Toronto can’t go on losing like this PBA Press Corps awards night PLAY LIST 01:15PBA Press Corps awards night00:39Ross ‘getting closer to a hundred percent’02:525 years since last Finals clash, different San Miguel, Magnolia cross paths02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew For sure, Calvin Abueva cannot dance to this tune.The PBA on Tuesday afternoon threw the full weight of the rule book on the Phoenix Pulse forward, suspending Abueva indefinitely and slapping a P70,000 fine on him for a controversial two-game stretch and what many felt was an arrogant act toward those running the league.ADVERTISEMENT A story on the league’s pba.ph website confirmed an Inquirer report Tuesday of a lengthy ban and a stiff fine on Abueva, who got into an altercation with the girlfriend of Blackwater rookie Ray Parks Jr. last Friday and on Sunday was part of a tumultuous stretch against TNT where he clotheslined KaTropa import Terrence Jones before mockingly dancing in front of everyone on the official’s table.He also reportedly told technical officials “tignan nyo ako (look at what I am going to do)” before the hit on Jones that almost sparked a free-for-all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCommissioner Willie Marcial spoke with Abueva and the others involved in the physical Phoenix-TNT game and meted out a total of P264,000 in fines and another two-day suspension on Fuel Masters’ coach Louie Alas for being involved in a scuffle three minutes into the contest.The PBA report said that Marcial “can no longer allow Abueva to continue with his offensive and obnoxious on-court behavior against the fans and his fellow players, which the fiery player is known for.” ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Abueva is one of the most energetic players in the league. An undersized forward who can battle underneath with big men, “The Beast” has been however hampered by his inability to keep his emotions in check.Abueva reportedly called Maika Rivera, Parks’ girlfriend, a “bitch” and flashed a lewd gesture towards her and her friends in a win over the Elite last Friday.“The commissioner said that the indefinite suspension of Abueva should serve as a stern warning for him and other players to act as professional athletes and that unbecoming conduct or any act or statement that is prejudicial or detrimental to the PBA will be severely punished,” the report also said.Alas, aside the ban, was also fined a total of P40,000 for his flagrant misconduct in being involved in the scuffle and for issuing statements detrimental to the league.Jones was slapped a P50,000 fine for hitting Abueva in the private area and P20,000 for physical contact on an official.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It has not been offensively pretty so far. The teams are shooting a combined 4 for 30 from 3-point range — Toronto is 2 for 17, Golden State 2 for 13. Golden State’s Stephen Curry is 0 for 5 from beyond the arc, and so is Toronto’s Danny Green.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) and forward Draymond Green, left, steal the ball from Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Klay Thompson has 14 points and the Golden State Warriors lead the Toronto Raptors 46-42 at halftime of Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES The 88 combined points is the lowest total in the first half of a finals game since the Warriors led Cleveland 45-43 at the break in Game 6 of the 2015 series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Equal treatment means more than just a suspension Curry and Kevon Looney each have eight points for the Warriors. Kawhi Leonard has 14 and Kyle Lowry has eight for Toronto. View comments
Shenzhen: World number one Ashleigh Barty battled back against Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic to make a winning start to the 2019 WTA Finals on Sunday as the Australian notched up a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory.Barty lost the opening set in the pair’s first-ever meeting but conceded just three games in the remaining two sets in Shenzhen to seal a win guaranteeing that she will end the year as the WTA’s top-ranked player, as well as putting her on top of the Red Group in the competition’s round robin format. She is joined by Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who defeated Petra Kvitova in three sets in a rematch of their Australian Open final earlier in the season.”I think it was a pretty high-quality match and it’s a difficult court to get rhythm on at times, so it’s important to try and neutralize when you can and that was the biggest key in the second and third sets,” said Barty.