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Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more Mr. Nice Guy: Tiu at peace with decision to retire PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, Pangasinan—It wouldn’t be a typical heroic night for Gabe Norwood if he would shine on offense alone.After dropping two big long jumpers inside the final 2:14, Norwood came up with the biggest defensive play and led Rain or Shine to an 83-80 win over Barangay Ginebra in a Petron Saturday Special Game of the PBA Philippine Cup at Calasiao Sports Complex here.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, defending four-time champion San Miguel Beer and surprising Columbian shoot for victories to strengthen their respective positions in the elimination round standings on Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Beermen have a two-game winning streak going and can add to TNT KaTropa’s woes in the 6:45 p.m. game, just after the Dyip try to assemble their first winning streak and win for the third time in four games in their tussle with struggling NLEX.The Texters will actually be coming off their first victory but will come into their clash with the Beermen short in manpower, with Troy Rosario expected to sit out another game.Columbian has made heads turn here after claiming NorthPort’s scalp on Friday, 110-100, and with the Road Warriors reeling from three straight defeats, the Dyip are given more than an even chance in their 4:30 p.m. confrontation.“I told my players that every game is important for us for us to gain respect [from the field],” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said after the Friday win.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The national team’s best defensive player then snuffed out all of the Gin Kings’ hopes of turning the result around a few plays later when he snared the most critical offensive rebound that led to the Elasto Painters’ second straight win.Ginebra lost for the second consecutive night and dropped to 1-2 after not getting the benefit in two play reviews—the first on Norwood’s chase-down block on LA Tenorio which would have made it a one-point game, and the second when it was ruled that Tenorio touched the ball last in the ensuing jump ball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRain or Shine got two unheralded big men in Norbert Torres and Mark Borboran leading all of its scorers with 12 coming off the bench, while Japeth Aguilar tossed in 19 to spearhead Ginebra.Maverick Ahanmisi was the only starter in twin digits for the Painters with 11. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments
New Delhi, May 13 (PTI) As Rajya Sabha bade farewell to 53 retiring members, the House saw voices against the alleged “encroachment” by judiciary on the rights of legislature, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley pressing the need for preserving the supremacy of Parliament in the making of law and budgets. “This House (Rajya Sabha) and the Lok Sabha has the primacy in law-making and budget-making. Law-making and budget-making cannot be decided by any third party,” Jaitley said, in an apparent reference to the judiciary. “If the right to law-making and budget-making goes out of here, it will weaken the parliamentary democracy as well as democracy itself,” the Leader of the Upper House warned. He said the “seriousness” of this issue has to be considered by all segments of the society. “I believe that the maturity of insititutions in the country will one day decide the way forward keeping the logic of Constitution-makers in mind,” the Minister said. The comments came just two days after he made some scathing remarks in the House against the judiciary, saying it was “step by step, brick by brick” encroaching upon the legislature. His remarks had come after the Supreme Court had directed the government to set up an additional fund, besides the NDRF and SDRF, for drought mitigation. Jaitleys views were echoed by some other members in the Rajya Sabha. Samajwadi party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said Parliament members are concerned over “encroachment” on legislatures rights by judiciary. Constitution, he said, has given Parliament the right to legislate laws and make budget. “If that is done by the judiciary, what is the relevance of Parliament,” the retiring member wondered and said the issue should be discussed during the next Monsoon session. Parliamentary honour, strength and supremacy has to be maintained, he said. “Constitution has drawn clear lines.” BSP chief Mayawati, an arch rival of Samajwadi Party, also raked up the issue and said “we should act unitedly, especially on important issues” and rise above political affiliations. “We would have to look within” why judiciary is taking advantage, she said. Senior SAD leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa made a case for special session of Parliament to discuss judical reforms. (MORE) PTI SAP NKD ANZ AKK AKKadvertisement
