Newspaper editor’s trial for disrespecting king adjourned indefinitely

first_img September 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor’s trial for disrespecting king adjourned indefinitely Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News April 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders regrets that newspaper editor Ahmed Reda Benchemsi’s year-old trial on a charge of “disrespect for the king” was adjourned indefinitely yesterday by a Casablanca court. The presiding judge said at the end of yesterday’s hearing that “the court could summon Mr. Benchemsi again if all of the prosecution case requirements are met.”“This is not a satisfactory decision,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Moroccan courts will not help the cause of press freedom by burying their heads in the sand. We are still waiting for the government led by Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi to demonstrate a commitment to press freedom in the form of legislation. Meanwhile, Benchemsi continues to be exposed to the possibility of a prison sentence because of what he wrote in an editorial.”The editor of two weeklies, Nichane and Tel Quel, Benchemsi told Reporters Without Borders that the sine die adjournment showed that “the court was clearly trying to close the case without having to reach a verdict.” He added: “I am supposed to see this decision as a concilatory gesture. But the judge can call me back to court whenever he wants. If he does, the trial will resume and my lawyers will defend my innocence.”Benchemsi was summoned for questioning by the Casablanca judicial police at the start of August 2007 because of an editorial criticising a speech by King Mohammed about legislative elections taking place the following month. The latest issues of his two newspapers were destroyed at the printing press on the orders of the interior minister. His trial on a charge of disrespect for the king under article 41 of the press law opened on 24 August 2007.center_img April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en to go further News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalistslast_img read more

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Senior Director of Maintenance and Operations

first_imgThorough knowledge as required to lead and oversee a largefacilities maintenance organization, including but not limited to:interior and exterior building systems, interior and exteriorutility systems and infrastructure including power generation,facility automation, access control, and energy management systems,exterior hardscape and landscape infrastructure, custodialmaintenance, fleet operation and management, and refuse andrecycling.Strong knowledge of engineering requirements and programsrelated to facilities operation, utility design and constructionincluding an ability to troubleshoot and creatively resolveunanticipated challenges which may arise.Strong knowledge of maintenance and repair project planning andmanagement principles including skills which result in successfulproject performance related to scope identification, budget andschedule performance, and quality control.Demonstrated record of successful financial planning,budgeting, and fiscal management including the ability to managemulti-functional and diverse programs of significant budgetaryimpact.Demonstrated experience developing and implementing a strongcustomer service approach to work efforts while motivating staff ina challenging environment.Extensive knowledge of personnel management includinginteracting effectively with many levels of personnel, providingsound analysis and guidance to supervisory staff concerningdisciplinary actions and employee/labor relations issues,performance management, dispute resolution, and teamdevelopment.Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of public contractingrequirement and skills required to develop and analyze proposalsand negotiate favorable business terms.Ability to effectively interpret, organize and presentinformation, ideas and concepts in written or presentation formatand use consultative, collaborative and facilitation skills toobtain decisions required to move forward towardimplementation. CompensationClassification: Administrator IIIHiring Range: Commensurate with experienceSan José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefitspackage typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For moreinformation on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Job SummaryThe Senior Director of Maintenance & Operations is responsiblefor the leadership, administration, management, and supervisoryoversight of all services and functions of the Maintenance &Operations unit within Facilities Development & Operations. Theunit provides for the operation and maintenance of campus buildingsand utility systems as well as supportive operational functionsincluding fleet management, grounds, custodial, and movingservices.As part of this role, the Senior Director oversees and administersan assigned budget as well as the campus maintenance management andfacilities condition assessment