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IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant’s road to final paved by youth and experience

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first_imgTwo-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians will be wary of the challenge posed by Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) when the two Maharashtra cities lock horns in what promises to be a pulsating final of the 10th edition of the cash-rich cricket league on Sunday.On paper, Pune have the upper hand, considering that the Steve Smith-led side defeated Mumbai thrice in this season, including a comprehensive 20-run win in the crucial first qualifier earlier this week.Smith can take a lot of tips on absorbing the pressure in such a high-octane game from former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will be playing a record seventh IPL final.But Mumbai, having reached the IPL final on three earlier occasions, can clearly take a cue from their past 2013 and 2015 performances at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.Going into the final, Mumbai will have their tails up after their comprehensive six-wicket win against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the second qualifier in Bengaluru on Friday.On the other hand, Supergiant’s won’t be getting an extension as per current rules, and will be aiming to end their association with the IPL with a silverware.In the batting department, Pune will be banking on the in-form opener Rahul Tripathi (388 runs), who is certainly the find of the season, along side the experienced Ajinkya Rahane.Smith has also been in great touch while Manoj Tiwary has redeemed himself with some vital contributions. Along with the world’s best finisher — Dhoni, Tiwary took away the game from Mumbai’s grasp, milking 41 runs from the last two overs during the first qualifier at the Wankhede Stadium.advertisementOn the bowling front, Pune weren’t troubled despite losing star all-rounder Ben Stokes and veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir due to their national commitments for the upcoming Champions Trophy.Young off-spinner Washington Sundar proved his mettle against a top class Mumbai line-up while the pace duo of Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur have come of age in the business end of the tournament.ROAD TO IPL 2017 FINALRising Pune Supergiant came into season 10 on the back of a disastrous season last year when they finished seventh in the eight-team tournament. They had managed to win only five matches in their debut season in 2016 under the leadership of MS Dhoni.However, Rising Pune Supergiant took some really tough decisions ahead of the tournament and it has worked wonders for the team.They off-loaded 15 players from the team,removed Dhoni as the captain, handed the leadership to Steve Smith, bought the most sought after all-rounder Ben Stokes for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore at the IPL auction in February and removed the letter ‘S’ from the team’s name.CAPTAIN’S CORNERSteve Smith: “Yeah, it’s been good this year. Three times we have beaten them this year. Big day and big players stand up. MS Dhoni was magnificent. You need to peak at the right time in tournaments like this. We’ve played some really good cricket, coming back from a big win against Kings XI Punjab. Proud of the boys to have stepped up today. We didn’t let them hit a lot, bowled back of a length and tried to take the pace off the ball and that’s worked for us right throughout the tournament and tonight.”Team:Steve Smith (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Dan Christian, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Ashok Dinda, Lockie Ferguson, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khawaja, Ajinkya Rahane, Saurabh Kumar, Washington Sundar, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary, Adam Zampa, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishwar Pandey, Rahul Tripathi, Shardul Thakur.TWEETS DECK:7 #IPL finals in a decade of the IPL. Baap Re Baap. That’s finishing off in style. The ultimate IPL BOSS – @msdhoni #IPLfinal pic.twitter.com/mlmI3t0J0l- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) May 20, 2017MOM in IPL finals – Yusuf, Kumble, Raina, Vijay, Bisla, Pollard, Pandey, Rohit & Cutting. So it’s not just big names on the big nights.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 21, 2017MI strength,bowling. Batting,hit & miss. Pune overall, not as strong, but have 2 big match players in Dhoni & Smith. MI hold slight edge.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 21, 2017last_img read more

Bengaluru Bulls announces Captain for fifth Pro Kabaddi League

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first_imgBangalore, Jul 16 (PTI) Star raider Rohit Kumar and defender Ravinder Pahal were named as captain and vice-captain respectively of the Bengaluru Bulls for the fifth season of the Pro-Kabaddi League. After putting up a stellar show of grit and determination in the preceding seasons; Bengaluru Bulls announced the line- up of a young and dynamic squad for the upcoming season of Pro Kabaddi league starting July 28th. Apart from Rohit and Ravinder, the dynamic team includes players such as Harish Naik, Rohit, Gurvinder Singh, Ankit Sangwan, Mahender Singh, Preetam Chhillar, Ravinder Pahal (VC), Amit, Rohit Kumar (C), Ashish Kumar, Sachin Kumar, Amit Sheoran, Sinotharan Kanesharajah, Pardeep, Ajay Kumar, Sunil, Sumit, anjay Shrestha, and Kuldeep Singh. The young team has been mentored by former International Kabaddi player and Arjuna Awardee recipient Coach Randhir Singh, who with his vast experience has trained the team intensively for the forthcoming season. The team will also be sporting a new jersey this time as they set their foot on the court. The fifth edition of the league comes with a distinctive format which will see teams segregated into two zones with 132 league matches to watch out for. The two zones will comprise of six teams each and giving way to intra-zonal, inter-zonal and wild-card matches. The top six teams in the league table will qualify for the playoffs. Rohit said: “I am humbled by the decision taken by the management and would like to thank them for believing in my abilities. We come with a fresh mind set and a young self- motivated team with a well devised strategy in place for this season. “We are training rigorously, placing a lot of importance on healthy diet that helps optimize our performance and we look forward to performing well and seeing a remarkable result this season.” PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Luiz sees red in Arsenal-Chelsea stalemate

