Meet the most glamorous ladies in Wimbledon 2016

first_imgThere’s no doubt that tennis is a glamorous sport. The sport has been blessed with some of the most glamorous women, who set the arena on fire, not only with their playing skills but also with their jaw-dropping looks. (Nike recalls Wimbledon dress for being too ‘revealing’)They are the epitome of glamour and physical prowess, and they catch attention, be it on the court or off it. While many of them don designer outfits, some of them even have their own clothing line. Spotting trendy hairstyle, they make sure they are always looking their best.With the world’s oldest and perhaps the most prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon, getting underway in London last week, it’s hard to miss their talk-of-the-town outfits. (Venus Williams accuses Wimbledon of sex discrimination over court schedule)The tournament is famous for its rules regarding uniforms. All players, male and female, are required to wear mostly white and with minimum variations.But as they say, rules are meant to be broken. Some tennis stars in the past, notably the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova, have courted controversies with their dresses at the All England Club.In this year’s edition, we have seen many of the ladies opting for trendy Nike sportswear, specially designed by the global clothing manufacturer for the coveted event. However, Nike’s Wimbledon dress has been heavily criticised by players for making them uncomfortable.In a major disappointment for all the tennis fans this year, Russian star Sharapova missed out on playing the grand slam after she was handed a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January. The substance had been banned at the start of 2016.advertisementBesides Sharapova, former No. 1 and a two-time Australian Open champion, Victoria Azarenka, was sidelined by an injured right knee.Another former No. 1 and Serbian star Ana Ivanovic suffered a shock first-round exit from Wimbledon after her 6-2, 7-5 against Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova, who is ranked 223rd and was making her Grand Slam debut.Besides Sharapova, Azarenka and Ivanovic, let’s take a look at some of the ladies, who are a sight for sore eyes on the court.Eugenie BouchardEugenie Bouchard is a Canadian professional who is currently ranked no. 48 in the world. In 2014 at Wimbledon, she became the first Canadian to reach the finals of a Grand Slam in singles, finishing runner-up to Petra Kvitova. Bouchard also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open. This year, Bouchard has reached the third round after beating  Johanna Konta 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 in Round 2.Angelique KerberThe 28-year-old German rose to prominence after winning the 2016 Australian Open. Kerber, who turned professional in 2003, is currently ranked No. 4 and has previously reached the semifinals of Wimbledon (2012) and US Open (2011) and quarterfinals of French Open in 2012. Kerber is known for her aggressive all-court play and is currently in the third round of Wimbledon 2016.Dominika CibulkovaThe Slovakian beauty, known for her aggressive style of play with great speed and power, has the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slams, including the final of the Australian Open in 2014. Currently ranked No. 18, Cibulkova faces Bouchard in Round 3 of this year’s Wimbledon.Sania MirzaThe heartthrob of a million hearts, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza will be gunning for her second successive Wimbledon doubles crown. Teaming up with Swiss veteran Martina Hingis, Sania won the Wimbledon and US Open in 2015 and the Australian Open earlier this year. Sania, who is married to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, is widely regarded as a diva both on and off the court and is one of the most sought-after sporting personalities in India.Agnieszka RadwanskaThe Polish “Professor” as she is better known as, Radwanska is currently ranked No. 3 and has a number of accolades to her name. She is the first Polish player in Open Era to reach a Grand Slam final (Wimbledon 2012), the  first from her country to win the WTA Finals in 2015. Apart from that, Radwanska is also famous for her on-court rivalries with Vera Zvonareva, Li Na, Ana Ivanovic and Angelique Kerber. She has been nicknamed “The Magician”, “Ninja” for her tactical abilities. Radwanska faces Katerina Siniakova in the thrid round of Wimbledon 2016.last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy wrap, Day 3: Abhimanyu Easwaran, pacers take Bengal closer to semi-final

