May 14

Boateng gives the scare with a slight traffic accident

first_imgJerome Boateng, footballer of Bayern Munich, He had a small road exit with his vehicle on the morning of this Tuesday. The German center back lost control of his Mercedes car, se turned off the road and climbed onto the guardrail of a motorway near Munich (the A-9), as reported by the television channel Oberfranken. The defender of the Bavarian team was unharmed although it was his car that took the worst part, with damages of around 25,000 euros. Boateng was on his way to visit his son in a nearby town. According to information from television in the region, the police report states that the use of unsuitable wheels, for the dates in which we are, were the cause of the accident. Despite the fact that the Bundesliga is stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic, in Germany the confinement of the population has not been decreed and people can still leave their homes.last_img read more

January 18

Nadal overwhelms del Potro to reach 11th French Open final

first_imgThis was the No. 5-seeded del Potro’s first semifinal at Roland Garros since 2009. He missed the tournament every year from 2013-16 because of injuries, including three operations on his left wrist. In the fourth game Friday, del Potro clutched at his left hip after being wrong-footed by one shot from Nadal and was visited by a doctor at the next changeover.Soon enough, he was yelling at himself, the very picture of exasperation thanks to Nadal’s relentless ball-tracking and shotmaking.On Sunday, Nadal will face No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian who reached his first Grand Slam final by ending the surprising run of 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1.Over the past two seasons, Nadal is 49-2 on red clay, with both losses coming against Thiem: in the quarterfinals at Rome in May 2017, and the quarterfinals at Madrid in May 2018.“He’s an amazing player,” Nadal said. “He’s a player with big power. He’s playing with big confidence. … I know I have to play at my best. I know I have to improve a little bit.”ADVERTISEMENT The No. 1-ranked Nadal compiled a 35-20 edge in winners while making only 19 unforced errors Friday.Nadal saved three break points at 1-all in the opening set and another three at 4-all. After he held there, that was pretty much that for del Potro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNadal broke to take that set and was on his way, taking 14 of the last 17 games.“The first set was very difficult, with too many chances for Juan Martin,” Nadal said. “I am a little bit fortunate to win the first set.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thiem had to weather three set points for Cecchinato, at 7-6, 9-8 and 10-9. Thiem got to 10-all with a drop shot of his own.At long last, Thiem converted his fifth set point when Cecchinato sent a forehand long. The third set was dominated by Thiem, who raced to a 4-0, two-break lead in 12 minutes.“That was definitely the key to the match,” Cecchinato said. “To get to a set apiece would have changed the match.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns a shot against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, June 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Rafael Nadal improved to 11-0 in French Open semifinals. To get to 11-0 in French Open finals, he’ll need to get past the only man who has beaten him on red clay over the last two seasons.After dealing with some tight moments early, Nadal overwhelmed 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 the rest of the way Friday.ADVERTISEMENT #KickStalker: Tenorio, Filipino ballers share LeBron’s warrior spirit through ‘Agimat’ View comments One big difference in this meeting is that those two matches that went Thiem’s way were best-of-three-set events. The French Open, like all Grand Slam tournaments, is best-of-five for men.Nadal is now 85-2 for his career at Roland Garros, with a record 10 championships. He is 110-2 in all best-of-five matches on red clay.“He’s a big favorite against everybody,” Thiem said. “Still, I know how to play against him. I have a plan.”Thiem has been to the semifinals in Paris three years in a row. He lost to eventual champions Novak Djokovic in 2016 and Nadal in 2017.This time, Thiem instead faced Cecchinato (cheh-key-NAH’-toe), a 25-year-old from Sicily who never had won a Grand Slam match until this tournament and was the lowest-ranked men’s semifinalist at the clay-court major in 19 years. Cecchinato was accused of match-fixing and suspended for 18 months in 2016, but he appealed, and his punishment was dropped on a technicality.After dropping the first two sets he played in the opening round, Cecchinato came back to win that match in five sets, then proceeded to string together upsets. He beat No. 10 seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round and No. 8 David Goffin in the fourth before stunning 12-time major champion Djokovic in the quarterfinals.But Checchinato could not quite keep up with Thiem and his big baseline game. Cecchinato made some headway by repeatedly using drop shots, but Thiem eventually started tracking them down well.The pivotal part of the match was the second-set tiebreaker. Both played superbly — and both had chances to end it. Thiem went ahead 6-3, but wasted three set points there, including a bad volley into the net at 6-4 that left him chewing ruefully on his left index finger.“It was not a very nice feeling,” Thiem said.A fourth set point for Thiem was erased with — what else? — a drop shot by Cecchinato.last_img read more

