South Africa agree to play day-night Test against Australia

first_imgSouth Africa have agreed to play the scheduled day-night Test match against Australia in Adelaide in November 2016. Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said today that a decision was reached after discussion with the players. (South Africa players had reservations playing day-night Test )”Our Proteas were initially hesitant to play such a key Test match without previous experience and adequate preparation but after working through all their concerns and possible options to prepare sufficiently, there is newfound excitement for this novel Test match,” he said. “Our players deserve credit for the way they have worked through the issues which were clearly not insignificant.” A few of the South African players over the last few months, had expressed their reservations playing the day-night Test under lights and with the pink ball. However, a few weeks ago, top Proteas players like AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada were against the idea of playing a day-night Test. They had cited lack of practice with the pink ball. However, CA offered to organise warm-up matches under lights for the visiting team. Another reason for South Africa not warming up to the idea of Test matches under lights was that thay are also aiming for revival in Tests after dropping down to No.6 from No.1 and don’t want day-night games to hurt their climb up the rankings.  CA chief executive James Sutherland also thanked CSA for working out a way and making the match possible.”Nearly 124,000 people attended the inaugural day-night Test match in Adelaide last year and there has been great anticipation about future day-night Tests since … I would like to acknowledge the open manner in which Cricket South Africa and the South African Cricketers Association have worked through this matter with us.advertisement”We look forward to welcoming the South African players to Australia in late October and offering them the best possible preparation ahead of the series.”Australia and New Zealand were the first teams to play the inaugural day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval in November. The Adelaide match would be the third Test of the series, scheduled to be played from November 24 and 28.last_img read more

HC refuses to extend term of MCA administrators

first_imgMumbai, Aug 29 (PTI) The Bombay High Court todayrefused to extend the term of the committee of administratorswhich is overseeing the functioning of the Mumbai CricketAssociation (MCA).The cricket body should approach the Supreme Court forall such matters, it said.In April this year, the high court had appointed formerSupreme Court judge H L Gokhale and former Bombay High Court judge V M Kanade as administrators of the cricket body.The court had extended the two-member committee’s term in June. Later, the Supreme Court extended its term again till September 15.The MCA will have to conduct an election to select its new managing committee by September 15, the apex court had said.The prestigious cricket body moved the high court thismonth seeking another extension for administrators.A division bench of Justices B R Gavai and M S Karniktoday said it cannot intervene, as the apex court has made it clear that it will hear all matters pertaining to cricket bodies and appointment of committees of administrators.”Even the administrators (Justices Gokhale and Kanade)have expressed unwillingness to continue,” the high courtnoted, saying the MCA may approach the Supreme Court.The high court had appointed the administrators inresponse to a petition by Nadeem Memon, a member of a sports club affiliated to the MCA.The petition sought that MCA’s managing committee bedissolved for non-implementation of Justice R M Lodhacommittee’s report on cricket reforms. The court then ordered dissolution of the committee and appointed the administrators.advertisement PTI SP KRK SRYlast_img read more

Prannoy, Sai Praneeth, blame BAI mess for missing Asian Badminton C’ship

first_imgIndian shuttlers H S Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth Monday claimed that administrative goof-ups by the Badminton Association of India have robbed them of participation at the Asia Badminton Championship, an allegation that the BAI refuted.India will be represented by Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma in men’s singles at the USD 400,000 event in Wuhan, China, commencing on Tuesday after the BAI allegedly did not confirm the entries of Prannoy and Praneeth to the organisers.”According to the process, Badminton Asia confederation sent the allocations informing who are the players who all have qualified from a country. All other countries like Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia have four entries even though Indonesia and Malaysian players are ranked way below me and Praneeth,” Prannoy told PTI.”So I enquired about the rules and came to know BAI didn’t reply to the e-mails confirming our entries,” added the 26-year-old, who had won a bronze at the last edition.The BAI, however, said in a statement that Badminton Asia asked for only two entries in men’s singles and it sent the names of Srikanth and Verma based on their world rankings.”Based on the e-mail received from Badminton Asia, we were asked to send names of two players each for Men Singles, Women’s Singles; three names each for Men’s and Women’s doubles and 4 players for mixed doubles. And the draw that was published based on the World Ranking of players dated week of February 26, 2019, mentioned Kidambi Srikanth (World Ranking 6) and Sameer Verma (World Ranking 11) in the main draw as per the ranking eligibility list published by Badminton Asia and the same was followed to send the players for the Championships,” the BAI said in a statement.advertisementPrannoy, who had been battling a gastroesophageal reflux disease since last year, has missed out on a lot of time.He was looking good in the last few weeks, having reached the quarterfinals at India Open, but now he won’t have the chance to defend his semifinal ranking points.”It happened in 2016 also. ABC was the last event for the Olympic race and me and Ajay Jayaram were also running for the Olympics. Then Kashyap and Srikanth got the entries, so that time also nobody told us. At that time also BAI didn’t confirm.”Last year we all played because the guy who send the entries, Abhijit, was doing everything correctly, now I don’t know what is happening, who is missing. The system is entirely messed up,” alleged the 26-year-old.”Next year ABC will come in the Tokyo qualification and if they mess it up again then I won’t be able to take it,” added a frustrated Prannoy.According to sources, the BAI did not send the entries of around 10 shuttlers, including top doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, for the New Zealand Open (April 30 to May 5), which starts the Olympic qualification race.”Almost 10 entries have been missed even though players had sent their names before the deadline and they are not even apologising for it,” Prannoy claimed.Satwik had been nursing a shoulder injury and was missing in action this season. They had planned to start the year with the New Zealand Open but now they have decided to utilise the time playing international challenger events in Brazil and Denmark.”After we came to know that our entries were not sent we decided to play at Brazil and Denmark,” Chirag said.Prannoy also alleged that travelling for tournaments too have became difficult as the players mostly come to know about the ticket confirmation at the last moment.”The guys who is handling our entries, travelling, transporting is messing it up for the last five months since Abhijit quit BAI.”Ticketing is done at last moment. If we are travelling on Saturday, we are getting to know on that day itself and we are getting worse flights. Why can’t they confirm our tickets five days before,” asked Prannoy.He also claimed that they were stranded in Hong Kong during the Asia Mixed team championship, apparently, due to another goof-up by the BAI.”When we went to Hong Kong for ABC mixed team event, we were stranded at the airport for two hours. There was no transportation for us because BAI didn’t send the request to the organisers,” he said.”The BAI official sent in the transportation request for Hong Kong event in the form of Wuhan event (individual event). Can you imagine that?,” Prannoy said.Also Read | Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st Indian Premier League hundred in 7 yearsAlso Read | Asian Badminton Championships: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu eye historic gold for India Also Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

