10 months agoSampdoria coach Giampaolo: Quagliarella just like Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sampdoria coach Giampaolo: Quagliarella just like Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo is delighted to be counting on Fabio Quagliarella.For Giampaolo, Quagliarella can be compared with Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.”You could compare him to Ronaldo,” Giampaolo said. “He has a very high shot percentage, he always scores… and then of course he’s already worn that [Juventus] shirt. “I prefer to call him our Quagliarella though.” last_img

16 days agoSchmeichel slams Liverpool ace Shaqiri for ‘behaving like a child’

first_imgSchmeichel slams Liverpool ace Shaqiri for ‘behaving like a child’by Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Schmeichel says Xherdan Shaqiri “behaved like a child” over the Switzerland captaincy row.Liverpool ace Shaqiri reportedly missed Switzerland’s last two Euro2020 qualifiers because he was annoyed over Granit XhakaThe Arsenal midfielder was open to discussing it with Shaqiri, who has been criticised by Schmeichel.”I liked the words of Granit Xhaka in the context of Shaqiri’s absence,” the Manchester United legend said.”I read that the captain question played a role in Shaqiri’s thinking.”Although this has been denied in the meantime, nevertheless I found it strong that Xhaka said: ‘If Shaqiri wants to have the captain’s armband, he should take it.'”Xhaka showed that he wants to be a leader even without ties – and gave the pressure to Shaqiri. That was brilliant of him. In contrast to Shaqiri, who behaved like a child.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending November 25, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Crazy Rich Asians2. Mission: Impossible – Fallout3. Incredibles 24. The Meg5. Peppermint6. Mile 227. A Quiet Place8. Deadpool 29. Elf (2003)10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. The Clovehitch Killer2. The Dawn Wall3. Juliet, Naked4. Time Trap5. Eighth Grade6. The Children Act7. First Reformed8. Ex Machina9. Three Identical Strangers10. The Death of Stalin__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img

German gets 6 years for running darknet site used to buy gun

first_imgBERLIN — A court in Germany has sentenced a 31-year-old man to six years imprisonment for running a web forum where illegal goods were traded, including a gun used in a 2016 shooting rampage.German news agency dpa reported that the court in Karlsruhe convicted the defendant Wednesday on charges of negligent homicide, negligent bodily harm and abetting the illegal sale of weapons and drugs.The man, whose name wasn’t released for privacy reasons, had set up a site on a part of the web accessible only with specialized identity-cloaking tools, known as the “darknet.”In January, a 33-year-old German was sentenced to seven years in prison for using the site to sell a pistol and ammunition to 18-year-old David Somboly, who killed nine people at a Munich mall before killing himself.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Over two dozen organizations took registrations at 20th Annual Spring One Stop

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – The Totem Mall was the host of the 20th Annual Spring Community One Stop registration event on past Saturday.The event took place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and was hosted in by both the Mall and the City of Fort St. John.The Spring Community One Stop is an excellent opportunity for residents of the community to learn about what local organizations, community groups and sports clubs had to offer for the upcoming spring/summer season. With an impressive total of 26 organizations in attendance, the upcoming spring/summer season will be a busy one in the community.Activities available at One Stop were not limited to strictly sports but also included many literacy, music and art-based organizations.In addition to the annual Spring One Stop registration, a Fall version will be held in early September.last_img read more

Chinas first lunar rover lands on moon

first_imgBEIJING – China becomes the third country, after the US and Soviet Union, to deploy a rover onto the moon since 1976.China’s first lunar rover, the Jade Rabbit, landed on the moon on Sunday and sent the first images taken after departing from the Chang’e-3 probe.The 140 kilogram six-wheeled vehicle embarked on the moon’s surface at around 4:35 in the morning, the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center announced.China has become the third country, after the US and Soviet Union, to deploy a rover onto the moon since 1976.The Jade Rabbit’s deployment was recorded by the Chang’e-3 camera and transmitted to the earth. The Jade Rabbit and Chang’e-3 will pursue separate scientific discoveries.The Jade Rabbit will cover a five square kilometer area in 90 days to record scientific observation on surface materials, natural resources and the geological structure. The Chang’e-3 spacecraft will meanwhile undertake yearlong field inspections in its landing area.The Chang’e-3 made a soft landing on the moon Saturday at 21:00 local time.last_img read more

