21st Sletba Open starts; victorious paralympic team cited

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sletba president Engr. Mar Lualhati (right) with members of the Philippine bowling paralympic team which won 7 medals in the recently held tenpin bowling paralympic games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. LATEST STORIES In his remarks, Lualhati thanked the sponsors and the PBC and the associations for supporting this year’s premier event of Sletba. He also presented and cited the exploits of the Philippine bowling paralympic team which bagged seven medals in the recently held bowling paralympic games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Lualhati, in turn, received a plaque of appreciation from paralympic team coach Benshir Layoso for his support for the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPlayers from the national team and from various associations are expected to join the annual tournament and vie for cash prizes worth over P400,000 spread over three groups.Qualifying games started right after the opening rites Saturday and will be held daily from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Oct. 14. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Mavericks guard Curry out with left leg injury Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Sletba officials led by its president Engr. Mar Lualhati (2nd from left) and secretary Atty. Boy de Leon (right) prepare to roll the ceremonial ball to start the 21st Sletba Open at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta. With them are (from left) Benny Dytoc of PTBA, Benshir Layoso, national team member and coach of the national paralympic team, Gerry Mallilin, president of Philippine Bowling Congress, and Lilian Teano, president of the Tiger City (Mandaluyong) Bowling Association.The 21st Sta. Lucia East Tenpin Bowling Association-Rizal (Sletba) Open Championships rolled off Saturday at the Sta. Lucia Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.Engr. Mar Lualhati, president of Sletba, led the simple opening rites graced by the presence of officials of the Philippine Bowling Congress and other associations based in Metro Manila and in the provinces.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Nextlast_img read more

Lyceum backs up hype, slays San Beda for 2-0 start

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The Red Lions still had chances to close in on the Pirates, but AC Soberano and Robert Bolick botched point-blank shots in the final 20 seconds.It was Lyceum’s first win over San Beda since NCAA Season 89, still under coach Bonnie Tan.Robert Bolick paced San Beda with 21 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, while Clint Doliguez added 19 markers and seven boards.The Scores:LYCEUM 96 – Perez 24, Nzeusseu 18, Caduyac 16, Jc. Marcelino 14, Baltazar 9, Jv. Marcelino 7, Ayaay 4, Tansingco 2, Liwag 2, Santos 0, Ibanez 0, Pretta 0, Cinco 0.SAN BEDA 91 – Bolick 21, Doliguez 19, Soberano 12, Mocon 10, Noah 9, Presbitero 8, Potts 4, Bahio 4, Adamos 2, Tankoua 2, Carino 0, Tongco 0, Abuda 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Reymar Caduyac also fired 16 markers, five of which coming in the last 1:48 to hold off the Red Lions. He also netted seven assists and three boards in the win.“To play against San Beda, it’s gonna take a lot of grit, a lot of perseverance, and never giving up,” said coach Topex Robinson. “But it’s not about me, but it’s about the players. We just kept on playing and we just kept on grinding.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMike Nzeusseu chipped in a double-double with his 18 points and 13 rebounds, while rookie Jaycee Marcelino nabbed 14 markers, six boards, two dimes, and two steals.Lyceum’s defensive stance in the end game did the trick as it held San Beda without a field goal for the last 2:47 to break off from an 89-all deadlock before Javee Mocon drilled two freebies with 56.7 seconds remaining. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum welcomed the challenge and proved the hype was real, toppling San Beda, 96-91, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez steered early season shocker, dropping seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter while registering four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Teodoro rises to Meneses challenge after disappointing opener MOST READ Quarters: 24-18, 50-46, 73-75, 96-91.last_img read more

Kings overcome Damian Lillard’s 35 to frustrate Trail Blazers

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard looks to pass against Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley III and De’Aaron Fox, (5) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It hasn’t taken long for Marvin Bagley III to regain his rhythm in Sacramento’s offense after missing 11 games with an injured left knee.The second overall pick in the draft still needs to improve his free throw shooting in the fourth quarter, but Bagley is definitely giving the Kings’ second unit quite a lift.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “He’s a walking double-double,” said Justin Jackson, who had nine points on three 3-pointers. “You add that back to our team, it adds even more versatility. It allows us to do so many more things within our offense whenever he’s out there on the court.”Fox also had nine assists, Buddy Hield scored 19 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 18 on 8-of-10 shooting off the bench. Sacramento has won three straight and four of five.“We’re playing hard, we’re defending, making extra efforts,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We’re a team where everybody needs to contribute.”Damian Lillard scored 35 points to become the fastest player in Portland history to reach 12,000 for his career. Jusuf Nurkic had six points and 11 rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored six on 2-of-14 shooting.The Trail Blazers, playing the second half of a back-to-back, have lost two straight since winning four in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tony Parker in triumphant San Antonio return as Hornets down Spurs SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “We knew coming in that they love to play in transition and we kind of played into their hands,” Lillard said. “We turned the ball over and allowed them to get out in transition. They play the fastest pace in the league, so we made it harder on ourselves than it had to be.”Sacramento got out to an early lead, held Portland to 17 points in the second quarter and then held off the Trail Blazers down the stretch.After Lillard’s 17-foot jumper cut the Kings’ lead to 109-103 with 1:47 remaining, Fox came back down the court and calmly drained his only 3 of the night.Bagley made a free throw and Willie Cauley-Stein added an emphatic dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.Portland struggled offensively across the board, particularly McCollum, who didn’t make a shot after halftime.Lillard reached 12,000 points in the third quarter of his 514th game. Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler had been the fastest Trail Blazers player to reach the mark, in his 587th game.“A lot of guys who come into the league who are capable of doing the same thing don’t get the opportunity, the trust or the freedom,” Lillard said. “I’m really thankful for the coaching staff that I play for and the teammates that I’ve been fortunate enough to play with.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard has scored in double figures in 184 consecutive games, breaking a tie with Drexler for the franchise record. . Collins made a tremendous defensive play to block a layup attempt by Yogi Ferrell in the first quarter. . Portland coach Terry Stotts was called for a technical while talking with officials after a foul.Kings: Fox has made at least one steal in 14 straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA. . Iman Shumpert was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. Shumpert later had to be walked to the bench by a teammate after arguing with someone on Portland’s bench. Shumpert’s three technicals are tied for second-most on the Kings behind Fox, who has four.center_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Bagley had 13 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double, De’Aaron Fox scored 16 points and made a key 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining, and Sacramento beat the Portland Trail Blazers 115-107 on Monday night.“I feel like I was before I got hurt,” Bagley said after his fourth game back. “When I was out, I still was around. I was still shooting, still was doing stuff. I wasn’t just sitting out. I was getting in shape, still making sure that I was ready. It wasn’t hard to get back into the swing of things.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBagley made a pivotal 14-foot turnaround jumper early in the fourth quarter, then went over the back of Zach Collins and tipped in an offensive rebound to put the Kings up 100-88.That anchored a big night from Sacramento’s bench, which outscored Portland’s reserves 58-34. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TEMPERS FLAREShumpert had to be stopped by arena and Trail Blazers security from going into Portland’s locker room after the game. Shumpert was apparently angry at Nurkic, who set a hard screen in the second half.“Some stuff needed to be between me and him, a conversation between two men,” Shumpert said. “Some stuff happened out there that we needed to have a conversation about. That’s it.”Nurkic shrugged it off.“I’m not going to worry about it,” Nurkic said. “He’s going into retirement soon. I’m not going to worry about a guy who’s going into retirement soon.”NOT THIS TIMEWhen the Blazers beat the Kings two weeks ago, Nurkic became the first player in modern NBA history to have at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, five assists, five steals and five blocks. It was a much different story for Nurkic on Monday. Portland’s big man had five assists and one block but took only seven shots and did not make a steal.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.Kings: At the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Germany Not Among Euro 2020 Favourites, A Lot is Possible: Joachim Loew

