West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said she would have shared Teesta water with Bangladesh had there been enough water available. “Bangladesh has stopped giving us Hilsa. This is because we could not give them Teesta water. We would have given if we had surplus water,” Ms. Banerjee said on the floor of the State Legislative Assembly.The sharing of Teesta water is a major bilateral issue between India and Bangladesh. Ms. Banerjee has said that entire north Bengal will run dry if the water was shared with Bangladesh. Instead, she has proposed sharing the waters of other north Bengal rivers such as Torsa, Manshai, Sankosh and Dhansai.
Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Ernestine Tiamzon scored 10 points for La Salle which also got inspired performances from rookie Jolina Dela Cruz and and May Luna in the absence of injured leader Desiree Cheng.The Lady Warriors took a 10-3 lead in the second frame but soon found the Lady Spikers hitting their marks and with a spate of errors yield the set and the momentum. They slumped deeper in the standings with a 1-5 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges De La Salle Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRegaining some of the sharpness it lost the past matches, La Salle snapped a rare two-game losing streak by beating University of the East, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18, Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The three-time defending champion Lady Spikers, smarting from defeats at the hands of University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, jumped back into the top spot with four wins in six matches.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Mike Krzyzewski: Zion Williamson ‘doubtful’ for Duke’s game at UNC Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
A cricket fever is sweeping the metroplis, with the craze for Saturday’s India-Pakistan World Twenty 20 match tickets reaching a crescendo.”Several Eden Gardens can be filled up, such is the demand,” said a Cricket Association of Bengal official on Wednesday.The historic venue which is set to host the high-voltage clash, has a capacity of 65,000 presently which is around 35,000 less than what used to be six years back. But the crowd strength is still enough to bring the roof down with their incessant screaming.Outside the nearby Mohammedan tent from where the tickets for international matches are usually sold, a giant yellow banner has been fixed which says: “No tickets will be sold from the counter.”The display also says that only through bookmyshow.com can one book a ticket to the Eden this Saturday. Still there were fans queuing up in front of the counters in search of the prized paper possession.”Dada, duto ticket hobe? (Brother, can I have two tickets for the game)” is the common question that is doing the rounds in the maidan area. And more often than not the person questioning is leaving with a glum face.The tickets are priced at Rs 1,500, Rs 1,000 and Rs 500.Besides the online distribution, tickets were given to each of the 121 CAB affiliate units. There were also an undisclosed number of complimentary tickets.”The demand for the tickets is huge according to the information I have received. It is going to be filled to the capacity this Saturday. We don’t think there’s enough place in the stadium to accommodate everyone who wants to book a ticket here. We can fill several Eden Gardens,” a senior Cricket Association of Bengal official told IANS.advertisementThe online process to register for the lottery system for the contest on March 19, started at 12 noon last Saturday for a 48-hour window.The fans, in India and abroad, registered by completing an online registration form available on the website. The registered fans were to be automatically enrolled into the random draw and then through an automated process, the winners were chosen.The winners from the random draw were then given an opportunity to buy tickets for the match.
Phil Neville feels the criticism directed at Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has become “personal” though he believes the under-fire boss can handle it and turn the situation around at Old Trafford.Mourinho was reportedly set to be sacked regardless of Saturday’s result against Newcastle United but those rumours were dismissed by the Red Devils prior to their stunning Premier League comeback in Manchester.The 55-year-old Portuguese – who has continued to cut a glum and frustrated figure – has dominated headlines amid reports of a fractured relationship with star midfielder Paul Pogba and dressing-room unrest as United sit seven points off the pace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Former United player Neville – now head coach of England’s women’s team – backed Mourinho to arrest the club’s woes.We are United, and this is Inside Old Trafford on another memorable matchday!Watch the full version now: https://t.co/UJPORywwDI pic.twitter.com/38RaW9CzZs— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 8, 2018″I think Jose is still someone that I look up to and admire because managers go through tough times,” said Neville, who won six Premier League titles and the Champions League among other trophies during his time at United.”I’ve been sacked twice and it hurts when people level things at you, in defeat or at bad times, it can get personal and maybe some of it has got personal with Jose.”I agree with Jose. I think there is a bit of a manhunt out there – everyone seems to be looking at him. I think they’ve got the right man who can handle that sort of situation.”Calling for unity at Old Trafford, Neville added: “My feeling when I think of the great Manchester United teams, I think of the togetherness of the whole club.”The directors coming down in the dressing room after we had won European Cup finals, FA Cup finals – we shared the success. We used to celebrate with the supporters on the bus tours of the city.”It’s all or nothing. You can’t go fighting a war on your own, you’ve got to fight it together and I think that would be the biggest thing about Saturday – all of a sudden everyone came together.”
