first_imgThe perennial All Star spent the last six seasons anchoring Doc Rivers’ offense and has certainly created a bond with the player-turned-coach.Shortly after the blockbuster trade went down, the Clippers’ head honcho spoke about the deal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I hate the way it ended,” Rivers told Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. “I wish we could have ended it better, as far as winning. But as a franchise, we love where we’re at.”Although he certainly lost the cornerstone of the franchise, Rivers acknowledged some of the talented players he got in return. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LIVE on NBA TV!— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 28, 2017 NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster deal Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers  APThe NBA’s surprisingly busy summer of blockbuster deals continue, as Chris Paul was sent packing from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets in exchange for seven players on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).READ: NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealADVERTISEMENT “Under the circumstances, I thought we did terrific,” he shared. “Getting Patrick Beverley and (Sam) Dekker and Montrezl (Harell) was very important for us.”Meanwhile, Rockets GM Daryl Morey said he brought Paul in to keep up with the “weapons race” in the league.“You’re either in the weapons race or on the sidelines,” he said during a press conference. “We felt like this is, with James Harden  in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams that are out there.”Aside from Paul, athletic forward Blake Griffin is expected to sign elsewhere as well, while DeAndre has also been the subject of multiple trade talks.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra“It’s a weapons race in the NBA. You’re either in the weapons race or on the sidelines.” –@dmorey on Chris Paul trade…ADVERTISEMENT View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more

first_imgDouglas Costa scored the winning goal in the 93rd minute to send Juventus through to the Champions League knockout stages with a 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday. But the talking point of the night for the Turin club inevitably involved Cristiano Ronaldo.Cristiano Ronaldo curled in a free-kick from the left flank and Lokomotiv goalkeeper Guilherme let the wet ball slip through his hands. As it rolled over the line, Aaron Ramsey poked it into the net. UEFA credited Ramsey as the scorer. “I thought the keeper was a lot closer to me and had a chance of diving back and maybe clearing it,” Ramsey said. “My instinct took over to make sure that it went over the line. I’ve apologized to Cristiano.”In fact, if Ramsey had not ‘interferred’ it would have been Ronaldo’s first goal from a free-kick for Juventus. Aaron Ramseychampions leaguecristiano ronaldoFree Kick First Published: November 7, 2019, 9:07 AM IST Aaron Ramsey gets his first Champions League goal for Juventus!— Forza Juventus Videos (@ForzaJuveVids) November 6, 2019There was more drama stll as in the 82nd minute Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri took the decision to substitute Ronaldo, who looked less than pleased at his withdrawal from the game.”Ronaldo was angry when he came off because he has a small knee injury and this created another small thigh problem. I replaced him just because I feared he could aggravate his injury,” Sarri was told for the game, Lokomotiv leveled after Juventus took an early lead and looked headed for a point before a moment of individual brilliance from Douglas Costa.The Brazilian picked up the ball on the left flank and cut inside past three defenders. He then played a one-two with Gonzalo Higuain, dodged two more Lokomotiv players and knocked the ball through goalkeeper Guilherme’s legs.Juventus’ substitutes came onto the pitch to celebrate as Douglas Costa pulled off his shirt. It was his first goal of the season after a long absence with a muscle injury.”This was a really important game because I have been out for a long time but I have come back and helped the team,” said Douglas Costa, who was a 70th-minute substitute.The goal ensured Juventus qualified from Group D with two games to spare.Bayer Leverkusen upset Atletico Madrid 2-1 in Wednesday’s other game in the group, leaving Juventus with a three-point advantage over Atletico at the top of Group D.”We still have work to do to finish top but we achieved our target of qualifying tonight, so we’re happy that we’ve done that,” Ramsey said after the game.Leverkusen and Lokomotiv are likely fighting for third and a spot in the Europa League. They’re level on three points.(With inputs from AP) center_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jul 7 (PTI) Defending the movement of its submarines in the Indian Ocean as “legitimate” and in accordance with “international practices”, China today said it never objected to the presence of Indian naval ships in the disputed South China Sea as long they follow the principles of freedom of navigation.”Talking about the submarines, the Chinese submarines cross some of sea areas and those crossings are legitimate and legal and follow the international practices,” Chinas defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said during a media interaction here, when asked about the movement of Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean area which has raised Indias concerns.Asked if the movement of Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean is legitimate then why China considers Indian naval ships presence as “wrong”, Yang said China has never taken such a stand.”I want to point out one thing. You said when the Indian ships enter the SCS (we are saying) it is wrong. Where did you hear that. I am from the Ministry of Defence and I have never said that,” he said.”If it is done in accordance with the international law and as freedom of navigation, that should be lawful. Such movement should be helpful for country-to-country relations and for peace and stability in the region. All those kind of moves should be welcomed,” he said.China claims almost all of South China Sea which is disputed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.A UN tribunal is set to deliver its verdict on the Philippines petition challenging Chinas claims on July 12. Beijing which boycotted its proceedings said it will not honour the judgment.advertisementWhile