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Sohrabuddin Sheikh ‘fake’ encounter killing case: CBI court acquits all 22 accused

first_img He dictated the order in English and Hindi without looking at any paper and said, “There is no substantial evidence to show that threat, pressure, manipulation has been used in the case. The three main witnesses in the case turned hostile and circumstantial evidence is not substantive enough and there is no corroborative evidence.”Judge Sharma said that of 210 witnesses, 92 turned hostile.The CBI on Friday said it was yet to receive a copy of the order of a special CBI court acquitting all 22 accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh-Kausar Bi fake encounter case, when asked about its future course of action in the case. Delivering the verdict earlier in the day, Judge S.J. Sharma said despite sincere efforts made by the prosecution, a cogent case could not be established since the CBI lacked documentary evidence and reliable witnesses.Hostile witnesses“Sarkaari vakeel ne mehnat ki (prosecutor worked hard) and tried to prove the case, but if witnesses don’t say anything, he can’t do anything,” he said. Delivering the last judgment of his career, Judge Sharma, who is set to retire on December 31, said, “Homicidal death is certain; bullet injuries have been established, there was a post mortem report. However, there is no evidence to show that the accused are the authors of the crime and there was a nexus between them.”On Tulsiram Prajapati, the third victim of the alleged encounter, Judge Sharma said, “The theory that Tulsiram was present and was a witness to the abduction has no substantial evidence and nothing to show that he was there with them [Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi].”Talking about D.G. Vanzara, then Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Anti- Terrorism Squad (ATS) Gujarat, who was discharged in August 2017, the judge said, “Prosecution could not prove that Vanzara saab ‘set’ Ashish Pandya, the sub-inspector. And prosecution could not prove that he spoke to Pandya.”After the verdict was delivered, all the accused hugged and congratulated each other while Rubabuddin, younger brother of Sohrabuddin, sat alone in the court. Of the 22 accused, 21 are junior police officers from Gujarat and Rajasthan, who, the CBI said, were part of the teams that abducted the victims and later killed them in staged encounters. The remaining accused was the owner of the farmhouse in Gujarat where Shaikh and Kausar Bi were illegally detained before being killed.The chargesheet filed by the CBI, on November 22, 2005, said Sohrabuddin along with Kauser Bi and Tulsiram Prajapati, boarded a bus from Hyderabad and proceeded towards Sangli. It was trailed by a Gujarat police team. The three victims were taken into custody by a police team on November 22-23 night. The couple were taken in one vehicle and Prajapati in another. The chargesheet said they were brought to Valsad by Gujarat police. From there, Prajapati was allowed to return to Bhilwara in Rajasthan. Sohrabuddin was murdered and it was shown as the killing of a Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist in an encounter on November 26, 2005 in Ahmedabad. His wife Kauser Bi was murdered on November 29, 2005, and her body disposed of. Prajapati was killed in an encounter.(With PTI inputs) Thirteen years after the killing of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati in an alleged fake encounter in Gujarat, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday acquitted all the 22 accused, saying a conspiracy could not be proven.Judge S.J. Sharma said, “The way in which the evidence was brought before me, I could not help. The prosecution could not prove a conspiracy; it could not prove it beyond reasonable doubt despite investigations being conducted by various agencies.” Judge Sharma went on to add, “I feel sorry that a family had lost its son [Sohrabuddin] and daughter-in-law [Kausar Bi], and it is unfortunate that a mother has lost her son [Tulsiram], but I am helpless on the evidence. I am really sorry but the way in which the evidence was brought before me, I could not help.” Sohrabuddin Shaikh and his wife Kausar Bi were killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2005 by Gujarat Police. File Photiolast_img read more

‘Pressure Released’ as Spain Qualify for Euro 2020, Ireland Wait While Finland Close in on History

first_imgRodrigo Moreno fired Spain into Euro 2020 with a last-gasp equaliser in Sweden while the Republic of Ireland’s chances of reaching the finals are still in the balance after they fell 2-0 in Switzerland.Spain became the sixth team to qualify for next summer’s tournament thanks to Rodrigo, who came off the bench to score a dramatic injury-time leveller in a 1-1 draw in Stockholm, sparking wild celebrations on the touchline. “Qualification is a must for a team like Spain but achieving it still has value,” said Moreno. “It releases the pressure and gives us time to work.”Robert Moreno’s side are top of Group F on 20 points after drawing their last two matches. They are five ahead of Sweden and six above Romania, who missed the chance to take second spot when Norway’s Alexander Sorloth snatched a late 1-1 draw in Bucharest.#Euro2020, ¡allá vamos!@UEFAEURO, here we come!#VamosEspaña pic.twitter.com/9I34c3hyNz— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) October 15, 2019 However it was a far from vintage display from Spain, who started brightly but faded as the match wore on against the lively hosts, who were distraught after missing out on a famous victory right at the death.A celebratory night was tempered slightly by the loss of goalkeeper David de Gea to a thigh injury in the second half, although that will worry his club Manchester United more ahead their meeting with Premier League leaders Liverpool this weekend.IRELAND LEFT SWEATINGIn Group D, Haris Seferovic’s early strike and Shane Duffy’s late own goal kept Switzerland’s hopes of automatic qualification alive with a 2-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland.The win in Geneva means the Swiss are just a point behind group leaders Ireland and Denmark with two matches remaining in their campaign, compared to just the one for the Irish, who host the Danes on November 18 needing a win to guarantee qualification.”It’s a cup final. Beat Denmark to reach Euro 2020. I would have taken that at the start and I’ll take it now,” said the Republic’s coach Mick McCarthy.The Swiss, who also have the better of the head-to-head record with the Irish as the two teams drew 1-1 in September, take on group minnows Georgia and Gibraltar in their final two games.”The result doesn’t mean a lot in the group, we still need to get results in our next two games. If we get the points we need against Georgia and Gibraltar we can turn our attentions to Euro 2020,” said Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic.FINLAND EDGE TOWARDS HISTORYFinland inched closer to qualifying for their first ever European Championships after Teemu Pukki took his qualifying tally to seven in eight matches with a double that helped Finland sweep aside Armenia 3-0 in Turku.Fredrik Jensen gave the Finns a 31th minute lead. Norwich City striker Pukki then scored just after the hour and got his second two minutes from the end with a neat dinked finish.Markku Kanerva’s side stay nine points behind Group J winners Italy, who maintained their 100 percent record with an eighth straight win, 5-0 against Liechtenstein.Finland need a win over rock-bottom Liechtenstein to qualify for their first major tournament after fourth-placed Bosnia & Herzegovina lost 2-1 in Greece with an 88th-minute own goal from Adnan Kovacevic.Israel kept their hopes of qualifying from Group G alive after seeing off Latvia 3-1 as Eran Zahavi scored his 11th goal of the qualifying campaign.Andi Herzog’s side are level on 11 points with North Macedonia and Slovenia and five behind second-place Austria, meaning they still have a chance with two games remaining Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiersfinlandfootball First Published: October 16, 2019, 4:22 PM ISTlast_img read more

