US, Taliban say Afghan peace effort discussed in video talks

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first_imgThe Doha agreement, signed between the United States and Taliban in February, drew up plans for a withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-torn country in exchange for security guarantees from the insurgent group.”Baradar once again reiterated that the Taliban are committed not to let anyone use Afghan soil [to launch attacks] against any country,” Shaheen said.Pompeo acknowledged the insurgent group had “lowered the war graph by not attacking cities and major military bases” but said more needed to be done by all parties, the spokesman added.”The Secretary made clear the expectation for the Taliban to live up to their commitments, which include not attacking Americans,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. The head of the Taliban’s political office in Doha and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a video conference to discuss the Afghan peace process, the Islamist group and the US State Department said on Tuesday, in a bid to remove hurdles in the path to peace talks.Increasing violence and a contentious prisoner swap between the Afghan government and the Taliban have delayed talks that were to have begun in March between the insurgent group and a team mandated by Kabul.On Twitter, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said Monday’s talks between the official, Mullah Baradar, and Pompeo discussed full implementation of the Doha accord and the withdrawal of foreign troops, as well as the release of prisoners, intra-Afghan talks and a reduction in fighting. The Baradar-Pompeo conference came amidst US media reports that American intelligence had briefed President Donald Trump about Taliban-linked fighters collecting bounties from Russia to attack foreign troops in Afghanistan.The White House has said Trump did not receive a personal briefing on the issue but has yet to squarely address whether he had received a written briefing, whether he had read it, and why he had not responded more aggressively if he had.Shaheen said Baradar told Pompeo the delay in talks was because the Afghan government did not release the agreed number of prisoners.Kabul and some foreign countries have raised concerns about the release of about 200 prisoners they say are involved in major attacks in Afghanistan.Since the Doha pact, Taliban fighters have launched 44 attacks and killed or wounded an average of 24 civilians each day, Javid Faisal, the spokesman for the Afghan national security adviser, said on Tuesday.Baradar told Pompeo the increased attacks were because of provocation by the government in areas under Taliban control, Shaheen added. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Sevilla confirm Monchi return as Arsenal miss out on sporting director target

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first_img Phil HaighSunday 17 Mar 2019 3:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Monchi became a target for Arsenal in the sporting director role (Picture: Getty Images)Sevilla tweeted confirmation of Monchi’s return and also announced: ‘Monchi will be presented this Monday at 13:00 CET (midday GMT) in the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.’AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Spanish side had been in need of a new director of football after the previous occupant of the role, Joaquin Caparros, was handed the managerial reigns on a caretaker basis following the dismissal of head coach Pablo Machin.President Jose Castro confirmed: ‘Sevilla now needs a sports director and we have looked for the best and the best is Monchi.’”I don’t want this to be a goodbye. I want this to be a see you soon”🦁 Monchi has come home.Info ➡️ https://t.co/ZCRjvjMdlM pic.twitter.com/0PJXOE0OUY— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) March 17, 2019 Monchi has made his return to Sevilla (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have missed out on the man they wanted to take the sporting director role at the Emirates as Monchi has returned to Sevilla.The La Liga side confirmed on Sunday that the 50-year-old has rejoined the club where he spent 17 years as director of football.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starThe Spaniard (real name Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo) left Sevilla for Roma in April 2017 but left earlier this month by mutual consent.Arsenal were expected to make a move for Monchi, especially after the departure of Sven Mislintat, but they have missed out on their man.ADVERTISEMENT Sevilla confirm Monchi return as Arsenal miss out on sporting director target Advertisement Arsenal will now have to look elsewhere for another candidate to fill the void and former player Marc Overmars is reportedly interested in the role.The 45-year-old is currently the director of football at Ajax but is keen to swap that position for the one in north London.According to Football.London’s report, Ajax officials are aware of Overmars’ interest in the role but are prepared to play hard-ball in order to keep him until the end of the season at least and potentially beyond the summer.MORE: Man Utd’s David de Gea a Real Madrid target again after Zinedine Zidane returnMORE: Javier Hernandez sends warning to Manuel Pellegrini after starring in West Ham win over Huddersfield Advertisementlast_img read more