Milan’s Bonucci sent off for nasty elbow

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci Milan defender Bonucci sent off for nasty elbow on Genoa’s Rosi after VAR review Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:16 10/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Leonardo Bonucci Milan Genoa Serie A Getty Images Milan Milan v Genoa Genoa Serie A The defender received his marching orders midway through the first half and is now set to miss the clash against his old club Juventus Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci was sent off after catching Genoa man Aleandro Rosi with a nasty elbow during the 0-0 draw between the two sides on Sunday.Bonucci, 30, received a straight red card after striking Rosi, 30, flush in the face as both players came together during a set play in the first half.The clash was highlighted during a VAR review and Bonucci could now miss between two to three games for the Rossoneri, in what is another blow to their season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Milan 9/1 to win the Europa LeagueShould Bonucci miss at least two matches, the Italian will sit out of Milan’s Serie A clash against Juventus, whom he left in the summer to move to the San Siro, next Saturday.Leonardo Bonucci Milan Genoa Serie AHe is also set to miss his side’s trip to Chievo Verona on Wednesday through suspension.Bonucci was one of a number of high-profile signings made by Milan ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, though Vincenzo Montella’s men have made a stuttering start to the new term.Milan have won and lost four games apiece from their opening eight league fixtures, conceding 13 goals.last_img read more

Cruz Azul parts ways with Paco Jemez

first_imgLiga MX Cruz Azul parts ways with Paco Jemez Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 03:29 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paco Jemez Cruz Azul Yuri Cortez Liga MX Cruz Azul América v Cruz Azul The Spanish coach is leaving Mexico City after getting La Maquina back to the playoffs but failing to advance Paco Jemez has departed as Cruz Azul manager after one year in charge, the team announced Monday.The Spanish coach arrived in Mexico City in November 2016, taking charge of Cruz Azul in the 2017 Clausura. That tournament saw La Maquina finish in 11th with 21 points, extending their long postseason drought.This year, the team got off to a long undefeated start and edged into the Liguilla for the first time since the 2014 Clausura. Drawn with crosstown rival Club America, Cruz Azul played to a scoreless draw in both legs of the quarterfinal and was eliminated because of America’s better regular-season finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jemez’s contract was up and will not be renewed, though it’s unclear if the manager, the club or both elected to make that decision.”Prof. Francisco Jemez’s performance was satisfactory and the club appreciates the effort of his staff,” a club news release read. “We them wish the best of success and express our thanks for contributing professionally with the club.”Rumors have linked Cruz Azul – one of Mexico’s four “grandes” as a well-supported and historically successful team – with ex-Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha, who previously coached in Mexico at Santos Laguna. No matter who is brought in, club legend and all-time top scorer Carlos Hermosillo says more than a coaching change is needed to return the club to its former glory.”This is the reflection of what Cruz Azul has been this season. We’re not fooling ourselves.” Hermosillo said after the Liguilla elimination. “There were opportunities. That’s why we’re not upset with Paco Jemez but rather with the whole structure, with the president Billy Alvarez.”Hopefully he creates a system where there’s a dedication to signing top-quality players.”last_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson hails ‘enormously valuable’ Milivojevic after Norwich win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson hails ‘enormously valuable’ Milivojevic after Norwich winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was delighted with their 2-0 defeat of Norwich City.Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored a first-half penalty on his 100th appearance for the club before Andros Townsend sealed the win for Hodgson’s side.”When you see the five minutes go up on the board it was a bit of a deja vu situation. Norwich are a good team with good, quality players and they came back into in the first half which made our one goal lead look fragile,” said Hodgson.”The second goal was coming but we couldn’t produce the last pass or last shot and it was nice when it eventually came.”On captain Milivojevic, he added: “He’s enormously valuable, that’s why he’s captain of the team. He’s been a massive influence on and off the field, particularly on the field, with the way he plays and his understanding of the game.” last_img read more

