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Injured Jalalon rues missing World Cup qualifiers, shifts focus to Star

first_imgRead Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nursing an LCL injury, Jalalon was stuck in the sidelines doing therapy with the Hotshots PTs, watching helplessly as coach Chito Victolero laid down the groundwork in the team’s first week of practices.But the former Arellano guard’s frustrations isn’t limited on Star alone with the injury also ruling him out of Gilas Pilipinas in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers later this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m already out. I really want to join them, but the doctors advised me to not to,” said Jalalon, who is will continue therapy for the next two weeks before the doctors could give him the green light to finally rejoin the Hotshots.With the chance to don the national colors out of the picture, Jalalon is now looking at the next task ahead, and that is to be in full strength once Star opens its campaign this upcoming 2017-2018 PBA season. “I’m just strengthening my knee and following what the PTs tell. I’ll continue doing therapy and I’m preparing to play in the opening,” he said.As an observer, Jalalon also liked what he saw from the Hotshots after this first week of training.“I could really see that we play well in our practices and I feel that this will be the timewe’ll really be contending for the title.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Timberwolves overwhelm Jazz for 109-98 win MOST READ LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESSophomore playmaker Jio Jalalon couldn’t hide his frustrations as he was limited to a spectator in Star’s morning practice at Ronac Art Center on Tuesday.“I’m not used to this, that I’m not practicing. I’m jealous,” he admitted.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Max Vs Mi Max 2: How the new Max is different from the old one

