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Vonn Win’s Women’s Cup Downhill

first_imgVAL D’ISERE, France — Just four races back into her skiing career, Lindsey Vonn is on the verge of World Cup history.After clinching a second straight win — and third consecutive podium — with a victory in the Dec. 20 Downhill, the 30-year-old American now has the chance to secure a 62nd career win in Sunday’s super-G and move level with Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll for all-time wins.“I have to get there first. If it happens tomorrow, great,” said Vonn, a four-time World Cup champion. “I feel like I have been talking about (the record) for a long time now and, if I keep talking about it, I feel like it’s never going to happen.”It would have been a distant dream one year ago, however, when she re-injured her troublesome right knee on the same Oreiller-Killy course in Val d’Isere and required surgery for the second time. The first knee operation came after she tore two ligaments following a spectacular fall at the world championships 10 months earlier.Aside from one small wobble in the middle of the course, Vonn’s run on Dec. 20 was clean and she finished .19 seconds clear of early pace-setter Elisabeth Goergl of Austria and Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who tied for second.“I trusted my body and my knee held up great,” Vonn said. “No problem, no pain, so all is good.”Swiss skier Lara Gut placed 0.39 behind in fourth place, while overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia finished half a second adrift in seventh.After nearly two years without a victory, Vonn won a downhill at Lake Louise, Canada, two weeks ago and finished second in super-G the next day.“It feels amazing. I was a bit nervous today as I made some mistakes in training. It’s tough when you only have one training run,” Vonn said. “I skied aggressively today. It was definitely tough as we had a lot more speed.”Vonn was 0.11 seconds ahead of Goergl on the first time split, up to 0.36 on the second, lost a little time and then sped up again at the bottom.As she crossed the line, Vonn leaned her head back, swung her right pole up in the air and then shook her head in relief, as if scarcely believing she’d won again. She then blew a kiss to the camera.“In Lake Louise, I won so many times that some people automatically assume that I should win there,” Vonn said. “I already knew I could win here today. It was for other people to understand that I’m back to where I used to be.”Prior to her success at Lake Louise, Vonn’s previous World Cup win was a giant slalom in January 2013 in Maribor, Slovenia, — and this was only her eighth race since then.After her injury at the worlds, Vonn then tried to get back in time for the Sochi Olympics — only to tear one of the reconstructed ligaments in a training crash.Then, four days before Christmas, she sprained her MCL in Val d’Isere and needed surgery again.Meanwhile, it was the first podium of the season for both Goergl and Rebensburg — who also secured her first career podium in downhill. “I think I’m going to keep smiling until I go to bed,” the 25-year-old Rebensburg said.The 33-year-old Goergl had not been on the podium since finishing second in downhill at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in March.Overall, Maze leads with 596 points; Austria’s Anna Fenninger is second with 327, while Vonn moves up to third with 312.(JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Barcelona showed they cannot really defend – but can anyone?

