It was a near perfect day for the Australian teams on 2015 World Cup finals day at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. Australia won eight of the nine divisions on offer, including retaining the Open’s and Masters World Cup trophies. Men’s Open Australia 11 defeated New Zealand 2Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oiUtWM4rQE Women’s Open Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 4Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpSp-J8L1W8&feature=em-upload_owner Mixed Open Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 5Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x374sc7aidU&feature=em-upload_owner Men’s 50’s Australia 7 defeated Italy 2 Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kVYvIIVdyY Men’s 40’sAustralia 7 defeated New Zealand 6 (drop-off) Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mWCwlQA4rs Men’s 35’sAustralia 5 defeated by New Zealand 6Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOvreuOH5uI Men’s 30’s Australia 9 defeated Cook Islands 1 Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KP9wM9LkUk&feature=em-upload_owner Women’s 27’sAustralia 6 defeated New Zealand 1Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K9hVXrzvH8 Senior Mixed Australia 11 defeated New Zealand 7 Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY35DTVwaBA&feature=youtu.be Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for plenty more match reports, highlights and photos from the 2015 World Cup. Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksWorld Cup Champions
Merson: Liverpool can end title race in week’s timeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Liverpool can win the Premier League title in a week’s time.Merson believes if Liverpool win at the Etihad Stadium next month, a seven-point lead would be too much for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to overturn.He said, “Leicester vs Manchester City is a big game and a must-win game for City, who are in trouble now as they are four points behind Liverpool.”I mean it has now got down to the situation whereby if Liverpool win at City in a week’s time – it is all over.”So this is a big game for City and a hard one as Leicester can cause you problems But because they have to win, I think they will, but Saturday’s result will have knocked the stuffing out of them and Man City have now lost two of their last three league games.”And before that it looked like they would never ever lose a game, but I see them just winning this one to stay on the coat tails of Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has held a naming ceremony for the Shinzan Maru, a newbuilding iron ore carrier, at Imabari Shipbuilding.The ceremony took place at Imabari’s Hiroshima Shipyard on October 27, 2016.The new vessel, featuring a length of 320 meters and a width of 55 meters, will sail under a long-term transport contract between MOL and Japanese steel manufacturer Kobe Steel.The 215,790 dwt Shinzan Maru represents the third generation of vessels to sail under the same name, MOL revealed.MOL said the newbuilding features a design with improved fuel efficiency and energy-saving technologies such as a heat recovery system that can use mid- and low-temperature heat sources from 70 °C to 250 °C.The ship is said to represent “the next generation safety-conscious vessels,“ adopting the integrated navigation system.Market value of the Shinzan Maru currently stands at USD 46.04 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.
ODENSE, Denmark – Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) plans to establish a 40,000-square-metre cannabis production facility in Odense, Denmark to cater to the Scandinavian country’s medical marijuana patients.The new facility comes under a joint venture announced in September between Canada’s largest licensed marijuana producer and European hemp producer Danish Cannabis ApS, called Spectrum Denmark.The companies say the production facility in Denmark’s third-largest city is expected to have more than 125 staff and serve approximately 60,000 patients.Some 30,000 square metres of existing greenhouse infrastructure could be converted as soon as early 2018, subject to regulatory approval and licensing, the companies say.While Spectrum Denmark goes through the process of getting its license for production, it expects to import cannabis products from Canada.This comes as Canopy and other Canadian marijuana companies look to increase their international footprint to benefit from future growth in countries such as Jamaica, Germany and Brazil.“The Danish market is a stable, attractive market for a number of strategic reasons,” Bruce Linton, chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth said in a statement. “In Denmark, we see a strong pharmaceutical industry with an equally strong research tradition as well as a skilled labour pool and attractive energy rates.”
SASKATOON – CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is postponing a key shareholder meeting to give it time to hold talks with Aurora Cannabis Inc. which has made a hostile takeover offer for the company.Trading in CanniMed shares (TSX:CMED) was halted pending the news.The meeting had been set for Jan. 23 for CanniMed shareholders to vote on its plan to issue shares in its acquisition of Newstrike Resources Ltd. The meeting will now be held on Jan. 25.CanniMed cautioned “there is no certainty that any such discussion will result in an agreement among the parties in respect of a transaction or in any change to the terms of Aurora’s offer.”Aurora (TSX:ACB) has made an all-stock offer for the company worth up to $24 per share. However, the offer requires CanniMed to drop its plans to acquire Newstrike.CanniMed has urged its shareholders to vote in favour of the Newstrike deal, but three of the Saskatoon-based company’s biggest shareholders representing 38 per cent of outstanding shares have signed lock-up agreements backing Aurora’s bid.Newstrike shareholders (TSXV:HIP) voted overwhelmingly in favour on Wednesday of the acquisition of the company by CanniMed.
