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Chinese Eastern Star ship wreckage righting completed

first_imgThe Eastern star was carrying more than 400 people when it capsized on the Yangtze river The capsized Eastern Star has now been completely righted, and the ship’s blue top can be seen above the water surface. Teams are now trying to drain off the water inside the ship to make it float.Two 500-ton lifting boats are being used to lift the capsized Eastern Star, using four iron ropes. In order to carry out the operation, four iron ropes welded on the ship should be lifting the hulk simultaneously.The operation was earlier scheduled for Thursday night. But it was delayed because of three major difficulties in welding a fourth iron rope. One is that the bow is touching the river embankment, the second is the low visibility of the river, and the third is the large quantity of rubble that was used for flood prevention at the contact position.Before the operation, the rescuers had cut holes in the bottom of the overturned ship to give divers easier access inside, in the hopes of reaching anybody who might still be alive. And after three days of divers combing compartments and searching nearby waters, rescuers on Thursday evening decided to hoist and upright the wreckage.The Ministry of Transport’s spokesperson says that there are slim chances that more survivors would be found inside the hull. He says the decision to turn the ship would help find the missing “in the shortest possible time” and “protect the dignity of the deceased”.The passenger ship Eastern Star capsized at around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River. The ship was heading upstream from Nanjing to Chongqing. There were 456 people on board. Most passengers were tourists from Shanghai and its neighboring province of Jiangsu. Their ages ranged from 3 to 83, with most in their 60s and 70s.To help the operation, the flow of water from the Three Gorges Dam, upstream from the site of the incident, has been reduced by more than half, from 17,200 cubic meters per second to just 7,000 cubic meters.The ill-fated ship is owned by the Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corporation, which specializes in tourist routes in the popular Three Gorges river canyon region. The company was founded in 1967 and now has five luxury passenger vessels operating in China.last_img read more

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Texas’ Breckyn Hager suffers gruesome hand injury in ‘accident’ after Oklahoma game

first_img (Instagram) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2c/3a/breckyn-hager-ig-ftr_qo4rmp1lxh271twl2vnu6jyhd.png?t=2055374583&w=500&quality=80  While there are no reports explaining how Hager sustained the injury, many are speculating he punched a wall (or some object) due to frustration after losing to Oklahoma. Hager made headlines in late November when he was reprimanded by the Big 12 for his negative comments toward Oklahoma. In the Big 12 Championship, Hager finished with just one tackle and struggled mightily against the Sooners’ offensive line. After the game, he deleted his Twitter account, possibly due to negative blow back from Twitter users.There’s also a side story of how when Hager arrived as a freshman, he vowed to not cut his hair until the Longhorns won a Big 12 title. Saturday was a great opportunity for him to fulfill his promise, but Texas fell short. Despite the injury, Texas says Hager should be ready to play in the Sugar Bowl vs. No. 5 Georgia on Jan. 1. Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager suffered a cut to his hand “in an accident Saturday after the game,” the university confirmed Tuesday.Hager posted an image of the cut to his Instagram page and he captioned it, “Take notes on my pain.” The post also including a second photo, which shows him holding a knife. Hager deleted the post soon after posting it.last_img read more

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Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, Purdue’s Trevion Williams lead unbeaten USA U-19s into FIBA World Cup sweet 16

first_imgThe Americans defeated New Zealand, Lithuania and Senegal by an average of 29 points. Their greatest concern in trying to regain the gold medal won in 2009, 2013 and 2015 is whether they can shoot well enough to win the biggest games. Their 3-point percentage of .204 ranks 15th out of 16 teams. Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton has been the team’s one consistent player from long range; he is 6 of 11 through three games, although he was scoreless against Senegal. 10 of the 12 players on the roster have not made even two 3-pointers.That could be problematic against a team such as France or Serbia, which were stuck together in Group D. Although Serbia finished pool play undefeated, same as the USA, they could meet in Saturday’s semifinal round. A balanced scoring effort led a dominant second half that dropped Senegal from a six-point deficit just minutes after halftime into an 87-58 defeat Tuesday in Crete, Greece. The U.S. got 14 points each from Jalen Suggs, a point guard from Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis and Jalen Green, a wing from Prolific Prep in California, as well as 11 points and 9 rebounds from Purdue center Trevion Williams and 10 points from Oklahoma State guard Isaac Likekele. Mississippi State power forward Reggie Perry delivered 9 points and 8 rebounds for the U.S.MORE: Zion Williamson, Ja Morant listed as Rookie of the Year favoritesThe U.S. outscored Senegal by 27 points in the second half.The Americans did a poor job on the boards, allowing Senegal to bring down 31 offensive rebounds, 50 percent of the available total. They made up for that by forcing 27 turnovers. Three games. Three wins. Three blowouts. But that doesn’t make pool play of the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup any different than most of these tournaments for the United States junior national team.What always has been decisive for USA Basketball has been the medal rounds, which start Wednesday, with the U.S. seeded as the No. 1 team in Group A against Group B fourth-place team Latvia. The Americans stand four wins from regaining the U19 world championship that has belonged to Canada since RJ Barrett beat them almost singlehandedly in 2017.last_img read more

