A low-intensity blast took place in Teesta Bazar area of Darjeeling this morning as the indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling Hills entered the 72nd day.Though there were no reports of any casualty or injury to any person, some shops were damaged.Darjeeling district officials said, the blast was triggered on a road near Teesta Bazar, close to the Teesta bridge.The police is investigation the matter.The blast comes just a day after twin blasts shook Darjeeling hills. In Thursday’s blast also, there was no report of any casualty or injury.Friday’s blast is the third such incident since the indefinite shutdown to press for a separate Gorkhaland state, began over two months ago.On last Saturday, twin blasts rocked Darjeeling hills in which one civic police volunteer was killed and two others were injured.The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) is all set to meet at Kalimpong today to discuss the issue of attending the August 29 talks convened by the state government in response to the GNLF’s letter requesting for a dialogue to restore normalcy in hills.The GMCC comprising members of all the hill parties, including GJM and GNLF, is headed by the GJM.The GJM on Thursday wrote a letter to the West Bengal government expressing its willingness to attend the August 29 talks to resolve the Darjeeling stalemate, abandoning its earlier stand.The letter, written by Binay Tamang, a leader of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said, .“No other alternative or modified step will do justice to our plight…other than creation of a separate Gorkhaland.”’ Mr. Tamang’s letter was preceded by a letter GJM chief Bimal Gurung wrote to the state government on Wednesday requesting for a “political dialogue” on the demand for a Gorkhaland.
It’s revenge time for India. The unexpected defeat at the hands of Bangladesh during the 2007 World Cup is still fresh in the minds of most Indian players and avenging that loss will be on top of their must-do agenda as they clash with the co-hosts in the opening match of the World Cup in Dhaka on Saturday.That defeat was instrumental in sending India out of the tournament in the first round itself and the hurt can still be felt in the Indian camp. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni just doesn’t want to talk about it. “Never even thought about it because we don’t want to repeat what happened in 2007,” he said on the eve of the big game that millions of people are looking forward to. In several ways, the result of the day-night encounter at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium could set the tone for the 14-nation, 45-day tournament. If it turns out to be a closely fought encounter, it will be a good advertisement for the 50-over format – which some people feel is under threat from Twenty20 – and will make investors/advertisers and some others smile.Already, an anonymous punter has put a bet of 82,000 bet – the biggest ever laid on a one-day game – with a London bookmaker on India winning the World Cup. But Dhoni would again not like to think about it, otherwise it would add to the pressure on him. Bangladesh have managed to eke out only two wins in 22 matches against India in more than 22 years of bilateral ODI history, but the one they managed on March 17, 2007, was the most telling. And when Dhoni, who failed to score in that game but took three catches, goes out for the toss, his mind would surely go back to that defeat.advertisementHe may have given a new name to pressure, “added responsibility”, but he can’t just shrug it away from his mind. One consolation for India is that pacer Mashrafe Mortaza, who bagged four wickets and was man of the match in that game, is not in the team. Seven of the 11 players who lost that game are still in the Indian team and would be itching to avenge that embarrassment.Interestingly, India and Bangladesh could be in different mindsets as they returned contrasting results just before the World Cup. While India lost the five-match ODI series 2-3 in South Africa last month, Bangladesh blanked New Zealand 4-0 at home and then thrashed Zimbabwe 3-1 in December and would be high on confidence.For India, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan is suspected to be a doubtful starter due to an injury. But Dhoni was confident he would play. “Zaheer is fit as of now. I have not spoken to the physio. If there is something, I will let you know,” he said. Left-armer Zaheer bowled at the nets on Friday evening, but did not go full throttle. Maybe, Dhoni wants to preserve him for the more important matches coming ahead. Maybe, the bowler is still not 100 per cent match fit. The answers will be known on Saturday afternoon when Dhoni exchanges the team sheets with his Bangladesh counterpart Shakib Al Hasan at the toss.Dhoni said spinners could play a big role in the tournament as pitches in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka largely support slow bowlers. Bangladesh too would depend largely on spinners, who happen to be their strength, especially on home turf.The India skipper too acknowledged this. “All three Bangladesh spinners are good. They have got two good part-timers who can bowl off-spin and leg-spin. It’s a good side. In the sub-continent, they rely a lot on their spinners because here they get more assistance than anywhere else,” he said.Shakib was gung ho about Bangladesh’s prospects. “Our bowlers are in good form, the batsmen have been doing their job and our fielding has improved a lot,” he said, looking confident.”This tournament is not only about playing India. We have six league matches to play and we have to perform in all of them. If we get our basics right, we will do well.”Bangladesh will no doubt receive wholehearted support from vociferous home fans. But the experienced Indian players are not new to playing and winning in adverse conditions. And they are expected to do the same on Saturday.