first_imgShare via Email Barcelona Explain this: Juventus, top of Serie A, having kept clean sheets in 21 of their previous 25 games, horribly defensively exposed by Real Madrid last week, letting in three. And yet on Tuesday night Roma, third in Serie A, 21 points behind Juve, hammered Barcelona, who remain unbeaten in La Liga and stand 15 points clear of fourth-placed Real Madrid. How can this be?Eusebio Di Francesco, rightly, took credit for his switch to a back three. “I made this choice,” the Roma coach explained, “to create more width, allow more counterattacks and bring speed, but what really changed was the philosophy of the side.” Roma pressed ferociously from the first minute and that unsettled Barça, who are not used to facing sides that take them on and perhaps had made the mistake of thinking the tie was won.The match-up of shapes felt oddly old-fashioned. By the late 80s the logic was that, all else being equal, 3-5-2 had an advantage over 4-4-2, provided the wing-backs could drive back the opposing wide midfielder, because that left a side three against two in their defensive zone and three against two in midfield while still keeping two forwards up to pressure the opposing centre-backs. Reuse this content ‘It’s not a miracle, it’s something bigger’ – Italian press hails Roma’s win That difficulty in controlling midfield was one of the main reasons 4-4-2 fell from favour, although it could still work if the defensive and midfield lines remained very compact, denying the opposition space either by sitting deep or pushing high up the pitch, particularly if, as Barcelona do, the wide midfielders play narrow, tucking in to help with the issue of overmanning in the centre. But that requires discipline and energy, and that was where Barça were lacking.Daniele De Rossi, now 34, operated in a deep-lying playmaker role for Roma. Even protected by Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan, he was somebody Barça had to close down, the obvious fulcrum. Yet just six minutes in he had all the time in the world, Luis Suárez and Messi casually trotting back to halfway, to float a ball over the defensive line for Edin Dzeko to open the scoring.Gerard Piqué and Samuel Umtiti looked uncomfortable all night against a genuine front two. This was old-school one-on-one defending, not the modern style in which one defender disrupts and the spare man picks up the loose ball. Dzeko, aggressive and relentless, had a superb game.But by far the biggest issue was Barça’s laxity. As with Juve, the warning signs had been there in the previous round. Chelsea, again and again, especially in the first leg, had got a run at an exposed defensive line as the back of Barcelona’s midfield dematerialised. In part that is to do with the waning powers of Sergio Busquets, whose lack of pace is even more pronounced now than it always was, but mainly it is to do with structure. Champions League Read more Share on WhatsApp The flaws that were exposed by PSG (in the first leg) and Juve last season have not been resolved. This is Barça gone old and, perhaps more worryingly, gone complacent. The seed of celebrity and individualism planted by the formation of the MSN forward line has borne a bitter fruit.This is the age of football’s decadence, in which teams can dominate their domestic league – Barça are still unbeaten in Spain – so absolutely that they forget what it is to fight. There is now no more statistic more misleading for a top side, not even possession, than goals conceded: Barça have let in 16 in 31 in the league this season, Juve 18 in 31, Manchester City 24 in 32. All of them, when it came to actually defending against a top side, have been found wanting.The CIES Football Observatory noted recently that 21% of all Champions League games finished with a winning margin of three or more goals making it one of the least-balanced competitions in Europe. In its early stages, that is a result of the rich and powerful beating up smaller sides – PSG hammering Celtic, Chelsea hammering Qarabag, Real Madrid hammering Apoel – but that should not be the case from the quarter-finals onward. Liverpool are not richer than City; Roma are not more powerful than Barça.Yet the trend persists there. In the past eight seasons, 21 of 104 games in the quarter-finals or later have finished with a winning margin of three or more; in the eight seasons before that there were only eight. Of the six games played at that stage so far this season, four have been won by three goals or more.Nobody can defend. Small teams are overwhelmed but so, too, are bigger sides. In part it is probably to do with law changes; it is much harder now to kill a game by spoiling than it has ever been before. And in part it is to do with the focus on defenders who can play the ball rather than necessarily being able to defend. But mainly it seems an issue of self-indulgence, of big teams gone to fat on the easy pickings of domestic leagues in which their financial might makes them untouchable.Make the Champions League less predictable, we asked, and suddenly it has become wildly unpredictable, yet still we look on sternly: it has become unpredictable for all the wrong reasons. Roma Share on Twitter comment Share on Facebook Share on Messenger ‘A historic humiliation for Barcelona’ – Roma win stuns Spanish press Read more Sportblog Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Has Mkhitaryan aimed sly dig at Mourinho?

first_imgArsenal Has Mkhitaryan trolled Mourinho with ‘offensive football’ praise for Arsenal? Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 16:05 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Jose Mourinho, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Man Utd Getty Arsenal Arsène Wenger José Mourinho Manchester United Premier League After joining the Gunners from the Red Devils, the Armenian playmaker says he is looking forward to playing “offensive football” in north London Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed that Arsenal’s attacking style makes it a dream to join the Premier League club, perhaps aiming a dig at Jose Mourinho in the process.Mkhitaryan, 29, signed for Arsenal earlier this month as part of a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez head to Manchester United.The Armenia international made just 11 league starts at United this season before making the move to the Emirates Stadium. 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 And as he praised new manager Arsene Wenger, Mkhitaryan said Arsenal’s style of play also made the club an attractive destination, perhaps digging at Mourinho’s perceived defensive approach at United.”Of course it’s very important to have respect from your manager. I know that he’s demanding and he likes his players to explore,” he told Arsenal Player of Wenger.”He was one of the [reasons] to join Arsenal as well because everyone knows he’s a great manager.”I’ve known him for a long time and of course it was not very difficult to make this decision to come to Arsenal, because I think the way that Arsenal play [make] it a dream for every player to come here and play offensive football.”Mkhitaryan made a total of 63 appearances in all competitions for United, scoring 13 goals.He could make his Arsenal debut when Wenger’s men visit Swansea City in the Premier League on Tuesday.last_img read more

Steve Smith makes the ugliest hundreds: Jonty Rhodes on comparison with Virat Kohli

