Naomi Osaka wins but takes tough road at French Open

first_imgView comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Also Thursday, Serena Williams will be back on Court Philippe Chatrier against Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara.In men’s action, top-ranked Novak Djokovic faces 104th-ranked Henri Laaksonen, a “lucky loser” who only entered the draw when another player pulled out.Earlier, Dominic Thiem overcame some trickery from Kazakh opponent Alexander Bublik to advance to the third round with a 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5 victory.Bublik surprised Thiem with an underhand serve in the first set and frustrated the Austrian with a series of drop shots, spins and volleys. But last year’s finalist at Roland Garros recovered from a break of serve in the fourth set and then gave Bublik a taste of his own medicine on his first match point, producing a well-disguised — and successful — drop shot.Thiem will next face Pablo Cuevas, another master of trick shots. Cuevas was leading 7-6 (3), 6-3, 2-1 when Kyle Edmund retired from their match because of a left knee injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Japan’s Naomi Osaka plays a shot against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)PARIS — Naomi Osaka is grinding her way through the French Open the hard way.To cling onto her quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title, the top-ranked Osaka has twice had to rally from first-set woes.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Broken by a backhand volley at the net from Azarenka in the fifth game of the second set, Osaka seemed to be in deep trouble. But, as she did in beating first-round opponent Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Osaka again proved her resilience.The eighth game of the second set was pivotal. After saving two break points, Azarenka doubled-faulted. Osaka leveled at 4-4 and the momentum started to shift. It was the seventh break point Azarenka had faced in the set, and the first she had failed to save.But Azarenka still saved three set points before Osaka finally leveled the match with a backhand cross-court winner.The third set was packed with drama, too, with Osaka finally taming Azarenka with her third match point, when her combative opponent hit long.Osaka will next play Katerina Siniakova, ranked No. 42, in the third round.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img WATCH: Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their picks of NBA champs Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The latest opponent was former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, beaten 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round Thursday in a match with superb shot-making.The U.S Open and Australian Open champion from Japan, who surprisingly lost a set 6-0 in the first round, again started poorly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAzarenka, now ranked No. 43 and without a major title since winning the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, raced to a 4-0 lead on Court Suzanne Lenglen and kept Osaka under constant pressure.Osaka considered herself unfortunate to be drawn against Azarenka and the powerful, accurate tennis produced by the 29-year-old Belarusian playing in her 12th French Open showed why.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova showed courage, says Serena Williams

first_imgSerena Williams, the top-ranked player in women’s tennis, said on Tuesday she was shocked to hear her friend and fellow tennis star Maria Sharapova had failed a drug test, but she commended Sharapova for showing courage in taking responsibility.”As Maria said, she’s ready to take full responsibility and I think that showed a lot of courage and a lot of heart,” Williams told reporters at a briefing ahead of a match she will play on Tuesday night in New York. (Maria Sharapova fails drug test, Porsche, Nike, Tag Heuer suspend sponsorship)American tennis legend Martina Navratilova also backed the tainted Russian tennis star asking the critics to hold their horses on the drug test issue.However, former World No 1 Jennifer Capriati was less charitable. “I’m extremely angry and disappointed. I had to lose my career and never opted to cheat no matter what.i had to throw in the towel and suffer,” she said.”I didn’t have the high priced team of DRS that found a way for me to cheat and get around the system and wait for science to catch up,” she tweeted.The Russian tennis player also lost a lot of sponsors after the news broke out on Monday.Sportswear giant Nike, Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer and German luxury car company Porsche moved quickly to distance themselves from the five-time Grand Slam winner.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Kolkata to host FIFA Council Meeting ahead of U-17 WC final

