Akhil meets Haryana Sports Minister to get nod for pro career

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 17 (PTI) Boxer Akhil Kumar today met Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij to seek his assistance in securing permission from his employer — Haryana Police — to turn professional. The Olympic quarterfinalist, who is serving as a DSP in Haryana Police, had earlier met the state Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Director General of Police, K P Singh as well, to seek permission to return to the ring once again. Jitender Kumar, a former Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist who is also a Haryana Police DSP, will also be turning professional alongside Akhil. “It was a great meeting, Sports minister reassured me that permissions would be granted soon, on the same policy as followed for Vijender Singh (also a DSP). I am looking forward to this new beginning in my boxing career. The authorities have been very supportive of this decision and have assured me that the permission would be granted soon enough,” Akhil said. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

Cubs’ Arrieta Hurls 2nd No-Hitter

first_imgCINCINNATI — Jake Arrieta’s first no-hitter set him apart. Pitching another one in the span of only 11 regular-season starts has put the Chicago Cubs ace in elite company.And his catcher suspects that the reigning NL Cy Young winner has a few more of those no-hit moments left in him.Arrieta overcame early sloppiness and bore down at the end, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout on April 21 that left everyone amazed except him.After all, he’d done it before. “It feels different the second time,” said Arrieta, who did his best pitching in the last few innings with the gem in reach. “I was a little more relaxed as the game progressed.”Arrieta (4-0) struck out six, walked four and allowed only six balls hit out of the infield during the first no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season.No spectacular plays were needed by Cubs fielders to preserve Arrieta’s performance. He threw 119 pitches, retiring Eugenio Suarez on a routine flyball to right field to end it.Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter last Aug. 30 at Dodger Stadium, beating Los Angeles 2-0. That game came as Arrieta put together one of the best pitching stretches in club history — he’s 15-0 in his last 16 regular-season starts.“What can I say?” Manager Joe Maddon said. “Man, it was spectacular.”The Reds hadn’t been held hitless in a regular-season game since 1971, when Rick Wise did it for Philadelphia at Riverfront Stadium. In the 2010 NL playoffs, Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati.“We got dominated,” Reds outfielder Jay Bruce said. “That’s the most dominating game I’ve ever been a part of. He was great; we weren’t.“Every time he goes out there, he’s got no-hit stuff. He’s arguably the best pitcher in the game today.”Arrieta is among several pitchers in the last decade to pitch two no-hitters. The 30-year-old righty is on the list with Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum and Homer Bailey, who threw the only other no-hitter at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2013, against the Giants.“I feel like I didn’t do a whole lot,” said David Ross, who caught his first no-hitter. “That animal was in control the whole time. He locked it in when he needed to.“He’s got the capability of doing that every night out.” At 39, Ross has already announced this will be his final season. Arrieta said it was exciting to let Ross have this thrill.Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher to win his first four starts in a season since Greg Maddux went 5-0 in 2006. Ken Holtzman is the only other Cubs pitcher to throw more than one no-hitter in the modern era, doing it in 1969 and 1971.Kris Bryant homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs. Arrieta contributed a pair of singles and a walk as the Cubs pulled away.The 16-run margin approached the most-lopsided victory in major league history. In 1884, Pud Galvin and Buffalo beat the Detroit Wolverines 18-0 in the National League, STATS said.By Arrieta’s standards, it was a bit of a struggle. He walked three batters — he’d allowed only two walks in his first three starts combined — and needed 85 pitches to get through six innings. After that, he dug in and made quick work of the Reds’ lineup.“In the sixth, I knew it was going to be a possibility for me,” Arrieta said.The thousands of Cubs fans in the crowd of 16,497 were on their feet cheering as Arrieta walked Scott Schebler to open the ninth, got pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart on a popup, Zack Cozart on a fly to center and Suarez on an easy fly.Arrieta and Ross embraced halfway between home plate and the mound as the rest of the Cubs circled around him.In September 2014, Arrieta lost a no-hit bid against the Reds on Brandon Phillips’ one-out double in the eighth at Wrigley Field.This time, the offense made the outcome a moot point while extending the Cubs’ best start since 1970 at 12-4.Bryant hit a two-run shot in the first off Brandon Finnegan (1-1), and his third career grand slam in the seventh off Drew Hayes made it 13-0. Ben Zobrist and Ross added solo shots, and Anthony Rizzo had a three-run homer.As the Cubs made it a romp, there was only one question left: How far could Arrieta go? He gave himself a chance by getting through the seventh and eighth innings on only 18 pitches, bearing down against an over-matched lineup.Finnegan started at Wrigley Field on April 11 and didn’t allow a hit until Ross singled with two outs in the seventh. They were ready for the left-hander this time. Dexter Fowler doubled off the wall in center on Finnegan’s first pitch of the game, and Bryant’s homer made it 2-0.(JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Antonio Conte: My only worry is to have players in best form for Chelsea