first_imgSteve Smith makes the ugliest hundreds: Jonty Rhodes on comparison with Virat KohliSteve Smith and Virat Kohli both have the reputation of scoring hundreds for fun. While Smith has 26 hundreds in 68 Test matches, Kohli has 25 hundreds in 79 Test matches.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 16:18 IST Steve Smith surpassed Virat Kohli to become No. 1 Test batsman.(Reuters/AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJonty Rhodes picked Virat Kohli over Steve Smith as a better Test batsmanSteve Smith finished the Ashes with 774 runs from the 4 matches he played inSmith surpassed Virat Kohli to reclaim top spot in ICC RankingsWith an exceptional run-of-form in the recently finished Ashes series, Steve Smith edged past Virat Kohli to reclaim the top spot in the ICC Rankings. With the two batsman- Virat Kohli and Steve Smit-both being in an destructive form as created a little ambiguity as to as to who is the best five-day batter in world cricket.Former cricketers have their own say on Kohli vs Smith debate. Joining the recent discourse is former South Africa player and one of the all-time fielding greats Jonty Rhodes who has picked Virat Kohli over Steve Smith with technique of the two batsman as the basis.Talking about Smith’s unorthodox batting style, Jonty said the Australian has scored the ugliest hundreds he has ever seen.”I enjoy watching Virat Kohli. Steve Smith, with that action and technique, makes the ugliest hundreds I have ever seen but the man just keeps scoring runs,” The New Indian Express quoted Jonty Rhodes as saying.”Someone who likes to watch cricket would want to say ‘Wow! What an amazing shot’ as opposed to ‘Oh! How on earth can he hit that?’ So Virat Kohli right now.” he added.Steve Smith finished the Ashes with 774 runs from the 4 matches he played in, bagging a slew of records. On the course he also became the highest run-scorer in a single Test series in the 21st century. Incidentally, on his way to 774 runs, Smith went past his own record of scoring 769 runs against India during the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar series.advertisementSmith finished the Ashes 2019 with 2 hundreds, a double hundred and 3 half centuries. Smith, however, missed breaking the overall record for most runs scored in 4 Tests of a series – currently owned by West Indian great Viv Richards, who made 829 in four Tests for West Indies in England in 1976.Like Steve Smith, Virat Kohli also has the reputation of scoring hundreds for fun. While Smith has 26 hundreds in 68 Test matches, Kohli has 25 hundreds in 79 Test matches. The two also have some other remarkable similarities.Both started their captaincy stints in the same series – the India tour of Australia in 2014-15 – and scored hundreds in their first innings in charge. Kohli made three-figures in each of his first three innings, while Smith had three centuries in his first five.Also Read | Ashes: Steve Smith equals 71-year-old record after 6th successive 80-plus scoreAlso Read | Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and himself: All in danger of being beaten by Steve SmithFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Virat KohliFollow Jonty RhodesFollow The Asheslast_img read more

Giveaway: The Ultimate Oyster Package From Toadfish Outfitters

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Oysters are one of our favorite foods, especially as the weather warms up and we get to spend more and more time outside (and we’re not even talking about when we decide to pop some bubbly to go with them).The thing about oysters, though (and everyone who has ever bought oysters and brought them home knows), is they aren’t the easiest things in the world to prepare. Without the proper tools, you’ll have about as much luck shucking an oyster as you would successfully out-playing Lebron in a game of one-on-one.The difference between the two scenarios mentioned above, though, is one has an immediate remedy — all you have to do is spend the first 18  years of your life shooting free throws …We’re kidding. To get to the delicious inside of an oyster, you have to be prepared with the right tools. Don’t have the right tools? Well, you might soon. We’ve partnered up with Toadfish Outfitters to give away an oyster-shucking prize pack that has everything you need to get your shuck on — including fresh oysters.Toadfish is a Charleston-based company that is dedicated to not only creating high-quality products made from recycled materials, but also to making sure that we aren’t the only ones who will be able to enjoy delicious treats such as oysters. Each purchase from Toadfish contributes to environmental causes that help preserve the coastal lands, ensuring that the next generation will also get to reap the beauty and benefits of the area.One lucky winner will receive a Toadfish prize pack worth a mother-shucking $200. Included in that package will be:Toadfish Oyster Knife Set – $110This is a set of three of the “most thought-out oyster shuckers ever created” all packaged in an elegant and functional wooden box. Store ’em and show ’em off when you’re not busy shucking.See ItPut’Em Back Shucking Cloths – $54Heard of Avocado Hand? Yeah, Oyster Hand would be much, much worse. With this set of three cloths, you can avoid the having to worry about that.See ItOne Bag of Fresh Oysters – About $40It’s one thing to get oyster knives, but if you don’t have oysters, then what’s really the point? That’s why Toadfish is throwing in one bag of oysters, which will be shipped to you fresh and ready to shuck.Next? Learn how to shuck oysters the right way.last_img read more

MOL Takes Over ‘Akatsuki’ Coal Carrier (Japan)

first_imgMitsui Lines, February 18, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close zoom Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) delivered the Akatsuki, the first 104,000 DWT class Post-Panamax coal carrier, which was jointly developed with Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation and built at the Sanoyas Shipbuilding Mizushima Shipyard.This new ship type was designed to optimize the transport of coal for power companies in Japan. MOL plans to add these advanced, efficient vessels to its fleet in succession.The wide breadth and shallow draft configuration is ideal for loading/discharging at ports where draft is limited. The Type 104 is one of the largest coal carriers, which will be able to call at major power plants and coal storage facilities in Japan, maximizing discharging capacity.The Akatsuki and its sister ships will feature the latest safety equipment and systems, such as mooring equipment that provides maximum mooring force.The high-efficiency main engine and other energy-saving features minimize fuel consumption.Type 104 vessels offer the most advanced environment-friendly specifications such as fuel tanks with a double-hull structure.last_img read more

