lot of chances but it didn’t go in,” Krul said on Dutch television. “Then I come in, stop two penalties and here we are.”In another stroke of tactical genius at this year’s World Cup, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal pulled Jasper Cillessen moments after the Ajax goalkeeper had saved a shot from Marcos Urena in extra time.”The trick is good,” said Krul, who plays for Newcastle. “A lot of preparation went into it.”The Dutch team will next face Argentina in the semifinals on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.Krul looked super confident during the shootout at the Arena Fonte Nova, saving the second and fifth penalties by diving to his left and sticking out his hand.When Krul stopped Ruiz’s penalty, Cillessen, watching from the sideline, punched the air in celebration.When he saved the second to win the match, Cillessen out-sprinted the rest of the bench to get to Krul, who was already being mobbed by jubilant teammates who had watched from the halfway line.Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas had kept his team in the match with a string of great saves in the first half and again in extra time. When Wesley Sneijder twice beat him late in regulation and again in the second half of extra time, the woodwork made the stop.advertisementSneijder hit the post with a free kick in the 80th minute and sent a curling shot over Navas and off the crossbar before the penalty shootout.At the end, however, Navas could not stop any of the four Dutch penalties as veterans Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt all scored.The Krul substitution will only boost Van Gaal’s reputation as a coach who leaves nothing to chance and who has a golden touch with replacements. And it kept his tenure with the Netherlands alive for two more matches before he becomes the manager at Manchester United next season.
After a crushing defeat at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium India came back in fine fashion in the second ODI at Pune against New Zealand to level the three-match series 1-1.Riding on fantastic bowling performances by Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Co., India restricted the Black Caps to 230/9 from their 50 overs. The batsmen followed it up with a clinical display to take India over the line. Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik struck fifties and a 66-run partnership for the third wicket to help India win the match.While Dhawan fell for 68, Karthik stayed till the end and made sure the hosts win the match and remained not out on the process for 64.50s from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik help India chase down 231 to win the 2nd #INDvNZ ODI by 6 wickets.https://t.co/vyTOuNASgs pic.twitter.com/IvZ9kuG27L- ICC (@ICC) October 25, 2017Talking about the gritty knock from the seasoned player, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that it was a good innings and he should be allowed to play at No. 4 as long as he is performing.”He played well to be honest, although there was not much pressure when you’re chasing that kind of a total,” he said.”He will be tested but he should play as long as he is performing. But he should be allowed to play at No. 4 as long as he is scoring the runs,” he added.FIFTY! @DineshKarthik brings up his 9th ODI 50 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/bXQyj02LrM- BCCI (@BCCI) October 25, 2017India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also echoed the views of his former captain and said that this will give Dinesh Karthik more confidence and he will perform even better in the future.advertisement”Happy to see Dinesh Karthik batting at No. 4. He is one of those guys who has the correct technique to bat at No. 4. Good to see him getting those runs and I’m sure these will boost his confidence and also Virat Kohli,” said Harbahjan.”I’m sure you will see better performances in the future,” he added.Ganguly also spoke about the series and said that India are firm favourites to win the series despite of the defeat in the first match. The former captain said that its’ extremely difficult to beat India in India.”Don’t predict in cricket. But India are favourites to win the series. It’s is very hard to beat India in India and I think Virat Kohli’s side will keep the record intact,” he said.The final ODI is on October 29 at Kanpur.Smiles and handshakes. #TeamIndia wrap up the 2nd ODI by 6 wickets in Pune. 1-1 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/FA96rBOzSq- BCCI (@BCCI) October 25, 2017
