Two Indians in latest edition of Sports Illustrated list of 100 top in sports

first_imgThe latest edition of Sports Illustrated lists the 100 most influential members of minorities in sports.Though dominated by prominent African-Americans – Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, the Williams sisters, Magic Johnson, Don King and Kobe Bryant – it includes a couple from the Indian diaspora. Sanjay Kumar, CEO of Computer Associates,The latest edition of Sports Illustrated lists the 100 most influential members of minorities in sports.Though dominated by prominent African-Americans – Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, the Williams sisters, Magic Johnson, Don King and Kobe Bryant – it includes a couple from the Indian diaspora. Sanjay Kumar, CEO of Computer Associates and co-owner of the New York Rangers – the ice hockey team based in the city – has come up at No. 31. Though born in Sri Lanka, Kumar traces his roots to India.Also on the list at No. 99 is Satish Sanan, who is well-known in the glitzy world of horse racing. The Florida-based stable owner has bred 250 horses since he joined the business in 1997 and two of his horses have bagged the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Championship, the world championship for thoroughbred horses.last_img read more

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Kit Harington sparks rumours of return to Game Of Thrones

first_imgWhile the fans have not yet reconciled with the death of Jon Snow, the actor who played the role has sparked rumours that the character might return in the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones.Actor Kit Harington led to speculations of his return to the fantasy series after he was seen sporting long hair, which were his character’s iconic hairstyle.Harington was photographed at a Wimbledon tennis match in London with long, curly locks and beard.Back in January, Harington — who had revealed that he is contractually obligated to keep his hair long for the duration of the show — appeared, with shorter hair at the premiere of his movie Testament Of Youth. The fact that he has now grown his hair back has sparked speculation that he will reprise his role as Jon on the fantasy drama series, reports aceshowbiz.com.One fan, Austin Chesshire, pointed it out on Twitter, and posted: “This is a recent picture of Kit Harington, notice his hair. He hasn’t cut it. JON SNOW LIVES. #GameofThrones.” Another fan named Tom Feeney wrote: “Jon Snow lives because of Kit Harington’s hair.”Kit Harington in the final scene of Game Of Thrones, Season 5 finale episodeJon was last seen bleeding out after he was betrayed and stabbed in the fifth season finale.Addressing his character’s fate on the show, Harington said in June: “I’m quite dead. It’s over for Jon Snow – at the very least, he gets to join his family and kin and leave this terrible world behind.”advertisementHowever, his co-star Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, believes there is a chance that Jon would return to the upcoming season six.”There are some helpful people there, who could bring Jon back to life. If I had to bet, I would say it’s a 50/50 chance,” she said in an interview.With IANS inputslast_img read more

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Mighty Tigers

first_imgThat preparation is showing. Rhenz Abando was stellar in the Tigers’ first win this season. Mark Nonoy took care of things in the stretch Saturday as UST stunned last year’s finalist University of the Philippines, 85-69, to zoom to the early lead in the men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tigers dismantled the Maroons by pushing the pace at every opportunity and using the three-point shot as their main weapon. And when things got a little tight in the end game, Nonoy came through in the stretch with five big points before backcourt mate Renzo Subido drilled back-to-back triples to put the game away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelUST took a second straight victory to momentarily stay on top of the field and send preseason pundits refining their form charts.Ayo, though, still thinks the victory hasn’t really sent shivers down the spines of collegiate powerhouses just yet. UST was up 67-63 when Subido and Brent Paraiso started the Tigers’ key stretch run, which Noynoy greased with five straight points that gave his team a 79-69 spread, 1:22 to play.Entering the season with a modest goal of surpassing their six-win total from last season, the Tigers have thrust themselves into the conversation as one of the title contenders. Whether they stay there long will be known by Wednesday, when UST faces defending champion Ateneo.“This is just one game and we still have 12 more, but at least our system is in place,” said Ayo, whose team shot 21 less triples this time compared to its 95-82 win over UE.After going 14-of-49 from the three-point zone in their season debut, the Tigers shot 9-of-28 this time.“It’s not about getting three pointers, but what the defense gives us and we don’t settle for the best shots. As you saw today, our advantage will be our speed. The players are not conscious whether we are ahead or not because they were too focused with executing our game plan.”Beninese Soulemane Chabi Yo came out strong with 18 points and 18 rebounds for UST while Abando, who sparkled with 22 points against UE, shot 12 points. Subido added 13 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast “I can’t think of it as a statement win although on paper, UP has the more talented team than us,” said Ayo, who won an NCAA title with Letran in 2015 and La Salle a year later. “Of course, we prepared and it just so happened that our game plan worked. It wasn’t perfect but it worked.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsEarlier, Congolese big man Lenda Douanga nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift Adamson past National U, 84-83, and even its record to 1-1.“We don’t think it was a lucky shot because it was a designed play,” a smiling Adamson coach Franz Pumaren said of Douanga’s game winner that capped a 26-point effort from the newcomer, who was picked over another foreign player, Papi Sarr, when Adamson finalized its lineup.The win spoiled a spectacular game from sophomore Dave Ildefonso, who had all of NU’s nine points in the extra period and finished with 29 points. Ildefonso gave the Bulldogs the lead with a tough drive with 1.4 seconds remaining.Nonoy’s numbers may have paled in comparison, finishing with 16 points. But the standout from La Carlota, Negros Occidental, hit the key shots when it mattered.ADVERTISEMENT Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH 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 Krausscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Aldin Ayo knew he had a couple of gems for rookies who would make an impact with the team in UAAP Season 82. But just to be on the sure side of things, he made sure they were well-prepared.“Late last year, we were already getting them prepared for this season,” Ayo, the University of Santo Tomas coach, said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Gilas PH faces Asian rival Iran NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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GST bill pending in RS requires amendment: Chidambaram

