‘Ozil retirement was a reaction to the stress’

first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng believes that Mesut Ozil’s international retirement was “a reaction to the stress” of being publicly criticised and discriminated against in Germany.The Berlin-born forward played for Germany at underage level before switching to Ghana and believes his own experiences are similar to the Arsenal star’s.Ozil retired from international football after the World Cup, releasing a three-part statement where he highlighted racism and discrimination in Germany and its football association. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Boateng says he was surprised by Ozil’s decision to take a step back from playing for Germany, but admits he can relate to the choice, having also experienced discrimination while playing.”I did not expect it,” Boateng told Bild. “I think it was a reaction from the stress, and I’m talking from experience, I know what it’s like when everyone comes at you, when you’re really harshly criticised, when your family gets hit.”Former AC Milan and Eintracht Frankfurt star Boateng also expressed his surprise at the racist elements emerging in Germany, particularly in the city of Chemnitz where far-right demonstrators held a march following the death of a German citizen who was involved in a fight with two Afghan nationals.Over 2,500 people attended the march, including between 400 and 500 known extremists, with videos posted online showing many of the participants joining in a chant of “national socialism, now, now now.Boateng is shocked by the events and has called on the government to step in to prevent more similar protests happening in his home country.”It’s alarming that this will happen and that it will be more and more, we have to wake up quickly, we have to do something about it,” Boateng inisisted.”There are 2,500 people walking through Chemnitz doing the Hitler salute. These pictures and videos go out into the world, they shamelessly use a whole city as a projection screen for their activities. You have to shut it down, you cannot simply accept it.”last_img read more

Curry Dazzles from Deep, Warriors Take 2-0 NBA Finals Lead

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry backpedaled in pure joy. He skipped, hollered and let the ball fly from everywhere with that feeling he gets when there’s no way it will miss — unwavering even with a defender’s hand in his face.Curry dazzled in outdueling LeBron James as the two superstars traded big shots and celebratory moves, hitting an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scoring 33 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night for 2-0 lead.“Pretty special night,” Curry said, “and hopefully some more special things happen and we get two more wins.”Kevin Durant found his steady stroke to score 26 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists while also handling a load of the defensive assignment against James. Klay Thompson added 20 points playing on a tender left leg to put the defending champions two wins from a repeat title they have talked about since the season began last fall.James followed up his 51-point performance in Game 1 with 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in a far tamer finals sequel — and a much more lopsided one — minus the utter craziness of a drama-packed opener three days prior.Game 3 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.“We want to continue to be uncomfortable,” James said. “Just because we’re going home doesn’t mean we can relax.”Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 boards for the cold-shooting Cavs, who will now try to gain some momentum back home.Curry had the shot of the night with 7:54 to play, making an off-balance swish from several feet behind the 3-point arc over Love as the shot clock wound down, then scooted backward in delight. Curry fell into the first row of fans with a baseline 3 again over Love and four-point play at the 5:44 mark of the fourth.Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and center JaVale McGee during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool)“He’s a big shot taker, big shot maker,” Draymond Green said. “Tough shot taker, tough shot maker.”The long shot over Love stood out to Curry’s Splash Brother, Thompson.“About seven seconds on the clock he just kept going backward, I don’t know why, but he just threw it up and I didn’t think it had any chance of going in,” Thompson said. “That was kind of like a dagger shot. It just gave us all the momentum back.”The two-time MVP made 11 of 26 shots and was 9 for 17 from deep.James pointed with both hands after his 3 with 11:04 remaining got his team within seven, before Curry answered from deep the next two trips down the floor.“Those moments when you can come down and answer and keep the momentum on our side, it’s big,” Curry said. “Keep the crowd into it.”Curry and James had a tense moment in the third, too.James became irate at the officials for a no-call on Curry, who ran beneath the Cavs star and didn’t let him land with 3:54 remaining in the quarter as James caught Love’s long pass and went out of bounds. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was hit with a technical, saying afterward he didn’t say much but was on the court.JaVale McGee scored 12 points, making all six of his shots in his first career NBA Finals start as Kerr made a lineup switch that proved spot on.Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The typically efficient Durant connected on 10 of 14 shots after going just 8 for 22 — 1 of 7 on 3s — in the opener but still scoring 26 points.Last year’s NBA Finals MVP made his initial five field goals Sunday, driving right at James on offense and doing all he could to fluster him on defense.James hit a 3 over Durant’s outstretched arm midway through the third, then Tristan Thompson’s basket the next possession pulled the Cavs within 72-66. But they couldn’t contain Curry and the rest of the Warriors for extended stretches.The Warriors vowed to make it harder for James to generate good looks after he shot 19 for 32 in the series opener, and James went 12:06 of game time between made baskets.James went 10 for 20, showing few signs his shot was altered by a bloodshot left eye. He had been taking antibiotics and using drops after being poked in the eye by Green in the first half Thursday.The Warriors earned a wacky 124-114 overtime win in Game 1 Thursday night — featuring J.R. Smith’s blunder when he grabbed an offensive rebound in the waning moments of regulation and dribbled back toward halfcourt rather than shooting for the victory, and an overturned charge call against James.Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gestures after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Smith received rousing cheers from the home fans during pregame introductions and “M-V-P!” chants greeted him when he went to the foul line.Thompson played after bruising his lower left leg when Smith slid into him in the first quarter Thursday. The Warriors All-Star has never missed a postseason game.Kerr went with 7-foot big man McGee to start in place of Kevon Looney — McGee’s 10th career start in the postseason.McGee scored the first four points as Golden State made its initial seven shots and 10 of 11.Another key role player, Shaun Livingston, made his five field-goal tries for 10 points to give Golden State a lift in the first half after making all four of his shots Thursday.“They’re a dangerous ballclub no matter what,” James said. “It starts with those four guys, those four All-Stars. Everybody else just does their job and they don’t miss a beat when they put someone in or they take someone out.”Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (Kyle Terada/Pool Photo via AP)TIP-INSCavaliers: James’ first-half line: 15 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, two steals. His first points — the first for Cleveland — came on a goaltend by McGee. … After holding a 19-4 edge on the offensive glass in Game 1, the Cavs were 15-7 on Sunday.Warriors: Curry broke Ray Allen’s mark of eight for most 3s in a finals game. … Thompson played in his franchise-record 100th postseason game. He also became the sixth player to ever make 300 3s in the postseason, joining Curry as the Warriors to reach the feat. … The Warriors were 13 of 15 from inside the arc in the opening quarter. They shot 59.5 percent in the first half despite going 6 of 19 on 3s. They finished 15 for 36 from long range.IGUODALA STILL OUTWarriors forward Andre Iguodala missed his sixth straight postseason game nursing a bone bruise in his left knee.Kerr remains optimistic the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will play at some point in the series.—By JANIE McCAULEY , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Arrow to integrate Basler vision technology into its SoMs and development boards portfolio