Virginia Port Authority: New Cranes for NIT, VIG Dredging Approved

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first_imgThe heavy-load vessel Happy Buccaneer was on berth yesterday at Norfolk International  Terminals (NIT) with the first group of six rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) that are the  centerpieces of the $375 million capacity expansion project, the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) said in its latest release.The Happy Buccaneer’s arrival signals the start of an 18-month cycle that will see the delivery of  60 new cranes to NIT.In January 2018, construction on the NIT expansion got underway and the project will be complete by mid-year 2020. The work will expand NIT’s annual throughput capacity by  400,000 container units, said VPA.“This is the stage when things begin to come to life at NIT,” commented John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.“The work at VIG will be done by next summer, our 55-foot dredging project has gotten federal approval, so we are beginning the preliminary engineering and design work, and we are on-budget and on schedule here (NIT). The hard working going on here today is creating a sustainable port that will have decades of growth ahead of it.”Last month, the Port of Virginia accepted the last load of 26 new RMGs at Virginia International Gateway (VIG), where $320 million is being invested to expand cargo capacity and operations.last_img read more

Atlantic Wind Transfers Orders Two Chartwell CTVs

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first_imgUS-based Atlantic Wind Transfers has signed an order for two Chartwell 24 Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) to be deployed in support of new wind farms off the US East Coast.Developed by Chartwell Marine, the vessels will be built by Blount Boats for delivery in 2020.Charles Donadio, CEO of Atlantic Wind Transfers, said: “Our Crew Transfer Vessel company was the first to support offshore wind here in Rhode Island, with the first and only CTV currently operating in the United States. This is another major milestone for us as we expand our operation and aim to support the local supply chain along the East Coast of the United States.”The new vessels will be a specialised model of the Chartwell 24, modified to comply with American environmental regulations and operational conditions. In particular, the vessels will be compliant with legislation protecting the migration route of the protected Right Whale off the north-eastern seaboard, with a specially adapted 65-foot hull. This hull has been further adapted to handle the Atlantic sea conditions.These modifications have been introduced without compromising on the vessel’s attributes, including a hull configuration that minimises ‘wet deck slamming’, a large, step-free foredeck and superior transit performance, the companies said.“Based on our knowledge of the conditions off the coast of New England, we made modifications to our design to ensure optimal performance,” Andy Page, Managing Director of Chartwell Marine, said. ”Compliance with maritime regulations is only second to the safety of personnel, so we have ensured that Atlantic Wind Transfers and its clients will benefit from a vessel that ticks all of these boxes, while attaining the highest possible standards of safety and technical availability.”Blount Boats built the first-ever US-flagged CTV for Atlantic Wind Transfers in 2015, the Atlantic Pioneer, which was commissioned to service the first US offshore wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island.last_img read more

Mourinho vows to see out contract

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first_img “Having a relationship with players for a couple of years is different to educating players with the mentality that I will have them for six, seven or eight years. “It’s a different job for me at Chelsea this time. It’s time to be different because of my own project of life. “I have had my career project since the beginning. I wanted to work in Italy, Spain and England. I wanted to try to win the leagues in these big football countries. “For us it’s very important to be a family that lives together day by day. So I wanted to do it while having this family concept. “I was so happy at Inter Milan, but the only reason I left was because I wanted to go to Spain. Otherwise I would have stayed at Inter. “At this stage I don’t have these ambitions. At this moment I know where I want to be, it’s so simple.” Mourinho voiced his admiration for Manchester United’s 18-year-old winger Adnan Januzaj – “he’s a fantastic player, he’s 25 not 18” – and admits it is a pressing concern for Chelsea’s academy to produce a player for the first team. “This is very important, it’s something I want to happen,” Mourinho said. “John Terry was the last player to come through the academy into the first team and that was not with me, it was before me.” Mourinho also insists there is no plan to send Juan Mata out on loan during the January transfer window. Mourinho’s first Stamford Bridge reign lasted from June 2004 until September 2007, identifying him as the longest-serving coach of the 10 to have worked beneath Abramovich. The Portuguese’s second spell at Chelsea is underpinned by a four-year contract and he believes the stability he now sees at the club will result in a longer stay. Jose Mourinho is determined to eclipse his own managerial record under Roman Abramovich by completing his contract as Chelsea manager. “I have the record – three and a half years. I have to try and beat the record!” said Mourinho ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United. “The club is good – it is more mature and stable now. The club knows what it really wants. The basic thing is the club wants to win, but it also knows the direction it wants to go in. “That’s why I came back. Not just because I love Chelsea and want to be back, I came because I believe in the project. “I’m here to do my best and to beat the record. I have a four-year contract, so hopefully I’ll beat the record.” Mourinho shrugged off the perception that he excels at making an immediate impact, shaking up a club amid a wave of controversy before moving on. The Chelsea manager insists he can change his managerial style to suit a long-term assignment. “I study and reflect a lot about my style of leadership when I’m at a certain club,” he said. “If you want the best results immediately and for a couple of years, your leadership can be much more confrontational. It’s a different way to educate your players. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Nadal, Murray confirmed in virtual tennis event

