first_imgEveryone has a number to offer. Six for Kunsang, four for Lobsang, 13 for Yangzom.Everyone also has stories to go with the number. Yangzom offers one about her friend, Thinley (Name changed). A decade after fleeing Tibet to come to India, he started getting desperate to return. A teaching job in Mcleodganj and a circle of friends notwithstanding, the separation from his family in Tibet had started overwhelming him. With the Chinese authorities not relenting, the only way he could go back was to cross over into China, clandestinely, from Nepal. He tried doing exactly that, only to be arrested by Chinese authorities and deported back to India.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James said keeping Curry from a breakout game is imperative for the Cavs to have any chance at making the first comeback from a 3-0 deficit in NBA playoff history.“Our key is to limit certain guys,” James said. “You can’t take away everything from great players and Steph is one of those players. Just try to make it tough on him. He’s going to make shots. He’s going to make plays not only for himself but for his teammates. Just try to make it tough on him and you can live with the results.”Bringing defensive help against Curry leaves someone else open for a pass and scoring opportunity, Durant warned.“We got two on the ball, that means that somebody’s open,” Durant said. “Steph was doing a good job of taking on that double team and trying to find a pass and we just tried to make plays after that.”Lue says the Cavaliers have few options.“When he’s open, he’s going to make shots,” Lue said. “And when he’s playing free and you don’t bring physicality, he’s able to roam and do whatever he wants offensively. He’s one of the most dangerous guys in our league.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr said falling behind decisively early made it tough to free up shots for Curry.“They did a good job on him,” Kerr said. “Hardest thing is playing from behind. There are some things we can do to free him up and we’ll try that.”Curry would love to celebrate the title in front of home supporters by winning Monday.“It would be a great night to get it done,” Curry said. “We just got to play with more force, energy and just lock in defensively.” “When I have the ball in my hands, I’ve just got to be a little bit more aggressive than I was in game four, try to get in the paint, make plays, and not let them try to take me out of it,” Curry said.The Cavaliers would sometimes double-team Curry to ensure he found no rhythm while still containing Warriors star forward Kevin Durant and guard Klay Thompson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He’s dangerous so we just wanted to limit his shots, take the ball out of his hands,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We did a good job of that in game four. We have to try to do it again.”Much of the work on that will fall to Cavs guard Kyrie Irving. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Bolick, San Beda ‘not satisfied’ with win over Nambatac-less Letran What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “It was definitely a conscious effort on my end to make sure that we limited Steph and Klay to just some tough shots,” Irving said.“They’re some special players, and they make some unbelievable plays. But you just have keep a body on them as much as possible and try to make their shots a little bit more difficult. We did a good job of that. Hopefully we can do that going forward.”Curry’s heroics in finals matchups against Cleveland the past two years have taught some valuable lessons.“He does a great job of just affecting the game on both ends of the floor so you just try to keep a body on him, understanding that he can get hot in a matter of a second,” Irving said. – ‘Make it tough on him’ –ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 09: Stephen Curry #30 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors look on in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPTwo-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry promises more aggressive play in Monday’s fifth game of the NBA Finals after being kept to half his playoff scoring average.The Golden State sharpshooter went 4-of-13 from the floor for only 14 points as the Warriors lost 137-116 at Cleveland in game four, still leaving Curry and his teammates ahead 3-1 in the best-of-seven title series.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBSE Institute, Mumbai has announced the launch of a Post Graduate Program in Business Journalism. Spread across four modules, this will be a full-time one year autonomous programme.The last date for receiving applications is August 20, 2012. The programme is expected to commence in the last week of August.The faculty for this program will comprise reputable practitioners from the industry.This program will provide required knowledge and understanding of financial products, develop analytical skills and build a professional ttitude amongst students.For further information, visit http://pgpbj.bsebti.comlast_img read more

first_imgAgnieszka Radwanska said she was “shocked, like everyone else” when Maria Sharapova revealed Monday that she failed a drug test in January at the Australian Open.”It was a very sad day for tennis, that’s for sure,” Radwanska said Wednesday at BNP Paribas Open at The Indian Wells Tennis Garden.Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep used much the same words while discussing Sharapova’s positive test for the drug Meldonium.Sharapova said she had been taking the drug since 2006 to help deal with a magnesium deficiency and other health issues, but wasn’t aware the World Anti-Doping Agency had added it to the list of prohibited substances this year because she hadn’t looked at the updated list.Halep, the defending women’s champion in the Indian Wells event that started Wednesday, called it “a tough moment for the sport, a bit disappointing,” and Kvitova said “I hope it will not affect the tennis world. I hope that the fans will still like tennis.” (Hold your horses on Sharapova: Navratilova )Men’s star Rafael Nadal termed it “terrible for the world of sport in general and for our sport especially.””It’s terrible because the sport must be clean and must look clean,” Nadal said. “We have a good anti-doping program and the players who are not doing the right things are going on trial, so we will see how it goes.”Nadal said he lets his doctor keep track of the changes on the prohibited substance list and is “100 percent confident with my team” and knows everything he is taking. But he also knows that nothing is foolproof.advertisement”It’s difficult to imagine that something like this can happen, but there’s always mistakes. Everybody can have mistakes. I want to believe that for sure it’s a mistake for Maria, she didn’t want to do it, but there’s always (the possibility) that it’s negligence.”The rules are like this and now she must pay for it.”Halep said she personally checks the WADA update each year and “always when I take something I turn to the people that are taking care of this, the anti-doping, and everything is sure. If you take something you have to check very carefully before.”Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, said: “I think it’s something which we all should know, what we are taking and what we are putting into the body,” and thinks Sharapova made “a huge mistake.”Radwanska called it a mistake as well, but she can understand how it happened.”I’m scared because I know every pill can have something (prohibited) in it,” said Radwanska, who said she has been tested three times this year. “So when I’m sick I’m just taking aspirin because I’m always afraid there’s going to be something else in it (medication). “Kvitova said in one way the incident can be a positive for the sport because “I think this is the kind of example that we see that they are trying to have a clean sport. I think the system is working and they are doing a good job.”What none of them knows or would even speculate on is what penalty Sharapova might face. The International Tennis Federation’s anti-doping program regulations recommend a four-year ban if the violation was intentional and a two-year ban if it was accidental.”For sure it’s a sad day for tennis but what can I say more? We’re all waiting for what they’re going to do about it and that’s it,” Radwanska said. “I don’t know. I have no idea what they going to do.”last_img read more

first_imgJoshna Chinappa on Sunday scripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Asian Squash title with a thrilling win over compatriot Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the women’s final in Chennai.In the men’s final, however, Saurav Ghosal went down fighting against No.1 seed Max Lee to finish second best.In a clash between two players who train together at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, Chinappa held off a fighting Pallikal 13-15, 12-10, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4 in 78 minutes to win probably her biggest title.The first game saw the two Indians go toe-to-toe as they mixed aggression with strong defence. Pallikal squeezed out the opener as her rival faltered at the end.The second game was another long one and went to the extra points again as neither gave away an inch. However, in a reversal of fortunes, Chinappa saved a game point to level the match.The third game was another close affair as the Indians sought to forge ahead. It was even-steven as both the players had to work hard to win every point. Pallikal saved two game points to take a crucial lead.Chinappa, however, wasn’t shaken after falling behind and came out all guns blazing to run away with the fourth game as Pallikal made too many errors for her own comfort.At the start of the decider, Pallikal suffered a mild injury scare as she slipped and fell on the court. But Chinappa kept her cool and stormed to a big lead.Pallikal fought back, but only briefly as the world No.14 Chinappa sealed a memorable triumph in front of a cheering crowd.advertisementEarlier, Ghosal faded after a bright start, which saw him win the opening game, dropping just five points, to go down 11-5, 4- 11, 8-11, 7-11 in 61 minutes against Lee, ranked 17 in the world.The Indian, cheered by a holiday crowd at the Express Avenue mall, was quickly off the blocks and hit some delectable shots to take the opening game.Undeterred by the loss of the first game, Lee roared back and ran away to win the second to level the match.The third game was a long one as both gave nothing away. Ghosal played well but his rival always had the answers to whatever was thrown at him. He hit some superb winners of his own to take the third game and gain an edge.The fourth game appeared to be heading to a rout as Lee surged to a 8-2 lead before Ghosal fought back. He saved two championship points before handing the no.1 seed his maiden Asian title.last_img read more

first_imgPARIS — Roger Federer knew when he returned to the French Open that, if things went exceedingly well, he eventually would find himself face-to-face with Rafael Nadal.Here we go.Just like old times.Federer put away Stan Wawrinka after a 75-minute rain delay Tuesday, converting a break point for just the second time in 18 chances and quickly wrapping up a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over his friend and Swiss countryman to reach the semifinals at Roland Garros.And what a showdown comes next: Federer vs. Nadal for a spot in the final.“Always,” Nadal said, “a big match.”They are two titans of tennis, with Federer holding a men’s-record 20 Grand Slam titles, and Nadal next with 17.Nadal, who won 11 of his trophies in Paris, has gotten the better of their rivalry over the years, leading 23-15 overall, 9-3 at majors, 13-2 on clay and 5-0 at the French Open, including four finals.“My next opponent is not too bad. He can play on clay, unfortunately,” Federer joked to the crowd at Court Suzanne Lenglen.They haven’t met at Roland Garros since 2011. Federer, who has won their most recent five matches, last entered the field in 2015, when he lost to Wawrinka in the quarterfinals. He pulled out with a bad back in 2016, then skipped the entire clay circuit in 2017-18.“If you to do or achieve something on the clay, inevitably, at some stage, you will go through Rafa, because he’s that strong and he will be there,” said Federer, at 37 the tournament’s oldest semifinalist since 1968. “If I would have had a different mindset — to avoid him — then I should not have played the clay.”The only time Federer won the French Open, in 2009, he didn’t need to face Nadal, who was knocked out in the fourth round by Robin Soderling. That’s one of only two losses for Nadal in 93 career matches at the place.There was very little drama in Nadal’s quarterfinal victory this time, a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 stroll against No. 7 Kei Nishikori, who went through a pair of five-setters the past two rounds.