Mr. Laporta won 30,184 votes, Mr. Font 16,679 and Mr. Freixa 4,769. Mr. Laporta's main rival for the presidency was Mr. Font, who was the early favourite after claiming he would bring former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez in as coach. But the team's progress under Mr. Koeman and Mr. Laporta's superior campaign cast doubt over the promise, with Mr. Laporta questioning last week why Xavi had not come out in support of Mr. Font publicly. Xavi may have been keen to keep his options open and the Spaniard caused a stir on Sunday by liking, and then unliking, an Instagram post of Mr. Laporta casting his ballot. Mr. Laporta's victory was confirmed officially by the club at just before midnight.
March 07, 2021 23:05 UTC
The fourth-seeded Czech needed just over an hour to see off her fellow two-time Grand Slam winnerPetra Kvitova thrashed Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-1 to win her second Qatar Open title on Saturday. It followed her Doha title of 2018, which also came at the expense of Muguruza. Kvitova maintained her momentum, going up 5-2 and reaching set point within 35 minutes. Muguruza came out fighting in the second set, winning the first game -- but it didn't last. Kvitova had to wait for her third break point of the sixth game of the second set to claim another edge.
March 07, 2021 22:37 UTC
Novak Djokovic will on Monday set a new landmark of 311 weeks as world number one, surpassing Roger Federer whose hold on a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles is now firmly in the Serb's sights. The 33-year-old Djokovic, already the winner of 18 majors, has time on his side with Federer turning 40 in August. He will, however, lose his world number two spot to Daniil Medvedev a week on Monday. Djokovic made his top 100 debut in July 2005, just weeks after Nadal had won his first Roland Garros. "Until I retire from the tour, I will be devoting most of my attention and energy to winning the other major titles," Djokovic said.
March 07, 2021 22:22 UTC
French billionaire Olivier Dassault, a politician and scion of the Dassault aircraft-making family, was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. French President Emmanuel Macron led tributes, saying in a tweet that "Olivier Dassault loved France. - Involuntary manslaughter inquiry -France's national air crash investigation agency, the BEA, said in a tweet that the crash had occurred shortly after take-off from "private grounds". French Prime Minister Jean Castex hailed Dassault as "a humanist MP, a visionary entrepreneur, a man deeply committed to his country". - Famed family -Olivier was the grandson of Marcel Bloch, a famed aeronautical engineer who changed his name to "Dassault" which means "on the attack" in French.
March 07, 2021 21:56 UTC
The Secretary of State has also called on special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to share with both the Afghan government and Taliban written proposals to help accelerate discussions, according to the TOLONews report. Mr. Blinken also made clear in the letter that the Biden administration continues to consider a “full withdrawal” of the roughly 2,500 U.S. forces in the country by the May 1 deadline negotiated by Trump administration. “We have not made any decisions about our force posture in Afghanistan after May 1,” the State Department said in a statement. “All options remain on the table.” Afghanistan presents one of the new administration's most difficult foreign policy decisions. Mr. Blinken urged Mr. Ghani to quickly embrace the proposal and underscored his concern that the security situation in the country could quickly deteriorate as the weather warms in Afghanistan.
March 07, 2021 21:53 UTC
Drama ensued at Meerut’s Brahmpuri on Saturday night after a man opened fire at the police after murdering his father. The chain of events began on Saturday evening when Kishan Verma was having a heated argument with his wife over monetary issues when his father Vinod intervened. Enraged, Kishan pulled out his licenced gun and shot Vinod in the face. Brahmpuri circle officer Amit Kumar Rai said, “We received information at around 9 pm that a man has shot his father. The police then made a video WhatsApp call on the phone which gave them live video access of the room.
March 07, 2021 21:45 UTC
Ankita Raina beat former World No. 5 Sara Errani 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first qualifying round of the WTA 250 Abierto Zapopan event in Guadalajara, Mexico. In the ATP 250 Qatar Open in Doha, Ramkumar Ramanathan beat second seed and the 95th ranked Norbert Gambos of Slovakia 6-3, 6-1 to make the main draw. The results: ATP 250, Qatar Open, Doha: Qualifying (second and final round): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Norbert Gombos (Svk) 6-3, 6-1. WTA 250 Abierto Zapopan: Guadalajara, Mexico: Qualifying (first round): Ankita Raina bt Sara Errani (Ita) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
March 07, 2021 21:35 UTC
Twin earthquakes in Greece last week have left around 900 houses uninhabitable, media reported Sunday, while strong aftershocks continue to strike fear into people made homeless and looking for shelter. Wednesday and Thursday's quakes, rated at magnitude 6.3 and 5.9, damaged hundreds of buildings in the villages of Larissa, Elassona, Tyrnavos and Farkadona and injured 11 people. Authorities are rushing in caravans and tents to shelter those left homeless from low temperatures and rainy weather. In October, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck in the Aegean Sea between the Greek island of Samos and the city of Izmir in western Turkey. Two teenagers died on the island of Samos in a building collapse.