Newcastle United sewed up the Championship title on Sunday, beating Barnsley 3-0 to finish above Brighton & Hove Albion and return to the Premier League with a bang on a frantic final day at both ends of England’s second-tier.Brighton finished second after drawing 1-1 at mid-table Aston Villa, while at the other end of the table Nottingham Forest pulled off a narrow escape as 1995 Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers were relegated.Forest looked set for the drop after Blackburn took a 2-0 first-half lead at Brentford, but Britt Assombalonga scored a penalty to put the twice European champions back in the box seat.Chris Cohen doubled Forest’s lead after the interval and Assombalonga missed a second penalty, but made amends with a powerful shot from inside the area to give Forest a 3-0 victory that kept them up on goal difference.Blackburn’s 3-1 victory over Brentford could not prevent them from dropping into the third-tier next season, alongside already relegated Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United.Goals from Ayoze Perez, Chancel Mbema and Dwight Gayle were enough to help Newcastle and manager Rafa Benitez finish a point above Brighton, whose hopes of winning the title were dashed at the death.Glenn Murray put Brighton ahead from the penalty spot but Jack Grealish levelled for Villa in the 89th minute to break Brighton hearts.Both Newcastle and Brighton had already secured promotion before Sunday’s action.Birmingham, who were also in danger of relegation and brought in Harry Redknapp as manager last month to help keep them in the Championship, held on for a narrow 1-0 win over Bristol City to stay up, two points clear of Forest and Blackburn.advertisementReading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Fulham finished in the playoff places and will face off to decide which team wins the final promotion spot to the Premier League.
Hardik Pandya is still a “work in progress” but he could take a cue from Ben Stokes’ bowling during the ongoing series, which could prove to be a “defining one” in the all-rounder’s career, feels Ian Chappell.The former Australian captain also feels that Pandya should be batting at No.6 in the current line-up.”India’s search for a seam-bowling all-rounder is still a work in progress but Hardik Pandya displayed determination and discipline to go with his undoubted skills in an important partnership with Kohli,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England'”Perhaps a move to No.6 would further bolster his batting confidence and if he can also profit from watching Stokes’ efforts with the ball, this could be a defining series for the talented all-rounder,” Chappell assessed.Edgbaston Test: Too early to judge India’s batting failure, says Shaun PollockIn his column Chappell paid glowing tribute to Indian captain Virat Kohli, comparing his Edgbaston hundred to Stan McCabe’s epic double hundred during the 1938 Ashes, which even made Sir Don Bradman give a standing ovation.Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in Edgbaston”Having survived Anderson’s challenging examination Kohli went on to dominate the Indian first innings, scoring 82 of the 91 runs accumulated for the last two wickets.Sourav Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs England”It was a similar dominance near the end of Stan McCabe’s glorious double-century at Trent Bridge in 1938 that caused captain Don Bradman to summon his players onto the balcony with the words; “You will never see anything like this again.” Chappell wrote.advertisementIndia vs England: India batsmen need to watch and learn from Virat KohliNot one to mince his words, Chappell found the slip catching from both teams shoddy.”Both England and India were sloppy in the slips, with a combination of poor technique and faulty alignment being to blame for the shoddy work. One reason for both sides dropping catches is that the fielders are standing too close to each other, thereby causing confusion,” Chappell, a fantastic slip fielder during his playing days observed.He praised Sam Curran and Stokes’ bowling effort, which enabled England to win the first Test match.”Part of England’s success with the ball can be attributed to the increased variety in their attack. The addition of Sam Curran’s vibrant left-arm swing and Stokes’ rejuvenation with the ball made a huge difference to an attack that lacked variety in Australia.(With PTI inputs)
Shikhar Dhawan’s 42-ball 76 and sizzling cameos from Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik almost helped India gun down 174 off 17 overs in the rain-curtailed first T20 International at the Gabba in Brisbane. Australia had scored only 158 off their 17 overs but the hour-long rain break meant India had to chase a steeper target after DLS adjustment.There were runs on offer at the Gabba but the job still had to be done. And it was not easy especially after Rohit Sharma was dismissed cheaply for seven. KL Rahul fell not long after for 13. However, Dhawan was undeterred and blazed away to his ninth T20I half-century off only 28 balls.Eventually Dhawan’s classy knock and heroics from Karthik andVirat Kohli walked in at No.4 but the India captain was not his usual self on the field Wednesday. To start things off, he dropped an easy catch offered by Australia skipper Aaron Finch – then when it was his turn to bat, he was nowhere near as fluent as he generally is. Kohli eventually perished to Adam Zampa after scoring 4 off 8 balls.India vs Australia 1st T20: Highlights | As it happenedThe pressure was on India as the asking rate climbed steeply but there was hope with Dhawan going great guns at the other end.But that hope was dashed a few balls later when Billy Stanlake had Dhawan caught at third man.At that stage, Australia were run-away favourites having sent back all of India’s superstars. But the hosts had probably not accounted for the destructive powers of Pant and Karthik. Both men are proven performers in the Indian Premier League.advertisementAUSSIES WIN! A four-run win (DLS Method) and Australia take a 1-0 series lead over India: https://t.co/HW09hVOINP #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/cM4JSxM4BZcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 21, 2018Moreover, Karthik showed he loved tight games when he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh earlier in the year. Pant had smashed his maiden T20I fifty in India’s previous match against the West Indies less than two weeks ago. Besides, he was high on confidence after some barnstorming knocks in the Test