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Gave 100 Percent but Improvements to be Done, Says World Championships Silver Medallist Amit Panghal

first_img 100 percent2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicsAmit Panghal First Published: September 23, 2019, 6:43 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Amit Panghal has had a good year in 2019. He first won the Asian Championships in April — beating Olympic 52kg bronze medallist Hu Jinguan along the way — and now he has become the first Indian to win silver at the World Championships. And yet, the 23-year-old is still coming to terms with his new weight category in the ring.It was after he won gold at the 2018 Asian Games that he realised that his category will no longer be considered for the Olympics — light flyweight (48kg). At a couple of inches over five feet, Panghal finds himself as the shorter person in the ring more often than not and now he has a weight shift to deal with. And yet, he seems to have taken to it like duck takes to water. “I have always trained with a taller boxer,” Panghal told IANS after returning from Ekaterinburg on Monday. “In 52-kg category, I am always the shortest one. Everyone I have fought has been taller than me.”Panghal said that his need to improve upon his strength and power was apparent in the final against Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov, who is the reigning 52-kg Olympic champion. Panghal lost that bout by a unanimous 5-0 decision, although it was a much closer affair than the scoreline suggested.”I think I have to work on my power a little more. I had to change my weight category from 48kg to 52kg and boxers in this weight category deploy more power in their punches. Uzbek boxers are very strong anyhow. My opponent in the final was an Olympic champion. I gave my 100 percent here but there are improvements to be done,” he said.Panghal using his shorter height to his advantage was more than apparent in his semi-final victory against Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, who stands a full four inches taller than him. “My stance is such that I try to remain as close as possible to my opponent because that helps me block out their unfinished punches. I can then land my punches properly and when that happens the opponent becomes unnerved.National coach Santiago Nieva reckons that Panghal’s success comes from the fact that he excels in using his height.”Already from the beginning he showed he can overcome that disadvantage and even use it to his advantage,” Nieva said. “When he changed the weight category in the beginning of the year the main concern was how he will deal with the difference in height and size. But he started by winning the trials at home against stronger opponents. And then at the Asian Championships, he beat the Olympic and Worlds medallists who were all tall opponents.”Nieva said that Panghal will need to work on how to take control of bouts from the beginning. “In the World Championships, bouts were obviously very tricky. It takes him about a round or a round and a half to figure out his opponents and then, once he finds his range and room for his punches then he makes the difference. But we need work on how he can gain that clarity in the first round itself,” he said.”In the final, he found it hard to land cleanly with his upper hand right which was very successful in the previous bouts. It became tricky for him to reach the opponent with that and because of that, he lost his balance sometimes. We hoped that if he could stay close to the body and land a few punches there it would make a difference but it didn’t work out.”I haven’t really watched the fight again yet, but the danger when you have such success with one move is that you start overdoing it and become predictable. So we need to make sure that he has enough weapons in his arsenal,” said Nieva.Panghal would next be in action at the Military World Games that will be held in Wuhan, China next month. “I will be facing those that I couldn’t face here as most boxers are in the military. The experience will be very useful for me going into the Olympic qualifiers,” he said. last_img read more

