Ind vs Eng: England pacers’ height not a big factor, says MS Dhoni

first_imgSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday rubbished suggestions that the height of England pacers could pose problems to the the star-studded Indian batting line-up during the four-match Test series, starting at Lord’s on Thursday.”Their fast bowling attack is pretty similar (as in 2007). They had (Chris) Tremlett, (James) Anderson and (Ryan) Sidebottom who all are very tall. It’s not a big factor,” said Dhoni about the bowling attack whose height is said to give the home team a major advantage.Anderson, at 6’2″, is the “smallest” among England’s fast-bowling unit that has Stuart Broad (6’6″) and Chris Tremlett (6’7″) among others.India have long shed the tag of poor travellers thanks to their consistent record over the past few years, and Dhoni attributed this to the team’s ability to enjoy the game and situations rather than worry about results.”In the last 4-5 years, what we wanted was to enjoy the o game and situation. Every conditions is different, every country is challenging. As long as you look to improve as a cricketer, learn to enjoy the game more and not take it as a pressure, it would be alright.”The expectations with Indian cricket is pretty high -it’s not easy to satisfy 1.2 billion people. It’s better not to focus on result. You could play to your best and still be outplayed,” Dhoni said on the eve of the first Test at the Lord’s.Sachin TendulkarTalking about Sachin Tendulkar, who is chasing a record 100 international centuries, Dhoni had only words of admiration for the senior batsman.”Whenever he turns up on the field, he wants to improve.advertisementHe may spend an hour and a half on the field but he makes sure he is learning something new. When he goes back to his room, he has the satisfaction that he has utilised today’s time to the best.”I think that keeps him going ? keep it simple, don’t complicate things. He is an ideal cricketer to look up to, both on and off the field. When he made his debut, he was a superstar and it hasn’t changed in the last 22 years,” the India skipper said.Dhoni believed both the number one Test ranking and the tag of world champions in one-day cricket is important to him and his players.”It shows you have been consistent over a period of time. You don’t reach that level unless you have been consistent over a period of say two years. It’s special for us.”One often gets to hear that luck always played a part in Dhoni’s success and when asked, he admitted that as he is yet to lose a Test series in his stint as skipper.”When I was playing state cricket in 1999, if somebody had told me you would play with Sachin, I would have termed it a lie. “I never thought I would play for India and share the same dressing room with Tendulkar and some other legends of Indian cricket. As long as the team is winning, I don’t mind what they call me.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Perfect opportunity for France to begin the ‘French Revolution’