format.In short, Pant and Karthik together were going to be dangerous. And dangerous they were.READ – Powerful Maxwell shot damages spider camera in BrisbanePant cleared fine leg to send an Andew Tye delivery fying into the stands for a six. The next ball was dispatched to the boundary before Karthik finished the over with a four and a six. Both Indian batsmen dug in against the highest T20I wicket-taker and suddenly the Indian camp was rejuvenated.But there was heartbreak in store for the heavyweight visitors.India needed 24 runs off the last two overs and with Pant and Karthin destructive mood, victory seemed very likely.And then Tye had his revenge when he had Pant caught at point for 20. However, Karthik picked up a boundary off the final ball of the penultimate over, leaving 13 for the final over.Krunal Pandya got two off the first ball of the 17th over, got beaten off the second and dismissed off the third. Karthik was dismissed off the next and that was that for India even as Kuldeep finished with a boundary.The defeat ended India’s four-match winning streak against Australia in T20 Internationals.Earlier, cameos from Finch, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and Stoinis helped Australia power to a formidable total. But the hosts would want to thank their good fortunes as rain lashed Brisbane. Play was stopped for an hour and the match was reduced to 17-overs-a-side.The DLS method meant India had to chase over 10 runs an over.India were sloppy on the field starting from Kohli’s dropped chance. On the other hand, Australia were sharp and energetic. Moreover, the hosts had planned well against Rohit and Kohli and kept them quiet – the pressure eventually told on the two superstars.India and Australia will play the second T20I in Melbourne on Friday.
Read more Upwardly mobile Leicester dismantle 10-man Newcastle to go third Topics European club football Marseille Fiorentina Milan Share on Pinterest Milan’s nightmare start to the Serie A season reached a new low after a 3-1 home defeat by Fiorentina. The Rossoneri slumped to a fourth loss in six matches and had Mateo Musacchio sent off for a nasty lunge on Franck Ribéry.The defeat will leave a huge question mark over the future of their manager, Marco Giampaolo, with reports in Italy claiming he would be sacked were they to lose on Sunday night. Giampaolo said: “I believe in my ideas but this Milan team looked like it turned up without ever having a training session together.It played badly on an individual level, with no organisation or sense of collective responsibility.“There are some players who are young and can try individual moves but they can only get you so far. When things aren’t going well, you must have the strength to cling to your identity as a team.” Brescia Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Messenger news Share on Twitter Napoli Sevilla Share on WhatsApp Goals from Erick Pulgar, Gaetano Castrovilli and Ribery did the damage for Fiorentina, who also missed a penalty through Federico Chiesa, with Rafael Leão pulling one back.Napoli survived a second-half comeback from a Mario Balotelli-inspired Brescia to win 2-1. Carlo Ancelotti’s side led through strikes from Dries Mertens and Kostas Manolas before Balotelli pulled one back with his first Brescia goal.Lazio ran riot against Genoa with goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Stefan Radu, Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile wrapping up a 4-0 victory.Edin Dzeko’s header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross secured a 1-0 win for Roma at Lecce, whose goalkeeper, Gabriel, saved a penalty from Aleksandar Kolarov, but Lecce could not find an equaliser, with the Manchester United loanee Chris Smalling impressing in the visiting defence.In Spain Sevilla battled back from behind to secure a 3-2 win in a thrilling match against Real Sociedad. A fourth-minute Mikel Oyarzabal strike put the visitors ahead, but the lead lasted less than 15 minutes before Nolito hit the equaliser for Sevilla.In the second half Sevilla looked to dominate and established a two-goal lead with goals from Lucas Ocampos and Franco Vázquez. Portu halved the deficit three minutes from time to bring Sociedad back into the game, although they were unable to find the equaliser.The result saw Sevilla climb up to sixth, having lost their previous two games. Alavés moved further away from trouble at the bottom of the table thanks to a second-half penalty from the former Arsenal forward Lucas Pérez, with Joselu adding a second four minutes from time to make it 2-0 against Mallorca.In France Marseille stretched their unbeaten run to seven league games and moved up to fifth in Ligue 1 following a 1-1 draw at home to Rennes. The visitors went ahead in the 19th minute when Hiroki Sakai turned the ball into his own net under pressure from M’Baye Niang.Valentin Rongier volleyed wide for Marseille before the hosts levelled seven minutes after half-time, Duje Caleta-Car heading in Bouna Sarr’s corner. Reuse this content
Mario Balotelli Balotelli given two-game ban for diving Jamie Smith 06:02 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Mario Balotelli Ligue 1 Nice The future of the Italy international remains in doubt, but the forward has been given a two-match Ligue 1 ban. Mario Balotelli will be banned for the first two matches of the new Ligue 1 season – if the Italy international remains in French football.The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) confirmed on Thursday that Balotelli has been hit with a two-match suspension.Balotelli was given the ban after the LFP ruled he dived in a match against Caen, leading to Ismael Diomande being sent off. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Nice forward Balotelli is out of contract at the club, having spent two seasons rebuilding his reputation in Ligue 1.The Italy international has scored 33 goals for Nice over the past two Ligue 1 campaigns, while adding seven strikes in the Europa League for the club. His solid form in France’s top flight earned him a recall for Italy, with the striker scoring in his return to the Azzurri. Balotelli has previously stated that he is uncertain what his club future holds, admitting to Nice’s official website he makes his decisions on a week-by-week basis. New Nice coach Patrick Vieira has said he expects Balotelli to report for pre-season training despite speculation over his future.Ligue 1 rivals Marseille are reportedly keen on Balotelli, who has also been linked with a Serie A return to either Napoli or Roma.