Report: Honduras 1 United States 1

first_imgHonduras 1 United States 1: Wood rescues late point for USA Sacha Pisani 07:44 9/6/17 BobbyWood - Cropped Getty Images Substitute Bobby Wood equalised in the 85th minute to rescue a point for the United States against Honduras in World Cup qualifying. The United States avoided back-to-back defeats after salvaging a late 1-1 draw in Honduras to keep their hopes of automatically qualifying for the 2018 World Cup alive.Stunned by Costa Rica last week, USA faced another major blow on Tuesday when Houston Dynamo star Romell Quioto put Honduras ahead in the first half of the CONCACAF qualifier in San Pedro Sula.The score remained 1-0 as Honduras looked set to leapfrog USA into the third and final automatic berth for Russia 2018 until substitute Bobby Wood bundled home the equaliser with five minutes of regulation time remaining. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Honduras were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages, Henry Figueroa picking up a second yellow card.USA are still third in their quest for an eighth consecutive World Cup appearance, ahead of Honduras – who occupy the play-off spot – on goal difference after eight games, though they could drop out of the automatic spots later on Tuesday with fifth-placed Panama set to host lowly Trinidad and Tobago.Bruce Arena almost fielded a completely different XI after making seven changes to his line-up following USA’s disappointing 2-0 loss at home to Costa Rica last time out.Clint Dempsey came in for his record-breaking 41st World Cup qualifying appearance – surpassing Landon Donovan – while Brad Guzan, Omar Gonzalez, DeMarcus Beasley, Kellyn Acosta, Matt Besler and Jordan Morris replaced Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard, Jorge Villafana, Geoff Cameron, Tim Ream, Fabian Johnson and Wood.There were just two changes for Honduras, who overcame Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 last week. Brayan Beckeles and Ever Alvarado came in for Felix Crisanto and Emilio Izaguirre.USA – 6-0 winners in the reverse fixture – were greeted to hot and humid conditions at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, and the Americans struggled in the warm weather.In a scrappy and physical first half, it was Honduras who looked the more likely to score, and the hosts did just that approaching the half-hour mark thanks to Quioto.Quioto outpaced Gonzalez, speeding past the American defender and curling the ball past Guzan, off the post and into the net as another MLS-based player haunted USA following Marco Urena’s brace for Costa Rica.USA rarely threatened Honduras and while they managed to get in behind, goalkeeper Luis Lopez was quick off his line to deny Morris before half-time.The second half was similar to the first, with intensity and standard lacking in the trying conditions as Arena’s side desperately sought a leveller.An equaliser appeared unlikely, until Wood came off the bench and rescued the Americans in the 85th minute.Lopez was left scrambling after Acosta’s free-kick and Wood was on hand to smash the ball into the back of the net for what could prove to be a precious point, with Figueroa seeing red late on for Honduras. read morelast_img read more

Tiger Woods shrugs off collision with security guard saying ‘accidents happen’

first_imgTiger Woods shrugged off a nasty collision with a security guard during his second round at the Masters. “Accidents happen,” Woods said. “We move on. I’m good.” For a moment it looked as though the blow might have caused him a serious injury to his ankle but after the round Woods insisted he was fine.“Apart from having four knee surgeries and three back surgeries, I’m great,” he joked. Woods shot 68, which left him six-under and one off the lead. “It was fun. I felt like I left a few shots out there but overall it was a solid day, I hung in there and just kept grinding and tried to make a birdie here and there where I could.” Share on Messenger Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Masters Tiger Woods Support The Guardian The accident happened on the 14th, Woods hit his tee shot left into the crowd, who gathered close around to watch him play second. After he had hit it they surged in behind him and a jittery security guard came hurtling across to make sure they did not come too close.He was in such a hurry that he broke one of Augusta National’s cardinal rules: no running because, as the spectators’ handbook puts it, “for the safety of everyone, running is considered unacceptable behaviour”. He slipped and his knee collided with Woods’ right shin as he fell.The guard caught him side-on and his ankle, or knee, could easily have given way. But he was OK. He skipped three times, shook it off and strolled on towards the green, where he made a 28-foot putt for birdie. It was an eventful back nine. Woods also endured a 30-minute break for bad weather after he had hit a brilliant tee shot on the 12th.He missed the putt when play resumed but picked up two more birdies coming in. “The last two majors I’ve been right there,” he said. And now he is again. As for the security guard, it is not clear what happened to him but it would not be surprising if he turns up in the far parking lot on Saturday directing the traffic. Reuse this content Golf Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn US sports Share on Facebook Tiger Woods in vintage form as he throws down Masters gauntlet Share via Emaillast_img read more