first_imgArrow Electronics and Basler have signed an agreement under which Arrow will distribute the complete Basler range of products throughout the EMEA region. In addition, Arrow added Basler to its digital global linecard. With this, Basler`s products are available to online customers worldwide. With a particular focus on Basler’s embedded vision products, Arrow is working to integrate this technology into its own systems-on-module (SoMs) and boards portfolio for developers and the maker community.Basler is the largest unit volume producer of digital cameras for industrial applications globally. Its cameras are widely used in industrial mass production, medical technology, life sciences and retail applications. Basler’s embedded vision solutions portfolio includes cameras, lenses, modules, software and all the supporting accessories required to add vision capability to a machine. User-friendly hardware and software evaluation and development kits simplify the integration of cameras with embedded systems. Basler`s products will be available from March 1st, 2018.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous FRAMOS: ON Semi CMOS sensor for simultaneous 2D and 3D imagingNext Solving the problem of Flash memory densitylast_img

KBC 9: Sonam Wangchuk, the real life Phunsukh Wangdu of 3 Idiots, shares his inspiring story on the show

first_imgKaun Banega Crorepati 9 is all about celebrating real life heroes, and that’s probably why the show is clicking with the masses like never before.On the show, host Amitabh Bachchan introduced Sonam Wangchuk as a man with many missions. Aamir Khan’s film 3 Idiots was inspired by this engineer-turned-innovator and education reformist. Sonam founded Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), which is a campaign to improve the flawed education system of the country. He feels that the there is a lot of change required in our country’s education policy.He said that the condition of a lot of government schools are worse than Sub-Saharan African schools and if it persists then rather than progress, we will witness more of riots and social unrest. Sonam, who was also instrumental in launching Operation New Hope brought reforms in the present education system by making the books more contextual.Since he has started working in government schools in Ladakh, the percentage of passing students in class 10 has increased from 5 per cent in 2000 to 55 per cent in 2010 and reached an astonishing 75 per cent in 2015.Sonam also talked about his school SECMOL, where students who’ve failed are given preference. These students learn through hands-on practical experience and also run the school by forming a small government that changes every two months. The whole school runs on solar energy. He encourages his students to be job-makers rather than job-seekers.Sonam Wangchuk with his ex-student Tsewang Rigzin. Picture courtesy: YouTubeSonam was accompanied by his former student Tsewang Rigzin, who is now a journalist. The teacher-student duo went on to win a whopping amount of Rs 50 lakh, which Sonam would like to invest in establishing Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, which will a university that provides more of hands-on and practical training to the youth. HIAL would mostly deal with issues faced by mountain people. Sonam, has been collecting money for the proposed university through crowd-funding and will the amount that he won on KBC will also be invested in the same.advertisementSonam was born in small village Uleytokpo, near Alchi in the Leh that consisted of only five families. He didn’t attend school till he was nine years old. He told that he was lucky because in those nine years, he got to learn a lot about the world from his mother in his native language. He feels that nowadays people are so burdened by languages like English and Urdu that they’ve missed out on learning in their mother tongue, which is very essential. Sonam, who knows nine languages including his mother tongue Ladakhi was quite a sport when he was asked to say Amitabh’s famous dialogue rishtey mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hai from Shahenshah in Ladakhi and Punjabi.Ice Stupa in Ladakh.Sonam also talked about his project Ice Stupa, which basically are water reservoirs. These ice stupas store water during the winter season in form of ice and provide water during the spring for irrigation and other purposes. One ice stupa can store as much as 3 million litres of water. He wanted the reservoirs to connect to people, due to which he named them ice stupa, as it is a mix of technique and tradition.last_img read more

Realme X blind order sale starts July 11: Here’s how you can pre-order phone

first_imgRealme has announced a blind order sale of its latest flagship, Realme X, ahead of its official launch in India on July 15. The 3-day Realme X blind order sale will begin July 11 at 12pm and will go on till midnight July 14. The event will allow fans to not only pre-order the Realme X but also the Realme X Spider-Man Edition ahead of everyone else. To do this, the company requires a certain token amount.The catch is that the Realme X blind sale will be limited to the first 2,000 customers, which means you will need to be ready at 12pm on Thursday, July 11 to register yourself on realme.com. The registration will require a Rs 1,000 token amount following which customers will receive Rs 500 as an extra offer, bringing the total deposit to Rs 1,500. It should also be noted that only the first 300 customers will stand a chance to purchase the Realme X Spider-Man Edition with a special gift box.To recall, the Realme X Spider-Man Edition is a special edition smartphone that was launched to tie-in with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. The special edition phone doesn’t look any different from the regular flagship apart from getting a Spider-Man -theme UI, icon pack and phone case.The Realme X will officially launch in India on Monday, July 15 with a starting price that is said to be around Rs 18,000. The smartphone sports a 6.53-inch notchless AMOLED display with a FHD+ resolution. It gets a curved glasstic rear panel in two gradient finishes – white and blue. Realme is also expected to announce the special Onion and Garlic colours for the Realme X in India.advertisementThe upcoming Realme flagship features a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM. It gets a 48MP dual camera setup on the back and a 16MP selfie camera housed in a pop-up mechanism. The handset houses a 3,765mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. The Realme X also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.ALSO READ | Realme X to be sold on Flipkart after July 15 launch, teaser confirmsALSO READ | Realme 3i may launch in India alongside Realme X on July 15, Flipkart teasesALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro price drop, Realme C2 with 2-year warranty during Realme Million Days salelast_img read more

