Berhampur launches drive to save its trees

first_imgEnvironmental activists, forest department and Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA) started a joint effort here on Sunday to save trees from slow death and injuries caused by nails and iron rods hammered into their trunks to put up advertisements and other things.The drive was initiated by ‘Sabuja Vahini’, an organisation of youngsters involved in protection of trees in the cyclone-prone city. Activists of the organisation through a survey documented trees that suffered because of nails and other materials hammered into their trunks to put up advertisement materials and for other purposes. The forest department, BeDA and other organisations like ‘Boxing Odisha’, Marwari Mahila Sangh, Anchalika Vikash Parishad have joined hands to start the process to free the trees from nails.Street corner meetings and a rally were taken out to make people aware about how any metal piece hammered into the trunk of a tree is a slow poison for the plant. Berhampur MLA R.C.Chyau Patnaik, BeDA chairman Subash Moharana, Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Behera, noted botanists Brahma Bihari Panda and Sachidananda Padhi took part in the rally and meetings. The MLA said the local municipal corporation and BeDA should start taking action against persons and organisations that nail advertisements on trees. The BeDA chairman said local municipal corporations should cancel licences of advertising agencies that fix billboards on trees. Metallic intrusionsParticipants at the rally removed advertisements, nails and metal pieces like wires from tree trunks at several places in the presence forest department and police personnel. According to Sibaram Panigrahy of ‘Sabuja Vahini’, they will continue their efforts till all trees in Berhampur are free from these metallic intrusions in their bodies.“Berhampur lost many of its trees in major cyclones like the Super Cyclone of 1999, Phailin of 2013 and Hudhud of 2014, so it is high time that we save the existing large trees as well as the ones that have grown during the past few years from drying up because of nails and wires obstructing their life processes,” said the Berhampur DFO. Through a recorded message circulated throughout the city, the DFO has requested the public to remove publicity materials and other things that have been nailed to trees all across the city. Trees are also living beings and are hurt like us, it has to be realised by humans, said Prof. Padhi. Nails hammered into tree trunks create a wound in the plant that is open to infections and entry of foreign pathogens like fungi, said Prof. Panda.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in Philippines, jets off to Boracay

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments A meeting with rival Manny Pacquiao is a possibility, according to the report. Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:42PH 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES FILE – Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands in the ring before Errol Spence Jr takes on Mikey Garcia in an IBF World Welterweight Championship bout at AT&T Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back in the Philippines.As per ABS-CBN report, Mayweather’s private jet arrived at a private hangar at 3:30 am Sunday. He stayed in Manila for less than five hours since he flew straight to Boracay at 7 am.ADVERTISEMENT READ: WATCH: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from Floyd Mayweather in lockerThe two faced each other in 2015 and their mega fight was dubbed as “The Fight of the Century” after nearly a decade of verbal rivalry pitted the generation’s best fighters against each other.Mayweather won the fight via unanimous decision and the two have since kept running into each other in public places.READ: Money well spent: Mayweather’s retirement tour makes stop in El Nido Pacquiao and Mayweather, who both had their respective entourage with them, bumped into each other in a Japanese nightclub back in January.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The two also met in an NBA game where Mayweather was sitting courtside and Pacquiao greeted home from behind.Mayweather also flew to the country last year, taking a quick vacation in El Nido.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Amid PBA All-star excitement, Louie Alas preoccupied with playoffslast_img read more

OnePlus 5 rumour roundup: Dual cameras, Snapdragon 835, funky colours, 4,000mAh battery and more