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. Euro 2020Euro 2020 QualifiersgermanyJoachim Loew First Published: November 15, 2019, 8:55 PM IST Berlin: Germany head coach Joachim Loew insisted Friday his fledgling team can not be considered among the favourites for Euro 2020 as they look to wrap up qualification against Belarus this weekend.”I don’t think we’re among the top favourites,” said Loew ahead of Saturday’s Group C qualifier, citing world champions France, England, the Netherlands or Spain as potential winners next summer. “A lot is possible, this team has great qualities, but many players still need a few more years to develop.”Germany, who are second in Group C, will book their Euros place in Moenchengladbach if they better Northern Ireland’s result in their match against group leaders the Netherlands.The Germans are level on points with the Dutch with the top two teams going through, and Loew is eager to wrap up qualification before Tuesday’s final qualifier against Northern Ireland, who are three points back in third.”We’re two steps from the Euro 2020 finals, we want to win the last two games and have a positive end to the year,” said Loew.However Loew says his young Germany team is still a “work in progress” in the wake of last year’s World Cup debacle in Russia.His side were humbled 4-2 at home in September by the Dutch, before throwing away a two-goal lead against a weak Argentina in last month’s 2-2 friendly draw in Dortmund.After Germany failed to qualify from their group at the 2018 World Cup finals, the 59-year-old cleaned out his squad in March by informing Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng their international careers were over.However, two key players in Loew’s new-look team, winger Leroy Sane, 23, and defender Niklas Suele, 24, are sidelined with long-term knee injuries.Borussia Moenchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter, 25, will lead Germany’s back four against Belarus at Borussia Park.”I have the feeling that ‘Matze’ (Ginter) is a bit undervalued, but I know how reliable he is and how well he can perform,” added Loew.However with Ginter’s fellow centre back Suele set to miss most of the season, Loew has refused to recall Boateng or Hummels, his key defenders when Germany won the 2014 World Cup.”The main thing is that he (Suele) returns fit, no one knows when he will be back on the pitch next,” added Loew.Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City and Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka will form Germany’s midfield behind RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who has scored 11 goals in as many Bundesliga games.Germany captain Manuel Neuer is under pressure in goal from Barcelona star Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Loew has said Neuer will start against Belarus on Saturday while Ter Stegen will face the Northern Irish three days later. last_img read more

PES is no longer the poorer cousin of EA’s FIFA: Konami

first_imgHere’s a quick question. What do football and video games have in common? Well, not a thing, and yet, here we are, talking about a video game, that is based on football, and is also doing a pretty spectacular job while at it. Well, that’s exactly the kind of stuff that my physical education teacher warned me about, back in the day. But then, that was really a long time ago. Video games in 2016-17 have grown so life-like, it would be a shame to not pick that controller up and pose as Neymar Jr, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic or Gerard Pique, even if you’re not into football per se. You know, sweat it out, for a couple of hours. Be your hero, make him proud. It would really help if you’re into football in real life. But that’s not necessarily a gold standard. It is the experience that counts.Also Read: Assetto Corsa arrives on PS4 & Xbox One but the journey wasn’t easy Folks back at Konami have been hard at work for almost two decades now, to make that football simulation experience count. They’re back with one more installment — their 16th to be precise — of the Pro Evolution Soccer, or as fans across the world like to call it, the PES.PES V FIFA: The bittersweet rivalryPES has been around for a very long time. Not as long as EA’s FIFA, but close. The two, as expected, share a bittersweet rivalry, much like Batman and the Joker. As they should. PES and FIFA are the only ‘true’ football simulation games — from big banner houses — worth mentioning anyway. But if you know any better, Konami’s PES hasn’t had what you can call ‘easy’, competing with EA’s FIFA. Even though hardcore gamers would swear by its one-of-a-kind gameplay mechanics, FIFA generally runs away with major accolades, courtesy its in-game theatrics. Konami however begs to differ.advertisement”I would argue that is not the case. We won two consecutive Gamescom Best Sports game awards, and were nominated again this year. PES is critically going great guns and is garnering the respect of all forms of media. It is no longer seen as the poorer cousin of the EA game, but a game that can more than give it a run for its money — take a look at the Metacritic scores, for more clarity,” Adam Bhatti, Global Product & Brand Manager, Pro Evolution Soccer tells India Today Online in an exclusive conversation.Fans of football are on the same page and interest in the series is continuing to grow and grow, he adds.”We’re concentrating on our own game, and think that the plaudits we are receiving regarding the game updates and how it plays are generally very, very positive. We know where we want to be and how to get there.”Understanding evolution, making it happenThe first installment in the series of Pro Evolution Soccer games was released in 2001. The goal was simple: build a game that blurs the gap between AI and actual football: essentially a simulation that plays just like real football. Konami has been sticking to its goal, ever since. While the original, and its successors — up until PES 2014 — did well and good, Konami’s real test came in the face of next-generation (and now the current-gen) consoles, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. This was (is) the era of (visual) presentation and in the case of football, some hard-hitting commentary. PES 15 and PES 16 some how, did not become as cult favourites as the PES of the PS2 era and not for the lack of trying.  Konami is aware of its limitations. Keeping them in mind, it is looking to evolve the franchise, solely in terms of gameplay, for now. Visual theatrics would come eventually This is because Konami’s priorities — as mentioned earlier — lie elsewhere. Graphics and audio are important. But, offering realistic gameplay is what it’s really good at. Most importantly, it is aware of its limitations. Keeping them in mind, it is looking to evolve the franchise, solely in terms of gameplay, for now. Visual theatrics would come eventually. So how is PES 2017 different from PES 2016 and PES 2015 which were also based on the FOX Engine?”It’s an evolution over those games, continuing with our ongoing plan to add layers of realism with each new iteration. In PES 2017, we wanted to focus on the shooting, passing, AI, and player movement. As such, we have improved the way passing works and the control players have over it, and also how players draw defenders to create space, make their runs, etc. The result is a much more fluid game, with no lag between pressing a button and the onscreen response, and seamless animation to ensure that the game flows without compromising control,” Adam explains.advertisement”The PES fans are our lifeblood. Their input constantly shapes where we are going and how we get there. They wanted us to address the refs and goalkeepers this year, and we have done that and their feedback is incredibly positive. We always want to be open with our fanbase, and we like to feel they know they can influence how the game progresses and evolves,” he adds.Also Read: Deus Ex Mankind Divided review: Solid gameplay makes it worth playing So, basically what we are looking at here are new and improved instances of realism: both tactical and on an individual level, giving a sense of uniqueness to every player, every team and every fixture and that’s a good thing. But, it’s still far from being perfect. And that’s where FIFA comes in. Just so you know, I am not saying that FIFA is perfect.Licensing wars decodedEA has had a long history of purchasing ‘exclusive’ rights for their FIFA series, well ahead of Konami. This is why FIFA games — generally — have more teams, team jerseys, names, and players that are more accurate. PES on the other hand has to contend with far less in comparison.”But it’s getting there,” Adam says.Remember the time when Manchester United were called Aragon, Liverpool were Europort and West Ham were Lake District? Remember the time when the game featured empty stadiums during play? PES has seen it all. Things are changing.”We have established preferred partnership agreements with the likes of Barca, Liverpool and Dortmund, and this gives us unequalled access to the payers and teams to make sure they are faithfully recreated in the game. Also, we have expanded our relationships with the LATAM market, and in China and Chile. We are still exclusive licensors of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa Cup, and we are always looking at new agreements.”While partnership with FC Barcelona will allow Konami to have a three years exclusive access to the Camp Nou stadium, its partnerships with Liverpool FC, Borussia Dortmund and Club Atletico River Plate will ensure PES 2017 offers an accurate recreation of the official kits, player faces, club logos and stadia.”We are getting a lot stronger on this (licensing) front, and have ambitious plans moving forward,” Adam says.Future and VRGameplay has always been one of the genre defining highlights of the game. With more teams, stadiums and kits in place, chances are PES could better FIFA at some point of time, in the future. Speaking of which, the next obvious question would be, what’s next? That question would invariably drift towards virtual reality.”There is a balance between realism and fun and PES focuses on playing and entertaining, while also offering total control and realism of the in-field action. VR is a different kettle of fish as it immerses the player into a personal scenario,” Adam says.advertisementSo, does that mean, no PES VR? Well, there’s some hope. “PES is an overview and covers the full big-game experience as opposed to a deeply personal one, but I am sure there are possibilities there somewhere.”As for Konami and PES gearing up for next-gen consoles, the PS4 Pro and the Xbox Scorpio, “we are always interested in new advances and look at what they can add with interest. Too early to discuss right now, though,” says Adam.PES 2017 launches globally on September 15 on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.Also Read: Headlander review: This cheesy Metroidvania adventure is a blastlast_img read more

