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Nov
26

SPORT-SELECTION 2 LAST

first_imgKarun Nair, with 346 runs which included a match-winning Karun Nair, with 346 runs which included a match-winning innings against Sunrisers, is also likely to get the nod. Ambati Rayudu, with a decent IPL, could also be in the Zimbabwe bound squad. But Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians, with 237 runs at a strike-rate of 191 plus and six wickets with flat left-arm spin, could be an ideal replacement of Jadeja. In the pace department, Mohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are certainties while left-arm pacer Barinder Sran with his variety will be like for like replacement for the injured Ashish Nehra. His fight for the slot will be with Srinath Aravind. Sandeep Sharma of KXIP could also be a back-up pacer and will fight it out with Bengals Ashok Dinda, who has had a decent IPL to be in the mix of things. With dearth of seam bowling all-rounders, the fight will be limited between Hardik Pandya and Stuart Binny, both of whom have no notable performance to show for their efforts. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

Nov
16

AIFF president Praful Patel in race for AFC’s FIFA council member election

first_imgThe All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel will be in the running to become one of the six FIFA Council members from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) when the regional body holds its elections on April 6.The election will be for the term 2019-2023 and will be held during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the AFC said in a statement.December 6, 2018 was the deadline for the member associations to submit their nominations.The AFC Electoral Committee carried out eligibility checks on the candidates running for the positions and the FIFA Review Committee conducted eligibility checks on candidates running for FIFA Council positions.The AFC Electoral Committee will be responsible for all tasks relating to the organisation, running and supervision of the elections. The FIFA Governance Committee will nominate representatives to monitor the running of the elections for FIFA Council positions.FIFA Council Members Candidates: Saoud A.Aziz M A Al- Mohannadi (Qatar), Khalid Awad A. Althebity (Saudi Arabia), Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Philippines), Chung Mong Gyu (Korea Republic), Du Zhaocai (China PR), Praful Patel (India), Mehdi Taj (IR Iran), Kohzo Tashima (Japan).Also Read | Ferran Corominas fires FC Goa to 1-0 win over Chennaiyin FCAlso Read | East Bengal dash Real Kashmir’s title aspirations with 2-1 winlast_img read more

Nov
16

Art Briles Says QB Stidham Will Play

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Bears starting QB Jarrett Stidham’s status has been up in the air all week after suffering a back injury early in last weeks battle vs. Oklahoma. Briles confirmed to ESPN reporter David Smoak on Thursday evening that Stidham will in fact play this weekend in Stillwater. Whether he will be limited is yet to be seen, but it’s safe to assume he’s headed into Saturday with a few bumps and bruises.#Baylor’s Art Briles was concerned about the progress of @Jarrett_Stidham on Wednesday, but I just received this text, “he’s playing.”— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) November 19, 2015last_img read more

Oct
24

Bahri Takes Over Sixth VLCC from Vela

first_imgPress Release, September 09, 2014; Image: Bahri zoom The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has acquired six vessels from the Vela fleet with the latest VLCC transferred to Bahri’s ownership that took place on Monday 8 September 2014.The latest fleet addition is former Pisces Star, now renamed to Hilwah.Bahri said it would notify the concerning authority parties to issue 78,750,000 shares of the share capital increase, with an agreed price per share valuation of SAR 22.25, with a total value of SAR 1,752,187,500 (equivalent to USD 467,250,000) in favor of Saudi Aramco Development Company for the five previously delivered vessels and part of the value of Hilwah.An announcement will be published once the processes are finalized and the effective date of the increase in share capital is known, Bahri added.Further, a cash consideration of  USD 21,780,000 has been paid to Vela to cover the remaining value of Hilwah all of which was financed by a Murabaha bridge financing signed on 22 June 2014.“The remaining Vela vessels shall be transferred to Bahri on a staggered basis according to an agreed upon vessel delivery schedule with Vela and is expected to be completed before the end of 2014,” Bahri explained.Bahri said the financial impact is expected during the third quarter of 2014.last_img read more

