a month agoWATCH: Atletico Madrid striker Morata mixed zone meltdown after dismissal

first_imgWATCH: Atletico Madrid striker Morata mixed zone meltdown after dismissalby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata suffered a meltdown AFTER being sent off in victory at Real Mallorca.Morata saw red after being booked twice in a minute for clashing with Mallorca players, the second following an altercation with Salva Sevilla.In the mixed zone after the 2-0 win, the former striker shouted at reporters, “Let Salva Sevilla say what he said.”Morata was then dragged away by club officials, still visibly angry.Mallorca’s Xisco Campos, who was involved in the brawl, said: “They are things that stay on the field and nothing happened.”Watch below: About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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John Calipari Goes On Twitter Rant Following Criticism For Saying Kentucky’s Goal Was To Get 8 Players Drafted

first_imgJohn Calipari tweets about his draft goal.Twitter/@UKCoachCalpariOn Wednesday, John Calipari rubbed some people the wrong way when he said Kentucky’s goal this past season was to get eight players drafted, not win the national championship. Calipari, 56, is as big of a players-first coach as there is in sports, so his comments weren’t really that surprising. But, at the same time, it’s not surprising that people were upset with his statement. The Wildcats’ coach went on somewhat of a Twitter rant this afternoon, addressing his critics. I hate to drive you traditionalists crazy, but I’ll say it again: our goal at the beginning of the season was to have eight players drafted.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015I’ll be honest with you, at the time I may have said nine. My point when I said that was to have them all eat.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015When they asked how we do it, I told them to do this you will have to be a selfless team, share & do historic things on the court. They did.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015If Alex doesn’t get hurt, 8 are drafted. We fell short of a national title but this season was not disappointing to me. Have a great day!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015Whether you agree with him or not, you’ve got to respect Calipari for always speaking his mind.last_img read more

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ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Updates His Urban Meyer Prediction

first_imgpaul finebaum talks about urban meyer on espnPaul Finebaum has been quite outspoken about Urban Meyer since the Ohio State head coach was put on administrative leave and an investigation into his handling of the Zach Smith situation was started.In the past, Finebaum has predicted that Ohio State will get rid of Urban. But with a decision likely coming by the end of the week, Finebaum has no changed his tune.Speaking on 94.5 WJOX in Birmingham, Ala., this morning, Finebaum now says he anticipates that Meyer will survive and return to coaching at OSU.“It has gotten so utterly confusing up there that I think all the he said she said favors Urban Meyer,” Finebaum said via 247Sports’ Sam Hellman. “In the end, I think he will survive. I don’t think there’s an appetite at that university to get rid of one of the iconic coaches in modern college football history, and I’m not sure there’s enough credible evidence to do so. It’s a judgment decision the university will have to make and I think all signs point to Urban Meyer being reinstated either scot-free or with some penalty.”Finebaum also delved into the report that emerged over the weekend from Jeff Snook, which alleged that former Meyer assistant and current Texas head coach Tom Herman was Brett McMurphy’s source for the Zach Smith information. McMurphy, whose reporting on Smith led to where things stand now, has denied Herman tipped him off.“I think it certainly clouds the picture a little bit,” Finebaum said. “If you’re going to take one side of the story literally, you have to look at the other side. Clearly, McMurphy’s reporting has come under vicious attack, and I don’t know enough right now to say whether this guy (Snook) is credible or not. I do think that there has been some absolutely, unbelievably bad reporting on all sides and I think that plays into it, when the situation is so confusing, it gives the university more of a green light to say, ‘listen, we have a mess here, we are going to rectify it by instituting all these things that universities normally do at a point like this.’”You can listen to all of Finebaum’s comments below.It is interesting to see Finebaum changed his opinion on Meyer, but he isn’t alone in thinking the longtime head coach is going to avoid being fired.We’ll know for sure in the coming days, as Ohio State announced on August 5 that the investigation would be wrapped up within two weeks.last_img read more

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The Book The Viral FSU Fan Was Reading Today Has Been Identified

first_imgA shirtless Florida State fans reads a book at the end of the Clemson loss.Florida State football is having a rough year as it adjusts to life under Willie Taggart. Today’s home game against Clemson was a particular low.The Tigers went into Doak Campbell Stadium and absolutely blitzed an overmatched Seminoles team.The Tigers were up 59-3 through most of the fourth quarter. A garbage time Florida State touchdown kept it just shy of a 50+ point blowout for Dabo Swinney’s club.One Florida State fan watching the game found a better use for his time.He was spotted by cameras, with his shirt off, reading a book while the game continued to be played.Legend. pic.twitter.com/kGT24jSfgc— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) October 27, 2018Thanks to a few sleuths on Twitter, we now know what book the Florida State football fan was reading, and it makes things even better.The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman noticed that it appeared to be a novel by Gillian Flynn, the author best known for Gone Girl, which was adapted into a hit Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike film in 2012, and Sharp Objects, which HBO turned into a mini-series this year starring Amy Adams.Flynn’s novels are known to be extremely dark, and as it turns out, this man was reading her second book, Dark Places.Writer Shehan Jeyarajah of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football was the one who figured it out. pic.twitter.com/gZdo4xfUB0— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) October 27, 2018Today’s Florida State football game was certainly a Dark Place for Seminoles fans. This whole scene, which immediately became an all-time great viral fan moment, is now even more appropriate.last_img read more