first_imgThe OnePlus 5 is one of the most hotly anticipated handsets of the year, arguably even more than the iPhone 8. If the rumours and leaks are to be believed, then the phone may launch on June 15 itself. The smartphone will succeed One Plus 3T, which was arguably one of the best phones to launch last year. With such a glorious past, it is natural to have high hopes and expectations with the upcoming OnePlus 5.Update: Earlier we heard that the OnePlus 5 will launch on June 15. Well, at least that was the information that was leaked. Now it seems there is a new date. This latest rumour hints that the OnePlus 5 will be launched on June 20. The latest information comes courtesy leak from China where a screenshot of a image with June 20 circled has been leaked. Well, whether it is June 20 or June 15, it seems that the OnePlus 5 is just weeks away. The phone has been subjected to several leaks and rumours lately. A lot has been heard, written and spoken about the device. While the company has already confirmed few specs of the phone, a roundup of all the rumours and leaks of the phone will help you get a clearer idea of what the smartphone could bring to the table.ScreenOnePlus 5 is expected to sport a 5.5-inch display with thin bezels. Also, the phone could bear A5000 model number. While there is no word on the resolution yet but the phone could come with either 1440P or 1080P, similar to what we see in OnePlus 3T.advertisementDesignOnePlus 5 could share its looks with OnePlus 3T. The phone may flaunt a metal unibody design with aluminium built metal frames and  rounded edges. OnePlus 5 is expected to be slimmer and compact than the OnePlus 3T.Look into the shadows. What do you 5ee? OnePlus (@oneplus) June 1, 2017Recently, one of company’s key officials also dismissed the rumours of OnePlus ditching the 3.5mm headphone and confirmed that the flagship phone will come with the 3.5mm headphone jack and a front-placed  fingerprint sensor. The volume and power button placed on the right side, similar to the OnePlus 3T.BatteryOnePlus 5 is expected to sport bigger battery than the  previously announced OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. There are rumours that the smartphone could come with 4000mAh battery and support for Quick Charge 4.0.ProcessorIt is also almost confirmed  that OnePlus 5 will come with Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat. The smartphone could come be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU. Rumours suggest that the smartphone could come in two storage variants- with 6G RAM and 64GB ROM and the second one with 8GB of RAM with 128GB internal storage.CameraThis is going to be the USP of OnePlus 5. The phone is expected to come with a major upgrade over its predecessor in terms of photography. India Today Tech, in its previous report, had confirmed of dual rear-camera set up which will put the phone in competition against the likes of iPhone 7 and Xiaomi Mi 6. While previous rumours hinted of only dual camera set up at the back, a recent teasers released by company starring  Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput suggests that the device might also come with dual cameras at the front. Expect a 16 MP camera, both at the front and back.The company last month entered into partnership with DxO to better the photography experience of OnePlus 5. DxO is a company best known for developing the photography benchmark test called DxOMark.Colour optionsOnePlus 5 could come in funky colour options like Yellow, Red, Turquoise with hint of pink and green, Gold and Black.Price and availabilityOnePlus 5 could be priced higher than its predecessor. Reason being the dual camera set up and  latest processor but that does not mean that the phone could cost Rs 60,000 or above like the iPhone.The device could cost around Rs 40,000 in India, which is around Rs 5,000 more than the costliest variant of the OnePlus 3T. To know more about the pricing you can go through this report that talks about the possible pricing of OnePlus 5 based on everything known so far. The phone is rumoured to launch on June 15 but there is no official confirmation yet.Also Read: OnePlus, DxO partnership could make OnePlus 5 the best camera phone in the worldAlso Read: OnePlus 5 India price: No official word yet, but here is how much it could costlast_img read more

Rabiot offers angry response to Deschamps

first_imgWorld Cup PSG star Rabiot offers angry response to Deschamps criticism following France withdrawal Jamie Smith 06:49 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Adrien Rabiot Getty Images World Cup France PSG France v Peru The midfielder, who has decided against sitting on a World Cup standby list, is unhappy with comments made by his international manager Didier Deschamps’ criticism of Adrien Rabiot has been met with an angry response from the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder.Rabiot rejected a call-up to Deschamps’ reserve list after being omitted from France’s 23-man squad for the World Cup.Deschamps said he was “surprised” by Rabiot’s choice, which the France coach labelled a “huge mistake”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But in a lengthy open letter released via RTL on Friday, Rabiot hit out at Deschamps and explained he made the choice as he does not believe he was left out due to any “sporting logic” reasons.”I suspected the impact of my decision, but I regret to be caricatured as a young immature player unable to measure the scope of his actions,” Rabiot said. “It’s my job, but football is my passion, and to climb to the highest level, I’ve worked again and again, and all I’ve got today I’ve earned on the pitch. And then I have a dream, like all footballers, it’s playing for my country. “Wearing the blue jersey is for me an honour, a pride. To win with France, to win for France, is a mission. Since the age of 15 I have worn the colours of France. I have the culture of France. Also, I do not allow anyone to speak on my behalf about my relationship with the French team.”Since my first call, as a reserve in May 2016, I played with my club, PSG, a big European club, 88 games including 13 in the Champions League, scored seven goals and I was rewarded by seven trophies.”If I decided to withdraw from the list of alternates, it is because I consider that the choice of the coach towards me does not answer any sporting logic because for all these years the message was clear, it is the performances in a club which open the doors of the national team.”I am a competitor without qualms, but I am also a man, and as such I would have liked to be considered as such. My approach does not target the selected players. And I thank [Noel] Le Graet, the president of the French Football Federation, for having highlighted the exemplary nature of my selection behaviour over the past eight years.”Finally, I will assume all the consequences of my choice with the support of my family and my relatives.”Although PSG stopped short of criticising Deschamps and the club said it did not want to “interfere” in the coach’s squad selection for the World Cup, the club released a statement publicly backing Rabiot on Friday.”Beyond the debate that has emerged in the public sphere, the club wishes to emphasise the special connection it has with a player who arrived at the training centre in 2010 and who then climbed with talent and character at all levels to become a major part of our professional workforce,” PSG said.”Highly competitive under our colours, which he has already worn 207 times at just 23 years old, Adrien represents one of the brightest flag-bearers in our club’s training system.”The club recalls its deep attachment to the national teams and the values they embody and wishes the best to the Franch internationals convened for the World Cup.”last_img read more

