Rome: Australian Nick Kyrgios was disqualified from the Italian Open on Thursday after storming off court during his second round match against Norwegian Casper Ruud. The controversial figure, who had made headlines by criticising other players including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in an interview on Wednesday, started arguing with the umpire in the third set. Kyrgios had levelled the match at one set all but was given a game penalty early on in the third set for swearing. His response was to kick a water bottle before throwing a chair, packing his bag and then storming off court, shouting “I am f****** done”. Ruud won through 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-1 to advance to the third round.
New York – Moroccan Oumayma Achour, chairwoman of the Jossour association, was elected vice-president of the “Forum des Femmes d’Afrique Post 2015” during the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) held in New York on March 14-24.Achour, a civil society activist in the field of women’s empowerment and gender equality, was included in the list of African women elected as vice-presidents of the forum mainly Burkina Faso’s Adoua Maria Goretti Dicko-Agaleoue, Mali’s Fatoumata Traoré Diarra, Angola’s Lucia Ingles and Niger’s Oussenie Hadizatou Yacouba.“This election comes at a time when African women are facing real problems of inequality and discrimination at the levels of education, health, employment and social welfare,” Achour was quoted by MAP as saying.“African women also face violence caused by the different conflicts in the Sahel region,” she added.With MAP
BERLIN — The German government has extended a ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia by six months until the end of September.However, in a decision late Thursday, the government made a partial exception for programs that aren’t purely German. It said it would push for jointly produced weapons not to be used in the war in Yemen and for no “fully assembled” products to be delivered to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates through the end of this year.Germany imposed the ban following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul last year. Britain and France have criticized Germany’s stance, saying the ban prevents them selling jointly developed equipment with German components to the Gulf nation.The Associated Press
However Kiriella said Wigneswaran had denied making the comments attributed to him in the media.Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and opposition leader R. Sampanthan also noted that Wigneswaran had denied making the comments. (Colombo Gazette) Wigneswaran was reported to have said that Sinhalese communities must not be settled in Tamil dominated areas in the North, nor should Buddhist Temples be erected. Parliament today raised questions over a statement allegedly made by Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran.Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said that Wigneswaran had made a statement which is a threat to the unity in the country. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a statement on the controversy which arose over the alleged statement made by Wigneswaran at a protest rally in Jaffna recently.
Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M Hizbullah and Western Province Governor Azath Salley resigned from their posts today.The President’s office said that they handed over their resignation letters to President Maithripala Sirisena. Both Hizbullah and Salley however rejected the allegations. (Colombo Gazette) President Sirisena, who had appointed the two Governors, accepted the resignation letters.Hizbullah and Salley have been under pressure to resign after being accused of being linked to extremism.
An RAF source said the faults were found during routine engineering checks and said the planes had not been “grounded”, but were “currently unserviceable and being fixed”.The aircraft based on a Boeing 707 entered service with the RAF in the 1990s and carries out surveillance and early warning duties, as well as allowing commanders to organise and direct military air campaigns.A spokesman said: “As a result of routine technical Inspections on RAF E-3D Sentry aircraft, an issue has been identified relating to the integrity of some electrical wiring and cabin conditioning systems.“Safety remains our paramount concern, therefore, the UK Sentry fleet will only fly again once the on-going rectification work is complete.” The RAF’s fleet of Sentry early warning aircraft has been taken out of action after wiring faults were discovered that could have caused a fire.The six E-3D Sentry aircraft have been grounded for the past fortnight and will not be operational for several more weeks.The precaution has meant two of the airborne warning and control jets have been pulled out of the international coalition against Islamic State as the offensive against Mosul is underway and the attack on Raqqa is imminent. An RAF Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 accompanied by a Tornado F3. RAF AEW1s can be identified by the electronic support measures pods on the wingtipsCredit:Arpingstone/Wikimedia Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Police said their aim was to create a road respect culture in Dorset by highlighting the benefits of being more considerate to each other on the roadCredit:Liam McBurney/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Another commented: “What a load of rubbish, surely the testament to good driving is to have a clean record for many years, not some stupid letter through the post.”Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, praised the idea however warned that members of the public needed to see action against anti-social behaviour too.”By flipping this idea on its head and promoting good behaviour, Dorset Police could well see some positive changes in how drivers, and all road users, interact with one another,” he said. “Nevertheless, however you campaign, the need for enforcement will always be necessary.”Praising good practice is one thing, but the public will still want to see cops in cars stamping out dangerous actions such as using a hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel and anti-social actions such as tailgating.”Dorset Police said that the full scheme will be launched shortly but did not provide a date. Good drivers who stick to speed limits will be sent congratulatory letters through the post, police have announced.Any letters sent out will look to praise driving, speed and general behaviour by motorists as part of a “road respect” culture.PC Heidi Moxam, Road Casualty Reduction Officer for the south-west force, said: “Our aim is to create a road respect culture in Dorset by highlighting the benefits of being more considerate to each other on the road.”However, within hours of its announcement, the scheme drew criticism online with Dorset residents questioning how effective it would be.One said: “I thought the primary purpose of the police was to enforce the law.”Maybe this is yet another example of the police ‘re-inventing’ their role in society?”
