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  • Asiad: Somdev takes centrestage, India maintains 8th spot on table

    first_imgIndia’s Somdev Devvarman (R) and Sanam Singh exult after winning gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China on Monday. PTITennis star Somdev Devvarman took centre stage by fetching a gold medal in doubles event and also becoming the first Indian to reach the final in men’s singles as India clinched three medals to maintain their 8th position on the tenth day of competitions in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on Monday.Somdev teamed up with Sanam Singh to claim the title in the men’s doubles event and inched closer to a historic singles gold by moving into the final on what turned out to be a fruitful day for him.Sania Mirza and Vishnu Vardhan had to be content with a silver in mixed doubles while the men’s archery team comprising Rahul Banerjee, Mangal Singh Champia and Jayanta Talukdar bagged a bronze in the team event.With the addition of three more medals, India’s medal tally climbed to six gold, 12 silver and 18 bronze to maintain their 8th position on a day which saw the athletes drawing blank.Hosts China continued to reign supreme and consolidated their posision atop the medal table with a stupendous haul of 154-77-73 while South Korea (61-51-66) and Japan (32-59-67) were in the second and third.Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) and Kavita Goyat (75kg) assured India of at least two bronze medals in women’s boxing by advancing to the semifinals with contrasting wins. Santosh Kumar also advanced to the semi-finals in the men’s section.advertisementAfter launching their campaign in spectacular fashion by fetching two gold medals, the athletes returned empty-handed on Monday while the grapplers, who acconted for two bronze medals on Sunday, came a cropper in Greco Roman competitions.The women’s hockey team went down to China 1-2 in their last league match but were still in contention for a bronze medal.The day clearly belonged to Somdev as he pipped Japan’s Tatasuma Ito 6-2 0-6 6-3 in the semifinals to set up the summit-clash with top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.Later, he and Sanam Singh combined superbly to win first gold medal for India in the tennis event in this edition of the Games as the sixth seed pair shocked second seed Chinese Gong Maoxin and Li Zhe 6-3 6-7(4) 10-8 in the final.However, gold eluded Sania yet again as she and Vishnu Vardhan, seeded sixth, lost the mixed doubles final 6-4 1-6 2-10 to second seed Taipei pair of Chan Yung Jan and Yang Tsung Hua.Somdev and Sanam’s gold medal feat assumes significance as India landed here without star doubles pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, gold medallists of the last edition at Doha in 2006, who opted to play in World Tour Finals in London. Rohan Bopanna is also missing from the Indian line-up though he had failed to qualify for the World Tour Finals.Before Somdev, no Indian had managed to enter men’s singles final and India had won only three bronze medals in men’s singles in Asian Games. Leander Paes had won it in 1994 in Hiroshima Games and Mahesh Bhupathi and Prahlad Srinath had won it during 1998 Games in Bangkok.In the showpiece athletics event, medal prospects Mandeep Kaur and Manjeet Kaur finished disappointing fourth and fifth with below-par performances in women’s 400m final.One-lap racer Mandeep Kaur, the leading timer in Asia this season and drawn on the outside lane seven, led the field till the back stretch before flagging behind to finish fourth in 52.99 secs.National record holder Manjeet, gold medallist in 2002 at Busan and silver medallist four years later in Doha, finished a poor fifth in 53.27, two seconds below her personal best.In women’s hammer throw, national record holder Hardeep Kaur started with a foul attempt before attaining her best effort of the day, 60.54m in her third attempt, to finish fourth.Sprinters Mohammed Najeeb Qureshi and Krishnakumar Rane both failed to advance to the men’s 100m final after finishing fourth by both in the semifinals.Spearheaded by Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa, Indian men’s and women’s racqueters came out with a heartening performance to end the day on an unbeaten note in the squash team events.Indian men blanked Japan 3-0 in their opening encounter of the day and then went on to secure their third straight preliminary league victory in the event, thrashing Saudi Arabia with an identical scoreline.In the women’s section, Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal and Anaka Alankamony ripped apart the challenge of Chinese racqueters 3-0 in the first outing. They then secured a victory over arch-rivals Pakistan.advertisementIndia slumped to a 1-2 defeat at the hands of defending champions China in their last round-robin match but still qualified for the bronze medal play-off game against Japan in women’s hockey competitions.With three wins and as many defeats, the Surinder Kaur-led side finished its round-robin league proceedings at fourth position with nine points and will get a chance to defend its bronze medal, which they earned four years ago in Doha. The Indian trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champia fought through challenging conditions to clinch the men’s team bronze after beating Chinese Taipei in the Archery competition.Like the women, the Indian men defeated Chinese Taipei but with a more comprehensive 220-216 margin as compared to the women’s 218-217 victory in the bronze medal play-off.Incidentally, both men and women lost to world’s top archers from South Korea in the semifinals before clinching the bronze medal.The Indians scored 28 and 29 for a total of 57 in the first set of six arrows, 56 (29 and 27) in the second set and flagged a bit to get 53 (26 and 27) in the third and 54 in the fourth and last set (27 and 27). They shot a total of eight 10s and bulls eyes.In chess, Indian women drubbed Mongolia to climb to the joint top position while their male counterparts slipped to the fourth spot with a shocking defeat at the hands of lower-rated Philippines after the fifth round.In rugby, despite suffering heavy defeats in all three league matches, the Indian men’s team qualified for the quarter finals as only nine teams are in the fray.India, who were thrashed 43-5 by Korea in the opening pool B match yesterday, were today drubbed 61-0 by China and 42-12 by sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka to finish at the bottom of the group.Yet, they qualified for the quarter finals and will play the winners of pool B at the University Town stadium tomorrow.The women performed no better, and were steamrolled by Japan 31-0 for their second straight preliminary league defeat after being thumped 50-0 by Kazakhstan.Indian cyclists continued to cut a sorry figure at the Games with the duo of Sombir and Atul Yadav finishing 27th and 32nd respectively in the men’s Individual Road Race here today.In the 180km race, comprising nine laps of 20km each, Sombir clocked 4:15:15.42 and managed an average speed of 42.310. Atul was further down after clocking 4:15:59.39 at an average speed of 42.189.India swamped Bangladesh 34-20 in their opening encounter as women’s kabaddi made its Asian Games debut today.Indian women spikers suffered their third successive defeat in the Asian Games, going down 0-3 to Chinese Taipei in their last preliminary Group B match at the Guangwai Gymnasium here today.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

