Karolina Pliskova becomes world number one after Simona Halep defeat

first_imgKarolina Pliskova rose to the top of the WTA rankings without striking a ball on Tuesday as results at Wimbledon saw her overhaul Germany’s Angelique Kerber.By a quirk of the points-based ranking system the 25-year-old rose to the summit — the 23rd player to do so — thanks to Simona Halep’s quarter-final loss to Johanna Konta.Romanian Halep would have become world number one had she beaten the Briton but went down 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 6-4.Bizarrely Pliskova, seeded three at Wimbledon, lost in the second round to Magdalena Rybarikova but her consistent results this year, including reaching the French Open semi-finals, means she will be number one when the rankings are updated on Monday.”Although right now I am not celebrating a victory on the court, I have become the world number one. And this really means a lot to me. Actually, I can’t even realise what I have achieved,” Pliskova wrote in a post on Instagram.Despite never having won a grand slam tournament, the Monte-Carlo based player becomes the first Czech to be number one since the rankings were introduced in 1975.Czech-born Martina Navratilova, who won 18 singles majors, became number one in 1978 but was representing the U.S. by then.”Karolina is an exemplary athlete on and off the court and she truly deserves this fantastic moment in her career,” WTA CEO and chairman Steve Simon said in a statement.Pliskova has won three titles this year, in Brisbane, Doha and the Wimbledon warm-up event at Eastbourne.advertisementKerber, who spent a total of 34 weeks as world number one, needed to reach the Wimbledon final to have a chance of hanging on to the top spot, but was beaten by Span’s Garbine Muguruza in the last 16 on Monday.For Halep it is a case of try and try again.She would have become number one had she beaten Jelena Ostapenko in the French Open final and faltered again against Konta on Tuesday after coming within two points of victory.last_img read more

Zidane explains Ronaldo substitution

first_imgPrimera División Real Madrid boss Zidane explains Ronaldo substitution Jamie Smith 08:10 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Cristiano Ronaldo Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid Levante v Real Madrid Levante Real Madrid v PSG PSG UEFA Champions League Zinédine Zidane Cristiano Ronaldo The Blancos coach has admitted that the decision to bring off the Portuguese attacker was a tactical one and nothing to do with fitness Cristiano Ronaldo’s substitution in Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Levante in La Liga was not to rest the player, Zinedine Zidane has confirmed.Ronaldo was taken off by Zidane immediately after substitute Isco had struck with nine minutes left to put Madrid back in front at Ciutat de Valencia on Saturday.But a lapse in defensive concentration subsequently allowed Levante to score their second equaliser of the game one minute from time, substitute Giampaolo Pazzini striking on his debut for the club. 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 Madrid’s latest setback leaves Zidane’s men 18 points behind Liga leaders Barcelona and with an upcoming Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain growing in importance, with the competition their only realistic chance of winning another trophy this season.After the match, Zidane insisted Ronaldo’s substitution was not fitness-related.”No. It was planned to change him, and that’s all,” Zidane told beIN SPORTS after the match.”We had the game under control, the most difficult is to score goals. We got to 2-1, but in the end, two mistakes cost us the two goals.”This year is being difficult for us. We cannot put three or four results together. I am not happy with the result. We were in control of the game, above all the first half, so not happy, of course.”The pity is that after we scored our second goal, we were not able to keep hold of the ball, and defensively we were not good.”Asked again about Ronaldo in his post-match press conference, Zidane added: “I changed him as I wanted another player a bit more in the middle of the pitch, to defend with Marco Asensio and Karim [Benzema].”1 – Levante haven’t lost in any of the two games in a La Liga season against Real Madrid for the first time. Reward pic.twitter.com/RjAZscBKxD— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 3, 2018Zidane previously indicated he believes his job is on the line when Madrid host Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League on February 14, but the Frenchman appeared to row back on his comments after Madrid missed the chance to climb above Valencia into third.”I just think about the next game, nothing else,” a frustrated Zidane said.”La Liga will not be over until the end. There are a lot of points, and two more today, even when we had the game under control. We should have won a third consecutive game, but we did not.”When it was most difficult we got the second. Then we must be clever, avoid the second goal, and we did not. We were not focused, and that is hard to take as it is two points lost.”That means we must work even harder. This is football, and the opponent can make things difficult for you. But we could have avoided their second goal. That annoys me, as we have worked on that, and knew they could counter-attack.”last_img read more