first_imgAntonio Conte has declined to show Gary Cahill and Álvaro Morata a great deal of sympathy after they were omitted from their respective international squads, with the Chelsea manager making clear the only way for them to prove they deserve to go to the World Cup is by working hard for their club.Cahill has been left out of the England squad to face the Netherlands and Italy having not played in Chelsea’s recent Premier League matches with Manchester United and Manchester City, or in the Champions League tie against Barcelona. Morata has not been picked by Julen Lopetegui for Spain’s friendlies against Germany and Argentina, having struggled since arriving from Real Madrid in July and failing to score this year.“This is a question for the coach of the national teams, not for me,” Conte said when asked whether Cahill’s and Morata’s omissions placed doubt over their involvement in the World Cup this summer. “My only worry is to have the players in best form for Chelsea.” Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn news “Because of my past [as Italy head coach] it is difficult for me to speak about the decision of a manager of the national team. Maybe, the manager wants to try new solutions. There are a lot of thoughts in the mind of a coach.”Conte described Cahill as a player with “great quality” and backed Morata to end his drought when Chelsea play Leicester in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday but there followed blunt words from the manager regarding the duo’s prospects of catching Gareth Southgate’s and Lopetegui’s respective eyes before the finals.“There is only one way: to work hard and show you deserve to play,” Conte said. “Not to complain.”Having exited the Champions League in midweek, Conte is ready to put a greater emphasis on the FA Cup given it is the only trophy the champions can realistically win. “We want to fight [for it],” said Conte, who looks set to play his strongest possible team at the King Power Stadium. “It won’t be easy but we want to do our best.” Share on Pinterest Chelsea Antonio Conte digs in at Chelsea, confident about ‘doing good work’ Read morecenter_img Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Antonio Conte Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Manchester United draw blank with AZ Alkmaar as Jesse Lingard limps off

first_img 10 1 21 James 50 50 14 Druijf Facebook 38 Tuanzebe 26 Sugawara 31 Matic Read more 17 Aboukhlal Corners Twitter Match stats European club football Manchester United 2 Lindelof Goal attempts 1 Bizot (s 87′) Solskjaer’s concerns before the game had focused on the artificial surface, though it was clear from an early stage that Alkmaar could pose problems with the ball in the air. Myron Boadu had the ball in the net after 11 minutes from Fredrik Midtsjø’s cross. He was correctly ruled offside, yet De Gea would not have been impressed by his defenders allowing a free header. De Gea was called upon to make the first save of the game shortly afterwards, reacting well to Oussama Idrissi’s well-struck shot, and from the resulting corner Dani de Wit put another free header over the bar.United had started well enough, with Daniel James not only playing but initially being deployed through the middle. After the first quarter passed without a visiting shot on target Solskjær had a rethink and put James out on the right, again not his best position, with Mason Greenwood taking up his expected central role. This almost brought immediate results, with Diogo Dalot sending James skipping down the right and Greenwood meeting his cross in the middle, only for the former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar to block a goalbound effort. 17 Fred 39 McTominay Share via Email 28 Gomes AZ Ole Gunnar Solskjær shows his frustration on the touchline. Photograph: Paul Currie/BPI/Shutterstock 5 Maguire 26 Greenwood 4 Vlaar Read more 11 Idrissi 8 Koopmeiners 7 Stengs 5 Ouwejan 1 de Gea MNU AZ AZ Alkmaar 10 de Wit 9 Boadu 15 Wijndal 20 Dalot Willy Boly puts Wolves back on track with injury-time winner at Besiktascenter_img 14 Lingard 22 de Boer 24 Reijnders Man Utd 6 Midtsjoe Share on Messenger Possession 16 Rojo 53 Williams Share on LinkedIn Pinterest 3 Chatzidiakos 10 Rashford Ole Gunnar Solskjær is still looking for his first away win as Manchester United’s permanent manager. Newcastle on Sunday would seem an inviting opportunity but Solskjær is going to have to alter his team and his tactics from this limp showing to have any hope of beating even such demoralised opponents as Steve Bruce’s side.This was just as presentable a chance to turn a corner, yet a United side sorely lacking in ambition and creativity were unable to take it, merely adapting to Alkmaar’s level and in the end being quite fortunate to escape with a draw. Topics Substitutes Europa League 7 8 (s 63′) Substitutes Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Arsenal 4-0 Standard Liege, Celtic 2-0 CFR Cluj: Europa League – as it happened Fouls (s 83′) 44 Chong match reports 8 AZ Off target 6 Man Utd 4 AZ On target 0 Man Utd Share on Pinterest 20 Clasie 30 Wuytens Share on Facebook (s 77′) Lineups MNU50AZ50% If that was encouraging it was also untypical of United’s first-half efforts. Alkmaar played the more effective counterattacking game, at least proving capable of moving the ball swiftly upfield and on several occasions entered the United area with purpose. United by comparison were ponderous and uninspired, retaining possession easily enough but failing to find any real penetration. At 34 Vlaar might have been viewed as a weak link in the Alkmaar defence, but the plodding, sideways game United played made it easy for the home side to stand their ground without being asked to run about too much.Making his first start for United, the left-back Brandon Williams was lucky to get away with handball in the area early in the second half. Giving away a penalty would have spoiled an otherwise confident display, though the ball struck his arm and referees are now being told to ignore considerations of intent. Rashford was sent on after an hour in an attempt to give United a little more bite up front. In the end it was another substitute, Lingard, who shot wide with a late chance to win the match, before limping off. Rashford’s main contribution, a free-kick blasted wastefully high over the bar, was more in keeping with United’s overall performance. While Solskjær will always have Paris, in his present situation he will not be allowed to live on the memory indefinitely. 8 Mata 22 Romero Solskjær’s worries were compounded by Jesse Lingard limping off late on with a hamstring injury to leave United to see out the match with 10 men.They were not exactly outplayed, in a borrowed stadium in front of a crowd slightly less than the stated capacity of 15,000, though the home side created the better chances and the captain for the day, David de Gea, was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers towards the end of the match. Marco Bizot in the Alkmaar goal was a virtual spectator throughout. While United had a late penalty claim waved away when Marcus Rashford came on, more damning was their failure to register a single attempt on target.“It should have been a win, I’m fed up complaining about penalties we should have had,” Solskjær said, brazenly ignoring the fact that Alkmaar also had a couple of reasonable appeals turned down, in addition to managing the odd shot on target. “The linesman had a good view of the tackle on Marcus and he wasn’t interested. A better decision and we would all be sitting here smiling now, but it’s no good me going on about it. We just have to hope that one day the decisions will start going in our favour. We didn’t get to grips with the pitch until the second half, so I regard today as a good away point. If we win our home games and stay unbeaten away we should be all right in the group.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ESPN Analyst Offers Up Advice To Miami QB Tate Martell

