Enforcement Directorate questions Lalit Modi’s father K.K. Modi on IPL deals

first_imgFour days after they questioned Shah Rukh Khan on the funding of his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths on Wednesday landed up at the Mumbai office of industrialist K.K. Modi, the father of former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.They questioned Modi to find out about his son. Lalit Modi has been in London ever since he came under the scanner for alleged violation of foreign exchange rules.A company official confirmed that the ED officers had come at the Mumbai headquarters of the group’s flagship company, Godfrey Philips, but said K.K. Modi had nothing to do with his son’s IPL management or funding.The K.K. Modi Group, which was founded by Rai Bahadur Gujarmal Modi in 1933, has diverse businesses interests, including agro-chemicals, tobacco, tea and beverages, education and entertainment.The ED is looking into the investments of various IPL franchise teams, as it suspects that money was routed through tax haven countries violating Foreign Exchange Management Act.As IPL head, Lalit was the key player in organising the T20 tournament. The ED officials said their probe is nearing its final leg and that more franchise owners and cricket administrators would be questioned.On ED’s request, the regional passport office in Mumbai had revoked Lalit Modi’s passport in March this year. He had challenged the decision in an appellate tribunal.The ED recorded Shah Rukh’s statement for nearly seven hours in connection with alleged irregularities in holding the IPL. The agency is investigating suspected “proxy shareholding” in Kolkata Knight Riders.advertisementlast_img read more

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Russia sending 29 athletes to track worlds on neutral team

first_imgLATEST STORIES Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature View comments NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant FILE – First-placed Russia’ Mariya Lasitskene competes in the Women’s high jump during the IAAF Diamond League competition on September 6, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)MOSCOW — The suspended Russian track federation is sending a team of 29 competitors to the world championships in Qatar, where they will compete as neutral athletes.High jumper Mariya Lasitskene is the only reigning world champion among the group. Lasitskene has jumped a world leading 2.06 meters this season but has failed to clear 2 meters at four of her last five events.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: A day after being fired, Robredo asks: ‘Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?’ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Other medal contenders include Sergei Shubenkov, the 2015 world champion in the 110-meter hurdles, and high jumpers Mikhail Akimenko and Ilya Ivanyuk.Many Russian athletes with past doping bans were not cleared to compete, including race walker Elena Lashmanova, the world leader in the 20-kilometer event this year.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Blackwater falls to Seoul in Terrific 12 openerlast_img read more

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The one trick that will get people to read your writing

first_imgWhat if I told you there is one simple method that would get people to read the first lines of your report or appeal – and keep going? Hint: Dan Heath knows it. The man in the yellow hat knows it. And a monkey knows it.The answer is curiosity. Make people curious, and they will read on.As humans, when we’re presented with a gap in our knowledge, we crave to fill it. Take like this blog post. You read the title, you read the first lines, and you kept reading to this point. Why? You were curious.In your next appeal, lay out an intriguing unanswered question, like what does our cat shelter have in common with Lady Gaga? Or, what is the one thing you can do to make your child healthier today?Or start telling an intriguing story with the middle missing: “One day, Jack was homeless, living in the alcove of the St. Mary church on Bay Street. Three weeks later, he started work at the local Target. This report explains how he got from the street to the store.”As a hobby, I try to write fiction. It’s the same idea – you want people to wonder what happens next.Here’s a wonderful video that makes this point by Dan Heath, who inspired this post. Enjoy!last_img read more

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10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe has no complaints after Wolves defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe has no complaints after Wolves defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits they didn’t do enough in attack for their 2-0 defeat to Wolves.Despite enjoying plenty of possession at Molineux, the Cherries were unable to carve clear cut chances through the Wolves defence.Howe said, “I think that’s a fair assessment – we had a lot of the ball but just didn’t find that cutting edge.”The only really clear-cut chance we had was Joshua King’s early one, so we have to credit Wolves defensively.”We’re kicking ourselves with the goals we conceded defensively though.”You don’t like losing and the players have done well historically at bouncing back when they’ve been out of form, but we have to rise to the challenge again.” last_img read more

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10 days agoKevin Glazer not looking to sell stake in Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kevin Glazer not looking to sell stake in Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United owner Kevin Glazer is not looking to sell his share of the club, according to reports.Documents submitted to the New York Stock Exchange on Friday led to speculation Glazer was looking to part ways with his 13 per cent stake in the club.But Sky Sports says the documents covered a “technical issue”.Kevin, one of six Glazer brothers, has a share worth around £320m.The American siblings hold a combined 90 per cent stake after their father Malcolm died five years ago. last_img read more

