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Mithali Raj’s girls win hearts despite Lord’s heartbreak

first_imgIndia suffered a nine-wicket defeat against England in the Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday. However, their downfall received a praise from all corners of the nation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the tribute.Chasing a 229 for a victory in the final, India succumbed to pressure and were bundled out for 219 in 48.4 overs to lose the match by nine runs. After winning the toss, Heather Knight decided to bat first and England were off to a decent start before losing three quick wickets. Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver got together and struck a 83-run stand for the fourth wicket before Jhulan Goswami bowled an inspiring spell and dismissed both the set batswomen and Fran Wilson to leave England reeling at 164/6.Jenny Gunn and Laura Marsh’s swift knocks helped England post 228/7 from their 50 overs.India came out to bat and lost Smriti Mandhana early, Mithali and Punam struck a 38-run partnership for the second wicket before the Indian captain was run out for 17 due to a terrible miscommunication in the middle. Harmanpreet Kaur (51) walked in formed a 95-run stand with Punam for the third wicket to give India the upper hand. Kaur played a rash shot trying to up the ante and was caught at deep backward square leg. Punam kept India’s hopes alive and added another crucial fifty-run stand with Veda Krishnamurthy before flurry of wickets denied India victory.”Our women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team! @BCCIWomen,” Narendra Modi tweeted.advertisementOur women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team! @BCCIWomen- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017″Feel for all of you, #WomenInBlue! You were good throughout but sometimes it is not meant to be. Congrats England on winning #WWC17Final!,” said Sachin Tendulkar in a tweet.Feel for all of you, #WomenInBlue! You were good throughout but sometimes it is not meant to be. Congrats England on winning #WWC17Final!- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 23, 2017I wish I was there to give the Lovely Ladies a hug. Be proud girls we have achieved greatness today. @BCCIWomen u made all Indians proud.- Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 23, 2017Great effort throughout the tournament by team India. Lost the game but won million hearts by displaying some inspiring cricket. @BCCIWomen- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 23, 2017You made us dream,You made us believe,We’re proud of all you girls!Real honor to hve watched u play! #WWC17Final #WomenInBlue @BCCIWomen- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 23, 2017Super proud of the girls. Tough luck today but womens cricket in India has truly arrived. Thank you girls .Salute your spirit.#WWC17Final- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 23, 2017No matter a game won or lost , you all played with fervour , grit and immense passion ! Be proud ladies .. @BCCIWomen #WWC17Final #INDvsENG- Irrfan (@irrfank) July 23, 2017Congrats England but so so proud of our girls for winning a billion hearts.This will be a defining moment in women’s cricket.#WWC17Final- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 23, 2017We are all proud of you girls. You are are an inspiration to all of us. #TeamIndia ???? #WWC17Final- Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 23, 2017last_img read more

Wimbledon vs FIFA World Cup: England torn between two sports

first_imgThere are two big events happening in the sporting world at the time — the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the Wimbledon Championships in London. As England marched on to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal spread their magic at the All England Club.Wimbledon quarter-finals are set to begin on Wednesday — the day England take on Croatia in a bid to reach their first World Cup final since 1966.While tennis fans marvelled at the magic spread by the biggest tennis stars at the All England court, fans took to the streets to celebrate England’s quarter-final vs Sweden.England loves it sports but football remains the most passionately followed sport in the country and the performances put by Gareth Southgate’s men in Russia is making fans rally behind this young and vibrant team. The support for the young and vibrant England football team is growing louder with each match. (Reuters Photo)On the other hand, Wimbledon’s most loved man Roger Federer is also charging towards his ninth title, absolutely dominating his opponents.England is surely torn between its two big events.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMeanwhile, Wimbledon officials have refused to show any football on the All England Club’s big screen, with the Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis sticking to his view that spectators coming to the grasscourt championships expect to see tennis and said that the big-screen policy will remain in place to limit the disruption caused to players.advertisementFans will, however, be able to follow the action in Russia on their phones and tablets using the tournament’s wifi signal.Wimbledon has also refused to alter the timings of the gentlemen’s final, which is all set to clash with the World Cup final in Russia.Also read – World Cup 2018: Alli critical of his performance ahead of Croatia clashThe World Cup final in Moscow is due to kick off on Sunday two hours after the traditional 2pm local time start of the men’s Wimbledon final – meaning the two matches are likely to overlap.”What will happen next Sunday is Centre Court will be packed for the men’s final and I’m sure people will be able to follow the World Cup final,” Lewis told reporters on Monday.”It’s not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something special happens in a football tournament, and I’m sure everybody will understand if it does.”Also read – Watch: Roger Federer shows off his cricketing skills in WimbledonLast Saturday, fans deserted Centre Court immediately after Rafael Nadal booked his place in the second week of the championships as England were playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals.Many spectators opted to leave the grounds and watch the match at neighbouring pubs, leaving Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka to start off their third round match in front of thousands of empty green seats.Those who stuck around seemed to be more interested in following the action in Russia on their electronic devices than watching the tennis match taking place in front of them.”Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships. We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football, enjoy it, without disturbing other people,” said Lewis.Also read – World Cup 2018: Dealing with Croatia’s midfield biggest test for Southgate”I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored… it was wonderful. We didn’t receive a single complaint from anyone who was here who felt their enjoyment of the tennis was interrupted and I’m sure it’ll be the same next Sunday.”Hopefully England will get through to the final and it will be one of the very special days at Wimbledon.”Lewis said the tournament had learnt its lesson after showing the 1996 European Championship semi-final between England and Germany, which was decided on penalties, on the big screen.Also read – Wimbledon 2018: Karolina Pliskova knocked out, Serena Williams advances”I gather it wasn’t very successful because it did interrupt people’s enjoyment of the tennis and what we did last Saturday actually did work very well,” added Lewis.Rather than worrying about what kind of disruption the World Cup final might cause to the two Wimbledon finalists, eight-times champion Roger Federer offered a different take on the potential clash. Wimbledon: Roger Federer has reached the quarter-finals and is charging towards a ninth title. (Reuters Photo)”I’m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on. They’ll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30,” the Swiss said with a smile.advertisement”The (football) players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what’s going on at Wimbledon.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma has done a great job as India captain, says Wasim Akram

