17 councillors from Darjeeling join BJP

first_imgSeventeen councillors of the Darjeeling Municipality, all from the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, joined the BJP on Saturday. With this, the BJP had the majority in the West Bengal town’s local body, BJP leader Mukul Roy said at a press conference here. With the GJM councillors in attendance, Mr. Roy said the 32-member municipality was down two members, with one passing away and one resigning. Hence, with 17 members, the BJP had the majority in the 30-member body, he said.He said the Trinamool government in Bengal had been using the police to target BJP workers and supporters. The “people’s mandate” had gone against the Trinamool with the BJP winning 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats, he said. Mr. Roy said the party would stage a protest in Darjeeling soon, under the leadership of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. BJP MP from Darjeeling Raju Bista said the councillors had been forced to come to Delhi to “say what they could have in Darjeeling”, and accused the Trinamool government of misusing the police.last_img read more

Trump’s comments on anthem, Curry resonate across sports

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC ____“This is the supremacist attitude at its worst. Trump is dishonoring the country and the flag with such a bold threat.” — the Rev. Jesse Jackson in an interview with The Associated Press.____“I was in favor of the team visiting the White House and thought it was a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the president. I am disappointed that that will not happen. More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues.” — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.____“I support my son 100 percent. I know he respects the Office of the Presidency and I applaud him for standing up for what he believes in.” — former NBA player Dell Curry, Stephen Curry’s father.____“Comments like we heard last night from the president are inappropriate, offensive and divisive. We are proud of our players, the vast majority of whom use their NFL platform to make a positive difference in our society.” — New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch.____“The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!” — Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. MOST READ ____“With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane.” — Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets.___“Our country needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness. We need to seek to understand each other and have civil discourse instead of condemnation and sound bites. I know our players who kneeled for the anthem and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone. They wanted to start a conversation and are making a difference in our community, including working with law enforcement to bring people together. We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other.” — Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins owner and founder of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.____“Steph very well thought, and eloquently presented. Thank you for speaking for the majority. A Mr October tip of the cap.” — baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.____“The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for. Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world. The San Francisco 49ers will continue to work toward bringing communities, and those who serve them, closer together.” — San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York.____“That’s why this is the best country in the world. And that’s why I want to be in this country for the rest of my life because you have freedom of speech and it shouldn’t go away.” — Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner, a Swede who wore a Trump sticker on the back of his goalie mask in November. “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players.” — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.____FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The peaceful demonstrations by some of our players have generated a wide array of responses. Those opinions are protected speech and a freedom that has been paid for by the sacrifice of men and women throughout history.” — DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association.____ Ayo rues La Salle defense in loss to UP Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” — LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.____“In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.” — Statement by the Golden State Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Screenshot of LeBron James’ tweetReactions to President Donald Trump’s comments about football players who kneel during the national anthem, and his decision to rescind a White House invitation to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors:At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump suggested that NFL owners fire players who kneel during the anthem, and fans should consider walking out in protest. On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted that he withdrew the invitation to Curry because the two-time NBA MVP hesitated to attend the traditional trip by the NBA champions. Hours later, the Warriors said they would skip the White House visit as a team.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ____“Stick together, stand up for each other, ride with each other, because believe me we all we got. It has nothing to do with football or business. Y’all are our stars. You represent us. Y’all are our strong heroes. Let’s show that strength, please.” — music mogul Diddy.___“It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.” — Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy.RELATED VIDEOStephen Curry: Trump tweet ‘further cemented’ stance on White House1.9K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.” — Stephen Curry, on skipping the White House visit, during the Warriors’ media day on Friday.____Curry on Lebron’s tweet against Trump: Bold, Courageous1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Grizzlies fire coach David Fizdale day after benching Gasol

