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SA series: Selectors give young Gurkeerat Singh break, but surprise by picking Sreenath Aravind

first_imgWith the series against South Africa set to start on October 2, the national selectors, led by Sandeep Patil, met in Bengaluru on Sunday to pick the Indian squads for the three T20Is and first three ODIs. While most of the players selected where on expected lines, they did spring two surprises – by picking Gurkeerat Singh for the ODIs and Sreenath Aravind for the T20Is.While the selectors showed vision by giving all-rounder Gurkeerat the nod, they did manage to astonish with their decision to include Karnataka pacer Aravind for the shortest format. Aravind has done little to deserve an India call-up.Gurkeerat had an impressive outing for India ‘A’ in the just-concluded series against Bangladesh ‘A’. He scored 65 and took five for 29 in the first game of the threematch series. In fact, Gurkeerat has also performed consistently in the domestic circuit for Punjab.Aravind, on the other hand, picked eight wickets in five matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore, but failed to get even one in the Karnataka Premier League.Interestingly, the selectors also decided to look beyond Ravindra Jadeja – who has featured prominently in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s scheme of things in the last few years.The decision to drop the lefthanded all-rounder was long overdue as he had not done much to deserve a regular place in the Indian team for a long time.Along with Dhawal Kulkarni – replaced by Amit Mishra – Jadeja is the only player dropped from the team that lost to Bangladesh in the ODI series.advertisementThe selectors also decided to give Harbhajan Singh an opportunity in the shortest format and with the World T20 round the corner, the move does make sense as the veteran off-spinner is still one of the best in the business when it comes to economy in the slambang format of the game.Seniors like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Mohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were automatic choices.last_img read more

One man’s misfortune is another’s pot of gold – Virat Kohli dropped; Rohit Sharma…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: Times NowThe BCCI announced the 16-man squad for the Asia Cup scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates from September 15. Current skipper Virat Kohli will be rested for the tournament with Rohit Sharma assigned to lead the squad in his absence.Selection committee recalled the likes of Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu and Kedhar Jadhav while England tour members Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav and Siddharth Kaul missed out on the squad.Chairman of the Selection panel MSK Prasad commented on the decision to rest Kohli for the elite competition. Prasad said:“He has been playing for quite sometime and looking at the workload we have given him [Kohli] the rest, “I would like to say that I was there for the third Test match and we sat for a discussion about the workload management. We need to preserve our precious players who play all three formats and looking at that workload issue we decided to rest him for the Asia Cup.”Team India for Asia Cup, 2018 announced. Rohit Sharma set to lead the side in UAE #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/mx6mF27a9K— BCCI (@BCCI) September 1, 2018The senior selection panel chairman also revealed the intent behind the strategy to include Pandey and Rayudu in place of Suresh Raina. Prasad stated:“We have quite a few games coming up [to audition] for that slot, you know. That’s definitely one of the slots that we’re looking at. We’ve been trying different options and in those options, we have given the opportunity to Manish and Rayudu this time.”Finally, the situation of Mayank Agarwal, who has been leading the batting charts for quite a while was cleared as Prasad revealed that the Kings XI Punjab batsman is a small step away from a maiden call-up to the national team.Defending champions India kick off their campaign against the qualifying team on September 18 in Dubai.India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan (vc), KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel AhmedRead Also:England vs India: 4th Test Preview-India to come out all guns blazingEngland vs India: Newbie Prithvi Shaw gears up for his India debut in stylelast_img read more

