The Gates Foundation informed the State government that it was eager to collaborate with it on techniques to bring under control vector-borne and water-borne diseases, drinking water supply, sanitation, mother and child nutrition and enhance agricultural productivity.Priority of schemesUttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar said the MoU would be signed soon after assessing “department-wise programmes and priority of schemes as per the needs of the State.”Mr. Adityanath apprised Mr. Gates of the efforts taken by the State to tackle Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and other vector-borne diseases. The State government came under sharp criticism a few months ago when 30 infants allegedly died of shortage of oxygen supply in Gorakhpur and since then it has promoted measures taken to address AES and JES.As per the State government, it successfully vaccinated 92 lakh children in 38 districts in May-June. This was followed by the Indradanush programme under which 26 lakh children who had missed out on the earlier programme were vaccinated in 37 districts.“Eliminating the menace of JE and AES is one of the top priorities of government, and Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College has been at the forefront of this mission,” Mr. Adityanath said.Also Read The foundation run by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and wife Melinda will support the Uttar Pradesh government in intensifying vaccination programmes for diseases like Japanese Encephalitis and cerebral fever, officials said on Friday.An MoU will soon be signed between the two sides for collaboration and support on the issues of maternal and child health, vaccination, agricultural productivity and sanitation, among others.Also Read Rajnath asks Bill Gates to adopt 1,000 Maoist-hit villages The Uttar Pradesh government is seeking the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in “technical, managerial and programme designs,” a government spokesperson said.The MoU will be signed for five years.Fresh collaborationThe fresh collaboration between the State government and the Gates Foundation came on a day its founder, Bill Gates, along with his team held a high-level meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here.Mr. Gates and Mr. Adityanath discussed a range of topics on which the Gates Foundation could provide technical support to Uttar Pradesh.The subjects ranged from tackling tuberculosis, child malnutrition, maternal health to sewage treatment, soil-mapping techniques, sanitation and waste management.Also Read Bill Gates positive to N. Chandrababu Naidu plea for tech help Bill Gates commits to work with U.P. government on welfare schemes Anganwadi centresMr. Gates expressed his willingness to work on the issue of “strengthening anganwadi centres to tackle the issue of child malnutrition and fortify their diets through existing government programmes.”There are two lakh anganwadi centres and the State government wants the Gates Foundation to develop software so that the health of children and women at these centres can be tracked accurately.The Microsoft founder has also communicated to the government that his Foundation would support it in soil mapping through latest techniques and increase level of awareness among farmers to use better seeds.“We are already working with the Union Government and would love to work with U.P. too,” Mr. Gates was quoted as saying by the Chief Minister’s communication department.The Gates Foundation has proposed technical help to the government in sanitation and waste management, while willing to deploy mobile-based nutrition systems in anganwadis.The State government has invited the Gates Foundation to lead a pilot project for sanitation along the banks of the Ganga in Unnao.While welcoming Mr. Gates to Lucknow, Mr. Adityanath gifted him an idol of Lord Buddha.
The State government’s project to provide smart-card based driving licences to crores of commuters has been cleared. A high-power committee (HPC) has shortlisted six firms of the 20 bidders to provide 10 lakh cards in the first phase. Digitisation of records“We have cleared one tender work (smart card) and are re-inviting tenders for the other, which is the digitisation of records,” Principal Secretary (Transport) Ashish Kumar Singh told The Hindu on Tuesday.New systemThe Smart Card Operating System for Transport Application (SCOSTA)-certified cards, a new system developed by the National Informatics Centre, is being awarded to a consortium which has the capability of manufacturing or supplying at least 10 lakh smart cards every year.Among other conditions to be fulfilled are a centralised printing facility at Andheri, an additional facility at Nagpur, and decentralised printing at 50 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs). “A new condition has been added of having a centralised printing facility at Pune as well,” a senior official said.The SCOSTA cards will replace existing paper certificates needed for registrations. The RTOs are currently issuing paper certificates to motorists after the services of M/s Rosmerta Technologies was terminated in 2014. According to official data, a total of 73,63,513 paper transactions are carried by RTOs every year. Of these, 28,88,395 transactions in paper are created to issue learner’s licences, officials said. ₹250 crore projectMotorists have been demanding smart card certificates as the paper work is tedious. The tender for the ₹250-crore project has been revised twice in the past. “On review of the operational and logistics issue in printing and delivery, we changed the specification again. This time we have added Nagpur and Pune as a requirement to have additional printing facilities,” said an official.
