SPORT-SQUASH 2 LAST(SPB3)

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first_img(Reopens SPB2)(Reopens SPB2)Later, Indias multiple-time national champion Saurav Ghosal recovered from the loss of the first game to put it across Malaysian qualifier Ivan Yuen 3-1.The tournament?s fourth seed, ranked 23rd currently globally, subdued his Malaysian rival 7-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-8 in the best-of-five encounter in 69 minutes to enter round two. Ghosal will meet Swiss Mueller in the quarter finals. PTI SSR RSY AT RDSlast_img

Puel & Dyche applaud Leicester squad on King Power return

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first_imgA proud Claude Puel praised his Leicester City players for their character during a “difficult” first appearance at King Power Stadium since Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death.Srivaddhanaprabha’s son Aiyawatt was among the attendees at the scoreless draw against Burnley as emotional tributes were paid to the late Leicester owner and chairman, who was one of five people killed a helicopter crash outside the club’s home ground two weeks ago.Members of the squad flew to Thailand last weekend to attend Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral and injured defender Harry Maguire joined in a memorial march before Saturday’s match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The hosts managed to return their focus to the pitch and crafted the best of the chances on a day in which both managers acknowledged the result as being of secondary importance.”We were unlucky but I was proud of the players’ performance because they gave their best in this situation,” Puel told the BBC.”It was a tough week to prepare this game without training sessions and a long journey to Bangkok.”The players compensated with desire. I would like to congratulate the players because it was difficult. I hope we can continue this response to honour our chairman.”The most important thing is to always give our best. It was a professional attitude. A lot of people at the club have learned about themselves.”Forever and always. pic.twitter.com/g4krExnbSr— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 10, 2018Burnley boss Seach Dyche, whose team are now winless in five Premier League matches, commended the opposition.”It was very tough for their players. They’ve been incredible,” Dyche said.”It must have been very, very difficult and I’ve got a lot of professional respect for them. Overall, the result is kind of irrelevant. The game was bigger than the result.”It’s reminded everyone that below the gloss, it’s a club that’s part of the community. The people of Leicester have been amazing.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

French Open: Kristina Mladenovic set to get Roland Garros fired up

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first_imgIt’s ‘Kiki’ time again as local favourite Kristina Mladenovic takes on Swiss Timea Bacsinszky on a red-hot Court Philippe Chatrier in a French Open quarter-final clash on Tuesday.Mladenovic, one of the pre-tournament favourites, has taken the crowd by storm with her never-say-die attitude and ability to thrive under pressure, and the hope on the Roland Garros walkways is that she will succeed Mary Pierce, who was the last Frenchwoman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.Bacsinszky, however, will be a tough nut to crack.The number 30 seed reached the semi-finals here in 2015 while Mladenovic is playing in only her second grand slam quarter-final.Following the French hope onto centre court will be nine-time men’s champion Rafa Nadal who, after a sensational start, is expected to devour fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.Resurgent 11th-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki faces Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko on Court Suzanne Lenglen before a highly-anticipated quarter-final clash between men’s defending champion Novak Djokovic and Austrian wunderkind Dominic Thiem.last_img read more

