Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reports

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES In other trade moves reported Friday, Los Angeles Clippers stalwart Blake Griffin is set to sign a new five-year deal that will see him remain in California.The Los Angeles Times and ESPN both reported that Griffin would sign a deal worth $173 million after scrapping scheduled meetings with Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets.It follows a tumultuous week for the Clippers, who on Wednesday saw Chris Paul depart for the Houston Rockets ahead of free agency starting on Saturday.READ: Clippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it ended’Paul joined the Rockets following a reported rift with coach Doc Rivers. Griffin, the top overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, last week opted out of his contract and became an unrestricted free agent.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Paul George and Russell Westbrook are set to become teammates in the Oklahoma City Thunder. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Indiana Pacers star Paul George is set to join the Oklahoma City Thunder in a blockbuster deal that will see Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis head in the opposite direction, reports said Friday (Saturday, Manila).ESPN reported that four-time All-Star forward George heads to the Thunder despite pledging to remain with the Pacers for the 2017-2018 season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pacquiao, Horn make weight for fight LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments George, 27, had been widely linked to a 2018 move to the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next year.READ: Paul George informs Pacers he will leave in 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsInstead, the Pacers star is now poised to join Oklahoma City, where he will forge a partnership with NBA 2016-17 Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook.No further details of the proposed deal were immediately available, but the move would enable Indiana to obtain talent for losing George, something they wouldn’t get if he played out his contract next season. Paul and Griffin have been integral to the Clippers’ record of reaching the post-season in the last six seasons, although they have never made it further than the second round.Griffin has also endured recent seasons disrupted by injuries that have restricted him to just 83 regular season appearances in the past three seasons.Griffin averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season in 61 games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

GST impasse: Modi meets top NDA ministers, Congress adamant

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi met his top ministers on Wednesday, the penultimate day of Parliament’s Monsoon Session, which is now being closely watched for whether the much-hyped Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill will see its passage in the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP is in a minority. The reform Bill was moved by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.An adamant Congress, meanwhile, has indicated that it will not let the House work if the BJP ministers implicated in the Lalit Modi and Vyapam scams do not quit.Here are the ten major developments:1. With just two days left before the Monsoon Session becomes a complete washout, PM Modi met top NDA ministers on Wednesday to plan the government strategy over the GST Bill.2. With folded hands, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu appealed to all the political parties to let the Bill pass. “I appeal all the political parties, especially the Congress and the Left: Please cooperate for passing the GST Bill. This is very important for our economic growth,” he said.ALSO READ: Centre-Opposition standoff stalls GST Bill 3. The Congress on Tuesday said the ruling BJP was trying to project that non-passage of GST Bill was a reason for the government’s “poor performance” and cover up its “economic failures” by blaming the opposition.4. “Arun Jaitley finds GST in much public interest. This has dawned after seven years,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said in a dig at the Finance Minister.5. The Congress and some parties are demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their alleged help to former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who is facing an Enforcement Directorate investigation, and of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Vyapam scam.advertisement6. Meanwhile, a group of opposition parties, barring the Congress, are meeting in New Delhi a day before Parliament’s Monsoon Session ends. Signs of an isolated Congress are more visible now following a reprimand by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on the logjam.7. The GST seeks to create a single Indian market by subsuming most indirect tax levies of the central and state governments, such as excise duty, service tax and value-added tax that is seen as facilitating tax compliance, and curbing inflation through better supply chains.ALSO READ: Congress in self-destruct mode, stalling progress: Jaitley after moving GST Bill 8. But securing legal sanction for GST is proving a lengthy process, given the Bharatiya Janata Party’s lower strength in the Upper House.9. Being a Constitution amendment Bill, it needs passage in Parliament with two-thirds majority, following which at least 15 state legislatures have to ratify it, before it is sent to the President for his assent.10. The opposition is mainly opposed to the proposal for one percent additional tax on goods travelling from one state to another, as it is felt it would not only push up prices, but also have a cascading effect.last_img read more

The Kapoor sisters just twinned in something, both men and women should have in their closets

first_imgThe Kapoor sisters barely miss a chance to look their stylish best each time–their recent outing being no different. What looked like a breezy brunch outing with the Khan sisters, Kareena, Karisma and the Arora sisters, Malaika and Amrita, was quite a stylish affair.And when you have such a stylish squad in attendance, you wouldn’t expect any less, would you? The glamorous ladies indulged in a series of photographs and a boomerang video that honestly gave us the Sex and the City vibes.Also Read: Kareena Kapoor’s denim wear will be your ultimate bae this summerBut besides their fashionable demeanour, it was the Kapoor sisters twinning in a pair of white sneakers that caught our attention. While Karisma paired her shoes with a blue denims and a single-shouldered top, Bebo kept it casual in a pair of black pants and an oversized denim jacket. Also, how great does Kareena’s new hair colour look?Anyway, almost every Bollywood star has been seen sporting white sneakers of late. From Deepika Padukone to Sonakshi Sinha and from Shraddha Kapoor to Siddharth Malhotra–white sneakers are currently all the rage in Bollywood today.So, when are you getting a pair?last_img read more