A Labour Market Forum, to be hosted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security on Wednesday (December 13), will seek to facilitate a robust discussion on access to employment opportunities for youth, the labour market needs and the existing skills gaps in the sector. Mrs. Robinson said the forum will look at the major job prospects for youngsters and how access can be improved; what the best practices are in addressing similar challenges in other jurisdictions; and the forging of partnerships. The issues highlighted by the National Labour Market Study include the recognition of a skills gap, lack of relevant work experience by jobseekers and lack of soft skills in the workplace, inclusive of behavioural and customer service skills. Story Highlights A Labour Market Forum, to be hosted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security on Wednesday (December 13), will seek to facilitate a robust discussion on access to employment opportunities for youth, the labour market needs and the existing skills gaps in the sector.According to Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, the forum will bring together academic professionals, employers and policymakers in a series of panel discussions looking to provide answers to a series of questions arising out of a labour market study completed in March this year.The issues highlighted by the National Labour Market Study include the recognition of a skills gap, lack of relevant work experience by jobseekers and lack of soft skills in the workplace, inclusive of behavioural and customer service skills.Mrs. Robinson said the forum will look at the major job prospects for youngsters and how access can be improved; what the best practices are in addressing similar challenges in other jurisdictions; and the forging of partnerships.“The major concerns remain in the questions to be addressed, such as… are young people finding decent work and what are the challenges; [as well as] how do we address the issue in relation to soft skills and work experience in the job market,” she said.The Study revealed that 80 per cent of employers are optimistic about business prospects, but also showed that there is uncertainty as to whether these expansions will create quality jobs and simultaneously close the skills gap.Mrs. Robinson said the Ministry aims to adequately address these issues through targeted collaboration with various stakeholders.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Colette Roberts-Risden, said the insight to be gained from the Forum is critical to a range of stakeholders, particularly educational and training institutions, and youth contemplating an area of study.“Educational and training institutions need to know what the market needs, where the growth prospects in terms of employment are for the economy, so that they can play their role in training our people to meet the demands of the market,” she said.“The ideal is for us in Jamaica to generate and create jobs for people to be gainfully employed, reducing the unemployment rate, thereby leading to growth and a reduction of poverty in society,” Mrs. Roberts-Risden added.Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Forum will be streamed live, and the public, particularly students, are being urged to participate. Persons are also invited to register for attendance online.The Forum will be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel under the theme ‘Jamaican Employers and Educators, Working Together to Close the Skills Gap’.
The Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat has completed work to develop the fourth Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF), which underpins implementation of the country’s long-term National Development Plan.Programme Director for the Secretariat, which is based in the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Elizabeth Emanuel, says the document, which covers 2018 to 2021, has been reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders and will shortly be presented to Cabinet for review and approval.The Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan seeks to position the island to attain developed country status within 12 years and, in the process, make it the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Speaking at the PIOJ’s quarterly media briefing at the Institute’s New Kingston head office on Wednesday (November 20), Mrs. Emanuel noted that the progress of Vision 2030 Jamaica’s implementation under successive three-year MTFs, between 2009 and 2018, was “mixed”.She pointed out that while there were challenges with crime and environmental sustainability, among other issues, there were improvements in key social and economic indicators.These, she informed, include: life expectancy at birth; the annual inflation rate; literacy rates; government effectiveness; and sustainable development planning.The Programme Director said Jamaica recorded gains in several notable areas between 2015 and 2018.These relate to human capital development; macroeconomic stability; a reduction in unemployment; increased use of renewable energy options; improved governance, particularly in relation to control of corruption, and government effectiveness; key economic sectors, particularly agriculture and tourism; and infrastructural development.“Of a total of 67 indicators that were monitored against medium-term targets under Vision 2030 Jamaica, 56 per cent have shown improvement over the baseline year 2007, based on results to 2017/18, while 36 per cent showed no improvement or worsened relative to the baseline year,” Mrs. Emanuel said, while noting that no up-to-date information/data was available for the remaining eight per cent.She advised that eight national strategic priorities have been shortlisted under the 2018-2021 MTF, in keeping with Vision 2030 Jamaica’s four Goals.These priorities are human capital development; social protection and social inclusion; values and attitudes; rule of law and timely justice; public-sector efficiency and effectiveness; economic stability, growth and employment; international competitiveness of industry structures; and environmental sustainability and climate change response.“These strategic priorities, along with their associated projects, programmes and activities, will assist in moving Jamaica towards a secure and prosperous future for our people,” Mrs. Emanuel said.The National Goals aim to ensure ‘Jamaicans are Empowered’; ‘The Jamaican Society is Secure, Cohesive and Just’; ‘Jamaica’s Economy is Prosperous’; and that ‘Jamaica has a Healthy and Natural Environment’.