To avoid repeat of violence near the Koregaon Bhima war memorial in Pune district on January 1, 2018, the police has taken preventive action against 1,200 people, including barring some from entering the area and externment of some others.Senior police officials said that those who have been prohibited from visiting Koregaon Bhima and the surrounding area include right-wing Hindu leader Milind Ekbote and members of the left-leaning cultural group Kabir Kala Manch (KKM). Addressing a joint press conference here, Pune Rural Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil said “preventive action” has been taken against 1,211 people under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). This includes barring 64 people from visiting the surrounding area, he said.Delay tacticsMeanwhile, Ambedkarite outfits have accused the police of dragging their feet over investigations into the clashes which left one person dead.Till date, 23 FIRs have been registered by the Pune Rural Police. While 22 of these were registered at different police stations across Pune and other districts a week within the violence, one was registered as recently as December 3.However, Rahul Dambale, president, Republican Yuva Sena, told The Hindu that “Only 104 people, of the 1,400-odd people identified as rioters, have been arrested or investigated till date. This is less than 10% of the total accused.” Besides, though FIRs were filed, not a single charge sheet has been filed by the Pune Rural Police and other investigating agencies. Mr. Dambale further points out that what most people overlook is that violence continued after the clashes of January 1, with nine Dalit shops and establishments being torched by mobs on January 2.The last FIR, registered on December 3, was based on a complaint by 55-year-old Mangal Kailas Kamble, whose house and shop was burnt by a mob on January 2.“Even after so many months of importuning them, the Shikrapur police refused to take notice of my complaint. It is only after a video clip showing the mob gutting my house and shop surfaced that the police finally took action,” said Ms. Kamble.Questioning the inexplicable delay on part of the police, a number of Dalit outfits have demanded that the government and the police administration come out with a ‘white paper’ to clear the air on the status of the investigation.“The trouble is that the police do not tell us anything about the progress of the case. There is ample evidence against the rioters at hand in terms of video footage,” said Milind Ahire of the Bahujan Republican Socialist Party.
Advocates for science communication in the United Kingdom have expressed “deep concern” about a change to the Civil Service Code for public workers, including researchers at government agencies. The three-sentence addition, put into place on 16 March, requires that all contact with media be approved in advance by the minister in charge of the relevant agency.The Science Media Centre (SMC) in London and two other organizations fear that the policy change will hinder communication of science by preventing government scientists from responding to journalists quickly enough to meet their deadlines. “They’re already a bit quiet,” says SMC Director Fiona Fox. “If this makes them more quiet, that’s a bad thing.” Similar restrictions on media contact in Canada have led to delays in granting interviews with scientists and omission of Canadian research from media stories.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)SMC today called on the U.K. government to reconsider the change and at least exempt scientists. The Association of British Science Writers and Stempra, a network of science public relations workers, also signed the letter, addressed to Francis Maude, the minister for the Cabinet Office, which made the change. “We believe this will have a negative impact on the public understanding of science and the quality of the public discourse on some of the most important and contentious issues of our times,” the groups wrote.In a response to concerns from unions, Maude wrote that the change was simply to “provide clarity” on existing policy about media contact and reassured that it would not lessen protection for whistleblowers. But a union of 18,000 senior civil servants known as the FDA is not convinced. “Whatever exemptions may have been made for whistle-blowing, the unnecessary and unjustified changes made to the Civil Service Code will have the effect of making civil servants think twice before dealing with or responding to the media,” said FDA General Secretary Dave Penman in a statement. The FDA has launched a petition to change the policy.
Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Junia Louise Quintanilla Gabasa replaced Saso, who also won the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Invitational last year, in the seven-athlete lineup.Included in the roster to the Aug. 19-30 Games were Ruperto Zaragosa, Luigi Paolo Wong, Jolo Timothy Wong and Carl Jano Corpus for the men’s individual and team events. Completing the cast are Lois Kaye Lo Go and Constantino.Filipino golfers missed the medal podium two years ago in Singapore after a double-gold performance by Princess Superal in the women’s individual and team events with Katrina Pelen-Briones and Clare AmeliaLegaspi during the 2013 edition in Burma.The SEAG golf competition in KL will be held at the Mines Resort City Golf Club in Selangor.Saso’s absence will mean losing one more potential gold medal for the Philippines after Filipino-American doubles specialist Treat Huey pulled out from the Games last week.ADVERTISEMENT Marcial to skip AIBA C’ships for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Filipino-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso will skip the coming 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, another downer for the Philippine bid to reach its target of 50 gold medals.Tom Carrasco, the Philippine Olympic Committee’s pointman in the athlete selection process for the Games, said the National Golf Association of the Philippines informed the task force on the exclusion of the 15-year-old World Junior Girls champion.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Saso also led the PH team to the title last year in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada after joining hands with Harmie Nicole Constantino and Sofia Angela Legaspi for a nine-stroke victory over South Korea.She subdued Jennifer Chang of the United States by six strokes for the individual trophy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was told by the NGAP that she has other commitments during the SEA Games. She was already removed from the delegation,” said Carrasco.Saso reached the semifinals of the US Women’s Amateur Golf Championship last year in Pennsylvania.