KL Rahul eyes consistency, says adapting to English condition key

first_imgIndia opener K L Rahul said he needs to quickly adapt to different England conditions in order to consistently contribute with the bat for the national team in the ongoing World Cup.Rahul scored a 92-ball 77, his second half-century of the tournament, and in the process added 180-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma against Bangladesh.The partnership laid the foundation of India’s 314 for 9, a target which proved too much for Bangladesh as they were folded out for 286 in 48 overs. The 28-run win sealed India’s semi-final spot in the World Cup.”I have learnt in the last couple of years that if I have to perform consistently for the team then I have to adapt according to the wicket,” said Rahul, who has been promoted up the order after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the tournament with a thumb fracture.”In the last few matches, the conditions that we played in, like in Southampton, Manchester and here at Birmingham, wickets were little slow. So I felt it is important to take some time initially and if I get set then I can score runs.”I knew that the firepower was there, so initially I can take a little bit of time, that is my role and so I built my innings accordingly. I am learning with each innings and getting better.”Against Bangladesh, Rohit scored a 92-ball 104 to become only the second cricketer after Kumar Sangakkara to hit a record four hundreds in a single edition of World Cup.And Rahul said only the Indian vice-captain could have played such an innings on that track.advertisement”Wicket was not so good and easy, the way Rohit made it out to be. Obviously, he is in good form and he has already scored four hundreds, so I think somebody like him only could have batted like that on that wicket,” Rahul said on ‘Chahal TV’, a short interactive programme hosted by wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for the BCCI website.”I just needed to play second fiddle and I am happy that our partnership was a 100 plus innings.”India next play Sri Lanka in their last league match at Leeds on July 6.Read more | World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant batting at No. 4 gives India the power option, says Michael ClarkeAlso See:last_img read more

Azhar Ali says Pakistan attack can hurt England in first Test

first_img Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share via Email That was the sum of Pakistan’s success before lunch but they appeared more focused after the break. Ashraf bowled a lively, aggressive and accurate spell, during which he hit Ateeq Javid on the helmet, and Rahat also improved, but it was Shadab who caught the eye. The smiling teenager once again demonstrated the considerable potential of his variations, having Lewis Hill caught at mid-off and Aadil Ali dropped at cover, as well as a handful of respectable leg-before shouts turned down, though Leicestershire’s batsmen later reported his googly can be picked, both from the hand and because it is bowled with a slightly quicker action.Even so, wickets continued to elude the visitors. Javid went on to a half-century before retiring, and the shadows of the floodlight pylons were extending a long way across the pitch before Abbas had Tom Wells caught in the gully. Even then Tom Taylor hit him for four fours in five balls before the players shook hands.“It’s a team game and everybody will have to play a part,” said Azhar. “As a senior player I need to make sure I do what I can to build a platform so we have enough runs on the board to help the bowlers. It’s never easy to play in England. It’s always challenging but we are prepared to do our best. It’s a big opportunity, especially for the younger players.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England v Pakistan 2018 With Pakistan getting ready for the first Test on Thursday Azhar Ali believes they can take 20 England wickets at Lord’s.The opener, who hit 73 on Saturday, said: “Good bowlers always take advantage of early-summer conditions and we have good bowlers.” He added: “That’s the way we’re thinking. We want to play attacking cricket, we want to take 20 wickets. That’s why we are going with five bowlers and hopefully this side will do well.”Their main strike bowler, Mohammad Amir, was unavailable here, protecting the recurring knee injury which forced him to leave the field in the Test against Ireland last week. But the fact that his fellow opening bowler Mohammad Abbas, who took nine wickets in the Test against Ireland, picked up a solitary victim deep into the evening session while his fellow seamers Rahat Ali and Faheem Ashraf both went wicketless, indicates that the pitch at Lord’s is going to have to have spice in it for there to be a serious possibility of Pakistan bowling England out twice.Accurate and economical they may have been but penetrative they were not and on a flattish track only the leg-spinner Shadab Khan looked able to make inroads.Ali also said Pakistan are likely to be unchanged from their Test victory near Dublin last week.As preparations for their two-Test series against England go, taking three wickets in the first 72 overs against what amounted to a county second XI is unlikely to fill Pakistan with confidence. Yet Ali said: “Overall we’re happy with the preparation we’ve had and hopefully that will transfer to the Tests against England. Amir is fine. He bowled very well against Ireland and in the last couple of days he’s been doing his rehab and also some bowling and he’s quite comfortable.”On a cloudless morning it took the visitors almost an hour and three-quarters to prise out Leicestershire’s young openers, who had brought up the 50 before Shadab had Sam Evans leg-before on the back foot for 22.Harry Dearden had ground his way to 19 off 77 balls when a loose drive at a wide delivery from Saad Ali gave Fakhar Zaman a low catch at backward point. Read more match reports Share on Pinterest Topics Pakistan cricket team Cricket Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Read more Imam-ul-Haq helps Pakistan dash Irish hopes of unlikely win in maiden Testlast_img read more

