first_imgIn the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is best-ranked from either side in third place with 876 points, just two points behind Englands Joe Root in a list led by Australia captain Steve Smith with 906 points. Indias Ajinkya Rahane is the other batsman in the series inside the top 10 in eighth position, while experienced New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor (14th) and India captain Virat Kohli (16th) will be aiming to break into the top 10. India will be targeting to seize back the top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings from arch rival Pakistan by winning the series against New Zealand. A 1-0 or 2-1 win will take India to 111 points but ahead of Pakistan on decimal points while a 2-0 win will see India clearly ahead at 113 points. A 3-0 win will move it to 115 points. New Zealand, which is currently on 95 points, will remain at seventh position with any of these margins with the maximum drop to 91 points in case it loses all three matches. A 1-1 series draw will result in India dropping to fourth position on 108 points and New Zealand rising to fifth spot on 97 points. If New Zealand is able to edge India by 1-0 or 2-1, it will move to fifth position at 100 points with India one slot ahead on fourth position with 104 points. New Zealand can overtake India to take fourth position only with an improbable 3-0 win. If India goes to the top of the rankings, it would be doing so for the third time this year and fourth overall. Apart from its short stay at the top in August, it was also top-ranked in January-February this year. Its longest stint at the number-one position was from November 2009 to August 2011. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

World Hoops: US Routs Finns, 104-55

first_imgBILBAO, Spain — The U.S. held Finland without a basket in the second quarter, opening defense of its title with a 114-55 romp Aug. 30 in the Basketball World Cup.Silencing the Finns in the second quarter on the scoreboard and in the stands, where their rabid fans filled an entire side of the arena, the Americans allowed just a pair of free throws in the period, outscoring their overmatched opponents 29-2 to open a 60-18 advantage.Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Anthony Davis had 17 for the U.S., which will play Turkey on Aug. 31 in a rematch of the 2010 World Basketball Championship gold-medal game.The event has since been renamed, but nothing else looks different for the Americans, who won their 55th straight game.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mayweather-Pacquiao Lead Super Day

first_imgThe most-anticipated fight of all time. The best-known horse race. The premier baseball rivalry. The NFL draft.And those are just the highlights.Super Saturday — perhaps a day unlike any other in the history of sport — awaits.Stock the refrigerator, replace the remote batteries, get the weekend errands done early, invite your friends, fire up that grill and if you’re very fortunate, confirm those flights. For the sports consumer, an amazing number of options will be available.From the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight that could generate $400 million and topple every known record in boxing history, to the 141st edition of the Kentucky Derby, to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox colliding for the 2,142nd time to the NFL draft’s finishing rounds and so much more, it’s a sports enthusiast’s dream.The fight in Las Vegas is overshadowing all, with good reason. “I don’t plan on being there,” said Masters champion Jordan Spieth, “but I may be.”Here’s the translation. Spieth is playing in the Match Play Championship at San Francisco — another really big event that won’t generate much of a blip this weekend because of everything else happening in the sports world. If he’s ousted before May 2, his consolation prize is a trip to Vegas.“There are tickets,” Spieth said.Tickets, yes — ones he doesn’t want to use, but at least he has them. Most people didn’t have a chance at getting into the MGM Grand this weekend, and some deep-pocketed folks have spent more than $250,000 for a pair of prime seats.“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer. He meant the spectacle surrounding the fight.He could have just as easily been talking about the worldwide hubbub of what awaits on Super Saturday. “It’s time to fight now … the biggest fight in boxing history,” Mayweather said.___THE FIGHTThe pay-per-view in the U.S. for Mayweather-Pacquiao will cost around $100 to watch in your home, although at least one company is offering to comp the purchase for new subscribers to their service.There are plenty of other options.Pacquiao fans will be paying $34 apiece for a seat at Skinny Mike’s Sports Bar in Manila — on the morning of May 3 there, remember.Front-row seats to watch from a casino are online for about $200, though that casino is actually in Hammond, Indiana, and not Las Vegas.And in New York, you and 10 of your friends can watch at a club for $3,000, a steep price but one that includes six bottles of champagne, three bottles of liquor and platters of nachos, sliders, chicken fingers and pizza.___THE DERBYA field of 20 will run for the roses at Churchill Downs, and while the Kentucky Derby might not be the best race of the year, it is certainly the most anticipated, unless a Triple Crown hopeful emerges.About $125 million was bet on the Derby last year, more than 160,000 fans are expected at Churchill and it’s not implausible to think — based on recent years — that 15 million or so will watch on television in the U.S. alone.“It has become such an event,” Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher said.And to think, it’s just part of the show on Saturday.___MORE CHOICESNASCAR has qualifying at Talladega on Saturday, no small event on its schedule either. There’s an LPGA tournament, plus Detroit and Kansas City are squaring off in a matchup of two of baseball’s best teams early this season.Yes, those will appeal to auto racing, golf and baseball fans.But to those who love the magnitude of over-the-top events, they won’t compare to the big show in Vegas.“They may not follow sports much but they like the big events,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Showtime Sports. “And this is a big event.”___AROUND THE WORLDThe Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will be broadcast in at least 52 countries, and who knows how many will be able to access it online globally.But there’s some other big events around the globe May 2 as well, although again, they’ll all likely pale in comparison.The European Rugby Champions Cup Final between a pair of French clubs will be going on, Real Madrid will face Sevilla in a potentially very big Spanish soccer match, and the women’s singles and men’s doubles world champions in table tennis will be crowned in China.___THE PLAYOFFSLeBron James will have the day — he and the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t be playing again until May 4, so you know he’ll likely be watching this fight someplace.The NHL playoffs will be going on, with Washington and the New York Rangers playing Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Depending on what happens in other games, the NBA might have nothing scheduled that day, which would only give fans and players more time to enjoy everything else.There’s also a chance the NBA could see one or two Game 7s to end the first round.___THE NFL DRAFTFinally, there’s the big event of the NFL offseason — the draft, with the final four rounds coming on May 2. It starts April 30, then resumes with rounds two and three on May 1.This weekend the mighty NFL feels like an appetizer. The last pick in the draft gets the title of “Mr. Irrelevant.”Given all going on in the sports world on May 2, that may never be more appropriate.(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Talking Touch – May