Second astronaut after Sunita Williams, Tim Peake completes space marathon: All you need to know

first_imgIn 2007, Sunita Williams, an American astronaut with anIndian-Slovenian descent became the first woman to run and complete a marathonin space. Nine years later, the first man has completed a similar feat to becomethe first man to complete a marathon while in orbit. Here are a few facts about the only two space marathonrunners in the history of mankind.1. Sunita Williams was the first human being to complete amarathon in space and Tim Peake is the first man and second person to achievethe feat and enter the Guinness World Records.2. Sunita had completed the Boston Marathon by covering adistance of 26.2 miles( 42.16 kms) on the International Space Station treadmillin April 2007 and recorded a completion time of 4 hours, 23 minutes and 10seconds. 3.Tim Peake participated in the London Marathon conducted onApril 24, 2016. His completion time for the 42 Km marathon was 3 hours 35minutes and 21 seconds.4. Both space marathoners used a special harness attached tothe treadmill to keep them in place and mimic the pressure of gravity in everyway possible. 5. On one side where the gravity in itself is challengingfor the space runners, the temperature was far better than what theircounterparts in London and Boston were facing. Despite that, the astronautsfaced great odds due to the loss of muscle during their stay at theInternational Space Station.last_img read more

Who is Arsenal academy star Bukayo Saka?

first_imgAs Arsenal’s senior side continue to make progress under head coach Unai Emery, putting together an impressive 18-game unbeaten run, the next generation of talent at Emirates Stadium is beginning to turn heads.Freddie Ljungberg’s Under-23s and Ken Gillard’s Under-18s continue to develop, with Academy chief Per Mertesacker impressed by the level of talent currently on show at Hale End.Goal continues to track the progress of Arsenal’s emerging stars of the future. With the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah both considered first-team prospects, and Reiss Nelson making a name for himself on loan at Hoffenheim, who will be the next starlet to be blooded by Emery? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Bukayo Saka – Arsenal Under-23sBukayo Saka is the latest prodigious youngster to come off Arsenal’s talent conveyor belt, with the teenage having stepped off the bench to make his senior debut against Vorskla in the Europa League.The 17-year-old has turned in consistent performances for the U23s this season and won a penalty in the recent Checkatrade Trophy match against Forest Green Rovers after beating more than four defenders with a skilful run.Joe Willock, who scored twice in that game, told Arsenal Player that Saka “is one of the most talented players we have in the team” before describing him as “fast” and “if you play to his strengths he’s unstoppable at times,” – high praise for a winger who has contributed to 11 goals for the youth teams this season, which works out as a goal every 79.5 minutes.Born and raised in London, Saka is of Nigerian descent and has represented England at youth level where he currently plays for the Under-19s. He recently scored just three minutes into his debut in a 4-0 win over Moldova, finishing Stephen Walker’s through ball to score the third goal for England.A direct, tricky left winger who is one of the youngest players in the U23 set-up, Saka remains highly regarded by his coaches at Hale End and there is a growing belief that he could be close to making more first-team appearances if his performances continue on the same level for the youth teams.“Bukayo is a great talent and played very, very well today,” Ljungberg told Arsenal Player after the 4-0 win over Liverpool in September.“We’ve given him 15 minutes here and 20 minutes there to help him get used to the tempo, the speed and strength of opponents, and he’s taken it in his stride. He’s just going to get better and better, keep his head down and keep on working.”Bukayo SakoSaka scored against Chelsea in the recent 5-4 thriller in Premier League 2 and has been one of Arsenal’s best performers at youth level alongside Xavier Amaechi, Tyreece John-Jules and Smith Rowe.He’s still a raw talent but will benefit from playing at left-back in his long-term development, a position that the Gunners will look to strengthen in over the coming seasons.Other academy talking points Bayli Spencer-Adams scored twice as Arsenal U18s beat Fulham in the Premier League Cup. Ben Cottrell – who turned 17 last month – has impressed for the Under-18s this season on the flanks and provided an assist against Fulham last weekend. He’s reportedly attracting interest from Borussia Dortmund and Marseille. Joe Willock scored a brace as Arsenal U21s beat Forest Green Rovers 3-1 and progressed to the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy. Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal U23s were beaten 5-4 by Chelsea at Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park.Premier League 2 resultsArsenal 4-5 ChelseaArsenal 0-0 EvertonLeicester 1-2 ArsenalBlackburn 0-0 ArsenalU18 Premier League resultsArsenal 4-0 FulhamSwansea 1-3 ArsenalArsenal 4-2 ReadingArsenal 2-1 West Ham Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Live Streaming India vs England 3rd Test Day 5: When and where to watch IND v ENG Test match?