asserting its claims on the SCS, China has been saying that it never obstructed freedom of navigation, which India, US and other international community have been emphasising as it is the busiest commercial shipping route.But at the same time China raised vociferous objections to US naval ships in the area especially in the waters close to artificial islands built by it.On the deployment of US naval ships in the SCS, Yang said some countries from outside the region come to SCS under “various pretexts” of their self interests and in an attempt to make provocations and troubles.”This has posed threat to peace and stability in the region. China is not afraid of them,” he said, adding that Chinese military is “not afraid of threats”.”The military fleet coming to the SCS, what is their purpose? Is their purpose peaceful? Are they coming for a friendly visit? Or for a call on the Ports? They are welcome, but if they come for making trouble we have our counter- measures,” he said.In May this year, four ships of the Indian Navy set out for a two and a half month long operational deployment to the South China Sea and North Western Pacific.Indian naval ships also took part in the Malabar exercises along with Japanese and US naval vessels in the western Pacific recently.China has, however, objected to India taking part in the oil exploration at the invitation of Vietnam saying it is disputed territory. (MORE) PTI KJV PMSlast_img read more

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumCollege football is right around the corner, and today, ESPN rolled out “The Herbies,” the preseason awards doled out by lead analyst Kirk Herbstreit.Herbstreit gives awards for everything from breakout players to the best local hotels and restaurants to college football towns.He also gave some predictions for the upcoming season.THE HERBIES ARE HERE!!! THE HERBIES ARE HERE!!!— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 22, 2018Kirk Herbstreit’s SEC Championship prediction probably won’t surprise anyone.Down in the SEC, he has a national title game rematch set to hit Atlanta. Herbstreit predicts that Alabama will defeat Georgia for the conference crown, en route to yet another College Football Playoff bid.His “sleeper” in the league is a bit more surprising.Herbstreit selected Missouri for that designation. The Tigers had a brutal 1-5 start to 2017 that had some wondering if Barry Odom was the man for the job, before ripping off six straight wins to finish the regular season, clinching a bowl berth and 4-4 SEC record.The Tigers have a high-flying offense, and bring back quarterback Drew Lock. The defense was better during the winning streak, but also had the benefit of facing lesser offenses like Idaho, UConn, Florida, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt during that run. Arkansas put up 45 points in a losing effort in the regular season finale, while Texas picked up a win in the Texas Bowl against Mizzou, 33-16.Either way, it is hard to envision them challenging Georgia for the SEC East. The Bulldogs are developing perhaps the most talented program in the country, this side of Alabama.[ESPN]last_img read more

first_imgA photo of the 12th man sign in Texas A&M's football stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – NOVEMBER 17: The crowd cheers on their team as they play the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Kyle Field on November 17, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Players and fans getting ejected from college football games isn’t that rare of an occurrence.There are usually a handful of targeting penalties that result in ejections and dozens of rowdy fans that end up getting tossed.Press box ejections are quite rare, though.We apparently had one at Texas A&M today.The Aggies’ police department tweeted that someone got ejected from the press box due to a noise complaint.Typically, cheering is forbidden inside of the press box.[GAMEDAY] Ejection from Press Box for noise complaint. #bthoolemiss— Texas A&M Police (@TAMUPolice) November 10, 2018We really do need the details on that, though.Texas A&M is currently leading Ole Miss, 30-21, in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

first_img Rohan Sen MelbourneJanuary 19, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 15:59 IST MS Dhoni remained unbeaten for the second ODI in succession (CA video grab)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni joked with batting coach Sanjay Bangar after handing him the match ballThe former India has a habit of collecting the match ball or stumps after the games get overIndia rode on Dhoni’s unbeaten 87 to chase down 231 vs Australia and win the ODI series at the MCGMS Dhoni was seen handing over the match ball to batting coach Sanjay Bangar but this time he made sure to put it on record that he was just giving the ball and not contemplating retirement, as a joke to the rumours which circulated last year after he was seen giving the match ball to bowling coach Bharat Arun in England.For the second match in succession, MS Dhoni remained not out and led India to victory against Australia as the tourists clinched the series 2-1 on Friday.Dhoni top-scored with 87 not out off 114 balls as India chased down the target of 231 with 4 balls to spare at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He was ably assisted by Kedar Jadhav, who made 61 not out, as the duo added 121 runs for the fourth wicket to take India past the finish line with relative ease.With just 1 run required in the final over, Jadhav lofted Marcus Stoinis over the in-field on the leg-side off the second delivery to hit a boundary and finish the match. The win handed Team India their first ever bilateral ODI series victory in Australia.Yuzvendra Chahal also played a big part in setting up the win as he took a record 6 wickets for 42 runs to bag the man-of-the-match award.After the game Dhoni got hold of the match ball and gave it to Bangar and joked, “Ball lelo nahi to sab bolenge retirement le rahe ho (take the ball or everyone will think I’m retiring).”Dhoni’s comments were in reference to the incident last year when he was rumoured to be retiring from the sport.advertisementIs MS Dhoni retiring? The question started doing the rounds after he asked the umpires for the match ball after the Leeds ODI against England in July, 2018.Twitter was abuzz with rumours of India’s most successful captain bowing out of international cricket after a short video of him asking for the match ball