“He didn’t let me play how I wanted to play,” Nishikori said, “and especially if I’m not fresh, it’s not easy to stay with him.”Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Japan’s Kei Nishikori in three sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Federer vs. Wawrinka, meanwhile, lived up to the billing, a 3½-hour tussle between a couple of guys who won a Davis Cup title and Olympic gold medal in doubles together.Coming in, Federer held a 22-3 edge head-to-head, but Wawrinka knew this: All three of his victories had come on clay, including four years ago in the same round, on the same court.They were locked in a taut fourth set at 3-all when clouds grew thick and charcoal-colored. Thunder rumbled nearby. It was difficult to see, because there are no artificial lights. Play was suspended as a storm arrived. But it didn’t last long.Switzerland’s Roger Federer, right, and Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka, left, joke, during an interruption of their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament because of the rain at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)When action resumed, Federer needed only 10 minutes to take control, getting his second break of the match by smacking a big cross-court forehand to a corner that Wawrinka couldn’t handle. It was 5-4, and Federer only needed to hold serve to end it.That turned out to be a tad complicated.He double-faulted for the only two times of the entire afternoon, once on his second match point. He was forced to deflect a break point for Wawrinka, doing so with a serve-and-volley winner. And then, finally, on his third match point, Federer closed it out with a volley, then hugged Wawrinka at the net.“A tough, tough one, for sure,” said Wawrinka, who was coming off the longest singles match of his career, a 5-hour, 9-minute victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas.Wawrinka credited Federer, saying, “It was important to be aggressive, to be inside the court, and he did that better than me.”Attacking the net at any opportunity, Federer won the point on 41 of his 60 trips forward. It’ll be fascinating to see whether he does that against Nadal, too.“I’m looking forward to the test,” said Federer, whose last major semifinal was at last year’s Australian Open.The quarterfinals on the other half of the men’s draw are Wednesday: No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 5 Alexander Zverev, and No. 4 Dominic Thiem vs. No. 10 Karen Khachanov.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgValencia 0 Atletico Madrid 0: Simeone’s men frustrated in stalemate Dom Farrell 00:06 10/9/2017 diego simeone - cropped Getty Images Like their city rivals Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid were forced to settle for a share of the spoils against Valencia in LaLiga. Atletico Madrid were unable to celebrate Diego Simeone’s contract extension with three points as Valencia held them to a 0-0 draw at Mestalla.Long-serving head coach Simeone penned terms until 2020 with Atleti this week – a year on from negotiating a reduction in a deal that was also due to run into the next decade.His side had the upper hand for sustained spells against a committed and energetic Valencia but lacked the sharpness they showed in the 5-1 thrashing of Las Palmas before the international break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Valencia faded as an attacking force after half-time, when their threat was generally restricted to set plays, but boss Marcelino can reflect with satisfaction upon a return of five points from a tricky opening to the campaign, having watching his team battle to a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid last time out.Like both their city rivals and weekend opponents, Atleti have won one and drawn two of their initial fixtures, granting Barcelona an opportunity to claim a healthy early season advantage with victory in the Catalan derby against Espanyol later on Saturday.Angel Correa, retained in attack for Atletico as Antoine Griezmann concluded his two-game suspension, rampaged towards the Valencia penalty area in the fifth minute and his eventual shot took a deflection off the scampering Ezequiel Garay – making Neto’s save low down to his left all the more impressive.Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia played in debutant Andreas Pereira to send Juanfran twisting and turning but the on-loan Manchester United youngster blasted over from the edge of the box having fashioned space.Kondogbia was impressive as Valencia took control in the middle period of the half but Correa and Thomas Partey seized upon some sloppy work in possession from the former Sevilla man to feed Luciano Vietto, who turned and shot sharply over the crossbar.32′ | 0-0 | So close! @LucianoVietto turned perfectly, but his shot was high!#ValenciaAtleti #GoAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 9, 2017Rodrigo Moreno could not keep his header from Jose Gaya’s cross down and the deadlock remained intact at half-time as Vietto nodded past the post.Neto got behind Yannick Carrasco’s well-struck effort two minutes after the restart before another of Atletico’s Argentinians, Correa, botched an opening on the counter-attack with an over-hit pass.Valencia’s Arsenal loanee Gabriel found space off the back of Filipe Luis in the 58th minute but failed to direct his header goalwards.Simeone introduced Nico Gaitan after an hour to end a frustrating outing for Correa and Neto unconvincingly shovelled a low attempt by the former Benfica man behind after the hour.In the final 20 minutes, Kevin Gameiro joined fellow substitute Fernando Torres in attack for Atleti but a more conventional front two endured similar frustration as once absorbing contest petered out. read morelast_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks content from the sidelines.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh came into today’s game against Ohio State never having beaten the Buckeyes. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the game is over and that hasn’t changed.Ohio State dominated Michigan all afternoon, ending up winning 62-39, to finish the season at 11-1, while the Wolverines dropped to 10-2.This was a game Harbaugh had to have and he didn’t get it.It’s fair to ask, if Harbaugh was unable to beat Meyer this season, when is he going to beat him?Harbaugh was pretty quiet while speaking to reporters after the game.Michigan’s head coach had a simple message:“We’ll take responsibility for it,” Harbaugh told reporters.OK then.Michigan will now be off next weekend, awaiting its bowl game destination. If Ohio State wins next week and heads to the College Football Playoff, the Wolverines could be Rose Bowl bound.Stay tuned.last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians who make a living at sea will be remembered Sunday, Aug. 11, as the province observes Mariner’s Day and Seaman’s Memorial Day. A sunset ceremony will take place at the Fishermen’s Monument, MacCormack’s Beach Provincial Park, 1641 Shore Rd., Eastern Passage, with refreshments at Fisherman’s Cove after the event. “Mariner’s Day pays tribute to all men and women who contributed so much to the economic prosperity of this province and who lost their lives in the process,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “It also provides an opportunity to promote safety practices within the fishing industry.” Families can encourage safety by asking loved ones to take greater precautions while at sea, ensuring a crew will return home without suffering an injury or worse. The province is working with agencies and associations to promote safety within the fishing industry and to help prevent future fatalities. “On Mariner’s Day, the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia recognizes the history of the fishing industry and its contribution to our wonderful province,” said Stewart Franck, executive director of the association. “With the strong tradition of fish harvesting also comes a saga of loss and tragedy off our coast. “We are hopeful that Mariner’s Day will prompt every person associated with the Nova Scotia fishing industry to strengthen their commitment to safety at work and at sea.” A ball tournament is also planned in the Municipality of Barrington in memory of Katlin Nickerson, captain of the ill-fated Miss Ally. The tournament, which starts on Friday and wraps up on Mariner’s Day, has 18 teams registered. Funds raised will support the Katlin Nickerson Memorial Bursary. In April, the Mariner’s Day Act was passed to observe the second Sunday in August as Mariner’s Day. Some communities, such as Canso, will continue to observe Seaman’s Memorial Day. The Canso ceremony, hosted by the Canso Lions Club, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Seaman’s Memorial.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major reshuffle, the Centre on Saturday appointed four new Governors for West Bengal, Bihar, Nagaland and Tripura and transferred the Governors of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué, President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed senior Supreme Court Advocate Jagdeep Dhankhar as the new Governor of West Bengal to replace incumbent Keshari Nath Tripathi. The tenure of Tripathi will come to an end on July 24. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DaySimilarly, the President has appointed the seniormost politician of Uttar Pradesh Phagu Chauhan as Governor of Bihar, replacing incumbent Lal Ji Tandon, who has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Madhya Pradesh. As per the Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué, Madhya Pradesh Governor and former Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Uttar Pradesh. BJP member Ramesh Bais has been appointed Governor of Tripura, replacing Kaptan Singh Solanki. The President has appointed interlocutor for Naga peace talks R N Ravi as the new governor of Nagaland. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatAs per the Rashtrapati Bhavan statement, the appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices. With Anandiben’s appointment, it’s for the first time that UP will get a woman Governor since its inception in 1950. Sarojini Naidu was the first Governor in 1947 of United Provinces. As per experts, Dhankar made it to the list due to his legal experiences. “As in the given political scenario, the Centre’s first priority is to improve relations between the Centre and the state, so the appointment of Dhankar as state Governor is a move in that direction,” the experts said, adding Dhankar has a long political career too. Outgoing Governor Tripathi was at loggerheads with the Chief Minister and the relationship between Raj Bhavan and Nabanna reached a stalemate, especially during the recent Doctors’ strike in Kolkata. Dhankar was formerly a Janata Dal MP from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, during 1989-91 and a Minister in the Central government. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2003. The newly appointed Governor was also a former MLA from Rajasthan’s Kishangarh and he had also held the post of president of Rajasthan High Court Bar Association, Jaipur. Dhankar is also a member of ICC International Court of Arbitration. Newly appointed Bihar Governor Fagu Chauhan is a six time MLA from Ghosi Assembly seat of Uttar Pradesh. Chauhan is considered a prominent backward community face in the UP BJP and holds influence over the backward communities in the Mau-Azamgarh region of eastern Uttar Pradesh. Prior to joining the BJP, Chauhan won the Assembly elections for the fifth time in May 2007 on a BSP ticket from Ghosi seat. The appointment of R N Ravi as Nagaland Governor is aimed at maintaining peace in the state. Ravi, a 1976-batch IPS officer of the Kerala cadre, will replace P B Acharya, who is the current governor of Nagaland and Manipur. Ravi, who is the deputy national security adviser (NSA), took over as Centre’s representative for Naga peace talks in 2014. Ramesh Bais, who has been appointed the 18th Governor of Tripura, was a union minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Incumbent Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, who was transferred from Haryana to Tripura in August last year, will be retiring on July 26. Earlier last week, sitting Rajya Sabha member Anusuiya Uikey and senior BJP leader Biswa Bushan Harichandan were appointed as governors of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh respectively.last_img read more