first_imgAbhimanyu Easwaran reaffirmed his status as a future India prospect with a defining unbeaten 93 as Bengal are on course of batting defending champions Gujarat out of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final.After the seam troika of Ashok Dinda (3/48 in 18 overs), Ishan Porel (3/64 in 24.5 overs) and B Amit (3/53 in 16 overs) bowled out Gujarat for 224, ensuring a more than handy 130-run lead, Bengal ended the third day at a comfortable 177 for 1 in their second innings.Manoj Tiwary’s side are already 307 runs ahead with nine wickets in hand.Having scored 129 in the first essay, Easwaran once again performed when his team needed the most.With national selector Sarandeep Singh in attendance, Easwaran is almost a certainty when India A team travels to England next year.With more than two and half days left, Bengal needed to bat with a lot of caution and the Dehradun-based right-hander dropped anchore scoring 93 off 218 balls with 12 boundaries.He has now literally batted Gujarat out of the contest as a target in the 400-run vicinity will be very difficult to chase.More importantly, he got good support from Abhishek Raman (33, 118 balls) as they added 99 for the opening stand. More importantly frustrated the Gujarat bowlers for nearly 40 overs.Easwaran then added 78 runs with another youngster Writtick Chatterjee (40 batting, 103 balls).Earlier, Rujul Bhatt (32) and Piyush Chawla (43) added 75 runs for the seventh wicket before left-arm spinner Pradipta Pramanik (1/21) cleaned him up.The seasoned Chawla then tried a hoick off Dinda to be caught by Amit as Gujarat lost their last four wickets within a space of five runs.advertisementBrief Scores: Bengal 354 and 2nd Innings 177/1 (Abhimanyu Easwaran 93 batting, Writtick Chatterjee 40 batting). Gujarat 1st Innings 224 (Bharghav Merai 67, Parthiv Patel 47, B Amit 3/53, Ashok Dinda 3/48, Ishan Porel 3/64). Bengal are 307 runs ahead.SHREYAS GOPAL TON KEEPS KARNATAKA ON TOP AGAINST MUMBAIShreyas Gopal compiled his fourth hundred in first class cricket, an unbeaten 150, as Karnataka piled on a massive first innings total of 570 to take a huge 397-run lead against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy quarter final.The 24-year-old Bengaluru-born leg-spin bowling all-rounder faced 274 balls and struck 11 fours to become the lone centurion in the Karnataka first innings that saw four other batsmen cross the 50-run mark, including no. 11 Arvind Sreenath (51), without reaching three figures.Facing an imposing task of neutralising the deficit and setting a challenging target for Karnataka, 41-time winners Mumbai floundered for the second time in the match to close day three of the five-day game at 120 for 3 in 44 overs with Suryakumar Yadav making a fighting, unconquered 55 off 115 balls. Giving Yadav company at close was Akash Parkar (3).Mumbai, trailing Karnataka by 277 runs with seven wickets in hand, face a Herculean task to set a challenging fourth innings score for eight-time champions to chase over the last two days of the game at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha.The day began with Karnataka already sitting pretty at 395 for 6 with skipper Vinay Kumar on 31 and Shreyas Gopal on 80.Debutant Shivam Malhotra sent back Kumar quickly this morning, but Mumbai were frustrated by next batsman Krishnappa Gowtham (38) who put on 73 runs for the eighth wicket with Shreyas and later last man Arvind who used the long handle to good effect.Shreyas and Arvind, joining hands with the score at 478, did not get separated till they added 92 runs against the insipid Mumbai attack before Malhotra ended the stand as well as the innings with the scalp of the no. 11 batsman who clouted 1 six and 9 fours in his 41-ball knock.For Mumbai, Shivam Dube did not add any wicket to his five-wicket haul of yesterday, Malhotra finished with three wickets while pacer Dhawal Kulkarni ended up with 2 for 105.The Mumbai second innings was off to a rocky start with openers Prithvi Shaw (14) and Jay Bista (20) dismissed cheaply for the second time in the match.From 34 for 2, Yadav and Akhil Herwadkar (26) revived the inning with a partnership worth 70 before the latter flicked a short ball from offie Gowtham to short mid-wicket fielder to depart just before stumps.Brief scores: Mumbai 173 and 120 for 3 (S Yadav not out 55, A Parkar not out 3; K Gowtham 2 for 30) v Karnataka 570 all out (M Agarwal 78, K Abbas 50, C M Gautam 79, S Gopal 150 not out, S Arvind 51; Shivam Malhotra 3 for 97, Shivam Dube 5 for 98).DELHI HOLD EDGE AGAINST MP DESPITE MIHIR HIRWANI’S FIVE-FORFormer India spinner Narendra Hirwani’s son Mihir picked up a five-wicket haul but Delhi still nosed ahead of Madhya Pradesh after taking a crucial 67-run first-innings lead in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal.Mihir, who, like his father, also bowls leg spin, returned figures of five for 89 in 27.4 overs. His effort, though, was not enough for MP to prevent Delhi from taking the first-innings lead.advertisementIn reply to Madhya Pradesh’s 338 all out, Delhi’s first innings ended at 405, after which they grabbed the wickets of Rajat Patidar and Ankit Dane to reduce MP to 47 for two at stumps on the third day.Resuming at 180 for two, Delhi were helped by contributions from most of their top and middle-order batsmen at the Dr. Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground.While Kunal Chandela top-scored with 81 off 179 balls, Dhruv Shorey struck 78 while facing 120 deliveries with the help of 10 boundaries, and Himmat Singh made a crucial 71 to help Delhi take the vital first-innings lead.Skipper Rishabh Pant had raced to 49 off 56 balls before being dismissed by Hirwani — one of his five victims — while Nitish Rana chipped in with a 43-run knock.Besides Hirwani five-for, Ishwar Pandey and Ankit Sharma had two wickets each.Having taken the lead, Delhi made the opening breakthrough in Madhya Pradesh’s second innings when medium pacer Vikas Tokas had Patidar caught and bowled in the fourth over.MP were dealt another blow when Dane was run out just before the close of play. MP led Delhi by 20 runs with eight wickets remaining.Brief scores: MP: 338 all out in 124.1 overs (Harpreet Singh 107 not out; Manan Sharma 4/46) and 47 for two in 18 overs. Delhi: 405 all out in 119.4 overs (Kunal Chandela 81, Dhruv Shorey 78, Himmat Singh 71; Mihir Hirwani 5/89).RAJNEESH GURBANI GIVES VIDARBHA CONTROL AGAINST KERALAMedium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani took a five-wicket haul to bowl out Kerala for 176 before Vidarbha finished Day 3 on 77 for one, extending their overall lead to 147 runs in a Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match.At stumps, captain Faiz Fazal was unbeaten on 51, while Akshay Wakhare was on seven.Resuming on 32 for 2, Kerala kept losing wickets at regular interval in reply to Vidarbha’s first-innings total of 246 with Gurbani (5/38 in 14 overs) wreaking havoc.Overnight batsman Jalaj Saxena top-scored with 40. He along with Rohan Prem (29) stretched their overnight stand to 47 before the latter got out.Saxena then coupled with Sanju Samson (32) to put on 44 runs for the fourth wicket and take Kerala’s score beyond 100.But Samson’s dismissal triggered a collapse and Kerala went from 115 for 3 to be bundled out for a meagre 176 with Gurbani cutting through the middle and lower order.Having taken a 70-run first innings lead, Vidarbha started their second innings on a positive note with Fazal and Sanjay Ramaswamy (14) adding a 53-run opening stand.Thereafter Wakhare, the nightwatchman, hung around with his captain to ensure that Vidarbha did not lose any more wicket till the close of play.Brief scores: Vidarbha: 246 & 77 for 1 in 30 overs (Faiz Fazal 51 batting). Kerala 1st innings: 176 all out in 61.5 overs (Jalaj Saxena 40, Sanju Samson 32; Rajneesh Gurbani 5/38).last_img read more

