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  • Football: David Silva retires from international football

    first_imgAdvertisementThe 32-year-old Spaniard has decided to call it a day and hang up his boots.The Manchester City and  Spain national team midfielder has made 125 appearances for his country where he has scored 35 goals after debuting in 2006.He won the 2010 World Cup along with the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.El Mago has made 249 appearances for Manchester City since 2010 and has scored 48 goals. In Man City, Silva has won almost every bit of silverware.Silva announced on Twitter that he was “very proud” of his achievements and that his decision to retire was one of the most difficult decisions of his career.Gracias, suerte y hasta siempre!— David Silva (@21LVA) August 13, 2018He also said: “I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered.“It has not been easy, after all I’ve experienced, to write these lines.“I’ve spent days and weeks considering this. The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person.“I leave proud and happy, bringing an end to a time full of emotions and memories, like of the figure of Luis Aragones, a maestro who will never be forgotten.”Aragones who coached the Spanish team to victory at Euro 2008 passed away on 1 February 2014 aged 75.After Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique, David Silva is the third Spaniard to retire having played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Sports Wrap: Massive blow for Knight Riders, bad news for Sunrisers and more

    first_imgKKR’s John Hastings ruled out of IPL due to ankle injuryIn a big blow to Kolkata Knight Riders, all-rounder John Hastings has been ruled out of IPL 2016 due to an ankle injury. He won’t be able to feature in the remaining matches of the season, team’s assistant coach Simon Katich confirmed.SRH’s Barinder Sran fined for inappropriate conductSunrisers Hyderabad’s left-arm seamer Barinder Sran has been fined 10 per cent of his match fees for inappropriate behaviour during their game against Mumbai Indians yesterday.Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams win top Laureus awardsWorld number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams completed a clean sweep for tennis as they won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on Monday.Leicester’s Jamie Vardy charged by FA over reaction to red cardJamie Vardy faces having his mandatory one-match ban lengthened, potentially ruling the striker out of more of Leicester’s title run-in, after he was charged Monday by the English Football Association over his angry reaction to a red card.Dipa Karmakar bags gold at Rio event after Olympics qualificationDipa Karmakar didn’t stop after creating history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics, as she bagged the gold medal in vaults finals at the test event of the Rio Games.last_img read more


    first_img4th Race: N M Lingaraju Memorial Trophy 1400M: 4th Race: N M Lingaraju Memorial Trophy 1400M: Sheryl (Dr and Mrs Vijay Mallya) 59 John first Splendid Splasher 59.5 Chouhan second Proserpine 59.5 Suraj third Lunar Storm 58.5 Neeraj Rawal fourth Not Run: Blue Blazer and Balian Won By: 2-3/4Ls, LNK and 4-1/4Ls Time: One Min:27.79 seconds Tote: Rs 25 for win. Rs 13, Rs 15 and Rs 13 for places Favourite: Sheryl Winner Trained By: A Mangalorkar Forecast: Rs 77 Quinella: Rs 63 Shp : Rs 42 Trinalla: 70 pct Rs 102 30 pct Rs 27 Exacta : 70 pct Rs 1,604 30 pct Rs 2,215. (MORE) PTI CORR NSK TRK AHlast_img read more

  • World Cup 2019 Team India players full list: Virat Kohli to lead 15-man squad

    first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the 15-man India squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup. Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad and acting secretary of the Indian board Amitabh Chaudhary read out the names one by one with a couple of minor changes in the team.Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu have been left out of the team by the selectors. Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul have made the cut and so has all-rounder Vijay Shankar.The selectors have opted for experience over X-factor by naming a well-balanced squad. The rest of the players almost picked themselves with Virat Kohli at the helm.INDIA SQUAD:Virat Kohli (captain)Rohit Sharma (vice-captain)Shikhar DhawanVijay ShankarKL RahulDinesh KarthikYuzvendra ChahalMS Dhoni (wicketkeeper)Kedar JadhavKuldeep YadavBhuvneshwar KumarJasprit BumrahHardik PandyaR JadejaMohammed Shami.MSK Prasad spoke to the media in Mumbai and named the squad in the presence of Amitabh Chaudhary and said his committee has selected one of the most balanced Indian teams.”In the last one year or so, these two wrist spinners have done well. Wickets might be a bit more dry. Jadeja might come in handy,” MSK Prasad said on Monday.”After the Champions Trophy, we have tried a few middle order options. We gave a few more chances to Rayudu but what Vijay Shankar offers is 3 dimensional. If the conditions are overcast. he might bowl a bit and he is a fantastic fielder. He is a batsman who can bowl.advertisement”In the team, we have the luxury of 7 bowlers. We have covered all the bases and this is one of the most balanced Indian sides for the World Cup,” Prasad said.Prasad also revealed the Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini were also discussed as back-up pacers and added they would be on stand-by and will fly down to England if the need arises.”Khaleel and Saini were discussed and they will be around. If the need arises, one of them will go to England,” he said.India’s World Cup preparation started soon after the Champions Trophy in England two years ago. India had lost the final to Pakistan and it was then that the selectors decided to try out two wrist spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.”We had been planning soon after the completion of the Champions Trophy but in the last month or two, a couple of players like Vijay Shankar cropped up,” MSK Prasad said.Also Read | World Cup 2019 India team announced Live Updateslast_img read more

  • Targeted Investments in Nova Scotias Wine Sector

    first_imgGovernment is working with industry to grow Nova Scotia’s wine sector with a $3.5 million investment as part of Budget 2016-2017. The investment supports research, quality standards and export market development. The amount is part of a four-year, $12 million investment through the Vineyard and Wineries Investment Program. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell joined industry guests to share details today, May 5, at Bishop’s Cellar in Halifax. MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Mr. Colwell, announced the investment at Domaine de Grand Pré winery in Grand Pré. “By investing in and working with this sector we will create more jobs here in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Colwell. “It will mean more work, more exports, and more economic growth.” The investment will target the following areas: expanding grape growing by continuing the Vineyard Expansion and Development Program announced in December working with existing partners at local colleges and universities on research and development related to site selection, environmental factors, storage, production and quality standards identifying and developing new markets outside of the province with promotional activities, product development, boutique retail and foodservice events and trade show participation working with industry to establish a quality standards program similar to the Vintner’s Quality Alliance program systems in British Columbia and Ontario “We will expand our sector’s reach nationally and internationally,” said Mr. Colwell. Nova Scotia’s wine industry accounted for $15.4 million in sales in 2015 and another $300,000 in exports.last_img read more