first_imgKolkata, Aug 31 (PTI) The city will host a three-day FIFA Council meeting ahead of the summit clash of the Under-17 World Cup on October 28, the All India Football Federation President Praful Patel said today. Patel, who called on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said the meeting of the FIFA Council, the main decision-making body of the world football governing body apart from the Congress, will be held from October 26-28. The Council consists of 37 members: the president, eight vice-presidents and 28 other members. With FIFA giving high “importance” to India, Patel said that the AIFFs bid to host the U-20 World Cup in 2019 has also got a big fillip. “The full FIFA Council will be here. This is a big achievement after hosting the World Cup. This shows the level of importance the FIFA is giving to India,” Patel told reporters at Nabanna after his meeting with Mamata. The meeting also discussed about setting up of a national training centre in Kolkata, which will be given a special status being the “home” of Indian football. “We are hoping that the U-20 World Cup can also be hosted in India. I am very happy that the West Bengal government is extending full support. I am sure that the U-17 World Cup and the final will be a huge success,” Patel said. On giving Kolkata a special status, Patel said: “The AIFF will recommend that Kolkata shall be given special treatment. Kolkata is the home for football in India, a place where people are passionate about the sport. Obviously we will like to see that Kolkata is high on the map of Indian football. “In the coming days, we are hoping to set up a national training centre of football and that is what was one of the discussion with the CM today. She has agreed to extend full support. This is only a preliminary discussion.” The gigantic Salt Lake Stadium now sports a new look and Patel is excited. “The entire facility has come up beyond our expectation. FIFA is also very happy. Today we have discussed other arrangements for the World Cup and I am very happy with the meeting. “West Bengal government is extending full support. I thank the Chief Minister and the sports minister and other officials. Everything is on track,” said the AIFF chief. There may not be any inauguration ceremony in New Delhi on October 6 but there will be some events during the prize distribution at the Salt Lake Stadium, Patel said after his meeting with Mamata and sports minister Arup Biswas. The AIFF president also visited the Salt Lake Stadium that will host 10 matches including the all-important final. “I congratulate the Chief Minister of West Bengal — Mamata Banerjee for her continued support and the incredible amount of work that has been put in for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. “It would not be unfair to say that the honourable CM, Sports Minister Arup Biswas and their entire team have managed to completely renovate this facility and make it truly world- class. Come this October, the grandeur and passion that the city has for the beautiful game will be on exhibit globally, Patel said. PTI SCH PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Panthers Outlast Giants, 38-35

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After one of the strangest and nastiest games this NFL season, Cam Newton had an odd feeling.His Carolina Panthers had just shrugged off a record-tying Giants comeback to remain perfect with a wild 38-35 victory on Dec. 20.Newton, who threw for five touchdowns to further state his case for NFL Most Valuable Player honors, wasn’t quite sure what he’d just been through.“It was kind of a weird feeling in that locker room, and I’m still feeling kind of weird, but not enough to (not) celebrate,” said Newton, who also rushed for 100 yards. “We’re just trying to find a way to get victories.”New York tied the score after trailing by 28 points in the third quarter, but the Panthers got to 14-0 on Graham Gano’s 43-yard field goal as time expired.It was Carolina’s 18th straight regular-season victory. Newton has thrown for 19 touchdowns in the last five games and a career-best 33 in this so-far special season.It looked oh so easy when NFC South champion Carolina led 35-7 with 5:32 left in the third quarter. Then the Giants (6-8) matched San Francisco’s 28-point rally — from the same score — against New Orleans in 1980.One big difference: The 49ers won that game in overtime. The Giants trail Washington by one game in the NFC East, and have lost in the final minutes six times.Carolina hasn’t lost at all, of course.Carolina visits Atlanta and hosts Tampa Bay to finish the schedule. All three previous NFL teams to reach 14-0 — Miami in 1972, New England in 2007 and Indianapolis in 2009 — made the Super Bowl. Only the Dolphins won the championship, though.The 18 straight wins match the third-longest string in NFL history.“These last two games are division opponents, and we’ll be in a hostile environment in Atlanta,” Newton added. “And we’ve got a tricky week with Christmas. We just have to find a way to keep moving ahead and make sure we stay on the side of the pendulum.”The Giants tied it when Odell Beckham Jr., involved in a game-long helmet-smacking, shoving and jawing session with cornerback Josh Norman, got behind Norman for a 14-yard touchdown catch with 1:46 to go.Beckham had lost his cool several times as Norman was getting the best of him in their high-profile matchup. But he got free for a 40-yard catch and run that led to the tying TD.Then Newton calmly guided the Panthers 49 yards to the winning kick.“To go out there and just let them drive down the field is just mind-boggling,” said cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter.Play ranged from chippy to vicious, particularly as the Panthers banged Beckham around. He gave back, too, especially during one sequence when Norman crashed into him and Beckham wrestled Norman to the ground.Three times, a frustrated Beckham was penalized for roughness. Norman also drew a flag for hitting Beckham in the helmet. And after his tying score, Beckham appeared to taunt Norman before he ran to midfield in celebration.“He’s got the maturity of a little kid,” Norman said.“You got two bulls going at it in a physical sport, a field full of alpha males, they’re not going to be playing patty-cake, patty-cake,” Newton added.Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he considered sitting Beckham for some plays, but didn’t.“He did lose his composure,” Coughlin said of Beckham. “I think throughout the course of the game he regained it. I won’t try to speak for him.”Beckham tried to explain his actions.“You are a competitor. I’m a competitor. We are always going to go at it,” he said. “Anybody who has played sports — you are competitive and you are going to go as hard as you can.”NFL spokesman Michael Signora said: “The disqualification of a player is a judgment made by the on-field officials. The actions of the players involved in unsportsmanlike conduct will be reviewed as per the standard protocol that is followed in all situations of this type throughout the season.”Meanwhile, Newton was staying calm.He showed off his sprinting skills, and his toughness, on a 47-yard gain to set up Carolina’s first touchdown. The quarterback surged away from pursuers, then was slammed as he stepped out of bounds by rookie safety Landon Collins — Alabama hitting Auburn — for a late-hit penalty that began all maliciousness.Ted Ginn Jr. caught a 3-yarder to make it 7-0. He added a 14-yard TD catch in the third quarter.Newton also took a helmet to the right shoulder when passing in the second period and came to the sideline in obvious pain. But he was back on the field moments later after Rashad Jennings’ fumble was forced and recovered by Charles Tillman. Newton was celebrating in the end zone again after Greg Olsen’s 37-yard reception three plays later.It was Carolina’s league-leading 34th takeaway; the Panthers have 124 points off turnovers.Newton also had TD throws of 14 yards to Devin Funchess and 20 to Corey Brown to make it 35-7.Back came the Giants. Will Tye caught an 8-yard TD pass and Jennings sped 38 yards to make it 35-21. Shane Vereen’s 8-yard reception brought New York within seven.Earlier, Eli Manning found Rueben Randle uncovered down the left sideline for a 27-yard touchdown.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumph

first_imgVirat Kohli and Team India registered their first-ever victory over Australia in a Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as they won by 137 runs on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. With the win, India have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the trophy on Australian soil.Throughout the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, there was great support for both teams as people made it to the stadium in the window between Christmas and New Year. Cheers, dhols, chants and boos – the Boxing Day Test saw fans do everything they could from the stands.After the end of the match, Kohli led his Indian team around the ground, applauding the fans for their presence and immense support. The three star pacers — Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma — were also seen interacting with the fans while returning to the tunnel.Boxing Day Tests have a very rich history in Australia and the sheer enormity of the MCG, more often than not, intimidates oppositions. The Test, which starts a day after Christmas, sees a huge cricket-crazy crowd at the MCG on the first day and that was the day when India stamped their authority of the Test.advertisementIndia vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: REPORT | DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDPeople wondered if the inexperienced in the Indian team will get overwhelmed by the massive occasion of the Boxing Day Test but debutant Mayank Agarwal and first-time opener for India Hanuma Vihari showed extreme maturity up top to give India a brilliant start.When it came to bowling, Jasprit Bumrah shone bright and how in just his debut year in Test cricket and ripped through the Australian batting line-up in the first innings.All the Boxing Day Tests that India have lost came in big margins but in 2018, the tables were turned and India dominated the home team throughout the massive Test in Melbourne.Both India’s batsmen (despite the second innings collapse) and bowlers completely outplayed the Australian batsmen even though Pat Cummins came up with a brilliant performance with the ball for Australia.Big names in India’s cricketing history like Kapil Dev, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and MS Dhoni did not achieve as captain what Virat Kohli achieved on Sunday — a Boxing Day Test victory over Australia.Kohli, Mayank and Cheteshwar Pujara shone with the bat and Rishabh Pant came up with an important 33 in the second innings while India’s pace battery — Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami — along with Ravindra Jadeja set up the big Test match win for India.Also Read | Virat Kohli gives away his pads to young fan at MCG after Boxing Day Test winAlso Read | Virat Kohli shares dressing room photos after crushing AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli equals Sourav Ganguly’s record of most overseas Test wins as India captainAlso Read | Devastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t meant to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’KeeffeAlso Read | India in Boxing Day Tests in Australia: 5 losses, 2 draws and finally a win! A recaplast_img read more

Community Renewal Project to Roll Out Between November and January

first_imgStory Highlights The CRP is designed to address living conditions in communities island-wide Slated to be undertaken between November 2013 and January 2014 Phase one of the programme will entail Majesty Gardens, St. Andrew The phased roll out of the Community Renewal Programme (CRP), being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), is slated to be undertaken between November 2013 and January 2014.Director General of the PIOJ, Colin Bullock, who made the disclosure during the agency’s quarterly media briefing on Tuesday, August 27, said phase one of the programme will entail Majesty Gardens, St. Andrew, where the initiative is being undertaken as a pilot, and 18 other Corporate Area communities in the downtown Kingston developmental area.The CRP is a multifaceted programme, financed by the Government of Jamaica and international development partners, designed to address living conditions in communities island-wide, deemed the most socially problematic.It addresses community empowerment, housing, sanitation and waste disposal, economic opportunity, recreation, dispute resolution, crime, among other things.Mr. Bullock said the Majesty Gardens pilot is being used as the framework for designing model programmes to be undertaken in the other communities.These include: baseline studies being developed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) for phase one, slated for completion in January 2014; on-going work to design community level interventions, earmarked for completion by September 30; and implementation of new programmes to be undertaken through the partial roll-out of phase one.The programme is a key component of the Government’s growth agenda for Jamaica, a detailed update of which is available on the PIOJ’s website at:  www.pioj.gov.jm. “The generation of stronger economic growth is dependent, not only on successful policy implementation by Government, but also on active participation by a reinvigorated private sector, labour movement, non-government organizations and active community participation,” Mr. Bullock said.He stated that the recent signing of a social partnership agreement “creates a basis for a productive sharing of the burden of adjustment, the effort to enhance productivity and the distribution of benefits. We can only solve our problems if we move in step with each other.”last_img read more

