Viva Arianna: Italy’s Fontana wins 500 meters in short track

first_imgFans chanted Choi’s name, as if willing her to win the only Olympic short-track event that has eluded the powerful South Koreans.But soon Choi was leaning over the rinkside padding listening to consoling words from her coach Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was Fontana who was celebrating, jumping up and down in her skates and shaking her fists in triumph. The Italian earned her sixth career Olympic medal, equaling Wang Meng of China for most by a short-track skater.It was her first gold. LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “When I saw I was first, I was just yelling and started crying,” Fontana said. “I worked for four years and the last four months were really hard for me. I was really focused on getting here in the best shape ever.”That meant sacrificing, especially at the dinner table.“I was on a strict diet,” she said. “I like to eat, I’m Italian, so I like to eat a lot of carbs. I had to cut that off.”Fontana claimed a medal at her fourth different Winter Games, joining Tania Vicent of Canada as the only female short trackers to do so.The referees assessed a penalty to Choi that shook up the order of finish.“I prepared my best and I thought that even though the result does not come out well, I did a competition that I will not regret,” Choi said. “But I feel sorry for the fans of Korea.”Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands took silver and Kim Boutin of Canada earned bronze.Choi had a roller-coaster ride to the final after surviving a three-way photo finish for second in the quarterfinals that allowed her to advance.Elise Christie of Britain crashed on the last lap of the furious sprint final in which Boutin pushed Choi and Boutin caught Fontana’s left hand in her face as they careened at top speeds around the rink.The earlier rounds of the women’s 500 were filled with drama, too. Krueger and Celski later teamed with Thomas Hong and Aaron Tran for the 5,000 relay heats. They finished third, relegating the U.S. to the B final four years after earning silver in Sochi. That medal represented the only podium finish for the American speedskaters — long track or short track — in a stunning showing.Among the big names advancing to the 1,000 quarterfinals on Saturday were 1,500 champion Lim Hyo-jun and teammates Hwang Dae-heon and Seo Yira of South Korea, Sjinkie Knegt and Liu Shaolin Sandor of Hungary, Wu Dajing of China, Charles Hamelin of Canada and Russian Semen Elistratov.Knegt earned silver and Elistratov took bronze in the 1,500.In the men’s 5,000 relay, China, Canada, South Korea and Hungary advanced to the Feb. 22 final. Read Next TNT eyes turnaround Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “I was chasing it and I finally got it,” she said.The outcome hung in the balance for several minutes while the referees sorted out a photo finish between Choi and Fontana.Fontana looked to her coach for confirmation.“He said, ‘I don’t know, but you did great,’” she said.The photo showed Fontana’s skate blade crossed barely in front of Choi’s.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum In a surprise, China failed to advance either of its skaters out of the semifinals. Fan Kexin and Qu Chunyu each got penalized.Veteran Marianne St-Gelais of Canada was ousted in the quarterfinals after being penalized for impeding.American teenager Maame Biney, an Olympic rookie at 18, finished last in her quarterfinal. She had to go up against wily veteran Fan, who along with Russian Sofia Prosvirnova, crowded out Biney as she tried to go for the lead early in the race.“I’m still in that learning process of just trying to get back really quick because I don’t usually get bumped in the start,” Biney said. “I’m usually first or second. I’m going to have to figure out how to get back in the rhythm.”The 500 was Biney’s only individual event of the games and it left her eager for more.“Just for next time, the next four years, I’m going to try and find that rhythm and keep going,” she said.In the men’s 1,000 heats, American John-Henry Krueger advanced to the quarterfinals by winning his heat and avoiding a collision that knocked down two other skaters.His teammate, J.R. Celski, wasn’t so lucky.The three-time Olympian was taken down in a three-man crash and he needed repair work on his right skate. Pavel Sitnikov, the Russian who caused the pileup, was penalized for impeding.That left Celski and two other skaters to compete in the re-start. Celski was in contention early before finishing third, one spot out of advancing to the next round on Saturday. Arianna Fontana of Italy reacts as she crosses the finish line to win the ladies’ 500 meters short track speedskating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Choi Min-jeong skated around waving to the South Korean fans who chanted her name. Arianna Fontana grabbed the Italian flag in celebration.This being wild and wooly short-track speedskating, the result of the women’s 500 meters waited on the judges’ decision.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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PBA: Magnolia moves closer to playoff berth, thumps Blackwater

