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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Knicks hand Clippers ninth straight loss

first_imgInjured Haye pulls out of heavyweight rematch with Bellew NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games New York then led by 26 in the fourth quarter.The game was tied at 20 after one quarter, but the Knicks opened a double-digit lead late in the half after a 9-2 spurt and were ahead 56-44 at the break.“In the first half we weren’t moving the ball. One pass or no passes and the guys were shooting it,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “Once we got into passing the ball and moving it from side to side, then we ended up with 20 assists in the final 32 minutes and that’s pretty good.”The Clippers traded Chris Paul in the offseason and the search for reliable guard play remains. Austin Rivers was 1 for 9 for two points, Lou Williams came off the bench to shoot 2 for 8, and rookie Jawun Evans shot 2 for 8.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles had won five straight at Madison Square Garden. … Clippers assistant Mike Woodson was the Knicks’ coach last time they beat Los Angeles, on April 25, 2012.Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr. played with a sore left foot and scored 13 points. He had been listed as questionable but Hornacek said Hardaway felt better after rest. … Enes Kanter had 12 points and 16 rebounds.STREAK SNAPPEDThe Clippers’ 10-game winning streak over the Knicks was their longest active streak against any opponent. Now it’s seven in a row against Portland and Orlando.STARKS WITH THE “STEAL” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Porzingis outplayed a frustrated Blake Griffin and helped the Knicks snap a 10-game skid in the series with their first victory over the Clippers in more than five years.“Bottom line, we just can’t sustain anything,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Right now we get it going a little bit and one thing happens and it just implodes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDoug McDermott added 16 points for the Knicks, including a 3-pointer that swung the momentum for good midway through the third quarter.“I got in there, had to bring some energy because we got off to a little slow start to start the third quarter,” McDermott said. Doc Rivers was talking to reporters before the game when former Knicks teammate John Starks walked by.“Can you bring my wedge back?” Rivers yelled out. “Guy stole my wedge and didn’t give it back.”Rivers said he had been without his golf club, which Starks contended that Rivers had left in his bag, for about two months.“You know, when someone allegedly leaves a club in your bag, the right thing to do is mail it back to them,” Rivers said. “That’s all I’m saying. At some point, it’s stolen.”UP NEXTClippers: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday.Knicks: Host Toronto on Wednesday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Los Angeles Clippers’ Jawun Evans (1) and New York Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn (9) fight for control of the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Things are going so poorly for the Clippers that they can’t even beat the Knicks anymore.Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and New York extended Los Angeles’ losing streak to nine games with a 107-85 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Griffin scored 21 points but shot just 6 for 18, picked up a technical foul and fouled out with 4:46 remaining. The Clippers (5-11) still haven’t won since Nov. 1 at Dallas, when they improved to 5-2.“Tonight was not a good showing,” Griffin said. “We have to put together 48 minutes rather than playing in spurts. We know as a team that this is not going to be the end.”Patrick Beverley returned after missing five games with a sore right knee and had nine points and six rebounds. But the Clippers are still without fellow guard Milos Teodosic and the rest of their backcourt play was mostly dismal.The Clippers fell behind by 17 early in the third quarter before running off 15 straight to cut it to 66-64 midway through the period. But McDermott hit a 3-pointer in transition and added another during a 12-0 response by the Knicks that gave them a 78-64 advantage with 4:11 remaining in the period.“I thought that was disheartening,” Rivers said. “I thought that took the spirit away but it shouldn’t and that’s where we’re at right now. When you lose nine games in a row, you’re in a losing streak, you start feeling sorry for yourself when things don’t go right and you can’t do that.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Hockey World Cup 2002: Opportunity for Indian hockey team to count itself amongst the elite

