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Dybala Nets 2 as Juve Beats Barca 3-0 in Champions League

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP) — Paulo Dybala said last week he doesn’t want to be known as the new Lionel Messi. On Tuesday, the Argentine proved he can be just as good as his more famous compatriot, scoring two goals as Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.Dybala, who was given a standing ovation when he was substituted nine minutes from time, broke the deadlock in the seventh minute and doubled his tally in the 22nd. Giorgio Chiellini added the third, 10 minutes after the break.“I’m really happy because since I was a kid I wanted to experience these moments,” the 23-year-old Dybala said. “It’s one of my best nights, but we mustn’t ruin it next Wednesday.”Click image to watch Juventus goals against Barcelona(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)The result will give Juventus plenty of confidence heading into the second leg on April 19, but it will be wary of another fantastic comeback from Messi’s Barcelona, which beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in its last match to become the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg loss in the history of the competition.“The sensation is that we are living through another nightmare,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “We gave away two goals in the first half and against a team like Juventus you pay for it. As a coach it’s very difficult to explain, Juventus was superior to us in every way. I’m responsible 101 percent … (and) I don’t want to talk about a comeback.”But he added: “Certainly, if we get back to our level we can score four goals against anyone.”The other first-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday after three explosions went off near the German team’s bus as it set off for the match, injuring defender Marc Bartra.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri again used his daring 4-2-3-1 formation, which has seen his team play some of its best soccer of the season as it utilizes all five of its star attackers.“We need to be happy with all we have done, but we need to keep our feet on the ground because we still haven’t achieved anything,” Allegri said. “It’s not over, we’ll need to play with bravery again … but we know the weaknesses of Barcelona and also our strengths.”Juventus was aggressive from the start and almost scored in the third minute when Gonzalo Higuain’s header from a free kick taken by Miralem Pjanic was dropped by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper recovered in time.However, the hosts did take the lead four minutes later when Juan Cuadrado pulled a cross back from the right flank for Dybala to curl the ball into the bottom left corner.Messi was largely kept quiet all night, but he provided a superb ball over the top for Andres Iniesta, whose effort was turned around the right post by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.That save proved pivotal as Juventus doubled its lead moments later when Mario Mandzukic’s cross was deflected to Dybala, who drove a first-time shot into the left of the goal.“Paulo had a great game but the whole team had a great game, those who started and the substitutes,” Allegri said. “It was a great victory, achieved by everyone.”Barcelona thought it had pulled a goal back on the half hour, but Messi’s strike was ruled out as Luis Suarez had strayed offside.Juventus had several chances to extend its lead and finally did so when Chiellini headed in a corner off the inside of the left post.Chiellini later dedicated the goal to his former Italy teammate Giuseppe Rossi after the American-born forward suffered another serious knee injury.Suarez almost got a crucial away goal for Barcelona in the 67th but his effort hit the outside of the left post.Barcelona should have had a penalty, moments later, when Chiellini handled the ball in the area but nothing was given.Juventus also had reason to feel aggrieved by refereeing decisions, as Cuadrado had a goal ruled out for offside – but television replays indicated it should have been allowed.However, Dybala had already scored the decisive goals, a day after Italian daily La Repubblica had quoted him as saying in an interivew: “There is only one Messi, like (Diego) Maradona. No one has ever told me that I am his heir.”Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Happy Birthday, Kiran Bedi: Story of a wonder woman

