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‘Good news’ for Kvitova as alleged attacker taken into custody

first_imgPrague, May 24 (AFP) Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova rejoiced Thursday after a man who allegedly attacked her with a knife in 2016 was taken into custody but her spokesman said the case was not yet over. “Naturally this is good news for Petra Kvitova, but the whole case will be over for her only when the culprit has been sentenced,” spokesman Karel Tejkal told AFP. Czech media reports said a man had been detained on May 22 based on an anonymous tip-off and taken into custody on Thursday. “The district court in Prostejov decided to take a suspect into custody today in the case of P.K.,” the website of the DNES broadsheet quoted Zuzana Buresova from the court as saying Thursday. The public Czech Television said the man was a 54-year-old drug addict, adding Kvitova had identified him as the attacker before travelling to Paris to play at the French Open starting on Sunday. “We will not comment or confirm any information. We may only say the case has been reopened and the police are working on it,” Czech police spokeswoman Eva Kropacova told AFP. Police shelved the investigation in 2017. The 28-year-old world number eight suffered career-threatening injuries to her playing left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December 2016. Despite grim forecasts by doctors, who even warned she might lose her fingers, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion returned to the sport in time for the 2017 French Open. Kvitova sank from 11th in the world when the crime occurred to 29th at the turn of 2017 and 2018, but she has since climbed back into the top ten, also owing to back-to-back wins at Prague and Madrid at the turn of April and May. (AFP) ATATadvertisementlast_img read more

MH-RAINS-BMC (BES2)

first_imgBMC gears up to tackle ‘heavy rainfall’ in Mumbai this weekendMumbai, Jun 7 (PTI) With the IMD predicting “heavy tovery heavy” rainfall along the Maharashtra coast, includingMumbai, over this weekend, the Mumbai civic body is preparingitself to prevent and tackle monsoon-related disasters.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)administration has taken a number of precautionary measures totackle any eventuality in view of extremely heavy rainfallwarning by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) from June9 to 11, a statement issued by the civic body said.”Leaves of all the senior officials, including DeputyMunicipal commissioners (DMCs), Assistant Commissioners (AMCs)and heads of departments have been cancelled and they havebeen directed to be available in their headquarters on June 9and 10 (Saturday and Sunday),” it said.On the steps being taken, the BMC said three teams ofNational Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will be stationed atParel, Mankhurd (for eastern suburbs) and Andheri SportsComplex (for western suburbs). They are equipped withwalkie-talkies and flood rescue material.Besides, Navy personnel will be deployed in Colaba,Worli, Ghatkopar, Trombay, Malad for flood rescue if required,the BMC release said.In addition to this, six Flood Rescue Teams of MumbaiFire Brigade will be posted at the Regional Command Centresand emergency support functions like BEST (bus transportsystem), police, traffic police and education officers havebeen alerted.The education officers monitoring school premises inall 24 administrative wards have been asked to keep shelterschools open 247. Dewatering pumps will be kept ready andflood-prone spots will be monitored closely during the heavyrain period, statement said.advertisementAs per the IMD forecast, there is a possibility ofvery heavy rainfall in Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Mumbai, Thane,Raigad and Palghar districts on June 9. There is a similarforecast for the six districts of Konkan region, includingMumbai, and surrounding areas on June 10 and 11. PTI APMNP NP NPRYS RYS RYSlast_img read more

Atletico offer Kalinic & Gelson as part of Morata deal

first_imgAtletico Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and have offered two of their own forwards to the Blues in a bid to get the deal over the line.Goal understands the Rojiblancos have proposed both Nikola Kalinic and Gelson Martins to Chelsea in the knowledge that Morata will only be let go if a replacement can be found.Atletico would only let one of the two go to west London as part of the Morata deal, though they are hopeful of offloading both during the January transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Kalinic arrived at the Wanda Metropolitano from AC Milan in August in a deal worth €15 million (£13.3m/$17.1m) but has struggled to adapt to Diego Simeone’s style in the Spanish capital.The Croatia international has scored just three goals in 17 appearances in all competitions and is now set to be moved on again.Gelson, meanwhile, signed a six-year deal with Atletico having cancelled his contract with Sporting amid the controversy surrounding former club president Bruno de Carvalho.It is likely, though, that Atletico will have to pay a fee as compensation, with reports claiming Sporting are demanding up to €105m (£93m/$120m) for the Portugal international who has contributed just a single goal and no assists in 12 appearances for Simeone’s side.The offer of a player as part of the deal has raised hope that Atletico will be able to sign Morata, with the club currently sitting second in the Liga table willing to pay a €3m loan fee to secure him until the end of the season along with an option to make the deal permanent in June.However, they are only willing to pay half of Morata’s £120,000-per-week salary while the Blues are insistent that Atleti cover the full cost.Alvaro Morata Chelsea 2018-19Morata spent the weekend in Madrid holding talks with a variety of potential suitors, though Sevilla have since pulled out of the race due to the cost of signing the Spain international.Barcelona have been mooted as a potential landing spot, though reports suggest they are now pursuing Girona forward Cristhian Stuani as a back-up to Luis Suarez.Maurizio Sarri’s top target to replace Morata in his squad is Gonzalo Higuain, with the Argentine keen to end his loan spell at AC Milan and reunite with the manager who coached him during his successful period at Napoli.And speculation regarding his future gathered pace on Wednesday after he was missing from Milan’s team photo in Saudi Arabia ahead of their meeting with Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiania in Jeddah.It is understood that the Chelsea hierarchy were cooling on the prospect of signing Higuain due to the complexity of the deal given the striker’s parent club Juventus would also be involved, but the player’s apparent willingness to swap Milan for London could tempt them to secure his signature.last_img read more