A fire has broken out at a building near the Saudi Arabian embassy in London. Forty firefighters have been sent to the blaze, in Chesterfield Street, Mayfair, after a 999 call at 9.16am on Friday. The London Fire Brigade told The Telegraph there was no indication as to the cause of the fire yet, but confirmed the fire was affecting the extraction system of a restaurant in Curzon Street and was not at the Saudi embassy.A Lebanese restaurant on Curzon Street backs onto the lawn at the front of the embassy, although it was not immediately clear if this was the building fire. A fire engine could be seen inside the grounds of the embassy tackling the blaze as men in suits wandered around outside. Images posted to social media showed a terraced building adjacent to the embassy in Mayfair engulfed in flames with fire crews attending to it.Members of the public reported hearing explosions, but the fire brigade did confirm the reports. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. #Mayfair fire update: The fire is affecting the extraction system of a restaurant in Curzon Street and is NOT at the Saudi Embassy https://t.co/ilWFtjYjyM © @jolley198 pic.twitter.com/K0iQOmyfl6— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) November 2, 2018 London Fire Brigade received 15 calls about the fire, and sent crews from Soho, Lambeth, Chelsea and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.A spokesman for Scotland Yard said it was aware of the incident.
He said he would see as a success any result that gave him the “right to perform the duties of president.”His comments were carried on national TV as he voted in Moscow.Mr Putin’s rivals include a millionaire communist, Pavel Grudinin, a former reality television host, Ksenia Sobchak, and veteran nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky.The main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been prohibited from standing, because of a fraud conviction that he has condemned as politically motivated. Mr Navalny has urged voters to boycott the election and has sent thousands of observers to polling stations to watch for possible violations.Vladimir Putin, 65, has been Russia’s dominant leader since 1999, either as president or prime minister. Russian President Vladimir Putin as he votesRussians are voting in an election that is likely to return Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as presidentVoting began in the Russian far-east at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, and opened in Moscow nine hours later. More than 100 million people are eligible to vote.Exit polls are expected late on Sunday. Mr Putin is hoping for another six-year term and faces seven other candidates. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPutin sworn in for fourth term as Russia presidentMay 7, 2018In “World”Putin savors record win, securing six more years at Russia’s helmMarch 19, 2018In “World”Putin ‘probably’ approved ex-KGB agent Litvinenko murderJanuary 21, 2016In “World”
CRU Group says “the molybdenum industry is at a crossroads. The fact that a considerable amount of supply is produced as a byproduct means that the market now lies in a state of overcapacity, and while future demand looks strong, price stability lies in the hands of the major producers. As a result, industry stakeholders are wondering whether the primary producers in China will manage supply to support prices, and what impact decision-making in China will have on the strategies of higher-cost producers in North America?CRU has newly published volume one of its Molybdenum Market Outlook 2013 – Global Market Outlook. It says that “produced in conjunction with CRU’s offices in Beijing, London and Santiago this volume provides a truly global view of the molybdenum market for the next five years to ensure you gain the analysis you need to optimally plan your business strategy.“This report provides you with our forward-looking view of global molybdenum supply/demand and prices. However what makes our analysis stand out from other sources of market intelligence is the fact that our findings are also reinforced by CRU’s robust multi-commodity mine cost analysis which has 100% volume coverage of production in China, allowing you to understand the production and cost structure in the crucial Chinese market.Molybdenum production cost estimates in 2012 have been based on 41 operating mines. Including these individual operations and grouping small Chinese mines, CRU says it has achieved 100% coverage of world mine production.“On a VBC basis, molybdenum mining costs exhibited significant variance from the top to the bottom of the curve. We estimated that the marginal producers were small Chinese primary mines. Using the traditional cash cost methodology, CRU estimates that the cash costs average on a pro rata basis was well below current price levels in 2012. When calculated on a net-of-byproduct basis, about 41% of production was effectively ‘free metal’ with negative cash costs.With an increasing volume of production expected to come from copper operations in South America, the future cost structure of the industry is expected to significantly challenge high-cost primary producers.This Global Market Outlook is volume one of two that comes with the Molybdenum Market Outlook 2013. Published in September 2013, volume two is titled the China Market Outlook and provides a more detailed examination of the Chinese molybdenum market.
