Lionel Messi’s dead-ball hat-trick puts Barca back on top

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi celebrate after scoring during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on November 9, 2019. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)Lionel Messi delivered an incredible dead-ball hat-trick on Saturday to steer Barcelona to a 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo and ease the pressure on his coach Ernesto Valverde.Messi scored with a penalty and then a pair of sumptuous free-kicks either side of half-time after Lucas Olaza had briefly pulled Celta level with a free-kick of his own at Camp Nou. Sergio Busquets drove home to make sure of the win late on.ADVERTISEMENT Barcelona’s disgruntled fans had whistled their team against Slavia in midweek and when Olaza equalised for Celta, that tension and restlessness threatened to return.Instead, Messi took command, this hat-trick taking his tally to nine goals in seven games, 612 in total for his club.“Obviously when it’s tight we have the advantage of having the best player in the world and the best free-kick taker in the world,” said Busquets.Yet his precision from free-kicks is a skill the 32-year-old has worked on and improved in recent years, his conversion rate currently at four goals from his last seven attempts in the league.The last time a player scored a hat-trick from set-pieces in La Liga was when Messi himself achieved the same feat in 2012 against Espanyol, albeit with two penalties and one free-kick.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue There was good news for Barcelona too in the return of Luis Suarez, who came off the bench after recovering from a calf strain.Messi scored his penalty in the 23rd minute after Joseph Aidoo had blocked Nelson Semedo’s cross with his hand.It was Messi that conceded the foul for Olaza’s curling free-kick that was well-hit enough to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen, even if the goalkeeper might have been disappointed not to be able to get across.There was little Celta keeper Ruben Blanco could do about Messi’s efforts, the first in stoppage time before the interval and the second three minutes after the restart.They were almost carbon copies of each other, bending over the wall and nestling in the top right-hand corner.Celta, under their new coach Oscar Garcia, never looked like mounting a comeback and Busquets put the result beyond doubt with a low shot five minutes from the finish.Real’s players might have been watching on their way home from Ipurua, where they went three up inside 29 minutes, Sergio Ramos scoring a penalty between two Benzema strikes, the second also a spot-kick after Ramos delegated to his teammate. Fede Valverde added a fourth in the second half.Benzema’s double takes him to 157 goals for Real Madrid, above Ferenc Puskas into sixth in the club’s all-time list, but his excellent display was trumped by a creative masterclass from Hazard.“His first half was very impressive,” said coach Zinedine Zidane. “We are happy and he will be a huge player for Madrid, for sure.”Hazard’s vintage performance LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Rice industry paralysis A 34th treble in La Liga puts Messi equal with Cristiano Ronaldo, while a much-needed win sends Barca above Real Madrid on goal difference and back to the top of the table at the end of a testing week.“It is impossible not to depend on Messi, he illuminates everything,” said Valverde. “We depend on him like any team would depend on him. He unlocked the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceMadrid had briefly claimed first place after continuing their own goal-surge by hammering Eibar 4-0, a game in which Karim Benzema scored twice and Eden Hazard exploded into life.But while Madrid appear to be hitting their stride, Barcelona’s momentum had stalled. After losing to Levante and failing to break down Slavia Prague in the Champions League, scrutiny had again turned on Valverde and his future as Barcelona coach. Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie dies in sparring accident MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Benzema latched onto Hazard’s pass in the 17th minute and after Valverde and Luka Modric missed, the ball spilled back to the Frenchman, who found the corner from an acute angle.Three minutes later it was two, Hazard the creator again, his feet too quick for Pablo De Blasis, who caught his opponent’s right leg. Ramos slid the penalty home.Hazard sparkled, with a brilliant nutmeg, a ‘rabona’ cross and too many glides past defenders to count.Ramos passed on the second Madrid penalty, awarded for a foul on Lucas Vazquez, to allow Benzema to make it three before Valverde had added a fourth, cracking in Modric’s pass for his first goal in La Liga.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Courtois’ €40m Madrid move anything but a ‘dream’