India vs South Africa Innings Summary, World Cup 2019: Chahal, Bumrah shine on World Cup debut

first_img view more view less commentary advertisement Rohan Sen SouthamptonJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 18:51 IST Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers vs South Africa in Southampton (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuzvendra Chahal picked up 4 wickets for 51 runs from his 10 oversIndia restricted South Africa to 227 for 9 in 50 overs after being put into bowlJasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar both finished with 2 wickets each while Kuldeep Yadav got 1Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Wednesday produced the second-best bowling performance by an Indian bowler on his World Cup debut in India’s first match of the World Cup 2019 in Southampton. Chahal finished with figures of 4 for 51 in 10 overs.Chahal’s bowling effort was the second best by an Indian on World Cup debut behind Mohammad Shami’s 4 for 35 against Pakistan in the 2015 edition in Adelaide. Former fast bowler Debasish Mohanty is third on the list with 4 for 56 against Kenya in the 1999 edition.Put into bowl on Wednesday, India produced a clinical performance and had South Africa on the ropes from the very beginning with Chahal leading the way after Jasprit Bumrah started the damage in the first powerplay.Jasprit Bumrah, also playing his first World Cup match, opened the floodgates with the wickets of openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in 5.5 overs.Innings Break!A 4-wkt haul from Chahal as #TeamIndia restrict South Africa to a total of 227/9 after 50 overs.Updates – https://t.co/Ehv6d9cOXp #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/1zvqXKghsgBCCI (@BCCI) June 5, 2019Yuzvendra Chahal then came into the attack in the 20th over and made an impact straightaway as he removed the well-set Rassie van der Dussen for 22 to break the 54-run partnership for the third wicket.Five balls later Chahal castled South Africa captain Faf du Plessis for 38 to put the opposition completely on the backfoot.Chahal then returned for his second spell in the 36th over and got rid of the well-set David Miller for 31 with a caught and bowled effort. Andile Phehlukwayo also got dismissed by Chahal for 34.advertisementSouth Africa finish their innings on 227/9 – Chris Morris top scoring with 42.Yuzvendra Chahal, on World Cup debut, took 4/51 for #TeamIndia!#SAvIND pic.twitter.com/aAq3gCIkjsCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 5, 2019The pressure that Chahal built early on in his first spell also helped his spin partner Kuldeep Yadav immensely as he picked up the wicket of JP Duminy for 3 to dent South Africa further.The Proteas innings never gained any momentum but they did manage to add some useful runs in the death overs thanks to Chris Morris’s quickfire 42 off 34 balls. Morris added 66 useful runs with Kagiso Rabada for the 8th wicket to propel South Africa’s score to 227 for 9 in 50 overs.Rabada ended up with 31 not out off 35 balls. Bumrah got figures of 2 for 35 from 10 overs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar got 2 wickets for 44 runs.Also Read | India vs South Africa ICC CWC 2019: Live BlogAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes Team India good luckAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations nothing new for us, says Virat KohliAlso Read | India can’t afford to take time to settle down vs South Africa, says Michael ClarkeFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow World Cup 2019Follow IND v SA India vs South Africa Innings Summary, World Cup 2019: Chahal, Bumrah shine on World Cup debutYuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he bamboozled South Africa batsman with 4 wickets from his 10 overs for just 51 runs on his World Cup debut on Wednesday.center_img graphs scorecard No data available!last_img read more