  • Resilient but tired Mental effects of wildfire lingering in Fort McMurray

    first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Firefighter Mark Stephenson says he can’t drive through Fort McMurray without being brought back to May 2016.That’s when, in the thick of battling a ferocious wildfire that destroyed 10 per cent of the northern Alberta city, he paused from his work to film his family’s home engulfed in flames.“Every turn of a corner on the street here is a memory back to that day,” he says more than 1 1/2 years later.Stephenson had hoped that by this Christmas, he, his wife and their two young children would be settled into the house they’re rebuilding. But a recent cold snap slowed construction and it’s going to be another two or three months.He sometimes finds himself reaching for a memento — a teddy bear from childhood, a body-building trophy — that no longer exists. He says he’s generally OK, but there are some tough days on the job. He says he has benefited from counselling the fire department has arranged for its staff.“A lot of people are over it and past it and that’s great. But it’s not the same for everyone. There are some people out here who are still hurting.”The debris has been cleared and vacant lots are gradually being filled with new homes in Fort McMurray. But as time erases the physical scars of the fire called The Beast, mental and emotional ones remain for many who experienced the costliest disaster in Canadian history.Care providers with the addiction and mental-health branch of Alberta Health Services had 38,777 client contacts in the region between May 10, 2016, and this past Oct. 31 — about one-third higher than the tally the agency reported in March of this year. There is no comparable data for before the disaster.Vincent Agyapong, with the University of Alberta’s psychiatry department, has been studying the mental-health impact of the fire.Of 486 adults surveyed in November 2016, the rate of probable post-traumatic stress disorder was 12.8 per cent. It would have been less than one per cent under normal circumstances, Agyapong said. Rates of probable depression and anxiety were also high.Agyapong says city residents suffering from PTSD may have nightmares or become anxious at the sound of sirens.“Some deliberately avoid going to places that remind them of the devastating impact,” he says. “I’ve seen quite a number of patients who have left Fort McMurray because … the city as a whole reminds them of the trauma that they went through during the wildfire.”Agyapong says he gets more referrals now, when he spends one week a month in Fort McMurray, than he did when he was working in the city full time before the fire.Calls to the Some Other Solutions 24-hour crisis line have gone up drastically, says health and wellness manager Linda Sovdi.Increased need is likely to be one reason, but people may also be more aware of the resources available and more comfortable asking for help than they were pre-fire, she says.They’re also more likely to open up to someone who went through what they did, she suggests.“When I’m talking to somebody about the first firepit that I smelled after the fire, it’s like there’s a heightened awareness. People know you get it.”The infusion of nervous excitement in the fire’s immediate aftermath has worn off.“Fort McMurray is resilient, but tired.”The regional municipality, which includes the city of Fort McMurray and surrounding communities, estimates its permanent population at 75,000 to 77,600. Its 2015 municipal census stood at almost 82,000.At the beginning of this month, new foundations were in for just over half of the 2,579 dwellings that were destroyed. About 10 per cent have made it to final inspection.“I’m never going to be fully satisfied with what I’m seeing until everybody has moved significantly forward,” says Mayor Don Scott, who won the race to replace longtime mayor Melissa Blake in October.Scott says while there is clearly a lot of work to do, the general mood in the region is one of optimism.“I think we’re sensing that the best days are ahead of us, and I believe that to my core.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

  • What I Learned Hanging Out On Set With Will Smith And His

    first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement The mind has a funny way of playing with your emotions. I would consider that entire 6 months of filming Suicide Squad as life changing. I was beyond inspired. I went from watching Will Smith on my broken black and white TV in my foster home to working for the man himself, making sure his family was well taken care of at all of our different bars, restaurants and nightclubs and producing the wrap party for the Suicide Squad on a 20,000 sq ft sound stage on set. Advertisement Fast forward two years later and they’re coming back in town…and I was feeling down. Here I am, I thought, still pretty much in the same position as I was when they left.But that’s not true. When they were here I was wrapped up in two totally horrible relationships that drained me emotionally, mentally and financially. One was personal and one was professional.center_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment So big homie’s back in town. He’s producing a film starring his son, Jaden Smith, Cara DeLevigne & Cuba Gooding Jr.One of my best buddies is his brother-in-law, Caleb…Jada’s younger brother. Who also happens to be the President of Overbrook Entertainment, Will’s production company.We connected a couple years ago when they were shooting Suicide Squad and have remained friends ever since. Login/Register With:last_img read more

