first_imgAm physically fit because I play ball badminton regularly: VP Puducherry, Jul 6 (PTI) Highlighting the importanceof fitness, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said hekeeps himself fit by playing ball badminton everyday. Launching projects to promote sports and games inPuducherry, Naidu said: “I am 68 years old now. I am brisk andkeep myself fit because I play ball badminton everydayregularly.”He said next time when he visited Puducherry he wouldplay the game along with Puducherry Health and Sports MinisterMalladi Krishna Rao in the multi-purpose indoor sports complexfor which he laid the foundation today.He said sports and games would give the youthnecessary will power and team spirit and produce goodleadership and wanted governments to create necessaryinfrastructure for promoting it. Naidu also highlighted the relevance of yoga which hadbecome globally popular now following the initiative taken byPrime Minister Narendra Modi, adding, he could see a number ofyoga centres in countries he visited recently. PTI COR BNMVV MVV MVVlast_img read more

McKennie and Adams start vs full-strength France

first_imgFrance v United States France vs USA team news: McKennie and Adams start for USMNT Ben Valentine 02:13 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Weston McKennie USMNT 2 05282018 Bill Streitcher France v United States United States Friendlies France The teenage duo will face a tough test as they have been handed the start against one of the World Cup favorites Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams will pair together in the midfield as a youthful U.S. national team closes out its summer friendlies against France in Lyon.The teenage duo will begin in a midfield trio with Wil Trapp of the Columbus Crew captaining the side and sitting deepest of the three.Dave Sarachan will play three center backs in the contest, with Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers getting the start alongside Tim Parker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Parker receives his first ever senior start, as does Levante right-back Shaq Moore, who comes in for DeAndre Yedlin. Everton’s Antonee Robinson, who started against Bolivia, returns to the XI for a much sterner test against France as he lines up on the left.Up top, Bobby Wood, who scored the lone USMNT goal against the Republic of Ireland, will pair with Julian Green. It is Green’s first start for the national team since October 2016.Teenagers Tim Weah and Josh Sargent start the game on the bench.The USMNT will play in front of Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen who makes his second start for the senior team, coming in after Bill Hamid went the distance against Ireland.Meanwhile, France have gone with a full-strength side against the USMNT as Hugo Lloris, Samuel Umtiti, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann all start for Les Blues.The Stars and Stripes take Lyon. Meet our starting XI for #FRAvUSA.Lineup notes » https://t.co/vi41TGF6zR pic.twitter.com/HOGwsSBthj— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) June 9, 2018USA XI: Steffen; Moore, Carter-Vickers, Miazga, Parker, Robinson; Trapp, Adams, McKennie; Green, WoodFrance XI: Lloris; Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Mendy; Pogba, Kante, Matuidi; Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroudlast_img read more

9 months agoMonaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayi

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Monaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco have joined the race to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian’s loan with Valencia was cut short on Thursday.He scored just once in 15 appearances for Los Che, but that hasn’t stopped a number of teams expressing an interest in his services.Everton and Marseille have been linked, and L’Equipe claims that a reunion with his former Belgium coach Thierry Henry could eventuate for Batshuayi.Henry is working hard to revamp his squad for the second-half of the season and could use an experienced goalscorer like Batshuayi. last_img read more

India vs South Africa: Faf du Plessis wants different approach to put pressure on India spinners in Pune

first_img Next India vs South Africa: Faf du Plessis wants different approach to put pressure on India spinners in PuneIndia vs South Africa, Pune Test: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said the resilient visiting team will bounce back from the defeat in Vizag and try to put pressure on Virat Kohli-led Indian team from the 2nd Test.advertisement India Today Web Desk PuneOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 14:37 IST Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 8 wickets in India’s 203-run win over South Africa in the 1st Test (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa will look to bounce back in 2nd Test, starting October 10Captain Faf du Plessis is confident South Africa will put pressure on India in PuneYou have to try and put some pressure back on India spinners: du PlessisSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis said that the visitors will be looking to start the 2nd Test on a high to put some pressure back on India after conceding a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. India and South Africa will meet in Pune for the 2nd Test, starting October 10.Faf du Plessis said South Africa will look to strike the perfect balance between defence and attack when it comes to playing against India spinners, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the Pune Test.Stressing that Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock showed the way when it comes to playing spin in the 1st innings of the 1st Test in Visakhapatnam, Faf du Plessis said South Africa will look to put pressure on R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who had taken 14 wickets between them in Visakhapatnam.India made 502 for 7 declared in the first innings after Mayank Agarwal’s double hundred and Rohit Sharma’s daddy hundred in 1st innings as Test opener. Much to the surprise of quite a few, South Africa came up with a stiff fight in their 1st innings, posting 431 after Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock scored hundreds.However, their resistance was broken in the 2nd innings as they were bundled out for 191 after struggling on 70 for 8 at point in time on Day 5 of the Vizag Test.”Possibly, the difference between 2015 and now is we try and become too defensive on Indian pitches and you allow the opposition to dominate you all the time. I think there needs to be a good combination of positive play — element of taking pressure at some stage of the game and try and put the pressure back on their bowlers. Their record speaks for themselves. The two of their spinners have done very well in India,” Faf du Plesiss told the media on Wednesday in Pune.advertisement”You have to try and put some pressure back on them. Otherwise, they will bowl good balls all day long and one of those balls will have your name on it. I thought the way that Dean and Quinton played — the balance between attack and defence is key.” the South Africa captain added.We want to start well in Pune: Faf du PlessisSouth Africa have lost 8 successive tosses in Asia but Faf du Plessis expects the rub of green goes their way in the 2nd Test against India in Pune. The skipper also insisted that the Proteas are known for making comebacks and talked up the resilience in the visitors’ unit.”I think that’s obvious to say in saying that in every Test, we would like to start well. We are a team that is very resilient. We come back almost always. We got a lot of characters and a lot of fights. For me, it’s more about how we start, try and get ahead of the match so that India can play catch up for the rest of the series. That’s a lot easier said than done. But we would like to make sure it happens. Hopefully, starting from the toss, I hope we can start that first punch,” du Plessis said.Giving a hint of what to expect form the much-talked-about pitch in Pune, du Plessis added: “If there is grass on the pitch, then it’s great. Obviously we are used to playing on that. We are planning for a pitch that will be a bit drier and will spin. If it doesn’t spin, then so be it. I think it’s just about mentally getting ready for the match so that we aren’t surprised by what is on offer [in Pune].”Also Read | All the experience Rohit Sharma has accumulated over the years came to the fore in Vizag: Virat KohliAlso Read | Don’t know why India didn’t think of opening with Rohit Sharma in Tests earlier: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Faf Du PlessisFollow Dean ElgarFollow Quinton de KockFollow PuneFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Ravichandran AshwinFollow Ravindra Jadejalast_img read more