  • Gilas back in practice as Andray Blatche leaves for China

    first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas went back to work Monday night for its first practice since Andray Blatche flew back to China earlier in the day.Blatche joined Gilas last week but his stay was only for a short period of time as he had to be back with his mother ball club in the Chinese Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The former NBA veteran will rejoin Gilas on February 16 in Doha, six days before the Nationals take on Qatar in the sixth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.The team had 10 players in attendance with Raymond Almazan, Paul Lee, Thirdy Ravena, Roger Pogoy, Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, Gabe Norwood, Mark Barroca, Poy Erram and Marcio Lassiter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGilas is in a must-win situation in its final two games on the road, including a duel against Kazakhstan on February 24, of the qualifiers after going 1-3 in its previous four outings.Scottie Thompson, Japeth Aguilar and June Mar Fajardo missed practice. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Promising spiker Nicole Magsarile to sit out UAAP Season 81, says UP coach Godfrey Okumu LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

  • Tom Brady the Greatest Ever Super Bowl Quarterback? Not So Fast

    first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares PHOENIX — His teammates were mostly showered and gone, but Tom Brady was having trouble even bringing himself to move. He sat in front of his locker in Indianapolis, pulling on a pair of boots with a pained look seemingly etched on his face.Brady’s Super Bowl had ended badly once again, and he was trying to make sense of it all. In a few minutes he would walk down a hallway and tell the media why he had the ball in his hand to win the game with 57 seconds left and couldn’t deliver the long touchdown drive every New England fan was expecting three years ago against the New York Giants.“It always comes down to one or two plays,” Brady said then. “If you make them you’re celebrating. If you don’t, you don’t sleep for a week.”Celebrating or sleepless, Brady knows both well. The first three times he took the Patriots to the Super Bowl he came away with three championship rings.That there were more Super Bowls to come was a given. Bill Belichick was building a dynasty behind Brady, and the quarterback was just beginning to feel comfortable as a superstar at the age of 27.But Brady has lost the last two, and the opposing quarterback was the MVP in both of them. Eli Manning outplayed Brady not once but twice, the first time in the very stadium where the Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.There hasn’t been another Super Bowl championship in a decade now. And there’s a real chance that should the Patriots fall again, losing three straight Super Bowls might define Brady’s eventual legacy nearly as much as winning the first three.Greatest quarterback of his era, sure. Brady has won while fighting injuries, and won while his many receivers always seemed to be going through a revolving door in New England.Just to get to six Super Bowls is a staggering accomplishment no quarterback had ever achieved before Brady and the Patriots beat Indianapolis to return to the big game once again.And should the Patriots beat the Seahawks on Sunday, Brady would join Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, two names long enshrined as greats in Canton, as the only quarterbacks to win four rings.But where do you put a quarterback with a .500 Super Bowl record in historical context? What do you say about one who won his first three, and lost his next three?You say he’s no Bradshaw, who won all four of his Super Bowl appearances for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Certainly not Montana, who won four in 12 full seasons for San Francisco and might have won at least one more if not for injury.While Bradshaw was helped by a dominant defense, Montana won in blowouts and last-minute rallies. His quarterback rating of 127.8 is the best ever in the Super Bowl, while Brady barely cracks the top 10 at 93.8.Here’s a stat that even tops that: In four Super Bowls, on the biggest stages of his life, Montana never threw an interception.Most importantly, Montana didn’t need three shots to win a fourth title. He won every time he took the field in a Super Bowl.Brady was asked several times and in several different ways this week about playing in the Super Bowl six times and what he thinks his eventual legacy will be. He didn’t bite, refusing to rank himself while talking in generalities about how great it is to be playing in his sixth.“It’s hard to think about those things,” Brady said in response to one question. “Like I said, I’ve just been fortunate to be on some great teams. Those guys are unbelievable players, they were so great for this league. They were great teams. I was the biggest 49er fan growing up and to watch Joe and Steve Young — who were my two idols — who were just great for the game and great for the sport.”Brady has been great for the sport, too. He’s the All-American quarterback with the supermodel wife who seems to lead the perfect life.He doesn’t get into trouble off the field, and he usually delivers on it, like he did this season when his irritation with his team’s play quickly turned around a season seemingly headed nowhere.Still it will be hard to call him the greatest ever, even with four Super Bowl wins.Three losses, and you can’t even put him in the conversation.TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

