Mauro Icardi delighted with PSG Champions League winnerby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauro Icardi is delighted to be off the mark for PSG.The Argentina striker hit the winner against Champions League opponents Galatasaray last night.”Sincerely, I’m very happy,” said Icardi. “Especially the match made by the team. “I am of course happy to have scored this goal that offers victory. We must continue to work for the future. “I am not yet 100%, but with a goal, the pain passes. I will try to recover and play the next match in the best possible way.”Icardi is on a straight loan at PSG from Inter Milan. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
oxford tweetThe No. 25 Florida Gators are back in the AP Poll and will host the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels next weekend in an SEC showdown. In anticipation of the match-up, the Oxford Police Department trolled the Gainesville P.D. on Twitter this afternoon.Hey @GainesvillePD, welcome to the @AP Top 25. We’ll be saying bye to ya after Saturday.— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015Nothing too shocking about them doing that, but what was surprising was the type of joke that followed: one mocking former Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s decision to leave the Gators for health reasons in 2010 before resurfacing as the Ohio State head coach in 2012. The tweet has since been deleted but here is a screen-shot of it. oxford tweet Naturally, the Oxford P.D. got a ton of backlash from Ohio State fans, and quickly. We’d like to welcome the Ohio St fans to our timeline. #toosoon #WeMeanNoHarm— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015The two departments have since gone back and forth with each other and kept it good-natured, which is a good thing.
The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge last week called on the highest levels of government to form a global partnership to stop the illegal trade in wildlife – a trade that presents a grave threat not only to our natural world, but also to our global security.The conference took place in the St James’s Palace State Apartments, London.The conference featured speeches from The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, a short film highlighting WildAid’s work with Yao Ming to end the demand for ivory in China, and remarks on effective demand reduction through communication by WildAid’s Executive Director, Peter Knights. The audience consisted of more than 160 NGOs and government representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America that play a role in the illegal trade: those that are a source of the wildlife and related products; those where the contraband crosses their national borders; and those whose citizens fuel the demand for the illegal products.“We face one of the most serious threats to wildlife ever, and we must treat it as a battle, because it is precisely that,” remarked HRH The Prince of Wales. “It is clearly vital to tackle the demand for such products amongst consumers by recruiting the help of every form of media to communicate more widely and effectively its disastrous consequences.”“As a father and a soon-to-be grandfather, I find it inconceivable that our children and grandchildren could live in a world bereft of these animals,” he added. “Humanity is less than humanity without the rest of creation. Their destruction will diminish us all.”In recent months, the killing of elephants and rhinos has reached epidemic levels with losses threatening certain populations of African elephant with extinction for the first time within a decade. Both the black and white rhino are also under unprecedented attack for their horn on a scale previously unseen. According to conference organizers, “experts are finding increasing evidence that the illegal activity is being driven by international organized criminal networks and, in some cases, terrorist and rebel militia groups. It seems no country with valuable wildlife populations is immune from the activity, which not only robs citizens of natural resources, but also contributes to global instability.”“The poaching and trafficking crises invariably coincide with rapid economic growth in consuming markets,” said WildAid’s Knights. “We can only solve these crises in consuming nations as we did until 2008, with stronger laws in consuming countries and consumer awareness that reduced demand. When the buying stops, the killing can too.”WildAid was honored to stand with The Prince of Wales and the British Government to put what has become a battle against wildlife trafficking at the top of the global agenda. The meeting focused on promoting international efforts to:· reduce demand for endangered wildlife and related products in markets around the world;· increase capacity for global law enforcement against the organized syndicates engaged in this activity; · assist rural communities to find long-term, viable alternatives to the trade.Convened by The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), it is hoped that this conference will be the first stage in a process which will result in key countries signing a “Declaration” at a meeting in Autumn 2013 to commit at the highest levels to end the illegal trade in wildlife.Source:WildAid
Washington: US Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has confirmed that North Korea conducted a weapons test, but said that it was “not a ballistic missile”. “I’m not going to go into the detailed intelligence, but the way I’d characterise is it is not a ballistic missile,” Shanahan told the media here on Thursday. Pressed on whether North Korea fired something into the air or conducted a ground test, Shanahan said: “You could use shoot, launch, test – they’re very synonymous terms,” The Hill magazine reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US He did not directly answer a question on whether the weapon was a new capability. “I’m not being cagey here, it’s just what’s important is it wasn’t ballistic,” he said. Shanahan added that there has been “no change to our posture or to our operations” after the test. North Korean state media announced on Thursday morning that leader Kim Jong-un had observed the test firing of a “new-type tactical guided weapon”. Kim called the test “an event of very weighty significance”, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls KCNA did not specify what type of weapon was tested, but experts noted the use of the word “tactical” appeared to imply something short-range. As such, the test did not appear to violate North Korea’s self-imposed moratorium on missile and nuclear tests. Wednesday’s test was being interpreted as a sign of increasing impatience by North Korea as talks with President Donald Trump stall. Shanahan said on Thursday that he did not want to “rush” to judgment on the message being sent by North Korea ahead of fully analysing intelligence. But the fact that the weapon was not a ballistic missile is “a statement in and of itself”. A February summit between Trump and Kim ended with an impasse over sanctions relief, and there have been no signs of closing the gap between Washington and Pyongyang since. Last week, Kim said he would be open to a third summit with Trump, but gave the US until the end of the year to be more flexible in negotiations. Trump responded by touting his “excellent” personal relationship with Kim.