first_imgEight years back, there was a team that was highly rated and was touted for big things in the future. World dominance, they said. With an average age of 25.8 years, yet, a well balanced and experienced side, the team went on to achieve big things indeed. They not only put their past to bed but gave the whole footballing world a glimpse of the future. The formulae for world supremacy: Tiki-Tka. Yes, the team is Spain. The country with very little international success in the last 44 years, was suddenly considered to be world beaters. La Roja, was finally ready with their own style and own tricks to beat the best.Spain appointed Vicente Del Bosque as their coach replacing Luis Aragones. The team played a patient, passing game and looked for the killer pass to unlock the opponents’ defence. The Spaniards would bore a team to commit a mistake and then come out with a beautifully crafted goal out of nowhere. This team was young, hungry and passionate to re-write the history of being not so special. It was said that this is the ‘golden generation’ of Spanish football and if they don’t do it now, they won’t do it ever. They did it. Spain not only won the Euro’s in 2008 but the same team with the core retained and more creative and younger players in the squad, won the World Cup in South Africa two years from then and defended their European Championships at Poland and Ukraine in 2012. Becoming the only team in the 56 years of the competition to defend their title. The team led by Del Bosque and an able, calm and cult hero Iker Casillas made the most of their golden generation. (ALSO READ: Difficult for Spain to win third straight Euro title, says Iker Casillas)advertisementEight years have passed since the Spanish Revolution started, good teams have come and failed. England came into every competition with promising squads but failed to impress. Italy, France, Netherlands have all played decent football but never fulfilled the dream or touched the finishing line. The only team that has performed well over the years regularly has been Germany but they failed to beat Spain as well until the 2014 World Cup, when the young German team pushed aside every opponent and Joachim Lowe’s men silenced the critics and washed off the ‘chokers’ tag. The key to the team again was young and fresh blood and the hunger to overcome their luck going into the knock-out stages. Something very Deutschlandic.In this years Euros, the story looks the same. Germany like always remains the team to beat, England has come up with another young and promising squad. Italy, Netherlands remain there in the mix of things, while Spain looks to find its feet after the debacle in the 2014, World Cup in Brazil. However, one thing that has changed and is really impressing people worldwide is the French team. Les Blues, have undoubtedly come up with their best squad in the recent years and back in their home turf, they are serious contenders.The French national team is young, skilful, promising, hungry and all set to win the competition after 16 years. This team has a fair mix of experience and youth as well, reminds you of the Spaniards of 2008. With an average age of 27.30 on the first day of the tournament, the team has everything on their side. Led by the calm an composed Hugo Lloris in goal and the dynamic and in-form Antoine Griezmann up-front, this France team can really bring back the glory days of 1998 and 2000’s, when they won the World Cup and the European Championship, back to back.Playing at home gives France a definite edge and added motivation to win the tournament but what really works for them is the form their players are in. The midfield is well balanced and creative. While Blaise Matuidi and N’Golo Kante will hold up the play and protect the defenders, you can totally expect Paul Pogba to run the show right in front of them. Although Pogba remains the key in the midfield one should also remember that Dimitri Payet is coming into the tournament with an exceptional debut season with West Ham as well as the 20 year old Anthony Martial, who established himself as the key member of Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United in his very first season scoring 17 goals and assisting five. Most importantly, the x-factor for France is that they have a very strong bench and most of their players are coming off from good seasons behind them.advertisementIn-form Paul Pogba all set for Romaina challenge. (Reuters Photo)This French side has passers, runners and clinical finishers, a deadly combination that was lacking in the French team for the longest of times. They can run you out, create something from nowhere and defend with finesse when required. With Kinsley Coman, Griezmann, Martial running at defenders and finding pockets of space, Pogba and Payet will have the time of their lives picking them and punishing opponents. With this French team, there is no switching off, because, the moment you do, they will run away with the game considering the potential and form they posses currently. (ALSO READ: Romania ready to resist France pressure in Euro 2016 opener)France reminds you of Spain from eight years back. Potential, hunger, threat, creativity and an added bonus, raw pace. Most importantly for France, they have the home advantage and the crowd will be their biggest motivation. Didier Deschamp’s men has a reason to perform better and give their all in this Euro and look ahead. With age on their side and home support in the offering, there won’t be another opportunity as good as this to start the  ‘French Revolution’ in football. (ALSO READ: British soccer fans and locals clash in Marseille as Euro 2016 opens)last_img read more

SMB import Dez Wells plays down matchup vs Lance Stephenson in semis

first_imgLATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “It’s an honor to line up against him and you have to appreciate competitors like that who will make you better.”Wells had 42 points and six rebounds against the Golden Knights, hiking his average to 25.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 3.0 steals in his first two games with the Beermen.Stephenson, meanwhile, averaged 28 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 7.0 assists.Wells also gave his teammates the due credit for the success San Miguel had in the group stage.Helping Wells carry the Beermen’s offense in against Ryukyu were Terrence Romeo and Lester Prosper who had 18 and 15 points, respectively, while Christian Standhardinger and Paul Zamar provided energy off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT “I can’t take any credit for tonight, I give it to my teammates and coach because they made a great job of putting us in the right position,” said Wells.Standhardinger had seven points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals while Zamar added nine points, on 4-of-5 shooting, five rebounds, one steal, and one block.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc On first glance, the matchup between Stephenson and Dez Wells is the obvious thing to look at but San Miguel’s high-octane wingman insisted that the game won’t focus on just the two of them.“It’s not a one-on-one thing, that’s disrespectful to our teammates,” said Wells, who led the Beermen to their 101-92 victory over Ryukyu in their final game in Group B.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Wells, though said he’s honored to play against Stephenson, whom he has looked up to since he was in high school.“I watched Lance when I was growing up since he’s a little older than me,” said Wells, who is two years younger than the 29-year-old Stephenson. “I’ve watched him for a long time and I admired his game.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Dez Wells Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMACAU—San Miguel booked its slot in the semifinals of the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 without much of an issue after sweeping Group B for a 2-0 record.Waiting for the Beermen in the penultimate round is Liaoning that has the talented and entertaining Lance Stephenson as one of its imports.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Best photos from Day 3 of East Asia League: Terrific 12 This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Read Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Jaisha to train from next week ignoring medical advice