Pochettino hits back at Wenger

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino tells Wenger to focus on Arsenal after trophy jibe Jamie Smith 23:54 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Pochettino & Wenger Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Premier League Newport County v Tottenham Hotspur Newport County FA Cup Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Arsène Wenger The Tottenham boss has hit back at his Arsenal counterpart after the Frenchman appeared to aim a barb at Spurs Mauricio Pochettino believes Arsene Wenger made a “mistake” by talking about Tottenham’s lack of trophies.Before Arsenal beat Chelsea to book a place in the EFL Cup final on Wednesday, Wenger appeared to aim a dig at both Liverpool and Tottenham.The Frenchman suggested the media “celebrate teams who haven’t been in a final for 25 years – and kill us”, even though Arsenal have won three FA Cups in the last four years. 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 Wenger’s comments were widely assumed to be a barb aimed at Pochettino and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, both of whom are yet to win a trophy in English football.And ahead of Spurs’ trip to Newport County in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, Pochettino hit back at Wenger.”I’m so young and only five years in the Premier League, in two clubs, Southampton and Tottenham, but there’s no point to talk about another team,” Pochettino told reporters.”Praise? Of course we receive praise. Football is not only to win trophies, it’s the circumstances of different clubs.”He is and will always be one of the best managers in the world, I respect him, but I think he needs to talk for himself and for Arsenal.”He is a special manager, but everyone sometimes makes a mistake and for me he made a mistake to talk about us or a different team.”TEAM NEWS: @ChrisEriksen8 & Hugo Lloris (illness) continue to improve and are recovering with gym work.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 25, 2018Newport knocked out Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United in the third round and Pochettino believes the pitch at Rodney Parade will be a typical FA Cup leveller.”Today they are playing a rugby match. It is not an easy pitch but we will not complain about the pitch,” Pochettino said. “It will be tough, it’s not about going there and thinking just because we are Tottenham we are going to win. That is important.”We need to show massive respect to the opponent. In my mind, it’s not a League Two team. It’s our opponent, I don’t care about their level. We need to give our best or we’re going to have a massive problem.”I saw their last game in the FA Cup against Leeds United. They’re a very physical team, with some quality players, and in the end the motivation will be massive for them. Of course, it will be a very tough and dangerous game.”We are aware but another thing is to be concentrated and focused and ready to fight. It will be a big battle. [We must] put ourselves in the same level as them, same motivation.”No complaints, no excuses, try to believe we’re going to play against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus in the Champions League. If we’re not ready to compete from the beginning, we’re going to struggle.”Pochettino plans to use teenage midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe in the Cup tie, but is considering resting star striker Harry Kane.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool chief Moore: The effing abuse I copped almost blowing Van Dijk deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Liverpool chief Moore: The effing abuse I copped almost blowing Van Dijk dealby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief exec Peter Moore has revealed how he copped pelters from local fans after almost messing up the Virgil van Dijk deal.Moore made the revelation at the World Football Summit.He said, “I had been at work for a few days, I had been away for 40 years. And we were trying to sign Virgil Van Dijk for the first time and we got into a little mess with Southampton.”We made an apology because we were supposedly wrong about things. Well, I went out for coffee, I found a Starbucks and I was walking back with a coffee in each hand and suddenly a scouser coming along the road yells at me: ‘Instead of buying a Starbucks, you should have bought f***ing Van Dijk, damn jerk’. “So there I was with a coffee in each hand and I was back with Liverpool’s acid humor again!” last_img read more

