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West Indies scheduled to tour Pakistan in November for T20 series

first_imgThe West Indies cricket team will be touring Pakistan for a three-match T20 series in late November this year.”Cricket West Indies and the Pakistan Cricket Board are advancing discussions that will see the Windies team playing 3 T20 matches with the Pakistan cricket team in Lahore in late November 2017,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) quoted a statement issued by Cricket West Indies.The visit, however, remains subject to security clearance by an ICC-sponsored security expert team.”The tour would be subject to the safe conclusion of the ICC World XI team’s three match series in Lahore in September and affirmation of manageable security by the ICC sponsored international security company overseeing the security arrangements of the World XI in September,” the statement added.The announcement follows discussions between Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron and Sethi.The PCB earlier on Monday confirmed that 15 players from seven different countries have agreed to visit the country as part of the World XI squad visiting to play a three-match T20 series to be held in Lahore next month.The 15-man squad led by former Zimbabwe skipper Andy Flower as coach will undergo a seven day camp in Dubai before travelling to Lahore for a three-match T20 series starting from September 10.”A security team from ICC will visit Pakistan at the end of this month to view our security plans,” Sethi said in a press conference.It should be noted that no Test side has toured Pakistan since March 2009 militants attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and injuring some of the visiting players.advertisementHowever, low-ranked sides, namely Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, had toured the country for a limited-over series.last_img read more

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KA-COMMITTEE-CMP

first_imgCong-JDS panel clears farm loan waiver, approves draft CMPBengaluru, Jul 1 (PTI) Ahead of the Assembly session, theCongress-JD(S) coordination committee today approvedirrigation projects worth 1.25 lakh crore and cleared waiverof farm loans, a key political issue while green lighting adraft report on the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).Briefing reporters here at the end of second coordinationcommittee meeting, JD(S) general secretary Danish Ali said theCMP has been agreed upon with minor changes and the entiredocument would be brought out in the form of a booklet.Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister GParameshwara, Congress general secretary and Karnataka incharge K C Venugopal, besides Ali, attended the meeting, whichwas chaired by former chief minister Siddaramaiah.The coordination committee of the JDS-Congress hadappointed the drafting committee to prepare the CMP.Some highlights of the CMP are farm loan waiver, whosedetails would be released by the Chief Minister in his firstbudget speech, Ali said.The CMP has agreed to earmark Rs 1.25 lakh crore forirrigation projects in the next five years besides setting atarget of building 20 lakh new houses for the needy.A new sports policy would also be announced, he said.Another area where the government would focus is skilldevelopment with a target of creating one crore jobs in thenext five years.”It will be a full-fledged budget, which will have allthese. In addition, the previous Congress government’sflagship programmes will continue.. We will raise the fundsmaintaining fiscal discipline,” Ali said.advertisementTo a query on the deadline for the cut off date for farmloan waiver, Ali said, “I think it will be better if you canwait for another three days. In the budget speech, the chiefminister will reveal it.”It will be a total farm loan waiver, comprising bothnationalised and cooperative banks, he said.To a question on cabinet expansion, Ali said it mighttake place soon.”Tomorrow the new assembly session is starting… justafter that there may be cabinet expansion. It was notdiscussed today but overall feeling is that (it may happen) atthe earliest,” said Ali.On appointment of chairpersons of various boards andcorporations, he said the matter was discussed and the listwas exchanged and it would be finalised tomorrow.He denied that there differences between chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and former chief minister Siddaramaiah andalleged that these were created by some vested interests.”If you ask me, it is unethical to release anything whichis being discussed privately among some individuals,” he saidapparently referring to video footage in which Siddaramaiah ispurportedly seen saying that the government may not last formore than a year and may come down soon after the Lok Sabhaelection.The JD(S) supremo H D Devegowda had already announcedthat his son H D Kumaraswamy will table the budget on July 5.Divergent views have been aired in public by someCongress and JDS leaders on several issues, includingpresentation of the budget.Siddaramaiah, who held the finance portfolio in theprevious government, had recently said there was no need for afresh budget and insisted that a supplementary budget woulddo.PTI GMSROHROHROHlast_img read more

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US Open: Juan Martin Del Potro beats John Isner and heat to reach semi-finals