Stephen Curry moves to third on all-time 3-point list MOST READ Spain’s Rafael Nadal gestures during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia— Rafael Nadal knew it was inevitable that sooner or later the Big Four would become the Big Three.That Andy Murray is the first of the long-time leading four in men’s tennis to signal the end of his career is something Nadal has to keep in perspective.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “But being honest, when somebody like him, that he achieved almost everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he’s doing for such a long time already … probably he does the right thing for his mental health.”Nadal has missed long periods of tennis because of injuries throughout his career, still managing to amass 17 major titles, but has never contemplated a date for retirement.“I didn’t arrive to that point. I am a positive guy. I always had the feeling that we’ll fix it,” he said. “But, of course, there is periods of time that you don’t see the light. Is tough.”Federer has credited improvements in travel, in nutrition and in life balance for giving modern tennis players the ability to extend their careers well into their 30s. He was 35 and coming off a long injury layoff when he revived his career with an Australian Open title in 2017. He successfully defended the title last year, his 20th major.Nadal’s plan for longevity revolves around playing fewer tournaments and resting whenever he has persistent injuries. That became less of an option for Murray, who is contemplating further surgery just to cut down on the pain he feels when he’s doing such simple things as putting on his shoes and socks.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The No. 2-ranked Nadal enters the Australian Open as a legitimate title contender along with No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3-ranked Roger Federer, both six-time champions at Melbourne Park. Nadal is 32. Djokovic turns 32 in May, a week or so after Murray. Federer is 37.Five-time finalist Murray plans to start the tournament in Australia, but he has conceded it could be his last after 20 months of struggling to overcome a long-time injury. The severe pain from his surgically repaired right hip is restricting his movement and he has already flagged he’ll retire after Wimbledon — if he can keep playing that long.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMurray practiced on Saturday at Melbourne Park not long before Nadal appeared at a news conference to talk about his health after three months out of competitive tennis and his prospects at the Australian Open, the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that he hasn’t won at least twice.“Yeah, of course is very bad news,” Nadal said of Murray’s tearful news conference the previous day. “Will be a very important loss for us, for the world of tennis, for the tour, for the fans, even for the rivals that he have been part of a great rivalry between the best players for a long time, and a great competitor. LATEST STORIES View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “Seems like he had not very long career because today players are playing that long. But he’s 31 — 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career,” Nadal said. “We will miss him. But today is him. Tomorrow another one. We are not 20 anymore. Our generation, everyone is more than 30s.”The Big Four have dominated the men’s circuit for more than a decade and shared around the major titles with few exceptions, such as Stan Wawrinka’s wins at the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French and the 2016 U.S Open, and Marin Cilic’s victory at the 2014 U.S. Open.There’s a crop of other players coming through, including No. 4-ranked Sasha Zverev, but much of the attention in the first the couple of days at Melbourne Park will be on Nadal, Murray and Djokovic — who went through juniors together — and Federer.Nadal will open against Australian James Duckworth in the second match Monday on Rod Laver Arena. Federer has a night match against Denis Istomin on the same center court.Murray is scheduled to play No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday at Melbourne Arena, the third of the show courts. Djokovic is on the other side of the draw and will start on Day 2.Nadal recalled a younger Murray — “a little bit a bad boy” — in the under-13s and 14s, but was full of praise for how his Scottish friend had evolved.“At the end of the day you appreciate a lot your rivals because you shared lot of important moments in our lives,” he said. “I always had good relationship with him. We shared courts in the most important stadiums in the world, competing for the most important things. That’s impossible to forget.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
French Open: Storm brewing for Rafael Nadal as ‘offensive’ Stan Wawrinka stands in way of 10th title
It has been a breeze for Rafa Nadal so far at this year’s French Open — but a storm is brewing.Even by the Spaniard’s ridiculously high standards at a tournament where he has won 78 of his 80 matches since bounding into town like a runaway bull in 2005, the way he has reached a 10th final has been astonishing.The 31-year-old has not conceded a set and dropped only 29 games in six rounds — two more than Bjorn Borg’s 1978 record when he destroyed Guillermo Vilas in the final.Yet standing in the way of the Mallorcan from becoming the first player in the professional era to win the same grand slam title 10 times is a highly-destructive Swiss; not 18-times major winner Roger Federer but the barrel-chested Stan Wawrinka.Wawrinka was at his belligerent best against world number one Andy Murray in a semi-final classic, striking 87 winners in a five-set duel that would have graced any final.Late bloomer Wawrinka, 32, has won each of the three grand slam finals he has contested and possesses the kind of baseline firepower Nadal is yet to face so far in the past fortnight.Described as ‘scary’ by three-times former grand slam champion Mats Wilander, Wawrinka will not be taking a backwards step when play commences on Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday when the temperatures are expected to soar into the 80s.Should Wawrinka repeat his scintillating 2015 victory over Novak Djokovic, he would become the oldest man to lift La Coupe des Mousquetaires since 34-year-old Andres Gimeno in 1972.advertisementThe last Grand Slam clash between the pair came at Melbourne Park in 2014 when Wawrinka beat a hobbling Nadal to claim his first Grand Slam title.It was a breakthrough moment for the Swiss, but even then there was a sense he still felt like an imposter at the top table of men’s tennis.Three years on and there is little doubt Wawrinka truly believes he belongs alongside the best and that when the stakes are highest, he brings it all to court.”Mentally I’ve become a different player,” Wawrinka, who has won three of his last six matches against Nadal having lost the first 12, told reporters.”When I arrive in a big match, it’s like closing, switching off everything in my body except my brain which I put in winning mode.”Rafa’s track record on clay is amazing. He’s the best player we have ever had. So, of course I can lose but I’m extremely confident about what I do. I know that mentally when I’m there, it’s difficult to beat me.”Nadal, who tops the match-wins list this year with a 42-6 record, including a 23-1 stretch on clay, knows the threat.But with La Decima within touching distance and the chance to claim a 15th grand slam title after a three-year hiatus, it will take Wawrinka at his fiery best to stop him.”It’s true that when he hits hard, he hits really hard,” Nadal said. “Stopping him can be difficult. I do not want him to play his game, which means I need to make sure I don’t let him be in that position where he can hit hard.”I will have to do everything I can to keep him from playing aggressively. If I can play long balls, if I can hit hard, if I can do that, well, I think I will be able to control him.”Whoever wins goes second in the ATP rankings list on Monday — a three-year high for Nadal and a career high for Wawrinka.