first_imgThe original Mi Max, which Xiaomi launched in India in July last year, towered over every other phablet in the market by its sheer size and ambition. Xiaomi was very clear about the Mi Max though. It felt that there was a market for something as humongous as a 6.44-inch phablet – however small it might be – just that there weren’t many good super-sized phablets out there. The ones that were there, were just bad – uninspiring slabs of cumbersome plastic – that didn’t necessarily serve any real-world purpose.The Mi Max on the other hand came with an all-metal body, a sharp full-HD display, good hardware, dual-SIM support, 4G LTE connectivity, and more importantly, a sensible price tag. Over the course of time, Xiaomi went on to sell a lot of these super-sized phablets. Not surprisingly though. The Mi Max was, after all, a ridiculously good buy for those into considerable multimedia consumption, and yet didn’t want to shell out on tablets, that on most occasions lack voice calling.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max review: A giant that’s surprisingly light on its feetOn Thursday, Xiaomi announced a successor to the Mi Max, at an event in China. Called simply the Mi Max 2, the phablet in question, although it comes with the same 6.44-inch 1080p display as the original, is a complete overhaul in almost all the other departments including the design making it a thorough upgrade to last year’s model. Take a look.Update: Okay, there is something that we need to address aboutthe Mi Max 2, given that this is something that we have started hearingon blogs and on some tech news sites: This is about the Mi Max 2 Indialaunch. As far as the official Xiaomi stance is concerned, there is nonews on it for now. Neither the Mi Max 2, nor the Xiaomi Mi 6, arecoming to India soon. In fact, chances are that the Mi 6 is not comingto India at all. The Mi Max 2, as we noted earlier, will most likelycome to India. The question, however, is when. A couple of days agoXiaomi India chief Manu Jain tweeted that the company had achieved twomilestones on January 23, March 23 and May 23. Then he said, guess whatis going to happen on July 23? A lot of people seem to have taken thatas a hint of Mi Max 2 launch and have speculated that the phone willlaunch in India on July 23 or around that. It is a possibility but alsounlikely. Chances are that the Mi Max 2 may come to India sooner than that.Although, nothing is official about the Mi Max 2 launch in India so far.advertisementJust like the original Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 also boasts of a full-metal body. But, while in the case of the Mi Max, the antenna lines were a clear eye-soar differentiating the middle (all-metal) portion with the (plastic with brushed metal finish) top and bottom, the Mi Max 2 has re-positioned antenna lines. These have been pushed towards the extreme edges — ala iPhone 7 — so the Mi Max 2, in fact, looks like it has been carved out of a single slab of metal. It certainly looks strikingly better then the Mi Max, particularly from the behind.The front, is meanwhile, the same as the Mi Max. So is the fingerprint scanner placement. The Mi Max 2 has a rear-mounted circular fingerprint scanner and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified) on the front with backlit capacitive keys. Just like the Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 also has an impressive screen-to-body ratio giving you ample real estate, literally as well as figuratively.Xiaomi, has again, managed to somehow keep its internal proportions – girth and weight – in check. It weighs just, if you can say just here, 211 grams and measures just 7.6 mm in line with the original Mi Max. Mind you, it also has a bigger 5,300mAh (over the Mi Max’s 4,850mAh) battery inside. It’s, still pretty much, a giant that’s surprisingly super light on its feet.Xiaomi has again used a full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels and 342 ppi pixel density) IPS panel in the Mi Max 2. Now, a 6.44-inch screen and a 1080p resolution may not add up. Or at least that is what you will think. The original Mi Max didn’t have a breathtaking display. Rather, it was barely adequate in front of Xiaomi’s top-tier phones like the Mi 5 (and the Mi 4 before it). But, the colours, oh the colours were so spot on! The Mi Max handled – and reproduced — colours so well you didn’t mind that it was not as bright as the company’s other phones. The Mi Max 2 is expected to be as good, if not better in this regard.The Mi Max 2 runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box. As always, latest software iteration does not necessarily translate to drastic changes in Xiaomi’s interface. The MIUI 7 in the Mi Max looked almost exactly (save some exceptions) like MIUI 5 in the Mi 4. Having said that, the Mi Max 2 comes with improved one-handed usage features (including a one-handed mode and a shortcut menu) according to Xiaomi, and would be getting a split-screen multitasking feature in the days to come. A split screen multitasking feature — which was absent in the Mi Max — will indeed make a lot of sense on a 6.44-inch phablet.The Mi Max 2 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. Now, the Snapdragon 625 has some plus points and it has some minus points. In comparison to the Snapdragon 650 (and Snapdragon 652), that was inside the original Mi Max. A simple Google search will tell you that the Snapdragon 625 is the first 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The technology essentially allows a processor — the Snapdragon 625 in this case — with multiple cores to hit higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. The Snapdragon 625, for your reference, consumes up to 35 per cent lower power than its predecessor (the Snapdragon 617), in typical usage scenarios, according to Qualcomm. In layman’s terms, you’re more likely to get (much) better battery life and little (or no) overheating in phones powered by a chipset on the lines of the Snapdragon 625. It is more likely to give you a (much) better battery life and little (or no) overheating than phones like the Mi Max (Snapdragon 650). Xiaomi has had a fine run with the Redmi Note 4 courtesy the Snapdragon 625. It’s not surprising then that Xiaomi stuck with the same processor for the Mi Max 2 as well.As opposed to the Mi Max which was gunning for raw power courtesy the Snapdragon 650, the Mi Max 2 is all about power saving and thermal efficiency courtesy the Snapdragon 625. But, there’s a catch. The Adreno 506 GPU (inside the Mi Max 2) is good, just not better than the Adreno 510 inside the Mi Max. Graphical intensive gaming could leave a lot be desired on the Mi Max 2, just the way it did in the case of the Redmi Note 4.The Mi Max 2 will be available in two configurations: 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, and 4GB RAM and 128GB memory. Both the versions will support expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. It further supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and USB Type-C (as opposed to micro-USB 2.0 in the Mi Max) for charging and data syncing. There’s also an IR blaster that can be used in tandem with the Mi Home app to control smart home appliances. The biggest highlight of the Mi Max 2 is, perhaps, the fact that it supports stereo speakers making it quite a steal for multimedia junkies.The Mi Max 2 sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. Interestingly, the Mi Max 2 comes with the same Sony IMX 386 image sensor as the one on-board the company’s flagship Mi 6. The Mi Max 2 will be capable of recording 4K videos as well. On the front, the Mi Max 2 comes with a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The original Mi Max came with a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED (dual-tone) flash along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture.The Mi Max 2 is backed by a massive 5,300mAh battery which is rated to deliver up to 2 days of battery life on regular usage. The Mi Max 2 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 — can charge by up to 68 per cent in 1 hour according to Xiaomi — and Parallel Charging which means that you can continue to use the device even while charging.Pricing and availability: The Mi Max 2 starts at 1699 RMB (roughly Rs 15,953) for the base 4GB RAM/64GB memory model and goes all the way to 1999 RMB (roughly Rs 18,765) for the top-end 4GB RAM/128GB memory model. The phone is exclusive to China for now though and will be available for buying from June 1.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Ranveer Singh’s bizarre tracksuit made more heads turn than his ramp walk