  • Ban urges inclusion of persons with disabilities into society

    2 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for governments, civil society and the global community to work alongside persons with disabilities, saying their participation is essential to achieve inclusive and sustainable development worldwide. In his message marking the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Ban said that although there has been significant progress in raising awareness of the rights of persons with disabilities and many countries have committed to protect their rights through international agreements, they still experience unequal conditions.“Persons with disabilities experience higher rates of poverty and deprivation and are twice as likely to lack health care,” Mr. Ban said. “Employment rates of persons with disabilities in some countries are as low as one third of that of the overall population.”An estimated 15 per cent of the world’s population has a disability and over two thirds of persons with disabilities live in developing countries, where the gap in primary school attendance rates between children with disabilities and others ranges from 10 per cent to 60 per cent.“This multi-dimensional exclusion represents a huge cost, not only to persons with disabilities but to society as a whole. This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities reminds us that development can only be sustainable when it is equitable, inclusive and accessible for all,” Mr. Ban said.“Persons with disabilities need therefore be included at all stages of development processes, from inception to monitoring and evaluation,” he added.Echoing Mr. Ban’s remarks, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said development cannot be inclusive without implementing policies and programmes to help persons with disabilities.“As we work towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and as the agreed date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, let us seize all opportunities to ensure the inclusion of disability in the development agenda post-2015,” he said.Mr. Al-Nasser stressed that States already have the tools to make progress on this issue and urged countries which have not done so to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.“Worldwide, the link between disability, poverty and social exclusion is clear and direct. Yet we have at our finger tips international human rights instruments that protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities,” Mr. Al-Nasser said in his message for the day, celebrated tomorrow.“It is only if the convention is implemented at the national level that it can have any positive impact on the lives of persons with disabilities,” he added.The convention, which came into force in 2008, aims to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities. It has been signed by 153 States and ratified by 107.“The vast majority of UN Member States have recognized the importance of respecting the rights of men, women and children with disabilities to the same quality of life as others,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “They must now urgently set about making the promise of the convention a reality, including by ensuring that individuals with disabilities are not disenfranchised.”Ms. Pillay also stressed that countries need to remove obstacles that prevent persons with disabilities from exercising their political rights, saying that they are “often prevented from exercising this right because of discriminatory laws, the lack of accessible voting booths or because electoral material and information is not available in accessible formats such as sign language and Braille.“Such obstacles prevent the exercise of one of the most fundamental human rights – to have a say in one’s own government,” she said.As part of the celebrations for the Day, a series of events have been organized at UN Headquarters in New York today, including panel discussions on strengthening the data and statistics on disability for informed policy-making and integrating disability issues into global development reports. In the afternoon, the Enable Film Festival (EFF) will showcase films and documentaries on persons with disabilities from around the world.The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was established in 1981 during the International Year for Disabled Persons. The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of people with disabilities and the gains that could be derived from integrating them better in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. read more

  • Sri Lanka says it takes maritime security seriously

    Sri Lanka takes the security of sea lanes and maritime security in the oceans around the island seriously, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US, Prasad Kariyawasam said.He said that Sri Lanka is eager to work with the maritime powers of the Indian Ocean and beyond, to make Sri Lanka’s oceans secure for unimpeded commerce and peaceful navigation. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US, Prasad Kariyawasam was speaking at the East – West Center in Hawaii. The Ambassador also said that Sri Lanka intends to broaden the existing Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement. He said the Free Trade Agreement between India and Sri Lanka was the first for both countries when it was signed in 1998.He also noted that Sri Lanka enjoys a Free Trade Agreement with Pakistan, and is now working towards such an Agreement with China. “We are determined, as it is in our interest, to work with the maritime powers of the region to ensure that the Indian Ocean is conflict free. We will therefore work with the maritime powers of the region with commitment to prevent conflict, combat terrorism and piracy and assist to harmonize geo-strategic complexities,” Ambassador Kariyawasam said. The Ambassador also said that after almost thirty years of conflict, peace has now been consolidated in Sri Lanka.In addition, he said the Government is working with all stakeholders in the country as well as the international community, in particular with the United Nations to establish mechanisms for truth-seeking, justice, and reparations to give solace to all those who suffered during long years conflict and promote reconciliation with a firm objective of guaranteeing non-recurrence.The Ambassador said the Government will also soon embark on drafting a new constitution which will address the requirements of a modern, progressive nation with provisions aimed at addressing the grievances of all communities living in the Island and promote social justice. (Colombo Gazette) read more

  • Best Buy reports 1Q loss on restructuring costs adjusted earnings beats expectations

    MINNEAPOLIS – Best Buy Co. on Tuesday reported a loss for its fiscal first quarter as it sold its stake in Best Buy Europe and works on a turnaround plan that includes cutting costs and closing some stores.Its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations, as cost cuts helped offset tough pricing competition during the quarter. But shares fell over 4 per cent Tuesday.The company has been working on a turnaround plan as it faces increased competition from online retailers and discount stores. The plan includes closing stores, cutting costs and investing in training for its employees. In April it also said it would sell its 50 per cent stake in its European joint venture to streamline its business and strengthen its balance sheet.CEO Hubert Joly said the company is working on improving its e-commerce offerings, replacing its search platform with better technology, redesigning parts of its Web site and making other Web site upgrades. The changes are needed because 80 per cent of all customers who are planning to buy gadgets worth $100 or more are researching the product online before going into a store, Joly said.“That means ‘showrooming’ is not starting in our retail store, it is starting online and we are not showing up on the first page a fair share of the time,” Joly said.Brian Sozzi, CEO and chief equities strategist at Belus Capital Advisers, said the report shows that Best Buy’s restructuring is beginning to pay off.“Best Buy is starting to run a tighter ship in which demand is properly aligned with inventory,” he said. Key is its “operational overhaul that is both removing oodles of wasteful processes and repositioning the company for relevance in a competitive industry.”The electronics retailer says net loss for the three months ended May 4 after paying preferred dividends totalled $81 million, or 24 cents per share. That compares with net income of $158 million, or 46 cents per share, last year.Excluding restructuring costs and costs related to selling its stake in Best Buy Europe, it earned 36 cents per share. That beat the 24 cents per share that analysts expected, according to FactSet.Revenue fell nearly 10 per cent to $9.38 billion, excluding European revenue. Including revenue from its European joint venture that it is selling, revenue totalled $10.8 billion, the company said. That is ahead of analyst expectations of $10.67 billion. Revenue in stores open at least one year fell 1.1 per cent. The measure is a key gauge of a retailer’s expectations because it excludes stores that open or close during the year.CEO Hubert Joly said results were hurt by the shift of Super Bowl, which typically drives TV sales, into the prior quarter, and the decision to reduce sales in some non-core businesses.CFO Sharon McCollam said the company expects the price competitiveness that hurt per share results in the first quarter will continue into the second. She added that adding Samsung store-within-stores and restructuring retail floor space at some stores are expected to hurt some stores as well.The investments in its turnaround plan, however are expected to be “substantially offset” by the company’s cost cutting initiatives.Best Buy shares fell $1.17, or 4.4 per cent, to close at $25.64 Tuesday. The stock has traded between $11.20 and $27.37 over the past 52 weeks. by The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2013 7:27 am MDT Best Buy reports 1Q loss on restructuring costs, adjusted earnings beats expectations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