LeBron Gets 44, Passes Wilt in LA’s 126-117 Win over Blazers

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first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — A floating jumper, a foul and a free throw in the fourth quarter of a tight game.With a gorgeous three-point play , the King jumped over the Big Dipper.LeBron James’ inimitable presence has already been felt in his first few weeks in Hollywood. His most impressive game yet for the Lakers included a bit of history when he passed Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA’s career scoring list.The superstar with no shortage of historic achievements was more excited about leading his surging new team to yet another win.James had a season-high 44 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, roaring past Chamberlain for fifth place on the scoring chart and leading the Lakers to a 126-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.James scored 28 points in the second half and vaulted past Chamberlain’s 31,419 points on that three-point play with 3:55 to go. LeBron finished a memorable night with 31,425 points, and fell just short of his 75th triple-double during his most impressive performance since joining the Lakers.Afterward, James praised Chamberlain as “One of the most dominant forces we ever had in our game, along with Shaq. One of the greatest Lakers to ever play the game. A 100-point scorer. One of the greatest scorer-rebounders to ever play this game.”Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, gestures to his teammates while being guarded by Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 126-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)James already has moved from seventh to fifth on the career scoring list during his first 14 games with Los Angeles, passing Dirk Nowitzki and Chamberlain. Five of the top six scorers in NBA history have suited up for the Lakers — including Chamberlain, whose No. 13 hangs high above the Staples Center court.James hit his first five 3-pointers and finished 13 of 19 from the field, reaching his latest milestone during a dominant performance that had chants of “M-V-P!” raining down from the Staples Center crowd.But the kid from Akron will never let it get to his head.In fact, he will donate his jersey and the game ball to his I Promise School back in Ohio.“Anytime my name is mentioned with some of the greats to play this game, I always think back to my hometown, where I come from, how far I’ve come,” James said.Before the Lakers embark on a three-game trip that includes his return to Cleveland on Nov. 21, James showed his new home fans what they can expect in big moments — as if any basketball fan with a pulse didn’t already know. He scored 16 points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth, never allowing Portland to make a final run during the Lakers’ fourth consecutive win.“We did a lot of nice things, but we did a lot of sloppy things tonight,” coach Luke Walton said. “A lot of soft defense.”Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is congratulated by center JaVale McGee, left, and center Tyson Chandler after James passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place in career points, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 126-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)There was bad news on a triumphant night, too: After the game, Walton revealed that Rajon Rondo broke his right hand, apparently while making a steal in the fourth quarter. The veteran point guard will be sidelined for at least a few weeks, and starter Lonzo Ball’s so-far moderate workload is likely to increase.“It’s tough,” James said. “He’s one of our captains, one of our leaders. I know he’ll get right to it with his rehab, but it’s next man up.”Damian Lillard had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 23 in the Trail Blazers’ first road loss to the Lakers since Feb. 22, 2013, ending a nine-game streak at Staples. Portland has lost two straight to the Lakers after winning 16 in a row.“LeBron, it was a dominant performance,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “(Scoring) 44 points on 19 shots, that doesn’t happen too often. When he’s hitting his 3s and putting his head down, he’s tough to stop.”JaVale McGee scored 20 points and Brandon Ingram added 17 in the Lakers’ sixth win in seven games. After a slow start, Los Angeles (8-6) is already finding its groove in its first season with James and his fellow veterans joining a young core. Los Angeles is off to its best start since the 2011-12 season.Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins hangs from the rim after a dunk, as Los Angeles Lakers guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, and Rajon Rondo watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard played without restrictions after missing practice to rest his right knee. … Portland’s four-game winning streak ended, but the Blazers are still on top of the Northwest Division. … Jusuf Nurkic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Al-Farouq Aminu scored 18 points.Lakers: The 6-foot-5 Josh Hart blocked a dunk attempt by the 7-foot Nurkic in the first quarter. … Michael Beasley didn’t play, but the veteran was back in uniform after missing several recent games for undisclosed personal reasons. He hasn’t played since Oct. 25.HEAVY HITSThe Blazers delivered two hard fouls against James in the fourth quarter, both requiring him to spend an extra moment recovering. McCollum floored James with a foul that was upgraded to a flagrant foul with 4:38 left, and then Nurkic appeared to use his two fists to make a crybaby gesture when talking to officials about it.“LeBron carried them,” Nurkic said. “When he’s making shots, outside shots, he’s tough to handle.”Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, tries to get by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)FAMILIAR FOESThe teams were meeting for the third time in four weeks already this season, a schedule quirk that didn’t particularly please either coach. The Blazers spoiled LeBron’s debut with the Lakers in a 128-119 win at Portland last month, but the Lakers replied by ending their 16-game skid in the rivalry by beating the Blazers 114-110 just 16 days later in the Moda Center. The clubs don’t have their final meeting until the regular-season finale at Staples Center on April 9.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Minnesota on Friday night.Lakers: At Orlando on Saturday night.—By GREG BEACHAM , AP Sports WriterPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, second from right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, second from left, and center JaVale McGee, right, defend while forward Jake Layman watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Shoaib Malik pulls out of T10 League to spend time with Sania Mirza, son Izhaan

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first_imgShoaib Malik will not play in the second edition of the T10 League starting November 21 as he wants to spent more time with his wife and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and his newly born son Izhaan Mirza-Malik.Eight teams — Kerala Kings, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, The Karachians, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons — have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the second Season of T10 League. The event takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2.Shoaib Malik was part of Punjabi Legends in the first edition of the league last year and finished the tournament as the second highest run-scorer with 191 runs from five matches.However, this year, the Punjabi Legends will be missing their batting star as Malik has decided to pull out of the tournament even though Sania Mirza thinks he “should play”.”I announce with mixed feelings that I will be not be part of @PunjabiLegends_ #T10League to spend time with my family. This was a tough decision (sp since my wife thinks I should play) but I want to be with my wife and son more than anything else. Hope you all will understand,” Malik wrote on Twitter.I announce with mixed feelings that I will be not be part of @PunjabiLegends_ #T10League to spend time with my family. This was a tough decision (sp since my wife thinks I should play) but I want to be with my wife and son more than anything else. Hope you all will understandadvertisementShoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) November 12, 2018Malik and Mirza were blessed with their son on October 30 (India time) and the father of the newly born took to social media to give the good news to their fans and well-wishers.”Excited to announce: Its a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled. #BabyMirzaMalik,” Malik had tweeted.Excited to announce: Its a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled #BabyMirzaMalikShoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) October 30, 2018On the next day, Malik had again took to Twitter to thank everyone for their wishes and revealed the name of their son.Thank you from the bottom of our heart to everyone for the wishes from Sania and I, and our families.Our son’s name is Izhaan #BabyMirzaMalik https://t.co/F7bPCnGnL6Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) October 30, 2018By the end of that week on November 3, Sania Mirza was back home from the hospital and took to social media herself to thanks all her fans for their wishes.We love you all right back !!!Love ,Sania ,Shoaib and Izhaan @realshoaibmalik #AllhamdulillahSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) November 3, 2018She also posted a couple of pictures with two beautiful messages sharing her few says experience as a mother of a child and even watching Malik playing along with Izhaan.blessing that can be greater than this.. I finally have gotten sometime after this overwhelming feeling to get online and check the msgs and love we have received.Shoaib and I feel truly blessed and humbled with the wishes and love we have received Thank you to each one of u! pic.twitter.com/PTisH3qKUeSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) November 3, 2018So it’s been 5 days since we came into this world .. Me as a mother and my little Izhaan as my son we’ve even watched Baba play some cricket together since we’ve arrived it truly is the biggest match ,tournament achievement I’ve ever won or had and there is no feeling or- pic.twitter.com/KRiXVNmcoxSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) November 3, 2018Sania married Shoaib in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony on April 12, 2010. Sania at the ‘Goa Fest 2018’ earlier this year had said that their child would keep surnames of both of them.”Today I will tell you a secret. My husband and I have spoken about it and we have decided that whenever we have a child, the child will have Mirza-Malik as a surname and not just Malik. So that’s where we stand as a family including my husband. He actually wants a daughter,” Sania had said.last_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Jasprit Bumrah gives India control on 15-wicket day vs Australia