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New Affordable Rental Housing Goes Green in Halifax

first_imgHalifax residents will soon be moving into new, affordable, energy-efficient homes in Fairview. Twenty-three units of affordable rental housing have been built at 37 Main Ave., through the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Program Agreement. Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services, and Gerald Keddy, member of Parliament, on behalf of Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, opened the rental housing today, March 24. “Jacob’s Manor is a showpiece in affordable housing,” said Ms. Streatch. “A lot of thought has gone into designing good quality housing that the community can be proud of. It is a great example of how we can create new housing that is both affordable and energy efficient.” The building meets R-2000 standards and has many energy-efficient features such as compact florescent bulbs, front-loading washing machines, fibreglass windows and a geothermal heating and cooling system. The units are heated, cooled and provided with hot water by an advanced geothermal heat system, which draws energy from the ground. The building also has a number of environmentally friendly features including flooring made of 66 per cent recycled materials. “I am proud to be here today to participate in the official opening of Jacob’s Manor, which has been built as a green, energy-efficient building,” said Mr. Keddy. “By investing in this housing project with Nova Scotia, Canada’s government is ensuring there is quality, affordable housing available for individuals, families and seniors in Halifax.” Through the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Program Agreement, the federal government provided $575,000 in capital and Community Services is providing $182,000 in rent-supplement funding. The Department of Energy provided $18,000 to design an energy-efficient heating system. The four-story building includes seven studio, one two-bedroom and 15 one-bedroom units. The building has an elevator and two wheelchair-accessible units. All units are accessible to visitors with mobility challenges. The building has been named Jacob’s Manor in memory of the late Jacob Ghosn. Mr. Ghosn is the father of Cristine Kahil and Jasmine and Peter Ghosn, who run the family business Rockingstone Developments Incorporated. “Everyone should have an opportunity to live in homes that are accessible, energy efficient and environmentally friendly,” said Cristine Kahil, president of Rockingstone Developments Incorporated. “We really wanted to show people the possibilities with the next generation of affordable housing. “I think our father would be really proud of what we have been able to accomplish. The gift of his land has resulted in homes that are affordable for people in this community.” By March 2009, the federal government, the province and its partners will commit $56.2 million through the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement for the construction or renovation of affordable housing in the province. Information on the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms or at www.CMHC.ca .last_img read more

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Open Hearth Park Selected as Name of Reclaimed Tar Ponds Site

first_img FOR BROADAST USE: Students from an elementary class in Dominion turned to Cape Breton’s proud steel-making heritage as their name for the new park taking shape on the site of the former tar ponds in Sydney. Open Hearth Park was chosen during a national online vote after being submitted by Rob Sinclair’s Grade 6 class at MacDonald Elementary School. Deputy Premier Frank Corbett says providing students with the opportunity to name the new park gave them a meaningful role and voice in helping to shape the community’s future. The park will officially open on Labour Day weekend following a 3-day community event that includes a family picnic, multicultural festival, music and fireworks. -30- Students from an elementary class in Dominion turned to Cape Breton’s proud steel-making heritage as their name for the new park taking shape on the site of the former tar ponds in Sydney. Open Hearth Park was chosen during a national online vote after being submitted by Rob Sinclair’s Grade 6 class at MacDonald Elementary School. “Providing students with the opportunity to name the new park gave them a meaningful role and voice in helping to shape the community’s future,” said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett during the official naming ceremony today, June 14. “Many of the names submitted through this campaign not only honoured the area’s proud past, but also provided a fresh perspective on how today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders want Cape Breton to move forward with themes of rebirth, innovation and a greener and more prosperous future.” The Sydney Park Project campaign was launched in March and invited Cape Breton students to submit a name for the park and explain why they chose it in an original essay, song, photo, video or work of art. There were more than 200 names and submissions and more than 8,000 votes cast online. “Many students and teachers from across Cape Breton used this campaign to learn about the history of the steel plant, the diverse cultural backgrounds of the men and women who worked here, and the importance of protecting and preserving our environment and Canada’s natural heritage,” said Senator Michael MacDonald on behalf of Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada. “The name, Open Hearth Park, is a fitting reflection of our community’s proud steel making heritage.” Open Hearth Park was one of five finalists in the online voting. “When we found out about the opportunity to the name the park, we jumped at the chance,” said Brian Doue, principal, MacDonald Elementary School. “Mr. Sinclair and his 14 students felt very strongly about the name Open Hearth Park and how it would keep our community’s legacy of steel making alive.” Mr. Corbett said the new park will officially open on Labour Day weekend. The event will kick off Friday, Aug. 30, with a formal announcement. It will be followed by two days of activities including, a multicultural festival, a Mi’kmaq cultural village, musical performances from some of Atlantic Canada’s top musical acts, a family picnic and fireworks. The park will provide Sydney-area residents and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy new sports fields, an outdoor stage, a playground area, dog park, skating area and trails.The overall project remains within its budget and ahead of schedule.last_img read more

