first_imgLalit Modi has dropped another bomb by leaking Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s offer letter from India Cements, a company owned by former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan.India Cements owned Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings, who were suspended for two seasons in 2015 following the spot-fixing and corruption scandal that rocked the world cricket in 2013.Along with CSK, the inaugural edition champions Rajasthan Royals were also suspended by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha panel. The committee also banned CSK’s Gurunath Meiyappan, who is also Srinivasan’s son-in-law and RR’s co-owner Raj Kundra for life.Modi, who was sacked as IPL chairman in 2010, tweeted the contract letter of Dhoni and captioned, “It seems only in #india #contempt after contempt continues by the #old #guards of @bcci – How ? My best guess is #northblock.”It seems only in #india #contempt after contempt continues by the #old #guards of @bcci – How ? My best guess is #northblock pic.twitter.com/J3Z1kJgtvM- Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) May 8, 2017In the letter it shows Dhoni was appointed as the vice-president of India Cements in 2012 with a basic pay of Rs 43,000 a month and a special allowance of Rs 60,000 a month among numerous other perks.Dhoni, who has always been tight-lipped over the IPL controversies, is yet to react to the story.The former India skipper is busy with his duties at the Rising Pune Supergiant, who will not get an extension next season.last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli’s men go into the three-Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday fully aware that they need to win the series to retain their number-one Test ranking.India are presently sitting pretty on the top of the tree on 123 points, while second-ranked South Africa, who are involved in a four-Test series against England, are second on 117 points.If India win the series against Sri Lanka then it will end the Proteas’ chances of reaching the top even if it wins the remaining two Tests against England.However, if Sri Lanka turn the tables on the number-one ranked Test side then South Africa will have a sniff of the top position.If Sri Lanka beat India 2-1 or 2-0 or 1-0 then South Africa will need to beat England by 2-1 or better to surge to the top of the Test rankings. If Sri Lanka win all the three Tests against India then South Africa will need to draw the series against England.On the other side of the coin, if India win 3-0 then it will gain two points and rise to 125 points while Sri Lanka will drop two points to finish on 89 points.To retain its pre-series points, India will need to either win 2-0 or 3-0, otherwise it will lose points.In the Test Rankings of Batsmen, India’s Cheteshwar Pujara will be aiming to break into the top three.The right-hander trails number-three ranked Kane Williamson of New Zealand by 34 points. Steve Smith is the number-one ranked batsman and he is followed by England captain Joe Root.advertisementDespite missing 10th ranked Lokesh Rahul, India have Kohli (fifth) and Ajinkya Rahane (11th) inside the top 20, while the next highest-ranked Indian batsman is wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who is ranked 47th, while Rohit Sharma is 48th.As far as Sri Lanka are concerned, 19th ranked Angelo Mathews is its highest-ranked batsman. He is followed by Kusal Mendis, who shares 24th place with an absent Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva (44th) and Upul Tharanga (45th).Among the bowlers, India’s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja will start as the number-one ranked bowler, leading Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Rangana Herath by 32 points.Other bowlers who feature prominently in the player rankings and will be aiming to make upward movements include Ravichandran Ashwin (third), Dilruwan Perera (18th), Umesh Yadav (22nd), Mohammed Shami (24th), Ishant Sharma (29th), Nuwan Pradeep (33rd), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (35th) and Suranga Lakmal (36th).Series schedule:July 26-30: 1st Test, GalleAugust 3-7: 2nd Test, SSC, ColomboAugust 12-16: 3rd Test, Pallekelelast_img read more

first_imgAl Jazira 1 Real Madrid 2: Bale spares Spanish blushes at Club World Cup Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 02:54 12/14/17 bale - CROPPED Getty Images Real Madrid defeated Al Jazira 2-1 in the Club World Cup semi-finals, but it was far from plain sailing for the European champions. Gareth Bale came off the bench to score a late winner as Real Madrid avoided embarrassment in a 2-1 victory over Al Jazira in the Club World Cup semi-finals.Bale, making just his second appearance since September, found the net with his first touch on a frustrating outing for Madrid, who dominated possession but struggled to find a way through.An inspired display by Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseifa thwarted the European champions early on before Romarinho fired the Emirati outfit into an unlikely lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Real Madrid had seen two goals disallowed in the first half and Al Jazira were themselves denied by VAR early in the second, with Mbark Boussoufa having an effort chalked off for offside.Khaseif’s withdrawal through injury after 51 minutes sparked the beginning of the Madrid revival, with Ronaldo becoming the competition’s all-time top scorer with his sixth Club World Cup goal before Bale completed the turnaround in the 81st minute.Madrid will now face Gremio in the final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.1 – Gareth Bale has scored with his first shot and his first touch of the game against Al Jazira. Impact. pic.twitter.com/8LvLjLBVZ9 — OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 13, 2017 Al Jazira goalkeeper Khaseif was predictably kept busy in the early stages and was equal to everything Madrid threw at him.Two dangerous Ronaldo headers – the deflected second requiring a miraculous reaction save – were kept out by the 30-year-old, while a fierce Luka Modric drive that looked destined for the bottom-left corner was touched onto the post.Khaseif’s all-action opening looked to have taken its toll when he went down injured after 14 minutes, but he was soon back on his feet and springing left to deny Karim Benzema.Benzema should have done better when he sent another header flying over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy moments later, and Khaseif continued to frustrate Madrid, getting down brilliantly to keep out Modric before Ronaldo sent yet another header straight at him.Al Jazira attacks were rare, however, and Ali Mabkhout squandered the side’s first clear-cut chance by firing wide of the left-hand post.