January 12

Complainant owes local businessmen $8M – source

first_imgAssassination allegations…now MIA as Police seek clarityA well-known barber of Grove, East Bank Demerara, who accused two businessmen of hiring him to assassinate President David Granger, is now proverbially missing in action.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed that the Police have made several checks for the man, but have to conclude he is nowhere around. Because of the sensitive nature of the case, the Crime Chief did not divulge any further information, but is optimistic that the Police will apprehend him in due course. Guyana Times understands that, unless the complainant makes himself available to the Police for further questioning, the probe would unavoidably remain at a standstill.A source close to the investigation told Guyana Times that the complainant is no ordinary “con” man. Reports received are that the man allegedly owes some businessmen in excess of $8M, which he had borrowed to pay off debts when he first started his mining operation. He has reportedly failed to repay the money at the stipulated deadline. After some time had elapsed and he had not repaid the money, his creditors – whom he has accused of paying him to assassinate the President – had approached him to enquire about their money; and based on his inability to repay the money, and moreso out of fear of what the men are capable of doing, he (allegedly) levelled the allegation against them, the source revealed.This barber had reportedly worked with the businessmen he has implicated for some time prior to opening his own mining concession a few years ago. These businessmen have already been interrogated by members of the Major Crimes Unit of the Guyana Police Force, and Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud said on Friday last that the case file was sent to the legal minds for advice and had been returned for clarification on statements given by the complainant and a witness.He explained that those clarifications were expected to have been completed over the past weekend, and the file was to have been resent to the legal advisor, but this phase of the investigation is now expected to take much longer.Persaud was also adamant that any threats made against the Head of State of a country much be taken seriously, and additional security is accordingly being provided the President by the Guyana Police Force whenever he has an outdoor event.The matter involving the alleged plot to assassinate the President was first brought to light by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, at a weekly post-cabinet press briefing. He had noted that the Ministry of the Presidency was made aware of the alleged plot to assassinate the President, and the matter was being investigated by the police. Moments after the press briefing, the interview with the complainant making the allegation was released on social media and later televised on a local newscast.In that interview, the barber revealed that he was offered $7M and given a “long black gun” by a businessman to carry out the job of assassinating the President, but he had declined the offer.He claimed that, as a businessman, he had approached this businessman — a gold dealer living on the East Bank of Demerara — for a loan, and it was then the discussions were held about the possible assassination.With this barber now proverbially missing in action, the authenticity or falsity of this allegation cannot be determined.last_img read more

January 10

Two lucky winners to watch FIFA World Cup live, thanks to KCB Bank

first_img0Shares0000Two lucky winners will earn a full sponsorship from KCB Bank in conjunction with Visa to watch live the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – Two lucky winners will earn a full sponsorship from KCB Bank in conjunction with Visa to watch live the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The campaign which ends on April 30, gives any KCB Visa Card user a chance to win the grand prize of the trip to the World Cup which kicks-off in June 14 with hosts Russia opening the prestigious tournament against Saudi Arabia. To be eligible, KCB customers will only be required to acquire and frequently use any of the tier-one leader’s Cards.Apart from the coveted grand prize, KCB will also be rewarding customers with cash prizes during the campaign. At least 80 lucky customers will take home Sh5,000 each for using their KCB Cards.Commenting about the campaign, KCB Group Marketing and Communications Director Angela Mwirigi said the main aim of the campaign is to remind customers of the numerous KCB Cards benefits which have frequently been underutilized.“All customers are included in this campaign. But over and above this we are saying, we not only want to reward our customers but educate each and every one of them that any KCB Card has so much to offer beyond withdrawing money at the ATM. It is time we ensure that our customers enjoy all the benefits,” Mwirigi said.KCB Debit Card benefits include access to establishments countrywide and over 24 million outlets worldwide such as restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals, petrol stations etc. Customers can also withdraw at any Visa branded ATM worldwide apart from KCB ATMs.“Also, payment for goods and services at point of sale is free and can be conveniently used anywhere you see VISA sign,” Mwirigi added.The campaign also aims at enlightening customers on the benefits of using KCB Credit cards. Some of the existing key benefits include the KCB Simba Points which are earned every time you transact with your credit, debit or pre-paid card.The points are redeemed to reward customers with great discounts on travel, shopping, movies among others.KCB Bank has also established strong partnerships with numerous business segments including supermarkets, hotels, airlines etc. where customers using their KCB Cards get discounts of up to 35%.KCB Bank has developed various credit cards to fit diverse customer needs. They include Platinum Card, Gold Card and Classic Card.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 24