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has praised Rohit Sharma’s leadership skills in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018. Rohit (111 not out) notched up his 19th century in ODIs as he led India to a 9-wicket win over Pakistan in the Super Four in Dubai on Sunday.Rohit was named India skipper after Virat Kohli was rested for the Asia Cup. Rohit has been impressive as captain so far winning all the matches in the tournament and guiding Team India to the final.Rohit has so far captained India in 16 limited-overs matches and has tasted success in 14 of those games. He had earlier this year led India to victory in the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka.Rohit and Dhawan are one of the most successful opening pairs of all-time for India and on Sunday, they just proved why they are so effective and deadly in limited-overs cricket.Read – How Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan plotted record-breaking partnership vs PakistanThe pair complements each other very well and what works in their favour is both can change gears according to the situation of the game.On Sunday, as India took on Pakistan in their second Super 4 match, Rohit and Dhawan simply took the game away from their arch-rivals with their scintillating display at the top of the order.Also read – Dhawan, Rohit blast hundreds as India crush Pakistan againTheir record partnership of 210 runs in India’s chase of 238 was filled with extremely well timed shots, lots of running between the wickets and calculated risks.advertisementThe highlights of the partnership was how both complemented each other and played according to the situation instead of playing their natural attacking game on a pitch, that was tricky to bat on.”I think Rohit Sharma has done a great job as India skipper. He is leading from the front, he’s getting runs consistently and with ease. With him, Shikhar Dhawan is playing equally good. They are making things look so comfortable when they come out to bat. They look so calm and I think they have got every shot in their book,” Akram told India Today.Also read – Rohit Sharma celebrates 7000 ODI runs with 19th hundredCaptaincy has also got the best out of Rohit the batsman. He has so far scored 269 runs from four matches at an average of 134.50, including two fifties and a century.Harbhajan Singh was also all praise for Rohit’s captaincy in Virat Kohli absence.”Rohit has been scoring runs and leading the team from the front. He is showing the way. He has done a great job. We can say when Virat Kohli is not there, Rohit can be given the responsibility of leading the team,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.India next play Afghanistan on Tuesday at the Dubai International Stadium.last_img read more