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Filipino Nonito Donaire Jr. decks Stephon Young with a left hook in the sixth round of their World Boxing Super Series semifinal. Donaire retained his WBA (Super) bantamweight belt and advanced to the WBSS final. Photo from World Boxing Super Series Twitter accountFilipino star Nonito Donaire Jr. knocked out Stephon Young in the sixth round to retain his WBA bantamweight title and make the World Boxing Super Series final.It was an easy victory for Donaire against Young who was originally expected to fight further down the undercard but was moved up when South African southpaw Zolani Tete pulled out with a shoulder injury.ADVERTISEMENT “I am the real deal. I am a different animal,” said Prograis. “Whoever they put in front of me they going to get the same treatment.”Relikh, 30, dropped to 23-3 and has now lost three of his last five fights.Prograis knocked Relikh down in the first round with a stinging body shot. The punch sent Relikh staggering backwards before he fell to the canvas. Relikh and his trainer also had to deal with a deep cut over the bridge of his nose from the second round on.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES The 36-year-old Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) has regained his old lethal form since his return to bantamweight, a division he had once dominated.In the other title bout, American Regis Prograis captured his first major crown Saturday by stopping Kiryl Relikh in the sixth round of a WBA super lightweight world title fight in Lafayette, Louisiana.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 30-year-old, undefeated Prograis knocked the Belarusian down in the first round and cut him on his nose in the second round of the lopsided bout.Despite being the challenger, Prograis came into the fight as the favourite and he lived up to that billing by improving his career record to 24-0. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid NU crushes FEU for 13th straight, Ateneo gets 3rd seed MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
AdvertisementPromoter Barry McGuigan isn’t saying whether Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor (13-0, 11 KOs) will enter the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) light welterweight tournament to compete against talents like interim WBC light welterweight champion Regis Prograis or whether they will try and take the Jose Ramirez fight in US.McGuigan says Taylor, 27, is keeping his options open by not making a decision yet on whether he’ll enter the WBSS tournament or instead choose to try and face WBC light welterweight champion Jose Carlos Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs).Barry McGuigan, trainer for Josh Taylor (14-0, 12 KOs), is also not worried about his fighter stepping in the ring with WBC junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs).Ramirez is scheduled to return to the ring against Danny O’Connor on July 7th at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. He captured the world title back in March with a decision over Amir Imam.McGuigan is now going to review all of the future options out there for Taylor – including being a part of the upcoming World Boxing Super Series tournament at junior welterweight. But he also admits that there is little interest in doing the fight in West Coast.Both the options are very tempting for Josh Taylor but the promoters will go with the fight which makes the most sense financially. Advertisement
Swashbuckling South Africa batsman AB de Villiers wished his good friend Virat Kohli on his marriage with Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma through a video.De Villiers, who is currently easing his back to cricket after an injury hoped that they couple have a happy life together and have many kids.”Congratulations to Virat and Anushka for getting married. Took me by surprise. But I always knew who had a surprise up your sleeve. So, congrats to my good friend Virat and Anushka. I know you guys are going to have a very happy life together and hopefully many kids to come,” AB said.They are good friends from their time in the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, where they have played together since 2011.Kohli and De Villiers form a destructive partnership together and in 2016, the duo wrecked havoc as RCB reached the final. Kohli smashed four centuries on his way to 973 runs while ABD hit 687 runs from 16 games, including one hundred. They are expected to be back together when the IPLstarts in April — provided RCB decides to keep hold of both the players ahead of the auction.However, they will soon go head to head against each other when India tour South Africa for three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is. The first Test starts on January 5 at Newlands.But, for the time being, Kohli continues to enjoy his time off in Europe along with his newly wed wife Anushka. De Villiers on the other hand, is getting ready to make a successful return to Test cricket when the Proteas take on Zimbabwe in the first-ever four-day Test, starting on December 26.advertisementEarlier in the day, Anushka posted a picture of him and Kohli on Instagram chilling in the snow somewhere in Europe captioning it ‘Literally in heaven.’Kohli, who finished 2017 with 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds in international cricket, had been rested for India’s limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka.In the rare time off, Kohli flew away to Italy where he tied the knot with Anushka Sharma in an intimate ceremony. The couple is now in the middle of an exotic honeymoon. Anushka shared a picture on Instagram today.This is some much-needed time for Kohli, who has been among the busiest cricketers in the world over the last couple of years.Kohli has been in sensational form since the beginning of 2016 when he smashed two hundreds in the five-match ODI series against Australia before turning his focus to T20 cricket, breaking a plethora of records. After scoring hundreds of runs in the international format, Kohli amassed 973 runs including four hundreds in 2016 IPL.He also became the only batsman to hit double hundreds in four successive Test series during the one-off match against Bangladesh earlier this year. After a lean patch in Test cricket against Australia, Kohli hammered 610 rus in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka at home.Currently, Kohli is the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year and is ranked No.1 in ODIs and T20 Internationals. He is also ranked number 2 in Test cricket.’In the course of a dominant year for India, Kohli also went past Ricky Ponting and is now second in the list of century scorers in ODIs. The Delhi dasher has 32 hundreds and many experts feel he would be able to get close to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 tons in the format.Kohli now has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.On Tuesday, Kohli became the only Indian to aggregate over 600 runs in a single Test series for the third time. Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid had achieved the feat twice.Kohli broke a plethora of records during the Test series against Sri Lanka and became only the second Indian batsman after Vinod Kambli to score two consecutive double hundreds.Under Kohli, India have won nine successive Test series but their major challenge will be in South Africa where the first Test between the two teams gets underway in Cape Town on January 5.