systems while playing a pivotalrole in the development and execution of priorities as related toensuring ongoing continuity of operations. This includesestablishing strong relationships with campus clientele and drivingforward a University first and customer focused approach to allwork efforts. Additionally, the Senior Director leads effortsrelated to planning and overseeing deferred and major maintenanceprojects while advancing carbon neutrality goals and ensuring aresilient campus infrastructure. The Senior Director has directresponsibility to implement agreements with campus entities asrelated to the provision of maintenance and operation services. TheSenior Director also participates with other senior managers todevelop, establish, and implement Department strategic andoperational plans and initiatives.The Maintenance & Operations unit of Facilities Development& Operations provides services to a University campus spreadacross five sites comprised of +170 acres, 52 buildings, and morethan six million gross square feet. Maintenance & Operationsemployees approximately 250 full time permanent staff and up to anadditional nine part time, seasonal, or contract staff.This is a position in the CSU – Management Personnel Plan (MPP),and serves at the pleasure of the President. This position willrequire adherence to University compliance training such as:Conflict of Interest and Ethics, AB 1825 Sexual HarassmentPrevention, Information Security, and Injury and Illness PreventionProgram. The person hired for this position may be required tocomplete an outside employment disclosure statement in accordancewith Title V of the California Code of Regulations.Key Responsibilities Preferred Qualifications Required Qualifications All applicants must apply within the specified application period:December 8, 2020 through December 22, 2020 . This positionis open until filled; however, applications received afterscreening has begun will be considered at the discretion of theuniversity.Contact InformationUniversity [email protected] InformationSatisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminalrecords check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue acontingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which maybe rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifyinginformation, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowinglywithheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorilycomplete the background check may affect the continued employmentof a current CSU employee who was offered the position on acontingent basis.The standard background check includes: criminal check, employmentand education verification. Depending on the position, a motorvehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checksare conducted through the university’s third party vendor, AccurateBackground. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSUwill pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence ofrequired degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time ofhire.SJSU IS NOT A SPONSORING AGENCY FOR STAFF OR MANAGEMENT POSITIONS.(e.g. H1-B VISAS)All San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University (SJSU) is an EqualOpportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed tonondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenshipstatus, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, geneticinformation, marital status, medical condition, national origin,race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation,transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicablefederal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students,faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of theEducation Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and statelaws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all educationprograms and activities operated by the university (both on and offcampus).center_img Prefer registration as a Professional Engineer in Civil,Mechanical, or Electrical disciplines.Prefer CEFP certification through the Association of PhysicalPlant Administrators and/or CFM certification through theInternational Facilities Management AssociationSupervisory experience within a collective bargaining andrepresented staff environment.Experience planning and implementing deferred maintenance andutility infrastructure projects.Experience in maintenance and operational management of a Statefacility, College or University, or other multi-facilitycomplex. Bachelor’s degree in engineering, facilities management,construction management, business or a related field OR which maybe obtained through equivalent experience such as might be attainedthrough ten years of supervisory experience, of which a minimum offive years is associated with progressively responsible seniorlevel experience.Ten years of supervisory experience and five years of seniorleadership experience within a multi-faceted facilities maintenanceorganization.Demonstrated management experience leading and overseeingtechnical operations and services common to a multi-facetedfacilities