first_imgJuan Martin Del Potro overcame sweltering heat and a tough fight from John Isner to reach the semi-finals of the US Open on Tuesday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.The three hour and 31 minute long quarter-final was played in suffocating humidity and it was so extreme that officials had to suspend junior matches on the outside courts for more than two hours.Play continued on Arthur Ashe with temperatures around 37.7 degree Celsius and it left Isner and Del Potro struggling as they went on in their competitive quarter-final clash before Del Potro finally won it 6-7 6-3 7-6 6-2.”I weigh 238 pounds, so I have always said it’s pretty difficult to play in hot conditions,” said Isner, who had 11 shirt changes during match. “I weigh a lot and I sweat a lot.”It takes its toll on bigger guys, in my opinion.”I don’t know what I weighed before the match. I did not weigh myself, but I can tell you I lost a lot of weight out there.”Raw energy.Raw emotion.Pure joy.@delpotrojuan#USOpen pic.twitter.com/qYkGEi8bJ2US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2018Anyone looking for serve and volley came to the wrong place as the pair traded bombs from the baseline with Isner, bidding to become the first American since Andy Roddick in 2006 to reach U.S. Open semi-finals, belting 26 aces and Del Potro 14.Break chances were few and far between, Isner managed just three and was unable to convert any, while Del Potro had 11, cashing in on three, including one to close out the match.advertisementIt was enough to see Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, through to the last four at Flushing Meadows for a third time where he will face Rafael Nadal.Leaving it all out on the court:Massive respect for both these competitors…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/pX9YD9vJeVUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2018″I think I played very solid this game,” said Del Potro. “In particular I made good returns every service game.”I saw John a little bit tired also. That’s give me a little bit more energy to keep trying.”I don’t know if I’m playing my best tennis ever but I’m feeling good. I reach another semi-finals in this grand slam, which means something big to me.”The Argentine had the sole break chance in the opening set but the third seed could not convert, while Isner had a mini-break at 3-3 in the tiebreak and turned that into a 1-0 lead.It was the first set surrendered by Del Potro at the tournament this year and a positive omen for 11th seed Isner, who was 24-2 at Flushing Meadows when winning the first set.But Del Potro would not drop another set as the Argentine appeared better equipped to deal with the conditions even though he joked he did not want to come back on court following a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets.”I had a shower, lay on the table and I didn’t want to come back again,” laughed Del Potro.”It was too hot for tennis.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Yuzvendra Chahal trolls Shikhar Dhawan for forgetting to wear one sock

first_imgIndia leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took to social media on Tuesday to troll Shikhar Dhawan over what seems to be a new fashion statement. Chahal uploaded a picture of Dhawan wearing a sock on only one of his legs.Chahal, who has made it a habit to post funny comments on his teammates’ social media posts, uploaded the photograph and wrote: “The one and only @SDhawan25 can forget to wear one sock… #legend.”Meanwhile, Dhawan shared a video of him trying out horse riding on Tuesday. The left-handed India opener, who is certain to make India’s World Cup squad, suggested that he has been learning horse riding during his time away from competitive cricket.”Jatt Shaunkiyaa tey Shaunk poore karda (If a Jatt has passion, he finishes it). #horsebackriding #horseriding #learninghorseriding #tuesdaythoughts #TuesdayMotivation,” Dhawan wrote on Twitter. Notably, Dhawan’s India teammate Ravnidra Jadeja is an avid rider as well.The one and only @SDhawan25 can forget to wear one sock #legend pic.twitter.com/TBXvKsZGUMYuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 19, 2019Jatt Shaunkiyaa tey Shaunk poore karda. #horsebackriding #horseriding #learninghorseriding #tuesdaythoughts #TuesdayMotivation pic.twitter.com/bbGiRmM3kuShikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 19, 2019India cricketers have been able to find time to unwind after a hectic season of overseas cricket. Only recently, MS Dhoni was spotted flaunting his football skills in a charity practice match in Juhu, Mumbai. The celebrated wicketkeeper-batsman, once known for his trendsetting hairstyles, also found time to pay his hairstylist Sapna Moti Bhavnani a visit last week.India had a relatively successful overseas campaign even as they finished their tour Down Under with a defeat in a T20I series in New Zealand. The Virat Kohli-led team had clinched their first-ever Test and bilateral ODI series wins in Australia and then followed it up with a 4-1 win in a five-match series against the Black Caps.advertisementKohli, who was rested for the latter half of the New Zealand tour, returns to lead India in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia which will also be their final international assignment ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales. India will play two T20Is and five ODIs from February 24 at home against the reigning 50-over world champions.Speaking ahead of their departure to India, Australia captain Aaron Finch said the team can’t afford to make even the slightest of errors if they are to do well against India in India.”I don’t think you need anything to put a pep in your step when you’re going on an Aussie tour, particularly to India,” Finch said.”If you’re slightly off the mark you’re going to get hurt. They’re the best side in one-day cricket in their own conditions, I think. So you’ve got to go there full of confidence and have a real clear game plan.”Also Read | I don’t look at Rishabh Pant as my competition: Wriddhiman SahaAlso Read | My processes are working, I can trust my game: Rishabh Pant on Test cricket experienceAlso See:last_img read more

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25 days agoSolskjaer has Man Utd scouts watching Maddison

first_imgSolskjaer has Man Utd scouts watching Maddisonby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to prise James Maddison away from Leicester City.The Norwegian has asked his scouts to keep tabs on Maddison, according to the London Evening Standard.The Foxes star has started this season just as well as last season, and Solskjaer is keen on adding Maddison to his United roster.But, if United are to sign the England international, it is highly unlikely to happen in January, with next summer the target.Maddison signed for the Foxes from Norwich City in July 2018 for £23million.He’s featured in six of Leicester’s Premier League matches this season, recording two assists. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ursa Major Movember Giveaway

first_img Rabbit Hole Rebrands and Launches New Whiskey The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Editors’ Recommendations Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? This month, The Manual is supporting men’s health by participating in Movember Foundation’s Movember challenge.Check out our fundraising page on the official website to contribute and start growing out that ‘stache. At the end of the month, The Manual will be giving away a grooming prize pack from Ursa Major to the best mustache grown in November. Snap a picture of you and your awesome mustache and follow instructions below for your chance to win. Our contest runs November 21- 28, with the winners announced shortly thereafter.Get growing! An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist last_img read more