first_imgIt seemed like the usual banality, but Thibaut Courtois was on the money when he said he wouldn’t instantly become No.1 as he was presented as a new Real Madrid player.Yet from the outside there didn’t look to be much doubt about the Belgian’s status after he arrived from Chelsea for £35 million (€40m) in August as Madrid’s main summer investment.Arriving after an impressive World Cup campaign with Belgium that saw him keep three clean sheets as his country finished third, Courtois was supposed to succeed Keylor Navas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Real Madrid had tried unsuccessfully for three years to replace the Costa Rican goalkeeper, coming closest with a swap move for Manchester United’s David de Gea which broke down on transfer deadline day in September 2015.Courtois did not join Madrid to sit on the bench, but his start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu has seen more downs than ups. After a mistake against Alaves that cost Madrid a point last Saturday, he has faced criticism.Coach Julen Lopetegui retained his faith in Navas at the start of the season, picking the shot-stopper against Atletico Madrid in Real’s European Super Cup defeat — and saving Courtois a hostile evening playing against his former side.However he was made to wait two more matches before getting his first taste of action for Madrid, Navas starting in the opening two league wins.The Belgian was getting itchy feet but Lopetegui brought him in for two consecutive games, a 4-1 victory over Leganes and a disappointing 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid v Alaves, 2018No clean sheets, but the goals conceded were not Courtois’s fault. Leganes’s Guido Carrillo sent him the wrong way from the penalty spot and Madrid’s defence let him down at the San Mames for Iker Muniain’s goal. Perhaps at his very best he might have been able to cut out Oscar de Marcos’s cross, but Bilbao’s goal cannot be chalked up to error.Despite that, Lopetegui returned to Navas for the visit of Roma in the Champions League, showing he still hadn’t settled on his preferred choice. Madrid triumphed 3-0 in their best performance of the season.”It’s for the coach to decide who plays. He makes the decisions but nothing has been agreed,” Courtois told Belgian newspaper HLN. “There is no fixed rotation system in place or anything like that.”He was restored for the next three league games, but the tide started to turn against Madrid. A 1-0 win over Espanyol earned Courtois his first clean sheet, but he had little to do in a dull match, and was brought crashing back to reality by Sevilla in a 3-0 humiliation in Andalusia.Courtois might have done better with the second and third goals, parrying a shot into the path of Andre Silva (pictured below) before failing to race off his line to deal with a lofted ball back into the box for Wissam Ben Yedder’s strike.Andre Silva, SevillaIt was a chastening evening for Lopetegui and the coach reacted in a defensive display against Atletico Madrid that led to a goalless derby draw.That was Courtois’s best performance of the season, keeping both Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa at bay as the Atletico duo raced in on goal.After the game he defended his style and insisted he could pass well even though it was not his strongest point.”I’m not bad with my feet. Maybe I’m not amongst the best but I’m not bad either. I dare to play with my feet,” Courtois told Belgofut .“Sometimes, I give a bad pass but I know that more goalkeepers, who they say are phenomenal with their feet, commit more errors than me.”However it was his positioning that saw Courtois suffer his worst moment, in his next game.Misreading a last-minute Alaves corner, Courtois was badly positioned and could only push Ruben Sobrino’s header into the gleeful Manu Garcia’s path.It was salt in the wound for Madrid, who went a fourth game without scoring and suffered a second consecutive defeat after a 1-0 stumble against CSKA Moscow in Europe.This is what’s called a crisis, at a club as big as Madrid. For Courtois, who described his move to Real Madrid as a “dream”, it has been anything but so far.Keylor Navas, Real Madrid v Liverpool, 2018As Lopetegui looks for answers he may stop switching around his goalkeepers. That might bode well for Courtois who is still favourite to take over as the main man, but there is a chance that Lopetegui could lean the other way. It would have been easy for him to axe Navas but the Spanish coach has refused to do that.The two have similar statistics; Navas edges Courtois in that Madrid have won three of five games he has featured in, compared to two of six with the Belgian between the sticks. Each goalkeeper has two clean sheets and both have conceded six goals each.With Navas heading halfway across the world as Costa Rica play Colombia and Mexico during the international break, while Courtois only needs to go to Belgium for a clash with the Netherlands, Lopetegui might opt for the latter as Madrid get back to business against Levante on October 20.Along with a Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen on October 23, those two fixtures make up the rest of Madrid’s run-up to the Clasico on October 28.Courtois will be desperate to feature in the biggest game on the planet for the first time in his career. The clash at Camp Nou is a game which could either be the start of something special for him at Real Madrid, the type of fixture that makes a man, or even spell the end of Lopetegui’s reign should things go wrong.last_img read more