Canada fighting for respect with Gold Cup run

first_imgJohn Herdman couldn’t help but smile. It was seemed to be a moment, in a way, he’d been waiting for. Not the moment, but a moment, one where it appeared what he was trying to build with Canada was starting to take shape.It didn’t happen in a match or even on a field, but in a press conference room in the bowels of Bank of America Stadium as Canada prepared for the country’s third and final group stage match of the Gold Cup. They’d just lost a tight 3-1 battle to Mexico days prior.”We lost, but we learned,” Herdman said, a familiar trope. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But it was what defender Doneil Henry said that resonated just as much, if not more, than the performances thus far this Gold Cup. It felt like it mattered just as much as the 7-0 shellacking of Cuba that soon followed or the 4-0 smashing of Martinique that preceded it. “We end this path with respect, especially in Concacaf, changing the face of football in our country forever,” Henry sat up and stated with conviction. “My journey with the national team started at 18-19 years old when I got called into my first camp. The sense of professionalism maybe, the pressure to win [wasn’t there]. Now we have players playing at their clubs, top-level football, young signings who are exciting around the world.”We want to really take this seriously and put our country on the map for men’s football. I know what it’s like to play in Europe, and they look at a Canadian player as less than a footballer. My job is to help our country and leave this jersey in a better place when I’m done with the national team, knowing I was a part of changing the culture here.”One of the first conversations I had with John was about what the culture was like before, and I couldn’t tell him because we didn’t have a real mentality or anything that you would want to know about Canadian football. Right now, we know what we have here in this country and this is a great time and a great place to start showcasing what we can bring to international football.”Moments later, Herdman responded: “I think that’s what I envisioned, that someone could speak that passionately and clearly about why they wear that jersey. I’m not sure I’ve heard that before.”Canada Gold Cup 2019For the past several years, there wasn’t much reason to take pride in the performances of Canada’s men’s national team. They’ve been to the World Cup just once, in 1986. Since winning the Gold Cup in 2000, they’ve made it out of the group stage just four times in nine chances. Herdman’s predecessor, Octavio Zambrano, lasted less than one year on the job, leaving behind a program scrambling for some kind, any kind, of identity.Enter Herdman, who took the job in January 2018. He’d moved on to the men’s team after a seven-year stint with Canada’s women’s squad, widely regarded as one of the top programs in the world. He was given total control, from the senior men’s team and all national youth sides from the under-14 level.From the offset, his goal has been to build a culture, and that building process has coincided with rise of some of the top young stars in the country’s history. There’s Alphonso Davies, who made the move to Bayern Munich last year. There’s Jonathan David, who joined Lucas Cavallini in netting hat-tricks against Cuba. There are MLS stars like Mark-Anthony Kaye and Jonathan Osorio and European-based attackers like Junior Hoilett and Cyle Larin.The players are there, and they have talent, but the idea of hosting World Cup 2026 hangs over everyone’s head. All that’s needed is a plan, and Herdman believes moments like Henry’s statement and the ongoing Gold Cup run are pieces of a big puzzle that ends with one thing: respectability.”This isn’t just a day-by-day or tournament-by-tournament. We’re looking at 2026,” he said. “My federation made a commitment which was an eight-year contract. That’s the reality. When I signed for the project, you know as a coach that it’s fickle, and if I’m not the right man, then I’m not the right man, but I’m working my ass off and my staff are connecting this country.”We’ve been in every MLS club, every province, I’ve worked with every U15 player in the country. We’re doing things a little bit differently where we’re connecting our country in a way so that if I eject out tomorrow, I’ll know I’ve done something a little bit different and left it a little better than I found it.”Canada Gold CupThat path continues on with the Gold Cup. Canada’s victory over Cuba sends the team to the knockout stages, where they’ll face either Costa Rica or Haiti in the quarterfinal round. It’s a match that presents a benchmark for Canada. It also presents a chance to earn another look at Mexico, and Henry says Canada will “make it right” if they get another crack at El Tri.Knockout round success is the next step. If Canada ever hopes to catch up to the likes of the USA, Mexico or Costa Rica, or even teams like Panama and Jamaica, they’ll have to prove it in these types of situations. This is how you prepare for World Cup qualifying and this is how you earn respect on the international stage.Is the 2019 Gold Cup too soon for Canada? Maybe. Is there more work to be done before Canada can truly count themselves as a legitimate threat in Concacaf? Almost certainly. But Herdman says there is a level of belief in this program that better days are ahead, and they may not be as far away as many think.”I wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning if I didn’t believe that was possible. We just take it every game at a time. We work back from the final, and we’ve done our planning to see the USA in Chicago. That’s what a coach has to do. I have to look that far ahead and work back from that moment. It’s just a game at a time now.”He added: “If we are ever going to catch up or overtake Mexico or the USA, it’s got to mean more to us than them when we get into those big moments. A lot of people are clear on the meaning, and that really does galvanize the group. There have been some tough moments where we haven’t been able to cross that cavern, we just haven’t been able to cross that in the past. That’s clear, and we’ve got the talent, so there are no excuses any more.”last_img read more