first_imgTwo music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — will perform a benefit concert on Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” concert will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land. The afternoon concert will take place in a field on a farm owned by a family who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline.Also performing will be Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, and the “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars,” some of the local Nebraska artists who recorded the benefit album in the solar-powered barn built inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last summer.“Harvest the Hope” Concert tickets will go on sale the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 20. Find out more here.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Amazon is keeping the cost of an annual Prime membership in Canada steady even as it moves to raise the cost in the United States.The online retailer says the price of an annual membership will remain at $79 even as it increases 20 per cent in the U.S. starting next month.The company said Thursday that Prime members in the U.S. will now pay US$119 a year, up from US$99, starting May 11 for new members.The new price will apply to renewals of existing U.S. memberships starting on June 16.An Amazon Prime membership gives customers free two-day shipping as well as access to its video and music streaming services and other benefits.The online retailer recently disclosed for the first time that it has more than 100 million Prime members worldwide.last_img read more

CALGARY — TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) is giving customers an extra month to sign up for space on its Keystone pipeline system due to flooding from hurricane Harvey in Houston and other parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast.The company launched its open season in July to solicit binding commitments for transportation of an additional 225,000 barrels of crude oil per day on the Keystone and Keystone XL pipelines from Alberta to the market hub in Oklahoma, and on to the U.S. Gulf Coast.The deadline has now been extended to Oct. 26 from the original Sept. 28.The last remaining regulatory barrier to the Keystone XL pipeline resides with Nebraska but the company has said going ahead with construction is also conditional on receiving sufficient commercial support. read more

Valley Heights alums will voyage far and wide for a special reunion in June.Like Robert Kelle for example. A member of the VHSS Rockin’ 80s organizing committee, Kelle and his wife Cassie (formerly Crabb) will fly in from Orange County, California for the weekend festivities.“There are some folks that we’re talking to who are in Europe and Asia that are maybe coming back as well,” Robert pointed out. “We’re trying to get everyone we can.”The June 21-23 reunion won’t come on a specific anniversary but to honour those lost since the 1980s.The ball got rolling after Daryle Gaston, a popular Valley Heights Secondary School grad, died last year.“A small group of us wanted to get together and have a memorial and we said ‘it shouldn’t be about just one person’ so we started to do the numbers on how many people have actually passed away,” explained volunteer Peter McDowell.The group found that over 100 former classmates, teachers and VHSS staff members are gone – and a memorial service will be held during the weekend, as well as an open house allowing alums to catch up and share memories made at the campus. They’re doing so with the blessing of VHSS principal and alum Alison High.“We don’t want to keep losing people and not have had contact with them,” said Kelle. “We’re all connected on social media so easily now, but when is the last time we all got together in a room? I don’t bump into Valley Heights alumni every day like others do.”The weekend kicks off on the Friday evening with a reception and happy hour at New Limburg Brewery in Nixon from 5-10 p.m. The main event dinner and dance goes at the Delhi German Home from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. a night later.During his years in southern California, Kelle has created two non-profits that host upwards of 30 events a year. He’s teamed with six others – Wanda Backus Kelly, Jerry Causier, Michael Chwastiak, April Crabb, Rob McCready, and Carolyn Oatman-Rouillard – in helping host the VHSS festivities, which they hope will showcase Norfolk County to those living outside the region.“We want to shed a light on what’s happened in Norfolk in the last 30 years,” Kelle added. “We’re coming home to a region that, when we went to school, was a huge tobacco region and there’s been a lot of diversification that’s happened since then.”Some other events are also in the works, like a car show and scavenger hunt that could be held on the Saturday.Any proceeds will be donated back to the school in the form of a bursary or scholarship. A contribution will also be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association.The event isn’t about money though – organizers are more concerned about facilitating great times with old friends.“We’re getting excited about it,” said Kelle. “Events aren’t that difficult but we do need some effort and some help… it’s always going to be a mad scramble at the end, but we’ll pull it together.”For more information on the event, visit read more

Up to a third of the world’s people do not meet their physical and intellectual potential because of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and without urgent action to fortify and supplement foods children in developing nations will remain at risk of underachieving, according to a new United Nations report released today. “The overwhelming scope of the problem makes it clear that we must reach out to whole populations and protect them from the devastating consequences of vitamin and mineral deficiency,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy said of the report jointly published by her agency and The Micronutrient Initiative, a not-for-profit organization based in Ottawa, Canada. Unless action against vitamin and mineral deficiencies moves to a new level, the UN will not achieve its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of eradicating extreme poverty, improving maternal health and reducing child mortality by two-thirds by 2015, the report concludes. The severe effects of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, such as anaemia, cretinism and blindness, have long been known, but the report sheds new light on other problems caused by less extreme deficiencies, such as a lack of iron which impairs intellectual development in young children and lowers national IQs. Other problems include vitamin A deficiency, compromising the immune systems of approximately 40 per cent of children under five in the developing world and leading to the deaths of 1 million youngsters each year, and iodine deficiency in pregnancy, which causes as many as 20 million babies a year to be born mentally impaired. The report calls for the food industry to develop, market and distribute low-cost fortified food products and supplements, and for governments to control vitamin and mineral deficiency through education and legislation. Methods that have worked in industrialized nations are now so inexpensive and available that they could control vitamin and mineral deficiencies worldwide, Ms. Bellamy said. These include adding essential vitamins and minerals to regularly consumed foods and providing children and women of childbearing age with vitamin and mineral supplements. “With nearly a third of the planet affected in some way by a problem for which a clear solution exists, anything less than rapid progress is unconscionable,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautam said in launching the report in New York. read more