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Formula One testing was delayed by snowfall at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona on Wednesday, forcing drivers on to wet tires when the snow eventually melted.Parts of the track near Barcelona were covered in snow when teams arrived, forcing cars to stay in the garage during the morning.The track opened at noon local time (1100 GMT) after visibility improved and the medical helicopter was able to fly.Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was the first driver out on full-wet tires with McLaren, followed by Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull.Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson of Sauber was the only other driver to try his luck on the wet surface early on, with the rest of the teams waiting for better conditions.“Thanks for making me feel at home, Barcelona,” Ericsson said on Twitter after arriving at the track under a snow fall.The Catalunya racetrack with snow covered seating before a Formula One pre-season testing session in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)The cold and wet conditions significantly reduced track time for teams. The one-hour lunch break was canceled for the second consecutive day, allowing cars to go out uninterruptedly if wanted, but few teams used the extra time.Cold weather also affected the first two days of testing, keeping teams from learning much about the new 2018 cars as the track remained without enough grip for proper runs.There were talks about adding extra days of testing in Barcelona, but the decision would need to be unanimously approved among the teams.Thursday is the last of the first four-day test session. The final four-day session in Barcelona starts next Tuesday.The season opens with the Australian GP in Melbourne on March 25.The Catalunya racetrack with snow covered seating before a Formula One pre-season testing session in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Red lights are covered with snow before a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)TweetPinShare0 Shares
As the Argentina players were getting ready to take on Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, the cameras panned to Diego Maradona in the stands.The 1986 World Cup winner was seen kissing a Lionel Messi shirt, twirling it and signing the national anthem aloud along with thousands of Argentines and eleven more on the pitch in Novgorod.As the anthem ended, he was seen clapping hard and cheering his boys ahead of a crucial clash against the Croatians. Amidst all this, one man was in no mood to participate in whatever that was going around him. He was worried and signs of stress showed on his face even before kick-off. His face gave the viewers an ideas as if he knew what was coming. He was none other than Lionel Messi — La Albiceleste’s golden boy and the G.O.A.T.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe match got underway and it was a slugfest right from the word go. The Croatians were marking Messi closely and the others failed to release their star player or come up with any potential threat to Croatia’s goal. As the first half drew to a close, Messi managed just 20 touches in the first half, the fewest of any Argentina player, and trudged off uncomfortably.The focus turned towards Maradona again. This time, his face was not the same. Signs of worry were there but it had a glimmer of hope too that the second half is going to be different.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEadvertisementYet worse was to follow in Thursday’s second half of horror as Croatia were handed a gift by Willy Caballero and then a moment of magic from Luka Modric gave them a 2-0 lead with 10 minutes to go. Maradona was now tense.As much as Messi looked before the kick off the ball and he knew that until and unless some magic happens, Argentina are staring at defeat and are leaving their destiny at the hands of others. But, he didn’t give up. He looked to cheer the boys on and with Gonzalo Higuain, Messi, Paulo Dybala all in the field, it was possible.But, then came the hammer blow. Messi’s Barcelona teammate Ivan Rakitic got a gift from the Argentina defenders and burried it away in added time to take the game out of Argentina’s hands and now…Maradona was a broken man as Argentina were staring at their worst group stage defeat in 60 years.About to turn 31 at the weekend, Messi also left the pitch looking lonely and broken after a game that may have ended his chances of ever winning a World Cup.World Cup 2018: Argentina left in tears as Croatia create historyMaradona, the 1986 World Cup winner whom Argentines constantly compare him to, went from waving a No. 10 Messi shirt to wiping tears out of his eyes, slumped in his seat.On social media, and among fans, the big debates over Messi – Is he as great as Maradona? Is he better than Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo? – flared up fast and savagely.”I’m ashamed of this shirt. Right now, I want to burn it. Where was Messi? Where were Argentina?” said Renzo Alvarez, 47, shouting angrily among a group of angry fans, all wearing Messi shirts and some sporting masks of his face.World Cup 2018: First goal broke us emotionally, says Argentina coach”We have come all this way, spent thousands of dollars we can ill afford, cheered them to the rafters, and they show no heart, no balls, for the nation. I simply can’t believe it.”Messi memes quickly sprung up on the internet.”Missing: Have you seen this man? Last seen, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia,” read one mockup of a Wild West poster with Messi’s bearded image.WantedName: Leo MessiAge: 30 pic.twitter.com/8CtLIOzoMBIsa Okiror (@isa_okiror) June 21, 2018Playing at his fourth World Cup, with the heartbreak of a 1-0 defeat against Germany in the 2014 final still raw, Messi and Argentina now face the shocking prospect of going out in the first stage unless remaining Group D results go their way.He has already resigned from international football once – after missing a penalty during a shootout against Chile in the 2016 Copa America final – but was persuaded back by pleas from fans, family, teammates and Maradona.But given he will turn 35 at the next World Cup, and is clearly creaking under the weight of expectation, most expect Messi to quit the international stage some time after Russia.advertisementWorld Cup 2018: Modric reveals how Croatia kept Messi quietOn Thursday night, he was upstaged by Luka Modric, Croatia’s man-of-the-match playmaker and 32-year-old captain who played with joie de vivre and scored a stunning goal.By contrast, Messi barely figured, marked out of the game by an ultra-disciplined Croatia, unable to get a shot on goal, and only managing to thread telling passes on two or three occasions. As against Iceland in Argentina’s opening draw, when he missed a penalty, Messi trudged off silent and thunder-faced.”Leo is our heart and soul, but we couldn’t find him with the ball,” said manager Jorge Sampaoli, urging fans to turn their ire on him and not on Messi.Though it was Modric who showed him up on Thursday, the comparison that most hurts Messi is with his great La Liga rival Ronaldo. The Portuguese great has already won a major international trophy at the 2016 Euros and has begun his latest World Cup campaign at a canter with four goals in two games.(With inputs from Reuters)