Hackmatack Literacy Program Gives Students a Say

first_imgHundreds of students from across the province with a zest for reading will help choose which Canadian authors win the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards. Every year, the Hackmatack program gives Atlantic Canadian students in grades 4 to 6 an opportunity to read a selection of outstanding Canadian authors and vote for the books they like best. Education Minister Marilyn More delivered two sets of the 2010-11 English fiction and non-fiction nominated titles to Alderney School today, Sept. 27, where the about 50 students in registered reading groups couldn’t wait to begin reading. “It is incredible to see so many young people and their families excited about the wonder and adventure reading can bring,” said Ms. More. “By allowing students to have a say in their learning, we are developing their leadership abilities and literacy skills. I am really looking forward to seeing the choices students make.” Each year, the Hackmatack selection committee nominates a shortlist of Canadian books for young readers. Children read the books and, on April 1, vote for their favorite. The winners of the Hackmatack Award in each category will be announced May 13. This year’s nominated titles include stories about the children of Africville, information about how to build your own country and exciting adventures about space cats and dinosaurs. Riley O’Brien, a Grade 6 student at Alderney, has been in her school’s Hackmatack Club for the past two years. She said she joined because she enjoys reading. “I really liked almost all of the books I read over the past two years, but I especially like chapter books,” said Riley. “I like doing lots of things like playing outside and going to my cottage, but I really love to read.” Each September, the Department of Education provides elementary schools with two sets of the English titles selected for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards program. Schools in the Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial (CSAP) and schools that offer early French Immersion receive two sets of the French titles. More than 175 groups of Nova Scotian students participated in program last year. For more information on how to get involved, visit hackmatack.ca/ .last_img read more

2007 Murder Case Added to Rewards Program

first_imgThe province is hoping to bring closure for the family of a 2007 homicide victim in Halifax Regional Municipality through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Glenn Bourgeois’ death could receive up to $150,000. “The loss of a life is always tragic and we must do what we can to ensure justice is served. To do this, we need the public’s help,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We all share in the responsibility of keeping our communities safe. Any piece of information, no matter how small, could help police solve this case.” On July 21, 2007, at about 4 p.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a complaint about gunshots in the Maynard and Woodill streets area. The police found Mr. Bourgeois, who had been shot several times. He later died from his injuries. Two black men, one with a gun in his hand, were seen fleeing the area immediately after the shooting. “We believe that people in our community have information about Mr. Bourgeois’ death that would assist in progressing the police investigation and hope that the incentive offered through the Rewards Program will encourage them to speak up,” said Chief Jean-Michel Blais, Halifax Regional Police. “We implore those people to come forward so that we may continue to work diligently to bring this file to a successful conclusion, which would undoubtedly result in closure for Mr. Bourgeois’ family.” Anyone with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. Callers must provide their name and contact information and may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. In July 2012, the Rewards Program helped the RCMP arrest and charge two people with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. In October, information received by the program helped an RCMP investigation that led to an arrest in the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey. The program, which now has 70 cases, was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information on this case and others visit www.gov.ns.ca/just.last_img read more

Former BC premier Clark says she intends to resign as party leader

first_imgVANCOUVER – Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark will resign as leader of the provincial Liberal party.Clark made her intentions known in a brief statement.She says she informed her caucus colleagues about her decision to leave as leader effective Aug. 4.Clark says she’s proud of everything she has accomplished, including working to make B.C. the leader in Canada’s economy and creating more than 200,000 jobs.She calls the province’s protection of the Great Bear Rainforest “British Columbia’s gift to the world.”Clark led her party to a 43-seat win in the 87-seat legislature in the May election, but the government lost a confidence vote after the New Democrats and Greens formed an agreement to govern.She says she’s certain that B.C.’s best days are ahead and residents can achieve anything they set their minds to through “hard work, determination and perseverance.”More coming…last_img read more