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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Premier League club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Nadal, Murray confirmed in virtual tennis event Associated Press April 13, 2020 ___Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament this month.David Goffin, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Eugenie Bouchard, Kristina Mladenovic and Kiki Bertens will also participate from their homes in the April 27-30 online competition that is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels.Khachanov says “this initiative is interesting and it will bring back some competition in our sport. I’m looking forward to challenge my fellow players and show my skills to the tennis fans around the world.”There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play. Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.Each draw is expected to have 16 players competing.The Madrid Open was one of more than 30 professional tournaments canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for May 1-10.___Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic. The north London club faced two weeks of criticism for deciding to use the government’s job retention scheme.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “the criticism the club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us.”Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.But Levy now says “in the context of revised budgets and cost cutting” all non-playing staff will remain on full pay in April and May with only the board having salaries reduced.The Premier League season has been suspended for more than a month with no date set for its resumption. The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. It says it is “fully aware of its responsibility during the current pandemic” and “players will continue to train at home.”Real Sociedad had said it would give its players the option to start training individually at the team’s training center beginning on Tuesday. It would be the first Spanish club to return to practice during the pandemic.Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines. But group activities will remain prohibited and sports facilities won’t be allowed to reopen.Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Britain Covey leads Utah receiving corps. in final season before 2-year mission trip

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edu As Britain Covey quarterbacked his high school team to its second straight Division 4A state championship, Utah wide receiver Kenneth Scott watched the game on television. Escaping collapsing pockets, making defenders miss in the open field and possessing a nose for the end zone, Covey impressed his future teammate.Set to join Utah for the following season, Scott knew Covey’s talents would allow him to make an immediate impact.“I was like, ‘this kid can play — he’s elusive and explosive,’” Scott said.  “I knew right away that he’d help in the slot.”Even with his quarterbacking ability throughout high school, Covey’s exceeded expectations this season for No. 10 Utah. He leads the team with 450 receiving yards. He has four touchdowns on 37 receptions. His 235 yards on 18 punt returns — an average of 13.1 yards — is first in the Pacific-12.But despite clawing his way into the starting lineup and finding success, Covey — a devout Mormon — plans to leave football for a two-year church mission at the season’s end.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s been a big bright spot for us and we’re going to miss him in two years as he goes,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “… He’s been everything we’ve hoped for and more.”Though his brother Stephen played football at BYU, Covey felt drawn to play football for Utah. Being the first big program to express interest and offer a scholarship coupled with the Utes history of dynamic slot players made it the obvious choice.While Covey’s 5-foot-8 frame makes him a natural candidate for slot receiver, the transition from high school quarterback didn’t happen organically. Covey knew throughout high school he would never play as a Division I quarterback and used free time to run routes with his brothers, Stephen and Christian.Each a quarterback in high school, the trio spent early mornings on their high school’s field. Covey’s older brothers threw passes to him while he ran routes. Preparing for his inevitable position change proved challenging, but a commitment to running hard, sharp and clean routes helped Covey learn to separate from defenders and catch passes.“I have a good level of quickness. I have good hands,” Covey said. “But where I really excel is when I get the ball in my hands and can make guys miss.”His size led Covey to believe he needed to prove himself to his teammates, prove that he belonged. During the final week of summer conditioning, he ran the 40-yard dash.Covey ran one of the fastest times on the team — 4.4 seconds. As teammates congratulated him on the accomplishment and the gritty work ethic from which it stemmed, Covey felt validated and could turn his attention to the field.Still, people questioned his decision to leave Utah behind at season’s end in favor of a two-year long church mission. Covey, who’s assigned a destination in December, doesn’t doubt his decision. He wants to film his teammates’ reactions when he tells them where he’ll be serving.Faith has always opened doors for him and he decided before the season started that, regardless of his success at Utah, he would still partake in the journey he’s dreamed about as a kid.One of Covey’s favorite quotes comes from the movie “Chariots of Fire” and reads, “I believe that God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast and when I run, I feel his pleasure.”For the freshman receiver, this mantra holds true to football. Football’s given him a platform to spread the word of his Mormon faith and with three years of eligibility left upon his return from the mission, Covey isn’t done with the sport.“I’m not dumb. I definitely am giving up some great opportunities by going on this mission,” Covey said. “… But football’s fleeting and being able to do good lasts a lot longer.” Commentslast_img read more

