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European Leagues: Juve, Napoli play out thriller as giants elsewhere falter

first_imgAction in the top European Leagues continued this past weekend as we head into the international break.In Italy, top two from last season clashed at the Allianz Stadium in Torino.After 7 goals and a come-back that never materialized, the defending champions edged the game 4-3.Debutant Danilo opened the scoring for Juve and by the 62nd minute, the Old Lady was leading 3-0 thanks to two other goals by Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo.Napoli mounted a come-back and scored three goals of their own through Konstant Manolas, Herving Lozano and Di Lorenzo.However, deep into additional time, Kalidou Koulibaly converted a Paolo Dybala free-kick into his own net to hand Juve the victory which sees them move onto 6 points from their first two games.The other two sides that still hold a 100% record in the Serie A are Inter Milan and Torino who also won their respective fixtures on Sunday against Cagliari and Atalanta.Inter required a Romelu Lukaku 72nd minute penalty to seal all three points after Cagliari’s Joao Pedro had canceled out Lautaro Martinez’s opener.For Torino, they came from 2-1 to take care of Atalanta 3-2 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Kevin Bonifazi opened the scoring for the visitors but they found themselves 1-2 down by the 50th minute thanks to a Duvan Zapata brace.However, two goals in 11 minutes from Alex Berenguer and Armando Izzo ensured a second win of the season for Walter Mazzari’s men.The first Rome derby of the season ended in a share of the spoils as Lazio drew with Roma 1-1 at the Olimpico. Alexander Kolarov put the victors ahead on 17 minutes before Luis Alberto equalized for Lazio early in the second half.The draw is Roma’s second of the season having drawn 2-2 with Genoa last weekend while Lazio now have 4 points from two games following a 3-0 victory away to Sampdoria 7 days ago.Elsewhere, AC Milan, Bologna, Genoa, Hellas Verona, Sassoulo and Parma were also victorious in their match-day Two fixtures.Milan were 1-0 winners at home to Brescia, Bologna defeated SPAL by the same score-line, Genoa beat Fiorentina 2-1, Hellas Verona scrapped to a 1-0 victory at Lecce, Sassuolo powered to a 4-1 win at home to Sampdoria while Parma shocked Udinese 3-1 away from home.In Spain, both Barcelona and Real Madrid had to settle for a point in their Match-Day three fixtures as they drew 2-2 against Osasuna and Villareal respectively.Still without the injured Lionel Messi, Barcelona found themselves behind as early as the 7th minute, conceding a Roberto Torres goal. However, they scored two early second-half goals through substitutes Anssumane Fati and Arthur to turn the game on its head. With 9 minutes to play Gerald Pique handled in the area prompting Torres to convert the resultant penalty and see the game end all square.The points drop mean that Barca have now dropped 5 (points) in three games and currently sit 8th on the log, five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.Barca are now five points off the summit.For Real Madrid, they required a late Gareth Bale goals to take a point away from Villareal before the Welshman was sent-off in the 90th minute.Bale who had also equalized at the stroke of halftime to cancel out Gerard Moreno’s opener was the only positive for Real on a trying night. Moi Gomez had initially made it 2-1 to the hosts with 16 minutes to play.Real have now drawn two and won one of their opening three games and are four points off the top of the log.At the top is a familiar name in Atletico Madrid who still hold a 100% record after 3 rounds.This past weekend, Atletico scrapped to a 3-2 victory at home to Eibar in a game that they had to come from two goals down.Charles opened the scoring on the afternoon on 7 minutes before Arbilla Zabala made it 2-0 for the visitors 12 minutes later. Atletico then started their come back with Joao Felix reducing the deficit on 27 minutes before Vitolo equalizing early in the