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first_imgJasprit Bumrah tore apart Australia’s feeble batting line-up on a deteriorating pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to give India command of the Boxing Day Test against Australia.Despite taking a 292-run lead, India chose not to enforce the follow-on. They were reduced to 54 for 5 in their second innings but went to stumps with a lead of 346.Bumrah, who finished with 6 for 33, became the first Asian bowler to pick up five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia in his first year in Test cricket.India had declared after piling on 443 for 7 on Thursday. Australian openers Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch survived six testing overs from the Indian attack late in the evening but the hosts were blown away by Jasprit Bumrah, who bowled with pace and mixed the slower balls cleverly.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 3: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENED | SCORECARDIt was, however, Ishant Sharma who started the damage for Australia when he dismissed Aaron Finch in the fifth over of the day. Bumrah then had Harris sent back before Ravindra Jadeja joined the party – playing his first Test in Australia, Jadeja snared Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh.Mohammed Shami bowled only 10 overs but he looked menacing – however, he had just one wicket to show for his guile and skills.The day really belonged to Jasprit Bumrah. He was menacing, quick, intimidating and exploited the variable bounce on the pitch to leave Australia rattled.India’s batsmen had fought hard for two days. Ricky Ponting even questioned Cheteshwar Pujara’s gritty hundred and said India might be left to rue his poor strike rate if they lost the Test match.advertisementBut it was evident batting was not easy on the MCG surface. Pujara and Finch had said as much after play on Thursday.On Friday, Jasprit Bumrah ensured Australia were in all sorts of trouble. It was bowling of the highest standard. His pace impressed even the Australian experts and left their batsmen dazed.There was more drama in store late. Despite a 292-run lead, Virat Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on, perhaps worried his men might have to bat in the fourth innings on a surface that could not be trusted anymore.As it happened, Pat Cummins ripped through the Indian top-order. He picked up four wickets in four overs to give Australia some joy in what has been a tough Test match.Cummins first removed Hanuma Vihari to break what was another promising opeing stand. He then dismissed Pujara and Kohli for ducks within four deliveries. Josh Hazlewood then dismissed Rohit Sharma as India lost half their side.However, there are plenty of good things working for Indis still. Mayank Agarwal, who has had an impressive debut, was at the crease along with Rishabh Pant. Australia are still not out of choppy waters and it would take a massive effort from the hosts to turn their fortunes in Melbourne over the weekend.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah breaks 39-year-old Indian record in 1st year in Test cricketAlso Read | Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s IPL banter: If he gets a hundred, we’ll buy himAlso See:last_img read more

Dak Prescott Sends Pre-NFL Draft Message To Kyler Murray

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first_imgoklahoma quarterback kyler murray warms upMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL Draft is only a few days away and there’s still almost no indication of where Kyler Murray will go. But projections ranging from No. 1 overall to outside the first round (or several), Dak Prescott had a message for the Oklahoma quarterback.In a commercial posted on the Oklahoma Football Twitter page, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback delivered a heartfelt message to Murray. He explained that he has experience with being doubted, recalling his own draft experience.Prescott made it clear that Murray shouldn’t worry about people doubting him. “So what if they doubt you? They doubted me too,” Prescott declared.The Cowboys quarterback does share some similarities with Murray from his own days at Mississippi State.So what if they doubt you.@dak ➡️ @TheKylerMurray #NFLDraft April 25 @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/ayrW2AppEL— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) April 21, 2019As a prospect, Prescott was seen as slightly undersized – less so than Murray, though – but also as a player who might have been better served trying other positions.But the Dallas Cowboys took a chance on Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and were rewarded for their confidence.Prescott went on to have one of the best seasons by a rookie quarterback in NFL history and has led the Cowboys to two playoff appearances in his three years as a pro.Kyler Murray might not be heading to the same situation as Prescott, but if he has the skills, he can certainly find a way to duplicate his success.last_img read more