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Tyrone Swoopes takes down OSU. (USATSI)Oklahoma State vs TexasI’m going to try to remain somewhat positive here, if that’s at all possible.My expectations were not high heading into this game, but my goodness, I did not expect a performance like that. 192 total yards, 9 first downs, and 7 points.That output won’t work at the high school level, and apparently it doesn’t work against fairly average college teams either.Daxx Garman threw for only 158 yards, but let’s be honest, the chances he had to actually survey the defense were few and far between.The Cowboys rushed for 34 yards as a team, which is approximately 8 percent of what Melvin Gordon totaled on Saturday (408 rushing yards).One of the rather depressing things I took away from this game is that Texas really didn’t play all that well.I was impressed with Tyrone Swoopes, who threw for 305 yards and 2 TDs, but the rest of the Longhorns played fairly average. Personally, I think Swoopes is going to be a really good college quarterback.He has the size, athleticism, and a cannon for an arm, I’ll take my chances with that.Meanwhile, it was too hard to tell if the Texas defense played well, mainly due to the Oklahoma State offensive ineptitude.Either way, Texas is going bowling and Oklahoma State (probably) is not. That was all pretty negative, I apologize.Final ResultTexas – 28Oklahoma State – 7This WeekTexas – ByeOklahoma State – @ BaylorTexas Tech vs OklahomaThe Sooners needed a second-half comeback and a huge performance from Samaje Perine to beat Tech in Lubbock.Perine ran for 213 yards and 3 TDs, while averaging 8.5 yards per carry. Cody Thomas, who was filling in for the injured Trevor Knight, struggled mightily in the first half.He threw three first-half interceptions, but managed the game well in the second half.The Red Raider offense played pretty well but penalties killed them, just as they have all season long. Patrick Mahomes, still filling in for Davis Webb, threw for 393 yards and 4 TDss (each one to a different receiver).Samaje Perine is the first OU running back to rush for 1,000 yards since DeMarco Murray, and the first freshman to do it since Adrian Peterson. I think this guy is something special.“Hey uh, Bob…..If you go to Florida or Michigan, can I get a letter of rec for your gig?”Final ResultOklahoma – 42Texas Tech – 30This WeekOklahoma – Kansas @ homeTexas Tech – @ Iowa StateKansas vs TCUThis wasn’t the ideal performance for the Horned Frogs, especially considering they’re currently on the bubble for the College Football Playoff, but they got the job done.Kansas, which was up 20-10 after their first drive of the second half, just didn’t have enough firepower down the stretch to get the win.Michael Cummings played extremely well once again, throwing for 332 yards and 2 TD’s. The Jayhawks have been playing inspired football ever since Clint Bowen took over, the interim head coach who Kansas continues to strongly support.Trevone Boykin and the TCU offense struggled at times, turning the ball over three times, but made the plays they needed to down the stretch.Boykin threw for 330 yards and 1 TD, and Aaron Green, filling in B.J. Catalon, rushed for 128 yards and 2 TD’s.TCU better bring their A-game to Austin on Thanksgiving, or the Longhorns could very well pull the season-ruining upset.In the bigger picture, TCU needs to win in impressive fashion because after this week they are probably on the outside looking in of the College Football Playoff.Final ResultTCU – 34Kansas – 30This WeekTCU – @ TexasKansas – @ OklahomaBig 12 standingsTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.
TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer & Man Utd job: Why he’d be no caretaker at Man Cityby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Eleven years. Eleven years he’s been at it. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and this coaching career of his. This Manchester United move has been eleven years in the making.It may come as a surprise for some. Particularly his ex-teammates. But for Solskjaer, there was a career before Cardiff City. And even more significantly, there has been one after it. Yet despite the consecutive victories. The eight goals. The football. The excitement. The simple lift Solskjaer has given everyone connected to the club. The prospect of the Norwegian being rewarded a long-term contract by United remains remote. Well, that is, at least according to those who would regard themselves as Solskjaer’s peers.None of them could rattle off his record pre- and post- Cardiff. The two titles with Molde. The European football. Achievements never before seen in their 107 year history. Then there’s the work that has established him as a manager. His approach to the transfer market. His development of young players. And his transformation of Norwegian football – breaking away from the school of Egil ‘Drillo’ Olsen, the former Wimbledon manager. Indeed, it’s now reached the point where Solskjaer has expressed openly about the national team returning to Drillo’s approach, believing the robust style of game suits the current generation more than the football that he actively pushed in his first spell at Molde.And for all that, there is also the fight-back. The post- Cardiff experience. Learning where he went wrong. Rebuilding his reputation. His self belief. And the belief of those around him. A run to the knockout phase of the Europa League. Consecutive second place finishes in the Eliteserien. Then an enquiry this year. Not from United – but from Malmo of Sweden. The rebuild, even before this dream opportunity, was complete. Need perspective? Gary Neville, who is simply one of many, doesn’t want his long time teammate to get the permanent job. His choice is Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager. The same Pochettino who was sacked after less than three seasons in charge at Espanyol. The one who really owes his career to the foresight and genius of Nicola Cortese, Southampton’s former mover and shaker. The Italian rolling the dice on a Pochettino with eight years less experience than the apparent gamble United have made in Solskjaer.If he was connected to Manchester City, they’d all be celebrating his return today. Solskjaer’s time away from United a mirror to the experience Patrick Vieira, now in charge of Nice, gained doing his apprenticeship at City. The only difference being, Solskjaer is now in the job he most coveted, while Vieira has had to go to France to take the next step in his career.So why can’t these past eleven years be regarded as Solskjaer’s apprenticeship? The hard yards? The peaks. The valleys. And all learning along the way? What is so different between what Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain rolled out for Vieira at City and what Solskjaer has done on his own during a decade away from the club?On Wednesday, after victory over Huddersfield, Solskjaer apologised for being late to the group of Norwegian reporters who have been shadowing him. The reason? He’d had an impromptu meeting with “the boss”. At 45, the same age as Solskjaer today, Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of United some 32 years ago. And unlike those in the media who played under him, he has kept up to date on Solskjaer’s progress since handing him the job of strikers coach 11 years ago. Ferguson’s recommendation wasn’t done on a whim. It wasn’t based on nostalgia or simple hope. Solskjaer was brought to the club because Sir Alex believed him the best candidate for the job.Nils Arne Eggen, Rosenborg’s legendary coach, had it nailed last week.The 15-time league title winner stating: “It was a surprise as they tend to go for the big name in both Europe and the world. But I know full well who is behind it. It’s probably my friend for many years, Mr. Ferguson. “He and I have a bit of the same thing about having a philosophy that is borne out by those who have lived by this philosophy.”Certainly, Solskjaer – like Ferguson – has the United ‘philosophy’, the DNA, coursing through him. And after 11 years on the training pitch, the education to mesh that DNA with his coaching know-how.The Norwegian deserves to be regarded as more than a stop-gap. His achievements through an eleven year apprenticeship is proof enough of that.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test called off: Major cricket tours affected by terror attacksBangladesh’s tour of New Zealand was called off after a gunman killed 40 people during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch. There have been other instances of cricket tours being affected by terror attacks.