first_imgKiran Bedi, the ‘Iron Lady’ who has single-handedly changed the face of the Indian police force, celebrates her birthday on June 9.Books can be written on Bedi and still one will fall short of mentioning all that she has done for women and the law and order in the country.On this occasion, we bring to you some inspirational facts about Kiran Bedi:Bedi before the brown uniform:Bedi was born in a well-to-do Punjabi family in AmritsarShe started her schooling at the Sacred Heart Convent School in Amritsar and later joined the Cambridge College, a private institute that offered science as a subject and prepared her for matriculation examinationDuring this time, she joined the National Cadet Corps (NCC)Bedi studied English in college. She is an alumnus of the Government College for Women in Amritsar. She also obtained her Master’s degree in political science from Panjab University in ChandigarhBefore her service in police force, Bedi was best known for her services in the tennis court. She started playing tennis at nine. Along with her sisters, Bedi had won several titles between 1965 and 1978 including Junior National Lawn Tennis Championship, All-India inter-varsity tennis title (thrice in a row), Northern India Lawn Tennis Championship, Asian Lawn Tennis Championship, All-India Hard Court Tennis Championship, All India Interstate Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship, and National Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship. She also won the Gold medal at the National Sports Festival for Women in 1976Bedi playing tennisBedi was also a member of the national tennis team that beat Sri Lanka in the Lionel Fonseka Memorial Trophy in Colombo. Bedi beat Mala Fernando 6-2, 6-4From 1970 to 1972, Bedi served as a lecturer at the Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar.Journey of a cop:Bedi started her police training at the National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie on 16 July, 1972In her batch, she was the only woman among 80 menBedi became the first woman officer in the Indian Police ServiceAfter a foundation course of six months, Bedi spent nine months at Mount Abu in Rajasthan for another rigorous police training course. She did not stop there and went on to train with the Punjab Police in 1974Bedi was allocated to the Union Territory cadre, which is now called the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories cadre or AGMUTadvertisementBedi was first posted to the Chanakyapuri subdivision of Delhi in 1975She became the first woman officer to lead the all-male contingent of the Delhi Police at the Republic Day Parade in the same yearHer first major action took place on November 15, 1978. A clash broke out between the Nirankari and Akali Sikh communities in Delhi. Bedi, who was the Deputy Commissioner of Police then, dispersed the agitators and reestablished law and order. She was awarded the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry in 1980Bedi realised that there were not enough police officials to tackle the goons of West Delhi, who outnumbered policemenBedi started recruiting civilian volunteers. She was one of the very few police officers who promoted civil policing. She built teams of six civilians and one armed policeman to patrol each village in West Delhi at nightShe also arranged crackdowns on bootleggers and illegal liquor shopsShe was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) during the preparations for the 1982 Asian Games in DelhiShe was offered the Asian Jyoti Award for her excellent management during the games. Bedi refused to accept it and suggested that the award should be given to the entire traffic unitDespite her groundbreaking efforts in Delhi, she was transferred to Goa in March 1983 on a three-year assignmentShe unofficially inaugurated the Zuari Bridge, which was to be inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to divert traffic from a congested ferry area. This irked a lot of politiciansShe came back to Delhi on a short notice as her daughter was suffering from Nephritic syndrome, a fatal disease that affects the kidney. Bedi’s ‘unwarranted leave’ earned her a six-month idle period with no assignmentShe was appointed as the Assistant Inspector General of Police at the Railway Protection Force in New DelhiLater, she became the Directorate General of Industrial Contingency (DGIC). She acted as a mediator between agitated labourers on strike and the managementIn 1985, Bedi was reinstated in the Delhi police force on the request of the then Delhi Police Commissioner Ved MarwahBedi set up several detox and rehabilitation centres for drug addicts in Delhi. The centres were later institutionalised and renamed as Navjyoti Police Foundation for Correction, De-addiction and RehabilitationDue to a scuffle among the lawyers and the police, Bedi was again transferred, this time to MizoramIn Mizoram, Bedi faced a unique and stiff challenge. Many of her colleagues were addicted to Zu, the local liquor of Mizoram. Bedi did not stop them from having Zu as it is an integral part of the Mizo community and she did not want to be labelled as an outsider. Instead, she set up detox centres and they were a hit. She used Christian prayers to reduce drug abuseAll the while, Bedi was working on her thesis on Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence. In Mizoram, she completed a major part of her doctoral research.advertisementTihar Tales:In May 1993, Bedi was appointed as the Inspector-General (IG) of Delhi Prisons including the much dreaded Tihar Jail. The post was lying vacant for nine months and Bedi found herself amidst 9,000 hardened criminalsIn Tihar, Bedi found out that most inmates were under-trials charged under non-bailable terms, which was the reason behind such over-population in the jailBedi turned Tihar into a model prison. She set up separate barracks for criminals who had been recruiting gang members, selling contraband and extorting money from fellow inmatesBedi would go on daily tours of the prison, listen to the complaints of the prisoners, and check food quality and maintenanceShe also arranged vocational training with certificates for the prisoners so that they could find a job once they were freeDuring Bedi’s tenure in Tihar, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and National Open School built centres in the prisonShe introduced yoga to the prisoners and held Vipassana meditation classes for them. Despite her worldwide acclaimed reforms in Tihar, she was removed from the post on May 3, 1995.Life after Tihar:Bedi was appointed to many posts after her tenure in Tihar. She was posted as the Additional Commissioner (policy and planning) and head of training at the Police Academy on May 4, 1995She also served as the Joint Commissioner of Delhi PoliceShe was also appointed as the Special Commissioner (Intelligence) of Delhi PoliceIn April 1999, she was appointed as the Inspector-General of Police in ChandigarhIn 2003, Bedi became the first woman to honour the position of the United Nations civilian police adviserAt the United Nations ceremonyEven after all this, the lawyers did not want her to have any influence in administration in Delhi. As a result, Bedi was denied the post of Delhi Police Commissioner in 2007 as she was “too outspoken and radical”She resigned from the police service in November 2007Kiran Bedi has been voted as India’s most admired (The Week, 2002) and most trusted woman in India (Readers Digest, March 2010)She has also authored many books including ‘Demand for Swaraj’, ‘It’s Always Possible: One Woman’s Transformation of Tihar Prison’, ‘Galti Kiski’, ‘Indian Police. . . As I See’, ‘Empowering Women . . . As I See’, ‘Leadership and Governance. . . As I See’, ‘Be the Change: Fighting Corruption’ and so on.advertisementWATCH: Kiran Bedi’s share her experience of Tihar Jail at TED talks Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

