DeMarcus Cousins tests out Achilles in Santa Cruz, starts shedding the rust

first_imgSANTA CRUZ — Following a practice with the Warriors’ G-League affiliate Monday morning, center DeMarcus Cousins emerged unconcerned about the state of his surgically repaired Achilles tendon.“If my life depended on it, I can go out and play a game,” said Cousins, who admitted he doesn’t have a target return date in mind. “But I want to be 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as I can be. I want my body in tip-top shape — it’s not even about the Achilles. It’s about my other body parts and …last_img

South Africa at the Paralympic Games

first_imgThe advantage of hosting the Paralympics was underlined when Australia topped the medal table for the first time. They won 63 gold, 39 silver and 47 bronze medals for a total of 149 medals. Great Britain was second with 41 gold, 43 silver, and 47 bronze medals for a total of 131 medals in all. Canada placed third, with a haul of 38 gold, 33 silver, and 25 bronzes for a haul of 96 medals overall. Did you know that Natalie du Toit was the first person in history to carry her country’s flag at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games? And that South African Paralympians have won over 100 gold medals – an astonishing 21 of these in Beijing in 2008? Find out more about Team SA at the Paralympics. The Stoke Mandeville Games Olympic history While the USA topped the medal table with 175 medals – 75 gold, 52 silver and 48 bronze medals – Germany pushed them hard for top spot, producing 61 champions, 51 runners-up and 59 bronze medal winners for a total of 171 medals. Toronto 1976While Montreal, Canada, hosted the 1976 Olympic Games, Toronto was the venue for the Paralympics, which featured 1 657 competitors. They were to be South Africa’s last Paralympics until Barcelona in 1992. The country managed a 27th place finish on the medal table, with eight medals in all, made up of four gold, one silver and three bronze medals. That year remains the only time in history that South African Paralympians have failed to reach double figures in the medal count. In 1964, only nine different sports were contested in Tokyo with just 375 athletes taking part. South African athletes performed well, finishing sixth on the medal table, with eight gold, eight silver and three bronze medals. Swimming proved to be the team’s strongest suit as it picked up 18 medals, including eight golds. Athletics was a close second with 17 medals, including five golds. At that time, the Stoke Mandeville Games concentrated on events for wheelchair-bound athletes. Competition for athletes with other disabilities would follow at later editions of the Paralympics. Other outstanding performers included Steyn Humphries, who won gold, silver and bronze in field events. Fanie Lombaard won two gold medals and a bronze medal, also in field events, and Malcolm Pringle captured a gold medal and two silvers on the track. Natalie du Toit, as one of only two athletes with disabilities in the Beijing Olympics, had finished 16th in the 10 kilometre open water swim at the Olympics the previous month. She had also carried the South African flag in the Games’ opening ceremony. Daniel Erasmus repeated his feat of four years earlier in Tokyo by winning two gold medals and two silvers in athletics. This time around, he was crowned champion in the shot put and javelin and runner-up in the club throw and discus. He also added a gold medal in the men’s singles in lawn bowls and claimed a silver medal in the pairs. The USA topped the medal table with 33, 27, and 39 for a total of 99 medals in all. Great Britain, with 29, 20 and 20 for a tally of 69 medals placed second, with hosts, Israel, in third. That team included for the first time two athletes, Oscar Pistorius and Natalie du Toit, who would go on to become superstars for bridging the gap between Paralympic and Olympic competition. Heidelberg 1972Heidelberg, Germany, hosted the 1972 Summer Paralympics as the total number of competitors rose to just over 1 000. As had been the case with previous Paralympics, they were intended for wheelchair athletes only, but demonstration events were held for athletes with other disabilities. Eleven sports, with goalball being a demonstration event, were contested. Included in the South African medal haul was a bronze won by Maragaret Harriman in lawn bowls in the women’s singles LB2 category. It came 20 years after she had last won a Paralympic medal and an amazing 36 years after she had first mounted the Olympic podium for Rhodesia. South African Paralympians won eight gold, 12 silver and nine bronze medals for a total of 29 medals and the Team South Africa finished in 18th place on the medal table, second among African nations, with Tunisia (9, 5, 5, 19) leading the way. In London, 164 nations and 4 294 athletes competed in 20 sports. The standard of competition soared to an all-time high with 251 world records being set in just 11 days! South Africa excelled, finishing fourth on the medal table, the highest finish the country has ever achieved in the Paralympics. It produced 16 champions, 12 runners-up, and 13 bronze medallists for a total of 41 medals, which remains the highest