Video of the Day: Siemens Turbines on the Move

first_imgzoom DONG Energy’s Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm offshore construction began in the first half of the 2014, and is expected to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2015.Located 8 km from the Holderness coast, approximately 25 km North of Spurn Head at the river Humber estuary, the UK wind farm will have a capacity 210 MW and will be made up of 35 Siemens 6MW turbines, providing CO2-free electricity for around 200,000 homes.Westermost Rough will be the first wind farm in the world to use the 6MW turbine on a large scale.The video shows Sea Challenger loading Siemens 6MW turbines for the Westermost project. World Maritime News Staff, September 05, 2014last_img

Sherbrooke Serves Up the Best Chowder

first_imgFolks around Sherbrooke know that nothing beats a bowl of steaming hot seafood chowder. But who makes the best chowder in the community? Which restaurant makes the best chowder in the Antigonish-Eastern Shore tourism area? These questions will be answered on Saturday, Aug. 25, when Sherbrooke Village hosts the second annual St. Mary’s Chowderfest and Sherbrooke Shindig. After a successful launch last summer, organizers expect this year’s event to be packed with family fun, and, of course, copious amounts of the classic East Coast seafood dish. The day’s events start at 10 a.m., with a community yard sale at the Sherbrooke Village Performance Centre until 3 p.m. The seafood chowder competition starts at 3 p.m., with entrants registered in both local domestic and commercial categories. A panel of judges includes radio personalities Don MacKenzie from 1320 CKEC and 780 KIXX Country’s Frank Lowe. The Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society will sell bowls of its delicious chowder, with proceeds supporting improvements of the historic site. At 5 p.m., there will be a pie-eating contest open to the public. A good old-fashioned shindig will start at 5:30 p.m., featuring Side Kixx, a Halifax-based country band led by Frank Lowe. Sheet Harbour’s Fraser Newcombe and the Mountain Memories Bluegrass and Old Time Country Band will open the evening’s entertainment. Food concessions, amusements and many activities within the Sherbrooke Village site will also take place throughout the day. The festivities will be capped off with a fireworks display at dusk. The day’s entertainment is free. Those interested in entering the Chowderfest competition, or booking a yard sale table may contact Lynn Hayne at Sherbrooke Village toll-free, 1-888-743-7845. Chowder competition pre-registration deadline is Aug. 17. For further information, including online registration, competition rules and regulations, and a complete schedule, visit read more

Modi turns 69 leaders across political spectrum greet PM

first_imgKevadiya (Guj)/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 69 on Tuesday and spent his birthday in his home state of Gujarat offering prayers to goddess Narmada at the Sardar Sarovar dam filled to capacity for the first time, visiting the Statue of Unity and sharing a meal with his nonagenarian mother.Modi, who was greeted by leaders across the political spectrum, also addressed a public rally in Kevadia where he lauded the vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, saying his government drew inspiration from the country’s former home minister for its decision last month on Jammu and Kashmir in an attempt to find solution to a decades-old problem. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’BJP chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, top Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, BSP supremo Mayawati, chief ministers of West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha and Delhi–Mamata Banerjee, K Chandrasekhar Rao, Naveen Patnaik and Arvind Kejriwal respectively–were among others who greeted Modi on his birthday. Shah described Modi as a leader with strong willpower and a symbol of decisive leadership and hard work while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hailed the prime minister’s “visionary leadership” and said it has helped India scale new heights of glory. On his 68th birthday last year, Modi was in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi and spent time with school children. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA 569-kg ladoo was also unveiled at an event organised in Delhi by Sulabh International, a non-profit organisation, to mark Modi’s birthday as ‘Swachhta Diwas’ (Cleanliness Day). Modi met his mother Heeraben at her home in Gandhinagar after his public engagements. TV visuals showed the prime minister greeting his mother with folded hands to seek her blessings. Modi then sat down to have a birthday lunch with her. The TV images showed the mother and son enjoying what appeared to be a Gujarati thali.last_img read more