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli too fast even for a 23-year-old

first_imgMS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are supremely fit and they are lightning quick between the wickets. When the two bat together, it is a delight to see them sprint between the wickets to steal tight singles, convert ones into twos and twos into threes.Kohli has been a staunch advocator of fitness and he has inspired not just his teammates but athletes around the country with his professionalism. The India captain was chubby when he had first arrived on the international scene but today, he is among the fittest athletes in the world and is an ace fielder, quick runner and at 29, he continues to raise the bar higher than ever.Then there is Dhoni, who at 36, is as fit as any of his younger colleagues. The former captain is still a champion wicketkeeper and can run faster than most batsmen in world cricket.And these two stars, Kohli and Dhoni, ran a sprint with Axar Patel, who at 23, is a lot younger than the superstars. And guess what! Axar was beaten hands down. By the end of the race. he admitted it was a hard task to beat those two. With all due respect to Axar, why even try!Hard task to beat these two legends in a race. #triedmybest @BCCI pic.twitter.com/FE3PFZXTBS- Akshar patel (@akshar2026) November 6, 2017last_img read more

Mislintat arrival part of Arsenal’s post-Wenger plan

first_imgArsenal Mislintat appointment shows Arsenal are planning for life after Wenger Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:05 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Arsene Wenger Arsenal 05112017 Getty Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Opinion Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has made a series of astute backroom appointments over the past few months as he looks to the future At this point last season, Arsene Wenger didn’t know whether he’d be staying at Arsenal or leaving the club after 22 years at the helm. The Frenchman has since admitted that the uncertainty over his own future affected the players psychologically going into the latter stages of the campaign and was one of the primary reasons for their failure to qualify for the Champions League.Arsenal 8/5 to beat Cologne 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 Wenger has always said in the past that he wouldn’t want a director of football at Arsenal because he doesn’t know what the role entails but it is more likely that he feels that such an appointment would weaken his influence at the club. However, behind the scenes, chief executive Ivan Gazidis has begun to wield his own power by making several changes in terms of both facilities and staff – with the latest being the arrival of the highly-rated Sven Mislintat.Mislintat joins the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund, where he was head of scouting. He came close to joining Bayern Munich in the summer but BVB blocked the move. They were unable to prevent him from departing for north London, though, with the 45-year-old having been left bitterly hurt by Thomas Tuchel’s decision to ban him from the training ground last season.Mislintat had unearthed rough diamonds such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski during his spell at Signal Iduna Park and he was happy in his role, but the former BVB boss’ decision to essentially ostracise him affected him deeply.Mislintat PS“I probably never would have considered thinking about other clubs,” he told Kicker. “But the training-ground ban, initiated by the club’s former coach (Tuchel), as well as the instructions to keep away from the inner circle, from players, from the staff, from many friends with whom I worked so closely throughout the years – all of that influenced my thinking.”BVB’s loss is now set to prove Arsenal’s gain.Furthermore, as well as landing one of the most respects scouts in world football, the Gunners are also expected to imminently acquire Raul Sanllehi.The current director of football at Barcelona is expected to become the head of football operations at the Emirates – similar to the role previously held by transfer negotiator Dick Law, who formally left the club in September. These new faces have been primarily identified by Gazidis and it shows an acceptance by Wenger that he needs a forward-thinking network of staff alongside him, and that there has to be a solid structure in place when he does eventually depart.Indeed, while Mislintat and Sanllehi are the two most notable names being bandied about, it is worth remembering that Ben Wrigglesworth was prised away from Leicester City last February to become the Gunners’ new first-team video scout.It’s likely that Wrigglesworth will work closely with Mislintat to inform him on domestic-based scouting trips, while also highlighting and profiling the most talented and available European players.Wrigglesworth also works with the analytics team, who supply Wenger with video and statistical analysis relating to team performance, opposition analysis and player recruitment. StatDNA, the sports analytics company owned by Arsenal and based in Chicago, plays a major part in providing supplementary information to aid in the recruitment process and was involved in the signings of Lucas Perez and Gabriel Paulista.Gazidis Wenger ArsenalHuss Fahmy is another recent addition to the Arsenal staff, brought in during the summer because he specialises in contracts and negotiation. A legal and commercial law expert who worked in professional cycling with Team Sky, he was mentored for the first few months in his new role by the outgoing Law and is now making his presence felt. Fahmy was pictured with youngster Joe Willock when the starlet signed a new contract last month.The summer backroom shuffle also saw Darren Burgess come in as head of high performance, and former goalkeeper Jens Lehmann return to the club as a first-team coach. It’s expected that the latter will eventually replace Boro Primorac, although the Bosnian-Croat is unlikely to call time on his coaching career until Wenger decides to walk away. And the Frenchman isn’t going anywhere just yet.Despite initial fears about power being taken away from his managerial role, it seems that Wenger is now welcoming the changes that Gazidis has been advocating for a long time. Not only is it a sign that the Gunners boss is willing to adapt and move Arsenal onto the next level, it also shows that he has resigned himself to eventually leaving the club he has been guiding for over two decades. With the board set to review his situation at the end of the season, Wenger knows that a performance worse than last season’s fifth-placed finish won’t be tolerated, either in the boardroom or among the fans.Still, he is now, at least, facilitating a changing of the guard that should ensure that no matter when he decides to stand down, he will depart knowing that the club will be in very good hands.last_img read more