US praises German 5G standards as Huawei battle simmers

LONDON — The top U.S. diplomat for cybersecurity policy has praised Germany’s draft security standards for next generation mobile networks, which he said could effectively shut out China’s Huawei.Rob Strayer said Wednesday the standards published last month were a “positive step.”They call for mobile providers to use “trustworthy” telecom equipment suppliers that comply with national security regulations covering secrecy of communications and data protection.The U.S. has been lobbying European allies to ban Huawei from new 5G networks over concerns China’s communist leaders could force the company to use its equipment for cyberespionage.While no European countries have issued blanket bans, Strayer said a “risk-based” approach to evaluating telecom suppliers, including their relationship with their national government, would “lead inevitably” to banning Huawei.The Associated Press read more

Prime Ministers office denies misusing office

The Prime Minister’s office said that the MOU was signed at the Prime Minister’s official residence and that his residence can be used for his personal work. In the letter to Transparency International Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister’s office also said that the MOU was based on the work to be carried out by the United National Front after the August 17 Parliament election.The Prime Minister’s office also said that legal opinion had also been sought before the MOU was signed to ensure election laws were not violated. (Colombo Gazette) The office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe has denied allegations that the office has been misused for election propaganda work.Transparency International Sri Lanka had written to the Elections Commissioner stating that the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the United National Party (UNP) and the political parties in the United National Front for Good Governance, was signed at the Prime Minister’s office at Temple Trees and that this was a violation of election laws. However in a letter to Transparency International Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister’s office said that the allegations were baseless. read more

Lanka will be an example to the world says US

The United States says the success in rebuilding Sri Lanka and reconciling the people will be an example to the rest of the world.Visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Designate) Thomas Shannon, speaking in Trincomalee today, said that during his visit it was exciting to witness first-hand the important work that communities, civil society organizations, and local authorities across this island are undertaking to improve the living standards of Sri Lankans. “We will work toward equitable economic growth – especially in less-developed regions – creating more jobs and higher incomes. And we will work toward an enhanced partnership between the state, civil society, and citizens. That means a strong legal system, a robust civil society, and an effective government that is able to deliver services to all Sri Lankans,” he added.He said the US will continue support to communities in the East, currently worth more than 3.2 billion Sri Lankan rupees ($23 million). “We are supporting programs that bring together Tamil, Sinhalese, and Muslim youth on the sports field. And we are providing them with English language and entrepreneurship training, as well as opportunities for exchange programs, and ways to address issues like gender-based violence. We’re also working with partners in the East to help eradicate the risk from those terrible remnants of war – landmines. That means increasing mine-risk awareness and building the capacity of mine detection teams. We’re moving toward a future where a farmer can till a field and a child can play cricket without any fear of losing a limb, or worse, to a hidden land mine,” he added.Shannon said the United States will steadfastly support the Sri Lankan people as they continue on their historic journey towards prosperity, peace, and reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette) He says the US is proud to have played a part in the amazing things Sri Lanka has accomplished over nearly 60 years and in the decades ahead, the US will continue to focus on areas critical to long-term progress. “I am impressed by the progress your country has made, both economically and socially. And the United States is so proud to work with you and help support that progress. For nearly 60 years, U.S. development assistance has invested in the people of Sri Lanka, in their communities, and in the relationship between our two nations,” he said. read more