first_img29 May 2013 – Prime7 News Country touch titles in Dubbo (video) Hervey Bay has taken a pragmatic view to its loss to Bundaberg in its annual touch football tournament on Sunday, stressing there are much bigger fish to fry. help Wide Bay snare Final at State Championships23 May 2013 – Fraser Coast ChronicleWide Bay failed to win a game during the pool stages, but came to life during the finals series to take out the girls’ plate final and finish seventh in the Queensland School Sport 18 Years Touch Football State Championships in Cairns. Football24 May 2013 – Central Western DailyTwo Orange Touch Footballers have been identified as players with the potential to wear national colours.Ryan Griffin and Alex Kennedy have been invited to be part of the Touch Football Australia (TFA) AusSquad Program.This is a new TFA program designed to give youth players an opportunity to develop their skills and hopefully gain further representative honours.The Orange teenagers were caught off guard when they received notification of their selection last week.”I couldn’t believe it,” Griffin said.”I was really shocked,” Kennedy added.Twenty-five boys and 25 girls from NSW in the each of the under 14s, under 16s and under 18s age groups have been invited to be part of the AusSquad Program.Griffin, 16, and Kennedy, 15, were selected on their performances at last month’s NSW Touch Junior Regional Championships, where they represented the Hunter Western Hornets.Griffin was named in the Boys’ 16s Merit Squad while Kennedy helped her 16s girls’ side to second place at the championships.Griffin and Kennedy will attend the AusSquad camp from June 28 to 30 at Wollongong.The three-day camp will include practical and theory sessions, as well as team activities.”I think it will be a really good experience. It gives you more to your name,” Kennedy said.”It will be interesting to see what they have on offer,” Griffin added.They also have other sporting commitments with Griffin, an Orange CYMS player, last weekend named in the Western Rams under 16s side.Kennedy is in the Orange Netball Association’s under 17s team to compete at the state championships.Touch Footy Brief Rising talent Justin Cridland was selected in the Queensland team following his strong performance on the field at the Queensland Secondary School Touch Football Championships. Gladstone player makes Queensland team for Touch Football 29 May 2013 – Noosa News May 28 2013 – Inverell Times Dubbo’s 22-year reign as the hub of country touch football will end next year when the annual country championships are held in Wollongong. Local sides missed out on title honours at the annual Touch Footy Country Championships in Dubbo. May 28 2013 – Daily Liberal Touch Titles Out of Reach A large number of Inverell High School students were recently selected to represent the North West Region in Touch. There was plenty of media coverage on Touch Football in the month of May, with several features about up-and-coming junior talent, local competitions taking place across the country as well as the New South Wales Country Championships.  To view the stories, please click on the links below.Anderson Shines For Young1 May 2013 – Young WitnessYoung High School student Nathan Anderson has returned home from the NSW Touch Association’s Regional Carnival following his selection on the Southern Suns touch football side. Football17 May 2013 – Fraser Coast ChronicleWith the Junior State Cup less than two months away, Hervey Bay’s junior representative teams will get an opportunity to polish up on their skills when they take on Bundaberg at the Tavistockst fields in Torquay on Sunday.It’s the second time the two associations have gone head-to-head in a one-day carnival as preparation for the highly competitive State Cup.This year’s Junior State Cup will be held in Hervey Bay from July 5-7.Players Show Touch Of Class At Carnival Good Shepherd students qualify for Sunshine Coast Under 12’s Touch Football Teams 30 May 2013 – Gladstone Observer 21 May 2013 – Fraser Coast Chronicle Jaidyn Jayaraj and Amy Brice, both Year 6 students at Good Shepherd Lutheran College Noosaville, have qualified for the Sunshine Coast Under 12 Boys and Girls Touch Football Teams. This year will see the open Men’s, open Women’s, Mixed opens, Men’s over-35s and Women’s over-40s compete against a number of regional touch associations from across New South Wales. May 25 2013 – Daily Liberal Inverell High School produces a number of touch football reps. 24 May 2013 – Central Western DailyOrange will field three sides in this weekend’s NSW Country Championships in Dubbo.The City of Orange Touch Association has entered sides in the mixed open, men’s seniors and women’s opens divisions.Orange’s mixed open side is expected to be competitive.A women’s 30s team has been entered in the women’s open division, which will also include open and 20s sides.Orange has a 35s team entered in the men’s seniors competition and will have them go up against 40s sides as well.The championships will be played on Saturday and Sunday in Dubbo.State’s best converge on Dubbo for championships soar in grand final30 May 2013 –  Fraser Coast ChronicleAfter a long season, Hervey Bay’s best mixed touch teams battled it out for grand final glory.Five teams were crowned champions after an entertaining night of touch action, with the Hawks beating a determined Bright Sparks team 8-6 in the A pool decider.In the night’s tightest encounter, IGA clinched the B pool title after defeating the Bandits in extra time.The Unreliables capped a strong campaign by triumphing over the Ultras 5-2 in the C1.The Edge produced its best performance of the season to take out the C2 title, while Whalesong was consistent as ever, beating one of the mixed competition’s newest teams OZ Auto 9-2 in the C3 final.Hervey Bay Touch Association administrator Lesleigh Schiffke hailed the season as a success with 24 teams participating.She added grand final night produced some matches and some unexpected results.“We had a couple of teams that didn’t think they could win but came together well on the night and delivered at the right time,” she said.“The whole night was played in good spirits and everyone had a good night out.”Next season starts on October 9 with sign-ons to be held on September 16.Related LinksTalking Touch – Maylast_img read more