went viral.MS Dhoni Announces retirement?He took the ball from umpires after the game. #ENGvIND #Leeds3rdOdi MEDIA (@flamemediaindia) July 18, 2018Coach Ravi Shastri was asked the similar question and he rubbished the rumours in his typical style.”MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like,” Shastri was quoted as saying.”That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere,” he added.Dhoni finished the three-match ODI series against Australia as the second highest scorer with 193 runs at an average of 193 with three half-centuries in succession.Also Read | Maxwell seeks catching tips from WBBL star Haidee Birkett after dropping Dhoni on 0Also Read | Kedar Jadhav on his match-winning stand with MS Dhoni: It’s like batting with 2 headsAlso Read | MS Dhoni kept his cool and took the game forward in Melbourne: AzharuddinAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni is a superstar of the game, says Justin LangerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow MS DhoniFollow Sanjay BangarFollow Dhoni retirementFollow Melbourne ODI Ball le lo or they will say I am retiring: MS Dhoni jokes with Bangar after Melbourne winIndia vs Australia: MS Dhoni gave batting coach Sanjay Bangar the match ball after India’s 7-wicket win over Australia in the third ODI in Melbourne on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand: India women lose 1st T20I despite record fifty by Smriti MandhanaIndia vs New Zealand: India women got all out for 136 runs in the first T20I against New Zealand in Wellington to lose the match by 23 runs even as Smriti Mandhana scored a record fifty.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri WellingtonFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 12:13 IST India lost the 1st T20I by 23 runs to trail the 3-match series 1-0 (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia fell 23 runs short of the target to lost the first T20I vs New ZealandSmriti Mandhana’s record fifty off just 24 deliveries went in vainSophie Devine top-scored for the White Ferns with 62 while Lea Tahuhu was their best bowlerIndia women lost the first T20I of the three-match series against New Zealand by 23 runs after they were all out for 136 runs while chasing at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday. Smriti Mandhana scored a fifty and earned a record but that was not enough as the other failed to rise up to the occasion and India lost the match marginally.Two of India’s batsmwomen got out for a duck while only three (Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur) managed to reach double figures as India were outclassed.Lea Tahuhu was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand as she returned with figures of 3 for 20. Leigh Kasperek (2 for 25) and Amelia Kerr (2 for 28) also starred with the ball for the White Ferns.Smriti Mandhana smacked a fifty in just 24 deliveries to record the fastest half century in the shortest format by an Indian woman. This was Mandhana’s seventh T20I fifty as India were chasing a target of 160.VICTORY! The WHITE FERNS get home by 23 runs to go 1-0 up in the T20 series! You beauty!NZC LIVE CARD | #NZvIND FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 6, 2019Mandhana has been in top form all through the New Zealand tour. Mandhana scored 195 runs in the three ODIs against New Zealand and ended up as the top scorer.Mandhana brought that ODI form in the short format of cricket and steered India in the chase in Wellington in the first T20I after the fall of the first wicket.advertisementMandhana eventually fell for 58 runs off 34 deliveries in the 12th over. Youngster Jemimah Rodrigues who supported Mandhana well from the other side fell in the 12th over for 39 off 33 deliveries.After Mandhana and Rodrigues’s wickets, the hopes were pinned on star player and captain Harmanpreet but after scoring 17 off 15, she was stumped out and India could never gain ground after that.Earlier, Sophie Devine hit 62 and captain Amy Satterthwaite scored 33 as New Zealand posted a total if 159/4 in their quota of 20 overs.Four of the five Indian bowlers who bowled on the day picked up a wicket each.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Women’s T20IFollow India women’s cricket teamFollow Sophie DevineFollow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Smriti Mandhanalast_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s highest court has struck down a section of the province’s Traffic Safety Act that allows authorities to suspend the licences of suspected drunk drivers until their cases are resolved in court.The Alberta Court of Appeal says taking away the licences of drivers who haven’t been found guilty violates their charter rights.The court said in a split ruling released Thursday that the law as it stands imposes sanctions as soon as a criminal charge is laid “without regard to the presumption of innocence.”Lawyer Nate Whitling had argued in an appeal filed by four individuals that a driver waiting to be tried on impaired driving charges has to do without a licence for many months because of a backlog in the courts.“It’s going to last eight, nine, 10 months while you wait for your trial date,” he said after the decision. “That pressures an accused person to plead guilty even if they’re innocent. And the Court of Appeal was particularly concerned about that aspect of the law.”Whitling pointed to Alberta’s own data to help make his case.“The government’s own statistics that they relied on in enacting this law recognized that about 22 per cent of the people who are actually charged with impaired driving are found not guilty.“This law pressured those people to plead guilty as well, and that’s why it’s contrary to the charter.”The ruling puts everything on hold for a year, so nothing will change for now. It’s expected the province will either appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada or rewrite the law.The appeal was filed against the Alberta Transportation Safety Board, the province’s attorney general and the registrar of Motor Vehicle Services.The appeal challenged the constitutionality of the law’s mandatory roadside suspension of operator’s licences for anyone charged with an alcohol-related driving offence.In the decision, Justice Frans Slatter said the violation of an accused driver’s fundamental constitutional rights “is clear, broad and significantly deleterious.”