Travis Head dedicates maiden Test hundred to mentor Phillip Hughes

first_imgTravis Head scored his maiden Test century in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday.Head along with Joe Burns stitched together a 308-run partnership for the fourth wicket as Australia reached 384 for 4 at the close of play on the first day.As he reached the milestone, Head looked up to the sky and smiled. Head was very close with former Australian Test opener Phillip Hughes, who tragically passed away in 2014 after a bouncer struck him on the head during a first-class match.Head eventually was dismissed for 161 and looked assured during his stay at the crease and hit 21 fours and a six in his 204-ball knock, before becoming Fernando’s third victim.Take a bow, @travishead34! #AUSvSL | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/PFysppBh2kcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 1, 2019When he was asked about his celebration he said: “Yeah [I dedicated it to] a few, but Hughesy as well, a little bit emotional to be honest,” Head told SEN Radio as he broke down into tears.”It was a little bit about trying to get the momentum back, it was a little like last week where we lost quick wickets and were a little bit under the pump, it was trying to get that momentum back. Last week I started my innings really well, left the ball really well, just tried to get that momentum back and get it to swing back our way. I felt like Burnsy and I were able to do that again,” Head, who scored 84 in Australia’s win in Brisbane over Sri Lanka last week, said.advertisement”To go out there and continue from last week, personally and as a team we put ourselves in a great position to get hundreds and weren’t able to, that was the disappointing part, but it was really good today to get out there, and once we got our chance, to make it massive,” Head added.Burns, who hit 26 fours in his unfinished 243-ball knock of a career-best 172, said that after he saw Head’s emotional state on reaching his hundred, all he wanted to do was offer his team-mate a long, strong hug to mark the moment.”It’s one of those innings today that’ll get him started in his Test career, get that first one out of the way and open the floodgates,” Burns said at the press conference at the end of the day’s play.”He was very emotional for his first hundred, out in the middle you don’t ask how someone’s feeling [but] I was just over the moon for him,” Burns said. “To see a bloke, the hard work he’s done all summer and for a number of years playing against him, you knew how good a player he was.”It’s one of those innings today that’ll get him started in his Test career, get that first one out of the way and open the floodgates. I just wanted to hug him as hard as I could for as long as I could and just keep batting with him. It was really enjoyable,” Burns added.last_img read more

Messi, Ronaldo & Neymar named as football’s biggest earners

first_imgLionel Messi Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar named in Forbes top-earning athletes list Robin Bairner 18:32 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi Argentina 2018 Getty Images Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar PSG Real Madrid Barcelona There are nine footballers in the top 100 earners, yet there is one standout figure in the ranking who earns more than twice as much as anyone else Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are three of the footballing stars to have made it into the top 10 of Forbes ranking of the world’s highest-earning athletes. Barcelona attacker Messi is placed second in the list, one place ahead of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, while Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain has also made the cut.The superstar trio, however, all trail boxer Floyd Mayweather, who has lived up to his ‘Money’ nickname by earning $285 million (£212m) over the course of the last year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now That figure is more than twice as much as Messi, who is on $111m (£82.6m), including endorsements, while Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo comes in at $108m (£80.4m).Neymar, meanwhile, is ranked fifth in the world with an income of $90m (£67m).There are nine footballers on the list, with Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale next to come in at No.35.Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has just failed to make the top 50, at No.52, while Oscar of Shanghai SIPG is four places below him.Everton’s Wayne Rooney ranks at No.58, two spots above Barcelona forward Luis Suarez. The final footballer in the list is Sergio Aguero, who is at No.86.The list, which details the top 100 earners in sport, has been dominated by three men over the course of the last 18 years, with Mayweather, Ronaldo and golfer Tiger Woods the only figures to have topped the standings over that period.American sports dominate the list, with soaring NBA salaries meaning that basketball accounts for 40 of the 100 personalities on the list. Next comes American football with 18, with baseball next up with 18.last_img read more

We are not going to stop, ready for Sydney: Virat Kohli after historic Boxing Day Test win

first_imgWe are not going to stop, ready for Sydney: Virat Kohli after historic Boxing Day Test winIndia vs Australia: Virat Kohli was thrilled after India won their first ever Boxing Day Test in Australia. India now lead the 4-Test series 2-1.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 08:24 IST Virat Kohli had the last laugh as India wrapped up a historic victory (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli was delighted with India’s historic Test victory at the MCGKohli led from the front with a first innings 82 as India won their first Boxing Day Test in AustraliaKohli finished 2018 with 1322 Test runs including five hundredsVirat Kohli was a pleased and relieved captain as India completed the job of picking up the final two Australian wickets and win the third Test by 137 runs in Melbourne on Sunday.The first session was washed out due to the relentless rain in Melbourne, but the weather conditions improved after the first two hours and play finally started at 7.25 am IST.India needed just 5.3 overs in the second session to bowl Australia out for 261, the second time in two days, and secure a historic victory in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Kohli will retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy as India, who had cliched the trophy last year after winning the series 4-1 at home, took an unbeatable 2-1 series lead after this Test win.”We are not going to stop here. This has given us more confidence to play more positive cricket in Sydney.”We’ve done well in all three departments, which is why we’ve retained the trophy. But we want to continue. This is how we played in South Africa too, and we’re ready for the final game,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.Kohli led from the front as he so often does. In the first innings, he battled a stiff back and scored 82 in a 170-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara, who hit his 17th Test hundred.Kohli has been in sensational form this year – he scored 1322 runs including five hundreds but his captaincy raised some serious questions in South Africa, England and even in Australia when he chose to go in to the Perth Test without a spinner.advertisementHowever, Kohli seemed to have learn from his mistakes in Melbourne. With plenty at stake, Kohli dropped his two regular openers and gave Mayank Agarwal a maiden Test cap. Hanuma Vihari was promoted up the order to open the innings with Agarwal.Rohit Sharma, who missed out the Perth Test due to injury came back in the side and scored his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015. Ravindra Jadeja picked up crucial wickets while the fast bowlers continued to live up to their captain’s high expectations.”Our first-class cricket is amazing, which is why we won. Credit must go to first-class set-up in India, which challenges our fast bowlers in India, and that helps them abroad. Agarwal showed great character on Boxing Day. And Pujara has always been composed, so we just wanted a big partnership. And the fact that Vihari batted so long in the first innings, it allowed us to bat more confidently. And Rohit’s 60-odd as well,” the Indian captain said.Kohli’s decision to not enforce the follow-on after taking a 292-run first innings lead also raised a few eyebrows. Allan Border said he was surprised with India’s move. Many felt the rain which had been forecast for the weekend could rob India of a memorable win.”It’s a good thing I don’t read any comments or opinions (on not enforcing the follow on). I wanted us to bat more, and add some more runs, because batting would be difficult on day four and five.”We knew that it would be tough for Australia, but credit to our bowlers, especially Jasprit (Bumrah). The three fast bowlers have broken the record for most wickets by pacers in a calendar year for a team, which is brilliant. I certainly feel proud as a captain when they bowl in partnerships. No one is looking to out-bowl each other,” Kohli added.Kohli had the last laugh as India wrapped up a historic victory. He will now be eager to go over to Sydney and win the first ever Test series for India in Australia.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