The 10 Games That Shaped The NFL Playoff Picture The Most

Detroit72100+28 Denver4139-2 Green Bay70%100%+30 PLAYOFF CHANCES PLAYOFF CHANCES Washington37%51%+14 Houston44%74%+30 3. Tennessee 13, Denver 10 (Week 14) The most important game of the year came in Week 17, even though one of the teams — the New York Giants — had absolutely nothing to play for. Washington’s loss ended its playoff hopes and rendered the highly anticipated Green Bay-Detroit evening matchup mostly moot by guaranteeing playoff spots for both the Packers and Lions. Tennessee11%25%+14 After a tedious Week 17, the NFL playoff picture is finally set. Every week since Week 12, we’ve looked at which games could have the biggest impact on postseason chances throughout the league. Now, instead of dealing with hypotheticals, we can look backward to see which results from the entire 2016 regular season actually affected the playoff race the most.This is pretty easy to measure. Our NFL predictions update after every game, so the most important games are simply the ones that caused the largest net change in playoff probabilities. For example, when Buffalo beat Los Angeles in Week 5, the Bills’ playoff chances immediately improved from 50 percent to 64 percent (+14) while the Rams’ dropped from 49 percent to 34 percent (-14, with rounding). That’s a net change of 28 points. If we add to that number the impact the Bill’s victory had on Arizona, Seattle, New England and Oakland and its minor impacts on every other team in the league, we get an overall playoff swing of 57 points for that game.1The playoff swing totals in this article are lower than what we had listed in previous weeks. That’s because the scale has changed a bit, now that we’re measuring based on one actual game outcome instead of two potential game outcomes. An example: Going into their Week 17 matchup against New York, Washington had a 58 percent chance of making the playoffs. It would be eliminated with a loss and would more or less clinch with a win, so the team’s total potential range of outcomes, which we called its swing, was zero to 100 percent, or 100 percentage points. But Washington lost that game, so its actual, non-potential swing was from 58 percent to zero, or 58 percentage points.By this measure, the 10 biggest games of the regular season are below. Note that some of these results didn’t actually “matter” in the end. Going back to the example above: Buffalo didn’t make the postseason. But that game did make a significant impact on the playoff race at the time, so it was still important to the arc of the season. Miami55%92%+38 Game had 75.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Detroit4650+4 Pittsburgh was an early favorite to make the playoffs, with a 62 percent preseason chance of advancing to the postseason that improved to 90 percent after a 4-1 start. But then the Steelers lost four straight, dropping down to 16th in our rankings, which are based on Elo ratings (a measure of team strength based on game results that we use quite a bit around here). They would go on to beat the Browns in Week 11, but this road victory against the Colts was when Pittsburgh really righted the ship. The Steelers closed the season with five more wins, easily making it to the postseason; they enter as the fourth-ranked team by Elo. Game had 58.5 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Dallas2623-3 Game had 76.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown The game to watch for Week 16 was one of the best of the year. Buffalo came back from a 21-7 deficit, but the Dolphins hit a 55-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game into OT. Buffalo immediately drove 58 yards to Miami’s 17-yard line before moving backward 10 yards on two running plays and missing a 45-yarder. The Dolphins eventually won it on a chip shot field goal, sending their playoff chances skyrocketing to 92 percent at the expense of Denver and Baltimore. Washington1815-3 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Green Bay6269+6 Miami1626+11 Buffalo712+5 N.Y. Giants3429-4 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Philadelphia56%72%+16 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Denver7348-24 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Houston5855-3 Let’s take a moment to acknowledge Tennessee’s season. The Titans were one of the NFL’s worst teams in 2015 but rallied to go 9-7 this season, with a 5-2 record against eventual playoff teams. Their peak came in back-to-back wins against Denver (Week 14) and Kansas City (Week 15), giving them a serious shot at an AFC South title. Unfortunately, it was all for naught — the bad version of the Titans came out in Week 16 and lost 38-17 to the Jaguars, allowing the Texans to clinch the division. Tennessee’s victory over Denver did make a big difference for Miami, which eventually took the second AFC wild card spot. PLAYOFF CHANCES Houston7957-22 Based on the Cowboys’ terrible performance last season, our NFL predictions projected them to go 7-9 in 2016. And it took a little while for our model to figure out that Dallas was for real. This Week 6 drubbing of Green Bay improved the Cowboys’ record to 5-1 and sent their playoff chances shooting up 22 points to 78 percent; the suddenly struggling Packers saw an equivalent drop. Game had 57.2 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Remember Philadelphia? After a 3-0 start, capped by this shellacking of the highly rated Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles saw their playoff chances rise to over 70 percent. After a bye in Week 4, it was all downhill. Philadelphia went 2-9 over their next 11 games and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15. Game had 66.3 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Indianapolis11%21%+10 9. Philadelphia 34, Pittsburgh 3 (Week 3) Green Bay5434-20 The Texans ended the regular season with a 9-7 record, a -49 point differential and just the saddest kind of quarterback controversy (the kind where both quarterbacks are bad). So how did they find themselves in the playoffs, with room to spare? Houston’s secret weapon was a 5-1 record against its AFC South opponents, spoiled only by its final meaningless game against the Titans. Whenever Houston’s lead in its terrible division was challenged, the team rose to the occasion, getting a particularly large boost to its playoffs chances in this narrow victory over the Colts. Pittsburgh6870+2 4. Houston 22, Indianapolis 17 (Week 14) Pittsburgh55%71%+16 Indianapolis2311-12 5. Tennessee 19, Kansas City 17 (Week 15) Kansas City>9997-2 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE N.Y. Giants4850+2 Houston7987+7 Baltimore3224-8 Game had 58.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh9388-5 Indianapolis73-4 1. N.Y. Giants 19, Washington 10 (Week 17) PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES After Green Bay’s late-season surge to make the playoffs (and the collapse of Washington and Tampa Bay), the Packers’ midseason foibles are all but forgotten. But they really almost blew it, going on a four-game losing streak that started at the end of October during which the Green Bay defense allowed 38 points per game and the team’s chances of making the playoffs dropped (at 4-6) to just 6 percent. This Week 9 loss to the Colts — the second loss in the streak — was one of the most damaging for Green Bay while simultaneously reviving Indianapolis’s hopes. Houston8682-5 2. Miami 34, Buffalo 31 (Week 16) Baltimore3841+3 6. Indianapolis 31, Green Bay 26 (Week 9) Houston5144-7 Cincinnati159-7 Baltimore2814-14 Washington2831+3 Tennessee16%44%+28 Game had 58.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Dallas56%78%+22 Minnesota6164+3 Game had 116.6 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Philadelphia3835-3 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Miami4145+3 Baltimore5154+3 Indianapolis3934-5 8. Dallas 30, Green Bay 16 (Week 6) Denver177-10 Indianapolis344-30 Game had 65.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Game had 59.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh8067-13 Washington580-58 PLAYOFF CHANCES The second ultimately meaningless late-season Titans victory that briefly shook the AFC South playoff race. Better luck next year, Tennessee! PLAYOFF CHANCES PLAYOFF CHANCES Tampa Bay29<1-28 Detroit7380+7 Tennessee4542-3 Green Bay7249-22 10. New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 24 (Week 16) 7. Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 7 (Week 12) Going into Week 15, the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 54 percent chance of making the playoffs but blew it with back-to-back narrow losses to the Cowboys and Saints. Although this game didn’t technically eliminate Tampa Bay from playoff contention — the team had a very outside chance of making the playoffs in Week 17, if seven games broke their way — it more or less ended the Bucs’ playoff hopes.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Ohio State athletics selfreports 24 minor NCAA violations