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US State Dept approves potential USD 22 bn arms sale to Taiwan

first_imgWashington: The US State Department has approved the potential sale to Taiwan of USD 2.2 billion in arms, including Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles, the Pentagon said on Monday. The announcement is likely to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has previously expressed “serious concerns” about the possible sale. It coincides with other strains in US-China ties, particularly over trade. Congress has been notified about the potential deal, which would include 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, about 250 Stinger missiles, related equipment and support, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping US lawmakers have 30 days to object to the sale but are unlikely to do so. The proposed tank sale “will contribute to the modernization of the recipient’s main battle tank fleet, enhancing its ability to meet current and future regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense,” DSCA said. And the missiles would “support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security and defensive capability of the recipient, an important force for political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region,” it said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang Neither would alter the “basic military balance in the region,” according to DSCA. Beijing registered its opposition to the possible sale earlier this month. “We have repeatedly emphasized to the US to fully understand the extremely sensitive and damaging nature of their decision to sell arms to Taiwan, and abide by the One China principle,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. Taiwan has been ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949, but China maintains it is a part of its territory to be retaken, by force if necessary. China has significantly stepped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taipei since Beijing-sceptic president Tsai Ing-wen was elected in 2016. It has staged military exercises near the island, and steadily reduced the already small number of nations that recognize Taiwan. The United States switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, but Taipei has remained an important ally. In recent years, Washington has been wary of completing big ticket arms deals with Taiwan, fearful of stoking China’s anger. But President Donald Trump — whose administration is locked in a trade war with Beijing that has seen the two sides impose tariffs on hundreds of billions in two-way commerce — has sought to strengthen ties with Taipei and appeared more willing to sell major weapon systems. Taiwan acknowledged the US support for its defense systems in a statement released by its Foreign Ministry. “Taiwan stands in the frontline of China’s ambitious expansion and faced enormous threats and pressure from Beijing,” the statement said. “This arms sale of M1A2 tanks and various missiles will help greatly to increase our defensive capabilities.” Taiwan would be massively outgunned in terms of troop numbers and firepower in any war with China and needs to upgrade much of its equipment. Its current tank force consists of around 1,000 CM 11 Brave Tiger and M60A3 tanks, technology that is increasingly obsolete. Abrams tanks and anti-aircraft missiles that can be quickly moved by soldiers in the field would significantly increase Taiwan’s ability to destroy Chinese armour and warplanes in the event of an invasion.last_img read more

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Twitter taps Canada as test market for new hide tweet feature

first_imgOTTAWA — Twitter says it is launching an experiment in Canada today that will allow users in this country to hide replies to tweets on the social-media platform.The timing comes as social media platforms like Twitter have faced increasing government pressure to police their services better, particularly ahead of this fall’s federal election.Users outside Canada will be able to see the feature and its use, but won’t be able to use it themselves.The platform will indicate on a tweet any time a user decides to hide replies and will allow users to see what’s been hidden as a way to dissuade brands or politicians from overusing the feature.The company chose to test the new option in Canada before rolling it out elsewhere.Twitter isn’t putting a timeline on when the experiment will end, but is keeping an eye on the timeline to the campaign’s kickoff.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The Latest Ecuadors embassy quiet amid WikiLeaks tweets

LONDON — The Latest on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (all times local):11:10 a.m.Media are assembled outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after tweets from WikiLeaks quoted sources saying that Julian Assange could be kicked out of the building within “hours to days.”The red-brick embassy building with white window frames and balconies was quiet Friday, but armed British police officers were stationed outside. No embassy official or any British authorities have commented.Assange hasn’t left the embassy since August 2012, fearing if he steps off Ecuador’s diplomatic soil he will be arrested and extradited to the U.S. for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.Ecuador’s foreign ministry issued a statement late Thursday saying it wouldn’t comment on what it called “rumours, theories or conjectures.”Later, a senior official told The Associated Press that no decision had been taken to expel Assange from the embassy.___5 a.m.A senior Ecuadorian official says no decision has been made to expel Julian Assange from the country’s London embassy despite tweets from Wikileaks that sources had told it he could be kicked out within “hours to days.”A small group of protesters and supporters of Wikileaks’ founder gathered Thursday outside the embassy in London where Assange has been holed up since August 2012.Earlier, Wikileaks tweeted: “BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within “hours to days.” Another tweet said it had received a second confirmation.A top Ecuadorian official denied WikiLeaks’ claim and said no decision had been taken to expel Assange. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter.The Associated Press read more

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Former top Rwandan minister transferred to UN war crimes tribunal