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 28 (PTI) Former Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram today said the GST bill pending in the Rajya Sabha is “flawed” and required amendment. The Union Cabinet yesterday approved amendments to the GST bill, dropping the 1 per cent manufacturing tax and also incorporating words that guarantees compensation to states for first five years. “We support the GST, we are the original proponent of the GST idea. The bill (pending in Rajya Sabha) is flawed and therefore we say the bill requires amendment. Opposing a bill which is badly drafted,” he said, adding that he does not know what amendments were cleared by Cabinet yesterday. By doing away with the 1 per cent inter-state tax over and above the GST rate, the government has met one of the three key demands over which Opposition Congress has been blocking the Bill in the Upper House. The other demands of including GST rate in the statute and a Supreme Court judge-headed dispute resolution body has not been accepted. “I dont know what the present position is. The Congress party has authorised Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mr. Anand Sharma to talk to the Finance Minister. Only when they report back to the congress party, will I know what the position is,” Chidambaram told NDTV. He said Opposing a bill which is badly drafted or which is flawed does not mean that Congress is opposing the reform. “On the contrary asking for a more perfect bill, I am not saying that a completely perfect bill is possible, is in fact supporting reform. Passing a flawed bill is anti reform,” Chidambaram said. According to sources, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian today held several rounds of talks with leaders of Congress and other parties including the Samajwadi Party, JD(U) and CPI(M) to build a consensus on the GST Constitutional Amendment Bill. The bill, after incorporating the changes cleared by Cabinet yesterday, is likely to be table in the Rajya Sabha next week. PTI JD RR MRadvertisementlast_img read more

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District officials taking steps for holding jallikattu

first_imgMadurai, Jan 21 (PTI) With the Tamil Nadu Governor approving the jallikattu ordinance, district officials today started making arrangements for the bull taming sport to be held at Alanganallur, 14 km from here, tomorrow. However, those staging protests said they would continue with the agitation till a permanent solution is found.Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has approved the jallikattu ordinance and the bull taming sport will be held at Alaganallur in Madurai and other parts of the state tomorrow, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam had announced.The Chief Minister will inaugurate jallikattu at Alanganallur at 10 am. Speaking to reporters after holding talks with police and other officials, District Collector K Veera Raghava Rao said 27 medical teams have been formed to examine the bulls that would take part in the sport. A total of 2500 police personnel would be deployed on security duty, comprising two-tier system, he said. In addition to this, fire service and medical personnel to provide treatment for people taking part, who might suffer injuries, would also be sent to the jallikattu venue. Some bull owners said they would not allow their bulls to participate. However, some jallikattu enthusiasts said they were ready to face the bulls. Barricades were being set up for the spectators and also enough safety arrangements have been made to prevent any untoward incidents, officials said. Those participating in protests in Madurai, amid rains, said that they would continue with the agitation till a permanent solution was found. However, some of them expressed happiness over the arrangements made for conduct of jallikattu. A section of the jallikattu organisers wondered about the effectiveness of the ordinance. They also said arrangements for the sport was being made suddenly according to emerging situations and wondered whether they were really good and safe. “Even if the chief minister comes, it is doubtful if jallikattu will be held with the present mood among the protesters,” said an organiser. DIG Anand Kumar Somani has rushed to Alanganallur to personally oversee security arrangements. Meanwhile, the people of Avaniapuram have sought permission for holding jallikattu on January 25. Earlier, the Madurai district administration had said it is fully prepared to hold the bull-taming sport at Alanganallur, which is famous for conducting jallikattu events. PTI SSN BN RGadvertisementlast_img read more