Prithvi Shaw termed his maiden Test call-up a “dream come true” moment after the 18-year-old batsman was named in the Indian team for the remaining two matches in the series in England.Shaw and Hanuma Vihari are the two new faces in India’s Test squad. Shaw replaced out-of-form Murali Vijay, who was dropped after a string of poor scores overseas.Vijay, who was India’s leading run-getter in England in 2014, aggregated 26 runs from four innings. Vijay was also in a woeful form when India toured South Africa earlier this year and has 6 single-digit scores in his last 11 innings.The 18-year-old Shaw, who had captained India U-19 to World Cup triumph earlier this year, was rewarded for his consistent performance in the first-class cricket.READ- Hanuma Vihari, Prithvi Shaw: Who are the latest entrants to India’s Test squad?Shaw has scored 1418 runs in 14 first-class matches with an average of 56.72 and seven centuries. He was one of the star performers along with Vihari and Mayank Agarwal during India A’s recent tour of the UK.”Very happy, we have been working really hard for this. It’s a dream come true,” Shaw told BCCI.TV.Vihari has been a consistent scorer in Ranji Trophy and has also done well for India A in recent times. Hanuma Vihari has been in good form for India A in their tour of England (BCCI Photo)Vihari, who also earned his maiden Test call-up, enjoys a phenomenal average of nearly 60 in 63 first-class games with 5142 runs and 15 hundreds to his credit. During the tour of UK, he scored 147 in a List A game against West Indies A. He also had a half-century in a four-day ‘Test’ against the same opponents.advertisementREAD – Murali Vijay dropped, Prithvi Shaw in India squad for final 2 Tests vs England”It’s been a long journey for me. I have been in first-class cricket for 8-9 years now. I have worked hard and it’s everyone’s dream to play for the country. When I got the call I was really delighted, my family and my friends were so happy,” Vihari said.Shaw also thanked U-19 and India A coaches Rahul Dravid and Paras Mhambrey.”We have been working under Rahul [Dravid] sir, Paras [Mhambrey] sir and our fielding coach Abhay Sharma sir for two years now. It has been a great journey. We have played outside the country a lot be it Asia Cup, World Cup, India A or U-19 tours. Rahul sir has 15-20 years of experience. Even when we played in New Zealand our bowlers were clicking 140. It’s not just the hard work by us but by the support staff as well,” he said.READ – What Sachin Tendulkar once told a young Prithvi ShawVihari has the best first-class average in contemporary cricket. His average of 59.45 is more than Steve Smith, who is the second best Test batsman in the world. The former Australia captain is also second in terms of best average at first-class cricket around the world with 57.27. Kohli, who has played 100 first-class matches, averages 53.97.”In recent times, I have tried to work on shorter formats as well but four-day cricket is something I really pride on. I try to bat as long as possible,” Vihari said.With England leading the series 2-1, India look to level the five-match series when the two sides meet again in the fourth Test at Southampton starting August 30.
Share on Twitter Read more Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is planning to be part of the team that represents the United States at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.“That is the plan, for sure,” Curry told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.“You know, obviously knock on wood, you don’t want any injuries or things like that to interfere.” Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Basketball NBA Topics USA basketball team Olympic Games Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Stephen Curry Team USA is coming off an embarrassing seventh-place finish in the Fiba World Cup.The US team had won 58 consecutive tournament games in Fiba and Olympic competition with NBA players dating to 2005 coming into the tournament, but left without a gold medal for the first time since 2006.Curry has been on two of the World Cup teams during that stretch, but has yet to compete in the Olympics.“I’ve never been on the Olympic team. I’ve been on two World Cup championship gold-medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it,” said Curry.The American squad had to cope with more than two dozen defections from NBA stars who backed out of their commitment to play before the tournament. Of the 35 players named last summer as possible members of the roster, only four made it to China: Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, Harrison Barnes and Myles Turner.“We’re still the best,” said Curry, before adding a caveat.“If we get the guys that are supposed to be there, in terms of, you know, representing us in the Olympic stage and the commitment’s been there, and I think it’ll be there next year.” Why Team USA’s World Cup defeats were good for basketball Support The Guardian Share via Email US sports Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on Facebook
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal loanee Nketiah fires Leeds past Barnsleyby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United sealed a tough away win in the Championship over Barnsley.The promotion hopefuls left it late in the game but sealed all three points with a 2-0 win.Loanee Eddie Nketiah came off the bench to break the deadlock, while Mateusz Klich made the game safe for Leeds.Both teams had chances early in the game, with the action being end to end.But it was not until the calmness of Nketiah coming off the sub’s bench that Leeds got their breakthrough.Barnsley may feel hard done by, given their excellent performance in the game.They had picked a very young side for the clash, with all their players aged 24 or less.