A Modern Story of Moroccan Tourism

Tangier – For years, fantasies of Morocco just drew me in. I could sit and read for hours about the country of camels trekking across vast deserts, markets flooded with exotic foods and spices, and the women mysteriously wrapped. I wanted to personally experience these things so badly, that I saved my money for a year to buy a plane ticket and make my dream of visiting Morocco come true. With ticket in hand and baggage checked, I boarded a plane from the U.S. and headed to Africa.When the airplane wheels hit the runway, I was more than ready for my adventure of a lifetime to begin! As I walked through the arrival hall at Casablanca airport, I saw a broad diversity of skin colors, manners of dress and languages. Even though I am an American and used to diverse people, it was not what I had expected in Morocco. Looking around gave me confidence and I knew I would fit right in.Camels trekking across the vast Moroccan desertThe immigration and customs area was extremely busy and it wasn’t clear where to go because I couldn’t read French or Arabic. I saw people gathering in a narrow space between some ropes, so I headed there. These designated “single file lines” had three or four people abreast. People young, old and in between, pushed and shoved in front of other people without saying “excuse me” or “please, may I.” I saw no reason for the hurry; I figured people were just tired and anxious to get home. I got bumped more than a few times, scraped on the leg by some luggage and people stood so close they were actually touching me! It was hot and we were all sweaty. Between the crowd of sweaty people and the thousands of un-brushed teeth from overnight flights, I really missed my personal space more than I might have otherwise. I had additional trouble trying to find the train station. A well-groomed man, who said his name was Omar, approached me and said he could help. He asked me where I was from and told me that English was his favorite language. Then he said that I should meet his cousin, a tour guide. He said he could get me a good tour price. He offered to show me to the station entrance and a few minutes later, we arrived. I was getting ready to thank him for his kindness when he told me to pay him 30 dirhams for his service.At the airport train station, the person issuing tickets for the train spoke English and she explained to me that I would first go to Casablanca and then board a different train to Rabat. I decided to splurge on a first class ticket. Once at Casa Voyageurs, I waited for the Rabat train. The platform was full and all of the seats were taken. The train was about twenty minutes late and standing that long was hard on me because I was so tired after my long flight. When the train arrived, I thought, “Finally, I can sit a while, relax during the ride and enjoy the scenery!”I slid open the door to the compartment and said, “Good morning!” but it didn’t seem to make me any friends. On one side a woman was sleeping over all three seats. Across, a man sat in the window seat and a woman beside him, leaving one seat open by the door. I realized that the man was in my ticketed seat, so I said, “Sorry, that’s my seat.” “Ma-fahemtsh,” he said blankly looking past me, speaking to the hallway and then went back to his newspaper. Then in my best, but not very good French accent, I said, “Pardon,” pointing to my ticket and then the seat. He ignored me, so I focused on my luggage.My bag was heavy and the storage area was above my head, so I struggled to lift it up as all three people now watched me. Both women glared at my knees, which were exposed below my skirt while I was trying to lift my bag. Feeling now like a piece of raw meat on display, I sat down. A minute later Mr. “Seat-taker” stood and left. I wanted my seat, but I thought it would be rude to move his newspaper and jacket.Rabat Ville train Station. ONCF. Photo by Morocco World NewsSoon, I started to smell cigarette smoke. At the end of the train car, Mr. “Seat-taker” and another man were enjoying cigarettes, standing under a “no smoking” sign. The ONCF (Moroccan train authority) ticket-taker was chatting and laughing with them. In my first few hours in Morocco, I had learned: (1) a ticket does not make your seat yours and (2) a “no smoking” sign means that it’s ok to smoke.I needed to relieve myself of the mass amount of water I had drunk on the plane, so that I had to pass the smoking men on the way to the bathroom. I tried to wait until the men were finished smoking, but they lit up another and kept chatting. So, I ventured toward my goal. As I squeezed by the men, they stopped talking and just stared at me. I found the “first class” restroom door rusty and stuck and as I tried to force it open, the men simply watched, clearly amused by my attempts. Feeling embarrassed and frustrated, I finally kicked the door and it opened with a loud bang.As I shrank inside the small space under the continued stares, I closed the door to my new sanctuary. Once inside, I saw that my “first class” bathroom had a rusty, metal sink with a constantly dripping faucet, the mirrors were etched with graffiti and what looked like hand soap was slopped in a disposable plastic cup. The liquid had been muddied by people’s hands reaching inside and it had become dirty soap! The seat of the toilet did not match its base, was cracked, stained and had cigarette burn marks; it looked as if it had been found in a junk yard and it was not inviting me to sit! The toilet bowl was not holding water, but dumped into an open hole to the ground. I watched the track rushing by at the bottom of it and wondered how much human waste had been dumped onto it over the years. That thought made me sick.Unfortunately, I had no other option than adding to the waste, so I did. My foresight to travel with a packet of tissues had been smart; there was no toilet paper or any paper product of any kind. But, I had to wrap up the used tissue and put it in my purse because there was no trash can and I did’t want to litter. In all honesty, I never considered myself spoiled, but this bathroom experience made me so uncomfortable.My bathroom experience left me feeling dirty and smelling like cigarette smoke. When I returned to my compartment, the sleeping woman was now in the seat I had first taken. My things had been moved to another seat, I assumed by her, but she never looked at me or said a word. In hind sight, it probably was a bad idea to leave anything unattended on a train in Morocco.As we were traveling through a beautifully picturesque landscape, I started to finally relax. But then the train began to slow and soon came to a complete stop. After a moment or two of waiting in the middle of nowhere, without notice or explanation, the engine and air conditioner were turned off. As I looked around me for an explanation, I noticed that none of the other people looked concerned, so I turned to my book and waited. A half an hour later, as suddenly as we stopped, thankfully we began to move.By now, it was really uncomfortably hot and I was sweating and thirsty. Unfortunately, I did not see any place where I could purchase water. I learned later that a man with a cart has snacks and drinks available on the train, but that day, he did not appear. During the rest of the journey, the train made two more unannounced, unexplained and lengthy stops. It seemed to me like we were stopping to wait for an oncoming train to pass, and eventually one always did before we started up again. In some spots, there was only one track when two were clearly necessary to keep the time schedule. It did not make sense to me and we were very late to arrive.My scenic, “first class” 2-hour train ride to Rabat, turned into a 4-hour, unpleasant experience. When I de-boarded the train, I was exhausted, dehydrated and out of sorts. But, I was happy to have arrived at the train station’s front door, however short-lived. Right away, several dirty and smelly men came towards me asking for money. Other men were trying to get my attention by speaking French (which I did not understand) and others stared at my bare ankles and arms, freely looking me up and down. Even though I was wearing a skirt below the knee and a black shirt up to my neck, I felt like these people felt it appropriate to disrespect me. It is ONLY because so many people were around that I felt even the slightest bit safe.At this point, all I wanted to do was to go to my hotel and shower! People were getting into both large white taxis and small blue taxis and many were simply walking from the station. Men were waving me to their private cars. My brain swirled while I tried to figure out what to do. In my confusion and state of high anxiety, I must have looked like a crazy person. It was then that an angel, disguised as a well-dressed woman, gently took my arm. She spoke to me in broken English but in a very sweet and reassuring voice. She told me to take a blue taxi and to make the driver use the “kontur” (meter). She wrote the name of my hotel, in Arabic, on a piece of paper so that I could simply hand it to the driver. She left me, saying something in Arabic, which later I learned was, “May God bless you.”This angel restored some of the excitement for my trip that I had lost along the way, making me smile in spite of it all. However, my first impression of Morocco was already set in stone. The land I had dreamed of for so long and for which I worked and saved my hard-earned money to visit, had, in little more than an instant, become frightening and unwelcoming for me, a woman traveling alone.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Ban to visit Arctic ice rim in latest push for action on