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Cypress: new line of PSoC 64 secure MCUs provides PSA certified security

first_imgCypress Semiconductor announced a new line of its PSoC 6 microcontrollers designed to give Internet of Things designers confidence in the security of their applications. The new PSoC 64 Secure MCUs integrate robust, standards-based system layer security software with the hardware layer features available in the ultra-low-power PSoC 6 architecture. Specifically, PSoC 64 Secure MCU devices provide an isolated root-of-trust with true attestation and provisioning services. In addition, the line includes devices that deliver a pre-configured secure execution environment supporting the system software of various IoT platforms, providing TLS authentication, secure storage, and secure firmware management. The MCUs also include a rich execution environment for application development, with an embedded RTOS from Cypress’ ModusToolbox suite that manages communication with the secure execution environment.PSoC 64 Secure MCUs are one of the first Arm Cortex-M processors to be certified as Level 1 compliant within the Arm Platform Security Architecture certification scheme, PSA Certified, utilizing a secure Trusted Firmware-M implementation integrated into the Arm Mbed OS open-source embedded operating system. Combined with the Arm PSA holistic set of threat models, security analyses, and hardware and firmware architecture specifications, designers can use PSoC 64 Secure MCUs with confidence in their secure applications. The line is ideal for cloud-connected products that require protection of user data and trustworthy firmware updates, including personal healthcare devices, medical and chronic disease management equipment, and home security solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Candera premiers at embedded world 2019Next TI: BAW resonator technology paves the way for next gen communicationslast_img read more

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Physical transformation key for me to enjoy acting: Christian Bale

first_imgBy Bedika Mumbai, Nov 26 (PTI) From the skeletal insomniac in “The Machinist” to the pot-bellied con artist in “American Hustle”, Hollywood superstar Christian Bale is that rare artist who stops at nothing to get under the skin of his characters.This “transformation” is the key to his acting and keeps the process intriguing and interesting, Bale said in an interview to PTI.”It’s not necessarily what everybody does. I greatly admire people who are able to be themselves and be entertaining and be one thing all the time. There is an incredible talent to that. I don’t have that.”I like to see how much I can take myself out of each and every character I play. I actually enjoy that I don’t have a particular technique and it change all the time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t,” Bale, who is currently in India to promote Andy Serkis’ Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle for Netflix, said.The actor, who has spoiled Batman forever for other artistes with his masterful depiction of the angst-ridden superhero in Christopher Nolan’s critically-lauded and commercially successful trilogy, said people often attach the tag of “method actor” to him but the term is alien for him.Not being a trained performer, the 44-year-old approaches every role with some apprehension and that one question everybody ponders over — Oh god, how am I gonna do this?”I don’t consider myself the master of my craft and I think that’s what keeps me intrigued because I never did train. I literally had couple of weekends at YMCA. I make it up each time and my wife knows this. Every time I get cast, I go, ‘Oh god! How am I gonna do this.’ I change my technique every single time,” Bale told PTI.advertisement”People have been saying to me that ‘you are a method actor’. That requires training in the method and I have no idea what that means at all. I just make it up as I go along,” he added.While superhero fans just can’t see or imagine anyone else playing Batman, cinephiles have always held films such as The Machinist, “American Psycho” and “The Fighter” as examples of how great his cinema is.The star’s portrayal of former US vice president Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming political drama, “Vice”, a part for which Bale gained more than 40 pounds, is generating another Oscar buzz for the actor.He got the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of trainer Dickie Eklund in David O Russel’s sports drama “The Fighter”. Playing real people might limit some actors as there is only a certain way one can be but the opposite holds true for Bale, who said he finds it liberating to be other people.”When you are playing a real person, I find it actually very liberating because sometimes when you are playing an entirely fictional character, you’re concerned that you are trying to steal scenes by being, perhaps, quite an exhibitionist.Whereas when you know the actual person is that, then you can turn to the director say ‘Look at him for instance.’ ‘The Fighter’, for instance, Dickie, who I’m still in touch with, look at Dickie and just come and hang out with him over dinner. He does all these things. Therefore I can get away with it. It’s not just the ego of an actor. I find it actually very liberating to play real people,” he said.Bale plays Bagheera, the elder brother-mentor to Mowgli in the Netflix film, which is a darker take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic.Having known Serkis for a long time and being aware of the actor-director’s reputation as the master of performance capture technique, Bale was sufficiently intrigued about the role.In a press conference on Sunday, the actor said he found a close connection with the three main characters panther Bagheera, man-cub Mowgli and the film’s villain, Bengal tiger Shere Khan.”Like Mowgli, Bagheera had to work out who he was. He has taken the damage and turned it into love and positivity whereas Shere Khan has taken it and turned it into bitterness and hatred,” Bale had said.”Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” features performance capture and voice over by Bale, Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander and Peter Mullan. The film stars Rohan Chand as the title character. The film has been dubbed in Hindi by Abhishek Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit and Kareena Kapoor. PTI BK RB MIN RB MINRBadvertisementlast_img read more

