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Zidane, Valverde condemn violence after policeman killed in Bilbao trouble

first_img0Shares0000Police made nine arrests during violence before Thursday’s Europa League match between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow in which a Spanish police officer died of a heart attack © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMadrid, Spain, Feb 23 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and his Barcelona counterpart Ernesto Valverde on Friday strongly condemned the violence which led to a police officer dying before a Europa League game in Spain between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow.“Our thoughts are with his family. I don’t like violence, and it is very hard to understand when these things happen. Let’s hope these things don’t happen again in a football stadium,” said Zidane of the incidents which took place prior to Thursday evening’s match. Nine people were arrested, including three Russians and a Pole, during clashes outside San Mames in which a police officer died of a heart attack.The incident also raised fears over hooliganism at this summer’s World Cup which will be hosted by Russia.“Football was invented to be enjoyed, for people to experience happiness or suffer with their teams,” said Barcelona coach Valverde, formerly in charge in Bilbao.“But others use football as an excuse for other things, because football is seen by so many. It sullies football but it is not a problem for football, it is a wider problem. And of course we absolutely condemn that.”FIFA said it “deeply regrets” the clashes in Bilbao but had “complete trust” in Russia’s ability to ensure a safe World Cup — despite this being just the latest incident of hooligan violence involving Russians.A minute’s silence will be held before all games in Spain’s top two divisions this weekend in memory of the dead policeman.“La Liga reiterates its strongest condemnation of the violence and continues to work to eradicate it from football,” La Liga said in a statement.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy earlier offered his condolences for the death of the 51-year-old Basque police officer as he also “strongly condemned” the violence in the northern Spanish city.The officer was one of over 500 deployed to San Mames for the high-risk Europa League last-32 tie.He “suddenly felt ill during the serious incidents… despite being taken quickly to hospital, he suffered cardiac arrest,” the Basque government’s security department said in a statement, adding his death was not “directly” linked to an injury he suffered in the clashes.The trouble began as Spartak ‘ultras’ arrived at the stadium.Some lit and threw smoke bombs and bins towards Athletic supporters, before police charged them.Police detained five Spaniards, three Russians and a Polish man over the clashes, a spokesperson for the Basque security department said. They face charges of causing public disorder, rioting and disrespect for authority.Five other police officers were injured, none of them seriously, and treated on the scene, the spokesperson added.There was concern ahead of the match because of the reported presence of hardcore Russian fans in Bilbao, and police seized knives, bags full of rocks and brass knuckles from supporters of the two teams, the Basque security department said.Earlier Thursday, German police arrested a Russian suspected of the “attempted murder” of a British football fan during the European Championship in France two years ago. He was detained at Munich airport as he was trying to travel to Bilbao to attend the match, according to German police.But a spokesman for Russia’s embassy in Germany, Denis Mikerine, “strongly protested” the arrest on Facebook, saying it was a “possible pretext” to “politicise the theme of football hooliganism before the 2018 World Cup in Russia”.Russian authorities will be on high alert this summer for the World Cup after Russian fans were involved in pitched battles with England supporters in Marseille during Euro 2016.Spartak won Thursday’s match 2-1, but Athletic went through 4-3 on aggregate.They will face Marseille in the next round in March, but Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid have been drawn against another Russian club in Lokomotiv Moscow.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Durban’s A1 Grand Prix thriller