People in Cumberland and Colchester counties will be better connected to community hubs with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, announced today, Aug. 25, $20,000 for the Town of Amherst’s bike lane and path network, and $60,000 for the Municipality of Colchester’s multi-use path. “As we move to a cleaner energy future, we all have an important part to play,” said Mr. MacLellan. “Projects like the two announced today improve our neighborhoods and help us reduce our emissions by making it easier to walk or cycle from place to place.” The Town of Amherst will develop bicycle lanes along key streets, including bicycle racks and signs. Funds will also be used to expand the multi-use path network connecting businesses, schools and parks. “This funding will help us develop the town’s very first bicycle lanes along some of our busiest streets and expand our existing paths,” said Amherst Mayor David Kogon. “We can all benefit from a healthier lifestyle, while reducing our emissions through active transportation.” The Municipality of Colchester will create a multi-use path for walking or cycling extending from Robie Street to Truro Heights Road and the Cobequid Trail. “We know that people are more likely to get out and walk or cycle when there are safe options available to them, especially in high traffic areas,” said Municipality of Colchester Mayor Christine Blair. “On top of that, we are also encouraging healthy living and improving our environment.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. This year Connect2 will support about 22 projects. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by the end of March 2018. For more information about Connect2, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation.
NEW YORK — Memoirist no more? It’s hard to believe, but “Save Me the Plums” just might be the last such narrative for Ruth Reichl.Her latest, after “Tender at the Bone,” ”Comfort Me with Apples” and a lifetime’s worth of others, has Reichl taking on her decade as editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, and it comes nearly as long after the 70-year-old magazine was abruptly shut down on her watch.This is Reichl’s side of the story, part ode to the friends she made at Gourmet (she thanks late publisher Si Newhouse) and part plain talk about 2009, the year of the end for the iconic monthly and a painful time for the magazine industry as a whole.The multiple James Beard-winning and bestselling Reichl was credited with modernizing Gourmet while she was treated to a level of luxury served up by Conde Nast that took some getting used to. That after her stint — and disguises — as restaurant critic for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.At 71, Reichl has been far from idle. She’s been at her typewriter, as always, putting out her first novel, “Delicious!”, and most recently a cookbook, “My Kitchen Year.” And she’s been cooking, joyously, for the people who matter most, friends and family.Oh, and she still tweets delectably to her 1.3 million followers: “It’s spring! Ecstatic birds flit through sunny skies. Deer leap through the woods. Hot biscuits. Strawberries. Happy.”Our conversation with Ruth Reichl:AP: When did you start writing this book?Reichl: I guess I kind of started writing it right after the magazine closed, or at least thinking about writing it at that point. I was so devastated. It took me a while. But I then decided I would write a novel first, that I would just go away and imagine myself into another place. It actually worked. I had a lot of fun writing that novel and just leaving reality behind.Maybe three years ago I thought, now it’s time. It’s time to write the Gourmet book.AP: Is it also time to finally write off the paper media industry, including magazines?Reichl: I think it’s way too early for that. I think we’re in this revolution and none of us really knows how it’s going to come out. There are all these surprising moments in this. People thought that digital books were going to kill books. It hasn’t happened.People want paper media. We’re still in that place now where we’re figuring out what’s better digitally and what’s better tactually. What do you really want to hold? Gourmet was something you could dream about. It wasn’t just information. We still need that.AP: You transformed Gourmet. How did Gourmet transform you?Reichl: I went in there as kind of a Cinderella. I was an ordinary person and suddenly I am dropped into this place where anything is possible, and you live like a rich person for a while. You have hair and makeup people show up at your house in the morning and fluff you for the day. It’s really, really fun and it’s kind of exciting.But I got to this point where I realized what really mattered to me was the magazine, my staff, the wonderful things that we could do there. The rest of that stuff was just unnecessary.AP: You took a transformative, on-the-cheap trip to Paris near the end. You harkened back to your hippie past at Berkeley and flew economy for the first time in a long while. When was the last time you flew economy as you did on that trip?Reichl: Uh, this morning. Otherwise it’s a lot of money for a few hours. I was on stage the other night and somebody was talking about Uber and I said it’s really cheap if you do Uber Pool. And he looked at me and he said boy, you really still are a Berkeley hippie, aren’t you?AP: Do you miss being a boss?Reichl: I miss that enormous pleasure of the collaboration and what happens when you work with a group of people and somebody has an idea and somebody else takes it and says I can make it better. As a group, you build something. I miss that. I really miss that.AP: How has the experience of cooking changed for you now that you’re a civilian?Reichl: I find a deeper pleasure. Being someone who spends most of my time writing means I have time to cook. Being at Gourmet I was really trying to balance family life and work life. There were times when I would not even take my coat off before I was throwing things into the pan.I still gain enormous amounts of pleasure from cooking.AP: Do you have a favourite thing to cook?Reichl: I mostly cook for other people. I get up in the morning and I say to my husband, what do you want for dinner? That gives me great pleasure. If people are coming over I think, oh, Peter really loves blueberry pie, so I’ll make a blueberry pie.AP: What does Ruth like to cook just for Ruth?Reichl: So much of cooking for me is about aroma. I love the way chicken soup smells when it’s cooking. It fills the house and calms you down. That’s a real pleasure for me.AP: Do you make matzo balls?Reichl: I’ve never made a matzo ball in my life.AP: So what’s next?Reichl: I’m about to write another novel and I have a contract to write a third.AP: Will they be food themed?Reichl: One of them is food themed and one of them is not. But I always go to the food place. It’s just in my DNA.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press