first_imgWe’d be lying if we say that Ranveer Singh’s fashion statements still shock us with almost every public appearance, because like the rest of the world, we have developed an immunity against his bizarre fashion sense.The actor has become synonymous to the idea of extreme-quirky-fashion that involves wearing unfathomable outfits, and he’s not in a mood to change that.Here’s proof: Condom to Super Mario: 5 mad looks Ranveer Singh managed to pull off with easeWhile we continue to keep a close eye on the who’s who of the entertainment world to keep our fashion game going strong, Ranveer has chosen to be unabashedly himself despite being on the receiving end of immense criticism from the fashion bigwicks from around the world.Recently, the handsome actor graced the ramp for the finale of India Couture Week in a stunning Manish Malhotra outfit, and got us swooning over him. While his ethnic avatar grabbed a lot of eyeballs, as he transported us back to his Bajirao Mastani days, it was the gaudy tracksuit that he wore before the show that got everyone talking.Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: Ranveer Singh’s latest look proves he’s the Peshwa of fashion risksDonning a garishly bright outfit, Ranveer looked like a toy shop, thanks to those humongous Rubik’s cubes printed all over his outfit. While the print was atrocious, the eye-pinching colours were an insult to injury.In an amalgamation of over-the-top shades of colours, Ranveer looked the like human embodiment of a rainbow, only a darker and dingier version.advertisementPhoto: Yogen Shah Like he hadn’t already made us cringe enough, he sported his iconic, square-shaped, yellow shades, and successfully added another weird look to his name.Also Read: Ranveer Singh and other celebs who forgot that sunglasses are only meant to protect your eyesWe’re still confused if we’re in love with his runway avatar or hating his casual, iconic look.last_img read more

#SaveILeagueSaveIndianFootball: I-League clubs fight back after telecast row

first_imgSeven I-League clubs, including defending champions Minerva Punjab, will meet here Sunday to discuss their future course of action after the All India Football Federation decided to cut down the number of matches to be telecast live.Under this body — I-League (Private) Clubs Association– the teams have joined hands to fight against what they called the “injustice” by the AIFF.The AIFF has recently announced that the broadcasters would cut down on the TV coverage to just 31 matches of the remaining 61 in the season.While Mohun Bagan are the only side who could see all of their matches shown on TV, defending champions Minerva were the worst-hit, and Real Kashmir will be partially affected.Terming the initiative #SaveILeagueSaveIndianFootball, the clubs in a statement said this was an effort to “make our voices heard and in an attempt to mobilise the entire football community to fight the injustice being meted out to the Top Division Football League of the country.”Spearheading the initiative, Minerva owner Ranjit Bajaj has said: “There is a concerted effort to destroy the I-League. The time has come for all of us to protest unitedly and, if needed, approach the court.”The other member clubs are Chennai City FC, NEROCA FC, Aizawl FC, Gokulam Kerala FC, Real Kashmir FC and Shillong Lajong FC.Kolkata’s big two, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, and Goan heavyweights Churchill Brothers are yet to join the new body.”We have reached out to them and await their confirmation,” the statement said.advertisementAlso Read | India 23-man squad for 2019 AFC Asian Cup announcedAlso Read | India play 2019 AFC Asian Cup with dreams of 2026 FIFA World Cuplast_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Has Released His New Top 6

