RelatedPosts Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Dillian Whyte has been reinstated as the WBC interim heavyweight world champion after being cleared of doping and will become the mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder’s belt following his rematch with Tyson Fury.The British heavyweight failed a drugs test earlier this year in the build-up to his points victory over Oscar Rivas at the 02 Arena in July.Whyte was stripped of his title and provisionally suspended by the WBC in light of the adverse finding pending UK Anti-Doping’s investigation into the matter.Last week UKAD officially announced they had withdrawn their doping charge against Whyte – who had tested positive for low levels of a banned performance-enhancing substance – following a lengthy investigation.UKAD said they deemed the positive test ‘consistent with an isolated contamination event’ and cleared Whyte in the days leading up to his fight with Mariusz Wach on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.The WBC confirmed on Wednesday they have now lifted Whyte’s suspension following UKAD’s statement and the conclusion of their own investigation.“Based on limited but detailed research and information gathering, including the WBC’s consultation with two independent experts, the WBC found that there was no sufficient or conclusive evidence that Whyte intentionally, or even knowingly, ingested a banned substance with the purpose of enhancing his performance in any fashion,’ the WBC wrote in a statement.“In light of the WBC’s own finding and of UKAD’s withdrawal of the claim against Mr. Whyte, the WBC has closed its internal investigation.”Whyte, who maintained his innocence throughout his confidential case, will get WBC mandatory position after Wilder’s defence of the title against Fury in February. The winner of that fight will have to defend the title against Whyte by February 2021 but the Brixton fighter will be hopeful of receiving his shot next year after claiming his 27th professional victory by outpointing the experienced Wach last Saturday.— Tags: Deontay WilderDillian WhyteWBC
Football Federation president Hany Abou Rida said he had every confidence the country would deliver a tournament to make the nation proud.Authorities have already named eight stadiums they feel are ready to use in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez.“In fact we have the means to stage matches in seven regions,” football federation official Magdi Abdelghani said Sunday.The North African country, which has experience in mass tourism, has a multitude of hotels, two international airports, in Cairo and near Alexandria, and a road network linking the main cities.Share on: WhatsApp Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egypt’s sports ministry and Football Federation on Sunday outlined their bid to be ready for the Africa Cup of Nations which starts on June 15.Egypt took over as hosts for the 2019 tournament last week after Cameroon was stripped of the event due to infrastructure delays and political instability.“It is with great joy but a huge sense of responsibility that we embark on four or five months of serious hard work,” sports minister Achraf Sobhi said on Sunday. “A supreme committee will be set up to oversee things.”Sobhi also revealed that the opening ceremony and first match would take place in the 74,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium which was renovated before Egypt hosted the 2006 edition.Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said this weekend that work had begun at the stadium to replace the pitch.
Forward Sian Nielsen scored a career-high 42 points to spark the L.V. Rogers to a 69-47 victory over J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the final of the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Basketball Championship held recently in Invermere.The Bombers are now two-time Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Basketball Zone champs.Nielsen, one of the many Grade 12 players with the Bombers, scored 15 points in the first quarter, mostly from the power forward position, as the Bombers took control of the contest by building a 28-8 lead.LVR continued dominate the game in the second period, scoring 16 points en route to a 44-21 halftime lead. Allie Zondervan and Naomi Perkins each added nine points for LVR.The victory capped a perfect 18-0 season for the Bombers against Kootenay and Okanagan opposition.LVR also won three tournaments, including the Bomber Classic in January.Despite owning the zone, the Bombers will not be representing the Kootenay at the provincial tournament.Coach Chris Dergousoff said the Bombers do not have the numbers to compete at the provincial level.The Crowe Hawks of Trail will be taking that berth for the Kootenays.The Hawks open the 16-team tournament Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Langley Events Centre against top ranked Duchess Park of Prince George.