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Sustainable and Stylish Allbirds Wool Shoes Will Make Your Feet Very Happy

first_imgThe insoles use green polyurethane, which is made of castor beans. And their cleverly designed packaging means they use 40% less material than traditional shoe boxes. All this translates to an Allbirds’ carbon footprint that’s a whopping 60% smaller than shoes using synthetic materials. It also translates to Allbirds being certified a B Corporation, which has extremely high standards for social and environmental impacts as well as transparency.Allbirds Runners come in three different colors at the moment: charcoal, black, and white, with each pair possessing its own flair. The all-black design is a sleek, natural black shade that’s paired perfectly with just about any outfit. Kotare Slate is a limited edition color, which is a pale grey, adding a bit more interest to a neutral shoe. You may not want to train for a marathon in them, but they’re ideal for everything else– a jog, weight lifting, or just living life.They’ve just added a new design: the Wool Lounger, which is the answer to getting to wear the world’s most comfortable, non-smelly shoe in the office or at a fancy restaurant. They look like the cool older brother to the relaxed, athletic Runner. Currently they’re offered in a really rich Navy Blue, a vibrant Kotare Lemon, or Kotare Pine that is a deep green.Both the Runner and Lounger are sleek and modern looking and we dig that there are no garish logos or designs. They’re monochromatic, hell, even the laces are the same color as the shoe, giving them a timeless look.Allbirds also offers a 30-day guarantee on their shoes, so if they don’t fit your fancy, they’ll take them back no questions asked. There’s a very good chance, however, that you’ll love them so much you’ll consider sleeping in them.Updated May 12th, 2017 by Elizabeth Dahl Sustainable and Stylish Allbirds Wool Shoes Will Make Your Feet Very Happy Close Tim Brown, a former professional soccer player from New Zealand, launched a Kickstarter campaign to see if other people would be interested in his new shoe design: shoes that can be worn without socks and won’t smell.In just five days the campaign had mounted 970 backers who donated around $119,000. The new shoe idea was so popular that it led Brown to switch career paths and cooperate with biotech engineer and renewables expert, Joey Zwillinger, to create a truly innovative and sustainable sneaker company: Allbirds.Allbirds has taken the sneaker market by storm with its sustainable, biodegradable wool shoes. These runners are lightweight, machine washable, and they even regulate temperature to keep your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter.That’s thanks to the magic of Merino wool: nature really perfected this fiber– just ask the sheep. Because of its natural crimp, the wool is able to trap heat, providing insulation and it’s simultaneously able to keep your feet dry. Wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in sweat or moisture and still feel dry. That absorption doubles as a kind of natural air conditioning unit since the moisture will evaporate, cooling the skin. Wool is incredibly strong, naturally odor resistant (because of its Olympic moisture-wicking ability), and Merino wool is famously soft (not the least bit itchy). Also, it will protect your feet from harmful UV rays. Allbirds’ wool comes from New Zealand sheep and is spun in Italy, allowing them to ensure every step of the process meets their exacting ethical and sustainability standards. 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CSD Eyes Three LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom Shanghai-listed China Shipping Development (CSD) has confirmed that its Board of Directors has decided to order three LNG carriers.The official contracts with the shipbuilder of these three vessels will be signed later this month.The LNG carriers are envisaged to work on Russia’s Yamal LNG project.The three newbuildings will be ordered via CSD’s three 50% controlled single vessel subsidiaries that will be the owners of the individual vessels. The subsidiaries form part of a partnership between CSDC’s China Shipping LNG and Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).CSD will secure guarantees for the contracts amounting to a total of USD 490 million.World Maritime News Staff, July 1, 2014last_img

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Halifax Convention Centre Interim Board CEO Named

first_imgProgress continues to be made on establishing the leadership team for the Halifax Convention Centre Corporation. Government announced today, April 4, that the Halifax Convention Centre Act has been proclaimed. The act appoints Deputy Minister of Business Murray Coolican, and acting Halifax Regional Municipality CAO John Traves as the corporation’s interim board of directors. Minister of Business Mark Furey and Mr. Traves have designated current Trade Centre Limited (TCL) president and CEO Scott Ferguson as the president and CEO of the new convention centre corporation. The terms of Mr. Ferguson’s contract remain the same. “The appointment of Mr. Ferguson ensures the new convention centre corporation will have the experience and continuity of leadership we need at this important time,” said Mr. Coolican. “In partnership with Halifax, government expects to announce an appointed board of directors in the near future.” “This is an exciting milestone as we get ready to open and operate the new Halifax Convention Centre,” said Mr. Ferguson. “I look forward to continuing to work with our government partners over the next year as we get ready to welcome the world to Halifax.” The Halifax Convention Centre is scheduled to open in early 2017.last_img read more