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Victolero’s crew remains unbeaten at Ynares Center since Game 6 of the Finals last year, where the team won the 2018 Governor’s Cup title.Magnolia will try to end its elimination round campaign on a winning note and try to lock down on a comfortable spot in the quarterfinals its plays 4-5 NLEX after the All-Star week.Blackwater wrapped up its conference with a 2-9 slate, a stark contrast to its commendable showing in last season’s third conference where it chalked up a franchise-best 7-4 card.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rome dela Rosa paced the Hotshots with 17 while Paul Lee chimed in 16 more to help the Hotshots pull away in the final frame. Ian Sanggalang provided anchorage all game long with 16 points and 10 rebounds.“We knew Blackwater was going to play without pressure,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said in Filipino. “Good thing our defense and our desire pulled us through.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“[T]hey’re really tired,” he said of his wards, who were playing their third game this week. “But we’re happy because we’ve achieved our goal of winning before going into the All-Star break.”Magnolia firmed up its bid to secure a comfortable spot in quarterfinals. The latest victory nudged Hotshots to a 5-5 record, putting them in the 6th spot just behind reigning conference champions San Miguel Beermen.center_img Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Michael Dasmariñas eyes IBF title in hopes of joining PH boxing elite Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ANTIPOLO — Magnolia added to Blackwater’s woes with a 97-87 decision in the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round action Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Is Akshay Kumar playing a 16th century king in Housefull 4?

first_imgAkshay Kumar is reportedly playing a 16th century king in his upcoming film Housefull 4. Earlier, it was reported that the film will revolve around the theme of reincarnation and fresh reports now claim that Akshay will be seen as a bald king from the 16th century, in his past life, in the film. Interestingly, a photo showing Akshay as a bald man in a king’s clothes went viral last year.Housefull 4 is directed by Farhan Shamji and also stars Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda, Pooja Hegde, Rana Daggubati, Chunky Pandey, Boman Irani, Sharad Kelkar, Johnny Lever and Jamie Lever.A source close to the development told a leading daily, “The fourth instalment offers a hilarious spin on reincarnation. In the first half that is set in the 16th century, Akshay sports a different look as the king. In fact, the picture of one of his looks, where he is flaunting a bald pate, went viral last year. Bobby, on the other hand, will be seen sporting long hair in this portion. Since Chunkey Pandey’s character Aakhri Pasta has been established as half-Italian in the previous editions, the makers were struggling to incorporate him in the 16th century.”It is also reported that Chunkey will play Vasco Da Gama’s nephew in his past life in the film.Portions of the film relating to the past life of the characters are reportedly shot in Rajasthan, while the current-day portions have been shot in London.Sajid Khan, who has directed all three films in the franchise, was initially named the director of this instalment too, but was replaced by Farhad Samji after allegations of sexual harassment against him surfaced last year. Nana Patekar was replaced by Rana Daggubati following similar allegations.advertisementMeanwhile, Akshay Kumar is riding high on the success of his recently released film Kesari. The actor has also shot for a special song for brother-in-law Karan Kapadia’s film Blank. Akshay is currently shooting for Good News with Kareena Kapoor. The film, which also features Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh in key roles, explores the subject of surrogacy. Rumour has it that Taimur Ali Khan will make his Bollywood debut with the film, which is slated to hit the theatres on September 6.Akshay also has Mission Mangal with Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu and Tamil actor Nithya Menen in the pipeline.ALSO READ: Taimur Ali Khan to make his Bollywood debut in mom Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Good News? Details hereALSO SEE: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh tell fans to be ready for Good NewsALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywoodlast_img read more

Province Awards Contract for Paving in Kings County

first_img The total project is scheduled for completion in mid-October. “This contract is part of the province’s program to upgrade Nova Scotia’s highways,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The department is spending $143 million for road construction this year.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. Brooklyn Street from the Kentville west town line for 4.2 kilometres. Route 359 from Al Bennett Road north for 3.4 kilometres to West Halls Harbour Road. West Halls Harbour Road from the intersection of Route 359 west for 0.6 kilometres to Simpson Road. A $1,387,380 road-paving contract in the Kentville area has been announced by the Department of Transportation and Public works. The contract was awarded to Lafarge Canada Inc. and work has already begun on the contract that calls for repaving on three roads near Kentville as follows:last_img read more