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Ramadan fast sparks debate ahead of World Cup

first_imgThroughout Ramadan, observant Muslims are expected to abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.The traditional fast has long proved divisive among players, fans, coaches and preachers — and this year was no different.In the lead up to World Cup play, Egypt’s failure to win any of its pre-tournament friendly matches — three of which were played during Ramadan — brought strong criticism from its fans.But despite their lacklustre performance, The Pharaohs remained “determined” to fast the entire month, according to a statement put out by the Egyptian Football Association in late May.– ‘Affected performance’ –After the team’s 0-0 draw against Colombia on June 1, The Pharaohs’ Argentinian coach Hector Cuper said the Ramadan fast had “affected the players” performance.Cuper’s comments came shortly after Egyptian superstar forward Mohamed Salah was injured while playing for Liverpool in the European Champions League final.An observant Muslim, Salah decided not to fast ahead of the May 26 match in Kiev against Real Madrid — which Liverpool lost 3-1.A Kuwaiti sheikh said Salah’s injured shoulder — which kept him out of the remaining friendly matches — was “divine punishment”.But religious figures and citizens across the region rushed to defend Salah — beloved both in Egypt and across the Arab world.In Saudi Arabia — home to Islam’s two holiest sites — the kingdom’s football federation sparked controversy earlier this year when it ruled players could abstain from the fast if they applied for a “permit”.The decision angered Saudis, who denounced it on social media.But prominent religious leader Saleh al-Maghamsi upheld the ruling, saying Saudi players headed to the World Cup had “the right not to fast, if they want, because they will be travelling”.Travel is among several conditions that absolve practising Muslims from the normally obligatory fast.In Tunisia, players organised their schedule around fasting hours, training just before iftar — the breaking of the fast.“Sport and fasting is a difficult equation, it’s also an old debate that will not end,” wrote Tunisian French-language newspaper La Presse.“Maybe science will make some progress and we’ll come up with new ways for high-level athletes to observe Ramadan without that question arising too often,” it wrote.Well aware of the delicate debate, Morocco’s head coach Herve Renard told a press briefing at the end of May that he “did not want to deal with it, deliberately, because it is a sensitive subject”.The Higher Council of Ulema, the only religious body in Morocco that can issue fatwas, has also remained silent on the matter.– ‘Balanced diet’ –The highest Sunni religious authority in Egypt, Al-Azhar, has taken a measured approach to the topic.“If athletes have difficulty reaching the limit of their ability to combine fasting and the fulfilment of their duties, they can break their fast,” Al-Azhar’s International Center for Electronic Fatwa told AFP.But Egyptian sports doctor Sherif Azmy thinks otherwise.He insists that fasting, when well-planned, does not interfere with athletic performance.“For an athlete, and especially a footballer, it is necessary during Ramadan to maintain a balanced diet,” he said.Despite the daily fast, adequate proportions of protein, fat, sugar, carbohydrates and especially water should be consumed in three staggered meals, he said.Azmy said FIFA’s guidelines also make room for fasting players.The rules, he said, indicate that “no match should be held until three or four hours after iftar,” allowing players enough time to break their fast well ahead of the game.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A man reacts as he watches the the UEFA Champions League final football match, between Real Madrid and Liverpool, at a coffee shop in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 26, 2018 © AFP/File / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Jun 12 – Should top athletes fast during Ramadan? The question has provoked an often heated debate in Muslim countries, particularly as national teams prepare for the 2018 World Cup.For Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco — four Muslim-majority countries competing in this year’s World Cup in Russia — the end of the Muslim holy month on Thursday coincides with the tournament’s kick-off.last_img read more

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