maintenance organization including resourceplanning. ResumeLetter of InterestOther Provides management and oversight for all maintenance andoperational services including the following functions: carpentry,plumbing, lock, painting, electrical, and HVAC/building controlsystem services, central plant and utility services, automotiveservices, grounds services, custodial services, refuse andrecycling services, and moving services.Leads and oversees implementation of a maintenance managementsystem to assign, track, prioritize, plan, schedule, and managedeployment of resources required to implement service plans,properly steward physical assets, and maintain responsiveness tocampus needs. This includes development and management of apreventative maintenance program designed to ensure lifecycleachievement for all physical assets.Leads, oversees, and ensures development of work processes tosupport a fully coordinated completion of routine and emergencymaintenance needs, and customer service calls and work requestsbased on a prioritized deployment model including standards forcustomer engagement.Integrate and direct the efforts and results of Managers,Supervisors, staff and contractors engaged in the generalmaintenance and repair of University buildings, utilitiesdistribution and monitoring systems, and related infrastructure aswell as those services related to grounds, automotive, custodial,refuse/recycling, and moving.Directly responsible for development of capital renewal,deferred maintenance, and major maintenance multi-year plans usingan evidence-driven planning processes, strategies to maximizeresources, and an approach ensuring timely and cost-effectiveimplementation.Oversees development and implementation of comprehensivepolicies, procedures and performance standards associated withoperational units and functional responsibilities.Directly responsible for the astute management of assignedbudgets and resources including monitoring, tracking, analysis, andforecasting efforts necessary for successful performance.Oversees personnel management and administration for over 250employees including hiring, retention, performance, correctiveand/or disciplinary action, and resolution of issues while workingclosely with the Business & Administrative Services unit andUniversity Personnel. 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Mammals Partied When Dinosaurs Left

first_imgA research team headed by a biology professor at the University of New Mexico are claiming that mammals had a field day when the dinosaurs went extinct.  They got bigger and more diverse, filling in the ecological wasteland left by the missing giant reptiles.  Their analysis was published in Science.1    In addition, they think the mammals waxed and waned with the temperature.  According to lead author Felicia Smith [U of NM], quoted in Science Daily, “Global temperature and terrestrial land area set constraints on the upper limit of mammal body size,” Smith said, “with larger mammals evolving when the earth was cooler and the terrestrial land area greater.”  But isn’t there more to evolutionary theory than changing times?    A look at how they used the term evolution in their paper shows a rather cavalier assumption that evolution just happened.  As to how animals could evolve, they tried a random model, like Brownian motion on a large scale, and a saturation model, with evolution reaching to fill all available space somehow: “as maximum body size evolves, the evolutionary possibilities for increasing size are progressively exhausted.”    Other than that, the authors treated evolution as a category of stuff happens,  speaking of “the evolution of” this or that.  They even invoked the convergence notion (01/26/2010): “the patterns suggest that large mammals convergently evolved to fill similar ecological roles.”  As for the atmospheric and geographic influences on evolution, they were gracious enough to warn, “However, some caution should be used in the interpretation of our results.”  There’s a lot of uncertainty, after all, about how oxygen levels and other environmental factors could influence evolution.  “Nevertheless, the potential role of abiotic factors in the overall trajectory of mammalian evolution cannot be ignored, and the available data suggest interesting and important trends, which should be explored further.”  Their last paragraph summed up their ideas:Our analysis implies that the increase in the maximum mass of mammals over the Cenozoic was neither a statistical inevitability driven by increasing species richness nor a random evolutionary walk from a small initial size, but rather reflected processes operating consistently across trophic and taxonomic groups, and independent of the physiographic history of each continent.  We find no support for other hypotheses for the evolution of maximum body mass, including the expected increase in variance due to random divergence from a common ancestor or to increasing species richness; nor do terrestrial mammals ever approach sizes that might invoke biomechanical constraints.  The K/Pg extinction provided the ecological opportunity for mammals to become larger.  