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Canadian taxevasion fight zeros in on transactions involving Israeli bank

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada Revenue Agency is seeking information from three Canadian banks about customer transactions linked to a major Israeli financial institution as part of a federal crackdown on offshore tax evaders.Newly filed court records reveal the agency wants to see account records associated with Bank Hapoalim to determine whether Canadians are hiding income or assets.The Federal Court of Canada filings come amid renewed public pressure on the government to show it is taking steps to find and penalize Canadians who improperly use offshore accounts to avoid taxes.Like many foreign banks, Bank Hapoalim has correspondent accounts in Canada to conduct Canadian dollar transactions on behalf of its customers, the revenue agency says. The bank operates in Israel and is affiliated with other financial services companies in Switzerland, Luxembourg, the United States and the Cayman Islands.The agency is asking the Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank and Toronto-Dominion Bank for records of deposits, cheques and electronic funds transfers associated with Bank Hapoalim’s correspondent accounts from April 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2017.The records will be reviewed and analyzed under the direction of the agency’s offshore compliance section and, where warranted, lead to formal audits.Stephanie Henderson, manager of the section, says in an affidavit the agency is aware of Canadian taxpayers who have previously used Bank Hapoalim “to conceal income and assets,” shielding offshore activities from the taxman.Through one audit, the agency became aware of a Canadian taxpayer who maintained bank and investment accounts for over 10 years at Bank Hapoalim in U.S., Canadian and Israeli currencies, Henderson says. “This taxpayer failed to report the interest income earned on account balances and neglected to disclose assets held offshore totalling approximately $11 million.”In another case, a Canadian had bank and investment accounts with Bank Hapoalim and failed to report $1.5 million in income and approximately $5 million in reportable offshore assets.The agency has also learned of offshore activities in Bank Hapoalim through the federal voluntary disclosure program, which gives people a second chance to file a tax return and ask for relief from penalties.From April 1, 2015, through March 31 of this year, 114 Canadian taxpayers made voluntary disclosures involving the Israeli bank, Henderson says. The disclosures covered $59 million in unreported income — such as interest, dividends and capital gains — resulting in $17 million in federal taxes.Since January 2015, the agency has been able to tap into a new stream of information through mandatory reporting of international electronic funds transfers of $10,000 or more.Some of these transactions entailed Canadian taxpayers closing their accounts at Bank Hapoalim’s subsidiary in Switzerland and transferring the funds to other financial institutions outside Canada, Henderson’s affidavit says. Other dealings involved Canadians moving funds from the bank in Israel to accounts in Canada or other Bank Hapoalim branches internationally.In a number of these instances, the individuals “may not have reported sufficient income or disclosed sufficient offshore assets in Canada” to justify the size of the transactions, she adds.The revenue agency wants to see whether other, as yet unidentified, Canadian taxpayers have similarly used Bank Hapoalim’s correspondent accounts to transfer funds to or from Canada.Last year, the Federal Court approved the revenue agency’s requests for seven years’ worth of transaction information from the Royal Bank and Citibank, N.A., related to accounts in the name of Cayman National Bank Ltd.Henderson’s affidavit says the information led to audits that uncovered attempts to avoid paying tax in Canada.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Asian stocks rise on hopes US China will unwind dispute

first_imgSINGAPORE — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday on hopes that President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will unwind a blistering trade dispute at a meeting this week.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225, reopening after a holiday, added 0.8 per cent to 21,812.00. South Korea’s Kospi jumped 1.1 per cent to 2,080.46. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rebounded 1.5 per cent to 26,316.61. The Shanghai Composite dipped 0.1 per cent to 2,577.20. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.8 per cent to 5,671.60. Shares rose in Taiwan and throughout Southeast Asia.WALL STREET: Energy companies led a slide in U.S. stocks on Friday, as a plunge in oil prices weighed on sentiment. Trading volume was lighter than usual as markets were only open for a half day after the Thanksgiving break. The S&P 500 index fell 0.7 per cent to 2,632.56, racking up its second correction of the year. It is now down 10.2 per cent from its last all-time high set on Sept. 20. The Nasdaq composite shed 0.5 per cent to 6,938.98 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.7 per cent to 24,285.95. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks was less than 0.1 per cent higher at 1,488.68.TRUMP-XI MEETING: Presidents Trump and Xi will meet at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of the week. A trade dispute over Beijing’s technology policy, which has caused them to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, is likely at the top of the agenda. Investors are watching to see if the leaders can arrive at an agreement to ease tensions that have been weighing on corporate earnings and the global economy.ANALYST’S TAKE: “As the current round of U.S.-Chinese trade talks only restarted in the last few weeks, hopes of a trade deal at this juncture could be too optimistic,” Chang Wei Liang of Mizuho Bank said in a market commentary. “However, an agreement for talks over dinner suggests a higher level of engagement, which could result in a gentlemen’s agreement not to escalate tariffs further.”BREXIT DEAL: The European Union and Britain have finally sealed an agreement governing the latter’s departure from the bloc on March 29. This comes after months of hesitation, stop-and-start negotiations and resignations. British Prime Minister Theresa May must now get her divided Parliament to back the deal, which leaves Britain subject to rules and obligations of the bloc at least until the end of 2020 and possibly longer. She is facing intense opposition from pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers alike.JAPAN PMI: A private survey released on Monday showed Japanese manufacturing slowing in November. The Markit/JMMA flash purchasing managers’ index fell to 51.8 in November from 52.9 in the previous month. New orders slipped into contraction territory for the first time since September 2016. Numbers above 50 on the index show acceleration.ENERGY: Oil prices recovered after plunging on worries that a slowing global economy could hurt demand for oil. Benchmark U.S. crude added 72 cents to $51.14. The contract plunged $4.21 to close at $50.42 in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, gained $1.27 to $60.07. It finished $3.80 lower at $58.80 in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 113.22 yen from 112.96 yen late Friday. The euro rose to $1.1349 from $1.1339.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgApp Store Official Charts for the week ending January 6, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.2. Minecraft, Mojang3. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations5. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi6. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. NBA 2K19, 2K9. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Limited10. The Game of Life, Marmalade Game StudioTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games2. Polysphere, Playgendary3. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.4. Words Story, ZHOU JIAPING5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC6. TikTok – Real Short Videos, musical.ly Inc.7. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.8. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.9. Bitmoji, Bitstrips10. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 4, Time Base Technology Limited5. Bendy and the Ink Machine, Joey Drew Studios Inc.6. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU7. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB8. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.9. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB10. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish LimitedTop Free iPad Apps:1. Kick the Buddy: Forever, Playgendary2. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.3. Tomb of the Mask, Playgendary4. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC5. Paper.io 2, Voodoo6. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games7. Wordscapes, PeopleFun, Inc.8. Amazon Prime Video, AMZN Mobile LLC9. Roblox, Roblox Corporation10. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UN envoy concludes talks with Chinese officials on Myanmar crisis

