Horse crashes into car in Jaipur

first_imgA tonga-pulling horse went berserk on Sunday, apparently due to the blistering heat, and crashed into a car through the windscreen, in the Civil Lines area here, injuring itself and the car driver. Passers-by and policemen had a difficult time getting the animal out of the car.The incident took place in the afternoon when the temperature in the Pink City was hovering around 43 degree Celsius. Police said the horse was tied to the roadside by the tonga owner with a packet of fodder.According to eyewitness accounts, the furious horse broke its harness and jumped onto the car coming in the opposite direction, as people ran to safety. The animal mounted the car’s bonnet and crashed into the wind shield. It remained stuck for about 10 minutes before the people dragged it out and rescued the car driver. Policemen and Forest Department officials joined in the rescue effort.Driver injuredCar driver Pankaj Joshi suffered injuries on his arms and was discharged after being administered first aid. The horse is recuperating and veterinarians said its injuries were not very serious.Mr. Joshi, who owns an event management firm, said he had just started his car near the Jaipur Club in the Civil Lines area when he heard a loud sound of breaking glass. “The next moment, I found myself stuck inside the car with a horse next to me,” he said.last_img read more

Isolated in Gulf, Qatar campaigns to protect 2022 World Cup

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery Legacy, poses for a photo following an interview with The Associated Press in Sheffield, England on Thursday Nov. 9 2017. Following comments earlier this year attributed to German soccer federation president Reinhard Grindel, Al Thawadi said Thursday that “Qatar does not support terrorism. Qatar is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.” APSHEFFIELD, England — The birthplace of modern soccer is now an unassuming site: A couple of pitches with no stands for supporters, and a ramshackle indoor facility where damp rises on the walls and paint peels from the goalposts.When Sheffield FC formed in this northern English steel city 160 years ago, the wealth awash in the modern game was unimaginable to the founders of the world’s first soccer club. The symbol of how vastly soccer has changed is thousands of miles away in the Gulf, where stadiums are springing up in the Qatari desert and tens of billions of dollars are invested in infrastructure to ensure a tiny nation can host the 32-team World Cup in 2022.ADVERTISEMENT An association with the trailblazing Sheffield FC, which plays eight divisions below the Premier League, might seem tenuous. But Al Thawadi studied law at the University of Sheffield and this week he returned after 16 years to finally collect his graduation certificate during a brief presentation.Sheffield FC sought Qatar’s assistance because it was fighting for its future and being overlooked in a country that hosts the world’s richest soccer league. It started in 2009 while Al Thawadi was canvassing for FIFA votes in South Africa, and led in 2015 to 100,000 pounds (then $153,000) being invested by Al Thawadi to help the women’s team. Now Al Thawadi is trying to spur investment from across the English game to allow Sheffield FC to leave its base on the outskirts of the city and build a 6,000-seat venue and museum at its spiritual home at Olive Grove.“Too often the money takes the lead with Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar,” Sheffield FC chairman Richard Tims said, discussing wealth in the modern game that saw the Brazil forward bought by the Qatar-owned French club for a world record 222 million euros in August. “This project is the other end of the game.”Clubs are being asked to donate a sum corresponding with their foundation year, and it started with Premier League champion Chelsea agreeing to hand over 1,905 British pounds at a low-key event inside the rundown sports hall at Olive Grove.Tims flattered his guests, proclaiming: “The new pioneers of football are Qatar.” Al Thawadi then sought to assure the small group of dignitaries that the backing for Sheffield FC is a sign of Qatar’s commitment to the wider game. It is not, Al Thawadi maintained in a later interview, about latching on to Sheffield FC to add a shiny veneer to Qatar’s battered image.“Sheffield FC represents the start of football,” he said, “but more importantly represents playing football for the love of the game.”Qatar, though, appears locked into a perpetual struggle, requiring charm offensives like the trip to England to protect its status as 2022 hosts.