first_img30 January 2006About 100 000 fans lined the 3.2-kilometre A1 Grand Prix Durban street circuit on Sunday to witness a riveting sprint and grand prix race, with ex-Formula One driver Jos Verstappen of the Netherlands turning in a fine performance to take the honours in the feature event.The former Formula One star snatched the lead on the final lap, overtaking Switzerland’s Neel Jani, who was having brake problems, with a bold pass.Earlier, Verstappen had crashed out of the sprint race on the last lap, as he tried for the victory. That mistake saw him relegated to 16th place on the grid for the 40-lap main event.Portugal’s Alvaro Parente claimed third place ahead of New Zealand’s Matt Halliday, who drove superbly and with considerable guts to snap up fourth spot.Error-free run for SimpsonSouth Africa’s Stephen Simpson finished fifth, equaling the best finish thus far by a driver in his home grand prix, following an error-free run.Simpson started the race in 10th place on the grid after he struggled with electrical problems in the sprint race, which resulted in a lowly 20th place finish. His crew played a vital role in helping him move up the standings, executing a slick pit stop which enabled Simpson to move ahead of a number of his rivals.The local crowd showed their appreciation for his efforts by giving him a standing ovation after the race, and Simpson responded by throwing his gloves to the fans.Following Simpson across the finishing line was Italy’s Massimo Busnelli, Alexandre Premat of France – who won the sprint race – Austria’s Mathias Lauda, Brazil’s Nelson Piquet junior, and Sean McIntosh of Canada.Home supportSpeaking after the race, Simpson said he was delighted to have been able to pay the South African supporters back with a good drive, especially in light of the disappointing result in the sprint race. “It was hard work and very tiring, but I am relieved and very proud to have finished in the top five,” he said.“The technical team in the pits has been great and a lot of hard work went into this achievement. This is a great afternoon to be a South African.”Team South Africa CEO Dana Cooper said the event was a huge success. She said the sell-out crowd was a fantastic reward for all the hard work that went into preparing for the A1 Grand Prix on the Durban beachfront.Among the guests in attendance were South African President Thabo Mbeki, Kwazulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele, and Durban Mayor Obed Mlaba.ResultsSprint race 1. France (Alexandre Premat)2. Britain (Robbie Kerr)3. Switzerland (Neel Jani)4. Ireland (Ralph Firman)5. Czech Republic (Tomas Enge)6. New Zealand (Matt Halliday)7. Germany (Timo Scheider)8. Portugal (Alvaro Parente)9. Australia (Will Davison)10. Mexico (David Martinez)11. Pakistan (Enrico Toccacelo)12. Canada (Sean McIntosh)13. United States (Philip Giebler)14. India (Armaan Ebrahim)15. Austria (Mathias Lauda)Did not finish16. Netherlands (Jos Verstappen)17. Lebanon (Basil Shaaban)18. China (Tengyi Jiang)19. Brazil (Nelson Piquet Jr.)20. South Africa (Stephen Simpson)21. Indonesia (Ananda Mikola)22. Italy (Massimiliano Busnelli)23. Malaysia (Alex Yoong) Grand Prix  1. Netherlands, (Jos Verstappen)2. Switzerland (Neel Jani)3. Portugal (Alvaro Parente)4. Zealand (Matt Halliday)5. South Africa (Stephen Simpson)6. Italy (Massimiliano Busnelli)7. France (Alexandre Premat)8. Austria (Mathias Lauda)9. Brazil (Nelson Piquet Jr.)Did not finish10. Canada (Sean McIntosh)11. Germany (Timo Scheider)12. China (Tengyi Jiang)13. Pakistan (Enrico Toccacelo)14. Mexico (David Martinez)15. Lebanon (Basil Shaaban)16. Malaysia (Alex Yoong)17. Ireland (Ralph Firman)18. India (Armaan Ebrahim)19. Indonesia (Ananda Mikola)20. Britain (Robbie Kerr)21. Czech Republic (Tomas Enge)22. Australia (Will Davison)23. United States (Philip Giebler) Overall standings 1. France, 120 points.2. Switzerland, 92.3. Brazil, 63.4. Britain, 58.5. New Zealand, 54.6. Portugal, 50.7. Ireland, 44.8. Netherlands, 44.9. Malaysia, 33.10. Canada, 32.11. Czech Republic, 30.12. Australia, 29.13. Italy, 26.14. Mexico, 20.15. South Africa, 20.  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Will artificial intelligence mean the end of cyberthreats?

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Cybersecurity has come a long way in the last twenty years.In the 90s, the predominant security model used to create secure operating systems was the “castle and moat” approach. Everything inside the firewall was trusted and anything outside it wasn’t trusted.But emerging internet services like email meant that things needed to get through the wall. This was the beginning of the antivirus era of cybersecurity, an era that we are still in. Antivirus works by identifying a threat, creating a signature, and distributing that signature so that every other computer with antivirus software installed can identify malware and defend against it.See also: Is cybersecurity for smart cities being dangerously underestimated?Though the cybersecurity model hasn’t changed much since the advent of antivirus software, that could be about to change, thanks to advancements in cyberthreats.Most people creating malware use it once, and never again, which means identifying it and protecting against it in the future isn’t as helpful as it once was. A lot malware is advanced enough to slip through signature-based techniques of identifying them. Finally, the sheer volume of cyber threats continues to grow at an exponential rate and it’s getting harder to stay on top of them.Deep learning and the future of cybersecurityAdvancement in the field of deep learning allows artificial intelligence developers to create machines that can think like humans but process vast amounts of data quickly. Artificial intelligence researches are hopeful that AI may be the answer to the growing cyber threat problem. AI could theoretically identify eliminate cyber-threats as fast as they can be created.While previous methods for protecting against cyber threats has been reactionary, the malware attacks, the antivirus software identifies it, and then makes other computers immune to it, cybersecurity led by AI could take a more proactive approach in dealing with cyber threats. Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#cyberthreats#data security#Internet of Things#IoT Mitchelle Dovercenter_img Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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French Open: Andy Murray’s mother calls Maria Sharapova a ‘tea bag’