James Harden, one of the Oklahoma City trio of stars that led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in June, was traded to the Houston Rockets when he refused a $55-million contract extension offer.The news that OKC had broken up its dynamic young core of Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook was met with shock around the league. But it came down to money. Harden, an all-star who was a member of the London Olympic gold-medal-winning team, wanted a maximum contract of $60 million. The Thunder, according to reports, offered four years and $55 million.“We wanted to sign James to an extension, but at the end of the day, these situations have to work for all those involved,” Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. “Our ownership group again showed their commitment to the organization with several significant offers.”Finally, OKC made a move, acquiring veteran scoring guard Kevin Martin and rookie Jeremy Lamb, two first-round draft picks and a second-round selection, too. Oklahoma City also sent center Cole Aldrich, Dequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to the Rockets, who will sign Harden to the max deal he sought.Wednesday’s deadline to extend Harden or allow him to become a restricted free agent next July had been hanging over the Thunder from the moment they reported to training camp, but sources told ESPN.com late Saturday the Rockets intended to sign the swingman to the max contract extension he was seeking before Wednesday’s midnight deadline.“We were unable to reach a mutual agreement, and therefore executed a trade that capitalized on the opportunity to bring in a player of Kevin’s caliber, a young talent like Jeremy and draft picks, which will be important to our organizational goal of a sustainable team.”The small-market Thunder had already signed Durant, Westbrook and Serge Ibaka to long-term deals, and apparently realized Harden was going to want a bigger salary than they would offer.Harden averaged 16.8 points and 3.7 assists last season, and joined Durant and Westbrook on the U.S. men’s Olympic team. He struggled badly in Oklahoma City’s loss to Miami in the NBA Finals, but the Thunder felt good about their chances of getting back there with another year of experience for their young stars, all 24 or younger.The Thunder got back a good scorer in Martin, who has averaged 18.4 points in his eight NBA seasons, and a promising young player in Lamb, the No. 12 pick in the draft who helped Connecticut win the 2011 NCAA championship. He led Houston’s summer league team in scoring with 20 points per game.Had the Thunder been able to ink Harden to that $13.5 million annual contract, a franchise playing in the league’s third smallest market would have owed $69 million to just five players next season. That figure would have increased to $72 million in 2014-15 for those same five players.The tax threshold for this season is $70.3 million. Starting next season, teams must pay an incremental rate starting at $1.50 for every dollar they exceed the threshold.“At the end of the day, you have to do the best thing for the organization,” Presti said at his preseason press conference. “That’s what my job is. The day that I stop doing what’s in the best interest of the organization is the day that you should get somebody else.”
OSU senior attacker Cian Dabrowski (14) fires a shot in a game against Penn State on April 9. OSU won, 16-13. Credit: Courtesy of OSUA short memory often one of the keys to any successful athlete. The No. 9 Ohio state women’s lacrosse team will have to put that skill to the test as it regroups from a blowout loss and travels to Rutgers for a Thursday evening matchup.The first setback OSU (11-2, 2-1) faced in 55 days was a 15-5 loss at No. 1 Maryland last weekend which ended its nine-game winning streak. If they’re able to bounce back with a win over Rutgers (3-11, 0-3), the Buckeyes would end being no worse than the No. 2 seed in the 2016 Big Ten tournament. Rutgers is coming off a 20-9 loss to Northwestern. The Buckeyes are 3-1 all-time against the Scarlet Knights, as they beat Rutgers 17-7 in the 2015 Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, as well as twice in conference play.A closer look at OSUOSU has decorated players all over the field that play a huge role in the team’s success.Sophomore attacker Molly Wood ranks 13th in the country with 4.7 draws per game and is on track to set an OSU single-season record. Wood is also second on the team with 30 goals, and is one of only two Buckeyes to score a goal in every game this season.Senior attackers Cian Dabrowski and Rainey Hodgson rank in the top five in the Big Ten in almost every offensive category. Dabrowski leads