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Volkswagen said on Thursday it would stop producing its Beetle compact car in 2019, ending a model that looked backward to the 1960s counterculture as the automaker prepares for a leap toward a future of mass-market electric cars.The original VW Beetle, developed in the 1930s, made a journey from a product identified with Adolf Hitler to a symbol of Germany’s rebirth as a democratic, industrial powerhouse after World War Two. In the 1960s, the Beetle was a small-is-beautiful icon of the postwar baby boom generation. Volkswagen discontinued U.S. sales of the “bug” in 1979, but continued production for Mexico and Latin America.In the mid-1990s, at a time when Volkswagen was struggling to rekindle sales in the United States, then-Chief Executive Ferdinand Piech pushed to revive and modernize the distinctive Beetle design pioneered by his grandfather, Ferdinand Porsche. The result was a crescent-shaped car called the “New Beetle,” launched in 1998, which offered playful touches such as a built-in flower vase.The New Beetle was a hit during its early years, with sales of more than 80,000 in the United States in 1999, but recently the car’s U.S. sales have suffered along with most other small cars. Overall, VW has sold about 500,000 Beetles globally since 1998, the company said.Volkswagen sold a total of 11,151 Beetles in the United States through the first eight months of 2018, down 2.2 percent from the same period a year earlier. U.S. consumers looking for a small Volkswagen vehicle overwhelmingly prefer the Jetta sedan or a Tiguan compact sports utility vehicle. The Jetta, Tiguan, and Beetle are built for North America and other markets at a factory in Mexico.advertisementThe end of the Beetle comes at a turning point for Volkswagen. The German automaker’s last three years have been rocked by the fallout from a scandal caused by its admitted cheating on diesel emissions tests. Now, Volkswagen is gearing up to launch a wave of electric vehicles to appeal to a new generation of environmentally conscious consumers – children and grandchildren of the 1960s Beetle enthusiasts.In a statement announcing the end of the Beetle, Hinrich Woebcken, head of Volkswagen of America, said that as the company ramps up its electrification strategy, there are no plans to replace the Beetle. However, his statement did not rule that out someday. He noted the company’s I.D. Buzz, a prototype for a 21st Century reincarnation of the microbus. The automaker has said it intends to put a vehicle similar to the I.D. Buzz into production as an electric vehicle.(With inputs from Reuters)
Touch Football Australia announced the induction of three new members to the prestigious Hall of Fame during the 2007 National Touch League.Dean Russell, Stacey Gregory, and Gary Lawless were honored for their record of long and distinguished service to the sport in Australia in a ceremony during the Open and 20 Years NTL Finals day. All three have been outstanding contributors and servants to the sport over an extended period of time and have been appropriately awarded with one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on an individual in the game in this country by the parent body.The trio’s induction swells the number of members in the Hall of Fame to nineteen. There are thirteen men and six women, all of whom are regarded as champions of the game.Gary Lawless who has represented Australia at five World Cups across the Men’s Open, Men’s 30s, and 35 Years divisions, has 41 World Cup caps to his credit and 6 Test matches, giving him a total of 47 appearances in the green and gold.‘Ginger’Lawless is revered as one of Australia’s best ever players. A master tactician, he was renowned for his toughness, skill level, and intelligence in both attack and defence and played a pivotal role in raising the standard of touch in the Australian Capital Territory during the 1980s and 1990s.He continues to be involved in the sport, coaching and playing in the 2007 Southern Suns Men’s 40s team at this year’s Senior NTL.Stacey Gregory has attended four World Cups across the Mixed Open and Women’s 30s divisions from 1988-2003. She played 38 World Cup games and 9 Test matches, posting 47 games for her country.Many keen observers of the game rate her as the best Mixed player to have ever represented Australia. A hard working and industrious middle, Gregory was also blessed with exceptional ball skills and vision, and fantastic leadership that left many people in awe of her ability to marshal teams and direct them around the park.Dean Russell has attended five World Cups and made 56 appearances for Australia, comprising 43 World Cup games and 13 Test Matches as a player, coach, or assistant coach.Russell has had an exceptional 2007, being granted the honour of being Australia’s joint Flag bearer at the 2007 World Cup, alongside four time Australian Women’s Open World Cup player, Amanda Judd.He assistant coached the Australian Women’s Open team in Stellenbosch South Africa in January where they reaffirmed their position as Australia’s most successful Women’s sporting team at World Cup level by maintaining a 19 year 55 Game winning streak in six pristine World Cup campaigns.Dean Russell and Stacey Gregory have been teammates at club, regional, State, and National Mixed level since 1989 and it is fitting that the two close friends have been inducted into the Hall of Fame together.Dean Russell reflected on the trio’s induction into the TFA Hall of Fame.