UPDATED – Highway 29 closed due to avalanche danger

first_imgThere is no detour around the area at this time.The next update from Drivebc.ca is not expected 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2019.For more updates overnight visit www.drivebc.caBelow is the full notice as of 11 p.m. Monday.Highway 29. Avalanche danger between Millar Rd and Upper Cache Rd for 10.0 km (6 to 16 km north of Hudson’s Hope). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Detour not available. Next update time Tue Jan 1, 2019 at 12:15 AM MST. Last updated Mon Dec 31 at 10:52 PM MST. (DBC-4444) UPDATE – The highway is now open in both directions as of 11:45pm Monday.HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed between the Alaska Highway and Hudson’s Hope.The highway has been closed between Millar Road and Upper Cache Road due to a high avalanche danger.last_img read more

Climate change will intensify extreme heat waves Study

first_imgLos Angeles: Climate change will not only increase the world’s average temperature but also intensify extreme heat waves that are harming people and wildlife even now, scientists warn. Climate change is often talked about in terms of averages — like the goal set by the Paris Agreement to limit the Earth’s temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the review of over 140 scientific studies published in the journal Physiology. Summertime is quickly becoming a deadly season for life on Earth,” said Professor Jonathon Stillman from San Francisco State University in the US. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHeat waves have already produced striking images of mass mortality in animals, from the bleached skeletons of corals across swaths of the Great Barrier Reef to the deaths of horses during Australian summers, researchers said. Heat stroke from such extreme events is also a present danger for people, especially the elderly, albeit in a less obvious form. “Human mortality is different in that a lot of it is not visible in that way. It’s happening in homes or in doctors’ offices, but it’s striking all the same,” Stillman said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangFor instance, a 2003 heat wave in Europe killed more than 70,000 people across the continent, researchers said. To get a comprehensive view of the effects of future heat waves on humans and wildlife, Stillman gathered information from over 140 scientific studies on the topic. As carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat and raise the Earth’s average temperature, the heat waves we are accustomed to will worsen and become more frequent. In some more extreme projected scenarios, temperatures rivalling or exceeding those seen in Europe in 2003 could last as much as four times as long by the end of the 21st century, the researchers found. “This suggests that (during some years), all summer long we will have heat that is more intense than what happened in 2003,” Stillman said. There are ways to cope with heat waves, but they won’t be available for everyone, or for every species, the researchers said. A lack of available infrastructure may make migrating to cooler climates difficult for many vulnerable human communities and cause large-scale conflict, they said. Due to humanity’s sprawling ecological footprint, many animals won’t have a clear path to cooler climes unless natural space is specifically set aside for that purpose.last_img read more

Multilateralism and donor aid for poorer states vital in fighting terrorism –

“But of course it is,” he told a new conference in reply to a question whether multilateralism is a key element, “because we need to work across countries, we need international cooperation.“Governments need to share information, work together – their police forces, intelligence – and without that cooperation, without that effective attempt to work together, we will not be able to contain terrorism or defeat them,” he declared in the Spanish capital, where he also attended a silent memorial service with King Juan Carlos that honoured the victims of last year’s terrorist attack on railways that killed nearly 200 people and injured 2,000 others.In a keynote address yesterday to the closing plenary of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security, Mr. Annan outlined what he called the “five D’s” strategy: dissuading the disaffected from choosing terrorism, denying terrorists the means to carry out attacks, deterring state support, developing state preventive capacity and defending human rights in the fight against the scourge.Today he again stressed the need for the world community to help fund poor countries that genuinely cannot afford to build the capacity needed to fight terrorism.“If we are going to give technical assistance to developing countries and countries that need assistance to upgrade their legal system, I think we are going to need money,” he said. “That money will have to come from governments with capacity and donor countries. We will set up a trust fund to raise the necessary amount of money and I would urge governments to be generous and give willingly so we can all tackle this scourge.”Asked whether his emphasis on the need to protect human rights in the fight against terrorism was in any way directed to the United States, Mr. Annan replied: “My comments were general, directed at all countries, because we do see tendencies in countries to take measures that tend to undermine civil rights and human rights.“In some countries, in fact, what you need to do is tag the opponent with the ‘t’ word, the terrorist word, and one is able to take whatever action. And it is this concern that has been bothering me and other human rights activists: that we need to make sure that there is a balance, a balance between the effective action against terrorism and protection of human rights, that we do not see it as a trade-off.”Asked whether he saw this week’s killing of a radical leader like Chechen separatist Aslan Maskhadov by Russian forces as part of the anti-terror struggle, Mr. Annan said: “Let me say that in the struggle against terrorism, governments tend to look for those who are seen as responsible for instigating attacks and try to either bring them to justice or to contain them. In this struggle you have seen around the world, it is not always their leaders, it is also their followers who get caught by law and they are dealt with.“But the main thing is that people who have legitimate grievances should find legitimate means to bring their case across. And when I talk of terrorism, as I said yesterday, any attempt to kill civilians or maim non-combatants is terrorism pure and simple, regardless of your cause, and no cause can justify that,” he declared.“I am not saying that one should not fight for legitimate rights or claims, but that should not be allowed to include the killing of innocent civilians.” read more