“In this regard, its programmes in nuclear technology, safety, security and verification constitute the unique tools that help build a better world for all people,” the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says in its Annual Report for 2004, released today. “What is needed is continued global cooperation. For the Agency, this cooperation is the key to harnessing nuclear energy in the service of development and peace.” The report highlights all aspects of the 138-Member-State agency’s work in the past year, as well as prospects for future developments. “Global nuclear developments in 2004, such as the changing outlook for nuclear power, the increasing role of nuclear applications in global sustainable development initiatives, greater international cooperation in matters of safety and security, and the increasing recognition of the need to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime, have created new challenges and opportunities for the Agency,” it says. It notes that security of nuclear and other radioactive material and associated technologies has taken on heightened significance in recent years. “However, while nuclear security is and should remain a national responsibility, some countries still lack the programmes and the resources to respond properly to the threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism. For these countries, international cooperation is essential to help them strengthen their national capacities,” it says. “International cooperation is also essential for the Agency’s efforts to assist in building regional and global networks for combating transnational threats,” it adds, stressing that its nuclear security plan is founded on measures to guard against thefts of nuclear and other radioactive material and to protect related facilities against sabotage. In this regard, the Agency has been assisting States in training customs officials, installing better equipment at border crossings, and ensuring that information on trafficking incidents is shared effectively. Since 1993, over 650 confirmed incidents of trafficking in nuclear or other radioactive material have been recorded. In 2004 alone, 121 such incidents were reported, 11 of which involved nuclear material – the highest number of incidents confirmed to the Agency in a single year since 1993. Other points in the report include: The implementation of comprehensive safeguards agreements and additional protocols remains crucial for preventing clandestine nuclear weapons programmes.There is clearly a sense of rising expectations for nuclear energy. Near term projections released in 2004 based on the most conservative assumptions predict the equivalent of 127 more 1000 megawatt nuclear plants than the 2000 projection.The ageing of the nuclear work force is a serious concern for a number of Member States, particularly those where nuclear expansion has slowed or is being reversed by phase-out policies, and new talent must be recruited to replace retirees. New recruits are also needed in countries that are planning to expand the use of nuclear power. read more

US economic growth slowed to 1.5 pct. annual rate in 2nd quarter as consumer spending weakened by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2012 6:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – High unemployment isn’t going away — not as long as the economy grows as slowly as it did in the April-June quarter.Weak consumer spending held growth to an annual rate of just 1.5 per cent, even less than the 2 per cent rate in the first quarter. And few expect the economy to accelerate in the second half of the year as Europe’s financial woes and a U.S. budget crisis restrain businesses and consumers.The growth estimate Friday from the government suggested that the U.S. economy could be at risk of stalling three years after the recession ended. Economists generally say even 2 per cent annual growth would add only about 90,000 jobs a month. That’s too few to keep up with population growth and drive down the unemployment rate, which is stuck at 8.2 per cent.The figures came in the Commerce Department’s quarterly report on gross domestic product. GDP measures the country’s total output of goods and services, from the purchase of a cup of coffee to the sale of fighter jets.“The main takeaway from today’s report, the specifics aside, is that the U.S. economy is barely growing,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at BTIG LLC. “It’s no wonder the unemployment rate cannot move lower.”Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, expects the unemployment rate to end this year — and next year — at 8.3 per cent. He said he foresees no decline in unemployment because of how tepid he thinks economic growth will remain: 2.2 per cent for all of 2012 and 2 per cent for 2013.Stocks rose as investors shrugged off the sluggish U.S growth and focused instead on pledges from European leaders to preserve the union of the 17 countries that use the euro. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up more than 187 points. Broader indexes also jumped.The lacklustre economy is raising pressure on President Barack Obama in his re-election fight with Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. But few think the Fed, the White House or Congress can or will do anything soon that might rejuvenate the economy quickly. Many lawmakers, for example, refuse to increase federal spending in light of historically large budget deficits.No president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, in the depths of the Great Depression, has been re-elected when the unemployment rate exceeded 8 per cent. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were ousted when unemployment was well below 8 per cent.Polls show that management of the economy is the only issue on which those surveyed express more confidence in Romney, with his business background, than Obama.Glenn Hubbard, economic adviser for Romney, said Friday’s report largely matched economists’ expectations.“But those expectations themselves and the report itself were actually quite disappointing,” Hubbard said. “At that pattern, the economy simply will never return to full employment.”Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, noted that the report showed the economy grew for the 12th straight quarter. Still, Congress could strengthen growth and job creation by adopting Obama’s plan to extend expiring tax cuts for all except the wealthiest Americans, Krueger said.Republicans want the tax cuts extended for all Americans.The 1.5 per cent growth rate in the second quarter was the weakest since GDP grew at a 1.3 per cent rate in the July-September quarter last year. And it shows the recovery is gaining no momentum.After shrinking 3.1 per cent in 2009 in the midst of the recession, the economy grew 2.4 per cent in 2010. Last year, growth slowed to 1.8 per cent — roughly the same meagre pace at which the economy expanded in the first half of this year.Even in normal times, such growth rates are subpar. They’re especially weak for a recovery that follows a deep recession, when growth is typically much stronger than average.Annual economic growth of 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent is needed to create enough jobs just to keep up with an expanding workforce. Healthier growth of 4 per cent or more is needed to reduce the unemployment rate significantly.The government makes three estimates of GDP for each quarter. Each revision is based on more complete economic data.The sluggish growth rate could make the Federal Reserve more likely to announce some new step after it meets next week. But Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, doubts the Fed will act at the July 31-Aug. 1 meeting.Many economists instead think the Fed will launch another round of bond buying at its September policy meeting. The aim would be to drive long-term interest rates lower and encourage more borrowing and spending.In the second quarter, GDP in current dollars rose at an annual rate of $117.6 billion to $15.6 trillion.Growth was weaker mostly because consumer spending slowed to a growth rate of just 1.5 per cent. That was down from 2.4 per cent in the first quarter.Americans bought fewer autos, computers and other long-lasting manufactured goods. But money spent on services, which represents about two-thirds of spending, rose in the April-June quarter.As they spent less, Americans also saved more. The savings rate reached 4 per cent, up from 3.6 per cent in the first quarter.The savings rate reached a low of 1.5 per cent in 2005, a year when soaring home prices made consumers feel less need to save. The rate climbed to 5.4 per cent in 2008 as the financial crisis and recession squeezed Americans.Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight, said consumer spending will likely remain subdued in the second half of the year. He thinks it will grow at or below a 2 per cent annual rate.Gas prices have stopped falling and have even started to rise in recent weeks. And this summer’s severe drought is expected to push food prices up toward the end of the year.“There is really no reason to see us pulling out of this malaise any time soon,” Gault said. “I am not calling for a recession, but I am calling for weak growth.”The U.S. economy has never been so sluggish this long into a recovery. The Great Recession officially ended in June 2009.Until a few weeks ago, many economists had been predicting that growth would accelerate in the final six months of the year. They pointed to gains in manufacturing, home and auto sales and lower gas prices.But threats to the U.S. economy have left consumers too anxious to spend freely. Jobs are tight. Pay isn’t keeping up with inflation. Retail sales fell in June for a third straight month. Manufacturing has weakened in most areas of the country.Fear is also growing that the economy will fall off a “fiscal cliff” at year’s end. That’s when tax increases and deep spending cuts will take effect unless Congress reaches a budget agreement.All that is making companies reluctant to expand and hire much.The Commerce Department also revised its growth estimates for the past three years. Those revisions showed that the economy contracted 3.1 per cent in 2009, slightly less than the 3.5 per cent previously reported. Growth in 2010 was put at 2.4 per cent, down from 3 per cent, with growth in 2011 at 1.8 per cent instead of 1.7 per cent.___Associated Press Staff Writers Christopher S. Rugaber, Paul Wiseman and Tom Raum contributed to this report. read more

first_imgBoliden has installed four trolley assist truck units at its Aitik copper mine in Sweden as the company looks to step up its vision for fossil fuel-free operations, the company’s Technology Director, Staffan Sandström told attendees at Epiroc’s Power Change Days event in Örebro, Sweden, this week.The trolley kits, supplied by Caterpillar, are running on Cat 795F haul trucks on a trolley assist line as part of a two-year trial project at Europe’s largest open-pit copper mine.For the project, Boliden has joined forces with Eitech and ABB to supply electrical infrastructure; Pon Equipment and Caterpillar for truck modifications; and Chalmers University with supporting research on system aspects of the electrification. The project is supported by the Swedish Energy Agency and has seen an investment in a 10 MW capacity DC substation.The aim is to examine the possibility of replacing elements of Aitik’s transport system with electrified trucks. The objective is to be able to move the majority of the 70 million or so tonnes of rock transported at the open pit each year entirely without the use of fossil fuel.At the event this week, Sandström confirmed the first trolley line was commissioned in September and had been working well, showing a close to two times increase in speed on an incline when compared with the equivalent diesel trucks.The real test for the trucks and trolley line was yet to come, he said.