SMMT to hold digital radio seminar

In June 2009, government published the Digital Britain Report, which includes plans that require all new vehicles to be fitted with digital radios from 2013 and every vehicle currently on the road, but not fitted with a digital radio, to be digitally enabled from as early as 2015. The programme for the digital radio seminar on 14 December has been sent to those members who requested it. The seminar is free to attend but places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  To help its members gain a better understanding of digital radio, SMMT will hold a seminar on 14 December. The event will feature speakers from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Highways Agency, BBC, Arqiva, Frontier Silicon and Trafficmaster.  These representatives will cover the political background of the Digital Britain Report, questions of coverage and content and the availability of traffic information, as well as providing an informed insight into other services which the switch to digital will enable. Speakers from Ford and Jaguar Land Rover will present the industry’s perspective on the proposed migration from analogue to digital. Members interested in attending the digital radio seminar should contact Bob Davis (bdavis@smmt.co.uk).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

OSUs Marder catching on with professional league

For the Ohio State softball team, the season is over. But one senior will trade away her Buckeyes uniform to represent a new team.Catcher Sam Marder, Ohio State’s all-time home run and RBI leader, will suit up for the Akron Racers this summer in the National Pro Fastpitch league.Marder was the seventh overall pick and first selection for Akron.“I’ve been watching her play for four years and her work ethic and athleticism is unbelievable,” said Joey Arrietta, president and general manager for the Racers.Though Marder is known for her hitting, Arrietta considered that a bonus when she drafted the two-time All-American.“To make your pitching staff the best it can be, you need a great receiver on the other end,” Arrietta said. “I looked first at the catcher she was. You need to allow the pitcher to throw every type of pitch in her repertoire. I think we have a solid pitching staff and my job was to get the best catcher out there to help.”Marder will face difficult competition as big names like Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Jessica Mendoza all play in the league. In fact, 10 out of the 17 players for the 2010 USA national team will be playing in the NPF.Though Marder is facing tougher competition, Arrietta expects nothing less than a stellar performance this year from her starting catcher.“I expect her to make a great transition from the collegiate game to our level,” she said. “I think she has had a significant amount of experience and I expect her to be part of that starting lineup and make an impact in our lineup.”The league features four teams: the Chicago Bandits, Tennessee Diamonds, USSSA Pride and Akron Racers.With four teams in the league, the five-round draft set-up only allows teams to pick the best seniors in college softball.Marder will play under two-time Olympic Gold medalist Crystl Bustos. Bustos, who retired from the Racers this past summer, has agreed to be the field manager.Marder will also have a chance to reunite with former OSU player Jamee Juarez. The combo played together in the 2006-2007 season.Though Marder could not be reached to comment, she said earlier this season she is excited for the opportunity to play professional softball.The excitement between Marder and the Racers is mutual.“Four years ago I didn’t know if we were going to be able to get her into a Racers uniform,” Arrietta said. “Now that she is, I am extremely thrilled and can’t wait to see what she does for us.” read more

Massive coal ash spill in Tennessee

first_imgThe Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has a coal-burning power plant located near Harriman, Tennessee, along Interstate 40 between Knoxville and Nashville, USA. On December 22 homes near the Kingston coal plant were flooded with over a billion gallons of coal waste. It covered 400 acres of land up to 1.8 m and flooded into tributaries of the Tennessee River – the water supply for Chattanooga and millions of people living downstream in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. Preliminary water tests from rivers near the spill show elevated levels of pollutants such as mercury and lead, a environmental group said on Friday. “We’re concerned that the water poses a greater risk to residents in the area than has been revealed so far,” said Matt Wasson, a program director at Appalachian Voices, an environmental group that co-ordinated the testing of the water with scientists from Appalachian State University.The environmental group’s tests, undertaken on December 27, showed higher levels of the pollutants of arsenic, mercury and lead than reported by the TVA and the US Environmental Protection Agency.Arsenic levels from the Kingston power plant canal, for example, tested at nearly 300 times the allowable limits in drinking water. A sample from over 3 km downstream revealed arsenic at about 30 times the limit. “Although these results are preliminary, we want to release them because of the public health concern and because we believe the TVA and EPA aren’t being candid,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chair of the Waterkeeper Alliance, said in a release.The United Mountain Defense (http://www.unitedmountaindefense.org/) reports: “This spill is over 40 times bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. This is a huge environmental disaster of epic proportions.“United Mountain Defense has been at the site of the spill sharing information about the extremely serious threats to human health and the environment. We have been going door to door passing out information about the chemicals that may be present in impacted drinking water. TVA is advising families to boil water however they are not informing anyone about the reasons for needing to boil the water or sharing any chemicals that may be present in their water.“TVA has reported that preliminary water test show that the drinking water at the nearby water treatment facility meets standards, but lots of community members have well water or depend on water being pumped from a spring located in the flooded area. There is also still the potential for more sludge to enter the water supply thorough waste runoff.“TVA says the area is not toxic but you can see coal sludge in the water and dead fish on the banks. The members of this community are without clean water and many without electricity or gas heat.“Residents say that they are not surprised by the flood because TVA has been fixing leaks in the retention wall for years and one person said this wall had been leaking for months before it broke.”last_img read more

