0Shares0000The combative Matuidi is a vital component in the Juventus midfield © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOPARIS, France, Feb 5 – France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi could miss next week’s Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur due to a thigh strain, his club said on Monday.The former Paris-Saint Germain player was injured during Sunday’s 7-0 thrashing of Sassuolo, leaving the field after just 26 minutes. He underwent tests that found a “slight” strain.“More tests are needed to better evaluate for how long he will be out,” Juve said in a statement.The injury could not have come at a worse time with the Italian champions due to face Tottenham in their Champions League last 16 first leg next Tuesday.Matuidi was replaced by Italy international Claudio Marchisio at the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
6 April 2010 South Africans from all walks of life have been called on to rally behind the country’s biggest ever HIV Counselling and Testing campaign, to be launched on a date soon to be announced. Mark Heywood, deputy chairman of the SA National Aids Council, said the campaign could save millions of lives, and urged every South African to support it. “We need everyone to give us a chance to succeed in this campaign,” Heywood said. “We can’t afford for this campaign to be a failure.” Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, outlining his department’s readiness to implement the campaign, said: “We need to stand up and confront our challenge as South Africans.” Through the campaign, the department is targeting South Africans aged 12 and older, with the aim of reaching at least 15-million people by June 2011. Motsoaledi said a number of activities would take place, including the dissemination of information, education and mass mobilization. Other activities will include massive voluntary HIV counselling and testing, wide provision of female and male condoms, and mass skills education for scholars and student. A plan to introduce medical male circumcision on a large scale will also be discussed. “The counseling and testing shall take place at all government hospitals and clinics, all universities and FET [Further Education and Training] campuses, and mobile units will be deployed to villages, rural areas and other remote areas of the country,” Motsoaledi said. He added that the campaign was not only for counselling and testing, but also for blood pressure, hypertension and blood sugar measurement. People will also be screened for tuberculosis. Motsoaledi stressed that HIV testing was confidential, and that people did not need to disclose their status publicly, although he encouraged them to disclose their status to their friends and family. “We are trying to avoid a situation whereby a minister or celebrity discloses his or her HIV status, then the media start chasing other people asking them to disclose,” he said. Source: BuaNews
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Saturday paid tribute to freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on their death anniversary observed as ‘Shaheed Diwas’ (Martyr’s Day), saying the spirit of revolution espoused by them is running in our veins. Gandhi said we will continue to fight the battle for their thoughts and ideals. “Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru are not mere names, they are the spirit of revolution running in our veins,” he tweeted in Hindi. “Their lives make us strong even today and make us free and human. On Martyrs Day, we bow our heads to our bravehearts. We will continue to fight the battle for their thoughts and ideals,” Gandhi wrote.
New Delhi: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications India Ltd (HCIL) Tuesday said they will combine their VSAT satellite operations in the country, with Hughes holding a majority stake in the merged entity. HCIL is a subsidiary of broadband satellite networks and services provider Hughes Network Systems. The combination is aimed at driving scale and efficiencies to serve enterprise and government customers in India, and according to sources, Hughes will hold 67 per cent stake in HCIL, the surviving entity, while Airtel will have 33 per cent stake. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe announcement brings consolidation to the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) industry, after similar moves seen in the past in mobile services and tower markets. VSAT is used to provide satellite based telecom and internet access to individuals and enterprise users, and is used extensively by banks and ATMs. According to Trai estimates, the total number of VSAT subscribers in India stood at 2.87 lakh as in December 2018. The net addition during the quarter was 5,512, a growth rate of 1.96 sequentially. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe subscriber base of Hughes Communications stood at about 1.03 lakh, followed by Airtel (79,604) at the end of December 2018. Other players in VSAT market include Tatanet Services, HCL Comnet, and state-owned BSNL. A market watcher pegged the size of the VSAT market at about Rs 1,000 crore, 65 per cent of which is services and the rest, products. “The combined entity will benefit from enhanced scale, improved operational efficiencies and wider market reach. The combined entity will be well positioned to leverage the demand for secure connectivity in a rapidly growing digital economy,” an Airtel statement said. Hughes will have “majority ownership” in the combined entity while Airtel will have a “significant shareholding”, it added. Hughes and Airtel did not spell out the financial details of the transaction, which is subject to requisite approvals. However, sources said current revenue of HCIL itself is roughly Rs 350 crore. HCIL is the largest satellite service operator in India, and provides broadband networking technologies, solutions, and services for businesses and governments. Airtel is a significant VSAT service provider in India, offering satellite connectivity to unreachable terrains and helping businesses supplement their terrestrial networks with satellite for primary and backup connectivity. “Hughes India and Airtel announce new satellite venture to serve enterprise and government customers in India. Combination of India’s leading VSAT operators brings needed scale, efficiencies and reach to enable the networks that power Digital India,” a joint statement said. The combined entity will be positioned to introduce new VSAT and related technologies to deliver a range of products and services, and will continue to serve existing Hughes and Airtel customers. Partho Banerjee, President and Managing Director, Hughes Communications India, said these are exciting times for satellite broadband service providers as VSAT becomes mainstream, driven by growing demand from enterprise and government segments. “We are very excited about the synergies that this partnership will bring to the Indian ecosystem,” Banerjee said. Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business said the partnership will bring synergies to the forefront and combine the capabilities of both companies. “We are pleased to combine our VSAT operations with Hughes to serve the connectivity needs of Digital India,” he said.
London: UK Prime Minister Theresa May could set a date for her resignation in the coming day, said Graham Brady, the chairman of an influential committee of backbench Conservative MPs, the media reported on Saturday. Speaking to the BBC, Brady said he expects a “clear understanding” of that timetable once she has met the 1922 Committee — an elected body of Conservative MPs that represents backbenchers and oversees the party’s leadership contests — which she will do on Wednesday. He said the 1922 Committee had asked her to give “clarity” about her plans for the future, and she had “offered to come and meet with the executive”. “It would be strange for that not to result in a clear understanding (of when she will leave) at the end of the meeting.” The Prime Minister has that said she will step down when her Brexit deal is ratified by Parliament, but some MPs want a fixed date. When asked about running for the party leadership, Brady told the BBC: “It would take an awful lot of people to persuade me. “I’m not sure many people are straining at the leash at the moment to take on what is an extraordinarily difficult situation.” In March, Mrs May pledged to stand down if and when Parliament ratified her Brexit withdrawal agreement, but did not make it clear how long she intends to stay if no deal is reached. The UK had been due to leave the European Union on March 29, but the deadline was pushed back to October 31 after Parliament was unable to agree a way forward.
LieStrong. That’s how you summarize the disappointment of something being too good to be true. That’s what you call a “cocktail, so to speak, [of] EPO … transfusions and testosterone” that allows you to win the hardest race in the world. That’s what you call “one big lie, that [was] repeated a lot of times.” And for now it seems, that’s what a once-special message of empowerment and inspiration has been reduced to amid the surging news of Lance Armstrong’s confession to using performance-enhancing drugs. On Monday, it was revealed that Armstrong finally admitted, in some capacity, to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey — it aired for the first time Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The confession was not the first stick in the spokes for Armstrong – he has been the subject of various doping allegations for more than a decade. In October, his seven consecutive Tour de France titles were vacated due to the allegations and he was banned from competition for life. In recent sports history, the prevalence of steroid-use has become basic sports knowledge. We’ve seen it many times – from the forfeiture of Marion Jones’ five Olympic medals to the discussion of whether to add an asterisk on Barry Bonds’ home run record. We’ve heard the “I was just trying to keep up” or “Everyone was doing it” excuses repeatedly, and many times we’ve sympathized and forgiven these transgressors. But for some reason, this time is different. This time I’m offended. We’re talking about an incredible story. This was a guy who, only 25 years old, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer that had spread extensively – including to his lungs and brain. Against all odds, he beat it. After starting an immensely popular foundation that