Outside the Lindo Wing Babies bring people together Royal babies have the

At a time of great political division, cleaved by Russian belligerence, Brexit negotiations and the ongoing Windrush scandal, it was just what was… The sun shone bright as a promise, the clouds parted to reveal enough blue for a tiny sailor suit, and when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged onto the steps of the Lindo Wing cradling their third child – she dressed in red and white, he in blue – all seemed right with the world. At news of his arrival, champagne corks popped, cheers rang out and the crowd of wellwishers went wild outside St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. He was born on St George’s Day. A dear little brother, a bona fide prince of the realm and a source of national celebration. read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex told to chill out during tour of

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Abel Tasman National Park, on day two of the royal couple’s tour of New ZealandCredit:PA Then, time for a barbecue. Welcomed back into the tent by song, the Duchess said a sincere “thank you” before spotting a table laden with home-cooked food and exclaiming over “so many brownies”.Accepting a bite of the cookies and brownies, the Duke and Duchess then made their way around a small circle of school children to hear about their projects to look after the park.As the Duke quizzed them about where they lived, the Duchess complimented their innovative work to protect sand dunes. The Duke added: “Issues stemming from social media and gaming are a major problem for young people in the UK — and globally. Fingers are often pointed at the parents but that’s not always fair as they too need to be educated about these things.”  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex poses for a photo as she visits Abel Tasman National Park, which sits at the north-Eastern tip of the South Island, New ZealandCredit:Reuters Harry and Meghan – who are both strong advocates for mental health awareness – were at Wellington’s Maranui Cafe on Monday to learn about initiatives and programmes supporting mental wellbeing in New Zealand, with a focus on youth.They arrived just after 10am and were escorted in by Lucia Kennedy, founder of Luminary Legacies, which honours people who have impacted positively on individuals, families and communities. “It smells so great in here,” Harry said after walking past the cafe’s colourful cake counter.Before sitting at their first table, the couple were offered drinks by the cafe’s co-owner Bronwyn Kelly, with the Duke asking for water, the Duchess having a “milk tea”.At the first table the couple met Jazz Thornton and Gen Mora from Voices of Hope.“We’ve both had battles with mental health of our own and so we wanted to create a platform where people can share stories of hope,” Thornton said of their website, which contains videos and personal blogs which promotes mental wellbeing, empowerment and recovery.Sign up for Your Royal Appointment – for everything you need to know about the Royal Family, direct to your inbox each week. Traditionally the meeting could be a moment of “war” and is an opportunity to air grievances, with Barney Thomas, chief elder, explaining: “We never ever put our women in that space.“We want to be inclusive but protective, and we would not want to put our women – especially the Duchess because she’s expecting – at risk.”The meeting, of course, went without a hitch, with warm wishes from both hosts and visitors, a welcoming song and, finally, food.The couple travelled to Abel Tasman by helicopter, with a 45 minute journey over the spectacular hills, craggy valleys, lush forests and clear blue waters of New Zealand. A rainy but warm welcome to Abel Tasman #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/7rnSCRS4pi— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) October 29, 2018 In drizzling rain, they were escorted into a grass clearing by a group of women, accompanied by the melodic sound of a conch shell, before a karanga was called.  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex poses for a photo as she visits Abel Tasman National Park, which sits at the north-Eastern tip of the South Island, New Zealand The call, between two groups of women, saw the Duke and Duchess walk slowly towards the tent, under an umbrella, before being welcomed with the hongi.The couple and their entourage made their way along a line of around 20 hosts, shaking each by the hand and performing the gentle “nose kiss”.They were then invited to sit on two rows of plastic seats opposite the iwi, with their all-female royal household staff in the back row and Duke, Duchess and their two male translators in the front.Mr Thomas gave a speech of welcome in te reo, a Maori language, followed by a waiata, a song, from the group.“We’ve been watching your tour and we know you don’t get much time off,” Mr Thomas joked. “I wouldn’t want to be a royal.“So we don’t want to put any demands on you. We want you to enjoy yourself. All we want you to do is relax.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Abel Tasman National Park, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand “I was saying there are two of you and there will be three of you soon.”Their hosts had originally intended to give them a gift of whalebone necklaces, but were not able to thanks to strict import and export laws.Instead, artist Robin Slow gave them a large canvas painting of three tui birds, representing the Duke, Duchess and their baby.After the welcome ceremony was complete, the Duke and Duchess took a stroll along the beach front, under an umbrella.Andrew Lamason, a department of conservation ranger, accompanied them to explain the conservation efforts at the port, saying afterward of Prince Harry: “His depth of knowledge was astonishing. I thought I would be doing most of the talking, but he really knew his stuff.” He said afterwards: “They have had a hectic tour and we really want them to come here and chill out with us with no pressure and no stress. They are such down to earth people, and we want them to be part of the family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were asked to “chill out” on Monday and enjoy the hospitality of the Maori people of Abel Tasman, as Prince Harry spoke of his joy at bringing their “little bump” to visit.The Duke and Duchess, who spent around an hour and a half at the spectacular coast on New Zealand’s South Island, were welcomed by songs, prayers, countless hongis and a banquet of food from their new friends.Told to take time out from their tour to relax, they took a short stroll on the beach front accompanied by a ranger to tell them about conservation projects to protect the Abel Tasman National Park.The Duke, speaking after being formally welcomed by the Manawhenua ki Mohua people, shared his excitement about visiting with a new baby on board.“The weather forecast was a lot worse than this,” Harry said to laughter, as guests sat under a tent roof for speeches. “This rain is a blessing on all of us. The Duchess, who is expecting her first child in the spring, was given a seat of honour for the ceremony in line with Maori tradition, placed in the front row but several inches back from her husband and other men on either side of her.The arrangement is a sign of protection for women, particularly those who are pregnant, in the initial meeting between iwi, the tribe, and new visitors. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Maranui Cafe in Wellington The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Abel Tasman National ParkCredit:PA “From myself and my wife and our little bump, we are so grateful to be here. We bring blessings from my grandmother the Queen and our family.“We are so grateful for your hospitality and the work you do to look after this beautiful place.” Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Maranui Cafe in WellingtonCredit:Wireimage Thomas Sehwarzenbach, 14, said: “It was really nice talking to them. They were pleased to hear about our projects and that we’re interested in the environment.”Laden with gifts, including a large colourful tote bag and a knitted blanket fit for a newborn baby, the Duke and Duchess said farewell with another line of hongis before walking back to their RNZAF NH-90 helicopter hand in hand to return to Wellington.Duchess warns of social mediaEarlier, the Duchess of Sussex opened up about the pressures of social media during a conversation with mental health advocates in New Zealand.During a visit to a beachside cafe in Wellington, Meghan met people supporting others in the area of mental health about the impact that unrealistic images on the likes of Instagram and Twitter can have on youth.“Young people find it so difficult,” she said during a conversation with staff and volunteers from Live For Tomorrow, an online youth initiative focused on reaching millennials with messages of hope and positive change. “You see photos on social media and you don’t know whether she’s born with it or maybe it’s a filter.“Your judgement of your sense of self worth becomes really skewed when it’s all based on likes.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Abel Tasman National Park read more