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Kangana is more confident today

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajkummar Rao’s forthcoming film JudgeMentall Hai Kya has been marred by controversy owing to the ongoing ugly spat between the film’s heroine Kangana Ranaut and a section of the media. On July 17, during a visit to the Capital, National Award-winning actor Rajkummar seemed in the obvious mood to evade all talk of controversy and focus on bringing back media and public attention to the film. Rajkummar may be seeking peace, but the film has been making news for several wrong reasons right from the beginning. JudgeMentall Hai Kya reunites Queen co-stars Kangana and Rajkummar. “Shooting with Kangana was like going back on the sets of ‘Queen’. She is very sincere when it comes to work. She is passionate about it,” the actor said on reuniting with Kangana.last_img read more

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From Smurf to Strat actor is all revved up for Bat Out

first_imgAdvertisement In one serendipitous afternoon, Andrew Polec went from hoping to play a Smurf in a musical version of the kids’ show to landing the role of rocker/revolutionary Strat in Bat Out of Hell.“As ridiculous as it sounds, I had on a SpongeBob belt and bright blue pants and a bright blue shirt and I even had a SpongeBob backpack,” Polec recalled. And, oh yes, a large red floor tom drum.A fellow would-be Smurf mentioned the “open call” audition a few blocks away for the rock musical and the starving young actor/musician hoping to make it big in New York City, with drum in tow, decided to take a chance. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “I made it up to the audition room and everyone was in leather jackets and spiky belts and chains and here I was in my SpongeBob outfit. So I felt totally out of place with my big red drum. The casting director looked at me like I was a nut,” Polec said.READ MORE Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Actor Andrew Polec plays Start in Bat Out of Hell at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. (Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star)last_img read more

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THE UNLIKELY RISE OF SCHITTS CREEK

first_imgSchitt’s Creek is a Peak TV rarity: Instead of steadily shrinking over time, the Canadian-produced comedy from co-creators/stars Eugene and Dan Levy has actually gotten bigger with age. Since launching on cable’s Pop network in 2015, the show has seen its linear ratings more than double and its overall audience soar past 3 million viewers. Word of mouth around the series has also exploded, fueled by critical acclaim and a 2017 deal which put past seasons of the show on Netflix. But Schitt’s didn’t just happen overnight. It’s been a slow-rolling success, blowing up at a point in its run when most other shows would just be starting to wind down. Ahead of Wednesday’s season-five premiere on Pop, Vulture called up the Levys, as well as execs at two of their network partners, for the inside story on just how the Rose family blossomed into an American beauty.TV history is filled with examples of great shows gone too soon because they ended up in the wrong home. Freaks and Geeks, for example, might have lasted more than one season had it had been bought by the young-skewing WB Network instead of NBC. The Levys were well aware of this when they were pitching their idea for Schitt’s Creek to both American and Canadian networks in 2014. The duo envisioned their show as a series that would be “a bit niche, to say the least,” as the younger Levy puts it. (In case you’ve missed out on Schitt’s mania, the show imagines what would happen if a superrich family of socialite royalty — think the Kardashians — suddenly found themselves nearly penniless and living out of a motel room in the middle of nowhere.) While the elder Levy says he and son “kind of knew this was not gonna be a network show,” they took it to some broadcast outlets in both countries anyway. A meeting at one such outlet here — Eugene Levy thinks it was ABC — went well: “[They] seemed to react very positively to it,” he says. “I remember one executive saying, ‘We can’t wait to get our hands on this.’” This did not make Levy happy, however. “I remember hearing that and kinda feeling a little nervous,” he says, alluding to broadcast TV’s historic penchant for micromanaging showrunners. The father and son also pitched some major American cable networks, but with less success. “HBO and Showtime did not respond to it,” Eugene Levy says.The response was much warmer when the duo took the show to a leading broadcast network in their home country, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC, like ABC in America, is a somewhat broad-skewing, over-the-air broadcast network. That might have ruled them out as a potential home, given the Levys desire to go somewhere more amenable to a “niche” idea. But right around the time the Levys were pitching Schitt’s Creek, the Canadian TV powerhouse was undergoing a bit of a metamorphosis in its comedy development philosophy. “In 2014, we made a decision to prioritize half-hour, single-camera comedies with a unique point of view and authentic, character-driven storytelling,” says Sally Catto, general manager for programming at CBC. Or, as Eugene Levy puts it, “They were heading in more of a cable direction for their comedies. The timing was right.” The CBC was very interested in Schitt’s Creek, both because they liked its off-center sensibility and because Eugene Levy and co-star Catherine O’Hara are comedic royalty in Canada. The Levys agreed to sell it to the CBC, which underscored its commitment to the program by renewing it for a second season even before the first episode aired. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hillary Clinton Accepts Democratic Presidential Nomination