Oct
22

Three Cumberland County Communities Receive Infrastructure Funding

first_imgSpringhill and Parrsboro residents will soon have improved wastewater systems and Oxford residents will soon have better drinking water thanks to Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund investments. Federal and provincial funding of $703,354 was announced today, March 5, by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. The towns of Springhill, Parrsboro and Oxford will fund the balance of the project costs upon formal acceptance of the agreement. Each of the projects responds to municipal and program priorities. The Springhill project includes the design and installation of sanitary sewer in the Main Street area that will treat wastewater for more than 70 households. The Parrsboro project includes the design and installation of a new sanitary sewer on Pier Road that will help eliminate sewage backups into homes and reduce the risk of flooding. The Oxford project includes the design and installation of the first phase of upgrading the water system to improve drinking water for more than 600 households. “Community infrastructure, such as improving our drinking water and wastewater systems, is a priority for government,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Justice, on behalf of Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We are committed to providing a high quality of life for all our citizens and protecting the environment.” “Canada’s government is pleased to invest a total of $351,677 in these three Cumberland County projects”, said MP Bill Casey, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “Over the past year, we have demonstrated our commitment to getting things done for all Canadians, including people in Springhill, Oxford and Parrsboro.” The infrastructure program supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, and solid-waste management. “Our federal and provincial partners are responding to our municipal infrastructure needs to build strong, healthy communities, which will encourage opportunities for growth,” said Russell Walker, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “We are pleased that these important projects are moving forward.” The $111-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the program management committee.last_img read more

Oct
17

Victoria police chief hands out hefty fine to driver who flicked lit

first_imgVICTORIA — A “lit”terbug was issued a hefty fine after a Victoria police officer caught him flicking a cigarette butt out his car window.Victoria Police Chief Const. Del Manak says he was travelling southbound on Highway 17 on Saturday evening in his unmarked police car when he noticed the driver of a Ford Mustang flick a burning cigarette butt out of his car window.He says the driver had been putting the ashes out of the window most of the way, then took one last drag and threw the butt, which “went in the air and landed on the road.”Manak says he had a clear view since he was behind the car of what he thought was irresponsible behaviour so he stopped the driver and handed him a $575 ticket.He says when he asked the 21-year-old male driver why he threw out the butt the latter pointed to his cup holder saying didn’t want his car burned.The police chief says throwing out lit cigarette butts in this dry weather is dangerous especially with the dry weather on the Island.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oct
15