“The administrative licence suspension regime is … overbroad. It is clear that the automatic and universal nature of the regime will deprive the liberty of some drivers who are innocent-in-fact, or who are not guilty.”One of the three Appeal Court judges did not agree with the ruling.“In my view, the lengthy licence suspensions that can result … may have serious effects on people’s lifestyle, but the effects do not fall within the category of true penal consequences,” wrote Justice Marina Paperny in a dissenting opinion.“I would dismiss the appeal in its entirety.”The British Columbia government also faced a challenge to its drunk-driving law after it was brought in. It imposes heavy fines, penalties and immediate roadside suspensions.But the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a pair of judgments in October 2015 that upheld key portions of the law.It ruled for one that the law as it stood in 2010 did not violate an individual’s charter right to the presumption of innocence. However, a majority of the court said the law violated the charter protection against unlawful search and seizure.By the time the Supreme Court made its ruling, B.C. had already amended its law to address that point by allowing drivers who failed a roadside breath test to ask for a second test and to apply for a review of their driving prohibition.(CHED, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

30 December 2008A new United Nations-supported blog site just launched in Baghdad is the latest initiative to engage voters in the nascent democracy and motivate them to go to the polls on 31 January 2009 during the country’s provincial elections. The blog, called “Vote for Iraq” can be found on and was launched with the support of the UN-led International Election Assistance Team (IEAT).The site encourages users to use several formats – including photos – to express their views and enables links with other websites and online forums. “The IEAT has supported the development of this blog in recognition of the tremendous importance and potential of cyberspace to open up political discussion to everyone,” said the Chief Technical Advisor of the IEAT, Sandra Mitchell. “If you look at elections around the world you’ll realise that websites and blogs are critical spaces for engaging constructively with the ‘spin’ of official campaigns,” she added.The site has an editorial policy and is not moderated by any official institution or the UN, according to an elections update issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The UN-led IEAT is working with Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to ensure that electoral events are managed according to international best practices of transparency and accountability. The UN is assisting the IHEC, which is responsible for preparing and conducting elections – beginning with the provincial polls slated for 31 January and culminating with parliamentary elections in 2009-2010.Other election-related projects organized by the IEAT include a nationwide Election Coverage Network launched in October that aims to provide citizens with timely, fair and balanced information and reporting on the provincial elections. read more

“What the tool shows us is that we must reduce emissions and we must also invest in adaptation,” Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of WFP, told the UN News Service in an interview following the launch of the new map at a COP21 press briefing.“Reducing emissions without investing in adaptation will not allow us to deliver the durable, sustainable results over the next century to ensure that we can provide the prosperity and peace that the 2030 Agenda [for Sustainable Development] so boldly supports,” she added. Ms. Cousin further highlighted that the map paints a stark picture of how climate disasters drive hunger: “In Paris, we must decide between a future world where ending hunger is achievable – or one where we and every future generation continue this losing struggle responding to the scourge of global hunger,” she said.In less than two weeks, Member States are expected to adopt a new universal climate change agreement intended to limit the global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius. Experts have reported that a rise beyond this level will cause irreversible damage to the planet by exacerbating droughts, floods, food and water shortages, affecting the most vulnerable countries first. According to WFP, the new research tool – called the Food Insecurity and Climate Change Vulnerability map – examines how over time climate change may increase hunger vulnerability across the globe. Depending on the outcome of the Paris negotiations, the agency says future generations will inherit a world with less vulnerability than today, or a world significantly more vulnerable to food insecurity. Produced with the Met Office Hadley Centre, it illustrates how strong adaptation and mitigation efforts can prevent the worst impacts of climate change on hunger globally and help make people less vulnerable to food insecurity. But it also shows how failure to adapt along with increases in greenhouse gas emissions, could increase the vulnerability of millions of people to hunger and malnutrition. “Helping vulnerable people adapt and build their resilience to climate related disruptions requires identifying sufficient and predictable funding, while simultaneously investing in a low carbon future,” Ms. Cousin said. “Only if leaders get it right in Paris will we end hunger by 2030 and provide future generations with the opportunity to enjoy sustainable and durable global food security.” The map incorporates five years of research between WFP’s food security experts and world-renowned scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre. It shows how climate change affects food security vulnerability in least developed countries today, and through sophisticated projections, the extent to which it will do so in the future, depending on climate action. Users can select a time – present day, 2050s and 2080s – and view vulnerability to climate-induced hunger (low at white, high at deep red) according to adaptation efforts and levels of emissions. “Our joint research shows how climate change can affect the scale and geography of food insecurity, and how adaptation and mitigation can address the challenges of future food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries,” said Kirsty Lewis, a Climate Security Science Manager at the Met Office, in a press release. In the meantime, WFP recalled that climate disasters affect hungry and vulnerable people disproportionately, and that such disasters increase hunger by destroying land, livestock, crops and food supplies, making it harder for people to access markets and food networks. read more