Man City team news: Aguero & Jesus start in attack

first_imgUEFA Champions League Man City team news: Aguero & Jesus start up front again as Ederson also plays Last updated 2 years ago 01:35 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Gabriel Jesus Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2017 Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester City Feyenoord v Manchester City Feyenoord Sergio Agüero The attacking duo will look to pick up where they left off after impressive showings against Liverpool as they begin their Champions League campaign Pep Guardiola has again decided to start with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in attack for Manchester City against Feyenoord, with goalkeeper Ederson also recovering in time to feature.The duo were in top form as City defeated Liverpool last time out, with Guardiola making one change in total to the side that thumped Jurgen Klopp’s side.Man City 2/7 to beat Feyenoord 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 To that end it’s Danilo who drops out and summer signing from Monaco Bernardo Silva comes in to replace him as City get their Champions League campaign underway.Elsewhere, Ederson has recovered sufficiently from the facial injuries he sustained in the collision with Sadio Mane on the weekend and he keeps his place in goal.Despite scoring two goals against Liverpool, Leroy Sane has to settle for a place on the bench once again, while Raheem Sterling, banned for the win over the Reds, is also back in the squad. Man City starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Silva, Jesus, Aguero.Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Sterling, Gundogan, Mangala, Delph, Sane.Feyenoord starting XI: Jones, St. Juste, Botteghin, van der Heijden, Nelom, Vilhena, El Ahmadi, Boetius, Berghuis, Kramer.Subs: Bijlow, Diks, Geertruida, Tapia, Toornstra, Larsson, Vente.last_img read more

Sarah Bern helps resilient England past France and into Rugby World Cup final

first_imgEngland have booked the showdown with New Zealand the Women’s World Cup has been craving and if their heroic tacklers can patch themselves up in time they have every chance of defending their crown. It remains a big if however, after a performance of lung-busting resilience – typified by their match-winning prop Sarah Bern – edged out France in a semi-final for the ages.Bern is the youngest member of England’s squad at only 20 but Simon Middleton has unearthed a gem of a tighthead prop while Megan Jones, who added the second try at the death, is another for the future. Emily Scarratt added the rest of the points from the tee as England clinched their 13th victory in succession – and possibly the hardest of the lot.It was cruel on France – this is the seventh time they have fallen at the semi-final stage – but England’s refusal to wilt in the face of fierce pressure in the first half will have given them confidence they can defend their trophy on Saturday.“They are the last group to panic. They know when to step up – they have been in a lot of tough, pressurised situations this year and have come out on the right side of them all,” said Middleton. “Now we have one more to do. They know exactly what it will take on Saturday to get there.”An early French onslaught was expected, and so it materialised. The greasy ball made handling difficult – less of a problem for England considering how little of the ball they saw in the opening 10 minutes – but France flexed their muscles and made their considerable forward power felt.A first scrum had to be reset with both sides aware of the psychological advantage to be gained, and at the second time of asking England were steamrollered.That set in motion phase after phase of French pressure – Marlie Packer and Rachael Burford led the rearguard as England made what felt like scores of tackles inside the first 10 minutes. France’s ferocity in attack was remarkable, England’s resilience equally so.By half-time England had made 70 tackles – Packer 14 of them – but they were also first on the scoreboard after France were penalised at the breakdown following a hefty carry from the hooker Amy Cokayne. Scarratt was on the money from the tee.Lesser sides might have