  • In blow to Japans Abe trade and justice ministers both resign over

    by Mari Yamaguchi And Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Oct 19, 2014 7:20 pm MDT TOKYO – Japan’s trade and justice ministers resigned Monday after allegations they misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative administration.The two ministers were among five women Abe named to his Cabinet in a reshuffle early last month. Their resignations may help to control the damage to his relatively high popularity ratings, but are a blow to efforts to promote women in politics and business as part of economic revival policies.Yuko Obuchi, daughter of a former prime minister and a rising star in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, resigned early Monday as trade minister, saying she needed to focus on an investigation into discrepancies in accounting for election funds. She did not acknowledge any wrongdoing.Justice Minister Midori Matsushima resigned after the opposition Democratic Party of Japan filed a criminal complaint against her over distribution of hand-held fans or “uchiwa.” Matsushima also faces complaints over using parliament-provided housing while keeping security guards at her private residence in downtown Tokyo.Speaking to reporters shortly after he accepted Matsushima’s resignation, a sombre Abe told reporters he was also responsible because he appointed the two women to his Cabinet.“I deeply apologize to the public,” Abe said.Within hours, Abe named replacements, choosing Yoichi Miyazawa, 64, a former finance ministry official as trade minister. Miyazawa, from Hiroshima, served as a secretary years ago to his uncle, former Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa.Abe chose Yoko Kamikawa, 61, a female lawmaker who has worked on demographic issues, as the new justice minister.Abe’s first term in office, in 2006-2007, was marred by gaffes and resignations by his Cabinet ministers and he stepped down, citing ill health. His current term has been smoother, particularly in the first year as the stock market soared along with his popularity ratings.Pressure for faster action on economic reforms has risen, however, as the recovery faltered following a 3 percentage point increase in the sales tax in April.Political funding scandals are a chronic problem in Japan and key factor behind the revolving-door politics of recent decades.“These rules are in place precisely because vote-buying using gifts used to be very common in Japan and still is according to some accounts in the rural areas,” said Koichi Nakano, a politics professor at Tokyo’s Sophia University.The types of gifts and sums of money at the centre of the latest allegations are relatively trivial compared with the record of previous governments. In one case, a stash of gold bullion pulled from an LDP lawmaker’s offices. But the rules are well-known, and possible violations by a minister of justice did not set well, Nakano said.Two other female Cabinet members known as Abe’s close allies on the right have been criticized for suspected ties with racist groups, marring his efforts to encourage Japan to accept more women in leadership positions.Abe’s broad gender agenda includes pushing companies to promote more women, expanding spaces for day care, and other measures intended to help encourage improved opportunities for Japan’s highly educated but underemployed female workforce. Such moves are vital for economic growth as Japan’s population declines and ages.Obuchi, who as trade minister was overseeing the cleanup and decommissioning of the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, said a thorough investigation into the problems with her campaign funds would interfere with her duties.“I apologize for not being able to make any contributions as a member of the Abe Cabinet in achieving key policy goals,” Obuchi said.The Cabinet resignations are the first for Abe since he took office in late 2012.The opposition DPJ lost power to Abe’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party in late 2012 and is seeking whatever leverage it can against the LDP’s overwhelming parliamentary majority.Hence the focus on such issues as presents of leeks, baby clothes, theatre tickets and fans by lawmakers to their supporters. The “uchiwa” distributed by Matsushima reportedly cost a mere 80 yen (75 cents) each, but are a possible violation of the election law.Matsushima contends they should be allowed as campaign “leaflets.”Analysts said Obuchi’s troubles stem from a campaign apparatus set up decades ago when her grandfather and then her father were in office.She apologized for funding irregularities, though she said she had found no evidence of alleged personal use of campaign funds that were paid to a company run by a relative. But discrepancies in the accounting for several years have raised a “major doubt,” she said.“This is my own fault and I will focus on investigating so that I can regain trust from my supporters as soon as possible,” Obuchi said. In blow to Japan’s Abe, trade and justice ministers both resign over election fund allegations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