first_imgf On a sunless winter’s day, all that stood out in the grey was a flaming garland of marigolds on the statue. When the Indian hockey team left the National Stadium in Delhi on its last morning before flying off for the World Cup, they walked briskly past the statue.,fOn a sunless winter’s day, all that stood out in the grey was a flaming garland of marigolds on the statue. When the Indian hockey team left the National Stadium in Delhi on its last morning before flying off for the World Cup, they walked briskly past the statue. Maybe they were preoccupied. Maybe it was late.Maybe they were only doing what Indian hockey has been trying to do all these years. Leave the shadow of its giants behind, throw off the burden of its history and look for new routes, new roads, new histories. The statue, though, was smiling. Dhyan Chand – for it is his bronze image that backs the stadium’s new hockey turf and looks out towards India Gate – would have approved. He could use the company.To judge Indian hockey by its yesterdays is like taking modern India to task for not resembling the Gupta era – they were both Golden Ages, remember. The Olympic golds, the wizards of hockey, the breathless beauty of it all, came from a time when our mothers were fainting at the sight and sound of Elvis Presley.In the past 30 years, the honours list has grown thin: the World Cup in 1975, an Olympic gold in 1980, an Asian Games gold in 1998 and a Junior World Cup only last year. The Indian team returns to Malaysia, the country where it won the Cup 27 years ago, but it will be playing a very different game from the one played by its illustrious predecessors.advertisementDhanraj Pillai”When Dhanraj begins to run, the opposition runs with him.”CEDRIC D’SOUZA, Indian coach, on star striker PillaiIn the past quarter century, there have been few sports that have changed as much as hockey – not just in terms of equipment and surface like tennis, but also in tactics, techniques and pre-match preparation. It is where the Indians fell apart in the past two decades and it is why, along with other reasons like sheer administrative blindness, catching up has been like puffing up the Everest in bathroom slippers.When the World Cup explodes from the first whistle on February 24, the nostalgia bugs would be advised to switch channels from some damned cricket match and watch. Sixteen nations will play on a turf called System Five, the ball hit from a standing stroke will travel at speeds between 120 and 150 kmph, and go from stick to goal in 1.5 seconds. Once the wizards of hockey attacked in waves, weaving pretty rings around defenders. Today’s stickmen will play, to borrow from Harry Potter, wizard’s chess at full tilt. In this game only if the men of action and men of thought combine as a seamless whole can a team hope to succeed.Where then do the Indians fit in this intricate and grand design? Baljit Singh Dhillon, the Indian captain and a quiet man of reasonable words, says, “We have always gone one step ahead. But we have to listen to the criticism until we win something big.” The only way to judge the team – they rarely play as a unit at home – is by results. Through 2001 there have been flashes of light. The Indians won the Champions Challenge in Kuala Lumpur, earning them a ticket into the Champions Trophy, meant only for the top six hockey nations in the world.At the World Cup the Indians, who finished ninth in the last edition in Utrecht, Holland, will play seven group matches in nine days. They are in the “easier” of the two groups, but while Australia has old “pedigree”, no longer can the other teams in their group – Korea, England, Malaysia, Poland – just be sneezed away.The CompetitionGermanyEfficient set piecesSpeed on the breakConvert close to 60 per cent chancesStars: Bjorn Michel, Oliver DomkePakistanSuperior skill advantageGrasp of tactical hockeyAbility to score off penalty cornersStars: Shahbaz Ahmed, Sohail AbbasAustraliaSpeed in the D, fitnessSuperb midfieldersAggressive play in the first 10 minutesStars: Troy Elder, Brent LivermoreHollandSpeed over the groundSure hands in the DSmooth transfers out of defenceStars: Bram Lomans, Taeke TaekemaSo the Indians have prepared in three long camps, including physical training that would leave the cricket team counting its blessings (the minimum level required of the “bleep” test for endurance is set at 17 for the hockey team – the Indian cricketers strain for a bit over 11), early morning starts in freezing Ludhiana, video-analysis sessions and simulated matches in sweltering Chennai in which one half lasted an hour instead of the regulation 35 minutes, leaving athletes smelling their own blood. It is an enormous workload but it is what is being put in by every other team.advertisementThe Dutch are now in Egypt trying to duplicate Malaysian conditions and to keep set pieces away from spying eyes. For the first time the Indians sent assistant coach C. Kumar out to Malaysia for a six-nation event featuring the big daddies – Holland, Pakistan and Australia – so that he, armed with a video camera, could do a little bit of spying too. Coach Cedric D’Souza has worked out 12 penalty corner set pieces-stealthily moving arrows and dots, dodges and dashes-on his computer’s Power Point programme. It may seem obsessive and overzealous but, again, it is all mandatory.The team has headed for Kuala Lumpur on a bubble of goodwill but should they “fail” – and that’s a very loose definition – they know they will be taken to the cleaners. Indian hockey is not only a miserly employer – the players receive an allowance of $20 (Rs 960) per day and a match fee of zero – but an unforgiving one. A year after the India lost the final of the 1982 Asian Games to Pakistan, someone cut the electricity when goalkeeper Mir Ranjan Negi was getting married in Indore, the ceremony continuing in darkness.After Rajiv Mishra, a junior instrumental in taking India to the 1997 World Junior final, suffered from a knee injury, he was left out on a limb, the IHF President K.P.S. Gill remarking, “You can’t take care of someone who doesn’t want to take care of himself.” Clearly the golden era of nurturing hockey players is over too, gone like the grass on which the greats played.On the current Indian team, Jugraj Singh is already being hailed as the golden boy with the penalty corner hits and being thrown in to the sharks. Before he became a modern maestro Sohail Abbas of Pakistan was groomed for four years and sent to Holland to develop his penalty corner skills. Olympian striker Jagbir Singh says the reason Indians have won little recently has plenty to do with player morale. “We are always changing our players, putting them under pressure. Look at Pakistan – they value their players more. The confidence of their team is always higher.”The Indians now in Malaysia believe they are different. Half of the 22 now in Kuala Lumpur – the squad will be trimmed to 18 – come from the under-21 World Cup winning squad but have played on the national team as part of a core group in international competitions. Their pure optimism may be easily drained in the future but for the moment it is stuff that could be drunk neat. But only as an aperitif, to stimulate the senses.The meat and potatoes of the team remains the experience of Dhillon, the peerless Dhanraj Pillai, Sabu Varkey and defender Dilip Tirkey is worth its weight in golden boots. The pressure of playing for the “revival” of Indian hockey may just be too hot a cup of tea for the juniors.”We have to channelise their speed, thrust and off-the-ball running,” says Dhillon. “Sometimes greater the speed the greater the mistakes.”advertisementPillai, playing in his final World Cup, matching sticks and wits with the most youthful, will be the centre of attention and play two parts: that of goal-scorer and panic-creator. Says D’Souza, whose move to play Pillai out on the right instead of dead centre has caused some heartburn: “When he’s playing, the opposition is more on guard. Dhanraj’s reputation precedes him. When he runs, the opposition runs with him.” The point is whether he has the ball or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, he is able to create space for the rest of the forwards. When it works, it is pure theatre. When it doesn’t, Pillai’s skills seem wasted. The great man has a great stage again.Worth the Wait: New find Jugraj Singh’s success in converting penalty corners will be crucialD’Souza has returned to handle the hot potato of the Indian team after a stint in 1996. He says he has tried to soften his own man-management style and break down the barrier between seniors and juniors, north and south. He has set up an “inner circle” of seniors, draws up the room lists and tries to put players from different regions together. “That way the common language is hockey. And humour. To the seniors I’ve said, ‘If you want to be called seniors, you have to take the responsibility of behaving like grown men, take charge of the younger players.'” It’s a prickly subject, this, a hangover from a history of deference. As a rookie, a member of this team found himself intimidated by the aloof manner of Pargat Singh, who to him became not Pargat Singh, comrade, but Pargat Singh, “triple Olympian”. The player says, “They were all supremely talented players but as a team – what?”It is a culture that needs to be dismantled before any team can move ahead. If not checked and balanced in this World Cup, it could yet delay India’s dream. Former coach and Olympian M.P. Ganesh tries to be realistic, “Getting into the semi-final would be a very good effort. What we all really need to see is India proving that they belong to the Champions Trophy group – the elite of the hockey world.” India did in an era long gone, but this is a new century and it must find its place , in it all over again.”We must get over this psyche of, ‘We were the champions and we will remain so,'” says Jagbir. When striker Deepak Thakur came home as a junior world champion, he saw what could be: not just the headlines and TV lights, but 400 children turning out for under-15 hockey trials in Patiala. It’s like every man on the team can almost sight the corner, can sense the moment when he can stop being the ordinary son of extraordinary fathers and be himself. It is time to turn the corner and time to turn the page.A new history for Indian hockey – whether a good, bad or an ugly one – waits to be written. The team now in Kuala Lumpur comprises its writers.last_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Dan Bailey Is Ice

