Islamic Jihad launches new round of rockets towards Israel

first_imgIslamic Jihad fired a further volley of rockets and mortars from Gaza towards Israel Monday, following a flare-up between the group and the Jewish state that triggered school, road and train closures in southern Israel.  Israel’s army said in a statement that 20 “projectiles” had been fired from the Palestinian enclave on Monday, 18 of them intercepted by its air defence systems.Israeli police images showed that at least one of the projectiles landed in an empty children’s playground. On Sunday, in response to Israel’s killing of a militant along the border, Islamic Jihad launched more than 20 rockets from Gaza into Israel. Israel’s military said it responded to the rockets with airstrikes targeting “terror sites” throughout Gaza as well as near the Syrian capital. The Damascus strike killed two Islamic Jihad fighters and four other Iran-backed militants allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor. Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria, mainly targeting government troops as well as allied Iranian forces and the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah. Israel rarely confirms responsibility for such strikes, but did so on Sunday, describing the target as a base “used as a hub” for Islamic Jihad activities in Syria. – Schools, roads closed -Israel took a series of precautions amid the rocket fire from Gaza.The education ministry ordered 65,000 students in towns near Gaza to stay home, postponing exams at universities in Ashkelon, Sderot and Netivot.  The transport ministry cancelled trains between Ashkelon and Beersheba, a major southern city roughly 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Gaza. The military said Zikim Beach on the Mediterranean Sea just north of Gaza had been closed to visitors. Sunday’s fighting was the most intense between Israel and Islamic Jihad since November, when an Israeli airstrike killed Rasmi Abu Malhous, described as a senior group commander. That strike also killed nine members of a Palestinian family unrelated to the armed group, and was followed by a three-day conflict that left 35 Palestinians dead and more than 100 wounded, according to official figures. There were no Israeli fatalities.Islamic Jihad is allied with Hamas, the Islamist group that has controlled Gaza since 2007.But it has not accepted the informal truce Hamas has agreed with Israel in exchange for an easing of the crippling blockade on Gaza.  Hamas and Israel last fought a full-scale war in 2014, but smaller flare-ups are relatively common.- Bulldozed -The latest escalation with Islamic Jihad came after Israel’s military said Sunday it had killed a militant in Gaza who had tried to plant an explosive device near the border fence. Israel later confirmed that it extracted the militant’s body with a bulldozer.  A video emerged later on social media, which was authenticated by AFP, showing a bulldozer approaching a body while a group of young, apparently unarmed men, were trying to retrieve it. The sound of gunfire is heard and the men ultimately run away as the bulldozer scoops up the body.Israel’s hawkish Defence Minister Naftali Bennett has pursued a policy of retaining the bodies of militants from Gaza as bargaining chips to pressure Hamas, which has held those of two Israeli soldiers since 2014.Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, speaking before a weekly cabinet meeting, called the bulldozer incident “a heinous crime.””(Israel’s) occupation kills Palestinians in cold blood and with images that should shame humanity, and in violation of international law which Israel breaches day and night,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

UEFA president considering future ‘final eight’ format for Champions League

first_imgUEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the single-game knockout format, used in the Champions League this year from the quarter-final onwards, has produced more exciting football than the usual two-legged games and could be revisited in the future. The format was changed in order to allow the competition to be completed in a shorter time-span after the Covid-19 pandemic halted play for several months across Europe in March. Eight clubs headed to Lisbon and the final will be contested later on Sunday, pitting Bayern Munich against Paris St Germain. “We were forced to do it but in the end, we see that we found out something new. So we will think about it in the future for sure,” Ceferin told Reuters in an interview. The UEFA president said that without a second-leg to fall back on, teams have been forced to go for goals. “(There has been) not so many tactics. If it is one match if one team scores then the other has to score as soon as possible. If it is a two-legged system then there is still time to win the next match,” he said. “More exciting matches for sure but of course we also have to think about the fact that we have fewer matches and broadcasters (can) say ‘you don’t have as many matches as before, this is different’ so we will have to discuss when this crazy situation ends.” The ‘final eight’ tournament took place without fans in stadiums and the prospect of supporters from eight clubs descending on one city could cause security issues among other logistical problems. The current format is locked in place contractually until 2024/2025 but discussions are due to begin later this year on the structure for the competition for the next phase. The tournament was played over 11 days and clearing space in the congested international calendar would be another obstacle to overcome but Ceferin is clearly intrigued by the possibilities. “Look for sure it is a very interesting format. Now, I doubt as much as the calendar is now, that we could do a final eight (tournament), because it would take too much time. But a format with one match and a system like it is now, I think it would be much more exciting than the format that was before,” he said. read also:Real Madrid reach first ever UEFA Youth League final “If we would play this system then, but we haven’t discussed with anyone its just an idea, we would play in one city. If you play in one city, you can have a week of football or something like that. But it is far too early to think about it. As well as the Champions League, UEFA has also held a similar tournament to complete the Europa League season and has held the finales to the UEFA Youth League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League. “It was not an easy task, trust me. We are the only organisation in the world which organises international events (with) four events in four countries, which has been an extreme challenge for us,” he said. Over 12,000 Covid-19 tests have been carried on players and staff at the UEFA tournaments. “The most challenging was everything connected to health and this virus which is spreading all around the world. We try to control everybody, to be locked to be, separated from the rest of the world, but it is a huge challenge.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemSan Francisco Runner Makes Art With GPS-Tracking11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanescenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Iceland goalkeeper reveals secrets behind Lionel Messi penalty save