first_imgJudy Murray’s tweet comparing Sharapova to a tea bag has left the Russian ace puzzledWimbledon champion Andy Murray’s mother comparing Maria Sharapova to a tea bag in her tweet has left the former world number one puzzled after she made it to the French Open semi-finals on Tuesday.Judy Murray had tweeted that Sharapova is like a tea bag, adding that one should put her into hot water and they will find out how strong she is, after the Russian star defeated Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 to reach fourth successive Roland Garros semi-final and fifth of her career.Sharapova is like a tea bag. Put her into hot water and ul find out how strong she is. judy murray (@judmoo) June 3, 2014According to Sport24, when questioned about the tweet, Sharapova said that she is sorry as she did not know who Judy is, adding that she is a big tea drinker and does not understand what she means. However, when it was explained to her what the tweet meant, Sharapova applauded the Wimbledon champion’s mother’s tweet, saying that it is great, adding that she is very creative.When Sharapova becomes Shriekapova, you know she means business. Volume is everything. @RolandGarros judy murray (@judmoo) June 3, 2014Sharapova also said that Judy could have put it in many different ways, but she chose to go with the English version.last_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool captain Henderson reveals he’s still in Gerrard contact

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool captain Henderson reveals he’s still in Gerrard contactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson says he remains in contact with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.Henderson took over the captaincy from Gerrard four years ago.”It was a big responsibility when I first got the role but I always looked forward to it. Otherwise I wouldn’t have done it,” reflects Henderson. “I spoke to Stevie in a lot of detail before he left and still speak to him now and again. As time has gone on, it has got a lot easier. I’ve learned a lot.”With Liverpool unbeaten this season he says: “I feel we’re ready. We definitely have the potential to win trophies.”I have every confidence, with the people and talent we’ve got in the dressing-room, that we can produce trophies in the very near future.” last_img read more

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Naked truth Calgary naturist group criticized for public pool tradition

first_imgCALGARY – Swimming in the buff in a public pool is creating waves in Calgary.Naturist groups across Canada say it’s nothing new. They’ve been renting public pool time for family-friendly swimming events for years, if not decades.“We are everyday people … who just prefer and are more comfortable living as much as possible in the nude lifestyle — and using a city pool nude,” said Ray Jorritsma with the Edmonton Naturists Swim Group.The group is one of two in Edmonton that regularly holds nude swims at public pools and has been doing so for about 30 years. Jorritsma is at a loss to explain why the issue is causing controversy in the southern Alberta city.The Calgary Nude Recreation club has sold out tickets for a swim night on Sunday at the Southland Leisure Centre. The club describes the private, after-hours event on its Facebook page as a way of snubbing winter — in the nude and on a waterslide.An online petition is calling for the club to cancel the swim or ban children from attending because of potential pedophiles.“Sexual predators will be on the prowl — having an event like that is just like Christmas to them,” says the petition posted by April Parker. By Monday afternoon, 10,000 people had signed.The Calgary club did not respond to a request for comment, but has posted replies on its Facebook page.“The suggestion that our events should be marketed as ‘adult only’ entertainment illustrates the disconnect between what people THINK social nudity is about versus what social nudity is ACTUALLY about,” it said.A spokesperson for the City of Calgary would not comment on the swim night, but said the attention the event is getting has prompted staff to meet with organizers “to ensure the privacy and security of participants can be maintained.”In 2013, the Surrey Skinnydippers in British Columbia were told they could no longer rent out the Newton Wave pool after a community newspaper published a story about their swims and people phoned in with complaints. The group took the city to court and four years later won the right to keep on swimming.Perry Fulop with the City of Surrey said the group continues to rent the pool once a month, covering windows with paper for privacy, and there have been no issues or complaints.Nude swimming parties in public pools are more popular than people know, he said.Ron Schout, president of the Federation of Canadian Naturists, said groups in Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver have long held swim events at public facilities. In Toronto, he’s been organizing such swims for 30 years.Most swimmers are club members, he said, and include parents who bring their children. Some also invite friends, but all have to register with photo identification. Other clubs also do interviews.Ward King with the Sunny Chinooks group out of Sundre, Alta., said its swim events are kept quiet. Events aren’t publicized and the group doesn’t have a Facebook page.They’ve been swimming naked in a Calgary public pool for at least 10 years.“We’re low key and we do that for a reason,” he said. “People don’t know — they think the worst — and it’s all taboo. And it’s really not that at all.“It’s actually a really fun time.”— By Chris Purdy in Edmontonlast_img read more

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Come Dance With Us to support AUTISME SANS LIMITES