Women’s Soccer Battles To Scoreless Draw At UNI

first_img HTML Box Score Illinois State 10/15/2016 – 7 PM Armstrong took Drake’s lone shot attempt in the overtime periods as her shot went high at the 96:37 mark in the first overtime. In the second half, freshman Annie Schmitz (St. Louis, Mo.) blasted the first two attempts as one went high and the other went wide. Later sophomore Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.) and junior Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa) each took shots as Fiorito’s went wide and Hurt’s was saved by UNI goalie, Maddie Lesjak. Junior Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa) had the final shot in regulation with just five seconds remaining as it went high. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team batted the UNI Panthers to a scoreless draw, 0-0, on Tuesday, Oct. 11 night in Missouri Valley Conference play. Drake is now 9-3-2 overall and 0-2-1 in MVC play. UNI is 7-5-3 and 1-1-2 in MVC action.”We were very good tonigh and dominated possession and controlled much of the game,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “There were moments when we had UNI on their heels and created dangerous opportunities to win the game, but we didn’t capitalize. Defensively we were solid and they never really tested our goalkeeper. This was a great performance demonstrating growth in many areas we trained this month, less the ever important goal. This feels a bit like we missed out on 2 points but UNI is undefeated at home and it’s always great to earn a shutout on the road and grab a point.” The Bulldogs were the aggressive team early in the game as senior Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and junior Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.) fired back-to-back shots wide just over 11 minutes into the first half. Salisbury fired Drake’s final shot attempt of the half wide as well. Preview Full Schedule Roster center_img PDF Box Score Next Game: Story Links Live Stats Senior goalie Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.) finished with one save. Drake outshot UNI, 10-3, including two shots on goal to one for the Panthers. Armstrong, Salisbury and Schmitz each finished with two shots. Drake returns home Saturday night to host Illinois State with first kick scheduled for 7 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

December 21

Why did Marshawn Lynch sound so optimistic after Raiders’ latest collapse?

first_imgMarshawn Lynch is conducting a postgame interview with a garbage can in front of him.“Don’t cross my barrier,” he says. pic.twitter.com/u7BYCNrDyI— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) September 23, … Beast Mode is not a talker — unless he is.After the Raiders fell to 0-3 in Miami, Marshawn Lynch was in a rare talkative mood.And an optimistic one.If it feels like you haven’t heard from Marshawn in awhile, you haven’t. The guy hadn’t talked to the media since Week Two of last season.last_img read more

