London Olympics: Mahe Drysdale wins gold in single sculls rowing

first_imgFive-time world champion rower Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand powered to gold in the single sculls event at the London Olympics on Friday. Drysdale won by a length to clock six minutes, 57.82 seconds ahead of Czech rower Ondreij Synek, the silver medallist in Beijing, who was 1.5 seconds back.Britain’s Alan Campbell won the bronze in 7:03.28, pushing Lassi Karonen of Sweden into fourth.last_img

Australia out of Champions Trophy,Australia out of Champions Trophy

first_imgAustralia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy. Australia’s Aaron Finch and Steve Smith (right) look dejected   –  Reuters Australia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy. Australia’s Aaron Finch and Steve Smith (right) look dejected   –  Reuters COMMENT Australia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy without winning a game after Ben Stokes’ stunning century guided England to an impressive 40-run Duckworth-Lewis victory on Saturday.Australia, whose two previous games against New Zealand and Bangladesh were rained off, scored 277-9 from 50 overs, with Mark Wood and Adil Rashid taking four wickets apiece, and had reduced England to 35-3 in response. But, after a brief rain break, Eoin Morgan (87) and Stokes (102 not out) dismantled the Australian attack, scoring freely in a partnership of 159 before Morgan was run out when closing in on his century.But Stokes brought up his hundred with a cut through the covers, and he and Jos Buttler (29 not out) carried England home with the hosts comfortably ahead on Duckworth-Lewis at 240-4 off 40.2 overs. They are joined in the semi-finals by unfancied Bangladesh, who beat New Zealand in Group A on Friday.Bad weather affected all three Australian matches but captain Steve Smith was unwilling to use that as an excuse. “We’ve got some quality cricketers, but we didn’t turn up,” he told the BBC. “It’s been disappointing to have not got a complete game in, but you can’t make excuses like this.”England’s captain Morgan said his side were close to their best in beating the reigning 50-over world champions. “This is a tournament you need to be at your best to win games of cricket,” he said.Having been put in to bat, Australia set about building an imposing score. After David Warner was dismissed for 21, Aaron Finch and Smith scored freely to race past 100. Finch struck eight boundaries in his 68 when Morgan took a superb catch off the bowling of Stokes, before Rashid had Moises Henriques (17) caught with Australia 161-3.Smith (56) fell to Wood, while Jason Roy sensationally caught Glenn Maxwell (20). He scooped the ball on the boundary, off-balanced, before throwing it in the air and catching it again as he ran back into the field of play. The impressive Rashid dismissed Matthew Wade (2) and Mitchell Starc (0) in one over, and Pat Cummins (4) in his next as England finished superbly. After Wood claimed his fourth wicket, bowling Adam Zampa for a duck, Travis Head (71 not out) smashed two late sixes as Australia finished on 277-9.England’s response got off to a terrible start with out-of-form Roy (4), Alex Hales (0) and Joe Root (15) gone inside six overs as England slumped to 35-3 before the first rain break. The break helped England as the swashbuckling duo of Morgan and Stokes both completed confident fifties with a series of lusty blows to bring up their 100 partnership.The onslaught continued and a century beckoned for Morgan but he was run out by Zampa.However, any thought of an Australia fightback was ended by Stokes, who struck 13 boundaries and two sixes, and Buttler who marshalled England until heavy rain ended the game. 2/2 England’s Ben Stokes celebrates his century.   –  Reuters 1/2 June 10, 2017 × SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img cricket Australia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy. Australia’s Aaron Finch and Steve Smith (right) look dejected   –  Reuters SHARE Bad weather affected all three Australian matches but captain Steve Smith was unwilling to use that as an excuse. England’s Ben Stokes celebrates his century.   –  Reuters England’s Ben Stokes celebrates his century.   –  Reuters Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more


first_imgJhajharia lauded the Sports Ministry for its Jhajharia lauded the Sports Ministry for its unprecedented support for the para athletes in the build-up to the Rio Paralympics. “The ministry spent a lot of money this time for the Paralympians. This was unprecedented. I was under Target Olympic Podium scheme and I trained for three months in Finland before the Rio Olympics,” he said. “The gold I won in Rio was due to the Finland training. The conditions and facilities there was fantastic and that made a difference to my preparation. I thank sports ministry for sending me to Finland,” said Jhajharia who trained in Finland with his personal coach Sunil Tanwar. “The Indian contingent did very well in Rio Paralympics. If the ministry continue to support para athletes like this, our performance in international events will keep on improving. I think we will do even better in 2020 Tokyo Paralympics,” he said. Asked about his future plans, Jhajharia said he will take rest for a few months before the start of IPC World Athletics Championships next year in London. “It has been a hectic training schedule before Rio Paralympics and then the Paralympics itself. So, it has been hectic four-five months. I will take rest for a while and start training for IPC World Championships in London next year. That is the biggest event coming up and on my radar,” he added. Jhajharia met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday at his official residence and the para athlete said it was one of his most cherished moments. “The Prime Minister told me my achievements will inspire the nation in seeking sporting excellence and he told me to continue to bring laurels for the country. “I have met three Prime Ministers so far and among them he (PM Modi) is the most knowledgeable about sports and to me he is a man of action with a lot of zeal. I feel under him, Indian sport can move ahead fast,” he added. PTI PDS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Tata Motors to pump in Rs 4k cr this fiscal to launch products