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 31 (PTI) Athlete OP Jaisha is confident that she can start her training next week having recovered well from H1N1 fever which she contracted during the Rio Olympics even though the SAI doctor has advised her a months rest. “After getting discharged from the hospital on August 29, I am taking rest in my native – Thrissilery village near Manananthavady in Wayanad district. I will start from training from next week,” Jaisha said. Jaisha had returned from Rio with fever and body ache in third week of this month and was hospitalized at Fortis Hospital on August 26 after she was tested positive for H1N1, couple of days after another athlete Sudha Singh was found to be suffering from the same disease. The athlete had competed in the womens marathon in Rio Olympics. Jaisha said she knows her body well and is feeling good and ready for forthcoming competitions, including National Open Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games. “I know my body very well. I am feeling good and ready to forthcoming competitions including 2018 Commonwealth Games and the National Open Athletics Championships to be held at Lucknow, beginning from September 25 to September 28,” she said. Neither any doctor has advised her to take a months rest nor she is on medicines anymore, Jaisha said. “No doctor has advised me for a months rest and I am not on medicines for now,” she said. Dr Sarla at SAI, on the contrary, said Jaisha has been advised a months rest before starting her training. “We have advised Jaisha to take a months bed rest before starting her training session,” she said. Interestingly, Jaisha had raised panic among the officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) as she was reluctant to get her blood tested at the state-run Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases for suspected H1N1. However, Jaisha gave in to their plea after an arduous effort. The athlete was not physically available since August 21 after she had left SAI premises to leave for Kerala, but stayed in Bengaluru. She was however located by the officials of SAI and Karnataka Health Department on August 24. Asked in which city she would start her training, Jaisha said,”I am yet to decide on this, but before that I am attending an event organized by the Kerala Government in Ludhiana, Punjab on September six. I will make a decision in this regard after this event.” PTI BDN KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

There is no one who can replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni till 2019 World Cup, says Virender Sehwag

first_imgThe jury is still out on whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be a part of 2019 World Cup squad but Virender Sehwag strongly feels that the Indian team is “yet to find suitable replacement” of the former skipper.”I don’t think anyone can replace Dhoni at this point of time. Rishabh Pant is good but he would also need time to replace him. But that can only happen after 2019. Its then when we should think about Dhoni’s replacement. Till then let Pant gain experience,” Sehwag told PTI during an exclusive interview.For one of India’s greatest match-winners of all time, cricket lovers should pray that Dhoni remains as fit as he is currently rather than focus on his lean patch with the bat.”We should not worry about whether Dhoni is scoring runs or not. We should only pray that MS Dhoni is fit till 2019 World Cup. The experience that he has in the middle and the lower middle order, no one has that,” said Sehwag, who is a part of Star Sports panel for the upcoming limited overs series against Australia.For Sehwag, Dhoni’s entire career is a definition of cycle of life.Keep Calm and Carry On – @ImRo45 & @msdhoni #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/tVSfYOl4RP- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2017″Like life, the beauty of sports is that no two periods are identical. You will have to deal with it. There are days when you make runs and there will be a dry spell. Like in business, every year you don’t make profits,” he said.advertisementThere is a school of thought that KL Rahul could be seen with big gloves in case Dhoni is found wanting but Nawab of Najafgarh is completely against that idea.Reuters Photo “I would never want a guy, who is not a natural keeper. It’s not keeping 20 overs in Indian Premier League. During a 50-over match, one missed stumping or missed catch can change the course of the match. Its not a risk worth taking,” said Sehwag.The swashbuckling opener wants middle-order batsmen to be given more chances so that everyone has close to 100-match experience by the time World Cup begins. The core team should be set at least one year before the World Cup.”The middle-order that would play in the World Cup along with the bowlers should be given enough opportunities, so by the time of World Cup, they should have played close to 100 ODIs each. They should be ready to handle each and every challenging situation thrown at them,” he said.”Experience always enables you to handle pressure better. They can then win you matches in crunch situations. If they are not given that many chances, they could be the weak link. Next 3-6 months, I hope that the core is set.” Sehwag, a veteran of 104 Tests and 251 ODIs, would ideally like to see either Yuvraj Singh or Suresh Raina in the England bound World Cup squad.”Let one of the middle-order slot be given to one of them while the other slot may be rotated between Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey. In that way, you also have given these guys experience while one seasoned player is also there in the set-up,” he observed.Asked about rested Ravichandran Ashwin playing County cricket for Worcestershire, Sehwag felt that ideally he should have been rested after bowling close to 200 overs in three Tests against Sri Lanka. “I thought that he was being given a break as he has bowled a lot in the Test series.Ideally, he should have been given rest but then its a decision that Ashwin and team management needed to take. I don’t know whats in their minds.”May be they are focusing on winning the Test series in England next year and if that’s the case, then so be it.”Asked about the upcoming limited overs series against Australia, Sehwag said that it will be a tough one considering quality of the opposition.”Australia always gives a tough fight and that’s why every player wants to perform against Australia. When you perform against Australia, England and South Africa, you automatically earn more respect. I expect players to be charged up,” he signed off.3-0! #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/DbeEm3AxFw- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2017last_img read more