SILVER LAKE TRAGEDY Town Manager Responds Police Offer Free Counseling Town Beach

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington continues to cope with the drowning death of a 19-year-old in Silver Lake on Wednesday night.Town Manager Responds“This young man’s drowning is an incredibly tragic incident,” Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull told Wilmington Apple. “Our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family and friends.”“Many thanks go out to the entire rescue team – Police, Fire and Dispatch personnel all worked tirelessly in an effort to save this young man,” continued Hull. “Additionally, I would like to extend my acknowledgement and sincere ‘thank you’ to the many residents around Silver Lake who assisted the rescue team by identifying the swimmer’s location and supporting this valiant effort.Police Department Responds“Thank you to all community members, families, and first responders who assisted in efforts to help the young man who passed away at Silver Lake,” Wilmington Police said in a statement. “We understand this is a difficult time for many and would like to offer emotional support for those seeking those services.”The Police Department offered free counseling to the witnesses, bystanders and beachgoers involved in Wednesday’s tragedy at the Public Safety Building on Thursday night.The Police Department also plans to offer free counseling to the members of the community at large, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, form 3:30pm to 7pm, at the Public Safety Building.“Counselors will be available for one-on-one private conservations about coping, witnessing a trauma, and how to hold age appropriate conversations with young children,” reads the statement. “If you would like to speak to someone privately or cannot make [Tuesday night], please reach out to WPD Social Worker Samantha Reif at 978-658-5071.”The Police offered the following resources from the Riverside Trauma Center:Practicing Self-Care After Traumatic EventsTalking With Your Children About Traumatic EventsThings To Think About And How To Care For Yourself During Times Of Disaster/High StressSilver Lake ClosedAccording to police, the Town Beach at Silver Lake will remain closed until Saturday morning.Lowell Sun ReportKori Tuitt, of the Lowell Sun, interviews Town Manager Jeff Hull, Recreation Director Karen Campbell, and Police Chief Michael Begonis about Wednesday’s fatal drowning for today’s paper. Read the article HERE.(NOTE: Cover photo courtesy of Anne Gilardi.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police & Fire Chiefs Recognize The Officers & Citizens Who Responded To The Silver Lake TragedyIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”(GOOSE) POOP HAPPENS: Town Beach Has Successful Season Despite 16-Day Swimming Ban Due To High BacteriaIn “Government”last_img read more

Blocking female sex hormone may help fight immune disease

first_imgThe findings showed that blocking oestrogens might help women suffering from systemic sclerosis. SSc, also known as scleroderma, which means ‘hard skin’, is an autoimmune disease affecting multiple organs and which predominantly affects women. The excessive production of proteins such as collagen by fibroblasts in the body results in the thickening and hardening of the skin, particularly of the hands and face – a defining feature of SSc. The condition increased in women after the menopause as oestrogens – that were found to significantly slow down fibrosis (the thickening of the skin) – decreased. “Inhibiting this oestrogen showed a consistent and significant deterioration of the process of skin fibrosis,” said Jerome Avouac from Paris Descartes University in France.In some SSc patients, disease progression is very rapid, with fibrosis extending beyond the extremities. The widespread fibrosis (thickening) involving the internal organs can prove a survival risk in such patients and can also be considered as a valuable marker of the overall disease severity.last_img read more