Sharing a case study at Apollo, Vohra says, “Social mediaSharing a case study at Apollo, Vohra says, “Social media is also triggering relationship breakdown in many cases. A 17- year-old girl came to us after she was harassed by her ex- boyfriend over Facebook. So much so that the girls family had to file a police complaint against the boy, who has become obsessed with her.”He says besides triggering anxiety, depression and self- destructing tendencies, social media platforms have also led to people suffering from “body dysmorphic disorder”.”So we had a 21-year-old girl who was brought to us, who insisted that her nose was imperfect and tried rhinoplasty despite the fact it was alright. Constant bombardment of images on social media, peer pressure and selfie-culture has engendered this narcissistic behaviour that borders on psychological disorders,” Vohra says.Ganga Ram Hospitals Kumar says she gets “cases where young people especially adolescents come to me complaining they have suicidal tendencies and ask what they should do. After going through their history, one realises that many of them had some sort of harassment or bullying on social media.”A 24-year-old Delhi-based professional, who did not wish to be identified, says, “There is this culture of unwanted tagging with nasty posts on Facebook and trolling on Twitter that the social media culture has spawned. I myself have been its victim, so I know.”Though I think social media is a tool to network and be in touch with people who are far off, but excessive use of it is affecting people in a bad way.”advertisementVohra says “social media also has become a platform for catharsis for the youth.”It is an open and free forum, and many of them see this virtual place where they can let out their pent-up emotions or rent anger. Many also post suicide notes on Facebook before claiming their lives, so, it has both pros and cons. And one has to use it judiciously.”Sagar at AIIMS says, the only way forward is to educate the youth when they are in school. “Just like we do it for cigarettes and alcohol use, I think there should be an education and counselling programme in schools for social media too. Since, we are living in a digital era, we cannot say we should divorce ourselves from social media, but we can learn to adapt it the right way.”The World Mental Health Day theme by the UN this year is –Dignity in Mental Health — Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All.”Social media has taken over real socialisation. Playgrounds are shrinking and children are more into internet gaming then outdoor sports which is a cause of concern… Majority of mental health patients dont seek treatment, just about 10-15 per cent do. That is mostly because of the stigma attached to it,” Sagar says. PTI KND ZMN RCJ
NEW YORK — Sloppy at the start, strong at the finish. That has been the New York Rangers’ winning formula the past two games, yet they know they need to change the plan — and soon.After a two-game post All-Star break skid, in which the Rangers scored a total of one goal, New York has regained its offensive mojo.The Rangers followed up Saturday’s win over Carolina with a 6-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Feb. 2.In both games, the third period was their best. But if they start slowly when powerhouse Boston comes to town on Feb. 3, the game could be out of reach by the time the final 20 minutes roll around.“We are getting to that point in the season where we’ve got to be desperate for points,” said Rick Nash, who scored two goals to reach 31 for the season and move back into a tie for the NHL lead. “Playing in the third, we didn’t have as many turnovers as we did in the first two periods.”It is no coincidence that the Rangers’ offense has rebounded the past two games when Nash has scored three goals. But they have spread it around, too. Mats Zuccarello scored his first goal in 11 games during New York’s decisive three-goal third period.