👏👏 @ashbarty defeats Bencic in three sets, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, at the Shiseido @WTAFinals Shenzhen pic.twitter.com/HgWuJswC9D— WTA (@WTA) October 27, 2019 Bencic took the first set by breaking the Australian in the penultimate game as Barty sent her forehand long from behind the baseline.Barty responded in style, however, reeling off five straight games to take control of the second set as Bencic struggled with a heel injury.The world no. 7 returned after a medical time-out to win the opening game of the final set but Barty was soon in control again, securing a break in the third game that allowed her to cruise to victory.Earlier in the evening, Osaka claimed her first-ever win at the WTA Finals with a 7-6 4-6 6-4 victory over Kvitova in the pair’s opening match.The Japanese right-hander lost all three of her matches on her debut at the tournament last year and she made a slow start against the Czech star, who broke in the first game before holding her own serve to love to take a 2-0 lead in the opening set.But three double faults from Kvitova allowed Osaka to break back in the eighth game and the 2018 US Open champion eventually took the opening set in a tie break, conceding a solitary point.Kvitova won a see-saw second set, securing three breaks to Osaka’s two, to move the match into a third but the 23-year-old held firm to pick up an opening victory.”I’m not really one that plays that well in the first round,” said Osaka. “It was very difficult for me to play against her at first but I tried to fight no matter what and I’m very glad that I was able to win.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ashleigh Bartybelinda bencicNaomi OsakaPetra Kvitova First Published: October 27, 2019, 10:45 PM IST
Munich: Managerless Bayern Munich thrashed Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in ‘Der Klassiker’ on Saturday as Robert Lewandowski continued his phenomenal scoring run with two goals at the Allianz Arena.Lewandowski’s first-half header and 76th-minute tap-in mean he has scored in all of Bayern’s Bundesliga and Champions League games this season for a tally of 23 goals. “We were very focused, we knew we had to give 100 percent and improve,” said Lewandowski after the reigning Bundesliga champions bounced back emphatically from last weekend’s 5-1 drubbing at Eintracht Frankfurt.Serge Gnabry claimed Bayern’s second, while visiting captain Mats Hummels scored a late own goal for his former club as Dortmund suffered another heavy defeat in Munich after a 5-0 rout in April.”After 10 minutes, we made it clear that we wanted to win,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller. “The alibis had all been used up.”Bayern moved up to third, level on points with second-placed RB Leipzig and one behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach, who host Werder Bremen Sunday.Interim coach Hansi Flick enjoyed his second win in charge since Niko Kovac was sacked last Sunday.”It’s not been easy for the team, we didn’t have that many training sessions,” said Flick.”They knew they had a duty to improve and they did.”Afterwards, club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Flick will stay in charge for Bayern’s next game on November 23 at Fortuna Duesseldorf.However, Bayern are having difficulties finding a new coach, with Arsene Wenger on Saturday contradicting their claims they turned him down as Kovac’s successor and slammed the club for a lack of discretion.Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel have already made it clear they will not join Bayern this season.Despite their off-field troubles, Bayern dominated as Lewandowski opened the scoring with a superb header from a Benjamin Pavard cross on 17 minutes.Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was taken off on 36 minutes after failing to make an impact on proceedings.Gnabry had a goal ruled out for offside as Bayern went in 1-0 up at the break, but the Germany winger struck two minutes into the second half.When Lewandowski stumbled with the goal at his mercy, Gnabry fired home.With an hour gone and his side 2-0 down, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre brought on forwards Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer, who have only just recovered from foot and calf injuries respectively.Alcacer had his head in his hands after failing to connect with an Achraf Hakimi cross with 20 minutes left as Dortmund’s best chance went begging.Bayern’s third came as Lewandowski finished another counter-attack by the hosts, just before Hummels’ own goal.”That was a huge disappointment, a lot of our players didn’t play well. Bayern were better,” admitted Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.LEIPZIG GO SECONDEarlier, Timo Werner netted twice as Leipzig went second