Previewing the OSU-TCU game

first_imgTrevone Boykin hands off against Baylor (USATSI)Trevone Boykin hands off against Baylor (USATSI)Game: Texas Christian (4-1) vs Oklahoma State (5-1)Locale: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TXTV: Fox Sports 1 @ 3 CSTThere’s not much history to speak of between these two teams. We’re sure that TCU is an official part of the Big 12 now? Sure, next thing you’ll tell me is that Rutgers is in the Big 10.The all-time series sits at 13-9-2 with the Cowboys in the lead. OSU hasn’t made the trip to Fort Worth since 1992, however.Do you remember what you were doing in 1992?I was wondering aloud about how useful this cursive writing business could really be and setting records that may never be broken in Nerf basketball.Meanwhile, the OSU football team was trying in vain to understand the ramblings of Coach Pat Jones and playing OU to a 15-15 tie. Unfortunately they lost to TCU while looking ahead to a big meeting with Nebraska, which they lost in a nailbiter 55-0.What sticks out about TCU is the memory of LaDainian Tomlinson’s legend and Andy Dalton’s Rose Bowl trip. I think they also had a wide receiver named Skye for a while.Texas Christian University was established in 1873 in part by a man named Addison. His brother was the cofounder, but shockingly wasn’t named Braxton or Cayden.As if that wasn’t all you’d need to know about this school, it actually gets worse.Rather than positioning their campus adjacent to a vice district lovingly called “Hell’s Half Acre”, which sounds like a less rowdy version of The Strip, Addison and his brother (Aiden probably) thought Waco seemed like an attractive place to voluntarily move to.They say nothing good happens after midnight, but in Waco nothing good happens ever, so TCU’s main administration building burned down and the frogs scuttled back to Fort Worth.Their most famous alumni are fictional characters Rev. Lovejoy from The Simpsons and The Professor from Gilligan’s Island.None of that is particularly relevant to their football team, however. Coach Gary Patterson has been at the helm since 2000.If you’re unfamiliar with Coach Patterson, just put a visor and glasses on a dorm fridge and introduce yourself. Be careful though because the fridge will scream at you until it loses its voice. Then it will keep screaming at you, but it will be more hilarious.The most interesting storylines surrounding Patterson’s team recently has been a pinball game loss to Baylor and that their starting QB didn’t hurt his wrist. So, basically everything you’d expect from a football team representing a university started by an Addison.Horned Frogs To KnowTrevone Boykin, starting QB. Trevone’s wrist is fine, but not really fine, but not bad enough to need surgery, but it might eventually, but not right now.The OSU coaching staff should have named JW Walsh the starter briefly just to keep up. Also of note, there are no ‘Y’s in Boykin’s first name, which doesn’t pass the eye test.Paul Dawson, senior LB. This former JUCO transfer has become the leader of a defense that leads the Big 12 in sacks. He himself leads the league in tackles per game. That’s a lot of leadership. I don’t have a joke here, Dawson is just really good. Wocka wocka?Jaden Oberkrom, junior kicker. He hadn’t ever missed an extra point until the Oklahoma game this year, which coincided with a slump that also saw him go 1-4 on field goals. He may have broken out of that when he drilled all 10 kicking attempts against Baylor. Or, maybe that was just the eye of the storm for Jaden. I’m not sure what that means.Why TCU Might WinTrevone Boykin has grown into one of the best QBs in the league, which admittedly is running low on quarterback talent. Boykin has taken to TCU’s adoption of the spread offense installed by former OSU staffer Doug Meacham while Patterson has rolled out another sound defensive group.Yes, they’re probably sound despite what you saw at Baylor.Boykin leads the team in rushing, but B.J. Catalon is a capable back. They’ve also got a handful of skilled targets in the passing game.The Frogs already beat OU in Fort Worth, which announced their presence in this year’s Big 12 race. The loss last week knocked them down a peg, but this is still the best team by far OSU has seen since week 1 with the obvious exception of that buzzsaw encountered in Lawrence last week.Why OSU Might WinThe offense TCU will run on Saturday is the same offense the Cowboys’ defense has been facing every day. There’s a familiarity that coach Spencer is probably excited to exploit. While there’s not a Trevone Boykin on the practice field in Stillwater, an intimate knowledge of the opposing offense and their play caller has to count for something.There’s also the possibility that TCU’s defense was just an early season mirage. After allowing only 21 point through their first three games, the Horned Frogs have been lit up for 94 in their past two.Even the most orange-blooded OSU fan wouldn’t make the case that the O-State offense is on par with Baylor’s, but the same Sooner offense that moved the ball against Texas like an elderly man shopping for cereal was able to put 31 on TCU.I don’t know that 31 is going to be enough for the good guys to win this one, but I’ve also given up trying to predict how the offense will perform.I’m hoping on Saturday it’s less like an Addison and more like a Pete.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Harry Kane: ‘The challenge is to be up there with Ronaldo and Messi’

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content The Tottenham striker now has eight goals from six games as captain of the national side and 10 in eight under Gareth Southgate’s stewardship. His two strikes against Tunisia keep him within reach of Ronaldo, Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku in pursuit of the tournament’s Golden Boot, a trophy he is intent on claiming, and banished any lingering memories of his toils at his only previous major finals, a scoreless Euro 2016.“I had to prove people wrong throughout my career and I love proving to myself I can do it,” said Kane. “Ronaldo is the best in the world, up there with Messi, but the challenge is there to be with them. To be the best player in the world you have to aim high – you can’t aim low – so just put no limits on yourself. I worked hard to get where I am. I have a lot of determination, I enjoy being here and it is about stepping it up. I said before I was so excited to be at a World Cup and it is about proving a point. The Euros were disappointing for me, for everyone, so it was a challenge to put that right. There is no better way to do it than to win and score a couple of goals.“I want to prove myself at a major tournament, I want to be up there with the best in the world and the only way to do that is to perform on the big stage and in the big moments. It gives me confidence doing that and I want to do that in the games ahead. I have been itching to get out there and showcase my talent. We have been in Russia a long time and were all excited to get started but you are never sure until you get out on the pitch. There are those moments when you need a goal but we did not panic, we looked calm, we did not look like conceding and we are always a threat at set pieces.” “The message we have is: we attack the tournament,” added Kane. “We have not done well in recent years, so there is not much else that could go wrong. I would rather come here, attack it and score goals. If we go out, we go out. If not, we go through.“Some big teams have lost already. It is a World Cup and we are fighting for it. Look at Mexico beating Germany and how much it meant to them. Tunisia was a tough game for us but we proved to ourselves we can step up in the big moment. If we are to go far, we have to win games like that and teams who do well need last-minute goals or last-minute saves. As for my shirt, I wanted to keep it, that’s all: a first goal at a tournament, my first World Cup goals, the team’s first win, my first World Cup. One to keep.” Kane left the pitch at the Volgograd Arena on Monday night to discover his Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, had texted him congratulations. The Argentinian has been key to the forward’s development and helped instil the 24-year-old’s unswerving belief in his ability. “Poch texted me and after the game as well – he sent a lot of love hearts and said: ‘Come on England!’” he said. “He is rooting for me. He has a lot of lads here. He is not just my boss, he’s my mate … he’s the manager but he’s a friend as well. He wants me and the whole team to do well.”The striker, who confirmed he had opted against swapping his No 9 shirt with a Tunisian opponent post-match, is now focusing on the game against Panama on Sunday when England can potentially secure qualification for the knockout phase. Share on Facebook Play Video news 1:12 World Cup 2018 Share on Messenger Harry Kane has set himself the target of emulating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the biggest stage after kickstarting his World Cup career with the brace that secured England a winning start in Russia.center_img Share on Twitter Raheem Sterling and supporting cast must find shooting boots England are here to win the World Cup, says Marcus Rashford – video Share via Email Share on LinkedIn England World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Topics World Cup Harry Kane Read morelast_img read more