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMIDating back to the 2009 Missouri game Dan Bailey has hit 46 of the 53 field goals he’s attempted in both college and the NFL, including game winners the last two weeks for the Dallas Cowboys.In Dallas’ home opener against Washington on Monday Night Football his team’s high-octane offense led by the most polarizing man in the world stalled out six times: twice at the 24-yard line, once each at the 23-yard line, 15-yard line, 10-yard line, and 6-yard line.Enter #5.By the way, who wears #5 as a kicker? What’s up with that?You all got to know him the last few years as “the dude who couldn’t miss an extra point except when we went to Texas.” He hit 181 in a row as a Cowboy – as if completing extra points is something we need to brag about. It was, however, a nice reprieve from the crossed fingers (and toes!) days of Jason Ricks and Bruce Redden.Well last night Bailey took aim at a Dallas Cowboys record with his six kicks. He broke the rookie record and came within one of the team record (7 – held by Chris Boniol and Billy Cundiff), and will forever be T3 in the NFL record books for “most FG in a single game.” Well maybe not forever, I guess somebody could come along and break the current record of 8 and he would be T4, but you get the point.His last one was from 40 yards out with less than two minutes left and there was absolutely no doubt. It would have been good from 55 on a 10-foot wide goal post.Between that, Dez’s 4 for 63, and Kendall Hunter’s dirty TD run on Sunday (1:50 mark) I’d say it was a pretty solid weekend for Cowboy alumni in the pros.Plus, Dez won his bet.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Serious Backcountry Travel: Brooks Range