Edmonton police say they are investigating officer attack chase as terrorism

first_imgEDMONTON – Edmonton police say an attack on an officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase of a cube van that left four people injured are being investigated as acts of terrorism.Chief Rod Knecht said officers have one man in custody and they think he acted alone, but they aren’t ruling out that others are involved.“It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related,” Knecht told an early morning news conference. “It was determined that these incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism.”Knecht said Edmonton police are working with the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, and other Canadian security agencies.“We currently believe that this individual acted alone,” he said. “The investigation is in its very early stages and we are urging Edmontonians to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.”The chaos began outside the Edmonton Eskimos football game at Commonwealth Stadium when police say a white car rammed a traffic control barricade and sent an officer flying into the air.Knecht said the driver of the vehicle then got out and attacked the officer with a knife before fleeing.The officer was taken to hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries while a manhunt was launched.Knecht said an Islamic State flag was found in the front seat of the car and seized as evidence.A few hours later, a U-Haul cube van was stopped at an impaired driving checkstop north of downtown. Knecht said the name of the driver was close to the name of the registered owner of the car that hit the officer.He said the U-Haul then sped off toward downtown with police in pursuit.Police say the U-Haul intentionally swerved at pedestrians in crosswalks. Four people were injured by the van, however, the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.The van eventually rolled near a downtown hotel and a suspect was arrested.Knecht said the man was known to police, but did not release his name.last_img read more

CASTING CALL MARY POPPINS – The Lower Ossington Theatre

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook The Lower Ossington Theatre is remounting their highly successful, award-winning production of Mary Poppins. Casting all ADULT roles and ensembleMARY POPPINSBook by Julian FellowesOriginal Music and Lyricsby Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. ShermanNew Songs and Additional Music and Lyricsby George Stiles and Anthony DreweThe Lower Ossington Theatre is remounting their highly successful, award winning production of Mary Poppins. Casting all ADULT roles and ensemble. Some performers will be expected to play multiple roles. We are seeking strong actor-singer-dancers. (Tap for some roles is a plus). The LOT values gender equity and cultural diversity in all of our practices. We encourage submissions from all performers interested in being involved with this production. AUDITION DATES: July 27th 2016 and Callbacks on July 29th 2016IMPORTANT DATESRehearsals begin from the 15th of August and continue on a regular basis throughout August and September of 2016. Tech begins the 21st of September of 2016.Show runs from from October 1st to November 20th of 2016 (With Possible Extension)Thursday thru Sunday weekly with multiple show times on Saturday.Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, this is the story of the Banks family and how their lives change when nanny Mary Poppins arrives at their home at 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London.Please submit a headshot and resume to lotheatreauditions@gmail.comOnly those who receive an email with an audition time will be seen. Preparation requirements include 32 bars of two contrasting songs from which we will choose one for you to perform and one short lighthearted contemporary monologue. There will be an accompanist provided. Please bring sheet music, thank you.For more information: http://lowerossingtontheatre.com/ LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Manitoba First Nations organization puts four senior officials on paid leave during

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Manitoba First Nations organization has put four senior officials on paid leave while an audit and internal review unfold within the organization, APTN National News has learned.Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, which represents about 30 northern First Nation communities in Manitoba, recently put their executive director and his executive assistant on administrative leave with pay. The two officials were put on leave on a recommendation from an outside firm hired to do the audit and internal review.MKO’s executive council then recommended the organization’s senior advisor and corporate counsel along with its natural resource secretariat research director also be put on paid administrative leave.In a statement to APTN National News, MKO said that the decision to put the four officials on leave was “non-disciplinary.”MKO hired PKBW Group to do the audit and review following the resignation of the organization’s chief financial officer and the completion of a draft audit by the finance department. The draft audit was presented to MKO’s chiefs during their annual general meeting last month.“All four staff will be participating in an internal review process and MKO anticipates the internal review will identify and strengthen internal processes and protocols for the organization,” said MKO in the statement.last_img read more