Alberta says the 16 billion aid package wont fix the problem

first_imgThe federal package includes a billion dollars for oil and gas companies to make capital investments and purchase new technology.There is also cash for smaller oil and gas companies and for clean growth and infrastructure projects.Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, says the industry didn’t ask for the aid package.He says federal legislation needs to be redrawn that would change how energy projects are approved because it is scaring away investment.McMillan says the industry would also like the Ottawa to express support for two cancelled pipelines, the Northern Gateway and Energy East.I support every oil & gas worker, Albertan, everyone who’s rallying to stand up for your job & Alberta’s future.But to those who think it’s a chance to push hate & racism, I urge you to stop. You’re undercutting your neighbours & our cause.We’re stronger when we stand together.— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) December 19, 2018 CALGARY, A.B. – The Alberta government and the energy industry say Ottawa’s 1.6 billion-dollar aid package will not fix the problem hurting the ailing oilpatch.Premier Rachel Notley says the industry is facing low prices because it can’t ship enough oil to foreign markets.She says the federal government needs to focus on uncorking the pipeline bottleneck that is hurting corporations and the province.last_img read more

Greenpeace Launches Solar Energy Education Project in Morocco

Rabat – Greenpeace Mediterranean has launched Youth Solar, a project aiming to promote solar energy in Morocco through youth education.In a statement released July 31, the international environmental advocacy group said the initiative aims to create a “network of solar ambassadors” to catalyze “the deployment of decentralized solar energy in the kingdom to complement macro scale energy development.”For the project, Greenpeace has already trained over 20 Moroccan volunteers at the Association of Life and Earth Sciences Teacher in Morocco (AESVT) center in Casablanca, “empowering them to become true solar ambassadors that will spread the benefits of solar energy to local communities through a collaboration with NGOs and Moroccan key influencers.” The teachers went on to visit various communities around the kingdom, educating residents on the benefits of solar energy over the traditional butane and wood. One workshop in Ait Faska in the Marrakech-Safi region was assisted by well-known chefs Myriam Ettahiri and Moha Fedal.Ghalia Fayad, the Arab world and North Africa Program leader at Greenpeace Mediterranean, stressed the effectiveness of the program structure.“The network will create a solar multiplier effect whereby our trainers will be working with local environmental NGOs to pass on solar skills to the communities that most need it,” Fayad said in the statement. “This will increase the accessibility to solar energy and will empower civil society organisations to be actors of the energy transition.”She stated that these education programs should be accompanied by economic incentives promoted by the government.“Ideally, if green loans are made available, owners of solar systems could alleviate their energy bills and even sell electricity by providing excess power to the national grid through net-metering or feed-in tariff like it is the case in many countries around the world.”“But for that to happen, Morocco urgently needs to work on creating the necessary enabling environment at the legislative, regulatory, financial and infrastructure level for a fast deployment of decentralised solar energy.”Founded in 1971, Greenpeace currently operates in over 40 countries, working to “ensure the ability of Earth to nurture life in all its capacities.” read more

European Investment Bank Gives Fez EuroMed University MAD 148 Million

Rabat – The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed an agreement giving Fez Euro- Med University MAD 148 million.The grant’s purpose is to support the university in the construction and equipment of an eco-campus.The grant is part of the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) to finance infrastructure projects together with loans offered by European financial institutions. In 2017, the EIB gave a €70 million loan to the university, along with a €5 million donation. According to Anna Barone, EIB representative in Morocco, the Euro-Mediterranean University has the potential to become a key academic player in the region. The university’s focus on multiculturalism, tolerance, and international cooperation offer hope for the region’s future. The grant agreement was signed in the presence of Mohamed Benchaaboun, Moroccan minister of economy and finance; Claudia Wiedey, EU ambassador in Morocco; Anna Barone; and Mostapha Bousmina, Euro-Med University president. The university was founded in 2012 under the honorific presidency of King Mohammed VI and obtained an accreditation from the Mediterranean Union. The university’s stated mission is to promote regional dialogue, cultural exchange, and academic innovation. read more