Roma have announced the signing of Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez from Real Betis, for a fee of €23.5 million (£21m/$26m).The 24-year-old made 35 appearances for Betis last season after they had signed him on a free transfer from Espanyol. He played 78 times for the Catalan club, having joined them in 2014. The one-cap Spain international has signed a five-year deal with Giallorossi, and will compete with Sweden international Robin Olsen for the No. 1 jersey in the Italian capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “It’s almost impossible to say no to a club like Roma,” Lopez said in a statement released by his new team.“This is an important step forward in my career. I am happy with the trust placed in me by this great club. I feel ready to face this new challenge.”He was welcomed to Roma by the club’s Sporting Director Gianluca Petrarchi, who has been busy since taking over the role on July 1.Lopez is the fourth signing the club have made since then. The shot-stopper joins Amadou Diawara, Bryan Cristante and Leonardo Spinazzola as new members of Paulo Fonseca’s side.The fee for the Spaniard raises Roma’s spending this summer to over €100m.“I am very pleased with the arrival of Pau Lopez to the team,” Petrarchi added to the club’s statement.“Despite being a very young boy he still has 100 appearances in a competitive championship like La Liga.“I am convinced that he will be able to do well also with us and grow a lot thanks to the staff of Mr. Fonseca.”It has been a summer of upheaval for Roma, club captain Daniele De Rossi was told his contract would not be renewed, ending an 18-year association with the club.Partially as a result of the treatment of De Rossi club legend Francesco Totti left the club, ending a 30-year spell.Totti, Roma’s leading goalscorer laid the blame at the feet of club chairman James Palotta, and said leaving his childhood team was ‘like dying.’He said he would return to the club in the event that Palotta left, accusing the American owner of wanting ‘Romans out of Roma.’
7 Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Homes that You Can Rent for Your Next Vacation The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) For the past four years, New York’s High Line has served as one of the most scenic and tourist friendly outdoor spaces in the entire city. Though the elevated park runs right by the always-popular Standard Hotel, it now has a luxury lodging with its own namesake—The High Line Hotel.One of the newest additions to New York’s ever increasing array of high end accommodations, the High Line Hotel is located at 20th Street and Tenth Avenue and is housed in a renovated portion of the General Theological Seminary. The Seminary itself was built in 1895 and originally designed by architect Charles C. Haight and the original red brick façade has been maintained throughout. The cloistered nature of the building and the grounds itself provide the hotel with an intrinsic sense of sanctuary among the bustling High Line park and Chelsea gallery district.The interior was designed by Architectural Digest AD100 designers Roman and Williams with an aesthetic that combines both eclectic Americana and upscale European styles. Standard rooms range between 250 and 350 square feet and feature luxury queen beds, vast bathrooms, complimentary WiFi and views that overlook the High Line Park or the private seminary garden and courtyard.The hotel had it’s soft open in May, but eventually the courtyard space will become a bar and dining area where guests and native New Yorkers alike can take refuge among the private gardens and admire the original Gothic architecture and stained glass windows; just some of the historical design items that set the High Line Hotel apart from the other accommodations in the area. However, the lobby already features a custom-built bar and seating area that serves as Intelligentsia Coffee’s first East Coast output.Whether you’ve been to New York before, or are planning on visiting for the first time, try the High Line Hotel and see what the city is like when you’re in the middle of the action, but feel a peace and tranquility that is out of line with the “classic” New York experience. Editors’ Recommendations This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp 12 Most Over-the-Top Hotel Pools for Extravagant Views
A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 1948 356 No. 1Built in the spring of 1948, this convertible is one of the most historically significant models in the museum because it’s the very first sports car to wear the Porsche name, which is why that year is an important benchmark in the automaker’s history. It was powered by a mid-mounted, air-cooled flat-four engine that was sourced from the Volkswagen Beetle and tweaked to deliver 35 horsepower.That’s not a lot on paper, but it was enough to send the 1,289-pound roadster on to a top speed of nearly 85 mph, a figure that was downright impressive during the 1930s. Its design strongly influenced the regular-production 356, though the flat-four was moved behind the rear axle for packaging reasons. 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7Often hailed as one of the most iconic 911s ever built, the Carrera RS 2.7 was the fastest German production car when it was introduced in late 1972. It was built as a homologation special so that Porsche could keep racing after the FIA banned the 917.Related: Has the Porsche 550 Spyder that James Dean died in finally been found?Power was delivered by a 2.7-liter air-cooled flat-six engine that made 210 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 188 pound-feet of torque at 5,100 rpm thanks in part to a fuel-injection system designed by Bosch. The 2,149-pound RS could reach 62 mph from a stop in 5.8 seconds. 2012 911 Turbo S Edition 918 SpyderThis rare, limited-edition version of the 911 Turbo S was quietly introduced in 2012 to celebrate the launch of the ground-breaking 918 Spyder. It cost about $160,000, and only well-heeled collectors who had already spent close to $1 million on a 918 were eligible to buy it.Riding on black center-locking wheels, the Edition 918 Spyder gained a host of visual updates such as neon green accents inside and out and a sprinkling of carbon fiber trim. It’s admittedly not the most significant car in the Porsche museum, but seeing rather obscure models like this limited-edition Turbo S is what helps enthusiasts paint a complete picture of the company’s illustrious history.This was originally a post from our brother site, Digital Trends. 