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Oklahoma State offers 2017 Baylor Commit

first_imgOklahoma State is looking to pry one of its only committed prospects for the 2017 class from its clutches. After firing Art Briles in May, Baylors entire 2017 class of committed prospects abandoned the ship. However in July, 2017 cornerback prospect Noah Daniels of League City, Texas, became the first recruit to commit to the new Baylor regime.Now Oklahoma State is looking to nab the 6-foot standout, extending an offer to the young man on Wednesday.Extremely Blessed To Receive My 22nd Offer From Oklahoma State University !!! #GoPokes #Magnificent17 pic.twitter.com/uuqE358nYf— Noah Daniels ⚡️ (@NoahDB21) October 12, 2016 Daniels is rated as the No. 7 cornerback prospect in Texas according to ESPN, and a three-star recruit. After receiving an offer in July, Daniels committed to the Bears just days later. And his recruitment has gone quiet the past three months with no offers, until OSU broke the ice Wednesday.His other offers include Indiana, Illinois, Houston, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Utah, and others. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Ghaziabad School colleges to be shut from July 26 to 30 for

first_imgGhaziabad: All schools and colleges in the district will remain closed from July 26 to 30 due to Kanwar Yatra, officials said on Thursday. Issuing the order, District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey said “Shravan Shivratri” will be observed on July 30. “Devotees and Kanwars in excessive numbers are expected to turn out for the festival like previous years. Hence, all primary, secondary schools, including those affiliated to CBSE and ICSE board, degree colleges, engineering, management and medical colleges will remain closed from July 26 to 30,” Pandey said in the written order. The district police and administration officials have been instructed to ensure compliance of the order. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage of Lord Shiva’s devotees known as Kanwars, who visit Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch holy waters of the River Ganga during the auspicious Hindu month of Shravan. Security has been beefed up in districts of western Uttar Pradesh like Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr and Meerut for the annual pilgrimage. Around 8,000 police personnel have been deployed to ensure monitoring of the yatra, while drones and helicopters have been arranged for aerial surveillance in the region, Director General of Police O P Singh had told reporters earlier this month while reviewing preparedness for the annual pilgrimage.last_img read more

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Report on use of force by Calgary police stresses better training mental

first_imgCALGARY – A wide-ranging report on the Calgary Police Service’s use of force stresses the need for continuous on-the-job training, speedier reviews of fatal confrontations and a better understanding of mental illness.The independent review by retired Court of Queen’s Bench chief justice Neil Wittmann released Tuesday makes 65 recommendations aimed at both the police force and provincial agencies.Wittmann wants patrol officers on the front lines to have annual training on how to de-escalate intense situations.“It’s not good enough to do it on a one-off basis, to say, ‘Well, I took that training in 2017 or 2018’ and then for 2022 to roll around and you haven’t done it again,” he said.The police force does a good job reinforcing hard skills, such as using firearms or physical techniques.“What is not done is an emphasis on what they call the soft skills — that is trying to get a police officer into a position where he or she is not required to use force,” Wittmann said.From 2012 to 2017, there were 21 shootings by Calgary police officers that killed eight people and injured 10. Between 2015 and 2017, Wittmann said less than one per cent of police interactions involved any force.He did not delve into how that compared to other Canadian cities.During the past year, Wittmann said he personally interviewed 190 people, including officers, families of those affected, mental-health experts and academics.Wittmann’s report flagged delays in reviewing situations where police used force and urges more resources for the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, the provincial police watchdog, as well as for the medical examiner.He said it takes an average of three years between a lethal police encounter and a fatality report.“That’s unacceptable and I’ve recommended that the province insert some timelines to get these things done quicker.”The review said police should work with Alberta Health Services to ensure officers know if they’ll be responding to a call involving someone with mental-health problems.“It is incumbent on the police to acknowledge that this is now a critical component of their job,” Wittmann wrote in the review.His report also recommended all front-line patrol officers carry conducted energy weapons, pepper spray and batons in addition to handguns. He said the use of body-worn cameras should be monitored.Wittmann said morale within the police service plays an important role because an officer who is unhappy on the job is not in the right mindset to handle a dangerous situation.This could be addressed by emphasizing good news stories including publicizing acts of heroism caught on body cameras, he suggested.Police Chief Roger Chaffin said the service is already acting on many of the recommendations. The greatest challenges involve overhauling training and rethinking the approach to mental illness and addiction.He said he takes no issue with any of Wittmann’s findings.“Sanctity of life is the overarching principle to policing,” Chaffin said. “Our goal obviously is not to end people’s lives.”Calgary Police Commission chairman Brian Thiessen said he’s expecting the province to be receptive to the recommended changes.“For the province, it’s a large undertaking at a time when they’re very busy, but they’re hearing loud and clear from policing organizations, chiefs and commission oversight bodies that Police Act reform is imperative.”Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said she’s still reviewing the report, but she knows there’s a desire to update the Police Act, which has only seen piecemeal amendments in 30 years.“We will be consulting with our municipal and policing partners across the province on a review in the near future,” she said in a statement.Calgary Police Association president Les Kaminski said he’s also reviewing the report and the union is interested to see how the police service will adopt the recommendations.last_img read more