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Borussia Dortmund sign teenage striker Alexander Isak from AIK Solna

first_imgBorussia Dortmund on Monday signed Swedish teenage striker Alexander Isak from Swedish football club AIK Solna on a long-term contract, pipping several clubs to capture one of the brightest talents in European football.Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said in a statement: “Alexander Isak is a hugely talented striker who many top clubs in Europe wanted to sign.”We are delighted that he has chosen Borussia Dortmund. Both us and the player himself are convinced that this transfer has great potential.”Due to the fact that Isak, 17, is still a minor, the completion of the transfer still requires special approval by world football’s governing body FIFA, which all parties expect to receive very soon, Dortmund said in their website.Isak made his debut for Swedish runners-up AIK Solna at the age of just 16 and has since scored 13 goals in 29 competitive appearances.A few weeks ago, he made his full international debut for Sweden and broke the 104-year-old record set by Erik Dahlstrm as the youngest player to score for the “Tre Kronor” aged 17 years and 113 days.Eight-time German champions Dortmund didn’t give details on the transfer fee but according to media reports, it could be above $10 million.last_img read more

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March 29 and Virender Sehwag: The story of two triple tons

first_imgVirender Sehwag and March 29 is a match made in heaven.On this day exactly 14 years ago in 2004, the swashbuckling batsman became the first Indian to score a triple century in Test cricket. More importantly, Sehwag brought up the record against Pakistan in their own back yard in Multan.His good run with March 29 doesn’t end there. In 2008, on the same date, Sehwag broke his own record for the highest individual score by an Indian batsman when he hammered 319 in the first Test against South Africa in ChennaiPakistan vs India, 1st Test, Multan, 2004: In an innings that lasted for 530 minutes, Sehwag smashed 309 off 375 balls in the first Test of the three-match series against Pakistan.India, after opting to bat first, reached 356 for 2 on Day 1 with Sehwag unbeaten on 228 along with Sachin Tendulkar batting on 60*. Sehwag’s knock on the first day also saw him register the highest score by an Indian against Pakistan in Pakistan. Sanjay Manjrekar had previously held the record after he scored 218 against Pakistan in Lahore in the third Test of the four-match series in 1989.Multan Ka Sultan !#OnThisDay in 2004, @virendersehwag became the First Indian to score a Test Triple Hundred – 309 v Pakistan at Multan. pic.twitter.com/Mmt2WTA7u5Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) March 29, 2018On Day 2, Sehwag scored his maiden triple hundred in the second session by smashing a six off Saqlain Mushtaq when he was batting on 295. He was finally dismissed on 309 by Mohammad Sami but not before he scored 39 boundaries and six sixes while batting with an unbelievable strike rate of 82.40.advertisementAt the time he was the only batsman in Test history reach a triple century with a six until Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara emulated the feat in a Test match against Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2014.Sehwag’s knock helped him earn the nickname of ‘Sultan of Multan’ as India won the match by an innings and 52 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. India went on to win the series 2-1 and then defeated Pakistan 3-2 in the following ODI series as well. Virender Sehwag smashed his second career triple century against South Africa in 2008. (Reuters)India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Chennai, 2008:While Sehwag matched his best Test score of 309 on Day 3 (March 28) of the Test against South Africa, it was only on March 29 that he broke his own record.On Day 4 the opener added another 10 runs to his total before being dismissed by Makhaya Ntini with the Test match ending in a draw. With his knock of 319,Virender Sehwag….Today in 2004 @ Multan: became the first Indian batsman to make a triple century (309) in Test cricket.Today in 2008 @ Chennai against South Africa, reached 319, the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in Test cricket.Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) March 29, 2018Sehwag still holds the record for the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in Test cricket.Overall, just four batsman have scored a triple hundred twice in Test cricket – Don Bradman (Australia), Brian Lara (West Indies), Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle (West Indies).Last year Karnataka batsman Karun Nair slammed his maiden triple hundred in the fifth and final Test against England in Chennai to become the second Indian batsman to achieve the feat after Sehwag.In a career that spanned 14 years, Sehwag scored 8586 runs in 104 Tests at an average of 49.34 with 23 hundreds and 32 half-centuries. In 251 ODIs he amassed 8273 runs at 35.05 with 15 centuries and 38 fifties while in 19 T20 internationals he made 394 runs with two fifties.last_img read more