WORKING GROUP NEEDED TO EXAMINE LIVE PERFORMANCE INDUSTRY LAWYER TELLS INQUEST

first_img Facebook TORONTO — The Ontario government should form a working group to examine the processes involved in the live performance industry, including the construction of temporary stages like the one that fatally crushed a drum technician before a Radiohead show nearly seven years ago, a lawyer told a coroner’s inquest Tuesday.Lawyers made their closing submissions at the inquest into the death of Scott Johnson, with the coroner’s counsel laying out a list of 25 proposed recommendations for jurors to consider including in their verdict.Among them are recommendations for the provincial and federal governments, the engineering industry, and various members of the entertainment industry, including promoters and venue operators. Advertisement They include creating a permanent working group to address the concerns raised during the inquest, such as the need for consistent design drawings, the need to have a trained supervisor on site at all times during construction and for a prohibition on having people on stage while work is happening overhead unless safety measures are in place.The group should involve experts from the live entertainment and staging industries as well as Johnson’s father, Ken Johnson, who is also a scaffolding expert in the United Kingdom, coroner’s counsel Prabhu Rajan said in his submissions.“Scott’s death was preventable,” and the inquest provides an opportunity to improve conditions for others in the industry, Rajan said.Jurors are not required to adopt the proposed recommendations or make any recommendations at all as part of their verdict, said the presiding coroner, Dr. David Cameron. They are also not to assign blame for Scott Johnson’s death but rather examine the circumstances that led to it.Johnson was killed when the stage roof came crashing down hours before Radiohead was set to play at Toronto’s Downsview Park on June 16, 2012.Charges were laid under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against the show’s promoter, Live Nation, contractor Optex Staging and Domenic Cugliari, the engineer who signed off on the stage plans. They were later stayed because the matter took too long to get to trial.Johnson’s family and friends have expressed disappointment and frustration with the justice system over the outcome of the case, as has Radiohead. They have decried the lack of accountability in the incident that claimed the life of the promising music professional.“We’re hopeful that this proceeding has given you some answers,” Rajan said in his closing arguments.The lawyer representing Live Nation said more has been revealed about what caused the collapse through the inquest than in the roughly nine weeks of court proceedings, likely because witnesses are being more forthcoming “without charges hanging over everybody’s head.”“You might just ensure that another Scott Johnson lives to a ripe old age,” Jack Siegel told the jury.The inquest has heard the plans for the stage were riddled with mistakes, the wrong building components were used in key areas and the construction was running behind schedule.Cugliari, the engineer, testified he did not check the right parts were being used because he trusted the contractor.There was also no independent oversight of the construction plans or process because the show was to take place on federal land, meaning there was no requirement to apply for a building permit, the inquest has heard.Other recommendations proposed by the coroner’s counsel include changes to the building code as it relates to temporary stages, and amendments to occupational health and safety laws that would require such structures to be inspected by an engineer.An engineer should also be present throughout the construction process, the proposal said.The association representing the province’s engineers, Professional Engineers Ontario, should also ensure its guidelines specify the need for clear and consistent design plans, a checklist of components to be used and a joint review of what’s to be done before construction begins, according to the proposal.A lawyer representing the association said given the organization’s governance structure, it could not guarantee the adoption of any particular recommendations made by the inquest jury.Paola Loriggio ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment People look at a collapsed stage at Downsview Park in Toronto on June 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Oct
14