Hoop Screams: Greek Teams Out

first_imgTwo-time defending champion Olympiakos and its Greek league arch-rival Panathiniakos were bounced out of the Euroleague quarter-finals on April 25 after coming back from 2-0 deficits to tie their best-of-five series.Olympiakos was beaten 83-69 in Spain by Real Madrid, at least making a game of it. It was a rematch of last year’s final won by the Greek team, 100-88. Panathinaikos was destroyed 74-44 in Russia by CSKA Moscow in a humiliating rout.The Greens had won the title in 2011, beginning a run of three straight years for Greek teams to hold the title. No team had ever come back from a 2-0 deficit in Eurloeague quarterfinal play but both Greek teams at least had a shot at it after winning two straight at home before hitting the road.Olympiakos matched Real for almost three periods before the Spanish team put on a spurt to run away in the final quarter, mostly on the strength of rebounding.Olympiakos captain Vassilis Spanoulis came to play, scoring 19 points and was helped by 15 from Matt Lojeski, an American/Belgian player.  Real Madrid will face Spanish league rival Barcelona in a Final Four match-up in Milan.Panathinaikos gave up the ghost from the get-go in Moscow, trailing from beginning to end in a rout that was even worse than the score.Guards Dimitris Diamantidis, Zach Wright and Roko Ukic shot 2-for-17 combined from the floor, ending it before it started, with only James “Airlines” Gist, with 10 points and Loukas Mavrokefalidis showing any moxie.CSKA Moscow will face Maccabi Tel Aviv in the other semifinal.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yanks Roll Over Braves, 15-4

first_imgATLANTA — Didi Gregorius and Brian McCann combined to give the New York Yankees’ lineup a much-needed boost.Gregorius drove in a career-high six runs, McCann hit a three-run homer in his return to Atlanta and the Yankees shook off a scoring slump to beat the Braves 15-4 on Aug. 28.The Yankees scored a total of seven runs in losing three of their last four games to fall 1½ games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East. They scored nine runs in just the first two innings against the Braves.“This was a big night for us,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “It just shows you everyone is capable of producing in this lineup.”Gregorius had four hits, including a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run single in the second. McCann, the former longtime Braves catcher, added his three-run homer in the eighth.“Tonight was huge,” McCann said. “You play so many games in a long season, everybody goes through slumps. Over the long haul, I really like this lineup.”Gregorius set his previous career high when he drove in four runs at Texas on July 27.Masahiro Tanaka (10-6) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings.Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman drove in two runs with two hits, including a third-inning homer.Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes, making his first career appearance as a pitcher, gave up two runs in the ninth, including a homer to Chris Young leading off the inning. Gomes raised his arm in celebration and raced to the dugout after striking out pitcher Bryan Mitchell to end the inning.McCann, who played his first nine seasons with the Braves, received a warm ovation before his first at-bat in his return to Atlanta. He tipped his helmet to the fans. He had three walks and drove in four runs.The Yankees led 9-2 after two innings despite having their first two batters retired in each inning.Following Chase Headley’s two-run, ground-rule double that bounced over the wall in center field, Gregorius hit a three-run homer into the seats in right for a 5-0 lead in the first.Freeman had a run-scoring single in Atlanta’s two-run first inning that would have been bigger if not for Jacoby Ellsbury’s inning-ending catch in deep center field.Running with his back to the infield, Ellsbury reached up to catch Christian Bethancourt’s two-out drive with two runners on base before sliding on the warning track.“That saved me,” Tanaka said through a translator.Ellsbury’s status for the game had been in doubt due to a hip injury.Williams Perez (4-5) gave up eight runs in 1 2-3 innings. It is the fifth time in his last six starts he has allowed four or more runs. Perez and Detwiler combined to issue six walks in the first two innings.Mitchell, reinstated from the seven-day concussion disabled list before the game, gave up a run-scoring single to Bethancourt in the ninth.(CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan fails concussion test after blow to head in New Zealand game