Black Shark 2 Pro spotted outdoors, sports new gradient back design with more glass surface

first_imgBlack Shark 2 Pro spotted outdoors, sports new gradient back design with more glass surfaceThe Black Shark 2 Pro has been spotted in the wild, flaunting its gradient glass inserts in an updated design. The phone will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset.advertisement Next Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 08:57 IST Representative ImageHIGHLIGHTSThe Black Shark 2 Pro will get a revamped design at the back.Black Shark 2 Pro will use the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset.The Black Shark 2 Pro will also come with up to 12GB RAM.Recently we got to see the Black Shark 2 in India a couple of weeks ago and it figured out to be a great gaming smartphone. The phone came with an extremely responsive display as well as robust performance to offer reliable gaming experience. However, within a few days after its launch, Black Shark announced that it would do another ‘Pro’ version of the phone with the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. And it seems that the launch may happen soon as the phone has now been spotted in the wild.The Black Shark 2 Pro, as it will be called, has been spotted in the real world and from what it seems it will be more evolutionary instead of an upgrade. The Pro version, as we know from some previous leaks, will run on the more capable Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. This chipset, which debuted on the Asus ROG Phone 2, promises an improvement in performance by four per cent and enhanced graphics performance by 15 per cent.While not much about the Black Shark 2 Pro is known, the leak suggests a slightly different design when compared to the Black Shark 2. Most of the layout remains the same, except that on the Pro variant, there are more glass inserts than before. This must have been done to improve the antenna reception. The RGB illuminated logo stays in the center. The glass inserts have a greenish tinge to the sides so as t offer a glowing effect. The dual camera layout stays the same. Previous leaks suggest that the Black Shark 2 Pro will come with up to 12GB RAM and 128GB storage. In AnTuTu tests, the Black Shark 2 Pro scored 405,598 points, while the Black Shark 2 scored 375,592 points. The phone retains the Full HD+ display from the standard variant.advertisementGiven that Black Shark launched the regular version in India last month, it would be a while before we the Pro version coming to India. The Black Shark 2 almost starts from Rs 40,000 and the Pro version could cost more to accommodate the price of the newer elements.ALSO READ | Black Shark 2 review: Polished gaming experienceALSO READ | Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gaming phone launched at starting price of around Rs 33,000, coming to India soonALSO READ | You can now have your own dog in PUBG Mobile: Next update to bring some new gameplay changesGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Black Sharklast_img read more

Diana Shipping Inks Term Loan Facility to Partially …

first_imgzoom Diana Shipping Inc. has completed a drawdown of US$18 million, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, under a term loan facility it has signed for up to US$18 million with Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The proceeds will be used to partially finance the acquisition costs of two Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v “Melite” and the m/v “Artemis”, which were delivered to the Company on January 28, 2010 and August 26, 2013, respectively.Additionally, the company has entered into a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, for one of its Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v “Crystalia”, which is currently under construction. The gross charter rate is US$15,800 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eighteen (18) months to maximum twenty-one (21) months.As previously announced, the “Crystalia” is a newbuilding Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessel of 77,525 dwt that was contracted in March 2012. The charter is expected to commence upon delivery of the vessel to the Company from the shipbuilding yard, which is expected to occur by mid-February 2014.This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$8.5 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the charter.Excluding the m/v “Crystalia”, Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 36 dry bulk vessels (2 Newcastlemax, 10 Capesize, 3 Post-Panamax, 3 Kamsarmax and 18 Panamax). The Company also expects to take delivery of one new-building Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessel during the first quarter of 2014 as well as 2 new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels and one Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel during the second quarter of 2016. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of our fleet, excluding the five vessels not yet delivered, is approximately 4.1 million dwt with a weighted average age of 6.63 years.Diana Shipping, January 17, 2014last_img read more