supports cancer survivors, he did the impossible again by winning the Tour de France so many consecutive times that he needed two hands to show us. He was the good guy. The one you wanted to root for. You didn’t have to know a thing about cycling to love Armstrong and everything he stood for. The wristbands were cool too. So it stings to know with certainty that he cheated. But it doesn’t end there. As details continued to surface, we learned that Armstrong channeled the same intense desire to survive cancer into keeping his cheating hidden at all costs. We learned that he’s not the good guy we thought he was. It was all just a shameless case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The indications of various investigations and reports are disturbing. They assert that for years he viciously attacked and destroyed the reputations of friends and former-teammates who spoke out against him. He sued those with the courage to accuse him for libel and took their money when he won – knowing they had told the truth. He made suspicious monetary contributions to cycling regulation organizations, presumably to conceal his doping. As a captain, he led his team in a ruse that has been described by he U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” It’s playing out like a “Law and Order” episode, and it’s pretty clear that he’s the bad guy at the end. It was expected that his admission of guilt Thursday night would be limited, so as to minimize the legal repercussions of aggressively lying for over a decade. When asked by Oprah, “Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performances?” His answer was simple. “Yes.” So he did confess, but there were conflicting cues throughout; as if he had more disdain for getting caught than actually doing it. As the interview rolled on, it was the words Armstrong wouldn’t say – a truly sincere “I’m sorry” with the details to support it – that spoke louder than anything else. The tangential mentions of feeling justified and unfairly accused were other indications that he still hasn’t come to terms. We needed him to show true remorse, maybe not to the extent that guilty children do when they rub one leg behind the other and avoid eye contact, but close. Something meaningful. Anything. Instead, we watched Armstrong, with pursed lips, talk about a “flawed man” and a “bully” as if he were speaking about a bad-egg son. The personal ownership and responsibility were lacking – just as it has been for years. The interview was a pedal in the right direction, but there needed to be more. Maybe we’ll see that in the second part of the interview that airs Friday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. There’s no doubt in my mind that Armstrong is a phenomenal athlete. Perhaps he was the greatest cyclist of all time and the most dominant we’ve ever seen an athlete be in their sport. But we’ll never know because he cheated. It’s that simple. But it doesn’t seem that even Armstrong, a self-described “fierce competitor,” believes that he was the best. “Do you think it’s humanly possible to win the Tour de France, without doping, seven times in a row?” asked Oprah. “Not in my opinion,” he responded. So maybe we shouldn’t believe it either. Armstrong has a long race to redemption, and whether he finishes is something that remains to be seen. Until then, in my mind, there’s an important modification that needs to be made because it wasn’t a miracle – much less one that happened seven times: LiveStrong*.
Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cissé has revealed that Zinedine Zidane tried to convince him to join Real Madrid in 2002Cissé rose to prominence at French club AJ Auxerre and he twice finished top of the Ligue 1 scoring charts in his six seasons of senior level football at the club.After scoring 70 times in 128 games for Auxerre, a £16m deal was announced for Cisse by Liverpool in 2004.But the Frenchman claims that the Reds were not the only club interested in him at the time.“In my final year at Auxerre, I had already signed a pre-contract with Liverpool. And in 2002, during the Japan & South Korea World Cup, I got settled in my room with Sylvain (Wiltord),” he told RMC Sport.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I am in my room all alone at this point, and I hear a knock on the door. It is Zizou (Zidane) and I am like ‘oh no, what have I done, I am 20, I have only just arrived, why me.’ He says sit down I need to speak with you.“Zizou says that at Real Madrid we are interested in you, that we want you to come and play for us. I look at him, I say honestly, I don’t know how to say no to you, but I have already signed a pre-contract… and even in training (at Real Madrid) I wouldn’t be good enough to be in the squad, look who was playing then.“I thought it was impossible if I joined Real Madrid, it would stop my progress. Van Nistelrooy was still there. I didn’t think it was the right club for me. I signed for Liverpool. People speculated a lot and said I could have joined a better club.”Cisse managed 24 goals in 79 games for Liverpool and scored a spot-kick in a penalty shoot-out from the club’s famous comeback win against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.Cisse now plays for Italian Serie D side Vicenza.