NSLC Announces First Annual Beer Gala

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC)will hold Nova Scotia’sfirst annual NSLC’s Beer Gala, featuring the finest specialtybeers in the world. The NSLC’s Beer Gala — Taste the Finest Specialty Beers in theWorld takes place Thursday, Aug. 19 at Casino Nova Scotia, inHalifax. The walkabout-style tasting will spotlight more than 80 varietiesof beers from 16 countries from around the world. More than 40breweries will be represented at the gala. An assortment of hors d’oeuvres, designed to maximize the trueflavour of the products, will be offered. All products featuredat the gala are available at NSLC stores in the Beers of theWorld section. There will be an on-site NSLC store at the galawhich will give guests the opportunity to place purchase ordersfor beers featured at the event. “The NSLC will be launching a new product line of beers to NovaScotia at the Beer Gala — trappist and abbey beers fromBelgium,” said John Strickey, vice president, merchandise andmarketing for the NSLC. “This is another example of the NSLC’scommitment to bring a wide selection of quality products to theconsumers of Nova Scotia.” Trappist beers are brewed in monasteries under the supervision ofthe Cistercian monastic community. There are only six trappistbreweries in the world and they are renowned for the uniqueproducts they have brewed over the years. Abbey beers are brewedby independent businesses under license of the monks. Consumers who attend the gala will have an opportunity to meetBill White, resident brewmaster for Oland Specialty Beer Company.In his quest to educate beer lovers about the history, traditionand quality of specialty beers, Bill has participated in beerfestivals around the world. Tickets are on sale now for $54.99, including tax, and areavailable through select NSLC stores or by calling the NSLCticket line 1-866-605-8269. In 2003, Nova Scotians purchased $206,291,000 of beer,representing 49.9 per cent of total gross sales revenue for theNSLC. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation provides world class selectionand service of beverage alcohol through the operation of 101retail and eight agency stores throughout the province. Byproviding superior customer convenience and service, the NSLCreturns substantial revenue to the provincial government, whileensuring the responsible enjoyment of beverage alcohol in NovaScotia.last_img read more

New Regulations Will Improve Contaminated Site Management

first_imgThe province is introducing new rules to provide a clearer, faster and easier process for cleaning up contaminated sites. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau released the regulations today, March 12, which were developed after extensive consultation. “We’re proud to bring forward the province’s first contaminated site regulations,” said Mr. Belliveau. “These new rules will encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites to better protect our environment.” The regulations address recommendations made by the auditor general in 2010 and meet another target in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. “Nova Scotia’s new contaminated site regulations were developed in a transparent manner, considering the input of many stakeholders,” said George Vincent, senior regulatory affairs advisor for Imperial Oil. “The regulations reflect current best practices, are based on sound science and will be a strong enabler to ensuring health and environment goals are achieved while encouraging contaminated site redevelopment.” The regulations ensure that site professionals are qualified to do the work, allow property owners to get a release from further enforcement by the department once a site is cleaned to provincial standards, and support creating an online registry of contaminated properties. The new rules will come into effect in July 2013. For more information on the regulations, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/contaminatedsites/ .last_img read more