“If it means we have to continue every day validating our right to host this World Cup,” Al Thawadi said, “so be it.” The greatest threat to Qatar’s hosting status initially came from corruption investigators, who were troubled by some of the bid conduct but ultimately found there was no improper activity that swayed the vote.Censure came from labor watchdogs who believed a form of modern slavery formed the backbone of World Cup construction, and Qatar was compelled to safeguard rights and conditions for migrant workers. While progress has been made in a region unaccustomed to providing such protections, Qatar still faces demands to be more transparent about the cause of worker deaths and to eradicate exploitative practices like the “kafala” sponsorship system which binds workers to their employer.“The World Cup is a catalyst and an engine for accelerated reforms,” Al Thawadi said.Now more powerful forces are at play threatening the World Cup: Four Arab countries have severed diplomatic ties and placed Qatar under a blockade since June in a move claimed to stop the natural-gas-rich country from supporting terrorism — charges denied by Al Thawadi.“For whoever may want to bring this World Cup into a political debate, that is an action that they are doing unilaterally,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT But Olive Grove, where the first rules of the modern game were conceived by Sheffield FC’s founders, was the latest stop this week for Qatar World Cup leader Hassan Al Thawadi on a mission to convince the global football community that his country remains a worthy host of the FIFA showpiece.Seven years after the controversial vote and five years until kickoff, doubts linger about Qatar’s suitability and right to host the Middle East’s first World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I believe we will always be in campaign mode,” Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee, said at the self-styled “Home of Football” in an interview with The Associated Press. “Most host nations or host cities suffered from criticism.”Perhaps, but none on the scale faced by Qatar, which was unprepared for the sharp scrutiny that followed victory in the secret ballot that took the game’s biggest showcase to the smallest country yet. 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However sure Al Thawadi is, the World Cup will be played as scheduled from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 2022 — contentiously chosen by FIFA to avoid the fierce summer heat in the usual June-July slot — and he is clearly troubled by attempts to undermine the tournament.A day after speaking to The AP in Sheffield, Al Thawadi ducked out of the royal box at Wembley Stadium in London just before watching England play Germany to launch a broadside against what he perceives as efforts by Qatar’s regional rivals to bring down the World Cup.Dubai’s security chief has already said the only way to end “Qatar’s crisis” was to give up the event, though he later said he was referring to the financial impact of hosting. An Emirati minister followed up by tweeting that Qatar’s hosting of the tournament should “include a repudiation of policies supporting extremism & terrorism.”Lobbying firms backed by the nations opposing Doha have increasingly targeted the World Cup, while Twitter has been promoting anonymous paid posts attacking Qatar’s fitness as a tournament host, citing corruption allegations and worker abuses.“We refuse to have this World Cup used as political pawn or a political tool because we believe in separating politics from sports … and using sports as a means of resolving conflict,” Al Thawadi said in the Wembley library. “I hope that the blockading nations see reason to be able to participate and join for the sake of the region benefiting out of this World Cup.”The crisis has exposed the scale of risks associated with taking the World Cup to a region in flux. Stadium costs are rising after Qatar was forced to find alternative routes to import building materials, and security concerns linger.“You can’t always prepare for a specific incident, but you can always prepare with contingency plans and be ready with a very resourceful and very quick and effective reactionary mindset as well,” Al Thawadi said. “As soon as the blockade occurred, we were able to put Plan B and Plan C quickly in place and address some of the concerns and challenges that the blockade caused.”Originally pitched to FIFA voters as a World Cup to benefit the Middle East, the idealism appears to have been sunk. The vision could potentially be revived by sharing games with neighbors, a proposition floated externally during the bid and still perceived as an objective in the region.“Qatar has always been open to dialogue,” Al Thawadi said. “It’s always been open and it’s always supported our brother nations, to the extent that if (sharing the World Cup) was the ultimate goal, all that would have required was a simple conversation.”For now, England is where Al Thawadi has come to speak to shore up support for his World Cup project. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