OSU and ranks second in the Big Ten with three goals per game and leads with 4.1 points per match. Hodgson ranks second in the Big Ten with 3.8 points per game and is first with 1.9 assists per contest.Defensively, senior goalkeeper Katie Frederick is 11-2 as a first-year starter. Frederick is third in the conference with 6.46 saves per game.As a team, OSU ranks second in the Big Ten in shot percentage and goals against, and sits third for goals, assists, draw controls and saves.Game time against the Scarlet Knights is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday in Piscataway, New Jersey.Up nextThe Buckeyes are set to return home and get back on the field quickly when they welcome No. 6 Notre Dame to Ohio Stadium at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season Saturday, as Michigan State out-muscled the Buckeyes for a 58-48 win. The loss snapped a 39-game home win streak for OSU and dropped the Buckeyes into a tie atop the Big Ten standings. The Buckeyes struggled shooting all night and the Spartans found their edge inside, totaling 14 offensive rebounds for the game. OSU’s 48-point output was their lowest of the season. “I feel fortunate because I think they missed some shots they normally make,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said after the game. “Defensively we were as good as we’ve been all year.” MSU senior forward Draymond Green and sophomore center Adreian Payne dominated, combining for each of the Spartans’ first 15 points. It wasn’t until 9:12 remaining in the first half that another MSU player scored a bucket when sophomore Keith Appling hit a 3-pointer to give his team the 18-14 advantage. OSU went on a 3:46 scoring drought that saw MSU take an 8-point lead in the opening period. Sophomore guard Aaron Craft broke the streak with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Jared Sullinger cut the lead to three. The Spartans continued to have success in the paint. Payne followed an MSU miss with his second tip-slam of the game and Sullinger had the ball poked away on the inside on the other end. The turnover by Sullinger — his fifth of the game — occurred with OSU trailing 33-25 with under a minute remaining in the half. An acrobatic layup by Appling gave MSU a 35-25 lead at intermission. “We looked out of synch,” Sullinger said of the Buckeyes’ first-half performance. “We didn’t run our offense.” The Buckeyes cut MSU’s lead to four at one point in the second half, but couldn’t get closer. OSU tried to work the ball into Sullinger down low throughout the final 20 minutes, but the Buckeyes’ big man continued to struggle finding his touch. Sullinger finished the game on 5-of-15 shooting. The rest of the Buckeyes didn’t fare much better as the team connected on just one of their first nine shots of the half. OSU head coach Thad Matta said the shots just weren’t falling. “We opened up the second half. We got the ball at the rim,” Matta said. “We’re getting fouled and it just wasn’t going in.” The Spartans’ lead swelled to 12, but an alley-oop finished by senior guard William Buford brought the sold-out crowd to its feet and cut the lead to 10 with 14:37 remaining. After an Appling layup with 11:48 remaining, the Buckeye defense stepped up and MSU was held scoreless for the next six minutes. Sullinger was able to put in a bucket from the left block and bring OSU’s deficit down to six, 44-38. He then connected again on a baseline jumper to bring OSU within four, but poor shooting killed any chance of an OSU comeback victory — the Buckeyes shot 26 percent from the floor and 13.3 percent from behind the arc. A layup by Green and pair of free throws by Appling again put MSU up by double digits and OSU never threatened again. Sullinger finished the game with 17 points and 16 rebounds, but also had 10 turnovers. He said MSU’s double team gave him trouble. “I wasn’t expecting the double because that’s not what Michigan State shows if you look at the film,” Sullinger said. “They had a great game plan and they stick to their system and that’s what happens when you stick to the system.” Craft added 15 points and was the only other Buckeye to finish in double figures. Payne was the high scorer for the Spartans finishing with 15 points, hitting all six of his shots. The loss drops OSU’s record to 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference. Matta said his team needs to move forward. “It’s got to be a learning experience for a relatively young basketball team,” Matta said. “You’ve got to stay together. You’re still sitting atop the conference. As a I told them, we’ll see what kind of team we have tomorrow.” OSU next travels to Minnesota where to take on the Golden Gophers Feb. 14. Tip is for 9 p.m.
