Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian teammate Gabriela Dabrowski will aim to book their place in the finals of the French Open when they head into their mixed doubles’ semi-final clash.In the clay court grand slam, the seventh-seeded Indo-Canadian duo will play take on third-seeded pair of Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlavackova and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin for a place in the summit showdown.Earlier, Bopanna and Dabrowski stormed into the last-four after sweeping aside Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-4.In men’s singles, all four quarter-finals will be played today.Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will take on compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, while defending champion and world number two Novak Djokovic will face sixth seed Dominic Thiem for a place in the semi-finals.World number one Andy Murray will also look to seal last-four berth when he faces off with eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, while third-seed Stanislas Wawrinka will take on Marin Cilic of Croatia.As far as women’s singles quarter-final clashes are concerned, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina will lock horns with third seed Simona Halep while Caroline Garcia will take on second seed Karolina Pliskova today.
Barcelona reached the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable 5-0 win over Murcia on Wednesday, but Basque Country teams Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao were eliminated by third-division clubs.Atletico Madrid advanced after a 3-0 win against Elche to overcome a first-leg draw.Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer scored in the first half and Gerard Pique, Aleix Vidal, Denis Suarez and Jose Arnaiz each added goals after halftime to give the hosts an 8-0 aggregate win against the third-tier club.”We played with great attitude,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “You don’t want to go through any scares in these games, and the best way to do that is to play with good rhythm and dynamism.”Barcelona played without most of its regular starters, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Valverde had also rested the team’s top players in the 3-0 first-leg win last month.Pique, who missed the Spanish league game against Valencia at the weekend, started the match at Camp Nou but was substituted right after scoring his 56th-minute goal.Barcelona is trying to become the first team to win four straight Copa del Rey titles since Athletic Bilbao in 1930-33.SOCIEDAD STUNNEDTeenager Bojan Radulovic scored an 87th-minute goal that allowed third-division club Lleida to eliminate top-flight club Real Sociedad on away goals.Lleida won 3-2 after trailing by two goals at halftime at Anoeta Stadium. It had lost the first leg 1-0 at home.”This hurts,” Sociedad coach Eusebio Sacristan said. “We have to ask for the fans’ forgiveness. We are very disappointed.”advertisementSociedad, seventh in the Spanish league, went ahead with goals by Diego Llorente and Juanmi, but the Catalan outsiders rallied with goals by Aitor Nunez and Manu Molina early in the second half. The 18-year-old Radulovic stunned Sociedad with a header near the end.”I’m speechless,” Radulovic said. “It’s my first goal with the first team, in a stadium like this, against a first-division club.”ATHLETIC OUSTEDAthletic Bilbao was eliminated by Formentera after conceding a goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time at its San Mames Stadium, losing the two-leg series 2-1.”We know that this is a huge loss and that the fans are disappointed,” Athletic coach Jose Angel Ziganda said. “This is probably the worst moment I’ve had to go through as a coach.”Substitute Alvaro Muniz netted the winner with a header off a corner kick cross to stun the home crowd in Bilbao.”Tomorrow it will sink in what it means to beat Athletic in its stadium,” Formentera coach Jose Angel Garcia Sanjuan said.ATLETICO STAYS ALIVEFernando Torres scored a goal in each half as Atletico easily defeated third-division club Elche at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, advancing 4-1 on aggregate.The goals ended Torres’ scoring drought after 13 matches this season.Jose Gimenez also scored for Atletico, which has won three straight in all competitions.SEVILLA ADVANCESWissam Ben Yedder scored twice in the first six minutes to lead Sevilla to a 4-0 win over third-division club Cartagena, securing a spot in the last 16 with a 7-0 win on aggregate.Paulo Henrique Ganso added to the lead just before halftime and Joaquin sealed the victory in the second half.It was Sevilla’s first match without coach Eduardo “Toto” Berizzo, who underwent surgery to treat prostate cancer on Tuesday.Assistant coach Ernesto Marcucci is in charge until Berizzo returns.LAS PALMAS GOES THROUGHLas Palmas advanced 6-4 on aggregate after a 3-2 home loss to Deportivo La Coruna, but it lost striker Vitolo just before halftime because of a left leg injury.
Mary Kom is eyeing an unprecedented sixth Women’s World Boxing Championship title as she gets ready to take on Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the 48kg final at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delho on Saturday.If Mary manages to lift the 48kg world title on Saturday, she will surpass Katie Taylor’s tally of five world titles and equal Cuba’s Felix Savon as the most successful boxer (men and women’s boxing combined) in the history of World Championship.Mary already became the most successful woman boxer at World Championships after reaching the semi-final on Friday.On the other hand, Sonia Chahal is looking for the yellow metal in just her debut appearance at the World Championship and she has been in an extremely solid form.Sonia has shown great maturity in her bouts so far and her skillset has been very impressure. From nimble footwork to solid punches, Sonia has shown she belongs at the big stage.Even after winning her semi-final, Sonia was completely focussed on the task at hand and she is only looking for gold.”I am all prepared for the final. I will fight and get gold.”World Boxing Championships, Mary Kom vs Hanna Okhota final live streaming online: When, where to watch coverage on Hotstar, Star SportsMARY KOM vs HANNA OKHOTA IN FINAL:The Manipuri pugilist has been in a dominant form through the World Championship in New Delhi and it was not much of a surprise when she entered the 48kg final with a unanimous 5:0 win over Hyang Mi Kim of North Korea.advertisementThe last time Mary and Okhota met was in September this year in the semi-final of Silesian Open in Poland, where the Indian pugilist beat the Ukrainian with a 5:0 verdict in her favour.Heading into the final, Mary Kom asked for the prayer and support of the fans and said she will prepare well for the final.”Though I have beaten her [Hanna] in Poland this year, I will definitely prepare well for the final. But I would need the prayer of all my fans; they have been fantastic and supporting me all along. I would need their prayer on Saturday, too,” Mary said after her semi-final victory. The 22-year-old Okhota has admitted the difficulty of the task in hand as she believes Mary will be hard to stop in front of the home crowd at the KD Jadhav arena.Despite the passing years, Mary has only improved her reflexes and the vast experience helps her in analysing her opponents’ game quickly. Okhota faces a stern challenge as Magnificent Mary looks set to achieve a major landmark at home.MARY KOM’S ROAD TO FINAL:Mary Kom outclasses Aigerim Kessenayeva in pre-quartersMary Kom, after getting a bye in the first round, first competed in the pre-quarterfinals against Kazakhstan’s Kessenayeva and even though she began watchfully and took her time to come settle, she was in her elements by the time the second round came.All the five judges gave a verdict in favour of the Indian with four of them scoring 30-27 each while one scored 29-28.Mary Kom unanimously beats Wu Yu in quartersMary Kom assured herself of at least a bronze medal at the World Championships as she completely outboxed China’s Wu Yu 5-0 in the light flyweight (48kg) category.Ahead of this World Championship, Mary Kom had five gold medals and a silver and she guaranteed herself another with the quarter-final victory.Mary Kom enters final with win over Hyang Mi KimMary Kom used her vast reservoir of experience against the tall North Korean pugilist Hyang Mi Kim and advanced to the final at the back of a 5:0 win in the semis.Open low guard, biding time and increasing the tempo when needed has been Mary Kom’s strategy this tournament and with that, the Indian veteran negated the attacking moves of Kim extremely well.Even though Kim landed a few punches at Mary Kom, the Indian countered well with a few right jabs and uppercuts and by the end of the second round, Mary had showcased a vast range of combination punches.In the final round, Mary kept a close guard and punched away even as Kim was getting even more aggressive. In the last 20 seconds, Mary piled pressure on her rival with another set of barrage to win the match.SONIA CHAHAL VS WAHNER ORNELLA GABRIELE IN FINAL: Sonia, who is a 2016 national championship gold medal winner and a bronze medal winner at boxing championship in Turkey, has worked her way into the final in her debut at the big stage.advertisementEven in the semi-final, Sonia showed great skill to outsmart her opponent and strategised really