It helps to be thick-skinned in Bollywood, says Alia Bhatt

first_imgAll of 21, she’s young and versatile unlike others of her generation. Even in terms of dealing with criticism Highway star Alia Bhatt has a mature approach. She says being “thick-skinned” comes in handy.”Criticism and appreciation should be welcome at all times. But it helps to be thick-skinned in the industry,” Alia told IANS over phone from Mumbai when asked how she reacts and handles situations when the audience gives extreme reactions to her work.The actress is very active on social networking platform Twitter, where she interacts with her 1.8 million followers.Nonchalant about the feedback she receives, Alia took to online instant messaging and video chat platform Google Hangout on the evening of July 25 to interact with her fans from Mumbai and Delhi to talk about beauty trends for the season as part of her association with make-up brand Maybelline New York.She found the idea to be “fun”.”We go to different cities all the time to promote our films, but having a virtual interaction via Hangout is different. Technology has made it fun and easy to interact with the audience for feedback on any product – whether it’s a film or a product – as they’re the ones we work for,” Alia said.The actress is very active on social networking platform Twitter, where she interacts with her 1.8 million followers.She is not on Facebook, but when asked if she has a team to manage her Twitter account, she was quick to clarify: “I don’t have a team. I manage the account on my own.”advertisementAlia admits “digital is a massive space” to explore, but she says “it’s important to not get lost in it”.”I feel there has to be a line that you draw between your life and the virtual world,” said the actress, who is the youngest daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.After making an impressive debut with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year, Alia has been surprising viewers and critics alike with wonderful performances movie after movie.If she played a brand-conscious, make-up laden and arrogant girl in her debut, Alia left a lasting impression with her powerful act in Highway as a city-slick girl who experiences a sense of freedom and gets a taste of reality only after being abducted.This was followed by her easy portrayal of the fun-loving, carefree and Tamilian girl-in-love with a Punjabi boy in 2 States. Alia has recently also amassed appreciation for Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in which she has essayed the role of a fearless girl, who fights to live life her way.From ultra-glamorous to deglam and desi – Alia has sported different looks in each of her films, but she says “it’s too soon” for her to set “fashion trends”.Her association with showbiz notwithstanding, she says “girls have a right on make-up”, but she personally does not like to preach any style or fashion mantra.last_img read more

German players steal show, dissapointing return for Sardar Singh at Hockey India League auction

first_imgGerman players, led by ace playmaker Moritz Fuerste, stole the show at the second Hockey India League (HIL) auction held in New Delhi here on Thursday.Two-time Olympic champion Fuerste, breaking the $100,000-mark, was sold for $105,000 to Kalinga Lancers from a base price of $30,000.Live: Hockey India League Players’ Auction Franchises Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards were leading the race in securing the midfielder. The Lancers entered the race much later, when the bid was in $90,000s, to steal the 2006 World Cup winner for the highest price of the morning, which none of the bidders could match.Fuerste’s compatriots Florian Fuchs and Tobias Hauke were both sold for the second highest price — $96,000 to Dabang Mumbai and Wizards, respectively. While defender Hauke had a base price of $25,000, striker Fuchs was based $5,000 below.Earlier, the Lancers, Wizards and Dabang Mumbai were in the fight to secure the 23-year-old Fuchs but Lancers soon pulled out, leaving only Wizards and Mumbai in the race. Eventually Dabang beat Mumbai and took the German.Drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh proved to be the costliest Indian, selling for $68,000 to Delhi Waveriders from a base price of 20,000 while midfielder Dharamvir Singh sold for $60,000 to Kalinga Lancers.India captain Sardar Singh, with a base price of $20,000, could only manage $58,000 and was sold to Jaypee Punjab Warriors. Lancers and Punjab fought for his bid while Australian midfielder Kieran Govers was sold to Mumbai for $36,000.Australian playmaker Matthew Swann went to Mumbai for $75,000.Forward Parvinder Singh proved to be the surprise package, going to Delhi Waveriders for $29,000 from a base of $6,000. Defender Amit Rohidas went to Lancers for $31,000.Govers’ compatriot Flynn Ogilvie was sold for his base price of $10,000 while India’s Vikramjit Singh was sold for his base price of $4,500 to Ranchi Rays.last_img read more

Defiant Blatter Blasts US AG Lynch

first_imgZURICH — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and an American Federal investigation into soccer corruption.Blatter tells Swiss broadcaster RTS “there is something that smells” about the timing of dawn raids to arrest soccer officials in Zurich two days before his re-election May 29.The defiant FIFA chief says Lynch’s comments on the bribery and racketeering case “shocked” him.Lynch said May 27 that indicted FIFA and marketing officials had “corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves.”Blatter says “as a President I would never make a statement about another organization without knowing.”Blatter suggests “if they have a financial crime that regards American citizens then they must arrest these people there and not in Zurich when we have a Congress.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tata Harrier prices hiked, SUV now starts from Rs 12.99 lakh