​Benzema finally had the ball in the net after 24 minutes but had his effort ruled out for a Ronaldo shove on Mohamed Ayed, before the France international was himself guilty of costing his side a goal.​Casemiro’s header deflected in off a defender to spark Madrid celebrations – but a video review swiftly dampened spirits by judging Benzema to be offside.And Al Jazira took a shock lead four minutes from half-time, when some lax defending from an underemployed Madrid back line allowed Romarinho to turn inside Raphael Varane and coolly curl around Keylor Navas. The match looked to have taken another remarkable turn early in the second half but Al Jazira’s hopes soon began to unravel.​Boussoufa appeared to have doubled Al Jazira’s lead only to be deemed marginally offside after he and Mabkhout had raced clear of an absent Madrid defence.And an even bigger blow arrived three minutes later when Khaseif’s earlier injury forced him off.Having toiled for an hour trying to get the better of game’s star performer, it took just three minutes to beat replacement Khaled Al Senaani – Ronaldo turning in the box and rifling home the leveller.RECORD-BREAKER!With @Cristiano levelling the scores in Abu Dhabi, the @RealMadrid man becomes the # ClubWC ‘s all-time top scorer, registering his sixth goal in the competition! pic.twitter.com/0hzU5QijsZ — #ClubWC (@FIFAcom) December 13, 2017 Wales read more Al Senaani was on hand to block a Benzema strike as Madrid chased the lead, before the striker’s next two efforts bounced off the left-hand upright.While Madrid controlled possession and continued to turn the screw, they repeatedly looked vulnerable at the back whenever Al Jazira ventured forwards.However, Bale’s introduction took less than a minute to have a decisive impact on the match, as the international converted from a Lucas Vazquez cutback to find the net with the slightest hint of a deflection from Ronaldo.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Subotic ends long Dortmund stay to join Saint-Etienne Ryan Benson 01:33 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) subotic-cropped Getty Images Transfers Borussia Dortmund Saint-Étienne Ligue 1 Bundesliga The Serbia defender spent almost a decade at the Bundesliga club, but will now continue his career in France Neven Subotic’s long association with Borussia Dortmund has come to an end after the defender agreed to join Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne on a reported free transfer.Subotic – whose contract was due to expire at the end of the season – had been on the books at Dortmund for just under 10 years after joining from Mainz in June 2008.The Serbian became a key player under Jurgen Klopp and was part of the team that won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12, before also playing in the Champions League final the following year as Dortmund were defeated 2-1 by Bayern Munich. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Injuries have troubled Subotic in the last two-and-a-half years and he has played just 10 Bundesliga games for Dortmund since the start of the 2015-16 campaign.He spent the second half of last season on loan at Cologne and returned to Dortmund for the new season, but he has only featured four times since in the league and has opted to move on.Upon signing a one-and-a-half-year deal with the French side, Subotic bid farewell to Dortmund, whom he says it has been an “honour” to play for.”I would like to thank BVB wholeheartedly for the nine years at BVB,” he said in a statement on Dortmund’s website. “Over the years, we have experienced many things together, mourned together and celebrated together. This time I will forever carry in my heart.pic.twitter.com/nBwbtiNOCD— AS Saint-Etienne (@ASSEofficiel) January 25, 2018 Neven #Subotic  est stephanois ! #ASSE #BienvenueNeven https://t.co/Imk4uPNBQ1 pic.twitter.com/dkswVHigbM— AS Saint-Etienne (@ASSEofficiel) January 25, 2018″Thanks to all Borussia fans for this wonderful time, because without your support, they would not have been possible. It was an honour for me to celebrate big titles for our team and the whole city.”These moments have connected me with BVB and especially with the people behind it. This connection will last forever.”last_img read more

first_imgClarence Grondin of the Lunenburg Rod and Gun Club is the 2004Nova Scotia Hunter Education Instructor of the Year. The award was presented today, Dec. 15, by Richard Hurlburt,Minister of Natural Resources. “I am pleased to be able to recognize the contribution Mr.Grondin has made to hunter education in Nova Scotia,” said Mr.Hurlburt. “His work, together with the work of volunteerinstructors like him, is invaluable in promoting safe hunting,responsible hunter-landowner relations and public safety.” Mr. Grondin has taught hunter safety to many Nova Scotians andhas 21 years of experience. He is one of more than 160instructors across the province who work through non-profitservice clubs to deliver hunter education programs year-round. “Hunter education works and the proof is in the pudding,” saidTony Rodgers, executive director of the Nova Scotia Federation ofAnglers and Hunters. “In the last five years alone, there havebeen no fatalities.” The Department of Natural Resources has presented the Instructorof the Year award since 1994 to recognize volunteer instructorswho have made an outstanding effort to promote hunter educationin Nova Scotia.last_img read more

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – Justin Trudeau insisted Wednesday that his government won’t back down on a controversial plan to end tax provisions that it says give some wealthy small business owners an unfair advantage.The prime minister delivered that message as he kicked off a Liberal caucus retreat, pre-empting backbenchers who’d come poised to press for changes to the tax plan after being inundated with complaints over the summer.“I want to be clear,” Trudeau told the assembled MPs.“People who make $50,000 a year should not pay higher taxes than people who make $250,000 a year.”While he signalled a willingness to adjust the proposed tax changes, Trudeau was adamant that they won’t simply be abandoned in the face of a mounting backlash from doctors, lawyers, tax professionals, shopkeepers and others who’ve incorporated their small businesses in order to reduce their income tax bill.