first_imgWhat time is the Test match between England and India?Day 5 of the third Test between India and England will start at 3.30pm IST.Where can I watch the England vs India Test match live?You can watch the Test match live on the following TV channels – Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD from 2.30pm IST.Live Streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and website – sonyliv.comWhen is the England vs India Test match?The third Test between India and England will be played from August 18-22.Where will the England vs India Test match be played?The third Test between India and England will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.Where can I check the online live updates of the England vs India Test match?You can get all the latest updates, reactions, news of the Test match at www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the team squads for England vs India Test match?India’s playing XI: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.England’s playing XI: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Jos Buttler, Oliver Pope, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes.England’s Adil Rashid and James Anderson frustrated India as they finished Day 4 of Trent Bridge on 311/9 on Tuesday.Jasprit Bumrah took a five-wicket haul (5/85) as Indian bowlers snared nine wickets in total in the day but are still one away from a win.advertisementOn the other hand, England need 210 runs to achieve the improbable.India took five wickets in the final session of the day after failing to take a single wicket in the second session. Four wickets fell in the first session.The Indian bowlers, however, failed to pick the final wicket and will now have to return on Day 5.Flamboyant strokeplayers Buttler (106) and Stokes (62) curbed their natural instinct to added 169 runs in 57.2 overs in a show of grit and application.It was a tough period for the Indian bowlers as the two players were ready to grind it out. Buttler playing 176 balls with 21 boundaries but more importantly Stokes, who consumed 187 deliveries, hitting only six fours.While India were never in trouble but the period once again defined the beauty of Test cricket where it was once again proved why patience is the most important virtue for top teams.last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah salutes MS Dhoni: Legends don’t need to prove their worth to anyone

first_imgBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli may have scored yet another hundred in a successful run chase but it was MS Dhoni’s knock which stole the show at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday night.India rode on Kohli’s 104 and Dhoni’s unbeaten 55 to chase down 299 and beat Australia by 6 wickets in the second ODI and levelled the three-match series 1-1.Former captain Dhoni played a subdued role in support of his successor Kohli as two players with the joint experience of more than 550 ODIs steadily chipped away at Australia’s total.With Kohli’s untimely dismissal, Dhoni took up the chase and carried India to a victory which will see the series decided on Friday in the third international at Melbourne.India came to the final over needing seven runs to win and Dhoni smashed the first ball over the long straight boundaries at the Adelaide Oval for a six which tied the scores, then clinched the win with a single from the next ball.Dhoni was fortunate to have the heady support of Dinesh Karthik, who came to the crease at a difficult moment when Kohil had just fallen. He scored 25 from just 14 balls to ensure India reached its target.”Credit to Virat and Dhoni, the way they played. We got a good start as well so it’s the sort of win that will give the team a lot of confidence, chasing 300.”(Dhoni) has been doing it for years now and the fact he can stay calm, the fact he can absorb pressure and watch the ball, keep the plan very simple. You need the big shot and then he delivers,” Karthik said after the match.advertisementSocial media was abuzz following India’s win with Dhoni garnering a lot of praise for the way he finished yet another match for India.Teammate Jasprit Bumrah lauded the former skipper saying, “Legends don’t need to prove their worth to anyone. Great display of class and temperament by Mahi bhai.”Legends don’t need to prove their worth to anyone. Great display of class and temperament by Mahi bhai @msdhoni and @imVkohliCongratulations on the win!#AUSvINDJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 15, 2019Sachin Tendulkar also tweeted, congratulating India for the win while also praising the knocks of Kohli, Dhoni and Karthik.”A great win and a fabulous innings by @imVkohli. Yet another at his adopted home ground. Excellent role played by @msdhoni and @DineshKarthik to take India over the line,” Tendulkar posted.A great win and a fabulous innings by @imVkohli. Yet another at his adopted home ground. Excellent role played by @msdhoni and @DineshKarthik to take India over the line. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/7n3M2l3hZSSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 15, 2019Sehwag, in his trademark style tweeted: “Picture abhi baaki hai mere Dost! Wonderful innings from Virat. Dhoni and Karthik finishing it in style. Will need more matches with 4-5-6 playing handy match-winning knocks.”Picture abhi baaki hai mere Dost !Wonderful innings from Virat. Dhoni and Karthik finishing it in style. Will need more matches with 4-5-6 playing handy match-winning knocks. pic.twitter.com/YHdwJ0G59XVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 15, 2019″Fantastic run chase by India. Excellent 100 from Virat, he makes it look very easy. Was wonderful to see Dhoni finish of the game beautifully and Dinesh Karthik’s cameo was very very important in the end. The final game should be a cracker,” Laxman said.Fantastic run chase by India . Excellent 100 from Virat, he makes it look very easy. Was wonderful to see Dhoni finish of the game beautifully and Dinesh Karthik’s cameo was very very important in the end. The final game should be a cracker.VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 15, 2019Mohammed Kaif in his tweet wrote: “Excellent reading of the game today by Dhoni. Karthik in the end made it easy for him but it was yet another masterclass by Kohli that made the difference.”Excellent reading of the game today by Dhoni. Karthik in the end made it easy for him but it was yet another Masterclass by Kohli that made the difference .Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 15, 2019Harbhajan on his part said: “Well done Team India @BCCI congratulations @imVkohli yet again top in and good to see old touch of @msdhoni coming to the party. That’s the way.. keep up the good work.”Well done Team India @BCCI congratulations @imVkohli yet again top inn and good to see old touch of @msdhoni coming to the party.That’s the way.. keep up the good work #IndiaVsAusadvertisementHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 15, 2019Bhogle praised Dhoni’s fitness while saying: “Dhoni has shown his class here. Just understood the situation beautifully. And this is a tribute to his fitness.”And of course, that is how it has always been! Never trying to be centre-stage. https://t.co/VAjbJl1K7gHarsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 15, 2019Highest batting average in successful chases in ODIs (min.25 inns):99.85 MS Dhoni99.04 Virat Kohli#AUSvINDRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 15, 2019#2009vs2019@msdhoni still smashing sixes and finishing chases! pic.twitter.com/fv0wvz3rnSICC (@ICC) January 15, 2019MS Dhoni Six vs Australia. #Dhoni #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/X2E4IH8yYlBest Of MS Dhoni (@MissYouMSDhoni) January 15, 2019It’s an MS Dhoni finish in Adelaide!India win by 6 wickets. #CricketMeriJaan #AUSvINDMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 15, 2019A last over thriller in Adelaide. #TeamIndia clinch the 2nd ODI by 6 wickets courtesy winning touches from @imVkohli @msdhoni & @DineshKarthik. 1-1 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/aMI0q5BhajBCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2019India today provided only the second instance in the ODI history of first five wickets producing 40+ runs each in a chase.The only other such instance came in 1993 for Pak v WI at Sharjah.#AUSvINDRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 15, 2019MS Dhoni 50 in93 balls at SCG53 balls at Adelaide#AusvInd#AusvsIndMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 15, 2019Just going to leave this out here… #AUSvIND #KeepCalmAndBelieveInMSD #KingKohli #Champions pic.twitter.com/HwmHtEBS8dJimit K (@jimitdds) January 15, 2019HaHaHaHa Watch this.. I feel so sorry for Dhoni Haters today #MSDhoni #2ndODI #AUSVIND https://t.co/4LmNlNscekBabul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) January 15, 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli scores 39th ODI hundred: Shane Warne leads tributes for the KingAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni help India gun down 299, series level 1-1Also Read | India vs Australia 2nd ODI in Adelaide: Match Highlightslast_img read more