first_imgMumbai, Aug 21 (PTI) Homegrown auto major Tata Motors today said it will invest Rs 4,000 crore in the current fiscal to bring new passenger and commercial vehicles to the market as part of its turnaround strategy. The company also expects to save over Rs 1,500 crore and add to the bottom line in its domestic business through various cost optimisation exercises and hopes return to the black in 2017-18. Besides, it is looking at “temporary hibernation” of some of its production lines across different plants in order to optimise manufacturing. In line with its new approach, the company also unveiled its new brand promise with tagline Connecting Aspirations. Tata Motors Managing Director Guenter Butschek said the company has embarked on a turnaround programme with the next 6-9 months being critical as against an earlier planned business transition, to be achieved on the next 2-3 years. The domestic commercial vehicles business is the backbone of Tata Motors and the focus of the turnaround is on getting higher market share of 5 per cent in this segment and launching new products faster in the market, he told reporters here. “For the CV segment we have earmarked Rs 1,500 crore for FY18,” Butschek said, adding that 10 new products have been lined up. Out of these six will be in medium and heavy CV segments, while four products are in intermediate CV category, he said. When asked about passenger vehicles, he said the investment would be of Rs 2,500 crore but did not share product launch details. Tata Motors will launch compact SUV Nexon next month. By 2019 it plans to launch the first product from its AMP platform which can have four body types, he said. Commenting on the companys ongoing turnaround programme, Butschek said the company has suffered last fiscal due to a combination — of market volatility and its inability to respond quickly to the changing environment. Butschek said Tata Motors has undertaken a lot of initiatives to improve operation, which could potentially help it save Rs 1,500 cr and add to the bottomline. With focus on turning around the domestic business, he said the companys management is reviewing business every month with new chairman N Chandrasekaran, while a similar exercise is done with board every six weeks. On a standalone basis, Tata Motors posted loss of Rs 467.05 crore for the June quarter of 2017-18 fiscal. It had registered a profit of Rs 25.75 crore in the same period of 2016-17. As part of the overall plan, he said Tata Motors is looking at manufacturing footprint optimisation. In some of the plants, he said in the commercial vehicles segment there was only about 40 per cent capacity utilisation while in passenger vehicles segment it was as low as 10 per cent in Sanand at one point of time. “We need to take a look at how best to utilise our plants,” he said adding a strategy is being worked out so that going forward “some lines may go in for temporary hibernation” and become functional when the demand is back. He said the details were still being worked out as to which lines in what plants could possibly go for such measures. Tata Motors has plants in places including Pune, Jamshedpur, Lucknow and Pantnagar. When asked by when Tata Motors expects the domestic operations to be back in the black, he said “hopefully this fiscal”. Butschek also said the companys plans to come up with sports car RACEMO has been temporarily put on hold with the focus on commercial vehicles to lead the overall turnaround taking priority. “As part of internal agenda for crafting the turnaround we also very carefully looked around in our capital expenditures, we had to re-prioritise some of the projects in the initial list,” he said. PTI RKL MSS SAadvertisementlast_img read more

French Open 2019: Teenager Vondrousova beats Konta to reach final

first_imgUnseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova became the first teenager to reach a Grand Slam final for 10 years as she beat Johanna Konta 7-5 7-6(2) at the French Open on Friday.The 19-year-old lost the first 10 points of the match on a rainy Court Simonne Mathieu but the left-hander had more guile than her more powerful opponent in testing conditions.She will take on Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in Saturday’s final after she prevented an all-teenager final by beating American Amanda Anisimova in three sets.Vondrousova will hope to go one stage further than Ana Ivanovic in 2007, the last teenager to reach the Roland Garros final, when she lost to Justine Henin.Konta, bidding to become the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam final since 1977, will be kicking herself after squandering leads in both sets.The 28-year-old, who had never won a round at Roland Garros before this year, had three set points when she led 5-3 in the opener, but on first lashed an easy volley well over the baseline with the court at her mercy.From that point on Vondrousova began to use her splendid array of drop shots, lobs and superb anticipation to take charge, helped by regular errors off the Konta racket.She broke the Konta serve to level at 5-5 and then held with an exquisite drop shot and lob volley combination.Vondrousova claimed the first set with a defensive lob that landed plumb on the baseline.The Czech, whose tattoo says no rain no flowers an appropriate message considering the conditions and the court’s setting, surrounded by greenhouses lost focus at the start of the second set as Konta moved 3-1 ahead.advertisementKonta consolidated her lead to 5-3 but again the wheels came off as her game began to disintegrate.Serving for the set she lost a volleying exchange at 15-30 and then double-faulted at 30-40.Konta bashed away a forehand winner to take the set into a tiebreak but Vondrousova showed remarkable calm to move 6-2 ahead and then clinch victory with a disguised dropshot.Vondrousova, who has won more matches then any other player on the WTA Tour since the Australian Open, will become the first Czech to win the French Open since Hana Mandlikova in 1981 if she overcomes fellow Grand Slam final debutant Barty on Saturday.Also Read | French Open 2019: Noavk Djokovic sets semi-final clash with Dominic ThiemAlso Read | Andy Murray to play doubles at Queen’s ClubAlso Readlast_img read more