Toronto stock index racks up minor gain as loonie and the price

first_imgTORONTO – Falling energy shares weren’t enough to drag Canada’s main stock market into the red, as BlackBerry Ltd. and Bombardier Inc. provided some of the lift.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 8.59 points to 15,618.25.“Overall, it’s a flat day for the TSX,” said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice. “But I think we’re seeing a bit of a reversal and a little bit of profit taking in some places.”The information technology subsector was a top performer, anchored by a nearly 13 per cent increase for BlackBerry stock (TSX:BB) after it reported record software and services revenue on Thursday. Shares were up $1.47 to $13.00 at the close of markets.A bright spot for industrials was Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B). Its shared closed up 11 cents, or 5.24 per cent, to $2.21 — a reversal from the day before when they fell 7.49 per cent after investors weighed the prospect of a 220 per cent duty on U.S. sales of its flagship CSeries passenger jets and the European merger of its railway rivals Siemens and Alstom.Meanwhile, oil and gas companies fell 0.84 per cent on the commodity-heavy TSX as oil prices tumbled.The November crude contract gave back 58 cents to US$51.56 per barrel.South of the border, it was a positive day on Wall Street despite meagre movements.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 40.49 points to 22,381.20 and the Nasdaq composite index inched up 0.19 of a point to 6,453.45.The S&P 500 index added 3.02 points to 2,510.06, hitting a record high. September is historically the weakest month of the year for stocks, but the S&P 500 has risen 1.6 per cent this month.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.32 cents US, down 0.25 of a cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract was up 90 cents to US$1,288.70 an ounce.The November natural gas contract gave back four cents at US$3.02 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added five cents to US$2.98 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Sudanese deportation of Ethiopian refugees draws criticism from UN agency

Sudanese officials handed over the refugees to Ethiopian authorities at the Metema border crossing, about 500 kilometres southeast of Khartoum, on 27 September, but the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement issued in Geneva that it had only learned of the deportations this week.UNHCR said information it had received so far indicated that the deportees are part of a group of more than 30 Ethiopian refugees arrested by Sudanese authorities in early July in Khartoum and in Damazine, the capital of Blue Nile state.The Sudanese Government has not responded yet to UNHCR’s repeated appeals on the refugees, and UNHCR said it fears the remaining Ethiopians in the group are in jail and could also face deportation.Under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, refoulement – or forcibly returning individuals to their country of origin where they could face persecution – is prohibited.“UNHCR urges the Government to abide by this important principle of international law, which is also an integral part of Sudan’s National Interim Constitution,” the agency said. “UNHCR also urges authorities to abstain from any further deportations.”After a separate case of refoulement to Ethiopia in early August, the Sudanese Government had assured UNHCR that it would not do this again. 11 October 2007The United Nations refugee agency today condemned the recent deportation of at least 15 Ethiopian refugees by the authorities in Sudan, calling it a breach of the country’s international legal obligations. read more

Sri Lankan killed in major fire in Bangladesh

He sustained serious injuries as he jumped off the building to escape the fire and died before he was admitted to hospital. At least 19 people, including a Sri Lankan citizen, were killed and 70 others injured in a fire that broke out at FR Tower in Dhaka’s Banani area in Bangladesh this afternoon.The fire broke out on the eighth floor of the 22-storey building on Banani Road 17 around 1:00pm and engulfed other floors immediately. The cause of the fire could not be known immediately, the Daily Star reported. Of those killed was Niras Chandra, a Sri Lankan national. He reportedly fell to his death while escaping the fire. Niras was brought dead to Kurmitola General Hospital, said the hospital’s Director Brig Gen Qazi Rashid-Un-Nabi. Fire incidents at the city’s burgeoning skyscrapers are nothing new. Cramped buildings, narrow alleyways, lack of fire security kits, inadequate fire exits in the skyscrapers are often considered a recipe of disasters. (Colombo Gazette)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The Banani fire incident, that has claimed 19 lives, comes barely a month after a devastating fire ripped through Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area on February 20, leaving 71 people dead.The Chawkbazar fire, which sparked from a chemical warehouse, is the second deadliest chemical-fuelled fire in the country after the 2010 Nimtoli incident. read more

Cereal shortfall looms over Somalia as drought cuts crops UN warns

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says only about 20 per cent of the areas in the northeast have reportedly had enough rainfall during April and May. In certain areas, “destitution is on the rise and weak animals continue to die,” the agency said.Rains in northern Somalia have been inadequate for four years in a row.WFP plans to issue an appeal shortly for funds to deal with the unfolding hardships in Somalia due to the ongoing drought. The agency expects that at least 20,000 extra tons of food relief will be needed to assist the victims.The northern pastoral areas have been affected by the absence of rain, while many agricultural areas of southern Somalia have reported total or near-total crop failure, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. read more