crumbled in the face of France’s pressure but in Scarratt and Katy Mclean, England possess two of the best kickers from hand – a significant string to their bow as both kicked long to relieve the pressure. It was Scarratt, too, who made the first telling line-break, taking a flat pass from Burford and galloping down the right wing before feeding Natasha Hunt inside – the England scrum-half was met by a thunderous tackle from Elodie Guiglion.Now it was France’s turn to defend but after a couple of rumbles from the England forwards, Les Bleues were awarded another penalty at the breakdown.England’s penalty count, by this stage at eight, was hurting them, denying Simon Middleton’s side momentum and crucially, just a few minutes before the break, Shannon Izar levelled from the tee: it was 3–3 at half-time, and terrifically tense.Danielle Waterman failed to reappear after the break following a head injury assessment, but England began the second half on the front foot – Burford again making her presence felt on the gainline. There was a moment of magic from Scarratt, scooping up Caroline Drouin’s chip ahead with outrageous dexterity before feeding Kay Wilson, only for England’s winger to lose control of the ball as France scrambled.Scarratt edged England ahead with a penalty, then missed another before the French dam finally broke when, again, England’s forwards came in wave after wave and the England tighthead Bern was shoved over just to the right of the posts for the first try of the match.With a little more than 10 minutes to go, France thought they had their first try through the flanker Julie Annery but the referee Graham Cooper went upstairs and Megan Jones, on for Waterman, was adjudged to have timed her tackle perfectly, yanking the French openside into touch. And Jones’s evening was to get even better, splashing on to the loose ball in the final minute for England’s second try as France grew ever more desperate.“We said at half-time that if we were patient and we kept the temp up, and we just tweaked what we were doing, we’d get on top of them, and we dominated large parts of the second half,” Middleton added. “New Zealand have played the way New Zealand play. They’ve got loads of flair, they’ve got physicality. We’ve been keeping tabs on them but not a massive amount, we’ve had our own stuff to deal with. We’ve got a bank of information on them and we’ll have a good look at them.Earlier, a spirited USA side played their part in an absorbing first semi-final before New Zealand pulled clear in the last quarter. The USA were ahead after 17 minutes when Alev Kelter converted Kris Thomas’s try but a Kendra Cocksedge penalty and Woodman’s first score put the Black Ferns ahead at the interval. Woodman finished the match with four tries, she now has 13 for the tournament, as New Zealand pulled clear after the break for a 45-12 victory. Some final awaits on Saturday.”England Waterman; Thompson, Scarratt, Burford (Reed, 65), Wilson; Mclean, Hunt (Mason, 75); Cornborough (Clark, 70), Cokayne (Fleetwood, 70), Bern (Lucas, 70), Scott, Taylor, Matthews (Millar-Mills, 73), Packer (Noel-Smith, 62), Hunter (capt).Tries Bern, Jones. Cons Scarratt 2. Pens Scarratt 2.France Amédée; Guiglion (Pelle, 70), Ladagnous, Poublan, Izar; Drouin, Rivoalen (Le Pesq, 55); Deshaye (Arricastre, 47), Mignot (capt; Thomas, 68), Duval (Carricaburu, 68), Corson, Forlani (Andre, 74), Mayans, Annery, N’Diaye. Pen Izar.Referee G Cooper (Aus) Read more Captain Sarah Hunter says England have belief to beat New Zealand Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Rugby union Share on Twitter Twitter England women’s rugby union team Read more Sarah Bern, who scored England’s first try and was named player of the match, charges through the French defence. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Topics Share on Messengercenter_img Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Pinterest news Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email England 20-3 France: Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-final – as it happened Facebook Women’s rugby union Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Laken Tomlinson Taken No. 28 Overall In The 2015 NFL Draft