For years I had been telling myself that baseball still reigned supreme in this country, that Americans still held the national pastime in higher regard than the NFL. Then I had an epiphany after watching Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night. To a baseball aficionado, the game had a little bit of everything. Pitching: A masterful performance by the Giants’ 21-year-old rookie starter Madison Bumgarner, who blanked the Rangers, owners of the majors’ highest team batting average during the regular season, in eight innings. In the history of baseball, only one starting pitcher younger than Bumgarner has thrown eight shutout innings in a World Series game. Hitting: In the third inning, San Francisco designated hitter Aubrey Huff, who grew up a Rangers fan, mashed a two-run home run that seemingly landed down the road in Cowboys Stadium. Fielding: The Giants put on a defensive exhibition. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez was all over the infield making plays. Left-fielder Cody Ross had a nice sliding catch, and catcher Buster Posey threw out Josh Hamilton, the modern-day Mickey Mantle, trying to steal second base. And yet, I thought to myself, “More people are probably watching Sunday Night Football.” Turns out I was right. And I’m OK with that. USA Today reported that the New Orleans Saints’ win over the Pittsburgh Steelers (11.8 percent of TV households) outdrew Game 4 of the World Series (10.4). CNBC’s Darren Rovell reported it was the first time an NFL regular-season game has out-drawn a World Series game. Curiously, the NFL has traditionally conceded Sunday nights to the World Series. That changed this year, and it has proved that football is king in this country. And it’s relatively easy to explain. Popularity in football, a game that features a collection of the world’s best athletes engaging in violent collisions at high speeds on every down, has soared. As attention spans and attention to detail have waned in society, so has interest in baseball, the game that prizes those two attributes. And although USA Today reported that the Giants’ World Series-clinching Game 5 victory out-drew Monday Night Football in terms of television ratings, it is clear baseball is falling behind. The best thing baseball had going was performance-enhancing drugs. Big biceps brought big home run numbers during the steroid era. However, the advent of drug testing stifled those numbers. According to Baseball Almanac, from 2005-09, the highest rating a World Series garnered was an 11.7, in 2009. The lowest rating a World Series garnered during the 1990s was a 14.1, in 1998. To be fair, baseball isn’t doing itself any favors. The regular season is too long — the World Series stretches into November. And any World Series without a team from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago or Boston isn’t going to draw the average sports fan to the tube. But ever since gladiators clashed against fellow human beings and animals alike, the spectator has been fixated on action and violence. Today’s sports fans are no different. Baseball can’t compete with that. A sport based more on strategy and proficiency will always fall victim to a sport of pick-sixes and spread offenses in the public eye. If I’m the only one jumping out of my seat because of a perfectly executed suicide squeeze or a flawless relay from an outfield wall to home plate, that’s fine with me. read more

first_imgBlackman shot the insurgent, who had been seriously injured in an attack by an Apache helicopter, in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol before quoting a phrase from Shakespeare as the man convulsed and died in front of him. Alexander Blackman Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey once served in the armed forcesCredit:Andrew Crowley for the Telegraph  The judges were due to deliver their decision on Friday but postponed it until this week, meaning the former marine spent mother’s day weekend in prison. “He is incredibly kind, thoughtful and generous,” she said. “He is the first to help anybody in need.”The arrest and conviction was a huge shock,” she added. “But it was the dismissal in disgrace that was the hardest aspect of all to bear. I have often said if you cut my husband in half you would see a Royal Marine all the way through him.”During the appeal which overturned the murder conviction, judges found that the incident was the result of a mental illness – an “adjustment disorder”.The judges ruled that the marine’s ability to “form a rational judgment” was “substantially impaired”. former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey  The former Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is praying for Marine A’s release, arguing that the soldier has been punished enough for a split second decision made in the “heat and dust of battle”.George Carey, who himself served in the armed forces, argued ahead of Sergeant Alexander Blackman’s sentencing on Tuesday that it was “hard to understand the pressures” soldiers endured “unless you have walked a mile in their shoes”.Blackman, 42, better known as Marine A, from Taunton in Somerset, was convicted of murder in 2013 for shooting dead a wounded Taliban insurgent. Earlier this year, judges overturned this verdict and replaced it with a conviction of manslaughter.  Marine A’s new legal team, led by Jonathan Goldberg QC, told judges on Friday that “at the forefront of our submission is the plea that he should be released today”.Mr Goldberg added: “the incarceration of almost three and a half years which he has already served is already too much for his crime”.The judges had previously ruled that Blackman was suffering from an “abnormality of mental functioning” at the time of the incident.In court last week the soldier’s wife Claire Blackman said she had only been together for four and a half years with her husband for the duration of their eight year marriage because he has either been fighting for his country or in jail.center_img Claire Blackman has campaigned for her husband’s releaseCredit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph  Alexander Blackman will be given his new sentence on TuesdayCredit:Andrew Parsons /PA  He told him: “There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil, you