KL Rahul form a concern, will consider Rohit Sharma as Test opener: MSK Prasad

first_img Next Rahul Rawat New DelhiSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 19:33 IST KL Rahul struggled to get going in India’s 2-0 win over West Indies (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma will be considered for Test opener role, says MSK PrasadThe chief selector said India are concerned about KL Rahul’s formVirat Kohli is improving as captain with every match: MSK PrasadIndia chief selector MSK Prasad has said he is worried with KL Rahul’s poor form in Test cricket and indicated it might be time for Rohit Sharma to step up as an opener in the five-day format as well.Rohit Sharma is the most dangerous opening batsman in the shorter formats with 3 ODI double hundreds and 4 T20I hundreds but is yet to seal a permanent berth in the Test team. He was part of the Test squad for the 2-match series in the West Indies but he did not get to play either game.Rohit Sharma was seen as a middle-order option but Hanuma Vihari has cemented the No.6 with some sensational performances in the Caribbean. That leaves Rohit Sharma with an opportunity to try and fit in as an opener in the Test side.Back in 2013, Rohit Sharma was promoted to open the innings for India in ODIs with Shikhar Dhawan and he has not looked back since.While Hanuma Vihari has justified Virat Kohli’s decision to pick him over Rohit Sharma in the middle-order during the recent two-Test series against the West Indies, KL Rahul has only flattered to deceive, exactly the point that former captain Sourav Ganguly also made.India next play South Africa at home in a three-match T20I series, which will be followed by three Tests. The Test squad is yet to be announced and the big question is if Rohit will be tried as an opener ahead of Rahul.The answer lies with the captain and the national selectors, who are yet to zero in on the squad for the Test series. Ganguly, VVS Laxman and former opener Gautam Gambhir have insisted that Rohit should be given a chance at the top of the order at the expense of KL Rahul.advertisementNational selectors have not rejected the idea and could consider the proposition when they sit to select the Test team.”As selection committee we haven’t met after the conclusion of the West Indies tour. We will definitely take this (Rohit as opener) point into consideration when we all meet and discuss about it,” MSK Prasad, chairman of the national selection committee, told India Today in an exclusive interview.”KL (Rahul) is definitely a great talent. Of course, he is going through a bit tough time in Test cricket. We are definitely concerned about his form. He needs to spend more time on the wicket and regain his touch and form,” the former wicketkeeper-batsman added.Chahal, Kuldeep defenitely part of T20I set-up: MSK PrasadFor two years in the lead up to the World Cup, India preferred wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav over seasoned campaigners like R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.Though Washington Sundar was there in India’s T20 teams, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar’s inclusion has pushed Chahal and Kuldeep out of the squads from the shorter format. India’s next big ICC assignment will be the T20 World Cup next year in Australia. So have Chahal and Kuldeep slipped down the pecking order?Not really, if Prasad is to believed. “In order to bring variety in the spin bowling department, we have been trying youngsters keeping in view of the T20 World Cup in Australia. Chahal and Kuldeep have been outstanding performers in the shorter formats in the last two years. They are definitely ahead in the race now. It’s just that we are trying few other options now.”After an abrupt end to India’s campaign at the World Cup, the team did well on the tour that followed, winning the T20I, ODI and Test series in the Caribbean. Prasad looked reasonably satisfied with the success on the tour and pointed out the positives that the team brought back home.”In shorter formats, we have seen Shreyas Iyer emerging as a matured batsman who can play to the situations and demands of the team and deliver accordingly. Similarly, we have seen (Navdeep) Saini, Krunal (Pandya), Washington (Sundar) progressing well in shorter formats.”In the longer format we have seen solid performances from young Vihari. He was clearly the stand out performer in this series apart from Bumrah, who was outstanding with the ball. I am also very happy with the form of Ajinkya Rahane because he is very crucial for the success of Indian team in this format.”‘Kohli has so much to offer as captain’The victory in the last Test at Jamaica not only handed India the series but also made Virat Kohli India’s most successful Test captain with 28 wins. So how does Prasad, who took over as chairman of selectors in 2016, see the evolution of Virat as captain?advertisement”I am extremely happy that Virat is being hailed as the most successful Test captain in Indian history. He has been improving as captain with every passing game. I feel he has so much to offer as captain in times to come. He is still young and he has a long journey ahead as captain in this format (Test). He has a wonderful mix of youth and experienced players in the side to lead and I wish that he should plan well and lead this team and win the World Test Championship,” said Prasad.Often selectors have to take the flak for the team’s failures and there are always opinion on selection and non-selection of some player or the other. Does that bother the selectors?”Our primary focus should be on identifying right talent and groom that talent before they are inducted into the Indian team. I am not worried about the external factors because they are not in my control. As long as we are doing our job honestly, sincerely and with highest degree of integrity that is good enough. Moreover, I always share with my colleagues that when our intentions are right then nature will conspire itself and help us in executing our jobs to the perfection.Also Read | Afghanistan emulate Australia with record-setting Test win over BangladeshAlso Read | Completely agree with Sourav Ganguly, Rohit Sharma should open for India in Tests: Gautam GambhirAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow KL RahulFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Virat KohliFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Hanuma VihariFollow T20 World Cup 2020 KL Rahul form a concern, will consider Rohit Sharma as Test opener: MSK PrasadKL Rahul managed to score only 101 runs from 4 innings in the Test series in the West Indies and it looks like the selectors are losing patience with the opening batsman.advertisementlast_img read more