second half.The game looked to be headed for a draw until Thomas Partey scored Atletico’s third to hand them a third win in as many games and ensure they sit top of the standings.Sevilla who sit second threw away an 81st minute lead to draw 1-1 with Celta Vigo while Inaki Williams and Raul Garcia scored in the first half to see thrid placed Athletic Bilbao beat Real Sociedad 2-0 at San Mames.Elsewhere, Levante beat Valladolid 2-0, Betis defeated Leganes 2-1, Valencia were 2-0 winners at home to Mallorca while Granada humiliated Espanyol 3-0 at the RCDE Stadium.In the Germany Bundesliga, Bayern Munich made it two wins in their last as many games as they annihilated Mainz 05 6-1 at the Allianz Arena.This is Bayern’s second win of the season. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)It was a six-star performance by the Bavarians as Benjamin Pavard, David Alaba, Ivan Perisic, Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Alphonso Davis all got their names onto the score-sheet after Jean-Paul Boetius had given Mainz the lead inside 6 minutes.On the day Bayern was winning, their rivals Dortmund were losing 3-1 at newly-promoted Union Berlin. Marius Bulter opened the scoring for Union before Paco Alcacer equalized to ensure the first half ends all square.Five minutes into the second, Bulter restored the home side’s lead before Sebastien Andersson made the points safe for Union.This was Dortmund’s first loss of the season having won their first two games while it was also Union Berlin’s first-ever top-flight victory.The only side who still holds a 100% record in the Bundesliga is Julian Negelsmann’s, RB Leipzig.Leipzig who have now won three of their first as many games defeated Monchengladbach 3-1 away from home of Friday night. Timo Werner grabbed the headlines, scoring all three of the visitors’ goals. Breel Embolo had temporarily made it 2-1, scoring Gladbach’ consolation.Leipzig currently sits top of the standings with 6 points, having also beaten Union Berlin and Frankfurt in their first two games.Elsewhere, Koln beat Freiburg 2-1, Schalke were 3-0 victors over Hertha Berlin, Bremen defeated Augsburg 3-2 while Frankfurt recorded their second victory of the season thanks to a 2-1 win at home to Dusseldorf.In France, PSG made it three wins in four games, beating Metz 2-0 away from home on Friday.Still without Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored the goals for Tomas Tuchel’s side.Di Maria (L) and Choupo-Moting (R) were both on target for PSG.Victory for PSG sees them move on top of the standings on goal difference as they are level on points with three other sides, Rennes, Nice and Angers.On Sunday, Nice beat Rennes 2-1 away from home while Angers were 2-0 winners at home to Dijon.Elsewhere, Lyon were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bordeaux, Lille lost 2-0 away to Reims, Marseille beat Saint Etienne 1-0, Strasbourg drew 2-2 with Monaco while Nantes beat Montpellier 1-0.All results from the Italian Serie A match-day 2– Bologna 1-0 SPAL-AC Milan 1-0 Brescia-Juventus 4-3 Napoli-Lazio 1-1 Roma-Atalanta 2-3 Torino-Cagliari 1-2 Inter Milan-Genoa 2-1 Fiorentina-Lecce 0-1 Hellas Verona-Sassuolo 4-1 Sampdoria-Udinese 1-3 ParmaAll the Spanish La Liga results for Match-Day 3-Sevilla 1-1 Celta Vigo-Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Real Sociedad-Osasuna 2-2 Barcelona-Getafe 1-1 Deportivo Alaves-Levante 2-0 Valladolid-Valencia Mallorca-Real Betis 2-1 LeganesAtletico 3-2 Eibar-Espanyol 0-3 Granada-Villarreal 2-2 Real MadridAll results from the Germany Bundesliga match-day 3-Mönchengladbach 1-3 Leipzig-Bayern 6-1 Mainz 05-Leverkusen 0-0 Hoffenheim-Wolfsburg 1-1 Paderborn-Freiburg 1-2 Koln-Schalke 3-0 Hertha-Union 3-1 Dortmund-Bremen 3-2 Augsburg-Frankfurt 2-1 DusseldorfAll the French Ligue One results from Match-Day 4-Metz 0-2 PSG-Lyon 1-1 Bordeaux-Angers 2-0 Dijon-Toulouse 2-0 Amiens-Nantes 1-0 Montpellier-Nimes 3-0 Brest-Reims 2-0 Lille-Rennes 1-2 Nice-Strasbourg 2-2 Monaco-Marseille 1-0 Saint EtienneComments Tags: German BundesligaLa LigaLigue OneSerie Alast_img read more