National Chief says big changes coming Ministers of the Crown promise the

first_imgA key focus of the work with government is getting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples implemented and framed in Canadian law.He took note of the activities on the government side, saying that Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett was conducting a policy review for specific claims, comprehensive claims, additions to reserves and the inherent right to self-government policies.And with the recent creation of an Indigenous Services Department, headed by Minister Jane Philpott, additional work is possible, he added.Bellegarde said the AFN is also meeting with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to review spending and support for First Nations policing.“The program hasn’t been updated since 1992. And the budget hasn’t changed since 2009,” the national chief said.Generally, Bellegarde said he is pushing the government for “long term, sustainable and predictable” funding for all program areas. The AFN is seeking to have government commitments written into legislation that can’t be changed or cancelled at a bureaucrat’s whim.Bellegarde has asked the prime minister to call a first ministers meeting on Indigenous issues for 2018.He made the argument to the chiefs.“Because let me be very clear – participating in a side-meeting that is separate from the main event is just not good enough. In fact, it has to change and we will push for that change,” he said. Bellegarde also wants the AFN to be involved in another set of high profile negotiations.There was another important first this year, and that was the invitation to provide input to Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement – an agreement where we were not involved the first time.“Not back in 1994. We weren’t there,” he said. “We need to be involved in international trade deals to protect our territories, to protect our rights, and to secure economic opportunities for our people.”“It sets an important precedent for First Nations on international trade.”He believes all government policies should include an Indigenous chapter.“All the countries of the world have now endorsed the UN Declaration.Having Indigenous Peoples Chapters in all those agreements to give effect to the Declaration only makes sense,” he explained. Well into his speech, Bellegarde raised an issue that has many First Nations people wondering about the sincerity of the Liberal government’s various promises on First Nations issues.“Some things are taking too long to change. I’m talking about our children stuck in the child welfare system, waiting for services they have been guaranteed under Jordan’s Principle,” he said.“Waiting, when we know there is discrimination in the system and few resources for our children, compared to children in provincial care. This is unacceptable and it is wrong.The national chief raised a point that has long been held by First Nation leaders: Even when the politicians are persuaded to act, action doesn’t always follow.“This year we have had an unprecedented number of interactions with ministers. They get it. We need the bureaucracy to keep up with the pace of change.“Our Chiefs Committees and our technical teams have been working hard with the officials on the government side. You see, there has been progress. I will continue to stand up for our rights.”***Minister raising hopes like never beforeCrown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett sounded more like a First Nation leader than a minister of the crown when she addressed the chiefs-in-assembly Tuesday morning.She spoke of the “straight jacket of the Indian Act” and said Indigenous self-determination “should never have been taken away.”Bennett acknowledged the long history in Canada of “racist policies” directed at First Nations’ people and vowed to bring in transformative reforms.“We are at a pivotal moment in our country where there is political will,” she said.Saying that her government was finally implementing a recommendation made by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People in 1996 to create a ministry that dealt only with services to Aboriginal people, Bennett repeated her claim that it was not a splitting of the Indigenous Affairs department but a “redoubling” of the government’s efforts to deal with First Nation matters.She told the chiefs that the oft complained about First Nation and Inuit Health Branch had been transferred from Health Canada to Minister Jane Philpott’s new Indigenous Services Department.Bennett worked hard to assure the chiefs that she gets their point of view.“We have to deal with the imperative of forging a new relationship,” she said. “Sadly, the settlers thought that they and their ways were superior.”She listed a number of things that were lost as a result of that approach.Bennett, a physician, said the medical wheel approach of maintaining good physical and spiritual health was preferable to the “repair shop” medical model of Europeans. She said “true leadership of asking not telling” was something the newcomers could have learned from Indigenous peoples.She assured the chiefs that she shared their desire to end the talk and start the action.“I know all of you are impatient. I want to tell you that our government is impatient too,” she said.Bennett served as the Indian Affairs critic during the Harper years.She made a lot of statements as the critic that AFN observers remember. She appeared to be aware of that and talked of bringing a “recognition-based approach” to Aboriginal rights issues.“First Nations go through an arduous process to prove their rights exist. We have completed 47 comprehensive claim and self-government agreements in half a century,” the minister said. “That is not a pace we’re comfortable with.”The minister will have to deal with a great deal of suspicion if she is to convince the chiefs that she will be able to keep her promises.When she said, referring to a hope that self-government will eliminate the need for a department to look after the needs of First Nations that “we look forward to the day when this brand new Department of Indigenous Services will no longer exist,” one long-time AFN observer reminded APTN that a minister once said he intended to be the last Indian Affairs minister and he would be the one to “turn out the lights” when they shut the place down forever. That minister was Ron Irwin, who was appointed in the early 1990s and the ministry is still there and bigger than ever.***Justice minister challenges chiefs to confront internal governance issuesJody Wilson-Raybould is a former member of the AFN executive committee, a former British Columbia regional chief. But now as the federal justice minister, when she talks about “confronting and ending the legacy of colonialism,” it’s time to sit up and pay close attention.“Self-government and colonialism are antithetical,” she told the chiefs when she spoke after Bellegarde and Bennett. “We need something wholly new. There must be a sharp break with the past.”Veteran AFN watchers have heard such promises from ministers in the past. The “transformative change” of the Paul Martin era came and went without much in the way of any change at all. Those veterans will remember then Six Nations chief Dave General shaking a jar full of pennies at then Indian Affairs minister Andy Mitchell and telling him the jar held his “transformative change.”When the late Andy Scott was the Indian Affairs minister, he held a press conference to announce that termination of rights was no longer government policy. But again, not much changed.But both federal ministers who addressed the chiefs on Day 1 of the assembly worked hard to convince the chiefs that this time it’s for real. Both ministers said their government is about recognition of rights.“First Nations have the right to autonomy in their internal affairs,” the justice minister said. “And they have a right to the ways and means.”Wilson-Raybould committed herself and her government to serious reform, embracing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). While the previous government dismissed UNDRIP as a mere aspirational document, the Trudeau government appears to be working towards making it a part of the everyday function of government.Wilson Raybould told the chiefs of her support for Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, a private member’s bill put forward by NDP MP Romeo Leblanc and former Liberal MP Tina Keeper, that is making its way through the legislative process now.She said it would help “remove the structures of colonialism” and help with “reconstituting [Indigenous] nations.”Reconstituting nations is something the justice minister spent a significant amount of time on during her speech.“The Indian Act cannot survive the implementation of UNDRIP,” she said, before telling the chiefs that they will have a big role to play in a post-Indian Act era.“The imposition of band councils must be addressed. The quality of government is important,” she said.Wilson-Raybould challenged the chiefs to think about how self-determination would look, asking a series of questions.She wanted them to think about how they will organize their governments, what mechanisms will provide effective governance while being true to traditional governance, how will they be able to ensure these governments have legitimacy, what capacities will be required.“We must accomplish this together and we must move now,” she added. (AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde at the opening of the AFN SCA in Ottawa. Photo courtesy the AFN)Paul BarnsleyAPTN NewsPerry Bellegarde seems to have no doubt that the Justin Trudeau government wants to deliver on its promise to make profound changes in its relationship with First Nations.The national chief opened the three-day Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) December chiefs’ confederacy Tuesday morning with an address to the 1,200 registered delegates, including more than 200 chiefs.During a press conference after his speech, the incumbent confirmed he would be seeking re-election.In the final chiefs assembly before the next election for national chief this coming July, Bellegarde updated the chiefs on the work that’s been done in his term so far and described the work that is still to be done.He said progress has been made as the AFN and the federal government work to create a new fiscal relationship, but added, “some things are taking too long to change.”As he listed the various issues the AFN and the federal government have been working on as the result of an agreement signed in July 2016, the national chief said this was “a pivotal moment” and a “tremendous opportunity” to make real progress with a federal government that says it’s ready to confront First Nation issues. Bellegarde reported that the AFN was working on a number of key issues: housing, water quality, education, child and family services, pollution clean-up and language preservation.He acknowledged that the Trudeau Liberals has committed $11.8 billion to First Nations in the last two federal budgets.“But we won’t be totally happy with that until the money flows more efficiently out to your First Nations where your people will feel it,” he told the chiefs.Watch Todd Lamirande’s story from the opening of the AFN SCA here:last_img read more