john paul titlow Since Spotify launched in the U.S. last year, many musicians haven’t been sure what to make of it. Is the all-you-can-stream music model a promotional tool or a bona-fide revenue source? The answer may be somewhere in the middle.The debate over whether Spotify deals fairly with artists will likely rage on as the company’s business matures. While the music industry waits for things to shake out on that front, some artists are experimenting with Spotify not just as a giant library of music, but as an app platform. Blur, the recently reunited 90s Britpop band, has a Spotify app that others would be wise to emulate. Artist-branded apps are nothing new, but they’re usually built for mobile platforms like iOS and Android, and seldom with much success. Late last year, Spotify launched its own third-party apps platform, enabling developers to build HTML5 applications into its desktop player, right on top of its enormous library of music. Early examples mostly came from press outlets like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, as well from music-distribution startups like Last.fm, MoodAgent and Soundrop. Each one ties a chunk of Spotify’s library to a customized interface containing human-curated playlists or mashes music up with data from other sources. It’s one of the most promising things about Spotify. As part of the promotional campaign for Blur’s newly reissued catalog, the band became one of the first to launch its own app on Spotify this summer. After playing around with it, I can see the potential this approach has for artists. And its big. I owned a couple of Blur CDs in high school. I wasn’t the group’s biggest fan, but I liked them well enough, even if “Song 2” showed up in entirely too many action movies and TV commercials. For a listener like me who’s familiar with much of Blur’s music, but who hasn’t actively listened to them for years, the Spotify app acts as a convenient gateway back into their world.At its core, the app is essentially a nice-looking wrapper for the band’s back catalog, which was already available on Spotify. What this unique form of digital packaging does, however, is keep listeners focused on a single artist rather than letting them get lost in the sea of millions of songs on Spotify. For the artist, that’s a good thing, because the more people stream their music, the more money they’ll make (a number that looks likely to increase as the service grows). The app experience goes beyond the music library, and that’s where much of the potential lies. The app functions as a sort of mini-site for the band, with historical tour dates, a discography (all of which is playable), a band biography from Wikipedia (not the label’s own PR department) and a sign-up form for the band’s mailing list. So while the main focus is on streaming tracks, the app also pushes fans towards other ways to support the artist. The only thing missing is a merchandise page and, if the band were planning an extensive tour, a tab for selling concert tickets. Like any good digital media initiative, it’s more than a one-way channel from the artist to fans. It could be more interactive, but the opportunities for fan participation it offers are a good start. The most participatory part is the Playlists section, which shows fan-created Spotify playlists of Blur songs and encourages users to create news one directly within the same interface. (The Spotify app for the punk rock band Rancid takes the curated playlist concept one step further by letting fans stream songs hand-picked by each member of the band.)The Blur app’s social media integration could be better. The main landing page displays recent tweets mentioning the band’s official Twitter handle, but the usernames, hashtags and links remain unclickable. There’s also no Facebook tie-in beyond the basic sharing functionality built into the Spotify desktop client. Another drawback of this – and any other – Spotify app is that it’s not available on mobile, where many subscribers do most of their listening. While there’s some evidence to suggest that Spotify is working on mobile support for its third party apps, the company has offered no official timeline. Still, the potential for artists is palpable. Using Spotify’s API, one could build out an HTML5 app showcasing a major new release alongside merchandise for sale, concert tickets and real-time streams of social chatter and other relevant information. That’s a big step up from the kind of context and engagement listeners get now when they discover an artist on Spotify, an experience that’s limited to track names, related artists, album art and the music itself. If things evolve the way Spotify and its industry partners hope, the result may be a multi-pronged revenue source and potent music marketing tool tapped into a massive user base. Blur, along with Rancid, has done the industry the favor of acting as a guinea pig in this experiment. Like Spotify itself, its app platform is still quite young, but as it expands, it’s a good bet that more artists will hop on board. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#web Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
APTN National NewsThis story started with a request for information and now it is leading to the question, just how open and accountable are First Nation governments in the Northwest Territories.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has this report.
HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Hudson’s Hope will have a new mayor.Dave Heiberg was the only person to be nominated for the position of mayor of Hudson’s Hope and will be voted in by acclamation. Incumbent councillors candidates Mattias Gibbs, Kelly Miller and Travous Quibell are all running re-election.Joseph King, Patricia Markin, Valerie Paice and Leigh Summer are also running for the position of councillor. There are a total of six spots open for councillor in the District of Hudson’s Hope. The municipal election will take place on October 20, 2018, with the first advanced voting opportunity happening on October 10.
The Hague: Dutch investigators have arrested three former employees of a local company suspected of laundering some 1.2 billion for an energy client in India, prosecutors said on Friday. The Dutch company bought materials and services around the world for the Indian firm which has been involved in laying a gas pipeline on the subcontinent since 2006. “It is suspected that the Dutch company used to increase the amounts on the invoices for the materials and services supplied,” said the public prosecutor’s office, which did not name either company. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The company also acted as a so-called “invoice duplicator” meaning the Indian company was able to claim costs twice from gas customers, the statement added. “The ‘profits’ earned in this way were subsequently creamed off via the Dutch company,” it said. The gains were then transferred via a complex web of businesses based among others in Dubai, Switzerland and the Caribbean, before eventually ending up at a business owned by the Indian company in Singapore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe suspects allegedly received payments of up to 10 million (8.9 million euros) for their involvement. Suspicions were raised after an inspection of the books of the Dutch company, situated south of the central city of Utrecht. Dutch investigators of the elite Fiscal and Investigation Services raided the company’s premises in November 2017, seizing administrative records. The three suspects who were arrested on Tuesday are expected to appear before the Rotterdam district court on Friday. “In this case Dutch companies are suspected of assisting an Indian client to launder suspected illegal earnings,” the statement said. The real losers “were probably individual citizens in India” as the cost of production of gas is passed onto the consumer, it added.