“It’s a huge honour, a tremendous accolade. Gary Lawless would be in my top three of all time great Open Men’s players in this country – he literally carried ACT on his shoulders for a lot of years. Stacey is the best female Mixed player ever – full stop. To have played with her for so long and to have us both inducted at the same time makes the honour even more special. I’m just humbled by it all. Leading Australia out with the flag in the World Cup was tremendous, and this on a par with that overwhelming sense of pride.” Dean said.The induction of the three luminaries to the Hall of Fame filled Russell with pride.“It’s not a selfish pride, it’s pride that we are recognizing our history and building tradition. Lots of younger players were asking who Gary Lawless was, and this helps us piece together our history and gives young people something to aspire towards – it’s just unbelievable to think of your name being mentioned in the same breath as giants of the game like Karen Smith, Mark Bolland, Terry Jacks, and the rest. You hope some young kid sees that and would one day want to be acknowledged in a similar way” Dean said.The full list of the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame Members is:Terry Jacks 1988Karen Smith 1988Lisa Neal 1991Ray Lawrence 1990Kerry Norman 1991Glenys Woolcock 1991Ron Wall 1991Mick Mc Call 2003Mark Boland 2003Scott Notley 2003Craig Pierce 2003Katrina Toohey 2003Bob Brindell 2003Peter Mc Neven 2004Peter Bell 2004Rick Borg 2004Gary Lawless 2007Stacey Gregory 2007Dean Russell 2007 2003 2003 2003 2003 004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2003 2003 2004 2004
Bhopal: The Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh Wednesday presented its maiden budget aiming to please various sections of society wherein it has proposed to allocate Rs 132 crore for the welfare of bovines and hiked grant to the state Waqf Board and Haj committee.The budget, presented by Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot, also proposes a three-fold hike in the honorarium for the priests working in the registered temples. The minister said a budgetary allocation of Rs 8,000 crore has been made to waive remaining loans of the farmers in the state. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!He said the ruling Congress had written off loans worth Rs 7,000 crore of 20 lakh farmers within 128 days of coming to power. “A provision has been made to generate employment for youths under which the skill training programme would be given an impetus. “Besides, the grants for the Madhya Pradesh Waqf Board and the Haj committee have been hiked. More than Rs 821 crore has been earmarked for the OBC and Minorities Department,” Bhanot said. “Scriptures revere cows and for this a grant of Rs 132 crore has been proposed for the welfare of bovines,” he said, adding that the private sector would also be roped in for this purpose. Bhanot also said that the budget proposes a three-fold hike in the honorarium for the priests working in registered temples.
Gurugram: Headed by District Commissioner Amit Khatri, a commitee of experts have identified eight accident-prone sites at Golf Course Road which is popularly known as Raghvendra Marg.These sites are Bristol Chowk, Jan Prathinidi route, Genpact route, Belmonte route, Sector-55 cut, Sector -42 cut, AIT Chowk and SPR cut. Based on the survey the public officials are now thinking of implementing facilities that may avoid mishap involving either commuters or pedestrians. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderResidents and office goers who use the route daily complain that lack of action by the authorities can result in a major tragedy. Grievances are also being shared of how the bikers are brazen enough to violate traffic rules even in the peak traffic hours. Shortage of facilities like a foot over bridges and footpaths also increase the perils of the pedestrians. Even as plans are being executed to widen the city roads, a large number of people are having a grouse that the authorities are not allotting space for city cyclists. Recently, Golf Course Road, upgraded. Yet it is still to create dedicated tracks for cyclists and better facilities for the pedestrians. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWith cyclists, pedestrians and commuters on two-wheelers being the most vulnerable on city roads, for long there has been a demand that the roads in the modern city must also have space for the cyclists. The voices over this issue have again found resonance after the air pollution in the city has spiralled to hazardous levels owing to a large number of vehicles on city roads. Moreover, the commuters continue to grapple in huge traffic jams even in the recently reconditioned roads. “The planning by public and private authorities does need a complete overhaul and needs to encompass all forms of commuters. Unfortunately, because of vested interests, it will never be followed. The civil society must continue to raise its voice with regards to the development of facilities for cyclists and pedestrians,” said Sarita Bhargava, a city resident.
LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):3:40 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May says the delayed vote in Parliament on the Brexit deal between her government and the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14.The vote was supposed to take place last week, but May cancelled it at the last minute when it became clear lawmakers would resoundingly reject the agreement.May is trying to win tweaks from the EU in order to win over skeptical lawmakers — although the bloc says no renegotiation is possible.May told lawmakers on Monday that debate on the deal would resume the week of Jan. 7, when Parliament comes back after its Christmas break. She said the vote would be held the following week.___10:10 a.m.Some members of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet are urging the government to ramp up planning for a “no-deal” Brexit — a chaotic outcome that could see gridlock at U.K. ports, planes grounded and shortages of essential goods.Others are seeking to work with opposition politicians to find a way out of the morass.May’s supporters distanced themselves from media reports that senior figures in her government held talks with opposition Labour lawmakers aimed at holding another vote.But some Cabinet members say lawmakers from all parties should be consulted to find out whether there is majority support for any course of action.“We can’t just have continuing uncertainty and I think Parliament should be invited to say what it would agree with,” Business Secretary Greg Clark told the BBC.___9 a.m.Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn calls for a second referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union, saying it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy.In remarks released ahead of her speech in the House of Commons on Monday, May says that staging another referendum “would say to millions who trusted in democracy that our democracy does not deliver.”She’s also expected to argue that such a ballot would exacerbate divisions rather than heal them.May’s supporters distanced themselves from media reports that senior figures in her government held talks with opposition Labour lawmakers aimed at holding another vote.With time growing short toward Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure, it remains unclear whether the country will leave with a deal or crash out with no deal.The Associated Press
The world’s smallest snowman has been built right here in Ontario, according to Western University’s Nanofabrication Facility.The facility published an image of the tiny snowman on their tumblr page earlier this month, complete with eyes, nose, arms and a smile.Todd Simpson, from the facility, told the Canadian Press the snowman stands less than 3 microns tall and is significantly smaller than a strand of human hair — which measures roughly 50 microns in diameter.They used an electron beam lithography to stack three 0.9 microns silica spheres to create the snowman. The eyes and mouth were cut with a focused ion beam and the arms and nose were sculpted with platinum.According to the Guinness World Records website, the official world’s smallest snowman measured at 10 microns in diameter and was created by scientists at the National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom.The facility has been making national headlines for their festive creation.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said a lack of adequate aid coupled with delivery problems have hurt an estimated 165,000 refugees living in five windswept camps around the western Algerian desert town of Tindouf. Most have been there since leaving their disputed territory nearly three decades ago.In a briefing in Geneva, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said the refugees’ rate of acute malnutrition has remained above more than 10 per cent for years, much higher than the local community average. The rate of chronic malnutrition, which can leave victims stunted, is estimated to be more than 30 per cent.”Urgent crises elsewhere in the world all too frequently overshadow their food aid needs, making this literally a hand-to-mouth operation,” Mr. Redmond said.He said the agencies need donors to provide contributions and to help make sure food aid is delivered more quickly and effectively.Next month a joint UN assessment mission will visit the camps near Tindouf, while senior UN officials are holding meetings in the Moroccan city of Rabat today to discuss UNHCR proposals to allow certain refugees to have person-to-person contacts with their relatives across the border.The UN has had a peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara since 1991 after Morocco and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (Frente POLISARIO) agreed to a ceasefire in their dispute over Western Sahara’s status.
FILE – In this March 23, 2017 file photo, workers inspect and pack LG flat screens at an assembly plant in Reynosa, Mexico. The Trump administration is pressing to bring labor and environmental regulations into the main body of the North American Free Trade Agreement text in the upcoming renegotiation of the three-way trade pact set for Aug. 16, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File) NAFTA negotiations could mark end of era for Mexican exports by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 10:10 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MEXICO CITY – President Donald Trump’s push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement is putting Mexico in a tough spot, threatening the system that has helped turn the country into a top exporter through low wages, lax regulations and proximity to the United States.With talks set to start on Aug. 16, the Trump administration is targeting the massive U.S. trade deficit with its southern neighbour and the weakly enforced labour, environmental and manufacturing rules that for 23 years have drawn American assembly plants to Mexico and launched a flood of televisions, cars and appliances across the border.“Mexico was resting on its merits and has been in a comfort zone, and now we have to leave it,” Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told a business group recently. “The alarm clock has rung for us to wake up.”A key draw for foreign assembly plants and investment has been Mexico’s low wages. While average manufacturing wages in China had risen to $3.60 per hour by 2016, Mexico’s had shrunk to $2.10 – a level some economists say is artificially low. With many workers unable to afford the vehicles Mexico produces, the country exports about three times as many cars as are purchased domestically, most to the United States.“It is a very serious problem,” Alex Covarrubias, a labour professor at Mexico’s Sonora College, said of the country’s wage policy. “Almost all the (labour) contracts that are signed in Mexico are unlawful, which means that they are company contracts, which the workers aren’t aware of.”The Trump administration is pressing to bring labour and environmental regulations — originally contained in weakly enforced “sidebar” agreements — into the main body of NAFTA’s text, and to require that Mexico’s government ensures the “effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.”Tightening Mexico’s labour laws and strengthening unionization could push wages up, or at least stem the flight of jobs to Mexico, experts say.Guajardo said Mexico is willing to negotiate labour and environmental issues as part of the talks to be held in Washington. “I think it would be progress, to guarantee that the benefits of the agreement are shared among all.”Guajardo appeared to be similarly flexible about making “fine adjustments” to the rules-of-origin in manufacturing, which dictate how much regional content would be required to consider a product “made in North America.” Critics have accused Mexico of importing a lot of Chinese or European components, assembling them and labelling them made in North America.But Guajardo is less convinced by what he calls the Trump administration’s “extreme preoccupation” with reducing trade deficits – one of the issues that make Mexican officials bristle.