X-Blades Sniper Sonic Promotion

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s official footwear sponsor, X-Blades, has another great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. When you purchase the new X-Blades Sniper Sonic boots, you will receive free shipping. To take advantage of their great deal, please visit the X-Blades website:www.bladesfootball.com.au/shopStay tuned to the TFA website for more great promotions from X-Blades. Related LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img

9 months agoWilshere: West Ham knew all about this Arsenal weakness

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wilshere: West Ham knew all about this Arsenal weaknessby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has questioned Arsenal’s set-piece defending after Saturday’s win.For Rice’s winning goal, the corner was cleared out of the box before the ball was worked back out to Felipe Anderson for the cross.“I think it’s the second phase,” former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere said, as he worked as a pundit for the game.“Sometimes it’s the most important phase in a set piece.“You’ve done your job and sometimes people switch off.“It goes wide and the second ball goes in and there’s someone free.“Declan was free there and he tucked it away nicely.” last_img read more

a month agoHoeness takes new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hoeness takes new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegenby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has taken a new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.Hoeness has been angered by Ter Stegen’s claims that he deserves Germany selection ahead of Bayern’s Manuel Neuer.He snapped: “I would have expected him to be cornered and say things are not going that way. It has damaged the reputation of an impeccable athlete like Manuel.”Hoeness claims Ter Stegen has made Neuer sound like “old scrap that should be removed after the Euros”.He also slammed the German Federation for not taking action against Ter Stegen.”I do not expect any reaction from you,” he explained and added: “Their only virtue is to go for a walk in the forest and whistle.” last_img read more

Xhaka ‘fully focused’ on Nations League

first_imgGranit Xhaka​ is trying to put the humbling his Arsenal side took in the Europa League final behind him as he looks to help Switzerland​ reach the first ever UEFA Nations League final with a win over Portugal on Wednesday. The midfielder was in the starting side for the Gunners in Baku as the took a 4-1 loss at the hands of London rivals Chelsea, costing them not only the Europa League crown but a spot in the Champions League next season. It was a big blow to Arsenal, who finished just one point back of Tottenham in the race for the Premier League top four.  Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Xhaka has quickly turned his attention to the job at hand in hopes of picking up a trophy for his nation. “It was disappointing to lose the final, we wanted to win the title and move up to the Champions League, but it didn’t work out,” he told reporters.”However, since arriving here in Portugal I have focused fully on the national team. What happened, happened. We look forward now and I hope to win a title with Switzerland.”The final in Baku saw Chelsea’s Eden Hazard put in a star showing with two goals, and to reach the Nations League final Xhaka will have to face down another world superstar in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo.The Juventus is daunting task for any team, but Xhaka says his side are up for the challenge of taking on the best in the world. “I think we saw his [Hazard’s] qualities not only in this game but others as well,” he said. “He is one of the best in the world and tomorrow we will see another [Ronaldo] who certainly has his qualities as well. “We are here to play the best and we look forward, not only to meeting Ronaldo, but to playing tomorrow.”The last time the Swiss traveled to Portugal was for a World Cup qualifier in 2017, and Xhaka admits his side will have to be at their best to come away with a win. “We will see tomorrow, the Portuguese team is of course a very strong team, we know them,” Xhaka added.”It is a team that plays compact and has excellent individual players and I think we have shown two different games against them.”When we are fresh at home we can beat them but the second leg we were scared, we have to focus on our strengths.”last_img read more

293 big dams in country over 100 years old

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 293 big dams in the country are more than 100 years old, Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said on Monday as he introduced a bill on dam safety in Lok Sabha.The bill seeks to set up the National Dam Safety Authority for proper surveillance, inspection and maintenance of specified dams as well as address unresolved issues between states. Besides the National Dam Safety Authority, the government has proposed setting up a National Committee on Dam Safety to prevent dam failure-related disasters. According to the bill, the committee would maintain standards of dam safety and also evolve policies for ensuring the safety of dams.last_img