“This is nothing new; it has been done before. The new thing here is going to be working in 40° below [freezing],” he said.The project’s Technical Manager, Jonas Ranggård, made a similar remark recently in a Boliden press release, saying: “As we want to be able to use the electrified routes in all weather conditions year-round, the pilot project as a whole can only first be evaluated at the end of 2019/start of 2020.”Rikard Mäki, Project Manager for the R&D project, told IM the company was already preparing for these conditions.“Road maintenance impact is one of the parameters that will be evaluated in the pilot project in order for us to accurately take this factor into account as part of the following investment decisions. We have fitted one motor grader and a wheel loader with machine guidance systems in order to maintain correct flatness, target slope and height of the ramp.”On the trolley assist technology, Sandström continued: “Today, it works very well and roughly 30% of all transport has potential to be used on the trolley line at Aitik,” he said, adding it could have wider applications at the company’s Kevitsa nickel-copper mine in Finland.Boliden said the first Aitik trolley line is around 700 m long and is expected to save some 830 m³/y of diesel. This should help the company reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% along those routes where the technology can be implemented.In addition to the emission benefits brought to both the wider community and those operating in the mine, Sandström said the productivity and cost benefits (reducing the amount of diesel purchased) could also have a big impact.Mäki said: “We do see this technology as the most promising solution near term for both Kevitsa and Aitik in order to reduce fuel cost and emissions. Decision to move ahead with further extension of the system is pending results from the pilot test. The initial results are looking very positive and the operators are very engaged in the pilot test.”In other news, but still on haul trucks and potential electrification, Boliden confirmed in its September quarter results that, on October 19, the company reached agreement with Komatsu regarding the purchase of 17 haul trucks for Kevitsa and nine mine trucks for Aitik in an investment totalling some SEK 900 million ($99 million).The investment is being made against the background of the ongoing expansion, insourcing of transport and as a replacement for part of the existing fleet of trucks. Boliden said all of the trucks are equipped for future electrification and delivery will commence in mid-2019.last_img read more

first_imgTHE GARDA NATIONAL Drugs Unit (GNDU) arrested 61 people on suspicion of drug trafficking and seized nearly €32 million worth of drugs last year.The figure is revealed in the Garda Síochána annual report for 2013.The GNDU has overall primary responsibility for drug law enforcement in Ireland and is tasked with the investigation of drug trafficking insofar as this jurisdiction is concerned.Overall, gardaí recorded 15,405 controlled drugs offences last year.In 2013, the GNDU arrested 61 people in connection with drug trafficking offences with €31,940,000 of controlled drugs seized. This included cocaine, heroin, herbal cannabis, cannabis resin and ecstasy. Intotal, 73 significant seizures were made.These included the seizures of Operation Cogset, which nabbed €4.7 million worth of drugs in six seizures.However, Operation Nitrogen continues to be the flagship for the investigation of cannabis cultivation in Ireland.The number of cannabis plants seized has been steadily increasing over the last number of years, with €23 million worth of plants were seized in 2013.There were 28,851 cannabis plants seized during 2013 from a total of 394 “cultivation or manufacture incidents”.Gardaí also targeted mid and low-level dealers, arresting 83 dealers in connection with 192 criminal offences.Also in today’s report: More than 1,100 public complaints filed against gardaí last year >Air pistols and shotguns were the most seized firearms last year >Martin who? Callinan isn’t mentioned in opening of annual garda report >last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Study: People Who Use Emojis Have More Sex (Kinda)’Emoji House’ Feud Turns Calif. Neighborhood Pink With Rage Finally, the moment you’ve all waited for: More than 70 new emoji are coming soon to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.And while that’s not even half of the 157 icons rolled out this summer as part of Unicode’s 11.0 update, there is more than enough new material to colorfully express your thoughts.It is unclear right now which ones Apple passed up.But iDevice owners everywhere will be delighted to see new characters with red, grey, or curly hair (as well as those without any hair); more emotive smiley faces; and additional representation of animals, sports, and food.“Emoji are used by people all over the world to communicate,” Cupertino wrote in an update. “iOS 12.1 brings even more characters to the keyboard that better represent global users.”Aside from justice for gingers, you’ll find hot and cold faces; superheroes and supervillains (of both sexes); a llama, hippopotamus, peacock, and parrot; a mango; a chess pawn, and a pirate flag.The Unicode Consortium, meanwhile, put an emphasis on Asian culture, with pictures of mooncake, a Chinese baked good traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival; a red envelope, which typically signifies a monetary gift given during the holidays or special occasions; and the Nazar eye-shaped amulet, believed to protect against the evil eye.There is also a distinct nod to science and math, with images of a lab coat, microbe, test tube, petri dish, right-handed DNA, and an abacus.The new emoji are available now in the developer and public beta previews of iOS 12.1, and will launch as part of upcoming software updates to iOS, macOS, and watchOS.Unicode had already revealed 104 proposed candidates for a 2019 release; contenders include a yawning face, ballet shoes, a flamingo, an ice cube, a ringed planet, a kit, and a chair.There are also a handful of accessibility symbols: prosthetic arm and leg, ear with hearing aid, guide dog, wheelchair (manual and motorized), and probing cane.“Apple is working with the Unicode Consortium to add more disability-themed emoji to the keyboard for Unicode 12.0,” the company announced.Apple recently released a new lineup of smartphones and its next-gen Apple Watch. Read The iPhone X Can’t Have My Memoji Face and keep up to date on the trillion-dollar company here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more