Samsung and Daftie launch Smart TV property app

first_imgTHE LATEST ADDITION to the Samsung Smart Hub is a new property search app powered by Daft.ie.Users already enjoy YouTube, the RTE Player, Netflix, Muzu.tv, Facebook and Twitter through their television screens and now they will also be able to search for a new home or showcase their rental accommodation though their sets as well.Samsung announced the partnership with Ireland’s largest property website earlier today. It said the app will allow users search for their next home on a bigger screen and from the comfort of the couch.Marketing manager at Samsung Ireland Brendan Carr said the move was part of the company’s commitment to providing viewers with a wide range of content and services “beyond video-on-demand and film services”.“Our partnership with Daft.ie provides a new way to look at property searching. By viewing images on the television, house hunters will be able to get a better insight into the property, but they can also access shortlists they may have made on their mobile phone while out and about viewing potential homes.”Daft.ie’s marketing director Kieran Harte added, “It’s the next evolution from our success in the smartphone and tablet environments.”Daft.ie is part of the Distilled Media group. Nine out of every 10 properties for sale in Ireland are advertised on the site which as 1.9 million monthly unique browsers.Journal Media Ltd has shareholders – Brian and Eamonn Fallon – in common with Distilled Media Group.last_img read more

The quarterback the President and the Divided States of America

first_img By Steve O’Rourke 20,328 Views Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 8:30 AM Share30 Tweet Email1 “Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that.”Trump’s enjoyment of the situation was clear and was based on an article by Mike Freeman on Bleacher Report which quoted an NFL general manager as saying that one of the reasons why the quarterback’s free agency has been difficult so far is that some teams feared political backlash or Trump’s tweets.But as much as Trump would like to take all the credit, the unnamed GM said it was Kaepernick’s police brutality protest last season — when he took a knee during the playing of the US national anthems at games — that meant some owners felt he was “toxic”.He said:“The rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did (kneeling for the national anthem). They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”It’s worth remembering that this is the same league where a team’s idea of punishing a player who choked his pregnant girlfriend before punching her in the stomach is to draft him a little bit later than normal rather than letting him go without a job.The Divided States of America America is a nation divided. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesNever mind that Colin Kaepernick donated $50,000 out of his own pocket to Meals on Wheels when Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts would see the service — which feeds 2.5 million senior citizens in the US — terminated.He engaged in a peaceful protest so he must be punished.Never mind that Colin Kaepernick donated a further $50,000 to help ship hunger relief supplies to Somalia when the US government’s foreign aid to the famine and drought-struck African nation amounts to just $123,143 for the year to date.He engaged in a peaceful protest about the extra-judicial deaths of unarmed black Americans so he must be punished.Never mind that Kaepernick has said he won’t continue his anthem protest as it has done its job by sparking a nationwide — worldwide even — conversation about social inequality.He engaged in a peaceful protest so it’s okay for people like legendary coach Mike Ditka to say Kaepernick should “get the hell out of America.”At this juncture, it’s worth pointing out — if it wasn’t obvious — that most NFL teams are owned by rich white men. Rich white men love Donald Trump (see Tom Brady, et al) and he won in states where 19 of the 32 NFL teams are based.Now imagine you’re a billionaire owner of an NFL team. After buying yourself a nice yacht, house and car, you have a chat with your general manager and he tells you that your quarterback is getting on in years and you need to sign a back-up as cover so he suggests Kaepernick.Even in your ivory tower, you realise that the United States of America is at its most divided politically in a long time. Do you really want to split your fan base for the sake of an average quarterback when you can sign a below-average one with no public political views instead?The obvious answer here is that you should leave Kaepernick on the dole. But, like most NFL owners, you’d be wrong. Will we see Kaepernick back on the field this season? Source: TNS/ABACAWhen people say Kaepernick is “not a great quarterback”, that has to be put into perspective; there are less than 40 people in the world who can do his job better than him.If you had a brain tumour and I told you that you could be operated on by the 35th best brain surgeon in the world or the 58th, would you choose the latter if you found out the former engaged in a peaceful protest about something close to his heart even if it’s not close to yours?And, sure, we’d all like someone in the top 10 or 20 but you’re not getting an appointment with those guys and even the surgeons in the 20-30 range are booked up or out of your price range.Unless the tumour has affected your ability to think properly, going with the 35th best makes obvious sense.LegacyWhile their interception rate might be the same, we all know that Colin Kapernick is no Tom Brady; but should he have to be to have a social conscience?The answer, of course, is that he shouldn’t, but the reality is that it would probably help.When Muhammed Ali refused to go to war in Vietnam — a move that white middle America also saw as treasonous — he lost the ability to fight for almost four years and nearly ended up in jail.History has judged Ali’s detractors in the late 1960s harshly, while the boxer was widely lauded for his social conscience both before and after