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How Cities Can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health

first_imgAir pollution is but one of the economic and social costs of unstructured urbanization, which also contributes to the failure to meet basic infrastructure needs, traffic congestion and crashes, and the unsustainable cycle of rising energy demand.Climate-Friendly Cities Pay OffTargeting urban challenges like air quality and traffic congestion can open up opportunities for substantive climate actions as well as economic benefits.For example, EMBARQ research on the socioeconomic impacts of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems found that air quality improvements resulting from Mexico City’s Metrobús Line 3 alone are poised to eliminate more than 2,000 days of lost work due to illness, four new cases of chronic bronchitis, and two deaths on average per year, saving the city an estimated US$ 4.5 million. At the global level, 11 registered BRT projects in Mexico, Colombia, China, India, and South Africa are forecast to reduce emissions by 31.4 million tons of CO2 equivalent over 20 years. That amount equals the annual greenhouse gas emissions from more than 6.5 million cars.Economy-climate synergy also applies to water and land pollution, specifically that arising from cities’ wastewater disposal and solid waste management. Waste management emits 5 percent of global greenhouse gases and 12 percent of methane. One study in Brazil estimates that scaling up more sustainable waste management practices—such as small-scale, integrated projects—to cities across the country would reduce CO2 emissions by between 158 and 315 tons and avoid at least 2,500 premature deaths from air pollution over 20 years. Meanwhile, it would create between 40,000 and 110,000 jobs, save 0.5 to 1.1 percent of Brazil’s electricity demand, and increase the country’s GDP by anywhere from $13.3 to $35.2 billion between 2012 and 2032.Emerging Cities, Emerging OpportunitiesEmerging cities – the mid-size cities of today and megacities of the future – will shape the global economic and environmental outlook, as they are the largest sources of economic productivity and emissions. In fact, a group of 291 rapidly expanding, mid-sized cities in emerging economies will account for more than one-quarter of global income growth and more than one-third of energy-related emissions growth in the next two decades. Given the rapid onset of urbanization and the long-lived nature of urban infrastructure, it is essential that mayors, city planners, and other leaders take the opportunity to act now. The decisions they make today can drive economic growth and curb climate change, or perpetuate the unstructured urbanization that dominated the 20th century.LEARN MORE: Check out the full report, Better Growth, Better Climate Urban sprawl and the resulting prevalence of private vehicle use are considered major contributors to both local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, Atlanta emits roughly 10 times as much carbon from transport than Barcelona, even though the two cities are similar in population and income levels. The difference lies in Atlanta’s much larger urban footprint – 4,280 square kilometers compared to 162 for Barcelona. No strategy for reducing the impacts of global climate change is complete without addressing the challenge of urbanization. Cities contribute about 70 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite only accounting for 2 percent of global land area.Reducing this environmental impact may seem daunting, but a new report, Better Growth, Better Climate, finds that there are several actions city leaders can take that can reduce emissions while driving economic growth. The report finds that connected, compact cities could save $3 trillion in infrastructure investments over the next 15 years. Not only that, but they can also curb global climate change and yield immediate local benefits for air quality, health, and quality of life.Unstructured Urbanization: Bad for the Planet, Bad for EconomiesUrbanization is occurring at an unprecedented scale and pace, with about 60 percent of the global population expected to live in cities by 2030. It took 150 years for the urbanization rate in European countries to go from 10 percent to 50 percent, but we’ve now seen the same shift take place in one-third of the time in many Asian countries. Unfortunately, the dominant paradigm in urban growth –characterized by unstructured expansion, sprawl, and increasing dependence on cars – is no longer affordable environmentally or economically.Of particular concern is the issue of urban air quality, which is projected to become the top environmental cause of premature mortality by 2050. In the 15 countries with the highest greenhouse gas emissions, the damage to health from poor air quality is valued at an average of about 4 percent of GDP. Cities in emerging economies suffer even more: Bangalore has witnessed an average 34 percent increase in air pollutants between 2002 and 2010. In Beijing, a recent estimate suggests that heavy haze in the month of January 2013 alone caused 23 billion RMB (3.7 billion USD) in economic losses, about 98 percent of which were health-related costs. Another study indicates that the total social cost of air pollution and congestion from motorized transport in Beijing lies between 7.5 and 15 percent of the city’s GDP, well above the global average.last_img read more