Oct
12

Ilyas El Omari Rejects ‘Dangerous’ Accusations of Conspiring Against the Throne

By Sana ElouaziRabat – Following the accusations of conspiracy against the throne made against Ilyas El Omari by the lawyer for the detained Hirak Rif activists , the president of the Tanger-Tetouan Al Hoceima region has broken his silence and condemned the allegations as “dangerous” and “defamatory.” El Omary, who is also the general secretary of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), told the news outlet le360 that “these words are dangerous and serious not only to my person but also to my country and its institutions.” “It is very dangerous to accuse someone of plotting against his country, and I will not let go of this lawyer until justice is done,” he said. “If I was targeted for my person, I would not have given any interest to these statements, but to be associated with maneuvers to destabilize my country and undermine its image, it is unacceptable,” El Omari added. Isaac Charia, the lawyer representing the detained Hirak Rif activists including leading member Nasser Zefzafi, said on Monday before the judge of Casablanca’s Court of Appeal that El Omari had “contacted Zefzafi many times to incite him and other Hirak activists to conspire against King Mohammed VI and Morocco.”The Prosecutor General’s Bureau has already requested an investigation to verify the veracity of the allegations. El Omari’s lawyer has issued a strong denial and also called for an immediate investigation into the allegations made against his client. Rachid Belaali, the coordinator of the Hirak Defense Committee, expressed his “astonishment” at Charia’s charges, fearing that the statements of his colleague, if confirmed by Zefzafi, would create “zizanie,” or chaos, among the defense lawyers. read more