29 July 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he will head to the Arctic polar ice rim late next month as part of his ongoing efforts to push for action ahead of a major climate change conference to be held in December in Copenhagen. The trip follows Mr. Ban’s visit – the first by a UN Secretary-General – to Antarctica in November 2007, during which he saw first-hand the effects of climate change on the continent’s melting glaciers.It is part of the UN chief’s ongoing efforts to press Member States to “seal the deal” on a new global pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which contains legally binding targets for reducing emissions, when they meet in Denmark at the end of this year. “We have less than five months to seal a deal,” Mr. Ban told journalists at his monthly news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “To keep up the momentum, I will travel to the arctic polar ice rim later next month to get a first-hand look at conditions there – in particular the melting sea ice.”The Secretary-General, who has described climate change as the “defining challenge of our era,” has been pressing for achieving “a fair, effective and scientifically ambitious deal” in Copenhagen that can benefit all nations. That is why he is convening the largest-ever gathering of leaders on the issue at a summit to be held in September in New York to build further momentum ahead of the December conference. More than 100 heads of State and government are expected to attend the 22 September gathering, he told reporters. “Two years ago, only a few leaders could speak to these issues,” he said. “Today, leaders are walking the road to Copenhagen together.”Climate change was also the focus of Mr. Ban’s recent visit to China, which he said had a special responsibility to lead the global fight against the scourge, and Mongolia, where he highlighted the special needs faced in this area by landlocked countries. Closer to home, the Secretary-General noted that the renovation of the UN Headquarters complex represents just one example of the practical steps organizations, businesses and individuals can take to build a greener and more prosperous world.“In many ways, the renovation is an outward symbol of our inward renewal,” he stated. “The redesigned UN building will incorporate some of the most innovative design features to achieve greater efficiency and energy savings.”With the addition of features such as improved heating, ventilation and lighting, the project will result in a reduction of the total energy consumption at UN Headquarters by more than 50 per cent, and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by more than 45 per cent, he added. read more

First phase of Sturgeon bitumen refinery gets partners green light

CALGARY – North West Upgrading Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. have formally decided to go ahead with building a new bitumen refinery in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.The $5.7-billion first phase of the Sturgeon Refinery, which will turn oilsands crude into higher-value products such as diesel and capture carbon dioxide for reuse in the energy sector, is expected take three years to build.Above-ground construction on Phase 1 is slated to begin in the spring. The refinery’s capacity will initially be 50,000 barrels per day but may eventually be tripled to 150,000 barrels per day.“A lot of time and effort has been spent during the last eight years to get us here,” said the partnership’s president, Doug Quinn.“It’s the right time and what we are building will add significantly to the value that Alberta receives for its bitumen.”The Alberta government will supply 75 per cent of the bitumen to the refinery as part of a program to help support the province’s oilsands processing industry, while Canadian Natural (TSX:CNQ) will supply the rest.CNQ and North West each own half of the refinery project.The facility will capture 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, which will be sold to oil companies that can use the gas to increase pressure in mature reservoirs and boost production.“This project will demonstrate that Alberta has the lowest carbon footprint solutions for converting bitumen into diesel fuel,” said Ian MacGregor, founder and chairman of North West Upgrading. “This is the first refinery in the world that incorporates CO2 capture into the initial design.”Some 8,000 people are expected to be employed during the refinery’s peak construction, including at sub-suppliers and module fabrication yards.Other oilsands producers have been looking at processing less of their raw bitumen in-province, as burgeoning supplies of light crude from areas such as the Bakken in North Dakota erode the economics of their projects.Refineries south of the border in places like Chicago and Texas have also been configured to handle oilsands crude and an increasing number of pipelines are being built to connect that oil to those markets.Oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) says the economic feasibility of the Voyageur upgrader it jointly owns with France’s Total S.A. is “challenged” in the current environment. The companies are reviewing that project, and two oilsands mines, to see if they’ll be profitable enough to move ahead.Canadian Natural president and chief operating officer Steve Laut said investing to process heavy oil in Alberta is the right move for that company.On a conference call Thursday, Laut told analysts the refinery “not only provides a reasonable return, but it will help the volatility on pricing for Canadian heavy oil.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email First phase of Sturgeon bitumen refinery gets partners’ green light by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 8, 2012 2:56 pm MDT read more

Softball sweeps away state competition

On the same day the NFL promoted breast cancer awareness, college teams from Ohio finished a softball tournament with the same purpose.The 19-team tournament at Fred Beekman Park ended with only two undefeated teams. The Buckeyes were one of them. The softball team won its first three games in dominating fashion: 11-1 against Dayton, 7-1 against Ohio and 10-1 against Kent State. Victories over Dayton and Kent State were ended by the mercy rule at the end of the fifth inning.OSU’s defense won its fourth game 5-2 against Bowling Green, and allowed just two runs from a home run in the third inning. The offense did not get started until the bottom of the fourth when freshman Julia Peccina hit a triple down the left field line to score freshman Brittany Mills. Peccina then scored a run on a single by senior Rebecca Schultz. One more run was added later in the fourth on a single by sophomore Katie Simonton to cap the three run inning. The Buckeyes took the lead back for good, and went on to win 5-2.“We’re pleased with the weekend … after only two weeks of practice,” said coach Linda Kalafatis. “We looked more comfortable and showed maturity. We took a great step in the right direction. This tournament gives us game experience to grow as a team.”Offensive numbers for the Buckeyes were impressive throughout the tournament. The team had a collective batting average of .390 with 13 extra base hits including six home runs. Senior Sam Marder led the team offensively with a .450 batting average, nine RBI and two home runs. The pitching staff had a 1.88 ERA while allowing only 20 hits. Senior Megan Miller and freshman Melanie Nichols carried the brunt of the load for the Buckeyes on the mound, combining for 19 strikeouts and walking only three batters.“Fall is all about getting freshmen ready and comfortable,” Kalafatis said.Freshman contribution was not only present on the mound with Melanie Nichols, but at the plate and on the field with Peccina and Megan Coletta. Peccina appeared in three games, starting two of them, and went 4-8 with two runs scored and three RBI. Coletta had a big weekend, going 4-10, including a home run and a double, with five RBI, She started all four games. Coletta also made a spectacular double play as the third baseman in the bottom of the fifth inning against Ohio. She dove to catch a low line drive down the third base line then threw to first base to double off the runner heading to second base.“The freshmen will contribute this season,” Kalafatis said.The money raised from the volunteer-run tournament benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.Chris Spielman spoke at this year’s Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic to inform the participating women about the tournament, the Stefanie Spielman Fund and the precautions needed to deal with breast cancer, urging them all to be educated and know about their body. “While you’re playing softball, you might be savings someone’s life. … I promise you will make a difference,” Spielman said to the players. “What you give will grow, what you keep you lose.”Kalafatis was grateful for the overwhelming support from the crowd. “We had a good crowd and we are thankful for their support of this important event,” she said. read more