first_imgWorld No. 3 and Afghanistan’s star leg-spinner Rashid Khan did not come out to bowl during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against New Zealand in Taunton after taking a blow to his head in Taunton on Saturday.Rashid Khan was hit on his helmet by New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson in the 34th over of Afghanistan’s innings. Rashid ducked into the 138 kph delivery that slammed into his helmet.Rashid was visibly jolted even as some of the New Zealand players, including captain Kane Williamson, rushed to check on him. The ball ricocheted on the stumps as Rashid walked back to the hut without troubling the scorers.Rashid reportedly failed two concussion tests which have become mandatory in international cricket after a batsman takes a blow on his helmet. The first test was held 45 minutes before the second even as Afghanistan bowlers came out to defend the total.”He has been pulled out as a precaution after being hit on his head while batting,” the International Cricket Council said.Rashid played no further part in Afghanistan’s third match of World Cup 2019 vs New Zealand. However, it is expected he will be available for the remainder of the tournament.Rashid has been Afghanistan’s premier bowler across all formats of the game. The Sunrisers Hyderabad star has picked up only 3 wickets so far as the fast-rising Asian team are winless so far.On Saturday, Afganistan failed to make good use of a solid start from openers Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali as they were bowled out for 172 despite a 66-run opening stand.advertisementHashmatullah Shahidi played a valiant knock of 59 even as he kept losing partners at some pace.James Neesham picked up his maiden five-wicket haul and finished with his career-best figures of 31 for 5 as Afghanistan batsmen found New Zealand pacers too hot to handle.Also Read | England flaunt batting firepower to bounce back with thumping win over BangladeshAlso Read | No player will think of what MS Dhoni is sporting on his gloves on Sunday: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:last_img read more


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Spotted: Crowley’s Giant LNG Engine Settles In

first_imgYou don’t get the chance to see such a huge engine being fitted into place every day.This state-of-the-art piece of equipment weighs 759 metric tons and measures 41 feet (12.4 meters) in height, 41 feet in length, and 14.7 feet width. The Man Diesel-built ME-GI engine will power El Coquí, the first of two new, Crowley’s Commitment Class ConRo (combination container and Roll/On-Roll/Off) ships that will be powered by liquefied natural gas for use in the ocean cargo trade between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico.The giant engine was placed using a series of heavy lifts by 500-ton cranes in the shipyard of VT Halter Marine, a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc., where El Coquí (ko-kee) and sister ship, Taíno (tahy-noh), are under construction. These Commitment Class, Jones Act ships are designed to travel at speeds up to 22 knots while maximizing the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs, with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Ro/Ro garage.Image&Video Courtesy: Crowleylast_img read more

Trudeau says cannabis will become legal next summer not July 1

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says “next summer,” and not July 1, is the date cannabis will become legal across the country.Excerpts of an interview Trudeau gave the TVA network in Quebec were broadcast Tuesday, with the full interview to be shown Wednesday night.Trudeau shook his head when interviewer Pierre Bruneau asked him why he was so obsessed with July 1 as the date for the cannabis legislation to become law.The prime minister said it “would not be July 1,” but that it would be “for next summer.”“The date will not be July 1, I can assure you of that,” Trudeau said. “I don’t know where that date came from.”Several provinces have asked the federal government to delay passing the legislation in order to give them more time to prepare.A statement issued by the Health Department last month said, “as previously indicated, the government of Canada intends to bring the proposed Cannabis Act into force no later than July 2018.”Related stories:Liberals introduce long-awaited bills to legalize marijuana by July 2018Ontario introduces pot legislation with steep fines for illegal dispensariesMore than one third who consumed pot drove within two hours: Health Canada surveyStatistics Canada estimates the cannabis market in 2015 worth as much as $6.2Blast_img read more

Ranil holds talks with Mukherjee

Opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe has had talks with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on the political situation in Sri Lanka, the UNP media unit said today.The over one hour meeting in New Delhi last evening saw both sides also discuss the status of Indo-Lanka ties. Wickramasinghe was on a three day visit to India where he also had talks with members of the opposition BJP and the ruling Congress party.He is scheduled to meet Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Former UConn basketball star Tony Hanson dead at 63