Mate vs mate: 2014 Origin Series to be telecast on Fox Sports

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of Power Productions to professionally film and produce for broadcast/webcast, the 2014 State of Origin Series including an upgraded live streaming platform and elements on ‘TFATV’ (TFA’s YouTube channel).To view the live stream of the Open’s Origin games, please click here – http://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseries. The Mixed, Women’s and Men’s State of Origin games will be packaged for a special Origin show set to broadcast on Fox Sports, just two weeks following the event. All nine games of the Series will also be live streamed featuring commentary and various interviews and other new innovations to the online package. The initial scheduling of the 90-minute TV program will be Wednesday, 8 October at 10.30am on Fox Sports 1. Be sure to lock it in to your TV viewing schedule and share this among your colleagues and friends!TFA CEO, Colm Maguire said: “Our partnership with Power Productions is a great demonstration of our ongoing commitment to broadcasting the sport on television and online and as a pivotal feature of the organisation’s forward strategy to increase significantly the profile of the game.“We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with RJ Media previously. However, this new arrangement with Power Productions affords TFA the opportunity to expand the profile through an upgraded live streaming platform.”Power Productions has a wealth of experience and achievements in the industry televising sport and events, partnering in recent times with the NRL on the New South Wales Cup Rugby League competition and the broadcast of the GIO Cup Schoolboy’s competition, along with a wide range of other sports.Power Productions’ Managing Director, David Tapp says that he and his team is very excited at the prospect and very much looking forward to the opportunity.  “I am truly excited to partner with Touch Football Australia and to bring to life on television this key event and importantly the key people and stories that reflect this great sport,” he said.“We bring I guess a bit of a different perspective to live sport coverage and pride ourselves on an innovative and professional approach.” “We all can’t wait to get to Caloundra and hit the ground running so to speak…and there’s nothing’s quite like an Origin contest to appeal to television audiences!”Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for the links to the live streaming of games throughout the 2014 State of Origin Series commencing from 19-20 September, 2014.Related LinksSOO TV Productionlast_img read more

Video: Iowa Just Ran The Best Trick Play Of The Season

first_imgView of the Beaver stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Iowa is breaking out everything it has against Penn State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania this afternoon.The Hawkeyes currently lead the Nittany Lions, 12-7, early in the second quarter.Iowa’s most-recent score came in thanks to the best trick play of the college football season.Kirk Ferentz called for a fake field goal that ended with a defensive lineman making one of the best catches of the year.Check it out:Iowa’s best wide receiver being an offensive lineman is the most Iowa thing ever: pic.twitter.com/vHXom6BZ6G— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) October 27, 2018That was Iowa’s punter, Colten Rastetter, throwing a touchdown to Sam Brincks, a Hawkeyes’ defensive lineman.You won’t see a touchdown crazier than that this season.Iowa and Penn State are playing on ESPN.last_img read more