Augustin Ngirabatware, former Minister of Planning, was arrested in Germany last September and faces nine counts including genocide and crimes against humanity for murder, extermination and rape.An estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed – often by machete or club – during a 100-day period starting in early April 1994.The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) expressed its gratitude to the German Government for its arrest, detention and smooth transfer of the accused to Arusha.Initially, Mr. Ngirabatware was charged jointly with Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda, former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.Last month, the Tribunal handed down a life sentence to a former prosecutor found guilty of genocide, extermination and murder during the 1994 killing spree.The ICTR’s trial chamber found that Simeon Nchamihigo, former deputy prosecutor in Cyangugu Prefecture, instructed the Hutu-dominated rebel group known as the Interahamwe to seek out and kill Tutsis and moderate Hutus with the intent to destroy the Tutsi ethnic group and accomplices of the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front.The chamber also found that Mr. Nchamihigo took part in attacks on refugee places, with some of the massacres planned during meetings of the prefecture Security Council which he attended. 8 October 2008A former top Rwandan official facing charges of genocide was transferred today from Frankfurt, Germany, to Arusha, Tanzania, to the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the 1994 mass killings in the small Great Lakes nation. read more

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Polish PM expresses commitment to battered euro after talks with Harper

Polish PM expresses commitment to battered euro after talks with Harper AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted May 14, 2012 3:20 pm MDT OTTAWA – The battered euro received a rare boost Monday when Poland’s prime minister affirmed his country’s commitment to adopt the currency, despite the financial woes that threaten Europe.Donald Tusk said Poland has coped well during the economic downturn and will continue to work with the European Union to strengthen the currency that 17 of its 27 members use.Tusk said Europe’s future depends on a common currency. His vote of confidence on Monday came as the political stalemate in Greece entered its eighth day and raised the possibility of the country’s exit from the eurozone.Poland committed to joining the eurozone when it became a EU member and “nothing has changed to this extent,” Tusk said Monday after a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Parliament Hill.“What has changed is just the reputation of the eurozone.”The ongoing economic turmoil in Europe formed the backdrop for Harper’s meeting with his Polish counterpart.But Harper demurred on whether the continuing political and economic uncertainty currently facing Greece warrants its expulsion from the eurozone.“It’s not my place to tell Europeans how to resolve problems within the European Union,” he said as he stood beside Tusk. “Obviously these problems remain serious. They’ve been with us since the financial crisis. And it is essential that they be addressed.”Harper said his government is focused on increasing jobs and growth at home and getting its budget passed.While Harper often uses international visits to trumpet Canada’s relatively strong economic performance since the 2008 economic collapse, he tipped his hat to Tusk for his successful stewardship of Poland’s economy.“Largely due to Prime Minister Tusk’s leadership, Poland is also the only EU country to have completely avoided a recession following the 2008-2009 global economic and financial crisis,” Harper said.Tusk didn’t downplay the economic problems that the eurozone countries face because of the crises in Greece and elsewhere.“The European Union, in the Polish assessment, must continue to integrate economically, politically,” he said. “One of the elements of the integration should be an unquestionable single currency.“However single currency makes sense when we also have a single set of rules and when the single set of rules is observed by all the participants of the single currency.”Canada and Poland agreed to an expanded energy partnership and signed a new tax convention during the visit.Ottawa also announced a $400,000 grant for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, the memorial that stands on the site of Nazi concentration camps in occupied Poland.Harper paid a solemn visit to Auschwitz during a 2008 visit to Poland.The two leaders also addressed the plight of an Ontario man, who will battle this week in the Polish courts for the return of his two sons.Stephen Watkins, 40, gained custody of his sons, aged 8 and 10, after he broke up with his wife Edyta Watkins.She and the boys vanished in 2009, only to emerge later in Poland, the woman’s native country.A Polish court ruled last year against sending the boys back to Canada but Watkins will appeal that decision this week.“The Canadian government has been giving consular assistance to ultimately enforce Canadian court orders in this case,” Harper noted, but he said he didn’t want to comment further while the matter was before the courts.Tusk said there is little role for politicians in such sensitive domestic cases. But he hinted that if Watkins wins his day in court, the Polish government won’t stand between him and his sons.“We would like to ensure that if legal decisions are made, with all certainty, co-operation of the administrations of both states will be absolutely excellent. I do not imagine any dispute between the states, Canada and Poland, about this.” read more

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Somalia Poor rains forecast puts food security livelihoods at risk warns UN

The grim scenario follows massive livestock deaths due to drought – up to 60 per cent of herds in some areas – that have severely damaged pastoralists’ livelihoods.“Somalia is traditionally an agro-pastoral economy [and] livestock losses have severely affected its economy and people,” Daniele Donati, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) programmes in the country, said in a news release Wednesday.“It is crucial that we continue to support pastoralist households build resilience against climate-related shocks by providing timely veterinary and feeding assistance for their animals,” he added.According to the UN agency’s Global Information and Early Warning Report, while the country’s overall food security situation improved to some extent in early 2018, primarily due to large-scale and sustained humanitarian assistance, the number of Somalis suffering severe food insecurity still remains 170 per cent above pre-crisis levels.Furthermore, recent cattle losses have also resulted in sharp rises in prices of livestock and livestock products, including milk. Pastoral households in the worst-hit northern and central regions have also reported increased household debts, drive by credit purchase of water, food and for care of their animals.The losses have also severely hit Somalia’s exports, a country where the livestock sector accounts for approximately 40 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).FAO responseResponding to the situation, FAO stepped up its response, providing health services to some some 38.3 million animals, supplementary feeding interventions to close to 1 million, and delivered over 53 million litres of water in 2017.In 2018, the UN agency aims to support some 2.7 million rural Somalis and has appealed for $236 million to sustain its livestock interventions, help farmers secure a good harvest and provide cash transfers to the most vulnerable so families can afford to eat while restoring their own food production.“Providing livelihood support and cash in rural areas not only fights hunger, but minimizes displacement and the sale of productive assets that ultimately feed people and sustain their livelihoods,” it said. read more