c—. It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us.”He then turned to comrades and said: “Obviously this doesn’t go anywhere, fellas. I just broke the Geneva Convention.”The shooting was captured on a camera mounted on the helmet of another Royal Marine.During his trial, Blackman, who denied murder, said he believed the victim was already dead and he was taking out his anger on a corpse. Claire Blackman Lord Carey said: “I understand this man was a magnificent soldier with a long and distinguished record of service to the Queen. “I have served myself in the armed forces and know that in the heat and dust of battle, split second decisions must be made and expediency can sometimes overcome strict morality even for the best of men. And unless you have walked a mile in their shoes it is hard to understand the pressures. “The long prison sentence he has already served seems long enough both for him and his dignified wife, and I pray for his release”.The former Archbishop, who served in Iraq as a radio operator in the Royal Air Force in the 1950s, added: “We need men like this at this time.”A panel of five judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court are due to re-sentence Blackman for diminished responsibility manslaughter on Tuesday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgThe once magical $1,000/oz price for gold – once considered unachievable – will be increasingly regarded more as the future “bottom out” floor price in the immediate years ahead, according to a senior Westpac economist. Addressing the first day in Perth today of the Paydirt 2010 Australian Gold Conference, Westpac Senior International Economist, Huw McKay, said the gold price had stepped up year on year by about $100/oz above predictions, for at least the past five years. His was just one of many interesting presentations.“What we did not know was going to happen was that we were going to have such an enormous collapse in risk appetite that pushed gold beyond the $1,000 magical barrier,” McKay said. “That has changed gold trends forever and what was once an invisible ceiling, is now more a level where we talk about the $1,000/oz price as more of a floor price going forward. It is now being seen as the level at which any plunge in the gold price will start to pull out of such a dive.”McKay attributed the gold price pressures as due to two main factors – the change in demand for jewellery – from two thirds of world gold consumption in 2007 to around 40% currently. “In parallel with this, there has been an expansion in exchange traded products which have grown from accounting for 7% of total gold consumption in 2007 to 19% now. This is a dramatic trend movement move and it is here to stay,” McKay said.“World equity markets and financing has so much uncertainty to it that the allure of gold has never been stronger. Demand for gold has shifted to the investor, with very strong fundamental trends coming together to fuel investor appetite for things they can see, touch, hold and put in a warehouse. Gold certainty meets that criteria.”McKay said the turn towards gold had come out of all other asset classes as “investors try to get into something that holds value”.The Westpac executive predicted gold holding at around US$1,006/z by the end of this year, moving only slightly higher to around $1,030 by 2011. “We do not see immense upside in gold but it is certainly there,” McKay said.Production at Australia’s new 1 Moz/y super gold mine, Newmont Boddington Gold in Western Australia, is expected to reach full production by the end of this calendar year. The “on track” ramp-up forecast was announced today. Newmont Asia Pacific’s Regional Group Executive – Operations, Philip Stephenson, in the opening address to the conference, said the planned 12 month ramp-up schedule at Boddington, 130 km southeast of Perth, is “on track and is currently about 70% complete”.The first gold at Boddington for “Newmont’s cornerstone asset for many years to come” Stephenson said, was poured and shipped in September last year “with recoveries for both gold and copper above design expectations. The ramp-up is at about 70% and climbing and we anticipate reaching full capacity late in 2010 as this is a mega project and will correspondingly take time to ramp-up,” he said.“Newmont will however continue to further develop this underexplored and highly prospective greenstone belt – so do not be surprised if this operation goes for at least 30, maybe 40 years.”Newmont is also a 50% owner in Western Australia’s giant Superpit gold mine at Kalgoorlie, as well as the Jundee mine (WA), Tanami mine (NT) and Waihi gold (New Zealand).On global gold equity markets, Stephenson said there had been a huge growth in Exchange Traded Fund holdings with almost 600 t of gold going into ETF holdings in 2009 as investors sought greater insurance against global economic uncertainty by boosting physical stocks of gold.“This has increased ETF holdings to just below 45 million ounces or around 75% of annual mine production globally for the entire industry,” Stephenson said. “To put this gold movement into perspective, the flight to gold in 2009 was twice what we saw in 2007 and 2008.”Stephenson said the operating outlook for Newmont for 2010 was total gold output of 5.3 to 5.5 Moz at around $450-480/oz, which is expected to improve to around $310-340/oz with copper credits for Boddington and Batu Hijau taken into account.The Western Australia Government has been warned to “put on ice” any pre Budget aspirations to impose higher royalties on the State’s massive A$72 billion plus per annum production value from its resources sector – or put at risk the sector’s post GFC resurgence. Addressing the first day, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, Chief Executive, Reg Howard-Smith, said there was on a conservative basis, some A$135 billion worth of resource projects currently committed or under consideration in WA.“The implications in Western Australia of any mooted higher local state taxes on mining, are severe – and have their own impacts quite separate from any national rise under reports the Henry Tax Review will further tax resources,” he said. “The WA resources sector pays some A$3 billion in royalties per annum – a 137% increase in royalties over the past five years – and it comes from gold and all other minerals sectors in WA.