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first_imgChelsea 0 Arsenal 0: David Luiz sent off as champions are held Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 22:27 17/9/2017 David Luiz - Cropped Getty Images Chelsea and Arsenal played out a disappointing 0-0 draw as David Luiz was sent off in the closing stages. David Luiz was sent off in the closing stages as Arsenal held Chelsea to a 0-0 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.Both sides were left to rue missed first-half opportunities in a match between two London rivals that failed to catch fire until the Brazil defender received his first-ever Premier League red card with three minutes remaining.The Gunners had the better of the opening half and should have gone into the break ahead when Aaron Ramsey hit the post and Alexandre Lacazette somehow fired over from the close-range rebound. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Chelsea had earlier missed a one-on-one opportunity from Pedro, who was foiled by Petr Cech.The second half lacked the excitement of the first and the introductions of Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez from the two substitutes’ benches did not provide the desired spark.And David Luiz saw red for a high challenge on Sead Kolasinac as the game neared its conclusion, marking the third straight match Chelsea have had a player sent off against Arsenal and rounding off a poor performance from Antonio Conte’s men.Chelsea’s run of five straight home league wins over Arsenal is ended by the draw, which leaves the champions three points behind Manchester City.Arsenal have now won just two of their first five league games this season. The point means they remain three adrift of their rivals and six off Manchester City at the top, having gone 14 matches without beating a top-six team away from home in the top flight.Full-time: Chelsea 0-0 ArsenalThe points are shared at the Bridge… #CHEARS pic.twitter.com/RU0Obnall1— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 17, 2017Chelsea threatened first with both Pedro and Cesc Fabregas forcing former Blues goalkeeper Cech into early action.Arsenal responded with two swift passing moves, Danny Welbeck heading wide to conclude the first before Hector Bellerin, the creator of both opportunities, fed Lacazette to force a good low save from Thibaut Courtois.The Gunners threatened again when Kolasinac’s 20-yard drive tested Courtois, who parried to safety, but it was the hosts who should have been ahead when Pedro was played in on goal by a superb Fabregas throughball, only to send his shot too close to Cech.The intensity of the match slowed as the first half progressed, but Granit Xhaka’s 25-yard drive narrowly missed the target and Arsenal then missed a golden chance to take the lead just before half time.After collecting a pass from Iwobi, Ramsey kept his footing in a solo run to beat Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz, before digging out a shot that struck the inside of the post, with Lacazette firing the rebound over when it looked easier to score, a miss that left the Arsenal bench looking on in disbelief.Conte brought on Tiemoue Bakayoko for Pedro, who had taken a knock, at half-time and Willian fired an effort at Cech as the Blues looked to make a fast start after the break.3 – Chelsea have been given as many red cards in their last five @PremierLeague games (3) as they had in their previous 73. Dangerous. pic.twitter.com/CG9edDdLQv— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 17, 2017But the second half was not producing the same attacking action as the first, resulting in Arsenal making their first change with 24 minutes remaining, Sanchez replacing Lacazette, with Chelsea promptly responding by introducing Hazard in place of Willian.The Gunners then suffered a blow when Welbeck was lost to injury, Olivier Giroud coming on, but the substitutes could not liven up proceedings.Arsenal did have the ball in the net when Shkodran Mustafi headed in, but the defender was well offside when Xhaka played in his free-kick.Hazard cut inside and fired at Cech at the other end, but a disappointing second half did have a dramatic sting in the tail when David Luiz lost possession and jumped in high on Kolasinac as the Blues ended another match against Arsenal at a numerical disadvantage. Key Opta stats:- This was Arsene Wenger’s 59th match versus Chelsea with Arsenal, making them the club he’s faced the most often during his time at the Gunners.- Chelsea failed to score in a competitive home match under Antonio Conte for the first time (27 games).- The last time that they failed to net in a competitive game at Stamford Bridge was back in April 2016 against Manchester City (0-3) under Guus Hiddink – 29 games ago.- This was the first 0-0 draw between these two sides at Stamford Bridge since April 2005 and the first time that Chelsea have failed to score at home against the Gunners since then, after 12 successive home games with a goal versus them.- Arsenal have now failed to score in eight of their last 14 trips to Stamford Bridge in all competitions.- This is the first time that Arsenal have failed to score in as many as three of their opening five league games in a season since 1998-99 (also three).- Chelsea have now been given six red cards in the Premier League against Arsenal – their joint-most against a single opponent (along with vs Liverpool, Man Utd and Everton). read morelast_img read more