Oct
8

I did not betray Praba says KP

However he says now so many incidents are being reported following the death of Prabakaran and the collapse of the social structure created by the slain LTTE leader. Former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan says he never betrayed LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran as they were both close friends.In an interview with the Tamil Sudar Oli newspaper today Pathmanathan, also known as KP, said that when Prabakaran was around there were rare incidents of crime or anti-social incidents reported from areas which were under LTTE control. “The Tamil people do not have proper leadership now. That is a sad thing. It will not be easy to fill that gap either,” KP had said. KP, who is under government custody in the north, said that some among the Tamil Diaspora have given the impression that he was responsible for the defeat of the LTTE.“They are saying I betrayed Prabakaran and some Tamil people are believing what they say but that is not true. I was in Malaysia in a small room. He was here with so many LTTE cadres and leaders. When Karuna Amman left the LTTE did Prabakaran lose the war? Did I know things Karuna did not know? No. Was Karuna able to defeat Prabakaran after he left the LTTE? No,” Pathmanathan said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Oct
4

MIT researchers find new way to render 3D images of people and

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2014 2:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MIT researchers find new way to render 3D images of people and things in remote locations In a Nov. 26, 2013, photo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student Sean Follmer looks towards his image on a computer screen as he demonstrates inFORM technology on campus in Cambridge, Mass. Follmer, a researcher with MIT’s Tangible Media Group, moves his hands in front of a depth-sensing camera, which sends signals to a motorized pin screen, far left, where a 3D image pops up to manipulate the red ball. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to allow people in one place to interact with three-dimensional versions of people or objects in a different location.MIT’s Tangible Media Group calls the technology inFORM. A person in one location moves or puts an object in front of a depth-sensing camera. That camera sends signals to a motorized pin screen somewhere else and that’s where the 3D image pops up. If someone on camera is moving his hands, for example, that movement would show up on the pin screen in another location.They hope the technology can eventually be used by urban planners and architects. It could also be used by doctors and others who need to look at CT scans. read more

Sep
28

Djokovic Makes a Run at No 1

At the end of a strange day at the Monte Carlo Masters men’s tennis tournament Friday, Novak Djokovic emerged as a growing threat to Rafael Nadal’s No. 1 ranking.The world’s top four players appeared on the Monte Carlo Country Club’s red clay on Friday. Three of the four won. The lone upset victim was the least likely: Nadal had won 30 straight matches on clay before losing to David Ferrer. Like Nadal, No. 4 Roger Federer and No. 2 Djokovic each lost the first set of their matches, but they came back to win and join Ferrer and No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka in the semifinals Saturday.The loss left Nadal with just 180 ranking points for the tournament, which he had won eight straight times before losing to Djokovic in last year’s final. The loss also dropped Nadal further back in a little-noticed rankings-point race. In the seven months since Nadal won last September’s U.S. Open, Djokovic has amassed 6,830 ranking points to Nadal’s 4,800 (including the results through Friday at Monte Carlo). Federer and Wawrinka aren’t far behind Nadal’s total and they, along with Djokovic and Ferrer, will split the remaining 880 ranking points available in the Monte Carlo tournament. Djokovic, who has won the last four Masters events and is the defending champion in Monte Carlo, is the favorite to collect most of those points.The official rankings are based on the last 12 months, and these split-season rankings aren’t readily available; they’re my best approximation from the players’ ranking breakdowns on their ATP World Tour Web pages. The advantage of these split-season rankings is that they show who has amassed the most points, most recently. Those players who’ve earned points recently are at an advantage in future rankings because points drop off a year after they were earned. About two-thirds of Nadal’s points are due to drop off by the end of the U.S. Open; about 40 percent of Djokovic’s will fall off in that time.Djokovic still has work to do to overtake Nadal for the No. 1 ranking that Nadal seized from him last October. Nadal got there by sweeping the clay events at Barcelona, Madrid and Rome, before winning his eighth French Open. Nadal, the world’s best clay-court player, then looked like its best hard-court player (a title Djokovic mostly has held since the start of 2011) by winning titles in Montreal, Cincinnati and New York — his second U.S. Open title. That sparkling spring and summer still leaves Nadal with a lead of nearly 2,000 points even if Djokovic wins Monte Carlo this weekend. But Nadal may have to repeat his run on clay last year to hold off Djokovic before the tour moves to grass in June. read more