16 days agoBarcelona captain Lionel Messi: I was ready to leave in 2013 and 2014

first_imgBarcelona captain Lionel Messi: I was ready to leave in 2013 and 2014by Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi admits he’s seriously considered leaving the club in the past.Messi, speaking on RAC1, revealed he was upset with the way he was being treated by the Spanish tax authorities.He stated: “There have been times when I ended up tired due to a lot of circumstances. I had several times, especially in 2013 and 2014, when I had the problem with the Treasury. It was very difficult for me and my family.”People really don’t know about what happens at that moment, they don’t listen, they think and talk. I was the first one and that’s why it was all so hard. Since they got angry and showed that they were going for everything with me, showing that they were going for all the players, it was diluted. “The best of all is that my children were small and did not know anything, but we had a hard time. At that time I had the mind to leave, not for wanting to leave Barça, but for what was happening.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ronaldinho to come out of retirement for a friendly in October

first_img Indo-Asian News Service BogotaSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 09:37 IST Ronaldinho to come out of retirement for a friendly in October (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRonaldinho had retired from football in 2018Ronaldinho was barred from leaving Brazil regarding the matter of a 2015 court caseRonaldinho has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award twiceBrazilian football great Ronaldinho will temporarily come out of retirement to represent Colombia’s Independiente Santa Fe in a friendly in October, the Bogota club has said.Santa Fe posted a video on social media on Wednesday in which the 39-year-old confirmed he will take part in the match at the Campin on October 17 against yet-to-be-named opponents, reports Xinhua news agency.¡Un honor para el Primer Campeón !Te lucen el rojo y el blanco @10Ronaldinho .¡Nos vemos el 17 de octubre ! pic.twitter.com/Zwpo4fIjtW Independiente Santa Fe (@SantaFe) September 11, 2019Three days later, Ronaldinho will play in the Colombian derby between America and Deportivo Cali, representing both clubs in each half, according to media reports.As a two-time recipient of the FIFA World Player of the Year Award and a World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, Ronaldinho retired from football in 2018.It was not immediately clear though if Ronaldinho would be free to travel to Colombia for the matches. Brazil’s Supreme Court this month upheld a decision to ban the former Barcelona attacker from leaving the country after he failed to pay a fine resulting from a 2015 court case.Ronaldinho and his brother, Roberto Assis, were fined $2.3 million after being found guilty of building a fishing platform on the Guaiba river in southern Brazil without the necessary permits. The structure was located in a heritage-protected area.Also Read | Draw vs Qatar is an answer to critics doubting our fitness: India football coach Igor StimacAlso Read | Raheem Sterling proving to be England’s greatest strengthadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ronaldinho Ronaldinho to come out of retirement for a friendly in OctoberIn a video posted by Colombia’s Independiente Santa Fe football club on social media, Ronaldinho confirmed that he will participate in a match at the Campin on October 17.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

PHOTOS: Wolmer’s Day

first_imgGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), greets Chairman of the Wolmer’s Girls Sub-Committee, Karla Small-Dwyer (left), during a proclamation ceremony on Friday (May 17) at King’s House, officially designating May 21 as ‘Wolmer’s Day’. Observing are Chairman of the Wolmer’s Board of Management, Lincoln McIntyre (second left); and Chairman of the Wolmer’s Trust, Milton Samuda.last_img

Breaking Another Fire on Maersk Boxship Crew Safe

first_imgzoom A fire has been reported on board the Maersk Kensington while the 6,188 TEU containership was en route from Salalah, Oman, towards Suez, Maersk Line said.As informed, the fire erupted in one of the containers in a cargo hold of the ship on March 16.All 26 crew members are safe and accounted for and the fire is reported to be contained.“Safety measures were taken immediately. The crew reacted swiftly and as per procedure, by releasing CO2 into the cargo hold to contain the fire,” Maersk Line said.The company added that the cause of the fire is unknown, however, based on the initial investigation there seems to be no link between this fire and the one that broke out in the cargo hold of Maersk Honam on March 6, claiming five lives.A full investigation into the matter is expected to ensue.The containership is owned by Maersk Line’s U.S. subsidiary Maersk Line, Limited (MLL).The U.S.-flagged Maersk Kensington is currently at anchor outside the port of Salalah and is getting assistance from shore.The 2007-built vessel is carrying 3518 containers corresponding to 5,616 TEU, Maersk Line added.last_img read more

AutoNation names USAA executive as new CEO

DETROIT — AutoNation, the country’s largest auto dealership chain, has named an executive from the USAA financial services company as its new CEO.Carl Liebert (LEE-bert) will take over from the retiring Mike Jackson on March 11.He’s now USAA’s chief operating officer. He also served in leadership roles with The Home Depot and General Electric. AutoNation says in a statement that he has 30 years of global customer-centred leadership.The company says AutoNation’s board and its two largest investors have approved the appointment.Jackson announced his retirement in September after 20 years with the company. He will stay on as executive chairman.AutoNation is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has 325 dealerships across the U.S.The Associated Press read more