well.”It was a tough bout. I knew I had to play counter like I usually do but last round, I got aggressive and that paid dividends,” Sonia said after the semi-final.On Saturday, as Sonia prepares to fight for gold, she will have a huge task at hand but a massive backing from the home crowd.SONIA CHAHAL’S ROAD TO FINAL:Sonia beat former world champion Stanimira Petrova in pre-quartersThis was the first big shining moment for Sonia in this championships. She had a formidable opponent and it was a nervy performance but just enough performance to advance to the next stage. Sonia beat Petrova in a split 3:2 decision.So close was the bout that Petrova even went on to allege the judges of corruption after losing to Sonia but having said without evidence, Petrova got her accreditation revoked.Sonia outsmarts Colombia’s Yeni Castenada in quarter-finalThis was a split verdict too but was more in favour of Sonia this time. By a 4:1 decision, Sonia defeated Castenada to enter the semi-final of the World Championship and assured herself of at least a bronze.Sonia started wtih left jabs and increased her pace to unsettle her opponent in the first two rounds. The third round saw the Colombian attack but Sonia had done enough by then.Sonia defeats North Korea’s Jo Son Hwa to reach finalAs has the competition risen, so has Sonia! While her first two wins were split decisions, on Friday, she brought up a 5:0 win over Jo Son to storm into the final.Despite a powerful start from Jo Son, Sonia held her own and showed her skills on the biggest stage to get up and running in the race for gold.Also watch –
There was a familiar face in the nets at the WACA on Wednesday where the Australian Test team was practicing as Cameron Bancroft paid a visit and met with captain Tim Paine.Bancroft, who is serving out a nine-month ban from international cricket, was seen shaking hands and having a chat with Paine. He also briefly met his good friend and opener Marcus Harris.The ban which was levied on him by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test in March this year, will expire on December 29 following which he will mark his return for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League game against Hobart Hurricanes.Harris, who made his debut for Australia in the first Test against India in Adelaide last week, told reporters that he has been in constant touch with Bancroft and is looking forward to his return to international cricket.”We were sort of opposites in personality. A yin and yang thing. Bangers is the most intense man in the world and I was a bit more chilled out, but it worked really well. I was really happy for him last year when he was playing in the Test side, I thought he started doing really well.”We chat regularly … we’re really good mates. He said once he’s back he’s going to shave that beard off, so I’m looking forward to that. He seems in good spirits, so I’m hoping he goes really well,” Harris was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.advertisementPaine meanwhile, opted to sit out of the optional practice session to take care of his right index finger on which he had got hit on Day 5 while trying to save the Adelaide Test.But Australia fell short of their 323-run target by 31 runs to concede a 1-0 lead to India in the four-match series.Mitchell Starc was the only fast bowler who hit the nets for a gruelling session even as fellow pacemen Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins gave it a skip.Australia head into Friday’s second Test in Perth, plagued with doubts about its batting and the wayward form of pace spearhead Starc, who picked up 5 wickets in the first Test but struggled with his line and length, particularly during India’s second innings when Australia were looking to restrict the visitors’ lead.The 28-year-old bowled to Harris in the nets, who backed Starc to fire in the next game.”Quick,” Harris told reporters when asked how Starc was bowling.”He bowled pretty well. There was obviously a bit of talk about him after the game, but I thought he bowled pretty well during the game. He felt like he was in good rhythm out there before so I’m sure he’s ready and raring to go before Friday,” he added.Also Read | India a formidable opposition in tough conditions. Australia beware in Perth!Also Read | Langer calls for patience and partnerships from Australia batsmen ahead of Perth TestAlso Read | Fast bowlers a precious commodity, need to be taken care of like a racehorse: Bharat ArunAlso See:
Cricketer Harbhajan Singh on Monday defended the Pakistan national team after they were brutally trolled on social media by fans following their seventh successive defeat in a World Cup match against India on Sunday.Fans from Pakistan began ripped apart their cricket team players and called them out for their lack of preparedness against a strong Indian team.A number of videos and pictures have emerged on social media which show a few Pakistan players having burgers on the eve of the crucial World Cup encounter. As soon as Pakistan crumbled to one of their worst defeats vs India in the tournament, the team’s fans wasted no time in pointing out the player’s outing as the chief reason for the loss.Another image doing the rounds on social media showed Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed yawning on the field during the match – and the picture superimposed on to a pillow on a bed.But Harbhajan Singh came to Pakistan team’s defence and said that players are allowed to eat whatever they want and their diet should not be blamed for their performance on the field.”They are allowed to have burgers, it’s their wish what they want to do,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.Former Australia captain Michael Clarke also joined in on the issue surrounding the social media jokes on the Pakistan team.”At the end of the day you put in the work and you get the rewards. If you don’t then you don’t get the rewards. Pakistan has to look at why they are underperforming in this World Cup. Whatever the reason, whether it’s training or the right squad, preparation.advertisement”At the moment they are not playing well enough. They are a better team than how they are playing,” Clarke told India Today.Some people also trolled Shoaib Malik and his wife, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza, after they were seen hanging out with Wahab Riaz and Imam-ul-Haq late at night before the big match. Pakistan Cricket Board however, clarified on Monday that no player had violated the curfew timings set by the team management.”I don’t know if it’s true, but if there are pictures doing the rounds then it’s not the right thing to do before the game. Specially a World Cup game against India. I hope it’s not true,” Harbhajan said.The defeat left Pakistan ninth in the 10-team standings with just three points from five matches. Their only win at the tournament came against hosts England while their match against Sri Lanka was washed out.Pakistan must win all four of their remaining group games to have any chance of reaching the World Cup semi-finals. They face South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday before taking on New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.Harbhajan was asked whether Sarfaraz Ahmed would lose his captaincy after this performance to which he said Pakistan need to start winning from here on otherwise drastic measures will have to be taken.”I hope they start winning from here onwards. But if they don’t get forward and don’t get into the semis…I know the emotions with India and Pakistan, I think he’ll lose his job. That’s what happens in India and Pakistan, when you lose a couple of guys have to go,” Harbhajan said.When the same question was asked to Clarke he said, “I don’t follow Pakistan cricket close enough to be in a position to answer that question. As a captain when your team loses your always accountable. But I don’t know if they have got somebody else to replace him.”Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar slams ‘brainless captain’ Sarfaraz AhmedAlso Read | Rohit Sharma’s cheeky reply to Pak journalist will make you smileAlso Read | India have come a long way since Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan have notAlso Read | Stop jumping around at Wagah Border and perform on field: Akhtar to Hasan Ali