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 24, 2017, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale reacts as he calls a timeout while facing the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Grizzlies have fired Fizdale, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss. General manager Chris Wallace announced the move Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss.General manager Chris Wallace announced the move. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been namedinterim coach.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward and provide theteam and organization its best chance at success this season and beyond,” Wallace said in a statement.Gasol, given a maximum deal by the Grizzlies in July 2015, sat throughout the fourth quarter of a 98-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Gasol leads the Grizzlies in points, rebounds and assists, and he was an All-Star in Fizdale’s inaugural season. But the center spent plenty of time after the game making it clear to reporters how upset he was at sitting out a full quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a first for me, trust me, and I don’t like it one bit,” Gasol said. “I’m more (ticked) than I can show and frustrated.”Fizdale explained his decision before Gasol spoke in the locker room and said he simply was trying to win a game while sticking with his reserves. Fizdale said taking a risk as head coach means sometimes upsetting a player or two. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “If I’m not on the floor, I’m not valued,” Gasol said. “I’m sure (the coaching staff) knew that would hurt me the most.”The move caught the NBA by surprise. Dwyane Wade, who played with the Miami Heat when Fizdale was an assistant coach, wrote on Twitter that he needed answers . LeBron James retweeted a comment that called the move “stunning.”“I need some answers. Feels like my man was a fall guy,” James wrote.Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he was “shocked” by the firing.“I think David Fizdale is one of the best coaches in the league,” Kerr said. “He’s a brilliant guy, he’s got an edge to him, he’s tough, he’s smart. Their whole team is injured, Mike Conley is out. Like, this is what happens, you lose when your best players are out and when your whole team is wiped out. It caught meoff guard.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas goes 2-0 in World Cup qualifiers, hurdles Taiwan QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Portland coach Terry Stotts called Fizdale’s firing very disappointing.“Losing in this league and not meeting expectations in this league takes its toll on everybody,” Stotts said before a game in New York. “Owners, general managers, coaches, players, and handling that is a strain on relationships, and it’s disappointing. It’s probably the most difficult part of being in the NBA, is managing that part of the season.”Fizdale became the franchise’s 13th head coach on May 29, 2016, and he went 50-51.The Grizzlies reached the postseason for a seventh straight time in Fizdale’s first season, when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the NBA for a rant over officiating after a loss in Game 2.Memphis let Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Tony Allen all leave as free agents and signed Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers to retool the roster around Gasol and point guard Mike Conley and giveFizdale a faster lineup.The moves appeared to be working when Memphis started this season an NBA-best 5-1. The Grizzlies stood atop the Western Conference with a win over the Golden State Warriors and two over Southwest Division rivalHouston.But Conley has been out since Nov. 17, resting an aching left Achilles tendon . Then the team lost its eighth straight on Sunday, matching the longest skid for this franchise since Feb. 11-March 3, 2009. Now Fizdale is the second NBA coach fired this season, joining Earl Watson, who was fired by Phoenix three games into the season.This will be the second time as an interim coach for Bickerstaff, who will start Wednesday night in San Antonio against the Spurs. He joined the Grizzlies in June 2016 after five seasons with the Houston Rockets, including an interim coach stint that lasted most of 2015-16 and included a playoff berth. Bickerstaff went 37-34 in that role.He also was an assistant coach with Minnesota and in Charlotte under his father, Bernie Bickerstaff. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Longer PKL wont lead to viewer fatigue: Franchise official

first_imgMumbai, Jul 11 (PTI) The CEO of Pro Kabaddi Leagues Mumbai franchise team, Supratik Sen, dismssed fears that an extended league would affect interest among fans of the league and feels it will, in fact, help build fan loyalty. “Every prominent global sporting league is played across 6 to 10 months and we have noticed an appetite for the sport and don?t see viewer and fan fatigue at all. In fact we see an extended season allowing us to create an expanded viewer base and build fan loyalty,” said U Mumbas Sen. “This extended leagues is a positive development for the team and the players. But the extended league also has us developing a new strategy for the increased number of games, while continuing to pursuing excellence and also accommodating for player and team fatigue. “In 2016, we had two Pro Kabaddi seasons and through that year there no was dip in interest in the sport, as seen by TV ratings and ticket sales. A longer season will also be a boost for franchises as it increases potential for teams to increase on all revenue fronts or revenue buckets,” added Sen. The upcoming season 5 of PKL will see a dozen franchise outfits, up from eight in season 4, fighting it out for the honours from July 28 to October 28. The four new teams are Haryana Steelers, Tamil Thalaivas, Gujarat Fortunegiants and UP Yoddha. His own team is geared up for the tougher challenge due to the longer season and increased matches, said Sen. “As a team, we?ve always tried to take a different approach to everything we do. This season too is no different in terms of our approach. Our pre-season training camp kicked off in Dehradun closer to Mussoorie in the first week of June. This camp site is an ideal location for a training boot camp as it allows for altitude training. Being cut-off from the city helps keep the focus completely on training,” he said. “Our aim has always been to be a professionally run and consistently performing side, and having done that across 4 previous seasons of the Pro Kabaddi League, I do consider ourselves amongst one of the top Kabaddi teams. We also have been Champions in Season Two and finalists twice, which makes us a winning side,” he pointed out. PTI SSR DK DK RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgT10 right format to take cricket to Olympics: SehwagMumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) Former Test batsman Virender Sehwag today backed the inclusion of cricket in the Olympic Games and felt the T10 format will be ideal to be drafted into the quadrennial sports extravaganza.”I think (if) we are talking about (the fact) that cricket should be a part of the Olympics, I think T10 is the right format. Because it gets over in 90 minutes and its like a football match and a result will come. So I think, this is the right format, if ICC is thinking about talking to the (International) Olympic Association (Committee) that cricket should be part of that (the Olympics),” the former swashbuckling India opener said at an event here.Sehwag will be captaining Maratha Arabians team, which will feature in the T10 Cricket League to be played from December 14-17 in the United Arab Emirates.He leads a squad which features former Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara and Pakistan players Mohammed Amir and Kamran Akmal.The teams jersey was launched at the event this afternoon.He said he backed the T10 format as he felt more nations would be able to produce one or two match-winning players and compete well.”(I back it) because more nations can play T10 and one batsman or one bowler can win you the game. So every country can produce one or two players who can win the T10 matches.”Now the ICC (International Cricket Council) has to think if they want to take this to (International) Olympic Association (Committee) or not. All the nations, who are smaller nations, who are playing four-day (games), Test matches, One-Day (matches) or T20, they can play T10 and cricket can be part of Olympic as well,” added Sehwag.advertisementHowever, the cricketer-turned-commentator refused to answer a question about demand for fee hike for the Indian players. PTI NRB SSR BNM BASlast_img read more

