Devin Muller returns to EHC Olten, Cédric Hüsler extends his contract

While Muller has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mice, Hüsler has decided to stay in Olten for two more years.

Cédric Hüsler

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Muller played in Olten from 2017 to 2019 but then decided to sign with HC Ajoie. This season, a shoulder injury kept him out of the lineup for quite some time, but he recently made his comeback. In 18 games for Ajoie, he has recorded eight goals and four assists.

Cédric Hüsler, for his part, signed with Olten this past summer. He is currently sidelined by a fracture of the fibula and is still working on returning to the lineup. In 21 games this season, he has recorded two goals and eight assists.

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Pashtuns protest at UNHRC against rights violations in Paki

Geneva, [Switzerland] March 04 (ANI): Members of the civil rights movement, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) on Wednesday staged a protest outside the UN headquarters in Geneva raising concerns over gross human rights violations committed by the Pakistan Army on innocent Pashtuns.

The Pashtun activists demanded the immediate and unconditional release of PTM leader Ali Wazir, a sitting Member of Pakistan’s National Assembly, who was detained last December for allegedly making anti-state comments.

They also demanded the release of more than 40 Pashtun activists, who have been languishing in jails over false charges.

The activists urged the United Nations to take notice of the enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detentions of Pashtuns in Pakistan.

Fazal-ur Rehman Afridi, an activist of PTM, France said in his address, “Pakistani authorities have put restrictions on Manzoor Pashteen (PTM leader) to travel abroad and raise voice against atrocities on Pashtuns. They even blocked his national identity card to stop running any sort of movement in Pakistan”.

He added, “Pakistan Army has been treating the country’s constitution as like a toy. Article 15 of the constitution provides you freedom of movement as you can freely travel within the country and do any protest. But, whenever you raise a voice against fascist Pakistan Army for committing extra-judicial killings and abductions, they muzzle the voice”.

The Pashtuns were joined by activists from Balochistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir, who condemned brutalities by the Pakistan army.

Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, exiled Chairman of United Kashmir People’s National Party said, “Thousands of people have become victims of enforced disappearances. Even prominent leaders of PTM are languishing in jails. You can witness such a double-standard in Pakistan, that in other places, production orders are issued for lawmakers for Assembly sessions. But PTM leaders remain in jail”.

Members of the Pashtun ethnic minority have long blamed that they have been targets of military operations, ethnic stereotyping, enforced disappearances and fake encounters by Pakistani security forces. (ANI)

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HC Lugano commits to their partnership with the Ticino Rockets

The Bianconeri have informed the HCB Ticino Rockets that they are willing to continue their partnership in the upcoming season.

HC Lugano keeps working with the Rockets.

Also in the 2021-22 season, HC Lugano is willing to provide the Rockets with at least four of their top prospects. They have taken this decision in spite of the uncertainties around the conditions set by the Swiss League for a participation of the Rockets as of the 2022-23 season.

In the Rockets they see a valuable option to grow their young talents or give other players a chance to relaunch their career and receive more responsibilities than with their National League team.

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Global air cargo demand recovers to pre-Covid levels: IATA

Geneva [Switzerland], March 4 (ANI): The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released January data for global air cargo markets showing that demand returned to pre-Covid levels for the first time since the onset of crisis.

January demand also showed strong month-to-month growth over December 2020 levels. Global demand measured in cargo tonne kilometres was up 1.1 per cent compared to January 2019 and plus 3 per cent compared to December 2020.

All regions saw month-on-month improvement in air cargo demand and North America and Africa were the strongest performers, said IATA.

The recovery in global capacity measured in available cargo tonne kilometres was reversed owing to new capacity cuts on the passenger side. Capacity shrank 19.5 per cent compared to January 2019 and fell 5 per cent compared to December 2020, the first monthly decline since April 2020.