Mike GundyOn the game: “I’m glad that one is over. We played very average in a lot of areas. Offensively, not very good. Not running the ball as effectively as we need to.”On the end of the first half: “I was frustrated because of that and went for it and I should have kicked a field goal. But I was still mad because of the last throw.”On the Roland TD: “We thought he got in, but honestly at that point, I was so frustrated that I would have been OK if he hadn’t gotten in. But I was glad he got in.”On Daxx: “Average.”On special teams: “The good news is our coverage units on the punt and kick were good, and our return units on kick return and punt return were good. We’ve really stressed that over the last 10 days. It really benefitted us and probably helped us win this football game. We have to get a lot better. There’s not any reason for us to cancel practice.”On foregone conclusions: “At times, we’ve become a little bit spoiled here. We walk off the field in the last few years, we win by 24 and everybody’s upset. Today we won by 17, and everybody’s sad and wants to go home and pout.”On his defense: “I was talking so much to the offense that I didn’t even watch the defense.”On early starts: “We just didn’t play very well. You get out there—and this no excuse—it’s 11 a.m. and the stadium is half full, the sun is kind of on you. It’s just a lot of things that worked against us. We need to be more mature than that even though we’re young. Our guys have to get their motor going and they have to play fast and compete.”On special teams: “I took over kick coverage and punt coverage this week, but I’m going to give it up tomorrow.”Glenn SpencerOn how his defense played: “We talked about third-down conversions. They were at 50 percent because they ran a bunch of third-and-shorts. That goes back to what I said about first-and-10 being the most important down. They fell forward on a couple of tackles and had third-and-two on a lot of them. It’s tough to get your third-down percentage at 65 percent like we want, so we probably aren’t as good on first-and-ten as we’ve been in the past.”On giving up big plays: “Ashton (Lampkin) was out and Larry (Stephens) was out. It was good. We did some things, schematically, to try and help them out a little bit. That might have been another reason that we gave up some run yardage that I didn’t like. Schematically, when you try to help out and take something, you give up something else.”Mike YurcichOn Daxx’s picks: “On the first one the route was off, and on the second one it was man coverage. The ball was thrown on time. You’ve got to give the defense some credit on that. They did a good job and we can doo a better job running the route. It’s a team game, and as long as he’s going through the right reads and throwing the ball on time, you can’t be too critical of the quarterback.”On the offense overall: “We haven’t reached our peak, that’s for sure.[1. I sure hope not!] Not even close. There’s a lot of room for us to improve, but it was very encouraging at the same time.”David GliddenOn Daxx: “Daxx is a gunslinger, so that’s going to happen sometimes. The kid can throw the ball, but their defense was making plays. They watch film, too, so picks are just a part of the game. Daxx was calm about it, and we all knew he would go back out there and keep letting it fly. He’s real confident in himself, and he’s confident in all of us, which is a great thing to know. It doesn’t matter how many picks he throws, he’s going to keep letting it fly.”Paul RhoadsOn OSU’s run game: “Oklahoma State has effectively run the ball against us in the past and they did a year ago, embarrassingly.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
RomaPrediction: Round of 16I don’t have hopes beyong getting out of a tricky looking group at the moment. Atlético Madrid and Chelsea are both difficult opponens, but we need to get the better of one one of them to progress. It’s all about our mentality; we need to believe we can do it and not already look at what Europa League opponents we could be coming up against. With trusted warrior Daniele De Rossi still playing an integral role in midfield, I’m confident we can have a good campaign. GenevieveSevillaPrediction: Round of 16We were very lucky not to be knocked out in the qualifying round against Istanbul Basaksehir, who came within a last-gasp shot off the woodwork from beating us. We need to make that fortune count now and take the group by the scruff of the neck. Sevilla’s midfield conductor, Ever Banega, will be key to our hopes. He needs to keep his cool with the officials though. No more silly bans for insulting referees. Cira LopezShakhtar DonetskPrediction: Round of 16We’re not here just to make up the numbers. Our domestic form is solid – we are top of the table after seven wins in eight games. We need to make home form count though, as we have never been very convincing on our travels. Our bad habit of conceding the opening goal needs to stop. Our manager Paulo Fonseca needs to get his tactics and motivation spot on, and Brazilian attacking midfielder Marlos needs to prove himself on the biggest stage. KasparSpartak MoscowPrediction: Round of 16We are excited to be back in the Champions League after four years of absence. Spartak’s last appearance was back in the 2012-13 campaign, when we finished bottom of the group and didn’t look competitive at all. Let’s hope Dutch winger Quincy Promes fulfills his err… promise! Anton M Reuse this content NapoliPrediction: Semi-finalsWe’re already looking good in the league with three straight wins. It’s just a shame Juventus have started just as strongly again! With Pepe Reina in goal, Elseid Hysaj solid in defence, Piotr Zieliński and Jorginho coherent in midfield, and the attacking trident of Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and José Callejón, we might be an unstoppable force in this year’s competition. AndreaMariborPrediction: Round of 16Discipline is the key for us. That’s what saw us through the qualifying rounds. Our organisation and endeavour over two legs against Hapoel Be’er Sheva was excellent and the away-goals victory was richly deserved. Head coach Darko Milanic might be best known for his ill-fated spell at Leeds a few years back, but his success in Slovenian football will take some beating. I think we can keep Spartak Moscow behind us and pip Liverpool to second. Our Brazilian striker Marcos Tavares could do some damage if he is given the service he needs. NicolajOlympiakosPrediction: Round of 16To get through the group we’ll need to dislodge either Barcelona or Juventus. That won’t be an easy task but we need to believe. Midfielder Kostas Fortounis will have a big part to play, if we are to achieve our knock-out stage dream. NikoParis Saint-GermainPrediction: Semi-finalsBeing allowed to compete is the first hurdle. My hope is Uefa do not kick us out of the competition for circumventing Financial Fair Play rules. It is strange when the football team you support becomes an integral part of the massive soft power project of an oil-rich state. Beyond that the team is good enough to win the whole thing. Edinson Cavani is bound to profit from playing with Neymar and, if Kylian Mbappé retains his sensational form from last season’s run-in, he will excel too. The team is well staffed in every position. A team that can start a league game with Thiago Silva, Julian Draxler and Dani Alves on the bench – as they did last weekend – will not be short on star players. Kári Tulinius Twitter European club football Basel Atlético MadridPrediction: FinalCould this be the year Atleti finally break their Champions League duck? The Vicente Calderon held, and always will hold, a special place in the heart of every Colchonero. But if we can settle into the Wanda Metropolitano quickly, it will do wonders for the team and we’ll have a chance of going all the way. It’s been 51 years since the team was uprooted so there is bound to be an effect but this is a proud bunch of battle-hardened players who are ready to walk through fire for manager Diego Simone.The transfer ban was a blessing in disguise. We kept Antoine Griezmann and we managed to hold on to Simeone. We even managed to get our hands on the mercurial Vitolo from Sevilla despite the ban and may still pick up Diego Costa. Griezmann will once again be the shining light in a team full of a brilliant supporting cast. As good as homegrown talents such as Gabi, Koke and Saul are, the French striker gets us out of trouble more often than most. Fiachra McKermottBarcelonaPrediction: Semi-finalsI hope we can perform better than last year. However, selling Neymar is a massive blow for us, especially as he joined a Champions League rival. Ousmane Dembélé has potential and new right-back Nélson Semedo may give our ageing defense some life. The key will be our style of play. The class of midfielders Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets should keep us going in the middle for now and Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez can always be relied upon to find the back of the net. RafaelBaselPrediction: Group stageThe whole club has changed since last season. The board has been reshuffled, the manager replaced and our only legendary player and true leader Matías Delgado has retired. We have started this season slowly. If new head coach Raphael Wicky can discover the right mentality for the team, our Champions League hopes can live on a little bit longer than the group stages. As we have seen in the last few years, Basel are capable of scaring the greatest clubs in Europe. On a good day they can beat anyone. Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel will need to be at his very best though. MarcBenficaPrediction: Quarter-finalsWe reached the round of 16 last season and our team is consistent, experienced and can really put up a fight. I think we can progress from our group and then we rely on a kind draw in the first knock-out round. The quarter-finals seem doable. Central midfielder Pizzi is one of our best players going forward. He gets the game rolling. Last year he played virtually every match; let’s see if he can continue that rhythm this season, particularly with a World Cup in the summer. Jonas gives us magic and Haris Seferović gets us the goals, while Ljubomir Fejsa and Luisão still hold the defence together. Martinho PiresBesiktasPrediction: Round of 16Progressing to the round of 16 should be the minimum expectation. Failing to get out of the group again would be a big disappointment. The squad is stronger this year and should have learned from their mistakes last season, when they finished third in their group. Reaching the quarter-finals would be a great achievement.Team work and a fantastic spirit has helped us win the past two Turkish Super Lig titles. Manager Senol Gunes has instilled a winning mentality into this squad, so believing they can beat anyone could make a big difference. Anderson Talisca’s performances will be important; his skill and movement off the ball give defenders all sorts of problems. Hopefully he can replicate or even better his form from last season. Jens RaitanenBayern MunichPrediction: FinalBayern should be aspiring to win the Champions League every year but Real Madrid are significantly ahead of the pack – even though Bayern pushed close in last year’s epic quarter-final. Reaching the semi-finals is a must but a lot will depend on the draw. I think Bayern can beat anyone except for Real.Carlo Ancelotti did a great job getting Bayern to peak in March and April last season, but once again injuries beset key players with even Manuel Neuer getting hurt in the return leg against Real last year. This year he has to do a far better job of rotating players instead of constantly relying on his favourite XI. He must do a better job of coaxing the best out of players such as David Alaba and Jérôme Boateng, and for Bayern to go far, he must resolve the issues he has with Thomas Muller, whose relegation to the bench has harmed the team. He doesn’t have to play every game, but he must feature more than he did last year.Neuer and Robert Lewandowski are the best players in the world in their positions. They will dominate again. Thiago Alcântara is already one of the world’s best midfielders, but needs to do better in the big games. I think Mats Hummels will perform at the highest level when needed. RieblBorussia DortmundPrediciton: WinnersWe’re top of the Bundesliga at the moment, so are feeling optimistic. The competition starts at a good time for us and it will take something special to stop us this year. Dutch manager Peter Bosz has really made a difference, while Christian Pulisic will be the name on everyone’s lips during the competition. Shayan Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Will Liverpool win their sixth European Cup? Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty Images Facebook Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Champions League Prediction: Quarter-finalsWe’ve been handed a relatively safe group. Porto are a team we’re effectively trying to emulate by buying young talent and selling them on for huge profits, so it’ll be nice to play against them. I can’t see Monaco getting a better chance to win the Champions League than last year. We’ve lost a lot of big elements in Kylian Mbappé, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiémoué Bakayoko, but we’ve made a decent start in Ligue 1 and still have a strong squad. We should win the group, but after that it all depends on the luck of the draw. I think the best we can hope for would be a quarter-final spot.We’ve been busy trying to fill the holes left by a whirlwind summer transfer window. Stevan Jovetic is a great addition to the squad and Keita Baldé Diao can help to fill the gap left by Mbappé. Youri Tielemans is an excellent young prospect and we’ve still got plenty of talent in Fabinho, Falcao, João Moutinho, Thomas Lemar and Djibril Sidibé. Falcao is our star man and always performs in Europe. With Mbappé gone, there’s more pressure on him to score our goals but I’m confident he’ll step up. Frédéric Barcelona Nice and Seri refocus after tumultuous transfer window to leave Monaco bruised Share on Twitter How will the French champions react after losing so many players? Photograph: Icon Sport/Getty Images Twitter Pinterest Read more RB LeipzigPrediction: Round of 16 We’ve made a decent start to our Bundesliga campaign. The squad still looks a bit too thin but hopefully we’ll be able to compete both domestically and in Europe. we Might struggle against quality opposition and look like the newcomers we are. If creative players such as Emil Forsberg stay fit, we might turn a few heads. RobinReal MadridPrediction: FinalIt’s a tough ask for Real Madrid to win a third Champions league in a row after becoming the first team to defend the title in its modern format. The team was also the first to do it in its original format. However, over and above the excellently gelled squad complemented with some exciting young additions in the transfer window, they have in Zinadine Zidane a manager who is becoming a master.With James Rodríguez, Álvaro Morata and Danilo leaving and being replaced with mainly youth team members, the strength in depth has decreased somewhat. If injuries hit, these exciting prospects are going to have to deliver early. Considering Cristiano Ronaldo has to manage his time on the field, it should be Gareth Bale’s year but I think they will both be overshadowed by the electricity of Marco Asensio and Isco’s magic. Pablo Rodera Facebook AnderlechtPrediction: Group stageWe just want to avoid embarrassment in a tough group. Our team seem to have one eye on this competition already, considering the dross we’ve been served up so far in our domestic title defence. We’re not exactly new to the Champions League, but we rarely manage to push on and trouble the better sides. It’s very frustrating. At least we’ve kept injuries to a minimum for now.Goalkeeper Matz Sels will be earning his wages this autumn. Alexandru Chipciu and Lukasz Teodorczyk will provide the attacking threat if we ever get into the final third of the pitch. We have failed to score an away goal in the Belgian Pro League so far this season, so the chances of knocking them in away to Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic seems unlikely at the moment. LolaApoel NicosiaPrediction: Group stageI’m hoping for respectable results and to avoid maulings from bigger, faster and better teams. Our central defenders Carlão, Jesús Rueda and Giorgos Merkis will have a lot to do. I fear they will come up against players who will beat them for pace. We need to avoid being overrun. Having conceded just once in six qualifying games to get here, our Dutch goalkeeper Boy Waterman’s shot-stopping abilities will be put to the test. His excellent reflexes should serve him well.We should try to enjoy the experience though. I definitely look forward to the games against Spurs. I think the only away game we have a realistic chance of getting something from is from our trip to Wembley considering their struggles there so far. Michalis Papachristodoulou Facebook The ever spectacular Westfalenstadion. Photograph: Alexandre Simoes/Getty Images Pinterest Will the reigning champions make it three in a row? Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Sporting LisbonPrediction: Group stageYou would have to be insane to expect the team to rise from the European obscurity of recent years to snatch a qualification place ahead of either Barcelona or Juventus. Beating Olympiakos to third place is the realistic goal. And achieving it would be a good sign of progress after last season’s dismal performance. If we get points in Greece, we will be more than halfway through in meeting our realistic goals for the competition this season. Squad depth is difficult to achieve when you are outside the major European leagues. Our first team has enough talent to acquit themselves well at this level, but a couple of injuries to key players could lead to a severe dip in quality. There is no decent cover for the centre-backs Sebastián Coates and Jeremy Mathieu or injury-prone left-back Fábio Coentrão.I’m excited to see how Bruno Fernandes does. For once the presence of a hugely talented Portuguese young player in the first team is not down to the work of Sporting’s legendary youth academy, but the result of shrewd transfer business – he was snatched from Sampdoria in the summer for €8.5m, the third most expensive player in Sporting’s history. The 22-year-old midfielder has immediately established himself in the team with his vision, passing ability and deadly long-range shooting. Definitely one to watch. Pedro EstêvãoTottenham HotspurPrediction: Quarter-finalsWe need to transfer the confident, exciting displays from the league last season into the Champions League. We played some beautiful football last season, good enough to be a tough challenge for any team in the Champions League. Six points against Real Madrid would be a nice cherry on top of seeing some good performances. I think making the quarter-finals, or being one of the last English teams standing, is needed to stop teams poaching our players next summer. Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembélé can turn a game in a instant, but the beauty of the current Spurs side is that it’s a team. When the team is on the same page, they can thrash anyone. We just need to believe that we belong here. If the quality of the teams in our group is not enough to inspire the players then nothing will. Suzie Wong Topics CelticPrediciton: Group stageBeating Anderlecht to third place and a Europa League spot seems like the realistic objective for us. We have two of Europe’s best clubs coming to Celtic Park, but we have a record of giving the top teams a real good game at home. Let’s hope we can do that again and have another special night like those against Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United, all of whom have lost to us in the Champions League.We need to be playing with the same energy and high-tempo at home like we did against Manchester City last season to have any chance of knocking Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern out of their stride. Moussa Dembélé recovering from his injury to play a part in the campagin will be important. Picking up at least a point away in Belgium against Anderlecht looks important if we want third place. It’s also very promising to see a genuinely talented Scottish youngester in Kieran Tierney coming through the Celtic ranks. I’m excited for him. Mikey HChelseaPrediction: Quarter-finalsIt’s fantastic to be back after a year away and I’m relishing midweek encounters under the floodlights at Stamford Bridge. We have been given some glamour ties, with trips to Rome and Madrid to look forward to. It’s perhaps a tougher group than we would have liked, with Atlético Madrid and Roma sure to prove tough opposition. All three sides will fancy their chances of getting out the group, but I feel that Chelsea will have just enough quality and know-how to qualify along with Atlético. If we can avoid some of the real big-hitters, a semi-final spot won’t be beyond us, but a place in the quarter-finals is probably more realistic.Much has been made of our travails in the transfer market this summer and our squad does look a little light. Keeping our key players fully fit will be vital to our chances. Eden Hazard is already established as a star in England, but this could be the season he propels himself to the next level. Only then can he be talked about in the same vein as Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. Tom SlaterCSKA Moscow Prediciton: Group StagesWe’re back in the Champions League on merit, having knocked out decent sides such as Young Boys and AEK Athens out in the qualifying rounds, having kept clean sheets in those four games. Our run of 12 losses in our last 14 away games in the Champions League tells its own story though. The defence needs to stay disciplined, while Alan Dzagoev needs to keep us ticking in the final third. And even then that probably won’t be enough in a tough group. AnnaFeyenoordPrediction: Group stageMy hopes are not high. The Dutch clubs are struggling in Europe as they don’t earn as much as money in our domestic league. We can’t compete with clubs such as Manchester City, Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain anymore. And even trying to keep up with Napoli and Shakhtar is proving difficult. But, if we stay united as a team and keep the fighting spirit and focus, we might have a chance. After all that is what gave us our first title in 18 years last season. That is how we beat Manchester United at home last season. Our stadium is a big plus for us but we’ll struggle on the road. If we can stay above Shakhtar, the Europa League would be a nice reward.Nicolai Jorgensen scored 21 goals and provided 11 assists for us last season. He has a massive part to play this year and I’m so glad we managed to keep him during the transfer window madness. Fabian FeeldersPorto Prediction: Quarter FinalsPorto have started the season on fire with five straight wins, but now the serious business starts. They should get through the group without too many alarms and have enough quality to get through at least one knock-out round. The midfield duo of Óliver Torres and Yacine Brahimi are key. It’s also fantastic to see Iker Casillas set for another Champions League campaign in the twilight of his career. HectorQarabagPrediciton: Group stageIt’s been a long time coming but Qarabag have finally achieved their long-term goal of reaching the Champions League group stage. Many expected Copenhagen to go through instead but the Azerbaijani champions made history. Looking at the group, we’ll need our opponents to have plenty of off-days. A knee injury to midfielder Wilde Donald Guerrier means a lot rests on midfielder Míchel. ElvinJuventusPrediction: FinalWe need to avenge last season’s final and finally win this thing. I spent a small fortune on getting to Cardiff and I have vowed not to go to another game until we win it. If the players we have signed can adapt quickly, we have a much better squad depth than we did last season. The strength of our bench in last season’s final shows how we made it to the final: by using a small group of players rather than the whole squad. We need Medhi Benatia and Daniele Rugani to step up this season at the back with Leonardo Bonucci no longer there to orchestrate the defence. Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala will be as impressive as they were last season. Class is permanent. GiuseppeLiverpoolPrediction: Semi-finalsSevilla will prove a hard opponent, as we have seen in the past, but we should finish just behind them in second place in the group. I see us pulling off a surprise in the knock-out rounds and making it through to the quarters or semis. We need to get Philippe Coutinho’s mind back in the game and get his fitness levels back up. When we lost Sadio Mané last year, we looked powerless. However, with Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joining the team, we have great strength in depth, which should prove pivotal in the latter stages. Tom Bourlet Share on Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Read more Pinterest Facebook Apoel Nicosia Atlético Madrid Benfica Twitter Share on LinkedIn features Share via Email Share on Messenger Manchester CityPrediction: Semi-finalsAfter the disappointment of last year, most City fans expect us to reach the semi-finals at least. We reached that stage two years ago with an inferior squad to the one we have now. With Pep Guardiola at the helm, we really should be reaching the latter stages. Hopefully we can collect a big scalp along the way too. Last season’s home wins against Monaco and Barcelona were fantastic occasions with genuinely incredible atmospheres.Recruitment looks to have been excellent so far. New signings Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva were part of the fantastic Monaco side that made it to the semi-finals last season. Ederson is already looking like a serious upgrade on our previous goalkeepers and Kyle Walker will hopefully be part of a back-line that doesn’t concede six goals over two legs. And Kevin De Bruyne has started this season with a hunger we haven’t really seen from him before. If he plays well, the team plays well; he could be the difference in the big games. Jacob StearManchester UnitedPrediction: Quarter-finalsA quarter-final appearance after a year out in the cold would be a great baseline for future seasons. After finishing a rather ignominious sixth last season and only qualifying through the Europa League, it would be great to perform well in a relatively easy group and reach the quarters. I don’t think our squad is good enough yet to go beyond the last eight.We were blessed with a relatively easy Europa League run last time, so it’s important we don’t let our concentration slip in the Champions League. Another vital concern is the finishing. An inability to finish off sides was our undoing last season and in the one European fixture we have had so far – the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid – we did not finish many presentable chances. We lacked creativity under previous regimes but now the trouble is finishing the chances we create. If we become more clinical, I can see us triumphing against even the stronger sides.Paul Pogba was voted player of the tournament in the Europa League last season and he is vital to the team. His goals were crucial in our success and he has found his goalscoring touch again in the Premier League this season. He has great strength and dribbling ability, and his wonderful long balls are reminiscent of Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes. One glaring weakness is his inconsistent decision-making. He often chooses the most contrived option instead of the simplest one and he sometimes tries to do everything himself. If he gets back to basics, he can boss almost any opponent in the Champions League. Akshay KulkarniMonaco Spartak Moscow fans are ready for a long overdue Champions League campaign. Photograph: Ivan Vodopyanov/TASS Twitter Julian Draxler, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe share a moment during training. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images Pinterest MCN to LOL: the new super forward lines set to dominate the Champions League