Coach Pete Hanson sent letters to two prospective student-athletes in March 2013 that promised them athletically related financial aid. At the time each athlete received said letter, they had not yet reached their senior years in high school. The Compliance Office determined there to be seven impermissible phone calls to prospective student-athletes and/or their parents after an April 2013 review of phone records between Aug. 1, 2012, and March 1, 2013. The report states they were the result of inadvertent “pocket dials.” A coach inadvertently sent recruiting materials to a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Men’s GymnasticsReported Nov. 5 Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in men’s soccer and the other in women’s volleyball — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not being enrolled at OSU. Program engaged in seven hours of out-of-season conditioning activities involving gymnastics equipment. Members of the synchronized swimming team posted photos of prospective student-athletes they were hosting to both Facebook and Instagram on Oct. 21, 2012. The photos that were posted were then commented on by the student-athletes and coach Holly Vargo-Brown. Coach Geoff Carlston made an impermissible telephone call to a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school on Oct. 8, 2012. On April 24, an assistant coach replied to an email from a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school. Reported Nov. 4 Women’s LacrosseReported July 23 Two private camps in spring 2013 impermissibly used the names of an OSU coach and two student-athletes to advertise the camps. A women’s hockey volunteer coach was involved with a local sports club that had multiple prospective student-athletes residing outside a permitted 50-mile radius of the university. On May 7, the coach provided a private lesson to a current member of the women’s team, and while also serving as a volunteer coach for the men’s ice hockey team from 2009-11, the coach provided three student-athletes a combined total of four private lessons during summer vacation. Women’s SoccerReported July 25 Synchronized SwimmingReported July 9 Click to expand.The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 24 minor violations in the second half of 2013, including nine for “impermissible” phone calls, text messages and emails to prospective student-athletes, as well as three violations for various involvement in conditioning and summer camp activities.The figures are a result of an open records request submitted Thursday by The Lantern and released Friday by the OSU public records office.None of the violations are considered major, but the report included 19 violations that included “prospective student-athletes.”The last 2013 violation was reported Nov. 6.In each case, the school proposed its own corrective action to either the Big Ten or NCAA, who accepted the proposals but at times, offered further recommendations to each sport. Common resolutions include issuing a letter of education to the respective coaching staff and restraining them from contacting the prospective student-athletes for a period of time, usually two weeks. The football program, however, was only restricted to one week of no contact for impermissible phone calls.OSU athletic director and Vice President Gene Smith said the school typically has “about 40” self-reported secondary violations annually during an interview with The Lantern May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes – something’s not right.”FootballReported June 27 WrestlingReported July 11 Carlston replied to a text message from a prospective student-athlete in February 2013 who was a junior in high school. Carlston mistakenly thought it was an email, not a text. Reported July 19 On Jan. 10, 2013, the Compliance Office approved and provided what was determined to be an official visit for a prospective student-athlete who had not yet been registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Reported July 29 On Oct. 17, 2012, coach Alexis Venechanos made an impermissible phone call to a prospective student-athlete in the 2015 class. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete March 26. A total of three incoming student-athletes were employed as volunteers at the LiFE Sports Camp June 26. All three were enrolled in summer school, but were still considered prospective student-athletes in terms of employment. On both March 25 and May 7, coach Tom Ryan made two impermissible phone calls to 2014 prospective student-athletes. The field hockey program received approval from the OSU Compliance Office that allowed it to put an image of a current member of the team on an institutional brochure. Women’s VolleyballReported July 15 BaseballReported July 29 A member of the coaching staff was reported to have used a smokeless tobacco product during a game, violating NCAA bylaws. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete April 25. An assistant coach and an assistant director of compliance distributed camp postcards at a soccer tournament May 4. Reported Nov. 6 Field HockeyReported July 24 Men’s SoccerReported July 29 The baseball director of operations participated in an off-campus baseball league against prospective student-athletes. Women’s GolfReported Sept. 12 On June 25, coach Therese Hession accepted a Facebook friend request from a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in women’s volleyball and the other in men’s soccer — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not enrolled at OSU. Men’s and Women’s Ice HockeyReported Aug. 1 Men’s VolleyballReported July 15 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and DivingReported July 15During a dead period, then-men’s and women’s diving coach Vince Panzano flew to The Woodlands, Texas, April 15 and observed several unknown prospective student-athletes practice. read more