“We are always open to better ways to fix that problem but we are going to fix that problem,” he said.The backlash has been growing since mid-July, when Finance Minister Bill Morneau released a controversial, three-pronged plan to end tax provisions used by a growing number of small businesses, creating what he called an “unfair playing field.”One change would restrict the ability of incorporated business owners to lower their tax rate by sprinkling income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do no work for the business. Another would limit the use of private corporations to make passive investments in things like stocks or real estate.The third change would limit the ability to convert a corporation’s regular income into capital gains that are typically taxed at a lower rate.Morneau insists the plan will affect only those who earn $150,000 or more and who still have money to shelter from tax after maxing out their RRSPs and tax-free savings accounts.Morneau stressed Wednesday that the government is still consulting on the proposals and is prepared to make some adjustments to avoid any unintended consequences.“We know that we need to get more information before we can actually come to conclusions,” he said.However, he ruled out extending the Oct. 2 consultation deadline, as urged by Canadian Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty.Morneau did try to reassure the Canadian Medical Association, which has warned that the proposed changes would disproportionately impact young female doctors who rely on the tax measures to be able to afford to take maternity leave.“We have a commitment to making sure that the work we do for Canada includes a focus on how we can have a really great performance for women in the economy, that we deal with issues around differences in pay, that we deal with differences in terms of how women can be successful,” Morneau said.“So nothing we will do will in any way jeopardize that. We’ll look at all these measures to make sure they’re not in any way causing (a) challenge for women.”Ginette Petitpas Taylor, the new health minister, said she intends to meet soon with CMA president Gigi Osler to discuss her concerns.“No decisions have been made at this time,” she said. “We’re really open to listening.”Behind the closed doors of the caucus retreat, MPs aired the concerns they’ve heard from their constituents about the reforms. Insiders said views were mixed, with some backbenchers wanting to ditch outright one or more of the proposed changes and others seeking only a few tweaks.Stephen Fuhr, whose riding encompasses Kelowna, said he’s satisfied that the government is listening to its backbenchers.“They’re absolutely open to hearing from all of us,” he said. “That’s our job to deliver the message and it’s their job to compile the data to come up with the best policy to serve all Canadians and I’m convinced that they’re doing that.”Despite the firestorm around the proposed tax changes, the Liberal government is riding high in the polls and the economy is rebounding. Backbenchers report their constituents are relatively satisfied with the government’s performance as it approaches the mid-point of its four-year mandate.But Trudeau urged Liberal MPs not to spend time patting themselves on the back over the government’s accomplishments so far, warning that there’s plenty of heavy lifting ahead.“As we come up on the halfway mark of our mandate, I think it’s fair to take a moment to look back and consider all that we’ve been able to achieve so far,” he told the caucus.After a brief pause, he added: “So, there, that was your moment … What we need to do now and every day is focus on the hard work that lies ahead.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Annette FrancisAPTN National NewsOttawa – Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence arrived on the steps of Parliament Hill Monday to begin what could be her final protest.“I’m willing to die for my people because the pain is too much and it’s time for (Prime Minister Stephen Harper) to realize what he’s doing to us,” said Spence.Spence said she intends to stay in Ottawa until a meeting is held with Harper or Queen Elizabeth to discuss treaty rights.News of the horrific living conditions in Attawapiskat made international news last year.After making headlines the federal government stepped in and appointed a third-party manager.Spence says the crisis in her community is still unresolved.“It’s still the same people are still living in trailers and more are asking for sheds because they have no materials,” she said on the steps of Parliament Hill.The inspiration for Spence’s hunger strike comes after attending last week’s Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Que.“How many times do we have to write a letter to the prime minister concerning our land and our people?” she said.She has the support of Cliff Summers, a former resident of Onieda of the Thames who now resides in Ottawa.Summers said the frustrations are growing over broken trust and imposed legislation.“There’s a peoples movement across Canada and we have to make it clear that we cannot accept the only future for our young people is suicide because we lead the statistics in Canada,” he said.She also has the support of NDP MP Charlie Angus who said Harper needs to understand the colonialist ways need to change.“We’ve lost basic sense of respect because when it comes to First Nations and the Crown, there is no honour of the Crown right now in terms of any First Nations so I don’t know what will happen, how far this will go, but I’m sensing a real anger. This could be the match on dry grass, I don’t know,” said Angus.But when prodded during Question Period if Minister of Aboriginal Affairs John Duncan will meet with Spence, the government avoided the question.Spence will be staying on Victoria Island that sits below Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court of Canada. She began her strike Tuesday morning.last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE – Nearly 50 people have fallen sick on a cruise ship that departed from Baltimore last week.Royal Caribbean Cruises spokesman Owen Torres told The Baltimore Sun 46 cases of gastrointestinal illness were reported aboard the Grandeur of the Seas ship.The 2,900-passenger cruise left Baltimore on Jan. 2 for a nine-day trip with stops in South Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas. It was scheduled to set sail back to Baltimore on Thursday, but now won’t until Saturday because of a mechanical error.Torres said the cause of the illness is unknown. The ship’s doctors have treated those affected by the illness with over-the-counter medication. Torres said no new illnesses had been reported as of Thursday morning.Last month, about 500 passengers on two separate Royal Caribbean cruises also fell sick.___This story has been corrected to show the reason for the ship’s delayed return was mechanical error, not the sickness.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comlast_img read more