first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit catches a pass on the field. He recently discussed the upcoming Alabama vs. LSU game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has updated his personal rankings following the tenth week of the 2018 regular season.The rankings don’t feature a ton of changes at the top, as No. 1 Alabama continued to look like the country’s best team in a blowout win at LSU.Here’s his full top six:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaMy top 4 after WEEK 10.1-@AlabamaFTBL 2–@ClemsonFB 3-@NDFootball 4-@UMichFootball Next 2@FootballUGA @OU_Football— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 4, 2018The official new top 25 polls are coming out later today.The new Coaches’ Poll will be out at noon E.T. The new AP Poll will be out at 2 p.m. E.T.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Giveaway: 52 Pairs of Columbia Underwear for the New Year

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire You can also theoretically go for 52 days wearing a fresh pair of underwear each day before having to do any underwear laundry. Now that’s what we call a holiday miracle.But, what’s so great about this underwear? To start, the stretch-factor is fantastic, meaning you can move whichever way you want without constant readjustment (or atomic wedgies), making these a great option for both everyday wear and workout session. Another benefit is the Omni-wick advanced evaporation, which allows for perspiration and moisture to be pulled away from the body quickly, meaning no chafing. These bad boys also sport an anti-microbial treatment, so they stay fresher longer —though we always suggest washing underwear after every use because, well, duh.Now that you’ve heard all the benefits, what are you waiting for? Sign up below for your chance to win this amazing offer with a total retail value of approximately $430. How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel center_img Some of you may remember (and may have even entered) our contest from a few months ago: We gave away a whopping 52 pairs of Gold Toe Socks, one pair for each week of the year.Strap on your drawers, because we’ve got another giveaway that may put those socks to shame. If there’s one thing more important than socks in a man’s wardrobe, it’s underwear. And we’ve partnered up with Columbia to give away 52 pairs of the brand’s stretch cotton boxer briefs. Yes, that’s right, we are giving away one pair of Columbia underwear for each week in the new year. With that kind of a windfall coming at you in January, you’ll start off 2018 with a refreshed underwear drawer and, hopefully, a refreshed outlook on life. Who can be a pessimist while wearing new underwear? We’ll answer for you: literally no one. Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Giftslast_img read more

Schools to Take Part in IPTV Project to Enhance Learning

first_imgSome 100 primary and secondary schools islandwide have been selected for a pilot project, to be spearheaded by the Ministry of Education and Jamaica Education Television (JET), which will incorporate the use of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), to enhance the delivery of education at these institutions. The initiative, for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Ministry and JET, was formally launched during a ceremony at the Caenwood Centre in St. Andrew, on Friday (November 23). The IPTV pilot, which is set to run for one year, beginning January 2013, will commence with one channel dedicated to the delivery of Mathematics and English Language. It will facilitate live and on-demand content to the institutions, which will be outfitted with the requisite equipment to facilitate access by teachers and students.  Development of the material to be delivered will be undertaken by the Ministry’s Core Curriculum Unit, with the Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Unit monitoring activities in the schools. JET will provide the requisite equipment within the schools, while Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, through its subsidiary, FLOW, will provide the technology platform, through Internet and other applicable services, to facilitate transmission. Speaking at Friday’s launch, Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, described it as “a good day for Jamaican education.” “The dream that I had of infusing this (technology) into the education system has been made real,” he said, while noting that the idea of the partnership was initiated by JET’s principals who approached the Ministry for dialogue on the matter, which he added, “involves absolutely no cost to the Government.” The Minister stressed that the decision to focus on the delivery of Mathematics and English initially, is deliberate as, “we can no longer be complacent with the mediocrity of the less than desirable results of students’ performance in these subjects.” “And particularly at the primary levels, these have got to move in the right direction and very quickly, if we are to achieve our (Vision) 2030 (Jamaica) development goals. No development in Jamaica is going to be sustainable unless all of our children have adequate language and adequate mathematical adeptness,” he said. Rev. Thwaites assured that the project will not be used to substitute for teachers in the classrooms, but rather to supplement, for instance, where schools are unable to access or secure the requisite resources that can enhance the quality of the teaching-learning environment, “that we would wish to be universal.” The Minister also extended an invitation to other stakeholders with an interest in supporting the project’s extension to have discussions with the Ministry as “we are anxious to assess what they have (to offer) and to encourage their participation.” In her remarks, Opposition Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith, who represented Shadow Spokesperson on Education, Marissa Dalrymple-Phillibert, commended the Ministry’s efforts, noting that the concept “has been alive for a while.” “This Minister, and his commitment to Jamaica’s children, has brought it to fruition, and I want to congratulate the team at the Ministry that has worked on it,” Senator Johnson-Smith said.last_img read more