Rick Lewis and Ohio State lacrosse set sights on matchup with Rutgers

Rick Lewis and the Buckeyes are set to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, his fathers former team on Saturday.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern photographerRick Lewis took the lacrosse field in Piscataway, N.J., 29 years ago to lead the defense for Rutgers in the 1986 NCAA tournament. Now his son, Rick Lewis Jr., prepares to step onto that same field, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team looks to bring home a win this weekend in the Buckeyes’ final regular-season matchup of the inaugural Big Ten lacrosse season.“I’ve always looked up to my dad,” Lewis Jr. said. “So it’ll be really special to have my last regular season game … where he played his first.”Now a senior midfielder and captain for OSU, Lewis Jr. grew up with a lacrosse stick in his hand, receiving his first one from his dad’s friends at the hospital just hours after he was born. From there, his dad became his coach and the rest is history, Lewis Jr. said.The midfielder grew up playing in Cumming, Ga., earning All-American honors at St. Pius X Catholic High School, and also spent time playing in leagues in New Jersey, making him no stranger to Rutgers territory.“I know a lot of those guys,” Lewis Jr. said. “With the team in New Jersey, I was actually coached by my dad’s college roommate. I even lived at his house for the summer.”And while his old summer coach might be supporting Rutgers this weekend, Lewis Jr. said his dad will be on OSU’s side.“He’s rooting for the Buckeyes, definitely wearing scarlet and gray,” Lewis Jr. said.For the Lewis family, Saturday’s matchup might be “a fun rivalry game,” but for OSU, the stakes are high to bring home a final conference win for the regular season. And while Rutgers has already lost its chance at an NCAA tournament berth, OSU coach Nick Myers said he expects the Scarlet Knights to be ready to win.“These are two tough teams that are both hungry for a final Big Ten win,” Myers said. “It’ll be a battle.”OSU is coming off its only home loss this season, a 10-9 overtime heartbreaker against Maryland on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Terrapins locked up at least a share of the Big Ten title, and a win would have done the same for the Buckeyes. But instead of dwelling on the disappointment, the team used the loss as motivation through practices this week, Myers said.“It was the closure we needed,” he said. “We looked at what we did well, and the situations throughout the game where we need to improve. We’re focused on how to be successful against a formidable team this weekend.”Senior midfielder Christopher May said OSU focused on its efforts at the face-off X in particular, hoping to secure regular possession to kick-start the offense against Rutgers.“Maryland had a super talented faceoff unit. They communicated well and were good at causing loose balls, so we took that as a learning experience,” May said. “Rutgers likes to create offense off the faceoff. We’re going to try to limit the transition and put ourselves in a better position to win this game.”The loss against Maryland dropped OSU to No. 2 in the Big Ten. Even if the Terrapins lose against Johns Hopkins this weekend, the Buckeyes would share the No. 1 spot heading into the conference tournament, but would fall short because of the tiebreaker, as long as they win against Rutgers on Saturday.“We come out every game (at) full speed. They’re a very dangerous team so we’re preparing and ready to go,” Lewis Jr. said. “We’re focused on playing a full 60 minutes. If we do that, we can play with anybody in the country.”The game against Rutgers marks the end of the inaugural Big Ten regular season, one that, regardless of record, has been an honor for the team, Myers said.“It’s been everything we could’ve hoped it would be,” he said.Saturday’s game is set for noon in Piscataway, N.J. read more

Milner reveals key items ahead of Liverpools game against Roma

first_imgLiverpool’s James Milner has taken to social media to show fans what he has packed ahead of their return leg against AS Roma in the Champions League semi-finalsThe midfielder joined Twitter in March and has been quickly gathering followers on the social media account.Milner recently uploaded a picture of his suitcase ahead of the second leg clash with Roma on Wednesday to give fans a look inside.“Packing almost complete for Rome, just need to dig out my Italian phrase book and hot water bottle. What a find the LFC branded plug adapter was!” the 32-year-old wrote on Twitter.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Packing almost complete for Rome, just need to dig out my Italian phrase book and hot water bottle. What a find the LFC branded plug adapter was! #incrediblescenes #essentials #willuseHendostoothpaste pic.twitter.com/UIIS5ejOs5— James Milner (@JamesMilner) 29 April 2018Since leaving Manchester City for Liverpool, Milner has impressed with his continued consistent performances at Anfield and recently had to deny rumours that he was on the verge of coming out of retirement for the England squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

