Spanish Olympic sailing team members mugged at gunpoint in Rio

first_imgBeijing 2008 Olympic champion Fernando Echavarri, his Nacra 17 catamaran class partner and 2011 470 world champion Tara Pacheco and coach Santi Lopez-Vazquez were all mugged in Santa Teresa, an up-market neighbourhood popular with tourists to the west of Guanabara Bay on which the Marina is located.They were confronted by five people armed with two pistols, according to a statement released by the Spanish Sailing Federation.A bag with money, documents and a camera was reportedly taken.None of the victims were injured in the incident.”Civil police are working to identify the authors of the crime and to recover the stolen objects,” added a Rio de Janeiro police statement.Ensuring the safety of athletes, spectators and all other personnel attending the Games is one of the priorities in a country notorious for petty crime.Rio, despite being considered among Brazil’s safer cities, has huge problems, particularly in favela neighbourhoods where shootouts between police and drug gangs are common.Earlier in 2016, images surfaced of a number of daylight muggings carried out by a group of militant children, captured by a local businessman who used his camera to film the series of incidents from December to January.But tourists and foreigners are also targeted in wealthier areas.In May of last year, 57-year-old doctor Jaime Gold was attacked while cycling close to the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas lake upon which rowing and canoe sprint events will be held, later dying in hospital as a result of his injuries.A 19-year-old French cyclist was also assaulted in the same district at a similar time of the year.Earlier this month, retired football legend Rivaldo claimed anyone visiting for the Games will be “putting their lives at risk” due to the security situation.Another problem is financial crime, with gangs known to target ATM machines used by tourists.Brazilian and Rio 2016 officials claim the streets will be safer during the Games, with around 85,000 soldiers and police expected to be deployed during the Olympics – about twice as many as London four years ago.The latest incident is not a good sign, however.”The lack of security in Rio is one of the points that worries the teams,” the Spanish statement added.”Fernando, Tara and Santi want to forget what happened as quickly as possible and concentrate completely and exclusively on the training.”last_img read more

Juventus lose opening match to Udinese

first_imgMILAN (AP): Udinese stunned Juventus by winning 1-0 in Turin yesterday, as the Italian champions’ bid for a record-equalling fifth successive league title started with its first loss in 48 Serie A home matches. Juventus dominated but were unable to finish any of their many chances, and Udinese made the host team pay when Cyril Thereau scored 12 minutes from time with one of his side’s few opportunities. The Bianconeri’s last league defeat at the Juventus Stadium was on January 6, 2013, against Sampdoria. “The result leaves a slightly sour taste,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “We need to be more confident in our ability and to not lose heart when we don’t score. The players did everything required of them for 70 minutes, apart from scoring.” It was Stefano Colantuono’s first match in charge of Udinese – although his 200th as coach in the top flight. “Juventus forces you to defend. You have to be good at hitting them on the few sniffs of a chance you get,” Colantuono said. “That’s what we did. It’s not easy winning here … . Our spirit is to fight for every ball and you saw that.” In the evening matches, Fiorentina eased past 10-man AC Milan 2-0, while Sassuolo beat Napoli for the first time in Serie A, coming from behind to win 2-1. Inter Milan snatched a 1-0 win over 10-man Atalanta when on-loan Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic curled a stunning strike into the top right corner in the third minute of stoppage time. Newly promoted Carpi missed a penalty in its first-ever match in Serie A as they lost 5-2 at Sampdoria, which had David Ivan sent off late on. Frosinone was also playing in the top flight for the first time in their history and lost 2-1 at home to Torino, despite taking the lead in the seventh minute through Danilo Soddimo. Elsewhere, Chievo Verona won 3-1 at Empoli, and Palermo beat Genoa 1-0 with a stoppage-time strike from Abdelhamid El Kaoutari.last_img read more