“Air cargo traffic is back to pre-crisis levels and that is some much-needed good news for the global economy. But while there is a strong demand to ship goods, our ability is capped by the shortage of belly capacity normally provided by passenger aircraft,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

“That should be a sign to governments that they need to share their plans for restart so that the industry has clarity in terms of how soon more capacity can be brought online. In normal times, a third of world trade by value moves by air,” he Juniac said this high value commerce is vital to helping restore Covid damaged economies — not to mention the critical role air cargo is playing in distributing life-saving vaccines that must continue for foreseeable future.

However, Asia Pacific airlines saw demand for international air cargo fall 3.2 per cent in January 2021 compared to the same month in 2019. This was an improvement from the 4 per cent fall in December 2020.

International capacity remained constrained in the region, down 27 per cent versus January 2019, which was a deterioration compared to the 26.2 per cent year-over-year decline recorded in December. The region’s airlines reported the highest international load factor at 74 per cent.

IATA said conditions in the manufacturing sector remain robust despite new Covid-19 outbreaks that dragged down passenger demand. The global manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) was at 53.5 in January. Results above 50 indicate manufacturing growth versus the prior month. The new export orders component of the manufacturing PMI — a leading indicator of air cargo demand — continued to point to further cargo tonne kilometres improvement. However, the performance of the metric was less robust compared with Q4 2020 as Covid-19 resurgence negatively impacted export business in emerging markets.

Should this continue or expand to other markers, it could weigh on future air cargo growth.Besides, the level of inventories remains relatively low compared to sales volumes. Historically, this has meant that businesses had to quickly refill their stocks, for which they also used air cargo services. (ANI)

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Saina makes first-round exit from Swiss Open

Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Swiss Open Super 300 tournament after a hard-fought first-round loss to Phittayaporn Chaiwan of Thailand here.

The celebrated Indian shuttler battled for 58 minutes before going down 16-21 21-17 21-23 to Chaiwan in the women’s singles event on Wednesday night.

The other Indian in the event, PV Sindhu, however, entered the round of 16 by beating Yigit Neslihan of Turkey 21-16 21-19 in her first-round match.

The second-seeded Sindhu will face Iris Wang of USA in her Round of 16 match later on Thursday.

Among Indian male shuttlers, fourth seed Kidambi Srikanth, fifth seed B Sai Praneeth, Sourabh Verma and Ajay Jayaram have progressed to the last 16 and they will take the court against their respective opponents later in the day HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap, Lakshya Sen and Sameer Verma, however, have made first-round exits from the men’s singles event.

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EHC Winterthur’s Tim Wieser has suffered a concussion

As Der Landbote reports, the 25-year-old forward sustained the injury during the game against Kloten on Saturday.

Tim Wieser is out with a concussion.

After EHC Winterthur sent their two Canadians Zack Torquato and Riley Brace to Langenthal and Kloten, respectively, Tim Wieser is their top scorer. The young forward, however, is currently sidelined with a concussion. Der Landbote does not state how severe the injury is.

In 40 games with EHCW this season so far, Tim Wieser has recorded 31 points (nine goals). He was on the ice for a bit more than 20 minutes per game on average.

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Four of Lausanne HC’s players should be able to return next week

Currently injured, Benjamin Antonietti, Charles Hudon, Ken Jäger, and Josh Jooris will probably be back on the ice next week.

As 24 heures reports, the four players of Lausanne HC should not be sidelined for much longer. Although tonight’s game against the ZSC Lions comes too early for them, they should be back soon.

Defenseman Joël Genazzi, for his part, returns to LHC’s lineup tonight. The 33-year-old has served his two-game suspension.

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Teemu Turunen likely to return for HCD, Tony Sund eligible to play

After having recovered from Covid-19, Teemu Turunen should be ready to return to HCD’s lineup in tonight’s game.

Has recovered from Covid-19: Teemu Turunen.

Turunen got infected with the Coronavirus when he joined the Finnish national team in mid-February, but did not have any symptoms. According to the Südostschweiz, he might be back in HC Davos‘ lineup against SC Bern tonight.

Moreover, Turunen’s Finnish compatriot Tony Sund might make his debut for HCD. The 25-year-old defenseman is eligible to play tonight.

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