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Video: Spiders Spin Electric Web

first_imgSpiders are amazing architects of silk, and now they can add a new skill to their resumes: electrical engineering. The garden cross spider, Araneus diadematus, tailors a web containing carefully crafted patterns of water and silk that efficiently conducts electricity. The web threads are made of silk laced with special silk “droplets” swollen with water and a special chemical cocktail that functions as a highly adhesive and water-attractant glue—a sticky trap that also works as a water magnet, sucking humidity from all around. This concoction electrically charges the web and helps spiders catch their prey, according to a study in Naturwissenschaften. The study is the first to report the electric twist on a spider’s arsenal to capture prey, along with detailed explanations on how this mechanism works. The researchers show that the webs cause tiny distortions in Earth’s electric field within a few millimeters of their location. This allows the web to literally spring toward prey as well as small charged particles like pollen and pollutants. According to the authors, such webs could also be used to monitor environmental pollution, as they are as efficient as industrial sensors at detecting and capturing airborne pollutants, such as pesticides.last_img read more

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Cignal hopes to dodge CEU’s finals upset bid

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games So Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez said the Hawkeyes must adjust quickly without big man Raymar Jose, who left for Kuala Lumpur to play for the national team in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“Losing Raymar during the Finals is a tough one, but we as a team understand that SEA Games basketball gold is very important to our country,” said Fernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCignal collides with CEU, which stunned erstwhile unbeaten Flying V in the semifinals, in Game 1 of the best-of-three series at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.“No one expected us to reach this far,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “It won’t hurt if we try [winning the title] that’s why I told the players we just have to stay focused and stick to our game plan.” And that confidence worries Fernandez even if the Hawkeyes still boast a solid lineup led by Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo.“We know that CEU is a very good team which is well-coached, and matching up with them without Raymar is a tough one,” said Fernandez.Garcia said the Scorpions hope to pull off an upset anew behind Cameroonian big man Rod Ebondo and underrated guards Aaron Jeruta, JK Casiño and Orlan Wamar.“We really have to bring our defensive mentality,” said Fernandez. —JASMINE W. PAYOADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Cignal HD plays minus a key cog as the Hawkeyes clash with surprise finalist Centro Escolar University in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup championship starting Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIEScenter_img Perlas Pilipinas falls to Indonesia anew as road to gold gets tougher Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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Victoria beat CSK via the Super Over

first_imgOpener Murali Vijay’s breezy 73 went in vain as Victoria Bushrangers snatched a dramatic win over Chennai Super Kings in a keenly contested Champions League Twenty20 Group A match that had to be decided via the Super Over in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.Riding on Vijay’s 53-ball innings, Chennai Super Kings posted 162 for six in 20 overs but then Victoria Bushrangers also managed the exact score and the encounter had to be stretched into the Super Over.With 12 runs required from the last over to win, Victoria lost two wickets in the form of Clint McKay (10) and Dirk Nannes (0) as medium pacer Suresh Raina scalped two wickets in successive deliveries.However, Raina could not stop the Australian side from equalling CSK score although they lost the 10th wicket in the form of Bryce McGain (0) in the last ball of the 20th over.In the Super Over, Aaron Finch and David Hussey hammered spinner R Ashwin to gather 23 runs from the six balls with the help of three huge sixes.In reply, Vijay and Suresh Raina could manage only 13 runs off McKay.Earlier, Chasing 163 to win, Victoria started on an attacking note with opener Finch taking on Chennai bowling attack head on.23-year-old Finch, who cracked four fours and three sixes during his brief but pacy innings, struck two successive fours in the third over off paceman Doug Bollinger.Chennai got their first success when Ashwin removed dangerous looking Finch in the fourth over. Finch mistimed a flick, the ball ballooned towards short cover and Ashwin took a diving catch after a short sprint.advertisementThe Australian side suffered another loss in the fifth over when Brad Hodge (6) fell prey to Bollinger and returned to the dugout, leaving Victoria at 49 for two.But from this condition captain Matthew Wade (31) and captain David Hussey took the initiative away from the Chennai camp with their attacking performance.David scored 51 off 45 balls with the help of four fours and a six.The duo badly battered medium pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji in the seventh over and took 17 runs off the six balls with the help of four fours before rain interrupted the game for a few minutes.Victoria was comfortably placed at 91 for two after the 10th over.But legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was the man who then changed the colour of the match by scalping two wickets in successive deliveries in the 12th over in the form of Wade and Andrew McDonald (0).last_img read more