Increasing safety and reducing costs with collision warning systems

first_imgBooyco Electronics’ Collision Warning System (CWS) has provided the local and African mining industry with a cost effective and efficient way of increasing employee safety. The system effectively reduces downtime by eliminating collisions between vehicles, as well as collisions between vehicles and pedestrians. Pending legislation from the Department of Mineral Resources on the compulsory implementation of some form of collision warning system technology, coupled with pre-existing OHS legislation compliance requirements from the Department of Labour, will increase the safety onus for mine management.“The biggest contributors to on-site mine accidents are noise and vehicle blind spots,” Anton Lourens, Managing Director of Booyco Electronics says. “Our primary objective has always been to supply dependable collision warning systems that address the specific needs of the industry. As the operator of one of the largest footprints of such technology we have been able to take specific feedback from our customers and, together with our strategic alliance partners, further develop our systems.”A critical element in the design of the Booyco Electronics CWS is its ability to transmit signals through rock in the underground mining environment. The system contains a sensing device that is able to detect the presence of an object (vehicle or person) in real time and relay an audible and/or visual warning alarm to the equipment operator.As we develop closer partnerships with customers, we have been able to leverage our sensor technologies for varying applications including video cameras and radio frequency identification (RFID) systems. Very-low frequency (VLF) RFID is proven as the only successful technology for CWS.“The Booyco Electronics CWS works equally well on electrically-driven and diesel-powered vehicles, and this is important as many operators have a mixed fleet,” Lourens points out.Lourens explains that VLF and ultra-high frequency (UHF) is the optimum combination in a solution in terms of enhanced accuracy and reliability. VLF is ideal for warning pedestrians who work or move near machinery and UHF signalling is used to warn equipment operators of the presence of other vehicles. Both frequencies are incorporated in Booyco Electronics’ CWS technology.“VLF is now accepted by the mining industry as the only reliable technology for collision warning underground. This is due to its ability to penetrate rock, so even when a pedestrian is around the corner or on the other side of a rock wall, they will receive ample warning that a vehicle is approaching. Similarly, the equipment operator will be alerted to the presence of pedestrians so that he may proceed with due caution,” Lourens says.VLF technology provides an extremely stable and predictable system which can be set to function within predetermined zones, with a high degree of accuracy. As a bonus, it is not adversely affected by surrounding equipment, so interference is not an issue.“Ultimately mines require a warning system that provides them with the dual benefits of enhanced uptime and compliant safety practice. The collision warning systems supplied by Booyco Electronics provide a single source supply for reliable and accurate warning, locating and monitoring systems capable of operating in uniquely African conditions,” Lourens concludes.last_img read more

Hungary Round 13 Easy victory for SC Pick Szeged with 50 goals

After the very important victory against Croatia Zagreb in the European Champions League, the Hungarian League leader SC Pick Szeged faced Kecskemét on Wednesday. Due to heavy financial problems the guest team only consisted of young players.Apart from defence specialist József Czina and serbian international Rajko Prodanovic, who was injured during last week’s CL match, all other players were available for Szeged coach László Skaliczki. As expected the match ended with an easy victory for the home team (50-18) with mainly their substitute players on the field. Having played to the best of their abilities with some good performance the Kecskemét youngsters need not be ashamed of the result in an arena in which MKB Veszprém KC suffered heavy defeat in October.The best scorers were Márk Hegedűs (11), Marinko Kekezovic (7), Antonio Pribanic (6) and Zsolt Balogh (6) from the home team.Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: Ivanyi Aurel baloghczinahegeduskecskemetPick Szegedpribanicprodanovicskaliczki ← Previous Story Kielce with an impressive win in Polish Cup Next Story → EHF Cup Final Tournament to be played in French Nantes next May read more