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 16:53 IST Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand had to be called off after the terror attack on the two mosques (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand vs Bangladesh 3rd Test was cancelled due to the Christchurch mosque shootings on FridayIn 2008, ECB had called back the England team from India after the Mumbai terror attacksInternational cricket was banned from Pakistan after the 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka cricket team busBangladesh’s cricket players had a narrow escape when a gunman killed 49 people and wounded several others during Friday players at two mosques in Christchurch. The Bangladeshi cricketers were about to reach for prayers at one of the mosques when a man opened fire but all members of the team were safe and accounted for.Bangladesh were in Christchurch for the third and the final Test against New Zealand. The Black Caps won the first two Tests in Hamilton and Wellington and the focus was on inflicting a whitewash on the visitors.New Zealand won the first Test in Hamilton by an innings and 52 runs and the second in Wellington by an innings and 12 runs. Before that, New Zealand blanked Bangladesh 3-0 in an ODI series.The tour had to be called off after the terror attack on the two mosques.”We believe that 40 people have lost their lives in this act of extreme violence,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack.”#NewZealandShootingAn eyewitness narrates the entire shootout that took place at the mosques in New Zealand. @Geeta_Mohan describes about the current situations in that area.Watch #TheBurningQuestion in @Ankit_Tyagi01Full Show: https://t.co/REBwiqDyrD pic.twitter.com/FHw5FNCSzCIndia Today (@IndiaToday) March 15, 2019New Zealand has been known to be one of the most peaceful countries in the world and obviously an attack like that shocked the entire world. The cricket fraternity reacted in horror after a close shave for the Bangladesh players.advertisementUnfortunately, this was not the first time a major cricket tour had been affected by terror attacks.1987: Bomb explodes outside New Zealand team hotel in ColomboNew Zealand tour of Sri Lanka (cricket): It was to be a three-Test tour but New Zealand abandoned it after just the first match when a bomb planted by separatists exploded near the team hotel in Colombo, killing 113 civilians.2002: Bomb explodes outside New Zealand team hotel in KarachiNew Zealand tour of Pakistan (cricket): New Zealand’s cricket team was touring Pakistan in 2002 when a bomb went off outside their hotel, killing 12 people. The players were unscathed but the Black Caps’ Board decided to call back the team. A year before this, New Zealand were on their way to Pakistan for a series before heading back midway owing to the September 11 terror attack in the USA. The series was eventually abandoned.2008: England return home after Mumbai terror attacks England cricket team returned home immediately after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks (Reuters Photo)November 26, 2008: India and England were locked in battle in the fifth ODI the series. It was new India under MS Dhoni. They had won the CB Series in Australia earlier that year and were all over England in the ODI series. Chasing 271, Virender Sehwag smashed a 73-ball 91 while Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhon iand Suresh Raina scored enterprising half-centuries. By the end of the night, India had a 5-0 lead against a very strong England team.But the celebrations were short lived as news trickled in of the ghastly terror attack in Mumbai. Pakistan-backed terrorists had attacked some of the most iconic sites in Mumbai. Indian security forces responded heroically but several innocent lives were lost.England returned home immediately after but returned to India to play a Test series. The second Test, which was scheduled to be held in Mumbai, was shifted to Chennai. Sachin Tendulkar played one of his most memorable Test knocks as India chased down a record total against England. In an emotional post-match presentation ceremony, Tendulkar dedicated his knock and the win to victims of the 26/11 terror attack.2009: Terrorists fire at Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore Sri Lankan players had to be airlifted from the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore after their bus was attacked by terrorists (AP Photo)March 3, 2009: The Sri Lankan team was on its way to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore when their convoy came under attack from militants armed with RPGs, hand grenades and guns. Seven people lost their lives in the attack and seven members of the Sri Lankan team were injured. The image of Ajantha Mendis arriving at Colombo airport with a bandage on his head the next day haunted the entire cricket fratenity.The two match series ended in a 0-0 draw but the repercussions for Pakistan cricket were huge.Pakistan have since played their home matches in the United Arab Emirates. The Pakistan Super League is mostly played in the Middle East. In 2018, both the Eliminators and final were played in Pakistan. This year, four group matches, the qualifier, Eliminators and final were scheduled to be played in Pakistan.advertisementInternational cricket did return briefly to Pakistan when Zimbabwe toured the country for a two-match T20I series. However, 10 years after that horrific incident, international teams are still reluctant to travel to Pakistan.Australia will play Pakistan in a five-match series in UAE.November 2008. March 2009. March 2019. On Friday, the Bangladesh players came frighteningly close to one of the mosques when the gunman opened fire. Luckily, they were safely back in their hotel and all members of the team were declared to be safe.Also Read | Bangladesh cricket team in lockdown after narrow escape in New Zealand mosques shootingAlso Read | ICC backs cancellation of NZ-Ban Test in wake of Christchurch mosque shootingsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Christchurch shootingFollow New Zealand vs BangladeshFollow Bangladesh tour of New ZealandFollow christchurch mosque shootingsFollow New Zealand Christchurch shooting