  • Five takeaways Ohio State football might have figured it out just in

    OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) returns an interception during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s time to breathe a little easier if you are an Ohio State fan. Questions were swirling for weeks about how bad the Buckeyes looked on offense, and how the defense had suddenly lost the ability to stop teams when they needed to. A 62-3 win over No. 10 Nebraska might just have quenched the thirst of OSU fans begging to see the team dominate once again.“Dominate” is an understatement when a team holds its opponent to just 204 total yards and a measly three points on the board. From the moment the first play from scrimmage commenced, there was a sense of arrogance by the Buckeyes, but not in a bad way.The team looked like it was unstoppable.Connecting on long passes and bulldozing the Nebraska defensive line while also stuffing the run and picking the ball off twice is a recipe to make any head coach smile. Even Urban Meyer, who decided to participate in an “O-H-I-O” chant led by the student section near the end of the game.It was more than just a blowout of a tough conference opponent. It was a statement. A statement by players who were itching to prove they weren’t just riding the coattails of the name emblazoned on their jerseys and in the endzones. There was passion and fire in the eyes of the Buckeyes, and just in time too.Here are five takeaways from the 62-3 beatdown of Nebraska.OSU corrected mistakes on defenseIn back-to-back weeks, the Buckeyes defense known as the “Silver Bullets” looked like its nickname should be demoted to copper or bronze. Although statistically still performing well in consecutive weeks against Northwestern and Penn State, OSU gave up big-time chunk plays when the team was trying to get stops.That all changed on Saturday.Cornhuskers’ senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. presented a dynamic threat like Penn State redshirt sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley did two weeks ago, with the only differences being that Armstrong has a cannon-arm and runs like an agile running back. Unfortunately for Nebraska, he was not in for most of the game.After a scary few minutes at Ohio Stadium where he lay motionless, Armstrong returned to the field out of pads. His presence in the game, both playing or cheering, was far from enough to push the Cornhuskers’ offense. And it wasn’t because Nebraska struggles on offense.Simply put, OSU made the corrections from last week it needed to. The secondary played airtight coverage for nearly every deep pass play. The defensive line created a big push up front to register five tackles for loss, even though it failed to register a sack for the first time this season. And, most importantly, there was crisp communication throughout the entire OSU sideline.If this defense has fixed the dilemmas from early this year, the Big Ten should be warned.J.T. Barrett regained some confidenceRedshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett looked scared to throw the ball down the field ever since throwing a pick and struggling to find wide receivers open against Indiana. He was hesitant to chuck the ball more than 10 yards downfield, and seemed to be comfortable with playing pitch-and-catch with his running backs and tight ends. Against Nebraska, the freshman phenom Barrett was on full display.Although he missed a few deep throws that might have lead to a couple more points on the board, Barrett looked on the same page with his wide receivers and the rest of the offense for the first time since OSU defeated Rutgers 58-0.“We’ve not been explosive at receiver this year,” Meyer said. “And when you throw for 300-plus yards, and obviously (junior H-back Curtis Samuel) is very explosive, but I thought our receivers all day they were running very sharp routes, very crisp routes against a good secondary. And J.T.’s delivering the ball, but I thought the receivers were outstanding.”Meyer must have felt the confidence of Barrett growing since he decided to draw up the old Tim Tebow jump pass. A four-touchdown performance on a grand stage might have been all he needed to get back on the right track.Barrett had a little help though.Curtis Samuel utilized to his full potentialSamuel received one less touch on Saturday than he did last week. Last time he had a dip in touches, it seemed like the entire OSU fan base was set to erupt. Meyer was heavily criticized for keeping the ball out of his hands and even had some saying that was the main reason for the loss against Penn State.Less touches this time around was a non-factor, as Samuel ran rampant for 178 total yards, most of which came through the air. He led the team in receiving touchdowns with two, and even got in on a punt return. The punt return went backwards five yards, but at least he didn’t muff the punt.Although a gifted runner, the pass-catching ability of Samuel was utilized to perfection, as the junior cashed in a performance reminiscent of the Bowling Green game to start the season. In the future, the idea might be to continue the trend of more looks for Samuel lined up as a receiver instead of in the backfield.When asked about Samuel, Meyer asked how many touches his H-back got. When media members responded with 13, the Buckeyes’ head coach had a simple response.“So he’s okay,” he said.Either way, the guy can find his way to the endzone.A fast-paced offense is a happy offenseAnyone who loves offensive football had to be giddy watching the way OSU orchestrated its offensive drives. Like an artist carefully crafting a masterpiece, Meyer and the rest of the coaching staff drew up an offensive game plan to put the Buckeyes in multiple scoring opportunities, and the players executed.Execution was a question mark for OSU coming into the game, but there should be few question when analyzing the drive summary from this week. Only one drive took longer than five minutes for the Scarlet and Gray, and the team marched 75 yards or more for a touchdown on five separate occasions.“It is a little relief to know that right now I saw some explosiveness that we kind of have been lacking in some positions,” Meyer said. “And I think relief is probably the correct word, that we’ve all been waiting for that to happen.”The quick-punch and crisp movement by OSU made it seem as though the team was unchallenged on either side of the ball, even if both Meyer and his players insist it was a tough game for them.“I think tonight is an example of that, you know late in the season we get it going,” junior tackle Jamarco Jones said. “Hopefully we can just build off this and keep the momentum rolling and keep winning.”Speaking of getting it going late in the season…OSU is back in the playoff pictureJones hit on a key element to the blowout victory. “Late in the season we get it going” kind of summarizes OSU in games this year as well. The team has been a second-half unit, although Bowling Green and Nebraska are kind of the outliers.After Texas A&M received the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff poll, the Aggies promptly dropped their next game against Mississippi State, pushing OSU up. The Buckeyes are right there, but still need some things to go their way to earn a playoff spot.Winning the Big Ten title is definitely a priority for OSU at this point, but Michigan needs to remain unbeaten until the two rivals square-off, or hope Penn State drops another conference game. OSU still has to win out as well.Simple, right?Meyer and the rest of the team will try to say they are just looking ahead to Maryland. That seems unlikely given how few games are left this year and how close they are to earning their way back into the playoff.Crazy stuff happened in 2014 that eventually led to a Buckeye playoff berth and an OSU national championship, so why can’t it happen again? read more

  • Regional league with 16 clubs from 7 countries – to start 23rd

    ← Previous Story Fantastic Saturday of Danish handball Next Story → Zvonimir Serdarusic resigns as a coach of Celje PL! A regional league for men will be played starting from the next season. A total of 16 clubs from 7 countries (all countries of Former Yugoslavia and Hungary, or in details – 3 from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia, and 2 from Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Croatia) will take part in the competition. It will be played by the two-round point system, and will be concluded with a “Final Four”. The beginning is scheduled for the 23rd of August 2011, while the finish is planned for 31st March. All the teams would, after that, join the end of their domestic championships.On the conference for media, representatives from all the federations were present.  All of them expressed their satisfaction with the arrangement of this competition, and that it will only bring quality to the region’s handball, and from which will benefit all the countries, and the spectators will have an opportunity to watch world class handball, and only the winner will have the right to keep it’s place in the regional league, regardless of its position in the domestic league.The sponsor is to be Sparkasse Bank. The official signatures between the sponsor and the federations are to be signed in December in a meeting in Sarajevo. The yearly sponsorship is to be about 400,000 euros, and is to cover all the expenses of the competition. read more