Conte unhappy with England over Drinkwater

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first_imgChelsea Conte unhappy with England over Drinkwater call-up: Southgate should’ve called me! Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:37 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Danny Drinkwater Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Michy Batshuayi Antonio Conte Premier League England Friendlies The Chelsea boss has expressed his frustration at the Three Lions for not contacting him prior to asking the midfielder to join up with the squad Antonio Conte is unhappy with England over their decision to call-up Danny Drinkwater for the international matches against Germany and Brazil, insisting they should have consulted him first. Drinkwater declined the opportunity to join up with the Three Lions, explaining that he felt pain in his calf after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United, where he came off the bench in the second half. WBA v Chelsea BTTS 11/10 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 The Chelsea midfielder also wanted to stay a Cobham training centre to build up his fitness ahead of a busy festive schedule and Conte believes any criticisms aimed at the midfielder are unwarranted. Expressing his frustration at not being consulted over the call-up, Conte said: “Sometimes there is a very easy way [to solve this problem], because before you think to call someone [a player to the national team], try to call the [club] coach and ask: ‘Is it okay? Can I do this?’ I am telling you this because I was coach for the [Italy] national team.Danny Drinkwater Chelsea“In this way you can avoid a misunderstanding because I think, with Drinkwater, it was a misunderstanding. He was injured and also I think he wasn’t really 100 per cent fit to go with the national team.”If someone asks me this then I can explain and if the coach wants to take the same decision, it is okay, but it is important to have more of a relationship between the [club’s] coach and the coach of the national team.”It was the same for me. I spoke with Roberto Martinez [when Eden Hazard was coming back from injury] and explained and then he played. I am ready to help every single national team coach because I had this fantastic experience and I understand very well the problems of the national teams.”For sure, I am more open than before when I was the coach of Juventus but sometimes there isn’t the communication. Before you call the player, if you call the coach and ask ‘is this player good or does he have a problem? Is he tired or not?’ Only [do] this [first] and then decide to call or not call a player.”Otherwise the player has to pay for this misunderstanding. Drinkwater was very honest and he doesn’t deserve to be attacked from the press or from the public because he was very honest. In this situation every single player wants to go with the national [team]. [He is thinking] ‘The national team is calling me’ and we have to appreciate his behaviour and commitment.”There is a good relationship [with Southgate]. Last season he came to Cobham when he was the Under-21 coach. He also has an assistant that has a great friendship with me in Steve Holland because he is a really good person, an intelligent person. If they want, I am ready to help every national team coach, not only the coach of England.”Tammy Abraham Gareth Southgate England 10112017Chelsea loan stars Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham made their debuts for their country during the international break and Conte admits he would be delighted if they made it into England’s squad for the World Cup.”First of all, I was very happy for these calls with the national team,” he added. “Don’t forget that these are friendly games. I was a coach in the national team and this is the right moment to try to find and give the opportunities to young players.”Don’t forget, Gareth Southgate was the coach of the Under-21s and he knows these young players very well. I would be very happy for Southgate to call them for the World Cup. It would be a great opportunity for them and it means they are really ready to play for a great team.”You have to understand there are two different moments. If I call up a young player for World Cup qualifier, this is one thing. If you try to call a young player up during a friendly game and after you are sure you’re playing at the World Cup, then I think this is another thing because you can experiment.Ruben Loftus-Cheek England“It is a different pressure. We must be intelligent to understand these two different situations. You can [play young players] when the result is not important. For the club, the result is always important otherwise they sack the manager and there is the pressure of the press, it is totally different.”I wanted this decision [for them] to go [on loan] and play regularly for their development. If the player understands this and the young player wants this, it is very difficult to keep him in the team. Why would you try and go against his will? For Ruben, it was the best solution for him.”It was the best solution for Andreas Christensen. It is the best for Tammy Abraham. I think it is the best for them and the club, but if they didn’t want to go and play on loan, maybe they would be here [in the Chelsea squad].”Conte has mixed news on the injury front ahead of Saturday’s meeting with West Brom, with Hazard, David Luiz and Gary Cahill all available but Victor Moses and Michy Batshuayi both absent.On the Belgian’s injury, Conte said: “He went with the national team and then came back with this problem but [that was] three or four days before Manchester United. He took a knock in his ankle but for the game against Manchester United he was available – he then felt more pain in his ankle.Michy Batshuayi Chelsea 2017“Now he is not available for the national team and also us. We have to wait and go day-by-day to understand why he has this type of problem in his ankle. It is better to speak with the doctor about this situation. It was an old injury and now he is feeling again the pain in his ankle.”I want to explain it to you but I think it is better to speak with the doctor to explain what the problem is.”last_img read more

Pierce Brosnan Calls For Action Against The US Navy

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first_imgWith a five-year plan for training with high powered sonar and explosives by the US Navy, actor Pierce Brosnan says many hundreds of whales and other marine animals will be killed by the exercises, and thousands more will be deafened. He calls on the Navy to stay out of vital whale habitat during routine training.Video: Pierce Brosnan: Save Whales, Stop Deadly Navy Sonar!“In the darkness of the ocean, whales depend on their hearing for survival, to find food, to migrate and communicate,” says Brosnan in a video clip for Natural Resources Defense Council’s Save Whales Now campaign and the International Fund For Animal Welfare.High intensity sonar that navies use to locate submarines can emit sounds as loud as a rocket blasting off, he says, so loud that it paralyses the ability to function. Past tests have resulted in the disappearance of whale species from areas and mass beachings of whales bleeding from their ears and around their brains. As well, Brosnan says air guns used for oil exploration emit intense noise bursts that can cover thousands of square miles.Brosnan is also calling on the public to send messages to US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to adopt safeguards to protect marine mammals during training exercises and to quit defending their five-year plan in court.“In the darkened sea,” says Brosnan, “a deaf whale is a dead whale.”Click here to send your message.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Verdict expected Thursday in New Brunswick antifracking protests