Higuain to return to Italy

first_imgJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to arrive in Italy today to decide his future, according to Calciomercato.Reports in the Italian press suggest that the Argentina international will arrive in Turin today to discuss his future with the club hierarchy.Both Chelsea and AC Milan are interested in the services of the former Madrid Man and the San Siro based outfit want him in part exchange for Leonardo Bonucci.It is understood that Higuain will arrive at Juventus with his brother who is also his agent as they seek to make a firm decision over where the player would be playing his football next season.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Higuain wants a contract of 8million euros per year and is yet to agree personal terms with Milan but in the presence of Nicolas, his agent should speed things up.Chelsea are believed to be waiting in the background should the deal to join Milan fall through as Maurizio Sarri is keen on a reunion with the former Napoli hitman.Reports suggest Higuain would favor a move to England to join Chelsea and a decision over his future is expected in the next three days.last_img read more

Pep confirms David Silva injury

first_imgPep Guardiola has confirmed David Silva will be on the treatment table for a few weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea.Silva was replaced by Ilkay Gundogan in the 68th minute of the 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge after pulling the hamstring in his right leg.The former Valencia man is one of a number of players who will miss the visit of Hoffenheim to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday in the Champions League.Asked about his injury list, Guardiola told Sky: “David Silva is not able. Kevin De Bruyne (knee) is not able. Danilo is not able. Sergio Aguero is not ready.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have 15 players available, so I can’t do it too much (rotating). We are in the next stage which is important but we have to try and win every game to finish first.”Guardiola confirmed Silva is may miss the busy festive period but Aguero may return from a muscle injury in time to face Everton on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.last_img read more

Procedural Hurdle to Extra Defense Spending May Not Survive Compromise Budget Talks

first_imgThe compromise version of the fiscal 2016 budget resolution may jettison a procedural hurdle that could block the Senate from allocating $38 billion in extra funding stashed in DOD’s overseas contingency operations account (OCO).The funds were added to the war account in both chambers’ budget blueprints as a way of eluding the $523 billion Budget Control Act cap on national security spending. The Senate’s version, though, includes a point of order on spending from the OCO that exceeds $58 billion, the original amount requested by the Obama administration.If the point of order remains in the compromise budget, Senate Democrats — as well as fiscal conservatives — could block appropriations from the OCO that exceed $58 billion unless defense hawks can produce 60 votes to override the objection. Democrats could be expected to object to the use of the extra funding for the Pentagon because of the lack of a deal permitting domestic spending to exceed the budget caps. Fiscal conservatives could object due to the lack of an offset to the extra defense spending.The dispute between defense hawks and fiscal conservatives over FY 2016 defense spending will continue to play over the rest of the year, but there is a good chance fiscal hawks will allow the point of order to be stripped from the budget resolution to maintain Republican unity on the issue, reports CQ Roll Call.John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he believes the conference committee will remove the point of order from the final budget resolution.“I hope and believe that they will not have that requirement in the conference,” McCain said. “And no, I could not vote for it with a budget point of order,” he said of the conference agreement. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

In Our Communities

first_img ADC AUTHOR A bill is advancing in New Mexico that would waive professional licensure fees for service members, spouses and dependent children, according to the Kirtland Partnership Committee, which has helped guide the legislation. It passed a House committee unanimously Tuesday and is moving through other committees ….Canada became the sixth country to send a delegation to visit the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, according to an Augusta Chronicle editorial. The cybersecurity facility is a partnership among the Army, academia, state and local officials, and the private sector. “When Augusta is producing useful, helpful answers to one of the world’s biggest emerging problems, the world will come to Augusta,” the editorial board wrote.Chief Master Sergeant Clayton Watson Jr. and Col. Mary Stewart at the New Mexico Capitol. Photo by Kirtland Partnership Committeelast_img read more