  • Leaked Boris letter to Downing St It is wrong to see the

    first_img Share313 Tweet Email5 By Sean Murray The EU’s draft of the planned Brexit divorce agreement will be unveiled tomorrow.RTÉ’s Tony Connolly is reporting this evening that the territory of Northern Ireland may be considered part of EU customs territory post-Brexit.Connolly reports that the text will allude to a single regulatory space on the island of Ireland with no internal barriers.Tomorrow’s divorce agreement will spell out in detail the agreement reached between the EU and the UK in December on three key topics: the fate of expatriate citizens and the financial settlement of divorce will be included as well as the future of the Irish border.EU negotiator Michel Barnier has acknowledged the 120-page draft would “render operational” a controversial ‘backstop’ opposed by London on the issue of how to avoid a hard border between the Republic and the North.The fallback option says that if no better solution is found, Northern Ireland would remain in “full alignment” with the EU’s single market and customs union in order to uphold the Good Friday Agreement.“The Irish question cannot remain unresolved,” Barnier said today.‘Interesting few weeks’Speaking in response to a question from Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald in the Dáil today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the Irish government had, in the wake of the UK Brexit referendum, sought “an assurance from the United Kingdom that there would be no hard border and that everything possible would be done to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland”.“We got that verbal assurance last year. We then sought to have that written down in black and white and made into a political agreement. We got that political agreement last December.“Since then we have sought to turn the black and white text of the political agreement and commitment into a legal text which forms a protocol to the withdrawal agreement. The Deputy will see that legal text tomorrow. Leaked Boris letter to Downing St: It is wrong to see the task as maintaining ‘no border’ The British Foreign Secretary has written a letter to Theresa May about the border issue. I am satisfied that it sets down in law how we can avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.He said, however, that the withdrawal agreement “is a draft text and we cannot automatically assume it will be acceptable to the United Kingdom or to all the parties in Northern Ireland”. 123 Comments 66,819 Views Source: Stephen Donnelly/Twitter I lived in Camden for several years, and was never stopped crossing the ‘border’ to Islington. I have, however, had military rifles pointed at me when crossing into Northern Ireland in the ’90’s. Suggesting these borders are the same is extraordinary.— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) February 27, 2018 Source: David Lammy/Twitter Source: Sky News Newsdesk/Twitter Boris Johnson’s comments today are so devoid of actual intelligence as to give a brain freeze to those unfortunate enough to hear them… Lest there be any doubt, the Irish border issue post-brexit is not the same as a city congestion charge. A spokesman for foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney said he had no comment on the reported letter tonight.- With reporting from Daragh Brophy Read: Jeremy Corbyn calls for new customs union with EU after BrexitRead: ‘Pure illusion’: That was the EU’s withering assessment of Theresa May’s Brexit plancenter_img But when I was mayor of London we anaesthetically and invisibly took hundreds of millions of pounds from the accounts of people travelling between those two boroughs without any need for border checks whatever.When it was put to the foreign minister that he couldn’t possibly compare the Irish border issue and the London congestion charge, Johnson was insistent, and called it a “very relevant comparison”.“There’s all sorts of scope for pre-booking, electronic checks, all sorts of things that you can do to obviate the need for a hard border to allow us to come out of the customs union, take back control of our trade policy and do trade deals,” he said.Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly called Johnson’s comments “extraordinary” and referenced his own time living in London.He said: “I lived in Camden for several years, and was never stopped crossing the ‘border’ to Islington. Updated at 8.20pm BORIS JOHNSON HAS told Prime Minister Theresa May ”it is wrong to see the task as maintaining ‘no border’” on the island of Ireland in the wake of Brexit.The British Foreign Secretary’s letter to Downing Street was leaked to Sky News.According to the broadcaster, the letter also seeks to play down the “exaggerated impression” of “how important checks are” at EU borders.Although the UK has made assurances that there will not be a border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit, it has not yet offered a solution whereby it could leave the single market and customs union yet maintain no border checks.In his letter, Johnson apparently goes as far as considering the reintroduction of a hard border, telling May: I have, however, had military rifles pointed at me when crossing into Northern Ireland in the 90s. Suggesting these borders are the same is extraordinary. Did our Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson really just compare the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to the border between Camden and Islington on @BBCr4today just now? God help us all this isn’t just stupidity and ignorance but wilful recklessness #r4today— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) February 27, 2018 Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 7:20 PM Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane said: “I would suspect that a basic knowledge of geography and borders would be a requirement of a foreign minister but it appears the Tory party has other ideas. Short URL Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has told Prime Minster Theresa May in a letter seen by Sky News that it is “wrong” to see the Government’s task as maintaining “no border” in Ireland after Brexit— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) February 27, 2018 We could have an interesting few weeks ahead of us, as was the case last December. It will have to become a legal text by October this year.Varadkar said that Tánaiste Simon Coveney had met Barnier this week and and had seen the draft legal text. Boris Johnson arriving for a cabinet meeting at No 10 Downing Street today. Source: Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesEarlier, Johnson was criticised for saying the Irish border issue could be solved in the same way that people travel across different boroughs of London.He was speaking to BBC Radio about various Brexit issues, and highlighted methods used in the UK capital to calculate the city congestion charge as pointing the way towards solving the issue of the border after Brexit.Johnson said: “There’s no border between Camden and Westminster. Feb 27th 2018, 1:11 PM Even if a hard border is reintroduced, we would expect to see 95% + of goods pass the border [without] checks. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Lease amended contract awarded for Kalama McMenamins

    first_imgKALAMA — In a big step for the McMenamins project, Port of Kalama commissioners Wednesday approved an amended lease with the hospitality company and awarded a $6.8 million contract to JH Kelly to build the shell of its restaurant and hotel.The Longview-based contractor is expected to start construction of the above-ground work within 60 days, according to the port. The groundwork already is complete.The project had stalled briefly after estimated construction costs were higher than anticipated, forcing the port and McMenamins back to the bargaining table on a portion of the lease that set a cap on construction costs.Under the lease, the port will hire Kelly to build the shell of the hotel. McMenamins will spend an estimated $3 million on the final touches and design. Between the port’s and the company’s initial investments, the final price tag could be between $9 million to $10 million.While the port will pay up front for the building shell, McMenamins will gradually pay the port back over time through its lease. As result of the recent lease negotiations, the port has agreed not to raise McMenamins’ rent. Instead the port essentially will wait longer to recover its costs.Originally the port had hoped it would take 12.5 years to recover construction costs through the lease, Wilson said. Now it will take about 14 years, although that number could change depending on the final price tag of the project, he said.last_img read more