Cinema Against AIDS XX Raises Almost 25 Million

first_imgA trip to space with Leonardo DiCaprio, a private performance by legendary rock icons Duran Duran, and a family portrait sitting with Annie Leibovitz: these were just a few of the items sold at amfAR’s most successful benefit event to date.Cinema Against AIDS XX on May 23 exceeded all expectations, raising nearly $25 million in a single night, helping amfAR in its continued fight against HIV/AIDS.amfAR has long been known for its global reach, but Cinema Against AIDS XX marked its first foray into outer space fundraising, with three seats aboard Virgin Galactic alongside Leonardo DiCaprio selling for a combined total of €3 million. This truly once in a lifetime opportunity, secured by amfAR Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, raised more than any other single auction item ever seen at an amfAR benefit. Harvey Weinstein, a longtime chair of Cinema Against AIDS, helped to lead the live auction at the record-breaking charity event, held in conjunction with the Cannes International Film Festival on May 23 at the famed Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France.amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone said in a statement, “Tonight in Cannes we’ve made AIDS history. We’ve made $25 million with the very people who seeded the pediatric AIDS fund. We’re grateful, and we’re grateful to that one little girl in Mississippi who was our first child cured. To you, we dedicate this evening, because you are the girl who’s taking us forward into the future, when this cure will be here not only for the 330,000 children who have AIDS, but the 34 million people who are living with AIDS. Tonight is for you. We love you. Our hope belongs to you.”Stone was a Chair of the event, along with Weinstein and amfAR Ambassadors Janet Jackson and Milla Jovovich, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Jessica Chastain, Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Aram Shishmanian, Michel Litvak, Roberto and Eva Cavalli, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, and Boris Collardi, who were all in attendance.amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and Harvey Weinstein took the stage together during the night to reflect on how much the Cinema Against AIDS event has grown since its inception at the Cannes film festival in 1993, largely due to the passionate support of the film, music, and fashion communities. At the end of the night, Cole and Weinstein announced the $25 million raised to the audience, and thanked everyone involved for bringing amfAR a step closer to curing AIDS.Guests included Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adrien Brody, Thom Browne, Rosario Dawson, Lily Donaldson, Goldie Hawn, Eva Herzigova, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jeremy Irvine, Stacy Keibler, Karlie Kloss, Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, Melanie Laurent, Annie Leibowitz, Olivia Palermo, Zachary Quinto, Aishwarya Rai, Jeremy Renner, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Liberty Ross, Anja Rubik, Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Irina Shayk, Joan Smalls, Audrey Tautou, Stefano Tonchi, Giambattista Valli, Stefanie Van Der Laan, Paz Vega, Dita Von Teese, Christoph Waltz, and Zhang Ziyi, among many others.Some of the highlights in a truly unforgettable evening included live performances by internationally renowned musical acts. Duran Duran, who have sold more than 100 million records throughout their storied career, had guests at Cinema Against AIDS dancing in the aisles. Joined by dozens of top models on stage, they played their cult classic “Girls on Film,” giving their only public performance of 2013. Dame Shirley Bassey made a special appearance to sing a number of her much loved and celebrated songs, including “Goldfinger,” and brought the house down with a commanding performance. Ellie Goulding, one of the UK’s most exciting singer-songwriters, opened the evening with a stripped-down acoustic rendition of “Lights.” Rounding out the line-up was American Music Awards winner Hot Chelle Rae, who performed their mega-smash hit “Tonight, Tonight.”“The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show” was one of the most dynamic moments of the night. Curated by Carine Roitfeld, forty top models walked in the spectacular runway presentation of one-of-a-kind gold looks, accessorized with gold jewelry from emerging and established designers. The entire collection was auctioned off for a total of €1.2 million. The show was streamed live on auction opened with an Academy Awards Weekend package that sold for 1.5 million euros. The lot included tickets to some of the most exclusive Hollywood awards season parties. Leonardo DiCaprio generously donated a pair of tickets to the upcoming premiere of Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” in which he stars. Heidi Klum offered the unbelievable addition of going along as the winner’s date. The package was so popular in the room that a second set of tickets went for €500,000, minus Ms. Klum.amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone led an appeal that raised more than €1.25 million for amfAR’s Pediatric AIDS Initiative.A private, in-home performance by Duran Duran was another of the evening’s priceless auction items. This one-of-a-kind experience sold for €400,000.Goldie Hawn auctioned off a stay at Donna Karan’s Parrot Cay retreat and a pink gold and diamond Shamballa Jewels Royal Bracelet. The package sold for €200,000.Adrien Brody and Rosario Dawson auctioned a stunning motorcycle specially commissioned by Redemption Choppers as a tribute to the 20th edition of Cinema Against AIDS, which sold for €600,000.Zachary Quinto helped to sell a priceless opportunity to play soccer alongside Zinedine Zidane and take in a Real Madrid match with the world-famous footballer in his private box at Real Madrid Santiago Bernabou Stadium, which sold for €380,000.Other artworks in the auction included an Andy Warhol print of amfAR Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, “Liz, 1964,” a Damien Hirst piece entitled “DL-Octopamine,” and an original plate portrait by Julian Schnabel.A rare bottle of 1893 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection sold for €50,000 and was presented by Jeremy Irvine.Cinema Against AIDS XX featured an exhibition by iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, who also donated coveted items to the live auction. Her Niagara Falls print sold for €320,000, and the chance to sit for a private family portrait with Leibovitz sold for €450,000.Longtime amfAR supporter Roberto Cavalli was responsible for the design and décor for the gala dinner. The famed Italian designer created a spectacular setting for the event, dressing every table and chair in his dazzling signature prints.Since amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS in 1993, the event has become the most coveted ticket in Cannes. Past events have been chaired by amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, Demi Moore, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.Like the epidemic itself, AIDS research knows no borders. amfAR’s programs have had a global reach since 1986, when the Foundation began awarding international grants. Today, amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment programs around the globe.last_img read more