first_imgTata Harrier prices have been hiked by Rs 30,000 across all its variants. This is the first instance of Tata Motors increasing the prices of its premium SUV since its launch in India on January 23, 2019.Available in Calisto Copper, Thermisto Gold, Ariel Silver, Telesto Grey and Orcus White colour options, Tata Harrier is based on Land Rover’s D8 platform and is the first product from the Indian automobile major to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language.Powering Tata Harrier is a Kryotec 2.0-litre turbocharged BSIV diesel engine that makes 140 PS and 350 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. While the premium SUV does is not available with a petrol mill right now, there is no option for an automatic transmission as well.Tata Harrier rivals with the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Creta. Another challenge to the premium SUV will come in the form of soon-to-be-launched MG Hector. The bookings for Hector have already begun and buyers can even test drive it from June 15.The premium SUV boasts of features like Xenon HID projector headlamps, dual function LED DRLs, 3D LED tail lamps and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, one will find features like premium leather seat upholstery, Floating Island 8.80-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, foldable 60:40 rear seat splits and an instrument cluster with 7-inch colour TFT display.Below are the variant-wise new and old prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) of Tata Harrier.VariantNew PriceOld PriceHarrier XERs 12.99 lakhRs 12.69 lakhHarrier XMRs 14.05 lakhRs 13.75 lakhHarrier XTRs 15.25 lakhRs 14.95 lakhHarrier XZRs 16.55 lakhRs 16.25 lakhALSO READ | Hyundai Venue demand shoots up, waiting period of 1.5-2 months on the new compact SUVALSO READ | Honda Activa 125 BS6 unveiled, to be sold from late second quarter FY 2019-20ALSO READ | Fifth-gen Honda City spied testing in Thailand, India launch expected in 2020advertisementlast_img read more

OU hangs Big 12 Champs banner

first_imgScreen shot 2013-03-09 at 12.42.42 PMOU is just all in on this 2012 Big 12 Champions thing, no “co-champs” no “shared title” just “Big 12 Champs.”Hilarious.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

a month agoEverton boss Silva delighted with form of Yerry Mina

first_imgEverton boss Silva delighted with form of Yerry Minaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is delighted with the form of Yerry Mina.Silva feels the Colombia defender is now showing his quality.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I am really happy with him. It was a tough season, last season, for Yerry Mina. He changed, two seasons ago, from Brazil to Barcelona and the top, top, top level in the world. He didn’t play so much but around that club, around those players every single day you are improving, playing or not.“After that he joined us in the Premier League, as an expensive signing and all of the things around that. Unfortunately for us, he had a bad injury in that period and lost two or three months. He had short, good moments, but he had some very good moments last season. The competition was tough and if you look at our central defenders last season, all of them improved but I am really happy with Yerry.“He is taking his role in the team, he is performing well. Like always he has many, many things to improve but I am really happy with him and I will tell you why.“What I can see in Yerry – his English is improving and all of these things – is one player who comes to Finch Farm everyday to improve and with a big desire to win, every single day and not just on a matchday, but everyday. He wants to learn, he is always paying attention to the feedback the technical staff give him and always with a big desire to improve and win. It is something I really appreciate in a football player, when they come everyday with a big, big desire to improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Operation Red Nose A Success

first_imgOperation Red Nose, an annual campaign that helps keep impaired drivers off the roads, has wrapped up another successful season in Nova Scotia. Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 18, 322 volunteers offered drives to 1,169 partygoers in Halifax alone. Truro volunteers gave an additional 201 rides, while volunteers in Syndey offered 121. “I would like to thank the volunteers and the sponsors who made Operation Red Nose possible,” said Ramona Jennex, honourary chair of Operation Red Nose and Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “I would also like to thank the many Nova Scotians who called Operation Red Nose, or made other arrangements to get home over the last few weeks. As the holiday season continues, I urge all Nova Scotians to seek a safe way home. If you drink, don’t drive.” Ms. Jennex spent the evening Friday, Dec. 17, at the Burnside headquarters of Operation Red Nose, taking part in driver training and listening to dispatchers respond to calls. “I was impressed with the dedication of the Operation Red Nose volunteers, who spent their nights working to help keep our roads safe,” said Ms. Jennex. Operation Red Nose is a free designated driver service that offers holiday partygoers a ride home in their own vehicles. For the last six years, the Insurance Bureau of Canada has supported the service, which helps keep impaired drivers off Nova Scotian roads. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation was also a corporate sponsor. This sponsorship allows the service to be free. Donations are accepted and given to Safe Grad programs. This year, Operation Red Nose raised $8,578 in Halifax Regional Municipality, which will be matched by the Insurance Bureau of Canada and donated to Safe Grad programs in HRM. Operation Red Nose was available in 109 communities in eight Canadian provinces.last_img read more