with a 4-2 win at Hertha Berlin in the capital, where the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989.To mark the 30th anniversary, a replica of the Wall, which divided Germany’s capital from 1961, separated Hertha and Leipzig before being knocked down prior to kick-off.Midfielder Maximilian Mittelstaedt gave Hertha a first-half lead which lasted six minutes before Werner converted a penalty.Marcel Sabitzer added Leipzig’s second on the stroke of half-time before three goals came in the final five minutes.Kevin Kampl netted Leipzig’s third with a superb left-footed strike before Werner grabbed his second for his 11th league goal in as many games, before Hertha striker Davie Selke scored against his former club.Striker Rouwen Hennings completed his hat-trick five minutes from time as Fortuna Duesseldorf held Schalke to a 3-3 draw.The Royal Blues squandered the lead three times as goals by Daniel Caligiuri, Ozan Kabak and Suat Serdar in Gelsenkirchen were cancelled out by Hennings.Union Berlin are up to 11th after their third straight win as Sebastian Anderson scored twice in a 3-2 victory at Mainz.Augsburg climbed out of the bottom three with a 1-0 win at bottom club Paderborn thanks to a goal by defender Philipp Max. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Allianz Arenabayern munichborussia dortmundBorussia Moenchengladbach First Published: November 10, 2019, 8:14 AM IST
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s transfer to Manchester United is on hold as Sweden’s head coach Erik Hamren has said “it would not be okay” for him to travel to England and complete the deal while the Euro 2016 is on.Hamren said he is relaxed about the ongoing media furore surrounding the captain.”Players have their leisure time on the schedule, what they do then there’s nothing I can do to control. But it would not be okay for Zlatan to fly to Manchester,” Hamren was quoted as saying by Skysports on Friday.”I’m one hundred percent sure (the furore) it will not affect Zlatan. He has been in the business a long time. He handles it perfectly.””The players of the national team are accustomed to all the rumours surrounding Zlatan too. They are familiar with it. There is absolutely nothing that has affected us negatively in the group.”However, Hamren believes the star forward would not be affected with all the rumours flying around.”I am for sure the rumours surrounding the captain will not affect the team. I understand there is a lot of Zlatan news in the media, not only in Sweden. But, with us, it is nothing,” he said.Sweden will open their campaign against Ireland on June 13. They will take on Italy in their second group match on Friday June 17 before a clash with Belgium in Nice on June 22.
As Sania Mirza celebrates her 30th birthday today, we look back at the last 12 months and just why they were great for this ferocious talent.1. Sania was the numero uno player all through 2016, the first time in her career since taking the top spot in April 2015. Her entire run is now a staggering 84 consecutive weeks at the top. She is 4th on the list of most consecutive weeks spent at the top.2. Sania managed to retain her year-end World number one ranking for the second year in a row. As they say, getting to number one is easier than retaining it. The Indian seems to be doing a great job at that. (Also read: Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis reunite to defend WTA Finals title)3. Despite breaking up her most successful doubles partnership with Swiss Martina Hingis, and indeed one of the most dominant partnerships women’s doubles has seen recently, Sania bounced back almost immediately with Barbora Strycova, winning 3 out of the 6 tournaments played (one win with Monica Niculescu) and was a finalist in another event. This has been incredibly satisfying for her knowing with the right partner she can keep her golden streak going.4. Mirza won eight titles overall with three different partners in 2016, including her 3rd Women’s doubles Grand Slam trophy at the Australian Open with Hingis.5. 2016 will also be remembered as the year which saw part of Sania-Martina unbeaten streak of 41 matches. The streak started in September 2016 at the US open, from where the duo went on to win 9 straight titles. There’s was the 3rd longest such streak in women’s doubles history.advertisement6. Sania released her autobiography in July titled ‘Ace Against Odds’, co-written by her father Imran Mirza and sports journalist Shivani Gupta. This was her first attempt at not just sharing her struggle through the early years before the success and fame, but also setting a few controversies straight.7. Sania was also listed in the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world.