his death.How, one wonders, will our grandchildren feel about the quarterback who couldn’t get a job because he took a knee to protest the unlawful deaths of unarmed citizens?The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! http://the42.ie/3301886 36 Comments Follow us: the42.ie Source: PA/The42The quarterbackGIVEN THEIR FUTURE Hall of Fame status, it should come as no surprise that Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have two of the three lowest interception percentages in NFL history.Packers quarterback Rodgers throws an interception on just 1.5% of his passes, while Brady (who has played four more seasons) gives the ball away on 1.8% of his throws.What may surprise you is that Colin Kaepernick also has an interception rate of just 1.8%, making him one of the safest quarterbacks in NFL history.If you don’t understand how important not throwing the ball to the other team is in football, a 10-year study by Harvard University found that teams who lost the turnover battle in a game by just one, lost 69.6% of the time.Those who lost by two came out on the losing side 83.9% of the time and so on.It’s quite simple, protecting the football is almost as important for quarterbacks as finding the end zone. Colin Kaepernick during his protest last season. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWhich begs the question, why is Kaepernick — just five years removed from leading the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance — currently unable to find a job in the NFL when the following deals have already been signed this off-season:New York Jets – Josh McCown – aged 37 – $6 million guaranteed – one-year dealChicago Bears – Mike Glennon – has played just eight games in three seasons – $45 million – three-year dealSan Francisco 49ers – Brian Hoyer – has recorded 30 turnovers in 49 career games – $10 million guaranteed – two-year dealI mean, even Geno Smith got a job this spring. Source: NFL GamepassIn total, Kaepernick has thrown 72 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in his career; and rushed for 2,300 yards in 58 starts.That includes a career-best 6.8 yards per run this past season, while on the second worst team in the NFL.Indeed, his performances last season even prompted this headline on SB Nation:While that may have been overly optimistic, there are still plenty who believe Kaepernick has a lot to offer.“I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told PFT Live this week.One argument as to why Kaepernick is still looking for a job is that he’s a run-first quarterback in a league where only a limited number of teams run that offence.Therefore, the theory goes, if a team was to bring him in as a back-up, they’d have to completely change the way they play if he took to the field.That makes some sense until you realise that the Dallas Cowboys resigned the much-less talented Kellen Moore this off-season, making him the lone left-handed quarterback in the NFL.Having a left-handed quarterback means a complete change in protection schemes from the offensive line, the way receivers run routes, etc, and is just as disruptive — if not more so — as having a quarterback whose first instinct is to run the football.Instead, the truth behind the 29-year-old’s current unemployment is probably to be found off the field.The President Donald Trump is claiming credit for Kaepernick’s job search. Source: Evan Vucci/PA ImagesAs much as some teams and fans will try and convince you that Kaepernick’s fruitless job search is related exclusively to ‘football matters’ — the sporting equivalent to ‘all lives matter’ — the simple fact is that no other job-seeking quarterback this off-season has had the president of the United States comment on his unemployment.Not just comment on it, revel in it.Last Monday, as he continued his seemingly never-ending campaign for a job he already has, Trump went as far as taking credit for keeping Kaepernick out of a job.“Our inner cities will find a rebirth of hope, safety and opportunity,” Trump said before, inexplicably, bringing up Kaepernick’s free agency.“Your San Francisco quarterback, I’m sure nobody ever heard of him.”It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.” Short URL The quarterback, the President and the Divided States of America There are very few footballing reasons Colin Kaepernick should be unemployed and yet, five years after a Super Bowl appearance, he is. 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Choose Your Price Complete Ruby on Rails Coding Masterclass

first_imgLike this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Enter code VAULTONE to try it out for just $1! This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Pay What You Want: The Complete Ruby on Rails Master Class Bundle – $11See Deal Stay on target Professionally trained web developers can make huge salaries. Want to try your hand at it? Learn the necessary coding languages with the Pay What You Want: Complete Ruby on Rails Master Class Bundle, offered now at the Geek Shop for just pennies on the dollar.This package, valued at $867, includes lifetime access to 11 courses that can turn almost anyone into a master coder. Students will become acquainted with popular web development languages like Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The courses are delivered online so students can go at their own pace and, since it’s a Pay What You Want offer, they get to choose how much they spend.Here’s how it works. Go to the deal page and review the current average price. If you feel the bundle is worth more than this number, simply beat it and you’ll get all 11 courses for the amount that you entered. If, however, the average price is a little more than you want to spend, just agree to pay any lesser figure and get the first course in the bundle, a $148 value.Either way, you’ll be in line to get a whole lot of skills training for very little money. The average price, however, is expected to trend upwards over time. So it’s better to purchase The Complete Ruby on Rails Master Class Bundle sooner rather than later.last_img read more