The English Premier League is currently in the edge of the relegation zone, but this week they play against two teams at the bottom of the table.With 25 points in 26 matches, Newcastle United is currently in the 16th position of the English Premier League table.The Magpies is dangerously close to the relegation zone, as they are just one point ahead of 18th-place Southampton.But this week is very important for them, as they will play against lower-table teams Huddersfield Town and Burnley.“It would be silly to think that we don’t care,” winger Matt Ritchie told The Chronicle.“Every player is playing for themselves, their futures, or whatever they have for themselves – but we also understand we are at a big football club in Newcastle United.”“We want success and success in different places is different. For us, to stay in the Premier League is a success,” he continued.“We need to keep working the way we have done. I said in an interview the other day that our performances levels have been high.”“We have managed to pick up some points but we need to continue that.”“We need more good performance levels. I am sure with that will come the points we required,” the midfielder continued.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Newcastle’s next rivals Huddersfield are at the bottom of the relegation zone with 11 points.And Burnley is just two points ahead of the Magpies in the 15th position.“Every game is huge now, every week,” he said.“Where would we be without the win over Man City? The bottom three.”“That shows how tight it is and that every game is huge, whether they’re in the top two, top six or the bottom three – every game is huge,” he added.“We approach every game with the mentality we can get three points. If we don’t get three we want one.”🎥 Rafa Benítez spoke to NUFC TV after today’s 1-1 friendly draw against CSKA Moscow in Spain.Watch the full interview for free: https://t.co/yPEpAuCEXO #NUFC pic.twitter.com/UkpNceB32S— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 16, 2019
Updated: 10:37 PM John Soderman Posted: July 26, 2018 Mayor Faulconer calls for reform in water bill accuracy Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 26, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Thursday called for “sweeping reform” within the Public Utilities Department following widespread complaints of inaccurate water billing from late 2017 into this year.Reports by City Auditor Eduardo Luna’s office and business consulting firm West Monroe Partners found that meter reading employee errors, lack of oversight and insufficient quality control led to billing complaints, in addition to scheduled rate increases, higher water use after drought restrictions were lifted as well as a longer billing cycle between September and December.Though only a “very small percentage” of bills had to be adjusted after being received by a customer — one-fifth of a percent — Faulconer called for the immediate implementation of 18 auditor-recommended reforms related to strengthening quality control and human meter reader oversight; proactively analyzing billing, water use and call volume data; and improving public communications and customer service attitudes.“Percentages don’t matter if you are the one that is overbilled — even one wrong bill is too many,” Faulconer said. “…The department needs to rebuild the trust that has been lost.”Overall, most recommendations are expected to be implemented by Jan. 1, according to the city.Luna’s audit analyzed 1.3 million water bills from 2017, and found that roughly 21,000 bills, 1.6 percent, showed double or more than double the previous billing period’s usage. That doesn’t mean customers were incorrectly billed.Overall, the utilities department flagged 57,117 potentially anomalous bills for additional review, adjusted 18,728 bills before they were sent to customers and another 2,750 after customers received an incorrect bill.Luna’s audit found that human error caused the largest amount of incorrect bills.Of the department’s 36 meter readers, 10 were responsible for more than half the readings corrected before billing and 71 percent of rebillings for 2017.Meter readers need to be more accurate, supervisors need to be more attentive and management needs to provide better training and tools to ensure accurate billing, Faulconer said.Recommendations from the recently completed audits include proactive customer outreach regarding water use, conservation efforts, advanced notice of billing cycle and rate changes; developing employee performance metrics to reduce the number of errors and skipped readings; and overhauling programs that analyze misreads, estimated bills and customer call volume.Deployment of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure program should also help, according to the audits.Separate city audits are expected for the smart metering program and utilities department’s customer service wing.Faulconer also said he’s ordered a review of the entire Public Utilities Department.“We must change the culture of this department to consistently deliver the excellent services San Diegans expect,” he said. John Soderman,