Vanessa Carlton Performs For Musicians On Call

first_imgOn September 10, Musicians on Call NYC YPC held its annual Marquee Event featuring an intimate performance from Vanessa Carlton.The event raised over $5,400, enough to sponsor a hospital floor for one year where a Musicians On Call volunteer performs weekly.Vanessa performed songs from her upcoming album to be released next year and shared her own Musicians On Call volunteer experience. John McCauley from Deer Tick joined her on stage for a special surprise duet.Source:Musicians On Calllast_img

Was told I wasnt good enough

first_imgNew Delhi: She made a stunning debut with Dangal, but Fatima Sana Shaikh says getting a perfect launch pad was not a cakewalk as people told her she did not have the “looks” of a heroine like Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Fatima, who started her journey in the movies as a child actor with Kamal Haasan’s 1997 film Chachi 420, says the rejections shifted her focus from waiting for a conventional lead role to searching for a good character. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I have been a child actor. I quit but making a comeback after that was difficult. I was not getting any work. People used to tell me I don’t look like Deepika Padukone or Katrina Kaif. They said, since I didn’t have the looks of a heroine, I should do whatever I’m offered. There have been many incidents where I was told that I was not good enough,” Fatima said. The actor says her desire to perform in front of the camera was so strong that she did not pay heed to what people thought of her. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”I only had acting on my mind. The reason why I used to go for every audition was because I would get to perform in front of the camera, even if the set-up was small.” The success of Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, however, made things easier for Fatima as it gave her the option to choose. “Before Dangal, I never had the chance to choose my projects. I even did ‘Dangal’ because that was my only option at that time. Every actor goes through this. That’s how things function. But I am happy that post the film and especially after ‘Thugs of Hindostan’, I have the space to choose,” she says. Citing an example of Rajkummar Rao, her co-star from Anurag Basu’s upcoming anthology, the actor says there is no formula for success. “There is no single rule that applies to everyone. But now there are so many opportunities because of Netflix, Amazon and other platforms. Influx of different mediums has given actors a lot more options.” Fatima says even though her aim is to establish herself as a sought-after performer, she does not believe in planning “too much”. “Where I want to reach it might take two or maybe six years. But I am happy that at least I’m on my way.”last_img read more

After years of debate ICC Member States agree on definition of aggression

Member States of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have agreed on what constitutes the crime of aggression, a long-running source of contention in international law, after nearly one decade of discussion.Nations agreed to amend the Rome Statute, which set up the Court, to define the crime of aggression as “the planning, preparation, initiation or execution, by a person in a position effectively to exercise control over or to direct the political or military action of a State, of an act of aggression which, by its character, gravity and scale, constitutes a manifest violation of the Charter of the United Nations.”Under the resolution adopted at the end of the two-week-long ICC review conference in Kampala, Uganda, on Friday, blockades of ports or coasts of a State by armed forces of another State, as well as an invasion or attack by troops of one State on the territory of another, are considered as acts of aggression under the statute.Nations agreed that the ICC can exercise jurisdiction over crimes of aggression, but only over those committed one year after 30 States Parties have ratified the newly-made amendment.This is will not happen until at least 2017, when States meet against to review the amendment, according to the new resolution adopted in the Ugandan capital.It also noted that if the ICC Prosecutor wishes to move forward with an investigation of possible cases, he or she will take the case to the Security Council. Once that body has determined that an act of aggression has taken place, the Prosecutor will move forward with a probe.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, welcomed what he described as “the historic agreement” on the definition of aggression.“The compromise text is a significant step forward in the fight against impunity and towards an age of accountability,” the statement noted.The Rome Statute, adopted in 1998, included the crime of aggression – along with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes – as the four categories of crimes over which it has jurisdiction. But it said the ICC could not exercise its rights in that area until a definition had been agreed upon.So far 111 countries have become parties to the Statute, while 37 others have signed but not yet ratified it. But some of the world’s largest and most powerful countries, including China, India, Russia and the United States, have not joined.At the start of the Kampala conference, Mr. Ban underlined that a new “age of accountability” is replacing the “old era of impunity.”The ICC, he said, is now “permanent, increasingly powerful, casting a long shadow. There is no going back.”In this new age, those committing the worst of human crimes – be they rank-and-file soldiers or top political leaders – “will be held responsible,” Mr. Ban emphasized.Former Serbian president Slobodan Milo?evic and former Liberian leader Charles Taylor are among those who have already been called to justice. “Not long ago,” he said, “this would have been unimaginable.”But for the ICC to have the reach it needs, it must have universal support. “Only then will perpetrators have no place to hide,” the Secretary-General said. 14 June 2010Member States of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have agreed on what constitutes the crime of aggression, a long-running source of contention in international law, after nearly one decade of discussion. read more