Man Utd’s Wilson signs for Sheff Utd on loan

first_imgTransfers Man Utd’s Wilson joins Sheffield United on loan Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:23 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Wilson Manchester United Hull City EPL 05062014 Getty Images Transfers Sheffield United Manchester United v Stoke City Manchester United Stoke City Premier League Having already spent time at Brighton and Derby, Wilson returns to the Championship for the third time with one of the league’s promotion hopefuls Manchester United striker James Wilson is gearing up for yet another loan switch after agreeing to spend the rest of the season at Sheffield United. Wilson, 22, has bounced back from a serious knee injury suffered in 2016 to star for the Red Devils’ Under-23 side. And he will now have the chance to prove himself in the Championship with the Blades.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Manchester United striker James Wilson has joined Championship side Sheffield United on loan for the remainder of the 2017/18 season,” the club confirmed on their official website. “The English centre-forward came through the ranks of the Academy and famously scored twice on his first-team debut, under the interim management of Ryan Giggs against Hull City in May 2014, before going on to net two more goals during Louis van Gaal’s spell as manager.”This will be Wilson’s third loan spell in the Championship, after bagging five goals in 27 appearances at Brighton & Hove Albion during the 2015/16 season, prior to his spell at Derby being cut short by the aforementioned injury.”Blades boss Chris Wilder, meanwhile, is confident that Wilson can boost a side that are currently seventh in the Championship and aiming for promotion after going up from League One last term.“James has a fantastic pedigree having come through the ranks at Manchester United and importantly has some good Championship experience,” Wilder told the official Sheffield United website.“He says he is raring to go and is the fittest he has ever been, so couple that with his undoubted ability and desire to impress, than I’m sure he will improve the group.”last_img read more

Chivas sign Peralta from America

first_imgChivas announced a blockbuster move Monday, signing veteran forward Oribe Peralta from rival Club America.Peralta is one of the most experienced players in Liga MX, with more than a decade in the Mexican first division. Peralta has scored 165 in 508 games since making his debut for Monarcas Morelia in the 2003 Clausura.The forward scored 25 goals for Mexico and took part in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, announcing his international retirement after Russia. He also helped Mexico win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics as one of three over-aged players.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Peralta has won Liga MX twice with Santos Laguna and twice more with Club America, but has seen his minutes dip in recent years. He wasn’t able to find the back of the net for America in the 2019 Clausura after scoring five goals in the Apertura. “After more than five years wearing the Azulcrema shirt, Club America announces the departure of our player, Oribe Peralta Morones. During this time, Oribe was part of the team that obtained Liga MX titles in the Apertura 2014 and Apertura 2018 tournaments as well as the Clausura 2019 Copa MX,” read a statement released by Club America.”On the international stage, Oribe obtained Concacaf Champions League titles in the 2015 and 2016 editions.”The team recognizes and thanks his commitment and professionalism during this years and wishes him luck in his new sporting project, now with Club Deportivo Guadalajara. The change was produced because of a request from the player regarding contractual themes the Guadalajara side made for him to continue his career as a professional player.”Reports indicate the 35-year-old has agreed to a two-year contract with the Rojiblancos. The Guadalajara side, which signs only Mexican players, will hope Peralta is able to recover his scoring form after a handful of disappointing campaigns with Las Aguilas.America also has signed forwards like Roger Martinez and Nicolas Castillo to bolster an attack that has been the club’s weak point in the last several seasons. Even as America won the 2018 Apertura, it was led in scoring by center back Bruno Valdez.🇫🇷 El Rebaño te da la bienvenida a tu nueva casa… ¡Hola, @OribePeralta! 👋🐐— CHIVAS (@Chivas) June 17, 2019In addition to signing Peralta, Chivas brought center back Oswaldo Alanis back from Real Oviedo this summer and have been linked with a number of other Liga MX players.The historic club is in danger of relegation this season, starting the Apertura in the penultimate position in the league’s relegation table which takes team’s last six tournaments into account. While Chivas likely could buy its place in the first division back, as the previous two clubs to be sent down have done, manager Tomas Boy and the club’s directors are committed to making sure the team stays up based on its sporting merits.last_img read more