These are the Best Winter Hiking Boots for Men

first_img There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Vibram (7373) Pro Tania Protective Sheet Color – Black By (7373) $98.65$114.95 Timberland 12135 Men’s White Ledge Mid WP Boot Dark Brown 11.5 M US By Timberland 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Ads by Amazon The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather center_img Editors’ Recommendations $43.06 The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know A few years back, I climbed Mount Whitney for the first time. It was June of 2011, to be specific, and in my then-home of sunny southern California, the days were warm and the nights were for dancing. Or something like that. Anyway, no one told the towering peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains that summer had arrived — Whitney was still blanketed in snow above 10,000 feet. Being relatively new to serious hikes at the time, I had not considered this possibility when planning my footwear, and I was using my regular old hiking boots, the ones with an upper made largely out of cloth and suede.I’ll cut to the chase and tell you this: Having soaked, freezing feet while hiking up a 14,500-foot mountain is about as much fun as getting punched in the face.Cold weather calls for winter hiking boots. The pair you in the other three seasons just won’t make the cut, and for a number of reasons. First, winter weather is obviously chillier than the rest of the year, so you need boots that offer more warmth and insulation.Second, wintertime brings snow and ice to many places in which you might go hiking, and that means you need reliably waterproof boots.Third, snow and ice can be slippery — that’s why skiing and sledding are things that people do, and that’s also why you need need winter hiking boots with aggressive multidirectional lugs. (And/or you need to get yourself a pair of crampons or snowshoes.) The slick, icy ground also increases the importance of ankle support.For the record, there are dozens of choices for men’s winter hiking boots on the market these days, and it’s entirely possible that you won’t find the best match for your feet here in this article. But you probably will find enough information to help you choose your new winter hiking boots even if it’s not one of these five options.For Long-Distance Treks: Columbia Bugaboot, $170When you see the OutDry logo on a piece of gear from Columbia Sportswear, that’s your tip that said item is 100-percent waterproof. You could stand in a shallow stream while wearing these boots and enjoy bone-dry feet even after hours of questionably allocated time. As for their Omni-Heat tag, that refers to a proprietary lining the company uses in many of its products that uses minute metallic dots emblazoned all over the inner lining that create the same heat reflective properties of a mylar space blanket. Also, the boots feature 400-gram insulation beneath that leather, nylon, and webbing exterior.So the Bugaboot Plus will keep your feet warm and dry, in other words. They also have a towering upper that prevents rolled ankles and a responsive sole that gives you an energetic return with each step, warding off fatigue and injury as you log mile after mile.My only complaint about these superlative boots is that the tread pattern is rather banal, offering minimal grip on surfaces like loose scree, root-bound dirt, or other trail surfaces one often encounters. That said, with a set of crampons or snowshoes strapped below your Bugaboots, you’ll be ready to conquer endless miles of glacier, steppe, or Arctic tundra.For Wintertime Play: Kamik Greenbay, $44-$85Admittedly, the best thing about these boots is probably their minute price tag, but their ability to keep your feet warm in -40 degree Fahrenheit temperatures is surely a close second. Kamik means “foot covering” in an Inuit dialect, and if there’s one thing the Inuit knew a thing or two about, it was contending with cold weather. So while these boots lack some of the bells and whistles of other choices, in cleaving to the spirit of their native North American inspiration, they’re exceptionally good at keeping your feet warm.I call them great for play because of how easily you can slip on or off a pair of Kamik Greenbay boots. They secure in place with just a velcro strap near the ankle and a lace-locked snow collar up top. This makes them great for popping on before a quick snowy stroll or a sledding session, but it also means they cannot be fastened in place as snugly as many other winter boots, which means reduced support and protection.For Work: Salomon Toundra Pro CSWP, $200Whether your work involves operating a ski lift, roadside construction, search and rescue, or any other activity that sees you spending a lot of times outside and on the move during the wintertime, then the Salomon Tundra Pro CSWP boots are a greatchoice. The boots feature a protective toe cap that prevents your feet from being injured if you drop a brick on your toes or accidentally kick a brick wall, among other things. (Non-brick-related injuries will also be mitigated.) And the molded EVA insole and generous foam padding under the heel will keep your foot supported and feeling great even as you exert yourself all winter long. On the outside of that sole, a multidirectional tread pattern keeps your feet stable on ice, snow, gravel, and more.As for warmth, no problems there. These boots will keep your feet warm down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Just note that they don’t get great marks for breathability, so if your feet tend to run hot and/or sweat a lot, you might want to look elsewhere.For Extreme Weather: Wolverine Vortex BOA, $210Let me lead by saying two things: Yes, these boots are rather expensive, and yes, they’re rather heavy. They are also the winter boot of the future thanks to their unique BOA laces, a system that allows you to tighten and secure or loosen your boots even while you are wearing thick winter gloves. I know this firsthand, because I have these boots and I’ve done it, dammit! To tighten the wire laces of these boots, you simply twist a dial. The wire laces pull tight at each eyelet, ensuring that the boots are evenly secured from the bridge of the foot right up to above your ankle. And to loosen the laces again, just pop the dial forward about a half inch.A thick, Vibram rubber outsole and plenty of foam in the molded insole keeps your foot comfortable by absorbing plenty of shock and offering decent return energy. As noted, the boots are pretty heavy, though, so try to limit your use of them to those shorter treks through extremely inclement wintry weather.For Trail and Town: Timberland White Ledge, $75-$178Just because you have commitments to uphold and miles of snow-covered trail to traverse before your next chance for slumber (aka promises to keep and miles to go before you sleep, know what I’m sayin’?) doesn’t mean you can’t look sharp while you’re at it. No boot can be all things to all feet, but these Timberlands do an admirable job of looking good and working well.The Timberland White Ledge boots look great with a pair of jeans as you hang out in the lodge or stroll around a snowy town, and they perform great when you hike across frosty fields and up icy mountains.The White Ledge boots have a tread pattern that leaves much to be desired, but they are highly compatible with most types of snowshoe or crampon, so you can absolutely wear them in harsh winter conditions — you just need to accessorize. These handsome leather boots are reliably waterproof. (They have a lower shaft than most of the other boots, though, so watch out for snow getting over the top of the collar.)last_img read more

Flags Lowered at Province House for Nova Scotia Soldiers

first_imgFlags at the legislature are lowered to half mast today, Dec. 15, out of respect for Pte. John Curwin and Cpl. Thomas Hamilton, two soldiers from Nova Scotia who died this past weekend. Cpl. Hamilton was born in Truro and raised in Upper Musquodoboit. Pte. Curwin was from Mount Uniacke. Both were members of the Second Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment of Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, N.B., and died of injuries sustained from a roadside bomb while serving with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. “The government and the people of our province are all saddened by the loss,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “We share the sorrow with their families and their comrades, and we share their conviction that they will be remembered for their efforts to bring peace to a troubled land.” “I want to add our condolences to the many expressions of sorrow for the families of Private Curwin and Corporal Hamilton,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister responsible for Military Relations. “We are saddened by the loss of two courageous Nova Scotians.”last_img read more

Iqaluit student kicks off debate about whether everyone should stand during national

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsA student in Iqaluit has kicked off a debate about whether people in schools should stand while the national anthem is played.Then one day, Miles Brewster just stopped standing.“They didn’t explain what Orange Shirt Day meant,” he told APTN News. “They said ‘it’s Orange Shirt Day’ … ‘wear an orange shirt.’ But I felt like they didn’t explain enough – so I tried to make a statement.”kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img