Expo Helps Seniors Stay Active Live Independently

first_imgNova Scotia seniors will find new ways to stay active, live independently and make the most of life at the 50+ Expo at Exhibition Park in Halifax. “The 50+ Expo is a great way for seniors and their families to learn about healthy living, meet other seniors and have fun,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Seniors, of the two-day event that begins Friday, June 7. Jean Legere has attended the expo for the past 15 years. She’ll be there again this year, helping with the Sackville Seniors Association’s booth. “In addition to telling people about the activities at our centre, I also enjoy learning about the programs and services available to seniors,” said Ms. Legere. The expo will feature more than 90 exhibits and will highlight recreation opportunities, workshops and presentations. “This weekend provides an opportunity to showcase all our province has to offer,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “Provincial experts will also be available to talk about our programs that are helping make life better and more affordable for seniors.” Premier Darrell Dexter will present the Intergenerational Awards and the Remarkable Seniors Awards on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. The Intergenerational Awards recognize volunteers who inspire interaction between children, youth and older adults, and foster respect and caring across the generations. Remarkable Seniors Awards will be presented to six Nova Scotia seniors who make their communities better through leadership, volunteer and community service work. Award-winning Maritime singer-songwriter David Myles headlines the entertainment. Earlier this year, Mr. Myles won a Juno Award for Inner Ninja, his collaboration with Nova Scotia hip-hop artist Classified. The song is the best-selling rap single in Canadian history. Other expo highlights include a presentation on fresh produce by Pete Luckett of Pete’s Frootique, a seminar on fresh flowers by Neville MacKay of My Mother’s Bloomers and a dance featuring Sugartime and Musical Friends on Friday night.”The 50+ Expo is a thrill and I look forward to it every year. I’m excited to meet seniors, share tips and ideas for healthy living and have fun with a great crowd,” said Mr. Luckett. “I like to encourage seniors think outside the box when it comes to food. On Friday and Saturday, I will introduce them to some new, and some unusual, tastes and techniques for healthy living and eating.” For a full list of exhibitors, workshops and presentations, visit The 50+ Expo’s daily program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Exhibition Park, 200 Prospect Rd. Admission is $5 per day. Admission to the dance is $10.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, at the intersection of Ragged Lake Boulevard and Evergreen Place, has a temporary centreline and periodic lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Drivers should expect delays. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road, from the Bridgewater town line to Evergreen Acres, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blue Jacket Street Blue Jacket Street, from Northwind Road to Bluenose Avenue, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bluenose Avenue Bluenose Avenue, from Blue Jacket Street to Northwind Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Croft Road Croft Road, from Trunk 3 to Trunk 12, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215, between Trunk 1 and Trunk 14 near Brooklyn, has alternating lane closures for road work until Friday, Dec. 2. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Fauxburg Road Fauxburg Road, from Route 324 to the Mahone Bay town line, has alternating lane closures for road repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Huey Lake Road Huey Lake Road, from Route 331 to Mount Pleasant Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pugwash The Municipality of Cumberland County is installing water lines in Pugwash. There is single-lane traffic throughout the village as the work progresses. The project is expected to be finished by Friday, Dec. 16. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from the canal bridge in St. Peter’s east for 5.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, Dec. 1. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 331 Route 331, from the Bridgewater town line to Trunk 10, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Lawrence Road Lawrence Road, between Route 215 and Avondale Road, has alternating lane closures for road work until Friday, Dec. 2. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lower Branch Road Lower Branch Road, from Civic 796 to Oaks Road, has alternating lane closures for road repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Waterloo Road Waterloo Road, from Route 210 west for about four kilometres, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Northwind Road Northwind Road, from Route 331 to Blue Jacket Street, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Wilson Falls Bridge, Quinan Wilson Falls Bridge on Wilson Road, Quinan, is closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 2. Detour via Canaan Road, Gavel Road and Route 308. Detour signs will be in place. -30-last_img read more

A flavourful blend

first_imgEnjoy the best of both worlds. Korma and Biryani, put together bring a unique blend of Korma Biryani. The menu offers six varieties of authentic biryanis such as Kacche Gosht ki Biryani, Awadhi Murgh Biryani, Malabar Prawn Biryani, Aloo Gobhi ki Tehri, Ambur Biryani and Soya Chaap Matar ki Biryani. Come, indulge in the authentic flavours and heavenly aromas of these flavourful biryanis served with Korma. When: Until July 31 Where: Singh Sahib Restaurant, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place Price: Starting from 1145 + taxes Timings: 12 pm – 3 pm (Lunch) and 7 pm – 11:30 pm (Dinner)last_img