Goa BJP loses Assembly seat held by Parrikar to Congress

first_imgPanaji: The BJP, which held the Panaji Assembly seat in Goa for 25 years, lost it on Thursday to the Congress, but won bypolls in Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem Assembly constituencies.The Panaji Assembly bypoll was necessitated due to the death of sitting MLA and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar in March, while the death of sitting BJP MLA Francis D’Souza necessitated the bypoll in Mapusa. The bypolls in Shiroda and Mandrem became necessary following the resignation of their sitting Congress MLAs. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCIn Panaji, Congress nominee Atanasio Monserratte got 8,748 votes while BJP’s Siddharth Kunkolienkar polled 6,990 votes, an official said. The Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) candidate and former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar came in at the third spot, getting just 560 votes while AAP’s nominee Valmiki Naik came in fourth with 436 votes. In the 2017 Assembly poll, Kunkolienkar had defeated Monserratte by around 1,600 votes. The BJP, under Parrikar, ruled the constituency for 25 years since 1994. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAfter the final result came out, Kunkolienkar said he accepted the people’s verdict and apologised to the BJP workers for failing to retain the seat. However, Monserratte took a dig at the BJP, saying the party was “helpless” in Parrikar’s absence. In Mapusa, late Francis D’Souza’s son Joshua D’Souza of the BJP defeated his Congress rival Sudhir Kandolkar by a margin of 1,151 votes. The BJP nominee, who polled 11,167 votes against Kandolkar’s 10,016 votes, later told reporters that he would carry forward his father’s legacy and work for the people and the party. In Shiroda, BJP candidate Subhash Shirodkar wrested the seat from the Congress by defeating his nearest rival Deepak Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party by just 66 votes, an election official said. Shirodkar, who was earlier elected from the seat in the 2017 state polls on Congress’ ticket, resigned in October last year and joined the BJP, due to which the by-election was necessitated. He polled 10,661 votes while Dhavalikar got 10,585 votes.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for suspect involved in stabbing

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, AB. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect involved in a stabbing last weekend.According to Cst. Melanie McIntosh, on March 4th, 2018 at roughly 12:30 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a report of a bar fight at the Crown and Anchor Pub. A pair of men got into a verbal altercation in the smoking area of the bar that turned physical as the two men had to be separated by bar patrons. It was discovered after the fact that one man had suffered a stab wound to his leg, but was treated at the scene by EMS.Witnesses, or anybody with information about this incident, can speak with police by attending the detachment or calling 780-830-5700. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at read more

Activists were mobilising Dalits to overthrow govt Police

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Police Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that activists arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence and Maoist links were mobilising Dalits to achieve the motive of the CPI (Maoist) to “overthrow the government”.Pune’s assistant commissioner of police Shivaji Pawar said this in an affidavit filed before the court to oppose the bail plea filed by one of the accused, Arun Ferriera. Apart from Ferriera, the police earlier arrested eight other activists, including Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, P Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Ferriera and Gonsalves later filed bail petitions which came up for hearing on Wednesday before Justice P N Deshmukh, who posted the matter for April 5. The police are yet to submit the affidavit over Gonsalves’s petition. In their affidavit, Pune Police claimed that Ferriera and the other accused were senior members of the banned terrorist organisation, Communist Party of India (Maoist). They were “actively supporting and propagating the banned outfit’s unlawful activities to overthrow the government established by law”, the police said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedDuring investigation, it was revealed that the motive of the CPI (Maoist) was “seizure of political power,” the affidavit said further. “With a view to attain this motive, the organisation is waging not the old type of conventional war but a people’s war by mobilising public on a massive scale both military and politically,” it said. “The CPI (Maoist) is undertaking special efforts to build the party among Dalit masses. They try to rally Dalit masses extensively by taking up struggles for their self- respect and against discrimination, oppression, degradation and physical attacks by the upper caste feudal forces in order to achieve their motive,” the police said in the affidavit. The Elgar Parishad meeting held on December 31, 2017, during which Ferreira and the other accused gave “inflammatory, provocative and rebellious” speeches, saw significant participation of Dalit organisations, they said. “These Dalit organisations were systematically brought together by some active members of CPI (Maoist), which had also funded this meeting,” the affidavit said. The police claimed Ferreira and another accused Vernon Gonsalves were senior cadres of CPI (Maoist) and engaged in recruiting cadres for the banned outfit. “The intention of Ferreira and other accused persons along with the banned terrorist organisation CPI (Maoist) is to topple the democratically elected governments (Centre and state) by violent means, that is by creating mayhem, spreading terror and hatred,” the affidavit said. “The objective is to assassinate important public functionaries and strike terror in the public,” it said. Ferriera and other accused distributed pamphlets and booklets with an intention to incite, abet and promote enmity between different groups on the ground of religion, caste and community, it said. “They created disharmony and a feeling of enmity, hatred and ill-will between different religious groups, castes and communities and therefore, disturbed public tranquillity,” the affidavit said. “Net result of the meeting and speeches was riots that erupted at Koregaon-Bhima on January 1, 2018,” it said. It was found from certain documents and evidence collected from the accused persons’ residences that they were part of a criminal conspiracy and their role was not merely peripheral, but they were found to be playing a vital role in the offences committed, the police said in the affidavit.last_img read more

