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first_imgFILE – This Wednesday, March 20, 2019, file photo shows a basketball with March Madness 2019 in a rack before Michigan practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. An Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that’s perfect through 48 games on the’s “Bracket Challenge,” according to the NCAA. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that’s perfect through 48 games on the’s “Bracket Challenge,” according to the NCAA.Gregg Nigl of Columbus told The Columbus Dispatch he almost didn’t fill out his bracket last week, saying he was home sick just hours before the deadline. But he felt bad about not entering a bracket in his friend’s tournament group.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ In addition to his historic bracket, two of Nigl’s other three brackets are in first place in their groups, the Dispatch said.Nigl has been watching the games closely, stopping on a recent trip with his wife at a brewery in Erie, Pennsylvania, to watch Michigan beat Florida in the Round of 32. Nigl, who grew up in Michigan, is a lifelong Wolverines fan.In his perfect bracket, Nigl has No. 1 Gonzaga beating No. 2 Kentucky for the national title. Duke and Virginia round out his Final Four.While Nigl likes how he picked the remaining games, he isn’t counting on his bracket to stay perfect.“Seeing the odds of a perfect bracket up until this point, I’m not very confident that it will stay that way,” Nigl said. “But anything can happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Heat raise Chris Bosh’s No. 1 jersey to the rafters Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Instead, he correctly predicted every game through the first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA tournament.The NCAA bracket tracker says the bracket is the only perfect one remaining across all major online bracket games, including Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated and the NCAA’s own contest. It’s the longest streak of correct bracket picks, breaking the reported record of 39 games, which happened in 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe NCAA says the odds of a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion — so bettors, take the under.Nigl, 40, said he researched his picks, doing his homework after the tournament field was unveiled, including watching some of the bracket shows on TV. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgUsain Bolt’s coach is convinced the Jamaican phenomenon can once again put aside injury concerns and mediocre form to maintain his grip on the major sprint titles at this month’s world championship.The 28-year-old returns to the Bird’s Nest stadium where he first stunned the world at the 2008 Olympics for the Aug 22-30 championships, bidding to retain his 100 and 200 metres titles.Bolt is certainly short of competitive races and struggled for times this season until he twice clocked 9.87 seconds in the 100 metres in London late last month.His coach Glen Mills, though, believes the Olympic champion and world record holder in both sprints will be able to hit his straps when it matters.”The last two years have been very challenging for both Usain and myself,” Mills told Reuters.”Unfortunately, he has had a number of different injuries to overcome which have affected his training and the number of competitions he has been able to compete in.”But Bolt is a champion who knows nothing but excellence when performing on the world stage.”American Justin Gatlin enters Beijing in better form than the Jamaican with world leading marks of 9.74 and 19.57 seconds as he seeks to win his second world sprint double since first doing so in Helsinki in 2005. In seven head-to-head clashes over 100 metres, Bolt has beaten Gatlin six times.Bolt’s record at major meetings since he wrote his name into track history by winning the 100 and 200 metres in world record times at the Beijing Olympics is quite extraordinary.Only a false start in the 100m four years ago in Daegu has prevented him from sweeping the sprint titles at the 2009, 2011 and 2013 world championships and London Olympics.advertisementBolt, who turns 29 the day before the world championships open, underwent surgery on his left foot in 2014 which restricted him to run only a few 100m races as well as the 4×100 relay at the Commonwealth Games, where Jamaica won gold.This season, a blocked sacroiliac joint which restricted his movement and placed pressure on his knee and ankle has affected his preparations for Beijing and forced him to withdraw from the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meets.”We have been making a number of changes on the way he trains and have been getting results,” said Mills. “However, I would have wanted him to have had more races.”Bolt’s season best marks of 9.87 and 20.13 are only ranked sixth and 19th respectively in the world this year and well shy of the records of 9.58 and 19.19 he set at the 2009 world championships.Like Mills, though, his agent Ricky Simms is confident Bolt can outdo all challengers once again.”Everyone knows that Usain shows up when it comes to championships,” he told Reuters by phone.”He’s been in this situation before, he’s had a few races where it didn’t go to plan and then at the Championships he always delivers, so I would say I’m extremely confident in Usain’s ability.”Mills, who also guided Yohan Blake (2011) and Kim Collins (2003) of St. Kitts and Nevis to 100m world titles, has now been coaching Bolt for a decade and said the lean times made the successes all the more enjoyable.”It certainly would mean a great dealt to me to continue to pilot his successes and more so in these difficult years.”last_img read more

first_imgSuzuki Motorcycles have launched their all new sport bikes GSX-R1000 AND GSX-R1000R in India. The GSX-R1000 has been priced at Rs 19 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) while the GSX-R1000R has been priced at Rs 22 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). Suzuki has completely redesigned the bikes making them more aerodynamic among other things. The engine is new and has a smaller capacity than the earlier engine. Still, it makes more power and boasts of Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing derived from Suzuki’s MotoGP machines. The engine is fitted onto a new chassis which is compact and narrower and gives a lighter feeling during handling, which is aided by the Showa Big Piston Forks, Brembo monoblock front caliper and Bridgestone RS10 Radial Tyres. Apart from all of these, the GSX-R comes with 6 direction IMU to aid with latest electronics such as a 10 level Motion Track TCS System, Motion Track Braking System with ABS, LED Headlight & Taillight and full LCD instrumentation. If you are looking for more, there is the GSX-R1000R which adds Launch Control, Bi-directional Quick Shifter, Showa Balance Free Suspension, Lean ABS and LED Position Lights. In the words of Mr. Satoshi Uchida, Managing Director, SMIPL, “After 3 decades and more than 1 million GSX-Rs sold worldwide, Suzuki is proud to launch the 6th Generation GSX-R1000 for its enthusiastic customers in India. This is the most advanced and most exciting Suzuki GSX-R in history and embodies Suzuki’s passion for riding and racing motorcycles. We are sure the discerning riders will appreciate the legacy and enjoy the technology and riding pleasure from this cutting edge motorcycle.”advertisement The GSX-R1000 will be available in Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Mat Black colours while the GSX-R1000R will be available Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black colours. Also Read:Maruti Suzuki commence bookings for new Dzire in Indialast_img read more