Facts and figures on the proposed Energy East pipeline

Facts and figures on the proposed Energy East pipeline OTTAWA – Facts and figures on TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East pipeline:What is it? The 4,500-kilometre oil pipeline is designed to carry 1.1 million barrels of oil or bitumen per day from Hardisty, Alta., southeast of Edmonton, to the Atlantic seaport and Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B.What’s old is new: About two thirds of the line is already in place as an existing natural gas pipeline travelling 3,000 kilometres from Burstall, Sask., to Cornwall in eastern Ontario. New pipe will be constructed in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, eastern Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.What’s the price tag? The original $12-billion estimate has since climbed to $15.7 billion.Who’s against it? More than 80 municipal mayors from the Montreal area have come out against the project, as has the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and a coalition of environmental advocacy groups and many environmental scientists, among others.Why do people oppose it? The mayors and indigenous groups have expressed concerns about pipeline ruptures contaminating municipal drinking water. The Pembina Institute, an environmental think-tank, says the oil produced to fill the pipeline could generate up to 32 million tonnes of greenhouse gases annually. Some scientists have said locking in 40-year oil transport infrastructure at a time of transition to a low-carbon economy is bad planning and a poor investment that would be better aimed at renewable energy.Who’s in favour of it? The NDP premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley and conservative Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall have both championed the pipeline, as have four major trade unions who this summer called Energy East a “nation-building” exercise. Business groups such as the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters favour the pipeline. The Conference Board of Canada estimated that construction would create 14,000 direct and indirect jobs.Why do people support it? Apart from the immediate job creation, oil producers and governments who depend on oil revenues say Canada will get a better price for its oil with more direct access to world markets. Diversifying Canada’s heavy reliance on oil exports to the United States is considered a plus, as is the potential to reduce shipments of oil by rail. Some also argue that Canadian oil refined in New Brunswick will displace imported oil.Who’s listening? The National Energy Board has scheduled 337 interveners to provide their take on the pipeline proposal during 21 months of public hearings.What’s the timeline? Energy East was first pitched in 2013. TransCanada would like to start construction in 2018, pending clearance by the National Energy Board and final approval by the federal cabinet, with oil flowing in 2020. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 4:27 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 5:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Gardaí to monitor public transport in bid to seize alcohol from underage

first_img Share Tweet Email1 19 Comments Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 6:05 AM Image: Sam Boal Image: Sam Boal GARDAÍ WILL BE launching a serious crackdown against teenage drinkers this St Patrick’s Day and will be paying particular attention to those bringing alcohol onto public transport.Each year, there are concerns over teenage drinking and it was decided to tackle the problematic behaviour at source and confiscate alcohol from those planning on drinking on the streets.Officers from both the north and south central districts have been approaching off licences in the city warning them of their duties not to sell to those who are underage or to those they suspect of buying alcohol for minors.As usual, you will be unable to buy alcohol in city centre off licences until 4pm. There will also be a heavy public order unit presence at usual flashpoints including Grafton Street, Henry Street and Parnell Street.Heavy presenceOver 1,100 gardaí will police the capital on the day including members of the public order unit as well as uniformed officers and armed detectives.Senior gardaí were urged this week to ensure that there is an increased garda presence. Other pleas, made by members of Dublin City Council at the Joint Policing Committee on Tuesday, include that gardaí maintain a high visual presence before, during and after the parade.The news comes as it emerged that private security guards will help gardaí keep the peace in Temple Bar on Friday, after Dublin City Council opted to repeat the ‘robust policing’ approach it adopted in the area last year.There will be manned barriers in and out of the area, and Merchant’s Arch will be restricted to one-way traffic.There’ll also be a crack-down on on-street drinking, to make sure it’s kept to a minimum.“There was an increase in Garda and private security in the area to manage the safe movement of pedestrians,” a Council spokesperson said in a statement. By Garreth MacNamee center_img Access to the area was controlled when required by the provision of manned access barriers at approximately 40 access points.Drinkaware has warned against excessive drinking before the Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off. They urged people to keep track of how much they are consuming. They also urged consumers to pace their drinking.A recent Healthy Ireland report stated that 14% of drinkers feel they should cut down on their alcohol consumption.Drinkaware wants people to drink bottles instead of pints, finish a glass of wine before pouring another and to have a glass of water while drinking as alcohol dehydrates the body.Read: Murder investigation launched into death of Irish woman in India >Read: To our commenter community: Making your space a more inviting place > Gardaí to monitor public transport in bid to seize alcohol from underage Patrick’s Day drinkers Over 1,100 gardaí will police the capital on the day. Mar 16th 2017, 6:05 AM 13,374 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Video Corey Graves looks back and says farewell to his time in