number of medals the country has won at the Paralympics to this day. Fanie Lombaard led the way for South Africa with gold medals in the pentathlon, discus and shot put, as well as a silver medal in the javelin. The United States finished in first place, with 50 gold medals, 41 silver medals and 32 bronze medals, for a total of 123 medals in all. Great Britain, with 18 gold, 23 silver, and 20 bronze medals for a total of 61 medals, placed second. Competing close to home, the Americans dominated the Games, capturing 66 gold, 44 silver and 45 bronze medals for a total of 155 medals in all. The Netherlands finished in second place with 45 gold, 25 silver, and 14 bronze medals for a total of 84, with Israel taking third spot thanks to a return of 40 gold, 13 silver, and 16 bronze medals and a tally of 69 medals. From the highs of 1972, when the country finished fourth, South Africa plunged down to 19th place in 1976, winning 26 medals and producing only six Paralympic champions to go with nine silver and 11 bronze medals. Fourteen of the medals were won in athletics. In the swimming pool, Ebert Kleynhans won gold medals in the 50 and 100 metres freestyle in the B3 class. Seven of the South African medals came in athletics, with Pieter Badenhorst winning a gold in the 400 metres and a silver medal in the 200 metres in the men’s TS3 category. One gold medal was won in swimming by Tadhg Slattery in the 100m breaststroke SB5 category. That team included Ernst van Dyk, who has since gone on to win the Boston Marathon a record nine times. In Barcelona, he competed in swimming and wheelchair racing, finishing fifth in the pool and making the semi-finals in his wheelchair events. Natalie du Toit, in her final Paralympic Games, once again led the South African medal haul. She was not in her best form, she admitted, but she was still good enough to sign off with three more gold medals and a silver in the swimming pool. That took her to a South African Paralympic record of 13 gold and two silver medals in her career. Atlanta 1996At Atlanta in 1996, South Africa’s results were much improved. A total of 28 medals were won, including 10 gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals, which was good for 15th place in the standings. The event drew 3 259 competitors in 20 sports. The hosts, the USA, finished top of the table with 47 gold, 47 silver and 68 bronze medals, for an overall count of 162 medals. Great Britain was second with a remarkably even spread of 42 gold, 42 silver and 41 bronze medals, 124 in total, and Australia, with 42 gold, 37 silver and 27 bronze medals for a total of 106 was third. 23 August 2012 London 2012 West Germany displaced the Americans from the top of the medal table, thanks to their 28 Paralympic champions. They added 17 silver and 22 bronze medals for a total of 67 in all. The USA, however, won the most medals, 74, with 17 gold, 27 silver and 30 bronze medals. In Athens, she made (pardon the pun) a big splash, winning five gold medals, three of them in freestyle, one in backstroke, and the other in the individual medley. Tokyo 1964 Oscar Pistorius, known as “The Blade Runner” because of the artificial limbs he runs on, was crowned Paralympic champion in 100, 200 and 400 metres in the T44 class. Hilton Langenhoven also won three titles in the long jump, pentathlon, and 200 metres. Fanie van der Merwe won the 100 and 200 metres in the T37 class. Sydney 2000South Africa improved to 13th place at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000 as the country’s athletes won 13 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals for a total of 38 medals in total. A total of 3 846 athletes took part in 20 sports. In 2012, Pistorius became the first Paralympian to compete in athletics at the Olympics Games themselves in London. With an inspirational display, he proved he wasn’t there to make up the numbers by making it through to the semi-finals of the 400 metres. Ebert Kleynhans, now competing in the S12 class, repeated his feat of four years earlier by winning gold medals in the 50 and 100 metres freestyle. Athens 2004In Athens in 2004, South Africa’s Paralympians once again finished 13th in the standings as 3 806 athletes competed in 19 sports. The country won 15 gold medals, 13 silvers and 7 bronzes for a total of 35 in all. South Africa made its first appearance at the Summer Paralympic Games, then known as the Stoke Mandeville Games, in Tokyo in 1964. Those Games are now recognised as the second edition of the Paralympics. Maragaret Harriman, who had previously represented Rhodesia with great success, claiming five gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals in the previous two Paralympics, won two gold medals in archery. Beijing 2008 Tel Aviv 1968The 1964 Games were, until the 1988 Paralympics, the last Paralympic Games to be held in the same city as the Olympics, so, while Mexico City hosted the Olympics in 1968, Tel Aviv was the venue for the Paralympics. At the time, they were known as the 17th International Stoke Mandeville Games. He, however, won gold in the 400 metres, finishing a massive three-and-a-half seconds ahead of the second placed runner, and also anchored South Africa to a gold medal in the