Security Council renews UN observer mission in Georgia for four months

The unanimous decision complies with a request earlier this week from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who warned that “dramatic changes” due to the Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia had cast a veil of uncertainty over UNOMIG’s future function.He told the 15-member Council in his latest report that it was not yet known which features, if any, of the 1994 Moscow ceasefire agreement between the warring parties that forms the basis of the Mission’s observation mandate would be retained in light of the new situation.UNOMIG’s area of responsibility in Abkhazia consists of a security zone, where no military presence was permitted, a restricted weapons zone, where no heavy weapons can be introduced, and the Kodori Valley. It has no jurisdiction in nearby South Ossetia, the scene of recent fighting which pitted Georgia against separatists and their Russian allies.Mr. Ban noted that it seemed unlikely that the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping force in the Abkhazia region would have any role in the separation of forces between the two sides, and it was still unclear what arrangement, if any, would fulfil this function.“Under these circumstances, it is too early at this stage to define the role that UNOMIG may play in the future,” he told the Council. “But as long as international involvement in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict is seen as helping to prevent future conflict, UNOMIG may be called upon to make a contribution. In this respect, I have received formal indications from the Georgian and Abkhaz sides that they support the continuation of the Mission.”As Mr. Ban proposed, the Council extended the Mission’s mandate on a technical basis until 15 February 2009. 9 October 2008The Security Council today extended for another four months the 14-year-old United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) entrusted with overseeing the ceasefire accord between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in the country’s north-western region. read more

WatchTim Hortons to pilot allday breakfast in bid to win back loyalty

TORONTO — Tim Hortons will pilot all-day breakfast in a dozen Ontario locations and look to introduce a kids menu, delivery and loyalty program, in a bid to regain the trust of franchisees and customers.The fast-food giant’s president Alex Macedo told The Canadian Press that the all-day breakfast experiment will begin at a handful of Hamilton and Burlington, Ont. locations later this summer and include all of the menu items typically available at the store in the morning. If it is successful, he said the company would consider rolling it out further.“The demand is loud and clear,” he said. “Any time we bring up the idea of breakfast at any time, the response is very favourable and very strong.”Macedo’s announcement came as the company has publicly been struggling to fix its strained relationship with some franchisees, who have been sparring with the company in recent months over everything from cost-cutting measures made in the wake of Ontario’s minimum wage hikes to delays in supply deliveries to a $700-million renovation plan that they say will cost store owners $450,000 per restaurant.Last month, Macedo admitted that “we could have done a few things better” and started touring the country to meet with franchises and promise them that he would fix the relationship.This week, he said the visits had concluded and added that “it can take some time to get exactly where we want to be, but right now, I think things are looking much better than they were at the beginning of the year.”His attempt at easing the tensions have coincided with an intensification of Canada’s breakfast wars. In early May, McDonald’s, one of Tim Hortons’ biggest rivals, announced it had begun serving bagels across the country and in recent years. A&W, Taco Bell and Burger King have all upped the ante with breakfast offerings to compete with Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Country Style.Macedo said Tim Hortons’ all-day breakfast launch wasn’t triggered by the McDonald’s bagel announcement, adding that “something as big as this would never be a reaction to anything a competitor would do.”The company, he said, had done a market test on all-day breakfast in 2013 and found it was “generally successful,” but ultimately chose not to roll it out, in part because “the guests weren’t asking for it as much as they are now.”Since then, he said consumer interest in breakfast has grown, as evidenced by research companies NPD Group and Nielsen calling it the fastest-growing part of the day for restaurants since 2012.In addition to all-day breakfast, he revealed that the company would also be looking to a kids menu, new packaging, kiosks, loyalty programs and delivery to entice customers and regain franchisee confidence, but he said he wasn’t prepared to share more details on any of those plans yet.“I don’t think there is one answer to driving brand love,” Macedo said. “My only concern is to work with franchisees all over the country. … I think they are very willing to work with us to get the brand where we want it to be.”Among those franchisees is Aron Burch, who will offer all-day breakfast at five of his seven locations. He said he was eager to get on board with the pilot because he owns a handful of locations near McMaster University in Hamilton and finds most of his customers are students who like to sleep in, often making it to his restaurants just as breakfast is winding down for the day.He said the months of tension between Tim Hortons and the franchisees, and the rise in the cost of living, had caused his stores to see “a little bit” of a decline in transactions in same-store sales, but he was confident that all-day breakfast would help them lure more customers.“Being able to offer all-day breakfast definitely is going to help us go to the customer who might have gone somewhere else or have it at home because of the convenience,” he said. “The busier the stores are, the better the day goes.” read more