Ripples in spacetime suggest a black hole swallowed a neutron star

first_img Taking 3 and 5🌞masses as our “cut-off” labels for #NeutronStars or #BlackHoles is a useful rule-of-thumb but it could be wrong – or at least not the full picture. So #S190814bv *could* still be 2 merging #BlackHoles… Lots more careful analysis may tell us the answer!… 3/5 pic.twitter.com/0RSc5jk0xc— LIGO (@LIGO) August 17, 2019 7 Tags 16 Photos That throws up an exciting possibility that one of the black holes would be lighter than any black hole we’ve ever seen before. We can’t lose!If the event is confirmed as a neutron star-black hole merger, it would complete LIGO and Virgo’s trifecta of cosmic detections. The facilities have seen black holes merge with black holes and neutron stars merge with neutron stars, but they’ve never seen the two obliterate one another.The next step is to focus telescopes on the small section of the sky S190814bv came from. It’s relatively close, by cosmic standards, at just 900 million light-years away. The gravitational waves race out faster than other electromagnetic waves, giving astronomers a chance to try and detect other signals emitted by the event. What will we see?”We will either see a neutron star being ripped apart by a black hole, or getting swallowed whole like Pac-Man swallowing a ghost,” says Simon Stevenson, an astronomer with Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. “Either way, we are in for a show!”  Share your voicecenter_img What is a black hole? The universe’s dark, mysterious monsters Comments Black hole, meet neutron star. Neutron star, this is black hole. Play nice. Carl Knox/OzGrav ARC Centre of Excellence Astronomers watching the cosmos for faint ripples in space-time may have detected a black hole swallowing up a neutron star for the very first time. Gravitational wave observatories in the US and Europe were switched back on after upgrades in April to hunt for these extreme cosmic events, and since then have detected 23 potential cosmic wobbles. The latest is perhaps the most exciting yet — and it’s also potentially the most puzzling.The event, designated S190814bv, was detected on Aug. 14 by the finely-tuned lasers of the twin LIGO detectors in the US and the Virgo detector in Italy. The facilities picked up ripples in the fabric of the universe and have, tentatively, suggested they resulted from a collision between a black hole and a small, dense star known as a “neutron star”.The facilities have seen potential black hole-neutron star collisions in the past, but none have been adequately verified. Since switching back on in April, only three candidates for this insane type of cosmic collision have been presented with varying levels of confidence. That’s because the detectors are so fine-tuned they sometimes flag noise as real events.For S190814bv, the chance the newly-detected signal is just noise is 1 in 10 septillion years.That would even put Han Solo off believing S190814bv is anything but a neutron star-black hole merger, but the researchers are still urging caution. It could be, they say, two merging black holes. Sci-Techlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly February 17 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioAlaska Lawmakers Frustrated After Meeting With Interior Secretary JewellAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauAfter President Barack Obama announced a plan to designate most of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, Alaska lawmakers seized a chance to meet his Interior Secretary on their own turf. A team of nine legislators took a break from session work in Juneau to travel to Kotzebue this week to confront Sally Jewell about those actions. But while the meeting was hyped, neither the delegation nor the Secretary described it as a showdown.Sen. Murkowski Says Protecting Lands Is Top Priority Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauBeyond filing lawsuits and requesting meetings with administration officials, there’s little Alaska’s legislative or executive branches can do to influence President Barack Obama’s approach to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Lawsuit Challenges Alaska’s Regulation Restricting Abortions For Low Income Women Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA trial got underway today in Anchorage in a lawsuit challenging the state regulation that restricts abortions for low income women.Brent Sass Outduels Allen Moore For Yukon Quest Win Emily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksEureka musher Brent Sass cruised across the finish line in Fairbanks last night to win this year’s Yukon Quest. Sass has been trying to win the Quest for years.  This year, he gave up a ten hour lead to two-time defending champion Allen Moore, who refused to give up easily.Alaska Budget Cuts Threaten Local Jails Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaGov. Bill Walker plans to submit a budget amendment that would restore some funding to the community jails program. Corrections commissioner Ronald Taylor made comments during a joint subcommittee hearing Monday eveningSitka is one of several local departments who say the proposed cuts were so deep, it could force their jail to close.Rescued Hiker: “We Definitely Got More Than We Bargained For”Casey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauOne of four Juneau hikers rescued off a wind-scoured mountain earlier this month says the group was looking for a bit of an adventure, but may have gotten more than they bargained for.“Emotional Creature” Teaches Young Women To Speak Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageA new play opened this weekend at Cyrano’s Playhouse in Anchorage from the author of the Vagina Monologues. On stage, the songs and monologues tell the true stories of traumas faced by young women around the world. But behind the scenes, it’s the tale of Anchorage’s young women learning what it means to be an “Emotional Creature.”last_img read more