men’s 4 x 100m relay T42/46 in a world record 41.78 seconds. He was later given the honour of carrying the South African flag at the Olympics’ closing ceremony. Christelle Bosker claimed two gold and one bronze medal in field events and Zanele Situ made history by becoming the first black South African athlete to win a Paralympic medal as she lifted gold in the javelin and silver in the discus. Barcelona 1992When South Africa returned to the Paralympic Games in 1992, the numbers had grown to over 3 000 athletes competing in 15 sports. Zanele Situ successfully defended her javelin title, Fanie Lombaard added two golds and a silver medal to his collection, Teboho Mokgalagadi did the 100 and 200 metres double in the T35 class, and Ernst van Dyk won three medals. China easily topped the standings, producing 89 champions, 70 runners-up and another 52 podium finishers for a total of 211 medals. Great Britain, with 42 gold, 29 silver and 31 bronze medals, a total of 102 medals, placed second. The USA, with 35 gold, 35 silver and 28 bronzes, won 99 medals in total and finished third in the medal count. SA MEDALS AT THE PARALYMPICS (gold, silver, bronze, total) Du Toit shone in the Paralympics, taking home five gold medals in the women’s 50, and 100 and 400m freestyle, the 100m butterfly, and the 200m individual medley. In total, during an outstanding Paralympic career, Harriman won 11 gold medals, two silver medals and four bronze medals. Third placed Great Britain, like South Africa, won 16 gold medals. They added 15 silver and 21 bronze medals for a haul of 52 medals in all. Interestingly, in 1964 South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games because of its apartheid policies, but its athletes continued competing at the Paralympics for another 12 years after that. The ban was extended thereafter, however, and South African Paralympians missed the Games of 1980, 1984 and 1988. With over 4 200 athletes participating, South Africa won the most gold medals in the country’s history at the Paralympics in Beijing in 2008. The country won 30 medals in all with an incredible 21 of those being gold. That was enough for a sixth place finish on the medal table. In the swimming pool, Scott Field won four medals, while Tadhg Slattery, 12 years after he first won a gold medal at his first Paralympic Games, won gold again in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB5 class. Philippa Johnson, a winner of two silver medals in Athens four years earlier, won two gold medals in equestrian competition. 1964 Tokyo: 8, 8, 3, 191968 Tel Aviv: 9, 10, 7, 261972 Heidelberg: 16, 12, 13, 411976 Toronto: 6, 9, 11, 261992 Barcelona: 4, 1, 3, 81996 Atlanta: 10, 8, 10, 282000 Sydney: 13, 12, 13, 382004 Athens: 15, 13, 7, 352008 Beijing: 21, 3, 6, 302012 London: 8, 12, 9, 29——————- 110, 88, 82, 280 Ernst van Dyk, the 2006 winner of the Laureus Sportsperson with a Disability of the Year Award and a nine-time Boston Marathon champion, finished second in the men’s individual hand cycling road race, just one second behind the winner, former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi. Daniel Erasmus was the star of the show for the South Africa, winning medals in all four events he entered, with golds in the shot put and discus and silver medals in the club throw and javelin. Oscar Pistorius, like Du Toit one of the most recognisable faces of the Games, suffered a shock defeat, losing for the first time ever in the men’s T44 200 metres. Du Toit, who had lost her left leg below the knee in an accident in 2001, was already known for her feat of qualifying for the final of the 800 metres freestyle at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. It was the first time an athlete with a disability had qualified for the final of an able-bodied event at a major competition. The numbers at the 1968 Paralympics doubled from 375 to 750 athletes. Once again South Africa performed well, winning 26 medals, nine of them gold. They also claimed silvers, and seven bronze medals to end in 10th place in the medal count. Anrune Liebenberg set a personal best time of 56.65 to claim bronze in the women’s T46 400 metres and secured bronze in the 200 metres in a regional record of 25.55. In the pool, the leading South African men’s medal winner was Charl Bouwer, who set an African record of 23.99 to capture gold in the 50 metres freestyle. He added further African records in silver medal winning efforts in the 100, backstroke and freestyle. Ilse Hayes was the leading South African woman in athletics, winning the F13 long jump with a leap of 5.70 metres and picking up silver in the 100 metres with a time of 12.41 seconds. When she carried the flag for the Paralympic team, she became the first person in history to do so at both the Olympics and Paralympics. Arnu Fourie kept Pistorius out of the medals in the 100 metres T44 race by finishing third in a regional record of 11.08 seconds and was also part of the world record setting relay squad. Pistorius began his Paralympic career with a gold medal in the men’s T44 200 metres and a bronze medal in the 100 metres. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Microsoft’s Rotten Friday: Hack Revealed As Azure, Halo Go Down

