first_imgThe proposed merger between the two federations running the national game has been put on hold with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) asking for more time before it can respond to the sports ministry’s proposals.The government had mooted a formula whereby the strength of Hockey India’s executive board was to be raised from 17 to 33 to accommodate IHF members, with the working committee also expanded to comprise five individuals.However, IHF president RK Shetty said his federation needed more time to discuss it among the members and has asked for eight more days to reply to the sports ministry’s proposals.”This issue has been hanging fire for three years and one cannot expect it to be resolved in a couple of days,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY on Tuesday.”Therefore, we have written back to the ministry and asked for seven more days to think about the matter.””We will only be able to make a detailed response to your proposal after we analyse the impact of each point and study the pros and cons of it. We anticipate that a diligent and responsible process will take a week and we accordingly request you to grant us time till June 21 to revert to you,” read Shetty’s letter to sports minister Ajay Maken.Hockey India does not have too many objections to the government proposals, and secretary general Narinder Batra has sent a point-by-point response to the 10 clauses.”I would not want to divulge too much about our response, but we have sent our reply within the stipulated time,” Batra told MAIL TODAY. Maken termed the development as positive and said that the acceptance of the ministry’s proposal by Hockey India and the positive tone and tenor of IHF gave him hope that the two bodies will come together at the earliest in the interest of the game.advertisementShetty said he will have to take all the other IHF office-bearers, including former president KPS Gill, on board before submitting an official response.Even if there is a merger between the two bodies at the national level, the bigger concern about the state units remains.”What happens if there are problems at the state level? There are so many court cases pending throughout the country,” the IHF president said.Talks between the two rival federations are also essential before they join hands.”We had a few discussions with Hockey India earlier also, but they never advanced past the initial stages.” Gill, who is now an advisor in the IHF, is proposed to be made the life patron, according to the ministry’s plan.”He has kept IHF alive for the last three years and spent his own time and money in court battles. I have discussed the proposals with him and he agrees with my views,” Shetty added.last_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atpATP ChallengerATP challenger circuitATP Challenger tournament First Published: September 30, 2019, 3:18 PM IST New Delhi: Sumit Nagal, with his fearless approach, impressed iconic Roger Federer at the US Open and then took it forward by making two finals on the Challenger circuit, but the youngster is flabbergasted that people are just “walking away” when he needs support.The 22-year-old won the Buenos Aires Challenger on Sunday night and jumped to a career-best rank of 135. The 26-place jump has consolidated his status as India’s number two singles player behind Prajnesh Gunneswaran (84). However, the paucity of funds meant that neither he had his coach by his side nor the physio, who could help him recover from the gruelling matches on red dirt in the Argentinian city.”I was all alone here. No one was with me to help out. One way, it has been great that I have been playing good tennis but it’s not easy to do it and I’m really sad,” Nagal told PTI from Buenos Aires.”The path is lonely despite doing well at the US Open. I qualified at 22 and led a set against Roger Federer but it still has not made impact anywhere. It’s really sad nobody is coming up to invest into tennis,” he added.Nagal figured in the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), receiving financial support for some time but was later dropped.The scheme offers a monthly financial aid of Rs 50,000 to athletes who are medal prospects at the Olympics.As of now, only doubles specialists Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan is getting support through TOPS and none of the country’s singles tennis players are a beneficiary.Multiple Grand Slam title winner Mahesh Bhupathi, who mentored Nagal after hand-picking him from a tennis clinic, said if a player of the caliber of Nagal can’t get enough support, then it’s failure of the system.”Sumit is obviously a special talent and it shows with what he has done in the last six months. When you see talent like him who are not nurtured and supported keeping in mind the coming Olympics or the next one, I consider it a colossal failure of the system,” Bhupathi fumed.”Then no one has the right to ask later why India doesn’t produce champions,” Bhupathi, who won eight Grand Slam trophies, added.Nagal gets support from Virat Kohli Foundation but it does not cover all expenses that a tennis player needs.”They are providing a good amount but as you can see in tennis you need a team like all the top 100 players have, coach, fitness, physio etc which adds up,” said Bhupathi.The estimated required annual budget for Nagal is around 220,000 euros (Rs 1.5 crore).The Jhajjar-born Nagal said he is surprised that despite zooming up close to top-100, support has not swelled enough.”I still have the exact budget which I had in 2018 when I was ranked 350. It’s that when I needed the most which is right now, I see people turning around and walking away.Bhupathi is well-connected and has been trying hard to get sponsors on board. But with corporate support not coming, he had decided to knock the doors of those who know something about creating champions.”Well only an athlete can understand talent in my opinion. So now I am trying to route it through Gopi (Gopichand) and Malav and hopefully they can advise the best way forward,” he said.Nagal said people only make promises but when the time comes, they look the other side.”I am still stuck. I have to find a way to get my coach on tour to help me. Most of the tournaments I did in summer was by myself. It’s funny how they say if you need any help let us know and when you actually ask them or write an email they don’t even bother replying to you,” he said. last_img read more