Philadelphia  – Hillary Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president Thursday night.Hillary Clinton, drawing a contrast with her Republican rival, promised to be strategic in foreign policy and inclusive with respect to social and economic affairs in her nomination speech.“It is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for president of the United States,” she said at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She is the first female presidential nominee for a major party in the U.S.With MAP read more

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Magna joins BMW Intel to develop selfdriving vehicle technology by 2021

AURORA, Ont. — Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) says it’s joining BMW and Intel Corp. to develop a self-driving system for the global vehicle marketplace by 2021.Magna says the autonomous driving technology will be flexible and adoptable for integration by multiple automakers.BMW says the Aurora, Ont.-based company has long-term experience in integrating complex systems seamlessly onto individual vehicle platforms.Magna has been a contract vehicle manufacturer for the BMW Group for more than 15 years. read more

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Apple CEO reassures shareholders about sagging stock says board exploring cash options

Apple CEO reassures shareholders about sagging stock, says board exploring cash options by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2013 5:33 pm MDT CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple CEO Tim Cook sought to reassure shareholders worried about the company’s sagging stock price that the iPhone and iPad maker is on the verge of inventing more breakthrough products that will prove it hasn’t lost its creative edge.“The company is working as hard as ever, and we have some great stuff coming,” Cook told shareholders Wednesday before taking their questions during Apple’s annual meeting at its Cupertino, California, headquarters.True to Apple’s secretive nature, Cook didn’t provide any further product details, although at one point he said the company is considering entering other categories besides its popular line of digital music players, smartphones and tablet computers.There has been speculation that Apple is working on an Internet-connected watch or TV that will be introduced later this year. One shareholder at Wednesday’s meeting threw a new idea for Apple to ponder — a computerized bicycle. Cook, an avid bicyclist, chuckled at the suggestion, along with the rest of the audience.Although there were more moments of levity, Wednesday’s meeting was less celebratory than the events in past years, when Apple’s stock price was soaring to the delight and enrichment of its shareholders.Since hitting an all-time high of $705.07 five months ago, Apple’s stock has plunged by 37 per cent. The decline has wiped out collective shareholder wealth totalling $240 billion. That amount exceeds the total market value of Microsoft Corp., which reigned as the most influential company in personal computing until Apple ushered in an era of mobile devices with the 2007 release of the iPhone and the 2010 introduction of the iPad.Cook, who became CEO shortly before Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died in October 2011, has a huge incentive to get the company’s stock price strong again. The 1.1 million Apple shares he owns are worth about $300 million less than they were five months ago.“I don’t like it, either,” Cook said of the downturn in Apple’s stock.Apple Inc. hasn’t unveiled another trailblazing product since Cook took over, raising concerns about whether the company is losing the ingenuity that has set it apart from the rest of the technology pack.Cook told shareholders the company’s commitment to innovation remains Apple’s “North Star” and “the beat of its heart.”His pep talk evidently didn’t inspire many investors. Apple’s stock shed another $4.40 to close Wednesday at $444.57.Shareholders still affirmed their confidence in Cook at the meeting. Preliminary results showed Cook was re-elected to Apple’s eight-member board of directors with 99 per cent of the vote.Wall Street may have been disappointed that Cook didn’t provide any further clarity on whether Apple might distribute some of its $137 billion in cash to shareholders in the form of a dividend increase or a special one-time payment.Apple shareholder David Einhorn, who runs the Greenlight Capital hedge fund, turned Apple’s cash hoard into a hot topic in the weeks leading up the meeting. He sued to block a proposal that would have required shareholder approval for Apple to issue preferred stock. Einhorn argued that if approved, it would create a bureaucratic hurdle that could make it more cumbersome to return cash to shareholders. He wants Apple to issue preferred shares called “iPrefs” that would yield an annual dividend of 4 per cent.A potential showdown was averted last week when a federal judge ruled that Apple had improperly bundled several corporate governance issues, including the handling of preferred stock, in the same proposal. Apple withdrew the proposal from Wednesday’s agenda, to the chagrin of two shareholders who said they would have voted for it. Supporters of the measure included the California Public Employee Retirement System, or CalPERS, which urged Cook to do what’s best for Apple’s long-term interests.“I would say the message is, ‘Keep calm and carry on,’” said Anne Simpson, who oversees corporate governance for CalPERS.Einhorn, whose fund owns 1.3 million Apple shares, didn’t appear at Wednesday’s meeting.In response to a question Wednesday, Cook said Einhorn’s resistance to a shareholder vote on preferred stock remains “a silly sideshow, regardless of how a judge ruled on it.” Cook remarks echoed the derisive description he used during an appearance at an investor conference earlier this month.Cook also sounded a familiar refrain when he discussed Apple’s pile of cash. “This is a serious subject, and one we deliberate on as a board and a management team. We are in very, very active discussions on it,” Cook said.Not long after Cook made similar remarks at last year’s annual meeting, Apple announced plans to start paying a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share and to spend $10 billion buying back its stock in the fiscal year that began last October. Even though the dividend commitment costs Apple $10 billion annually, the company now has $39 billion more cash than it did year ago.The prosperity underscores the ongoing popularity of Apple’s products.Although Apple is selling more gadgets than ever before, the company’s profits and sales aren’t growing as robustly because of fiercer competition from a multitude of other smartphones and tablet computers, including ones costing less. Apple’s biggest headaches have been caused by Android, a mobile operating system that Internet search leader Google Inc. gives away to a long list of device makers led by Samsung Electronics Co.There are now an estimated 600 million devices running on Android, giving it a lead over Apple.Cook said Apple remains more interested in the quality of its products than the quantity sold.“We want to make the best,” Cook said. “That’s why we are here.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Bring the United Nations closer to the people urges Assembly President in