first_img Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson celebrates after their 1-1 draw with Argentina. 3 Considered one of the best players’ in world, Barcelona superstar Messi stepped up from 18-yards but was thwarted by Halldorsson, a part-time film director.And asked how he managed the feat, he told talkSPORT: “It was a best case scenario for me as a goalkeeper going into the first game ever for Iceland at a World Cup and saving a penalty against the best player in the world [Lionel Messi].“It’s just, I really can’t believe it happened.“I looked at a lot of penalties he can go both ways, it’s difficult to read but I had a feeling he would go this way [to the goalkeeper’s right] today.“I looked at how I have been moving and acting in the last couple of penalties, what he’s been doing and I had a feeling he would go that way.” 3 Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson celebrates Alfred Finnbogason’s strike against Argentina. 3center_img A tense first-half saw Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Augsburg forward Alfred Finnbogason trade goals.But the pivotal moment of the match came after 63 minutes when Hordur Magnusson fouled Maximiliano Meza in the penalty area. Iceland’s heroic goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson has told talkSPORT the secrets behind his stunning Lionel Messi penalty save.The European minnows drew 1-1 with Argentina as they proved once again they are tough opponents, despite being a nation of just 348,580 inhabitants. Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson saves Argentina superstar Lionel Messi’s penalty. And a proud Halldorsson was delighted he and his compatriots had shown their ability against top quality opponents.He added: “We are proving it again and again that we are no one-hit wonder. We have a really good team with a strong defence and striker and midfielders who can really hurt when we go for counter attacks. We are a nightmare to play against.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Blazers’ Damian Lillard still upset with Warriors’ move to San Francisco

first_imgChase Center may be the new gold-standard for NBA arenas, but Blazers guard Damian Lillard is no fan of the Warriors’ new home.His biggest complaint? It’s not Oakland, where Lillard grew up and where his heart remains.Lillard, whose Blazers make their first appearance in the Warriors’ new digs Monday night, takes Golden State’s move to San Francisco personally. Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. “There’s a sense of pride in Oakland about …last_img