WINDHAM, Conn. — Former University of Connecticut basketball star Tony Hanson, who led the Huskies to the Sweet 16 in 1976, has died. He was 63 years old.Hanson died Sunday at his home in Windham. His death was confirmed Monday by the Potter Funeral home in Windham, which is handling funeral arrangements.The 6-foot-5 guard from Waterbury starred for UConn from 1973-1977, scoring 1,990 points, which ranks third in program history. He averaged 17.9 points per game and 26 points as a senior.In 2007 his name and No. 42 were placed on the wall of Gampel Pavilion as part of the inaugural “Huskies of Honor” class.Hanson was drafted by New Orleans in 1977, but never played in the NBA. He instead played professionally in Europe and coached in England.The Associated Press read more

Football Gareon Conley will not attend NFL draft

Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley speaks with the media on March 5 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorAfter his name surfaced Tuesday afternoon connecting him to a rape allegation, former Ohio State cornerback and potential NFL first-round pick Gareon Conley will not attend the NFL draft in Philadelphia that starts Thursday, according to’s Ian Rapoport.Source: #OhioSt CB Gareon Conley has decided not to be in Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2017Conley, considered a top 15 pick by several NFL draft analysts, was planning on being one of the 22 athletes in the green room at the NFL draft on Thursday, but will now watch from home as he waits for his name to be called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Conley has not been charged in connection to the rape allegation. read more

Armed bandits storm Industrial Site business assault rob customer employees

Employees of the business in a state of disbelief shortly after the robberyPolice are now hunting for at least six persons who assaulted and robbed employees and a customer of the Rich Thriving Auto Repair and Servicing company, located at Industrial Site Ruimveldt.The customer that was robbedInews was on the scene moments after the robbery occurred at around 14:45hrs on Wednesday.  A worker attached to the company related that the armed men were all clad in black hoodies and exited from two motor cars- a Toyota Allion and Premio.Photo of one of the employees of the company just after the robbery occurred The worker said that the bandits immediately rushed into the auto repair shop, where at least nine employees were on duty with one customer who had arrived at the business premises minutes before the gunmen.The attackers reportedly began to hit some of the staff and the customer over the head with their guns and demanded that they turn over all their valuables.The perpetrators managed to escape the scene after relieving the business of two licenced firearms, a quantity of cash and several mobile phones.An employee and the customer, who were both Chinese, were seen with blood gushing from their heads.Police are presently on the scene conducting investigations.More details in a subsequent report. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArmed bandits rob Chinese-run supermarket at Industry – fled scene on CG motorcyclesNovember 11, 2016In “Crime”Armed bandits rob GPL Parika office, customersAugust 18, 2017In “Crime”Bandits rob Banks DIH delivery truckOctober 20, 2016In “Crime” read more

Brazil physio on Neymar Better than expected

first_imgNeymar’s progress in his return from injury has gone “better than expected,” says Brazil’s physical trainerThe Paris St-Germain forward has been out of action since sustaining a foot injury in a Ligue 1 game against local rivals Marseille on February 25.Despite having failed to return in time for PSG’s final games of the season, Neymar was selected by head coach Tite for his final 23-man squad in this summer’s World Cup.“His development is better than expected,” said trainer Fabio Mahseredjian, according to BBC.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, who was in charge of Neymar’s surgery in March, added that they were taking a cautious approach in the 26-year-old’s recovery.“He’s regaining his usual movements bit by bit,” he said.“The next step is full group training and then play games. Everything is being done for him to feel at ease.”Since making his debut in 2010 for the national side, Neymar has gone on to score an impressive 53 goals in 83 matches for Brazil.last_img read more