In her first keynote address to what is the 73rd session of the 193-member General Assembly, President María Fernanda Espinosa, said that the need for stronger global leadership in the service of multilateralism, to ensure more peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies, would underpin her work.“Let us proceed together, building a world more equal and free, more sustainable and respectful of nature, and more inclusive and supportive,” she said.Ms. Espinosa, who was elected the President of the General Assembly in June, succeeds Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the 72nd session. She is only the fourth woman to hold that position in the history of the world body, and the first woman ever from Latin America and the Caribbean region.Let us proceed together, building a world more equal and free, more sustainable and respectful of nature, and more inclusive and supportive – Assembly President EspinosaIn her address, the Assembly President outlined her seven priorities – identified in consultation with Member States – that will shape the year-long session: promoting gender equality; promoting and implementing the new global compacts on migration and refugees; advocating for decent work; protecting the environment; focusing on rights of persons with disabilities; supporting the UN reform process; and facilitating dialogue.“I am also prepared to facilitate quick and effective responses of the General Assembly to emergency situations as they arise,” she added, noting that “unfortunately, they will arise.”Concluding her remarks, Ms. Espinosa also pledged that she will uphold good practices in her Office, ensuring its geographical representation, gender parity, and total transparency in its administrative and financial management.She also assured that she will observe, “with absolute responsibility”, the Code of Ethics for the President of the General Assembly, and will abide strictly by the precepts of the United Nations Charter and the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure.World needs the General Assembly to show the value of international cooperation – UN chief GuterresUN Secretary-General António Guterres also addressed the new General Assembly, congratulating President Espinosa on assuming the office and noting the important issues that lie ahead.“We need action for peacekeeping, gender parity, financing for the 2030 Agenda [for Sustainable Development], empowerment for the world’s young people, urgent steps to end poverty and conflict, and much else,” he said, calling on world leaders to come to the high-level week beginning on Monday,  “ready to be bold and ready to forge solutions for our global challenges.”The Secretary-General also underscored the importance of international cooperation and for the Assembly to show the true value of working together.“The Secretariat and I are committed to supporting you,” he said. read more

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NFL Week 15 Playoff Implications The Chances A Coin Flip Will Decide