Dutee and six others breach Asian Games qualifying mark on opening day

first_img(EDS: Updating with more info) By Philem Dipak SinghGuwahati, June 26 (PTI) Six athletes including top sprinter Dutee Chand of Odisha breached the qualifying marks in their respective events as the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships began with a bang here.Dutee, who recently won a ‘gender’ case against the international federation at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, clocked 23:46 seconds in one of the heats to qualify for the final round of the women’s 200m race to place herself in contention for an Asian Games berth.The AFI has set a qualifying standard of 23:50 seconds for this event.AFI Secretary C K Valson said selection can be done on the basis of performance in heats.”My main event is 100m but I am happy to have done well in 200m also. I hope to win 200m final also,” Dutee said after the race.”It would have been ideal had the 100m event was held before the 200m as is the norm in international events but I cannot do much. My job is to run races,” she added.But it will not be easy for Dutee in the final round to be run tomorrow as local star and fast rising Hima Das also qualified along with another Odisha athlete Srabani Nanda.Hima, who ran 23.22 in Poland during the training-cum-exposure trip earlier this month, finished second in her heat behind Reena George of Karnataka (24.00) as she did not exert herself much in the final stretch for a 24.02 effort under humid conditions in the morning session.advertisement Another Odisha athlete Jauna Murmu, who was banned for two years in the 2011 doping scandal, won the women’s 400m hurdles in meet record timing of 57.02 seconds, better than the AFI qualifying time of 57.52. Anu Raghavan of Kerala took the silver in 57.68 while Gujarat’s Saritaben Gayakwad bagged the bronze in 58.01.”I could have run better but for the heaviness of the track due to this slight rain. I had thought of running below 56. Overall, it is a good race. I will try to run below 56 in the Asian Games and hopefully win a medal for the country,” said the 27-year-old Murmu, who took part in the 2010 Asian Games also.Asked how she motivated herself to come out of the doping scandal and resumed her carrier, she said, “Initially, I was not thinking of doing anything big but slowly I got myself back to form. I have left the episode behind and looking forward to win medals for the country.” In men’s 400m hurdles, all the three podium finishers — Dharun Ayyasamy (49.68 secs) of Tamil Nadu, Santosh Kumar (50.10) of AFI and Jashanjot Singh (50.64) of Punjab — ran below the qualifying time of 50.80 but only two will be picked for the Asian Games team.”Except for the host country, a country can send only two athletes in each event,” AFI Secretary C K Valso said.Sanjeevini Jadhav of Maharashtra also qualified for the Asian Games as she clocked a meet record timing of 15 minute 38.78 second in women’s 5000m final. She bettered the the AFI qualification timing of 15:45.00.Uttar Pradeshs Sarita Singh was the last to qualify for the Asian Games on the opening day as she clinched the womens hammer throw gold in a meet record effort of 63.28m. The qualifying mark for this event is 60m.Surprisingly, dope samples of the top finishers were not immediately taken after their races till midway through the evening session. None of the sample collectors were seen escorting the top finishers immediately after their races to the sample collection room.But Valson said the NADA officials will do the needful before the end of the day’s proceedings.”The NADA officials are here and they will take the dope samples,” he said.The National Inter State Senior National Championships serves as the selection trial for the Asian Games team. India has been given a quota of 102 (52 men and 50 women) for the Asian Games. PTI PDS BS BSBSlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Can’t draw conclusions after one failure, says Sanjay Bangar