Debutant spinner Ajaz Patel bagged a five-wicket haul to help New Zealand clinch a narrow four-run victory over Pakistan in the opening Test of the three-match series in Abu Dhabi on Monday.Chasing 176 for a win, Pakistan were in control at 130 for 4 at lunch on the fourth day but suffered a collapse after the break to be bowled out for 171.It was the narrowest margin of defeat for Pakistan and also the narrowest margin of victory for New Zealand. Both in terms of runs.Pakistan resumed the day on 37 for no loss, needing 139 runs for a victory to take a 1-0 lead in the series but Patel spun a web around the lower-order batsmen at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test Highlights | ScorecardPakistan were eventually dismissed for 171 in 58.4 overs.What a result! Great to have the late night support at home in New Zealand as well hanging in there with the team. Scorecard | https://t.co/vvhGBsYknh #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/a26tUs1Qlz BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 19, 2018″We knew the surface wasn’t an easy one. There was turn from day one and all the spinners bowled well,” New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said.”It’s a great advertisement for Test cricket. In the end, it came down to the wire. We’ll sit down and review our performance and the things to improve upon. The attitude, certainly today and throughout the game, was brilliant.”Azhar Ali (65), who stitched together an 82-run stand with Asad Shafiq (45) to keep Pakistan’s hopes alive, was the last batsman to fall when he was trapped in front of the wicket by Patel who finished with 5-59.advertisement”It’s a dream come true. We know Pakistan have got good players of spin, but we kept chipping in there,” left-armer Patel said.Proud of our fight- Kane Williamson #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/eGG6hL67KBBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 19, 2018Earlier, Patel dismissed opener Imam-ul-Haq leg-before and spin partner Ish Sodhi struck twice to remove Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail as Pakistan lost three batsmen in eight balls to find themselves in trouble at 48-3.Shafiq edged pace bowler Neil Wagner to wicketkeeper BJ Watling before lunch and Babar Azam was run out after the break. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was then caught behind off Patel for three with his team down 154-6 and needing 22 runs to win.Bilal Asif was bowled for a duck as he attempted to slog Patel and Wagner had Yasir Shah caught at slip. Hasan Ali was the next to go, offering a simple catch to substitute fielder Tim Southee off Patel.Azhar played more cautiously as the wickets continued to tumble, but despite the 33-year-old’s battling effort, Pakistan could not avoid defeat.The second Test will be played in Dubai from Nov. 24-28 before the teams return to Abu Dhabi for the final Test from Dec. 3-7.(With inputs from Reuters)
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Chelsea and Valencia trying to find Batshuayi solutionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia and Chelsea are this week locked in talks over Michy Batshuayi’s situation.The Belgium striker is on a season-long loan at Valencia, where coach Marcelino wants to see him moved on during the January market.Chelsea have accepted the situation and Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur states talks are underway to place Batshuayi elsewhere.A final decision hasn’t been made as yet, but Chelsea and Valencia are actively trying to find a solution for Michy Batshuayi, currently on loan in Spain. #cfcpic.twitter.com/Yx2BhONpuM— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) December 20, 2018
Paragon Advanced Development Ltd. is expanding its existing Nova Scotia office, adding to the province’s international profile among leading global businesses. Paragon, operating under the name Ignition, will create up to 150 new jobs within the next five years in Halifax, the location of its network operations centre supporting its Ignition Managed Services business. From Nova Scotia, Ignition monitors its international clients’ systems and provides IT, business software and other technology services to more than 6,000 users. Premier Rodney MacDonald made the announcement today, Oct. 29, while in Bermuda for the annual MARHedge international financial services conference. “Ignition’s expansion is more proof that Nova Scotia is the location of choice for companies expanding their global operations,” said Premier MacDonald. “Nova Scotia has an educated workforce, IT and business infrastructure, and proximity to major markets.” The province of Nova Scotia, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is assisting the company’s expansion with a five-year payroll rebate set at a maximum of $1,260,000. The Department of Economic Development is contributing to this growth with a $300,000 training and recruitment incentive. “By strategically expanding in Nova Scotia, Ignition will be able to increase its overall operations,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development. “The government of Nova Scotia is pleased to assist an innovative international technology company’s success in our province and on the world stage.” The company has been in Nova Scotia since 2001. It is part of the Paragon Technology Group that is headquartered in Bermuda and has additional locations in the Cayman Islands and Atlanta, Georgia, with further expansion plans throughout the Caribbean. “Growing our Nova Scotia location makes sense for us,” said Graham Pearson, CEO of Paragon and president of Ignition. “A favourable business environment with access to skilled labour made the province the clear choice for our expansion.” Ignition joins a number of international financial services and IT companies to capitalize on Nova Scotia’s competitive edge. The list includes Citco Fund Services, Marsh, OC Financial Services, Butterfield Fund Services and Research In Motion. “Ignition has recognized the many business advantages at play here in Nova Scotia,” said Stephen Lund, CEO of Nova Scotia Buniness Inc. “The company’s expansion is another success story for the province and complements the growing finance and IT sectors in Nova Scotia.” The Paragon Group, and specifically Ignition, has been providing cost-effective IT solutions for the off-shore business community with a focus on the insurance and finance sectors. Technical help-desk, network monitoring and management, business recovery solutions and resource provisioning are included in the range of services being provided. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council has decided to take further action in advocating they disagree with Bill C-48 and Bill C-69.The Resource Communities of Canada Coalition for Council asked Mayor Ackerman to pass a resolution calling on the Senate of Canada to reject Bills C-48 and C-69.As the Coalition required the resolution prior to the next Council meeting, a Council Survey Poll was conducted by email on June 12th. With all Council members agreeing to the survey poll, Council agreed with sharing their opposition to Bills C-48 and C-69 through ratification of the Administration Report No. 0116/19. Furthering the report, Council agreed a letter should be written and shared to MP’s, and Municipality Associations across Canada to show Council’s support of the resource sector and concerns for the Bills C-48 and C-69. Council recognizes the importance of the energy sector to our region. The release of the letter will be made public once it is available.