Trudeau nominates lawyer Caroline Maynard as new information commissioner

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated government lawyer Caroline Maynard to be Canada’s new information commissioner.Maynard, currently the interim chairperson and chief executive officer of the Military Grievances External Review Committee, would replace Suzanne Legault, whose term in the role is coming to an end.Legault began her seven-year term in June 2010, but was reappointed on an interim basis for a two-month term late last year to allow the government more time to find a successor.Maynard’s nomination must still be approved by the House of Commons and the Senate.The commissioner’s office was established in 1983 under the Access to Information Act, and aims to encourage and help federal institutions to make information more easily available, while providing oversight for freedom of information legislation.Maynard, a bilingual member of the Quebec bar with a degree from the University of Sherbrooke, has spent 20 years in government service.After a stint in private practice, she joined the Canada Revenue Agency before being appointed as legal counsel with the RCMP external review committee in 1998.She served as legal counsel for the Office of the Judge Advocate General at National Defence and then joined military grievances review committee as director general of operations and general counsel.Trudeau said she will make an excellent commissioner.“She has a deep appreciation of the need for an open and transparent government and I trust she would do an outstanding job on delivering the mandate of the office of the information commissioner,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

Good morning Kanesatake

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe community radio CKHQ was once a pillar in its hometown of Kanesatake.And now, it’s hitting the airwaves again.APTN’s Tom Fennario spoke with the community members responsible for CKHQ’s revival.last_img

Trudeau splits CrownIndigenous relations northern affairs in cabinet shuffle

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a cabinet shuffle on Wednesday, adding new ministers and shifting responsibilities for others.Carolyn Bennett is becoming the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations – dropping “northern affairs” from her title.Dominic LeBlanc, previously the minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will now be overseeing northern affairs in his new portfolio. He’s now the minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade.The significance of splitting northern affairs from Crown-Indigenous relations is unclear.A release from the prime minister’s office states, however, that Bennett will continue working “to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.”A spokesperson from Bennett’s office said the minister will remain responsible for any negotiations and agreements concerning Indigenous people in the North.Any non-Indigenous issues in the North, including contaminated sites and the devolution of Nunavut, will fall under LeBlanc’s portfolio.In a press release, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq congratulated the new cabinet ministers and stressed the need for a “more flexible approach to federal-territorial infrastructure funding.”Meanwhile, Jane Philpott remains the minister of Indigenous Services.As the new minister of natural resources, Amarjeet Sohi will be answering questions on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, along with other important pipeline projects.He’s taking over the portfolio from Jim Carr, who will become the new minister of international trade diversification.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

BJP has deviated from path of truth, says Priyanka Gandhi

first_imgAgra: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday alleged that the BJP had deviated from the path of truth and it seemed that the saffron party neither has faith in democracy nor in the people.The Congress secretary general in-charge for Uttar Pradesh (East) also said the BJP instead of speaking about India and what it had done for its youth was talking about Pakistan. “It seems that the government has faith neither in democracy, its institutions nor the people..had they been real nationalists they would have tread the path of truth. “They would have understood that this country is based on truth and those who deviate from it are not let off…you will also not be excused as you, too, have deviated from the path of truth long ago,” she said at a rally here. The Congress leader was campaigning for the party’s Fatehpur Sikri Lok Sabha seat candidate and Uttar Pradesh unit president Raj Babbar. Lashing out at the BJP government, Priyanka Gandhi said during election time, they are talking about nationalism and Pakistan. “They must talk about India, what they have done for the youth, farmers and other sections of society. They must tell what their agenda for women and women security is,”she said. Taking a dig at the BJP publicity campaign, she said the truth is being “drowned” in such campaigns. “I have seen the reality in the eyes of youth who complain about jobs, seen it in the eyes of potato growers who come to Rae Bareli and Lucknow to tell about their loans and the high costs that they have to bear,” Priyanka Gandhi said. Citing the example of a farmer here who reportedly sold his produce for Rs 490 and send the money to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a mark of protest, she said,”He sent this money to the PM to apprise him about the truth of the country and its farmers.” “The truth is being drowned in publicity…you all know better…whenever a question is raised the questioner is told that he is an anti-national,” Priyanka Gandhi said. She, while talking about the Congress manifesto, mistakenly said that “aisi yojnaein ghoshna patra mein hai jisse aapko swastha sarkari aspatalon mein muft milega (There are schemes in the manifesto through which you will get free health in government hospitals)”. However, the Congress leader was quick to realise her mistake and smilingly remarked, “Swastha nahin… matlab swastha ki jaanch aur swastha ka ilaj muft milega (Not swasth (health)…I mean diagnosis and treatment will be free).” She quipped that “swastha bhi mil jaye toh achcha hain (It will be great if health can be given for free)”.last_img read more