zoom In a press release November 1 2013, the investor market was informed that NAT was coordinating the establishment of Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (“NAO”). NAO, an offshore supply ship company, has now been established and NAT is its largest shareholder (26%) with an investment of $65 mill.NAO has agreed to buy six platform supply vessels (PSVs) from the highly reputable Ulstein engineering and shipbuilding group of Norway that holds 4% of NAO. The ships (2012 and 2013 built) are operating already and are expected to be taken over in December 2013. NAO has an option for a 7th vessel on the same terms as for the 6 units.A PSV is a part of the logistical chain in the offshore oil exploration business, transporting stores, provisions and equipment to offshore oil installations in such places as the North Sea, the US Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Brazil and in other locations where there are offshore oil activities. Typically, a PSV is about 4,000 deadweight tons (dwt), i.e. much smaller than a suezmax tanker of about 150,000 dwt.Nordic American Offshore has now completed a $250 million equity private placement. The transaction was upsized from $230 million to accommodate high demand. NAO will use the proceeds from the offering to finance the purchase of the six PSVs. More than 80% of the acquisition costs are expected to be financed with equity.The objective of the NAT investment in NAO is over time to produce higher dividend for shareholders of NAT than otherwise would have been the case. Like Nordic American Tankers, NAO will pursue a strategy of accretive growth based on a conservative financial strategy of high equity capitalization and a full dividend pay-out model. The new company will have existing time charter contracts in place for several of the vessels and spot charters for the remainder. NAO can be expected to operate on a cash break-even basis that is highly competitive within the industry. Cost synergies are expected to be achieved both for NAT and NAO. The suezmax strategy for NAT will remain firmly in place.The NAO share is expected to begin trading in the Norwegian OTC (Over The Counter) market shortly. Later the OTC listing in Oslo is expected to cease concurrently with the planned listing of NAO on the New York Stock Exchange, which we expect will take place during the first quarter of 2014.“The private placement in Nordic American Offshore received strong interest from investors acquainted with the NAT strategy and from investors familiar with the positive outlook for the offshore supply market,” said NAT Chairman and CEO Herbjørn Hansson. “We have significant expertise in the offshore sector, and by using the NAT strategy and customer relationships, we think NAO will be able to grow and establish itself as a leading player in the market. It is important to stress that NAT will be operated as in the past.”NAT, November 28, 2013
zoom South Korean shipbuilding major Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has continued its earnings streak in the second quarter of 2016 following its return to the black in the previous quarter.Namely, according to a stock exchange filing, the shipbuilder’s net income for the period increased to KRW 392.3 billion (USD 345.5 million) from KRW 244.5 billion seen in the previous quarter, and against a net loss of KRW 242.4 billion (USD 213.4 million) recorded in the second quarter a year earlier.While the company’s sales decreased by 17% during the quarter, its operating profit saw a turnaround reaching KRW 557.2 billion in the second quarter, compared to an operating loss of KRW 170 billion in the same period a year earlier.HHI said that the increase in operating profit is mainly attributed to a series of drastic restructuring measures undertaken since 2014 by the management, and strong performances of Hyundai Oilbank, its refining subsidiary.“Stabilization of manufacturing processes for offshore plant business, change orders received from its offshore plant business clients, and increased building volume of ships that HHI won at profitable prices outweighed the KRW 260 billion one-off cost for the voluntary retirement program,” HHI’s representative said, adding that continued efforts to reduce material costs for non-shipbuilding businesses also played a positive role for the profits.Although it posted positive results for two consecutive quarters, the company still has a long way to go.“Bearing in mind the 80% drop in new orders for our shipbuilding business for the first six months of this year, we will continue to faithfully implement the management improvement plan to facilitate sustainable performance,” the company said.Additionally, HHI has decided to sell Hyundai Finance Corporation and Hyundai Venture Investment Corporation as a part of the proposed management improvement plan.With the decision to dispose of all of its financial arms including Hyundai Futures, Hi Asset Management and Hi Investment & Securities, HHI will accelerate its business reorganization efforts with much more focus on its core businesses.