Uluberia/Krishnanagar: BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said his party will scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and introduce National Register for Citizens across the country after returning to power.Shah accused TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee of questioning the air strikes to “appease” her minority vote bank and wryly said she can do “Ilu Ilu” (I love you) with Pakistan but if that country fire bullets on us we would respond with cannon balls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On the campaign trail in West Bengal’s Uluberia Lok Sabha seat in Howrah and Krishnanagar constituency in Nadia, Shah demanded the TMC chief to clarify whether she too favoured a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir like her ally National Conference leader Omar Abdullah. ‘Apko (Mamata) Pakistan ke saath ilu ilu (I love you) karna hain toh kijiye. Lekin agar Pakistan goli marega toh hum gola marenge’ (If you are interested in showing love with Pakistan, you can do that but we would respond to their bullets with canon balls), Shah said, referring to the popular Hindi song from a film in the early 1990s. “We will remove Article 370 from Kashmir after forming the next BJP government at the Centre. The Congress and Trinamool Congress want Article 370 to stay. We will also introduce NRC across the country,” Shah told an election rally here. “For us, national security is supreme unlike Mamata didi for whom infiltrators are vote bank. We will identify them and throw them out,” Shah said. Lashing out at the chief minister for allegedly running a “mafia raj” in Bengal, the BJP president also claimed that the state has topped the chart in cow smuggling and become a safe haven for infiltrators. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KUrging the people to ensure that the BJP wins more than 23 out of 42 seats in the state, Shah said it would ensure that the syndicate raj ends within 90 days in Bengal. The BJP had two seats in Bengal in 2014 against TMC 34, but after a good performance in the rural polls and some bypolls last year, the saffron party is buoyed to break the monopoly of Banerjee’s party in the eastern state. In West Bengal, ‘syndicate’ means the business run by persons allegedly enjoying political patronage, who force promoters and contractors to buy construction materials, often of inferior quality at high prices.
About 50 armed militiamen on horseback reportedly attacked a group of women and children who had been trying to collect firewood near Nyala, the provincial capital of South Darfur, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told journalists in New York.Earlier this week, as many as 10,000 locals protested in Nyala against last Thursday’s Security Council resolution calling for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in Darfur. The demonstrators threw stones at the offices and vehicles of the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Mr. Dujarric added that in North Darfur on Monday, five armed men opened at AU staff at the Kassab camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). No casualties were reported, but six bullets penetrated the AU post at Kassab.The current AU operation in Darfur, known by the acronym AMIS, is to be replaced by the expanded UN mission under the Council resolution, but the Sudanese Government has said on several occasions that it does not support such a transfer.Mr. Dujarric also said UNMIS has reported that a vehicle belonging to the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) was hijacked by armed men at Twailla in North Darfur.Darfur, an impoverished region roughly the size of France on Sudan’s western flank, has been beset by war and massive displacement since 2003, when rebel groups took up arms against Government forces and allied militias.Senior UN officials have warned in recent weeks that a humanitarian catastrophe is looming within weeks unless action is taken to end the violence, looting and displacement that have spiralled in the past four months.