first_imgTags:#Amazon#Azure#cloud#cybersecurity#hack#Microsoft markhachman Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Microsoft ended the week with a pair of black eyes: a failure to secure a security certificate brought its Azure cloud service tumbling down, and the company also confessed to being the latest corporate victim of a high-profile hacking attempt.The Azure failure also affected Microsoft’s Xbox game, Halo 4, Microsoft confirmed.The highest-profile incident may have had the least effect: “a small number” of Microsoft PCs were penetrated by an unknown intruder. No user data was compromised, Microsoft said in a blog post. “Consistent with our security response practices, we chose not to make a statement during the initial information gathering process,” Matt Thomlinson, general manager of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Security unit, wrote. “During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations. We have no evidence of customer data being affected and our investigation is ongoing.”The attacks were consistent with other efforts to penetrate computers within Apple and Facebook, Microsoft said. Facebook discovered its attack last week, which followed attacks on the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times via an unpatched exploit within Java, exploited, experts believe, by the Chinese military.Separately, ZenDesk reported Friday that it too, was hacked, exposing emails that clients Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest used to communicate it with it for service-related requests. Lack Of SSL Certificate Brings Azure DownAt press time Friday night, Microsoft still had not implemented a fix for the Azure issue, caused by a failure to obtain a new SSL certificate. That brought its Azure storage services down across all of its worldwide regions, as well as services that were dependent upon them.At 9:30 PM UTC (4:30 PM ET), Microsoft discovered that “HTTPS operations (SSL transactions) on Storage accounts worldwide are impacted,” the company said.  By 9:45 PM UTC, the the management portal,, and the service bus, plus the websites that Azure serves were also down. By 10:15 PM, the company had begun validating steps to repair the problem, but hadn’t formally announced a fix. After users began circulating screenshots of what appeared to be an expired SSL certificate, the company acknowledged its error.“Windows Azure Storage has been affected by an expired certificate,” a spokesman said in an emailed statement. We are working to complete the restoration as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our customers. For more information please go to” Microsoft also apologized to customers via Twitter.Microsoft also reported problems with its Compute services, preventing users from creating new virtual machines. That left users who needed to create those virtual machines to host new apps scratching their heads. “Most of our apps are screwed up now!”, one commenter, complained. “WHATS NEXT? All compute instances die because someone at the data center switched them off?”Unfortunately for Microsoft, this sort of thing has happened before. At the end of February 2012, Microsoft failed to account for the leap day at the end of the month, Feb. 29. As a result, the Azure services was down for more than 12 hours before Microsoft could issue a fix. Microsoft hasn’t said whether or not the recent outage was a result of an oversight, or a more serious technical error.Oddly enough, Netflix began reporting problems of its own on Friday night, leading to the intriguing possibility that two cloud services may have been failing at the same time. But although Netflix has gone down before when Amazon’s AWS service failed, Amazon’s own AWS service dashboard didn’t indicate any problems.last_img read more