TSX higher following US Canadian jobs data

The Toronto stock market made gains early Friday on the back of impressive Canadian jobs figures, while a U.S. employment report appeared to quash a possibility the Federal Reserve could move on rates.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 24.88 points to 14,427.09, while the Canadian dollar traded ahead 0.49 of a cent at 91.08 cents US.Statistics Canada said 43,000 net new jobs were added in March, though most of them were part-time positions. The figure pushed the Canadian unemployment rate one tenth of a point lower to 6.9 per cent.“The strong bounce in March employment is encouraging though it follows a 7,000 drop in February and leaves the average increase over the previous four months at a still modest 5,000,” wrote RBC Economics assistant chief economist Paul Ferley in a note.“Thus today’s report does not alter our view that monetary policy is likely to remain highly accommodative to try and sustain more robust employment growth going forward.”On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials gained 47.20 points to 16,619.75, the Nasdaq was up 12.51 points to 4,250.25 while the S&P 500 index moved up 6.68 of a point to 1,895.45.A separate U.S. jobs report showed that American employers added 192,000 jobs in March, but the U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 per cent.Because the figures matched predictions, they failed to change perceptions over the future policy path of the Federal Reserve. During the past few months, the Fed has been reducing its monetary stimulus amid mounting evidence of a sustainable economic recovery in the U.S.Prices for major commodities were up early Friday. Oil continued to rise after closing above US$100 a barrel on Thursday. May crude contracts advanced 99 cents to US$101.28 a barrel, May copper contracts gained 2.8 cents to US$3.05 a pound while June bullion gained US$12.70 to US$1,297.30 an ounce.European bourses were generally up Friday. London’s FTSE 100 index was ahead 0.5 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX advanced 0.6 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 gained 0.6 per cent.In Asia, market indexes were mixed. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 slipped 0.5 per cent per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 0.24 per cent but China’s Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.75 per cent. read more

New posting for Indias envoy to Colombo

His name has been sent for approval to the appointments committee of the Union Cabinet that approves all secretary- level appointments in the government. Kantha has also served as joint secretary heading the East Asia division in the MEA. Interestingly, overcoming political rivalry the UPA government cleared Kantha’s name despite several other claimants for the post and jockeying by the aspirants.Kantha is the son-in-law of former external affairs and finance minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha. “He was chosen because of his excellent professional skills as a diplomat who has a wide experience in the region,” a source told MAIL TODAY. The Indian government has cleared the decks to appoint Ashok K Kantha as a new secretary in the ministry of external affairs (MEA), Daily Mail India reported today. Kantha is currently India’s high commissioner to Sri Lanka.He will be in-charge of East Asia. Kantha’s choice is good considering that he will be able to handle issues such as defending India’s interests in the South China Sea.He will also be able to provide a nuanced approach in dealing with China as a former head of the East Asia division in the foreign office.He is from the 1977 batch of the Indian Foreign Service and has also served as India’s envoy to Malaysia. Kantha will replace Sanjay Singh who will retire in April this year. read more