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Canadian engineers fix faulty Canadarm 2 replacement hand

first_imgThe Canadian Space Agency says it used a “creative software solution” to fix a replacement part on the Canadarm 2, postponing the need to send astronauts on a spacewalk.The agency says scientists detected an anomaly in one of the electronic systems that controls a new hand that was installed on the International Space Station’s robotic arm last Tuesday.The CSA says both systems needs to be functional for the robotic arm to be able to fully perform its tasks.The agency says they planned to send NASA astronauts on a second spacewalk to reattach the old hand, which was functional despite showing signs of wear and tear.But it says the CSA robotics specialist team determined that the anomaly could be corrected using new software, which was developed by Canadian engineers.The agency says a spacewalk is no longer necessary.last_img read more

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Alberta regulator restricts fracking operations near March earthquake zone

CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator is moving to restrict oilfield fracking activity near the Brazeau Reservoir in east central Alberta as a precaution following a 4.4 magnitude earthquake in the area in March.The AER says hydraulic fracturing operations targeting the Duvernay underground formation or deeper are prohibited within five kilometres of the Brazeau dam infrastructure.Hydraulic fracturing or fracking — where water, sand and chemicals are injected under high pressure to break up tight rock and free trapped oil and gas — is also banned for shallower operations within three kilometres.Oilfield firms that engage in hydraulic fracturing within five kilometres of the dam must report any seismic events greater than 1.0 magnitude and operations must cease if any event of 2.5 magnitude or greater is detected, the AER says.The epicentre of the earthquake in March was estimated to be about 32 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House but it was not immediately linked to fracking activity. It was strong enough to be felt by local residents but no damage was initially reported.A 4.6 magnitude earthquake a week earlier was felt in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake in central Alberta and prompted the AER to order producer Vesta Energy Ltd. to suspend fracking at its well site, report all previous seismic activity and file a plan to eliminate or reduce future seismic activity from fracking.“Earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing have not been observed or reported near the Brazeau dam,” the AER says on the website.“While there is no immediate risk to public safety or the environment, we have developed these requirements as a precaution to limit the potential for an induced earthquake to happen near the Brazeau dam.”The Canadian Press read more

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UN agency to issue guidance for influenza AH1N1 caregivers

12 May 2009The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today it will soon publish initial guidance for clinical management of influenza A(H1N1) infection, 5,251 cases of which have now been officially reported by 30 countries. The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today it will soon publish initial guidance for clinical management of influenza A(H1N1) infection, 5,251 cases of which have now been officially reported by 30 countries. “This guidance is to help doctors, nurses and persons who will be, and already are, caring for patients with this disease,” Dr. Nikki Shindo, Medical Officer in WHO’s Global Influenza Programme, told reporters in Geneva. At the same time, she highlighted the fact that most patients will not require hospitalization or antiviral therapy. According to the latest figures, Mexico has reported 2,059 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 56 deaths, while the United States has reported 2,600 cases, including three deaths. Meanwhile, Canada has reported 330 cases, with one death, and Costa Rica has reported eight cases, including one death. Another 26 countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths.Dr. Shindo said her team has been looking closely into the clinical picture of the disease, including symptoms, severity and factors for hospitalization and treatment, since the new flu outbreak began. It has been working closely with Mexican and US health officials and partners on the ground, and has seen a spectrum of the virus from mild – involving typical flu symptoms – to a very severe form of the disease, which includes pneumonia and sometimes requires mechanical ventilation. “The most important question from the beginning was why only Mexico was having very severe cases,” she stated. “The proportion of severe cases initially seemed to be very high in Mexico but not in the other countries. But as more information became available, the proportion of mild versus severe became very similar between these two countries – United States and Mexico.”Dr. Shindo said that there are mainly two groups that have been affected by very severe illness in these two countries. The first is persons with underlying chronic medical conditions, such as weak immune system, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma. There have also been reports of very severe illness and death in pregnant women. The second group is previously healthy, very fit young children and adults, and the reason why these cases become very severe is yet unknown, she said, adding that WHO is working with clinicians, especially from Mexico, to find the reason. read more

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New UN campaign aims to save over 5 million children from pneumonia

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) launched a new action plan on Monday to prevent up to 5.3 million children from dying of pneumonia – the biggest child killer worldwide – by 2015. Although nearly 2 million children die from the disease every year, with nearly all deaths occurring in 68 developing countries, relatively few resources are dedicated to addressing pneumonia. The Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of Pneumonia (GAPP) seeks to raise awareness of the disease’s massive toll, makes recommendations on what needs to be done, and lays out specific goals and targets. The three-pronged plan calls for:? protecting all children by providing an environment where they are at low risk of contracting the disease through exclusive breastfeeding for six months, adequate nutrition and reducing indoor air pollution, among other measures? preventing children from becoming ill through vaccinations against diseases causing pneumonia, such as measles and pertussis and ? treating children who come down with pneumonia with the right care and antibiotics. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan expressed confidence in the plan, which has a $39 billion price tag, stressing that “if it is applied in every high burden country, we will be able to prevent millions of death.” For her part, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman underscored that “effective interventions to reduce deaths caused by pneumonia must be used more widely made more readily available for children at risk.” The GAPP aims to boost coverage of all relevant vaccines and exclusive breastfeeding rates to 90 per cent to reach the goal of slashing child pneumonia deaths by 65 per cent and cutting the number of severe cases by 25 per cent, compared to 2000 levels. 1 November 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) launched a new action plan on Monday to prevent up to 5.3 million children from dying of pneumonia – the biggest child killer worldwide – by 2015. read more

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Security Council presses for ethnic reconciliation in troubled area of South Sudan