GNIDA sets up special counter for builderrelated queries

first_imgGreater Noida: The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), on Wednesday, started a dedicated counter which will help homebuyers to get all the needed information about any builder which will help them in right investment. Officials said that the property buyers can visit the counter or call on the helpline number to fetch any required details.As per a senior GNIDA officer, the dedicated counter has been set up at authority’s office for buyers to get information such as allotment of lands, map approval, completion certificate etc. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeep Chandra, Additional Chief Executive Officer (ACEO), GNIDA said that the move will help prevent cheating of buyers by unregistered builders in unauthorized areas. “The new facility is aimed at curbing the sale of illegal properties in the city which is rampant these days and we advise them to cross check with the facts before buying any residential or commercial property. Through the new facility, a person can easily get all the property related details in which they want to invest and choose a trusted developer which will prevent them from getting cheated,” said Deep Chandra. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFor this purpose, the authority has set up counter number 9 at authority’s office while a helpline number has also been circulated. “Buyers can get information related to the properties by registering their queries at the counter and by dialing – 0120-2336046,47,48 and 49. The authority will revert within three working days regarding the status and authenticity of the project,” he added. The officer further advised that the buyers must also cross check the details from the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) for which they can visit the website– www.up-rera.in. The authority, through an advisory, appealed people to avoid investing in illegal properties which can be available to them at cheaper rates and lucrative offers. The advisory further stated that if any person invests money in a property which is illegally constructed and is not authorised by the authority, he/she is responsible for the decision and the authority should not be blamed for this.last_img read more

Running afoul of the law Alberta RCMP pluck stuck ducks from sewer

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – RCMP in northern Alberta stepped in when some ducklings ran afoul of a Fort McMurray sewer over the weekend.Police say they got a call about the stuck ducks early Sunday morning.When officers arrived, they saw a mother on the road and could hear the ducklings in the sewer below, so they got quacking on a rescue.The officers popped off the manhole cover and climbed down.They were able to pluck the seven ducklings from the sewerThe birds were returned to their grateful mother.last_img

IfOnly And Lucasfilm Offer Signed Movie Memorabilia To Support NapaSonoma Fire Relief

first_imgLucasfilm has teamed up with Tipping Point to help support the relief efforts in the Napa and Sonoma areas which were devastated by fires earlier this year.Rare First Order Stormtrooper helmets worn during the filming of Star Wars: The Force AwakensThe team behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the latest chapter in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, are giving fans three chances to bid on truly unique signed memorabilia through IfOnly.Star Wars fans will be able to bid on two screen-used First Order stormtrooper helmets worn during the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and have never been offered to the public until now.One of the helmets celebrates the recent release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and features signatures by screenwriter and director, Rian Johnson, as well as Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy. The second helmet includes autographs from both The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy.Finally, an extremely limited-edition porg maquette, which is one of only five screen-used examples ever made, features the autographs of Rian Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy, and creature designer Neal Scanlan. With detailed etching and colors, the statuette showcases the doe-eyed creature that populates the sacred Jedi island of Ach-To. This particular porg was used as a film prop to line up shots in The Last Jedi in several locations overseas and in-studio throughout the filmmaking process.Proceeds from the sale of each of these one-of-a-kind collectibles will benefit Tipping Point’s Emergency Fire Relief Fund, supporting low-income communities affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay.“Giving back to the community is one of the most important privileges we have,” says Lucasfilm EVP and General Manager, Lynwen Brennan. “This particular tragedy both directly and indirectly affected so many of our employees, so it’s a cause that is very near and dear to us. We are delighted to be able to help and offer our support by providing some rare pieces for auction that we hope will draw attention to this extraordinary relief effort from our friends at IfOnly and Tipping Point.”“We are thrilled and honored to once again work with our friends at Lucasfilm in their efforts to support a worthy cause by featuring these incredible pieces of cinematic history. As a Bay Area company, we are proud to be a part of the efforts to help those most affected by the North Bay fires,” said Sean O’Neill, Director of Entertainment at IfOnly.The auctions begin on February 9th, with the first offering closing on March 2nd at 3pm EST; they can be found at ifonly.com/Lucasfilm.last_img read more