Order to Increase Monetary Limits in Courts Tabled in the House

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first_imgThe Judicature (Resident Magistrates) Act (Increase in Jurisdiction) Order, 2013 was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, February 5.The Order was tabled by Leader of Government Business in the House and Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell.Section 129A of the Judicature (Resident Magistrates) Act empowers the Minister by Order, subject to affirmative Resolution, to increase the monetary jurisdictional limits of the Resident Magistrate’s Court in civil matters.For common law claims or torts, the limit is being moved from $250,000 to $1 million, and for claims in which distress or replevin or property or goods is sought, the limit is being moved from $50,000 to $1 million.In respect of claims for rent or mesne profit by a landlord, who is seeking recovery of possession from a tenant holding over after tenancy has expired or has been terminated by notice to quit, the limit is moved from $250,000 to $1 million. For claims by caveator to restrain land being bought under the Registration of Titles Act, the limit is moved from $450,000 to $2 million.The Senate on Friday, February 1, approved the Resolution increasing the monetary jurisdictional limits of the Resident Magistrate’s Court in civil matters. When approved in the Lower House, it will be gazetted and made into law.last_img read more

Parents And Children Bond At DRF Summer Camp

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first_imgStory Highlights There were hugs and tears as parents and children came together in an emotional relationship-building exercise at the Dispute Resolution Foundation’s (DRF) Kingston summer camp.The parent-child rap session, held on Thursday (July 20), was the highlight of the fourth day of the camp, which is being staged at the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions on Hope Boulevard.The session was intended to help rebuild and strengthen the connection between parents and children, and focused on exchanging perspectives with a view to better understanding each other. The participants were encouraged to share their personal experiences and thoughts.“This gives the parents some background of the type of issues their children may be going through, as well as for the children to understand things from the parental perspective,” DRF Project Manager, Cherrol Taylor, told JIS News.“The activity encourages them to listen while the other party speaks; sometimes because we are so focused on getting our points out, we are not listening attentively. With this therapeutic approach it gives each party a chance to communicate and feel listened to in the end,” she said.The children were each paired with a parent and then rotated, to allow them to interact with parents other than their own.“We believe that when parents hear from other children, they get a broad view. You don’t want to limit the discussion to whatever is happening in the home, you want to broaden that,” Mrs. Taylor said.The Kingston camp is one of four being operated by DRF Peace Centres from July 17 to 28. Camps are also being hosted by the Clarendon centre in May Pen, as well as by centres in Spanish Town, St. Catherine and Flankers in St. James.Some 350 children are participating in the camps across the four locations.Danecia Wright, a 15-year-old student from St. Andrew High School for Girls, who participated in the rap session at the Kingston camp, hailed it as effective and important in helping to bridge the generation gap.“Their [the parents] views and perspectives on things are vastly different from ours… because they want to use methods that their parents used; but they have to understand that we are from the 21st century, so we think differently and society is changing, ” she told JIS News.Another participant, a 15-year-old student from Donald Quarrie High School, also said she benefitted from the exercise.“The rap session went great for me. It helped me to see that parents really can understand what children are going through; but some of them really find it hard to express it. Rapping with some of the parents, I realised that there are good people out there and they want to see us as children do well,” she said.Other rap sessions will be hosted throughout the camps, and will include police and school-based personnel.Mrs. Taylor explained that the summer camps are multi-faceted, engaging the youngsters on a range of issues affecting them. These include puberty, sexually transmitted disease, entrepreneurship, social media usage, impact of music on youth, leadership and stewardship skills, art and craft and cyber bullying.The camps will also be hosting sessions on substance abuse through support from the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA); career options with assistance from the National Youth Service; and personal development with a team from the HEART Trust/NTA.A sports day will also be held at Hope Gardens for participants in Spanish Town and Kingston.One youngster shared with JIS News that she has struggled with behavioural problems, brought on by peer pressure and physical and sexual abuse, and is hopeful that the support being provided by the Foundation, through the camps and other programmes by the Foundation’s Peace Centre, will help her address these issues.“I am learning to show more affection and to talk to people about things,” she said.“The summer camp has been great. I think it is good to have a lot of children coming in, having adults that they can speak to on different issues, and persons that they can confide in,” she added.Seventeen-year-old Kingston College student, Akeem Cargill, also expressed appreciation for the opportunity to learn skills and understand about entrepreneurship and other issues. There were hugs and tears as parents and children came together in an emotional relationship-building exercise at the Dispute Resolution Foundation’s (DRF) Kingston summer camp. The Kingston camp accommodates children from communities such as Maverly, Fletchers Land, Allman Town, Kencot, Rockfort, Tivoli Gardens, Waterhouse, Greater Portmore, Trench Town, Seaview Gardens and Drewsland, among others.The summer camps are supported under Phase Three of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP III), which provides transportation for students to and from home, as well as meals.center_img The session was intended to help rebuild and strengthen the connection between parents and children, and focused on exchanging perspectives with a view to better understanding each other. The participants were encouraged to share their personal experiences and thoughts. The Kingston camp is one of four being operated by DRF Peace Centres from July 17 to 28. Camps are also being hosted by the Clarendon centre in May Pen, as well as by centres in Spanish Town, St. Catherine and Flankers in St. James.last_img read more