In a press statement, issued yesterday by Ambassador Baso Sangqu of South Africa, which holds the Council presidency this month, the 15-member panel voiced deep concern at the situation in Jonglei.“Violence in any form is unacceptable,” the statement stressed, calling on all communities in Jonglei to immediately “end the cycle of conflict and engage in a reconciliatory peace process.”Deadly clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in recent weeks have displaced tens of thousands of civilians and led to United Nations agencies launching a major humanitarian operation to assist those in need.Peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have also been deployed to the area to support the efforts of Government forces to restore peace and security, and daily air and land patrols have been stepped up to deter further attacks.But Council members said they were concerned that UNMISS has a shortfall of operational helicopters, seriously affecting its ability to carry out its mandate in the newly independent country, and they urged Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue his efforts to resolve this issue.The statement also welcomed the efforts of the South Sudanese Government to protect civilians and mediate a solution to the crisis in Jonglei, and it urged authorities to continue their efforts to resolve the root causes of the recurring violence between the communities, which has often been linked to disputes over cattle and grazing land.Council members voiced alarm about both the quantity and sophistication of the weaponry used in the most recent clashes, and they emphasized the need for greater security sector reform within South Sudan and for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former rebel fighters across the impoverished country.During a press briefing today, UN agencies on the ground warned about the worsening humanitarian situation and called on donors to increase their contributions. The Office for the Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said one of the main concerns was accessing areas in need of assistance, as they can only be reached by air, making it significantly more expensive to deliver aid. OCHA also highlighted its response plan, which is currently being finalized, to ensure the emergency needs of 60,000 affected people are met.For its part, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned that without international help, it would not be possible to respond to the multiple crises taking place in the country. In particular, the situation of 28,000 refugees in Doro camp in the Mabaan region was described as precarious, with the majority of refugees being exhausted, hungry and vulnerable.In addition, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said the recent fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states has forced more than 80,000 refugees to flee across the border into Unity and Upper Nile states in South Sudan, adding to the thousands of refugees already in need of assistance in the country.Mr. Mahecic said UNHCR would continue to deliver assistance and highlighted the agency’s massive humanitarian airlift that began at the end of last month, which flew in some 280 tons of aid into the Malakal and Mabaan regions, benefiting 50,000 refugees. 10 January 2012Security Council members have called on warring ethnic communities in South Sudan’s Jonglei state to engage in reconciliation and end the “cycle of conflict” that has claimed an unknown number of casualties in recent weeks. read more

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Key meeting between Wigneswaran TNA NPC members postponed

The TNA NPC members had met Wigneswaran last week as well and pointed out to him the need to follow the TNA policies since he was elected to office through the TNA. The TNA NPC members had sought details from Wigneswaran on the newly formed Tamil organisation chaired by Wigneswaran and the Chief Minister was expected to explain the policies of the organisation at this meeting. A key meeting between Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members, which was to take place today, was postponed indefinitely.The Jaffan media reported that no explanation was given for the postponement of the meeting or when it will take place. Wigneswaran has in the recent past gone against TNA policies and also joined hands with Jaffna based politicians who work against the TNA and some TNA members and civil society members to form the Tamil People’s Council (TPC).Meanwhile a crucial meeting will also be held on Thursday in Kilinochchi between the TNA Parliamentary group and TNA provincial council members of the North and East. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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India extends financial assistance to upgrade KKS Harbour

The Indian Government says it remains committed to assist Sri Lanka in its development journey.An agreement for Indian financial assistance for US $ 45.27 million (LKR 6.9 billion) for upgrading Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour was signed in New Delhi by David Rasquinha, Managing Director, Export-Import Bank of India and Dr. R.H.S Samaratunga, Secretary to Treasury of Sri Lanka.  Senior officials from the Governments of India and Sri Lanka were also present, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today. The fresh assistance of US $ 45.27 million (LKR 6.9 billion) would be used for the remaining two phases involving works relating to the rehabilitation of the breakwater and existing pier, construction of a new pier for commercial cargo handling,  installation of port infrastructure facilities, etc.The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that the signing of the MoU is a reflection of the continued commitment of Government of India to assist Sri Lanka in its development journey. (Colombo Gazette) It may be recalled that there exists an MoU between India and Sri Lanka for rehabilitation of KKS Harbour. Four out of the six phases of the rehabilitation have already been completed under India’s grant assistance. This includes preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR), works related to Geo-technical studies, wreck removal and disposal, dredging and hydrographic survey. The upgradation project would make KKS Harbour a full-fledged commercial port, further strengthening Sri Lanka’s efforts to become a regional maritime hub. It would also assist in reconstruction efforts in northern Sri Lanka. read more

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Vans trucks and buses deliver the goods again

Rolling year registrations at 395,300, up 6.2 per cent on year to April 2004April CV registrations up 3,471 units and 11.9 per cent to 32,678Strong growth in most sectors a record for April‘The figures for the last three years show a terrific trend, with growing CV registrations and investment. This is contrary to uninspiring business confidence indicators that show growing unease. We think the record CV performance will continue well past the middle of the year,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Van, truck and bus registrations are at high levels and with an 11 per cent growth this April, they are delivering the goods, again.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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ESPNs Stephen A Smith talks sports journalism and the game of life