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first_imgAPTN National NewsTwo Mi’kmaq men arrested during the anti-fracking protests in New Brunswick last year are in jail.In fact, they’ve been there for nearly eight months awaiting trial.The trial is over now and Thursday a judge will decide if they’ll be staying there.APTN has been following this case.APTN’s Trina Roache has more.last_img

EU committee says Sri Lanka still short of GSP commitments

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The visit also included discussions with civil society, trade unionists, and representatives of the ILO and the UN, as well as a field visit to the Export Processing Zone in Katunayake. (Colombo Gazette) The delegation, chaired by Jan Zahradil, and composed of six INTA Members including the INTA Standing Rapporteur for South Asia, Sajjad Karim, believes that the Government needs to keep the country on the path to reform. Members said the opportunity to address the remaining issues should not be missed, and highlighted the need to make further progress in implementing the international human rights conventions relevant to GSP+ and further improve labour conditions.During the three-day visit, the INTA delegation met with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe and key Parliamentarians including the Speaker of Parliament, the Opposition Leader, the Minister of Law and Order, the Minister of Trade and Development, the Minister of Labour, and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. The European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) said that Sri Lanka is still short of its GSP plus commitments.A delegation of six Members of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) visited Sri Lanka from 4-6 April 2018 to follow up on the country’s commitments made in exchange for access to the European Union (EU) market. The Generalised System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) is of key importance for Sri Lanka’s economy. The INTA delegation was pleased to note that trade between the EU and Sri Lanka is on an upward trajectory following the entry into force of GSP+ last summer, making the EU Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner. read more

Oil and gas land sale rights down in Saskatchewan as industry struggles

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REGINA – Sales of petroleum and natural gas rights in Saskatchewan are down as investment in the sector plunges.The province says the April sale raised $3.1 million, bringing the year’s total so far to $8.1 million.That’s almost two-thirds less than the $22.8 million brought in over the same period last year and far below the $98.6 million raised over the same dates in 2014.Economy Minister Bill Boyd says there’s no question that when the price of oil drops significantly, the markets react and raising investment capital is more difficult for industry.The province says there is an upside and points out that the industry continues to pay premium prices in Saskatchewan.It says sales in Saskatchewan averaged $404 per hectare, whereas Alberta has averaged $114 and British Columbia $243. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 14, 2016 12:58 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil and gas land sale rights down in Saskatchewan as industry struggles read more

Plasticeating wax worm extremely exciting for global pollution crisis

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first_imgThe global plastic bag pollution crisis could be solved by a waxworm capable of eating through the material at “uniquely high speeds”, scientists have announced.Researchers have described the tiny caterpillar’s ability to break down even the toughest plastics as “extremely exciting” and said the discovery could be engineered into an environmentally-friendly solution on an industrial scale.Around a trillion plastic bags are used around the world each year, of which a huge number find their way into the oceans or are discarded into landfill. It’s extremely, extremely exciting because breaking down plastic has proved so challengingDr Paolo Bombelli, Cambridge University Worms in petri dish Commonly found living in bee hives, or harvested as fishing bait, the waxworm proved it could eat its way through polyethylene, which is notoriously hard to break down, more than 1,400 times faster than other organisms.Scientists believe the creature has potent enzymes in its saliva or gut which attack plastic’s chemical bonds, in the same way they digest the complex wax found in hives.The waxworm’s potential was discovered by accident when biologist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini cleaned out her hives and temporarily placed the parasites in a plastic shopping bag. Polyethlylene is the most common plastic in the world and is primarily used for plastic bags and packaging.In tests at Cambridge, 100 waxworms were let loose on plastic bag from a British supermarket, with holes appearing after just 40 minutes.Over a period of 12 hours, 92mg of plastic had been consumed.By contrast, previous trials using bacteria had found the microbes could only work through 0.13mg of plastic in 24 hours.The Cambridge researchers, along with colleagues at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (CSIC), used spectroscopic analysis to show the chemical bonds in the plastic were breaking when exposed to the waxworms.The creatures transformed the polyethylene into an “un-bonded” substance called ethylene glycoll.Published in the journal Current Biology, the study says it is likely that digesting the beeswax found in hives involves breaking down similar types of chemical bonds.The beeswax on which the worms grow is composed of a rich diversity of compounds including fats, oils and some hormones. She soon noticed it had become riddled with holes.To confirm it was not just the caterpillars’ chewing mechanism that was degrading the plastic, researchers “mashed up” some of the worms and smeared them on polyethylene bags, which achieved similar results.“It’s extremely, extremely exciting because breaking down plastic has proved so challenging,” said Paolo Bombelli from Cambridge University.“If a single enzyme is responsible for this chemical process, its reproduction on a large scale using biotechnological methods should be achievable.”He said the most likely scenario was one whereby existing recycling plants could be adapted to biodegrade mass quantities of plastic using the newly discovered enzyme or enzymes.But he added the enzymes could one day possibly be sprayed directly onto landfill sites or even infused into sea plants in order to degrade plastic already in the environment. The plastic was biodegraded by 10 worms in 30 minutesCredit:Cesar Hernandez Enzymes in the worms’ saliva are thought to be the crucial factorCredit:Cesar Hernandez The waxworm makes short work of the polyethylene plastic The plastic was biodegraded by 10 worms in 30 minutes The waxworm makes short work of the polyethylene plasticCredit:Paolo Bombelli/SWNS Dr Bertocchini, who led the research at CSIC , said: “We are planning to implement this finding into a viable way to get rid of plastic waste, working towards a solution to save our oceans, rivers, and all the environment from the unavoidable consequences of plastic accumulation.”British supermarkets have faced increasing calls in recent months to introduce plastic-free aisles, in a bid to cut down on the amount of plastic exposed to the environment.The campaign has been spurred by research by the The Ellen MacArthur Foundation which predicts that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans by weight than fish.Dr Bombelli said any initiatives to biodegrade plastic had to come alongside efforts to prevent the use of it in the first place.The 5p charge which was added to plastic bags in October 2015 has seen use fall by 80 per cent, and the government is currently considering adding a charge of up to 20p to plastic bottles, which can be reclaimed when they are recycled. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