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Urban Meyer wont rely on gut feeling to choose Ohio States starting

Redshirt-senior Braxton Miller (5) and redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) were both held out of OSU’s Spring Game on April 18 while rehabbing injuries.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern PhotographerBack in 1939, Dorothy Gale had a feeling she wasn’t in Kansas anymore.In August, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer might have a gut feeling as well, in this case pertaining to who should be the quarterback for the Buckeyes in their national title defense. But unlike July Garland’s famous character from “The Wizard of Oz,” Meyer said he plans to rely on the hard evidence when it comes to his team’s future.“This can’t be, ‘Well, I’m going with him because it’s my gut feeling,’” Meyer said after OSU’s Spring Game on Saturday. “Those gut feelings, it’s got to be statistical analysis and data backed up on who is going to play quarterback.”The fourth-year OSU coach is set to choose between redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, redshirt-junior Cardale Jones and redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett, all of whom have found success as the Buckeyes’ starter. Miller led OSU to 24 straight wins between his sophomore and junior seasons, Barrett won 11 of his first 12 starts and Jones led OSU to three postseason wins in his first three starts as a Buckeye.Now Miller is still rehabbing the shoulder injury that held him out for the entire 2014 season, Barrett is working back from a fractured ankle and Jones is continuing his development.Meyer said he’s focused first and foremost on making sure the players get — and stay — healthy, but he acknowledged that a decision will have to come sooner or later. But instead of simply picking his favorite on a whim, Meyer stressed that the system will be systematic.“I’ll come up with some kind of system throughout training camp that we’re going to chart everything that everyone does,” he said. “And we’ve kind of done it, but not to the degree that we’re going to do it this year. Because you have to be right on.”Jones was the only one of the three quarterbacks fully available during spring practice, and was the only one to take part in the Spring Game. But as summer approaches, Jones said he’s focused on continuing to grow as a leader.“Carrying this leadership over to the weight room and the summer conditioning, things like that,” Jones said Saturday. “So the guys I’ll be going with can see that they can trust and believe in me and they know I got their back.”Even though the coaching staff will have limited time on the field with the players over the summer, Meyer said he won’t be giving his own instructions on what exactly each quarterback should work on.Instead, it will be up to co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck to break down Miller’s, Jones’ and Barrett’s exact technical goals.“He’ll be more specific about what fundamentals to work on,” Meyer said. “Coach Beck will handle the individual improvement, technique improvement.”When it comes to finally making that decision on who will start Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., when the Buckeyes open their regular season, Meyer said he’s hoping to avoid any surprises.“I want to be able to look those people in the eye and say ‘this is where we’re at’ and not be a shocker when it happens,” he said. “But here’s what you need to do to get better and here’s where we’re at and keep pushing.” read more

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He wouldnt have made the Ireland U15 team I was always astonished