  • UNITY POINT ST. LUKE’S PATIENT INFORMATION MAY BE COMPROMISED

    first_imgUnityPoint Health says a phishing attack on its email system could have compromised the health and personal information of 16,000 patients.The Des Moines Register reports that the system discovered on Feb. 15 that a phishing attack had affected some employee email accounts.A letter sent to patients on Monday says accounts may have been accessed between November 1st and February 7th.Patients’ information that may have been exposed included medical record numbers, diagnosis and treatment information, lab results, insurance information, names and dates of birth and some Social Security numbers and other financial information.Patients have been advised to contact health insurance companies for a current report of all services paid.Patients may also call 855-331-3612 to see if their information was compromised.last_img read more

  • De Gea backs Isco to become a great

    first_imgIsco De Gea backs Madrid star Isco to ‘become one of the greatest’ Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 06:53 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Isco - cropped Getty Images Isco David de Gea Liechtenstein v Spain Spain Liechtenstein WC Qualification Europe World Cup Primera División The Blancos midfielder has been in unstoppable form early in 2017-18 and his Spain international team-mate is predicting big things to come David De Gea feels Isco has the talent and personality to “become one of the greatest” after the Spain international made a flying start to the season for club and country.Isco scored in Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup victory over De Gea’s Manchester United last month and struck twice as Spain defeated Italy 3-0 on Saturday to take control of their World Cup qualifying group.Real Madrid 4/1 to retain CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 2010 world champions are three points clear of the Azzurri with three matches remaining and can take another major step toward securing a place in the finals in Russia by beating Liechtenstein away on Tuesday.Speaking to the media before that game, United goalkeeper De Gea claimed Isco’s sparkling form of late is no accident. “Personally I have known Isco for ages so it’s no surprise for me what he’s doing,” he said.”I have seen him doing incredible things for so long now so people shouldn’t be surprised either. “He’s been performing at a high level and doing incredible things on the pitch for a while. “He’s at a top level and that’s great for the team. We hope he keeps improving. “Bearing in mind his personality, he’ll become one of the greatest.”¡Arranca la rueda de prensa con @julenlopetegui, Busquets y @D_DeGea! #SEFlive pic.twitter.com/Mk8bKqIHxr— Selección Española (@SeFutbol) September 4, 2017Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets was on the wrong end of a masterclass from Isco and Madrid in a 3-1 Spanish Super Cup defeat at Camp Nou last month.And the holding midfielder was reluctant to pick a favourite between the in-form 25-year-old and Blaugrana colleague Andres Iniesta. “Personally I do not like comparing players,” he said.”No doubt they both are top-quality players but each one of them has their ways of interpreting football and also of playing, even though they might be similar. “Isco has been showing in recent years his talent. He scored two goals [against Italy] and was outstanding. “His role is getting more predominant within his team but we already knew what he was capable of. “For us, having players like Isco or Andres that are able to use their skills and capabilities at the service of the team is a real pleasure.”last_img read more

  • 9 months agoToulouse midfielder Manu Garcia: Barcelona signing Tobido similar to Varane

    first_imgToulouse midfielder Manu Garcia: Barcelona signing Tobido similar to Varaneby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveToulouse midfielder Manu Garcia is backing Jean-Clair Tobido for success with Barcelona.The defender will join Barca at the end of the season and Garcia has likened him to Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.The on-loan Manchester City midfielder said, “He’s a great player. “Similar to Varane? We do not like comparisons, but it’s true that he has similar characteristics. “Currently, we see little. It’s a situation and it affected us in Ligue 1. When we see him, we talk about it in the locker room. He has great qualities.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • January 2014 Report Released