Oilpatch wants flexibility on coming methane cuts says jobs at risk otherwise

EDMONTON — Thousands of jobs in the oil patch are at risk if governments try to impose the wrong approach to cutting back a highly potent greenhouse gas, says an industry lobby group.“Let’s take the best opportunities as opposed to being very prescriptive,” Tim McMillan, head of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said Monday.The federal and Alberta governments, with industry support, have announced plans to reduce emissions of methane by up to 45 per cent by 2025.Methane is a greenhouse gas considered about 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Reducing emissions by sealing off leaks and other releases during energy extraction is considered to be one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.While the province is still considering its approach, Ottawa released draft regulations in the spring.Environment Canada says its rules would cost about $3.3 billion over 18 years, offset by $1.6 billion in recovered and saleable gas.But in slides prepared for a meeting with Environment Canada and released to Greenpeace under freedom-of-information legislation, industry pegs the tab at $4.1 billion over eight years.Energy producers want to reduce that difference through flexibility, said McMillan.Inspections of wells and other facilities should be focused on sites that are likely to yield the highest reductions, he said.“A blunt instrument would say that all sites, no matter high risk, low risk, big, small, would need to get inspected three times a year.”But companies should be allowed to focus on “high-risk, high-consequence” sites and inspect others as little as once annually, he said.The slides suggest industry’s plan could achieve 70 per cent of the reductions at one-third the cost. It would, however, cut about two fewer megatonnes of methane.Industry also wants to be able to average out reductions over the entire industry. McMillan argues that for some processes, such as ones used for heavy oil in Alberta, methane reduction is harder.“The technology doesn’t exist to have the same reduction ability as it does in other parts of the province. We can have a geographic challenge or opportunity where we can maybe invest more heavily for the bigger prize.”Recent research suggests heavy oil sites emit 50 per cent more methane than what industry estimates. McMillan said that research isn’t conclusive.Keith Stewart, climate campaigner with Greenpeace, suggested industry is inflating the costs of the government’s proposed approach.“The provincial government needs to reject the oil lobby’s request to set their own rules on when and how they inspect their facilities. We need clear, well-enforced rules on methane because a so-called flexible approach hasn’t worked.”The petroleum producers say their approach would cost the industry as little as $700 million over eight years.In a release, they say it would also lead to $710 million reinvested in Alberta and “prevent the cumulative loss of nearly 7,000 jobs.”Both industry and government may be underestimating the cost of methane reduction. The same paper that concluded heavy oil sites were releasing more methane that previously thought concluded Alberta would have to cut almost twice as much of the gas as it planned to meet the 45 per cent target.Industry still believes the goal is reachable, said McMillan.“We’ve been investing in methane reduction and seeing real gains. I’m quite confident we have a grasp on what the opportunities and the costs of those opportunities are.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more

Sri Lanka asserts Chinese presence purely economic

The Sri Lankan Navy chief is on an official visit to India from January 29 to February 2. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Sri Lanka as well as explore new avenues for naval cooperation. Speaking to the media in India, he asserted that Chinese presence in Sri Lanka was purely for economic reasons.“We have also invited Indian firms,” he said. The Government has asserted that the Chinese presence in Sri Lanka is purely for economic reasons.Sri Lanka assured India that neither will its land nor water around it be used for any activity against Indian interests, amid increased Chinese naval forays into the Indian Ocean, the Press Trust of India reported. “We assure the Indian government that nothing against India will happen in Sri Lankan land and waters around it,” Sri Lankan Navy chief Vice Admiral R C Wijegunaratne said when asked about the docking of Chinese submarines in Sri Lanka. Wijegunaratne said security at the Colombo Port City (renamed Financial City) would be entrusted to the Sri Lankan Navy and not the Chinese as is being speculated.He also hoped that training of Lankan defence personnel at the Defence Service Staff College at Wellington in Tamil Nadu will restart. (Colombo Gazette) read more

BC to allow homeowner groups to fine defiant shortterm rental hosts 1000

VANCOUVER — Homeowners groups in British Columbia will soon be able to fine owners or residents up to $1,000 a day for defying the corporation’s bylaws on short-term rentals.The B.C. government says the regulations for the so-called strata corporations will be changed as of Nov. 30 to help the associations address short-term rentals, such as those arranged through Airbnb and other vacation websites.Housing Minister Selina Robinson says in a news release that it’s common to hear stories of long-term renters losing their homes when units are pulled out of the market to be used as short-term rentals.You might have to pay tax on that — How Uber, Airbnb and Bitcoin could affect your returnVancouver’s hot housing market just got tougher for wealthy ChineseB.C. readies housing affordability plan amid skyrocketing home prices and soaring rentsRobinson says her government is supporting strata corporations to deal with the noise and security issues that can sometimes come with short-term rentals, and also preserve rentals for the long term.Strata corporations can pass bylaws that restrict or ban short-term rentals and fine owners or residents who aren’t complying, but the maximum fine is currently $200 a week.Nearly 1.5 million people in B.C. live in strata housing, where the governing corporation is made up of the owners in the housing complex.“Short-term rentals are a huge concern to strata corporations,” says Sandy Wagner, president of the board of directors of the Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association, in the release.“The wear and tear on the common property, as well as the security concerns caused by a steady stream of unknown occupants are just a few of the reasons why (the association), on behalf of our members, is pleased to support the proposed amendments … which will permit strata corporations to assess fines at a real deterrent level.”Airbnb spokeswoman Lindsey Scully says in a statement that when hosts sign up on the website, they must certify that they will comply with local rules before they list their space. The site also has a hosting responsibilities page that reminds people to check their local laws and regulations and includes additional information and resources, she says.“The overwhelming majority of Airbnb hosts and guests are good neighbours and respectful travellers,” she says. “We want to do everything we can to help our community members be good neighbours in places they call home.” read more