December 19

Big Changes in Science Publishing Underway

first_imgPeople are so used to peer-reviewed scientific journals behind paywalls, it’s hard to think of any other way. Till now.Not many decades ago, students needing to write term papers on science went to the library, pored through booklets of the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature, then walked through aisle after aisle of tall bookshelves, scanning Dewey Decimal labels on tomes of scientific journals. Seeking the papers jotted down on their notepads, they would run across thousands of pages of jargon in fine print interrupted with with graphs and equations. This experience undoubtedly colored students’ perceptions of science itself: austere, unapproachable, intimidating.Now, research can be found with a few mouse clicks and read on a home computer screen or even a smartphone. An industry of science reporters dumbs down the research in friendly press releases, embedding catchy photos and video clips. It may be much less intimidating, but leaves some traditions intact: it’s not official “science” without anonymous peer review done in advance. And you have to pay money to see it.The Revolution in Science MediaThe revolution in science publishing that is underway is changing those traditions, too, offering new ways to think about fundamental questions, like what are the hallmarks of science? Who owns it? Must publishing practices be set in stone? Why can’t research be criticized immediately by real people with identities, and corrected immediately? How can biases and conflicts of interest be disclosed more easily? What about science fraud? Why can’t ordinary citizens contribute to scientific knowledge? Here are some recent articles asking such questions.A proposal for the future of scientific publishing in the life sciences (Stern and O’Shea, PLoS Biology). This article hits the nail on the head, addressing many of the questions above. Stern and O’Shea advocate more freedom for people to contribute to the science discussion, and for ideas to be criticized openly after publication:Science advances through rich, scholarly discussion. More than ever before, digital tools allow us to take that dialogue online. To chart a new future for open publishing, we must consider alternatives to the core features of the legacy print publishing system, such as an access paywall and editorial selection before publication. Although journals have their strengths, the traditional approach of selecting articles before publication (“curate first, publish second”) forces a focus on “getting into the right journals,” which can delay dissemination of scientific work, create opportunity costs for pushing science forward, and promote undesirable behaviors among scientists and the institutions that evaluate them. We believe that a “publish first, curate second” approach with the following features would be a strong alternative: authors decide when and what to publish; peer review reports are published, either anonymously or with attribution; and curation occurs after publication, incorporating community feedback and expert judgment to select articles for target audiences and to evaluate whether scientific work has stood the test of time. These proposed changes could optimize publishing practices for the digital age, emphasizing transparency, peer-mediated improvement, and post-publication appraisal of scientific articles.The effect of publishing peer review reports on referee behavior in five scholarly journals (Nature Communications). What happens when peer review reports are published along with the science? The argument has been reviewers would shy away from submitting reviews, but a study of thousands of examples in an experiment showed that “publishing reports did not significantly compromise referees’ willingness to review, recommendations, or turn-around times.” Nature‘s editors found this study instructive. They plan to offer it to scientists, but not make it compulsory.The itching ears of peer review (World Magazine). Last November, Julie Borg reported on the hoax by social scientists who had submitted “absurd, bogus papers to well-known academic journals to show how easily studies can pass the supposedly rigorous peer review processif they spout trendy, liberal dogma. The scholars submitted 20 hoax papers to journals that focused on race, gender, sexuality, and other politically charged issues. Much to the scientific community’s shame, seven of the papers passed peer review and were published.”Use of liberal buzzwords and progressive ideas appeared to relax editors’ standards and let the papers through. One of the submitted papers even quoted from Hitler’s Mein Kampf in a feminist context. John Stonestreet remarked, “With mainstream academic journals going to the dogs, now’s not the time for Christians to lose our educational souls to fashionable nonsense.”Doubts and dialogue may alter public perceptions of science (University of Copenhagen). Is it OK to doubt what scientists say? These authors think so.Science projects within controversial fields such as synthetic biology could benefit from experimenting with communication settings in which experts share their thoughts and feelings with each other and the public. This allows for a more open and constructive dialogue with the public about research – and may even generate new research ideas, a new PhD thesis shows.What bioRxiv’s first 30,000 preprints reveal about biologists (Nature). Some biologists are following a pre-review publishing trend set by physicists. Cornell’s arXiv server allows physicists and mathematicians to put their ideas out on the internet for their colleagues to read and discuss. With over 1.5 million submissions over its 28-year history, “e-publishing” of “preprints” has a strong track record. Five years ago, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory began a similar website for