In an interview yesterday with Agence France Presse (AFP), Mr. Ban said he was troubled that many leaders in North Africa and the Middle East “have come out always too late, too little” to satisfy calls for change.“If you look at all the situations happening across the Arab world and North Africa, there is one common desire: that is genuine freedom,” he told the news agency. “People have been oppressed under authoritarian rule for the past three or four decades. Now they believe that it is high time for rights to be respected and their aspirations to be heard.”The Secretary-General urged leaders to listen more closely to the “aspirations and challenges” of their people, saying they should extend greater freedoms.Mr. Ban said he had told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on several occasions to carry out reforms and engage in meaningful dialogue with opposition groups and protesters “before it is too late.”He added that he has also tried to meet with other regional leaders who could influence the decision-making of Mr. Assad.Turning to Libya, where military forces supporting the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi have been engaged in fierce fighting with opposition groups since mid-February, Mr. Ban said he was concerned that the humanitarian crisis in that country is only worsening.He stressed that the immediate goal must be a verifiable ceasefire so that aid can reach people in need, particularly in the besieged city of Misrata. 19 May 2011Arab leaders who have faced popular uprisings in their countries this year have been too slow to make the necessary reforms and compromises to meet the demands expressed by the public, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said. read more

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 26.30 points to 15,093.61, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 10.02 points to 22,003.73. The S&P 500 index was down 0.89 of a point to 2,464.95 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 3.70 points to 6,336.53.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.40 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 78.71 cents US.The September crude contract was down 30 cents to US$47.29 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down one cent to US$2.95 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $14.00 to US$1,276.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was down one cent to US$2.89 a pound.

Linguist Thomas Farrell has published on a new book for teachers on reflective practice.Are you a teacher caught up in a career “computer loop,” where every day is the same thing over and over again, like a never-ending Groundhog Day? Has lesson planning become so rote that it has become virtually meaningless?What you may need is a good dose of reflective practice. And linguist Thomas Farrell is there to provide it.“The whole point is that teachers become aware of what they do and why they do it,” Farrell says. “Workshops – or dog-and-pony shows as I call them – in which an expert from the outside comes in and tells teachers what to do and what to change is not effective in the long term.“How can you change something if you don’t know what that something is?” he says.Farrell says that a teacher knowing what he or she does involves thinking about – and articulating – not only the tasks they perform on a regular basis, but why they do these tasks and how they know that they’ve achieved their goals.“Most people teach because they want their students to learn something,” Farrell says. “For example, how do they know their students are learning something? Reflective practice involves investigating all of this.”Even explaining common tasks is challenging in cases where teachers are stuck in a rut and have gone into automatic pilot mode. Farrell says his research shows many teachers subsequently don’t actually do what they say they do, largely because they lack the space and time to be introspective and self-examining.Thomas Farrell’s book, Reflective Writing for Language TeachersA key tool in the process is reflective writing, which is also the title of Farrell’s latest book, scheduled to be released in September. It’s a type of stream-of-consciousness journal writing in which behavioural and other patterns emerge.“There’s a very famous quote that sums up what reflective writing is: ‘How do I know what I think until I see what I say?’” Farrell says. “In other words, when you see what you’ve written, then you can see what you’re thinking. You’re organizing your thoughts.”Farrell and the Faculty of Humanities are talking about offering a Certificate in Reflective Practice, likely beginning in the fall of 2013.The theory of reflective practice was introduced by Donald Schon in 1983, who drew upon earlier concepts primarily to combat professional burnout. One definition is “the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning.”Farrell says the concepts and practices can apply to any profession. read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 20, 2017 8:13 am MDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Monday, July 17, 2017, photo shows two condominium high-rises under construction in downtown Miami. On Thursday, July 20, 2017, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week after two straight weeks of increases. The benchmark 30-year rate slipped back below the significant 4 per cent level.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages fell to an average 3.96 per cent from 4.03 per cent last week. It stood at 3.45 per cent a year ago and averaged a record low 3.65 per cent in 2016.The rate on 15-year, fixed-rate home loans, popular with homeowners who are refinancing their mortgages, eased to 3.23 per cent from 3.29 per cent last week.Mortgage rates still remain historically low even though the Federal Reserve has begun to ratchet up short-term interest rates.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage rose to 0.6 point from 0.5 point last week. The fee on 15-year loans was unchanged at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year loans dipped to 3.21 per cent from 3.28 per cent last week. The fee held steady at 0.5 point. Average US mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 3.96 per cent read more