Cruise brings back retired fighter jet in Top Gun

first_imgLos Angeles: The new “Top Gun: Maverick” trailer features the F-14 Tomcat, the supersonic fighter jet that shared as much screen space as Tom Cruise in the original 1986 film, “Top Gun”. The United States Navy, incidentally, discontinued the Tomcats in September 2006. The logic forwarded for bringing back the retired fighter jet in the sequel is simple: The F-14 Tomcat played an important part in the 1986 original movie. Since Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell hasn’t retired in the sequel, the jets have to be around, too. The F-14 Tomcat was essential to be around in the new film, to render authenticity and heighten the action drama, reports Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka In “Top Gun”, Cruise as Maverick was seen flying the F-14 Tomcat, which became an iconic plane shortly after the release of the 1986 film. The aircraft, introduced in 1970, received an upgrade the next year, in 1987. However, owing to cost factors, the F-14 Tomcats were discontinued in September 2006. Now, 33 years after the first film, the Tomcat will once again be seen on the Hollywood screen. Whether the jet appears in a flashback sequence or whether Cruise as Maverick actually flies one remains to be seen. Released in 1986, “Top Gun” was apparently inspired by a magazine article on Navy pilots. The film followed the life of a fighter pilot and launched Cruise’s career as a global action star. “Top Gun: Maverick” is directed by Joseph Kosinski, and also stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell and Lewis Pullman. It is slated to release in mid 2020.last_img read more

Lets Learn from the Floods and Improve Our Countrys Infrastructure

Fez- Morocco‘s infrastructure is specifically designed to serve its citizens only in mild weather conditions. This became clear during a rainstorm that engulfed several different regions in the country.Take, for example, the situation in southern Morocco. It only took three days of heavy rain to reveal the fragile state of the region’s infrastructure, to which great sums of state money have been allocated.A new bridge has fallen and a dozen roads have been blocked. Thank God that we are rarely faced with natural disasters, otherwise we would suffer greatly. The recent floods worsen the condition of the citizens of rural Morocco. Even now, many tribes are still isolated and lack basic life necessities. Their survival depends on supplies delivered to them by helicopters.We do not reject God’s destiny, but rather blame state policies that have left these places fragile and vulnerable.The rain found weak resistance in Morocco’s infrastructure. A new bridge partially collapsed in Taliouine, a town about two hundred kilometers from Agadir. The huge bridge, which was inaugurated only four months ago, failed its first test, killing twenty-four people. What is worse is that Morocco has about three hundred bridges that could potentially fall. In response to this catastrophe, Minister of Transportation and Equipment Aziz Rabbah said in an interview with Kiffach that the Ministry and the government are not able to fix all these problems in a short period of time.National TV reports showed living people being swept away by the heavy rain, an agonizing and poignant sight for Moroccans. Something could have been done to help the victims if we had had adequate equipment and a solid infrastructure.In other videos, some citizens had the audacity to expose themselves to tremendous danger by driving through roads that the rain had turned into rivers. They escaped death when it seemed unavoidable. The images evoke the urgent need to re-integrate isolated areas in rural Morocco so they might benefit from the privileges that urban areas monopolize.As a citizen of Fez, I can’t imagine what would happen to my city if rain struck the old medina. The rain in the southeast reached up to 200 milliliters per second, destroying nearly 250 houses, and that number is still rising. Under such circumstances, the old medina of Fez would be buried.I am not scared of death as much as I am in pain about my beloved country. While many nations that have just yesterday gained independence enjoy great infrastructures, we are still lagging behind.The crux of our problem is that we wait until disasters happen, and then we start throwing each other under the bus, even though the people in charge are experienced enough to foresee potential dangers.However, it is useless to “cry over spilt milk.” Let’s not worry about past mistakes and exchange allegations. Let’s hit the ground running. Starting from ground zero, let’s work diligently to promote our society and make sacrifices for the welfare of our children. Let’s do it.Edited by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Day 1 Of March Madness Was Weirdly Normal

950%21.00 Total164.22 113610.41 SEEDEXPECTED UPSET RATEGAMESEXPECTED UPSETSACTUAL UPSETS OPENING DAY 2017 103910.40 The first day of March Madness was anything but mad. Better-seeded teams went 14-2 on the day, and even the “surprises” were relatively easy to see coming: The higher-seeded teams’ two losses came at the hands of Middle Tennessee State (the South’s No. 12 seed) and Xavier (No. 11 in the West), both of which were among the most popular upset picks of the first round. (Our March Madness predictions had each game as a toss-up.) All told, the NCAA hadn’t seen a chalkier opening day since 2000, when the superior seeds went 15-1 after the tournament launched.VIDEO: A No. 16 seed will win, but don’t bet on it 141610.20 15610.10 16020.00 132040.80 Expected upset rates are based on winning percentage in all first-round games for each seed from 1985-2016.Source: 123641.41 March Madness tipped off with a dose of sanity That kind of normalcy is not why we tune in to the tournament! Annoyed that I watched 12 consecutive hours of basketball with so little chaos to show for it, I started to wonder whether we have overblown expectations of unpredictability in March Madness. Are most days actually like Thursday, but we only remember the last-second shots and the scrappy Cinderellas?No — Thursday really was different. This year featured 2.2 fewer upsets than expected, which makes it second only to 2000 in terms of uneventful opening days during the tournament’s 64-team era. To get those numbers, I looked at the historical upset rates for each seed,1Starting in 1985, when the NCAA tournament expanded to a 64-team bracket, and going through 2016. taking into account which games were played on Thursday.But despite their disappointing record, underdogs kept the score relatively close in 2017’s opening-day games. In terms of average scoring margin, this year tied for the ninth-most-respectable showing by worse-seeded teams on an opening day of the tournament — on par with days where fans saw six or seven upsets.In other words, a lucky bounce here or there could have made all the difference for Thursday’s long shots. Maybe that means good, old-fashioned madness will be restored to its rightful place on Day 2 of the tourney. Then again, analyzing other second-day games using the same method as above suggests that Friday should be less upset-y (3.9 expected upsets) than Thursday was supposed to be. Somebody free us from this prison of predictability! read more