Apple picks Blackberry talent for driverless car OS

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… In a move to bulk up its future self-driving car software platform, Apple has set up a Canadian unit to develop an automotive operating system.Bloomberg says Apple has poached dozens of software engineers from QNX, a subsidiary of cell phone maker Blackberry.Apple’s new unit will be based in a suburb of the Canadian capital of Ottawa – and five-minutes distance from the offices of QNX.This remote office is seen as an unusual step for Apple who prefers to keep research and development teams in close proximity to its Cupertino, California, headquarters.This news follows earlier reports that Apple was pivoting from developing hardware to a focus on software and services.According to a former QNX executive, Apple swooped up those particular engineers for their experience in developing operating systems’ fundamental components.The hiring spree over the past year will boost Apple’s efforts towards developing a core car operating system. This software system will be as intrinsic to Apple’s future robotic cars as the IOS which powers iPhone functionality.Another team is reportedly busy developing separate software that will run on the car operating system and help autonomous vehicles navigate independently.Apple also envisages the operating system enabling heads-up display (HUD) systems. These HUD systems will display apps and maps that voice-driven AI Siri could help manage.Apple-poached Blackberry CEOs?Of the two dozen QNX hires, Apple’s most notable pickup was QNX chief executive Dan Dodge.Since Dodge joined Project Titan, the name for Apple’s car project, he has become increasingly responsible for overseeing the automobile operating system.But the pressure is on for Project Titan to deliver workable self-driving technology by autumn 2017. At that point, project czar Bob Mansfield is expected to assess how far along the technology is and decide on the next steps of the initiative.Apple’s poaching of QNX talent will create difficulties for Blackberry, as it frequently cited the subsidiary as a driver of future growth. Ontario-based Blackberry was busy expanding QNX’s operating system to allow it to run autonomous vehicle software.Blackberry has also inked deals with such autonomous vehicle startups as AdasWorks to integrate QNX into their technology.center_img Donal Power Tags:#Apple#BlackBerry#Internet of Things#IoT#QNX#self-driving cars 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Gujarat to tighten cow slaughter law

first_imgIf the newly elected BJP government in Uttar Pradesh launched a crackdown on illegal slaughter houses immediately after the Assembly polls, another BJP-ruled State, Gujarat, which goes to the polls later this year, came up with an amendment to make cow slaughter an offence punishable with life term, a first in the country.The most stringent provision in the amendment Bill is awarding maximum imprisonment up to life, but not less than 10 years, to those found involved in slaughter of cows, calves, bulls and bullocks.The Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Assembly in the absence of Opposition members who were suspended from the House on the last day of the budget session, has also made cow slaughter, transportation of cow or beef and beef products a cognisable and non-bailable offence.Forfeiture of vehiclesThe Bill also bans transportation of animals from one place to another at night while providing for permanent forfeiture of vehicles involved in the transportation of progeny of cows, beef and beef products.It has also proposed a fine which “may extend to ₹5 lakh but shall not be less than ₹1 lakh” for those found guilty of cow slaughter.In the statement of objects of the Bill, the government noted that “it is considered necessary to provide for more deterrent punishment for offences committed by contravening the provisions of the Act and also to make the offences cognisable and non-bailable.”Under the existing Gujarat Animal Preservation Act 1954, which was amended in 2011 by the then government headed by Narendra Modi, the maximum jail term for cow slaughter was seven years, but not less than three years.However, seeking more stringent provisions, the government noted that curbing the menace of illegal slaughter required a tougher law.“The Gujarat Assembly passed a cow protection Bill, among the most stringent in the country, making cow slaughter a life-time punishable offence,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, adding, “Protection of cows is the single most important principle towards saving the whole world from both moral and spiritual degradation.”Piloting the amendment Bill in the Assembly, junior Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja said, “Cows don’t only have a religious significance but also economic significance in our society and it is utmost necessary to enhance penal action to deter those involved in slaughtering cows and their progeny.”last_img read more