Annulment of Ugandas antihomosexuality law hailed by UN officials

The law, which drew condemnation from the UN when it was promulgated in February, called for a 14-year jail term for a first conviction, and imprisonment for life for ‘aggravated homosexuality’. Challenged by 10 petitioners, including civil society, parliamentarians and academics, the law was annulled by the Court over a lack of quorum when the bill was passed.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to all those who contributed to this “step forward,” particularly the human rights defenders in Uganda who spoke out, at times incurring great personal risk.“The Secretary-General calls for further efforts to decriminalize same-sex relationships and address the stigma and discrimination that persist in Uganda against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.Also welcoming the decision to annul the law was the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which had warned that the legislation may obstruct effective responses to the virus.“This is a great day for social justice,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé declared in a statement. “The rule of law has prevailed.”UNAIDS noted that while homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, annulling the law could have positive public health implications. Studies show that when gay men and other men who have sex with men face discrimination, including abuse, incarceration and prosecution, they are less likely to seek HIV testing, prevention and treatment services.“[Ugandan] President Yoweri Museveni had personally indicated to me that he wants Uganda to accelerate its AIDS response to ensure all people have access to life-saving services,” said Mr. Sidibé.UNAIDS urged all Governments around the world, to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people through repealing criminal laws against adult consensual same sex sexual conduct; implementing laws to protect people from violence and discrimination; promoting campaigns that address homophobia and transphobia; and ensuring access to health services, including HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services. read more

Two walkers die in fall on Ben Hope in Scotland

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Two men have died after falling on a mountain in the Highlands, police have said.Concerns were raised for two men in difficulty on Ben Hope in Sutherland on Tuesday and a search operation was launched involving mountain rescue teams and a Coastguard helicopter.A Coastguard helicopter crew discovered the bodies on the north-west side of the 3,040ft munro shortly after 2am on Wednesday.Police say efforts are ongoing to recover them.Inspector Kevin Macleod of Police Scotland, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of both of these men at this tragic time. “I would also like to pass on our gratitude to the volunteers of Assynt Mountain Rescue Team for their efforts in extremely challenging conditions.”  Ben Hope, on the north Highland coast, is one of Scotland’s most northerly mountains.  read more