“While there are areas of WA mining that have been doing very well, the resources sector is not homogenous – and the WA Government should be engaging with the mining and exploration industry if a State mining tax hike is being mooted,” he said. “To increase royalties across the board would be folly to long-term success of existing and start-up mining projects, particularly as we are also have to guard against a repeat of the skills and materials shortages of not so long ago that plagued mining costs. If the sector has to succumb to a higher state and Federal tax impost, not only will the industry be paying more but it is also hardly the much touted simplification of Australia’s taxes on mining.”Howard-Smith said the Chamber would continue to oppose any push to have the approvals process for mining infrastructure in Western Australia, handed over to Canberra. “The WA Government has been largely responsible for multi-user mining infrastructure and there is also undoubtedly a lot of private infrastructure developed – and it has been a good mix of private and public infrastructure, even though some bottlenecks are looming. If however, you take away the revenue stream from a State Government, and the link between approvals and project income stream, then the provision of infrastructure will not happen.”An annual production in excess of 100,000 oz/y of gold per annum by 2012 has been forecast by resurgent Coolgardie gold producer, Focus Minerals. Addressing the conference, Focus Minerals’ CEO, Campbell Baird, said the invigoration of the company was being successfully driven by its successful refurbishment of the Three Mile gold mill and an aggressive exploration thrust.“Three Mile has increased output from a rate of 400,000 t/y and was last month running at 1.0 Mt/y – well towards our target of 1.2 Mt/y,” Baird said. “Critically, the gold recoveries are consistently above 90% and as well as our own gold, this is now starting to attract increasing third party interest in toll treating opportunites at Coolgardie. In April, we will be toll treating 100,000 t for La Mancha Resources. Operating costs are also within the expected range.”The no-debt Focus is pushing ahead with developing and mining of its flagship Tindals Mining Centre including its Perseverance, Empress, Countess and Tindals underground orebodies. Baird said total production for calendar 2010 is expected to be 80,000 oz with that pushing out to 100,000 oz in 2011 before moving above that milestone in 2012.The newest discovery at Western Australia’s third largest gold mine – the Athena deposit at St Ives in the Kambalda region south of Kalgoorlie – will go underground by December this year. St Ives’ owner, Gold Fields, said the push underground with Athena and ongoing exploration success is targeting an extension to the mine’s life of 10 years.Gold Fields Executive Vice President, Tommy McKeith, said new exploration at St Ives’ Athena deposit was confirming higher and wider grade mineralisation than had previously been mined. “This has positioned Gold Fields to have Athena in full underground gold production for the first time by mid 2011 after start-up at the end of this year.”The mine – which has been in modern era production since 1980 – celebrated its 10 Moz milestone in December last year – nearly half of that under the tutelage of Gold Fields’ ownership for the past four to five years. The company has already added more than 3.65 Moz in reserves since acquisition. The mine is fed by multiple ore sources with at least four of those in the plus 2 Moz category – with a spate of recent new discoveries increasing the potential mine life.Gold One International says it expects to double production rates this year at its flagship Modder East gold mine in South Africa – but has forecast even higher outputs by next year. Company President, Neal Froneman, said the Modder East underground gold mine was relatively “shallow” at about 300 m compared to more normal 2,000 m deep South African gold miners – considerably enhancing mine margins and higher productivity rates.“We have commenced a scale-up in production and are currently running at around 60,000 oz/y but will push this out by year’s end to between 100,000 and 120,000 oz,” Froneman said. “Our focus is to make sure Modder East continues to deliver on this ramp up and achieve a steady rate of between 150,000 and 180,000 oz from 2011.”Gold One is finalising a debt facility over the next two months to service end-of-year puts of convertible notes by bondholders. Froneman said negotiations are currently being progressed with four shortlisted banks to secure a senior secured debt facility with final non binding proposals received last month from all four. Modder East has an initial mine life of eight years with potential for significant longer life. First gold was poured in July last year from an intial reserve of 7.65 Mt @ 5.5 g/t Au. Initial production since late last year has been at a cost of around $593/oz produced.last_img read more

first_imgTHERE WILL BE a penumbral eclipse of the Moon tonight.The full moon will undergo the lunar eclipse as it passes through the outer region of Earth’s shadow, according to Astronomy Ireland.During this type of minor event, the Moon will darken slightly and can be observed without any special equipment.Unlike a solar eclipse which may last only a few minutes, a lunar eclipse can last hours and can be seen by anyone on the night-side of Earth.The eclipse will begin at 10.50pm but will be at its greatest at 12.50am Saturday. At that time, almost all of the Moon will be slightly darkened by the shadow. The event will end at 2.49am.“I’ve seen lots of lunar eclipses over the years and I’ve always found them very fascinating to watch,” said David Moore, editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine.“This Friday is a great opportunity for people all over Ireland to go out and see an eclipse for themselves. The best thing is to look at the Moon before the eclipse starts, so you can see how much darker it gets as the night goes on.”Observation reports and photos for publication in the magazine can be emailed to From 1900 to 2013: The evolution of outer space on the big screenThis optical phenomenon was spotted in Dublin this morningFrog photobombs NASA rocket lift-offlast_img read more