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL 1/2 File photo of BCCI president Anurag Thakur (right) with secretary Ajay Shirke.   –  The Hindu Former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha Committee on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to direct the “immediate” supercession of the current BCCI office-bearers for blatant violations of the July 18 Supreme Court judgment directing them to implement the panel’s recommendations for transparency in cricket administration.”BCCI thinks they are a law unto themselves. They are wrong. You behave like lords. Fall in line or else we wil make you,” a Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S.Thakur warned the cricket body.The court gave the BCCI time till October 6 to respond to the apex court-appointed panel’s request to remove the top BCCI administrators from their posts and bring in a new crop who will “ensure the smooth transition from the old to the new system recommended by the committee”.In a 79-page report submitted in the Supreme Court today, the committee sought the court to declare all decisions taken by the BCCI found contrary to the Supreme Court verdict of July 18 to be “declared non est and ineffective”.It conveyed to the court that the BCCI has put “impediments” in the path of the implementation of the Lodha panel recommendations.The focus of the status report is the AG held by the BCCI on September 21 at its headquarters.The Lodha report said even the minutes of the meeting was not handed over to the committee.The panel has found violations in several decisions taken in the meeting, including the unanimous election of Ajay Shirke as honorary secretary of the BCCI for the remaining part of the term; the appointment of the all-india senior selection committee (men and women); the authorisation of BCCI President and Secretary to appoint the ombudsman for 2016-17 as Justice AP Shah’s term has come to an end.The panel report has found fault with the meeting decision to let Mr. Thakur represent BCCI in the International Cricket Council and the Asian Cricket Council and the nomination of Maharashtra politician Sharad Pawar as alternate director in ICC meetings.It questioned the decison to have Shirke to represent the BCCI in the CEC meeting of the ICC.The report said the BCCI has gone back on its assurance to formally adopt the new memorandum ushering in transparency on September 28.It said the Board has not even issued directives to the member associations despite express directions from the committee.It said selectors of men, women and junior cricket were announced contrary to the norms of the Spureme Court verdict.It said the BCCI undertaking for nomination to the post of BCCI Secretary is not in accordance with the norms approved by the Supreme Court.The panel said all these violations have been committed while the review petition filed by the BCCI against the July 18 judgement has been lying with defects in the Supreme Court registry. No effort has been made to correct the defects and push the case for hearing. Lodha panel gives BCCI time till Oct 15 to comply with proposals SHARE BCCI calls SGM to ponder compliance with Lodha reform Justice RM Lodha’s committee has said that the BBCI has put ‘impediments’ in implementing its recommendations   –  The Hindu Apex court takes exception to BCCI plea that state associations are not under it RELATED Apex court chokes BCCI funds to members till they comply with Lodha reforms BCCI’s SGM to consider Lodha Committee reforms adjourned till Saturday Justice RM Lodha’s committee has said that the BBCI has put ‘impediments’ in implementing its recommendations   –  The Hindu × Published on Apex court accepts structural reform recommendations in BCCI Lodha committee tells banks to halt BCCI disbursements BCCI to hold AGM under the shadow of Lodha panel reforms September 28, 2016 null File photo of BCCI president Anurag Thakur (right) with secretary Ajay Shirke.   –  The Hindu Supreme Court gives cricket body time till October 6 to respond COMMENTS Supreme Court sacks Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke from BCCI 2/2 cricketlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Mark Teixeira already has found a home at Yankee Stadium. Starlin Castro seems to be settling in quite well, too.“This is the whole package. The Yankees are the whole package,” Teixeira said. “I mean once you play for the Yankees, you’ve kind of reached the pinnacle of Major League Baseball.”Teixeira sliced a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning and Castro connected again, sending New York past the Houston Astros 8-5 on April 7.The Yankees took two of three in the season-opening series against the team that beat them in the AL wild-card game last October. The game began 12 minutes late because of rain, and the ballpark was far less than half-filled.Castro kept up his torrid start with a solo home run and a single off the wall, making him 7-for-12. The former Cubs infielder has eight RBIs, the most by any player in his first three games for the Yankees since the stat became official in 1920, STATS said.Castro credited the talks he had with Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran and other new teammates in spring training with making his adjustment go more smoothly.“You feel more comfortable to have those guys with you and you can see it when they’re hitting. You see it from the dugout and you see their approach. I think that’s a really big thing for me and it helps me,” he said.Castro also liked having his parents and brother in the seats. They were in town April 6, but skipped the game because of the cold weather. “They enjoyed it more today because they’re here,” he said.Castro became the first player in the majors with at least eight RBIs in his first three games for a new team since Calvin Pickering had 11 for the Royals in 2004, STATS said.Brian McCann also homered for the Yankees and Jacoby Ellsbury doubled twice.Tyler White hit his first homer in the majors, drove in four runs and got three hits for the Astros. He’s 6 for 9 since making his big league debut this week.White and Preston Tucker lined consecutive home runs off Nathan Eovaldi in the second. Eovaldi had the lowest home run rate among AL pitchers last year, but was tagged for back-to-back shots for the first time in his career. The right-hander hadn’t pitched in the regular season since last Sept. 5 because of elbow inflammation.White’s two-run single put the Astros ahead 5-2 in the fourth. Rodriguez made it 5-all with his first hit of the season, an RBI single in the Yankees fifth off Mike Fiers.Brett Gardner singled with one out in the seventh off Will Harris (0-1). Ken Giles relieved and gave up a single to Rodriguez, then Teixeira hit an opposite-field drive to left that reached the first row of the seats. Teixeira also hit a three-run homer in Wednesday night’s win.Chasen Shreve (1-0) pitched the seventh and Dellin Betances took care of the eighth. Andrew Miller worked around a pair of singles in the ninth for his first save.