Sierra Leonean armed groups recommit to disarmament process UN mission

According to the UN mission, which is known by its acronym UNAMSIL, the parties made the pledge during a meeting yesterday in the eastern town of Koidu in Kono District. UNAMSIL Force Commander Lt. Gen. Daniel I. Opande, who chaired the meeting, told the participants that the purpose of the encounter was to invigorate and enhance the disarmament process so that peace could be restored in the country.For his part, a representative of RUF interim leader Gen. Issa Sesay appealed to both groups to be honest and sincere in their endorsement of peace and urged them to disarm.”There were no victors in the 10 years of war,” said Col. Augustine Gbao, the RUF Chief of Security. “We only succeeded in killing one another and destroying our country.” He said it was time for all Sierra Leoneans to abandon their selfish ends and embrace peace so that they could reconstruct their ravaged country.Chief Sansie Kwigba, the leader of CDF-Donsos in Kono District, said that he had met earlier in the day with CDF commanders and combatants at Njagbwema and had given them a message from the Government of Sierra Leone expressing appreciation for their contributions in defence of the country during the war. He said that although the combatants were willing to disarm, they feared being attacked as had happened in the past. Chief Kwigba said he had allayed their fears and asked them to relay the information to all combatants so they could come forward and disarm. Speaking of behalf of both parties to the conflict, CDF representative A.M. Kongoba thanked the Force Commander for all the efforts UNAMSIL was making to restore peace to Sierra Leone so that internally displaced persons as well as refugees could return to their homes peacefully and reconstruct their lives and country. Later, Lt. Gen. Opande visited the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration camp at Yengema and talked to the ex-combatants who had already disarmed. read more

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The US Women Probably Werent Going To Win The Gold Anyway

The outcome didn’t reflect the run of play: The U.S. outshot Sweden 26 to 3 and completed more than twice as many passes. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo said after the match that the U.S. had played “a bunch of cowards,” a reference to Sweden’s defensive tactics. Swedish coach Pia Sundhage, who used to coach the U.S., responded, “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.”Even if the American women had escaped Friday’s shootout with a win, they’d have had their work cut out for them, with just a 36 percent chance of winning their fourth straight gold medal, according to our Women’s Soccer Power Index projections.U.S. fans spoiled by all the team’s recent success — the 2015 Women’s World Cup title, the 2012 Olympic gold — might have forgotten that past performance is no guarantee of future results. But those wins were hard-earned and never guaranteed. The Americans reached the 2012 gold-medal match after barely avoiding the lottery that is a penalty shootout in their semifinal against Canada, with an Alex Morgan goal at just about the last possible moment. And last summer in Canada, the team went scoreless in the first half of its first three knockout games before getting second-half goals. Just because the U.S. women sometimes made it look easy — like when they romped over Japan in the World Cup final — doesn’t mean it was.In these Olympics, even while the U.S. women were going undefeated in their first three games and winning their group, their chance of winning the gold medal, counterintuitively, was declining, to 31 percent from 38 percent before the tournament. That was partly because the quarterfinal field was so stacked: All of the eight best teams coming into the tournament advanced from the group stage. Also, the U.S. showed some weakness in the group stage, including yielding a 90th-minute goal to Colombia that led to a disappointing 2-2 draw. The team’s rating declined slightly during the group stage from the start of the tournament. Sweden’s did, too, but the Swedes remained a tough opponent, with a 21 percent chance of beating the U.S. before Friday’s match — about the chance the Cleveland Cavaliers had of beating the Golden State Warriors when trailing 3-2 in this year’s NBA Finals. Upsets happen to favorites all the time. On Friday, one happened, finally, to the U.S. women at the Olympics.Additional research by Jay Boice. Tournament favorites usually don’t win — even big ones like the U.S. women’s soccer team. Too many things can go wrong, as they did in the penalty shootout of the USWNT’s quarterfinal loss against Sweden in the Rio Olympics on Friday. A goalkeeper guesses the right way, a usually reliable shooter sends a penalty kick over the crossbar, and suddenly the team is out of the tournament. It was the USWNT’s earliest-ever exit from an Olympics or World Cup. With the Americans eliminated, the draw has opened up for new favorite Germany, which advanced to the semifinals later Friday, and host Brazil, which plays its quarterfinal against Australia on Friday night. (If Brazil wins, it could overtake Germany as the favorite, depending on the scores of its quarterfinal and Friday night’s other match, between Canada and France.) read more