Driving along the shores of West Bay on the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton will be a smoother, safer experience thanks to a road-paving tender announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender is for repaving on the West Bay Highway (also known as Dundee Road) near St. Georges Channel from east of the intersection of Black River Road for about 4.9 kilometres to the Pringle Brook bridge. “Good roads provide important support for tourism and other industries in Nova Scotia,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac. “That’s why our road paving budget has quadrupled since 1999.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.
From coughs to insect stings, more than 100,000 Nova Scotians got advice over the phone and on the Internet from registered nurses during the first year of HealthLink 811. Of those calls, more than 61,000 had symptoms that required immediate assessment and followup care instructions. About 40 per cent of those callers, or 24,000 people, did not need to go to their physician or local emergency department because they were provided self-care advice through HealthLink 811. “The HealthLink 811 program is one way government is helping create better healthcare for Nova Scotians and their families in every region,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minster of Health. “No matter what the question or the time of day, by calling HealthLink 811, Nova Scotians are taking an active part in managing their health.” “I was really pleased with the advice I got from 811,” said Jeff Roach of Halifax. He called the service last year when experiencing flu-like symptoms. “They advised me to stay home and rest which saved me from going to the doctors office or the hospital for the same advice.” HealthLink 811 is a health advice service available from any phone number registered in Nova Scotia. Calls are answered by registered nurses who are based in the province. They provide information by phone, fax, mail, web or email, and also refer callers to provincial or community-based health services. “Dialing 811 ahould be a first resort for anyone who is unsure what to do about their health concern instead of going to their local emergency department,” said Ms. MacDonald. “HealthLink 811 staff can directly link with 911 and poison control in the event the caller was unsure and did not call either directly.” Service is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week in the caller’s language of choice through a translation service. On average, Nova Scotians make 250 calls each day. Nova Scotians calling 811 in the past year most frequently sought advice on: Another feature of HealthLink 811 system is an ability to increase capacity during events that affect the health care system, such as a pandemic. Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health said the service was invaluable during the recent H1N1 pandemic. “The 811 system was an effective way to ensure Nova Scotians had access to reliable and timely information about the pandemic and how to manage their symptoms,” said Dr. Strang. “It is a vital part of the health system that can expand to meet significant events like a pandemic or other community health challenge.” During the H1N1 peak, HealthLink 811 handled more than 4,000 calls in one day and during October, November and December, processed about 1,000 calls a day on average. The province promoted HealthLink 811 after the launch and during the pandemic. Plans are underway to work with organizations, like Doctors Nova Scotia to further increase awareness this year. fever for patients over 3 months old vomiting/diarrhea in children abdominal pain flu-like symptoms with cough, H1N1 bites and insect stings
On the finale of Season 32 of CBS’s Survivor, singer/songwriter Sia crashed the show to tell her favorite contestant, Tai Trang, that she will donate $50,000 to an animal charity of his choice.That charity turned out to be Wildlife Alliance.The chart-topping singer announced she was going to give Tai the money to donate during the Season Finale Reunion episode, and thanked him for, “showing America how to be kind to animals.” An animal rights activist herself, Sia was moved by Tai’s respect for all living things.Tai Trang, the fan favorite of the season, chose to donate $40,000 to Wildlife Alliance after he and two other contestants won a tour to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center as a prize on the show. During the episode, Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Programs Director, Nick Marx, introduced the contestants to Lucky the elephant, and explained that the animals at the center were all rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Wildlife trafficking is estimated to be worth $20 billion annually, making it one of the most lucrative black market trades in the world. While Tai was moved by the stories of the rescued animals, no one could have foreseen that his compassion would result in Sia donating to help save countless animals from the grips of poachers.Wildlife Alliance (WA) has been working in Cambodia since 2000, providing direct protection to forests and wildlife. WA’s mission is to combat deforestation, wildlife extinction, climate change, and poverty by partnering with local communities and governments. To date, Wildlife Alliance has preserved more than 2 million acres of forest, overturned 36 industrial land concessions, rescued over 62,000 animals from the illegal wildlife trade and delivered environmental education to more than 200,000 students, teachers and community members.