Mou slams Man Utd fans over Lukaku treatment

first_imgManchester United Mourinho hits out at Man Utd fans for not backing Lukaku Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 20:44 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 30092017 Getty Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Premier League José Mourinho The Red Devils boss has once again criticised the club’s supporters, this time for failing to get behind their new signing and top scorer Jose Mourinho has hit out at Manchester United fans for their lack of loyalty to top scorer Romelu Lukaku.The Belgium international has scored seven Premier League goals since signing for Everton during the summer for £75 million. However, despite the striker’s immediate impact for the Red Devils, Mourinho believes that the fans are not giving him enough credit nor the support he deserves.Rashford 4/1 FGS with dabblebet 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 “Yeah, I would like the supporters to explain to me why they don’t support him so much,” Mourinho told MUTV. “He gives everything and I think it is not fair when scoring the goal or not scoring the goal makes the whole difference.“I don’t think it is fair at all. So I’m a bit disappointed – but not with him. With him very pleased.”On Saturday, United defeated Tottenham 1-0 thanks to a goal from substitute Anthony Martial, with some of the fans booing when he replaced young forward Marcus Rashford.Mourinho was also puzzled by that reaction, questioning whether the fans were Red Devils or not.“I really don’t understand some reactions why,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “Are they Red Devils? Sometimes I don’t know because they [the forwards] work amazingly well.“Today there were two strikers playing together against three top central defenders – the best we have in Europe – and they had to do the defensive job of pressing them when they were coming out with the ball which they do very well because they have big routines of playing with three in the back.”last_img read more

Wenger takes aim at referees & Sterling

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger slams standard of refereeing after accusing Sterling of diving in Man City clash Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 01:50 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) wenger-cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Manchester City v Arsenal Arsenal Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling The Arsenal boss believes the officials gave Pep Guardiola’s side a helping hand during the Premier League affair on Sunday Arsene Wenger slammed Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling for “diving” and gave a scathing assessment of the standard of officiating in the Premier League, claiming it “drops every season” after Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.Arsenal 6/4 to beat SpursArsenal felt aggrieved by the awarding of a second-half penalty, with Nacho Monreal penalised for bringing down Sterling. 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 City’s third goal frustrated Arsenal even more, as David Silva teed up Gabriel Jesus for an easy finish despite the Spaniard appearing to stray offside in the build-up.And Wenger was left fuming with referee Michael Oliver at full-time.”I felt it was an intense game, quality on both sides,” he told Sky Sports. “Of course, Man City are on a high, but I felt we had plenty of dangerous situations and chances and I would say overall, once again, the referee made the decisions today with a soft penalty and an offside goal.”We are used to it. We had two offside goals against us last year [at the Etihad]. I feel they [referees] don’t work enough.”The referees don’t work enough because the level drops every season and it’s unacceptable what happens.”The physical level [of the officials] is very good, it’s the decisions [that are not very good].HD Arsenal arguing with referee“At 2-1 we are in the game and he gives a clear offside goal and of course that kills the game for us.”Last year we conceded two offside goals as well. Of course, they are a top team, but on top of that it makes it difficult.”[The decisions were] just wrong. I think we played quite well against a team that plays with pace and is always dangerous on the counter. We created dangerous situations.”I think in first half we were too deep, second half we were much more in it. At 2-1 it looked like we could come into it. The 3-1 [goal] was the killer.”Sterling, who was linked with a move to Arsenal as part of a potential swap deal with Alexis Sanchez in the last transfer window, also irked Wenger, who felt that the England international went down too easily for the penalty.Raheem Sterling Manchester City 101717“I believe it was no penalty,” Wenger added to BBC Sport. “We know that Sterling dives well, and he does that [win the penalty] very well.”Wenger’s goalkeeper Petr Cech was rather more sympathetic towards the officials, however, acknowledging the difficulty of their job.He said: “At 2-1 we got back into the game and we were in it, we had time to search for the equaliser but the third goal makes a huge difference.”I can’t comment on the penalty because of my angle, but the third goal, I was surprised. David Silva looked far behind everybody but the referee has a better view than me.”Referees have a difficult job to do. I don’t know if he got it right or wrong but that goal made the difference.”last_img read more

Coutinho won’t comment on Liverpool future

first_imgTransfers Coutinho won’t comment on Liverpool future amid fresh Barcelona speculation Jamie Smith 03:46 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Getty Images Transfers Barcelona AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool Liverpool Premier League Philippe Coutinho Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruña Primera División The Brazilian playmaker was defended by his team-mate following rumours of a potential January move to Camp Nou Philippe Coutinho turned down the chance to commit his immediate future to Liverpool after scoring a fantastic goal in Sunday’s 4-0 Premier League win at Bournemouth.The Brazilian’s dazzling solo effort broke the deadlock at the Vitality Stadium and he later recorded a pair of assists as Jurgen Klopp’s men ran riot to move up to fourth place.But, with Barcelona ready to rekindle their long-held interest in the playmaker , Coutinho would not be drawn on what his future holds when he spoke after the game. 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 “I always say the same thing, I try to enjoy the moment,” Coutinho told Sky Sports. “I like to play football and I always try my best.”It was a nice goal for me but the most important thing was Liverpool getting better and winning the game, so we’re happy with the three points. “Everyone enjoys playing, the manager changes it sometimes but everyone who is on the pitch can give their best and that’s good for Liverpool.”Coutinho vs BournemouthAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain defended Coutinho from being grilled about his future after pipping his team-mate to the television man-of-the-match award.”Phil is doing well for us and he’s so professional and gives his all for us,” the England international said. “That’s the most important thing and it’s not fair to ask those sorts of questions.”The four boys up front [Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino] have been on fire recently. They’re not bad!”Everyone’s a quality player and it’s up to the rest of us to get in and among it. But with the squad rotation we have to keep performing.”Oxlade-Chamberlain put in arguably his strongest performance since signing from Arsenal, but the versatile midfielder believes there is still more to come.”I’m trying my best and I’ve definitely made strides forward,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “I have areas to improve and I know that, but I’m trying to do the things the manager wants.”I’m happy with the performance but you normally have to get a goal to get man of the match. We know Phil and Mo can come up with magic.”last_img read more