first_imgIndia’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar has brushed aside concerns surrounding an unsettled middle-order and said the eight-wicket thrashing against New Zealand in Hamilton on Thursday should only be seen as an aberration.Bangar also said the performance in Hamilton has given them an opportunity to reflect on what needs to be done right in the lead up to the Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England.Bangar’s comments come after India were bowled out for their lowest-ever total in New Zealand (92) on Thursday. India missed captain Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the last two ODIs and the subsequent T20I series, and MS Dhoni due to an injury.In their absence, India struggled against Trent Boult & Co. in Hamilton wherein there was a bit of assistance for the pace bowlers. After a rare failure from the top-order, Ambati Rayudu, who is being looked at as India’s No. 4 for the World Cup, failed to trouble the scorers. Senior batsman Dinesh Karthik also fell for 0 as India lost their last eight wickets for 59 runs.”It [Hamilton ODI] also gives us an opportunity for us to reflect. In case, we lose out on a couple of players due to fitness issues… the World Cup is going to be a long tournament… play nine games [in the group stage]. Players are going to get injuries, some will miss out. So it gave us a reflection on how the team will cope up if players are injured,” Bangar told the media on the eve of the fifth ODI.advertisementBangar added: “We were found wanting in that sort of situation in the last game. But these players are quality players. Even in the previous game, Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik stitched a partnership of 82 (77 not out) to finish the game. So we can’t draw any conclusions after one odd failure.”India’s middle-order has finished games more often than not: BangarBangar though conceded that the Indian middle order has a lot of players who play only one format of the game and that it’s not easy for them to hit top form after a prolonged absence from international cricket but pointed out that they had done the job for the team, more often than not.Bangar also played down India’s over-reliance on its top-order, saying the team’s success is due to the consistent scoring form of its top three Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma.”You want the best batsmen to play the maximum number of balls. That has been the reason for our success. The middle order doesn’t really get the opportunities for them to get into their groove,” Bangar said.He added: “This is also one of the series where our top-order hasn’t got a hundred. It has given a lot of time for our middle order to go out there and spend time. If you see in Sydney [Australia series]… MS got a lot of time to bat with Rohit Sharma. They [middle-order batsmen] have finished games whenever they got an opportunity.”It’s not that the middle order hasn’t performed when they had a chance. More often than not, whenever it has been put in a difficult situation, it has delivered. Maybe the last match [Hamilton ODI] was an aberration.””Some guys are playing only one format of the game. It’s not that all these guys are playing international cricket throughout [a season].”I feel that if you’re playing all formats of the game, it’s easier to come and play international cricket straightaway. We are trying to balance out opportunities and give them enough game time. There are going to be times when a player might not get five to six games in a row.”Also Read | Fit-again MS Dhoni set to return for 5th ODI in WellingtonAlso Read | New Zealand opener Martin Guptill doubtful for 5th ODI vs India due to lower back injuryAlso Read | Team India sweats it out in Wellington ahead of 5th ODI against New ZealandAlso See:last_img read more

Pulisic opens up on World Cup qualifying failure

first_imgUnited States ‘I’ve been feeling pretty depressed’ – Pulisic opens up on World Cup qualifying failure Goal Last updated 2 years ago 23:33 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Christian Pulisic USA Trinidad United States WC Qualification CONCACAF The U.S. star did everything he could, but his side still shockingly failed to reach Russia after a loss at Trinidad & Tobago last month U.S. men’s national team attacker Christian Pulisic has opened up about his devastation at missing out on the chance to play at his first World Cup. The U.S. only needed a draw in its final qualifying match at Trinidad & Tobago to ensure qualification for the 2018 World Cup, but Bruce Arena’s side fell 2-1 in a shocking upset.The result, in combination with wins by Panama and Honduras on the same night, meant the U.S. will miss out on the World Cup for the first time since the 1986 tournament in Mexico. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “In my heart, I knew it was over when we walked off the field,” Pulisic said of the game in Couva in an article on The Players’ Tribune. “I asked one of our assistants, ‘What were the other scores?'”And I’ll just never forget the look on his face, or the sound of his voice, or the feeling of utter devastation in my body — when he turned to me and said, “We’re not going. We didn’t make it.”Michael Bradley Christian Pulisic USAThe Borussia Dortmund attacker admits he’s been feeling down in the month since his national team’s massive disappointment. “And I won’t lie — I’ve been feeling pretty depressed this past month,” Pulisic said.”The thought of having to wait four more years, just to get the taste of losing our last qualifier out of my mouth … just to find out if we’re going to the next World Cup? Man, that’s tough.”Four years, you know? It feels like a lifetime.”Despite being only 19, Pulisic lead the way for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying, contributing in some way to 12 of the USA’s 16 goals during the Hexagonal.Pulisic will likely be the focal point of his team’s efforts to qualify for the next World Cup, and isn’t shying away from the responsibility. “I just want every USA soccer fan reading this to understand, that no matter what decisions are made over these next couple of years … no matter what changes are implemented … no matter who the coach is, or what the roster looks like: I’m going to be obsessed with winning.”And I’m going to be obsessed with doing my part to help U.S. Soccer get over the hump.”Because yeah, OK … we’re not going to the World Cup.”But there’s going to be a World Cup after that. And a World Cup after that. And a World Cup after that. And I think — I hope — that we’re going to be able to build something, here, with U.S. Soccer, where it’s not just going to be about one lost match, or one lost cycle, or one lost team. It’s going to be about an entire country, rallying around an entire sport, in a way that lasts.”So let’s plan on it, then — 2022. Get your basements ready, and mark it down.”We’ll be there.”last_img read more