“I can feel pressure from everyone around to score some goals, so obviously I’d like to score some more,” he said.Dan Boyle scored a deflected goal 8:10 into the third to make it 4-3, and Nash and Zuccarello added insurance tallies.Boyle flipped the puck from the left point, and it hit the stick of veteran Florida defenseman Willie Mitchell and bounded past surprised goalie Roberto Luongo. Zuccarello made it 5-3 with 4:02 left.Carl Hagelin was stopped by Luongo on a penalty shot with 3:19 remaining to keep it a two-goal game, but Nash scored into an empty net at 18:07.The Panthers held a 1-0 lead in the first and dug out of a 3-1 hole in the second, yet fell to 1-6-1 in their past eight.“Every game is must win for us,” forward Nick Bjugstad said. “We can’t afford any nights off. That was an unfortunate bounce.”Kevin Hayes and Marc Staal added goals for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots for his 334th victory, 20th best in NHL history.Aleksander Barkov, Dave Bolland and Brandon Pirri had Panthers goals. Brad Boyes added two assists, and Luongo made 32 saves. The Panthers will finish their three-game trip to the New York area against the Islanders on Tuesday.“We just can let games like this one get away against teams we are chasing,” Bolland said. “We need momentum, and we had it tonight.”After Hayes and Staal gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead in the second, the play shifted back to the Panthers. Lundqvist briefly stemmed the tide when he denied Jonathan Huberdeau, who came in alone, but he couldn’t hold off Florida for long.Bolland cut the deficit to 3-2 with 7:09 left in the second after he put the puck off the crossbar. The rebound came back to him, and he batted it in for his second goal.Then, during a power play, Bolland sent a hard pass from the goal line out front to Pirri, who dropped to a knee and fired in his seventh — and fourth in five games — with 4:30 remaining.“Even though they came back and they tied it up in the second period, when the game was on the line in the third, I thought we played our best period,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.New York seemed to be in control after getting even on Nash’s first-period goal and then grabbing a two-goal edge when Hayes and Staal scored 6:37 apart.Hayes gave the Rangers their first lead at 2:51 of the second on the power play when Zuccarello sent a pass from the left circle to Hayes for a one-timer from the slot that produced his seventh goal. This one came as his older brother Jimmy — a Panthers forward — watched from the Florida bench.Staal, who played against his brothers Eric and Jordan in New York’s 4-1 win over Carolina, waited with the puck above the right circle and snapped a wrist shot past Luongo at 9:28 for his third.Nash’s first goal gave him his first 30-goal season with New York and eighth in 12 NHL seasons.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Greek soccer teams went 3-for-3 in European league play this week after PAOK and Atromitos won on July 30, a day after Panathinaikos beat Bruges.The Greek clubs strengthened their position in group play in the Champions League qualifiers where Greece has a poor record.PAOK, playing with 10 men most of the way at home against the Slovakian team Spartak Trnava but was able to eke out a 1-0 win in the first leg of its third qualifying round tie.Miguel Vitor was bounced only two minutes into the game but PAOK, from Thessaloniki, scored eight minutes from the end on a shot from Lucas Perez, off a pass from Yiannis Mystakidis.Atromitos, which plays in the western Athens neighborhood of Peristeri, pounded AIK Solna, 3-1 in Sweden in an impressive offensive display.Atromitos jumped out front 2-0 in the first 15 minutes on goals from Stefano Napoleoni and Marcelinho.AIK then was awarded two penalty shots and scored on one from Henok Goitom in the 70th minutes after a first penalty shot by Englishman Kevin Pavey was stopped by Atromitos goalie Andrei Gorbunov in the 49th.Atromitos finished it off when Javier Umbides scored after a penalty was called on Noah Sonko Sundberg, putting it away. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Will focus on building right attitude in players: SamantMumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Newly appointed coach of seniorMumbai cricket team Vinayak Samant is keen to develop theright attitude in players who will, in turn, decide on hissuccess as a coach.The 46-year-old former Mumbai wicket-keeper-batsmanVinayak Samant pipped ex-India off-spinner Ramesh Powar andformer Rajasthan cricketer Pradeep Sundaram, who were in therace, for the post.”It is a tough responsibility. Sometimes the approachof our players is wrong and as a coach my focus will be toensure that the approach or attitude is not wrong,” Samanttold PTI today.Mumbai have won the Ranji Trophy for a record 41times, the last being in 2016.Samant, a First Class veteran, represented Mumbai andTripura during his cricketing career.”Obviously, a coach alone can’t do anything andplayers contribute to it. My success is in their (players)hands and it is important for me to co-ordinate with them.”It is important to be in their comfort zone and thatplayers have faith in me. Many players know me, so it will beeasy for me. But still it is challenging,” he said.”For two years we (Mumbai) have not been able to win(the Ranji Trophy), so this year there will be a little bitextra pressure on me (to win),” added Samant.According to Samant, the process is important and ifthat goes well, the outcome will also be good.Under Samant’s coaching, Mumbai U-23 had won the CKNayudu Trophy.advertisementAsked how will that stint be helpful, Samant said itwas all about confidence.”In cricket or in any sports it is all aboutconfidence. If you are confident, then all roads open.”For gaining confidence, it is important to practise.And the confidence which the players will gain from practiseis important.” PTI NRB SSRRSY RSY RSY
Serbia Share on LinkedIn Read more Twitter Share on Pinterest features Eight years on from a poor World Cup in South Africa in which they finished bottom of Group D, Serbia aim to ignore the similarities with that 2010 campaign – once again they won their qualifying group – and put in a mentally stronger and and more tactically astute display.The early signs do not offer the expected level of promise, however. Serbia seemed on course to reach Russia as comprehensive Group D winners in front of Wales and Republic of Ireland but a series of poor displays towards the end of the qualification campaign, equally poor player selection and a lack of tactical versatility from Slavoljub Muslin saw the experienced manager blamed, sacked and replaced by his assistant, Krstajic, despite Serbia qualifying as group winners.In an effort to distance himself from Muslin and his mentor’s fall, Krstajic introduced a number of tactical tweaks and called up the Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, whose untamed personality did not seem to fit with Muslin’s tranquil nature.Krstajic, a former Werder Bremen defender, had no such dilemmas about including the 23-year-old. “Our best players will always have a place in my team,” he said. “Sergej Milinkovic-Savic proved he can be counted on for the future and is bound to become the backbone of this squad.” Pinterest Topics World Cup 2018 World Cup 2018: Guardian Experts’ Network Which player is going to surprise everyone at the 2018 Fifa World Cup? Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has surprised everyone this season in Serie A, putting in one commanding display after another for Lazio. The 23-year-old dictates the play similarly to Paul Pogba – and has been linked with a move to Manchester United – but is also capable of playing further forward, just off the striker.Which player is likely to disappoint?Dusan Tadic. He must have been affected by some of the negativity surrounding him at Southampton this season and it could disrupt his flow at the World Cup. Tadic played a vital role in helping Serbia reach Russia but the creative midfielder is likely to be pushed further to the right as Krstajic looks to accommodate Milinkovic-Savic. This could easily be a blow to his confidence.What is the realistic aim for Serbia at the 2018 Fifa World Cup and why?The Serbian public tends to harbour bloated expectations about the national team’s chances. Traditionally the country has had high-class individuals who have displayed a chronic lack of togetherness at major competitions. Players and fans consider qualifying for the knockout stage behind Brazil a minimum, and elimination at the last-16 stage might be publicly perceived as a huge underachievement.Milos Markovic writes for Sportske.net.Follow him on Twitter here. Vladimir Stojkovic: Serbia’s prickly partisan trying to forget his ‘ugly past’ Reuse this content Share on Facebook World Cup Share on Twitter Share via Email This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.Serbia return to the World Cup after failing to qualify for the 2014 tournament. The nation is hoping that Mladen Krstajic’s