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment AUTISME SANS LIMITES (ASL) is a charitable organization whose mission is the development and social inclusion of adults with autism without intellectual disabilities. ASL programs are based on creating learning living environments in which preventative and community services are delivered to clients who have just left school or, in some cases, before. These learning spaces are adapted to their unique needs, and support teams help them develop their strengths and talents. In this inclusive environment, young adults with autism continue to evolve at their own pace in order to achieve their full potential, while avoiding isolation and resultant mental health problems. AUTISME SANS LIMITES is pleased to announce the launch of a unique campaign to get Montrealers to literally dance in the streets.From now through October 5, 2016, dances steps can be found painted on the sidewalk in front of the Aldo and Apple stores on Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal and we invite you to find a partner… to dance! And, better yet, improvise your own dance in a beautiful location and share your performance on film or photo on Facebook Entrez dans la danse (@DansezMTL).Dance for joy and for love, and to remember that special moment when you first joined hands with another. Dance in support of the Montreal premiere of the inspiring film How to Dance in Ohio, in which young autistic adults experience their first formal dance, at Théâtre Outremont on October 5 at 6:30 pm. Participants are invited to visit the website (www.ComeDanceWithUs.org) to purchase tickets for premiere (tickets are limited) and learn more about autism. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mandela to be buried with eagle feather

first_imgAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo performs a ceremony in honour of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo courtesy of the AFNAPTN National News GATINEAU, Que.–Nelson Mandela will be buried with an eagle feather brought to South Africa by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, it was announced at a special chiefs assembly Wednesday.The eagle feather will travel with Mandela’s body to Qunu, the place where the man known to his people as Madiba grew-up and which will be laid to rest. Mandela will be buried there Sunday.Atleo gave the eagle feather to Canada’s high commissioner to South Africa who has the task of ensuring the feather gets into the hands of the South African government for Mandela’s final journey. Atleo also gave a smaller eagle feather to the high commissioner as a “gesture of friendship” and a symbol of the importance of the task.“The eagle feather was given to the high commissioner who has been charged with the responsibility,” said Ovide Mercredi, a former AFN national chief, who broke the news Wednesday morning to chiefs gathered in a Gatineau, Que., casino this week for their yearly winter assembly.Mercredi said the eagle feather was handed over following a ceremony in Mandela’s honour requested by Atleo involving the Canadian delegation, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Atleo sang a song from his nation used to honour the death of hereditary leaders, said Mercredi.Mandela was not only once president of South Africa and a leader in the fight against apartheid; he was also a hereditary leader among the Xhosa. His father was a tribal chief in Transkei and named Mandela Rolihlahla at birth. Rolihlahla means “pulling branches of a tree,” but colloquially it also means “troublemaker,” according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s website.“Our national chief was given the opportunity to perform a particular ceremony while Mandela was lying in state,” said Mercredi. “Our national chief said his prayer and also sang a song that is particular to his nation, a song that they used to recognize leadership and in particular hereditary chiefs and the name as you know that Mandela has been given is Madiba which is in recognition of his status within his nation, with his own people as a hereditary leader.”Madiba is the name of Mandela’s clan and stems from the name of a Thembu chief  who ruled in the Transkei during the 18th century, according to the foundation.Mercredi said the ceremony included Harper, three former prime ministers, two former governor generals and the premiers who were part of the Canadian delegation. Former governor-general Adrianne Clarkson held an eagle feather during the ceremony.Mercredi also said that Atleo also discussed Mandela’s legacy and the current relationship between Canada and its Indigenous population with former prime ministers Jean Chretien and Joe Clarke.“(They discussed) the importance of bringing to Canada the teachings and lessons provided by Mandela with respect to peace and reconciliation,” said Mercredi. “That leadership needs to be demonstrated in this country…The national chief is reporting to us that he has begun that dialogue of reconciliation of justice with the leaders he is travelling with.”[email protected]last_img read more

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Celtic defender praises fans for clubs victory

first_imgCeltic defender Filip Benkovic has heaped praises on the club’s supporters following their 2-1 win against RB Leipzig on Thursday night.After suffering a disappointing defeat away in Germany, the Scottish champions needed a victory against the Bundesliga club to stand any chance of making it into the second round of the competition and the team duly delivered.The on-loan Leicester City defender relished the atmosphere at Celtic Park on Thursday night and revealed that manager, Brendan Rodgers urged the players not to be afraid of the pressure of what was a must-win game but to embrace it.“The manager told us before the game that if we believed in ourselves we would get the result,” said Benkovic, according to Evening Times.“He told us not to worry about the pressure but to go and play our own game. He said if we did that we could get all three points and he was right. We didn’t feel pressure. We just felt that we wanted to do our best and show how we can play.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Coming out onto the pitch it felt that the stadium was on fire. All those people, it felt like they gave us wings. It was very good.“When I played for Dinamo Zagreb it was a different situation because there were some political problems and so many fans stayed away. But the experience at Parkhead on Thursday….every player would want to have been part of this.“The memory of it will live with me forever and I want to enjoy as many of them as I can.”last_img read more

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