RCMP investigating officer who uttered slur during raid on Mikmaqled antifracking camp

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn RCMP officer involved in the Oct. 17 raid on a Mi’kmaq-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick is under an internal investigation for saying “Crown land belongs to the government, not to fucking natives.”An RCMP spokeswoman said the force was informed of the statement on Oct. 18 and immediately sent the officer home and he is now the subject of an internal investigation.“This type of behaviour is unacceptable and is taken very seriously by the RCMP,” said Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh.Rogers-Marsh wouldn’t say whether the officer was suspended.“I am unable to confirm that information as it is part of the ongoing internal investigation,” said Rogers-Marsh.RCMP tactical units, some in camouflage and wielding automatic weapons, walked in on the anti-fracking camp on the morning of Oct. 17. The camp, which was secured by the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society, was blocking a compound holding exploration vehicles owned by Houston-based company SWN Resources Canada. The company is exploring the region for shale gas deposits.The RCMP raid freed the company’s vehicles, but also triggered hours-long clashes between residents from Elsipogtog First Nation, which sits 15 kilometres away, and RCMP officers. Several RCMP vehicles were set on fire and 40 people were arrested after clashes that saw police use pepper spray, tear gas and fire rubber bullets. The RCMP also seized three rifles and crude explosive devices.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin, who was on the scene during the day of the raid, initially reported the statement made by one of the officers who was a member of the tactical units.Since Michelin’s report, shadowy online hacking group Anonymous took up the cause and recently released video that captured the voice of a barely visible RCMP officer in the woods making the statement which immediately triggered a reaction from Elsipogtog residents.Rogers-Marsh said Anonymous had nothing to do with the RCMP’s decision to put the officer under an internal probe.“We were made aware of it way before that was posted on-line,” she said.Anonymous said in a statement to APTN National News it was “crafting a wicked little plan to get (New Brunswick Premier David Alward) to suddenly announce a referendum.” The group provided no other details.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Moroccan-Indian IT Skills Development Center Opens in Casablanca

Rabat – A Moroccan-Indian Center of Excellence in Information has opened its doors in Casablanca to serve as a collaborative learning space for people wishing to develop IT-related skills.The center is part of a cooperation agreement signed between Morocco’s Ministry of Trade and Industry and India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The hub aims to further develop the information technology sector in Morocco, according to a statement by the National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (INPT).Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) previously reported that the center had launched its first call for individuals to submit their applications in order to benefit from IT-related training programs. The INPT statement added that the first group who responded to the registration call has now begun their training, while the second group will start this month.The center, which is supported by INPT, provides certified training in English for the benefit of young people who have completed degrees in the scientific, computer or technical fields.The technology center which is based at the Technopark in Casablanca, will also serve as a platform for the exchange of knowledge, technical expertise, scientific and digital experience development through advanced programs in IT development.The programs will include engineering software, Website and multimedia design, Java programming, Linux system administration, IT project management and database administration training.The center is a key part of the ministry’s industrial acceleration plan and the Maroc Digital strategy. It also aims to reduce the digital divide by enabling all businesses to fully embrace the digital revolution.The center also constitutes a multilateral cooperation platform, intended to benefit African countries, particularly by supporting business executives from across the continent.The center occupies 600 square meters and is equipped with significant training resources to meet international standards and training needs. The center includes computer hardware, licenses, IT packages and a library provided by the Indian government. read more

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WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Friday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close ThuNov. 491.60 494.20 488.70 489.70 492.00Jan. ’18 498.50 500.80 495.20 496.30 498.70March 504.30 507.20 502.20 502.80 505.30May 507.60 510.60 505.30 505.70 508.30July 507.70 508.90 507.70 506.30 508.70Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 481.40 481.80Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 483.10 483.50March 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.80 486.20May 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.80 486.20July 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.80 486.20Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.80 486.20Barley (Western): Open High Low Close ThuOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $230.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $499.70 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $514.70 (November 2017) read more

Sidewalk Labs unveils heated sidewalks and building raincoats that will let patio