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Wales, Golf, Madrid – In that Order: Gareth Bale’s Unique Celebration After Euro 2020 Qualification

first_img — HLTCO (@HLTCO) November 19, 2019Bloody hell!Here’s Bale and Wayne Hennessey spotting the flag in the crowd. Absolutely loving it 😂pic.twitter.com/CctegY9Q37— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) November 19, 2019Aaron Ramsey scored twice – the first goal set up by a cross from Bale – as Wales beat Hungary 2-0 in a winner-takes-all match in Cardiff on Tuesday.Wales climbed from fourth to a second-place finish in Group E behind Croatia, leaving Hungary to attempt to get to the finals via the playoffs in March. Slovakia, which beat Azerbaijan 2-0 on Tuesday, finished in third place and will also contest the playoffs.It will be a second straight Euros for the Welsh, after 2016 in France when they reached the semifinals in their first major tournament in 58 years. That was under Chris Coleman and now they are coached by Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United great who has delivered in his first qualifying campaign in charge of his country.Under Giggs, Wales could be a threat at the Europe-wide tournament held in June and July next year, with its forward line containing Bale and Manchester United’s Daniel James while Ramsey – now at Juventus after leaving Arsenal in the offseason – makes runs from midfield.Much will hinge on the fitness of Bale and Ramsey, who are both injury-prone. This was the first time they started together for Wales since a Nations League qualifier against Denmark last November.”This is where we want to be,” Bale said about Wales reaching a major tournament for only the third time. “We will go there and have some fun again.”He looked like he was having fun after the match as he danced on the field behind a flag whose message was seemingly linked to recent comments made by former Real Madrid player Predrag Mijatovic when discussing Bale’s current priorities at Madrid.Bale, who is big golf fan, has rarely appeared for Madrid in recent weeks because of injury but was able to play for Wales in both of its Euro 2020 qualifiers over the past week.Once again, he shone for Wales. Bale was given time and space to curl in a left-footed cross from the right wing that Ramsey met at the far post to head high into the net. Ramsey’s second goal, in the 47th, was a cool finish from close range after he latched onto an acrobatic effort by substitute Kieffer Moore.”It’s about time he contributed!” Bale said jokingly about Ramsey. “He’s a world class player, it’s great to have him back and his goals helped us through.”The Slovaks could have qualified in second place if the Wales-Hungary match had finished in a draw. They did all they could, winning in Trnava courtesy of Robert Bozenik’s 19th-minute goal and another from Marek Hamsik in the 86th.PERFECT BELGIUMOn the final night of qualifying, top-ranked Belgium completed a perfect campaign in Group I by thrashing Cyprus 6-1 for a 10th straight win.Christian Benteke and Kevin De Bruyne both scored twice, with Yannick Carrasco also on the score sheet and Christoforou Kypros scoring an own goal.Belgium was the most prolific team in qualifying, scoring 40 goals from 15 different players. Roberto Martinez’s side also conceded just three goals.Russia beat San Marino 5-0 and finished second, with its only losses coming against Belgium.BIG WINSGermany and Netherlands were already assured of advancing from Group C and they both finished with big home wins.Serge Gnabry scored a hat trick and Leon Goretzka added two more for Germany in its 6-1 win over Northern Ireland in Frankfurt.Georginio Wijnaldum, standing in as captain, also scored three goals in the Netherlands’ 5-0 victory over Estonia.Germany topped the group, two points ahead of the Dutch. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Gareth Bale laughed and danced with his Welsh international teammates behind a flag that had the message: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In That Order.”The forward can look forward to playing in another major tournament with Wales after helping the national team secure a place in next year’s European Championship on Tuesday. Given the way he celebrated qualification, Bale’s future with Real Madrid might not be so rosy. belgiumEuro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiersflag First Published: November 20, 2019, 3:19 PM IST Gareth Bale happily dancing behind a flag that reads “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order” with his Welsh teammates after their victory is the sort of pettiness we can all get behind.pic.twitter.com/Y5cwZy9pR4last_img read more