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court has asked Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai and member Diana Edulji to not go public over their differences. Earlier, Diana Edulji has squashed rumours of a rift between her and chairman Vinod Rai on the issue of Pakistan’s participation in the ICC World Cup.There were reports claiming that Edulji was not in favour of Rai’s decision to ask the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to the International Cricket Council urging them to ban Pakistan from the World Cup in May-June.But Edulji cleared the air on this issue stating that, “There are no differences between the COA members on the issue. We will be meeting on Friday after which a collective decision will be taken taking into account all factors.”The apex court, while observing that it was “partially aware” of what was going on in the CoA, said that whosoever is involved in these issues, they should not bring it in public domain.”We have heard in newspaper reports that some sparring is going on between CoA members. We want to know is it correct?” asked a bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and A M Sapre.Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the CoA, responded, “Not on core issues.”To this, the bench said, “We have thought to tell the amicus curiae to inform them (CoA members) that whosoever is involved, they should not bring it in public domain. It should not come in public domain”.advertisementIn 2017, the apex court had appointed a four-member CoA, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai, to run the affairs of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and implement the court-approved recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body.The other three members of the CoA were — former Indian women cricket captain Diana Edulji, famous historian Ramachandra Guha and banker Vikram Limaye.Following the resignations of Guha and Limaye, the CoA presently has only two members — Rai and Edulji.The two-member CoA has been divided on several matters including the recent controversy involving cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul.Pandya and Rahul had attracted widespread criticism for their alleged misogynistic comments on TV Show ‘Koffee with Karan’.Rai had reportedly recommended a two-match ban on Pandya and Rahul, but Edulji had taken the matter to the BCCI legal cell which refused to call the players’ actions a violation of the code of conduct and recommended the appointment of an ombudsman.The CoA chief and Edulji had also reportedly differed on the controversy relating to exclusion of Indian women cricketer Mithali Raj from the playing 11 in the crucial semi-final match of the recently concluded women’s world cup.During the hearing on Thursday, senior advocate P S Narasimha, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the BCCI matter, told the court that earlier there were four members in CoA but now there were only two.”We will appoint the members,” the bench said.To this, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for a state cricket association, said the number of members in CoA should have been odd.Narasimha also said the CoA should comprise of three members.Sibal told the court that CoA would mean that BCCI would be “sidelined completely”.However, the bench said, “We understand that. It (CoA) will be till further orders. Can we do it in-chamber? We have a name in our mind. We will pass an order”.Later, the bench observed that the CoA may also comprise of five members.”We are partially aware of what is going on in CoA,” the bench observed.The counsel appearing for some of the state cricket associations told the court that CoA has not released funds to them.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Maharashtra Cricket Association, said the condition was “precarious” as their stadium has been attached in a court proceeding and they have not been given funds by the CoA.Sibal argued that for the last three years, “not a single penny has been given to the state cricket associations”.Tripathi told the bench that funds were released directly to the respective vendors for the works done by them.”As long as people are playing the game and cricket is going on, we are not concerned,” the bench observed.It asked Narasimha to advise the CoA to release funds to the state cricket associations for cricketing purpose.advertisement”At the moment, let CoA be re-constituted and they can seek advise of P S Narasimha and then release funds. We are not going to loon into the accounts,” the bench said, adding, “We think that CoA is not utilising the services of amicus. Let them do it”.Meanwhile, the apex court issued notice to the CoA on an application of BJP leader Anurag Thakur, who was removed by the top court from the post of BCCI president in 2017 for obstructing its directions for overhauling governance in the cricket body, that he be allowed to contest and get back into the elected body of the BCCI.”My problem is that I am being barred (from BCCI) and have no remedy for the last two years,” senior advocate P S Patwalia, appearing for Thakur, said.Also Read | India should put pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup: Chetan ChauhanAlso Read | World Cup not more important than the country, say Harbhajan and Azharuddinlast_img read more

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.Through four weeks of the college football season, there are a number of Power 5 programs struggling mightily. Nebraska is one of them.Everyone knew that Year One of the Scott Frost era was going to have its rough spots. Frost hasn’t had a chance to recruit in earnest, the Huskers have a tough schedule and their season opener was cancelled due to inclement weather. Those are tough circumstances all around.Still, seeing Nebraska sitting at 0-3 after being destroyed by Michigan is noteworthy. This morning, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum dubbed the Huskers his most disappointing team in September.Finebaum made this declaration during a Wednesday morning appearance on Get Up!.Here’s what he had to say, via 247Sports:“On a long list of people, I would go with Nebraska,” Finebaum said. “You expected more. Scott Frost, the prodigal son, he won a championship there and was the hottest coach in the offseason, but that team has just been a disaster. Every week, he says, ‘we’re going to learn from this.’ What are you going to learn? Your team is terrible and that’s not entirely on him, but he has to show something.“He has capital though. Some of the other coaches around college football who are O-fer for the season, do not.”Things aren’t going to get any easier for Nebraska. The Huskers travel to Purdue this weekend, and the Boilermakers may have found themselves after their own 0-3 start, as they are coming off a big win over Boston College.After Purdue, Nebraska hosts No. 15 Wisconsin and Northwestern and travels to Minnesota. The odds tell us they will win one or two of those games, but an 0-7 start isn’t out of the question.last_img read more