United Nations weapons inspectors withdrawn from Iraq on the eve of the war in March have continued analyzing biological samples and evaluating Iraqi Al-Samoud 2 missiles in their search for evidence of banned weapons that Saddam Hussein may have possessed, according to their latest report released today.The inspectors, who have not returned to Iraq in a functional capacity since the United States occupation, have not been given the results of investigations by the US-led Iraq Survey Group, other than a statement made to the public on its interim progress report. The Survey Group has not given that report itself, they add.In its 15th quarterly report to the Security Council, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) notes that it continues to store equipment for its activities in Cyprus, as well as some in Baghdad, but that its core professional staff has been reduced to 51, a 10 per cent reduction since the last quarter.With regard to biological samples, UNMOVIC reports that additional analysis of anthrax weapons material declared by Iraq to have been unilaterally destroyed at two locations confirms that the genotype of the strain is identical to that which Iraq declared it had selected for weaponization.On the Al-Samoud 2 missiles, UNMOVIC says that although the design was inherently capable of exceeding the 150-kilometre-range allowed for the weapons, it found no evidence of projects to modify the configuration to achieve even greater ranges, such as development of a larger engine, use of extended fuel tanks and longer engine operation times. Listen to UN Radio report
“Your country… was on the brink of civil war, even just one year ago. But you have overcome this with political courage and determination which meant, in the end, foresight and political wisdom have prevailed,” Mr. Ban said at a media encounter in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. “This is a process which must be irreversible. There is no turning back.”The UN chief was in the Arabian peninsula nation to mark the forthcoming first anniversary of the conclusion of a peace and transition agreement, reached in the Saudi capital of Riyadh in November last year, and lend his personal support to the country’s transition process.“The United Nations is here to witness the progress which you have made and also reaffirm our strong commitment that we will stand by the Yemeni people and Government in making advances toward a brighter future, and prosperous and conciliatory and participatory democracy,” he said.Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition, with a Government of National Unity under the leadership of President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, who came to power in an election in February. This followed an agreement signed by warring factions in November 2011 on a transitional settlement in the wake of widespread protests similar to those seen across the Middle East and North Africa, and the resignation of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.An important element of the transition is an all-inclusive, so-called National Dialogue, scheduled to take place later this year, and the outcome of which will feed into a constitution-making process that is to conclude in late 2013, enabling general elections to take place in February 2014.In remarks for an event marking the anniversary in Sana’a, the Secretary-General welcomed the country’s progress, noting that while calm had returned to most parts of the country, it still faced profound challenges. He also highlighted the importance of the National Dialogue process and how this needed to be open to all, with women exercising a prominent and meaningful role, and the views and aspirations of Yemeni young people also taken into account.“This is a historic moment – but it may be too early only to rejoice; there is still a long way to go. I know that there will be many hurdles and challenges. You have just started the process of national dialogue,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks at the media encounter. While in Yemen, the UN chief met with President Hadi and Prime Minister Mohammed Salim Basindwah and his cabinet, in addition to a range of young people, men and women, and members of the diplomatic corps and the Preparatory Committee for the National Dialogue, amongst others.“I have met the technical committee, preparatory committee members, and they are very much committed to address all the challenges, including the grievances of [the South] and meeting the legitimate aspirations of many people,” Mr. Ban said. “This process will be Yemeni led and Yemeni owned. The United Nations together with member states of the international community will continue to help.” Acknowledging “very difficult past legacies,” the Secretary-General noted that these legacies can be overcome through reconciliation and mutual understanding, as well as more caring policies from President Hadi and Prime Minister Basindwah. “This Government of National Unity has been playing a very important role. I am sure that under such a strong leadership and with strong backing from the United Nations you will be successful. That is my message. Let us work together,” Mr. Ban said.In his media remarks, the UN chief also thanked the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Security Council, particularly the latter’s permanent members, and other major donors which have been supporting Yemen.Later on Monday, Secretary-General Ban arrived in Egypt, where he was to have a working dinner in the capital, Cairo, with the country’s foreign minister – as part of a visit to the region, aimed at adding his support to Egyptian-led efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire to the violence currently taking place in Gaza and southern Israel.The new wave of violence – which includes rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza, and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza – has resulted in several people being killed or wounded on both sides.On Tuesday, Mr. Ban is expected to meet President Mohamed Morsy and the Prime Minister Hesham Kandil, as well as the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil El-Araby.