first_img Read more Having seen how well it worked out for Chelsea when they brought José Mourinho back for a second stint at Stamford Bridge, Internazionale are thinking about rekindling their love affair with the Portuguese ice hockey star. The flame hasn’t died and Inter suit Beppe Marotta is planning talks with the football heritage expert about a romantic reunion.However, while those memories of Mourinho winning the Champions League with the Nerazzurri in 2010 still burn strong, the Italian giants should know the man they knew has developed quite a strong fondness for Marouane Fellaini in recent years. Share on LinkedIn features Football Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Topics Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Twitter Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Speaking of people with connections to Inter, Philippe Coutinho is having a rotten time at Barcelona. The Brazilian midfielder is struggling to convince Camp Nou regulars of his worth, so he could be heading back to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester United both interested in annoying Liverpool fans by signing the 26-year-old.Chelsea scouts were at the recent Lisbon derby to watch Benfica’s João Félix and Rúben Dias and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes. Félix and Fernandes are midfielders. Putting two and two together, the Mill reckons that Maurizio Sarri is interested in signing a new midfielder. Further calculations suggest that means Sarri is dissatisfied with his current options in the engine room — so it’s just as well that Paris Saint-Germain want N’Golo Kanté.United are also set for a busy summer. Despite Victor Lindelöf’s improved form, which just happens to have coincided with Mourinho leaving Old Trafford, they still want a new centre-back. Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Inter’s Milan Skriniar and Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen feature on their shopping list.Arsenal and Tottenham are battling it out to sign Matthias Ginter from Borussia Mönchengladbach, who probably aren’t bracing themselves for Stan Kroenke and Daniel Levy to start a furious bidding war. Meanwhile Leicester plan to keep James Maddison away from Spurs by arguing that luxury cheese rooms are naff.• This article was amended on 8 February 2019. An earlier version mistakenly said Matthias Ginter’s current club was Borussia Dortmund. Rumour Milllast_img read more

first_imgMy oh my, how the times have changed.A few short years ago, if you wanted to listen to a bit of music, you made your way over to the gramophone. If you wanted to send a text-based missive to an acquaintance, you turned to the Postal Service or ordered a telegram. If you wanted to watch a program, you sat down in front of the Look-O-Box.Now all those tasks, and so many more, are handled by that ubiquitous device you clutch so dearly in that little claw of yours, the smartphone! What has enabled these devices to supplant so many other types of technology? Why, the app, of course. And I’m not talking about shrimp cocktails, except for in this current sentence, in which I am, in fact, talking about shrimp cocktails.Related: Outdoor AppsWhen apps (or “applications”) first began cropping up in the late 1960s (or maybe it was the early 2000s), it was considered the height of fashion to say: “There’s an app for that!” whenever applicable. Appropriate use of this phrase elicited tittering laughter from the ladies and backslapping from the gentlemen. For example, were a fellow to say “I should certainly like it were my iPhone to make a noise like a lightsaber from those inimitable (original) Star Wars films,” you would then shriek “There’s an app for that!” And now that we’ve beaten that horse well past the point of death…As you surely know, today there really are apps for just about everything, and that’s true whether you use an iPhone, Android, or other platform. Some apps are quite useful, helping you manage your schedule, access streaming video content, or battle zombies. Then we have some selections from the fringe…Batshit crazy though they may seem, these are all real, honest-to-goodness apps you can download right now. (But which you probably shouldn’t.) Hold OnThis app is a waste of time. That’s literally all it is, and I’m literally almost using the word “literally” properly. You launch the app, then you hold the gray button that says Hold On for “as long as you can,” which can also be read as “until the crushing realization of the futility at hand crystalizes in your suddenly seething brain.” Check your score to see how much of your goddamn life you wasted last time, and don’t forget to submit your score so you can suffer the scrutiny of others!Carrr MateyHave you ever forgotten where you parked your car and ended up wasting precious time searching for it? Did you ever wish there were some way to record your vehicle’s location for easy recovery? And have you wished that this recovery process would be narrated by a pirate? Probably lost you on the last point there, but… if a pirate guide is your thing, this is your app.Drunk Dial No!OK, this is actually not a bad idea for some people. If you have a tendency to tipple and then you start calling/texting/sexting people who might be better left alone or contacted when you were sober, then let your sober self take control before it’s too late. This app allows you to set select contacts as off limits after certain hours or for certain chunks of time. Of course you can bypass it by manually typing in their number…Finger TreadmillIf you use this app once or twice as a joke to share with your friends or a date, fine, have your fun. If you use this app for more than two or three minutes total (as in during your lifetime), then guess what, buddy? Your problem isn’t the Finger Treadmill app, it’s the proverbial hamster wheel of your entire existence.Llama or DuckDo you think you have what it takes to discern the difference between a llama and a duck? This app will help prove your mettle! The images flash and it’s up to you to click the right box… is that a duck? Was it a llama? What the hell are you doing with yourself, man? There are mountains to climb, books to read, humans with whom to speak, a whole–wait, it was a duck? Dammit! OK, try again… 10 Road Trip Apps That’ll Make Your Next Journey More Epic Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Top 5 Best Note-Taking Apps How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germanylast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex advanced over 200 points in early session on Friday, led by gains in index heavyweights Infosys and RIL, amid positive cues from global markets.After rising 223 points, the 30-share index was trading 164.05 points, or 0.45 per cent, higher at 36,808.47 at 0930 hours, while the broader Nifty rose 44.15 points, or 0.41 per cent, to 10,892.05.In the previous session on Thursday, the BSE barometer ended 80.32 points, or 0.22 per cent, lower at 36,644.42, while the Nifty settled 3.25 points, or 0.03 per cent, higher at 10,847.90. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalTech Mahindra was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack in early trade on Friday, rallying over 4.70 per cent, after the company announced expansion of its strategic multi-year collaboration with AT&T.Other gainers included Tech Mahindra, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, NTPC, Axis Bank, ONGC, Tata Motors, Infosys, PowerGrid and RIL, rising up to 1.95 per cent.On the other hand, Sun Pharma, Yes Bank, HDFC duo and HCL Tech slipped up to 2.47 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management, regular news flow from the RBI and the Finance Ministry have helped to stabilise equity markets lately.”Markets continue to display resilience in holding on to important technical long term support,” he said, adding that investors were further calmed by news of upcoming resumption of talks between China and the US.Bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea were trading in the green in their respective late morning sessions. On Wall Street too, stock exchanges ended significantly higher on Thursday.The rupee, meanwhile, appreciated 12 paise against its previous close to trade at 71.72 in early session.Global oil benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.26 per cent higher at 61.11 per barrel.On Thursday, foreign portfolio investors sold shares worth a net of Rs 561.17 crore, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares worth Rs 699.31 crore, provisional data showed.