Strong showing by Inconnu swimmers at Peace River meet

first_imgThe club finished fourth overall among competing groups and swimmers came away with a 95% improvement on their personal best times. A number of swimmers also competed in events that were brand new to them.Jayden Forrester achieved one of her two qualified Swim BC AA time standards in the 200 metre backstroke that allowed her to represent the swim club at the 2014 Swim BC Short Course AA Championships in Chilliwack. Emily Brady had a great meet as well. She had a break out swim in her 50 metre freestyle race and earned her first Swim BC A provincial time standard. Meanwhile Owen Lang earned an aggregate award for his efforts.The majority of the athletes representing the Inconnu Swim Club were notice swimmers that were either in their first or second year with the group. It was a great opportunity for the swimmers as Peace River formatted the meet to allow newcomers to swimming to become comfortable with the rules and how a swim meet is organized.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Castaic parents get surveys

first_imgPearson, the mother of a sixth-grader and an eighth-grader, joined other parents in voicing distrust for the Hart district. They claim Hart promised to keep their children at West Ranch until a high school is built in Castaic – a plan delayed two years until 2010. Castaic students attended Valencia until West Ranch opened three years ago. “I was stunned at how we as a board were treated during this whole process,” board member Steve Sansone said. Taking the heat for the Hart district, board member Dennis King said it was unfortunate that promises were made that couldn’t be kept. Castaic High was expected to open in 2008, and the two-year delay would have resulted in unmanageable overcrowding at West Ranch, Hart officials said. “When we passed the recommendations, that was the best plan, and it was based on being able to open Castaic High School by 2007-08,” King said. “All boundaries are subject to changes in what develops. There’s never any guarantees.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com CASTAIC – Surveys were sent home Thursday with Castaic Middle School students to determine how many would opt to attend Valencia High over West Ranch High if open enrollment were offered. The plan to poll families came at a morning meeting Thursday when parents and Castaic school officials gathered to air complaints. Their target was the Hart High School District, which voted last week to change boundaries in the fall, sending Castaic students from West Ranch to Valencia to ease overcrowding. The board of the K-8 Castaic Union School District urged parents to drop ideas of suing the Hart district or recalling Hart board members, but it prodded them to remain vigilant and organized in their drive to keep their options open. “I am so disheartened today,” said a tearful Laura Pearson, Castaic school board member. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man United: ‘Sign Vidal and I’ll be confident’ – Red Devils’ fans on Van Gaal arrival

first_img1 New Man United manager Louis van Gaal impressed a few of his new fans when speaking to the media for the first time.The Dutchman was at Old Trafford to conduct his first press conference since his appointment to the role in May.“For me, the challenge is always to come first. Not fourth,” he said, and while his message was well received by many fans on Twitter, some wanted to wait until at least the end of the transfer window before giving him their full backing… Louis van Gaal meets the media last_img read more

Keeping council meetings honest

first_imgIn Torrance, the cost is $189,000. That’s how much it cost to purchase and install a high-tech system that enables City Council members’ votes to be automatically logged, tallied and then displayed simultaneously on four 46-inch LCD panels. Mayor Frank Scotto pledged he would install such a system during his campaign last year. Scotto and other political opponents of former mayor Dan Walker believe the system was “critically important” to putting a stop to the political gamesmanship they charged was rife during Torrance City Council meetings. “People might say this is an expensive way of accomplishing that, but this is the true, perfect way to ensure nothing can be manipulated,” Scotto said. “You’re going to see 6-1 votes more often, you’ll see 5-2 votes more often now. ? This way (panelists) can’t hide what they truly feel about an item because they’re going to have to vote privately.” TORRANCE: High-tech, $189,000 system will display votes all at once. By Nick Green STAFF WRITER What price democracy? Previously, panelists would vote verbally one at a time when called upon by the city clerk, with the mayor voting last. Scotto noted that at times, once it was clear which way the political wind was blowing, council members would not vote their conscience, instead jumping on the winning side of an issue. The new voting system also diminishes the power of the mayor, who – as the last to vote – would break 3-3 ties. The system itself cost about $42,000. The rest covered the cost of embedding seven panels – each with a privacy screen and a computer – in the existing City Council dais, the LCD panels and a wireless network. That latter component means council members no longer are forced to carry around thick agendas; council members have the agendas in the computers, while city staff can simply plug in and access the system via a laptop computer (the public, however, cannot). The system also tracks how long people speak before the council, which is designed to eliminate charges of favoritism that some people get to speak longer than others. “Nobody will have preferential treatment,” Scotto said. “Everybody will be given an equal amount of time with the clock right in front of them.” Talk too long and speakers will have the word “expired” flashed on the screen in front of them, although city officials say they plan to change that term to something a little less terminal. Information also can be displayed on the large LCD panels, making it easier for the audience to see video or PowerPoint presentations. And the system makes it easier to prepare meeting minutes. Within a year, City Clerk Sue Herbers envisions the council agenda being prepared entirely without paper, making it accessible to the public quicker. Torrance isn’t the first South Bay city to use such a vote-tallying system; Carson and Lawndale use one today, and Redondo Beach had one for years, dating to the 1970s. Tuesday’s council meeting in Torrance was the first time it was used and it was apparently not without its bugs. “This is not progress,” Councilwoman Gene Drevno said at one point, a note of frustration in her voice. But Scotto believes it is. “A couple of months, and it will be old hat,” he said. “It’s something new, and it’s going to take everybody a little bit of time to get used to it.” nick.green@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