first_img Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE has posted a clip from this week’s episode of NXT on WWE Network where former NXT star and now WWE commentator Corey Graves looks back at his career with NXT, being forced to retire due to concussions and his transition to commentary in WWE.As reported earlier, former ROH star Nigel McGuinness will be replacing Graves and officially joining the NXT commentary team going forward.You can check out the full clip below courtesy of WWE. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 5G Not a Threat to NFL In-Stadium Wi-Fi, Extreme Networks CEO Says Twitter Videos Articles Serena Williams Heads To The U.S. Open Finals Facebook WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix joins the NXT commentary team at latest TV tapings WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next The Best Of Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers The Dodgers Break A National League Record Ezekiel Elliot Is A Generous Football Player Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThe Best Of Aaron RodgersVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 2:08/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 45.14%0:06Remaining Time -2:02 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Jim Cornette makes MLW debut on Saturday for commentary and new backstage role Aleister Black says farewell to NXT at event, “Arrival” with Matt Riddle to air Mondaylast_img read more

Mexicos interim coach downplays Miazga incident

first_imgUSA’s Matt Miazga confronted Mexico’s Diego Lainez and mocked his stature during the 1-0 victory for the United StatesWith the scoreboard 0-0, the United States and Mexico seem like they would draw on the Tuesday friendly.But at the 64th-minute mark, Mexico’s Diego Lainez and United States’ Matt Miazga confronted each other.And the 1.93 meters Nantes’ player made fun of Lainez’ 1.67 meters height, which made El Tri’s players’ blood boil.But for interim coach Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti, the incident is not important.“The [incident] with the two-meter center-back and the beloved little [Lainez] will be useful to him,” Ferretti said to reporters as quoted by ESPN.“He’ll remember it the rest of his life and it’ll help him.”Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…What Ferretti suggested is that instead of focusing on this incident, his players need to be polished as they lost focus.After the incident, Angel Zaldivar saw a red card in the 67th minute, leaving the USA with advantage.The Americans took the opportunity and scored the only goal of the match in the 71st minute.MATT MIAZGA LOVES US SHOWED IT BY PROVIDING THE GOOCH STARE DOWN FOR THIS GENERATION— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) September 12, 2018last_img read more

Skyline shuts down Skyview for 4A state title

first_imgTACOMA — The Spartans still own these skies.Quarterback Max Browne headlined the passing game, Skyline showcased a defense, and a long tradition of winning on the biggest stage led the Spartans past Skyview in the Class 4A state championship game Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome.Browne threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns in the 38-7 victory, Skyline’s sixth state championship since 2000. The Spartans from Sammamish proved they can run the ball with two rushing touchdowns. They also killed more than six minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter, pushing a 10-point lead to 17.Even in defeat, the Storm have to feel good about themselves after becoming just the third Vancouver team to play in the state championship game in the 39-year history of the tournament. “Our senior class, we gave every ounce of effort for this program,” Skyview running back Parker Henry said. “We fully dedicated ourselves. I’ll never forget this season for the rest of my life.”“It was the best experience of my life,” said Reiley Henderson, who scored Skyview’s lone touchdown, a 32-yard reception from quarterback Kieran McDonagh. “I love everybody on this team. And getting to come to the Tacoma Dome? Can’t ask for anything better than that.”last_img read more

Vancouver police guild endorses Golik in race

first_imgClark County Prosecutor Tony Golik has been endorsed by the Vancouver Police Officers Guild, which cited his emphasis on prosecuting elder- and child-abuse crimes among reasons he received the group’s support.“You have demonstrated a commitment to our most vulnerable citizens,” read the letter, which Golik received Friday.Golik is seeking his second four-year term. Golik started at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 2000 and became a major crimes deputy prosecutor in 2004.He worked in the major crimes unit until he was elected in 2010, and the guild also cited Golik’s history of holding “violent criminals responsible for their actions.”Golik, a Democrat, faces Republican candidate Josephine Townsend.The primary election is Tuesday.Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas and local police chiefs have also endorsed Golik, as have former Prosecutor Art Curtis and retired Superior Court judges. “I’m very honored to receive the endorsement of the Vancouver Police Officers Guild,” Golik said. “I look forward to continuing to serve in cooperation with the Vancouver police officers to keep Clark County a safe and prosperous place to live and work.”last_img read more