Penn State latest opponent to feel sting of Wisconsin’s house of pain

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first_imgCamp Randall Stadium is notorious for its game day atmosphere and the overall difficulty teams face when playing there.So when the Wisconsin football team pummeled Penn State 45-7 for a chance to play in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game, it also concluded another perfect season at home.For the second year in a row, the Badgers did not give up a loss at home – something they’re undoubtedly proud of.“Really, we just take pride in playing our hardest in front of our fans,” junior running back Montee Ball said. “Not letting [them] down and ourselves. Everyone wants to win at home and just to finish the season out like this is a great thing, to finish on top and lead into the Big Ten Championship game.”But the Badgers didn’t simply win at home, they completely dominated the opposition – including a Penn State defense that was expected to give them trouble.Through the seven home games, the Badgers averaged 58.3 points at home, scoring a total of 408 points compared to their opponents’ 82 points.On average, the Wisconsin defense only allowed 11.7 points, giving UW an average margin of victory of 46.6.“This [senior] class deserved to go out on that note,” sophomore linebacker Chris Borland said.“You always have to fight strong on your home turf, and we’ve done that well the last couple of years,” senior right guard Kevin Zeitler said.Penn State’s 44-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter was only the ninth touchdown scored by the seven visiting teams at Camp Randall this season. Wisconsin, on the other hand, scored 49 touchdowns at home, six of which came Saturday against Penn State.Ball has been responsible for a heavy majority of those touchdowns. Against Penn State, he scored four on the ground and had a hand in 23 of the touchdowns scored at home, whether he was rushing, receiving or even passing.“I’m proud of myself for embracing the challenges that I did and being able to carry them forward this season,” Ball said. “It’s a great thing that I did, but also a great job by the offensive line and the receivers and the fullbacks and tight ends forblocking.”Simply put, home field advantage has held an extra-special meaning this year for the Badgers.“It’s pretty good,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “I talk about it all the time. Whenever we have a recruit in here, I’ll point and say, ‘Hey, since I’ve been here we’ve lost four games,’ or whatever it is, however many years I want to go back. It’s just an exceptional place.”In fact, the slimmest margin of victory Wisconsin had at home this season was 31 points, against Nebraska in the Big Ten conference opener, winning 48-17.In his last chance for such a win at Camp Randall, senior safety Aaron Henry just tried to soak it all in before he finally stepped off the field.“I just got out of it actually, I was up there trying to savor the moment,” Henry said. “It’s a really special time, a very special opportunity and I’m not going to be able to get it back. … It’s just been a fun ride so far and it’s been truly a blessing. I’m just thankful that I had the opportunity to be put in this position to play my last game and go out there and win it at Camp Randall.”But while they’re proud of the work they’ve accomplished in protecting their home turf, the Badgers are looking forward to the rare chance at a rematch with Michigan State.“You don’t often get second chances in life, let alone to have a second chance right here on the football field,” Henry said. “But I think we’re extremely grateful.”last_img read more

Dream11, Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengaluru Bulls: Player predictions

