Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea: Hazard back as one of three changes

first_imgEden Hazard returns to the Chelsea side for their Champions League clash in Kiev.Hazard, who was a substitute against Aston Villa on Saturday, is restored to the starting line-up along with Nemanja Matic.Kurt Zouma replaces the injured Branislav Ivanovic at right-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta reverting to left-back and Baba Rahman dropping to the bench.There is no place for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, though Bertrand Traore and Kenedy are among the substitutes.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.Subs: Blackman, Baba, Mikel, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African biker in Dakar challenge

first_imgSouth African motorbike racer Joey Evans is competing in the 2017 Dakar Rally, less than 10 years after he was paralysed in a motorbike accident. Hard work and determination to fulfil his lifelong dream to compete in the race got him back on his feet and up on his bike again. (Photo: From Para to Dakar website)CD AndersonSouth African motorbike racer Joey Evans is currently competing in the gruelling Dakar Rally across South America. While being in the race, running from 2-14 January 2017, is an achievement in itself, Evans’ journey to this point has been a remarkable story in which he beat the odds after a life-changing accident.An avid rider in his 20s, participating in local road and off-road racing events, Evans had always aimed to become good enough to do the Dakar. A serious accident during a race in 2007, however, left him a paraplegic. He broke his T8 and T9 vertebrae, crushed his spinal cord and was paralysed from below the chest down. He had little hope of even climbing back on a bike again.Writing on his website, From Para to Dakar, Evan explains: “I was told by the two previous hospital specialists that I would never walk again in light of my spinal cord injury that appeared to be ‘complete’. A few days later, after many X-rays and CAT scans, the doctor recommended that we fuse my T8 and T9 vertebrae to stabilise my back and attempt to relieve pressure on my spinal cord. This was a big decision to make as other doctors had recommended that we leave the area to ensure no further damage.”If the operation was successful Evans would have a small chance of walking again – but never, the doctors said, the possibility of riding a motorcycle again.This did not deter him though, and while slowly building up his strength to start walking again, the dream of riding the Dakar was always in the back of his mind.“After the operation,” Evans writes, “lying in that hospital bed, I decided that this was not going to beat me… I would work as hard as I possibly could to walk again. I had so much support from my wife, my family and friends. Everyone pushing me to keep going and always full of encouragement.”Following extensive physical therapy, Evans was walking again and less than two years after his accident, he climbed back on a bike.“I was determined to try to get back on a bike. The first time I tried to throw my leg over I could not support my weight and the bike on one leg and ended up falling over with the bike on top of me.”After enough practise and more than a few falls, he mastered the motorcycle enough to be able to ride over long distances. “Words could never describe the feeling of being back on the bike again. Alone in my helmet I felt my eyes well up knowing that this was truly a miracle to have come what seemed full circle and be back on the bike again.”A decade after being told he may never race again, Evans was at the Dakar starting line, on his trusty KTM, feeling that whatever happened next, just making it this far was a victory in itself.“Physically,” he writes, “I can now walk quite well and sometimes people don’t even notice I have a problem. My legs still don’t work properly; they are a lot weaker and slower that before and spasm a lot when I’m tired or when my adrenalin is going… But I can ride.”As of 9 January 2017, after the completion of the sixth stage of the Dakar in La Paz, Bolivia, Evans is in 102nd place in the motorcycle category, and is one of only two South Africans remaining in the race. The other is Giniel de Villiers.The epic 9,000km race ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 14 January.Source: GoodThingsGuy and From Para to Dakar websiteslast_img read more