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drives down the baseline in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ win against Rutgers on Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorRutgers stayed within striking distance of the No. 13 Ohio State women’s basketball team for the majority of the first quarter and trailed by just one point when Buckeye head coach Kevin McGuff called a timeout with two minutes remaining. Ohio State responded from that timeout with a 35-15 run to cruise into halftime with what proved to be an insurmountable 51-30 lead.The Buckeyes rode their early lead to a 90-68 victory against the Scarlet Knights Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center.During the first-half run, Ohio State (20-5, 9-3 Big Ten) hit six 3-pointers. The Buckeyes went 11-for-22 from beyond the arc and hit 56 percent of their shots. They held Rutgers (18-8, 6-6 Big Ten) to just 39 percent shooting. Rutgers went 4-of-19 from 3.“We started getting some stops and then the stops were leading to transition basketball,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “I thought that’s what really allowed us to kind of get some separation in the game.”Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell had a team-high 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting. She hit 5-of-6 triples. Five other Buckeyes scored in double-figures, including redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who dropped 12 points and corralled a game-high 13 rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun hit 3-of-5 3s and scored 17 points.Ohio State entered the game ranked first in the Big Ten in turnover ratio, but Rutgers followed closely behind, ranking second in the conference. The Scarlet Knights proved to be no match in terms of ball control for the majority of the first half, however. The Buckeyes held a 14-12 turnover advantage and scored 25 points off turnovers.“People have different philosophies, but we’re really aggressive when we turn somebody over,” McGuff said. “I thought our kids made good decisions, too, in transition about shot selection. Sometimes you can get going kind of fast and take bad shots, but I didn’t think we did that tonight.”Ohio State’s win against Rutgers was its fourth victory in a row and the fourth game it held its opponents to 68 points or fewer. This is the lowest opponents have scored in a four-game stretch since McGuff was hired five seasons ago. The win streak comes following a three-game losing streak in which the Buckeyes gave up 84 points to Michigan, 99 points to Maryland and 103 points to Iowa.“I personally think the losing streak that we were on motivated us to do better and separate ourselves from our opponents,” redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said. “We just looked back, watched some film and tried to get better from those games. It’s been showing for the last four games.”The Buckeyes assisted on 20 of their made shots. Though senior guard Asia Doss struggled with her shot (1-for-7), she led the game with seven assists. Senior guard Tyler Scaife, the only Scarlet Knight who averaged more than seven points per game entering the contest, led Rutgers with 27 points. But she hit just 12-of-27 shots from the field. Rutgers held a hefty 40-32 rebound edge. The Scarlet Knights nearly had as many offensive rebounds (24) as the Buckeyes had defensive rebounds (21). This led to the visiting team scoring 21 second-chance points. McGuff said the Buckeyes struggled to get a body on Rutgers’ rebounders and that his team played more zone than usual, which was effective when defending, but not when rebounding.With redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman day-to-day and sitting out with a neck injury Wednesday’s game, Ohio State added sophomore guard Jensen Caretti to its eight-person rotation. She scored two points in 14 minutes.The Buckeyes will be back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday when they take on South Florida in an unusual non-conference road game late in the season.
Real Madrid defender Marcelo could be the next in line to join Serie A giants Juventus next season following the capture of former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo last summerAccording to reports in Spain, Marcelo will wrap up a deal with the Old Lady if they make an offer in the winter transfer windowAnd the Brazilian’s wife Clarice Alves has fuelled transfer speculations about his husband’s move to Turin.“Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid farewell was bad for us”, she said (as reported by Calciomercato).Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We used to spend a lot of time together. I know his mum very well and I know Georgina too. She is marvellous.“My son is a very close friend with Junior, the son of Cristiano Ronaldo. His farewell from Madrid left us empty”.It’s reported that Madrid are not willing to let the Brazilian go for anything less than € 50 million.In addition to that, the Old Lady may only sign Marcelo if Alex Sandro is sold in the summer.
Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2015 – Carnival Cruise Lines is encouraging the TCI to use that $4 million in the joint fund to speedily improve the look and appeal of the capital, Grand Turk. When the UK Governors of Caribbean Overseas Territories got together in Miami last month, they talked about more than domestic and national security; they talked about each country as a tourism destination. His Excellency, Peter Beckingham said, for the TCI it is about maintaining the edge.“Turks and Caicos is also in an enviable position compared to most of the Caribbean OT’s for cruise ship business. At the end of our meeting I called on senior management at the Carnival Group to hear about latest developments affecting our business in Grand Turk.” The Governor added that, “Not surprisingly Carnival emphasised how important it was for Grand Turk to start using the $4 million plus that we have in the joint TCI Government/Carnival Infrastructure Fund to make our destination a cleaner, more attractive and hassle free destination.” The Governor said the TCI also has some catching up to do when it comes to attracting more European visitors to the territory. Related Items:Carnival Cruise Lines, gordon ‘butch’ stewart, governor peter beckingham, grand turk
Brian Farnham, editor-in-chief of Time Out New York, is leaving to join an as-yet-unnamed Internet startup company, Time Out New York president and group publisher Alison Tocci announced today.Farnham, who joined TONY in 2006 after working at Details, will be replaced by deputy editor Michael Freidson.“I can’t say much about it right now except that it’s an incredibly big, exciting idea,” Farnham said Tuesday. “It was not an easy decision to leave TONY and a job I have absolutely loved, but this was a chance to do what [Time Out founder] Tony Elliott did 40 years ago—create something out of nothing and really put your stamp on it.” In a short time under Farnham, the weekly magazine’s audience appears to have gotten younger. TONY readers have a median age of 33.8 and a median household income of $93,000 per year, according to a Mediamark Research, Inc. (MRI) survey conducted this month.In 2005, MRI reported TONY readers had a median age of 38 and a median household income of $103,000. Part of the shift could be due to Farnham’s willingness to push the envelope. During the 2007 American Magazine Conference, he told a roomful of high profile magazine executives that he had one goal in mind when putting together the 2007 sex issue, his second as editor: Cancelled subscriptions.”If you do a sex issue and no one cancels, you’re probably not doing your job,” Farnham said.
.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said tough actions would be taken against the perpetrators who misused social media, including Facebook, to spread rumours to instigate violence in the name of movement for quota reforms in government jobs.”We must find out those culprits who spread rumours through the social media to instigate destructive and subversive acts in the name of quota reform movement across the country,” BSS quoted the home minister as saying.Necessary instructions have already been given to the police to find out the culprits and file cases under relevant sections of the law to stop recurrence of such activities, he added.Talking to BSS, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner Md Alimuzzaman, who is in charge of Social Media Monitoring and Cyber Security Division, said investigation is underway to find out those Facebook accounts and groups, Youtube videos and other posts in different social media involved in spreading propaganda to create an unstable situation in the name of waging movement for quota reform in government jobs.”Perpetrators must be brought to justice to avert recurrence of such violent acts by spreading propaganda in social media,” he said.Meanwhile, DMP’s Cyber Security and Crime Division has filed a case with Ramna police station against about three dozens of Facebook and Twitter IDs, blogs and online domains involved in spreading rumours to instigate the students who were demanding reformation of the quota system.Sub-Inspector (SI) Sajibuzzaman of the division has already been appointed as the investigation officer (IO) of the case.In the four days of movement in different educational institutions, including Dhaka University, were agog with rumours of darkest kind, drawing the students of residential halls to take to the streets and flaring up the anti-government sentiments.All such sensitive rumours were emanated at the dead of the night mostly when the students went back to their halls while the most spectacular one hit the very first day: A Dhaka University student demonstrating for quota reform was shot by police and then succumbed to his injuries.It was later learnt that for spreading those fake stories, Facebook pages including ‘Zakir’s BCS specials’, ‘Troll Du’ and ‘Quota Songskar Chai’ were used.On the other hand, among the pages and news portals that already earned the notoriety for being run by Shibir activists like ‘Basherkella’ has also been found to be very much active and at the forefront to instigate the general students.One popular page among the BCS job-seekers, Zakir’s BCS Special, posted “AB Siddiq, a third year Dhaka University student, has breathed his last at a hospital suffering from bullet injuries”.More strikingly, to make it more authentic, this post was attributed to a private TV channel.Soon after the announcement was made, this fake story went like wild fire, fuelled a sense of disgust among the dormitory students.On impact, female students broke the gates of the dormitories and came out to the streets while in male dormitories, residents in their hundreds streamed in too, chanting slogans in demand of punishment for the “killing of the student.”Moments later, it was unearthed that AB Siddiq is alive and he sustained minor injuries while participating in the protest.From his Facebook account, he posted that he could not communicate with others as his cell phone was shut as its battery exhausted. Siddiq also mentioned that he sustained some minor injuries in his forehead.On Monday night, another rumour spread that Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) DU hall unit leaders are assaulting the general students for taking part in the movement.Again, in the wee hours on Monday, those pages put another post “The Sufia Kamal Hall BCL unit president has cut tendons of a resident of that hall for her involvement in this quota movement.”At around 3:00am on that day, another post appeared in Basherkella, that “DU Zia Hall unit president is leading a band of unruly activists in front of the hall to launch an assault on the general students.”Armed with weapons, BCL activists riding around 100 bikes are coming to TSC to swoop on the agitators” read another post.