Miami – Europe’s Migrant crisis in Macedonia results in frightened and injured refugees held back by police.Thousands of migrants were dispersed by the use of force by the Macedonian riot police when trying to cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Police threw stun grenades and tear gas into the crowd leaving both children and adults injured and terrified.The British Daily Mail reports in detail the events that left at least 8 refugees injured and thousands in despair. A youngster was found bleeding from “shrapnel” damages after being hit by a stun grenade as the crowd screamed “help us”. The outrage occurred near the border train station of Idomeni, northern Greece. Photographs demonstrate the pain and suffering of these migrants whose look on their faces is enough to tell the story. Children are seen crying and holding on to each other as the police use shields to separate the masses. Officers with batons and heavy force “crush” refugees into the ground regardless of gender or age.As the police applied force with their riot shields, at least 10 migrants were reported fainted. Some fell unconscious and were bleeding. Those who were still standing are pictured assisting the injured, including women and children who were separated from their parents.Europe’s migrant crisis has overburdened several countries including Greece, Italy, Germany, France and Britain. Migrants from Middle East and Africa have crossed borders entering Europe. These refugees undergo harsh conditions in refugee camps waiting for days at the borders with little to no facilities. The same source quotes Jad, a 25-year old Syrian in the fields of Edomeni, “We are very angry because the police had told us they would let us through today. We are not animals”.Migrants were unable to cross the border on foot, not even along the railroad tracks since police deterred them by throwing coils of razor wire all over the tracks.Even though Macedonia has declared state of emergency, human rights organizations are against their violent measures. Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, Gauri van Gulik expressed, “Macedonian authorities are responding as if they were dealing with rioters rather than refugees who have fled conflict and persecution. Every country has the power to patrol its own borders, but this kind of para-military response is an unacceptable push-back in violation of international law”.On the other hand, Macedonian police spokesman Ivo Kotevski reiterated, “Police and the army will control a 30-mile stretch of the border to stop a massive influx of migrants coming from Greece”.Macedonia’s Minister of the Interior said in a previous statement that a limited number of ‘vulnerable’ migrants would be allowed to cross the border. Police allegedly issued around 181 transit documents to migrants from Syria, Bangladesh and Pakistan after declaring the state of emergency.Reportedly, Bulgaria has taken steps to control its borders as well to impede the flow of migrants. The Bulgarian Ministry of Defense issued a statement proposing “concrete measures to secure the state border together with the Interior Ministry”.Before Macedonian police took harsher measures, the country had been witnessing illegal crossings of around 2,000 refugees daily. Most of these refugees are desperately entering Europe escaping conflict and persecution in Iraq, Syria and Libya.The same source reports the Greek Coast Guard has picked up 620 refugees in 15 search-and-rescue operations in the last 24 hours, near several Greek islands. The number of migrants crossing Macedonia has reached 39,000 just in the last month, according to authorities.Migrants’ stories are those of oppressed victims in search of freedom in European lands. A Syrian refugee with her husband and a baby shares, “We want to go to Germany to find a new life because everything has been destroyed in Syria”.Refugees wait for days to board limited-space trains to be transported into Germany, Hungary and other European nations. Pictures depict migrants sleeping on the ground, others praying for freedom and hope after arriving aboard inflatable boats to the refugee camps.Life for these migrants is very challenging even in the countries where they are given asylum. Germany has reported several attacks of hostility towards these refugees who are given space in overpopulated shelters accounting well over 800,000 individuals.Conditions are worsening as locals and those against the refugee movement assault these shelters in disagreement. Those who venture into northern territories fear the town of Calais as they say “conditions are so appalling they would rather die trying to escape it and sneak into Britain by jumping onto trucks and Eurotunnel trains”.The search for peace and freedom is filled with many setbacks and many lose their lives dreaming of a better future.