5 reasons why you should watch England vs Pakistan ODI series

first_imgBoth teams need to perform well in this seriesStu Forster/Getty ImagesThe 5-match ODI series between hosts England and Pakistan which begins on May 8 is as important as a bilateral series can be. This is the last opportunity for the two teams to test their players and understand what their best possible line-up is.While all participating teams have announced their provisional 15-men squad for the mega event starting on May 30, they still have the opportunity to make changes. Interestingly, both teams are giving chances to certain players in this series who are not part of the World Cup squad. A great performance by any of them can force the selectors to make alterations before May 23 – the deadline for making changes. So, let us look at five important reasons why this series is extremely crucial and needs to be followed closely.Will Jofra Archer play in the World Cup?There has been a lot of talk about Jofra Archer’s place in the English World Cup side. When he wasn’t picked in the provisional 15-men squad, there was a great deal of disappointment. But his selection for this series was another way for the selectors to say that these matches would be an audition for the Barbados-born cricketer. If he comes up with a great performance, then it is nearly impossible for England to not pick him. So, keep your eyes peeled for Archer’s bowling.Amir also on trialIf Archer’s place in English team is a major point of discussion in that country, an equally important topic in Pakistan is the absence of Mohammad Amir in their WC side. The last time a major ICC ODI tournament was held in England – 2017 Champions Trophy – it was Amir who lit up the Final at Lord’s with a magnificent spell of bowling. However, his form went belly-up in limited-overs cricket over the last year. That led to him getting ignored. But the selection committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq has given Amir a lifeline. He has this series to prove that he is still potent in the 50-over format. If he succeeds, we may well see him in the World Cup. Jofra Archer’s place in the World Cup team depends on this seriesIANSPakistan’s top-3Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have had a pretty decent time as an opening pair. However, in Pakistan’s last ODI series – against Australia in UAE – batsman Abid Ali got an opportunity to represent the national team for the first time. He opened the innings as Fakhar and Imam were both rested. The 31-year old responded by scoring a brilliant hundred. This got him picked in the 15-men World Cup squad. But with both regular openers back, can he be fitted into the XI. And if he is, which position will he occupy. He too has to perform in this series to push himself into the playing XI.Serious Pressure on SarfarazThe form of Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed wasn’t all that great when he got banned for four matches in South Africa. Then, curiously, he was rested for the next series – against Australia in UAE. The wicket-keeper batsman who took his place in the side – Mohammad Rizwan – ended up scoring two hundreds and keeping the wickets well. But in the kind of strange move one can only expect from Pakistan selectors, he wasn’t picked for the World Cup squad! Even more surprisingly, Rizwan was even kept out of the team for this series. Needless to say, Sarfaraz’s performance in these matches would be keenly watched. If he doesn’t get runs, there would be egg on selectors’ face. Pressure couldn’t be higher on the veteran keeper-batsman. Sarfaraz Ahmed would be under serious pressure to perform wellISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty ImagesYasir’s effectivenessWhile Yasir Shah has been breaking record after record in Tests, in 50-over format, Pakistan opted for the services of Shadab Khan, a young and highly talented leg-spinner. As the World Cup came nearer, Pakistani selectors decided to give Yasir another go, in the series against Australia. His performance wasn’t anything special, so he was left out of the WC squad. But with Shadab sustaining an injury, Yasir is brought back for this series and has another chance to make his case for the World Cup. If Shadab isn’t fit for the World Cup, the Test veteran can be his replacement. The worst-case scenario would be if Yasir fails and Shadab isn’t fit. Then, Pakistan would be in some trouble.Where to watchThe 5-match series would be telecasted live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD for television viewers. Live streaming online would be available on Sony LIV platform. The first, third and fourth ODIs would begin at 1 PM local time and 5:30 PM IST while the second and fifth ODIs are going to start at 11 AM local time and 3:30 PM IST.last_img read more