first_img1. Brooks Range Mountaineering 2. Hybrid Wool Jacket 3. Range Drift 20 4. Tension 30 Among serious climbers, ski touring aficionados, and backcountry travelers, few brands evoke the ideals of fast and light like Brooks Range Mountaineering. Born from a small cadre or mountaineers and backpackers, their roots trace a lineage of ski mountaineering lines in Alaska, thru hikes down the Pacific Crest Trail, and backcountry campgrounds for decades. They still maintain a small advisory board of athletes and guides that truly beat on each jacket, tent and sleeping bag they make, ensuring the pieces of gear that make it market are the best. We got a sneak peak of the spring line at Outdoor Retailer this year, and are excited to put some of it to the test.Related: Ski Season Preview: Salomon MTN Collection | Jimmy Chin’s MeruHybrid Wool JacketPolartec Alpha insulation was originally designed for US Special Operations forces carrying heavy loads at high altitude. It has excellent thermal insulation, and also breathes better than any synthetic puffy jacket we’ve tried. Brooks took Alpha as a core insulator, and added Polartec’s new Power Wool Merino in the sleeves. The result is a jacket that stands up to the rigors of winter travel in the mountains, handles stop and go aerobic activities, and has the silhouette of a classic mountain jacket. If you’ve got spring break ski plans, this needs to be on your list.Drift 20 Sleeping BagUtilizing 850-fill power DownTek water repellant goose down, the Drift line of sleeping bags combine ultimate warmth with serious comfort touches. The all new 20-degree rated bag is cut with Brooks’ Semi-Rec pattern, making it roomier than a typical mummy bag. The high fill down and ultralight face fabric keep weight down so you can pack it in to camp all year long. At a twenty degree rating, it is a great 3-season bag for high mountain adventures, and can last into the winter with a liner or if you live a little further south than our Rocky Mountain testing grounds in Utah.Tension 30 TentThe Tension 30 packs an impressive thirty square feet of livable space into a package that weighs just under two and a half pounds.  Using a single carbon fiber pole, it maximizes space with nearly vertical walls and a no-drip vestibule for gear. Every surface (aside from the mesh upper body) is silicone impregnated nylon, ensuring that both your tent base and rainfly keep rain, dew, and snow firmly out. This tent will have your friends drooling over it at every backpacking campsite all summer long. The Best Men’s Trail Running Gear for Warm Weather Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State Editors’ Recommendations center_img This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube The Best American Liqueurlast_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Grab Your Favorite Memorial Day Style Essentials from Huckberry

first_imgMade from Martexin waxed canvas in a rich Field Tan color and featuring the finest zippers money can buy (from Riri), this bag is crafted in America and packs a serious punch for a weekend that calls for durable luggage.Bellroy Lowdown Wallet [$78]This slim wallet is made from premium full-grain vegetable tanned leather in a sleek black color — talk about subtle and stylish. It features room for up to 10 cards, and holds cash, too. Slide it into the front pocket of denim or chinos without breaking up your slim silhouette — after all, a refined wallet is definitely a style upgrade you need to make.Flint and Tinder Soft-Washed Pocket Crew [$19.98]If you’re looking to pack light, reach for a tee that you can wear while traveling, then smarten up with an unconstructed blazer for dinner. The soft wash and rich Bleached Ink colorway make it a worthy complement to broken-in selvedge denim or khaki shorts, plus classic spring sneakers.Astorflex Greenflex Boot in Dark Khaki [$145]Because no trip is complete without solid footwear to get you from point A to point A, a pair of ethically sourced and constructed boots are the way to go. The Greenflex plays off the classic desert boot silhouette yet uses Italian leather, a comfortable, biodegradable rubber sole and a memory foam footbed for comfort. Pair these with that Flint and Tinder pocket tee for day-to-night style.Apolis Cotton Civilian Chino [$178]Everything that Apolis does, from its smart indigo chore coats to its tailored wool sweatpants is well-designed, well-built and ridiculously high-quality. That’s absolutely the case with its Cotton Civilian Chino, cut from lightweight, breathable cotton and featuring a tailored fit. You’ve just met your new favorite summer chinos. The Best Valet Trays for Keeping Your Stuff Together Certain long weekends — particularly Memorial Day — call for style you can take with you. That is, essentials that are durable, well-fitting and cut out for travel and beyond. Given all those tough requirements, it’s ideal that the fine folks at Huckberry have plenty of your favorite Memorial Day style essentials on hand, from slim chinos to versatile tees and a great bag. Whether you’re in need of something to carry your essential chambray shirt or other everyday items, Huckberry has what you’re looking for. The fact that they’re offering free shipping site-wide now through Monday at midnight makes it even better (oh, and you don’t need a code — but it’s only good for US-based residents). These pieces are definitely investments, but they should pay off long past this weekend.Bradley Mountain Weekender Duffle [$179] How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers center_img Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Editors’ Recommendations REI’s Gear Rental Program Will Change How You Experience the Outdoorslast_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Kenney says he has the temperment needed to lead new Alberta conservative

first_imgEDMONTON – Jason Kenney has made his bid for the leadership of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party official.Kenney, who is a former federal cabinet minister and former leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives, made the announcement Saturday in Edmonton.He joins former Wildrose leader Brian Jean, who is the only other officially declared candidate in the race, although conservative strategist Doug Schweitzer has expressed an intention to run.The vote is to be held Oct. 28.Members of the PC and Wildrose parties agreed to merge in votes that were held last weekend.Kenney says a leader is needed who has “consistent conservative convictions,” who also has the political skills to unite the new party while reaching out to broaden its support.“I know that I have those clear convictions. And I have been blessed with the right kind of experience, which I believe has given me the temperament needed for the huge challenge ahead,” Kenney said in a news release.The United Conservative Party was recognized Tuesday as the official Opposition by the Speaker of the legislature, with interim leader Nathan Cooper at its helm.Jean launched his own campaign Monday and has called for Albertans to get a vote on photo radar.He has also promised to give voters the power to recall members of the legislature.The UCP won’t become an official political party until papers are filed with Elections Alberta.last_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Tablet Market Shrinks in Middle East and Africa