Australia: Herb Elliott Port Receives …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close zoom Trelleborg has met an exceptionally tight time frame to successfully deliver its state-of-the-art Quick Release Hooks (QRHs) with load monitoring, remote release and a central monitoring system to the Herb Elliott Port in Australia. By delivering ahead of schedule and avoiding the need to equipment by air freight, Trelleborg was also able to save its customer, Fortescue Metals Group Limited (FMG), a substantial amount of money.Ron Yelland, Superintendent’s Representative at Fortescue, said: “Trelleborg provided remarkable assistance in accelerating the delivery of QRH units, to an extremely tight turnaround time.“Trelleborg supported us through all phases of the project, from the engineering phase, through manufacturing and assembly, to transportation and commissioning, all without compromising the quality of the final delivered project.”After initially winning the contract to supply four units back in late 2011, Trelleborg Marine Systems was chosen to supply a further six earlier this year. Fortescue had initially intended to use a competitor’s product in the second stage of the project, but turned to Trelleborg after receiving approval of an additional wharf, resulting in an alternative berthing strategy.Trelleborg was also able to overcome the issue of restricted space for the remote release console. Having originally only had four units delivered, Fortescue asked Trelleborg to adapt the existing console space to accommodate the additional six units. Trelleborg was able to build a custom solution to meet Fortescue’s requirements.Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg Marine Systems, said: “Being awarded the contract to supply a further six QRHs to Fortescue really substantiated what we already knew about the reliability of our solution. We were also able to meet some really demanding performance requirements for the project.“To berth the large sizes and varied vessels the port expects; the vertical angle of the hooks had to be extended up to 60 degrees – something very few, if any, competitor products on the market can currently deliver. Due to the change in tide at the port, we were also required to meet a mooring line angle range of -15 to 75 degrees.”Trelleborg also supplied ten of its SCN1800 cone fenders to the project. Super Cone Fenders (SCN) are the latest generation of ‘cell’ fenders, with optimal performance and efficiency.The conical body shape makes the SCN very stable even at large compression angles, and provides excellent shear strength. With overload stops the Super Cone marine fender is even more resistant to over-compression.The Herb Elliott Port expansion project has seen the port extended by an additional two berths, to a total of four. The port has completed a major works program as part of Fortescue’s 9 billion USD expansion to 155 million tonnes per annum. Trelleborg, November 26, 2013last_img read more

Long Beach Delegation to Meet with European Liners

first_imgzoom Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is leading a Port of Long Beach delegation on a weeklong business development trip this week to meet with executives at the European home offices of the world’s three largest shipping lines.The shipping lines that the delegation will visit are Copenhagen-based A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, Mediterranean Shipping Company in Geneva, Switzerland and CMA CGM, headquartered in Marseilles, France.The group said it plans to update port customers on the impact of the recent labor negotiations and steps being taken to improve congestion and make the Port more efficient.“It’s incredibly important that we let our customers know that despite the labor negotiation process and congestion, the Port of Long Beach is still the best place to do business on the West Coast,” said Mayor Garcia.” Our goal is to reach out to these customers and industry leaders, to listen to their concerns and to share the news of our bright future,” said Commission President Doug Drummond. “We have turned the corner on congestion and we are committed to making even more improvements to the supply chain.”The Long Beach delegation will discuss the tentative agreement on a five-year contract for dockworker labor, the decision by federal regulators to allow closer cooperation between Long Beach and its neighbor, the Port of Los Angeles in addition to local chassis fleets developments.Delegation members include Harbor Commission President Drummond, Commission Vice President Rich Dines, Commissioner Lou Anne Bynum and Harbor Department Chief Executive Jon Slangerup.In addition to the shipping lines, the delegation will meet with representatives of the Port of Marseilles, the Baltic and International Maritime Council, the world’s largest international shipping association and the World Trade Organization.last_img read more

Paving Project Scheduled for Coxheath Interchange

first_imgThe Coxheath Interchange on Highway 125, near Sydney, will be completed this summer as a result of a tender announcement by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender is for grading, gravelling and paving of the ramps for the interchange which will be Exit 5A on Highway 125 and for the connecting roads to the widened Sydney River bridge. The total distance of the work involved is about 3.5 kilometres. The tender closes on Friday, Mar. 3, and the project is scheduled for completion by the end of August. “Highway 125 provides an important connection between Highway 105 and the Sydney area,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell. “Completion of this work will ease the path of traffic on Highway 125.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Order of Canada marks 50 years with quintessential Canadian additions