Dispatched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to consult with regional leaders on how to address the ongoing crisis in Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari has met so far with officials in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. While in Beijing he had detailed and extensive discussions with State Councillor Tang Jianxuan and Vice-Foreign Minister Wang Yi, as well as with Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.Mr. Gambari delivered a personal message from the Secretary-General to State Councillor Tang, thanking the Chinese Government for its active support to the UN’s good offices and encouraging China to intensify its constructive engagement in support of UN efforts.“Mr. Gambari and his Chinese counterparts discussed the need for the Government of Myanmar to move forward by starting a dialogue with the opposition without delay and pursuing a more inclusive national reconciliation process in order to address the legitimate concerns of the Myanmar people,” she stated. They also discussed the need for the international community to find new ways of encouraging Myanmar to make concrete progress in this regard, she added.Following the meetings, the Chinese Government issued a statement of support for the UN’s good offices and Mr. Gambari’s efforts on behalf of the Secretary-General.The Special Envoy is now in Tokyo where he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura.Mr. Gambari’s upcoming trip to Myanmar is set to be followed by a visit from the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, before the middle of next month.Mr. Pinheiro said yesterday that he would use the visit to try to verify allegations of abuses during the recent Government crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, determine the numbers and whereabouts of those detained or killed, and collect testimony about what happened. 25 October 2007The United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar today wrapped up his consultations in Beijing, as he continues his six-nation tour of regional capitals ahead of a planned return to the South-East Asian nation in early November. read more

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Aberg scores twice in 3rd Ducks beat Caps 65

WASHINGTON — Pontus Aberg scored twice in the third period, giving Anaheim the lead with 5:05 remaining, and the Ducks stopped Washington’s seven-game winning streak a 6-5 victory SundayThe Ducks trailed 5-1 in the second before rallying for their fourth consecutive victory. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists and Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist in the finale of a five-game trip.Ryan Miller stopped 19 shots, and Andrew Cogliano and Hampus Lindholm also scored in Anaheim’s highest-scoring game of the season.Evgeny Kuznetsov and Chandler Stephenson each had a goal and an assist for Washington, which chased John Gibson after scoring three times in the first part of the first period. Nickslas Backstrom, Tom Wilson and Nic Dowd also scored for the Capitals.JETS 4, RANGERS 3, SONEW YORK (AP) — Mark Scheifele started Winnipeg’s third-period comeback and scored the deciding goal in the shootout against New York.Jack Roslovic and Bryan Little also scored in the third as the Jets erased a 3-0 deficit and won their third straight. Jacob Trouba had two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 16 shots.Marc Staal had a goal and an assist, and Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast also scored for New York. Henrik Lundvist made 39 saves through overtime as the Rangers lost for the fourth time in five games.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Tiger Woods May Not Get A Better Shot At Another Green Jacket