Can Rosia Montana overcome the hurdles

first_imgGabriel Resources is committed to responsible mining and sustainable development in the communities in which it operates. It is currently engaged in the exploration and development of mineral properties in Romania and is presently engaged in the development of its 80% owned Rosia Montana gold project. “2007 has been a frustrating year, we started off making tremendous progress until September when the permitting process was suspended,” said Alan R. Hill, President and CEO. “I can assure you that we have a strategy in place and we are as committed as ever to developing the Rosia Montana Project and ensuring that the long term benefits it will bring to Romania and all stakeholders are realized.”The project has long faced opposition from a group of foreign funded NGOs, certain Romanian organisations and some members of the Hungarian Government. Over the past nine months, however, the nature and magnitude of the opposition has changed. Nine months ago, Romania’s current minority government opposed a draft parliamentary “private members bill” to institute a ban on cyanide use in mining, arguing the merits of mining conducted to high EU standards. Eight weeks later, the government reversed its position – changing its view to support the bill to ban cyanide in the mining industry, without explanation. On Wednesday March 5, 2008, the industry commission, the third and final commission responsible for reviewing the proposed cyanide ban in mining, postponed voting on the issue. Once the industry commission votes and files its report, the proposed bill can be introduced into Parliament.Last September, the Romanian Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development (MESD), who had often expressed his opposition to the project even as he pledged to support the legal review process, unilaterally suspended the Technical Assessment Committee (TAC) meetings, asserting a linkage between a minor procedural certificate and the EIA process that lacks any basis in law. The company is focused on doing everything within its power to restart the permitting process – and to that end has filed a law suit against the Ministry of the Environment to restart the EIA process.In light of the suspension of the EIA process, management conducted a thorough review of all activities associated with the development of the project, with a goal of reducing expenditures to ensure the company remains financially strong, while maintaining all existing licenses and permits in good standing and working to restart the permitting process. As a result, in December 2007, the Company announced plans to retrench staff, to suspend engineering as well as procurement of long-lead-time equipment and surface rights acquisition, along with most other activities.Romania became a full member of the European Union on January 1, 2007. Open disputes between the presidential and parliamentary branches of government now dominate the political agenda, causing gridlock and delay. A new minority government comprised of the Liberal and UDMR parties was formed last April, representing approximately 23% of the Parliament, under the Prime Minister with tacit support from the opposition party. Romania’s UDMR party – representing Hungarian ethnic minorities and espouses a platform for autonomy for the Transylvania region in which the Rosia Montana Project is located – holds four ministries, including the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development.A censure motion to bring down the government was filed in late September 2007 by the Social Democrat Party (PSD). For the motion to succeed, it required 50% of the Parliament and Senate plus one vote, or a total of 232 votes. The motion failed by 12 votes, as 20 members of the PSD party abstained or voted against their own party’s censure motion.While management is making every effort – legal and political – to restart the EIA review process, it is becoming increasingly likely that a change in government will be required to restart the permitting process. The prospect for political change is real, as 2008 brings both local and national elections. With a change in government the company expects that the abuse of process it has seen will be replaced by a fair and open review process.On September 12, 2007 the company received a letter from the Romanian MESD indicating that the review process for the EIA for the Rosia Montana Project had been suspended. MESD based its unilateral administrative action on a court challenge by Alburnus Maior, an NGO opposing the project, to the validity of an urbanism certificate wholly unrelated to the EIA process.During September 2007, the company filed an Administrative Complaint against the MESD regarding its decision to suspend the TAC review process. The MESD responded to the Administrative Complaint on October 19, 2007. The 14-page response failed completely to address the grounds of complaint. As a result, the company filed a lawsuit against the MESD in November 2007, with the first hearing taking place on February 20, 2008.Significant progress had been made in 2007 until the MESD’s decision. The TAC held meetings on June 26, July 10, July 19 and August 9. The topic of those meetings included a general overview of the project, the technologies used, and our plans for dealing with waste material and potential project impacts. Those topics are covered under the first four chapters of our EIA and represent the bulk of the EIA. The TAC meetings had been very constructive with a thorough technical analysis of the project.MESD has also withheld final signature on our dam safety permits, which were approved in the spring of 2007 along with a number of other dam safety permits for unrelated projects by a committee of experts. While all other dams approved by the committee in the spring have now received their necessary permits, our permits alone await final signature by the MESD.The company filed an Administrative Complaint with the MESD regarding the withholding of the dam safety permits, a required precursor to litigation, in February 2008. Unless the permits are granted, the company expects to file a lawsuit in March 2008 against the MESD.The suspension of the EIA process has stalled most of the other permits and approvals.As a result of the suspension of the EIA review process, and in order to align the Company’s activity to the pace of the approval process, management met with the community to discuss a full shut down of the home purchase program. As a result, on February 1, 2008, the program was suspended indefinitely.Construction of the Alba Iulia resettlement site began in July 2007. Infrastructure is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2008, while construction of new homes began in October 2007. It is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete the approximately 130 homes at the Alba Iulia resettlement site. Construction at Alba Iulia site will continue despite the MESD’s decision to halt the EIA process.During the third quarter of 2007, the access road to the Piatra Alba resettlement site was completed and handed over to the local administration and tenders for construction for phase one of the new village were received. Final construction permits are expected to be issued during the first half of 2008.As of February 2008, the company owns or has options on approximately 77% of the homes in the industrial zone, protected area and the buffer zone. Once it completes the agreements for institutional properties, its ownership will rise to approximately 85% of the three zones of the project, further demonstrating the strong local support for the project.Ultimately, the company’s ability to obtain construction permits is predicated on securing 100%of the surface rights in the industrial zone.An NGO commenced legal action in the Alba Court of Appeal in 2004 and obtained an annulment with respect to archaeological discharge certificate no. 4. After a successful appeal to the Romanian Supreme Court and a retrial of the matter on its merits in the Brasov Court of Appeal, a second annulment of archaeological discharge certificate no. 4 was ordered by the Brashov Court of Appeal. Gabriel has appealed this second annulment to the Bucharest Supreme Court. It is not possible to estimate how long it will take for this case to proceed through the Bucharest Supreme Court. If archaeological discharge certificate no. 4 is ultimately annulled, then Gabriel will reapply for a new discharge certificate.The opposition has also challenged the issuance of archaeological discharge certificate no. 5 on grounds similar to their challenge of Certificate No. 4, and this matter is also currently before the Romanian courts. The company is using all means at its disposal to get the TAC process back on track, even as it continues to evaluate the implications associated with a prolonged delay. Once the TAC process recommences, and in the absence of any other extraordinary events, Gabriel anticipates that it would take at least six months to:– Complete the EIA approval process– Complete the purchase of the outstanding properties– Receive all other permits and approvals, including initial construction permits– Update the control estimate and complete the financing plan.Construction of the mine would then take approximately 24 months. Ultimately, the Romanian Government determines the timing of issuance of the EIA approval and all other permits and approvals required for the Rosia Montana Project, subject to the Romanian courts dealing with litigation from NGOs in a timely manner.last_img read more