Kananga: Two men suspected of involvement in the murder of two UN experts investigating mass killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo escaped from prison overnight, a defence lawyer said Tuesday. The pair, Evariste Ilunga Lumu and Tshiaba Kanowa, fled the central prison in Kananga, in central DRC, Lumu’s lawyer Tresor Kabangu told AFP. He was informed of their disappearance by the military prosecutor’s office. At dawn on Tuesday, heavy gunfire could be heard from the vicinity of the prison in Kasai-Central province. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAn AFP correspondent reported that by morning, the situation at the prison was tense with inmates in the yard threatening to attack anyone who ventures inside. Military and police officials were at the scene, awaiting reinforcements to enter the prison and do a headcount to determine how many have escaped. The experts — Zaida Catalan, a 36-year-old Swedish-Chilean national, and American Michael Sharp, 34 — were in Kasai on behalf of the UN Security Council to investigate mass graves associated with a rebellion.
Casablanca – The police of Casablanca Mohammed V international airport arrested on Tuesday night two sub -Saharan Africans who were in possession of 75 kilograms of cocaine, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The suspects were onboard a flight coming from a Latin American country.This is the biggest amount of cocaine seized recently by Moroccan customs in all border check points in the country. According to Mr. Abdelhadi Siba, chief of the airport’s judiciary police, the drug intercepted was carefully concealed in decorative objects, parts of vehicles, handbags and laptop bags.The perpetrators deliberately used spices to neutralize the smell of drugs.This it is the fifth aborted attempt to smuggle hard drugs into Moroccan soil in less than two weeks. About 22 kg of cocaine were seized recently in similar operations, according to the same source.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) runs the ball while OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) blocks a Maryland defender. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe blocking ability of the offensive line for Ohio State has been a key to the 9-1 record of the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior guard Billy Price have been instrumental in opening up wide lanes for the offense, but the ability of the running backs and wide receivers to throw blocks downfield is the true instrumental piece to rushing the ball.Against Maryland, junior H-back Curtis Samuel was lined up in the slot on the right side of the offensive line. The ball was snapped, and redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett rolled to his right. Samuel drove the cornerback in front of him straight back into Maryland’s own end zone, opening up a lane for Barrett to push in for a touchdown.The Buckeyes are averaging 6.0 yards per carry since 2013, which is the highest mark among all Power 5 teams. The offensive line is the biggest reason, but some fans might not realize how much the blocking of the running backs and H-backs has been a factor. Barrett has picked up a 5.25 yards per carry on average for his career, with a large portion of his carries coming behind the blocking of his running backs and H-backs.’Namely, Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber have led the way for their quarterback. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford spoke highly of both men, and said the junior H-back’s blocking has been one of his best aspects this season.“You just watch the way he’s blocking, and obviously he’s very gifted with the ball in his hands,” Alford said. “We’ve always known that. But then you just watch his full game and how he plays and how he runs routes … just the precision as he does his entire job, his job description.”Samuel is the only player in the nation with 600 rushing and receiving yards, and is shaping up to eclipse 1,500 total yards. According to Alford, there is more to Samuel than meets the eye. The ability of the all-purpose back/receiver to remove defenders from the play on sweeps by running backs and quarterback runs has earned him high marks from his teammates and coaches.Last season, OSU was spoiled with the ability of its running back to throw punishing blocks on opponents’ defenders. However, Alford made a comparison of Samuel to a current-campus legend in Columbus.“He’s playing at a very high level, to watch the way he blocked against Maryland was, I mean I took it into my room and said, “Guys, this is how you finish plays.” It’s very reminiscent of how (Ezekiel Elliott) did things.”After racking up the yards against Maryland on Saturday, there were 25 players named champions by OSU coach Urban Meyer. Of those players, four were wide receivers. Playing wideout normally means being predominantly known for running long routes and hauling in acrobatic catches. But against Maryland, the players earned the recognition not for their hands, but for the blocking aspect of their game. Meyer said it was because of “selfless play,” and singled out redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and Samuel.“I think, if anything, our receivers have done a great job at blocking,” he said. “You see the runs that have been explosive runs, that’s something that has been a difference in their play. As far as the passing game … they haven’t changed. Have they done a better job, I do believe so, but I don’t think it was something drastic.”“Zone 6,” the moniker of wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s unit, has been carrying its weight in the run game. It’s a down-and-dirty part of football that is rarely discussed for wideouts, but OSU has lucked out in the group it has.Not to be outdone, Weber has been racking up the yards while also knocking heads against opposing defenders. He too has been known for opening up wide lanes and knocking opponents to the turf. It’s an aspect of play that might not make a mark on the statsheet or wow the fans, but it is a part of the game that matters immensely. Even with such a vital task on the shoulders of Weber, Alford said it’s just business as usual for a running back playing under Meyer, and requires a sharp eye for when to attack.“Just kind of know when to deliver shots,” he said. “That’s kind of a timing thing and the more you do it the better you get at it obviously. But there’s still room for improvement. Mike’s a tenacious football player and he’s a tough guy.”Samuel was asked about the ability of Weber to lead the way through the hole and lay a load to the defender in front of him. Simply put, he felt that the first-year running back was more than capable of handling things in the trenches. “If anybody I want in front of me running, it’s Mike,” Samuel said.