Passenger jet in nearmiss with large drone at 10000 feet on Heathrow

first_imgFile photo dated 01/07/15 of a plane taking off at Heathrow airport Two pilots were left stunned when their passenger jet was involved in a near-miss with a large drone.They spotted the gadget, which had multiple arms and up to eight rotors, on the approach to Heathrow Airport in west London, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) said.They both exclaimed: “Was that a drone? At 10,000 feet!”There was “no time to react” as they watched the flying object for around five seconds as it passed down the right side of the plane, according to the report. File photo dated 01/07/15 of a plane taking off at Heathrow airportCredit:PA Show more center_img Police officers at the airport were alerted to the near-miss, but the drone operator could not be traced.The pilots estimated the separation between the aircraft and the drone to be 100 feet (30 metres) vertically and 200 metres (656 feet) horizontally.The UKAB concluded that “safety was not assured” during the incident on November 11 last year, and determined the risk to be the second most serious category.It was one of four near-misses between aircraft and drones in the latest monthly UKAB report, bringing the total over the past 12 months to 59.Civil Aviation Authority rules state that drones must not be flown above 400 feet or near airports or airfields.In November it launched a website to publish its revised code of conduct for drones, called the dronecode.Ministers are considering mandatory registration for new drones to crack down on reckless users.The proposal is part of a Department for Transport consultation on improving drone safety. It is hoped the scheme could help authorities identify the owners of drones being flown illegally. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Cutting edge train unloaders help boost FMGs export capabilities to 115 Mty

first_imgOn the back of the reliable performance of its first Metso twin cell, tandem train unloader commissioned in 2008, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) awarded Metso a contract to supply two more identical machines. The installation of the new equipment represents a significant part of the company’s plans to expand its Herb Elliot Port facility in Port Hedland. The first of the two new machines (TUL2) was commissioned ahead of schedule in mid September.Fortescue Director Development Peter Meurs said “the second train unloader takes our unloading capacity to 120 Mt/y which gives us the capacity to reach a run rate of 115 Mt/y by the end of the March 2013 quarter, comprised of 95 Mt/y from the Chichester mines and 20 Mt/y from Firetail. The third train unloader will give us the capacity, when market conditions allow, to complete the 40 Mt/y Kings project to take us to 155 Mt/y.”The handover of the third machine was scheduled for mid November.last_img read more

Newmonts Gary Goldberg honoured for contributions to mining safety value creation and

first_imgNewmont Mining Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Gary J. Goldberg, received the Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal for his leadership and contributions to the mining industry in “transforming organizations to elite status of value, sustainability and safety.” The award was presented by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) during the 2018 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration conference.The Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal was established in 1932 and is awarded for distinguished achievements in mining administration. Charles F. Rand was President of AIME in 1913 and Treasurer from 1922 to 1927. Rand developed mines and new processes in iron mining and was President of several mining companies.Goldberg was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and joined the Board of Directors of Newmont Mining aon 1 March 2013. He previously served as Newmont’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He is credited with turning Newmont’s performance around through a disciplined focus on value over volume. The company now leads the gold sector in value creation as measured by cash flow generation, and has been named the top mining company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for three years running. Prior to joining Newmont, Goldberg held leadership roles in Rio Tinto’s global coal, gold, copper and industrial minerals businesses. His career spans more than 30 years in the mining industry. In 2014, he received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to mining safety from the Society of Metallurgical Engineers, and in 2017, he was inducted into the American Mining Hall of Fame.last_img read more