CM reviews power situation as Sidhu yet to take charge

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the State’s power situation in the prevailing peak power demand season.State Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was allotted the Power and Non-renewable Energy Ministry after being divested of the Local Government portfolio on June 6, is yet to assume responsibility of his new charge amid a widening rift with Capt. Amarinder.During the meeting, the Chief Minister ordered a crackdown on power theft, particularly in areas bordering Pakistan and Haryana, in a bid to check the huge losses suffered by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited.Total power demand in Punjab rose by 17.8% in June, and had further increased by 33.3% as of date, compared with the corresponding periods of the previous year, on account of the prolonged dry spell, delayed monsoon and higher power consumption in the agriculture sector. Opposition attack While the Opposition parties, including the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party, have been targeting the Congress government over alleged power cuts during the ongoing kharif sowing season, Mr. Sidhu’s absence at his Ministry has given them added ammunition to target the ruling party. Capt. Amarinder and Mr. Sidhu have been at loggerheads since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. It started with Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of Mr. Sidhu, accusing Capt. Amarinder of blocking her Lok Sabha ticket from Chandigarh. Later, the Chief Minister blamed Mr. Sidhu for not handling his department well, which he claimed had resulted in the Congress’s “poor performance” in urban areas in the general election.last_img read more

Russia lose Dzagoev to injury in WC opener

first_imgWorld Cup Blow for Russia as Dzagoev limps off with hamstring injury in World Cup opener Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:39 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alan Dzagoev Russia 2018 Getty Images World Cup Russia v Saudi Arabia Russia Saudi Arabia The midfielder was forced off just 24 minutes into his side’s opening clash against Saudi Arabia in Moscow Russia’s strong start to the World Cup took a blow after Alan Dzagoev limped off with a hamstring injury in the tournament opener against Saudi Arabia.The 27-year-old was forced off in the 24th minute after going down with the injury, with Denis Cheryshev taking his place.Russia were 1-0 up at the time of Dzagoev’s injury after Yuri Gazinsky headed the hosts in front after 12 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And Dzagoev’s replacement, Cheryshev, was able to make his presence felt as he scored twice to help Russia down Saudi Arabia 5-0.Villarreal man Cheryshev blasted home Russia’s second on the 43rd-minute mark before scoring a beautiful goal with the outside of his left foot to make it 4-0 in the second half.Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin completed the scoring in what was a dream start to the tournament for Stanislav Cherchesov’s men.Shortly after limping off, Russia released a statement confirming Dzagoev will now have a scan which could rule him out for the rest of the competition.”Alan Dzagoev damaged the muscles in the back of the thigh,” Russia said in a brief statement. “The terms of treatment will be determined by the results of the upcoming MRI [scan].”Alan Dzagoev Russia 2018When healthy, CSKA Moscow man Dzagoev is an important part of Russia’s efforts on the international stage. He was a standout performer during Euro 2012 qualifying, scoring four times to help Russia make the tournament.Then at Euro 2012, Dzagoev scored three times in as many games, which was good enough to secure him joint-top scorer in the competition, alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Mario Balotelli, Mario Gomez and Mario Mandzukic. However, injury has plagued Dzagoev the last two international tournaments for his country. He had to pull out of Euro 2016 with a broken foot after picking up the injury playing for CSKA Moscow. Dzagoev also missed out on the 2017 Confederations Cup, also in Russia, due to injury.It was Dzagoev’s 58th cap for Russia against Saudi Arabia. He has scored nine times with the national team so far.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool not planning new Robertson deal

first_imgLiverpool not planning new Robertson dealby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson is not on the verge of signing a new contract with Liverpool.Given the Scot’s emergence as a key player for Jurgen Klopp over the past 12 months, reports had suggested that he was close to earning a bumper deal from the Reds.However, the Evening Standard believe the club have no plans to renegotiate Robertson’s contract, which expires in 2021.Robertson is not upset with the decision from Liverpool, contrary to reports. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