Terrestrial mammals did so in an exponentially decreasing fashion, reaching a more or less maximal size by 40 Ma as evolutionary possibilities for increasing body size were progressively exhausted and abiotic factors began constraining the upper limit.The authors did not speculate about the cause of the dinosaur extinction.  In the abstract, their hypothesis was summed up in the statement, “the primary driver for the evolution of giant mammals was diversification to fill ecological niches, [but] environmental temperature and land area may have ultimately constrained the maximum size achieved.”    Reporters leapt onto this idea, saying “Dino Demise Led to Evolutionary Explosion of Huge Mammals” (Live Science), “Giants among us: Paper explores evolution of the world’s largest mammals” (PhysOrg) and “Size of mammals exploded after dinosaur extinction” (PhysOrg again), New Scientist confidently explained “Why mammals grew big and then stopped,” while the BBC News teased, “Dinosaur demise allowed mammals to ’go nuts.’”  The quotes refer to a statement by lead author Felissa Smith, who pretty much summed up her idea in a colloquial way: “But we had a giant Earth with nothing big on it anymore; and so I think that ecological opportunity allowed mammals to just go nuts.”  For the benefit of any culturally deprived readers, the BBC hastened to explain, “‘Going nuts’ meant land mammals diverging in shape and size.”1.  Felissa Smith, “The Evolution of Maximum Body Size of Terrestrial Mammals,” Science, 26 November 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6008 pp. 1216-1219, DOI: 10.1126/science.1194830.Has a more vacuous scientific explanation ever been submitted in a serious scientific journal?  This is nothing more than the “If you build it, they will come” theory of evolution.  Simply provide the opportunity, and Darwin will send in his army of Tinker Bell helpers to zap the leftover animals with their mutation wands, and presto: giant mammals will emerge.  It’s like a land grant or homesteading act advertised to pioneers: “Go forth and build your towns, your factories, your civilizations!  Give me mammals to match my mountains!” The only caveat is that intelligent design is not allowed; everything must be undirected, purposeless, mindless, and random.    Notice, further, that Smith and her co-conspirators ruled out all the other vacuous evolutionary explanations before coming up with their vacuous evolutionary explanation.  Can’t say it was “statistically inevitable.”  Can’t say it was a “random walk” in the evolutionary park.  Can’t say it was biomechanical constraints, nor “expected increase in variance due to random divergence from a common ancestor” nor due to “increasing species richness.”  No; all those vacuous, circular, question-begging Darwinian explanations are not vacuous enough.  We need a really vacuous explanation: “we had a giant Earth with nothing big on it anymore; and so I think that ecological opportunity allowed mammals to just go nuts.”    Any wonder why long ago we instituted a Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week award?    For more nonsense about mammal evolution, see:12/24/2009 on natural variation vs. progress,12/18/2009 on Australian mammals,12/13/2009 on contenders for SEQOTW,12/11/2009 on the horse series,12/04/2009 on vacuous explanations,11/19/2009 on evolutionary works in progress,09/22/2009 on use of the Stuff Happens Law,06/30/2009 on the elephant explosion,06/03/2009 on evolution as a catch-all explanation,03/24/2009 on trying to fit animals in uncooperative evolutionary trees,07/04/2008 on explanation by assumption,03/06/2008 on translating Darwinese,01/21/2008 on backtracking earlier claims,04/25/2007 on telling time tales,03/29/2005 on mammals (or evolutionists) going crazy after the dinosaurs,08/27/2004 on the lack of an evolutionary tree in mammal genes,12/03/2003 on the convoluted story of African mammal evolution.    For more on the “If you build it, they will come” theory of evolution, see 10/31/2010 and 07/14/2009 on Cambrian animals, 03/29/2007 on salt tolerance, 01/28/2005 on bats, and 08/25/2005 on fossil diversity.  It’s an old custom in Darwin fantasyland. 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Alstom-led firm in $5.1bn SA rail order

first_img15 October 2013Gibela Transport, a joint venture 61% owned by French company Alstom, on Tuesday signed a contract worth US$5.1-billion (R51-billion) to supply 600 passenger trains, comprising 3 600 coaches, to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).The contract was signed in Johannesburg by Prasa Group CEO Lucky Montana, Alstom CEO Patrick Kron and Alstom Transport president Henri Poupart-Lafarge in the presence of South African President Jacob Zuma and visiting French President Francois Hollande.