2007Zach Johnson613016460513 2011Charl Schwartzel224564199620 Strokes gained tee-to-green was the top category (or tied for the top) for 46 percent of the Masters winners over that span,2No other category was above 38 percent. and 62 percent of winners ranked among the Top 10 in the statistic — like Woods does this year. (This is consistent with my previous research that driving distance and approach accuracy are the two secret weapons players can possess at Augusta, causing them to play better in the Masters than their overall scoring average would predict.)I haven’t mentioned Tiger’s putting numbers yet, and with good reason. Woods used to be the greatest putter in the world, but so far this season he ranks just 74th in strokes gained with the flatstick, adding only 0.19 shots above average per round. Last year, he was better — 48th on tour — though he still wasn’t the putting maestro who once showed me and countless others the fundamentals of a great stroke. However, Augusta has frequently seen putters who rank far worse than Woods win during the era of detailed PGA Tour tracking data. (In fact, more than half of qualified Masters winners since 2004 have ranked worse than 78th in putting.) Putting performance is so random from year to year — much less from tournament to tournament or even round to round — that it’s a lot easier for a good tee-to-green player to get hot on the green for a weekend than for a good putter to suddenly have an uncharacteristically amazing weekend off the tee.Because of all this, it’s not hard to understand why Woods is a strong 12-to-1 bet to win the Masters. But it’s also not hard to imagine that this could be the 43-year-old’s last, best chance to win another green jacket. Using our research on historical major winners from a few years ago, here’s what the aging curve for championship golfers looks like: Average34.531.970.018.486.121.2 Masters winners do their best work from tee to greenStrokes gained rankings by category for Masters Tournament winners during the seasons they won, 2004-18 2018Patrick Reed104742297224 2009Ángel Cabrera3748169636351 YearMasters WinnerOff TeeApproachAround GreenTee to GreenPuttingTotal 2014Bubba Watson2476371098 2008Trevor Immelman116501131191113 As the world’s greatest golfers convene in Augusta, Georgia, this week for the Masters, it’s time for every sports fan’s annual rite of spring: wild speculation about whether Tiger Woods can add a fifth green jacket to his closet. Picking Woods used to be a trendy bet; then it began to feel like a totally futile exercise. Well after he last won the event in 2005, there was a period when Woods was in the news constantly for everything except golf success. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that Woods’s relevance as a winning golfer seemed finished, along with his bid to chase down Jack Nicklaus’s record for all-time majors won.But that all changed last season, when Woods put everything back together again to finish eighth on the PGA Tour money list and win the season-ending Tour Championship in September. Now Woods is back, in his best position in years to win another Masters. According to VegasInsider, Woods has the third-best odds of any player to win this weekend; he’s also playing even more inspired golf than he did during last year’s comeback campaign. But at age 43, will this be one of Woods’s last chances to win at Augusta before his days of being a viable champion are over?Certainly, Tiger has been outplaying many of his much younger rivals these past few seasons. Since the end of his lost 2017 campaign, Woods ranks sixth among qualified1Minimum 30 total rounds measured by ShotLink, the PGA Tour’s real-time scoring system. PGA Tour players in total strokes gained per round, trailing only Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood. He’s mostly regained his old mastery of irons on approach shots and still has some of the game’s best feel for shots around the green. In terms of strokes gained, Woods is picking up 1.67 shots (relative to the average player) per round so far in 2019, an even better mark than the 1.60 he posted last season — which itself was easily his best performance in five years.One of the most impressive aspects of Woods’s early play this season has been improved accuracy off the tee. According to the PGA Tour, Woods has hit 65.2 percent of possible fairways on his drives this season, which ranks 54th out of 214 qualified players. That might not sound amazing, but by Woods’s standards, it is ultraprecise accuracy. Last year, he hit only 59.4 percent of fairways, which ranked him 127th, and he struggled to break 55 percent over the four injury-plagued seasons before that. (Even during his really great pre-scandal/injury seasons, hitting fairways was an Achilles’ heel. In 2007, when he made the most money playing golf of his career, Woods ranked 152nd in driving accuracy and failed to hit 60 percent of fairways.) When Woods is scuffling, the first indication is often a wayward drive that requires subsequent artistry just to make par.With the help of that improved accuracy, Woods now ranks 72nd in strokes gained on drives this year — he was 100th last year — and ninth in strokes gained from the tee to the green, picking up 1.48 shots per round before ever setting his spikes on the putting surface. Classic Tiger was always a tee-to-green monster, ranking either first or second in the category every healthy season from 2006 to 2013, so his strong performance in that category this year is another signal that Woods is returning to vintage form.It’s also a very good sign for his chances at Augusta. That’s because, as Todd Schneider wrote about for FiveThirtyEight a few years ago, the Masters often comes down to a player’s skills with the long clubs — contrary to the tournament’s reputation for being a putting contest.Great PGA Tour players generally assert themselves most on approach shots and drives anyway, gaining about 4 strokes relative to average from tee to green for every extra shot they pick up on putts. But the recent history of Masters winners also suggests that a great long game is the true prerequisite for winning the green jacket. The average winner since strokes gained was first tracked in 2004 (excluding the 2016 and 2017 winners, Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia, because they lacked enough PGA Tour rounds to qualify for official leaderboards) ranked only about 86th in putting performance per round but 35th in strokes gained off the tee, 32nd in strokes gained on approach shots and 18th in total strokes gained from tee to green. 2015Jordan Spieth15117492 2013Adam Scott21677510811 PGA Tour Rank 2017Sergio García—————— 2010Phil Mickelson66532513312 Garcia and Willett didn’t play enough rounds to qualify for the PGA Tour’s rankings during their Masters-winning seasons.Source: PGAtour.com 2004Phil Mickelson7224351289 2005Tiger Woods44128451 2012Bubba Watson1598431606 2016Danny Willett—————— 2006Phil Mickelson124664405 That spike in wins for players in their early 40s came from 42-year-olds Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Payne Stewart, Tom Kite and Gary Player, and it was the last actual uptick on the chart — and Woods is now on the wrong side of it. Jack Nicklaus famously won his final major at age 46, but most great golfers are largely done winning by their early to mid-40s. And the game has only gotten younger in the twilight of Woods’s career; while the average major-winner in our data set above (through 2014) was 31.9, that number is just 29.6 in the years since. With his own early career dominance and popularity, Woods has inspired a younger generation of gifted golfers that he now must do battle with.Woods is a special talent and in the conversation for the greatest golfer ever.3Even though most fans still give Nicklaus the nod. He’s playing as well heading into Augusta as he has in a long time and excelling in exactly the right categories. But between aging effects and his own injury history, he may never have a better shot at winning another Masters than he does right now. Once upon a time, Tiger was legendary for pouncing on every opportunity left in front of him. We’ll just have to see if he can summon that ability yet again. read more