BJP member for workfriendly dress for women in uniform

first_imgNew Delhi: A BJP member in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday raised the issue of work friendly dress for women in uniform and urged respective ministries to allow them to wear clothes which are both convenient and dignified. DP Vats (BJP) said during the Zero Hour that the present pattern of summer uniform with the shirt tucked in under the belt and pant is very inconvenient for women in police and military, especially during pregnancy and afterwards. “It does not suit Indian women,” he said. “Through you, I want to request ministries concerned that the option of wearing safari uniform or salwar kameez with rank badges as per respective dress colours may please be permitted for women in uniform. This will be more work friendly,” he said. The BJP member also said that women security staff in Parliament were a good example of safari in uniform. “‘Beti Bachao, beti padhao’, in addition to it make the ‘beti’ more comfortable and dignified,” he noted. Vats said the armed forces are permitting even saree for the Army, Navy and Air Force, but saree is not convenient for parade and other duties. While the member was making his submission, some women members in the House raised objections to the use of some words by him, but Chairman Naidu overruled saying every member has the right to speak.last_img read more

Isabeli Fontana Joins Rotary Polio Eradication Campaign

first_imgBrazilian model Isabeli Fontana has joined the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary’s “This Close” public awareness campaign for polio eradication.Isabelli Fontana signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradicationStar of many advertising campaigns, high fashion reference, Victoria Secret angel, and new face of L’Oreal for Latin America, Fontana has also an important role as mother of Zion, 10, and Lucas, 7. Attuned to the importance of vaccination, she supported the national immunization campaign in Brazil for the first time when she took her youngest son to get the oral polio vaccine drops directly from the Brazilian Minister of Health, Alexandre Padilha at an event launching the 2011 national immunization campaign. Her interest in impacting the world and lives of children has continued to grow.“I accepted the invitation to participate in Rotary’s global campaign because polio has to be ended. It is an achievable goal,” said Fontana. “Our generation has already helped get the world 99 percent polio-free and we could make polio the second disease ever eradicated after smallpox. Without eradication, every nation remains at risk for infections “imported” from the endemic countries. As a mother and Brazilian, I believe I cannot be indifferent to problems, especially the ones that have a solution. The disease has no cure, but can be prevented with vaccination,” she explained.In the past, Fontana has worked with the Brazilian Foundation Abrinq designing clothing lines in conjunction with the brands Morena Rosa and Un.i Lingerie where part of each purchase was donated to projects for children. She also supported blood drives for the Pro-sangue Foundation in Sao Paulo. But the charitable work with polio and Rotary is her first in a global scale.Fontana is the first global “This Close” ambassador from Brazil. And she is applying the same work ethic for which she is known in the fashion business, where she started at 13 years old and created a career that put her name on the list of more successful models in the world. Her first gesture to help Rotary achieve its goal of a polio-free world was her participation in their print campaign, raising her thumb and forefinger in the “this close” gesture in the ad with the tagline “we’re this close to ending polio.”The Rotary awareness campaign also features public figures and celebrities including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, action movie star Jackie Chan, Psy, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, conservationist Jane Goodall, premier violinist Itzhak Perlman, Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan.In addition to the ad campaign, Isabelli Fontana has also joined Rotary’s innovative digital campaign to develop the World’s Biggest Commercial to raise public awareness about polio eradication. Participants simply upload photos of themselves making the “this close” gesture with their fingers – as in, “We are this close to ending polio” – to the ever-expanding promotional spot at Rotary’s End Polio Now website. Since the beginning of August 2012, more than 33,000 participants from 152 countries collaborated with the effort. Brazil alone got more than 3,500 insertions, including the ambassador Isabelli Fontana, singer Michel Telo and actor Thiago Lacerda.Along with helping Rotary set a new Guinness World Record, every person who joins the commercial can choose to add their name to a petition urging the world’s governments to provide the US $5.5 billion needed to finish the job and end polio forever. Four billion of these funds were pledged in April 2013, at the Global Vaccine Summit.Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority for more than two decades. The international humanitarian service organization is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.Why 99 percent?Rotary club members worldwide have contributed $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the polio eradication effort. Great progress has been made, and the incidence of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to 223 reported cases in 2012. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 pediatric deaths. Only three countries remain polio-endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.Rotary donated US$ 6 million to end polio in Brazil, as well as US$38.5 million to PAHO countries. To date, Brazilian Rotary club members have contributed more than US$12.37 million for the eradication campaign around the world.last_img read more