Flint & Tinder: The New American Classic

first_img The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable 1. Flint and Tinder 2. Flint and Tinder 3. Flint and Tinder mens KS1 4. Flint and Tinder womens heritagecenter_img Here at The Manual there’s nothing more we love than a good made in America story, and while we’ve covered a fair share of them already, we’re pretty sure none quite entertains and inspires like Flint and Tinder.One of the fastest growing companies in the fashion industry, New York City-based Flint and Tinder (the name being a twist on the proverbial firestarter) was founded in 2012 by Jake Bronstein, whose colorful background includes being a former MTV “Road Rules” contestant, editor at FHM magazine and toy inventor. (Remember Buckyballs, the irritatingly perfect desk toy magnet? Yup, that was his.)Seeing the business scale up in Asia, however, inspired Bronstein to do something more to support the American economy. He also wanted to be in the business of fashion for guys, so in April 2012 Bronstein decided to test an idea for 100% domestically sourced and produced premium underwear on Kickstarter. The drive resulted in close to $300,000 worth of pre-purchased underwear, even setting a new record for Kickstarter. A second Kickstarter drive to create the ultimate hoodie racked up $1 million in sales, and for its third Kickstarter drive, Flint and Tinder set out to make 1,000 virtually indestructible braided, triple high density waxed canvas laces tipped in aluminum, only to be inundated by an order for 40,000 instead.Yet such has been the breakneck pace of growth for the company, which reportedly has tony investors such as Zappos’s chief Tony Hsieh on board. Since launching underwear less than two years ago, the company now offers 100% domestic made handsome denim, sweatshirts, pants, tees, socks, belts and bags, all at surprisingly affordable prices. Plus the company is hiring, not only beefing up its infrastructure with planners and buyers from some of the world’s best companies, but also with local talent: last December Flint and Tinder won a $100,000 grant from the state to channel into local job creation.Things are heating up, to say the least. This Valentine’s Day Flint and Tinder will formally make its push into womenswear, tweaking its bestselling men’s underwear for women, because, as Bronstein puts it, “women shouldn’t have to suffer for fashion” or pilfer from the other sex. The company is also gearing up for an expansion into custom-made offerings, a move designed to take full advantage of local manufacturing resources and shorten the traditional supply chain in the apparel business by servicing the consumer directly, down to the tiniest detail.That and a transition to offer what the industry calls a “never-out-of-stock” program with year-round offerings by the end of the year should be sweet music to fans (currently Flint and Tinder still produces limited runs of everything, so readers, you’re well-advised to buy now than later.) “It’s everything you want,” Bronstein says. “It’s gonna fit the same as the last item. You know what your sizing is. The clothes you’re gonna see are going to be different from 30 days ago, but designed with the same eye, same quality, all that kind of stuff.” 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other last_img read more

Tata Vedanta mining leases end in March Govt for fresh auctions

first_imgNew Delhi: In a setback for the mining industry, the government is set to reject a proposal to extend non-captive mining leases of companies that are expiring after completing 50 year period in March, 2020. The move will impact about 334 mines belonging to companies such as Tata Steel, Vedanta Limited, Essel Mining, V.M. Salgaocar and Rungta Mines in 10 states that are facing expiry of lease and closure by March next year under current regulations. Of these 46 working mining leases have a significant contribution to the production of iron ore, manganese ore and chromite ore in the country. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Sources said a high level committee (HLC) set upon by Niti Aayog to identify key challenges of the sector and negate their impact has recommended that all existing mining lease of companies that have completed 50 years of operation will expire on March 31, 2020 and these would then be allocated through an auction process to be conducted in the January-March. Government is set to implement these recommendations, sources said. “The committee took note of the fact that these mines have known reserves and their period of lease will come to an end on 31-03-2020 as per MMDR (Amendment) Act, 2015 was also known. The legislature had already given a time of 5 years to ward off any situation causing disruption in supplies to local industry. Therefore, extension of time for continued operation of these mines is not desirable,” the committee has said in its report. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The mining industry had sought extension of leases of all operational non-captive mines for a period of of 10 years beyond 2020 with another 20 years extension to be considered beyond this period. This, they felt, was necessary to prevent disruption in production while allowing full exploitation of resource available in a mine. “Non-extension of lease of non-captive mines is a setback for the industry that is already facing a slowdown in demand and lower prices. This would also disrupt existing mining operations and put jobs of lakhs of workers under risk,” said an executive of a private sector miner asking not to be named. While disallowing extension of mining leases, the HLC has said that post auction new leaseholders could continue operating on approved mining plan of previous leaseholders and environment clearance (EC) for an initial period of 2 years. This will help in preventing disruption in mineral production during the period of transition from one leaseholder to other. Moreover, this would provide time to new leaseholder to apply for fresh environment and forestry clearance without facing delays. The government is studying the recommendations of the HLC and will soon come up with an action plan including further amendments to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act. The HLC is chaired by Niti Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar and consists of the cabinet secretary and secretaries of mines, steel, coal, revenue and finance. The committee was set up in April on mines, minerals and coal sectors to identify key challenges and negate their impact. It has given its report to the Centre.last_img read more