first_img Dr. Tufton was speaking to the press after touring the Aldyar community in Westmoreland on Friday (January 4), to identify mosquito breeding sites. “Citizens must recognise that they have an important responsibility as it relates to monitoring their environment. We are appealing to them to play their part as we seek to quickly contain and overcome this period,” the Minister said. Story Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is imploring citizens to be vigilant in seeking out and destroying mosquito breeding sites in and around their homes. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is imploring citizens to be vigilant in seeking out and destroying mosquito breeding sites in and around their homes.“Citizens must recognise that they have an important responsibility as it relates to monitoring their environment. We are appealing to them to play their part as we seek to quickly contain and overcome this period,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton was speaking to the press after touring the Aldyar community in Westmoreland on Friday (January 4), to identify mosquito breeding sites.He also informed that the Aedes aegypti mosquito is endemic to Jamaica, and, as such, he is encouraging residents to look in places that may seem unlikely breeding sites, such as discarded milk tins and vases, as even a small amount of water can be a fertile breeding ground for the mosquito.“It is very unlikely that we are going to totally eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito, because it has fertile breeding grounds on an ongoing basis. So, every year, we have to confront this issue and we have to put some structures in place to manage and control them,” Dr. Tufton said.The Minister pointed out that frequent rainfall is a contributing factor to the increase in breeding sites, and it is anticipated that the island will regain some sense of normalcy by March of this year, when there should be less rainfall.Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton thanked the Westmoreland Health Department, particularly members of the vector control unit, for their continued efforts in destroying mosquito breeding sites in the parish and educating residents to do likewise.During the tour, Dr. Tufton  assured the vector control unit that they will be getting additional workers through the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme and Ministry of Health’s Vector Support Programme, as well as additional motor vehicles,  to strengthen the drive to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.The Aedes aegypti mosquito is responsible for the spread of the dengue, Zika and chikungunya viruses.Symptoms of dengue include sudden onset of high fever with a severe headache, fatigue, pain behind the eyes, muscle, bone or joint pain, skin rash, and vomiting or feeling nauseous.last_img read more

Countries should seize the unique “window of opportunity” offered by current changes in world population structure, the top United Nations official in charge of economic and social issues said today at the opening of the annual UN Population Commission meeting in New York. José Antonio Ocampo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said many countries are at the stage when fertility falls from high to low levels and the number of people in the prime working-age category increases compared with that of children and older persons. During this “window of opportunity,” the number of potential workers rises in relation to dependants, with possible beneficial effects on the economy.But such benefits are not automatic, Mr. Ocampo said. “The right policies are necessary to improve human and physical capital, increase employment and promote savings,” as well as “to increase the educational attainment of children and young people” so as to provide enough trained workers to the workforce.In addition, “to ensure that the window of opportunity gives rise to economic growth that may persist even after the window closes, it is essential to increase not only production but also savings and the accumulation of assets,” Mr. Ocampo said, adding governments should foster institutions that promote savings for retirement and the accumulation of other assets. Lengthening people’s productive lives and increasing retirement age was another option, he said.“The current bulge in the youth population presents an unprecedented opportunity for growth and transformation depending on the choices that governments make,” said UN Population Fund Executive Director Thoraya Obaid. “Investing in young people’s education, health including their sexual and reproductive health, and employment” would yield large returns.Governments should make greater investment in young people “and especially adolescent girls, so that they can pass safely to adulthood,” she said.According to a UN report, the region with the longest “window of opportunity” and the highest ratio of potential workers to dependants is Africa, where older persons represent just 5 per cent of the population and children comprise 41 per cent. Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean have a couple of decades to benefit from the optimal worker to dependant ratio, while Europe and North America are no longer likely to benefit as they are well advanced in the population ageing process.The annual session of the UN Commission on Population and Development, which focuses on “the changing age structure of populations and their implications for development,” concludes on Friday. 9 April 2007Countries should seize the unique “window of opportunity” offered by current changes in world population structure, the top United Nations official in charge of economic and social issues said today at the opening of the annual UN Population Commission meeting in New York. read more