Lack of nutrition having a crippling effect on Kyrgyz children – UN

30 June 2011Nearly one in every four deaths of young children in Kyrgyzstan is caused by under-nutrition, and the physical and mental development of many other boys and girls is being delayed in the Central Asian country, according to a United Nations report launched today. The joint report of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank finds that, despite improvements in the past decade, at least 22 per cent of all deaths of children under the age of five are the result of under-nutrition.Under-nutrition is having a serious impact on the Kyrgyz economy, leaving estimated losses of as much as $32 million each year, the report notes.It calls for scaled-up investment in nutrition, particularly in ensuring that all salt that is sold is iodized and all stocks of wheat flour are fortified with iron, folic acid and other B vitamins.UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who has been visiting Kyrgyzstan this week, said the country’s authorities, UN agencies and their development partners have the opportunity to drastically reduce the number of children who suffer from stunting and other effects of under-nutrition.“These children learn less, and they will earn less – deepening the cycle of poverty,” Mr. Lake said. “Investing in good nutrition is the smart, cost-effective thing to do, helping to save more children’s lives and accelerate progress towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with equity.”The World Bank has estimated that at least $6.2 million of Kyrgyzstan’s economic losses from under-nutrition could be eliminated by scaling up the country’s existing nutrition projects, especially those on the iodization of salt and the fortification of flour.UNICEF is also promoting good nutritional practices such as exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life, the timely introduction of complementary feeding programmes and an increase in the intake of vitamins and minerals among young children. read more

Laboratory equipment and text books headed to Iraq in UNsponsored project

The consignment, due to arrive in Baghdad before the end of the month, consists of $4.6 million of equipment and materials for medical and related disciplines as well as for engineering and $1 million in textbooks. It was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq initiated by Qatari First Lady Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misnad. “Iraq’s universities and technical institutes are in a dramatic situation,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. “Some 24 years of conflict and unrest – first with Iran in the 1980s and then with the Gulf wars and the situation that has followed – have seen tens of thousands of young Iraqis killed, the exodus of many intellectuals and the virtual isolation of those who remained. “The institutions themselves have suffered severely from war damage and neglect and are a pale image of what they used to be,” he added. Despite the difficulties, nearly 240,000 students, or 83 per cent of the entire Iraqi student body, returned to their college campuses to attend classes in 2003, reflecting the tradition of pursuing higher education in Iraq, which once boasted the best universities and technical institutes in the Arab region. read more

Frances new Socialist government to lower retirement age to 60 from 62

PARIS – France’s new Socialist government moved Wednesday to lower the retirement age for certain workers to 60 years old from 62, bucking the trend in developed countries in a gesture to unions that critics say is a costly mistake.Governments from North America to Europe have been pushing retirement ages higher and higher in recent decades, as people are living longer and spending more years on state-sponsored pension checks.Canada, for instance, recently announced its intention to postpone the retirement age to 67 from 65, although the changes won’t take effect immediately.Raising France’s general retirement age by two years to 62 years old was a key reform of Nicolas Sarkozy, who was defeated in France’s presidential election.The 2010 measure was aimed at reducing heavy government debts as Europe sunk into a continent-wide debt crisis — and many economists said it didn’t push the retirement age high enough.Hollande, who unseated Sarkozy last month after riding a wave of voter anger at austerity measures, pledged during his campaign to reconsider the retirement reform.On Wednesday, Hollande’s government presented a draft decree at a Cabinet meeting that reverses the retirement age to 60 for some workers, such as those who enter the workforce at 18 or 19 years old, or mothers who leave the workforce to have three or more children.The hard-left CGT union hailed the move as a “striking decision that breaks with policies everywhere in Europe.”The government said the decree, affecting about one in six retiring workers, will be finalized later this month and take effect in November.The government says the costs — estimated at 1.1 billion next year — will be financed by a small rise in payroll charges paid by employers and employees. The government did not release a global cost for the measure.The Socialist Cabinet is making the change by decree, amending an existing decree on workers who serve especially long careers, instead of via a law, which would need the approval of the parliament, currently dominated by conservatives. France is holding parliamentary elections starting Sunday, and Hollande needs to secure a leftist majority to accomplish much of what he pledged on the campaign trail.France’s leading business lobby, MEDEF, criticized the measure as “worrying for the financial future of the pension systems and for the competitiveness of businesses.” by Cecile Brisson, The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2012 2:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email France’s new Socialist government to lower retirement age to 60 from 62 for some workers read more