Cooler weather allows BC government to cancel state of emergency

first_imgVICTORIA – The British Columbia government has cancelled the state of emergency it declared in August when hundreds of wildfires engulfed the province.The government says cooler weather and progress in containing the forest fires means the powers granted under the provincial state of emergency are no longer required.The Ministry of Forest also lifted campfire bans across much of the province as rain moved in.The bans were rescinded in the Prince George, Cariboo and Kamloops fire centres effective on Friday.Campfire bans will be partially rescinded in the Coastal, Southeast and Northwest fire centres, allowing fires in some zones but not in others.However, the burning of grass, use of tiki torches, chimineas, sky lanterns, fireworks, burn barrels and other combustible devices are still prohibited in all centres.The provincial government says there’s been a significant reduction in the number of properties under evacuation order and many residents have been allowed to return home.It says the state of emergency declaration was made to ensure public safety and the co-ordinated response to the summer wildfire season that has seen more than 13,000 square kilometres burned.The wildfire season isn’t over yet with 485 fires still burning, 19 evacuation orders in place covering about 2,000 people, and evacuation alerts affecting almost 4,900 residents.This is the second year in a row a state of emergency was declared over the wildfires, but last year’s declaration remained in place from early July to mid-September.There is also a reprieve from the smoke from the summer wildfires in B.C. and Washington state that at its peak had spread across the country.The Metro Vancouver regional district lifted its air quality advisory for the area and for the Fraser Valley.Environment Canada’s forecast for B.C. said it may take a few more days to see marked improvements in the air quality for the Interior regions, while the arrival of a trough of low pressure late Thursday and early Friday brought fresh southwest winds and improving air quality over coastal regions.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Twitter THE ALL-FEMALE LEAD CASTThe series may be called Frankie Drake Mysteries, but it’s full to the brim with strong and smart women able to take on dangerous cases. “There’s four female leads in this show, which is pretty unusual,” says Smith, whose character is joined by her partner Trudy, Morality Officer Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard), and Morgue Attendant Flo (Sharron Matthews). “The four main characters are these vastly different women but all equally kick ass, equally ahead of their time, and doing things that are a little bit unconventional for the time. It’s great to see these gals all in their get-ups, throwing punches and kicking butt.”READ MORE Facebook Advertisement CBC is bringing a new female role model to the forefront with Frankie Drake Mysteries. The series, which premieres Monday, November 6, stars Lauren Lee Smith (This Life) as title character Frankie Drake and TV newcomer Chantel Riley as her crime-solving partner Trudy, two private detectives living in Toronto in the 1920s. It follows their adventures, tackling the cases that the local police won’t take.“It has elements of everything,” Smith told The TV Junkies during a visit to the set. “The period aspect, the action-adventure aspect, the drama aspect, and the somewhat procedural aspect in that every episode the audience will know that there’s some conflict that needs to be resolved. It melds the best of all of these little worlds.”We could tell you all the reasons why we’re excited about the series, but instead we thought we’d let stars Smith and Riley explain why Frankie Drake Mysteries is a show you won’t want to miss. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Wednesday is the final day to buy dinner tickets for Ball to

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fundraising ball for a local 4-year-old with neuroblastoma is happening this weekend, and Wednesday is the final day to pick up tickets to the dinner portion of the event.The Happily Ever After Ball was originally scheduled for August 25th but had to be pushed back to October 6th since Natalie Small would not have been able to attend. The 4-year-old has been battling Stage 4 neuroblastoma since last December, and had a bone marrow transplant too close to the August date.Event co-organizer Kate Hadland said that tickets for the dance portion of the Ball, which starts at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, will be available up to and including the evening of the event for $40. Tickets for the dinner are only available until the end of the day Wednesday from Tenacious Detail on 100th Ave. Those tickets are $65 for adults, $25 for kids aged 6-10, while kids 5 and under get in free.With more time to organize the event, Hadland said in August that the event will feature more auctions and prizes, as well as live music.Organizers Hadland and Janna Gerber have also created a foundation inspired by the Smalls. The Happily Ever After Foundation was designed to help families in the Peace Region when the unexpected happens, with the Foundation’s first fundraiser going towards helping Natalie and her family.For more information on the ball, foundation and how to purchase tickets contact Kate Hadland at (250) 263-4988 or Janna Gerber at (250) 264-7864, or message the Tenacious Detail Facebook page.last_img read more