Climate strike Students the world over take to streets demanding action

first_imgThe next time you think today’s kids only care about playing video games and posting selfies on Instagram, remember the day hundreds of thousands of kids around the world took to the streets to raise awareness of climate change.On Friday, students protested the lack of action from adults on environmental issues with the #ClimateStrike walkouts.  Basically.#ClimateStrike #ClimateChange NYC City Hall pic.twitter.com/bJKFuInfoY— Caroline Lewis (@clewisreports) March 15, 2019 Cape Town’s #SchoolStrike4Climate outside Parliament this afternoon. 🌍✊🌿📢⛰#FridaysForFuture #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/q6DBYez59u— Jo Jackson (@jojacks0n) March 15, 2019 Oh boy, look what happened in Lisbon, Portugal.#FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/K1Ew1Zg4ey— Angela Fay (@lifelearner47) March 15, 2019 Sci-Tech 3 Tags Students inspired by Thunberg planned walkouts all over the globe Friday, including remote places like Antarctica. In a tweet, Thunberg said over 1 million people participated in 125 countries, citing numbers from climate action group 350.org. Last year, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed in an alarming report that even if we meet the targets set by the Paris climate accord and stop our reliance on fossil fuels, the world faces serious impacts of climate change. So youth protests like #ClimateStrike could help remind the older generation that action needs to be taken.”Today you are hearing from children all over the world,” teen activist Alexandria Villasenor told a crowd  at the New York City climate strike protests. “We are telling you, we are trapped, and the time has come for you to turn the furnace off and save us all.”With the #ClimateStrike hashtag trending on Twitter, teens and adults alike are sharing photos, videos and thoughts about the worldwide mass protests and calls to action. Sign: “So bad even the introverts are here!”Victor, 15, St Paul, Minnesota#climatestrike #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/EsWukqMHIn— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) March 15, 2019 There’s an estimated 20,000 schoolkids including myself at the #ClimateStrike today in London. These are absolutely inspiring scenes with 100’s from each school across the city. Young people are political – we’re taking a stand and we’re not stopping anytime soon. pic.twitter.com/ejjB5titGL— Hasan Patel 🌹 (@CorbynistaTeen) March 15, 2019 In front of Trump Tower. #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/WRwOxzuQ5T— Rex Santus (@rexsantus) March 15, 2019 @GretaThunberg today in Helsinki we had at least 5 000 young people marching and striking for their future! We haven’t seen anything like this in Finland😍🌍💚#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/PTOqwkeQO0— Atte Ahokas🇫🇮🇪🇺🌍 (@A_Ahokas) March 15, 2019 There are thousands of students on the streets of Dublin taking part in #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/BkcJ8fxTPP— Natura Token (@naturatoken) March 15, 2019 Hundreds of young people striking outside the MA State House right now! The energy here is amazing and inspiring! 🌎 (video better with volume on) #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/xXWZb8zPzh— Mass Sierra Club (@MassSierraClub) March 15, 2019 Many were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who was just nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Last year, Thunberg gave a popular TED Talk explaining why she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming. She protested outside the Swedish parliament and in the process grabbed the world’s attention. “The climate crisis has already been solved; we already have all the facts and solutions,” Thunberg said in the talk. “All we have to do is to wake up and change.” Students around the world are striking today to demand action on climate change. Many were inspired by 16-year-old @GretaThunberg, who was just nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.Watch Greta’s full TED Talk here: https://t.co/VVDR58QgSO #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/olAjLgHvtL— TED Talks (@TEDTalks) March 15, 2019 Share your voice “We are not responsible … I am here to say NO MORE.” #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/NXYjMaRIxq— Sierra Student Co. (@Sierrastudent) March 15, 2019 Gathering at Churchill Square in Brighton this morning! #youthstrike #youthstrike4climate #climatestrike #schoolstrike #fridaysforfuture #youthstrike4climatejustice pic.twitter.com/rNHD7Sakpv— YouthStrike4Climate Brighton (@Strike4YouthBH) March 15, 2019 My son JJ He stood alone at his school in Ck-on-Shannon, Co. #Leitrim for #ClimateStrike – but he stood there in the knowledge that millions of kids, all over the world are standing with him today.❤Very proud Mum moment!#Ireland #ClimateStrike #fridaysforfuture pic.twitter.com/ksua2hbO02— Leah Doherty (@LeahNiD) March 15, 2019 LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE MARCH IN BRUSSELS!!! Young people are rising in 2052 places in 123 countries on every continents. There is no time to waste. We must #ActOnClimate. #climatestrike #klimaatstaking #FridayForFutures #GreenNewDeal @GretaThunberg 🎬 via @JohnHyphen pic.twitter.com/3CGLMDYE8v— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) March 15, 2019 #FridaysForFuture#ClimateStrikeThe new generation is more woke than you think… This is a photo of my city, Parma, we were so many… I’m so proud I was part of this pic.twitter.com/Mt0DSKxJLv— I ᴀᴍ: мιяιαмα (@Miriama03_Stay) March 15, 2019 @GretaThunberg #climatestrike #SchoolsStrike4Climate #FridaysForFuture Today In Rome.. 🌍 pic.twitter.com/JatqbxQysR— maxander61 (@maxander61) March 15, 2019 It’s not a trend – it’s a movement. #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/LJsKKsHS68— Ashley Shimabukuro (@AshShimabukuro) March 15, 2019 Commentslast_img read more

Dhaka very concerned over Chinas Brahmaputra dams Ali tells Indian media

first_imgIndia’s The Times of India has reported that Bangladesh said it is ‘very concerned’ about possible diversion of water of the Brahmaputra river by China.The Times published the report on Thursday quoting the Bangladesh high commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali.Reportedly expressing Bangladesh’s readiness to participate in a joint water basin management, the diplomat was quoted to have said the prime ministers of the two countries had extensive discussions on the issue.”On the Brahmaputra basin, we are very concerned about diversion of water and Bangladesh is prepared to join a joint basin management concept where we will discuss the points of water as it flows from the point of origin to the point of exit in the sea,” the newspaper quoted Muazzem Ali as saying.”And naturally, we will be very happy to fully cooperate with all regional joint agencies,” he reportedly told reporters at an interaction organised at the Indian Women Press Corps in New Delhi.He is said to have maintained that Bangladesh believes in joint river basin management both in the Ganges and the Brahmaputra.Originating in Tibet and flowing across China and India, the Brahmaputra enters Bangladesh and meets the Ganges (Padma) before draining into the Bay of Bengal.The Times reported that the Bangladesh high commissioner also sought to assuage India’s concern amid reports of Bangladesh’s growing proximity with China.Another newspaper, Tribune India, used an analogy define Dhaka’s relations with New Delhi and Beijing and quoted Muazzem Ali as saying, “If his brother does not have money to offer to him to purchase a car, he would go seek a loan from the bank. But the bank manager does not become a brother.””We have trade and economic relations with China but we do not want to get into a debt trap. China has offered us line of credit. But it is not for free,” he was quoted to have said.He reportedly added that unlike in Sri Lanka or Myanmar, Bangladesh did not hand over the deep sea port in Chittagong to Beijing rather it is being built as a consortium by India, China and European Union.last_img read more