New reports to help forecast housing needs in BC

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Local governments and the Province will use new housing needs reports to better understand and respond to long-term housing needs specific to their communities.To support this work the Province is providing $5 million over the next three years through a program administered by the Union of B.C. Municipalities, along with data and guidance to support communities’ efforts. This new legislation is requiring local governments to collect data, analyze trends and present a report every five years that describes current and anticipated housing needs.“The District of Chetwynd is pleased to have support from the Province to work on a housing needs study,” said Allen Courtoreille, mayor of Chetwynd. “As a resource community, Chetwynd faces unique housing challenges due to shifting demographics, and this is an important first step to help make sure that our young people, families and seniors have the homes they need.” According to the Province, the reports will assess key housing needs, including the need for affordable housing, rental housing and homes for seniors, people with special needs, families and people at risk of homelessness. Most of the data required by local governments, such as demographics and household income levels, will be available on a single provincial website at no cost.“Empowering communities to develop housing solutions that work for them is a key part of our government’s affordable housing strategy,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Housing needs reports will provide the information that local governments, along with the Province, need to make sure that we are all creating the right kind of homes for people living in communities throughout B.C.”The new requirements were developed in consultation with an advisory group, including representatives from the Union of B.C. Municipalities, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, BC Stats, BC Housing, the Planning Institute of BC, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and local governments.“Effective housing policy needs a high level of collaboration and co-operation between the various levels of governments,” said Arjun Singh, president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM). “Local governments around the province have been undertaking their own housing need studies. The new provincial requirement will increase the data available and improve its consistency among communities. UBCM is pleased to administer funding for this initiative.”Once complete, all reports will be presented to a local government council or board. The reports will also be publicly available online to anyone seeking to better understand local housing needs.The intake for the first round of funding is now open and successful local governments will be notified in summer 2019.last_img read more

Jewellers bat for standardisation in hallmarking of gold

first_imgKolkata: Major jewellers in the country have appealed to the government for standardisation in hallmarking of gold, contending that multiple measures of purity involved in the process was creating confusion in the industry. The All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) has urged the consumer affairs ministry for standardisation in hallmarking purity across the country. Vice-chairman of GJC, Shaankar Sen, said that various forms of purity like 14, 18 and 22 carats are being used for the hallmarking process. Citing an example, Sen said that for gold bars and coins, the purity required for hallmarking is 20 and 24 carats, respectively. This, he said, was creating confusion in the jewellery industry, necessitating standardisation. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalChairman of GJC, Anantha Padmanabhan, said when the the model code of conduct is in force, there is a need for a standard operating procedure (SOP) regarding the seizure of gold in transit, based on valid documents. “We will meet the chief election commissioner and discuss the matter,” he told reporters here on Saturday. He also said the annual turnover of the gem and jewellery industry is around Rs 4 lakh crore, which is expected to double in the next couple of years. The GJC also launched a sensitisation programme – ‘Labham’ – for jewellers, providing information on regulatory compliance and best business practices.last_img read more