5 of the Fastest Electric Cars in the World 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 1974 911 Turbo (No. 1)The turbocharged 911 traces its roots back all the way to the early 1970s. The very first 911 Turbo ever built was given to Louise Piëch, Ferdinand Porsche’s daughter, on August 29th, 1974, for her 70th birthday. It could reach a top speed of 155 mph thanks to a turbocharged 2.7-liter flat-six engine that made about 235 horsepower.Outside, the biggest difference between the first Turbo and a naturally-aspirated 911 of the same era was a huge wing on the deck lid and custom decals above the rocker panels. The interior was upholstered in an eye-catching combination of red and blue tartan cloth and red leather. 1994 C88Although it could easily be written off as a prototype for the first generation of the Dacia Logan, this rather nondescript sedan was designed and built by Porsche’s engineering arm at the request of the Chinese government. At the time, Beijing was considering opening up its new car market so it invited about 20 foreign companies to submit prototypes that showed their vision of a Chinese people’s car. Officials promised the best design would be awarded a lucrative production contract.Called C88, Porsche’s concept was designed as a basic, rugged, reliable and affordable form of transportation; it was referred to as a modern-day Beetle more than once. It was based on a modular platform that could also spawn a two-door sedan, a station wagon and even a compact pickup. The project was promising, but the Chinese government rejected every single proposal it received from the companies that participated in the project. 2010 911 SpeedsterNot your average topless 911, the Speedster was a limited-edition model that was built by Porsche Exclusive in 2010 as tribute to the original 356 Speedster. It looked sportier than a regular 911 convertible thanks to a shorter and steeply raked A-pillar, and its decklid gained a body-colored shell with two retro-inspired humps.Related: Porsche comes full-circle with another flat four-cylinderPorsche didn’t make any mechanical modifications, meaning the Speedster was powered by a 408-horsepower 3.8-liter flat-six that was borrowed from the GTS. Production was limited to just 356 examples, and roughly 100 of those were earmarked for the United States market. The Best Car Camping Gear for Any Season The Best Cooking Gear for Car Camping and Backpacking I often tell folks that, for a very specific reason, Stuttgart is the most beautiful city in Germany. It’s true that there’s plenty to see and do downtown, but for car aficionados like myself, the main attractions are unquestionably the Porsche and the Mercedes-Benz museums that are located on the outskirts of the city.All told, there are approximately 80 cars on display in the Porsche museum that generate a combined output of over 23,000 horsepower.Easily accessible by metro, the Porsche museum is a three-story building that’s split up into several sections. These include Porsche-related cars built before 1948, Porsche street cars built after 1948, Porsche race cars built after 1948, one-offs, cars engineered by Porsche, and the company’s current models. All told, there are approximately 80 cars on display that generate a combined output of over 23,000 horsepower.The displays occasionally change and cars inevitably get moved around, but visitors are certain to see an impressive collection that includes mainstream models, concepts, and some of the racers that helped Porsche become one of the most successful companies in motorsport.Thinking of trekking out to Stuttgart? To whet your appetite, here are ten must-see models from our recent visit to the museum. 1950 356 SL CoupeThe aforementioned 356 No. 1 morphed into the very first 356 Coupe. Porsche didn’t have a wind tunnel at the time but the coupe nonetheless boasted a surprisingly low drag coefficient. Auguste Veuillet, Porsche’s French importer, drove an early 356 Coupe at an average speed of 73 mph during a race.Eager to push the aluminum-bodied coupe to its limits, some competitors fitted covers over the wheel arches and vents over the rear windows in order to make it as aerodynamic as possible. The 356’s early successes helped cement Porsche’s reputation as a forced to be reckoned with in racing circles. 1987 944 TurboThis 1987 model-year 944 Turbo embarked on a grueling trip around the world on January 29th, 1986. Over the course of about a month it covered well over 25,000 miles and encountered temperatures that ranged from -18 F in Canada to nearly 106 F in Australia. Surprisingly, the pilot and the co-pilot never opened the emergency tool box that was packed in the trunk.Related: Porsche’s manual-only, GT3-powered limited-edition 911 R might be a purist’s dream come trueWhile many assumed the record-setting trip was simply a media event held to boost the image of the 944 Turbo, Porsche later admitted the drive was also a way to put the then-new catalytic converter through the ultimate endurance test. 1976 924The 924 was born when Volkswagen enlisted Porsche to help design a front-engined, rear-wheel drive coupe. Volkswagen canceled the project at the last minute for financial reasons, but Porsche saw a great deal of potential in it so it purchased the design, improved it and launched it in 1976 as an entry-level model.The 924 stood out as the first water-cooled car Porsche had ever built. It wasn’t as fast as the more expensive 911 but it was nonetheless fun to drive because the rear-mounted transmission helped it achieve a near-50/50 weight distribution. A turbocharged model was added to the lineup a little later in the production run, and the 924 eventually spawned the more powerful 944. 1970 911 S 2.2 TargaIn the 1960s, many domestic and foreign automakers were afraid that the United States government was preparing to ban convertibles for safety reasons. Porsche consequently developed the 911 Targa in a bid to strike a balance between open-top motoring and safety.Ragtops weren’t outlawed after all, but the Targa went on to become a popular member of the 911 lineup. In hindsight, Porsche’s bold prediction that “some day, all convertibles will have a roll bar” was spot on.