Explosion proof cabinets simplify deployment of process plants field instrumentation

first_imgOutdoor enclosure specialist Intertec has launched a new range of explosion proof cabinets to protect field instrumentation operating in hazardous areas. Available in a diverse range of standard sizes, as well as in custom shapes up to walk-in shelter size, the cabinets are certified for use in Zone 1 and Zone 2 hazardous areas. They are ideal for housing forward-placed analyser equipment in industrial process facilities.Intertec’s pressurised explosion proof (Ex p) cabinets are constructed from GRP (glass reinforced polyester) composite materials. These materials are highly resistant to corrosion and have a similar strength to stainless steel, but are about 75% lighter, making them ideal for equipment containment and personnel shelter applications. They are especially suitable when robustness and rigidity need to be combined with low mass. They are also ideal for areas where there is a need to mitigate injury to personnel or damage to equipment, such as on sites where there is risk of an explosion.GRP composite materials also have a much higher thermal resistance than metal. This simplifies the construction of cabinets that provide excellent insulation, greatly reducing the energy required to heat or cool the equipment. It also makes it easier to build cabinets without any thermally conductive links between their exterior and interior surfaces, thereby avoiding creating cold-spots which can lead to problems with condensation.Intertec can produce single-piece panels of GRP composite as large as 6 x 12 m. This enables the company to create cabinets of virtually any size. The panels can be chemically bonded to create very tight sealing that prevents the ingress of hazardous gas and reduces the consumption of air, which is used to create the slight positive over-pressure needed for Ex p protection. Any requirement for special air locks to allow unfettered access to equipment inside the cabinet or shelter can be accommodated very easily.The pressurised cabinets are equipped with a control unit that regulates the flow of inert purging gas or compressed air, and then monitors the pressure inside the cabinet to ensure that it is maintained slightly above atmospheric pressure by automatically compensating for any leakage losses. Intertec works with a number of controls manufacturers to equip its Ex p cabinets with the most appropriate type of purging and pressurisation systems.According to Klaus Dieter Meyer of Intertec, “There is a growing need for Ex p field protection cabinets and enclosures in the process sector. Analysers are getting smaller and plant operators are keen to site these as close to the process as possible, in order to shorten sample lines and thereby improve the accuracy and speed of results processing. Our ability to create Ex p cabinets and enclosures of virtually any design and complexity provides system integrators with a very flexible and cost-effective solution.”last_img read more

Kiril Lazarov is the new best EHF CL Final4 scorer in the

Kiril Lazarov The Macedonian right back Kiril Lazarov is the new TOP scorer in the history of the VELUX EHF Champions League event!The 38-years old lefthander netted more than 56 goals in his sixth appearance at Lanxess Arena, which was the previous record of Filip Jicha and Momir Ilic.Lazarov began tournament with 51 goal. ← Previous Story HBC Nantes – PSG Handball 17:14 Next Story → HBC Nantes are at the EHF CL 2018 final!

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 and Nintendos Unreal

first_img I feel like if I don’t write down all the bombshell Switch announcements from Nintendo’s E3 2019 showcase, I’m going to convince myself that they didn’t actually happen. It was all a dream, and not the good kind of dream like the Link’s Awakening remake coming this September with an added dungeon editor like it was Super Mario Maker but for Zelda.But this wasn’t even the most exciting Zelda news. As we hoped, Nintendo is developing a direct sequel to its launch title masterpiece The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And they closed out the show with a brief moody teaser. It’s probably years away though, but at least rhythm Zelda spin-off Cadence of Hyrule is out this Thursday.As much as there are enough JRPG anime sword boys in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including The Hero from Dragon Quest makes sense as a way to honor the grandfather of the entire genre. That character is coming this summer, right before Dragon Quest XI comes to Switch. Even crazier though is that the next step of the Nintendo/Microsoft bromance is Banjo-Kazooie joining the battle this fall, complete with a Rare reference. Stay on target Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now center_img Animal Crossing: New Horizons got an adorable first trailer. Tom Nook can now afford voice acting. It seems as if players build a community on a deserted island, complete with crafting elements. The game got delayed to next March, but the updated mechanics give us hope for a richer Animal Crossing experience.Meanwhile, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is still coming this year. Luigi explores haunted hotel with his high-tech vacuum, complete with new functions like bursting and slamming ghosts. New multiplayer elements include co-op play with his slimy doppelganger Gooigi and teaming up with friends in the ScareScraper.Pokemon Sword and Shield already got a big blowout last week, but we did learn you can store Pokemon in the Poke Ball plus to train them. Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Maker 2, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 didn’t get much news since they are out so soon. But we did learn about DLC based on X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Marvel Knights for that game already looking better than the new Avengers game.And even the third-party announcements were stacked, especially rare for a Nintendo conference. The Spyro Remaster, Alien: Isolation, and The Witcher 3 of all games are coming to Switch. John Romero of all people, taking a break from new Doom levels, is making a strategy game called Empire of Sin. Netflix is releasing a tactics game based on Dark Crystal. Collection of Mana is available now complete with a game that has never been released in America. Resident Evil 5 and 6 flesh out the franchise’s presence on the platform.Travis Strikes Again must have sold enough because No More Heroes 3 comes exclusively to Switch in 2020. There’s a new Panzer Dragoon game coming. Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 were no shows, but new looks at Astral Chain and Daemon X Machina scratched that itch for Platinum Games and sci-fi action. And there’s a new Contra game but it looks kind of bad. Sorry, Konami.But what a show! What a system! For more on E3 watch these trailers.last_img read more

Grant application seminar hosted by Herrera Beutler is Tuesday

first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, will host a Guide to Grants seminar Tuesday.The event will feature representatives from federal agencies and foundations, as well as grant recipients, to discuss best practices and strategy to develop successful grant proposals.The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., in the Dengerink Administration Building.Attendees should park in the Blue lot. Parking is $3.To register or for more information visit https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=3259. Registration must be complete by Sunday.last_img read more