Two women brutally punched in homophobic attack after refusing to kiss on

first_imgGay couple that was attacked while onboard a night bus in London on May 30TwitterIn a yet another glaring homophobic attack in London, a gay couple was physically assaulted and suffered severe facial injuries after they refused to kiss while travelling on a London bus on May 30. Melania Geymonat and her partner Chris were on board a bus in West Hampstead when a gang of teenagers aged between 15 and 18 attacked the couple.The couple was reportedly asked about sexual positions and gestures when the boys suspected they were gay. “They surrounded us and started saying really aggressive stuff, things about sexual positions, lesbians and claiming we could kiss so they could watch us,” Geymont told BBC. The couple said that they initially took the matter as a joke and acted calm, but soon the situation went out of hand. “My partner Chris even acted as if she were sick and they started throwing coins and next thing I know, they are punching her in the face,” she added.Geymont said that as soon as she tried to help Chris, even she was physically assaulted and suffered injuries. She said that she had earlier suffered verbal abuse due to her sexuality, but a physical assault on the couple had not happened ever.Attackers arrested as the incident sparks outrageThe police have arrested four teenage boys who were found involved in the homophobic crime as the incident has sparked national outrage over the recurring attacks on the LGBT community in London. “This was a sickening attack and my thoughts are with the couple affected. Nobody should ever have to hide who they are or who they love and we must work together to eradicate unacceptable violence towards the LGBT community,” President Theresa May said while condemning the incident. Sexual minorities are vying hard for equal laws in India. [In File: Lesbian couple hold hands during the annual Gay Pride rally, on June 8, 2007 Tel Aviv, Israel’s most cosmopolitan city]David Silverman/Getty ImagesThe official reports suggest that during the period between 2014 and 2018, the number of homophobic crimes in London alone has doubled from 1,488 to 2,308. The increase in the crime rate has visibly increased fears among the LGBT community, who even avoid holding hands in public.Geymont said that she is not afraid to show her real self to the people but still is disappointed as London which is one of the most modern cities in the world is still not come to terms with different sexualities. Even as the June is being celebrated as the month of gay pride and one of the largest LGBT festivals is currently underway in the city, the bus attack has served as a grim reminder on how the reforms and security are still needed to address the concerns of LGBT community.last_img read more

India flood victim gives birth after helicopter rescue

first_imgThis handout photograph released by the Indian Navy on 18 August 2018 shows Sajita Jabeel, 25, with her newborn boy in a hospital in Kochi, after she was rescued while heavily pregnant from a roof in a flood affected area of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala. Photo: AFPA heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations on Saturday.Dozens of navy helicopters have embarked on high-risk missions to save people from rooftops and isolated land as the southern state battles a flood crisis that has left at least 324 people dead.Sajita Jabeel, 25, was winched up by Commander Vijay Verma, who has been widely praised for leading the rescue in the Aluva district of the state’s main city Kochi.”The lady was in labour, her water had broken,” Verma told News18 television.He called the relief mission “very challenging” and said his team had rushed to find the family after receiving an emergency call.”We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her.”Jabeel gave birth to a healthy baby boy after being rushed to hospital.People are airlifted by the Indian Navy soldiers during a rescue operation at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India on 17 August 2018. Photo: ReutersKerala, popular among international tourists for its tropical hills and beaches, has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year.About 60 military and coast guard helicopters and hundreds of boats are scouring the flood zones across the state for trapped victims.The military said that tens of thousands have been rescued in the past week, but thousands more are feared trapped.Another pilot winched 26 people up from a rooftop in Kochi on Friday while hovering between trees and other houses just two days after receiving a medal for saving a fisherman last year.A video of P. Rajkumar’s Sea King helicopter pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people on board.”It was a life-threatening mission but it’s an unprecedented situation. We can’t leave behind our people,” Indian Navy spokesman DK Sharma told AFP.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Star Sophie Turner Posts Tribute to Sansa Stark

first_imgStay on target Hour before the final episode of Game of Thrones is set to air, star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the show, posted a touching tribute to the character she says taught her “resilience, bravery and true strength.”Turner, who has played Sansa on the HBO show since she was 13 years old, shared photos and a message on Instagram on Sunday.“Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery and what true strength really is. Thank you teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love. I grew up with you. I fell in love with you at 13 and now 10 years on.. at 23 I leave you behind, but I will never leave behind what you’ve taught me,” Turner wrote. Many fans have praised the character, the oldest living child of Ned and Catelyn Stark, for developing into a savvy, queenly woman worthy of taking the Iron Throne for herself.Turner, who stars in the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix, also thanked the Game of Thrones cast, crew and the fans ahead of the finale.“To the show and the incredible people who make it, thank you for giving me the best life and drama lessons I could have ever asked for. Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Thank you for giving me this chance all those years ago,” she said on Instagram. “And finally to the fans. Thank you for falling in love with these characters and supporting this show right through till the end. I’ll miss this more than anything.”Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBOEarlier, Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, also said her own farewell to the her character, the legendary Khaleesi, in a moving, heartfelt post on Instagram.The series finale of Game of Thrones airs tonight, May 19, 9 p.m. on HBO. Check back for our recap of the episode.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ coverage on Geek.comStephen King Defends ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Amid Fan Complaints‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Urge HBO to Re-Do Season 8 in Petitioncenter_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future last_img read more