Youth Unlimited hosting charity concert

Cold Creek County and The Small Town Girls will be performing to create awareness and raise money for Youth Unlimited Norfolk.The June 27 charity concert will be held at The Aud in Simcoe. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.“We are so excited about this,” Dan Avey, who is the satellite director of YFC/Youth Unlimited-Norfolk County, said in a press release. “To have a band like Cold Creek County here is huge. We couldn’t thank them enough for coming here and helping out with such a great cause.”YFC/Youth Unlimited-Norfolk County is a place where the area’s youth can go and be part of a community. Avey said a program like this is vital to the community.“The youth are our future,” Avey said. “Helping them out now is so important. The programming we do really does make a difference in the community. And having an event like this will go a long way.”Cold Creek County are known for their entertaining live show. They are also heavy hitters in the Canadian country scene, boasting a Juno nomination, multiple Canadian Country Music Award nominations, including group of the year. They have also won group of the year multiple years in a row at the Ontario Country Music Awards.They have several top 20 hits across Canada, including “Our Town,” “Till the Wheels Come Off,” “Beer Weather,” “Homemade,” “Money,” and their newest release “Gold.”The group’s members are Doug Oliver, Josh Lester, Trevor MacLeod, Justin Lester, and Jordan Honsinger. They were founded in Brighton, Ontario, in 2013 and signed to Sony Music Canada in 2014.Opening for Cold Creek County are local favourites, The Small Town Girls.The band consists of identical twins Haley and Hannah VanMaele, along with Cassie VanMaele, and Jillian VanDaalen.The Small Town Girls have won numerous awards, including the 2018 edition of Norfolk Has Talent.“We’re so happy that The Small Town Girls are part of this event,” Avey said. “They are great kids and great examples of how youth can reach their potential.”Tickets are for sale online and you can go to to get the link. read more

Mongolia Lethal livestock plague now hitting endangered antelope warns UN agency

A news release from FAO said that some 900 Saiga antelopes (Saiga tatarica mongolica), almost 10 percent of the sub-species’ population, have been found dead in Mongolia’s western province of Khovd. Samples taken from carcasses indicated the animals were positive for Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), a highly fatal viral disease with plague-like impact on domestic sheep and goat herds, killing up to 90 percent of infected animals.While wildlife have long been considered potentially vulnerable, relatively few actual cases of PPR infection have been documented in free ranging wild goat-like species and never in free-ranging antelope.FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are leading a multinational effort to eradicate PPR, which can have devastating food-security and economic impacts, by 2030. Eighty percent of the world’s estimated 2.1 billion small ruminants live in affected regions and constitute an important asset for a third of poor rural households. PPR, first identified in Côte d’Ivoire in the 1940s, is now threatening over 75 countries.Saiga in Mongolia are not truly migratory but are certainly nomadic with an extensive range of about 130,000 square kilometers with seasonal movements in autumn for breeding and early spring for calving. The species, was once widely spread across the Eurasian steppes, is classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The dead are highly suggestive of a spillover event from domestic animals with which they share common grazing areas, especially in winter when foraging ranges are fewer. Efforts are ongoing to investigate the situation on the ground, geared in particular to investigating possible other causes, such as the bacterial infection (Pasteurella multocida) that is now suspected to have been the cause of death of hundreds of thousands of Saiga in Kazakhstan in 2015. read more