Brock celebrates its place in the biosphere

A crowd gathers at the raising of a United Nations flag at Brock’s St. Catharines campus.Brock is located within the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, and today, it raised a United Nations flag to celebrate that.The ceremony was co-ordinated by Brock’s new Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC), which does transdisciplinary research regarding the environment, sustainability and social-ecological resilience.Brock is one of only a handful of Canadian universities located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Niagara Escarpment is one of 16 reserves in Canada, and is part of a network of 580 reserves in 114 countries.The flag raising strengthened Brock’s commitment to sustainable research, teaching and community service, and to taking a more active role in UNESCO’s World Biosphere Reserve Network.“Brock’s location in a World Biosphere Reserve highlights the imperative of reconciling economic and social development with ecosystem integrity,” said ESRC director Ryan Plummer. “In response, the ESRC brings together individuals from across Brock University and beyond to engage in the enterprise of sustainability science and embrace UNESCO’s invitation to become a site of excellence.”The ESRC will help strengthen existing research networks between the University and local and international communities. It will also help the growth and development of new research partnerships to look at a wide range of sustainability issues.David A. Walden, Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, welcomed Brock’s willingness to serve as a bridge between research and community action.‘‘As we approach the conclusion of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), education institutions have a crucial role to play in translating knowledge about sustainability into practical tools and resources.”The ESRC’s key areas of research include: water resources and resilienceenvironmental governanceclimate change and adaptationsocial justiceFirst-Nations equity issues“The future of humanity depends on our ability to transcend the often contradictory relationships between economic practices, social progress and the natural environment,” said Thomas Dunk, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences. “Brock’s location in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is strong reminder of our responsibilities as educators and researchers in this regard.“Initiatives such as the ESRC demonstrate the commitment of Brock faculty members, staff, and students to leverage knowledge from across disciplines to address the most pressing issues of our age.”Today’s flag-raising event included Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President, Academic; Gary Libben, Vice-President, Research; Ian Brindle, former Vice-President, Research; Dunk, and Carol Jacobs, who works in Aboriginal Student Services at Brock.• Read a PDF of Carol Jacobs’ commentsOn hand for the flag-raising, from left: University President Jack Lightstone; Ian Brindle, former Vice-President, Research; Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President, Academic; Carol Jacobs, Aboriginal Student Services; Teri Trent, Niagara Escarpment Commission; Liette Vasseur, professor, Biological Sciences and ESRC associate; Richard Mitchell, professor, Child and Youth Studies, and ESRC associate; Ryan Plummer, professor, Tourism and Environment, and ESRC director; David Fancy, professor, Dramatic Arts, and ESRC associate; and Thomas Dunk, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences. read more

Chiefs Mahomes learning from rare firstyear mistakes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes walked out of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum two weeks ago with his jersey stained, his pride no doubt wounded and an uncharacteristic five turnovers blighting his box score.The only thing he stewed about during the Kansas City Chiefs’ bye week was the final score.The three interceptions that he’d tossed in the 54-51 loss to the Rams, and the two fumbles he lost trying to escape trouble, were merely learning opportunities. Mahomes went to work on the Chiefs’ bye week dissecting what went wrong, where he can improve and how he can avoid making the same mistakes.“Some of those came in crucial moments, knowing when and not to take a chance,” he said. “But every experience, bad and good, you have to take the positive from. We had a lot of good things happen in that game, but at the same time you have to find a way to win.”Spoken like a seasoned veteran rather than a first-year starter.There were indeed plenty of good things for Mahomes to think about. He set career highs with 33 completions and 478 yards passing, and he matched a career high with six touchdown passes, all while the Chiefs rallied time and again in a back-and-forth game that came down to the wire.Yet it was the turnovers that were the first topic tossed at Mahomes when he returned to work.The big knock on him coming out of Texas Tech — besides the fact that he was a product of the much-maligned “Air Raid” system — was that he was prone to turnovers.And while it was a largely unfounded knock, considering Mahomes never threw all that many interceptions with the Red Raiders, it continued to follow him through his rookie season and right into his first training camp as starter.Mahomes answered those critics with a turnover-free opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.He has continued to value possessions all season, throwing only 10 interceptions total through the first 11 weeks, even though Mahomes has a gunslinger reputation. He also has lost seven fumbles, and that may ultimately be where experience will make the biggest difference.Mahomes is still learning how to feel the pressure of an NFL pass rush, escape the pocket when the time comes and make sure two hands are on the football when somebody takes a slap at it.“Those guys made great plays. They swatted directly on the ball both times,” Mahomes said, thinking back to his two fumbles against the Rams. “You have to be secure with the ball. … Two hands on the ball, even when I’m trying to break the pocket.”Offensive co-ordinator Eric Bieniemy made it clear Thursday turnovers are a team problem, not one that Mahomes must shoulder alone. Wide receivers can do a better job with route-running and fighting for the ball while the offensive line can provide better protection.“One thing that we’ve learned together as a unit,” Bieniemy said, “is that if we eliminate the self-inflicted wounds we’ll have a chance.”Besides, even the best quarterbacks can have turnover troubles.The Patriots’ Tom Brady has six games with four interceptions during a career that will likely land him in the Hall of Fame. Ben Roethlisberger once tossed five for Pittsburgh against Jacksonville.And the player to whom Mahomes is constantly compared, Brett Favre, had a game with three fumbles and two picks and concluded his career with an NFL-record 336 interceptions.Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson, whose Chiefs record for touchdown throws in a season Mahomes has already shattered, once fumbled seven times in a game against the Chargers.The difference in some of those dismal days by some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks? They didn’t also throw for nearly 500 yards with six touchdown passes in a game that they nearly won.“You don’t hide it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, when asked how he approached the performance by his young quarterback. “You go back and evaluate it. How did those things happen and how do you fix them so they don’t happen again? We’ve done that. The one thing about Pat is he doesn’t make the same mistake twice. That’s been his M.O. here. I’m not worried about that.“I want him to keep firing,” Reid said. “Learn from his mistakes but keep firing.”NOTES: DL Chris Jones was voted AFC defensive player of the month. He has nine sacks total, and at least one in each of the past seven games. … WR Sammy Watkins (foot) remained out of practice Thursday. Safety Eric Berry (heel) and C Mitch Morse (concussion) continued to work on a limited basis.___More AP NFL: and Skretta, The Associated Press read more