Hamas no longer calls for Israels destruction

first_imgThe Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will remove a call for Israel’s destruction and drop its association with the Muslim Brotherhood in a new policy document to be issued on Monday, Gulf Arab sources said.Hamas’s move appears aimed at improving relations with Gulf Arab states and Egypt, which label the Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, as well as with Western countries, many of which classify Hamas as a terrorist group over its hostility to Israel.The sources said Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007, will say in the document that it agrees to a transitional Palestinian state along the borders from 1967, when Israel captured Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem in a war with Arab states. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.A future state encompassing Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem along 1967 borders is the goal of Hamas’ main political rival, the Fatah movement led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. His Palestinian Authority has engaged in peace talks with Israel on that basis, although the last, U.S.-mediated round collapsed three years ago.The revised Hamas political document, to be announced later on Monday, will still reject Israel’s right to exist and back “armed struggle” against it, the Gulf Arab sources told Reuters.Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2007 and has carried out hundreds of armed attacks in Israel and in Israeli-occupied territories since it was founded three decades ago.It remains unclear whether the document replaces or changes in any way Hamas’s 1988 charter, which calls for Israel’s destruction and is the Islamist group’s covenant.A Hamas spokesman in Qatar declined to comment. There was no immediate comment from Egypt and Gulf Arab states.Arab sources said the Hamas document was being released ahead of a planned visit by Abbas to Washington on May 3 and as Donald Trump administration prepares to make a renewed push for Israeli-Palestinian peace.Analysts say the revised document could allow Hamas to mend relations with Western countries and pave the way for a reconciliation agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organisation, now also headed by Abbas.U.S.-allied Arab states including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia classify the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation. The 89-year-old Brotherhood held power in Egypt for a year after a popular uprising in 2011.The Brotherhood denies links with Islamist militants and advocates Islamist political parties winning power through elections, which Saudi Arabia considers a threat to its system of absolute power through inherited rule.last_img read more

Organic compounds found in protoplanetary disks

first_img More information: Organic Synthesis via Irradiation and Warming of Ice Grains in the Solar Nebula, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1217291ABSTRACTComplex organic compounds, including many important to life on Earth, are commonly found in meteoritic and cometary samples, though their origins remain a mystery. We examined whether such molecules could be produced within the solar nebula by tracking the dynamical evolution of ice grains in the nebula and recording the environments they were exposed to. We found that icy grains originating in the outer disk, where temperatures were <30 K, experienced UV irradiation exposures and thermal warming similar to that which has been shown to produce complex organics in laboratory experiments. These results imply that organic compounds are natural byproducts of protoplanetary disk evolution and should be important ingredients in the formation of all planetary systems, including our own. Solar System Shield © 2012 Citation: Organic compounds found in proto-planetary disks (2012, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Proto-planetary disks, such as that thought to have surrounded our Sun before the planets were formed, are rotating disks of gas and grains of dust, and are believed to be themselves to have been formed from dark molecular clouds. Scientists think the disks are the precursors of the planets and other planetary materials such as comets and asteroids, which form when the icy grains of dust within the disks coalesce together to form larger and larger chunks of rock.Fred Ciesla of the University of Chicago and NASA astrophysicist Scott Sandford used computer modelling to test the hypothesis that organic compounds could be formed within the proto-planetary disk of our solar system, and need not be inherited from the clouds from which the disks formed. The model tracked the movement of thousands of individual ice-covered dust grains over a period of a million years. Most of the particles survived the period studied, and while some were captured by the Sun, many moved to outer areas above the plane of the disk, where they were exposed to high-energy photons of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and warmer temperatures to evaporate the ice.The computer model showed that conditions on the disks, including the levels of UV radiation, are similar to those in earlier laboratory experiments in which tiny, ice-covered grains of dust were exposed to UV radiation. The experiments showed that molecular bonds of compounds within the dust could be broken and the atoms could recombine to form complex organic molecules.Organic compounds are the building blocks of life on Earth, and include amino acids and the nucleic bases that make up the DNA and RNA molecules.In their paper in the journal Science, Ciesla, a planetary scientist, said the model for the proto-planetary disk in our solar system needed no special conditions, and the findings “fell out naturally,” which means similar findings are also likely in models of proto-planetary disks around other stars, since the dynamics, turbulence, and other features included in the model should be present in all such disks.The processes by which any organic molecules formed on the proto-planetary disk could have ended up on Earth are still unclear, because in the early stages of Earth’s formation it would have been a molten mass in which any organic compounds present would have been destroyed. One theory is that the organic compounds were able to survive intact on comets and asteroids, where temperatures would not have been so high. Organic compounds such as amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, have also been found on meteorites hitting the Earth, which demonstrates that they can survive in space. Journal information: Sciencecenter_img Water’s Early Journey in a Solar System. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech ( — A new study from scientists in the US has reported that organic compounds could be formed in proto-planetary disks, and could have seeded the development of life in our own and other planetary systems. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Chellakudam Finton Travel Ltd charged