“Since NAFTA was implemented in 1994, the U.S. bilateral goods trade balance with Mexico has gone from a $1.3 billion surplus to a $64 billion deficit in 2016,” the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office said in unveiling its plans for renegotiating the accord. “The negotiating objectives also include adding a digital economy chapter and incorporating and strengthening labour and environment obligations that are currently in NAFTA side agreements.”Mexico’s CIBanco bank said in a report that most of this deficit is in the auto sector and it could be the main sticking point in the talks.“The U.S. demands to use the talks to improve its trade balance with NAFTA partners represent the biggest threat to reaching an accord,” it said.Mexico, in turn, wants the redone agreement to include immigration issues while changing as little as possible in trade policy.It appears to want a better guest-worker program. But U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said this was not an area “that would be involved in NAFTA renegotiations.”On the whole, it appears Mexico wants to change as little as possible.Covarrubias, who studies the auto industry and attended some of the consultation sessions in Mexico on NAFTA renegotiation, said he was “very disappointed” to see that the position of Mexico’s government and power groups was “we don’t want to change a single comma.”“They’re just reacting, waiting to see what the Trump administration says, but they don’t have anything proactive, any proposal,” Covarrubias said.One change sought by the U.S. is expected to be another thorny issue. NAFTA’s Article 19 set up a trade-dispute resolution mechanism that allows binational panels of private experts to decide differences over tariffs.Canada has vowed to defend the panels, and in Mexico there is pressure not to go back to national courts to resolve disputes, probably because both countries fear it would allow the U.S. to throw its greater weight around.All of this comes under a deadline: Mexico wants the talks wrapped up before its presidential election season opens up in 2018, because the government fears any concession would become a political football for leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.That’s a point where Mexico is almost certain to be disappointed, said ex-U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza.“I think it’s certainly aspirational to talk about the end of the year, beginning of (2018), but I think it’s far more realistic to be looking at the end of 2018 maybe even early 2019,” Garza said.Some are more optimistic about the talks to retool NAFTA, which was signed before the latest tech boom, Mexico’s opening of its oil industry and Trump’s calls to build a wall between the countries.“One should never let a good crisis go to waste,” said Mexico’s former ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Sarukhan, adding the talks provide an opportunity to modernize NAFTA.“NAFTA is a 20-year-plus old agreement. In its day it was the gold standard of trade agreements,” Sarukhan said. “In many ways it was the 1.0 of free trade agreements. But the global economy changed significantly in the past 20 years. Amazon or EBay, for example, did not exist when NAFTA was signed. Turning NAFTA into a 3.0 free trade agreement is an opportunity we should not squander.”__________AP Writer Christopher Sherman contributed to this report
The Ohio State men’s basketball team gathers together after a foul during its exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s basketball season once again in Columbus. The Ohio State men’s basketball team took the court for the first time Sunday afternoon as they faced off with the Walsh University Cavaliers. In the first action of the season, the Buckeyes overpowered the Division II opponent 85-67 off of a 14-point performance by sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle.Overall, the first-half performances on both sides could be called sloppy at best. Both teams combined for 15 turnovers and 28 personal fouls during the opening period, and it seemed like neither team was particular ready to run an offense.Midway through the second half, OSU got the ball rolling with solid play on both sides of the ball, outscoring Walsh 45-35 after halftime. The Buckeyes had the game wrapped up midway through the second.Highlighted by players smiling after big plays and laughing off mistakes, including a missed dunk by sophomore guard C.J. Jackson, OSU rolled to an 18-point victory. After the game, the transfer student from Eastern Florida State said it would not happen again, but his fellow first-year OSU players at the podium seemed to find humor in his embarrassment.In the lighthearted contest that ended up going the Buckeyes’ way, here are three takeaways from the first OSU men’s basketball game in Value City Arena this season. Things are still a bit rustyIt should have been expected by most that the first action on the court in 2016 was going to be far from pretty. In the first 10 minutes, those expectations came true. OSU was hesitant running the court in the opening minutes of the scrimmage, struggling to formulate an offense and analyze the defensive sets that Walsh was throwing at it. OSU also committed far too many fouls to slow the Cavaliers’ offensive attack, which caused Buckeyes coach Thad Matta to be slightly displeased with his team’s performance.“We talked about it at halftime,” he said. “We couldn’t get a run going because of the fouls. They were committable fouls. How many times we fouled shooters … we weren’t as smart as we needed to be in terms of our defense.”There is still time to make the team regular-season ready, but OSU can’t afford to struggle with the same kind of issues that plagued the team last year.First-year players will have an impactThe lineup is far from certain for OSU after a solid scrimmage performance turned in by freshman center Micah Potter and the rest of the first-time Buckeyes. Potter knocked down a three-pointer en route to a six-point performance with five rebounds and a block.Jackson picked up five points, but his real contribution was on the defensive side of the ball. Four steals, three of which came during the second half, paired with a six-assist mark with no turnovers earned high praise from Matta.“I just tried to make the simple play and not do too much,” Jackson said. “Just hit the open man. Coach Matta has really been pressing us on making the good pass, making the perfect pass and snapping the ball to the right guy. That’s kind of what I focus on: taking one play at a time and just throw it to the team in white and we’re good to go.”Jackson could have an extended role very soon, and OSU might be reaping the benefits.JaQuan Lyle and Keita Bates-Diop a dynamic duoSophomore guard JaQuan Lyle and junior forward Keita Bates-Diop were key members of the 2015 team, combining for an average of 11.2 and 11.8 points per game, respectively. This year, the story should be no different.Lyle and Bates-Diop combined for 26 points and 10 rebounds, going 10-for-14 as a duo. Lyle was scrutinized for his play last season, but Matta said during OSU Media Days in September that he has made progress.It might be too early to say how much of an impact the two will have, but Sunday’s game showed how well the two can work when on the court.