first_imgOTTAWA – Peter McAuslan was 21 in 1967 when he took three weeks to hitchhike from Vancouver to Montreal, stopping in local pubs to watch the Stanley Cup final along the way.The trip across the country tied together hockey, beer and Canada’s centennial.Five decades later, McAuslan will be recognized for his efforts to grow the Canadian beer industry as his name is added to the cornerstone of the Canadian honours system, one that’s celebrating a milestone anniversary of its own on Saturday.It was on July 1, 1967, that the Order of Canada received its first members.This Canada Day, the list of appointees will grow by 99, including the Prince of Wales, soccer star Christine Sinclair, hockey legend Mark Messier, actor Mike Myers, actress Catherine O’Hara, musician Alan Doyle, and TV host Alex Trebek, making some 7,000 people who will have their names on the rolls of the decades-old honours program.There are actors and athletes, community and business leaders, and innovators and entrepreneurs, including the beer man McAuslan.“The whole Canadian-and-beer thing, it’s a romance that goes back a really long way,” the 71-year-old founder of McAuslan Brewery said in an interview.“They are a reflection of not only who we are, but where we’ve come from.”While the Order of Canada turns 50 this year, it could have easily been turning 150 if not for decades of political unease about creating a distinctly Canadian honours system, worried it would be seen as another symbol of political patronage.A royal commission headed by former Governor General Vincent Massey, which provided the foundation for modern arts and culture funding, recommended creating a Canadian honours system like the Order of Canada.Louis St-Laurent, the prime minister at the time, was adamantly opposed. That portion of the commission’s report was suppressed — technically a violation of parliamentary rules, said Christopher McCreery, who has studied the history of the Order of Canada.In the lead-up to Canada’s centennial in 1967, Lester Pearson’s government decided to move on the idea and quickly cobbled together everything needed to create the Order of Canada, including an insignia.Over the past half-century, Canada has gone from having no honours system to having one of the largest and most complicated in the world, McCreery said. Countries like New Zealand and Australia have tried to replicate the Canadian model in their own systems, he said.“That speaks to the success of the present system.”The list released Friday by Rideau Hall bears some similarities to the one from 50 years ago.In place of international renowned soprano Pierette Alaire, today there is opera star Tracy Dahl.In place of Massey and Laurent are former Supreme Court justice Marshall Rothstein, former Liberal heritage minister Liza Frulla and the country’s top bureaucrat, Wayne Wouters.Street nurse Catherine Crowe, Me to We founder Roxanne Joyal and Catherine Latimer, executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada, are being honoured, much as social advocates were in the first list released in 1967.And in place of David Bauer — instrumental in Canada’s national hockey program — and Montreal Canadiens great Maurice Richard, there is Messier, the ex-Edmonton Oiler forward with the quintessentially Canadian nickname, “Moose.”“I’ve always felt being a Canadian really meant something to me, and being able to represent Canada in the international competitions like I did was something that I’ll never forget,” Messier said in an interview.“This takes it to another level where it goes beyond the game of hockey, because (of what) the players that have been elected to this honour have done outside the game of hockey as well, which I think was a huge responsibility for all us and one not to be taken lightly.”“Humbling” is how recipients describe being named to the order. Just ask Alan Doyle, best known as the former lead singer of Newfoundland and Labrador folk-rock stalwarts Great Big Sea.“If you look into the list of people who get this award, are all exceptional people in their own work life and in their own artistic life or political life or business life or whatever, but then they’re almost always very community-minded people and people who have tried to give back to the place, their town, their city, their province, their country,” Doyle said.“It’s humbling to be in that company, in all honesty.“It’s also quite motivational. It makes me want to do more stuff becuase I feel like it’s important.”last_img read more

Notley threat to cut off oil to others not a new tactic

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s threat to reduce oil shipments to other provinces, the latest salvo in a recent pipeline dispute with British Columbia, carries on a provincial tradition of using its natural resources to reinforce its political positions.The energy-rich province has used its oil and gas exports as leverage at least three times in the past to win arguments with other levels of government, oilpatch historian and author David Finch said Friday.“Because the … premier represents the people of Alberta as owners of the natural resource, there’s always more at stake on these issues and the Alberta perspective is always different than the Ottawa perspective,” he said.Notley on Thursday said she would, if pushed, replicate the actions of former premier Peter Lougheed who in 1980-81 reduced oil flows over several months and cancelled two oilsands developments after the federal Liberals brought in the national energy program with its price controls, new taxes and revenue sharing.Finch said ex-premier Ernest Manning “flexed his muscles” and sent a shipment of natural gas to Montana in 1951 to assert the province’s right to control its exports. And then-Alberta energy minister Don Getty reduced natural gas shipments to Ontario in 1975 to protest federal policies he felt were discouraging establishing a petrochemical industry in the West.Alberta has been locked in an inter-provincial dispute with its western neighbour over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. It became more heated earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased oil flow until more research is completed on pipeline safety and spill response — B.C. backed down after Alberta suspended imports of B.C. wine.The Alberta government still has the legal right to restrict exports of oil and gas by withholding “removal permits,” said Bob Skinner, executive fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, whose career has included stints in the federal energy department, industry and academia.However, he thinks there’s a “very low chance” that Notley will actually implement export cuts because her threat echoes a previous suggestion by Opposition United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, who could be the next premier.“She does not have to do it because what she’s done is take an arrow from the quiver of Jason Kenney, so the signal to British Columbia and Premier (John) Horgan is, ‘If you think I’m a toughie, just you wait. I’m offering you a basis for negotiation. I don’t think you’ll get that if somebody else is here.’”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that the Alberta-B.C. dispute over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion plans isn’t the first time provinces have disagreed on a project, adding that it’s important the federal government show leadership now.“What I have been very clear about is that this project is in the national interest and it will get built,” Trudeau said in Regina.The Trudeau government approved the Kinder Morgan project in 2016, but the pipeline has since faced permit fights and challenges from the B.C. government. The $7.9-billion expansion would triple the amount of Alberta crude going from Edmonton to the port in Burnaby, B.C.Any reduction in shipments through the existing Trans Mountain line would likely affect operations of the 55,000-barrel-per-day Burnaby, B.C., refinery owned by Alberta-based Parkland Fuel Corp., which bought it from Chevron in November.“We are reaching out to both the Alberta and British Columbia governments to discuss this issue. We hope that they can resolve this issue in a way that is beneficial to Canada, and both provincial economies,” said Parkland spokeswoman Annie Cuerrier on Friday.“Any measure that restricts the supply of oil to British Columbia would be negative for both economies.”Parkland’s Burnaby refinery is currently down for maintenance, which is already putting the squeeze on drivers in B.C., where gas prices spiked as high as $1.50 per litre this week.The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors said in a statement Friday it supports Notley’s move.“An ongoing trade conflict with B.C. is not a desirable outcome for anyone, but tidewater access for Canadian crude products is just too important an issue to back down from,” said CAODC president Mark Scholz.Spokeswoman Chelsie Klassen said the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers opposes trade barriers between provinces and encouraged “collaboration between governments rather than divisiveness.”Environmentalists, meanwhile, said they were disappointed with the Notley’s brinkmanship.“It feels like a betrayal, it feels like they’re really going against the values of a lot of people who supported them,” said Claire Edwards, 23, an Albertan who said she helped with Notley’s election campaign.She was reached in Vancouver where she plans to take part in a pipeline protest march on Saturday holding a huge banner that reads “Albertans against Kinder Morgan.”She added it seems like the oil and gas industry is in charge in Alberta no matter which party is in power.—With files from Ryan McKenna in ReginaCompanies mentioned in this story: (TMX:KML)last_img read more