Sensex and Nifty Open High Nikkei Surges due to Federal Optimism

first_imgBajaj Finance2080-38.10-1.80 Engineers India313.20+9.05+2.91 Top losers from BSE at 9:40 am:NameNameLast traded priceLast traded priceChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameKotak Mahindra BankLast traded price940Change-20Change in percent-2.08NameUnited SpiritsLast traded price2748Change-58.10Change in percent-2.07NameONGCLast traded price434.10Change-9.10Change in percent-2.05NameCRISILLast traded price1726.45Change-34.35Change in percent-1.95NameBajaj FinanceLast traded price2080Change-38.10Change in percent-1.80 Jaypee Infratech Ltd33.50+0.90+2.98 Suzlon Energy28.80+0.55+1.95 Crompton Greaves203.50+5.35+2.70 United Spirits2748-58.10-2.07 Kotak Mahindra Bank940-20-2.08 NameLast traded priceChangeChange in percent NameLast traded priceChangeChange in percent During the pre-opening session at 9 am, sensex recorded 25,274 points with an increase of 27.75 points. While S&P BSE 100 recorded 7,698.32 points, Mid Cap, Small Cap and BSE 200 too recorded highs.At 9:15 am on Thursday, BSE index opened higher at 25,327.67 and surged by 26.1 points minutes later. But, at 9:21 am, the index decreased to 25,351 points.On the other hand, Nifty opened higher by 7,581.30 points with increase of 23.1 points due to Federal Reserve optimism at 9:15 am.BSE index ended on Wednesday at 25,246.25 points with decline of 274.94 points and Nifty too declined by 73.50 points at 7,558.20 points. Indian shares slipped over one percent on Wednesday, falling for three out of four sessions.Top gainers from BSE at 9:40 am:NameNameLast traded priceLast traded priceChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameGMR InfraLast traded price34.35Change+1.50Change in percent+4.57NameJaypee Infratech LtdLast traded price33.50Change+0.90Change in percent+2.98NameEngineers IndiaLast traded price313.20Change+9.05Change in percent+2.91NameCrompton GreavesLast traded price203.50Change+5.35Change in percent+2.70NameSuzlon EnergyLast traded price28.80Change+0.55Change in percent+1.95 GMR Infra34.35+1.50+4.57 CRISIL1726.45-34.35-1.95 But, top five gainers and losers shifted their ranks during trading session.While at 9:45 am, top gainers from NSE index were Cipla, Lupin, Kotak Bank, Hindal Corporation and GAIL, top losers were Jindal Steel, BPCL, IDFC, BHEL and NMDC.On Wednesday, India received $72.31 million Foreign Institutional Investment debt and Indian government traded securities worth 92.86 billion, which involved purchase and selling of securities.Asian stocks surged in early trade on Thursday, as Federal Reserve decided to retain its monetary policy after the meeting on Wednesday, reported Reuters. Brent crude oil rose to a nine-month high on Wednesday as investors worried about exports from Iraq, but US treasuries gained on Wednesday as Federal Reserve planned to cut interest rates on its monetary policy. US government took this step after the release of inflation data.Besides, US based Dow Jones index surged 98.13 points by 16,906.62 points and the NASDAQ index increased to 4,362.84 points by 25.60 points on Wednesday. Moreover, London based FTSE rose up at 6,778.56 points by 11.79 points.In the meantime, Japan’s Nikkei share index jumped 1.4 percent to a four-and-a-half month high on Thursday as it recorded 213.10 points surge at 15,328.87 points at early trade. ONGC434.10-9.10-2.05last_img read more