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Savings and Credit Unions (NPSCU) is helping British Columbian students reach their post-secondary education goals through the Credit Unions of BC Bursary Program. The Fall Semester Bursary application period is September 1 – October 15, 2019. Applicants can receive up to $2,000 towards funding for their future.   To qualify for funding, applicants must meet the following criteria:  Be able to demonstrate financial need.  Reside in BC and be a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or designated as a protected person.  Have proof of post-secondary enrolment in an academic, vocational, technical, or technological program and transcripts. Please note: graduate and post-graduate students are not eligible.  Enrolment must be in a public Canadian post-secondary institution at the time of application. Applicants attending accredited private institutions will only be considered if their chosen program is not offered at a public institution. In this case, applicants must provide a statement as to why they are not attending a public institution, as well as a receipt for tuition.For more information and to apply; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Rabat – Morocco’s Istiqlal Party, led by former Minister of Economy and Finance Nizar Baraka, has urged the government to rectify the Finance Law for 2018 to overcome the “difficult social and economic situation” the country is currently experiencing.The party presented a set of recommendations at the parliament meeting on Tuesday.The list of recommendations proposed by the party includes the protection of purchasing power, support for employment, and income improvement through social dialogue. Baraka’s coalition called on Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani to increase the salaries of employees by MAD 200 starting in July 2018.The party also proposed an increase to the annual income tax-free income from MAD 30,000 to MAD 36,000. The political party demanded the inclusion of an annual tax deduction for private school tuition fees capped at MAD 6,000 per child enrolled.The Istiqlal party also criticized the purchasing power in Morocco, proposing a flexible system to calculate internal consumption taxes on the import of hydrocarbons in relation to international prices.According to the party, this strategy seeks to alleviate the impact of increases to international prices on the purchasing power of citizens.The recommendations came in conjunction with the ongoing boycott campaign targeting three companies: Sidi Ali, Afriquia, and Centrale Danone.As head of the Istiqlal Party, Baraka announced his support for the boycott campaign in April, calling on the government to listen to the message underlying the boycott, rather than looking for people behind the campaign.“The important thing is not to know who is behind the campaign, but rather to understand the message conveyed,” he said.The party also introduced a set of measures aimed at improving employment in the country, including the extension of tax and social security exemptions granted to companies created between January 2015 and December 2019.The party added that the government needs to unlock funds to revive regional investment centers and set up new employment opportunities for Moroccans.The party further said that the government needs to provide funding for the implementation of measures related to paid training for graduates in administration and public institutions. read more

27 September 2008The global food and fuel crisis will be not resolved unless countries start turning their statements and promises of assistance and reform on the issue into reality, Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim told the General Assembly tonight, calling for a multi-track approach to tackling the problems. Affluent countries have a particular responsibility to fulfil their commitments on providing aid and official development assistance (ODA) to needy nations, Mr. Yatim told the fifth day of the Assembly’s annual high-level debate. If they live up to those pledges, they would “set a standard for entire world, rather than on trying to pass the burden of action on to the developing world.” Governments can and should also play a greater role than the private sector, particularly in developing infrastructure and transferring technology, than the private sector. “The developing world is still infrastructure-deficient. Pure market solutions to technology transfer cannot be regarded as effective solutions for achieving sustainable development. Government intervention is required if these technologies are to be made available at concessionary rates.” Long-standing conflicts and tensions around the world, especially those in volatile regions that are also home to leading producers and distribution channels of oil, must be resolved. “The United Nations must play a more forward thrust in the need for peace and security. Energy and food are truly needs of humanity. As such, the UN must create a synergy of human rights into the matter so that oil and food become basic rights for humanity.” Speaking to the Assembly debate earlier today, Peruvian Foreign Minister José Antonio García Belaúnde said the food and fuel crises were having a disproportionate burden on the poor. Mr. García Belaúnde welcomed the Assembly’s recognition of poverty as an issue that required a comprehensive global response, adding that new and ambitious strategies and programmes are going to be necessary to help the poorest. He warned that the threats posed by the crises were overwhelming existing initiatives to fight poverty and making it harder for struggling countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of eight targets for slashing social and economic ills, by 2015. Franck Biancheri, Government Counsellor for External Relations and International Economic and Financial Affairs of Monaco, said the current situation in many parts of the world was so dire as a result of the food and fuel crises and climate change that drastically stepped-up efforts are needed to achieve the MDGs. Monaco plans to increase its ODA by 25 per cent every year and to focus its support on the States classified as the least developed countries (LDCs), he said, as part of a plan to reach a target of spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income on assistance by 2015. Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said yesterday in his address that the focus of international assistance should be on sub-Saharan Africa, which is lagging the most in the race to reach the MDGs. But he said there had been some noteworthy progress in Africa, too, with the lifting of 400 million people out of extreme poverty, improvements in gender equality and education, and a 27 per cent drop in the infant mortality rate. For his part, Belgium’s Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht said today that the impact of the crises meant it was critical to find the political will to re-start the stalled Doha round of global trade liberalization talks. Mr. de Gucht said wealth-sharing remained deeply unequal, despite some of the positive steps taken as a result of globalization and its gradual impact on free trade. Some of the new emerging economies such as Brazil, China and South Africa need exchanges that are open and equitable so that they can develop at the pace they deserved, he added. Mali’s Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane voiced concern over the food crisis, noting that it could lead to generalized social and political instability.The Government of the West African nation has “granted a place of pride” to tackling poverty, taking action to momentarily suspend import duties and taxes on rice, flour, oil and milk. It is also moving to subsidize gas and hydrocarbons, he told the delegates.Omar A. Touray, Foreign Minister of Gambia, warned that the international community’s “usual pattern of convening meetings” and “too many false promises and unfulfilled commitments” were insufficient to address poverty, tackle the food and energy crises and achieve the MDGs.Neglect of agricultural sectors in developing countries, which have collapsed due to farm subsidies in the developing world, are to blame for the current food crisis, he said, emphasizing the need to more concrete measures such as providing inputs including up-to-date machinery and fertilizers.Although her country has taken steps to mitigate soaring food prices, Niger’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration said the nation is still confronted by serious drought and needs long-term solutions to relieve hunger.The current global financial turmoil necessitates united efforts, Aïchatou Mindaoudou told the General Debate. A wealthy country fearing an economic recession could spell hunger for a poorer one, she said.Mohlabi Tsekoa, Lesotho’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Relations, cautioned that the energy crisis is competing for attention with the even more urgent food crisis.Ensuring food security is essential to developing countries which are facing high levels of poverty, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS rates.