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UWI Launches Gender Policy

first_img Representing Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, State Minister, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, commended the UWI for the policy, which he said will assist in promoting gender justice across the region. Story Highlights The University of the West Indies (UWI) has developed a Gender Policy to formalise its commitment to gender justice and establish a framework for its implementation. The draft Gender Policy was completed by former Director of the UWI IGDS Regional Coordinating Office, Professor Verene A. Shepherd, and a working group. The University of the West Indies (UWI) has developed a Gender Policy to formalise its commitment to gender justice and establish a framework for its implementation.The policy was launched on Tuesday (May 22) at the UWI Regional Headquarters in Kingston.The launch of this policy, led by the University’s Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), is intended to act as the framework to inform changes necessary at the various levels of the regional University towards the promotion of gender justice, and addresses issues of equity, sensitivity and resource allocation.It is also a blueprint to incorporate the issues of gender and development and to express the fundamental principles that are deemed vital to sustainable growth and development throughout the Caribbean.Representing Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, State Minister, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, commended the UWI for the policy, which he said will assist in promoting gender justice across the region.“Now in its 70th year, the UWI must be lauded for implementing such a policy that seeks to create gender justice and gender balance,” he said.Mr. Terrelonge called for greater inclusion of men and boys in the gender discussion.“If it is that Jamaica is going to be the place to live, work, do business and, more importantly, raise families, we must bring our men back to the gender discussion. Let us include them (in) everything we discuss here. It is only then that we can truly look at gender justice within our society, because an equal society is one that views both parties equally and sees the importance and actions of both parties throughout the society,” he said.Director, UWI Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office, Professor Opal Adisa, noted that the Gender Policy makes the university the first tertiary institution in the Anglophone region to take such a bold stance and align itself with global movements that seek gender parity and justice for all.“Not only is the UWI Gender Policy intended to guide the University action to mainstream gender on all campuses by ensuring gender equity across the institution in all university practices, policies procedures and programmes, it also serves as a model for all stakeholders about the future possibilities for development, so that all the people of the society are provided with equal opportunities to engage fully in the developmental process,” she explained.The draft Gender Policy was completed by former Director of the UWI IGDS Regional Coordinating Office, Professor Verene A. Shepherd, and a working group.Professor Adisa will lead its implementation, along with a Gender Mainstreaming Committee responsible for championing gender justice across the UWI, and leading the activities intended to positively shape attitudes toward gender justice.last_img read more

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Minister Participates in the Eat Atlantic Challenge

first_imgAgriculture Minister John MacDonell is enjoying a day of eating locally produced food as part of his pledge to Eat Atlantic today, Sept. 4. The minister started his day with a Nova Scotian breakfast of scrambled eggs from his daughter’s 4H chicken, toasted bread from his local farm market, wild blueberries from Upper Stewiacke, a peach from Aylesford, and a cup of locally made fair trade coffee. He then visited a farmers’ market at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, VG site this morning to pick up some fresh produce for supper. “I am impressed with the selection and benefits of food produced here in Atlantic Canada,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Health applies to everything when eating local — health of our communities, our environment, our economy and our people.” Mr. MacDonell has joined Atlantic ministers Ronald Ouellette of New Brunswick, George Webster of Prince Edward Island and Kathy Dunderdale of Newfoundland and Labrador, who have also made the pledge to eat only Atlantic-produced food today. Nova Scotia has been competing for first place since the start of the competition. More than 2,000 Nova Scotians have made the pledge to Eat Atlantic, more than any other Atlantic province. Nova Scotians who wish to join the challenge can visit www.eatatlantic.ca to make the pledge. The website features a provincial leaderboard which keeps a running tally of pledges, broken down by province. Participants will qualify to win a prize, and children can also have a chance to win a bicycle. Prizes are donated by the region’s Co-op food stores, which launched the first Eat Atlantic Challenge in 2008.last_img read more

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Israel steps up boycott fight after Airbnb settlement ban

first_imgIsrael is threatening vacation rental company Airbnb with high taxes and legal repercussions over its decision to remove listings from Jewish West Bank settlements.The threats step up Israel’s fight against a global movement advocating for boycotts over the country’s treatment of the Palestinians.Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said Tuesday that Israel will seek to impose “very high taxes” on the company in order to restrict its operations in the country. He also says Israel will encourage hosts in settlements to sue the company to make it “pay” for its decision.Airbnb’s decision on Monday sparked outrage among Israeli officials and settler leaders, but was welcomed by Palestinian officials and human rights groups that had long pressured the company to end its contentious West Bank settlement listings.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Freezing Rain causes travel advisory to be issued

first_imgThe freezing rain warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace and Northwest Alberta.  Yellowhead Road and Bridge posted on Instagram that “Be sure to drive with caution and give extra stopping space to the vehicles in front of you”For more information on roads in the B.C. Peace, visit www.drivebc.ca and in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A travel advisory has been issued for all highways in the B.C. Peace.Heavy freezing rain has been falling for most of the afternoon making area roads and highways extremely slippery.  There are several reports on social media of vehicles in the ditch.last_img

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Kelloggs cereals struggling to keep their place at the breakfast table