Espèce menacée en Australie le koala a de puissants ennemis

first_imgEspèce menacée : “en Australie, le koala a de puissants ennemis”Le 30 avril dernier, le gouvernement d’Australie a annoncé que le koala était désormais reconnu comme espèce vulnérable dans plusieurs régions du pays. Une décision qu’attendait de pied ferme l’Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) qui milite pour protéger l’animal. Deborah Tabart, présidente de la Fondation a accepté de répondre aux questions de Maxisciences pour revenir sur l’évènement.Maxisciences – Comment avez-vous accueilli la décision du gouvernement australien ?Deborah Tabart – Je suis assez partagée sur cette annonce parce que la décision ne concerne pas tous les koalas australiens. Si les koalas de deux régions d’Australie sont désormais listés, ce n’est pas le cas de ceux qui vivent dans le district de Victoria alors qu’ils ont autant besoin de protection que les autres. La situation est donc loin d’être parfaite à mes yeux. Selon vous, pourquoi le gouvernement a t-il exclu les koalas de Victoria de cette décision si ceux-ci montrent le même déclin que les autres ?Depuis des dizaines d’années, le gouvernement de Victoria estime qu’il y a trop de koalas dans la région. Une affirmation avec laquelle je ne suis pas du tout d’accord. Je pense qu’il existe un lobbying considérable à Victoria et que les gens redoutent que le koala soit un jour listé comme espèce menacée. Mais comment le ministère de l’Environnement australien peut-il dire “je vais protéger ces koalas et pas ceux-là” ? Je ne comprends pas. A mon sens, cela démontre que les lobbies continuent encore d’interférer dans les décisions. Les Etats-Unis considèrent le koala comme vulnérable depuis 2000. Comment expliquez-vous que cela ait pris autant de temps en Australie ? Ce sont selon moi exactement les mêmes raisons qui expliquent ce retard. En Australie, le koala a de puissants ennemis. Les gens perçoivent le listing comme une menace pour le développement et l’économie notamment pour l’exploitation forestière. Mais je crois que dans notre monde moderne, ces sociétés ont besoin d’être beaucoup plus réfléchies que cela. Au cours des dernières années, il est évident que les lobbies et leur peur du listing ont beaucoup joué dans les décisions. Et recevoir une telle pression rend la situation bien plus compliquée. Pensez-vous que le ministère peut revenir sur sa décision concernant les koalas de Victoria ? Non, je ne pense pas. Lors de son annonce, le ministre de l’Environnement Tony Burke a clairement fait comprendre la position du gouvernement et la direction vers laquelle il voulait se tourner. Mais j’estime que c’est loin d’être suffisant pour les koalas au vu des menaces qui pèsent sur eux. Imaginez ce qu’il adviendrait du tourisme australien si le koala, cette espèce emblématique, venait à disparaitre. Avec de telles conséquences, je n’explique toujours pas comment le lobbying peut avoir un tel pouvoir dans la lutte pour la protection de l’animal.Lors de son annonce, le ministre a déclaré qu’il restait environ 200.000 koalas en Australie. Êtes-vous d’accord avec cette estimation ?Notre fondation a passé les vingt dernières années a tenté de réévaluer le nombre de koalas vivant encore à l’état sauvage. Aujourd’hui, nous estimons qu’il en reste moins de 100.000 en Australie. Je pense que le ministre n’a absolument aucun document qui confirme les chiffres qu’il a évoqués. Au cours des dix dernières années, j’ai dû argumenter par des chiffres et le gouvernement a ces chiffres aujourd’hui. Mais la question désormais n’est plus de savoir combien il reste de koalas en Australie, c’est de savoir si oui ou non la population décline. J’estime que nous sommes arrivés à un moment où le gouvernement a reconnu que c’était le cas. Pourtant, il n’en fait toujours pas assez pour protéger les koalas.L’Union internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN) considère encore aujourd’hui le koala comme une espèce de préoccupation mineure. Comment expliquez-vous cela ?C’est une bonne question. L’UICN suivent des instructions précises qui sont beaucoup trop étroites. Elles sont centrées sur des notions et perspectives européennes et ne comprennent pas à quel point notre pays est grand. Et quand l’UICN vient faire une évaluation, elle s’adresse directement aux autorités et au gouvernement. Au cours de toute ma carrière, soit plus de 25 ans, je n’ai jamais été interrogée par des membres de l’union et je n’ai jamais vu aucun de leurs scientifiques arpenter la végétation australienne pour savoir ce qu’il en était réellement. Si je respecte le travail de l’UICN, je ne crois pas que leur évaluation de la population de koalas soit correcte.Pensez-vous que la décision du gouvernement australien peut pousser l’UICN à revoir son listing du koala ? Je me plais à penser que l’UICN pourrait changer d’avis oui, mais je ne crois pas que cela va se produire. Tout simplement parce que l’étape “espèce vulnérable” est juste une étape en dessous d'”espèce menacée”. Dans la mesure où l’UICN considère toujours les koalas comme une préoccupation mineure, c’est loin d’être suffisant. Et encore une fois d’où l’union tient-elle son évaluation pour faire un tel listing ? Se baser sur quelques chiffres et quelques observations ce n’est pas assez. C’est bien plus complexe que cela. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Avant même l’annonce du gouvernement, vous avez déclaré que la décision quelle qu’elle soit ne suffirait pas. Quels sont donc les projets de la fondation pour les mois à venir ?La décision du ministre est un pas en avant mais tout ceci démontre bien que les lois qui existent actuellement ne sont pas capables d’assurer la protection des koalas et de leur habitat. C’est pourquoi je pense que notre organisation doit appuyer encore davantage son action pour s’assurer que ces animaux reçoivent la protection dont ils ont besoin au cours des prochaines années. Dans ce but, je suis allée à Canberra rencontrer les sénateurs Bob Brown et Larissa Waters qui ont rendu publique leur intention de présenter en juin au Parlement un projet de loi pour la protection des koalas. Une démarche qui représenterait un évènement historique pour nous.  Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site de l’Australien Koala Foundation : http://www.savethekoala.com/Information exclusive. Toute reproduction interdite sans mention explicite du site Maxisciences.Le 9 juin 2012 à 15:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Flights Grounded at Newark Airport After Two Drones Spotted Flying Nearby