Putting children’s rights first

first_imgIssues like children’s access to basic services are tackled on the portal. (Image: Unicef South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Andries Viviers  Senior social policy specialist: Unicef SA  +27 12 354 8201 or +27 79 498 4991 RELATED ARTICLES • Let’s learn and honour Children’s Act • South Africa’s child rights hero • Educated Africans teach SA children • Social development in South Africa • Presidency talks to childrenValencia TalaneOnly in its third month of operation, a Policy Action Network (Pan) portal, dedicated solely to the topic of children’s rights and equity, is receiving keen attention from academics and people working in the field.The establishment of Pan: Children was first discussed two years ago, but efforts by the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HRSC) to get it off the ground only started in late 2011. It also enjoys the support of the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPPD), a partnership between the South African government and the EU.Although the Pan platform has been in existence since 2009 – with the Research Use and Impact Assessment Unit of the HSRC as hosts, and funding from the Department of Science and Technology – the conceptualisation of Pan: Children only started a year later.A Unicef South Africa national stakeholders’ meeting held in Pretoria in late 2010 featured the topic of equity and child rights in the country, and delegates set out to find common ground on the causes of inequality.Once the factors that contribute to the poverty and inequality situation were established, the next step, agreed delegates, was to put in place policy action to address those issues. Researchers, policy makers and professionals involved in the field of child law around the world require reliable sources of information on issues informing the socio-economic stature of the country.A few months after the meeting, a roundtable discussion took place in May 2011, where representatives from the Presidency and the Department of Social Development presented under the auspices of the PSPPPD. Again the issue of content relating to child poverty and inequality was highlighted, along with the need for further research into collating information on the topic.“The systematic gathering and storage of data and evidence is crucial for driving an evidence-based national agenda for children,” read the discussion report, “and a platform for sharing data and evidence pertinent to child poverty should be created.”At the end of 2011, Unicef and the HSRC started working on the portal, according to Andries Viviers, senior social policy specialist for Unicef South Africa.“The actual work of building the portal started in June 2012, followed by the launch at the end of August.”Behind the scenesA team of five people is responsible for the content that goes onto the platform. This is made up of four part-time employees, two each from the HRSC and Unicef, while one permanent person keeps it updated on a daily basis.The five have a collective range of qualifications or expertise from economics to child law and social work as well as information technology.Asked if the project encourages students in these disciplines to seek internship opportunities with them, Viviers said that although that is not the case at this stage, there is no saying for sure that things will not be different in the future.“As Pan: Children grows over the next planned phases, there might be possibilities for interns.”More than just an info hubPan: Children has another purpose apart from being a mere information resource. The project’s drivers see it as a way to educate researchers, lawmakers and the global civil society movement on South Africa’s efforts to address inequality.Successes in the legal and socio-economic areas of the country’s development in its 18 years of democracy are shared on the portal. One of the highlights of the 2010 Unicef meeting was the progress made in policies geared towards the emancipation of children.Participants cited successes such as the child grants system, which reaches over 10-million poor children on a monthly basis, as examples. The move to introduce the non-fee school system for pupils from poor families – established to address the problem of low enrolment numbers at foundation phase, especially in the more rural areas – also received attention. A third child-friendly policy, adopted by the government’s health sector, provides for free primary healthcare for pregnant women and children up to the age of six years.Also noted, however, were the challenges that remain in South Africa for the protection of children’s rights and equity, such as poverty, which is caused by a multitude of factors. Another is the continuously high unemployment rate among young people between the ages of 18 and 24.It is under these circumstances that Pan: Children aims to give practical insight into how best to design, implement and evaluate policies that address child poverty and inequities. It will also be helpful for advice on how to best tackle bottlenecks in governing systems.Pan: Children and its usersWith ten different themes to choose from, ranging from child poverty and equality to early childhood development, food and nutrition and the social protection for children, the portal caters for users from a diversity of backgrounds.Each theme hosts documents for reference purposes, varying from policy records to reports from conferences and meetings of both local and international importance.In addition to the content on site, registered users are able to obtain an account, which allows them to add content for editing by the Pan: Children team.This user-generated content can be uploaded under any one of six sections, namely news; debate; events; opportunity; resource and web links.The portal sends out a newsletter every second month – titled From Evidence to Action, it compiles all the key content since the last edition for users.Pan: Children does not, at this point, have social media as part of its offering. Viviers said, however, that the door is not completely closed to expanding the portal in that direction.“Pan: Children’s primary focus is on key evidence-based policy questions in the advancement of child rights and equity in South Africa,” he explained. “The possibilities of social networking are being explored.”Asked whether the addition of this type of element is important to draw a younger audience, Viviers stated that younger internet users – who are primary users of social network sites as well – are not being targeted by the portal.“However, we recognise that children have a right to access information and can play an important role in the policy discourse regarding the fulfilment of their rights,” he said.Thus, he added, this will receive attention as the portal evolves, but also in policy dialogues that will take place as a part of Pan: Children.last_img read more