first_imgDuke Laken Tomlinson taken 28th overall.Duke Laken TomlinsonFormer Duke offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson was taken at No, 28 overall by the Detroit Lions in this year’s NFL Draft. He is the first player to be taken in the first round out of Duke since 1987, when linebacker Mike Junkin went No. 5 to the Cleveland Browns.Round 1 – Pick 28 The @Lions select Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/ORgcpuDylk— #NFLDraft (@nfl) May 1, 2015Tomlinson was rated as a three-star player coming out of Lane Technical High School in Chicago, but developed into one of the top guards in the country under David Cutcliffe at Duke.At 6-foot-3, 323 pounds, the First Team All-American projects to be one of the best interior run blockers in the 2015 draft class. His athleticism is a bit of a concern, but he should be a good fit on the inside for the Lions.According to NFL.com, Tomlinson’s closest comparison is Chris Watt. Here’s more: Tomlinson has treated defenders like a squat rep at times, but getting defenders centered and jacked will be tougher in the NFL. His lack of athleticism is a major concern and will cause problems winning initial engagements as defenders will get into him first.The Indianapolis Colts are now on the clock.last_img read more

Here Are The 2019 Class Rankings After Bru McCoy’s Transfer

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Whether or not he knows it, Kliff Kingsbury has actually impacted the recruiting class rankings for the 2019 season. Once he was hired to be the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals, five-star recruit Bru McCoy decided that it’d be best if he left the USC Trojans.The Texas Longhorns were the winner of the McCoy sweepstakes, as the talented wideout signed his financial aid agreement yesterday – and plans to begin classes in Austin next week.McCoy needs to be granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA in order to gain eligibility for the upcoming college football season.Despite his status being unclear for the 2019 season, his latest decision has resulted in a few changes to the recruiting rankings across the nation.Texas has benefited greatly from the addition of McCoy, as the former No. 5 recruiting class in the country has just leapfrogged multiple teams in 247Sports’ team rankings.Here is the current top five:AlabamaGeorgiaTexasTexas A&MOklahomaUSC has dropped down to No. 18 in the rankings due to the loss of their former five-star recruit, McCoy.On the other hand, Tom Herman and the Longhorns have to be feeling good about their incoming players for next season.last_img read more