OFBF promotes staff

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tim Hicks of Lexington has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) business development field director.In this new position, Hicks will develop and implement programs, business development projects and activities designed to retain and increase Farm Bureau membership and member utilization of Nationwide financial and risk management products. Nationwide got its start as an insurance company for Ohio Farm Bureau members and continues to be a strong advocate of agriculture.Previously, Hicks was Ohio Farm Bureau’s organization director for Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Richland and Wyandot counties. Before coming to OFBF, Hicks was employed by the Schuyler County (New York) Watershed Protection Agency, the Soil and Water Conservation District and as an erosion control manager. He served as a village trustee and was active in various community organizations including the regional planning board. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in environmental science. He and his wife, Jenna, have two children.In addition, Haley Davis of Bucyrus has been promoted to Ohio Farm Bureau Federation organization director for Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Richland and Wyandot counties. Davis will act as liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and Ohio Farm Bureau. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.Davis previously joined Ohio Farm Bureau in March, training in field staff work in anticipation of future needs. She is a 2013 graduate of West Virginia University where she majored in animal and nutritional sciences and was vice president of the Collegiate FFA. She also worked at Hord Livestock Co. in Bucyrus as a farrowing technician/manager and at Southern States Morgantown Ag as a sales associate.Davis grew up in West Chester and was involved with 4-H for 10 years, serving as a junior fair board member and on the horse judging team. She is a Crawford County Farm Bureau member and Young Agricultural Professionals member.last_img read more

Show Padmavat in court, directs Rajasthan HC

first_imgThe Rajasthan High Court on Friday directed producer-director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to show his film Padmavat in court before passing an order on his petition seeking the quashing of a First Information Report.The FIR was registered at the Didwana police station in Nagaur on February 17, 2016. Besides him, actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were also named as accused.The case was lodged on the complaint of two individuals who alleged that the movie would disrupt communal harmony and hurt religious sentiments of a community. Padmavat is slated for release on January 25.Meanwhile, Gujarat has also joined the States where the film will not be released. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani on Friday said, “We banned the film based on inputs on the law and order situation. The ban continues in the State.”last_img read more

Venezuela blames US sanctions for blocking debt financing oil sales

first_imgReutersVenezuela accused US-led sanctions has led to negative impacts on debt refinancing, food and medicinal imports, lost billions of dollars in oil assets as the country continues to suffer from one of its biggest economic crisis. The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro claimed that the country is ‘the victim of a US plot to topple him, eradicate socialism and hand the world’s largest oil reserves to multinationals,’ reported Reuters.According to a study by Brookings Institution, it shows that the sanctions have inflicted “very serious harm to human life.” Arguing that the impact on human lives is illegal under international laws, the study said, “We find that the sanctions have inflicted, and increasingly inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, including an estimated more than 40,000 deaths from 2017–2018.”However, Vice Foreign Minister William Castillo has denied all claims of the humanitarian crisis in the country including state and human rights violence expressed by the United Nations human rights Chief Michelle Bachelet.The US has played a major role in the Venezuelan crisis. US President Donald Trump called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro an ‘illegitimate dictator’ and supports opposition leader Juan Guaido as its rightful interim ruler. It has imposed sanctions on the oil sector as well as Maduro’s allies, reported Reuters.”Today the United States has confiscated some $30 billion in (state oil company) PDVSA assets while 40 banks are holding onto some $5.4 billion, preventing Venezuela from purchasing food and medication,” Castillo told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, reported the global news agency.Citing data such as the country’s oil export income which had plummeted from $40 billion per year to $5 billion, Castillo said, “Venezuela can’t refinance its debt and oil tankers and businesses are being punished.”last_img read more