Canadian Press/Tijana Martin TORONTO — Sidewalk Labs offered a glimpse at a handful of high-tech prototypes it hopes to launch in a waterfront smart city it has proposed for Toronto on Friday.The Alphabet Inc.-backed entity showed off technologies it previously teased, including hexagonal sidewalks that light up to indicate a change in a street’s usage and heat up to reduce ice and snow, and “building raincoats” that can adjust to provide cover from cold weather or rain but open up in warm temperatures.Sidewalk Labs has long touted the innovations as a way it believes it can transform communities — including the swath of prime land known as Quayside that it hopes to develop with Waterfront Toronto. Opinion: It’s not too late: Canada, not Sidewalk Labs, should be driving urban innovation Sidewalk Labs and the question of tax increment financing: Here’s how the proposal would work Sidewalk Toronto faces growing opposition, calls to cancel project “It is totally different to see it in its real world context and understand its real impact,” said Jesse Shapins, the director of public realm at Sidewalk Labs, who said nailing down exactly what building either the raincoats or streets would cost is tough, but he believes they will be “comparatively less” than a glass “arcade” walkway.“Starting to do something like this helps us learn about some of the cost elements, but we imagine doing them on a larger scale and more of them, the costs go down.”Canadians won’t have to wait until the start of summer for farmers’ markets and patio dining with “Building raincoats.” The unveilings come as Sidewalk Labs is facing criticism over hopes to lay claim to a cut of the city’s developer fees and property taxes in exchange for funding a light rail transit line and underground infrastructure in and around the Quayside neighbourhood.In previous months Sidewalk Labs was dealing with concerns around Quayside’s potential data, privacy and intellectual property policies.While Sidewalk Labs has often been accused of being secretive, the company has tried to foster a sense of transparency with Quayside meetings to collect feedback and open houses at a waterfront office it opened to construct prototypes.The company will host a Saturday open house for the public to see the innovations it has been working on, which Shapins hoped would generate feedback.Shapins said those who attend will see the high-tech sidewalk — a series of concrete pavers that can be made porous to make a street more resilient when faced with water. He said the pavers can be removed individually when damaged, so extensive road closures and crews are not needed.Lighting, he said, could be incorporated into the pavers to “reprogram” streets for high traffic, construction, bikes and special events, proving much more efficient than paint.Shapins was also excited to show off the “building raincoats,” which are built with a plastic-like film and can be used to transition a space from indoors to outdoors depending on the weather.“The raincoat provides an additional way to expand so a farmers market can happen inside but also outside as well,” he said.“There’s even the opportunity to use them as expanded patio spaces so the patio season doesn’t have to start at the beginning of summer. It could start earlier when you have something like this.”Shapins said he expects the raincoats will come in handy in Quayside, where it can get cold and windy quickly and where research he’s seen has estimated that weather is only “comfortable” 30 per cent of the year.Sidewalk Labs, he revealed, will next look at testing the technology behind the tall timber buildings and the “stoa” — a term Sidewalk is using to mean flexible, ground floor spaces — proposed for Quayside. read more

UN inspectors fan out across Iraq to probe for evidence of arms

Biological experts from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) inspected the Ibn Seena Centre, a facility for the production of veterinary drugs, according to a UN spokesman in Baghdad. Another team of missile inspectors went to an Iraqi army base far south of Baghdad, where it started tagging Iraq’s Al Fatah ground-to-ground solid propellant rockets. The remaining Al Fatah rockets, now in the possession of the Iraqi army, will be tagged in the course of this week.A chemical team returned to Falluja III, which is part of the Al Tariq Company, primarily a pesticide formulation plant and which was previously inspected twice last month, spokesman Hiro Ueki said. Meanwhile, a multidisciplinary team inspected the maintenance section of the Al Fao Company, which is responsible for the repair of engines, pumps and compressors used by the water-treatment and other industries.A team based in Mosul inspected the Free Trading Zone Commission (FTZC), which is affiliated with the Ministry of Finance and is an independent investment commission located in the Filfayl area.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducted an inspection of several locations at the Tuwaitha site, including the Nuclear Physics Academic Research Centre, the Physics Research Materials and Electronics Studies Centre, and the Laser and Plasma Research Centre. Inspections were conducted in order to ascertain the level of activity at these locations.On Sunday, UNMOVIC teams inspected a chemical and petroleum research centre, as well as a factory that contributes to some Iraqi missile programmes with the development of fuses, Mr. Ueki said. Another team of inspectors returned to the Al Mamoun Plant to finish tagging equipment related to solid propellant production, while other inspections were carried out at the Al Rasheed Central Military Medical Laboratory and the Al Rasheed Military Hospital located in a complex owned by the Ministry of Defence.Teams in Basra and Mosul inspected educational institutions that belong to Basra University and the Ibn Sina Teaching Hospital, respectively, while another team of inspectors visited the Al Aziziyah Firing Range, where certain proscribed munitions were previously stored.The IAEA, meanwhile, inspected the Saddam Graphite Plant, which has a project to manufacture graphite electrodes for use in induction arc furnaces for the country’s iron and steel industry.On Saturday, UNMOVIC teams inspected chemical and biological facilities, as well as the Shayk Mahzar Airfield located in the southern no-fly zone. IAEA inspectors went to the Al Mamoud plant, which manufactures composite propellant fuel for missiles, and the Al Aboor SE Plant, which refurbishes machine tools and produces spare parts for the civilian and military sector. read more