Putzmeister has designed, developed, and produced a new scissor lift platform. The MINELIFT 4 has a lifting height of 4 m and 4 t capacity. The equipment provides a mobile and secure working platform for load and personnel lifting in underground mining and can also be set up for all kinds of installations, like piping and ventilation.MINELIFT 4 is available in a configuration set-up for the installation of water, air, drainage, and tailing pipes in underground mining. It incorporates a drop-wing platform extension that expands the wide lateral by 700 mm, providing a work surface total of 3,400 x 2,550 mm. The high load capacity crane allows pipes to be lifted in an easy and safe way. For mounting, MINELIFT 4 uses pipe handling system with two independent telescopic arms, designed for pipes from 100 – 200 mm and with load capacities of 300 kg each. The scissor lift is also available with an auxiliary lift platform that provides a load capacity of 2,500 kg and lifts up to 1,100 mm from the main platform for ventilation installation.MINELIFT 4 features compact design with heavy-duty axles and 4 steering and driving wheels (4×4), as well as a powerful 6-cylinder 130 kW. The Integrated Continuously Variable Drive (ICVD) without gear shift allows you to leverage the maximum engine power at any time without breaks in traction, making operation easier for the driver. The combination of the hydrostatic drive system, slope measurement, and Putzmeister control software form the core of the automatic downhill speed control system. The equipment automatically adapts its maximum speed to the slope, taking full advantage of the engine retention capacity, thereby reducing the probability of operational errors. Service brakes on both axles are multi disc in oil bath, hydraulically operated with two independent circuits.MINELIFT 4 features a FOPS/ROPS certified driving cabin, designed according to ergonomic standards to reduce operator fatigue and increase productivity. The equipment has LED work lights both on the platform and on the vehicle, providing operators with a safe environment inside the mine. Thanks to the reverse camera with night vision, the operator can manoeuvre in reverse with confidence and accuracy. At the request of the customer, the equipment is available with an enclosed cab which can include air conditioning and heating.
Sony just announced a worldwide price adjustment to the PlayStation 3 console. In keeping with previous rumors about a summertime price drop, the PS3 will now be $249.99 in the US and €250 in Europe. The announcement was made at the Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) event at the Gamescom 2011 conference in Cologne, Germany.Under the new pricing the 160GB PS3 (Slim) will sell for $249 and while the 320GB model will be $299. When packaged with Infamous 2 and a 30-day PS Plus membership, the 320GB model will sell for $299.After the $50 price drop the PS3 will sell for the same amount as the upcoming PS Vita portable console. The Vita, which has had its US release date delayed to 2012, came in a surprisingly low price given the high expectations Sony had set for it. It’s pricing was exactly on par with Nintendo’s considerably less robust 3DS, which has since had its price lowered to $169.99.That wasn’t the only big news from Sony at Gamescom today. The company also announced a new PSP model that will sell for €99 and will only be available in PAL areas (as in, not the US). The PSP E-1000 will look like previous PSP models but will drop integrated WiFi, in order to cut costs. The PSP E-1000 is aimed at the value-based buyer so Sony is promoting Essentials titles and has noted that it will work with UMD games, which both cheap and abundant these days.The PS3 is about five years old, having been released in November 2006, but the Slim model is much newer. The revised PS3, which is the only style available today, has been around for exactly two years as of Wednesday of this week (August 18th).The Xbox 360 (Slim) currently sells for $299 with a 250GB hard drive. Microsoft may have to drop that price soon in order to stay competitive with the PS3.