The Rockets-Warriors series has provided a steady diet of haymakers from both sides over the past week and a half, with two of the NBA heavyweight clubs duking it out for supremacy again.But the fight, and the future of the proverbial championship belt as a whole, seemingly hung in the balance late Wednesday when superstar Kevin Durant came up limping after hitting a jumper with just over two minutes left in the third quarter of Game 5 at Oracle Arena. The fact that he hadn’t been touched by anyone escalated fears even more: His reaction — to grab the back of his lower right leg — suggested that he might have severely injured his Achilles tendon. Durant walked gingerly to the locker room with Golden State clinging to a 3-point lead after holding a 20-point cushion just a quarter earlier. As he left, the basketball world wondered whether Golden State’s chances of adding on to its dynasty had exited with him.The Warriors staved off that more existential question for at least a couple of nights, digging deep for a gutsy 104-99 win without Durant to take a 3-2 series lead over Houston. They also got a reprieve in the sense that Durant avoided an Achilles injury, which would have ended his postseason and possibly jeopardized his next season. Instead, the club deemed the injury a right calf strain; Durant is set for an MRI on Thursday to determine the severity of the injury — and how much time he may have to miss.If Durant misses the rest of the series, at least some will compare his absence to that of Chris Paul a little less than a year ago, when the Rockets took a 3-2 lead but lost Paul to a hamstring strain for Games 6 and 7 of the conference finals. (Houston would drop each of those games, along with the series.) Yet losing Durant — the best player in the series, if not the world at this point — could have an even bigger impact, even though the Warriors have played without him before.Consider that Golden State has outscored opponents by 79 points this postseason with Durant on the court and has been outscored by 14 points in the minutes he’s been sidelined. Before leaving Wednesday’s game, he had led the Warriors in scoring for eight consecutive contests. His 34.2 points per game this postseason rank second1Among players who’ve logged at least 10 games in a single postseason. over the past 25 seasons, trailing only LeBron James’s 2009 playoff run, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.The Warriors’ reliance on Durant as of late left many of us wondering whether Stephen Curry and Golden State could step up and take out a tough opponent without Durant there. Both Curry and teammate Klay Thompson had struggled mightily with their jumpers earlier in the series, but Curry answered the bell, hitting 5 of 9 from the field for 16 points after KD’s injury, a vast improvement from the 9 points on 4-of-14 shooting he logged before Durant went down. (Thompson’s 27 points, after having 27 over the two prior games combined, were also huge — especially his bizarre turnover-turned-layup that sealed the game with four seconds left.)On the other side of this, Houston is going to have a handful of regrets from Game 5 — usually a bellwether when it breaks 2-2 series ties, as 82 percent of Game 5 winners advance — if it fails to get past the Warriors yet again. In many ways, this felt like the Rockets’ chance to pounce.In Game 4, P.J. Tucker terrorized Golden State by dominating the offensive glass. But on Wednesday, Kevon Looney seemed to come up with just about every key rebound, including five offensive boards. Meanwhile, Tucker was whistled for a particularly brutal out-of-bounds call with just under three minutes left in the game, when his heel was on the sideline just before he drained a shot that, had it not been waved off, would have cut Houston’s deficit to 2 points.It didn’t help that, at just 3 of 14, Chris Paul had the worst shooting night of his playoff career.And perhaps most noteworthy and mind-bogglingly: Houston’s James Harden, the reigning MVP and back-to-back league scoring champion, largely took a backseat, with just one shot attempt — a layup with 18 seconds left — over the final seven-plus minutes of action in the loss. The Rockets performed just fine offensively as a club despite that, scoring 18 points over that stretch. But it was still somewhat shocking to see Harden not even touch the ball on a number of fourth-quarter possessions. (He finished the period with just three shot attempts — down from the eight he’d averaged in fourth quarters in the first four games of the series.)With Durant sidelined, Harden was free of the much longer, taller defender who had limited him over the course of the series.2Of the six Warrior defenders who have matched up with Harden at least 20 times on defense, Durant has held Harden to his second-lowest scoring average per 100 possessions (after Andre Iguodala) and forced him into more turnovers than any of his teammates have, while limiting his assist totals more than anyone, according to data from Second Spectrum. So to not see him take advantage, or even really try, was surprising, given that he finished 7 of 7 from inside the arc, and with an efficient 31 points on just 16 shots.Still, much can and probably will change with a day or two of game-planning, especially if Durant is forced to miss time. The things that Harden and the Rockets didn’t attack in the moment during Game 5 could become points of emphasis in Game 6, while the Warriors figure to retool their thin rotation in hopes of mitigating Durant’s absence.There’s plenty we still don’t know yet. But one thing is clear: With Game 5 in hand, the Warriors can at least breathe a sigh of relief for now, knowing their backs won’t be against the wall, on the road without Durant, in Game 6.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

OSU junior defensive specialist Valeria León (3) prepares to hit the ball during a game against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSUSomething will have to give when the No. 12 Ohio State women’s volleyball team begins Big Ten play on Wednesday.OSU (11-1), currently in a stretch of 11 wins in a row, is set to host No. 21 Minnesota (8-2) at St. John Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. After losses to Texas A&M and Stanford to begin the season, Minnesota has won its last eight matches and hasn’t lost a set in its last seven.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said when the Golden Gophers stay in their system, they are one of the best teams in the country, and winning the serving and passing game will be crucial in order for his team to come out on top.“If they’re comfortable, if we’re kind of playing to their strengths in terms of tempo and blocking, they’re going to be good,” Carlston said. “We need to cover the ball because they’re going to get some blocks. We’ve got to get in there and give ourselves second and third chances.”The Golden Gophers have been strong on both sides of the net so far this season, ranking 10th in the country in blocks per set (2.94) and 13th in hitting percentage (.283). They are led by senior outside hitter Daly Santana, who is currently second in the conference with 4.59 kills per set, and junior middle blocker Paige Tapp, a preseason all-Big Ten selection whose 1.32 blocks per set rank fifth in the conference.OSU sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said the competitive nature of the Big Ten has her excited for conference play to begin.