CBI grills Mirza named in Narada sting

first_imgKolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has interrogated suspended IPS officer Syed Md. Hussain Mirza on Thursday in connection with the Narada sting operation case. He was interrogated earlier but due some ambiguities found in his statement, he was summoned again.On Thursday, the 2004 batch IPS officer was grilled for almost seven hours by the CBI sleuths. According to sources, he was questioned again why he had taken the money from Mathew Samuels. He was also asked if he had taken the money on behalf of someone else. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to CBI sources, he had cooperated with the sleuths while recording of his statement on Thursday. He was repeatedly asked about a former Member of Parliament (MP) who had later joined BJP, as Mirza was known to be close to the MP before he was suspended. The former MP was seen in the footage saying that the Superintendent of Police (SP), Burdwan received the money. But he had not made it clear on whose behalf the then Burdwan SP Mirza received the money. Previously, Mirza had been interrogated by both CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Narada case. It has been alleged that he was seen receiving money in the footage, sitting at the Burdwan SP’s bungalow. Sources have informed that he may be called again if needed by the CBI.last_img read more

Funeral held for Syrian refugee 9 struck and killed by bus in

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The parents of a nine-year-old Syrian refugee who was struck and killed by a bus in British Columbia on Friday thought their children were finally safe when they escaped the civil war in their homeland, says a volunteer who has helped the family.On Saturday, Hala Albarhoum’s grief-stricken father held her little body, wrapped in a shroud, before placing her into her grave during the burial in Chilliwack that was attended by many community members.“The amount of turmoil they’ve gone through … we can’t even fathom what it must be like,” said Adnan Bhat, who volunteers with the Abbotsford Islamic Centre.“They’re trying to gather the strength for the other kids. They are praying a lot for Hala and for the other kids, just for strength to deal with the loss,” said Bhat, who indicated the family has four surviving children.Several departments are investigating Hala’s death including the major crime unit and B.C. Commercial Vehicle Safety.B.C. Transit president Manuel Achadinha said in a statement on Friday that he is “extremely saddened” to hear of the girl’s death and the agency’s thoughts are with her family, the driver and others who witnessed the event.Sgt. Judy Bird of the Abbotsford police said it’s too early to say how fast the bus was travelling.“At that time of morning, it was still quite dark, as well as our weather conditions were very rainy, so there was some visibility issues. But at this time we are at the very preliminary stages of investigation.”Bhat said the family came to Abbotsford more than a year ago as government-sponsored refugees. Support from the government only lasts a year, Bhat explained, and the family has struggled financially since then.Bhat spearheaded the GoFundMe campaign after the death to raise money to cover the funeral costs as well as buy the family a car. But as the campaign quickly gathered momentum, he said there were requests to continue accepting donations to help the grieving family deal with other expenses.Over $20,000 had been raised by Sunday afternoon.Bhat said he’s assisted a number of refugee families, but Hala’s family made a particular impression on him. He originally met them while trying to assist them in bringing an uncle who is still in Syria to Canada.That didn’t work out, but Hala’s teenaged brother, Mohammed, who had been acting as a translator for the parents, started to volunteer with the Abbotsford Islamic Centre’s efforts to help the homeless, such as participating in food drives. The father, meanwhile, helped paint the Islamic Centre.Bhat only met Hala once, describing her as “a very sweet child” who was “slightly reserved and shy.”“When you meet them, their manners and their righteousness is something that you can easily see in their behaviour,” Bhat said of the girl’s family.Bhat said he learned of the tragic news on Friday afternoon. He didn’t know at first who the victim was, but his heart sank when he learned the girl’s identity.“It’s extremely, extremely sad because this is a family who survived the war in Syria and when they finally thought they were safe in Canada, it was a small bus accident that took away their little child,” Bhat said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the family has three surviving children. There are four.last_img read more