first_img By Hayley Halpin 6 Comments Man in his 70s dies after car crashes into gate post in Cork The incident happened on the Ballyhooley Road in Mayfield at 8.15am this morning. Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 10:04 AM Share1 Tweet Email Short URL 16,647 Views center_img Ballyhooley Road, Mayfield, Cork Image: Google Maps Ballyhooley Road, Mayfield, Cork Image: Google Maps A MAN IN his late 70s has died after the car he was travelling in struck a gate post in Cork this morning.The incident happened on the Ballyhooley Road at the junction with Gordon’s Hill in Mayfield at 8.15am this morning.The female driver, a woman in her late 70s, has been taken to Cork University Hospital with serious injuries.A man in his late 70s, who was also travelling in the car, was fatally injured. His body remains at the scene.The road is currently closed off and local diversions are in place. Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are en route to the scene.Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who has information in relation to the incident to contact Mayfield Garda Station on 01 455 8510, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station. Jun 14th 2018, 10:04 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgLes piments aideraient à mincir plus facilementÉtats-Unis – Selon une équipe de chercheurs de l’UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), manger du piment, plus ou moins épicé, pourrait aider à mincir.La responsable de cette propriété inattendue est la capsaïcine, substance qui donne son goût piquant au piment et qui lui permet, dans la nature, de repousser les prédateurs. Plus ce légume est épicé, plus il contient de capsaïcine.Les scientifiques ont mené une étude sur trente-quatre personnes, hommes et femmes, qui suivaient un régime hypocalorique (800 calories par jour) et liquide. La moitié d’entre eux prenait une pilule de DCT, l’autre un placebo. Le DCT, ou dihydrocapsiate, a les mêmes effets que la capsaïcine mais ne provoque pas de sensation de brûlure comme le piment.Il s’est avéré que les personnes ayant pris du DCT ont brûlé deux fois plus de calories que celles auxquelles on avait administré un placebo, et ce durant quelques heures après la prise du comprimé. Le DCT favorisrait également l’oxydation des graisses, leur permettant d’être plus facilement utilisées comme source d’énergie par l’organisme. Enfin, les piments contenant des fibres (un grand piment en contient environ 3 grammes), ils augmentent la satiété et permettent de manger moins et donc de mincir.À lire aussiAnorexie mentale : symptômes, causes, conséquences, qu’est ce que c’est ?Selon les chercheurs, le piment aiderait à brûler les graisses grâce à la chaleur que provoque la prise de capsaïcine, ou de DCT. Son ingestion entraîne l’activation des récepteurs de la douleur qui transmettent des messages au cerveau. Celui-ci augmente le taux d’adrénaline, la fréquence cardiaque, la transpiration et donc, les dépenses énergétiques. En plus de ces propriétés amincissantes, il a été démontré récemment que le piment pouvait être utilisé pour traiter certaines affections comme la migraine, l’arthrite ou les douleurs musculaires (voir article). Le 3 mai 2010 à 11:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 3, 2017 – Providenciales – The general Public is hereby advised, that all importations made under the Customs (Import Duty Exemption) Order 2017, which expires on the 31st of October 2017, does not require the prior written approval of the Collector of Customs. Individuals are not required to request these exemptions.The Department has created a specific Customs Processing Code 494, which when entered into the system will automatically calculate the Customs Duty and the Customs Processing Fee at 0%.   This code has been provided to all Brokers.   As a reminder all importations require the assistance of a broker to make a declaration on behalf of the Importer.   The exception is for importations made by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, and importations which include only three commodities, in which case you may visit our Providenciales office to utilize the front terminal, and limited assistance will be provided by an officer.All other concession requests will continue to be granted in the prescribed manner.Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us as follows:For or or 3313221 or or or or 2442355 For Grand or or or 2310819Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgASA leaders and staff joined media and other industry partners at the 2014 Ag Media Summit this week in Indianapolis, Ind., where they had a chance to discuss policy issues impacting the nation’s soybean farmers and received recognition for the production of American Soybean magazine.The American Agriculture Editors Association (AAEA) presents awards in communications each year for writing, design and numerous other categories.ASA brought home second place for American Soybean magazine in the publications category this year.The quarterly magazine debuted last summer and each issue focuses on specific themes and topics important to soy growers across the United States, including big data, sustainability, biotechnology and more.Click here to see the entire list of 2104 AAEA awards winners.last_img read more

first_imgo Where: 7635 S.E. MacArthur Blvd.o Telephone: 360-694-7263.o On the Web: http://regiftingstore.orgA Heights-area thrift store is in need of exactly the sort of help it’s known for giving out.Korry Holtzlander, creator of the dirt-cheap-or-free Regifting Store at 7635 S.E. MacArthur Blvd., seems to have run into the limits of charity. After operating since summer 2009 along a business model that prizes generosity over the bottom line — letting people pay what they can, even if it’s nothing at all, and doling out free cash assistance to the most desperate — the store, and Holtzlander himself, have been hit by a parade of opportunistic thieves.First, he said, somebody smashed the window of his truck and grabbed the $650 cash deposit that was headed for the bank. Then, he said, somebody broke into the back of his store and took the safe — which contained a few bucks and a lot of change.Then, the big one: Some homeless folks who help out at the store and stay at Holtzlander’s house, and were entrusted with taking $1,500 home and locking it away in a drawer as per routine, seem to have run off with the money.Holtzlander had brief chats with police after these incidents but never filed any formal crime reports until other volunteer stores urged him to do so — and The Columbian started asking after the official complaint.“I just want to turn the other cheek, like it says in the Bible,” he said. “Anybody who is stealing stuff is in trouble. I don’t figure I’ll ever be getting the money back, so, what’s the point?”last_img read more