  • Penton Launches Chief Marketer Network

    first_imgAccording to American Business Media’s Business Information Network, the Business, Advertising & Marketing category is down about a quarter of a percent to $537.7 million in ad revenue for the first nine months of 2008, which actually compares relatively favorably to other b-to-b categories such as automotive, which plunged 14.7 percent to $350.9 million in the same period. Penton Media has announced the Chief Marketer Network, a site that will pool edit content from its marketing titles—Direct, Promo, Multichannel Merchant and Chief Marketer. Leslie Bacon will serve as group publisher of the network. While the individual magazines and their companion Web sites will remain, the Chief Marketer site will serve as an umbrella for the group. All editors will contribute to “The Big Fat Marketing Blog,” which runs across the network. “The individual brands stand alone for those companies that want to reach that particular target audience,” Bacon told FOLIO:. “We do have advertisers that want to reach multiple markets that we serve. Now we can more easily provide them with a cross market/website/network buy due to the synergies across the four Web sites. Although each site has unique content, the online products have been standardized (where appropriate) to make it easier for the advertiser to add reach/audience to their program.”The Penton marketing titles have been recast before. In 2006, as part of Prism Business Media, Promo, Direct, Multichannel Merchant and Chief Marketer were put in a group called Prism Marketing Media Strategies, led by editorial director Ray Schultz. last_img read more

  • Wilmington Congregational Church To Hold Conference On Strengthening Marriage Family On October 1920

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a conference on strengthening marriage and family (“A Grace Filled Marriage”) on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm on Friday, followed by a session at 6:30pm. The Saturday session will begin at 9am.The conference, featuring Stephanie Christensen & Erik Christensen, is free of charge is you sign up in advance. Childcare provided at all sessions. Have a question? Email Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”The Wilmington Insider For October 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

  • Save Over 2150 on CompTIA IT Security Network and Hardware Certification Training

    first_img Share Tweet Submit You can launch a lucrative IT career with over 50 hours of training for the all new 2016 CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ (SY0-401) certifications. You think it’d be too expensive to get trained for these in-demand certifications? Don’t worry as Wccftech Deals offers you to save over $2,150 and get trained for all the above certifications for just $39. The deal ends soon, so hurry up and grab the elite training resources before it’s too late.CompTIA IT Security, Network & Hardware Certification Training for just $39If you’re an IT specialist or are thinking about entering this lucrative field, you’ll want to get CompTIA-certified so you can put a higher price tag on your services. This comprehensive training covers topics for the all new 2016 CompTIA A+ (220-901 and 220-902) exams, CompTIA Network+ (N10-006) exam, and the CompTIA Security+ (SY0-401) exam so you’ll be ready to ace them all when the time comes. This is one investment that is guaranteed to pay off!Access 30 lectures and 50 hours of content 24/7Recognize security threats and learn how to avoid themUnderstand prevention techniques like firewall installation and authentication setupMaster network level security and become the office heroUse labs, games and activities to supplement your learning and put your knowledge into practiceStudy offline any time with printable study guidesDetails and requirementsLength of time users can access this course: 1 yearAccess options: web streaming, mobile streaming, downloadable for offline viewingCertificate of completion includedExperience level required: all levelsCompTIA exam costs not includedOriginal value: $2,195 | Wccftech Deals: $39last_img read more