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Cabinet Approves GOJ Health Cards

first_imgCabinet has approved the introduction of a Government of Jamaica (GOJ) Health Card, for the first time in the history of Jamaica.Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, June 25.“Among its uses, the card will facilitate proper systems of monitoring and evaluation and the optimization of service delivery channels for pharmaceuticals,”Dr. Ferguson said.He also stated that the phased introduction of this unique card will yield significant benefits through efficiencies in service delivery and overall patient care.The GOJ Health Card will be tied to the individual’s Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) and the Ministry, through the National Health Fund (NHF), will facilitate a simplified and on-going registration process.“The card will facilitate better monitoring and identification. It will also take into account private health insurance, so that instances where charges arise, that can be adequately and quickly covered. We see expedited services arising out of the use of this card,” Dr. Ferguson said.He added that the Ministry will be taking advantage of improved technology to offer a better client experience and “this is why, by a simple swipe, we will be able to identify PATH beneficiaries.”Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

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Alberta likely to take equity stake in Trans Mountain pipeline premier

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province is likely to end up owning a piece of the Trans Mountain pipeline.Ottawa agreed to buy the Alberta-to-British-Columbia crude conduit this spring for $4.5 billion from U.S. company Kinder Morgan.Kinder Morgan had threatened to walk away from a planned $7.4-billion expansion to the line because of resistance from the B.C. government.Notley announced in May that her government would make up to $2 billion available, if necessary, to keep the project going.The federal and provincial governments want Trans Mountain to go ahead because it would enable Canadian crude to be shipped by tanker to countries other than the U.S. market.Notley said at the premier’s annual Stampede pancake breakfast in Calgary that her government is likely to buy a small equity stake in the pipeline.“I think there’s a good possibility … but I honestly can’t get into much more detail on it until all the final decisions are made,” she said Monday.“What I will say is whatever role Alberta takes is one that will absolutely be fiscally responsible and there’s a good, solid business case for it. If anything, it will open up opportunities for other Albertans.”After flipping flapjacks for crowds gathered outside the government’s downtown Calgary offices, Notley met with her cabinet.She told ministers that pieces of pipe have already arrived at yards in the industrial area of Acheson, just outside the pipeline’s starting point in Edmonton, as well as in Edson, Alta., about 180 kilometres to the west.The Acheson site is about a quarter full and the Edson site is half full, Notley said, and construction is on track to begin this month.Trans Mountain would triple the amount of Alberta crude flowing to the B.C. Lower Mainland.Once the expansion is complete, the oil is to be loaded onto tankers and shipped across the Pacific.last_img read more

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UN tribunal convicts five top Serbian officials of war crimes in Kosovo