ASA Urges Emergency Financial Aid to Assist Farmers with Devastating Losses

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging Congress to provide funding to deliver much-needed financial assistance to farmers and rural communities to assist them in recovering from devastating losses caused by hurricanes, excessive rain during harvest and other natural disasters across the country, including catastrophic weather-related losses in the mid-South and neighboring states.”Soybeans, rice, cotton, peanuts, sweet potatoes and other crops and segments of the agricultural economy currently are experiencing devastating weather-related losses,” said ASA President Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn. “In some cases, the 2009 losses follow on the heels of similar losses in 2008.”To make the situation even worse, the rains in the Mid-South came during harvest so farmers had invested the maximum in inputs to bring the crops to completion only to suffer yield and quality losses, in addition to increased harvest expenses, which has resulted in severe financial stress. Processors and related businesses that rely upon robust production will operate at reduced levels or not at all, placing stress on small businesses and rural communities.”Because there is urgent need for disaster assistance, ASA believes the provisions in the legislation recently introduced by Senators Cochran, Lincoln and Wicker can effectively deliver emergency financial disaster assistance for most crops through a mechanism similar to Direct Payments,” Dodson said. “The payments would be limited to counties with a Secretarial disaster declaration. This delivery mechanism offers the advantage of delivering timely assistance for yield and quality losses with minimal administrative burden on USDA. Alternative means of providing assistance to specialty crops and other sectors will also be necessary.”ASA joined with the National Cotton Council, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, USA Rice Federation and the U.S. Rice Producers Association in sending a letter to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) on Nov. 20, expressing strong support and the urgent need for legislation.Although loss estimates are preliminary, they have already reached the hundreds of millions of dollars. Many producers need assistance within weeks to repay loans and secure new financing in time for spring planting, so prompt action on this measure is vitally important. Alternative means of providing assistance cannot be delivered before late 2010 or early 2011.last_img read more

Clark County commissioners clash on waivers

first_imgA Clark County program that waives development fees on nonhousing projects could be expanded to businesses that are not compliant with permitting regulations, despite vocal objections of one county commissioner.At the direction of Republican Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke, the county’s Community Development Department will investigate what actions could be taken to extend the fee cuts to businesses that never received permits from the county in the first place. The commissioners say such an amnesty initiative would encourage so-called “bad actors” to comply with county regulations.“It may be a really good idea for us to send a message out there that whoever is operating businesses that have not gotten their permits, ‘Come on in. Welcome to Clark County. We’re business-friendly now. You win, because you’re a legitimate business now,’” Madore said.Throwing his support behind the idea, Mielke said the county could benefit from bringing businesses into compliance because it would save the county from sending code enforcement officers to noncompliant businesses.But Commissioner Steve Stuart, a Democrat, who has opposed the fee waivers from day one, called the idea “corporate welfare,” leaving taxpayers to foot the bill from lost fees.last_img read more

Sitka man indicted on three counts of murder in girlfriends death

first_imgAli Clayton, age 28, died on Saturday (05-06-18). A graduate of Sitka High, she spent nearly a decade working at Harris Air. Clayton’s boyfriend of two months, 39-year-old Reuben Yerkes, was charged with murder in the first degree after he told police he shot her. (Photo courtesy of Scott Harris/2012)A Juneau grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Sitka man on three counts of murder, in the shooting death of his girlfriend last weekend.Listen nowThe Juneau grand jury charged 39-year-old Reuben Yerkes with one count of murder in the first degree, and two counts of murder in the second degree, for allegedly killing 28-year-old Ali Clayton in her Sitka apartment early in the morning of Saturday, May 6.The three different charges stem from causing the death of Clayton and from Yerkes’ intent in the view of the grand jury. In the two second-degree counts, the jury alleges that Yerkes intended to cause serious physical injury to another person “knowing that the conduct was substantially certain to cause death,”  and that he engaged in conduct “under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life.”If convicted, Yerkes could be sentenced to serve up to 99 years in prison.Yerkes last appeared in court in Sitka on Wednesday afternoon, while attorneys for his defense and for the state outlined a proposed agreement over how evidence collected at the crime scene would be handled. Public defender Jude Pate argued that Clayton’s body was released from the State Medical Examiner’s office before the defense had the opportunity to arrange an independent examination. Prosecutor Angie Kemp, with the Juneau District Attorney’s office, agreed to hold off on any testing of blood or other evidence — which might be destroyed in the testing process — for 30 days, to give the defense adequate time to arrange its own testing.Reuben Yerkes turned himself into the Sitka Police Department early in the morning of Saturday, May 6. He remains in custody in the Sitka Jail pending his arraignment.last_img read more