1Mike Trout28.61Mike Trout37.9 PLAYERWAR 5Alex Rodriguez22.95Ken Griffey Jr.30.1 5Al Kaline8.95Al Kaline15.4 3Ty Cobb9.53Ty Cobb15.7 2Ty Cobb46.7 As a result — and in concert with MLB labor mechanisms that force young stars to either play for peanuts through their arbitration years or lock themselves into long, below-market extensions (as Trout did in 2014, re-signing with the Angels through 2020) — Trout has produced a ton of surplus value for the Angels, relative to what he’s been paid. According to FanGraphs.com, Trout’s production would have been worth about $357 million on the open market since his MLB debut, a span over which he was paid only about $24 million.That’s why speculation that the Yankees are loading up for a Trout trade breaks down upon examination. At a glance, why not ship Trout away from a rebuilding team where his WAR is being wasted (aside, of course, from Angels fans who like to watch him play) to a huge market that has the prospects for a blockbuster deal? The answer: It would take a monster package of young talent to justify trading away a player who so outperforms his contract and probably will continue to do so for the next several years.If we apply Tom Tango’s simple WAR projection system with an average future value of $8.6 million per win,3Starting with a rough cost-estimate of $8 million per WAR next season, with 5 percent annual growth until 2020. the final four seasons of Trout’s contract figure to see him generate 32.5 WAR, for a market value of $282 million,4Including the yearly minimum salary of about $500,000. and be paid $122 million. So it probably won’t be until Trout’s next contract that the cost-benefit tradeoff of having him around begins to make a trade realistic for either the Angels or the team they’re negotiating with.At that point, the math gets a little silly. Even in the first year of his next deal, Trout’s WAR projects to be worth so much on the open market (roughly $75 million) that he’d need a truly paradigm-shifting contract — one that would basically double the highest annual salary of anybody in the game right now — to not be underpaid. With superstar free-agent deals, the question often isn’t whether they’ll be paid more than they’re worth, but by how much. Trout, however, is so good that it might be hard for him to earn fair market value even in his big post-prime payday.For now, that means Trout is probably stuck carrying the Angels. In the past, that would have also meant his chances of contending for the MVP were slim, despite his incredible individual numbers. But perhaps Trout’s win Thursday also signals a change in the way voting will be conducted going forward. The MVP electorate has been skewing more progressive for a while, in terms of its willingness to use sabermetric tools, and there’s nothing more open-minded than giving the MVP to the leader of a 74-88 team.But maybe it was also about Trout’s own particular greatness. No player has ever been so good at such a young age; it was likely that future generations would have looked at his repeated MVP snubs and wondered what the hell the voters were thinking to deny him the AL’s top individual award, over and over. WAR Through Age 22WAR Through Age 23 4Bryce Harper8.94Ken Griffey Jr.15.5 1Mike Trout48.5 3Ted Williams23.63Ted Williams34.2 a 3Mickey Mantle40.9 4Alex Rodriguez38.0 4Mel Ott23.54Mel Ott31.4 WAR Through Age 24 2Ty Cobb25.52Ty Cobb36.0 a PLAYERWAR 5Ken Griffey Jr.37.0 WAR Through Age 20WAR Through Age 21 2Mel Ott11.42Mel Ott17.9 Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is widely acknowledged to be the best player in baseball and has been for quite some time. But for all his gifts, awards recognition has been hard for Trout to come by. Although Trout has led the American League in wins above replacement (WAR) for each of the past five seasons,1Ever since he first became a full-time player in 2012. he had only won MVP honors once going into Thursday night’s award announcement — and victory there was far from assured.Unlike in the past, though, when Trout’s horrid teammates were held against him in favor of some lesser player on a winning team, the voters broke with tradition and went for the player with stellar individual numbers. In winning the MVP, Trout became just the sixth player from a losing team to take home the hardware. It was a victory for the new ways of player evaluation and a more modern take on what the “valuable” part of MVP really means.But even if Trout hadn’t won the award, he could have taken the same solace he could last year: MVP or not, but he’s still tracking to be the G.O.A.T.Through every single age in which he played a full season,2Not including his age-19 season in 2011, when he logged only 40 games after a July call-up. Trout has been the all-time career leader in Baseball-Reference.com’s WAR for position players. It was true through age 20, age 21, age 22, age 23 and — after posting 10.6 WAR in 2016, a performance that basically matched his previous single-season peak — age 24. No player has ever started his career on this kind of tear — not Ruth, not Cobb, not Mantle, nobody. Mike Trout is (still!) the G.O.A.T. at any age Most career WAR through each age since 1901, among position players.Source: Baseball-Reference.com 1Mike Trout11.41Mike Trout20.7
Updated Sunday 23 March 12pmA MISSING PERSON appeal was issued by the PSNI in relation to Spanish national last seen in Belfast on the eve of St Patrick’s Day.26-year-old Spanish national Damaris Gualdo Sanchez was last seen in the Dublin Road area of the city on Sunday 16 March.Today, a week later, the PSNI said she has been found safe and well.Read: Man shot in the face after dropping child off at Dublin crecheRead: Man’s body discovered in Donegal house