Writing the book on innovations in teaching

As more than 100 countries prepare to celebrate World Teacher’s Day Monday, a new collection on innovative education practices, International Perspectives on English Language Teacher Education: Innovations from the Field, offers some valuable perspectives on English Language teaching and teacher training.The theme for World Teacher’s Day this year—“empowering teachers, building sustainable societies”— resonates with the editor of the collection, Thomas Farrell, a professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Brock University.For Farrell, empowering teachers has been a lifelong mission, stretching back to his own experiences as an ESL teacher in the 1970s. He went on to train ESL teachers in Korea and Singapore before coming to Brock 12 years ago.Sustainability, a key issue in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) training, is also central to Farrell’s research. In spite of the high demand for English language teachers around the world, roughly 50 per cent of novice TESOL teachers leave the profession within three to five years. Farrell believes that attrition rates can be reduced or even eliminated if the innovations outlined in this collection are adopted or adapted by other educators who want to help prepare ESL teachers for the reality of what they will face in their classrooms.Thomas FarrellMany of the innovations centre around collaboration and reflective practice. Farrell, whose ongoing research on reflective practice and novice ESL teacher experience is currently funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, was not surprised to see this theme emerge.“Teacher educators from Canada to New Zealand to Singapore to Australia to South Africa saw the need to encourage and promote reflective practice for ESL teachers,” Farrell points out. “Teachers can become more empowered by engaging in reflective practice to examine their philosophy, beliefs, values, theories, principles and classroom practices so that they can become and remain effective teachers.”International Perspectives on English Language Teacher Education: Innovations from the Field was published by Palgrave Macmillan in June of 2015. read more

Private schools told to let local primaries use their swimming pools

Headteachers should also encourage a “culture of healthy competition”, Damian Hinds said Private schools have been told to open up their swimming pools to local primaries as part of a new Government plan to boost swimming lessons.It comes amid concern about levels of child obesity, with more than 22,000  dangerously obese children leaving primary school this year.Almost half of pupils are unable to swim the required 25 metres by the time they leave primary school, even though swimming lessons are a compulsory part of the national curriculum.  The Education Secretary, in partnership with the Independent Schools Council (ISC), is urging private schools to help children from neighbouring state primaries learn to swim by allowing them to use their sports facilities.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Headteachers should also encourage a “culture of healthy competition”, Damian Hinds said, after a Government survey from earlier this year showed that almost half of all state primaries offer no competitive sports events such as a school sports day.72 per cent of primary schools use public facilities for their swimming, while a quarter use their own pool or another school’s pool.Just over half of private schools already share their facilities with other schools, as well as some offering coaches to local primary schools.   Mr Hinds said: “As a parent I want my children to enjoy swimming as part of an active lifestyle, and as Education Secretary I want to make sure our children grow up safe and water confident.“Many independent schools are already doing this but others can and must do more to help every child in their community.“And as these partnerships develop, I hope to see some healthy competition between and within schools so that children can not only have the health benefit of swimming, but the team spirit and personal development that comes from competitive sport.”The number of 10 and 11-year-olds classed as severely obese, the most overweight scale, in the final year of primary school is also nearly double that of those in reception. More than 22,000 out of 556,000 of children in Year 6 are classed as severely obese, a significant increase on the 15,000 four and five-year-olds in the category.The Local Government Association (LGA), which obtained the figures earlier this year, said this showed children were gaining weight at a drastic rate as they went through school. Headteachers should also encourage a “culture of healthy competition”, Damian Hinds said Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Jacob Bagersted extends deal with Frisch Auf Goppingen

The German team Frisch Auf Goppingen extended contract with the Danish line-player Jacob Bagersted.Bagersted came to Goppingen in 2017 from SC Magdeburg. The 30-years old Dane had a good season alongside Croatian line-player Kresimir Kozina, with whom built one of the strongest pair on the line at DKB Bundesliga.His new contract last until 2021.Bagersted has played previously at domestic Ajax, AG, Aalborg… Frisch Auf Goppingenhandball transfersJacob Bagersted ← Previous Story Michal Szyba to Cesson Rennes Next Story → Robert Hedin to lead USA handball team