Brandon Monebrake, April 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are cleaning out beans from grain bins today. We still have a lot of corn left in storage waiting for higher prices. We’re holding quite a bit to see what we can do.We got a bunch of rain Thursday night— 1.6 inches. We got the most rain around here right at the house. The amount of rain drops off in two miles in every direction. The rain came overnight and we didn’t have ponding, but there are some farms around us that had ponding. That set us back. If you go towards Greenville it missed them completely and they are dry. We have a test plot for Brodbeck up by Anderson’s ethanol plant up off of 127. That planted really nice last week. If you go south, they only got an inch or less. We are hoping to start on the farms to the south and hopefully start planting corn tomorrow.Neighbors of ours have 250 acres of corn in the ground. Other neighbors have about 150 acres of each corn and beans in now and another farm has 300 acres of corn in. We have been holding off because we knew that this last weekend was going to have some cooler temperatures and we didn’t want to have those seeds in the ground for the colder weather. The coldest I saw this weekend was 40 degrees.Right now things are looking good and we are getting ready to roll. We’re going to get the corn going and once we get that started, I will spray the corn until I get a couple of fields ahead. Then, hopefully at the end of the week, I will plant soybeans. It wasn’t really warm this weekend but with the wind blowing and the sun, it dried out a good bit on top in the bean stubble. If you get down into it a little, it is sticky but not muddy. The corn stubble is still wet.We have been focused on spraying trying to get the burndown done so when we start planting all we have to do is spray the 28%. The bean ground is starting to look good. The weeds are starting to curl up and turn yellow.The weeds aren’t bad, but they are worse than what we usually get started with. We didn’t want to spray it too early before the beans. Last year we sprayed early and we got the beans in the ground, but before they shaded out the ground the weeds came back hard. We waited on spraying this year so we plant closer to when we sprayed.last_img read more

Sometimes Geocaching Makes You Go… — Nuts (GC41D4C) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedLove is in the air. And locked to a gate. — Love Lock Eeuwige Liefde !?! (GC41QJY) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 12, 2014In “Community”5 Geocaching Dreams — And How to Interpret ThemMarch 3, 2015In “Community”Kuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 9, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Share with your Friends:More Can you spot the geocache? Photo by TattletalesMany of us know it: geocaching can be addicting. It can even make you go a little cache-crazy. Once you have your first “OMG! I found it!” moment, you’re hooked. For those of us in the geocaching community, we know the feeling. For other people who haven’t been introduced to the fun, it might seem like we’re a little nuts. This week’s Geocache of the Week celebrates all of the geocaching nuts throughout the world, because, like the geocache owner says, “After all, is there anyone nuttier than a geocacher?”Nuts (GC41D4C) might seem like another creative looks-like-part-of-the-tree container, but it’s so much more than that. The geocache doubles as a functioning squirrel feeder, so don’t be surprised if you make a furry friend on your geocaching adventure. Also, it’s placed with permission and not in a way that harms the tree. Once you open the first door to the geocache, the fun begins. Geocachers must solve a moving-square puzzle in order to access the geocache. The geocache creators, Tattletales, tells the story of how this geocache came to be, “It took a full week to design and draw up this nutty cache, and another week to construct it.  It’s a challenge to make caches ‘cacher proof’, but strangely enough, this one has never had a mechanical failure!” And regarding keeping this geocache in tip-top shape, they say, “I do spend time adjusting and repairing my caches.  That’s why I plant them close to home.”The puzzle. If you can’t solve it, you can always just eat some of the nuts out of the squirrel feeder part. Photo by TattletalesThe more that 200 geocaching nuts who have solved the puzzle and earned their smiley have awarded this geocache over 150 favorite points so far. They’ve also left many positive logs, like geocacher doogelah, who said, “I really enjoy this sort of cache, where the hunt isn’t too difficult, but the construction is top notch, and you have to engage your brain to finish the task. The first of several favorite points I’m going to award this evening. Thank you for putting such effort in to make caches that are worth a little extra drive!”Regarding all of the positive logs and favorite points, Tattletales says “[We] are delighted with the posts we receive on our caches.  The posts make it all worthwhile.  Reading the posts in the evening is great fun for both of us.  And yes, receiving favorite points is fun too!” And they have a piece of advice for the geocaching community: “Every cache has a value.  They can be in an interesting place, have a fun factor, or just be somewhere that gets you out of your chair to do a bit of exercise.”A creative geocache like this is the perfect example of the type of geocache that can turn a day-to-day geocacher into a geocaching nut. What geocache solidified your geocaching passion? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.The puzzle in action. Animation from this video by geocacher blucheez.Editors note: Thanks for geocacher blucheez for posting a video of this geocache on Check out his full blog post with (Spoiler Alert) videos of a few of Tattletales’ other geocaches.last_img read more

Google Me a “Facebook Killer”? Place Your Bets!