Pipe-Laying Begins on Major Water Supply Project in Portmore

first_imgPipe-laying works have commenced on the multi-billion dollar Portmore Pipeline Project, being implemented by the National Water Commission (NWC), which is expected to significantly improve the delivery of potable water to communities in south eastern St. Catherine. The 15-month project, for which contracts were signed in September 2011, is being executed by the civil engineering firm, Ashtrom Building Systems Limited, at a cost of $1.2 billion. It is slated for completion in May 2013. It forms part of the overall US$87 million ($7.98 billion) Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) Water Supply Improvement Project, being jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) and the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), and is intended to improve the supply of water to Greater Spanish Town and Portmore, which along with Kingston and St. Andrew, comprise the KMA Region. Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, on November 22, headed the dignitaries who performed the symbolic ground breaking exercise at the project site, along the Municipal Boulevard (I -95) in St. Catherine, to mark the commencement of the pipe-laying phase. In his address, Mr. Pickersgill disclosed that the project will entail the installation of 10 kilometres of transmission main from the Rio Cobre pipeline in Caymanas, across Mandela Highway, along Municipal Boulevard, to the existing Marley Hill Reservoir at Braeton. He said this major component will be supported by the installation of three kilometres of secondary pipe mains to reinforce Portmore’s water distribution network, along Passage Fort Drive, Germaine Road, Port Henderson Drive, and Portmore Parkway. In addition, the Minister said 10 bulk flow meters will be installed to assist in reducing, monitoring and controlling the levels of “non-revenue” water. “These works are expected to facilitate the increase in the existing supplies to Portmore by three million gallons per day, and allow for more effective flows through the distribution network,” the Minister pointed out. “These much needed improvements in water supply provision will certainly improve service reliability and service quality to the customers of the National Water Commission (NWC),” he added. Mr. Pickersgill advised that residents would be inconvenienced with occasional interruptions in water supply, possible traffic delays, and noise and dust nuisance, and urged them to exercise patience, co-operation and understanding during the project’s implementation. “I am advised to assure you that all road surfaces and other areas that are excavated or otherwise disturbed during implementation, will be restored to their previous condition or made better,” he said. Mr. Pickersgill pointed out that the Portmore Pipeline project is one of a number of similar water supply improvement projects that will be undertaken as part of a “comprehensive strategy,” aimed at “contributing more to national development and improving the quality of life of persons across the length and breadth of Jamaica.” State Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Arnaldo Brown and Colin Fagan, who are the Members of Parliament for East Central and South East St. Catherine, respectively, welcomed the project and expressed their anticipation of improvements in the supply of potable water to their constituents.last_img read more

Motorists Advised to Stay Off of Roads on Friday Feb 20

first_imgThe province’s Emergency Measures Organization advises thatblizzard conditions and poor visibility are making snowremoval across the province very difficult. It is essential that the public stay off all roads across theprovince on Friday, Feb. 20, to allow road crews and emergencyservices to respond to the storm and its aftermath. All provincial government offices across the province will beclosed on Friday. -30-last_img

NAFTA uncertainty could be pausing business investment in Canada Morneau says

first_imgTORONTO – Bill Morneau says he understands the uncertainty surrounding NAFTA might be causing some companies to hesitate in making investment decisions.The federal finance minister made the comments today when asked about the Bank of Canada’s warning this week that elevated uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive down investment in Canada.Central bank governor Stephen Poloz says companies are becoming increasingly concerned about the unknowns of the ongoing NAFTA talks.Poloz says the uncertainty means firms may decide to redirect their investments south of the border — especially after the U.S. announced major, business-friendly tax reforms.He estimates the trade-policy uncertainty will lower investment by about two per cent by the end of 2019.Speaking in Toronto, Morneau says the concerns reinforce the argument NAFTA has been a big positive for the economy — and that the deal’s benefits are well understood by investors.“Any level of perspective change is something that causes people some pause,” Morneau said following a meeting with Mexican counterpart Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya.Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are scheduled to meet next week in Montreal for the sixth round of negotiations.Despite its concerns about NAFTA uncertainty, the Bank of Canada raised its trend-setting interest rate Wednesday for the third time since July following months of healthier-than-expected economic data.Morneau said the rate increase was a reflection of the economy’s strong run.last_img read more