    first_imgA growing provincial debt, poor internal financial controls and missing information required to verify entitlements to pensioners, were among issues identified in Auditor General Jacques Lapointe’s final report to the House of Assembly, released today, Jan. 23. The net debt of the province at the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year stood at $13.9 billion, a 5.3 per cent increase over the previous year – representing a $617 increase in per capita debt, to $14,832 for every Nova Scotian. While several other indicators of the province’s overall financial condition presented in the report were stable over time, most ranked either the worst or second-worst in comparison with similar provinces. The auditor general was unable to verify the accuracy of pension benefits paid to retired provincial or Capital Health employees due to missing information. Mr. Lapointe’s examination of Nova Scotia’s largest pension plan followed major changes in the administration of the plan. The provincial finance minister is no longer the trustee of the plan, and the province no longer guarantees benefits, in effect shifting risk from the provincial government to the plan’s members. The auditor general made a number of recommendations to improve the transparency of the plan and ensure the accuracy of benefit payments, including making the plan’s Statement of Investment Policies and Goals available to plan members. The Public Service Superannuation Plan Trustee Inc. agreed that the statement, which it previously deemed confidential, will be available by the end of the current fiscal year. The auditor general’s annual review of audit opinions and management letters to public agencies that are audited externally noted that 31 per cent of accounting, control and other deficiencies identified by the auditors had also been identified in previous years. About two thirds of these had been reported as far back as 2009-10 and were still not corrected. “By not addressing the issues reported in auditors’ management letters on a timely basis, management and boards of directors are not fulfilling their responsibilities to correct deficiencies in their operations,” Mr. Lapointe said. These entities include agencies, boards and commissions, including health authorities, school boards and a range of publicly-held enterprises. Mr. Lapointe drew attention to the Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation where numerous problems included unexplained changes to mortgage information and errors in land inventory; and Cape Breton District Health Authority, where identified deficiencies persisted uncorrected for years. Mr. Lapointe raised concerns about the accounting practices of the Office of the Public Trustee, which is responsible for more than $45 million in estates and trusts, yet has no standard accounting system. He also recommended that all interest earned on this money be left with the estates rather than being transferred to the province. The auditor general commended the province for properly consolidating its revenue forecasts in 2013, resulting in the first unqualified opinion on budgeted revenue estimates since 2001. “This is a significant improvement in government financial reporting as all revenues of the province are now presented in the annual budget. Members of the House and the public now have full knowledge of revenues in the provincial public sector.” He also noted that 77 per cent of his office’s 2010 recommendations related to financial matters had been acted upon – a marked improvement in the government’s performance in this regard. The report is Mr. Lapointe’s last, as he is retiring at the end of January. The full auditor general’s report is available at www.oag-ns.ca .last_img read more

  • BC mother who smothered daughter must wait 15 years before applying for

    first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A British Columbia mother found guilty of the second-degree murder of her eight-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 15 years.Justice Catherine Murray says Lisa Batstone planned to smother her daughter Teagan before killing herself on Dec. 10, 2014, but she could not follow through with the suicide.She says Batstone did not want the girl to be with her father, Gabe Batstone, after her suicide and therefore killing her daughter was a selfish act intended to hurt her ex-husband.Murray says although Lisa Batstone was likely suffering from depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder at the time, her mental issues did not significantly mitigate her moral culpability.The judge also says Batstone left notes in her home blaming her ex-husband for the murder and she told several lies to psychiatrists because she hoped to be found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence, but the Crown requested 16 to 18 years without eligibility for parole, while the defence asked for 10.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Swimming together

    first_imgAn expert on Mahseer feels that India and Nepal need to cooperate and collaborate on preserving the genetic uniqueness of fish found in the trans-boundary Ganga and its tributaries, which flow from Nepal into India and beyond. “Both India and Nepal are signatories to agreements which aim at protecting biodiversity found within their territories. Protection of biodiversity is very important. Even the food security of humanity depends on it,” Lockett, who is the Education and Outreach Officer of the Mahseer Trust and works on the hump-backed Mahseer of South India, told Down To Earth. Also Read – A special kind of bondLast week, Lockett attended the 3rd National River Summit 2019 in Nepal. “Biodiversity protection was very much the conclusion reached at the summit too. In the case of India and Nepal, not just scientists, but also governments, non-profits and fish breeders must collaborate on this. In India, it is very clearly spelt out in the National Wildlife Action Plan that releasing animals in the wild must be done in line with IUCN guidelines,” he said. When asked to give an example, Lockett explained: “Take, for instance, the Golden Mahseer. It is distributed in the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra basins in South Asia. Hence, there are localised populations with small genetic differences. Now if somebody catches this fish from the Beas or the Sutlej in India’s Punjab and releases it into the Kosi in Bihar, it can swim upstream into Nepal. Studies on other cyprinid species (carps) have shown this disrupts native-stock spawning routines.” Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Mahseer was also the main theme of Lockett’s presentation at the summit. “This was the third time the summit happened, organised by the Nepal River Conservation Trust. Each edition was centred around a river. In 2017, it was the Kosi in eastern Nepal. In 2018, the Trishuli in Central Nepal. And this time, the summit was held at the banks of the Karnali river in western Nepal,” said Lockett. For five days, more than 200 concerned stakeholders and river basin custodians deliberated in a remote yet scenic spot called Rakam, where they could live, feel and touch the Karnali, he recalls. Lockett says the delegates discussed questions of whether planned dams should come up on the last free-flowing river in Nepal, the Karnali and whether development by damming and selling electricity was going to help lift locals from humble backgrounds Lockett also notes that there is still a lot of confusion among taxonomists and fish experts about the classification of fish species in the Ganges Basin between India and Nepal. “This has been going on for 50 years. I would say it is due to the perpetuation of misidentification in previous papers. Even after 200 years, we still cannot correctly identify two of the three currently valid species of mahseer in Ganges basin. Until we do this, we cannot make correct conservation plans.” (The author is Assistant Editor at Down To Earth. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