Sudan UN envoy calls on parties to abide by peace pact in

7 December 2009The top United Nations envoy in Sudan has voiced his concern over the detention and alleged beating of some prominent Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) leaders, opposition supporters and civil society activists during demonstrations earlier today, noting that they could impact negatively on the 2005 peace pact that ended the country’s north-south civil war. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), also expressed concern about the reported setting on fire of National Congress Party (NCP) offices, according to a statement. He noted that these developments come at a “very critical” stage in negotiations between the SPLM and the NCP on issues related to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which includes a provision for a referendum on independence for the south slated for 2011, following national elections next year.“He emphasized the central importance of political rights and freedoms, especially in the lead-up to elections and referendum,” said the statement.While welcoming the subsequent release of SPLM leaders as well as First Vice-President Salva Kiir’s call for calm and restraint, Mr. Qazi urged all concerned authorities to take measures to ensure that law and order is maintained and acts of political violence are prevented. “He called on both parties to give the highest priority to bringing about a conducive political environment for the successful implementation of the CPA.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated in a recent report that the key to implementing the CPA is the relationship between its signatories, the NCP and the SPLM, and called on both sides to boost cooperation. read more

New committee to help support DR Congos transition – UN

Chaired by former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, the Committee includes other high-profile officials, including the former President of Benin, Nicéphore Soglo, the former Prime Minister of Senegal, Mame Boye, and the former head of Tanzania’s electoral commission, Justice Lewis Makame. One or two other members are expected to be named to the body in the coming days. The Committee will work to foster democracy by lending its support to restoring an atmosphere of confidence and peace, with a view to a smooth electoral process; helping solve conflicts through mediation; and providing guidance on key issues of concern.The new body is an initiative of five Congolese institutions, including the Independent Electoral Commission, and is supported by the UN Secretary-General and the President of the African Union. The election in DRC, which is being supported by MONUC, involves some 25.7 million voters casting ballots for over 33 candidates for president and more than 9,700 candidates for the 500-seat National Assembly. read more

Oil jumps above 97 as US home prices rise and stocks chase

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2013 2:46 pm MDT Oil jumps above $97 as US home prices rise and stocks chase records NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil climbed above US$97 a barrel as home prices in the U.S. accelerated and stock markets resumed their rise toward record levels.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery rose US$1, or 1 per cent, to US$97.44 a barrel around midday on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil hasn’t closed above US$97 in New York since Sept. 14.Oil is now up more than US$5 a barrel this year.Signs of improvement in the global economy are driving the increase in oil prices.A report Tuesday showed U.S. home prices in November had the biggest year-over-year increase in six years. That added to evidence showing that the housing market is recovering and outweighed a separate report indicating that higher taxes and an uncertain economic picture are sapping consumers’ confidence.Those were the latest reports in a big week for U.S. economic indicators. The government will also this week release the latest numbers on weekly jobless claims, January unemployment and fourth-quarter growth. And the Federal Reserve’s policy committee is holding a two-day meeting that concludes on Wednesday.U.S. stocks are approaching record levels after a January rally that has pushed the Dow Jones industrial average 6.2 per cent higher this month. And the Standard & Poor’s 500 index is up 5.3 per cent, its highest level since December 2007.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, rose 57 cents to US$114.05 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex:— Wholesale gasoline rose 2 cents to US$2.96 per gallon (3.79 litres).— Natural gas lost 6 cents to US$3.25 per 1,000 cubic feet.— Heating oil gained 3 cents to US$3.09 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

US factory orders drop 15 per cent biggest setback since July as

FILE – In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, file photo, driver Kyle Woodroof loads packages in his delivery truck in Kansas City, Mo. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders in December on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2014 8:28 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturers saw orders for their products decline in December by the largest amount in five months although the setback for a key category that tracks business investment was not as large as first reported.Orders to U.S. factories fell 1.5 per cent in December, the biggest drop since July, with much of the weakness coming from a plunge in aircraft orders, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Orders had risen 1.5 per cent in November after a 0.5 per cent October decrease.Orders in a closely watched category that serves as a proxy for business investment declined 0.6 per cent, a smaller fall than the 1.3 per cent drop estimated in a preliminary report last week. The decrease followed a sizable 3 per cent jump in November, an increase spurred by an expiring tax break.Demand for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, fell 4.2 per cent, slightly less than the 4.3 per cent preliminary estimate. Orders for nondurable goods such as chemicals, paper and food rose 1.1 per cent in December following a 0.4 per cent November gain.Analysts say part of the weakness in December reflected a temporary slowdown following a rush to purchase capital goods in November to take advantage of expiring federal tax breaks.Orders for all of 2013 totalled $5.82 trillion, up 2.5 per cent from 2012, as manufacturing continued to recover from the Great Recession.For December, demand for commercial aircraft, a volatile category, fell 17.5 per cent after having risen 21.1 per cent in November. While the drop in airplane orders led the declines, there was weakness in a number of categories. Orders for iron and steel fell 10 per cent while demand for construction machinery was down 2.9 per cent and demand for computers and other electronic products fell 6.3 per cent.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 51.3 in January from 56.5 in December. It was the lowest reading since May although any reading above 50 signals growth in manufacturing.The January performance of the ISM index suggests that U.S. manufacturing slowed at the beginning of this year.Auto sales have decelerated and businesses are spending cautiously on machinery and other large factory goods.The slowdown could mean that economic growth in the first three months of this year will get less support from manufacturing.But some economists said that the weak ISM reading may reflect unusually bad weather in January.The Federal Reserve reported that factory output in December rose for a fifth straight month. Manufacturers produced more cars, trucks and appliances in December. US factory orders drop 1.5 per cent, biggest setback since July, as aircraft demand falls read more