Take Being Heart Healthy to Heart

first_imgAs springtime blossoms into longer and warmer days, it’s the perfect time to tweak or add some heart healthy behaviors to your daily routine. The fact that the American Heart Association (AHA) ranks heart disease and stroke as the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers should be motivation enough. But, since it’s such an easy thing to do, there really is no excuse. Addressing ways that families can stay heart healthy, family practice physician Martina P. Callum, M.D. says, “Really, it starts with lifestyle changes and looking at their diet.” She adds, with a sigh, “I’m not talking quantity.”In other words, Callum is talking about the quality of foods eaten and says that consuming foods that are fatty and/or high in cholesterol is directly related to heart disease. She says that people’s diets need more fruits, green leafy vegetables and root vegetables that have been properly prepared. And, eating properly prepared foods in moderation includes limiting salt intake.Apparently, the AHA is in agreement with her assessment, and is making it easy for individuals and groups to learn how to prepare heart healthy meals in Baltimore. The organization is celebrating its oneyear anniversary of offering a variety of cooking classes at its Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen, located downtown at Stratford University. For a nominal fee, participants learn to cook a meal for four, which they carry home, once prepared. So, for those with cooking limitations, make it easy on yourself, and visit www. heart.org/baltimorekitchen.While modifying one’s diet will help, adding physical activity to the equation will increase the benefits. Everyone, including First Lady Michelle Obama, is encouraging people of all ages to get moving and involved in some kind of physical activity. It’s not always necessary to go work out at the gym. Family walks can be great exercise and lots of fun. And, April 1 is AHA’s National Walking Day, perfect timing to bring the family together for a trek.Now that you’re eating and exercising properly, managing your weight and stress will become a little easier. Callum explains that people with bad eating and exercise habits, generally, don’t feel well and often suffer with joint pain, heartburn and other discomforts, which is stressful. “Physically, when you are feeling good, you can handle stress, better,” she says.last_img read more

Newsman Imparts Half Century of Wisdom at HBCU

first_imgBy Curtis Knowles, Morgan State University Student                                                  As a child, Ron Aaron Taylor said nothing truly demanded his energy. Taylor eventually found his passion for the world of journalism, becoming a reporter at the age of 19, and 50 years later he is still assisting in the cultivation of the profession.Speaking to an investigative reporting class recently at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication (SGJC), Taylor reflected fondly on the trials he went through in order to earn the title of journalist.Ron Taylor, who now is a fellow at Morgan State University, spent a lifetime in journalism and now shares his experiences with students. (Photo by Wayne Dawkins for the AFRO)Born in 1948, Taylor claims to have not been the most macho of guys. He read books and kept to himself. His kept his studies up, which landed him at Morehouse College in Atlanta. A self-described shy person, Taylor never foresaw the profession of journalism in his future.While in college he took a tour of the Washington Evening Star was gifted with a stereo. Stereo were the metal plates used as molds for the printing press. The stereo Taylor received contained the obituary of the late Billie Holiday. Taylor realized he held a bit of information that few other people even knew about.As sophomore, he was working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) passing out journalists’ credentials. Being able to hear the sermons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was another inspiring moment for Taylor.His summer leading into senior year, Taylor was offered a position at the News & Record newspaper in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy had just been assassinated five days prior to Taylor’s decision, and the nation’s future was unknown.Taylor decided to leap into the unknown.The world of journalism wasn’t welcoming to a then novice Taylor. Walking into the newsroom he was met the sounds of dozens of typewriters click-clacking, the banging of the printing press, the ringing of land line telephones and the shouts of journalists asking random questions. Thick cigarette smoke hung in the air and Taylor compared the newsroom floor to an “ashtray.”Soon he moved to the Washington Post and remained there from 1971 to 1975.  Taylor also worked for the Bureau of National Affairs as a business writer. Taylor’s career took him many places and put him in his fair share of dicey situations.In 1975, Taylor was assigned to cover the riot at the D.C. Jail.  Taylor was selected to be a part of a press barrier between the inmates and the police. Taylor got on a bus with prisoners as they were heading to the court house to air their grievances.Taylor sat next to one of the inmates and the man wouldn’t give him room to sit down. At first Taylor believed he just didn’t want to talk. He then realized that this particular inmate had a pistol in his waist band. In that moment Taylor’s fear surged through him: “I thought to myself, this brother is going to get shot, and he is going to fall on me.”The ordeal left Taylor rattled to say the least. Taylor also said a man he was interviewing was growing marijuana plants in his field and also making moonshine with a still. He was walking with a White man who was with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when the man suddenly drew his gun and fired.“Now, me a being a Black man in southern Georgia, and a White officer just draws his gun, and shoots” recalled Taylor with ire. Turns out the officer was aiming at a copperhead snake.Taylor is currently working at Morgan as a SGJC Fellow. He has assisted on projects such as a multimedia story about African-American women in sports for ESPN’s “The Undefeated.” He essentially acts as a super mentor to the communication students. Taylor assists students in structuring articles, conducting research and other things a man well versed in journalism could shed insight on.“He has a knack for putting students at ease” said Assistant Dean Jackie Jones.last_img read more