Ill Have Another Wont Get A Chance At Triple

Although “sound and happy,” I’ll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, has been pulled from Saturday’s Belmont States, eliminating a chance at the first Triple Crown since 1978.Traner Doug O’Neill said during an interview on the The Dan Patrick Show that the championship horse “has a little problem with his left front leg.” He said the injury was not life-threatening but “not worth the risk” of running the race and risking further damage.The trainer added that the injury was not life-threatening. “It’s a bummer, but far from tragic,” O’Neill said. Asked if his racing career was over, O’Neill responded, “If I had to wager…yes. [The horse] will be seeing a lot of mares and smoking a lot of cigarettes [in his post-racing career as a stud].”The three-year-old colt had not lost in four races this year, including two California starts and the opening two legs of the Triple Crown. Trainers discovered tenderness this morning after an early-morning workout.The news leaves Affirmed as the last Triple Crown winner in 1978. It is the first time since 1936 that the Derby and Preakness winner didn’t run in the Belmont. That year, it was Bold Venture and in 1932, Burgoo King skipped the race. read more

Commentary Crew Stadium atmosphere among Columbus best

The United States men’s national soccer team’s victory against Jamaica at Crew Stadium added another proud chapter to Columbus’ sports history. So proud and frenzied was the game, in fact, that before the 90 minutes had elapsed on the field, some were already speculating about how the atmosphere in the stadium compared to other professional and collegiate sporting events hosted in Columbus.There is no doubt that the U.S. team’s most recent victory at Crew Stadium – the team upped its all-time record at the ground to 6-0-3 by beating Jamaica – is up there with the top sporting events in the city’s history. Whether it’s comparable to a football Saturday at Ohio Stadium is very much debatable, though.To understand how special the atmosphere was during the Yanks’ shutout victory against Jamaica on Tuesday, look no further than the very first words of team manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s post game press conference.“I think first of all, we want to thank that (Crew Stadium) crowd out there in Columbus for their tremendous support,” Klinsmann said. “It was a tremendous atmosphere that pushed the players. All of us really appreciated that. It was fantastic.”Keep Klinsmann’s status in world soccer in mind – he’s played professionally in England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga. He was a World Cup winner with Germany in 1990 and a European champion with Bayern Munich in 1996.Suffice it to say that the guy knows his soccer, he knows what passionate fan support looks like and while part of his job as U.S. manager is to help stoke the relatively small flame that is American soccer culture, he has no other reason to sugarcoat. And he didn’t on Tuesday. So congratulations to soccer fans in Columbus and all the rest that journeyed to Central Ohio for the game – the performance of the 23,881 fans that jammed into Crew Stadium was just as convincing as the American team’s play on the pitch.I’ll take it a step further, as some members of the press did last night, and say that the atmosphere at Crew Stadium was better than the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opening-round series against the Detroit Red Wings during the 2009 NHL playoffs.Anyone can make that claim easily.With the temporary seating installed in Crew Stadium for Tuesday’s game, a vital World Cup qualifier for both teams involved, the venue held more fans than the Blue Jackets’ Nationwide Arena could ever host (capacity of 18,500 for hockey, according to The Jackets also had a fan base that wasn’t fully invested in the 2009 playoff run, and that’s OK because the team was a heavy underdog against Detroit and was eventually swept, 4-0.American fans, despite seeing the U.S. lose to Jamaica, 2-1, in Kingston, Jamaica, just days before the game in Columbus, had Klinsmann’s promise that the team wouldn’t lose to the Reggae Boyz for the second time in a week. They didn’t, and American fans have come to expect results from their men’s national team against opponents from all over the world. There’s a cautious optimism about the U.S. men’s national team, and that lends itself to a party spirit whenever the squad has a match.It goes without saying that while the U.S. men’s team is far from a juggernaut in world soccer, it is a strong and competitive team, especially in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) region.So in terms of the significance of the event and the passionate crowd support, Tuesday’s game at Crew Stadium tops anything the Blue Jackets franchise has to offer.I’ll even say this – the U.S.-Jamaica game was a better atmosphere than most Ohio State men’s basketball home games.Again, consider the respective stadiums’ capacities – the Schottenstein Center holds 19,500 fans for basketball games and, quite honestly, a lot of those Buckeye contests can be a bore.I’m not talking about the marquee games against big-name opponents such as Duke last season or Kansas this coming season. Big Ten Conference games against Wisconsin and Michigan State certainly might have the U.S.-Jamaica game beat in terms of atmosphere, especially when the Buckeye Nut House student cheering section gets fired up.But are you going to tell me that an OSU basketball game against some of the drab non-conference teams the athletic department brings in is an event you’d be excited to watch? For someone that’s never seen the Buckeyes play live before, maybe you would tell me that. But for Columbus residents and students with season ticket plans, sorry, you’re lying to yourself if you think the average OSU men’s basketball home game tops what Crew Stadium offered on Tuesday.What I can’t do is tell you that the U.S. men’s national team and its fans teamed up to create an atmosphere comparable to an OSU football game at Ohio Stadium. There’s no comparison.Using the same stadium-capacity barometer, well, it would take more than four Crew Stadiums (with additional, temporary seating) to fill the Horseshoe. Even if many Buckeye supporters want to sit on their hands throughout the game, 105,000 people are going to make more noise inhaling and exhaling oxygen than a packed Crew Stadium ever will.So when I overheard members of the Columbus media compare Tuesday’s national team game to the OSU-USC football game at the Horseshoe in 2008, well, there’s a reason I didn’t make that argument the focus of this column. That is a ridiculous and absurd notion.Unlike the OSU men’s basketball team, even the Buckeyes football team’s non-conference games draw massive, passionate crowds. Even on a planet where soccer is king, gatherings of 100,000 or more supporters is a phenomenon that is mostly limited to a select group of American universities with powerful college football programs.There’s no shame in losing out to the tradition and pageantry of an Ohio Stadium football game, though. The U.S. put on yet another memorable performance at Crew Stadium on Tuesday, one that will be remembered as one of the great sporting moments in a city that has had so many.Certainly, Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier provided a performance and accompanying atmosphere that rivals any moment in the history of Columbus’ NHL franchise and even gives the average OSU men’s basketball home game a run for its money.Not bad for a soccer team. read more