Yorkshire burglars caught after DNA found on their flat caps

first_img The suspects were said to be wearing flat caps, and a vigilant witness spotted two men in caps behaving suspiciously in a vehicle.The vehicle was later located by North Yorkshire Police, and investigators were able to link the DNA of two men to two flat caps found inside.Glass experts also analysed the caps, and found samples of glass from one of the burglary scenes in both of them.Mobile phone data and fingerprints also provided evidence for the case.At York Crown Court on Wednesday July 4, Richards, from Doncaster, North Yorks., pleaded guilty to five distraction burglaries. He was jailed for four-and-a-half-years. Riddiough, also from Doncaster, pleaded guilty to the burglary and was jailed for four-and-a-half years.DC Sam Harding, of the Op Gauntlet Multi-Agency Safeguarding Team, said: “This was a complex investigation in which each agency played a key role. Richards’ and Riddiough’s offending left their victims extremely distressed, and it is right that they are both now behind bars.”Burglars often target the most vulnerable people in our communities, tricking or breaking their way into homes and stealing sentimental or valuable property. These awful crimes can have a huge impact on the victims and their families.”Residents can, however, be reassured that a number of agencies are working together to tackle this type of crime in North Yorkshire, and bring offenders to justice. We also want to encourage people – particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable – to be vigilant against this type of crime. Do not let anyone into your home if you are not certain who they are. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.”Anyone who thinks they might have been a victim of distraction burglary, or who has strangers at their door acting suspiciously, should report it to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.” Two burglars have been caught out – after police in Yorkshire linked them to a series of burglaries through DNA found on their flat capsShane Richards, 30 and Carl Riddiough, 30, were caught by eagle-eyed witnesses who spotted them in their flat caps after a police appeal.The thieves targeted elderly people in a series of distraction burglaries, which involved telling the vulnerable victim that they had kicked a football into their garden.One of the men would then help look for the imaginary football while the other raided the houses of the victim for valuable property between August 1 and August 3 2016. Flat cap burglar Shane RichardsCredit: Flat cap burglar Carl RiddioughCredit: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Nintendos MiiVerse now web accessible can share screenshots

first_imgNintendo’s latest console hasn’t experienced the most successful launch ever, but those that use the Wii U continue to enjoy it. As a result, Nintendo has expanded the MiiVerse social network to the web, and they did a great job.MiiVerse was designed to be a place where Wii U users could come together and talk about all things related to the new console. Each game and product has its own community where you can go and chat with other people doing the same thing you are doing. If you’re watching something on Nintendo TVii, or playing the latest game, you have instant access to a group of people doing the same thing you are doing on the same console you are using. It’s a great idea, and has worked pretty well for Nintendo so far. To increase adoption and make for better conversations, Nintendo has expanded the service to include posting from the web, and in doing so created a MiiVerse website that runs well on computers and mobile browsers alike.Point any browser to and you’ll be able to login and participate in nearly the same way you would from the console itself. There are a few things that you lose by posting this way, like the ability to hand draw notes that you can draw on the GamePad. What you do gain is the ability to pull screenshots that you have posted to MiiVerse and share them with other social networks. Granted, it means sharing to MiiVerse and then downloading from the website only to upload it again somewhere else, but the ability exists all the same.This isn’t a feature that is going to change the fate of the Wii U by any stretch, but it’s a great addition for those who made the leap to the new console and a great way to make sure the conversation keeps going on MiiVerse. Nintendo’s continued feature rollout demonstrates their claims that they think the Wii U will eventually become more popular and eventually compete in the same way their original Wii did in the gaming market.last_img read more

Weather Eye A great fall week awaits after chance of rain Monday

first_img The arrival of autumn Friday was nearly uneventful with fair weather overhead. We almost made it up to 70 degrees but fell short of the average high for the date of 73 with our high of 69 degrees.Saturday, the first full day of autumn, was rather still with light winds and lazy temperatures meandering up to the 70-degree mark. A weak system brought light showers to the coast early Saturday but nothing measurable locally. Today, we will have some morning fog here and there and maybe some scattered clouds but another calm day.Another weak system drops down Monday from British Columbia for more clouds and a risk of a shower but mainly along the coast and in Puget Sound. After that, we enjoy a great fall week with highs warming into the 70s and with predicted easterly winds Tuesday and Wednesday into the 80s.I was looking at what I wrote three years ago on Saturday, and I was informing everyone to batten down the hatches as a juicy fall storm was moving our way. On Sept. 23, 2014, the satellite picture showed a large low-pressure system looking more like a giant cinnamon roll out in the Pacific. Yep — that time of the year where we can get large storms.However, I do not foresee any rainfall the rest of the month. Yes, a slight chance Monday, but for the most part, none. We still will end up near normal on the rainfall for September thanks to the heavy rains last week.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more