GOP Democratic Senators Back Bill To Bolster FBI Gun Checks

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneU.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association general meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25, 2017.Republican and Democratic senators have joined forces on legislation to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.Congress has taken no steps on guns in the weeks after deadly shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas. The bill, which has the backing of the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, would ensure that federal agencies, such as the Defense Department, and states accurately report relevant criminal information to the FBI.The Air Force has acknowledged that the Texas shooter, Devin P. Kelley, should have had his name and domestic violence conviction submitted to the National Criminal Information Center database.The bill would penalize federal agencies that fail to properly report required records and reward states that comply by providing them with federal grant preferences.Cornyn said agencies and state governments have for years failed to forward legally required records without consequences.“Just one record that’s not properly reported can lead to tragedy, as the country saw last week in Sutherland Springs, Texas,” Cornyn said. “This bill aims to help fix what’s become a nationwide, systemic problem so we can better prevent criminals and domestic abusers from obtaining firearms.”Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a fierce proponent of gun restrictions, said much more needs to be done on the issue of gun violence, but he believes the bill will help ensure that thousands of dangerous people are prevented from buying guns.“It represents the strongest update to the background checks system in a decade and provides the foundation for more compromise in the future,” Murphy said.The measure’s prospects in the Senate are unclear despite Cornyn’s backing, and it faces an uncertain future in the GOP-run House.The bill would penalize agencies that fail to forward required information by prohibiting political appointees from receiving any bonus pay. The legislation also seeks to improve accountability by publicly reporting which agencies and states fail to provide the required records.Anyone who buys a gun from a federally licensed dealer must pass a background check. People convicted in any court of domestic violence are prohibited from buying a gun, but the Air Force has acknowledged that it failed to tell the FBI about the assault conviction of Kelley, a former airman who killed more than two dozen in the Texas church on Nov. 5. That failure made it possible for Kelley to acquire weapons that federal law prohibited him from buying or possessing after his 2012 conviction.The Army has also said it failed to alert the FBI to soldiers’ criminal history in a “significant amount” of cases.Peter Ambler, executive director of an organization named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., said the bill was a step in the right direction. Giffords survived being shot in the head while meeting with constituents in a Tucson-area parking lot in 2011.“It’s an important signal to states and federal agencies that Congress means business when it comes to ensuring a strong, effective background check system,” said Ambler, whose organization works to strengthen gun laws.A National Rifle Association official applauded Cornyn’s effort, saying the bill would ensure the records of prohibited individuals are entered into the background check system while providing a relief valve for those wrongly included.“The NRA will continue to support efforts to make the background check system instant, accurate and fair, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the group’s political and lobbying arm.last_img read more

Blazor 06 release and what it means for WebAssembly

first_imgWebAssembly is changing the way we use develop applications for the web. Graphics heavy applications, browser based games, and interactive data visualizations seem to have found a better way to our UI – the WebAssembly way. The latest Blazor 0.6 experimental release from Microsoft is an indication that Microsoft has identified WebAssembly as one of the upcoming trends and extended support to their bevy of developers. Blazor is an experimental web UI framework based on C#, Razor, and HTML that runs in the browser via WebAssembly. Blazor promises to greatly simplify the task of building, fast and beautiful single-page applications that run in any browser. The following image shows the architecture of Blazor. Source: MSDN Blazor has its own JavaScript format – Blazor.js. It uses mono, an open source implementation of Microsoft’s .NET Framework based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common Language Runtime (CLR). It also uses Razor, a template engine that combines C# with HTML to create dynamic web content. Together, Blazor is promising to create dynamic and fast web apps without using the popular JavaScript frontend frameworks. This reduces the learning curve requirement for the existing C# developers. Microsoft has released the 0.6 experimental version of Blazor on October 2nd. This release includes new features for authoring templated components and enables using server-side Blazor with the Azure SignalR Service. Another important news from this release is that the server side Blazor model will be included as Razor components in the .Net core 3.0 release. The major highlights of this release are: Templated components Define components with one or more template parameters Specify template arguments using child elements Generic typed components with type inference Razor templates Refactored server-side Blazor startup code to support the Azure SignalR Service Now the important question is how is this release going to fuel the growth of WebAssembly based web development? The answer is that probably it will take some time for WebAssembly to become mainstream because this is just the alpha release which means that there will be plenty of changes before the final release comes. But why Blazor is the right step ahead can be explained by the fact that unlike former Microsoft platforms like Silverlight, it does not have its own rendering engine. Hence pixel rendering in the browser is not its responsibility. That’s what makes it lightweight. Blazor uses the browser’s DOM to display data. However, the C# code running in WebAssembly cannot access the DOM directly. It has to go through JavaScript. The process looks like this presently. Source: Learn Blazor The way this process happens, might change with the beta and subsequent releases of Blazor. Just so that the intermediate JavaScript layer can be avoided. But that’s what WebAssembly is at present. It is a bridge between your code and the browser – which evidently runs on JavaScript. Blazor can prove to be a very good supportive tool to fuel the growth of WebAssembly based apps. Read Next Why is everyone going crazy over WebAssembly? Introducing Wasmjit: A kernel mode WebAssembly runtime for Linux Unity Benchmark report approves WebAssembly load times and performance in popular web browserslast_img read more