first_img Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals Stay on target Flights bound for Newark Liberty International Airport were halted on Tuesday evening, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).Two drones were seen about 3,500 feet above Teterboro Airport in Bergen County, New Jersey, a senior federal aviation source told ABC News. Teterboro Airport is about 17 miles north of Newark Liberty.After the sighting, takeoffs from Newark were halted and inbound planes were held in the air.#BREAKING A ground stop has been established at Newark Liberty International Airport after a drone activity seen on final approach to the airport, according to the FAA. pic.twitter.com/dF6vGj3J9Z— Jeffrey Cook (@JeffreyCook) January 22, 2019The New York Times reports that by 5:45 p.m., planes had resumed landing at Newark, but planes headed for the airport from other cities were blocked from taking off.The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week proposed new rules and a pilot project to allow drones to fly overnight and over people without waivers under certain conditions.Last month, London’s Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second busiest airport, cancelled 800 flights and shut down for more than a day due to a drone disruption, which led to the arrest of two people.More on Geek.com:Report: UK Invests Millions in Anti-Drone TechWatch: Drone Helps Rescue Deer from Frozen LakeYou May Soon Be Able to Fly a Drone Over a Crowd, at Nightlast_img read more

Pochettino thrilled with Spurs 20 win at Arsenal

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed their “amazing victory” over rivals Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday nightSpurs defeated Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to book a place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli.And Pochettino, who left out Harry Kane in one of four changes for the game, was delighted to get his first win at Arsenal’s own backyard.“I feel so happy, very pleased. It’s my first victory at the Emirates and the first clean sheet for Tottenham (at the Emirates),” Pochettino told the club website.“The performance was very solid and at the end we got what we wanted, to be in the semi-finals and now we prepare for Chelsea in the semi-finals.“It was a tough game, a derby, you need to play differently because there are a lot of emotions. It was so competitive. Arsenal have a very good team. The game was very exciting.“It was an amazing victory for us, for our fans. They enjoyed it a lot. A few weeks ago when we lost here they suffered a lot and this is a moment to enjoy.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Spurs will now compete in semi-finals of the competition for the first time since the 2014/15 campaign.Pochettino’s men will face Chelsea in the next round, who ironically were the ones who beat them in the 2015 final.“It’s an important thing to be in the semi-final,” continued Pochettino.“It’s our fifth season and (we’ve been in) four semi-finals. Remember, we played the final against Chelsea (League Cup, 2015), another semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup (2017) and Manchester United in the FA Cup (2018).“We are close. The effort is massive and the most important thing is to be there, competing and trying and one day maybe we will get the reward we deserve.”The first leg between Spurs and Chelsea will take place on January 7 at Wembley.last_img read more

Two Missing After Explosion Fire In Whittier

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Fire Department responded  with mutual aid late Sunday to assist Whittier Fire with an explosion and boat fire at the commercial dock. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, two people are missing after the explosion and fire. According to Norcross the F/V Alganik has sunk and there is a 100-yard safety zone around the area. Around 12:30am, Monday there was a voluntary evacuation order for nearby Whittier Manor. Photo credit: M. Garhart Shortly before 3am, the Girdwood Fire department confirmed the fire had been contained. Limited details are known at this time. Additional Details will be posted as they are made available. Coast Guard spokesperson Manda Norcross: “A propane tank that had been leaking exploded aboard the F/V Alganik exploded causing the fire which spread to nearby buildings and vehicles.”last_img read more