Sep
21

One birthday cake to Rule them All

first_imgWe love it when people take popular culture icons and make them edible. But evil never tasted so sweet when an Instructables user called RavingMadStudios decided to recreate the Dark Lord Sauron’s Fortress for a child’s birthday cake.The dark tower of Barad-Dur was constructed from cardboard tubes, foamcore and bamboo skewers resting on a temporary bundt cake pan. The delicious edible parts of the tower consisted of a base made out of a “Raspberry Chocolate Cake Mass” (due to a baking mishap) and the eye of Sauron was crafted out of a colorful icing cupcake.The result was an awesome Lord of the Rings inspired birthday cake even Gollum would have been happy to call, “precious”.  Too bad he met his fate at Mount Doom. So no cake for him.Read more at Instructables, via Neatoramalast_img read more

Sep
21

HP Pavilion dm1 combines portability and usability

first_imgOver the past few years HP has been perfecting their notbook (as in not-a-netbook), with varying degrees of success. The company did well with their netbooks, but products like the dv2 and dm3 had issues, like heat production and limited battery lives, that held them back from seeing any real success.Today at CES the company announced its latest attempt at combining the portability of a netbook with the features of a notebook, the Pavilion dm1. The starting price of $449 will get buyers an 11.6-inch HD display (1366×768), up to 750GB of storage, up to 8GB of RAM, and an optional GPS chip. Both 3G and 4G connectivity will be optional as well. The dm1 will offer up 10.75 hours of battery life, but that’s with the 6-cell battery and an SSD upgrade. It should last about 9.5 hours with a standard disk. The system weighs 3.5 pounds.AdChoices广告Perhaps most exciting is that the computer is powered by AMD’s dual-core E350 Fusion APU which should mean the ability to watch stutter-free HD video (including 1080p through the video output). Other perks include a new keyboard design, tweaked exterior, and HP’s CoolSense technology for improved thermals.The 13-inch dm3 hasn’t been cancelled, but that will be available with an Intel low-voltage processor.The dm1 will go on sale on January 9th for $449.dm1_03dm1_03dm1_02dm1_01last_img read more

Sep
18

Hodgson still rooting for Liverpool

first_imgRoy Hodgson currently coaches Crystal Palace and has faced Liverpool multiple times in the Premier League but he is still their big fan in the European competitions and he will root for them in Champions League final game as well.The experienced Englishman insisted that he will definitely root for his former club in the upcoming Champions League final which is about to be played in Kiyv against Real Madrid.The former Albion coach spoke about his love for Liverpool as he said, according to breakingnews.ie:divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s fantastic. I am delighted for the club and players, who I worked with at some stage. I thought it was a fantastic performance at Anfield and it put them in the driving seat.”“Actually, the scoreline last night flatters Roma a bit. I know they will say they were only one goal away but they weren’t because the two goals came so late in the game and I never had the feeling in the game that Liverpool weren’t totally in control.”“I wish them, with all of my heart, the very best of luck in Kiev. They are up against a very good team and it is a final I am looking forward to.”last_img read more