“Since the illegitimate occupation of these islands in 1971, the UAE has adopted a flexible diplomatic approach to resolve this matter through peaceful means, through direct bilateral negotiations, or by referring the matter to the International Court of Justice,” UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan told the General Assembly.“The actions taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran with the aim of changing the legal, physical and demographic situation of the islands are null and void and have no legal effect whatsoever,” he said, referring to Abu Musa, and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs islands.“Those Iranian actions also constitute a violation of international law, and the UN Charter. Therefore, the UAE demands of the Islamic Republic of Iran to enter into serious and direct negotiations between the two countries, or to refer the issue to the International Court of Justice in the light of its continuous illegal occupation of the three islands which are an integral part of the territorial sovereignty of the United Arab Emirates.”Exercising his right of reply later today, Iran’s representative said the islands were an “eternal part” of Iranian territory and were under Iranian sovereignty, and any attempts to qualify that were wrong.The territorial dispute was also the subject of a discussion today between the Emirati Foreign Minister and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The two officials also exchanged views on the latest developments in Syria, Yemen and Somalia. 26 September 2011The United Arab Emirates (UAE) today called on Iran to either enter into serious, direct talks over three islands which it says are an integral part of UAE territory or refer the issue to the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ). read more

TORONTO — Falling energy stocks led the Toronto stock market lower for a second consecutive day Friday.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 11.97 points to 14,534.06 amid weak jobs data.The Canadian dollar tumbled 0.62 of a cent to cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy cut 28,900 jobs in April against expectations of a gain of about 12,000. It was also a huge turnaround from the previous month when the economy cranked out 43,000 jobs, which means just 14,000 jobs were added over the two-month period.The unemployment rate held steady at 6.9%.U.S. indexes registered modest gains as the Dow Jones industrials rose 32.37 points to 16,583.34, the Nasdaq climbed 20.37 points to 4,071.87 and the S&P 500 index added 2.84 points to 1,878.47.The TSX was negative this week after three weeks of advances, down 1.57% after traders digested a heavy slate of earnings news and took some profits from sectors that have run up sharply this year, including gold and energy stocks. But it is still one of the best performing stock indexes, up almost 7% year to date, a gain that many analysts believe the TSX would register for the whole year.“It’s been a good start to the year,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“We’re up 6.5% or so, I mean, that’s your annual return and we’re already there in May.”It was a quiet day for earnings news as shares in The Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU) lost 22 cents or 4.54% to $4.63 as the coffee chain reported a drop in its first-quarter net income to $56,000, or one cent per share, compared with $688,000, or seven cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013.Revenue was up at $7.6 million, compared with $6.2 million year-over-year.On Thursday, after markets closed, energy producer Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) said that quarterly net income totalled $622 million or 57 cents per share compared with $213 million or 19 cents in the prior-year period. Revenue for the three months ended March 31 rose to almost $4.4 billion from $3.76 billion in the prior-year period and its shares gave back 10 cents to $42.90.In other corporate developments, The Financial Times reported that Apple is orchestrating a $3.2-billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine. Apple could announce a deal as early as next week and its shares were off 0.4% in New York.The TSX energy sector led decliners, down 0.56% as June oil gave up early gains to move 27 cents lower to US$99.99 a barrel.The gold sector gained about 0.2% while June bullion faded a dime to US$1,287.60 an ounce. The base metals group was ahead 0.42% as July copper was up two cents to US$3.08 a pound amid some positive inflation news from China.Consumer prices in the world’s second-largest economy rose 1.8% over a year earlier, down from March’s 2.4% increase, giving the government more leeway if needed to stimulate the slowing economy. read more

first_img Whitley Bay is a seaside town in North Tyneside A spokesman said: “There was a man in the vehicle, but he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.”The driver’s next of kin have yet to be informed and the body has not been formally identified, they added.Officers are investigating how the vehicle got on to the causeway and are treating the death as “unexplained”. Anyone who saw a vehicle being driven suspiciously earlier on Tuesday should call 101, the spokesman said.The short causeway out to the rocky island and its lighthouse is submerged at high tide.It is a popular walk for locals and visitors to Whitley Bay. Lighthouse car overturned Credit:Owen Humphreys Lighthouse car overturned Coastguard crews in Whitley Bay after the fatal crash A driver has died after his car was found on its roof on a causeway to a popular lighthouse.Police were called to the path out to St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, after a member of the public spotted the vehicle.Northumbria Police said officers attended and found a blue vehicle on its roof  at shortly after 7am on Tuesday. Lighthouse car overturned Credit:Owen Humphreys/PA Credit:Owen Humphreys/PA Coastguard crews in Whitley Bay after the fatal crashCredit:Owen Hmphreys/PA 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

first_imgThe UN has declared today the first International Day of Happiness. Last year, Karen Hand, a doctoral researcher co-curated the National Happiness Experiment with Professor Malcolm MacLachlan from Trinity College Dublin. Here she tells us what we can do as a nation to make ourselves happier. She writes: HISTORICALLY, IRISH PEOPLE score very well in global happiness research – but have all of the recent crises blunted our national sense of cheer?In May 2012, the Trinity School of Psychology teamed up with the Science Gallery and Vodafone to pioneer a mobile-text-based study over six weeks to explore aspects of Irish people’s happiness. Some 3309 people from all over Ireland participated; average age 44, from under 10 to over 80 years of age. Impressively, 80 per cent of participants stayed the distance and responded to the text questions over the full six weeks.Overall scores for happiness were high in global terms – the National Happiness Experiment found that on average people scored 6.8 on a 10-point scale. However, the same people only rated Ireland at around five as ‘being a fair place’ on a 10-point scale and under four