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first_imgAlso read | Dream11 CPL, GUY Vs JAM: Guyana Amazon Warriors Face Jamaica TallawahsDream11 BLR vs JAI: Player performanceDream11: Bengaluru BullsPawan Kumar Sehrawat has been the saving grace for Bengaluru Bulls this season. With 281 raid points to his name, Sehrawat is the highest raid point scorer for PKL 2019. In their last match against Haryana Steelers, Sehrawat alone scored 39 raid points, which are the highest by any player in PKL history. Their left-cover defender Mahender Singh is their top defender with 50 tackle points. Also read | PKL 2019: Bengaluru Qualify For Playoffs With Win Over HaryanaDream11: Jaipur Pink PanthersDeepak Niwas Hooda, with 146 raid points, is Jaipur’s best raider for PKL season 7. Deepak Narwal and Nilesh Salunke and Hooda are the raiding trio for Jaipur Pink Panthers. Sandeep Kumar Dhull leads the leaderboard for highest tackle points this season with 67 tackle points. Amit Hooda has also scored 36 tackle points for PKL 2019. Written By NOTE- Jaipur Pink Panthers will be taking on the recently-qualified Bengaluru Bulls on Friday, October 4. The match will take place at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex, Panchkula (19:30 IST). Jaipur Pink Panthers will need to win every match if they wish to take up the last spot amongst the teams qualifying for the PKL playoffs. Dabang Delhi KC, Haryana Steelers, Bengal Warriors and U Mumba have also qualified for the playoffs.  Gear up for a thrilling encounter as the Bulls get #FullyCharged to takedown the #TopCats!#FullChargeMaadi #Champions #VivoPKL7 #Kabaddi #VivoProKabaddiLeague #Season7 #BengaluruBulls #KhelKabaddi #LePanga #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/pTFfcFo771— Bengaluru Bulls (@BengaluruBulls) October 4, 2019 Also read | PKL 2019: Details About The October Schedule And PKL PlayoffsDream11 BLR vs JAI: Player prediction WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 4th October, 2019 10:29 IST Dream11, Jaipur Pink Panthers Vs Bengaluru Bulls: Player Predictions Bengaluru Bulls and Jaipur Pink Panthers will play the 120th PKL 2019 match on Friday, October 4. Here are the Dream11 predictions for the upcoming game. Devika Pawar Catch the #PantherSquad live in action in Panchkula as we face off against the @BengaluruBulls .#PantherSquad #Panthers #TopCats #JaipurPinkPanthers #JPP #Jaipur #Kabaddi #ProKabaddi #LetsKabaddi #KhelKabaddi #PKL #LePanga #StarSports pic.twitter.com/rYhJSEjvXz— Jaipur Pink Panthers (@JaipurPanthers) October 4, 2019center_img COMMENT Also read | PKL Points Table: Dabang Delhi KC And Bengal Warriors Top PKL Chart Bengaluru Bulls – Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (R), Mahender Singh (D) Jaipur Pink Panthers – Deepak Niwas Hooda (AR), Nilesh Salunke (R), Deepak Narwal (R), Sandeep Kumar Dhull (D), Amit Hooda (D) SUBSCRIBE TO US R = Raider  D = Defender  AR = All-rounder LIVE TV First Published: 4th October, 2019 10:29 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Alcona Schools “Grab and Go” program feeding kids in the area

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALCONA COUNTY, Mich. — With kids out of class, many families are no longer able to take advantage of breakfast and lunch being served in school. However, Alcona Schools is managing to still feed their students with their “Grab and Go” program.Bags filled with breakfast and lunch are prepared by mostly staff volunteers and then sent out on school buses, dropping the food off on their normal routes. Each one comes with fruit, vegetables, grain, meat or meat alternative and milk. “We’re doing approximately 650 people so today we’re making approximately 1,300 sandwiches,” said Lead Cook Sarah Roe.Food Service Director with Alcona Schools, Nicholas Cordes says they’re trying to make sure that every student has what they need. “Each of those kids will receive 3 lunch and 3 breakfast,” he said. “As of last week we’ve had about 7,300 meals we were able to distribute and that was a combination of doing the bus routes and also having a quick grab and go for about 2 hours here last Friday.”Cordes also said these meals are not just for Alcona students and others in the area are welcome to put their name on the list. To find out how to get your family on the list, you can call the district office at (989) 736–6212 or email Cordes at cordesn@alconaschools.net. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona Community SchoolsContinue ReadingPrevious Read Governor Whitmer’s full stay-at-home orderNext Bay Athletic Club trainer demonstrates ways to stay fit during stay-in-place orderlast_img read more