“This project is one of the biggest in rail transport worldwide and is the largest contract ever signed in Alstom’s history,” Alstom said in a statement.In 2010, the South African government embarked on an ambitious fleet renewal programme aimed at revitalising the country’s rail industry. The programme will see the ageing fleet of suburban trains currently in service in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban being replaced with 1 200 electric trains over a period of 20 years.Gibela’s 10-year contract represents the first phase of a 20-year programme in which Prasa will procure approximately 7 224 new rolling stock with a projected investment of R123-billion.The contract includes the construction of a local manufacturing facility. Gibela will build a manufacturing site in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, to produce the trains in South Africa. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2014, with the factory due to come on-stream in 2015.The manufacturing facility will also house an engineering centre and a training facility, enabling Gibela to provide technical support and supply spare parts for the coaches over an 18-year period.According to Prasa, the project will create over 1 500 direct jobs in the local factory and 33 000 indirect jobs over the first 10 years, achieving a local-content level of over 65%.The first 20 trains will be manufactured in Lapa, Brazil. Alstom’s French sites Ornans, Tarbes, Villeurbanne and Saint-Ouen will be involved in the project over the long term.“While the urgent challenge to improve passenger services remains primary, the rolling stock programme has been designed to achieve government’s objectives of developing skills, creating jobs and delivering quality services to citizens,” Montana said.Poupart-Lafarge said Alstom was “fully committed to mobilising the best of our technology and expertise through our South African joint venture Gibela, and we believe our trains will set a high standard in serving the interests of commuters.”Prasa will be supplied with X’Trapolis Mega, the new X’Trapolis train developed by Alstom to fit the 1.067 metre gauge in South Africa. The train can travel at speeds of up to 120 km/h with the ability to be upgraded to 160 km/h. Each single-deck train comprises six cars and can carry more than 1 300 passengers.According to Alstom, the train is equipped with air conditioning, ergonomic seats, real-time on-board information and wi-fi internet access, and includes an enhanced door system to provide better accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility, along with full-length connecting gangways for improved fluidity.“The stainless steel car body-shell reduces the weight of the train, and its electrical braking capacity enables a significant reduction in energy consumption.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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AGCO introduces White Planters 9800VE Series Planters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AGCO Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, recently unveiled the new White Planters 9800VE Series planter.The 9800VE Series planters are the result of AGCO’s latest investment in planting technology available from Precision Planting. The planters feature a new seed meter, electronic drive, automated downforce plus monitoring and data management technologies which take industry-leading White Planters to an unprecedented level of seed placement performance.“Researchers continue to learn and quantify the yield benefits of accurate seed placement. With that understanding, our customers are demanding technology that will allow them to capture the full yield potential of every seed planted,” says Conor Bergin, tactical marketing manager, Application, Seeding and Tillage. “The 9800VE Series planters are equipped to do just that, in addition to providing the long-lasting durability and simple maintenance and operation White Planters has provided for more than 40 years.”The 9800VE Series row-crop planters are available with a full range of options and attachments and may be configured to fit any production system. The Series offers three models with 30-inch row spacing in 12-row, 16-row and 24-row configurations: the 9812VE-30, the 9816VE-30 and 9824VE-30. The planters are built upon three-section frames that flex 21 degrees up or down at each wing for consistent planting depth across irregular terrain and that fold for convenient movement from field to field.vSet meterThe new planters are equipped with the proven and reliable vSet meter, which offers the industry’s most consistent seed singulation plus outstanding reliability for minimal downtime. This meter features a flat disk with a single vac setting and a floating, 5-lobed singulator that makes sure no two seeds of any kind can occupy the same hole. It handles virtually any seed size or shape with a minimal amount of tweaks to vac pressure, disk or singulator settings and delivers nearly 100 percent accuracy.DeltaForce hydraulic downforceDeltaForce hydraulic downforce control matches field conditions on-the-go to provide consistent seed depth placement for each individual row. The downforce of each row unit is adjusted automatically to minimize soil compaction or prevent shallow placement, for a seed environment that delivers uniform emergence leading to maximum yield. It compensates for soil