EHF CL 201617 Draw Veszprem and RNL in the first pot

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EHF Champions League ← Previous Story The 44th International tournament in Struga starts on August 17 Next Story → Eduard Koksharov is new RK Vardar director! European Handball Federation announced pots for the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/2017 draw which will be held on July 1, 13hrs.Draw for two qualification tournaments will be held on Wednesday, 29 of June at 13 hrs.Group A/BPot 1: Telekom Veszprem (HUN), Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)Pot 2: FC Barcelona (ESP), KS Kielce (POL)Pot 3: Paris St. Germain (FRA), Vardar Skopje (MKD)Pot 4: RK Zagreb (CRO), Bjerringbro-Silkeborg (DEN)Pot 5: HC Brest Meshkov (BLR), Wisla Plock (POL)Pot 6: Pick Szeged (HUN), SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Pot 7: RK Celje (SLO), Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Pot 8: IFK Kristianstad (SWE), THW Kiel (GER)Group C/DPot 1: Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP), HBC Nantes (FRA)Pot 2: Metalurg Skopje (MKD), Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN)Pot 3: HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR), Chekhowskie Medvedi (RUS)Pot 4: Besiktas Istanbul (TUR), Montpellier HB (FRA)Pot 5: Dinamo Bukarest (ROU), Elverum Handball (NOR)Pot 6: Winner of qualification 1, Winner of qualification 2Qualifications:Pot 1: RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO), ABC Braga (POR)Pot 2: Tatran Presov (SVK), Bregenz Handball (AUT)Pot 3: Red Boys Differdange (LUX), Achilles Bocholt (BEL)Pot 4: Riihimäki Cocks (FIN), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)PHOTO: SEHA GAZPROM LEAGUE read more

Gardaí to use Twitter for major emergency alerts

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first_imgAN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA has become the first Irish organisation to sign up to Twitter’s emergency alert system to let followers know about major incidents.Twitter announced yesterday that it has activated Twitter Alerts in the UK and Ireland with 57 accounts in total signing up for the service, the vast majority of which are police forces across Britain.Twitter Alerts, which launched in the US, Japan and South Korea in September, gives users crucial information from state and other agencies during emergencies or natural disasters when communication lines may be down.Once the participating Twitter accounts mark any of their tweets with as an alert – using the hashtag #alert – the tweet is highlighted with an orange bell to appear more visible to followers.Twitter users who sign up to receive Twitter Alerts from an account will receive a notification directly to their phone via text message. Users of the Twitter iPhone or Android apps will also receive a push notification straight to their phone.A US example of how an alert would appear in text message and with a push notification (Image: Twitter) “All of the organisations participating in today’s launch already use Twitter as a tool to communicate important information to their followers,” said Steve Summers of Twitter in a blog post. “The added functionality of Twitter Alerts will help them reach their followers with important and accurate information during emergencies, natural disasters or when other communication services aren’t accessible”.Irish users can subscribe to the Garda Twitter alerts by going to www.twitter.com/GardaTraffic/alerts.An Garda Síochána has been expanding the use of its Twitter accounts in recent months.The Garda traffic and major events account (@GardaTraffic) now has more than 40,000 followers while the newer Garda information account (@gardainfo) has almost 8,000.The most recent edition of Garda Review – the force magazine – said that the Twitter feeds have begun to report live from most major events. The Garda Press Office also asks gardaí on the beat to mail photos directly from road traffic collisions and other events which can then be tweeted to show users what gardaí are working on on a daily basis.Read: “I’ve never worn heels while driving” and other things we learned from the Garda Twitter Q&A > Read: “Vehicle” or “Veh-icle”? Garda Twitter account tackles the big questions >last_img read more