Premier League Arsenal vs Everton: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 16:18 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Everton Everton The Gunners were given something of a shock as they lost to Swansea and they will be eager to recover with a win at home Arsenal will be desperate to bounce back from their midweek defeat to Swansea City when they host Everton at the Emirates on Saturday.Despite going ahead, the Gunners were trounced 3-1 by the Swans on Tuesday, dealing a severe blow to their chances of clinching a top-four spot at the end of the season.However, while on-field fortunes have been disappointing, off-field there have been plenty of positives for Arsene Wenger, with the acquisition of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil’s commitment to a new contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A crunch North London derby against Tottenham is also on the horizon next week, so they will be eager to set themselves up nicely for that with a win. Game Arsenal vs Everton Date Saturday, February 3 Time 17:30 GMT / 12:30 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC / Telemundo fuboTV In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 1 and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport app SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey Defenders Mertesacker, Koscielny, Mustafi, Holding, Chambers, Monreal, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Osei-Tutu Midfielders Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Dragomir, Willock, Gilmour Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang, Dasilva, Nketiah, Nelson New signing Aubameyang could be in line to make his debut following his arrival from Borussia Dormund, but the Gabon international has been sick and his fitness is being monitored.Henrikh Mkhitaryan will certainly start, but there are concerns over Jack Wilshere, who had been ill. Danny Welbeck is not quite ready to return.Potential Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellerin, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Xhaka, Wilshere; Lacazette. Position Everton players Goalkeepers Pickford, Robles, Hewelt Defenders Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Mangala, Martina, Coleman, Holgate, Garbutt, Kenny, Feeney, Duke-McKenna Midfielders Schneiderlin, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Klaasen, Davies, Vlasic, Baningime, Denny, Lavery, Hornby, Collins, Gordon Forwards Bolasie, Rooney, Walcott, Tosun, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Broadhead Everton will be without James McCarthy, who suffered a brutal leg-break last week, while Leighton Baines is also unavailable. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is also out of action, as is Ramiro Funes Mori.However, the Toffees have been given a major boost with the return to full fitness of Seamus Coleman and Theo Walcott comes into the game against his former club on a high after bagging a double in his last outing. Loan signing from Manchester City, Eliaquim Mangala, could make his Premier League debut for the club.Potential Everton starting XI: Pickford; Jagielka, Keane, Mangala, Martina, Coleman; Davies, Gueye, Sigurdsson; Walcott, Rooney.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Arsenal are favourites to win, with dabblebet pricing them at 1/3, while Everton are rated 9/1. A draw is considered a 17/4 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.GAME PREVIEW Following the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, Wenger alluded to the unsettling uncertainty lingering in the Gunners’ dressing room and he will be hoping that the January shake-up can yield positive outcomes as he looks to salvage what’s left of a disastrous campaign.As well as Sanchez, elder statesmen such as Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud have gone and they have brought in Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang, former team-mates at Borussia Dortmund who will be expected to hit the ground running in North London.Furthermore, the news that Ozil is extending his stay at the club sends out a warning to their rivals that they are committed to restoring themselves as genuine title contenders in the coming seasons.Nevertheless, those off-field successes did little to buoy the team on Tuesday against Swansea and they will have to put that shocking defeat out of their minds as they set about renewal, beginning against Everton at the Emirates.There is an added intrigue attached to the match as Walcott returns on the opposing team, but the Gunners will take a psychological edge into the match having triumphed 5-2 at Goodison Park in the corresponding fixture back in October. 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New Delhi: More than 900 artists, including Pandit Jasraj, Vivek Oberoi and Rita Ganguli, Wednesday issued a statement asking people to vote for the BJP and said the country needs a “Majboot Sarkar” not a “Majboor Sarkar”. The artists appealed to the people to cast their vote without any pressure and prejudice. “It is our firm conviction that the continuance of government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the need of the hour. Besides, when challenges like terrorism are before all of us, we need a ‘Majboot Sarkar’ not a ‘Majboor Sarkar’ and hence we need the present government to continue,” it said. Among those who have issued the joint statement are Shankar Mahadevan, Triloki Nath Mishra, Koena Mitra, Anuradha Paudwal and Hans Raj Hans. The joint statement said that during the last five years, India has seen a government which delivered “corruption-free good governance and development oriented administration”. The joint statement comes a week after more than 600 theatre personalities, including Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad and Usha Ganguli, had signed a letter asking people to “vote BJP and its allies” out of power, arguing that the idea of India and its constitution are under threat. The letter, which was issued Thursday evening in 12 languages on the Artist Unite India website, said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are the “most critical in the history” of the country.
PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska — New technology is being used to search for untapped oil in an Alaska bay that is already an established source of fossil fuel.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Saturday that oil and gas company BP is employing “3D seismic” technology to locate small pockets of previously undiscovered oil in Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska.The newspaper reports the area has been an oil source for more than four decades, but in recent years its flow has slowed.Company officials say the technology involves metal platforms mounted to trucks, which send sonic energy into the ground that returns as three-dimensional data about the geology below, including hidden pockets of oil.The company says the 3D seismic survey from January through April will sweep over 450 square miles (about 1,166 square kilometres.)___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) will add the Amazon Appstore in the next update to its operating system this fall and close down its own music and video download sales this summer as it moves away from consumer-oriented products and services.The smartphone company, which has struggled against Apple’s iPhone and smartphones using the Android operating system, has been criticized for the lack of software applications available for its devices.“Making the Amazon Appstore available on BlackBerry 10 devices will help BlackBerry continue to meet two essential needs: greater app availability for our smartphone users and enhanced productivity solutions for enterprises,” BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO John Chen said in a statement Wednesday.Chen wrote in a blog post on the BlackBerry website, saying the company would close its own music and video sections on BlackBerry World on July 21 — but added that similar services from third-party suppliers would be available.Jitesh Ubrani, who covers the mobile devices industry for market research firm IDC Canada, said the move will help BlackBerry by saving “time, energy and money. And that’s something they really need to focus on.”However, Ubrani said the app store deal will probably have only a limited impact on efforts to turn around BlackBerry, which is also fending off challenges to its share of the enterprise market — even in its home country.“Enterprise in Canada has been a little slower to move away from BlackBerry compared to parts of the world, where they’ve shifted away from BlackBerry fairly quickly,” Ubrani said.“That’s not to say they aren’t moving at all. (Apple) iOS and Google (Android) are picking up market share, even in Canada, and that will continue.”BlackBerry’s announcement came just hours before Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) announced its long-anticipated Fire Phone, the online retailer’s entry into the smartphone market.BlackBerry is expected to release its latest financial report on Thursday before markets open. It will hold its shareholders meeting later in the day in Waterloo.Analysts are expecting that the company to report lower revenue and an adjusted loss for its first quarter. Estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters suggest analysts on average expect an adjusted loss of 24 cents US per share and US$998.2 million in revenue.BlackBerry’s first-quarter revenue last year was US$3.07 billion. It also had an adjusted loss of 13 cents US per share.Chen’s predecessor, Thorsten Heins, attempted to satisfy both the consumer market and its original base in the business and public sectors with a new generation of smartphones that had been in the works under co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.However, the BlackBerry 10 products failed to catch on, revenues dropped and the company underwent a several months of intense uncertainty as its board of directors looked at strategic options.BlackBerry decided to continue as an independent company under Chen, who has put more emphasis on its enterprise capabilities and its track record as a supplier to government agencies and businesses, especially those that need secure mobile communications.BlackBerry recently signed a three-year mobile payment agreement with EnStream, a joint venture between Canada’s three biggest telecom companies.Under the partnership, BlackBerry will provide security technology that supports transactions made by customers through their mobile devices.— Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitter. BlackBerry takes another step from consumer market with Amazon app store deal by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 18, 2014 7:34 am MDT