SDSU unveils 3 billion plans to expand onto SDCCU Stadium site

first_imgSDSU unveils $3 billion plans to expand onto SDCCU Stadium site 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego State University Wednesday unveiled a $3 billion plan to expand the campus into Mission Valley and redevelop the SDCCU Stadium property over the next 15 years.The project encompasses 1.6 million square feet of classroom and research buildings, a river park and open space, 4,500 housing units, retail shops, a pair of hotels and a multi-use, 35,000-seat stadium for college football and other sports.SDSU Interim President Sally Roush and JMI Realty CEO John Kratzer said the project would be mostly funded by public-private partnerships, and wouldn’t rely on taxpayer financing. The main exception would be the stadium, which would be funded by bonds that are paid back by future revenues.”When we look to the future needs of SDSU, Mission Valley represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a proximate property where we can grow,” Roush said.The land is three trolley stops from the built-out main campus.”When SDSU has the opportunity to grow, the region is better served, both in the development of a diverse, highly educated workforce suited to meet San Diego’s growing needs, and in the opportunities provided to all San Diegans by way of inclusive economic stimulus,” Roush said.Kratzer said the design will bring a college campus feel to the property.”It speaks to the scale of the buildings, it speaks to how open spaces are used, it speaks to paseos and how students and pedestrians use the place, it speaks to the fact that automobile traffic is outboarded and out of the way,” Kratzer said. “This is not a commercial development plan — this is a campus plan.”He promised a transparent development process that would include a full environmental review.SDSU officials have for years eyed the city-owned Mission Valley site for expansion, and the property became available when the Chargers left for Los Angeles.A group of influential SDSU alumni and supporters, who are collecting signatures for an initiative that would grant the school rights to the land, said Tuesday that they were on track to picking up the 71,000 valid names to qualify for a vote, likely in November 2018.After the SDSU West details were unveiled, they sent City News Service a statement that said SDSU “has thoughtfully developed an initial site plan that benefits all San Diegans and creates a regional hub of innovation, education, housing and entertainment. SDSU West is the sole initiative that allows for this vision to become a reality.”Their initiative would probably complete with another development plan, called SoccerCity, which has already qualified for the ballot.SoccerCity Project Manager Nick Stone said the two plans are virtually identical.”Both feature a new multi-use stadium with similar seating capacity, a large river park and space for SDSU to grow and flourish,” he said. “The major difference is that SoccerCity will be built without a dime of public funds in a legally binding initiative and lease with the city, while the SDSU West plan offers no binding commitments and will leave taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars.”SoccerCity opponents question whether commitments made on behalf of the project, but not spelled out in the initiative, are actually legally binding.Representatives for San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, endorsed SoccerCity long before the SDSU West plans were unveiled, did not respond to a request for comment.SDSU officials said they need to stay out of the political process for legal reasons but have been under pressure to release details of what San Diegans could expect to go onto the site. Roush acknowledged the “very valid observation” that SDSU officials haven’t “clearly articulated” their vision and needs until now.Gordon Carrier, of the design firm Carrier Johnson + Culture, said the land would be divided into an upper plain for the campus buildings and stadium, and a lower area for the river park. The river flow would be redirected into a more natural flow, and tributaries would be brought within the campus.He said most of the buildings would be kept within three to six stories in height, and parking would be accommodated by around 5,000 below-grade spaces.The project also includes a 250-room hotel and conference center, which could also make use of the stadium, and a second 150-room hotel, according to Carrier. He said the housing would be for faculty and staff, and upper division and graduate students, and  would include both market-rate and affordable units.On Thursday, Aztecs athletics officials are scheduled to unveil more details of the stadium portion of the plan. Roush, athletic director John David Wicker, football coach Rocky Long, and Scott Radecic, the founder and senior principal of the Populous stadium design firm, are scheduled to participate.According to Kratzer, the stadium would be part of the first development phase and take two years to build. , Posted: November 29, 2017 November 29, 2017 Updated: 9:25 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

City Council appoints Kevin Ester as SDFRD interim chief

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Image converted using ifftoanySAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The City Council Tuesday confirmed Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s appointment of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s assistant chief of business operations as interim chief.Kevin Ester was confirmed on an 8-0 vote. Councilwoman Barbara Fry was absent.Ester takes over from Brian Fennessy, who had been the department’s chief for 2 1/2 years of his 28-year tenure with the SDFD. Fennessy, whose last day on the job was Friday, left to lead the Orange County Fire Authority.Ester has held numerous SDFD roles over nearly 33 years, including firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief and deputy chief. He became assistant chief of business operations in 2016 and oversaw community risk reduction, the emergency command and data center, logistics, professional standards and human resources in the department.City officials are currently seeking a permanent fire chief. Ester said he is a candidate for the post.Fennessy, 58, was known for revamping the city’s helicopter program, which now has two firefighting and rescue helicopters with night-flying capabilities. He also reduced response times and championed the construction of new fire stations. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 10, 2018 April 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom City Council appoints Kevin Ester as SDFRD interim chieflast_img read more