Efficiency Nova Scotia to Deliver NonElectric Energy Efficiency Programs

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first_imgThe province has reached an agreement-in-principle with Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation to deliver energy-efficiency programs to Nova Scotians. “Government is committed to investing in programs that help Nova Scotians become more energy efficient and save money and the environment,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “The focus continues to be on funding programs that assist homeowners to make important energy-saving upgrades with emphasis on low-income homeowners and renters, who will benefit the most from monthly energy savings.” Effective April 1, Efficiency Nova Scotia will administer the Residential Energy Affordability Program, New Homes Performance Plus Program, Solar Rebate for Residential, Commercial and Industrial, EnerGuide, and the EnerInfo Toll-free Line. The toll-free number remains 1-800-670-4636. Efficiency Nova Scotia will also develop new energy-efficiency programs, which may include replacements to improve existing programs. Participants will see no change in service with the wind-down of Conserve Nova Scotia, effective March 31. The province will provide funding to Efficiency Nova Scotia to deliver programs, with details to be announced in the spring budget. “We are committed to provide energy-efficiency programming because it saves Nova Scotians money, stimulates the economy and creates jobs,” Mr. Parker said. “This is in keeping with the commitment to make life better and more affordable for Nova Scotians.” “What’s most important for Nova Scotians is that come April 1, Efficiency Nova Scotia will be the one-stop shop for all home or business energy savings programs, regardless of the energy type used,” said Allan Crandlemire, interim CEO of Efficiency Nova Scotia. “One of the key reasons that Efficiency Nova Scotia was established was that Nova Scotians wanted one, independent organization in charge of energy-efficiency and conservation programs.” Government is discontinuing one program, the Zero-Interest Loan Program for EnerGuide Participants, because of limited interest. EnerGuide-qualified homeowners have until June 30 to submit applications for pre-approval for a loan. Once approved, homeowners will have 18 months from the initial audit to complete the work, submit final audit results and receipts to receive loans. The Department of Energy and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will administer the program until the last pre-approved loans are processed. One-time Conserve Nova Scotia programs, such as the Greening the School Bus, Green Driver, Class 8 Trucking Efficiency, Hybrid Vehicle Technology Demonstration Project and the Fuel Efficient Taxi Pilot Project within Halifax Regional Municipality, will end March 31, as scheduled. Innovative sustainable transportation initiatives are being reviewed and will be announced soon. Efficiency Nova Scotia’s new responsibility for non-electric energy-efficiency programs will complement its role as the independent administrator of electricity-efficiency programs, funded through a fee on power bills and regulated by the Utility and Review Board. The budgets will remain separate. The Energy Department will continue to be responsible for energy efficiency policy and regulations. For program details, visit www.conservens.ca until March 31. Beginning April 1, program information and details can be found on the Efficiency Nova Scotia website at www.efficiencyns.ca .last_img read more

KMC holds meeting to take stock of desiltation work

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first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) held a meeting with the state Irrigation & Waterways department on Monday, to take stock of desiltation work in the canals to ensure that water drains out through these canals properly during the monsoon and there is no accumulation of water. There are around 16 canals under the KMC area that come under the aegis of the state Irrigation department.”I had sought a report from the Irrigation department on March 13, on the progress in desiltation work of the clogged canals within a month. They have submitted a list of the canals and the projected time in which they will complete the work. They have also mentioned the time when they will take up such work again,” said Member, Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSingh has directed his departmental DG Amit Roy to fix a date so that he can take stock of the desiltation work himself. “We have to ensure that during heavy rainfall, the water is able to pass through the gully pits into the underground drainage system, so that we can use our drainage pumping station to pump the water into the river through these canals,” said a senior official of the Drainage department who attended the meeting. The Kolkata Environment Improvement Investment Programme (KEIIP), with the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has integrated a few pumping stations while several pipelines have been cleansed during the dry weather. Pump capacities have also been increased. The meeting in KMC headquarters on Monday was chaired by Singh. State Irrigation minister Saumen Kumar Mahapatra could not attend the meeting because of his preoccupation but senior officials of his department attended the meeting along with officials of KMC’s Drainage department.last_img read more

Generals defeat Hamiltons Bulldogs 21

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The Oshawa Generals upset the Hamilton Bulldogs in an overtime win, 2-1, Saturday, at FirstOntario Centre.The third place Bulldogs took on the first place Oshawa Generals for the second half of a back-to-back play against the Generals.The win moves the Generals ahead of the Bulldogs by four points in both the East Division and Eastern Conference standings.Hamilton’s season record drops to 10-6-3-0 with their record at FirstOntario Centre now 3-2-3-0.The Bulldogs will be back on home ice on November 26 when they play host to the North Bay Battalion. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio States 1716 win against Michigan State