The new Modi NITI how to take on China with AIM

first_imgPM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues on the domestic front.IANSEyeing the global revolution in tech-innovations, the Modi government, in its second avatar, is all set to redefine the scope of ‘Knowledge and Innovation’ at NITI Aayog. Before leaving for his foreign visit to the Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings with technocrats, top officials and key cabinet colleagues, discussing how to radically redefine innovations and technology on manufacturing front to compete with China.Overall, the prime focus of the government, as well as NITI Aayog, remains on accelerating the pace of the manufacturing sector in India. On the domestic front, PM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues and he would likely underline his priorities once he chairs the first big meeting of NITI Aayog, on June 15.In the wake of sharp criticism from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the alleged failure of NITI Aayog, the government now seems more determined to take the Aayog to a new height, inducting domain specialists at the rank of Joint Secretary and above.”The PM’s dream project is the success of the Atal Innovation Mission,(AIM) the flagship project of NITI Aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. If AIM takes off well, the country would soon be a substitute for China as a global manufacturing hub. In fact, AIM complements Make In India, Digital India and Startup India mega projects,” said a senior NITI Aayog official.To provide impetus to the industrial growth, the NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar recently told media that a slew of big-bang economic reforms are being pursued by the Modi government. These include a change in labour laws, privatization moves and land banks for new industrial development. Once the stage is set for a positive industrial environment, the innovation mission will finally accelerate the growth of the manufacturing sector.Global tech giants such as Adobe, Amazon, Dell, IBM, Intel and Microsoft are already partnering with Atal Innovation Mission. The AIM project serves as a platform for promotion of world-class innovation hubs, and self-employment activities in technology-driven areas.Through AIM, the government expects a radical change in the country’s MSME industry.Earlier in Modi’s first tenure as PM, his Cabinet Minister Kalraj Mishra and later Minister for State (Independent Charge) Giriraj Singh did not impress the business fraternity while running the ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). In an afterthought, Modi in his second innings gave the charge of this crucial ministry to Nitin Gadkari, known for delivering the goods on time.”Modi ji had spoken about the project to Gadkari ji. He (Gadkari) was more than willing to take up this challenge. I am sure MSME would now be one of the most important ministries in the government as it also addresses the problem of unemployment and lack of fast-paced industrial growth,” said a BJP leader close to Gadkari.Another big change on the scene is the Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL). It is Modi’s long-term plan for revolutionizing the young Indian minds. The ATLs are innovation workplaces where do-it-yourself kits on latest technologies like 3D printers, Robotics, Internet of Things, are installed at schools using the government grant. The mission director of AIMs, R. Ramanan, an IITian, says that by next year 10,000 ATL workplaces in the Indian schools will bring radical change in the near future in the field of innovation.The objective of PM Modi through mega ATL project is to enable India to become a global leader in technology and innovations, the key to ruling the modern-day industries.last_img read more

BNP to join national polls if its conditions met Moudud

first_imgMoudud AhmedBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said their party will not go to the general election if their conditions are not fulfilled, reports UNB.”We’ll participate in the elections to the city corporations. But that doesn’t mean we’ll also join the national election if our conditions are not fulfilled. The ruling party won’t be allowed to hold a lopsided election this time,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP Bhasani) at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 41st death anniversary of great national leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the current parliament must be dissolved 90 days before the next general election, and the polls will have to be held under a non-party neutral government.He said Awami League should not fear a fair election under a neutral government as the party thinks it has huge popularity. “Arrange the election under a neutral administration so that people can exercise their right to franchise as per their wish.”The BNP leader said their party will join the national election if a proper atmosphere for a credible election is created.Referring to the victory of their party candidates in the last elections to Gazipur, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet city corporations, Moudud said Awami League could not take their defeat in those polls easily. “That’s why those mayors couldn’t enter their offices even by two years. If this is the case what is the use of joining polls?”last_img read more

Texas AG Ken Paxton Says He Received 84000 In Gifts For His

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera/ The Texas TribuneTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a news conference on Jan. 12, 2017.Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been fighting securities fraud charges for most of his first term, collected $84,000 in gifts last year to help pay for his legal defense, he says in a newly released financial disclosure statement.That means he has now gotten a total of over $630,000 for his legal defense from people he has described over the past three years as family friends or others who are not covered by state bribery laws. The $84,000 that Paxton received in 2017 is much less than he received for his legal defense in the two previous years: nearly $218,000 in 2016 and over $329,000 in 2015.State bribery laws say that elected officials cannot accept gifts from parties subject to their authority. But Paxton has justified the contributions to his legal defense by claiming an exemption that allows him to take gifts from people with whom he as a relationship that is “independent” of his “official status.”The $84,000 that Paxton got in 2017 for his legal defense came from 10 sources, including two couples that gave $25,000 each. One couple was Shawn Clayton, the president and CEO of Dallas landscape company Superscapes, and his wife, Erin. The other $25,000 givers were Steven and Carrie Parsons, a Dallas husband and wife who have previously contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Paxton’s legal defense.Eight of the donors to Paxton’s legal defense in 2017 are identified as a “former client/family friend” on the disclosure statement. The two others are listed as a “Legacy Christian friend,” a reference to the Frisco school where Paxton’s wife, Angela Paxton, has worked.Since the summer of 2015, Paxton has been under indictment on criminal charges in state court alleging he misled investors in a company from before his time as attorney general. In 2016, he beat a similar, civil case brought by federal prosecutors.Paxton has pleaded not guilty in the long-running criminal case. Currently, it is effectively on pause as prosecutors await a state appeals court ruling in a separate case on whether they can get paid to continue working.Monday was the deadline for 2018 candidates to file their personal financial statements for 2017 with the Texas Ethics Commission. As part of the gifts that the attorney general disclosed, he also said he and his wife received tickets to the Grammy Awards from Raphael Hernandez of Washington. Sharelast_img read more