Top UN human rights official to visit Afghanistan

During her week-long visit to the strife-torn nation, Ms. Arbour will meet with President Hamid Karzai, as well as senior Government officials and representatives of the judiciary and the Parliament, according to a statement issued by her office.She will also hold discussions with members of the UN family and representatives of the international armed forces operating in the country. In addition, the High Commissioner will meet with representatives of civil society and victims of human rights violations, as well as with the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. This is Ms. Arbour’s second visit to Afghanistan as High Commissioner. Her first visit was in 2005. 13 November 2007United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour will visit Afghanistan from 15 to 21 November with the aim of engaging the country’s Government in its efforts to promote and protect human rights. read more

IAEA sees progress in identifying Iraqs nuclear capabilities Security Council told

Monitors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have made important progress over the last three months in identifying what nuclear-related capabilities remain in Iraq, the head of the Agency told the Security Council today, noting that the last three weeks in particular have seen Baghdad being more forthcoming it its cooperation with the Agency.“After three months of intrusive inspections, we have to date found no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons programme in Iraq,” IAEA Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei said at a high-level meeting of the Council attended by 11 Foreign Ministers.Mr. ElBaradei also noted that in the last few weeks, Iraq has provided a “considerable volume” of documentation relevant to several issues under investigation by the IAEA, including the country’s efforts to procure aluminium tubes, acquire magnets and magnet production capabilities, and reported attempts to import uranium.Based on available evidence, the IAEA chief said, the Agency has concluded that there is no indication of resumed nuclear activities since 1998, nor any sign of nuclear-related prohibited activities at any inspected sites.He said Iraq’s efforts to import aluminium tubes “were not likely to have been related to the manufacture of centrifuges” and that it was “highly unlikely” that Iraq could have achieved the redesign needed to use them in a revived centrifuge programme.The high-strength magnets purchased by Iraq in recent years have been for various uses, and IAEA experts familiar with the use of such magnets have verified that none of those declared by Iraq could be used directly for a centrifuge magnetic bearing, Mr. ElBaradei added.As for reports that Iraq has attempted to buy uranium from Niger in recent years, Mr. ElBaradei said that the IAEA’s investigation was centred on documents provided by a number of countries that pointed to an agreement between the two countries for the sale of uranium between 1999 and 2001. “Based on thorough analysis, the IAEA has concluded, with the concurrence of outside experts, that these documents are in fact not authentic,” and therefore the allegations are unfounded, he said.“In the past three weeks, possibly as a result of ever-increasing pressure by the international community, Iraq has been forthcoming in its cooperation, particularly with regard to the conduct of private interviews and in making available evidence that could contribute to the resolution of matters of IAEA concern,” Mr. ElBaradei said. “I do hope that Iraq will continue to expand the scope and accelerate the pace of its cooperation.” read more

Bill to legalize Uber AirBnb in Ontario passes second reading

by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 29, 2015 3:16 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bill to legalize Uber, AirBnb in Ontario passes second reading TORONTO – A bill that would make Uber and AirBnB legal in Ontario passed second reading in the legislature Thursday.Former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak’s private member’s bill would allow ride-sharing, home-sharing and parking-sharing apps such as Rover, which lets Toronto homeowners rent their parking spots for $2 an hour, to operate.Hudak, who is a regular user of Uber and AirBnb, said the services give consumers more choice and empower Ontarians to make some extra money.“There are two commodities in life that we don’t have nearly enough of: time and money,” he said. “Through the use of modern consumer technology, the simple push of the pad on your smartphone, you can have a bit more of both.”The bill now has to go to committee to be studied before it has a chance at becoming law.Some Liberals voted against Hudak’s bill, but enough supported it to pass. Environment Minister Glen Murray said he supported the bill so it could be studied at committee because the issue is complex and needs a thorough hearing.“There is no easy narrative here and there is a lot at stake,” he said. “While I think there are opportunities for many here for greater income and security there are huge risks.”Uber in particular has prompted some fierce debates in municipalities and New Democrat Cheri DiNovo said this bill cuts communities out of the debate.“Municipalities need their say,” she said. “We can’t impose unilaterally regulations and stipulations on a municipality without having them at the table.”Under Hudak’s bill, municipalities would not be able to ban Uber.There would still be municipal licensing, but there would be a new category called the Transportation Networking Company that would come with consumer protection and public safety initiatives, Hudak has said.DiNovo rattled off a host of other concerns such as precarious employment, privacy and customer safety.“We’re on the tipping point of a brand new technology no doubt,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that we have to abrogate our responsibility to look after those who are affected by it.” read more