3DS game cases to be slimmer DSi power cables compatible

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first_imgThe guys over at Andriasang have dug up a load of new information relating to the 3DS hardware from Nintendo’s official Japanese 3DS site. Unlike the recent bad news about the battery life and region locking of the games, there’s actually some good news here.For the collectors among you who are running short of shelf space, you’ll be pleased to hear that Nintendo has decided to make 3DS cases slimmer. We don’t know how slim exactly, but they won’t be as fat as DS cases are. However, DS case size varies per territory, so we’re not sure if they are going to be slimmer than all DS cases or just a certain territories e.g. Japan.The second bit of good news is that DSi and DSi XL AC adapters are compatible with the 3DS. So if you own a DS you automatically have a backup or second adapter to carry around for charging.As for the cartridges, the 3DS cartridge casing has a small extra section of plastic on the top right to differentiate it as seen in this comparison image:Other information of note is the fact that 3DS games have a higher resolution than DS games when not using 3D to view them. Those expecting DS games to look better on the 3DS will be disappointed as no upscaling is going to be available, they will look that same as on a DS. There’s also no chance the 3D effect will be used with DS games.Unlike the DS, the 3DS can perform data transfers when in sleep mode allowing for StreetPass to always be on and keeping up-to-date. The data transfer speed is also surprisingly good with up to 12 games capable of being transferred at the same time.Finally, the 3DS has the ability to multitask. So you can be playing a game, pause it and bring up the Home menu, and start surfing the Internet, or access your apps like the Memo pad. When done, you can instantly return to the game.Read more at Andriasanglast_img read more

iPhone 4 blanc il va encore falloir attendre

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first_imgiPhone 4 blanc : il va encore falloir attendreÉtats-Unis – Les temps sont durs pour Apple. Embourbé dans une crise liée à la mauvaise qualité de réception de l’iPhone 4, la version blanche du smartphone, attendue mi-juillet, se fait encore attendre.La sortie de l’iPhone 4 n’aura vraiment pas été simple pour Apple. Critiqué pour un problème d’antenne, le géant américain avait annoncé la disponibilité du nouveau smartphone en coloris blanc pour la deuxième partie du mois de juillet. Or, la firme à la pomme n’est finalement pas encore prête. Deux problèmes peuvent expliquer ce retard : la capacité à trouver la bonne teinte et à l’appliquer sur l’appareil, ainsi que la difficulté de produire un nombre conséquent d’iPhone 4 pour ravir une clientèle impatiente. Le 19 juillet 2010 à 11:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Facebook en panne mondiale

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first_imgFacebook en panne mondialeTôt ce matin, le réseau social a subi sa première panne internationale. Le problème est désormais globalement résolu, et la société n’a pas encore expliqué clairement les raisons de ce couac.Facebook a vécu ce matin du mercredi 7 mars sa première panne internationale. Le réseau social a été inaccessible durant près de deux heures, ce à partir de 7H du matin. Les problèmes semblent avoir été localisés en Europe, notamment au Royaume-Uni, France, Espagne, Italie, Allemagne ou encore en République Tchèque, ce qui laisse penser que la situation touche les serveurs locaux de Facebook.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ironie du sort, pour prendre des nouvelles de Facebook, il fallait se connecter sur un autre réseau social concurrent, Twitter pour ne pas le nommer, ou les utilisateurs ont largement commenté cet incident technique, encore inédit pour le géant du web (les précédents incidents n’avaient duré que quelques minutes auparavant).Si certains ont avancé un piratage, il ne faut pas céder à la paranoïa. La cause de cette panne semble plus rationnelle. On parle notamment d’un problème de DNS et de nom de domaine, indique Clubic.Désormais la situation est stable et le site pleinement fonctionnel, comme l’indique Facebook dans un billet publié sur son blog: “Aujourd’hui, Facebook a rencontré des difficultés techniques, empêchant certains utilisateurs européens à se connecter sur la plateforme. Ces problèmes sont désormais résolus et l’accès à Facebook est rétabli. Facebook s’excuse de ce contretemps et invite les millions d’utilisateurs à reprendre leur activité habituelle sur la plateforme.” Le 7 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hospitalized soldier continues detention