Heres your first peek at HALs newly renovated ms Westerdam

first_imgHere’s your first peek at HAL’s newly renovated ms Westerdam Share SEATTLE — New photos have been unveiled of Holland America Line’s recently renovated ms Westerdam, which emerged from a 12-day dry dock in late April with a brand new look.Many new public spaces and amenities have been added, including two firsts for the fleet: Explorations Central, or EXC, in the Crow’s Nest and Rijksmuseum at Sea. Westerdam also received the popular Music Walk venues Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard, the intimate Gallery Bar, a reimagined Lido Market and The Retreat area with private cabanas.Additional upgrades and modifications include suite upgrades, enhancements to the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, renovations to youth areas Club HAL and The Loft, and the new Holland America Line logo on the funnels. Deck 10 saw the addition of 25 guest staterooms, including 18 verandah and seven interior staterooms, increasing the capacity of the ship to 1,964 guests.“We have many innovative new programs and enhancements launching across the fleet, and it’s exciting to see them finally come to life on Westerdam, which is the first Holland America Line ship to get Rijksmuseum at Sea and EXC,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Holland America Line is in a transformative era, and that will be reflected in on board spaces over the coming years as ships are updated with new venues and programming that are moving our brand forward.”More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoHere are some highlights:• Holland America Line’s partnership with Rijksmuseum – the Museum of the Netherlands in Amsterdam – celebrates the company’s Dutch heritage. With Rijksmuseum at Sea on Westerdam, reproductions of some of the museum’s most famous masterpieces are showcased at a dedicated space located on Deck One of the Atrium. Guests also can view videos about the museum and its collections on the in-stateroom television.• The multifaceted EXC experience combines indispensable travel resources with enrichment opportunities. Much of the EXC experience is featured in the newly created Exploration Central’s hub located in the Crow’s Nest. EXC programming also offers a full EXC Team to engage with guests, EXC Tours, EXC Destination Guides, EXC Channel and Theater EXC.• Guests have even more entertainment options with the addition of Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard, complementing the already-existing and wildly popular B.B. King’s Blues Club. Under the exclusive partnership, Lincoln Center Stage showcases an ensemble of world-class musicians performing multiple chamber music programs nightly, while Billboard Onboard features the talents of two pianists performing dynamic shows centered around the interesting facts and figures of the music industry as chronicled by Billboard.• During the dry dock, Westerdam received the intimate Gallery Bar. The sophisticated venue, serving an exclusive cocktail menu created by celebrity mixologist Dale DeGroff, replaces Northern Lights and is adorned with an eclectic mix of artwork.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ• America’s Test Kitchen also sports a new look with the room receiving a new color palate and enhancements to the show kitchen featuring gray and red motifs as well as new tables and chairs for guests viewing the cooking demonstrations.• The traditional, casual Lido buffet has been transformed into the Lido Market concept — a marketplace with different themed stations offering a selection of delicious options guests can grab on the go or have quickly made to order.• The suites onboard received fleetwide suite upgrades. The main living area was refreshed with a new headboard, new carpet, wall coverings and a privacy curtain, while electronic upgrades include a new USB outlet added to the bed’s headboard, bedside LED lights, upgraded electrical outlets and a lighted closet rod.• A new interactive television system was installed throughout the ship, featuring large LED flat-screen TVs with complimentary movies and popular TV shows on demand as well as easy access to the daily program and shipboard informationWesterdam is currently cruising the Mediterranean on 12-day itineraries between Barcelona, Spain, and Venice or Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. Travelweek Group Tags: Holland America Linecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Friday, June 23, 2017 last_img read more

Guatemala shocks US with 20 win in World Cup qualifier

first_imgGuatemala dealt a lackluster United States team a devastating 2-0 defeat in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday in Guatemala City.With goals in the first 15 minutes from Rafael Morales and Carlos Ruíz and an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Paulo Motta, Guatemala earned their first ever World Cup qualifying victory over the U.S. and leapfrogged over Jurgen Klinsmann’s men into second place in Group C in the fourth round of qualifying in North and Central America (CONCACAF).Klinsmann had been bullish heading into the match — the first of two in five days against Guatemala — saying he was hoping for maximum points so the United States could secure their spot in the final “Hexagonal” phase of qualifying before turning their attention to the Copa América Centenario.Instead the U.S. will be in damage control mode when they host Guatemala in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday.Guatemala got off to a dream start when Morales rose for a corner and nodded it off the back of Mix Diskerud and past U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard in the seventh minute.Ruíz made it 2-0 in the 15th when a long goal kick from Motta rolled untouched past the U.S. defense, Ruíz racing onto it and beating Howard.“For us it’s obviously disappointing,” said Klinsmann, who praised the play of Guatemala but said the United States made “too many mistakes.”“On the international level you cannot make the mistakes that led into the two goals, you simply cannot allow that,” he said, noting that the near post was left unguarded on the corner that produced Morales’ goal.“The second goal was a sequence of mistakes,” said Klinsmann, as a succession of U.S. players failed to pick up the ball leading to Ruíz’s chance.“That’s what Carlos Ruíz is famous for, he’s sniffing around, that’s what he’s done his whole career,” Klinsmann said.“The pitch was fast,” Ruíz said. “So one bounce, I think Omar [González] didn’t see the bounce. I ran behind him and I was one-on-one with Tim Howard.”After struggling throughout the first half to create clear chances, the visitors looked more dangerous early in the second.Motta, however, made half a dozen solid saves to keep the U.S. at bay, including stopping an 81st-minute attempt by substitute Jozy Altidore.“We said at halftime let’s turn this thing around,” Klinsmann said. “There were enough chances to win the game, but we didn’t put it in.”The victory gave Guatemala six points from three matches, one behind Group C leaders Trinidad and Tobago, who battled back from a 1-0 halftime deficit for a 3-2 victory at St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Levi García’s two goals for Trinidad included the game-winner in the 82nd minute.The United States’ four points put them in third, ahead only of St. Vincent and the Grenadines with none.See: Costa Rica maintains edge in World Cup Qualifying with tie against Jamaica The U.S.’ Bobby Wood, left, is marked by Guatamala’s Rodrigo Saravia during their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Qualifiers’ football match, in Guatemala City, on March 25, 2016. Johán Ordóñez/AFPMexico dominantIn Vancouver, Mexico defeated Canada 3-0 to post their third win in as many matches.The dominant victory included goals from Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Hirving Lozano and Jesús Corona.Hernández headed in the opener in the 32nd minute. Canadian keeper Milan Borjan came up with a number of saves to keep the hosts in the contest before Lozano delivered his first international goal in the 40th, taking the ball through Canada’s half and slotting home a shot.Corona capped the scoring in the 72nd.Mexico led Group A with nine points, five more than second-placed Canada going into their next clash on Tuesday.El Salvador is third in the group on two points after a 2-2 draw at home to Honduras.In Kingston, Johnny Acosta grabbed the equalizer in the 68th minute for Costa Rica in a 1-1 draw against Jamaica that kept the Ticos atop Group B.Je-Vaughn Watson had put the Reggae Boyz ahead with a diving header past Keylor Navas in the 16th minute.Acosta equalized after Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake was unable to control a shot from Cristian Bolaños.Costa Rica led the group with seven points, three more than Jamaica and Panama, who were held to a goalless draw in Port-au-Prince by Haiti.The top two teams from each of the three groups advance to the final six-nation round of qualifying. Related posts:US men’s team redeems itself with 4-0 thrashing of Guatemala World Cup 2018: Costa Rica draws another ‘group of death’ Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li pleads not guilty in FIFA corruption scandal Jamaica Part II: Will Costa Rica’s La Sele find its killer instinct? Facebook Commentslast_img read more