Rabat- The Middle East and Africa (MEA) has seen a decline in sales of tablets, reported the latest ‘Middle East and Africa Quarterly Tablet Tracker’ from International Data Corporation (IDC).The region’s tablet market shrink 13.3% in Q2 of 2015 in comparison to Q2 of the previous year.The latest data shows that the overall market totaled 3.52 million units for the quarter, with Middle East shipments declining 18.8% year on year. In contrast, Africa performed much better, with shipments increasing 2.0% over the same period“Market saturation continues to inhibit the growth of tablets in Middle Eastern countries, while poor consumer sentiment caused by the effects of low crude oil prices is compounding the issue,” says Fouad Rafiq Charakla, senior research manager for personal computing, systems, and infrastructure solutions at IDC. “In light of these circumstances, the commercial sector – spurred by some large-scale education deals – holds the key to driving growth in the region’s tablet market over the coming quarters.”Samsung continued to lead the tablet market in Q2 2016 with 20.8% share. Yet, the company has seen a decline in shipments by 35.3%, according to IT Africa.Lenovo remained in second place with 12.9%, and has suffered a 15.1% decline in shipments. Huawei leaped above Apple to rank third in the market after its shipments increased 179.3% year on year to give it 10.0% share. Apple followed closely behind in fourth place with 9.3% share, having seen its shipments decline 28.1%.In the last five years, mobile phone and tablets have become integral for Moroccans who rely on them to communicate and navigate the web.But some experts say there is a trend away from tablets. “Tablets have traditionally been used for content consumption rather than content creation, and as consumers have gradually transitioned to bigger smartphones, the majority of content consumption activities have shifted in the same direction and away from tablets,” says Nakul Dogra, a senior research analyst for personal computing, systems, and infrastructure solutions at IDC. read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Foreign Ministry funds wasted on adult films

Foreign Ministry funds were used on extravagances – including adult films, $200 shots of cognac and $288 steaks by the former Government, Parliament was told today.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera claimed that in the Washington DC embassy over 330, 000 US dollars was missing in one property transaction. He said that from the Foreign Ministry expenses alone over 339 million rupees were wasted on 5 lobbying firms between 2009 and 2014 that produced no results, while many of our capable diplomats were kept idle for political reasons. “The Foreign Ministry also became a site of political patronage – the Former Monitoring MP cronies’ children, the CHOGM babes and boys, were appointed to Foreign Ministry positions without proper procedure. They were paid through the Kadirgamar Institute of which former Foreign Minister was Chairman of the Board. Millions of rupees were wasted, mainly through the Foreign Minister’s vote, on extravagances – including adult films, $200 shots of cognac and $288 steaks,” he said.The Minister was speaking during the 2016 budget allocation for the Foreign Ministry. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister also said that many other payments were made through the Presidential Secretariat and Central Bank. read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Tillakaratne Dilshan enters politics joins SLPP

Tillakaratne Dilshan captained the Sri Lanka cricket team and was best known for the ‘Dil scoop’ when he played for Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan has entered politics and extended support to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).Dilshan obtained the membership of the SLPP today, the SLPP media unit said.

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Afghanistan UN food agency chief appeals for donor generosity to save lives

“We must move with speed and determination,” said Catherine Bertini, WFP Executive Director. “Millions of lives are at stake. This week we have made an important start with the resumption of some overland food deliveries. We have to build on this if we are to avoid a humanitarian disaster.”WFP food deliveries now average 500 tonnes a day – enough to feed about 1 million people. The agency is aiming to deliver as much as 52,000 tonnes per month, the amount necessary to feed the 6 million people identified as most in need, as well as the 1.5 million people possibly expected to seek refuge outside Afghanistan.According to the agency, the severity of the crisis inside Afghanistan varies from region to region, with the mountainous central highlands posing the most difficult challenge in terms of delivery. “Once the snows start in mid-November, most roads will be impassable,” Ms. Bertini said. “We estimate that 100,000 families will be cut off from food deliveries. Unfortunately, given the current situation on the ground, it is impossible to pre-position the necessary supplies to last these people through the winter. Without food, they will either have to leave their homes in search of supplies or die.”In response, WFP is planning to airdrop food to the area. However, a number of conditions must be met before this operation can begin. “Before we can go ahead, we need to identify safe air corridors and obtain approval to use them from the Afghan authorities,” Ms. Bertini said. “As well, we need to get approval for our staff to operate the drop-zones to ensure proper targeting and crowd control.”In addition, the agency chief said WFP could use a method known as “snowdrops,” which don’t require drop-zone teams. This involves dropping small 300-gram packets of food rather than the 50-kilo bags used in conventional airdrops, thereby avoiding injuring those on the ground. However, she pointed out that “snowdrops” are not effective if used from high altitudes, as the packets tend to scatter.Currently, WFP is feeding about one million people inside Afghanistan using existing foodstocks. Ever since the crisis began on 11 September, WFP operations have been hampered by security concerns, a ban on communications equipment, a strained distribution and monitoring system, as well as difficulties in securing necessary commercial trucking, particularly in the rural areas. read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Wireless WASPs let loose in underground mines