UPDATE (Dec. 14, 11:04 a.m.): The interactive tables above have been updated to include the results of Thursday’s ARZ-STL match-up, and that game has been removed (the text of the article has not been updated).The intricacies of the NFL playoff race can make for uneasy alliances. Going into last week’s games, the numbers dictated that Dallas Cowboys fans should have been rooting for a Philadelphia Eagles victory over the Seattle Seahawks, because that would have maximized Dallas’s playoff chances. Understandably, Cowboys fans were somewhat resistant to the idea of rooting for a bitter division rival.The NFC East hate can flow freely this week, though. The Cowboys visit Philadelphia on Sunday night in a game with significant playoff implications. The Cowboys’ playoff chances climb to 84 percent with a road victory but drop to 36 percent with a loss. An Eagles victory would all but assure them a playoff berth, resulting in a 96 percent probability of both postseason play and a division title. An Eagles loss and the playoffs become a 50-50 proposition. That’s enough swing to make the Dallas-Philadelphia matchup one of the most important of the week.Outside of the NFC East, the Seahawks’ playoff chances do better with a Dallas victory. The Seahawks own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Philadelphia, but Dallas has the head-to-head over Seattle. In the event Seattle is tied for a wild card seed, it will lose the tiebreaker to Dallas — so the Seahawks would prefer Dallas win the division and Philadelphia the wild card. But it’s just the opposite when it comes to the bye week and top seed. Seattle’s chances of securing a first-round bye drop with a Dallas victory because of that same head-to-head tiebreaker. Like last week, you can check out the best-case scenarios for all (contending) teams in the interactive below: Our AFC chart is thickly carpeted with playoff implications this week, with Miami, Buffalo, San Diego, Kansas City, Houston and the entire AFC North vying for a wild card position. Indeed, it might seem like there’s an unusually high amount of clustering this season. Are we in danger of a late-season adventure through the NFL’s list of complicated tiebreaking procedures?1All of which we have painstakingly coded to bring you these numbers each week.As with some elections, a coin flip is a possible playoff tiebreaker.2Given the NFL’s use of coin flips for opening kickoffs and overtime, its use as a last-resort tiebreaker seems like a natural choice. In the NBA, unbreakable playoff ties are settled by “random draw,” more in keeping with their annual draft lottery. But seeing as how the NFL playoffs are of far greater importance than representative democracy, there are multiple layers of redundancy in the NFL tiebreaker rules. Depending on the situation, there are 10 or 11 tiebreakers that would first have to fail before the league defaults to random chance.And according to our simulations, we’re not likely to have to resort to coins. Here are the procedures employed for breaking ties within a division:Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs)Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the divisionBest won-lost-tied percentage in common gamesBest won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conferenceStrength of victoryStrength of scheduleBest combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowedBest combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowedBest net points in common gamesBest net points in all gamesBest net touchdowns in all gamesCoin tossWe took the 50,000 simulations used to produce this weekly feature and summarized how often each tiebreaker was needed to break a tie for the division winner. The results are summarized below.For division ties, even with 50,000 simulations, we never progressed past the fourth tiebreaker, conference record. A head-to-head record is most likely to settle a tie in the NFC West this season. Seattle can sweep the season series against the Arizona Cardinals next week, but with the Cardinals a game ahead in the standings, that leaves a good chance of both teams finishing with identical records. Interestingly, head-to-head is unlikely to resolve any AFC North ties, but in most cases, division record seems to do the trick.The tiebreaking procedures for the wild card seeds are virtually identical to the divisional tiebreakers, with the key exception being that division record is not considered. See below for a summary of potential tiebreakers needed for the two wild card races.What is strength of victory? It’s the combined winning percentage of the teams a club beats. And there’s about a 5 percent chance that it will be needed to break a tie for either the AFC or the NFC wild card race. So, it turns out that even with 50,000 distinct simulations, we still had a “buffer” of six tiebreakers separating us from the coin-flip scenario. If we include “meaningless” tiebreakers for the non-playoff seeds (e.g. the 10th NFC seed), the strength of victory tiebreaker failed 10 times, requiring the use of strength of schedule, which is the combined win percentage of all the team’s opponents, not just the ones they beat.3See a similar analysis from the co-author’s blog. At the midpoint of the 2013 season, a 10,000-run simulation needed the “points scored and points allowed within conference” tiebreaker 30 times. For one simulation, the “points scored and points allowed in total” tiebreaker was necessary.In our market-based rankings below, a consensus appears to be emerging regarding the “elite” teams in the league. At the top, we have the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Seahawks all within a point of each other. After that, there is a significant drop off, of more than three points, before we get to the next-best team, the Indianapolis Colts. Note that the St. Louis Rams, despite having virtually no chance at a playoff berth, are now considered an above-average team in these rankings, placing them ahead of several teams in playoff contention. read more

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What happens now peers have voted to amend the Brexit Bill

first_imgPeers in the House of Lords have voted to amend European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, which if passed by Parliament will allow the UK to start formal talks about leaving the EU.Why are the Lords amending the Brexit Bill?Peers feel they have a “moral” duty to step in to change the terms of Britain’s negotiating stance on leaving the European Union, despite MPs voting  by a clear majority to pass the legislation unamended.The peers voted despite threats from the Government that the House of Lords could be scrapped or flooded with new pro-Brexit peers it sought to frustrate the will of the House of Commons.How will the Government to overturn the Lords decision?The amended Bill will return to the Commons, in a procedure known as “ping-pong”. MPs will vote to scrap the amendment and return it to the House of Lords.Monday March 13 and Tuesday 14 March have been set aside for MPs to vote down any Lords amendments.Peers have made clear that they are unlikely to fight further if MPs vote down their amendments, Baroness Smith the Labour Leader of the Lords said on Feb 20. But last night Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, hinted that his MPs might be whipped to support the measure in the House of Commons.He said the Lords decision was “great news”, adding: “The government must now do the decent thing and guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.”Still, depending on the vote, the Bill is likely to receive royal assent is likely to be granted on Wednesday 15 March – allowing Mrs May formally to start the process of Britain leaving the EU. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Can Brexit still be triggered by the end of March?Number 10 is adamant that this set back will not delay the timetable of formally starting talks to leave the EU by the end of March.last_img read more

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11 workers taken to hospital after uncontrolled release in Poolbeg incinerator