variation caused by wheel tracks, changes in soil type, soil moisture and varying amounts of crop residue across the field.vDrive electronic driveThe vDrive electronic drive system on 9800VE Series planters allows row-by-row control of the vSet seed meters so they adjust independently around headland curves. This precise control ensures the desired population is planted, saving seed and ensuring equidistant plant spacing for optimum yields. In addition, the vDrive allows prescription planting that matches plant population to the soil’s yield potential as well as row shut off to prevent over planting of point rows and end rows. The vDrive is self-contained and virtually maintenance free compared to traditional mechanical systems with sprockets, drive chains and bearings.20/20 SeedSense monitorWhite Planter’s 9800 are equipped with the fully integrated SeedSense monitor which tracks population, speed, skips, doubles, row unit ride, down force and ground contact on the go. The information is immediately displayed on a color screen, allowing the operator to make adjustments needed to seed precisely, maintain depth, avoid compaction and troubleshoot mechanical problems.Optional FieldView data collection and mappingFieldView data collection and mapping is an iPad-based solution to real-time, high definition mapping and data collection. It integrates seamlessly with SeedSense and is available as a factory-installed option. With data captured through SeedSense, producers can see exactly what the planter is doing in real time and save the data to use for future decision making.Options and attachments fit individual needsAs with other planters in the Series, the White Planters 9800VE series planters may be equipped to fit the needs of nearly any production system. For full details about the new White Planters 9800VE Series, visit your nearest AGCO dealer or visit www.agcocorp.comlast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2011: Serena enters Round 3

first_imgSerena Williams found her game just in time to demolish Simona Halep 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 and then fired verbal volleys at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for making her play on Court 2 on Thursday.Returning to the tennis courts after gap of 49 weeks because of injuries and illness, Serena was teased and tested by the young Romanian in the first set.Simona, the 19-year-old former French Open junior champion who is now ranked on the WTA computer, was enjoying the attention early on as she served big.In these conditions, as an underdog, it’s always easy to play without pressure. But once Serena found her rhythm and range, she made life difficult for the debutante.So much so that Simona was struggling with her footwork on the grass and slipped twice on the slick surface. But Serena was in no mood to ease off the gas pedal in the last two sets, even though she needed four match points before securing victory.However, what she will need to watch out for is consistency, as she committed a heap of unforced errors.Serena was at her best at the post match conference. No room for emotions like it was on Tuesday as she heaped scorn on the organisers for not putting her on Centre Court or Court No. 1.I don’t know why they like to put us on Court 2, me and Venus, for whatever reason. May be, one day we’ll figure it out. I don’t know,” said Serena.advertisementWhen Serena was asked what made Court 2 difficult, the atmosphere or the noise, she couldn’t explain.”I don’t know. I pretty much won all my matches so far on Court 2,” he said.But Serena said the long walk to the court meant she did not have to warm up too much. “Yeah, I never have too much time to warm up. I look at that as kind of a warm-up, trying to walk out there. I’m like, okay, well, this gets my legs moving,” she said.She was probed further as to how Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were never put on Court 2.”They’re never moved across. Actually, Venus and I have won more Wimbledons together than a lot of the players or by ourselves in doubles even. So, you know, at the end of the day, I don’t know. Like I said, they’re not going to change, doesn’t look like,” was her parting shot.Earlier, former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic demolished Elena Danilidou 6-3, 6-0 to enter the third round.Former French Open champions Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced on Thursday.Schiavone, the sixth seed from Italy, defeated Czech Republic’s Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-5, 6-3.Russia’s Kuznetsova, seeded 12th, had an easy outing against Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru winning 6-0, 6-2.Lisicki shocks Li Na Li Na returns to Sabine Lisicki at the Wimbledon on Thursday. APChina’s French Open champion Li Na crashed out of Wimbledon on Thursday, losing 3-6, 6-4, 8-6 to German wildcard Sabine Lisicki in the second round.Third seeded Li, who made the quarter-finals in 2006, was made to regret squandering two match points when she led 5- 3 in the decider as the big-hitting German hit back to claim a famous