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Sen John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer after blood clot removal revealed

first_imgMelania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. pic.twitter.com/SO4XYgnyug— President Trump (@POTUS) July 20, 2017 Updated: 2:33 PM Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he’ll win this fight too. God bless!— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 20, 2017 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsARIZONA (KUSI) — Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer Wednesday after surgery to remove a blood clot last week revealed a tumor.According to John McCain’s website, a blood clot was found behind his left eye during a routine annual physical. On Friday, July 14, McCain underwent surgery at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix and surgeons successfully removed a 5-cm blood clot. Following the surgery, a tissue pathology test revealed a primary brain tumor was associated with the blood clot.In a statement late Wednesday, doctors reveal that McCain has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer. According to the American Brain Cancer Association, glioblastoma is an extremely aggressive form of cancer that affects tissue in the brain and the spinal cord.The statement said the 80-year-old senator and his family are reviewing further treatment, including a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.“Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff. He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family. On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week,” according to a statement from McCain’s office. McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, took to Twitter, saying the news of his illness has affected everyone in their family.”He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him … so he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways, but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has,” she wrote. Posted: July 19, 2017 , July 19, 2017 My thoughts are with John McCain and his family tonight. A true fighter and American hero.— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) July 20, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Statement regarding my father @SenJohnMcCain: pic.twitter.com/SMte9Hkwkq— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 20, 2017 I love @SenJohnMcCain. Unbeatable, unbreakable. He’s Teddy Roosevelt’s “man in the arena” even when we’re on opposite sides. God bless. pic.twitter.com/0sBY4QynWp— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) July 20, 2017 McCain’s absence forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay action on new health care legislation, according to the Associated Press.”John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life. The entire Senate family’s prayers are with John, Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona he represents so well,” McConnell wrote in a statement. McCain took to Twitter, thanking everyone for the support. .@SenJohnMcCain’s patriotism and courage are vital to the nation. With the fearful news tonight, Ann and I pray for his recovery.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 20, 2017 Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer after blood clot removal revealed tumor I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support – unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 20, 2017McCain was the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008. A Navy pilot, he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner for 5 ½ years.Reaction on social medialast_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday August 31

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA one-on-one interview with Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. We’ll ask the State’s Attorney about the impact of police misconduct on her office, her relationship with Commissioner Kevin Davis and more.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Here Are Vintage Photos of Cats Doing Human Things

first_img Sure, countless cats and dogs are now Instagram-famous for getting into hilarious and adorable human-like situations, but the concept has been around for over a century.In 1914, photographer Harry Whittier Frees shot an entire series of photos showing costumed cats in human situations, like doing the laundry, baking a cake, or having a wedding. His photographs are tucked away in the archives of the Library of Congress, a collection of viral-worthy images that also feature puppies.According to NPR, Frees used live models and no photo trickery (no Photoshop — or digital cameras — yet in the first half of the 20th century). “He rents all models from neighbors, breeders or pet shops,” Life magazine explained in a March 1, 1937, profile. His photographs of cutesy animals became famous and were featured in postcards, calendars, and magazines. Frees died in 1953.Planting Time(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)The Wedding(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)Fire!(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)Pumping for Water(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)Skipping Rope(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)Hanging Up the Wash(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)Doing the Dishes(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)The Acrobats(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)On the Fast Express(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)Birthday Party!(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)Ready for a Dive(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)Ten Pins(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)The Aviator(Photo Credit: Harry Whittier Frees / Library of Congress)More on Geek.com:Grumpy Cat, Adorable Furball and Viral Meme Sensation, Is DeadLil Bub’s Genetics Reveal Key Clues About Her Unique Cat FeaturesWatch: Japanese Company Creates Traffic Safety Video for Cats Firefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered ItCat Gets Stuck in Washing Machine for 35-Minute Cycle Stay on targetlast_img read more