biologists called BioRxiv. The response has been tremendous, Nature says, showing a million downloads a month. One benefit for science itself is the publication of negative results, “which are rarely published in journals.” And yet they are important. If an experiment fails, other scientists need to know.European funders detail their open-access plan (Science). This in-depth article from Nov 2018 discusses “Plan S,” a European initiative to make all scientific research open-access (OA)—a fundamental change in the way science has traditionally been disseminated. Naturally, this has leading journals concerned, since paywall fees represent a large portion of their income. Some funding agencies may not even consider a paper if OA is not provided. One argument for OA is that science belongs to everyone, and stakeholders who fund it with their taxes should not have to pay additional fees to see the results. Journals argue that they provide added value with summaries and reviews, and a rigorous peer review system, but their complaints seem self-serving. OA proponents appear to have the stride in this race.Time to break academic publishing’s stranglehold on research (New Scientist). This article, also from November, explains some of the enthusiasm behind open access. They want to stop the evil, greedy publishers who are keeping your science from you.Here is a trivia question for you: what is the most profitable business in the world? You might think oil, or maybe banking. You would be wrong. The answer is academic publishing. Its profit margins are vast, reportedly in the region of 40 per cent.The reason it is so lucrative is because most of the costs of its content is picked up by taxpayers. Publicly funded researchers do the work, write it up and judge its merits. And yet the resulting intellectual property ends up in the hands of the publishers. To rub salt into the wound they then sell it via exorbitant subscriptions and paywalls, often paid for by taxpayers too.Now that they have you up in arms in class warfare, New Scientist’s editors feel obliged to explain the “whiff of hypocrisy” you may smell, since they also charge for their magazine. “But good journalism does not come free,” the capitalists explain sheepishly in parens. Nevertheless, “The academic publishing business model is indefensible,” they go on to say. “Practically everybody – even the companies that profit from it – acknowledges that it has to change.”Revolutions often go to radical extremes. In the midst of the publishing revolution, we must remember that intellectual property creators have rights. For instance, musicians and filmmakers have suffered miserably because of online access. Thieves will upload whole movies, books or musical works without a qualm, leaving creators at a huge loss of expected revenue. This is unethical; a free society depends on copyrights. Not everything belongs to everybody. When that becomes the rule, nobody has the incentive to create. Science publishing is more complicated, because there are multiple stakeholders. Governments have interest in funding research for reasons of prestige, national security, or prosperity. Labs and institutions are often the recipients of funds, delivering research results, but have bills to pay as well. Scientific journals and magazines have long been the primary distributors of research knowledge. Journals may make a lot of money, but we must not fall into the trap of jealousy. Socialists breed contempt for the rich; being rich is not evil, if wealth is earned with integrity. At CEH, we’re not so much concerned with how much money they make, but their bias.So who owns science? The government doesn’t; their money is taxpayer money. Do taxpayers own science? Much of it, yes, but they own it through electing representatives who are expected to use judgment and knowledge to make wise decisions about spending priorities. It’s simplistic for citizens to demand all research as their property just because part of their taxes pay for it. There are national security risks in that attitude; some research has dual use, legitimate for the military but dangerous in the public domain. It’s also unfair to publishing companies for citizens to force them out of business on that argument. What about their writers who organize, analyze, and editorialize on recent findings? What about their layout artists, and expenses such as office space and equipment? Destroy one business, and you often damage whole communities who service their needs.We don’t begrudge journals, magazines and institutions for being in business and making a profit; we just demand changes to their anti-conservative, anti-design, pro-Darwin bias. If they really reported fairly on intelligent design and used critical reasoning about evolutionary claims, that would be great. We also demand fiscal responsibility and accountability. Simultaneously, the public has the right to know about some of the research they paid for with their tax dollars. Here’s a compromise: offer both Open Access and dressed-up publishing of research, and present it fairly, with a variety of viewpoints. Many people are probably not going to read raw scientific papers. Journalists have a gift of writing for the public and for the scientific community as well. They can do this online and for print, supported by subscriptions, advertising and foundations. Get the government out of private business, but let the public have their due. And demand the government stop funding unethical research (like fetal tissue or human cloning), and reduce wasteful research (like the effect of Swedish massage on rabbits). If people really want to know how fast crawfish run on treadmills, they can experiment at home.As with so many human activities, a free market is best. That needs to include a free market of ideas (see FreeScience.today).(Visited 399 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 18