star-studded squad can overcome a chronic mental fragility which has held them back in the past. Facebook With The Sergeant – as they call him in Italy – in a pivotal midfield position, Krstajic embarked on an Asian tour in November 2017 to prove that the Lazio man could be trusted to play alongside Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic and the Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic. Milinkovic-Savic’s assist for Adem Ljajic – another one of Muslin’s disputed selection choices – in a 1-1 draw against South Korea was deemed more than enough proof that he will have an important role to play in Russia.Steering away from the 3-4-3 formation Muslin relied on for the most part of the qualifiers, Krstajic implemented the biggest change in defence. Regarded as the strongest part of Serbia’s team – along with the burgeoning midfield – a backline including Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandar Kolarov was expected to help forge an impressive wall in front of the goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic. But Krstajic has shaken things up by introducing a 4-2-3-1 system and made Kolarov his captain, which raised a few eyebrows after Ivanovic was stripped of the armband.The striker is the one part of the team Krstajic will not be altering, with Aleksandar Mitrovic hitting swashbuckling form during his loan at Fulham. The Newcastle reject has come a long way in a matter of months since moving to London and could be Serbia’s biggest fear factor in Russia. He could be the player who glues together all the parts of the puzzle and provides the guts up front that Serbia have been sorely missing on the biggest stage.Probable starting XI Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Serbia probable starting XI
Amethi (UP): The main accused in the killing of a close aide of Amethi MP Smriti Irani was arrested Friday following an encounter with police here, officials said.Wasim was held in Shalhapur area under the Jamo police station area Thursday night, Assistant Superintendent of Police Daya Ram said. With this, all the five accused in the case have been arrested, the he said. Wasim has suffered gunshot injuries and has been admitted to a community health centre, the ASP said, adding the Jamo police station in-charge also suffered minor injuries in the gunfight. A case was registered against five people for killing Surendra Singh. Ramchandra, Dharmanath, Naseem and Golu were arrested earlier. Ramchandra is a member of the kshetra panchayat and also a local Congress leader, the police said. Singh, 50, a former head of Baraulia village, around 25 km from the Amethi district headquarters, was shot at around 11.30 pm on May 25. He was referred to a Lucknow hospital, but succumbed to injuries during treatment.
APTN National NewsThe Yukon RCMP is facing another investigating after their officers were accused of roughing up a First Nations woman.RCMP members from Carcross, Yukon, are being investigated after a local woman filed a complaint against the officers for using excessive force after they arrested her last month.The woman said she was dragged from her home and roughed up in Whitehorse cells. Lynn Rose Johns said she suffered a concussion.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story.
Meanwhile the army said that during search and clear operations conducted yesterday in Mulliyan, Varikuttur and Periyavilayankaddu one 60 mm mortar bomb, one 81 mm mortar bomb, eight hand grenades, 750 rounds of 9.19×9 mm ammunition, 400 rounds of T-56 ammunition, 146 detonators and one anti personnel mine were also found. Demining groups had meanwhile recovered one anti personnel mine from Kadapachikulam on the same day. The Vavuniya police Terrorist investigations Division (TID) found six claymore mines during search and clear operations in Varikuttur, Vavuniya.The police said that one claymore mine weighing about 2 kgs, one claymore mine weighing about 5 kgs, three claymore mines weighing about 8 kgs and one claymore mine weighing about 11 kgs were found.
An 11-year-old girl remains in hospital after she was struck by a minivan while riding her bicycle Saturday evening. Halton police say the young girl was hit around 6:30 p.m. while travelling eastbound on Dundas St., just east of Sutton Dr. in Burlington. She was taken to McMaster Children’s Hopsital in Hamilton with serious injuries but police say she is no longer in critical condition. Halton police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.