zoom China has launched a year-long inspection campaign on Ship Pollution Control in the Hainan Province as part of its efforts to reduce air and water pollution associated with shipping, marine insurer Gard said.The Chinese Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) said it would conduct an inspection campaign at ports of Yangpu, Haikou, Sanya and Basuo as well as the Qiongzhou strait between November 3, 2017 and December 3, 2018. The inspections are to focus on compliance with MARPOL Annex VI on air emissions as well as the ballast water management (BWM) convention, Gard’s correspondent Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service informed.To demonstrate compliance with MARPOL Annex VI, bunker delivery notes and engine room logbook records must be up to date and readily available for inspection by the attending port state control officer (PSCO). The sampling inspection will be carried out for the fuel sample taken from calling ship or the oil supplying company randomly.There are currently no designated emission control areas (ECAs) in the Hainan Province, that is the sulphur content of any fuel oil used on board ships shall not exceed the global 3.50% limit applicable until January 1, 2020. However, ships using separate fuel oils to comply with ECA regulations in other parts of the world should always be prepared to demonstrate how the fuel oil change-over is done and recorded.To demonstrate compliance with the BWM Convention, the BWM Certificate, BWM Plan and BW Record Book must be up to date and readily available for inspection by the attending PSCO. Inspections are likely to focus on ships’ equipment and procedures for disposal and discharge of ballast as well as the crews’ familiarity with the same.Owners are suggested to pay attention to the above requirement when calling the coastal ports of Hainan province as well as when passing through the Qiongzhou strait to ensure satisfaction of relevant requirement in order to avoid any delay or penalty to the ship.They are also recommended to double check with local agent on special requirement before ship’s calling during the one-year period.
KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge The Gates Bridge, located near the intersection of Sissiboo Roadand Gates Lane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction untilbridge repairs are completed in 2005. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 The shoulder lanes on the four-lane section of Highway 125 nearSydney River will be closed 24 hours a day until Wednesday, Dec. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project betweenExit 4, Hubley, and Exit 5, Tantallon. Motorists crossing Highway 103 on Trunk 3 and on Route 213,Hammonds Plains Road, must detour over temporary structures. Blasting will take place near exits 4 and 5 between 9 a.m. and3:30 p.m. until Friday, Dec. 10. Efforts will be made to minimizedelays at peak travelling times. Work in the area is expected to continue until the end of January Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 The highway and the Sydney River Bridge are being widened and the Coxheath Road Bridge is being replaced. Work will continue until June 2005. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Coxheath Road will have occasional daytime lane closures untilWednesday, Dec. 15, while the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced.New interchange ramps will also be constructed. Work willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control persons will be in place. A detour is availableon Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Traffic control consists of traffic drums and concrete barriers.A detour is available on Route 305. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge The Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309, located 3.4 kilometres southof Highway 103, is closed for repairs for the next two to threeweeks. Motorists are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge on Highway -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Road crews are finishing shouldering work on Route 333, fromBrookside Road south to Burkes Road, until Friday, Dec. 10.Motorists may experience minor delays. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, signsand cones.
Anand: Two persons were killed and four others injured on Sunday in a clash between members of two communities in Gujarat’s Anand district, police said. According to police, violence broke out following an argument over money between the groups of the Patel and Molesalam Garasiya (Muslim) communities in Undel village in Khambhat taluka in afternoon. “The clash left two dead and four injured. Sharp weapons were used in the fight,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police (Khambat) Reema Munshi. Four to five persons from each group were involved in the violence, the officer said. “The injured have been hospitalised in Karamsad and Vadodara,” said the Dy SP. No arrests have been made so far.
Stars came out for the Los Angeles Mission End of Summer Block Party in the weekend.Among the famous faces were Brandon Molale, Dylan Riley Snyder and Brandon Tyler Russell.One in four children in Los Angeles live in “concentrated poverty” according to the 2012 Kids Count Data Book released recently by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.Based on US Census figures, the study shows that one in eight Los Angeles Children live in “extreme poverty” (meaning the family’s household income is less than half the national poverty threshold. The poverty threshold is just over $22-thousand dollars a year for a family of four). Many of those thousands of children are homeless – about 1,000 homeless children live in the Skid Row area.“Education is a way out of poverty, and for kids, a way to prevent homelessness,” said Herb Smith, president of the Los Angeles Mission. “We design the End of Summer Block Party at the Los Angeles Mission as a place to have fun, but the real reason for the event is to encourage and equip children for successful educational experiences.”That’s the reasoning behind the distribution of backpacks full of school supplies. “Any family in such extreme poverty as we see here on Skid Row probably doesn’t have the money to buy the school supplies required for classes,” said Smith. “Our volunteers and donors help a bit to ease that burden.”“There were times when I needed certain supplies, tablets and pens, and I just didn’t have it. I couldn’t complete assignments because I didn’t have the correct supplies,” said 53-year-old LeVarion Thornton, formerly homeless, now a participant in the Los Angeles Mission long-term rehabilitation program.