first_imgCSIRO is excited about a new wireless tracking technology – it can hone in on mine workers deep underground, helping to save lives and boost productivity. WASP (Wireless Ad hoc System for Positioning) can track people and objects to an accuracy of about 0.5 m, a great improvement on conventional methods such as GPS and WiFi-based tracking, which in underground environments are  either inaccurate or don’t work at all. It was commercialised by mining communication company Minetec and incorporated into its Trax+Tags II suite, which was launched at AIMEX in Sydney.“WASP is critical to modern underground mining and will significantly improve productivity, lower operational costs, and reduce health and safety issues for mining operations,” says Andy Sheppard, Executive General Manager of Minetec.“The high resolution situational awareness improves the accuracy of forecasted productivity thus closes the gap between planned and actual targets. “It is a revolutionary technology that offers a highly accurate, cost-effective tracking solution for underground mining and we are hoping to expand its use for aboveground in the near future.”Wireless systems expert Dr Mark Hedley who led the project, says WASP uses small mobile tags attached to vehicles or mine workers together with a series of reference nodes placed at known locations around the area being monitored.“These nodes communicate wirelessly, calculating the arrival time of signals, allowing the system to accurately track the location and speed of objects as they move through an underground mine pit or tunnel,” he says.“The technology can be used to locate workers in emergency situations and has the ability to act as a network that could send sensor data such as a worker’s heart rate, core temperature or gas or radiation levels in the surrounding environment.”last_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Poll Should ESB workers be barred from striking

first_img Yes (2035) YesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: ESB unions issue strike threat ahead of meeting next week>Read: Charity warns ESB strike would ‘hurt most vulnerable’>Read: Aaron McKenna: Essential utilities like the ESB should be protected from strikes> I don’t know (1335) WORKERS AT THE ESB have served strike notice on their employers after discussions with management over a pension scheme failed.Today, with the threat of a strike looming, Aaron McKenna argues in an Opinion & Insight column that ESB workers should be banned from striking and causing a total or partial power failure.Only a small number of groups, such as rank and file gardaí, are barred from striking in this country.McKenna argues that “special arrangements” could be made in the dispute, in order to avoid an electricity strike and its knock-on effects.We ask: Should ESB workers be barred from striking?center_img Poll Results: No (3850)last_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Le satellite Glory va étudier les effets des aérosols

first_imgLe satellite Glory va étudier les effets des aérosolsDes scientifiques français du CNES participent à la mission Glory, un satellite qui sera lancé mercredi pour étudier l’effet des aérosols sur la Terre.L’irradiance solaire (la puissance d’un rayonnement électromagnétique par unité de surface) est l’une de nos principales sources de chaleur. Il convient d’étudier les effets des nombreux aérosols utilisés sur la planète afin de déterminer des changements dans notre climat. C’est le but du satellite Glory, qui sera lancé le 23 février depuis la base de Vandenberg en Californie et à laquelle participent des scientifiques du CNES. Il devrait fournir de nouvelles données sur le bilan radiatif de la Terre. Le satellite sera équipé de trois instruments, le TIM (Total Irradiance Monitor) composé de 4 radiomètres pointés vers le Soleil pour mesurer son irradiance, l’APS (Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor), un radiomètre qui mesure la polarisation du rayonnement solaire réfléchi par les surfaces, les aérosols et les nuages, et la Cloud camera, un imageur qui fournit le contexte nuageux pour l’APS. “Les mesures réalisées par Glory permettront d’affiner l’étude des variations saisonnières de concentration d’aérosols et de l’irradiance solaire qui nous parvient”, explique ainsi Anne Lifermann, Ingénieur mission au CNES. Ces aérosols agissent comme un parasol et ont un effet direct qui refroidit le système ainsi qu’un effet indirect, moins connu, sur les nuages dont ils modifient les propriétés radiatives. “Or dans les données du GIEC (Groupe d’experts Intergouvernemental sur l’Evolution du Climat, ndlr), ces deux effets présentent une marge d’incertitude importante, d’où la nécessité de les étudier pour mieux comprendre leur rôle dans le bilan radiatif de la Terre et l’évolution du climat”, continue-t-elle.  Le 21 février 2011 à 14:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Draco un traitement efficace contre tous les virus