Spy poisoning Police Sergeant Nick Bailey named as officer injured with nerve

first_imgInvestigators outside the Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury, where the pair are believed to have dined before falling ill Credit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph  Police on Wednesday said government scientists had identified the nerve agent used by would-be assassins at a shopping arcade in the Wiltshire city centre. The chemical used is “likely to be rarer than Sarin or VX nerve agents”, a source told the BBC. Access to such toxins are tightly regulated, meaning the Salisbury plot would have taken considerable planning to execute.Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commanding officer of Britain’s Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment, told The Times: “This is not the stuff you can knock up in your back shed.”It is quite challenging to make. The inference is that this has probably come from a major laboratory, probably state-run.”Police: Spy and daughter ‘targeted specifically’Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the head of counter-terrorism policing, revealed on Wednesday that the incident was being treated as attempted murder and the pair had been “targeted specifically”. Mr Rowley reiterated his appeal for anyone who was in Salisbury city centre on Sunday to come forward to help with the “missing pieces” in the case.Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, said the incident posed a “low risk” to the public and advised that all the sites the pair were known to have visited had been “secured”. Emergency workers wear protective equipment in Salisbury at one of the scenes of investigation of the nerve agent attackCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP Russia denies responsibility for Salisbury attackRussia has denied responsibility for the attack, which comes seven years after Mr Skripal was released from the country as part of a spy swap with the US.He had been convicted in his home country in 2006 for passing state secrets to MI6. Ms Rudd told MPs: “There will come a time for attribution and there will be, then, consequences and there will be further information that follows.” 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. Emergency workers wear protective equipment in Salisbury at one of the scenes of investigation of the nerve agent attack While Mr Williamson refused to say if he held Russia responsible for the attack in Salisbury, he described the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter as “absolutely disgusting”. “Of course he’s very anxious, he’s very concerned. He did his very best on that night.”All of our staff that attended the incident in Salisbury in the Maltings, they performed the role that police officers and police staff do every day up and down the country. Limited information, responded to try and protect people and safeguard people who we knew were ill.”I’m massively proud of what Nick did and all of my staff on that night, they did a first-class job.”Sgt Bailey was one of the first to go to the aid of the Skripals, who were found slumped on a bench on Sunday afternoon.He is much-loved by colleagues, many of whom have paid tribute to their “courageous” friend. Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, earlier described the events as “very troubling”. He said: “If this does turn out to be in any way the result of hostile activity by another government, or directed, led, by another government, then the people of this country can be absolutely sure that the UK will respond robustly.” Zizzi Police Sergeant Nick Bailey has been named as the officer who was injured with a nerve agent  as he attended the scene where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned.He was hospitalised after attending to the pair and is now thought to be awake and engaging with medical staff, although he remains in a serious condition.Sgt Bailey was highly commended in 2016 for his work in putting a serial rapist behind bars.He worked tirelessly for two years in order to build a case against Arthur Bonner, who sexually assaulted multiple victims over four decades between the early 1970s and 2014. Sgt Bailey received the Chief Constable’s Certificate of Excellence for his work at the time.Kier Pritchard, temporary chief constable of Wiltshire Police,  said: “I did go and see Nick today and I met Nick and his wife at the hospital in the intensive care unit.”I’ve known Nick for many years, he’s a great character, he’s a huge presence in Wiltshire Police – well liked, well loved, a massively dedicated officer. He’s clearly receiving high specialist treatment.”He’s well, he’s sat up. He is not the Nick that I know but of course he’s receiving a high level of treatment. He’s in the safe hands of the medical professionals working in Salisbury District so I’m very confident he’s getting the best professional support that he can. Investigators at the back of Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury Investigators continue to work at ones of the scenes in Salisbury on WednesdayCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who are seriously ill in hospital, in a restaurant believed to be in Salisbury Sergei and Yulia Skripal remain in a serious condition in intensive care after being poisoned in Salisburycenter_img Meanwhile, Amber Rudd has promised to bring those behind the attempted murder of Col Skripal to justice “whoever they are and wherever they may be” as MPs accuse the Kremlin of a “brazen act of war”.The Home Secretary described the poisoning of Col Skripal and his daughter as a “reckless” crime, adding that it was conducted in the “most cruel and public way”.It came as former minister Sir Edward Leigh said the circumstantial evidence against Russia was “very strong”, warning that if the Kremlin were implicated it would be an act of war aimed at “humiliating our country”. He declined to specify the nerve agent or how it was administered.Mr Rowley said: “Having established that a nerve agent was the cause of the symptoms, leading us to treat this as attempted murder, I can also confirm that we believe the two people who originally became unwell were targeted specifically.”Our role now of course is to establish who is behind this and why they carried out this act.”Video: Mark Rowley’s statement outside Scotland Yard Ms Rudd said more details about the nerve agent would not yet be made public, but told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that it was “very rare”.PM: Poisoning is appalling and reckless crimeDowning Street said Theresa May was being kept updated by officials on developments in the Salisbury case.The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “It’s clear that this was an appalling and reckless crime and the public will rightly want those responsible to be identified and held to account.”But it is important that we avoid speculation and allow police and others to rigorously establish the full facts.”As the Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary have made clear, our response to those found to be responsible will be robust.”The spokesman said Mrs May sent her personal thanks to police and emergency workers for their courage in responding to the incident, and also wished to thank the people of Salisbury.Video: Amber Rudd gives update on poison victims The investigation has triggered a diplomatic row and prompted crisis talks in Whitehall, but Ms Rudd said police must respond to “evidence, not to rumour”. Ms Rudd declined to say whether she regarded Russia as responsible for the Salisbury attack, but said the Government will put a plan in place to respond when the culprit is identified. Questions have been raised about the deaths of both Col Skripal’s  wife, Luidmila, and his son, Alexander, following the attempted murder of the former double agent.Mrs Skripal died of cancer in 2012 aged 59. His son, who was 43, died in St Petersburg last July and is commemorated with a plaque at the cemetery.It has been reported that both Col Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, who are now both fighting for their lives in hospital, visited the site last week, leaving flowers to mark what would have been Mr Skripal’s 44th birthday.A cemetery worker told The Mirror: “I recognised him. He regularly came to visit the grave and also his wife’s grave. It’s so sad.” Ms Rudd added: “Let me be clear, we are absolutely robust about any crimes committed on these streets of the UK. There is nothing soft about the UK’s response to any sort of state activity in this country.”You may not hear about it all, but when we do see that there is action to be taken, we will take it.”Nerve agent ‘rarer than Sarin or VX’Hundreds of detectives, forensic officers and analysts are working on the case, which has drawn comparisons to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko on British soil in 2006. “When we have all the evidence of what took place, we will – if it is appropriate – attribute it to somebody,” the Home Secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.”If that is the case then we will have a plan in place. We need to be very methodical, keep a cool head and be based on the facts, not rumour.”Video: Sergei Skripal days before he was poisoned Listing examples of Russian aggression in eastern Europe and its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, Mr Williamson added that there was an urgent need to counter the Kremlin’s “increasingly aggressive stance”.”Russia’s changing the way they actually fight and raise the level of conflict,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “We are seeing this in the north Atlantic as well – the amount of submarines that are operating, there’s a 10-fold increase in the last seven years.”Russia’s being assertive, Russia’s being more aggressive, and we have to change the way that we deal with it because we can’t be in a situation in these areas of conflict where we are being pushed around by another nation.” Sergei and Yulia Skripal remain in a serious condition in intensive care after being poisoned in Salisbury The targets of the attempted murder – Col Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia – remain in a serious condition in intensive care. They are understood to both be in comas.He was among the first to go to the aid of the pair, who were found slumped on a bench on Sunday afternoon.The disclosure of the officer’s poisoning will add to growing pressure on the Government to take a hardline 
approach against Russia if state involvement is confirmed. Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia  This morning, Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, said he was “talking and engaging”.She said: “I’m more optimistic for him, but it’s too early to say. This is a nerve agent. “You know, we are still treating it as very serious.”Part of a cemetery where the wife of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is buried has been cordoned off by police.Officers were guarding London Road cemetery in Salisbury, Wilts, on Tuesday morning, when it was partly closed to the public and seal off with police tape. The cordon around the spy’s house, some two miles away, has also been widened. Thank you for the huge number of messages of support for our injured officer in hospital. We all wish for a full and speedy recovery #proud— Kier Pritchard (@wiltspoliceCC) March 8, 2018 A key focus will be working to uncover the origin of the nerve agent.The BBC reported that a source familiar with the investigation said it was “likely to be rarer than Sarin or VX nerve agents”.Nerve agents, which are chemical weapons, have been used in assassinations and attacks in war zones in recent years.Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam was killed at an international airport in Malaysia last year in an attack using a nerve agent known as VX.Another well-known nerve agent, Sarin gas, killed more than 90 people in a rebel-held area in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, drawing international condemnation of the Bashar Assad regime. “The use of a nerve agent on UK soil is a brazen and reckless act. This was attempted murder in the most cruel and public way. People are right to want to know who to hold to account.”But if we are to be rigorous in this investigation, we must avoid speculation and allow the police to carry on their investigation.”We are committed to doing all we can to bring the perpetrators to justice, whoever they are and wherever they may be.”The investigation is moving at pace and this Government will act without hesitation as the facts become clearer.”It comes after the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Britain must put up a stronger front against Russian military aggression as he warned that “we are being pushed around” by the Kremlin. As suspicions deepen over Russia’s potential involvement in the poisoning, Gavin Williamson said that Vladimir Putin’s regime posed an “ever-greater threat”.His warning comes after a police officer poisoned by a “very rare” nerve agent in Salisbury while going to the aid of Col Skripal and his daughter was said to be “talking and engaging” in hospital, according to the Home Secretary.last_img read more