first_imgMiami quarterback Tate Martell at the spring game.MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: Tate Martell #18 of the Miami Hurricanes warms up before the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz named the team’s starting quarterback for the upcoming season.Diaz selected Jarren Williams as the team’s leader under center for 2019. Williams beat out Ohio State transfer Tate Martell, who gained immediate eligibility for the Hurricanes this year.After Martell was beat out for the starting gig, some wondered if he’d take his talents to a different team or perhaps a junior college.Former Alabama star quarterback and ESPN analyst Greg McElroy offered his advice for the young quarterback, via 247Sports:“He’s only a sophomore. You don’t have to be a starting quarterback for four years to get drafted into the NFL…He doesn’t have to start as a sophomore to eventually reach the goals that he wants to achieve. If there’s one thing that he’s proven, it’s that he’s run from adversity. That’s not a real nice thing to say about a guy when considering his prospects for the NFL. He needs to stay put…He needs to prove that he’s a great teammate.”Martell might not have to wait long before earning his chance at Miami. McElroy expects the Hurricanes to struggle against Florida in the season-opener and suggested Martell could see playing time.We’ll have to wait and see if the former Buckeyes transfer stays with the team.Stay tuned.last_img read more

KMC set to launch special drives as number of dengue cases climb

first_imgKolkata: The health wing of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will launch special drives in vast areas of Tollygunge, New Alipore, Golf Club and Jodhpur Park covering wards 81, 93, 95, 97 and 99, where the number of dengue cases has seen an alarming rise.A high-level meeting was held to discuss the measures to be adopted by the KMC to combat the situation on Tuesday afternoon. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh. Ghosh said that the number of people afflicted with the disease in these posh areas of South Kolkata is far more than the North and Central parts of the city. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe said many houses in New Alipore, Jodhpur Park and Golf Club remain under lock and key and the civic workers have no access there. Recently, the civic workers used a ladder to reach the roof of an abandoned house at Baghajatin in ward 99 and found mosquito larvae there. Apart from this, some abandoned factories in South Kolkata and the southern fringes of the city have posed a serious threat as well, as the conservancy workers cannot go inside the factories and clear the accumulated garbage. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayGhosh has ordered the civic employees to break open the locks of such factories under Section 546 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Act, 1980 and conduct cleaning operation. The Deputy Mayor regretted that despite repeated requests, there are many people who are not cleaning the containers that store water, at least once a week. There are also owners who do not clean flower vases, pots and the trays of refrigerators at least once a week. The clear water accumulated in these serve as potential breeding ground for the Aedes Egypti mosquitoes, which are primarily responsible for causing dengue. Ghosh added that the newly-acquired drones have helped KMC spot water patches on the roofs of high-rise buildings, which serve as breeding grounds for mosquito larvae. He appealed to people from all walks of life to follow the dos and don’ts listed by KMC, in order to check the spread of the disease.last_img read more