President Sirisena leaves for Germany on official visit

President Sirisena is scheduled to visit the German Parliament and to meet representatives of the German Parliament. Subsequent to that the President is expected to held bilateral discussions with the German Foreign Minister. A special discussion between the President and the German Economic Affairs Minister is also scheduled to be held. The President of Austria, Heinz Fischer, will warmly welcome the President. The President is expected to have talks with a high level Austrian delegation including with the Austrian President.During the visit to Austria the President is also scheduled to meet the Austrian business community. The aim of the tour is to further collaborate and strengthen the relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena left for Germany this morning on an official visit. During his visit to Germany the President is expected to secure economic and development benefits for Sri Lanka, the President’s office said.A special ceremony will be held under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to welcome the President on February 17. Germany is one of the economically powerful member States of the European Union and one of the largest export economies in the world.After concluding the 2-day visit to Germany the President will leave for Austria on February 19. read more

Sizzling 100m Run By Usain Bolt At Intl Meet

World 100 and 200 metres record holder Usain Bolt and American World 100 metres champion Carmelita Jeter produced dazzling performances at the JN Jamaica Invitational IAAF World Challenge meet inside the National Stadium last night.Competing before a capacity crowd at the country’s premier sports venue, both clocked world-leading times in the men’s and women’s 100 metres, respectively.Bolt had the crowd cheering wildly after he breezed to the line in 9.82 seconds, finishing ahead of Michael Frater (10.00) and Commonwealth and Pan Am Games champion Lerone Clarke (10.03). The race had earlier been held up by two false starts.Good start to seasonThe 2008 Olympic champion was elated with his display.“This is a good start for me as I was not able to compete last time and to come and give the crowd a nice treat … , I am happy. I am looking forward to the remainder of the season with great hope,” Bolt said.In the women’s event, Jeter showed supreme speed and confidence in crossing the line in 10.81 seconds, beating the 10.86 meet record she set last year.World Championships bronze medallist Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago was second in 10.86 seconds, as Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart finished strongly for third in 10.98 seconds.Olympic 400-metre hurdles champion Melaine Walker had a successful start to the season in her pet event, winning in 55.29 seconds.Walker took control of the race from very early and cruised home ahead of American Tiffany Williams (55.80) and fellow Jamaican Ristananna Tracy (56.62).Happy for victory“I am happy to come out and win tonight as it is always good to win at home. I am not too happy with the time, but the good thing is that I was able to finish the event injury-free,” a satisfied Walker said after her event.World leader in the men’s 400-metre hurdles, American Bershawn Jackson, competing for the first time locally as a senior, showed his class in the event by racing to an impressive 48.73 seconds, beating Trinidad and Tobago’s Jehue Gordon (48.98). Defending champion Justin Gaymon of the United States was third in 49.08.“The atmosphere in Jamaica is always great, and it reminded me of when I competed here at the World Junior Championships in 2002,” said Jackson.Read the rest of this story on the Jamaica Gleaner read more

Spike Lee and J Cole Offer Support for Colin

Spike Lee (left) and J. Cole (right) have been outspoken about their support for Colin Kaepernick.(Paras Griffin/Stringer/Getty Images for Universal/Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/Tim Mosenfelder /Getty Images)Spike Lee is continuing his support of Colin Kaepernick, who many have said has been blackballed by the NFL, by posting about an Aug. 23 rally for the QB.The iconic filmmaker said Tuesday, Aug. 8 that he is not the organizer of the event at NFL headquarters in New York City but is continuing to back Kaepernick.pic.twitter.com/AejLPaaWHD— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) August 8, 2017 I Did Not Organize And Set Up This Protest. However I Still Support My Brother And His Stance On The Injustices In The USA— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) August 8, 2017Lee has been openly questioning why the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been a free agent since opting out of his contract in March.“How Is It That There Are 32 NFL Teams And Kap Is Still A Free Agent? WTF. Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens,” Lee wrote on Instagram in March after having brunch with Kaepernick. “The Question Remains What Owner And GM Is Going To Step Up And Sign Colin So Their Team Has A Better Chance To WIN? What Crime Has Colin Committed? Look At The QB’s Of All 32 Teams. This Is Some Straight Up Shenanigans, Subterfuge, Skullduggery And BS. Ya Dig?”Kaepernick drew the ire of some die-hard NFL fans last season when he refused to stand for the national anthem. Although the star reportedly won’t continue his protest this season, he has been passed over by teams including the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins.“The Dolphins aren’t anti-Black, they’re anti-idiot,” Fox News host Jesse Watters said of the team’s choice to go with Jay Cutler on “The Five” Monday, Aug. 7. “[Kaepernick] lacks respect and he’s bad for team chemistry and he’s bad for the franchise. … Colin Kaepernick wore a [former Cuban prime minister Fidel] Castro T-shirt, they’re gonna boo him outta there.”.@jessebwatters on @Kaepernick7 controversy: “The @MiamiDolphins aren’t anti-black. They’re anti-idiot” #TheFive pic.twitter.com/RvDb6x24Kt— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 8, 2017The Baltimore Ravens also have also expressed interest in Kaepernick but have not signed him, which rapper J. Cole blasted at his concert ahead of meeting with the QB, according to Billboard.“Baltimore, the type of s— that’s happening here, don’t you think somebody should risk they’re whole livelihood and their whole life to talk about this s—?” Cole said during thie 4 Your Eyez Only tour stop Sunday, Aug. 6. “Even if it cost them they money, they job, they life? Don’t that sound like Colin Kaepernick? Don’t that sound like what he doing? And he trying to come to Baltimore, the city that seems to need that s— for real.” read more