Ohio State freshman midfielder Jake Withers goes down to the ground toward a loose ball while being defended by Michigan sophomore midfielder Chase Brown in the second quarter of OSU men’s lacrosse 15-6 victory April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerFor the briefest of moments, it seemed like the Michigan Wolverines were going to come to Ohio Stadium and pull an upset against the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team.A three-goal deficit early in the second quarter seemed to be a bad omen for the Buckeyes, who started the year winning one of their first five games.But OSU (5-6, 2-0) held Michigan (4-9, 1-3) scoreless in the second half, and pulled away in front of a season-high crowd of 17,641 to earn a 15-6 win Saturday in Ohio Stadium.OSU coach Nick Myers said the game presented his team with the opportunity to get a huge win in front of a larger than usual crowd due to the Spring Game.“For us, keeping it under the right microscope, it’s a league win and second to that, it’s a chance in front of a really special crowd,” Myers said. “I know our men understand the responsibility of what it means to put on that Block ‘O.’ We were excited about coming out here and defending it against one of our rivals.”Winners of four of their last five, the Buckeyes fell behind early after the Wolverines jumped out to a 5-2 lead less than two minutes into the second quarter.However, led by junior midfielder Jesse King, OSU battled back to even the score at six heading into halftime. King, who finished the game with five goals and an assist, now has 21 points in his last three games.King said the Buckeyes started poor, but found a way to turn things around and calm the game down.“We started rushing things a little bit on our offense, we were getting a little tedious and playing a little fast,” King said. “We just slowed things down and made it really simple.”Senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the job the offense did maintaining possession was a big reason why the defense held Michigan without a goal for the last 35:24 of the game.“Usually the best defense is an offense,” Meurer said. “I don’t think we lost more than three faceoffs in the second half, so that is a tribute to the hard work that the faceoff guys are putting in and the offense. They’ve been playing extremely well lately, and they kept the ball down in their end so we didn’t have to play.”King said freshman midfielder Jake Withers, who won 16 of 25 faceoffs during the game, has been improving week in and week out, and he expects great things to come.“Jake’s a really talented player,” King said. “A freshman coming in and he’s one of the guys that is stepping up really big for us. I can’t wait to see what else comes from him.”Offensively, the Buckeyes had five players register three or more points, including sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter, who scored a career-high four goals in his second career start.Defensively, OSU got another stellar outing from senior goaltender Scott Spencer, who made nine saves to improve to 3-1 on the season in replacement of injured senior goaltender Greg Dutton.Up next, OSU is set to play its final home game of the regular season against Air Force, April 19 at 1 p.m.Meurer said despite the win today, the Buckeyes need to stay the course and focus if they want to finish the season with a chance to make their second consecutive postseason appearance.“It’s huge but at the same time we can’t get complacent,” Meurer said. “We know there is still a long road ahead for us and we are going to continue to work hard and get better every day.”
The Japanese team came from behind to beat Guadalajara and will play Real Madrid in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup SemifinalsTo Japanese fans today was just like a dream. Their team Kashima Antlers was behind Club Deportivo Guadalajara 1-0 during the first half of the Quarterfinal of the FIFA Club World Cup.But their club was able to overcome all obstacles and ended up winning 3-2 at Hazza Bin Zayed stadium, to advance to the Semifinals where they will play against Real Madrid.The Mexican side known as Chivas scored after three minutes of the kick-off thanks to a great play by Isaac Brizuela who sent a cross to Angel Zaldivar, who just had to head the ball to the inside of the goal to put things 1-0.But 45 minutes later, nothing of importance happens in the game and the referee whistled the end of the first half.And just four minutes after the second half kick-off, Shoma Doi entered the Chivas area to send across to Ryota Nagaki, who scored to tie things up 1-1.Official: Barcelona agree deal for Japanese star Hiroki Abe Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Barcelona have struck a deal with Kashima Antlers to sign the highly-rated Japanese star Hiroki Abe.Kashima Antlers got a penalty kick in their favor after Michael Pérez fouled Doi at the 68th-minute mark.Brazilian Serguinho shot the ball to the right side of goalkeeper Raúl Gudiño to put the Japanese side in the lead 2-1 for the first time in the game.And just six minutes before the end of the match. Hiroki Abe, who had just been subbed in, scored a beautiful goal for the 3-1.After 90 minutes of play, and with the help of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology, the referee gave Chivas a penalty after a foul over Jair Pereira.Alan Pulido scored from the penalty spot to put things 3-2, but that was not enough for Chivas who will now play against the loser of the match between Al Ain F.C. and Esperánce de Tunis.Japanese fans line up for a photograph just before the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup match between Kashima Antlers and Mexican Club Deportivo Guadalajara. Photo by Manuel R. Medina / Ronaldo.com
Kolkata: The British Council Summer School has come back to the city once again. The school has a lot to offer to children aged between 7-14 years, enhancing communication, creativity and confidence.After coaching 650 students in Kolkata in 2017 through engaging methodologies, the Summer School aims to make learning a fun process for children this year as well.Children aged between 7-14 years can spend their summer holidays discovering their inner creativity in fun and engaging ways, through a mixture of games, projects, drama and communicative activities at the British Council Summer School. The programme also encourages students to interact in pairs, small groups and whole class situations, improving their English fluency and confidence. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThis year will see British Council run two themes during the Summer School: Explorers (through a virtual trip around the world, children will travel to one country each day, learn about different cultures, develop language skills and build confidence) and Media Magic (children will explore communication channels such as the radio, television and the internet. They will learn how to write blogs, create an advertisement and newspaper report).Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director, East and Northeast, British Council, said, “Our English language teaching centre in Kolkata is an exciting hub of activity all summer. The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the British Council’s presence in India.”