“There’s always a change in the atmosphere once we get into Big Ten play just because we get ranked against each other and we’re kind of out for each other’s heads,” Schirmer said.Although the Buckeyes are in the midst of a lengthy winning streak, senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said that team is taking things day-by-day and keeping its focus on the future.“That’s in the past, that’s preseason,” Richardson said. “Now it’s Big Ten, it’s time to really focus and get down to business.”Randall returnsFor the first time in nearly a year, junior outside hitter Kylie Randall appeared in a match last weekend, picking up two kills in OSU’s win over Eastern Illinois.Randall hadn’t played since Sept. 28 of last season due to torn ligaments in her left ankle.After a long road to recovery, Randall said she was happy to be back on the court.“I was just really excited to be with the girls,” she said. “I’ve been practicing throughout the summer and beginning of this preseason. Obviously it’s a lot different than last year’s team, and I’m just really excited for the future.”Carlston said it was nice to see Randall be able to “shake off the cobwebs” and that he expects her to play a key role down the stretch for the Buckeyes.“This Big Ten season is pretty long and grueling and so she’ll definitely be a piece of the puzzle moving forward,” Carlston said.Previous matchupsOSU is 34-40 all-time against Minnesota but has fared well at home, going 20-13. The two teams split a pair of five-set matches last season, with each team winning on their home courts.What’s next?Another matchup with a top-20 team awaits the Buckeyes on Sunday, as they’re set to take on No. 16 Wisconsin — which knocked OSU from the NCAA tournament last season — at St. John Arena at 2 p.m. read more

…in a foul moodFrom the earliest accounts that have come down to us, man has tried to explain the forces – like earthquakes and hurricanes – that suddenly wreak havoc with the lives they’ve painfully and tediously tried to eke out for themselves. The Greeks believed it was the work of the Gods taking vengeance for one or another misdeed we may have committed.But in the millennia since, we’ve attempted to explain those phenomena using the scientific method – which isn’t so difficult to comprehend. We observe a phenomenon; we try to come up with an explanation (a “hypothesis”); we test that hypothesis via experiments and if the results are as our hypothesis predicted, we figure there’s some merit to our explanation. And can begin to act on them.The problem is when it comes to the changing weather patterns, we have no way of actually conducting controlled experiments. After all, we know for instance in general, warm air rising from the warm ocean waters, with the spin of the earth will tend to rotate. A continued supply of warm water and air will feed the swirling, rotating  winds, which will also suck up air and move from being tropical storms to full blown hurricanes.But are we getting more hot water and air because of increased carbon dioxide and methane we’ve emitted into the atmosphere since the industrial revolution starting in the mid-18th century? Well we do know that increased carbon dioxide levels do increase the capacity of air to retain heat. But can we conclusively PROVE this experimentally? Not with the earth! And this is where the “Climate Change deniers” come in.They insist the earth always had alternating periods of warming and cooling without the “help” of man. Think of all the “Ice Ages” we know occurred – the latest one where the Bering Straits between Asia and American froze over and our Indigenous Peoples decided to amble over! So, the deniers say, to heck with asking countries like the US to cut back on producing carbon dioxide through burning fossil fuels. It’s not about the fossil fuels – but that might mean a drop in their standard of living.So what do we do as we observe these massive hurricanes that are hitting our Caribbean islands like never before. Do we dismiss them because “there’s nothing we can do” – pretty much like the Greek saying it’s the work of the Gods? Until the advent of Trump at the helm of the US, there was a growing consensus that the least we can do is reduce carbon dioxide emission. Can’t hurt, can it?But Trump insists on provoking the Gods!!…and steakWhen your Eyewitness read about it in the papers, the first thought that flashed into his head was: “Only in Guyana!” He’s talking about the latest cause of unrest in our prisons: the prisoners who’s been housed in Lusignan after their torching of the Camp Street jail – demanding steak for breakfast!! Can you believe this?Being cramped for space, your Eyewitness can understand. He’s sympathetic about not getting meals on time. But demanding steak? Naaah!! Jeez, Even your Eyewitness can’t pull off a stunt like that on his Missus. And he brings home the bacon!! What the heck’s going on? And then, like an epiphany, it all became clear. Lusignan!!Remember that cow those prisoners were allowed to slaughter and BBQ when the poor creature wandered into the yard they were kept in for a while? Obviously, they enjoyed that feast so much, they’ve become addicted to the taste of steak!OK, Ramjattan, you fretted about the prisoners’ conditions.Let them eat steak!!…and disaster preparednessClearly, the Town Clerk’s been looking at the Big Screen TV he’s installed in his expansive office. He wants a disaster preparedness plan prepared in case one hits our not-so-fair City.Ooops! Too late! He and his Gang of Four were already selected to run City Hall!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: The day after Christmas…December 28, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Equal opportunity…July 20, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Stockholm syndrome…January 26, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

first_imgEramet has completed the first phase of the acquisition of the Norwegian company Tinfos, relating to approximately 56% of its share capital. The acquisition of Tinfos will result in an increase of approximately 20% in the production of manganese alloy by Eramet Manganese and reinforce its position as one of the world’s leading producers of manganese alloy. Tinfos is also involved in the production of titanium dioxide slag and high purity pig iron, the trading of metallurgical products for the steel and foundry industries, as well as holding certain electric power production assets in Norway. Tinfos recorded turnover of €931 million in 2007 (including €550 million of trading relating to products from third party producers) and employs over 500 people. In accordance with the agreements signed in April 2008, the enterprise value of the business of Tinfos being acquired by Eramet in the first phase of the acquisition completed and in the second phase of the acquisition, which is set to close in late 2008 (consisting of the acquisition of the remainder of the share capital of Tinfos after disposal of a majority stake in the group comprised of the Notodden power station and smaller hydraulic power station projects, of which Eramet will retain 40%) amounts to approximately €593 million. The aggregate consideration for both phases of the acquisition shall consist of a combination of approximately 50% cash and 50% Eramet shares.Application will be made to list the new Eramet shares on Euronext Paris SA, and such listing shall be exempt from the requirement to establish a prospectus, as permitted by the provisions of Article 212-5-1° of the general rules of the AMF. Consideration for the second phase of the acquisition, which should be completed by the end of 2008, will principally be in the form of new Eramet shares.last_img read more