Purdues JaJuan Johnson beats out Ohio States Jared Sullinger for Big Ten

Two days after missing out on the opportunity to earn a share of the Big Ten title, Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson learned that he won’t walk away from this season without any hardware in hand, as he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year for the 2010-11 season on Monday night. The senior forward beat out Ohio State freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who appeared to have a lock on the award for the first three months of the season, before seeing stat lines decline in February. Sullinger won four Big Ten Player of the Week awards this season. Johnson finished the regular season as the Big Ten’s leader in scoring and blocks, with averages of 20.5 points and 2.4 blocks per game. He was also the conferences’ No. 4 leading rebounder, pulling down 8.1 rebounds per game. A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Johnson’s top scoring performance came in Purdue’s Dec. 18 win over Indiana State, however his best all-around performance came in the Boilermakers’ Feb. 27 win over Michigan State, when he scored 20 points, and posted season-highs in rebounding and blocks, with 17 and seven, respectively. In winning the award, which has been given out annually since the 1984-85 season, Johnson becomes the third Boilermaker to be named the Big Ten’s top player, joining past award winners from Purdue in Steve Scheffler (1989-90), and Glenn Robinson (1993-94). In addition to winning the Big Ten’s Player of the Year award, Johnson was an all-conference first team selection, and was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week on Feb. 28. After finishing the regular season with a record of 25-6 (14-4 Big Ten), good for second place in the conference behind OSU, the Boilermakers will attempt to win the Big Ten Tournament in Johnson’s hometown of Indianapolis. Purdue has a bye in the first round of the tournament, and will face the winner of Thursday’s match-up between Michigan State and Iowa on Friday. read more

Acting Top Cop says Force not accepting unprofessional conduct as 9

As the Guyana Police Force continues to remove its “rogue” elements, Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has affirmed that the Force has no place for unprofessional conduct, informing the public that some nine junior ranks were dismissed for their involvement in various types of motor vehicular offences.Acting Police Commissioner David RamnarinePolice statistics have revealed that for the period up to October 2017, some 28 junior police ranks were involved in motor vehicular accidents, some of which saw persons losing their lives.At Monday’s press conference, the Acting Police Commissioner said that nine of these ranks were dismissed. He added that the force’s senior administration will not accept such unprofessional conduct, whether or not the ranks operate their private cars or the force fleet of vehicles, some of which were involved in accidents in the recent weeks.“You cannot be driving without fitness, insurance [or] drunk driving, and expect to be a member of the force; you have to go,” Ramnarine strongly stated.In March 2017 in Berbice, Constable Joshua Ali, then unlicenced, was fined $37,500 after pleading guilty for Driving under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol and breach of Condition of Provisional Licence. Similarly, Police Constable Satrohan Gowkarran, who struck a pedestrian at Stewartville, West Coast Demerara in a drunken state in September, pleaded guilty and was fined $7500 and had his licence endorsed for DUI.Condemning such occurrences, Ramanrine suggested that new recruits are actively waiting to fill the vacuum that would be left by dismissed ranks.“The Guyana Police Force did not have a long line waiting to enlist 5 years ago but today through the grace of God and through public trust, and other initiatives, we have a long line waiting out there so when you slip up; I’m not going to wait on three strikes, that is the way forward for the force,” he related, at the same time condemning the heavily tinted motor cars of junior ranks.In August, 58-year-old Pulmattie Ramotar, of Success, East Coast Demerara, succumbed two days after she was struck down on the Success Public Road by a police rank.Additionally, Eno David, 22, of Matthew’s Ridge, North West District was struck down at the Soesdyke Public Road, East Bank Demerara by a Police rank who was transporting an injured colleague, who himself was involved in a separate car accident in the early morning hours.Police had however claimed that no alcohol was traced when breathalyser tests were conducted on those two ranks.The Toyota Allion motorcar (PPP 8497) which struck and killed Eno David at Soesdyke, EBD in August (Shemuel Fanfair file photo)In September, 20-year-old former Lot 5 Hope Estate, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident and sales girl Anastacia Kerr lost her life after she was struck and killed by a drunken Police Lance Corporal at the Ogle Public Road, ECD.It was reported that the Policeman was proceeding along the roadway in motorcar PSS 3984, when the deceased woman allegedly ran across the road and into the path of the vehicle. As a result, the left side of the car collided with her. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedZero tolerance for unprofessional behaviour in Police Force – warns acting Top CopAugust 26, 2016In “latest news”Six Police officers dismissed for criminal misconductNovember 1, 2016In “latest news”In excess of $2.3M being repaid by ranks for damaging GPF vehicles in 2018- Top CopJuly 18, 2018In “Crime” read more