New GNNL NCN Board members receive Instruments of Appointment

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChronicle Newspaper reduced to a “political rag”; New State Media Boards appointedSeptember 15, 2015In “Politics”PPP says media State Boards “dominated by political hacks”September 16, 2015In “Politics”Some NCN workers to be fired; PM defends appointment of AFC Member to head GINAAugust 25, 2015In “Politics” Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo presented the Instruments of Appointment to some of the new members of the Boards of Directors of the state agencies; the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) and the National Communications Network (NCN), today.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of State Joseph Harmon with the some of the new members of the Boards of Directors of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) and the National Communications Network (NCN)The brief ceremony took place at the Official Residence of the Prime Minister. Minister of State Joseph Harmon was also present at the ceremony.According to GINA, the Prime Minister highlighted how the government is seeking to create an environment of transparency and accountability through the provision of information.“The incorporation of the new board members is taking place at a very auspicious time, when we are now repositioning our public communication platform to serve the people of Guyana, to be able to take information, as well as government policies, activities to the people who pay government to do these activities, and to enunciate these policies in their interest,” the Prime Minister explained.He added that this new thrust of keeping the public informed started in May 2015, and is one that seeks to ensure that, “the public is serviced by their servants and agencies that they put in place to do the technical and professional work.”Within this framework, the Administration has started an outreach via radio to Mabaruma, Lethem and Bartica, “so that no section of our population can feel left out from the flow of information,” the Prime Minister said.The government is also facilitating training programmes to incorporate indigenous people in the hinterland into the world of broadcasting, in addition to broadening the scope and content of the Learning Channel to reach more of the public, the Prime Minister explained.  The Learning Channel is the only medium in the country which allows for satellite connection to 16 locations across the country. According to GINA, he told the directors that the government expects that they give guidance and oversight to the state’s primary broadcast and print media entities. He also urged that they do so, with transparency whilst maintaining their integrity.“We are not here in the government to tell you what to do. I believe that our work speak for itself, and we believe in transparency, and we believe that the board should have integrity, and we believe that you should be open to the Guyanese people, so they can see what it is you are doing,” the minister added.The Minister of State also reminded the new appointees that the position is not about financial reward, but of providing a selfless service to the nation.Receiving their instruments for the GNNL Board were Chairman, Geeta Chandan-Edmond and other members Aaron Fraser, Karen Davis, Ruel Johnson, Sherod Duncan, and Hilbert Foster and from NCN, Chairman Enrico Woolford, Kamal Persaud and Dane Gobin.The remaining members of the boards were absent due to their being overseas on training and other work. They will receive their instruments at a later date. read more

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro steals highest resolution laptop title from MacBook Pro

first_imgSorry, Apple, you’re going to have to change the landing page for the MacBook Pro. Truth is, it’s no longer the highest-resolution laptop in the world. That distinction now belongs to the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro.The 2012 MacBook Pro refresh got Retina junkies drooling with its 13.3-inch display that packed more than 4 million pixels (at a resolution of 2560 x 1600). That works out to a pixel density of 227ppi, a very good number for something that’s substantially larger than a smartphone — and at least 30% bigger than most tablets.Lenovo’s latest flexible hybrid, however, stomps the MacBook Pro. The Yoga 2 Pro, too, has a 13-inch display, but it crams in a whopping 5.76 million pixels. That’s a jump of more than 40%, and a pixel density of 282ppi.If Apple isn’t going to change its claim that the MacBook Pro is the world’s highest resolution laptop, there should at least be an asterisk added… or maybe they could insert “OS X” before laptop to restore the balance of truth.It’s also a very bright display. The Yoga 2 Pro’s screen is rated at 350 nits, about 17% more than competing Ultrabooks. That figure falls slightly short of the MacBook Pro, so maybe Apple will choose to go with “world’s brightest” instead.The Yoga was already one of the best-reviewed Windows Ultrabooks around, and its new screen is already giving tech pundits cause to rave about the new version. There’s more to like than just the insanely crisp display, too.The Yoga 2 Pro is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, which was already pretty slender. It’s also got a Haswell chip and a battery that will provide 6 hours of use — not bad considering how much juice that display must draw.Powered bylast_img read more