The findings of the five-member Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation, led by peace and security expert Jane Holl Lute and published in a report released today, include a number of practical recommendations that call on the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support to keep pace with innovation and take full advantage of readily available and existing technologies that are considered essential to success in the field.“Every peacekeeping mission in the field ought to have at least the same level of technology that Member State militaries and polices now consider operationally imperative – whether it’s command and control, communications, mobility, shelter, the provisioning of essential supplies,” Ms. Lute explained in an interview with UN Radio. “All of these things which are now standard in the operation of many organizations around the world need to be brought to peacekeeping.” Scattered across vast countries and forbidding territories, UN peacekeeping missions frequently encounter challenges in executing their mandates. Over the past year, however, the UN has steadily ramped up its use of technology in the field in order to assist its missions with monitoring efforts.In the DRC, where unwieldy terrain, dense forests and vast distances can debilitate the UN’s response time to an emergency, the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has had an immediate impact. In one instance last year, a UAV detected a ferry accident in Lake Kivu, in the country’s east, instantly prompting the UN peacekeeping mission in the country to dispatch its speedboats and helicopters to the scene. The ‘blue helmets’ quick response led to the rescue of 15 people.UAVs are “a good example of one technology of which a lot of organizations around the world are making increasing use,” Ms. Lute continued. “We think this is a capability missions ought to be able to take greater advantage of.” “The ability to visualize your operating area of responsibility from the air is an essential capability for every mission, really with only a few exceptions,” she added. The panel’s findings were based on several field visits and interviews with Member States, partner organizations, and partner organizations with similar field operations.Along with the critical upgrade of field technology, UN blue helmets are also aiming to ‘go green’ through the responsible use of limited resources, in a bid to leave mission areas in better shape than when they arrived. Among other steps, GIS data is being used to help find water sources for missions so as not to compete with the local water supply.Missions are also including waste water treatment plants designed to drastically reduce the need for water and generation of disposable waste, as well as exploring alternative sources of energy such as solar panels.Nonetheless, while technology moves quickly, the Organization’s lumbering procurement systems may sometimes cause unexpected and unwanted delays for the introduction of critical technologies into the field. “The UN needs to construct the kinds of support systems necessary to facilitate greater use of technology so we need procurement systems that can identify and acquire capabilities in not more than 18 months because longer than that technology has already changed and moved on,” Ms. Lute noted. In a separate note to UN correspondents released last Friday, the lead expert admitted that as UN peacekeeping missions continue to face down “rapidly evolving and complex environments,” the Organization’s “blue helmets” would be increasingly pressured to transition to a culture that values innovation. “UN peacekeeping must be ready to respond to a vast array of challenges,” said Ms. Lute. “No advantage should be withheld for those working for peace.”
All information will be treated with the strictest confidence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops hold taxi driver for seaman’s murderMay 19, 2017In “Crime”Police investigating execution style killing of seamanMay 17, 2017In “Crime”Another suspect being sought for kidnapping/murder of Car DealerApril 24, 2014In “Crime” The body of the 27-year-old seaman, of Lot 25 Castello Housing Scheme, La Penitence, Georgetown, was discovered about 06:30h by a resident who went to take out his cattle. He immediately raised an alarm and the Police were summoned.During investigations, a 9mm spent shell was found at the scene. The Police are working on the theory that the man might have been killed somewhere else and his body dumped in the area, since residents did not hear a firearm being discharged.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Ezekiel Edward called ‘Kezie’, is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 227-2128, 226-1389, 226-7065, 268-2343, 268-2298, 225-2227, 911 or the nearest police station. Police say Ezekiel Edward called ‘Kezie’, is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Roy Roland which occurred between May 16th and 17th, 2017, at Marigold Street, Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown.Edward’s last known address is listed as Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Rowland’s body was discovered with a single gunshot wound to the head at Marigold Street, Roxanne Burnham Gardens.
Delegates at the recent Investing in African Mining Indaba 2012 had a unique opportunity to participate in the Deloitte Insomnia Index, which aims to identify the pressing issues that keep mining business leaders awake at night. The fourteen themes were selected with the specific challenges and opportunities mining companies could face when expanding their business into Africa. The Mining Indaba insomnia index results show that the top four opportunities mining professionals see in Africa are Exploration, Emerging Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Technology. The top four challenges identified by the Indaba delegates are: Infrastructure, Price Volatility, Skills and Reporting & Compliance.In opportunity terms, Africa is home to the majority of the world’s mineral wealth and is therefore seen as a huge opportunity for mines and making exploration top of the opportunity list. Many parts of Africa are seen as an untapped market and therefore a potential growth opportunity. The expected demand from emerging markets for minerals could be seen as an offset to some of the risk that entering a new market brings. Africa’s relatively central location to emerging markets can be seen as a benefit as from a supply chain perspective, both inbound and outbound. The major players in mining are typically target acquisition of developed assets and possibly see acquisitions of existing mid-tier mines operating in Africa as a faster growth and penetration strategy. Mergers and acquisitions could overcome the lack of skills, local knowledge, goodwill and technology that mines could encounter when expanding into Africa. The consolidation of the mid-tier market specifically in South Africa could be another influencer for delegates seeing mergers and acquisitions as a big opportunity. Finally, technology is an enabler for mines to mine deeper, assist with health and safety analytics and practices, employee training and to optimise operating efficiencies to name a few. It is therefore no surprise that miners see technology as an opportunity when considering expanding their business into Africa.Moving on to challenges, the impact operating efficiency due to lack of infrastructure in Africa is seen as a massive challenge for mines. The lack of rail and road, as well as power and water in large parts of Africa make it incredibly difficult for companies to start operations in Africa. Mines need to consider the extra funding and potential partnerships with local Governments in order to operate in Africa. Price volatility is a global challenge and so it is not a surprise that executives see this as a challenge when considering doing business in Africa. The large fluctuations could impact significantly on profitability, cash flow and input costs which ultimately negatively impact the investment case. The respondents listed skills as a main challenge when considering doing business in Africa. Mid-tier miners who are not afforded the same access to a global network of skills that the large-scale miners have, may see this as more of a challenge as the cost of importing skills to remote areas in Africa can be very high. Attracting skills into remote locations continues to be a problem mines face as well as making careers in the mining industry attractive. Reporting and compliance in the different countries in Africa can be difficult to navigate without local knowledge and understanding of the specific requirements. Respondents listed this as the fourth biggest challenge when looking to expand their operations into Africa.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the start of the new school year, the Blessing of the St John’s Greek Orthodox College was conducted on Monday by their Graces Bishop Ezekiel and Bishop Iakovos together with fathers Christos Demolianis and Dimitris Catrinei. The Blessing was observed by the entire student body with their teachers, the Principal of the College Dr Harry Ladopoulos, the newly appointed Vice Principal Mrs Summers, Dean of the primary school Mrs A. Anamourlis, Members of the Board, parents and guardians.