World Summit action plan

first_img4 September 2002After more than a week of tough behind-the-scenes bargaining, over 100 heads of state and government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development have agreed on a plan of action to eradicate poverty and protect the environment, finally concluding negotiations that have taken place over nine months and on three continents.Negotiators at the Summit in Johannesburg finally reached on renewable energy sources, the last major stumbling block in the action plan. The agreed text calls on all countries to: “With a sense of urgency, substantially increase the global share of renewable energy sources, with the objective of increasing its contribution to total energy supply” – but without setting any percentage target or target date.The European Union had been pushing for a target of making 15% of energy come from “renewable energy” sources such as windmills, solar panels and waves by 2015. The US and Opec oil-exporting countries, however, were opposed to such targets.Children of the world present a message to the Summit (from left to right): Analiz Vergara (Ecuador), Liao Mingyu (China), Justin Friesen, (Canada), Julius Ndlovena and Tiyiselani Manganyi (South Africa). (Photo: UN Johannesburg Summit)The plan of action, together with a political declaration, was formally adopted at the close of the Summit.Among the provisions agreed on are commitments to increase access to clean water, proper sanitation and energy services, to improve health conditions and agriculture, particularly in drylands, and to protect the world’s biodiversity and ecosystems.Environmentalists scathing, politicians upbeatEnvironmentalists have slammed the plan as toothless, criticising it for, among other things, failing to set targets for the use of renewable energy sources, failing to ensure accountability of multinational corporations, and making no mention of the “ecological debt” that resource-greedy richer nations owe less developed nations.Ministers, however, have praised the plan, describing the environmentalists’ expectations as unrealistic.South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin told the Star newspaper that issues such as getting the United States and Japan to agree on specific renewable energy targets had been politically impossible to resolve, adding: “But we brokered a deal. There are no targets, but there’s no question about it – renewable energy is now a new issue on the sustainable development agenda.”Erwin said that South Africa’s technical and brokering skills in chairing the “Johannesburg Process” that led to final consensus had been appreciated by the world’s trade and environment ministers, adding that the plan contained “about 41 substantial agreements relating to the environment in one way or another”.Johannesburg Summit Secretary-General Nitin Desai said that renewable energy targets had been a worthwhile goal, “but the reality is that, with sustained action, we can build up the renewable energy industries to the point where they have the critical mass to compete with fossil fuel-generated energy. We have a commitment to make it happen, and now we need the follow-through.”South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohamed Valli Moosa said the Summit had made some very significant advances. “In some areas, it has made seminal advances.”Valli Moosa said the breakthroughs came during three days of round-the-clock ministerial negotiations. The idea of ministers sitting for days dealing with the “nitty-gritty” of the issues involved was a surprise, he said. “It represents the seriousness with which the [Summit] is taken by developing and developed countries.”The high-level negotiations were necessary, he said, because the remaining issues needed to be resolved at the political, not technical levels.Sustainable production and consumptionCountries have agreed to establish a voluntary world solidarity fund to eradicate poverty and promote social and human development that, without duplicating existing UN funds, will encourage the role of the private sector and individual citizens.Also agreed on was a provision that encourages countries to develop a 10-year framework of programmes to shift towards sustainable consumption and production – that asks countries, in other words, to live within the means of their supporting ecosystems.Desai, detailing some of the commitments, said that country agreements on water