first_img Daryl Horgan pictured during his younger days with Salthill Devon. By Paul Fennessy Follow us: the42.ie 29,220 Views Short URL http://the42.ie/3312161 Apr 2nd 2017, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8 Comments center_img Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 7:00 AM Daryl Horgan played in the same age group as Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOBefore joining Preston, Horgan had been previously linked with a move to England. In between his stints at Cork and Dundalk, the winger had trials at Torquay and Barnsley. And even in his younger days, there was talk of a move across the water, though nothing ever came of it.Perhaps, in hindsight, it was a blessing in disguise. Horgan didn’t have to deal with the prospect of homesickness at a young age. He didn’t get lost in the academy of a mega-rich Premier League club. He instead completed his Leaving Cert and was in the process of undertaking a teaching degree before opting to become a full-time player with Dundalk.Though the fact that Horgan wasn’t snapped up by an English side is still somewhat of a surprise.“He wasn’t in one of the big, pivotal positions,” Kelly explains. “John O’Shea when he was a youth player was this big six-foot-two-inch centre-half, or young (Conor) Masterson that’s at Liverpool now, or the goalkeeper from Cork (Caoimhin Kelleher) that’s there.They’re standout players because they standout in very specific positions, whereas Daryl could play wide left, wide right, in the middle. There are tonnes and tonnes of those players and unless you are much better, then you’re better off not going (to England) and just becoming a statistic.“So I think it proved from his perspective that it was better to stay.” Source: CR’s Video Vaults/YouTubeKelly also feels Horgan’s size and tendency to take risks and always try to beat players would have worked against him in some coaches’ eyes.Guys who pick players to go to other teams are only thinking about winning things as opposed to taking a player at 15 or 16 and saying: ‘What is this player going to be like when he’s 19?’“They’re thinking: ‘Will I win the youth cup?’ But in the scheme of things, who cares who wins the youth cup if your team (can later) get promotion from the Championship to the Premier League?You have to indulge young players who are gifted. If you’re going to put them out on the pitch, they’ll always do well, but they’ll get better.“Some coaches are risk-averse. That’s a problem for a player of that type of ability.” Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan, Dane Massey and Shane Grimes celebrate winning the league last October. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOOne other benefit of Horgan staying at senior level is the sheer amount of game time he got.After a decade with Salthill Devon in the underage set-up, the winger made his senior debut with the club while still a teenager during their short-lived stint in the League of Ireland’s First Division.Since then, he has made 214 appearances at senior level in the league alone. While they have not been at the highest level, it is still a very impressive feat for someone who is still only 24.By contrast, his Irish teammate Robbie Brady, at 25, is on 179. Jack Wilshere, also 25, has made 141 senior appearances, while Daniel Sturridge at 27 is on 179 appearances, and these include loan stints at weaker teams, even if they have been generally playing at much better levels than Horgan.Unfortunately for Salthill though, because they are not a professional club, they did not receive any compensation for developing Horgan over the course of more than 10 years, aside from a “very modest” fee when he signed for Sligo Rovers in 2011.That’s the way it is, unless there is some kind of sell-on clause, which there wasn’t,” Kelly explains.Still though, the thrill of watching Salthill’s first-ever senior Ireland international was satisfaction enough.There would be a bit of nervousness, but you just sensed the confidence that the guy has,” Kelly says of watching him on Tuesday night. “He’s gone to Preston and he’s done so well in the first few weeks, because he had done so well for Dundalk. He doesn’t play with arrogance, he plays with confidence. So when he came on, I was delighted I was there and it was just wonderful.”Horgan’s “very level-headed” family would have been similarly ecstatic, especially given their strong footballing background. His father Tom actually coached Daryl for a few seasons at Salthill. His three younger brothers all came through the youth system there, while two of them — Colm, who is club captain at Galway United and Kevin, a goalkeeper at Shamrock Rovers — are currently on the books at League of Ireland clubs.They are not the only ones to make the successful transition from Salthill at youth level to the League of Ireland, and in some cases, beyond domestic football. Former players include ex-League of Ireland star Colin Hawkins, a considerable number of current Galway United players including Vinny Faherty and Alex Byrne, and Joe Shaughnessy, who is currently plying his trade with St Johnstone in Scotland having previously spent a few seasons at Aberdeen. Vinny Faherty of Galway is among a number of former Salthill Devon players currently competing in the League of Ireland. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOHowever, both Salthill and another top Galway-based club, Mervue United, probably won’t be able to hold on to players of Horgan’s quality for so long in future. FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter’s shake-up of the underage set-up will see an U15 league in place shortly in tandem with the already existing League of Ireland U17 and U19 competitions. Galway United will be the county’s sole representative in these leagues, meaning all the best players at youth level in the area are set to end up there.I’m not 100% sure if Galway United are ready for that,” Kelly adds with a note of caution. “Ultimately, it’s the right plan if the League of Ireland club is in good shape, then it’s the absolute right thing to do.“Essentially now, if there’s going to be a good youth international in Galway, he’s going to be playing for Galway United U17s.From a career development point of view for the player, that may be the exact right thing to do. That’s assuming the League of Ireland club would look after the player properly and that it works, but it’s going to be a struggle for them I think.”The county has seen some exciting talent emerge in recent years. Stephen O’Donnell has become a key player with Dundalk, while Ryan Manning is an exciting prospect at QPR and Greg Cunningham was Preston’s player of the year last season and remains on the fringes of the Ireland squad.One player that the football community in the region is particularly excited about is Brighton’s Aaron Connolly, who starred in Ireland’s recent qualification for the UEFA U17 Championships Finals with seven goals and who certainly has the potential to go on to big things.Nevertheless, despite the aforementioned positives, getting scouts’ attention in Galway is not always easy. More than anything, Horgan’s mentality and perseverance as much as talent got him to where he is currently, while players in general tend to have quite a small window of opportunity to impress the necessary people.If you’re scouting and I would have done a little bit myself at Ipswich academy, a big event is the Galway Cup every year. Daryl would have played in it a few years back and actually, he was one of the players of the tournament.“So that’s in August every year in Galway, which we run. That’s a big event that the district league teams are all in. Scouts come and look at the players in that environment.If you see a guy playing for Salthill or Mervue here in Galway and they’re playing against a much weaker team, there’s no point in a scout looking at a player in that game, because you would expect him to be dominant. It’s when he plays for the inter-league team or is on an Ireland trial, in development or emerging talent squads, it’s where you see the guy competing at that element where the pace is higher, the speed of thought is higher and the players he’s playing with or against are much better. That’s worth looking at because that’s when you see how he adjusts. It’s very easy to be a big fish in a small pond.