As media cos income dips Google earns 47 bn from news in

first_imgWashington: Google made a whopping $4.7 billion from the work of journalists last year via search and Google News, taking a huge cut from the online ad revenue of media houses which lost a crucial source of income, resulting in many of them getting shrunk or closed, a media report said. News is a significant part of Google’s business, according to a study by the News Media Alliance (NMA) which represents more than 2,000 newspapers across the USA. The journalists who create that content deserve a cut of that $4.7 billion, president and chief executive of the NMA David Chavern was quoted as saying by The New York Times. The California-based internet giant made the amount from the work of news publishers in 2018 via search and Google News, it said. That $4.7 billion is nearly as much as the $5.1 billion brought in by the United States news industry as a whole from digital advertising last year, the report said. The NMA cautioned that its estimate for Google’s income was conservative. For one thing, it does not count the value of the personal data the company collects on consumers every time they click on an article like this one. “They make money off this arrangement and there needs to be a better outcome for news publishers,” Chavern said. “The study blatantly illustrates what we all know so clearly and so painfully,” said Terrance C Z Egger, the chief executive of Philadelphia Inquirer PBC, which publishes The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com. “The current dynamics in the relationships between the platforms and our industry are devastating,” Egger said. The NMA is making the study public in advance of a House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday on the interrelationship of big tech companies and the media. Some 40 per cent of the clicks on Google’s trending queries are for news. That’s content that Google does not pay for, the report said, although it often presents headlines from news outlets verbatim. Egger said the big tech companies should show some appreciation for the content that news publishers provide. Two giant companies Alphabet, which is Google’s parent, and Facebook are major distributors for news publishers. The two of them ferry more than 80 per cent of external traffic to various sites. That is a far cry from the analog days, when media barons controlled how their publications reached the public and collected all the ad income they generated. But Google and Facebook don’t steer news consumers to news sites out of altruism. Rather, their middleman role allows them to take a huge proportion of online ad revenue. As a result, legacy news outlets have lost a crucial source of income over the last couple of decades, which has led them in most cases to shrink or disappear. The big tech companies “like this business. It’s a good business, where you write for them,” Chavern added. Chavern said he hoped that an outcome of any conversation generated by the study would be the passage of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act which would give news publishers a four-year antitrust exemption, allowing them to collectively bargain with the owners of online platforms over revenue splitting. “News is an important form of content that sustains civic society. I think everybody from readers to writers to politicians understands that if journalism goes away, that’s a horrible outcome for whether we’re able to sustain the republic,” he said. Google, which did not reply to a request for comment, keeps much of its data about search and revenues in a black box alongside its algorithm, the NYT added. Google also spent $21.7 million on lobbying last year to influence lawmakers, becoming the leading corporate spender among the tech companies facing increasing scrutiny from US regulators over privacy practices and market control, according to a media report. Lobbying spending by tech companies has been on a steady rise in recent years and is way up over the past decade, according to the report in CNBC. The report cited data from the Center for Responsive Politics, which is a non-profit, nonpartisan research group that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy. As the biggest US technology companies face increasing scrutiny from regulators related to privacy practices and market control, they are spending a lot more money to try and influence lawmakers, it said. “No company in America is pouring more money into those efforts than Google,” the report said. Last year, the company spent $21.7 million on lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2009, Google spent just $4 million on lobbying, a number that increased fivefold by last year, it said. For two straight years, it’s been the top corporate spender, outranking traditional front-runners like Boeing and AT&T. Amazon and Facebook also reached record levels of lobbying expenditures in 2018, it said. For years, with their market caps climbing alongside their consumer influence, the largest US tech companies have prepared for the day when their business practices would be more thoroughly scrutinized, the report said. Reports surfaced last week that the Justice Department is preparing an antitrust probe of Google and has been given jurisdiction over Apple as part of a broader review into the tech industry. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has assumed oversight of Amazon and Facebook.last_img read more

Family members heckle doctor at Habra hospital after death of woman

first_imgKolkata: Tension spread among patients in Habra State General Hospital on Thursday morning, after the family members of a 56-year-old woman, who died of alleged medical negligence, heckled some doctors of the hospital.Laxmi Raha (56), a resident of Joygachi in Habra, was taken to the hospital after she complained of high fever. Raha died in the hospital on Thursday morning, following which chaos broke out at the hospital. The family members of the victim staged a protest demonstration inside the hospital complex. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter being informed by hospital authorities, police reached the spot and tried to pacify the irate mob. They asked the patient’s family members to submit a written complaint in the police station. When the police officers were trying to bring the situation under control, the deceased’s son, along with two others, attacked a doctor inside the hospital. The incident occurred in front of the policemen. A doctor was beaten up by the victim’s son and his two associates. However, on-duty police personnel managed to catch hold of the trio and they were detained. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The family members staged a demonstration inside the hospital, demanding stern action against the doctors, who they claimed were responsible for the death of the woman. The family members also alleged that the patient was not given proper treatment after she was admitted to the hospital with high fever. The police soon brought the situation under control and started a probe into the incident. The hospital authorities, however, claimed that the woman had serious complications when she was admitted to the hospital. The incident has happened within two months after some junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital were beaten up by the relatives of a deceased. The incident had triggered a stir in the state with the junior doctors continuing a strike, which was withdrawn following the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.last_img read more

NewsAlert Canadas Sharpe wins gold in womens ski halfpipe at Winter Olympics

first_imgBOKWANG, South Korea – Canadian freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe has won gold in the women’s ski halfpipe competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Sharpe, from Comox, B.C., finished with a score of 95.80 on a cool, sunny morning at Phoenix Park.France’s Marie Martinod took silver after crashing in her final run, guaranteeing Sharpe the top spot.American Brita Sigourney won bronze.Sharpe was the last skier to compete in the three-run final after winning the qualifying session a day earlier.She set the tone early in the final, getting a 94.40 in her first run down the halfpipe and following it up with a 95.80 in the second.The best of three runs is a skier’s final score in ski halfpipe.Calgary’s Rosalind Groenewoud finished 10th overall.More coming.last_img read more

