26 Sep

Somali pirates ‘seize Danish children’ in Indian Ocean

first_img Share Tweet News Somali pirates ‘seize Danish children’ in Indian Ocean by: – February 28, 2011 BBC NewsSomali pirates usually target cargo vessels for the ransoms often paid out by shipping firmsThree Danish children and their parents have been snatched by pirates who hijacked their sailing boat in the Indian Ocean, Danish officials say.Denmark’s foreign ministry said the children were aged between 12 and 16, and that two Danish crew members were also captured during the attack.Pirates seized the boat on 24 February and were said to be heading to Somalia.Piracy is a highly lucrative trade in Somalia, where gangs can often demand millions of dollars in ransoms.As of last week, the EU’s anti-piracy naval force said pirates were holding a total of 31 vessels, and 688 hostages.Many of the vessels they target are cargo ships sailing near the Gulf of Aden – one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.Increasing violenceThe foreign ministry told the AP news agency that the ship sent a distress signal on Thursday: “It has now been confirmed that the sailboat was hijacked by pirates.”The Danes are be the second group of non-commercial sailors seized by pirates in recent weeks.A group of Americans was seized earlier in February, and four of them were killed as the US Navy tried to rescue them.US forces say the pirates shot them.Analysts say the piracy industry is becoming increasingly lucrative – Somali gangs recently hijacked a tanker with $200m (£136m) worth of crude oil on board.International naval forces patrolling the area are becoming more willing to send in commando teams to free hostages.But the pirates also appear to be responding with increasing violence – two Philippine sailors were murdered last month by pirates angered at an attempted rescue. Sharing is caring!center_img 116 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

19 Sep

Football News Meghalaya: Nita Ambani calls for inclusive growth of sports in education

first_imgShillong: Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation and member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Nita Ambani on Monday called for inclusive growth of sports in school curriculums to herald India as a multi-sports nation.Here to witness the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) Meghalaya leg of School Girls football final at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ambani said, “Reliance Foundation Youth Sports is all about opportunity and endeavour. We strive to give the youth of India a platform through which they can showcase their skills and ability.“I am heartened to say that over 4 million children from 5000 educational institutes have been impacted by RFYS thus far in last two years, and this season will further widen that impact across the nation reaching 6 million youths.Also Read | Gandhi Jayanti: Top 5 movies on Mahatma GandhiAmbani was accompanied by Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma and NorthEast United FC owner and Bollywood actor John Abraham.Reliance Foundation Youth Sports is a step in seeking to build a grassroots sports eco-system with an aim to propel India into a multi-sports nation.“I strongly believe that education and sports go hand in hand in shaping our youth. RFYS aims to develop a sporting culture in India through the medium of educational institutes. We endeavour to make sports more accessible to the youth of India,” said Ambani.Speaking about the North East’s contribution to sports in India, Ambani said, “North-East occupies a special place in the heart of every Indian sports fan. It is the home to some of the most recognised international athletes India has produced.Read More | Telecom firms given 15 days for plan to discontinue Aadhaar-based eKYC“The passion and enthusiasm for sports here in North East is unparalleled, which is why it is a priority region for Reliance Foundation to tap the vast talent pool here. Our endeavour is to give North East its due as the region has nurtured and cultivated a sporting culture like no other part of India.”Ambani seeks to build a grassroots sports eco-system in the country that will not only encourage kids and youngsters to take up sport but will also provide every child a platform to nurture his or her talent. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

17 Sep

Zone-buster Nicky Galasso looks to continue high-volume scoring in NCAA tournament