Our rights dont end at the shoreline Kahnawake elders push back against

first_imgLindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsIf there’s one thing most residents of Kahnawake can agree on, it’s that the Mercier Bridge – which connects the island of Montreal to the Mohawk community on the south shore – is in desperate need of repair.The 85-year-old structure, now gouged with cracks and holes, recently re-opened to traffic after an urgent month-long closure in June.It’s a crucial thoroughfare for Montrealers; an estimated 75,000 commuters use the bridge every day.But talk of more construction, and possibly an expansion of the bridge, has become a considerable source of tension among Kahnawa’kehró:non.And no one seems to have a straight answer about the possible toll that a new or improved bridge will have on a community that says they’ve already surrendered too much land and fauna for Canada’s benefit.Project specsIn a written statement, the Quebec Transport Ministry (MTQ) confirmed that it is “still planning on rebuilding a portion of the bridge near the current structure with the same measurements,” along with the addition of a new multi-purpose lane.The MTQ has not released a schedule or precise budget for the work, as the ministry is “still collecting data for the design of the structure.”Once surveys are completed, the project – expected at this point to surpass $100 million in construction costs – will need government approval.“However, be assured that we work in collaboration with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK), and we keep them updated on the project,” a spokesperson told APTN News via written statement.Talks between local and provincial governments have reportedly been ongoing since 2008; general discussion about upgrading the bridge has gone on far longer.However, most residents of Kahnawake say they weren’t aware that the project was moving forward until they learned that a series of “geo studies” – core drilling and other underwater feasibility initiatives – would be happening with little notice.Even though the work is preliminary, according to the Mohawk Council, the community worries that if they give an inch, the provincial and federal governments will take a mile.Elders rallyingReflecting on the construction of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s, Longhouse Elder Kenneth Deer remembers it all.“They were working 24 hours a day, dynamiting,” he explained. “The [dynamite] wire was colourful though – it had yellow, red, and blue — and we’d take that wire and we’d decorate our bicycles with them.”But despite the filter of childhood fancy, there’s no denying introduction of the seaway had a profound impact on the people.“The whole idea that we’re no longer part of the river had a real spiritual impact, mental, psychological impact on our people,” Deer explained.“We’re not going to give up one more square inch of land. We’ve already given up a lot of land for the seaway, highways and bridges, hydroelectric poles and towers; this community has given a lot to the infrastructure of Canada, and we don’t want to give up any more, you know?”Deer recently spoke out on behalf of his cohorts at the Kahnawake 207 Longhouse – the community’s proponents of traditional leadership – saying they disagree with the lack of transparency and overall handling of the project, even in these early stages.“Yes, we need a new bridge, but we’ve got to find a way of doing it without self-destroying any of our land – giving up any of our land, or destroying it,” he added.The elected officials at the MCK issued a statement reassuring residents that they agree with this traditional view of “not one more inch,” and appealed for calm from all sides.“The issue appears to stem from a misconception that the MCK has already approved the new span,” Rhonda Kirby, portfolio chief for transportation, said in a statement. “I can guarantee for the record that no Kahnawake land will be lost. The environment will be protected, and importantly, the community will be consulted.”Environmental concernsAfter the uproar by Longhouse 207, the Mohawk Council indefinitely postponed its planned underwater surveys.Environmental activists, and those who live off the land, were indignant because the drilling was expected to take place in sturgeon habitat.The species, highly protected by fishing restrictions enforced across Quebec, requires an undisturbed – and highly delicate — environment for spawning.A recent study by the University of British Columbia revealed that biodiversity thrives in Indigenous-managed lands.Deer says in the wake of the construction announcement, there are increased concerns for animal and plant life above the Saint Lawrence’s surface as well.“They’re talking about filling in acres and acres of land to put construction shacks and whatever else up,” he said. “Those are concerns because that’s not going to be replaced. It’s going to destroy the animals and the plants that live in that part.”Kahnawake Environmental Protection Office (KEPO) and the Mohawk Council were unavailable to comment before deadline.Moving forward, Deer says he expects all governments to maintain an open and honest dialogue with the Mohawk community about their infrastructural development.“We were a river people – our rights don’t end at the shoreline,” he added.lrichardson@aptn.ca@sentimtllast_img read more

All Dawson Creek school buses cancelled this morning

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — All school buses serving Dawson Creek area schools have been cancelled this morning.School District 59 Transportation Manager Jeff Lekstrom said that the decision was made to cancel all school buses serving schools in the Dawson Creek area because of the overnight windstorm that blew large snowdrifts onto side roads in the South Peace. Lekstrom explained that while not all side roads in the South Peace are covered in drifts, officials made the decision to cancel school buses all day Tuesday because there are no guarantees that roads which are passable this morning won’t be drifted in this afternoon.Lekstrom added that all school buses serving schools in the Chetwynd area are currently running on time, as the topography in that area of the South Peace means roads are more sheltered. At this point, there’s no word on any school bus cancellations in the North Peace.last_img read more

BC Hydro starting consultations on upgrading transmission lines from the Peace Region

first_imgAn example of capacitor station at Ruby Creek, about 14 kilometres west of Hope. Photo by BC HydroIn order to allow the current 500-kV transmission lines to send that increase in power across the provincial grid more efficiently, Locicero explained that Hydro will need to build the capacitor stations to reduce the drop in the electrical voltage that occurs over long distances. Between two and four new capacitor stations would be built between Hudson’s Hope and the Kelly Lake substation, which is located between Lilloett and Clinton. Peace to Kelly Lake Capacitors Project Alternative 1. Photo by BC Hydro Peace to Kelly Lake Capacitors Project Alternative 1. Photo by BC Hydro Peace to Kelly Lake Capacitors Project Alternative 2. Photo by BC Hydro Peace to Kelly Lake Capacitors Project Alternative 2. Photo by BC Hydro Peace to Kelly Lake Capacitors Project Alternative 3. Photo by BC Hydro Peace to Kelly Lake Capacitors Project Alternative 3. Photo by BC Hydro In each of the three alternatives proposed by BC Hydro for the project, two new capacitor stations would be built in Northeast B.C.: the first would be located near Powder King Mountain Resort in the Pine Pass, while the second would be built around 80 kilometres north of Prince George near Bear Lake. Other new capacitor stations would be built near Prince George, Quesnel, and Williams Lake, depending on which of the three proposals BC Hydro chooses.Licicero said that the project is still in the early planning stage, with a completion date between 2024 and 2026. She added that at this point, there’s no estimated cost for the project. CHETWYND, B.C. – BC Hydro is beginning consultations with stakeholders about its plans to upgrade the capacity of the transmission lines that send electricity from the Peace Region to the rest of the province.In late April, Hydro announced the Peace to Kelly Lake Capacitors Project, which would see up to four new capacitor stations built along its 500-kilovolt transmission lines in Northern and Central B.C. According to BC Hydro, the upgrades are needed since the system is currently at 95 percent of capacity.Sabrina Locicero with BC Hydro’s Stakeholder Engagement department says that around one third of B.C.’s electricity, or 4,300 megawatts, is generated in Northeast B.C. She said that amount is forecast to increase by roughly 1,500 megawatts in the next 15 years.last_img read more