Barca are going to fight for everything again – Messi

first_imgBarcelona captain Lionel Messi says he has “no regrets” about his pledge to win the Champions League last season and insists the club has the same ambitions for the upcoming campaign.Addressing the club’s fans ahead of last season’s Joan Gamper Trophy match against Boca Juniors, Messi, in his first public speech as club captain, said the team would do “everything possible” to “bring that beautiful trophy” back to Catalunya.Ernesto Valverde’s side looked on course to at least reach the final when they beat Liverpool 3-0 in the first leg of their semi-final tie at Camp Nou in April. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, a sensational 4-0 victory in the return game at Anfield the following month saw the Merseysiders progress to the final, where they beat Tottenham in Madrid to lift the trophy for a sixth time.A defeat to Valencia in the Copa del Rey final later that month ensured the campaign ended on a low note for Barca, despite the club securing a 26th La Liga title.Messi once again addressed the Camp Nou crowd ahead of this year’s Joan Gamper Trophy, this time against Arsenal, to issue a rallying cry ahead of the new campaign.”It’s hard to say something after last season, but I don’t regret anything,” said the 32-year-old, who succeeded Andres Iniesta as club captain last summer.“But I have no doubt that together we are going to fight again for everything. We won eight League titles in 11 years. We do not give it the value it deserves but over the years we will see how difficult it was.“This club fights for everything and this year will be no different. We have renewed dreams. Visca Barca and Visca Catalunya!”Though they have dominated Spanish domestic football in recent seasons, Barca have struggled to make their mark in Europe.Since winning the Champions League for a fifth time against Juventus in 2015, the Catalan giants have made it past the quarter-finals just once – last season’s dramatic collapse against Liverpool.During that time rivals Real Madrid have lifted the trophyon three successive occasions between 2016-2018 to extend their record haul of record European Cups to 13, much to the frustration of Blaugrana supporters.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Has Already Received 1 Retirement Job Offer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has already received one job offer for his retirement, which will begin on Jan. 2 following the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl.The job offer is from Washington State head coach Mike Leach.Leach, a good friend of the Ohio State head coach, will be teaching a class at Washington State. He wants Meyer to join him.“Urban, come help me teach a class next semester,” Leach tweeted.Urban, come help me teach a class next semester. Meyer unsure of what the future will bring via @YahooSports— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) December 5, 2018Will Meyer be joining him? It’d be pretty cool for Washington State students if that was the case.Meyer explained to Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel why he admires Leach:Meyer went on to joke he wished he could be more like coaches who can separate winning and losing from their daily lives. “That’s why I admire coaches who can just move on,” he said. “Mike Leach is my hero. First of all, I love him. We’re great friends. But he’s my absolute hero.” Meyer defined the difference between he and Leach this way: “I’m paranoid about everything.”Those close to Meyer are genuinely curious how he’ll handle the transition from compulsive worker to retirement, the word both Meyer and Ohio State used in the press release. From his boss, Gene Smith, to his close friend and longtime strength coach, Mickey Marotti, there’s a fundamental concern of where that singular focus will be directed.More job offers are likely to come for Meyer, but he’s got at least one in the bank already.last_img read more

Abducted Bhiwandi toddler rescued from UP two held

first_imgThane: The police on Wednesday reunited a one-year-old boy, who was abducted from Bhiwandi in Thane district of Maharashtra earlier this month and taken to Uttar Pradesh for sale, with his footpath-dweller parents. The toddler, identified as Kumar Ashique, was abducted from Bhiwandi town on the intervening night of June 2 and June 3 when his parents were asleep, a senior police officer said. After his parents lodged a complaint, police fanned out teams and also activated their local network of informers, he said. The first breakthrough came when police arrested one Rohit Kotekar, a history-sheeter having cases of car thefts against him, on June 10 and later his accomplice Suraj Soni. Kotekar and Soni told police during interrogation that they had abducted the toddler to settle off their debts and have shifted him to Eksavda village in Uttar Pradesh’s Maharajganj district bordering Nepal, the officer said, adding that the duo wanted to sale the toddler for quick money.last_img read more

Mckenna Grace Stands Up For Turkeys

first_imgToday, Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization, announces that Mckenna Grace, star of “Gifted,” Netflix’s “The Haunting Of Hill House,” and “I, Tonya,” is their 2017 Adopt a Turkey Project spokesperson.Mckenna Grace Stands Up for TurkeysFollowing in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin and Ellen DeGeneres, she will speak out for turkeys, who are some of the most abused animals on Earth.Video: Mckenna Grace Stands Up for Turkeys: “I Would Rather Love Them Than Eat Them”In an adorable new video shot at Farm Sanctuary’s shelter for rescued farm animals in Acton, CA, Mckenna, surrounded by her feathered friends, informs viewers that turkeys are smart, social, curious, playful, and enjoy being petted and cuddled, just like a dog or a cat. She also acknowledges a sad reality: that although turkeys can live up to ten years, most only live to be a few months old.“Turkeys make awesome friends,” says Grace. “They are so sweet and they all have different personalities. That’s why I would rather love them than eat them. Sadly, 46 million turkeys are killed at Thanksgiving and never get a chance at a good life. That’s nothing to be thankful for. So this year, do our turkey friends a favor and keep them off your plate. Join me and be a part of Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project!”Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project has turned the tables on the traditional Thanksgiving celebration by inspiring people to commemorate turkeys as guests of honor around our tables, instead of upon them. The project has saved hundreds of turkeys from cruelty while inspiring countless individuals to sponsor a turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters in New York and California. For a one-time donation of $30, turkey sponsors receive a special adoption certificate with a color photo and fun facts about their new feathered friend — perfect for displaying on your holiday table!To learn more information about the Adopt a Turkey Project, visit read more