Man jailed for setting fire to young mothers car destroying baby presents

first_img A COUNTY KILDARE man who was involved in setting fire to a car outside the home of a woman has been sentenced to eight months in prison.Patrick Coady (27), Patrician Avenue, Naas, was convicted on a charge of arson at Sunday’s Well, Blessington Rd, Naas, on 7 March 2015.The young mother appeared at Naas District Court, recalling through tears, how she was in her sitting-room and tending to her newborn son when the incident occurred.The court heard how she had given a bath to her six-week-old son and had placed him into a bouncer at her home.“I heard a bang in front of my house, my car was in flames. I remember shouting to my mother and I said, ‘My car is on fire’,” she said during her evidence.She told the court that the defendant had previously had a “falling out” with her boyfriend.She said there were a number of people fleeing from the scene and that she recognised Coady.She said she ran outside and recognised a hat with a red bobble that she says she saw Coady wear before. She alleged that she called his name and that he turned, looking at her “directly”, and then proceeded to smash the windows of the car with a hammer while it was alight.She returned to the house and her mother called emergency services.The Kildare woman told the court how she had known the accused “to see” for about 12 years.Defence solicitor Tony Hanohoe argued that with dim street-lighting, and not knowing Coady very well, that the witness did not actually see him.She replied: “I have known him for 12 years.”Damage doneEvidence was heard how there were baby presents in the boot of the car when it was set on fire. The young mother had taken out a credit union loan to purchase the 2007 vehicle, a short time before the incident, the judge also heard.In court, Garda Ned Malone outlined how Nass Garda Station received a call between 9.30pm and 9.35pm.He confirmed he went to the scene of the alleged arson at 9.45pm and that the injured party’s car had been burned out.In court on Wednesday, Coady denied setting the car alight or smashing its windows. He claimed that he was in the Town House Hotel at the time of the incident.The man who he said he met at the TownHouse appeared in court stating that they were there while the incident in Sunday’s Well took place.During this time, it is understood that his friend played a game of darts at his own house.Supt Martin Walker argued that the injured party’s evidence was very clear, while there were time gaps on the accused’s part.The court heard how the accused has 23 previous convictions. He is currently appealing a recent 12-month jail term handed down for a Section 3 Assault.He also has previous convictions for blackmail and possession of drugs for sale and supply, the court heard.Mr Hanahoe outlined how Coady is in a relationship and has three children. He is currently employed.Judge David Waters imposed an eight-month sentence.More: Boy accused of sexually assaulting seven-year-old girl when he was 14Read: 16-year-old whose ‘life is in danger’ over suspected drug debt to be placed in secure care Share Tweet Email Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 8:00 AM By Louise McCarthy 14 Comments Man jailed for setting fire to young mother’s car, destroying baby presents Patrick Coady was sentenced to eight months in prison. Apr 23rd 2017, 8:00 AM Image: Google Street View Image: Google Street View 21,011 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tourism Environmental Awareness Month Launched

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Robust discussions mounting ahead of Public Meeting on Building Height increase Recommended for you Related Items:gus lightbourne gym, kpmp, national tourism symposium, prc holder, survey, Tourism Environmental Awareness Month, turks and caicos islanders, work permit holder Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 3 Nov 2014 – Tourism Environmental Awareness Month launched this morning at the TCI Tourist Board with the activities for the month revealed… this as the National Tourism Strategy team is ready for a public meeting tonight in Provo at the Gus Lightbourne Gym. KPMG was over the weekend able to share that some 540 residents have taken the survey with the majority of those filling in the 20 questions selecting the ‘other’ category at 34% … followed by Turks and Caicos Islanders with 21% of those participating and work permit holders right behind at 20%. Of the 540 participants, 11% are PRC holders, 9% are naturalized citizens and 5% of those taking the survey checked off that they are resident in the islands without the right to work. You can still fill in the questionnaire online, go to… still we are all encouraged to turn up tonight for the meeting at 6 at the Gus Lightbourne Gym. Tomorrow the country’s National Tourism Symposium opens at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa. Town Hall Meeting for Building Heights at gym later today Science Fair open to public viewing by noonlast_img read more

Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Thursday, February 21, 2pm-7pm: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