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Kellogg’s cereals keep getting pushed aside at the breakfast table.The maker of Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts and Eggo waffles said Thursday that sales in its flagship U.S. breakfast unit declined 4 per cent. The drop comes as amid an ongoing sluggishness in the cereal market, reflecting the challenges the company and rival General Mills face in convincing Americans to spoon up more cereal amid heightened competition.In a call with analysts, Kellogg CEO John Bryant called the move away from cereal an “unconscious migration” toward options such as eggs, toast, peanut butter and yogurt.“We’re not losing to any one category in particular,” he noted.As such, Bryant expressed confidence that cereal sales could get moving in the right direction again with the help of sharper marketing. He stressed that breakfast sales overall are growing and that cereal remains the No. 1 option in the category.“We need to tell our story more effectively,” he said.To do just that, the company plans to unveil a major ad campaign in the second quarter. In a phone interview, Bryant said the campaign would tout the benefits of cereal overall, rather than focus on any one brand, such as Raisin Bran or Apple Jacks.The Battle Creek, Mich.-based company is also in the midst of trying to correct some missteps. Kellogg has conceded, for example, that its Kashi cereal became too mainstream and lost its credibility with the healthy-eating set.And Bryant acknowledged that calorie counting no longer seems to be in vogue, with people increasingly looking to improve their overall diets. That shift has posed a challenge to brands such as Special K, he noted.As it works to fix its cereal business, Kellogg is also trying to find new ways into the breakfast category, including a breakfast shake that’s marketed as drinkable cereal. Rival General Mills, which makes Cheerios and Lucky Charms, has introduced a similar product.For the quarter ended Dec. 28, Kellogg said it earned $818 million, or $2.24 per share. 28. That compares with a loss of $32 million, or 9 cents per share, a year earlier.This quarter included a benefit from repricing certain assets, so-called “mark-to-market adjustments.” When stripping out such items, earnings were 83 cents per share, still a penny better than what analysts polled by FactSet expected.Revenue dipped 2 per cent to $3.5 billion, which was shy of Wall Street expectations.Sales slipped in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region but rose 4 per cent in Europe.Full-year net income climbed to $1.18 billion, or $4.94 per share, from $961 million, or $2.67 per share, in the prior year. Adjusted earnings were $3.77 per share.For 2014, Kellogg Co. expects net sales to rise about 1 per cent. Earnings per share are expected to rise 1 per cent to 3 per cent.Shares slipped less than 1 per cent in premarket trading._______Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi FILE – This Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, shows Kellogg’s cereal products, in Orlando, Fla. Kellogg Co. reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kellogg’s cereals struggling to keep their place at the breakfast table by Candice Choi And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2014 6:27 am MDT read more

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UPDATE Eteringbang plane crash Body of dead pilot flown to city

Captain Randy LiverpoolThe body of Captain Randy Liverpool, who was killed late yesterday when his aircraft exploded after crash-landing at the Eteringbang airstrip in Region Seven, has been recovered and flown to the city earlier today (Friday).Captain Liverpool was the lone occupant of the Cessna 206 aircraft that went down and exploded sometime around 17:45h on Thursday. INews understands that the pilot was on a shuttle flight at the time and it is unclear what might have caused the crash.In a statement earlier today, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said the recovered body arrived at the Eugene F. Correira International Airport sometime around 13:45h today, where family members and colleagues were gathered.GCAA inspectors, along with an investigator from the Guyana Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Unit, are currently at the crash site to begin their investigation into the plane crash.The aircraft is owned by Domestic Airways Inc. (DAI).The company’s Director, Captain Orlando Charles, described Liverpool as “a very experienced pilot with over 3000 hours of flying in the hinterland regions.”Liverpool is married and recently got his first child, who is just three-months-old. He was also a former Air Traffic Controller at GCAA.The news of the accident and the pilot’s death has further shaken aviation operators who are still reeling from another plane crash earlier this week after the aircraft ran out of fuel. The pilot and a police officer onboard that flight sustained non-life threatening injuries and are recovering. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDead pilot recently became a father to his first childFebruary 22, 2019In “latest news”Pilot dies after plane crashes at EteringbangFebruary 21, 2019In “Crime”Pilot dies after plane crashes over MahdiaAugust 28, 2017In “latest news” read more

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ABB plant asset management unlocks mine data to improve productivity