What do you make of the new black and red public bikes

first_img Black and red? Looks great (1873) Hmmm, not a fan (930) Source: /Photocall IrelandThe bikes for Cork, Galway and Limerick are red and black –  the colours associated with Coke Zero – and also have a logo over the back wheel for added effect.The Department of Transport has described the style as “distinctive”, saying they will be a “striking presence” on the city streets when the scheme launches in the autumn. Source: Darragh KaneThe scheme itself looks set to be as popular as the Dublin bikes scheme, with a total of 740 bikes across the three cities. If successful, the bikes may be rolled out to other cities, such as Waterford, and other places across Ireland.Which is obviously great. But today we want to know what you make about the look of the bikes themselves. Yay or nay? Poll Results: Black and red? Looks greatHmmm, not a fanBICYCLE! BICYCLE!VoteRead: Dublin Bikes scheme signs €2 million sponsorship deal with Coke Zero > Read: How Dublin Bikes went from cycnicism and disbelief to a ‘phenomenon’ > BICYCLE! BICYCLE! (1069) THE NEW PUBLIC bikes for Galway, Cork and Limerick were officially unveiled today by Junior Minister Alan Kelly.Here he is on one of them: Source: Darragh KaneThe bikes are strikingly different to the popular Dublin bikes in the capital, which are light blue and grey with a Coke Zero logo superimposed over the back wheel.last_img read more

Marines Use Solar Panels Cut Fuel Consumption By 90 Percent

first_imgThe US Military has been experimenting with quite a few green initiatives, and it looks like at least some are turning out quite successful. A new report from the US Marines reveals that the use of solar panels has reduced diesel consumption by around 90 percent.The Afghanistan-based 5th Marine Regiment has been utilizing a new program called Experimental Forward Operating Base, or ExFOB for short. This involves using an array of solar panels to power various equipment, which has saved a minimum of eight gallons of diesel, per generator, per day.“Our generators typically use more than 20 gallons of fuel a day. We are down to 2.5 gallons a day,” Staff Sgt. David Doty said. “The system works amazing. By saving fuel for generators, it has cut back on the number of convoys, meaning less opportunity for one of our vehicles to hit an IED.”The solar array includes flexible and portable panels carried by marines and solar tarps that are placed over tents, which are powerful enough to power four computers at once.Via InhabitatImage courtesy Gunnery Sgt. William Pricelast_img read more

Group digs into urban agriculture

first_imgThis year’s gloomy summer left gardeners with plenty to grumble about, but Wednesday afternoon a group of six local residents trolled through a backyard and came up with quite a bounty.? What: Urban Abundance is a new program, part of Slow Foods Southwest Washington, focused on planning, harvesting and planting urban crops.? When: A Dig In! Carrot Harvest to pull 2 acres of carrots for the Clark County Food Bank will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is part of the Harvest Fun Festival.? Where: 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St.? Cost: Free.? For more information: Visit www.myurbanabundance.org.Donning gloves and carrying rakes and fruit pickers, they descended upon the well-kept garden of a home in the Northwest neighborhood, emerging a scant half hour later with crate upon crate of pears for a local food pantry.The process is called gleaning — gathering the inevitable overflow of a harvest and putting it to good use. And though that is what’s keeping Warren Neth and his volunteers busy this time of year, their goal is something much more.Neth, 31, is the director of a new program called Urban Abundance, a part of Slow Foods Southwest Washington, aimed at increasing the amount and types of food growing within city limits.last_img read more