La Nasa vous invite à envoyer vos voeux à l’équipage de l’ISSLe 25 décembre, les astronautes qui sont en ce moment à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) ont envoyé leurs meilleurs voeux à la Terre. La Nasa propose aux internautes de leur rendre la pareille en cette fin d’année.Dans un message vidéo mis en ligne le jour de Noël, Dmitri Kondratiev, Catherine Coleman et Paolo Nespoli, trois membres d’équipage de l’Expédition 26 ont transmis leurs voeux à la Terre depuis la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). A l’approche du jour de l’an, la Nasa propose aux internautes de transmettre à leur tour un message aux astronautes qui passeront le Réveillon en orbite autour de la Terre.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESASix personnes se trouvent actuellement à bord de l’ISS : Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri, Dmitri Kondratiev, Paolo Nespoli, Catherine Coleman, et le commandant de bord Scott Kelly. L’agence spatiale américaine vous invite à leur envoyer une carte de voeux virtuelle, via la page http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/postcard/. Quant aux adeptes de Twitter, ils peuvent poster leurs messages de bonne année sur le compte de Paolo Nespoli (lien non disponible).Occupée en permanence depuis le 2 novembre 2000, l’ISS a accueilli cette année à son bord, son onzième Réveillon de Noël.Le 29 décembre 2010 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
Fast-food et café : une mauvaise associationLes résultats d’une nouvelle étude menée par des chercheurs canadiens indiquent que l’association du café à la nourriture des fast-food augmenterait le taux de sucre dans le sang à des niveaux proches de ceux des personnes ayant un risque de diabète.Vendredi dernier, la revue Journal of Nutrition a publié les résultats d’une étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Université de Guelph au Canada. Ces derniers sont parvenus à démontrer que l’association du café et du fast-food avait des conséquences importantes sur notre corps, plus particulièrement l’augmentation du taux de sucre dans le sang. Celle-ci serait provoquée par les graisses saturées du fast-food qui empêchent le corps d’éliminer le sucre dans le sang : un effet renforcé par la caféine.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Pour parvenir à ce résultat, les chercheurs ont demandé à des hommes en bonne santé d’ingérer une boisson riche en graisses. Plusieurs heures plus tard, une partie du groupe recevait une boisson sucrée tandis qu’une autre partie devait ingérer l’équivalent de deux tasses de café, et cela une heure avant de boire eux-aussi la boisson sucrée. Les chercheurs ont alors observé que la glycémie des personnes ayant consommé du café augmentait de 65% comparé aux individus n’ayant pas reçu de caféine. Un effet qui peut durer plusieurs heures, selon les résultats de l’étude. Pour aller plus loin, les chercheurs ont également étudié certaines hormones intestinales. Ils se sont alors aperçus que le repas riche en graisse affectait la production d’insuline, hormone qui régule le taux de sucre dans le sang. De plus, ils sont parvenus à montrer que l’association caféine/graisse avait également pour conséquence de perturber le mécanisme entre l’intestin et le pancréas. Le 9 avril 2011 à 09:07 • Maxime Lambert
Un moustique rendu stérile pour lutter contre le paludismeGrâce à une manipulation génétique, une équipe de chercheurs anglo-italienne a réussi à rendre stérile des moustiques mâles. Cette réussite pourrait constituer une arme efficace contre le paludisme dont le parasite responsable est transmis par la femelle.Le paludisme est l’un des plus grands fléaux de notre époque. Il est à lui seul responsable de la mort de 800.000 personnes en 2009, et en particulier des enfants de moins de cinq ans en Afrique subsaharienne. Il devient donc impératif de trouver une solution pour lutter contre les moustiques qui véhiculent ce parasite. En 2010 déjà, des chercheurs américains avaient réussi à modifier génétiquement des moustiques anophèles de manière à les rendre incapables de transmettre le plasmodium. De plus, il y a deux mois, la revue Nature publiait des travaux de scientifiques qui avaient réussi à identifier des molécules odorantes capables de mettre en échec le flair aiguisé des moustiques en perturbant leurs organes sensoriels sans lesquels ils ne peuvent pas détecter le CO2 contenu dans l’air expiré par les humains, et sont donc incapables de repérer leurs proies. Des mâles stériles pour freiner la reproduction des insectes Mais TV5monde rapporte aujourd’hui les résultats de la toute dernière recherche en date, réalisée par une équipe de chercheurs anglo-italienne. En effet l’étude parue dans les Annales de l’Académie nationale américaine des sciences (PNAS) fait état de la réussite d’une manipulation génétique visant à rendre stériles des moustiques anophèles mâles, une espèce dont la femelle inocule le parasite plasmodium, responsable du paludisme. La multiplication par millions de moustiques anophèles mâles stériles “pourrait potentiellement empêcher la croissance de leur population et réduire le risque de paludisme”, écrivent ainsi les auteurs notamment de l’Imperial College de Londres au Royaume-Uni. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Au cours de leurs recherches, ceux-ci ont en fait observé que les mâles stériles s’accouplaient normalement avec les femelles, mais que celles-ci produisaient, faute de sperme, un grand nombre d’oeufs non-fécondés. Mieux encore : les femelles développaient également, tout comme celles ayant été fécondées par des mâles fertiles, une aversion à une nouvelle insémination. Un phénomène normal puisque celles-ci ne pondent qu’une seule fois au cours de leur existence, qui est estimée à environ deux semaines. Par ailleurs, les chercheurs relèvent que les moustiques mâles stériles pourraient avoir un avantage par rapport à ceux produisant du sperme, car ce processus requiert une plus grande consommation d’énergie, rapporte l’AFP.Un espoir pour d’autres maladies Ainsi, les mâles stériles constitueraient un bon moyen de contrôler la reproduction des moustiques et donc, une alternative potentielle aux insecticides. Néanmoins, les chercheurs ont souligné la nécessité de faire davantage de recherches. D’autant plus que la technique pourrait être utilisée pour d’autres fléaux, le moustique étant également le vecteur de la dengue, une infection virale qui touche 50 millions de personnes chaque année, de la fièvre jaune, de la filariose et du virus du Nil occidental.Le 9 août 2011 à 15:29 • Maxime Lambert
As Clark County continues thawing out, homeowners and businesses alike are faced with the watery result of ruptured frozen pipes.“When temperatures get in the teens, that sometimes throws people off-guard,” said Loretta Callahan, spokeswoman for Vancouver Public Works.Last weekend, city utilities workers fielded 51 calls from people wanting their water shut off due to frozen or burst pipes. On Tuesday, the pipes burst at a Safeway in east Vancouver, 6700 N.E. 162nd Ave., and water cascaded near the entrance. Callahan expects a higher volume of calls as things continue to thaw out and plumbing problems become more apparent.Clark Public Utilities anticipated a similar increase in requests for water to be shut off in the coming days.The Camas/Washougal Fire Department went to a home on Sunday that was flooded by burst pipes. The agency said the homeowners were away when it happened, and that it looked as though it had rained inside.Chief Steve Wrightson with Clark County Fire District 3, which covers rural areas of Hockinson and Battle Ground, said firefighters haven’t responded to any water-flow issues. They dealt with their own plumbing misfortune after a sprinkler broke in an unheated part of the district’s headquarters station. Wrightson said he’s waiting on parts to replace the sprinkler.Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said that fire sprinkler systems should be protected from freezing by being kept at 40 degrees or warmer. The ice in frozen sprinkler systems obstructs the water flow, preventing the sprinkler from working in the event of a fire. Businesses should turn off the water supply if their sprinkler system has frozen and notify the fire department that the system is out of service.As temperatures warm up, people not only have to deal with water damage from ruptured pipes, but also the potential for mold growth, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, spokesman for Clark County Fire & Rescue.
Japan’s Sega Sammy Creation is set to release a new video slot series based on themes from the world-famous line of SEGA video games.The Japanese gaming machine supplier will unveil the new machines along with their video slot lineup for the first time at G2E Asia, to be held at the Venetian Macao from 21 to 23 May. VIP, slots growth at Tigre de Cristal sees Summit Ascent profits soar in 1H19 RelatedPosts Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting Load More The video slot series expands Sega Sammy Creation’s gaming library into the vast EGM slots market, with the SEGA IP series kicking off with two titles, the company said. It will later expand to bring a wide variety of game themes and math models catering to all types of players.Fans of the original titles will also recognize game features fully utilized in the new slot games.“Sega Sammy at its heart is a game company,” said Sega Sammy Creation President and CEO, Hisao Oguchi. “Our main focus is on the entertainment aspect and this new lineup of titles represent our commitment to bringing new and innovative games to casino floors.”