Get ready to take a selfie from your wrist

first_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 8:04 The Apple Core The London-born designer is the creative visionary behind Apple’s most iconic products: the original iMac, the iPod, pretty much every iteration of the iPhone, the MacBook and the Apple Watch. And his talent stretched beyond just the products. He’s had a hand in designing the iOS interface and Apple Park, Apple’s new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino. His other big contribution to the company: his distinctive British accent, with which he narrated a lot of Apple’s marketing and promotional videos. “I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,” Ive said in a statement. What happens next? Apple hasn’t announced an official successor for Ive, but in the meantime the design team will be led by Evans Hankey, vice president of industrial design, and Alan Dye, vice president of human interface design, both of whom will report to Apple COO Jeff Williams. Ive will remain at Apple until later this year and will officially launch his own design studio in 2020.  Apple releases public beta of iOS, iPadOs and MacOs The other big Apple news this week was the release of the public beta for iOS, MacOS and iPadOS. Apple jumped the gun this time around, launching them a few weeks earlier than in previous years.  After hearing about them at the WWDC keynote and with two developer’s betas in the bag, we already knew what to expect from these updates, but they are finally available for anyone to try out (via Apple’s public beta program).  Users who download the public beta of iOS 13 can start testing out dark mode, video editing in the photo apps and the new Look Around feature in the maps app. iPadOS brings better multitasking to the iPad and the ability to transfer files directly from a USB stick (with a dongle, obviously) or directly from a USB-C drive if you have the latest iPad. And MacOS Catalina can transform your iPad into an external monitor with the Sidecar feature and brings more native iOS apps to the Mac.  That said, you should download at your own risk, because there’s still a chance it could go wrong (it is a beta, after all). Apple recommends backing up all your content and installing the public betas on a secondary device. Now playing: Watch this: See It $999 iOS 13 beta’s best tricks to try Tags This week we take a look at how Apple could incorporate a camera in the band of the Apple Watch, and all the new features rumored to be coming to the Series 5 in September.  Also, the first public beta of iOS 13, MacOS and iPadOS are out in the wild. And Apple dropped the bombshell that Jony Ive, the company’s design chief since the all-in-one iMac design over 20 years ago will be leaving the company. Get all the details below on the latest Apple news in this week’s Apple Core roundup.  Read more: The Apple Watch Series 5 health-boosting features we’re hoping for A camera on the Apple Watch?The Apple Watch could be adding another key iPhone feature to its growing bag of tricks. A new patent published in by the US Patent and Trademark Office shows Apple’s designs of an Apple Watch with a built-in camera on the watch band.  Apple patent for an Apple Watch with a camera on the band.  Apple / USPTO This is not the first we’ve heard about a camera on the Apple Watch, but it is the first patent of its kind. Previous rumors suggested we might see a camera either on or near the watch screen for FaceTime or FaceID. According to the patent, though, this one would be a proper point-and-shoot with a dual sensor (one each on the back and front of the band) that would give you a 360-degree field of view. The band itself would be made of malleable metal and could hold its position so you wouldn’t have to contort your wrist to get a shot. To capture the shot, you would press a button on the band, pinch or dictate a command.  The patent proves that Apple is definitely considering this feature for the watch, but it doesn’t guarantee that it will be implemented anytime soon — or at all. If Apple does move forward with this concept, it would still take a few years for it to materialize and would definitely not be ready for a September 2019 launch.  Apple Watch Series 5: What to expect It’s not a given that Apple will launch the Apple Watch Series 5 in 2019, but considering it’s launched a new Apple Watch every year in September (alongside new iPhones) for the past four years in a row, I would say there’s a pretty good chance.  Compared to the number of leaks and rumors we’ve seen about the next iPhone 11, we know very little about Apple’s plans for the Series 5, but there are at least some indications.  For starters, we know Apple Watch Series 5 will continue to be more independent from the iPhone. WatchOS 6 will bring a standalone app store to the Apple Watch, along with over-the-air updates that you can download directly to the watch. More recently we learned that WatchOS 6 will give you access to workout summaries on the Apple Watch, even after you’ve dismissed them (before you had to look for them in the Activities app on the iPhone).   The other thing we know (almost for certain) is that Apple will continue to push the boundaries on health features in the next Apple Watch.  WatchOS 5.2 introduced the Cycle app to track women’s menstrual cycles and the Noise app to monitor the noise levels you’re exposed to during the day, but the Series 5 could push it even further.  4ec13dd5-d92f-44b6-a721-98861fc9ac99-800 James Martin/CNET There are a few rumors suggesting blood pressure and glucose monitoring as potential health features for the next Apple Watch, but these would likely require FDA clearance and some kind of clinical study. At this point last year, Apple had already announced its Heart Health Study which became the precursor to the ECG feature it launched on the Series 4.  The other likely alternative would be native sleep tracking. Fitbit, Samsung, Garmin and Polar all have this feature on their wearable devices and are continuing to expand its use cases. Sleep tracking has been available on the Apple Watch only through third-party apps, and the battery life is still a big hurdle. Even the Series 4 barely gives you enough juice to monitor you through the night.  The Series 5 could finally deliver on better battery life and sleep tracking.  And the wildcard would be a round watch face for the Series 5. Apple has filed patents with this circular design, but hasn’t deviated much from the original design since launch. Perhaps that was Jony Ive’s last big contribution to the Apple Watch design before leaving the company?   Apple bids farewell to head designer Jony Ive Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will leave the company after a nearly 30-year run. Apple announced his departure on its website, stating he will be starting an independent design firm with Apple as one of his first and primary clients.  Apple CEO Tim Cook said “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built”. But it’s still a big blow to the company. Ive has been instrumental in the success of the company and its products for the past 27 years.  $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice Apple head of design Jony Ive departs to start his own… Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 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