Pharma scandal Procurement delays exorbitant prices will force billiondollar supplementary

…still no system to replace prequalification criteria for reliabilityWhile the controversy surrounding the latest $605 million sole-sourcing scandal to have beset the Public Health Ministry/Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) continues, with regard to pharmaceutical supplies procured for the health sector, reports continue to pour in from all regions – including the tertiary Georgetown Hospital – of continued drug shortages, which are having an adverse effect on poorer patients who cannot afford to purchase the drugs prescribed by their public medical practitioners.Stakeholders are asking: When will Government sort out its pharma procurement system?Country Head of ANSA McAL in Guyana, Beverly HarperRecently-appointed Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has volunteered that it was an acute shortage of drugs in the system that led her to approve a sole-sourced contract for $605 million for Trinidadian firm ANSA McAL.“Some of these pharmaceuticals were overdue by as much as six months, which exacerbated the drug shortage at the Hospital. These are the same suppliers who, before May 2015, when all the pharmaceuticals for the nation was sole-sourced from NEW GPC for billions of dollars, were given the opportunity under the Granger Administration to become suppliers of pharmaceuticals to the public healthcare sector,” she said.After stoutly denying there were shortages in the face of persistent reports to the contrary, former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton has now conceded that in fact the shortages did exist. He said he supported Minister Lawrence in her decision to sole source. During the budget debate in February 2016, Dr Karen Cummings, the Government’s point person on health, alluded to the cancellation of the prequalification-based contract with the NEW GPC in October 2015, and said, “Mr Speaker, open, competitive bidding is on the horizon. Sole sourcing of drugs, as we know it, will end very soon! This [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC Government will ensure that it does not water the hard-earned taxpayers’ dollars on enriching the pockets of the undeserving.”Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceThe Public Health Ministry claimed to have received support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop a new standard for “an open, competitive bidding system”. A bidding document to this effect has been approved by the National Tender Administration Board, following which a pre-bid meeting with all potential bidders was held on December 16, 2015. However, the $700 million which were allocated the following January now appear to have been given to selected suppliers, who did not deliver and who the Minister stubbornly refuses to identify. A source at GPHC has indicated to this newspaper that one of the major culprits is a company based on Camp Street, which is owned by a known AFC supporter.The concerned professionals are worried that unless the defaulting suppliers are publicly identified, they will once again receive contracts they cannot supply, and place additional lives at risk. They hope that if the Minister continues to balk, the Auditor General would at least rectify this anomaly next year.In the new round of efforts to supply pharmaceuticals for the country, the present revelations indicate that on four separate occasions, bids from suppliers were received but were cancelled after irregularities were discovered to have been committed to give some suppliers an unfair advantage. The IPA was not one of the four suppliers that received “emergency” contracts to bail out the Ministry from the crisis of its own making, and this lends credence to the claims of those professionals who point to the IPA as a defaulter. Because of the delay and exorbitant prices paid for sourcing of supplies, one insider has predicted that Government will have to return to Parliament with a supplementary budget for at least $1 billion.Reviewing the debacle, President David Granger opined, “If there is some procedural irregularity, that (situation) can be rectified; and if it is found that somebody is at fault; well, there can be disciplinary actions,” he told reporters on the televised programme “The Public Interest”.PrequalificationHowever, according to a source from the Public Health Ministry, who spoke with this publication, “Guyana should not try to re-invent the wheel. The Government promised to replace the World Bank/[World Health Organisation]WHO-designed prequalification system that Guyana had because they wanted to create a “more level and decentralised playing field”.” However, he has emphasised that in so doing, the Government allowed in “fly-by-night” companies and individuals who just could not handle the internationally prescribed standards and consequent supply chain demands. “This is also why we have the Minister now complaining about ‘fake drugs’ entering the system,” the professional emphasised.Another doctor with years of experience in the public and private health sectors said, “Whatever their concerns about the old prequalification criteria favouring one company, they have to admit it worked over the decade it was in place. And it’s a myth that only one company benefited; the others who received a substantial amount of the business had the decade to bring their scores up to par. We can see the consequences of that now that they can’t deliver contracts they were handed.”Pressed to elaborate on NEW GPC’s record between 2005 and 2015 for the country’s pharma supplies, he rattled it off: “The proof of the pudding is (that) there were no shortages in the decade. None! They also offered 70,000 square feet of temperature-controlled, WHO-compliant cold chain storage pharma warehousing, completely free of cost. And with their location at Ruimveldt, it meant almost instantaneous deliveries.“They also added a manufacturing capacity to our national push for independence by manufacturing a substantial quantity of pharma supplies, which were FDA approved and resulted in substantial exports to bring in foreign currency. They also employed a substantial number of Guyanese, who all paid their taxes.”According to the Minister, NEW GPC was one of the companies given part of the emergency order; however, attempts to elicit a comment from NEW GPC proved futile, as calls were not returned as promised. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPC launches investigation into $605M ANSA McAL sole sourcing contract, othersMarch 31, 2017In “Business”Jagdeo questions whether GPHC board was structured to facilitate irregularitiesMarch 15, 2017In “Health”ANSA McAL sole sourcing scandal: Lawrence breaks silence, admits to authorisingMarch 11, 2017In “Business” read more