first_imgDraco, un traitement efficace contre tous les virus ?Des chercheurs du Massachusetts Insitute of Technology (MIT) tentent de mettre au point un traitement révolutionnaire qui pourrait lutter efficacement contre tous les virus. Celui-ci, baptisé “Draco”, s’est pour l’heure montré efficace contre 15 virus parmi lesquels celui de la grippe H1N1.Cela parait trop beau pour être vrai et pourtant. Le magazine Time rapporte que des chercheurs du MIT essaient de mettre au point un traitement qui pourrait être efficace contre tous les virus. Ce traitement baptisé “Draco” (pour Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizers) s’est déjà montré efficace, sur des cellules humaines et animales infectées par 15 virus différents dont celui de la grippe H1N1, du rhume commun, de la dengue, de la polio et plusieurs types de virus responsables de fièvres hémorragiques.Les premiers résultats, publiés dans la revue scientifique PLOS One, ont été obtenus en poussant des cellules infectées à s’autodétruire. Le traitement amènerait en fait toutes les cellules touchées par le virus à l’apoptose, la mort cellulaire programmée, rapporte Le Monde. En effet, quand un virus attaque des cellules saines, il s’approprie leurs capacités à se répliquer et les utilise pour se multiplier. Lors de ce processus,”le virus produit des ARN double-brin, un marqueur indiquant que la cellule est infectée”, précise Time magazine. Ensuite, quand le virus a fini de se répliquer, il tue la cellule hôte et passe aux suivantes.Ainsi pour combattre l’infection virale, “les cellules humaines disposent de protéines qui s’attachent  à l’ARN double-brin et déclenche une cascade de réactions qui stoppe la réplication des virus”. Mais Todd Rider, l’un des responsables du programme, a eu l’idée de combiner ces protéines avec une autre protéine qui pousse les cellules au suicide. Résultat : le traitement génère une autodestruction de toutes les cellules infectées, rapporte Le Monde. Un traitement aussi efficace contre le VIH ? À lire aussiGaz du sang : définition, comment cela se passe, y a-t-il des risques ?En laboratoire, Draco a ainsi déjà permis de guérir des souris infectées par le H1N1 et les scientifiques chargés du projet espèrent obtenir l’autorisation de pratiquer d’autres essais cliniques animaux avant de passer à l’être humain. Selon le quotidien britannique The Daily Mail, ce nouveau médicament pourrait être commercialisé “d’ici à dix ans”. Un délai qui apparait court au vu du chemin à parcourir mais indispensable si l’on considère les nombreuses perspectives. S’il s’avère réellement efficace, Draco pourrait en effet permettre de combattre efficacement des virus contre lesquels les traitements sont actuellement limités, notamment les hépatites et le VIH, responsable du sida. “Il est certainement possible que le traitement ne fonctionne pas avec certains virus, mais pour le moment, nous n’en avons pas trouvé”, assure Todd Rider, qui précise qu'”en théorie, ça devrait marcher contre tous les virus”.Le 24 août 2011 à 15:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Nokia un BatLumia 900 en préparation

first_imgNokia : un Bat-Lumia 900 en préparation ?Comme les petites copines du célèbre héros masqué au fond d’une bat-cave, de nombreuses rumeurs envahissent la Toile concernant une édition limitée du Nokia Lumia 900.Sortira, sortira pas ? La rumeur enfle sur le web et ne semble pas prête à baisser les armes : Nokia sortirait très bientôt une version très spéciale du Lumia 900, à l’effigie du Caped Crusader, aka The Dark Knight aka Bruce Wayne, aka…Batman !Ce n’est pas la première fois que la firme finlandaise proposerait un tel produit (Nokia l’avait déjà réalisé pour le Lumia 800 – notre photo), et il faut bien dire que l’un des plus beaux smartphone du moment frappé du sigle du plus mystérieux des super héros de DC Comics, il y a de quoi piétiner comme un pingouin !D’après le site Pocket-Lint (lien non disponible), Nokia aurait indiqué que cette édition serait élaborée avec une coque en polycarbonate, avec le logo du célèbre héros réalisé au laser.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Dernier détail et non des moindres : il n’y aurait que très peu d’exemplaires, et ceux-ci seraient vendus à un prix légèrement supérieur à celui du smartphone “classique”.Les intéressés n’ont plus qu’à préparer leurs bat-mobiles pour foncer au premier signal !Le 29 mai 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq The Walking Dead Game And Telltale Games Comes To An End In