Give humanity a few centuries, and someone will work out how to build any contraption you can dream up. Leonardo Da Vinci drew blueprints for a partially-functional helicopter hundreds of years before one was actually built, and the physics behind the modern chopper would make even the great inventor’s head spin. Lucky for you there’s a handy video explaining the basic physics behind it.Most people know that modern helicopters have a tail rotor to counter the spin introduced by the main rotor blades. What you may not know is that the stability of a helicopter is dependant on a device called a swashplate.According to this episode of the YouTube series Smarter Every Day, the swashplate is used to change the angle of the blades during rotation. Contrary to popular belief, the blades on a helicopter don’t change altitude by altering the speed of the spin — it’s all about the swashplate. By controlling how much air passes over the blades, and at what angle, more or less lift is produced. This is called the “collective pitch.” By using the swashplate to alter the “cyclic pitch” of the blades, both pitch and roll can be controlled too.This is the second episode on helicopter physics Smarter Every Day has released, but the first to really start going into the finer details. Future installments promise to get into the minutiae of the technology behind helicopters. It’s definitely worth checking out if only for the rad RC helicopter tricks on display.More at Smarter Every Day
Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 9:19 AM By AFP Jun 20th 2017, 9:19 AM 34 Comments File photo Image: Shutterstock/Georgia Evans Share257 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Teenager who was killed by bear sent text to his family while being chased “This young man didn’t do anything wrong. He was just in the wrong place.” http://jrnl.ie/3453407 52,517 Views File photo A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was mauled and killed by a bear during a running race in Alaska at the weekend, authorities have said.Patrick Cooper, of Anchorage, managed to text his family as he was being chased.On Sunday, he was competing in an annual mountain race that goes through rugged terrain when he apparently encountered the bear. He reportedly texted a member of his family to say he was being chased by the animal.“The mother was here with her family, her children, they were running the race,” Nathan Michell, of the Anchorage police department, told reporters.The race director said the boy had raced up a mountain and was on his way down extremely steep terrain that goes through thick wilderness when the attack took place.Several fellow runners and rescuers rushed to the site but initially couldn’t get close as the animal was still in the area.‘In the wrong place’ “The bear was remaining in the area where the young man was,” Tom Crockett, a park ranger with Chugach State Park, told local media.He said a park ranger shot the bear in the face but the animal managed to escape. Cooper’s body was found about 500 yards from the trail in heavily wooded terrain.Bear encounters are not common in the area and it was unclear what prompted the attack, Crockett said.“This young man didn’t do anything wrong. He was just in the wrong place,” he told the Alaska Dispatch News. “You can’t predict which bear will be predatory.”- © AFP 2017Read: Four-year-old boy whose parents were on honeymoon among dead in Portugal firesRead: ‘It’s a brutal regime’: Trump condemns North Korea after imprisoned US student’s death Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Georgia Evans
Somali security officer stands guard at the scene of a suicide car explosion in front of Doorbin hotel in Mogadishu, on Saturday. Photo: AFPTwo car bombings killed 38 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, the city’s main ambulance service told AFP on Saturday.“We have seen at least 38 people dead,” said Abdukadir Abdurahman Aden of the Aamin Ambulance of the bombings that targeted the presidential palace and a hotel.The first blast, followed by gunfire, occurred at a security checkpoint close to Villa Somalia, the name for the seat of government, while a second followed soon after at a hotel, according to police.The Shabaab Islamist militant group claimed the attacks in a statement posted online, saying it was targeting the government and security services.The blasts follow weeks of relative calm in Mogadishu.According to officials, the main attack involved the use of a vehicle loaded with explosives attempting to breach a checkpoint leading to the presidential palace, but security forces prevented the assault.“The security forces foiled the intent of the terrorists. They were aiming for key targets but they could not even go closer, there were five of them killed by the security force,” said Abdulahi Ahmed, a security officer.The Shabaab is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government. In October it carried out its deadliest-ever bombing, killing over 500 people.In the wake of that attack Somalia’s government declared a fresh offensive against the group and US drone strikes have increased in frequency.While the militant group was pushed out of the capital in 2011 by an African Union force it continues to control large parts of the countryside and launches regular attacks on government, military and civilian targets.