Tiny robot nanofish may one day deliver drugs inside the body

first_imgCredit: Small (2016). DOI: 10.1002/smll.201601846 Explore further Journal information: Small (—A combined team of researchers from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China and the University of California in the U.S. has developed a nano-sized, remotely controlled fish that is able to swim in liquids when a magnetic field is applied. The team has published the details of their research in the journal Nano Small Micro. Play Credit: Small (2016). DOI: 10.1002/smll.201601846 There are still some big issues to address with the tiny fish, the team acknowledges—one of which is how to rid the body of the swimmers after they have delivered their package. One solution they suggest is using material that at some point is biodegradable. There is also the cost—the amount of precious metals used to create a single fish would be small, but it could add up quickly if hundreds of the fish were used to deliver doses of medicines. Also, it would seem that a means for tracking the fish would have to be developed to allow for micro-steering. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Credit: Small (2016). DOI: 10.1002/smll.201601846 center_img Video: Research is revealing more about what it takes to truly swim like a fish More information: Tianlong Li et al. Magnetically Propelled Fish-Like Nanoswimmers, Small (2016). DOI: 10.1002/smll.201601846AbstractThe swimming locomotion of fish involves a complex interplay between a deformable body and induced flow in the surrounding fluid. While innovative robotic devices, inspired by physicomechanical designs evolved in fish, have been created for underwater propulsion of large swimmers, scaling such powerful locomotion into micro-/nanoscale propulsion remains challenging. Here, a magnetically propelled fish-like artificial nanoswimmer is demonstrated that emulates the body and caudal fin propulsion swimming mechanism displayed by fish. To mimic the deformable fish body for periodic shape changes, template-electrosynthesized multisegment nanowire swimmers are used to construct the artificial nanofishes (diameter 200 nm; length 4.8 μm). The resulting nanofish consists a gold segment as the head, two nickel segments as the body, and one gold segment as the caudal fin, with three flexible porous silver hinges linking each segment. Under an oscillating magnetic field, the propulsive nickel elements bend the body and caudal fin periodically to generate travelling-wave motions with speeds exceeding 30 μm s−1. The propulsion dynamics is studied theoretically using the immersed boundary method. Such body-deformable nanofishes exhibit a high swimming efficiency and can serve as promising biomimetic nanorobotic devices for nanoscale biomedical applications. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Prior efforts to build extremely small bio-transport mechanisms have generally been based on the corkscrew-tailed model of bacteria, the researchers note, but they believed a better approach would be to mimic the way fish swim. To that end, they connected gold and nickel segments together with silver hinges—the outer segments made of gold serve as the head and tail, while the inner segments serve as the fish body. Each of the segments are just 800 nanometers in length and the complete fish is a hundred times smaller than a single grain of sand.The fish is caused to swim by applying an oscillating magnetic field that forces the head and tail to swing, which in turn propels the fish forward. The direction the fish takes and the speed at which it moves can be controlled by manipulating the position and speed of the oscillating magnet. The purpose of such nanoswimmers, the team proposes, is to carry medicine to a particular part of the body, thereby reducing the need for surgery or overuse of drugs that can cause negative side effects in other parts of the body. An accompanying video demonstrates not only the ease with which the fish can be controlled, but the speed at which they can travel—an obvious improvement over other nano-delivery systems. Citation: Tiny robot ‘nano-fish’ may one day deliver drugs inside the body (2016, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

Shop confirms it is not closing down after rumours spread in town

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA newsagents at a Staffordshire Moorlands bus station has confirmed it is not closing down – after rumours started to circulate in the town. Smithfield News, on the Smithfield Centre near Leek bus station, said they had been asked a number of times about the shop shutting. In a statement posted online at the weekend, the store said:  “Just to clear up a rumour we keep getting asked about – we’re not closing down.” “No idea where the rumour started, don’t really care either, but you’ve heard it from the horses mouth, we’re here to terrorise you for the foreseeable.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more