Andy Robertson recognised globally for Environmental Management and Stewardship

first_imgAndy Robertson will be inducted in the Environmental Management and Stewardship category, sponsored by FLSmidth, at the gala dinner in the Brown Palace Hotel, Denver on February 16 ( – lead sponsor Stantec). He co-founded SRK, Gemcom and Infomine and now is inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame. During his career in the mining industry, he has worked tirelessly to protect the environment, communities, water quality and water supplies. Because many of mining’s impacts come from sediment discharge and acid rock drainage (ARD), the management of tailing and waste rock stability and geochemistry are crucial to protecting the environment. Robertson’s background is in rock-mechanics, geotechnical engineering, and he has (self-taught) expertise in geochemisty; his career has focused on setting the environmental stewardship bar high for the industry and for the work products he delivers.He is passionate about improving the design, construction, operation and closure of tailing dams since integrity of these dams is crucial to protecting current and future (perpetuity is a long time) generations from extreme events and ‘black swans’.  To make tailing dams of today and the future safer, he advocates for a) ever improving technology for the design, construction and long-term stability of tailing dams; b) fiscal capability – to construct and operate tailing dams that do not leave a debt burden on our grandchildren and c) governance – so that today’s designs account for the needs of succeeding generations and changes in societal expectations. With the goal of making tailing dams physically and environmentally safe, he continues to serve on multiple peer review panels and independent design review boards for some of the tallest and most challenging tailing dams in the world.Robertson was instrumental in pioneering the use of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) – one of the first systematic techniques for failure analysis – and MAA’s (Multiple Account Analyses) to engineered solutions in the mining industry. FMEA was originally developed in the 1950s to study problems that might arise from malfunctions of military systems.When Robertson was 30, he, Oskar Steffen and Hendrik Kirsten formed Steffen, Robertson & Kirsten (SRK), the first consulting firm in Africa to specialize in mining geotechnics. Four years later he moved to Canada to start the first overseas branch of what would later become SRK Consulting. Numerous US offices were formed under his guidance and SRK maintains a focus on protecting the environment through its engineering work.From the 1980s-2000 Andy worked on foundational research for the testing, prediction and control of acid mine drainage. He was a contributing member of the British Columbia ARD Task Force, which published some of the industry’s first ARD guidelines. He has written and contributed to industry technical guides on mine waste management, uranium mill waste disposal (for the National Uranium Tailings Program, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, CANMET, 1987) and guidelines for the rehabilitation of mines for Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (1991). These guidelines established the foundation for environmental best practices in the industry.Ever innovative, in 1982 Robertson founded Gemcom (Geotechnical Engineering and Mining COMputing) a company that financed, developed and sold the mining industry’s first PC based exploration database, ore deposit modelling and open pit mine planning software. In 2012 Gemcom was sold to Dassault Systemes, subsequently the name was changed to GEOVIA.In 1989, as part of his vision to make mining information widely available, Robertson launched InfoMine (initially as part of SRK). Later he saw the power of the internet to allow universal access to the information and implemented a digital strategy that remains the cornerstone of the company.  Under his leadership InfoMine created many valuable offshoots including, a training resource for mining industry professionals.  It offers industry and university recognised certifications and has over 6,000 registered students; a recruiting tool that links qualified candidates to career opportunities; and – an internet mining news publication.  In addition, InfoMine offers a number of other database mining information sites, including a used mining equipment listing site, a suppliers directory, and an on-line mine costing tool called CostMine. He recently oversaw the creation of ConferenceMine, a technical conference division that facilitates the exchange of mining knowledge, experience and lessons learned.In 1994, Robertson founded Robertson GeoConsultants (RGC), a highly specialised, international mining consultancy based in Vancouver, BC where he continues his work on tailing and waste rock stability and geochemistry, all of which are crucial to protecting the environment.Robertson’s interest in continually raising industry standards to protect the environment has been a pervasive theme in carrying out his work and in making contributions to the industry.last_img read more

SEHA Horvat scores 12 to help RK PPD Zagreb to secure SEHA

1.Vardar161510500 : 38846 2.PPD Zagreb161114459 : 41134 RK PPD Zagrebseha gazprom leagueZlatko Horvat 7.Metalurg15519403 : 43516 PHOTO: SEHA GAZPROM League ← Previous Story DU RIETZ IS BACK: Rhein Neckar Lowen qualify for DHB Cup Final4 Next Story → Gudmundur Gudmundsson about Danish experience: It was strange, but I remember only positive things RK PPD Zagreb captain Zlatko Horvat had to overtook role of right back after injury of Mario Vuglac, who was only option on that position in situation when David Miklavcic was out of the roster.The 34-years old wing player showed that is more than capable to help his team-mates on new position. Once again, he proved that with 12 goals in win over RK Gorenje 26:25 which was enough that Croatian champions secured Final4 place.STANDINGS: 6.Tatran Prešov15537419 : 41818 8.Nexe15168380 : 4279 9.Dinamo Pančevo162212409 : 4998 5.Gorenje Velenje16736463 : 42524 4.Celje Piv. Laško15924443 : 41129 10.Vojvodina152013369 : 4726 3.Meshkov Brest151014443 : 40231 read more

14 dead after dramatic storm hits Italian island of Sardinia

first_imgTHE TOLL FROM flash floods that swept through Italy’s holiday island of Sardinia has risen to 14, regional president Ugo Cappellacci has said today.On Monday rivers broke their banks and heavy rain and winds smashed cars, flooded homes and brought down bridges on the island. The previous toll stood at nine.“I believe there are 14 victims… The situation is dramatic,” Cappellacci told news channel SkyTG24.The port city of Olbia, where most of the victims were concentrated, was completely flooded and hundreds of people were forced to spend the night in temporary shelters and thousands have damaged homes.Among the dead was an entire family of four Brazilian immigrants who drowned in their basement flat in the town of Arzachena in the northern part of the island. Two men use an inflatable dingy to gt around in a flooded street in Olbia in northern Sardinia yesterday (AP Photo/Anonio Satta) Three people from the same family died when a road bridge collapsed onto their van near Olbia, while a mother and daughter were found dead in a car that was swept away in the city, officials said.Emergency workers were still rescuing people in a mountainous part of the island near Nuoro who climbed onto the roofs of their homes or up trees to escape the rising waters.Rescuers work in a flooded street in the small town of Uras in Sardinia yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Chergia) In Olbia, hundreds of residents took to Facebook to offer their homes as shelter for the night to those forced out of their houses on a special group entitled: “Let us open our homes to our fellow citizens”.Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has called a cabinet meeting for later today to declare a state of emergency on the island and the head of the civil protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, flew to the island to oversee rescue efforts.- © AFP, 2013Read: Severe storm and tornadoes threaten Midwestern US states > In the wake of the storm: Before and after photos of Irish bar show extent of Philippines devastation >last_img read more