  • Dolce Gabbana Reveals Luxury Hijab and Abaya Collection

    New York – Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana revealed a new collection of luxury Muslim wear for women. The Milan-based designers unveiled their first high-end hijab and abaya collection.The photos of the new collection were disclosed by Style.com/Arabia magazine on Sunday, where the entire collection can be seen.The collection features 14 different looks mostly in neutrals colors, highlighting black and beige tones. Keeping true to D&G’s world-known designs, the high-end hijabas and abayas include “printed daisies, lemons and lush red roses.”According to Style magazine, the collection is made of sheer georgette and satin, accented with lace details and layered patterns on the hemlines. Luxury accessories such as handbags, stilettos and sunglasses complement the elegant looks. “To Muslim women with a taste for luxury fashion, this collection is an exciting development,” a post on Vogue.com said on Tuesday.“Brands are finally taking note of what I’ve been advocating since I founded the fashion brand Haute Hijab in 2010-that Muslims (in this case Muslim women) are a thriving, fully-functioning and active segment of society who deserve to be acknowledged and heard, ” Melanie Elturk, CEO of Haute Hijab wrote in Elle Magazine in 2015.A number of fashion houses have released smaller collections of apparel in the past targeting Muslim women for Ramadan, including DKNY, Oscar de la Renta and Tommy Hilfiger. However, D&G is the first brand to debut a full independent collection.According to management consultant company Bain, cited by Forbes.com, sales of personal luxury items in the Middle East reached US $8.7 billion in 2015 — up from $6.8 billion in 2014.Muslims are expected to spend nearly $484 billion on apparel by 2019, as reported by Fortune magazine.Dolce & Gabbana has 13 stores and boutiques in the United Arab Emirates, in addition to Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.The new hijab and abaya collection is proof that being conservative and wearing Muslim apparel can be synonym of beauty, top-quality, elegance, and modernity. read more

  • Disguised male robs Niagara Falls financial institution

    Niagara Regional Police Service is investigating after a disguised thief robbed a financial institution in Niagara Falls. Police say the male entered a business near Lundy’s Lane and Drummond Rd. around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 22. The male approached a store employee and grabbed an undisclosed amount of money. He fled with the cash and was last seen pushing a bicycle away from the scene. A police K9 searched the area but did not locate the suspect.He is described by police as white, between 25 and 30 years of age, five-foot-four, and 130 lbs. He was wearing a dark, checkered hooded sweathshirt, sunglasses and dark boots.Anyone with information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact 905-688-4111, ext. 2200. read more

  • No Shortage of Runs for Lady Dinos Photo Gallery

    Photos by Jeff Barrett After scoring 24 runs on Tuesday, the Lady Dinos reached double digits again with a 15-6 win over Delta on Thursday as Carbon scored in every inning but the fifth.Amya Prettyman led the team with four RBIs and hit two home runs in the contest while Kaytlyn Cripps and Clarissa Noyes each added a digger of their own.Cripps pitched a complete game, going seven innings with seven strikeouts. She gave up six runs; however, all of them were unearned. Head coach Wade Williams was pleased with the amount of runs Carbon has drove in the last two games but conceded “that wasn’t the best pitcher we will see.” Surely, the competition will get stiffer as region play continues.Carbon (9-3, 2-0 Region 14) will host Union (9-2, 3-0 Region 14) on Tuesday and then travel to Delta for a rematch against the Lady Rabbits (2-6, 0-4 Region 14). read more