“All of humanity has a right to food,” he said. “Hunger is a violation of human dignity.”Global commitments to end hunger must be put into practice, Mr. Tsekoa said, citing the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conference in Rome in June and the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized nations’ statement issued in Hokkaido, Japan, which underlined the need to stimulate food production and bolster agricultural investment.Slovakian Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš, speaking last night to delegates at the Assembly, backed the work of the Task Force on the Global Food Crisis under the leadership of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which was set up earlier this year. Developing countries need much more support from richer States to increase their food supply, he said in his address. “Furthermore, fairer international trade rules must be adopted to stimulate agriculture production, first of all in developing countries, and allow access to foodstuffs,” according to Mr. Kubiš. Andorra’s Head of Government Albert Pintat, who addressed the debate on Thursday, said that the process of liberalizing of trade must be “reinvented” so that small-scale farmers and producers are not unduly hurt, with different rules set for different circumstances in each country. “Liberalization would also have to involve an expansion of productivity, the development of human resources, basic infrastructures, access to technology and knowledge and respect for the environment,” he said. read more

Responding to press questions following a meeting with Brian Cowen, the Foreign Minister of Ireland, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, Mr. Annan said the two had agreed on the importance of re-energizing the peace process.“We shared our concern about the economic, social and humanitarian situation of the Palestinians and I appealed for additional support for them because I am afraid if this situation continues, we will see real despair and perhaps even partial collapse of the Palestinian Authority,” he said.Stressing the need to break the impasse and move forward, the Secretary-General said, “Everybody agrees that the solution is land-for-peace and we need to really find a way of bringing the parties to the table so that in the end we can have two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in security.”He pledged to continue efforts aimed at encouraging the parties to move forward.Echoing this view, Foreign Minister Cowen said, “We have responsibilities; we need to discharge them and we will work proactively, diplomatically and politically in the coming weeks and months to try and devise a way forward, consistent with the Road Map because of course that is the only means by which a just and comprehensive peace can be obtained.” read more

“Thousands of malnourished children who have not yet been reached remain in peril,” said Jonathan Veitch, South Sudan UNICEF Representative in a statement to the press. The latest analysis conducted by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) group of experts says that despite temporary improvements in the food security situation the outlook for 2015 remains dire. The data estimates that 2.5 million people will be at crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity from January to March. Children, who are most vulnerable to food shortages, are at even greater risk. “We have to take advantage of the coming dry season – and passable roads – to preposition life-saving supplies for the treatment of children suffering from malnutrition. It is critical that we are able to accelerate our response during this window of opportunity,” said Veitch. Malnutrition, however, especially among young children, is not mirroring improvements in food security because of high rates of disease, lack of safe water and lack of access to basic health care. Diarrhoea and other illnesses prevent children from absorbing nutrients, so even where there is improved access to food, children can still be dangerously malnourished. Since April, UNICEF has reached more than 55,000 children under five with treatment for severe acute malnutrition and anticipates that, with its continued scaling up of services, it will reach 120,000 by the end of this year. But it is very difficult to deliver aid to those in conflict-ridden areas and the 1.4 million people who are internally displaced – more than half of whom are children. Scaling up its humanitarian assistance in South Sudan, UNICEF has expanded its partnerships on the ground, adding new national and international non-governmental organization partners including collaborations with the World Food Programme (WFP). It still urgently needs $25 million to continue to scale up its nutrition response and to provide life-saving nutrition supplies during the coming dry season, UNICEF said. read more

The Brock community is encouraged to wear orange Monday to raise awareness of the history of Canada’s residential school system.Orange Shirt Day is held annually on Sept. 30 to bring to light the history of residential schools and their negative effects on children’s self-esteem and well-being. While the national event is observed on Sunday, members of the Brock community are invited to wear orange on Monday, Oct. 1.Brock lecturer Sherri Vansickle, with the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, encouraged her students to wear orange shirts to class this week. They discussed the residential school system and watched The Secret Path, a film chronicling the heartbreaking story of a student’s residential school experience and his subsequent death.The original orange shirt that inspired the movement was worn by six-year-old Phyllis (Jack) Webstad in 1973 on her first day at the St. Joseph Mission residential school. Webstad proudly wore the new, bright orange shirt her grandmother bought her for the occasion, only to be stripped of it when she arrived at the school. To this day, the colour orange reminds Webstad of her feelings of worthlessness and insignificance.To learn more about Orange Shirt Day, visit read more

natesilver: I guess I’m saying a team like Toronto that is quick (at least with certain lineups) and can switch a lot, maybe they can contest that Lopez 3.Or get a few steals when the Bucks telegraph their intentions too much.tchow: Nikola Mirotic also may be back in time for Game 1. So yeah, the Bucks will have shooters.neil: And for what it’s worth (maybe something?), Milwaukee beat Toronto in three of their four regular season matchups. Those games were also before all the little upgrades Milwaukee made around the trade deadline. But we’ll have to see how the Bucks look at full strength and if they and the Raptors can even make it all the way to the Conference Finals to face each other.Let’s move on to the West, where — here’s a surprise — the Golden State Warriors are the No. 1 seed, for the fourth time in five years. Our model currently gives the Warriors a commanding 78 percent chance of winning the conference (and a 60 percent chance of winning the NBA title). On the one hand, that is amazingly high, but does it sound right to you guys?natesilver: The West playoffs feel a lot less climactic to me now that the Rockets wound up on the same side of the bracket as Golden State.chris.herring: It sounds about right to me. The one side of the West bracket is the equivalent of Michigan State and Duke being in the same region.natesilver: Utah is also a pretty rough first-round matchup for Houston. Rudy Gobert is going to make it much harder for James Harden to get to the rim.neil: Well, Chris, we were talking the other day this idea that the Rockets may have actually wanted the No. 4 seed so that they’d face the Warriors sooner. Can you explain a little about what you meant there?chris.herring: I fully believe the Rockets may be happy with this setup. At this point, they’re probably of the opinion that they can beat anyone other than GSW (and maybe them, too).Utah isn’t a pushover at all. It’s kind of an amazing first-round matchup that, in most years would be at least a second-round matchup, and in a post-Warriors universe, maybe even a conference finals.But that said, Houston beat Utah last year. And they did it by neutralizing what the Jazz do best: Take away threes and the rim. They forced the Rockets to take midrange shots, which they basically view as evil. But the Rockets did that — Chris Paul is a midrange specialist and went off for 40 points one game — and were able to win. So if the Rockets can get by Utah again, having the Warriors in round 2 instead of the Western Conference finals might be beneficial. Just so Paul and Harden aren’t exhausted or injured like they were by round 3 last season, when they played the Warriors.natesilver: Yeah, I think Chris Paul is key in that series. Utah’s pretty optimally designed to curb Harden as much as you can curb him, but CP3 is a big problem for them.natesilver: Overall, though, I think if I’m Houston, I’d rather have a hope-and-a-prayer that someone else knocks Golden State out before they reach the finals. Or that someone on the Warriors gets hurt.chris.herring: Yeah. They’d never admit it out loud, but the potential theory that they want GSW early is fascinating to me. If your line of thought is that you’re almost certainly gonna have to go through them anyway, might as well do it before you’re too spent to have a chance.neil: Right, because fatigue seemed like a big issue for them by the Western Conference finals last year.chris.herring: Golden State doesn’t fear anyone, but I think they would privately acknowledge that they see Houston as the only team that, in optimal circumstances, could beat themnatesilver: It could make the Western Conference finals pretty boring though. Our model says there’s a 93 percent chance the Warriors win the WCF (!) conditional on reaching them.chris.herring: Yeah. That’s why I keep saying the semifinals are gonna be the best round this year. Especially if Houston-Golden State is the matchup, along with those East series.tchow: Hey kudos to Oklahoma City for avoiding Golden State AND Denver AND Houston. Actually, OKC vs. Portland is the only series in the entire playoffs where the lower seed is favored according to our model. We give the Thunder a 78 percent chance of advancing.natesilver: OKC and Denver saw their championship odds improve when Houston wound up in the No. 4 seed, and it’s mostly because of the parlay that Houston beats Golden State (possible) and then THEY beat Houston (also possible). I’m not sure that Denver would have any chance against Golden State in a seven-game series, however.chris.herring: I feel bad that I don’t believe in Denver, given how well they played all year, with injuries, and with so many young guys on that roster.neil: Is Denver the weirdest No. 2 seed we’ve seen in recent memory? They didn’t even make the playoffs last year, albeit with 46 wins.chris.herring: Also, every single time Denver plays Golden State, it feels very much like GSW goes out of its way to show how easily they can dominate the Nuggets when they want to. Basically to show that a playoff series could get embarrassing if Golden State felt like imposing its will.natesilver: The Nuggets benefited a lot from their depth in the regular season — that’s why they battled so well through injuries — but depth doesn’t mean much in the playoffs.chris.herring: Their relative inexperience in the playoffs concerns me maybe more than it should.natesilver: It’s a pretty weird roster, and I think the Nuggets have some offseason work to do to turn a couple of their many, many league-average players into another really good player, especially someone who can play out on the wing.chris.herring: Part of me feels like they simply may not have another gear. Almost like those Tom Thibodeau teams. Because they’re young, perhaps they don’t know to pace themselves. And how could they? They missed the playoffs in the final game of the season last year.But the fact that Golden State just runs them out of the building whenever they play very much feels like an experienced team versus one that isn’t and needs some playoff seasoning so that they’re ready for the next time.neil: They feel destined to become another poster child for the difference between what wins in the regular season and the playoffs, for all the reasons you guys mentioned. But at least they do have a legit star in Nikola Jokic.natesilver: Denver does have a pretty big home-court advantage because of the altitude. So that they got the No. 2 seed is actually pretty relevant.chris.herring: That’s true. I at least like that they aren’t reliant on the altitude anymore to win games. (Although those teams that played at a breakneck pace under George Karl — and Doug Moe before that — were pretty fun to watch.)neil: Good point. They were an NBA-best 34-7 at home this season, and they are in that relatively lesser bottom section of the bracket.natesilver: I mean, we have the Nuggets with a 53 percent chance of reaching the Western Conference finals … and a 6 percent chance of reaching the NBA Finals. That tells you a lot right there.chris.herring: What else are you all interested to see in the West? Any hope whatsoever for Portland, despite the injury to Jusuf Nurkic?neil: Portland is another team with a lot to prove after that unexpected first-round sweep vs. the Pelicans (remember THEM?) last year. But OKC is a very tough draw.chris.herring: Portland got swept this year by OKC. Our projection model is right to not trust them. And Nurkic not being there is a killer. They had put together a really, really nice run before his injury, and perhaps could have made things interesting.tchow: I really feel for Portland fans. So many “what ifs” due to injury, and they always seem to happen when it looks like they’re on the cusp of putting it all together.natesilver: Pretty unusual to have a No. 6 seed be better than a 3 to 1 favorite (OKC is 78 percent to win the series, according to our model), but I think I agree, too.chris.herring: Yeah. There’s isn’t much to love about Portland’s chancesnatesilver: The Thunder are also the team that I’d fear the most if I were Golden State after Houston.chris.herring: Damian Lillard went nuts during the regular season against the Thunder. Had a 50-point game and averaged better than 30 a night against them, yet they dropped all four meetings.tchow: Is CJ McCollum going to be back for this first round?chris.herring: Yeah. McCollum is back. But he had a true shooting percentage of 46 against OKC, his worst mark of any opponent out West that he played at least three times.natesilver: Tenacious defense + Paul George (especially if he can get back to his midseason form) is a formula that gives you a puncher’s chance against any opponent.chris.herring: I don’t trust OKC yet. Some of that is Russell Westbrook’s tendencies being all over the place at times. Some of it is George not having played the way he was playing earlier in the year (still not sure his shoulder is completely right at times).Their defense, which is one of the best in the league, has been merely average since the break. They don’t have enough shooting. But their top-level talent is better than anybody else’s, outside of Houston and GSW. And that ultimately matters. And their side of the bracket is amazing.natesilver: Jerami Grant shot 39 percent from three this year, although that’s likely a fluke (he’s 33 percent careerwise).chris.herring: He’s been a big bright spot for them.natesilver: If they had another wing that was a true 39-40 percent 3-point shooter, that would make a ton of difference.neil: OK, so to wrap things up, let’s look at the big picture for the title as it