Man arrested after graphic pictures of fatal car crash posted on Facebook

A man has been arrested after graphic photographs of a fatal car crash were posted on Facebook.Lizzy Keenan, 30, died following the smash in Chellaston, Derbyshire, in the early hours of Monday. She was a passenger in a car that hit a wall.”Distressing” images taken at the scene were later posted on social media and shared at least 70 times before one user reported them to police.Derbyshire Police said on Thursday that a 44-year-old man had been arrested under the Malicious Communications Act.A force spokesman said: “A 44-year-old man has been arrested under the Malicious Communications Act in connection with social media posts during the aftermath of the recent fatal collision in Chellaston.”The arrest has been made after photographs posted on Facebook on the evening of Monday, August 20 caused distress to members of the public.” Ms Keenan was a passenger in a Vauxhall Corsa that hit a wall at about 3.10am.Richard Keenan, 23, of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, driving under the influence of alcohol and criminal damage.He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Derby Crown Court on September 19. Lizzy Keenan  Lizzy Keenan, 30, died after the crash in Chellaston, Derbyshire Credit:Derbyshire Police 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. read more

Vale says the future is battery electric – but the vendors have

first_imgAhead of the Mines and Technology Americas event in Toronto from 15-17 October 2018, the organisers spoke to Alistair Ross, Director of Mining Operations at Vale about his thoughts on moving to electric fleets – the drivers, challenges and potential.Ross states: “The interest in battery electric vehicles comes in large part from the reduction in heat generation from a battery electric piece of equipment compared to diesel. The heat produced between a diesel fleet relative to an electric fleet is about 1/3 to a ½ in favour of electric. In areas like Coleman mine, we have relatively small but rich orebody very deep in the mine. So, we don’t have much justification to implement expensive ventilation cooling equipment where mining will be limited. In addition, if we reduce the heat generated by all mobile equipment, we can reduce the number of days we lose in a year due to heat in the summer months.”He adds: “It is also very clear to us that carbon emissions in the form of carbon soot at the micron and even sub-micron level, is deleterious to health. In addition, catalytic converters must be put on diesel equipment to control NO2. We have to ventilate like crazy to control the breathable elements and ensure the well-being of our people. By engineering out the need to ventilate these airborne particulates, ventilation demand drops by about a 1/3. This means we can significantly cut the capital costs when looking to open new mines.”“So that was the original plan. Even if we just prevented one day of downtime it saves a lot of money for us. In spite of Canada having formed a standard for charging, the risk we have in adopting batteries this early is that the actual battery technology itself is exploding so fast that it is difficult for us to create a battery strategy. Every piece of equipment has different duty cycles, and every duty cycle requires a different charging cycle. The way people are answering those different duty cycles and matching price constraint on purchased batteries is huge.”“You can have a standard lithium dioxide battery that is relatively cheap, slow to charge and quite large for its energy content. Then you have the latest ones which have a combination of manganese, nickel and cobalt. They also have liquid cooling in them, so you can charge them up faster. They have more capacity for the same size. The trick for us is, how do we manage our electrical infrastructure to manage the demand of plugging in electric vehicle? This is an interesting challenge.”“The other aspect is minimising waste. We don’t want to build a graveyard full of batteries, so one of the risks we are trying to manage is what happens when the duty cycle of the battery no longer matches the requirements of the mine. For example, today we may buy a battery that has a nominal 100% amount of capacity but somewhere in the battery life it drops to somewhere around 85%. For most cycles, that battery would no longer be sufficient, and we would then have to change it out. And with the technology there is today, that battery would have to be changed out every two years or so, which would result in a huge battery surplus in a very short time.”“One solution is to utilise a third party that can manage a larger problem potentially more easily than a user of batteries such as us. And the producers of these batteries see a potential opportunity in this, unlike us, who see a problem. We also don’t know anything about the repair or maintenance of these batteries. We can get a handle on the charging system quickly because we manage the electrical side of things quite well. However, the vendors understand the repair and maintenance of batteries much better than we do.”“From a safety perspective, another threat we are trying to understand is the fire risk of the batteries. Batteries, which have a relatively high capacity, have been known to catch fire. Look at the Apples, MacBooks and Samsungs that have come out – those are quite small batteries but when they explode they create a large amount of damage. If that risk was to occur with the size of the batteries we own, we are not quite sure how we would manage that. We have to make sure that none of those mistakes occur underground. We can’t afford to have people trapped behind a fire which could then spread to the tires and cause harm to our people and infrastructure.”“The other risk concerning the batteries is that the initial technology means that people have to lift out the batteries and put them on to a charging system, and then place a new one back in. This will happen once per shift, sometimes twice per shift. These are batteries that weigh tonnes, so lifting them on a routine basis brings a lot of errant risk for the people involved. We’re interested in finding a way where we don’t have people involved or where the charge point is at such a low rate that you don’t bother taking it out of the vehicle.”“A broader challenge is the power-demand for the equipment. You have 800 pieces of equipment and all of them are demanding power to recharge at the end of a shift. You can imagine the electricity draw if we suddenly plug in 800 vehicles to draw a megawatt each. That’s a lot of power that not only the mine system has to handle, but the district system must handle too. One thing we must manage is working closely with the electricity providers to make sure we understand the grid demand. This is the one issue that we are still figuring out as we move forward.”“Another broader challenge is having all equipment electrified at the rate we would like it. We’re in demand for a 100% solution in electrification across the board, but this was not the case five years ago. As a result, the vendors are not able to meet the demand. This brings into question, are we ready to accept sub-optimum fleets which cater to all to achieve electrification? Or we do slow down our demand and only adopt electrification if it is the right size?”“We are definitely talking very closely with all the vendors across the market. We would look to above the market solutions with different vendors. For example, if we are the only ones who have a demand for a certain truck, the vendor would not be inclined to rush into production only for us. So, we would then look to, for example, getting a Cat truck and then going to an OEM to electrify this.”“Concerning power demand, we have developed a strategy where we are hoping to have our final plan to build storage approved this year. Then we would have battery storage tied to our grid and recharge when we do shift changes. We are fortunate enough to generate roughly 20% of our power from our own hydroelectric dams. In the off-peak hours when we would normally slow that down, we would instead be able to hook up the batteries and charge them up quite cheaply. Not only will we potentially lower our energy costs, we would also avoid major demand peaks on the system.”On the future he says: “It’s hard to give it a specific time frame but I would hazard a guess, certainly within the 20 years, that it will be unlikely to run anything that is diesel anywhere. And this primarily because of the health concerns that I previously mentioned. We run a fair-sized surface fleet and we are already looking at what it may entail to go battery. It’s our intention that any mine we build from now, beyond the ones we are already building, will be battery electric.”last_img read more