first_imgIt’s all been well-documented. The standout freshman season at North Carolina, the injuries, the senior season resurgence.Nicky Galasso’s path through college lacrosse is interwoven in success, frustration and relief. But with no more than four games left in his career, the storylines have thinned. It’s tunnel vision for the fifth-year midfielder looking to avenge his team’s early exit in last season’s NCAA tournament.“Last year we lost in the first round and that’s pretty unheard of with Syracuse,” he said. “We’re just excited to get Marist.”Galasso is riding a three-game streak with three or more goals, the longest such run of his five-year journey in college. As opposing defenses have recently slowed the Orange down with zones early in games, it’s been Galasso to come in from the midfield and find the seams to exploit those zones.And starting on Sunday night, especially if the Red Foxes come out without a man-to-man, Galasso will rely on his recent effectiveness to jumpstart second-seeded SU (12-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) against Marist (14-3, 6-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic) in the second round of the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Nicky’s a great player and he’s been doing that all season,” fifth-year midfielder Henry Schoonmaker said. “…so I think it was pretty easy for him to pick apart the defense and get the shots that he always gets.”Against North Carolina in the ACC tournament semifinals, Galasso kept Syracuse afloat with three of the team’s five first-half goals while the Tar Heels slowed down the rest of the Orange with a zone. Facing Colgate last weekend, it was Galasso who overcame the Raiders zoning SU’s first-line midfield to score the game’s final two goals in a 9-7 win.He found an opening from 10 yards out in between two defenders and slotted the ball top right. Then to give SU its first cushion of the day with minutes remaining, he put the ball in the same spot in between two defenders again from distance.“He’s a great shooter and he has an awesome feel for the game,” Kevin Rice said.In last year’s first-round loss to Bryant, Galasso scored two goals but the Bulldogs stifled SU with a zone and slowed down the pace of the game. Marist zoned Bryant in its play-in game on Wednesday, but SU head coach John Desko said the Red Foxes have done a good job varying their defensive sets this year.If the Orange does see a zone on Sunday, the formula to beat it isn’t too complicated now that the Orange is fresh off knowing what it takes to beat one.“I think just patience and finding the holes,” Schoonmaker said. “I think those are two main things that we have to do a little better, just figuring out where the holes in the defense are and then being patient and waiting for those to pop up.”It’s something Galasso has done effectively, and something that may be the key to finally putting one of Syracuse’s worst tournament losses ever in the past 364 days after the fact.But before the Orange can move onto the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, it may have to execute against a defensive scheme that has at times been a weakness as of late.“Once we put that first goal in, that’s when things are going to start flowing for us,” Galasso said. “We just have to listen to the schemes and everything that’s going on with the coaches.“They’re setting us up for greatness.” Comments Published on May 10, 2015 at 9:08 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

15 Aug

Nine Cities Show Increases in SPCaseShiller Home Price Indices

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Home prices were a mixed bag in December with nine cities showing increases, six cities recording decreases, and five cities showing relatively flat changes.The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, released Tuesday, show the national housing index fell 0.1 percent from November to December. However, the 10- and 20-city indices instead rose with a slight increase of 0.1 percent month-to-month.”The housing recovery is faltering. While prices and sales of existing homes are close to normal, construction and new home sales remain weak,” said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.  “Before the current business cycle, any time housing starts were at their current level of about one million at annual rates, the economy was in a recession.”Miami led the 20 major cities in month-to-month measures with an increase of 0.7 percent with Denver coming in at a close second with an increase of 0.5 percent. Chicago and Detroit were among the cities that showed declined with a 0.9 percent and 0.5 percent in pricing.All three indices showed growth in December compared to November. Both the 10- and 20-city composites showed slight increases, while the National Index slowed from a 4.7 percent increase in November to 4.6 percent.According to Blitzer, movements in the price index reflect regional patterns.”The western half of the nation plus Miami and Atlanta enjoyed year-over-year increases of 5 percent or more. Phoenix was an exception to the western strength with only a 2.4 percent increase. The Midwest and Northeast lagged. Boston was the strongest among this weak group,” he said. “The weakness in new construction and new sales may reflect decreasing mobility – fewer people moving to different parts of the country or seeking jobs in different regions.”Twelve cities showed a faster rise in prices over the year in December with San Francisco ranking highest at 9.3 percent and Miami ranking second at 8.4 percent. Among the cities with a faster rise were Cleveland, Denver and Seattle, while Las Vegas led the declining cities with a drop from 7.7 to 6.9 percent. February 24, 2015 544 Views Nine Cities Show Increases in S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indicescenter_img Home Prices Housing Market S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2015-02-24 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more