“It’d be the same in any district, even in Dublin to a certain extent, except with the Premier League U14 in Dublin, all the games are hard. There are a couple of guys who are outstanding out there, but it’s still only a tiny percentage of them who are going to get into the international squad. It’s a measure of how quickly guys can step up and how well they can compete at the next level up.” Rory Ginty of Crystal Palace (right) and Robbie Slater of Southampton both challenge for the ball in December 1997. Source: © INPHO/AllsportSo for a player to even get to the level that Horgan is currently competing at in the Championship is a rarity. The winger’s next step will be to follow in the footsteps of Rory Ginty, the first Salthill graduate to play in England. A winger like Horgan, he made a handful of appearances for Crystal Palace in the Premier League between 1997 and 1998 after making his debut off the bench as a 20-year-old against Liverpool.Now coaching the U14s back at Salthill Devon, his experience abroad is the kind of cautionary tale that is sadly not unusual for young Irish footballers.He had two seasons there and then when Terry Venables took over and brought in a bunch of players like (former Italy international Attilio) Lombardo, he (overlooked) all the young guys.“He came back, he was going to play a bit of League of Ireland, but it didn’t really work out for him. He picked up an injury. So he said ‘sod it,’ he went back to school and he now works with Aviva Group Ireland (insurance company) in their IT department. He coaches back at the club and he played in the Premier League, which is a big deal. He was the first guy (from Salthill) to play at that level.I’d recommend him to any player aspiring to go down the professional route. Every 12-year-old thinks he wants to be a professional footballer.“But it’s about saying ‘what are the good times and what are the bad times, what to look out for.’” Stephen Folan, now of Galway, was on the books at Newcastle as a youngster. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOStephen Folan, a young centre-back now playing at Galway United, also had what proved to be a disappointing experience across the water.Stevie picked up a couple of bad injuries. He signed from Salthill Devon and I went over with him when he went over to get the initial contract offer, as did John Brennan who played in the League of Ireland for years but is also a product of Salthill Devon. He was coaching at the club at the time, he coaches the NUIG guys now. Our main thing that time was to go over and see the set-up at Newcastle United. Big Sam (Allardyce) was doing the first team at the time.“I wanted to see from a Salthill Devon perspective: ‘Is this a club that I’d recommend a kid to go to?’ Just because they’re a Premier League club, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s somewhere you’d want to send your son. We needed to understand that he’d be properly looked after. We were there on behalf of his family.So that’s a long-winded way of saying that the same rule doesn’t apply to every player (in terms of going away to England). There are some 16-year-olds that are very mature. They’re level-headed – young Connolly at Brighton, he’s smart enough to go. There might be another kid at the same age and you wouldn’t let him go down to the shops for the paper.“You couldn’t send him away because it’d be like a death sentence, he’d make an idiot of himself.Stephen got a two-year scholar and a one-year pro. At the end of that, he had picked up two consecutive injuries that kept him out for five-to-six months at a time. I think if he had been able to play through (the contract), he might still be at Newcastle. He had very bad luck.“He did very well for Galway last year, he played one full year with Limerick. He’s in Galway now again and if it’s the full-time game, he’ll embrace it, and if it isn’t, he just wants to enjoy his football and get to play.”Such tales are a sobering reminder to any parent of an aspiring player that no matter how talented their child might be, there will inevitably be countless obstacles on the journey towards potential football stardom. They also make stories such as Horgan’s all the more remarkable.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! PETE KELLY WAS a proud man on Tuesday night.“It’s been my pleasure to watch Daryl Horgan since he was 8,” he tweeted.Kelly was in attendance at the Aviva Stadium as Horgan made his international debut from the bench in the 63rd minute of the Ireland-Iceland friendly.Though the Galway native wasn’t on the field too long, he certainly made an impression in the brief enough time he was afforded, with manager Martin O’Neill afterwards singling him out among the many debutants and fringe players as someone who had impressed.The Aviva encounter continued what has been a remarkable journey for the 24-year-old, whose form with Dundalk last year prompted O’Neill, ahead of November’s World Cup qualifier with Austria, to take the unusual move of calling both himself and Lilywhites teammate Andy Boyle up to the Ireland squad — a rarity for a League of Ireland player, especially in more recent times. Daryl Horgan made his Ireland debut against Iceland on Tuesday. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesHis stunning form with Stephen Kenny’s side, in which he was among their most effective players in a memorable Europa League campaign, saw him help the club to win a third Premier Division title on the trot last year, before earning a move to Preston along with Boyle in the January transfer window. It was all part of a steady progression for Horgan — in his final four seasons in the League of Ireland, each campaign had ended with a nomination for either the young or senior PFAI player-of-the-year award.The last 12 months could scarcely have gone better for the player that Kelly — a founding member of Galway-based football club Salthill Devon — remembers as a young child.When Daryl was seven or eight, we would have run street leagues in Knocknacarra — he just lives up the road from there. He would have only lived about a quarter of a mile from where I am,” he tells The42.“My memory is of this little guy with a big shock of white-blonde hair, running around like crazy. It wasn’t just running around — he had this phenomenal ability to dribble the ball. Even then he had an incredible engine… He would have always been the standout player.” Horgan, pictured front row third from the right, during his time with Salthill Devon. Source: Joe O’ShaughnessyWhile not the most physically imposing of footballers even then, Kelly — a long-time coach at Salthill Devon — was struck by the youngster’s attitude.He would have been one of the smallest guys in any team he played on, but that never seemed to be of any consequence.“He was the sort of guy that he would never have had a wilful streak to the point where if he got chopped down by a bigger, stronger guy, because he had just made a fool of him, he’d just get up and play — he’d never throw tantrums on the pitch or anything like that.That isn’t to say he wouldn’t get mad on the pitch if things didn’t go right for him. But in the nicest possible way, he wasn’t one of those toys-out-of-a-cot type of guys every time something went crazy, which is great — it made him a lot easier to play with and to deal with as a manager.”Horgan’s small stature, Kelly believes, counted against him early on, meaning he was sometimes overlooked by coaches at the very elite level in his age group.He was quite small. At that time, it depends who’s looking at you. He wouldn’t have made the Ireland U15 team — I was always astonished by that. He would have played in the Galway Cup here with an Ireland development squad, which would have been kind of like an U15 second string.“When they picked the top 20 in the country, he was always in the next 20. But it never fazed him. We always had good underage teams in Galway, so we would have been challenging.The group that he was with at underage level, we got to FAI Cup finals. We played St Kevin’s in an Irish final in one of those age groups, and I’m pretty sure that Brady and Hendrick were playing for them, and they gave us a good thumping.” Bournemouth left frustrated as Harry Arter misses penalty>‘It is a silly question’ – Jose Mourinho involved in awkward post-match interview> ‘He wouldn’t have made the Ireland U15 team – I was always astonished by that’ Daryl Horgan’s former youth coach Pete Kelly remembers his early days with Salthill Devon. 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La mortalité du paludisme sousévaluée par lOMS