  • Football Dwayne Haskins returns home to play familiar faces

    Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins remembers his first high school start vividly. He faced St. John’s High School in his sophomore season at The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, after moving to the state to play high school football. “I threw three picks that game, so I don’t really like to talk about it,” Haskins said. “But that’s probably the only time I felt nervous.” Saturday, Haskins will return to the state where he last doubted his football ability, but this time he is the starting quarterback at Ohio State, facing Maryland. And he has the opportunity to secure his place in Ohio State history in College Park, Maryland. Haskins needs 50 passing yards to break former Ohio State quarterback Joe Germaine’s record for most passing yards thrown in a single season, a record he has held for the past 20 years. Haskins only needs three touchdowns to break former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s record for most passing touchdowns thrown in a campaign. In his first season as the starting quarterback, Haskins did not think breaking these records would be realistic. But as the records come closer to a reality for the redshirt sophomore, he said it’s a testament to the offense and the game plan in which he was placed. “I’m looking forward to Saturday and so close to that single-season passing record. It’s been there for a long time, you know,” Haskins said. “It’s crazy to realize how cool that is.”But his return to Maryland is more than breaking records in front of friends and family, in front of familiar players and coaches. It’s Haskins’ first opportunity to play against the school to which he initially committed. As Haskins started the recruiting process, he said staying close to home was something that was important to him. He developed relationships with the coaching staff at Maryland, the players and the commits. His future seemed to be set. Haskins said he wanted to change the stigma at Maryland, to get the top-rated players from the area to go to their in-state school. But he said people made their own decisions and went their separate ways. Then Haskins’ dream school came calling. “It’s been everything for me to come to Ohio State,” Haskins said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid.” Haskins had to wait his turn, watching Barrett through his tenure and having to battle former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow for playing time as the second-string quarterback and then the starting job prior to the 2018 season. Ever since Haskins took his first snap against Oregon State as the starting quarterback, he said the process of gaining experience, having an idea of what to do when adversity comes, is something that made him a more seasoned quarterback. But quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day saw the unknowns and uncertainties when Barrett left. He saw Haskins as a player without much playing time or experience. As the 2018 season continued, Day saw Haskins develop into “the guy” for the Ohio State offense. “I think now he’s battle tested, he’s been through it, and so now you know that he’s been, he’s got some experience on his belt. He has some experience to go upon,” Day said. “You know he’s been hit in the mouth. He’s responded that way. He’s had some success, handled that well.” To redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell, Haskins, with being battle tested, needs to step up and be that leader of the offense that a quarterback is expected to be. And this is something that is especially needed at this time in the season. “We are in a time right now as a team, as an offense where, you know, championships are won in November and we kind of need Dwayne to step up and be the guy he’s been all year, but just take on more of a leadership role,” Campbell said.  Day said he realizes Haskins’ return to Maryland carries some extra weight.“I do know that once, any time you go back home there is a special feel of that friends and family,” Day said. “So I know that’ll be on his mind.”Campbell said he’s seen Haskins become more vocal as a leader this week, knowing the stakes of returning home, knowing the stakes of the records he is about to break. But Haskins really has not felt the stakes when behind center. Since his initiation into the Ohio State quarterback job against Michigan last season, he’s been described as calm, cool and collected behind center. As he’s worked as the starting quarterback, gone through adversity, trying to perfect his game, football has come easy to the redshirt sophomore. “I feel like [the game’s] always been slow,” Haskins said. “Since the first game.”  Haskins will not be focused on his family and friends in the stands. He will not be focused on the records he could break on Saturday against the Terrapins.He will continue with the same mindset he’s had set since his first high school football game as a sophomore quarterback at The Bullis School. Haskins will not be doubting himself. read more