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Call for Clean Technologies papers

first_imgEffluent treatment Environmental and economic factors in process design Cleaner mineral processing Pyrometallurgical processes environmentally cleaner Clean technology associated to hydrometallurgical processes Environmental improvements in electrometallurgy Waste disposal and rehabilitation of tailing dams New cleaner separation technologies Acid mine drainage control 10. Biotechnologies and biochemical processes 11. New trends in waste water treatment 12. Treatment of cyanide containing effluents 13. Arsenic and sulphate ions removal 14. Removal of pollutants by flotationSolid waste disposal Treatment of high arsenic copper concentrates Smelter gas handling systems Environmental Improvements in smelting and slag treatment Advances in cleaner processes Land rehabilitation Pollutant removal in waste water Arsenic abatement in aqueous streams Biological wastewater treatment technology Recycling and metals recovery from mine wastes Technologies for water and energy efficient usage Reduction of greenhouse gases Environmental regulations for the mining industry MiscellaneousDEADLINES Final papers submission April 13 – 16, 2008 Notifiation to authors December 17, 2007 Comments to authors February 28, 2008 The VIII International Conference on Clean Technologies for the World Mining Industry is to be held April 13 to 16, 2008 in Santiago, Chile, during EXPOMIN 2008 (www.expomin.cl www.ctwmi.com). For more information, please contact: info@ctwmi.com  Abstracts up to 500-word should be sent before August 31, 2007 to one of the following:Armando Valenzuelaavalenzuela@alprospecta.cl América Latina ProspectaTel: 56 – 2 – 2325418Fax: 56 – 2 – 2340649Mario Sánchezmsanchez@udec.cl Universidad de ConcepciónTel: 56 – 41 – 2204202Fax: 56 – 41 – 2523591Please send the abstracts using MS Word format, including title (less than 150 characters), author’s full name, position, company or institution, business address, city, country, telephones, e-mail and indicating topic as shown in the list. If the abstract is accepted, a full paper in English (up to 12 pages) must be send before December 17, 2007. The official conference languages are Spanish and English. Written papers and Power Point presentations must be done in English, while oral presentations could be presented in Spanish and English.TOPICS Abstract submission October 01, 2007 Full paper submission January 28, 2008 last_img read more

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Increased Chinese demand driving growth of boron industry

first_img“Following the years of strong growth, 2009 saw a sharp drop in demand for borates, but, in the second half of the year, markets for both textile-grade fibreglass and borosilicate glass recovered, and demand for borosilicate glass in LCD screens is expected to grow by 15% in 2010. The main factors affecting future demand for textile-grade fibreglass are continued growth in electronic products, increased penetration of fibreglass in markets traditionally held by steel and concrete and the emergence of new markets such as turbine blades for wind power generation.” This is the view of research organisation, Roskill Information Services, in its Boron: Global industry markets and outlook (12th edition, 2010) publication.“Global demand for boron grew strongly in the three years to 2008. Growth has been driven by an expansion of demand from China, where consumption rose by 15%/y from 2000 to 2008. The increase in market share held by Asian countries reflects the shift in production of textile-grade fibreglass, borosilicate glass and ceramics away from North America and Europe to countries with lower production costs.“An up-turn in construction activity and the increase in government-led initiatives to reduce energy consumption will provide a recovering market for insulation-grade fibreglass in the medium term.“World production of natural and refined borates remains highly concentrated in Turkey and the USA, with Rio Tinto Minerals and Eti Mine accounting for around 75% of supply. The high B2O3 content (>26%) of the colemanite, tincal and kernite mined in Turkey and California is the main factor contributing to the leading position of these two companies in world borates supply.“The gap between China’s domestic production and demand (and the relatively low-grade of locally mined borates) has been, and will continue to be, the main factor driving capacity expansions worldwide. Since 2003, expansions undertaken by Rio Tinto Minerals in the USA, Quiborax in Chile, Eti Mine in Turkey and Manufacturas Los Andes in Argentina, have raised boric acid capacity by over 200,000 t/y and were mainly aimed at the Chinese market.“Future expansion is dominated by plans to expand capacity for refined borates, boron oxide and calcined tincal in Turkey. Other projects under consideration are to increase boric acid production in Argentina and Bolivia and to exploit brine deposits in Tibet and Qinghai. In addition, Rio Tinto Minerals has plans to exploit the Jadar lithium borate deposit in Serbia.”More information on the report is available from www.roskill.com/reports/molybdenumlast_img read more