Lenders extend Jet Airways bidders deadline to April 12

first_imgNew Delhi: Lenders of Jet Airways Wednesday extended the deadline for submission of initial bids for stake purchase in the ailing airline to April 12. Cash-strapped Jet Airways has delayed salaries to pilots, defaulted on loan repayments as well as payments to aircraft lessors. SBI Capital Markets, which issued Expression of Interest (EoI) document on April 8, has extended the deadline for submission of initial bids to April 12. Potential bidders can send their queries till April 11. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe deadline for submission of bids was to end on Wednesday. “The qualified bidders will be expected to submit their respective binding bid(s) latest by April 30, 2019 subject to the terms set out under the bid document,” SBI Capital Markets said in a notice posted on its website. The SBI-led consortium of domestic lenders are implementing a debt resolution plan for Jet Airways, whose board approved the plan last month. “While all soft copies of the EoIs are required to submitted by the EoI due date, the hard copies may be submitted by April 16, 2019,” the notice said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostEarlier in the day, SBI Capital Markets issued a set of clarifications related to the EoI document, including that bidders in a consortium need to furnish solvency certificates individually. “Bidders are required to provide the solvency certificate … on their letterhead and certified by managing director/ full time director / CEO of the bidder or a person holding an equivalent position in the bidder,” SBI Capital Markets said in a separate notice. In the case of consortium, each member has to submit solvency certificate, which is a proof of an entity’s financial stability. As part of the debt resolution plan for the full service carrier, the lenders are looking to restructure “existing facilities and infusion of funds by way of loans or acquisition/ subscription of up to 75 per cent of equity share capital of the company”. Shares of Jet Airways declined 1.59 per cent to close at Rs 263.40 apiece on the BSE.last_img read more

UKBased Research Predicts Rise of ShariaCompliant Credit Cards in Morocco

Rabat – New market research conducted by Timetric expects the rise of contactless payment services (CPS) and Sharia-compliant credit cards in Morocco over the next few years.Centre Monetique Interbancaire – Morocco’s own internal network switch – launched CPS in the kingdom just over a year ago alongside MasterCard, according to the United Kingdom-based business information serviceCPS allows customers to pay for goods or services at a vender through a cell phone, key fob or other device equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) or near field communication (NFC) without needing to pull out a wallet. Services such as ApplePay and Google Wallet are all part of the global CPS landscape. So far the CPS point of service terminals have only been deployed in Casablanca, but they are expected to reach Rabat and Marrakesh in the coming months. By the end of 2016, Moroccans will be able to take advantage of 6,000 terminals – and by 2017, that number will more than double to 17,000.Mobile point of sale devices, which allow small vendors to accept payments on smartphones and tablets, also spread to Morocco late last year, empowering freelancers and other mavericks to accept credit and debit cards.In June 2014, new banking laws established by the Islamist-run Rabat government allowed foreign financial institutions to enter the financial system to provide Sharia-compliant credit cards to the masses. By the end of the year, the government plans to authorize a total of 10 banks to provide such services.Still, Morocco is largely a cash-bashed society with employees either receiving their salaries in cash or using a bank account merely to store direct-deposited funds – likely to be withdrawn as hard currency at ATMs as needed. read more

Moroccan Woman Arrested in Melilla for Filming Distributing Pornographic Videos on

Rabat – A 23-year old woman was arrested for filming, producing, and distributing pornographic videos in Melilla, reported Moroccan daily newspaper, Assabah.The woman was also charged with persuading minors to participate in pornographic films in exchange for money. The defendant spread the obscene videos in private groups through the messaging application WhatsApp.The same source added that the woman had used her mother’s number without her knowledge in order to distribute the sexual content. She was arrested last week after complaints were filed against her by several citizens of Melilla, added Assabah. The authorities managed to put the defendant in custody after a two-week investigation. read more

Pollution aux PCB une manifestation devant une usine de Mayenne

first_imgPollution aux PCB : une manifestation devant une usine de MayenneDes dizaines de personnes se sont réunies dimanche près de l’usine mayennaise Aprochim pour manifester contre la pollution aux PCB qu’ils l’accusent d’engendrer. Au même moment, une centaine bovins contaminés devaient être abattus.Dimanche, des dizaines de manifestants se sont réunis en Mayenne, à Grez-en-Bouère, près de l’usine de traitement des matériaux souillés au PCB Aprochim, pour crier leur colère. Comme le rapporte l’AFP, ils avaient installés le long de la route menant au site des panneaux sur lesquels on pouvait lire “Attention, zone polluée”, “Pays de Grez, pays sacrifié”, ou encore “quel avenir demain?”. Un décompte du nombre de bovins contaminés abattus ou sur le point de l’être avait également été installé. Dimanche, il affichait le chiffre 302. Quelque 140 bovins issus de trois fermes différentes devaient être emmenés ce même jour pour être euthanasiés ce lundi, a indiqué sous-préfecture de Chateau-Gontier. Une décision prise après qu’une contamination de l’herbe et du foin, puis des animaux eux-mêmes, a été constatée. Interrogé par l’agence, Jean-Marc Guesdon, le président du collectif Terre et vie d’Anjou, a expliqué réclamer “l’arrêt immédiat de la pollution” dont il accuse l’usine. Les manifestants demandent au gouvernement de “prendre conscience (de la situation) et prendre ses responsabilités”. L’usine Aprochim, elle, continue de nier sa responsabilité dans la pollution qui a entraîné la mise sous séquestre d’une douzaine de fermes dans un rayon de trois kilomètres autour du site. Le 21 novembre 2011 à 17:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild The Champions Ballad Still