  • La Sele looks to clinch spot for final round of World Cup

    first_imgOne point is all Costa Rica needs to move on to the final round of World Cup qualifying. Whether it’s through a win or a tie in Port-au-Prince on Friday night against Haiti, La Sele can secure a spot in CONCACAF’s Hexagonal, the six-team round-robin where three automatic qualifying bids are up for grabs.Following a disappointing showing in the Copa América earlier this year, the Costa Ricans should be able to bounce back against a Haiti side that is winless in group play.Despite its flop on the world stage at the Copa, Costa Rica has been playing well enough in World Cup qualifying to build a comfortable lead in CONCACAF’s Group B over Panama, Jamaica, and last-place Haiti. With the 10 points the team made off its 3-1-0 record against those teams, La Sele players say they’re now heading to Haiti looking to lock up the group and move one step closer to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“We’re just thinking about getting that one point,” said starting defender Óscar Duarte at practice earlier this week. “We’re coming in thinking about winning right away against Haiti and closing it out.” Giancarlo’s ReturnOne of Duarte’s buddies in the middle of Costa Rica’s defense, center back Giancarlo González, is back for La Sele after not being called up for the Copa América. It’s no secret that the defender that plays for Palermo in Italy’s Serie A has not been the same since his amazing play in the 2014 World Cup, and his loss of form may be one reason why coach Óscar Ramírez didn’t take González to the U.S.Without González manning the heart of the defense, Ramírez’s backline looked extremely shaky in all three of its Copa América matches. Johnny Acosta, who took González’s place in the Copa América and the two March qualifying games against Jamaica, has looked outmatched against more talented competition and is clearly not the long-term answer going towards the World Cup.It’s essential that the 28-year-old González get back in form to revitalize the five-man backline that has become more and more shaky over the course of Ramírez’s year-long tenure.Since right-winger Cristian Gamboa is joining the team late after just signing with Scotland’s Celtic, the backline against Haiti should look like this (in order from left to right): Ronald Matarrita, Duarte, Kendall Waston, González, and Bryan Oviedo.No Navas, No ProblemWorld-class goalie Keylor Navas, who has only played in two games for La Sele in the past 15 months, will remain in Spain for the final qualifying matches as he recovers from the Achilles surgery that kept him out of the Copa América. Though Costa Rica is immediately made weaker without the Real Madrid star in net, his top backup Esteban Alvarado is returning from an injury of his own.That’s encouraging news for the selection, as aging third-stringer Patrick Pemberton has turned in some uninspiring performances for La Sele lately. The bigger, more athletic Alvarado gives Ramírez’s group a much more stable option in goal against both Haiti and then at home against Panama on Tuesday.Surely Navas will be needed in the final round of World Cup qualifying against the likes of Mexico and the United States, but against this round’s lower level of competition, Alvarado will do just fine in front of a Haiti side that poses no scoring threat. After Haiti lost to Costa Rica in the first match of the round in November, where it had zero shots on goal, the Haitians have failed to score a single goal since then in qualifying play.Finding Some OffenseCosta Rica’s only offensive success in June’s Copa América came against a Colombia team that played most of the match with its backups. Even still, Colombia’s B-team is a lot more talented than most CONCACAF squads.The biggest takeaway from the 3-2 win over “Los Cafeteros,” was the emergence of Johan Venegas in the striker role, where he showed he can do this: later followed up that beautiful goal in the second minute later with an awesome nutmeg of a Colombian defender and a volley that ended with Colombia scoring on itself.Costa Rica has long seen stagnant play from usual striker Marco Ureña, who seems to disappear for entire games and inspires little confidence as a finisher. Now it seems to be Venegas’ job to lose.Haiti and Costa Rica will kick off from Port-au-Prince’s Stade Sylvio Cator Stadium at 6 p.m. Costa Rica time on Friday. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier Costa Rican Men’s National Team hopes to make history again in Mexico Costa Rica seeking revenge against the United Statescenter_img Lista de convocados a #LaSele para buscar la clasificación a la hexagonal ante Haití y Panamá.#VamosTicos— FEDEFUTBOL (@FEDEFUTBOL_CR) August 24, 2016last_img read more

  • Malian troops open Frances Bastille Day parade

    first_img Comments   Share   Despite the triumphal display, which included flyovers by fighter jets, tanks and giant trucks mounted with land-to-air defense systems, the realities in Mali suggest that President Francois Hollande’s military intervention has had mixed results.The mission he launched in January helped the Malian government retake control of much of the country from al-Qaida-linked extremists who had seized northern Mali and threatened the capital. The nation is to hold elections July 28, but tensions involving rebel Tuaregs in the north linger, along with political instability.Sunday’s events, however, focused on the positive.“It’s a victory that was won,” Hollande said in an interview after the parade with the France 2 and TF-1 television stations in the garden of the presidential Elysee Palace. “Look at what happened. It was a victory for Africa, a victory against terrorism, and pride that we must have.”He said earlier the presence of African troops in Paris on the French national day was a “tribute to those who actively helped to banish terrorism from the Malian territory.”Referring to trips he’s made to Africa, including a February visit to Mali, four weeks after the start of the French intervention, Hollande said, “I was saluted in Africa, not for what I said but for what I did.” Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy PARIS (AP) – Troops from 13 African countries that took part in the French-led war against al-Qaida-linked extremists in Mali marched with the French military during the Bastille Day parade in Paris on Sunday to honor their role in the conflict.U.N. troops in blue berets who are helping to stabilize the west African nation of Mali also paraded with thousands of other soldiers down the Champs-Elysees Avenue in France’s annual tribute to military might. It marks the storming of the Bastille prison July 14, 1789, by angry Paris crowds that helped spark the French Revolution. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories He noted that some extremists once lodged in Mali escaped into southern Libya and other neighboring countries. He said those nations need support, “but we won’t make war everywhere.”Hollande oversaw the display of military might that France rolls out each year on Bastille Day with Mali interim President Dioncounda Traore and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon at his sides. Defense ministers from the African nations represented in the parade also were present.French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said before the parade that the display is “the mark of a solidarity that concretely expressed itself in Mali, and of a common destiny, even beyond the limits of continents, of which we have every reason to be proud.”But some critics say the Mali operation and African presence in the parade reflect France’s ambiguous and sometimes patronizing relations with the continent _especially with former colonies such as Mali _ often referred to as “Francafrique.”The French non-governmental organization Survie, which is fighting against neocolonialism, condemned “the self-proclaimed role of gendarme of Africa that France claimed in Mali.”“This parade gives a scent of victory to a military operation which is far from being reasonably presented like that, given the numerous shadows that surround it and the remaining uncertainties concerning its outcome,” said Fabrice Tarrit, the president of the association. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The critics also include Africans.“Knowing the history of France, especially French armies with Africa, it doesn’t sound good,” said Senegalese rapper Keyti, whose real name is Cheikh Sene, 40.“This last decade we’ve been trying to be really independent from the French army, especially since they had camps in certain countries around Africa,” he said. “And now with what happened in Mali, what’s still happening there, it’s like they found another way to come in.”Around 50 Malian troops marched in formation Sunday followed by soldiers from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Chad and Togo.They were followed by troops from the U.N. stabilization mission in Mali, which took over the French-led military operation on July 1. Some French soldiers who participated in the Mali operation, called Serval, also marched, and aircraft used in Mali, notably to provide cover for ground troops, were featured in the air display.France had more than 4,000 troops at the height of the campaign, and is now gradually reducing that. France will keep about 1,000 soldiers in Mali after the end of 2013. In all, 4,800 troops marched in front of the presidential stage Sunday, along with 241 horses, 265 vehicles and 58 planes.Bringing up the rear was an array of 35 helicopters, used in wartime and for civilian missions. Precision parachutists landed in front of the presidential stand to close the parade.___Associated Press writer Elaine Ganley in Paris and Robbie Corey-Boulet in Dakar, Senegal, contributed to the report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 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