ATT selling refurbished iPhone 3GS now for only 9

first_imgBack in January, AT&T slashed the price of the Apple iPhone 3GS to just $49 with a two-year contract. If you’ve always wanted an iPhone but just couldn’t afford it, the $50 outdated model may have been the way to go. That is, until AT&T dropped the price of the refurbished model yesterday to just $9.AT&T’s drop in January from $99 to $49 hit right before Verizon became a carrier option for the iPhone 4. Anytime we see a major price drop in a product, it’s good reason to believe that we’ll be seeing a new product soon. As we reported yesterday, Apple is rumored to be offering a $349 iPhone 3GS free of contract, as well as continuing to sell the iPhone 4 in addition to a new iPhone 4S, resulting in a three-tiered pricing model for Apple’s iPhone.AdChoices广告So what will you lose if you go with the iPhone 3GS, for just $10, over the iPhone 4, which will cost you at least $189 more? A front-facing camera, so FaceTime is out; a high-resolution retina display; the Apple A4 chip; and two hours less battery life. You’ll also be getting a 3-megapixel camera compared to a 5-megapixel version; no camera flash; and VGA video recording, as compared to HD video recording.However, if you’re just looking for all the goodness that is an iPhone, and you don’t want to spend a lot on a device, this isn’t exactly a bad way to go.AT&T’s refurbished phones are pre-owned and have been returned within the 30-day grace period. They’re tested before being re-sold and reset to their factory standards. There’s a 30-day trial period for refurbished devices, as well as a 90-day warranty.via PCMaglast_img read more

Vancouver filmmakers magical musical tour

first_imgEven for a truly old-school musician, the art of setting down a needle in the outer groove of a wavy gramophone record takes lots of patience.Singer-actor Marcel Petunia, decked out in a dark, shiny suit that would have fit right into the gramophone era, tried it many times in a downtown Vancouver studio one morning in April. Over and over the camera rolled, the vintage clapperboard clapped, and Petunia’s character — a Jimmie Rodgers analog named Yodellin’ Vern Lockhart — turned the crank and then dropped the needle on a rather bumpy disc. Over and over, it bounced back off again.Director Beth Harrington laughingly commended Petunia on what he was doing right — his superb cranking skills. Her crew adjusted lights. Harrington and Petunia discussed the details of his eventual retreat from the camera, should the needle ever cooperate. Petunia waited patiently for another take to commence.In all, filming five or so seconds of a “teaser” for Harrington’s upcoming web series, “The Musicianer,” took about one hour, the labor of a half-dozen patient professionals, and a sound studio that’s no longer one of the best-kept secrets in downtown Vancouver.So many microphonesPatrick Tetreault, guitarist and singer for the celebrated Vancouver country-rock band The Pearls, is also a co-owner and engineer at Feng Sway Studio, a brick-walled network of rooms behind an anonymous door on West Ninth Street.last_img read more