  • PSO J318522 une étrange planète sans étoile à 80 annéeslumière de la

    first_imgPSO J318.5-22, une étrange planète sans étoile à 80 années-lumière de la TerreUne équipe internationale d’astronomes a découvert une exoplanète particulièrement étrange. Située à 80 années-lumière de la Terre, celle-ci semble flotter seule dans l’espace, sans être en orbite autour d’une étoile.Identifier des planètes inconnues dans l’Univers est fréquent, mais trouver des mondes solitaires l’est beaucoup moins. C’est pourtant ce que vient d’annoncer une équipe internationale d’astronomes dans la revue Astrophysical Journal Letters. A 80 années-lumière de la Terre, ces spécialistes ont découvert une planète qui n’orbite autour d’aucune étoile. Baptisée PSO J318.5-22, l’exoplanète gazeuse flotterait simplement toute seule dans l’espace. “Nous n’avons jamais auparavant vu un objet comme cela flottant librement dans l’espace et qui a toutes les caractéristiques de jeunes planètes trouvées en orbite autour d’autres étoiles”, indique Michael Liu, de l’Institut d’astronomie de l’Université de Hawaii à Manoa et principal auteur de cette découverte. En effet, d’après les estimations, la planète se serait formée il y a environ 12 millions d’années, elle serait donc très jeune, et possèderait une masse équivalant à six fois celle de Jupiter.  “Je me suis souvent demandé si de tels objets solitaires pouvaient exister et maintenant nous savons que c’est le cas”, a ajouté Michael Liu, repris par l’AFP. C’est grâce au télescope Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) installé près du Haleakala à Hawaï que la découverte a été rendue possible. Contrairement à la majorité des exoplanètes identifiées ces dernières années, PSO J318.5-22 a été observée grâce à une méthode d’observation directe. Une technique jusqu’ici appliquée à des corps en orbite autour de jeunes étoiles. Un aperçu sur les jeunes années de Jupiter “Les planètes trouvées par détection directe sont incroyablement difficile à étudier, dans la mesure où elles se trouvent juste à côté d’étoiles bien plus brillantes. PSO J318.5-22 n’orbite pas autour d’une étoile donc ce sera bien plus facile pour nous de l’étudier”, a expliqué le Dr. Niall Deacon du Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, co-auteur de l’étude. La chose est d’autant plus intéressante que même si sa masse est la plus faible jamais observée pour un corps flottant librement, PSO J318.5-22 possède des caractéristiques (masse, couleur et énergie) qui correspondent à celles de jeunes planètes gazeuses géantes en orbite. “Cela va permettre de fournir une vue magnifique dans les mécanismes internes des planètes gazeuses géantes comme Jupiter, peu après leur naissance”, a ainsi ajouté le Dr Deacon cité par Phys.org.À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASAL’exoplanète solitaire a été découverte alors que les astronomes étudiaient des objets particuliers connus sous le nom de naines brunes. Un objet pas suffisamment massif pour être une étoile mais plus massif qu’une planète géante. A cause de leurs températures moyennes, les naines brunes sont pâles et montrent des couleurs rouges. Pour observer ces objets, les chercheurs avaient donc réglé le télescope pour détecter la faible signature des naines brunes. Mais c’est une exoplanète qu’ils ont trouvée. Une planète appartenant à un groupe d’étoiles ? Des données fournies par d’autres télescopes ont permis de confirmer la trouvaille et la nature de l’objet observé dont l’âge a pu être estimé. D’après les astronomes, au vu de sa distance par rapport à la Terre et de son mouvement, PSO J318.5-22 appartient à une collection d’étoiles appelée “Beta Pictoris moving group” qui s’est formée il y a 12 millions d’années. L’étoile éponyme de ce groupe, Beta Pictoris, possède elle bien une planète gazeuse orbitant autour d’elle. Toutefois, PSO J318.5-22 possède une masse encore plus faible que cette planète et se serait probablement formé d’une façon différente. Si la découverte est intéressante, ce n’est pas la première fois que les astronomes trouvent une planète n’orbitant autour d’aucune étoile. En novembre 2012, des chercheurs canadiens avaient déjà annoncé avoir trouvé un monde solitaire à quelque 100 années-lumière de nous : l’exoplanète CFBDSIR2149.Le 10 octobre 2013 à 11:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Im really proud of myself – Bernardo

    first_imgBrighton defender Bernardo says he’s proud of his man-of-the-match performance in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.Bernardo received plaudits for his stellar display at left back on Sunday and was pleased to have tested himself against a talented Chelsea team.“It’s a really nice thing because the fans are wonderful and it’s good to see them recognize my hard work, especially against a team like Chelsea,” Bernardo told the club’s website.“I’m pleased that I have a good level and can prove myself against hard opponents. I’m really proud of myself.“It was difficult [facing Chelsea’s front three], but that’s why I came to this league. I wanted to prove that I’m a player capable of playing against such players and I feel like I did a good job.”After going two goals behind in the first half, Brighton fought hard and pulled a goal back in the second half, but couldn’t find the equalizer.“It was a bit frustrating, as we showed that we could’ve got a result, especially after our performance in the second half,” he said reflecting on the game.“Our goal changed the game, and that’s what the gaffer said to us at half-time. A 2-0 scoreline looks like a big scoreline, but if you score, then the opponent has all the pressure. We got the first goal and tried to get a second, but we didn’t manage it.“The first half overall wasn’t very good and we made too many mistakes. The gaffer then spoke to us and we came out in the second half with a different mentality and understood that we could change the game. At least we left the pitch leaving a good impression of ourselves.”last_img read more

  • Fire weather watch issued for San Diego County

    first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 18, 2018 October 18, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Santa Ana winds will sweep through parts of San Diego County Thursday, combining with low humidity levels and warm temperatures to create the potential for dangerous wind-driven wildfires, the National Weather Service said.The gusty northeast winds will develop Thursday afternoon and become strong overnight into Friday, prompting the NWS to issue a fire weather watch from Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon.The watch, which is slightly less serious than a red flag warning, signifies that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur and covers the county mountains and valleys.Meteorologists predict the strongest winds will occur in the in the foothills and just below mountain passes, with gusts peaking at about 35 mph, the NWS said.Humidity levels could drop to around 15 to 20 percent during that same period in much of the county.“Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly,” NWS forecasters said.San Diego County residents were urged to avoid outdoor burning during the fire weather watch and pay attention for the NWS to issue possible red flag warnings.High temperatures Thursday were expected to be 82 to 87 degrees in the western valleys, 76 to 81 degrees near the foothills and 67 to 73 in the mountains. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Fire weather watch issued for San Diego County Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:59 AMlast_img read more