In a major step towards strengthening Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s expanding “Global Compact” initiative – which promotes action in support of nine internationally accepted principles on human rights, labour rights, and the environment – a group of business executives, international labour leaders, and heads of civil society organizations from across the world met at United Nations Headquarters today for the first session of the Compact’s Advisory Council. The meeting marked the creation of the first UN advisory body composed of both public and private sector leaders, who together will assist the Secretary-General in his effort to promote cooperative solutions to the dilemmas and challenges of globalization. “The world is currently involved in an ongoing historical experiment: attempting to create a truly global and inclusive market,” Mr. Annan said in his opening remarks to the members of the Advisory Council. “The outcome of this experiment depends increasingly on the foresight and political will of leaders in all sectors of society to find pragmatic solutions that transcend ideologies.”The Secretary-General challenged the Advisory Council to “think creatively about measures that might enhance the quality and concrete impact of participation in the Compact.” He also called on the Council to recruit new members and serve as champions for the initiative internationally; to make recommendations on standards of participation that will help protect the integrity of the Global Compact; and to offer suggestions on how to most effectively channel the rapidly growing global interest in the Compact.Speaking at a press briefing after the meeting, Michael Doyle, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, said the encounter had been productive. “We had a thorough and enthusiastic discussion, taking forward the Global Compact in two areas especially – having to do with questions of governance and also new directions in leadership – so that as the Global Compact continues to grow, it not only grows in numbers, it grows in quality of participation.” To date, the Global Compact, an entirely voluntary initiative, has attracted several hundred companies from countries such as the Russian Federation, China, Brazil, India, Germany, Norway, Indonesia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.The 17 members of Advisory Council – all acting in their individual, rather than institutional capacities – have been asked by the Secretary-General to serve rotating terms of two and three years. The Advisory Council will convene for formal meetings twice per year.
“We want to present to the [UN] Security Council a complete file so the appropriate action can be taken,” said Bernard Acho Muna, who chairs the International Commission of Inquiry tasked with probing reports of human rights violations in the CAR, compiling information, and helping identify the perpetrators of such abuses.The three-person inquiry, established by the Security Council, is expected in the country on Tuesday and will begin gathering evidence amid what UN Emergency Coordinator Valerie Amos recently described as an “extremely grave” situation, after months of inter-religious violence has wrecked State institutions, left millions on the brink of starvation and now threatens to suck in the wider region.Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the CAR and 2.2 million, about half the population, are in need of humanitarian aid as a result of the conflict, which erupted when Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012. The fighting has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms. The UN estimates that some 650,000 have been internally displaced, while nearly 300,000 other have fled to neighbouring countries.At a news briefing in Geneva, Mr. Muna said the spread of propaganda and the collapse of law and order in the CAR could be a precursor to serious human rights violations, including genocide. “We would like to talk to the refugees, groups of Muslims or groups of Christians who are running away from violence. They have a story to tell [and] those stories might lead us to be able to give a better picture to the Security Council,” he said. He said the investigators have also heard reports of genocide. “I can tell you from my Rwandan experience that there is definitely a question of hate propaganda. I think it is implied in our mandate to see that we don’t wait until genocide has been committed and then we call for prosecution,” said Mr. Muna, who is a former prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). “I think it is in our mandate to see how we can stop any advances towards genocide,” he said, but added: “I hope this is only noise and when you put troops on the ground then law and order, it might disappear.” The Commission, which also includes Fatimata M’Baye of Mauritania and Jorge Castañeda of Mexico, is expected to submit its initial report to the Security Council within six months.
Coast Guard operation underway after man falls ill on fishing boat The rescue services are heading to the scene. By Aoife Barry Share24 Tweet Email Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 8:44 PM 11 Comments Feb 22nd 2017, 8:44 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL A Coast Guard helicopter. Image: Sam Boal THE COAST GUARD is taking part in another long-range operation today after a crew member fell ill on a fishing vessel.This is the Coast Guard’s second long-range operation in two days, and is taking place off the South West coast.The Irish Air Corps is working with the Coast Guard during the mission.It’s understood a member of crew on a fishing vessel has fallen ill and an Irish naval vessel, which went to assist the man, then put a call into the Coast Guard for a medevac. This involves bringing a person to hospital via helicopter.As the operation is currently underway, no further details are available.Yesterday, rescuers battled difficult conditions to reach a severely injured man on board a Russian vessel. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeRead: Coast Guard rescues severely injured Russian fisherman 140 miles out at sea in heavy winds> 12,071 Views http://jrnl.ie/3253760 Image: Sam Boal A Coast Guard helicopter.