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first_imgBy Mustapha JallowLance Corporal Samboujang Bojang, a member of the Gambia Armed Forces who was hospitalized after alleging torture at Intelligence headquarters, has been returned to his detention cell at the Guards Battalion in Fajara Barracks on Friday, 11 August 2017, at around 3pm, according to military sources.LCpl Bojang spent 11 days at a military clinic for the treatment of injuries on his hands and feet and has been discharged from the clinic and returned to his detention cell with full Military Police escort.His wife, Mrs. Sunkaru Jarju told this medium that her husband has been discharged from the military clinic only to be escorted back to where he was detained. ‘‘This is very painful for me and our only child and our lives are yet to return to normal in the absence of my husband. The authorities, especially the military, within their powers, should take action urgently to ensure my husband’s release from detention without delay,’’ she said.‘‘He still complains of pain on his feet. He is not physically fit. None of the authorities have visited him to ascertain the cause of his injuries. This is unfair treatment on us because the state should have launched their investigations long since,’’ she said. She said that there must be a thorough investigation into her husband’s bruises on his hands, adding that her husband couldn’t walk properly still now. ‘‘He was denied family visits during his admission and I was the only one allowed to visit him and my visit will last for only 5 minutes. If he had done anything wrong let the authorities tell us and not subject him to one place,’’ she said.She appealed to President Barrow’s administration to investigate the allegation of inhuman treatment meted on her husband while in the hands of security agents and release him from unlawful detention as he is the breadwinner of the family; that his detention has left a big financial vacuum in the family.It could be recalled that LCpl Bojang was picked up at the Fajara camp by Military Police in the midst of a ‘‘WhatsApp’’ allegation on 12 July. He was in detention without court appearance until on Monday, 31 July, when a senior soldier came for him and took him to the National Intelligence Agency at around 8am. His wife protested by demanding answers from the authorities after realizing that her husband sustained marks or bruises on his hands and was not walking properly after he was taken to the military clinic from the NIA.Recently the country’s Military Chief, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh, told this medium that if Lance Corporal Bojang was taken to the State Intelligence Agency and then sustained bruises, it is something that would be investigated to ascertain what actually was responsible for the bruises.The intelligence chief has also promised to invite the press in due course, on the alleged torture of Lance Corporal Bojang while under interrogation but since then the press has been waiting.GAF spokesperson when contacted said he was not aware of the discharge of LCpl Bojang and said the investigation about the bruises has not been done yet because of the ongoing investigation on the ‘‘WhatsApp’’ group.last_img read more

Steve Clarke warns Kilmarnock supporters not to boo Jones

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first_imgKilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has issued a warning to supporters not to boo Rangers-bound winger Jones who will stay with the club till the end of the season.Jones upset some supporters with a celebratory tweet after signing a pre-contract that will lead to a four-year deal at Ibrox in the summer.“If the fans boo Jordan then they are booing me as well, because if I select Jordan to play for Kilmarnock then they are criticising my selection,” Clarke told Dailymail.“He has trained great since he came in after the winter break, I look forward to seeing him on the pitch again. I have to pick the best team and if Jordan is part of the best team then he will play.”Jones in his response admits his tweet can’t be retrieved and says he is focused on helping the club presently.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The tweet, looking back, I was probably a bit too over-excited, a bit of inexperience at the time but it has happened, there is nothing I can do, I can’t take it back,” he said.“It has happened and the only way I can win them back is by performance on the pitch. I have always tried to give my best for this club, I don’t think my commitment has been in question and knowing that I am leaving in the summer won’t change it.“The Rangers thing now has been out to the side until the summer. I am fully committed to Kilmarnock.“My teammates know I am committed, the gaffer knows I am committed and everyone in the club knows I am committed so it’s my turn to prove to the fans, as I have over two and half years, that I am committed.”last_img read more

Breaking Fire at Providenciales Dump

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 4th 2017 – Providenciales – Another fire broke out at Providenciales’ Dump site earlier today. At this time, lots of smoke can still be seen from a distance, though the fire seems to be controlled. There have also been no reported causalities. Magnetic Media will keep you informed as information continue to come in.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Infrequency of Fires means no demand for fire departments Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Long Island fire extinguished Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Fire FIRE AGAIN in Grand Turk; underscores urgency for Fire Deptlast_img read more

Captain Americas beard shows up at Apple event ahead of Endgame

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first_img Shouldn’t Captain America be out there dealing with the Endgame instead of being at the #AppleEvent ?? My family has been missing for some time now and I’m thinking he should step up the search.— Lily Zaldivar (@CoolCatLilyZ) March 25, 2019 Captain America is at the event and he honestly looked super bored. #AppleEvent— Daniel Gibson (@DanielGibson_) March 25, 2019 It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service 97 Photos That slow, polite clap from Captain America is like an easter egg for Avengers: Endgame… #AppleEvent— michael t. colorge (@CAM2Go) March 25, 2019 What is Cap doing at the #AppleEvent ?#CaptainAmerica #AvengersEndgame— Market Avenger (@AvengerofMarket) March 25, 2019 0 Share your voice That Captain America dude was on the audience , guess he didnt like the aquaman promos. LOL. and also not impressed by TV+ . #Apple #AppleEvent $AAPL— Bubble “No Collusion” Boy (@lazygetter) March 25, 2019 Livestream • Apple Event Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Didnt know Captain America was a fan of Apple products, always struck me as a Samsung kinda guy #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/HPz8K9AqLx— KING (@Kingz677) March 25, 2019 Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Post a comment Holy shit they have some big guns at this event. Captain America is there! @ChrisEvans #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/TN7VAMnZQT— O’s fan, Machado stan (@W_R_R) March 25, 2019 Tags See All TV and Movies Online Apple Event Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview reading • Captain America’s beard shows up at Apple event ahead of Endgame Captain America’s face at the #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/vmYJ3X7Ea5— Kavehpd (@Kavehpd) March 25, 2019 If you’re into all things Apple, you probably know the company unveiled a series of new services on Monday, including an enhanced news subscription service, a credit card and a gaming subscription service. But some observant viewers watching along with the livestream may have noticed a certain superhero in the audience —  Captain America himself, Chris Evans. And his beard is back, which makes us wonder if we might see it again in Avengers: Endgame even though he’s clean-shaven in all the trailers so far. And fans on Twitter reacted accordingly. Captain America Apple The Avengerslast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg confident Facebook is prepared for 2020 election