All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeHockey took a major ratings hitThe numbers are in, and the NHL’s bar on participating in Olympic hockey in Pyeongchang certainly made the sport more skippable for viewers this year. The U.S. men’s victory over Russia in Sochi pulled in 4.1 million viewers, but a game this year against Slovakia drew only a third of that. However, the U.S. women’s win over Canada, which began at 11 p.m. Eastern, pulled in 2.9 million viewers, an NBCSN late night record. [The New York Times]Canada had an awesome Olympic gamesDespite losses in hockey and curling, the 2018 Olympics were a banner year for the Canadian delegation, leaving the games with 29 medals, 11 of which are gold. That’s the best Olympics for Canada ever. [NPR]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?America had a terrible OlympicsThe Associated Press found the internal U.S. Olympic Committee document detailing expectations for the 2018 Olympics, and it’s a tough read. The USOC predicted a minimum of 25 medals, with a forecast of 37 medals and a high estimate of 59 medals. The underperformance here is huge: Team USA goes home with 23 medals, the fewest since 1998. [The Washington Post]Lots of ‘pewter medals’ thoughOne reason for that immense shortfall is that 35 American athletes had to settle for a “pewter” medal, as in they finished just to the left of the podium in fourth, fifth or sixth place. That’s got to sting. [The Los Angeles Times]Try out our super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping!This new rule could change baseballAs part of the constant attempts of the MLB to make the game interesting for new fans who are a little reluctant to devote four and a half hours on every game, the league announced it’ll reduce the number of mound visits in the first nine innings of a game to six, which could ramp up miscommunications. [ESPN]Bullish on BortlesBlake Bortles signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, earning up to $66.5 million after incentives. Bortles had a stirring postseason but threw 51 interceptions from 2014 to 2016. [ESPN]Big Number+80.68America fell in love with curling, again. This happens every four years. Ever since NBC broadcast 50 hours of curling in Nagano ’98, Americans have eaten up the sport, in many cases being consumed by it. Then they forget about it for the 206 weeks between olympic sessions. Curling is by far the largest Olympics bump of any winter sport, seeing its google search trend index jump a walloping 80.68 points in Olympic months compared to other months. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: neil:U.S. men win curling gold, beat Sweden 10-7!chris.herring:People stayed up to watch this at like 4!tchow:!!!!!Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetTiger nails duck We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions
However, the Official Solicitor, the official representing Pc Briggs’s interests, said it would take the decision to the Court of Appeal.Pc Briggs, 43, suffered a brain injury when Chelsea Rowe ploughed into his motorcycle in her Nissan Micra on July 3 2015 as he drove along the Birkenhead flyover on his way to work a night shift with Merseyside Police.Rowe, 26, was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence in July this year, after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Mrs Briggs welcomed Mr Justice Charles’s ruling and said the decision to contest it would only prolong her family’s agony. Speaking on Tuesday, she said: “Paul was such a selfless, kind and charitable person. He dedicated his career and his life to serving others. We know that he would have wanted us to pursue this case for him.”Doctors had told the court that Pc Briggs, who had previously served in the Gulf War with the Army, would benefit from being moved to a specialist rehabilitation centre and “a more socially stimulating environment”. However, the court ruled that, even in the best-case scenario, he would not regain the capacity to make complex decisions, would not improve physically and would need 24-hour care. A judge has said that doctors should be able to withdraw treatment from a Gulf War veteran who was left in a coma after a head-on collision, ruling that is what he would have wanted.Lindsey Briggs had asked judges to allow her policeman husband Paul to die, against the view of doctors at the Liverpool hospital where he is being treated who said it would be wrong to withdraw treatment as he is in a “minimally conscious state” but not a “permanent vegetative state”.On Tuesday Mr Justice Charles, sitting in the Court of Protection, agreed that, despite his “natural instinct of survival”, Pc Briggs would have wanted to die and that he should be moved to a hospice where he would stop receiving fluids and nutrition and would receive palliative care in his final few weeks.Mr Justice Charles ruled that Pc Briggs’s “best interests are best served by giving effect to what he would have been able to dictate by exercising his right to self determination rather than the very powerful counter arguments based on the preservation of his life”. 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. Doctors said Paul Briggs was not in a ‘permanent vegetative state’ from which there would be no hope of recoveryCredit:PA Paul Briggs suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle crash while serving with Merseyside PoliceCredit:PA
EHFEHF CupFrisch Auf GoppingenholstebroKIF KoldingkoldingMagdeburgMaribor Branikmoritz schapsmeierRhein Neckar LowenRK Mariborrn loewenSC Magdeburgschaepsmeier The three matches in the EHF Cup brought us two draws and a home victory. KIF Kolding were unable to materialize the home advantage in the match against Team-Tvis Holstebro, and played only 24:24 despite leading at half time with 14:12.Same goes for RK Maribor, but they can be pretty happy with the home draw against favorites Frisch auf Goeppingen 26:26, considering that FA Goeppingen at times in the first half had even four goals advantage. It’s good result for RK Maribor, however in the second game in Baden-Wuerttemberg they will be huge underdogs.In the third game, SC Magdeburg scored and important three goal victory over RN Lowen. 31:28 (16:12) victory and +3 can mean nothing considering three goals can be easily annulated, and moreover they have Moritz Schapsmeier out until the end of the season due to an injury. ← Previous Story Ivan Cupic is back after three months! Next Story → VIDEO: 12 meters bomb for celebration in Kiel