first_imgAssetVista™ offers mine operators a complete overview of the condition of their production assets’ condition, helping optimise production time and minimise maintenance. ABB has launched this scalable solution to sustain and improve the maintenance performance of a mine by easily accessing previously untapped asset data and then compiling it efficiently. The product will initially be launched in Brazil, Peru and Chile, with other countries to follow this year.The solution unlocks an integral feature of ABB’s long-established System 800xA platform Asset Optimization. However, it can be also easily integrated in a range of other third-party control systems. To work most effectively, AssetVist is combined with the customer’s maintenance management. This combination improves equipment reliability, thereby reducing maintenance and operational costs, avoids unplanned shutdowns and increases productivity.AssetVista pulls together previously disparate condition data from various assets, such as valves, switches, sensors, motors, switchgear, gearboxes, crushers and conveyors to collectively analyse and compare all data enabling users to define a thorough predictive maintenance strategy. A critical analysis of each asset, equipment or component takes into account failure modes, available control system data, as well as information from pre-installed expert condition monitoring systems and datasheets.For instance, a typical conveyor offers a vast array of intelligence, yet this data is often distributed, independently, to different computer systems located in a control room, office and e-house. This silo mentality means vital information is not shared among all stakeholders in a timely manner. If, for example, a fault occurs due to insufficient lubrication of an electric motor, the maintenance engineer may not learn about it until production has already been compromised. And, even when identified, the engineer may not quickly identify the electric motor as the root cause. This leads to massive and costly delays.AssetVista avoids this scenario by channelling the key information into one maintenance-oriented system. So everyone – from operations, maintenance and automation departments – gets forewarning of a potential fault (i.e., lubrication failure) with a proposed solution all with enough time to address it before production is affected.“AssetVista breaks down the information silos that exist between operation, automation and maintenance personnel, by having them share the same knowledge,” says Giuseppe di Marco, Managing Director of ABB’s Process Industries business unit. “This smooth integration of data leads to increased operational efficiency through faster repairs and the elimination of unnecessary maintenance that might expose personnel to safety risks.”There are four stages to implementing AssetVista. During an on-site assessment, ABB’s experts, together with site maintenance specialists, evaluate the precise maintenance needs. A long-term solution is then designed based on business goals and technologies available. In the next stage ABB’s team deploys the online condition monitoring application. Finally, ABB remotely measures and optimises maintenance performance and presents results in periodic reports. Under a service agreement ABB ensures the application is always up-to-date so that customer maintenance teams can focus on their daily maintenance work.It is scalable through its library of asset monitors – the AssetVista Library Suite. Thanks to this, users can apply AssetVista to whichever area they wish to focus, be it condition monitoring of automation, instrumentation, electrical, mechanical or process equipment. This suite of monitors is compiled so that a user can start with a small scope covering only the most common components initially and then, in line with growing business demands, scale up the condition monitoring to assess more complex, high-value added equipment and components.last_img read more

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first_img Share Seamus Harnedy Michael Hooper By Sinead Farrell Nowlan Park Johann van Graan has extended his contract as head coach of Munster. When did he first join the province? Bronze 2015 Ireland striker James Collins picked up the Player of the Season award in League One this week. Which club does he play for? Which of these Cork hurlers has been cleared to play in their provincial opener after winning an appeal? Portsmouth Share Charlie Riedel/AP/Press Association Images Luton Town Limerick Adam Davy/PA Archive/PA Images Ashley Young NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images Chris Smalling ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy Diogo Dalot Friday 12 Apr 2019, 5:00 PM Anthony Nash Share You scored out of ! Western Bulldogs Collingwood Wooden Spoon Reece Hodge Answer all the questions to see your result! Share your result: Patrick Reed Sunderland Fremantle Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images Kurtley Beale Melbourne Rebels Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? Tweet Brooks Koepka Páirc Uí Rinn Share your result: Which Wallabies player is set to be sacked for his controversial social media posts? Share5 Tweet Email Luke Shaw https://the42.ie/4589156 Wexford Adelaide Crows Share Dublin Gold Which Manchester United player scored an own goal in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Barcelona? 23,326 Views ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrnecenter_img ©INPHO/Colm O\’Neill Ian Hodgson/PA Wire/PA Images Aidan Walsh ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson Becky Lynch was crowned double WWE champion at Wrestlemania 35. What county was she born in? USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images ©INPHO/Bryan Keane Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. ©INPHO/Lorraine O\’Sullivan The Masters is up and running at Augusta National. Who picked up the green jacket at last year’s event? Brumbies 2016 Which famous hurling venue will host the Ladies Division 1 league semi-final between Dublin and Cork later this month? Share your result: Semple Stadium Jonas Gustavsson/SIPA USA/PA Images Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely were you paying attention to the sports headlines this week? ©INPHO/Lorraine O\’Sullivan Apr 12th 2019, 5:01 PM 2017 2014 Matt Slocum/AP/Press Association Images Silver Tipperary star Aisling McCarthy has signed a new deal with which AFLW side? John Walton/PA Wire/PA Images Conor Lehane Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe try against next week. Jason Day Tweet Former Leinster and All Black star Brad Thorn has signed a new deal as head coach of which Super Rugby outfit? You scored out of ! Tweet Sunwolves Queensland Reds Páirc Uí Chaoimh Jon Super/AP/Press Association Images ©INPHO/Donall Farmer Barnsley Jordan Spieth Share your result: Tweet You scored out of ! You scored out of ! 13 Comments Israel Folau Short URL KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/PA Images David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images Meath Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Bernard Jackman to discuss Izzy Folau’s impending sacking by Australia and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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She gifted others with immeasurable love and joy Funeral of Nóra Quoirin