Snow looks increasingly likely for metro area

first_imgSnow looks increasingly likely for Clark County, including Vancouver, over the weekend.A special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service at 11 a.m. Thursday forecasts a cold front dropping south from Alaska beginning late Saturday, then settling into place at the same time showers move into the area.The result: a few inches of snow on the Hockinson Hills and higher-level elevations, and snow in varying amounts in lower elevations.Steve Pierce, The Columbian’s weather blogger, said that Sunday will be a raw day, with temperatures near or slightly above freezing. It will be cold enough to snow, he said, but the question will be how much moisture is in the area.Pierce also said that there is a “pretty decent” chance of more snow on Monday or perhaps Tuesday, adding that long-term weather models are not yet developed enough to make it a solid forecast. Look for a return to seasonal weather, i.e. rain, after that.He updated his blog this afternoon. Here is an excerpt:After six weeks of mundane weather, the coldest air mass so far this winter is scheduled to arrive Saturday night across much of the Pacific Northwest, just in time time for the holiday weekend. The system in question will be arriving from the Gulf of Alaska and will push snow levels to the valley floor at times beginning Saturday night and lasting though at least Monday. This system has its origins in Alaska where temperatures have been well below normal as of late. At this point it does not appear as though this will qualify as a true Pacific Northwest “arctic blast” (temperatures at or below 32 degrees for daytime highs west of the Cascades) but overnight lows will likely fall below freezing across many locations Saturday night through Monday.Temperatures will fall quickly after sunset on Saturday and any precipitation associated with this system will likely fall as snow or a rain/snow mix all the way down to the valley floor. Sunday and Monday will feel raw outside, with high temperatures in the upper 30s west of the Cascades and snow showers likely. The big question remains, how much snow will fall and where? A pattern like this is difficult to predict, as precipitation amounts will be showery in nature and thus hit-and-miss. The hills above 500 ft are likely to see the best chances for accumulating snow along with other snow prone locations. If a more consolidated line of precipitation moves across the area Saturday night, nearly everyone could see accumulating snow, albeit light.last_img read more

Macau mass can be a US30 billion a year business Rob Goldstein

first_img Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Expressing confidence in local entity Sands China’s Macau expansion plans – which include converting Sands Cotai Central to The Londoner Macao and upgrading rooms at St Regis and the Four Seasons – Goldstein said the company expects mass and premium mass will eventually become “a US$30 billion business, adding “I’m not capable of telling you what the breakout is in premium versus base [but] we’ll take it all and we have the assets to take it all.”Macau-wide gross gaming revenue rose 14% in 2018 to US$37.6 billion, with the revenue split between mass and VIP expected to be close to 50-50 once all operator results are released.But Goldstein said that mix will inevitably change in the coming years.“It’s a very simple market to understand – it’s a mass, premium mass market driven by scale,” he said. “The VIP segment will continue to be challenging I believe. The mass and premium mass will be the driver.”Goldstein also pointed to increasing supply as the key to capitalizing on the changing face of the Macau market.“I think what we’ve done there, which is build scale … we’re building more rooms today. We’re building more retail today. We’re building more everything today. I believe that that market will continue to grow.“From my perspective, the mass scale market is room dependent. Those without rooms will have a difficult time growing their share. Mass demands rooms.“This is a very special place. It’s very unique and we are delighted to be there and investing today. We’re long-term believers and we don’t think there’s a market like it anywhere in the world or a better place to deploy capital.” RelatedPosts Las Vegas Sands (LVS) President and COO Rob Goldstein says Macau’s mass gaming segment can become a US$30 billion a year business.Goldstein’s prediction was made while discussing the company’s results in its 4Q18 earnings call, with Macau having pushed LVS to 2.5% year-on-year revenue growth for the period. Macau revenue grew 9% in 4Q18 to US$2.25 billion thanks to strong increases at the Venetian and Parisian. Load More Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansionlast_img read more

Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Jensen Beach

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a boater who has been missing since Monday.Officials said 66-year-old Stuart Savanuck rented a 23-foot boat from Jensen Beach Boat Rentals, at around 10 a.m. Monday, and was expected to return by 5 p.m. The rental company contacted the Coast Guard when Savanuck failed to bring the boat back. Rescue crews launched a 11,310 square mile search Tuesday morning, from Port St. Lucie to West End, Bahamas.Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sector Miami Command Center at 305-535-4472 or on the radio at VHF-FM marine radio channel 16.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more