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke to students at an event hosted by OUAB on March 30 at the Ohio Union. Credit: Courtesy of OUABIn a collaborative event with Block ‘O,’ OUAB hosted ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith Thursday night at Ohio State.In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 1,700 people at the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union, Smith spoke to those in attendance about ESPN, journalism in the 21st century, and the ‘game of life.’Prior to his talk with moderator Dr. Lanier Holt — an assistant professor in the School of Communications — Smith sat down with The Lantern for an exclusive interview, covering a number of topics, including why he first started in the sports industry.“If you are about the business of acquiring information, then you’re prepared for anything,” Smith said. “It came down to my abilities as a journalist, my ability to acquire information and to be in constant pursuit of the truth. As long as I’m doing that and I’m fair-minded and morally sound in the process, then I’m good.”Smith has long been known as an impassioned, no-nonsense personality. His career changed in 2012 when he joined ESPN’s First Take, a sports debate show that allowed Smith to fully showcase his talents.He continues to be a staple of the show to this day despite the departure of former co-host Skip Bayless.“I enjoy it,” Smith said. “I have a career, and there’s a difference between a job and a career. A job is doing what you have to do to maintain and elevate your quality of life. A career is doing what you want to do. It just so happens to do the same as a job. That want to is incredibly important because then you don’t feel like you’re working, so you’re in position to do more things.”It’s no secret that Smith has been the subject of much controversy throughout his career, controversy that began well before his time with First Take. While his straight-shooter approach might have made him a lightning rod of sorts, there isn’t a single thing Smith would change about himself.“It’s very, very important to me,” Smith said. “It’s what built my career. I wasn’t this way when I got on television. I wasn’t this way when I became a columnist. I became a columnist and got on television because I was this way. That’s what got me here. I don’t want to be any other way, and I make sure my audience knows that every time they see me.”Smith added that he understands why some think his takes are controversial.“I’m fearless, and it seems as though some think I don’t take the ramifications or consequences into consideration. They’re wrong, I do. I consider everything. I just believe that the truth will set you free. The closer I get to the truth, the better I feel. If I feel I’m being phony in any way, literally a sickness overcomes me.”When his talk with Dr. Holt began, Smith provided a backdrop of who he was and why he was speaking at OSU.“I don’t run from anything,” Smith said. “A lot of times when you see hesitancy in some matters, that’s ESPN, not me. They want you to monitor what you address and how you address it. My response to them is that it’s all intertwined. There’s no separation between sports and the outside world.”Smith graduated in 1991 from Winston-Salem State University – a historically black college in North Carolina – and soon began his career as a sports journalist. He emphasized the importance of getting a college education, which is a validation of potential in his eyes.“You need to understand that you’re here to get an education,” Smith said. “Your degree is a piece of paper that says you can read, write, and comprehend. It validates and authenticates your potential. What you do with it is on you.”Getting that degree is the easy part, though. It’s the mentality that you adopt afterwards that’ll make the difference between success and failure in life, Smith said.“Everything in life comes with a price,” he said. “You can pay now, or you can pay later, but you’re going to pay. The sooner you adopt that mentality, you’ll have a one-up on everyone else. The real world that awaits, and they don’t care about you. It’s filled with the haves and have nots, and there are a lot more have nots floating around.”Switching gears midway through the night onto Ohio sports, Smith stated that the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James is not only the best small forward to ever play in the NBA, but that Buckeye fans need not worry about the future of their football team.“I’m not worried about it,” Smith said. “(Coach) Urban Meyer is 61-6 since he’s been at OSU. I imagine that they can win the National Championship. I expect it to be between OSU and Michigan for the Big Ten title. You have (an) elite program here. ”Smith ended the lively night with a question and answer session with the crowd. It was the inside details about his personal life that made the biggest impact on second-year sophomore Wyatt Crosier.“I kind of thought it’d be all about sports,” Crosier said. “I really liked how he really motivated me. He was really funny, and I loved the event’s format. It was a great night.”As the crowd continued to hang on Smith’s every word, he delved deeper into his beliefs and personal life. Smith didn’t mince words when describing why he is the way he is.“I was born with a passion,” Smith said. “I mean what I say and I say what I mean. I try to speak intelligently and I don’t make excuses. Reasons are reasons why things happen. Excuses are made when you’re trying to get absolved of what you’ve done. I’m not trying to get anything absolved.” read more

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Joan Canellas before France We want to defend title

← Previous Story Battle for the Olympic qualifications in Al Sadd Next Story → Qatar beat Poland for the final! Spanish hero from the quarter-final against Denmark, Joan Canellas talked for the official website of Qatar 2015 before semi-final clash with France -19 hrs.What did your former national coach tell to you, while embracing each other?Joan Canellas: A few typical things. I love him and he loves me and all of us. We have had great success together and these memories will last forever. We congratulated each other, wished each other good luck for the semi-finals and might meet again in the final on Sunday.To advance to the final and have the chance to defend the title, you will have to beat France…Joan Canellas: They are a tremendous team, who have dominated the last decade. France are the reigning Olympic and European champions, a team of high quality and of outstanding class. You try to find some weaknesses and probably you fail to find one.What do you consider the key points to defeat them tomorrow?Joan Canellas: Play better in offence than we did in the previous games. We must move the ball well and read the situations in order to score. Of course, defence is always needed, especially in a game which will be probable decided by a few details. We played defence aggressively versus Denmark and it was a key factor for us to survive and win it.Is it Joan Canellas vs Nikola Karabatic?Joan Canellas: It is mainly Spain vs France. Yesterday it was Mikkel Hansen, tomorrow will be Nikola Karabatic, the other day might be another big player. But we are playing a team sport, in which the so called superstars have emerged throughout the success of their teams.  However if I have to talk about Nikola, there is no doubt that he is one of the best players in the world and I have lots of respect for him.How do you deal with the extra motivation to defend the world championship title from 2013?Joan Canellas: This is our target. We lived a dream two years ago in Barcelona and now we have come here to repeat it. This is a very difficult task, but we trust each other and I hope to go all the way to the top.Spain vs France, it is a like final game?Joan Canellas: Spain vs Denmark was a like final game too. When you reach the top eight there are no easy games. You have to take them all serious and pretend that even a quarter-final was the gold medal match. This is the mentality as we approach it.What do you think is the biggest weapon against France?Joan Canellas: They have the ‘know-how’, due to their class, experience and confidence. As Gary Lineker said once, the French are like the Germans in football. We can say that handball is a game in which fourteen men chase a ball for 60 minutes and at the end, the French always win. read more