runs through Golden State (like always). If we each had to put together a short list of teams — from either conference — who could beat the Warriors in these playoffs, how many teams would be on it and who are they?Mine might be two: Rockets and Bucks.natesilver: Our algorithm feels strongly that the list is EXACTLY three teams long: Milwaukee, Toronto and Houston.tchow: Bucksnatesilver: I guess people — or Neil and Tony, anyway — have trouble envisioning the Raptors doing it.tchow: Sorry, Toronto.natesilver: And to be clear, the Raptors would be big underdogs. Like 3:1 underdogs, per our model, despite having home-court advantage.tchow: Another way to ask that question, Nate, as a fan of gambling, Warriors have a 60 percent chance of winning another title. Would you bet on the field?natesilver: No. I think that’s a pretty fair price. And it’s pretty close to the Vegas odds, I think.chris.herring: Yeah. I feel much better about Milwaukee, just based off their season, analytics and star power than anyone else. But I don’t think Toronto would match up poorly at all with Golden State. They’d have guys who could credibly guard Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and have enough offense of their own to make things interesting.Boston seemed like a good bet to get there in preseason, but I don’t trust them to accomplish that without Smart being healthy., a And without them putting together a solid string of performances, I still ultimately think it’s the Warriors winning it all again. But I hope someone at least gives them a competitive series, be it Houston, Milwaukee (Toronto?) or both.tchow: That’s all folks! neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Now that every NBA team has played Game 82 of the regular season, we can finally get to the real business at hand: The playoffs. Let’s start with the Eastern Conference, where the Milwaukee Bucks earned the franchise’s first top seed since the league adopted the 16-team playoff format in 1984.What do we think about the big picture in the East? The No. 1 Bucks and No. 2 Raptors were the most dominant during the regular season, but seeds 3 and 4 (Philadelphia and Boston) have as much talent as anybody in the conference on paper. Who do you think should have the edge and why?natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): I’m going to go ahead and agree with our algorithm that there’s a big gap between the top two (Milwaukee and Toronto) and No. 3 and 4 (Philly and Boston). Milwaukee and Toronto were a LOT better in the regular season. I agree that Philly might have as much talent on paper, but they didn’t really get it together. I’m not sure you can say that about Boston, especially with Marcus Smart out.chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): Yeah. I spent some time around the Sixers over the past week, and Brett Brown admits what Nate just said: That the Sixers have an enormous amount of talent on paper, but he almost would’ve preferred to have less rest if it meant having more cohesion with that group.The Marcus Smart injury could end up being really problematic for the Celtics for a couple reasons, too — we don’t know exactly how much time he’ll miss, but it could even be a bad sign in this series vs. Indiana.Smart would have been the guy guarding Bojan Bogdanovic, who’s essentially taken over as the Pacers’ top gun since Victor Oladipo went down with injury.Bogdanovic struggled against Smart all season, and his worst numbers of the year were against Boston because of it. But now, I assume they’ll go to Jaylen Brown to defend him, and that hasn’t worked well at all in those instances.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): Our predictions give the Celtics a 79 percent chance to advance. Even with the Oladipo injury for the Pacers, that still seems … high?chris.herring: Probably a little high, yeah. Especially now, without Smart.natesilver: I mean, I think people tend to underestimate how little luck there is in a seven-game series. The better team tends to win out, especially if it has home-court advantage.chris.herring: I tend to think the Pacers are The Little Engine That Could. They play very hard … but that will probably only get them so far.natesilver: For what it’s worth, our algorithm is giving Boston some credit for being more talented “on paper” than they played like during the regular season. Jayson Tatum is probably a better player going forward than what he showed this season, for instance. Gordon Hayward is obviously in a different category, but maybe him, too. Boston also had the point differential that you’d associate with a 52-win team instead of a 49-win team, which is not huge, but it’s something.chris.herring: Yeah. Hayward has come on really nicely as of late, including a 9-of-9 game vs. Indiana last week. If he’s getting back to his old self, it could be tough for Indiana.natesilver: It does seem, though, that it’s a team with only one real star-level talent right now, and Kyrie Irving seems pretty checked out. That’s subjective, I know, but they have a pretty big hill to climb — having to win three road series against three VERY good teams (likely Milwaukee, Toronto and Golden State, in that order) even if they get past Indiana.chris.herring: I’ll be honest: I’m not very amped about the East’s first round at all. But that second round will probably be eons better than the West’s conference final.neil: Yeah, it sounds from this like Boston-Indiana is the first-round series that has caught your attention the most. But that might be by default.chris.herring: I think Philly-Brooklyn could be somewhat interesting. It doesn’t sound like an absolute given that Joel Embiid will play Game 1. The Nets are essentially playing with house money, and though they’ve struggled as of late, they had a harder end-of-season schedule than the other teams fighting their way into the playoffs.natesilver: The Nets are kind of a buzzy team. But Philly, maybe in contrast to a Marcus Smart-less Boston, has enough talent that maybe they can be slightly subpar and still win fairly easily.chris.herring: Yeah. I don’t expect much from Brooklyn, but I could see them making things interesting because of the limited time the Sixers have had together. Other than that — and some slight interest in how Boston looks without Smart/what it means for Indiana — I wish I could just simulate the East’s first round like a video game or somethingneil: Haha. Let’s just play it out in NBA 2K.chris.herring: Maybe that isn’t fair to Orlando, though. They’ve been good for a decent amount of time now.neil: They’ve been on fire (11-2) since mid-March.chris.herring: I just feel like it ultimately won’t matter against a club like Toronto.natesilver: I also think Philly has more flip-the-switch potential than Boston. Maybe Jimmy Butler accepts his role as what’s essentially a third fiddle on offense and plays dominant defense and starts hitting 3s again. Maybe they treat the playoffs as a fun eight-week road trip instead of worrying too much about how the team is constructed in the future.tchow: Just tell me what needs to happen to get Sixers vs. Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals.neil: Well, the Raptors would have to lose in the second round AGAIN. How soul crushing would that be for that franchise? This was sorta supposed to be their year after LeBron left the East. (Especially after adding Kawhi Leonard.)chris.herring: I don’t know how I feel yet about the Sixers-Raptors series, assuming it happens. But I think the Bucks should be favored against everyone, honestly. I think everybody has downplayed them, even as they’ve had this unbelievable season, with the likely MVP and coach of the year.natesilver: The Raptors somehow won 58 games with Kawhi only playing 60. That’s seriously impressive.chris.herring: I don’t know if it’s a small-market thing. Or if it’s just that people seem to be a year late on everything. It is impressive!At the same time, they won 59 last year without him. So I’m more impressed by the Bucks essentially having the same cast and transforming into what they are now. I don’t know. Maybe it’s simply Milwaukee’s newness that I’m taken by.neil: Are we also maybe holding Toronto’s playoff track record against them? (Even if it’s a relatively new version of that team this season?)chris.herring: Nah. I’m not. Kawhi is such a different player than DeMar DeRozan, who had a game that didn’t translate all that well to postseason. Also, Pascal Siakam has improved by leaps and bounds. You could ignore him before on defense, and now that’s tantamount to having a death wish.natesilver: They also have one of the two real stars in the East that’s won a ring before (Kawhi, with Kyrie being the other). Which I know sounds like boilerplate sports radio talk, but our research has found that playoff experience is actually fairly predictive.chris.herring: I think Toronto fans have wanted to believe their team was different for a couple years now. Almost like that “Shawshank Redemption” scene where Red keeps going to the parole hearing and saying he’s a changed man, ready to rejoin society. But this time, the Raptors are different. Kawhi alone would have made them that way, but Siakam is a different player. As is Lowry, who hasn’t quite looked himself at all times. But has the experience, and has a better roster around him.natesilver: Our algorithm also thinks that all six of their top rotation guys are above-average defensively. So that’s likely to keep them in every game unless they get mentally checked out.Which, I don’t know. I wouldn’t totally rule out the possibility that they take a rough loss in a Game 1 or 2 somewhere and start panicking, and Kawhi starts thinking about how nice the Clippers could look next year with him in L.A.But on balance, I think I’m on the side that says people are reading too much into the Raptors’ past playoff failures. It’s a different team this year, and there’s no LeBron.chris.herring: Like the Munchkins when they realize the Wicked Witch is dead. Why do I keep using these movie references? What is wrong with me?neil: LOL.tchow: As of right now though, our model actually favors Toronto (slightly) over the Bucks to make the Finals (46 percent vs. 42 percent). Toronto fans have to be happy to see that.neil: Do you guys agree?natesilver: Yeah, that surprised me a bit. But Toronto has more playoff experience and Milwaukee has some injury issues.tchow: I guess it’ll go a long way in the “playoff experience” argument to see how far a team like the Bucks go this year after that seven-game series last season against Boston. I have a hard time betting against them in the East though.natesilver: On the flip side, Giannis Antetokounmpo is presumably going to start playing 37-38 minutes a game now after only playing 32.8 minutes in the regular season. That actually makes a pretty big difference.chris.herring: That surprises me, but only a little. Their records aren’t that far off. The Raptors have played Kawhi a lot fewer games than Giannis.What I do think will be key at some point, which we haven’t talked about yet, is the Bucks’ need to get back to full strength. They’ve been without Malcolm Brogdon, and Tony Snell has missed time, too. It doesn’t matter in a round 1 matchup. But it comes into play in a very big way in the following two rounds, should they get that far.natesilver: I do wonder if Milwaukee’s whole floor spacing thing will work slightly less well in the playoffs. If you can contain Giannis — obviously not at all easy — there really isn’t a second iso-ball scorer on the whole roster. Maybe Eric Bledsoe, I guess.chris.herring: I just don’t know how it’s donenatesilver: Containing Giannis you mean?chris.herring: Before, there wasn’t much trust or belief. But now, you kind of either have to help in the paint against him, or leave open someone like Brook Lopez, who will gladly shoot a triple.There were screenshots last postseason of four Celtics standing in the paint at one time to stop him, because Milwaukee wasn’t trained to score outside of his drives to the basket.Now, even Giannis will pull 3s every now and then, just to keep defenses honest. Bledsoe’s had a nice year. 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first_imgTalk about being a second class citizen. Billionaire puppies are apparently allowed to have their own Facebook pages–Chinese activists? Not so much. Michael Anti (real name Zhao Jing) complained to the press this week that the social network cut off his account earlier in the year, citing its strict no pseudonym policy. Mark Zuckerberg’s new puppy, Beast, on the other hand, got his own Facebook page earlier this week. “I’m really, really angry,” Anti told CNBC. “I can’t function using my Chinese name. Today, I found out that Zuckerberg’s dog has a Facebook account. My journalistic work and academic work is more real than a dog.”Anti points out that the use of his real name makes it easier for him to be singled out by the Chinese government, a sentiment echoed by activists in a number of countries. The activist/blogger has been using his pseudonym for more than a decade to publish essays and articles.Facebook hasn’t officially commented on the story. It did, however, state in an earlier e-mail to Anti, “We have tried to keep the rule simple and fair by saying personal profiles must always be set up in the real legal name of the individual concerned.”last_img read more

first_imgSYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has called on opposition and independent MPs to clarify how they intend to vote in February’s presidential election, which could lead to an early national vote, as a new opinion poll indicated that the leftists are expanding their lead over New Democracy.Speaking at a meeting of SYRIZA’s central committee on Saturday, Tsipras claimed that by maintaining an “equivocal stance” on whether they would back the coalition’s candidate to succeed President Karolos Papoulias, MPs are fuelling fears of last-minute back-room deals to ensure that the nominee is elected and early elections are avoided.“For us the issue is not numerical, it is political,” he said. “It does not have to do with who is president, it has to do with the government no longer having the democratic legitimacy to continue destroying the country.”Tsipras’s comments came as a survey conducted by the University of Macedonia showed that the leftists are now 7.5 percentage points ahead of New Democracy.The opinion poll put SYRIZA on 27.5 per cent, New Democracy on 20, To Potami 7.5, Golden Dawn 6.5, the Communist Party 5.5, the Olive Tree alliance (PASOK) 4, Independent Greeks 2.5 and Democratic Left (DIMAR) 0.5.Compared to the previous survey by Macedonia University, which was a month earlier, the gap between SYRIZA and New Democracy has grown by 1.5 per cent.A Metron Analysis survey for Parapolitika newspaper on Saturday indicated that support for SYRIZA is running at 32.9 percent against 26.1 percent for New Democracy.The Macedonia University poll also suggested that a slightly larger proportion of Greeks (49.5 per cent) believes that Parliament should not elect a new president than those (43 percent) who think it is best for MPs to elect one.However, Deputy Prime Minister and PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos argued on Saturday that early elections and a subsequent SYRIZA-led government would be damaging for Greece. “At best it will prove to be a political fraud but there is the possibility of total disaster, the canceling out of people’s sacrifices,” said Venizelos. “It does not take a lot for the system to collapse.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgYouTube : les vidéos de Justin Bieber piratéesÉtats-Unis – Les vidéos du jeune chanteur Justin Bieber ont été piratées ce week-end sur Youtube. Ce n’est pas la première fois que la célèbre plate-forme est victime de telles attaques.Il a fallu deux bonnes heures aux équipes de Youtube pour remettre de l’ordre sur le site. Ce week-end, de nombreuses vidéos de Justin Bieber ont été remplacées par du contenu pornographique, mais aussi par des messages d’alerte annonçant la mort du jeune chanteur de 16 ans dans un accident de voiture. Le site 4chan fait partie des principaux suspects, lui qui avait lancé la semaine dernière une campagne pour “envoyer Justin Bieber en Corée du Nord” pour son prochain concert. Ce site de partage d’images non modéré possède son propre humour, ses propres valeurs et compte parmi ses membres des experts en informatique. En un an, c’est la troisième fois que Youtube est victime de hackers.Le 5 juillet 2010 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgNewcastle United coach Rafa Benitez says he”respects and understands” why fans of Newcastle United may want to protest, he, however, adds that he can only do his job and not interfere with the jobs of others.Supporters of Newcastle, the Magpie Group – plans a protest on Saturday during the Newcastle and West Ham United match to persuaded club owner Mike Ashley to sell some players or support club’s manager Benitez in the transfer market.“My job is to be sure the players are fine and concentrating on West Ham. I cannot control other things,” Benitez as quoted in Chronicle Live.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“I have a lot of respect for our fans because they are supporting our team, and supporting me. I understand what they think.”“But, at the same time, if they are in the stadium then they have to support the team, and the players will appreciate that. If they are there, I am sure they will support the team. But it is not my decision.”“I have been here for a while now so I know what they think. I have to concentrate on what I can manage.”last_img read more