victory.Lisicki collapsed to her knees in tears the covered Centre Court when she clinched the gripping tie on her third match point in the 14th game of the deciding set.The 21-year-old Lisicki, whose career suffered a huge setback in 2010 when a serious ankle injury sidelined her for four months, will tackle Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi for a place in the last 16.Li had eased through the first set with break in the eighth game. But Lisicki back in the second with a break to lead 3-1 before handing back the advantage in the ninth.She wasn’t to be denied, however, and levelled the match in the 10th game.Li was again in charge with a break to lead 3-2 in the final set before a thrilling finale to the match.At 3- 5 down, Lisicki unleashed two serves at 122mph and 123mph to save match points followed by her 14th and 15th aces to take the game and cut the deficit to 4- 5.Lisicki then broke for 5-5, handed back the break for Li to lead 6-5. But the blonde German refused to buckle and retrieved the break for 6-6.She confidently held for 7-6 and then carved out three match points in the 14th game. Li saved two but cracked on the third when she sent a crosscourt drive wide.advertisement- With inputs from agenciesMen’s singles 2nd roundNovak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG x24) bt Olivier Rochus (BEL) 6-7 (7/9), 6-1, 6-0, 6-4; Karol Beck (SVK) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP x26) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) bt Rik De Voest (RSA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; David Nalbandian (ARG x28) bt Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; Robin Soderling (SWE x5) bt Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6-7 (5/7), 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4; Xavier Malisse (BEL) bt Florian Mayer (GER x20) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2; Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB x13) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4Women’s singles 2nd roundSerena Williams (USA x7) bt Simona Halep (ROM) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1; Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x12) bt Alexandra Dulgheru (ROM) 6-0, 6-2; Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x24) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-1, 6-2; Julia Goerges (GER x16) bt Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 7-6 (12/10), 6-2; Misaki Doi (JPN) bt Zheng Jie (CHN) 6-3, 6-1; Ana Ivanovic (SRB x18) bt Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 6-3, 6-0; Maria Kirilenko (RUS x26) bt Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 7-5, 7-5; Francesca Schiavone (ITA x6) bt Barbora Zhlavov Strcov (CZE) 7-5, 6-3Men’s doubles 1st roundJuan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, Colombia, def. Rohan Bopanna, India, and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (4), Pakistan, 2-6, 6-2, 21-19; Marc Lopez and David Marrero (15), Spain, def. Alessandro Motti, Italy, and Stephane Robert, France, 6-3, 7-6 (7).For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Bojan Bogdanovic churns out season-best 35 as Pacers top Wolves

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic, right, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. The Pacers won 122-115. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS — The short-handed Indiana Pacers overcame the absence of two keys players — and Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns’ fast start.Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 35 points and Pacers beat the Timberwolves 122-115 on Thursday night. Towns had 42 points and 17 rebounds, scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT UPTimberwolves: At Washington on Sunday night.Pacers: Hosts Orlando on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rafael Nadal blasts Kyrgios for ‘lack of respect’ after Acapulco defeat Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TJ Leaf added a career-high 18 points for Indiana. The Pacers overcame an early 12-point deficit and led 64-60 at halftime.“It’s rough. I mean, it’s not easy to win in the NBA. And we didn’t do the things we needed to do to win and execute in the end,” Towns said. “We just got to be better on the defensive end. We had too many miscues and it cost us.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Towns had his 52nd 30-plus point game and the 15th of the season. He has had 30 or more in three straight games. … Minnesota is 4-23 when trailing after three quarters, and 41-12 when leading or tied after three.Pacers: Indiana is 9-3 on the second night of a back-to-back and 7-0 when the second game is at home. … Myles Turner has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last eight games.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Indiana played without Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle), and Tyreke Evans (food poisoning).