OSU redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) attempts a pass during a game against Western Michigan at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 26. OSU won, 38-12. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State coach Urban Meyer had the whole world in suspense, wondering who would be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. The choice between redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett seemed clear on both sides to many OSU fans, but not for Meyer. The starter wasn’t officially announced until a few days after OSU’s third game, a matchup with Northern Illinois in which Jones hadn’t played well. Barrett, the backup, stepped in the second half of the game and helped win the game. Still, that did not stop Meyer in the days following the game to make an official declaration of Jones as the starter.The announcement was shocking to many people. After such a rough start to the season, what reason did the coach have for staying so loyal to Jones? Well, it could be that Meyer is simply giving Jones a chance to start because he might have the desire to go to the NFL next year.The quarterback controversy has dwindled with each passing week, but Jones’ performance still hasn’t been spectacular, especially in the Week 5 game at Indiana.In Bloomington, Indiana, Jones didn’t throw a touchdown in the first half. The leading scorer at the break for Buckeyes was redshirt senior kicker Jack Willoughby, who made two field goals to account for all of OSU’s points.While junior running back Ezekiel Elliott provided a lift on offense in the second half, Jones still didn’t throw a touchdown until the fourth quarter, which he hit redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas for an 11-yard score. That was it for Jones, as he finished the game 18-of-27 for 245 yards, the touchdown and an interception. Indiana’s second-string quarterback, Zander Diamont, looked more impressive and poised than Jones when he entered the game, despite not being aware he would play. Diamont had six completions, a reception and a 79-yard touchdown run, which is a pretty good day for a backup.Jones’ passing stats weren’t bad overall, but if Diamont was in for the entire game, the Buckeyes might’ve lost. Elliott was required to carry the Buckeyes to victory with little help from his quarterback, an attribute that makes the Buckeyes seem one-dimensional. Jones’ performance so far has not appeared like starting quarterback material, so where does Meyer’s loyalty come from?Jones was a redshirt sophomore last season, meaning had the chance to enter in the NFL draft after leading OSU to a national championship. However, he didn’t go through with it because he wanted to raise his draft stock with a full season under center rather than just three starts.Jones will most likely leave for the NFL after the season, but in order for him to raise his draft stock he must play well, which he hasn’t done yet. Football is about earning a spot. While Meyer’s allegiance to Jones for his performance in the clutch last season and his subsequent decision to stay in school is understandable, it still seems like Meyer might be doing a disservice to the team by standing by Jones’ side.Is loyalty enough to earn the job, or does Jones’ performance warrant a move? Has the starting quarterback spot been earned, or given?
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner remanded on firearm, ammo chargesMarch 13, 2018In “Court”GDF Coast Guard who allegedly planned to sell gun, ammo granted bailOctober 21, 2015In “Crime”Robbery convict on the run arrested in Linden – Police ranks found illegal gun, ammo during search of convict’s homeOctober 3, 2016In “Crime” Avmed Dial, also called “Bucko,” of 5034 Phase 2 Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, facing three charges relating to the possession of a firearm and ammunition, is set to know his fate on Friday, March 23.His case had been tried on March 12 by Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse, and this date has been set for ruling in the case.Dial allegedly had a .32 Taurus Magnum revolver, serial number TB12429, in his possession at his Amelia’s Ward home on Monday, May 12, 2017, without being the owner of a firearm licence at the time.It is also alleged that on the said date, he had in his possession at his home five rounds of .32 ammunition for an automatic weapon and 20 rounds of .32 Magnum ammunition, without being the holder of a firearm licence.Dial was represented by Attorney Gordon Gilhuys, who argued that other people resided at the home where the firearm and ammunition were found, and the prosecution had failed to establish that the firearm belonged to the defendant. He therefore asked that the defendant be found not guilty of the charges.The Magistrate then set the March 23 date for ruling.