Irish beaches left covered in rubbish after thousands soaked up the sun

first_imgIrish beaches left covered in rubbish after thousands soaked up the sun Broken bottles, dirty nappies, discarded shoes, towels and backpacks were left behind on a Cork beach. By Hayley Halpin http://jrnl.ie/3452275 96 Comments Fair play to @Fingalcoco out cleaning Portmarnock beach this fabulous morning. Just a shame people continue to leave their rubbish behind! pic.twitter.com/uA2Hfcz17S— Siobhan O’Connor (@leinster2009) June 18, 2017 Share343 Tweet Email5 Monday 19 Jun 2017, 4:25 PM Jun 19th 2017, 4:25 PM SOME BEACHES ACROSS Ireland were left in dire conditions after the warm weather this weekend.One Cork photographer captured photos of rubbish left on a local beach this morning.Images taken by Howard Crowdy of Myrtleville beach, 20km south of Cobh, Cork, show bins overflowing with rubbish, with items scattered along the walkways and sand.Broken bottles, dirty nappies, discarded shoes, towels and backpacks were left behind by beachgoers.Temperatures hit 26 degrees in some parts of Ireland over the weekend and the warm weather saw thousands take to beaches along the coasts to soak in the sun. The scenes at Myrtleville beach this morning mirror the state of many beaches across Ireland after this weekend.Local independent councillor Diarmuid O’Cadhla told TheJournal.ie: “Unfortunately, there are a certain minority of people who think they can be disrespectful and leave stuff behind them when they go out for a day and it’s just not nice.”They should be ashamed of themselves.“They wouldn’t like a visitor to come to their front room and leave their rubbish behind and walk away, so why did they treat a public space in that manner?,” O’Cadhla said.“We have all probably heard stories about running across beaches and then all of a sudden someone steps on a broken bottle or a nail. It can be dangerous. It doesn’t cost anyone anything to behave properly.”According to O’Cadhla, the issue was address at a Cork County Council meeting this morning, but no significant resolution was found.An Taisce’s Clean Coast organisation said that over 15 tons of marine litter was cleaned off Irish beaches at the start of June during the Coca-Cola Clean Coasts week, which encourages beach clean-ups.“Seeing this destruction of stuck a stunning beach is terribly saddening especially as it follow a week where Clean Coasts programme engaged over 2300 volunteers helping to clean up their local beaches,” Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager at Clean Coasts said.“We would like to encourage as many people as possible to clean up and to take up the rubbish they have taken to the beach home with them.”Meanwhile, Fingal County Council took to Portmarnock beach in Dublin to clean up the weekend’s rubbish this morning: Short URL Image: Howard Crowdy/Carrig News Source: Siobhan O’Connor/Twitter 58,368 Views Image: Howard Crowdy/Carrig News Read: Temperatures to reach 26 degrees today as fine spell to stay well into next weekMore: Residents hit out at ‘disgusting’ illegal dumping in Dolphin’s Barn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The Dream of the 90s is Alive in Furlexa Hybrid Speaker

first_img What do you get when you combine a popular 1990s toy with a modern intelligent personal assistant? The nightmare that is Furlexa.“I thought I’d make Furby a little less annoying and give him an upgrade with a real brain,” engineer and designer Zach Levine wrote in a blog post.Using a Raspberry Pi Zero W and Amazon’s Alexa voice service software, Levine converted a nearly 20-year-old novelty into a hairy speaker.Furby sans fur and carapace (via Zach Levine)Released in 1998 by Tiger Electronics, the gremlin-esque creature rose to odd prominence, becoming the must-have toy of the holiday season.Fresh out of the box, the robots all speak the fabricated language Furbish. Over time, though, the doll is programmed to “learn” English words and phrases.Hasbro revived the creepy plaything in 2005 with the Emoto-Tronic Furby, with voice recognition and more complex facial movements. A version with LCD eyes and a companion app arrived in time for the 2012 shopping season.Furbies are unsurprisingly super hackable, consisting of a microprocessor, microphone, speaker, infrared and light sensors, and a single motor.“This is what piqued my interest,” howchoo’s Levine said of the elaborate system of gears and cams that drive Furby’s ears, eyes, mouth, and rocker. “It would be easy to install a small Raspberry Pi computer inside of Furby, use it to run Alexa, and then track Alexa’s output to make Furby move.”Which is exactly what he did.Follow Levine’s detailed instructions to build your own Furlexa. (Or don’t, because you’ll end up miserable and alone, with only an animatronic speaker for company).Furby’s small size was the biggest limitation (via Zach Levine)“The guide is not overly complex—all you need is some light soldering and the ability to Google things (like how to solder),” he wrote.Levine spent about $50 (including a $15 eBay Furby) and the better part of a year creating the pint-sized cyborg. Furby’s small size, he said, was the biggest limitation: The wireless Raspberry Pi Zero W didn’t exist when he began the project.Are you reckless enough to build your own Furlexa? For the love of God, don’t tell us; share your experience with Levine on howchoo. And then take some time to think about what you’ve done. Man Creates Playable Organ From Furby Bodies, Summons Satan, Dooms HumanityTattletail is a 90s Furby Holiday Nightmare Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta Has a Ton of Fighters Stages and