first_imgStay on target These Games Seem Suspiciously Similar to ‘Breath of the Wild’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild I don’t know how many articles I’ve written this year that begin with some kind of acknowledgment of 2017’s incredible game lineup, but that’s just because 2017 has had such an incredible game lineup. However, for me, and apparently The Game Awards, one game has still stood above the rest: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.It’s been a few months since that masterpiece launched in March, and I had to tear myself away from it to play a bunch of other awesome games. But to close out its own incredible year, Nintendo just released the final, substantial Zelda DLC pack, The Champions’ Ballad. It’s been the perfect excuse to revisit this Game of the Year and confirm that yes, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the Actual Game of the Year.The overarching Champions’ Ballad quest is structured pretty similarly to the main game itself, even if it’s only six hours compared to sixty. And you have to have nearly beaten the game already to activate it. Link is tasked with sneakily taking out monster camps on the Great Plateau with a weapon that kills with one hit but also causes him to get killed by one hit (a gloriously dumb tuning fork weapon called the One-Hit Obliterator). After that, he must solve interactive riddles across the four major regions, unlocking and conquering new shrines, and battling Divine Beast blights once again. It all wraps up with a brand new dungeon and a pretty nifty concept for a boss fight.Opening the game with an especially hard challenge was a curious and occasionally frustrating choice. In a way, it felt like playing the game for the very first time before you had amassed all this power or even knew how to do anything. Zelda’s complex control scheme takes some getting used to after some time off. But eventually it all came to back me and the emphasis on stealth and ranged weapons turned the game even more into the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain successor I never knew I would get so soon.Still, the difficulty was never what made Zelda so mesmerizing to me. It was the exploration and surprises and interlinking systems. The stripped-down challenge of Eventide Island was cool but I didn’t need a whole game of that. And besides, I thought the previous DLC pack The Master Trials was meant to appeal to folks who think Zelda should be Dark Souls (it shouldn’t). I wasn’t thrilled to see that philosophy here as well. It detracted a bit from an experience that didn’t need to be hard to be rewarding.Once you’re back out in the world though things settle into a nice groove. After my mixed feelings on the opening, I then realized, “Oh wait, I love this.” The riddles are lyrical and clever and the 16 new shrines somehow manage to introduce great new gameplay concepts not seen in the original 120 while also expanding on other ideas like spikes and ball-carrying.There’s still the sense that this is all an elaborate remix of existing content, rather than brand new content. But the existing content was already so incredible and ripe with potential for reinvention. It reminded me that, despite how fantastic Breath of the Wild already is, what’s even more exciting is its room for improvement in future games. It opened up a whole new stratosphere for Zelda to ascend through.Once you beat the quest you fortunately get new rewards that go back and improve your experience in the base game. Champion powers like energy shields and upward wind bursts recharge faster. There’s more fan service gear to find based on other Zelda games. Just on a technical level the update continues ironing out the framerate issues the game had at launch. And the ultimate prize is a ridiculous motorcycle Link can ride (and refuel!) for traveling across Hyrule in style.The gameplay in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains as impeccable as ever, and as a Nintendo game we shouldn’t be surprised the game prioritizes that gameplay above all else. However, the Champions’ Ballad was also pitched as “story-driven” DLC, but the story is about as light as it was in the main game.Since the game technically has no “post-game,” in terms of narrative this all still occurs before you defeat Ganon, which is weird since returning players may have done that already. You don’t play as any other characters in the past, like Princess Zelda or the Champions. Link just hears a Kass song and gets a little flashback when he completes another leg of the quest. They are charming flashbacks (who doesn’t love seeing their wife Urbosa?) but they don’t add all that much more compared to what we already saw. It’s too much material to call lazy, but again it adds to that remix feeling.Still, when the original game was already so unbelievable and filled to the brim with stuff to do, it’s hard to complain about all this ($20) gravy. The Champions’ Ballad may not add all of what you may have hoped for, but what it does add significantly extends the game in an immensely satisfying way. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best game of 2017, and now it’s even better. Lucky us.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