Business Highlights

___Banks, technology companies power a rebound for US stocksStocks finished broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, erasing the market’s modest losses from a day earlier. Financial, technology and health care stocks accounted for much of the rally. Banks benefited from rising bond yields, which let them charge higher rates on loans. Energy companies led the S&P 500 higher as the price of U.S. crude oil moved briefly above $60 a barrel. Homebuilders slumped on data showing the pace of newly started home construction projects fell sharply last month.___Apple tries to take a bite out of credit card industryApple is rolling out a credit card that it says is designed to do things no other card can. So how does it stack up? It looks different from a traditional credit card — there’s no number on the front and the users’ name is etched in metal. The card expands the company’s digital Apple Pay services and comes with a bevy of perks. But industry experts say the benefits are underwhelming, mirroring many of those already out there.___Dems cry foul as Trump calls for striking down ‘Obamacare’WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told a federal appeals court that the entire Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” should be struck down as unconstitutional. That’s far more sweeping than the administration’s previous stance in the lawsuit filed by Texas and other GOP-led states. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it shows Republicans “say one thing and do another” when they promise to maintain protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.___Uber acquires Mideast competitor Careem for $3.1 billionDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ride-hailing service Uber says it has acquired its Mideast competitor Careem for $3.1 billion, making it the largest-ever technology purchase in the region. Uber said in a prepared statement on Tuesday that the $3.1 billion consists of $1.7 billion in convertible notes and $1.4 billion in cash.___Apple facing US import ban on some iPhones in tech disputeWASHINGTON (AP) — A trade court judge will recommend banning some iPhones from being imported into the U.S. after concluding Apple’s bestselling device infringed on technology owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm. The U.S. International Trade Commission decision is the latest twist in a bitter legal dispute between Qualcomm and Apple over the rights to some of the technology that enables the iPhone to connect to the internet.___The good, bad and the unknown of Apple’s new servicesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple on Monday unveiled a new streaming TV service, its own branded credit card and a news subscription product, but it hasn’t yet filled in all the blanks. Monday’s announcements lacked some key details, such as pricing of the TV service and terms of the new Apple Card.___Newspapers largely shun Apple’s news subscription serviceNEW YORK (AP) — Many newspaper publishers — after suffering for a decade from job losses, shrinking ad dollars and circulation declines — are so far shunning Apple’s new “Netflix for news” subscription. For $10 a month, Apple News Plus offers articles from more than 300 magazines, but only three newspapers. But many publishers want to build their own sites and customer base rather than be at the whim of giant technology companies.___Wall Street bonuses fall over $30K despite profit upturnALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state’s comptroller says the average bonus paid to Wall Street security industry employees dipped by more than $30,000 despite an 11 per cent increase in securities industry profits in 2018. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s annual estimate of the average bonus paid to security industry employees was released Tuesday. The Democrat’s report says the average bonus fell 17 per cent, from $184,400 in 2017 to $153,700 last year.___Maker of OxyContin reaches $270M settlement in OklahomaOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of OxyContin and the family that owns the company have reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma over the prescription painkiller’s role in the nation’s deadly opioid crisis. Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family have made billions from OxyContin since the 1990s. But the company has been hit with close to 2,000 lawsuits.___Russian ex-minister arrested on fraud chargesMOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top state investigative agency says that a former government minister has been arrested on fraud charges. The Investigative Committee says that Mikhail Abyzov is accused of leading a criminal group that embezzled funds belonging to two energy companies in Siberia and siphoned them into foreign bank accounts. The 46-year-old Abyzov was a member of the Russian Cabinet in 2012-2018, overseeing information technologies and efforts to increase the government’s transparency.___The S&P 500 index gained 20.10 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,818.46. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 140.90 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 25,657.73. The Nasdaq composite added 53.98 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,691.52. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 15.30 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,528.17.The Associated Pres, The Associated Press read more

UN confirms Iraqi suspension of exports under oilforfood scheme

Iraqi oil authority representatives advised UN monitors on the ground that the suspension came “on the direct instructions of their authorities in Baghdad,” according to a UN spokesman, who said that to his knowledge the reasons for the halt had not been given.Meanwhile, the website of the Permanent Mission of Iraq to the UN carried a bulletin from the Iraqi News Agency, stating that no oil would be lifted for 30 days or until the Israeli armed forces have “unconditionally withdrawn from the Palestinian territories they have occupied and have shown respect for the will of the Palestinian people and the Arab nation to sovereignty, security, dignity and life.”A spokesperson for the oil-for-food programme, noted that the suspension would have an impact on the financial basis of the scheme. “We are concerned, as we’ve been saying there is already a funding crisis so this will not help,” Hasmik Egian told the UN News Service.Currently, some 72 per cent of Iraq’s crude revenue is allocated to the oil-for-food programme in Iraq, while 25 per cent goes to the UN Compensation Commission which pays claims for damages arising from Iraq’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait. The remaining revenue is used to cover administrative costs associated with the programme and the UN Monitoring and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). read more