Black-out sur le web !En signe de protestation contre les projets de loi SOPA et PIPA, le black-out de certains sites internet a débuté aux États-Unis. Ils sont très nombreux a afficher page blanche, ou noire en l’occurrence, depuis ce matin. Cette manifestation sans précédent, a pour but d’envoyer un message clair aux parlementaires américains qui s’apprêtent à voter ces lois: Stop SOPA and PIPA.En décembre, les géants américains du net, les fondateurs d’eBay, Twitter, Yahoo! et Wikipédia avaient publié un lettre ouverte dénonçant les projets du Congrès. Selon eux, les propositions à l’étude “donneraient au gouvernement américain, le pouvoir de censurer l’Internet en utilisant des procédures similaires à celles employées par la Chine, la Malaisie ou l’Iran”.La SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) est un projet de loi de la Chambre des Représentants américaine, alors que la PIPA (Protect IP Act) est un projet du Sénat.Ces textes luttent contre la contrefaçon commise par des sites basés à l’étranger, autrement dit les sites pirates. Jusque là, pas de quoi s’indigner. Mais en réalité, ces projets fournissent aux entreprises un pouvoir d’injonction leur permettant de paralyser efficacement n’importe quel site internet dans le monde pour n’importe quelle violation infime. Cela pourrait notamment concerner la reproduction de logo sans autorisation. Les entreprises peuvent ainsi agir ainsi sans passer par une décision de justice et par simple dépôt de plainte.La SOPA et la PIPA ont reçu le soutien d’Hollywood (MPAA), de l’industrie musicale (RIAA) et de la chambre de commerce américaine.Les acteurs américains du net ont donc organisé ce mouvement unique pour s’indigner contre ces lois qui transgressent notamment la liberté d’expression, l’universalité d’accès à Internet et la libre concurrence sur Internet. Elles représentent une tentative de censure d’Internet.Les leaders de la protestation restent les piliers du web comme Google, Wikipédia (Imagine a World without Free Knowledge), MineCraft (PIPA & SOPA ? How about Nopa?), Electronic Frontier Foundation, WordPress, TwitPic ou encore la très puissante Consumer Electronics Association. La liste des sites participants a été publiée sur le site Web Goes on Strike!Cette manifestation a d’ores et déjà compromis le vote de la loi SOPA, qui a été ajourné. Mais, “SOPA est loin d’être mort, juste en sommeil le temps qu’ils le révisent” rappelle Jimmy Walles, fondateur de Wikipédia, sur Twitter. Un bon point pour sites outre-atlantique. À lire aussiLes incroyables images d’une “apocalypse de pollen” aux Etats-Unis (Vidéo)Le blackout, d’initiative exclusivement américaine, fait parler de lui car c’est la première fois qu’un mouvement de cette ampleur est organisé par les géants américains d’Internet. C’est aussi la première fois qu’un front commun d’acteurs du net se constitue. Néanmoins, le black-out est soutenu par de nombreux sites étrangers comme Framasoft, Anonymous ou encore la Quadrature du Net. Ce dernier profite également du mouvement pour se mobiliser contre l’accord sur la contrefaçon ACTA, actuellement en débat au parlement européen. Donc, à défaut de reproduire une grève virtuelle, cela pourrait donner des idées à certains pays, notamment en Europe. Rappelons que ces lois pourraient concerner un grand nombre de sites, américains ou non, à plus ou moins long terme. En effet, le système des noms de domaines est géré par l’ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), une organisation de droit privé américain. Le système législatif américain peut donc censurer presque n’importe quel nom de domaine. Le 18 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambert
Tim Duncan1/11If you’re going to pick one thing that separates the geeks from the normies, playing Dungeons & Dragons is probably a good place to start. One of the most devoted adventurers in sports was Tim Duncan, who retired this year after a staggering 19 years with the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan’s D&D obsession was common knowledge, but he’s been a geek since way back. In high school, his nickname was “Mr. Spock,” but it quickly changed to “Merlin” after people saw his wizardry on the court. In addition to pen & paper role-playing, Duncan was also a fan of Renaissance fairs. <><> One of the most interesting cultural movements of the last few decades has been the destruction of the wall between “jocks” and “nerds.” Everybody likes video games and comic books now, even meatheads. But some athletes take their inner geek to the limit, proudly letting their nerd flag fly on and off the field.In the following slideshow, we’ll shatter the jock stereotype into a million shards of Energon as we profile eleven football players, MMA fighters, NBA champions, and more who all get down with the geeky stuff.Some are obsessive comics collectors who visit their LCS every week to pick up their pull list. Some are published sci-fi writers. Some build their own computers. But what unites all of these athletes is that they may well be the biggest geeks in sports. That’s our selection, but we’re sure that in colleges and high schools all across the country there are tremendous physical specimens excelling at both athletics and all-out nerdery. The geek athletes of the future are waiting to be discovered, and we’ll be in the stands cheering when they are.
PORTLAND — A man charged with the stabbing deaths of two commuters on a Portland light-rail train was on “autopilot” and wasn’t fully aware of his actions until he heard passengers screaming that he was killing people, according to a psychological evaluation unsealed Friday.The evaluation ordered by Jeremy Christian’s attorneys was submitted to the court last month as part of an unsuccessful bid to secure his release on bail. Christian, 35, has pleaded not guilty and is in custody awaiting trial.At a hearing last month, Portland homicide detective Michele Michaels testified that Christian inflicted 11 stab wounds in 11 seconds after passengers confronted him about anti-Muslim comments directed at two teenage girls. Passengers Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Rick Best were stabbed to death.A third man, Micah Fletcher, was slashed in the throat but survived.Whether Christian was animated by racial bias and was harassing the girls or not before the attack could be pivotal questions in the case.The defense evaluation quotes Christian as saying the two girls were 15 feet away and he didn’t speak to them or direct his comments at them.