CWC 2018 Big day for teams at the Emirates

CWC 2018 Big day for teams at the Emirates

first_imgAll teams still alive in the FIFA Club World Cup will have training sessions and press conferences today in Al Ain and Abu DhabiToday is a big day for the six teams still alive in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup, as all of them will have training sessions and press conferences before their matches.It all starts at 15:00 hours when club Espérance Sportive de Tunis will have a press conference where they will talk about their Fifth Place match rivals Club Deportivo Guadalajara.The Tunisians will then train at two hours later at Khalifa Bin Zayed field in Al Ain.Guadalajara’s coach Jose Saturnino Cardozo will speak to the press at 16:00 and one hours later will lead the training of his team at the Special Needs Centre.Argentina’s River Plate will see action for the first time tomorrow, but today they will host a press conference at 17:00, will get to know the field of the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and will train today.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Their rivals in Semifinals, local Emirati club Al Ain, will talk to the press at 18.00 and then train at night.Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi, Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers will train, preparing for their Semifinal match of Wednesday.#CWC18: You can follow all our coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup in our different social media. @ClubWorldCups— (@ronaldocomint) December 15, 2018last_img read more

Former Juneau mayor Jamie Parsons dies at 74

first_imgFormer Juneau mayor Jamie Parsons died Saturday in Washington state after more than a decade battling cancer. He was 74.Friends and former colleagues remember his sense of humor, his love of sports and his unfailing commitment to the capital city.Download AudioJamie Parsons was named Juneau Citizen of the Year in 1994, around the time this photo was taken. (Photo courtesy Win Gruening)Jamie Parsons moved to Juneau in 1972 to become the city’s first Parks and Recreation director. He served on the Juneau Assembly for most of the 1980s and became mayor in 1991.“I considered him a dear friend. He was a tireless promoter of Juneau and he’s going to be deeply missed by this community,” said Juneau Senator Dennis Egan, who served as Parson’s deputy mayor.“One year we went to the Gold Medal Tournament. Albert Kookesh and Jamie and I are in the free throw contest. I can’t shoot a free throw and here we’re in front of all these fans and, of course, I missed,” said Egan.But Parsons said Egan could have Kookesh’s points “and Kookesh could have mine, so I won,” Egan said, laughing.Parsons was nonpartisan, Egan said, and got along with all the assembly members.Wife Mary Beth Parsons and Jamie Parsons (Photo courtesy Win Gruening)“I don’t care who you were; he’d sit down and talk to you. A lot of that is missed right now. I didn’t know if he was Republican or Democrat. We never talked politics. We talked about Juneau and making Juneau better,” Egan said.Paulette Simpson was another close friend and worked on Parson’s mayoral campaign in 1991.“Jamie excelled at friendships and he understood that, especially in politics, friendship was foundational if you were going to be successful,” Simpson said.If there was a legislator who spoke against Juneau being the capital city, “Jamie’s reaction to that was to go make friends with the person and invite them to dinner,” Simpson said. “And he and Mary Beth were absolutely the most gracious, hospitable leaders we’ve probably ever had and I think that went really far with people. Because he excelled at friendship, he put that to work for the capital city.”After one term as mayor, instead of running for re-election, Parsons put his energy toward fighting a 1994 ballot initiative to move the capital to Wasilla.Parsons traveled throughout Southeast to encourage voter turnout and traveled north as well. Longtime legislative aide Christopher Clark was working in Anchorage as a field coordinator in the campaign against the measure. He said Parsons was key to defeating it.“He helped organize it. He’d go out door-to-door. He’d give speeches. He’d talk to editorial board meetings. He’d go to newspaper interviews. And it all worked. Jamie was with me in Anchorage on the night of the election returns and we were jubilant. We once again had dodged a bullet and managed to keep the capital here in Juneau and Jamie deserves a lot of the credit for that,” Clark said.Like Parsons, close friend Win Gruening also served as Chair of the Alaska Committee. He said Parsons helped Juneau become an even better capital city by making it more accessible. It was his idea to do C-SPAN coverage of the Alaska Legislature – what’s now known as Gavel Alaska.“He bridged a lot of gaps. There’s a lot of polarization in politics today. He never paid attention to that. He listened to people and he always tried to figure out a way to get people to some sort of an agreement so that they could move forward on things,” Gruening said.Parsons also owned the Juneau Racquet Club with John McConnochie for about 20 years. McConnochie now co-owns Cycle Alaska with his wife. He called Parsons a mentor who taught him the concept of “paying your civic rent.”“Where businesspeople in town have an obligation to give back to the community that’s being supportive of them, and he certainly exemplified that throughout his whole life,” McConnochie said.McConnochie and Parsons were also very close friends. While traveling in New Zealand, McConnochie spoke with him days before he died.“What was amazing about that is Jamie was so positive and had great energy. Even though he was on some pain medication, that spark was still there,” McConnochie said.Parsons also once served as CEO of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. In a letter to chamber members about Parson’s death, executive director Craig Dahl called him an “inspiration” and wrote, “Juneau has never had a more committed advocate.”last_img read more