“My family sacrificed a lot – cut back on some things because they knew how important it was. I just wouldn’t do the assignment and that’s what helped my parents see how important it really was. To see other kids have what you don’t, it does something to your self-esteem. (Having supplies) makes a big difference in how kids look at education. It makes them feel more confident,” Thornton said.Thornton is a student again at the Los Angeles Mission. He is aiming toward a career in drug counseling when he completes the year-long rehabilitation program, and completes some additional education. He knows the importance of education for kids. He says: “I don’t want the younger kids having the same experiences that I did.”About one thousand backpacks full of schools supplies were handed out to grateful kids Saturday. The day was the result of a combined effort by nonprofits, businesses and people who just want to help. For the first time in 2012, there were also shoes for the children. Soles4Souls partnered with BOBS from SKECHERS to provide more than a thousand pairs of shoes.“Soles4Souls has been a long-term partner of the Los Angeles Mission, and we are pleased to be partnering with them on their back-to-school event this year,” said Kevin Goughary, CEO of Soles4Souls. “Self-confidence is an important part of the effectiveness of learning, and nothing can affect a child’s self-image like their shoes. We are glad to be able to provide shoes for the children of LA with the help of our partners, SKECHERS. Poverty is an epidemic that knows no bounds, and is growing within our own country. It is important to remember the children here in the US who need assistance, as well as the children around the world. Soles4Souls is committed to improving as many lives as possible with a pair of shoes.”“In just over a year, BOBS from SKECHERS has donated more than 1 million pairs of new shoes to children in need worldwide, and we’re close to reaching 2 million pairs. We believe companies that have the means should do what they can to help make a difference,” said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “It’s important for any brand with a large customer base to join the cause to ‘give back’ so we can all make an even bigger impact.”For more than a decade the Block Party has been a way for kids to play, have fun, win prizes and forget about their circumstances – if for only a day. The Los Angeles Mission has been serving the homeless and poor in the Skid Row area for more than 75 years. What started as a soup kitchen in the Great Depression in 1934 continues to serve the needy in the great recession of 2011.U. S. Bank provided $25,000 in financial support for the event, and U.S. Bank employees will be at the event to hand out backpacks and coloring books, apply temporary tattoos, run the game booths and serve food.“The End of Summer Block Party is a special event for so many reasons, not the least of which is because we have the opportunity to make a lasting, positive impact on kids who have faced enough challenges to fill a lifetime,” said Sean Foley, regional president for U.S. Bank in Southern California. “We are proud to be the bank partner to The Mission and support the families it serves.”“We are delighted once again to provide our sponsorship and support to the Los Angeles Mission and to its End of Summer Block Party,” said William R. Cave, U.S. Bank Market President. “The Los Angeles Mission is a pillar in the community and we thank the entire Los Angeles Mission team for the great work that they continue to do to help improve the lives of others.”Fifth Street, the main street of Skid Row was decorated with bright and colorful tents and inflatable play areas set up for maximum fun. Slides, a dunk tank, face painting, crafts, games and of course backpacks full of school supplies were spread down the street.Children from age 4 to 17 got a backpack. Nearly 1,000 backpacks and the school supplies that are so important at this time of year were distributed. Supplies, including pencils, notebooks, crayons, erasers, folders and arts & craft items were donated. Schools supplies were donated by many in the community, as well as businesses like Jackson-Hewitt.Celebrity volunteers always come to Los Angeles Mission events. They worked to make sure everyone had a good time, and helped In-N-Out Burger, King Taco and the Los Angeles Mission kitchen crew serve a picnic to the Block party participants and their families. Snow cones were provided by volunteers from marketing firm Russ Reid.Several hundred volunteers from all over the area gave their time – with tens of thousands of hours given by thousands of volunteers each year to the Mission.The famous “Nickel” – the name that Fifth Street had had since the Mission was founded in the 1930’s – was closed by 6:00 AM. Vehicular traffic was re-routed around the street between Wall and San Pedro so that setup could start early Saturday morning. There were inflated bounce houses, slides, craft tents and food service areas set up. Families started lining up early so they could have plenty of time for food and fun before getting their school materials and backpacks.Representatives from the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers and volunteer nursing students from all over the area provided health screenings including height and weight, body mass index calculation and nutrition information.
APTN National NewsManitoba’s Interlake region continues to be hit hard by flooding.Many First Nations in the area are preparing for another wave of water expected to hit in the coming weeks because of the deliberate dike breach near Portage La Prairie.Those in Lake Manitoba First Nation are working around the clock.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson explains.
20 March 2007A United Nations-backed international treaty to preserve the rich diversity of the world’s means of cultural expression, including its many languages, from the dangers of globalization has entered into force. The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted by the General Conference of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in late 2005, became operative on Sunday, three months after it reached the required total of 30 ratifications.The pact is designed to not only protect existing cultural expressions but to “create the conditions for cultures to flourish and to freely interact in a mutually beneficial manner,” according to one of its articles.UNESCO has noted previously that half the world’s languages are in danger of extinction and that many areas of cultural production, such as cinema, are dominated by only a handful of nations.An international fund for cultural diversity will be set up under the Convention and the text stresses the importance of culture in spurring development and encouraging international solidarity.It also reaffirms that “freedom of thought, expression and information, as well as diversity of the media, enable cultural expressions to flourish within societies.”When the number of ratifications reached 30 last December, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura observed that none of his organization’s other cultural conventions had been adopted by so many States so swiftly.The convention has now been ratified by 35 countries and the European Community. The ratifying States are: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Guatemala, India, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Peru, Moldova, Romania, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Togo.