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Leave The Phone at Home With Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Wearable

first_imgStay on target Garmin this week introduced its first GPS running watch with integrated music.The Forerunner 645 Music, as its name suggests, gives wearers the freedom to listen to tunes during a run or workout—sans smartphone.While I rely on Netflix to get through breathless cardio sessions at the gym, I’ve longed for the ability to track my pace and follow a podcast during Sunday morning outdoor jogs, without sweating up my iPhone.This wearable promises to do just that.Store up to 500 songs on your wrist by transferring music from a computer directly to the watch, or downloading offline playlists from select streaming services (iHeartRadio, Deezer).Users can also tap into performance monitoring tools, customizable functions, and the manufacturer’s proprietary contactless payment solution, Garmin Pay.“Listening to music helps most of us keep our momentum going during those long or particularly difficult runs,” Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales, said in a statement. “Now, with the addition of integrated music and Garmin Pay, the Forerunner 645 Music will help give athletes the independence they’ve been looking for while still providing them with the quality and accuracy of our other running products that they have come to rely on.”Go for a run, walk, ride, or swim: Firstbeat training keeps athletes in line with their goals; in the pool, the Forerunner 645 Music tracks distance, pace, stroke, and personal goals.Promising seven days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to five hours in GPS mode with music, this is the first Forerunner to feature a stainless-steel metal bezel and always-on Garmin Chroma Display.At $449.99, the new device is a bit pricey compared to other music-playback options (TomTom, Samsung, Polar, New Balance, LG, Motorola, and even Apple boast cheaper alternatives).Don’t need tunes? Garmin also announced the Forerunner 645, on sale for $399.99 without integrated music capabilities. Garmin Unveils Its First 4G LTE-Enabled SmartwatchApple ‘Donating’ 1,000 Watches to Study Eating Disorders center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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DOUBLE MURDER SUSPECT FACES FORMAL CHARGES TODAY

first_img Forbes remanded, charged with heinous murders in TCI Police arrested the man last Wednesday night at his residence in Millennium Heights and while many who knew him are shocked at his arrest for the cruel killings, Police we understand have strong forensic evidence linking the man, said to be formerly of Back of Town, Grand Bahama in The Bahamas to the crimes.  Related Items:double murder suspect faces charges today, Yuneiry Veras and Sorineida Arias Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 5, 2016 – Today, the 33 year old man arrested and charged by police for the heinous murders of Yuneiry Veras and Sorineida Arias – both 26 years old and both of the Dominican Republic – who were killed in April and July this year, will be formally arraigned at Magistrate’s court.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dominican Assistant Consulate, Edwin Hernandez on the weekend said:  “I would also like to say a special thanks to the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as Opposition members who have consistently appealed to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force for speedy but effective work… Special thanks as well to the entire Turks and Caicos community which has been very supportive during this time of darkness in the Dominican Diaspora here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”last_img read more

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Bryan Ferry World Tour 2019 Adds North American Dates

first_img https://twitter.com/bryanferry/status/1084799371315687424 On Dec. 13, 2018 the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame announced Roxy Music’s 2019 induction, with the ceremony to be held on March 29, honoring Ferry along with bandmates Brian Eno, John Gustafson, Eddie Jobson, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Graham Simpson and Paul Thompson.Ferry’s two GRAMMY nominations reflect his diversity, beginning with Best Album Package at the 31st GRAMMY Awards for Bete Noire, followed by his first musical nomination at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for As Time Goes By, comprised of classic standards including “Falling In Love Again” and “Where Or When.”Ferry’s most recent solo album, Bitter-Sweet, was released on Nov. 30, 2018, backing Ferry with a jazz orchestra on more than a dozen of his originals including tracks from the soundtrack to the German TV series “Babylon Berlin.”The North American leg of Ferry’s world tour begins on July 30 in Toronto, followed by Chicago and 15 more U.S. dates until closing on Sept. 5 in Vancouver. Ferry’s website has details including how to snag pre-sale tix beginning on Jan. 15. It also states, “Look forward to more world tour dates to be added in the coming months.”Stevie Nicks Scores Her Second Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame InductionRead more News Bryan Ferry World Tour 2019 Adds North American Dates Facebook Email Ferry will perform songs from Roxy Music’s classic ‘Avalon’ album as well as solo favorites this summerPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 14, 2019 – 12:17 pm Roxy Music’s glam frontman Bryan Ferry has also been a solo artist since he followed up on the band’s self-titled 1972 debut with his own debut solo album, These Foolish Things, in 1973. On Jan. 14 he announced 18 North American dates have been added to his Bryan Ferry World Tour 2019, from July through September, playing “solo & Roxy hits” especially from Roxy’s memorable and lush 1982 album, Avalon.Avalon’s elegant ambience was considered an apex of synth pop. From Roxy Music’s 1973 sophomore album, For Your Pleasure, through Avalon, the band’s eight consecutive albums all hit the Billboard 200, with Avalon reaching No. 53. It was a sleeper that became iconic, certified Platinum for U.S. sales by the RIAA a decade after its release. Bryan Ferry 2019 Tour Adds North American Dates bryan-ferry-world-tour-2019-adds-north-american-dates Twitter last_img read more

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