Sep
17

Harbor Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic during ComicCon International 2018

first_imgHarbor Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic during Comic-Con International 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:09 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAny exhibitor or attendee with a parking pass for the Ace Parking garage directly underneath the San Diego Convention Center will be allowed to drive through. All other drivers will be diverted away from the Convention Center.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez has the details. Ashlie Rodriguez, center_img Posted: June 19, 2018 June 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Convention Center, the City of San Diego and the Port of San Diego have announced a new traffic route that creates a pedestrian-only experience during Comic-Con International 2018.Harbor Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic (including bikes, scooters and skateboards) between First Avenue and Park Boulevard during Comic-Con, with the exception of shuttle buses and emergency vehicles. Cars will be screened for Convention Center parking garage access at First Avenue. A second screening location will be at Park Boulevard.“This decision is a joint effort by the San Diego Convention Center, the City of San Diego, the Port of San Diego and the organizers of Comic-Con,” said Josh Layne, Director of Public Safety for the Convention Center. “These security and safety initiatives are designed to protect crowds and alleviate congestion issues in and around the Convention Center.”David Glazner, Marketing Director of Comic-Con told Ashlie Rodriguez that people who live downtown don’t drive down Harbor Drive during Comic-Con anyway. He hopes this plan will maximize the safety features of the San Diego Convention Center. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents Tags: Comic-Con 2018 last_img read more

Sep
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Community protests against Lincoln High School on lack of student safety

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The father of two former Lincoln High School students says he’s fed up with the lack of student safety, which he claims continues to happen on the campus.Shamiko Harris’ two sons no longer attend lincoln high school but the concerned father stood in front of the school this afternoon with a handful of protesters.Harris recently filed a lawsuit against the San Diego Unified School District claiming that Lincoln High School failed to protect his two sons after they were beaten and bullied on separate occasions.The small group gathered at the school today is also calling for the principal and vice principal to be replaced. April 24, 2019 Community protests against Lincoln High School on lack of student safety KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 24, 2019last_img read more

Sep
16

Why arent women running political vets wonder

first_imgWhere are the women in Clark County politics? City councilors ask.The disappearance of women from local politics isn’t just a mystery to those in office — a few retired female politicians and a local political scientist were also taken off guard when hearing about their declining ranks.“I honestly am flummoxed at this point,” said Carolyn Long, associate professor of political science at Washington State University Vancouver. “I was as shocked … to see that happen at the local level in a state that has a great deal of representation in higher offices.”Female presence on local city councils and the board of county commissioners has dropped by almost half in five years, from 19 of 52 seats in 2006 to 10 of 52 this year. Women hold none of the six county partisan seats of assessor, sheriff, county prosecutor, treasurer, auditor and clerk. One of nine local legislative positions is held by a woman.Like the women in office, who discussed the trend this month at a roundtable discussion, Long touched on the economy as a possible factor. But she said the divisive political climate stands out the most to her.“We are seeing record retirements in the U.S. Senate over the last couple of cycles, as well as a large number of retirements in the House,” Long said. “Many departing members have discussed a lack of civility and how it affects their job satisfaction. I think that does play a role; a lack of civility affects both men and women.”last_img read more

Sep
14

Pride Marches On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgThe march starts at 5 p.m., at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex and will end at Soldotna Creek Park. Community music in the park follows the march. The three council members, Tom Stroozas, Shelly Erickson and Heath Smith, said they would not be supporting the proclamation and would not be attending the meeting. With a majority of members absent the council was unable to reach a quorum and had to cancel the meeting. Pride parades (also known as pride marches, pride events, and pride festivals) are events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) culture and pride. Homer Mayor Bryan Zak declared this month as pride month in Homer and “encourages the Homer community to join in celebrating the diversity within the City of Homer, the Kenai Peninsula and the State of Alaska.”Three city council members expressed opposition to the proclamation, saying that even though they don’t have anything against the LGBTQ community, but they do find the proclamation to be divisive.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenaitze Indian Tribe will be leading the Two Spirit Pride March on Wednesday, June 27. Mayor Zak still presented the proclamation outside of Homer City Hall that evening, on June 11. A pride march took place over the weekend in Homer, at the Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith and Love Park on Pioneer Avenue.last_img read more