Big shareholder at Yelp wants a board reshuffle

first_imgREDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A large shareholder at Yelp says it’s lost patience with the review site and wants to see the company board reshuffled.In a letter released publicly Monday, SQN Investors said that it wants Yelp Inc. to add some new directors to its board, including shareholder representatives.SQN says it owns more than 4 per cent of Yelp’s shares. It says it believes “the board has failed to hold itself and management accountable for the company’s strategic and operational missteps, repeated missed earnings, lost opportunities and poor corporate governance.”Yelp says it’s committed to keeping an open dialogue with SQN. The company maintained that it’s committed to acting in the best interest of its shareholders, customers and workers.Its shares have fallen almost 10 per cent over the past year.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Metro grocery stores to permit reusable containers in some departments

MONTREAL — Grocery chain Metro Inc. will allow customers to use reusable containers and zipper bags to purchase fresh products in stores across Quebec.The grocery and drug store company says in a statement today it wants to reduce the amount of single-use packaging it sells.Metro Inc. senior vice-president Marc Giroux says the plan is a simple one and allows for customers to bring clean resealable containers and bags from home without compromising product safety or quality.Beginning April 22, customers across the province will be able to use their own packaging at the deli, meat, fish, seafood, pastry and ready-to-eat meal counters.The practice is already being tested in stores in three Quebec cities: Drummondville, L’Ancienne-Lorette and Saint-Eustache.The company says it has set objectives to reduce its environmental impact and is finalizing a packaging and printed materials policy to be introduced this year.Companies in this story: (TSX:MRU)The Canadian Press read more

Pakistani troops arrive in Darfur to boost UNAfrican Union force

22 December 2008Eighty-five Pakistani troops arrived in Darfur during the past two days to bolster the strength of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, deployed earlier this year to try to end the violence and suffering in the war-ravaged Sudanese region. Another 176 members of the Pakistani Engineering Company are due later this week, bringing the total number of the Company’s members dispatched in Darfur to 335, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.They will work primarily to finish UNAMID’s “super camp” in El Geneina, West Darfur, expand other camps in Darfur, and build infrastructure and facilities for the peacekeepers, she stated.Two groups of the Ethiopian Logistics Unit also arrived in Darfur over the weekend to help military components with supply, transport, maintenance and force protection. Ethiopia has one Infantry Battalion in Darfur and is expected to deploy another in 2009.Last year, the Security Council authorized the peacekeeping force of about 26,000 uniformed personnel. But only some 10,000 have been deployed, and senior UN officials have repeatedly called on countries to supply the remaining troops and equipment needed. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been displaced from their homes in Darfur since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, in 2003. read more

UNESCO head speaks out against murder of Mexican reporter

The body of Fabián Ramírez López, 42, was found in the coastal city of Mazatlán on 11 October after an anonymous telephone call to La Magia 97.1, the radio station where he worked. He had last been seen two days earlier on his way to the station.“It is essential for democracy and rule of law that journalists and media workers should be able to continue exercising the basic human right of freedom of expression without fearing for their lives,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).According to the International Press Institute, a non-governmental organization, six journalists have been killed in Mexico so far this year, making the country one of the most dangerous in the world for media professionals. 21 October 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the killing of a radio presenter in Mexico, stressing that the murder affects the whole of Mexican society. read more

Situation in Afghanistan Iraq tops UN chiefs talks with Iranian leader

19 September 2010Developments in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East were among the topics discussed today in a meeting between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. During the talks, Mr. Ban commended Iran for its constructive role in counter-narcotics enforcement activities. He also thanked the country for hosting a large number of refugees, encouraging it to continue supporting their welfare. The Secretary-General expressed hope that Iran will constructively engage in negotiations with the so-called E3+3 – comprising the United Kingdom, the United States, China, France, Germany and Russia – for a mutually acceptable agreement in conformity with relevant Security Council resolutions. During the meeting, Mr. Ban also underscored the importance of respecting fundamental civil and political rights. He also met today with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, and two men discussed a range of issues, including Sudan and Somalia. The Secretary-General encouraged Kenya’s Government to continue implementing essential reforms to build a more peaceful and prosperous nation. During his talks with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreous, he encouraged the European nation to continue to help sustain the momentum on the peace process in Cyprus. Mr. Ban discussed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Hmong returnees, among other issues, with President Choummaly Sayasone of Laos. The MDGs, along with next year’s elections, were also a topic of discussion during the Secretary-General’s meeting with Foreign Minister Jean-Marie Ehouzou of Benin. In his meeting with Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, the Secretary-General thanked the official for his country’s support for the work of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA).The Centre was launched at the end of 2007 with the aim of helping the five governments in the region to increase their capacities to peacefully prevent dialogue, facilitate dialogue and respond to cross-border threats and challenges such as terrorism, drug trafficking and environmental degradation. In his meeting with, Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah of Kuwait, Mr. Ban acknowledged the important role played by the countryin supporting the work of the UN and the international community in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Middle East and Pakistan.For his part, General Assembly President Joseph Deiss met with the heads of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).He also held talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Metodiev Borisov. read more