Shermans return to Seattle mostly uneventful in 49ers loss

SEATTLE — For most of the past 10 years, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin were inseparable. College teammates at Stanford. Pros together in Seattle.The first time facing each other as opponents in the pros was going to be noteworthy, no matter how much Sherman tried to downplay the significance before and after.“It was just a regular game. It’s just unfortunate we couldn’t have played as well as we could have. Had too many turnovers, gave up too many plays. That’s football and that’s the way things have gone this season,” Sherman said.The subplot to Sunday’s 43-16 win by the Seattle Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers was the return of Sherman to the city where he went from an overlooked fifth-round draft pick into becoming one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL and a Super Bowl champion. He was a beloved star in Seattle, whose career with the Seahawks abruptly ended last March when he was released coming off an Achilles injury that ended his 2017 season early. He left Seattle, found a new home in San Francisco and knew doing so would mean twice a year seeing his former team.The first reunion was going to be the most awkward, but for the most part it went smoothly. Sherman tried to disassociate himself from the hype surrounding the game, while his former teammates — especially Baldwin — spoke emotionally about missing their friend and now opponent.Bobby Wagner seemed to be the only one that wanted to have a little fun with the situation, saying he was looking for Sherman on the sideline during his 98-yard interception return in the fourth quarter which led to a little trash talking postgame.“He was just telling me that I was slow. I was telling him if I’m slow then what does that say about his team? We were just talking trash,” Wagner said. “That’s my brother, it was an amazing time for us to play with each other and to see him on the opposite side in the other jersey — that he looks ugly in — was cool.”Sherman went through his normal pregame routine that included finding Baldwin and briefly throwing a ball back and forth as they did in Seattle. He spent several minutes talking with Baldwin while also giving a quick handshake and hug to Russell Wilson and speaking with several other Seahawks players and staff.When the game started, it was mostly a quiet day for the cornerback. Seattle didn’t throw much and the first time Wilson threw his way was the third quarter when Baldwin slipped free from Sherman’s tackle attempt for a 21-yard gain. He also saw Jaron Brown break free from coverage for an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of hand.Afterward, he made certain to exchange jerseys with Baldwin on the field.“I’m not that emotional of a person when it comes to stuff like that,” Sherman said. “We’re obviously good friends and obviously we don’t see each other during the season. We’re going to see each other during the off-season. So it was good seeing him, good seeing his face and get to have a conversation.”Sherman said he wasn’t paying attention when Seattle’s wide receivers recreated his famous tip play from the 2013 NFC championship game when he deflected an end zone pass by Colin Kaepernick late in the fourth quarter into the arms of Malcolm Smith. The recreation was part of Seattle’s ongoing touchdown celebrations by its wide receivers and was the one Baldwin specifically wanted to do. It just happened to come in the same end zone as the original play — just this time with Baldwin in the role of Sherman in the reenactment.“He didn’t even know. I wanted it to be a surprise,” Baldwin said. “He knows it’s a tribute and he knows how the guys on this side of the ball feel. He knows how much we love him and how much we miss him.”___More AP NFL: and Booth, The Associated Press read more

EGA and Arkan to test aluminium byproduct in cement plant improving environmental

first_imgGlobally the aluminium industry produces over 1 Mt of spent pot lining every year according to industry experts, much of which is kept in indefinite storage. This agreement is a further step for EGA towards re-using all spent pot lining in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, and Arkan, a leading building materials company, have agreed to test the use of a byproduct of aluminium smelting in Arkan’s cement plant in Al Ain, improving the environmental performance of both companies.Spent pot lining is the used inner lining of aluminium smelting pots, which is worn out and replaced every four to five years. Outside the UAE, some spent pot lining is sent to landfill.EGA will provide spent pot lining to Arkan to jointly test whether it is suitable for use as feedstock for Arkan’s cement plant. This will not only reduce storage in the UAE, but it is also expected to reduce Arkan’s energy needs and requirement for quarried rock.EGA has supplied spent pot lining to other UAE cement plants since 2010 for use as a feedstock.In 2016, over 37,000 t of EGA’s spent pot lining was used in the UAE cement industry, more than EGA’s average annual production. EGA aims to re-use all its spent pot lining in the UAE, and is safely storing excess spent pot lining already produced for eventual economic use.Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “Many in the aluminium industry see spent pot lining as a problem, but we see it as an economic and environmental opportunity. Using spent pot lining in cement manufacturing is a win-win for both industries and for the country, and contributes to achievement of the economic diversification vision of the UAE.”Abdulaziz Asad, Chief Operating Officer of Arkan, said: “EGA’s spent pot lining should reduce both our costs and energy needs, delivering business value and improving our environmental performance. This project is in line with our strategy of exploring alternative fuels and feedstocks and we look forward to success in the tests.”Spent pot lining consists of carbon which burns in a cement kiln and reduces the requirements for other fuel, and refractory materials which survive the firing process and become part of the finished cement.Arkan has operated a new cement plant in Al Ain since 2014.last_img read more