Update 50 yearold male shot and robbed at Resorts lobby

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have arrested two men, a 23 year old on suspicion of Robbery and a 35 year old on suspicion of Conspiracy to Rob. These arrests are in connection with a robbery that occurred at a resort on Saturday 4th March 2017 in the Lower Bight area of Providenciales.Around 2: 29am, Police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where the victim was met and told officers that he caught a ride from the Casino and as he exited the vehicle at his hotel he was approached by three masked men who demanded money. The culprits stabbed and shot him before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The victim’s condition is improving and he is still in the hospital.If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the police at Chalk Sound Police at 338-5901/941-8067 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Sherwood baffled by Alderweirelds omission in Spurs derby defeat

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has questioned his successor Mauricio Pochettino’s decisions in light of their 4-2 derby defeat to ArsenalThe Argentine made the shock decision to start Juan Foyth instead of Toby Alderweireld on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.The 20-year-old Foyth notably lost possession of the ball within his own half in the build-up to Alexandre Lacazette’s goal – which handed Arsenal a 3-2 lead.Pochettino later defended Foyth and insisted that his fellow Argentine was one of the best players out there.But, for Sherwood, Alderweireld’s absence from the derby was a mistake and he also expects the Belgian to leave by next year.“Hindsight makes it easy to be a football manager when you look at decisions made,” Sherwood told Sky Sports’ The Debate.“I was surprised when I saw Alderweireld wasn’t in the starting line-up with Vertonghen.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I know that they’re looking to the future because Alderweireld almost certainly will not be at the football club next year.“The young Argentinian boy Foyth has come into the side, struggled a bit and made a few mistakes at Wolves.“He made a mistake in the derby at the beginning of last week against Chelsea when he should have given a penalty but he got away with that. Then he made a mistake at the weekend.“Now I understand Mauricio wants to see if he can play in the big games, give him the confidence and try to stick with him and there comes a time when you’re playing in that position, which is a very responsible position on the field, when you make a mistake you invariably get punished at the top level. He’s made too many and maybe the boy needs to come out.“It was a massive game, it’s a north London derby and arguably the best centre-half partnership in the country is Alderweireld and (Jan) Vertonghen.“But it’s easy sitting here after the event. Mauricio makes a lot of decisions for that football club and you have to say 99 per cent of them have been correct up to now.”last_img read more

Klopp Solskjaer has proved he deserves to manage a top club

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been left impressed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s “brilliant job” at Manchester United and backed him to become a top-club coach.Since replacing Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford dugout in December, Solskjaer has embarked on a record-breaking start as caretaker manager by winning 11 of his opening 13 matches in charge.The Norwegian has also got United back into the top-four in the Premier League table, despite the club being 11 points adrift when he first arrived.As a result, Solskjaer is now viewed as a strong favourite to take on the top job permanently at Old Trafford despite reported competition from Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri.For now though, the 45-year-old is preparing his United team against an old rival he knows very well from his own playing days at the club in Liverpool.The Reds effectively sent Mourinho packing after beating United 3-1 last time out and will be looking for a similar result on Sunday in order to maintain their title challenge in the Premier League.But, for Klopp, there is nothing but respect for Solskjaer given everything he’s accomplished as the duo prepare to lock horns for the first time this weekend.“I am a manager myself and I know that we are not magicians,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“It is not like we can come in and say ‘you are not good, but I can make you really good’!Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But we are blessed with really good players around us and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing a brilliant job.“It is all about bringing out the potential of the team, improving the quality, and that is what he obviously did and that makes him a manager for a top club.“I didn’t know him, I met him one time – I think – last year at a training game in La Manga, where he was with the Norwegian team, and so we had a little chat.“He is a nice fellow, that is for sure, and what he did so far is obviously brilliant.”Under the Molde FK coach, United have returned to a more offensive style of football after struggling to hit top form through Mourinho’s rather conservative tactics.Klopp added: “We will see how they play against us. I think they are able to play different ways.“They are much more front-footed for sure now, that is clear, but their counter attacks are a massive threat, especially when (Anthony) Martial and (Jesse) Lingard get fit again.“It is not only one thing they are good at. There are a few ways where you can at least give them a few questions they don’t have easy answers for – but it will be a very physical game and very demanding for both teams.”The Premier League match between United and Liverpool at Old Trafford will begin at 3:05 PM (CET) this Sunday.LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United celebrates victory after the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)last_img read more

DODs FY20 Budget Request Will Fully Reflect Administrations Priorities DOD Official Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The next budget request the Pentagon submits to Congress will have added significance as it will be the Trump administration’s first that will be fully shaped by the new National Defense Strategy, a senior official told Military Times. “’19 was certainly very much influenced by it, but this is going to now truly be all-encompassing. So we think the ’20 budget request is going to be incredibly important,” said Robert Hood, assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs. Hood’s comments come as the military departments face an approaching deadline for sending their draft FY 2020 budgets to DOD.Hood reiterated the department does not plan to ask for a significant boost in topline spending for FY 2020, following a historic jump in FY 2018. “If you look at ’18 and ’19 — two nice step-ups, in terms of funding. And the intent is there’s not going to be another big step up again,” he said. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Aaron Lyonslast_img read more