first_img Strong winds stirred up trouble throughout Clark County on Thursday, Sept. 11, downing trees, causing power outages and fanning wildland fires.By Thursday evening, Clark Public Utilities had 35 outages throughout the day that affected 13,450 customers. The most extensive outage damaged the Burton substation, causing nearly 4,500 customers to be without power Thursday morning in the Cascade Park and Orchards areas, according to spokeswoman Erica Erland. Several schools were temporarily without power, including Pioneer, Endeavor and Marrion elementary schools, Frontier Middle School and the Clark County Skills Center, according to Evergreen Public Schools. Multiple street lights in the area were also out during the day. Power was restored to most of those customers by 10:15 a.m.Nearly all of the outages were the result of wind, Erland said. The utility spent much of the day coordinating crews to restore power and talking to customers about the outages. Workers went from site to site and discovered several downed phone lines that weren’t affecting power. Winds speeds peaked at 28 mph with gusts up to 38 mph in Vancouver, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. Erland said the utility has seen stronger gusts in the past year, but experienced more problems Thursday with downed trees and limbs. By 5 p.m., only one Clark Public Utilities customer in Amboy was left without power in Clark County. Every mile of power line is visited and trimmed every three years, Erland said, which mitigates the number of outages during particularly windy days. Wildland firesThe windy conditions and low humidity sparked nearly a dozen brush fires throughout the county by Thursday evening. Just after 10 a.m., East County Fire & Rescue went to a brush fire near Milepost 7 along Washougal River Road. The half-acre fire started next to the road and slowly worked its way up a hillside on private property, said Capt. Wes Long. Clark County Fire District 3 quickly put out a grass fire Thursday morning in the area of 127th Circle and 192nd Ave. They reminded residents that a burn ban is in effect through Oct. 1.last_img read more

first_imgA judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a process that could result in development of the Pebble Mine being restricted or prohibited.The case was brought by the group behind the mine and the state, who argued that EPA was overstepping its authority. In dismissing the case Friday, U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland said EPA’s initiation of the process was not a final agency action.EPA has said it won’t decide before Jan. 2 what the next step in that process might be.EPA faces another lawsuit from Pebble over an agency study that concluded large-scale mining posed significant risk to salmon in the Bristol Bay region. The study provided the basis for EPA invoking the process under the Clean Water Act.last_img read more

first_imgTable of Content: CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1. REPORT DESCRIPTION 1.2. KEY BENEFITS 1.3. KEY MARKET SEGMENTS 1.4. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 1.4.1. Primary Research 1.4.2. Secondary Research 1.4.3. Analyst Tools and Models CHAPTER 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2.1. CXO PERSPECTIVE CHAPTER 3 MARKET OVERVIEW 3.1. MARKET DEFINITION AND SCOPE 3.2. KEY FINDINGS 3.2.1. Top investment pockets 3.2.2. Top winning strategies 3.3. PORTERS FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS 3.3.1. Bargaining power of suppliers 3.3.2. Bargaining power of buyers 3.3.3. Threat of substitutes 3.3.4. Threat of new entrants 3.3.5. Competitive rivalry 3.4. MARKET DYNAMICS 3.4.1. Drivers High demand for eco-friendly fuels in the industrial sector Low price of other unconventional sources of natural gas Generation of employment opportunities 3.4.2. Restraints Large initial capital investment Challenges with estimation and evaluation of CBM proposals 3.4.3. Opportunity Alternative sources for natural gas Expansion of CBM market in LAMEA CHAPTER 4 COAL BED METHANE MARKET, BY APPLICATION 4.1. OVERVIEW 4.1.1. Market size and forecast 4.2. INDUSTRIAL 4.2.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities 4.2.2. Market size and forecast By Geography 4.3. POWER GENERATION 4.3.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities 4.3.2. Market size and forecast By Geography 4.4. TRANSPORTATION 4.4.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities 4.4.2. Market size and forecast By Geography In 2016, North America occupied the largest market share, followed by Asia-Pacific. North America is expected to dominate the global CBM market by 2023, though substantial growth is expected in the emerging countries, such as, China, India, and Indonesia. The global coal bed methane market is segmented based on application and geography. The application segment is classified into industrial, power generation, transportation, commercial, and residential. Geographically, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The key players profiled are as follows: Arrow Energy Holdings Pty Ltd., Baker Hughes, Inc., BG Group PLC., Blue Energy Ltd., BP PLC., China United Coal Bed Methane Corporation, Concophillips, Encana Corporation, Origin Energy Ltd., Santos Ltd. Get a discount on this research report @ The reduction in methane emissions associated with conventional fuels and coal mining, lesser price of CBM compared to other unconventional natural gases, and generation of direct and indirect employment in the extraction of CBM drive the global coal bed methane market growth. However, the large initial capital requirement for well drilling, stimulation, and water handling, and the difficulty in estimation of recoverable volumes in evaluation of CBM proposals hamper the market growth. Moreover, reduction in the water management costs in CBM extraction projects is expected to be a key challenge for the market growth. About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. Authentication Servicescenter_img The global coal bed methane market is expected to reach $17,956 million by 2023 from 9,089 million in 2016, registering a CAGR of 9.0% from 2017 to 2023. Coal bed methane (CBM) is produced in association with coal beds/coal seams. CBM reserves are located wherever large deposits of coal are found. It is formed through organic decomposition and adheres to the many surfaces of the coal until it is released through natural or man-made processes. Conventional CBM extraction is achieved by dewatering and reducing the pressure in the coal bed, such that the adsorbed methane is released from the porous coal surface. We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us. Inquiry before Buy @ Get Sample Copy of this Report @ The prominent players in the global coal bed methane market have strategically focused on expansion and agreements as their key strategies to gain significant market share. Contact us: 5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland, OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more