UCF Might Not Even Be As Good As Fresno State — Let

Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group TEAMTotal EfficiencyRKFPIRKSagarinRKOpp. Win %RK Fresno State81.6713.11982.617.48888 Share of plays for 10+ yards19.3%20.2% Utah State77.81111.62679.829.415122 Share of rush first downs or TDs per rush23.5%27.2% While UCF has indeed blown out its competition, the Knights are effectively playing a junior-varsity schedule.3Though so is Utah State. Central Florida’s case is acutely hurt by its mere membership in the American Athletic Conference, which boasts five of the 35 worst teams nationally, according to ESPN’s FPI. In total, UCF’s opponents have combined to go 37-51 over the season — and the Knights have yet to play a team that has compiled fewer than four losses or one ranked better than 50th in FPI.4UCF hosts No. 24 Cincinnati this weekend in what will be the Knights’ toughest game of the regular season. The Bearcats rank 44th in FPI. The Knights’ nonconference schedule didn’t do the team any favors; South Carolina State, for example, is a member of the Football Championship Subdivision. As ESPN’s Heather Dinich notes, an average team ranked in the top 25 would have a 42 percent chance of going 9-0 against UCF’s schedule, according to ESPN’s strength of record metric.Then there’s another team that UCF can’t measure up to: the 2017 Knights. This year’s version is lagging the team from a season ago, when it had a much stronger case for playoff inclusion, in nearly every phase of the game. Some of that is certainly attributable to the departure of head coach Scott Frost and his entire coaching staff. New head coach Josh Heupel hasn’t had difficulty hitting his talking points, but the Knights have regressed in offensive, defensive and special teams efficiency.5Efficiency is ESPN’s measure of per-play effectiveness on a 0-100 scale. No facet has ebbed more than the defense. No modern-day college football program has publicly coveted the role of Cinderella quite like Central Florida. Just two years removed from a winless season in 2015, the Knights went undefeated a year ago and even proclaimed themselves national champions. After beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl, the Knights threw themselves a parade at Disney World and took photos in front of, yes, Cinderella’s Castle.But a more fitting photo might have been in front of Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion. UCF’s fairytale narrative, at least for the time being, doesn’t really exist. After all, it’s not much of a story if Cinderella never gets invited to the ball and just continues scrubbing the floors.Just like last year, 11th-ranked UCF is again undefeated and clamoring for a spot in the College Football Playoff — which, barring a late-season Armageddon, it won’t get. This doesn’t sit too well with the team holding the nation’s longest winning streak, nor with officials of the American Athletic Conference, one of the Group-of-Five conferences1The others are Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West and the Sun Belt Conference. that sit just below the Power Five.2The Big Ten, the Big 12, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Southeastern Conference and the Pac-12. But lost in the endless debate over whether UCF deserves to be considered one of the four best teams in the country is a more interesting question: Is UCF even the best Group-of-Five team?Two teams from the Mountain West — Fresno State (8-2) and Utah State (9-1) — have arguably better resumes than the Knights. Utah State lost in the waning moments to Michigan State in East Lansing but has rebounded to win nine consecutive games by ostentatious scores — only Alabama and Clemson tout stronger average scoring margins. Fresno State has dropped two road games — at Minnesota and Boise State — but has overwhelmed the rest of its schedule. Fresno State is averaging 20-point victories this season, the sixth-best average scoring margin in the country.Comprehensive metrics such as ESPN’s team efficiency and Football Power Index and Jeff Sagarin’s team ratings all favor Fresno State over UCF, and both of the ESPN metrics also favor Utah State over the Knights. The Knights trail six teams with one loss in the College Football Playoff rankings. A team with two losses is also ranked ahead of the Knights. The Knights’ defense has regressedHow Central Florida’s defense this year compares with the defense of last year’s team Share of plays for 5+ yards39.3%40.0% Defensive efficiency national ranking32nd54th Undefeated UCF may not be the best non-Power Five teamHow Central Florida, Fresno State and Utah State compare in a variety of metrics and ranking systems UCF71.7219.93080.823.458104 Defensive StatisTIC20172018 Source: ESPN.com, Jeff Sagarin Rate of drives with a first down resulting in a score37.8%40.5% Share of plays for zero or negative yards35.6%34.8% The Knights startled the country last season when their defensive front dominated an SEC offensive line in the Peach Bowl. However, this season has been chock-full of poor defensive performances. UCF transitioned to a 4-3 base scheme from a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, and the team has seen improvements in yardage allowed per play and per contest. However, the Knights have dropped from 32nd to 54th in defensive efficiency. Only 27 teams have allowed more running yards after contact than UCF, and the school ranks 96th in three-and-out rate and 83rd in third-down conversion defense. These shoddy marks are further amplified when taking into consideration the quality of opponent that UCF has faced.Until the playoffs expand beyond four teams, there will always be frustrated fan bases at the end of the regular season. The playoff selection committee has never taken a Group-of-Five team, a streak that will almost certainly be extended this season because the argument for UCF’s inclusion doesn’t hold much water. If anything, Fresno State and Utah State have pieced together stronger seasons and candidacies for a spot in the playoff. The Knights desperately want their Cinderella slipper to fit, but the clock may have already struck midnight for them.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