first_imgThe authorities need to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 96,358 Views It’s understood that no ambulances were called, but the exact condition of the workers is not known.Boiler 1 of the plant, which was operating at the time, was shut down afterwards and the site remains closed today.The Health & Safety Authority were notified at 6am this morning and investigators are currently on-site. The incident is being described as a ‘dangerous occurrence’, which means a serious event that may have consequences to human health or the environment.The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspectors are waiting outside the plant to commence investigations into whether the release had any impact outside the plant.Covanta said the lime was contained within the building and did not escape into the environment, and the incident had “no impact whatsoever” outside the plant.It went on to say: Boiler One has been turned off. Source: Covanta Dublin Waste has only being processed in one of the two boilers so far, as the plant gears up towards full production. In an update last Friday, Covanta said: 122 Comments The safety of our employees and contractors is of utmost importance to Covanta and we are investigating the incident thoroughly. Share337 Tweet Email12 Short URL As a precaution, eleven workers were sent to St Vincent’s Hospital nearby for medical evaluation. Two were detained overnight. Image: RollingNews.ie This is normal during the start-up of a plant of this nature.The Green Party has described this morning’s incident as extremely concerning.“This incident is extremely worrying, given the incinerator only began operations,” party leader and Dublin Bay South TD Eamon Ryan said.“Our thoughts are with the 11 people affected.“We are extremely concerned at this incident happening so soon after incineration began at the site.center_img http://jrnl.ie/3432895 ELEVEN PEOPLE WERE taken to hospital after what is being described as an ‘uncontrolled release’ of lime within the Poolbeg incinerator plant in Dublin.Nine people have since been released, and two people remain in hospital.A spokesperson for Covanta, the company that runs the plant, said that late last night that “a small amount of lime was inadvertently released inside the flue gas treatment area” during the commissioning and testing of the plant.“At the time, there were a number of workers in an adjacent area,” it said. Image: RollingNews.ie “We are investigating to understand what exactly occurred, but it appears from preliminary investigation that the release of the lime was due to a problem with a door seal in the fabric filter baghouse.”A baghouse is an air pollution control device that filters gas released during electricity generation.Only burning waste since last week The controversial incinerator – which is located close to the iconic Poolbeg chimneys at the mouth of the Liffey – only started burning waste a week ago.The project was first proposed two decades ago – but was held up for years before work finally commenced in 2014.An agreement was signed for work to begin in September of 2014 after the four Dublin local authorities made an executive decision. Dublin City Councillors had voted against the project just weeks earlier.The plant took its first delivery of waste in April, and the first burning of waste took place late last Thursday.Many locals in the nearby areas of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount still have concerns about the facility – regarding emissions and traffic in particular.“Everybody is terribly disappointed. We didn’t really want it here – we didn’t have any choice,” one resident told TheJournal.ie earlier this year. During this initial phase of operation the plant will start-up and shut-down on several occasions as system optimisation tests are carried out. 11 workers taken to hospital after ‘uncontrolled release’ in Poolbeg incinerator Two people remain in hospital. Jun 8th 2017, 10:25 AM Fianna Fáil Dublin City Councillor, Paul McAuliffe called for an emergency information meeting for Dublin City councillors to be briefed on this morning’s incident.Social Democrats Councillor Cian O’Callaghan said the incident raised serious concerns about the operations of the plant and that there needed to be a more transparent process between residents, the company and Dublin City Council.- With reporting from Daragh Brophy.Read: ‘I suppose we’re f****** stuck with it’: The Poolbeg incinerator is starting productionRead: Up and running: ‘First fire’ of waste at controversial Poolbeg incinerator Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 10:25 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodhalast_img read more

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Group hopes others plug into electriccar movement

first_imgRichard Hovey of Vancouver fastened his seat belt behind the wheel of Bill Moore’s 2016 Tesla Model X and prepared to back it out of its parking space Sunday afternoon. He appeared surprised.“I didn’t have to start the motor,” Hovey remarked as the car began to move.“Well, you did when you put your foot on the brake pedal,” Moore, of Beaverton, Ore., explained from the front passenger seat.The $114,000 electric sport-utility vehicle left the Clark Public Utilities parking lot, and Hovey took it for a spin around the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Moore’s electric vehicle and more than 15 others were on display in the utility’s lot as part of National Drive Electric Week.“It’s so quiet. Amazing,” passenger Laura Meyer of Vancouver said.The Tesla’s passenger doors open upward, much like the DeLorean of “Back to the Future” fame. Its windshield curves up and over the two front seats. It can go zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, and it takes less than an hour to fully charge. On a recent trip from Beaverton to Bellingham, it had to be charged once in Centralia, Moore said.Moore said he puts his Tesla on display “to show that an electric car is a real car,” he said. Also, “we need to be off fossil fuels.”After the test drive, Hovey called the vehicle “amazing.” He said he likes to drive long distances and concluded that if he did buy an electric vehicle, it might have to be an electric-gas hybrid so he wouldn’t have to charge it as often.last_img read more

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Former Texas Base Looks to Regain Pilot Training Mission

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A flight training school is hoping to bring back initial flight training for Air Force pilots to the former Perrin Air Force Base, now the site of the North Texas Regional Airport.US Aviation Academy has asked the local airport authority to support its bid to pursue a 10-year training contract, reports the Herald Democrat.“The pride of bringing back Air Force training to this facility is exciting,” said US Aviation Executive Vice President Mark Taylor. “It is a matter of pride to have the opportunity to bring this back to Texas,” said Taylor, who estimated the contract value at $200 million.Perrin served as a training facility for pilots learning to fly the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger and other aircraft until it closed in 1971. At that time, many training operations were transferred to Randolph AFB in San Antonio.A school at the airport located between the cities of Sherman and Denison would provide what Taylor described as “the gateway to the Air Force” — the first of four levels of pilot certification needed for the service’s pilots. The academy would train between 750 and 1,950 students each year in classes ranging from 30 to 100 students.He said the contract could generate about 125 jobs in the Texoma region.last_img read more