and sanitation were backed up by a United States announcement of an investment of $970-million in water projects over the next three years, and a European Union announcement to engage in partnerships to meet the new goals, primarily in Africa and Central Asia.The UN had received 21 other partnership initiatives in this area, with at least $20-million in extra resources.In energy, Desai said countries had committed themselves to expanding access to the two billion people that do not have access to modern energy services. He added that while countries had not agreed on a target for phasing in renewable energy, they had commited to green energy and the phasing out of subsidies for types of energy that are not consistent with sustainable development.Bolstering these commitments, Desai said, a group of nine major electric companies had signed agreements to undertake sustainable energy projects in developing countries, while the EU had announced a $700-million partnership initiative on energy, and the US had announced investments of up to $43-million for energy in 2003.On health issues, in addition to actions to fight HIV-Aids and reduce waterborne diseases and the health risks due to pollution, countries had agreed to phase out, by 2020, the use and production of chemicals that harm human health and the environment.Proposals for the Global Environment Facility to fund implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification have already been adopted, and will have a major impact on improving agricultural practices in drylands. The United States had said it would invest $90-million in 2003 for sustainable agriculture, Desai said, and 17 partnership submissions to the UN contained at least $2-million in additional resources.There were many commitments made to protect biodiversity and improve ecosystem management, Desai said. These include commitments to reduce biodiversity loss by 2010; to restore fisheries to their maximum sustainable yields by 2015; to establish a representative network of marine protected areas by 2012; and to improve developing countries’ access to environmentally sound alternatives to ozone-depleting chemicals by 2010.These commitments were supported by 32 partnership initiatives submitted to the UN, with $100-million in additional resources, and a US announcement of $53-million for forest management in 2002-2005.“It’s impossible to know just how many resources the Summit has mobilised”, Desai said, “but we know they are substantial. Furthermore, many of the new resources will attract additional resources that will greatly enhance our efforts to take sustainable development to the next level, where it will benefit more people and protect more of our environment.”Boost for Kyoto ProtocolOn Kyoto, countries agreed in the Summit plan that states that have ratified the Kyoto treaty on global warming “strongly urge states that have not already done so to ratify the Kyoto Protocol in a timely manner”.The Protocol received a huge boost at the Summit, with Russia, China, Canada and Japan announcing their intentions to ratify the treaty, leaving the US and Australia as the only major powers holding out.Minister Valli Moosa told the Star that Russia’s surprise decision meant that the anti-global warming pact could now come into force, as it would bring a “big chunk” of carbon dioxide emissions into the equation.‘There is still the other half’The commitment to a target of 2015 for reducing the numbers of people who lack access to proper sanitation followed the already agreed upon goal of halving the proportion of people who lack access to clean water, one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.“It is hard to imagine how we can implement sustainable development when two billion people lack proper sanitation facilities”, said Desai. “This is an historic commitment, because for the first time the world has made the issues of water and sanitation a high-level political priority. We need this political commitment, and now we need the practical measures and partnerships to ensure that the new goals are met.”Desai cautioned, however, that the new targets, if met, would only bring clean water and proper sanitation to half of the people who lack these necessities. “There is still the other half, and we cannot stop until everyone benefits.”SouthAfrica.info reporter. Sources: Johannesburg World Summit 2002, United Nations: Johannesburg Summit 2002last_img read more