in terms of ‘powerful people being held accountable’.Improving our collective happinessThose people who had higher happiness scores were significantly more likely to have higher fairness and accountability scores, which argues that if we could improve the fairness of the system, we could improve our collective happiness even further. International research has separately demonstrated that economic inequality in societies is linked to more social problems (drug abuse, crime levels, mental health) regardless of absolute wealth levels in those societies.This led us to ask what type of policies could be pursued to allow for a ‘fairer’ and ‘more inclusive’ Ireland, as part of pursuing an agenda with people’s happiness as an explicit goal, rather than a ‘trickle-down’ consequence of economic growth. Education and Health are obvious areas to consider. A two-tiered education system can widen societal division in terms of educational levels and subsequent social mobility.In Ireland, one of the lead indices of educational success – going onto third level education – is influenced by whether your school is a private or public one. Of course every family should be able to choose the type of school they want for their children but, from a national policy view, perhaps common resources need to be applied to strengthening the common and public system.Injustices in the systemA two-tiered health system can lead to waste and inefficiency in both tiers of the structure – queues on one side and empty beds on the other, not to mention the stress this places on the health professionals working there. When we combine this with the international evidence that higher levels of inequality lead to worse physical health and mental health for the population, we realise that it might be worth making fairness and inclusiveness a more explicit objective of health policy? It would be ironic if the way we are managing our health system were itself, negatively impacting on the total health burden of the nation.The National Happiness Experiment found that people strongly agreed (7.5 on a 10-point scale) that Ireland ‘had a unique and valuable identity’ but a sense of fairness and accountability was also significantly correlated with this. It is understandable that in times like these, when we are cost-cutting and rationalising, making fairness a priority to boost the happiness of the nation, may seem like a pointless pipe-dream rather than a real possibility.However, the exact opposite argument can also be made. If we are in the process of remaking Ireland, perhaps this is a chance to set out a stall on what we value, what we would want to achieve and how we could get there? Everyone understands that this will not happen overnight but the commitment to get there could be a shared intention and of itself, begin a journey towards greater happiness and fairness for all.Karen Hand is a doctoral researcher who co-curated the National Happiness Experiment with Professor Malcolm MacLachlan, Trinity College Dublin. Their book Happy Nation? Prospects for Psychological Prosperity in Ireland (Liffey Press) can be bought in Eason’s and good bookshops around Ireland. 50 per cent of author’s royalties go to the St. Vincent to Paul.Read: How happy are you? Scientists want to know>Column: Real success is about happiness, not wealth>last_img read more

first_imgSpaceX has been the name most associated with NASA and successful launches in recent times, what with multiple trips to the International Space Station (ISS). But it isn’t the only company vying for NASA contracts. US company Orbital Sciences has also been hard at work, and yesterday managed the successful launch of its Antares rocket, known as the Antares A-ONE mission.The launch can be watched in the two videos below, and occurred at 5pm EDT yesterday from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, eastern Virginia. The launch is actually a double first, as it’s the first launch of Antares as well as the first launch from Wallops Flight Facility.Orbital Sciences is better known for its manufacture and launching of satellites. But with the development of Antares it has become a NASA partner for carrying both cargo and eventually astronauts into space. This launch not only demonstrated Antares lifting off without issue, it also saw the separation of a mass simulated payload carried out, which was the same mass as a spacecraft.With the test launch completed, Orbital is now preparing to use Antares to resupply the ISS using the Cygnus cargo spacecraft later this year. The mission is being carried out as part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS), and if that proves successful, Orbital will get a further 8 resupply missions between now and 2016 as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian advisor to Liberal Federal MP Sophie Mirabella (Panopoulos), Anthony Scrinis resigned from his position, only three days after his appointment. The resignation of Mr Scrinis was prompted by allegations against him of inappropriate behaviour, at one of the most prestigious Canberra events, the Canberra Press Gallery’s Mid-Winter Ball. Mr Scrinis allegedly acted inappropriately towards various women while attending this philanthropic function. Mr Scrinis was by most accounts very inebriated. Mrs Mirabella who is the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare, Women and Youth said that although Mr Scrinis argues that some of the allegations against him are exaggerated, he apologised for the incident and submitted his resignation. Wednesday night’s fracas is particularly embarrassing because Mr Scrinis had been working on a women’s initiative to encourage greater participation and debate within the Liberal Party.last_img read more