CORNER GAS GETS ANIMATED

first_imgAdvertisement The original Dog River gang is all there: Brent, Lacey, Oscar, Hank, Davis, Karen, Wanda and Emma. (Emma’s original portrayer Janet Wright passed away in 2016; the role is now voiced by Corrine Koslo.) Photograph By CORNER GASS Facebook When CTV approached Brent Butt and his partners about bringing Corner Gas back to the small screen, the Vancouver comedian was admittedly leery.The sitcom — which ran for six seasons and followed the misadventures of gas station owner Brent (Butt), café owner Lacey (Gabrielle Miller), and zany friends and family in the fictional town of Dog River, Saskatchewan — was still universally beloved. It had even spawned a 2014 movie that played to sold-out crowds. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Why would Butt want to mess with that kind of legacy?One week to go!! Warm yourself up with a Corner Gas marathon. Catch an original episode every Monday-Saturday at 7:30am only on @comedynetwork! #CornerGasAnimated pic.twitter.com/wlCFyO3eAT— Corner Gas (@CornerGas) March 26, 2018“I didn’t really want to go back to the well and just do the same thing over again,” says Butt, who created the show. “Are we tempting fate? Are we going to screw up the legacy of this? And I didn’t want to do that. We all thought we needed to do something different or there would be no reason to do it again.”It’s a beautiful day in May of last year. Butt is seated on a couch in an engineer’s booth in Kozmic Sound, a busy recording studio near Cambie and Third.He’s taking a break from recording audio for a version of Corner Gas that is at once familiar and “something different”: Corner Gas Animated, a 13-episode cartoon series that premieres on The Comedy Network on April 2.The original Dog River gang is all there: Brent, Lacey, Oscar (Eric Peterson), Hank (Fred Ewanuick), Davis (Lorne Cardinal), Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn), Wanda (Nancy Robertson), and Emma (Emma’s original portrayer Janet Wright passed away in 2016; the role is now voiced by Corrine Koslo). Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Lakshadweep islands on alert for terrorists who fled Sri Lanka

The Navy officer also informed the meeting that a boat from Tamil Nadu, named SS Rafai, with eight crew members and bearing false registration documents has been seized near Suheli island, he said.Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shibesh Singh briefed the meeting that his personnel are maintaining high alert in the area and all the passenger jetties and fish landing jetties have been kept on strict surveillance. Khan directed all the security forces including Navy, Coast Guard, CRPF, local police and intelligence units to exercise high alert. The administrator also directed these agencies to give special attention to the uninhabited islands and take up frequent joint patrolling, he said.Khan also directed the agencies that special security should be ensured at the Agatti island, the spokesperson said.The intelligence about the suspected movement of the terrorists was first received on May 23 from Sri Lankan authorities and the Kerala police has also been on alert since then. “The surveillance by Naval maritime patrol aircraft is also in progress and all possible measures have been taken to prevent such intrusion in any of the islands in Lakshadweep,” the spokesperson said, quoting defence officials. Sri Lanka witnessed a deadly terror attack on Apr 21 when eight blasts rocked the island nation, claiming over 250 lives. The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack. He said Naval officers briefed Khan that both the Navy and Coast Guard vessels are undertaking enhanced patrolling across all the islands of Lakshadweep. The Lakshadweep administration Tuesday held a multi-agency security review meeting following intelligence reports that a boat carrying 15 ISIS terrorists had set off from Sri Lanka to the scenic islands, the Press Trust of India reported.Farooq Khan, the Administrator of the Union Territory, held a meeting at Kavaratti with senior officials of the local administration, Navy and Coast Guard, a Lakshadweep administration spokesperson said. read more

Brock looks to continue progress on downtown arts project

Artist’s rendering of the future Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Brock University will soon begin negotiations with Bird Construction Group, the low bidder for Brock’s downtown fine arts facility, in an effort to achieve cost savings on the project and move toward a start of construction.This leg of the process can proceed now that the University, Diamond Schmitt Architects and the project manager have reviewed all six bids from companies vying to build the new home of Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.When the bids were opened on Oct. 19, all exceeded the University’s $26-million construction budget by more than $6-million.As part of the negotiation process, the architect and contractor will review the project’s design and specifications with the goal of achieving substantial cost reductions. The University will also continue to develop other options, in the event that this preferred course of action is not successful.The new facility will house about 500 students, faculty and staff, and will be based in a renovated factory, the former Canada Hair Cloth building, which is a downtown landmark. Ownership of the property was recently transferred from the City to the University, when the Record of Site Condition was successfully filed by the provincial Ministry of the Environment.The Brock facility will be adjacent to a new Performing Arts Centre being developed by the City of St. Catharines.The bids submitted for the Brock project were:Bird Construction Group – $32,200,000ACCEL Construction Management – $32,400,000Merit Contractors Niagara – $33,290,000EllisDon Corporation – $33,469,000Graham Construction & Engineering – $33,900,000Carillion Canada Inc – $33,950,000 read more