In this file photo taken on September 09, 2014 shows part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk. Photo : AFPMoscow on Thursday rejected an international investigation that found a Russian missile downed flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, saying no such weapon had ever crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border and blaming Kiev for the tragedy.”Not a single anti-aircraft missile system from the Russian Federation has ever crossed the Russia-Ukraine border,” the defence ministry said in a statement carried by local news agencies.The ministry accused Ukraine of being behind the disaster in which 298 people died, saying it had presented evidence that “showed the involvement of Ukrainian units using (Soviet-designed) BUK missiles”.Earlier in the day, a Netherlands-led joint investigation team said — for the first time — that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine came from a Russian military brigade.The group “has come to the conclusion that the BUK-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia,” top Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen said.He told reporters gathered for a press conference that “the 53rd Brigade forms part of the Russian armed forces.”The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was blown out of the sky over conflict-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.Ukraine and its Western allies have long accused Russia of funnelling troops and arms across the border to fan the flames of the conflict.Moscow has denied the allegations despite overwhelming evidence that it has been involved in the fighting and its explicit political support for the rebels.Investigators had previously concluded that the plane was hit by a Russian-made BUK missile system brought in from Russia and fired from territory in Ukraine held by Moscow-backed rebels. But they had stopped short of directly saying who pulled the trigger.Now the team has painstakingly recreated the route taken by the missile convoy from Kursk towards the border into Ukraine using videos and photos.
Laura Skelding: O’Rourke/Douglas Young: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.Senator Ted Cruz wants to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate. But his most likely challenger, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke is raising more money – again.O’Rourke took in $2.4 million in the last quarter of 2017, compared to $1.9 million for Cruz. The El Paso Democrat also outraised the Republican incumbent during the second quarter of last year, and Cruz only narrowly edged out O’Rourke during the third.“Money at this stage, prior to the primaries, is sort of a surrogate for strength, and so the fact that this challenger is raising the amount of money he is raising [means] Senator Cruz does really have to take this as a serious challenger and as somebody who potentially could have the means to really be much more of a challenge than Senator Cruz might have expected,” said Victoria Farrar-Myers, a senior fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Tower Center for Political Studies.Farrar-Myers cautions not to read too much into O’Rourke’s fundraising lead. She said the number of donations is a better indicator of a candidate’s voting base.Cruz still maintains a lead in cash on hand. He reports a war chest worth $7.3 million, compared to O’Rourke’s $4.6 million. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /01:06 X
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Kolkata: Central Forces deployed at Jangalmahal in Bengal started their movement towards North Bengal on Thursday for the first phase of elections scheduled in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar on April 11, after the state government agreed to release 29 companies of Central Forces presently deployed there.The final deployment plan was settled after the CEO of Bengal Ariz Aftab held a detailed meeting with ADG (Law and Order) Siddh Nath Gupta, ADG (Armed Force) Ranvir Kumar and IG (BSF) Y B Kurania at the CEO’s office on Thursday evening. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are trying to deploy Central Forces in all the sensitive booths, while the non-critical booths will be managed by forces of the state,” a senior official of the CEO’s office said. The forces that are expected to reach North Bengal by Friday, will add to the seven companies of BSF already posted in the two North Bengal districts, taking the total count of Central Forces to 37. The official did not rule out the possibility of additional forces and said that talks are on with the Election Commission of India for sanctioning another 30 to 35 companies. “There has been no order yet but we are expecting it by Friday,” the official said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMeanwhile, the state police will deploy 9,000 state armed force personnel for managing the 3,844 polling stations of the two districts. It has been learnt that the state agreed to release the existing 29 companies of Central Forces from Jangalmahal after the Election Commission assured that the forces will be commissioned for the purpose of election only. There is always the fear that release of forces from Jangalmahal may lead to breakdown of law and order in the area, which was a hotbed for Maoists during the previous government’s (Left Front) rule. Sources in the commission said that out of the 29 companies of Central Forces, 11 companies are being sent to Alipurduar while 18 companies are being sent to Cooch Behar. “The law and order situation is under control and we would like to assure all the voters that there will be adequate forces both in the booths and on the road. We are sure about conducting a peaceful election,” said Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjoy Basu. The entire force management will be in the hands of the Police Observer and the Special Central Observer Vivek Dubey, who has already held a series of meetings with the top officials of the state. “As per order from the Election Commission, we have already arranged vehicles for the forces which will carry them to North Bengal. They have already started to move and by Friday morning we will be able to release all the forces,” a senior police officer of Purulia said.