BC grants environmental certificate for Kootenay gypsum mine

first_imgVICTORIA – The British Columbia government has granted an environmental assessment certificate for an open-pit gypsum mine in the West Kootenay.The government says it considered a report from the Environmental Assessment Office and it’s confident the 135-hectare project by CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc. will be built, operated and closed in a way that ensures no adverse effects are likely to occur.Environment Minister George Heyman and Mines Minister Michelle Mungall say the protection of water quality in the nearby Kootenay River is important and they have received assurances that the sedimentation ponds for the project are constructed to stringent standards.The mine’s annual production is estimated at 400,000 tonnes of gypsum, which is used to make drywall, cement and plaster of paris.The government says the company worked with two local First Nations to develop the certificate and ensure the concerns for their territories were met.Construction of the new mine in southeastern B.C. is expected to cost $23.7 million, with annual operating costs of $4.3 million.last_img read more

Martha Stewart offers business advice to cannabis industry leaders

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Food and lifestyles guru Martha Stewart says the recipe for success she has followed throughout her career also applies to cannabis companies — offer quality products at fair prices.Stewart spoke to about 650 cannabis industry leaders Tuesday at the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, N.B.In February, Stewart joined Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp. in an advisory role to help develop a new line of products.The company said it would use Stewart’s knowledge of consumer products while exploring the effectiveness of hemp-derived CBD and other cannabinoids as they relate to both humans and pets.Stewart says she was introduced to Canopy Growth by Snoop Dogg, a noted marijuana aficionado.Her ties to the rapper go back to at least 2015, when she baked brownies on “The Martha Stewart Show” with him and hinted that he could add some weed to the recipe.The crowd in Saint John roared with laughter when Stewart said Snoop Dogg is always high.The Canadian Press read more

Australia lowers level of travel advice for Sri Lanka

Australia notes that a terrorist attack could happen anywhere, at any time, including in places visited by foreigners.Security has been increased across the country following the terrorist attacks that targeted prominent hotels and churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. (Colombo Gazette) “Exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka. Following the 21 April terrorist attacks, a State of Emergency is in place and night-time curfews can be imposed with short notice. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Monitor the media and other sources about safety and security risks,” the updated travel advise said. Australia has lowered the level of travel advice for Sri Lanka to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’.Following the Easter Sunday attacks Australia had warned against travelling to Sri Lanka. However, with the situation now improving Australia has lowered its level of travel advice for Sri Lanka. read more

China to send its top trade negotiator to US for talks

BEIJING — China says its top trade negotiator will lead an upcoming 13th round of talks aimed at resolving a trade war with the United States.Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said Sunday that Vice Premier Liu He would travel to Washington for the talks sometime after China’s National Day holiday, which ends Oct. 7.Wang repeated the Chinese position that the two sides should find a solution on the basis of mutual respect and benefit.The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on Chinese imports in a bid to win concessions from China, which has responded with tit-for-tat tariffs. The escalating dispute between the world’s two largest economies has depressed stock prices and poses a threat to the global economy.The Associated Press

Afghan Government UN seek 43 million more for drought and conflict victims

The Government of Afghanistan and the United Nations today jointly appealed for a further $43.3 million to fund humanitarian relief for people affected by drought as well as families displaced by recent fighting in the country’s south. This funding would supplement an appeal for nearly $76.4 million launched in July. Just over half of that money has been received so far. The UN and the Afghan Government estimate that, due to the drought conditions, 1.9 million people will need food assistance – 200,000 more than predicted in July. They say the initial plan must be extended through the start of the next harvest in April 2007. “While we are grateful for the generous contributions received thus far, there is an urgent and pressing need to continue assistance to drought and conflict affected communities across Afghanistan,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative, Ameerah Haq.He urged donor countries “to step forward with pledges that will enable us to provide vital food, and other essential living items as we approach the winter months.” The appeal also includes assistance to an estimated 20,000 families displaced by the recent armed conflict in Uruzgan, Helmand and Kandahar, according to the Government of Afghanistan. read more