Ohio State womens volleyball ready for showdown with No 2 Wisconsin

OSU junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell (14) attempts to spike the ball past Iowa junior outside hitter Julianne Blomberg (15) during a Nov. 19 match at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternAfter defeating Iowa in three sets on Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team looks to continue on the winning side as it’s set to face No. 2 Wisconsin.The Badgers (25-2, 15-1) visit OSU (19-10, 10-7) having won their last 16 matches, including 13 sweeps.Badger coach Kelly Sheffield is in his second season at Wisconsin and has a career record of 53-12 with the team.In his tenure with the Badgers, Sheffield is 3-0 against the Buckeyes. Although he lost to the Buckeyes once while he was coaching at Dayton in 2010.OSU Coach Geoff Carlston said that going into Friday’s match, both teams won’t get much rest, so he’s interested in how the match will play out.“Neither team is going to have time to practice and game plan,” Carlston said.He added that while the Buckeyes are 10-1 at home this season, the team has to step up and be aggressive in order to win.“In this conference, it’s who shows up,” he said. “We need to show up and expect to battle.”The Badgers played on Wednesday and defeated No. 10 Illinois in four sets. Wisconsin’s only losses of the season came back-to-back against No. 5 Washington in five sets and then-No. 3 Penn State in a sweep.OSU freshman defensive specialist Luna Tsujimoto said the OSU off-blockers’ play against the Hawkeyes has to carry into Friday’s match.“If we do that, I think we’ll have a great chance of beating them,” Tsujimoto said.The Badgers will be led by junior libero Taylor Morey, who ranks first in the Big Ten in digs per set with 5.18 and sophomore setter Lauren Carlini, who ranks second in assists per set at 11.48.Following Friday’s match, the Buckeyes are scheduled to play their final regular season home match Nov. 26, against Minnesota. OSU lost its first match of the season to the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis, Minn., in five sets Sept. 24.Both contests are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. read more

Softball Ohio State blanks Rutgers in fiveinning 80 shutout win

Lilli Piper (22) celebrates after coming into home safely in a game against Indiana on March 24 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team (23-11, 7-2 Big Ten) earned a victory in the final game of the three-game series against Rutgers, shutting out the Scarlet Knights 8-0 in the five-inning win with the help of three home runs, including a grand slam..Ohio State freshman third baseman Ashley Prange began the offense in the third inning, hitting her first career grand slam down the left field line to give the Buckeyes the 4-0 lead. “We had a great warmup, and we all have a great time hitting,” Prange said.  “I think we are all prepared.”Sophomore catcher Claire Nicholson extended Ohio State’s lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run homer over the left field wall. In the bottom of the fifth inning, freshman Kaitlyn Coffman sealed the victory with another two-run home run to the left. “We had a rough game yesterday,” Coffman said. “I think we just want to really make a statement. This is our home field. We should [have] beat them yesterday.”Senior pitcher Morgan Ray added seven strikeouts in the complete game, earning her ninth win of the year. Overall, she has recorded 101 strikeouts in 108.1 innings of work this season and is the only player on the Ohio State roster with more than 32 strikeouts. Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said Ray responded to yesterday’s loss in the way one of the team’s top pitcher should respond. “Just come out and put it on the line and just do what she needs to do,” Schoenly said. “I think having a determination to be better for her today was key. She is such a great player. I am glad she responded like that.”Ohio State will head to State College, Pennsylvania, to start a two-game series against Penn State, both of which take place on Tuesday. The first game will start at 5 p.m., and game two will start at 7 p.m. as the second part of the double header. read more

Atomic age timekeeping Incredible film of the first accurate atomic clock

first_imgEvery geek has memories of something that got them started down the path to making science and technology part of their passion. For some, it was old films like the one Ray Essen recently discovered that was made to chronicle the world’s first accurate atomic clock (earlier models had been less accurate then quartz-based clocks). The clock happened to have been built by his father, Louis Essen.Manufactured by hand at the National Physical Laboratory back in 1955, Essen’s clock used caesium atoms with quartz crystals to power his ultra-accurate clock. This vintage film breaks down and explains exactly how an atomic clock works using clear and concise terms that will get your geek glands firing as you watch.Born in 1908 in England, Essen became fascinated with the idea of creating his clock after earning his PhD from the University of London. Teaming up with a scientist named Jack Parry, Essen set about gathering and fabricating the different components he would need to make his vision a reality. If you look closely in the video, you can see that the entire device was put together by Parry and Essen with painstaking precision. In addition to keeping super-accurate time, the Essen atomic clock is also a testament to the era in which it was constructed.Called the Caesium 1, its timekeeping was more constant and therefore more accurate than using the rotation of the Earth as a guide.Cassen and Parry’s work became the de facto standard in which other scientists looked to make even more accurate atomic clocks. Modern atomic clocks are 300,000 times more accurate that the Casesium 1, but owe their heritage to the original device that first became the most accurate atomic clock in history.Read more at the NPL, via Boing Boing.last_img read more