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How Music Motivates Athletes Olympian Lindsey Vonns RapEnhanced Workouts

first_img How Music Motivates Athletes: Olympian Lindsey Vonn’s Rap-Enhanced Workouts Twitter https://twitter.com/Genius/status/1059481726907547649 Facebook Here’s how music helps the world’s peak athletes reach a higher level of training and performancePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 5, 2018 – 4:47 pm One thing Olympic athletes such as skier Lindsey Vonn have in common with pro sports stars such as LeBron James and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is their reliance on musical motivation during intense training sessions. Music adds value to many things in life, but its connection to physical performance enhancement has made a wide audience curious whether motivational playlists can help them boost their own fitness.On Nov. 5 Genius details downhill Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn’s personal picks — especially rap and hip-hop — meant to inspire athletes of all levels to push through the common love/hate relationship with training, centered on the song “You Can Make It If You Try.” Vonn’s favorite artists to train to encompass Beyoncé, Kodak Black, Drake, Far East Movement, Jay-Z, Jessie J, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Nas, Notorious B.I.G., Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and more — a list that almost pumps you up just reading it.Another 2018 skiing medalist, Cassie Sharpe described music’s invigorating effect, saying, “It really keeps me focused and keeps me in my own space.” This interest in staying in the zone and being in a flow state underlies the wider public interest, as athletes at every level seek higher performance and increased focus in their own lives.Vonn isn’t the first marquee athlete to reveal her playlist. Floyd Mayweather Jr. released his “Hard Work & Dedication” 42-song playlist in summer 2017 before his bout with Conor McGregor. On Apple Music this past Sept., new Laker LeBron James released a 62-song playlist titled “The Strongest.” Hip-hop was also heavily represented in both playlists, and James even took representation to a personally inspiring level by selecting all women.”I believe that African American women are some of the strongest people on earth,” James said. “I grew up around some amazingly strong women and am inspired by the strength I see around, including my mom, wife, and daughter.”Sports playlists are motivating scientific research as well. Last year, an academic paper appeared in Frontiers In Psychology titled “The Sound of Success: Investigating Cognitive and Behavioral Effects of Motivational Music in Sports,” exploring this topic more rigorously. The authors found a distinction between the way music does assist endurance and risk-taking and the way it did not improve the motor coordination of participants in their study. A control group with no music was compared with participant-selected playlists as well as an experimenter-selected playlist including Eminem, David Guetta, Katy Perry, and Kanye West. Comparing their own results with the academic literature on the subject, they considered this a rich subject for further future investigations.As sharing music becomes more of a no-brainer, this practice has become more digital and daily. The group effect among high school students, where friends and teammates listen to each other’s favorite artists, has been a staple of growing up in America. In addition to playlists’ impact on sports training, it seems another dimension being added to American life is answering the question, “What do your heroes listen to?”Steve Aoki Writes Music Soundtrack For Zumba Fitness ProgramRead more Olympian Lindsey Vonn’s Rap-Enhanced Workouts how-music-motivates-athletes-olympian-lindsey-vonns-rap-enhanced-workouts Email News last_img read more

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Musk proposes minisubmarine to save Thai cave boys

first_imgA device by Elon Musk`s SpaceX and The Boring Company, designed to help rescue the remaining members of a soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, is being tested in a swimming pool in Los Angeles. ReutersAmerican tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has proposed a mini-submarine to save the boys trapped inside a flooded Thai cave, floating the idea on social media while linking it to his space exploration business.After garnering headlines with initial ideas of installing a giant air tube inside the cave complex and using his firm’s penetrating radar to dig holes to reach the boys, Musk’s latest concept is the pod.“Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull,” Musk said in a tweet to his 22 million followers.“Light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust.”An accompanying video of people testing the submarine in a swimming pool in Los Angeles that was posted overnight Sunday attracted more than 3.1 million views in 10 hours.Many people offered positive comments, with fans hailing Musk and his engineers for their creativity.Other people, however, questioned whether Musk’s plan was credible.“Seriously? No kid or adult will want to be in there for any amount of time. Re think this. CAT or open MRI machines create unsurmountable anxiety. Go back to drawing board,” one person wrote to Musk on Twitter.The mini-submarine is due to arrive in Thailand on Monday, Musk wrote.Diagram of the Tham Luang cave and the operation to rescue 12 boys and their football team coach. AFPLast week Musk said he was sending teams to Thailand from his private space exploration firm, SpaceX, and engineering firm, Boring Co. which is developing tunneling systems for transport projects.While offering the mini-submarine as a potential saviour, Musk again used the opportunity to promote space exploration.“With some mods, this could also work as an escape pod in space,” Musk said on Twitter.Thai authorities have said they are welcoming all offers of help in the rescue effort for the boys, who became trapped in a complex cave system in mountainous northern Thailand on June 23 when rising waters hemmed them in.Twelve boys aged from 11 to 16, plus their 25-year-old coach, were caught inside the cave.Elite divers began a rescue mission Sunday, successfully escorting four of them out, and were aiming to extract the others swiftly before fresh monsoon rains made escape impossible.last_img
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