48yearold man beaten up forcefed pork in Assam for selling beef

first_imgTezpur (Assam): A Muslim man was allegedly beaten up and forced to eat pork by a group of people who were angry over his selling beef in Assam, police said Tuesday. Consumption of pork is a taboo among most Muslims.The victim, Shaukat Ali (48), was assaulted by a group of locals at Madhupur weekly market in Biswanath district on Sunday and required hospitalisation, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Raushan said. A video of the incident that has gone viral showed a dazed Ali surrounded by some people who angrily demanded to know from him where he came from and whether his name figured in the contentious National Register of Citizens that intends to weed out illegal migrants. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAli, according to Raushan, was beaten up by locals not aligned to any fundamentalist organisation. Ali, who owns a food stall, claimed he was force-fed pork by the assailants, but police did not confirm it. “We have also heard about that. It is a matter of investigation. It is only after that has been done that I will be able to tell,” the SP said. A man was arrested in connection with the incident and questioned. Ali claimed he had been selling beef at the market for over three decades and never faced such a situation. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe group also beat up 42-year-old Kamal Thapa, the contractor of the market, for allowing Ali to sell beef dishes. Cow slaughter and consumption of beef is not banned in the state but the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950, permits the slaughter of only cattle above 14 years of age after due certification by a veterinary officer. The Sunday’s incident came to light when a video shot by one among the group of assailants went viral on social media. A case was registered with the Biswanath Chariali police station on the complaint of the victim’s brother Sahabuddin Ali on Monday evening.last_img read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 1.0055Brazil real 0.4000China renminbi 0.1949Euro 1.4839Hong Kong dollar 0.170627India rupee 0.02063Indonesia rupiah 0.0001000Japan yen 0.01194Malaysia ringgit 0.3104Mexico peso 0.07318N.Z. dollar 0.9618Norway krone 0.1558Peruvian new sol 0.4069Russia rouble 0.02221Saudi riyal 0.3549Singapore dollar 0.9574South Africa rand 0.10189South Korean won 0.001164Sweden krona 0.1519Switzerland franc 1.3665Taiwanese dollar 0.04373Thailand baht 0.03915Turkey lira 0.3770U.K. pound 1.6864U.S. dollar 1.3310Vietnam dong 0.000059

Cyber Security Locking the Door Is Not Enough

Whether it’s fire and burglary, or cyber-attack, response time is critical. Having a planned security operations response to a detected security incident is as important as early detection for managing impact. Similar to a fire or a burglary, a timely response will control the spread of the security incident and minimize damage. Phish-Prone Testing, Keep Your Enterprise Secure Scott Murphy August 21, 2019 Phishing testing teaches employees to detect and respond to malicious emails, helping to create a culture of security. sctcperspective_Small.png The risks to your physical business office and assets, as well as the mitigation techniques you can take to protect your assets from this risk, are much more obvious than when it comes to the cyber world. Fifty years ago, good physical security for many businesses was a locked door – it was enough to keep most bad guys out. Today, a locked door is barely a deterrent; yes, you still need to lock the door, but that needs to be reinforced with a security system to detect if an intruder has gained entry. That security system needs to be connected to a monitoring agency that is alerted of the break-in and notifies the police so they can respond in a timely manner and catch the intruder to prevent serious loss of assets. Also like a motion sensor or smoke detector, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools — even those with very refined policies — will have false alarms, and it requires a human being to investigate the threat and determine if it is valid. It’s true that machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) systems have started to improve, but they are still not as good as an experienced cyber security analyst. It takes a human response to assess and respond appropriately to all but the most basic emergencies. Example similarities between physical security and cyber security In 2019, large and small organizations must focus their cyber security investments on the tools and operational practices to detect and respond to security events, attacks and breaches – large and small. Responding appropriately to small events stops many of them from escalating into larger breaches. Some incidents must be escalated to various levels of management for response, depending on the type of event, its severity, and the degree of response required. Systems need to be shut down to prevent further issues and be returned to their pre-intrusion state, plus fixes, before being returned to service. This can be painful for a business but is required to protect valuable assets. Further, significant events that impact the public will require reporting to government authorities, likely leading to more headaches for the enterprise. But even so, early detection and having an appropriate response strategy can prevent the bad from getting far worse. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:Best Practicescyber securitypreventiondetectionresponseSecurityE-911Monitoring, Management and SecurityOrganization & ManagementSCTC Articles You Might Like Invest in ExpertiseCyber security expertise has become a difficult human resource to hire. Some businesses should consider outsourcing some cyber security functions to ensure they have the required expertise available. Consider outside assistance for regular security reviews, security policy and procedure development, and security incident detection and response. Most IT departments do not have these capabilities internally. Murphy_CyberSecurity_629.png Keeping Your Communications Systems Safe Takes Practice Gary Audin August 29, 2019 Don’t assume you’re ready for a security attack if you’ve never exercised what you have in place. Developing human awareness and prepared response depends on what you are trying to protect. Cyber security events and incidents are commonplace for most organizations, so being able to detect and respond needs to become just as common. Just like protection of physical business assets from fire or theft, cyber security response must be pre-built into business and IT operations systems and processes. One significant difference is that while fire and theft events are relatively rare, cyber security attacks are relentless. See All in Security » The Threat of Toll Fraud Persists Irwin Lazar September 16, 2019 With a toll fraud prevention and mitigation strategy, enterprises can identify and mitigate potential toll threats – sometimes before they even happen. Security Operations: Into the Cyber WorldThe new cyber security reality is very similar to that of the physical security reality. It’s not enough to simply lock the door with technology. You must have the tools and operational capacity to detect a potential breach, investigate, and respond to the incident in an appropriate way. Just like a motion sensor or smoke detector does not stop the burglary or fire itself, you need a way to be alerted to dangerous activity. Cyber security needs tools and people to detect, alert, and respond to the potential cyber security incident. IT Security Refresh: The Cyber Defense Matrix Terry Slattery October 02, 2019 With the Cyber Defense Matrix, enterprises can measure their security coverage and discover gaps in their IT strategy. doorlock_774.png Businesses must invest a significant percentage of their cyber security budget on detection and response capabilities, or risk significant business losses due to cyber security threats. Every business sector and business size are targets because every business is part of an economic ecosystem, and the weakest link will be the most likely target. This investment must include improved tools for incident detection, security policies and procedures to allow for timely and appropriate response, and experienced people to respond to the threats. Most enterprises have long been focused on preventing the bad guys from getting in to their networks and systems. Historically, the especially security conscious enterprises — ones that understood their organizations were a target — were focused not just on prevention, but also on detection and response to security incidents. The IT security landscape has changed – the reality of today’s security landscape is that it’s not a question of if you have been hacked, it’s whether or not you know about it. Detection and response capabilities are more important than ever before. Make Teams, Slack, Other Collaboration Tools Ultra-Secure Sorell Slaymaker August 21, 2019 Read how Hotshot adds location and time elements to its MFA strategy and discover how you can protect your enterprise with a zero-trust architecture. Log in or register to post comments Get a deeper dive into cyber security in our Management and Security track at Enterprise Connect 2019, coming to Orlando the week of March 18. If you haven’t yet registered for the event, do so now to take advantage of our Early Bird Rate. Use code NJPOSTS at checkout to get an extra $200 off! read more