first_img TORONTO — Finton Travel Ltd. pled guilty and was convicted of one count of carrying on business with Carolyn Solomon, who was required to be registered as a travel agent but was not, contrary to section 20 of Ontario Regulation 26/05 (the Regulation) made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act), says TICO.Finton Travel Ltd. is a registered travel agent under the Act. It operates in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. Finton Travel Ltd. must now make restitution payable to two consumers and also pay a $1,000 fine.Thomas Chellakudam, an officer of Finton Travel Ltd., pled guilty and was convicted of one count of failing to take reasonable care to prevent Finton Travel Ltd. from committing the offence under section 20 of the Regulation, contrary to section 31(2) of the Act. Chellakudam must pay a $3,000 fine. He also has a probation order for one year, with the following conditions attached: Chellakudam must attend a Financial Compliance Seminar offered by TICO; and he must sign up and write the Supervisor/Manager exam and successfully pass it by Feb. 23, 2018. Share Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, March 8, 2017 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Chellakudam, Finton Travel Ltd. charged Tags: TICOlast_img read more

Pending EEZ deal focus of presidents trip to Lebanon

first_imgCyprus expects to host the president of Lebanon together with the Greek prime minister in the first trilateral meeting at the level of heads of state before the end of 2017, President Nicosia Anastasiades said on Monday.Anastasiades who is on a three-day working visit to Lebanon met his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun on Monday morning where they discussed bilateral relations, energy, terrorism and the Cyprus issue.Anastasiades, who arrived in Beirut on Sunday, is being accompanied by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides.After a meeting of the two delegations, Aoun spoke of the need for the two countries to cooperate in the area of energy.Cyprus and Lebanon have been negotiating for several years on delineation of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries.Cyprus has signed agreements with Egypt, Israel and Lebanon, in an effort to clear the way for peaceful exploration of the hydrocarbons in its own economic zone, but the Lebanese parliament has so far failed to ratify the agreement.Lebanon argues the EEZ agreement signed between Israel and Cyprus included disputed waters that Lebanon claims belong to it, but which Israel has included as its own.“We encourage the governments of our two countries to increase the level of cooperation in the field of oil and gas and we stress the need to promote dialogue and fruitful cooperation in the field of energy between the two states according to the principles of the international law and the Convention of the Law of the Sea.,” Aoun said.He also said that he had told Anastasiades of the need to liberalise trade of Lebanese agricultural and industrial products to the Cypriot markets and to examine possible cooperation in exporting Lebanese products through shipping.Anastasiades said Cyprus’ relationship with Lebanon was greatly valued by the government and the public “and it is one that we are committed to continue upgrading and enriching, so as to foster even stronger links”, he said.“Our relations extend beyond our geographical proximity: they are deeply rooted in the strong ties between the Lebanese and Cypriot people which date back to the Phoenician times.”Developments in the region, he added, render cooperation on a number of fields, including political, economic and security, all the more important.“Lebanon and Cyprus are both feeling the impact of the turmoil that our region is facing,” Anastasiades said.“Within the context our cooperation, and as an indication of our strong will to further support Lebanon, I’m looking forward to host you in Cyprus, together with the prime minister of Greece, in the first trilateral meeting at the level of heads of state to take place before the end of 2017,” he added.Another issue discussed in Beirut was Cyprus’ initiative to combat smuggling of antiquities and artefacts from the Middle East to Europe.“I assured the president of Lebanon’s absolute support for this initiative,” Aoun said.   You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSenior Living | Search AdsLuxury Senior Apartments in Rowland HeightsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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