Orange iPhone 5 is smaller thinner with new tiny SIM card

first_imgIna Fried of All Things D recently held an interview with Stephane Richard, CEO of France Telecom and therefore the well-known Orange network. During that interview Richard talked about the future for RIM, the difficulties Microsoft–Nokia could face, net neutrality, and how to pay for the continuing data needs of consumers.Just as interestingly, though, he discussed Apple‘s desire to remove SIM cards completely from phones, and how the next iPhone will be smaller and thinner.AdChoices广告On the question of SIM cards, Richard confirmed that Apple had been in talks with the networks to replace it with a software solution. This is a project known as e-SIM. But the networks have told Apple this is a bad idea due to the security and authentication a physical SIM card offers. Apparently Apple saw the benefits outlined to them, so instead decided to work with the networks to reduce the size of SIM cards.The reason for this need to reduce size is because Apple needs the space. Richard stated that the next iPhone, we have to assume he means the iPhone 5, will be “smaller and thinner”. With that in mind, space inside the casing is going to be at a premium, and if the SIM card could go, it would help fit more features in. With the SIM card remaining in place, Apple still needs space so a reduction in size is the best compromise.Read the full interview at All Things DMatthew’s OpinionSo far we have only heard rumors about what Apple has planned for the iPhone 5. However, all those rumors point to a thinner phone. As for the claim it is smaller too, that may just be in relation to the display getting bigger, but in the same casing with an edge-to-edge display.If we take what we have heard so far as fact, then the iPhone 5 is going to have a tapered design with a 4-inch edge-to-edge display. The glass cover will also be curved based on the recent purhcase of a few hundred glass cutting machines by Apple. It will therefore be a smaller phone overall, and Apple must be having to cut back wherever possible to fit stuff in. Getting rid of the SIM card surely looked like an easy way of clawing back some space.last_img read more

Geek deals 450 off Lenovo Horizon table PC 2013 Nexus 7 discount

first_imgWe’ve seen the influence of smartphones and tablets hit nearly every piece of technology. They’re influence has been slowly, but surely, working its way into regular PCs too, which has resulted in tablets that can operate as a regular laptop and run the full version of Windows 8 as well as many other less predictable outcomes.The niche market of touch-friendly table (table, not tablet) PCs goes the other direction with what is essentially an oversized all-in-one. Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon is a giant slate 27-inch touch PC, intended to be used flat or propped up at an angle. There is no vertical stand and they don’t even expect you to want to use a keyboard or mouse.It is powered by your choice of 3rd gen Core i5 or i7 processors, has a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 620M graphics card, and the 27-inch display serves up 1080p resolution on the full version of Windows 8. It is more than capable of handling your usual computing tasks, but that’s not what it was built for.Lenovo included a number of touch-focused games for your enjoyment, like air hockey, fishing, poker, and more. They thoughtfully include several accessories meant to be used with these table top games, pucks for air hockey, joysticks, and e-dice. A regular wireless keyboard and mouse are included too, for those times when you have to do real work on the Horizon.This is a neat new type of PC that will fit in well as a multimedia device in the modern home, but you’ll want to take advantage of today’s hefty discount. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen yet on the Horizon and a good deal for a premium new machine.Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Core i5 table PC for $1449 + free shipping (reg. $1899)Our other top deals:Crucial M500 240GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch 7mm SSD for $179.99 + free shipping (reg. $209)Dell S2240L 22″ 1080p IPS Monitor + $100 Dell Gift Card for $199.99 + free shipping (reg. $300.99 | e-gift card delivered by email)2013 Nexus 7 16GB Android 4.3 tablet for $206.99 + free shipping (reg. $229)last_img read more

Acer présente lultrabook le plus fin au monde lAspire S5

first_imgAcer présente l’ultrabook le plus fin au monde, l’Aspire S5Le CES 2012 de Las Vegas, qui débute demain, verra la présentation du dernier bébé de la marque taïwanaise, l’Aspire S5, l’ultrabook le plus fin au monde.Apple et son MacBook Air peuvent retourner à leurs chères études. Car Acer risque bien de réussir un grand coup lors du CES 2012, le salon de l’électronique grand public qui ouvrira ses portes à Las Vegas demain. Le constructeur venu de Taïwan va lever le voile sur plusieurs ultrabooks, dont le plus marquant sera certainement l’Aspire S5. Et pour cause puisqu’il est tout simplement l’appareil de cette catégorie le plus fin au monde, seulement 15 mm. Pour comparaison, à poids égal (1,35 kg), le MacBook Air 13 pouces mesure 17 mm d’épaisseur. Un exploit rendu possible par l’utilisation d’un alliage de magnésium et d’aluminium pour le châssis de la bête, explique Zone Numérique. Techniquement, on en sait peu si ce n’est des caractéristiques classiques, comme le processeur Intel Core et le stockage SSD. Au niveau connectique, on notera, en plus de l’HDMI et de l’USB 2.0, la présence d’un port USB 3.0 et surtout d’un port Thunderbolt, qui rendent la chose ultrarapide. Cet Aspire S5 profitera en outre du nouvel AcerCloud présenté lors de ce même CES. Si on connaît sa date de commercialisation, à partir du deuxième trimestre 2012, les prix restent en revanche pour l’instant inconnus. Le 9 janvier 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Quand les pompiers du BasRhin se mettent à lhypnose pour secourir