first_imgLa mortalité du paludisme sous-évaluée par l’OMS ?Selon une nouvelle étude, le paludisme entraînerait deux fois plus de morts que ce qu’annonce l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS).Alors qu’un récent rapport publié par le Partenariat Mondial contre le Paludisme a annoncé que la maladie était en passe de disparaitre dans un tiers des pays touchés, c’est une nouvelle préoccupante que viennent de révéler des chercheurs de l’Institut de métrologie sanitaire et d’évaluation, de l’Université de Washington. Publiée dans la revue médicale The Lancet, leur étude suggère que le paludisme aurait causé plus de 1,2 million de décès en 2010. Un bilan bien loin des 655.000 morts estimés par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). Malgré ces résultats très documentés, l’OMS désapprouve ces chiffres et maintient son estimation. L’organisation pointe un problème de sur-diagnostic lié aux méthodes utilisées.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pourtant, pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont compilé des données récoltées entre 1980 et 2010 et ont utilisé des modèles prédictifs intégrant la prévalence du Plasmodium falciparum (le plus dangereux des parasites), les résistances médicamenteuses et les mesures antivectorielles. Une étude poussée, donc, qui a encore été affinée par les questions posées à l’entourage de défunts afin de réaliser un diagnostic a posteriori.Les résultats indiquent ainsi que les décès se montaient à 995.000 en 1980 jusqu’à un pic de 1,817 million en 2004 pour ensuite diminuer à 1,238 million en 2010. Plus précisément, en Afrique, le nombre des décès atteignait 493.000 en 1980, 1,613 million en 2004 et 1,133 million en 2010. Sur ces centaines de milliers de morts, 42% sont des personnes âgées de 15 ans et plus. Un pourcentage bien plus élevé que prévu.Par ailleurs, si l’estimation du nombre de décès a fortement augmenté dans cette étude, les grandes tendances annoncées par l’OMS et les ONG sont confirmées : la mortalité du paludisme est bien en baisse, particulièrement en Afrique. Un résultat positif qui fait suite à l’intensification des efforts de lutte contre les moustiques vecteurs du parasite et à un meilleur accès aux soins.Le 6 février 2012 à 12:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Milojevic thinks Red Star Belgrade is playing for pride