  • Woman seriously injured after being hit by a car

    first_imgWoman seriously injured after being hit by a car SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 58-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle in the Bay Ho neighborhood of San Diego tonight and suffered serious injuries.A 2016 Honda was traveling eastbound in the No. 2 lane of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard near Pocahontas Avenue about 5:45 p.m. when the vehicle in front of it swerved into the No. 1 lane and the Honda driver noticed a woman standing in the street, according to San Diego Police Department Officer Robert Heims.The driver attempted to move around the woman, but struck the pedestrian, Heims said.The victim suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured right leg and a head injury, Heims said. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, Heims said. KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 4, 2019 January 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

  • Retrospective punishments handed down to Macau weather bureau directors after Typhoon Hato

    first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Appointment of new Chief Executive, Ho Iat-seng brings promise of greater engagement with Macau’s casino operators Chief Executive says current Macau gaming concessions won’t be extended beyond 2022 Load More RelatedPosts The former director of Macau’s Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau, Fong Soi Kun, has had his pension payments suspended for four years as part of aggravated punishments handed down by Chief Executive Chui Sai On this week following the devastating Typhoon Hato that struck the city last August.Chui revealed on Wednesday that he had decided to hand down retrospective punishments to Fong and his former deputy director for their role in failing to issue adequate storm warnings in the days and hours before Typhoon Hato Struck. A Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) investigation into the typhoon forecasting procedures of the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau last year found “serious problems” with the Bureau’s internal mechanisms, including the revelation that storm warnings were often decided by Fong alone. The Bureau was also accused of failing to issue a storm warning due to concerns over its potential impact on the city’s gaming industry.Fong was sacked just 24 hours after Typhoon Hato hit.His latest punishment included retrospective dismissal from his post, however given that he was already fired, the applicable penalty has been substituted by a four-year suspension of pension payments. The deputy director, who stepped down from his management role after Typhoon Hato and is now a staff member of the Bureau, has been handed a 130-day suspension from all duties.In a statement, the government said that, “No further disciplinary actions against the two persons would be conducted under relevant regulations and laws. This was because their acts of misconduct associated with the period of Typhoon Hato had already been reviewed in the special investigation.”Ten people lost their lives when Typhoon Hato struck on 23 August 2017.According to the government’s Commission for Reviewing and Monitoring the Improvements of the Response Mechanism to Major Disasters, established last September, Typhoon Hato also caused at least MOP$11.5 billion worth of damage to Macau, including major disruptions to the city’s gaming industry and months of delays for MGM China in opening its MGM Cotai integrated resort.last_img read more

  • Apples new iPads Save 25 when you preorder

    first_img $249 $329 Apple updates iPad Mini and iPad Air See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Apple Share your voice Tablets null Now playing: Watch this: $249 reading • Apple’s new iPads: Save $25 when you preorder Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See it The 2019 iPad Air and iPad Mini. Apple In case you missed it, Apple announced new tablets yesterday: A $399 iPad Mini and a $499 iPad Air. As always with new Apple product launches, don’t expect any kind of sale pricing for at least–Hang on, what’s this? For a limited time, Best Buy is offering $25 off any of the new iPads when you preorder. To get the discounts, you must be a member of the store’s My Best Buy program, which is free to join.See it at Best BuySo that brings the Mini down to $375, the Air down to the $475 and so on. (Best Buy normally charges $400 and $500, respectively, versus $399 and $499 from Apple proper.)It’s not much, but it’s still a $25 savings. (Well, $24.01 to be exact.) If you were planning to buy one of the new tablets anyway, it seems like a no brainer to take advantage of this offer.Read more: $399 iPad Mini? No, thanks, I’ll stick with the $80 Fire HD 8 Best Buycenter_img 0 • Apple See All See It $249 Amazon Apple iPad Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 1:47 Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy Applelast_img read more

  • Check out the liveaction Lady and the Tramp puppies

    first_img Tags 0 Now playing: Watch this: 1:29 Everything we know about Disney Plus TV and Movies Culture Home Entertainment Disney Post a comment D23 said the flick also stars a cast of rescue dogs, which were all adopted when the movie finished filming. The doggos were first shown off in pictures in People last week, where they looked a little cheerier. Tramp is being played by a dog named Monte, who had been living at HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, Arizona, after being rescued from a kill shelter in New Mexico, CNET sister site CBS News reported Wednesday. Monte was adopted by the film’s animal trainer in 2018. First published at 4:22 p.m. PT on Aug. 13. Updated on Aug. 21 at 3:22 p.m.: adds more detail on Monte lady-tramp-people K. C. Bailey/Disney via People Rescue dogs were used for the movie. D23/Disney Disney’s official fan club, D23, has unveiled a poster for the Lady and the Tramp live-action remake coming later this year. D23 tweeted out the poster Tuesday, with the movie set to hit small screens when the Disney Plus streaming service launches on Nov. 12.  In a reboot of the 1955 animated film, Lady will be voiced by Tessa Thompson and Tramp by Justin Theroux. The cast also includes Janelle Monae as the voice of Peg, Kiersey Clemons as Darling, Thomas Mann as Jim Dear, Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah and Sam Elliott as the voice of Trusty. Share your voicelast_img read more