first_imgQuand les pompiers du Bas-Rhin se mettent à l’hypnose pour secourirDepuis quelques temps, les pompiers d’Haguenau (Bas-Rhin) se forment à l’hypnose dans le but de l’expérimenter sur les victimes témoins de scènes traumatisantes. Une méthode qui doit encore faire ses preuves.Dans une caserne du Bas-Rhin en Alsace, quelque 120 pompiers ont récemment commencé à se former à une technique très particulière, l’hypnose. L’objectif est de calmer les victimes directement sur le lieu d’intervention lorsque celles-ci sont confrontées à des situations traumatisantes et ont besoin d’un apaisement psychique. Crises d’angoisse, douleurs, anxiété, panique pourraient ainsi être calmés par une gestuelle, une technique verbale et une observation tranquille de la victime. L’idée serait alors de créer un climat de confiance avec la personne à secourir. Pendant qu’une partie de l’équipe s’occupe du matériel médical à préparer, une personne formée à l’hypnose se détache et va au devant de la victime, raconte l’AFP. En fonction du rythme cardiaque et respiratoire de celle-ci, le pompier va établir un dialogue avec elle (seulement des mots positifs, bien-être plutôt que douleur), l’isoler de la situation et “l’emmener psychiquement ailleurs”. “Pendant que mes collègues s’occupent de votre sécurité, votre esprit va partir sur les pistes de ski” explique un pompier durant un exercice auprès d’une fausse victime. Il est prouvé qu’un contact physique, une main sur l’épaule pour exemple, apaise. Aussi, la formation pousse les professionnels à toucher leur victime, parler dans les yeux afin de dévier l’attention. Ces techniques ne peuvent bien évidemment pas “se substituer aux gestes classiques de secourisme” indique Cécile Colas-Nguyen, sage-femme, officier-infirmier chez les pompiers du Bas-Rhin et formatrice en hypnose.Une méthode à validerSi cette méthode reste prometteuse, elle reste à valider scientifiquement. Pour cela, les pompiers de Haguenau vont durant six mois consigner dans un carnet tous les paramètres médicaux des personnes secourues (fréquences cardiaques, émotions, niveau de douleur et évolution). Il en sera de même à la caserne de Sélestat qui n’utilise pas l’hypnose. Les données seront ensuite comparées afin d’en tirer un bilan. David Ernenwein, chef du centre de secours de Haguenau se dit “convaincu” par la méthode, permettant que les personnes “souffrent moins”. Cécile Colas-Nguyen elle, explique que dans 100% des cas, les victimes expriment le fait que “l’intervention leur a semblé moins longue qu’en réalité”. Le ministère de l’Interieur est pour le moment confiant, mais demeure prudent. Ainsi, le docteur Stéphane Donnadieu, médecin-pompier et conseiller du directeur général de sécurité civile défend par ailleurs le fait que l’hypnose médicale marche, “on sait que ce n’est pas un placebo, seulement il faut des gens bien formés”. Le problème est de savoir ce que donneraient ces techniques dans un climat bruyant, soumis au stress et au traumatisme. A cette question, Cécile Colas-Nguyen argue qu’il n’y aurait pas de problème avec cela, le bip bip des machines pourrait même aider la victime à mieux se concentrer.L’hypnose médicaleL’hypnose a depuis longtemps fait ses preuves. Utilisée dans le milieu du spectacle et du divertissement, elle est également un outil médical. On définit l’hypnose comme un état modifié de la conscience, plongeant le sujet dans un état qui s’apparente au sommeil. Elle consiste à fixer l’attention de la personne sur un objet ou une réalité visuelle (ou bien un son) et d’endormir ainsi le psychisme. Elle peut de ce fait être utilisée dans une optique médicale. À lire aussiCoulées de boue en Chine : les sauveteurs luttent contre les élémentsAinsi, en 1859, les médecins Azam et Broca ont devant l’Académie des sciences pratiqué une intervention sous anesthésie hypnotique. L’hypnose pourrait alors se substituer aux sédatifs dans une certaine mesure. L’annihilation de la douleur par l’hypnose s’explique par une modification de l’activité dans le cortex cingulaire antérieur (zone préfrontale) selon Pierre Rainville, professeur au département de stomatologie de l’Université de Montréal.Même si les spécialistes en charge du projet insistent sur le fait qu’il s’agit davantage de techniques hypnotiques plutôt que d’hypnose, le docteur Yves Durrmann, médecin-chef des pompiers dans le Bas-Rhin a comme objectif de diffuser la méthode dans toute la France si celle-ci se voit validée.Le 3 juin 2013 à 13:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Di Maria calm for future at PSG

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Angel Di Maria recently admitted he is uncertain about his future at the club after this campaign ends but remains positive.He has been among the regulars in the squad and has been able to score 11 goals and provide six assists in just 27 Ligue 1 appearances, but his name has been linked over and over again with a Barcelona move.Di Maria shared it is likely he could follow Unai Emery away from Parc des Princes this summer.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Football is a strange game,” Di Maria said, according to ESPN. “I am happy here, but the club needs to sign new players and to do this, others must be sold. It is not my decision. It is also the club’s. For the moment, I am calm.”“We must simply continue to work hard,” Di Maria said. “The club and the supporters need to stay patient,” he said, when asked what can PSG do in order to make their continental dreams come true.last_img read more