Lastéroïde Apophis ne percutera pas la Terre en 2036

first_imgL’astéroïde Apophis ne percutera pas la Terre en 2036L’astéroïde Apophis, découvert en 2004, faisait craindre une collision avec la Terre en 2029 et 2036. Si la première date avait déjà été infirmée, il a fallu attendre le passage d’Apophis dans notre voisinage le 9 janvier pour écarter également les risques pour 2036. C’est une nouvelle estimation de la taille de l’astéroïde qui a permis d’affiner les prédictions.Si en 2004 des chercheurs de la NASA avaient estimé à 2,7% les chances que l’astéroïde Apophis percute notre planète lors de son passage en 2029, des calculs récents avaient exclu ce risque. Il restait néanmoins une incertitude à propos d’un autre passage du monstre, cette fois en 2036. Grâce à des observations faites lors du passage d’Apophis à proximité de la Terre le 9 janvier, à 14,4 millions de kilomètres au-dessus de nos têtes, le risque de collision a à nouveau été jugé inexistant.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Paradoxalement, c’est le fait qu’Apophis soit plus gros et plus menaçant que prévu qui a permis de rassurer les scientifiques. Les chercheurs estiment depuis son dernier passage que l’astéroïde a un diamètre de 325 mètres. “L’augmentation de 20% en diamètre, de 270 à 325 mètres, se traduit par une augmentation de 75% dans nos estimations du volume de l’astéroïde ou de sa masse”, a expliqué à l’AFP Thomas Müller de l’Institut Max Planck de physique extraterrestre à Garching en Allemagne. Apophis possède également un albédo, sa capacité à renvoyer la lumière, inférieur à ce qui était prévu.Plus près que les satellites géostationnairesAvec ces nouvelles données, les modèles se montrent considérablement plus rassurants qu’avant, à la fois pour 2029 et 2036. “Avec les nouvelles données fournies par les observatoires astronomiques Magdalena Ridge au Nouveau Mexique et Pan-STARRS à Hawaï, ainsi que des données très récentes fournies par le radar de Goldstone, précise Don Yeomans de la NASA, nous avons effectivement exclu la possibilité d’un impact entre la Terre et Apophis en 2036. Les risques d’impact sont maintenant inférieurs à un sur un million, ce qui nous permet de dire que nous pouvons effectivement exclure un impact avec la Terre en 2036.”Jusque-là, les risques de collision pour 2036 étaient d’une chance sur 250 000. Les premières et inquiétantes estimations avaient été élaborées alors de la découverte de l’astéroïde en 2004. La faible distance à laquelle Aphophis frôlera la Terre a justifié l’attention de la NASA. Le 13 avril 2029, il passera à 31 300 kilomètres de nous, donc en dessous de l’orbite des satellites géostationnaires.Le 12 janvier 2013 à 10:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Watchdog to investigate Justice FBI actions before election

first_imgWASHINGTON — In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before the election, including whether FBI Director James Comey followed established policies in the email investigation of Hillary Clinton.Democrats have blamed Comey’s handling of the inquiry into Clinton’s use of a private email server, and his late-October public letter about the case, as one reason for her loss to Republican Donald Trump.Workers are now putting final touches on preparations for next week’s Inauguration Day festivities, and the new probe will not change the election results. But it revives questions of whether the FBI took actions that might have influenced the outcome.IG Michael Horowitz, the department’s internal watchdog, will direct the investigation, which comes in response to requests from members of Congress and the public.Comey said he was pleased about the review and the FBI would cooperate fully with the inspector general.“I hope very much he is able to share his conclusions and observations with the public because everyone will benefit from thoughtful evaluation and transparency regarding this matter,” he said in a statement.One part of the review will concern Comey’s news conference last July in which he said the FBI would not recommend charges against Clinton for her use of a private email system during her tenure as secretary of state. Trump repeatedly criticized that practice, contending it put national security secrets at risk.Trump also declared at raucous rallies during the campaign that he would seek a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton and that she would be in jail if he were elected. But he said after the election that he did not intend to seek a new investigation of her.Comey, during his announcement in the summer, broke protocol when he chastised Clinton and her aides as “extremely careless” in their email practices. It’s highly unusual for federal law enforcement officials to discuss a criminal case that ends without charges being filed.Comey reignited the email controversy on Oct. 28 when he informed Congress that agents would be reviewing a cache of emails between Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Clinton for any new evidence related to Clinton’s handling of sensitive State Department material.That move boiled in the campaign for nine days, before Comey announced on Nov. 6 — two days before Election Day — that the inquiry had found no new evidence of wrongdoing.Clinton and her aides have said the disclosure of the “new” emails, found on a laptop belonging to former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, Abedin’s estranged husband, hurt the candidate in several battleground states. Trump won the election in part with narrow victories in Democratic-leaning states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.Comey’s statements prompted outrage from Clinton and other Democrats who said they needlessly placed her under fresh suspicion when the FBI didn’t even know whether the emails were relevant.Court documents released last month said the FBI had been trying to get a look at thousands of Clinton’s emails on the disgraced former congressman’s computer to see if anyone had hacked in to steal classified information. Weiner’s laptop was initially seized by agents for an investigation into his online relationship with a teenage girl in North Carolina.Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who leads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote Thursday on Twitter that he supports the IG’s review “of what happened at the #DOJ and #FBI during the Clinton investigation.”Horowitz’s broad investigation will also look into allegations that the FBI’s deputy director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters and allegations that department officials improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign.It will also delve into decision-making related to the timing of the FBI’s release of Freedom of Information Act documents in the days before the election and the use of a Twitter account to publicize them.Asked about the new investigation, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told The Associated Press in Baltimore that “we let them conduct their review before we make any statement about that.” She added that “obviously everyone’s going to await the results of that.”last_img read more

Beta Alpha Tau Zeta Chapter Kicks Off Finer Womanhood Month with Brunch

first_imgThe ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ~ Beta Alpha Tau Zeta Chapter are kicking off Finer Womanhood Month with a Brunch & Book Discussion.  BATZ members have been reading “Becoming” by Former First Lady Michelle Obama.  #Finerwomanhoodmonth #BATZ #ZetaPhiBeta #MarylandZetas #SisterhoodLadies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc“Becoming” by Former First Lady Michelle Obamalast_img