first_imgThe Serbian club will host Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League, and a defeat would disqualify them from the next roundThe last time Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool played, the Reds won 4-0 in the UEFA Champions League.And now a defeat on tomorrow’s match would mean the Serbian club would not advance to the next round.But for coach Vladan Milojevic, the team is playing for more than just keeping its hopes alive.“For the club, Belgrade, Serbia, and the whole region tomorrow is an important occasion, and we are looking forward to a spectacle. We will try to make the best of the game,” Milojevic was quoted by The Sports Mole.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“One of the best teams in Europe and the world comes to us. I think it will be a real spectacle in the stadium and an atmosphere awaits us that only our fans can create.”“We know that we did not have the support of our fans for the previous two matches,” he added.“Everyone knows what it means to play at the Marakana [as the stadium is known locally], no one feels comfortable with it, and it puts wind in our sails because the atmosphere is much different than at other stadiums.”“We get extra energy from the stands, and although this may not have much impact on the Liverpool players, I believe that this will be a fascinating atmosphere for them,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Private donors boost new food bank warehouse

first_imgMore people are having to rely on community food banks, not surprising given the dismal economy. But, with the economy in mind, it may come as a surprise to learn the single largest funding source for the new Clark County Food Bank Distribution Center was private donors, John McDonagh said Thursday during a ground-breaking ceremony in the Cold Creek Industrial Park off Northeast Minnehaha Street.“That’s quite a statement,” said McDonagh, publisher of the Vancouver Business Journal. McDonagh said more than 3 million pounds of food was distributed through county food banks last year.Steve Rusk, business administrator for the Salvation Army, which manages the Clark County Food Bank, said that 26,356 different households in Clark County received food assistance last year, benefitting 84,459 people.The need peaked in November 2009, Rusk said. The current leased Stop Hunger Warehouse, at 8,000 square feet, doesn’t have enough room to properly store, sort, repack and distribute food. The Clark County Food Bank routinely has had to turn down offers of bulk food and large shipments of fresh produce. About 100 people gathered Thursday morning to celebrate the start of construction for the new $4.2 million distribution center. In addition to $1.73 million from private donors, funding includes $1.47 million from the state, a $712,000 federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a $466,000 Community Development Block Grant from the city of Vancouver and Clark County.In September 2008, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray managed to insert the $712,000 construction allocation into the final Bush Administration budget. Page Phillips, Southwest Washington regional director for Murray’s office, said Murray was unable to attend the ceremony because she’s staying within a 10-mile radius of her daughter, who’s due to give birth any moment.last_img read more

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Murkowski on Trump I know Alaska better than he does

first_imgMurkowski, who isn’t up for re-election until 2022, tells reporters that her “barometer is not necessarily what the president says but what the people of Alaska say.” Murkowski got a vote of confidence Wednesday from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who told The Associated Press in an interview that “nobody’s going to beat her” in Alaska. Trump says voters “will never forgive” Murkowski for opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and he says the senator will “never recover” politically. She acknowledges that some voters are disappointed in her decision, but says that’s unavoidable because Alaskans were split on whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is brushing back against President Donald Trump, saying she knows her state’s political terrain “better than he does.”last_img read more

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The Next Phase for Digital Magazines

first_imgThat’s right, nothing happened. Because we discovered that no new Web content meant no new Web visitors, and as result, no new ad dollars. The dialog abruptly shifted to how we could develop fresh content for the magazine’s Web site and how to monetize it.That was 10 years ago. So why are so many publishers having the same discussion, right now, about digital magazines? I’ve heard it all over the magazine industry, “We tried publishing a digital magazine, but nothing happened.” How soon we forget … no new content equals no incremental new readership and no incremental new revenue.But what if you put new content into digital magazines? What if they were not just a duplication of your magazine but an extension into niche areas unprofitable to service with print? What if they were utilized as a new content platform, not just a means of digital distribution? What if they were created to function as graphical, upscale newsletters in industries or categories where graphical appeal counts?The trend has already started. Winding Road is a digital only car magazine that gets over 180,000 unique readers viewing an average of 22 pages every month. Click on the link and take a look. It could be your future. P.S.: Why no industry association has taken the time to research the basics of how digital magazines work as an advertising platform is a mystery to me. I’d like to help start that discussion with anyone willing. Remember your magazine’s first Web site? For most publications it was a simple copy and paste job. We copied content from the magazine and pasted it right onto the the new Web site. The big question of the day was, “Should we hold off posting the Web content, as it might hurt readership of the identical print content?” Then something unexpected happened that changed everything: Nothing. last_img read more

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