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Ohio State outlasted Michigan State on Saturday for a 17-16 victory and its first conference win of the season. Here’s what we learned about the Buckeyes in their slugfest with the Spartans. The MSU measuring stick Want a barometer for how far this offense has come in a year? Look no further than the Buckeyes’ loss to the Spartans last season. To say that OSU’s offense was ineffective in their 2011 conference opener, a 10-7 loss to MSU, would be a gross understatement. It was embarrassingly inadequate. Those Buckeyes limped to 178 yards of total offense, and only found the end zone in the waning seconds when a Spartan victory was inevitable. Braxton Miller threw for 56 yards while having the worst game of his career as a runner. Things got so bad for the then-freshman quarterback that he was benched in favor of former Buckeyes quarterback Joe Bauserman. Earlier in the week, coach Urban Meyer said that his sophomore quarterback had come a long way since last year’s match with MSU. Miller backed up Meyer’s words with a statement performance on Saturday. The Buckeyes’ signal-caller threw for 179 yards and rushed for 136, accounting for more than 82 percent of the team’s total offense. But it wasn’t just the Buckeye’s biggest star that shined against the Spartans. Junior receiver Corey “Philly” Brown nearly matched his production from all of last season, hauling in a career-best 12 receptions. Sophomore receiver Devin Smith once again showed his big-play ability with a 63-yard touchdown catch that put the Buckeyes ahead for good. It wasn’t a perfect game for OSU’s offense, though. There are several areas where they need to improve, starting with ball security – Miller threw an interception and fumbled twice. But as a group, they are certainly heading in the right direction. The defense is flawed, but in the right places Entering Saturday’s game, the “Silver Bullets” ranked last in the Big Ten conference in total defense. Does OSU really have the league’s worst defense? Probably not. Does the defense have flaws? Absolutely.  In MSU’s first two games against ranked opponents, Spartans quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw three interceptions and averaged 217 yards per game. The junior played turnover-free football against OSU while throwing for 269 yards. Perhaps the first-year starter is just becoming more comfortable in the pocket as the season progresses, but it’s fairly clear that the Buckeyes don’t have an elite secondary. Fortunately, they really don’t need one. With all due respect to the likes of Indiana and Purdue, only three teams on the Buckeyes remaining schedule really pose a threat to OSU’s chance at a perfect season – Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan. What else do those three teams have in common? They all employ a run-first mentality. Just ask MSU how that type of game plan works against the Buckeye’s frontline. Spartans running back Le’Veon Bell entered the contest averaging 152 yards per game on the ground. The junior saw his impressive average, and perhaps his Heisman chances, plummet at the hands of OSU’s defense, which held Bell to just 45 yards on 17 carries. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The Buckeyes’ entire offensive line, which is perhaps the most improved unit on this year’s team. The big boys surrendered just one sack, and dominated the line of scrimmage while Miller and company ran for 204 yards.  Granted, some credit should go to Miller, who eludes would-be sacks better than just about any other quarterback in the country. But while facing a quality Spartan pass rush, the offensive line proved its merit. It’s important (and when they’re winning, fairly easy) to enjoy the Buckeyes in Meyer’s debut season. But whether it’s because of this year’s bowl ban, or the fact that Meyer doesn’t yet have the ideal personnel to run his system, it’s also hard not to look ahead. Of the five starters on OSU’s improved unit, only one is a senior. The future looks bright in Columbus, and as with almost anything in football, it all starts with the offensive line. read more

Football How Ohio State will replace right guard Branden Bowen

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Ohio State right guard Branden Bowen raises his helmet to the crowd as he is carted off the field during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Maryland on Oct. 7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s offensive line had seemingly found its groove. Over the past several games, the line had provided quarterback J.T. Barrett with plenty of time each time he dropped back to pass, particularly in Saturday’s game against Maryland.But with less than two minutes left in the first quarter of Ohio State’s eventual 62-14 victory over Maryland, redshirt sophomore right guard Branden Bowen fell to the turf on a play that broke down and forced Barrett to scramble out of the pocket for a two-yard gain. The hulking lineman was carted off the field with a cast on his left leg and later was diagnosed as having fractured both his left tibia and fibula.“Keep Branden Bowen in your prayers,” head coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “I think he’s going to have surgery tomorrow, broken leg. Clean break. And so just gotta get him healthy and get him back.”For a number of reasons, the loss of Bowen will affect the team. Emotionally, it is the loss of a teammate and a painful injury the team knows will cost Bowen the rest of his season. From a personnel standpoint, it leaves a hole on the right side of the offensive line that requires filling before the team travels to Nebraska.Even when Bowen is replaced on the line, the new starter will lack the previous game experience the starter possessed and the chemistry he had developed with the other starters.“That’s our brother. And as an offense, that’s our brother as well, so I mean, you’re losing one of the key cogs of the offensive unit with Bowen going down,” redshirt senior center Billy Price said. “That game experience that Bowen had, it’s irreplaceable. Even last year’s game experience and him coming in and taking that time.”Redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell took Bowen’s place Saturday. Burrell listed as the left guard backup on the team’s depth chart and who has been seen before games going through warmups as a center. Redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon was listed as Bowen’s official backup at right guard.Burrell had been among those competing for the starting right guard spot in the summer, but ultimately lost the position battle to Bowen. As it stands right now, Burrell figures to be the most likely candidate to inherit the starting job, but Meyer left open the possibility of another position battle.“Next man up, right now looks like Matt Burrell,” Meyer said. “And we’ll see if there’s any competition at that spot. [The depth is] alarming, but Matt played OK.”For now though, the expectation among the players is that Burrell will inherit the will fill Bowen’s vacancy. Bowen was a key factor in the momentum the line had built coming into the game, Price said. Now the mentality is next man up.“Matt came in for [Bowen] and he performed very well today,” Price said. “A guy who we always [tell] ‘You never know your number’s going to be called so you have to make sure you prepare.’”When Burrell lost the battle in the offseason, it was likely a major blow to his confidence as he had lost a position battle the season prior at the left guard spot to now-sophomore guard Michael Jordan.And as Price said, that lack of confidence still separates Burrell from Bowen for the time being.“He’s always questioning, ‘Hey did I do this right?’ or ‘Hey, did I do this right? And it’s again, football is a game of highs and lows and you’ve just got to go out and block,” Price said. “You can’t just sit here and constantly think about, ‘Hey, OK I’ve got to make sure that this is playing perfect.’ Playing offensive line, you’re not going to play perfect.” read more