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first_img Tags The Facebook chief used the interview to push back against the idea that his company should determine what constitutes political speech. He’s previously called for more government regulation around political speech and advertising. “I think setting the rules around political advertising is not a company’s job,” he told host George Stephanopoulos. “There have been plenty of rules in the past. It’s just at this point they’re not updated to the modern threats that we face. We need new rules.”The topic has been on the minds of Facebook’s leadership and of social media watchers in recent days. Over the weekend, The Washington Post published a Zuckerberg op-ed that urged government officials to take a more active role in setting standards for the handling of election-related content, both legitimate and ill-intentioned. Meanwhile, lawmakers like Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, have said that big platforms like Facebook should be subject to levels of regulation that match their size and influence. Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide.Existing laws, he said, primarily focus on a candidate and the election. “But that’s not primarily what we saw Russia trying to do,” Zuckerberg said. “What we saw them doing was talking about divisive political issues. The goal … was just to rile people up and be divisive.”Zuckerberg also warned that other countries would likely try to interfere in the election.”Well, what I can guarantee is that they’re definitely going to try,” he said. “Our job is to make the defenses stronger and stronger, to make it harder for them to do what they’re doing.”Other scandalsFacebook’s controversies are about more than just politics. On Wednesday, security researchers from UpGuard found that Facebook data containing more than 540 million records was posted in a public database on Amazon cloud servers.When asked about the findings from the security researchers, Zuckerberg said the company was still looking into the issue. “In general, we work with developers to make sure that they’re respecting people’s information and using it in only ways that they want,” he said.Facebook also drew criticism over the use of its livestreaming service during a terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed 50 Muslims at two mosques. Zuckerberg suggested that delaying livestreams might have consequences for users who don’t stream violent content.  “It would also fundamentally break what livestreaming is for people,” he said. “Most people are livestreaming, you know, a birthday party or hanging out with friends when they can’t be together.”Facebook declined to comment beyond what Zuckerberg said during the broadcast.Originally published April 4, 7:27 a.m. PT.Updates, 7:57 a.m.: Adds background information and more details from the interview; 12:41 p.m.: Includes more details from the interview. Comments Share your voice Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris last May to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Aurelien Morissard/Getty Images Facebook has failed to thwart election meddling before, but the 2020 US presidential election will give the social network another chance to demonstrate it’s on the right track.CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company has “learned a lot” since the 2016 election, which Russia meddled in by having trolls post divisive content to the platform. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday, Zuckerberg said he’s “confident” his company is ready to combat any election interference in the upcoming campaign season.Facebook has strengthened its safeguards, requiring advertisers to verify their identities if they run political ads. It’s also rolled out a searchable database showing who paid for advertising and what audience it reached.”The systems, overall, have just gotten quite robust,” Zuckerberg said. “I think we, at this point, have probably some of the most-advanced systems of any company or government in the world for preventing the kind of tactics that Russia and now other countries as well have tried.”The changes haven’t been without issues; businesses have complained that their commercial ads have been misclassified, and media outlets have found loopholes that can be exploited. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 5:14 8 Now playing: Watch this: Politics Tech Industry Mark Zuckerberg Facebooklast_img read more

Group of tourists pledges to cancel trips to Alaska if Murkowski confirms

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first_imgSenator Murkowski in Excursion Inlet with Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill and Ocean Beauty Excursion Inlet Plant Manager Tom Marshall. (KHNS file photo)Prospective tourists have pledged to cancel vacations to Alaska if Senator Lisa Murkowski confirms President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. That is according to a letter sent to visitors bureaus in cities across Southeast Alaska.Listen nowThirty-seven people hailing from 11 different states across the U.S. have added their names to the letter addressed to visitors bureaus in Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau.The short letter reads, “The undersigned pledge to cancel Alaska vacations and refrain from making any plans to visit in the future if Senator Murkowski confirms President Trump’s anti-choice SCOTUS nominee.”Travel Juneau CEO Liz Perry said she’s seen this kind of thing before.“This is not uncommon in the industry,” Perry said. “As a matter of fact, the industry refers to this as the weaponization of travel. The threat of a boycott if a political end is not met. Such boycotts can be effective but most of the time they mostly hit the frontline workers, your service operators. The political folks involved, in this case our U.S. senators, are very seldom affected in a major way.”Perry said she wrote a letter back to its author, Shoshana Hantman from Katonah, New York. Perry encouraged her to write Murkowski directly.“I wanted to acknowledge her concerns and let her know what generally our position was on the way boycotts can or cannot work, and invited her to take a different tack,” Perry said.When reached by phone in New York, Hantman declined to comment for the story.Skagway Tourism Director Cody Jennings asked the Skagway Borough Assembly to consider the letter at its upcoming meeting this week.Murkowski has not said whether she will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.Her vote could be critical in deciding the nomination since a single nay vote among Republicans coupled with the unanimous Democratic opposition would sink the nomination.Perry of Travel Juneau said she sent a copy of the letter to Senator Murkowski’s office in Juneau.last_img read more