first_imgStronger mineral markets underpin a more upbeat mood at the Investing in African Mining Indaba underway in Cape Town, but the really important messages from opinion leaders at the event have the sound of ushering in an age of mining differently.“Encouraging signs at this year’s Indaba include more junior miners and explorers pitching exciting projects around Africa; these were thin on the ground in recent years,” said Andrew van Zyl, Partner and Principal Consultant at SRK Consulting. “Significantly, however, we are also hearing more assertive calls for more cost-effective application of mining investments – with greater collaboration and shared value among stakeholders.”Van Zyl highlighted how quickly the conditions for mining can change, for better or for worse, making it difficult to generalise about where the best investment destinations lie. It was increasingly clear, though, that short termism – whether adopted by companies or governments – undermined the sustainability of individual projects and indeed the sector as a whole.“Closer collaboration between parties can create a more conducive environment for mining in Africa, especially when the commodity is not a precious metal, and requires longer term and more diverse investments in infrastructure and in-country capacity,” he said. “Broader engagement will be essential going forward between governments and mining companies, and this responsibility cuts both ways.”Development and application of more productive technology was another key focus area at this Indaba, according to SRK Partner and Principal Mining Engineer Marcin Wertz.“Certainly there is a more positive sentiment among miners, but the approach is necessarily measured as there are a number of mining-related fields in which ‘business as usual’ is no longer sufficient for success,” said Wertz. “Technological innovation is featuring strongly, and there is growing interest in how these advances can make mining safer and more sustainable.”He said the top mining risks discussed at the Indaba conference were varied – relating to the environment, geology, safety, financial issues and the social licence to mine – but performance in all these elements could be improved with proper alignment of strategy and technology.Recognising the role that technology can play in this new era for mining, SRK SA Chairman William Joughin presented to conference a range of technological innovations developed and applied by SRK in its mining project work; Joughin highlighted the need for mines to embrace these advances as active participants in the fourth industrial revolution.“The digital age is giving us the ability to collect and analyse vast amounts of important data, for instance, which makes for better engineering decisions – whether these relate to rock mechanics, water management or social impact,” said Wertz. “The current optimism about mining’s future prospects need to be based on this more innovative and inclusive approach if it is to provide the longer-term benefits to all stakeholders.”last_img read more

first_img(Image: Tim Ireland/PA)The cull is aimed at tackling the spread of tuberculosis in cattle, which can catch the disease from badgers.The government says bovine TB has forced farmers to slaughter 300,000 cattle since 2003, at a public cost of €600 million.But in animal-loving Britain, the cull has sparked outrage amongst campaigners who say killing the furry creatures is inhumane and will do little to combat the disease.‘Farmers tried to run us over’Brian May, the guitarist with rock superstars Queen, is one of the cull’s most vocal opponents, although he angered Jewish groups last month by describing it as a “genocide in the countryside”.Queen guitarists Brian May during a patrol with the Wounded Badger Patrol crew last month (Image: Tim Ireland/PA).In Gloucestershire, Louise claims up to 500 people are participating in nightly “patrols” aimed at scuppering the cull by getting between the badgers and the marksmen taking aim at them in woodland on the fringes of farms.“We’ve got teachers, vets, doctors, firemen and even a judge. It’s just amazing,” she tells AFP as she gathers with around 30 other badger-lovers in a tiny hamlet before heading out into the eerie darkness.They have had a few brushes with farmers, infuriated by the bid to sabotage the cull.“Some of them tried to run us over,” says Louise, who declines to give her full name. “We reported that to the police.”Dressed in luminous jackets emblazoned with the outline of a badger, the patrollers split off into groups of four in order to cover as much of the woodland as possible. Naturalist Bill Oddie also joined a patrol (Image: Gloucester Against Badger Shooting/Facebook).Several 4×4 cars trundle past the patrollers in the darkness – “probably farmers trying to intimidate us,” says David.Three cold, miserable-looking policemen also arrive, although David is not worried by their presence. Indeed, he tells AFP, he is convinced that the patrollers’ work is paying off.‘The badgers are moving the goalposts’Only 708 badgers have been killed in Gloucestershire during the past six weeks, just over 30 percent of the local population — well below the 70-percent target deemed necessary to have any effect on reducing TB.The cull was due to end this weekend, but the government is now likely to extend the programme – just as it has in Somerset, where the cull killed 58 percent of badgers.Environment minister Owen Paterson said the culls had proved shooting was “safe, humane and effective”. (Image: PA Wire)To suggestions he was moving the goalposts by extending the programme, he said: “The badgers are moving the goalposts.”Officials are now also looking at the possibility of gassing the badgers – which Britain’s largest animal charity, the RSPCA, said added a “further outrageous twist to this misguided policy”.