The former member of Serbian national team, Uroš Vilovski, netted his first goal in the new national jersey – Hungarian one. The 33-years old line-player, who currently playing at German DKB Bundesliga team HC Bergischer, played his first matches for Hungary against Denmark in EHF EURO 2018 qualifications last week. The former player of Telekom Veszprem, where he spent nine seasons, scored a goal in defeat in Denmark 27:35.Vilovski played for Serbia at Men’s EHF EURO 2010 and IHF World Championship 2011. ← Previous Story HANDBALL TALKS: Who hid Budapest “on the road” to Croatia? Next Story → IHF Super Globe for the 8th year in a row in Doha
Unlike most images that have something gigantic in them, this one is not Photoshopped. The mouse in this picture really is that big!Introducing the “BIG” mouse made and sold by Brando, a maker of odd novelty products such as this one direct from China. This bad boy measures out at 175 x 105 x 55mm, which translates to around 6 x 4 x 2 inches. We have heard of people complaining that their mouse was too small, but come on! This is a bit too far in the other direction. A mouse the size of a small puppy does not seem to be something that is going to inspire productivity.As a conversation piece, the “BIG” has some appeal for sure. Equipped with pretty LED lights that dance around the edges, it can be used as some sort of party light to impress one’s friends. Of course, if the person using it is gifted with smaller than normal digits, it is going to take two hands to operate. In that casem forget playing World of Warcraft with this thing, or any FPS for that matter.Brando lists the mouse as “high accuracy,” but accuracy is governed by your ability to control the mouse with ease–something I doubt this device allows. For $20, it’s a gimmick you may find more use for as an interesting desk light. It could also then act as a backup rodent in case your existing mouse dies in the middle of the night.More at Brando, via RedFerret
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Merimna Pontian Kirion of Oceania in conjunction with the Pontiaki Estia of Melbourne and Victoria, present for the first time in Australia the documentary. The Footprint of the Argonauts with English subtitles. The documentary is a production of the research centre, St George association in Peristereota Thessaloniki. The event will take place on Sunday 2 October starting at 2.00 pm and will be held at the hall of the Pontian association Pontiaki Estia situated at 536-542 Sydney Road, Brunswick.
Grippe aviaire : un nouveau décès signalé au VietnamVietnam – Une fillette de 3 ans est décédée aujourd’hui à Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville, plus grande ville du pays, après avoir contracté le virus de la grippe aviaire. Testée positivement au virus H5N1 il y a deux jours, l’enfant avait été admise dans un hôpital pour enfants le 10 mars dernier. Elle souffrait alors de graves troubles pulmonaires et respiratoires. Ce décès est le 59e dû à la grippe aviaire enregistré dans le pays depuis 2003, date de la réapparition du virus H5N1 sur le sol vietnamien. H5N1 est un influenzavirus ou virus grippal de type A. Les premières contaminations humaines qui lui sont attribuées remontent à 1997, date à laquelle un grand nombre de poulets de batteries avaient été touchés dans les élevages de volailles hongkongais. Ce décès est déjà le deuxième enregistré en 2010 : un homme de 38 ans avait en effet succombé à la grippe aviaire le mois dernier.Le 17 mars 2010 à 15:35 • Emmanuel Perrin
10 milliards d’euros : une note salée pour rester dans le nucléaireLe rapport de l’Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire a rendu son rapport hier et le verdict est sans appel. La France doit renforcer la sûreté de son parc nucléaire et pour cela, elle devra investir 10 milliards d’euros.Dix milliards d’euros : c’est l’investissement recommandé à EDF par le rapport d’évaluation post-Fukushima de l’ASN pour prolonger et continuer d‘exploiter les 19 centrales et 58 réacteurs français jusqu‘à 60 ans. “A la lumière des travaux de l’ASN, nous estimons qu’il faudra environ 10 milliards d’euros supplémentaires pour réaliser les renforcements –matériels et humains- demandés”, a expliqué Jean-Marc Miraucourt, le directeur de l’ingénierie du parc nucléaire d’EDF. Depuis des années déjà, EDF pense à allonger la durée de vie de ses réacteurs jusqu’à 60 ans. Mais il y a deux ans, le groupe prévoyait que continuer de faire tourner ses réacteurs au-delà de 40 ans nécessiterait un investissement de près de 400 millions d’euros par tranche sur 20 ans à partir de 2015. La note serait en fait 40 fois plus élevée selon les recommandations de l’ASN. Chaque année, EDF dépense près de 2 milliards pour réaliser la maintenance de ces centrales. Or, ce montant pourrait passer à 4 milliards