Pakistani community in Sri Lanka protest against abuses in Kashmir

The High Commission also said that a food embargo and curfew had also been imposed following the assassination of a youth leader in the area.“Kashmir is still reeling from the violence as skirmish between angry protesters and huge contingents of Indian army go unabated. The peaceful assembly was attended by people from all walks of life. The participants urged the Secretary General of the United Nations to encourage, facilitate and support efforts leading to a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions to ensure resolution of this longstanding unresolved issue,” the Pakistan High Commission said. The Pakistan High Commission said that since 8th July, 2016, Indian forces have killed more than 50 innocent Kashmiris, injured over 3500 and imposed a ban on print and electronic media. The Pakistani community in Sri Lanka staged a protest today opposite the United Nations office in Colombo against alleged abuses in the Indian occupied Kashmir.The Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said that the Kashmir Study Forum in Sri Lanka along with the Pakistani and Sri Lankan community organized the peaceful demonstration to highlight the recent upsurge in extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces. A memorandum with signatures urging the UN to play its role to resolve the oldest unresolved dispute on the UN agenda since 1947 was also handed over to the UN office. (Colombo Gazette) The participants of the protest expressed their grave concerns about the ongoing killings of civilians by Indian security forces in the towns and villages of Kashmir. read more

Southern Lebanon still beset by intense fighting reports UN mission

Hizbollah “fired rockets in large numbers from various locations,” the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said in a news release issued from the Lebanese city of Naqoura. The mission added that the IDF conducted “intensive air strikes and shelling” throughout the mission’s area of operations.There have also been ground exchanges between the two sides in at least 10 locations near the border, from the Mediterranean coast to near the frontier with Syria.UNIFIL stated that Hizbollah fired rockets this morning from close to the UN post in Tibnin, and the IDF responded by carrying out air strikes in the area. A rocket originating from an unknown source landed near a UN post in Hinniyah, and there were two other incidents of Israeli firing – and one other of Hizbollah firing – close to UN positions yesterday, the mission said.There were no injuries or damage to UNIFIL staff or property following these incidents, but the mission “strongly protested all these incidents to the Lebanese and Israeli authorities respectively.”UNIFIL has also been involved in attempts to deliver water and other relief supplies to internally displaced Lebanese, as well as to provide medical assistance and shelter to civilians injured or left homeless in the town of Hula.UNIFIL said it is also working with the Lebanese authorities to try to reopen the road between Tyre and Beirut by installing a provisional bridge – to replace those destroyed by Israeli air strikes – to allow humanitarian convoys to make the journey.According to a statement released yesterday by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon David Shearer, since the conflict erupted on 12 July, about 960 Lebanese, mostly civilians, have been killed. Almost 3,400 others have been injured and more than 915,000 people – or about one quarter of Lebanon’s population – have been forced to leave their homes. In Israel, 95 people have been killed, including 38 civilians, with many more injured. read more

Syria UN human rights Inquiry has no conclusive findings on use of

In a statement, the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said it wished to clarify that is has not reached any final findings on the use of chemical weapons and “as a result, the Commission is not in a position to further comment on the allegations at this time.”The Commission, which was created in August 2011, comprises Mr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Karen AbuZayd, Carla del Ponte and Vitit Muntarbhorn. It has been mandated by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to investigate and record all violations of international human rights law during the conflict in Syria.Mr. Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission, reminded all parties to the conflict that “the use of chemical weapons is prohibited in all circumstances under customary international humanitarian law.” The Commission is scheduled to issue its findings to the Council on 3 June.Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his appeal last week for unfettered access to Syria for a separate United Nations team focused specifically on probing the alleged use of chemical weapons during the conflict.That fact-finding team, headed by Swedish scientist Åke Sellström, was launched in late March following a formal request from the Syrian Government. However, it has been on stand-by for a month, pending authorized access from Syrian authorities. Mr. Sellström, according to the Secretary-General’s Spokesman, continues consultations with all the parties, including all concerned Governments, to pursue his investigation. More than 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed, and some 3 million displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. read more