March 07, 2021 21:33 UTC
Delhi has featured third on a list of states and union territories with most contaminated sites, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. The list is topped by Odisha, which has 23 contaminated sites, followed by Uttar Pradesh, with 21 such sites in the state and Delhi, which has 11. Apart from these, there are another 12 spots under the “probably contaminated” list in the Capital. Such contamination may happen at production areas, landfills, dumps, waste storage and treatment sites, mine tailings sites, spill sites, chemical waste handler and storage sites where the waste is either of hazardous nature or has the potential of turning hazardous. According to submissions made to the National Green Tribunal by respective state governments last year, remediation work has been started to clean up 14 contaminated sites across seven states: Gujarat, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and UP.
March 07, 2021 21:18 UTC
Yogeshwar said the use of technologically advanced graphics to alter digital images posed a threat to their reputation. “We are all afraid of becoming a victims of advanced graphics and losing our respect and reputation,” he told reporters in Mysuru on Sunday.He said technology had made it possible for people to alter visuals, add fake audio, etc., today. “We are afraid of becoming victims of this technology. He said the political class was afraid of losing their respect and reputation in society. Pointing out that falsehoods spread fast, he said it took a long time for anything to be proven a lie.
March 07, 2021 21:11 UTC
The health ministry tweeted that its health workers are treating the injured at the site of the tragedy and in medical facilities, but feared people were still missing under the rubbleA series of explosions at a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 400 others, state television reported. Equatorial Guinea, a tiny West African country of 1.3 million people located south of Cameroon, was a colony of Spain until it gained its independence in 1968. There were some discrepancies with the death toll, with TVGE reporting 20 dead, a Health Ministry tweet saying 17 were killed and the president's statement mentioning 15. The ministry tweeted that its health workers are treating the injured at the site of the tragedy and in medical facilities, but feared people were still missing under the rubble. Following the blast, the Spanish Embassy in Equatorial Guinea recommended on Twitter that “Spanish nationals stay in their homes."
March 07, 2021 21:09 UTC
Announcing the attacks, the Houthis also said they attacked military targets in the Saudi cities of Dammam, Asir and Jazan. The U.S. mission in Saudi Arabia issued an advisory, citing reports of possible missile attacks and explosions on Sunday evening in the tri-city area of Dhahran, Dammam and Khobar in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province. Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said on Sunday that the group had fired 14 drones and eight ballistic missiles in a "wide operation in the heart of Saudi Arabia". The conflict is widely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on two Houthi military leaders following the increase in attacks on Saudi cities and intensified battles in Yemen's Marib region.
March 07, 2021 20:58 UTC
His team did a 3D digital image of the Chinese water gun, and after three months of working in the tool room, Vats was able to make the required moulds to fashion out his own water gun. What also goes in desi water gun manufacturer’s favour, he says, is that raw material — poly proypelne, high-density polyethylene, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and polyvinyl chloride — is easily available in India. “But the arrival of fancy water guns from China in the early 2000s, upended the market. “I used to manufacture squirt plastic water guns until two decades ago, but stopped when there was a sudden influx of Chinese toys. His latest and bestselling model is called Water Gun Racing Car—a water gun whose water tank is shaped like a car and can be detached and used as a racing car toy.
March 07, 2021 20:54 UTC
The flight by the two heavy bombers came as a pro-Iran satellite channel based in Beirut broadcast Iranian military drone footage of an Israeli ship hit by a mysterious explosion only days earlier in Middle East. While the channel sought to say Iran wasn't involved, Israel has blamed Tehran for what it described as an attack on the vessel. The U.S. military's Central Command said the two B-52s flew over the region accompanied by military aircraft from nations including Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The grainy footage included areas blurred out on the video, likely coordinates and other information displayed by the Iranian military drone. However, the Gulf of Oman saw a series of similar attacks in 2019 that the U.S. Navy then blamed on Iran.
March 07, 2021 20:26 UTC
E-pass is compulsory for all international and domestic passengers who land in the city except those from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry. Business travellers arriving in Chennai will be exempt from home quarantine if they are here for a stay of 72 hours, according to the new rules issued by the State government. Transit passengers from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, whose final destination is Tamil Nadu, should have a COVID-19 negative certificate and must also give a swab for testing at the airport. Passengers landing in Tamil Nadu from Europe and the Middle East (except United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa) will have to submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before they travel and also declare their travel history (of 14 days ahead of travel). Passengers from Kerala and Maharashtra must go through seven days of home quarantine and also monitor their health for another seven days.
March 07, 2021 20:03 UTC