Facebook faces another lawsuit after being accused of faking endorsements

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first_imgAlthough plaintiff has nothing negative to say about USA Today newspapers, plaintiff is not an avid reader of USA Today, nor does plaintiff endorse the newspaper… Defendant knowingly used plaintiff’s likeness and Facebook profile to advertise to the general public that plaintiff endorsed USA Today without plaintiff’s permission.The company was recently sued for allegedly intercepting private messages and passing that information onto advertisers. Matt Cambell, an American lawyer and political blogger, filed the lawsuit back in December asking it to change its policy and give a monetary award for users whose messages were scanned. Facebook has denied both claims and says it will defend itself “vigourously.”Facebook recently announced that it will “sunset” sponsored stories in April. The company announced back in June that it would cut the number of ad formats on its site from 27 to less than half.Read: Facebook page of Limerick City of Culture is hacked >Read: Facebook an unreliable way to judge future employees, study finds > FACEBOOK HAS ANOTHER lawsuit to deal with after being accused of faking user endorsements on ads.The latest complaint comes from US resident, Anthony Ditirro, who claims Facebook misrepresented him by saying he “liked” USA Today in a sponsored advertisement when he hadn’t.The lawsuit says that by doing this, Facebook has violated a number of civil and business codes, and that members should receive damages – of at least $750 per person – for using their likeness without permission.The lawsuit, uploaded and posted by CNET, says:last_img read more

Amazon Prime gets 799 monthly option

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first_imgAt $79/year, Amazon Prime is actually much cheaper than either Netflix or Hulu Plus. But the online retail giant has decided to introduce a more expensive $7.99 monthly fee for its premium service.Those opting for the new payment structure will receive the same benefits as annual customers, including unlimited streaming of hundreds of movies and TV shows, access to a big slate of Kindle e-book titles, and free two-day shipping on all Amazon-fulfilled products.This strategy shows that the online retailer is now trying to market Amazon Prime as a direct competitor to Netflix and Hulu Plus. The benefit of receiving free two-day shipping, which is originally what Prime was all about, is becoming more and more of a footnote.When Prime was first introduced, charging on an annual basis made sense. If it was available for a $7.99 monthly fee, many consumers would probably sign up for November and December and then swiftly cancel their memberships. The whole point of Amazon Prime was to encourage users to shop at Amazon year-round. The story has changed, though, with Prime drawing much more attention these days because of its video streaming and free Kindle book access.So at a monthly fee of $7.99, Amazon Prime fits in perfectly alongside other premium video streaming platforms. Of course, anyone who has access to a calculator can figure out that the $79 annual rate of an Amazon Prime membership is actually only $6.58 a month, making it the cheapest video streaming service available. Paying annually still makes a lot of sense.More at Amazon, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Europe bien plus de poisson consommé que ne peuvent en produire les

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first_imgEurope : bien plus de poisson consommé que ne peuvent en produire les mersEurope – Une récente étude réalisée par la New Economics Foundation (NEF) et l’association OCEAN2012 révèle que les Européens consomment plus de poisson que ne peuvent en produire les mers d’Europe, épuisant beaucoup trop vite les réserves halieutiques.D’après ce rapport, les Européens consomment en effet en 189 jours les réserves prévues pour une année. “L’Union européenne est dotée des lieux de pêche les plus vastes et parmi les plus riches de la planète mais, d’une part, elle n’a pas réussi à les gérer de manière responsable et d’autre part, elle exporte désormais ses excédents dans d’autres parties du monde”, souligne Aniol Esteban, économiste de la NEF et d’OCEAN2012. La première est un groupe de réflexion et d’action sur les politiques environnementales, tandis qu’OCEAN2012 est une alliance d’organisations visant à transformer la politique européenne de la pêche.Selon l’étude menée par ces deux organismes, l’Europe devient importatrice de poissons dès le 9 juillet, date avancée au 20 juin dans le cas de la France. Pour offrir à l’Europe une meilleure autosuffisance, la NEF préconise de réduire la capacité de pêche, d’améliorer la collecte des informations, la transparence et la communication, et de donner la priorité aux avis scientifiques pour déterminer les quotas de captures. “Restaurer nos écosystèmes marins,  adapter la consommation de poisson aux ressources disponibles, voilà des mesures qui s’imposent pour enrayer cette tendance néfaste” conclut M. Esteban.Le 18 juillet 2010 à 11:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Study to Resolve Potential Conflicts between MCAS Cherry Point Neighbors