Annan urges US DPR of Korea to seek peaceful way out of

“I know that governments in the region, including China in particular, are trying to make efforts to work with the parties to find a peaceful way out and I would urge the parties to really engage and find a peaceful way out of this conflict,” Mr. Annan told reporters on arrival at UN Headquarters in New York. Asked whether he had a particular recipe or prescription, he replied: “Well, I have some ideas but the parties would want to do it themselves. In fact I’ve been in touch with both parties and the US has made it clear that they would want to discuss this in a certain forum and the North Koreans have their ideas, and here the Chinese Government and others are trying to help to find a way that would be acceptable to both and to allow us to move forward on this issue.”The United States wants to discuss the conflict in a multilateral forum with the DPRK’s neighbours, including China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, while Pyongyang is seeking bilateral talks with Washington.Video of the Secretary-General speaking to reporters read more

Damtshaa and Koniambo install Wenco fleet management system

first_imgWenco International Mining Systems has announced the installation of the Wenco Fleet Management System at the Damtshaa diamond mine in northeast Botswana and the Koniambo nickel project in New Caledonia. The Damtshaa mine is a joint venture between De Beers and the Government of Botswana. Damtshaa, which means “water for tortoises” in Setswana, opened in 2003 and is forecast to produce 5 Mct of diamonds from 39 Mt of ore in its projected 31 year lifespan. The mine employs approximately 250 people and is ISO14001 (Environmental Management Standards) certified. Installation is expected to be completed within the first half of 2013 and will see nine vehicles equipped with the Wenco system.Wenco Regional Director Jayson Bebek said: “The Wenco system is currently utilised at the larger Orapa and Lethakane operations and the Debswana management team saw the value of bringing the system to the smaller Damtshaa mine. This will allow consistent operational methodology for all of their mines in the region and they can take advantage of the same real-time tools and reporting.”The also recently announced a contract with Koniambo Nickel SAS to supply the Wenco Fleet Management System at the Koniambo nickel mining project in New Caledonia. Koniambo Nickel SAS, a joint venture of Xstrata Nickel and the Société Minière du Sud Pacifique (SMSP), is managing the project development. The mine has an expected annual nickel production of 60,000 t, and a projected site length of 50 years. Wenco’s Fleet Management System will be installed on 9 shovels and 44 trucks at the mine site over the next two years. Koniambo will also be utilising Wenco’s innovative BenchManager™ high precision GNSS systems on their shovels to further optimize their mining operations.last_img read more

Astrosismologie le chant des étoiles permet de mieux les connaître

first_imgAstrosismologie : le “chant” des étoiles permet de mieux les connaîtreDes scientifiques sont parvenus à capter le “chant” d’une étoile fort lointaine. Grâce à ces informations, ils ont été capables de déterminer ses caractéristiques.Les astrophysiciens de l’université de Birmingham et les scientifiques travaillant avec la Nasa ont pu mesurer les variations de luminosité de l’étoile KIC 11026764, également surnommée Gemma.Grâce à une technique appelée astrosismologie, ils ont été capables de détecter le vacillement de la lumière causé par l’astre et de reconstituer le son qu’il produisait. De la même façon qu’un violoncelle produit un son plus grave qu’un violon, la taille d’une étoile peut être déterminée par la fréquence des vibrations qu’elle émet.À lire aussiUn time-lapse époustouflant dévoile le ciel nocturne du désert des MojavesIls peuvent également connaître la structure de l’étoile en fonction de la manière dont les ondes sonores la traversent. Des ondes sonores qui passent à travers de l’hélium sont beaucoup plus rapides que celles qui traversent un noyau d’hydrogène par exemple. La vibration qui est émise à la surface de l’étoile n’est donc pas la même et elle modifie la luminosité émise en conséquence.C’est grâce à ce type de mesures que les scientifiques ont pu calculer que Gemma était vieille de plus de 5,94 milliards d’années, soit environ un milliard d’années de plus que notre soleil. Ayant jusque-là atteint la taille de deux fois le soleil, elle continuera de grossir avant de devenir une géante rouge, stade ultime des gigantesques étoiles en fin de vie. Située à 5.000 milliards de kilomètres de la Terre, son noyau est constitué essentiellement d’hélium entouré d’une fine couche d’hydrogène en fusion.Toutes ces informations ont été collectées grâce à la vibration musicale de l’étoile, une vibration qui s’apparente, une fois reconstituée, au souffle d’une brise dans un micro.Le 13 novembre 2010 à 12:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rule The Starry Skies With This Gift Guide For Space Lovers