Iceland in mourning after missing young womans body found on beach

first_img Short URL Birna Brjansdottir Birna Brjansdottir ICELAND IS IN mourning after a young woman missing for eight days was found dead on a beach, in a rare crime that gripped the nation.Police said in a statement yesterday they were treating the case as murder, although “currently it is not possible to determine the cause of death”.Iceland enjoys one of the world’s lowest crime rates and homicides are extremely rare — police even patrol the streets unarmed.But 20-year-old Birna Brjansdottir was found dead on a beach south of Reykjavik after more than 725 volunteers took part in the biggest search and rescue operation in Icelandic history, according to media.Two Greenlandic sailors aged 25 and 30 have been held in connection with her disappearance, which happened on 14 January after a night of drinking in Reykjavik’s bars.CCTV footageVideo surveillance footage around 5am showed her stumbling through snowy and foggy streets by herself as she bought a kebab.Her shoes were later found in the port of Hafnarfjordur, south of Reykjavik, not far from the dock where a Greenlandic trawler, the Polar Nanoq, was moored.Video surveillance cameras also showed a small red car, a Kia Rio, parked near the vessel around 6,30am — identical to a vehicle observed near the spot where Brjansdottir was last seen.The Polar Nanoq had lifted anchor just hours after the girl went missing but members of Iceland’s elite police force, known as the Viking Squad, flew out to the ship by helicopter to question the crew.The ship returned to Reykjavik and two sailors were taken into custody.Traces of Bransdottir’s blood were later found in the red car, which had been rented by the sailors.A country of just 330,000 people, Iceland has registered an average of just 1.8 murders per year since 2001, according to police statistics. The killers are often under the influence of alcohol, or mentally unstable.- © AFP, 2017Read: Mystery: Three sailors arrested after disappearance of young woman in Iceland> Share416 Tweet Email1 Jan 23rd 2017, 1:48 PM By AFP 54,065 Views 21 Comments Iceland in mourning after missing young woman’s body found on beach Birna Brjansdottir was missing for eight days before her body was found. Monday 23 Jan 2017, 1:48 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Oakleigh Community weighed down by debt

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The General Meeting of the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and District took place on April 18 with the approval of the financial statement toping the agenda.The Community’s accounts reflected a debt for the financial year ending on December 31, 2009 which included both long term and short term, as well as the combined operating deficits of the Community and the Greek Orthodox College of Sts Anargiri amount to $5.7 million.The Community has taken out loans in the amount of $5.2 million.The operating deficit of the Community last year reached $146,084 and the deficit of the school was $342,574. The Community’s debt equals roughly one third of the value of its assets. The President of the Community, Angelos Sardellis attributed the College’s deficit to the decrease of student enrolments during the past academic year.Members were informed that the Community holds an overdraft account of approximately $1.2 million for its operating needs. The President clarified that as of December 31, 2009 the overdraft account amounted to $667,470 since the Community has a savings account of $516,437. When asked by a member why the Community did not utilise its savings to cover operating costs since the interest paid on the overdraft account is greater than the one accrued from the savings, Mr Sardellis argued that the government does not allocate in time the subsidies that the school is entitled forcing the Community to use the overdraft account to pay for teacher’s salaries and to cover other school needs.Tension emanated during the General Meeting when a father whose children study in Sts Anargiri College complained about the “quality of education” and claimed that this has been the main contributing factor to the school’s decreased enrolment numbers. The father lashed out against the Community Board and accused them of being incapable of managing the school effectively. “You have increased the tuition but you have not improved the level of education. The College has offered certain things to our children but these are not enough,” the parent said. He claimed that he knew many parents who shared these views. The President of the Community called his outburst “insulting” and assured the parent that they constantly strive to improve the school. To this end theVice-President of the Community, Chris Kontos highlighted that the Board hired an expert company that is assessing the College over the last 12 months and will eventually recommend any needed changes.last_img read more