“All we need is (who) we’ve got in this (locker) room,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We’ve been adapting, really, all season long with guys being out. Losing Victor early in the season, losing him later in the season for the year … Our coaches do a good job of keeping guys ready to play, and they’ve been able to step in win games. We’re still trying to establish who we are.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith the game tied at 107 with less than four minutes remaining, Bogdanovic drove for the go-ahead layup. Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins then missed two free throws on the next possession, and Bogdanovic extended the Pacers lead on the other end of the floor with a wide-open 3-pointer. The Pacers closed with a 15-8 run, with Bogdanovic scoring 11 points.“It shows how resilient we are, how strong we are mentally,” Bogdanovic said. “We were short-handed without Domantas, then our big (men) early on get into foul trouble. But we did a great job at the beginning of the second quarter. Again, great effort, great team defense.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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BBL 2019: Young fan hit by ball in the stands, George Bailey gifts him a pair of gloves

first_imgFormer Australia captain George Bailey won praise on social media after his heart-warming gesture of making a young fan, who was it by a six in the crowd, feel better.Bailey had hit a six, while playing for Hobart Hurricanes against Sydney Thunder in their Big Bash League clash at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, which struck the young fan in the crowd. Lucky for the boy that he wasn’t badly hurt but was shaken by the blow as he was picked up by the cameras crying on his father’s lap.Play was stopped for a minutes to check on the boy and make sure he was okay. A team doctor also ran the whole edge of the field to help the boy.After the end of the innings, Bailey even went personally to check on the fan and presenting the boy with his pair of gloves. Sydney Thunder player Daniel Sams also gifted him his signed cap.The boy’s father thanked Bailey and Sams for their concern on social media.”Big night at the BBL for my boy – hit on the head by a George Bailey 6 – gets a headache , Daniel Sams cap, Georges batting gloves and lots of care from StJohns and Sydney Thuner,” he posted on Twitter.Big night at the BBL for my boy – hit on the head by a George Bailey 6 – gets a headache , Daniel Sams cap, Georges batting gloves and lots of care from StJohns and @ThunderBBL pic.twitter.com/PvUdjEOdWwadvertisementIan Mackay (@ianmigdale) February 9, 2019His father also posted a video of the young boy back in training the next morning.And straight back to training today pic.twitter.com/MG2EJNGAeMIan Mackay (@ianmigdale) February 10, 2019″I think he is okay now but it was a bit of a scary moment catching that young fan with the six,” Bailey said at the post-match presentation.”It’d be nice to see someone of a reasonable age stepping up and taking the catch there. Your heart’s in your throat a little bit with a few of the crowd catches,” Bailey added.Bailey also said that the seniors in the crowd should at least make an effort of safe-guarding the younger fans who may be in line to be hit unexpectedly by flying sixes.”It’s the heroes that go for it and pull at out the last minute. Just step up and take the catch, it’s not that hard. Put your hands in front of it and leave them there. Let it hit them hard,” Bailey said.Also Read | Big Bash League: Nathan Coulter-Nile taken to hospital after onfield collapseAlso Read | Lightning quick MS Dhoni stumps Tim Seifert in less than a secondAlso Read | Dwayne Bravo has a new song and it’s about Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Asialast_img read more

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4 days agoJamie Carragher believes Liverpool froze at Man Utd

first_imgJamie Carragher believes Liverpool froze at Man Utdby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes they froze at Manchester United for Sunday’s 1-1 draw.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds needed a late Adam Lallana equaliser to rescue a point at Old Trafford after Marcus Rashford’s first-half goal looked to have earned a deserved victory for the struggling Red Devils.Speaking during the game, Carragher told Sky Sports: “I always talk about Everton having almost a mental block when they come to Anfield, and watching Liverpool here, it’s almost like it’s a mental block.”It’s not the same team you usually watch.”I said before the game, United away is always a tough game and you can lose it but it’s the performance more than the scoreline that is the biggest worry for Liverpool. Every time they come to Old Trafford, it is the same problems.”He added: “I think Liverpool will be delighted. It’s very difficult for any team to come to Old Trafford, it’s a derby game and their record is not great here.”It almost feel like certain Liverpool players have a mental block when they come here so to get out with one point, considering how they performed, I think Klopp will be pleased.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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