26 February 2009The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up after the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today convicted five former high-ranking Yugoslav and Serbian officials for crimes against humanity, while former Serbian president Milan Milutinović was acquitted of all charges. Today’s judgment is the first of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for crimes by Yugoslav and Serbian forces against Kosovo Albanians during the 1999 conflict in Kosovo.Prosecutors charged the six defendants with crimes committed during a campaign of terror and violence that aimed to change the ethnic balance in Kosovo to ensure Serbian authorities’ control through criminal means, including deportations, murder and forcible transfers.Former Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Šainović, Yugoslav Army General Nebojša Pavković and Serbian police General Sreten Lukić were each sentenced to 22 years in prison for crimes against humanity and for violating the laws or customs of war.Meanwhile, Yugoslav Army General Vladimir Lazarević and Chief of the General Staff Dragoljub Ojdanić were found guilty of aiding and abetting the commission of a number of charges of deportations and forcible transfer of the Albanian population, for which they each received 15-year sentences.The trial chamber found, after analyzing evidence, that there was a broad violence campaign against Albanian civilians in Kosovo during NATO airstrikes in the Yugoslavia that began on 24 March 1999.This campaign was carried out by army and Interior Ministry police forces, under the control of Yugoslav and Serbian authorities, the ICTY found.“It was the deliberate actions of these forces during this campaign that caused the departure of at least 700,000 Kosovo Albanians from Kosovo in the short period of time between the end of March and beginning of June 1999,” Judge Iain Bonomy said in the courtroom at The Hague.The violence against Kosovo Albanians was intended to force them to leave their homes “in order for the state authorities to maintain control over Kosovo,” the trial chamber found.It was former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević, not Mr. Milutinović, who had direct individual control over the Yugoslav Army during the NATO campaign, the Tribunal said, acquitting the latter on all counts. read more

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Indian Railways to export six stateoftheart train sets to Sri Lanka

All train sets would be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai for which the order is a big boost in its export business. ICF manufactured 2,500 coaches last year and has a target of 3,000 in the current fiscal. (Colombo Gazette) The first rake shipment will take place in September after which it will be put on trial run on Sri Lankan rails.“There will be oscillation trial of the first rake which will be followed by shipment of five more rakes by the year-end or early next year,” the official said.The contract will be funded under the Indian Line of Credit to Sri Lanka announced in 2011. In order to foster regional cooperation with these countries, the government has been extending various lines of credit for funding railway projects for export of Indian Railways-manufactured locomotives and rolling stock. There will be three different type of coaches — AC Executive Class, Second and Third Class — and, as per the Sri Lankan requirement, they will only have seating facility.“The design of coaches is being finalised as per the customer’s choice and ICF has fully geared up to meet the export order in time,” a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the manufacturing process told IANS. Indian Railways is all set to establish its footprint in Sri Lanka with the export of six DMU (diesel multiple units) train sets consisting of 78 modern coaches worth Rs 600 crore, IANS reported.The first DMU train set comprising 13 coaches will be shipped out to the island nation in September while the rest will follow by year-end, as per the delivery schedule finalised by the two countries. DMU train sets do not require separate locomotives as the engines are incorporated into one or more of its coaches. read more

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Nigerias humanitarian crisis can no longer be ignored UN says launching 1

as the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria seeks more than US$1 billion to assist those in crisis in the most affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) throughout 2016, human suffering has become more apparent as the Nigerian Armed Forces pushed Boko Haram out of areas the group had held. The response area shifted from Abuja to Borno state, enabling easier access to the vulnerable population for the humanitarian teams, however, the conflict scaled up and so did the urgent need for more assistance. As such, the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria seeks more than $1 billion to address the needs of those in crisis in the three most affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, about 6.9 million people.“This is the largest crisis on the African continent and I am confident that with the support of the international community and the private sector, we can begin to bring hope to the people of the north-east,” stressed Peter Lundberg, the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, while also complimenting the Government of Nigeria and the initiative behind the Inter-Ministerial Task Force on their full cooperation to address the humanitarian situation. While fear of unexploded improvised devices prevents farmers from planting for a third year in a row, nearly 5.1 million people are expected to face serious food shortages. The Humanitarian Response Plan will aim to tackle urgent nutrition, food, shelter, health, protection, education, and water and sanitation needs. “The narrative on this humanitarian crisis can no longer be ignored and we are appealing to the international community to help us prevent the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians over the coming 12 months,” stated Mr. Lundberg. “The Government have already demonstrated and will continue to demonstrate strong commitment to working together with the international humanitarian community,” said Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State, Ministry of Budget and National Planning of Nigeria. read more

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