Alaska Airlines to discontinue flights to Cuba

first_imgPilots waved flags in the cockpit before taking off on Alaska Airlines’ inaugural flight to Havana, Cuba on January 5, 2017. (Photo courtesy Alaska Airlines)Seattle-based Alaska Airlines on Tuesday announced it will discontinue flights to Havana after the holidays.Listen nowAlaska joins a parade of other U.S. carriers who are trimming back flights to Cuba or dropping service entirely.Alaska Vice President for Capacity Planning and Alliances John Kirby said in an interview that he first noticed weakening demand and then the Trump administration reversed President Barack Obama’s liberalization on Cuba travel visas.“Looking at the precipitous drop-off in bookings coupled with the fact that 80 percent of our traffic can no longer take advantage of the people-to-people education option, we just felt there were better opportunities for us,” Kirby said.Alaska Airlines launched service on a Seattle-Los Angeles-Havana route with much fanfare last January.Alaska’s last flight to Havana will depart on January 22, 2018, meaning the service to Cuba lasted just over a year.The U.S. Treasury Department last week reimposed Cuba travel rules that basically make Americans join expensive, tightly-regulated group tours or have a valid business exemption.Alaska Airlines said passengers who have reservations for travel to Havana after January 22 will be booked on another airline or offered a full refund.Spirit Airlines, Frontier and Silver Air also have pulled out of Cuba, leaving American, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest as the main U.S. carriers flying reduced schedules to the Caribbean island.Kirby said the anticipated pent-up demand for travel to Cuba materialized in the early going.Alaska’s planes to Havana flew 80-90 percent full in the spring and early summer.After July, the level of interest dropped precipitously.“A severe hurricane season didn’t help,” Kirby added. “I think there was some evidence of confusion. It was difficult to figure out how to go.”Kirby said the Boeing 737 now assigned to the Cuba route will be redeployed to bolster capacity between Seattle and Orange County, California.last_img read more

MASSIVE Virat Kohli convinced MS Dhoni not to retire major update on

first_imgFormer Indian captain MS Dhoni is on a sabbatical and theories pertaining to his retirement keep springing up. However, as per a recent report, Dhoni put his retirement plans on hold after Indian skipper Virat Kohli convinced him to stay put and guide the younger players.As per sources close to the Indian team, Dhoni had made up his mind during the World Cup to call it quits after the quadrennial event. He had informed a few of his teammates about the plan. Some of the Chennai Super Kings teammates also knew about it.Sources have told DNA that MSK Prasad held a meeting with MS Dhoni and told him that the selectors are looking at grooming Rishabh Pant as the first-choice wicket-keeper in the upcoming tours. Kohli convinced about Dhoni’s fitness Virat Kohli and MS DhoniGetty Images”It was only after Virat (Kohli) advised Dhoni not to quit immediately that the latter changed his mind,” a source close to Kohli told DNA.The source also said that Kohli is convinced about Dhoni’s fitness and hence, wants him to stay on and help in this transition phase which includes grooming Rishabh Pant. The management is convinced that the young wicket-keeper is the one for the future.”Virat feels that Dhoni has no fitness issues and can continue till the T20 World Cup next year, if required by the team. The logic is that while grooming Pant, the Indian think-tank does not want any other wicketkeeper in the team. And, if Pant suffers any injury or loss of form during this time, then Dhoni can easily come in without any issues,” added the source. MS DhoniICC TwitterThe Indian selectors have decided to move on from Dinesh Karthik as an option. This leaves three wicket-keepers, including Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson and Wriddhiman Saha in the fray.”All these names can’t replace the experience of Dhoni when it comes to playing in a big tournament. Dhoni’s guidance has always been welcomed by Virat and that’s why he wants him to be around for some more time till the team is settled,” the source said.Dhoni will also continue to play for Chennai Super Kings which means that the team management will not be losing their sleep over his match fitness. “The T20 World Cup (to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15, 2020) will only be about four months away from next IPL season. If the team management feels that his services are required, then why not have him in the mix till then?” said the source.last_img read more