South Africa aims for fair deal at COP 17

first_img11 November 2011 South Africa will aim for a fair deal at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, says incoming conference president, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. About 20 000 delegates from around the world are expected to gather in Durban from 28 November to 9 December for the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. South Africa is the third African country to host the conference after Morocco, which hosted COP 7 in Marrakech in 2001 and Kenya, which hosted COP 12 in Nairobi in 2006. Nkoana-Mashabane told parliamentarians in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Wednesday that South Africa was ready for the event, both as party to the negotiations and as host of the conference. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is expected to lead the South African negotiating team at the meeting.Two competing visions Nkoana-Mashabane said there were two “competing visions” which should come out at the conference. One of them was to “limit Durban’s focus” to the implementation of what came out of COP 16 (the Cancun Agreements) in Mexico last year. Among the objectives of the Cancun Agreements was to mobilise and provide scaled-up funds in the short and long term to enable developing countries to take greater and effective action against climate change. The other vision is to focus on both the Cancun Agreements and on finalising matters still outstanding from the Bali Roadmap of 2007, which included a number of forward-looking decisions meant to achieve a climate-secure future. Nkoana-Mashabane outlined the continent’s stance ahead of the all-important conference.Africa singles out adaptation “Africa has singled out adaptation as a key highlight of what should come [out] of Durban. Therefore, in Durban, we will have to work hard to close the gap among the parties on these key issues.” She said that the outcome in Durban should also be balanced, fair and credible, preserving and strengthening the “multilateral rules-based response to climate change”. As the incoming COP president, the minister said South Africa undertook a number of informal consultations to further prepare parties for the conference, including hosting the Informal Ministerial Meeting in Pretoria between 5 and 9 September. Other events included the Leader’s Dialogue, which took place in New York on 20 September, the Inter-Sessional Meeting in Panama between 1 and 7 October, and the Pre-COP Ministerial consultations in Stellenbosch on 20 and 21 October. Nkoana-Mashabane said that the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre would be the official venue for the conference. Hotel accommodation arrangements for the visitors as well as transport and security plans were at an advanced stage, she said, noting that all accredited delegates would enjoy free entry visas, and adding that the official website for COP17 – www.cop17-cmp7durban.com, was now live. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

December 3

Maharashtra woman fights off leopard with a stick

first_imgA 21-year-old woman from Bhandara district of Maharashtra was attacked by a leopard, and has survived to tell the tale.Though the incident took place on March 24, it was reported only earlier this week.Rupali Meshram, a commerce graduate living in Usgaon village of Bhandara district, is recuperating after receiving treatment for injuries to head, legs and waist.“I heard our goats bleating around midnight, and went out into the shed where we keep them to see what was the matter,” Ms. Meshram told PTI.She saw three goats lying dead in a pool of blood.Before she realised what had happened, the leopard which had killed them pounced on her.Ms. Meshram, who maintained it was a ‘tiger’, said she managed to pick up a stick and hit the animal with it. She also called out to her mother.Her mother ran to her help, and the animal attacked her too.However, she managed to drag Ms. Meshram inside the house and close the door.They called Ms. Meshram’s uncle, who lives in Sonegaon, and he alerted the forest department and rushed to the family’s house.Forest officials shifted her to a hospital in Bhandara and later to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur.She complained that other than reimbursement of expenses of treatment at Bhandara, she didn’t get any financial help from the forest department. Her mother sold off some jewellery to raise money for the treatment, she said.Vivek Hoshind, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bhandara, refuted Ms. Meshram’s claim that it was a tiger which attacked her.“Pug marks of a leopard were found in the vicinity. Besides, there was no tiger movement recorded in that area,” he told PTI.Mr. Hoshind also said that the department paid ₹12,000 to Ms. Meshram, and further compensation would be awarded once all formalities such as obtaining doctor’s certificate are completed.last_img read more

November 28

Mugabi picks Horn over Pacquiao

first_imgJohn “The Beast” Mugabi. Photo by Roy LuarcaBRISBANE, Australia—His savage fight against Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1986 cemented John Mugabi’s legacy as a fierce warrior.Though he eventually got halted in the 11th round of their world middleweight title unification bout, John Mugabi gave Hagler enough pounding from his dynamite fists that squeezed out some of his fighting juices.Mugabi, dubbed “The Beast” for his ferocity in the ring, was present during the press conference of “Battle of Brisbane” between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Mugabi actually won all his first 25 fights by knockout before being thrown into the fray against Hagler, who was then making his 11th title defense at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Now weighing over 200 pounds and 57 years old, Mugabi, an Ugandan who has settled down here, was there to lend support to Horn.Naturally, he picked Horn to prevail over Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMugabi, who was a silver medalist in the Moscow Olympics, said Horn has the power and strength to dethrone Pacquiao.“Pacquiao is a great boxer but Horn can beat him,” said Mugabi, who wound up with a 42-7-1 record, including 39 knockouts. What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Djokovic seeks answers after decline and fall Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more