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Byzantine Art Architecture

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The lecture Byzantine Art & Architecture will be given by Dr Ursula Betka as part of season two of Greek History and Culture Seminars 2013. Dr Ursula Betka is currently teaching Art and Cultural history of Medieval Europe and Early Christian Rome & Byzantium at La Trobe university. The seminars are held by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria. When: Thursday 11 July at 7.00 pm Where: Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, opposite the Russell St Greater Union cinemas For more information, contact GOCMV, at (03) 9662 2722last_img

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Suivez en direct lultime retour dAtlantis sur Terre

first_imgSuivez en direct l’ultime retour d’Atlantis sur TerreLa navette spatiale américaine doit atterrir pour la toute dernière fois au centre spatial Kennedy en Floride ce jeudi à 11h57, heure française. Il est possible d’assister à ce moment historique en direct, derrière votre écran, grâce à la Nasa.Ce matin, la page d’accueil du site de la Nasa est consacrée au retour imminent de la navette Atlantis, partie pour ravitailler la Station spatiale internationale le 8 juillet dernier, avec à son  bord trois hommes et une femme. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’agence spatiale américaine propose un streaming vidéo live qui montre pour le moment ses ingénieurs en train de travailler et de préparer l’arrivée de la navette spatiale, au centre de contrôle de la mission à Houston, au Texas. A 11h57, heure de Paris, il sera possible sur cette même page de suivre en direct l’atterrissage d’Atlantis, dernière navette américaine encore en activité pour quelques heures encore. Un retour historique, donc.”Pour beaucoup de personnes, ce moment va être très émouvant. Elles ont consacré leur vie à la navette spatiale pendant 30 ans. Mais nous allons essayer d’être positifs”, a confié Chris Ferguson, le commandant de bord d’Atlantis, cité par l’AFP.Pour sa dernière mission, Atlantis a été amarrée près de huit jours à la Station spatiale internationale. Son équipage a livré 4,2 tonnes de marchandises et de pièces de rechange dont 1,2 tonne de denrées alimentaires pour permettre aux astronautes de l’ISS, à six en permanence, de tenir un an. La navette boucle aujourd’hui un périple de treize jours au total dans l’espace, 42 ans jour pour jour après que Neil Armstrong a posé le pied sur la Lune. Le 21 juillet 2011 à 10:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Des crapauds pour prévenir des séismes

first_imgDes crapauds pour prévenir des séismes ?Italie – Publiant leurs conclusions dans l’International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, une biologiste britannique et un géophysicien américain suggèrent un lien étroit entre le tremblement de terre de l’Aquila, en 2009, et le comportement de crapauds sauvages quelques jours avant le séisme. Une surveillance de tels indicateurs naturels pourrait-elle permettre de prévoir les catastrophes ? En 2009, dans la région de l’Aquila, en Italie, Rachel Grant, biologiste à l’Open University du Royaume-Uni, était en train d’étudier la population de crapauds d’un étang sous-terrain lorsque se produisit le fameux tremblement de terre. Or, durant les jours précédents, elle avait constaté un exode massif des amphibiens : “c’était très spectaculaire. On est passé de 96 crapauds à presque zéro en trois jours. Après cela, j’ai été contactée par la NASA…”, dit-elle.À lire aussiL’étonnante éclosion d’œufs du crapaud de SurinamEn effet, le Dr Friedemann Freund, géophysicien à la NASA, pense que le comportement de ces crapauds est lié à l’activité sismique. Les roches de la croûte terrestre, ‘stressées’ par les évènements en profondeur qui précèdent un séisme, relâchent des particules chargées qui réagissent avec l’air quand elles atteignent la surface de la Terre, transformant les molécules de l’air en ions.”Les ions positifs, dans l’air, sont connus (…) pour causer maux de tête et nausées (…) et augmenter le niveau de sérotonine, une hormone du stress”, a expliqué le Dr Freund. Ils peuvent aussi réagir avec l’eau, la transformant en peroxyde d’hydrogène. Cette chaîne d’événements chimiques pourrait affecter la matière organique dissoute dans l’eau d’un étang, la transformant en substances toxiques pour les animaux aquatiques.Le cas des crapauds de L’Aquila n’est pas le premier exemple de perturbation du comportement animal avant un séisme, mais il a l’avantage d’avoir été étudié en détail, in situ, au moment des faits. Unissant leurs compétences, les deux scientifiques espèrent que leurs travaux inspireront des biologistes et des géologues pour travailler ensemble à améliorer la prévision des tremblements de terre. Le 3 décembre 2011 à 11:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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