first_imgPendant la période glaciaire les icebergs descendaient jusqu’à MiamiIl y a 20 000 ans il faisait si froid que les icebergs descendaient de l’Arctique jusqu’au niveau de Miami. Les chercheurs ont fait cette découverte grâce aux marques que les antiques glaçons ont laissé sur les fonds marins floridiens. D’immenses inondations d’eau douce en provenance de lacs arctiques auraient permis d’apporter ces icebergs aussi loin dans la zone tropicale. Bien sûr qu’il faisait froid pendant la dernière glaciation, mais jusqu’où s’étendait l’emprise de la glace? Visiblement pas grand monde devait être épargné puisque des chercheurs de Caroline du Sud ont retrouvé des traces d’icebergs… à Miami! Ces monstres flottants ont raclé les fonds marins et laissé de véritables tranchées au large de la Floride. La nouvelle a été annoncée jeudi 6 décembre au congrès annuel de l’union américaine de géophysique.Les chercheurs ont pris en compte le niveau de la mer d’il y a 20 000 ans pour estimer que ces icebergs devaient mesurer entre 100 et 200 mètres. Pour l’instant une centaine de marques ont été découvertes dans le nord de la Floride et quatre au sud. Celles-ci font entre 10 et 50 mètres de large pour un maximum de 5 mètres de profondeur. Elles ont été découvertes grâce à des sonars après la découverte en 2006 de cas similaires, mais plus nombreux, sur la côte de la Caroline du Sud.Des crues d’eau douce responsablesIl semblerait que des débordements gigantesques dans les lacs glaciaires de l’Arctique aient provoqué la descente de courants froids jusqu’aux côtes atlantiques de la Floride. Des grands apports en eau douce dans les océans de l’âge glaciaire ont en effet été constatés à plusieurs reprises.Cela aurait représenté une quantité d’eau non salée supérieure à celle contenue dans les grands lacs américains. Selon les chercheurs, l’apparition d’un tel courant d’eau froide a certainement perturbé et dévié le Gulf Stream de l’époque, ce qui a dû modifier profondément le climat en Amérique du Nord et jusqu’en Europe. “Plus nous pourrons faire de cartographie, mieux nous connaitrons le plancher océanique, explique Jenna Hill, professeur à l’université côtière de Caroline du Sud. Nous ne pensions à la base pas trouver des traces de raclement d’iceberg. Cela ouvre la porte à de nombreuses autres informations à propos des modèles du climat et de la circulation des océans du passé.” Son équipe cherchait à la base des traces d’éruptions sous-marines de gaz quand elle a trouvé ces intrigantes balafres sur les fonds marins. Le 8 décembre 2012 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgOpengate Capital+1500(6%) Odds that one of the listed magazines will be sold this year National Geographic+600(14%) Rupert Murdoch+200(33%) Thomson Reuters+400(20%) Bloomberg+300(25%) Forget betting on which team will make it to this year’s NBA championship or who will take home the 2010 World Cup trophy. Now that Newsweek is up for sale, you can place bets on which company will acquire the troubled title. According to YouWager.com—a sportsbook, online casino and poker room—there’s a 33 percent likelihood that Rupert Murdoch will be the one to acquire Newsweek. Next up is Bloomberg (25 percent), Thompson Reuters (20 percent), Time Inc. (12 percent), McGraw Hill (9 percent) and OpenGate Capital (6 percent). [View the chart below for the return on wagers.]It’s fun to categorize buyers’ chances Las Vegas-style, but how did YouWager calculate the odds? “First comes the need to do some research,” YouWager.com Cory Scott tells me. “These are public companies, so it’s easy to see how they’ve been performing over the last few quarters. Next, you come up with your odds. Fans like to root for the favorite, while gamblers love a long shot, so you need to put up companies that have a possibility of going down based on performance, but it still needs to be unlikely to justify the larger payout.” People +700(13%) Scott adds that the site also takes into account the popularity of the companies being bet on. “People won’t bet if they don’t have an opinion, and they won’t have an opinion if they don’t know anything about the team or, in this case, the company,” he says.What are the Odds that Playboy Gets Sold?YouWager didn’t stop with Newsweek. The site has also placed odds on which major magazines will most likely be sold this year. Playboy tops the list at 29 percent followed by Time (25 percent), Vogue (20 percent), Sports Illustrated (18 percent), Vanity Fair (14 percent), National Geographic (14 percent) and People (13 percent). Scott came up with these odds by applying the same criteria as he did for Newsweek. “Playboy’s revenue for print and digital is down 26 percent, and this is a trend that has been going on for a while,” he said. “I compared Playboy to the other companies and decided they are the most likely candidates to go down based on recent and past performance.”Because Playboy has had financial trouble and because of the current state of the economy, Scott felt there’s a 25 to 30 percent chance that the company’s magazine would be sold, which equals roughly to +250 or $250 for every $100 risked. “After I set the odds, I need to ask myself whether people have an opinion on Playboy going down.  I think so, so the odds go up with Playboy as the ‘favorite’ to go down, but it’s still an unlikely outcome.” So, get your pocketbooks ready, and place your bets! [The +/- indicates the return on the wager. For Example: Betting on the candidate least likely to win would earn the most amount of money, should that happen. The percentage is the likelihood the contestant(s) will win.]center_img McGraw Hill+1000(9%) Odds that one of the options below will purchase Newsweek Vogue+400(20%) Time+300(25%) Time Inc.+750(12%) Vanity Fair+600(14%) Sports Illustrated+500(18%) Playboy+250(29%)last_img read more

first_imgLawmakers in a House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing questioned a huge increase Overseas Contingency Operations funding and additional border wall costs in the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request, according to a Military.com report Thursday.Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford were pressed to justify DOD’s sharp increase from $69 billion to $165 billion in OCO funding, which isn’t subject to budget caps under 2011’s Budget Control Act.Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) challenged the senior officials that the increased OCO funding would be used for the Pentagon’s base budget, rather than contingency operations in what he called a “thinly disguised” attempt to skirt budget caps.Visclosky said the increase is “staggeringly out of proportion to prior efforts to avoid the caps.”He also was critical of the administration’s proposal to set aside about $9 billion in the budget for construction of additions to the southern border wall.The subcommittee did approve of a 3.1% pay raise for the military and retirees, joining the White House in support of the increase included in the record $750 billion defense budget request.Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