Merkel supports Christofias efforts on Cyprus solution

first_imgGerman chancellor Angela Merkel gave her full support to President Demetris Christofias’ efforts to solve the Cyprus problem on Tuesday during a “historic” one-day visit to the island while saying that the Turkish side was not doing enough in this regard.“We greatly appreciate your courage, creativity shown and initiative taken to solve the problem. We see that you are taking many steps and we also see that the Turkish side is not responding adequately to your steps,” said Merkel during a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace.The German chancellor, the first to visit Cyprus 49 years after Archbishop Makarios paid an official visit to Bonn in 1962, pledged to use her contacts with Turkish officials to promote Christofias’ efforts for a solution.Merkel urged Turkey to make progress on normalising relations with Cyprus and open its ports to traffic from the island. Such a move, as required under a European Union agreement known as the Ankara protocol, is one of the main provisions Turkey must fulfil to join the EU. After meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias, Merkel said Turkey needed to show more willingness in the resolution of its dispute with Cyprus. Asked whether Turkey’s occupation of Cyprus was compatible with its EU accession course, Merkel replied: “We are aware of the existing difficulties and this is the reason why we placed so many restrictions in the accession negotiations. As long as Turkey is not implementing the Ankara Protocol, no negotiating chapters can be closed or have been closed. Moreover, there are eight chapters that can not even open.”Within hours, the Turkish press was accusing Merkel of continuing the war of words against Turkey reportedly started by Greek premier George Papandreou last Friday.For his part, Christofias said the two leaders focused “almost exclusively” on the Cyprus problem due to the interest shown by Merkel on the subject, “something which moved me”, he said.On Turkish accession, Christofias said: “We don’t want to hold Turkey hostage.” But at the same time Turkey cannot continue to not recognise an EU member and refuse to implement the Ankara Protocol”.He assured Merkel that he was filled with good will to solve the problem as soon as possible, on the condition that the solution respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cyprus, as well as the human rights and basic freedoms of all people “who live in this multicultural country”.Source: Cyprus News Agency Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Search suspended for missing Kelso hiker

first_imgAuthorities have suspended their search for a Kelso hiker missing in the Lava Canyon area since Oct. 15, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.The sheriff’s office said deputies responded that evening after getting a call from Avery Jackson, 19, of Kelso, who said her hiking partner, Garrett Canada, 18, also of Kelso, was missing.They were hiking on the Lava Canyon Trail, at the end of National Forest Road 83, about 18 miles east of Cougar, the sheriff’s office said.Jackson told officials the two became separated after she stopped to shoot photos. She hiked around the trail system, and waited at their car to check with other hikers, but had no luck. She found a ride to Cougar where she called for help, the sheriff’s office said.A responding deputy found Canada’s vehicle, and the Volcano Rescue Team organized a search.Around 3 a.m. Tuesday, rescue teams found indications Canada may have entered the water near or just past the first waterfall through Lava Canyon.last_img read more

Kitten rescued in Deerfield Beach taken to animal hospital

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A kitten found in a car was rescued, Wednesday, in Deerfield Beach.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue Department, a 4- to 6-week-old kitten was found in a car parked at a Bank of America, near 1000 S. Federal Highway. The owner, Yolando, was grateful that fire rescue officials were able to rescue the kitten.BSO Fire Rescue spokesperson Mike Jachles tweeted that the kitten was hungry when they brought her to Hillsboro Beach Animal Hospital.The kitten is currently being cared for by animal hospital officials.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Full Show Steel And Aluminum Tariffs And Rice University President David Leebron

first_imgOn Friday’s Houston Matters: Rural sheriffs say safety and security are among their top concerns with the planned bullet train connecting Houston and Dallas. News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter brings us the latest on the project.Then, hefty tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum are prompting a backlash from major trading partners. What could this mean for Greater Houston’s economy? Two guests join us join us to lay out the potential effects of these tariffs on the local economy: Ed Hirs is an economics lecturer at the University of Houston and Loren Steffy is columnist for this hour: Rice University President David Leebron answers your questions about his institution. Then, our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And we preview the 14th annual Houston Jewish Film Festival.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more