Banking stocks lead indices to gains weak rupee dents sentiment

first_imgA broker monitors share prices at a brokerage firm in Mumbai August 9, 2011.ReutersThe Indian equity indices experienced a highly volatile session on Wednesday, but managed to make gains, as apprehensions over the tension between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government gave way to investors clinching attractive deals.Consequently, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 550 points to reclaim the 34,000-mark, while the NSE Nifty setteled above 10,300 points.The day’s trade started on a shaky ground as reports emerged of the growing spat between the RBI and the government. The speculation over RBI Governor Urjit Patel’s resignation briefly led indices into the red during the afternoon session.However, healthy buying in finance, banking stocks along with export-dominated IT and healthcare counters lifted the market higher.On the other hand, metals index, however, lost over 1 percent contrary to the other sectoral indices on the National Stock Exchange which registered sharp gains in the range of 1 to 4 per cent.In terms of currency, the rupee closed at Rs 73.95 to a US dollar from its previous close of 73.68 following a similar trend in all the major currencies, which traded lower. Indian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndex-wise, the S&P BSE Sensex settled 550.92 points higher, or 1.63 per cent, at 34,442.05. It had opened at 33,963.09 from its previous close of 33,891.13.The Sensex swung 875 points, touching an intra-day high of 34,463.38 and a low of 33,587.24.The NSE’s Nifty ended the day at 10,386.60, up 188.20 points or 1.85 per cent.Besides, broader markets, S&P BSE MidCap gained 1.56 per cent, while S&P BSE SmallCap was up by 1.38 per cent also the market breadth was positive with 1,619 advances and 943 declines.According to Abhijeet Dey, Senior Fund Manager-Equities, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund: “Equity investors in India witnessed a relief rally on the last day of October 2018 as stock markets charged ahead with sharp gains.””The markets surged in mid-afternoon trade after the government clarified on a tussle with the Reserve Bank of India and said that it respects and nurtures central bank’s autonomy,”HDFC Securities’ Retail Research Head Deepak Jasani said: “Technically, with the Nifty rallying higher, the bulls seem to be in control,””Further upsides are likely once the immediate resistances of 10,396 are taken out. Crucial supports to watch for any weakness are at 10,285.”Investments wise, the provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold stocks worth Rs 193.65 crore on Wednesday while the domestic institutional investors bought scrip worth Rs 1,124.92 crore.The month has ended with an foreign fund outflow to the tune of Rs 28,921 crore (NSDL), highest monthly outflow in the equity segment since 2002.The top gainers on BSE were dominated by banking stocks, led by HDFC Bank, up 5.78 per cent at Rs 1,769.55; IndusInd Bank, up 4.47 per cent at Rs 1,424.45; Infosys, up 4.02 per cent at Rs 686.25; Axis Bank, up 3.43 per cent at Rs 581.90; and Yes Bank, up 3.30 per cent at Rs 188.05 a share.The top losers were: Coal India down 3.53 per cent at Rs 266.15; Tata Steel, down 2.25 per cent at Rs 552.40; Maruti Suzuki, down 1.33 per cent at Rs 6,608.95; Adani Ports, down 0.85 per cent at Rs 319.10 and Kotak Bank down 0.60 per cent at Rs 1,118 per share.last_img read more

NeuVector upgrades Kubernetes container security with the release of Containerd and CRIO

first_imgAt the ongoing KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018, NeuVector has upgraded their line of container network security with the release of containerd and CRI-O run-time support. Attendees of the conference are invited to learn how customers use NeuVector and get 1:1 demos of the platform’s new capabilities. Containerd is a Cloud Native Computing Foundation incubating project. It’s basically a container run-time built to emphasize simplicity, robustness, and portability while managing the complete container lifecycle of its host system. This includes managing the lifecycle of its host system, from image transfer and storage to container execution and supervision to low-level storage to network attachments and more. NeuVector is testing the containerd version on the latest IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service version, which uses the containerd run-time. CRI-O is an implementation of the Kubernetes container run-time interface enabling OCI compatible run-times. It is a lightweight alternative to Docker as a run-time for Kubernetes. CRI-O is made up of several components including: OCI compatible runtime containers/storage containers/image networking (CNI) container monitoring (common) security is provided by several core Linux capabilities With this newly added support, organizations using containerd or CRI-O can deploy NeuVector to secure their container environments. Read Next Stripe open sources ‘Skycfg’, a configuration builder for Kubernetes. Kubernetes 1.13 released with new features and fixes to a major security flaw Introducing ‘Pivotal Function Service’ (alpha): an open, Kubernetes based, multi-cloud serverless framework for developer workloadslast_img read more