Tara PalmerTomkinson did not have a brain tumour and died from a

first_img Image: John Walton EMPICS Sport By Sean Murray 2/5 Today the Coroner’s report states that Tara died of naturalcauses – a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour. pic.twitter.com/ccU3Ua4SPY— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died on 8 February 61,406 Views Source: Santa Montefiore/Twitter Share34 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3241104 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet In November of last year, Palmer-Tomkinson said that she had been diagnosed with the brain tumour in the pituitary gland the previous January, and that it had cleared following treatment.During the 1990s and 2000s, Palmer-Tomkinson regularly made headlines for her hard partying, exhibitionist streak, and high-profile cocaine addiction.She was also a newspaper columnist and television personality, speaking candidly about her battle with drugs and her health problems — including in recent months, her tumour.Her funeral will be held on Monday 27 February.With reporting from AFPRead: British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has died aged 45 48 Comments Tara Palmer-Tomkinson ‘did not have a brain tumour’ and died from a perforated ulcer Palmer-Tomkinson had been diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. THE FAMILY OF the late British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson have issued a statement to say that the 45-year-old died due to a perforated ulcer.It had originally been believed that she had died from a brain tumour, which she had been diagnosed with last year.Her sister Santa Montefiore tweeted earlier today that a coroner had found it wasn’t a brain tumour but a perforated ulcer which had caused Palmer-Tomkinson to die “peacefully in her sleep”. Feb 15th 2017, 5:19 PM In a separate statement, the socialite’s family rejected claims that Palmer-Tomkinson was in a “dark place” in the weeks and months before her death.They said: “Those that knew and were close to Tara knew that there was no retreat to a “dark place” as some have disappointingly suggested. In the last few weeks Tara was happy, positive and making plans for when she recovered her health.It has been a great source of comfort to know how loved she was by so many people. Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 5:19 PM Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died on 8 February Image: John Walton EMPICS Sport Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jouer à Tetris pourrait aider à soigner les yeux paresseux

first_imgJouer à Tetris pourrait aider à soigner les yeux paresseuxUne équipe de chercheurs québécois a utilisé le jeu vidéo Tetris pour traiter de façon tout à fait novatrice l’amblyopie, également appelée syndrome de “l’œil paresseux”.Des petits cubes de couleurs à placer au bon endroit et dans la bonne orientation pour former des lignes qui disparaissent… Cela ne vous rappelle rien ? Tetris, bien sûr ! Créé en 1984 par le Russe Alekseï Pajitnov, ce jeu vidéo est l’un des plus populaires du monde et a été décliné sous un nombre inimaginable de formes. Basé sur des règles simples, il fait appel à de la réflexion et de l’adresse mais il fait aussi beaucoup de bien aux yeux. C’est du moins ce que suggèrent les travaux réalisés par des chercheurs québécois et publiés dans la revue Current Biology.Au cours de ceux-ci, une équipe de recherche dirigée par le Dr Robert Hess de l’Université McGill de Montréal et l’Institut de recherche du Centre universitaire de santé McGill ont utilisé le très célèbre jeu vidéo pour traiter l’amblyopie chez l’adulte. L’amblyopie (qui est la cause la plus courante de déficience visuelle chez l’enfant) est due à un mauvais traitement de l’information dans le cortex visuel. Peu à peu, l’œil le plus fort supprime la vision de l’œil le plus faible, d’où l’appellation de syndrome de “l’œil paresseux”. Faire travailler les deux yeux individuellement Jusque là, le traitement consistait à couvrir l’œil fort dans le but de forcer l’œil faible à travailler. Mais si cette méthode donnait quelques résultats chez les enfants, elle était totalement inefficace chez les adultes. “La clé pour améliorer la vision chez les adultes, qui n’ont actuellement aucune autre option de traitement, était de mettre en place des paramètres forçant les deux yeux de coopérer, pour la première fois dans une tâche donnée”, explique le Dr Robert Hess, auteur principal de l’étude cité par Radio-canada.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est ainsi que les chercheurs ont eu l’idée d’utiliser Tetris chez 18 adultes souffrant d’amblyopie totale, mais pas de la manière classique. Ils ont divisé l’information entre les deux yeux de façon complémentaire. “En utilisant un visiocasque, nous avons été capables de les faire jouer au jeu en présentation dichoptique, c’est-à-dire où un œil était seulement en mesure de voir les objets qui tombent et l’autre, seulement le sol”, explique le Dr Hess. “Nous pensions que le fait de forcer les yeux à travailler ensemble pourrait améliorer la vision de “l’œil paresseux”.” Une vision nettement améliorée Et la technique s’est révélée être une réussite puisque sur 18 participants, les 9 ayant joué avec leurs deux yeux, après deux semaines, présentait une spectaculaire amélioration de la vision et de la vision 3D de leur œil faible. En comparaison, ceux qui avaient joué avec la vision monoculaire n’ont présenté qu’une amélioration modérée. Mais lorsqu’ils sont passés à la vision dichoptique, ils ont montré une amélioration comparable au premier groupe.  Ainsi, cette avancée médicale vient confirmer qu’en forçant les deux yeux à coopérer, on augmente le niveau de plasticité du cerveau de la personne amblyope et on lui permet de réapprendre. Des résultats qui prouvent encore une fois l’étonnante plasticité du cerveau humain. Toutefois, d’après les chercheurs, il serait possible d’aller plus loin et de traiter de la même façon d’autres troubles visuels dus à une perturbation du développement visuel précoce durant l’enfance.Le 24 avril 2013 à 13:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Forest Spiral Path Lets You Walk Among Treetops in Denmark