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Basel ATP with knee problem

first_imgWorld number one Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the upcoming Basel indoors tournament due to a knee issue, the Spaniard has said.With the ATP Finals coming up next month, Nadal said on his Facebook page he had made the decision to pull out of next week’s Basel tournament after getting medical advice.Nadal’s 16-match winning streak was ended in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday by world number two Roger Federer, who will now have the chance to make up some ground in the rankings chase.”I sadly announce that I have to pull out of the Swiss Indoors Basel, after seeing my doctor in Spain just after landing from Shanghai,” said Nadal on Tuesday.”I am suffering from an overstressing of the knee and the problems where already present at the tournament in Shanghai which now forces me to take a time off on advice of my doctor.”Nadal, 31, leads Federer by 1,960 points in the rankings but the 36-year-old Swiss can gain 500 points if he wins at Basel with another 1,000 up for grabs at the Paris Masters.Their battle for the year-end top spot could go down to the wire with the winner of the season-ending ATP Finals, which will be held from Nov. 12 to 19 in London, to receive up to 1,500 points.Nadal and Federer have each won six titles this year, splitting the four grand slams between them.last_img read more

Curry 1st Unanimous NBA MVP

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — From the jaw-dropping half-court heaves that somehow sink through the net to the dazzling drives and zippy passes from every which way, Stephen Curry’s desire to keep getting better while always trying to entertain at every stop has the Golden State superstar being mentioned right along with the best ever, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.And he just turned 28. There might still be so much more for the 6-foot-3, baby-faced point guard whose ability to make it on the big NBA stage was initially questioned by some.On May 11, Curry accomplished something those former greats never did: He became the first unanimous NBA MVP, earning the award for the second straight season after leading the defending champion Warriors to a record-setting season.“I never really set out to change the game. I never thought that would happen in my career,” Curry said. “What I wanted to do was just be myself. … I know it inspires a lot of the next generation, a lot of people who love the game of basketball to value the skill of it, value the fact that you can work every single day to get better. You’ve got to be able to put the time and the work. That’s how I got here, that’s how I continue to get better every single day.Curry is the 11th player in league history to be voted MVP in consecutive seasons and the first guard since Steve Nash in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Curry received 1,310 points from the 130 media voters from the U.S. and Canada.“I couldn’t imagine anybody not voting him first, and yet there always seems to be somebody who has to stand out,” Coach of the Year Steve Kerr said.Curry was followed in the vote by Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio, LeBron James of Cleveland and Oklahoma City teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Curry’s teammate Draymond Green was seventh.Nash, Golden State’s player development consultant, was on hand to congratulate Curry.“It’s been weird, I haven’t had to say a word to him. It’s been the easiest job,” Nash said.Curry is the first two-time MVP in franchise history, and Wilt Chamberlain (1959-60) is the only other Warriors winner.After guiding Golden State to its first championship in 40 years, Curry & Co. took that success even further to finish with 73 regular-season wins to top the mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team that went 72-10.In a stunning overtime performance May 9, Curry showed exactly how he can take over a game in a matter of seconds. He returned from a sprained right knee to score 40 points — and 17 in overtime — in a 132-125 win at Portland to put his team up 3-1 in the Western Conference semifinals.Curry was sore and fatigued but ready to go again.“He wants it,” Kerr said. “There’s no ulterior motive. He just wants to be better. That’s who he is.”Curry, now one of the most recognizable and popular athletes worldwide, was presented with his MVP trophy at Oracle Arena before trying to close out the series against the Trail Blazers at home May 11. His teammates were on stage to cheer the latest accomplishment in a long list of them.“He’s become one of the most popular athletes on the planet,” Kerr said. “People relate to him. They genuinely enjoy watching him play and admire his humility and just the way he carries himself. The impact he’s had on the game is really dramatic.”Curry averaged an NBA-best 30.1 points per game to go with 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds. He also led the NBA with 2.1 steals a game while shooting 50.4 percent from the field, 45.4 percent from 3-point range and 90.8 percent from the foul line.From the start of the season, Curry vowed to take his game to another level — and did he ever. Now, all that matters to him is staying healthy and leading the Warriors to another title.Curry understands, and even embraces, the constant scrutiny that comes with being an MVP and playing on a championship team.His pregame ballhandling routine alone draws huge crowds in every city, but it has been his long-range touch that has forced defenses to extend — and has kids and adults alike throwing the ball up from anywhere. He made a record 402 3-pointers after no player had previously even hit 300 in a season.“I want to be remembered as somebody that worked hard, that got the most out of my potential and talent and pushed the envelope,” Curry said.“I never really expected to change the game or spark a new way to play the game, because that’s the way I know how to play, and that’s what was in me when I started the game back when I was 5.”(JANIE McCAULEY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Würth: small 1:N transformer, robust and versatile in use

first_img Continue Reading Previous SEGGER: new microcontroller-based dual USB platformNext RTI: connectivity software Connext 6 for healthcare and autonomous systems The coupled power chokes product category from Würth Elektronik eiSos has a new entrant: “WE-MTCI SMT Multi-Turn Ratio Double Choke”. With WE-MTCI, the manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components presents its smallest double choke yet (5030 package) with different winding ratios from 1:1.5 to 1:3. The magnetically shielded double choke with 0.8 kV isolation is specified for an operating temperature of -40 to +125°C.WE-MTCI is available in versions for rated currents from 0.45 to 0.95 A. The double choke is the ideal solution for buck/boost converters with regulated or unregulated output voltage. Isolated converter applications – such as flyback converters – with high packaging density are also areas of use, as well as step-up or step-down converters with auxiliary windings, as are auto-transformer applications. The WE-MTCI double choke is now available from stock in any quantities. You can request free samples.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more