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Update: The Walking Dead game reaching its conclusion isn’t the only good news for fans of former Telltale developers. Several veterans of the shuttered adventure game team just formed AdHoc Studio, a new company for making interactive narrative entertainment. And if Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is any proof, people like that sort of things these days.It’s been a long and bloody journey, a struggle rivaling that of any zombie apocalypse survival story, but at last we know when Telltale’s The Walking Dead is pushing one more time past the finish line. Episode 4 “Take Us Back” ends Clementine’s seven-year-saga on March 26, the same day as the physical release on Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. And not only will we put this episodic adventure game series to rest, but really pour one out for Telltale Games as a whole.The arc of Telltale’s The Walking Dead is a serious example of life imitating art in video games, like Phantom Pain levels of meta. Telltale had been known for solid episodic adventure game before. But The Walking Dead rocketed the studio to new heights with its focus on well-written player-crafted narrative driven by high-stakes emotion choices, not just annoying puzzles. Players felt as if it was their personal responsibility to prepare young Clem for the new world. It was the best Walking Dead story in any medium (and had some of the coolest Black characters in video games). It was totally new.And Telltale spent the rest of its existence trying to chase that high. After the first season, key Walking Dead creative talent left to form Campo Santo, developers of Firewatch. Later Walking Dead seasons suffered as a result. Other great Telltale games did launch during this time, particularly the Batman games. But the studio also started pumping its own precarious adventure game market with less-than-great licensed products. They managed to make a Game of Thrones game nerds didn’t care about.Unfortunately, this business model (and severe mismanagement) led to more and more instability at the company itself as it struggled to maintain its rapidly expanding size. And eventually the bubble burst last year when Telltale dramatically went bankrupt, taking with it countless hardworking game developers (who really really really need to unionize).Caught in the middle of all this was the fourth, final season of The Walking Dead. Telltale managed to put out two pretty well-received episodes of Clementine’s final journey. But once Telltale collapsed the last two episodes were put in jeopardy since the people making it were justifiably more concerned with having money for food than finishing a video game. Ultimately, Skybound Games, the video game imprint of Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s entertainment company, wrangled enough surviving developers to finish the project.So as cathartic as it may be to see Telltale’s The Walking Dead ride off into the sunset on March 26, instead of abruptly cutting to black, real-life tragedy hangs over the game regardless. It really is like a zombie movie. If you want to remember more Telltale games, we’ve ranked them all right here.last_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Have a child who is turning 3 soon

first_imgIs your son or daughter turning 3 years old soon? The Columbian is looking for a child to follow during the third year of his or her life as part of a series examining what it’s like to be a 3-year-old in Clark County. A reporter and photographer will attend the child’s third birthday celebration, check in with the family for updates throughout the year and bookend the series on his or her fourth birthday. We’re specifically looking to follow a child who will turn 3 years old in January, February or March of this year.If you’re open to sharing your experiences with The Columbian and our readers, reach out to reporter Calley Hair at calley.hair@columbian.com.last_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Sixth Annual PAWmicon Draws in Large Crowd

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 16, 2018 KUSI’s Sandra Maas and Allen Denton with details. SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – While San Diego’s biggest event Comic-Con is just a few days away, The Helen Woodward Animal Center decided to throw an event of their own- it’s called PAWmicon. The Animal Center’s 6th annual event was the biggest ever at Hazard Center in Mission Valley! Updated: 8:26 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings July 16, 2018 Sandra Maas, Allen Denton Sandra Maas, Allen Denton, Sixth Annual PAWmicon Draws in Large Crowdlast_img read more

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Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Court rules holiday does not need to be retroactively recalculated if hours

first_imgThe Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that employees’ accumulated holiday does not need to be retroactively recalculated following an increase in their hours.In the case of Kathleen Greenfield vs The Care Bureau, Greenfield worked part time with a holiday entitlement of 5.6 weeks a year, and took all her accrued annual leave for that period. From August 2012, her hours increased to an average of 41.4 hours a week and her employer specified that all hours, including overtime, would be used to calculate paid annual leave.Greenfield requested a week of paid leave in November 2012, which was denied on the basis that she had taken her full entitlement in June and July 2012, while working fewer hours.When Greenfield’s employment ended in May 2013, she was not paid in lieu of accrued annual leave, as she had taken it all.She argued that the EU Framework Agreement on equal treatment of part-time workers and the Working Time Directive meant that the UK Working Time Regulations should be interpreted to provide that the leave she had already accrued on fewer hours should be adjusted to reflect her new working hours and not the hours worked at the time the leave was taken.The CJEU held that employers are not obliged to provide that entitlement to paid annual leave already accrued, and possibly taken, be recalculated retrospectively according to an employee’s new working pattern.However, the Court did rule that the employer should recalculate annual leave for the period after the increase in hours.The Court had previously held that a change in working hours, particularly a reduction, cannot reduce the right to annual leave that the worker has accumulated during the period when they had worked increased hours.Jillian Naylor, employment partner at Linklaters, said: “Calculating annual leave for workers on part time or variable hours can be difficult for employers. Most employers will not recalculate accrued holiday when a worker increases or decreases their hours.“This is a common sense decision and will be a relief for employers in this situation as it confirms that their existing practice is correct.”BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswylast_img read more

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