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A joint land use study (JLUS) under way for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point on the coast of North Carolina will address a number of potential conflicts between the base’s mission and neighboring land uses, including the construction of tall structures such as windmills, the density of development surrounding the airfield, noise impacts from the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the use of surrounding waterways by boaters and commercial fishermen.“The JLUS process is fostering a good working relationship among the military installations and all neighboring communities to act as a team to prevent or curtail encroachment issues associated with the military mission,” Steve Player, project development manager for the Wooten Company, which is preparing the study, told the New Bern Sun Journal.The study is expected to recommend a uniform standard among surrounding counties governing tall structures that could present a danger to flight activities, as Craven, Pamlico and Carteret counties have differing rules.“We think that is probably a good step in the right direction as the Department of Defense looks at potential missions for Cherry Point down the road,” Player said.The study also will consider measures to limit development in accident potential zones near the installation’s runways, including recommendations discouraging mobile homes from being located there.“High density development is not a compatible use in association with the runways, the clearways and the accident potential zones that are immediately adjacent to the airfields, so we are looking at recommendations to reduce the density so that if an accident does occur, it would be less impactful,” said Player.The review will try to resolve conflicts between the installation’s bombing ranges and boaters in the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound, according to the story.“We are looking at suggestions and recommendations that would increase communication and decrease the conflict between the commercial and recreational fishermen and the mission that the Marine Corps has for those two air-to-ground bombing ranges,” Player said.The study also will address concerns about local infrastructure, such as the ability of area roads to handle increased military activity. Overall, the review is intended to preserve the ability of the installation to fulfill its military missions without affecting the quality of life for its neighboring communities.“We’ve been told that Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point has become a very desirable assignment for the Marines because of the quality of life in the surrounding communities,” Player said. “We want to continue to enhance those activities that make this a very attractive place for the Marines to come,” he said.last_img read more

Sure that BJP will give stable developmentoriented govt under

Sure that BJP will give stable developmentoriented govt under

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first_imgNew Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Friday congratulated B S Yediyurappa after he took oath as Karnataka chief minister, and expressed confidence that the party will run a stable, pro-farmer and development-oriented government under him. “Congrats to BS Yediyurappa, newly sworn-in CM of Karnataka. I am sure under his leadership and under the guidance of PM Modi, BJP will give a stable, pro-farmer and development-oriented govt in the state. I assure people of Karnataka that BJP is committed to fulfil their aspirations,” Shah, also the Union home minister tweeted. Yediyurappa was sworn in as chief minister of the state for the fourth time on Friday. Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 76-year-old leader at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan.last_img read more

After angry fans question World Cup organisers ICC gives reason behind not

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first_imgFor the International Cricket Council, this week has been tough. It started when MS Dhoni’s gloves caught their eye, there were exchanges with the BCCI. Well, that was restored, but then rain and its woes intervened and if the MET department is to be believed, it will continue to be a dampener right through this week.Two matches have already been washed out, Sri Lanka have already faced the brunt in two of their fixtures and the ICC has been extremely unlucky with the weather this year. So, why are there no reserved days for this marquee tournament? For starters, ICC outgoing CEO Dave Richardson believes that it will be practically impossible for them to have a reserve day for every match.’This is extremely unseasonable weather’ Rain has proven to be a spoilsport this World CupAP”Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver,” Richardson said in a statement.The MET department has said that the United Kingdom is experiencing twice the average rainfall in June.”This is extremely unseasonable weather. In the last couple of days, we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the UK.”Richardson also explained why having a reserve day in the tournament is not a very practical step to take and that it can have an impact on the entire World Cup.”It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials’ availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to be at the game. There is also no guarantee that the reserve day would be free from rain either,” Richardson added. India’s match against New Zealand can also be rain-affectedTwitter/ICCThis being said, these abandoned matches are having an impact on the points table which will have a bearing when the tournament enters the business end, but then having a reserve day for each match will require a significant increase in the workforce from the current 1,200 that are employed per game.”We have reserve days factored in for the knock-out stages, knowing that over the course of 45 group games we should play the large majority. When a match is affected by weather conditions, the venue team works closely with match officials and ground staff to ensure that we have the best possible opportunity to play cricket, even if it is a reduced overs game,” he informed.last_img read more