Merry Christmas Enjoy these hilarious Tron and Star Wars holiday specials

first_imgMerry Christmas, geeks! There’s no shortage of nerdy ways for you to kick back this Christmas Eve, whether that’s with an 8-bit Christmas soundtrack, a Santa-themed game of Angry Birds or just kicking back watching any one of the Futurama episodes featuring Santa Bot.Just in case none of those get you jolly, though, we’ve stumbled upon two great parodies of that execrable sci-fi holiday classic, the Star Wars Holiday Special.The first: 1982’s long-lost classic, the Tron Holiday Classic, featuring such celebrities as Vicki Lawrence, Burt Reynolds, Jefferson Starship and Dom DeLuise, racing their lightcycles through the world of Tron in order to save Cyber-Christmas once and for all. AdChoices广告Next is a slightly better take on the concept of a Star Wars Christmas Special, than whatever the heck was going on with “Wookiee Life Day,” accomplished by using footage from the original film, dubbing it over with new Christmas music and dialogue and going nuts with some Yuletide iMovie effects. We won’t say it’s perfect, but we’ve got to admit, we laughed when Vader found the Imperial Commander’s lack of Christmas Cheer… disturbing.Merry Christmas!last_img read more

Golfe du Mexique une vaste zone rouverte à la pêche à la

first_imgGolfe du Mexique : une vaste zone rouverte à la pêche à la crevetteFermée fin novembre après la découverte de boulettes de goudron dans les filets d’un pêcheur, une grande zone a été réouverte à la pêche à la crevette dans le Golfe du Mexique.La crevette rouge royale peut à nouveau être pêchée dans cette zone de quelque 10.000 kilomètres carrés au large des côtes de Louisiane, du Mississippi et de l’Alabama. Celle-ci avait été fermée le 24 novembre dernier par l’Agence océanique et atmosphérique américaine (NOAA) après qu’un pêcheur y a découvert des boulettes de goudron.Si les analyses n’ont pas permis de déterminer si oui ou non ces boulettes provenaient de la marée noire engendrée en avril dernier par l’explosion de la plateforme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon, “des tests approfondis sur les crevettes rouges royales et les autres poissons et fruits de mer de la zone révèlent qu’ils sont sans danger pour la consommation”, a assuré Roy Crabtree, un responsable de la NOAA, cité par La pêche commerciale et de loisir a donc été réouverte.Le 3 février 2011 à 17:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Aulas Fekir has until January 1 to decide Lyon future

first_imgLyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed reports that Nabil Fekir has until the New Year to decide whether or not he wishes to continue at the clubThe French forward was close to sealing a summer move to Liverpool before his medical results caused the deal to collapse.Fekir remained at Lyon after winning the World Cup with France, but that has not stopped him from being linked with moves to the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich.Reports in the French media this week stated that Lyon would be holding a meeting with Fekir to discuss his future with just 18 months left on his contract.Now Aulas has confirmed the rumours and stated he wants a clear answer as to whether Fekir will commit his future to Lyon.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“For the moment, we haven’t really got into a real discussion, even though we met three weeks ago,” said Aulas, according to Sports Mole.“The sorting out of certain things regarding the question of his agent is underway.“The aim is to have a clear and precise position from him between now and the end of the year. Jean-Pierre Bernes is still his agent, but he might not be between now and the end of his contract.”Fekir has managed four goals and four assists in 14 appearances this season for Lyon, who lost 2-0 at home to Rennes on Wednesday.last_img read more

VIDEO WCTV Interviews WHS Spring Sports Captains

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television recently caught up with the captains of each WHS Spring Varsity Sports Team.  The captains provided their outlook on the upcoming season. Watch the interviews below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”Benoit, Hill, Mastrorilli, Packer, Palmer, Stokes, & WCTV Honored At WHS Senior Athletic Banquet (with VIDEO)In “Sports”last_img read more