first_imgStay on target This innovative walkway is part of Camp Adventure, a treetop adventure park that’s located in Gisselfeld Klosters Skove and offers other activities, including zip lining and other treetop climbing paths. At Camp Adventure, visitors can see one of Denmark’s most popular forest preserves and travel through it in a creative, interactive way that doesn’t require advanced climbing or hiking skills. The Treetop Experience is divided into a high and low route, with the high route passing through the forest’s oldest section, while the low route and observation tower are located in the forest’s younger areas. The observation tower, which opened to the public on March 30, has a curved shape that’s thin in the middle with a larger base and crown, so visitors on top of the structure can see the forest canopy from various angles. On the way there, visitors can observe the forest’s hilly landscape and pass by creeks, lakes, and wetlands. PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site center_img Visit Camp Adventure’s website for more information on tickets, daily hours, and map guides for the Treetop Experience and observation tower.More on Geek.com:Artist Slices Fiat Coupé in Half, Transforms It Into French Fry CartThis Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17,000 Lego BricksThis Guy Officially Has the World’s Largest Video Game Collection You can now admire Denmark’s lush greenery from a different perspective, thanks to a new treetop walkway in the middle of a preserved forest.The cool spiral path, which is located in a preserved forest called Gisselfeld Klosters Skove in Denmark, is connected to a 148-foot-tall observation tower that provides a bird’s eye view of the area, Travel + Leisure reported. There aren’t any stairs to climb, instead, visitors can travel on a seamless continuous ramp to take in the forest’s beauty. Planned by Copenhagen-based architecture studio EFFEKT, the new treetop walkway aims to give visitors a breathtaking nature experience high above the ground.last_img read more

Vandals snap uproot trees and bushes at underconstruction Sorenson Park

first_imgVandals struck Sorenson Neighborhood County Park in the Lake Shore area last Thursday night, snapping or uprooting newly planted trees and shrubbery to leave an estimated $10,000 in damage to the under-construction park, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The park is at the intersection of Northwest 26th Avenue and Northwest 109th Street, near the border between the Felida and Lake Shore areas. The sheriff’s office said vandals snapped around eight trees and uprooted several bushes.The sheriff’s office asked anyone with helpful information about the case to contact Deputy Shane Clemenhagen at 360-397-2211, ext. 5477, or shane.clemenhagen@clark.wa.gov.The park is unfinished. Construction began in the summer. In June, the county awarded a $934,700 contract to Robertson & Olson Construction Inc., of Camas, to build the park.County Parks Manager Bill Bjerke said the park hasn’t been officially “turned over” to the county yet, and it will be on the contractor to address the damage.last_img read more

National Assembly Members Pass Motion

first_imgBy MUHAMMED S. BAHMembers of the National Assembly have passed a motion on the payment of D300,000.00 to each member of the newly established Commission of Enquiry for the 3 months period they are to carry out this task. This motion on the bill was tabled before deputies at the national assembly by Aboubacarr Tembedou, Attorney General and Minister of Justice on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. The motion was seconded by the MP for Lower Nuimi.According to the report, the remuneration is based on the onerous task of the commission which includes investigations into the existence, nature, extent and method of acquisition of assets and properties, including the companies, businesses and bank accounts operated directly or indirectly by the former President, family members and close associates and to know whether such assets and properties were lawfully acquired or otherwise.The Justice Minister said the Commission, after 3 months should come up with a recommendation on which government will be acting upon.During the intervention of the law makers, Hon. Halifa Sallah, member from SerreKunda said it is important for the commission of inquiry to be diversified rather than specifically concentrating the enquiry on one person or institution.Hon. Ousman Sillah, the member for Banjul North, also said the following: “The national assembly is here to guide the governance process. So we should really be careful when dealing with issues.” On his part, Hon. Muhammed Magassey also said it is important for members of the National Assembly to know how to decide on behalf of the people. The Hon member for Basse further sought clarifications from the Justice Minister on the activities of the commission members.On his part, the Hon. Member for Wuli West said government should avoid putting old wine in new bottle, underscoring that the New Gambia should avoid taking issues just like how the former government use to do. “It is important for us to listen to each other critically,” he said.Other deputies also added their voices in supporting the motion.In his clarification, the justice Minister said the establishment of the commission is to necessarily allow government to get to the bottom of the facts on the former government dealings with public and private enterprises. This was what the Justice Minister said: “The commission is mandated to look into the management of some Public Enterprises as well as the assets and financial transactions of the former President, Yahya Jammeh and some of his associates.”The motion was adopted by lawmakerslast_img read more

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