Arsenal legend David Seaman believes that it would be a foolish mistake to rule out a proven winner like Petr Cech and he is confident that the goalkeeper still has a lot to offer the clubThe former Czech Republic international joined the Gunners in the summer of 2015 from Chelsea in a £10m deal and has since made 117 appearances in all competitions after establishing himself as former manager Arsene Wenger’s first-choice shot-stopper.But Cech’s form has been inconsistent over the past two years and new Arsenal boss Unai Emery has already signed a new goalkeeper this summer in Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.The German is the favourite to be Emery’s first-choice at the Emirates for the new season, but Seaman believes that Cech can’t be ruled out.“I don’t think [Cech] will get written off straight away,” said Seaman, according to Goal.“You don’t disregard that experience from a guy that has won everything in the Premier League and he has won the Champions League as well.”Despite being linked with a surprise return to Chelsea, Cech has changed his shirt number from 33 to the number one.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Don’t disregard that,” Seaman added.“He has still got a lot to offer. What is interesting is that Petr has took the number one jersey. So that means that he wants to stay around for a little while.“It is going to be difficult. I would imagine that one of [Cech or David Ospina] will leave.“I am always cautious as to when a goalkeeper comes into the Premier League because it takes them a little while to get used to it.“If you think back to David de Gea, he really struggled in his first season at Man United but he has really pushed on since then.“So if Leno is the number one it will be interesting just to see how he adapts to the Premier League.”
ISLAMORADA, Fla. (WSVN) — A sea turtle found in a residential swimming pool in the Florida Keys was released to sea, Monday.Wildlife officials retrieved the 250-pound female loggerhead from an oceanside pool. Witnesses said she had been on the beach laying eggs.Officials think the marine reptile was trying to make her way back to the ocean but lost her way. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Instagram post by The Turtle Hospital • Jun 19, 2017 at 9:58pm UTC https://t.co/XYgu8RyAgi— The Turtle Hospital (@TurtleHospital) June 20, 2017Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and The Turtle Hospital were able to net the turtle and examine her. They determined she was in good health.They then released her back into the Atlantic Ocean.
Listen Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) announced ‘Innovation Week’ on April 19th after the City Council weekly meeting and underscored it is a good opportunity for local small businesses and also for Houstonians that want to start one.Houstonians who have a small business or those that want to start one have an opportunity to learn useful tips this week through Innovation Week, a five-day event that offers 30 free workshops for Houston’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.At the workshops, participants will learn about financing, marketing, networking and, of course, innovation.The event is organized by the group PeopleFund, which provides capital to small businesses and has a very specific target.“Last year 91 percent of our loans went to minority, women and veteran businesses because, historically, those are underserved businesses,” notes PeopleFund’s chief executive officer Gary Lindner.PeopleFund is partnering with the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity.Carlecia Wright is in charge of that department and says the workshops will help people get the idea for their business off the ground because “these are free resources and then you can also leverage the additional resources of the City of Houston and our partners.”Innovation Week ends on Friday, May 5th, and Thursday’s workshops will be conducted entirely in Spanish. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:02 Share
By The Associated PressBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic state senators pushed legislation Friday asking Gov. John Bel Edwards to recall Louisiana National Guard troops at the Texas border until separated families who entered illegally are reunited with their children.A Senate committee advanced the legislation sponsored by New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell with a 3-1 vote, solely on Democratic support. Republican Sen. Neil Riser voted against the measure.Sen. J. P. Morrell (Courtesy Photo)Louisiana has had a three-person National Guard team and one helicopter at the border since May. Edwards, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that the team will remain until mid-July as planned.“Though I appreciate our governor, I support our governor, I do not support him in that position,” Morrell said.Edwards said the crew had no role in separating families, a policy the governor criticized as “unconscionable.” The Trump administration enacted the policy and then reversed it this week.But hundreds of children removed from their families have yet to be reunited with their parents.Morrell said his legislation shows that Louisiana doesn’t approve of the Trump administration’s approach to illegal immigration and the separation of families. He said there’s no way to be certain that Louisiana’s National Guard crew isn’t somehow helping with identifying families who crossed the border illegally and were separated.The measure has no force of law. It simply would “urge and request” the governor to bring the National Guard team home. The legislation moves next to the full Senate for debate.___Senate Resolution 9: www.legis.la.gov