New Facilities For Migrant Children Slated For Texas ExHouston Cop Facing Murder

first_imgTuesday, August 27, 2019Top afternoon stories:Photo by ACF/HHS/Handout via Reuters/Via PBS NewsHourOccupants at an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors in Brownsville are seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.New Facilities For Migrant Children Slated For TexasTexas Health and Human Services has confirmed that applications have come in for two new shelters that would hold migrant youth who arrive at the U.S-Mexico border without a guardian.  The unaccompanied minor facilities are slated for the Rio Grande Valley, in McAllen and Los Fresnos. Lutheran Social Services of the South and CHSI would operate the new facilities. The Los Fresnos shelter would hold children as young as infants and as old as 17, according to documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Another application, for a child placing agency, which would supervise the placement of migrant foster children, is also pending approval. That agency, operated by Foster Texas, would be in Cedar Park, north of Austin. Read the full story, here.Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeFormer Houston Police officer Gerald Goines.Ex-Houston Cop Facing Murder Charges Has First Court HearingA former Houston police officer charged with felony murder in the deaths of a couple during a January drug raid on their home has a long history of serving the community and was only doing his job, his attorney said Monday.Gerald Goines appeared in court for a brief court hearing to go over his bond conditions following his arrest last week. He remains free on bonds totaling $300,000.His attorney, Nicole DeBorde, told reporters afterward that she believes Goines was only doing his job and investigating a drug tip that led to the Jan. 28 raid.Prosecutors allege that Goines lied to obtain the warrant to search the couple’s home by claiming that a confidential informant had bought heroin there. You can read a complete timeline of the raid and the subsequent investigation by clicking here.AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer, PoolThis file photo shows Ronald Lee Haskell collapsing as he appeared in court on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Houston.Trial Of Man Accused Of Killing 6 In Spring In 2014 StartsA man traveled from California to Spring in 2014 and stalked his ex-wife’s family for two days before killing six of them as part of his plan to harm anyone who had helped his former spouse, a Texas prosecutor told jurors Monday.Harris County prosecutor Samantha Knecht made the assertion during opening statements in the capital murder trial of Ronald Lee Haskell. Knecht added that Haskell created a meticulous plot in which he would kill his ex-wife’s entire family.Haskell’s defense attorney, Douglas Durham, told jurors that Haskell was not responsible for his actions because before the shooting, he had “spiraled down into very severe mental illness.”Knecht told the jury that Haskell’s marriage had ended after accusations of domestic violence and that his ex-wife and his children had moved to Texas to be with her family. Sharelast_img read more

Delhis Little Kolkata decks up for Durga Puja

first_imgChittaranjan Park invariably makes it to the news during the Durga Puja season. Zealous  Bengalis gear up to adore and offer obeisance to goddess Durga and in this ardent tradition they are joined by thousands off residents of the city in this ‘mini-Kolkata’ for a taste of Bengal.  Dhak beats and dhunuchi dance fill the air with a touch of divinity.  This year puja organisers in Chittaranjan Park have decided on eco-friendly themes.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year the idols embellished with aluminum aushtro will be swapped for synthetic paints and biodegradable materials. Attempts are being made to convert to LED bulbs. Some Puja committees have decided  to do away with the ritual of immersing idols into Yamuna.  C.R.Park’s B block has decided upon construction of a 4 feet deep tank on the puja ground itself for the ritual of Bisarjan. Tamal Rakshit, an organiser, says, “A crane will be commissioned to immerse the goddess into water. After immersion, the area will be sealed as the pavitra area’.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“When the idol has wholly dissolved, the remaining bamboo will be returned back to the artisans for re-use and the muddy water will be used as compost in the park. As per tradition that the very mud the idol is sculpted from should go back to the land where it came from. We attempt to be traditional with a difference.” The ancient mandir-themed venue and sumptuous food stalls will no doubt pull in the crowds.In these three days time bhog is prepared for around 1500 people here. Navapalli Durga Puja Samity will showcase the time- honoured ‘Bengal patoa art’. The president, Utpal Ghosh said, “these art pieces have been prepared by young college students under the able guidance of Madhu Chiktrakar and his wife, who have replicated the ten forms of Maa Durga and Krishna on the mandap.” D block ground has been converted into ‘interior Bengal gram’. The pandal will also offer free wifi to the visitors by making it a wifi-zone. Initiatives are being made   Sujoy Ghosh, the general secretary, also informed that bhog will be sent by the pujo samity to the homes of senior citizens living in the colony.last_img read more

Russian woman attacked by wolf axes it to death

first_img Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories The wolf later died.Maksudova has become a hero in the Caspian Sea province that lies east of Chechnya. She was still being treated for her wounds Tuesday at a local hospital after last week’s incident. Doctors said she is recuperating well.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) – Beware of 56-year-old Russian women with axes.A lone wolf attacked Aishat Maksudova outside her sister’s home in Russia’s province of Dagestan in the North Caucasus Mountains.The animal bit the farmer on her arm and her leg and she fell to the ground, crying out for help from other villagers. No one was in earshot. So she reached for an ax she had brought along to repair a fence, and with remarkable aplomb, she hit the wolf over the head several times until his teeth unclenched. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Quick workouts for men How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more