first_imgThe first whisperings about a new product begin and the headlines start talking about how such-and-such is a so-and-so “killer”. The iPad was a Kindle killer, Google Buzz a Twitter killer, and so on. Of course, very few things, if any, are actually killers of any sort, and one site is offering a new take on this idea: put your money where your mouth is.The latest (apparently confirmed) rumor to hit the blogosphere is Google’s in-development entry into social networking, Google Me, called the “Facebook Killer” by more than one blog. In response, sportsbook and betting site YouWager is offering odds on the latest potential “killer” to hit the blogosphere.According to the site, Google Me is on the way soon, will be immediately popular but will likely not, indeed, be the “Facebook Killer” it has been dubbed. See below for the odds (as of this posting) the site is giving on those particular scenarios:Will Google Me launch by Labor Day Weekend?No 75% (-300)Yes 31% (+200)Will Google Me solicit one million users within the first week of launch?Yes 67% (-200)No 50% (+100)Will Facebook go extinct by 2012?No 67% (-200)Yes 50% (+100)If you, like me, aren’t much of a gambler, then here’s an explanation of how the folks at YouWager came up with these numbers and what they mean:The odds are calculated by doing some research on the topic at hand, ie. Trends in the social networking space, popularity of Facebook and more, how far is in the development stages Google Me is, etc.. The percentage is merely the likelihood that the instance will occur. For example, for the first question, there’s a 75% chance that Google Me will launch by Labor Day weekend. Because the percentage is high, the pay out for betters is lower if that instance happens since the odds are high in the favor of the launch not happening. Do you still think Google Me is going to be the next “Facebook Killer”? If so, head on over to YouWager and make some quick bucks, then! Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts mike melansoncenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#Google#news#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

A Travel Day to Miami – Episode 87

first_imgThis is what a travel day to spend some time with the family looks like. A lot of travel, and a lot of editing.last_img

Why I love yoga

first_imgPeople ask me often how I took up yoga as a practice and then as a career. Well, the story goes like this: when I was in school I was not at all oriented academically and never chased grades. However, physical education and sports played a major role for me in school. In fact, I became the sports captain and the only thing on my mind at the time was sports.After I graduated and it was time for me to choose a career I was not sure what I could do with my passion for sports. In any case, physical education was not a very sought after career choice then. Fitness experts were few and far between and it did not occur to me to think of it. So I ended up studying interior design, which was considered a safer option by far. I did quite a few projects, but you know what, deep down I was not happy. I felt a certain emptiness and that’s when I thought of going back to doing what I enjoyed the most and turn my gift into my profession. But I was not sure how to go about it, the road to travel was not entirely clear yet.Then in 2003 I randomly decided to take up yoga. I thought I would do it for six months as a trial and if I didn’t like it I would know I gave it my best shot. To my surprise, I was totally hooked from the start and there was no question of stopping. After this I went to New Zealand and taught yoga there for two months. I’ve never looked back since. I knew it was the start of a new beginning for me-towards becoming a physical trainer and living my dream! It felt like I was a child all over again, doing what I loved doing the most and helping others in my limited way.advertisementWhat yoga gave meThe mind and body I cherish. It has been over seven years now. Yoga has brought about a dramatic change in my attitude and, of course, physically too. I feel I am born with a completely flexible body and doing yoga helps me keep it that way. It not only works physically but helps me mentally by touching my soul. Today I feel complete wellness within myself.It helps in weight loss. Most people come to me seeking weight loss regimes and end up not only with the exercise but also spiritual cleansing that is so integral to yoga! Many people still think yoga doesn’t help you lose weight but that’s wrong. Many yoga postures achieve what most other forms of exercise can’t. I know this as I have seen yoga’s positive effects on my clients. The best thing about yoga is that it helps you tone your muscles and also makes sure you don’t gain excess weight even if you are sometimes irregular in your practice.It puts me in touch with myself. All my clients and others who have done my classes have come upon form of self realisation in the course of practising yoga. Yoga is a way of living healthy and you need to be patient to reap the benefits. It might take a few years of rigorous practice to achieve significant results. Once you do, you can tell the difference. Let me say this once again: yoga revives you not just externally but internally too! This month onwards we shall start this journey of revival in this column. Come join me in it!Payal Gidwani Tiwari is Bollywood’s most celebrated yoga expert. She is also the author of the bestselling book From XL to XS: A Fitness Guru’s Guide to Changing Your Body from Random House India. Visit her website: or call 022 26488055last_img read more