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, on the triumph of the Portuguese football team in the 2016 European Championship of Nations over the French team (1-0).The Portuguese football team ended brilliantly the 2016 edition of the European Championship of Nations by wining the final of this competition against the French team. On this occasion, “I am glad to extend to you and to the friendly Portuguese people my heartfelt congratulations,” said the King in the message.The sovereign also extended his sincere congratulations to the players and the technical staff of the Portuguese team who, throughout this championship, gave the best of themselves and accomplish such huge achievement.
It was reported that the fire lasted for nearly two hours before it was brought under control.Flight operations at the airport were not affected by the incident. (Colombo Gazette) A fire caused extensive damage to a duty-free shop warehouse at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning.The Police said that the fire broke out early this morning and was later extinguished by the fire brigade unit at the airport.
← Previous Story Women’s U20 WCh: Japan only non-European team in the 1/4 Finals! Next Story → TRANSFER BOMB: Ivano Balic joins BM Atletico Madrid! Bad news for German SG Flensburg. One of the possible stars in the upcoming season in DKB Bundesliga, Petar Djordjic (22) got injured at the Super Cup Final against THW Kiel 26:29 and he will miss probably the rest of the season. Young Serbian left back was taken out of the court after knee injury during the match with “Zebras”. MRI approved the worst scenario, injury of right knee ligaments, so Petar is forced to leave at least 6 months of the season, but more realistic is to miss almost whole season… Petar DjordjićSG Flensburg
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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) – The three victims killed in the Encinitas bluff collapse have been identified as members of the same family.Officials said yesterday that 65-year-old Julie Davis and 35-year-old Anne Clave, a mother and daughter, died in the cliff collapse. The third victim has been identified as Elizabeth Cox, Davis’ sister.The three women died yesterday and two others were injured after the cliffs above them collapsed.The area has since been reopened to the public, and a memorial has been set up for the community to pay their respects to the family. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:39 PM Posted: August 4, 2019 Third victim in Encinitas cliff collapse identified August 4, 2019
CHICAGO — New drugs are making a dent against some hard-to-treat cancers, but some results raise fresh questions about whether the benefit is worth the cost.For the first time in a decade, an experimental drug has extended the lives of patients with advanced lung cancer who relapsed after standard chemotherapy. But the drug used in the study gave patients just six extra weeks of life on average, and costs $6,000 per infusion as currently sold to treat a different form of cancer.Eli Lilly and Co.’s drug, Cryamza, was discussed Saturday at a cancer conference in Chicago, where other studies showed:o The drug Imbruvica, sold by Pharmacyclics Inc. and Janssen Biotech, substantially improved survival and could set a new standard of care for relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, the most common leukemia in adults. Doctors say the pill more precisely targets cancer and is a good option for older people who can’t tolerate standard chemotherapy infusions.o Two experimental pills from AstraZeneca PLC worked much better than one alone against ovarian cancer that resisted or came back after standard chemo. The drugs significantly prolonged the time women lived without their disease worsening.LUNG CANCERCyramza is sold now to treat stomach cancer and fights the formation of blood vessels that feed tumors. French researchers led a study with 1,253 patients who relapsed after initial treatment of advanced lung cancer, a more common disease.