first_img Dragon Ball FighterZ — aka the Dragon Ball Z fighting game you’ve always wanted — releases at the end of the month. To prepare folks for what is sure to be one of 2018’s biggest titles, Bandai Namco is holding an open beta next week. Unlike last summer’s closed beta, this open beta is feature rich; with a lot of characters and stages to choose from. It also has a nice variety of modes, giving players a good idea of what to expect in the final product.New characters include Beerus, Nappa, and Adult Gohan. Goku, Kid Buu, Android 18, Frieza, Cell, Krillin, Vegeta, and Piccolo were available in the closed beta. Selectable stages include Planet Namek, World Tournament Arena, West City, Volcano, Wasteland, Cell Games Arena, and Rocky Fields (evening). Expect a practice mode along with World Match and a Replay Channel. Other features include Stamps, rankings, lobby avatar customization, and two “dramatic” scenes.EARLY ACCESS for FighterZ who pre-ordered digitally on X1 or PS4. Starts Jan. 13 from midnight to 11:59pm PST!Open Beta for ALL starts Jan.14 at midnight & ENDS at 11:59pm PST on the 15th!#DBFighterzBETAPre-order your copy: https://t.co/qBSpAZa7qh pic.twitter.com/6kW8DO4LQc— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) January 9, 2018The open beta kicks off on January 14 at 12 am PST and concludes on January 16, 12 am PST. Those who’ve pre-ordered the game can get in on the action a day early on January 13, 12 am PST.Personally speaking, I’m glad they’ve included a practice mode this time around. This is a perfect way to try out combos and super moves without getting bodied during a live match. I also like the large number of playable characters. The closed beta was only available during specific times of day. Considering Bandai Namco didn’t list any times, we have to assume the open beta will be available to play at any time during the two (or three) days the beta is live.Dragon Ball FighterZ releases on January 26th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from Amazon. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’Watch These Fighting Games at EVO 2019 last_img read more

Get These Headphones at Black Friday Prices Today

first_img360 5.1 Virtual Surround Sound Earbuds – $64.99See Deal 3. Cowin E7 Pro Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Wireless HeadphonesEnjoy better sound with a set of Cowin E7 Pro Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Wireless Headphones. These cans feature noise cancelling technology that can actually adjust itself in real time. When you combine this with their proprietary 45mm large-aperture drivers, you’ll get what is probably the best audio performance from any other product in this price range.Get your Cowin E7 Pro Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Wireless Headphones for just $78.99 and save 12% off the MSRP of $89.99. 5. Treblab X2 True Wireless EarbudsTreblab X2’s are everything you could ever want in a set of earbuds. They feature a revolutionary design that offers unrivaled sound quality, a custom fit, and perfect connectivity. These things are about as trouble free as they come. Just pair them to your phone and be on your way.Pick up a set of Treblab X2 True Wireless Earbuds and pay only $66.99 — a savings of 55% off the MSRP of $149.97. 4. FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth EarbudsPerfect for anyone on the go, FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds are water and sweat resistant, feature a sound performance that’s best in class, and have the battery power to let you listen for long periods. Whether going for a run, hiking in the woods, or commuting to work, these headphones could be the perfect addition.For a very limited time, save an extra $10 off the price of a set FRESHeBUDS and pay just $29.95 — a a savings of 75% off the MSRP. FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds – $29.95See Deal Why wait for Black Friday? If you are in the market for new headphones, you can pick up the perfect set here and you’ll save as much as 75 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.1. Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth EarbudsLightweight, wireless, and intuitive. Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are perfect for practically any activity or environment. They’re water and sweat resistant so you can wear them while working out, they offer fantastic sound quality thanks to their carbon nanotube drivers, and feature a unique touch panel that eliminates extra bulk.Save an extra $10 on the regular price of $44.99 on a set of Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds and pay just $34.99 for a limited time. Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds – $34.99See Deal Geek Pick: Bose Headphones 700 Cancel All the NoiseGeek Pick: Galaxy Buds Are Samsung’s Best Earphones Cowin E7 Pro Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Wireless Headphones – $78.99See Deal 2. 360 5.1 Virtual Surround Sound EarbudsReplicate the sound of a professional home theatre system with 360 5.1 Virtual Surround Sound Earbuds. Developed to be different than conventional earbuds, these buds create sound in a chamber that then bathes your ears in sound rather than blasting it into your eardrums. The end result is a more enjoyable experience that sounds fantastic.Normally sold for $150, you can get 360 5.1 Virtual Surround Sound Earbuds for just $64.99 for a limited time — a savings of more 56% off the MSRP. Stay on target More on Geek.com:This Handheld Gaming Unit Comes Preloaded With 900 Classic TitlesTrain to Be a Pro Game Developer With These BundlesGet Four Free Moths of Amazon Music Unlimited Treblab X2 True Wireless Earbuds – $66.99See Deallast_img read more