BlackBerry Q1 results should shed light on shift from handsets to software

BlackBerry Q1 results should shed light on shift from handsets to software by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2015 11:33 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry reports first-quarter financial results on Tuesday, with expectations angled towards disappointment as the one time smartphone leader continues to shift focus from handsets to its software business.“All eyes will be on the software revenue line, which needs to show an upward trend to support management’s ambitious turnaround goals,” Bank of Montreal analyst Tim Long said in a recent note to investors.“Whether the numbers hit or not, we hope management provides enough metrics to get some transparency on the underlying trends in the software-oriented recovery.”Chief executive John Chen has been pushing forward with a plan to make Blackberry a sustainably profitable company again after years of losing ground to more innovative smartphones, particularly from Apple and Samsung.Chen has maintained a target of reaching US$600 million in revenue from BlackBerry’s software sales business, which includes a premium version of its BBM services and other offerings angled towards business customers.BlackBerry’s famous smartphones are a separate challenge for the company as it gradually shifts them to a lower priority even as it keeps the phones as an important piece of its larger business.Last month, Chen laid off an unspecified number of employees in its device operations, which make the hardware, software and applications for its phones.Those cuts came as a surprise to analysts because Chen had said less than a year ago that BlackBerry had come to the end of three years of layoffs.RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue highlighted the company’s ability to deliver new phones on time and make cost reductions, both of which he believes are short-term solutions.But he remained concerned about the company’s long-term trajectory.“It’s hard to cut your way to glory,” he said in a note.Smartphones like the reissue of the BlackBerry Bold, Classic and Passport haven’t been hot sellers, which has added extra pressure to make good on Chen’s turnaround plan.Raymond James tech analyst Steven Li estimates the company shipped 1.4 million units to stores, a decline of 13 per cent over the same time last year. BlackBerry doesn’t recognize revenue on those devices until they’re sold to customers.“The Passport remains a niche product and even a full quarter of contribution from both Passport and Classic may not have seen significant traction in a competitive market,” Li said.The company is expected to report revenues of US$646.82 million for the quarter, according the consensus estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.Adjusted earnings are forecast at a loss of US$15.9 million or two cents per share, with the net loss estimated at US$28.9 million or five cents per share.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter read more

Hes built for it Wexford star on his cousins AFL trial with

first_img 25,331 Views Wexford hurler Rory O’Connor and his cousin, county footballer Barry O’Connor. Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 9:30 PM Short URL Subscribe No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/4575464 center_img Wexford hurler Rory O’Connor and his cousin, county footballer Barry O’Connor. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 14 Irish players on the books of Australian Rules clubs, more than at any other stage in history.This month, five young GAA players will take part in trials Down Under as they look to forge careers as professional athletes and add to the growing number of Irish in the AFL.The latest batch of youngsters includes Barry O’Connor, son of Wexford hurling legend George, who was part of the Model County’s football squad during the league. O’Connor is one of five players who’ll partake in AFL trials, alongside fellow Wexford man Ronan Devereux, Sligo’s Luke Towey, Peadar Mogan of Donegal and Armagh’s Ross McQuillan.While the other four are set to take part in the two-week AFL international combine, O’Connor is in Sydney to trial exclusively with the Sydney Swans.A former club of Kerry forward Tommy Walsh, they currently have Tipperary native Colin O’Riordan on their books while Tadhg Kennelly is involved in the coaching set-up.“He landed there yesterday and he’s living with Sam Naismith one of the Swans players,” says Wexford hurler Rory O’Connor, Barry’s first cousin.“So he’s there for two weeks and he’s going to be immersed in the whole thing in how they live and their roles. It’s a great opportunity for him and hopefully he’ll actually get it.“He went through the combine in UCD with all the lads and was a top-four pick,” continues Rory, who lives with Sligo’s Towey in Dublin. Rory O’Connor of Wexford in attendance at the official launch of Physio Led Personal Training at Sports Physio Ireland. SPI gym was fitted out by Model Construction, Killeen Rd, Dublin. Source: Sam Barnes/SPORTSFILE“One of my best friends that I’m living with Luke Towey from Sligo and another fella from Wexford Ronan Devereux are gone over too.“There was a scout there from the Sydney Swans that took a liking to Barry so he asked him over for two weeks.“He’s built for it, he’s conditioned for it, he looks after himself very well and he knows how to kick a ball. It’s basically a rugby ball and we played rugby for years when we were younger. So he might be ahead of the Irish posse in terms of learning how to kick the ball.“He was with the Wexford footballers and they’re going through a rough patch at the moment. He sees it as an opportunity, anyone would. Even if you go over for only one or two years, it’s a great opportunity.”Meanwhile, O’Connor is hopeful the GAA don’t restrict the involvement of inter-county players in the Fitzgibbon Cup over the coming years.The 20-year-old was frustrated with Congress’s decision to change the All-Ireland U21 competition to the U20 grade, which meant he is overage for this campaign. “It’s annoying. They take a year on you. I’d be one of the lads U21 that would be playing with Wexford and we’ve never even been asked or surveyed to ask what’s your opinion on the whole thing – they just change it on you. Rory O’Connor’s DCU reached the Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final this year. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“My only fear is that the next thing they’ll do is take Fitzgibbon. I’m just waiting to see what they do but as players you can be playing away and then the next thing your season is gone.“There’s fellas finishing minor now and they’re just 18 and they need just one more year to make the step to U20 but they’re just idle. They can’t make the U20 team and they’re just out of minor.“I’ve hopefully three or four years left with Fitz. Hopefully, they don’t touch that. It’s a special tournament. Playing with lads you are actually having the craic.“Going down on the bus you are cut toe to leg with abuse, the best craic you will have. Generally, the winners of the Fitzgibbon are the team best bonded together. You are probably training the next day with Wexford or your county team anyway. “Not really training just going to a different college and hurling with lads you might never play with again. Lads in the same boat, doing the same travel just with a different county team.“It is the whole calendar year that might have to be looked at. I don’t have an alternative at the moment.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: By Kevin O’Brien ‘He’s built for it’ – Wexford star on his cousin’s AFL trial with Sydney Swans Barry O’Connor is one of five young GAA players set for trials in Australia this month. Share56 Tweet Email Apr 3rd 2019, 5:34 PM last_img read more