“It’s quite clearly a travesty, a mess,” said Bill Oddie, a well-known British TV nature presenter who joined in one of the patrols.“This is one of the most controversial, unreasonable, damaging, unnecessary conflicts I’ve ever known.”- © AFP 2013.Related: 5,000 badgers to be killed as cull begins>Read: Ireland in breach of European convention over badger culling reports> (Image: Tim Ireland/PA)“It’s best to be out in force, in case of intimidation,” says 79-year-old patroller David, who has spent 40 years, in his words, “in the service of our badgers”.The culling takes place at night as badgers are nocturnal. The marksmen tempt the animals into their range with peanuts — but can only shoot if they are at least 30 metres (100 feet) from their burrows, to prevent them disappearing underground and dying a slow, painful death from their injuries.The protesters’ aim is to get in the way and make a huge din to scare the badgers back to their setts.“We shout, we wave our hands, we blow whistles to prevent the shooters from hurting these lovely little creatures,” says Helen, a woman in her fifties. (Image: Ben Birchal/PA)BADGERS ARE SHY creatures, their black-and-white coats often darting out of human sight – but in Britain, a fierce band of protesters has been working through the night to save them from a government-backed cull.It is 10pm and bitterly cold when a gunshot shatters the silence in this rural corner of Gloucestershire, southwest England.“Oh no,” murmurs Louise, an animal rights activist in her thirties, as she and a gaggle of other protesters race through the darkness towards the crack of the bullet.It’s a scene that has repeated itself every night since the end of August, when a cull of thousands of badgers began in Gloucestershire and the neighbouring region of Somerset.last_img read more

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins is beginning an official State visit to three Central American countries today.Higgins departed from Dublin Airport yesterday morning as he embarks on an official visit to Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica over the next week-and-a-half.He is being accompanied by his wife Sabina and the Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello.Later today in Mexico City the President will lay a wreath at the memorial to Batallón de San Patricio – a unit of the Mexican army comprising of many Irish immigrants which fought against the US in the Mexican – American War of 1846 to 1848.The President is also due to visit the Museum of Anthropology in the Mexican capital this evening.Tomorrow, the President will lay a wreath at the Altar of the Nation in Chapultepec Park before he and his wife meet with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto at the National Palace.On Tuesday, Higgins will attend a business breakfast hosted by Enterprise Ireland before travelling to Guadalajara to make a keynote address at the Mexico Business Summit along with President Nieto.After engagements on Wednesday, the President departs for El Salvador where on arrival he will be presented with the freedom of the city by the acting Mayor of San Salvador, Gloria Calderón Sol de Onate.On Thursday, Higgins will meet with president Mauricio Funes and hold a bilateral meeting. He will hold a number of public engagements on Friday, before departing for Costa Rica on Saturday.Higgins and his wife will meet with the Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla on Monday week, while on Tuesday, 29 October, he will given an address entitled ‘Human Rights in the 21st Century, Reasons for Hope’.The President and his wife depart central America on 31 October.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Higgins: It is important that austerity does not erode the rights of citizensMichael D: ‘The EU will become illegitimate without economic reform’last_img read more

first_imgKevin Kelly, one of the co-founders of Wired has embarked on what some would call an odd project for the futurist. Known for inspiring The Matrix series as well as helping to create the world that was shown in the Tom Cruise hit Minority Report, Kelly decided to turn his attention to a medium that has been gaining in popularity recently, especially with all the major motion pictures being made to introduce it to a wider audience. Of course, the medium being mentioned here is the graphic novel, in which narrative is communicated through imagery and epic inner monologues that convey the human (and sometimes superhuman) condition.Called The Silver Cord, Kelly and a group of artist and writers have spent the past seven years completing the story which is set to be told over a series of books. What’s interesting is that Kelly and his team are using Kickstarter to sell the second book in the series, with the first 210-page novel available for free on the Silver Cord website. This marks one of the first times that we have a seen a Kickstarter for a finished product, making us curious to see if it can get fully funded.Kelly is classifying The Silver Cord as a techno-epic, although he also admits that people could put it in the genre of spiritual fiction. The backstory of the series has an interesting premise, a war is brewing between a technologically advanced human race and the millions of angels who live in the non-tangible world. In the middle of it all is a young woman who is considered a “half-breed” and is unknowingly the savior of the human race. Because humanity has evolved technologically to the point where it can manipulate the world that the angels reside in, several factions of the “heavenly” creatures have become threatened and want to end the possibility of a takeover.If the premise of the novels aren’t enough to entice you to support the Kickstarter project, perhaps the all-star list of artists that worked on the books will. Kelly seems to have gathered the best of the best for this series, which is no small feat. Included the credits for creating The Silver Cord are people like Kiel Murray and Phil Lorin who were screenwriters for the Pixar film Cars, as well as Tim Naylor who is the technical director at Industrial Light and Magic for films like Star Wars (episodes two and three) and The Transformers. These are just a few of the fifteen individuals credited for the work that has taken place on this graphic novel project.Kelly has made backing this Kickstarter project very reasonable. For as little as $10 you can have your name listed in the book as a supporter with a donation of $35 getting you the actual physical novel. Of course with any Kickstarter campaign the tiers skyrocket into the thousands of dollars with some awesome rewards, but if you’re like any other comic book geek in the world, just getting your hands on the story is going to be enough.Read more at The Silver Cord’s site and Kickstarter page.last_img read more