Former NBA Star Latrell Sprewell Living Very Modest After

Former NBA star Latrell Sprewell is the latest professional athlete to run into post-career financial problems. Several websites are reporting the retired basketball star has blown through his fortune.“During the course of his career, Latrell Sprewell made over $100 million. Today, Celebrity NetWorth reports that he has around $50,000 and lives in a modest rental,” said Financial Juneteeth.Sprewell, who was 24th in the 1992 NBA draft, played for several teams, but he was infamous for his altercation with Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo. After Carlesimo criticized his passing, Sprewell fought his coach and choked him. He then returned, after showering, and punched Carlesimo, before being dragged away by assistant coaches. He had also previously fought with other teammates, threatening one with a plank of wood and a gun.However, the choking incident cost Sprewell dearly. He was suspended by the NBA for a year and the Golden State Warriors cancelled the rest of his contract which was worth $23 million over three years.He was later traded to the New York Knicks and then the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he received negative publicity for turning down a three-year, $21 million-contract extension, claiming it wasn’t enough to take care of his family.“I have a family to feed … If (team owner Glen) Taylor wants to see my family fed, he better cough up some money. Otherwise, you’re going to see these kids in one of those Sally Struthers commercials (where she solicits donations for starving children in developing countries) soon,” Sprewell said at the time.Sprewell’s troubled reputation preceded him and other NBA teams saw him as too much of a risk to take on.“Sprewell played one more year for Minnesota without the contract extension, and played miserably,” Financial Juneteeth reported. “Still thinking higher of himself than the teams or coaches he negotiated with, he was never again able to agree on a salary and has not played professional ball since. So, some might say that his negative attitude caught up with him because no NBA team wants to sign an angry old man whose best days are behind him.”However, Sprewell’s retirement has been filled with as much bad PR and brushes with the law as his playing career. His daughter was attacked by one of his pit bulls, and he was accused of stealing by a junior college. He was investigated by police for choking a woman on his yacht and also sued by the mother of his four children for $200 million.Sprewell had several financial problems after he retired. His $1.5 million yacht was seized after he defaulted on a mortgage, and he had two homes foreclosed.Unfortunately, Sprewell is not the only retired athlete to face financial hardship. Many ex-jocks run into money problems when their income drops from a huge contract to a pension. They still have extensive financial commitments to ex-wives, mothers of their children, family and lavish lifestyles to maintain. Many athletes are also ripped off by unscrupulous advisers, who know their clients don’t understand the complex world of finance.Former baseball player Torii Hunter told Sports Illustrated financial terms sound like another language to pro athletes.“Once you get into the financial stuff, and it sounds like Japanese, guys are just like, ‘I ain’t going back.’ They’re lost,” Hunter said.According to Sports Illustrated, most ex-professional athletes are broke within a few years of retirement.“By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce,” reported Sports Illustrated. “Within five years of retirement, an estimated 60 percent of former NBA players are broke.” read more