d’euros à partir de 2015, d’après Le Figaro. “La plupart des centrales âgées de 20 à 30 ans, entrent dans la période dite de grand carénage”, explique Jean-Marc Miraucourt pour justifier l’augmentation. Par ailleurs, la protection physique contre les inondations devra également être assurée. Concernant la sûreté sismique, “les inspections ont montré des lacunes sur plusieurs sites et que des progrès doivent être globalement réalisés sur l’ensemble des sites”. Les centrales de Fessenheim, du Tricastin et du Bugey sembleraient être les plus fragiles face en cas de séisme. la résistance des digues de protection au séisme inquiète le gendarme du nucléaire. Une facture en hausse de 2% pour les FrançaisÀ lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylTout ceci aura donc un impact inévitable sur les factures d’électricité. Le coût des mesures représentera “moins de 2% d’augmentation des factures d’électricité” chaque année, a déclaré hier Eric Besson, le ministre de l’Industrie et de l’Energie. “Ça n’est pas rien, mais ce n’est pas la catastrophe économique qu’un certain nombre d’observateurs évoquent”, précise-t-il. Cette augmentation servirait entre autres à financer la création d’une force d’action rapide nucléaire (FARN) réclamée par l’ASN, ainsi que d’une salle de commande et de gestion “bunkerisée” ou encore de moteurs d’ultime secours.Pour mettre en application les recommandations de l’ASN, le ministre de l’énergie réunira EDF, Areva et le CEA le 9 janvier.Le 4 janvier 2012 à 13:08 • Maxime Lambert
We’ve all been there: Lost down the rabbit hole of endless Pinterest scrolling or seduced by another autoplay IGTV video on Instagram.But those time-sucking tendencies could soon be a thing of the past if Sen. Josh Hawley gets his way.The Missouri Republican on Tuesday introduced legislation aimed at curbing “addictive and deceptive” techniques that “exploit” social media users.“Big tech has embraced a business model of addiction,” Hawley said in a statement. “Too much of the ‘innovation’ in this space is designed not to create better products, but to capture more attention by using psychological tricks that make it difficult to look away.”Enter the SMART (Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology) Act, which bans certain habit-forming features, require choice parity for consent, and give users the power to monitor their time spent online.Hawley specifically calls out design features like infinite scroll and autoplay.He also wants to ban social media gamification—awarding badges for engaging with the platform (think Snapchat emoji rewards for Snapstreaks) without supplying access to added services, content, or functionality. Stay on target 11-Year-Old Gets ‘Scammed’ Into Paying $4K for TikTok InfluencerFacebook Reportedly Considers Hiding ‘Like’ Counts Big Tech has embraced addiction as a business model. Their ‘innovation’ isn’t designed to create better products, but to capture attention by using psychological tricks that make it impossible to look away. Time to expect more & better from Silicon Valley https://t.co/AYFdntu595— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 30, 2019Sure, a world without autoplay videos is a world I want to live in. But Hawley’s bill takes digital chaperoning a bit too far.As Ars Technica pointed out, the proposal demands social networks limit users to 30 minutes of consumption per day—by default.There is an option to adjust or remove the limit for daily and weekly browsing, but companies must reset the half-hour cap on the first day of every month.Plus, users would receive a “conspicuous” pop-up at least once every 30 minutes, highlighting the amount of time spent on any given service that day, across all devices.If Hawley’s endgame is simply to irritate people off of social media, he’s certainly on the right track.“Social media companies deploy a host of tactics designed to manipulate users in ways that undermines their wellbeing,” Josh Golin, executive director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said in a statement of support.“We commend Sen. Hawley for introducing legislation that would prohibit some of the most exploitative tactics, including those frequently deployed on children and teens,” Golin added.Hawley, whose website features an automatically playing video loop in the header image, recently heralded a bill that would ban loot boxes in video games, claiming the microtransactions exist to exploit children.In June, he submitted the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, which would hold major tech companies like Facebook and YouTube liable for anything posted on their network.More on Geek.com:Google Knows You Hate Chrome Autoplay VideosUK Proposes Stricter Child Safety Rules for Social MediaStudy: Social Media Sites Can Predict Behavior Even If You Don’t Use Them