first_img THE FUNERAL OF Nóra Quoirin has taken in the Belfast church where she was baptised. Principal celebrant Fr Edward O’Donnell told mourners at St Brigid’s Church this afternoon that the 15-year-old “gifted others with immeasurable love and joy”. “Nóra was very special. She brought so much joy to Meabh and Sebastien, to her sister, Innes, and to Maurice, her brother, and to those of the wider family circle,” Fr O’Donnell said. Nóra Quoirin went missing on Sunday 4 August after arriving at The Dusun resort near the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Her disappearance led to a 10-day search in the jungle that involved hundreds of people and came to a tragic end when her body was discovered.Fr O’Donnell, who officiated mass alongside Nóra’s granduncle Fr Pat Kelly, told mourners at St Brigid’s Church that Nóra was “gentle and innocent”. “She, as we all know, depended greatly on others but, Nóra in turn, gifted others with immeasurable love and joy; before such an ability we can only feel gratitude. “Today we return to St Brigid’s united in the unspeakable pain of Nóra’s tragic death, united too in wordless sympathy for Nóra’s family. I ask myself, as surely you must do, ‘What is the meaning of this terrible pain that has been inflicted on Nóra’s family?’”He continued: “We have, have we not, found ourselves wondering if God is good and has for us the love that no human love can match, why then is there such suffering in our world?“We do not understand, and our stumbling words are so terribly inadequate.”Nóra had lived in London and was the daughter of French-Irish parents Sebastien and Meabh Quoirin before her death. An autopsy showed that the 15-year-old likely starved and died of internal bleeding after about a week in the jungle, with no signs of abduction or foul play.Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister conveyed her condolences at that time and said it was a “tragic thing to happen”. Shortly after her death, Nóra’s mother Meabh and father Sebastien paid tribute to their daughter in a statement released through the Lucie Blackman Trust:“Nóra is at the heart of our family. She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely. The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken,” the family said.  By Cónal Thomas Short URL Share31 Tweet Email We will always love our Nóra. Image: Lucie Blackman Trust Paying tribute to the 15-year-old at St. Brigid’s this afternoon, Fr O’Donnell said during his homily:“We who grieve for Nóra hold her memory in love believing that all the bonds of love and affection which bind us together throughout our lives do not unravel with death.”“Meabh and Sebastien, Innes and Maurice, remember Nóra’s love for you, and know that she still loves you, and as you continue to love her, love one another.”Nóra’s remains were cremated earlier this morning.  Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 3:13 PM https://jrnl.ie/4803447 Image: Lucie Blackman Trust Tue 3:13 PM 22,546 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments ‘She gifted others with immeasurable love and joy’: Funeral of Nóra Quoirin takes place in Belfast The 15-year-old’s funeral service took place in St. Brigid’s Church where she was baptised. last_img read more

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Séisme de LAquila à qui la faute

first_imgSéisme de L’Aquila : à qui la faute ?Italie – Plus d’un an après le tremblement de terre meurtrier qui a frappé les Abruzzes, des scientifiques sont menacés d’un procès. Détermination des responsabilités ou besoin de boucs émissaires ? La Commission “grands risques” qui s’était tenue à L’Aquila six jours avant le tremblement de terre est-elle coupable de négligence ? Selon le site sciences², le parquet de la ville a en tout cas ouvert une enquête contre sept de ses membres, travaillant pour la protection civile italienne ou l’Institut de géophysique. Le procureur évoque l’homicide involontaire, leur reprochant de n’avoir pas fait évacuer la cité.Des scientifiques ont adressé une pétition au président de la République italienne pour soutenir leurs collègues, alléguant que la science ne permet pas, à l’heure actuelle, d’établir des prédictions exactes en la matière. Ce que semblent confirmer les indications de l’Institut de physique du globe de Paris (IPGP) : outre la mesure des tensions à l’œuvre dans les roches, les géophysiciens disposent de trois outils principaux, mais qui ont tous leurs limites.L’approche historique par l’étude des paléoséismes donne une idée de la fréquence des tremblements de terre sur un site donné, mais les failles des Apennins tremblent trop rarement pour fournir des données statistiques fiables sur leurs cycles. Le suivi au GPS des déformations des sols – à quelques millimètres près – est une méthode récente, sur laquelle on manque de recul. Restent les signaux précurseurs tels que courants électriques, émissions de gaz ou microséismes, mais on ne dispose pas encore d’outils théoriques permettant de les modéliser en vue de prévisions précises.Incertitude et tensions donc, sur fond de mécontentement des habitants face aux pouvoirs publics, près de quinze mois après la catastrophe du 6 avril 2009 qui avait fait 308 morts.Le 23 juin 2010 à 18:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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