Slurry pipeline study for anthracite

first_imgFortune Minerals has presented a summary of results from its preliminary economic assessment of the viability of transporting coal using a slurry pipeline from its proposed Mount Klappan anthracite coal mine in northwest British Columbia to the ports of Stewart and Prince Rupert. This preliminary scoping study, conducted by Marston Canada indicates that a slurry pipeline could materially reduce transportation costs to the ports as compared to the truck or rail transportation options evaluated in the company’s positive full feasibility study completed by Marston in 2005. According to the scoping study report, such a pipeline may reduce operating costs by as much as 34%. For example, the study estimates operating costs of C$23.89/t involving truck transportation to the port of Stewart compared with C$15.75/t using a slurry pipeline to the same destination. [dollars herein are US unless otherwise stated]A slurry pipeline would also help mitigate the future impacts of increasing fuel and labour costs, and certain route options would reduce the environmental footprint of the proposed development by using existing transportation corridors. Finally, it is expected that using a buried slurry pipeline to transport coal products from Mount Klappan would also reduce environmental impacts of the project by eliminating the trucks that would have been used for coal haulage.“Fortune continues its commitment to aggressively manage the costs and profitability of developing our huge Mount Klappan asset, at the same time we are determined to minimize the impact it has on our environment,” said Robin Goad, President and CEO of Fortune. “We are pleased to have this independent engineering review that gives us some options that may allow Fortune to meet all of these objectives.”The scoping study included conceptual operating and capital cost estimates prepared for two production scenarios and evaluations of three route options to the ports of Stewart and Prince Rupert:1) Slurry pipeline transport of 1.5 and 3 Mt/y west from Mount Klappan to Highway 37 and southwest along the existing highway to Stewart2) Slurry pipeline transport of 3 Mt/y west to Highway 37 as above and then south along the highway and existing forestry roads to Highway 16 and west to Prince Rupert3) Slurry pipeline transport of 3 Mt/y south from Mount Klappan along the existing BC Rail right-of-way to Minaret, west along the Stewart-Omenica Resource Road and then south along the Kispiox Road to Hazelton (320 km) for rail transport to Prince Rupert (200 km).Based on the study’s positive findings, Fortune has commissioned Marston and Pipeline Systems Inc (PSI) to conduct a more detailed prefeasibility level economic assessment of pipeline transportation using the Stewart and Hazelton route options for more precise cost estimates for the ongoing mine planning and permitting activities. This new study is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008. While the costs associated with Prince Rupert are generally higher than those involving Stewart, Prince Rupert already has an under-used worldclass handling facility specifically designed for coal. The slurry pipeline option being considered through Hazelton would allow the Company to use this handling facility and would also offer railway access to North American coal markets.The preliminary scoping study was prepared assuming that the coal would be transported as a 50%-solids coal slurry in which 95% would be less than 0.6 mm and would be dewatered and pressed into pellets or briquettes at the pipeline terminus for handling and delivery to overseas steel customers. Marston is examining the building of a briquetting plant at the pipeline’s terminus capable of producing anthracite pellets for use in the global steel manufacturing industry and test work for the production of briquettes is in progress. Notably, low ash content briquettes of suitable size, strength and quality are likely to command premium prices on the international market and would also facilitate loading and handling at the railway, port and receiving steel plant.In addition to the slurry pipeline assessment and the ongoing engineering and environmental studies, the company is conducting discussions with potential joint venture partners over the development of the Mount Klappan coal project. Notably, the price of coking coal, the best proxy for metallurgical anthracite pricing, is now being quoted on the spot market in the range of $180 to $190/t a 100% increase over the 2007 contract price. The price of ultra-low volatile PCI coal from anthracite for the steel industry is currently quoted at some $150/t and premium anthracite products used in metallurgical processing are being quoted in excess of $200/t. The 2005 Marston full feasibility study for Mount Klappan, which used a base case price of $100/t with sensitivities at higher and lower prices, had already shown attractive rates of return for several production rate and truck and rail transportation options.The company is active in the environmental assessment process at Mount Klappan to develop an export metallurgical coal mine producing ultra-low volatile pulverized coal injection (PCI) products for the overseas steel industry. Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants (RTEC), Fortune’s environmental consultants for the project, are also continuing to conduct environmental work at the Mount Klappan site and are now also conducting studies in support of the pipeline route options. All-North Engineering is also completing the road engineering and an updated cost estimate for the proposed haul roads that would service either of the pipeline route options.Fortune’s wholly-owned Mount Klappan anthracite coal project is located in northwest British Columbia and straddles the B.C. Railway right-of-way 150 km northeast of the port of Stewart and 330 km northeast of the port of Prince Rupert.last_img read more

Les tourbillons océaniques atteignent les fonds marins

first_imgLes tourbillons océaniques atteignent les fonds marinsDe nouvelles études publiées dans la revue Science révèlent que les tourbillons à la surface des océans peuvent atteindre les profondeurs et déplacer de la chaleur, des larves et des substances chimiques vers les fonds marins.   Des scientifiques de la Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ont étudié de quelle manière les différents éléments des émissions hydrothermales océaniques (organismes, minéraux, chaleur) étaient véhiculés à travers les océans. En effet, malgré des dizaines d’années de recherches, ce mécanisme de transport était jusqu’ici resté incompris.  À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merLes scientifiques ont ainsi découvert que ces différents éléments étaient très probablement transportés par des tourbillons océaniques. Générés par des vents violents, renforcés par des phénomènes atmosphériques et océaniques comme El Niño, ces tourbillons peuvent atteindre jusqu’à 500 kilomètres de diamètre et brasser les fonds marins jusqu’à 2.500 mètres de profondeur. Sciences et Avenir précise qu’il s’agit d’une surprise pour les scientifiques qui pensaient que les grandes profondeurs marines étaient isolées de la surface et de l’atmosphère. Comme l’explique la principale auteure de l’étude, Diane K. Adams, “nous savions que ces tourbillons existaient, mais personne ne s’était aperçu qu’ils pouvaient affecter les processus qui sont en cours dans les profondeurs des océans”.Le 7 mai 2011 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more