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target In space, no one can hear your squee. For a lot of us geeks, we first got interested in space and beyond with picture books of the solar system, watching something like Star Wars or Star Trek, or going to a Planetarium if you were lucky enough to live close to one. That’s why we wanted to put a gift guide together just for you space fans! Help inspire someone or remind them how much they love space with these great gifts!NASA Coffee MugEven astronauts need a cup of coffee in the morning to start their day! Treat yourself to some great coffee, but please keep in mind this mug is only safe for Earth-based missions and is not advised for taking aboard the shuttle.QURIOUS SPACE – STEM Space Card Game!Here’s an educational game great for big gatherings! Up to 18 people can play these four different card games that help you learn about the Solar System and beyond, test your knowledge in trivia, and more! It’s packed in a durable tin that’s great for traveling, though it works best when played with at least some gravity!Never Trust an Atom They Make Up Everything T-ShirtOkay, atoms aren’t exclusively just in space. We get it. However, this is a great t-shirt that will show people you are all about the science. And come to think of it, why would we trust an atom …Night Light 3D Moon LampBring the full moon into your bedroom with this gorgeous moon night light! Designed with the actual surface of the moon in mind, it really does feel like you’re right there. Three different color options help keep it varied. Great for a kids room or a big nerdy adult!LEGO Creator Space Shuttle ExplorerEveryone loves LEGOs. Really, everyone. Have you met someone that doesn’t? I haven’t. This LEGO shuttle is 285 pieces, comes with its own astronaut, and has lots of little extras to keep the fun going. A great gift a little future astronaut or for yourself, because we all know you still like LEGOs.Apollo Capsule Cookie JarEveryone likes cookies; even astronauts! Show off your nerd cred in your kitchen with this adorable Apollo capsule cookie jar.NASA Shower CurtainInspire yourself every time you walk into your bathroom with this Think Geek exclusive NASA shower curtain! Let your house guests know just how much of a space cadet you are. No giant leaps for mankind in the shower though, you don’t want to slip. Keep it to small steps for man.Motorized Solar SystemThis (mostly) scientifically accurate solar system is great for display to show the majesty of the solar system! Comes with a constellation guide and a star dome to project them and more! Some small pieces included so keep it to ages 3 and up!Astronaut Cat Art Printcenter_img The artist, J.Bird Cremeans, does a series of art prints of historical pictures with animals put in them. This gorgeous art print of a cat astronaut is just what a space or cat lover needs to add a bit of fun to their home!Space FlaskOkay, so maybe you’re not an astronaut, but you can fly high out and about with this 7 oz. space themed flask! Don’t get too carried away though. In this instance, you don’t want to be seeing stars.Personal Planetarium You don’t have to travel far to see the constellations, stars, and planets. This special, personal “Planetarium” by way of augmented reality is just as good. Pretty close, anyway.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Cabinet launches consultation drives

first_img Bahamas to hold historic Cabinet Meeting outside of Capital PNP Administration to Meet the Press in Post Cabinet debriefing TCI begins loan re-financing talks Related Items:cabinet meeting, consultative drive Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – During the recent meeting, Cabinet approved for the National pharmaceutical policy and a draft agriculture policy. In the case of the pharmaceutical plan, or NPP the document has already been prepared and endorsed by the Ministry of Health; it is also supported by the Pan American Health Organization.The public consultation on agriculture is aimed to update the current national plan. last_img read more

Chromebooks Are Finally Getting This Windows Feature

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoAdvertisement Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Author Bio Henry T. Casey, center_img As Google gets more and more serious about Chrome OS, we’re seeing the system gain new tricks (many in the Google Pixel Slate). Its latest new option though, looks to be a feature that’s surprisingly not there right now, according to a new report.MSPowerUser reports that there’s a new flag in the upcoming Chrome OS 72 named “enable-myfiles-volume,” and enabling it turns your hard drive into a strict read-and-write drive. This opens you up to creating new folders and placing files anywhere you please, which Chrome OS always should have had. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chrome-os-folder-support?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 What’s unclear, though, is if this change means Chrome OS will no longer automatically purge files if your storage gets filled up. All of these current behaviors of Chrome OS stem from the fact that Chromebooks were originally designed for online use; Google never intended for users to keep a lot of files on their system.Since its birth, Chrome OS has gone beyond its original, simplistic goals. The platform gained Android app emulation via the Google Play store, and we’ve seen Chromebooks — such as the Google Pixelbook and the forthcoming HP Chromebook x360 — designed for more demanding users with premium price tags to match.Best Chromebook: Reviews and Comparisons of Top-Rated Chromebooks Henry T. Casey, onlast_img read more