Mata lauds Uniteds complete performance

first_imgJuan Mata has described Manchester United’s emphatic 4-1 win against Fulham as the “complete performance”, and has called for more of the same.Mata scored the second goal as United thrashed a hapless Fulham side 4-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.It was an impressive first half from Jose Mourinho’s side as they were three goals up at halftime, and Mata was delighted with their display and urged his teammates to replicate yesterday’s performance in every game.“It’s not easy,” Mata told Sky Sports.“Obviously it’s a very good position to be, but it’s not easy to keep that level of intensity. Subconsciously you relax a little bit when you’re three goals ahead.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They score so we needed to keep ourselves going and try to score again, which we did. It’s always important to be focused 90 minutes because by doing that we will be a better team.“I will say that today was a very complete performance. It was a shame that we couldn’t keep the clean sheet, but it was a very good performance.“A performance that the fans I think they have been waiting for and we know that we have to do this more often.”last_img read more

Political civil and nonprofit leaders blame Feds for release of asylumseeking families

first_imgPolitical, civil, and non-profit leaders blame Feds for release of asylum-seeking families into San Diego KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of San Diego political and civic leaders say the federal government has dumped a huge problem into their laps, how to care for legal asylum-seeking families released onto the streets of San Diego.KUSI’s John Soderman is downtown at the newly opened migrant shelter with more on this story. March 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Prince Harry Meghan Markle win crown for fastest to 1M Instagram followers

first_img 0 On Wednesday, the couple also shared a post of Prince Harry meeting with people as part of his work in mental health.  Post a comment About an hour after the couple’s account launched, Instagram “partially crashed, preventing most users from being able to follow the account on first clicking the follow button,” according to journalist Benjamin Wareing.K-Pop star Kang Daniel previously held the Guinness record after joining Instagram earlier this year. He reached 1 million followers in 11 hours 36 minutes. Pope Francis, who got 1 million followers in 12 hours, held the record in 2016. The Royal Family is quite familiar with the social network. Its Instagram account has more than 5 million followers and over 2,400 posts. Even Queen Elizabeth herself has posted content to the account. Last month, the Royal Family shared a set of social media guidelines asking people to show “courtesy, kindness and respect” on its accounts. This came after Duchesses Kate Middleton and Markle became the target of hateful comments online. In January, Kensington Palace reportedly asked Instagram and Twitter to help curb abusive comments. Before her wedding to Prince Harry, Markle had deleted her social media accounts. It’s safe to say many people are happy to have her back. Instagram It may not be a crowning achievement, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke an Instagram world record for reaching 1 million Instagram followers in under 6 hours. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke the Guinness World Record for being the fastest to get 1 million Instagram followers. The couple launched their account sussexroyal on Tuesday, reaching 1 million followers in 5 hours and 45 minutes, according to Guinness. At the time of publication, the account had 3 million followers. “Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important announcements, and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues,” reads the account’s first post, which has more than 1 million likes.  Tags Online Share your voicelast_img read more

Over 100 families evacuated due to floods

first_imgVijayawada: For the first time in 10 years, the floodwaters of Krishna river entered some homes in Tarakarama Nagar, Ranadheeve Nagar and Ranigari Thota in Krishna Lanka, the low-lying areas in riverbed adjacent to Krishna Karakatta. Over 100 families vacated their houses on Wednesday and been taking shelter in Municipal Corporation High School in Krishna Lanka and other places. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us As floodwaters may rise in one or two days, hundreds of families are preparing to leave the riverbed area. Hundreds of families are living in the upstream and downstream of Prakasam barrage in unauthorised constructions. Most of the houses are vulnerable to the floods. The district administration is asking the residents to vacate their houses till the floodwaters recede in one or three days. With heavy inflows, the irrigation officials have lifted 70 gates of Prakasam barrage and releasing water into the sea. Inflows into Prakasam barrage were gradually increased to 4.40 lakh cusecs by Wednesday and will expected to rise further as Pulichintala is getting more floodwaters. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu and Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas, Collector Md Imtiaz visited the Prakasam barrage and monitored the inflow and outflow of floodwaters. Speaking on the occasion, Kannababu said the government has taken all precautionary measures to evacuate the people downstream and upstream of Prakasam barrage. Vellampalli Srinivas said for the first time in 10 years, Prakasam barrage was getting heavy inflows of floodwater. District Collector Md Imtiaz said that all arrangements have been made to shift the flood-affected people to rehabilitation centres in the district. He said three relief camps were opened in three Municipal Corporation schools in Bhavanipuram and Krishna Lanka.last_img read more