first_img 2 Call of Duty fans can expect aspects from older games in the new mobile app.  Activision Call of Duty, the popular first-person shooter video game franchise, is coming to Android and iOS. Fans can preregister online now, and Android users can also preregister in the Google Play Store. The app and any future updates are free, according to the game’s website. In an email, a spokesperson for Activision said there will be a beta this summer in select regions. When fans preregister, they can opt to receive updates about the game, including when the beta launches. While the Google direct link is live, the iOS pre-registration link is coming soon.The new game was announced Tuesday during the Unity Keynote at the 2019 Game Developers Conference. Fans can expect maps for Nuketown and Crash, modes, heavy artillery and characters from all the COD games — from Black Ops to Modern Warfare.The new mobile version of the game, created in collaboration with Tencent and Activision, will launch for North America, South America, Europe and other countries. Originally published March 19.Update, March 20: Added more details about Activision’s release timeline. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Mobile Mobile Apps Gaming 1:53center_img Share your voice Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay details revealed Comments Activisionlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsGeek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf Speaker In case anyone is looking for a reminder as to why diversity at Google is important, check out the newest Google Doodle. To celebrate the 44th anniversary of hip hop, the welcoming but once marginalized urban genre that now dominates all of music, Google turned its homepage into an interactive tutorial for turntablism. It’s basically DJ Hero 3, the Game of the Year.But before setting you loose on the virtual 1s and 2s, Google first turns things over the legendary Fab 5 Freddy, past host of the classic “Yo! MTV Raps,” to explain how the art first came to be. Freddy takes us back to August 11, 1973 where 18-year-old Jamaican-American DJ Kool Herc performed at a Bronx back-to-school party.To keep the crowd dancing, Herc juggled two vinyl records to stretch out the instrumental break, and basically invented an innovative and massively influential new musical technique. These breaks later formed the basis of beats rappers would perform over, in case you’re still wondering why so many hip hop songs use retro samples. If that sounds interesting to you, might I suggest watching The Get Down on Netflix?With the history lesson out of the way, the homepage then turns into a virtual turntable, complete with logo graphic by graffiti artists Cey Adams. Browse through bedrock hip-hop tracks available like “Clean Up Woman” by Betty Wright, “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash, “Darkest Light” by The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, and even some original Google 808 drum machine tracks.Pick two songs, lay the records down, and create your own mix by hopping between tracks or scratching and rewinding the vinyl. The turntable has fairly basic functionality you’ll find in many DJ apps. But the auto-syncing, beat-matching, pitch-shifting, and cross-fading are all forgiving enough to prevent users from making music that sounds truly bad. Again, it’s like DJ Hero or The Magic iPod, but you have more choice over which songs you play. There are even achievements and social sharing. The turntable also has a handy link for looking up hip hop history.Hopefully, like other Google Doodles, we’ll be able to keep improving our DJ skills with this app long after the birthday celebrations are over. Maybe Google will even add new tracks over time? The project’s executive consultant is YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen, who used to run Def Jam Records and genuinely seems to want to share the culture with more people. So he has to have a ton of connections. I need to know how long I have to wait before somebody will let me make my epic Smash Mouth/Kendrick Lamar remix “Damn, You’re an All Star.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgThe Chiefs beat the Raiders last night to take the inside track on the AFC West division title, and Colin thinks they legitimately have a chance to win the Super Bowl. The only reason people aren’t taking them seriously is because they’re not interesting.If you look at their roster, it’s loaded, especially defensively. Andy Reid is the second-best coach in the AFC. People say they can’t win a Super Bowl with Alex Smith, but he’s won 60 of his last 84 starts, which is a better winning percentage than Bill Parcells had as a head coach. He’s got nice weapons like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to throw to, and the KC defense is better than Denver’s. No one will talk about them, but they’re a Super Bowl level team.“The Kansas City Chiefs are boring, and unbelievably effective.”NBA Critics say that the league is boring because it’s so top-heavy, and only two or three teams have a chance to win every year, but the same handful of teams always have a shot to win in the national title college football and basketball and nobody says a word. The truth is, people can complain all they want about how unbalanced the NBA is, but if LeBron and Durant meet in the Finals, everyone will be watching. The ratings will always tell the truth.“You say you want parity in the NBA. You say you want underdogs, and you don’t. And how do I know? Because ratings are truth serum.”The Rams are awful, and Albert Breer’s recent article in the MMQB says that head coach Jeff fisher and GM Les Snead can’t stand each other, and the Rams organization is a mess. Colin says the Rams organization is like a bad marriage. They moved the team, they drafted a young star quarterback, but the with all the flashy moves, the underlying problems are all the same. The Rams are irrelevant on the L.A. sports scene, and sticking with Jeff Fisher isn’t going to help anything. Time for a divorce.“The Rams right now, are a bad marriage, and they’re trying to save it with an exciting new move. A new house. ‘Let’s have a baby.’ Let’s draft a quarterback… And what do you have? A bigger mess.”Also, Colin gives his NFL Week 14 Blazin’ 5 picks! Game of the week is Baltimore at New England.Guests:Michael Lombardi – Former NFL GM and host of the Make Me Smarter football podcast is in-studio to discuss the Chiefs win over the Raiders last night, the reported dysfunction with the Rams between Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead, why he thinks the Ravens are primed for a playoff run, and his Week 14 picks.Greg Cosell – Senior producer of NFL Matchup and NFL Films joins the show to break down the film from Week 13, what he sees on film with the Seahawks, how their offensive philosophy has changed under Carroll, and what the film says about Cam Newton’s bad mechanics.Albert Breer – NFL Insider for The MMQB joins the show to discuss his recent article about the Jeff Fisher/Les Snead feud with the Rams, why Snead and Fisher could both be gone at the end of the year, whether Tony Romo could end up in L.A., how the stats say Matt Stafford is better than Tom Brady right now, and the huge difference Jim Bob Cooter has made with Stafford.last_img read more