HydrogenWindNuclear Plant in Ontario Not Currently Worthwhile Study Shows

first_img Explore further Bruce Power – Canada’s first private nuclear generating company – is considering including a hydrogen storage and distribution component to go along with a large scale wind farm, all presently sharing the main electrical transmission line in Bruce County, Ontario. The province’s first commercial wind farm, Huron Wind, is located on the shore of Lake Huron. Its five wind turbines provide a maximum output power of 9 MW. Additional large scale wind farms are located close by, using the same transmission lines.Bruce Power’s nuclear power plant, located about 250 km northwest of Toronto, consists of six reactors. Together, the reactors generate a total output power of 4,830 MW, which supplies more than 20% of Ontario’s electricity.Using hydrogen as a storage and distribution method for the electricity generated by the wind farm and nuclear plant from the same region could have several potential benefits. When the cost of electricity is low, for example, the company could store part of its electricity production as hydrogen, and then sell it back to the electricity market when the price increases. Similarly, electricity could be stored as hydrogen when there is not enough line capacity to transfer it all at once. In periods of low winds, hydrogen storage could help make up for the variability and in periods of high winds and constrained transmission capacities, hydrogen could be used to store the electricity. In the future, the hydrogen itself could be sold to a hydrogen market, which could be more profitable than selling it back to the electricity market. However, costs of the initial investment, production, and operation won’t be matched by the profit solely from storing electricity as hydrogen, according to the study by Gregor Taljan and Gregor Verbič from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Claudio Cañizares and Michael Fowler from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Even with an optimistic hydrogen production efficiency of 60% through electrolysis, the researchers’ evaluation shows that the electricity stored as hydrogen would need to be sold to the electricity market at a high price that rarely happens in order for the scheme to be profitable. As the researchers demonstrate, the selling price of electricity would need to be about four times the buying electricity price for the hydrogen system to profit from storing electricity. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A recent case study on using hydrogen to store the electricity generated by a mix of wind and nuclear power in Ontario, Canada, has shown that the hydrogen addition won’t be worth the cost, at least not at the current state of hydrogen technology development. Citation: Hydrogen-Wind-Nuclear Plant in Ontario Not Currently Worthwhile, Study Shows (2008, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-08-hydrogen-wind-nuclear-ontario-worthwhile.html Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer “This study is very important from the viewpoint of finding synergies between electrical energy and chemical energy stored in hydrogen,” Taljan told PhysOrg.com. “The study shows that currently, hydrogen is not profitable solely for electricity storage. On the other hand, it might be economically acceptable to produce hydrogen from electricity at advantageous electricity/hydrogen prices. Furthermore, hydrogen is shown to be a highly favorable option when there are electricity transmission constraints in the area, limiting sales of electricity of a power producer.”As the researchers explain, hydrogen storage might be an economically feasible option for storing electricity in times of insufficient electricity transmission line capacities, which would otherwise be dumped. This could be especially true in cases where the upgrade of transmission systems is not an option due to various reasons (such as remote location, resistance of local population, etc.).The study also showed that a hydrogen sub-system for producing hydrogen could be profitable if there is sufficient hydrogen demand. For instance, transportation applications (such as cars, trains, and planes) could provide a market for buying hydrogen produced by a mixed wind-nuclear plant. “Hydrogen production might become profitable when the Hydrogen Economy becomes fully mature, i.e. when the demand, and correspondingly prices, for hydrogen increases (expected mainly from the transportation sector),” Taljan said. “This might happen when the prices of fossil fuels rise as a result of many different possible factors (e.g. shrinking reserves, higher demand, political instabilities, CO2 emissions trading schemes). In this scenario, hydrogen might become a real fossil fuel substitute option which will drive up the hydrogen demand and prices, making the hydrogen production a lucrative business. “In this context, it is also important that research into hydrogen production, storage, transmission, distribution and consumption components ‘wins the battle’ with the electron economy, where the energy carrier is considered to be electricity. Those two economies compete in many different areas, such as efficiencies, durability, and prices. Currently, hydrogen is advantageous in terms of higher energy density and durability but still lags in efficiencies.”The team’s investigation into the feasibility of hydrogen is further elaborated in two other recent studies. “Hydrogen storage for mixed wind–nuclear power plants in the context of a Hydrogen Economy,” which is published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, deals with how the excess oxygen and heat utilizations would improve the economics of hydrogen systems primarily designed for storing of electricity. The second study, “Study of Mixed Wind-Nuclear-Hydrogen Power Plants,” which is going to be presented at this year’s North American Power Symposium in Calgary, demonstrates that hydrogen is not economically feasible for the sole purpose of storing electricity, in spite of residual heat and oxygen utilization, and based on current hydrogen production and utilization technologies.More information: Taljan, Gregor; Cañizares, Claudio; Fowler, Michael; and Verbič, Gregor. “The Feasibility of Hydrogen Storage for Mixed Wind-Nuclear Power Plants.” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 23, Issue 3, August 2008.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more